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evening all (updated)

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Greg Sargent: Mark Murray reports on Twitter that the Obama campaign is out requesting rates from TV stations for a potential – and possibly very significant – ad buy. I’ve confirm that this is the case; Obama aides are requesting rates in key states, where there are millions and millions of dollars in anti-Obama ads already up on the air.

One has to wonder whether the Obama campaign is looking to do this in order to reclaim a debate that’s been largely ceded to his Republican rivals, one that will drive the election: Whether Obama succeeded or failed on the economy.

More here

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The Hill: The Obama administration has signaled to allies that it will take a more aggressive role this year in protecting homeowners from foreclosure, a posture that fits with Obama’s populist campaign stance.

Housing is poised to become a significant issue in the 2012 campaign season and President Obama’s allies acknowledge the administration’s efforts to help homeowners, while well intentioned, have fallen short.

More here

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Business Insider – Thanks Loriah

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Happy birthday, too, to The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

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Charles P. Pierce (Esquire): On Sunday evening the Republicans held the 10,000-infinity’th of their scheduled 56,675-quintuple-infinity debates, in which everybody picked on Willard Romney and Ron Paul, and in which Rick Santorum was still pretty much a dick, but he was a dick to Willard, who would have encouraged dickitude in Francis of Assisi, so there’s that. And, of course, Rick Perry said something really stupid. South Carolina really isn’t the place where you want to make loose talk about being “at war” with the federal government. Honestly, Governor Goodhair, why don’t you just go down to the harbor, throw a rock at Fort Sumter, and make it official?

And, alas, Jon Huntsman finally succumbed after his long, brave struggle against chronic invisibility. In lieu of flowers, the campaign requests that donations be sent to the Weepy Pundits Clinic, 525 Broder Lane, Centerville, USA. Chris, dude, there one big “What If…” missing from your litany there: What If The Republican Party Wasn’t Completely Insane? That really is the only one that matters…..

Full post here

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Greg Sargent: Wisconsin Democrats are telling reporters that they have gathered more than one million signatures to recall Governor Scott Walker — a remarkable number that could have real ramifications for this year’s presidential race.

…. Dems need around 540,000 of those signatures to be certified as official in order for the recall of Walker to proceed. The one-million total makes that cushion pretty comfortable.

More here

John Nichols (The Nation): …. No other gubernatorial recall drive in American history has gathered the signatures of so large a proportion of the electorate. The total number of signatures submitted Tuesday represents 46 percent of the turnout in the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial election. That compares with 23.4 percent that signed the petitions that initiated the successful recall of California Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and 31.8 percent that signed petitions to recall North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier in 1921.

More here

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Valerie Harper, January 2012

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I just want to offer my apologies to saintroscoe for some seriously stupid and unfair comments I directed at him/her last night. After lecturing everyone else about staying ‘civil’ in the middle of disagreements, I went and broke my own rules, pretty spectacularly.

I have blocked people recently who were obvious GOP/Firebagger trolls, or who brought nothing much more than negativity or personal abuse to the blog, and they’ll stay blocked, but saintroscoe, obviously, fits in to neither category – which is why s/he has not been blocked.

When I ranted (on and on and on….) recently about negative stuff on the blog, I never meant – even if it sounded that way – that I wanted everyone to be Little Miss Sunshine even when the news wasn’t encouraging. We can still be fiercely positive, because there’s so much to be fiercely positive about, without burying our heads in the sand (as I often do) and ignoring the challenges and papering over the setbacks.

I know a lot of you don’t want any ‘negative’ stuff here, and have complained about the place being that way recently, but we’ll just carry on trying to get the balance right, between being positive and honest.

I’ll completely understand if Saintroscoe chooses not to return – if not, I recommend you follow him/her on Twitter (link). We didn’t always agree, but I appreciated what s/he brought here, which was smart and informed commentary on the issues.

Sorry again.


449 Responses to “evening all (updated)”


  1. 1 nospin
    January 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    you have a good heart Chips.

  2. January 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Wisconsinites – you are one in a million!!!

  3. 5 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks Chips!

    In keeping with my name, I’m hopeful that Saintroscoe will be back soon. This is a GREAT blog – can’t stay away for too long :) Saintroscoe we miss ya!

  4. 10 jeff
    January 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I really hope Wisconsin picks a good candidate, they should not go the “anybody but Walker” mindset because in the end that will not defeat Walker. They need someone that speaks to the people and gives inspiration and hope for their state.

  5. 13 tally
    January 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This one is for YOU Chips!

  6. 19 dotster3
    January 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Turkey and State Dept. condemn Perry for saying the country was run by “Islamic terrorists”. It is past time for Ricky Bobby to ride off into the sunset. His ignorance is beyond embarrassing.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-turkey-us-state-dept-condemn-rick-perrys-islamic-terrorist-remarks-20120117,0,5050999.story

    • 20 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      I SAW THAT..PERRY IS ANOTHER ONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY…THINK HE SHOULD GO AND SIT IN THE WINDOW WITH SARAH!..’DAH DIPLOMAT!’

      • 21 HZ
        January 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        I concur, Sue. I almost fell off of the chaise when he made those remarks last evening. Go home, Mr. Perry, please. Enough of you sir.HZ

  7. January 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm
  8. January 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I love Valerie Harper:

  9. 34 TrumpDog
    January 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Wait…so you mean WI were able to gather a million signatures without Pres Obama going there, putting on tennis shoes and holding all the emos’ hands to help them sign for recall???

    Well I’ll be.

  10. 45 collegekay
    January 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    A little flashback fun… :D LL Cool B (ladies love cool Barack)

  11. January 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Mittens Tub in Utah Home! No shit! Wow!

  12. 53 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Valerie Harper said exactly what needed to be said. No hedging. No snide dig while pretending to praise him. No excusing of Pro-left or Repubs. And calling out the race card that’s being dealt. She tells it like it is. Thank you Valerie for supporting our President (and our country)!

  13. January 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm
    • January 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      What’s with the sad faces?!

    • 66 ML
      January 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      The “Other 98%” on Facebook posted “Oh No! The convention is at **Bank of America** stadium!!!! as if it proves he’s one of the bank’s biggest fans. I replied, “He wants a big stadium so more people can come, he’ not responsible for the name, what’s your point?” They came out of the Occupy movement (or vice versa) and they are fairly anti-Obama or “they’re all the same” quite a bit of the time.

  14. January 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm
  15. 69 Pamela
    January 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Weepy Pundits Clinic….ROTFLMAO

  16. January 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Wow Nick Cannon Loves Michelle Obama..He has it Front Page of his Site :-)

    • 71 itgurl_29
      January 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Awww, that’s sweet. I love Mariah and Nick. Remember, POTUS was the first non-family member they told they were having twins.

  17. 72 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm
  18. January 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    – Military bases in western states are home to high-potential sites for the collection of solar energy, according to a new Department of Defense report. Federal News Radio: http://bit.ly/zEVUU7.

  19. January 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    ISLAMABAD — Two apparent U.S. drone attacks last week on militant targets in Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan very likely signal the resumption of joint counterintelligence operations by the CIA and Pakistan’s military spy agency, security analysts here said Monday.

    The reported strikes would be the first in Pakistan since U.S.-led NATO forces killed 25 Pakistani soldiers in a “friendly fire” incident on the border in November, which drove relations between Washington and Islamabad to a new low.

    News reports over the weekend quoted anonymous Pakistani military officials as saying that radio chatter among militants suggested that the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, was among four insurgents who were killed Thursday in the second of the drone strikes in the North Waziristan tribal area.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/16/2592436/analysts-us-pakistan-collaborating.html

    • January 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      POTUS meeting today with King Abdullah of Jordan and also nearly simultaneous announcement wanting Assad in Syria to step down.

  20. January 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Security personnel scan the buildings as President Barack takes first lady Michelle Obama out for her 48th birthday in Washington

  21. January 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Chipsticks that Huntsman cartoon is fabulous. Too funny.

  22. January 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I read a couple of days ago that at that “conservative confab” last weekend that there was some tension between pro-gingrich and pro-santorum factions over who the “conservative it” guy was gonna be. Ultimately Santorum won, but I bet this explains why Newt wasn’t gonna be it!

    (Warning: GOPolitico link)
    Dobson decried Callista Gingrich as ‘eight-year mistress’ at conservative confab

    At the now-controversial meeting of evangelicals at a Texas ranch, influential evangelical leader James Dobson made a strong pitch for Rick Santorum’s wife — and noted that Callista Gingrich was her husband’s “mistress for eight years,” questioning whether that’s what people want in a first lady, three sources told POLITICO…

    • 98 isonprize
      January 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      At the now-controversial meeting of evangelicals at a Texas ranch, influential evangelical leader James Dobson made a strong pitch for Rick Santorum’s wife — and noted that Callista Gingrich was her husband’s “mistress for eight years,” questioning whether that’s what people want in a first lady, three sources told POLITICO…

      Ya think?

      But, more importantly, IMHO, these so-called “evangelical Christians” had nothing to say about Newtie’s blatant racism, abuse of children with his ridiculous notions re: child labor laws, nothing about his war mongering? Nothing about Little Ricky’s blatant racism, stance against public education or helping those of us who have fallen on hard times? Nothing about how these stances are antithetical to Christian teachings? (or at least the Christian teachings that I had in church.)

      NONE OF THESE THINGS WERE OF “CONCERN”??? Yet they focus on the qualities of the women??? Wow, just wow…

  23. 99 carolyn
    January 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Good for Wisconsin! Of course the president, being the COMMUNITY ORGANIZER that he is, knew, (knows) the strongest way for these events to happen is for the people to do it themselves! Once again, he’s looking at the long view, not the immediate optics that Ed and other emoprogs were concerned with. This victory belongs to the people of Wisconsin, not any outside interests. And I think that the people will win the recall election too…..the people of Ohio stood up against Koch money and other outside money to win. Do you suppose Ed will figure that out?
    Saintroscoe, I hope you come back. I enjoyed your thought provoking comments…..

  24. 100 africa
    January 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Excellent!!!

    Valerie Harper, the NOT Matt Damon.

  25. January 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Hugs to our Chips)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Your heart is soooooooooooooooooooo Big!!!!!!!!!! and we love it, our beloved, Chips.HZ

    • January 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Ha, HZ, I have a cranky heart too!

      • 103 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        We all do, Chips. Trouble is, when something hits US the wrong way, we just log out and take a walk. You, however, are offering up a haven where one gets … let’s just say … almost 7,000,000 hits in record time! You have dreamed the impossible and that would be the success of The Obama Diary, and WE are all grateful that you come back here every day! We know you do this for President Obama, first and foremost, as we all do! #PressOn

      • January 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        Come on, Chips. It’s OK to run a tight ship with a dose of human perspective at any given moment. I know you always have the best in mind for this space. It’s a rough, crazy world out there and those who get it will stay on.

        • January 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

          Thanks Meta. I just need to do what I keep telling everyone else: take a deep breath before commenting!

          • January 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

            Chips, you are truly a special person, I love your honesty, sense of humor and openess. Thanks for this forum and your hard work.

          • January 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

            I see a lot of beauty in what happens here, even on days where there are a lot of questions hanging in the air. There have been disputes but they are for the most part self-correcting because everyone knows how much margin for error is operating on any given day and we are all searching for the truth. The common thread is that we love our President and First Family and will do our best to see them through, day after day.

          • 108 nathkatun7
            January 18, 2012 at 12:52 am

            As always I totally missed what went on here last night. However, I wanted to thank you for being such a big person to apologize for what you thought were intemperate remarks. Once again, you really set an example for all of us to learn from, which is: There is no shame in admitting situations where you feel you’ve made a mistake. I also think it takes a big person to forgive a person who makes such a heartfelt apology as you did. So, I hope StR will return.

            Speaking for myself, I think your blog is one of a few sites where supporters of President Obama can come together to share ideas, strategies as well as reinforcement for their support of the President. Given the fact that the vast majority of the blogs — those on the right and the left left, as well as those run by MSM — are constantly in the business of bashing President Obama, It’s perfectly understandable why you are so passionate in trying to keep TOD focused on positive support for the President.

  26. January 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    That was super-super classy, Chip. You are a very special human being. I hope SR will be back. He’s an excellent political mind and I appreciate his dose of reality, even if I don’t always agree.

    But you, my dear Chip, is an inspiration.

  27. January 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Another birthday to honor, that of The Greatest. After he retired, I pretty much lost interest in boxing.

    Last night I had a dream, When I got to Africa,
    I had one hell of a rumble.
    I had to beat Tarzan’s behind first,
    For claiming to be King of the Jungle.
    For this fight, I’ve wrestled with alligators,
    I’ve tussled with a whale.
    I done handcuffed lightning
    And throw thunder in jail.
    You know I’m bad.
    just last week, I murdered a rock,
    Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick.
    I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
    I’m so fast, man,
    I can run through a hurricane and don’t get wet.
    When George Foreman meets me,
    He’ll pay his debt.
    I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree.
    Wait till you see Muhammad Ali.

    • 114 isonprize
      January 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Wow, I didn’t know that Muhammad Ali and Michelle Obama shared a birthday. How cool is that? There is a picture somewhere of President (then Senator) Obama at his desk with a picture of Muhammad Ali behind him on the wall.

      • January 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        Hey Isonprize. I just found that out myself today when I was scanning Twitter to write this playful article on Chirpstory.com about how FLOTUS gets so much love on Twitter. Check out all the colorful comments from tweeters. :)

        http://chirpstory.com/li/3888

        MICHELLE OBAMA GETS LOTS OF TWITTER LOVE ON B-DAY

        How does one say, “I love thee . . .”? Just let Michelle Obama count the ways.

        If there’s any doubt that Americans love their First Lady, then just take a look at today’s Twitter roll. Thousands among thousands of tech savvy tweeters grabbed their laptops, BlackBerrys, Iphones, Ipads, and other smartphone and PDA devices to give Mrs. Obama a shout-out and wish her “Happy 48th Birthday.”

        A sampling of messages sent via Twitter were varied. Among the more colorful tweets was this: “To our elegant, intelligent, and beautiful First Lady…We LOVE you Lady O!!! 4 More Years!” And this: “Drove my Hummer to the Young Republicans meeting. Happy Birthday Michelle Obama!” And then there was this: “Happy Birthday to the King of the Ring and the Queen of the White House.” Mrs. Obama shares a birthday with legendary boxer Muhammad Ali who turned 70 today.

        snip

  28. January 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Nancy Smash injects some ideas about indecision and competitiveness into the RW race:

    Nancy Pelosi: GOP knows Mitt Romney can’t win

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71531.html

    • January 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I love this woman. She has the sharpest mind and the deadliest wit. She hit it out of the park with “they don’t know him. Does he know him?” How I hope, hope, hope to see her back in the Speaker’s chair again. My blue dog congressman once said he didn’t really like Nancy and would prefer Steny Hoyer as Speaker. I told him I thought Pelosi was the best Speaker since Tip O’Neil and she was a terrific role model for women. He looked stunned and never again made a negative comment about Pelosi.

  29. 119 Left-Indie
    January 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    There are a lot of smart people on this blog but one STR was exceptional. Hope he returns soon.

  30. 121 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm
  31. January 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    FAST-TRACKING FAST RAIL… DOT and the Council on Environmental Quality have agreed to speed environmental reviews for high-speed rail projects on the Northeast Corridor. Timelines and progress updates: http://bit.ly/woYdrF

    Amtrak President Joseph Boardman cheers: “A faster review process will help speed along Amtrak’s efforts to rebuild and improve today’s Corridor and advance Amtrak’s vision to develop a new high-capacity, 220 mph NextGen high-speed rail system.”

  32. January 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Super happy about the campaign starting to push back. Enough letting this ugly weasel and his media tolls to lie and lie and lie.

  33. January 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Chipsticks,
    I read your what you wrote above to saintroscoe and then of course I had to go find what you were referencing. As you said, saintroscoe has a lot to offer in sage commentary. I hope s/he feels welcomed back by your post. And amk you little troll – stop it! :) I’ve known of amk on the blogs since early 2008 and no one could be a BIGGER Obama supporter than our guy amk out there somewhere many time zones to the east.

  34. January 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    To everyone, PRESS ON!!

  35. January 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    - Discovered last week by TSA: a gassed-up chainsaw and a stun gun disguised as lipstick. http://bit.ly/Axt67q

    TSA doing it’s job!

  36. January 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Reading quotes from Muhammad Ali, and came across this one. If only more of the so-called true believers would take this to heart.

    We all have the same God, we just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children.

  37. 148 nintendowii10
    January 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I too have to apologize for the scuffle that happened with saintroscoe. I just felt I had to make a point about this being a place where we can get positive Obama/Democratic news without the concern trolling. Although saintroscoe does go a bit overboard, (s)he is a brilliant contributor to this blog. If anything has been clear, this election cycle is going to drive us all nuts! :)

  38. January 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I just have ONE question: Why is it that my typos and grammatical errors ONLY show up after I hit “Post Comment”?

  39. January 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Turkish protesters stage rally against US missile defense system. (File photo)
    An early warning radar station, part of NATO’s missile defense system, has become operational in eastern Turkey. 

    The radar system was mounted on vehicles as a mobile system in a military base in the Kurecik area in the eastern province of Malatya on Monday, and will be fixed later as a stationary system in the base, Press TV reported.

    The X-band AN/TPY-2 early warning radar is part of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system designed to intercept medium-range missiles at very high altitudes. 

    About 80 US personnel will be deployed in the Turkish base to run the radar system. 

    http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/94643-nato-launches-radar-system-in-turkey-/

    Nice!!!

  40. 172 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Why are the Occupiers occupying our President this evening? Why?

    • 173 EDP4BHO
      January 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      ’cause they ignant, s’all !! :-D

    • 174 nintendowii10
      January 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Because they have NOTHING else better to do. They’ve been booted out of the parks, haven’t scored points fighting with cops and occupying the college bowl games… so when all else fails, blame the President!

    • January 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Isn’t it an interesting contrast between the aimless Occupiers who seem to have lost any purpose for what they do and the Wisconsin organizers. The people of WI knew what they needed to do, gathered their resources and got an army of people behind them. The result–1,000,000 signatures– is real, tangible and powerful. Occupiers need to understand that just being annoying isn’t a goal. The time has long since come when they need to define their purpose or fold their tents.

      • 178 JoJothecat
        January 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        This is the difference between grown-ups (WI protesters) and the other people (OWS) pretending to be grown-ups.

      • 179 nathkatun7
        January 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

        Exactly! Theatrics do not necessarily bring about real political changes. Just imagine how powerful the OWS movement would be if it spent half of its energy recruiting and registering people and grooming candidates for office; as well as developing a long range practical plan on how to overthrow the power of Wall Street. It seems to me that OWS is all about attracting media attention. The people in Wisconsin clearly understood that you need both public demonstrations as well as behind the scenes political organizing and involvement that is laser focused on a specific objective/goal. Besides, if you annoy everyone, including people that may share your ideals but not your tactics, you certainly guarantee that you will in the end be marginalized.

        My great history professor, back in the 1960’s, who I credit for my love of history, had a favorite saying: “thinking, like gun powder, explodes when confined.” I am sorry to say, but OWS is all over the place. That is why it’s increasingly ineffective. This movement also reminds me of that old song: “Papa was a rolling stone….” Or better still, OWS is clearly demonstrating the wisdom of the Talmud, which teaches: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” You just can’t start out occupying Wall Street and then end up occupying everything, including bawl games. All you end up with is antagonizing a great many of the 99% that you claim to speak for.

  41. January 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Well, good night everyone, my peepers are closing up on me, and do have a great rest of the night, and do take care of yourselves , Later~~~~~ :-)

  42. 181 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Will Rachel Maddow continue her odes to Ron Paul now that his most recent batch of racist news letters have been released?

    • January 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Yes, because he’ll legalize weed and stop imperialism. Of course, she might find herself in one of those FEMA camps for being gay.

    • 183 Obama Grandmama
      January 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      TRMS just had a long section opposed to Ron Paul’s racism. She was not in support of him at all tonight.

    • 184 utaustinliberal
      January 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Rachel’s love for Ron Paul sickens me. For fucks sake after the first batch of racist, anti-semitic, and anti-gay newsletters came out, a sensible person would abandon ship but noooooooo Rachel continued on with her disgusting Paulite love. What does Paul have to do? Outright call a black person the “n” word before she quits her obsession? Ugh. Disgusting.

  43. 185 Lorraine
    January 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    The amazing Robert Shrum was on Ed’s Show. That guy is incredible. I hope President Obama’s reelection team brings him on board even if Willard Romney is not the nominee.

  44. January 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Hannah Sperry, daughter of Marine Lance Corporal James Sperry, watches as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 World Series victory, in the East Room, Jan. 17, 2012. The Sperry’s joined the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden on the field for the national anthem during Game One of the World Series last October as part of the Joining Forces initiative. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

  45. January 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    The Army wants its bases to be energy independent. The Army also owns millions of acres of land it’s not using at the moment. The service is hoping those two factors can get the attention of the renewable energy industry and attract billions of dollars in private investment.

    A new task force of energy and acquisition experts the Army stood up Thursday will try to attract $7.1 billion in private investment over the next decade. That’s the amount of private capital the service estimates it will need to achieve its goal of getting 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

    Hitting that target would mean the Army would have to install the infrastructure to generate two million new megawatt-hours of renewable energy.

    http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=31&sid=2547808

  46. 199 Ladyhawke
    January 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    JOY ANN REID

    Is kickin it tonight on The Ed Schultz Show. She just made three very good points (paraphrasing).

    1) Since Mitt Romney stood on the stage with Newt Gingrich and said nothing when he made his disgusting statements about President Obama, how will he defend this in the general election? It will definitely come back to haunt him if he is the nominee. Right now he is joined at the hip with Newt whether he likes it or not.

    2) President Obama will have an advantage in the states that went Republican in 2010. Because they have experienced the error of their ways. They have lived under the Republican governors who has assaulted their communities, tried to get rid of unions, fired public servants. After all, he did tell the voters not to give the keys back to the Republican Party.

    3) To the liberals out there who are so enthralled by Ron Paul what more do you need to hear from his newsletters to convince you that he does not deserve your support.

    • January 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Boy, does her second point reverberate with me. Anyone who voted Republican in 2010 and doesn’t regret it is living in a fog. The R governors have been absolutely terrible and the states are reeling from their impact. I hope the Wisconsin magic rubs off on everyone and people say NEVER AGAIN to Republicans.

      • 201 nathkatun7
        January 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

        Extremely well said, Jackie G! Like Ladyhawke, I think Joy Reid’s three points were spot-on, but that second one really hit home for those who ignored President Obama’s warning, in 2010, about giving back the keys to people who don’t know how to drive. By the way, it’s just not Wisconsin. Ohio was out of the blocks first last November when it defeated issue 2. These Republican Governors, and their Republican controlled legislatures, may have awakened the sleeping giant of people who have to work for a living instead of depending on millions of dollars of income from their investments and speaking fees.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      For #3 – We have to point out his other policies that concern and would hurt them personally. Obviously his racist views mean nothing.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Did any of the “esteemed” journalists bother to ask the GOP candidates why none of them objected to the racist comments last night? I saw Rev Al say on Maddow that if any of them had objected to that racist language, they might have been booed by the rabid audience, but they would have been applauded by the rest of America.

      This is the second time these candidates have stood silent while something vile happened in front of them. If they can’t stand up to their rabid base, then how do they plan to address uncontrollable forces without their base, like terrorists, stubborn foreign leaders, protesters in their own country? They are all cowards, or they agree with what Gingrich said.

  47. 205 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I notice that My President feels on top of the world when he’s standing next to FLOTUS and there is a group of other men admiring him with his lady. You could tell from the pics on the earlier thread.

  48. 206 halo
    January 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Where was Tony La Russa?

  49. January 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    wisdom beyond his years..!!

  50. January 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    State of play: White House press secretary Jay Carney stressed Tuesday that the Obama administration will have little choice but to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline under an expedited schedule included in the payroll tax cut package.

    Carney, in his daily briefing, echoed comments by the State Department, which is heading up the review of the pipeline, and other administration officials.

    He said President Obama can’t approve the pipeline by Feb. 21, the end of the 60-day deadline under the payroll package, because the State Department is in the process of reviewing an alternate pipeline route around an environmentally sensitive region of Nebraska.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/204651-overnight-energy

    The Kochs are pissed now! Lol!

    • 213 JoJothecat
      January 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Remember PBO was threatened he would pay a political price if he does not approve the pipeline? Do you think the “political price” is the powers that be are causing the gasoline prices to go up? Last night Diane Sawyer was saying it would be close to $5 this summer.

  51. 214 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Rev Al is going to be on Maddow at 9:15PM this evening.

  52. January 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Warmest regards to you Chips, and all that you do. Thank you!

  53. 220 Cindy Sweatt
    January 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Dear TheObamaDiaries group. I need your help. One of my volunteers just up a quit my team because she just found out the President signed the NDAA. I remember getting a post on FB from the President about why he signed it. It was so perfectly written and supported. Would anyone have that statement that they could post here, so that I could just send it to her in an e-mail? I live in an unbelievably conservative area. The few Dems we have tend to be way over left. Can someone help me out?

  54. January 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm
  55. 244 Don
    January 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I think Andrew Sullivan’s piece in Newsweek will be a watershed moment for the Professional Left, in that Mr. Sullivan laid bare all the PL’s ridiculous assertions about President Obama being a caver, a capitulator, a sellout and a wall street stooge. If you listen closely that sound you hear is of the PL’s becoming irrelevant.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      You know, I honestly think it was the title (Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb) and that the story was on the cover of a national magazine that EVERYONE has access to. Andrew put them on the naughty mat in public so they are pissed and embarrassed. I wish Jonathan Chait’s piece also went national but his magazine is only read by ahem a certain class.

  56. January 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I just saw the Betty White clip. Thx chips. Made my day.

    • January 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      OH, AWESOME. Thank you, Chips. I watched this live earlier today and it was phenomenal.
      If you want to get a sense of what PBO is doing to make our govt more efficient and effective in the effort to create jobs, watch this video.

      • January 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        I just saw parts of it earlier today Meta, but it was just so impressive – so many smart people in one room, working hard to put things right. If you get a chance, everyone, make sure you watch it.

      • 261 hopefruit2
        January 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        This is how hard this damn President is working while #OWS is just PHUCKING around looking for attention and trying to cause trouble.

  57. January 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    WH is on some sort of lock down due to “smoking objects” found near north portico, according to agent at the scene….

  58. 280 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Just saw this on Twitter.

    President Obama and the forgotten urban agenda

    *

    The thumbnail version is this: Under President Obama, key federal agencies have begun to shift away from subsidizing suburban sprawl and toward reviving cities and creating dense, walkable, transit-friendly communities. Obama has put smart-growthers and new urbanists in key positions, begun to realign government agencies to prioritize sustainability, and launched partnerships and initiatives that one Bush administration veteran calls “mind blowing” — in a good way. Even Obama’s allies agree, however, that serious reform may have to wait for a second term. If there is one.

    *

    http://grist.org/cities/president-obama-and-the-forgotten-urban-agenda/

    • 281 isonprize
      January 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      THERE WILL BE A SECOND OBAMA TERM

      • 282 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        You betcha. (Those words were quoted from the article – we recognize, of course, that some tiny bit of cow dung has to get into every article! I personally am “in” for a landslide!) :)

  59. 283 nintendowii10
    January 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    OWS is going to fizzle out just like the Tea Party. OWS became more and more about them, and less about organizing on the ground, listening to skeptics, and having a longterm goal/objective. The fighting with cops and refusing to leave public parks isn’t helping either, and occupying our President who has done more than any of them is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

    • 284 Britt
      January 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      They’re are definitely going to fizzle out. They never established goals, they only wanted to make a scene.

      • January 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        OWS is running on fumes and they have crossed the line. They should be in WI taking a lesson from the citizens who used their time to garner enough signatures for the recall. I know some pundits and PL are saying that they have influenced PBO to change his message but we know that is a lie. Can anyone name ONE thing that they have accomplished?

  60. 286 carolyn
    January 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    From what I’ve observed, Americans (99%) don’t like the White House to be messed with! That’s the people’s house, and no matter the political persuasion, it is sacred. I remember the Viet Nam demonstrators in front of the White House. People of all ideologies didn’t like it. There are plenty of places to march. We like to CELEBRATE outside the White House.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm
      • January 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        Ron Paul supporters no doubt?

        • 290 anniebella
          January 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

          This had to be planned by more than one person. So okay OWS, who did it? Was it a plan by OWS, or was it some lone wolf? Speak up OWS. Let’s see what the big mouth Michael Moore says. Let’s see what OWS leaders says, do they denounce what happen.

      • 291 donna dem 4 obama
        January 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        That’s a damn shame that they have to endure this crap. I’m furious about this!

        • January 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

          I know Donna, it’s beyond disgusting. I still have very mixed feelings about OWS, mainly because the movement has been infiltrated by Ron Paul supporters and Firebaggers whose sole aim is the defeat of PBO (like Jane Hamsher and Michael Moore – there are lots more $$s for these creatures when the GOP is in power, and that’s their only interest, in my very humble opinion). But I still love the general ideology of OWS. If a single OWS nutjob – possibly a Ron Paul supporter or Firebagger? – threw that smoke bomb tonight, I wouldn’t blame the entire movement.

          • 293 donna dem 4 obama
            January 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

            I know Chips you’re right. :cry:

            All is well and the First Family is safely in their home and I guess I should just be happy about that.

          • 294 nathkatun7
            January 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

            You may be right about the infiltration of Ron Paul supporters. But then again the entire movement has never clearly explained why it is composed of these totally disjointed alliances.

      • 296 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Oh, that is horrible.

      • 297 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        #PRESSON

      • January 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

        First thing I thought of when I read this was how the President and First Lady must have felt being away from their kids when this happened.

    • 299 donna dem 4 obama
      January 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Malia and Sasha are in that WH that they are throwing things at. I questioned OWS’s motives from the very beginning. I cannot stand this so-called group. They are simply attention seekers. Nothing else!

    • 303 anniebella
      January 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      This is gone to far. Why the hell would you be throwing at the White House with those kids in there? Do you give a dam that you might frighten Malia and Sasha, 13 and 10 year old? Are you that sick in the head? So they suspect it was some OWS nut. I hope they catch who ever did it. And put them away for life.

    • 304 susanne
      January 18, 2012 at 1:14 am

      fox ‘news’?

  61. 305 FiredUpInCA
    January 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm
    • 306 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      To which I would respond, “When I wake up tomorrow morning, I will be the Queen of America.” There’s as much of a chance as that happening as the chance Newt has of ever occupying the White House with his helmet-head missus.

  62. 307 FiredUpInCA
    January 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    “Occupy Wall Street—the movement built on protesting corporate greed and income inequality—is running out of money.

    After raising more than $700,000 last fall, protesters who keep track of money for Occupy Wall Street reported this week that the group has about $170,000 in its bank account. Very few donations are coming in, they said.

    “If we keep spending at the rate at which we have been doing, we will probably go broke in a month,” said Haywood Carey, 28 years old, a member of the movement’s accounting group.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204468004577165423192946892.html

  63. January 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Via cole at BJ, ABL on a radio show. That girl is moving up. We need more voices like her to get on the media bandwagon.

    http://www.angryblacklady.com/2012/01/14/i-was-on-the-hal-sparks-radio-show-this-morning/

  64. 315 halo
    January 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    OCCUPY WALL ST. IDIOTS CAN GO FCK THEMSELVES!

  65. January 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I think Palin just endorsed Newt, unofficially!

  66. 320 nintendowii10
    January 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    More thoughts on OWS: they were jealous of the success Glenn Beck had with the Tea Party back in 2009, so they’re hoping to have something similar with Ron Paul and Cenk Uygar. They won’t admit it, but they enjoy the ideas of the far right and are upset that the far right came up with them first.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      If you recall, the tea party did not like TARP, so they were mad at wall street, as well as Gummint!
      But, their first wave, was aimed at the federal government.
      This New wave is weak, because it is also the Presidents message!

  67. 322 Tulips
    January 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Its being reported that a smoke bomb was thrown over the gates at the white house. im fumming his kids are at home. said to ows protesters.

  68. 323 Tulips
    January 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Have anyone else heard this .

    • 324 Britt
      January 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      It has been reported. I think OWS planned this stunt today because of FLOTUS’ b-day, which makes it even more sad. Hundreds of people live at the WH, and they were trying to harm them.

      • 325 nintendowii10
        January 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        And this is why OWS and the Tea party are one and the same. They advocate violence to get their message heard as opposed to openly listening, and have no long term goals or objectives.

      • 327 Jessica
        January 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

        Not surprising. I can imagine these stunts will continue throughout the year. Especially on SOTU, President’s Day, maybe even Easter and Memorial and Labor but certainly when he accepts Nom.

  69. 328 DIVASMOM
    January 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Snoopy4eva,
    The fourth clip you posted is Barack with now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

  70. January 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    A look Towards the General Elections of 2012

    I’m almost embarrassed for Willard M. Romney. Imagine, it’s a dream two lifetimes in the making: winning the nominee-ship for the republican candidacy for president of these United States! It’s something Willard’s father George Romney, self made businessman and entrepreneur, always wanted for himself but never attained, and a position his son will glide right into; unchallenged, uneventful…unbelievable. How sad to see the depths to which Willard and the GOP have sunk. He is an unimpressive, unattractive, unworthy candidate, even for the republicans. How galling it must be for the Grand Old Party to corral around this coreless, repulsive and ultimately meaningless character. How sad for the GOP to know with certainty that they will be brutalized in the upcoming Presidential election, and yet they put on a good face and utter meaningless compliments and defenses for their equally meaningless front-runner. And Willard! That poor mother——! He’s just shucking and jiving, continuing to believe that he could ever be president. He’s like a child, climbing up on a stand in the bathroom, using his daddy’s razor and aftershave, pretending to be a man but just making a mess. It’s almost cruel to even think of telling Willard that his fantasy of presidential life will remain just that–a fantasy. I cringe when I think of him ‘winning’ the easily won republican primaries and going to face Barack ‘Ali’ Obama. As much as I despise Willard, my stomach almost churns as I anticipate his political slaughter. What a sad turn for George Romney’s legacy, what a sad turn for the party of Lincoln, Grant, Roosevelt (Teddy, not FD) and Eisenhower. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is the GOP’s death rattle.

  71. 334 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Watched Custer on PBS tonight. At the end, they were plugging a new special on American Experience called Clinton. Oh, brother. I will not be watching. Maybe I’ll watch a replay in about 6 years.

  72. 348 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    These idiots don’t realize that the girls don’t just continue sitting in their rooms doing their homework, sleeping whatever …. it’s the White House on ‘lock down’ – now twice, in their youth.

    Every Member of Congress, every GOP candidate should be condemning these actions. This unbridled hate toward our President and his Family must stop.

    #PRESSON

    • 349 anniebella
      January 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Bobfr, these stupid crazy bastards like whoever threw that bomb really makes me sick. That’s why I always say we have to keep this family in prayer. If anyone know who did this should turn them in because it only make them and there cause look bad.

  73. 350 FiredUpInCA
    January 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    From the Occupy Congress Facebook page:

    “Dad: (after sitting down from work) “whats going on in the world anything today?”
    me: theres thousands of people occupying congress and cnn, fox and mainstream media is not reporting it.”
    Dad: bahhhhh if there were thousands of people they would be reporting it”

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Congress-January-17th-2012/203536356392018

    The thread has several comments echoing the one above about a coordinated media blackout of the event.

    I am not good at estimating crowd sizes but in the pictures linked below does it look like thousands attended?

    oc2012

    oc2012-3

  74. January 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Ok, allow me to rant, because I’ve just about had fucking enough.

    I’ve been catching up here since leaving work, and just read the thread about Cindy Sweatt’s “volunteer” deciding that PBO just wasn’t good enough for her support over NDAA, and, of course, the smoke bomb.

    WHAT THE FUCK?!

    To Cindy’s volunteer: you want things like the NDAA to not exist? Well, honey, there’s one way to do that: FUCKING DON’T VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS. But, another, even more important way to do that is: DON’T FUCKING ENABLE RIGHT WINGERS TO GET INTO POWER IN THE FIRST PLACE, which is what she’s doing by abandoning ship over her wounded principles. For fuck’s sake, does she have any idea just how much worse the bill would have been with a President McCain — or, hell, with his health, by this time a President Palin? Good lord, I’m just sick and tired of these sanctimonious mental teenagers shaking their fists that their pure ideals have been upended by the messiness of the real world. And I do a disservice to teens everywhere; the ones I work with at my library are much more mature than the Purity Patrol that insist that only strict adherence to lofty ideals matters, fuck all about actually getting anything done, advancing the ball down the field bit by bit until, hey, guess what, you score a fucking touchdown, it just took a bit longer, and you lost a few yards here and there. I have no doubt that Obama will be re-elected, and I even have little doubt that we’ll retake the House and keep the Senate, but boink me in a rowboat, people like Cindy’s volunteer make it a hell of a lot harder to achieve. People like that volunteer would’ve probably called Lincoln “pro-slavery” because the Emancipation Proclamation applied only to states in rebellion against the Union. Guess what? Now, as then, there’s a war going on, both militarily and politically. Whatever Cindy’s volunteer wants to think, we WERE attacked in 2001. A war was initiated against us. You can scream and kick your feet all you want, but it is what it is. And politically, there’s been a war at home for the past 30 years, and unless you want the bastards to win then people like the volunteer had better get their heads out of their asses and realise who are the good guys and who aren’t. (Hint: Ron Paul is not one of the good guys.) It’s not bad enough that we have to fight against traditional American ennui; we also have to fight against people who should know better, but are upset that their Magic Negro hasn’t snapped his fingers and made everything sparkles and unicorns.

    Now, on to the smoke bomb. Two words: Fuck you. Fuck you, you pathetic, useless coward. You’ve been ignored, and rightfully so, because you bring nothing to the debate. As one of my patrons said today, OWS is basically just a publicity stunt, and an ineffectual one at that. Everyone’s ignored you, because instead of creating a real force for change, for bringing the stories of the dispossessed into the mainstream, you instead, for the most part, chose to bang drums and blow whistles and try to co-opt movements that were actually working on the ground to make peoples’ lives a bit better. Your allies should be the Democrats, but, like the PL, in your pure stance, you wished a pox on both their houses. Fine. Free country. It’s your right. But, question? What are you going to fucking replace the GOP and the Dems with? Didn’t think that far ahead, did you? Probably didn’t think you had to plan that far out; the masses would just swell up like in an Eisenstein film and follow you onto the streets, shaking the walls of heaven and bringing down the Tsar. Guess what? Most people don’t want revolution. Most people just want to make their lives better than they were yesterday, and they’re upset that things seem so hard and no one seems to hear their complaints. Of course, PBO and the Dems *do* hear the complaints, and try to govern in a way that addresses them. OWS’ muddying of those waters just helps — wait for it — the REPUBLICANS and their oligarch masters. Which is why no one gives a rat’s ass what OWS has to say any more, in the same way that the Tea Party lost its sting with the White Right’s last, final victory in 2010. So, when you’ve lost the argument, when you’ve been relegated to irrelevancy, you throw a smoke bomb. At the White House. At a building in which people live, including two young girls. Two young black girls. Yeah, no fucking racism there. You’re beyond reprehensible. You’re fucking cowards, and history has already judged you, you’re just too blinded to know it.

    We’re moving on, and you’ll benefit from our victory. But don’t fucking dare claim a part in it. When you had the chance, both the smoke bomber and Cindy’s volunteer, to be the change you were waiting for, you decided to have a tantrum. Enjoy the fruits of our labor. It’s probably more than you deserve, but such is life. Deal with it.

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Love your FF. Say it, LL.

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      ****Drops keyboard and walks away****
      Brilliant! Just brilliant LL and I second your message to the Occupy Asses: Fuck you! — and for good measure because I’m me and I can’t help but add my two cents, to the Occupiers : Fuck you and your little dogs too!
      —the dogs are Greedwald, Cenk, and the other Regressives.

    • 358 hopefruit2
      January 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Excellent Rant LL. We all feel the same way – but you’ve done a masterful job of articulating our frustration!

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      This, this, this, this. ****ing wow. Love you LL.

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Wow!! That was a righteous speech!! Thanks for making a clear picture of what the issue is and what’s at stake!!!

    • 361 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      For you, LL …

      Yes We Can … DO More Together – We Must! #LandslideOBAMA2012

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      wow. i wish there was a way to tweet a link to your rant LL. that’s brilliant

      • January 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        Bobfr already did :lol: Really, thanks everyone. It’s just been a long day, puppy had to go to the ER for a nasty rash, and my bullshit tolerance was non-existent. And, really, where were the smokebombs when Bush occupied the WH? Where the fuck was OWS then? Oh, that’s right, the economy was sort of okay, so why bother protesting, I’ve got mine. Guess what? The economy sucked for the same people it’s always sucked for; it just finally hit the OWS demographic this time around.

        • 364 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          January 18, 2012 at 1:21 am

          LL, I’m here for you and every patriot whom strives for advancing the Bill of Rights – for ALL.

          Yes We WILL … DO More Together – We Must! #LandslideOBAMA2012

        • 365 utaustinliberal
          January 18, 2012 at 2:42 am

          LL that was a bloody fucking amazing rant! I concur 100%. From the get go I always knew OWS was a bunch of bullshit out to try and undermine PBO in 2012. They will always FAIL. They’ve proven how inconsequential they are and what utter failures they are. We’ll fight the good fight and make sure PBO is re-elected, and Democrats control both chambers but OWS and others who want to undermine our mission can all go collectively fuck themselves. They’re all a bunch of moronic wimps.

    • 367 FiredUpInCA
      January 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Righteous rant LL! I am equally baffled and pissed by the hyperpuritanism by the volunteer and the occupiers that throws the baby out with the bathwater but ultimately doesn’t lead to getting closer to the ideals they purport to hold dear.

      These pictures from today’s Occupy Congress event sum up a few of my problems with the “movement.”:

      Rise up

      oc2012-28

      Hope

      oc2012-26

      More masks

      oc2012-21

      “The masses would just swell up like in an Eisenstein film”

      oc2012

      This is not “V for Vendetta,” the movie. This is wealth inequality, the 30-year plus reallity. Drum circles, tent dwelling and playing dress up, whether its patriot outfits like the Tea Party or V masks like the Occupiers, in an of itself, are not addressing these serous issues, with serious purpose.

      Although I do have to give the Tea Party props over the Occupiers for at least understanding from the beginning that voting was the best tool for them to achieve their goals.

      I still do not get what the Occupiers endgame is. Bravo that “occupied” Congress today. But my question is why? What did you expect to get from Congress, with this event, that puts us closer to ending wealth inequality?

      Was there a massive voter registration drive that accompanied this event and a call to vote or was this just another instance of the Occupy movement looking like the Jon Stewart rally without the sense of humor about itself?

    • 368 EDP4BHO
      January 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      About to go to bed, and tuned in to find anarchy in DC again. And towards my First Family. Again. This is a fucked up country, and LL, I am saving your rant, because you’ve expressed what everyone who called themselves supporters of OWS need to read and understand. A few of us here and at POU called it from the git go—-they were and are a waste of precious time and energy. We have bat shit crazy right and left, up and down, and all because there is a black man in the White House. These mofos don’t ever need to try and claim otherwise. It’s because Barack Obama, a black man, with an even blacker wife, and children who look nothing like those snakes, are living in the house built by slaves, but never meant to be occupied by they who are catered to, esteemed and secured, just like white folks. It seriously eats them alive, so TOD, we have to pray and fight to maintain what we have. We are better than OWS. Like Lisa said, they can fuck themselves ten times over, and it still wouldn’t be enough for me. Have a blessed night all.

      • 369 jacquelineoboomer
        January 18, 2012 at 12:35 am

        THIS. Small consolation, but at least we’re all on the same page – here on TOD (not to really presume to speak for all, but that’s my guess).

    • 370 desertflower
      January 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

      I love when you get pissed:) That was perfect! Thank you for saying what boils inside many of us. Have some more wine. You deserve it!

    • January 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

      LL,
      Wow – brilliant and what everyone else said! That should be scrolled on one big billboard in Times Square from now until November. Read it and read it again all you OWSers and QUITers.

    • 372 sjterrid
      January 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Wow!! LL thank you so much for writing this brilliant piece.

    • 373 isonprize
      January 18, 2012 at 12:23 am

      clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap,

      STANDING OVATION!!!!!

    • 374 LadyTNT
      January 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

      IT”S REAL!! LL, you ROASTED they assess tonight!

    • 376 PurpleShoesLA
      January 18, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Liberal Librarian, THANK. YOU. EXACTLY. PREACH! In honor of your fanfuckingtabulous rant, I’ve dropped some coinage to PBO’s campaign for a few more sparkles and unicorns. I do hope your ‘lil pupster is okay…

    • 378 donna dem 4 obama
      January 18, 2012 at 12:48 am

      LL you have put my heart at peace with this righteous rant. You speak nothing but the truth.

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    • January 18, 2012 at 1:10 am

      You have a brilliant way with words, LL. This is spot on! Every. Single. Word.

    • 380 sherijr
      January 18, 2012 at 1:59 am

      Oh LL thank you for writing this.. I’ve been so upset about the smoke bomb and the smallness of the act- the harm and fear it may have caused to Malia & Sasha and to their loving parents.

      BRAVO Sir for speaking for me too.

    • January 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Beautiful, beautiful, LL. I’m standing up, applauding.

    • January 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Wow!!LL What a righteous rant! I just read it out to my partially sighted husband and my 11 year old son just walked in after listening and said “bravo”. When I explained what it was about he was disgusted (not with the rant but with the volunteer, OWS and especially the “fucking bastard” who threw the smoke bomb. Usually I severely chastise him for cussing but this time much to his shock I didn’t, in fact I agreed with him.

  75. 384 meabloom
    January 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I leave for a few hours and all hell breaks loose! SMOKE BOMBS???? This is getting ridiculous. Some people just have not conscious. I pray that these kinds of stupid and irrational stunts don’t become a trend. God Bless our First Family.

  76. January 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    In the morning, Biden and Jill Biden travel to San Francisco, Calif.
    10:30 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    1:15 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    3:00 PM
    Obama participates in an ambassador credentialing ceremony.
    3:30 PM
    Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Geithner.
    Biden attends a campaign event at the Bentley Reserve.
    5:15 PM
    Biden attends a campaign event at the Bentley Reserve.
    5:25 PM
    Obama hosts a reception with U.S. mayors.

  77. 396 Pamela
    January 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Bracing for a Potentially Historic Snowstorm In Seattle, next 24 hours will be interesting… Keep an eye on us, okay?

  78. 401 auni
    January 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Oh come on Liberal Librarian–don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel!! Just a little teasing–hope you don’t mind. I agree with everything you said 100%. Good for you!!!!!

  79. January 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Hey Chipstah – I missed the excitement with Roscoe St. Hope all works out – you’re a class act in my book girly. :-)

    and now i think i’ll just reti-

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    (nitey nite sweet dreams all)

  80. 405 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 12:34 am

    THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!!

    http://thinkprogress.org/education/2012/01/17/405426/michigan-dems-free-tuition/

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) spent his first year in office trading in the welfare of thousands of vulnerable Michiganders in order to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy. Hoping to refocus priorities in 2012, the state’s Senate Democrats have released a new plan that puts Michigan students ahead of wealthy corporations.
    Under the Michigan 2020 Plan, Michigan’s high school graduates will be eligible for free tuition at one of Michigan’s community colleges or universities, where the median tuition level is currently around $9,575 per year. The program will be funded entirely by eliminating $3.5 billion in tax credits and loopholes and putting that money towards students:

    • 406 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2012 at 12:42 am

      What a wonderful plan! Go, Michigan Democrats!

    • 407 anniebella
      January 18, 2012 at 4:45 am

      I want those who sat home 2010 and didn’t go vote because they wanted to send some message, or they claim to be disappointed in Obama. I want them to look in the mirror and thank themselves for the likes of Gov.Rick Snyder (R), Gov. Rick Scott (R), Gov. Nickey Haley (R), Gov. Scott Walker (R), the Tea Party, Speaker Boehner, and all the other radical right wing Republicans who were elected, who don’t give a “DAM” about the poor and middle class, who don’t care if they destroy these people or this country. Pat yourself on the back because when you see mess like what is going on in Michigan and other parts of this country, it’s those people’s fault who didn’t get their ass out to vote in 2010. If you don’t get every dam thing you want , when you want it, how you want it, you don’t want to support this President, which is stupid.

  81. 410 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 12:48 am

    This is exactly what has been on display…the GOP is FULL of this crap. If SC was any indication,its going to get uglier and continue.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/01/17/let-lee-decode-the-2012-campaign-for-you/

  82. 412 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Night all…I’m talking to myself…time for my Nyquil!

  83. 414 LDS
    January 18, 2012 at 1:17 am

    LL, I hope the puppy is doing much better….and I really hope that everyone of these OWS who are claiming that they were a part of the offensive, cowardly action of throwing a “smoke bomb” gets the rash 10X’s greater than the puppy.

    You said it all. I have been feeling very curious about these amateurs…..I am speaking from experience as teenager marching for Voters Rights and Equality in the south and we accomplished more in one day what they have been trying to do in what? Six to nine months…….
    I tried to inquire personally what the objectives and what were their platform. All I ever got ws rambling BS. These were supposed to be intelligent people. The last person ended her rants and raves how pizza was being donated to them from sympathizers all over the world.

    I could not believe she thought that this was something to bost and brag about. Hell, we were arrested and had to remain until our parents could scrape up the money to get us out. We were so afraid, but we knew that we had to make a difference. OWS had a chance to make a difference and they blew it. It is sad that they resort to throwing smoke bombs……totally pathetic.

  84. 415 susanne
    January 18, 2012 at 1:36 am

    i just got up from the dinner table, and there are waves of fury radiating from my computer! yes, it’s righteous anger, because those we love are under attack. i’m so grateful that i found this site, where everybody (even those on the naughty mat, or ruffled from a chips scolding) cares so much for our country, our president and first family, and the future of the free world that we take it veeeerrrrryyyy personally when the idiots out there try to score a hit on any of us. i know you east coasters are all going to bed about now, and i hope you’ll sleep peacefully because you’re on the side of justice. now, the mid-country and west coasters will be up a bit longer, so please keep posting your amazing finds and ideas! i hate it when you all go to bed!
    aloha oe,

  85. 418 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

    This Sirota guy is irredeemable with his breathless ‘OMG it’s a stadium with BoA sponsorship’ bs … so …

    #PRESSON

  86. 419 FiredUpInCA
    January 18, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Several Hundred Occupy Protesters Rally at Capitol

    By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press

    WASHINGTON January 18, 2012 (AP)

    Several hundred protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement converged on the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday to decry the influence of corporate money in politics and voice myriad other grievances.

    Organizers had touted the rally, known as Occupy Congress, as the largest national gathering of Occupy protesters to date and secured a permit that would have allowed up to 10,000 people to participate. By mid-afternoon, the protest appeared to have fallen far short of those goals….

    The Occupy movement includes activists who want to change government from within and anarchists who oppose all government. Tension between the two camps was evident at Tuesday’s gathering, where some taunted police while others participated in earnest group discussions about how to influence their elected representatives.

    Anne Filson, 71, a retired teacher from Madison, N.H., said she was disappointed by the turnout and said Occupy protesters needed to stick to their core message of narrowing the gap between rich and poor. Protesters did not help the cause by carrying profane signs and antagonizing police, she said.

    “What I regret about some of the Occupy movements is the dilution of the message,” Filson said. “A lot of Occupy people have to realize that they’re being counterproductive.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/hundred-occupy-protesters-rally-capitol-15381749#.TxaLemNWo0g

    • 420 anniebella
      January 18, 2012 at 4:51 am

      Seem like this 71 year old is one of the sane ones, and OWS better get rid of people who have no problem throwing smoke bombs at the home of a 10 and 13 year old. That will defeat their cause.

  87. January 18, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Breaking-
    IMF to propose resources lending capacity of up to 1 trillion, to Euro region!

    Oh, I hope this is true, this means so much!

  88. 422 halo
    January 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Poll: Majority says Obama has accomplished ‘little’
    Voters are deeply divided on President Obama’s accomplishments in office — with a majority reporting that the president has accomplished “not much” or “little or nothing.” A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 52 percent of voters have a negative assessment of the president’s track record. The survey finds that 12 percent of voters believe he has accomplished a “great deal,” while 35 percent describe his accomplishments as a “good amount.”

    PBO still has 48% approval. But this is what I mean by people are idiots, don’t pay attention to politics, and the WH needs MORE surrogates! BETTER surrogates. CHICAGO TEAM: COMMUNICATE BETTER! This is just crazy. CRAZY. Obama’s 1st Congress achieved more than any Congress in a generation. Sully’s article lists all the amazing things he’s done. And yet, people say accomplished “not much” or little or nothing?” This is what I mean when I say I meet people and they say exactly waht this polls says.

    • 423 hopefruit2
      January 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Halo, you are taking one poll as gospel and basically pushing the Washington Post’s negative framing and instead of holding them accountable for their misleading headline about “majority”, you are bashing the WH and administration. You say that when you meet people they say this and that, but when I meet people they say the opposite and that they know the media is full of SHYTE.

      47% think he has accomplished a good amount or great deal. THAT is roughly equivalent to his approval rating which is not bad considering the vast media opposition he has (91% NEGATIVE coverage). And it’s quite possible that the pollsters/and or Washington post pushed to get a number that was higher than 47% to claim that the “majority” says he accomplished little. That is not a “majority” by any means and well within the margin of error.

      This is not about the WH surrogates. Considering the media efforts on the right AND left to spread lies about this administration, not to mention the CLEAR DESIRE OF WAPO to obtain a negative result, it’s thanks to the President himself and the WH that even 47% think he’s accomplished a good amount or great deal.

      • 424 halo
        January 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

        Well I live in a generally a state that went for PBO last time but then they elected a GOP governor.

        • 425 hopefruit2
          January 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

          The governorship and presidency are two DIFFERENT things. The governorship reflects the local sentiment at the state level. For e.g., both NY and NJ typically vote Democrat for the Presidency but sometimes Republican for governor or mayor. Again, what is your point here?

      • 426 L3
        January 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

        Thanks hopefruit. Willful ignorance cannot always be overcome.

        There was a union rep from SC on ED the other night who said that SC is last in education and that’s the way the Repubs want it because it makes it easier to control the people. He made this statement in response to whether or not the Bain story was having a negative impact on Romney’s candidacy. A state with 10% unemployment, according to him, seemed unaffected by Bain’s business practices when the stories were all over SC TV. Many people in this country are not only dumb but they have short memories and they only believe the info they get from the sources they trust. This climate was created by right-wing media and PBO does not have enough surrogates or money to combat the ongoing assault against him that started even before he became President. We have to accept that and do the work on the ground ouselves. Halo, if people you know say they don’t know what PBO has accomplished, it’s your job to inform them.

  89. 427 halo
    January 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

    CNN/ORC poll asked voters who they saw as best able to “get the economy moving.” Just 40 percent chose Obama, while 53 percent picked Romney.

    We can’t bury our heads in the sand! We have to work HARDER and FASTER to combat GOP lies. American ppl are NOT smart. It’s how the GOP wins elections.

    • 428 hopefruit2
      January 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Again halo, why are you believing these polls 8 months from an election? Don’t you understand that CNN has MOVED to the right and is in ROMNEY’s corner? The majority of recent polls say the OPPOSITE of what this CNN poll said yet you are here jumping on the administration on the basis of one clearly manipulated poll?!?!?

      • 429 halo
        January 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

        Because Presidents with less than 50% approval at the start of the re-election year went on to lose the general.

        40 to 53 is not even close. The fact that in the other poll ONLY 47% says good /great amount is nuts. It should be 60-65% with everything he’s doing, everything he’s done, and considering what he was faced with.

        People are so fucking stupid. They don’t even remember the shit he was facing. It’s almost as if O should have let them feel the PAIN of a Depression. Make them stand in bread lines so they can appreciate what this man is doing EVERY DAY with the LIES ROBNEY spews and hte MSM just lets them get away with murder. It makes me SO mad. I want to punch them in the fucking face.

        We need towrk harder

        • 430 hopefruit2
          January 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

          You CANNOT use previous presidents to try to judge this particular President’s trajectory. Polls for this president are typically agenda driven and say more about the pollster than the President. He wasn’t supposed to even win the DEM primary based on “polling” so what are you talking about?!?!?

          Again, you keep pushing those 40-53 numbers unquestioningly as if they’re even accurate in the first place. WHY? Those numbers are NOT accurate. That is CNN’s desired result based on their flawed polling methodology!

    • 431 hopefruit2
      January 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Just TWO Days ago, CNN came out with a poll that UNDER-POLLED DEMOCRATS AND MINORITIES to get a result in Romney’s favor. You act as though you aren’t aware of those FACTS!

  90. January 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Wandering aimlessly around the Twitterverse (waiting for Chips Chica to wake up TODville ;) ), I saw that we have another author in our WH family – Dr. Jill. She has written a children’s book titled “Don’t Forget, Nana, God Bless Our Troops”.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOKS_JILL_BIDEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-01-17-23-14-06

  91. 433 donna dem 4 obama
    January 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Two years ago I stood on the National Mall on that frigid day to be a part of history. I plan to be there next year as well to witness his 2nd Inauguration as well.

    If you have not signed up to volunteer in some way to help President Obama get re-elected there is no time let the present. Go to OFA today and help to ensure that we have 4 More 4/44.

  92. 440 FiredUpInCA
    January 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Press on Mr. President.

    “Poll: Obama’s ranking stable; Americans want compromise

    President Obama’s overall approval rating now stands at 47 percent, according to a new CBS News/New York Times Poll, showing the nation’s chief executive with relatively stable ranking….

    he poll does suggest Americans are happier with Mr. Obama’s attempts to reach across the aisle and work with his political opponents. Most – six in 10 – said the president is trying to work with Republicans in Congress in order to get things done, and many say that effort is not reciprocated.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57360817-503544/poll-obamas-ranking-stable-americans-want-compromise/

    “From ABC/Washington Post pollster Gary Langer: “Questions about Romney’s background at Bain Capital may show bigger teeth in a general election campaign. By 55-35 percent, more Americans express concern about the economic system favoring the wealthy than about overregulation fettering free enterprise, likely a sharp point of contention between Obama and whatever Republican he faces.

    There are major partisan divisions on the question: 79 percent of Democrats see unfairness in the economic system as the bigger problem; just 30 percent of Republicans agree, but 52 percent of independents side with the Democrats. So do significantly more young adults, women, racial minorities, less well-off and the least-educated Americans, compared with their counterparts.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/new-polls-show-signs-of-serious-vulnerability-for-president-obama/

  93. January 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Don’t forget the troops indeed – a family mourns the loss of a second child as a ‘result of military action in Afghanistan’.

    http://m.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/local_news/article_90a7c13a-40a3-11e1-b1ac-001871e3ce6c.html#.TxXkTenpp-V.facebook

  94. 442 a4alice
    January 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

    bob! it’s probably way too early – hey BOB YOO HOOO – ok you’re a twitter genius HOW did you tweet a link to a particular post like LL’s? does it have something to do with these little numbers that turn red over on the right? It’s morning! My brain is fresh!

  95. 447 FiredUpInCA
    January 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

    After three races and umpteen kabillion debates, still Nobody Likes Mitt…

    “Poll: Mitt Romney atop fluid GOP race with 28%

    As this and other polls have noted throughout the contest, the lion’s share of voters – 74 percent – say they could still change their minds about whom to support – and so the race remains fluid.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57360828-503544/poll-mitt-romney-atop-fluid-gop-race-with-28/

    I wonder if Mitt is poised to make history as a major party nominee with the least support ever.

  96. January 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I want to join Donna upthread in encouraging all of us to join an OFA event at your earliest opportunity. There’s a lot of work to be done and we are making great progress. The numbers I see each week from our state campaign just blow my mind. We are currently working to fire up Nevada caucus goers this weekend and the march is ON. It feels great to see so many people coalescing around our movement. If you live in a blue state, you may be asked to help others in a nearby swing state. Join in, if you can. You will not regret it, I promise you that.


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