241 Responses to “Chat away”


  1. 1 vitaminlover
    December 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I love my President.

    • 2 daisydem
      December 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Me too. CEB’s last comment should be reposted here!

    • 3 Betty Deitch
      December 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Why not let the Bush tax cuts expire at midnight? 5 mins. after midnight, the U.S.Government can be printing/sending out unemployment checks. Can this be a possible solution?

  2. 4 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I too love my President.

  3. 5 debz
    December 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Adorable photo!

  4. 8 GGAIL
    December 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    My POTUS makes me proud!

  5. December 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Awesome CIC…Love him, Love him.

  6. December 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Dragging this over from the previous thread. Brilliance from Bob:

  7. 19 jacquelineoboomer
    December 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Happy New Year, Mr. President!

  8. December 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  9. 26 Ladyhawke
    December 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    2012: The Year in Graphs

    As 2012 draws to a close, Wonkblog asked our favorite professional wonks — economists, political scientist, politicians and more — to see what graphs and charts they felt did the best job explaining the past year. Here are their nominees.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/27/2012-the-year-in-graphs/

  10. 28 Ladyhawke
    December 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Peter Orszag’s Chart Of The Year Could Change Everything You Think About Healthcare And The Federal Budget

    ————————————–

    This isn’t to say, definitively, that Medicare costs won’t be a huge burden for the government going forward. Demographics is a major issue, no doubt.

    But it should give everyone a good reason to push back against the conventional wisdom that we have a huge deficit problem, and that we have to start chopping entitlement spending.

    ————————————————–

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/peter-orszag-chart-shows-medicare-costs-slowing-2012-12#ixzz2GSdw51GV

  11. 29 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I read on twitter that we should know whether there’s a deal or not by 3PM ET.

    • December 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      I’m not big on these kinds of predictions, but the President laid out a plan that I think the R’s are most likely to take–wait until the new Congress is seated, have the Democrats propose a bill that CUTS taxes for the middle class that went up on the 1st and everyone gets to vote for it because they stay true to their ‘pledge’ and it makes them look good later: Look, constituents, I voted to CUT your taxes in 2013, aren’t I wonderful? Vote for me.

  12. 31 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    • 32 hopefruit2
      December 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      I post this with a caution to take MSNBC’s reports with the appropriate amount of salt. It appears that the DEMS/PBO are sticking to their guns while the GOP wants cuts to SS.

      • 33 jacquelineoboomer
        December 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        I also believe the DEMS are putting some of these statements out there as part of their strategy to get the GOP to give. Usually the one with the upper hand leaks info. Well, sometimes. Maybe.

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        December 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        From a lot of twitter chatter I got the impression Repubs want to go back to the chained CPI offer PBO made in the earlier discussions with Boehner that involved a whole lot of other concessions from the GOP, including no debt ceiling obstructions for two years. Boehner turned that offer down. So no deal. McConnell thinks he can resurrect that concession for the smaller deal while offering fewer give ups from his own side. Reid says no.

  13. 35 susanne
    December 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    aloha and good morning chips and tods!
    beautiful day here, and so glad to spend a bit of it with the tod peeps. that photo of the president making a shaka with the cutest little kid on earth is absolutely going to crack my face from grinning!
    now i’m going back to catch up on reading!

  14. 36 Jessica
    December 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    That SS guy in the background wants to smile soooooo bad. He clearly loves his job.

    • 37 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      It has been reported that the Secret Service guys love PBO because he treats them like human beings! Leave it up to our wonderful president to make the Secret Service guys feel like they’re not just hired security guards. I can imagine the way Romney treated the members of his SS detail.

      • 38 vitaminlover
        December 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

        Me too , majiir. I wonder if Willard accused them of things. Willard is so shady himself.

      • 39 Chi
        December 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        That’s why they dumped him immediately he lost…

        The Secret Service typically have up to 4 days to leave the losing candidate, but in Romney’s case they left him before the night was over…

        Very telling…

  15. 40 Nena20409
    December 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats VL and HF2 for being the Victors……at TOD Chat away post.

  16. December 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Am I the only one who believes the Republicans have no intention of avoiding the cliff? This is all for show, so they can claim to have put forth an effort and blame the Dems for any failure. They refuse to give the President a win, even if it means everyone else loses.

  17. December 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    • December 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Bob, please explain. thank you

      • December 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        allright, now I’m reading about this.

      • December 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        Of course, Sara.

        Though Social Security has nothing to do with our current deficit, if the GOP wants to make it an issue, then force them to increase revenue by eliminating the cap on FICA – i.e., everyone pays, as a % of their annual income, without any upper limit on the amount of income taxed. And, if the GOP wants to keep digging the hole by lying about the solvency of Social Security, then take it a step further and add a FICA like tax to capital gains, not just earned income.

        Because, what this is really about is the GOP’s desire to do only two things – 1. provide more wealth to the wealthiest, and 2. destroy the social safety net as a way to do #1. As the President has demonstrated this past year, the longer we can keep Americans focused on those two realities about the GOP, the weaker the GOP becomes.

        #FORWARD

  18. December 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

  19. December 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Can someone tell me what vote is on the Senate floor at the moment?

  20. December 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Truth …

    • 55 hopefruit2
      December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Indeed. RT’d.

    • 56 Chi
      December 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      ‘…old, envious, obstinate white GOP House…’

    • 57 nathkatun7
      December 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Well said Bobfr! Even more important, Bob, his name is PRESIDENT OBAMA! He is also dealing with probably the most depraved members of Congress in history who would rather put ideology above solving the critical problems facing the nation. What always amuses me about the media people talking about Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan and Clinton is that they invoke mythological history rather than the real history about these Presidents. As much as I strongly supported President Clinton, the fact of the matter is he is one of the two Presidents in history impeached by the House of Representatives who barely escaped from being removed from office because the U.S. Senate did not have 2/3 of their members willing to vote for their removal. People forget that Senators like Mitch McConnell, John McCain and Linsey Graham (at the time Rep. Graham) voted to remove Bill Clinton from office, over some tawdry sexual affair. So called journalists like Chris Matthews concurred. Now all of a sudden, Bill Clinton is such a great President.

  21. December 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Looks like talks are breaking down over the GOP’s request to put the chained CPI back into the deal. Dems said it’s not a part of this deal and will not agree.

    • 59 hopefruit2
      December 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Notice that the media is trying to act as though it’s the DEMS who are not willing to play ball when the President asked for a simple up or down vote on UI and extension of middle-class tax cuts.

  22. December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    LOL…do NOT drink coffee while viewing this Mash-up of the new Star Trek trailer: http://youtu.be/ROi0V-tzd0I

  23. 64 prettyfoot58
    December 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

  24. 65 lisalovesobama
    December 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    After the fiscal cliff, I plan to start a national petition to ask the US government to sanction to capture of one Hugh Jackman so that we might detain him indefinitely and make him have our babies. If you agree, please post: ‘ heeeeeeeeeeell yeeeaaah!’ and await furthure instructions. Also, if you havent already, please go out to your nearest talking picture house and purchase a ticket for ‘Les Mis’.
    Ps- Happy Holidays everyone, also…… and……too, Happy New Year!

  25. December 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Reid on SEnate floor updating now……

    • December 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Sticking point now is SS cuts. Reid says, NO. Willing to make difficult concessions but not willing to touch SS in a short-term agreement.

      • December 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        They will go into caucus and will have a statement about outcome later.

      • 71 majiir
        December 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        Lindsay Graham is saying that there are 80 senators ready to vote on the bill without chained CPI included. Sounds like someone wants to be done ASAP.

      • 72 Lovepolitics2008
        December 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        No chained CPI unless repubs agree to stop playing with the debt ceiling. They want chained CPI right now and are planning to use the debt ceiling to obtain cuts to Medicare, and , who knows, further cuts to SS. And of course they’re planning to not make any concessions on the defense budget, on taxes on dividends, and on oil subsidies. NO WAY.

  26. December 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

  27. 75 desertflower
    December 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    These guys are the biggest bunch of self serving freeloaders EVER! Want to do the least, and reap the most….all the while vailing this as “fiscal responsibility”. Screw you.

    • December 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Precisely. They sicken me. I hope this makes the American people turn on them further because they deserve the highest scorn. And that goes for the idiot lazy press, too.

      • 77 Don
        December 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        meta, the public has a very short memory when it comes to someone trying to screw them over. Don’t forget, Mitt did get over 60 million votes.

  28. 78 Don
    December 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I would prefer 250,000 being the cutoff point, but I can live with 400,000 to 500,000 to make the deal work. SS is OFF the table, I doubt if it was ever on the table. Boehner should have taken the first offer that President Obama made to him, now he gets nothing, or even less than nothing if thats even possible.

    • 79 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      I read last week that after the last negotiations broke down, Don, that Boehner sent aides to the WH to ask the president to offer them the same deal he offered last year. Of course, PBO declined. I would have turned them down, too, since they trashed his offer last year. They can’t be allowed to go back and choose something they rejected last year. The president reminded them that he had campaigned on allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire, and he was keeping his promise to the American people.

  29. 80 a4alice
    December 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    uh oh. I can’t seem to get on twitter – I get a “Malware detected” by my browser (I use Chrome). Any other Twitterer’s getting this message?

  30. 86 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Fiscal cliff talks hit a “major setback.” Are you freaking kidding me?

    • 87 Don
      December 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      The “major setback” being the CPI that all the emoproggs were up in arms about. President Obama offered it up in his first offer to Boehner, but like clock work Boehner refused. And now Sen. Reid is saying hell no to the “CPI.” Actually it was smart of Barack to offer up the CPI knowing that the Republicans will never accept it, and now they are begging for anything that they can get so as not to look totally inept.

  31. 88 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  32. December 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    • 90 Don
      December 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Bobf, my new refrain to anyone that thinks the voting public will wise up in time to save itself is to note that Mitt Romney received over 60 million votes. In other words, the voting public as a whole is a glutton for punishment.

    • 93 Lovepolitics2008
      December 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      So the republicans have put themselves in the position on demanding cuts to Social Security in exchange for raising taxes on the wealthiest americans. Wow, talk about hurting yourself politically. This whole fiscal cliff comedy is good for at least one thing: exposing the true agenda of the republicans.

  33. 94 susanne
    December 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    just saw this picture of pbo in hawaii–haven’t seen it here before. cute kid, too! caption: ‘My son, Evan Sakamoto, had the opportunity to meet President Obama yesterday (12/26) at Klipper Golf Course. ‘

  34. December 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  35. December 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    “I could have been a world figure, a power among men, a successful wizard, had I not been obstructed by a heart,” said the Wizard of Oz to the Tin Man in the film version of L Frank Baum’s great spiritual classic. I find this statement apropos for our current political debacle.

  36. 99 dotster3
    December 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Heartily agree with the tweet which said that it looks like the GOP wants to punish the American people for re-electing President Obama.

    • 100 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      IMO, that is what all of the obstruction has been about, dotster. It’s as if they’re saying, “I’ll teach you, how dare you vote a democrat into the WH, especially one who is a POC!!!” They are the most spiteful group of individuals I’ve ever seen in my life. McCain has been holding a grudge now for 4+ years. He and the other republicans just knew they had a winner in Romney, they knew their propaganda program had worked, and they received the surprise of their lives when the American people disagreed with them on November 6. Revenge, spite, vindictiveness, pettiness, cowardice, and ways to avoid doing their jobs is all they seem to know.

  37. 101 Don
    December 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Whatcha’ll takin’ bout, Mitch McConnell wants to dance yall.

  38. December 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

  39. December 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Meanwhile, time moves on.
    Gosh this seems so long ago!

  40. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    December 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Just checking in before dinner…I see the Repubs are continuing to hold the country hostage and our lazy, sloppy media continues to sing the “both sides” meme… :roll:

    I trust PBO to do what is in the best interest of the Country.

  41. 105 Pamela
    December 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hi y’all! Thank you for the YouTube, Chips, I totally forgot to turn on the telly. I just don’t think about turning it on anymore. Anyway, appreciated PBO for his stellar personhood, did not appreciate this dufus David Gregory imbecile; now I know for sure who he is, if he e.v.e.r tries to sit by me on the bus, I will get up and move! I love President Obama so much, his greatness shines from deep within his Soul. I hope he gets back on the plane with Bo tomorrow night, and goes home.

  42. 106 dotster3
    December 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Aren’t these Repubs heartless SOBs? It looks like they won’t be happy until people are writhing in agony on the streets. Always trying to cut food stamps, school lunches, meals on wheels etc. These are disgusting, shameful human beings.

    • 107 susanne
      December 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      ‘are there no work houses? are there no prisons?’ did the rethugs not watch the scrooge of christmas future shaking in the agony of recognizing the human costs of his selfishness?

    • 108 prettyfoot58
      December 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      in their eyesight…the people who need those services are expendable…plain and simple

  43. 109 prettyfoot58
    December 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  44. 110 prettyfoot58
    December 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  45. 111 susanne
    December 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    from sam wang, terrific article (wonkilicious!): ‘Gerrymanders, Part 1: Busting the both-sides-do-it myth’

    ‘As current negotiations over the [fiscal cliff] / [austerity bomb] make clear, rank-and-file Republicans in the House of Representatives are not receptive to the policy implications of November’s election. As correctly pointed out by Nate Silver, members of Congress are increasingly insulated by the increasing polarization of their districts. Ever-larger victory margins reflect ever-safer re-election races.
    ~
    Today I give an analysis that pinpoints some exceptional – and asymmetric – aspects of this year’s Congressional redistricting. I base this on criteria I have developed for identifying when a political party has been disenfranchised. I conclude that the antidemocratic balance of power in the incoming Congress is driven by just a handful of states. ‘

    http://election.princeton.edu/2012/12/30/gerrymanders-part-1-busting-the-both-sides-do-it-myth/

  46. 112 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  47. 115 prettyfoot58
    December 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooo…weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee….all this high stakes drama…i need a drink!

  48. December 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Also, late to this: didn’t watch MTP this morning but am appalled that Brokaw had the gall to say that the President doesn’t work hard enough.

    WTF?

    Did anyone at the table have the smarts/brass to mention GWB’s record-setting number of days of vacation (over 1,000 days if memory serves). PBO took less than a week of vacation at Christmas, HIS ONLY VACATION OF THE ENTIRE YEAR.

    Did anyone mention that we’re paying Congress over $300 an hour (based on their 2-day work-week schedule) for essentially nothing but whine?

    I’m picking my jaw off the floor now. What a jackass, just like Mark “the President is a dick” Halperin, Chuck “Luke Russert’s mentor, smugly insufferable RWNJ protector), etc.

    Cannot believe that journalists let other journalists get away with this crap.

  49. 120 dotster3
    December 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    No more chained CPI

  50. 125 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I believe this is what’s known as a clusterf**k.

  51. December 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    BTW, Chips, saw that @BuzzFeedAndrew (a conservative) re-tweeted one of your tweets this week. Way to go!

    “Sean Hannity lost half his audience in the weeks after Obama’s win.”

  52. 130 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  53. 135 Bill R.
    December 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Whoops! Looks like Mitch McConnell’s Plan B got mugged! Marco Rubio is on Twitter claiming the Rs were never for it.

    • December 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      UTA and Bill R.

      Clueless, unable to govern, GOP.

      Clueless, unable to do actual reporting, MSM.

      Too bad we can’t pay you to do our reporting. LOVE TOD.

    • 137 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      When PBO first offered chained CPI to them, they rejected it. Now, McConnell wants it included as part of the deal, and PBO isn’t having it. They should learn by now that if he offers them something the first time, they need to take it because he’s not going to offer it to them again. They did the same thing when he offered his “grand bargain” last year, and after Boehner walked away from this year’s negotiations, he sent aides to the WH to ask the president if he’d make the same offer he made last year, and he told them NO DEAL. I don’t blame the president. Republicans are too quick to reject his ideas, so they shouldn’t be given the same offer at a later time simply because they are incapable of creating a workable plan of their own. PBO is forcing them to act in a serious manner, and they hate it.

  54. December 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  55. 140 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    This is pretty much the GOP right now. They’re exploding all over the place.

  56. December 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  57. 142 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    If only Americans who don’t normally pay attention to politics would turn off the football, observe congress right now, they would realize Pres. Obama and Democrats aren’t the problem. The clusterfuck of crap that is occurring within the senate GOP right now is giving the House GOP a run for its money.

  58. December 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Related tweets ….

    #TrustBarack He’s Earned It (x100000000000000000000)

    • 144 Chi
      December 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      People like Ezra Klein only add to the confusion with their noisy misinformation and their never ending need to stay relevant by jumping into conversations they know nothing about…

      If only they’d heed that old saying: silence is golden…

      Or the other: better to keep quiet and be thought a fool, than to open ones trap- or in Ezra’s case, disseminate crappy opinion pieces- and remove every doubt that one is indeed a fool…

      • 145 majiir
        December 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        You have identified some of the main reason I don’t watch Klein’s program, Chi. He wants to show the world how smart he is. He’s just been fortunate to find a good paying job. There are kids in journalism school who could do a better job than he does at getting facts out to the American people. I get so tired of him splitting blame and failing to tell the truth about the two political parties. I’m rather well-informed on politics, and it offends me to hear him say that “both parties are guilty of _____,” because it’s not true. I read a post on Bob Cesca’s blog earlier today that contains research that shows just how much more extreme republicans have become over the last 130 years. The data shows that democrats have remained very stable in their beliefs, but republicans have moved far, far to the right. The writer/researcher concluded that republicans in Congress are primarily responsible for the gridlock in Congress and the divisiveness in the country, but they’ve done a pretty good job of convincing their supporters that PBO is the cause of these things, when he’s not.

      • 146 nathkatun7
        December 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        Well said, Chi!

  59. December 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  60. 173 yardarm756
    December 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  61. December 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    PBS (at least here in Atlanta) is airing this documentary now: DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis

    http://video.wttw.com/video/1522918184/

    • 175 yardarm756
      December 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Some FYI. The lady on the front end of this presentation, Dr. Margaret Burroughs, was a High School classmate of my mother. She founded and began The DuSable Museum which she began in her home back in the 50’s. Mom would visit her girlfriend and drag me along to look at the spooky stuff she had from Africa.
      It grew and grew to what it is now, a large cultural center on the Southside of Chicago. Believe it or not, the location is in the same neighborhood as the Presidents home and the University of Chicago.

      • December 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        Cool. I got to visit the museum a few years back while I was on a work assignment there. Fantastic!
        I love the whole city. Just could not handle the winters.

      • 182 a4alice
        December 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        wow. cool connection Yardarm!

        • 183 yardarm756
          December 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          Thanks and as far as I know she was the first woman I had ever seen with a “afro”. My mom said she had it in school during the early 30’s.

      • 184 jacquelineoboomer
        December 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        What a great story. :)

        • 185 yardarm756
          December 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

          All true.

          • 186 jacquelineoboomer
            December 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

            Sounds as though your mom introduced you to all kinds of good things in the wider world, while some of our mothers weren’t venturing too far from home. (Back in the late ’30s and early ’40s, my mother wanted to go work for a publishing house in Europe, after reading Gone With The Wind a gazillion times, and other books, but ended up getting married and raising 3 daughters! At the very least, she taught us to love words, and I’m eternally grateful for that.)

            • 187 yardarm756
              December 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

              That ain’t the half of it. My mom was the first secretary of John Johnson(owner of Ebony Magazine) before it was a mag. It was called the Negro Digest.

              • 188 jacquelineoboomer
                December 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

                Tell me you have old copies of that! Did your mom ever write any of her own life story? (Or she was too busy living it, probably!)

                • 189 yardarm756
                  December 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

                  Negative. Mom was task oriented. Her thing was the typewriter,believe it or not, and she got so good she could take dictation while on the type writer. She would work for prominent lawyers typing briefs as they spoke.

                  • 190 jacquelineoboomer
                    December 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

                    After WWII, when my dad drifted away and my mother had to raise said 3 daughters herself, she also ended up being a superb secretary, made a career of it, and was a whiz at typing and steno. I currently have a collection of old typewriters, in her honor. As you’re intimating, when your mother did that work, starting on the old manual typewriters, as did mine, accuracy and speed counted – not like the computers of today! Good for both of them! Ladies of the written word!

              • December 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

                Seriously Yardarm? Ebony was called the Negro Digest?? And your Mom worked for Johnson??

      • 196 nathkatun7
        December 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm

        Wow, Yardarm! You are such a repository of history and culture. Friends of mine tell me I must come to Chicago because I have such deep interest in African American history and culture. One of the places they highly recommend is the DuSable Museum/ Cultural Center. I plan to make it there one of these days.

        • 197 yardarm756
          December 31, 2012 at 12:02 am

          You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee! To me this stuff is old hat. When you come, make sure you visit the Museum of Science and Industry also. It’s only 10 minutes away from DuSable. The best time to come here is before the 4th of July or right after Labor Day.

          • 198 nathkatun7
            December 31, 2012 at 12:41 am

            I am definitely saving to come there. I would also like to go to Indianapolis to see the Madam C.J. Walker Building because I heard it was restored.

  62. 200 dotster3
    December 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    • 201 susanne
      December 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      well that’s a relief, because i already pay $5.99 for a half gallon here in hawaii.

      • 202 majiir
        December 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        I loaded up on milk at the grocery store the other day, susanne. We have a new store called Aldi’s, it began in Germany. Aldi’s was selling milk for $2.49 a gallon, and I bought four gallons, put them in my freezer–just in case nothing was done on the farm bill.

  63. December 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

  64. 204 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    The “Obama Corlone” hashtag is hilarious.

  65. December 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  66. 212 yardarm756
    December 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

  67. 215 dotster3
    December 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    • 216 Ladyhawke
      December 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      The one thing that ALL Republicans excel at is LYING. It is the thread that runs through any interaction with the party. Dishonesty is their stock-in-trade.

    • 217 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Yep, they’re lying about it the same way Romney/Ryan lied about saving Medicare during the presidential campaign. Republicans have wanted to repeal Social Security since 1935, Medicare since 1965, and Obamacare since 2010, and they have no plan to stop trying to repeal these programs. Boehner’s Plan B would have cut funding for Obamacare. I’m glad that PBO has drawn his line in the sand and refused to hurt the middle class and the disadvantaged among us. Many republicans don’t even know how hard PBO has been fighting for them, as they trash him with every breath they take.

  68. 218 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    They’re cracking me up.

  69. December 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    So it sounds like the Dems are done for the evening, to reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

  70. 225 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  71. 227 yardarm756
    December 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • 228 Chi
      December 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Oh please, John Fugelhsang can save his admonishment of Democrats for people who are impressed with his occasional need to kiss up to republicans in his quest to be thought of as reasonable and credible…

      Fugelsang can be as irritatingly self-righteous and conciliatory as the very Democrats he snarks at…
      He only stays pure and unyielding when it comes to gay rights…any other area is open to varying perspectives and ‘respecting’ the opinions of members of his own family who are comfortably rightwing…

    • 229 yardarm756
      December 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Big mistake on my part. Ya’ll please forgive me for posting this.

      • 230 Chi
        December 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        You Sir have nothing to apologize for…

        I hope you weren’t reacting to my post…

        My rather frustrated post was in response to Fugelsang’s snide comment and overall attitude towards (in my opinion, the wrong) Democrats in general and President Obama in particular (something he does quite often)…

        He constantly irritates me as he does the phenomenal Hal Sparks with his constant digs at President Obama…

        He’s got to stay in the good graces of Al Gore and the anti-Obama choir over at Current led by Cenk Ugyur…

  72. December 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

  73. 233 vitaminlover
    December 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Just a thought…where are russy wussy limpbrain and sean o’my’hannity? Shouldn’t they be spouting off their ‘oh so valuable’ opinions? (smirk)

  74. 234 Don
    December 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Fredo, you know Johnny “Ola” Boehner don’t you?

    #ObamaCorelone

  75. December 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    You never, ever enable your opponent to predict with near certainty you’re every move. That is the core error of the GOP – ever since 20 Jan 2009. PBO recognized it and has used it against them, ever so subtly initially. But, now they pay and will continue paying for at least a decade.

    #TrustBarack

    • 237 Esi
      December 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Bofr, when you are corrupt, you stop being rationale, that is what we are witnessing. I watched an 11 hour movie at home yesterday on the civil war. Somewhere in the movie a gentleman from the Confederate group asks/suggests that the Slaves be armed to help fight the war against the unions as the south were running out of soldiers, the answer was no because if they did, then the premise that Blacks were inferior to Whites becomes bogus because it will put them on equal footing!. When you are corrupt, bigot, racist etc etc, you pay the prices for critical thinking and ability to be rationale. If this wasn’t a serious situation, nobody will be needing to watch comedy for a long time but alas these repugs are the people some have chosen to lead!

    • 238 Don
      December 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Great point Bobf, but truthfully President Obama has placed the Republicans in unenviable positions since 2009. At every junction when President Obama has dragged this country forward the Republicans have let themselves get boxed into a position of trying to impede progress. Only a leader with great skill could have produced a record of achievement as vast and wide as President Obama has done while constantly being confronted with a level of hostility and obstructionism not seen in Washington in my lifetime. The Republicans have now been reduced to throwing whatever they think will stick to the wall.

  76. 240 kasai
    December 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Good Evening Tods:)

    PBO is about to do A “Big Payback” on GOP….I can’t wait:-)

  77. 241 idon
    December 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Huffington Post front page “chain of fools” with GOP senators standing with their grand wizard leader mitch mc connell http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ oh and Aretha’s Cahin of Fools link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGAiW5dOnKo


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