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afternoon all

Charles Pierce: …. Emboldened by enablers, the bishops have expanded their demands for exemptions from simply Catholic institutions to every business in America. There’s a reason for this …. they’ve been sitting back on their ermined duffs, believing that they were done so very wrong in the investigation of their crimes, and nursing the mother of all grudges, for over a decade. Now they’ve decided to strike back for the power they’ve lost. Women’s health is the issue they’ve chosen, because, in their little unindicted world, women don’t count, and never have….

There were a couple of ways all of this could have been avoided. One … would have been to toss a whole lot of bishops in jail for conspiracy to obstruct justice, enough of them so their power to influence the secular law was destroyed forever. They needed to be humbled, unmercifully, until the hubris was wrung out of every damn one of them. Now, a woman working a low-income service industry job under the supervision of a Catholic boss will have her access to essential health-care truncated by a discredited encyclical to which no Catholic has paid any heed since the administration of Lyndon Johnson. These bastards needed to be broken, publicly, and into a thousand pieces that were scattered to the winds. Instead, they are “voices of conscience” again. It is to weep.

Full post here

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Greg Sargent (Washington Post): Is media getting politics of contraception all wrong?

Since the controversy over the White House’s new contraception policy broke, it’s been widely assumed that the battle is terrible politics for Obama, because it will cost him among Catholic swing voters.

But some polling from August suggests a majority of Americans supports the White House position – and that the opposition to the provision from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops makes no difference to them. Even a majority of Catholic respondents said the same.

….. The White House very well may buckle in this fight. But these numbers do suggest at least the possibility that leading commentators have been far too quick to declare this a certain political loser.

Full post here

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You can sign the petition here

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Greg Sargent: Since details of the big foreclosure settlement began leaking out, liberals have been watching to see how New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman would react, as a sign of whether the deal is a giveaway to big banks – or whether it contains the promise of real accountability.

In an interview with me just now, Schneiderman – who has gained a national liberal profile for his insistence on true accountability for financial institutions – conceded the settlement announced today was “small” in financial terms, given the struggles of underwater homeowners and people who lost their homes.

But he insisted that time will show that today’s settlement was a win – that it secured a framework that will ultimately result in a true accounting of the role big banks played in sparking the economic meltdown…..

More here

Attorney General Eric holder listens as President Obama speaks about a mortgage settlement in the Eisenhower Executive Office building

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President Obama arrives to deliver remarks on the No Child Left Behind law in the East Room of the White House

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Jonathan Bernstein (Washington Post): Today’s economic news is that new claims for unemployment benefits have fallen again, with the four-week average now at the lowest point since spring 2008. That’s not all; the stock market is also at its highest point since spring 2008, and Gallup’s economic confidence numbers are also approaching post-recession highs.

It’s no coincidence that the run of good economic news – and employment is only a part of that – has been accompanied by a climb by Barack Obama in the polls. Indeed, the Pollster average now has Obama with an average 5.5 point lead over Romney.

….. It’s certainly possible that the new economic momentum will, again, dissipate. But the signs are mounting that people are being a bit too pessimistic. And if so, there’s a chance that Democrats and the president could be about to receive a whole lot of unexpected good news indeed.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: How many counties did Romney win in Missouri’s doesn’t-really-count primary this week? Zero:

TPM

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President Obama and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti meet in the Oval Office, February 9

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First lady Michelle Obama greets U.S. Air Force personnel in the dining facility at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville

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191 Responses to “afternoon all”


  1. 10 Dudette
    February 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    The truth shall set you free!!! :)

  2. 11 Dudette
    February 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Really? No one else is here yet?

  3. February 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Pierce continues to rock it!

    • 15 Ladyhawke
      February 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      GOTV AND CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE FOR WOMEN IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

      Isn’t amazing how it took all this time to get to the crux of the matter. I kept saying to myself well if there is an exemption for churches then what’s the problem. Oh no exemptions for churches and houses of worship just aren’t good enough. What they wanted all along was to remove contraception coverage completely from the Affordable Care Act. And the feckless media was too happy to play along with the smokescreen. It’s been like peeling an onion.

      Now that we know exactly what the Catholic Church is demanding let’s hope the women of America will make their voices heard. There is no way that any woman of voting age can afford to sit out this election. If this issue doesn’t get women registered to vote and to the polls in November I don’t know what will. President Obama is focused on all women getting the preventive care they need. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are siding with the Catholic Church purely for political expediency.

      • February 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        We need to start taxing the asses off all these figging churches! I’ve totally had it with how all these self-righteous religions constantly medal in our politics & want to control how EVERYONE lives their lives. The USA has given these people a free ride for too long and I for one am sick of it. THEY NEED TO PAY IF THEY WANT TO PLAY! NO more grants through tax dollars for them. No more free money. Tax their extensive properties and the money being hauled in by the billions by their leaders. JEEZE LOWEEZ! If I wanted some decrepit ‘Iman’ telling me how to live I would don a burka and move to the ME.

        Sorry for the tirade but I am steaming mad. Please forgive me if I pissed anyone off here. I am not against anyone’s faith or spiritual beliefs. I just really think we need to keep the mutant goatfigging churches out of our politics and especially out of our health care and bedrooms!

  4. 18 57andFemale
    February 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Gee, Eric Schneiderman — understands what ‘progress’ means. Unlike the PL who want to lose — and lose big — on ‘principle’. No well-meaning actor of significant means better contribute to a PAC to help our President win reelection. oh NO. Robert Reich would rather Mitt Romney get to pick the next two generations of Supreme Court justices.

    Hey, if we can’t have single payer, let’s do nothing at all! There’s a plan for ya.

    Everything I’ve seen of Eric Schneiderman has impressed me, even his acknowledgment that the foreclosure plan is small, but establishes a framework.

    More Democrats like this, please. And throw in a few with progressive radio or TV shows while you’re at it.

    • 19 Dudette
      February 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      I hear ya 57AF. I watched Reich on The Ed Show (my first mistake surely) and I wanted to reach through the TV and slap him silly!

      • 20 Ladyhawke
        February 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

        Reich was just pathetic last night. His babbling didn’t make any sense at all. It really was embarrassing to watch him flailing around.

        • 21 Insomniac
          February 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

          Word! He was beyond pathetic. These are the same people who ALWAYS want liberals/democrats to go to a gun fight armed with only a knife. Why? Because, principles and shut up…that’s why. This is nonsense. Why should the President tie his hands behind his back (for principles sake) while his opponents are (and will continue to) utilize every last dime they can muster? This is the status of campaign finance rules currently. If Reich is so concerned, maybe he should be working overtime to make sure that President Obama gets a Democratically controlled Congress that can pass the necessary campaign finance reform and shut down this superpac, CU mistake made by the Supremes. People like Reich who get up on their hind legs and make a big fuss about principles (mostly to the detriment of our side) need to shut up and sit down! Idiots.

        • 26 Mel
          February 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

          Pathetic? Reich is a fucking winner he was disgasting somebody should send the great article
          that Dianic wrote dancing with the devil he really pisses me off.

      • 27 jeff
        February 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        I thought it was funny that he was decrying this ignoring the fact that he worked under Clinton who did so many things that violated his core.

    • February 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      I was glad to hear that Eric Schneiderman stated that the settlement was relatively small, but opens the door to better things. I was a little disappointed with the total amount of the settlement, when they started breaking down what it would mean to individual families. It felt like the banks got away with it. Someone posted in an earlier post all the additional facts about what the settlement does not preclude, such as criminal investigations, additional settlements, additional charges, etc., it’s important to know those details. I’ll feel better when the bankers have been squeezed a little and feel a little of the pain they’ve inflicted on the whole country and the world.

  5. 30 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    • 31 susanne
      February 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      yep, all the control-freak domineering tight-lipped men will stop buying the blue pill in protest.

    • February 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks Hopefruit. Another example of Mittens spouting nonsense. He hasn’t the foggiest idea how the president thinks. Since he would flipflop like a dying fish, he thinks everyone else will.

    • 33 Ladyhawke
      February 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are joined at the hip with the Catholic Church on this contraception issue now. Willard can campaign against birth control all he wants. But the comment makes me think that maybe it starting to occur to them how huge a voting block women are. President Obama doesn’t need to back down from anything because he happens to be on the right side of the issue. Even Juan Williams knows that. Sheesh……

  6. February 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I have one nit to pick with Sargent’s article. The policy is not new, at least n the sense of just being announced. It has been out there for a while.

  7. 35 Insomniac
    February 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    This segment from LOD with David Boies last night explains this issue very well: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755883/vp/46320611#46320611 There is a very good point made at 4:11 or so re: polygamy that speaks directly to some of the issues that some opponents are trying to raise as a way to obfuscate and confuse the issue.

    Considering that many states (28 or so) already require this and the catholic businesses operating in those states already abide by these rules, it seems that the Catholic church is just trying to,pick a fight with the Obama administration. Also, the fact that their lawyer is now saying that this rule should in fact be completely eliminated shows what exactly they’re trying to achieve. It’s a way to try to chip away at the ACA. It’s also a way for them to try to take the focus away from the scandals that are still going on within their ranks. A way for them to re-insert themselves into the politics of the nation and to interfere (once again) with women’s health.

  8. February 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    THANK YOU for posting this. I was really really worried after all the backlash (damn Huffpo), thanks for showing us what true libs like Schneidman think about this!

  9. 37 Barb
    February 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Can’t sign, duh, still trying.

  10. February 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Charles Pierce is my new man. Love, love, love his writing.

    This contraception BS drives me nuts.

    Thanka again everyone for your kindness and good thoughts. It means the world.

  11. February 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I know there’s been a lot of beltway fixation with the contraception issue, and a number of cable pundits obsess over it, but has anyone seen this taking hold on the local level? Most people in our area get their news from the local paper and the radio station and I haven’t heard or read about the topic in any of these venues. There’s a lot of local outrage about the new state budget and lots of gnashing of teeth about redistricting and taxes, but I don’t see this contraceptive issue taking hold in conversations and worries. Catholic bishops getting on their self-righteous high horses about contraceptives just seems so “old” to me, like a left-over tune from the 50’s. Catholic bishops failed countless children during the reign of silent child abuse that went on for decades (including members of my family); they failed in being effective advocates for the poor and homeless in countless urban neighborhoods; and they failed in standing against the excesses of unbridled greed that drove us into near economic collapse in 2008. Only when the dignity and health of women is involved do they wake up to condemn? I think that says all you need to know about them.

    • 45 utaustinliberal
      February 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Haven’t seen it in my local news too Jackie. It’s mostly beltway ginned up crappola. My local news has been talking about the GOP race and the fact that the pay roll tax cut will soon expire and a new deal has to be drawn up.

    • 46 susanne
      February 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      no mention of this non-issue at all.

    • February 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Jackie, a reporter at my local rag actually said this was about “free birth control and abortion” I blistered his sorry ass in an email and one to his editor for not fact checking and being a shill for the Repugnants. The mutant goatfiggers are doing their best to tie birth control to abortion. Women are just not buying that at all.

  12. 49 Dudette
    February 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Signed the petition! Flexin’ my muscles, again!! Yeh, feel the burn!!!

    • 50 Ladyhawke
      February 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I just signed too dudette. It really felt good to do that. It’s fun to see the number of signers increasing. We have 21,712 now and we need another 3,288 more by March 4, 2012.

  13. February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    By Andrew Restuccia – 02/09/12 12:16 PM ET
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission greenlighted construction of the first new nuclear reactors in the United States in more than three decades Thursday.

    The commission voted 4-1 to approve a license allowing construction and conditional operation of two reactors at Southern Co.’s Vogtle power plant near Waynesboro, Ga. Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko dissented.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/209727-feds-approve-construction-of-first-nuke-reactors-in-decades

  14. February 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    In the noting it’s 3hrs of contraception bashing, then at 5 it’s Matthews and the Bouz bashing da Rubbers, and then at ten it’s LOD bashing womens right to choose.
    Is this msnbc plan?

    • February 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      I have never wished so much in my life for medical science to figure a way for men to get pregnant and give birth. The Pill would be a rite and abortion would be sacred.

      • 55 yardarm756
        February 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        C’mon granny that would be terrible. Besides, where would you put the birth canal? There aren’t to many options unless men could do a Gargantua and give birth thru the ear canal. :-)

  15. 56 nintendowii10
    February 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Man, fuck these right wing Republican CLOWNS over at CPAC and their negative attacks on the President. They are offering ZERO ideas and preaching to a brainwashed echo chamber. I can’t wait for PBO to campaign, shellack them and make them SHUT THE FUCK UP about him being a miserable failure/Alinsky puppet. PRESS ON!!!!!

    • 57 Dudette
      February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I wonder how many people of color were sitting in the audience listening to that white-supremacist talk about the failure of multi-culturalism today. Maybe they’re Clayton Bigsby wannabees (see Dave Chappelle if you don’t know who that is). Stupid-ass fools.

      Note that Romney, who wants to be the President, doesn’t mind associating himself with a group that encourages this creep. I see another DNC (or perhaps Democratic SuperPAC) ad coming on!

    • February 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      I’m with you nintendowi10 “eff em”!

  16. February 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wasted no time in blocking Republicans’ first attempt at offering legislation in the Senate to repeal the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that would require employers to provide health insurance that includes contraceptives even if they are morally opposed to it. 

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) tried to offer a bipartisan amendment to the now-pending highway bill that would reverse the rule, but Reid objected, saying it was a distraction from the underlying legislation, and that the rule has not yet been finalized in the Obama White House. 

    “I appreciate that the Republicans take every opportunity to never miss an opportunity to mess up a good piece of legislation,” said Reid, speaking of the bill that had cleared a procedural vote by 85-11 earlier in the day. “The rule hasn’t even been finalized yet. There is no final rule. Let’s at least wait until there is a final rule. Everybody should calm down. Let’s see what transpires.” 

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/209849-reid-slaps-down-amendment-to-repeal-obamas-contraceptive-rule-

    Manchin can suck it!

  17. February 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Very sweet Flotus quote from Access Hollywood:

    “I am blessed to have a husband who is very attentive,” she said. “He is a busy man, but when it comes to family, there’s nothing more important and if there’s ever something that I need from him, or the girls need from him, he stops on a dime, because it’s his way of staying sane as well.”

    And she is expecting special treatment come February 14.

    “He always has to plan Valentine’s. That’s his job,” Mrs. Obama laughed. “I think there may be a date night. There’s something scheduled. It’s hard for him to pull off the big surprise when you’ve got a motorcade and police escorts and all that stuff.”

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/first-lady-michelle-obama-talks-keeping-malia-and-sasha-on-lets-move-campaign-valentines-day-with-president_article_60311

    P.S. The Telegraph finally apolgized to Mrs. Obama for that bullshi*t article that claimed she spent $50,000 on lingerie.

    • 63 Jessica
      February 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      “….we get a lot of our personal business done in the gym, because we’re together… that and dinner time.”

      I’m sorry but that sounded really dirty. I need to get my mind out of the gutter though.

      • 64 Dudette
        February 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        Me too Jessica. We are teetering on the edge of a naughty mat offense. ;-)

      • 68 Jessica
        February 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        On another note I think it’s interesting how reporters ask questions like “can Malia and Sasha do this and that” as if they don’t have rules because they live in the White House. Change of scenary, NOT change of lifestyle. Mrs Obama has even said that they aren’t allowed to leave the residential quarters without permission/telling her or First Granny and that’s with SS on their tail all day long.

        • 69 isonprize
          February 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

          Of course, they have rules. Michelle Obama wouldn’t have it any other way. She is raising smart, respectful women. I know in my house growing up, you better NOT leave the house without telling someone where you were going.

    • February 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      I don’t know how President Obama does all that he does. He must have a time machine or a clone – because it’s just impossible to rule the world and also find time to plan a romantic Valentine’s day “surprise”!

      p.s. Was the apology in really tiny font on a back page under some nonsense story?

      • 71 HZ
        February 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Theo67, I really do believe that we have something to do with his energy level. We have his back , and I believe he has stated such as well. I also believe that the wonderful positive, goodness within our TOD family with our Chips keeping us focused on the issues, and the positive support on the Obama Diary gives the energy flow to our wonderful President daily. .

        That is why we must always encourage each other, lift each other up when we have to let off a little steam, and even when others try to steal our joy and just plain lie on POB; we must still Stand With Him. He needs our energy of goodness and deeds of the ‘better angels within each of us.

        We are here to be informed, to inform others, to support POB, and to find ways to move forward to help millions of our brothers and sisters daily., and we do it with class, care, love, compassion, and most of all respect. He feels this great energy from us and many more who have like minds on his behalf.

        It is like we have our “Roses and Thorns Moments at the Table” and our “Family Nights and Days”, all keeping us healthy, loving, and working hard to make sure we send him back to the WH and sitting in that Oval Office representing the people with all of the wisdom, intellect, love, caring spirit, and being respected all around the world. We will continue to send out those vibes to him and FLOTUS and VPOTUS Joe Biden daily. Thanks to our Chipsticks.HZ

    • 72 yardarm756
      February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      You ladies have some wild imaginations. No wonder birth control is a big issue. :lol:

  18. February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    The Senate overwhelmingly voted to end debate on its $109 billion transportation bill Thursday, setting in motion a march toward a final vote on the measure as early as next week.

    In an 85-11 vote, the Senate invoked cloture on the measure, which has been dubbed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century bill.

    The vote to proceed on the measure on Thursday was expected, but the margin was larger than sponsor Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) predicted in the minutes before lawmakers began casting their ballots.

    “Maybe I’m just dreaming here, but I’m hoping for well over 60 votes to go forward,” she said.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/highways-bridges-and-roads/209813-senate-approves-cloture-for-109b-transportation-bill

    • 77 Linda
      February 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      House Republicans have released a transportation bill that would eliminate the government’s dedicated funding stream for mass transit, instead counting on a plan that the Congressional Budget Office found would cover just 5 percent of transit costs. The New York Times called the bill “uniquely terrible,” while Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican, called it “the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen during 35 years of public service.”

      Cuts to mass transit fall hard on low-income people who count on public transportation to get to work, go to school, and go about their lives. And they fall hardest on low-income minorities, who, as the research organization PolicyLink noted, as disproportionately likely to not own an automobile:

      As housing and jobs have moved farther apart, the distance has created employment barriers for anyone without unlimited ability to drive. Nineteen percent of African Americans and 13.7 percent of Latinos lack access to automobiles, compared with 4.6 percent of whites. Poverty complicates the problem: 33 percent of poor African Americans and 25 percent of poor Latinos lack automobile access, compared with 12.1 percent of poor whites. Cars owned by low-income people tend to be older, less reliable, and less fuel-efficient. This makes commuting to work unpredictable and more expensive, at best.

      http://thinkprogress.org/

    • 79 Cathy from MN
      February 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Good for Senators Boxer and Inhofe! I hope the unity in the Senate can get the House to step up to the plate!!!

  19. February 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    RT @DWStweets: Outside Romney’s $10K/ticket policy conference with others outraged Romney would put policy up for sale. http://t.co/Hy3ucmEG

  20. 82 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    In summary …

    #AmericaTHISisNOTaTEST #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

    • 83 Robert
      February 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Absolutely agree Bobfr. AMEN!

      • 84 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        February 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        Thank you.

        It’s time we take these hypocrites down and never let them up again. They’ve been doing merciless damage to humanity for centuries.

        #PRESSON

    • 85 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Furthermore …

      #AmericaTHISisNOTaTEST #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

    • 86 Bill
      February 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Unfortunately the politicians and pundits defending the policy are not able to express this very true point.

    • 87 susanne
      February 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      couldn’t be more clear than that.

  21. February 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This is my first time to embed a picture. I have a couple of funny GOP pics. Let’s see if I can do this!

    [IMG]http://i1251.photobucket.com/albums/hh550/MagicalEarth/GilligansGOPIsland.jpg[/IMG]

  22. February 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Senate adjourns for the week

    By Josiah Ryan
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) adjourned the Senate on Thursday night after quiet week in which no major legislative action was passed.

    When the Senate returns on Monday it will continue work on the highway transportation bill and hold a vote on the confirmation of Adalberto Jose Jordan to be United States circuit judge for the Eleventh Circuit.


    Congress needs a break… Meanwhile, the President gets yelled at if he goes to Andrews AFB to golf!

  23. February 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve been reading about this contraception thing till my eyes bleed and not once have I seen anyone anywhere bring up how this argument is going to play with WOMEN VOTERS? The GOP is utterly oblivious to alienating the largest voting bloc in the country. This is how invisible women are in this issue. Wow.

  24. 98 Dudette
    February 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I’m in a petition-signing mood today! Already signed the one for the White House and I’m thrilled to discover that Think Progress has one for Congress.Bam! Poof! I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROARRRRR!!

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/02/09/422432/take-action-tell-congress-not-to-block-affordable-access-to-contraception-for-all-women/

    Go ‘head TOD Family, show ‘em what ya workin’ with!!

    • 99 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      SIGNED,SEALED AND DELIVERED!…:)

    • 100 desertflower
      February 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Yes! I signed that one too! I’m LIVID! Bring on the petitions…bring on this fight! They will NOT WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so pissed, I could crawl out of my skin right now! PASS THIS ON!

  25. 103 nospin
    February 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Tweety is an ass.

    The End!

  26. 105 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    #PRESSON

    • 106 L3
      February 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks Bobfr. I only watch Chris periodically now; but, I knew not to watch him this week. He’s like a dog with a bone on this story. When he get’s fixated like this, he is insufferable.

    • 107 nospin
      February 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Bobfr – I was so disgusted.

    • 108 Ladyhawke
      February 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Did you notice how Tweety didn’t want to talk too much about the comments made by David Boise. Basically that this contraception coverage is not about religious freedom – it’s about labor law requirements.

    • 109 desertflower
      February 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      God love you. Tell It!

  27. February 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Hello TOD Fam!

    I’m on my second day of my new job and so far so good. Nice co-workers and all that. Yesterday i asked how much time we get for lunch and the girl who hired and currently training me says, “eh, there really is no set time” :shock: Oh-kay. There are 6 of us in a temporary space until March (40-50 employees in total). Then we will move into a new office where pretty much everyone will have huge windows to look out of when we should be working.

    So get this. My ears perked up when the girl told me that they were purchased by a PRIVATE EQUITY firm some time ago. I didn’t say anything but Bain Capital & ‘When Mitt Romney Came To Town’ came to mind. LOL…

    Anyways, lots to catch up on! I must know what’s going on with my main man PBO! ;)

  28. 115 dotster3
    February 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    So—-I’m in Fl. on a little vacay staying near my sis and bro-in-law and my 94 yr. old mom, who has a boyfriend! Encouraging! We went to a party last night—-Wild Wednesday, it was called, which is pretty funny since it’s dancing with the sr. set and we were home before 9:00—-good turk din also included. Not real “wild”. Anyhoo—–seated next to me just happened to be an Obama coordinator from Va.—–man were we happy to find each other in this mostly conservative area—-altho she said there are a bunch of secret Obama voters here. (kinda sad about the “secret” part) We flashed our respective Obama buttons and had a great little hopeful chat. She’s optimistic about Va. again. And then one other personal Obama observance—-I’m reading an interesting and fun book—-“The Girls From Ames”—-picked it up because I grew up in Iowa—-and it’s about a group of girls who have been friends since they were young girls in Ames, Ia., now in their 40’s, have remained friends, have scattered and still get together annually and keep in close contact, how that friendship has taken them through marriages and divorces and children, through triumphs and tragedies. At one point the author notes their political leanings and the peaked interest and discussion the girls had after Sen. Obama appeared in Ames in Feb. 2007, 11 mo. before the caucuses, how it was reported that “the Ames crowd cheered Obama wildly”. Just a couple of personal experiences relating to PBO that I was happy to run across.

    • February 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Cool.

      Yeah, its too bad that his supporters have to hide in secret. I hope he wins VA.

    • 117 Dudette
      February 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you for sharing thatgreat story, dotster.

      And may I say to your Mom, who’s 94 and still pulling’ “You GO Girl, I wanna be just be just like you when I grow up!” :-) :-) :-)

  29. 118 Lightfoot
    February 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Ah, yes! To quote the very perceptive reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, “I have graduated past religion!”

  30. February 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Hiya TODville, I’m hooooome, …well for a couple of hours anyway! I really, really miss you guys – that includes YOU, CC! Instead of being on call where my phone may or may not ring in the morning, giving me the chance to monitor you guys ALL day ;) , I have a confirmed 3 week stint! I’m actually quite happy that week 1 is almost over. :lol:

    Right now I’m off to wander the rooms to see what changes have been made to the village in my absence. I suspect I’ve been missing some key stuff, but what can I DO when day-to-day living calls?

  31. 120 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Outstanding essay by Deaniac at TPV:

    Professional Left hates struggling homeowners

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/pretend-leftists-freak-out-at-thought.html

    #PRESSON

  32. February 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    This is a very good read. I disagree with some of it of course, but this is really good, smart writing.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/obama-explained/8874/#.TzQwxAxmMLw.twitter

  33. 125 yardarm756
    February 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    It occurs to me that any organization or individual that wants to participate or influence political outcomes, should pay taxes.

  34. February 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    President Obama is perpetrating a scam on the American people by offering altered figures about the unemployment rate, Herman Cain said Thursday.

    The former presidential candidate and pizza executive charged Obama with deception, saying the president had changed the underlying assumptions to devise a jobs number that was rosier than the truth.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/209881-cain-obama-manipulated-unemployment-numbers

  35. 131 Andy46
    February 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I am so piss, I normally don’t watch Access Hollywood, but did because I thought the FLOTUS
    was going to be on as advertise at the beginning of the show; but no…bait and switch she is on tomorrow announced in last five minutes lol.

  36. 136 boxman15
    February 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Gallup’s daily tracker has President Obama at a 49% approval rating, which is the highest since June! 45% disapprove, but that number has been dropping.

    Things are looking great for 2012. We really need a 1936, not just a 1996.

  37. February 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Seriously? Don’t the repugs know not to start culture wars? those tools have forgotten that they lose every time when it comes to culture wars. It may gin up their bases but it does the same for the democratic party. they are so dumb! and Willard is jumping on the bandwagon too! :roll: the good thing about fighting a culture war is that it will get the religious right out in support of Santorum. Can you imagine if religious angst made Santorum the nominee?! Holy fudgebucket!!!! that would be fricking awesome!!!!

    • February 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      also, since the GOPoopers are focusing on culture wars and pissing off blacks, gays and women, PBO will be stuck on the economy and fairness. People (repugs, moderates and independents) care more about the economy than culture wars. Dumbasses. Just when you think they can’t get any stupider, they pull this shit. they are giving PBO an opening and a chance to dominate on the economy and fairness because he’ll be the only one talking about it. Idiots. Have they lost their minds? :roll: Poor Reagan must be rolling in his grave………… all the better for us.

      • 140 Andy46
        February 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        Well they lost the argument on the economy Mitt is losing lol, so they need something to talk about. Unfortunately the MSM is as clueless as the Republican party, people are still looking for jobs, culture war don’t put a chicken in every pot and those who were elected on the economy, what? they are now going to go back to their angry constituency to talk about women access to birth control and the Catholic church? Good luck with that campaign message lol, they scripted their own self-destruction.

        President Obama is a genius!!

  38. February 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    (DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region Thursday, killing five suspected militants, intelligence officials said. The Taliban identified one of them as a prominent commander who has served as a key link to al-Qaida.

    The commander, Badar Mansoor, led a group of over 200 Pakistani Taliban fighters in the North Waziristan tribal area, the main sanctuary for militants in Pakistan, said a fellow insurgent.

    Pakistani intelligence officials could not confirm that Mansoor was one of the five suspected militants killed in the strike in the main bazaar in Miran Shah, the biggest town in North Waziristan.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2106447,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular

    But Glen Greenwald said…

  39. 142 nospin
    February 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Not political but . . . .

    Miss high court hears challenge to Barbour pardons

    Feuding attorneys asked the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday to determine the validity of pardons that Haley Barbour gave to convicted killers and other convicts during his final days as governor.

    Barbour, who once considered a 2012 White House run, was limited to two terms as governor. He pardoned 198 people before finishing his second term Jan. 10, including four convicted murderers and a robber who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion. His actions outraged victims’ families.

    Although the arguments Thursday were only about the 10 inmates who were in custody when pardoned, those who received pardons after being out for years could lose their chance to have their rights restored, including their rights to vote and to buy firearms.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h7TfZQy04CYgx7bAR60rsOer97Vg?docId=cec1fa05b12f472ebecd33e1d3ce7762

  40. February 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    came home to hear the tail-end of Tweety’s bullshit about this Catholic Church thing. He basically said that this was a mistake that could cost PBO the electiion. Typical idiot male. :roll: who the fuck cares what that dried up toolbag thinks? This fight will rile women up and it will make them come out in droves to tell the catholic church “suck it and stay the hell away from my uterus!— spend more time investigating pedophile priests and calm the frack down.” ——I believe in God, but organized religion and I have big beef.
    ps- no offense to men in general, but the time has come and gone since men can tell women what to do with their own bodies. fricking mind your own damned business, bastards!
    bastards= religious right, catholic church, Rusty Boner, and the other dumbass men (dem and repug) in congress who feel that we (women) need to hear their bullshit about what we (women) should and shouldn’t be able to do. Once you’ve lived through horrible period cramps once a fricking month for 5-7 days, every month, 12 months a year; once you’ve squeezed some big headed kid out of your lady bits, once you have dealt with all the shit we have to deal with, then maybe you can open your fracking trap. Till then, STFU!!!!!!!!!

    • 144 nospin
      February 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      soooooo. .. lisalovesobama, why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

      lolololololol you go girl!

    • 145 MK
      February 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      A Frickin’ Men… Thanks Lisa.

    • 146 EDP4BHO
      February 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Get em girl :-D

    • 147 ChristiMTL
      February 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Knowing him, he’s going to be at it for months to come….till the elections even,.

      He’s so freaking annoying when he get obsess with something….during the primaries, how many times did he say that, then Senator Obama, couldn’t connect with white voters, rural folks….every day he was at it.

      It’s going to be the same thing….

      To think that Martin Bashir is at 3pm and that idiot is at 5 and replay at 7…….it’s crazy.

      I

    • 148 Pamela
      February 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Yeah, I second the motion lol ….

    • 149 57andFemale
      February 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I’ve really had it. Here’s what I saw when this policy was first announced: progressives, even a good many of the whiners, cheer a clearly progressive position,relax, focus on their real enemies. If the president of NOW is telling the truth, Catholic officials have been invited to the WH but not women’s groups.

      The policy is fair, supports the first amendment, supports women’s health. A ‘compromise’ on an issue is what will hurt the President. Standing up to religious intimidation is unacceptable..

      If the church wants to play politics, they can pay taxes and stop using my tax dollars to force their religious beliefs on everyone else.

      • 150 L3
        February 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        I thought I heard her say on Ed that Catholic officials were at the Capitol speaking to members of Congress and those members were trying to pressure the White House.

    • 151 desertflower
      February 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I love lisa! THIS, THIS and MORE THIS!!!!!! I was thinking, maybe all these guys that think they know better, should strap on one of those pregnancy contraptions that simulates being pregnant. THEN, after 9 months of walking(waddling) around…they can exchange THAT for the baby that gets upset and cries in the night and screams for hours on end…AND THEY WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE TO DEAL WITH THE ENTIRE ISSUE THEMSELVES!

      They use them as training for high school students thinking about having a family at a young age…to show how difficult it is.The baby isn’t real, but it is computerized and programmed to have fits at the least opportune times…and won’t stop screaming until you do the right thing.

      They need to STFU…right now!

    • 152 Dudette
      February 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Hell yeah!

  41. February 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Actually- believe it or not- Byron Tau did a informative piece on the First lady and her childhood obesity event.

    Go look!

  42. 155 nospin
    February 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Bashir is kicking ass on Ed.

  43. 159 Ladyhawke
    February 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The Right Freaks Out As GOP Poll Finds 20% Of Republicans May Vote For Obama

    The right is melting down because they are realizing that not only that Obama may get reelected, but members of their own party may help him do it.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/republicans-support-obama

  44. February 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is looking at high-frequency traders to gauge their importance in the markets and consider possible new rules for them.

    The agency announced Thursday that it will establish an advisory panel on automated and high-frequency trading. High-frequency firms use super-fast computers and mathematical formulas to exploit split-penny price differences. Their impact has grown and they now account for an estimated two-thirds of all U.S. stock trading.

    The speed traders came into the spotlight after the “flash crash” of May 6, 2010, in which the Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 600 points in about five minutes.

    http://m.miamiherald.com/mh/db_42952/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=RkzJO4JP

  45. 165 Tally
    February 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    This pisses me off to no end!

  46. 172 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Opinions

    A rule that protects women and respects faith
    By Rosa L. DeLauro, Thursday, February 9, 7:31 PM

    Rosa L. DeLauro, a Democrat, represents Connecticut’s Third District in the U.S. House.

    As both a committed Catholic and a strong advocate of women’s health, I want to applaud the recently released guidelines for preventive health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These guidelines, which increase access to contraceptive services for women while upholding the religious liberty of churches, mosques and synagogues, strike the proper balance between respecting the religious beliefs of all Americans and protecting the health of American women and families. They will reduce health costs, end long-standing gender discrimination in prescription drug coverage and further enable women to lead healthier lives.

    more ————> http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-rule-that-protects-women-and-respects-faith/2012/02/09/gIQAZUhW2Q_story.html?hpid=z3

  47. February 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve seen it mentioned that the Catholic bishops want contraceptive coverage eliminated from the entire ACA. Does anyone have a link for that? I’d appreciate it.

  48. February 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Ed just quoted Joe B. saying that he hopes the hoopla gets worked out and that they want to work this out. Ed asks Terry O’Neil the president of NOW “Is the president going to cave on this?”—— WTF is wrong with these a-holes? :roll:

    • 178 Pamela
      February 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Tiresome and short-sighted.. Every time our POTUS is “accused’ of caving by the self-righteous, months later they all get to come back and say, gee, wasn’t he just so much smarter than EVERYONE, in that he saw exactly what was coming and knew EXACTLY what needed to be done. As I said, tiresome and short-sighted, let me add, repetitive and b.o.r.I.n.g.

    • 179 ChristiMTL
      February 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      That’s Ed’s favorite word…CAVE…….is he going to cave? he caved…..he didn’t cave…..he might cave…..on and on….

      It’s been like this with him from the beginning…….it just play so well with the emoprogs…..although I noticed that they shut up a bit now, election year!!!…

      • 180 EDP4BHO
        February 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        This is Ed’s crutch. He’s not very articulate, so he uses “cave” to begin dialogue. What else could he come up with to create controversy, which he thrives on? When one has nothing of substance to say, they repeat themselves.

  49. February 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Great story and video from the CEO of JC Penny – talks about support of Ellen and the new image of Pennys

  50. February 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Great story and video from the CEO of JC Penny – talks about support of Ellen and the new image of Pennys

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57373794/jcpenney-ceo-on-ellen-degeneres-controversy/?tag=pop;stories

    • 183 Dudette
      February 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      I saqw that this morning. Had to stop getting ready for work just to clap for them!!
      I’ll be going to buy something, anything, from Penneys tomorrow!.

  51. February 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    OMG, I just saw a clip flash on The Ed show about Romney and the goons at CPAC, and Romney, once again had on a shirt just like PBO and the light brown pants the same color. I love Martin Bashir. :)

  52. February 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Hi my TOD Family, little things make he happy. I am also a very strong hardworking and sentimental teacher and student of visual items .I will use these to help me count down and enjoy my days as I make my journey through the reelection of our great President,Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2012. I received 3 calendars today in the mail. that I ordered.

    Organized some items today. Happy time!!!

    “Prayers and Meditation Journal”

    “Positive Journals for POB”

    “TOD Family Happy Hours”

    “Time To Go To Twitter”

    “Send {{{{{{{{{Hugs to Chips and TOD Family”}}}}}}}}}}}

    “Lighting of the Candles” .

    “Music Appropriately Played In My Home”

    “Lots of Working at Events”

    “Phoning and Setting up where I am needed in my area offices”

    “Lots of Great Red and White Wine”

    ” A Delicious Serving of Homemade Sorbet.”

    Getting our little things in order before we get too busy to set up things. We have to organize just like OFA and DNC has to organize. Be Ready To Hit the Road!!HZ

  53. February 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Signed petition, tweeted and Facebooked. Thanks for posting. These old men should mind their own damn business. They really should know better than to tick women off like this.


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