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afternoon all

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looks at his email while First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a meeting of the National Governors Association

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer snacks on an apple while Vice President Joe Biden addresses a meeting of the National Governors Association

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USA Today: Auto sales are growing so fast that Detroit can barely keep up.

Three years after the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, sales of cars and trucks are surging. Sales could exceed 14 million this year, above last year’s 12.8 million.

The result: Carmakers are adding shifts and hiring thousands of workers around the country. Carmakers and parts companies added more than 38,000 jobs last year, reaching a total of 717,000. And automakers have announced plans to add another 13,000 this year, mostly on night shifts.

…. the surge in hiring bolsters the argument of those who supported the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2008…..

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227 Responses to “afternoon all”


  1. February 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Isn’t The Bitch afraid that the WH is trying to poison her? Don’t eat that apple witch!

    • 18 anniebella
      February 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      lisa, that witch knows that President Obama is a decent percent, so he would never poison her. Now I don’t want POTUS or FLOTUS to ever trust Witch Brewer.

      • February 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        she’s such a liar. how can she bear being in their presence. surprised she didn’t go up in flames like a whore in church on sunday.
        ps- no offense to whores. I’m pretty sure they don’t really go up in flames when they go to church on sundays. Actually, don’t quote me on that. I’ve never met a whore who went to church on sundays. I’ve known a few that go on Saturday and perhaps even Tuesday night bible study……… I wonder if they don’t go on Sundays because they really believe they’ll go up in flames if they do? Hm……. This requires more research…….. Off to confiscate my neighbor’s ‘little black book.’

        • 20 desertflower
          February 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

          I’m actually surprised that she didn’t spontaneously com-bust. Am I the only one that found it rude that she would be crunching on an apple during a speech by VP Biden? She is so uncouth. And I’m being nice.

          • February 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

            She’s the dregs desertflower, and her GOP buddies were all over her like a rash today. Puke.

            • 22 desertflower
              February 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

              MAKES ME WANT TO THROW UP! They were all over her because she’s SOOOOOOOOOO bought and paid for!! ALEC, Private prisons, private education/ cut the living shit out of public education….and of course, all those headless bodies of illegals!!(as she calls them) OMG. She just needs to go!!!!

      • 23 anniebella
        February 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        That suppose to be, President Obama is a decent person.

  2. 24 Michele
    February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Chrissy had to check on his bucket of chicken delivery from KFC…

  3. February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    By SEN. KENT CONRAD and REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN | 2/26/12 9:28 PM EST

    Republican reaction to the president’s budget highlighted just how out of touch our colleagues across the aisle are when it comes to the nation’s economy. They seem to be unaware of the economic disaster President Barack Obama inherited and oblivious to the recovery now under way. To fairly evaluate the president’s budget, we must keep both in mind.

    When the president took his oath of office, we were in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the economy contracted at an astonishing annualized rate of 8.9 percent. And we lost 800,000 private-sector jobs in January 2009 alone. Housing and financial market crises were rippling through the economy and unemployment was surging.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73301.html

  4. 33 Linda
    February 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Republicans are rude.

  5. 34 Dakota
    February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The witch and the pig indeed!

  6. 35 rikyrah
    February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Alabama GOP wants Virginia’s vaginal ultrasound bill
    By Laura Conaway – Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:32 PM EST.
    Click for the full collection.

    This idea started with Jess Idres and Ali Davis, and kept on going.
    A bunch of folks have been asking why Virginia got the nation in such an uproar over its vaginal ultrasounds bill, when Texas has had an even stricter one on the books for months now.

    “I hate to say this, but in Texas we can fight all day long, but there’s a propensity to write us off,” said state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston.

    “They think, ‘That’s Texas. Texas is a place where those kinds of things happen.'”

    So maybe that’s Texas. Meanwhile, Alabama Republicans would like their own vaginal ultrasound bill. Alabama Senate Bill 12 actually says “vaginal” right in it, so there’s no sense in lawmakers pretending they don’t know that’s part of the deal. If you read the language of the bill, you’ll see that they think the state’s right extends inside a woman’s body, as do the rights of anyone claiming to be the father, as do the rights of anyone claiming to be the grandparents.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/27/10519321-alabama-gop-wants-virginias-vaginal-ultrasound-bill

  7. 36 rikyrah
    February 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    .No Enemies to the Right: The Defining Element of the GOP Primary

    There was, last week, a brief but thrilling moment in the GOP presidential contest: It seemed like, for the first time, a candidate would be attacked for being, not too liberal, but too far right. Back in the day, that wouldn’t have been too unusual, as when George H.W. Bush, in a remark that would haunt the rest of his career, mocked Ronald Reagan’s supply-side convictions as “voodoo economics.” This year though, in a fight universally described as among the nastiest in recent history, all the attacks have been in just one direction: from the right.

    This has obviously been the thrust of the endless criticisms of Mitt Romney, who has evolved from 2008’s movement conservative champion to 2012’s Republican in Name Only—even as his own policy positions have become increasingly conservative. But Romney has recently used the same tactics against his current rival, Rick Santorum. With Santorum roaming across the land like a firebug, suggesting that American liberty itself could not survive another Obama term, did Romney or his surrogates go after him for conservative extremism? Of course not: Santorum was blasted to hell and back for being a fiscal liberal or even for being in the “liberal wing of the Republican Party.” Suddenly his much-regretted endorsement of his Senate colleague Arlen Specter became a Mark of the Beast that obliterated his many years of service to the conservative cause; his votes (along with most other Senate Republicans) for George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit—understood at the time as central to Karl Rove’s master plan for building a conservative majority in the electorate—proved he was just another RINO.

    http://www.tnr.com/article/101118/michigan-republican-primary

  8. 38 carolyn
    February 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Some of those Republican governors are RUDE! Those two in the pictures, and remember Nikki Haley from last year. Did they have NO upbringing at all!!!!

    • 39 anniebella
      February 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      carolyn, honestly what do we expect from them? There are some who knows how to act, then there are some who act like they were raised by wolves.

    • 40 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      THEY’RE RUDE AND OBNOXIOUS BECAUSE IT’S PBO…I’D LIKE TO PULL THEIR CHAIRS OUT FROM UNDER THEM…DEFINITELY NO CLASS AT ALL…MY HOMELESS LOVED ONES HAVE MORE CLASS THEN THEY WILL EVER HAVE! SHALLOW,IGNORANT,ARROGANT PEOPLE!

      • 41 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        February 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        WE KNOW WHO THE TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE BECAUSE OUR FIRST COUPLE OPENED THEIR HOUSE TO THEM…SHAMEFUL THEY ARE INDEED!

  9. February 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    From the White House: “On Thursday, March 1, Vice President Biden will visit Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa to discuss the Administration’s proposals to reward businesses that bring manufacturing jobs back to America and the importance of our skilled workers, scientists, and engineers to America’s economic leadership.”

  10. February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Leap day comes just once every four years, and the Obama campaign in New Hampshire is putting it to good use as an extra day to organize and reach out to voters by hosting more than 15 grassroots events across the state.  

    The Obama campaign is calling this day of action a “Leap to Victory” and invites Granite Staters to join the Obama campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at a grassroots event in their neighborhood. Work together to build this campaign the way it started – having conversations with your neighbors and bringing new supporters on board.

    Earlier this month, the President went to Congress and defined in clear terms what he is fighting for in the months ahead – focusing on the middle Class and building an economy to last,” according to a press release from Obama’s New Hampshire campaign office. “We invite Granite Staters to join us on Feb. 29 and stand with President Obama – and our shared vision for this country – as we leap toward victory.”

    http://merrimack.patch.com/articles/nh-obama-campaign-to-host-leap-day-grassroots-events-across-the-state

  11. February 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Minutes from now, Tweety will have on Susan Page from USA Today.
    Her, Tweety and The Coward Fineman, will be all doom and gloom fir the President.
    It’s all so predictable, that none of you have to tune in and watch that Garbage!
    For real…

  12. February 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Nymex was down 2 bucks today. Let’s hope it lasts!

  13. 50 Linda
    February 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Dylan RATigan is BFF with Mark Meckler now ?

    The founder of the Tea Party Patriots ( who resigned last week ) and was arrested for trying to take a loaded gun on an airplane.

    • 51 utaustinliberal
      February 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Dylan Ratigan is and has always been a ratfucker. He was part of the Wallstreet set enjoying their risky behavior. Then he slunk to CNBC and was gung ho for his Wallstreet buddies. Now he’s on MSNBC and faux lambasting Wallstreet and conflating their BS to PBO. Give me a bloody break. Anyone who thinks Ratigan speaks sense or truth needs to be sent to a psych ward.

    • February 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      I saw the words: “Dylan RATigan is BFF” and thought ‘yes, he is a big f-ing fathead’ —— then I read the rest of your statement. there I go again. :(

  14. 53 anniebella
    February 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    FLOTUS and Dr. Biden are fighting for our troops and their families. I listen to them speak, and I am so proud of the work they are doing.

  15. 54 Linda
    February 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The Mormons did a proxy baptism on Ghandi on February 16th.

    Helen Radkey, a former Mormon who has until now has focused on researching incidents of proxy baptisms being proposed for or performed on dead Jews, discovered the Gandhi records on February 16 in a genealogical database restricted to Mormons.

    She was prompted to search for his name after seeing a statement by a Nevada-based Hindu activist, Rajan Zed, who expressed concern the practice might be performed in the name of many Hindus.

  16. February 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    When did Gallup become worse than Rasmussen? Actually, allow me to rephrase: When did Rasmussen become reality-based and Gallup a right wing whore?

  17. February 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Have you guys seen this site before? It’s really easy to understand and has a great layout:

    http://thanksobamacare.org/

    • February 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      My friend’s mom is getting cancer treatment thanks to Obamacare.

      • February 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        That’s good to hear. Hopefully pretty soon we can all feel more secure knowing that we can get the medical help we need without having to hold chili cook fundraisers to pay for it.

    • February 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Hiya GYM, I meant to add that site to the blogroll here ages ago and completely forgot – just did it, thanks so much for the reminder.

      • February 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        Great! I hope more people read up on the ACA so they can finally understand it’s not the enemy!

      • 71 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        February 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        Good afternoon Chips,

        I know it’s the orange slush place but Kos, himself, posted the diary and it’s a single photo with a cool comment and I assure you this picture will have Santorum et al truly ‘surging’ :D :D :D

        Would love it if someone hacked Santorum’s web page and posted it.

        #PRESSON seems apropos ;)

        • February 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

          Ha, excellent Bob (although I have to admit, I avoid Moulitis’s tweets as much as his site).

          Maybe we could lovebomb Ricky’s Twitter with that photo? Just an evil thought ;-)

          • 73 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            February 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

            I like the way you think ;)

            And, a somewhat related missive :)

            #LandslideOBAMA2012

            Yes We Must

            • February 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

              Love them! Retweeted! Legend!

            • 76 Dudette
              February 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

              You are awesome Bob, just awesome!

            • 77 nathkatun7
              February 28, 2012 at 2:48 am

              Yes indeed, Bobfr: ” Reject Santorum & all his ilk. The Founders hated theocrats.”

              Rick Santorum, who, I understand, has a law degree, and was a member of Congress for sixteen years, never bothered to read Article VI, paragraph 3, of the U.S. Constitution. That article is very clear: “no religious test shall ever be required as qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

              We should all chime in unison to remind Ricky that he is running for President of the United States and not for “POPE” of the pre-Fifteenth Century Holy Roman Empire. Some people have suggested that Rick Santorum wants to take the country back to the 1950’s America. I contend that Santorum wants to take this country back to the “Dark Ages.” He wants the power of being a U.S. President so that he may act as the Grand Inquisitor on behalf of right wing “so called Christians” who want to forcibly cleanse the evil of sex from American women.

    • 79 Dudette
      February 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Yeh Baby!

    • 80 vcprezofan2
      February 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Does this mean that it ‘exploded’ in December, and if so, why haven’t we been hearing about it? Actually, thinking about it I have a vague feeling that Smartypants might have written about it then. I don’t want to take the time to go check as I’m trying to catch up on all today’s comments, but the date on the article did throw me off..

  18. 81 carolyn
    February 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Whenever I see a Gallup strong Republican result poll, I think of 1948 and their absolute sureness that Dewey was going to win…..I’ve heard their methodology has changed since then, it has had to. But, they are still the same basic company.

  19. February 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    The Ramp Begins for ‘Rehab-to-Rent’ Turning Foreclosed Homes into Rental Properties Begins this Year

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/ramp-begins-for-rehab-to-rent-turning.html

  20. February 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  21. February 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    What the heck?

    Santorum Spox Confirms Michigan Robocall Urging Dems Vote For Santorum Is Real

    Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley confirms that a Michigan robocall (audio here) urging Democrats vote for Santorum is indeed from his campaign, reports Aaron Blake.

    We know that Rick’s message of balance budget and getting people back to work resonates with Reagan Democrats.

  22. February 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    $895,000
    2/27/12 4:53 PM EST
    President Obama’s total haul from a campaign fundraiser Monday at the Jefferson Hotel in DC.

    Keep those bucks coming in mr president!

  23. February 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    wow. just saw the actual vid of Willard’s wife saying she’s gonna start doing the talking and Willard will sit in the audience and watch her. She might have something there. He came off looking like an incompetent fool who has to rely on wifey dearest to save his bacon. Even his wife thinks he sucks. That’s horrible.

    • 113 Dudette
      February 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Remind me again, which one of them is running for President?
      If the punk can’t handle the job interview process, he’s not worthy of the freakin’ job!

  24. February 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This one’s for Bobfr. Things are moving in Syria, according to news sources in the region. And, of course, PBO is in the lead.

    • 116 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks LL. Tracking it closely with my friends ;)

      #PRESSON

      • 117 desertflower
        February 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Let us know if anything new develops…..O/T Bob…did you see my message yesterday telling you that I saw a familiar name on your Twitter acct (feed) yesterday? Do you know drgwbrown?? I used to work with a Dr. Greg Brown at OSU Hospitals….just wondering of he was the same guy…that was eons ago!

  25. February 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    boy do I wish I lived in MI so I could go make mischief by voting for Santorum tomorrow. I would vote with a clear conscience, a strong heart and a smile on my face. :evil:

  26. 121 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    This needs to be Tweeted, emailed, …whatever!

  27. February 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  28. February 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  29. 125 Linda
    February 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Over Last 10 Years, General Electric’s Effective Tax Rate Was 2.3 Percent

    – From 2006 to 2011, GE’s net federal income taxes have been negative $2.7 billion, despite $39.2 billion in pretax U.S. profits over the six years.

    – Over the past decade, GE’s effective federal income tax rate on its $81.2 billion in pretax U.S. profits has been at most 2.3 percent.

    http://thinkprogress.org/

    Grrrr…

  30. February 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    can’t believe Rev Al just quoted Maureen Dowdy insulting the repugs. I wouldn’t believe That Cow if she repeated word for word every insulting thing I’ve ever said about repugs.

    • 127 anniebella
      February 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      I am not a fan of Maureen Dowd, because when she was attacking POTUS, she ought to have been going after these horrible GOP candidates. Who want to put women’s rights and minorities rights back in the fifties. Who want to end Social Security, Medicare. Who want to give more tax cuts to the rich, and forget the middle class and poor. Who want to start another war with Iran. With all these things and more, Dowd wants to attack POTUS cause he doesn’t have parties or attend parties. How stupid.

  31. February 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    The Top 12 House Votes Against the Middle Class

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/top-12-house-votes-against-middle-class.html

    Use this to nail folks who say Dems are like Republicans

  32. February 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I bet you guys are jealous we in NJ have such a “classy” governor. I cannot bear him, but unfortunately there are people in this state who think he’s great.

    • 133 hopefruit2
      February 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      I’m very jealous of you Diane – especially considering that my gov is O’Malley…sigh….I guess it’s one of these sacrifices I have to make in life!

  33. 135 Linda
    February 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Their H0RRIBLE TRACK RECORDS TO DATE:

    2.43% of Population of 9 States voted for MlTT

    1.17% of Population of 9 States voted for RlCK

  34. 138 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    TOD, this has got to be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on twitter. Reporters who are on the ground with Romney just tweeted that he is now using “Do You Love Me” as his campaign song.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA…….Irony much?

  35. February 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Lisbon

    Things are terrible here, as unemployment soars past 13 percent. Things are even worse in Greece, Ireland, and arguably in Spain, and Europe as a whole appears to be sliding back into recession.

    Why has Europe become the sick man of the world economy? Everyone knows the answer. Unfortunately, most of what people know isn’t true — and false stories about European woes are warping our economic discourse.

    Read an opinion piece about Europe — or, all too often, a supposedly factual news report — and you’ll probably encounter one of two stories, which I think of as the Republican narrative and the German narrative. Neither story fits the facts.

    Article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/opinion/krugman-what-ails-europe.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

    • February 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      The unemployment rates in Europe are just staggering, LL – this is the chart from November (it’s got worse in most countries since):

      The Spanish and Greek figures, in particular, are terrifying.

      • February 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Really, I don’t understand how this is a “recession”. When 23% of the working population is unemployed as in Spain, that’s a depression.

        • February 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

          Being economically illiterate, I never really understand the difference between recessions and depressions, but if that isn’t a depression that Spain and Greece, in particular, are experiencing, then I don’t know what is. As they say, most of the countries in the top half of that graph are now facing a ‘lost decade’ – and few in the bottom half too, seeing as their banks financed much of the madness.

          • February 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

            Japan had a “lost decade” of repeated recessions followed by anemic growth. But their unemployment never approached anything like Spain and Greece.

            • February 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

              LL, this is where I really wished I understood economics. I watched a documentary a while back on how Japan recovered from that lost decade, and most of it washed over my head. If I recall right, they clamped down hard on the banks that had caused most of their problems, in a fairly ruthless way – enough to restore confidence in the end in their financial system. And they were also helped, in time, by booming exports. I’ve no memory of how bad their unemployment rate got before that, but I certainly don’t remember it being as horrific as those Spanish and Greek figures.

              • February 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

                Japanese unemployment was still pretty low, comparatively speaking. If I remember, it never got above 6%—this in a country with a traditional UE rate of 2% to 3%. But in the 1990s Japan grew at less than 1%, and tried many strategies before deciding to be ruthless.

      • 148 Jessica
        February 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        I just don’t understand. How did this happen? Almost 1 in 4 Spanish people out of work.

        • February 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

          In Ireland’s case it was largely down to insane lending from unregulated Irish and European banks and a property bubble that was always going to burst – bringing the economy down with it when it did (a huge percentage of jobs were in construction). Many other countries’ stories, especially Spain, were similar. German and French banks did most of the lending, so the domino effect when the collapse began was extraordinary.

      • 150 Dudette
        February 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        What did Austria, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany get right?

        • February 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          They were economically stronger to begin with, and didn’t run up the credit card. Basically, what entering the Euro allowed the PIIG countries to do was to borrow a lot of money at very cheap rates, due to the strength of the euro and ECB low interest rate policy. That ran up the debt to GDP ratio — Greece owes 150% of its GDP to banks. The northern countries traditionally have been stronger economically, so they didn’t need to borrow anywhere near as heavily.

          • February 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

            The irony of this is that German and Dutch banks were responsible for a lot of the reckless spending in other European countries that contributed to the collapse – was there tighter regulations in Germany and Holland?

            (The Dutch Rabobank, for example, made loses of E390m in Ireland alone in 2009)

            • February 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

              Exactly, and now the Germans are hollering that the Greeks have to scream before they get any money. Greece may very well pull an Argentina: default on all its debts and start over. And Argentina has a high growth rate now.

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      U.S. Recovering Faster Than Other Countries….

      …If you look at the 10 largest developed economies in the world, the United States is the furthest along the path to recovery.

      Looking back to their sample of 32 past instances with post-financial crisis recoveries, [McKinsey Global Institute] (MGI) zeroed in on Finland and Sweden’s experiences in the 1990s as the most relevant to our current moment. Those examples “show two distinct phases of deleveraging. In the first, households, corporations, and financial institutions reduce debt significantly over several years, while economic growth is negative or minimal and government debt rises. In the second phase, growth rebounds and government debt is reduced gradually over many years.”

      Most economies, the authors say, are barely even in phase one. In the United Kingdom and Spain, for example, total debt is still rising. But not in the United States. Here, “debt in the financial sector relative to GDP has fallen back to levels last seen in 2000, before the credit bubble. U.S. households have reduced their debt relative to disposable income by 15 percentage points, more than in any other country; at this rate, they could reach sustainable debt levels in two years or so.”

      http://propresobama.org/2012/02/09/u-s-recovering-faster-than-other-countries/ Via propresobama.org at @thepeoplesview

      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/REBUILD TOGETHER 2012! ;)
      PRESS ON!

  36. February 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  37. 158 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    And, his actions during the past 3+ years prove that he meant it.

    #PRESSON

  38. February 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I really should start claiming royalties.

  39. 161 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Evening Chips and TODville! I’m hooome, and sticking my head in to see what the day has brought our way. Hope you all had a good day! Mine would have been better if I was able to peek in from work, but otherwise it was okay. I’m now going to flit around here to see what Pres O and Co, have been talking about today. VC

    • February 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Helloooooooooooo VC, we missed you!

      • 163 vcprezofan2
        February 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

        Thanks, CC! I’d argue though that I miss you guys more :lol: I have two more days of this full time gig, before I return to my on-call status. I cannot wait!

        Apologies for the delayed response, but as soon as I signed on previously my phone rang and I had to go pick up someone whom I had ‘forgotten’.

      • 164 vcprezofan2
        February 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        By the way, CC, I notice that you are keeping some really late hours! I had great difficulty trying to stay awake until you got home last night. Just so you know, in the eyes of my mother (during my teenage years) ‘late hours’ are conducive to ‘trouble’, so you be careful with whatever you are doing wandering around ‘out there’.

        Even as I wrote that I was chuckling at the memory of my mother’s old warnings……. to someone who was almost always home well before 11pm!

  40. February 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Evenin’ TODs! Don’t forget Blues at the White House airs on PBS this evening (just got here ‘scuzie if this was already posted)

  41. 168 Dudette
    February 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Half length shot of FLOTUS’ dress from the Governor’s Dinner without the AFP/Getty Images watermark

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2107213/Michelle-Obama-gives-A-list-run-money-dazzling-gown-Governors-Dinner.html

    Magnificent!!

  42. February 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Moodys predicts PBO will be re-elected with 303 electoral votes, using current economic and job growth predictions.

    http://news-press.net/blogs/politics/2012/02/27/economic-model-obama-loses-florida-wins-election/

  43. 179 bjw2
    February 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Hello Peeps,

    I have to agree with POTUS, when he stated FLOTUS has gotten prettier. Both POTUS and VP Biden are two lucky men….they each know their wives are the total package, brains and beauty inside and out.

  44. 180 L3
    February 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Does anyone here recall PBO ever saying he was a White Sox fan as a child? The reason I ask is because I was watching a brief discussion about Romney’s recent NASCAR flub and the Republican as they are so well trained to do, before he commented about Romney got a dig in at PBO by claiming he could not name a player from the team when asked. It just did not ring true to me but no one refuted it so it was allowed to stand as fact. PBO did not move to Chicago until he was an adult and we all know his childhood was spent in Hawaii and Indonesia so I can’t imagine him saying he was a fan of the team as a child. PBO is an avid sports fan and not one to say things that aren’t true to gain favor. I just don’t believe he would leave himself open to a question like that without being able to answer. It was clear the Repub was trying to lessen the impact of Romney’s flub by saying PBO flubbed a sports question too. The old both sides do it nonsense.

  45. 189 Linda
    February 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Rick Santorum claimed high gas prices caused the recession on Monday.

    “We need to look at the situation with gas prices today,” he said Monday at a campaign stop in Lansing, Mich. “We went into a recession in 2008 because of gasoline prices. The bubble burst in housing because people couldn’t pay their mortgages because they were looking at $4 a gallon gasoline.”

    “Look at what happened,” continued the former Pennsylvania senator. “Economic decline. Here we are again. Trying to struggle out of a recession with Barack Obama and the federal government on the backs of business, not letting them grow. And now we have energy prices again, why? Because of government policy.”

    Most attribute the economic recession to a combination of the collapse in the housing market and the financial crisis. However, a paper by economist James Hamilton suggested that the oil price shock in the summer of 2008 was an important factor dragging the economic slowdown into recession.

    —-

    This man will need to spend an entire year in the confessional after he loses. My Goodness.

  46. 191 carolyn
    February 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    When and how are we going to get to see the entire dress!!!!! I want to see it all….

    • 192 Dudette
      February 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Me too. I wonder why so few photos this year.
      They didn’t even photograph or video the arrivals as was done in the past. What’s up with that?

      • 193 hopefruit2
        February 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Because they probably didn’t want to upstage the Oscars – remember, Hollywood is one of PBO’s biggest supporters.

  47. 194 Dudette
    February 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, I don’t recall Daylife posting an actual chart in the middle of it’s photo gallery!

    Chart shows AP-GfK poll results for Obama approval among women.

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/08wn3RadRJ7f2?__site=daylife&q=obama

    • 197 hopefruit2
      February 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Yes, the calls were traced to his campaign.

      • February 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        Ok, can they stop with this damn “Reagan Democrat” angle of the last 20 years. I mean, people who were old enough to vote for the man were born before 1967. There called Middle Aged/Older voters now. No one who voted for Reagan is in the 18-39 Demographic anymore. You’re more likely to find a Clinton Republican in that Demographic than a Reagan Democrat.

      • 199 nospin
        February 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        lolol really Hopefruit? It was traced to Santorum’s campaign? Say it ain’t so. lol

  48. February 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Well, Michael Moore is on Rachel tonight…better suggestion is the Red White and Blues and the White House. Same time slot…you know what I am going to watch.

    • 201 hopefruit2
      February 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I’m sure he’s going to be bitching and whining about the Keystone pipeline, which once again has the emoleft singing their usual song.

      • February 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        I hate this decision, It’s very disappointing, but at this point the only thing that matters is PBO’s re-election and I get the politics of it.

        • February 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          I just wish he could have awarded that part of the pipeline to an AMERICAN company. Then maybe it wouldn’t have been viewed as basically approving the whole pipeline. Hate it hate it hate it.

  49. February 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    On what network is Red White and Blues being shown?

  50. February 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

  51. 207 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Oh, my. I’m back on TOD!

    I really was just gonna take a little self-induced “time out,” get myself calmed down over the issues du jour, Chips and I had a virtual coffee and shared perspectives, then I was going to come back and the very gracious Chips said I didn’t even have to feel like the Prodigal Daughter, all good so far …

    … and in the middle of that, my son experienced a significant emotional life event (planning to meet half-sisters he hadn’t known, none of them grew up with their dashing dad and they’re all meeting up with him this summer, together, on the east coast, all of which is filling up my son – a strapping 6’1″ guy with a poet’s soul). And, in celebration of the entire thing, I sat down at my keyboard to write about its implications, day and night for a couple of weeks, and I’m not kidding, and my son would chuckle and bring me food “because you should eat” – you can see I’ve joined my son in having a transformative period in my life, too. And I’m 65 freakin’ years old, so there’s HOPE for everybody. I’m sure so very sure Meryl Streep will be playing me some day, when she turns 65 and my little demonic love story gets turned into a film …

    and now, tonight, I find myself better able to focus and concentrate on everything-Obama again. The good sidebar result of these last weeks is that I missed most of the recent Republican foolishness, including Santorum’s losing his brain, so I’m not as affected by all that as you must be.

    Bottom line: Well, hello there Chips, and hello to all who commented about my absence that one night (my dear friend CanadaBarb passed that on to me, which I deeply appreciated – I felt like Sally Field at the Oscars, if anybody remembers that). So glad you all have kept these particular home fires burning, so the rest of us could catch up. I’ll be reading the posts tonight, and hitting up the blog on a regular basis in the morning. Thanks, again. Oh, and: yeehaw!

    • 208 desertflower
      February 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      We missed you. VERY much :) You were asked about so many times….SO glad that you’re back home with us! And your son….sounds like a wonderful young man…you did good :)

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      There’s only one way to celebrate Jacqueline’s return:

      • 210 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

        Well, madam, that did it! MADE MY NIGHT! I don’t think I’ve seen half of those video clips before. What a treasure. A very humble “thank you” from me! I bow to your gracefulness in life and graciousness on TOD.

    • 211 Pamela
      February 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      YaHoo! JO’B! Here you are at last! We’ve been missing the heck out of YOU! But my iPad still comes up with JO’B whenever I try to type the word job, so you might not have been gone as long as it seemed? That is my wy of saying WELCOME BACK! ;)

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Love you tons, JO’B, and so happy to see you here. What an interesting little roller coaster you’ve taken, to say the least!! Very best wishes to your son.

    • February 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Welcome Welcome Welcome home! Great to see you back, dear.

    • 215 yardarm756
      February 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Welcome home JO. Welcome home. Young blood… I got about 7 years on you and it gets better. Like you. I have some young’ns that met each other for the first time this year. All one can do is stand on the side and watch.
      I wasn’t going to post today until I saw you and felt compelled to dip my paddle in the lake.
      One thing then I’m done for the night. It occurs to me that Santorum, his family, and all these rethugs that are so concerned with womens va-jay-jays were born 400 years too late. They would have thrived on the Mayflower. (Damn pilgrams).

      • 216 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        yardarm – I was just going to come back here for a minute, look at a couple of comments, then come back in the a.m.

        But your comment – dynamite! I’m just coming down off an emotional high (somewhat), and saw what you wrote and it meant so much to know you knew some of what I’m going through. Your “all you can do is stand on the side and watch” is so very true. My son is 43 years old, and a big manly guy, but I told his current dream woman it’s gonna kill me not being able to be a part of the grand reunion – like letting him go around the corner on his bicycle out of sight for the first time – and, lucky for me, she said she’ll take a video of the moment! She’s a mom!

        So, speaking only of your extreme worth as a human being, yardarm, since I’ve never seen your face in person and wouldn’t go there anyway, I’ll let you share something I told my son about his dad when he was younger, you know, to remind him they are both cuties: “He was why cavewomen chiseled, if they chiseled.” (You’re welcome.)

        Chips – Loved your “St. Ricky” designation. The best I’ve seen yet, other than scary-eyed-monster-guy!

        • 217 yardarm756
          February 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

          Be glad the young’ns are seeking each other out. It was important to me that my off spring know each other. Records only show that I have 3 children but in reality I have 4. My oldest just turned 55 and the youngest is 37.
          Several months ago I did the Ancestry.com thing and what an eye opener. I found out things my parents never told me. At least mine won’t have that problem. So just be glad you have someone who is still vertical to the horizontal and free!

          • 218 jacquelineoboomer
            February 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

            That’s what’s happening with my son’s (what I call) new “tribal nation.” Fascinating. Luckily, my son turned out to be the most courageous among all of them, and is getting the whole group together – strictly by introducing himself slowly (although they knew about him) and becoming friends first, and then his good heart and their good hearts have taken over. But he’s been seen to just put his head in his hands for a quick cry, at times, this past month – and his sisters went on Facebook to wish him a happy birthday for the first time on the 19th. Sob. Sob. I’m SO HAPPY for him and all of your young’ns, too.

            By the way, my son’s dad is 12 years old than I am – so maybe you should have a “chat” with him, on how to accept the fact that it’s okay to love all of them, no matter when they “show up” in his life!

            I’m so glad you did the Ancestry.yardarm thing. :)

            • 219 yardarm756
              February 28, 2012 at 1:22 am

              You can tell someone that you want to be loved; but you can’t tell them how to do it. You can check me out on FB if you are so inclined.

    • 220 Dudette
      February 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Hey jac! It’s so great to see you back with the Family-TOD! {{{hugs to you and your Family-Actual}}}

  52. 223 desertflower
    February 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I hope that everyone here will please consider signing this petition on yet another anti woman /anti choice bill in PA! Important…please forward this and pass along!

    http://signon.org/sign/stop-pennsylvanias-mandatory?source=s.tw&r_by=1205819

  53. February 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Any last minute polls on tomorrow’s MI primary ?

  54. February 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Senate confirms Obama nominee
    By Josiah Ryan – 02/27/12 06:17 PM ET
    In its first vote of the week the Senate confirmed Margo Kitsy Brodie to be a U.S. district Judge of the Eastern District of New York by a bipartisan roll call vote of 86-2. No senators spoke from the floor in favor or opposition of the nominee. 


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