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  1. 24 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    LMAO. lil jeb’s temper tantrums. so much fun.

    • 25 arapaho415
      October 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      GM amk (Google tells me it’s 1am somewhere in India now)…

      First thing I thought of when I saw this Tapper tweet was “this is a person who wants @POTUS’ job, yet aside from the sitting around being miserable part, is what the current President faces every. single. f*****g. day.”

      Looks like Jeb! has no filters, and he’s gonna get a reprimand from Poppa this weekend.

      Sheesh, once again, embarrassed to be an American. 😦

    • 27 susanne
      October 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Somehow, he thinks a big part of the president’s job is ‘sitting around’. Probably he got this idea from seeing his brother’s years in office spent largely on vacation in Texas.

    • 28 99ts
      October 24, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      And all Jeb wants to do is repeal any progress made in the past 7 years, keep women pregnant & defund America – which equates to moving backwards as opposed to going nowhere

  2. 29 vcprezofan2
    October 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Well, Chips Chica, it seems *I* didn’t catch you! 😀 😀 Have a terrific (if hardworking) Saturday!

  3. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    October 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  4. 31 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    LOL. I am totally enjoying this bullying from dreck.

  5. October 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Some Saturdays you just need to sit on the couch in your jammies. This is one of those Saturdays. Here is my story. *duhn*duhn*

  6. 46 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  7. 47 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    egg.sack.lee, mofo. Karma, B.

  8. October 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Reposting this from yesterday. Never say you have an in-house librarian who never gives you ideas for what to read.

  9. 55 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    so, what is the “establishment’s” plan B? … plan C … or D …?

    • October 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Rubio, Kasich, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • October 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      They only have 1 ‘plan,’ amk …. Plan LOSE …. 😉

      • 59 amk for obama
        October 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

        Indeed. 3rd time ain’t so lucky after all.

        • October 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm

          Agree, amk.

          And this time, I think GOP is going to suffer throughout the US Congress, as well as, in many State exec and legislative elections —>> IF (BOLD, UNDERSCORE, 49 FONT) Madame Secretary can truly serve as broad ‘coattails’ or Martin O’Malley manages to pull an “Obama” and similarly motivate at the grass roots level.

          It is worth remembering as I noted several days ago, the 23 Oct 2007 Gallup National poll summary predicted Senator Clinton was unbeatable & she ended not only being resoundingly defeated by Senator Obama, her exceedingly negative campaigning did nothing to help the D’s expand at either the Federal or State level.

          So, my hope is that either Governor O’Malley, by 3 Feb 2016, is demonstrating the likelihood of being a big winner against Clinton or he pulls the plug and supports her aggressively.

          Senator Sanders very white fans have zero chance of delivering anything other than a potentially damaging distraction. He’s not fit to even do his job as Senator – and he has the record to prove just how accurate that assessment is.


          • 61 arapaho415
            October 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

            GA Dr. Bob.

            Our paths haven’t crossed recently here at TOD (due to my checking here early/late 😦 ).

            Hope you had a successful/fruitful trip recently.

            There’s so much that drives me nuts about our overpaid, juvenile, lazy MSM, but I’ve yet to see a tweet reminding audience that Presidential candidates have a ceiling of support.

            MSM breathlessly tweet meaningless polls which are unrepresentative of the US voting population and stifle the fact that Governor O’Malley is even a Dem candidate.

            Haven’t paid much attention to the 2016 horserace (devastated that @VP isn’t running, been in a political daze ever since), but plan on watching tonight’s Iowa JJ.

            As a reminder…


            • October 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm

              2 important reminders, Arapaho. Thank you and hope all is well for you!!

              I will watch tonight. Maybe the last time I’ll watch these candidates until one emerges as the nominee …. unless Gov O’Malley motivates me to do otherwise.


  10. 63 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    we should start a #jebbushimplodes hashtag.

  11. October 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm

  12. October 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’m gonna keep asking ….

    Yes We Can

    • 66 Don
      October 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Bobfr, I agree with you about 99.9999% of the time. And yes what they did was reprehensible and vindictive. President Obama has already beaten the Republicans every way imaginable. I just don’t think it’s useful for President Obama to spend his last year plus time in office going after the Republicans over a letter that the leaders of Iran called stupid.

      • October 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        Thank you for your comment, Don. However, I respectfully disagree.

        They broke the law. And, no just any law.

        My tweet is directed at the Dem Leader of the Senate and US AG, specifically, and not the President.

        The petition, a record setting one for both the number of co-signers and the rate at which it was signed, is a simple way of reminding Senator Reid & AG Lynch of the criminal behavior of 47 US Senators sworn to an Oath of Office that absolutely allows them no wiggle room regarding their willful attempt to damage the US (and our strongest allies).

  13. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    October 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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  15. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    October 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    some update on Kasich:

    Yes, when he entered the gop race, there was some hyping him as one who is bound to do well;

    living in his home state, I can tell you that the local media was pushing him very hard.

    no surprise here; naturally as the state’s candidate and the fact that the state’s largest paper and a number of media outlets are owned by a single republican family.

    however, even the outlets like our public radio started giving moment-by-moment updates about Kasich => so irritating because this is my only source of information locally;

    recently, I notice that the hype on public radio has waned.

    in fact, they are now routinely reporting that although Kasich is another one who has put “all his hopes of electoral success in NH” things are looking rather bleak;

    Kasich has invested a significant portion of his campaign finances in NH and reportedly he is advertising heavily there;

    however after the initial bump in polls in NH, Kasich’s team is expressing great concern that the more they seem to spend on advertising in NH, the lower they seem to be polling.

    this is NOT Kasich’s first run at getting the gop nomination and as of now, it seems he may not do any better this time round;

    so next candidate???

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  18. October 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Previously I suggested that John Judis wrote the definitive historical comparison that helps us understand Trump-mania. But now Kathleen Frydi has given us another very interesting look at how, as she says, our present might be mirroring our past.

    Frydi draws a comparison to the mid-nineteenth century rise of the “Know-Nothings” (otherwise known as the American Party) that sprang from the Whigs.

    • October 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I think I mentioned this a few days ago: there’s only one party which has survived the life of the Republic, and that’s the Democratic Party. All the opposition parties to the Democrats have eventually imploded.

      • October 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        wow….why do you think this has happened…

        • October 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

          In a serious reply, Democrats have been able to adapt to changing political winds. I mean, we went from the party of segregation to that of civil rights, while the GOP went the other way. At first that worked for them; but we made the better long term bet.

          • October 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

            gerat point….
            but i worry about where we are going after the President leaves the WH…the President’s election has masked the problems in the DEM Party…they think that they do not need him or his winning ways. to win..although that have many of his political parts in HC campaign…i do not see their footprint…

            • October 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

              US political theorists divide American history into distinct “party systems”. We’re now in the “Sixth Party System”, which was a reaction to the New Deal. PBO’s election was the beginning of the end of that party system. With the GOP imploding, and the Dems trying to deal with the Obama shockwave, I think it’s safe to say we’re entering the 7th party System.

              • October 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm

                Fifth Party System: This system was defined by the creation of the New Deal Coalition by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression. This coalition supporting new social welfare programs brought together many under-privileged, working class, and minority groups including unions, Catholics, and Jews. It also attracted African-Americans, who had previously largely supported the Republican Party due to Lincoln’s freeing of the slaves. This era lasted approximately until 1968.[16]

                Sixth Party System: This system is currently developing. It appears to have begun with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the Democrats subsequently losing their long dominance of the South in the late 1960s, leading to a Republican dominance as evidenced by election results.[17]


                You are right about entering a 7th party system….

                but then there is this….

  19. 93 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  20. 94 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    LOL. dreck is getting into dumbya3’s hair.

  21. 95 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm

  22. October 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    So why are we even more likely now to fail to pass an increase than we were when we had this same crisis in 2011, then again in 2013, then again in 2014? Look at what’s going on in the House. Conservatives there are feeling emboldened because they just got rid of John Boehner, as they had wanted to do for so long. They feel strong and empowered, so naturally they believe that this is a battle they can win, even if they’ve lost before. And they’ve upped their demands.

    Now they want not just general budget cuts in exchange for raising the ceiling, but cuts specifically to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

      October 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm


      • October 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        hmmm…yu maybe right…watching how all this will play out

        • 99 99ts
          October 24, 2015 at 7:34 pm

          I think Boehner got out because he doesn’t want to deal with the RWNJs. By resigning, he has some say in who will be the next speaker & he has tried to get someone he considers relatively sane. If Boehner had not resigned he would have been re-elected with support of democrats & he did not want to handle the RWNJ fallout from that.

  23. 104 amk for obama
    October 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    LOL. Gunnite folks.

  24. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    • October 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Jacqueline, have been meaning to ask these past many days … how is your son? I hope he is on a steady path to full wellness.

      • 107 jacquelineoboomer
        October 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

        Thanks so much again, Bob, for asking. About 3 weeks ago (I think) he had to go to the hospital for another 4 days with an infection, but then was sent home with long-term antibiotic IV therapy. So, now, he’s doing fine and hasn’t had any problems since. The home health nurses come to check on him (and the IV, of course) regularly, and he’s “on a steady path to full wellness” !! Of course, it’ll be months until he gets the final surgery when the “shark bite” heals, to close it (and months of re-packing it with gauze in the healing process), but he’s progressing nicely, and has maintained that great attitude of his! Life is good.

  25. October 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    embedded tweet

  26. 117 jackiegrumbacher
    October 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Interesting HRC anecdote. My 95-year old mother in law has been a lifelong Democrat who voted in every election since she was 21 (the age allowed for voting in olden times). She has, however, rarely contributed money. For years she has told us how much she dislikes Hillary Clinton and has recently complained that she would not like to see her as the nominee 2016. On Thursday, MIL sat in her arm chair and watched all 11 hours of the Benghazi hearings. She then got up and wrote a check to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. If the Republicans on the Benghazi committee had colluded with Hilary C to advance her electoral changes, they could not have done a better job. I call this another episode in the ‘Republicans are Idiots’ saga.

    • 119 tnmtngirl
      October 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Interesting indeed, jackie. Yesterday I spent over 4 hours in my car so listened to that many hours of progressive talk radio–from Stephanie Miller to Thom Hartmann (not much of his program) and ending with Michael Sgnorelli. I heard a good number of callers identify themselves as big Bernie supporters (both male and female), but to a person, they all said Thursday changed their mind……they still like Bernie, but now realize that he probably can’t win and/or is not truly presidential. (That’s paraphrasing, but close to what they all said.) One man said his wife was a big Bernie supporter, had never donated a penny to any campaign. As soon as the “hearing” ended, she wrote a check and sent it to Hillary’s campaign.

      • 120 tnmtngirl
        October 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

        Will add that I listened to all of Rachel’s interview with HRC last night. Gotta give it to Rachel: She asked some tough and touchy questions and Hillary didn’t blink and gave, what I felt, were straightforward answers. They talked about getting more Dems elected in the “down ticket” races, how important that is. I don’t remember her specifics, but I felt she made some good points and has a good plan for expanding and growing the party.

        I can’t say I am a big fan of HRC. However, we MUST have a Dem in the WH and I do feel she is out best hope. We don’t need to do what the GOP has done–die on the cross of purity and having to agree with everything. Guess another way of saying it is we need to do more of what we’ve heard: “fall in line” —- If we want to keep the WH and win some other races (House, Senate and state positions), we need to stop being whiny and do what we have to do. Our country and its future is too important to not do that!!!!!!

        • 121 jackiegrumbacher
          October 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

          TN, you can bet that if Hillary is the nominee, President Obama will do everything in his power to stump for her and raise money. I feel we owe it to him to follow his lead.

        • 123 99ts
          October 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm

          It seems anyone in the media will ask a democrat the “tough questions” – but no-where does this happen to a GOP candidate. Why is Trump not being called out because he can’t handle a debate longer than 2 hours? Why is no-one getting GOP answers to policy questions. It is unreal that the top GOP candidate has no policies and the No 2 candidate has only RWNJ policies.

      • 124 jackiegrumbacher
        October 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        Yep, TN, the Republican committee members did HRC a very BIG favor. It was one of the great misfires of all time on their part.

  27. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    As a Catholic, I felt overjoyed to read this. The flow and beauty of his language, how he revealed his thought processes … oh my. (Sorry to gush.) But there are deep meanings inside of the text for every one of us men and women who inhabit the planet, including those of no faith. We won’t agree with the thrust of all of it, and that’s part of the human condition, but it’s deep.

    I also laugh, because Pope Francis is NOT a Pope to be taken for granted … every word he says or writes is considered and measured (like our genius President Obama), but it has a message. To American Bishops and Cardinals attending this Synod, his message surely must be something like “I heard you and I want you to know I’m watching you. I’ll be reaching out to you, soon, if you don’t get with the program.”

    And he may have thought to himself, “Didn’t you hear me say, ‘Who am I to judge?’ Did I have to add, ‘And who are YOU to judge?'”

    • 126 jackiegrumbacher
      October 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      JO’B, when I read the line–“The Church’s first duty is not to lay down condemnations or anathemas, but to proclaim God’s mercy, to call to conversion and to lead all men and women to salvation”–I would bet that a lot of those at the synod were thinking, “Oh, Hell.”

  28. 128 Nena20409
    October 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    GA TOD.

  29. 129 Nena20409
    October 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  30. October 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve been thinking about a book I read a couple of decades ago.

    It’s called “Russian Spring”, by Norman Spinrad.

    In it, the US is isolated from the rest of the world because, in part, it defaulted on its debts. (It has a happy ending which I won’t ruin in case you want to see if your local library has a copy. Really, it’s a great read.)

    It was published in 1991, when the debt was the topic of the day, and serious people were talking about the US becoming a dead beat.

    Fast forward 20 years, and now there’s a very real threat that the scifi of “Russian Spring” may come true.

    Good going, America. Good going.

  31. 131 Nena20409
    October 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

  32. 135 Nena20409
    October 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm

  33. 136 Nena20409
    October 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

  34. October 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Oh dear.

  35. October 24, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    In looking at the list of 21 items, a lot of the things they are pushing for would simply undo the reforms instituted by Newt Gingrich that put power in the hands of the House Leadership – specifically the Speaker. In that way, they grant the insurgents continuing power to be disruptive.

  36. October 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I wish I could tell women it’s going to be easy, but we know it won’t be. There are going to be times when someone may be the only woman in a room, standing up for this agenda, but we won’t waiver. There are going to be times when people will try to divide us or make us feel small, but we will stand firm and hold our sisters tall. There are going to be times when we’re afraid, or just plain tired, but we can’t give up. And we can’t worry too much about how this ends, or where we are right now as we get started. We just need the courage to take a stand, and to fight for the women of Mississippi.


    Right on …Keisha

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