232 Responses to “coming up (chat away)”


  1. 7 Don
    December 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Pragmatism calls for me to yield to my good friend derbingle.

  2. 12 LOL
    December 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    ZOMG–This admin is the most PARTISAN evah evah evah

    Seven states won a share of $200 million in federal “Race to the Top” money to improve K-12 education programs, the Education Department announced ThursdayThe winners are Arizona, $25.1 million; Colorado, $17.9 million; Illinois, $42.8 million; Kentucky, $17 million; Louisiana, $17.5 million; Pennsylvania, $41.3 million; and New Jersey, $37.9 million.

    Let’s see AZ, LA, PN, NJ all Repub govenors

    Sigh. One of these days they will learn…one of these days.

    http://news.yahoo.com/7-states-win-federal-education-competition-050217258.html

  3. December 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Getting ready to take my grandkids Christmas shopping. Can’t wait to get back to see the latest Chips as
    we had a good time this morning riding @byrontau at Polico 44. LOL.

    you all can follow me on twitter @avd911

  4. 26 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Presidential Cojones: Obama Gives House GOP No Credit For Payroll Tax Extension

    In his statement praising the payroll tax cut extension, President Obama praised and thanked the American people, and made sure that House Republicans got zero credit.

    Obama said in a statement:

    For the past several weeks, I’ve stated consistently that it was critical that Congress not go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million working Americans. Today, I congratulate members of Congress for ending the partisan stalemate by reaching an agreement that meets that test.

    Because of this agreement, every working American will keep his or her tax cut – about $1,000 for the average family. That’s about $40 in every paycheck. Vital unemployment insurance will continue for millions of Americans who are looking for work. And when Congress returns, I urge them to keep working to reach an agreement that will extend this tax cut and unemployment insurance for all of 2012 without drama or delay.

    This is good news, just in time for the holidays. This is the right thing to do to strengthen our families, grow our economy, and create new jobs. This is real money that will make a real difference in people’s lives. And I want to thank every American who raised your voice to remind folks in this town what this debate was all about. It was about you. And today, your voices made all the difference.

    Notice who was missing from Obama’s statement? Did you happen to catch who wasn’t mentioned in any way, shape, or form? President Obama got one final shot in at the House Republicans by completely ignoring them in his statement. Unlike after previous House temper tantrums, Obama did not sound a bipartisan tone this evening.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-payroll-tax-statement

    • 27 smoothscotch
      December 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      I don’t understand why the “pundits” & others are saying that the President initially caved on having a clean bill when if not agreed to would have meant sorrow for so many millions. No heart and also looking for sensationalism, It makes me want to puke.

      “Oh, he really didn’t win”, forgetting completely its the PEOPLE who won.

      Merry Christmas to all and a prosperous New Year.

  5. 28 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

    December 23, 2011 11:15 AM

    A done deal
    By Steve Benen

    Congress sure can move quickly when it wants to.

    Late yesterday, House Republicans caved to Democratic demands agreed to accept a slightly-tweaked bipartisan compromise from the Senate. This morning, just to move the process along, the Senate preemptively approved the tweaked version by unanimous consent. Less than an hour later, the House took up that bill and it too passed it by unanimous consent.

    And with that, the bill heads to President Obama for his signature. The White House took down its countdown clock this morning.

    There was some question as to whether House passage would be this easy. Boehner told his members that any of them objected, he’d hold an up-or-down vote on this bill next week — a vote that was very likely to pass the deal anyway — so rather than delay the inevitable, House Republicans bit their tongue, dropped the silly “Braveheart” routine, and let the two-month extension pass.

    The next step is the arguably-more -difficult conference committee, which will be tasked with shaping a year-long extension. This morning, Democratic leaders — who seemed to be in a very good mood — announced which members would lead the negotiations.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/a_done_deal034286.php

  6. 29 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/12/romney-keeps-saying-stupid-stuff-continued.html

    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) said yesterday that he approves of deporting an uncle to President Barack Obama who was arrested in August on a charge of drunk driving, even though the man has a driver’s license, Social Security card and no prior criminal convictions.

    “Well, if the laws of the United States say he should be deported, and I presume they do, then of course we should follow those laws,” Romney replied, according to quotes transcribed by ABC News. “And the answer is yes.”

    The president’s half-uncle was charged with an immigration violation 20 years ago, but is currently in the country legally.

    I’m sure Mitt Romney didn’t know that, and I wouldn’t even expect him to, which means the appropriate answer for him to give in this situation would have been “I don’t know enough about the situation to comment.” Not “Yes.”

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  7. 30 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Keep talking, Charlie
    by Kay

    Last spring:


    After Charlie White admitted to voting last year in a precinct in which he did not live during a strange 13-minute talk with reporters on his way into court Friday, his lawyer had a piece of advice for him. “Shut up,” Dennis Zahn told his client. He grabbed White by the arm and escorted him away from reporters.In the hours that followed, it became apparent that Zahn was not the only one at odds with Indiana’s secretary of state.
    Sean Keefer, who was White’s campaign manager and then his deputy secretary of state and chief of staff, resigned Friday. Keefer’s deputy position is established by law, and he would have assumed White’s duties if, as many top Republican officials had urged, White took a leave of absence while his legal matters are being resolved. A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted White on seven felony counts. He is accused of voter fraud stemming from his decision to register to vote at his ex-wife’s address around the same time he was moving to a new condominium across the town of Fishers, Ind., last year.Two special prosecutors allege that White did so in order to keep his seat on the Fishers Town Council. His ex-wife’s address is within the district he used to represent, but his new condo is not.

    Here’s where we are now:

    ………………………………………………

    Besides the obvious embarrassment of the state official who is in charge of elections being indicted on charges of voter registration fraud, it’s just perfect that this happened in Indiana, because Indiana paved the way for the voter suppression laws we’re seeing all over the country. Indiana led the way with the most restrictive voter ID law in the country. There are now more restrictive laws in other states, because once conservatives get a voter suppression law past a federal judge they then work to make it still more restrictive, but Indiana was the undisputed national leader on voter suppression efforts.

    This is voter registration fraud, not voter impersonation fraud. So. Indiana has one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country, and that didn’t stop their top elections official from registering and voting in the wrong place. That’s because voter ID laws target the imaginary problem of voter impersonation fraud, while doing next to nothing to address the fraud that actually occurs.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/12/23/keep-talking-charlie/#comments

  8. December 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Good morning, TOD!~

    Presidential Cojones: Obama Gives House GOP No Credit For Payroll Tax Extension
    By: Jason Easley| December 22, 2011

    In his statement praising the payroll tax cut extension, President Obama praised and thanked the American people, and made sure that House Republicans got zero credit.

    ~snip~

    Notice who was missing from Obama’s statement? Did you happen to catch who wasn’t mentioned in any way, shape, or form? President Obama got one final shot in at the House Republicans by completely ignoring them in his statement. Unlike after previous House temper tantrums, Obama did not sound a bipartisan tone this evening.

    By not mentioning the Republicans, Obama didn’t try to give them any of the credit that they didn’t deserve. The message was clear. The president was not going to praise House Republicans for finally doing what Speaker Boehner agreed to do in the first place. Obama tried to give the credit to the American people, but the truth is that much of the credit goes to the president.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-payroll-tax-statement

  9. 32 Tally
    December 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    How do I post a tweet over here?

  10. 38 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

    December 23, 2011 10:40 AM

    Romney’s limited understanding of ‘jobs’
    By Steve Benen

    Mitt Romney seems to think his strongest issue in a general-election race against President Obama is jobs. I’d argue he has that backwards.


    In an interview with TIME Magazine’s Mark Halperin, Romney said, “I know that the Democrats will try and make this a campaign about Bain Capital…. 25 million people are out of work because of Barack Obama. And so I’ll compare my experience in the private sector where, net-net, we created over 100,000 jobs.”

    “I’ll compare that record with his record, where he has not created any new jobs.”

    This detachment from reality fascinates me, so let’s unwrap the argument.

    First, the confused former governor believes 25 million people are out of work “because of Barack Obama.” If Romney can explain why Obama is to blame for a recession that began in 2007, I’d love to hear it. For that matter, the economy lost 3.6 million jobs in 2008 — the year before the president took office. How exactly is Obama responsible for that, too?

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/romneys_limited_understanding034285.php

    • December 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Romney seems to have a really clumsy reasoning process. He must be used to having people agree with him without questioning his statements. When has to confront a brilliant opponent who knows the facts backwards and forwards, he won’t know how to cope. And this is the best the R’s cando.

    • 40 smoothscotch
      December 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Shaking head. This guy wants to be President? good luck.

  11. December 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Someone on the last thread asked about Ron Paul’s movie debut with Sasha Baron Cohen. Thanks for reminding me, here it is:

  12. 43 lovingandlaughing
    December 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Off Thread: I just saw a cute Air Force One wooden toy plane with President
    Obama’s face on it. They sell them with other Presidents on them too. Incidentally, I will say right now I have no idea about the company or where the toys are made, but thought some of you might be interested so here is a link…

    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en&q=holgate+airforce+one+toy&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=648405361099797657&sa=X&ei=Oa_0Tv7NNYXt0gG1wPmpAg&ved=0CGUQ8wIwAw#ps-sellers

  13. December 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Why Democrats Can Successfully Recall Walker
    Written by: Taegan Goddard| December 23, 2011

    “After the summer recalls ended with Democrats falling short of their oft-repeated goal of retaking control of the state Senate, many were left wondering if the wind was potentially taken out of the sails of a Walker recall effort, and whether such a push would even be launched at all. You don’t have to look any further than the signature collection process right now to get a better sense of how energized activists are…

    Overlooked in the effort to get Walker’s name on the ballot next year is the fact that Democrats are targeting four GOP state senators as well… While the recalls will take place much earlier than the November general election, the thinking goes that since it is a presidential year, more people will be paying attention to politics, and turnout will likely be higher than it was this year.”

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/12/23/why_democrats_can_successfully_recall_walker.html

  14. December 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Iraq Is a Mess. But Leaving Was the Right Call.
    Douglas Ollivant| December 23, 2011 | 12:00 am

    Let us stipulate some ugly facts up front. Iraq remains a weak state. The political institutions are—charitably—immature. The business climate is not overly attractive and corruption is endemic. Were it not for oil, there would be no real economy. There is a serious terrorism problem. Relationships with all the neighboring states are problematic. Sectarian divides remain tense, with some key fault lines unresolved. The country’s armed forces remain incapable of defending its international borders. Given all these facts, it is still very possible that Iraq could revert to its previous state of dysfunction, or find a new variety into which to fall. The chaos of the last few days in Baghdad—in which the Shi’a Prime Minster has pursued charges against his Sunni Vice President, with the latter taking refuge among the Kurds—is likely a precursor of the sort of political drama we can expect for some time to come.

    But with all this said, we should still sound a muted victory cheer and embrace the Iraqi decision to decline an extension of the U.S. military presence in Iraq (excepting a small detachment, the Office of Military Cooperation in Embassy Baghdad, as is typical of embassies everywhere). The departure of U.S. military forces will give space for Iraq politics—both domestic and international—to normalize, it will permit the development of a more normal bilateral relationship between the United States and Iraq, and it sends an important signal that the United States is not attempting to impose a series of “satrapies” in the Middle East and around the world.

    ~snip~

    http://www.tnr.com/article/world/98863/iraq-withdrawal-maliki-stability-violence

  15. December 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Democratic PAC Takes Credit for NewtGingrich.com Prank
    By Heather| December 22, 2011 07:16 PM

    A Democratic PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, took credit for having a bit of fun after they bought the newtgingrich.com domain name and they are currently offering to sell the name back to him for $1 million, but as they wrote on their site “Heck in the spirit of Christmas we might even let it for for $10,000,” a likely dig at Gingrich’s fellow Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

    ~snip~

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/democratic-pac-takes-credit-newtgingrichco

  16. December 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I had an interesting to-and-fro with Politico’s Byron Tau on Twitter today. I disagree with almost every point he made, but I give him credit for discussing it all:

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Chips – No matter what happens from this point on, you can be assured your little chats with him will have had an impact. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      • 51 jacquelineoboomer
        December 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        May I also suggest that everyone who isn’t already following @ByronTau do so … so he knows we’re watching!

      • December 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        Ah, thank you Jacqueline! I wouldn’t expect any changes at all at his Politico blog, whatever about his private views his bosses will demand that he maintains the tone, but at least he knows we’re watching ;-)

        • 53 donna dem 4 obama
          December 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

          Fantastic work dear Chips. He may not have admitted it but I think you really gave him something to think about. That call out of the 10 articles and 6 being negative was gold. Again you are the best. Thanks again for all you do!!!!

        • 54 LOL
          December 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          Great Job….You are my Shero!!!!

    • 55 lovingandlaughing
      December 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Great work Chips! I love the line “not expecting u to become an obot (although feel free)!”

    • December 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      OK, so this twerp is sitting at his desk all day waiting for the stories to come to him. Waiting for the faxes and talking points to come to him. CLUE: journalism isn’t the regurgitation of talking points. Investigate, mine, ask questions, probe, search for the TRUTH. Geezis H. Crackers, I’m so sick of this mess. His attitude just illustrates the horserace mentality of the press. UGH. UGH. UGH.

      Chips, you’re a true brave soul. Thanks for trying to converse with that dink.

  17. 58 Tally
    December 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    OMG I need a shower after reading that, and I wasn’t even taling to him. EEEEW.

    I bow to your greater GODDESSNESS Chips!

    • 59 Tally
      December 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      TALKING. frak

      I’m in bed with a horrid cold and it’s effecting my typing. /cry

      • December 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

        Aw, only just saw your comment about your cold :-( Look after yourself you and get better very, very, very soon.

      • 61 Betsy
        December 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        I’m just recovering from a bad cold too, Tally. It must be this Southern Cali cold air that we’ve been in for the past few weeks :)

        • December 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

          Crikey, two Californians with a cold – is that a record? Get better soon Betsy.

        • 64 Tally
          December 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

          Apparently everyone in the INDUSTRY got it at the same time, (sets are giant petri dishes) and everyone who has had contact with anyone in the biz has it, so EVERYONE in SoCali is sick.

          I better be better tomorrow, got a lunch party to go to a Disneyland’s Club 33 tomorrow. :mad:

          • 65 JoJothecat
            December 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

            So sorry you have a cold Tally. I guess I am just lucky…no colds here but everyone I know young and old has gotten a cold or bronchitis this month. Dress warm, drinks lots of liquids, and get well soon.

        • 66 HZ
          December 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

          Betsy, sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Please keep the body in a restful state and do not forget to drink your liquids. Our weather out here has a way of putting its hands all over us, especially these last few weeks. Those hands have been cold on some days, windy on others, and that leads us to our share of the ugly colds.

          Rest, relax, and feel better, Betsy. Have a joyful and peaceful Christmas. HZ

    • December 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      :lol: Are you sorted with posting tweets after the Mighty Meta’s help?

  18. December 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    What Is Good Fact-Checking?: Amid PolitiFact’s “lie of the year” controversy, a shout-out to what it takes to get to the facts of the matter.
    —By Mac McClelland| Wed Dec. 21, 2011 3:00 AM PST

    The first rule of fact-checking is that everything you read and hear is wrong. It is, rather, presumed fallacious until proved otherwise. Statistics and news clips must be subjected to intense tests of verification. Don’t even think the word “Wikipedia.” In true fact-checking, literally every word of every factual statement must be traced to a primary source, whether a document or the corroborated accounts of independent experts or witnesses.

    People just get things wrong. They read them wrong, or remember them wrong or the way they want to, or the information they read right was wrong in the first place. You hear the same a fact a thousand times, but if you track down its origins, you find out all the repeaters are using the same source, and source zero was just guessing, or citing a highly questionable source or study. Or misciting a highly questionable source or study. Or confusing the details, so that by now, everybody’s under the erroneous impression that a shot of espresso contains more caffeine than a cup of coffee.

    Read more: http://motherjones.com/media/2011/12/mac-mcclelland-burma-fact-checking-politifact

  19. 74 Tally
    December 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    OK – SO I am ON FIRE ANGRY!!!!

    Every femal in AMERICA, no, every FEMALE ON THE PLANET should demand an apology from the mysogynistic MEGA DOUCHEBAG Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) for what he said about our FLOTUS:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2011/12/fashion-news-michelle-obamas-fitness-initiatives-defended.html

    “U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) reportedly was overheard complaining about First Lady Michelle Obama’s health and fitness initiatives by saying that someone with a posterior as large as hers shouldn’t tell the rest of us what to do.”

    I’m sorry, if Michelle Obama has a big ass, then so does every female on EARTH.

    FUCK YOU SENSENBRENNER!!!

    If I had skills, I’d post my tweet – perhaps one of you that knows how can do it –

    @RpSensenbrenner needs to apologize to EVERY WOMAN IN AMERICA along with Michelle Obama for his misogynistic comment latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/201…

  20. December 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Woooooooooooooooooooot!!

    In updated guidance released at 11 a.m., the White House said that the president’s Air Force One flight from Joint Base Andrews will depart at 1:20 p.m. ET and arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham at 6:25 p.m. local time, which is five hours behind the East Coast.

  21. 92 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    The REPUBLICANS work on behalf of THIS guy!!

    http://www.truth-out.org/grover-norquists-real-game-shifting-power-and-wealth-one-percent/1324567657

    Every Republican running for president (except John Huntsman) has signed Norquist’s no-tax pledge. So have 13 governors, 1,300 state legislators, 40 of the 47 Republicans in the Senate, and 236 of the 242 Republicans in the House.

  22. December 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    President Obama can finally say “Aloha.”

    With the payroll tax extension fight behind him (at least for now), Obama will be joining his family in Hawaii for the Christmas holiday, the White House said on Friday.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/201189-obama-to-say-aloha-heads-to-hawaii-friday-afternoon

  23. December 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday named four Senate Democrats to negotiate a full-year extension of the payroll tax holiday and said a surtax on millionaires is back on the table in the discussions.

    Last week, Senate Democrats dropped their demand to offset the cost of a full-year payroll tax holiday with a surtax on income over a million dollars. 

    But on Friday, Reid signaled Democrats will renew the push for the millionaires tax, which Republicans in both chambers strongly oppose.  

     http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/201167-reid-says-millionaires-tax-is-back-on-the-table-in-payroll-talks

  24. December 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Folks ( I love Joe Biden. Ever since he’s come on the scene, I’ve been using the word ‘folks’ more and more often), I believe that the WH’s gloves are now officially off. I don’t know what I was listening to last night, perhaps the last 20 minutes of Rev Al or Ed or someone. But they had a guest on that said that legislatively, there isn’t much left on the menu that calls for PBO to work with the Congress except the payroll extension for a year and UEI — which, as we’ve seen, falls right into PBO’s messaging which he is using to shape the landscape for the 2012 campaign. Therefore, methinks there will be less of a willingness on the part of the WH to compromise too much in order to get the payroll/UEI deal done. Will they likely swallow a few poison pills? yes. But they won’t be doing it without a few screaming and hollering, knock-out, drag-down fights, that pound into the GOP and the American people that fair is fair and everyone should do their share. The left has been complaining that the WH starts of negotiations at the middle rather than from the far left working to the middle, but methinks the WH is gonna come on hard and strong when we get back and they once again face down Repugs. I also think Dems will attempt to be more on message and unified. They’ll likely come on the teevee more using the same talking points (from my fingertips to God’s ear, please God). I think this useless fight (on the part of the Greed Over People party) has re-energized the Dems. PBO is likely to continue campaigning for the middle class like he’s been doing since his SOTU by conducting interviews with local stations, making day long trips to different cities/ states to talk about middle class issues, etc in order to build momentum for the upcoming fight in Feb and the fight in 2012 about which vision of America will make us strong again.

    • December 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      When you are in negotiations with someone who can walk away w/o any backlash, it doesn’t matter how far left you start. Its not that simple and the left should never present it that way.

  25. 97 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Found this Tweet from David Corn…that Boehner said:

    DavidCornDC: Boehner: “Why not do the right thing for the American people even if it’s not exactly what we want.” Ponder that! #WhatAnAdmission

    Seriously.HE.IS.THE WORST.SPEAKER.EVER.

  26. December 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The GOP Is Getting Scared: Joblessness Is Down & Economic Growth Is Up
    By: Rmuse| December 23, 2011

    During times of increased drama and uncertainty in Washington, good news is often lost in the contentious circumstances of political maneuvering. For the past week, there has been such combative discourse over the payroll tax cut extension and the Republican opposition to helping 160 million Americans survive the slowly recovering economy, that the fate of millions of unemployed Americans has taken a backseat in the 24-hour news cycle. Yesterday, there was good news that House Republicans caved to immense pressure from President Obama, the public, and Republicans in the Senate and agreed to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. However, there was also good news on the jobs front that portends well for the economy and struggling Americans.

    ~snip~

    For the doubters who questioned the Obama Administration’s economic acumen, their questions have been answered. Economic stimulus works, and tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation does not; but business owners have known for years that the best way to stimulate hiring that leads to more jobs and economic growth is entirely dependent on increased consumer spending.

    After a full year of bad news courtesy of Republicans in Congress, the holidays may be happy after all, at least for two more months. There is still that little problem of one-in-two Americans living at or near the federal poverty level and that Americans now understand that Republicans will do anything to increase the number of Americans living in poverty; but they also know the President and Democrats will not allow it to happen. With so much good news in one day, this will surely be a happy holiday.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-economy-improves

  27. 100 Tally
    December 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Anyonw know if POTUS statement will be on the TV??

    My wifi at home won’t give me white house live.

  28. December 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Since 1998, scientists at the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory have been using the latest in satellite and radar technology to track Rudolph’s red nose, and in doing so, Santa, as he cruises the globe on December 24th. Thanks to their expert work, we can follow his journey live starting at 6AM EST on Christmas Eve.

    Last December, I had the pleasure of talking with the program’s lead researcher, Diane Roussel-Dupre. She explained in detail how the lab uses advanced optical cameras and radar receivers on the FORTE and Cibola Flight Experiment space satellites to monitor the breathtakingly-fast gift-giving team and talked openly about Mrs. Claus’ appreciation that the lab can help assure Santa and the reindeers safe travels throughout the night.

    http://energy.gov/articles/follow-live-dec-24-los-alamos-national-lab-tracks-rudolph-s-nose-santa-s-sleigh

  29. 107 Tally
    December 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm
  30. December 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Marco Rubio Getting Heat Over Aponte Filibuster
    By Humberto Sanchez| Dec. 23, 2011, 5 a.m.

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appears to be doing damage control over his vote last week to filibuster Mari Carmen Aponte’s nomination to be ambassador to El Salvador, according to Democrats and pundits. “I think that his votes were telling of where he was at, and he didn’t change his tune until after it made it into his hometown paper and papers across the state of Florida,” said state Rep. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat who represents part of the Interstate 4 corridor, where much of the state’s Puerto Rican community lives.

    “Motivations are best shown when [people think] no one is paying attention,” Soto added.

    ~snip~

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/marco_rubio_getting_heat_mari_carmen_aponte_filibuster-211248-1.html?pos=hln

  31. 111 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    PBO “slightly delayed”

  32. December 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Nevada Poll Finds Shelley Berkley, Dean Heller Tied in Senate Race
    By Kyle Trygstad| Dec. 23, 2011, 11:43 a.m.

    The Nevada Senate race will kick off the new year as one of the closest races in the country, according to a new poll released today. The Las Vegas Review-Journal/8NewsNow poll found Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) and Sen. Dean Heller (R) statistically tied, with Berkley taking 44 percent and Heller 43 percent. Nevada promises to be a political hotbed in 2012, with President Barack Obama targeting the state as a must-win and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) working to make sure both Obama and Berkley are victorious.

    ~snip~

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/nevada_poll_finds_berkley_heller_tied_in_senate_race-211260-1.html?pos=hln

  33. December 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    BREAKING WIND: SOH Boehner states: “All I want for Christmas is my dignity, my dignity, oh my dignity.” Details of when the speaker will regain said dignity at half past nev vah!

  34. 127 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I couldn’t listen to the ignorant “Republican line” on CSpan….switched to WH.gov.

  35. December 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    WSJ & Politico Still Horribly Inflating Size of US Chamber of Commerce
    —By Josh Harkinson| Thu Dec. 22, 2011 1:44 PM PST

    The bad news for the US Chamber of Commerce is that the world now knows that Chinese hackers broke into its computer system. The good news is that its membership has suddenly increased tenfold. This is according to the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Politico, which reported yesterday that the US Chamber of Commerce has 3 million members, 2,700,000 more than it has claimed as of late.

    Did a few reporters accidentally misplace a decimal point? Not likely. Most media outlets used the “3 million members” line until 2009, when I discovered that the Chamber’s true membership is no more than 300,000. After a bit of back and forth, the Chamber was forced to agree with me. Many reporters continued using the wrong number until I called them on it, at which point the 300,000 figure finally won out. Or so I’d thought. The inflated reports of the Chamber’s size have allowed it to claim to speak for a broad swath of American businesses, when in reality it’s a dark money outfit controlled by a few ultra-wealthy special interests. In 2009, just 16 members accounted for 55 percent of its $200 million budget.

    So here we go again…..

    ~snip~

    http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/wsj-politico-still-horribly-inflating-size-us-chamber-commerce

  36. 133 Tally
    December 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    • 134 Cha
      December 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Cool, Tally! That’s what I said to the President and his family on the Card I signed. As well as Hau’oli Makahiki Hou~ Happy New Year!~

  37. December 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Romney Flip-Flops on Bin Laden, Pakistan and Iraq
    By Jon Perr| December 23, 2011 07:00 AM

    From almost the moment Barack Obama took the oath of office, Mitt Romney has attacked the President for showing a lack of leadership on foreign policy and “apologizing for America.” Now more than ever, it’s Mitt Romney who owes President Obama and the American people some apologies.

    Four years after declaring his full-throated support for the invasion of Iraq as “the right decision,” Romney now says “of course not.” As for President Obama’s daring raid to kill to Osama Bin Laden, a man Mitt announced in May 2007 was “not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch,” Romney contended this week that “other presidents and other candidates like myself” would have done the same thing. Just not, it turns out, the version of candidate Romney from four years ago.

    ~snip~

    http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/romney-flip-flops-bin-laden-pakistan-and-iraq

  38. December 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I’m seeing the Fat Head of that ‘moran’ Ed Henry on the TeaNN feed.

  39. December 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m staring at the the WH Crybabies and you can tell that they are just itching to go to Hawaii. Bunch of useless slobs. :sneer:

  40. 139 Betsy
    December 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Trying something.
    <3

  41. December 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    BBC top headline

    Obama beats congress in tax fight

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/

  42. 154 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Let us not forget that Romney strapped his dog on the roof of the car!

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/23/romney-on-irish-setter-strapped-to-car-roof-love-my-dog/

    • 155 Tally
      December 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Yeah – that ALONE is all I need to know about how sub-human Romney is.

      Someone needs to call animal protective services.

  43. December 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Turned on the tv cause I heard Lawry was on and saw GAGner ask her panel whether or not PBO deserves a vacation in Hawaii.—- is this heifer for real? Hawaii is him home. It’s where he grew up. He’s going HOME for the holidays, much like everyone else does. This was the first time I’ve seen her in action ( had I known her fool show was on, I wouldn’t have watched) and I will not be repeating that mistake. That’s two minutes of my life I just wasted and now can’t get back. I could have been doing something more stimulating and worth while, like huffing paint thinner. :|

  44. December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    House And Senate Lock In New, Higher-Stakes Fight Over The Payroll Tax Cut
    Brian Beutler| December 23, 2011, 10:06 AM

    On MSNBC earlier Friday morning, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) suggested Dems would renew their push to pay for the extensions by raising taxes on corporations, and fight GOP efforts to use the provisions as an opportunity to cut Medicare. “I heard Eric Cantor at one point say the parties were really close on the one year deal,” Van Hollen said. “That’s just not the case. Republicans continue to object to some of the methods we want to pay for this. We want to pay for it by closing corporate tax loopholes. I mean you’ve got a corporate jet loophole, you’ve got oil and gas subsidies that we think can be closed. So you’ve got that aspect of it. Republicans have proposed to raise Medicare premiums on seniors. … When it came to federal employees like the folks at the CIA who tracked down Osama bin Laden, they want to cut their pensions.”

    If a chastened GOP majority recognizes their error, stops second-guessing Speaker John Boehner, and decides not to put up much of a fight, the Christmas standoff will be more easily forgotten. If, on the other hand, the same thing plays out all over again, Democrats will retain the upper hand, and the implications — for the economy, for the 2012 election, for Boehner’s speakership — will be enormous.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/house-and-senate-lock-in-new-higher-stakes-fight-over-the-payroll-tax-cut.php?ref=fpb

    • December 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      It’s great to have someone in the White House that KNOWS how to win. And his winning is not luck or knowing the right people. It’s intelligence, a commitment to representing the American people, integrity and hard, grueling work. The GOP has NONE of those traits which is why they will never win against POTUS.

  45. 164 Betsy
    December 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Just think this needs to be said:

  46. 167 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Luke Russert just said PBO got a boost at the end of the year for Healthcare Reform.

    This child is an embarrassment.

  47. 171 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Did I miss it? Their idea of “Slight delay” and MY idea of slight delay are not the same :)

  48. 174 Betsy
    December 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This is a good rebuttal about how much PBO’s vacation’s cost compared with Bush.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/cost-obama-christmas-vacation

  49. 179 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Bush Spent 5 Times More On Flights To Texas Than Obama‘s Christmas Vacation Costs

    Those who criticize the cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation don’t want you to know that George W. Bush spent at least $20 million taxpayer dollars just on flights to his ranch in Crawford.

    The right wing has been outraged at the four million dollar plus price tag for Obama’s family Christmas vacation, and they constantly hold George W. Bush up as an example of how thrifty a president should be when going on vacation.

    The problem is that W. wasn’t thrifty. He was the most expensive vacation president in US history. Not only did Bush spend more days on vacation than any other president, but he used Air Force One more often while on vacation than any other president.

    During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, TX. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687 each time, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights.

    If cost of the flight was the only expense involved to taxpayers Bush’s vacations would still seem rather economical, but there is more, much more. Unlike the Obama’s $4 million Christmas vacation price tag, which includes the cost of everything from transportation from transportation to accommodations for the First Family, the White House staff, and the White House press corps, Bush’s numbers only include the cost of flying the president to Crawford. The cost of transporting and accommodating staff, media, friends and family is not included in Bush’s vacation numbers.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/cost-obama-christmas-vacation

  50. December 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    What I wish for my President is lots of rest and continuous joy with his family. And as much golf as he wishes. And lots of LOVE.

  51. 181 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    December 23, 2011 12:40 PM
    Ron Paul had racist direct mail, too
    By Steve Benen

    Well, he wanted to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate. And with leading status comes scrutiny.


    First it was the racist newsletters. Now it’s the direct mail advertising them. In a signed appeal to potential subscribers in 1993, Ron Paul urged people to read his publications in order to prepare for a “race war,” military rule, and a conspiracy to use a new $100 bill to track Americans.

    The eight-page mailer obtained by Reuters via Jamie Kirchick, who unearthed Paul’s newsletter archives in 2008, is mostly focused on a rambling conspiracy theory about changes to the dollar. But Paul tries to bolster his credibility on the issue by noting that his newsletters have also “laid bare the coming race war in our big cities” as well as the “federal-homosexual coverup on AIDS,” adding that “my training as a physician helps me see through this one.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/ron_paul_had_racist_direct_mai034288.php

  52. 188 desertflower
    December 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Maybe this long wait is the coal in the stockings of the MSM :) They don’t realize that he’s already airborne and on his way (not really true, but I would laugh)

  53. 189 criquet
    December 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I have had a number of problems of late and have not been able to post but still check in from time to time.
    Merry Christmas to all and may good health and happiness attend all and families.

    Stay safe.

  54. 191 collegekay
    December 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I had to step out. Is he late? Did I miss him?

  55. 193 collegekay
    December 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Nevermind! Just heard 2 minute warning on my live feed.

  56. December 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    2 minute warning for PBO!!!

  57. December 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    There is a lot of reporting of how the President and the Dems did not cave into the Repubs this time…but where we are now did not happen by osmosis…a lot of groundwork took place…

    Let’s go back to the debt ceiling/deficit debate…..in which this same tea-party faction of the Republican party nearly drove our country over the cliff…this was the first heads up that the American people saw how extreme the Tea Party is…but the President called for a balanced approach-spending cuts along with increased revenue…and the American People agreed……and so the President called on us to get involved…and so we did…so much so that we crashed a few servers….in the end….Speaker Boehner claimed to have gotten 99% of what he wanted…but considering what the President and the Dems got…I am not so sure.

    Fast forward to the fall of 2011….the President rolled out his American Jobs Act…and decided to take his case to the American People….the Senate filibusters….did not allow a vote….but our President was not done…he says well maybe it is just too complicated….so he breaks up the parts of the bill….forcing the Repubs to vote NO on rebuilding Infrastructure…..to vote NO on putting fire fighters…teachers and police officers back to work…..each time he rolled out a portion of the bill he goes out among the people…taking his case directly to the American people….and the American People are highly supportive of the American Jobs Act..

    Soooooooooooooo now it comes to tax cuts for the Middle Class…extending unemployment benefits…etc…will the Repubs go with the year’s extension as the President requested….NOOOOOO….once again the President goes to the American People,,,,,as we came down the wire….the Senate Dems/Repubs….voted for a 2 mos extension while they continue to iron out the difficulties…once again…the extreme faction of the Repub Party…the Tea Party…tried to send the American People over a cliff….but the American people demanded better…

    The President..stands tall….and the Dems stands tall with him….
    This feels good….

  58. 198 rikyrah
    December 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    racist ass mofos

    ………………………………….

    Obama Called ‘Skinny, Ghetto Crackhead’ On Fox News

    A Fox News guest on Thursday said that “you might want to say” President Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.”

    Brent Bozell, of the conservative Media Research Center, appeared on Fox Thursday night, where guest host Mark Steyn showed a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saying that Newt Gingrich “looks like a car bomber.”

    Steyn said that aside from anything else, Newt doesn’t even look like a car bomber, but a “big, cuddly, slightly older Winnie the Pooh.”

    “How long do you think Sean Hannity’s show would last if four times in one sentence, he made a comment about, say, the President of the United States, and said that he looked like a skinny, ghetto crackhead?” Bozell wondered. “Which, by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does.”

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/obama_called_skinny_ghetto_crackhead_on_fox_news.php?ref=fpb

  59. December 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    ALOHA, Mr. President!!

  60. 202 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Which Jackal yelled out ” Are you concerned about Iraq” ?

    Gawd they are pathetic.

  61. 203 LOL
    December 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Are you concerned about Iraq sir? No, but I am concerned about you being a douchebag. ALOHA MFer :)

  62. 205 Marsha
    December 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    The president is on his way to Hawaii. God speed Mr. President.

  63. December 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    PBO and Democrats seem to be kicking ass all over the place when it comes to Congress *dances*… even at Faux News by a Democratic Strategist:

    This morning on Fox and Friends, a panel led by Brian Kilmeade discussed the payroll tax cut deal reached by Congress late Thursday. While the consensus was that John Boehner‘s job is safe — and Jon Bramick, a New Jersey lawyer, said that Boehner showed some impressive leadership skills — it was Dan Gerstein, a Democratic strategist, who stole the show, giving a concise, pointed statement on just how bad things have gotten in Congress.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-analyst-thrashes-congress-on-the-payroll-tax-deal-with-spot-on-nfl-analogy/

    • December 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      I vehemently disagree with his assertion that it was a “small, puny tax”. If the tax holiday had been allowed to expire, every reputable economist was on record as saying that it would damage the economy. Puny tax breaks aren’t that threatening. But, other than that, yes, this GOP-led House is pathetic.

    • 208 Linda
      December 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      I call that show ” Freaks and Fiends “

  64. 209 Dudette
    December 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Chopper blades of Marine One firing up. Godspeed Mr. President. Have a Merry Christmas!

  65. December 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    The delicious thing about the torrent of Ron Paul writings isn’t that it hurts Ron Paul; it doesn’t, because those who follow him follow him blindly, and many of them probably agree with those newsletters. The truly wonderful thing is that it puts before the American voter yet another face of modern Republicanism: racist, homophobic, conspiratorial. No amount of blandness from Mittens will make the voter forget that the GOP field is literally insane. And Mitt’s embrace of so many right wing positions in order to become the nominee will stay in people’s minds. The broad middle will think one of two things: either that he really does embrace those toxic ideas, or that he just mouthed the niceties to get the nomination, and that therefore he can’t be trusted. We really are witnessing the slow-motion suicide of the GOP.

    • 211 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Very well said – as usual!

    • 212 L3
      December 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      I was thinking something similar LL. Just a few days ago Chips posted an article about Rick Perry and how many Texans were embarassed by him and felt it would cause further stereotyping of the state given its last dumb governor, W., did not fare so well on the national stage. Well looky here, Ron Paul is from Texas too. I’m sure the sane people there must be thinking we can’t catch a break.

  66. 214 Dakota
    December 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    That good-bye wave the President made at the press corp almost looked like he was flipping them off! LOL! No more than they deserve.

    Now he’s off to Hawaii to enjoy the rest of the holidays with his family! Aloha Mr. President. God Speed!

    • 215 defytheodds
      December 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      “It may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world.” – Boehner

      You’re right Mr. Speaker; and Aloha to you!

  67. December 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    This. From TPM:

    President Obama and congressional Democrats are doubtless savoring their pretty thorough victory in their standoff with House Republicans over an extension of the payroll tax holiday. The congressional spit fights to come will soon take off some of the sheen.

    But perhaps the real political win – the one with real electoral implications – is that more Americans now know that they actually have a payroll tax cut to lose, and the President emerged looking most like the one who wants to keep them from losing it.

    • 217 Tally
      December 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      THIS.

      More people have LEARNED ABOUT THEIR GOVERNMENT from our Professor President than at any time in HISTORY. And that is full of WIN.

  68. 218 jacquelineoboomer
    December 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Let’s see. Boehner’s been declared a bust. Cantor’s hiding. McConnell had to agree with Reid. Newt’s fallen. Romney’s shielding something in his tax returns. Paul has finally been declared a racist bigot, with written and oral proof.

    Good end to the Republican political year!

    I won’t add any comments on how good PBO is looking, because I don’t want to associate him with those turds. But – damn – if I were going to add anything, it would be that he’s looking great. :)

  69. 220 JER
    December 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    President Obama arriving to board AF1: http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  70. December 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Its the Eve of Christmas here… 07:35 and a sunny morning……. and the first thing I do for the day is read TOD lol I just LOVE this site!! :twisted: Chips, I saw the back and forth tweets with Brian Tau…… You were BRILLIANT!!! I re-read the TL a few times more, it was THAT good lol!

    • 224 Tally
      December 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Hey NZ – can you run down to The Hobbit set and give Richard Armitage a big sexy Christmas kiss from me please?

      kthx

  71. December 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    First attempt to bring a tweet over. Hope it works.

    @Smilingl8dySmilingl8dy

    @ByronTau Must say that wht I hv seen so far u should be on Drudge payroll 2 Hope yr objectivity re: PBO improves SOON!

    42 seconds ago via webFavoriteReplyDelete
    Guess not. Will try again sometime.

  72. December 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Have a great trip, Mr. President. I love the way he walked his fine self off and shut it off. Even a beautiful baby boy knows how to greet and say good bye to the leader of this country, Mr. President. The slimes within the WH Press need to find that baby and takes some lessons.

    I am sick of all of these over paid incompetent ugly people within the WH Press Corp. And that Ed and Nora, make me want to throw up.

    Luke Russert should be hiding his face. His father would surely not be proud of him. You can do better than that, Luke. Do not mess up your dad’s name.

    Have a great trip, Mr. President. We love you, we support you, and we have your back. Play the hell out of those golf balls. Rip it up, Mr. President.

    They all can kiss my behind. Now, I need to go and get some meds, and a few food items. Have a great day, TOD Family. Love you all.HZ

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