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2012: An image or two …. May

Hey, I hope you’re all impressed: I’ve already got to May 2012 ….. and it’s only January 2013 :???:

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Meanwhile, chat away – and feel free to use shockingly obscene language when referring to Republicans and the professional left. No worries.


335 Responses to “2012: An image or two …. May”


  1. January 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Happy New Year again!

  2. 6 cookemom
    January 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Happy New Year all my O peeps!! What a great getting up first day of the year on planet TOD!!! I slept through the dawning of my New Year by falling asleep with about 45 minutes to go. I woke up to find the earth still on it’s axis, the poles are still south and north of us, all 7 continents are accounted for, and Pooh still craves the honey pot.

    It Is Well!!

  3. 9 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Good afternoon TOD!

  4. 11 a4alice
    January 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  5. 12 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  6. January 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Very impressed with your industry and accomplishments for the year, Chips! I think you can take the rest of 2013 off (but not from this blog!)

  7. 15 carolmaewy
    January 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Is it a mad mad race to be #1? Congrats to the person with the quickest hand?

    • 16 desertflower
      January 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      you got it! We’ve been playing this game for awhile now…amazing how it makes you smile when you manage to get to the coveted #1 spot:)

      • 17 carolmaewy
        January 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        Yes, today must have been a challenge. 🎇 Everyone is participating this afternoon. I haven’t caught up with the Rise ‘n Shine yet.

      • 18 GGail
        January 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        you’re correct df – we’ve been doing this dance for a while and it’s STILL fun :-)

  8. 19 vitaminlover
    January 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    President Obama is so incredible and competent and accomplished in his career. He is definitely right where he belongs. MY President!

  9. 20 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

  10. January 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Happy New Year from Pasadena, CA.

    Congratulations Mary1 and Cookemom on being tied for first!

  11. January 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Happy New Year, everyone!

    Glad to see UT is in one piece. I can’t be the only Chelsea supporter on this blog.

    I really love how PBO caves. He seems to get most of what he wants when he does.

  12. 33 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm

  13. 35 vitaminlover
    January 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    To Eric the reptile Cantor….song ‘You’re a snake in the grass, you’re a snake in the grass, you’re a snake in the graaaasss and a pain in the a**!

  14. January 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  15. 37 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Chips…once again FANTASTIC. Carry on my friend.

  16. January 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Folks don’t realize what Pres Obama just accomplished, He has lit the dynamite inside the GOP between the Wall Street rich folks & the doctrinaire insane asylum. He has shown up their suicidal terrorism. He can sit back and let wall street strangle Cantor. If we go over cliff he pockets ALL revenue.

    He did say they have a hard time saying YES to him right? And it was not his fingerprints on the deal Right? They wanted Joe Biden right?

  17. 45 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    aloha and good (late) morning from the 50th state. just scanned through all 4500000 comments on the last thread. whew! you folks get up and get to work! i’m still not sure i can type coherently, but sending best wishes for a happy new year to all. dudette, your music choices last night kept me dancing till way too late. i’m way too old for that, but sooooo grateful!

    as to the ridiculous, childish, self-cleaning oven which is the republican party— drama and more drama, till they’re all a heap of ash to be swept away.

  18. January 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Tried calling Cantor’s number. Line is busy. I thought Boehner said he’d bring the senate bill to the floor for a vote. Did he lie?

  19. January 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    great video, Chips. thank you :))

  20. 49 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Howard “Kill the Bill!” Dean is at it again. He cites from the Hill but does not provide the actual CBO documentation. WHY NOT?? Since when is the Hill to be trusted on these matters?

  21. 51 dotster3
    January 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

  22. 52 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    If you have time, you can make a difference. We’re not helpless. :D

    https://twitter.com/Lisa_M_Fryer/status/286212810197843970

  23. 54 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  24. 56 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    The Hill is putting out information supposedly from the CBO stating that the Biden-McConnell bill adds $4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade – but not sourcing their information. I can’t find anything from the CBO, only what The Hill is putting out.

    I find that highly suspect. Where is the actual documentation from the CBO?!?!? And why don’t we have access to it?!?!?

  25. January 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    BTW, Chips, love this recording ….

  26. January 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    HELLO FAMILY!! It’s me Aunt Sis. Sorry, I have been of the grid since the re-election of our beloved President. I wish each and everyone one you a delay but happy holidays and new year. Here’s to a wonderful 2013!!

  27. 65 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    here’s what i see developing: the rethugs are holding on by their teeth and claws till their gerrymandering yields a shift in power that will be impervious to voter interests. seems like they don’t care who won the election, or what the american people want? that’s because it’s true, they are oblivious to all that, because they’re quietly dismantling it’s efficacy. our task in the next few years is going to be more local, and more focused on judges who will or will not stop these rethug efforts.

    sam wang is on this. part one of a 3-part analysis is bracing and essential reading:

    ‘ 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. ‘

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

    • 66 prettyfoot58
      January 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      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. ‘

      THISSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

  28. January 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Chips, that’s a great video to take a stroll down memory lane. Thanks>>

  29. 68 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    the pope’s message today included a scolding for greedheads:

    ‘ He deplored “hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor”.

    Those “hotbeds” also grew out of “the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism”, as well as “various forms of terrorism and crime”, he said. ‘

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20882894

  30. 69 Dakota
    January 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Happy New Year TOD Family!

    I see there was quite the party here last night. I did something we rarely do on New Year’s Eve…we went out! Had a great time dinner & dancing. Got the alert about the “cliff” during deal dinner and our whole table applauded. We are truly blessed to be here to see this President in action! Truly! I know that 2013 will be so very blessed for of us.

    A special thanks to our beloved Chips for this amazing place. And I for one am all for a TOD gathering!

  31. 70 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

  32. 73 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  33. 74 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

  34. 75 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Hey! Wonder if Cantor is betting on fail so he can make money shorting the stock market for his personal gain again? Fucker needs to resign.

  35. January 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    #TrustBarack He’s Just Shown Everyone Why, yet again …

  36. 79 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  37. January 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Got through to Cantor’s office and told aide he needs to pass senate bill and stop screwing the American people. Call folks.

  38. 81 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Bob…note my CBO particulars @ 50….

  39. 84 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Chipsticks, this video is so touching – thank you! I especially love the elderly gentleman attempting to stand out of his wheelchair to shake President Obama’s hand. Oh My!

  40. January 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Let’s remember that Boehner has 2 Senate passed bills sitting on his desk …

    Moreover …

    #FORWARD

  41. 88 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Watching C Span & Charles Hurt, WaTimes is expressing how “hurt” he was by POTUS words yesterday. Boo Hoo

  42. 90 LDS
    January 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Happy New Year…….again.
    While catching up on last post, you guys were here. Last will be first.
    Just called Eric Canton’s number and left a message. The person was nice,
    CAll guys! This is what our President would want us to do. Make calls, tweet, e-mail.
    In other words, stay on their asses……even now. We have the power! We have the victory!

    It will happen. Keep up the good fight!

  43. 91 Don
    January 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Glad to see Senator Bernie Sanders vote for a necessary but imperfect bill that will no doubt help the middle class. So does this mean that Sen. Sanders will stop going on the Thom Hartmann show and speaking ill about whatever President Obama does?

    • January 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      No Don. I’m not a cynic, but it was obvious given the overwhelming number of Rs that voted for the bill that they and Senator Sanders knew full well what Cantor’s #teahadists would do, today, and they’re more than eager to let those GOP traitors in the House own it.

  44. 93 Don
    January 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Please forgive me Chips, but I’m having such a great time over at the Orange Satan reading their bullshit about how President Obama sold the middleclass down the river, their stupidity is both hilarious and sad.

  45. January 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I know Sullivan has many detractors on this site, myself included, but when he gets it right – I temporarily and cautiously forgive. This commentary is certainly better than the hair on fire soulmates that represents the left and the right in this country. Both of them are equally lacking in self-awareness and both live in a delusional world of magical thinking.

    The Long Game, Revisited.

    “In other words, I can see Obama’s logic here. What he’s getting – which is a gradual shift toward more fiscal responsibility, with key protections for the working poor and the unemployed in place – is all he really wants right now. Like many of Obama’s incremental achievements, you can sometimes miss the forest for the trees. We have the biggest tax hike in decades – without a sudden recession. And we have huge, painful spending cuts looming unless new revenue is found through tax reform. The end result – for all its unseemly messiness right now – may still be a sane, graduated fiscal readjustment as the economy recovers. The sequester can be back-loaded a little to find that elusive sweet spot between structural fiscal rebalancing and economic growth. And we could even clean up the tax code a little.

    It’s not great, but it will do. Sometimes, the little advances are preferable under certain circumstances to big breakthroughs. And Obama has to face a rabid Republican House probably for his next four years. They self-destructed on Plan B. They will almost certainly have to swallow hard and vote for big tax increases in the next day or so. And a campaign to slash Medicare is their next major goal. A phrase springs to mind.

    Meep meep.”

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2013/01/the-long-game-revisited.html via @DishFeed

    • 95 susanne
      January 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      meep meep!

    • 96 Don
      January 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Good write-up edwina3, I also like Sullivan but what is so bothersome about him is that he can so easily be swayed to go against President Obama at the drop of a hat. All if not most of us here at TOD know that President Obama is playing the long game, if you listen to anything he says it is readily apparent. You would think that someone of Sullivan’s ability would be able and understand President Obama strategy. I’m not the fastest guy in the world but their was never a moment in the last six years did I not understand what President said or did.

      • 97 99ts
        January 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm

        Like most republicans – he is driven by complete self interest – his implosion after the first debate was extreme stupid – I haven’t been back to read him since then. It has not been difficult for republicans to support President Obama over the past 5 years – those who are sane realize the damage the GOP has done to America – and it seems this will continue for the next 4 years – to scream every time they disagree with a DEMOCRATIC President is their mode of operandi and it gives support to the RWNJs

  46. January 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    SIGH

  47. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Happy New Year, Chips, once again! I’ve been watching what I write on Twitter, but thanks for allowing obnoxious language here when speaking of Republicans, in particular. I just can’t stop tweeting this effing bastard throughout the day! Based on his follow-up tweet, earlier, methinks the blowback he’s gotten has given him more attention than since he used to lie for GWBush for a living. But, heck, it’s New Year’s Day and I’ll give him a little attention in the spirit of the holiday. Well, the spirit of the holiday at this Democrat’s house, that is!

    • 109 susanne
      January 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      you tell ‘im jacqueline! charity is not a solution to a tax problem, to make the math work. charity comes from the heart, and is unrelated to financial considerations.

      here’s the dirty secret about ‘charity’ as he means it: he can donate to the opera society, the harvard club, the museum of gilded extravagance, and get a ‘charitable’ exemption.

      giving to people, to help people, to save the very lives of people– how did myth put it?– don’t worry about those people; there are plenty of safety nets for them.

      • 110 jacquelineoboomer
        January 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Yes, susanne, you nailed it. I’m thinking another nice charity Ari Ferrari probably donates to, on behalf of the people, is the NRA. Or maybe he considers his own IRA a charity. Hell’s hot, Ari.

    • 111 Don
      January 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Geez Ari, you should have thought about that shit starting in 2000. Maybe if your boss would not have gave millionaires and billionaires two tax breaks, two unfunded and senseless wars, and a unfunded Part D we wouldn’t have to worry about charities receiving less in donations.

    • January 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Well done, Jacqueline, as always!!!

    • 115 vcprezofan2
      January 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Hey JO’B, I responded to him earlier too.

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      January 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Just can’t stop the fun (he is so disgusting)!

    • 118 FiredUpInCA
      January 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Right, Ari. Since when did Karl Rove and Dick Armey become a charity?

      Because that’s where a lot of millions have flowed since the Bush tax cuts. Millionaires have had tax cuts for nearly a decade. It seems to that among a significant percentage of them, money is for hoarding, not giving. And for another significant percentage the tax breaks allowed them to try to buy political candidates and policies that would allow them to hoard more.

      You see, unlike the administration you worked for Ari, this administration does want to use tax revenue not to start wars they want to invest in education and job creation in the U.S.

      The country can do well, by doing good. You reduce the need for charity when you invest in people and provide them the tools and resources to create their own future.

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  49. January 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  50. January 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Happy New Year TODville. Was stuck over at R&S thread after a late start. All visiting family members have been shipped off back
    to where they came from :) so I am free to delve back into my politics. Great win for PBO so far, pending GOP house of nuts!

    Thanks for all the articles and tweets UT…made life a lot easier to get up to speed about what happened overnight.
    What the hell does Cantor mean that he is a NO vote? Is he nuts?

    Anyway, decided to stay positive through the ups and down this year. The biggest gift was the re-election of PBO. Anything after that,
    we can handle.

    Thanks Ms. Chips for everything you provide us. Happy New Year.

  51. January 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Tightening the screws ….

  52. 132 ouapiti
    January 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    A Happy New Year to all TODers! Have been out of the country and away from TV and internet for the past 10 days, and I can’t believe how depressing it is to come back to the same old GOP BS. Am so proud of Obama and Biden and hope that if the House does not pass this bill the American people will fight back en masse.

  53. January 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Cantor and the Repubs really are as nutty as we all already know them to be. I cannot stand these people. How anyone who isn’t a millionaire/billionaire can vote for them again and again after all the crap they pull, after everything they do to crap on people struggling just to survive, is beyond me.

    • January 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      NYC, I’ve never been able to understand this either. How does the ever failing GOP, successfully convince so many to vote against their own interests? I just don’t get it. Never have, never will. Yet somehow they are convinced that the President is the problem. It’s crazy and I can’t stand them either.

      • January 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        I can understand voting Republican if you’re a millionaire (and you don’t give a damn about anyone else’s interests); you’re personally gaining from it. Selfish, yes, but at least not illogical. A poor or middle-class person voting Republican is insanity.

        Some people seem to think we live in a dictatorship where PBO can do whatever he wants by fiat, and if he doesn’t try to do that then he’s weak. I just read a post by someone on another site that asked (and not as a joke), “Why can’t Obama just enact the Senate bill with an executive order and claim national security?” *bangheadagainsthewall*

  54. January 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I was watching BBC World, and they had someone from U of MD on discussing the cliff deal. He went on ranting that if we didn’t get spending under control we’d become like Italy. And of course, he was saying that PBO wasn’t compromising, and that the House GOP was understandably hesitant to accede to the deal.

    Well, obviously, he was a choad, but like Bob’s been saying, there was no way that the Senate deal would get past Cantor. There will be short term pain, especially for the unemployed. I’ve been unemployed, and I know the fear that grips you when benefits are about to run out. But what the House GOP doesn’t realize is that its bargaining power will decrease on Jan 3, not increase. More D’s in both houses, and Democrats who will drive an even harder bargain. And, again, THEY WILL BE BLAMED. A bipartisan tsunami passed the cliff deal; the only one standing in the way is Cantor and his acolytes. There is no win in this for them.

    Yes, many House R’s are in safe, gerrymandered districts. But not all of them. Enough to target again in 2014. Such is the long game.

    • 138 Don
      January 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      LL, I don’t think ANY Republican is safe Anywhere. Even the so-called safe Republicans are chomping at the bit to sign the bill just so they wont’ have to face the coming backlash. At this point some Republicans are saying every man or woman for themselves.

      • January 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        I’m more on your wavelength, Don. 2014 will be quite interesting. But we still have to take into account sheep voting against their own interests because the GOP will protect them against [insert boogeyman here].

        As I’ve been writing on TPV, PBO’s long game is eviscerating the GOP. Everything he’s done has been towards that end. 2014 will be the big test of that strategy.

        • 140 Don
          January 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

          President Obama said in his MTP interview that immigration will be put on the table, also DOMA is in the hands of the Supremes. I think even before 2014 President Obama will have so much headwind that not even the threat of the midterms will slow him down.

        • 141 majiir
          January 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

          You’re 100% correct about sheep voting against their own interests for GOP pols, LL!! I live in GA, and it never ceases to amaze me how many of the citizens here are on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and receive other forms of federal/state assistance who consistently vote for republicans simply because they are republicans and claim that they’re against raising taxes, hate Planned Parenthood, hate LGBTQ Americans, hate gay marriage, are Christians, and hate abortion for all reasons. Mind you, many of these folks are major hypocrites who say one thing and do something else. While I was still in the classroom, I saw plenty of these folks’ daughters get pregnant before marriage and have abortions, know that they have sons and daughters who are gay and bisexual, and that many of them have been divorced and remarried more than once. They put Nathan Deal in our governor’s office, knowing he was a crook. He now enjoys an approval rating of @ 38%, but if anyone thinks these same folks won’t vote for him in a heartbeat again in 2014, they know nothing about how republicans will vote for anyone with an (R) beside his/her name just because he/she is not an “evil” democrat. Never mind what the democratic candidate stands for and never mind that he/she has a proven track record of working on behalf of the middle class and the poor–the socioeconomic groups that most of these folks fit into.

    • 142 susanne
      January 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      the win for can’t-er is the speakership. don’t think they don’t know exactly what’s coming when the new house convenes. that’s what this whole game has been about for them, jockeying for power in the house, and a better view from their office window. still, pbo is squeezing them hard, and making it public. no more mr nice guy, save face for you-type deals. he’s made it clear what’s going on, and the fact that they’re willing to throw the economy over a cliff is nothing to do with their ‘principles’ and everything to do with their personal ambitions.

    • 143 prettyfoot58
      January 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Such is the LONG GAME!

  55. January 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  56. 145 debz
    January 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Happy New Year to all!!!

  57. January 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    The Hastert Rule combined with the 2010 gerrymandering pretty much have us over a barrel for the foreseeable future. Thanks to the emogprogs and PL who taught us all a lesson!

  58. 156 carolyn
    January 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Totally off topic, but a keen insight into deranged minds…..the tabloids have lost no time….new target: Hillary Clinton. Saw the new Enquirer at the grocery store today, headline said “Hillary Clinton brain cancer drama.” My, my……. Nothing these tabloids have tried on the president has worked, so they have whole new fields to plow.

  59. January 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Hey, Chips – Have to say that looking at your photos reminds me that some good things WERE happening this past year! (The re-election, of course, being Numero Uno…) Thanks!

    Gato
    http://www.partyandsoul.wordpress.com

  60. January 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    …. Just as a fun thought experiment, consider what this process might look like if the Speaker of the House were a strong leader with some shred of influence over his own caucus. It’s easy to take it for granted, because we’ve become so accustomed to it over the last two years, but Boehner is weak in ways that have no modern precedent; he has effectively no control in his own chamber; and from an institutional/structural perspective, the Speaker’s fecklessness leads to important consequences, as we’re seeing today.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/01/16286608-house-gop-skeptical-of-bipartisan-fiscal-deal

    • 159 susanne
      January 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      just as a thought experiment, consider what this process might look like if the speaker of the house were a strong leader with some shred of influence over HER own caucus!! say, if the speaker were, just sayin’ for example NANCY SMASH!

  61. January 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    CBO is crazy! They did this right before healthcare votes as well!

  62. January 1, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Rusty looks the other way – not for the first time.

  63. January 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Just watch the Asian markets in a couple of hours as they start trading ….

    • January 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      • January 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        • January 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

          Australia, Indonesia, China …. Germany, France, UK …. just watch the tsunami roll in (and, btw, Japanese investors and bankers are likely freaking that they’re stuck with closed markets but sure as hell will be liquidating and adjusting currency and commodity positions in any market that’s open …

          • January 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

            absolutely Bobfr the Japanese may be performing “harakiri” by Thursday, UK Germany France i thinks opens around 3 a.m. est, so Indonesia China Australia will give us our first reading

          • 183 99ts
            January 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

            Hello Bobfr & all the TODders – new years wishes to everyone – and also hoping that the collective GOP house will find its brain

            The Oz markets have been open for 25 minutes and are currently UP – they have more faith in Boehner and Cantor than I do. Last night our news kept talking about the wonderful “deal” with minor mention that it had to pass the house.

  64. 185 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    wow. i just got an email from moveon.org asking me to call my rep and say vote NOon the fiscal cliff deal. move on! they say robert reich doesn’t like it, and we should start over with the new congress. jeez. whose side are they on?

  65. January 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  66. 188 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    On another note, just ran errands and filled up the car. I paid $2.63/gal. Obama’s fault?

  67. January 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

  68. January 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The fiscal-cliff impasse had its roots in—where else?—the old South, with its lunatic blend of obstructionism and greed at the public trough.

    While most liberals were stewing at Barack Obama yesterday for his “capitulation” on tax rates, I confess that I was feeling philosophical about it, and even mildly defensive of him. He is negotiating with madmen, and you can’t negotiate with madmen, because they’re, well, mad….

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/01/on-the-fiscal-cliff-obama-does-what-he-can-against-200-years-of-bad-faith.html

  69. 202 Nena20409
    January 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Now can people finally see the TBGOPers for what and who they are? Just CRAZY fatuously bat poop idiots.

  70. 203 Nena20409
    January 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    LBJ, even Cater and Clinton had more Dems in both chambers when they were elected. There were moderate GOPers who cared about governing….they were from the Northeast.

    Today, we have the worst in both chambers…..regional and wickedly partisan.

  71. 205 forus50
    January 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  72. January 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    The House is ready to convene. UGH.

  73. January 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    :???:

  74. 223 criquet
    January 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Hello all. hope everyone enjoyed New Year’s day.

    Meanwhile in the House, things continue to fall apart!

  75. January 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Great April video. Love shots of PBO and Michelle especially if I missed them the first time around. Praying for a quick resolution in congress.

  76. 235 dotster3
    January 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    CBS News with Major Garrett reporting just slammed President Obama re. this fiscal cliff fiasco, saying they had to call in Biden to work this deal because President Obama does not have any good rapport with congressional Republicans. Obama’s fault.

    • 236 desertflower
      January 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Clear case of defection…none of them are even capable of doing their jobs.

    • January 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Good grief.

      As Tomasky – Tomasky! – put it:

      It’s always the reactionaries holding up the progressives — and usually, needless to say, it’s been the South holding up the North — and always with the same demagogic and dishonest arguments about a tyrannical central government. We’ll never be rid of these paranoid bloviators, and if no other president could stop them I don’t really see why Obama ought to be able to.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/01/on-the-fiscal-cliff-obama-does-what-he-can-against-200-years-of-bad-faith.html

    • 238 Nena20409
      January 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Major Garrett pray tell, who does VP Biden work for? Who gives him OK on what kind of s deal he would strike? These people think that Americans are that fatuously clueless? MSM has got to stop being totally crude and just people with bent up racial animus against pres Obama. Holy elephants. Major Garrett is still carrying his Fox mentality around.

    • 239 Vicki
      January 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      The opposition will do and say anything to demean PBO. That is the same manoeuver they were using every time they tried to say that Bill Clinton saved the election.
      Now they praise Biden at the Presidents expense. Same old story.
      Everything Bad is Obama’s fault.
      Everything Good is attributed to someone else.

      There seems to be no limit to the hate. It makes me so sad.

      • January 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        After this is over, I bet Biden will come out and give full credit to PBO. He won’t stand for any of this nonsense

      • 241 majiir
        January 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        What the MSM seems to be conveniently “forgetting” is that PBO wasn’t never negotiating with any member of the Senate. He was only negotiating with Boehner. Boehner couldn’t take the pressure PBO was putting on him, so he bailed!!!

    • 243 criquet
      January 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      PBO should wear that as a badge of honor. Major Garrett used to be at Fox. Still reporting as if their correspondent.

      Majority of Americans understand why the relationship with the Kenyan, Muslim,socialist, black President and the Congressional Republicans is the way it is.

      By the way, what does being friends and having a rapport have to do with upholding your oath and doing your job as a Congress person in the interest of the American people?

      Former Pres G W Bush had little rapport with the Democrats in Congress but they did not try to destroy the economy and the welfare of the American people.

      People like Garrett ain’t fooling anyone.

      • 244 Nena20409
        January 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        The 98% Journos who are non-people of color covering this POTUS, will Never cease from making HIM the OTHER…..The Black POTUS, the Different from Them, etc. That is what is going on here.

    • 245 sabreen60
      January 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      I just slammed Major on Twitter. Gawd I’m sick of the media. They do as much harm if not more than the idiotic Teabaggers.

      • 246 Nena20409
        January 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        Pres Obama just days in the WH in early 2009, invited Boehner, and Co to watch the super bowl with him…..many declined. The same group that plotted to decimate his presidency….wanted to make him a one term president. Cantor and McConnell held individual meetings against this president before the Jan 20, 2009 Coup de’tat political plot. They are CRAZY. They have failed in every way. And they will not succeed today….and Americans have had enough.

      • 248 anniebella
        January 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Good to hear sabreen60. Keep up the good work. Major Garrett is full of alot of B.S.

    • 249 anniebella
      January 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Who does have any good rapport with congressional Republicans. Major Garrett is full of B.S. just like Tapper, Todd, Henry, and most of the media. After all he came from that Fox hole over there.

    • 250 yardarm756
      January 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Major Garrett comes from what was left in his fathers diaper. :-(

  77. 251 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    in other news….

    ‘ U.S. sales of warplanes, anti-missile systems and other costly weapons to China’s and North Korea’s neighbors appear set for significant growth amid regional security jitters.

    Strengthening treaty allies and other security partners is central to the White House’s “pivot” toward a Pacific region jolted by maritime territorial disputes in China’s case, and missile and nuclear programs, in North Korea’s.

    The pivot “will result in growing opportunities for our industry to help equip our friends,” said Fred Downey, vice president for national security at the Aerospace Industries Association, a trade group that includes top U.S. arms makers.

    Demand for big-ticket U.S. weapons is expected to stay strong for at least the next few years, the trade group said in a 2012 year-end review and forecast released in December.

    Fears resulting from China’s growing military spending should lead to enough U.S. sales in South and East Asia to more than offset a slowdown in European arms-buying, according to the forecast. ‘

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/01/us-usa-asia-arms-sales-idUSBRE90005D20130101

  78. January 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Boy, Cantor really wants his job!

  79. 258 dotster3
    January 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I think Rubio is sleazy, his whole career full of the lowest level of political shenanigans—-dishonesty and exaggerations, a la Paul Ryan, politics purely for personal gain, financial and otherwise.

  80. 259 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I’m posting this EXCELLENT READ again on this thread. A little h/t to Jefferson Obama. I got it from someone that linked in one of his Tweets

    http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2013/jan/01/fiscal-cliff-dysfunctional-republican-nihilism

  81. 266 Anna
    January 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Those folks on The Hill should be paid minimum wage per hour, for only productive hours worked, work every other weekend and every other holiday, just like I did before retirement. I am sure there is some type of work they could get done on those days. But then again how much can a 2 year old having temper tantrums do. Been on the phone calling representatives telling them to basically,s**t or get off the pot, get out of the way of progress.

  82. January 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    • 268 desertflower
      January 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I hope there will be lots more grief where this came from:) Practice up, GOP!

    • 269 Nena20409
      January 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Since 11-06-12…..Denial

      Then Anger. Then Bargaining just last 10 days. Then Depression this afternoon. Back to Denial, Anger, Bargaining and Back to depression. But Acceptance will come……before the new congress is sworn IN.

    • 270 susanne
      January 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      denial is the stage they inhabit. any little slippage into bargaining, and whoops nellie! back to denial quick!

  83. January 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  84. 288 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  85. 289 forus50
    January 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  86. January 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  87. January 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    The day gets worse: just realized that Santa has stopped following me on Twitter. WTF? What did I do to him? Actually, I’m going to follow his ass to Lapland and ask him why he didn’t deliver front row Inauguration tickets down my chimney. Lowlife.

  88. 301 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    leaning….leaning…. :)

  89. 302 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  90. 303 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    So, does this mean that there will be an up or down vote on the Senate bill?

  91. 305 lamh36
    January 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Happy New Year’s TOD.

    Dirty Dancing on ABC Family. If ya know me, then you know I’m watching it…lol

    One of my fav scenes from Dirty Dancing. I hate to admit, at first, I was sorta obsessed by the shirt she was wearing in the beginning of this scene. I thought it was cute. Hey, I was like 11 years old. As I got older though, I completely forgot about the shirt…for obvious reason…lol. RIP Patrick Swayze

  92. 312 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  93. January 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Chips, everyone … check the cool image in this tweet!!!

  94. 315 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  95. January 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

  96. 320 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    So why do we need to cut Medicare????

  97. 323 kasai
    January 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    What do you call a “CAN” that smashes everything in its path? A Cantor-saurus Wreck.—

  98. January 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Fingers crossed!

  99. 329 kasai
    January 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    LOL!!! Happy New Year!! Dear ONE:-)

  100. January 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    So this is where we are:

    1. The House GOP doesn’t have the votes for an amended bill, so
    2. Boehner will allow an up or down vote on the Senate bill, breaking the Hastert rule, which
    3. Means the bill will pass courtesy of the Democrats, with very few yes votes from the GOP. Therefor
    4. The GOP still loses, as they get no credit for keeping us from the “cliff”.

  101. January 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm


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