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rise and shine

White House: On Monday, January 30, the President will join a special Google+ Hangout from the West Wing. He’ll be answering several of the most popular questions that have been submitted through YouTube, and some of the people who submitted questions will even be invited to join the President in the Hangout and take part in the live conversation.

Do you have a question for President Obama? Here’s how you can participate:

Starting today through January 28th, you can visit the White House YouTube channel to submit your questions and vote on your favorites.

Tomorrow, watch the State of the Union live at 9:00 p.m. EST on YouTube.com/whitehouse or on WhiteHouse.gov/sotu

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Paul Krugman: How goes the state of the union? Well, the state of the economy remains terrible. Three years after President Obama’s inauguration and two and a half years since the official end of the recession, unemployment remains painfully high.

But there are reasons to think that we’re finally on the (slow) road to better times. And we wouldn’t be on that road if Mr. Obama had given in to Republican demands that he slash spending, or the Federal Reserve had given in to Republican demands that it tighten money.

Why am I letting a bit of optimism break through the clouds? Recent economic data have been a bit better, but we’ve already had several false dawns on that front. More important, there’s evidence that the two great problems at the root of our slump — the housing bust and excessive private debt — are finally easing.

….if this year’s election brings the wrong ideology to power, America’s nascent recovery might well be snuffed out.

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From Steve Benen:

INGRAHAM: You’ve also noted that there are signs of improvement on the horizon in the economy. How do you answer the president’s argument that the economy is getting better in a general election campaign if you yourself are saying it’s getting better?

ROMNEY: Well, of course it’s getting better. The economy always gets better after a recession, there is always a recovery. […]

INGRAHAM: Isn’t it a hard argument to make if you’re saying, like, OK, he inherited this recession, he took a bunch of steps to try to turn the economy around, and now, we’re seeing more jobs, but vote against him anyway? Isn’t that a hard argument to make? Is that a stark enough contrast?

ROMNEY: Have you got a better one, Laura? It just happens to be the truth.

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John Heilemann (NY Mag): ….. If Gingrich wins Florida, the Republican Establishment is going to have a meltdown that makes Three Mile Island look like a marshmallow roast. Why? Because the Establishment will be staring down the barrel of two utterly unpalatable choices. On the one hand, Gingrich’s national favorable-unfavorable ratings of 26.5 and 58.6 percent, respectively make him not just unelectable against Obama but also mean that he would likely be a ten-ton millstone around the necks of down-ballot Republican candidates across the country. And on the other, Romney will have shown in two successive contests—one in a bellwether Republican state, the other in a key swing state—an inability to beat his deeply unpopular rival. If this scenario unfolds, the sound of GOP grandees whispering calls for a white knight, be it Indiana governor Mitch Daniels (who, conveniently, is delivering the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night) or Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan or even Jeb Bush, will be deafening.

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Nick Anderson

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Fareed Zakaria (CNN): …. President Obama entered the Oval Office with the United States deeply unpopular around the world, with vast commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, with difficult relations with many countries and a large part of the world feeling that it had been ignored by an America obsessed by the “War on Terror.”

Obama was determined to pare down America’s commitments and its military footprint and to regain goodwill and trust abroad. For the most part, he has done so….

If the war against al Qaeda is the most visible and dramatic success story, the most significant long-term success might be in Asia, where Obama has pivoted …. He did so carefully and skillfully so that Asia countries saw it as a response to their requests rather than an unilateral assertion of American power….

All in all, it’s a pretty strong record. Which is why you actually don’t hear Republicans talking much about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

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Greg Sargent: Romney to bombard Gingrich with scorched earth attacks: The big news this morning is that the Romney campaign — stung by Newt Gingrich’s big South Carolina win — is prepared to unleash a white-hot series of assaults on the (again) surging challenger. One of these, apparently, will be a continued demand that Gingrich release the ethics probe that got him bounced from Congress — even though the probe has already been released.

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McClatchy

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Morning everyone ;-)


167 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Day Chips! Good Day TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    So we’ve got a choice this year. We have not seen a choice this stark in years. I mean, even in 2008, the Republican nominee wasn’t a climate change denier. He was in favor of immigration reform. He was opposed to torture.

    The contrast this year could not be sharper. So the question is not whether people are still hurting; people are still hurting profoundly. A lot of folks out there still out of work looking for work. The question is, what do we do about it? The debate that we need to have in this election is about where do we go from here. . . .

    I am just as determined now as I was then. And if you are willing to stand alongside me, we will knock those obstacles out of the way. We will reach for that vision of America that we believe in — in our hearts — and change will come. If you will work harder than you did last time, change will come.

    –from Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event, Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York, January 19, 2012

    Have a great day, everyone! :-P

  2. 9 Sukey
    January 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Wow. New post!

  3. 11 lovingandlaughing
    January 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Yay, Chips is in action this morning! It’s been a long wait, or so it seems! Love ya!

  4. 13 collegekay
    January 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Wow what a freaking awesome mishmash Chips! :D

    Good morning all. About to go to class in an hour.

  5. January 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Lol! Rand Paul has been arrested by TSA.
    TSA? Ironic, isn’t it?
    Refused pat down.
    This is a ploy, his dad will use this screaming nanny state!

  6. January 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

    A very Happy Monday Morning Chips & TODville! May the sun smile upon you, wherever you are! :lol:

  7. January 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Florida, ..’if you don’t like Rick Scott, don’t elect someone like him for the White House’ Steve Benen
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/the_kind_of_candidate_floridia034922.php

  8. 23 Ladyhawke
    January 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    pm carpenter is brilliant and hilarious…..

    ROMNEY’S TWO-FRONT WAR

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    That is, Romney intends to hit Gingrich at his weakest points, when he should be hitting the bloated demagogue at his strongest point. Which is? Well, yesterday Gingrich did everything but bullhorn the damn thing on “Meet the Press”:

    People are just sick and tired of being told what they’re allowed to think, what they’re allowed to say.

    Gingrich, mirabile dictu, is not; indeed he revels in opportunities to speak his Everyman mind.

    One problem, though. What in hell is this Tiffany’s-charging, Freddie-Mac fraud of an Everyman talking about? His past is nothing compared to his present: Gingrich the bejeweled, insider-frolicking con artist and circus barker is now attempting to con the real Everymen into believing their freedom to think and speak is already foreclosed by the omnipotent supermen of a powerfully superior liberalism. This is the old, defeatist, “paranoid style” politics that should be advertised by Romney for what it is, as he unveils its fraudulent embodiment for who he is — purely an act.

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    Read more here…

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/01/romneys-two-front-war.html

  9. January 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    A SUSPECTED U.S. DRONE STRIKE MEANWHILE killed four suspected militants today in North Waziristan amid signs that U.S.-Pakistani cooperation in the secret war against Islamist militants was slowly returning to normal. http://bit.ly/zFfiRP

  10. January 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Heh, I posted that mittens 1% toon coupla days back. Where is my cigar, chips ?

    Been traveling all over Kenya for the past 2 days (NO, no luck with that usurper marxist/fascist/capitalist’s birth certificate. Dman that clever fella).

    Lovely country. Great peeps.

    • January 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

      :oops:

      Morning amk! If you have any luck in your birth cert hunt let us know, we want a world exclusive :lol:

    • January 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Question-
      A lot of African Countries, people have a British accent.

      Past colonization?

      • January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        The US was colonized by the British, and no-one here speaks with a British accent (except for those people in Maine)… Yes, colonization probably plays a part, but remember that Africa has 54 different countries, colonized by France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Hollland, Italy, Germany and Britain. I think you’ll find many accents, but they’re all generally European or African – and a large part of that is due to the education system. Just like Japan and India also speak with British accents for the same reason.
        :)

      • 29 MJ
        January 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        Hi Jovie,
        In addition to what Theo67 wrote below, you should be aware that in the post-colonial era, many of the prominent Africans you see on television have completed their undergraduate and graduate studies at schools in the UK.

    • January 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Good afternoon (where you are) amk! ;)

      Since no luck with b/certificate search, maybe you can try instead to find the hospital there where he was born, or the nurse/midwife who helped. You’ve got to leave no stone unturned in order to finally provide real evidence for patriotic Americans. :roll:

  11. January 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    THE FIRST ALL-FEMALE NAVAL CONSTRUCTION TEAM recently completed its job of building barracks in Helmand province in record time, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Beating deadline made up for long days and freezing nights in tents without plumbing, building four 20-by-30-foot structures, said Gafayat Moradeyo, the mission commander.” Read the story here: http://lat.ms/zVVqsp

  12. 33 dotster3
    January 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I can’t believe this is an actual part of Willard’s stump speech: “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America that millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I believe in.” No wonder people are falling asleep at his events and are showing up in fewer numbers.
    http://wonkette.com/460859/mitt-romney-believes-in-an-american-america-full-of-american-americans

    • 34 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

      HERE..HERE!..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

    • 35 overseasgranny
      January 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

      He said whazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      The man is so boring, and when he lies he gets that smarmy tiny grin on his face.

    • 37 Ladyhawke
      January 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Just reading that makes me dizzy.

    • 38 TrumpDog
      January 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

      YIKES.

      It doesn’t help that when he speaks, he sounds like a robot reciting lines.

      Can I just say that if you have to TELL someone how much you love America, that maybe, perhaps, you really don’t?
      It’s like the guy that keeps talking about what a great lover he is and then you sleep with him and are like “that’s it”/
      Or the person that claims to be such a great Christian and you find out they are living a double life. (Ted Haggard, anyone?)

      I’m just saying that DEEDS are more important than talk. If Rmoney believes in America as much as he claims, it would show in his actions. And I’m not seeing it.

      One more thing: I hate Rmoney’s logo. It seems like he’s trying to rip off Obama’s. And the “Believe in America” tag line seems awful close to “Change we can believe in”. :roll:

      • 39 utaustinliberal
        January 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

        Nailed it in one TrumpDog. When i heard the statement that Romney used as part of his stump speech my jaw dropped. It’s convoluted and amounts to crap. He keeps shouting from the rooftop over and over again how much he loves and believes in America, yet he hides a bulk of his fortune in Cayman Islands shells. He claims to believe in America yet Bain Capital loved closing up factories and outsourcing businesses. He claims to love and believe in America, yet under his tax plan he’ll be paying even less than he does now and poor people will be paying the bulk of their income on taxes and shouldering the burden in terms of the Fed gaining revenue. He claims to love and believe in America yet nothing he’s ever done off and on the campaign trail bears fruit to support that edict. Methinks he doth protest too much.

        • 40 ChristiMTL
          January 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

          I had to found that quote when he attacked the President for being in Hawaii.

          Standing on a stage in a chilly, wet field in Iowa on Friday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for being on Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

          Romney, who is running in the Iowa caucus, claimed he was standing out in the rain because he “cared about America.”

          “We’re out in the cold and the rain and the wind because we care about America.

          Isn’t it the most pathetic line of attack?…Seriously……

          • January 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

            Yeah, Christi, because if you stand in one of the Southeastern or Southwestern states, or Southern California or Hawaii, you do not care about Americn. I’d like him to repeat that when he campaigns in FL. Should get a big round of applause.

          • 42 Obama Grandmama
            January 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

            Besides that I read where Romney had been vacationing in Hawaii the Xmas before and at the same time PBO was there.

          • 43 Cha
            January 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm

            Tweet him that pic of PObama in the rain..smiling and not WHINING!

      • 44 EDP4BHO
        January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

        Every body tried to rip our President’s logo. Let us not forget—-Hillary. McCain. They paid him the highest compliment whilst demonizing his every motive.

    • 49 EDP4BHO
      January 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

      C’mon you all. That’s Palin in drag.

    • January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Actually, Mark Steyn over at the conservative National Review had this to say about Robo-Mitt:

      “Why is the stump speech so awful? “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.” Mitt paid some guy to write this insipid pap. And he paid others to approve it. Not only is it bland and generic, it’s lethal to him in a way that it wouldn’t be to Gingrich or Perry or Bachmann or Paul because it plays to his caricature — as a synthetic, stage-managed hollow man of no fixed beliefs.”

      http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/288873/man-who-gave-us-newt-mark-steyn

      h/t Andrew Sullivan at the daily beast

    • 51 pinkbunny
      January 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      It sounds like a entry to a joke: How many americans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

  13. January 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    LIar, Liar, racist pants on fire:

    “Gingrich claims that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” He’s wrong. More were added under Bush than under Obama, according to the most recent figures.

    Gingrich would have been correct to say the number now on food aid is historically high. The number stood at 46,224,722 persons as of October, the most recent month on record. And it’s also true that the number has risen sharply since Obama took office.

    But Gingrich goes too far to say Obama has put more on the rolls than other presidents. We asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition service for month-by-month figures going back to January 2001. And they show that under President George W. Bush the number of recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million. Nothing before comes close to that.

    And under Obama, the increase so far has been 14.2 million. To be exact, the program has so far grown by 444,574 fewer recipients during Obama’s time in office than during Bush’s.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-18/fact-check-gingrich-obama-food-stamps/52645882/1

    • 53 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

      HIS PANTS BEING ON FIRE ARE WHAT GOT HIM INTO TROUBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE!…:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    • 55 TrumpDog
      January 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

      This needs to be front news like Noot’s claim is. But it probably won’t be. “Liberal” media.

    • 56 EDP4BHO
      January 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Unless PBO actually caused folks to lose their jobs, he can’t “put” people on food stamps. Only ignorant, pea-brained people would believe this convoluted logic.

    • January 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Now, now. This Floridian wants this to come out AFTER the Florida primary. If crazy, rascist Newt beats Robney in this large swing state, then Mitten’s is all the more damaged goods. GO NEWT! Heh.

    • 59 nabsentia23
      January 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Not surprised by this at all. The GOP is known for this. Look under Reagan and Bush 41 and I’m certain you will find a similiar trend.

    • January 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Personally, I think that if the numbers are so high, we’re lucky that there’s a President who’s willing to ensure that food stamps are available, even during times of economic crisis. The GOP would want to eliminate that support.

      The truth is, the rise in people on food stamps under George W. Bush is a scandal because the economy was falsely booming. People were leveraging their homes to death, the banks and CEOs were reaping unbelievable profits, and tax cuts were being doled out without a care in the world for the impact to the nations’s deficit. And all that time of relative “prosperity”, people were piling onto the food stamp program. Contrast that with the crisis that George Bush created, that caused people to turn to food stamps for basic survival – as expected during an economy crisis. The fact that the number is 14.2 million, instead of 142 million is a testament to the policies and programs that the President put in place to place floor under the spiraling economy, and get people and the economy stabilized, allowing people who needed help to get help. These are two statistics that require the full context to be laid out – so people can see the glaring differences in ideology.

  14. January 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Just in- Supreme Court will not hear debate on whether Justice Kagan should be escaped during the health care law debate.

    Did not know their was one and what about Justice Thomas? Jeesh!

  15. 65 Ladyhawke
    January 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    NEWT GINGRICH IS ANGRY

    By Roger Simon

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    Newt Gingrich is the angriest man in America.
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    The Gingrich campaign is based on the notion of perpetual struggle against perpetual peril.
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    Anger, umbrage and bitterness are so much a part of Gingrich’s public persona that he likes to attack the very concept of happiness.
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    Americans don’t want sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. They want blood, toil, tears and sweat. They want a dependably gloomy man in the Oval Office. They want Newt!

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    Sorry, it’s GOPolitico, but Roger Simon very effectively captures the essence of Newt.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71768.html

  16. January 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The candidates in the Massachusetts Senate tentatively reached a first-of-its-kind agreement to limit outside ads after Republican Sen. Scott Brown agreed to a counteroffer made by Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren Monday just days after talks hit an impasse.

    The campaigns are seeking to dissuade outside groups from pumping money into the state — since doing so would force a financial penalty on the candidate who benefits.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71813.html

    Interesting. Maybe a template for National deal?

  17. January 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    HERE COMES KEYSTONE — House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday “all options” are on the table to push through the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline — and suggested that the GOP may withhold its support for an extension of the payroll tax cut to force President Barack Obama to approve the project.

    “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that this Keystone pipeline is in fact approved,” the Republican congressman said on “Fox News Sunday.” POLITICO’s Manu Raju has the story: http://politi.co/z6gJhk

    Oh brother!

  18. 75 Debz
    January 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Good morning all. As to the video, I couldn’t even finish watching it. i am sooooooo tired of hearing what PBO MUST do to get this group or that group interested. If the horror of the GOP candidates and the actions of GOP Govs since the election in 2010 isn’t enough to get everyone off their asses, then we deserve Newt. My President has some fool, talking about Israel assassinating him, some judge thinks he should be required to show up in court to prove he’s American. A fool shot at the WH while the children were there and some other fool threw a smoke bomb at the WH while the children were there. Our beautiful FLOTUS is constantly under attack, and idiots like Chris Dodd and other entertainment people canceled fundraisers because of a temper tantrum over SOPA. I wish our President would take his family home and and have the good life he deserves. We certainly don’t deserve him!!!!!!!

  19. January 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

    – A team of U.S. and Russian federal scientists are headed to Antarctica this week to inspect installations on the polar continent. The State Department announcement: http://1.usa.gov/xA22Kl.

  20. 79 Ladyhawke
    January 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Newt Gingrich’s Meanness Is The Secret Of His 2012 Success

    There is a reason Gingrich ramped up the mean factor in South Carolina by attacking the poor, gays, the media, and African Americans; he knew there was an abundance of mean-spirited, racist, religious right voters searching for a mean candidate to implement their brand of theocracy. Gingrich promised to pack the courts exclusively with graduates of Liberty and Regent University if elected to “assault the judicial dictatorship” and return America to its previous glory after courts replaced Christian America “by legalizing abortion, driving God out of public life, and making same-sex marriages become legitimized.” Liberty University School of Law, for example, pressured students to disobey U.S. law if it conflicts with what they believe is god’s law and evangelicals hardly recognize any law except for the bible. The last thing Americans need are Dominionist, religious right judges enforcing biblical law. Unfortunately, evangelicals are not content following god’s law in their lives and seek to force every American to conform to the religious right’s interpretation of “god’s law” and, apparently, they believe Newt is mean enough to make it happen.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/newt-gingrich-mean

    • 80 24Sass
      January 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      This is a good article. Newt is mean to the core, and he revels in it….it’s power to him. Gawd, he makes me so sick.

  21. 81 dotster3
    January 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

    This is despicable. Dem campaign mgr. comes home with 4 kids to find their pet cat brutally murdered on front porch with “LIBERAL” scrawled across his back. In Arkansas. Who are these rabid Repubs? So many are just deranged with hate:
    http://bluearkansasblog.com/?p=8417

    • 82 donna dem 4 obama
      January 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

      ****Warning Cat Lovers (or not) it’s graphic*****

      • 83 a4alice
        January 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        thankyou donna. won’t go there. In fact I really don’t like it when I see stuff where children, old people and animals are put in jeopardy of any kind. The kind of person who is capable of doing this to another living creature is really despicable in my estimation. (shudder)

        And that’s all I got to say about that.

    • 84 ChristiMTL
      January 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      I couldn’t look….I don’t want to be more upset than I am now………I’m shaking of anger……these psychos are really sick…….It’s very disturbing

    • 85 anniebella
      January 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      dotster3, whoever did that is sick.

    • 86 overseasgranny
      January 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I would hope the FBI would take that as a death threat to that family.

    • January 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Fucking despicable evil motherfuckers. Pardon my language, but it’s warranted. I hope they get caught and get put in with a rather large cellmate.

    • January 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      This makes me sick. I am a huge animal lover and I cannot imagine what kind of person would do such a thing. I have seven cats and they are all inside, because no domestic cat should be outside in this cruel world.

    • 89 nathkatun7
      January 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Utterly despicable! People who did this are the most vile cowards. No human being with any guts would do this to an innocent animal. Normally, I don’t believe in revenge, but in this instance I hope that if these people are caught the fitting punishment is to brand them on their foreheads with the words: “EVIL COWARDS!” My daughter has been a cat lover since she was about three-four years. She is now thirty, but she still loves cats. I don’t know how old those children were, but I know that if something like this happened to my daughter’s cats she would be devastated. I really feel for the children and their parents who have to explain this senseless cruelty to them. What kind of derangement would cause a person to kill a family pet over politics and ideology?

  22. January 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

    THIS WAS IN A STORY trolling for bad comments from Black Hollywood about PBO:

    I love Samuel Jackson’s quote, though:

    “The president got about a week of moderate applause for capturing the most-wanted man in the world. You ask me, he should have put that motherfucker on ice and defrosted his ass Nov. 1.”

  23. January 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Brutish members of Parliament call for closure of Robneys tax haven on the Caymans-

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/23/408937/british-romney-cayman-tax-haven/?mobile=wp

    Lol!

    • 94 Dudette
      January 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I’m with one of the commenters on the article and say “Pffft, as if they just found out the Cayman Islands are a tax haven.”

    • 95 Obama Grandmama
      January 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I heard Thom Hartmann mention Romney closed his Swiss protected accounts in 2010 getting ready to run for Prez.

  24. January 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Ummmmmm,-

    GREGORY: Can you have a Republican nominee who can play into the class warfare argument that the president wants to play in general?

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/22/408769/gop-nbc-agree-obama-wants-to-wage-class-warfare/?mobile=wp

    Does Gregory want to be in Robneys administration?

  25. 97 Linda
    January 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

    More Former Staffers Of Gov. Scott Walker Will Face Criminal Corruption Charges Soon |

    The embattled Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) former county staffers are facing a fresh round of criminal charges in the next week or two, as part of the “John Doe investigation” into Walker’s aides and associates during his time as Milwaukee County executive.

    Two of his ex-staffers have already been arrested, and now, at least a couple of Walker’s staffers will be charged with “doing extensive campaign activity while on the taxpayers’ dime.” At least eight of Walker’s former aides and associates have hired criminal defense lawyers and the upcoming charges “will not mark the end of the 20-month criminal investigation.”

  26. 98 Linda
    January 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Tennessee Tea Party ‘Demands’ That References To Slavery Be Removed From History Textbooks

    http://thinkprogress.org/

  27. 106 Desraye
    January 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Reading Krugman has made me depressed.

    • January 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Desraye,

      Cheer up, everything is gonna be alright…

      PBHO’s got this: ;)

      While the Congressional “Do-Nothin'” TeaREPUBLICANs/TeaGOP have been/are obstructin’, sabotagin’, extortin’, and hostage-takin’, in their attempt, to change America, as WE know it, PBHO and his Admin were/are doin’ the American People’s Business, and they’re gettin’ tangible results:

      IDEA OF THE DAY: New Economic Initiatives Build on the President’s Economic Policy… http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/ideas/2012/01/011712.html

      President Obama’s Bridge to a Better Economy: Investing in the Middle Class and Other Key Economic Foundations… http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/01/obama_economy.html

      And, you should check out the all-new WH ‘We Can’t Wait’ vid clip, downthread! :smile:

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK…So, LET’S STAY TOGETHER! ;)
      PRESS ON!

    • 108 nabsentia23
      January 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Krugman is changing his tune lately. I think he’s beginning to see what’s really happening here. The mere fact that he acknowledges that Obama is not the perpetual capitulator that so many on the Professional Left portray him as is a major breakthrough.

      And think about it…if it were for GOP obstruction, the State of Union could have been in pretty shape than it is today. The GOP could care less if our economy goes down the drain.

  28. 109 dotster3
    January 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    “Mitt appears to have realized that stammering with indignation every time the subject of his colossal wealth came up was perhaps the worst electoral strategy ever conceived.” Wonkette’s take on Romney’s belated decision to slide his tax returns, such as they are, under the radar of the SOTU media coverage: (and someone wondered if there would be a split screen)
    http://wonkette.com/460850/mitt-romney-hoping-sotu-will-overshadow-release-of-his-tax-returns

  29. 110 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm
  30. 112 Pamela
    January 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Morning All! Whoa, I can tell I’ll be running behind all day!

    • January 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      nintendowii, Somehow, I’m not getting the import of that Romney video, unless it’s to point out that he is already on record as saying that the foreclosures (housing market) just needs to hit bottom, i.e., no government interference. Since FL. was so hard hit, I hope Newt reminds us Floridians of Robney’s callous attitude. (Go Newt!…in the FL. primary). Again, what am I missing?

      P.S. While there’s still time, I hope the twitter brigade is out in full force asking Brian Williams (tonight’s debate “host”) to question how their policies differ from George Bush’s? It’s criminal that there appears a complicity between the MSM ans repub candidates to pretend 8 years of Bush never happened.

    • January 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Romney’s answer to every crisis seems to be, ‘hands off. Just walk away and try something else.’ Easy enough to do when you have unlimited choices.

    • 119 Ladyhawke
      January 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Freakin awesome. Now that’s what I’m talking about. How’s that for showing who is working for the American people.

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      January 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Well. That was just GREAT. My favorite parts were when the President was with the Head Start class – and also the looks on the faces of the college students and homecare workers. Thank you, President Obama, for all you are doing.

      We simply MUST get this national treasure re-elected. I’m In!

    • 123 anniebella
      January 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      A great video, this need to be on tv.

  31. 124 dotster3
    January 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Sen. Kirk, R-Il., suffered stroke, had emergency surgery:
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/4534

  32. 128 Linda
    January 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Police must have warrant for GPS tracking, Supreme Court rules

    Ruling overturns drug conspiracy conviction which included GPS tracking as evidence.

    Well….there ya go….a good decision by the Supremes… ( at least one I agree with )

  33. 129 dotster3
    January 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Rubio should be more fussy about the kind of people he has working on his campaign. His SW Fl. regional campaign director arrested on battery charges:
    http://www.news-press.com/article/20120123/CRIME/301230021/Sen-Rubio-s-Southwest-Florida-regional-director-arrested-battery-case?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      January 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      First thing I thought of – without reading the article – is that they’re all a bunch of bullies. Just what we don’t need.

  34. 131 anniebella
    January 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I got a email today from the First Lady thanking me for the Happy Birthday wish, and the words of support I offer to her and her husband.

  35. 137 overseasgranny
    January 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    http://www.borowitzreport.com/

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – White House aides are alarmed by uncharacteristic behavior on the part of President Obama, who they say has been laughing uncontrollably since 7 PM Saturday night.

    Ever since Saturday, Mr. Obama has been oddly giddy throughout White House staff meetings, the aide said, and has been seen doodling the initials “N.G.” in the margins of memos “like a love-struck schoolgirl.”….more

  36. January 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hello, TOD family – If I didn’t live in the era of soundbites designed to evoke a reaction, if I could just go back to a time when words had distinct meanings, then I would be highly surprised by hearing all the negative talk about “the foodstamp President”. I would actually be so naive as to think that this a man who is concerned about hunger in America, a country that boasts about being the richest country in the world. I might get the idea that this is a President who cares about the millions left behind in this marvelous “free enterprise economy” of ours. But apparently I am hopelessly outdated. “Food stamps” have nothing to do with helping to provide healthy nutrition. No, “food stamps” are a synonym for certains parts of the population – those that count on the government to keep them afloat. In this wonderful new world of uninhibited profiteering by the arrogant few, entitlements are a government plot to take their money and give it to the unworthy. Brave new world, indeed. There are just a few things for which I still need to find an answer from those criticizing the “food stamp President”. How do you explain it to the chlldren who make up such a large percentage of food stamp recipients? How did they become so unworthy? And how do you explain it to yourself when you call yorself a deeply religious person? And most importantly, how do you justify your greed and your lack of empathy to yourself?

    • 143 donna dem 4 obama
      January 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      These so-called Christians justify it by convincing themselves and others that the people who need the assistance simply are abusers of the system. They pass around emails that say someone came into the emergency room with a a broken leg that had a new cellphone and was sporting designer cloths and shoes but yet was on welfare and they stress that this is where “your” tax dollars are going.

      You see they make the exception the example for all and of course their example has to be a young Blah or Hispanic male. When you have built in prejudices you are just looking for any little thing to confirm them.

      They feel that if you are truly in need you should go to a charity or family (because everyone has a rich uncle or aunt that is just waiting to help out in your hour of need).

    • 144 PurpleShoesLA
      January 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Powerfulr post hgerhard. Well said. If I may make a suggestion, perhaps you should forward this to WH (Messina, Plouffe), because this is the kind of sentiment/comment that PBO could state during his State of the Union, in campagin ads, in any upcoming debates with the Repugnant nominee once selected. It is right on point with PBO’s remarks last Thursday, as noted in PJ’s quote of his above. His vision of America (and I would believe most America feels this way) does NOT involve children starving while the Repugnants could care less.

    • 145 nabsentia23
      January 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Actually, Gingrich was talking in code when he called Obama the “food stamp President.” Welfare in this country has been portrayed as a “black” thing when just as many whites receive benefits, too. So, it wasn’t just an attack on our social safety net – it was a racial attack as well. This is why Juan Williams mentioned this to Newt and got burned.

      Newt is using a coded language developed by Lee Atwater in the late ’70s/early ’80s. The GOP has used this language for decades but due to Obama being elected, the code is breaking down. Atwater knew you could no longer outright call African Americans derogatory names. So, you speak in a code that is more subtle.

    • January 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Beautifully stated, hgherd. What they think as an insult to our president is actually a complement in the minds of caring people.

  37. January 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Good morning TOD. Happy Monday. I just lit my candle at home for PBO especially
    regarding his SOTU tmrw and for his safety in general. Please do the same either
    literally or virtually if you are so inclined. He needs all the good vibes and blessings
    especially for the SOTU. Love you all.

  38. January 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Hellooooooo everyone! Wondering if anyone can help with this? Our good friend Henry Healy has been in touch to ask if anyone knows where he can get Obama 2012 flags – ie big ones, not those small ones that are available at the OFA store. He and the Moneygall people are looking for around 100 of them to fly in the village ahead of the election – how excellent is that?

    He’s checked everywhere online but can’t find ones big enough to fly from flagpoles.

    Any help would be HUGELY appreciated, thanks a million ;-)

  39. 158 Fred
    January 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    good morning TOD family.S’been a while.Mom’s rehab is going well but it’s an issue to get her to bend that knee . . .

    I am so happy the winter;for now;has made it simpler for us to walk her to that rehab place.She is not happy about the walking but I am having none of the whining and moaning.

    She went to do some grocery shopping Saturday with the help of my brother too :o

    I’ll ask my doctor for a blood test because I’ve felt tired since last year when I started my bladder treatment around June but this feels a lot more than fatigue at this point.

    Thanks Chips for this site.I am not around much but I think of my TOD family everyday.Congrats Chips on the milestone and may this site hit many many many more :D

    May God continue to guide our Potus as he has to make the toughest decisions on our behalf and may He continue to protect and bless both our Potus and Flotus

    until next time my TOD family
    Fred ;)

    • January 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Lovely to hear from you Fred, so happy your Mom’s rehab is going well. I’m not surprised you’re feeling tired, life must be draining with all this going on, but get that blood test done soon and get it checked out. Drop in when you can, but look after yourself and get some rest. Talk soon.

    • January 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Hellllooooooooooo, Fred!! So great to hear from you. I hope you get some reprieve from your fatigue. Rest well.

    • 163 Obama Grandmama
      January 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Fred, I am so far behind the thread today you will probably never see this, but I wanted to let you know I was especially interested in your posts about your mom’s surgery since I am to have the same surgery in March. It was scary to me to read about it at first but I am hoping she is doing better now as I will need to be brave to have mine done. It will be a total knee replacement and a three day hospital stay.

  40. January 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    This is a must-read from Andrew Sullivan:

    Oh, snap, he really nails the GOP with this one.

    “This is the current GOP. It purges dissidents, it vaunts total loyalty, it polices discourse for any deviation. If you really have a cogent argument, you find yourself fired – like Bruce Bartlett of David Frum – or subject to blacklists, like me and Fox. You can find Steve Schmidt lamenting Gingrich for very good reasons, and then you realize that it was Schmidt – a moderate, sane, level-headed professional – who helped pick Sarah Palin for the vice-presidential nomination. Because he correctly realized that she would actually add base votes and prevent a total Obama tsunami. In the end, he knew what he had to do. In the end, the “establishment” knows the party they have created.

    This now is the party of Palin and Gingrich, animated primarily by hatred of elites, angry at the new shape and color of America, befuddled by a suddenly more complicated world, and dedicated primarily to emotion rather than reason. That party is simply not one that can rally behind a Mitt Romney. He too knows what he has to say – hence his ludicrous invocation of Obama as some kind of alien being. But it doesn’t work. He believes it – since he seems capable of genuinely believing in anything that will win him votes and power. But he doesn’t have the rage to make it work. And that rage cannot be downward, as Romney’s often is – toward hecklers or interviewers. It has to be upward – at vague, treasonous elites. It has to have that Poujadist touch, that soupcon of contempt, that sends shivers up the legs of the Republican faithful, reared on Limbaugh, propagandized by Fox, and coated with a shallow knowledge of a largely fictionalized past.

    This is Gingrich’s party; and Ailes'; and Rove’s. They made it; and it is only fitting it now be put on the table, for full inspection. Better sooner than later.

    Obama is a poultice. He brings poison to the surface. Where, with any luck, it dies.”

  41. January 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    For anyone who isn’t on the WH mailing list, here is the follow-up WH staff will be doing on the SOTU:

    Wednesday Office Hours Schedule
    All Day: Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, answers your questions on Twitter (@jearnest44)
    1:00 p.m.: Office Hours with Mark Zuckerman, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council
    3:00 p.m.: Office Hours with Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44), White House Communications Director

    Thursday Office Hours Schedule
    10:00 a.m. Veterans: Matt Flavin, White House Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy
    11:00 a.m. LGBT: Miriam Vogel, White House Senior Policy Advisor and Gautam Raghavan, White House Associate Director for Public Engagement
    12:00 p.m. Women: Racquel Russell, Special Assistant to the President for Mobility and Opportunity and Avra Siegel, White House Deputy Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls
    1:00 p.m. Seniors: Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Nick Papas, Assistant Press Secretary
    2:00 p.m. Latinos: Felicia Escobar, White House Senior Policy Advisor, Julie Rodriguez, White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and Luis Miranda, White House Director of Hispanic Media
    4:00 p.m. Small Business Owners: Christine Koronides, Senior Advisor for Economic Policy, National Economic Council
    5:00 p.m. African Americans: Danielle Gray, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
    6:00 p.m. Asian American Pacific Islanders: Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary
    TBD Youth: Administration official to be announced

    Friday Office Hours Schedule
    11:00 a.m. Foreign Policy: Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
    12:00 p.m. Education: Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
    1:00 p.m. Health: Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Nick Papas, Assistant Press Secretary
    2:00 p.m. Energy: Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change and Dan Utech, Deputy Director for Energy Policy
    3:00 p.m. Consumer Protections: Brian Deese, Deputy Director National Economic Council
    4:00 pm The Economy: Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director National Economic Council
    5:00 p.m. Job Opportunities: Portia Wu, Senior Policy Advisor for Mobility and Opportunity Policy
    6:00 p.m. Urban Issues: Racquel Russell, Special Assistant to the President for Mobility and Opportunity

    Monday January 30
    President Obama participates in a Google+ Hangout from the White House

    So look for into on twitter and http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/


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