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Happy Sunday

President Obama returns to the White House from Camp David, July 8

Coming up:

Monday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Tuesday: The President will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to deliver remarks at a campaign event and will return to Washington, DC in the evening

Wednesday and Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Friday: The President will travel to Virginia for campaign events before returning to Washington, DC in the evening

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A very, very, very Happy Birthday to Alycee’s Mom!

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A mystery TODer who shall not be named (hiya Pamela) asked me to pass this on to amk. Huh, my pleasure!

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Sorry for the late posting today everyone, I’m going to be away from home for a couple of weeks so the posting might be a bit irregular some days – and I’ll most likely fall even further behind with emails. :???: But we’ll keep the ship afloat, hopefully!


347 Responses to “Happy Sunday”


  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    He’s back!

  2. 9 0388jojothecat
    July 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Hey, I am in the top 10….Where’s everybody? Still on that other post?

    • July 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      We may have to start posting the OFA acronym of “NBLB” (no blogger left behind) as soon as someone realises there is a new post on the previous post, so other bloggers are aware of new thread :)

  3. 11 prettyfoot58
    July 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Greetingsssssssssss TOD…..

    from the battleground state of PA….

    no matter what the Republicans throw at us…

    WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!

    • 12 Geeja
      July 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Prettyfoot58 is PA going to go after Corbett for the Sandusky fiasco?

      • 13 prettyfoot58
        July 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        i do know that alot of folks are uncomfortable with his role in the coverup…but alot of this will depend on the state AG…and whether there are civil lawsuits against Penn State…etc

        • 14 jackiegrumbacher
          July 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

          Pr, I don’t count on anything actually being done to Corbett on the Sandusky issue, but I hope the drip, drip, drip of suspicion, coupled with his horrible record, sends him out on his ear in 2014. He has been an unmitigated disaster for this state and I’ve heard that from Republicans as well as Dems.

    • 15 Michele
      July 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Prettyfoot, on MHP the quests talked about how the civil rights groups are going to use the clip of your state’s state senator about voter supression in their law suits.. Score 1 for our side because we have factual proof from his own mouth about the stated goal..

      • 16 prettyfoot58
        July 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Indeed….

        the 2 part question…are you registered to vote and then do you have a state issued Photo ID…such as a driver’s license….

        i have spoken to many who are registered to vote but who do not have a state issued photo ID…and contrary to what the proponents of the VOTER ID say….it is not easy to get the ID….because all to often getting the supporting documents needed for the state ID is problematic…and for some….it may not be worth the trouble and expense to get them..

        In Philadelphia alone it has been estimated that 18% of registered voters do not have the required state issued ID….18%

        Ooooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeeee……

        • 17 jackiegrumbacher
          July 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

          Please, please, please tell them to vote absentee where the photo ID is not required. If people want help with their birth certificates they should call their state representatives who are required by law to assist in getting birth certificate dupes for their constituents. I called our Republican reps and was told that yes, that is part of their jobs.

          • 18 prettyfoot58
            July 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

            sis…
            this is valuable information…but herein lies the problem…for some folks they will leave no stone unturned to do what is required to vote…my concern is for those on the edge who will vote if it is convenient…i know that sounds bad but it is what it is…sometimes sis it is hard enough getting folks to register and then to get them out on election day to the polls to vote…
            I think a visit to Philadelphia by the President might encourage and inspire folks to do what they need to do…
            but i will continue to tell folks what to do…..

            WE SHALL OVERCOME!

          • 19 prettyfoot58
            July 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

            sis..what is the deadline for abesentee ballots..

            • 20 jackiegrumbacher
              July 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

              The absentee ballot application deadline is usually about a month before the election. Then they mail you an absentee ballot later in the month. On the application you say you will be away from your precinct on election day (this is what Republicans do). There is NO WAY anybody can dispute this. If you’ve voted before,you will get your ballot. AND, those ballots are hand counted on election night in front of poll watchers. I know because I was in after the count and watched it and verified it. By the way, I think you can be pretty sure the president will visit Phillie. during the campaign.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Yes, we will overcome, PF. I think the state legislature and stupid Corbett over played their hand by going so far right on every issue, including voter suppression. This is not a state that reacts well to radical changes and there’s a lot of anger out there about what Republican control is doing to people. As I said, Corbett’s gross mismanagement is an asset to the president’s campaign.

  4. 25 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Bonjour!!

    Galaxy in CHI town right now with no Becks and no Donovan. Keane is captain…… and we just got our first yellow for no damn reason… my hope needs help.

  5. 28 TrumpDog
    July 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Good day, everyone:-)

  6. 29 Debz
    July 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Good afternoon! POTUS look well rested and happy!

  7. 30 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Galaxy get a call that GOES OUR WAY!! CHI has handball in the box. Keane doesn’t miss the PK. We’re up 1-0. I feel like I’m hallucinating. :shock:

  8. July 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Happy Sunday to you Chips and to all TODers!

    #ADollarADayToOFA

    • July 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      I still have no idea why this is so amazing. I’ve watched a couple of videos and read about it and I still don’t get the big deal. Unless someone tells me what this could lead to then…..pfffft.

  9. July 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I’m just worried about getting chips back home—-she had to fly to her remote location in some kit plane, bounced her in there and shoved her out into the wilderness—- and she says she’s never flying in a model airplane ever again. I’m assuming she had no other choice as to means of transportation, because who would choose to be strapped onto the roof of a puddle jumper, a la Willard’s poor dog, Seamus. So, either she remains there for life, foraging for food and drink, or we will have to petition Marine 1 to swing by and pick her up for home depositing purposes.
    Maybe if we ask real nice and tell about chips’ multiple good deeds—–
    Have a great time wherever you are, chips. Hope they have wine there.

    • 35 Tally
      July 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      unless…… she’s on a cruise ship > :D < and the cruise ends in a different port with a major airport than the one she embarked from.

      *le sigh* I could use a cruise……

      • July 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Aha! You may be on to something. Maybe I won’t have to worry about her having to drink puddle water and subsisting on wild berries. She’s probably pool side ordering pina coladas, and keep ‘em coming. Or making her selections at one of the 5 daily all you can eat buffets right now! And she has a way home—-whew.

      • 37 Pamela
        July 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        Unless…. It was a Lear jet…..

    • July 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Chips is in an undisclosed location with Cheney!

  10. July 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Chips, realize how busy you are so hopefully my re-posting this for folk will be ok and no added burden to you …

    #ADollarADayToOFA

    If only 20 % of those following @BarackObama on Twitter were to donate $ 1.00 dollar a day from today until midnight 5 Nov 2012, the consequences would be well beyond the $$ raised, though the $$ are hardly insignificant.

    Just imagine if 30 or 40 % donated; we’d show the Kochs, Adelsons, etc., they are no match for us, the 99 % who actually care for each other and for preserving and expanding the Promise of America for generations yet to be born, because of the SPIRIT we would be demonstrating, in addition to the scale of $$ funds we’d generate (and the down ticket impact those funds could also have).

    So,

    122 days until 6 Nov (counting today) x (0.2 x 17,281,000) x $ 1.00 = (approximately) $ 425,656,400.00

    Let’s not let a day pass!!

    Thank you.

    • 42 Tally
      July 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Bob – keep reposting that tweet here, so the TODTweeps can keep RTing it.

    • July 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Update – we’ve now surpassed 17.3 Million @BarackObama tweeps :) that # is going to continue to rise. And, btw, if #BainMitt can raise money offshore, so can we :)

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Bob, as I’ve said before, this is a great idea. I’ve been doing this on a weekly basis, donating so that there aren’t so many hits on my credit card. I don’t let a week go by without donating my accumulated daily share. I wish the campaign would pick up on this. It’s actually easier to deal with than the fundraising requests that start at such high numbers they take your breath away.

      • 46 Pamela
        July 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        Do we think the monthly auto-donate counts as well, coz have had that active since January 2010.. Plus the FR pages I contribute to frequently…

        • 47 Linda
          July 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          I think they do Pamela….because when they called me for a donation last week , they thank me for my monthly auto donation….

          ( And then talked me in to another $144.00 )

          • 48 Pamela
            July 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

            I know, and I am several hundreds short of my allowed limit for this part of the campaign, getting many letters thanking me but asking if I can lay the entire amount right away… I feel so badly, it is just not possible to make any lump sum donations, except to my dentist, and her bill is $7,000.00! Whoa…. Am working on that, it seems I just gotta have teeth…..

        • July 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          Of course, Pamela. The notion behind #ADollarADayToOFA (thank you VC, yet again) was very much to have folk realize that such a small increment, i.e., ~ $ 30 a month x the ever expanding number of “#Tweeps4OBAMA” (now over 17.3 million) adds to some serious $$$$.

          However, one implements the donation, as to make it as easy as possible, is strictly a personal choice.

          Thank you!!! And, Thank you Jackie!!!! and Linda!!!

    • July 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      BTW, some have asked if this would be difficult for OFA to implement. Actually, it’s trivial.

      They create a #ADollarADayToOFA extension of their typical fund raising system and instead of asking people to donate immediately upon submitting their payment information, they indicate to the user that as 30 days elapse their credit card will be charged $30 dollars – foreshortened for the number of days that elapse prior to 6 Nov, so, even if a Tweep were to commit on 1 Nov they’d only be charged $ 5.00.

      #PRESSON

  11. July 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  12. July 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    This pic will just make you melt

  13. July 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  14. July 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  15. 74 whatisworking
    July 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    A great idea, I hope it will spread to other cities

    Stockbox Brings A Flexible Model To Teensy Grocery Stores

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/07/stockbox-brings-flexible-model-to.html

  16. 76 LOL
    July 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Honestly….this guy (Mark Halperin) is a schizo

    Swiss Hit

    4:10 pm ET, July 8, 2012

    If a lot of actual swing voters in swing states care about Mitt Romney’s off-shore investments as much as the Obama campaign’s focus groups obviously suggest swing voters in swing states care about Mitt Romney’s off-shore investments, this election is OVER.

    http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz20442ZVvb

    • 77 Linda
      July 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      He just may win Hack of the Year again with that one..

      hahahahaa

    • 78 Michele
      July 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      No people do get the picture markie, if they didn’t markie would not be addressing the issue. But its sticking just like outsourcing… Can’t truly be for America if your money ain’t here…

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Wow! If a high school kid wrote a sentence like that, he/she would get a D for making a silly point with too many words.

      • 80 carolyn
        July 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

        What is called a run-on sentence. Needs proper punctuation. That would be a complete rewrite for any composition student.

  17. 82 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

  18. July 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  19. 89 Ladyhawke
    July 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    MITT ROMNEY’S ELECTION STRATEGY PLAYBOOK

    This is also known as showing contempt for the media and the American people. When you look at the way Mitt Romney has been running his campaign, the two characteristics that stand out are his “PATHOLOGICAL LYING” and his “BREATHTAKING OPACITY.” I thought it would be fun to document some of the elements of this dishonest campaign so far. I’m sure I missed a few items …..

    ===========================================

    – Blame everything on President Obama.

    – Lie and make stuff up about President Obama to muddy the waters and confuse the voters.

    – Pounce on the jobs numbers the first Friday of each month. Ignore losses under GWB and gains under PBO.

    – Ignore the obstruction and sabotage of the Republican Party which started on 1/20/09 and continues unabated.

    – Ignore the wreckage left by GWB. (2 wars, 2 tax cuts, medicare part D not paid for)

    – Count on the fact that “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”.

    – Avoid providing any details or specifics on the Romney agenda. Speak in generalities and Frank Luntz tested soundbites.

    – Count on the media to continue carrying water for the GOP while giving scant coverage to the facts about PBO’s accomplishments.

    – Limit interviews unless they are with friendly hosts like Sean Hannity. This will ensure softball questions with no challenges to outlandish claims. Be sure to bring Ann whenever possible. Avoid the Sunday Shows.

    – Write op-eds and give canned speeches. This will provide more opportunities to lie without being challenged in real time in person.

    – Avoid at all costs press conferences. But when they can’t be avoided, limit the number and type of questions that can be asked. Avoid answering questions on the rope line.

    – Insist that the Mormon faith is off limits.

    – Insist the Romney family is off limits.

    – Avoid providing tax returns. An extension was requested for 2011. So the scrubbed 2010 return should be sufficient.

    – Do not discuss dismal record as governor of Massachusetts.

    – Avoid any discussion of Romneycare which was the template for Obamacare.

    – Tout time as CEO of Bain Capital as major qualification for being president. Pretend the goal all along was job creation even though it was really to make as much money as possible for investors. Accuse any critics of being against capitalism and free enterprise.

    – Brag about Winter Olympics 2002. Avoid any discussion of congress and earmarks.

    – Rely on donations from anonymous billionaires, Koch Brothers, Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street, Big Oil, etc. to run deceptive ads. Rely on Karl Rove Crossroads GPS and other superpacs to run their versions of deceptive ads.

    – Rely on Republican governors and legislators to create bogus voter ID laws to disenfranchise African Americans, Latinos, Seniors, College Students and the Poor.

    – Focus on doing the bidding for Grover Norquist, the wealthiest 1%, National Rifle Association, Tea Party, Donald Trump, Koch Brothers, Wall Street, Big Oil, Chamber of Commerce, billionaire donors like Sheldon Adelson and others. (NO TAXES, NO REGULATIONS)

    Bottom line, Mitt Romney just feels he is owed the White House. Even Ann Romney has said “It’s Our Turn Now”. So this election thingy is just a nuisance for the Romneys. They want their White House and they want it now. Please, don’t ask so many questions.

  20. 90 Linda
    July 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    FOX News poll:.
    Do you think Mitt Romney has a clear plan for improving the economy, or not?

    –Yes: ……27%
    –No: ……..55%

    http://goo.gl/oTeki

  21. 97 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  22. 104 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Yay, Fedex is da champ. Yet again. No. 1 Ranking. Yet again. Go Fedex. (Ok, I missed by a set)

    Wimmin…. Look at the poor baby. /smh.

    • 105 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      This wimbeldon is all about over 30 beating the crap out of yung’uns, the pretenders.

  23. 106 joyfulmeme
    July 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Gov O’Malley was on fire today on ‘This Week”.

  24. 107 Linda
    July 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    If all the “tenants” of this five-story house in the Caymans showed up at the same time, it might get a little crowded — there’s 18,857 of them.

    That’s right, almost 19,000 corporations have listed their official address at Ugland House, an office building on South Church Street, Georgetown, capital of the Cayman Islands. Talk about full occupancy.

    Among the corporations who do business from this address are Seagate Technology, world’s biggest manufacturers of hard disk drives, and Intel Corp., world’s largest chip maker.

    But there are countless other companies with addresses here or elsewhere in the Caymans, including about 25 of the 100 largest contractors who do business with the U.S. government, including Altria Group Inc., and Tyco International Ltd., according to a report in Bloomberg News.

    What’s so great about the Cayman Islands besides the tropical weather? There’s no corporate income tax for firms incorporated there.

    And Obama wants to strangle this golden goose with new tax reforms designed to raise some $210 billion over the next decade.

    http://www.moneynews.com/Companies/caymans-tax-house/2009/05/06/id/329932

    • 108 desertflower
      July 8, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      I’ve been to Grand Cayman…beautiful. I wanted to move there:) Have walked around the downtown where all those many corps say they have ties….crowded would be an understatement. More like they have PO Boxes there…no way do they have an office presence there. No enough room on the entire island to do that:)

  25. July 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    #ADollarADayToOFA …

    starting to target the various State OFAs with the message :)

    more in my TL … :)

    • 110 vcprezofan2
      July 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Bobfr, targeting the state OFAs is a terrific idea! I dare to dream that this may prove far more effective that going through Messina, et al. Wouldn’t it be great if the states, or even just some of them, decided to emphasize this! :lol:

      • July 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm

        That’s my hope, vc. #PRESSON

      • 113 jackiegrumbacher
        July 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        Good for you, Bob. Slowly the message will take hold and we’ll see it get adopted. I think the powerful thing about it is the way we can all beat the Koch’s of the world by working together. Together we’re can raise more money than Robney’s billionaires. The flashy millions that Robney collects are intended to dispirit us so we throw in the towel. This plan is a way to empower us. Brilliant idea.

    • 114 desertflower
      July 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Nice job with the state idea:)

      • 115 jackiegrumbacher
        July 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        We can all try this locally. Talk it up in our own teams, tell our neighbors about it. Build it up from the grassroots. Our OFA guy told me today that the national office respects grassroots action and they always pay attention to activities that start at the local level. Talk about it at a meeting and then post it or ask your team leader to post it on VoteBuilder. Activities on VoteBuilder are closely followed by the national OFA. If each of us starts a little fire it can make a huge difference.

        • 116 vcprezofan2
          July 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

          I really like this thinking, Jackie, especially as it puts the onus back into ‘our’ hands. From the excitement level here when people see a way to be involved, I can anticipate grassroot teams buying into this. IMHO it is a totally doable strategy to push back against GOP big money because I believe people would be willing to sacrifice if they had to, to put aside $1 daily/$7 weekly. I can’t wait to hear if it starts to catch on at local levels, and I hope it catches on more effectively than ‘Occupy’ did

  26. 117 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    IT’S A MIRACLE!!!! LA GALAXY WIN. 2 – 0 w/both goals from Birthday Boy Robbie Keane!

    We’re back in the playoffs! (until the next game anyway…) YAY! :D

  27. 118 FiredUpInCA
    July 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Saw this comment at DKos and it made me feel really good:

    “….He is not just a strong campaigner but also excellent at debates and his campaign always amazes me at how organized, detailed, and meticulous it is.

    Obama campaign even called me after the PA Primary and before to prepare me for voter ID and then to see if i had any problems with voter ID or noticed if anyone else did.”

    Stopping voter suppression is the most important issue of this election. And it’s clear that the President and his team understand this.

    My biggest concerns are keeping the Senate, winning the House and permanently ending the Romney’s quest to add 1600 Pennsylvaina Avenue to their real estate portfolio.

    The key to all of those is getting out the vote and stopping the GOP from suppressing the vote. I am glad to see that Organizing for America is all over this, way before November.

  28. 120 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    • 121 desertflower
      July 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Seriously?! That stupid, ignorant bitch(yes, I really feel that way…and that is being kind) For SO many reasons, she needs to go. GED Jan.Idiot and embarrassment. Again.

  29. 122 Ladyhawke
    July 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    STILL VOTING FOR ‘MITT ROMNEY’?

    VIDEO: Mitt Romney – A Man Without A Plan

    (Make sure the volume is down)

    ———————————————————–

    Ironically, the video is an advertisement for Ron Paul but you don’t realize it until the very end. It was uploaded to Youtube in January 2011. Paul doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in this election, but this compilation does an outstanding job of illustrating how inept Romney is.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/06/mitt-romney-a-man-without-a-plan-video/

    ————————————

  30. 127 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  31. 128 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  32. 130 FiredUpInCA
    July 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Tax evasion abroad. Fact evasion at home. Romney/2012.

  33. 140 Ladyhawke
    July 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    IN 2006, MITT ROMNEY UNKNOWINGLY DEFENDED OBAMA’S JOBS RECORD

    Sat Jul 7, 2012 1:24 PM EDT

    ————————————–

    In this Up w/ Chris Hayes animation, we track Pres. Obama’s actual jobs record with the hand motion then-Gov. Mitt Romney used to describe his own jobs record.

    ————————————–

    http://upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/07/12616508-in-2006-mitt-romney-unknowingly-defended-obamas-jobs-record

  34. 142 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

  35. 143 lamh35
    July 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Power of TV ads

    In a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of swing states, an overwhelming majority of voters remember seeing campaign ads over the past month; most voters in other states say they haven’t. In the battlegrounds, one in 12 say the commercials have changed their minds about President Obama or Republican Mitt Romney — a difference on the margins, but one that could prove crucial in a close race.

    At this point, Obama is the clear winner in the ad wars. Among swing-state voters who say the ads have changed their minds about a candidate, rather than just confirmed what they already thought, 76% now support the president, vs. 16% favoring Romney.

    “We gave them new information,” says Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. “Romney had been out there claiming success as governor,” but Democratic ads have prompted voters to “take a look at his record” on job creation and as head of the private-equity firm Bain Capital. Messina also credits a $25 million buy for a positive ad “about the challenges the president inherited and what we had to do to move this country forward.”

    To be sure, Obama’s ads have done more to win back Democrats than to win over independents or Republicans: Thirteen percent of Democrats say their minds have been changed by ads, compared with 9% of independents and 3% of Republicans.

    • 144 lamh35
      July 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      This explains why Halperin was whining earlier today.

      • 145 desertflower
        July 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        Explains all their whining. This stuff and his taxes and offshore. outsourcing jobs needs to be pounded on relentlessly until Nov. It’s working

      • 146 TrumpDog
        July 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        And why Rinsed Priebus was crying about how mean Obama has been in this campaign. :roll:

    • 147 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Getting Democrats on board is very important right now. The cats have to herded together so they can act effectively in the fall. When Democrats become engaged, committed and vote, the world changes for the better.

  36. 148 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Via BJ’s cole

    In a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of swing states, an overwhelming majority of voters remember seeing campaign ads over the past month; most voters in other states say they haven’t. In the battlegrounds, one in 12 say the commercials have changed their minds about President Obama or Republican Mitt Romney — a difference on the margins, but one that could prove crucial in a close race.

    At this point, Obama is the clear winner in the ad wars. Among swing-state voters who say the ads have changed their minds about a candidate, rather than just confirmed what they already thought, 76% now support the president, vs. 16% favoring Romney.

    “We gave them new information,” says Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. “Romney had been out there claiming success as governor,” but Democratic ads have prompted voters to “take a look at his record” on job creation and as head of the private-equity firm Bain Capital. Messina also credits a $25 million buy for a positive ad “about the challenges the president inherited and what we had to do to move this country forward.”

    To be sure, Obama’s ads have done more to win back Democrats than to win over independents or Republicans: Thirteen percent of Democrats say their minds have been changed by ads, compared with 9% of independents and 3% of Republicans.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-07-08/swing-states-poll/56097052/1

    • July 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      What this headline should say, is TRUTH in political TV ads make a difference. OFA, as Messina says above, is giving new information..they’re getting people to question, look at all sides of what they see….this is why it makes a difference.

  37. 150 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    comment stolen from a bj post

  38. 151 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

  39. 154 Michele
    July 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Why Willard why…..

  40. 165 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This is mittbot.

  41. July 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Horrible disgusting Obama slam piece in the Des Moines Register today, owned by anti-Obama Gannett. It described “a deep-seated buyers remorse” with ’08 Obama voters. Source—Romney pollster. It was all about disappointment with Obama, creating an opening for Rommey. In discussion of Obama ads flooding the market, it said fact-checkers found the claim that Romney was an outsourcer to be untrue. That was followed by some sort of snarky comment that maybe it would trick voters anyway. The whole piece was a mess of propaganda. Not linking.

    • 172 ChristiMTL
      July 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Is it the one by Jennifer Jacobs?……..disgusting, what a joke using Romney’s polling

      ”That path has been opened, in part, by voter disappointment in Obama, Romney’s polling found.”

      @JenniferJJacobs

    • 173 FiredUpInCA
      July 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I welcome this argument that the outsourcer claim is not true. Romney says the outsourcing happened while was on leave in 1999. But the SEC filings show that he owned the company up until 2001.

      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mystery-mitt-romney-exit-bain-stericycle

      Yet, Mitt, Factcheck.org and his campaign say, yes, he owned Bain while it was outsourcing but he wasn’t running it, therefore he’s not responsible.

      http://factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/

      Great. Then Mitt you do not get to claim any jobs created by Bain-owned companies, during that time period. After all, by your own admission you were not involved in the day-to-day oversight of Bain.

      By the way, what kind of leadership is that from a prospective President of the United States of America? ‘I own it but I don’t run it, so I can’t be accountable.’

      Romney as President: ‘I was attending the G-8 overseas, so I am not responsible for any decisions made by the staff that I hired fwhile I’m gone. I just Preside over the executive branch, other people run it. Therefore I am not responsible if something politically unpopular happens.’

      Multiple Choice Mitt. Trying to have it both ways (and more) since he started running for public office. Romney/2012.

  42. 174 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  43. July 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  44. 177 Ladyhawke
    July 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    VIDEO: Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands

    By Brian Ross – January 18, 2012 (ABC Nightline)

    ————————–

    As the race for the Republican nomination heats up, Mitt Romney is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a shroud of secrecy around the details about his vast personal wealth, including, as ABC News has discovered, his investment in funds located offshore and his ability to pay a lower tax rate.

    “His personal finances are a poster child of what’s wrong with the American tax system,” said Jack Blum, a Washington lawyer who is an authority on tax enforcement and offshore banking.

    —————————

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/romney-parks-millions-offshore-tax-haven/story?id=15378566#.T_oFMnAQJZu

    • 178 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks LH for all the great info.

    • 179 susanne
      July 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      this is a great reminder that r-money has been avoiding these questions for a long time. a wonderful video, and some terrific quotes.

      also, isn’t it interesting that these investigative reports were coming out of the major media back in january, but now the dnc has to do its own digging. vanity fair is not the usual source of breaking news, because that’s not really their job. though i’m mighty glad they are doing it!!

  45. July 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Afternoon everyone. My break is over and batteries are recharged. My new piece is up at TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/07/disdain-of-upper-classes.html. Take a look if you have the chance.

    • 181 vcprezofan2
      July 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      “Those who fund the najority of [Romney's] campaign…….. may be very pleasant to meet and talk with, but at heart there is a coldness there, a smug self-satisfaction that allows for no empathy towards those whom they see as beneath them. And it’s with this sense of superiority that they beguile too many of our fellow citizens ……”

      This is part of what bothers me – that SO MANY of our fellow citizens mistake a fake smile or a pat on the back and lots of money as signs that the rich actually care about them (politically, or at all).

  46. 182 vcprezofan2
    July 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    July 8th #CanMittMatchThis? Good Day TOD-MSM devotees: :lol: Just updating the reminder re message discipline:-

    Message Discipline for #CanMittMatchThis?

    1. The PRIMARY FOCUS of the information or video we share should be ON THIS ADMINISTRATION.
    We do not want Mitt &/ his troops’ faces, or voices, in our offerings IF IT CAN AT ALL BE AVOIDED! They get enough free airtime elsewhere. THIS, this IS a labour of love, FOR OUR SIDE!!!

    2. Use only ONE event/law/story/picture/ or whatever for EACH #CanMittMatchThis?
    The intent is to incrementally GROW our contacts’ knowledge base for this President, not overpower them all at once.

    3. People or content shared with #CanMittMatchThis? hashtag should be praising/affirming THIS administration, not actively deriding the other side.
    We are leading our contacts to draw one CONCLUSION = Mitt R does not have the goods to be resident leader at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
    THIS IS JUST FACT! Our role is in bringing the supporting evidence for this conclusion to their attention.

    xxxxyyxxxxyyxxxxyyxxxx

    ***Trumpdog’s suggestion to target a specific area of accomplishment each day is a great one, and I notice that Angela prepared a tentative schedule – THANKS Angela! – which we can always modify with input from the group

    The President’s Record – (combined to fit a 7 day schedule)
    Monday – Jobs, Economy; Income Inequality
    Tuesday – Environment
    Wednesday – Equal Rights; Taxes
    Thursday – Health Care; Social Security, Medicare
    Friday – Education; Infrastructure
    Saturday – National Security &Foreign Policy (incl. trade deals)
    Sunday – Wall Street Reform; Taxes

    Each week we can repeat. This will help us to remain organized in our efforts as we move ———————-> FORWARD.

    **** Christi asked if the hashtag was legitimate (fair?) framing – I lean towards ‘yes’ because IMO we are mentally framing it with “As president, can Mitt Romney match what the current president is doing?” My answer is an unequivocal NO! He showed that during his stint in Massachusetts and every day since!

    *****WhatisWorking also draws our attention to info that is definitely pertinent and useful, and the fact that her info dates back a while is actually good because, to a certain extent, we are covering the ‘history’ of this presidency.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/election-toolkit-for-50-states.html

    At the top are links to the ads for president Obama listed by category. Farther down are pages with links for information, articles, videos, and images for various topics.

    Another aspect of the page is this area that lists success stories by state; this may prove helpful for the local slant.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/election-toolkit-for-50-states.html#success

    FINALLY: THANKS CHIPS! Behind the President, you are our lodestone, without whom we couldn’t do any of this.
    xxxxyyxxxxyyxxxxyyxxxx

    • 183 TrumpDog
      July 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      AWESOME!!!!
      Copy and pasted schedule. Thanks vc and Angela!!!!

      • 184 vcprezofan2
        July 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        TY2. I want to believe that over the next four months if Pres. O & VP B’s supporters all work together, we’ll be able in the end to wish Romney and his family, both real and rich extended, a decisive farewell!. ;)

  47. July 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    • 186 susanne
      July 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      and why is that? why is it democrats who have to ask a candidate for the united states presidency these questions? is the free press not interested? are independents not interested? how about republicans–are they all fine with their candidate’s refusing to produce his tax returns? here’s the ap–THE AP!!!– reporting–REPORTING!!!– that democrats want to know.

      • 187 nathkatun7
        July 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        Exactly, Susanne! This is what is wrong with the media. When they are not acting as the propaganda arm of the Republican party, they act as disinterested bystanders who have no role in reporting the truth to the American people.

  48. 188 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    • July 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Brilliant. And no matter what deal Congress works out among themselves they don’t have the votes to override his veto meaning they have to give him exactly what he wants.

  49. July 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I have NBC Nightly News on in background……was talking to my sister-in-law. Soon as we hung up I heard what R. Pribus said this morning…..something about PO is the head of this country and the fish rots from the head. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS AWFUL. What an evil man!!!!!!!!

    • 191 ChristiMTL
      July 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama would destroy “our way of life in America,” and “Mitt Romney has to win for liberty and freedom.”

      “The fact of the matter is that people understand the president is the head of this country,” Priebus insisted. “The fish rots at the head.”

    • July 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Pribus isn’t evil. Just stupid and way wrong.

  50. 195 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  51. 198 Dakota
    July 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Dear Family.,

    Can you give me your opinions on this. I am a person who feels insecure to a certain extent about debating with people about issues. However today on FB a friend claimed basically that the emergence of the power of the tea party was the fault of liberals freaking out over them. She claimed they were just a well funded fringe group that came into power because of liberals reaction to them. I of course, disagreed stating that the tea party had the rethugs by the balls because the rethugs were promoting their extreme right agenda and that certainly wasn’t the fault of liberals. She then went on to state that people like Allen West, Michele Bachman and Sarah Palin weren’t controlling the rethugs. Here was my response:

    Yes they do (the tea party). The Republican party has adopted their extreme right wing views, so much so that GWB is too moderate for them as well as their so called god Ronald Reagan. All the people you mentioned get damned near more media face time than the President…they are the distraction and not the people I’m concerned with. Tea Party roots go a lot deeper than those people. There are Republicans that are leaving the party and/or publicly declaring that they are going to vote for President Obama because they don’t recognize the party anymore. This is not the fault of liberals

    Do think my response was accurate enough? I’m not so sure that this person is not just trying to push buttons, I just couldn’t sit by and let a reasonably intelligent person make such a frivolous un-thoughtful statement.

  52. 199 Ladyhawke
    July 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    What Is Romney Hiding in His Offshore Accounts, Tax Returns, and $100 Million IRA?

    By Winning Progressive (July 8, 2012)

    ————————————————–

    Combined, these three articles paint Romney as an extremely wealthy man who has chosen to invest much of his money overseas, rather than here in the US, who is likely pushing the envelope to dodge as much taxes as possible, and who refuses to disclose even basic details about his financial dealings even while asking the American people to trust him with their hard earned tax dollars. Based on these articles and other news reports, we pose in this edition of our series Questions for Mitt Romney a number of questions that journalists should ask about Romney’s fortune, and that voters should demand answers to.

    1. Why won’t you release your tax returns?

    2. What is in your offshore accounts and investments?

    3. How “blind” is your blind trust?

    4. How did you amass a $100 million plus IRA?

    5. Do you still profit from Bain Capital?

    6. What other investments do you have?

    7. What laws would you change?

    ————————————————–

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/08/what-is-romney-hiding-in-his-offshore-accounts-tax-returns-and-100-million-ira/

    (See detailed notes on each question.)

  53. 200 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  54. 201 desertflower
    July 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    How’s that “less govt” thingy” working out, Florida?

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/08/florida-accused-of-concealing-worst-tuberculosis-outbreak-in-20-years/

    According to the Post, the coverup began as early as last February, “when Duval County Health Department officials felt so overwhelmed by the sudden spike in tuberculosis that they asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to become involved. Believing the outbreak affected only their underclass, the health officials made a conscious decision not to not tell the public, repeating a decision they had made in 2008, when the same strain had appeared in an assisted living home for people with schizophrenia.”

    That decision now appears to have gone terribly awry, partly because the disease appears to have already spread into the general population but also because just nine days before the CDC warning was issued, Florida Governor Rick Scott had signed a bill downsizing the state’s Department of Health and closing the A.G. Holley State Hospital that had treated the most difficult tuberculosis cases for over 60 years.

    • 202 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      The intended consequence of stupidly voting against your own interests.

    • 203 Linda
      July 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      ” Underclass ” What the Huck does that mean ?

      • 204 desertflower
        July 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Indigent, I’m guessing. I called my dad and just told him. He was shocked. Said, “I read the paper everyday and there was nothing in there about this. I watch the news every night.” My poor dad…so clueless…I tried to explain why that wasn’t good enough.

    • July 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Governor Sick Rott will make up some s*** as to why this was done and no one will believe him. what a sorry excuse for a human being he is. Hope someday he gets the kind of health care he has given to others.

  55. 206 ChristiMTL
    July 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    CHICAGO, IL – Obama for America Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter issued the following statement today in reaction to the Romney Campaign’s carefully worded defense of Mitt Romney’s offshore investments:

    “Earlier today, Kevin Madden, a senior advisor to Governor Romney, released a carefully worded statement that said Mitt Romney has not received any tax advantages from operating a corporation in Bermuda, holding investments in the Cayman Islands or opening a Swiss bank account. It’s not clear whether Mr. Madden is saying that he never received tax advantages, or that he’s not currently receiving them. Regardless, he’s asking voters to take him at his word, since Mitt Romney is defying the long-time precedent of presidential nominees releasing multiple years of tax returns. But, if he didn’t receive any tax advantage, what was the purpose of creating shell corporations and investing so much of his money in tax havens in the first place? And, why did he work so hard to keep the existence of these accounts secret for so many years? These issues are important because voters can’t make judgments about Mitt Romney’s motivations on critical policy matters if this information is kept hidden. If there’s nothing to hide, why not clear it all up and release multiple years of returns like every candidate has done for decades, including Mitt Romney’s own father?”

    http://www.barackobama.com/press/release/statement-romneys-release-of-additional-tax-returns-could-clear-up-importan

    • 207 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Excellent. Go Stef.

    • 208 sabreen60
      July 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      I would also like to know why Romney didn’t invest the money in America? Were there no companies or causes that Mitt could have invested in that would have been beneficial to the American people.

    • 209 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    • 210 Cha
      July 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Liars like willard mitt romney don’t get to ask anyone to trust him. willard and his gang of liars are Stupid if they think anybody is dumb enough to believe them except brain dead tea bags.

  56. 211 Nili
    July 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I just caught myself paying extra attention to PBO´s schedule for next week before I noticed it does not reach far enough yet. Going to be in DC next Sunday and Monday. So exciteeeeed :D

  57. 212 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Obama Drops the Hammer and Vows to Kill the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich .

    President Obama sent the message today through Robert Gibbs on CNN that he plans to kill the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    • 213 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      The point of Robert Gibbs putting this out there today was to get the conversation started. President Obama should be salivating over the possibility of making Mitt Romney defend his unpopular position of lowering taxes for the wealthy.

      Numerous polls have shown that support for raising taxes on the wealthy cuts across party lines. As much as Republicans don’t want to talk about it, the Mitt Romney tax plan is radical upward redistribution of wealth. If Republicans gain full control of the federal government they intend to lower taxing on the wealthy while increasing them on the middle class and poor.

      The Bush tax cuts are going to be a major issue of the General Election campaign. Even though 74% of Americans support killing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, there are seven Democratic Senators who are actually siding with Republicans on extending the tax cuts for those who need them least.

      • 214 Linda
        July 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        Do we know who those 7 Democrats are yet ?

        • 215 amk for obama
          July 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

          I have no idea but I bet mccaskill and feinstein are among them.

        • 216 cognachas4paws
          July 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

          Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are two; not sure of the others yet. Will post if I find them.

        • 218 cognachas4paws
          July 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

          Sen. Mark Pryer, outgoing Senators Webb and Ben Nelson (although Nelson seems flexible on it), McCaskill (good call by amk below), and Bill Nelson (he wouldn’t rule out an extension).

          • 219 amk for obama
            July 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

            webb – another dkos dahling. Just proving those nutroots are inept in choosing the right horses.

            • 220 cognachas4paws
              July 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

              How anyone can support extending those tax cuts is beyond me – well, anyone with a “D” after their name, that is.

              • 221 amk for obama
                July 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

                remember, saint russ, another dkos dahling, too voted against the repeal of the tax-cuts, whatever the purity reason behind it.

                • 222 cognachas4paws
                  July 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

                  Kos has some strange loyalties. Reminds me of why I stopped going there in the first place (among other things).

          • 223 proudmemberofglobalzero
            July 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

            Where did you get Bill Nelson from. I know Chuck Schulmer (SP) isn’t keen on this.. he has said so in the past. Cost of living in NY is expensive.

            • 224 cognachas4paws
              July 9, 2012 at 6:48 am

              There were several articles, all pretty much saying the same thing. I looked at The Economist, there was one in The Hill, Politics USA – they all have the same names, no mention of Schumer.

  58. 225 Linda
    July 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    This is a nice poster/picture

  59. 226 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    This is for vc.

  60. 227 sabreen60
    July 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  61. 228 desertflower
    July 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48113759/ns/local_news-phoenix_az/

    We can all stop pretending continued Republican anger about the Affordable Care Act is news. Some figured a Supreme Court ruling would settle things. And since the GOP said it was unconstitutional with the same fervor as people who’ve read the Constitution—it was easy to assume a decision from the nine justices in the highest court in the land—regardless of the outcome—would chill them out.
    They would say things like “We are a nation of laws.” Things they say when they agree with the law—however unjust it may be (i.e. immigration).
    No, instead there are calls for revolt. The perennially reasonable Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) said in a written statement: “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.” And then added, “The whole thing remains unconstitutional.” Which is akin to saying just because something is a law doesn’t make it legal. Or just because they have hair on their face doesn’t make them mammals. The court, not some junior senator from a small state, ultimately decides what is or what is not constitutional. But unconstitutional is the word conservatives use for illegitimate. In chess this move is called flipping the board over and stomping away.

  62. July 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  63. 233 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    A nice photo stream of Obama chasing Beavers cookies, cakes, pastries, .

    http://old.post-gazette.com/pg…..37-491.stm

  64. July 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Biden to speak at NAACP convention.

  65. 244 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  66. July 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    George Clooney is to host another fundraiser for President Barack Obama in Geneva.

    Clooney, who spends part of his summer at his villa on Lake Como, Italy, is expected to hop across the border and front two Americans Abroad for Obama events in Geneva on August 27th.

    The movie star, who previously staged a bash for the President at his home in Hollywood, is expected to address 150 guests at a reception and then serve as guest of honor at a more intimate dinner, where seats will cost $20,000 per person.

    The money raised at the two events will help to fund Obama’s re-election bid. Clooney gave the President’s campaign a huge boost after helping to raise $15 million at a fundraiser in May.

    The Oscar winner invited 150 celebrities and VIPs to the dinner at his Los Angeles mansion. Superstars including Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey, Jr., Tobey Maguire, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek and Jack Black were among those who paid $40,000for a ticket.

    Obama told guests he was delighted to have Clooney as a supporter, stating, “We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George. They, like me, love him. And rightfully so.”

    • 246 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey, Jr., Tobey Maguire, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek and Jack Black – Thank fsm that my fav actors and actresses (go Hayek) are dems.

  67. 247 desertflower
    July 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Bring popcorn!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 248 amk for obama
      July 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Tons of popcorn indeed. “mitt romney is a Criminal”. Go paultards. :)

    • 249 isonprize
      July 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Wow, how many times can one guy say “Organized Crime Syndicate” and “Mitt Romney is a criminal” ? I was ready for the ‘stolen ballots’ accusation, but what’s up with the “broken bones” accusation?

      Lemme see…. Popcorn, iced tea, Pad and pen to keep score. Comfortable clothes (this may take a while…) I’m SET!

    • 250 nathkatun7
      July 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Df, what is the Ron Paul law suit about? It wasn’t clear from listening to this clip.

      • 251 desertflower
        July 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        I don’t know…those Paul people are pissed at Romney…think he’s stealing this election and they’re having NONE of that…It would seem that this is all in the courts and the shit is gonna hit the fan :) I love when they fight amongst themselves….Not sure what the broken bones thing was about though…RM talked about this at length..how the RNC was screwing around and the way they apportion delegates is nuts…remember how screwed up things were for Iowa and Maine and Missouri…kept changing who actually won? Weird stuff.

      • 252 desertflower
        July 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        something about Fed Election laws that Romney is breaking??/

      • 253 cognachas4paws
        July 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

        They want to know if the plaintiffs in the lawsuit – delegates – are free to vote their conscience on the first and all ballots at the convention or if they are bound to a particular candidate (Romney).

        Here’s a link to an article about it:

        http://www.examiner.com/article/ron-paul-delegates-sue-gop-to-be-free-from-voting-for-romney

    • 254 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      OMG!! The Republican party is imploding.

  68. 255 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Ben Labolt: Mitt Romney’s Offshore Bank Accounts and Tax Returns. Spread it around tweeps.

  69. 257 desertflower
    July 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Pass around please!!!

  70. 264 z5pearls
    July 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I’m sure this has already been posted but wanted to share again.

    Enjoy!

  71. 265 desertflower
    July 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    From the Hamptons fundraiser at the Koch’s for Romney:

    ” I don’t think the common person is getting it…I just think if you’re lower income– one, you’re not as educated two, they don’t understand how it works.” Romney donor on her way to his Hampton’s fundraiser (7/8/12, as quoted by LA Times)

  72. 277 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Chips,

    THANKS for posting a birthday pic for my Mom! She’ll be over the moon!

    Just getting in from an OFA meeting. will catch up and post later.

  73. 279 Pamela
    July 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    The thread from Signing HR 4348 has only 59 comments on it… Any chance of moving the dialogue over there, it is so much quicker when the comments section is less…..

  74. July 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Again—love The Newsroom—-smartest, best show on the teevee—–especially for a political junkie. Just called the tea party the plant in the Little Shop of Horrors. Really on the case of how the last of the decent Repubs got ousted by the tea party for not being extreme enough—willing to call Obama every name in the book—-and thus the demise of a “reasonable opposition party”. On Grover Norquist. And all the absurdities. When someone says “I want to take my country back” news guy asks “Is your country my country too?” Now asking tea party peeps “Where does your funding come from?” Asks them if they have ever heard of the Koch Bros? And now saying they could buy and sell George Soros 10 times over—–and how they are funding all the tea party candidates and where their interests lies—–trying to buy the country and using the tea party as stooges. It’s got all the stuff.

  75. 282 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm
  76. July 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

  77. July 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Sooooo, I just now had a chance to watch the video from Paul’s guy. How “real” is this? How serious is this? Is it all talk and bravado? I don’t want to get my hopes up and then have them deflated? I know there’s lots of plain ‘ole politics going on. That’s why my question of seriousness and real possibilities that the Paul gang is going to seriously make trouble at the convention?

  78. July 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Everyone needs to be watching this show and spreading the word——it’s exposing all the junk. It’s telling all the long-ignored truths.

    • 288 57andFemale
      July 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Of the many great lines, I have to find the Jeff Daniels line about being elected to Congress and wilfully choosing to learn absolutely nothing about anything once you’re there.

      You can sure tell it’s fiction because these zingers happen in ‘interviews’ on air with Republicans. That sure never happened. But that’s the point.

      Love the progression of Sam Waterston’s character who came across as a dodgy drunk in the first episode. Crazy like a fox.

  79. July 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  80. July 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    10:45 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:15 AM
    Obama meets with senior advisors.
    12:30 PM
    Biden travels to Kansas City, Missouri to attend a campaign event for Senator Claire McCaskill.
    Carney briefs the press.
    2:00 PM
    Obama is interviewed by regional television outlets.
    4:15 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel,  in Washington, D.C.
    5:00 PM
    Biden travels to Seattle, Washington to attend a campaign event for Senator Maria Cantwell.
    5:20 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel,  in Washington, D.C.

  81. 291 desertflower
    July 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Let’s all go over to President sign’s HR 4348….so many comments/videos on this thread making it slow….see you all over there:)!!

  82. July 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    “America just elected the most dangerous Congress in my lifetime”—-re ’10 election—-said on The Newsroom—–as they fight over what the news media has become—–devolved into “human interest stories”—-for ratings—- and failing to tell the American people the truths they need to hear about what is happening to this country. Now talking about crazy Michele Bachmann asking for every Congressperson to be investigated for being unAmerican. Pardon my repetition, but this is the most important thing on TV. By far.

    • 293 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      I just got done watching it. I am going to be addicted to this show. My husband watched one of the re-runs this afternoon and told me I HAD to watch tonight’s episode. They were naming names and pulling no punches. Starting right now it’s going to be a Sunday night ritual. They are not messing around. I love it!

      • 294 0388jojothecat
        July 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm

        I may have to order Showtime to see this. I hope it is a hit show and the BainStreamMedia will have to take notice they are a total FAIL for carry water for the crazy GOP.

  83. 298 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm
  84. 299 amk for obama
    July 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  85. 300 desertflower
    July 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    HELLO?????Pamela and I are waiting for all of you with cold drinks and great conversation on the HR 4348 thread!!! Where are you??? Too many comments for her IPad to handle…and my birthday computer is struggling:) Come over…..>>>>>>>>

    • 301 Pamela
      July 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Yeah, guys and girls! My iPad goes nuts, cursor jumping all over the pages, and screen flashing like mad! Also, I want to know how amk likes the present I had Chips send him a the top!

  86. 302 a4alice
    July 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    holy buckets. I gotta go to bed nitey nite!

    zzzzzzzzzzzz

  87. 304 Tally
    July 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    just in case you missed it

  88. July 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    • 306 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

      No need to do that Bobfr as you and others here make things easier by posting your tweets. When I get on here in the evening I can go down the threads and quickly re-tweet anything that’s posted here and catch up on the day’s happenings at the same time. So for my part I am the one that should be thanking you and all the others who post tweets here. It takes me quite a while to catch up on the news and come up with any lucid tweets myself.

      • July 9, 2012 at 2:02 am

        Very kind of you!! We’re all a great team, for sure! #PRESSON

        • 308 57andFemale
          July 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

          Bobfr, I’m still unclear on how to make use of hash tags. Your explanation a few days ago helped, but I need to put in a hash tag when I want to reach outside of my followers, right? To the people who would be following the hash tag?

    • 309 57andFemale
      July 9, 2012 at 8:08 am

      We’d rather have you concentrate your talents on your brilliant tweets. We’re grateful to YOU and privileged to send those tweets out.

  89. July 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Off to prepare dinner … take care everyone … :)

  90. 312 carla4obama
    July 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    For you Night Owls…please read this wonderful story on immigrants/kindness. It will warm your heart and reaffirm that we are on the right side of humanity. Reminds me of a commercial.” The cost of buying an election….1 billion dollars; The cost of buying Miitens soul……500 million;
    The cost of kindnes….priceless>”

    http://www.helpothers.org/story.php?sid=25237

  91. 316 sabreen60
    July 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

  92. 317 sabreen60
    July 9, 2012 at 12:59 am

    One more and it’s good night one and all.

    • 318 nathkatun7
      July 9, 2012 at 1:18 am

      These rich people, who by the way have done so well under President Obama, are utterly shameless. They no longer hide their disdain for people who are not as rich as they are. If they could, they would go back to the days when only people with property were allowed to vote. The tragedy, of course, is that they will use their immense wealth to bamboozle ordinary people that they despise so much to vote against their own interests.

        • 320 nathkatun7
          July 9, 2012 at 2:48 am

          Have a wonderful week too, Bob! Once again, thank you so much for the wonderful work you are doing with all your hard hitting tweets. I promised myself to learn how to tweet this Summer as I have some time off. So far, I’ve not taken the plunge. I would love to join all of the members of TOD family who are doing such a wonderful job fighting on behalf of the President. Bob, I appreciate and respect all your work, including your hands on knowledge and humane commentaries on what’s going on in the Middle East and North Africa.

          Keep up the good works! You fighting spirit inspires me to, as you implore us, keep pressing on.

      • 321 57andFemale
        July 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

        It’s no longer about just doing well — they have done spectacularly under PBO. It is now truly about obliterating the rest of us. They want it ALL. And if destroying America and getting it ALL from China or India gets them ALL of it even faster, they’re fine with it.

        I’ve never seen anything like it. I never dreamed I would see anything this brazen.

        Everyone needs to watch The Newsroom on HBO or stream it. It puts the blame where blame belongs: on Republicans who refused to marginalize the crazies and embraced them instead; and on the media that did it for business reasons only.

    • 323 Cman
      July 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

      This donor need to have a sit down with a grammar teacher.

      • 324 nathkatun7
        July 9, 2012 at 2:33 am

        So, Cman, are you suggesting that she is not as educated as she thinks? By the way, these right wing people just can’t make up their minds about how to attack President Obama. In the past they attacked President Obama supporters for being, arugula eating, prius driving, educated elitists, limousine liberals. Romney even attacked him for being an elitist Harvard educated lawyer/professor. I remember the constant mantra, since 2008, embraced by many in the ms media, that President Obama was an arrogant elitist who had nothing in common with ordinary people.

        Isn’t it interesting that now the REAL ELITES, who are supporters of Romney, think that the people supporting President Obama are the common people of low income ( College kids, babysitters, people who take care of rich people’s nails, etc.) who are not educated, and who don’t know how the system works.; and who probably should not be allowed to vote? I wonder how the MSM will deal with this new right wing meme after they’ve been telling people that President Obama is an arrogant educated elitist who does not connect with ordinary working class people?

        I know my grammar and punctuation sucks too, but then again I have an excuse: I belong to the low income class that this woman, who supports Romney, thinks that should not have the right to vote.

    • 325 anniebella
      July 9, 2012 at 7:08 am

      sabreen60, was that Ann Romney who made that comment? It says alot doesn’t it. Just how I believe Ann and Mitt Romney feel about us low income people. I know people like the Koch brothers and those billionaires supporting Romney feel that way.

  93. 326 susanne
    July 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

    one last bit of snark, and then goodnight–
    this from vanity fair, a nice intro to offshore mailbox culture.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/07/virgin-islands-box-438-taxes

  94. 327 Bill
    July 9, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Does anyone know if the Morning Joe and Dan (Senor) show is discussing Willard’s offshore bank accounts? I cannot make myself watch it.

  95. 329 57andFemale
    July 9, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I was under the weather all weekend. Did this get covered here?

    “This is what healthcare looks like when austerity trumps public health policy.”

    This is what healthcare looks like when austerity trumps public health policy.

  96. July 9, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Now, Robbey says he raised 106 million in June!
    I would like to know why we wait until last second before we release our numbers, losing the news cycle.
    Also, the President will have an event calling fit taxcuts for People under 250k!

    • July 9, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Romney’s just trying to deflect all the bad news about his offshore accounts. BTW, not going to work.

    • 333 FiredUpInCA
      July 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Willard rushes to release fundraising figures nobody asked for but won’t release the taxes that we all need to see. We don’t care how much you’ve raised from rich people. We want to know how much you’ve hidden from the American people.

  97. July 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

    On one channel, you have Dan Señor hanging out all Morning, on the other channel you have Marsha Blackburn hanging out all morning.
    Infomercial galore.
    Any questions?

  98. 337 57andFemale
    July 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

  99. July 9, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Women are far more likely to support President Obama and voice doubts about Mitt Romney after being exposed to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s recent anti-Romney ad campaign, according to a survey commissioned by the women’s health and abortion rights group.

    The poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates and shared with POLITICO, tested female voters in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Des Moines, Iowa, to gauge the impact of the PPAF ads. The group announced at the end of May that it was spending over $1 million on an initial wave of commercials hitting Romney in Florida, Iowa and Virginia.

    In both Des Moines and West Palm Beach, voters appear to have shifted toward Obama after seeing the ads. Obama led by 11 points among West Palm Beach women who did not recall seeing the ads, but by 28 points among women who did recall seeing them. In Des Moines, Obama and Romney were tied at 39 percent among women who didn’t recall seeing the ads, but Obama led by 28 points among women for whom the ads left an impression.

    The ads have gained significant notice in the markets tested in the poll: half of women in West Palm Beach and 55 percent of women in Des Moines say they definitely recall seeing the commercials. Those women have moved away from Romney.

    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/polling-memo-planned-parenthoods-antiromney-ads-leave-128311.html

  100. July 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

  101. July 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Highly recommend and read the brilliant comments, including the one which points out that Willard is first and foremost a Mormon American. That is what defines him. Needs to be part of the discussion.

    • 341 Ladyhawke
      July 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Great article by Paul Krugman. This paragraph really stood out to me…..

      ————————————————–

      One more thing: To the extent that Mr. Romney has a coherent policy agenda, it involves cutting tax rates on the very rich — which are already, as I said, down by about half since his father’s time. Surely a man advocating such policies has a special obligation to level with voters about the extent to which he would personally benefit from the policies he advocates.

      ————————————————–

      • 342 Bill
        July 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Willard wants to cut taxes for the “job creators” so they can increase their overseas bank accounts.

  102. July 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Pres Obama will make a statement about tax cuts at 1150am/ET

  103. July 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Remember those chilly icy talks between PBO & Putin?

  104. July 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

    When chips said she was going to need some help—knew it was about being away on vacay—–no one was appointed to at least open a thread? Much needed.

  105. July 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    One of these days, Luke Russet will Come from under Boners Desk, and smell the Coffee.
    What an brown noser!


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