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afternoon all

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:lol: Thanks nintendowii10!

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Pew: A new Pew poll confirms a trend that’s been surfacing for a few weeks – with the constant changes in the GOP presidential primary race, President Obama has seen an uptick in a few key metrics, maintaining a slim lead against former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and a larger one against other possible challengers.

Pew’s numbers shows that the President’s approval rating, which has been consistently underwater during a difficult summer in Washington, is now even at 46 percent. It also shows that his favorability rating, a point of particular strength for him, continues to be positive. 52 percent of those Americans polled holds him in a positive light, versus 45 percent who see him unfavorably.

More here

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Steve Benen: President Obama told business leaders at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that U.S. policymakers have been “a little bit lazy” when it comes to attracting businesses to American soil. Republicans have taken this line and said the president called Americans “lazy.” They’re lying.

It’s been pleasantly surprised by the number of news outlets who’ve been willing to tell the public the truth…. And then there’s Politico, which ran a 1,300 word piece that emphasized Republicans’ use of the out-of-context quote, while downplaying the relevant detail: Republicans are misleading the public.

…. What matters, according to the cynical Politico article, is the way in which the GOP is exploiting an opportunity, not whether that exploitation is accurate, fair, or advancing the public debate. That’s just not how quality political journalism is supposed to work…..

Full article here

Alec MacGillis (TNR): …. As a news reporter, one has a choice. One can do what NBC’s Mark Murray, Time’s Michael Scherer, or the New York Times’ Richard Oppel all did yesterday and today, which is to declare Republicans’ exploitation of Obama’s line as blatantly out of context and unfair.

Or one can do what Politico did, which is to write a full story headlined “Obama’s ‘lazy’ remark catches fire,” which reports, in a tone of barely suppressed glee, that Republicans have been handed a gift….

…. let’s be clear: this sort of story is why people hate Washington, and why they can’t stand us political reporters. The story is a purveyor of the worst sort of lazy – yes, lazy – cynicism.

Full article here

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Mediaite: Earlier today, we brought you the hard-to-believe story that Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, challenging her to a debate on Monday. Pelosi’s response quickly underscored the problem with Perry’s challenge when she tweeted her response: “Re: Gov. Perry–Monday I’ll be in Portland. Later visiting labs in CA. That’s 2. I can’t remember the 3rd thing.”

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244 Responses to “afternoon all”


  1. 1 lovingandlaughing
    November 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Great toons Chips! Thanks for bringing these to us here.

  2. 3 debbyeOh
    November 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Chips, I really appreciate the midday levity! You know another cool thing? Our President always shines after rough summers, have you noticed? ;) !

  3. 6 JojoRaze
    November 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Afternoon Chips and to all! First! The video about the Repub nominees on the BBC worked for me but I had to stop it when the host questioned Sharron Angle about why these gaffes happened. She’s the last person to ask about it since she’s as daft as the rest.

    Two: The political cartoons are amazing…Major LOL at the “Can I think of three reasons to vote for Rick Perry” in the internal GOP debate ‘toon. Nancy Pelosi’s got jokes. And the ‘toon about Gingrinch is spot on. It’s only missing the mankini!

    • November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Hiya JojoRaze, I have to admit I enjoyed watching Angle squirm and Lee Camp ridiculing her – and Jeremy Paxman giggling at Camp’s comments. I loved the whole piece, really showed what a freak show the GOP is.

      • 8 JojoRaze
        November 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        Chips! I didn’t know that the host clowned her. I literally saw her face and her name and was like “Whoa there partner!” I’ll watch the whole thing again because Sharron Angle deserves ridicule.

        • November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

          Hiya JojoRaze, the host (ie Paxman) didn’t really ridicule her, although his commentary in the video before the discussion was deliciously sarky. It was more Lee Camp who mocked her and the GOP – good stuff!

      • 10 Sankofa
        November 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        Chips, Mi Chica, am I missing the video w/angle? Is it at the end of President Obama’s speech because that’s the first video for me… kindly help me again :frown:

  4. 12 meabloom
    November 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    So… I’m so on the phone with FLMO right now. I will tell her you all say Hi.
    The top cartoon is bomb. No, you can’t come up with three reason to vote for Rick Perry. I can’t come up with one but I can come up with about 10 for why I wouldn’t.

    Obama/Biden2012

  5. 15 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Day Chips! Good Day TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    …one voice can change a room. And if a voice can change a room, it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world.

    Have a great evening, everyone! :-P

  6. 23 Ladyhawke
    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Exemplary reporting and the best travelogue ever

    ======================================

    Thank you Chips for exemplary reporting and the best travelogue ever on our amazing President Barack Obama. You keep us connected and by his side in such a spectacular fashion. You provide one-stop-shopping for everything relating to President Obama. And you do it with a level of detail and flair that puts the mainstream media to shame. Your website is meticulously managed and a joy to visit throughout the day. Thank you for creating this special place. I call it my haven from a hostile world. Please know that you are loved, admired and appreciated for all you do for the TOD family. Thank you dear.

    • 24 ber6964
      November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Ditto Ladyhawke

    • 26 HZ
      November 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Oh, how lovely to describe our wonderful Chipsticks, Ladyhawke. “exemplary reporting, best travelogue ever” of one of the most intelligent, bright, and compassionate Presidents of our times.

      How Chipsticks does it: She does it with intellect, the highest level of factual details that pulls you into the conversation with your mind, and your heart. Chipsticks manages to make sure that all that is presented on her blog is well thoughtout, nothing but the facts to capture the full dialogue with the President’s travels and his total pure representation on the American people and the world.

      Chipsticks certainly has that very special” meticulous gift of managing this site with precision, expert creative, and a master of the purest goodness of maintaining this as a beautiful haven of grace, beauty, respect, and honor for President Obama and those of us who respect him, love him and take this journey along with him as one of the most enjoyable, yet very serious and well thoughtout journey we will probably ever take in this democracy that we get to participate in daily. Thank you,Chipsticks and thank you, Mr. President. HZ

  7. 27 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    WHAT A CLUSTER MUCK OF ‘CLONES FOR CHAOS’…IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF THEY WEREN’T SO DISGUSTING. HOW COULD ANY OF THESE GOP CANDIDATES EVER THINK THEY WOULD HAVE ANY KIND OF AN EDGE ON OUR AWESOME PRESIDENT! ALL THEY ARE IS A BUNCH OF GREEDY,EGOTISTICAL DREAMERS WEIGHED DOWN BY THEIR OWN FESTERING BAGGAGE!

  8. 29 carolyn
    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I wish I had started counting how many times Sharron Angle said “underestimated” in her first very long, convoluted, meaningless answer. She also kept saying 30 second bite…don’t we wish that’s all the time they got! Rick Perry’s lapse was timed at 53 seconds…..does she pay attention to what’s going on? She’s still bitter about her loss. The more she talks, the less future she has.
    So sad that the Brits can see exactly what’s going on, and half of our population is blind!
    Interesting news coming out about Mitt Romney’s staff buying the hard drives of their computers and trying to get rid of the electronic trail. Someone on the other thread said this stuff can be found…..hope so. However, this shows exactly what Romney is. He didn’t run in 2006 because he KNEW he did not have a prayer of getting elected. The people of Massachusetts put up billboards telling him to get out of the state….I saw them.

  9. November 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    The House voted Thursday to extend government funding and avert a shutdown on midnight on Friday.

    Lawmakers voted, 298 to 121, to extend funding for most government departments through Dec. 16, in the latest installment in the piecemeal-style governing process that Congress has used to keep government from closing.

    But the legislation, which still must pass the Senate, takes a step toward fully funding the government; the bill, called a “minibus,” would fully fund government though Sept. 30, 2012 in three areaa: Agriculture, Commerce and Justice, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The Senate would have to vote on the bill by the end of the day on Friday.

    Because lawmakers were unable to finish work on the remaining nine appropriations bill before the current temporary funding measure, called a “continuing resolution,” expires on Nov. 18, they included another continuing resolution to fund the rest of the government through mid-December. If they fail to do so, lawmakers would have to pass yet another CR, which the House and Senate leadership has said they are trying to avoid.

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/17/8862754-house-votes-to-fund-government-through-mid-december

  10. 31 Fred
    November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    great cartoons :D

  11. November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    FTA grants create jobs,
    promote innovative transportation solutions
    Today, the Federal Transit Administration is awarding $112 million in Clean Fuels and TIGGER (Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction) grants to 46 innovative projects across the country.  These investments will put people back to work building sustainable, energy-efficient transit vehicles and facilities in 23 states.
    FTA’s Clean Fuels and TIGGER programs support President Obama’s effort to create jobs, improve the environment, and secure America’s energy future. Today’s awards will improve public transportation access for millions of Americans while putting people back to work, reducing our dependence on oil, and easing consumers’ pain at the gas pump.

    http://fastlane.dot.gov/2011/11/clean-tigger.html

  12. November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Deaniac at the People’s View has a great piece about how the president put the Republicans in a bind with the debt ceiling bill. They thought they had won, but he actually created a trap that they now find they can’t get out of without breaking their vow to their God, Grover Norquist. PBO was operating in a league they couldn’t understand and they’re only just realizing it. If they had simply raised the debt ceiling at the beginning of the year, they wouldn’t find themselves twisted in knots today. The R’s sent a whole bunch of ideological crazies to the Congress who thought they could lock horns with the president and win. Think again, guys.

    • 34 Tulips
      November 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      I was just reading that. Potus punked them and they are just realizing it and now fighting each other. I love that mans brain . Thank you GOD for potus

      • 35 HZ
        November 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        Jackie and Tulips, these people do no realize that they are playing around through their foolish games while POB is very serious about how he using his brains for the people. President Obama is thinking while these people are sleeping.

        Yes, thank you God for POB. I was just hearing him speak and , my oh my what a gift we have been given!!!!! HZ

    • November 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Just wanted to say I enjoyed your analysis of Deaniac’s information packed piece on the Debt Ceiling Bill, Jackie. So it was a good thing they didn’t raise the debt ceiling when they had the chance. Instead they tried to ruin the economy to keep PBObama to One Term. Karma’s on FUll Watch with these republicons who are traitors to their Country but bow at the altar of KOCH.

  13. November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    High Speed Rail: creating jobs, spurring growth,
    providing needed capacity
    2012 is shaping up to be a year of significant high speed rail activity. In the first part of the year, more than $1 billion in high speed rail construction activity will be underway.  As part of the program, 32 states already have work in progress.  Contracts are being let around the U.S. by states for design work, planning work, construction materials, and supplies.  And all of this comes as Amtrak continues to break ridership records on passenger rail routes across the country.

    http://fastlane.dot.gov/2011/11/high-speed-rail-improving-the-present-preparing-for-the-future.html

  14. 38 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    This strengthening our relationships with our Asian-Pacific allies is pure genius on the part of the President, on so many levels. Instead of sitting here looking at China as a boogeyman we’re destined to become second-place to as they put us into debt and rattle sabres, PBO is saying we are a willing partner, but is also saying we also a major player ourselves geographically, culturally, and econically in that part of the world.

    Only a brilliant man who was raised in Hawaii and spent part of his childhood in Asia would act upon this opportunity in such an expansive, visionary manner. Genius! ;-)

    • 39 smoothscotch
      November 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Well said, thank you. I was watching our political news here(Canada) and our PM is looking to join the East Asia consortium all of a sudden. With the pipeline on hold, he was quoted as saying well we’ll look at other options to run our pipeline,sell our oil, mainly Asia region I’m thinking. Why they didn’t put more urgency on this previously is beyond me, short term thinking so now he’s trying to follow, at least it looks like it to me.

    • 40 nathkatun7
      November 18, 2011 at 12:20 am

      Excellent Comment, PJ! You really helped understand the way this great President operates. This is a region with over half the world’s population and the fastest growing economies. So indeed why not partner with them? Brilliant comment that recognizes the brilliance of President Obama.

  15. 42 Debz
    November 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I have been busy catching up Thank you Chipsticks, you must not be getting much sleep!! But your hard work is appreciated. Our President is so busy I don’t know how anyone can keep Up!!

  16. November 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    The Obama administration’s legal campaign against restrictive state immigration laws has led to a bitter standoff in Alabama, where Justice Department attorneys are investigating possible civil rights violations.

    The federal government already has sued Alabama over its new law, one of three such lawsuits against states that have cracked down on illegal immigration. Now, the Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation to monitor potential discrimination as parts of the Alabama law take effect.

    The standoff is over Justice’s request for detailed enrollment data from Alabama schools, part of the probe into complaints that the law has prompted Hispanic families to pull their children from school. But Alabama’s attorney general has balked and, in a series of blunt replies, questioned the federal government’s authority to demand the information. The state education department has advised school districts not to comply.

    The deadlock, which shows no sign of ending and could lead to a second Justice Department lawsuit, comes after the administration last year sued Arizona and, two weeks ago, filed suit against South Carolina. Government lawyers are also considering challenges to laws in Utah, Georgia and Indiana.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/c.jsp?item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fpolitics%2fjustice-dept-in-deadlock-with-alabama-over-illegal-immigration-law%2f2011%2f11%2f15%2fgIQAhEkeUN_mobile.mobile&cid=578815

  17. 44 GGail
    November 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Hiya Chipsticks!

    Thanks for the afternoon funnies!

    That Nancy Pelosi – she is on the ball!!!!!!

  18. November 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Obama Threatens Veto Of Defense Bill Over Military Custody For Terror Suspects Mandate

    President Barack Obama is threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 over “unnecessary, untested, and legally controversial” restrictions imposed by Congress which would mandate certain terrorism suspects go into military custody.

    “The Administration objects to and has serious legal and policy concerns about many of the detainee provisions in the bill,” the White House said in a statement. “In their current form, some of these provisions disrupt the Executive branch’s ability to enforce the law and impose unwise and unwarranted restrictions on the U.S. Government’s ability to aggressively combat international terrorism; other provisions inject legal uncertainty and ambiguity that may only complicate the military’s operations and detention practices.”

    ~snip~

    “Any bill that challenges or constrains the President’s critical authorities to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the Nation would prompt the President’s senior advisers to recommend a veto.,” the statement says.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/obama_threatens_veto_of_defense_bill_over_military_custody_for_terror_suspects_mandate.php

    h/t Ryan J. Reilly

  19. November 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    So much good news to share today. Thank you Chips.

  20. 48 dotster3
    November 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Freak show is right. Crazy time. Cain, when asked about his lack of foreign policy expertise, said he’s “a leader, not a reader”. And when asked what he planned to do on his first day in office should he be elected (eeeeeekkkkk!), he said he would be taking a nap. His candidacy has to be a giant joke, he cannot be serious, right? Perry’s so desperate he’s dog whistling affirmative action now, trying to get back in with the teabaggers—-saying Obama grew up “privileged” (hahahahaha), that he had everything handed to him, didn’t have to work for anything—–ta dum! Affirmative action, everybody! Newt has the most unethical, scandalous, immoral history of any candidate ever and has a bit of a lobbying problem to boot. Bachmann’s still yelling about turning out the lights on the dept. of education first thing after she’s elected, one of about a million idiotic statements she’s made. Romney holds the exact opposite policy positions now as he once did, and he’s missing a heart. And MSNBC accepts whatever imaginings Politico puts out as gospel, for no good reason. Many of their programs went with Politico’s lazy “lazy” story today, like on Alex Wagner, who is trying to knock off Andrea Mitchell for the most Republican promoting hour on daytime teevee. Goofiness and dumbness all over the place. The one bright light is President Obama, who excels at every difficult task daily, here and around the world. The contrast is so stark. The choice is so clear.

  21. November 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu was on Wednesday subjected to over three hours of grilling from House lawmakers investigating the $535 million loan guarantee his agency granted to Solyndra, a solar company favored by the White House that went bankrupt in August.

    But throughout the hearing conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Chu maintained his calm and repeatedly rebuffed Republican suggestions that the Obama Administration influenced the Energy Department’s decision making in any way.

    http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/energy-secretary-chu-hits-back-in-solyndra-hearing.php?m=1

  22. 51 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Wonderful blog today. I just got home and could not stop looking at all the pictures…beautiful job Chips!! I love you all.

  23. November 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Herb was asked what he would do on his first day as President?
    He said, I would take a NAP!

    A Nap?

    Sure, why not? Everybody take a day off and chill. Lol!

  24. 59 dotster3
    November 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    To his credit, the Good Tweety, is pushing back on the false “lazy” story, making clear the context. Michael Steele is fighting the truth. Tweet showed both Perry and Romney condemning Obama for calling Americans “lazy” and for being unpatriotic, slimy politicians, both of them. Some in the news media supported this story because they support Romney.

    • 60 LOL
      November 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      *cough cough POLITICO cough cough* They want a fight…and they know their best chance for that is Romney. Wonder why they never have any damaging stories on Romney. Today, the Boston Globe reported that former Romney staff from his governorship in Mass bought their government issued desktops after they left their position- so no files are available for anyone to go through during the Romney administration. Now, Raise your hand if you think POLITICO blew it into a ZOMG story…okay, I have a nice little waterfront property I would like to sell you in Arizona.

      I have yet to see a “Weakest Front Runner” story on Romney. Baffling how he can be tied with the PREZ but be dead last to Herman “We need a leader, not a reader” Cain. AND yes, he actually said that.

    • November 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      That’s really good to know, dotster! I saw The Good Wife online last night and Tweety was a guest as himself, Chris Matthews..the lawyers called him in to help out with a candidate for State Senate in Illinois, they were backing. They were hoping to try to get out in front of a potential scandal because of some stupid pics from his College years that had surfaced. Turns out there were too many weird pics so the candidate just announced he was an alchoholic and was going in for rehab!

      This is the show that Chris Noth is in ..the one who had such good things to say about Obama on Irish tv that Chips so generously posted. :P

    • 68 HZ
      November 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Yes, to his credit did push back. However that ugly spirit of Michael Steele just could not stand up like a decent man and leave the only thing most of his group knows, ‘ugly politics’ and speak truth. A lie is a lie. I still can’t comprehend why Michael Steele is there at msnbc. Why not hop on over to his ‘homeboys’ on Fox. They used him up royally and then dump his behind. HZ

      • 69 nathkatun7
        November 18, 2011 at 1:47 am

        “I still can’t comprehend why Michael Steele is there at msnbc. Why not hop on over to his ‘homeboys’ on Fox. They used him up royally and then dump his behind. HZ”

        All I can say HZ, is BRAVO and AMEN for your spot-on comment! Sometimes I wonder what exactly these so called Black conservatives are drinking (or smoking, for that matter)? I honestly never imagined that in the 21st century we would still have people, like Herman Cain and Michael Steele, acting as fools, in order to please and impress RACIST right wingers. They are such an embarrassment!

        Past generations of Black people paid a heavy price to open up this society to ensure that Black people were treated with dignity and respect. Past generations of Black people took pride in education and acquiring knowledge. Past generations of Black people valued “Truth Telling.” Yet, these days, we have these self indulgent clowns, who have no sense of history, or a sense of respect for the Black community, going around validating many of the racist stereotypes about Black people by mocking knowledge and learning. Every time I I listen to and view that clip of Herman Cain being proud of his ignorance about foreign leaders, I honestly feel like weeping. Is Herman Cain so ignorant of the history of his people who sacrificed so much in the quest for education, knowledge and self respect?

        You are also absolutely right, HZ, about how the right wingers, including FOX news, used Michael Steele and then dumped him. They will do exactly the same to Herman Cain. The fact that it was POLITICO that ran with the allegations about his sexual harassment should have been a wake up call for Mr. Cain. Mr. Cain should also have learned a lesson from Alan Keys, a highly educated and articulate black man, who has been turned into a buffoon character, whose only roles in Conservative movement have been reduced to: vocal participation in the “birther” movement; and showing up carrying the coffins, of the supposedly dead fetuses, to protest President Obama’s Notra Dame’s commencement speech.

        By the way, HZ, I love your passion, your spirituality and your soaring kindness.

  25. November 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    LOL!

    Yesterday’s Boston Globe notes that Mitt Romney “takes no chances with TV”—he has not done a Sunday show in 20 months and rarely takes questions at his public events.

    Looks like Romney is back in the Mittness Protection Program, limiting his access to voters and their questions, because they so often get him trouble. During the month of November, Romney has only taken questions from voters one time. And that one time emphasizes exactly why Romney has stopped the practice, telling a group of veterans that he would privatize VA health care—a suggestion his campaign immediately attempted to backtrack from.

    During the course of this campaign, Romney has had difficulty interacting with voters. Sometimes he panders to the questioner, telling them what they want to hear instead of what he believes—like telling a flat tax advocate that he loves a flat tax, telling a climate change believer that he believes humans contribute to global warming, or telling someone upset about income inequality that he empathizes with the 99 percent—all positions that he previously opposed. Sometimes he gets angry with the questioner, raising his voice and acting combative if he disagrees with them. Sometimes he’s just plain awkward or out of touch, like telling a questioner complaining of high gas prices that $3.45 was “a good price” or telling a group of unemployed voters that he is “also unemployed.”

    ~snip~

    http://www.democrats.org/news/blog/back_in_mittness_protection

    h/t Melanie Roussell

  26. 71 LOL
    November 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    More Crack Reporting at Politico——

    Kids for Ron Paul

    “We wrote earlier this week about the fading youth enthusiasm for Obama — among the under-16 set, that is. And new poll of pre-teen New Hampshire students offers some unscientific support for the anecdotes we’ve been hearing.

    Also, the kids’ new apparent favorite? Ron Paul.

    The Texas congressman took first place in the Kids Primary, a poll of fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. The poll included about 250 students from around the state who visited St. Anselm to learn about the importance of the New Hampshire primary. (It is, just perhaps, possible that that Paulites are as zealous about insisting their kids participate in such things as they are in other, equally relevant straw polls.)

    Romney, the current New Hampshire frontrunner, came in fourth behind Bachmann and Cain on the GOP side. And though students had the option of voting Democratic, only 39 out of the 250 chose to cast their vote for Obama.

    We’ll be keeping an eye on the kid vote as the campaign progresses.”

    They are really STRETCHING this thing..

  27. November 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Wow!~

    The futurist: Saudi Arabia to get high speed rail

    A high speed rail link between Saudi Arabia’s holy cities of Mecca and Medina, which is set to be completed by late 2012, will cut a several-hour-long bus journey down to a two–hour train ride, particularly easing pilgrimage traffic during the Hajj, which usually takes place in November, and during Ramadan, which takes place in late summer.

    The 450km Haramain High Speed Rail line will have five stations: Mecca, Medina, Jeddah, the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport. Saudi Railways has separate plans for a less speedy connection to Riyadh called the Land Bridge, which will carry freight as well as passengers.

    ~snip~

    http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20111117-the-futurist-saudi-arabia-to-get-high-speed-rail

    h/t Sunshine Flint

  28. November 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I love this site! It’s to bad the U.S. press is not showing his great and warm reception in OZ.

  29. November 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Now I see why the Obama campaign says it will be a difficult campaign. No way in HELL should Romney be close at all to PBO in the polls. This is staggering!! Obviously the MSM’s push for a close election is working. The 24/7 hatefest is taking it’s toll. What happened to the 70% plus likability ratings he had last winter and spring? I’m still very optimistic, but dang when are the American people going to wake up? Romney is not the answer.
    The Rove/Koch tactics of making the GOP field a circus to make Romney look better has worked. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama /Biden 2012.

    • 85 nospin
      November 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Keith – there is no competition between PO and Romney.

      PO hasn’t even begun to campaign yet. All it will take is one debate.

      Stop watching the polls. It will be alright.

    • 86 Desraye
      November 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Would you please calm down. PBO got this. HE hasn’t even started to campaign yet.

    • 87 Mae who love our CIC
      November 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Keith don’t believe the polls. They aren’t close. They are skewed. They intend to repeat the 2000 elections. Steal the votes.

    • 88 hopefruit2
      November 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Keith as I told you the other day, you’re asking the wrong question. The question we should be asking is why isn’t Romney surpassing his fellow GOPers by double digits? Why isn’t Romney beating the President in most of the polls despite the fact that he’s been campaigning all year and has been given a pass by both the left and right media? Why is PBO still beating Romney is MOST polls when Obama has been busy governing the country (and the world), has had 91% negative media coverage (as documented and backed up by data) and has not been really campaigning as such? That’s the question we should be asking. This is not good news for Romney as much as Halperin or the rest of the media wants you to think. When he’s matched up in a debate with PBO, the media will no longer be able to hide his fatal flaws. When challenged head on in a debate with PBO, he will be reduced to a stuttering red-faced idiot with his lies and flip-flops to comfort him. And no amount of media gloss will overcome that.

      • 89 LOL
        November 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        That should be the story. I mean, you have a clown car full of current adulterers, past adulterers and state certified morons—-and you can’t even put THEM away. I would be terrified if I were on the Romney team. He can’t say anything about the PREZ that the American people don’t know….but there is still alot to say about Romney. Once people find out he honed his business skills by sending jobs from Scranton to Shanghai…i am sure that whole Business man nonsense would be wiped out. And all they have to do is play a video of Romney debating himself on his various positions. This man has more flip flops than Old Navy.

      • 90 nospin
        November 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        exactly hopefruit2

      • 91 nathkatun7
        November 18, 2011 at 2:05 am

        Exactly, hopefruit! We must refuse to buy into their framing of issues. The question one of the question that should be repeatedly asked of the GOP” How come Mitt, who has been running for President (practically the past six years)? has not been able to close the deal?

    • 92 desertflower
      November 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Relax, Keith….they will implode all by themselves.They already are, and the President hasn’t even STARTED yet :)

    • 93 collegekay
      November 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Dude chill lol. Romney is trash. He’s been campaigning for FOUR YEARS. Why isn’t he surpassing his contenders?

    • 94 nintendowii10
      November 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Keith, how many times do I need to tell you about your concern trolling, KNOCK IT OFF!!!

      FFS, almost half of the Republican voters think Romney is a flip flopper, and even if he is the Repub nominee, Romney will spend too much time debating HIMSELF and PBO will be able to just sit there.

      Quit watching the media Keith, this is the SAME media that gave Donald Trump a platform to send “his guys” over to Hawaii to investigate PBO’s birth certificate, gave Herman Cain a platform, they are NOT to be trusted!

  30. November 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Rev Al has gone all PL on me tonight, so I turned him off!
    Anyways…

    • November 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      :shock: Say it ain’t so Jovie. Has Al’s network superiors got to him as well?

    • November 17, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      What is Rev. Al saying tonight Jovie, before I waste my time watching the recording?

    • 111 nospin
      November 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Not totally PL but I didn’t like what I saw and switched too.

      • 112 Me4obama
        November 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

        The good thing will Rev Al is, when he has PLs on, he never allows them to attack PBO, and they all know it. I am enjoying the show :smile:

        • November 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

          Then, why have them on to begin with? Same actors being consistent against the Prez.

          • 114 nintendowii10
            November 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

            I’ll admit, it’s BORING to hear constant praise of President Obama, and I like it when Reverend Al has the nuts on and he calls them out. I loved how he called out Corny West earlier this year, that’s the difference between Al and say Olbermann.

            • November 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm

              But their has never been constant praise of president Obama!
              Ever!

              • 116 COS
                November 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

                Telling the truth about PBO sounds like constant praise but Rev. Al he is only telling the truth. Unfortunately, there is so much bashing of PBO, and when we hear praise it is shocking. I love that constant praise. :)

        • November 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

          He sure went after Perry and his saying that PBO was privileged and never had to work – Rev Al laid Perry out! Rev Al is a consistent supporter of PBO and calls out those who lie about PBO. Not only on his TV show but also his radio show. He keeps it real with his support

          • November 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

            That’s good to hear(see), louc1! That’s such an easy one..I’m glad Rev Al shot it back. Could you give any soundbites he gave about the reality of Obama’s upbringing? We know Perry is desperately lyng his ass off to get attention but I’m thinking the gopricks are just opeinng up a line of discussion that they’ll wish they just kept their lies to themselves.

            When PBObama gets back in the country he can clear up that “lazy” thing and put it in Context and talk about what he did in Austrailia as far as business, the military, and China is concerned .. since the corporatemedia want to hide all the good news and focus on gopolitical out of context crap.

            • November 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm

              One thing Rev Al brought out was how PBO worked as a community organizer in Altaved (sp?) in Chicago. Hard work for sure – harder I’m sure than anything Perry has done.

    • 120 nospin
      November 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Okay. I did switch back to Rev Al after I know Van Jones left. I figured I would at least listen to what came after. The Rev had someone on from HuffPo but I do understand that is just something he will do. The Rev is fair. He won’t take BS but he does listen to the opposition. Me — I don’t have the patience for it. I have nothing against legitimate grievances but I can’t stand made up lies.

      • 121 dotster3
        November 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm

        I’m wondering if someone at msnbc has told Al he has to host some anti-Obama guests. It’s stupid if so, imho. We have anti-Obama stuff all over the place—–our media has flooded the airwaves with this kind of programming, but there is a wide open market for pro-Obama shows. Someone could really clean up. There’s a lot of us out here. Why is everyone trying to snag the conservative audience?

    • November 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      when did rev al get PL? The only gross thing he did tonight in my opinion is have Bill Dumbass Press on his show and even then Bill only talked about the lying liars-the repugs.

      • November 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

        I ‘m with you on that – watched the whole show!

      • November 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

        Yes, I don’t get it, I have to admit. I’m pretty sure that PBO, in is heart, is very much with OWS people. just because they’re so confused, disorganized and were hijacked by Michael Moore and some of them will not vote becauee they are idiots – doesn’t change the fundamental. They’re doing what had to be done a long time ago.

      • 125 nospin
        November 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        I never said Rev Al went PL. I said, I switched when I saw Van Jones. I also said that I understood why the Rev would interview folks who have shown themselves to not be truthful in their criticisms of the President. I understood it but I do not have the patience for it and I certainly have the right to not watch it.

        • 126 L3
          November 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

          I’m thinking he does not have complete control over what guests appear on his show. He’s talent and has some say but usually the producers have greater say, especially for a new show.

        • November 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

          I was talking about Jovie’s comment up on top. It sparked such conversation that the pattern of responses to her statement are lost on the thread. Sorry about the cross communication.

  31. November 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Calif. Supreme Court clears way for same-sex marriage case

    A California court Thursday cleared the way for federal appeals judges to render a highly anticipated decision on whether the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

    The California Supreme Court ruled that proponents of the ban, known as Proposition 8, have the legal standing to defend it in court. The question had become crucial in the legal battle over the measure because California officials had declined to defend it, as is customary when laws are challenged.

    ~snip~

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/calif-high-court-clears-way-for-same-sex-marriage-case/2011/11/16/gIQAiaDKVN_story.html

  32. 129 nintendowii10
    November 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    BWAHAHAHAHAAH Chips!!!!

  33. 131 anniebella
    November 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I haven’t seen one Happy Birthday wish for John Boehner. He turns 62 today. I’m going to send him a email.

    • 132 desertflower
      November 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Good for him..now he’s got another reason to cry. Ballin’ Boner…perfect.

    • November 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Hi anniebella, I sent him several this morning before taking off for the doctor. I figured if my blood pressure was going to be up, it might as well go as I was going in to see my cardiologist.

      I wish I knew how to bring the tweets over , but I do not. That is fine. I sent him several.HZ

  34. 135 Desraye
    November 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I had to look at the poll to see why his favorbility had drop. I find out that the independents are siding with Romney. The low-info independents is siding with flip-flop Romney. PBO will have to work hard to persuade the low-info indepenents to vote for him.

    • November 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      Once they find out he wants to privatize SS, they wil gravitate to the Prez.
      That is why he was just saying the prez hcr law takes 500 billion from Medicare. It does not, nut he is distracting from his own messy policies!

      • November 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

        Don’t bet the ranch on it Jovie. There are a lot of mean-spirited folks out there. They would rather use an outhouse in the winter than a luxury spa in the White House as long as PBO is there. i have a nautical name for them but will not use it here. :-D

    • 139 hopefruit2
      November 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      Desraye we are one year away from the 2012 elections – not one month. The polls are going to swing back and forth several times before we see a discernible trend in one direction or another. Furthermore, we STILL do not know who the GOP nominee is even though we suspect it’s going to be Romney. Because of this the President has had far more negative media coverage than Romney who has been coasting along while his more extremist GOP primary rivals Bachman Cain, Perry and now Gingrich have been soaking up all the negative media attention, allowing Romney to appear relative safe and sane. If Romney is the nominee, he will no longer be able to sit back in relative obscurity…his flaws will be scrutinized.

      • November 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        I don’t feel like advising anyone on their presidential campaigns, but this *lack* of coverage of most of Romney’s negatives may end up being devastating for his team if he can make it to the general election. At this point, those problems will either start coming out now — which is already too close to the critical early primaries and caucuses — or much later, either leading up to the Republican National Convention or afterwards.

        It’s too late to start rolling them out in order to (partially) neutralize them — if any other candidate gets traction in the early contests we’ll be moving into an extended and increasingly acrimonious contest… during which his campaign will not want to be supplying anyone with ammunition, much less sourcing negative stories themselves. After all, in several weeks these elections will be *the* story on the Republican side, with the press rolling any other revelations up into that larger “narrative.” You don’t want to be driving that narrative in a self-destructive way. Much less losing races outright.

        Later in the race… Well, to be blunt, the President’s campaign is going to have more than enough resources to get any messages it chooses out on its own — with a sufficiently loud megaphone that they *will* get that information out in front of the public and into the press’ coverage. No matter how anyone tries to spin it, a whole series of new stories, well-sourced (and there are ways of sourcing information effortlessly, if only by putting in taglines with dates and event descriptions into your ads) will create a barrage of “new” news that *someone* has to respond to.

        Bear in mind, there is a hunger in the media to fill the void of a constant 24-hour news cycle, and an effective campaign with tons of opposition research will know how to fill that void — especially if the attacks are well-packaged and well-researched. Yes, you’re doing someone’s job for them, but it works.

        Granted, this tactic doesn’t work as well against a candidate if the information is not true and if they have the means to debunk your attacks and turn them back on you publicly. But if there’s a great deal that *is* true and which has not yet come out, then you’ll be running the gauntlet.

        And no, this isn’t a big tactical insight at this point — it’s more like an observation of a moment that is already past, wherein a campaign might have moved to neutralized some of their worst problems, instead of creating more of them.

        In future contests, I would suggest that everyone look hard at the *substance* of what they will be presenting, and how to improve upon it, as well as the presentation of their work.

    • 142 Me4obama
      November 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Why do you think republicans fear when PBO goes “campaigning” to promote the Job’s Bill. They know he very good at it and his polls go up immediately. #Obama2012

      • November 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

        The crosstabs are a little off- like today their was a poll of only hispanics, the prez only had a 43% approval.
        Of course, they parses it by saying Obama losing Hispanic support!
        But, their was a poll out last week saying when compared against any GOP Obama wins by almost 50.
        At this stage approval ratings don’t matter, it is the comparison!

  35. 145 nintendowii10
    November 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Oh lord… :roll:

    • 146 hopefruit2
      November 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      Oh go take a long walk in the forest old man!

    • 147 LOL
      November 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      What….no tragedies to blame on the gays? As Gandhi said..I like your Christ…but I do not like your Christians…they are so unlike your Christ.

    • 150 desertflower
      November 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Depraved windbag.

    • 151 anniebella
      November 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      No thanks, I don’t watch Pat Robertson when he comes on tv, and I don’t care to listen to his B.S. in this video.

    • November 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Could be that Robertson has Satan inclination. Go figure.!!

    • 153 Chi
      November 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Can we resist the urge to post inane crap like this…

      This adds absolutely nothing to the conversation and actually only serves to promote and widely distribute something that might have only been seen by a marginal section of people…

      It is important to remember when posting stuff that so many people read this site even if they do not comment…

      And many of us send and post links to this site to so many others who aren’t necessarily as politically aware and as such are easily confused, swayed and more prone to responding less favorably when exposed to negative stuff…

      Let’s be more responsible, smart and focused in not only enjoying this wonderful site, but also using it effectively to educate, inform and win support for our spectacular President…

      Let’s not promote inconsequential and hateful people like Pat Robertson who are better left confined to society’s fringes…

  36. 155 hopefruit2
    November 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I guess our President is just waking up from sleep now.

  37. 157 dotster3
    November 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Contrary to some early reports, “almost all” of Sandusky’s victims were white, according to a report today on msnbc. He preyed on vulnerable kids with no father in the home, earning their trust as he became a father figure to them. Reminded me of the same story at the Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta area where Bishop Eddie Long took teenage boys into the fold, those who had no fathers in the home, taking them on trips, buying them gifts and cars, and then sexually abusing them. That case was settled out of court with huge payoffs to the now young men. Sadly, this is a familiar story—in churches, in sports, in boy scouts etc. etc. etc. Parents need to by paying attention.

  38. 159 desertflower
    November 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Are you KIDDING ME? My tax dollars are going for his SS protection? FOR WHAT??? The moronic joke that wants to be king is being afforded this NOW? I’m pissed.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1946

    • 160 hopefruit2
      November 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      But I thought he said that there is no racism..why does he need extra SS protection when the others don’t?!?!? It can’t be because of his skin color, now is it?

      He needs to simply bow out…hopefully that will be the case in a few short months.

    • 162 theo67
      November 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      He’s probably getting death threats from the racists. The thing is – this will just make his head explode. He should have dropped out already – he’s such a joke. Regardless, I don’t want anything to happen to him physically.

    • 163 LOL
      November 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      …probably to protect him from those pesky journalists asking those gotcha questions…You now, like ” How do you spell IRAQ?”

  39. November 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Umm, now Cain is receiving SS detail.

    How much does it cost? How will he pay for it? Lol!

    • 166 hopefruit2
      November 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Around Halloween time, a GOP office emailed an image of PBO as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head. Think those two things weren’t related? I wouldn’t be surprised if they were.

    • 167 dotster3
      November 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      I thought it was interesting that some early reports said he was a huge Beck fan and that he had stacks of Glenn Beck books in his home. Wasn’t Beck big with Obama as the anti-Christ message? Now all mention of Beck has been removed from any reporting on this suspect.

  40. 168 FiredUpInCA
    November 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Interesting twist to follow:

    “Secret Service Protection for Cain – ABC News confirms a CNN report that Herman Cain asked for and is about to receive Secret Service protection. ” “Secretary Napolitano at the request of the Cain campaign consulted with congressional advisory committee which today authorized protection for Cain.” – George Ogilvy, Secret Service spokesman.”

    I was curious who sits on the congressional advisory committee that gives authorization to Homeland Security to assign Secret Service protection to candidates:

    “…major presidential and vice presidential candidates” means those individuals identified as such by the Secretary of Homeland Security after consultation with an advisory committee consisting of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, and one additional member selected by the other members of the committee.”

    http://www.secretservice.gov/protection.shtml

    Wait, let me read that again. You mean “the minority leader of the House, aka “Princess Nancy” in consultation kindly identified Herman Cain as a major candidate, allowing Secret Service protection to this man who was so famously disrespectful to her?

    When will this fool quit wasting our tax money for a Presidential run he has no chance or intentions of winning?

    • 169 Me4obama
      November 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Cain is asking for “BIG GOVERNMENT” to bail him out? :roll: What a moron!

    • 170 anniebella
      November 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      What is Cain afraid of? One of those women he harass might come after him.

    • 178 Jessica
      November 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      Having SS makes you look more Presidential and it helped B.O. when he was campaigning. I think people will start to realize that this is serious business not a clown show and this man simply isn’t qualified for the job. I actually find it amusing and think it will make moderate and left-leaning Americans wake up and smell the coffee (or the pizza).

      • 179 Jessica
        November 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

        I also think Pelosi is just as much of a chess player as the Prez. I know she got something up her sleeve.

        • 180 L3
          November 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

          I don’t understand how it “helped” PBO. I always thought it was granted based on threat level and not on aesthetics. I believe it was Senator Durbin who either made the request or convinced PBO’s campaign to make the request, not so he’d look presidential but to keep him alive because as he began to win primaries the death threats were reaching an unprecedented level.

    • November 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Pres. Obama had protection early IIRC. I wouldn’t begrudge anybody concerned about their safety.

    • November 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Nancy is acting like the ‘better angel’ within. Just think it was only last week that Herman was making disrespectful comments about Nancy Pelosi. Look who he had to come to this week…. one must really watch what comes out of the mouth, because surely what the mouth speaks, so it is in your heart.

      Mr. Cain said “Princess Nancy” in a very disdainful manner, IMO, that night during the debate , oh, I forgot, “The Circus.” I am just saying, ugly spirits will sometimes catch up with you really fast. I would not want anything awful to happen to anyone of any of the candidates,( I really do mean that) because there are some very hateful and disturb people out there, but please Mr. Cain, be careful how you speak and think of others ,when you are moving about in this world.

      You just might have to cross the ‘bridge that you just tried to destroy, so practice NOT burning bridges sir., you just might need them to make your journey across to the other side one day. Common sense, we call that. Be of a gentle, kind, and loving spirit,sir. Politics will be around for centuries to come, but decent spirits and respectful people are rare and few in this world. HZ

  41. November 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Bobfr, if you are here, thanks for letting me know that someone was posting nasty stuff on my twitter account.

  42. 186 hopefruit2
    November 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Did a bot hack Piers Morgan’s twitter account?

    • November 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      “Did a bot hack Piers Morgan’s twitter account?”
      ——– probably a bit too much sherry if you get my drift.

    • 188 desertflower
      November 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Finally we agree.

    • 191 Jessica
      November 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      I saw this and almost couldn’t believe it.

    • 192 Me4obama
      November 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      I have to go tweet him & thank him.

    • 194 bonkers
      November 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Don’t know about this. Yes, I’ve gotten cynical with anything from the MegaMedia, but my first reaction in seeing this above was that President Obama didn’t say Americans “need to work harder” and so on, so dude’s twisting President Obama’s words in his supposed defense of President Obama.

      Reminds me of Chris Matthews saying “birtherism” is crazy, and then proceeds to parade people on his show night after night talking about it incessantly, thereby helping get birtherism into the public discourse. Mission accomplished for the MegaMedia owners. Seems to me Leers Morgan is just doing the Matthews schtick. Never give these people, who go on national TV night after night, year after year and lie constantly to take down any Liberal anywhere, any benefit of the doubt whatsoever…ever. That’s my take at least…

      • 195 EDP4BHO
        November 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        Agreed. Do not trust them once they show you who they are.

      • 196 hopefruit2
        November 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm

        Trust me…I don’t think Morgan is any convert. He might very well be pulling a “Tweety” like you said.

        • November 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

          Hopefruit, I loathe Morgan, in a slightly obsessive way. If he says something positive about the President I’d be inclined to tell him to stick it where the sun don’t shine. Honestly, Romney is more principled than this creep. Yuck.

          • 198 hopefruit2
            November 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

            I’m with you on that one. However, I also suspect that this pushback in the media is more about saving face than simply telling the truth because international media has the full script and context of the Pres’s words. From their perspective abroad it must seem very distasteful when the American media tells an outright lie about it’s President’s words, when the international media knows the full context. It’s reflects very poorly on American media (Politico I’m looking at you) and on the GOP politicians (Rick and Willard I’m looking at you) that perpetuate that pathetic lie.

    • November 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      SHOCKED! on CNBC, RIGHT!? Thank you, hopefruit! Needs to go VIRAL..I love it!

  43. 202 jacquelineoboomer
    November 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    A couple times today, much to my chagrin, I saw a video of Herb Cain’s telling his supporters that on his first day after he’s elected President, he will “take a nap.” He added, “I’ll be tired.”

    So, I did a little research to see what President Obama did on his first day on the job, since I remembered he was off and running! (Of course, we all know he hasn’t stopped running!) Here are three accounts (first day, first 100 days, first year), which I’ll be tweeting later.

    New York Times: Reporting for duty – http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/21/reporting-for-duty/

    CNN: The 44th President’s First 100 Days – http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/first.100.days/

    Wiki: Timeline of the Presidency of Barack Obama (2009) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Presidency_of_Barack_Obama_(2009)

    • 203 Me4obama
      November 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      This is an insult to me. We have to wait until he take a nap? #CainWreck is an Idiot.

    • 204 theo67
      November 18, 2011 at 12:08 am

      I love this quote from President Obama in the first article: “Public service is a privilege. It’s not about advantaging yourself. It’s not about advancing your friends or your corporate clients,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s not about advancing an ideological agenda or the special interests of any organization. Public service is simply and absolutely about advancing the interests of Americans.”

  44. November 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Good news out of Arizona as Arizona Supreme Court reinstated Independent member of Redistricting Board – Brewer tried to have her removed citing gross negligence or something and the court basically said she was full of it. Brewer and Az GOP will probably try something else but with Az Supreme Court saying she didn’t have grounds it will look brazenly partisan – though Brewer doesn’t really care. Supposedly Ben Quayle’s mommy talked Brewer into trying this because the redistricting put Ben in a much less red district.

    • 207 desertflower
      November 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Baby Ben is MY congressperson….I went to his town hall meeting a week ago…what a lying little tool that guy is! He bought Paul Gosar with him for backup…another POS waste of a congressional seat! So Marilyn called Jan and they had a chat, did they? How…..what’s the word? Crooked? Not nepotism, because they aren’t related….but it sure does stink!
      I hadn’t read that they reinstated Colleen Mathis…but that would be great. The Independent commission was set up just so that legislature and the Gov. wouldn’t STICK their noses into this….that it would BE independent! Glad to hear this, saintroscoe…will fish up some more info. Thanks.

    • November 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Ha! Thanks saintroscoe! That is good news! Here’s to end of the Quayle in Congress. Thank you, AZ Supreme Court!

  45. November 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    The President is on cspan2.

  46. November 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    In response to the Romney campaign’s Freedom of Information Act earlier today to highlight the ties between Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and President Obama, the Democratic National Committee is filing a FOIA request of its own: for any references to deleting files or emails during Romney’s time as governor.

    The request, obtained by POLITICO, calls for documents relating to the claims that Romney’s staff bought their old hard drives and erased their contents:

    Any and all electronic correspondence (i.e., email) between January 2, 2003 and January 4, 2007 to or from Beth E. Myers, Peter G. Flaherty, or any of the other nine (9) officials of Governor W. Mitt Romney’s Administration as identified in the Boston Globe article of November 17, 2011 (“Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records”), who purchased a computer hard drive from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, relating to a request for such a purchase, the purposes of such a purchase, or the legal authority pursuant to which such purchases were made.

    Any and all Forms RCB-2 completed by Governor W. Mitt Romney or any employee of the Executive Office of the Governor between January 2, 2003 and January 4, 2007 and submitted to the Massachusetts Records Conservation Board that seek permission to destroy, take personal possession of, or remove from official premises, records, including a description of such records.

    The request also asks for an estimate on fees for locating a host of other words:

    Any and all electronic correspondence (i.e., email) to or from Governor W. Mitt Romney or Romney Administration officials between January 2, 2003 and January 4, 2007 containing any of the following terms in either the subject line or the body of the message: “delete emails,” “destroy records,” “government transparency,” “president,” “presidential,” “campaign,” “flip-flop,” “political expediency,” “move to the right,” “more conservative,” “change position,” “abortion,” “stem cell,” “guns,” “assault weapons ban,” “Right to Bear Arms Day,” “climate change,” “global warming,” “carbon dioxide emissions,” “CO2 emissions,” “Planned Parenthood,” “Massachusetts Right To Life,” “raise taxes and fees,” “ranked 47th in job creation,” and “Bush economic policies.”

    Romney sealed these, as he knew he was running for President every 4 years!

  47. November 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    here’s a short Reuters video clip of POTUS as he arrived in Indonesia. wondering if anyone here at TOD speaks Bahasa and can share with us what they’re saying on the background (ignore the nasty youtube comments)

  48. November 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    College Republicans president faces fallout from tweet

    Lauren Pierce, president of the UT College Republicans and secretary of the statewide Texas College Republicans, is facing the consequences of a tweet she posted voicing her opinion about President Barack Obama and referencing the gunfire directed at the White House last Friday.

    John Chapman, public relations director for the UT College Republicans, said the organization has asked her [Lauren Pierce] to resign from both of her positions because the language used in her message was contrary to their principles. “Our message is to foster professional and respectful discussion at the University,” Chapman said. “Even though we might disagree with Obama, implying or attempting to commit violence is not positive, constructive or acceptable discussion.”

    ~snip~

    http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2011/11/16/college-republicans-president-faces-fallout-tweet

    • November 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Of course, she should resign. Implying/attempting to commit violence is NOT ACCEPTABLE. PERIOD.

      • November 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

        in such cases as this – unprovoked and spoken out of malice, hatred or prejudice/ignorance. Not to be mistaken with rightful force used for self defence

    • 218 criquet
      November 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      What I find very disgusting is the continued level of disrespect shown to President Obama. In this statement this Republican ,like most of them, refuse to give him his due title. The media does it as well and it says a whole lot.
      Not enough is made of it and I think people should be pulled up on this disrespect.

  49. 219 Ladyhawke
    November 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I am really getting frustrated with the Occupy Wall Street protesters and their messaging. I would love to see them focus on these items as a start.

    1) JOB CREATION – Demand jobs now. Pass the American Jobs Act.

    2) REGISTER VOTERS – This is the best weapon to get the attention of the politicians. This is the best way to make their voices heard. Expose GOP concerted efforts to disenfranchise voters.

    3) DEMAND IMPLEMENTATION OF DODD-FRANK – Democrats made it happen and GOP is obstructing implementation. This is the best way to get the attention of Wall Street. Shine a light on GOP obstruction.

    4) TAX REFORM – Make the system fairer and close loopholes. Make 1% pay their fair share. Focus on GOP no tax pledges to Grover Norquist.

    5) GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS – This should be the ultimate goal. But it requires voting to get the right people in congress to change the laws.

    • 220 theo67
      November 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I did battle with some OWS people today to try and tell them that they need to pursue a specific goal. I’m so tired of seeing tweets fill up my timeline about “police state” and comparing the movement to the Civil War. I received this nine point plan – and when I read this, I couldn’t help but think that these OWS people are completely clueless, because a lot of what they want is already under way with President Obama or with Organizing for America (OFA), or these things were defeated in Congress due to lack of public support (like the financial speculation tax). These people need to educate themselves on what is actually going on in Congress, what the President has accomplished or what has been blocked by the GOP, and what they can tangibly do to bring about the changes they want. It’s pretty frustrating to hear them take credit for changing the public conversation to jobs, when many of them haven’t uttered anything about jobs since this movement began, and they’re refusing to support the AJA. It’s pretty infuriating to hear them demand that the President stop what he’s doing (i.e. trying to create jobs) so he can get himself involved in their street brawls.

      They want teachers back in the classrooms? Then support the AJA. They want mortgage relief for foreclosure victims? Then support the President’s executive order to extend relief to homeowners, and get the word out to people who need help. Want to end the Bush tax cuts – then let Congress hear from you – especially the Super Committee, that’s farting around trying to extend those tax cuts permanently. Support the President’s initiatives to provide tax cuts for companies who hire and spend capital here in the US, and his efforts to end tax cuts for oil companies that only ship oil and oil profits overseas. The GOP have resisted extensions to unemployment insurance since the crisis began – how about these OWS thank President Obama for getting extensions to the unemployment insurance last Christmas? And as for voting rights – get people registered! There’s a whole year, and a lot of people who need to be educated – join the movement to Get Out the Vote. And pressure Congress to stop suppressing voter rights.

      These are tangible things that the OWS people could be doing right now to address what they say are there “demands”. Instead, they are fighting and demonizing the police – who are not the enemy, (but who are also not doing themselves any favors). They are fighting to be allowed to sleep in tents even while winter is on its way. Well, while they fight for this nonsense, and the Republicans make it look like this occupation fight is meaningful, the real issues go unresolved. People are still being disenfranchised. The jobless go without support. The Supreme Court and their GOP cronies are trying to figure out if they can defeat the ACA. And the GOP run ridiculous candidates with little pushback from the media.

      If they are serious about doing something real, then they need to wake up, educate themselves, and come up with a better tactic.

      http://ninedemands.com/petitions/working-america

      • 221 Ladyhawke
        November 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

        Thanks so much for this awesome comment theo67. I totally agree that the ows protesters need to wake up and educate themselves. I think they should start with a little basic government 101 followed by a thorough look at the agenda of each political party. Then they need to pick a side and work to get the people elected who are looking out for them. I am fed up with the pox on both their houses nonsense. Pick a side already.

  50. 222 isonprize
    November 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Nancy Smash!!! LOVE HER!!!!

  51. November 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Goodnight Chips, TOD family. Keep up the great spirit. CHEERS

  52. 224 Tulips
    November 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Chipstick check this out MIchale Moore debunked so bad that you don’t even see or hear him on tv today. A Must readl http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2011/11/cutting-the-crap-michael-moore-on-dhs-conspiracy.html

    • 225 hopefruit2
      November 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Oh yes I read the article earlier today and was going to ask Chips to add this blog to the TOD blogroll, but saw that it was already here!! Great article – thanks Tulips:)

    • November 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      That was Compelling, Tulips! Should Go VIRAL! Maybe one for the front page? Michael Moore is despicable in my view and Milt Shook hands him his a$$. He thinks MM has an unnatural dislike of the Prez, too. Just like Cornel and Tavis, imo.

  53. 228 EDP4BHO
    November 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I just have to say, I am so damn proud of my President. I just got around to viewing his speech to the Australian Parliament, and it was worthy of the prize he won, for peace, which many in his own f’–n country tried to deprive him of having earned. I have had it with the American psyche. A country which isn’t proud of its President winning a peace prize, or who is world renown and respected, doesn’t deserve another day’s blessing, unless it repents all the evil so rampant right now. Fault me if one will, but when 9/11 happened, and virtually everyone in my office posted the US flag at their locations, I honored the entire world by asking for God’s blessing for us all. America continues to have too much blood on its hands, and I mean that now metaphorically. We cannot continue to allow people spewing the hate 24/7 that creates the climate that pushes a jerk like that shooter to take shots at our elected officials. As much as I detest rethugs, I would not condone that type of behavior. Instead, just give them a little nudge to scare the shit out of them (if I could get away with it…..LOL). Seriously, what is occurring in this country today is nothing short of anarchy. We’d best be aware that things could get very, very dangerous before it may get any better, and this with a whole lot of reflection.

    • 229 jacquelineoboomer
      November 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Sometimes I’m pretty sure prayer is the only answer. Oh, and that all of us keep at it – that’s very, very important!

      But just when I feel pretty low about things – especially those you mentioned – then I think about the gift we have in President Obama. That keeps my head up and my back straight. Well, as straight as any 65-year-old’s back, that is!

      Hang in there, EDP4BHO. Lots of us are in this with you.

      • 230 hopefruit2
        November 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        Yes we are!

        • 231 EDP4BHO
          November 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

          Thanks jb and hf2. I didn’t want anyone to think I am in despair. Quite the contrary as to re-electing PBO. Aside from that though, come 2016, I just may be heading out to some far off place to clear my head. The ugly just gets to you after a while. I internalize injustice towards people, especially those I care deeply about, and I happen to love President Obama, as I know you all do. You guys are sweet, and with that, I’d better get some sleep. But not before I do a shout out to <<<<>>>>>……for providing us with this lovely safe haven. My dear, you are a treasure. Peace to all !

  54. 232 hopefruit2
    November 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell is calling out Politico over their “lazy” headline!!!!

    • 233 JoJothecat
      November 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Does Howard Fineman bash the president on tweety’s or Morning Jerk’s show then when he’s on L.O. he speaks differently?

      • 234 hopefruit2
        November 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        Sometimes. But even when Fineman tries to be positive about the President he always has to have a concern troll caveat.
        Phuck Phineman.

    • November 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      That’s it, isn’t it? gopolitical are lazy liars. They’re LAZY and want to move the shiny object over to what PBO said and move it out of Context. Gawd, if we just had a huge media that wasreality based? You’d think that wouldn’t be asking for too much..but, it is.

    • 236 anniebella
      November 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Not just Politico, but Perry and Romney for repeating the lie. But you won’t catch much of the other media doing that.

  55. 237 hopefruit2
    November 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    HMMMMM…did Chips’ recent GOPolitico headline thread give Lawrence the impetus for this outstanding segment that he did tonight?

  56. 240 anniebella
    November 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Did anyone catch Lawrence O’Donnell tonight? Perry and Romney are flat out lying when they said that Obama calls Americans lazy. He talked about it was up to the media to put forth the truth and say that Romney and Perry are lying. I don’t count on that, the anti-Obama media. This just show you how low these sorry ass Republicans will go. They are not misleading, twisting the fact alittle, they are flat and out lying.

    • 241 hopefruit2
      November 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      He called out POLITICO by name – that was the best part. Politico has been given a pass all along in the media and now that they have been called out by us, Chips, Larry, etc…they will develop a FOX like reputation if they don’t clean up their act.

      • November 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm

        And, by Benen, hopefruit..I’m so happy! Be so suave if gopolitico got a load of Chips’ page on what their site is realy like! And, they thought they were being so sneaky.

        I’m so appreciative that LO’D and everyone is on this. This has been what drives me the craziest and I’m sure a lot of others. The way the MEDIA LIES..not just stupid politico. They need to be held Accountable and when I see that I get very Grateful!

  57. 243 Beauzeaux
    November 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

    My favorite comment about Gingrich: If you gave him an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox.

    Sums him up.


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