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rise and shine

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Washington Post: A majority of Americans believe that former President George W. Bush is more responsible than President Obama for the current economic problems in the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said that Bush was more to blame while 29 percent put the blame on Obama…. Independents continue to blame Bush far more than Obama for the economic troubles … 57/25 …. Heck, even one in five Republicans say Bush is more responsible than Obama for the state of the economy!

The economic blame game numbers are somewhat remarkable given that Obama is in the third year of his presidency …. We’ve written for quite some time that the longer Obama is in office (and the longer Bush is out of it), the more likely it is that blame for the economy would shift toward him. But, these numbers suggest — gasp! — we were wrong.

…. that the baseline in the economic blame game still favors Obama over Bush suggests that Republicans’ attempt to use the economy to drag the incumbent down won’t be as simple as some in the party might think.

More here

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CBS

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Buzzfeed: A document found online by BuzzFeed appears to be John McCain’s entire, 200-page opposition research file — or “book” — on Mitt Romney from 2008, the year they were bitter rivals. Segments of the book have been posted on RedState.com, but this the first time the document has been shared for public consumption in its entirety.

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Andrew Sullivan: Fox News is now waging war on the essay. I’m not surprised. Megyn Kelly has declared that I am “not a real journalist.” …. So this is an open challenge to Fox News. If you want to trash my work, have me on to defend it. Any time, Megyn. Any time. What are you afraid of?

Apart from the truth, that is.

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Nick Anderson

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LA Times: Republican voters may not have settled yet on a challenger to take on President Obama, but his reelection campaign is laying the groundwork for what could be a major television advertising buy to buttress his standing in the coming months.

Campaign officials have requested ad rates from television stations in at least 14 states, according to a strategist with a prominent political media agency, the first step they would take before deciding to purchase air time. That does not mean a buy will definitely occur this quarter, but Republicans are bracing for what they believe will be a multimillion-dollar campaign on the heels of the South Carolina GOP primary.

More here

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McClatchy

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Morning everyone ;-)


272 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. January 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I am sure I am not first but a new CBS/NYT Poll places Obama @ 47-45% approval.

    • January 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

      I’M FIRST I’M FIRST I’M FIRST…..lol

    • 5 a4alice
      January 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

      oh yes you are! yay!

    • 6 Lorraine
      January 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

      That political reporter for CBS has some serious issues. She always has some snarky to say when reporting on President Obama. I don’t get her. This morning she said the republicans have some good news more Americans disapprove of the President, then the numbers came up totally different from her reporting. She is always doing stuff like this when it comes to President Obama.

      • 7 Mel
        January 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        Lorraine if it was Norren O”Odonald reporting i’am not surprise, but, but we you remaind her what happened
        yesterday in Wisconsin the Democrats were able to get more that a million signatures to recall Scott Walker.
        this is a Big Fucking Thing people have all ready noticed that they voted for the wrong peolple they were lied
        to all of us. So relax do not worried we are goung to do just fine, we should consentrate on the ground from
        now on just like in 2008 The Obama team did a fantastic job.

        • 8 idon
          January 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

          Contrary to what the news pundits are selling, NO Republican presidential candidate can win the White House in 2012 because WE ARE A GLOBAL ECONOMY and there is not one GOP candidate who has the right OPTICS. Many news outlets will continue the spin until a GOP presidential nominee is named sometime between April and June 2012. The GOP strategy is two-fold, characterize the President as illegitimate and incompetent, and disenfranchise as many Democrat voting blocks as possible. The GOP is having trouble with the second strategy so they are going to go all in on the first. Whenever you get discouraged, remember how President Obama took out the Somali pirates to save one American. In public, the President was saying he was aware of the problem and working on a peaceful resolution. Oh how the news media criticized him in phony polite speak. In private, he had dispatched a SEAL team who laid in wait in the water with their weapons locked, loaded and trained on the pirates. What happened? Every pirate who was in that boat with the American captain was killed. The only pirate who survived was the one who was taken into custody on board the American battleship BEFORE the kill order was given. In this week’s Newsweek article on President Obama, the author pointed out the president always plays the LONG GAME. In a long game strategy, you always want your opponent to get a couple of short-term wins, e.g. Gingrich’s successful use of racial politics in South Carolina, Romney’s phony job creation narrative, Santorum’s politics of sexual oppression, Ron Paul’s white supremacist narrative hidden under his anti-war rhetoric, and of course, Perry’s poorly articulated anti-government message due to what appears to be early onset dementia. President Obama has more resources than all GOP candidates combined, and by resources, I do not mean money.

          Based on what I’m seeing in the news today, Gingrich is feelin’ himself as he rises in the South Carolina polls. Hey, you might want to tweet @newtgingrich some love. I did: “I am praying u win. I would love to see President Obama run against a KKK candidate. U go get ‘em Grand Wizard!”

  2. January 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Well, a very Good Wednesday Morning to all of TODville, and to Chips Chica, who hopefully got a restful night’s sleep! :lol: :lol:

  3. January 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Congrats, AAMon! What’s your secret? ;) I’ve been hovering around for about an hour and a half and that didn’t work! Ah well! Wishing you an ‘uphill’ day after this start. :razz:

    • January 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

      lil ole black lady wakes up every morn at about 5am. I love Willie Geist on MNSBC. the music is silly but I don’t know…gets my juices rolling.

      • January 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

        5am? 5am! :shock: It’s okay, AAMom, I happily stand beside/behind you on the TOD podium. Even if I am awake at 5am, as I sometimes am, there is no way I’m getting out of bed if I don’t have to! That’s exactly why I keep some light literature on the bed beside me.

        • 15 jacquelineoboomer
          January 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

          One only gets up at 5 a.m. if one has to get to an airport! (my personal code)

          • January 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

            Or on those 4 mornings a week IN MY PAST when I had to have my young swimmer on the pool deck by 5:30am! Not understanding the craziness of a child/people who’d want to swim in winter, I grumbled regularly for the 3-4 years this lasted! Grr!

            **softly** Of course, all that time and money now seems wasted to me because I don’t see that young adult doing any swimming …AT ALL!

            BTW, Jacque, thanks for your recent retweets of one or two of my Tweety efforts. Really appreciated! :lol:

            • 17 jacquelineoboomer
              January 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

              Ha! I remember taking my little swimmer for swimming lessons – Saturday after Saturday – inside the hottest building I’ve ever been in, in my life! Well worth it, safety-wise, but I almost dragged him out of there more than once!

              Now, you’re bringing up one of the cutest two-part memories in my old memory bank! At one of the swimming lessons, when he was going to jump off of the diving board into the water for the first time, he looked down the length of the pool to the risers where I was sitting and silently asked for a nod of approval from me. As soon as I nodded, he nodded and jumped in. He did the same thing to me the day he got married! When his bride was walking up the aisle, he looked over at me with a smile as if to say “should I dive in?” and I nodded. He nodded back and carried on from there! Of course, that look was like a farewell to his youth – and maybe my youth – and I cried quietly for a little bit! They’re so cute at any age!

  4. 18 collegekay
    January 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Confidence is slightly up. This is good news.

    • 19 collegekay
      January 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

    • January 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Good news, indeed!
      It is a fact that some people take longer than others to wake up, so we’ll just have to shake some of these heavy sleepers awake and lead them by the hand to necessary information in time for November. ;)

    • January 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

      The right/track wrong track question really annoys me because it’s impossible to answer. I think the president has put the country on the right track and the Republicans in Congress are doing their best to put us on the wrong track. So how can anyone answer such a question. I always yes right track because I know it will get used as as yardstick for the president, but I can understand why people are confused and their answers misinterpreted. If they’d ask, “Do you think President Obama has put the country on the right track?” the numbers would be FAR higher.

      • 22 Lovepolitics2008
        January 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Not only republicans in Congress are doimg the best to put America on the wrong track, but also many state governments, who are controlled by republicans. Republican governors all over America have lowered taxes for corporations and at the same time are laying off teachers, police officers, etc…

  5. January 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

    New Quinnipiac Poll has Obama leading Mitt 44-42% in OHIO. Quinn is the poster the Cable channels love to quote the most. But…I do not support the Quinnipiac Polls cuz they do not call cellphones. Cell represent a big part of the Obama base – black, brown, young. I should know cuz I work for THE phone company. So lets see how the MSM spins this one cuz last month Mitt was up 1 over Obama last month.

  6. 33 Don
    January 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Morning Joke is funny, these guys are up here saying that President Obama is a little too tough on Iran.

  7. 34 a4alice
    January 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    tweeted that pic of McCain with a link back to TOD. That picture totally cracks me up. he looks so miserable. I think I have what is called schadenfreude. Bah hahahahaha

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Anybody else think McCain leaked his full 2008 “book” on Romney himself? He’s such a two-faced sore loser, I wouldn’t put it past him to endorse in public and work against him in private.

      • January 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

        How else would that material have gotten out? I have suspected McCain of not being up-front since he first endorsed Romney, then made a joke about his “landslide” in Iowa, then the very next day praises President Obama, and pretends that it was a mistake. I think he can’t bear the thought of Romney getting the GOP machine’s backing, and he’s determined to make sure he doesn’t sail into the White House. This latest stunt with the book just is a little too convenient.

        • January 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

          We think alike, certainly up to ‘mistake’. I don’t want to admit the rest YET ;) as I’m trying to give Johnny Mc, to whom I have a very strong aversion, the benefit of the doubt. …for now. At the same time I”m remembering videos showing his meanness to military families seeking info about missing loved ones. He was positively vicious in some of the hearings I saw.

          • 38 jacquelineoboomer
            January 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

            Oh, my. I remember the video of his total anger and nastiness to one of the surviving military wives – wasn’t it a POW-MIA hearing in the Senate? He was so awful that someone should have taken him out of that room. She was devastated.

  8. 39 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Morning! You don’t have to dirty up your minds going to RedState to get this opposition research dirt that McCain had on RobMe…

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/17/john-mccains-entire-2008-opposition-research-file-on-mitt-romney/

    In ALL it;s glory! Grab the coffee and park it for awhile…..

  9. January 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    I missed it in real time last night but I just want to thank LL for such a righteous rant. Great timing for all of us.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

      It was excellent. Kind of like our pep talk (not that we need one with each of us having our own sterling reasons to support PBO!).

  10. 50 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

    CERTAINLY A ‘TELLING’ PROFILE PHOTO OF JOHNBOY…VENGEFUL MAN WHO HAS RUINED HIS REPUTATION AS A ‘POOR LOSER’ AGAINST PBO! TYPICAL ‘REPUBLICAN’..A ‘HAWK’ IN A NECKTIE CONSUMED BY HIS OWN ANGER! WAR HERO HE IS..THE REST I AM CERTAINLY NOT IMPRESSED WITH AT ALL. BIRDS OF A FEATHER…A BUNCH OF BUSH CRONIES THAT ALL BELONG IN THE SAME NEST! SHAMEFUL! THAT’S MY MORNING THO’T FOR THE DAY! GOOD MORNING TOD FAMILY…LET’S PRESS ON WITH OUR GRACEFUL AND DELIGHTFUL PRESIDENT! I JUST LOVE HIM! GET YOUR OWN! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  11. 51 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

    P.S. WOW…THAT FEELS BETTER…:)

  12. 53 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

    :) I’m sick, yet WP is telling me that I’m moving too fast and I need to slow down! That just tickled me..

  13. 54 Don
    January 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I love it, I love it, I love it, Mittens is the gift that keeps on giving. This guy is like a giant piñata, and just think, President Obama’s campaign staff hasn’t even begun to start swinging their wrecking ball. Romney is softer than Egyptian cotton.

  14. 55 Ladyhawke
    January 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    The other day I watched the amazing Governor Martin O’Malley being interviewed and he made an excellent point about Massachusetts under the governorship of Mitt Romney vs Deval Patrick. It’s a point that needs to become common knowledge for the American people. So I was thrilled to see this post drawing attention to the advice he gave to the Democrats.

    “I think a point that needs to be emphasized was that in easier times when he [Romney] was governor of a pretty innovative state, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 [in job creation],” he said. “You contrast that to the tougher times we have now, under Governor Deval Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts is 5th in the nation.”

    GOVERNOR O’MALLEY IS RIGHT

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    Mitt Romney, should he win his party’s nomination, will be vulnerable in one very big respect — he was a financial wizard, in a climate that is not exactly friendly to the argument: “I made lots of money on Wall Street, let me run the country!” The populist anger out there isn’t going to see Mitt’s experience as necessarily what the country is looking for, at the moment. Plus, there’s one further parallel to be made in this regard — we had eight years of what was then called an “M.B.A. Presidency,” when a candidate made a similar argument that “what was needed was a businessman in the White House.” And how did George W. Bush work out for everyone?

    Romney, of course, isn’t George W. Bush. Obama can’t make his entire campaign about looking backwards, either. But even without the Bush reference, they should listen closely to what Governor O’Malley is saying. If Mitt thinks being a businessman is the key to being a good politician, then let’s examine his record in this regard a lot more closely. Toss off a reference to Bain every now and again, and let the Republicans bicker over that kettle of fish. But focus much more closely on what Mitt actually did as governor, because that is likely going to be a much more convincing argument to make to the voters.

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    http://www.chrisweigant.com/2012/01/17/governor-omalley-is-right/

    • 56 Lorraine
      January 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Governor Patrick, Governor O’Malley and Mayor Booker should go to every swing state in our Union multiple times to get the truth out about Willard Romney. These three men are wonderful retail middle class values communicators.

      • 57 a4alice
        January 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

        good read. we should consider Mitt’s governancy a fatal weakness.

      • January 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

        And he resigned his tenure to run for President, with a 38% approval rating.
        Deval Patrick is our secret weapon against Robney!

      • 59 jacquelineoboomer
        January 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

        PBO (Patrick, Booker, O’Malley) for PBO!

        Wow – congratulations to Gov. Patrick for that huge jump in job creation in MA. Let’s help get that out there. Also LOVE Gov. O’Malley and Mayor Booker. Speak up, guys!

    • January 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Oh trust me, that will all come out.

    • January 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      This business of the GOP wanting to claim that bringing Bush into the equation is “looking backwards” is nonsense. The GOP want to put a guy into the White House that would “take the country back”, and that guy is even worse than GWB! So, it’s not a matter of looking backwards, it’s a matter of the GOP frontrunner comparing unfavorably even to GWB and then wanting to bring back those old GOP policies that will take the country back into the crisis that it’s only now dragging itself out of. They can’t run away from GWB, especially when their candidate is even worse than GWB was!

  15. January 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I read on Twitter that the House is once again planning to obstruct raising the debt ceiling. Didn’t the deal last summer make a provision for this not happening again? Does anyone remember?

  16. 67 dotster3
    January 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Robney’s “image problem” is getting widespread exposure, even in the Chgo Trib. The article points out all of Willard’s economic image stumbles—-he’s unemployed too, corporations are people too, he’s lived in fear of a pink slip, his casual $10,000 wager, likes to fire people, earning $374,000 in speaking fees “not very much”, and his reluctance/refusal to show tax returns. And writers state an obvious—-that the Obama campaign is only too happy to make Robney the face of tax inequality. As others have noticed, Robney seems to be the exact wrong candidate for these times.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-romney-rich-20120118,0,7550568.story

    • 68 utaustinliberal
      January 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Romney just keeps making this easier and easier. When one think he couldn’t be any more foolish or say moronic things, he breaks the mold and does it. Watching him say that earning $374,000 for a dumb book (my opinion) was “not much” was astounding to say the least. $374,000 is seven times more than the average American family earns in a year and this ass wipe casually dismisses that lump sum as chicken change. Well, what can we expect from an arrogant predator who stripped businesses and laid off workers on his way to being the $250 million man. He just keeps helping the DNC right along with their ads. They don’t have to expend excess energy coming up with ad ideas, all they have to do is let Romney open his mouth. When PBO begins fully campaigning and the GOP clowns have picked their head clown, the contrast is going to be stark for the voting public. PBO as a campaigner is formidable.

  17. 69 Lorraine
    January 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Chips, you got my fella at the top, Mr. Robert Shrum! I love that man! He is so smart and he understands our Country and the middle class.

  18. January 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    From Newt’s Superpac:

    • January 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

      That is funny. Rick Tyler has a sense of humor!

    • 74 FiredUpInCA
      January 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Where are the gray streaks on the Romney character’s sideburns? Such an obvious detail missed. I’m not sure why.

      Maybe the artistic team behind this animation also oversaw this woeful Mt. Rushmore project.

    • 75 Lovepolitics2008
      January 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

      WOW. Very very effective. The kind of ad that people will pay attention to, because of the cartoon format. And you have to give kudos to them for the way this ad attacks both Romney and President Obama at the same time…

      I’m very anxious to see what will happen in South Carolina. Romney is having a horrible week…

    • 76 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

      TOO FUNNY…MY PBO…THE FLYSWATTER! SQUISH!..SPLAT!…EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

  19. January 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

    OWS carrying around an upside down Flag of the US.
    You gotta be kidding me? These kids are gross. This obviously means distress.
    Also, They have all sorts of cameras around the WH, whoever threw that bomb, will probably be found.
    That is all!

    • 78 anniebella
      January 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Jovie, upside down people will do things like that, including throw smoking bombs at the home of a 10 and 13 year old. I hope the WH Secret Services does catch the lowlife bastard who threw the smoking bomb. OWS ought to do the right thing, if they know who did it.

  20. January 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

    DNC ad on Robney and his taxes-

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/romney_getting_slammed_over_hi.html

    However, these ads need to start going on the Air.
    That is all!

    • 80 dotster3
      January 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Agree they need to be on the air——hope the news of the Obama ad buy means soon. The political attention and focus has been “slightly imbalanced”, to put it mildly, just a one way barrage for months. I also want to see a line-up of Dem spokespeople aggressively pushing to get on the air, those who are sure, smart, informed and have widespread appeal, a la Martin O’Malley. We’ve seen DWS who has been great and a couple others here and there, but we have a lot of articulate Dems who could be made available to speak up on behalf of PBO’s record and policies. There is a need to be more aggressive with the networks in this area. I’m tired of The Daily Republican on all these news programs.

      • January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

        That is why a majority thinks he has not done much!
        Also, we have the truth on our side, and Boy are people going to be surprised!

      • 83 Lovepolitics2008
        January 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

        Good news is that President Obama’ poll numbers are not affected by the constant attention on republicans and by the constant barrage of republican ads. May we hope that republican superpacs will overreach and saturate the waves so much it will backfire?

      • 84 prettyfoot58
        January 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

        I think we are getting a bit impatient….it has been a good time for country to see the Republican candidates upfront and personal…

        to see the race baiting and racism so prominently on display…to see the war mongering and the ineptitude on foreign policy…their stances on worker’s rights…and civil rights….to see that they have nothing to offer the middle class….that they truly do represent millionaires and billionaires

        to see as the President has said…that no matter who is chosen that the flavor will be the same….

        WE CANNOT GO BACK!!
        Presssssssssss ON

        • January 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

          Yup. Too soon for Obama to go full throated. Al Giordano used to say the voters start paying attention only after summer.

          Let’s face it. The money bomb ain’t gonna match 2008 levels. My guesstimate he will peak at 500 to 600 mil. The good thing is he has all that money only for GE unlike the rethugs.

        • January 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

          Oh Prettyfoot, I agree with you. All this exposure has not helped the R’s. They have looked like fools, throwbacks to another age and defective human beings incapable of relating to people. I would bet our president is letting them all hang out so they can show their worst and undermine each other. Any attacks the Rs then make on PBO will be seen as coming from a source that people have seen with their owns eyes is unreliable. Why interfere when your opponent is making a fool of himself all on his own and undermining his own credibility.

  21. January 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Office of the Vice President
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 17, 2012

    DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    In the morning, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to San Francisco, California.

    At 12:30 PM PST, the Vice President will attend a campaign event at the Bentley Reserve. Afterwards, the Vice President will attend a campaign event at 2:15 PM PST at the Bentley Reserve.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/biden_fund-raising_in_san_fran.html

    • January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Dr. Jill will be visiting a VA hospital in Palo Alto and then later meeting with high-tech folks in downtown SF to talk about working on apps for veterans.

  22. 90 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/mitt-romney-embraces-privatizing-medicare

    He’s going to have an impossible time walking this back…can’t put THAT genie back in the bottle!

    Romney was asked what he would do in regards to Social Security and Medicare and he started things out with one of the Republican zombie lies out there, that President Obama cut $500 billion from Medicare. Mother Jones has more on why that’s just not true here — Return of the Big GOP Medicare Lie.

    He also fully endorsed raising the eligibility ages for both Social Security and Medicare, endorsed Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare, means testing which turns the programs into welfare programs and block-granting Medicaid back to the states. He also seemed to completely contradict himself within the time frame of a few minutes with his follow up a little later in the debate when he said “we simply can’t say we’re going to go out and borrow more money to let people set up new accounts to take money away from Social Security and Medicare today.” Just what does he think those “voluntary” accounts are going to do to future benefit recipients? It’s bad enough the man flip flops on every issue, he couldn’t even get his talking points straight within a sentence of each other.

    • 91 57andFemale
      January 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

      The cuts to Medicare line has traction with seniors. I’m surrounded by Democratic seniors who hear this lie more than they hear the truth, believe me. The truth always comes in the form of defense and whether we like it or not, that approach does not project strength and weakens its own argument because of the form it takes. The administration needs to change the CW and start setting our own narrative instead of just responding.

      I’ll get flamed I’m sure but we just don’t have time for excuses as to why these untrue perceptions continue. We need an effective team of entertaining (yes, I said entertaining) passionate advocates for this President and his goals and accomplishments of this administration. We can blame the media or whatever. But to stop the Evil Cabal we need to find a way to change the game.

      I can’t be afraid to say this because the fight is monumental and this is the most important election of our lifetime. The Supreme Court will forever change the face of America if Republicans win, and the laws and weakening of regulations and the safety net are extremely dangerous.

      • 92 nathkatun7
        January 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        “We need an effective team of entertaining (yes, I said entertaining) passionate advocates for this President and his goals and accomplishments of this administration. We can blame the media or whatever. But to stop the Evil Cabal we need to find a way to change the game.”

        This is not meant to “flame” you, 57andFemale, but in my humble opinion the most effective advocates are you and me and all the rest of informed citizens. I am a senior citizen on medicare, therefore I have credibility (in my circle of senior citizens on medicare) in countering and exposing the lie that Obama cut medicare. I just can’t sit around and wait for entertainers to do my job. I think if we all resolved to do our part we can be effective advocates. That is not to say that we don’t “need an effective team of entertaining (yes, I said entertaining) passionate advocates for this President and his goals and accomplishments of this administration.” We do. But from my experience, neighbors are more likely to trust neighbors; especially if you can back up your position based on shared experiences.

  23. January 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

    So, the new ABC wa post poll says that 52% don’t think the President accomplished anything and 47% said he has.
    Well, the MSM is spinning this as the most horrible thing, since Yellowstone erupted.
    One point- when the President campaigns and the media is forced to discuss his accomplishments, obviously his polls improve.
    Doh!

  24. 95 Ladyhawke
    January 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

    FOX CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH

    Jerry Springer On Fox: “Every Single Day” Fox News “Bash[es] President Obama”

    “It Is A Little Disingenuous” For Fox To Complain That “Newsweek May Be A Little Partisan”

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201201180003

  25. January 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    (WKBW release) New York Senator Charles E. Schumer on Tuesday called on CSX, Amtrak, the state Department of Transportation and Federal Railway Administration to quickly complete a plan for the construction of the high speed rail line from Buffalo to Albany that is set to begin in Genesee County.

    Schumer helped secure $58 million in federal funds to construct the first part of the high speed rail line in Western New York, but the money cannot begin flowing to the project until the parties complete service, construction, and maintenance agreements. With the House of Representatives already having voted several times to rescind high speed rail money, Schumer will push the parties to move quickly so that New York’s share of high-speed rail funding is not stripped before construction can begin. Schumer, a strong proponent of high-speed rail in Upstate New York, believes the rail link between Buffalo and Albany will be a huge benefit to residents and businesses throughout the state, and that the construction project could create hundreds of jobs over the next several years.

    http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/Schumer-137500618.html?m=y&smobile=y&c=y

  26. 101 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    No one EVER gets prosecuted or frog marched to answer for financial crimes :)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/us-insidertrading-arrests-idUSTRE80H0UL20120118?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=71

    At least two senior hedge fund employees were being arrested as part of the government’s sweeping probe into insider trading, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

    The arrests reflect a widening of the government’s long-running probe into the alleged sharing of confidential information on publicly traded corporations with hedge fund managers and analysts. In the biggest case so far, onetime billionaire Raj Rajaratnam was convicted of insider trading and is now serving an 11-year prison term.

  27. 104 dotster3
    January 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Caught Richard Cordray’s appearance on MJ. Joe, who asked the same question twice—-why do we need another government agency?—-was not at all pleased about Cordray’s smart and sensible answers. So we thought it was interesting when Joe’s hands were caught on camera doing the twirling, wrap-it-up motion to Cordray while he was speaking. Joe is such a jerk—–wanted some extra time for his boyfriend Chris Christie.

  28. 106 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/01/18/romney_directed_millions_to_mormon_church.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PoliticalWire+%28Political+Wire%29

    Romney Directed Millions to Mormon Church
    ABC News: “Underscoring the prominent, if little discussed role that Mitt Romney played as a Mormon leader, the private equity giant once run by the GOP presidential frontrunner carved his church a slice of several of its most lucrative business deals, securities records show, providing it with millions of dollars worth of stock in some of Bain Capital’s most well-known holdings.”

  29. 110 L3
    January 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I was at POU and saw a tweet about why some reporters are trying to defend Kantor’s book. Unfortunately, the story was at Politico which I never visit, but couldn’t resist. Apparently Ms. Kantor is stunned at the negative publicity about her book and emailed her “reporter” friends asking them to read the book (she offered to send them a copy), defend the book and tweet or retweet positive reviews of the book which she included in her sad little email. The positive reviews she cited as examples came from John Stewart, Jonathan Martin and Farai Chiddei (I’m certain I misspelled her name). Poor Ms. Kantor. It looks like she ran into a buzzsaw when she decided to go after The Obamas.

    • January 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Jon Stewart sticking up for Kantor is appalling.

    • 114 Debz
      January 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Kathleen Parker must have gotten the email, I noticed her most recent column walking back some of what she said, supporting FLOTUS, and giving some praise to Kantor. It won’t help the book sales though. That horse has left the barn.

      • 115 anniebella
        January 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

        As for as K. Parker goes, maybe some of her right wing nuts spoke to her, and told her how dare you say something nice about Michelle Obama.

    • 116 anniebella
      January 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Kantor didn’t realize the love and respect we people have for Michelle Obama, we stand with her, we have her back. The gossipy book is a hack job on the First Lady and we will continue to encourage people not to buy it.

      • 117 Bill
        January 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

        And there is nothing in the actual content of the book to make the haters wish to buy the book. Kantor loses on both sides.

    • 118 Britt
      January 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Her book is not selling, regardless of what her friends say about it. The Politico article is funny, since it appears that “journalists” have a huge problem with the WH calling them out on their lies. I’ve never been a John Stewart fan.

      • 119 Britt
        January 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

        Lawrene must have gotten the email too, since he apparently spoke well of the book last night with Kantor on his show.

    • 120 Mae who love our CIC
      January 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Obviously Ms. Kantor didn’t know the love that we have for President and Mrs. Obama. No excuse, she should have ask somebody. Really she didn’t have a clue. LOL

  30. 123 Betsy
    January 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I hope everyone has a great day. I stayed up last night listening to the jobs forum posted yesterday and although I am very tired this am, and have to face 205 13yr olds today teaching them about Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, it was so fascinating to see PBO and these business, private sector and government leaders talking about what is needed to get jobs in the US. My middle school started STEM this year for 6-8th graders, and it will be interesting to see how that works. Although I understand the need for more science and math people, I do feel a bit “left out” as I am a history teacher, which, of course, I consider highly important as well. Anyway Chips, thanks for posting it, it was so informative and I learned a lot. I always learn a lot from all the things you all post here. Thanks again, and have a great day!

    • 124 a4alice
      January 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

      13 year old is jr high school age. you have in my esteem a special place. I would never have remotely enough patience for that kind of just budding hormonal quirky energy. My sister in law loves teaching children at middle school age. it takes a special person withi lots of energy!!! Good for you!! :-)

  31. 125 carolyn
    January 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    A big thank you to all of you who do research and post it here. I too learn a lot here. Many items I wouldn’t see if were not for the hard work of the dedicated posters here. You do good work, and it spreads!
    YES HISTORY teachers are important. I think we’re now seeing how important they are by the lack of understanding shown in how our government works and the separation of powers and specific powers granted to each. There needs to be REEMPHASIS on this teaching. It is not boring, it is not irrelevant, it is very important to our survival as a democracy.

  32. 126 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! easy to understand ACA cartoon…for those that can’t understand the words:) or that have short attention spans and want the down and dirty version!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-health-reform-law-in-one-cartoon/2012/01/17/gIQAfucQ5P_blog.html

    SEND THIS EVERYWHERE!

  33. 129 Linda
    January 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    WASHINGTON — Nearly 250 of the nation’s mayors will be in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss some of America’s most pressing issues, including jobs and the economy. These men and women are on the front lines of figuring out how to encourage job creation with limited resources.

    On Dec. 6, the Conference of Mayors sent invitations to GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney — reflecting their frontrunner status at the time. Romney said he had a scheduling conflict. Neither of the other two responded.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) were also invited. Boehner regretted that he could not attend because of his schedule, while Cantor did not respond.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), however, will be speaking at the conference. A conference spokesman said Senate leaders were not invited, although a group of mayors met with them in September.

    The mayors will also hear from Obama administration officials, including Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray. On Thursday, they will head to the White House for a meeting with President Obama.

  34. 130 JER
    January 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    President Obama Takes First Lady To 48th Birthday Dinner At DC’s BLT Steak.

    President Obama on Tuesday evening escorted First Lady Michelle Obama to DC’s BLT Steak restaurant to celebrate her 48th birthday, her third in the White House. … The birthday cake was Red Velvet, which is not on the BLT menu but served because it is “a favorite” of the First Lady’s, Wright said. There was no inscription on top, thanks to a crumb topping, and the cake was accompanied by Cream Cheese Ice Cream. Mrs. Obama closed her eyes and made a wish before blowing out the candles to cheers from her guests.

    “She got them all out in one puff,” Wright said, and speculated on the First Lady’s unspoken wish: “Given that it’s 2012, we can guess what it might be.”

    The Obamas greet fellow diners…
    To get to the private dining room requires walking through BLT’s main dining room, and the President and Mrs. Obama, as they made their exit shortly after 9:30 PM, shook hands and greeted well-wishers in the by-then packed restaurant. The President also got up once during the dinner and walked into the main dining room, where he shook hands and chatted with guests.
    Read more: http://obamafoodorama.com/

  35. January 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    With the SOTU coming up, it makes me think back to the last time when President Obama spoke on the extremely bad decision of Citizens United, and that idiot Samuel Alito shook his head saying “it’s not true”. This conservative court has brought on a destructive element to the people’s democracy and those 5 supreme court justices should hang their head in shame.

    One thing I do appreciate about Stephen Colbert is how he is showing the ridiculousness of the Super Pacs.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-17-2012/colbert-super-pac—not-coordinating-with-stephen-colbert?xrs=share_copy

  36. 134 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

    This…a million times!

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/01/quote-of-the-morning-2.html

    “No, I don’t see that.” Newt Gingrich when asked if he thinks it was offensive for him to say that black people demand food stamps.

    ThinkProgress notes:

    The overwhelming majority of African-Americans are not on food stamps. Indeed, the majority of people who receive food stamps are white. Most recipients are also either children or seniors who are of retirement age. In 2010, working women represented only 28 percent of recipients, and working-age men represented only 17 percent.

    And one of the prevailing reasons why a portion of the African American population remains impoverished, and why much of the African American population experiences racial discrimination, is due directly to white oppression and subjugation for the better part of the lifespan of this nation. For more than a century following a war over the issue of slavery, whites demonized blacks and suppressed their advancement through campaigns of fear that transcended all strata of our culture from entertainment to politics.

  37. January 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Morning TOD…… time to catch up on the news here while sippin on some Green Peppermint Tea :lol:

    • 138 desertflower
      January 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Morning to you, NZ:) How’s things all the way over there? :) Green Tea sounds fabulous…the peppermint part….not so much :)

      • January 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Morning desertflower *hugs* Here in NZ…. Well, we’re living the ’4 seasons in 1 day’ weather for most days of the week lol but other than that, things are good! How about you? I hope you are in good health or at least trying to stay warm during the cold season?! As for the peppermint thing, I have a thing for anything and everything with ‘mint’ in it lol Mint sauce, chocolate, tea, ice cream… you name it… I eat it LoL :lol: My family don’t know where it comes from, as most of them don’t even like the flavour

        • 140 desertflower
          January 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

          I’m not a mint person….totally opposite of what you love…though I DO like those peppermint patties :)
          Not cold here….Arizona. In fact, it’s perfect. In the 70′s and sunny. Morning’s are frosty, but when the sun warms the Earth for awhile…it’s beautiful!
          I’m actually taking a sick day from work today…fighting this ridiculous cold. Hopefully ok to go back tomorrow….today is a rest day. Looks like it could be you and me today, NZ :) Everyone else at work….:) That would be fine with me…hello to ALL our friends in New Zealand today!

        • 141 desertflower
          January 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

          How rude of me :) Hugs to you as well !!!!

          • January 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

            My cousin was staying in Arizona for a few years but she is now back in Australia. She loved it there. She met her fiance there as well lol I would love to visit the U.S in the future and attend a Super Bowl game! Watch a Steelers or a 9ers game in their own stadiums too!! I’d be a happy woman :-) My son always mentions to me… ‘mom, when I’m a Man and you don’t have to work, study and look after me anymore, I am going to take you to a Steelers game and to see Obama’ :lol: I’m like.. but President Obama will be gone from the W.H by the time you’re in your Young Adult years…. and he simply replies…… ‘we can visit the W.H and ask for his address to the new House’ :lol: :lol: My son is turning 11 this year, but he always has me laughing!! Kids!!

            • 143 desertflower
              January 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

              I know from previous posts, that you have a most adorable and amazing son:) That’s because of you, my dear:) My kids mean the world to me…and my son, who is now 17, always told me that he would watch over me when I’m old….warms my heart. Actually, he said that he would buy me a beach house so I can be near the one place that brings me peace and solitude….can’t get that in AZ :) The backyard pool just isn’t the same.

  38. 145 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Just for fun…a look at our strikingly beautiful First Lady….I loved EVERYONE of those outfits :)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/michelle-obama-setting-fashion-trends-at-48/2012/01/17/gIQAgHYx5P_gallery.html?hpid=z6#photo=15

    • 146 lovingandlaughing
      January 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      those are fabulous. #’s 8 and 10 are some of my favorites, but it is hard to pick favorites because there are so many! the white dress with Queen Elizabeth was incredibly lovely, just perfection!

  39. 147 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Well, well, well…..http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/mitt-romneys-long-embrace-of-kris-kobach.php?ref=fpblg

    Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign appears to be struggling with what exactly to do with Romney’s endorsement from Kris Kobach, the current Kansas Secretary of State and the controversial architect behind some of the recent past’s most incendiary immigration laws.

    But four years ago, the campaign gave Kobach an important role: illegal immigration policy adviser.

    Media reports from January, 2008 remind us Kobach — then the chair of the Kansas GOP and a past immigration policy adviser to John Ashcroft’s Justice Department — endorsed Romney, just as he did earlier this month. But Kobach’s role was bigger in the 2008 Romney campaign then than it is today: the man who would go on to help craft the immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama served as Romney’s policy adviser on immigration during his first run for the White House.

    I hope that “love embrace” takes care of Mittens…he’ll need a hug after the asskicking.

  40. January 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    KILLER HAIR: TSA agents at Lynchburg Regional Airport spotted and confiscated a dagger disguised as a hairbrush. A TSA official writes that “ceramic blades like the one on this dagger are even harder to detect than metallic blade, but they can be just as sharp and dangerous. One need only Google ‘ceramic knife’ to see numerous non-metallic blades that can be used as chef’s knives or deadly weapons.” http://bit.ly/zgl

  41. January 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Gingrich says he paid 31% rate on income taxes in 2010.
    He should just keep hitting robney over the head with this.

  42. January 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

    A witness sends in this short video of the smoke bombs thrown over the White House fence last night by Occupy protesters.

    No one was injured or arrested. The president was having dinner with first lady Michelle Obama and friends at a nearby steak house. As we reported last night, the White House was locked down to investigate and clear the area.

    One Occupy protester at the scene said she doesn’t believe the incident represents the spirit of the Occupy movement.

    “It’s unfortunate when these things happen,” said Pepper Yarrow, standing outside the security perimeter last night.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/01/video-smoking-objects-on-white-house-lawn-111281.html

  43. January 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

  44. 168 lamh34
    January 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I read somewhere that Da Grifter (i.e. Sarah palin) is encouraging SC voters to vote for Gingrich. Methinks Sarah PayPay still wants to stick it to McLame. So McLame endorses Romney, and PayPay says heck no…vote Gingrich. Interesting she didn’t say vote for Santorum.

    Palin urges SC voters to support Gingrich in primary

    • January 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Good. I want the tundra twit to play her divisive self this year. And noot is her perfect personal minion. Made of each other in their viciousness and bigotry.

      Mebbe noot will ditch that whathead and marry caribou barbie ?

  45. 170 lamh34
    January 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

    So now Chris Christie is saying tht Romney needs to release the tax returns.

    • 171 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Oh, brother. These people lack so much credibility that even when they say something reasonable, they look like they are turning on each other. They all have two sides, and it must be hard keeping track which side they’ll be on, any given day.

  46. 172 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

    READ THE WHOLE PAGE REGARDING KEYSTONE

    http://thinkprogress.org/green/issue/

  47. 175 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Cringeville: MSNBC just showed a clip of the flat-footed Romney in his “new jeans” walking toward some people in a parking lot. Willard even mentioned during one “speech” that he was “wearing jeans.” Phony baloney. He even looks pitiful when he “dresses down” for the rest of us.

  48. January 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

    oh, btw good effing morning folks.

  49. January 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

  50. January 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Any photos of POTUS ans FLOTUS from last night?

  51. January 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

    The President floating a trial balloon for naming Larry Summers the head of the Workd Bank.

  52. January 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Let me try again

  53. 194 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Okay, that’s it. Certain days ya just can’t “take” this stuff. Karen Santorum was shown on MSNBC at a previous interview, sitting beside hubby, defending him by saying that gay people are “bullying” her dear sweet husband who “doesn’t hate anybody.” So, this woman who lived with a much older doctor who performed abortions for five years or so in her past and seemingly condoned it, now doesn’t want other women to have that choice, and following nasty remarks against gays from Ricky, she says gays are bullying him.

    Is this still Planet Earth?

    Off to breathe!

    • 195 desertflower
      January 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

      You know better than that:) She’s playing the “poor victim”….waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Seriously? Can’t stand the heat, get outta the kitchen, Karen! She SHOULD be apologizing to America for wasting our time having to listen to her wackjob husband! Go Away…far, far away.

    • January 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Just like Rick Perry’s wife who claimed members of the Republican party were against her husband because he’s a Christian. members of the Republican party? give me a break.

  54. January 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Court to that TX idjit, noot and PA idjit – GFY

  55. 200 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Swear to God…you can’t make this stuff up!!!

    Romney: ‘I Feel Under Attack’ By Obama’s Business Policies
    Mitt Romney, at an appearance in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is drawing a contrast between President Obama and himself. “I feel under attack” by Obama’s policies, especially concerning business, Romney said.

  56. January 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    via twitterdom

    Authorities arrested four people and will announce charges against several more on Wednesday as part of the government’s sweeping probe into insider trading at hedge funds, an FBI spokesman said.

    The charges are part of the government’s long-running investigation into the alleged sharing of confidential information on publicly traded corporations with hedge fund managers and analysts.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/us-insidertrading-arrests-idUSTRE80H18920120118

    • 204 desertflower
      January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      I posted that earlier this morning…with the snark that no one has been prosecuted for financial crimes….

  57. 205 Bill
    January 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    The shills defending Bain Capital know nothing about it and are going to look like fools when all the facts are out. Bain invested in four or so successful start-ups to which Willard continually refers, but the thrust of its business was involved in leveraged buy outs with the companies ultimately going bankrupt and Bain making millions. Willard was asked about such a specific Bain investment in the last debate. He responded by talking about the usual start-ups, not menrtioning the specific question, and none of the moderators pushed him to answer. The lack of the ability to respond indicates Willard has no response, and this eventually will only add to his downfall. Willard may become the most flawed presidential candidate of a major party in modern history.

  58. January 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Debbie W. Shultz to be in Alex Wagner show!

  59. 208 dotster3
    January 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  60. January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Sargent tweet

  61. January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Alex Wagger just said she can’t get enough of Ron Paul!
    Doubling down?

  62. January 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    GEEZE

  63. January 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Obama to say no to that pipeline. emoprogs aka pretend left with oil sludge on their collective face.

  64. 223 a4alice
    January 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    OK Phew. tweeted all of your linky’s I’m wondering if it would be good to put pressure on the states that this is affecting? like tweeting the senators, gov. et al. with this environmental stuff.

  65. January 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Wow TOD Family. When I left for work this morning there were four comments on this thread. You all have been very busy!
    Thank you Chips for the great video clips. I always love to see Shep Smith. I don’t know how he is able to keep his job at Faux News but glad he is there.

  66. 226 dotster3
    January 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Chuck T. tweeted that he’s hearing in S.C. that the reason the debate crowd was so rabid, rowdy, racist and blood thirsty was that they had all been tailgating pre-debate. What??? They were all drunk? The booze excuse?

  67. 235 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Freaking reality check for the unthinkable (I want to go on record as NOT believing this is going to happen, but more to realize what is at stake…for the complacent, “I didn’t get my pony that shits glitter” crowd)

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/january_february_2012/features/what_if_he_loses034501.php

  68. 236 halo
    January 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The formal announcement is expected at 3 p.m. from Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. Although the permit would be rejected, TransCanada would still be allowed to continue to work on and pitch an alternative route through Nebraska.

    What does this mean?

    • January 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Haven’t seen the details yet, but it looks like it’s a no to the original proposed route, TransCanada have to apply for permit for new route.

      It’s good news ;-)

        • January 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

          Pretty much, it kicks it to after the election, which is what the Administration wanted in the first place.

        • 240 halo
          January 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

          Yes I know that, DEFINITELY good news! Just wondering though if it’s just diplo-speak for come back with another route or simply sorry, you’re done. The whole point about Keystone is that yes, going through Nebraska threatens our water supply, but more specifically that the sheer volume of carbon from the tar sands will be disastrous for climate change.

        • January 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

          We’ll see.

          The Obama administration was poised on Wednesday to reject the Keystone crude oil pipeline, according to sources, a decision that would be welcomed by environmental groups but inflame the domestic energy industry.

          The administration could make its announcement on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline late on Wednesday or on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. TransCanada Corp. shares slid more than 3 percent after the news.

          “We’re expecting the pipeline to be rejected,” the source said.

          TransCanada’s planned 1,700-mile pipeline has become a potent symbol in the battle over of the future of U.S. energy policy.

          http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/us-keystone-decision-idUSTRE80H1I720120118?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=71

          • 242 halo
            January 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

            Good short term victory for sure!

          • 243 desertflower
            January 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

            The MSNBC piece mentioned how environmental groups would applaud this and unions would be mad because of the jobs it would bring. Only problem with that is that the # of jobs is not that much at all…ThinkProgress debunked that months ago. Would go against the Green Jobs that this administration is working on…along with all the other mess that goes with this:)

  69. 244 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-miserly-concern-for-the-poor/2012/01/17/gIQAEtpM6P_story.html?hpid=z2

    Romney’s tax plan would exacerbate the unfairness. He would continue the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and provide extra breaks that would primarily help the rich. According to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, taxpayers with incomes of $1 million or more would see an average tax cut of $287,000 compared to letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire.

    At the same time, Romney would do away with recent increases in the child tax credit and the earned-income tax credit — provisions that help low-income families. As a consequence, between 16 and 20 percent of those with incomes of $50,000 or less would actually see their taxes rise under a President Romney.

  70. January 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Boner is Pissed.

    That is a good bumper sticker! Lol!

  71. January 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    twitterdom is on fire today. :)

  72. 253 Pamela
    January 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Y’all….. Storm as promised, deep and cold, but beautiful! Have been out to water the birds, do a bit of shoveling…. Our street is a steep hill, so no buses, no traffic, so quiet it feels like living in the country again! Love it….

    • 254 desertflower
      January 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      As long as you have heat, food and water….and wine…..sit back and enjoy the quiet :) Glad you are all ok. how many inches?

      • 255 Pamela
        January 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        Yes, thanks, have all the above, but I don’t drink, well, except for green tea or water! I was out about 1/2 an hour ago, it looked only about 3 inches, but soft and light, would be fantastic skiing in the mountains! Feels like most people have taken the advice of the DOV and stayed home… With schools and our road closed, kids will be out sledding soon… That is fun..

    • January 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Why are you watering those poor birds?

      • 257 desertflower
        January 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        :) So they can be slickery!

        • 258 Pamela
          January 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          No no, sillies! My birds are the most important things in my yard. They really keep it natural out there! Because we seldom get snow, they don’t migrate…. Well, many of them don’t migrate…. Then there are the winter birds. They all need clean water, and as I change the baths every day, today it is just a bit more effort on my part to make sure they have water to drink, snow is hard to drink! You would love to see how they chirp to me when I fill the baths… I love that part. As soon as I walk away, they swoop in for a taste… Also putting out nuts for the squirrel… Snow is hard for them… That’s all, that is why I do it, besides, it really IS beautiful out there, quiet, cold, soft. Good for me to get up off my backside anyway! ;)

  73. January 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Nuclear Mitt!

  74. 260 dotster3
    January 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    If you didn’t catch Colbert last night, watch his segments. They are all priceless, especially his take on the Christian Mingle dating ads:

    http://www.colbertnation.com/

  75. January 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  76. 262 DD
    January 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Check out this website and do a comparison to see if you’re paying more taxes then Mitt: http://www.whatmittpays.com

  77. January 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Stephanie cutter on Andrea mitchel show.

    Love her! She is the best! Her and DWS ate great surrogates!

  78. January 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Does anyone know if the republicans could “appoint” their nominee at the repug convention at the last minute? If Mittens tanks can “they” just pull out another canidate (say Christie) in August? Would that be legal? They have something cooking…I smell it.

    • 267 prettyfoot58
      January 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      when a nominee wins delegates…the delegates are committed to vote for that candidate at the convention…however if none of the nominees come into the convention with enough delegates to win the nomination…it can become a brokered convention in which delegates can vote for whom they choose….

      interesting state of affairs…

  79. 269 nintendowii10
    January 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    OK I’m on HuffyFluffy on the thread about the XL pipeline being killed, and right wing heads are exploding. They are sniveling, crying, and this is a sure defeat for them. They were counting on President Obama to “cave” and approve the pipeline and anger environmentalists. They can say “President Obama just said no to jobs” but all Obama has to do is say how the Republicans blocked the American Jobs Act, which would have created many more jobs than the XL pipeline. Checkmate! :grin:

    • 270 Linda
      January 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      I was over there also……

      How can so many people be so uninformed ?

      I remember when most people over there were the smart ones…..

  80. 271 desertflower
    January 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Yep! Off the rails!

    Boehner Spox Responds To Keystone Shelving
    Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner provided the following statement in response to news that the State Department has decided not to go forward on the Keystone XL pipeline:

    President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and sell American energy security to the Chinese. The President won’t stand up to his political base even to create American jobs. This is not the end of this fight.

    Boner was set to PROFIT from this deal if it went through. The LIE that this was going to destroy 10′s of THOUSANDS of jobs…is just that. A LIE. In fact, his ENTIRE STATEMENT IS A LIE!

    • January 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      If Boehner were serious then he would have done everything in his power to bring AJA to the House floor for a vote and made sure his Senate colleagues did not stand in the way. Now he’s crying because he ain’t going to get paid.


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