27
Oct
11

good evening, people

President Obama has dinner with campaign donors and winners of the “Dinner with Barack” contest at The Liberty Tavern in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Va.

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MSNBC: Medicare’s basic monthly premium will rise significantly less than expected next year, the government announced Thursday. That could pay political dividends for President Barack Obama and for Democrats struggling to win over seniors in a close election.

…. In a statement accompanying release of the Medicare premiums, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asserted that seniors have nothing to fear from the new health care law.

“The Affordable Care Act is helping to keep Medicare strong and affordable,” she said. “People with Medicare are seeing higher quality benefits, better health care choices and lower costs.”

Full post here

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Crooks and Liars: …. why in the hell does Pat Buchanan still have a job at MSNBC?

Color of Change would like to know the answer to that and ask for your signature on a petition to MSNBC (you can sign the petition here)

…..There’s no excuse for lending legitimacy and a national platform for such archaic and hateful attitudes. MSNBC has fired others for much less. Pat Buchanan needs to go.

More at Media Matters

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ThinkProgress: Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry released a tax plan this week that he and many media reports called a “20 percent flat tax.” But Perry’s new alternative tax scheme is hardly “flat”.

Leaving aside the fact that it is layered on top of the existing tax code, it establishes not one but two different tax rates: 20 percent for wages, and zero percent for investment income. Because capital gains and dividends would be sheltered from taxes under Perry’s plan, some of the wealthiest Americans would wind up paying nowhere near 20 percent overall.

In fact, billionaire Warren Buffett, who has lamented the fact that he currently pays only 11 percent of his adjusted gross income in federal income taxes, would pay as little as 0.2 percent under Perry’s plan.

Full post here

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Clever Google:

;-)

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ABC: Today’s New York Times story … includes an intriguing reference to a staff memo directing those traveling in a car with Mr. Cain, “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to.”

Could the affable Mr. Cain really have a “don’t-talk-to-me-unless-I-talk-to-you” policy?

Yes. He does. Really.

A top aide to Mr. Cain explains to me why.

“It’s the same policy for any Secretary of Defense or four-star general,” a senior Cain staffer explained to ABC News. “You don’t talk to them unless they talk to you, generally. Sometimes you get guests in the car and they want to talk and talk and talk, and then Mr. Cain wants to prepare for the next interview or the next speech and he’s very engaging, so it can be a distraction. After a while, he gets to the point where he doesn’t want to talk, but wants to prepare for what he’s doing next.”

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More excellent comedy from Dick Halperin today in Time. He magnificently ignored all the polls that show President Obama leading RomPerryCain in swing states, and concluded that if the election was held today he’d lose.

It’d be nice, though, if Halperin had an original thought:

Mark Halperin (today): Is President Obama on the ropes? …. The coalition that helped elect the President …. has been disbanded.

Mark Halperin (December 2010): The coalition that got Barack Obama elected President just two years ago has been shattered ….

:roll:

Last year, Alex Pareene of Salon (which I seriously hate linking because it’s become Firebagger Central) did a series on “the worst columnists and cable news commentators America has to offer …. the most predictable, dishonest and just plain stupid pundits in the media.” Halperin had to settle for the runners-up prize, behind Richard Cohen. It’s worth a read again:

Alex Pareene (2010): Mark Halperin – The Drudge-loving political analyst who gets everything wrong …. his belief in the unerring political instincts of Karl Rove and the godlike omniscience of Matt Drudge ….

…. Halperin’s worst quality is actually that he is constantly wrong. He is a professional political analyst, yet he often seems to be completely, 100 percent wrong about even the horse-race aspects of politics that he specializes in. He kept promising, in 2006, that Bush’s approval ratings would once again surge past 50 percent. Remember when John McCain “suspended his campaign” to fix the economy? Mark Halperin said McCain won the week.

The book Halperin wrote …. “The Way to Win,” his preview of “the way to win” the presidential election in 2008. His advice was to emulate Karl Rove and worship Matt Drudge – the key to victory seemed to involve a lot of Matt Drudge – and the 2008 election as it actually happened made the whole book (which he co-wrote with Politico co-founder John Harris!) look utterly ridiculous.

… All we ask for is a little accountability. At the very least, Halperin’s TV chyron should read, “ALWAYS WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING.”

Repeat offenses: Obsequious relationship to power, Drudge-baiting, awfulness, self-promotion, getting everything wrong.

Representative quote: “To see what the future could look like, click here.”

(The link, posted the night before the selection of Joe Biden as Barack Obama’s running mate, led to a photo of Sen. Obama with Sen. Dick Lugar.)

Full article here

When you click that link now, you get:

Oh dear.

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Saintroscoe? I think I love you:

:lol:

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Marketwatch: With a little more than two trading days left in the month, it is shaping up to be the best October ever for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. And that is saying something, since the Dow has existed since 1896, 115 years ago.

As of mid-day trading on Thursday, the Dow INDU is ahead more than 11% for the month. The previous record for the month of October was held by 1982, when the Dow turned in a 10.7% return. That’s an auspicious historical precedent, since that month came very early in that decade’s spectacular bull market which, arguably, didn’t end until nearly 20 years later.

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President Barack Obama talks with Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, in the Oval Office, Oct. 27, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


107 Responses to “good evening, people”


  1. 1 Lightfoot
    October 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Oh my gosh, how awesome to have won a seat at the dinner table with the President of the United States, Barack Obama! Yum!!!

    • October 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      No seriously, this is mind blowing. And he looks so present. He is one awesome dude.

      • 3 hopefruit2
        October 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

        BWD, I loved your response to Knoller’s snarky tweet.

        • October 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

          Oh, harassing him is one of my fave hobbies now, I can’t stand him. What a gossip girl he is.

          • 5 jacquelineoboomer
            October 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

            Yes! Go for it. I think I’ve even tried to annoy him (back) on Twitter, ’cause he sure annoys me!

          • October 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

            He is one of those annoying dorks with his stupid stats on how many minutes Obama golfs on a weekend, etc. etc.. I bet he was the kid in the class with his hand raised all the time with half his answers not correct because he was more concerned about being perceived as smart than actually listening and learning.

        • 7 Mel
          October 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

          BWD, please ask Marknoller to tweet Donald Trump, that if you reapet a lie often enough you are
          fricking stupid,, a Republican or crazy, If Trump thinks and continue to think he can BEAT PBO why
          did he quit? The Donald is so Fricking desperadp for attention By the MSM he looks PATHETIC.

    • 8 virginia
      October 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Shoot!! I signed up for a chance to be at the dinner. I’ve been so busy I didn’t even know they had chosen the winners. Oh well, I’ll try again the next time. There IS going to be a next time I hope???? Please.

      • 9 theo67
        October 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

        He did say in one of the emails that he’ll be trying to do this more often, so maybe you’ll be lucky in the future!

    • 10 Mel
      October 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      WOOOOW!!!! the DOW went up BIG time over 1200 to mark helpering now who is the big DICK? you are.
      mark is blowing so much hot airt that his head is going LOCO. Thank you Mr president and yes
      we can.

  2. 12 nintendowii10
    October 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Even though I don’t support linking to HuffyPuffy, another person has joined the Republican Clown Circus for President, and you’ll be amazed who it is :shock: :shock:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/terry-jones-2012-president_n_1035631.html

    • 13 hopefruit2
      October 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I thought the deadline for filing had passed already…what is he polling at right now? Will he be in the next debate on Nov 9th? What is his platform going to be..that he can burn twice as many Korans as the President?

      • 14 nintendowii10
        October 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

        Below, a look at the Jones campaign platform.

        Our campaign promises or agenda:

        1. Stop overspending immediately.

        We are now overspending by 4 billion dollars a day.

        2. Balance the budget.

        If this is not done, then we will experience a total collapse of our economy and way of life.

        3. Reduce military spending.

        All military on foreign soil should be brought back immediately and all future involvement of

        military on foreign soil should not be engaged until our country has become economically

        strong again. The security of our nation must be reexamined and our military spending must

        be cut by several billion dollars.

        4. Deport all illegals.

        We must immediately begin the deportation of the 20 million illegal aliens living in our country.

        This would be an operation similar to what Eisenhower did to provide jobs for the soldiers

        who were coming home after the war.

        5. Also saving us 400 billion dollars per year.

        6. Reduce corporate taxes.

        Our corporate taxes are the highest in the world. Corporate taxes must be reduced

        immediately in order to encourage people to start new businesses and existing corporations

        to expand, thus producing the jobs that are needed.

        7. Reduce bureaucracy. We must reexamine the bureaucracy of our government and

        businesses. We are dying and drowning in bureaucracy, rules and regulations. Companies

        must be held accountable for the consumer’s protection, but the over-control and overkill

        that we have is destroying our companies.

        He sounds just like Ron Paul, but on steroids. :roll:

        • 15 hopefruit2
          October 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

          First it was Crazy Cain and now this. Okay, is this another Koch Brothers’ invention to make Romney appear sane?

          • October 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

            You know I really think that’s the plan. The Republicans that be know that Romney is the only candidate who should be in the general. Therefore, they have to make everyone else appear insane, which isn’t hard to do since they ARE insane.

            • 17 theo67
              October 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm

              I think you’re right – I’ve been wondering this same thing for a few days now. They have to do something to make their favorite appealing to the general GOP electorate.

              • October 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

                The risk with going overboard with the loonies is that all of them may end up being tarred with the same brush. If people actually begin really to tune in to this nutcase parade the whole Republican field is going to look like Crazy Town, a source for comedy, not seriousness. Romney is NOT that much of a star to truly shine in any group. At best, he looks more adequate. I get the feeling that whoever is guiding the R ship these days, is losing the thread. The Rs used to be more subtle about hiding their innate craziness, but now they seem to consistently over play their hand and to misread public sentiment. It’s almost like they’re heading for a big comeuppance, please God.

                • 19 theo67
                  October 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm

                  True – when the overt racists start pleading for the GOP to tone down the crazy rhetoric, then they’ve gone way too far. :8

                • 20 Obama Grandmama
                  October 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

                  I was thinking and hoping that the GOP crazies may make people afraid to side with or vote GOP as it appears they are all crazy.

          • October 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

            Romney makes himself look nutty with his gazillion flip flops.

            • October 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm

              Exactly, africa. Romney is his own worst enemy with his dirty lies and pandering flippity flip floppling around like a beached flounder on steroids.

          • 23 Sue in Minnesota
            October 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

            I am beginning to be insulted by the constant stream of buffoons…as if it is their intent to make a mockery out of the whole Presidential election. Herman Cain is certainly doing a good job of it, now this piece of work joins the clown parade :roll:

          • 24 Mel
            October 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm

            So how many Crazy people the KOOCK BROTHERS are willing to put up?

        • 25 theo67
          October 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

          My brain caught on fire while I was reading, in an attempt to escape the stupidity outlined in this list. No specifics. Ideas off the top of his head. Ideas that will cost the US trillions of dollars, and basically destroy the country. These people think this is a joke.

    • 27 Mel
      October 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      The people are smarter than any of those idiots at the HUFF and we know that Ariana is what she is not
      she is a REPUBLICAN and who n the fuck trust the GOP? so fackyri by by Ariana we are not Stupid as you
      think we are..

  3. 28 utaustinliberal
    October 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Wow dinner with President Obama. That would blow my mind away. Hope they all have a wonderful time.

    Love how Google wrote “did you mean romney can’t win?” Clever clever search engine. ;)

    As for Perry’s flat tax; that’s just an insult to every middle and working class American in this country. Under his tax plan Buffett would only pay about 0.2%. The nerve of that moron to try and peddle this bag of tom foolery and sit back and pat himself on the head for a job well done just astounds me. He’s 100% clueless. Where do they breed people like him?

  4. 30 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    A tweet from our President himself!

  5. October 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Halperin today made me dust off my mad MS Paint skillz – I give you “Washington Dick”

    • October 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Magnificent! Added to the post – you’re a gem :lol:

      • 39 utaustinliberal
        October 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

        Hey Chips. Could you explain the picture? I have an idea but I’m not 100% sure.

        • October 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

          It’s Mark Halperin’s head on Saddam Hussien’s propaganda/information minister “Baghdad Bob”‘s body.

          From Baghdad Bob’s wiki-

          On April 7, 2003, two days before Baghdad fell to US forces, al-Sahhaf claimed that there were no American troops in Baghdad, and that the Americans were committing suicide by the hundreds at the city’s gates. His last public appearance as Information Minister was on April 8, 2003, when he said that the Americans “are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks. They will surrender, it is they who will surrender”.

          He gained something of a cult following in the West, appearing on T-shirts, cartoons, and from internet phenomena came satirical websites. One such site featured sound bites of the minister, as well as photoshopped pictures of him on the Star Wars Death Star, at The Battle of Waterloo and at the D-Day landings, in all cases maintaining that “everything is just fine.”[8]

          Where did the “Great news for John Mccain” meme come from?

        • October 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

          Hiya UT, Saintroscoe very brilliantly put Halperin’s head on Comical Ali’s body – perfect! Comical Ali was the joke name given to Saddam Hussein’s propaganda guy who was hilariously deluded, even when the Allies were entering Baghdad he kept telling the world Saddam would emerge triumphant. He became a bit of a star, appearing in a gazillion internet pics – eg Comical Ali says (name worst football team in America) will win the Superbowl. And:

          So, Saintroscoe is spot on – like Comical Ali, Halperin just clings to the ‘truth’ as he sees it and how he wants things to be. And in the process, makes a complete fool of himself.

    • October 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      He’s in a league by himself when it comes to buffonery.

    • 47 Bobfr
      October 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Very well done!!!!

      #YesWECanDOMoreTogether

    • 48 Mel
      October 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Halpering is the biggest dick ever!!!!!!!!! PBO is the world’s best leader ever and Mark take that
      to the BANK. Mark he is not an American he should stop his bullshit all together.

  6. 49 GGail
    October 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Chipsticks…..what did you do to his page??????? Where did you put it!!!???!!!?? LOL!!!!!!

    • October 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      What?! GGail, I’m confused!

      • 51 GGail
        October 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        Where did you put his page??? I know it was you Chipsticks!!!! Your gun metal fingerprints are all over it! Where is “The Page”

      • 52 M
        October 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

        Chips, I think ggail saw above in the post the spot where it reads “The Page” “Not Found.” That is where you were explaining an old prediction Halperin made (which turned out to be wrong) has since been removed from his website. I think ggail misunderstood and maybe she thinks “The Page” in its entirety no longer exists. Now wouldn’t that be nice if it were true! Correct me if I am wrong ggail about the confusion.

        • October 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

          Ah, thank you M! I didn’t understand – although the permanent disappearance of the Dick’s Page is a lovely, lovely thought!

          • 54 GGail
            October 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm

            Actually it was my poor attempt at a joke :-(

            I was teasing Chipsticks that she was the one who had removed Halperin’s The Page.

            I’ll stick with my day job. :D

  7. 55 desertflower
    October 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Now I know that the woman sitting next to the President is probably nervous, but holy moly! Someone give that woman a shot of tequila or something! Hell, give her 2! And why is she sitting SO FAR AWAY FROM HIM???!!! :)

    • October 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      OMG, desert!!!!! I was thinking the same gosh durn thing!!!!!
      ps- Happy Belated B-day!!!! Here’s to many, many more :D

      • 57 desertflower
        October 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        I would make a bet that LOTS of us here thought that:) Thank you so much for the birthday wishes:) It was a wonderful day!

    • October 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      ‘And why is she sitting SO FAR AWAY FROM HIM???!!!’

      You just can’t please these TOD women! :roll: :roll: ;) Watching the Leno pics you gals complained that blue dress was sitting TOOO close to PBO, actually touching him – how dare she!! :shock: Now this poor, nervous lady is tooo far away? Come to think of it DF, maybe blue dress was too close the other day because she had had a shot or two of tequila prior, to give her courage! :lol:

      • 60 desertflower
        October 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        Well, the “blue dress” actually looked like she was having a WHOLE LOT more fun with her President! :) Just sayin’
        I didn’t get in on that conversation the other day about the blue dress lady leaning into PBO so much:) I thought her body language showed that she was VERY MUCH engaged with whatever he had to say:) All great by me! That poor woman at dinner looks absolutely paralyzed.Poor thing. Hope she relaxed more as dinner went on. I wouldn’t want ANY regrets after a BFD like that!
        You KNOW you wondered why she was so far away:)….

        • October 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

          Chips & DF – :lol:

          By the way, DF, ** I** know enough not to get ‘involved’ IN the conversations when the sisters here start to monitor PBO’s interactions. ;)

        • 62 anniebella
          October 28, 2011 at 3:28 am

          I’m looking at the blue dress lady on Leno show like this, I’m hoping it just look worse than it really was. I thinking since she was NBC producer she was telling the President something about the show, some joke he was to say or something. Don’t disrespect the First Lady like that, I might have to go there and kick some ass.

    • October 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      That’s the first thing I noticed, that woman looks just petrified. Poor thing, I bet the President, put her a ease before the evening was over.

  8. 65 Bobfr
    October 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    @BarackObama Let’s focus 99% of the #99%ers on electing 99% of OUR Candidates in 2012. Largest voter turnout ever. The 99-99-99 Plan!

    #YesWECanDOMoreTogether

  9. 66 nintendowii10
    October 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    As much as I don’t want to link to Keith Olbermann, this is a good video featuring Keith Shannon, friend of Scott Olson, who was hit with a gas grenade in Oakland

    • October 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      There is vid reportedly showing that Mr. olsen was targeted by an officer shooting off the canisters not 10 feet away from him, and that Scott was doing nothing – just standing there when he was hit in the head.

      • 68 nintendowii10
        October 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        I’ve seen and read comments out of the right virtually celebrating the fact that Olson got hit in the head, this is a man that served two combat tours in Iraq that he was staunchly against, and this is the thanks that he gets… being ridiculed by the right because he had the audacity to protest unfair policies and ideals that they pushed, including the lies that got him into Iraq.

        First booing a gay Army soldier, now mocking a US Marine who dared to protest the upper 1%. Some have even embraced the Rush Limbaugh phony soldiers attack angle and called Olson a phony soldier. Unbelievable how these same right wing liars who claim to support the military mock those who disagree with their politics. Like President Obama said a month or so ago at HRC, to be Commander in Chief you have to support those who serve in uniform, even when it’s politically not convenient.

        As for the Oakland police force, as a California native (born and raised), I’m not surprised this happened. The Oakland police force has been corrupt for many decades, and the Mayor and police chief are doing a lot of CYA. Just overall shameful and disgraceful.

  10. October 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

    A credible firewall has to be built to prevent the crisis in Europe from spreading and European banks have to be strengthened, U.S. President Barack Obama wrote in an op-ed in the Financial Times on Thursday, in response to the euro-zone deal reached earlier today.

    Obama wrote that the U.S. would support Europe in resolving the financial crisis, which “must be resolved as quickly as possible,” and he was “confident” that Europe would be able to meet the challenges ahead.

    To ensure global growth is balanced and sustainable, Obama wrote that “a critical tool for accelerating that shift is greater flexibility in exchange rates, including exchange rates that are market-driven.”

    With regards to banks within the G-20 grouping, Obama wrote, banks have to maintain the capital they need to withstand shocks, and there has to be greater oversight and transparency to avoid excessive risks, especially with regard to derivatives.

    Domestically, he said his top priority was “putting Americans back to work” and he aims to preserve American competitiveness through recently signed landmark trade agreements.

    Full story at http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8bea546a-ffc5-11e0-8441-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1boSNFuXf

  11. October 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    The chart on the impact of the American Jobs Act is amazing. This is important information to use when we write/call Republican reps. and ask them why are they standing in the way of specific job growth in their state? I like to remind them that it’s they who’ll be held accountable for the failure to deliver, not the president. We’re watching and we have their number.

    By the way, I think the lady at the table is so stiff because PBO seems to be directing his attention to each of them in turn, trying to draw them out. If she’s the last one, she’s dying inside because her brain has gone blank and she’s afraid she’ll start babbling. Okay, now I’m projecting how I’d feel. These photos are a great incentive to keep donating.

  12. 71 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    The lady in pic was probably so nervous, or maybe she was trying so hard to be calm for her president. She is the exact opposite of that NBC anchor Michelle who was all over the President the other day.

  13. 72 Ladyhawke
    October 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    WHY WON’T HE PERPWALK THEM?

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    I just watched Rachel Maddow interview Attorney General Beau Biden of Delaware about a lawsuit he filed today about deceptive practices by lending agencies. It was a good interview. But of course Rachel had to ask why the federal government has not done more in this area. Beau advised Rachel that these cases are very difficult to prosecute. (Who knew?) It looks like the state attorneys generals are on the case.

    At the end of the interview she makes a snarky comment that President Obama needs to make sure he is on the side of the 99% on this issue. Of course, in the end whatever is being discussed involves some action that President Obama needs to do or else (or why hasn’t he already).

    I made skid marks to my computer and sent Rachel Maddow the brilliant article from The Peoples View by Deaniac83 entitled “Why won’t he perpwalk them!!!”. I made it a point to highlight the following paragraph for Rachel. Bottom line, it’s hard to prosecute legalized gambling. Hopefully, she will get he message and learn something from the wisdom of Deaniac83.

    And so we have – or at least had – prior to the Dodd-Frank Act – legalized gambling, bribery and dark-alley trading. This is what was accomplished by 8 years of Reagan, 12 years of the Bushes, and I’m sorry to say, the Clinton years. President Clinton did a lot of good things for our country and for that he is to be commended, but by signing the repeal of Glass-Steagall into law, dismantling the last of the protections that the American people had built themselves in the aftermath of the Great Depression. This repeal let banks essentially do whatever they wanted and make up any financial … umm… “product” that they wanted. Bill Clinton was not the only Democratic accomplice in that horrendous surrender to the banking industry. Here is the Congressional final vote on the repeal:

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    Attorney General Beau Biden was terrific. Below is the link to the article describing the lawsuit he filed today. This is huge.

    Mortgage Registry MERS Sued by Delaware Attorney General

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-27/mortgage-registry-mers-sued-by-delaware-attorney-general.html

    • 73 desertflower
      October 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      SO glad you sent that magnificent piece by Deaniac to her. That one is an absolute keeper.. and a “forwarder”….glad to see him going after MERS…what a fraudulent joke THAT is!

    • October 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      I don’t understand why there is so much excitement around this mortgage fraud case. This site http://www.stopfraud.gov/news.html shows that others around the country have also been charged or convicted of mortgage fraud. Do those not matter? Are people looking for a specific company or person? Does the company literally have to be located on Wall Street?

      These questions aren’t personally directed at you by the way. I just feel like I’m missing something.

      • 75 Ladyhawke
        October 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        I am just as baffled as you are gobrooklyn. There seems to be an obsession and preoccupation with the “perpwalk” itself. Clearly there have been prosecutions but it just doesn’t seem to count unless there was an actual perpwalk on the tv. it’s exasperating.

      • 78 desertflower
        October 28, 2011 at 12:02 am

        The more that states go after entities like MERS (and it literally is an entitity..there are really NO employees) to expose the fraud that is MERS, the better. Among other things, assigning a mortgage to MERS enables the taxes that are to be paid to states for the transactions of mortgages, to be bypassed. States literally haven’t been paid millions upon millions of dollars that they are rightfully owed. Considering the dire straits that most states are in…and the fact that this money SHOULD be paid to them, it IS a VERY BIG DEAL! The more light that is shed on MERS, the better. So any Atty. Gen.in ANY state has the OBLIGATION to investigate this sham of a set up for the state they are charged with protecting.If you would like to read further, I can give you links:) Hope this helped

      • 79 desertflower
        October 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/l-randall-wray/post_1440_b_797563.html Sorry about where the link leads…however, this is the easiest to understand explanation of the problem:)

    • 80 nintendowii10
      October 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      President Obama made the point a few weeks ago at his presser that he simply cannot prosecute people, that is not his job. That is what I hate about these concern trolls on the emoleft like Rachel, they want prosecutions even when prosecutions would cost a lot of taxpayer dollars and you have to build a case with evidence, which is not easily done with some of these courts still having Bush holdovers.

      Rachel is smart and intelligent, but she pisses that all away with her concern trolling against the President, as if he can enact her wishes by fiat and if he should be doing all of the heavy lifting. Did the emoleft forget it was “Yes WE Can,” not “Yes HE Can” or “Yes I Can”?

      • 81 Obama Grandmama
        October 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        It seems that most of the PL media has the same concerns and keep going back to it even after it is explained. That fact seems a lot like the Right does as I saw a Conservative on Chris Matthews show the other day going back to the predicted unemployment going no higher than 8% used as showing the Obama administration as being inept and an argument that the stimulus did not work. That particular argument has been debunked with the fact that when that was predicted it was based on info from the GW Bush administration that was under reported. Why does CM and other MSNBC hosts let that go instead of challenging it? In some ways I can see that they cannot challenge everything since most everything the GOP reps say is a lie but left unchallenged it appears as if it is true.

  14. 84 desertflower
    October 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Has this man totally lost his flipping mind? And how totally stupid does that comment sound?

    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201110270007

  15. October 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Headline on CNBC website right now: “Stocks On Track for Best Month in 37 Years” !!! http://www.cnbc.com/id/45070074

  16. 90 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Hey folks, it’s Halloween. I’ve assigned costumes to everyone. You must wear your costume proudly on Monday Oct 31st and post as if you were that person on the special Halloween thread (of course if Chips gives us permission to play!).

    1. Hopefruit2 – Ron Paul
    2. Jovie – Bachman
    3. Saintroscoe – Halperin
    4. desertflower – Tweety
    5. Bobfr – Romney
    6. theo67 – Cain
    7. Utaustin – Baby jane Hamsher
    8. Nintendo – Rick Perry
    9. lisalovesobama -Chris Christie
    10. Sue in Minesota – Ed Schultz
    11. GGail – Morning Mika
    12. africa-peggy noonan
    13. Purple shoes – Mankini Newt
    14. Me4obama – Donald Trump
    15. collegekay – Maxine Waters
    16. Mel – Cornel West
    17. Virginia – Michael Moore
    18. Jacquelineboomer – Rubio
    19. Forus50 – Glen Beck
    20. Vcprezofan – Turtle Mitch McConnell
    21. Lightfoot – Weeper Boener.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      October 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Gobrooklyn- Eric Cantor
      LadyHawke – Joan Walsh

      • 92 utaustinliberal
        October 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        Hopefruit……classic! baby jane hamsher? Hmm…..I wonder why you gave me that halloween costume. :lol: I think Chipsticks has to be assigned Mankini Newt. She did create the character after all and embodies all the characteristics of Mankini Newt. :lol: ;) I’m game to play on Monday Oct 31st.

        • 93 PurpleShoesLA
          October 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm

          Hopefruit/UTAustin Liberal,

          I would be happy to relinquish Mankini Newt to Chipsticks– altho I’ll have to return my Diamond encrusted Purple Mankini, to go with my Purple flip-flops I bought just special for Monday dang it!! Seriously tho, happy to let Chipsticks have the honors. Perhaps I can be Tavis Smiley instead? He’s got to keep ole’ Corpone West company on Monday, Non? Lemme know…

      • 94 prettyfoot58
        October 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

        AND ME…WHAT IS MY COSTUME :-D

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      October 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Oh, that is funny. As a former Floridian, I’d love to play dress up as Marco Rubio!

    • October 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Lol. I want to be George Washington-

    • October 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Hopefruit: this is hilarious! I can’t wait to post as the unhinged mixed metaphors Beck.

    • 98 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      Gosh I’m a regular TODer. What about me Hopefruit? :(

      • 99 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

        …………………and what about Kasai, Meta, and Hz? The might want to play. :(

        • 100 hopefruit2
          October 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm

          Thanks Keith…for reminding me of all the different folks I only used the names of all the folks who had posted on the thread so far…Help me out here…what would be a good costume for HZ? Jovie prefers to come as George Washington, so HZ can be Bachman instead.

          26. HZ – Michele Bachmann

        • 101 desertflower
          October 28, 2011 at 12:08 am

          AND Fred??? I’m guessing that we can ALL get our very own loon…there are so many!

      • 102 hopefruit2
        October 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm

        24. Keith in C-bus – Dennis Kucinich
        25. meta – James Carville

    • 103 Bobfr
      October 28, 2011 at 1:47 am

      I’d rather be Osama than Romney that way I’d be dead rather than in constant misery trying to keep up with whatever the next version of myself was supposed to be in the next nano- nope, make that femto-second …….
      :D :D

      #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether

  17. October 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Update on Scott Olsen:

    Doctors upgraded his condition Thursday from critical to fair, and said they expected him to make a full recovery.

    His parents flew in from Wisconsin and spent Thursday at his bedside. When they arrived, Olsen “just blossomed,” said Highland’s chief of surgery, Dr. Arden Harken.

    Dr. Harken said Olsen had suffered a 2- to 3-inch fracture on the left side of his skull. He is able to write and move, but is having trouble speaking, Harken said.

    Olsen has a bruise on brain that is causing swelling, but should recover fully without needing surgery, Harken said.

    Olsen was dropped off at the hospital by people in a private car and was unconscious for 12 hours, Harken said. He is unaware of the global interest in his condition.

    “He wouldn’t be able to comprehend it,” the doctor said

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/27/BAD61LN3LM.DTL#ixzz1c2URNduf

    • 105 Bobfr
      October 28, 2011 at 1:51 am

      All that matters is that he survives with, hopefully, little to even less neurological and psychological impairment.

      Had he been a gun-totting #teabagger we’d probably have seen countless people killed or injured in retaliation, already ……..

      #PRESSON

  18. 106 Obama Grandmama
    October 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t have time to read through this blog post right now but will come back to it later. If I am repeating any previous conversation I apologize in advance. I usually read through the posts then am behind the thread anyhow by the time I add my two cents to the topic.
    When checking into my email this morning I spied an ABC article about PBO’s ACA being at its lowest approval ever. The article said the GOP Debates have people questioning the healthcare act and most of the downturn is in Democratic support as the GOP already did not support it.
    We worked so hard on this and it has done so much good even in this short time period. I think we need more PR to explain the benefits as Dems seem to be falling for the GOP meme.

  19. October 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    IMHO I think, It’s the Mitt Romney connection. This is the best Ideas Mittens has ever had, but some Dems are so turned off by him, I think it’s castng a pall over the plan for some. It wouldn’t hurt to have the Dems in congress talk up the plan once in a while, jeez. Like you mentioned in your post, we worked our butts off to get this passed, can we at least have a nice pro ACA television ad or something? DCCC are ya listening?…….crickets as usual. Oh well, a lot of people didn’t like Social Securtiy or Medicare when it was first introduced, but inow they just love it.


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