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This and That

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Martin Sheen: Does President Bartlet hope for an Obama victory? “Very much. Don’t get me started on the Republicans,” Sheen growls. “They’re going to jump on all the things he didn’t do, but I think he’ll beat the hell out of them, frankly. When you put him and Romney together you’ll see the difference between a man living an honest life and a hustling politician.”

Thanks Jovie

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President Barack Obama is briefed by Liz Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs, and Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, in the Oval Office, June 8, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama talks with Girl Scout Gold Award winners in the Oval Office, June 8, 2012. The award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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222 Responses to “This and That”


  1. 1 lamh35
    June 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    that’s a lot of this and that Chips

  2. 7 SueBee
    June 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Chips! Have a great weekend

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      June 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Remember me? I’m in the house. Hi Lamh & Me4O! :lol: I notice that ever since Me4O has michelled herself into shape she doesn’t hang out with us as often. ;)

      • 10 Me4obama
        June 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        :smile: Hi VC, am still Michelling my body, it’s hard to keep up with FLOTUS though.

        • 11 vcprezofan2
          June 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

          So any noticeable results, Me4O? I tried for about 1 week daily, then took a break which has lasted for months and months. Occasionally I break the break for a one or two day guilt session which make me feel all ‘righteous’ again. ;) ;)

  3. June 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    HAPPY FRIDAY TODsters and TODettes!

  4. 13 lamh35
    June 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I regret that I never made it past the Brownies. I coulda been a great Girl Scout!!!

  5. 14 Hachikō
    June 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    That first video is depressing. Is this the vision of the SCJs had for our political process? It’s sickening.

  6. 15 vcprezofan2
    June 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Here’s a tweet to pass around so our side can get the shorter version out to followers – It’s really up to us, and not just from a financial perspective.

  7. June 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Don’t know if this has been posted—-the “doing fine” smear—–why the Repubs and media jumped. Spoiler alert—-didn’t want the attention on what else PBO said—-about the economic irresponsibility of the Repubs—-where the blame lies:

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/06/doingfine-smear-whats-behind-media.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Thepeoplesviewnet+%28ThePeoplesView.net%29

  8. June 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Martin Sheen’s 2012 prediction: Obama by a landslide.

    The “West Wing” star thinks the president will easily win another term, he told The Australian.

    “Don’t get me started on the Republicans,” Sheen said. “They’re going to jump on all the things he didn’t do, but I think he’ll beat the hell out of them, frankly. When you put him and [presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt] Romney together you’ll see the difference between a man living an honest life and a hustling politician.”

  9. 19 ourmanflint
    June 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Chips, all you do to keep the momentum to re-elect this President Obama, VPB. He’s got this is right on….

  10. 20 vcprezofan2
    June 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Did you see this? ;) (Mitt’s campaign subconsciously endorsing PBO? teeheehee! They need sharper eyes but I’m not complaining.)

    • 21 amk for obama
      June 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      yglesias is a rethug ?

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        June 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed something, but it said it was a Romney app (whatever that means). Don’t forget I don’t know the affiliations of all the ‘players’ or fully comprehend all the nuances – I’m working on that aspect veeerrry slowly.

  11. June 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Good-government advocates have sued the state of Florida, alleging its purge of non-citizens from voter rolls has swept up too many legally-registered African American and Latino voters and is undermining laws that ensure fair access to the ballot box.

    The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the local office of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP filed a federal lawsuit in Tampa, claiming that the state Bureau of Elections is breaking the law in its ongoing purge, designed to scrub voter registration lists ahead of the state’s August congressional primary. 

    Florida officials, according to the suit, are using outdated information and a badly-flawed process to conduct the purge, according to the suit. And the procedure, the advocates contend, requires lawful citizens and already legally registered voters to prove their citizenship or lose their ability to vote.

    “Florida is flouting federal laws designed to protect voters from precisely this kind of action,” Bob Kengle, co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement issued Friday. “The right of every citizen to have their voice heard at the ballot box is being threatened. The Lawyers’ Committee will continue to tirelessly fight any effort to make full-fledged Americans second-class citizens.”

  12. June 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Good-government advocates have sued the state of Florida, alleging its purge of non-citizens from voter rolls has swept up too many legally-registered African American and Latino voters and is undermining laws that ensure fair access to the ballot box.

    The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the local office of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP filed a federal lawsuit in Tampa, claiming that the state Bureau of Elections is breaking the law in its ongoing purge, designed to scrub voter registration lists ahead of the state’s August congressional primary. 

    Florida officials, according to the suit, are using outdated information and a badly-flawed process to conduct the purge, according to the suit. And the procedure, the advocates contend, requires lawful citizens and already legally registered voters to prove their citizenship or lose their ability to vote.

    “Florida is flouting federal laws designed to protect voters from precisely this kind of action,” Bob Kengle, co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement issued Friday. “The right of every citizen to have their voice heard at the ballot box is being threatened. The Lawyers’ Committee will continue to tirelessly fight any effort to make full-fledged Americans second-class citizens.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/06/suit-filed-in-purge-of-florida-voter-rolls-125702.html

    He is over reaching, big time!

  13. 29 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    June 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    That was a nice speech by the coach. I’m guessing he’s a PBO supporter. The President makes me laugh at these sports events because he gives a play by play of the games and remembers exactly how everything went down. It’s such a guy thing and kinda sweet.

  14. 30 Me4obama
    June 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I LOVE the CELTIC Thunder. Number one fan. Yeee haaaa

  15. June 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    A group of coal companies owned by a massive India conglomerate ran illegal surface mines in eastern Kentucky that polluted waterways, according to lawsuit filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    The EPA is alleging that mountaintop removal mines in three counties dumped pollutants into tributaries of the Levisa Fork River in 2005 and 2007.

    The mines were run by Trinity Coal Corp. and its subsidiaries, based in Scott Depot, W.Va. Trinity has been owned since 2010 by Mumbai-based Essar Group, which owns coal reserves around the world and has business interests in 25 countries.

    Its Essar Minerals division is named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Pikeville federal court.

    An email message sent to a spokesman for Essar in England was not returned on Thursday. A phone message left for Trinity Coal vice president Eric Calvert was also not returned.

    The suit said Trinity’s companies began mining operations on a 682-acre site in Pike County in December 2005 without a Clean Water Act permit. Two years later, it began operations on a 768-acre site along the Magoffin and Floyd County line without the permit. The surface mining operations at those two sites have led to the dumping of earth, rock and spoil into more than two miles of streams, the suit said.

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-06/D9V8GKU82.htm

  16. 34 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm
  17. June 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin share the same goal – getting back to the White House next year.
    Obama honored the Super Bowl champions on Friday, noting the similarities between the Giants’ 2008 championship and its most recent triumph.
    “They ended up winning with a circus catch in the fourth quarter, MVP performance by Eli Manning … a come-from-behind win over the Patriots. So this is all starting to sound kind of like deja vu all over again,” Obama said.
    In his speech, Coughlin injected some political references for a president in the heart of a re-election campaign, telling his team and guests on the South Lawn that he hoped coming back to the White House “was not a twice-in-a-lifetime experience.”
    “We both have a goal to get back here next year. We have a lot of work to do,” Coughlin said to cheers and a pat on the back from Obama.
    Coughlin noted that his team overcame a 7-7 start to win their final two regular-season games and win the NFC East. The Giants won four postseason games, capped by a 21-17 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/06/08/giants.white.house.ap/index.html

  18. 36 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm
    • 37 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      June 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Very true.

    • 39 nathkatun7
      June 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      “Most ppl do NOT obsess over everything said on FOX, MSNBC. They don’t even watch,” Yes indeed! And that includes me. I’ve been basically boycotting MSM ever since they hyped the invasion of Iraq. Besides on the video clips posted here, it’s obvious that most of the media pundits are not that smart and not that well informed.

    • June 9, 2012 at 5:24 am

      Absolutely right. The total ratings of people who watch FOX & MSNBC & CNN equates to maybe a small town. The local news is where it’s at.

  19. 41 purpleshoesla
    June 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    What ho TOD Peeps. Happy Friday to one and all; just “Livin’ for the Weekend” here in So Cal. (Any O’Jays fans in da house?) :lol:

    Anyhoo, as a HUUGE NY Giants fan, I actually took the time to watch the ceremony at the WH today and the Coach got in some zingers against Congress (how if they only worked together as a team, what could be accomplished–gee quelle surprise.. NOT!) that got a big “HO” and a beautiful smile from our illustrious Prez as he said that. The Coach also said something about crossing the finish line together that brought tears to my eyes. So I was glad to see Ms. Chips posted the clip of ceremony up top, so I could watch again. Here’s what Coach said the team’s final thought was the night before the Super Bowl:

    “Maybe what matters most is not only how we reach the finish line and why, but WHO crosses the finish line with us. We cross that line together as one …… ”

    So, our Prez gets this, a pro NFL team gets this, Mittens DOES NOT, never HAS, never WILL…. Obama/Biden 2012!

    Have a good weekend all….

  20. June 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Awesome video! Made me tear up.

  21. June 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    For Chipsticks – on a Friday night —-I know this is one of her favorite singers. “If you sound like that all you need is a piano.”

    • June 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Ah see Forus, you’ve just made me cry! Thank you.

      • 45 forus50
        June 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

        All for you, all for you. Thank you many times over for this place where the mind can rest, refresh, rejoice and remember what’s good in the world.

    • 46 miss pat
      June 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

      There is a little girl on Youtube singing along with her other to this song. She is so cute. Go look at her chubby face, watch her try to imitate her mother and sings ‘”someone lika ya.”

  22. June 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    the President with females from that subversive Girl Scouts?

    SCANDAL!

  23. 49 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I sooooooo tweeted this. Thanks Chips — you rock!

  24. 50 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    photo/1

  25. 51 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm
  26. 53 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Had my nap…now I’m good to go:) Here’s some Romney Rules! Bet you’ll never guess..:)

    http://xpostfactoid.blogspot.com/2012/06/romney-rules.html

    Weekly, Steve Benen tallies up the latest instances of Mitt’s Mendacity. At longer intervals, the Dish flags Romneys Big Lies, the core myths of his case against an imaginary Obama. I find the laser focus on lying a little narrow: the modes of Mitt’s deception are manifold. As a private equity chief, Romney was a master of playing a rigged game, or of himself rigging games in his firm’s favor; he has carried that skill to the political arena. He would have the election played by Romney Rules, compiled below.

    1-10….go see!

  27. 58 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    A matter of character. More than anything, the contrast of character is so profound between President Obama and #BainMitt. So profound that having #chickenhawkMitt on the same stage as President Obama will be unparalleled in the history of Presidential debates.

    #FORWARD

  28. 59 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm
    • June 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      WOW oh WOW!! 38.5 million hits! The people who support this liar has to be supporting him for sheer hatred for PBO and his tax policies. He is shameless and psychotic.

      • 61 Pamela
        June 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Not so sure every hit would count as a supporter…. Some people might be reading the list to gain information about how massive the Myth lying really is, right?

  29. 62 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    • 63 HZ
      June 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Those were my thoughts as I listened to the lazy reporters. POB is too smart for these ” low information reporters.” These reporters will Never catch up with the comprehensions skills of President Obama.

      One of the things that I give thanks for each day regarding POB is that he is brilliant and he knows how to think brilliantly. The MSM is too lazy for a president such as President Barack Obama. PRESSON and Moving FORWARD. HZ

    • 64 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Ouch! Only hurts ‘cuz it’s true!

    • 65 nathkatun7
      June 9, 2012 at 12:05 am

      That’s is it in a nutshell!

    • 67 forus50
      June 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Just beautiful Chipsticks; the love shines through. It’s so amazing how music can make those photographs come alive with emotion; a beautiful song for two beautiful people that we get to have in our world.

    • 68 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Special doesn’t begin to describe this couple.They take my breath away, everyday.

  30. 69 Vicki
    June 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Memo to Mitt: Teachers are Americans. Firefighters are taxpayers. Police officers, sanitation workers, USPS employees are us—Americans, citizens and taxpayers all.

    What is Mitt’s actual message? only wealthy white old men count?

    Let us all prove him wrong in November.

    • 70 HZ
      June 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      First, thanks Chips for the video. I love it when we have music in our space with our family here. It moved me to tears of joy. Thanks you so much Chips.

      Vicki, your memo needs to be put in a tweet, please. Great point! Thank you.HZ

    • 71 nathkatun7
      June 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Well said, Vicki! I wish Teachers, cops, firefighters and all public employees would launch a boycott of all the companies supporting Mitt Romney. For me I am now in my first year of making sure that I would not buy any paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper napkins, and paper plates) that are in any way connected with the Koch industries. I know my boycott is a drop in the bucket , but it makes me feel good that not a single penny of my hard earned money goes to these multi-billionaires who are determined to destroy our democracy. I am sure if public employees, their families and their supporters, boycotted, for example, all the paper products by the Koch Industries, the Kochs might have to think twice about what they are doing. If not, at least our money would no longer be used against us.

      • 72 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        June 9, 2012 at 12:48 am

        About that list of Koch products. When it first started to circulate I took a look at it and was all ready to boycott. But what I found out was there was nothing on the list that I hadn’t already decided was crap. So I didn’t even have to give anything up!

    • 73 Cha
      June 9, 2012 at 1:55 am

      Speaking of Police Unions and this is OT from willard..but, I just got this link from PoliticusUSA about the Police Union in Florida having left the goparty last year.

      “Rick Scott’s Voter Purge Powers Obama to the Lead in Florida”

      http://www.politicususa.com/rick-scott-obama-voter-purge.html

      ” According to the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, what pushed the police association over the edge was Scott’s union due deductions bill, which is a union busting measure in the finest Scott Walker tradition. The Florida measure would allow government agencies to collect union dues if the union is engaged in political activities.

      They are so outraged that on July 16, the union will be holding a “Party to Leave The Party” event.

      Check out the invitations,.”

      http://www.politicususa.com/florida-police-gop.html

  31. June 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    NEW YORK — People who were stricken with cancer after being exposed to the toxic ash that exploded over Manhattan when the World Trade Center collapsed would qualify for free treatment of the disease and potentially hefty compensation payments under a rule proposed Friday by federal health officials.

    After months of study, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said in an administrative filing that it favored a major expansion of an existing $4.3 billion 9/11 health program to include people with 50 types of cancer, covering 14 broad categories of the disease.

    People with any of the cancers on the list could qualify for treatments and payments as long as they and their doctors make a plausible case that the disease was connected to the caustic dust.

    The decision followed years of emotional lobbying by construction workers, firefighters, police officers, office cleaners, and many other people who fell ill in the decade after the terror attack, and were sure it had something to do with the many days they spent toiling in the gray soot.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/rss.jsp;jsessionid=1C9D2709ADE685C75FEEE3EAAA7B1C2C?rssid=615&item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fbusiness%2fus-proposes-expanding-aid-for-sick-911-responders-nyc-residents-to-include-50-cancer-types%2f2012%2f06%2f08%2fgJQAF3PKOV_mobile.mobile&cid=961405

  32. 75 anniebella
    June 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    June 8th 2001……Sasha Obama’s birthday. Happy Birthday Miss Sasha.

  33. 85 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    LOL

  34. 87 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm
  35. 88 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm
  36. 109 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Not a fan of Joan Walsh, as you all know, but she’s gone right to the core of #chickenhawkMitt’s big LIES regarding his draft cheering, draft dodging days. You want every veteran you know and every veteran you can contact to know the facts about #chickenhawkMitt and it doesn’t take more than 140 characters to convey it, to wit:

    Cheered the draft, dodged the draft in a Parisian mansion & has lied about it ever since.

    And, please RT these as much as possible …

    #FORWARD

    • 110 Obama Grandmama
      June 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Not sure on this but I don’t think from what I have heard that any male in his family was in the military. There must be a way to check that.

      • 111 Obama Grandmama
        June 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

        Too many negatives! I think there has not been any males in the Romney family that has served in the military.

        • June 9, 2012 at 1:53 am

          Obama Grandmama, Lawrence O’Donnell did a piece this week on this very topic, and he stated that Mitt’s father, Mitt and his five sons Have Not Served. HZ

        • 114 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          June 9, 2012 at 2:10 am

          Correct OG.

          The Romney clan was either doing their escape from America to have numerous wives or their escape from America to avoid severing in Vietnam or their escape from reality – the trademark of #LiarMitt …

          #TweepsForOBAMA2012
          #FORWARD

  37. 115 globalcitizenlinda
    June 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    To all Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Public Servants working mitt the bullying serial liar’s campaign events and all teacher teaching his children and grandchildren, please consider leaving your posts since he says what you do is not important

    • 116 COS
      June 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      If PBO lied like Romney and said what he said about the public servants, it would be looped 24/7 on every channel.

    • 119 carla4obama
      June 9, 2012 at 12:04 am

      I’m a teacher…what did Mittens say? Link please.

      • 120 globalcitizenlinda
        June 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

        according to mitt the bullying serial liar in his Iowa speech 6/8/12, we do not need any more police, firefighters or teachers …… we need to help the American people (apparently you and other public servants are not real Americans.

        Mitt Romney: We don’t need more cops, firefighters or teachers

        By Greg Sargent

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        This time, however, Romney deserves points for honesty: He has forthrightly declared that the class of government workers holding back other Americans does include cops, firefighters and teachers. And in so doing, he has singlehandedly reframed the debate from one over despised government bureaucrats to one over whether we should hire more cops, firefighters and teachers to get the economy going. This is a debate the White House will be happy to have.

        UPDATE: The Obama campaign is now circulating video:

        The Obama campaign responds:

        In Iowa today, Mitt Romney shockingly promised to cut jobs for firefighters, police, and teachers if elected. As President Obama urges Congress to pass his plan to put cops, firefighters, teachers, and construction workers back to work — after they left as many as 1 million jobs from his plan on the table — Mitt Romney has decided we need less jobs for middle class Americans, not more. That’s the message he received this week.

        —————————————–

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/mitt-romney-we-dont-need-more-cops-firefighters

  38. 121 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm
    • 122 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :) And suffering from all kinds of cancers now, to save them…I might add.

    • 123 susanne
      June 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      that’s so well said–very powerful image.

      • 124 amk for obama
        June 8, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        It’s a fantastic tweet. Hopefully Chips will put it up in Rise & Shine. All TOD’ers should RT it. Captures the essence of mittbot’s corelessness.

    • 125 nathkatun7
      June 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Sabine Mariano’s tweet is simply delicious! It unmasks the evilness of the GOP’s war on public employees. This must be the “Tweet of the day.”

    • 126 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Great!!! Captures the essence of what the public servants do and the difference in the two campaigns

      I also think this Team Obama should ask the author permission to use his tweet as a camapign poster, as their theme for group “firefighters for Obama”, or on the official tee-shirt or other campaign material that they sell in the official campaign store.

      I can see this as one of those items that sells well and people would be proud to wear.

  39. 127 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Maybe we should ask Mitt if these govt. workers have to go, too?

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/06/20126915116142590.html

    Police have arrested 190 people in a major US crackdown on child pornography, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say.

    Federal agents said on Friday that the month-long ‘Operation Orion’ also resulted in identifying and rescuing 18 children.

    In a statement, ICE said most of the arrests during Operation Orion through the month of May took place in the US, but suspects were also picked up in Argentina, Britain, the Philippines and Spain.

    “Many of the child exploitation cases under Operation Orion began with a child or teen chatting with someone he or she met online,” said ICE Director John Morton.

    “Let this operation be a warning to anyone who would think they can use the Internet to exploit children: we are out there looking for you, we will find you, and you will be prosecuted.”

    Operation Orion targeted individuals “who possessed, received, transported, distributed, advertised or produced images or videos of child pornography,” the ICE statement said.

    Among those arrested was a 35-year-old individual in Louisiana suspected of using the seven-year-old he babysat to make child pornography, and a 35-year-old in Oklahoma who offered money for sex to a 14-year-old victim he met on a social networking site.

  40. 128 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/06/201266113156869575.html

    The big-lie coup d’etat
    The super-rich and privileged have been fabricating truth in order to entrench it in the American psyche.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist (you can’t have served in Washington and seriously believe more than two people can hold on to a big story without it leaking), but I fear that at least since 2010 we’ve been witnessing a quiet, slow-motion coup d’etat whose purpose is to repeal every bit of progressive legislation since the New Deal and entrench the privileged positions of the wealthy and powerful – who haven’t been as wealthy or as powerful since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.

    Its techique is to inundate the United States with a few big lies, told over and over (the debt is Obama’s fault and it’s out of control; corporations and the very rich are the “job creators” that need tax cuts; government is the enemy, and its regulations are strangling the private sector; unions are bad; and so on), and tell them so often they’re taken as fact.

    Then having convinced enough Americans that these lies are true, take over the White House, Congress, and remaining states that haven’t yet succumbed to the regressive right (witness Tuesday’s recall election in Wisconsin).

    I desperately hope I’m wrong, but all the growing evidence suggests I may be right.

  41. 130 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    June 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Just watched Bill Maher New Rules. He must be lurking here. What he just said about OWS was exactly what everyone here has been saying. I hope someone will post it.

    • 131 COS
      June 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      What did Maher say?

      • 132 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        June 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        Said they should stop camping out and playing cum-ba-ya in the park and start occupying the voting booth. Said they should do what the tea party did. Start getting candidates elected into office. Register voting and be involved in the process. Said they needed to be for the Democrats what the tea party is for the Republicans. He said they should occupy congress and give the President someone to point to and say to Boehner “Gee, I’d love to extend the Bush tax cuts but I have to deal with these crazy f-ers!”

        • 133 COS
          June 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

          Thanks Walking. Bravo to Maher. So someone with a show finally said it. Instead of doing something useful, they went to one of PBO’s rallies and did that stupid open mic crap.

        • 135 amk for obama
          June 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

          Exactly what we have been saying all along.

        • 136 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          June 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

          “register voters” is what I meant to type. I know he’s had his bad moments but at least he dug in his pocket and gave a million bucks. Just my guess but I think maybe the Wisconsin thing has been a wake up for some of those who think they can whine about the President and still get their way. Hoping some of them realize that we have to be a team.

          • 137 susanne
            June 8, 2012 at 11:40 pm

            there was a tweet circulating a few months ago that really speaks to this. something like, ‘there’s nothing you’re whining about that would be improved by voting for a republican.’ adding to that, there’s nothing about not voting that is going to get you what you want either. unless what you want, is just to whine.

            • 138 Walking_on_ Sunshine
              June 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

              I think a lot of people really do just want to whine. Next time I hear it I’ll ask them to shut up or vote (nicely).

        • 139 nathkatun7
          June 9, 2012 at 1:02 am

          I am glad Bill Maher is coming back to reality. Change does not come through “mike checks.” Change comes as a result of political participation in the electoral process. That’s why many in 60’s Civil Rights Movement risked their lives in order to secure the right to vote.

        • 140 Cha
          June 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

          THANK OUR LUCKY STARS! Thanks to you, Walking On Sunshine for that report! Awesome.

  42. 141 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_invisible_man_20120607/

    Kristol wrote that Romney could lose most of that crucial 40 percent if he “fails to present a compelling alternative. … This is a winnable election for Mitt Romney. But he can’t win simply by asserting that things are worse than they’ve ever been.”

    The fact is that Romney doesn’t have a compelling alternative. During the primaries, he was for Republican Paul Ryan’s economic plan, endorsed by the Republican House, which would cut trillions in federal spending over the next decade, dismantle Medicare and continue low taxes for the affluent. He’s still for it, a top campaign aide said over the weekend. But Ryan doesn’t seem to be his constant sidekick as he was just a few months ago. Romney has clearly sidelined Ryan and his controversial budget plan in this new phase of his campaign, leaving the candidate, once again, without much of a program.

    The right doesn’t trust Romney. Nor will the center, so vital to his campaign. That’s because, by Election Day, Americans will still have no idea where he would take them. Hopefully, they will see him for what he is—a hollow man.

    • 142 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      I just Googled a picture of “Hallow Man”…Yup, that’s him alright!

    • 143 COS
      June 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      So far, all I have heard from Robney are red meat soundbites criticizing PBO with no solutions. I really do not believe that the polls are as close as they are showing. Robney and repugs have alienated every ethnic group.

      • 144 hopefruit2
        June 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        The pollsters keep saying that the polls are very close or tied. But if Romney is trailing PBO among women by 20 pts, and leading PBO among men by 5 pts, then the polls cannot be statistically tied because the proportion of men and women registered/likely voters are roughly 50-50. For the polls to be tied, he would have to lead PBO among men by approx the same amount that he is trailing PBO among women.

  43. June 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I wonder if PBO already has the dope on who leaked the classified information on Iran. He sort of had that look on his face as he talked about “consequences.” Holder’s announcement was incredibly timely. We’ll see……

  44. 155 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Sorry..I laughed hard. :) :) http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/08/pranksters-jiggly-puff-weedlord-bonerhitler-sign-anti-obamacare-petition/

    When the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) set about thinking how to engage the Internet in new and unique ways, it probably did not occur to them that sometimes, the Internet tends to engage you right back.

    That misunderstanding apparently led to an NRCC petition drive this week seeking to trump up the number of people who want to see “Obamacare” repealed. Unfortunately for them, it all went horribly, hilariously awry on Thursday night after they hooked an office printer up to the Twitter hashtag #IWantRepeal, then turned on a live video stream.

    It was not long before NRCC staff completely lost control and were forced to pull the plug.

    In almost no time at all, their printer was spitting out pages of petitions signed by “Weedlord Bonerhitler,” “Jiggly Puff,” “Boner Junkmonkey,” “Pointless Empty Gesture,” “Turd Sniffer,” “Like 20 more boners” and “HelpI’mStuckInThisPrinter,” among many, many others. Screen shots of this Twitter debacle and links to the live video began circulating almost immediately.

    Happy Friday Night Chuckle!

  45. 159 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Speaking of Friday!!! Let’s party :)

  46. 160 Liberal Librarian
    June 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Peeking in. Spousal unit has had a bad time of it the past 2 days, so I’ve been playing nursemaid. (And she’s a nurse.) Came upon amk’s fabulous idea. Retweeting it furiously.

    • 161 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Thanks a bunch LL for spreading it around.

    • 162 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

      Here is to the quick recovery of your mate.

      • 163 Liberal Librarian
        June 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

        Better than she was yesterday. Had a UTI and was desperate last night.

        • 164 desertflower
          June 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

          Ouch :( Cranberry juice….

        • 165 amk for obama
          June 9, 2012 at 12:48 am

          Painful. My son had it and it was a nightmare for us. Glad to know she is better now.

          • June 9, 2012 at 2:10 am

            LL, I will keep her in my thoughts. I am up late tonight listening to my music, catching up, and trying to find another red wine to order. I am suppose to drink 8 oz. per night, but I only like sweet wines. But it is fun to read about them.

            LL, may your home be sweetly peaceful and filled with the most beautiful tender and healing spirit for your wife. Tell her we are thinking good thoughts for her. Be as peaceful and restful and both of you can. ((((((( Angels with sweet Balms of Gentle Healing)))))))HZ

        • 167 hopefruit2
          June 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

          LL so sorry to hear that. Hugs to you and her. Hope she’s doing much better today and is on the road to recovery.

  47. 168 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 12:11 am
  48. 169 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 12:16 am
    • 171 COS
      June 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Stephanie Miller attended the LBGT fundraiser and she was acting like a school girl with a crush on her show the next morning. She talked about PBO throughout her entire show. She said that he got a 5 minute ovation when he walked in the room and she talked about his charisma and how magic it is to be in the same room with him. It appeared that he was talking to her. :) she was really funny.

      • June 9, 2012 at 2:14 am

        Yes, COS, Stephanie Miller was so excited. I saw her the next day. What a moment to be in his space and feel all of his goodness coming forth in her space. It had to be a great moment. HZ

    • 173 Cha
      June 9, 2012 at 1:25 am

      I so liked that link, meta! Thank you! I’m a fan of everyone who appreciates President Obama..and, I’ve seen all those young people’s work. Excellent~

  49. 174 desertflower
    June 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Mitt Romney: We don’t need more firefighters! Times are tough, America. If your house is on fire, just move to one of your other ones!
    — @MattBinder via Twitter for Mac

    • 175 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

      WOW, I like the advice of moving to “my other house” if the one I live in catches fire! people’s minds are fast

  50. 176 Sosena
    June 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Happy 11th Birthday, Sasha Obama !!
    Sasha Obama Hosts 11th Birthday Party at Red Robin! http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/sasha-obama-hosts-11th-birthday-party-at-red-robin-201286 via @usweekly

  51. 179 desertflower
    June 9, 2012 at 1:05 am

    http://pinterest.com/pin/226305949994867715/ If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.

    Forward! Together.

  52. 181 desertflower
    June 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

    How appropriate….

    If you didn’t hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes, don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth.

  53. 186 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 1:41 am

    photo/1

  54. 187 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

    photo/1

  55. 188 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Good Morning, Folks! It’s Saturday morning – at least it is where I am! :lol: :lol: Happy Saturday to everyone, resting or working!
    Apologies for conking out so early last night; my eyes just gave in! Up early for a short visit, then off to do some desperately needed work in the garden. Don’t want to find out if the neighbours can sue you for neglect of lawn & garden. ;)

    • 189 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

      GM pard. You’re up early. Too early for the matinee show.

      • 190 vcprezofan2
        June 9, 2012 at 7:24 am

        Special Saturday afternoon to you! I’m probably going to miss the matinee, so you’ll have to ‘take notes’. ;)

  56. June 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

    The Libertarian Party issues a statement denouncing Sen. Rand Paul for his endorsement of Mitt Romney.

    Denounced? I am telling you Gary Johnson will take 2% away from Robney. Important to keep an eye on!

    • June 9, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Just wanted to say I watched the morning news–local NBC affiliate out of Philadelphia. They showed a clip of the president’s “fine” comment and the repub. response. Of course they never showed the comment in context but then they showed Romney’s response and conveniently left out the part about having enough teachers, etc. I was furious at the crap reporting and called their news division and blasted them. I don’t know if it’ll do any good but at least they know one person is watching and calling them out.

      • June 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

        It’s evident the Media is afraid of Robney/Bain.

      • June 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

        I did the same thing Wednesday regarding the way our local NBC station reported the WI recall…..made it sound like the D was the only one that spent millions of dollars. I really let two ladies “have it.” Told them both both investigative journalism is dead in this country.

        Good morning, TOD’s. Beautiful day here too. Much to do today beginning with getting outside soon and planting my flowers. Attending an event this afternoon — fundraiser for PO. Silent auction, etc. Sponsored by Women for Obama. Have to pack for our upcoming 4 days at our church’s annual conference and hope to have time for an hour or so at the pool. Good day to all!!!!!

    • 195 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Only 2% jovie ? I thought libertarian morons formed a bigger bunch in the thugs party.

      • June 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

        They do! But, unless he gets invited to debates,he does not have money to compete on a high level. But, I think 2% is very important!

  57. June 9, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Their is some talking points for you!

  58. June 9, 2012 at 6:58 am

    “Kissimmee is busy preparing for tomorrow’s grand opening. The celebration starts at 4:00 p.m. at 1004 Royal Street.”

  59. 199 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 7:02 am
  60. June 9, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Btw- the President is getting very good coverage on NFL network and Espn, for hosting the Giants yesterday.
    Good lines by Coach Coughlin… And they keep playing it over and over, like an ad.
    This is great!

    • 201 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 7:55 am

      ESPN really loves PBO and they know he loves them back. the announcers and interviewers are ALWAYS very respectful of PBO no matter how short the length of their interaction

  61. June 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Today Show really diving into how much yesterday’s events has hurt Obama. If I had a gun, I might have shot the TV. Lester Holt was asking how much does this perception of the WH leaking natl. security info harm President Obama. And then he asked 4 other “experts” about the “big blunder” of daring to say that private sector was “fine”. That one is the biggest fake outrage I’ve ever seen. PBO is under a microscope. Every pore, every hair follicle. And Willard can lie and lie and lie and lie and make multiple dishonest and opposing statements and ———crickets. Maddening beyond belief.

    • June 9, 2012 at 7:24 am

      They are desperately trying to make it like the McSame blunder of 08, when he said the fundamentals of our economy are strong.
      Except, he doubled down on that and the media did not take it out of context.
      This is the Media, who is very hostile towards the President, trying once again to assist the GOP.
      Because the stuff the President actually said, cannot get out there. Check!

    • 204 Bill
      June 9, 2012 at 7:26 am

      At least the French Open finals will be on tomorrow morning instead of David Gregory.

    • 205 Ladyhawke
      June 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

      dotster3 said: PBO is under a microscope. Every pore, every hair follicle

      This is so true. I have never seen any politician’s every move scrutinized like President Obama. This is how the media continually feeds the beast. When one silly manufactured controversy ends there must be another one waiting in the wings. They are too lazy to do their home work and report the facts. It’s so much easier to be sheep and just report on the latest shiny object. It’s infuriating. I am so embarrassed that we have a media that produces nothing but tabloid trash. We deserve better.

      Just think of what happened yesterday. President Obama has been working tirelessly to improve the lives of the American people (even those who did not vote for him.). He holds a press conference to update the American people on the current state of the economy and what needs to be done NOW. He calls on congress to just do their job. He calls out the Republican Party for their obstruction. He makes it pain what is needed NOW. In response to a question he said that compared to the state and local government, the private sector is doing fine. Profits are high and they are hiring. WTF is so controversial about that? it’s the truth. Everybody knows that.

      Unfortunately, this statement satisfied what the media was really hoping for. A shiny new soundbite to distract attention from the fact that since the Republican Party took the majority in the House of Representatives THEY HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT JOB CREATION. The tragedy is that if the media had been doing their job all along, the American would know that it is the Republican Party sabotaging the economy. The ‘doing fine’ comment was cover for the media and the GOP. No need to talk about the substance of what President Obama had so say, we got us a distraction now. Let’s run with that. Pathetic. (Sorry for the rant, I’m a bit worked up this morning.)

      • June 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

        In knowing this, the President should just keep his talking points, like the GOP does.
        Stay away from the rabid press and use controlled messaging.
        If the Press cannot handle nuance, then it’s time to start playing their game.
        Sadly!

    • 207 anniebella
      June 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

      dotster3, I just sent a email to the Today Show and Lester Holt, about this anti-Obama media. I told them that Mitt Romney lies just about every day, do Lester Holt and the Today call him out about his lying? I sent a long email to them with right many complaints about the media.

  62. June 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Btw- I had watched Secretariat on Starz last week and it was great. So, I was looking forward to the Belmont Stakes, low and behold, the Horse has a freak injury the day before the race.
    You know, a lot of People think that Horse was told to Sit, not his time…
    Just saying.

  63. June 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Also, nobody is watching the News. It has lost all it’s viewership! People will only start paying attention in October, or get bits and pieces at the Gym or Doctors office.
    So, the GOP messaging, saturating the media with emails, is, for now, overplayed!

  64. 210 prettyfoot58
    June 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Gooooooooood Morning everyone….

    i see the Press is still on the case for the Republicans…

    The Romney campaign mimics the President in every way that it can….be it by dress…fundraiser….showing up at rallies that the President is hosting….

    the Romeny campaign and his surrogates run on lies and distortions sowing confusion and mistrust…these are not misspeaks it is a strategy that if you tell a lie often enough folks start believing it…

    today the press has decided to distort comments of the President instead of holding the GOP Congress accountable for not passing the President’s Jobs bill…

    that was the lead story on Alec Twitts program this morning….the press is creating a controversy following the lead of the Romney/GOP instead of asking them why are they blocking the JOBs bill…

    i feel that we the footsoldiers are more important than ever to get the truth out….and when i see this…it only encourages me to give money to the campaign..sign up more people to vote….it also lets me know that the President is on point/why else would there be such rush to distort his message….

    FORWARD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • June 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Well, People were paying attention in 2009 and 2010 because they wanted to see what the President would do.
      The GOP fear mongered, played Psychology games and manipulated the public.
      Currently, I think the vast majority of People are not paying attention, and the Obama camp has been on the case for months, also going up with ads in key battleground States.
      We have a huge head start, the media knows it and is trying to even the score.
      IMHO!

  65. 212 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Checking out for some yard work, back later. Enjoy your Saturday all you international TODobots! :lol: :lol:

    • June 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Me too, vc. Heading out the door now.

      • 214 vcprezofan2
        June 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        Well, TnMt, I’m back now. Aching all over from all that bending, etc, but the annuals are now planted. Of course they will have to fend for themselves because I don’t believe in this daily watering stuff. For their sakes, a little rain might fall here and there to keep them going. :lol:

  66. 215 globalcitizenlinda
    June 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

    with so many MSM oulets manipulating what PBO and not calling out the gop on their lack of job creation and totally ignoring what mitt the bullying serial liar said about public employees, can we at least take a minute to send each of these MSM a note?

  67. June 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    CNN lead story- jobless benefits are running out, we have tips for you lazy bastards, so get back to work.
    Right around their. The whole conversation is far right policy, always! That is why People are not tuning in, they find it terribly one sided, non information!

  68. June 9, 2012 at 8:08 am

    The NFL network starts off it’s show every half hour, Coughlin said, we all put our differences aside and got it done, wouldn’t it be mice if Congress did the same?
    Every half Hour, they play that same line.
    The President gets his best coverage on sports channels.
    Remember that!

  69. 219 globalcitizenlinda
    June 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

    any indication that Team Obama is acting on AMK’s idea for 1 dollar a day from tweeter PBO followers?

    • 220 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I’m sure that they at least KNOW about it – thanks to Bobfr’s amazing promptness in tweeting it all out :)

      Some of PBO’s followers are not supporters but I would wager that at the very least 25% are which translates into ~ 4 million… (at a MINIUMUM), which would net $400 million campaign dollars, at a minimum :)


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