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carole king …. and more

MSNBC

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Washington Post: The White House says a more aggressive effort to nab deceptive government contractors and deceitful Medicare recipients is paying off – to the tune of billions of dollars.

The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that the Justice Department recovered more than $5.6 billion in fraud committed against the government in fiscal 2011. Almost $3.4 billion of the funds came in civil fraud recoveries, with more than $2.2 billion tied to criminal fraud, according to administration officials familiar with the announcement who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The announcement is tied to a Cabinet-level meeting to be held Tuesday regarding plans to cut wasteful government spending across federal agencies and departments.

Full article here

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Another promise kept

Thank you Meta

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Bloomberg: U.S. economic data are outperforming expectations by the most in nine months, a trend Federal Reserve officials may incorporate into their policy statement tomorrow.

The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index, a daily measure of whether economic data is better or worse than economists’ projections, improved to 85.7 on Dec. 2, the highest since March 9, after the Labor Department reported an unexpected drop in the jobless rate….

“Most of the economists are missing the underlying strength” in the world’s largest economy, said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. The Fed will “modestly upgrade the economic outlook but change little else.”

November unemployment at the lowest level in more than two years and manufacturing running at the fastest pace in five months are among data that may dissuade Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and fellow central bankers from pursuing a third-round of large scale asset purchases. At the same time, the Fed may still see “significant downside risks” for the economy as Europe’s financial crisis evolves.

More here

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Business Insider: It didn’t get much attention, but this morning the latest NFIB small business optimism survey came in stronger than expected, as more and more corporations see good sales and decent business conditions on the way.

This is important, in part, since small businesses have been rather negative on the economy, even while large companies have reported record earnings.

More here

Thanks Loriah

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Chicago Sun Times: President Barack Obama’s top strategist, David Axelrod, predicted much more scrutiny of GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich, citing the “homespun wisdom” of Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) as he compared Gingrich to a monkey on a pole exposing his butt.

“…. Last week you all left him for dead at the checkout counter at Tiffany’s and now he’s back, a lion in winter,” Axelrod quipped. “That’s L-I-O-N by the way, I don’t want to stir up any trouble here.”

…. “In certain ways [Gingrich] fits the role for this, because as we pointed out earlier in the week he is the original tea partier. You know, he brought that kind of politics to Congress in the early 90s, he led three government shut downs in order to try and roll back environmental protection…roll back the Department of Education and education programs, he wanted to cut Medicare, he wanted to give more tax cuts to the wealthy. He was really a forerunner of what we see today.”

“I told my colleagues yesterday a bit of homespun wisdom that I got from an alderman in Chicago some years ago when one of his …colleagues wanted to run for higher office and he was really dubious. He said:

“Just remember the higher a monkey climbs on a pole, the more you can see his butt.”

So, you know, the Speaker is very high on the pole right now and we’ll see how people like the view.”

Full article here

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President Obama arrives to speak at a campaign event in Washington, Dec. 13

“If you stay steady, we’re going to win this thing …. This is going to be tough. But, I just want to remind all of you that you didn’t decide to support Barack Hussein Obama because it would be easy.”

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Washington Jewish Week: When flames swept through Israel’s Carmel Forest last year, destroying dozens of homes and lives, President Barack Obama didn’t hesitate to help, said Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S….

…. Netanyahu directed his ambassador to, “Quick, go ask President Obama for help.”

That’s when Oren entered the White House and asked to see the president. “I told him the situation and without hesitation, President Obama turned to one of his aides and said, ‘get Israel whatever it needs. Now,’” Oren recalled.

….”America has 11 fire-fighting planes; the next morning, 8 of them took off for Israel, along with a team of fire-fighting commandos.” “Later that night,” Oren continued, “I learned, that the President left the Hanukkah reception and flew secretly to Afghanistan. Upon arriving, he called Washington and the first question he asked, ‘Has Israel gotten its planes?’”…..

Full article here

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400 Responses to “carole king …. and more”


  1. 1 nintendowii10
    December 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Nice!

  2. 10 Brian
    December 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Wow, she is so articulate. Love the line “Common sense is electing Barack Obama.”

    • 12 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

      Excellent. They’ve certainly got the right visual arts people on the team, and – obviously – the right message. Thank you, President Obama, Vice President Biden, Mrs. Obama, and Dr. Biden for all you continue to do in support of our precious military heroes.

    • 14 utaustinliberal
      December 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks so much for this Meta. First of all, this WH is filled with a team of digital wizards. They blow my mind everytime. Second of all, the interactive webpage was just so touching. For the past three years, this administration has held the military and its family members close to its heart and cared for them in so many bountiful ways.

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Oh, what a great, great piece of work! Well, done, message clear, good links. I hope people who need to will come to the site. I hope that gay vet in New Hamphire(?) who asked Romney the gay marriage question will get out of that Ron Paul reactionary wasteland and vote his real interests. But then, the Choistas have a directional problem, hate-filled GPSs.

    • 16 holymoly
      December 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      That is one COOL site, really like it

  3. 17 collegekay
    December 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Now that’s what I call unwavering support. It annoys me how these pundits always try to get Obama supporters to say their “disappointed” in him somehow. They must get some type of satisfaction out of that. Carole King wasn’t having it. Love!

    • December 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Yes, every Democrat MUST be asked the playbook question..”.Are you disappointed in the President?” Did we every hear this chorus when GW was running for reelection? I think not. But ti be fair..it was the whining of the PL that gave them this talking point.

  4. 19 Linda
    December 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Crossroads GPS Dropping $500K Lump Of Coal In Ben Nelson’s Stocking

    The conservative group Crossroads GPS, in which Karl Rove has been a key player, has reserved more than $500,000 in TV ad time in Nebraska, with an apparently very ambitious goal for the holiday season: Scaring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson into retirement.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/

  5. December 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Wow, Joe really tried to load that question up for her, didn’t he?! Smacked right back into his face, he looked like he had gas.

  6. 26 isonprize
    December 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Always loved her music, Now I know that I love and respect HER!!! Carole King!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!

  7. 27 debbyeOh
    December 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Good morning Miss Chips, girl you rock the universe! I saw Carole King this morning on Morning Joke and I was just jumping up and down and cheering! And her full throated support of the President stunned ol Joe so bad he did his usual thing when he doesn’t like something: he started trying to talk over her. Now I’ve gotta go buy Carole’s Christmas CD!

  8. December 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Carole King was one of my favorite singers in the 60s. How nice to see she is still moving forward. Carol I thank you for your support of our president. I am definitely going to buy the album. Yahoo. Good morning to all.

  9. December 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

    She is goood. And so polite.

    And what was hackperin yammering about ‘are you campaigning for romney/” ? Fucking moron.

    • December 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

      And that’s the headline he has over the video of Carole on his ‘Page’ – he’s truly the most insufferable dick on earth.

      • 38 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

        THIS

      • 39 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

        So typical of these self-absorbed, useless hacks. He says one thing he thinks was clever – and that’s his headline. Grrrrr.

      • 41 utaustinliberal
        December 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

        100% concur.

      • 42 Linda
        December 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

        His father must be ashamed of him…

      • 43 Bill
        December 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

        Chips, do you mean Morning Joe or Halperin? They are close to a tie for “most insufferable dick on earth”. Mecham is also in the race.

        • December 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

          Ah yeah Bill, it’s a tie between those two!

          • 45 utaustinliberal
            December 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

            Oh no, Chips I agree with Bill, you’ve got to throw Jon Meacham into the race. There’s something so personal about his dislike of PBO. He’s always commenting about the fact that PBO can’t “connect” with everyday people and he especially can’t connect with white people and people from the South. He’s always repeating that meme and his appearance on yesterday’s Morning Joe made a lot of people uncomfortable. Meacham is from the South himself and when he starts yammering that PBO can’t connect with white people and people from the South, it made eyebrows especially on twitter raise sky high. A little too dogwhistle for me. He even did the same thing on Meet The Press. At this point, I’m like just come out and say you don’t like the President because of his skin color. Because everytime he keeps bringing up that “connectedness” BS topic and relating it to race and region, it makes whatever surrounding he inhabits become very weird.

            • 46 hopefruit2
              December 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

              You’re right UT. The “Obama can’t connect with people” is dog whistle language. The truth is, you NEVER hear that specific phrase used by critics of Obama who are Asian, Hispanic, Native American or Black. So I usually translate it to mean that the person who uses that language is projecting their own personal and racial discomfort with the President’s skin color.

            • 47 Lovepolitics2008
              December 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

              What angers me is that his way of presenting the problem puts the responsability at Barack Obama’s feet.

              How about saying the uncomfortable truth, that is that SADLY, some white people in the South don’t want to comnect with him.

              Sometimes, the only thing that comforts me when I see so much unfair criticism of PBO , is when I imagine decades from now in the history books, how readers will be horrified at what all those bigoted people, those pseudo-journalists said about one of the greatest presidents in history.

      • December 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

        BINGO! Couldn’t have said it better myself!

      • December 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        This. He didn’t want to hurt Newt or Robney. boo hoo.

  10. 50 lovingandlaughing
    December 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Let’s all give Carole a standing ovation! She said just what needs to be said and she said it well! Bravo!

  11. 53 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Carole King and James Taylor are two of my favorite artists. No surprise that they are also O’bots.

  12. 54 Linda
    December 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The United States is awash in gasoline. So much so, in fact, that the country is exporting a record amount of it.

    The country exported 430,000 more barrels of gasoline a day than it imported in September, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That is about twice the amount at the start of the year, and experts and industry insiders say the trend is here to stay.

    The United States began exporting gas in late 2008. For decades prior, starting in 1960, the country used all the gas it produced here plus had to import gas from places in Europe.

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/05/news/economy/gasoline_export/index.htm

    I guess this proves that ” Drill Baby Drill ” was just another lie .

  13. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    December 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Lynn Sweet has a photo up on Twitter of today’s meeting of PBO’s Chicago team in D.C.: http://twitpic.com/7st82f

    • 60 utaustinliberal
      December 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Nice……while the naysayers keep underestimating them and spewing verbal diarrhea, the team keeps slugging on behind the scenes. The Obama team have got to be one of the best run political teams in our nation’s history. Behidn the scenes they’re like this political juggernaut that is getting ready come 2012 to destroy whoever the opponent is and I can’t wait. I love how they aren’t taking a break this christmas season, instead they’re lining up more and more camapign fundraisers to make sure the politcal war chest is stuffed to the coffers. Love it!

  14. December 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

    NEW YORK — Southwest Airlines Co. on Tuesday said it ordered 208 new Boeing 737 aircraft with a value of nearly $19 billion.

    The Dallas airline, which operates an all-Boeing fleet, placed a firm order for 150 of the 737 Max, a new version of Boeing’s most popular plane with more fuel-efficient engines. Southwest also ordered 58 next-generation 737s.

    Because discounts are common, Southwest won’t pay the full $19 billion list price.

    http://www.king5.com/home/Southwest-orders-208-Boeing-737s-valued-at-19B-135501493.html

  15. 64 Ladyhawke
    December 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

    CAMPAIGN TO CUT WASTE (Happening Now)

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    The White House

    V.P. Biden holds “Campaign to Cut Waste” Cabinet Meeting

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebeilus and Treasurry Secretary Tim Geithner are participating.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/vp-biden-holds-campaign-cut-waste-cabinet-meeting-0

  16. December 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Lawmakers reached an agreement Monday on the $662 billion Defense authorization bill they believe will satisfy White House demands to avoid a veto over the detention of terror suspects.

    House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders changed the bill to add a provision saying that FBI and other law enforcement’s national security authority would not be affected by provisions mandating military custody of terror suspects.

    A White House veto threat has been hanging over the Pentagon policy bill for the past month, but House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders said Monday the new language would address the Obama administration’s biggest concerns with the mandatory military detention of terror suspects.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/budget-approriations/198945-deal-reached-on-defense-authorization-bill

  17. December 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    December 13, 2011
    Why Newt, not Mitt?

    As I ponder with no little fascination Newt Gingrich’s sudden frontrunner status, the question haunts: Why would the Republican base so enthusiastically pursue a sinister earthworm like the former Speaker, when that base knows perfectly well that he is abjectly unelectable?

    The commentariat’s word on the street about GOP primary voters is that they seek not only a nominee who will viciously slander Barack Obama throughout the general campaign, but whose slander will culminate in a crushing defeat of same. Assuming that for the base the outcome equals in importance the preliminaries, then why the unmistakably unelectable Gingrich?

    The answer, I think, is this. Somewhere in the subconscious substrata of the base’s collective mind there thrives the seed of an undeniable fear: No Republican challenger is going to beat Barack Obama. Earlier the base watched as more competent Republican pol after more competent Republican pol — Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Haley Barbour — refused the thrown gauntlet. And each rather conspicuously did so not because they loved their nuclear families more intensely this year than any other, but because they knew that against Obama, they too were likely unelectable.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2011/12/why-newt-not-mitt.html

    • 67 Lovepolitics2008
      December 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Newt is a vicious, amoral man. We cannot overstate how he is dangerous for America. If he’s the nominee, he won’t win but he will make the political climate even worse than it is right now. He would be as damaging if he ends up candidate for vp.

      It’s almost erie how he is the exact opposite of Barack Obama, intellectually, morally, spiritually.

      I often mention the work of Bob Altemeyer on authoritarians. His book “The Authoritarians” is available free online, easy to find. Watching Newt these days makes me think of the book. Newt is certainly the perfect example of an authoritarian leader, one who scores high on what Altemeyer calls the Social Dominance Oriention scale. Those types of leaders are the worst, the most dangerous. Combine that with the influence of religious fundamentalism in the GOP and you have the potential for something scary.

      I’m confident that americans would have enough common sense not to elect this guy, but at the same time I think it’s important to not underestimate the challenge of a Gingrich candidacy. When people are scared for the future, they’re more vulnerable to demagoguery, to scapegoating, to divisive rhetoric, things in which Gingrich excells.

      • December 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

        Yes, and they are capable of extreme violence along with this scapegoating. They are a criminal band, from top to bottom–white collar, blue collar, fraud (electoral and social), deception, assassination. Those who have no moral boundaries to their hatred, racism, manipulation, and make lying a justifiable form of political manipulation, are the most dangerous to our democracy. As for the ignorant on whom they prey, I will always remember the gurgles of the so-called stunned German populace crying, “but we didn’t know!” Bullshit then, and bullshit now. In a democracy the citizen has a responsibility to “know.” That is why the Conservatives/Republicans fight so hard to destroy the instruments for the educating of the citizenry–the arts, the schools, the press.

      • December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        *Lovepolitics*, I hear you loud and clearly. Newt sound just like he’s demon possessed. Frightening!!! Look People, It’s praying time, this cannot happen.

      • 72 Cha
        December 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm

        Here’s a long history of newt’s lies and hypocrisy from Media Matters’ Political Correction categorized in all its hateful gory details..here’s just one section..

        “Gingrich Advises GOP Candidates To Slur Democrats With Words Like “Sick,” “Traitors,” And Anti-Flag. From Mother Jones:

        1990 Gingrich’s political action committee, GOPAC, sends out a memo titled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control” to several thousand Republican candidates running for state and local offices. It includes a list of words they should use to describe Democrats:

        decay, failure (fail) collapse(ing) deeper, crisis, urgent(cy), destructive, destroy, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, they/them, unionized bureaucracy, “compassion” is not enough, betray, consequences, limit(s), shallow, traitors, sensationalists, endanger, coercion, hypocricy, radical, threaten, devour, waste, corruption, incompetent, permissive attitude, destructive, impose, self-serving, greed, ideological, insecure, anti-(issue): flag, family, child, jobs; pessimistic, excuses, intolerant, stagnation, welfare, corrupt, selfish, insensitive, status quo, mandate(s) taxes, spend (ing) shame, disgrace, punish (poor…) bizarre, cynicism, cheat, steal, abuse of power, machine, bosses, obsolete, criminal rights, red tape, patronage.

        http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201105110003

        Maybe this is newt’s time to be buried by all the Good in the World and who better than one President Barack Obama?

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      President Obama said the other night that it really doesn’t matter who the GOP nominee is. They are all espousing the same failed GOP policies, and America will have to decide if they want to continue to live a deception under the GOP, or fight for a legitimate and fair future. So, even if those “more competent Republicans” had gotten into the race, they were all going to be playing the same card – the GOP failed policies. All of them would endorse the Paul Ryan plan to kill Medicare and Social Security. All of them would espouse the same failed policies of more and more tax cuts for the rich. All of them would push for less and less equality for the middle class. All of them woudl be trying to balance the budget ont eh backs of the poor and seniors. All of them (except Ron Paul – who doesn’t know what he’s doing here) are pushing for more war and more military spending. All of them are pushing for more drilling and fracking, which is destroying the environment and endangering the very ground beneath us. All of them are denying any move to deal with climate change. And all of them would be busting unions and trying to push destructive and hateful social programs. There’s not one candidate from the right – running or biding their time until 2016, who isn’t pushing these failed GOP policies.

      So – it comes down tot he American people deciding what the country actually stands for, and how it’s going to proceed into a much more competitive, globalized future. Go with the GOP, and the future is one that benefits a very few for a very short time – and then those few skip out to foreign lands after making this a third world, divided country. Go with the Democrats, and the near future continues to be one of reshaping the social framework of this country so that it’s more sustainable, better connected, and more reliable – but this includes more years of difficult decisions and re-evaluation of priorities and values. The country needs to grow up – and 2012 will be a decision point whether people still want to pretend that they can keep their heads buried, or whether they take ownership of the future. My two cents.

  18. December 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan—U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan Tuesday to meet with commanders, as the U.S. grapples with an eroding relationship with Pakistan that has complicated supply routes and helped fuel insurgents in the east.

    While he was upbeat about security progress in Afghanistan, Panetta was also likely to hear some somber news from commanders as they wrestle with the withdrawal of 23,000 more troops in the coming year, the transition of security to Afghan forces and the near collapse of coordination with Islamabad along critical portions of the border.

    His visit here is the second stop on a holiday tour that began in Africa and will also take him to Iraq, Libya and Turkey. He will be the first U.S. defense chief to visit Libya, which is emerging from an eight-month civil war. In Iraq, he will participate in a ceremony that will shut down the U.S. military mission there after nearly nine years of war.

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2011/12/13/panetta_in_kabul_as_us_ties_with_pakistan_erode/

  19. 84 Linda
    December 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

    BREAKING NEWS !!!!!!!!

    Gary Busey endorsed Newt Gingrich. ( Even though he has never met him, is from Texas and endorsed Trump earlier this year )

    hahahahahahahaa !!!!!

  20. December 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Check out this interview between Lawry and that lowdown heifer Andrea Mitchell. They are talking about PBOs interview on 60 minutes. She leads off saying something like: “a lot of people were surprised by how unprepared PBO seemed by all this common place questions about his sagging poll numbers, and blah, blah, blah.” Lawry’s answer was dynamite. Then that dumbass said:”oh, but what about the passion, he didn’t really talk with a lot of passion”- or something equally as stupid as that. Lawry stopped her in her tracks with his answer. WTF is wrong with the media going on this Obama is sad/depressed/not passionate binge? Are they really that fucking desperate for something to talk about? What about the end of the war in Iraq, or how PBO is exporting more oil than ever or how ACA is working? What fucking fuckers they are. :x

    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc-live-with-bashir/45644219

    • 97 nintendowii10
      December 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Mrs. Alan Greenspan is full of fail.

      • 98 Michele
        December 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

        Andrea should be asked if her husband is a loser? for his co-signing of the free tax-breaks to the rich…

        • 99 anniebella
          December 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

          Andrea won’t answer that but I will, yes her husband is a loser co-signing this tax cuts for the rich.

          • 100 anniebella
            December 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

            The Bush tax cuts. I am so fed up with people like Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, all this anti-Obama B.S.

            • 101 Michele
              December 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

              I think she projects on the President because her husband is a loser and history will tell the entire story. I also know she is a 1 percenter and they want to continue the idea of reverse Robin Hood.

              • December 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

                She has always been Hillary’s girl. Plus when Alan G was working with Bill, they socialized as couples. She has a narrative in which Hillary is a godess and PBO is a loser. l cannot stomach the woman. She is snipe.

                • 103 Lovepolitics2008
                  December 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

                  An important factor in POTUS’s problems with the Beltway is the resentment of the numerous allies and friends of the Clintons. What saddens me is that the resentment has not subsided.

                  Things are always difficult for a president who is a democrat, but this fracture in the party adds to the challenge for President Obama.

                  • December 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

                    I think it’s deeper than that. The Obama’s aren’t prone to partying or inviting the upper crust to dine and dance in the White House. Instead they invite the common ppl and that is soooo terrible. No fancy hats, gowns, or balls. That’s pissing some ppl off.

            • December 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

              The Bush tax cuts. I am so fed up with people like Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, all this anti-Obama B.S…… Yes and so am I. Thias Is all because of skin color. Yes, Skin Color. What In the heck has Skin Color have ever done to anyone????? Really???? :roll:

    • 106 24Sass
      December 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Newt is all about passion, historically. ;)

      Leave it to the idiots to turn that into PBO being depressed. Why the hell do these people get paid?

    • 107 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Hey, Andrea, ask Osama bin Laden if the President was unprepared or not passionate. Ask him.

    • December 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      No brain. No beauty to compensate. So why is she still on teevee ?

    • December 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Mitchell disgusts me! It’s the same thing with her everyday, Obama bash this, Obama bash that, what is her beef?! Sorry Andy, but SoS Clinton lost, but now she is a team player, get over it! So annoying with these bullshit, pardon my french, narratives she’s trying to create!

    • 114 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Unless you are a qualified psychologist, psychiatrist or other lawfully credentialed mental health professional, your psychobabble crap about PBO being “Depressed” whatever the hell that means should be relegated to the bottom of the toilet bowl and flushed down to the septic tank where it belongs.

      Ms. Greenspan has a lot of her own issues to be depressed about. Maybe for once in her life she needs to stop projecting and look in the mirror.

    • 115 Cha
      December 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Could anyone please tweet mrs alan fail greenspan and let her know she’s a big whining failure? Her Whines aren’t going anywhere and “We See You, Andrea”?

  21. December 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I hate posting miserable stuff, but good grief, Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif) wrote one ugly piece on the President for The Hill – “Dem lawmaker blasts ‘Prof. Obama’ as arrogant, alienating”.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/cardozas-corner/198861-the-professorial-president

    WTF is wrong with these people?

    If you’d like to send him your, em, best wishes:

    http://twitter.com/RepCardoza

  22. December 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are using a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to try to force Republicans to negotiate bipartisan legislation to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year.
    An administration official said the president called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the weekend and urged him hold up the massive $1 trillion-plus spending package until an agreement is reached on the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits.
    Republicans controlling the House have instead charted their own course on the payroll tax, rolling it together with a provision to speed permitting of the controversial proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and other provisions favored by Republicans.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jz8rdj6Bj6kVGATZ29tV4x8SG3hg?docId=99925d952c604d2686de3806539474dd

    • 147 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      “and other provisions favored by Republicans”

      What a crock. The only thing they favor is anything that will bring down President Obama’s agenda. How they could sleep at night is beyond me.

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Beohner pretty much admitted that he’s going to pass his ugly bill, throw it over the fence to the Senate, and then leave town. And the media is complicit – they reported this morning that the “House Republicans” are set to pass the Payroll tax cut today – neglecting to point out that it won’t pass the Senate, and is chock full of stuff that will harm everyday Americans and particularly the unemployed.

  23. 149 Michele
    December 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Chips, can you post up the Harvey Weinstein clip from piers?

    • 150 lovingandlaughing
      December 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Yes, I’d love to see that one too!

    • December 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Didn’t see that Michele, will have a look!

      • 152 Michele
        December 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

        I’ve been hearing wonderful things about that interview from the people on this site. I like Harvey because he is big and if bullied he knows how to bully back. I recall him being on morning joke and Joe never asked him one question about the President and I believe it had something to do with Joe doesn’t know how to handle people who are not afraid of him…

  24. 153 defytheodds
    December 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Reverend Al Sharpton’s Speech at Stand for Freedom: Voting Rights Rally on Dec. 10

  25. 158 24Sass
    December 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Lynn Sweet has a great article on Axelrod saying about Newt: ‘just remember the higher a monkey climbs on a pole, the more you can see his butt.’

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/12/axelrod_on_newt_the_higher_a_m.html

  26. December 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    BWD posted this last night. I think it bares a re-posting.

    Obama 2012 Headquarters Upbeat but Phasers Set to Kill.

    The closing, and very telling, graf:

    “In a re-elect,” one caffeine-addled strategist tells me between closed-door meetings, “all you’re really doing is trying to destroy the other guy.”

  27. December 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel cell electric vehicles. The 3-year projects will help lower the costs and increase the performance of hydrogen storage systems by developing innovative materials and advanced tanks for efficient and safe transportation. These investments are a part of the Department’s commitment to U.S. leadership in advanced fuel cell technology research to help domestic automakers bring more fuel cell electric vehicles into the mainstream market.

    “Targeted investments in cutting-edge hydrogen storage technologies will spur American ingenuity, accelerate breakthroughs, and increase our competitiveness in the global clean energy economy,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “As we focus on energy security, strengthening our portfolio to include domestically-produced hydrogen and American-made fuel cells for transportation and energy storage applications will create new jobs and reduce carbon pollution.”

    http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-awards-more-7-million-innovative-hydrogen-storage-technologies-fuel-cell

  28. 171 auni
    December 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I was going to pass on the information about Dennis Cardoza (D) CA saying the president should be teaching at a university. I see it’s already on here. I called Cardoza’s office in DC and told the aide I thought it was bad news (or words to that effect). To rikyrah, I have wondered about why newt (small n) is running—I tend to agree that the GOP knows that they have already lost this election and having newt (small n) as their loser might not be as painfull. “The only reason we lost ” sez they “is because newt (small n) has so much baggage”. Who knows–maybe it’s just because they are so friggen nuts!!!!!

  29. December 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    The White House says a more aggressive effort to nab deceptive government contractors and deceitful Medicare recipients is paying off — to the tune of billions of dollars.

    The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that the Justice Department recovered more than $5.6 billion in fraud committed against the government in fiscal 2011. Almost $3.4 billion of the funds came in civil fraud recoveries, with more than $2.2 billion tied to criminal fraud, according to administration officials familiar with the announcement who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

    The announcement is tied to a Cabinet-level meeting to be held Tuesday regarding plans to cut wasteful government spending across federal agencies and departments.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/white-house-56-billion-in-fraud-recovered/2011/12/12/gIQA9IdSqO_blog.html?wprss=federal-eye

    • 173 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      When the CBC, PL and Willard “Ken doll” Romney claim that PBO is “cutting medicare” this is what they are referring to. They are mighty PIZZED that their fellow cronies in the industry will no longer be able to profit off scamming the poor and elderly with overpayments to Insurance companies. So what do they do? Try to undermine the administration by LYING to the voters about the President cutting Medicare.

      Thank You Mr. President. The honest people in this country who have a shred of decency and integrity HAVE YOUR BACK, Sir.

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      In any other country, a second term would be a landslide for such governing.

      • 175 edp4bho
        December 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        amk, I’ll go you one better. In any other country, his accomplishments would mandate a coronation.

        • December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

          Instead – many people want someone like David Cameron, whose blustering has isolated the UK and he refuses to back down or move to a compromise. On the surface, he’s making it sound like he was putting his country first. But, if Europe doesn’t recover, then he may be proven right for rejecting the deal, but the UK will suffer anyway because of a depressed and disbanded European Union. So, he’s cutting off his nose to spite his face. In this case, all of Europe needed to work together to restore confidence and find solutions. By wanting to have his cake and eat it too, Cameron has put a grey cloud over the Europe compromise, made it toothless because it’s not enshrined in the 27 European constitutions, and dimmed the prospect that this deal could emerge as a full solution. Very short-sighted, and very selfish.

      • 177 Lovepolitics2008
        December 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

        in any other country, he woukd have beaten McCain by at least a 20 points margin in 2008.

  30. December 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Bloomberg: U.S. economic data are outperforming expectations by the most in nine months, a trend Federal Reserve officials may incorporate into their policy statement tomorrow.

    The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index, a daily measure of whether economic data is better or worse than economists’ projections, improved to 85.7 on Dec. 2, the highest since March 9, after the Labor Department reported an unexpected drop in the jobless rate….

    “Most of the economists are missing the underlying strength” in the world’s largest economy, said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. The Fed will “modestly upgrade the economic outlook but change little else.”

    November unemployment at the lowest level in more than two years and manufacturing running at the fastest pace in five months are among data that may dissuade Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and fellow central bankers from pursuing a third-round of large scale asset purchases….

    More here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-12/forecasters-miss-by-most-in-nine-months-amid-improving-u-s-data-economy.html

  31. December 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    In the realm of the stupid: ND Sheriff Used Predator Drone To Arrest ‘Sovereign Citizens’.

    A family of “sovereign citizens” in North Dakota was arrested with the help of a predator drone, borrowed from border patrol agents by the local sheriff in an effort to avoid a standoff over some missing cows.

    The arrest took place back in late June, after Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke conducted a search for six missing cows on the farm of the Brossart family. He was chased off by three men carrying rifles, and called in an unarmed Predator B Drone for backup, as well as “reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other counties,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Can we expect a Darrell Issa investigation?

  32. 181 ChristiMtl
    December 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Romney did it again….their new ad….taking President Obama’s comment from the 60 minutes interview out of context.

    President Obama: ”That reversing a culture here in Washington, dominated by special interests, it was gonna take more than a year. It was gonna take more than two years. It was gonna take more than one term. Probably takes more than one president.”

    Romney’s ad uses the last sentence, “Probably takes more than one president,” and implies Obama was talking about fixing the economy. But as you can see from the transcript above, this is simply false. Obama was actually talking about changing the culture in Washington, not fixing the economy.

    Dishonest POS! I’m sick of these people.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39598_Romneys_New_Ad_Contains_Yet_Another_Dishonest_Obama_Quote#rss

    • 182 nintendowii10
      December 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Willard is so used to lying, he believes he is telling the truth when he is actually lying.

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Romney need to e focused on defeating that despicable opponent Gingrich to win the nomination instead of focusing on PBO at this time. He is a loser.

  33. December 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I feel the need to share with you my most loved spam comment ever, just found it now – it’s from, um, ‘Constipation remedies':

    “An fascinating discourse is couturier remark. I judge that you should compose writer on this topic, it power not be a sacred mortal but mostly people are not enough to talk on such topics. To the succeeding. Cheers like your rise and shine The Obama Diary.”

    I’m not sure whether to say thank you or ….. :???:

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      The emailer has read too much “Finnegans Wake”.

    • 186 Linda
      December 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Wow…. Is that supposed to be English ?

      When I used to read DK he always did a diary called ” This week in hate mail ” or something like that. They were pretty funny, but sometimes just plain vile.

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      This sounds like it was translated using Google, and the translation didn’t come through all that well. But, from the gist of it – it’s all good.

      • December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        Definitely a translation! Oh dear. :lol:
        I understand – ‘it power not be a sacred mortal’ as ‘it might not be …’ [the word 'might' meaning 'power' in some contexts] but that’s all I was able to translate. ;) tho I tried…..

        “This fashion remark** would make a fascinating discussion. I think you should do a piece/post on this topic. It might not be a ….. being. since most people are not knowledgeable enough to talk on such topics. To your success. (?) Congratulations on your ‘Rise and Shine’ at The Obama Diary.”

        **[Don't ask me which fashion remark. I'd speculate that this comment came in during the Christmas tale post?]
        Rats! Now I’m going to be returning off and on to see if I can solve this ‘ word puzzle’ in a meaningful way.

    • 190 ChristiMtl
      December 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      I don’t even know what that mean! Is it english? lol

    • 194 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Send it to Screechy Palin for translation… lol

    • 196 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      December 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      That sounds like Sarah The Quitter. :shock:

      • 197 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
        December 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        Ok I take that back, she might be a PBO supporter and English is NOT her first language. I apologize to “Constipation :lol: :lol: Remedies” for judging you. ROFlMAO though for her Username.

  34. December 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced Monday that the federal government would stop printing presidential one dollar coins for circulation as part of a campaign to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in government.

    “At the Treasury Department, we’re continuing to work hard in support of President Obama and Vice President Biden’s efforts to cut waste and streamline government,” Geithner said in a statement. “Putting a stop to the minting of surplus $1 coins represents a significant opportunity to reduce costs and improve efficiency. In these tough times, Americans are making every dollar count, and they deserve the same from their government. We simply shouldn’t be wasting taxpayer money on money that taxpayers aren’t using.”

    Pool-

    • 199 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I buy $50.00 of each coin to give to the kids in my family and the neighborhood @ Christmas. Several years ago, a dollar store in my area went out of business; they had Presidential $$ collection folders selling 4 for $1 and I purchased 50. For a mere $250 (4 Pres & 1 Native American $), spread-loaded over the year, I am able to gift 50 children with something more meaningful than a Mickey D’s gift certificate.

      And they probably will still produce “collectible” rolls, which are the same damn coins in a different wrapper — $25.00 roll sells for 39.95. Damn, damn, double damn!

      • December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        Sorry that this will curtail your Christmas tradition, Alycee, though hopefully not this year. Maybe you can make a concerted effort to buy up $1 coins over the next month or so, before they disappear completely? Also, have you ever been to an ‘estate’ auction? On a chance adventure to an ‘estate’ auction, a friend and I once found several cases of collectible coins grouped per year. They were not of monetary value, but it was neat to buy a couple cases.

        • 201 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          December 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

          I’m good to go for this Christmas, the Garfield $ came out in November. I am really disappointed. I am retired and on a fixed income, yet, at the cost of $50 during the months of January, February, May, August and November, I am able to gift 50 young folks with something both educational and of monetary value; a gift they actually keep! Its funny, the first year that I gave the coins and book, one of the college aged kids pulled me aside and asked to trade the check I had given her for one of the books (which contained $8.00); her rational — she’d spend the check, however, the book she’d keep forever.

          The Presidential $ have been released one per qtr since feb 2007 and since 2009, the reverse (tails) design of the “Sacagawea” $ changes each year to celebrate an important contribution of Indian tribes or individual Native Americans. The program was scheduled to run through the second qtr of 2016, ending with the Gerald Ford $. I went to the Treasury website, and as I suspected, the collectors rolls will still be produced (price & shipping TBA) which means a $25 roll will probably cost $50!

          Sorry for rambling on, just needed to vent my disappointment…

          http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Reducing-the-Surplus-Dollar-Coin-Inventory-Saving-Taxpayer-Dollars.aspx

          http://www.usmint.gov/downloads/mint_programs/Pres$1coinBROCHURE.pdf

      • December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        I’m with you on this one. We really should be doing the opposite–using 1 dollar coins instead of a dollar bill. Coins last forever, bills have to be replaced. And–if I’m not mistaken–coins don’t come from the Federal Reserve, meaning we’r enot paying interest on them like we are on Federal Reserve Notes (or dollar bills.)

  35. December 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Some well deserve publicity for Chip:

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Oooops, that’s really not what I meant!!!

      This:

      http://www.democraticunderground.com/1102815

      Sorry about that.

      • 206 ChristiMtl
        December 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        It’s Democratic Underground? Ouch….isn’t it as bad as DK?…..

      • December 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        Ha, thanks BWD! Those names make me nostalgic, some of my best pals from my days there. I should point out, though, I had waaaaaaaaaaaay too many enemies to count at that place!

        • December 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

          ‘Jackeens’, eh? Why not ‘Jilleens’?

          Very glad you’re here, and not there! I, for one, would never have found you if you were just part of the BHO-supporting group, :lol: and what a loss that would have been for moi! :(

          Sail on TODville!

          • December 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

            Jackeens: A mildly pejorative term for Dubliners :lol:

            And I’d have missed out on meeting up with YOU, ya crazy girl! Hugs!

            • December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

              Yes, Chipsticks. I remember Jackeens with great fondness, asked her once if she was Irish after I discovered Jackeens was a synonym for Dubliner, didn’t know then or now that it was a pejorative term, though! . Now I see I was talking to YOU! What a wonderful surprise.

              I didn’t know, either, that DU had an Obama site. I kept up with DU for many years until I couldn’t take some of the comments. Haven’t been there for ages. Glad, glad, glad that you started your own blog!

            • 215 GGail
              December 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

              I can’t believe that was you Chipsticks!!!

              I’m so glad that you started your own site so we could see the goodness and super smarts in YOU!

        • 216 Cha
          December 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

          The vicious jackals did you and the world a favor with all their PObama HATE, Chips! They’re just too damn ignorant to know it.

          What a lesson in what great things can be done when we don’t stick around frothng at the mouth hate.. More than a few of us were going through major shock from all the lies directed at our Democratic President. Until we figured out that they were suckers who lapped up everything the profiteering “left” was feeding them.

          Like Michael Moore for one..yeah.

      • December 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

        OH MY GAWD. I was never a DU person but I used to follow Jackeens doggedly until one day she disappeared. I noticed people were asking about you but I didn’t know what happened and finally removed the bookmark, sadly. WOW, so glad you morphed into Chipsticks!!!! WOWZERS!!

  36. December 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    New Obama campaign ad-

    Per POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Obama campaign advisers in a press briefing this morning compared Mitt Romney’s bet to another famous political gaffe — that of George H.W. Bush, who looked baffled when he saw a barcode scanner at a grocery store checkout counter during the 1992 campaign. Bush had been in the White House so long he apparently hadn’t seen one.

    Campaign spokesman Ben Labolt told reporters today: “The $10,000 bet may end up being Mitt Romney’s grocery store-scanner moment.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2011/12/obama-campaign-compares-romney-bet-to-bush-gaffe-107216.html

    W/ video.

  37. December 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Southwest orders 150 737 max planes and 58 others from Boeing!

  38. December 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Gee wiz, try to divide us a little more, Politico.

    Says, that Clinton was better for the Blacks than Obama.

    Oh Lordie.

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      This is ludicrous. When Clinton (a caucasian) was in office he did not come into office facing what PBO encountered. There is absolutely no comparison. PBO is still trying to correct some of Clinton’s policies. I could say more as an AA, but I will leave it there. :)

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Didn’t Clinton enact “welfare reform” with Newt Gingrich? How did that work out? Politico – a good source for garbage.

      • December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        Yes! I was ready to strangle him with my bare hands. During the Lewinsky thing, I KNOW I would strangle him if I had a chance — what a way to ruin an entire democratic presidency: for a blow job by (my take) a plant in the west wing. For a hugely touted “brain” how could he not see what he was doing?

        But the welfare thing was, actually, much worse.

    • 225 symmetry11
      December 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      He was great alright. Great at making sure more of us ended up in prison on small time drug charges. They need to go on somewhere with that lie. Clinton administration may have created jobs, but believe me when I tell you that he was not that great for people of color. It just seemed that way b/c the CBC was all up his ass.

      • December 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        What you said Symmetry11.

      • December 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        Eight Years of Clinton-Gore: The Price of Lesser-Evilism
        By Lance Selfa

        Two-thirds of congressional Democrats supported Clinton-Gore’s 1994 Omnibus Crime Control Act. This $33 billion monstrosity expanded the use of the federal death penalty to 60 crimes, appropriated $10 billion for a vast expansion of prison building, and offered money to localities to hire 100,000 police. In 1996, Clinton’s Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act greatly curtailed death row prisoners’ habeas corpus appeals and established arbitrary time limits on death row appeals. On Clinton’s watch, the U.S. prison population nearly doubled and the number of executions jumped to its highest level in four decades.

        ~snip~

        http://www.isreview.org/issues/13/clinton-gore.shtml

      • 228 CTGirl
        December 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

        You got it symmetry11!!

        “Clinton administration may have created jobs”…yep, thanks to the dot-com bubble :-)

        Not to take anything away from former President Clinton, because he was better than what we got stuck with the last 8 years before POTUS; but if Clinton is to be praised for gifting Bush with a surplus to start his “dumb war”, then he should be blamed for setting poor people back as well.

        He “reformed” the welfare system just the way folks on the Right wanted, and he is responsible for the prison industrial complex we are stuck with today.

        SMH as they try to rewrite history, goes to show how right former President Bush is when he said, history will judge him (Bush) a success. Yep, how soon do we forget!

    • December 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Jovie, you may be interested in reading this article.

      The Clinton Fallacy: Did blacks really make big economic gains during the ’90s?
      By Melissa Harris-Lacewell |Posted Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at 12:46 PM ET

      There is no evidence to suggest that African-Americans were in a better economic position than whites at any time in American history, including during Clinton’s presidency. In fact, striking gaps in income, employment, and wealth continue to distinguish black economic reality in the United States. Clinton’s administration did keep inflation low and reduce unemployment. This was a rising tide that lifted many boats, including some black ones.

      ~snip~

      He relished this bond and often acknowledged his honorary blackness. It is important to remember that the description of Clinton as black was prompted by his experience of personal, public humiliation at the hands of his political foes. It is not a claim about his racial heritage, but instead a reaction to his experience with and use of cultural markers that often stand for the denigrated elements of black life in America.

      As Clinton performed blackness, real black people got poorer. The poorest African-Americans experienced an absolute decline in income, and they also became poorer relative to the poorest whites. The richest African-Americans saw an increase in income, but even the highest-earning blacks still considerably lagged their white counterparts. Furthermore, the ’90s witnessed the continued growth of the significant gap between black and white median wealth.

      Read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2008/01/the_clinton_fallacy.html

    • 230 nathkatun7
      December 14, 2011 at 12:13 am

      Ya right! I suppose that’s why the incarceration rate of young black males and females skyrocketed during his presidency. There are other things I could go into that debunks this statement by Politico, but I no longer find it useful to waste time and energy on idiotic statements by media people who are preoccupied with denigrating President Obama.

  39. December 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Addendum to one of my posts.

    WH stops dollar coin circulation saving 50 million per year. -AP

  40. December 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Good article from mike Allen-(no snark)-

    The Obama campaign will get some help next year from a Democrat who knows something about getting reelected — Bill Clinton.

    Campaign manger Jim Messina said at a briefing for reporters Tuesday morning that he and top strategist David Axelrod “got to spend a little time with President Clinton about a month ago, discussing his involvement in the campaign.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70361.html

  41. 235 ChristiMtl
    December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Dem Senators to Obama administration: On Plan B, it’s put up or shut up time

    This letter — which is signed by Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, Kirsten Gillilbrand, Maria Cantwell and 10 male senators — is strongly worded stuff, particularly when directed at a Democratic president. It stops just short of accusing the Obama administration of deliberately ignoring science in making this decision. It also puts the administration in an awkward spot. Either it produces a scientific rationale that’s acceptable to these Senators, which will will be extremely difficult at best, or it will face more criticism for failing to justify its policy, reinforcing the sense that this Democratic administration abandoned science and put politics first.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/dem-senators-to-obama-put-up-or-shut-up-on-plan-b/2011/12/13/gIQAYOc4rO_blog.html

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      These Senators need to explain why it’s so important for them to fight for 10 year olds to secretly take a massive dose of hormones in order to prevent a pregnancy, rather than seeking a doctor’s help and adult supervision to handle the actual problem? Democrats are their own worst enemies.

      What is their leverage here? Do what we say or we’ll jeopardize your 2012 chances?

      • 237 ChristiMtl
        December 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

        It does seem like it doesn’t it? ”Do what we say or we’ll jeopardize your 2012 chances”.

      • 239 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        December 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        Theo, this comment is making its way into a fax to signators of that letter. Thanks for helping me write my letter!

        • December 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

          You’re welcome. Their knee-jerk reaction made my blood boil, so thanks for getting it into a cogent format. I’m sneaking onto TOD during a day long meeting, so I can’t properly respond.

          • 241 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

            Fax Sent to Sens. Patty Murray (WA), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Daniel Akaka (Hawaii), Carl Levin (Mich.), John Kerry (Mass.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Al Franken (Minn.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.). Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

            Thanks again.

    • 242 Desraye
      December 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Would they please let it go? Just because science says it safe does not mean its safe. For example, the birth control pills Yaz. They were thought to be safe by the FDA before they were put on the shelves for the consumers to get. Come to find out years later Yaz was in fact more dangerous than other birth control pills. I ‘ ve taken Yaz and thank god I had no problems. Instead of removing Yaz from the market, the FDA wants Bayer to put a big warning label on the Yaz. Another thing is Plan B does not guarantee that the girl will not get pregnant, just like other birth controls.Also girls 16 and under don’t use the birth control methods that are available now.

    • 243 Jessica
      December 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Forget the science what about the parental rights.

      • December 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        Parental rights lose a little steam with me when I know for a fact that girls are sexually abused too often by their own fathers. Here in Utah, for instance. In the poorer Southeast. In fact generally, in affluent families, too. So not so much parental rights, as safety of the child.

        The first thing I thought of when I read of the morning after pill becoming available to all females, even very young ones, was horror. The many health concerns arising from promiscuous use of the pill — for instance, a bad reaction, scared me to death. One of my daughters shortly after her marriage had problems with vision which turned out to be a very bad reaction to the pill. Would a twelve-year-old realize that black spots in her vision might signal a very real danger?

        The Yaz reaction was a more visible problem and well reported, but there are others — blood clotting for one, which never bothered me. In fact I still take the pill for bone thinning. But it was a real problem for Ethy.

    • 245 QuietObserver
      December 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      I don’t understand how requiring guidance for children when purchasing this drug is “ignoring science.” Seriously, what am I missing?

    • 248 Linda
      December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      They probably get campaign contributions

    • December 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Those senators are absolutely right about this. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the FDA said that Plan B’s availability to girls between 11 and 16 was absolutely scientifically valid. The Obama administration overruled the science on this out of some moral or political calculus. Whatever their reasons, the fact is that the Obama administration overruled the science, which is something I cannot possibly agree with.

      • 251 Linda
        December 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

        I would not want my daughter to be able to get that . No way…

      • December 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

        I have to say, I’m with Michael Tomasky on this –

        A Progressive Defense of the White House on Plan B

        Kathleen Sebelius is getting flak for her Plan B decision. But Michael Tomasky defends the administration’s position because of the ethical issues raised by minors using the pill.

        I get the reasons for liberal outrage at the Obama administration’s Plan B decision. But I can’t quite join in the indignation … it seems to me that to call this merely a case of politics cynically trumping science is way too dismissive of some concerns that parents with all kinds of political views might have about their teenage daughters buying this pill without their knowledge.

        http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/09/michael-tomasky-a-progressive-defense-of-the-white-house-on-plan-b.html

        • 253 utaustinliberal
          December 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

          +1,000,000,000 for the comment. Plus, I agree with the Tomasky piece. He’s the only one from the so called left who applied any logic in his article about HHS Sebelius’s decision and didn’t use childish and petty emotions to personally and rabidly attack PBO.

          • December 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

            Tell you what. Let ‘em pass the bill and at the same time let’s give little girls birth control pills when they get their first training bra.(snark)
            These assholes want control over a womans vagina, why not her children. :-(

      • 255 nospin
        December 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        Kevin Pua – welcome to TOD but I call bullshit on this one.

        underage sex with babies under 17 = Rape

        Why the hell should any child get access to Plan B without a prescription from a doctor? I tell you this, If I were to ever find out my child was able to purchase a drug like this over the counter I am going off on the establishment that allowed them to purchase it.

        If I am responsible for my underage child, they better damn well stay out of my decision making to include allowing my kid to purchase the morning after pill without a discussion with a doctor. I could give a crap about what American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the FDA believes. They can do for their kids what they want but they have no right to trample on the rights of parents to care for their own child.

        Bottom line is PO and Sebellius has it right. Whether folks disagree with it is not important. You want your child to get access to the drug, tell them go get the prescription. Win win for everybody.

        Now about the American Jobs Act . . .

      • 256 nospin
        December 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

        Hey Kevin Pua – I wanted to clarify that my disgust isn’t with you but with officials that want to usurp the rights of parents.

        I don’t see why getting a prescription is such a big deal. Getting a prescription is the only requirement for underage kids. No rights are infringed on except the one that they would prefer to implement which is to infringe on the rights of parents. So why the outrage?

        How does requiring a prescription for Plan B translate into overruling science? That simply makes no sense. and we are talking about babies. Still growing into their bodies. Why is taking the extra step of talking to a doctor a big deal?

        I am glad that Sebellius said no. As a parent I am grateful that someone is protecting my rights.

        again, welcome and hope you continue to participate.

      • December 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm

        In the press release HHS said they agreed with the science. So no they are not overruling science in requiring the label to be understandable for 11 year olds.

      • 258 Desraye
        December 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

        Science is not always right.

      • December 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm

        The science was not overruled – Plan B is available to girls between 11 and 16. They need a prescription because they may lack the maturity of using the drug in an appropriate manner. I could go along with an argument that the restriction should not apply to 15 or 16 year olds, but an 11 year old girl is most certainly in dire need of consultation if she has need for this drug. This is NOT an issue of women’s rights, it is an issue of protecting children. A school girl has to ask the nurse to get an aspirin – but we should let her go to the neighborhood drug store and self-medicate with a poweful hormone. Where is the common sense here?

      • December 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

        Kevin, don’t make it sound that as if this medication has been banned for usage for underage girls. And using science as a figleaf for your poutrage is pathetic.

      • 261 nathkatun7
        December 14, 2011 at 12:40 am

        And I cannot possibly agree with you, or anyone else, who thinks that for under age girls, Plan B contraceptive should be dispensed like candy. Girls between the ages of 11 and 16 are still children; they still require adult guidance and adult supervision. PERIOD!

    • December 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Democrats have got to stop shooting themselves in the foot. These Dem senators should know better.

  42. December 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    December 13, 2011 1:15 PM

    At the intersection of dishonesty and hypocrisy
    By Steve Benen

    In the debate over the weekend for the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney offered to bet $10,000 on a health care claim, generating all kinds of attention. But just a couple of minutes earlier, Romney made a claim that was far less colorful, but far more dishonest.

    As part of a discussion on the Affordable Care Act, Romney told viewers, “Let’s not forget, only one president has ever cut Medicare for seniors in this country, and it’s Barack Obama. We’re gonna remind him of that time and time again.”

    Jonathan Cohn, who generally avoids using the “l” word, calls Romney’s claim “a flat-out lie.”

    There are a few relevant angles to this. The first is the notion that Obama’s health care law “cuts Medicare.” It’s an inherently dubious claim — as has been explained many times before, “The Affordable Care Act does reduce Medicare spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. But here’s the catch: Those dollars aren’t taken out of the current budget, they are not actual cuts, and nowhere does the bill actually eliminate any current benefits. The $500 billion is all in future spending reductions and come through the law’s attempts to slow projected growth, not cut spending.”

    The second is the notion that “only one president has ever cut Medicare.” Cohn knows better.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/at_the_intersection_of_dishone034086.php

  43. 264 LOL
    December 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’m sure some here would appreciate this…….

    Joe Scarborough Says He Might Vote For Third Party If Newt Is GOP Nominee

    MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough has made no secret of his dislike for Newt Gingrich, but he took the tough talk to a new level this morning. Here are his commnets, via The Hill:

    If I have to choose between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich — a guy that George Will said would have been a marvelous Marxist and who is the opposite of being a small-government conservative — if Ron Paul’s running as a third-party candidate, I’m going to give him a long look.

    His main reason – Gingrich’s supposed fondness for ‘big government’ – echoes recent comments by Glenn Beck, who said yesterday:

    “If I have a gun to my head, I’ll vote for Mitt Romney [in the general election], and if it’s Newt Gingrich and there’s a third party and it’s Ron Paul — and I don’t agree with his Middle Eastern policy, at all — I might consider Ron Paul as a third party.”

    Source: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/2716

    This deserves a……

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Someone up thread already said that Joe Scarborough is part of that “Americans Elect” nonsense. They are itching for a third party. Sad for them that they’ll still lose.

      • 266 LOL
        December 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        That’s why I never got why the conservatives always claimed that Morning Joe was liberal. It’s not. They spend more time bashing the president than Fox. I personally, however, have a problem with the schilling they do for Huntsman. This goes for Mika who is supposed to be the advocate for liberalism versus Joe’s conservatism. They are head over hills for Huntsman, Bloomberg, Paul Ryan, and Christie—-all Republicans. They never have praised a Democrat the way they do these Republicans. It’s sickening. That’s why I stopped watching them months ago—and my mornings have never been better,

      • 267 Linda
        December 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        Really ? I thought he was part of ” No Labels ” with Bloomberg….. ( who Halperin was pushing as a 3rd party candidate today )

        Buddy Roemer is going after the Americans Elect nomination.

        • 268 Desraye
          December 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

          I believe the Americans Elect is the same as No Labels.

          • 269 Bill
            December 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

            Desraye, I don’t think so. No Labels was started by political operatives from both parties and is very transparent. Americans Elect was started by Wall Street types and is somewhat secretive as to where their money originated. Some believe Michael Milken is involved. The son of Milken’s top assistant is the public head of it.

            • 270 Linda
              December 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

              You are correct…the seed money of 5.5 million came from Peter Ackerman. His son is running it.

              Peter Ackerman was born in New York City, Nov 6 1946, and educated at Colgate University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) where he earned a PhD in International Relations.[10]

              After his graduation he joined the junk-bond dealers, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and for most of the next fifteen years, he was the right-hand man to Michael Milken the “Junk-Bond King”.

              • December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

                Here’s a re-post about Americans Elect from a previous thread.

                Americans Elect Board of Advisors: Names and Connections

                The following is an annotated list of the Board of Advisors for Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation with plans to nominate its own candidate for President of the United States in 2012. Starting from a previously unpublished Americans Elect document obtained by the Los Angeles Times on July 26 2011, the list below is a work in progress, containing not just the names of the Board of Advisors contained in the Americans Elect but also hyperlinks to information about the Board of Advisors’ relevant affiliations. Additional known roles in Americans Elect and its predecessor Unity08, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Annotations are incomplete and being added on a daily basis; a lack of information about a person’s affiliations should not be interpreted as a lack of affiliations themselves.

                ~snip~

                http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/americans-elect-board-of-advisors-names-and-connections-july-26-2011/

            • December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

              Personally, I think they’re all part of the same movement. No Labels has Huffington, Bloomberg, I think Huntsman was reported to be involved at one point, McCain, too. And then the 1% are sponsoring the Americans Elect. In any case, they’re all planning to be spoilers for 2012, and introduce their candidate(s) in the summer.

              • December 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

                theo~ I think you’re on to something. I think both organizations are focused on preventing President Obama from being re-elected. This is the information that I found on No Labels’ website.
                Partners

                Jonathan Crane, director for Research for the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, is a supporter of No Labels. Mr. Crane has been a senior fellow at the Democratic Leadership Council, a domestic policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois.

                Dave Walker, founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative and a No Labels co-founder, has worked closely with No Labels, participating in telephone town halls and even placing second in a POLITICO-sponsored “parlor game” to select an independent candidate for president after being drafted to run by No Labels members. Dave is the former U.S. comptroller general under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and is the former head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

                No Labels supporter Maya MacGuineas is president of the CRFB and has participated in events like the No Labels “Conversation with America” townhall forum with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and No Labels Co-Founders John Avlon, Robert S. Kaplan and Lisa Borders.
                PolicyMic

                http://nolabels.org/partners

        • 275 Bill
          December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

          Buddy Roemer is Chris Hayes’s candidate.

          • 276 ChristiMtl
            December 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

            Rachel Maddow seem to like him a lot as well…..

            Just look at an interview with him, her tone…..and see the difference when she interviewed Ambassador Rice and David Plouffe.

            Her agenda is very clear.

    • December 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      hogwash….he’ll be defending Newt in no time

      • 278 LOL
        December 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        I dunno…there is some deep seated resentment there. Either way I could give two scoops who he votes for . What bugs me is that they operate on the pretense that this is a counterweight to FOX, which it is not. At least FOX promotes conservative views, not candidates. There has to be some FCC rule against openly campaigning for or against a candidate. The very least, it blurs the lines between news and opinion. I don’t mind guests saying who they are for and against, but when you have someone who has 3 hours of airtime, operating under the false pretense of a “news program”…there has to be some consequences. I know he got in trouble *cough* for donating to a campaign, but I would rather he donate in private than air out who he is going to vote for on National T.V. Especially since MSNBC says Morning Joe is “news” and not “opinion”

      • 279 hopefruit2
        December 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        He won’t be defending Newt because he knows that Newt cannot beat Obama. Scarborough hates Obama so much that he automatically hates anyone whom he thinks will improves Obama’s chances of remaining in the WH. That alone is driving his hatred of Gingrich more than any policy issue.

  44. December 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Hi everyone, I couldn’t find video of Harvey Weinstein’s interview with Toad-head Morgan, only the audio from the podcast – so, here you go. Love the fella. Harvey, not Toad-head.

  45. December 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    December 12, 2011
    Romney Meets a Veteran
    Posted by Amy Davidson

    The Republican candidates are not having shining moments when it comes to dealing with gay veterans. One example of this came in a Fox News debate this fall, when the candidates, asked by gay service member on active duty in Iraq, all but froze when some in the audience booed him. There wasn’t even the rote thanks for his service you’d expect even there, on the planet of the G.O.P. race. Then there was another transmission from that world last week, when Rick Perry came out with an ad in which, dressed in a denim shirt and Carhartt jacket, he said,

    Perry may not have much of a serious chance now—though really, with this cast of characters, who knows—but Romney does, or did. A video of him talking to a gay veteran in a New Hampshire diner gives one a sense of why he didn’t have more of one. Romney sat down in a booth with two older men, Bob Garon and Bob Lemire; according to Politico, they were regulars there, known to the waiters as “the Bobs.” As the Boston Globe put it, “Though Romney had no reason to know it, Garon—a 63-year-old from Epsom, N.H.—was sitting at the table with his husband.” Garon was wearing a baseball hat referring to his time in Vietnam—“Vietnam veteran!” Romney said when he saw him, not by way of introducing himself (he has no military experience) but perhaps to demonstrate his eye for textual details. Garon asked Romney where he stood on gay marriage. Romney was against it; when Garon followed up by asking why a same-sex partner shouldn’t get the veterans’ benefits available to spouses, Romney repeated that “I believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, and we apparently disagree.” What is striking is how Romney, despite picking up—sooner than some of his rivals might have—what Garon thought of the issue, completely fails to turn this into any sort of a human moment. You are a politician; here is an old man, sitting next to you in a diner, who, one way or the other, has had a complicated life. There was no strand Romney could seek out and hang on to? Ask what years he fought in the war, express some sense of respect or internal struggle—anything. (Except, maybe, propose a wager.) This is how they said goodbye

    Garon: And you know, I also learned something and New Hampshire is right. You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer, and you know what, Governor, good luck.

    Romney: Thank you, appreciate it. Have a good day to you, sir.

    Garon: You’re going to need it.

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2011/12/romney-meets-a-veteran.html#ixzz1gRTQVT00

  46. December 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    How Wal-Mart Could Reelect Barack Obama

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2011/12/how_walmart_could_reelect_bara034069.php

    Talks about how papa Sam Walton made his money by being inventive. “Viewed by most as a ‘down-home’ guy who continued to drive his old pickup truck long after he had become a billionaire, Walton’s common man appeal belies his true financial genius – the ability to use his vendors’ money to finance the growth of his operations.”

    and then goes on to talk about how much wealth the Waltons have

    “According to the Survey of Consumer Finances, the combined net worth of Sam’s family equals the combined wealth of the entire bottom 30 percent of Americans.”

    Goes on to discuss the issue of income inequality

    At the end of the day, it won’t be about the specifics of how we should or should not – or even if we should or should not – control the income disparity in America that now exceeds anything we have seen in our history. It will be about the common sense among what we now call “the 99 percent” who can’t help but see that something is fundamentally wrong in our country when one family can possess so much of the nation’s wealth – particularly when they provided no great innovation or advancement in and to the American way of life- while so many are suffering.

    Elections are emotional events. Americans vote their pocketbook and their “gut.”

    And while we can accept -and even cheer – those who accomplish great wealth as a result of great innovations that improve the lives of Americans and others throughout the world, we know all too well that much of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of people who have done little to nothing to benefit our way of life.”

  47. 283 ChristiMtl
    December 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Working on jobs as usual:

    Sen. James Inhofe Addresses GOP’s Concerns About Bestiality

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/12/13/388607/sen-james-inhofe-address-gops-concerns-about-bestiality/

  48. December 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Business Insider: It didn’t get much attention, but this morning the latest NFIB small business optimism survey came in stronger than expected, as more and more corporations see good sales and decent business conditions on the way.

    This is important, in part, since small businesses have been rather negative on the economy, even while large companies have reported record earnings.

    More here: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-small-business-hiring-plans-2011-12

  49. 285 Britt
    December 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    The establishment of the GOP DO NOT want Newt to win the nomination, which is odd to me since he appears to be more conservative than Mitt.

    • December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      The establishment can’t control Newt. They can control Mitt.

      • 287 Lovepolitics2008
        December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        Yep. The man doesn’t have any deep knowledge in anything and is weak in character. He would be a puppet of the big lobbies and the military industrial complex. Reagan without the likeability. Gingrich is not that knowledgeable either and has big character defaults but he wouldn’t be as easy to control because he’s erraric and very authoritarian.

  50. 288 LOL
    December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Sh!t just got real (funny that is )

    Trump Pulls Out Of Newsmax Debate

    CNN is reporting that Donald Trump has pulled out as moderator of a Newsmax Republican debate slated for the end of December. Only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum agreed to participate in the debate.

  51. 293 Linda
    December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Gingrich with ” Invented ” person Yassar Arafat.

    oops

  52. December 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Chysler may reopen detrot plant, bring back Viper- Detroit Free Press

    • 296 Linda
      December 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      That is great. I hope it happens…. They really need jobs there…they are trying to fend off Snyder taking over under his emergency management authority.

      Just yesterday I read that the FBI labeled Detroit the 2nd most dangerous city in America.. Flint MI. is first.

      • December 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

        If the state congress ever got out of the pocket of Ambassador Bridge owner Mouron and backed the government funded plan that would be 15,000 jobs created overnight.

  53. 298 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I’m looking for a post in one of the earlier threads about Jon Huntsman which details some of his more dangerous Republican policies that voters need to be aware of. Some idiot at Old Orange is pushing a diary about the Gingrich-Huntsman debate yesterday trying to build some kind of narrative that Huntsman is “more evolved than Obama” on issues related to China. I’m not even sure what their point is since apart from the fact that it’s not true, Huntsman has several other “less evolved” policies such as the full endorsement of the Ryan Plan that would royally screw most ordinary Americans. I can’t seem to find that post and I don’t recall who posted it. I will keep looking anyway.

    • December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      I believe Huntsman just this weekend reiterated his love for the Paul Ryan budget – including more tax cuts, and the end of Medicare and Social Security. I think if you google it, you’ll get some hits. That alone should disqualify him from any Democratic support. He’s also got some company ties to Iran, and spent his time as China Ambassador focusing on making his family business more wealthy.

  54. December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Polls Don’t Reflect GOP Split
    by BooMan
    Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 01:01:08 PM EST

    According to the latest PPP/Daily Kos/SEIU poll, less than a third of Americans think Barack Obama will be defeated in next year’s election. I confess that I am little surprised to see such a small number. The key swing ‘independent/other’ category is in rough agreement with the overall numbers. Just 31% of independents think Romney would win, while only 27% think Gingrich could pull it off. Yet, a new USA Today/Gallup Swing-State Poll shows a Republican enthusiasm advantage and some worrisome results for the president.

    I think the key dynamics are starting to show, but they aren’t necessarily showing up in the polls, yet. The Republicans may be generically more motivated. That’s natural for the party out of power. But they’re horribly split over their two front-runners, both of whom are simply unacceptable to a huge swath of the party. Once they have to settle for a candidate, I think the enthusiasm rating of the Republican base will take a major nosedive.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/12/13/1318/3054

    • December 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      This doesn’t make sense, since polls last week were stating that Republicans are generally very unenthusiastic about the 2012 election. And there have been signs for a while that they are planning to focus on the Senate, House and lower level offices around the country, because they’ve all but given up on the Presidency.

      • 303 LOL
        December 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        BS—27% of Republicans call their candidates weak, 51% call them average from NBC’s new poll. I dunno Gallup/USA Today has been trending rightward lately. If you look at their polls on their website, they have Paul at 8%–which is malarkey because the guy has at least double that in all of the network polls. My only guess is that their polls are skewed heavily to Republicans and Conservatives.

    • December 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Or that Gallup is a garbage polling outlet.

  55. December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    December 13, 2011 2:10 PM

    The ‘evidence’ bolstering voter-fraud allegations

    By Steve Benen

    To rationalize the “war on voting,” Republican policymakers point to the scourge of voter fraud. The problem, of course, is that the allegations of fraud are largely imaginary, and GOP officials are really just looking for excuses to block traditionally-Democratic constituencies from voting.

    But wait, Republicans say, occasionally there really is fraud. In fact, the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) released a report last week to document all the cases of voter fraud that have been prosecuted over the last decade.

    And what did the group turn up? A grand total of 311 cases. Given the larger national context — over 131 million Americans voted in 2008, for example — that’s an infinitesimally small number.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/the_evidence_bolstering_voterf034087.php

  56. December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Looking good, Mr President:

    President Obama arrives to speak at a campaign event in Washington, Dec. 13

    “If you stay steady, we’re going to win this thing …. This is going to be tough. But, I just want to remind all of you that you didn’t decide to support Barack Hussein Obama because it would be easy.”

  57. 313 tally
    December 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Love Carole so much!!! Just WOW.

  58. December 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM PST.

    Romney campaign responds to claim by Mitt Romney that he is ‘progressive’
    by Jed Lewison

    Mitt Romney’s campaign is responding to this video of himself in 2002 saying “I am not a partisan Republican” and “my views are progressive” …

    Mitt Romney said he was ‘progressive’ as a gubernatorial candidate. … by blaming Democrats:


    The very last thing the Democrats want to do is run against Mitt Romney. That is why they are focused on his campaign and not on the economy. The Democrats are continuing their campaign of deception in their strategy to ‘kill Romney.’ If anyone has a question of how Mitt Romney will govern as president, take a look at his record of creating jobs, cutting spending, and protecting the sanctity of life and traditional marriage. That was his record as Governor and that will be his record as president.

    Of course, nothing in that statement explains why Mitt Romney declared himself to be a “progressive” and I’ll bet you $10,000 that it won’t convince a single conservative Republican to vote for Mitt Romney. This isn’t some slice-and-dice O’Keefe editing job … this is Mitt Romney in Mitt Romney’s own words.

    .

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/13/1044923/-Romney-campaign-responds-to-claim-by-Mitt-Romney-that-he-is-progressive?via=blog_1

  59. December 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Good afternoon TOD family

    there is definitely more god news in the air, I can’t keep up with al these encouraging stories.

    The president’s speech in Kansas was one of his best. I decided to slice and dice it.

    Everyday a new piece will come out (there are 10)

    today’s piece

    The basic bargain that made this country great has eroded

    Key phrases:

    Grandparents believed in an America where hard work paid off, responsibility was rewarded, and anyone could make it if they tried — no matter who you were, where you came from, or how you started out.

    Today, we are still home to the world’s most productive workers and innovative companies. But for most Americans, the basic bargain that made this country great has eroded.

    Fewer and fewer of the folks who contributed to the success of our economy actually benefited from that success.

    Those at the very top grew wealthier from their incomes and investments than ever before. But everyone else struggled with costs that were growing and paychecks that weren’t

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/basic-bargain-that-made-this-country.html

  60. 340 tally
    December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Hey guys – this may have already been posted (been busy hand addressing our office HOLIDAY cards – yes, they’re holiday cards. My boss is Jewish, and I get all those MAJOR holidays off TOO, and it ROCKS!!!))

    GIANT DOUCHEBAG ALERT: Who crashes someone’s meal just to insult them? That would be giant GOP Douchebag Romney:
    ~~~WATCH THE VIDEO~~~

    http://unicornbooty.com/blog/2011/12/12/romney-accidentally-crashes-married-gay-vets-date-while-trolling-for-anti-gay-votes/

  61. December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. and University of Phoenix Bring Education and Mentoring Services to Underserved

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/100-black-men-of-america-inc-and.html

  62. December 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Keeping the Beat: A Teacher Talks About Schools, Music Education, and the American Jobs Act.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/keeping-beat-teacher-talks-about.html

  63. December 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Tunisia swore in their new President!

  64. December 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Washington Jewish Week: When flames swept through Israel’s Carmel Forest last year, destroying dozens of homes and lives, President Barack Obama didn’t hesitate to help, said Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S….

    …. Netanyahu directed his ambassador to, “Quick, go ask President Obama for help.”

    That’s when Oren entered the White House and asked to see the president. “I told him the situation and without hesitation, President Obama turned to one of his aides and said, ‘get Israel whatever it needs. Now,'” Oren recalled.

    ….”America has 11 fire-fighting planes; the next morning, 8 of them took off for Israel, along with a team of fire-fighting commandos.” “Later that night,” Oren continued, “I learned, that the President left the Hanukkah reception and flew secretly to Afghanistan. Upon arriving, he called Washington and the first question he asked, ‘Has Israel gotten its planes?'”…

    Full article here: http://washingtonjewishweek.com/main.asp?SectionID=88&SubSectionID=275&ArticleID=16246

    • 346 Lorraine
      December 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you, Chip. Matthew 6:4. President Obama the first Jewish President.

      • 347 tally
        December 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm

        That is my favorite – well, the entire SOTM – but especially that – PRAY in secret, GIVE in secret, don’t brag or waive or shout about your shit. STFU. The Lord sees you.
        :D :D :D

  65. 348 Linda
    December 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Guess Which Candidate Is The Most Organized In Iowa?

    With less than a month to go until the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, you’d probably think the candidate with the most offices and the the biggest operation in the Hawkeye State would be a Republican.

    You’d be wrong.

    The Obama campaign is touting what it says is already a superior ground operation in Iowa, saying the offices and thousands of volunteer hours it already has up and running in the state are a sign that it’s better prepared for the general election than the other side.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/

  66. December 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    OK, so it looks like Christiane Amanpour is leaving This Week. Whatever, I don’t watch but I know you guys think she’s not very good so that’s probably a good thing. But don’t get your hopes up for a replacement, especially when you see beltway insiders pushing BS like this:

    • December 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Tapper makes me GAG. I had to turn off the DPB today because his voice and whining just drives me nuts.

      • 351 LOL
        December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        He has a very condescending attitude. Always inserts himself in the story somehow…I’m not concerned I used to watch Russert religiously (at least he was fair) but Gregory does nothing for me. If anything, Fareed is the only Sunday talk that I watch.

      • December 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        Didn’t Tapper turn down a gig to be Bidens press secretary or something recently? He’s a dink, but off the WH Press corp beat he’d be a dink to both sides. Right now he seems himself as the voice of the opposition.

        • 353 utaustinliberal
          December 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

          Nah, he was never considered for anything in the WH and if he said so, he was probably lying. I don’t think they would want that level of toxicity and sloppiness in the WH. He’d probably be a continuous leak to the press and the GOP.

          • 354 hopefruit2
            December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

            Tapper is a Repub. Why would Biden ask that fool to be his press secretary? These folks like to pretend that they turned down gigs from the WH (e.g., Krugman) when the opposite is true.

      • 355 utaustinliberal
        December 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        On the one hand I’m happy Christiane is leaving. She was terrible as the host of TH and that’s being kind. Watching her lob softball questions to GOP guests was nauseating. On the other hand Jake Tapper is the scum of the earth. Everytime I see him smugly and snidely carry GOP water in the press briefings I just want someone to smack him hard. So, like you said Meta, it’s not a win win that’s for sure.

        • 356 tally
          December 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

          I’m sure she’s happy too – she was never that kind of reporter before. I’m sure she hated having the corporate muzzle on.

          • December 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

            I remember an exchange she had with a GOP shill during the Iraq War. Basically he was castigating her for not being pro-war in her reporting; she said that it wasn’t her job to be pro-war, but to report accurately. That’s the Christiane that I liked.

  67. 358 LOL
    December 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Paging Joe Asborough

    Pew Poll Obama: 46% Approve, 43% Disapprove

    You guys wanna bet what Pew led off on the write up of this poll.

  68. 361 FiredUpInCA
    December 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    The White House has formally threatened to veto a GOP-authored bill that would link the extension of a payroll tax cut that President Obama has sought to other Republican priorities.

    The House is scheduled to vote later Tuesday on the measure, which would extend for a year a reduction in the payroll taxes paid by millions of workers from 6.2 to 4.2 percent. But the bill would also require a speedy decision on construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

    Obama had previously said he rejected linking the two issues, but he had not said officially that he would veto the measure if it passed.

    In a statement, the White House said the House bill “plays politics at the expense of middle-class families, … breaks the bipartisan agreement on spending cuts that was reached just a few months ago” in the August debt deal and “would inevitably lead to pressure to cut investments in areas like education and clean energy.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/white-house-threatens-to-veto-house-payroll-tax-cut-bill/2011/12/13/gIQAYjKCsO_blog.html

    • December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      And it also defunds obamacare!

    • 364 edp4bho
      December 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      And NPR announced this without referencing the glitch which is the Keystone XL pipeline provision. Shilling for continued funding from GOP butchers, obviously.

    • 365 Lovepolitics2008
      December 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      Well the political battle is going to be fierce in the coming days. I hope democrats have the president’s back. I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama ends up making an address to the nation prime time about this, to counter the “both sides are responsible for the gridlock” BS that the media will surely push.

  69. December 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    The Obama campaign is touting what it says is already a superior ground operation in Iowa, saying the offices and thousands of volunteer hours it already has up and running in the state are a sign that it’s better prepared for the general election than the other side.
    The numbers are indeed stark. While no Republican candidate has more than one campaign office in Iowa, the Obama campaign has eight offices open across the state.

    What has all that manpower done since April, when the reelect kicked off? Some stats from the Obama campaign in Iowa:

    • Held over 1,000 trainings, planning sessions, house parties, and phone banks.
    • Made over 250,000 calls to supporters.
    • Held over 2,500 one-on-one conversations.
    • Opened eight campaign offices across the state for the November 2012 election- Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport, Iowa City, Dubuque and Council Bluffs.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/team-obama-were-the-most-organized-campaign-in-iowa.php?m=1

    • 367 utaustinliberal
      December 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Wow. They really are a political juggernaut. Underestimate them at your peril GOP.

      • 368 hopefruit2
        December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        Some idiot by the name of Steven M. (who probably is a Romney supporter) over at the Booman Tribune is claiming that Gingrich has dropped considerably in the Iowa polls meaning that Romney will probably be the GOP nominee. Then he goes on to say that Romney will beat Obama if he is the GOP nominee. Some of these bloggers spend way too much time in delusional PL circles and not enough time assessing reality on the ground.

        • December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

          Well, Gingrich has dropped in Iowa, according to the latest PPP poll. But it’s not Mittens’ who’s benefiting, but Ron Paul. Festivus has come early for us. :)

          • 370 nintendowii10
            December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

            If memory serves correctly, Mike Huckabee won Iowa in 2008 and then went on to a miserable defeat by John McCain… so to quote Halprin, Gingrich falling in the polls in Iowa is good news FOR JOHN MCCAIN!!!!

          • December 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

            I don’t trust that PPP poll at all. It seems like an outlier. Every other poll taken in the last week has Newt up 10+, and PPP finds he’s only up +1 on Paul? Doesn’t sound right – also Paul’s favorables skyrocket and Newt’s plummets – seems fishy when nothing really happened other than the debate which Newt more than held his own in.

    • December 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      Wow, this is staggeringly fantastic!!!!

    • December 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      And they’re the only major campaign *not* facing a make or break caucus only weeks away.

      I have a suspicion that the “meme” of an inevitable Obama-Biden defeat has done far more harm to the President’s opponents than it has to the President.

  70. December 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    MORON!

    Donald Trump pulls out of Iowa debate over ‘conflict of interest’

    BWWAAHHHAAA!

  71. 383 collegekay
    December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Donald Trump is a moron. I wonder if the establishment has anything to do w/ him pulling out. They HAVE to realize that their current primary is a clown show.

  72. 384 nintendowii10
    December 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    An excellent link I actually found from a poster on HuffyFluffy:

    http://obamaachievements.org/

    A Short List of Barack Obama’s Major Progressive Achievements Thus Far

    Our main achievements list is being updated, and will be released in the fall of 2011. You can read about the effort here.

    In the meantime, you may find the following useful as you try to educate people about the realities of the Obama administration, as opposed to the many myths, rumors, and allegations made about it.

    In a very pointed essay about how wrong some libertarian-left bloggers can be, Booman Tribune (@booMan23) outlined a very good summary of just some of the major progressive achievements of the Obama administration.

    Obama has overhauled the food safety system
    Advanced women’s rights in the work place
    Ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in our military
    Stopped defending DOMA in court.
    Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
    Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court.
    Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can’t afford it.
    Expanded the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
    Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty [and rescissions] in health insurance.
    Invested in clean energy.
    Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
    While Dodd-Frank bill was weak in many respects, it was still an extremely worthwhile start at re-regulating the financial sector.
    He created a Elizabeth Warren’s dream agency: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    He’s done a lot for veterans
    He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks.

    None of these things were priorities for Republicans. They actively opposed, directly or indirectly through obstruction, every single item on this list. In fact, they succeeded in killing a Cap & Trade bill in the Senate after it had passed through the House.

    All of these things are improvements that would not have occurred under a McCain-Palin administration. Moreover, a McCain-Palin administration would have moved in the other direction on most of these issues, or come up with even worse compromises.

    Booman then concludes with:

    The president has achieved a tremendous amount under the circumstances. And it matters greatly that he not be replaced by Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, or Michele Bachmann. Or even Ron Paul.

  73. 385 auni
    December 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Something has to be done about the WH press corp! Watched the briefing this am and can’t stand the front row. This is the best this country can do???? It is so insulting to this country that these jr. high types are there with their snark. I want to roll my eyes and say “Oh plllleasseee” in my best jr. high school voice. Is there anyone to talk to about those idiots?

    • 386 Ladyhawke
      December 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      I could not agree more. The jackals are obsessed with process, feelings, and who’s up and who’s down. They can’t ask a question that doesn’t have at its root a GOP talking point. On top of that, the questions are dripping with sarcasm, snark and gotcha. It’s like a game. I have actually seen Ed “Cheshire Cat” Henry sit with a goofy smile on his face as he asks the Fox questions of the day. And Nora “Ice Princess” O’Donnell sits on her perch with her legs crossed in the front row and snarls her questions at Jay each day. And the biggest snarl of them all comes from Jake Tapper. He always seems to have a bug up his arse about something obscure.

      It’s no wonder that President Obama has to do so many interviews with LOCAL media. The jackals are becoming irrelevant. The daily briefings are a waste of time. I can’t imagine how a so called reporter waits all day to ask such stupid questions. Jay Carney has been doing a terrific job but it is really sad that he has to deal with such nonsense. He and we deserve better.

  74. December 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    And the noose continues to tighten around the Murdochs in the UK: Emails warned James Murdoch on extent of hacking.

    First two grafs:

    A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday published a sequence of e-mails which raised questions about the story News Corp’s James Murdoch told to House of Commons legislators about what he knew about phone hacking allegations involving the now-defunct News of the World and when he knew it.

    In the email sequence, dated Saturday, June 7, 2008, James Murdoch was advised by Colin Myler, then News of the World editor, that the paper’s legal position regarding a legal threat from professional soccer union executive Gordon Taylor was “as bad as we feared.”

    If Baby Doc Murdoch knew, then you can bet Papa Doc did as well.

  75. December 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    HHS grants $14M for school-based health centers
    December 08, 2011 | Rene Letourneau, Managing Editor

    WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services granted more than $14 million Thursday to 45 school-based health centers across the country, increasing the number of children served at the centers by nearly 50 percent. Clinics receiving the awards are already providing healthcare services to 112,000 children. Funded through the Affordable Care Act, the grants will enable the centers to expand their capacity and modernize their facilities, which will allow them to treat an estimated additional 53,000 children in 29 states.

    School-based health centers enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school, and improve the overall health and wellness of all children through health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities. Typically, a school-based clinic provides a combination of primary care, mental health care, substance abuse counseling, case management, dental health, nutrition education, health education and health promotion activities.

    ~snip~

    http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/hhs-grants-14m-school-based-health-centers

  76. December 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    HHS offers online insurance finder for small biz owners
    November 21, 2011 | Mary Mosquera, Contributing Editor

    WASHINGTON – Small business owners can find and compare health insurance plan choices with a new tool provided by the Health and Human Services Department. The web-based health insurance finder tool is designed to enable small employers to research locally available products and promote a more transparent and competitive marketplace for health coverage.

    With the interactive tool, small business owners can access insurance products in a given zip code, sorted by out-of-pocket limits, average cost per enrollee, or other factors. The tool can also supply a summary of cost and coverage for small group products that shows the available deductibles, range of co-pay options, included and excluded benefits, and benefits available for purchase at additional cost.

    Small enterprise owners can filter product selection based on whether the plans are health savings account eligible, have prescription drug, mental health, or maternity coverage, or allow for domestic partner or same sex coverage.

    http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/hhs-offers-online-insurance-finder-small-biz-owners

  77. 392 desertflower
    December 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Did everyone see this???

    Under President Obama, the nation’s deficit will shrink to less than $1 trillion in 2012, the Treasury Department announced yesterday. The deficit in 2011 and 2010 was $1.3 trillion. Treasury projects that the budget deficit for fiscal year 2012 will come in at $996 billion.

    The federal deficit has not been below $1 trillion in at least four years, and the last president to reduce the deficit rather than increase it was Bill Clinton.

    The automatic expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts at the end of next year will eliminate most of the $996 billion that remains over the next decade.

    This should be the biggest story of the week if not the entire month, but I won’t hold my breath. I’m sure the beltway is busy deciding how to spin this as bad news for Democrats.

    • 393 nintendowii10
      December 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      The beltway media will allow President Bush cronies to state that it’s been because of Bush policies pushed by Republicans that the deficit is being reduced, thus why President Obama is a failure and that we must vote for one of their cronies next year as President.

  78. 395 desertflower
    December 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    As well as this handy dandy little “filibuster chart”….guess who won the prize??!!

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/12/republican-obstructionism.html

  79. 397 tally
    December 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    ok – I thought I got this link from this page – but now I can’t find it. I was going to THANK whomever posted it, but FRAK!

    Great article by Sullivan –

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/12/all-american-prejudice.html

    And – I REALLY want to go to this wedding!!!

  80. December 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Quote of the day!

    Two Iowa pastors: Newt Gingrich is “empty suit with broken zipper.”

    http://dmreg.co/v8hFDg


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