02
Jul
12

This Blog Needs You!

Morning/afternoon/evening everyone.

I keep meaning to say that if any of the regulars here ever want something posted on the blog (ie on the ‘front page’, not just in the comments), please let me know – I’m always completely thrilled to get your contributions (and it gives me a delightful break from hearing the sound of my own voice….. zzzzzzz).

The only rule – needless to say – is that it has to be PBO-related. It can’t, for example, be 500 words on how majestic cheesy puffs are….

…. which they are …

….. or are how glorious a sporty legend Wayne Rooney is……

…. which he is – especially after his hair started magically re-growing:

**** ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ***

… and it can’t be libelous – eg you can’t say that Cenk Uygur is a fraudulent piece of shit making a living from being a ‘progressive’ fake, when he’s never actually strayed from his extreme right-wing Republican roots and remains the loathsome turd that he always was and continues to do his damndest to persuade liberals not to support PBO.

We can’t have that class of defamation here.

So, if you have something PBO-related that you want to say, contact me – immediately.

Oh, another thing!

If any of you are up for getting involved in helping run the blog between now and November, I will welcome your assistance with a hug so tight you’ll most probably pass out.

I’ll be able to look after things most days, but there’ll be a few days here and there – due to work or traveling – when it will be tricky, so if you have any interest in helping out please email me at:

theobamadiary@gmail.com

This request is not, alas, open to Willard supporters – I don’t want the blog supporting the individual mandate one day, and opposing it the next. Supporting a woman’s right to choose one day, and opposing it the next. Supporting immigration reform one day, and opposing it the next. Supporting gun control one day, and opposing it the next…….. You get the drift.

Thanks everyone ;-)

****

Coming up:

Tuesday: The President will be at Camp David.

Wednesday: The President returns to Washington and, with the First Lady, will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting members of the military and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn. Staff and their families from throughout the Administration will also attend this event for the concert and fireworks viewing.

Thursday and Friday: The President will travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania for a campaign bus tour.


316 Responses to “This Blog Needs You!”


  1. 23 susanne
    July 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    cheesy puffs!

  2. 30 Ladyhawke
    July 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for all you do Chips. Love you madly. LH

  3. July 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm
    • 34 LunarSea
      July 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      ROFLMAO yeah, a surprise poll, go figure. Those must be the states where

      1) they figured they’ve got it rigged or

      2) they lie

      CNN is a piece of work. Evening all

    • 35 anniebella
      July 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      I email CNN (TeaNN) and ask asked them why is it we should believe their crazy poll, and I reminded them that they were the network which announced that the Supreme Court struck down the entire ACA law last week.

      • July 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        Excellent anniebella, keep the pressure up on those ****wits.

      • 37 LunarSea
        July 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        I love that idea. It should be the standard tweet response to everything they spew from now til November. Just remember to put a period before their .@ signal so everyone can see it. What would they do if a hundred tweets went out like that in response to all their ‘scoops’ and each one was retweeted multiple times. LOL

    • 38 utaustinliberal
      July 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      At this point, CNN is a fucking joke and an embarrassment.

  4. 41 yardarm756
    July 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Woooo Hooooo! Not sure how this works.

    • 42 susanne
      July 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      now we just open a bag of crisps, pop the top off a tub of ice cream, and watch a weepy movie, till our next chance comes around.

  5. 43 yardarm756
    July 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    A whole bunch of you lot snuk in ahead of me. Damn.

  6. 59 Bill R.
    July 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Gosh, Chips, don’t you think you were a little too easy on Cenk? :-)

  7. 61 Vicki
    July 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    You’re right about Cenk. So what, if anything, does that say about Gore?
    And in other things maybe/maybe not of interest: NYTimes Sunday Mag had a big article about SOS Clinton. Is it totally crazy to wonder if it was meant to coincide with a Bad SCOTUS ruling in order to revive DLC prospects? Too far-fetched, right?

    • July 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      He was screaming today because the Feds mad a bunch of busts over the weekend, lots of grass involved.
      Albeit, Cenk is pretty high strung, so a little Tai -stick for Him, would help us all.
      You follow?

  8. 63 vitaminlover
    July 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I love the way that you get to your pointa, Chipa. So humorous.

  9. 66 Liberal Librarian
    July 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm
    • 67 japa21
      July 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      I would be shocked in Romney was ahead 8 points in any of those states. I wonder what the crosstabs show. However, in keeping with my decision not to worry about polls until after the conventions, I am not going tocheck it out. CNN has shown themselves to be frauds, anyway.

    • 68 anniebella
      July 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Of all the polls I have seen before, Arizona, Indiana, and Missouri have always been in Romney column or leaning to Romney.

  10. 69 TrumpDog
    July 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    … and it can’t be libelous – eg you can’t say that Cenk Uygur is a fraudulent piece of shit making a living from being a ‘progressive’ fake, when he’s never actually strayed from his extreme right-wing Republican roots and remains the loathsome turd that he always was and continues to do his damndest to persuade liberals not to support PBO.

    Well, that means mine’s out.

  11. 70 Tally
    July 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    omg. I have no idea about Rooney’s hair. yikes.

  12. 81 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I vote LadyTNT to sub for you, chips. That way I get what I want in her threads . :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • 82 LadyTNT
      July 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Yep!! You know I got your back!!(as long as VC doesn’t mind :smile:)

      • 83 vcprezofan2
        July 3, 2012 at 12:06 am

        Why would I mind? :roll: :roll: You can have his back for as long as you want, Lady T. I have dibs on his side, right or left doesn’t much matter as long as he shares the 1st place on the podium with me standing beside him. /muttering – wonder why she thinks I’d be interested in his back. Who wants to stand behind a guy in this day and age… well, except for PBO?….strange../

    • July 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      What, like parrots in bikinis chomping on onion rings?

      • 85 amk for obama
        July 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        You started it.

        Vacationing in Hawaii, two priests decide to wear casual clothes so they won’t be identified as clergy. They buy Hawaiian shirts and sandals, and soon head for the beach.

        They notice a gorgeous blond in a tiny bikini. “Good afternoon, Fathers” she says as she strolls by.

        The men are stunned. How does she know they are clergy? Later that day, they buy even wilder attire consisting of surfer shorts, tie dyed T-shirts, and dark glasses.

        The next day, they return to the beach. The same fabulous blond, now wearing a string bikini, passes by, nods politely at them and says, “Good morning Fathers.”

        “Just a minute young lady.”, says one of the priests. “We are priests and proud of it, but how in the world did you know?”

        The blonde replies, “Don’t you recognize me? I’m sister Katherine from the convent.”

      • 88 amk for obama
        July 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        How do men exercise on the beach?

        By sucking in their stomach every time they see a bikini.

  13. 89 Zekke LyDonna
    July 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    UPDATE:

    Previously- I tweeted AliVelshi and received a response:

    @AliVelshi @CNNYourMoney What liberals want is for you to talk about WHO is BLOCKING economic growth. Do you fear Republicans? @Obama2012

    Reply: @laughingzebra liberals can watch a liberal network for that. Congress is blocking economic growth & compromise is lacking on both sides.

    I had also emailed the tweet to @JohnFugelsang. I also got a reply from him:

    @JohnFugelsang
    @laughingzebra investigating/discussing if/how the GOP has blocked economic growth isn’t liberal reporting, it’s “reporting.”

    I tweeted @JohnFugelsang’s response to AliVelshi. I got this tweet for Velshi:

    @AliVelshi
    @laughingzebra why are you cc-ng @JohnFugelsang? He’s got nothing to do with this discussion

    I did not reply to him yet. Instead I sent a copy of his reply to @JohnFugelsang, along with a little commentary.

    @AliVelshi: @laughingzebra why are you cc-ng @JohnFugelsang? He’s got nothing to do with this discussion. Seriouly?Ha Ha Ha

    I find this to be seriously petty. Why on earth does he believe this should be a ‘private’ conversation.

    • 90 TrumpDog
      July 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      At least Velshi’s responding to you. I tweeted him asking how dems have blocked economic growth. Haven’t got a reply.
      This was several hours ago.

      And unless it was a private message sent straight to your tweetbox between you and Velshi, ANY topic is up for public discussion and input from others. Velshi doesn’t own twitter and I’m not sure why he’d have his ass on his back about Fuglesang’s input. Unless he’s just trying to misdirect because he doesn’t have logical answers to your question…

      • 91 Zekke LyDonna
        July 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        When replied to my first tweet, I used ‘reply’ which sent an email to him.

        • 92 Zekke LyDonna
          July 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

          BTW I sent it during his show. He was asking for people to tweet, so they were probably monitoring it. I guess he didn’t expect his ‘snark’ to have a wider audience, especially one of his peers. Funny, silly man.

    • 93 amk for obama
      July 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      ‘watch a liberal network’ ??? wtf ?

      These third rate hacks, who lick the rw asses, are being ‘brave’ with their viewers who question them ?

    • 94 LunarSea
      July 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      And the answer is a resounding YES. They DO fear republicans.

      I think when Robme said he ‘liked firing people’, that was a dog whistle. You’re seeing more and more of these large corporation ceo ‘invites’ to their overworked, underpaid worker bees. Whether to attend his sorry rallies, or to donate to his campaign. So yes. I do believe these pundits and talking heads are scared!

  14. 95 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Be careful of what you wish for.

    A crackdown on illegal immigration, more job opportunities in Mexico and rising fees charged by smugglers are reducing the number of workers who cross the U.S. border illegally each year to help make up more than 60 percent of U.S. farmworkers. The American Farm Bureau Federation projects $5 billion to $9 billion in annual produce-industry losses because of the labor shortages.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/02/154763/fewer-workers-cross-border-creating.html

  15. July 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    “…you can’t say that Cenk Uygur is a fraudulent piece of shit making a living from being a ‘progressive’ fake, when he’s never actually strayed from his extreme right-wing Republican roots and remains the loathsome turd that he always was and continues to do his damndest to persuade liberals not to support PBO.” We can’t? No fair!

  16. 99 Liberal Librarian
    July 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Ooo, got my Paso Robles wine country guide in the mail today. Time to plan out my trip.

  17. 101 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm
  18. 115 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Via Bob Cesca

    U.S. trade officials on Thursday told a Republican lawmaker at the center of a legal fight with the Obama administration he cannot sit in on trade talks next week in San Diego between the United States and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Mac Campbell, assistant U.S. trade representative for congressional affairs, told Representative Darrell Issa in a letter that his request to observe the negotiations was denied, but he and two members of his staff would receive credentials to attend the event as “stakeholders.”

    “With these credentials you will be able to attend public portions of the event. However, only negotiators from each country are present for negotiation sessions,” Campbell said.

  19. July 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    What if its a post on how PBO can use cheesy puffs, Wayne Rooney and Cenk to win the election?

  20. July 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm
    • 126 LunarSea
      July 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Strange but I never put much stock in this department before this admin. Before all they were good for was giving mining and mountaintop removal rights to multinational corporations.

      Salazar actually has me checking their site now and again for good news. And Linda at WiW always has good info on what they are doing.

      With this admin, government has been made cool again.

  21. 127 Liberal Librarian
    July 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    So, if Cenk were living in Turkey, would he be for the Islamists or the generals?

  22. 130 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    What this blog needs a pic of chips pointing at us a la uncle sam.

  23. July 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I thought I’d share a post I did today on Facebook:

    As most of you know, my dad was a Vietnam veteran. About a decade ago, he was ruled 100% disabled by the government due to complications that were a direct result of the Vietnam War. When my dad passed in 2010, my mom applied for spousal benefits, which are afforded to her as a wife of a disabled veteran. The VA initially told her that it would take upward to 200 or so days before they processed and either approved/denied her claim. This was in early 2011, so, she anticipated the claim would be approved by no later than the end of that year.

    Unfortunately, because of budget cuts and a government freeze, the process was extremely slow. 150 days turned to 200 and that into a year. For someone who was counting on those benefits, the prolonged wait was pretty brutal.

    Disappointed, and desperate, I finally came up with the idea to e-mail the White House. I wasn’t sure if it would amount to anything, but having waited as long as we did, something needed to be done. So, we contacted the White House. Initially, I didn’t expect anything because I’m sure they’re swamped daily with e-mails and phone calls. But, a couple weeks after the e-mail, my mom received a phone call from the VA and they told her that, to their surprise, the White House had called them and outlined my mom’s case and demanded action.

    After a long wait, the VA agreed to push through my mom’s claim. Well today, she finally received a letter that they had approved her claim and she’ll now be receiving spousal benefits. Better yet, she will be given back pay all the way from Dec. 2010, the month after my dad died.

    I don’t care if you agree with President Obama’s politics or some of his actions – but you can’t doubt this man’s sincerity. His White House didn’t have to help my mom, who was just some sixty year old living in Salt Lake City, Utah – but they did. I don’t care what anyone says about our President – I am proud of the man. Thanks to him, my mom finally has some peace of mind.

    • 133 amk for obama
      July 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Excellent post irishman. Glad that your mom got what is due to her.

    • 134 Liberal Librarian
      July 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    • July 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Way to effing go! I’m so pleased. I love the People’s Administration.

    • 136 a4alice
      July 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      wow! That’s really something – yes he cares! :D

    • July 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      BRAVO to you for taking that step to email the WH and for having faith that it just might make a difference. I’m so thrilled for your mom. Peace to your family.

    • 138 0388jojothecat
      July 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      This is wonderful and hope many people read about your efforts on your Moms behave. Continue telling this story to everyone you meet because our President is a very caring man and wants to do the right thing for all Americans.

    • 139 Pamela
      July 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      This is what Change looks like. This is what Hope looks like. God bless your Mom, and your Dad, and you, DI, and President Obama.

    • 140 LunarSea
      July 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      What a great story. One of many and hopefully many more into and beyond 2016

    • 141 desertflower
      July 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      What a beautiful, heartfelt story that you’ve shared. Good for you, writing to the WH…and good for them..rushing it through. I have never seen a President or an administration like this one. They mean what they say, and they say what they mean. He truly DOES stand by our veterans and their families. You need to tell your story to all that will listen.Thank you for sharing that with us, DI.

    • 142 purpleshoesla
      July 3, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Wow! Got a lump in my throat. That’s OUR PRESIDENT! So glad your Mom is receiving her spousal benefits Drunken Irishman. Have sent it around to my small circle asking that the post this on their respective Facebook pages as well. This story needs to be seen far and wide…So refreshing to see our illustrious Pres leading from top down, everyone in his Administration is here to serve the people of this country. Wow!

    • 143 Cha
      July 3, 2012 at 3:14 am

      I’m in tears here, Irishman! That is such a sweet sad story.. You Got Through to our White House! I’m so proud of you, your mom, your dad, and our President Barack Obama/O’bama!

    • 144 Cha
      July 3, 2012 at 3:16 am

      P.S. I’m thinking your email was riveting and powerful!

  24. July 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Fact: the demographics for the Nation is 51% women, 49% Men.
    CNN gas the President(go look) up by 12 with women nationally and down by 5 with Men.
    That seems more like it!
    Based on these variables, will somebody please explain to me, how can Romney be up 8 points in the Battleground poll?
    They take a poll and then put out answers that don’t match.
    Do you follow?

  25. 151 isonprize
    July 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Change of topic – Here is one of our Olympic team members – Gymnast John Orozco.

    • 152 LunarSea
      July 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Yeah, I can do that….not even in my dreams. Congrats to that young man. All his hard work and dedication paid off.

      These olympic athletes really work hard from morning to night for years, many from a very young age. They deserve all the good that comes in the end.

      • 153 isonprize
        July 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        Plus, even though they are clearly very well conditioned athletes, it NEVER hurts when they are also handsome as this guy is.

        I see, at the very least, a Wheaties box in his future!!!

        • 154 LunarSea
          July 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

          “I see, at the very least, a Wheaties box in his future!!!” I’d buy it off the shelve :!: :lol:

    • 155 yardarm756
      July 3, 2012 at 12:16 am

      AWESOME!

      • 156 isonprize
        July 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

        Awesome, indeed!

        That is one determined young man. I hope he does well in the Olympics. I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for him!!

    • 157 vcprezofan2
      July 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

      Well, I see the US is keeping things secret for now. This is ‘not available’ in my country.

    • 165 purpleshoesla
      July 3, 2012 at 1:00 am

      CANNOT WAIT for the Summer Olympics; love it just slightly more than the Winter Olympics. All that rippling muscle in Track & Field events doncha’ know. :wink: So nice to see AAs representin’ in gymnastics this summer. National champ! Awesome!

      • 166 isonprize
        July 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

        I know… And isn’t he just the most handsome young man!?!

        I mean, I know he’s WAY too young for me, but it’s refreshing to see a good looking, successful, can-construct-a-grammatically-correct-sentence, young man so dedicated to his craft!!

        • 167 purpleshoesla
          July 3, 2012 at 1:24 am

          EXACTLY what I was thinking! Articulate and polite, didn’t have to cringe internally during the interview if you know what I mean. He could be the brother of my godson who turns 25 tomorrow. GAAH! so trying not to accept that… :lol:

  26. July 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Well…?

    • 170 amk for obama
      July 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Karma, the sweet revengy beeyotch….

    • 171 LunarSea
      July 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      What Bastards. They all signed the Norquist pledge. They insist they can survive without raising taxes but how do they plan on doing that? By asking the Fed Gov for help and money. And just where the hell do they think that damn help and money comes from? And all the help from the military. Who exactly funds that!

      PBO is better than I, ’cause I would just say we don’t have the money to give you or the resources. ‘You’re on your own!”

      These people grate my last nerve.

      • 172 isonprize
        July 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        All I’m gonna say is that Michelle Malkin lives in Colorado Springs. That’s all I’m gonna say… Oh, and Karma. Okie dokie. I’m done.

      • 174 desertflower
        July 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        I wonder how the sound of “you’re on your own” would feel? That’s what they keep telling the rest of us!

        • 175 LunarSea
          July 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

          Really. No government help. A true Libertarian Paradise. Like Somalia.

          • 176 0388jojothecat
            July 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

            This woman had the nerve to tell me she doesn’t want the country to become socialist and I said like no firefighters, police, public schools, social security……and of course “that’s different”, they want to pick and choose their socialism. They have no idea what the hell “socialism”

            • 177 LunarSea
              July 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

              I’m going to have to practice crossing my eyes, so when some idjit tells me something like this I can give them ‘the look’

            • 178 LunarSea
              July 3, 2012 at 12:21 am

              okay, I just practiced in the mirror. I think it’ll work to shut them up. Crossing my eyes at them that is.

            • 179 Cha
              July 3, 2012 at 3:20 am

              NO. It’s not different..they need to know the meaning of socialsim before they go throwing it around.

          • 180 Dudette
            July 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

            Woman in the bikini: I have cholera
            Male friend: What?

            LOL! :-D

            Oh, this needs to be tweeted all over… especially to the newstainers who don’t push back on the teabagger nonsense.

        • 181 susanne
          July 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

          don’t ya think vouchers for firefighting services? that way, when your house is on fire, you could shop around, get the most firefighting service you can afford.

  27. 182 ChristiMTL
    July 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I was about to send a tweet to CNN for their ridiculous poll and I read a few tweets in their TL to see if they were getting pushback today.

    ….this one represents what a disgrace the network is.

    Thanks @cnn for not letting Obama spin doctors get away with spinning the truth about taxes in obamacare & his low poll #’s in key states.

  28. July 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Now I want Cheesy puffs and Doritos.
    Shitfuck!

  29. 188 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    /ducks and runs

  30. 203 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thought it worthwhile to continue urging folk to note the profound hypocrisy, as well as total distortion of #BainMitt’s tenure at his private equity slaughterhouse …

  31. July 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I have not heard my president’s voice LIVE in 3 days and it’s really weird. Fortunately my state Michigan is running an Obama ad and I have
    yet to see any really scary GOP ads. Anyway…night all 1 more day and he’s back on Wednesday.

  32. 208 lisalovesobama
    July 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    ‘Ode to a Golden Cheesygasm Gone Bad’

    Oh Cheesy puffs, Oh Cheesy Puffs, I love you very much my dear
    Oh Cheesy puffs, oh Cheesy puffs, you make me feel so good an’ stuffed.
    I love your goooolden cheesy flavor, you’re crisp and crun-chy to be savored.
    Oh Cheesy puffs, oh cheesy puffs, I can’t ever get enough!

    Your beautiful in every way. If I could, I’d eat all day.
    Oh Cheesy puffs, Oh Cheesy puffs, I cannot live without your stuff.
    You make me hap-py every day, if I could, I’d have my way
    Oh Cheesy puffs, oh Cheesy puffs, you make me glaaaad come what may.

    But Cheesy puffs, dear Cheesy puffs, you do not treat me very well.
    You fill me up and make me glad, especially when I’m sad
    But then you stick around all day, and make a mess when I weigh
    And find myself 30 pounds over weeeiiight
    And now I cannot get a date.

    So then I stuff my face some more, trying to fill the gap you caused
    Oh Cheesy puffs, oh Cheesy puffs! You m^^^*%#*#^{ bastard, oh you suck!
    Oh Cheesy puffs, oh Cheesy puuuuffs!!!
    {{exit stage left, in an aside}} Now where the hell did I leave that bag?!

    {{ enter Chorus}} Cheesy puffs are good to eat, but do not gooooo overboard. Take the fat witch’s aaad-viiice, her last date was 50— not 30—pounds ago!!!!!
    {{ close curtains}}

  33. 216 Tally
    July 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Trust me. Totally worth 10 minutes out of your life to watch this.

  34. 223 COS
    July 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Wow, Lawrence is reporting on the Medicaid aspect of the ACA like a dog with a bone. He is obsessed with this portion of the ruling.

    • July 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      He is the one that started this… LOL!
      Jeepers, if only he would shut up! Sometimes, I think he still works in the Senate Finance Committee.

    • 225 isonprize
      July 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      I’m not watching Lawrence, but the Medicaid aspect of this ruling IS actually the part that will affect the most uninsured people. The “mandate” part is getting the most attention, but the “Medicaid” part is the biggest part of what will happen at the state level., i.e. the part where uninsured people will be able to access affordable insurance.

      • 226 sabreen60
        July 3, 2012 at 12:11 am

        The problem I have with Lawrence is his “opinion” that the governors will automatically decline the Fed money. Many governors said they wouldn’t take any Recovery Act funding and then turned around and took the money. I want to know how these Republican Governors who refuse 100% funding will explain to their citizens why they will not receive any health care. I don’t mean to be harsh, but this is a state issue. If the citizens of a Red state reelect a Governor who refused the funding and they go without health care, well it’s on them, isn’t it?

        • 227 LunarSea
          July 3, 2012 at 12:18 am

          Not only did they turn around and take the money, they held photo ops with giant checks and young girls in skimpy bikinis.

          Okay, maybe not the last part…. but certainly the first!

        • 228 Tally
          July 3, 2012 at 12:53 am

          Yes, but he also said that the Feds will set up the exchanges anyway. If the governors don’t take the medicade money, it will but ALL their hospitals in danger of going bankrupt. They decline the money at their own political peril.

  35. July 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Has anybody ever seen the fireworks on July 4th in DC? No, not on tv, I mean in Person?
    I seen them, and they go off right over the Washington Monument.
    This was the most spectacular thing I had ever seen… Then, we took the Metro Home, what a mistake. We had to wait 4 hours, it was so Crowded.

    • July 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Not in DC. Have seen other fireworks in Maryland…on the water…can’t remember the name but it was a newly built harbor. Very nice time. I will have to do the DC one day.

      • 231 isonprize
        July 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

        Gobrooklyn, by your name, I’m figuring you might enjoy my story.

        I watched the 4th of July fireworks on the Brooklyn Bridge the year they celebrated a special anniversary of “Liberty Enlightening the World” – the official name of the Statute of Liberty. (I forget what year it was, but it was a BFD!!) Absolutely amazing. The fireworks were shot from riverboats. The show was coordinated with music on a radio station that everybody had on, so it was like natural surround sound. The bridge was closed to traffic and a HUGE picnic was happening. The weather was perfect, not too hot. Just the right amount of breeze. Folks of all ages, all nationalities. Old people, kids — no crime, people were nice to each other. Folks were just chillin’ out. And when the fireworks started, the wave started from the BROOKLYN side, of course!

        I’m not a New Yorker, never will be, but that night is up there in my top ten cool memories!!

        • July 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm

          Oh wow! Sounds like a great time.

        • 233 LunarSea
          July 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

          That’s a typical 4th fireworks for NYC. I grew up with that and it was my biggest culture shock moving to Maine, where the word puny comes to mind. I miss them every year because I loooovvveee fireworks. BTW the riverboats are actually barges and the music is (or at least was) from POPs orchestra playing live somewhere.

        • 234 LunarSea
          July 3, 2012 at 12:01 am

          I never saw the wave happen on the brooklyn bridge. That musta been really nice

    • 235 amk for obama
      July 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      And most of the stuff comes from my state in India.

    • 237 Liberal Librarian
      July 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Yep, saw them in 94. Awesome.

    • 238 sabreen60
      July 3, 2012 at 12:04 am

      Yes. I’m a native Washingtonian and use to go almost every year while growing up.

  36. July 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  37. July 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm
  38. July 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Can anyone do anything about Crazy as a Loon Allen West? He needs some serious help. Now he’s running around saying that Obama wants Americans to “be his slave”. He seems nuttier by the minute, like he has lost his grip on reality. He’s yelling some garbage about Obama doesn’t want anyone getting up and earning a living, just wants everyone as slaves. West has been damaged.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-allen-west-accuses-obama-of-wanting-americans-to-be-his-slave-20120702,0,756863.story

    • 244 0388jojothecat
      July 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Allen West is not stable and he frightens me that he is in Congress. I pray that the people of FL sends him packing.

      • 245 isonprize
        July 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

        Ya know how they have mental assessments for people who want to be police officers, MPs, etc? It seems like there ought to be a mental stability test for congresspeople. Allen West & Michele Bachman come to mind, but I’m SURE there are a few I’m missing.

        • 246 vcprezofan2
          July 3, 2012 at 1:09 am

          They would do well to add a civics test as well. A lot of these senators don’t seem to understand the ‘rules’ behind what they are supposed to be doing.

  39. 247 anniebella
    July 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Will the Obama family be remaining at Camp David for another day, or coming back to the WH tomorrow? Tuesday as plan.

  40. 248 PALS
    July 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Chips, I’ve been following this website about a year now and have posted a few times, but now want to take time to thank you. Because of you, I can log into my peace on earth, where the love flows for our President, and all is positive. You have done a magnificant job with this site and I recommend it to every liberal that I encounter who’s in support of our President, as it was recommended to me by a friend. Thank you so very much for all that you have done and continue to do. I so much enjoy the love shared among the regulars. Chips, I send you a BIG TEDDY BEAR HUG! Thanks so much!

  41. July 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Tuesday Jul. 3, 2012
    Previous
    Next
    Obama remains at Camp David.
    10:00 AM
    Biden and Jill Biden address the National Education Association’s 150th Annual Meeting and 91st Representative Assembly at the Washington Convention Center.
    4:30 PM
    Biden travels to Scranton, Pennsylvania and attends a campaign event.

  42. July 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm
    • 252 LunarSea
      July 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Isn’t that the age of maturity, or is it common sense?

    • 253 lisalovesobama
      July 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      33 is the magic age. He gets them young and then sucks the youthfulness outta them thus keeping himself looking forever young.

    • 259 amk for obama
      July 3, 2012 at 12:04 am

      overrated pos actor. Gimme gene hackman any day.

      • 260 isonprize
        July 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

        Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker . Any of them, hell ALL of them – and about 50 more before I even THINK about getting to Tom Cruise…

        Katie probably sliding around in HER tightie whities happy about getting away from the crazy!!

  43. 261 vcprezofan2
    July 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    ‘This blog needs you’

    CC. what are the specific job requirements? I shall have to go tweak my resume accordingly, and start fine tuning my covering letter. :lol: :lol: Seriously speaking, does the applicant have to be computer savvy? Maybe if you stated what the helper must be able to do it would save you from having to read letters from people who definitely wouldn’t qualify. For example, if helpers had to know how to download WE9 without breaking out in hives, then I’d know I’m excluded, etc. etc. ;) VC

    • July 3, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Not only do you have to be very computer savvy, but have a VERY thick skin. The manure that Chips wades through on a daily basis to protect us could fertilize 40 acres of soy.

      • 263 vcprezofan2
        July 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

        I hear you, thanks Tien! I never gave the trolls a thought while penning my comment. I’ll think about them now, while doing a summer computer course. ;)

    • 264 susanne
      July 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

      you mean, beyond unloading the crates of cheesy puffs into chips’ private quarters?

  44. 265 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm
  45. 266 desertflower
    July 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I think this is right: Republicans hate President Obama more than they love America.

  46. 268 amk for obama
    July 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    yay. I took that Kaiser quiz.

    You answered 10 out of 10 questions correctly, better than 99.6% of Americans.

    http://healthreform.kff.org/quizzes/health-reform-quiz/results-page.aspx

    • 269 isonprize
      July 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

      You and me, amk. You and me!

      And for me, that’s about the ONLY way I’m in the 1% !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • July 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

      Wow the number of people not scoring 10/10 went up. When I scored 10/10 this morning I was smarter than 96% of Americans.

    • 272 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Yah for you amk!! Me too! 10/10 answers correct and I know I owe that to this blog. Chipsticks has edumucated me on healthcare! I felt ridiculously proud of myself and posted the quiz on Facebook.

      It’s quite shocking that 99.6% are getting at least a part of it wrong!

  47. July 3, 2012 at 12:19 am
  48. 279 relellit
    July 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Just recuperating from bad hard drive for days. Anyhow, it’s working now so l can post (hopefully until I get another message asking me to fix disk or buy a new disk ). I want to say what I think about TeaNN.(CNN) They are a part of the Nation.

    CNN is taking up Fox’s slack.

    http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=5502

    The Six Steps” that Fox employs to create national controversies:

    •STEP 1: Conservative activists introduce the lie.
    •STEP 2: Fox News devotes massive coverage to the story.
    •STEP 3: Fox attacks other outlets for ignoring the controversy.
    •STEP 4: Mainstream outlets begin reporting on the story.
    •STEP 5: Media critics, pundits praise Fox News’s coverage.
    •STEP 6: The story falls apart once the damage has been done.

    So much for Foxifcation. Love this pic.
    http://www.newscorpse.com/Pix/Humor/roger-ailes-fox.jpg

    Consequently, if CNN is gaining nothing from reshaping their editorial slant to mirror Fox, the only conclusion is that they are deliberately making a hard right turn because that is the direction they want to go. But this path has only resulted in their dropping to third place behind Fox and MSNBC. If CNN ever hopes to regain some of the luster of their glory days, they will need to differentiate themselves from Fox. They might want to take a stab at journalism. That would be novel in these days of advocacy tabloidism

    • 280 LunarSea
      July 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

      Maybe we need to intervene in step 3.

      Instead of spending so much time debunking their dumb stories, we should just start telling these other stations how stupid they look running with such obviously foolish stories that no sane person is gonna believe or read.

      Tell them they sound as dumb as fox when they do that and remind them of fox’s ratings. Ask them if this is really what they want to aspire to? Bottom feeding?

    • 281 jacquelineoboomer
      July 3, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Very well said, relellit! To think how far CNN has dropped in the “journalism” game is just appalling.

  49. 282 relellit
    July 3, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Thanks you amk for obama

    The Kaiser quiz was very informative about healthcare.

    I took the quiz too.

    • 283 amk for obama
      July 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

      The thanks goes to meta. I saw her tweet and took the quiz.

      Time for me to become a ‘murkan ?

      • July 3, 2012 at 1:05 am

        Hi AMK, I too am wondering if I can become ‘murkan’ too. I passed the test earlier today.

        Seriously this Blog needs to be compulsory reading for anyone who wants to get accurate information as well as assistance to perform various functions on the internet (me) and twitter (soon).

  50. 285 PrayerWarriorforObama
    July 3, 2012 at 12:34 am

    After a virtual stroll, I realize that the Anderson Cooper disclosure is receiving wide coverage. It dawned on me that CNN’s concocted poll figures are intended to avert rightwing’s disdain for the station, having another of its journalists revealing a sexual orientation that is abhorent to conservatives’ puristic nature.

  51. 286 carla4obama
    July 3, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Founs this:

    MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

    Affordable Care Act Classes
    Dear Senator McConnell:

    Just heard on the local news a clip of you speaking to a group at Hardin Memorial Hospital this morning. Once again, you mentioned the 2300 page bill, as though that is too much for anyone to expect you to read and comprehend. That’s fine. We know you are lazy and you have whined about the burden of having to do your job for so long this is not surprise.

    But, you added to that statement, “2300 page bill that nobody understands.” This is a lie, and you know it is a lie. Many of us have read and do understand the bill. If you want to admit that you are a lazy fool, at least you are being somewhat honest for a change. You do not have permission to try and make the rest of us look like fools with you. That is disgusting and totally unacceptable.

    Here are a few links that might help you.

    http://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/index.html (Site contains the entire bill as well as simple explanations that even you might be able to comprehend. Again, if you can’t read, my grandchildren will come read it to you.

    https://class.coursera.org/healthpolicy-2012-001/wiki/index University of Pennsylvania offers a free class: Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act

    A good leader would know this bill inside and out and would be able to explain it so that his constituents would understand.

    Sandy

    http://lifewithmitchmcconnell.blogspot.com/

  52. 292 Dudette
    July 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Nice slide show (10 photos) of the U.S. Womens and Mens Olympics Gynmasts Teams
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1207/us.olympic.gymastics.team/content.1.html

  53. 293 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Well you night owl-ers, this is it for me. Have to get up at a reasonable time this morning. Today is the day I get to meet Theo67 so I better go rest my eyes so that I can make a good impression. ;) Theo & I might even drop in to TODville together. See you all later, I hope.

  54. 294 Dudette
    July 3, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Please please please, let him pick her!!!

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/02/bachmann-refuses-to-say-if-she-is-being-vetted/
    Bachmann does not deny she is being vetted

    • 295 purpleshoesla
      July 3, 2012 at 2:58 am

      definition of insanity right there… which the GOP like to do so…. bring it on! Unlike Caribou Barbie tho who came out of nowhere to “galvanize the base”, folks have already had a taste of Crazy-eyed Bachman in the Repug primaries until she dropped out. But hey, I’m all for getting more mileage out of the bat crap crazee “HPV vaccine causes mental retardation in girls” if Mittens picks her.

    • 297 a4alice
      July 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

      I’m with you Dudette – I would laugh uncontrollably if Bachmann were their choice. please GOP – dooooo iiiiiiittttt………

  55. 298 Dudette
    July 3, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Everything on me is droopy, so I’ll say goodnight everyone!

  56. 300 amk for obama
    July 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond has resigned with immediate effect.

    The move comes less than a week after the bank was fined for trying to manipulate inter-bank lending rates, sparking a government inquiry and calls for criminal investigations.

    Mr Diamond said he was stepping down because the external pressure on the bank risked “damaging the franchise”.

    Chancellor George Osborne said he hoped it was the “first step towards a new culture of responsibility” in banking.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18685040

    You know what will bring in the ‘culture of responsibility’ ? Fukcing jail terms for these looters.

  57. 301 Linda
    July 3, 2012 at 7:35 am

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats raised an impressive $2.3 million since last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and had their biggest grassroots fundraising day in history, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said today.

    Nearly 65,000 Democratic supporters gave an average of $35 since the high court ruled on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s signature health care law was constitutional. Grassroots donors gave more money on Saturday than any other day in history, DCCC chairman Steve Israel said.

    Good Morning….

    • 302 donna dem 4 obama
      July 3, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Good Morning Linda and all of TOD

      This is very good news. 65,000 Dem supporters is a massive number for a two day fundraising period for the DCCC. If they got this many I am starting to be a lot more optimistic that the President’s reelection campaign got close to 100,000 donations after the SC decisions. I sure hope we had a really BIG month.

      • 303 Linda
        July 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

        OFA called me last night and asked for $450.00. Yikes ! Since I am on a monthly auto donate I was a bit surprised…..but they did talk me in to another donation of $100.00 + $44.00 more for 44.

  58. July 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I am watching the Dan Señor Show, I mean Morning Joe.
    The Robney Camp must be pleased, that this Guy is on tv every morning for at least three hours!
    That’s fair?

    • 305 Bill
      July 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

      I listened to him for a few minutes and he was saying the debate over the penalty for not purchasing health insurance was a tax or not was good for Willard. He went on to say PBO does not want to talk about ACA. There was no one on the set to push back on him. Morning Joe is rubbish.

      • 306 cluny
        July 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

        GM all. Just want to emphasize that there seems to be a lot of confusion re the ACA mandate. People think that they will be forced to pay a tax whether they have insurance or not. They don’t understand that it only applies to those who can afford to buy insurance but refuse – taking their chances and trips to the emergency room. This is the number 1 point to get out there and push back on today. Second is Bain’s investment in he medical waste business. Let’s stir up right wing groups – ask them ‘ is this who you’re gonna vote for? This greedy hypocrite? Where are your principles”? Let’s cause some mischief – it could be a disaster for Romney with the evangelical base if we press hard enough. Any thoughts?

      • 308 anniebella
        July 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        I stop watching Morning Joke years ago.

    • 309 Linda
      July 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Who was at the table today ?

      • July 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

        Señor, Alex Wagner and Halperin. Wagner is weak and easily gets over powered. Not sure her heart Iis in sticking up for the President, you can tell.
        As for the other two, everything is spin baby spin, bad news for obama and an easy win for Robney, he should run away with this, no problems.
        Good grief!

        • 311 anniebella
          July 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

          Jovie if anyone believe all these two bit pundits and their B.S., I still have that bridge to no where for sale. Every single one of these people never gave this President a chance against Hillary.

  59. 312 amk for obama
    July 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

    A prominent Hispanic Republican and Miami power broker accused Mitt Romney of lacking leadership and compassion in his approach to immigration in an interview with BuzzFeed this week, and warned that elements of the Miami party machinery won’t engage on election day without a more expansive Romney plan on immigration.

    Rep. David Rivera, who represents the southwestern tip of the Sunshine State, is the only Latino Republican in the House who’s not on Romney’s Hispanic Steering Committee, kept at arm’s length by the presidential candidate because of a set of investigations into his personal finances. He recently introduced legislation that would give amnesty to some immigrants who came to to the country as children. And he said he has yet to see a serious, satisfying proposal from Romney on the issue.

    “I think Hispanic voters expect more details as to what that ‘permanent solution’ might be that he keeps talking about,” Rivera said, referring to Romney’s pledge to fix the immigration system while in office.

    In the telephone interview, Rivera rejected the notion that Romney can largely bypass the issue by focusing on Latinos’ high unemployment rate, as has apparently been the campaign’s strategy.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/republican-congressman-slams-romney-on-immigration?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

  60. July 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

    The Obama campaign accuses Mitt Romney in new campaign ad of being a “pioneer in outsourcing,” repeating a charge that the Romney campaign has strenuously contested over the last week.

    The ad refers back to a June Washington Post story that showed Bain Capital invested in firms that created jobs overseas. The Romney campaign demanded a retraction of the story, to no avail, and more recently pointed to a FactCheck.org analysis questioning the “outsourcing” charge.

    The Obama campaign has dismissed the FactCheck.org assessment as inaccurate and penned a letter to the truth-squadding website disputing its conclusions. And its newest commercial re-ups the attack on Romney’s business record.

    “What a president believes, matters,” the ad begins. “Mitt Romney’s companies were pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low-wage countries. He supports tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.”

    “President Obama believes in insourcing. He fought to save the U.S. auto industry and favors tax cuts for companies that bring jobs home. Outsourcing versus insourcing. It matters.”
    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/obama-to-factcheckorg-drop-dead-127932.html

  61. 314 Linda
    July 3, 2012 at 8:26 am

    More revelations on Mitt Romney’s offshore finances this time in Bermuda. He could be worth more than he claims to be worth. Reports Vanity Fair

    http://m.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/08/investigating-mitt-romney-offshore-accounts

    Former employee reveals how Mitt encouraged him to lie.

  62. July 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Oh whew. Finally I figured out how to sign in. Serious loss of brain cells here. I love this site, but I don’t believe I’ve ever commented. I’ve been honored that two of my past blog posts @bwaycarl’s have been picked up by Obama Diary. I will send future posts to you. Please use if you like. Thank you for what you do.


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