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Washington Post: President Obama holds a wide lead among Hispanic voters when matched against potential Republican challengers, even as widespread opposition to his administration’s stepped-up deportation policies act as a drag on his approval ratings among that group, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, revealed a general-election weakness for Republicans among an increasingly influential voting bloc — with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry each winning less than one-fourth of the Hispanic vote in hypothetical matchups against Obama.

Obama leads Romney by 68 percent to 23 percent and Perry by 69 percent to 23 percent among Hispanic voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points for the sample.

More here

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Bloomberg: Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in the past three years, a sign the U.S. labor market is on the mend heading into the new year.

The four-week moving average for claims, a less volatile measure than the weekly figures, dropped to 375,000 last week, the lowest level since June 2008, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. Applications rose for the first time in a month in the week ended Dec. 24, climbing by a more-than- forecast 15,000 to 381,000.

The jump in claims last week may say more about their volatility during this time of year than about the state of the job market …. Their recent decline has stoked speculation the world’s largest economy was on the cusp of showing bigger gains in employment.

Full article here

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Morning everyone ;-)

I’m hoping normal service will be resumed either this evening or tomorrow – thank you for your patience!


419 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 a4alice
    December 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

    mornin! everybody have a great day! :-)

  2. 2 rikyrah
    December 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  3. December 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning, Chips Chica! Hope you have been enjoying your family & friends as well as recharging ‘on the golf course’ during your vacation. ;)

    Good Morning TOD’ville! Today I’m Wwishing all TOD’villians a Thursday filled with joy and adventure, and lots of positive experiences! :lol: :lol:

    • December 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

      I like the way the Campaign thinks! Jim M. giving us a view into the thinking and organization is such a real way of letting us know why our financial participation is important to 2012. Who wouldn’t want to chip in another $5 after watching that?

      IMO donating to PBO is ONE of the best ways to show Repubs & their companies that there is more to this democracy thing than having lots of money and lying and cheating. There is ‘us’ and we are a majority that’s no longer all asleep and trusting.

      ps – TOD, remember WiW’s ‘challenge’ for this weekend and participate if you can.

    • December 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

      ‘I’m HOPING normal service will be resumed…’ No sweat, we here believe in hope, Chips Chica, and our ‘normal’ can flex with your ‘normal’ every time ;) Thanks!

  4. 11 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Good Thursday Morning TOD family!

  5. 12 Ceb
    December 29, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD fami,y,

    Have a happy, positive day.

  6. 13 rikyrah
    December 29, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Erick Erickson Does Not {Heart} Santorum
    by Anne Laurie

    Via Jonathan Bernstein at WaPo’s Plum Line, a little sweet schadenfreude for those of us in the Reality-Based Community tribe [RedState link]:


    No Surprise, Iowa Social Conservatives Are About To Shoot Us All in the Foot Again

    I’m hearing several campaigns and external pollsters have a surge for Rick Santorum. With the National Review folks fawning over him again, it probably means a surge is real and any surge by Rick Santorum is another factor ensuring Mitt Romney wins the nomination…

    Santorum has no money or organization outside of Iowa and cannot win the nomination, but Iowans love a guy who sucks up to them and makes sure they know he loves the babies…

    Let’s remember Rick Santorum could not even win re-election in his home state of Pennsylvania…

    But most damning to me is Rick Santorum’s actual record in the Senate and House of Representatives. I keep hearing him say he was such a paragon of fiscal conservative virtue, when he was anything but that. He was as go along to get along as all the other Republicans who led to our downfall.

    If the Fiscal Conservatives and the Social Conservatives are coming to blows even before their first caucus, I do believe that this is Good News for President Obama.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/12/29/erick-erickson-does-not-heart-santorum/

  7. 14 rikyrah
    December 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

    What Does Ron Paul Stand For?
    Posted on 12/29/2011 at 7:47 am by Bob Cesca

    You’ve probably overheard or observed various progressives and anti-war idealists praising Ron Paul for his foreign policy record while virtually ignoring his awful record on an array of other issues.

    Last year, Glenn Greenwald wrote a virtual love letter to Ron Paul and, towards the end, he off-handedly mentioned Paul’s “odious” positions on other issues. He wrote a sentence or two covering his ass following a lengthy dissertation about Paul’s greatness.

    But what exactly are those other positions?

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/12/what-does-ron-paul-stand-for.html

    • 15 Cha
      December 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks rikyrah~ This exposes more of greenwald’s dumbass and ron paul’s cockroach approach. They get away with this because there’s too many suckers born every minute.

  8. 16 ChristiMtl
    December 29, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Good morning Chips and TODers,

    I was just reading Robert Reich’s latest article, his prediction for 2012.

    ROBERT REICH: Get Ready For A Obama-Clinton Presidential Ticket

    Seriously,

    There is something wrong with these PUMAS, I swear…..They can’t let go…..

    Vice President Biden is such an asset for the President, a very good man and a great VP.

    Reich will never get over that she lost….never.

    • 17 a4alice
      December 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Hey Christi! How’s it going? Is that the name of the article? I saw something on the last thread and commented on it but I’d like to read it and give RR a piece of my mind. It sounds like he’s in la la land.

      • 18 ChristiMtl
        December 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

        Hey a4alice…yes it’s the name of the article….I can’t stand that Clinton obsessed idiot, he has been bashing the President from day one,..

        Here:

        http://www.businessinsider.com/my-political-prediction-for-2012-its-obama-clinton-2011-12

        • 19 a4alice
          December 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

          Thanks Christi! :-)

        • 20 Chi
          December 30, 2011 at 3:04 am

          They think that if they repeat and push it often enough it will happen…

          But how incredibly silly, petty and short-sighted the whole lot of these Clinton spokespeople are…

          I do believe the Clintons are behind this and all this has their tacit approval…

          The coordination: newspaper op-eds, robo calls, television interviews by all their high profile surrogates while Bill Clinton remains at his most vocal and visible after been AWOL the long 8 years of the destructive Bush presidency…

          Factor in Hillary declaring a whole year in advance of the November 2012 that she would not return to work for the President…

          This from a politically savvy woman who understands very well the implications of making such a declaration as her boss prepares to seek reelection…

          I find it incredibly hard to believe that a guy like Robert Reich would go ahead pushing out poisonous write-ups like this if any of the Clintons asked him not to…

          I find it incredibly hard to believe that the Clintons cannot rein in their apostles especially since they risk dividing the Democratic party with their shenanigans…

          They are incredibly myopic and fail to see that beyond the reelection of President Obama, this has long reaching consequences…

          But I suppose in the end for Bill Clinton it is all about making sure that President Obama is denied the only thing Bill Clinton can boast of having over this President: a second term…

      • 21 ChristiMtl
        December 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

        THIS in the article really made me want to scream…..

        ”Why do I say this? Because Obama needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of a Democratic base that’s been disillusioned with his cave-ins to regressive Republicans. Hillary Clinton on the ticket can do that.”

        • 22 anniebella
          December 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

          This article of Reich is alot of B.S. Looking over there on the GOP side and seeing what they have to offer, ought to make every dog gone Democrat get out to vote with no problem. Unless they are so dam crazy over the Clintons that they don’t give a dam about this country.

    • 24 Bill
      December 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Reading Reich’s article, I lost all remaining respect I had for him. It shows his priorities are still with the Clinton legacy and not focusing on the matter at hand, the reelection of President Obama and Vice President Biden.

      • December 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

        Yeah, but somebody behind the scenes is pushing these guys?

        Bill Clinton?

        • 26 Bill
          December 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

          My guess is the reptile, James Carville. Bubba would wish to keep his hands clean.

          • 27 Obama Grandmama
            December 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

            Carville and Rendell have always been repulsive to me especially during the Primary in 2008. I never trusted them after the Primary blending of sides.

        • December 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

          I don’t believe any of the Clintons are behind this. They just have supporters/fans who are complete ratfuckers and its one of the reasons I didn’t want HRC to be President or VP. I don’t like her people.

          • 29 jacquelineoboomer
            December 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

            And the most hypocritical thing is that – while Reich was a part of the Clinton administration – he came out for Barack Obama during the ’08 election. So, I guess now he’s trying to get back in Bubba’s good graces. Seems he has no real core, either.

            • 30 utaustinliberal
              December 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm

              He definitely has no core. I lost respect for him when he regularly appeared on MSNBC shows to spell doom and gloom about the economy and would not accord PBO any credit for the improving economy and the 8.6% dip in unemployment. I no longer listen to his crap because everything that comes out of his mouth is 100% emoprog. It’s a waste of my brain space.

              • 31 Chi
                December 30, 2011 at 2:44 am

                Most of these people only really want an appointment from anyone who will give them one…

                Robert Reich like the rest of the pack, was angling for a position in the Obama administration and turned really nasty when it wasn’t forthcoming…

                Turns out President Obama as usual has amongst his other incredible gifts, this uncanny bs/ratfucker radar that sniffs and roots out even the best camouflaged petty rat from 300 miles away…

                Every single day we get to understand why those who second guess and armchair quarter back President Obama will always end up looking foolish…

                We will all look back at this time and realize how this phenomenal man and once in a generation President ripped up the destructive and diseased political playbook that had wreaked so much havoc on our democracy and returned American politics and our country to a sane path…

          • 32 sonjiaduncan
            December 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm

            One of my family member received a telephone call asking her to sign a petition for Hillary for President.

    • December 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

      I tweeted Reich and told him to seek therapy. Seriously. These Pumas are not normal. It’s like an obsession with them. Their candidate lost and they can not come to terms with it. Maybe they need grief counseling.

    • 34 57andFemale
      December 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Love-hate with Reich. He can be so intelligent, such a good progressive [although some of his economic views of late have been downright bizarre] and then he goes all PUMA on us and just stirs up trouble.

      By all means, let’s revisit the misery of the primaries of 2008, and pair together the two Democrats most reviled by Republicans. Because one thing Republicans get that Democrats are clueless about: it’s okay to vote with passion against the guy you hate, even if you have an odious candidate. No — progressives must have perfect candidates to everyone’s view of perfection, or let’s let the tea party take over the country, the courts and destroy us.

      Idiots. Robert Reich is capable of that kind of progressive damage.

      • 35 HZ
        December 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

        Good Afternoon TOD Family. These are ‘pot stiring trouble makers.’ They enjoy putting several ‘hot pots’ on the fire and just keep stiring and stiring until everybody gets hot and bothered.

        Until I see and hear with my own eyes and ears from President Barack Obama speaking about this, these fools can kiss my behind, and right now they will be in for a treat because I just took a long and relaxing shower and then put on my’Organza’. So maybe I do not want to waste that on these fools after all.

        I’ll invite them to the treat when I am not so refreshed. Do not allow these foolish ugly minds get us off task. Remember we are PRESSING ON. When you hear it from POB, then take action. Love you all back very much.HZ

        • 36 AnitaW
          December 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

          I just spent $110 on Obama/Biden gear this morning. It would probably not be a good idea on their part to change the players at this point. This is an absolutely ridiculous prediction to even make at this point. And, I do think these are trouble-makers just stirring the pot.

  9. 37 rikyrah
    December 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

    December 27, 2011
    No way out, or over
    Dan Balz lays out the GOP’s central predicament:


    The shifting allegiances of Republican voters suggest not only a vote of no confidence in many of the candidates but also unresolved divisions within the party. The next nominee will have to bridge that divide. Republicans are united on many policy issues, but the tea party’s influence has pushed all the presidential candidates to the right.

    To the far and generally unacceptable right, it would seem; and for the GOP, I don’t see any way out. Not within a few months, anyway, since the Republican primaries, in what could be prolonged and grueling warfare, will keep the candidates pinned to the far right’s wall.

    The inevitable Mitt Romney, I’m sure, long ago wished to slip into yet another political metamorphosis, gravely intoning that he never meant to question the human contribution to global warming, and that he never meant to portray corporations in such a Shakespearean way — Do they not bleed when they’re pricked? — and that he never meant to throw into doubt the historic profundities of his Massachusetts healthcare law.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2011/12/no-way-out-or-over.html

    • December 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      I’m just wondering about Romney and his extreme arrogance. He’s hated by his party, and yet he seems so confident about his chances to win. He’s surrounded by some of the old-guard GOP players, and that young one who modeled with his bare stomach to show his abs (he’s annoying). Somehow, he really believes that the tea party crowd, the religious crazies and the Ron Paul crowd will just flock to him when he’s the nominee. I think he might be in for a rude awakening – because the GOP created these nuts, but they haven’t been able to control them. I’ve heard lots of them saying that they’ll stay at home before they vote for Romney. The fact that Ron Paul and Santorum are still in the running will make the next few weeks pretty interesting. I want Romney to be knocked out without getting the nomination, because his arrogance is overwhelming. But, I’m also keen to see him get his butt kicked by President Obama. The dilemma!

      • 39 AnitaW
        December 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm

        It is an interesting dilemma and I have been reading this for months in the south especially. Where folks think they held their noses in 2008 and voted for McCain and said they were not doing it again. This is what concerns the RedState yahoos because they know the party faithful hate Romney. It will seriously come down to if they hate the Black guy more than they hate the Mormon. This is why they keep begging someone else like Christie or even Sarah Palin to get in the race.

  10. 40 Ceb
    December 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Love Jim Messina!

  11. 41 rikyrah
    December 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    December 28, 2011
    The GOP’s base ingredient

    Throughout last fall’s several thousand Republican presidential debates the candidates would on occasion be asked to compliment one of their competitors, at which point an almost singular admiration would erupt for Ron Paul. Mitt loved him, Newt loved him, the Ricks loved him and so on, although it cannot be denied that much of this public adoration was privately pragmatic: Warm to the Paulites, because when their avatar flames out — which Paul and only Paul is absolutely sure to do — they and their mass organizational skills will have to go somewhere.

    Yet that pragmatic choice to cozy up to Paul went deeper; it went also to the historical and psychological core of the contemporary GOP. The University of California’s Jeffrey Stewart, in Politico’s “Arena,” does a nice job of summarizing:


    That [Paul] is so popular and will remain popular despite these newsletters reveals how much an anti-black motivation underlies the frenzy of the Republican presidential campaign….

    Paul is not atypical–he was just impolitic enough to put in print what the Republican rank and file still believes.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2011/12/the-gops-base-ingredient.html

    • December 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Great post. Tweeted it twice yesterday. Will tweak and tweet again today.

    • 43 PoliticalJunkessa
      December 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

      >>>>>That [Paul] is so popular and will remain popular despite these newsletters reveals how much an anti-black motivation underlies the frenzy of the Republican presidential campaign….<<<<<

      ^^^^This is gospel truth right here. So-called libertarianism, especially the Paul-variety, ALWAYS breaks down with just a bit of prodding and questioning of it. These people want to make themselves feel good by thinking they're believing in something intellectual/unique/earth-shattering, but really it's just a group of folks having a tantrum and following a crackpot theory. The fact that their leader, Ron Paul, has been collecting a GOVERNMENT PAYCHECK and GOVERNMENT BENEFITS for DECADES escapes their little pea brains.

      They realize they've been sold out by their white elders, and they want to belong to something, but they would hate to receive leadership from a black man who points out how they've been sold out. They should just face the truth about themselves. Paul's racism, anti-Semitism, and sexism appeals to them in their core — the so-called anti-establishmentarism is just a bonus and a cover.

  12. 46 debbyeOh
    December 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Good morning everyone! Watched a bit of Morning Joke, all the villagers are stroking out about ol’ Frothy and racist Paul’s surge. It’s a wonderful day in the neighbourhood to see them so unhappy! :)

  13. 53 Ladyhawke
    December 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Should Glenn Greenwald have to own the Ron Paul blue plate special?

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    But here’s my question:

    Why shouldn’t Greenwald be held just as accountable for the beliefs of people he trucks with ideologically, as he attempts to hold the supporters of the president, whom Glenn derides as “cultists” and “evil” for daring not to despise Barack Obama over individual policies Glenn disagrees with? The folks from Stormfront say Paul tracks with many of their beliefs. If Don Black opposed drone strikes in Pakistan, would Greenwald ignore his white supremacist stuff and tweet how superior his civil liberties cred is to Obama’s? Pat Buchanan also opposed the Iraq war and holds many of the same views on civil liberties and foreign interventionism as Paul, along with many of his views on American history, the civil war and World War II. If Pat were to run for president again, would Greenwald feel just as comfortable praising him? And if he did, what would Glenn’s liberal followers think about that?

    In the end, shouldn’t Greenwald at least have to comment on the endlessly emerging, uncomfortable facts about Paulite “libertarianism” … including:

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    http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/12/should-glenn-greenwald-have-to-own-the-ron-paul-blue-plate-special/#more-27393

    • December 29, 2011 at 10:17 am

      YES! He should. Greenwald does it to everyone else. Support President Obama? then you must be for killing brown babies. That last sentence wasn’t even a joke. I read a chirpstory between GG and some people I follow and that was one of the main attacks on anyone who dared to say anything in support of PBO.

      If you and Greenwald both disagree with drone strikes but you refuse to characterize the President as someone who enjoys killing brown babies, he will call you a shill for the White House. Greenwald is a hypocrite and walks around like his shit don’t stink. I’m glad people are starting to rub his face in it.

      • 56 conlakappa
        December 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

        Lovely imagery that couldn’t have been applied to a better person. Make him own everything about the person he cheers.

  14. 57 Linda
    December 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

    The mainstream German magazine Spiegel calls the GOP ‘a Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses’

    (Spiegel quote)The Republicans’ Farcical Candidates
    A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses

    The US Republican race is dominated by ignorance, lies and scandals. The current crop of candidates have shown such a basic lack of knowledge that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein. The Grand Old Party is ruining the entire country’s reputation.

    Did you know that the GOP is making the THE UNITED STATES THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE INTERNATIONAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA!

    Welcome to the GOP “FREAKSHOW”

    .(Spiegel quote)….IT’S HORRIFYING because these eight so-called, would-be candidates are eagerly ruining not only their own reputations and that of their party, the party of Lincoln lore. Worse: THEY’RE RUNINING THE REPUTATION OF THE UNITED STATES.

  15. 64 rikyrah
    December 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

    December 28, 2011 5:13 PM
    More On What This Election is “About”
    By Ed Kilgore

    As I’ve argued earlier today (and elsewhere, for much of the last year), those assuming the entire 2012 election cycle is “about the economy” have not been paying much attention to the GOP nominating contest. Many Republican “base” voters are grinding ideological axes that have little or nothing to do with the economy other than reflecting a determination to do nothing whatsoever about it that would discomfit wealthy “job creators.”

    At The Caucus site of the New York Times, Micheal D. Shear has a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of Iowa Republicans based on how audiences are reacting to different pitches from candidate Rick Perry:…..

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/more_on_what_this_election_is034373.php

  16. December 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I wonder how Robert Reich feels about Hillary wanting to keep bases in Iraq or enhance the war in Afghanistan or most likely bomb Iran?
    Ask Robert Reich on twitter, what cuts are going to be made, to support these hawkish positions?

    • 66 hopefruit2
      December 29, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Reich is not an honest broker. He wants to cause trouble for our President. He’s still a mad PUMA.

      • 67 a4alice
        December 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

        Just in case you guys feel like letting RR know what your insights are into his ‘prediction’ here are a few ways you can contact him:

        @RBReich twitter handle

        http://robertreich.org/ in the lower right hand corner is an ‘email me’ app that you can use.

        this is exactly the stuff people I know say – argghhh. This is such a tired meme that is getting dusted off from last campaign cycle. the same people said this the last time. As soon as i’ve calmed down i am going to write him. I’m just mad now. I’m going to go down thread and see if there is happier news and revisit this later

      • December 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

        This right here. Reich has been doing this since The President took office.

      • 69 hopefruit2
        December 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

        It was the same Reich who “predicted” that Kerry would win in 2004 and would have Vilsack as his running mate.

        Reich’s track record of predictions spell F-A-I-L.

  17. 70 rikyrah
    December 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    A first-hand look at what motivates Paulites
    BY JOY-ANN REID

    The dustup over Ron Paul’s strange, racist newsletter ravings — written by him or not — during the 1980s and ’90s, and the apparent strategy by Paul associates, like Lew Rockwell and the late Murray Rothbard, to attract disaffected white voters to Libertarianism, brings back memories for me.

    For close to a year, I worked with a Paulite, and got a firsthand look at the adherents’ worldview, and of Paul’s appeal to so-called “rednecks.”

    I don’t mean that as a pejorative. My co-worker was a proud, self-described “black redneck” — obsessed with guns and hunting; often boasting about the large stockpile of firearms at his home.

    He was fixated, almost to the point of fanaticism, on the Federal Reserve, even self-publishing books on the subject.

    Among his proudest achievements: having met and interviewed Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
    The theories espoused by Paul adherents — they are on the political left as well as on the right — can be found on Internet radio, on libertarian-leaning websites like The Daily Paul, and on the late night conspiracy radio theater hosted by George Noori, popular with late night truckers concerned about things like alien invasions and black helicopters.
    .

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/28/2564668/a-first-hand-look-at-what-motivates.html#storylink=cpy

  18. December 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I love Messina’s five paths. Let’s make sure the president’s campaign coffers are filled enough to take on all paths at once and then put our own boots on the ground to make it happen. NO campaign has ever been better organized than President Obama’s. There may be a lot of GOP Pac money to put ads on the air, but NO one will have the ground game the president does. Democrats have come so far from the doomed Swing State strategy of the past that we are truly operating in another universe now. Make the GOP sweat in every state. Make them pay out the nose to compete in places they thought they could skate by in. Let’s get this done.

  19. 77 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

    From the tweeters . . .

  20. December 29, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Remember- the debt celing needs to be raised Friday. Looks like boner will just accept it, rather than call everyone back.
    Interesting!

    • 80 JoJothecat
      December 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

      The President and everyone else is on vacation……no drama to dust up and January 1 beginnings a loooooonnnnng election plus I think wall street told the GOP to knock it off and stop playing with the debt ceiling and USA’s credit rating.

    • 81 Betsy
      December 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      I am so relieved that there is not going to be another fight. We’re all tired of this bullshit. The real fight will be about the tax cuts again in February. I expect PBO to win that again.

  21. December 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

    U.S. prosecutors are preparing what would be the first criminal charges against BP PLC employees stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident, which killed 11 workers and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, said people familiar with the matter.

    Prosecutors are focused on several Houston-based engineers and at least one of their supervisors at the British oil company, though the breadth of the investigation isn’t known. The prosecutors assert the employees may have provided false information to regulators about the risks associated with the Gulf of Mexico well while
    its drilling was in progress, these people said.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203899504577126871591624572.html

  22. 83 Pamela
    December 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, everyone! Thank you for a new thread, Chips, wasn’t sure how I would keep up with the previous one, it was so full! Huge winds out here on the northwest coast the past few days, lots of natural pruning for our trees!

    • 84 MTmarilyn
      December 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

      We are having big winds here in MT too. Woke up to my recycling bins all over my porch. No tree branchs yet. Guess your winds are coming our way. Stay safe and have a great day.

      • December 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

        Batten down the hatches, both of you, and stay safe. Everything that may be broken or blowing around is replaceable, except yourselves. ;)

        • 86 JoJothecat
          December 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

          You too MTM, the folks here in Pasadena, CA have not recovered from the high winds…hope doesn’t come down here.

          • 87 HZ
            December 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

            That is so true JoJothecat. I have dear friends in Pasadena who are still trying to recover. Take good care MTM and Pamela. Be safe.HZ

            • 88 AnitaW
              December 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

              When I drive home at night it looks as if they’ve cleaned up enough street to get ready for the Rose Parade, but that’s about it.

  23. 89 Ladyhawke
    December 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Perry, Gingrich Hit by Party’s Drive to Block Voters

    I would normally end a column like this on an ambivalent note. Something like: “Perhaps Perry’s recent experience with applying for Virginia’s ballot will make him — and his colleagues across the country — rethink the laws they have passed making it harder for ordinary Americans to get their ballots counted.” But they won’t. The open secret of these laws is that they hurt turnout among Democratic constituencies — students, minorities, low-income voters, etc. — which helps Republican politicians get elected. Virginia is just an odd case where restrictive ballot-access laws are hurting Republican politicians.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2011/12/perry_gingrich_hit_by_partys_d034383.php#

  24. 93 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Kelly Clarkston endorses Ron Paul . . . WTH??

    • 94 itgurl_29
      December 29, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Don’t you love how after all the push back, she says she’s not in favor of racism, homophobia, etc, yet the candidate she likes so much and would vote for has espoused all of those things. SMH. Education, people! Education!

    • 95 Bill
      December 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

      I had to use the google to find out who Kelly Clarkson is. Is she important and if so why?

      • 98 isonprize
        December 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

        Bill, I’m not sure who she is or why she’s important, but her statement made me know that she’s stuck on stupid.

        • 99 Obama Grandmama
          December 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

          Kelly Clarkson going for Ron Paul symbolizes what I am worried about mainly that the youth will jump on the bandwagon thinking Ron Paul is cool. They will not research or know all that he believes in and just hear a few things like legalize drugs, not want war and wants small government. That is all they need to make up their mind. I think some of Obama’s ’08 supporters probably jumped on his bandwagon without really knowing the whole story too. That is why I worry about Ron Paul running as an Independent too. Some listen to the endorsers and go with their endorsement.

          • 100 Chi
            December 30, 2011 at 3:29 am

            The only ‘youth’ that will go with Ron Paul are those who always really never liked President Obama and who hide their subconscious, conscious and unconscious racism behind the sudden cool appeal of the shallow social ideology Ron Paul pretends to advocate for…

            Legalization of drugs and ending wars without exactly explaining how it will be done and the implications contained…

            Never mind that other aspects of Ron Paul’s manifesto read scarily like that for a national chapter for any white supremacist organization…

            ‘Youth’ like the Texan born Kelly Clarkson with their deep held racial stereotypes and biases never really supported President Obama, so let’s not pretend that this sprouting of certain youth for Ron Paul somehow means a drain from President Obama’s support…

            These were not the same group of young people who supported him…

            Rather, these are the same republican leaning youth who yearned for a Barack Obama figure to be passionate about but were too embarrassed to publicly embrace the much ridiculed Sarah Palin and everything she stood for…

            They are now only willing to be more vocal and visible in their embrace and support of Ron Paul since the main stream media and even some so-called liberals/progressives have endorsed and validated this mad man and his racist, hateful views…

            Believe me, in spite of what many in the media would have you believe, Kelly Clarkson did not vote for President Obama in 2008 and neither did most of the ‘youth’ on the now visible, loud and artificially magnified Ron Paul caravan…

  25. December 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

    November pending home sales up 7.3%!

  26. 103 MTmarilyn
    December 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I am begining to like Jim Messina more. He is from MT and he wasn’t liberal enough for me. I think being around the President has broaden his views. Back to cleaning out storage stuff. This is my New Year’s resolution. To get rid of stored stuff I don’t need. I have promised my children I would not leave them with the mess we went thru with our folks. It’s amazing all the things we keep that we don’t need to. I’ll be checking in every now and then.

    Thanks to all who bring news here! You are all the best!!!!! We will win 2012!

    • 104 Betsy
      December 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      GREAT idea. We have a lot of stuff we don’t need or want too. I think I’ll work on a little bit every Saturday for the next year (if I need that long). Thanks.

      • December 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        Don’t forget to get receipts if you donate any used goods to Salvation Army, Goodwill or any of those type of places. You now need a receipt to claim these donations on your taxes. I’m hoping to send a bunch of old clothes for donation this weekend, so I can go shopping in 2012, guilt free.

  27. 106 ChristiMtl
    December 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hahaha I saw on twitter earlier that Kelly Clarkson endorses Ron Paul…..after a lot of pushbacks on twitter, she posted the following:

    I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.

    If you don’t support racism and support Ron Paul, there’s something you don’t get

    • 107 Desraye
      December 29, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Yea. sound like she got her ass handed to her on twitter. I also didn’t know she was a teabagger, though. Although I should not have been surprise because she is from Texas.

      • 108 isonprize
        December 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

        And that’s the shame of it. There were/are reasonable people in and from Texas. My sister lives down there. She swears that they are not all raving lunatics. Unfortunately, right now, they have a WHOLE LOT of a#$%Holes grabbing the spotlight.

        It really is a damn shame. Not sure what’s in the water down there these days.

        These links are from two AWESOME women born and reared in Texas. Sadly, both have passed away. I just posted them to show that not all folks from Texas are rightwing nutjobs.

        Barbara Jordan

        Ann Richards

        • 109 jacquelineoboomer
          December 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

          I’ll add the ever-irreverent, late Molly Ivins.

        • December 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

          I’ll add -

          http://juanitajean.com/

          Serious Texas Democrat with a sense of humour.

        • 111 nabsentia23
          December 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

          And don’t forget John Hightower! I love that guy. And even the late Charlie Wilson. He was the Congressman who helped get the Soviets out of Afghanistan but was ignored when he suggested humanitarnian aid to help prevent the inevitable power vaccuum.

          Yes, there are sane people in Texas (both liberal and conservatives). It’s just that the crazies have taken over (as is the case with so many Southern and Midwestern states).

      • 112 Obama Grandmama
        December 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        Maybe someone who does twitter should come up with a very short but impactful list of reasons why not vote for RP besides the racist one. Then that could be used for her and on all the future endorsers.

    • 113 AnitaW
      December 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

      I think we have to be careful not react to every celebrity endorsement in the next year. For every Kelly Clarkson there are 20 George Clooneys who support President Obama. If you are a Kelly Clarkson fan then have at her, but if like me you don’t listen to, buy her music or care about her opinion. Why bother? We are all entitled to our opinion. If Kelly Clarkson’s fans are upset with her endorsement then that’s between her and them.

      I went to Matt Damon’s movies and was upset by his opinions and the manner in which he gave him. Thus, I withheld my support of him at the box office. He can say what he wants, that’s his right. But I can also react to what he says by withholding support, that’s my right.

      Just saying. We have a lot of stuff to get accomplished in the next year and we can’t get upset by the little stuff like this. Honestly, she will probably move her support to Romney in a few months because there’s no way Paul survives the primary. The GOP establishment will not let him. He’s more inappropriate than Hermain Cain.

      • 114 isonprize
        December 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

        clap, clap, clap!!! Yay ANITA. Plus, I had no clue who Kelly Clarkson was. Some of these ‘celebrities’ really need to stop showing how stuck on stupid they are.

      • 115 conlakappa
        December 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

        It is all fair game for mockery of a public figure’s public words in a public forum. It is also wise to let fans know that a dollar in her pocket might well mean money going into his.

      • 116 nabsentia23
        December 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

        Yep, the GOP establishment can’t stand Paul and neither can Fox News. Maddow is definitely right on that point. The only reason Paul is getting any serious attention now is because the GOP field is so bad. But what strikes me is that the man honestly believes he can run for President and not have any of his past newsletters come up. And if he’s not careful, it could cost way than just a shot at the Presidency (like his current job in the House).

        • 117 AnitaW
          December 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

          Unfortunately, I think he’s in a pretty safe district in Texas. They like his craziness just fine. But I seem to recall he was set to retire next year if he didn’t win the GOP nomination for President.

      • December 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

        Anita, I’m adding my support of your position to Ison’s. I loved the way you framed it. :lol:

        Like the President let’s keep our eyes on the prize and react as calmly as he did to the Nelson retirement ‘Thanks for your service. Michelle and I wish you all the best.’ My interpretation, ‘Yeah. Good luck. Step aside. The rest of us have work still to do.’

        • 120 AnitaW
          December 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

          Thanks. I love this place and I just don’t want us to go off the rails, always playing defense instead of offense.

          And, I promise to go easy on the cliches next time.

    • 121 QuietObserver
      December 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Morning folks.
      You know, I have to say that I really can’t stand when people discussing race, or rather their own “color blind”-ness or lack of racism, throw in the “black, white, purple, polka-dot” line. There are no ‘plaid’ people or ‘polka-dot orange’ people, so why throw in that add-on that in effect negates the idea that you’ve even been paying attention to issues of *real* people? And I’ve seen many well-meaning people do this too. Here’s a suggestion: stop. The line isn’t cute or clever, and many times it only frustrates the people you claim to be empathizing with. By attempting to turn race/appearance discussions into something absurd or abstract, it shows that they are not serious about recognizing, let alone discussing the very real legacy or racism and bigotry in America and the world. And therefore, they aren’t interested in working on solutions to end it.

      • 122 hopefruit2
        December 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

        Very insightful comment! Thanks QuietObserver for articulating so very well what many of us are thinking.

      • 124 nabsentia23
        December 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        Excellent point. This has always bothered me. Besides “purple” people only exist in the movies.

      • December 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

        Very well stated, QuietObserver. I also think that most people do not have the skill to think carefully about what they say or write. They think a rhetorical flourish like “plaid people” will make them sound clever, when it actually makes them sounds frivolous. There’s a lot of truth in the old admonition, “think before you speak,” but in our current high speed, abbreviated form of communication, thinking before speaking is rare. In this century we have more and faster communication devices than at any time in history and yet we’re infinitely poorer communicators.

    • 126 conlakappa
      December 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Any time people invoke purple in their rundown of races, it is a real tell for me that they do have problems with other races. Why add to the palette when there is a richness of colors already there?

    • December 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      She sounds like Britney Spears – and I’m glad she got so much feedback that she had to issue an explanation. I wonder if she bothered to think through her idea of “less government”, and whether she has bothered to really investigate what rights Ron Paul supports and what rights he doesn’t support – such as a woman’s right to choose, or a black person’s right to eat where-ever they choose.

      • 128 Chi
        December 30, 2011 at 3:37 am

        Spot on Theo…

        That flippant throw out tells you everything you need to know about this young woman with her deeply held beliefs try as she may to hide them in her quest to get into and stay ‘mainstream’ for the sake of her career…

    • 129 nathkatun7
      December 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      “white/black/purple/orange rights.” I didn’t know there are “orange and purple” people fighting for their rights! This is really what’s wrong with privileged people who are so dismissive about the entrenched racism against Black people.

  28. 130 donna dem 4 obama
    December 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

    TOD Fam

    We are on the hunt for a few $5.00 donations. Chips and I will be raising funds for the campaign since its the end of the quarter on Saturday and we want to exceed all expectations.

    Romney’s Super PAC’s will have tons of dough to run outrageous ads against President Obama. We can fight back by supplying the President with the funds to counter those attacks next year.

    Will you please help with a donation? As a bonus you will also be entered for an opportunity to have dinner with the President and First Lady.

    Chips Fundraiser:
    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/TheObamaDiary

    or

    My Fundraiser:
    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/donnanoshock3

    • 131 MTmarilyn
      December 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Just donated my little bit to both of you. Thanks for allthe work you do!!!!

    • 132 Betsy
      December 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Donated to Chips, went through, went to donate to you Donna, but wouldn’t go through, so I have to check what went wrong. Said the address did not match the CC, so have to see what I did wrong. I’ll fix that later, and donate to you as well.

    • December 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Donna, I just donated a small amount because I’ve been responding to all the other campaign requests from the president this week. I can hear my husband groaning every time I get a Thank you e-mail back. He’d never actually say anything though because he, too, is an Obama supporter and he knows I’d keep on giving anyway.

    • 134 sjterrid
      December 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      I donated $10 to both yours and Chips Fundraisers.

  29. 135 isonprize
    December 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Chica, LOVE this video with Jim Messina. According to my RFD, the campaign has about 40 paths to 270. If we all do our part, we can make this a wider margin than any of the top five paths that Messina shows here.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    • December 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I agree, Isonprize. Messina was being conservative because he doesn’t want to overpromise. His purpose is to raise funds with this video, not give away his strategies to the Republicans. What’s implied in this piece is if the campaign has enough money, it will go everywhere with the potential of getting it all.

  30. 141 desertflower
    December 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….FLOTUS goes on iCarly ( a little young for me, but big with the tweens!)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2011/12/28/flotus-breaks-it-down-on-icarly.html Check it out from the 2:10 mark (give or take)

  31. December 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

    President Obama’s latest makeover casts himself as a middle class warrior, a campaign theme his team thinks will resonate with voters in 2012.

    After struggling to find a winning message, Obama has amped up his role as defender of the middle class and been rewarded with his highest bounce in the polls in months.

    Just this week, for example, a Gallup poll revealed that more people viewed him favorably than unfavorably for the first time since July.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/201595-white-house-casts-obama-as-warrior-for-the-middle-class

    • December 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

      You know, I can’t stand the way they say “white house CASTS Obama..”, as if it was just a role he suddenly decided to play. Our President IS warrior for the middle class, always has been, always will be. What he’s saying now is the same thing I’ve been hearing him say for the past five years, it might be a bit louder now perhaps, but he’s been saying it all along. If they think he’s just starting now, it means they haven’t been listening. And then they also wanna give OWS credit? Uugghh!

      • December 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

        THIS!

        I really, really hate when writers use words like ‘casts’, ‘games’, ‘plays’, ‘gimmick’ etc. etc. in relation to this president and his decisions, because a closer look at his record and his history shows they do not AT ALL apply.

      • December 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        This is so true – what do they think his 2004 speech was about, or the speech announcing his candidacy, or the speech when he received the presidential nomination, or his inaugural speech, or any of his health care speeches, or any of his speeches – period.?! They have cast him in roles that he doesn’t embody, and ignored the one he’s consistently assigned himself. If he was not fighting for the middle class, why wouldn’t he have joined any of the lucrative roles that he was offered after Harvard? Why would he have run for political office and then run for President – knowing how difficult those tasks would be? They drive me crazy! I join you in your “uugghh”!

      • 153 Obama Grandmama
        December 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

        2007 was when we first heard PBO’s middle class strengthening message on the National scene. He wrote and spoke about it prior to that too.

      • December 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

        Right on, best. First of all the Hill is and always will be anti-Obama administration. Second, they are really saying that “they” just woke up to what the president has been doing all along and the only way to excuse themselves is to pretend the President just assumed his warrior role. Where have they been? The middle class warrior president had a strategy and a vision from day one. Get as much major progress done as possible with a Democratic Congress. Get as many economy threatening crises settled as possible with the GOP Congress and then spend the rest of his presidency doing everything within his Executive power to help the middle class and communicate to them directly. None of us has big jobs reporting on the Hill, but we all figured this out long ago.

    • 155 Cha
      December 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      “Latest makeover”? I call bullshit. President Obama has always been there for us and if the writer(?..not going to the link) had his eyes and ears open the last 3 years he would know that.

  32. December 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Breaking news- abbot and Costello endorse mitt Romney!

  33. December 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Just in- Charlie Chaplain endorses Rick Santorum.

    Who knew?

  34. December 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Just across the wires-
    The Partridge Family endorses Newt Gingrich!

  35. 170 donna dem 4 obama
    December 29, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Is that high school senior or recent H.S. graduate in your family or neighborhood registered to vote? Please share this link with family and friends and ask them to ensure that everyone they know is registered. Then take that extra step to stay in touch with them to ensure that they vote on November 6, 2012 for Obama/Biden.

    https://www.gottaregister.com/en?state=

    Chips, can you squeeze this link on the sidebar? It will be great to have handy for the election.

    • 171 conlakappa
      December 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I heard on Channel 9 (maybe) this morning that less young people are expected to vote this time around. How they can make that kind of prediction this far out is a mystery to me. Seems like wishful thinking, doesn’t it?

      • December 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

        It is wishful thinking , conlakappa. They have no idea how effective the Obama campaign machinery is. In our area we had a Young Dems group that flourished in 2008 and then died on the vine, despite our best efforts. Now gearing up for another “Obama” election, the Young Dems are coming back and raring to go.

    • 173 a4alice
      December 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      thx DD tweeted

  36. December 29, 2011 at 10:40 am

    This one is actually true/

    Rasmussen does this often-
    Romney now leads the President by 6 points nationally.
    Last week the President was up 3.
    A 9 point drop nationally for the president, in just 1 week. 1 WEEK? Did another reverand Wright happen, or did Lehman Brothers collapse again? WTF?

    Still not concerned with the biased media???

  37. December 29, 2011 at 11:02 am

    In a video to supporters and donors, Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina pushed back against the idea that President Obama will raise huge sums of money from big donors to fund his reelection campaign.

    “People have speculated that this is a billion-dollar campaign. That’s bulls**t. We don’t take PAC money unlike our opponents. We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars or whatever you can do to help us expand the map, to put more people on the ground, to build a real grassroots campaign that is going to be the difference between winning and losing.

    Nevertheless, the Obama campaign is widely expected to be the first campaign with a real shot at crossing the $1 billion dollar threshold, given Obama’s impressive 2008 fundraising and the advantages of incumbency.

    • December 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

      I don’t see any chance of the Obama campaign passing $1B. Assuming he meets his 4Q goal of $60M that will be $200M heading into the election year, and to get to the $1B mark he’d have to raise $200B a quarter – of course he’ll kick into campaign mode full speed ahead and that will help, but he still will have a day job to worry about.

      • December 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

        My estimate he tops about 500 mil. Should be enough for the year since there are no primaries. I bet most of it will be spent quietly on the ground game while the thugs tear willard apart. Ad spend will only peak around September.

        Does he have any carry over cash from 2008 ?

    • December 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      What I really loved about Jim Messina’s message, (in addition to the bold swearing), was that he “innocently” showed the other ridiculous campaigns that they are up against a real national campaign that’s been spending it’s time building up a ground game, strategizing, really considering how to WIN an election. He’s rattling the sabers, and the other team should be scared.

  38. 192 Ladyhawke
    December 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

    The White House Blog

    2011 Year in Review: The Most Popular Videos from YouTube

    This was a year marked by some major moments at the White House — and we were fortunate enough to capture a lot of them on film. Check out the top 10 most popular videos of the year from YouTube:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/12/28/2011-year-review-most-popular-videos-youtube

  39. December 29, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Mr. Obama, in general, does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role. While he does sometimes offer a ride on Air Force One to a senator or member of Congress, more often than not, he keeps Congress and official Washington at arm’s length, spending his down time with a small — and shrinking — inner circle of aides and old friends.

    He typically golfs with a trio of mid- to low-level staff members little known outside the West Wing. He does not spend much time at Camp David, the retreat other presidents have used to woo Washington. His social life runs toward evenings playing Taboo with old friends and their families, Wii video games with his wife and daughters or basketball with Robert Wolf, a banker and the rare new best friend Mr. Obama has acquired since entering politics. He vacations with friends from Chicago on Martha’s Vineyard in August and in Hawaii at Christmas.

    This week, for example, Mr. Obama is ensconced in the protective bubble of the Secret Service. With him are his closest outside-the-Beltway-friends, including Eric Whitaker, a Chicago doctor, and two of Mr. Obama’s Hawaii friends from Punahou School: Mike Ramos, a businessman, and Robert Titcomb, a commercial fisherman whom Mr. Obama has stuck by despite his arrest in April on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. Mr. Obama bolted from Washington last Friday barely an hour after he had signed legislation extending the payroll tax cut after a grinding fight with House Republicans whose result is widely viewed as a big win for him. His relationship with Washington insiders is described by members of both parties as “remote,” “distant” and “perfunctory.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/29/us/politics/obama-gains-reputation-as-distant-in-washington.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1325165815-kZTIR08sPbiATQkhlQPesw

    That is good!

    • 194 Debz
      December 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

      OOOOOH, poor Washington insiders, the mean President doesn’t like them. Cry me a river.
      Hope everyone had a good Christmas! :-)

    • December 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

      ACK, I hate their firewall.

      Looks like NYT feels bound to write this “PBO is sad and lonely and snobby and depressed” BS every week. And hey, he bolted from DC to be with his family!! Helene Cooper should be a gossip columnist.

    • 203 dotster3
      December 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Just read this—-another round of ‘Obama doesn’t schmooze enough with Washington insiders’ grumbling. Tweety/Fineman must have been the sources for this repetitive effort. Lots of oversized egos in that town griping that “Obama doesn’t pay enough attention to ME!” It really makes them furious that President Obama prefers to spend time with family, long time friends and watching his fave sports teams than playing the usual fakey D.C. games. Imagine! At least there was a hint that Obama’s priorities might end up serving him well, Congress approval at 11% and all, the media respect likely worse.

      • 204 anniebella
        December 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        dotster3, all I want to say is Bravo to President Obama. The President have a big enough job to do trying to get this economy on the right track. I’m glad he wants to spend time with his family, instead of hopping around with the oversized egos. To heck with Matthews and Fineman, and all of them.

      • 205 nabsentia23
        December 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        As someone who lives in the heart of the Beltway, there are definitely tell-tell signs that Obama is not a schmoozer. This explains why so many DC insiders don’t like him. Parties and dinners with free booze wins you a lot of powerful friends here.

        Yet, the flip-side of this is that Obama is one of the most accessible Presidents I’ve seen. If he’s not spending time with friends and family – who is he spending it with? Average folks (including average folks inside the Beltway)!

        You have to commend a President who rather have dinner with a $5-$20 political contributor than a DC powerbroker or wealthy donor. Honestly, under Clinton, there may have been more schmoozing, but there was more exclusivity and lack of access. Granted, you just can’t go up to the White House and expect to see Obama, but unlike with Clinton, you don’t have to be well-heeled and/or bursting with political connections to get a chance.

        Besides, if Obama was a schmoozer, the GOP would definitely use it against even if George W was not. It’s always been the double standard with them. Their guys can do whatever they want while their opponents are always held to a higher standard.

        And come on! The country is still in economic hardship despite the signs of improvement. Is it really a good idea to let the “good times roll” so freely when so many are still having a hard time? Look at what happened when Michelle Obama went to Spain or when the Obamas did their “date nights” in NYC? Sometimes, Washington insiders are clueless because they live inside the Beltway economic bubble.

        Anyway, I seriously doubt this will hurt him either with the American public at large or most of us who live inside the Beltway. It must be remembered that the vast majority of Washingtonians are not powerbrokers and although we benefit from being inside the economic bubble, our concerns are usually ignored by the same DC powerbrokers who are angry that Obama doesn’t schmooze. Especially when these brokers just arbitrarily decide to cut funding and agencies for political expediency (not legitimate cause).

        If you can’t understand this point – watch the infamous White House Correspondence Dinner from 2006 where Stephen Colbert was the comedian. It’s so easy to notice all of the Washington movers and shakers in the front who weren’t laughing. But, there was still laugher, but it was coming from the back of the room. That’s where the toilers and employees of the movers and shakers were seated. And although my bosses have never been prominent enough to have been given an invite to that dinner, given the type of work I do I could have easily been in the back cracking up with the rest of them. There’s a very good reason for that.

        • 206 Chi
          December 30, 2011 at 3:48 am

          Spot on…

          It’s important to add that ‘friendships’ bought are as easily dismantled…

          People who make such a big deal about not being acknowledged or wined and dined will as quickly sell you out when you fail to do whatever else it is the seek…

    • December 29, 2011 at 11:24 am

      shorter gray lady – why doesn’t obama give a fuck about us ?

    • December 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      best line of this fricking article comes from our man Reggie: “The president would prefer to watch the Bears, White Sox or Bulls, or any sports matchup, instead of watching MSNBC or watching 13 Republican presidential debates.”
      —–Amen! Also, politicians are shit. Of course PBO can’t stand ‘em and doesn’t want to be around them. They are vile creatures who get richer while their constituents get poorer. So yes, James Carville aka Skeletor, PBO can’t barely stand to talk to you folks on the phone, so no fucking way would he put your nasty asses up in the Lincoln bedroom. And on a final note in answer to Tweety’s bullshit murmurings about how PBO doesn’t seem to connect with or like people: Politicians and ‘journalists’ aren’t people, constituents are people. Which is why he always looks so happy when he’s out meeting and greeting. Okay, final, final note: PBO does like a few politicians i.e.: Nancy Smash, Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer, DWS and Gabby, but it’s mostly because they are good people who, like him, went into public service to help people, not to make $174,000 and upwards while only ‘working’- and i use that term very, very loosely- 122 days out of 365 days in a year.

      • 209 jacquelineoboomer
        December 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        Whew! I think I need a cool drink, now, since you pretty much (a) summed it all up, and (b) took ‘em all down! Love it.

      • 212 desertflower
        December 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

        THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!

      • 213 nabsentia23
        December 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        Actually, this article explains why James “My Office is on K Street” Carville doesn’t like Obama at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the only reason for the aminosity.

        So he’s pissing off the Washington establishment while still getting stuff done? Do you know how many politicans have dreamed of being able to do that? Do you know how many politicans have dreamed of not being so beholden to these people that they forget the concerns of their constituents?

        Despite living inside the Beltway for 15 years, I’m just as sick of these people as the rest of the country!

        • 214 Chi
          December 30, 2011 at 3:54 am

          Absolutely spot on Nath…

          President Obama only grows in my estimation with this revelation…

          He is indeed the decent, honorable, smart, focused family man we always knew he was…

          Any endorsement and approval from that slimy, deceitful lowlife weasel Carville means you are no good…

          Attacks from Carville, especially personal and frustration-laden attacks, mean you are on the right side of things…

      • 215 Obama Grandmama
        December 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

        I watched my taped 20/20 interview last night before I went to bed and seem to remember PBO saying he disliked cruel people.

    • December 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      So, when the President followed through on a promise and took his wife out for dinner – that was extravagant. But, if the President was to spend loads of money on these do-nothing/know-nothings in Washington, that’s acceptable? What about all the events he holds for military families? They don’t count as people? What about all the Governor’s Balls, the White House barbeques, the Christmas parties and the movie and Superbowl parties, the music events, and the fact that the President started off trying to have a regular Tuesday cocktail night – but the GOP rejected those efforts?

      This President has been holding up the government almost single-handedly, with the help of Speaker Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and a few others. I’m surprised he’s had any time to socialize or to sleep! These Washington socialites make me sick.

      • December 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        It’s also telling that while millions of Americans are struggling to put food on the table and keep their homes, the Washington elite are whining about not getting to party enough with the President. Pathetic.

      • 218 nabsentia23
        December 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        My point exactly. And don’t forget the trip Michelle Obama took to Spain. The firestorm over that really made me angry. The First Lady even paid for part of the trip out of her own pocket, but that wasn’t good enough.

        Some DC insiders conveniently forget that our current President can’t even show anything close to the same level of extravagence displayed by his predecessors without criticism from the GOP or even firebaggers from the left. And heaven forbid if he spends some time with average people inside and outside the Beltway! What a bunch of idiots!

    • December 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Of course, they forgot to mention that he interacts warmly and beautifully with millions of people outside the beltway. IOWs the real world.

    • 220 taiping1
      December 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      A good counter-narrative to this whining about not hobnobbing with the elite would be to total the numbers of visitors to WH, participants in events (workshops, forums, garden activities, let’s move) which will show conclusively that he is the people’s president and the White House the people’s house which, to me, is much more important. I am going to send the WH a note: perhaps they could do a blog entry with the numbers.

  40. 221 ChristiMtl
    December 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Shame on Al Gore for hiring the fraud Cenk Uyger. I was wondering what the fuss was about on twitter……wow, he is back to his roots that’s for sure. Teabagger pretending to be a progressive. Not linking because it’s on DK, I was too curious, I should know better…….I need a shower……

  41. December 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Thomas Jefferson endorses Mitt Romney, in 2008 he supported Obama.
    Asked why, mr Jefferson said, he likes romneys small government platform!

  42. December 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

    YES!!

    Business Activity in U.S. Expands Faster Than Forecast
    Business activity in the U.S. expanded more than forecast in December, prompting companies to boost employment and a sign American manufacturing is weathering the slowdown in Europe.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-29/chicago-purchasing-managers-index-declined-to-62-5-in-december-from-62-6.html

  43. December 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    test, test, well I’ve made several comments only to find none posted. I think I forgot to log in first. So hopefully this one will post. Too bad, cause I had made some very provocative and earth shattering remarks on the current events of the day. Also, how does one change their name here?

  44. 232 desertflower
    December 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

    MUST< MUST< MUST<MUST read from Smartypants this morning :) TPV did a piece on this too, I believe…but this is the easy version!

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/12/is-this-long-game-on-health-insurance.html

    • 233 Linda
      December 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      Do you know when that actually starts ?

    • December 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Great article by smartypants. We all need to be ready to get her talking points out when companies close and the moaning and groaning begins.

    • 237 57andFemale
      December 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Excellent article. I hope the administration is prepared for the “ObamaCare is ruining health care” as if for-profit health insurance has anything to do with health care.

      I would add to smartypants’ excellent analysis: what kind of ‘product’ are we purchasing if we are consistently denied the delivering of the product? Insurance is unique and for-profit insurance is obscene. My husband and I (the two of us constitute our very small business) paid exorbitant, individual premiums for 25 years, lowering our coverage while raising our deductibles to make it affordable. As my husband neared Medicare age, the rate increases were obscene. Never covered my asthma, so I pay all of my asthma expenses out of pocket, in addition to the exorbitant insurance rates.

      A year before my husband was Medicare-eligible, he needed the ER on Christmas Day. And they denied the claim because his excruciating pain wasn’t ‘life-threatening’ although his blood pressure from the excruciating pain in his neck was 210/110 (“life-threatening”, according to my goddaughter the surgeon).

      The claim was denied. After 25 years of paying premiums and receiving NOTHING in return, his claim was denied.

      How is it remotely logical that you pay and pay for a service/product that you cannot receive? And the industry bitches that their profit margins aren’t high enough?

  45. December 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Did anyone catch Moanin’ D’oh this morning? Rev Al mixed it up with Rick Santorum and then handed him his lunch. Here’s the clip, good stuff. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/morning-joe/45814373#45814373

  46. 239 hopefruit2
    December 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    BREAKING: Sammy Davis Jr. just endorsed Newt Gingrich. Blacks, please take note!

    • 240 JoJothecat
      December 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Herb Cain agrees with the endorsement…he will soon follow in his support of the Newt another brother from another mother…

    • 241 Jessica
      December 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Didn’t Sammy Davis Jr. support Nixon. So much for that endorsement.

      • 242 conlakappa
        December 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        No, he didn’t. He met him and kissed him. A kiss is not a contract. I cannot tell if you are intentionally being obtuse but Mr. Davis has been dead for many years now.

        • 243 jacquelineoboomer
          December 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

          I think all of these are snark comments … to mock the so-called “importance” of endorsements by certain current celebrities. Not to worry.

        • 244 JD
          December 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

          Just for the sake of historical accuracy, I’m pretty sure that Sammy Davis did endorse Tricky Dick in 1972.

    • 245 anniebella
      December 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      hopefruit2, I can not believe the “Candy Man” would do us like that? Newt of all people.

  47. 247 Don
    December 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

    desertflower, I read that same article yesterday and it was an eye-opener. Those that love pushing the “Free Market” memo as the solution to everything are in for a big surprise. Insurers will now be required to spend 80 to 85% of each dollar on actual care. As opposed to the past when they could drop you when you started to eat into their bottom line. You son of bitches insurance companies that lived by the free market, will die by the free market. So either start spending money on actual health care or go into a different business.

  48. 254 hopefruit2
    December 29, 2011 at 11:58 am
  49. 256 hopefruit2
    December 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    OT: Did Rachel and Keith have a falling out since he left MSNBC? Something tells me that there is no longer a friendship between them.

    • 257 jacquelineoboomer
      December 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      My take (reading body language – like I’m an expert – ha!) is that he built her up, then got just a teeny bit resentful when she became almost as big of a star as he was on MSNBC. And now, she’s still there and he’s off to the partial Siberia that is Current TV, impressing less of a crowd.

  50. 261 jacquelineoboomer
    December 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    This just in … I’m a federal retiree and belong to the group federal health benefits plan. My premium usually goes up about $20 a year, every February. Just got notice that it’s going down by $2 in 2012. Down. Don’t remember that ever happening, since I first joined the federal group plan in 1966 – ha ha!

    Two dollars more in my pocket = enough for a couple extra Hershey candy bars = priceless. Yes, Virginia, Obama Cares!

  51. December 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Help Chips, I think I’m locked up in “pending”.

  52. 284 Linda
    December 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    KarlRove Karl Rove

    #2012 prediction: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or both will leave the Dem leadership by year’s end. bit.ly/tqp52Q

    Political Predictions for 2012- ( they are doosies )

    http://www.rove.com/articles/357

  53. 288 Pragmatic adult
    December 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    *** deleted ***

    Ron Paul-supporting dick

    • 289 Dudette
      December 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Outstanding, PA!! Thanks for sharing this. I will be passing this on!

    • 290 Dudette
      December 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      By the way, I disagree with you about this not being “political.” The policy implications in this piece are PERVASIVE — Education, Jobs, the Economy, Crime, Drug Policy, the Prison Industrial Complex, Income Inequality — it’s all in there! That’s exactly what makes it political or at least what politics should be about — solving problems.

      In my opinion, any politician that doesn’t address these in his/her platform is: a) not serious about addressing problems in our local communities or the country as a whole; and b) destined to fail all of us.

  54. 291 Don
    December 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    A President doesn’t attract over a million small and first time donors by not giving the people what they need. The pundits can sit around all day long and say that President Obama is losing his base. But the proof is in the amount of money he raises. I’ll start worrying about Romney when he starts getting millions of dollars from small and first time donors. So don’t bother me with polls and editorials and endorsements and tweets. In other words don’t tell me about the labor pains, show me the baby.

  55. December 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    This is why we will win :: OFA volunteer from CA

    The Repeal of DADT: A Servicemember’s Perspective

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/repeal-of-dadt-servicemembers.html

  56. December 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Just in- Qaddafi just endorsed Dennis kucinich!

  57. December 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Hey folks – just want to ask everyone to please fill out the quick survey from the White House that has arrived in our email with the subject line: Tell Us What You Think.

    Also, if you haven’t signed up for the Daily Snapshot from the White House, sign up now!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/engage/email-updates

    Always lots of great useful info, photos, videos – perfect for forwarding to people who might appreciate it.

  58. December 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    NEED HELP

    I have been posting the OFA stories everyday at my blog, I just got a comment from eveningeorgia

    eveingeorgia said…

    I am as fired up as you are! I live in Augusta, Ga., and would lie to start an OFA chapter here. How do I get started?

    So who can help? eveningeorgia is a member of this blog, could someone from Georgia or a general OFA expert post a reply here?

    How fun, these blog postings are working.

  59. December 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    US Army unveils 1.8 gigapixel camera helicopter drone

    ‘…….

    The army said that was enough to track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet (6.1km) across almost 65 square miles (168 sq km).

    In addition, operators on the ground can select up to 65 steerable “windows” following separate targets to be “stared at”. Vehicles, people and other objects can be tracked even if they move in different directions.

    “If you have a bunch of people leaving a place at the same time, they no longer have to say, ‘Do I follow vehicle one, two, three or four,’” said program manager Brian Leninger ahead of the system’s launch.

    “They can say: ‘I will follow all of them, simultaneously and automatically
    ….’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16358851

  60. 302 nintendowii10
    December 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Just read that Kelly Clarkson supports Ron Paul, and read her further explanation. She’s an Obama supporter, but also supports Ron Paul and considers herself a Republican.

    This is where I put music and political views separate. I like her music, but not her political views, and she’s entitled to them. Just as I liked Matt Damon’s Bourne movies and I disagree with him attacking the President. At the end of the day, Kelly and Matt need to focus more on their skills as entertainers and leave their political views at the door, lest they be attacked.

    • 303 dotster3
      December 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      As we would describe Clarkson in our house—- “Clueless in Seattle”, a little play on the movie title. She had no idea what she was talking about, trying to defend her Paul support. And really, who cares about Kelly Clarkson’s not so deep political thoughts? Agree that she should probably only open her mouth to sing.

    • December 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Maybe they hangout?

    • 305 hopefruit2
      December 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      She’s an Obama supporter too? Hmm…It’s almost impossible to be an “Obama supporter” and a “Republican/Ron Paul Supporter” at the same time. I don’t get it. She wants to eat her cake and have it. She must’ve gotten a lot of push back from many of her fans who also happen to be Obama supporters.

      • 306 nintendowii10
        December 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        A lot of folks saying she’s “losing fans” aren’t even fans of hers, and the only “push back” is from political junkies. Most of her fans (like me) could care less who she endorses, make the music!

      • 308 Betsy
        December 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        How can you be an Obama supporter AND support Ron Paul, AND call yourself a Republican? Doesn’t make sense. She should stick to singing.

  61. 309 Linda
    December 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Does anyone believe that Nancy Pelosi’s daughter did an interview at Breitbart’s Big Government telling them her mother wants to retire and would leave right now if she could ?

    I am flipping out about this. Only Right Wing sites are saying this.

    • December 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Since when has anything the ‘right’ said about Speaker Pelosi been true?

    • 312 desertflower
      December 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Consider the source. They WISH it to be so :) Nancy won’t go anywhere, at least while this man is President…my opinion.

    • 313 Brit
      December 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      I have not heard anything about Nancy’s daughter’s potential interview, but she could be eager to retire. Especially since a lot of politicians tend to retire in their 70′s, which Nancy is in.

    • 314 Brit
      December 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Also, if she does want to retire, I think she’ll wait until after POTUS finishes he second term, so she’ll do two more terms.

    • December 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Trust me. Nancy Smash isn’t going anywhere until she gets the rights to the gavel back and can then stick the handle up Rusty Bonehead’s wewho. She’ll definitely hold out for that. Besides, Nancy is a strongly driven woman. What would she do if she retired? She was made for the speakership.

  62. December 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    David Gregory has already got his all star republican Sunday-

    Santorum
    Chuck Todd
    Mark halperin
    Andrea mitchel
    Mike Murphy

  63. 318 desertflower
    December 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/29/395697/santorums-plan-to-end-poverty-more-marriage/ WTF? Does he think this is 1950??? Beaver Clever. Maybe THAT’S who he thinks his constituents are…the Clevers!

    • 319 JoJothecat
      December 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      But not for gays I guess. Since 2007 I read that more people are staying married but fewer young people are getting married due to the job situation and uncertainty.

  64. 320 e
    December 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Hello My peoples, I was just on FB and I have a friend who a die hard Ron Paul fan and he put a video to prove that RP is not a racist so I wrote to him, “definitely not racist, but #1 with racists”, and this is what he wrote back, My jaw just dropped and couldnt stop laughing “His message appeals to the individual, not groups of people, unlike every other politician. It’s no surprise he gets support from a lot of controversial people, because his message is appealing to people on every side of the political spectrum. Freedom is popular.”
    WTF, its like they are wearing RP racism as a badge of honor.

    • 321 JoJothecat
      December 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      I’d remind your friend that RP will sell every national park and all everything we take for granted to the hightest bidder…that is not “FREEDOM”. I don’t know what you friend does for a living but tell him after RP makes it legal to smoke pot how will that help him in his state? RP believes in “states rights” and if he is in a state that says mariquanna is illegal, Ron Paul won’t come to his rescue. When you state decides that they won’t protect clean air, clean water, no more funds for road maintenance from the Federal Government…his state will look to him, his family and everyone else in his state to make up the difference. If he thinks that the Republicans and Ron Paul will STOP TAKING MONEY FROM THE STATES IN INCOME TAXES you have a bridge to sell him. He better wake up!

      • 322 e
        December 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

        I personally think that my friends believes that if Ron Paul says all that u just listed, He would support it. Its like a cult with these Ron Paul supporters, to them he can do no wrong. It doesnt matter what I say to him he refuses to debate me anyway, since I gave him that ass whoopin last year.( Political Debate) That was beautiful,lol

        • 323 Obama Grandmama
          December 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

          I get what you are saying about your friend that supports Ron Paul as my youngest brother has been a die hard Ron Paul supporter forever. I have used the roads, clean air, security arguments and everything I can think of with him and it is like he becomes stubborn to the MAX about thinking that is good. It drives me crazy. No arguments work with him. I cross him off as unreachable. I got him to vote for Obama in 2008 but he only voted for him if I would vote for a state libertarian for a position I didn’t like whom was running in it. I did that exchange for Obama. He will write in Ron Paul this year.

      • 324 nabsentia23
        December 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        These are the points that advocates for marijuana legislation don’t seem to get about Ron Paul. With Paul, it’s all about federal versus state authority. If a state decides it doesn’t want to legalize marijuana, Paul could care less. He’s only concerned about the federal level ban on the substance or any other drug.

        Ron and his son Rand, are state-rights zealots. If they had their way, not only would Civil Rights be overturned, but all the Amendments after 10th (especially the 14th) would be stripped out of the Constitution.

    • 325 desertflower
      December 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Yeah…send him/her this http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/12/what-does-ron-paul-stand-for.html Ask them if he’s for “freedom” why not the privacy rights? Freedom my dying ass….his version: You have the right to be born, and the right to die. Not good enough for thinking people!

      • 326 e
        December 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

        Thanks, I ll use it on him if he comes at me with any bull shit. What he doesn’t know is that I got stacks of arguement on RP that would last a life time. But since he ‘s repectful, Ill let it slide for now.

        • 327 desertflower
          December 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

          You might also remind him that he can wish in one hand, and shit in the other….and see what side gets fuller faster. RP will NEVER be President..despite all their wishing! They’ll get over it.

        • 328 JoJothecat
          December 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

          I am glad that you are respectful in your disagreements. Although you think he would be fine with everything I pointed out, I know he would not be ok with paying more in state taxes becasue as the Federal Government shrinks the State Government burden on their people will grow and if the States sell off everything Corporations that own everything will charge through the nose for the things he takes for granted whether he uses them or not, he will be affected.

          • 329 e
            December 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

            Thanks, he doesn’t like debating me beacuse I crush him and he knows it. The last time I debated him was 2 years ago and we were talking about the govt. role in Health Care and he was spewing that Fox news BS and one thing he said that I really loved, “The Govt should regulate the insurance company” and I said “But I thought you were against that”? and he logged off quickly. lol Also I embarrased him when he thought FDR created Medicare and I told him it was LBJ and again he logged off.lol

          • 331 desertflower
            December 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm

            You are so much nicer and level headed than I :) I have no tolerance to narrow minded, short sighted “thought” You are absolutely right!

            • 332 e
              December 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm

              Not just that, I really don’t like talking a lot of politics on FB. I prefer telling him to his face. Plus he doesn’t debate me any way, lol

              • 333 Chi
                December 30, 2011 at 4:15 am

                I think most ‘die-hard’ Ron Paul supporters are really hiding some very strongly held unsavory views they embrace…

                They find cover for these views hiding behind Ron Paul…

                Part of the reason they refuse to debate…

                It’s really not so much about the clear understanding of the details of what Ron Paul espouses…

                It’s simply the ability to hide their ugly, deep-seated views under the large blurry jello-like small government manifesto Ron Paul pushes…

        • 334 desertflower
          December 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm

          In a nutshell, what RP proposes…is anarchy

      • 335 nabsentia23
        December 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

        This is the typical ruse for those who support “state’s rights.” When they mean freedom – they actually mean the freedom for a state to deprive rights of others (like what happened with slavery and segregation). Which is no surprise why state’s rights has been used to justify both of these institutions.

        Civil liberties and right to privacy are no real concern to Paul. He’s only upset with federal authority. That’s it.

  65. December 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Also, 2 days ago, tge Gallup was in positive territory for the president. He is now -9 points.
    Either these are bunk or their has been NO pushback by the Obama team.
    Rasmussen also was -2 only a few days ago, they are -10.
    The NBC poll is Friday morning, that is more reputable, I’d he is down in the low 40s, that means the msm has been killing us and their has been no pushback.

    • December 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      No democrats on tv pushingback all these lies.
      Their all taking it easy.
      The President is getting the Gingrich treatment.
      Anyways, it might be all a ploy to make the President look weaker than he really is, despite all the negative rhetoric, people should not drop there support for him in 2 days.
      Lol!

    • 338 ChristiMtl
      December 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Jovie, you should not worry about the polls…..it’s all fabricated. The numbers were up, they have to take them down.

      Last week when the President’s numbers were up, the poll that was mentioned the most in the media was this one:

      75% of those polled believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

      It’s not that there’s no pushbacks but Republicans own the media……polls are the easiest way for them to influence the population and set the narrative.

      It’s all BS.

      Nothing to worry about, it’s all predictable,.

      • December 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        Still, I like to figure out what they are doing.
        It seems they are running the same campaign they did in 2010, their was a bad poll every day.
        Rrmember?

        • 340 ChristiMtl
          December 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

          President Obama wasn’t on the ballot in 2010.

          A lot of ”progressives” like Ed Shultz encouraged people not to vote to teach the President a lesson.

          Many people don’t bother to vote in the midterm elections.

          2012 is so different than 2010.

          Also don’t forget what happened in Wisconsin and other states with their RW extremists. A lot of buyer’s remorse I’m sure.

          Polls means nothing at this point.

          I’m not worry.

          • December 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

            Of course, you have a point, but remember- he is fighting wall street, and they got the bucks snd the connections-
            Kind of evident!

            • 342 hopefruit2
              December 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

              Money can only buy so much. Wall Street is about to learn that lesson very soon.

              • 343 Chi
                December 30, 2011 at 4:21 am

                Jovie really needs to stop…

                Hyperventilating all over this site will not make the pollsters do better…

                And nobody here can fix polls so I really don’t understand why we are being perpetually subjected to the bogus polls…

                We already know what the pollsters are up to and posting their results here and agonizing about their veracity does absolutely nothing but exasperates…

                Can we please stop…

  66. December 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Every time I see the North Koreans in action I’m shocked and saddened anew that such puppet-like behaviour still exists in the 21st century. Their new ‘supreme leader’ has now been crowned.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-16359974

    • December 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      They are in fear for their lives!

    • December 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      The thing is, the N. Koreans have no access to real news, and have been fed a load of propaganda for years. They’re completely dependent on the state for their very livelihood. I look at those who are campaigning for, and will vote for, GOP candidates. I see the same puppetry going on there, and they have complete free will. They have no excuse.

  67. 347 Linda
    December 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Leaked memo details Verizon’s $2 fee for paying your bill; autodraft or ACH the only way out

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/29/leaked-memo-details-verizons-2-fee-for-paying-your-bill-autod/

    They just lost this customer

  68. December 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Wanker of the Day: Robert Reich
    by BooMan
    Thu Dec 29th, 2011 at 10:04:27 AM EST

    It took me a long time to realize it because I like him and because he gives every appearance of being extremely intelligent, but I now know that Robert Reich just isn’t that smart. He is predicting that Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden will switch places. He’s not merely advocating this.

    My political prediction for 2012 (based on absolutely no inside information): Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places. Biden becomes Secretary of State — a position he’s apparently coveted for years. And Hillary Clinton, Vice President.
    So the Democratic ticket for 2012 is Obama-Clinton.

    The last president to willingly switch vice-presidents was Franklin Roosevelt, who did it twice. But Joe Biden is no Henry Wallace, nor is he under indictment like Spiro Agnew. So, why does Reich think Obama will demote the vice-president?

    …………………………………

    But, it won’t happen, it wouldn’t excite Obama’s base, it isn’t needed, and it’s far from certain that it wouldn’t backfire. So, on any level you might want to judge it, Robert Reich’s essay is the product of a startlingly dumb man.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/12/29/10427/111

    • December 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Great quote by Barney Frank — “I have never seen a tax cut put out a fire …”

    • 352 desertflower
      December 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Nice story, hopefruit :) We knew that about him….:)

    • 353 edp4bho
      December 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      Aahhh, hi Hopefruit, and TOD familyl Been lurking. I wish I’d known that was from Milloy, the bastard. Nice story and oh so true, until he got to the bottom about progressives asking why they should vote for him. If they don’t know now, they are not/were not going to vote for him anyway, and Milloy can take a sh-t somewhere. I remember how he pounced on him when PBO got injured playing B-ball, calling him soft and that he should man up. Like, the President of the United States should present himself to the world with a split lip, to what? Show how tough he is? I call b/s on Milloy and never trust anything he says. He just stated the obvious and unavoidably cute specifics of how calming my President is- not only to babies, but also to us, his “real” supporters, not the incurably hopeless and hapless progressives of which Milloy speaks. Suffer no fools, TOD !

  69. December 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    The Defense Department announced Thursday that the United States has formalized a billion dollar deal to sell 84 more F-15 fighter jets to the Saudi Arabian government.
    The F-15 is manufactured on the Boeing Defense, Space and Security division’s production line in Hazelwood.
    “This is wonderful news on the production side,” said Tom Pinski, a spokesman for District 837 representing 2,600 St. Louis-based members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

    http://www.stltoday.com/business/u-s-announces-billion-f–fighter-jet-deal-with/article_9789f096-3233-11e1-866e-001a4bcf6878.html

  70. December 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Hi everyone, I have been basically a lurker these past months while working on my geneology that is up to over 2000 ancestors. I got a call last night for donations that would be doubled for Obama. That gave me an idea. I love chips and am here everyday for at least 2 hours. I know there are a lot of lurkers like me so I would like to reach my hand out to you. Lurkers don’t be shy about posting even if you aren’t one of these wonderful regulars. I am going to donate to President Obama before the end of the year. If you donate, even a very small amount I will match it for Chips donation site up to $200.00, if there is a way you can let me know that you donated. I will be here most of the day and will donate around 10pm CST. I would be lost without TOD. You guys bring me the news I would never reveive otherwise. Thanks. Come on lurkers join me and I know everyone will give you a great welcome. Donate and I will match. Sorry to say that my limit is $200, wish it was more.

  71. December 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Lmao! (Ron Paul supporters have to be told to sh-t, shower and shave before they vote)-

    Strict orders to young Iowa supporters: Look, dress, shave, sound and behave in a way that will not jeopardize Ron Paul’s chances.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/29/us/politics/ron-pauls-young-iowa-volunteers-clean-up-for-the-cause.html?ref=politics&gwh=569257B77679D813292A1D25234B20A5

    Lol!

  72. December 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for jobless benefits rose last week but the underlying trend pointed to an improving labor market, while regional factory data showed the economy gaining momentum as the year ended.

    The growth picture was brightened by other data on Thursday showing pending sales of previously owned homes jumped to a 1-1/2 year high in November, adding to signs of a tentative recovery in the housing market.

    Indications the economy was wrapping up the year on a much firmer footing than had been previously anticipated leaves it better positioned to deal with headwinds from the festering debt crisis in Europe and fiscal tightening at home.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE7BE12S20111229?irpc=932

    Recovery winter?

  73. December 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Virginia judge set to rule on Perry getting on the ballot, on January 13th!

  74. 379 Linda
    December 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Can someone please send a tweet to Alex Gagner and tell her to quit her job.

    • December 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      It’s like the media has gone to school on how to promote Stockholm syndrome.
      All they do is parrot GOP talking points.

      You have to be mentally tough not to fall for their crap, albeit, negative bs works.

  75. December 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hi all, after a long period of being held in moderation, I see that my post/s have made it through. Now, can someone tell me how I would go about changing my name from 1&2rme to my better know moniker of cookemom?

  76. December 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Msnbc has gone deep into their bench to get replacements.
    Cilia is doing 2 shows, Ezra Cryin is doing 1 show.
    Both, no doubt, are libertarians.
    I watch the NFL network when I am home!

  77. 385 Dudette
    December 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Picture of my President on the way back from a workout this morning. Swoon!!
    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0bXw3ObfIF5Hz?__site=daylife&q=obama

  78. December 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Did anyone see the congressman (not sure of his last name) on Chris Jansing and friends – (Thomas Robert’s segment) where he said “anyone is better than Barak Obama”. I mean really anyone????? or anyone Republican? How horrible that a congressman could say that about a sitting president. Should have been challenged by moderator and was not.

  79. 394 a4alice
    December 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    EVEINGA: Just in case you didn’t see my response upthread and you were still looking.

    http://www.barackobama.com/state/ga

    Eveingeorgia – if you go to this website, there is a “local events” link on the right hand side of the page – insert your zip code and then you’ll be guided to things happening in your area. you could start that way by just showing up.

  80. 396 desertflower
    December 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Totally O/T….but my husband just asked if I had ever heard of this town, Centralia, PA. I had not. But there is a story behind the town that you might find interesting

    http://www.damninteresting.com/the-smoldering-ruins-of-centralia/ Yeah, how about getting rid of that old useless, “unconstitutional” EPA, Mr. Paul??

  81. December 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama returns home to Chicago on Jan. 11 for high end fund-raisers to bankroll his re-election drive, as he jumps back on the traveling fund-raising circuit after taking a break for a few weeks over the holidays. This will mark Obama’s tenth visit back to Chicago since becoming president.
    Obama will be hosted at the North Side home of media mogul Fred Eychaner, who is also one of the biggest donors to third-party Democratic “SuperPacs,” playing a role in the 2012 campaign.
    Obama will also a guest at the South Side home of Yvonne and Bear Stearns executive Stuart Taylor

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/12/obama_returns_to_chicago_jan_1.html

  82. December 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hello TODers…I have a question…Got a new Tablet for Xmas( happy, happy)… do I have to register again
    at wordpress on my tablet in order to post at TOD, or can I post from any computer without re-registering?
    Thanks in advance.

  83. December 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Here’s an interesting interaction between Gingrich and a “supporter” at a campaign event.

    “Do Republicans want to be president next term because right now I don’t feel that?” the man asked Gingrich during an event in Sioux City, Iowa. “You’re an excellent candidate and I’m here to support you, but I don’t see a passion you got to have to make a small business in Sioux City work or a government.”

    ~snip~

    “At the end of the day, I’ve kind of felt like right now, as a citizen, the Republican Party says we still have a lot of big issues that face our country, and maybe it’s better to let the Democrats be in office next term.”

    Story is here: Supporter tells Gingrich: Media ‘accurate’ to ‘kill the Republican Party’.

  84. 408 bebe
    December 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    To Chips and my TOD family, I wish you all a safe, healthy, and peaceful new year.

    Now for some of my thoughts.

    Let’s not ever forget that PBO is a long-term strategic planner and thinker. His guiding principle, IMO, is “keep your eyes on the prize”. Thus, he is bright, patient, pragmatic, principled, honest, humane, and realistic. If we truly have faith in and trust him, we must always remember his words. I have found that he says what he means and means what he says. So lets take a look at some of his past words (paraphrased, of course) that are critical to his governance, IMO:

    1. Change is not easy and will not happen overnight
    2. I cannot do this by myself; I’ll need your help.
    3. I do not ever again want an economy that is based on “bubbles/burst”; I want an economy that is sustainable for the next 50 to 100 years and will provide well-paying jobs that provide a living wage that can provide for a good life for hard-working Americans that are seeking the American Dream.
    4. I want an economy that allows for innovation and entrepreneurship; a good education for all children; quality and affordable healthcare for all and affordable college education for all who want to go that will not result in bankruptcy for families.
    5. I want an economy that is built on a strong foundation, i.e., the people. (We the people are the foundation and if we are strong and durable, PBO can build and implement his policies that are in the best interest of all Americans.)

    My fellow TODers, PBO has thought this through! As his foundation, he needs us to be solid so that his policies will not fall through due to a weak foundation.

    When one keeps eyes on the prize, that means there will be setbacks, let-downs, ups and downs, but we will not give up but will keep on moving forward to reap the ultimate “PRIZE”. NO ONE WILL STOP US but we must remain UNITED behind the re-election of PBO.

    Finally, I find it only fitting that based on your comments, tweets, phone calls, donations, and other actions that the TOD family has taken, that we think of ourselves as “THE TOD BRIGADE”!!!!

    LOL to all.

    • 410 Linda
      December 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! He is Sarah Palin in a Brown Suit !…..She could not name one either and the Exxon Valdez case was decided just 5 months before Katie asked her the question.

  85. December 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    A heart warming and heart breaking story – get kleenex

    Dying teen leaves touching YouTube video

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500165_162-57349608/dying-teen-leaves-touching-youtube-video/?tag=stack

  86. 413 desertflower
    December 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Good news!! http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/12/22/wall-street-reform-opens-firms-mine-safety-records/

    The new Wall Street reform law will make it difficult for big corporations involved in mining—like the former Massey Energy—to hide their safety records from shareholders and the public.

  87. 414 donna dem 4 obama
    December 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Shamans perform a ritual for good luck in 2012 as they hold a poster of President Barack Obama in Lima, Peru, Thursday Dec. 29, 2011.

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/09N8gief9M3v7?__site=daylife&q=obama

  88. December 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Is it any wonder why Breeana Keeler never gets called on in press conferences?

  89. December 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Just testing to see if my computer works..

  90. December 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks LL for your response..computer seems to be working.


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