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Aug
11

‘rebels breach gaddafi compound’

BBC: Rebels have breached Col Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, one of the few areas still under the Libyan leader’s control, witnesses say. More here

Live coverage at Al Jazeera here


204 Responses to “‘rebels breach gaddafi compound’”


  1. 1 nintendowii10
    August 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hasta la vista Kadaffy!

  2. 14 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Looks like CBS has joined the Cable news networks (FOX, CNN, MSNBC) to pathetically DECEIVE the public. Guys we might only have ABC left for objective reporting. NBC is the parent company of MSNBC. They want Romney or Perry in the Whitehouse. PBO’s numbers are already way down now they are trying to sink him further. They do not want his BIG JOBS PLAN to gain any traction with the public when he presents it to the nation in early Sept.

    This travesty of reporting (lies about the responsibility for the national debt) is a pre-emptive strike to diminish the impact of PBO’s Jobs Plan announcement. This is getting ugly folks. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    Reply

    • 15 utaustinliberal
      August 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      ABC doesn’t do objective reporting. All the non cable stations have pretty much become the sister equivalent of the cable stations. They followed the cable stations in reporting the false piece of crap Politico hitpiece that President Obama was going to use dogwhistle politics when campaigning against Romney. There are only a few trusted media voices left.

    • 21 nintendowii10
      August 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      I don’t watch the MSM, because they ALL deliberately report misinformation without verification, remember the Arizona shootings back in January? Virtually everyone was reporting that Gabrielle Giffords had died before it was actually verified that she was alive.

      And then they continue to deliberately report misinformation about everything that President Obama has done. From ObamaCares to the stimulus to the bank reform legislation, the media reports whatever talking points the RW are parroting as gospel. We have a fraction of the nation believing that Obama is a communist/Marxist/Socialist foreign born, we have people believing he is out to gut Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security, we have people regurgitating outright LIES, and the MSM is complicit because these folks don’t know any better than to actually do research.

      Also, during newscasts, we have these “newscasters” reporting what goes on with the Obama administration and throwing in their opinion. If they want to weigh in fine, but get your own opinion show, and you can rant and rave about how much Obama is either a corporatist sellout or a communist socialist. I’ve had it with these fake news shows that are actually opinion shows.

      • 22 auntydee
        August 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

        I believed at one time that the MSM was plain lazy in their reporting ,but what the MSM does is exactly what they are supposed to do,assist the corporations in bring down BHO.The MSM puts out out right lies and distortions on anything having to do with the President and they are just getting started, it is going to get real ugly .I don’t watch any tv news at all, I do read the blogs and counter lies by posting the postive information I find on the President.
        ALEC / Koch has been at this a long time ,thru several presidents, but PBO is a different kind of President so they are throwing every thing at him. PBO is up against a multi-headed very rich beast. Yet PBO has out smarted them domestically and internationally in areas ALEC/ KOCH have no control over,as in the killing of BL and what is happening in Libya.
        I just learned from a list some one posted, that my insurance company is associated with and supports ALEC/Koch so I will now be switching my insurance co. All in all I’m not discouraged because PBO is a very strong smart President ,we just need to continue to support him.

    • 23 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      Keith , try not to be overwhelmed. We need to both push back against the medias misinformation stream, and advance factual information that supports this administrations very solid and progressive track record. The 111th Congress was nothing to sneeze at….the 112th well the Republicans can answer for most of it’s lack of productivity.

      Romney the ultimate flip flopper has what to stand on? People should start trending the topic of his stalking and pushing the record of his governorship. 47th in job creation doesn’t leave him much room for talk…do ya think.

      Don’t let it get you down, just let it revitalize your efforts on behalf of President Obama. Maybe today everyone should consider a donation, even a small one (which sadly is what I can offer today…I went overboard in July/August if there is such a thing) to our President’s campaign chest.

      • 24 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

        Thanks for your replies everyone. I did not know the 3 major networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC had got this bad. Seeings how I avoid the MSM at all cost. Thanks for updating me. Yes, I am in this for the LONG HALL and will KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! :grin:

        • 25 Sue in Minnesota
          August 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

          Just a point of reference our household blocked ABC after Barbara Walters disrespectful interview with the President and First Lady and the continuous water carrying by GMA and The View for the Palin tribe, the DWTS voting debacle…..not telling you what to watch, but always consider your sources.

          Hey, I just wanted to say, I also have times when I feel as if we are swimming upstream and going against all odds. Just can’t submit to that. We have too much going for us to allow it to beat us down. Never give up HOPE!

          • 26 HZ
            August 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

            Thank you Sue. We just need to be calm, know facts that will affect our efforts, and move in a positive direction and get things that are of importance to this President.

        • August 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm

          “I did not know the 3 major networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC had got this bad.”

          Hmm……. you’re making me wonder Keith :???:

          • August 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

            Chips, in my usual daze, I was not sure where I should put my twitter name—so, I struck it at the top of this page. Sorry.

          • 29 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            August 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

            Chips I don’t watch MSM. I get all my news from the internet. It is a fair and factual statement that I don’t know how they are reporting, sorry to disappoint. I am not one of the supports that study the MSM and bring back their DIATRIBE to the internet message boards. I just can’t do it. So patients my dear. :wink;

      • August 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        And let’s not forget–the MSM is doing the Irish jig over ONE poll. There are others that show different numbers.

        Steve Benen said it best–at this point, the horse-race polling this far out from the election is stupid. But that doesn’t mean we should get complacent either.

    • August 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Keith, I read your comment earlier and did not know how to respond. There is a helpless feeling some of us get because we understand the game is loaded. It is going to be a very rough election. It seems unfortunate that some on the far left are willing to throw PBO under the bus, but we must continue our fight. If somehow we lose, we know that PBO is a hero and will continue to do great things in this world.

      BUT, We do have to fight. It is important to the survival of this country.

  3. 32 StR
    August 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Gadhaffi is likely in Sirte if he’s still in country.

  4. 37 57andFemale
    August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I wonder how many Americans know that Susan Rice is the UN Ambassador?

    • 38 Bill
      August 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I wonder how many Americans know what the UN is let alone the wonderful Susan Rice.

      • August 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

        Bill, I think you have got it right. I loves me Susan Rice. I keep sending the photo of 4 heros and I am so glad she was among them. She deserves that place on the banner.

        • 40 HZ
          August 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

          I wonder if we should ask Howard Fineman if he knows that we know who Susan Rice is. Maybe we can have Tweety tell him that Americans are paying attention and Yes, Susan Rice is a Kiss a.., my kind of person.

        • August 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm

          Hi Dorothy, nice to meet you on Twitter!

          From the Twitter page here: Hachikō (marabout40 on Twitter) has a completely brilliant Obama Tweeters members list here – “It’s got all of the TOD members with twitter accounts as well as all the OFA twitter accounts & some of the WH staff accts. Ppl can follow the list and keep abreast of what’s happening and we can coordinate our twitter campaigns.”

          If you click ‘Follow this list’ near the top of that link then you’ll be automatically be following everyone on it.
          ;-)

    • 42 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      I am proud to say I do and I think she is kick ass at her job.

    • 43 tally
      August 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Probably 3 (besides everyone here at TOD.)

  5. 44 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Wow. Now the rebels are saying that not only have they breached the compound, but they’ve captured the compound. Now they’re showing images of the rebels inside the compound.

    • 45 prettyfoot58
      August 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      i saw on CNN…that there were reporters being held in a hotel by khadafy supporters….i hope that all goes well with them,,,,i also watched one of the female reporters dressed in riot gear enter the compound…i said to myself how brave she is…simply amazing

  6. August 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Seeing news that both Sarkozy and PBO support holding a conference in Paris soon to discuss international support for Libya.

  7. 47 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    As disgusting as Mitt Romney’s journey to the nomination has been his campaign tactics obviously appear to be working. He is up in national polls now over President Obama. At least that is what Gallup says. PUSH BACK is our only recourse. The Obama campaign better recognize how Mittens is practically MORPHED himself into a FAKE PBO. SHAMEFULLY DISGUSTING!!!

    • August 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Calm down Keith, if Romney is the nominee just wait for the campaign ads against him (there’s so much material the Dems won’t know where to start) and for his ‘debates’ with the President. ;-)

    • 51 Me4obama
      August 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Keith your comments used to go after those who spread doom and gloom news. We have something in Libya to cheer about, so please don’t ruin my moment of happiness. IMHO.

      • 52 HZ
        August 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

        Keith, there is only one President Barack Obama. I am not worried about Mitty. Plus I am not worried about polls at this moment. President Obama has work to do,and I plan to move forward with him in doing it. So the gloom stuff is not going to work with his supporters. Let us focus and keep our eyes on the good that is taking place right now in the world, and thank the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Let’s be calm, okay. We have trust in our capable President and in our hard work to get this done. Mit is not a threat to us. We choose to make him one in our minds. Let’s deal with the facts. Polls come and go. The President has his poll people as well. When David Plouffe and Axelrod start showing us worry, we will do just that. Until then, relax and put on your grateful hat today and enjoy the progress for the people in Libya. Okay. Love you very much Keith.

    • 53 nintendowii10
      August 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      National polls don’t matter, the state-by-state ones do, and President Obama is absolutely shellacking every (R) in state by state polls.

      The Gallup poll is meant to drive the meme for the media that “ZOOOOOOOOMG! Obama has lost his base!” and all that. I haven’t paid attention to polls and don’t intend to… remember, it was the polls in 2007 that showed that the 2008 election would be a race between Hillary and Rudy, was that the case?

      • 54 prettyfoot58
        August 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        Gallup has lost their credibility with me… they questioned why the President’s numbers were not lower than they were….and then came the next polling cycle…POWWW!!..they were lower…Ummm Hmmm

      • August 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        Yup. This, right here.

        I mean…the election is next November. Kind of stupid to fall apart over polls now, right?

        I remember in 1999-early 2000 when the press was falling all over themselves with the belief that Bush was going to pound Gore into a fine powder with a massive landslide victory. And guess what–Gore won the popular vote, and it was only the imbroglio in Florida, plus Nader’s kamikaze, anti-Gore nonsense campaign that cost him. Oh, and the Felonious Five in the Supreme Court.

    • 56 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Keith, take heart! Please see my reply to your initial comment on the Mark Knoller thread :)

    • August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      There are going to be an avalanche of polls between now and November 2012. You have to bear in mind that this is a cottage industry. There’s a new one every single day and we haven’t even gotten into campaign season. So the best we can do is look at long term trends rather than the tick tock of each one as we get barraged by them from now until the election. And when PBO is reelected, they will continue unabated. It’s gross.

    • 58 ChristiMtl
      August 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      From Gallup’s writeup:

      In August 1999, Texas Gov. George W. Bush led Vice President Al Gore by 55% to 41% in a Gallup trial heat poll. That race ended up in a virtual dead heat, with Gore ultimately winning slightly more of the national popular vote than Bush.

      In August 1995, Kansas Sen. Bob Dole was slightly ahead of President Bill Clinton in a Gallup poll, 48% to 46%. On Election Day 1996, Clinton beat Dole by eight points.

      In August 1983, President Ronald Reagan was ahead of Democrat Walter Mondale by only one point, 44% to 43%. Reagan went on to beat Mondale in a 59% to 41% landslide in the November 1984 election.

      In August 1979, incumbent President Jimmy Carter was tied with former California Gov. Reagan — each getting 45% of the vote. Reagan ultimately defeated Carter by 10 points.

      • August 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        In other words, Christi, polls this far out mean nothing. Multiple variables affect a poll in any given moment–who was polled, what age, time of day, day of the week (get mostly seniors on weekends), mood of the moment, etc., etc. As Steve Benen said, considering that the president is out of the spotlight, considering what’s happening this summer,considering the absolutely hostile media, and considering number of kitchen sinks thrown his way, he’s doing pretty well.

      • 60 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        :shock: Thanks guys for putting my in proper perspective. I am totally……….. :oops:

    • 62 StR
      August 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Wow. You’re having a meltdown. Might be time to take a break from politics for a stint.

    • August 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Keith, why is it we seem to always go through this with you when you see some poll? You talk about Romney being ahead of the President in some poll, we don’t even know if Romney will be the GOP candidate. These polls does not concern me because the election is November 2012, not November 2011.

    • 65 nospin
      August 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      “The Obama campaign better recognize how Mittens is practically MORPHED himself into a FAKE PBO.”

      only to someone who is living in some alternate reality.

    • 66 LunarSea
      August 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Just back away from the polls Keith. Just. Back. Away. I can guarantee you that the polls will look horrible from here on in. Ever since they interviewed that Rasmussen fellow who was trying to figure out why Pres Obama was still polling well after all the crap they throw at him. The very next poll had the president down after being way up. All that means is they’ve figured out a way to manipulate it. So now these polls mean nothing! Count on the polls saying what they want it to say and PLEASE just back away from them.

      There is much good news to celebrate and your task, if you should accept it, is to spread the GOOD news, since the #mediafail won’t.

      OT the wordpress posting boxes have reversed where the email goes and where the name goes. Please be careful not to post your email to the world.

      • 67 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        Thanks Lunar and everyone else. Thank god for my TOD family. You all are like therapy. I will walk away from the ledge. I know I must boycott polls if I am to remain sane and helpful for the FINAL PUSH down the stretch. Thanks again folks. :wink:

    • 68 kefauver
      August 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Keith, seriously dude, relax. Mittens is going nowhere and polls this far out are meaningless. The election is over a year from now. I remember Dukakis being up 17% over Bush in a poll taken 8-10 months before election day. Mittens is a paper tiger and will be exposed once campaign season hits full swing.

  8. 69 Me4obama
    August 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Holy shit, CNN is showing it live. Fight is finished. PBO u did. Keith honey, keep hope alive.

  9. 77 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    IN TRIPOLI FREEDOM REIGNS. THANKS TO THE UN COALITION. THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND WISDOM. WE WILL FIGHT TO OUR LAST BREATH TO RE-ELECT YOU. You are now a sitting President that is the underdog in the race for 2012 seeings how you have unpresedented opposition. We shall prevail. YES WE CAN!! Obama/Biden 2012

  10. 78 Me4obama
    August 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Susan Rice is speaking Live on CNN

  11. 79 Christopher John
    August 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Last night’s Rachel begins with Richard Engel in Tripoli, there’s *amazing* live video of rebels entering the central square in Tripoli.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#44235723

  12. 80 ChristiMtl
    August 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    My stomach is in knots watching this, Unbelievable. So close now

    • 81 Ladyhawke
      August 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      This is just breathtaking. My stomach is in knots too. The back and forth has been wrenching. When I tuned into BBC this morning it didn’t sound good. The son that we thought was captured reappeared and was thumbing his hose at the rebels. This is an amazing turn of events.

  13. August 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    NBC news has gone live with Richard Engel………

  14. 88 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Though they can’t find Gaddafi, the report is that many Pro-Gaddafi soldiers are surrendering.

  15. 89 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    My goodness his Bab AL Aziziya compoud is HUGE! I hope they find him. The report is that he’s still in Tripoli.

  16. 90 Christopher John
    August 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Dan Rather on Rachel last night – the entire Libyan intervention cost as much as a single day in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  17. 92 Me4obama
    August 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Wow Qaddafi was living large. CNN is showing the compound. We need Aljazeera here in the US.

  18. 93 Me4obama
    August 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    The rebels should not eat or drink anything in that compound. Food might be poisoned. IMO

  19. August 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Time for President Obama to play a half-round of golf.

  20. 104 ChristiMtl
    August 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Either he’s going to commit suicide, get killed soon or he left the country already.

    This is crazy, we can watch it live, history in the making!

  21. 105 Sue in Minnesota
    August 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Now what kind of a lather is Kucinich whipping up……..calling for the NATO’s alliances military chiefs to be held accountable for the deaths in Libya, they must be held accountable in the Interantional Criminal Court. :shock:

    Has this guy sold his soul to the Republicans/devil?

    • 106 ChristiMtl
      August 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      What the hell?? When did he say that?

      • 107 Sue in Minnesota
        August 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

        57 minutes 21 seconds ago….Al Jezeera Libya Live Blog Norway, today recognized the NTC as Libya’s legitimate authority.

        Sorry Kucinich looks like a jackass and a fool.

    • 108 utaustinliberal
      August 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Kucinich can go eat my shorts. He’s irrelevant and he knows it. He might not have a district next year and is just filling up the airwaves with toxic gas.

    • 110 nintendowii10
      August 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      He’ll be soliciting donations next, just like in the spring when he solicited donations after he said that President Obama should be impeached for war crimes. There’s no low that the elf won’t stoop to for attention.

    • 111 nospin
      August 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      does he have adult children? Someone needs to go get him. Sit him down for a while.

    • 113 StR
      August 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      He just diaried over at Daily Koch not an hour ago.

      • 114 Sue in Minnesota
        August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

        Oh, they would probably lap up his nonsense. Can’t go there, haven’t in over a year. A bunch of emotionally stunted pseudo intellects.

        • 115 hopefruit2
          August 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

          Actually they didn’t. It got many HR’s, and was 85% NEGATIVE comments – even from those who once supported him. That’s very telling.

  22. 116 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    The sculpture in front of the compound is just chilling……….

    The Fist Crushing a U.S. Fighter Plane Sculpture, a gold-coloured piece of public art, is located at the Bab al-Azizia compound in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The sculpture was commissioned by the nation’s leader, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi following the 1986 bombing of Libya by United States aircraft.[1]

    During the 2011 Libyan civil war, the sculpture was frequently noted in media coverage of televised speeches given by Gaddafi on 22 February and 20 March 2011, in which he vowed to “die a martyr” to prevent anti-government rebels prevailing.[2]

    On August 23, at the height of the Battle of Tripoli rebels breached the Bab al-Azizia compound and Sky News broadcast pictures of rebels gathered around the statue, with one fighter having climbed onto it.[3]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fist_Crushing_a_U.S._Fighter_Plane_Sculpture

    • August 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      The image of that man carrying around the gold or bronze head from a statue of Ghaddafy triumphantly while others step on it sums it all up.

      • 118 ChristiMtl
        August 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

        It’s crazy, wow….the guy climbing on the statue of the golden fist crushing an American fighter plane

    • 119 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Yes I saw that statue for the first time yesterday …..inspired by ugliness and hate….art imitates life.

    • 120 JoJothecat
      August 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      and to think back in 2009, McCain and Lindsey Graham were Kaddaffy’s BFF.

  23. 121 Me4obama
    August 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I fascinated by Qaddafi’s CRIBS aka TENTS in his compound.

  24. August 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    http://nationaljournal.com/for-obama-a-nuanced-victory-in-libya-20110822

    “I think this is a tremendous achievement,” said James Steinberg, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recently departed deputy secretary of State, who is now dean of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. “The biggest factor to date is the fact that we [Americans] have not been the problem. People aren’t saying the Americans are trying to do regime change. Whether in Tunisia or Libya or Egypt, we are seen as supportive of others. It’s an obvious contrast with the previous administration…. And the fact that tyrants are not able to rally their people against us shows the nuance and skill of this. It’s working.”

    • 124 Ladyhawke
      August 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Exactly, it’s not about us. This is smart diplomacy in action. The contrast between President Obama’s approach and President George W. Bush could not be more stark. Senator McCain and Senator Graham know that but they will never admit it. Instead they look like fools trying to pretend that President Obama has not handled the Arab Spring properly. Their hypocrisy is just breathtaking.

      • 125 ChristiMtl
        August 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        To think that people like Glenn Greenwald have been saying since the beginning that President Obama =Bush or is worst than Bush.

        It’s so disgustingly false.

        I didn’t see americans flags set on fire, which we saw so often during the Bush years, of effigy of Bush burning.

        President Obama is a brilliant leader.

        The world needs him….

  25. 126 ChristiMtl
    August 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    My goodness, they’re really firing their weapons. I keep jumping on my chair. Nerve wrecking!!!

  26. 127 Hachikō
    August 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I hope that sign isn’t thanking John McCain.

    Should say: Thanx Mr. Obama :-) F U John McCain :-(

  27. 128 Tulips
    August 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Another great photo: Read the message. http://yfrog.com/kjrpmljj

    • August 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      “You have a new ally in North Africa” — what a difference from what it might have been with a different US president!

    • 131 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      “Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train. Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again. Now I’ve been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come. And I believe it could be, something good has begun.”

      Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens

  28. August 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/opinion/qaddafis-final-hours.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

    …There were times when the United States and Europe should have committed more assets. But Mr. Obama made the right decision to let Europe take the lead.

    Libya will need even more support ­ as well as vigilant monitoring and likely frequent goading ­ in the months ahead. The challenges of building a stable and representative new country cannot be overstated…..

    • 134 FiredUpInCA
      August 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      I am glad the NYT acknowledged the President made the right choice, but they could have left out the part about committing more assets. The paper of record that helped lead the media and the country into a war with Iraq has no business offering any foreign policy advice, period.

  29. 135 bonkers
    August 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    This is NOT good news for Gaddafi’s good friend, John McCain:

    So Ronnie Raygun tried to get him and missed. Because of Raygun’s failure, Gaddafi in retaliation orchestrates the Lockerbie bombing and becomes a multi-billionaire.

    Fast forward a few years, King Bush the 2nd and many of the current Repubs in DeeCee decide to prop up and promote this clearly deranged murderer once again, using taxpayer money by the way. So much so that Gaddafi was invited to a G8 Summit resulting in President Obama having to shake his hand at a photo-op (a current Repub deception by the way…they’re falsely comparing a forced 5 second moment to those Repubs flying to Tripoli to meet privately and the resulting Repub praise of Gaddafi).

    President Barack Hussein Obama gives a speech in Cairo just 2 years ago where he clearly is saying to the average person in the Middle East, “If you decide to try and overthrow your brutal dictators, we got your back.” Dominoes are falling all over the Middle East all to the cost of about 1-2 days of the Republican Invasion and Occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The MegaMedia essentially ignores all the above, and chooses instead to promote the idea that President Obama is “weak” and “in over his head” still…you know, the President that got Osama bin Laden (does the general public even remember this by now?).

    Imagine what our President could do with an actual Congress instead of these BigMoney infiltrators currently in Congress? Let’s get out there and get our guy the Congressional support he needs! Democrats in 2012!

    • 136 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Exactly, imagine what President Obama could accompolish with a supportive Congress, and the active engagement of the majority of American voters….functional government, our voices being heard, reclamation of our power.

    • 137 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      I’m not going to watch the video, but the first frame sure makes it look as though McCain and his flunky are BOWING and CLICKING THEIR HEELS. Shudders.

    • 138 Bill
      August 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      McCain, Lieberman, Graham, and Collins have no beliefs except except to be in the middle of what they think is going on. None of the four have ever offered a real solution to a problem. They are disgusting.

      • 139 JoJothecat
        August 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        I wonder if they noticed the “fist crushing a US plane”? or maybe Gaddiffy moved it because of his american BFF’s were coming.

    • 140 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      It is amazing that just 11 years ago Joe Lieberman was running as Al Gore’s Democratic VP. My God when did Joe decide to take a turn to the DARK SIDE?

  30. 141 ChristiMtl
    August 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    MSNBC Officially Hands Its 6 P.M. Slot To Rev. Al Sharpton

    I’m so happy about this!

  31. 152 Doris
    August 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    We just had an earthquake here in the nations capital. I’m shaking.

    • August 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Oh crikey Doris, look after yourself.

    • 154 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      In DC? Are you okay…..be careful.

    • 158 nospin
      August 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Doris – I was upstairs watching the Libyan action on BBC and was like what the “heck” is that???? Went down the hallway calling my son and his office door was shaking off the hinges and the door was closed. Then I thought, did someone break into the house? Then I heard like windows breaking, the floors shook under my feet, the walls were vibrating around me and pushing inward so I grabbed my kid and we hauled a*s down the stairs. I took him outdoors until it stopped. Still didn’t realize it was an earthquake. Thought the house was about to blow up or something. Went back inside to check the basement to make sure something wasn’t faulty and that no one broke into the house our something.

      Don’t ask me why I went back in but . . . I always do things like that anyway, still didn’t know it was a quake and called my spouse who said the same thing happened in VA and everyone was outside. Then the siblings called and said they were checking in from Greenbelt area wanted to make sure we were fine, I am by the Naval Academy and my co-workers from the Bethesda area checked in saying they were fine..

      I still couldn’t process that it was an earthquake until another coworker called from California laughing because we had what is considered a “little” earth quake.

    • 164 sam uk obama supporter
      August 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Doris I just heard on the BBC news. Are you all right? Please take care.

  32. 169 bonkers
    August 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Yes, we ALL can:

    Notice how the MegaMedia, for the most part, keeps this quiet. They don’t want Americans getting any bright ideas after all. Expect Mark Knoller to get a promotion soon.

    • 170 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you, that was so moving. And in our movement to support and reelect BArack Obama that should inspire us all the more.

      • August 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        That was moving. Yes, this is one of the important moments in history under this Presidency that should surely as you stated Sue,”Should inspire us all the more to support and re-elect Barack Obama.”

  33. 172 overseasgranny
    August 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    CONCORD, NH (The Borowitz Report) – The mystery surrounding Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s whereabouts was resolved today as the dictator announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire.
    In announcing his candidacy, the Libyan madman joins a Republican field which is believed to number in excess of seven hundred candidates….more…“Unfortunately for Muammar Gaddafi, he might be out of step with the current crop of Republican candidates,” one pollster said. “There’s a perception that he’s too moderate.”

    http://www.borowitzreport.com/

    You might also enjoy some of his other articles.

  34. August 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    With all the focus on Libys (well deserved as credit for sure) I have forgotten to share some of the good news stories I come across.

    Starbucks is in growth mode again

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/starbucks-is-in-growth-mode-again.html

  35. August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    For folks who have teens or work with teens this seems like a great idea

    Program Helps High School Students Overcome Depression and Avoid Suicide

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/program-helps-high-school-students.html

  36. August 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    More “common sense” information from the WH

    Making Insurance Plans Easier to Understand

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/making-insurance-plans-easier-to.html

  37. August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Poor School Revamps Cafeterias Joining Trend Toward Fresh Cooking

    All part of Mrs. Obama’s Health Kids program.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/poor-school-revamps-cafeterias-joining.html

    • August 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      Glad you made it over “What is working”

    • August 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you What is Working for this information. I am still working on learning how to link to this blog. I have so many wonderful and informative links that I receive daily for DOJ. Let’s Move and Health Care information from HHS. So thanks so much for these.

  38. 179 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    This is just remarkable. I friend in New York City just sent me an email. She felt this earthquake. Scary……

    5.8 Earthquake in Virginia Felt in Washington, New York City, North Carolina

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=14364613

    • August 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      OMG. Are any of you watching CNN? Wanting to know if the reporter has ‘the’ picture of PO taking a phone call while on the golf course!!!! Then Wolfie just said if there is significant damage the president may have to leave his vacation and go to the location of the damage. LOL. These folks are certifiably crazy!!!!’

      • 181 Ladyhawke
        August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

        I am glad President Obama and his family are not in Washington, D.C. – this is amazing.

        It was felt in DC, Delaware, Wilmington, NYC, NC, OH, MI, GA, & iL – Just unbelievable.

      • August 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

        Wolf B is full of drama, what can you say our media sucks!!

        • 185 Sue in Minnesota
          August 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

          They should never attempt to speculate what the President will do……they are incapable of thinking at the same level. They look like fools in the process. Wish they would STFU.

          I have to say being President sucks, but I am grateful that President Obama rises to the never ending challenges.

          • August 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm

            Sue , I am in total agreement with your thoughts on this issue. I just saw something that was so disgusting to my eyes, and that was a look of total hate, jealousy, and envy. These are awful things for this President to have to endure each day, but thank God that President Obama’s inner strength daily is kept together by his faith, his good deeds, his love and compassion for doing what is right and fair for humankind. I also think that we here at TOD along with his many true supporters and dear friends, and of course our First Lady and First Daughters keep him grounded. He knows that there is a remanant of supporters who will have his back in all of this vile cesspool. That is why we thank Chipsticks for giving us the opportunity to come here and get facts, share facts, interact in great and honest conversations, share in great commentaries and respond with respect. If we keep our ears to the heart of this President, and move our feet to the path of clear directions as much as humanly possible, and carry out faith, meditations, quiet moments of thanksgiving in the form of whatever spiritual grace that we carry with us daily, we will get through all of this. But we have to pray hard when we see the evil, the lies, the hatred, and do with our good and decent actions what is appropriate and good for the sake of respect for ourselves and our wonderful hardworking President. This must be one of our most important task in the coming months ahead. I love you all very much in the TOD Family.HZ

      • 187 edp4bho
        August 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        One would think that at troubled times, albeit minor for now, souls would remember their mortality and be beholden to the God who made us all, i.e., not spread lies and animous. Not here in America. The racism and bigotry, jealousy and envy is so deep that they are oblivious to the danger we all face when we carry putrid thoughts and feelings in our minds and hearts.

        • August 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

          thank you….perfect timing and thoughts.

          • August 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

            Tnmtngirl, draw from your inner being the good thoughts about your life and the beautiful people in your life, and think on your blessings, and be safe. But take strength the the good and strong things in your life and hope and pray for the very best. I live in Cali., and I know what the feeling is like. This comes from my heart to yours, trust and be calm as possible. Love and hugs coming your way now. HZ

  39. 191 donna dem 4 obama
    August 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Good Lord!
    That was my first (and I hope only) earthquake. I work in DC a mile from the US Capitol. Every building in my area shook. That was not fun :(

    • 192 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Sorry to hear that, Donna! Hang on!

    • 193 sam uk obama supporter
      August 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Thinking of you Donna, hope you are ok, it must have been terrifying for you.

    • August 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      You were the first person I thought of when I heard about the earthquake GF. Stay safe. Our main office is also in DC and some of our conflicts checks were delayed. They sent a message saying they were sorry for the delay but they were experiencing an earthquake.

    • August 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      I hear you on that, Donna. Having been in the huge Loma Prieta quake, I know they can feel really terrifying. I think the rolling ones are in some ways worse but they all are scary. Hope there wasn’t a lot of damage anywhere.

    • August 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      Donna dem 4 obama, keep your heart calm, keep you mind peaceful, draw from your most strongest part of your being to trust yourself to be safe wherever you may be at this time. Draw from the goodness in your thoughts, and trust a Higher Source for your needs, comfort, and peace. Please keep thoughtful and as safe as you can around your surroundings. Hugs and good thoughts coming your way. HZ

  40. 197 Desrayed
    August 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I felt the house shake a little. I stay in North Carolina.

  41. August 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    My daughter in Chesapeake said same thing…..never wants to go through a bigger one.

  42. 199 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    The next thing the East Coast has to worry about is hurricane Irene. This is way too much drama for me.

    • August 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Yes. Irene is headed her way too. They are coming here (TN) this weekend so are bringing with them, pictures and all their important papers. Better safe than sorry!!!

      • 201 sam uk obama supporter
        August 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

        I hope your daughter is ok and I pray that hurricane Irene changes course. I think your daughter is sensible bringing her important papers and pictures with her when she visits with you. God bless you all, I can’ t believe all that is happening in your amazing country at the moment. Take care of yourselves.

  43. August 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    THE RETHUGS WILL BLAME IT ALL ON THE PRESIDENT!!!!

  44. 204 lmrj
    August 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    SF Bay Are person here. Worked in SF during the Loma Prieta quake of ’89. That one was 6.9 on the richter scale and collapsed the Cypress structure and Bay Bridge. It was tough trying to get in to work in San Fran for a while after that. It’s very scarey to experience a quake and sometimes hard to get over the aftermath, especially when you’re not living in quake country. Hope that all are okay. Prayers go out for limited aftershocks.


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