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afternoon all

Jon Taplin (TPM): Barack Obama learned a political trick from Muhammad Ali called Rope a Dope. For you youngsters, this refers to the epic Rumble in the Jungle Heavyweight fight against George Foreman in 1974….

Last summer during the debt ceiling hostage crisis, Obama appeared to be the loser, but yesterday Republicans woke up to the reality that they lost Big Time – that we were going to get $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions, with 50% of the cuts coming from the military and none of the cuts from Social Security and Medicare. The Congressional water carriers for the Military Industrial Complex are in a panic.

…. So why aren’t progressives celebrating this morning? Got me … If you had suggested to me last spring that a Republican House would pass a bill cutting $600 billion from the Pentagon budget over ten years, I would have called you crazy. But that is just what happened.

So there is only one election that matters a year from now. And that is that President Obama will be reelected and able to keep his veto threat….

This is an amazing victory and all we have to do to hold on to it is reelect the President.

Full post here

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The Hill: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package continues to benefit the struggling economy.

…. By CBO’s numbers, the $800 billion stimulus added up to 0.9 million jobs in 2009, 3.3 million jobs in 2010 and 2.6 million jobs in 2011. As the effects of the stimulus wind down, Obama has been pushing Congress to enact a $447 billion jobs bill that includes infrastructure spending and tax cuts.

Full article here

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Steve Benen: Romney’s willingness to lie to voters raises important questions about his integrity, but the question now becomes whether television stations will participate in the lie by airing a spot that’s proven to be deceptive.

More here

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Steve Benen: President Obama’s week-long trip to Asia didn’t generate a lot of attention from the domestic media, and based on Walter Russell Mead’s description, that’s a real shame. Americans have every reason to be pleased with the results of the president’s successful efforts:

The cascade of statements, deployments, agreements and announcements from the United States and its regional associates in the last week has to be one of the most unpleasant shocks for China’s leadership – ever …. Rarely has a great power been so provoked and affronted. Rarely have so many red lines been crossed. Rarely has so much face been lost, so fast…. [I]t was as decisive a diplomatic victory as anyone is likely to see. Congratulations should go to President Obama and his national security team.

…. I suspect the number of Americans who’ll vote in 2012 based on foreign policy can meet in a broom closet, but it’s getting tougher for even the harshest White House critics to deny President Obama’s impressive record on foreign policy…..

Full post here

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125 Responses to “afternoon all”


  1. November 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    South Korea ratifies the free trade deal-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15832451

    Note in article south Koreans mad because it favors US workers.

    Uh huh, uh huh!

    • 2 COS
      November 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      I saw that early this morning Jovie. That is wonderful news. PBO should have a poll rating of 100. He just keep right on doing great things for this country, while Romeny and the other bozos are lying and denogrting people.

    • 3 Linda
      November 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      Most of the opposition abstained. One politician set off a tear-gas canister before the vote and others jeered as the bill passed.

      —-

      Are they watching what is going on over here ?

    • 5 anniebella
      November 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Great news, the American President is looking out for the American workers.

  2. 6 COS
    November 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Good afternoon Chips. BTW, thanks for all of those wonderful photos on the previous thread. I had to run errands right after I saw PBO speak this morning and I am just catching up.

  3. 8 Brittany
    November 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I cannot believe Mitt thought he would get away with his deceiving ad.

    • November 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      His campaign is saying “see our trick worked, as everybody is talking about our ad” but it makes no sense as Mitt looks dishonest and Pres Obama isn’t running away from the economy he’s been talking about it for months and months. Also if Mitt’s opening shot is to lie in an ad maybe the GOP folks who are voting for him because they think he has the best chance against Pres. Obama might have second thoughts.

      What I think he was doing with it is trying to make it about Romney vs Obama, in his game of trying to look like the inevitable nominee.

    • 15 Mel
      November 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      I do not think he will PBO will know how to handle Romney in the general Mitt seems to be very
      desperado, he wants to be president bad that he will go as low as posible, and by destrying the hard
      drives before he left office sounds fishy what does he have to hide?

    • November 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      When he sees other republicans getting away with their blatant lies, why not?

  4. 17 Linda
    November 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Pakistan’s ‘Memogate’ triggers U.S. ambassador’s resignation

    The memo requested U.S. intervention to prevent a military coup and protect the civilian government in exchange for granting the U.S. heavy influence on matters of national security in Pakistan.

    http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/22/8956530-pakistans-memogate-triggers-us-ambassadors-resignation

  5. 18 Jenny
    November 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    How quickly things turn.

    Less than four months ago the wingers were celebrating the debt ceiling deal, with Boehner saying he got 98% of what he wanted. Progressives were freaking out and calling for the President’s impeachment.

    Last nite, a progressive authority no less than Robert Reich hailed President Obama for his “tactical brilliance” and David Brooks was left screaming in defeat.

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      So how is it that we figured out what the president was doing on the debt ceiling and so-called experts like Robert Reich didn’t? We were all saying this last summer because we knew PBO had checkmated the R’s and that Boehner did not read the bill he was bragging about. Either we are all exceptionally brilliant or the regressives are deliberately obtuse. They seem to have one default setting no matter what happens. Act outraged, rant and whine. So tedious.

  6. 22 Auni Uskoski
    November 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I want to email the Jon Taplin article–how can I do that?

  7. 24 ribletsonthepan
    November 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Here is the OWS Note ‘…We got sold out’ handed to President Obama today at American Jobs Act Rally, Manchester HS New Hampshire. Does not anyone recall a bigger note: DONT GIVE BACK THE KEYS! http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/11/photo-of-day-ows-note-to-obama.html

    • November 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      I am listening to Rhandi Rhodes right now and this guy is on the phone asking “where is the president?” in regards to the police brutality inflicted on the OWS crowd. Rhandi jumped right on the bandwagon. As soon as PBO say something this movement becomes about him. Suddenly, they want him to jump in and save the day while they have been b******* at him. I heard this same question on another radio show this morning. This upsets me. Now Rhandi is playing the hecklers from this morning. The guy said that he was not impressed with what PBO had to say.

      • November 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

        I turned her off when she said it was time for the president to speak-up about OWS. It’s as if no matter what she knows she doesn’t want to lose that panicky corner of the PL.

      • 28 Desraye
        November 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        Of course he wasn’t impressed by what the president said, he was too busy trying to one-up the president, plus he thinks that both parties are the same. I seriously hope OWS goes away.

      • 29 Ladyhawke
        November 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        I heard that cos and I just disconnected. President Obama just got back from 9 days of grueling travel to help spur job creation. He hits the ground running as soon as he gets back to continue the focus on The American Jobs Act. And now he is getting hammered because he didn’t respond properly to the mic check folks? Give me a break. How about a little respect for the president. That call and Randi really annoyed me. There were similar demands during the demonstrations in Wisconsin. I think Ed Schultz even said that President Obama should have been protesting with the folks in Wisconsin. Unbelievable.

        • 30 criquet
          November 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

          Someone needs to remind Ms Rhodes that these OWS folks said they were non-partisan. So why do they want the President to get involved or even comment?

        • 31 dotster3
          November 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

          President Obama is supposed to be everywhere doing everything all the time. Everything is his responsibility. Beyond ridiculous.

      • November 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        on the same wavelength COS. The guy was utterly ridiculous. Wanted to tell them both to STFU. Lobby your majors and Governors, leave PBO outta this mess. I sympathize with them in terms of the underlying message and I’m disgusted by the police brutality, but that is for local and state gov to deal with.

      • 33 JoJothecat
        November 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

        I am listening to RR too. Just like the WI, MI and OH fights PBO needs to stay out of the OWS issue. Remember when they did not want to be associated with ANY political party? Booed Dems who wanted to speak? “F” em. They sold themselves out for not voting, staying at home, or giving back the keys to the GOP.

        • November 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

          I will never forgive OWS for what they did to John Lewis. Rhandi went on to say that the audience should have let that group speak instead of shutting them down. I disagree. PBO is out there fighting for jobs while these folks are doing nothing. Don’t get me started.

          • November 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

            I suggest we stop listening to randi, obviously she supports anything OWS says or does!

            • 36 desertflower
              November 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

              Why don’t you just send her an email with your examples of why you think she’s wrong on this….She is a fervent supporter of PBO…she may need a little enlightenment from our POV….

          • November 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

            Jebus! They get more time on air than the president! Now he should give up HIS time so their intelligent, well-thought-out, repeat-a-thons can be heard? Lawsy!

          • 38 ribletsonthepan
            November 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

            That episode said so much about the disconnect between blacks and PL.

        • 39 Ladyhawke
          November 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

          Exactly jojo.

          It’s time for the people who sat on their arses and didn’t vote or voted for Republicans in the 2010 midterms to get some heat. President Obama told them how important it was to vote and he told them not to give the keys back. This reminds me of something wonderful that Congressman Barney Frank said on an interview on MSNBC a few months back. He was talking about the Republican Party obstruction against Dodd Frank and getting a director for the CFPB. He said to the people who are frustrated…………………….

          DON’T BLAME ME FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOU NOT VOTING.

          The results of the 2010 midterms should be a wake up call for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. I will start to take them seriously when they start REGISTERING PEOPLE TO VOTE. They can protest until they are blue in the face and it is not going to change anything. The change will happen when the American people cherish their right to vote and fight like hell anybody who tries to deprive them of that right.

        • 40 Dakota
          November 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

          They sold themselves out for not voting, staying at home, or giving back the keys to the GOP.

          THIS!!!

      • 42 ribletsonthepan
        November 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        Listening as well…There is no doubt in my mind OWS is infested with provocateurs, infiltrators, anarchists and Paulites. In the end The President has taken the right approach to allow them to speak out like he did today. It makes them look unreasonable and fringe. Those that are genuine will either engage and vote or figure out real activism must be accompanied with a political component.

      • 43 anniebella
        November 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        So the heckler was not impress with what the President said, so, who really cares what this loud mouth think? I was not impress with his behavior. Did the Secret Service throw the bum out? What has happen to people like Randi Rhodes? Are she suffering from what Matthews have?

      • 44 PurpleShoesLA
        November 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

        All of everybody’s comments x 1,000,000! I was listening to her show as well today and just utterly disgusted and irritated by the hypocrisy of it all. Just last week mind you, this “movement” was claiming to anyone who would listen that it was Obama and his adminstration covertly working with the local law enforcement nationwide to evict the prostestors and break up their encampments for good. Remember that? They claim to be apolitical but now want Obama to use his bully pulpit to decry police brutality. Ok All well and good, a symbolic gesture, but THEN WHAT? Make him call in the national guard so the movement can “take back” the parks to resume camping while they stand guard? And, THEN WHAT?? Randi was doing a better job on this issue IMO, last week, when she was taking the movement to task for not having a strategy and end goal; and asking THEN WHAT, What’s next. I found it extremely telling that all the pro occupy people that called into that show last week couldn’t even answer that question with any kind of specifcs when asked. And then some Occupy folks apparently turned on her on Twitter and started calling her names. Utter stupidty and immaturity.

        The one good thing about Rhandi’s show today is that it sent me right back to OFA website where I made another donation to the re-election campaign. Inhale, exhale, WOOSAH. Feel much better now..

  8. November 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    COMING NEXT WEEK: President Obama will take a post-Thanksgiving jobs-speech trip up to Scranton, Pa. — one of Joe Biden’s favorite towns — on Nov. 30, the White House says.

    Obama “will discuss the American Jobs Act,” the White House said in a statement, before he goes to New York City for a campaign fundraiser.
    Pool-

  9. November 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The President says that Congress will vote next week on the payroll tax cut bill-
    It costs 80 billion- want to bet the house pays for it by nullifying 80 billion in defense cuts?

  10. 47 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE GREATEST PRESIDENT IN AMERICA’S HISTORY. THE ACTIONS OF THE OPPOSITION ARE SHAMEFUL AND AN EMBARRASSMENT TO ALL THAT THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR. MAY THE LORD DEEPLY BLESS OUR PRESIDENT AND GIVE HIM STRENGTH AS HE FACES OUR NATION’S CHALLENGES.

  11. 48 criquet
    November 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm
    • November 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Don’t tell me Larry king likes huntsman?

    • 50 jeff
      November 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Not another debate. I’m through with listening to these idiots debate stuff they know nothing about and frankly it gets sickening hearing the media tea bag these idiots like they have a clue of what they are talking about.

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Why is Huntsman skipping a national security debate? Or is King referencing the debate he skipped in Nevada a month or so ago?

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      If Larry King thinks that listening to a group of ill-informed idiots talking about a subject they know little about is interesting, then his retirement must be exceedingly boring. Watching grass grow is interesting. These “debates” are not.

      • November 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        have you never seen one of his shows? The guy is the complete definition of boring, and that’s when he had a Job. Now that he doesn’t, no wonder he’s waiting for tonight with bated breath…..although, given the fact that he’s 500 years old, perhaps he should ease up on the ‘bated’ part when it comes to his breath.

      • 55 jacquelineoboomer
        November 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

        *Watching grass grow is interesting.*
        :) :) :)

      • 56 Mel
        November 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

        I will bet all of them to night will say let’s go BOM IRAN and the will say that going afert OBL was a bad idea,
        and aolso a very bad idea to go into Lybia and they will say Thank you to The French and Thank you
        to the British LOL.

    • 57 Lovepolitics2008
      November 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      What is the official reason Huntsman is not participating ?

    • 58 Linda
      November 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      King has been reduced to making breath mint commercials with his wife. What next ? Reverse mortgages and Cialis ?

  12. 60 CTGirl
    November 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Jake Tapper calling out Romney on his lie! A wow moment!

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Don’t be too impressed, he made sure to point out one ad from 2008 where an Obama spanish-language ad took a Rush Limbaugh quote out of context and tried to tie McCain to what Limbaugh was saying and thus Obama is the same as Romney.

  13. November 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    some ass on Rabid going off on PBO saying that PBO should save the OWS protestors and say something about the Police brutality. Said theirs rank hypocrisy cause PBO talked not using violence against the people in Egypt, but not here. Seriously? This is a local and what’s ISSues. Stop bring mad at PBO and turn to your mayors and governors.

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      These are paid trolls from the left. The guy is a professional heckler!

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      sorry for the misspellings. Fricking touchpad. :x

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      It’s as if the only people they take responsibility for electing is the President! Wisconsin knew who gave them their Governor and other elected officials and they are taking responsibility for that. These people want the president to comment the way they wanted Kennedy to comment on the dogs and hoses and batons! “Call out the National Guard!” They are equating their right to encamp wherever they wish with Civil Rights era protesters who had NO rights that any white people were bound to respect in stores, hotels, movie theaters and streets—even some Nascar races! They are trying to co-opt the status of earlier protesters and equate the president with their oppressors. It’s insane!

    • 67 nospin
      November 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      “PBO should save the OWS protestors”

      whatever. next.

      • 68 Mel
        November 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        To the OWS F@#$%% yiu PBO dd not ask you to go and protest you are on you fucking own.
        do you guys want PBO to send you a pay check as well?

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Every day these protestors are turning people off with their extremism. Honestly, I think they are doing the president a favor with these little tricks of desperation. Non extremists appreciate the fact that he doesn’t bend to their will. They appreciate his calmness and even-handedness. Whatever provocation the Ows people think they’re inciting, I don’t believe it’s working. There are probably many good people in the OWs movement, but they’re letting the obnoxious ones define them and that’s not in their best interest.

  14. November 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This is for all the hair-on-fire folks who were insisting that President Obama should “do something” about the situation in Egypt. What part of allowing other nations determine their own destinies do they not understand?!!

    UPDATE: 10/22/11 12:50 PM ET / 7:50 PM CAIRO
    Cairo news: Tahrir Square protests and crackdown enter Day 4 (LIVE BLOG)

    Egypt’s top military commander addressed the nation Tuesday evening on state television, following four days of violent unrest in cities throughout the country. Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, repeatedly that the nation’s military would not seek the presidency.

    Here’s a few highlights from the speech, which was delivered in Arabic: We will hand over power to an elected civilian authority. SCAF is only interested in the interests of the people. We don’t care about who will win elections or who will be the next president. It’s up to the people to decide. We are not looking into the presidency.

    Tantawi also confirmed that he had accepted the resignation of the transitional government.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/111122/cairo-news-tahrir-square-protests-and-crackdown-enter

    h/t Jon Jensen

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      The Egyptian protesters should be a model to the world. They have a specific and clearly defined goal and they work together to achieve it. They are a truly remarkable and well-disciplined people.

  15. 72 Don
    November 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for Jon Huntsman, he was given the opportunity to serve his country with honor. I don’t have a problem with him running for President, but I do have a problem with the way he goes about running for President. He’s polling so low that the margin of error does not apply to him.

  16. November 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    WOO HOO! Keep pressing on, President Obama. Keep pressing on! The world sees who you really are–even if some of your fellow countrymen cannot.~

    US President Barack Obama completed a stunningly successful eight-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region last week, confounding China and strengthening America’s commitment to more half the world’s population. Although it upends conventional wisdom, Obama’s foreign-policy saavy may prove to be his most convincing argument for re-election — all the more so as Republican presidential contenders bounce from isolationism to overt aggression to appalling ignorance on international issues.

    With a weak economy, high unemployment and a dysfunctional Congress dimming the prospects of transformative success on the homefront, Obama seems to have decided to focus on America’s long list of vital national security and economic interests around the world. The Asia trip was the boldest of his presidency.

    ~snip~

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/111121/barack-obama-US-elections-2012

    h/t Phillip Balboni

  17. 76 bonkers
    November 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Regarding Jimmy Fallon’s band playing that Fishbone song…

    I think they should ask themselves WWOD (What Would Obama Do?). I found it very rude in that context and certainly not something President Obama would support. I probably wouldn’t feel this way without watching and learning from America’s first melanin-enhanced President, which shows how truly great of a Leader he is in every way….and I’m even a huge Fishbone fan! Fired up!

  18. 80 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Heads up those who watch Tweety. @JonChait (sp) the guy who wrote the Newyork Magazine article about the “Unreasonable Liberals” will be on Hardball debating @Joanwalsh at 5:30. If uTune in, please report.

  19. November 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    UK cuts ties with Iranian banks, US to slap the country with new sanctions

    The United Kingdom cut ties with Iranian banks today, due to fears about its nuclear program, the Associated Press reported. Britain’s Treasury Chief George Osborne said UK financial institutions will end all business relationships and transactions with Iranian banks, including the Central Bank of Iran and extending the all branches and subsidiaries of Iranian banks, the AP reported. This is the first time Britain has cut an entire country’s banking sector from the UK’s financial sector.

    Osborne said that Iran’s nuclear activities “pose a significant risk to the national interests of the UK and countries across the region,” the AP reported. It is expected that the United States will also hit Iran with new sanctions, sources told CNN. President Obama’s administration plans to add sanctions against Iran’s petrochemical industry, hoping to bar other foreign companies from doing business with Iran’s industry too, CNN reported.

    ~snip~

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111121/uk-cuts-ties-iranian-banks-us-slap-the-country-ne

    h/t Lillian Rizzo

  20. 85 Janelle
    November 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I cancelled my subscription podcast to R. Rhodes a couple of weeks ago. Her usual level-headedness is saturated with OWS right now. With most of her friends being PL, it was bound to start influencing her. I have no patience for PL anger these days….no patience at all.

  21. November 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    LOL! Not too bright, are they?

    Romney Camp Defends Distorted Obama Quote

    Mitt Romney is under a hailstorm of criticism in the press today for his latest anti-Obama ad, which cuts up a clip of President Obama quoting a Republican strategist in 2008 to make it appear that the line in question is Obama’s. But the campaign is defending the spot despite virtually universal condemnation from independent fact checkers.

    The ad in question draws from a clip of Obama in 2008 quoting a McCain aide as saying “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” The Romney ad lops off the president’s explanation of the source, presenting it as Obama’s own words. Per CBS News, Romney New Hampshire advisor Tom Rath is fine with it: Romney senior New Hampshire adviser Tom Rath tells CBS News the ad is “exactly what we want.”

    “They were using McCain’s words to make fun of McCain. And we’re using the exact same technique,” he said. Pressed on whether it was unfair to lop off the top of Mr. Obama’s comments — which would show the president was quoting the McCain camp — Rath said, “He did say the words. That’s his voice.” He then [suggested] that the more people discuss the ad, the better it is for the Romney campaign.

    ~snip~

    h/t Benjy Sarlin and Greg Sargent

  22. November 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    The Hill: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package continues to benefit the struggling economy.

    …. By CBO’s numbers, the $800 billion stimulus added up to 0.9 million jobs in 2009, 3.3 million jobs in 2010 and 2.6 million jobs in 2011. As the effects of the stimulus wind down, Obama has been pushing Congress to enact a $447 billion jobs bill that includes infrastructure spending and tax cuts.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/195181-cbo-says-obama-stimulus-still-helps-economy

  23. 93 Bill R.
    November 22, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    i read the rope-a-dope post at TPM. Brilliant and accurate. Great analysis.. the GOP have worked themselves right into a corner. The choice couldn’t be clearer come election day. Good job, President Obama!

  24. November 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    President Obama just sent an email to supporters, inviting folks to sit down to dinner with him. This time, you can bring a guest.

    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-dinner-with-barack-nov-enter-guest-nd?source=03_11222011_HQB

  25. 97 nospin
    November 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Rikyrah asked about this week’s west wing week in the previous blog post. Not sure if she received it. I think this is it.

    Weekly Address: Creating an Economy Built to Last
    November 19, 2011

    Original link found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11

  26. November 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Of that, planetary scientists are certain, which leaves them puzzling over what could be producing methane gas detected in the thin Martian air. Methane molecules are easily blown apart by ultraviolet light from the Sun, so any methane floating around must have been released recently.

    Could the gas be burbling from something alive? Cows, after all, burp methane on Earth. Other creatures, including a class of micro-organisms that live without oxygen, also produce methane.

    NASA could get some answers soon. On the launching pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida is a spacecraft, the Mars Science Laboratory, which is scheduled to lift off on Saturday and plop down on Mars next August. It will deliver an S.U.V.-size rover named Curiosity that carries an instrument that can detect methane in the air, and if it does, it will unleash a new wave of excitement about the prospect of life on Mars.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/science/space/aboard-mars-curiosity-rover-tools-to-plumb-a-methane-mystery.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

  27. November 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Hi TOD Family; Here is some food for thought and reflection for us all. When the daily junk is pushed in our faces just stop and think of this;

    We all know this person Herman Cain(aka-Koch_Cain) who is trying to become President of these United States.
    Who was the head of the GODFATHER”S PIZZA Chain .Also has told a group or two “When he got the job at Godfathers
    he couldn’t make a pizza.Well we see the reason why in his own words”We need a Leader not a Reader”. Well I’m here to tell you
    a few facts and here goes.Yes we have a “Reader” who happens to be a” Godfather” to our Country.He come from the area
    that produced a Godfather or two Lincoln who held the union together and a infamous one Capone who brought us TV and
    movie entertainment about crime life,that area is Illinois. You see President Obama is a true Godfather of our Country and it’s
    People. In the true spirit of a Godfather. Our President protects,honors us and serves with honor.

    (A) Even though our soldiers were sent off to war in a dishonorable way by someone else.He has brought them home with honor and pride.
    He has even met them like a true father with respect even the fallen.With the heartbreak lining his face and graying his hair.

    (B) Even with Our boys are on a mission,he thinks of the love ones left behind and cares for them too.Makes sure they are not forgotten.

    (C) He protects us in every way he can and I need not show each way.But in true Godfather lore mess with my people you pay the Price “NO
    QUESTIONS ASKED NO NAMES TAKEN”

    (D) While doing all these things he has saved jobs in industry,from cars to oil,to the environment during the oil spill.

    (E) Now he had take on all the blockheads on wall street and in Congress to save this Country from ruin with everyone telling him “NO”
    sometimes “HELL NO”.

    But like a true Godfather he shakes your hand with a smile that could melt butter and that cold steel in those dark eyes that says you really don’t
    want me mad. You see my friends I had a CO in the Airborne just like him could smile and joke with the best of them.As our President did at that White House Dinner. The CO could go on jump ready for war and never miss a beat.

    So to end this little piece of history,we have the true GODFATHER and doesn’t give a damn about making pizza.But building a great foundation for our Country each and everyday for us all.

    FIRED UP READY TO 4 MORE FOR #44

  28. 101 dotster3
    November 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I’d say everyone needs to wipe Home Depot off their maps if they haven’t already. Just saw on Nightly News a clip of the owner—-Langone?—-saying this a.m. on Squawk Box that if we can get rid of the guy in the WH, we’ll be on the road to economic recovery, that rich people need cheerleaders, not someone who makes them feel bad about being rich and blah blah blah, hateful nonsense. It was ugly—–Brian Williams said he had an avalanche of response, but I’m not sure why he felt he needed to air that clip. Anyhoo—–Home Depot—-GONE-ZO.

    • November 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Really? thanks. Guess I need never go there again.

    • November 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      Hi dotser

      I agree, in fact everyone who can needs to find a local hardware store, building materials supplier. They will often match advertised prices at the box stores and are much better for the economy. Shop Local

    • 104 JoJothecat
      November 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      I am done with the they…I will buy from my local hardware store even if it’s more. They really don’t discount much anyway.

    • November 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      The only thing I get from Home Depot is the Cobra Zip-it Drain Cleaning tool (and let me tell you, it’s better for the environment than chemical openers and works faster, even if the results are a bit nasty). Lowe’s has it as well, so no more Home Depot for me.

    • November 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Some of these CEO’s just need to shut their faces.

    • 107 AnitaW
      November 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      The owner of Home Depot is a crazy Republican and has hated POTUS since he started running. And he was really critical in 2008 when it was obvious John McCain was struggling. He’s like the owner of the Dolphins, “If Obama wins he was leaving the country.” Not only did he not leave the country, he had to sell parts of his team to the Williams sisters, JLo, Mark Anthony and others. I saw with these douche bags, shop local and avoid their stores.

  29. 108 auni
    November 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Jovie–I am so slow learning my way around the internet–Thank God I can get on this site and read what my fellow REAL patriots have to say!!!!

  30. November 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Wonderful video of a small town business woman who thanks President Obama

    We Can’t Wait: Small Business Owners on the American Jobs Act

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/11/we-cant-wait-small-business-owners-on.html

  31. November 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Speed Bumps You’ll Be Happy To Drive Over
    This is just to clever, speed bumps that generate electricity.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/11/speed-bumps-youll-be-happy-to-drive.html

  32. November 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Caterpillar shifts manufacturing from Japan
    every time we buy a product, we need to write to the manufacturer and ask them to manufacture in America.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/11/caterpillar-shifts-manufacturing-from.html

  33. November 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Meta,
    Good news for California high speed rail-

    High-speed rail funding rejected by Florida Gov. Rick Scott officially became California’s gain Tuesday as the Department of Transportation granted nearly $1 billion to the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

    In February, Scott rejected about $2.4 billion from DOT for a $2.6 billion high-speed train line from Tampa to Orlando, declaring in April that the money should go back to taxpayers or be used for deficit reduction.

    This will really help, as this us just what they needed there!

  34. November 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Wowzers, when does the merry-go-round stop?

  35. November 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    November 21, 2011
    Connecticut busway will ease commutes, create jobs
    If commuters in Connecticut need something to be thankful for this week, they got it this morning when the Federal Transit Administration signed an agreement with the Connecticut DOT to help fund the state’s first bus rapid transit system.
    When the New Britain-Hartford Busway is complete in two years, riders will be able to board buses at several stations, then bypass cars stuck in traffic on I-84 and reach work and other destinations quickly.  The project will include 11 stations, park and ride connections to other suburban transit service, and 31 new clean-fuel buses serving New Britain, Newington, West Hartford, and Hartford.  The Busway will also connect passengers to Amtrak intercity rail service at Hartford’s Union Station.
    The project will use an abandoned railroad right-of-way that runs between downtown New Britain and Hartford.  Transforming this route into a busway and building stations is expected to create 4,000 construction jobs.

    http://fastlane.dot.gov/2011/11/new-britain-hartford-busway.html

  36. 121 Rita
    November 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Dear Chip, have I ever told you how much I appreciate your blog and the hard work that you put into it curating information from all over so that we can be reminded every day why we voted for President Obama, and why we still support him, and why we should put our hearts and souls into getting him reelected? Well, if I haven’t, I’m doing so now. Thank you. You make my day, every day! Love to you and keep up the great work!

  37. 122 desertflower
    November 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    So when is the stupid dog and pony show on tonight? I’m NOT watching…it is NOT “must see tv” for me…just wondering……how many seconds will go by before someone makes a complete ass out of themselves? Any wagers? I say 3 minutes…

  38. 123 desertflower
    November 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    A bit of good news….Americans more optimistic about the economy…not great big gobs, but definitely moving o the right direction:)

  39. November 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Less than a week after a three-man crew arrived at the international space station, the new residents may need to “shelter in place” as a chunk of a destroyed Chinese weather satellite veers close to the station.

    On Tuesday afternoon, NASA’s mission control in Houston informed astronaut Dan Burbank that the four-inch piece of space debris might pass close enough to the station early Wednesday morning to trigger the safety measure.

    “On our most recent track, it was going to come within a half-mile” of the station, said Kelly Humphries, a NASA spokesman.

    The Department of Defense’s Strategic Command, which monitors about 21,000 objects in orbit — including active satellites and space junk — notified NASA of the close call this afternoon, Humphries said.

    But the warning came too late for the usual precaution: firing the station’s thrusters to move the football field-size orbiting outpost out of the way. It takes 30 hours to plan and execute a burn of the station’s Russian-built thrusters, NASA said.

    If further tracking shows the debris heading into the “red zone” around the station, NASA will order Burbank and his two Russian companions to close hatches between station modules and head to their Soyuz spacecraft.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/rss.jsp?rssid=615&item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fnational%2fhealth-science%2fastronauts-may-need-to-shelter-in-place-as-debris-nears-space-station%2f2011%2f11%2f22%2fgIQANAuCmN_mobile.mobile&cid=961405


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