06
Aug
12

Rise and Shine

1:50: President Obama signs the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012

3:20: Departs the White House

4:30: Arrives in New York

6:55: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Stamford Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Conn. (listed by CNN for live coverage)

8:30: Delivers remarks at a campaign event, private residence

10:05: Departs New York

11:15: Arrives at the White House

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Morning everyone ;-)


310 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

    OPEN LETTER TO SEN. REID. Do Not give up your source until Mitt produces his taxes. As Mitt stalls, more pPl know abt his tricks. #IgnoreMSM

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Ouch! There goes that reflex clicking again! Sorry guys!

      • 3 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Here’s the real TOD greeting –

        G’Morning Ms Chips! G’Morning TODville! It’s a new day and I’m feeling Goood!
        Go Obama/Biden! WE. ARE …the answer!

        • 4 hopefruit2
          August 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

          G’morning CHIPS, TOD, everyone, and congratulations VC for #1! Happy Monday, and I’m fired up :)

          • 5 vcprezofan2
            August 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

            TY Hf, and a special Good Morning to you! It’s such a nice, warm, wonderful, fired-up feeling to know that you are on the right side of the political divide along with so many, many other sensible people, isn’t it? :grin: :grin:

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          August 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

          BTW, my first click was actually an ‘Africa’ original that I was modifying to retweet. :oops:

    • August 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Note that you are already assuming he has only *one* source, because he only named one. That’s not how the game is played.

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

        TM, you have a point re one source comment, but * I* don’t want to play games at all. My position is that it’s irrelevant to the main issue who Harry’s source/sources is/are. Yes, in general a source can lend credibility to a position, but in Mitt’s case there is little doubt something fishy is involved and the source argument is only Media red herring. The problem with U S media in my opinion is that they lack insight, depth, integrity, intuitiveness, investigative skills …I could go on… in short, any real understanding of their true role (in a democracy). They never seem to highlight the main point on any given issue with any degree of competence. Pshaw on the media and their great expressed desire for ‘sources’. To MSM I say, ‘Go do your own research.. and try to research the right person/subject.’

  2. 9 ctgirl7
    August 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

    POTUS will be in my neighborhood today! Happy girl!

  3. 13 Dudette
    August 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Good Morning! It’s a great day in human history! Let’s keep bending the arch of history and do what we can to keep President Obama! Have a beautiful day!

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Morning Dudette! You planning on taking me with you on your first Mars trip so you can teach me dance steps, and how to ‘party? It’ll probably be easier for me to accomplish such a feat THERE. Have a wonderful day yourself!

  4. 15 dotster3
    August 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I can’t wait till Snark is back in biz. Her counterpart is no longer tolerable, tweeting about President Obama’s congrats re. the Mars landing and then following that up with ‘no news of a fundraiser there (Mars)—–yet’. No similar obsessions with Willard’s fundraisers.

    • 16 hopefruit2
      August 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Yes, I saw that tweet and I remind him that the Martians want four more years AND Mitt’s returns released.

    • 17 Carol
      August 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Where is Snark? I thought it was a man….

      • 18 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

        I’ve actually been wondering if Mark’s become ‘bolder’ because his lawyers have somehow silenced Snark’s free speech. I just have this feeling that Snark was doing too good a job showing up Mark’s weakness as a reporter so they found a way to stop him/her from using his picture and the similarity of names. I’m hoping Snark will copyright a new name, create his/her own snarky picture, and return to do his/her signature take down.

  5. 19 Dudette
    August 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Pulling this from the previous thread:

    Lots of good stuff in the bill the PBO is going to sign later this morning. The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Check it out here: http://veterans.house.gov/hr1627
    —————————————————-

    A few standout provisions that I particularly like:

    Title 3: Homeless
    Housing

    Too many veterans are falling into homelessness due to today’s economy. This legislation authorizes grant funds for new construction of transitional housing for those veterans, as well as matches funds from private and public sources for such housing, with annual reports from VA due to Congress. The bill would also extend fully funded programs aiding homeless veterans, including homeless veterans’ reintegration programs and support services for very low-income veteran families, among others. (Section 301, 305, S. 914, Sen. Mark Begich)

    Title 4: Education
    Survivors and Dependents

    Under H.R. 1627, survivors and dependents would be allowed to use up to 81 months of VA educational assistance.

    Title 6: Memorial, Burial, and Cemeteries
    Honoring the Fallen

    While ensuring the freedom to protest, but protecting the rights and the honor of the families of the fallen, those wishing to protest military funerals, or at national cemeteries, shall be subject to restrictions, and if violated, protesters shall be punished by criminal or civil action.

    Title 7: Other
    SCRA

    In the past two years, thousands of servicemembers and their families have been evicted from their homes or foreclosed upon due to errant banking practices. Therefore, under SCRA (the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act), the period of time that banks will be prohibited from foreclosure/eviction of servicemembers due to late payments will be extended from 9 to 12 months after military service.

  6. August 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning from Japan!!

  7. 22 Pamela
    August 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Morning, Chips, morning Y’all!

  8. August 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Robney raised 103 million this month! I hope we had similar numbers, don’t know why we wait so long to announce our numbers? Maybe it’s because we wait for the money to trickle in to count?

    • 24 hopefruit2
      August 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

      So you are still believing Romney’s LIES about his fundraising? When has Romney ever told the truth about ANYTHING where money is concerned?

      • 25 amk for obama
        August 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

        Yup. And if it were true, all that money ain’t helping mittbot’s numbers.

      • August 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

        The RNC joint committe with MCCAIN in 08 raised almost 600 million, and until October, was close to the Presidents joint numbers. The President them had a 150 million dollar October and totaled 750 million combined.
        The Conservatives scream that McCain took public financing and only received 90 million for the election, and that is why he lost.
        As you can see, it’s the Joint fundraising that matters.
        So, the RNC in 2012, combined their top 5 committees for fundraising into the Robney Camp. This top down approach, allows the Robney camp bragging rights on how much they made each month, but they are still responsible for those other committees.
        This is what is happening, and I am not stupid, I figured it out!

      • 28 utaustinliberal
        August 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

        Hahahahahahahaa…..

    • 29 LOL
      August 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Jovie…don’t get hung up on the numbers. When you compare apples to apples (Romney V Obama) and not their camps…then we win. Further, only 25 mil or so was from small donors (250 or less). So unless money can physically get up and vote on the 6th of November- I ain’t worried. Third, Romney is being defined already and him running a billion commercials in the fall won’t change that perception.

    • August 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Apparently (though he has the years) the British Invasion went right over his head: “Money can’t buy you love”.

  9. 32 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Chips Chica, that swagger on the President doesn’t look a day older than it did last time! The Pres is aging sooo gracefully. ;) ;) Thanks for this uplifting Monday morning visual.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      August 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Vc, the Georgia Democratic Party was (is) selling that image as a button. I bought four and wore one when I was manning our Obama booth at the county fair. Everyone’s eyes immediately latched on to my button and I ended up giving away two of my treasures and directing buyers to the Georgia Dems. This image is a winner!

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

        Definitely a winner! BTW, JG, thank you for noticing that my name was in the 4th button and putting it aside for me. You can hang onto it till the Inauguration, though I promise not to mind if you need to lend it out to cement another vote or two before then. ;) ;)

  10. 35 JER
    August 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

    AFL-CIO SUPER-PAC GETS BEHIND REID IN ROMNEY TAX FIGHT:

    The AFL-CIO’s super-PAC plans to back Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) call for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns. …

    “Our members pay their fair share every day — Romney could learn what it really means to support your country from their leadership example. If Romney paid taxes, then let’s see it. If he didn’t, then he doesn’t meet the leadership qualities required by our members to win Nevada in November,” Thompson said in the statement. … http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/242285-afl-cio-super-pac-gets-behind-reid-in-romney-tax-fight

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      August 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Good for the AFL-CIO. I hope all the unions back Reid as well as all other big Democratic groups.

  11. 37 dotster3
    August 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    FOX is gross and a big part of the problem—-

    • 38 Bill
      August 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Liz Trotta is a disgusting bitch.

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      August 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Um..”ladies of the press”? Is this Victorian England? Aside from Ann Romney’s money, what’s to envy about a plump 60ish grandmother with no fashion sense who has to sleep with Willard. If she wasn’t such a arrogant twit, I’d pity the woman.

      • 40 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

        Not that this ‘announcer’ is of any consequence, but did you notice that after all her talk about ‘ladies’ she ended with something like, ‘Come on GIRLS, play fair’. She definitely strikes me as delusional, befuddled and IRRELEVANT.

    • 41 veryslowwriter
      August 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Hilarious. Who would want to be her? Married to that loathsome creature? Not enough money in the world.

  12. 42 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Mark Knoller keeps making references to PBO’s campaign and Mars.

  13. 47 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    NASA RECOVERY ACT FUNDING – $1 BILLION

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

    Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
    Implementing the Recovery Act at NASA

    Among the key purposes of the Recovery Act are preserving and creating jobs, spurring technological advances in science and health, and promoting economic recovery. NASA has an important role to play in achieving these purposes through the program and facilities investments it will make with Recovery Act funding. As NASA develops and begins implementing its plans, this site will be one of the Agency’s primary ways for communicating NASA’s plans, progress, and results.

    The President and Congress are committed to spending these recovery dollars with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability so Americans know where their tax dollars are going and how they are being spent. Meeting these commitments will require sustained focus by all of us at NASA, particularly in planning, awarding, managing, and overseeing the contracts and grants through which the objectives of the Recovery Act will be achieved.

    Recovery.gov is a website that empowers Citizens to hold the government accountable for every dollar spent. NASA, along with every other federal agency, is required to provide spending and performance data on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and as required basis.

    We invite you to visit us regularly and hear about the exciting work NASA is doing to contribute to America’s economic recovery.
    Agency Plans and Reports

    By the end of April, NASA will be working with Congress and the Office of Management and Budget to finalize its Recovery plans. As these plans are approved and they are implemented, we will be posting the latest Agency Plans and Reports here.
    Learn More About Our Programs

    The Administration’s priorities entrust NASA with $1 billion for Recovery investments. Among the purposes for these funds indicated by Congress include:

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

    http://www.nasa.gov/recovery/

    H/T amk – re-posting from previous thread.

  14. August 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Halperin feels that Robneys Convention Speech is the Whole election, says he must argue conservative Principles like he did at the NAACP speech. Huh? I though he bombed at the NAACP speech?

  15. 52 dotster3
    August 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Yesterday’s nutcase shooter identified as 40 yr. old Wade Michael Page, served 6 yrs. in Army, stationed at Ft. Bragg, received “less than honorable” discharge. “Unspecified evidence suggests race or ethnicity may have played a role in the violence.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57487094/sikh-temple-shooting-suspect-identified-as-wade-michael-page-motivation-unclear/

  16. 53 dotster3
    August 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

    • 54 xtine
      August 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Wow! ‘“There is always this underlying sentiment in Italian public opinion that when you are in politics you don’t serve the public good, you serve your personal interest,” Carnevale-Maffè said. “Many will see Romney’s role in this as confirmation and it will be interpreted in a very cynical way.”’

      I’ve always felt that Willard just wants the Presidency so he can vulture-cap the USA. Serve our country? Mon derrière!

  17. August 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Folks, getting a good print story about the President is getting increasingly difficult. Their are no feel good stories in the News, only stuff about the VEEP stakes, and how great the RNC convention will be for Robney!
    Sadly!

    • August 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

      I warned every that August is going to be rough! Congress is back home peddling their scare tactics, the nuts come out to spread the crazy, the MSM is on the hunt for high drama and the pollsters are getting paid to slice and dice every which way to produce a horse race. It’s not rocket science!

    • 57 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

      I don’t know if it was because Hf brought it to our attention, but I have been noticing that more lately while searching Google! They seem to be getting more and more desperate…sadly! November 6th can’t come soon enough for me.

      • August 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

        Yup! Hopefully brought it to our attention, and it was also something I was wondering!
        Still, it does not allow me to get deflated, or anybody involved in the grass roots OFA. We are still motivated and very active!

  18. August 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Good morning, TODville!

    Let’s keep Donna’s momentum alive. Just one $3 donation helps keep her promise to President Obama:

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

    Thank you!

  19. 66 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I don’t want to talk about media scums today since I am in a good mood.

    • 67 Bill
      August 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Love the photo. Bo needs a kitty for a pal.

    • 68 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Good! That’s the perfect mood to look for and drop little nuggets of PBO’s/administration’s ‘goodness’ into the dialogue. You could saturate Twitter today with his ‘awesomeness’ and totally ignore the ‘scums’. Could be fun.

  20. 69 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

    • 70 57andFemale
      August 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

      This is a must-read for everyone who was confused, like me, as to how Mittens came up with the lie on military voting in OH.

  21. 71 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

    CROCODILE TEARS FROM GOP & MEDIA ABOUT UNNAMED SOURCES.

    The ‘Missing Evidence’ In Romney’s Tax Records

    BY Joe Conason – August 6th, 2012

    ———————————————-

    Many of Reid’s critics work for news outlets that rely on unnamed sources every day, of course, publishing assertions that range from the mundane to the outlandish. It is hard to see why an unnamed source quoted by a daily newspaper or a monthly magazine – or hidden behind a screen in a TV studio – is more credible than a person whispering in the ear of a United States Senator.
    .
    .
    There is a legal doctrine that applies to Romney’s current behavior, as Indiana attorney John Sullivan points out – and it doesn’t place the burden of proof on Reid:

    At law, if a person in control of evidence refuses to produce the evidence, then the jury is instructed that there is a presumption that the evidence would be against the party failing to produce. It is called the “Missing Evidence” instruction.

    The missing evidence is in Romney’s grasp, yet he insists that he will never produce it. Does anyone need instruction from a judge to make the correct inference?

    ————————————————-

  22. August 6, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Beltway media can keep fight Mitt’s battles, but his troubles are here to stay.

    http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article1244067.ece

  23. 78 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning all. Will be off shortly for chores. There is a NEW OFA office opening a few miles from my house tomorrow. I am working and will miss it. I will make sure to show up the next day and introduce myself. I got the invite from one of the presenters during my Summer Organizing training last year. I hope he remembers me. We played Jeopardy with PBO accomplishments. I was up 1000 to nothing against everyone else so I quit raising my hand. He was the emcee.

    Well off to stream Gymnastics with Gaby on parallel bars in about 5 minutes. Then cleaning all day/

  24. 79 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

    How mittbot screwed the Italians off their taxes too.

    This is from bloomberg, no less.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-06/romney-persona-non-grata-in-italy-for-bain-s-deal-skirting-taxes.html

  25. 80 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Repost since the info deserves it.

  26. 81 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    23 YEARS OF TAX RETURNS TO JOHN MCCAIN, 1 YEAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

    Romney vs. Reid, Round II

    By Steve Benen

    ————————————————-

    The underlying GOP strategy here makes sense — if they can discredit Reid’s accusation, they hope it will effectively end the demands for more disclosure. But that’s silly. The need for scrutiny of Romney’s tax returns was obvious long before Reid piped up last week, and is based on a series of legitimate questions, including controversies surrounding Romney’s Bain background, offshore finances, controversial investments, unanswered questions about his individual retirement account that somehow ended up with more than $100 million, and claims about his business that contradict SEC filings.
    .
    .
    And taking a step back, by even engaging Reid, and watching Romney punch down at the senator, Republicans are only helping keep the larger story alive — Romney’s secret tax returns remain the campaign story on the front burner, taking the focus away from everything else the GOP wants to talk about.

    Put it this way: both sides were on the offensive over the weekend, but only one side is smiling.

    ————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/06/13143126-romney-vs-reid-round-ii

  27. August 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Syrian PM defects to Jordan? He is there and is staying!

  28. 85 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

  29. 90 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Republicans Watch Their Harry Reid is a Liar Strategy Crash and Burn

    By: Jason Easley

    ————————————–

    Republicans are learning the hard way that calling Harry Reid a liar is a strategy that is blowing up in their faces.
    .
    .
    Lindsey Graham spent 60 seconds calling Harry Reid a liar. Robert Gibbs spent 4:20 answering Candy Crowley’s questions about Harry Reid by talking about Mitt Romney’s foreign bank accounts and his tax returns.

    Republicans are actually making things worse for Mitt Romney by calling Harry Reid a liar. When Republicans talk about Harry Reid, they are also talking about Romney’s tax returns, and Mitt Romney has put his party in a no win position.

    There are a dozen different ways that Republicans could address Reid’s accusations, and they have chosen the worst option. The liar, liar pants on fire strategy is only effective if it can be proven that Reid is lying. Since Romney won’t provide the proof, Republicans have given the Democrats the gift of an endless loop of conversation about Romney’s tax returns.

    —————————————————–

    http://www.politicususa.com/republicans-watch-harry-reid-liar-strategy-completely-backfire.html

    • 91 57andFemale
      August 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

      What is so different this election cycle because of the cluelessness of the Romney campaign: what would have been considered ‘defensive’ in 2008 is just a wave of opportunities for PBO to turn the spotlight right back on Romney. Every time the Repubs call Harry Reid a liar is an opportunity for us to remind the American people that Mitt Romney has lied in the past about his tax returns, refuses to allow the American people to decide for themselves about his qualifications to be President since he bases his entire candidacy on the kind of business that he ran.

  30. 92 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

  31. 101 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

  32. 103 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

  33. August 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I definitely do not want this man for President. . . WTH!!!!!!!

  34. August 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Back from his crazy trip abroad, Romney campaigns in Colorado.

    • 111 desertflower
      August 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

      What if you threw a party and nobody came??? AHAHHAHA

    • 112 amk for obama
      August 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

      • 113 cookemom
        August 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

        hahahahaha!!! I finally got the crowd shot I’d been looking for!!! Notice even the squirrels and birdies stayed away. See, that’s what happens when you mess with the Post Office, the invite to the park meet up doesn’t get mailed. So he needed a mike….why?

      • 114 0388jojothecat
        August 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Don’t get me wrong…I AM NOT A ROBME FAN…BUT he is speaking to the overflow crowd and there are people in front of him. We don’t have to be misleading LIKE THEM. If we are just making fun of him then….CARRY ON!

        • 115 carolyn
          August 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

          Where was this, and when? Overflow from a crowd of how many? If this were the President, the overflow people would be right up by him if possible.

          • 116 0388jojothecat
            August 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

            It was his Colorado campaign three days ago. I googled “Romney Colorado Campaign” and there were flicker pictures in which it showed him on the picnic tables and the people in front of him. I was just curious because no one is really talking about the crowds or lack of crowds he actually gets. The Colorado event they said was an indoor event and there were 5,000 people inside and there was an overflow of people which he addressed before going inside. There were also crowds that were only 400 people and then the one where he only had 1200 people in that stadium (I think it was Michigan). They also had pictures of him in Poland which looked photo shopped but it looked like the largest crowd I’ve ever seen…but then that was POLAND.

            If were making fun of Robme, I am OK with that too.

  35. August 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Howdy TODville, happy Monday to all TODville O-warriors, twitterers, lurkers, drop-iners and passersby everywhere! Hallo Mayor Chips, leader supreme. Big wave as I return to lurk mode.

    • 120 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

      (royal wave back) CJ! I notice you were keeping an eye on me on Twitter earlier. Hope you saw my answer.

  36. 121 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    • 122 Obama Grandmama
      August 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Neither should people in bars, churches, government bldgs, schools, malls, concerts or movie theaters (another words public places). If people want guns in their home to protect themselves they should keep them there but safely so kids don’t get to them.

  37. August 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Folks, the MSM has discussed the VEEP stakes so much, that when we actually get to the selection, their will be nothing left to discuss.
    No other Presidential candidate has had this much coverage, about a possible VP choice. Good Grief! This subject is played out!

  38. 124 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    from ThinkProgress: How cool is THIS!!

    And finally, Colorado generated 57 percent of its energy from wind power one night, demonstrating the potential of properly-utilized renewable energy sources.

    And Mitt thinks this is a waste of money and wants to shut this down….

  39. 126 Bill
    August 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    The LA Times is reporting in 2009 Willard requested the value of his La Jolla home be lowered by 45% in the first 7 months he owned it for tax purposes. After hiring an attorney the value was reduced by 27.3%. Over a 4 year period the Romneys saved $109,000 in property taxes. The guy is a piece of work.

  40. 140 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

  41. 141 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/08/06/641891/why-does-mitt-romney-want-to-restrict-voting-rights-for-more-than-900000-ohio-veterans/

    A message from John Soltz of VoteVets:

    Interestingly, the press reported that 15 military and veterans’ groups supported Romney’s position. That isn’t the case. Those groups actually petitioned the court to be involved in the case, because of their concerns that the end result, whatever it was, might hurt troops’ ability to vote. On Friday, the Obama Campaign actually signed a brief to the court that backed the petition of those groups – welcoming them into the case, because the Obama campaign says it wants to ensure that military voters aren’t kept from early voting. Now that we know the truth, I hope those groups will come out and fully support the President’s campaign, in court. Because if they don’t, the change in law will hurt so many who have served in uniform.

    I saw that list yesterday on another thread…and just wanted to clear that up…read the entire piece in its entirely

    • 142 amk for obama
      August 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    • 146 99ts
      August 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Seems Mitt doesn’t have to lie anymore – his campaign workers do it for him – and the press say “yes sir no sir”

    • 147 Ladyhawke
      August 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

      ROMNEY CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH

      Thanks DF. I’ve been waiting for this. I want to see this manufactured controversy backfire big time. This message from John Soltz is just what is needed now. This latest lie epitomizes the way Romney has run his campaign from the beginning of the election season. He’s got nothin so he has to make stuff up, edit videos and distort President Obama’s words. It is long past due for the media to push back on the constant lying.

    • 148 Zekke LyDonna
      August 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      thanks for the heads up.

  42. August 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

    • 150 0388jojothecat
      August 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

      This was a TRUE attack on religious freedom. That PA lawless maker who said the enactment of giving women co-pay free healthcare was an attack on HIS religious freedom.

  43. 151 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

    100 things you can’t complain about if you don’t vote!

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/08/05/taxes-2/

  44. August 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Intrade:

    President Obama 58.2%
    Romney 39.8%

    • 155 99ts
      August 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Given those odds – it’s obvious only the GOP have any spare cash to bet – Romney should be at about 5%

  45. 157 CEB
    August 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Good morning everyone. Enjoying the games and skipping the ugly for these 2 weeks. The crazies are few; they do not define who we are. Have a great day!!

  46. 158 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

  47. 161 dotster3
    August 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Yesterday’s nutball shooter was a neo-Nazi white supremacist, headed white power band End Apathy—–hate destroyed him.

    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2012/08/06/bulletin-alleged-sikh-temple-shooter-member-of-neo-nazi-group/

    • 162 hopefruit2
      August 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

      And hate also destroyed at least 7 other innocent people (and their families), unfortunately. This kind of hate must not be enabled, excused or ignored. The media has been doing a fine job of all three. We need to directly and aggressively address this media perpetuated justification for hateful anger before something MUCH worse happens.

  48. 163 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Out of the mouths of babes.(from a Dashboard post)

    This comment I read from a 15 yr old girl the other day: Ask a Conservative,” If you are pro-life,why do you not want health care?”

  49. 170 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

    What Romney’s Taxes Tell Us About The Tax Code

    By Mark Schmitt

    ———————————-

    Let’s start with the possibility that Romney paid a tax rate much lower than 13.9 in some years, or something in the low single digits. Graetz says that’s “plausible” but might be “perfectly legal.” If he did, he would probably have to show real losses on his investments, which would offset his gains. These might be “capital loss carryovers” from previous years. He had a $4.5 million carryover on his 2010 taxes, from which NYU professor Dan Shaviro inferred that he probably had more losses than gains on his 2009 return – that is, he had to “carryover” the extra losses to the next year. If so, it’s possible that he paid very little in taxes in 2009 – a bad year on the stock market – because he lost money. It’s hard to see that as a problem, though. If Romney really lost money, he had no gains to pay taxes on.

    But this also reveals another way in which the tax code benefits those whose income comes from investments: they are able to move their gains and losses around and use the losses when they need them to offset their gains. Most of us can’t do that. With a couple of exceptions, as our income goes up and down, we can’t move deductions that we couldn’t use in one year and carry them over to another. We can’t use our bad years to offset the good ones.

    And then there’s that massive Individual Retirement Account, valued in his financial disclosure at between $20 million and $101 million. How does that happen?

    ————————————————

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/what-romneys-taxes-tell-us-about-the-tax-code/

  50. 171 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

  51. 173 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

    HARRY REID SPOX: Republicans Are ‘ A Bunch Of Cowards’ For Ignoring Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns

    By Brett LoGiurato

    ——————————-

    David Krone, Reid’s chief of staff, said in an interview with Politico Sunday night that Republicans were “cowards” for avoiding the issue. Here’s Krone:

    “They’re a bunch of cowards, and they’re avoiding the issue. Lindsey Graham, Reince Priebus — they’re a bunch of henchmen for Romney, and they’re all reading off the same talking points. They couldn’t hold a candle to Harry Reid.”

    Krone added: “What Harry Reid said is the fact of what he was told. To turn it around, all their childish rants this weekend about calling Reid a ‘liar’ and all that, it just shows you how scared they are that Harry Reid was telling the truth.”

    Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee Chair Priebus appeared on “Fox & Friends” this morning and said he would “triple-down” on comments he first made Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” when he called Reid a “dirty liar.” Here’s what Priebus had to say, via Politico:

    ————————————

    http://www.businessinsider.com/harry-reid-mitt-romney-tax-returns-cowards-republicans-reince-priebus-2012-8

  52. 175 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Who does Mitt pal around with?

    /……
    For those who’ve forgotten, Mourdock has positioned himself as one of the most extreme statewide candidates in the country. Two weeks ago, the guy equated the successful rescue of the American automotive industry with slavery. On health care, Mourdock has said he’s entirely comfortable with employers denying coverage to employees with cancer in order to “keep their health care costs down.” On entitlements, he supports deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare, both of which he considers unconstitutional.
    …./

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/06/13143839-weve-got-to-get-this-guy-elected-in-the-us-senate?lite

  53. 176 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I am glad the dems are doubling down. well, mebbe except rendell.

  54. 177 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    “ONE CANDIDATE LIED AND GOT CAUGHT. FULL STOP”

    Romney gets caught lying about Obama, military voters

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————–

    This is as loathsome a lie as Romney has told all year — and given his record, that’s not an easy threshold to meet.

    It’s important to realize that this isn’t a matter of opinion. CNN’s headline over the weekend said, “Romney campaign jabs at Obama over voting rights suit.” The headline on the Politico homepage yesterday said, “Obama, Mitt camps spar on military voting.”

    No. Wrong. No one is “jabbing” or “sparring.” One candidate lied and got caught. Full stop.
    .
    .
    Yesterday, the Republican presidential campaign said the Obama campaign’s lawsuit calling for equal voting rights is “despicable.”

    It’s as if words no longer have any meaning, and Americans politics has become so blisteringly stupid, candidates believe they can say literally anything and get away with it.

    ——————————————-

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/06/13144744-romney-gets-caught-lying-about-obama-military-voters?lite

  55. 180 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    lmao. mittbot and his minions caught in yet another trap. Don’t these idjits even check before spouting off ?

  56. 181 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    • 182 xtine
      August 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

      “He has also guided them through the complex permit process for demolishing the home and rebuilding on the site.”

      AMK, I’m wondering, if demolishing happened, how then are taxes evaluated on the property sans house? Just curious! Willard has Tax-Dodging as his Standard Bearer.

  57. 183 cookemom
    August 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Wasssup TODdies!!!! Great getting up here in O town! I’m enjoying the sputtering and harumphing going on by the Pub surrogates. They are looking pretty ridiculous. Moanin Joke had Mike Allen from Political on to exclaim with the excitement of somebody who discovered gold, that PBO hates Rmoney and that’s what is driving him. This of course was a story written by a different Political writer, who talked to somebody who said that the proof is that PBO would play spades with Reggie Love to get his competitive juices flowing (unlike Clinton who played hearts). He said PBO also played pool and golf competitively and that meant that he absolutely hates Rmoney. I was ROTBLMBO!!!! The guys around the table were trying their best to keep a straight face and not acknowledge that they’ve gone off the rails if this is what it’s come to. Even Mark Halprin looked uncomfortable.

    My political take today is in addition to the tax paid or not, which would have all been legal, there is something more foreboding in those returns that may impact his kids and their returns, Anne’s holdings, and the Mormon church.

  58. 185 yardarm756
    August 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

  59. 188 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP

    ——————————

    Democrats have an obligation to beat the GOP so badly that rationality once again becomes a quality to be desired. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/republican-party-0512

    ———————————-

    • 190 carolyn
      August 6, 2012 at 11:51 am

      No surprises in that list. Didn’t see Christie’s name, Jindal’s name or Pawlenty’s name……does that mean they are all up for VP so aren’t scheduled yet?

  60. 191 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

  61. 192 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I’m not a fan of Huff’Puff as most of you know, but I think this report is probably accurate because it’s Nancy Pelosi who is actually quoted directly in this article:

    HEADLINE: “Nancy Pelosi: ‘It Is A Fact’ That Somebody Told Harry Reid About Romney Not Paying Taxes”

    // …”Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact,” Pelosi told The Huffington Post in a Sunday interview. “Whether he did or not can easily be disposed of: Mitt Romney can release his tax returns and show whether he paid taxes.”… “Harry Reid is a person who is, as we know, A, is a fighter, B, he wouldn’t say this unless it was true that somebody told him that.”

    The California Democrat said she doesn’t relish watching Romney squirm over his tax returns because she’s more interested in focusing on the fact that his tax plan is “so harmful to the middle class.” Still, she said, the two issues are connected. “The salience of what Harry Reid is saying is related” to the contents of Romney’s tax plan, Pelosi said. “Here’s a guy who wants you to pay more when I think, ‘I’ meaning Harry Reid, somebody told me he hasn’t even paid his taxes. But he wants you to pay more to underwrite tax cuts for the wealthy.. It’s like a double doozy. //

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/nancy-pelosi-harry-reid-romney-taxes_n_1746894.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

  62. 196 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

  63. 197 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

  64. 199 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I’m jealous of a DOG for crying out loud!!! This is on my bucket list….I’ve swum with sting rays…I want to swim with dolphins…once before I leave this earth:)

  65. 204 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

    The More They See of Him…

    by Michael Tomasky

    ————-

    Remember: In the spring, when he was locked in his mud-match with Rick Santorum and pandering to the right and outspending poor Rick seven to one in all those states, he was viewed rather poorly. Then all the experts said, well, now that that’s over, and he can move toward the center and he’s not in a daily pissing match, views will of him will improve.

    And they did. Until…until what? We don’t know for sure, but I doubt it’s anything specific. I think it’s just general exposure, and people just don’t like the guy.

    —————————-

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/06/the-more-they-see-of-him.html

  66. 206 deb
    August 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Call Senator Reid and tell him to keep up the good work on Romney
    202-224-3542

  67. 208 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

  68. 213 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This is for vc.

  69. 214 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    HEADS UP: White House Briefing

    Press Secretary Jay “Clark Kent” Carney will be briefing the jackals momentarily (11:30 a.m.) . I expect we will hear lots of hand wringing and crocodile tears about anonymous sources. Not that the jackals would ever do such a thing. And also, I expect to hear some concern about the “TONE” of the campaign. Those very effect OFA ads are just so mean. You see when President Obama is beating the crap out of the GOP and/or Mitt Romney it just makes the jackals cranky. Mitt Romney has been lying from day one but you don’t hear any outrage from the jackals. Interesting…..

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-153

    • 215 Ladyhawke
      August 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

      TO ANY SELF RESPECTING JOURNALISTS, THIS IS A TEST. CALL A LIE A LIE. DO YOUR JOB.

      Romney Outraged by Expanded Voting

      By Josh Marshall

      —————————–

      The whole episode is tailor made to expose how corrupted the press corps is. The entire thing is a demonstrable lie, and all in the service of keeping vote participation as low as possible. In other words, a Fehrnstrom Special. Very curious to see whether the biggs report it as such.

      ———————————

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/08/romney_outraged_by_expanded_voting.php

    • August 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

      I used to listen every time but now I can barely stand it. The entire room is full of “WHY don’t you just do what the GOP tell you to do?” whiners. UGH>

    • 217 Ladyhawke
      August 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Jay is at the podium now.

    • 218 Ladyhawke
      August 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Awesome. Jay just let Ed Henry know that Mitt Romney’s tax returns issues started during the Republican primary.

    • 220 Ladyhawke
      August 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      With just 24 hours after the shooting, Dan Lothian of CNN wants to know what President Obama is going to do to educate the American people about the Sikh community. Jay aptly pointed out that Dan would not have asked him that question last Friday. So his question is clearly making assumptions about an event that happened less than 24 hours ago. Unbelievable.

      It just makes your head hurt to see these crackerjack reporters in the White House Press Corps. Also, there have been numerous questions about Harry Reid and the propriety of anonymous sources. Imagine that? The jackals want to know if PBO condones Harry Reid’s remarks. Jay repeats over and over again PBO’s contention that TRANSPARENCY is the order of the day as it relates to tax returns. Jay directs the jackals to Harry Reid for details on HIS comments. Harry has already demonstrated that he can speak for himself. Ed Henry has a smirk on his face throughout the briefing. He’s like a cheshire cat in the front row seats. Unnerving and creepy.

  70. 223 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

  71. August 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

  72. 230 amk for obama
    August 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

    LOL. Gunnite folks.

  73. August 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  74. August 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    the Newsroom Opening scene is powerful on youtube
    Opening scene to ‘The Newsroom’

  75. August 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  76. August 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    UGH.

  77. August 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  78. August 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  79. 239 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    HAHAHAHA!! http://www.democraticunderground.com/101746526

    Pic Of The Moment: Curiosity Sends First Images From Mars

  80. August 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    this Mars landing is a BFD I wish Obama did a Rose Garden speech on this and what his adm. gave to help in this landing and how it will impact our future. He will win florida

  81. 243 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    PAUL RYAN IS A CELEBRATED BUDGET WONK, BUT HIS NUMBERS DON’T ADD UP

    Jared Bernstein: Paul Ryan’s Budget Numbers Don’t Add Up

    By Susie Madrak

    —————————————

    Economist Jared Bernstein beautifully eviscerates the intellectual foundation (or lack thereof) for Paul Ryan’s economic policies — which is really not difficult, even for bloggers. The problem? The members of the media who are still too damn lazy to do the math, and instead proclaim him as a real policy wonk. (Fortunately, Ryan Lizza is not one of those stupid journalists.)

    The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza provides a profile of Rep Paul Ryan, with a rich discussion of his vision for limited government.

    It’s a good read, but it left me thinking about what it is that troubles me most about Rep Ryan, an earnest guy who’s come a long way and influenced a lot of people at a relatively young age. The problem is his numbers don’t add up. And that’s a particularly big problem for a celebrated budget wonk.
    .
    .
    Go read the whole thing. He also points out how the same holes appear in Mitt Romney’s economic proposals, too.

    ——————————————–

    NOTE: Jared Bernstein is just terrific in this interview on PBS. The Cato Institute guy got trounced. All he had was tired old GOP talking points.

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/jared-bernstein-paul-ryans-budget-num

  82. August 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

  83. 253 dotster3
    August 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    FBI seeking another person of interest in yesterday’s mass shooting, and of course CNN in their infinite wisdom cut off the press conference before they got to that information. This new person is on tape at the scene “acting suspiciously”. I see the shooter has been on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s radar for 12 years, since he began appearing with these neo-Nazi, white supremacist bands. Photos of their practice sessions show Nazi and Confederate flags in the background, lyrics talk about death to Jews and African Americans, but not in those exact same words. Militias recruit from these hate-filled bands. Those who instill fear and hate of others in our media and in politics, and those who look the other way while it is happening, share in the guilt of these horrific shootings.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/shooter-wade-page-was-army-vet-white-supremacist-856cn28-165123946.html

  84. 254 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    • 255 Lovepolitics2008
      August 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      If there is one tweet that proves Knoller is biased against Pres Obama it is this one. Just… wow !

      • 256 hopefruit2
        August 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        Yes, and seriously, it took me a while to even compose this tweet. Because out of respect for myself and my Twitter followers, I had to refrain from tweeting what I really wanted to say to Mr. Knoller.

        This guy has seriously crossed the line. For him to imply that tax avoidance was President Obama’s sole motivation for charitable giving is beyond vile. It’s utterly wretched.

    • 257 4morefor44
      August 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      omg! i first thought was from snark knoller, but alas, it’s not. that’s perhaps the ultimate example of false equivalency that the media peddles day in and day out. mittbot stashes hundreds of millions for decades and still trying to keep it all secret…president obama donates prize money to charity…see, they’re the same according mark knoller! in a normal world, that one alone would be grounds for firing, in my opinion. just wow.

      • 258 desertflower
        August 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        Who’s his boss? Maybe someone should pass this along to him….because I bet he (boss) have NO IDEA what this AH does all day on the company dime!

        • 259 4morefor44
          August 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

          the problem is that i think he’s doing exactly what his boss wants him to do. that’s why knoller has had that job so long. they’re hired to be propagandists for the super rich now…journalism left the equation decades ago.

        • 262 Nena20409
          August 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

          He works for CBS.com

        • 263 57andfemale
          August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

          I tweeted something similar. How does he keep his job at CBS as a journalist when opining (as fact) that PBO donated money only to dodge taxes?

          Who was the AA journalist who got fired for a lot less — Joe Williams?

          Despicable.

    • 264 anniebella
      August 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Mark Knoller is worth dog doo.

    • 267 nathkatun7
      August 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Exactly why isn’t tMark Knoller being paid by Romney or the RNC? Or has CBS joined FOX as the propaganda arm of the Republican party?

  85. 268 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    http://prospect.org/article/everybody-hates-mitt

    Mitt Romney is a special case. As Kevin Drum says, “something about the presidency seems to have brought out the worst in him. His ambition is so naked, his beliefs so malleable, his pandering so relentless, and his scruples so obviously expendable, that everyone who spars with him comes away feeling like they need to take a shower.” The fact that Romney hasn’t given us much reason to like him means there’s nothing to counteract the negative reaction we have to the awful person he is as a politician. Different candidates are able to do this in different ways. With Barack Obama it was his inspiring personal story, with McCain it was the war record, with George W. Bush it was his easy-going, friendly manner. The result is that even when we see them engaging in some campaign hardball, we’re able to tell ourselves, “OK, I didn’t like that much, but I realize that he’s basically a good guy.”

    Romney doesn’t have an inspiring story (feel your heart flutter at “Son of wealth and privilege grows up to obtain even more wealth and privilege”), and his manner is, shall we say, strained. There have been occasional attempts to use his wife Ann and sons, the interchangeable Tagg-Craig-Turf-Gorp or whatever their names are, to humanize Romney, but it never seems to get very far. So when he makes up things about his opponent or refuses to tell us how much money he has or what he does with it, there’s nothing on the other side of the character scale to counteract the impression voters are left with. The person he is as a candidate is all anyone can see. And that person is pretty repellent. So it’s no surprise that his favorability ratings are extremely low and probably going nowhere but down.

    • 269 Ladyhawke
      August 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks DF. Good read from Paul. The post below is a perfect bookend to your post. It’s old but I’ve posted it many times. I still marvel at the deep dislike of Mitt Romney by his opponents and their staffs in 2008. It’s very instructive. They were especially alarmed by his hypocrisy and essential phoniness. It was intense. There’s just something about Willard that’s just distasteful.

      The ‘I Hate Romney’ Club – By Ana Marie Cox

      http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1709507,00.html

      • 270 xtine
        August 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        “The staffer says that campaigns would share opposition research on Romney and offer each other tips on how best to undermine him: “Like, ‘Hey, I saw you hit Mitt on immigration — have you thought about going after him on this issue?” In some cases, the attitude even extends to the top of the campaigns.”

        Methinks someone “shared” that tax information!

        • 271 Ladyhawke
          August 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

          Methinks someone “shared” that tax information!

          Exactly. That’s why the GOP is frantically playing look at that shiny object. And the shiny object is HARRY REID. They are trapped because the more they talk about Harry Reid the more we have to talk about the reason they are going after Harry Reid. They just don’t get it. Mitt Romney’s problem with tax returns STARTED DURING THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY. In fact, we all know that Mitt Romney has had issues with tax returns from when he ran for governor. The tax returns issue is not going away.

    • 272 Obama Grandmama
      August 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Trig, Trip, Tagg notice any similarity of naming in the Romney clan and the Palin clan?

    • 274 57andfemale
      August 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      I remember reading a few weeks ago that all but one of his sons didn’t want him to run again because it was an inconvenience to their pampered lives (my paraphrase). They felt it was just so much trouble to do it the first time, they didn’t want to be bothered with it this time. They did say it was a disruption, or some similar word.

      But Mitt said that their great patriotic contribution, over serving their country as the able-bodied young men that they are, was to get him elected.

      The hubris of these pampered jackasses is beyond the pale.

      • 275 Cha
        August 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        The Irony which is totally above their heads is that it WOULD HAVE BEEN SUPER PATRIOTIC FOR WILLARD NOT TO RUN.

    • 276 Cha
      August 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Wonder if PObama will crave a shower after the debates? Or will he just dust the fallout off his shoulders?

      PObama’s so strong and mitt has such a tiny brain that only knows how to lie and is basically not a good guy.

  86. 277 utaustinliberal
    August 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  87. 280 utaustinliberal
    August 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  88. August 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    My OFA team registered 114 voters this weekend, now, I have to go pass them in at the FEC.
    They all get gold stars!

  89. 284 yardarm756
    August 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    DONATIONS
    A driver was stuck in a traffic jam on the
    highway outside Washington , DC . Nothing
    was moving. Suddenly, a man knocks on
    the window.

    The driver rolls down the window and asks,
    “What’s going on?”

    “Terrorists have kidnapped the entire US
    Congress, and they’re asking for a $100
    million dollar ransom. Otherwise, they are
    going to douse them all in gasoline and set
    them on fire. We are going from car to
    car, collecting donations.”

    “How much is everyone giving, on an average?”
    the driver asks.

    The man replies, “Roughly a gallon.”

  90. 285 utaustinliberal
    August 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks hopefruit for alerting us to Mark Knoller’s douchebaggery. This is is low even for him and I’m happy folks on twitter are calling him out. This is low. This is beyond the pale. What he’s implying and inferring about Pres. Obama is nefarious to say the least.

  91. 292 Ladyhawke
    August 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Charts: Just How Small Is the Super-PAC Gazillionaire Club?

    By Andy Kroll and Tasneem Raja

    ————————-

    A mere 47 people are responsible for more than half of all super-PAC cash.

    ———————————

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/08/super-pac-dark-money-charts-sheldon-adelson-demos

  92. 293 Dudette
    August 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 6, 2012

    Statement by the President on Curiosity Landing on Mars
    Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history.

    The successful landing of Curiosity – the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet – marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future. It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination.

    Tonight’s success, delivered by NASA, parallels our major steps forward towards a vision for a new partnership with American companies to send American astronauts into space on American spacecraft. That partnership will save taxpayer dollars while allowing NASA to do what it has always done best – push the very boundaries of human knowledge. And tonight’s success reminds us that our preeminence – not just in space, but here on Earth – depends on continuing to invest wisely in the innovation, technology, and basic research that has always made our economy the envy of the world.

    I congratulate and thank all the men and women of NASA who made this remarkable accomplishment a reality – and I eagerly await what Curiosity has yet to discover.

  93. 294 utaustinliberal
    August 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks desertflower.

  94. 299 Dudette
    August 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The Press conference directly after the Mars landing of the Curiosity Rover

    First speaker is NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. He is followed by Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

  95. 300 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Interesting…..funny that I read not long ago that Bain also had many Mormons in high positions in the company…….the plot thickens…

    http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/08/taxes-or-tithing-did-romney-shortchange-the-mormon-church.html

    • 301 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      The article above states that Harry R is a top level mormon, yet, as it should be, we hardly hear much about his religion. I can’t imagine why I assumed he was just an ‘ordinary’ mormon though.

      /…T]he source coming to Harry Reid for these revelations adds a level of intrigue. Reid just happens to be the highest-ranking member of the Mormon Church in the history of this nation.
      …/

      • 302 veryslowwriter
        August 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        Male heads of family are all Bishops in the Mormon church. So they all sound “high up.” But the above statement is not correct. Harry Reid holds the highest *governmental* position of any mormon. The only positions that are higher than US Senator are President and Vice President.

  96. 304 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Obama’s ‘The Choice’ Again Tops Online Chart

    // The Obama campaign’s “The Choice” ad stayed at the top of the online ad chart this week, as only three new ads crept into the top 10, based on data from Visible Measures.

    “The Choice” registered 755,000 views in the week ended Sunday, down from 1.3 million last week but still well ahead of the rest of the field. The spot features President Barack Obama speaking directly to the camera and pledging his support for the middle class, and criticizing Mitt Romney‘s policies. //

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/08/06/obamas-the-choice-again-tops-online-chart/?mod=WSJBlog&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  97. 306 desertflower
    August 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I’m not even going to say a word. Not a word. h/t to PoliticalCarnival.

    • August 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      You don’t have to say a word. I hope these losers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that the video is entered into evidence against them. Bunch of hate-filled idiots!

  98. 309 utaustinliberal
    August 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  99. 310 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    August 7, 2012 at 12:48 am


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