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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Lebron James of the U.S. after the men’s Group A basketball match between the U.S. and France at the London 2012 Olympic Games

… with Anthony Davis

… with Kobe Bryant

Video here (thanks Cluny)

Chat away ;-)


406 Responses to “Chat away”


  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Happy Sunday

  2. 7 smoothscotch
    July 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    happy sunday to you as well.
    second?

  3. 8 Bill
    July 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Mitt the Twit is live on TeaNN giving his speech.

    • 9 anniebella
      July 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks for the warning Bill, I think I’ll watch the USA men volleyball. I do my best not to watch TeaNN. And as far as that lying Mitt Romney goes, to “H” with him.

      • 10 Bill
        July 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        Anniebella, you are smarter than I am. I am getting to the point where he makes me ill. He sounded as though he is running for office in Israel. Bibi was proud.

        • 11 57andFemale
          July 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

          The perfect pushback from one of the debates, I believe: ROMNEY: “I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say, ‘Would it help if I said this? What would you like me to do?'”

      • 12 Dudette
        July 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        The Vball game is quite compelling – certainly more than anything the Twit would have to say.
        Our guys are up a set. 2nd set is close, but we’re leading.

  4. 13 smoothscotch
    July 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    congrats on 1st, just listening to Romney speech in Israel, trying to determine what his policy will be in that area. mostly what I am hearing is calling Iran liars, Jerasulem the capital of Israel, Iran Iran Iran. What recommendation, I wonder, will he have for the Palestinians.

    • 14 Dudette
      July 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      I can save you some time — his policy is anything Bibi wants him to say; anything that might embarrass PBO.

      • 15 smoothscotch
        July 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        He’s such a tool, can’t tell Netanyahu is leading him, or just, to give him some the bene of the doubt, it suits his purpose right now. I know I am being generous, its sunday.

        we all know Israel is not the only country is the middle east that must be considered as a whole, there would be ramifications for all actions so it should be considered carefully. no just open your mouth and stick your foot in.

  5. 16 Anna Luc
    July 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Well I’ll take second!

  6. 18 0388jojothecat
    July 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats DD4O on being first! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone. Off to volunteer and phone bank for OFA/Re-elect PBO!

  7. July 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    The whole team came right over to her for a hug!

  8. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Yesterday I decided to challenge myself by attempting to get 100 donations over the last 100 days of the campaign.

    Today is Day 2 of my 100 days to victory Fundrasing Challenge. Can you please help me keep my streak alive with a $3.00 donation today?

    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/donnanoshock3

  9. 27 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Anybody else having trouble access the US Olympic Committee’s website? http://www.teamusa.org

  10. 28 vcprezofan2
    July 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    The very elusive Chips eludes again!

  11. 30 cluny
    July 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    just in case it hasn’t been posted – link to flotus hugging the mens basketball team:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/video-us-mens-basketball-team-hugged-michelle-obama-2012-7

  12. July 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm
  13. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Thank you Sheri and HF2 the Fundraising streak is alive and well. Now on to day 3.

    This place is AWESOME!!!

    • 59 sherijr
      July 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      My pleasure~ Donna YOU Rock !

    • 60 Michele
      July 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Donna, I set up my grassroots page and e-mailed my friend but out of the 8 invites I sent only 2 people received the request. Did you have problems with people getting your invite e-mail?

    • 62 hopefruit2
      July 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Donna, thank YOU and all the other illustrious TOD fundraisers for doing this fantastic work on our President and country’s behalf!

  14. July 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm
  15. July 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm
  16. 65 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm
  17. 74 anniebella
    July 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    That was so nice how the whole team came over and got a hug from the First Lady, kind of like the Mom in chief congratulating her kids on a job well done. Even the coaches got a hug. I love and am so proud of our First Lady.

    • 75 nospin
      July 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Did you see that? I saw that. She looked like a little Mother hugging everybody. lololol I love it. I especially love when she hugs and and wraps her arms around the head. Like . . . come here baby. lolololol

      She has such a loving spirit.

  18. 76 Bill
    July 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    After Willard’s war monger speech the MSM should ask him if he will bring his money back from foreign tax dodging back accounts to help pay for his wars, and will any of his sons join the military to help fight them.

  19. 84 cluny
    July 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    nice pictures and article.

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/07/29/michelle-obama-hugs-u-s-mens-olympic-basketball-team-as-the-world-swoons/

    I find these images very moving as well as fun especially when we remember the famous ‘salute’ image from the ’60s. Who would have thought we would be seeing this kind of display of ‘black power’ at future olympics.

    • 85 Dudette
      July 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Love this:

      “Seeing some of the most famous athletes in the world line up for embraces with Mrs. Obama, dressed casually in a grey sweater, was a surreal sight. There were kisses of cheeks, and little-kid smiles from superstars. It was almost as if she was the mother of a son’s little-league team, ready to give all of the players frozen treats after a game.

      With that in mind, all of Canada is now expecting Laureen Harper to be in the crowd when the Canadian women’s basketball team takes on Great Britain on Monday.”

    • 88 isonprize
      July 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Seeing some of the most famous athletes in the world line up for embraces with Mrs. Obama, dressed casually in a grey sweater, was a surreal sight. There were kisses of cheeks, and little-kid smiles from superstars. It was almost as if she was the mother of a son’s little-league team, ready to give all of the players frozen treats after a game.

      cluny, you are bringin’ the links today!!! The above clip from the article is too funny and so true. These millionaire players were grinning like little kids!!!

      The pictures are hilarious. The guy with the beard, behind Durant, is like “Hurry up, man! You takin’ too long!” :lol: :lol:

      • 89 Dudette
        July 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        LOL! It’ll be interesting to see how many copycats will come through the rest of the Games.

        • 90 isonprize
          July 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

          Yeah, except they won’t be with FLOTUS. I read that she’s leaving London today.

          Besides, what’s that old saying? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

          EVERYBODY wants to be like POTUS and FLOTUS!!! (Not gonna happen…. :cool: )

      • 91 Dakota
        July 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        Even Kobe had a wide-eyed “Me Next” look on his face!

      • 92 Bill
        July 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        The player with the beard is James Harden who is Durant’s teammate with the Thunder. He is known for his beard as well as his basketball talents.

  20. 93 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Bobfr,

    Glad to see the campaign pick-up your $1 a day idea! My Mom received this email today:

    ” Betty —

    Do you think it’s worth $1 a day to keep Mitt Romney out of the White House?

    Yes.

    No.

    Only 100 days to go.

    Rufus

    Rufus Gifford
    National Finance Director
    Obama for America “

  21. 99 smoothscotch
    July 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I was yelling the same thing at my tv.

  22. 100 Linda
    July 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Mitt Romney laughed off a question about whether he’s worried about Newsweek’s latest cover story labeling him a “wimp.”

    “If I worried about what the media said I wouldn’t get much sleep and I’m able to sleep pretty well,” he said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

    Asked if he’s ever been called a wimp before, Romney said with a laugh, ”I don’t recall that, no.”

    —-

    He seems to ” not recall ” a lot of things.

  23. July 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Fareed has Wolfowitz, Anne Marie Slaughter and Richard Haas to discuss Syria and Iran.
    They agree, Nuke em all!
    It’s amazing how the neo-cons want war, they are starving for it!

  24. 105 smoothscotch
    July 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Worldwide survey, as per Fareed’s GPS, rest of world survey done in June, positive 80+ Obama,in England, vs Romney 16, worldwide people prefer PBO EXCEPT Arab world where they thing he’s TOO PRO ISRAEL, DESPITE WHAT ROMNEY LIES ABOUT AND HIS CRONIES, and also he’s too hawkish, drones going after terrorists in Afghani etc.

    this info would be in the first few min. of the start of Fareed’s show today.

  25. 113 Cman
    July 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Awesome video. I remember my first time canvassing and how nervous I felt. My stomach felt like it was going to jump out of me when I knocked on my first door. The video captured that well here. Plus the song is sweet; got it stuck in my head now. 100 days y’all lets make this election year one to remember.

  26. 116 a4alice
    July 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    oh that was awesome! everyone lining up to pay respects and just plain old get a hug! I love it! w00t!

    Whoa. I gotta fly we got a canvass for 2 shifts today. let yez know how it turns out! :D

  27. 118 auni
    July 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I wish Mittens would stay out of Israel. Dangerous for him to be saying anything–simply because he will say anything. Still can’t figure out why he wants to be pres. He isn’t comfortable with people. Must be Ann pushing him.

    • 119 smoothscotch
      July 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      It’s their turn, don’t you know.

    • July 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Don’t think Ann’s the one who’s pushing Mitt.

      Goes back to the same reasons GW Bush ran and disastrously launched Iraq war. Daddy issues.

      George Romney was well-respected, but back then, Americans couldn’t get past his saying the generals “brainwashed” him on Vietnam.

      I think George Romney was a man of conviction and having arrived in this country as a child, wasn’t bigoted and anti-immigrant.

      Mitt’s problem is that he’s only known the gilded life, and has never tried to expand his horizons outside of his 1% peers.

      I’ll post a couple of tweets about George and Mitt downthread.

  28. July 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm
  29. 124 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Rigging the Election

    By Judah Ginsberg

    ————————————–

    As Harold Meyerson asks, “What should Democrats do if Romney comes to power on the strength of racially suppressed votes?” Meyerson answers: “Such an outcome and such a presidency, I’d hope they contend, would be illegitimate — a betrayal of our laws and traditions, of our very essence as a democratic republic.”

    Not confident they can win the presidency on the merit of their policies, Republicans have decided to rig the 2012 election by excluding groups likely to vote Democratic, especially by excluding African American voters. Rigging elections by race used to be common in America.

    That was in the past, or so we thought.

    Apparently, Republicans are willing to return to the past of racially rigged elections. That’s a result the rest of us should not allow to happen.

    ————————-

    http://judahginsberg.com/?p=2763

    • 125 anniebella
      July 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      If this election were stolen from us because of voter suppression,as a black American, I would be mad as hell. And if I were alittle younger I would cause some hell too. Because it’s not right to do what they have done just to try to keep us from voting. I look at what is going on in the Middle East, were the people are tried of not having any rights, they want their voice to be heard, then we have a country were we are constantly told is the greatest country on earth, with christian values, but a bunch of white rich Republicans treating to take our voice away. All because they want that black guy out of the White House. You dam right I would be mad.

      • 126 jackiegrumbacher
        July 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Anniebella, don’t allow this to happen. Make sure everyone you meet has a way to vote. Check the law. See if they can vote absentee. See how you can help someone get a photo ID. Volunteer on election day not not only get out the vote, but provide support and comfort to people in line who have to wait a long time. We won’t be defeated if we don’t allow ourselves to be defated.

  30. 128 57andFemale
    July 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Well how thrilled am I that Fareed Zakaria got the memo that all of these overpaid pundits get: fill your program with RWNJ’s. If there was a Democrat on that panel on foreign policy, he certainly had nothing to say. Get your brain around this: Wolfowitz, Tom Friedman, and the President of the Council on Foreign Relations. You would think PBO was a rank amateur, Romney the savior. It was despicable.

    I’m disgusted with Zakaria, like I became disgusted with Amanpour.

    • 129 itgurl_29
      July 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      They’ve all gotten the memo. The powers that be who run the media have decided that they want a war with Iran. Just like they did with Iraq. They’ve done the math and they’re excited by just how much more money they could make. And now they are all in and will fan the flames of war. But it won’t work this time because they won’t have a neo-con puppet in the White House. President Barack Obama will be reelected and they will lose and there will be no war with Iran.

    • 130 Nena20409
      July 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Fareed Zakaria having people on doesn’t mean those are his thoughts. The man uses his mind to expose Numbskulls. I am neither neither disgusted with Fareed Zakaria nor ‘am I disappointed with Amanpour. They still would ask questions that None of our national Journos would. I get your point of having so many Neo-Cons. But in this case. I agree…..Romney is going around spouting crazy thoughts. The neo-cons being out there with him and the Dick Cheney out and about……are great for pres Obama.

      The Nutters, the Numkskulls, RWNJs and then there is the SANE, COMPETENT, CALM president, Mr. Barack Obama.

      The pres WINS hands down. Now even close. USA is tired of wars.

      • 131 jacquelineoboomer
        July 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        Here’s an article from Fareed for TIME, called “Failure to Launch”: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2120500,00.html?xid=tweetbut

      • 132 57andFemale
        July 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        I respect Fareed Zakaria immensely. That’s why I’m particularly disappointed to see such a biased panel on his show. He did not push back on what I saw of this panel and he could fight to have to have it weighted fairly. That’s all I’m saying. I admit I didn’t catch the beginning and I didn’t stay for the end. But what I heard was not only non-stop PBO-bashing and elevations of Romney.

        Hey, I only wish we had such disciplined surrogates who can turn everything toward support of our President. These Repubicans are astounding to watch, they way they can not only try to hurt our President but make it sound like Romney’s the answer. This is the kind of message discipline we need.

        Christiane Amanpour is a great reporter but she was a disappointment as a moderator. I will stand by that opinion.

    • July 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      That is what I was saying upthread!

  31. 135 sherijr
    July 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I lovvvve these pics & video ~ so proud of our team & their respect for our beautiful First Lady Michelle.

  32. 136 desertflower
    July 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Going out soon to do more voter reg…..hold down the fort:)

  33. 138 Melanie
    July 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    • 139 anniebella
      July 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you FLOTUS for going over there and showing the people of London grace, class, dignity, and respect. I’m sure they had start to wonder after Mitt the liar Romney visit. FLOTUS you’re one in a million. Thank you. Go USA!!!!!!!!!

  34. July 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    This is what’s trending now: #ConceptsProgressivesCantGrasp
    I MADE THE MISTAKE OF GLANCING … HUGE MISTAKE! Need a Shower!

    • 141 hopefruit2
      July 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Paid GOP Twitter-trolls…how much Romney Bain Capital profits is paying them to get this trending? Millions? Billions? Trillions?

  35. 142 utaustinliberal
    July 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    • July 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      That cover is kind of mean. At least they could have put one of the pictures where he’s looking scared witless – there’s so many of those. Seeing him smiling like that almost makes me feel sorry for him, until I remember what his plans are for the world. In any case, that language on the cover does no-one any good. The election is about the issues.

  36. 145 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Kim Rhode became the first American to win individual medals at five straight Olympics by securing skeet gold.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18904234

  37. 147 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    It wouldn’t occur to any of the stenographers in the mainstream media to ask such a pertinent question of Mitt Romney. I guess they would figure this was below the belt. It might make Romney fell uncomfortable.

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP

    ——————————-

    Anyone asked Mitt if we should embrace Israel’s universal health care system?

    ———————————–

  38. 148 57andFemale
    July 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    My husband’s stockbroker friend has one redeeming characteristic: he sends me a subscription to a poetry magazine every year for Christmas. This was on the back of a recent issue:

    “Politics is what’s in their freezer, whose kid got killed, who’s got a job, who lost a house, how all the bankers out to be hanged.” J.T. Barbarese

  39. July 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    116th? Well I coulda been a contender if I had posted instead of reading the comments first. So wazzzzuuuuppp TODdies on this great getting up Olympic sized Sunday!!!??!!! It’s a happy day for cookemom, #1 and grandkids on their way home before they make the trip back to N. Dak for good (she doesn’t know about my plans for the big kidnap). #2 is trying to meet them here before they leave (I may throw her in the burlap bag as well). I just may have a full house again for awhile. How ever it turns out, Imma enjoy it. The first point of business is to make sure they get their absentee ballots so that they can be a part of the big party in November.

    My political take today is can you imagine either of the previous FLOTUSes hugging the big massive USA/NBA basketball players in public? Do you think Annie Oakley would hug anything other than a horse? Well, I guess horses are people too my friend.

  40. 152 Tally
    July 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    • July 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Sorry, I don’t buy the ‘hand counting’ part. Paper ballots can be very successfully counted by machines. I’ve watched the counting machines and they work just fine. A few batches are taken out to be hand-counted and the error rate for the machines is microscopic.

      • 154 Dudette
        July 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

        Ditto that. Machine counts are okay. The main thing is that there’s a method of verification that doesn’t rely solely on software that can be manipulated without audit.

        • 155 Tally
          July 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

          No, they’re not. They can be hacked as easily as the machines themselves. With one line of code, I can have the program tell you everyone voted for Pooh Bear, while in reality everyone voted for Mickey Mouse. It’s the easiest thing in the world.

          • 156 cookemom
            July 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

            Is it the counting that’s the problem or the possibilty for fraud in how electronic voting can show a vote as other than it was cast? I see these as two different problems. I think that it’s ok for mechanical counting, if we are assured that the vote counted was cast as intended. I like paper ballots, not for a more accurate count, but for a paper trail that can be retrieved when/if required. I must admit I do find the touch screens much easier to use. In Illinois, I get to verify my choices before I leave the booth. After that, a piece of paper disappears down a cubby hole somewhere. I assume that’s the paper trail I refer to.

            • 157 Tally
              July 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

              Both. Your paper trail is meaningless if I can control the outcome of the total with one line of code to give me the total I want, if the counting is done by machine and not PEOPLE.

              Keep in mind that counting machines are run by software. Even if you run ballots through them that all have #101 colored in, or punched, or whatever – I can make the code basically say: “101 ≠ 101 & 101 = 107 & 107 = 107″ so no matter if you’re voting for 101, the machine thinks 101 = 107, and will give me an all 107 total. Does that make sense?

              The “paper trail” is meaningless if the vote total appears that no one (or very few) voted for 101, and the outcome wasn’t close. The totals have to be close to warrant a recount. My machine can make sure that never happens. Easy peasy.

              • 158 cookemom
                July 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

                I get it and I agree that there has to be a better way to assure the vote that is cast is the one that gets counted. That means that while it’s ok to have a machine do the actual count, which saves time and speeds up results, it’s useless if those results are fraudulent. In Illinois where I vote I use a touch screen. What I entered on the touch screen shows up on a piece of paper that comes up behind a display screen. I then get to approve what’s displayed before I cast the ballot. I don’t know how/if that piece of paper can be changed after I send it on its way, but at least I’m assured that what I touched on the screen matched what was on the paper. If it’s displaying what I cast, but somewhere behind the scenes that’s not what’s being counted, then we’re in deep poo poo. We aren’t likely to ever go back to complete paper ballot, so we gotta figure out something. My thought? Get even that many more people to the polls.

                • 159 Tally
                  July 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

                  What YOU SEE, and your PAPER SAYS – are one thing. What the machine COUNTS can be something else entirely. You’ll never be aware of it.

                  Why shouldn’t we go back to ALL PAPER/HAND COUNTED? That’s like saying, “We’ll never outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants..” Or “We’ll never get rid of DODT…” They’ll never allow interracial marriage”, Blacks/women voting….. etc…

                  IT’S OUR DEMOCRACY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. VOTING IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE DO – IF THEY’RE NOT HACK-PROOF, we’re DONE.

                  I don’t care if it takes a month to count everything. Elections aren’t sporting events, THEY’RE ELECTIONS. Nevermind that Canada can get it done in several hours……

                  If we don’t have the WILL to fight to keep our democracy, then we don’t deserve it.

                  • 160 cookemom
                    July 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

                    I never said we’d never go back to paper ballots, nor did I insinuate we shouldn’t. I said it’s unlikely that it would happen. We’re on the same side, but may have different approaches to the remedy. btw, caps lock is not your friend. it comes across as shouting or condescending.

                    • 161 Tally
                      July 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm

                      I never said you said that. You did say, “we aren’t likely”, which I feel is a defeatest mindset to have. It’s like so much in this country. It’s the “It’s too hard so we can’t try/be bothered” thing that permeates our culture to the point it’s killing us.

                      Why aren’t we “likely” in your mind?

                      And yes caps are my friend. Voting is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE HAVE. Everyone should be shouting about it. Do you disagree? The condescention is entirely in your mind. Don’t think like that. It’s not what I meant, nor should you infer it.

                  • 162 cookemom
                    July 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

                    Tally, for some reason there’s no ‘reply’ after the last comment you made to me. I’ll answer you here instead. If you believe that shouting at someone, helps advance your cause, then have at it. If I say to you that your caps come across as condescending in your direct response to me, then I’d think you’d respect that, rather than to try to invalidate my feeling. I have given you all that I will on my opinion about democracy, voting, paper ballots, voting machines, caps, taps, shouting and pouting or anything else that causes your hackles to rise. I choose to have a very different level of emotional display and over the top intensity about matters such as this. I am no less concerned than you, but I don’t believe in insulting folks into submission. Hopefully we can share TODville as we do our mutual hope for the same political outcomes. #peace

                    • 163 Tally
                      July 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

                      How is saying – we should ALL be concerned about election fraud – insulting to you *personally*? If you always take someone using caps in a response to you as condescending, you’re going to be upset a lot when on the internet. I cannot help that. Not everyone means that, and not everyone responds the same way.

                      Please don’t tell me what I meant, especially when I told you what I didn’t mean. Why on earth would you think that I would insult you? We’re on the same side.

                      Fighting amongst ourselves is destructive. Why would I do that? Why would any of us do that? I don’t think you’re doing it, and I’m surprised that you think I’m doing it.

                      I try to believe the best in people, especially HERE. (<<NOT meant as condescending – please don't take it that way – meant as giving weight to this place, as in The Obama Diary. In fact, all caps used by me in this post are meant to GIVE WEIGHT – as in voice inflection, since I don't know how to BOLD or italicize using html here, or what html is allowed……)

                      Since you're requesting respect from me, which I try to give evryone at all times, I feel it's equally applicaible to you as well. So if I told you, "It’s not what I meant, nor should you infer it." I'd think you'd also respsect that.

                      So can we stop talking about how we're talking and get back to the actual conversation?

                      I think my question to you is very important, and if you can answer it, it would greatly help fixing the bigger picture, because I don't think you're alone AT ALL in thinking it. I'll even go as far as to say MOST people probably agree, so I'll ask again:

                      "Why aren’t we “likely” (to go back to paper ballots) in your mind?" (And I don't mean "in your mind" as a place, I mean "in your opinion.")

                  • 164 cookemom
                    July 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

                    still no ‘reply’ feature to your post. That’s ok cause I was just going to remind you of what I said previously, in case you missed it:

                    “I have given you all that I will on my opinion about democracy, voting, paper ballots, voting machines, caps, taps, shouting and pouting or anything else that causes your hackles to rise. I choose to have a very different level of emotional display and over the top intensity about matters such as this.”

                    I’m sure my opinions matter much less than your need to be right and have the last word. You got it, the last word, the bestest viewpoint, the most insight, the greatest thoughts, the mostest fight for what’s right, the highest plateau of platitiudes. Enjoy it cause it sure seems that you need it. Excuse me if I don’t explode my own head over this. #peaceoutagain

                    • 165 Tally
                      July 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

                      Yes I saw it. Yes your opinions matter, which is why I asked the question again, and told you how important I feel your answer is. I don’t want the last word, I want to know what you think, which is why I’m asking.

                      If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t ask. I don’t have the answer. I think all of us working together, including your insight on this would be valuable to all of us finding the answer, and solving this.

                      I’m honestly confused why you don’t want to answer, or give your opinion of why you think it’s likely we won’t go back to paper ballots. In fact, I think that your opinon could be KEY.

      • 166 Tally
        July 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        Hand counting machines can be hacked, and the totals fliped with a minor software tweek. So can the servers that those totals are sent to.

        • July 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

          Well, I’ve been an observer watching the machines count and picked a batch for hand-counting (actually counting by hand) and the totals match. The logic and accuracy tests are pretty sophisticated. The servers are in the same room and are NOT connected to any other machine or the internet in any fashion. So the ‘hack’ would have to happen in the room where the counting is done. Not gonna happen. Not where I live.

          • 168 Tally
            July 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

            The hack happens before the machine ever gets in the room. I can put a hidden code in the programming so I can override anything, flip any number, all by remote. I simply write in that I am the SuperAdmin, and go from there. You’d never see it. http://www.salon.com/2011/09/27/votinghack/

          • 169 Tally
            July 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

            I was a software tester at Xerox. I’m not pulling this out of my (hot sexy) ass. :D

            Seriously. We used to put in small tweeks for clients specifically for their company needs. Hidden code is simple.

            • 170 susanne
              July 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

              tally, i’m so grateful that we have your expertise right here at tod! so–
              what is the best way for voting to be registered with the least risk of contamination or fraud?

              • 171 Tally
                July 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm

                Like they do it in Canada. You write on paper – they hand count it. They get it done n one night. It’s even easier if we allow early voting. People volunteer to count a stack. People watch the counters and verify. It could be televised/recorded for oversight.

                If we’re not willing to protect the most basic, fundamental part of our democracy, we don’t deserve to keep it.

    • 172 jackiegrumbacher
      July 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      I’ve always supported paper ballots, but since that’s not going to happen by November, vote absentee. These ballots ARE handcounted and every one of us can qualify to be in on the count. Go to your county Dem HQ and say you want to be a poll watcher. Make sure you’re the last one of the day. Watch the count and make sure that’s the total given to the county. How do you make sure. Write it down. Call it in to OFA. When precincts get reported out of the County Board of Elections, you compare the report from your precinct with the number you have. If they don’t match, raise hell. Over the years a group of us have worked with and cultivated the support of our local county elections director. He said he and all of the colleagues he knows makes sure that what they report to the state gets reported out at the state because they value their personal reputations. Except for occasional loonies like the director in Wisconsin, these people try to do their jobs.

      • 173 Tally
        July 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        I do.

        But I think there needs to be screaming about this now. There is no reason that the DOJ cannot outlaw evoting and ecounting by Nov. To say otherwise is just lazy. Of course they can print enough ballots. Of course they can get enough volunteers to count. Of course they can have it televised and open. Canada does it now. Paper ballots- hand counted by PEOPLE.

      • 178 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        July 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        Absentee is NO guarantee. In ’08, I voted absentee as I anticipated being out of town. As I stayed in town, I went to my polling place near closing in order to be the last person to vote. Good thing I did, because although my name appeared on the list of absentee ballots that should have been in the container, my ballot was NOT there! To this day, the county board of elections has not been able to explain why my ballot wasn’t there. Needless to say, I’m glad I was able to vote in person…

  41. 179 jacquelineoboomer
    July 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted here:

    • 181 Dudette
      July 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Looks like he’s trying to avoid Romney cooties in that picture (2 of 16)

      But OMG, click Prev and look at photo 1 of 16. Could GWB look like more of a dolt?

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I noticed Romney isn’t even mentioned in the caption. Four years ago he didn’t rate a caption, now, he’s starting international incidents. It’s true – anything is possible in America!

  42. July 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Cannes 2012: Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding Jr. Circle Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ (Exclusive)

    Lee Daniels’ White House historical drama The Butler — toplining Forest Whitaker — is taking shape, with IM Global coming aboard to sell international rights.

    Laura Ziskin Productions and Cassian Elwes are producing The Butler, which is based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about Eugene Allen, a black man who worked in the White House for eight presidents, beginning in 1952. Hilary Schor also is a producer on the film.

    ……………………………………

    Haygood’s story was published Nov. 7, 2008, just after the election of President Obama. Allen and his wife of 65 years marveled that a black man could be president. But on Election Day, Allen cast his vote alone; his wife had died the day before. Winfrey will play Allen’s wife in The Butler.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-2012-matthew-mcconaughey-cuba-gooding-lee-daniels-butler-322577

  43. July 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm
  44. 187 anniebella
    July 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    When will FLOTUS be leaving London?

  45. 188 Tally
    July 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    • 189 Linda
      July 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      What an odd comment….because he pays ” estimated ” taxes every quarter…..and I looked at his 2010 return and he clearly states that he ” Overpaid ” and they are applying the ” Overpayment ” to 2011.

      Does he even understand what he says ?

  46. 193 Tally
    July 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm
  47. 195 jacquelineoboomer
    July 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Oh, Chips, the images of the Olympic-sized hugs are just priceless! I’m near tears. Love it! Love our FLOTUS!

  48. 196 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Tsonga just won his tennis match with a diving shot which will go down in the highlight reel for a looonnnng time!!!

  49. 197 Tally
    July 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm
  50. July 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Notice, all the different News Organizations are talking about, Obama going negative.
    It’s coordinated! When more than 1 says the same thing, it’s an email!
    The only ads I see on tv, are from pro Romney super pac!

  51. 201 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Just saw PBO’s perfect ad, The Choice, on NBC’s Olympic tennis coverage on Bravo

  52. 202 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REAL OPPONENT IS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA

    If Mainstream News Wants a Bigger Audience, Perhaps They Should Consider Reporting News

    By Milt Shook

    —————————————–

    A journalist’s job is the education of the public. Yet, little of the 24-hour news cycle actually concerns news. Most of it isdominated by analysis and opinions, many of which are simply fact-free. Analysts and pundits are too often wrong, but their misinformation is too often allowed to stand, never corrected with actual facts. Wrong opinions have no place on a news network in the first place; at the very least, journalistic standards should require that a falsehood be corrected. And yes, there are such things as wrong opinions, if they’re not based in fact.
    .
    .
    There was a reason the Founders put protection of the press in the Bill of Rights; it’s too important to take for granted. We’re beginning to see what happens in a democracy without a vibrant press; we now have a government that is as corrupt as any in history, but the press corps is cowed, for some reason, under threat of a loss of “access” to the seats of power. What I’m wondering is, why isn’t that a news story in itself? If the government is threatening to cut the press out of the White House, isn’t that a great news story that should be reported?

    ———————————–

    http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2012/07/bringbckjournalism.html

  53. 204 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Mitt Romney Melts Down in Israel and Embraces Being a Wimp

    By: Sarah Jones

    ————————————–

    Add to this the way Romney lets foreign leaders kick him into backtracking on his stupidity, and he appears weak. The Right was trying to defend Romney’s Olympic gaffe by saying he had the courage to tell the truth, but that defense dies out of the gate, for obvious reasons, but seeing this through the lens of the Right, it falls flat on its face when he backtracks hours later. Romney appears to be the worst of W without the false illusion of strength.

    Romney has the wimpiness of H.W., the secrecy of Nixon, and the epic fail of Palin. This is not a strong leader; this is an insecure, delicate man who can’t even handle the press at the Olympics and responds to that disaster by trying to hide from the press.

    America does not like wimpy presidents, and one thing President Obama will never be painted as is a wimp.

    ————————————

    http://www.politicususa.com/mitt-romney-counters-called-wimp-obamas-words-policy.html

  54. 205 Tally
    July 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    The same can be done with the counting machines and servers too – which are eaiser, can flip more votes, and is harder to trace since they’re protected by the machine manufacturers.

  55. July 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Hello TOD family, I’ve lurked and scrolled through quickly as I’ve had time with my granddaughter (22 months) here. Today’s the day her Mommy has her head shaved to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. Link in case anyone can throw a little donation her way. http://46mommas.com/index.php/mommas-and-kids/class-of-2012-shaving/item/laura-gorney.html?category_id=37.

    Also, have to share this statement from our sermon this morning. “Life is not about what you do. It is about WHO YOU ARE.” This reminds me of something PO has said numerous times. He didn’t want to be president to ‘be’ someone/to ‘be’ president. He wanted to ‘DO’ something. Says so much about a person’s character and integrity, doesn’t it?

  56. July 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Any TOD person from Florida who can give me info…. When is the deadline for applying for absentee ballots and what is the latest
    mail-in date. I want to inform a girlfriend whose son and his wife are volunteering in Africa and won’t be here to vote.
    I absolutely want to make sure that they are fully informed and not miss their chance to vote in this important election. Especially
    since they are Floridians where the results are so important. Also please include any other pertinent info that I might be missing.
    Thanks.

  57. 216 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    UNCLE SAM HELPED ROMNEY BUILD BAIN – (Hint: Corporate tax code)

    How Uncle Sam Helped Mitt Romney Build His Fortune

    By Jon Perr

    ——————————————–

    At events across the country, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is trying to convince voters that small business owners in fact build the roads and bridges they use every day. Unfortunately, Romney’s “We Did Build It” gatherings have hit some potholes, with many participants revealed to be the recipients of government contracts and subsidies and others unaware of the full context of President Obama’s selectively edited remarks now under attack.

    But Mitt Romney has another, much larger problem with his baseless contention that President Obama is “insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America.” Because on his road to becoming a $250 million captain of private equity at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney had a lot of help from his uncle. Uncle Sam, that is. As it turns out, the U.S. tax code doesn’t merely allow Romney to pay a lower rate than many middle class families. Without the public subsidy that is the corporate debt interest deduction, there might not be a Bain Capital–or a private equity industry as we know it–at all.

    ———————————————————

    http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/how-uncle-sam-helped-romney-build-his-fortune

  58. 218 lamh35
    July 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Man guys, I’ve been tweeting and facebooking that vid of FLOTUS and the USA Basketball team like crazy (@psddluva4evah) I’ma keep doing it. I’ma single-handedly cause this vid to go viral…LOL!

  59. 219 Tally
    July 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Three good vids here on Election Fraud and how easy evoting can be hacked:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/electiondefense?feature=mhum

    Especially this one –

  60. 220 lisalovesobama
    July 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    OMG!!!!! have you guys read the ‘WIMP’ article by Tomasky yet???!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!! I’m dying!!!!

    ” In hindsight, Poppy looks like Dirty Harry Callahan compared with Romney, who spent his war (Vietnam) in—ready?—Paris. Where he learned … French. Up to his eyeballs in deferments. Where Reagan saddled up a horse with the masculine name of El Alamein, Mitt saddles up something called Rafalca—except that he doesn’t even really do that, his wife does (dressage). And speaking of Ann—did you notice that she was the one driving the Jet Ski on their recent vacation, while Mitt rode on the back, hanging on, as Paul Begala put it to me last week, “like a helpless papoose”?”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/29/michael-tomasky-a-candidate-with-a-serious-wimp-problem.html

    • 221 Tally
      July 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      But his wife DOESN’T. She is not riding her own horse. They only OWN IT. Someone else will get that medal. THE RIDER. I mean seriously – they don’t TRAIN, or RIDE, or CHOREOGRAPH, or ANYTHING but PAY THE BILLS.

      • 222 daisydem
        July 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        and take the tax write-off.

      • 224 lisalovesobama
        July 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

        he doesn’t mean it literally, Talz. He’s saying that The Twit can’t even do anything even figuratively with a horse (not even dipping his toes in dressage, unlike his wife Queenie who’s more man than Willard– notice him cowering under her skirts even as they went jet skiing?). He’s also unlike known conservative man’s man Ronald Reagan who actually rode a real live horse with a real manly name El Alamein. Tomasky knows Queenie doesn’t do anything all day but go through her social calendar and eat Bon Bons, but he’s saying that even she’s more manly than her wimpy husband because she at least knows what a horse looks like, even though all she does is give them stupid names.

    • 227 isonprize
      July 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      And speaking of Ann—did you notice that she was the one driving the Jet Ski on their recent vacation, while Mitt rode on the back, hanging on, as Paul Begala put it to me last week, “like a helpless papoose”?”

      Hey Mitt, That’s called ‘riding bitch’ — just sayin’

  61. July 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    You watching?

  62. 234 Tally
    July 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Anyone watching the England – UAE soccer game right now? OMG!!!

  63. July 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I love that video! It’s so nice, I watched it twice. :-)

    • 243 0388jojothecat
      July 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Hi sweetie…..did you and Tucker get out and enjoy the good weather this weekend?

      • July 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        Hiya! It’s actually been raining here all day. Not much time spent outside I’m afraid. But that actually worked out good for me, because I’ve been spending the day packing and preparing to get out of here! I just stopped in quickly to see what’s going on, but I will be back later to post an update. Big hug! :-)

  64. 245 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Can I gag now?
    ———————————
    Romney horse rider: dressage can be done with a ‘normal budget’

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/29/romney-horse-rider-dressage-can-be-done-with-a-normal-budget/

    The man who will ride Ann Romney’s horse, Rafalca, in the Olympics insists that dressage is not a sport solely for the upper class, and that any family on a, “normal budget” could afford to buy, train and feed their own horse for competition.

    In an interview with Bloomberg News, Jan Ebeling, the 53-old who will ride Rafalca, pushed back against the notion that the sport is elitist, saying that he and others on the Romney’s riding team are not all millionaires. Riding lessons aren’t too expensive, Ebeling said, nor is the cost of buying a young, cheap horse.

    An analysis by Current.com estimated that it costs on average $28,800 to shelter a dressage horse annually, or more than half the roughly $52,000 median household income nationwide from 2006-2010. That figure does not include the costs of feeding, clothing and transporting a dressage horse either, which bring the total ownership costs to around $55,000… [more in the article]

    • 246 susanne
      July 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      these comments are right in line with miss ann-toinette saying the rmoneys had to economize as young marrieds–they couldn’t entertain, they had to cash in some stocks, it was just awful. also consistent with myth advising college students with financial difficulties to just take out a loan from their parents. completely oblivious.

    • 247 desertflower
      July 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Lying sack o’shit. ANYTHING to do with horses…is EXPENSIVE! Why do you think they call it “The sport of kings!”

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      What about the million bucks to buy the horse in the first place? These people are really in outer space.

  65. July 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm
  66. 253 desertflower
    July 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    http://truth-out.org/news/item/10542-hide-the-ball-romneys-long-history-of-hiding-his-exorbitant-but-legal-business-practices

    How is it possible that, for two decades now, Mitt Romney has successfully avoided revealing any details about his vast wealth, has been able to manipulate and stash wealth overseas with no public accountability, has not been held to account for his complete lack of transparency, has painted himself as a creator of thousands of jobs even though the public record shows business decisions he presided over resulted in the loss of jobs because of mass wealth being scooped out of the assets of these same companies?

    Chock full of Mitt shit….

  67. 254 edwina3
    July 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Under “readers picks” over on the nyt site, some people are making powerful arguments against Romney which for some reason I can’t cut in paste on my iPad.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/speaking-in-jersusalem-romney-delivers-defense-of-israel/?hp

    • July 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm
    • 257 Linda
      July 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I don’t think that should be pushed… PBO did write the wrong year in the Westminster Abby guest book in 2011…he wrote 2008.

      • 258 hopefruit2
        July 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Yes, but PBO was already President in 2011 with much bigger things on his mind – that was to be excused. And if I remember correctly, that was after he had gotten Osama Bin Laden.

        Had he made such a mistake when he went overseas in 2008 BEFORE he was elected, a HUGE deal would have been made in the US media and elsewhere.

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Forget the date. The bigger problem is the campaign blaming everything on jet lag. How many times have we seen President Obama finish a full day/week of work, climb on AF1, fly around the world (with pictures afterwards showing that he was actually working while flying), get off the plane and go directly into meetings with world leaders – including bilateral talks directly with tough subjects to cover? He flew overnight to get to the Olympic bid for Chicago. Every time he flies to Afghanistan, he hits the ground running. He flew to the Climate Change conference and butted heads with China and the “secret meeting”, and came out salvaging what he could – jumped back on a plane and flew home. He flew to Ireland with a cold, jumped off AF1, and immediately got to charming the locals. I could go on… Sure, Air Force One is ultra comfy, but Romney’s flying around in a private jet. He’s not flying economy on a budget airline. This is ridiculous. Enough with the excuses!

  68. 261 edwina3
    July 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    When Romney is getting these headlines from the Daily Mail, people, this is really bad. Meanwhile, they been glowing in their Potus articles.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180624/Romney-forced-cancel-fundraising-dinner-scheduled-Jewish-fasting-holiday-Tisha-BAv.html

  69. July 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm
  70. 264 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    IS ROMNEY A POODLE?

    Iran Rhetoric Makes Romney Look Weak

    ——————————————-

    Romney has stated repeatedly that he doesn’t want to be critical of our foreign policy while he is traveling abroad. I don’t really have a pet peeve about that. I would not jump down his throat for being critical of some policies. But his rhetoric goes beyond criticism to actually undermining our foreign policy towards Iran. We are trying to prevent a war and Romney is urging Israel to start one.

    I think that is dangerous and irresponsible and it violates his pledge to not criticize our foreign policy while he is abroad.

    I also think it makes him look weak, as though he’s willing to play the role of Tony Blair to Netanyahu’s George W. Bush. Is Romney a poodle?

    ————————————————–

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/7/29/113957/115

    • July 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Others received the same missive … :)

    • 266 susanne
      July 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      if he’s a poodle, then why isn’t he tied to the top of the car?

    • 267 carolyn
      July 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      A note of personal privilege here…..I like what Booman is saying about Romney just being led about by the Israelis and not having a mind of his own. I agree with it. HOWEVER, I am tired of people using poodle in this derogatory way! Anyone who uses this as a metaphor for weak, has NEVER had a poodle! We have, and we do now. Chanel is a big protector. She is not wimpy at all. She is 30 pounds of courage! Whenever a man she doesn’t know comes to our house, she stands by me and barks at him almost unceasingly. We always have to make the man sit down for her to calm down. When he again stands up, she will bark. She is my protector. Now, our Brittany Spaniel is the one who goes up to anyone for a pat on the head, and assumes she will have a new friend. She does not protect, but I certainly would not use her as a metaphor for wimpy.
      SO…….just the rantings of a proud poodle mom, one who knows how loyal and protective they are. WRONNNNNNNNNG metaphor!

      • 268 susanne
        July 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        i’m sincerely sorry i made a joke about a poodle tied on a car. you’re right, it slanders all dogs to compare them to myth. that’s why i originally compared him to the slime on the bottom of the cess pool. the slime may be smarter than he is, though.

        • 269 carolyn
          July 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

          That’s okay…….no dog should be strapped on the top of a car. That one incident, to me, says all that needs to be said about Romney’s character. He is slime, you’re right. He and Ann can’t even treat animals well, and I think the way he treated his sons borders on abuse. He is a an with no heart or soul, I’m convinced.

          • 270 susanne
            July 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

            it is abuse, and i say that as a retired social worker. the fact that he continued the ‘tradition’ by shoving his grandchildren’s faces into plates of food indicates that he is an unrepentant abuser. and miss ann is his enabler. the whole family stinks, like…..cess pool slime.

            • 271 Zekke Lydonna
              July 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

              These bully issues are very important, so naturally, the MSM does not talk about them–even when the Romney campaign ‘decided’ that PBO high school drug use was TOTALLY relevant, and an indication of character. TOTAL. MEDIA. FAIL.

    • 272 Cha
      July 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Willard’s just a rat with a perm.

  71. 273 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    ROMNEY FAILS THE LEADERSHIP TEST

    Always Taking the Back Seat

    by BooMan

    ——————————–

    Mitt Romney really should show more common sense than to travel to Israel and declare that Jerusalem is their capital and that he will move our embassy there whenever the Israelis feel it would be a good time to do so. It’s an unnecessarily provocative move that isn’t likely to win him many Jewish votes. And it’s just one more example of Romney making promises that really amount to an abdication of responsibility. He’ll let his generals decide his foreign policy. He’ll consult his lawyers before he confronts Iran. He’ll let Israel attack Iran without any conditions. He’ll let Israel decide when to move our embassy to Jerusalem.

    It’s a pattern of behavior at this point. And I think most Jewish-Americans are familiar enough with the controversy over Jerusalem’s status that they’ll see Romney’s behavior as naked pandering that demonstrates a reckless disregard for protocol.

    —————————————-

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/7/29/165959/655

  72. 290 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    photo/1

  73. 291 edwina3
    July 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    How do you make a twitter avatar?

  74. 294 dotster3
    July 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    No one’s buying Willard’s denial of any knowledge of his dancing horse, his recent mental slippage where he knows nothing about horses, dancing horses, dancing horses in Olympics, Olympics, Miss Ann, the whole shebang. Writer expresses skepticism that Willard would spend millions of dollars buying, training, feeding and transporting his dancing horse and have no recollection of any of it. Especially since he has said in the past that he selects the music for the horsey to prance around to and he discussed horses in depth with everyone’s fave, Hannity, saying he preferred his Missouri foxtrotter to the warmblooded Ralfalca who competes in dressage. After this lie and snub and lack of respect, Ralfalca hates Willard now too, along with the rest of the world.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-romney-will-not-be-watching-anns-horse-compete-in-olympics-20120729,0,1205471.story

  75. July 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I LOVE this 100 day video!! If that doesn’t put a smile on your face and get you and out to the nearest OFA volunteer event, I don’t know what will!! BRAVO!!!!

  76. 307 dotster3
    July 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Charges that Democratic voter registrations were trashed in Nevada

    http://www.8newsnow.com/global/story.asp?s=2421595

  77. 311 criquet
    July 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    The GOP is at it again. They keep pretending there is rampant voter fraud and in fact it is they who keep trying to commit it. Wankers.

    • 312 Linda
      July 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      From the article :

      Secretary of State Dean Heller issued a statement that his office is also taking a look, trying to figure out what if any laws might have been violated.

      Nevada does not even know who their Sec. of State is ? Heller left that job in 2006 when he won his bid for Congress….then he became a Senator by appointment after Ensign resigned.

      Yikes !

  78. July 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, all the basketball players hug FLOTUS, even that RW coach!!

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/29/the-first-hugger/

  79. July 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Chips, Hope you will consider featuring the video I posted above in one of your future ‘front pages.’ Thank you.

  80. 321 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I’m looking forward to this!
    ———————————–
    Who is W. Kamau Bell? He’s a smart, witty, subversive, and totally biased comedian with a new sketch show on FX. The show will discuss topics like politics, pop culture, race, religion, and media, and will feature his commentary along with features from other contributors and sketch comedy. Curious to see more? From executive producer Chris Rock, catch the late night comedy premiere of “Totally Biased” on FX, August 9th at 11PM ET.

  81. 322 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    ABC News could go to hell. I was sickened at the way they waxed poetic about Willard, Miss Ann and the great Wall without ever mentioning his treasonous behavior with Bibi, dissing our President on foreign soil, undermining what our President has been trying to do.

    • 323 hopefruit2
      July 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      correction: Western Wall, not great wall.

      • 324 derbingle
        July 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        Brian Williams wasn’t much better. I’m surprised he didn’t get a hernia carrying all that water.

    • 325 Dudette
      July 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Yeh they suck.

    • July 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    • July 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      He goes overseas, fucks up in England, and then they feel the need for more favoritism.
      I don’t know if the Press feels compelled, because the Economy sucks, or what? But they definitely are in the tank, for Robney! Not even close!

      • 328 derbingle
        July 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last considering he dissed them as well. Let’s face it Norman Vincent Peale he ain’t.

      • 329 hopefruit2
        July 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

        They are in the tank for Romney because the media is corporate owned. The economy doesn’t suck. And even if it did suck it’s certainly not because of the current President whose policies for job growth have been blocked by Republicans at every opportunity.

        • 330 nathkatun7
          July 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

          The media, from day one, have been against President Obama. That’s why they purposely refuse to give him credit for all of his accomplishments. That’s why they refuse to repeatedly inform the American people about the impact of Republican obstructions on the economy and instead blame only the President. No matter how stand-offish Romney treats them they are still dedicated to the defeat of President Obama. I personally think the media are currently the greatest obstacle in the way of President Obama’s re-election.

        • July 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          You’re right about the economy. There have been positive signs of strengthening among key indicators for a long time now – durable goods, manufacturing, investment, trade… The financial reporters either don’t know, or don’t care, to do basic business school research to look at the near term and long term horizons before spouting off with gloom and doom predictions. Anyone can checkout the financial section of each morning’s paper to see all the evidence of growing stability every day.There’s a reason why things are moving slow (right wing obstruction), but there’s progress being made. The media is doing such a disservice to the people of this country with their lies and misrepresentations. But, I guess that’s the agenda.

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Not to mention, the post-mortem baptisms of may Jewish people (and Queen Ann’s father).

    • 333 Zekke Lydonna
      July 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      The report said the Obama campaign ‘tried’ to resurrect the Ronmey gaffes in London. They have already DECIDED that it’s old news. Apparently, they intend to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. TOTAL. MEDIA. FAIL.

  82. July 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm
  83. July 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm
  84. 339 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Romneys Have Tax Deduction With Olympic Hopes on Rafalca

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    Rafalca, a 15-year-old mare competing in dressage at the Olympics opening today in London, will be trying to add to the U.S. medal count and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s bottom line.

    Romney’s wife, Ann, who calls horses her “passion in life,” has an investment in them, including Rafalca, valued at as much as $500,000. The couple’s tax returns classify Ann Romney’s pastime as a business that lost $77,731 in 2010, rather than a hobby, and as a passive investment instead of one they actively manage. Each of those decisions has tax consequences.

    —————————————-

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-27/romneys-have-tax-deduction-with-olympic-hopes-on-rafalca

  85. 343 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Everything You Wanted to Know About the Romneys’ Olympic Horse But Were Afraid to Ask

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/ann-romney-olympic-horse-rafalca-explained

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      This says a lot about Romney and his so-called “perfect marriage”. Apparently, it’s been a lifelong dream of Queen Ann’s for one of her million dollar horses to make it to the Olympics. Romney values his losing campaign over coming up with a reasonable explanation to support his wife as she fulfills a lifelong dream. What a jerk!

  86. 346 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Alec MacGillis ‏@AlecMacGillis

    ——————————————-

    Adelson gives Romney SuperPAC $10M. Romney gives the Jerusalem speech Adelson wants to hear. But no, Citizens United doesn’t matter.

    ——————————————————

  87. 347 sherijr
    July 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Heres the thing- GW Bush showed us, told us exactly who he was during election season the first time around… in the debates he showed his stupidity, his arrogance and his full on love for war. And knuckleheads voted for him. McCain showed us who he was, told us he was a f*ck up even in the military.. showed us his foolish reasoning by choosing the Palin monster as VP- who in their right mind would do that? Luckily more than half of us learned from Bush.. and voted in a brilliant, decent Barack Obama. Now here we are again- with another cretin, telling us exactly who he is… he has utter disdain for all of us, we are ‘the other’. He lies about everything… he refuses to show us anything about himself thats based in fact, such as those tax returns.. and now he tells us that he actually believes himself to be a ‘peacemaker’ should he go attack Iran. And to top it off, he too is stupid, as was Bush- I mean who isn’t able to travel to BRITIAN without making an ass of himself?? He wants to pretend he represents this country on some level and then is unable to even handle protocol in the country most like us.

    So here we are again, with a candidate being extremely clear with us as to who he is, what he intends for us as a people, as a country… how many voters, aside from the media are going to still vote for this pos?

    • 348 cookemom
      July 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      No one likes him, including the ‘Pubs. Their iron hot hatred for PBO is what drives the common folk in the Pub ranks. The idea of an intelligent, influential, do-something person like PBO in charge has an even scarier impact among the real ‘Pub policy makers. He may just cause regular people to take notice. That would be horrible for the king makers. As long as there is a way to keep a racial, and/or social divide among the have nots, they win. If PBO manages to pull every one on the same economic level together, they’re in trouble. Remember, it wasn’t until MLK started advocating for all poor people’s rights, rather than emphasizing racial equality, that he became public enemy #1.

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      You made a really good point. Britain is a friendly country, with a similar culture – yet Romney wasn’t able to influence or impress them. In fact, he cause an international incident – I can only imagine the calls to the State department, who probably said “have at it” when asked about the mocking of Romney.

      How exactly is Romney planning to deal with unfriendly countries, who have opposing agendas? He’s already started antagonizing China, without regard to the consequences. He’s called Russia the “greatest foe”. He probably doesn’t even know Africa is made up of people, except South Africa and Congo with their mineral wealth and Nigeria’s oil. What’she going to do with those countries?

  88. 350 LunarSea
    July 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Hello TOD O’family. Been enjoying the olympics and really, really loving the basket ball teams tribute to FLOTUS. In all the years watching the games I don’t remember anything like this ever happening. I’ve watched it so many times and still not tired of seeing it.

    I’m wondering whose idea was it anyhow? I mean they game ends, they win and they just started walking over to FLOTUS like it’s what they always do. ‘Okay, we won, now gotta go hug the first lady.” #Whatzupwithdat

    Too special!

    watch it again for the upteenth time:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/video-us-mens-basketball-team-hugged-michelle-obama-2012-7?utm_source=twbutton&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sportspage

    FWIW If I may make a suggestion to twitterers. When tweeting to media or RWNJs add a period right in front of their @name like .@RWNJdoucebag That way anyone who follows these a$$wipes will get to see it. If you just do @RWNJdouchbag only they and YOUR followers see it. Kinda like preaching to the choir.

    This is especially important when correcting their lies and providing links, it will get their thousands of followers who DON’T follow you see it also.

    Off to do dinner. Later

    • 351 sherijr
      July 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      thanks lunarsea for the tip on tweeting media- didn’t know that! As to ‘mama O” and her hugging our guys… she is just so nurturing, it was as if they all went straight to her for that ‘mom hug’ . I am so proud of them for doing this- it was spectacular and made me cry.

    • 352 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you. Did not know that.

    • July 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Tons of data to be released and of course the big item is the jobs report that comes out on Friday.

      • July 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

        I don’t know what to think. I doubt the numbers will be devastating, but there hasn’t been enough positive economic news this past month for me to believe we’ll have a solid jobs report. My guess is that we gained less than 100,000, but more than 50,000 – so something similar to last month’s report. Unemployment will either tick up to 8.3 or remain at 8.2.

        • July 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

          That is what I think too. Of course, nobody admits it, but the summer months are always slow jobs growth, always picks up for September x-mas spending.

        • July 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

          Well, whatever it is, the press will have a field day. I just hope the rate doesn’t go up.

          • 358 hopefruit2
            July 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm

            We will remind the press that the President’s Jobs Act is still being blocked by the GOP. And the economy is NOT going to be the deciding factor in this election. Mark my words…

            • 359 nathkatun7
              July 30, 2012 at 3:23 am

              I wish we had a coordinated campaign, every time jobs numbers come out, to bombard Congress as demanding that the pass the President’s jobs Bill!

  89. July 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    LONDON—U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has met with British-based American military families on the final stop of her visit to Britain.

    Obama received a warm welcome from the American families when she arrived at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Casually dressed in a sports jacket and chinos, she greeted them with hugs and high-fives, before signing autographs and posing for pictures.

    http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2012/07/29/first_lady_visits_military_families_ends_uk_trip/

  90. 362 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm
    • 363 susanne
      July 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      knoller, if you had any friends, they would surely tell you to just shut up.

      out of pity, i’ll share with you some advice from my mother to her small children:

      if you have nothing to say, be quiet. silence is always superior to drivel.

    • 364 utaustinliberal
      July 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      How much do they pay him? Seriously. My goodness. He’s a lazy incompetent git.

      • 365 hopefruit2
        July 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        I know..how many of #uspeople can say that we’re getting paid six-figure salaries to tweet crap like this from dawn to dusk?!?

    • 366 miss pat
      July 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Easy choice. Mark go get a cupcake to eat while driving a truck on an icy road. Close your eyes Mark as you savor that yummy icing both on the cake and on the road, Nobody will miss you.

  91. 368 vcprezofan2
    July 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm
    • July 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Wow, who wouldn’t do that? What a great opportunity!!

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Anyone here volunteering at the DNC this year?

      • 371 cookemom
        July 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        #2 has an opportunity to work at the convention thru a press contact. Only thing, she has to get there on her own and get her own lodging. She’s trying to make that happen, but September is quickly approaching. #fingerscrossed

        • July 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

          Good luck to her. I signed to volunteer and spent 2 months looking for a place to rent. Everything is hideously expense and I live in SF where I expect lodging to cost a lot but 1,000/day for an apartment in Charlotte is a joke.

          • July 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

            I’m sad I won’t be there. I was at the 2008 one and it was a fabulous experience. You get to see a lot of stuff close up.

            The people running this one seem to have their act together better than the ones in charge in Denver.

          • 374 cookemom
            July 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

            yeah, her chances are getting slimmer. the flight alone from LA is pretty expensive, though I got a fare alert thingy that has the fare reduced this week to a more reasonable price. Still outta range though. Lodging will probably be out of the question, since we don’t know anyone there. We’ll see what happens. It’s really a chance in a lifetime for her.

  92. July 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    (these two Men are dangerous)-

    Some of the most-widely read newspapers in Israel on Sunday revealed a keen interest in the relationship between the two leaders, who appeared together at a brief press conference before launching into a policy-heavy meeting, and later dined together to break a fast that marked a Jewish day of mourning.

    Netanyahu fueled speculation about the relationship with his warm words for the GOP presidential candidate Sunday. “Mitt, I couldn’t agree with you more,” he said, in reference to an earlier statement Romney made in which he called a nuclear-capable Iran the “greatest danger facing the world.”


    Scary!

  93. 378 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This is pretty cool! Great idea Brits!
    ———————————————————-
    Vacant Olympic Seats to Be Filled by Military, Teachers

    http://www.voanews.com/content/vacant-olympic-seats-to-be-filled-by-military-teachers/1448749.html

    • 379 susanne
      July 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      great decision!

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      I was hoping they’d do something like this. First, they celebrated NHS. Then, they celebrated construction workers who built the Olympic Park. Now, military and Teachers are being honoured. The GOP should be ashamed. Once again, corporate raiders take more than they can/want to use – and leave the masses high and dry.

      Apparently, some of the athletes couldn’t even get tickets for their family and supporters, because the tickets had been gobbled up by Corporate sponsors, who didn’t even bother to show. They have too much – they don’t know the value of anything. Same with the tax cuts – they just want more and more, even though they’ll just let sit in a [foreign] bank or squander it on nonsense. But, they don’t want regular people to have it, because they thing we wont’ appreciate it.

  94. July 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm
  95. July 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    No Doubt will host a fundraiser for the Obama 2012 campaign at Gwen Stefani’s Beverly Hills home as part of a “Families For Obama” event. The band, their families, and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the August 12 event and guests can enjoy bounce houses, face painting, and kid musicians. Please tell me there are going to be photographs of Michelle in a bouncey castle.

    http://www.blackbookmag.com/no-doubt-hosts-obama-fundraiser-at-gwen-stefani-s-house-1.51219

    Bouncey Castle?

  96. 385 desertflower
    July 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Well, look here. George Will thinks early voting is “deplorable” !!

  97. 386 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    You would never see an article like this in US media!

    HEADLINE: In Jerusalem speech, it was Romney’s voice but Netanyahu’s words

    // “Romney read his speech from two teleprompters that were placed opposite the stage, but compared to Obama, Romney seemed gray and uncharismatic. Even from this hand-picked, extremely friendly audience, he wasn’t able to extract thunderous applause.” //

    http://www.haaretz.com/in-jerusalem-speech-it-was-romney-s-voice-but-netanyahu-s-words.premium-1.454521

  98. 387 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Romney ‘Accepted Instructions from Netanyahu’ to Cancel Meeting

    By: Sarah Jones

    ——————————

    Wow. I can’t type fast enough to keep up with Romney’s yellow jello tour. Today, Mitt Romney, who doesn’t apologize for America but does let the British tell him to apologize, let the Israeli Prime Minister boss him around. Romney had a 1:30 meeting with MK Shelly Yacimovich, the leader of the Labor party, that he canceled at the last minute after meeting with Netanyahu.

    Romney can’t even meet with the opposition? MEET, not agree. Meet. It’s protocol to meet the opposition. It’s called statesmanship.

    Netanyahu’s camp denies having any part in this, but the negotiations for this meeting were long in the making and were confirmed repeatedly today, up until the time Romney took his meeting with Netanyahu.

    Is this American exceptionalism, Romney style? He criticizes Obama for “apologizing for America” – something President Obama has actually never done – implying that Obama is a weak person, and yet Obama as a young senator was able to meet with opposition Netanyahu on his visit to Israel. He didn’t let anyone else dictate his policy, let alone his meetings.

    ——————————

    http://www.politicususa.com/romney-accepted-instructions-netanyahu-cancel-meeting-labor.html

  99. July 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Have you seen the pic of Romney leaving London?

  100. July 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Nathan Lane will host an Obama fund-raiser attended by Vice President Joe Biden at the Bridgehampton home of Ellen Chesler and Matthew Mallow. The Aug. 24 event, called East End for Obama, will feature a performance by James Taylor, and hosts include actress Julianne Moore, “Sopranos” star Edie Falco and Jane Holzer. Explaining this is one of the few Obama fund-raisers in the Hamptons, Chesler wrote in an e-mail that the event “began in the arts community out East but has morphed into what we understand will be the major campaign event this summer in the Hamptons.” Tickets range from $500 to $10,000 to join the host committee and get a photo with Biden.

    NYP-

  101. 392 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  102. 393 cookemom
    July 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Go team USA women’s gymnasts!!!! Go Gabby #1 all around automatic qualifier. Let’s go girls!!!!

  103. 394 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    GO MO.

  104. July 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Oooops!

  105. 396 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm
  106. 397 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    We should spread this around.

  107. 399 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm
  108. July 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm
  109. 403 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    A New Thread Would Be Awesome!

    6 Minutes until The Newsroom on HBO starts!!

  110. July 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I love Stephanie Cutter’s emails and how you can tweet her talking points straight from the email. SMART people.

  111. July 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

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