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2012: An image or two …. June

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349 Responses to “2012: An image or two …. June”


  1. 1 majiir
    January 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah, baby!

  2. 7 yardarm756
    January 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Top 10 I betcha!

  3. 8 99ts
    January 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    So here I am – down around 11th as usual – talking to myself on the last thread – sigh

  4. January 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Another masterpiece, Chips. Waiting for the special features at the end reminds me of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Thanks!

    • January 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      AND caused my saffron/mushroom risotto to stick to the bottom of the pan. Ooooops.

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        Around here you either starve waiting, ignore calls until your stomach aches, let your food spoil while you keep 11/2 eyes on the refresh button, or you try to be responsible and as soon as you turn your head away, *someone* stealthily nips in with the new post. It’s a definite conspiracy!

        • January 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

          You’ve got me laughing!

          • 16 vcprezofan2
            January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

            Don’t laugh, Susan, ;) it’s the plain truth. Sometimes I even imagine the stealthy one has radar links to my home. In the past I’d literally sit at my laptop without moving for hours upon hours, and the moment I closed my eyes to sneeze and reopened them….voila! Used to drive me crazy [-er than I was normally]. I’ve matured now though, :roll: so she doesn’t get to me anymore.

  5. 17 Esi
    January 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I can’t be first?

    • 18 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Yes you can – but just not this time. Congrats on making the top 10! :)

      • 19 Esi
        January 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

        I am just happy to be here and learn and occasionally comment if I think I have anything worthwhile to contribute. Top 10 is a good club to be in, the sailor is always in the top 10!

        • 20 vcprezofan2
          January 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

          Hi Esi. Some of us comment even when *I* know I have nothing worthwhile to contribute. [Yep, awful grammar] Don’t think so much, join in often. ;)

          • 21 Esi
            January 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

            Thanks VC for your encouragement! I was brought up to believe what I send forth can’t be taken back so I should always hit pause before I speak, that listening well is as good a virtue as speaking sparingly. I must confess this ingrained attribute made it rough coming working in the US corporate environment :).

            • 22 vcprezofan2
              January 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

              Esi! You’re not still paying attention to what the parents taught you, are you??!!! [So says the chick who is always quoting grandma's sayings - those sayings that just won't leave my mind free for 'new stuff'] Nevertheless, that listening and speaking sparingly just won’t do in an environment where the youngsters, in particular, know THEY have all the answers (example Ezra Klein, Young Russert, etc. etc.). Plus if you hold your counsel they’ll be convinced you are ‘weak’. ;)

  6. January 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Can someone dare answer this question for me: Ruth Madoff has paid a tremendous public price for her husband Bernie Madoff, dastardly financial scheme he committed on some American citizens. Why isn’t Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC (@mitchellreports) not paying a price for the disastrous financial crisis her husband Alan Greenspan perpetrated on this nation?

    • 24 COS
      January 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Good question RanMan. I can’t stand to look at Mrs. Greenspan. If I see her as a guest on anyone’s show, I turn the channel. Someone made a reference to Howard Dean going beyond his expiration date on an earlier blog. Mrs. Greenspan is way beyond her expiration date. :)

      • 25 Chi
        January 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        I too would love to know RanMan…

        But you’ve got to understand that as hateful and hostile and dishonest as Andrea Mitchell has been to and about President Obama, she’s been curiously one of the biggest defenders, protectors and cheerleaders for Hillary Clinton…

        As a matter of fact, when Andrea Mitchell isn’t too busy attacking and disrespecting President Obama, she could very easily be mistaken for Hillary Clinton’s spokeswoman, pr person and personal assistant…

        So there’s that too…

    • 26 majiir
      January 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      She’s special, or at least the D.C. insiders think so, RanMan. Greenspan admitted his policies as FED chairman weren’t good for the nation, but he gets a free pass because he leans republican. We have a very unfair system in place in which some can escape being ostracized, but others can never show their faces in public again. Ruth Madoff shouldn’t be held responsible for her husband’s wrongdoing, but I can imagine the hard time some of her former friends and associates are giving her. Eric Cantor knew about Gen. Petraeus and Paul Broadwell before the president did, but no one in our lazy MSM dares ask him why he didn’t reveal the information. Darrell Issa exposed national security secrets in his Benghazi “investigation,” but, again, the cowards in the MSM continue to pretend that he’s a credible voice on many issues.

      • 27 99ts
        January 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        I am still amazed that GWBush and Tony Blair can show their faces in public after the non existent WMD. I can remember as a child of the 1950s studying “the reasons for WWI and WWII” – so history will probably not be kind to Bush & Blair is about the only justice that will happen to them in this world.

        • 28 Bill
          January 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm

          I too have often wondered about Bush and Blair. Bush seems to have no self awareness at all. He has said history will judge him long after he is gone, and he gives it no thought. Blair having converted to Catholicism after leaving office may be using religion to hide from himself. Shakespeare could do a good play with those two.

          • 29 vcprezofan2
            January 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

            ‘and he gives it no thought.’

            In fairness, Bill, Bush thought about it long enough to conclude he was ‘famous and powerful’ and he was obviously quite proud of that! Every time I think of that comment I shake my head at how obtuse he was/is.

            • 30 Bill
              January 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

              I wonder if Bush is aware Cheney was calling the shots for most of his administration. He really was all about thinking he was “famous and powerful” regardless of the reality.

              • 31 vcprezofan2
                January 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

                Bush strikes me as the kind of president who would have welcomed someone calling the shots since IMO a) he wouldn’t have known what to do and b) he was still the titular head so his fame and power were intact in his mind. Somewhat like Romney really, they want the trappings of the job but that’s really all they want – the rewards without the responsibilities.

    • 32 Bill
      January 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Great question. In my opinion Madoff was a relatively small time figure who broke the rules the banksters created and was caught. However, Greenspan was a major figure in the rigged but legal system created by the banksters to benefit themselves, and he played it expertly for their mutual benefit.

      • 33 Esi
        January 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        To add to it – Madoff took from the rich so they put him behind bars and Greenspan made rules that benefited the rich and made it alright to steal without remorse, kinda legalize theft, shinning light on him will show too much ugly from the rich who robbed the country and sold the masses on the trickle down economics. However, as PBO is slowly teaching us, we should look at the world as not as what it is but what it should be (paraphrasing here). Justice happens is when we the people ask questions and demand answers. My thoughts only.

    • 36 carolmaewy
      January 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Ms. Mitchell doesn’t deserve the respect she gets. I turn her off along with the Cycle and others, many others. I can’t look or listen to her without thinking about Greenspan. Same with BaaWaa.

    • January 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      First of all, thanks so much to everyone for your responses. I am truly blown away by the variety of beautiful responses. I would encourage everyone to troll through all the responses so you can get a taste of the magnificent minds of the TOD family.

      Ms. Chips, you have created a family of people that is for me, beyond description, but that will be spiritually, virtually, mentally, and physically connected for a life time. Thanks so much>>

  7. 38 Esi
    January 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Got here, watched the video a couple of times went over to read comments and there were no comments and wondered what could be wrong so I kept refreshing till it dawned on me there will be no comments if no one has commented yet. Then it hit me could I be first? I was too dense and not nimble enough :). Congrats Majir.

  8. 39 sherijr
    January 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Love how you captured the messed up media’s hyperventilation over the mandate that stood ;) Well done Chips, your videos never fail to make the waterfalls in my eyes flow…

    • January 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Ah sherijr, I’d actually forgotten how hilariously awful the reporting was that day. I remember despairing in the comments about the individual mandate being struck down, and someone saying ‘no it hasn’t!’. It was bizarre. But it all came good!

      • 41 COS
        January 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

        Chips, that video is one of my LOL favorite videos. :)

      • 43 sherijr
        January 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

        It allowed us alllll to see how completely bias the media is- look how ecstatic they all were over a possible POTUS loss~ it was sickening but thoroughly eye-opening.

      • 44 utaustinliberal
        January 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        Bravo for capturing CNN and Fox New’s schadenfreude. I remember that day. MSNBC and SCOTUS Blog got it right and when I tuned into CNN and saw them reporting crap, I was simultaneously amused and frustrated. It was a good day for Team Obama and Americans who benefitted and will benefit immensely because of ObamaCare.

  9. 45 COS
    January 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    A little OT, but Randi Rhodes made a good point about Mr. environmentalist Al Gore, who often criticize PBO for not doing anything on global warming, who sold his company to an oil rich entity.

    • 46 anniebella
      January 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Hasn’t Al Gore turn out to be a big disappointment?

      • 47 dotster3
        January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        All I know is— what a different country and world we would have had Gore become president, if the Supreme Ct. had not stopped the recount and handed the presidency to W. No Iraq War, for one big diff. Likely not a 9/11. And environmentally we would not be in such dire straits had we paid attention when Gore first urged changes in that area. That Sup. Ct. decision was disastrous, and led to so much destruction, in every aspect of our lives——with tentacles which spread throughout the world——a huge enormous cost in lives and infinancial and environmental well-being.

        • 48 Esi
          January 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

          we probably also would not have PBO. The circumstances preceding PBO being elected were so dire, Americans were ready literally for change :). Bush was painful but I think again on that backdrop of darkness, PBO shines ever so brightly. Yep, I am optimist :).

      • 49 nathkatun7
        January 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Al Gore, who by the way was a leading member of the conservative DLC, just like Bill Clinton, is now the darling of the left. The same left that accused him of being no different from George W. Bush and thus supported Ralph Nader. The hypocrisy of some people on the left is just as shameful as that of the people on the right. Al Gore’s criticism of President Obama on environment is quite buffaloing to me. President Obama’s record on the environment is much better than that of the Clinton/Gore administration. Could it be that Gore’s criticism is purely motivated by envy? Gore is still relatively a young man. Why then doesn’t he run for President again and show us how to win and fix the environment? To be honest, I am so sick of the holier than thou progressives who are so good at playing President with microphones or in front of cameras.

  10. 51 99ts
    January 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    The faces on Fox – when they got it wrong (again) – not to mention “”Be cautious with us – we are trying to do the best we can” – how long have they been doing this!

    Some wonderful pictures and memories – thanks Chips

  11. 61 hopefruit2
    January 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I won’t be watching tonight’s Last Word edition.

  12. 66 yardarm756
    January 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Here’s an idea that has merit?

    • 67 veryslowwriter
      January 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      As a rule I’m opposed to vigilantism but I can be persuaded to make an exception in the case of sex predators.

    • 69 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Probably encouraged by the politician for the media – that the crime be recognized and punished by law is what should be done. Rape is all about degrading women & I think that display is attempting to say “both sides do it”. I don’t think it is anywhere near the right path yardarm.

      • 70 yardarm756
        January 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        To hell with the both sides argument. If it was up to me he would have been beheaded and so to with child molesters.

  13. January 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    OMG, what a flood of memories, especially about the SC decision on Obamacare. Tense weeks and months and then a really amazing decision for all of us. What a year it’s been!!!!

  14. 72 majiir
    January 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for the congrats, TODers. I had just finished reading today’s R&S post, decided to check for new posts, and found that no one had made a comment. I was surprised, to say the least, because some TODers have really quick fingers.

  15. 73 jackiegrumbacher
    January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Okay, every month I say Oh, that’s my favorite. And then the next month comes and you surpass yourself, Chips. I can only imagine how great the November video is going to be. It’s amazing to watch how gleeful the Fox guys are when they think there is a fail in store for the president. Then the shock, the egged faces, when they are the ones that failed. They might as well wear neon signs saying Don’t believe a word we say.

    • January 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Remember Mean Jean Schmidt, on scene and convinced it was a defeat, hootin’ and hollerin’ with glee until she wasn’t?? HHhahahahhaa, good times.

    • January 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Jackie, I reckon the November video will be done in, oh, six months – hang in there!

      • 76 vcprezofan2
        January 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        Actually Chips, I think you should do the November and December videos now while the info is still readily available, THEN PUT THEM ASIDE until you need them. That way you’ll have EIGHT under your belt, two awaiting release – like doing your Christmas shopping early. :lol: Wait… oh yea, you don’t usually X-mas shop early. Sorry. I was trying to help make things easier for you.

      • 77 utaustinliberal
        January 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        It’d better be EPIC then or else…..

  16. 78 yardarm756
    January 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm
  17. 79 carolmaewy
    January 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Hello everyone. Good to be back and signed in after a self inflicted wound to my iPad. Plus doing other normal stuff. Congrats to majir. You can talk to me 99t. I will be lurking for awhile because I have missed several posts. Checking in to See What Condition Is In…Flip to youTube. ;) I see my TV is at the end of the cycle. My least favorite show on MSNBC. Yesterday was Ed Rendall. Today I get to see Judy, a comedian and now Toure with movie reviews. I’d check how to put the little mark above Toure’s name, but I’d be on another trip to nowhere land. Going out to dinner with work friends of my hubby. Hope it is politics free. She posts intolerable posts on Facebook about our president. Doctors in Gillette WY seem to like ACA. :) 🐝 I’m the busy bee it seems. Seem to be hopping from subject to subject. I guess I need to resign to hearing about the debt ceiling and who’s running in 2016. I plan on enjoying the inauguration. :)) Then I’m planning my flower and vegitable garden. Good grief, can’t they pay for Sandy? Why don’t they have House hearings and decide how they’re going to fund FEMA and treat everyone the same after a certain deadline? Do the same when they pass bills so we don’t have to wonder if their going to shut down the federal government. Well I’m going to shut up now. Have a great week-end everyone. I’m also happy that I can relax watching football. No worries untill next week-end! That was my poke of the day I guess. Go Bronco’s! ! ! ! I will probably add my two-cents worth occasionally and test to see if iPad is working the way I want to. ;)

    • 80 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      I think Paul Ryan doing a Palin impression is why they can’t pass Sandy relief – all of it – NOW. Losing GOP VP candidates seem to quickly lose their minds.

      • 81 carolmaewy
        January 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        See if this reply works. Luck is poor. I don’t think they have much on their minds to begin with. ;) Too nasty?

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      January 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      A-hem, Carolmae,… ahm… er.. you don’t…er need to try to put all …your thoughts …and observations ….together…er.. into one comment when you find your way back. to the village ..after being lost. Just thought I’d let you know. :???:

      And BTW, what do you mean that you were away because you were ‘doing other NORMAL stuff’? There is stuff more normal that passing your day in TODville? :shock:

      • 83 99ts
        January 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        There is the real world – of chores and family and work and (sadly) the GOP – and then there is TOD – that the later is 100% of the normal world is what we are working towards!

        • 84 vcprezofan2
          January 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

          99ts, I do believe I’m going to co-opt your distinction since it suits me perfectly. It’s the kind of response I can give myself and the few friends who still bother to bug me about my online life. I’m already in the normal world at TOD, so I have no need to obsess about the real world and its chores etc. Sweet. ;) ;)

      • 85 carolmaewy
        January 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        I promise that I will do better… I wrote a reply, then didn’t touch reply and lost my train of thought. I was bursting with things on my mind. I wish I hadn’t written everything at once. I was thinking in the Twitter world I guess. The normal world was offline. It was a poor choice of words. I am surrounded by Repugs. Even family and friends. Now I have to put on that other face and go out for dinner. Thanks for the advice. I appreciate I.

        • 86 vcprezofan2
          January 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm

          Good lord, Carolmae, you didn’t take me seriously, did you? I was only pulling your leg. This is a place you can wear your normal face, …well…. Okay, okay, I’ll behave. Have yourself the best evening you can !

          • 87 carolmaewy
            January 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

            No, I was glad to get the feedback. I realizes what I say could mean the opposite to someone else. I’m so surrounded by R’s with both friends, family, newborns, etc. I think they’re dysfunctional in Congress. I am usually the one that explains to others how stupid yhey sound when they make very stupid comments about our President and other Dems.

          • 88 carolmaewy
            January 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

            No, I was glad to hear feedback. I am the one living in the dysfunctional world surrounded by friends, family and neighbors. I thought of this sight as an escape from the R’s and getting away from that. It is a treat to find friends who support the president unconditionally. It shouldn’t be that way. I’m the one getting used to finding it. It was always taken for granted that everyone supported the President. It is weird that Pres. Obama is the first one that isn’t respected. It shouldn’t be that way. What happened to stopping at the waters edge? Thanks for bringing me in the real world. The way it should be for all Americans. We had a nice night out to dinner with a couple I only knew as Facebook friends. My hubby works with them. It was a great night out. But I was on guard in case politics were brought up. She had made comments I didn’t like or appreciate at all on FB. I think it’s obvious I’m a dem, but not on this sight! Please tease me more. I want to feel at home here. I won’t feel that way if I don’t get teased! I also realize I can’t reply in the post. Not sure why. That is probably a techie thing. I would welcome a hint on what would be a good sight to discuss iPad 2 issues. It is the iPad 2 that I really have to thank for finding this sight. It is my new BFF. :) I’m not used to what it does different from a PC and how great it is for finding facts easily. I’m not familiar with cell phones either, so I’m glad to get helpful feedback from everyone. Please don’t hold back. 😉 Now I want to thank Chipsticks again for providing the great blog and keeping out the riffraff. It’s my new “normal”.

  18. 89 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Chips, ‘Baby, I love you’ for those June images or two! And imagine, you are half-way through, so the glass is already half full. ;)

  19. 90 Rain
    January 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Anyone seen this one yet? I’m probably late but thought I’d share anyway…PBO being briefed on the Sandy Hook shooting…

    P121412PS-0277

    • 91 carolmaewy
      January 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you. I’m late to everything so I’m glad to see it. I’m still catching up after a 36 hours of being away. I am also a new viewer to TOD. I am loving all the new info I’m getting here. I’m used to hanging around Repugs in my other side of life. I didn’t know all this info was out there. Grateful I found this sight every time I visit. Thanks again. :)

  20. 94 hopefruit2
    January 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Oh My..

    One of my senators has received over 4000 requests for inaugural tx and congressional offices receive only “a few hundred”

  21. 95 carolmaewy
    January 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Chips, I can feel the love in your latest clip. :) Wasn’t expecting the motorcade madness at the end! :) :) :) I also so I need to catch up on lots.

  22. January 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    • 100 a4alice
      January 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      here here Meta! I have to confess I went off on someone on twitter the other day. I don’t ever do that~it was one of those write first and think later moments. I get so defensive of the man I just feel like they’re talking about one of my relatives!

      • January 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        There’s always a lot of complexity when it comes to subject of politics. BUT when I think about it, what I immediately loved and was gravitated to with PBO is that he was simply different: a breath of fresh air, honest, sincere, brutally intelligent, poetic and YES – he is not white!! So among his many gifts is the fact that he is very, very, very different in his way of thinking, his vision for our country, his execution of his policy ideas and values, his enormous heart, his desire for equality. I LOVE THIS MAN and just eternally thrilled that he ascended to the presidency at a time when our nation needed him most.

        • 102 a4alice
          January 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

          yes! Much more eloquently said than I. :-)

        • 104 theo67
          January 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

          I so agree with you, Meta!

        • January 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

          Yes to all this about our PBO, Meta. Starting and ending with ~he’s not white~. Somebody was speculating that the next President will have to be a white male just to get everybody re-established, and I thought, “I pray God ~NO~.” Our country must grow new leaders,
          and our democracy must forge new frontiers of justice, starting with the obvious ones. We are beginning the end of slavery. And isn’t
          it fabulous that we have this TOD place to let our hearts sing new songs. xoxox

          • 106 Pamela
            January 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

            I pray too, and while praying, I have a feeling, intuition I hope, we will NOT see a rich white man in the oval office, perhaps ever again. PBO has turned not only the ship, but the tide. He brings in his very BEING a distinct awareness, an elegant, poised and inclusive compassion that no white man on earth will achieve, ever. (I’m certain of this). We will see women being elected, yes, as President, we will see Latino, black, even gay or lesbian, but none will ever hold a candle to this man. In him, we perceive the awakening of a higher state of human consciousness; without ever meeting him, many people sense he is a very real, very honest, simple in his disposition, but extremely complex in his intellect, his spirituality and his concern for all forms of life. Just look at how many of us love him, really, truly LOVE him. I, for one, have never felt so for any other president, and we all loved JFK very much. No, I’m pretty sure W has claim to the last of a species: wealthy white male US president. It may be the only distinction his dismal trashing of this planet he truly has earned.
            (ps: I hope my comment is an acceptable length)! ;)

        • 109 jackiegrumbacher
          January 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

          Beautifully stated Meta. I couldn’t agree more. There is also something about him that makes you feel deeply connected to him, like you’ve always known him and he’s one of the family. I’ve lived through many decades of presidents (first one I remember clearly was Truman) and I never felt this kind of connection before.

      • 111 vcprezofan2
        January 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        A4A, you were talking about one of your relatives ;) because the Pres has incorporated us all into his (world) family. Those guys/gals not responding positively are like the relatives you can never reach (to show your love) no matter how hard you try. It seems that most families have at least one of those.

        • January 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

          Yes, to show your love, which really after all isn’t parenthetical. These RWNJs are the “others.” They are not at this place where we are all in this together.

          • 113 vcprezofan2
            January 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

            And sadly, Meta, some will never be – will never really know what they are missing, because they have been on the defensive for so long and angry for so long they do not know how to recognize love. Unfortunately in a way it’s not just their loss, it’s ours too.

        • 114 a4alice
          January 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          thank you VC that’ a really good point. And yes! That is how I feel about this First Family. I feel like PBO’s included all of us into it! :-)

          • 115 vcprezofan2
            January 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm

            So, how are you doing these days, Sister A4A? ;)

            • 116 a4alice
              January 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

              whoops just got back! I’m doing great – in fact getting ready to do this day of service thing that’s part of the Presidental Inauguration Committee thingy. So it’s cool, people are getting together on the 19th of January to do some service work in the community in which they live. It’s kind of a way to keep that OFA network going so should be fun to see peeps.

              Hey maybe there’s something going on where you live. here’s the link – you just put in your zip to find out what’s going on in your area

              http://www.2013pic.org/service/serve

              • 117 vcprezofan2
                January 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm

                Hope you get good weather for you and your peeps, A4A. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do, but I have a couple of weeks to decide.

                • 118 a4alice
                  January 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

                  I already got a gig. We are at a place in town making sandwiches and doing kitchen work for a shelter/walk in center. now i just need me some peeps! :-)

    • 119 prettyfoot58
      January 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      THISSSSSSSSSSSS & THISSSSSSSSSSS

    • 120 vitaminlover
      January 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Spot on!

    • 121 nathkatun7
      January 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Well said, Meta! I think you clearly captured the essence of most of us who love and support President Obama.

  23. 122 Rain
    January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Another beautiful video, Chips…these are such a great affirmation! :)

  24. 123 yardarm756
    January 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    The plot thickens.

  25. 124 Vicki
    January 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I am amazed that anyone is falling for the Lie that the GOP has “leverage” in the sequestration expiration.

    The sequester cuts slash the Pentagon! Goodbye to the private contracting armies—-Dyncorp Triple Canopy Blackwater whoever.

    On The Other Hand:
    The sequester cuts protect not only the big three (Medicare, SS, Medicaid) but Veterans Administration and other Democratic priorities.

    Push POTUS enough and see wnat happens. i trust Barack Obama.

    • 125 prettyfoot58
      January 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      That was the beauty of the Sequester

      • 126 Vicki
        January 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        I guess we don’t hear about this “beauty” from MSM because they are paid by the weapons and war interests.

        • January 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

          Have been tweeting this reality for quite some time, Vicki. The President has told the #DeadbeatGOP he will not negotiate the debt ceiling and he knows he has the largest defense cut in history as law. The only way they can adjust the reality of the Sequester is to change it with legislation that he is willing to sign or that they think they can get both the House and Senate to override his veto (ain’t gonna happen, ever).

          So, when he, without any fanfare, mentioned that he saw the process requiring about six months (said shortly after he won the election) he had done the calculus on all the issues and, based on what we just witnessed, he appears to be tracking very successfully on a path that the GOP will either support (as they did a couple of days ago) or be ever more exposed as active saboteurs of America.

          #TrustBarack

          • 128 prettyfoot58
            January 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

            #TrustBarack

          • 129 Vicki
            January 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

            Bob, I think that I haven’t really understood your tweets because the connection between debt ceiling and sequester has been confused for me.
            Until I got the connection it seemed like this was a play in 3 separate acts and we won the first round.
            Giving the GOP 2 more at bats.

            Now I can go back and read your tweets with more understanding.
            maybe other TOD folks didn’t get the real situation clearly either because the efforts to obscure truth have been so strenuous.

            Thank you for having the patience to clarify for those of us who take a bit lonnger to catch on to what is actually going on.

            • January 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

              Vicki, the obfuscation has been beyond excessive by all those who have so much to lose when Americans actually realize the scale of obstruction – in service of a few plutocrats/corporations – and what our President has managed to accomplish despite the forces aligned against him, and us.

              The President, undoubtedly, knew in August 2011 two conditions would need to be met for him to have the Rs in the position he now has them: 1 The Congress ‘super committee’ would fail & 2 He would be re-elected. It’s highly probable he had near certainty on # 1. #2 was going to take all the effort we saw him expend – and, fortunately, Mitt was an unmitigated disaster even before he got the nomination, and then went downhill.

              So, we’re now at the moment where the President is sitting on a Law that represents the single largest reduction in DOD spending, ever; and the big three (and other essential programs) are protected. Not only does he have that leverage but he has the Constitution behind him on the fact that defaulting on the Nation’s financial commitments is truly against the law. And, he has a much stronger D House and Senate than the 113th. He is way way better liked than any GOPer. And, as of yesterday, the House Tea Party confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that it’s an insult to the 3 Stooges to compare them.

              As noted below, for a Democratic President to have R support – both House Speaker and Senate Minority Leader – to raise taxes on rich folk – well, that just takes your breath away since the last dude to get even close to that was Poppy Bush. Moreover, that was just putting the key in the ignition switch of the steam roller. The President hasn’t yet turned it to ‘on.’ :)

              #FORWARD

    • 131 theo67
      January 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Vicki – you said it. I’m just watching and rubbing my hands with glee over McConnell stating so emphatically that the talk of taxes is over, the media repeating the GOP fantasy that they somehow have leverage, and President Obama enjoying shaved ice in Hawaii between golf games, knowing that he really doesn’t have to negotiate with the sequester because of the reasons you gave, and the banksters and Wall Street folks will do the hollering for him on the debt ceiling when they see their billions under threat. He completely has the upper hand.

    • January 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Vicki:

      I hate to burst your bubble, but I know you want to be informed. One of the first things Congress did was pass a $633 billion defense bill. While it was reduced from last year, it was still $1.7 billion more than President Obama requested and also contained $74 billion Panetta had asked Congress to strip from the bill. According to Panetta, the money finances, weapons, equipment and programs that are outdated or are no longer viable. You would think someone who wants to cut the deficit would be jumping for joy. Not the Republicants, they left it in…made him take it, for Cheney, I guess.

  26. 133 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    THE IMAGINARY SPENDING BINGE

    Obama spending binge never happened

    By Rex Nutting

    —————————–

    What people forget (or never knew) is that the first year of every presidential term starts with a budget approved by the previous administration and Congress. The president only begins to shape the budget in his second year. It takes time to develop a budget and steer it through Congress — especially in these days of congressional gridlock.

    The 2009 fiscal year, which Republicans count as part of Obama’s legacy, began four months before Obama moved into the White House. The major spending decisions in the 2009 fiscal year were made by George W. Bush and the previous Congress.

    Like a relief pitcher who comes into the game with the bases loaded, Obama came in with a budget in place that called for spending to increase by hundreds of billions of dollars in response to the worst economic and financial calamity in generations.

    ——————————————-

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obama-spending-binge-never-happened-2012-05-22

  27. January 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    #LandslideDEMS2014 ….

    …. Let’s Get It Done

  28. 140 Dudette
    January 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm
  29. January 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm
  30. January 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    The answer …

    • 143 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Paul Ryan obviously had a lot to do with that Bob. When a man imagines he can run a sub 3 hour marathon, he can also imagine he is a whiz at maths. This was completely disproved during the campaign, but Ryan conveniently forgets what happened just a few weeks ago. Fortunately, the voters won’t forget.

  31. January 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    You know Chips, at some point you might want to juxtapose that Fox #Obamacare fiasco with the Fox/Rove OH fiasco on election night :)

    Great addition to the 2012 set of ‘a stroll down TOD memory lane’!!!

  32. 148 donna dem 4 obama
    January 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Simply Brilliant Chips Chica!!!

    I love it!

  33. January 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  34. January 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Gotta keep reminding them …

  35. 165 carolmaewy
    January 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I have fallen in love all over again. I can do that whenever I want, thanks to Chip. I will find something new each time I watch it. I have 2 1/2 hours before dinner. Everyone here is making me hungry. Have some sympathy for the mountain west, please? I’m used to greasing, not waiting. ;)

  36. 166 hopefruit2
    January 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    • 167 carolmaewy
      January 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks. I thought I was following all the Obama links, but I’m not. :) Who is going? Would be so much fun. :)

      • 168 hopefruit2
        January 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        I live in MD (not in DC) so requested lottery tickets from my senator. If I don’t get tickets (very high probability given the number of requests vs. available number), I will stay home and watch it on TV.

        If I stay home and watch it on TV, I will be logged on to TOD to share the the experience with my favorite TODers who are also watching on TV, internet, etc.

    • 170 Rain
      January 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I’m really looking forward to this…we’ll be watching on TV but it will be a living history lesson for my little girls.

      • 171 LDS
        January 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

        I am going. Invited my two sisters and three nieces. Booked hotel room last year(so sure WE were going to win)…..we are going to visit Dr, MLK monument at night. Saw it during the day when it first opened, took my breath away. Four years ago we were scattered for the one day, very cold outside, so warm inside(heart wise).

        Four years ago I had to be there for my ancestors and family who prayed for that day, who bled for that day, who cried silent tears at night struggling to make ends meet and just wanted to be treated like a human being. This time around I am supposed to be there for all of the people who stood in line for hours, felt threatened their votes would be stolen, hidden or would not be counted, my TOD family who donated, volunteered, email, tweet, face book
        I STAND!

  37. 173 yardarm756
    January 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  38. 174 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    THE DEBT LIMIT 101

    Speaker Boehner Doesn’t Understand The Debt Ceiling, But Takes It Hostage Anyway

    ————————————

    The simple way to ensure that Congress does not add any more debt is to not pass bills that add any more debt. The debt ceiling does not restrict spending in any way; it merely ensures that the U.S. will actually pay for spending that Congress has already authorized. As the Government Accountability Office explained, “The debt limit does not control or limit the ability of the federal government to run deficits or incur obligations. Rather, it is a limit on the ability to pay obligations already incurred.” “We’ve already voted on spending and revenue, and so the debt ceiling is just a confirmation of what we voted on,” said Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)

    But Boehner’s fundamental misunderstanding of the debt ceiling (or his willingness to publicly lie about what it does) did not stop him from taking it hostage and threatening to use it to impose his version of “fiscal sanity.” Last year’s debt ceiling debacle ultimately will cost taxpayers $18.9 billion due to the elevated interest rates on U.S. debt issued during that period.

    ————————–

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/13/1330251/boehner-debt-ceiling-understand/

  39. 176 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY – “THE DEBT LIMIT” EXPLAINED:

    ———————————————

    Debt Limit

    The debt limit is the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments. The debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of both parties have made in the past.

    Failing to increase the debt limit would have catastrophic economic consequences. It would cause the government to default on its legal obligations – an unprecedented event in American history. That would precipitate another financial crisis and threaten the jobs and savings of everyday Americans – putting the United States right back in a deep economic hole, just as the country is recovering from the recent recession.

    Congress has always acted when called upon to raise the debt limit. Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 separate times to permanently raise, temporarily extend, or revise the definition of the debt limit – 49 times under Republican presidents and 29 times under Democratic presidents. In the coming weeks, Congress must act to increase the debt limit. Congressional leaders in both parties have recognized that this is necessary. Recently, however, a number of myths about this issue have begun to surface.

    ————————————————————-

    http://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/pages/debtlimit.aspx

    • 177 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Sad that those who stupidly think “its not a disaster to refuse to increase the debt limit” – such as the dimwits in the house – would rather have the Fox News interpretation than that of the Treasury. It’s almost criminal that this isn’t on every news website in the country – and the rest of the world.

    • 178 amk for obama
      January 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm
  40. 179 a4alice
    January 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Oh Chips that was fabulous! Hey is that the Ramones?

  41. 180 Nena20409
    January 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Perfect. June.

    I missed May. I don’t know how I did. I just finished watching it. Very well done, Lady Chips. Thank you so much.

  42. January 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm
    • 182 susanne
      January 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      this is the best ever summation of the president’s insistence on a higher tax rate for the wealthy! thanks meta, well done!!

  43. 183 sjterrid
    January 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I’m so excited! I just got an email from my congressman that I got two tickets to go to the inaugural. All I have to do is pick up the tickets at his office here between Jan 16th thru the 18th.

  44. 196 dotster3
    January 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Ms. dude who voted against Sandy relief, even tho he SHOULD have had understanding and empathy for those affected by the devastation—-his district, Biloxi, was heavily damaged by Katrina and received a huge amount of fed. funds. And why does every single southern Repub politican have this same outdated, helmet hairstyle? It’s like it’s the law down there.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/gulf-coast-lawmaker-votes-against-sandy-relief

  45. January 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    We did this!!

  46. 199 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    The Deeper Problem With Media Acceptance of Republican Irresponsibility

    By Ed Kilgore

    ————————

    Alarms are going up all over the progressive commentariat about the early signs of Beltway complacency—particularly in the MSM—about Republicans threats to wreak holy havoc on the economy by taking the debt limit hostage to their spending demands (more for the Pentagon, less for everything else).

    TNR’s Alec MacGillis, quoting WaPo’s Greg Sargent extensively, lays out the complaint most efficiently:
    .
    .
    I agree with all that, and with MacGillis’ assessment of early media coverage of the debt limit fight as just another episode of the usual partisan follies.

    But there is a deeper problem that makes adequate media treatment of GOP posturing very difficult: an inability to grasp and explain the underlying radicalism of conservative doctrine on federal domestic spending.

    ————————–

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_01/the_deeper_problem_with_media042204.php

  47. January 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm
  48. 204 dotster3
    January 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Showed Maui golf tourney on evening news—-sadly, looked like horrible weather there now—–wind advisory and driving rain. Don’t know if it’s the same where the Obamas are, but that might explain the bowling outing. Need Susanne to confirm.

    • 205 susanne
      January 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      aloha dotster
      just got back from a day in hilo, and we were worried about travelling with all the wind advisories and the expected heavy rain. here’s what happened: rain last night, hard and continuous, with magnificent rainbows this morning when the sun broke through. sunny, warm bright all day, with passing showers (that’s rain that you can stand around in, because it’s light and moving away quickly). our 2-hour drive across the mountains to the windward side of the island gave us sweeping views across the channel, and out to sea, as well as down the coasts, and it looked the same everywhere: beautiful, shockingly green and bright, warm, fresh, rainbow-weather. just sayin’ :)

      • 206 Pamela
        January 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        Susanne! I love Big Island most of all! This week we have been listening to the Sounds Of Hawaii CD we bought at the gift shop up on the ridge overlooking Spencer Beach! Even kitty loves the music, especially the whale song!

        • 207 susanne
          January 5, 2013 at 1:34 am

          aloha pamela
          i can just imagine your cat listening to whalesong! that’s beautiful! i live about 20 miles north of spencers, around the bend into the wet side a bit. so glad you’ve been able to enjoy this island and others too. all so unique and wondrous!

  49. January 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    VP joe and Dr. Biden get a vacation!

    Friday through Tuesday, The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands with family members.

  50. 219 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    WE ARE BEING GOVERNED BY FOOLS

    Lesson of the failed Boehner coup: We’re dealing with idiots

    By Alex Pareene

    —————————————-

    One problem was a lack of leadership. If, say, Eric Cantor had actually wanted the job, he could’ve organized the coup and succeeded. But Eric Cantor didn’t want the job. The bigger problem, then, was a lack of intelligence. The crazy caucus failed spectacularly at all aspects of the attempted conspiracy, from planning to execution. They waited until the last minute to approach potential allies, failed to count their own votes correctly, and didn’t even all figure out who they were supposed to vote for instead. Their plan was apparently to embarrass Boehner into resigning, in favor of … someone to be decided later. Candidates voted for by plotters included departing Rep. Allen West and former Comptroller David Walker, who are basically the opposites of one another.
    ;
    ;
    As we race to the coming debt ceiling fiasco, please remember that while John Boehner and Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan know that raising the debt ceiling is a thing that just has to be done, there is no indication that the Gohmerts, Huelskamps, Steve Kings and Michele Bachmanns of their caucus agree. You can’t negotiate a compromise with people who are positive they’ll get their way if they refuse to negotiate at all. You can’t avert a catastrophe if you need the assent of people who think the catastrophe is precisely what this country needs to get back on the right track.

    ————————————————

    http://www.salon.com/2013/01/04/lesson_of_the_failed_boehner_coup_were_dealing_with_idiots/

  51. 221 lamh36
    January 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Hmm, I guess this is not the type of teacher the NRA was talking about. Arm the teachers huh, sometimes the “good guys” also have issues. Reason #1.000.999.999.999 why gun control is needed.

    Teacher surrenders weapon

    This weapon was in a case. It has a trigger lock installed, but it was alarming to find two, 30-round, high-capacity magazines loaded,” Doucette said.

    On Monday morning, Davis began posting videos that criticized school administrators, the teachers union and co-workers, among a slew of other topics. Davis also sent a school-wide email saying he would “remove the union and all of the teachers who are negatively affecting the children in this town.”

    “I think that he’s probably driven at this point and wants to get out and push some of his ideas forward. There’s no doubt in my mind, at all, that he’s very concerned about the way that he’s been treated by the supervisory union. He’s very angry at the teachers union itself for going on strike last year,” Doucette said…

    • 222 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Hard to understand what happened here – but it did highlight some good things
      – the neighbors were concerned and called the police
      – the man voluntarily gave up the gun
      – it seems he had bought the gun and never used it – really makes a mockery of “sensible” gun owners. Probably would have shot himself or family if he had tried to use it
      – if his wife did, so quickly, take out a restraining order – she had to have been worried for more than 24 hours??

    • 223 4morefor44
      January 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      omg! what a strange article. the comments from the police chief and the way it is written are almost as weird as the guy himself. the amount of covering up they do for this obviously disturbed man is bizarre. i searched the teacher’s name and he’s got these videos on youtube where it’s clear this guy is totally messed up. he should’ve been fired from the videos alone, let alone having a Bushmaster assault rifle in his possession. the way he talks in the videos is very similar to how those columbine murderers talked in the videos they made prior killing so many people.

      using republican logic and how they apply it to anyone other than white men, it’s abundantly clear that the answer to mass shootings in america is to ban all white men from owning a firearm. the statistics are quite damning toward white privileged men such as this teacher. you can see what i’m talking about here…

      http://cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/high-school-teacher-steven-davis-surrenders-assault-rifle-placed-mental-hold-after-disturbing-behavior-4167.shtml?wap=0

      creepy.

  52. January 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    The Obama administration on Friday began the biggest overhaul of food safety rules in more than 70 years.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two major regulations aimed at preventing contamination of the food supply. The long-delayed rules implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, a 2010 law that “[shifts] the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”

    “Preventing problems before they cause harm is not only common sense, it is the key to food safety in the 21st century,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

    The two rules proposed by the FDA would require food producers to develop and enact comprehensive plans to prevent contamination of their products. Those plans would be submitted to the FDA for approval and enforcement.

    Food safety advocates had complained bitterly about missed deadlines for enacting the law. Many attributed the delay to election-year politics. 

    “These proposed regulations are a sign of progress that should be welcomed by consumers and the food industry alike,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in a statement.

    “The new law should transform the FDA from an agency that tracks down outbreaks after the fact, to an agency focused on preventing food contamination in the first place.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/food-safety/275691-obama-admin-releases-major-food-safety-regs

    Does the media even care? I do! This us great!

  53. January 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    • 227 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      And that about sums it up, ladies and gentlemen.

    • 228 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Nothing has changed – if President Obama is for it – the GOP will oppose it. The reasons are laughable – they don’t want him because he supported, in the past, all those things that were and are – supported by the GOP.

    • 229 nathkatun7
      January 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Absolutely amazing! And the guy being nominated for SoD, like the nominee for SoS, is a war hero! I am waiting to see how John McCain reacts and votes if former Senator Chuck Hagel is nominated for SoD.

    • 230 susanne
      January 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      i love when he gets them to twist on the skewer! :)

  54. 231 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Washington’s ‘Blazing Saddles’ moment

    Posted by Greg Sargent

    ———————————–

    I noted earlier today that when it comes down to it, the White House should act as if the debt ceiling is not Obama’s problem, but Congress’ problem. If Congressional Republicans don’t want to raise the debt ceiling, it’s on them.

    Walter Dellinger, the former solicitor general under Bill Clinton, emails me his take on why this is true on the substance, never mind the politics. It’s a good one:

    ————————————–

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/04/washingtons-blazing-saddles-moment/

    • January 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm
      • January 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        This was my fear all along Bob. I guess I can predict what the GOP will do, seeing as how they ate a desperate Party of ideologues.
        When an animal is wounded, they are the most dangerous.
        The Republican Party are still fighting the Revolution War, of small Government.
        .

        • January 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

          Jovie – the #DeadbeatGOP has ZERO leverage on PBO or Dems. None. Nada. #PBO built it that way in August 2011. The only chance they had to avoid what he will do to them now is to have defeated him on 6 Nov 2012.

          He just FORCED numerous Rs to vote to raise taxes on rich folk – something very, very few Rs were willing to do for Poppy Bush, back in the day.

          And, he hasn’t even begun flexing the strength he has because the Sequester is a legal reality that gives him enormous power. All he did this week was place the key in the ignition switch of the steamroller; he hasn’t even turned it to the on position, yet.

          #TrustBarack

        • 235 prettyfoot58
          January 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

          all this posturing by the GOP is for the American People….they distort…lie and manipulate with the help of the US press…but fortunately…not all us can be fooled//

          • 236 nathkatun7
            January 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

            Prettyfoot, thank God “the US press” no longer has a monopoly in the dissemination of news and information. The GOP may be underestimating the intelligence of the majority of Americans who are not hooked on FOX and CNN, or even ABC, CBS, and NBC. More and more people understand the reality, and importance, of raising the debt ceiling to pay for all the bills appropriated by this Congress and the previous Congresses. It’s not as if President Obama, on his own, decided run up the U.S. debt without the participation of the Congress and some of his predecessors.

  55. January 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Seriously …

  56. 239 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    FLOTUS skipping ropes so nimbly was delish.

  57. January 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Boner says that 71% of the public wants the GOP to use the debt ceiling to enact spending cuts.
    And what poll is Boner quoting?
    This is a questionable statistic and poll!

    • 242 anniebella
      January 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      It’s the poll they used when convening themselves that Mitt Romney had a chance of winning. Or when Boehner has had one or two too many to drink.

    • 243 Rain
      January 5, 2013 at 3:43 am

      What poll? Where? Isn’t it funny how Boner and the other punks never actually provide the source of all their imaginary stats?

  58. 245 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm
    • January 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      “Every few days, some Businessweek editor suggests that I write a post about why John Boehner would possibly want the job of House Speaker, to which he was reelected on Thursday. I always decline, because I don’t have the foggiest idea why anyone would want the job. But I do know why he keeps it. He keeps it because the misfit band of Tea Partiers who tried, and failed, to dislodge him are utterly hapless. Not mildly or endearingly hapless like Betty White on Golden Girls, but Three Stooges hapless.”

      Good summary … and the reason for this tweet earlier today ;)

      #FORWARD

      • 250 99ts
        January 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        Loved the misfits sitting at the bar planning the coup against their leader – while President Obama is spending quality time with his family – somewhere amid the tea party family values, along with every other value, went missing.

  59. January 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    House GOP seeks to abolish IRS, replace income tax with consumption tax

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Fifty-four House Republicans on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would terminate the IRS and replace the system of income taxes on people and corporations with a consumption tax.

    The FairTax Act, from Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), would abolish the 16th Amendment, which was ratified 100 years ago this February. That amendment gives Congress the power to impose income taxes without having to spend the revenues evenly among the states.-/

    -/
    I mean, this stuff is so insane and radical!

    • 252 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      But disaster relief and jobs – not part of their mindset – those who vote for these folks have as many problems as the congress people – are all those 54 men? Hard to imagine women playing these games.

      • 253 99ts
        January 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        Also too, consumption taxes are very regressive – hit the poor much more than the wealthy – no doubt the 54 are well aware of this fact.

    • 254 prettyfoot58
      January 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      I mean, this stuff is so insane and radical

      *****************************************************

      because these extreme RW ideas have become Main Stream…
      we will have to cease being shocked by all this and find a strategy to defeat them….

      The President will be fighting during his whole 2nd term….we will have to stand with him and fight as well…
      we must regain out state houses…..

      FORWARDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • 255 nathkatun7
        January 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        You are absolutely right, prettyfoot! This is no time to relax. We still have a job to do to prevent the destruction of this country by these insane right wing idiots.

    • 256 majiir
      January 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      There are only two ways to repeal an amendment, jovie, and Woodall’s legislation won’t do it.
      1. A resolution is proposed by a member of Congress, it must receive the votes of two-thirds of the members of both houses of
      Congress, and it must be approved by legislatures in three-fourths of the states

      2. The legislatures of two-thirds of the states call for a convention where an amendment can be proposed, and the amendment would
      once again, have to be approved by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states

      It is amazing that Woodall is a member of Congress who doesn’t know that introducing a bill into the body won’t repeal an amendment. He would have to amend the Constitution to rid it of the 16th Amendment. The 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment, which ended prohibition. A law can be repealed by passing another law, but repealing the 16th Amendment, or any other amendment, is a long drawn out process. I’m eager to see which republicans sign onto this farce, believing that it can abolish the 16th Amendment.

  60. January 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    This is how it will get done, finally ….

  61. 260 isonprize
    January 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Chica???

  62. January 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks so much for the great June round-up video, Ms Chips! Especially love the the networks screwing up the ACA ruling, brilliant!

  63. 262 kathryn kivett
    January 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I just wrote my esteemed IDIOT representative, Virginia Foxx…(yes, I accept your condolences TODers) a scathing letter…I mean scathing…told her I was embarrassed to live in her district, told her it was not Democrat or Republican issue to fund Fed. Flood but a matter of decency and she failed decency…..told her God forbid the next disaster hit NC b/c I knew she would not help us and ended it by saying….Think about it Ms Foxx…What would Jesus have done?…….she voted NO….the imbecile

    • 263 theo67
      January 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      God bless you for trying, kathryn, but I think that women is well past the point of decency. She’s horrendous!

      • 264 kathryn kivett
        January 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        Tell me about it….know it did no good b/c that woman is beyond hope but it made me feel good to say it to her…I promise you, not all North Carolinins are like her but obviously there are enough dumb as rocks ones to keep electing her…and they live around me….that’s why I try to live here as much as possible. : )

    • 265 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      So glad you are taking down that idiot with your letter. Although I am against physical violence, next time you imagine slapping her face, hit her for me. A couple of times. I also just quite simply hate her voice.

    • 266 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      It sounds like a really well thought out letter – I hope she gets many of them – a wonderful response. This was posted on another site in response to a comment that the government shouldn’t be involved in disaster relief
      http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/no-man-is-an-island/ John Donne – No man is an island

    • 271 carolmaewy
      January 5, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The group that voted NO should be ridiculed and the Yeas should be praised. I like hearing others letter to their idiot Reps. I have one too, in WY. But she’s never in the news that I know of, I don’t really keep an eye on her. Guess I should check. Let us know if you get a response. Share what works and what doesn’t. :)

  64. 272 mtmarilyn
    January 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Chips, I love the video!! We are almost to Reno NV finally getting service long enough to check out TOD. This is where there is a whole lot of nothing and NP cell service. We started out at -8 in Idaho. It is now 18. It’s dammed cold. Tomorrow it will be much warmer in CA. Now to go back and catch up on what has happened the last 2 days.. I love my new droid. It is easier to get on TOD.

  65. 291 GGail
    January 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks for broadcasting the MAJOR “Oooopppsss” that the Media showcased regarding the Healthcare ruling. It made me laugh out loud again with glee!!!!

    Maybe one of the video’s could be of the many “mis-steps” from our famous American Main Street Media. Media BLOOPERS on steroids. :D

  66. 292 anniebella
    January 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    The President and First Family will be leaving Hawaii tomorrow at what time. Do anyone know.

    • 293 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      I don’t know the exact time, but according to reports, it’s Saturday night local Hawaii time which means that they’ll arrive in DC on Sunday morning/afternoon.

  67. January 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    What a jerk!

  68. 297 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm
  69. 298 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    THE “DO NOTHING” 112TH CONGRESS: The Worst Congress Ever

    Congressional scholars Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann coming up on The Last Word. Ezra Klein filling in for AWrence.

    Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

    By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein,April 27, 2012

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-04-27/opinions/35453898_1_republican-party-party-moves-democratic-party

  70. 299 desertflower
    January 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Norm Ornstein and Michael Mann are going to be on Last Word tonight…Ezra is on low until I hear that they are coming on. By the way, if you haven’t read their book, you really should!

  71. 300 Ela Blaine
    January 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Hi,

    I am a daily lurker. I am petitioning the White House to host a “In Performance at the White House” to honor the music of Bruce Sprinsteen. Please consider signing my petition (here: http://wh.gov/UAaP) as the Boss is a supporter of the President, an American icon and a chartibale person. Also, it would represent a nice break for the President and his hard working staffs.

  72. January 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    GOP bill would bar Planned Parenthood from Title X

    By Elise Viebeck
    A House GOP bill reintroduced Friday would keep Planned Parenthood from receiving funds under Title X, a federal family-planning program, because the group provides abortions with separate dollars.

    The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act has at least 24 Republican co-sponsors, many of whom came to office in the 2010 wave election.

    The bill seeks to eliminate any organization that offers abortions as a provider under Title X, a program created under President Nixon that subsidizes preventive healthcare for low-income women. 

    -/
    You see? War on Women alive and well!

  73. 307 prettyfoot58
    January 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Take that Ezra,,,

  74. January 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Just watched a fantastic documentary on PBS on the 25th anniversary of Graceland, just glorious- catch it if you can. PBS.org usually lets you watch online.

  75. 310 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    So annoying when people do not realize that “the military” is not just the people in charge, at the Pentagon, but the men and women of our armed forces who volunteer to keep us safe from harm while we all sit around and use Twitter, myself included:

  76. 311 lisalovesobama
    January 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Hey guys, I’ve been lurking all day. I’m happy PBO is on a brief respite, but I really miss seeing him. That was the best thing about the campaign, we saw him all the time. Anyway. Thanks Chips. The site is awesome as always.
    Ps- I just finished watching ‘ Country Strong’ for the first time. It was on FX. This song really struck a chord with me and I’m in this type of mood, skip to 0:30 for the song to begin:

    • 312 desertflower
      January 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      I really liked that movie:) See that guy in the video? He graduated from the same high school as both my kids. :)

      • 313 lisalovesobama
        January 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        That’s awesome. I thought he was great and his voice is beautiful! The song makes me happy and sad at the same time and his voice gives life to it.

        • 314 desertflower
          January 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm

          :) I enjoyed him in this movie, and Friday Night Lights (movie)…he really does have what I would call a soothing voice…

    • 315 anniebella
      January 4, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      I know what you mean lisa, I miss seeing POTUS and FLOTUS. I got so use to seeing them doing the campaign. What in the world are we going to do January 2017. Well we can get ready for the Inauguration. And though I miss seeing them, I am so glad they are relaxing, spending time together with family and friends and hopefully having a wonderful time. Before POTUS have to come back and deal with those crazy ass radical Republicans.

    • 316 yardarm756
      January 5, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Tks lisaloves this thing is beauitful and very relevant. :-)

    • 317 Jeff
      January 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

      I am not a real country fan but this song is great.

    • 318 Dudette
      January 5, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Haven’t seen the movie, but LOVE this song! Great lyrics, great voice!

  77. 319 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm
  78. January 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Ok so I get Graceland as a Xmas gift and what happens tonight? There’s a FANTASTIC special of the story behind Graceland on PBS. Excellent!! Dancing more and more. At this rate I won’t ever stop.

    • January 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      I commented above, saw the Graceland documentary and loved it!

    • 327 vcprezofan2
      January 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      ‘Dancing more and more.’

      From this morning, CookeM? Holy Moley, you doing a marathon or a fundraiser, or something? :lol; You are one fit ‘momma’ (of #1 & #2).

      • 328 cookemom
        January 5, 2013 at 12:13 am

        Oh no, I had been out since I left here earlier. I get home and my sister called to tell me that the story behind Graceland would be on PBS tonight. She knew that the Graceland 25th Anniversary CD was my request for a Xmas gift from the grandkid. I must say that it was an eye opener. I didn’t recall all of the controversy surrounding Paul Simon’s visit to So. Africa at the time. The documentary was excellent. So of course, I had to load the CD and dance some more. This time with a new appreciation.

  79. 329 carolyn
    January 5, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Just went back and looked at all the months, January through June! What wonderful memories…it’s easy to forget, because so much has happened. But, this video scrapbook is absolutely marvelous. Thank you Chips for all your work doing this.

  80. 330 carolmaewy
    January 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I’m a newbie, but I don’t think many posters like Ezra Klein. He is why many are not watching the “Last Word”. But it isn’t starting bad. He actually said a few good things about Pres. Obama. Yes, I’m late. Love my MST. Love the Rocky Mountains. Wish I could still snow ski while everyone here is thinking about a Hawaiian vacation. 😉

  81. 331 carolmaewy
    January 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I’m trying for 310, the last poster of the day. ;)

  82. 335 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

  83. January 5, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I continue to believe the debt ceiling ‘negotiations’ will go something like this.

    President Obama: I want a clean debt ceiling bill.

    The GOP: We want huge cuts in ‘entitlements’

    President Obama: I want a clean debt ceiling bill.

    The GOP: We want huge cuts in ‘entitlements’.

    Other Democrats: Well….why don’t you give us a detailed list of these CUTS.

    The GOP: No, you should put forth the cuts first.

    Other Democrats: Um, no. It’s time for you to put up or shut up.

    President Obama: Here’s my deal. You run on your proposed CUTS for the 2014 elections… you know, like I ran on raising taxes for the 2%. If you win on them, I’ll talk to you in 2014. But, for this year – I want a clean debt ceiling bill.

    The GOP: We want huge cuts in ‘entiitlements’.

    President Obama: You know what I’ll sign… …don’t call me until it’s ready to come to my desk.

  84. 339 a4alice
    January 5, 2013 at 12:43 am

    nitey nite tod

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  85. January 5, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Alan Simpson, Bowles, Gingrich and Mitch McConell on MTP this Sunday.
    Count me out!

    • 341 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

      Thanks for the warning. I’ll be sleeping in.

    • 342 Ladyhawke
      January 5, 2013 at 1:14 am

      Thanks for letting me know that “Deadbeat” Senator Mitch McConnell will be on Meet The Press this Sunday. I will be sure not to watch. I guess David Gregory got an earful for giving so much air time to President Obama last week. I clearly expect Gregory and McConnell to be joined at the tonsils. David Gregory doesn’t have the guts to challenge Deadbeat McConnell on his nonsense. Since when is threatening to default by not paying our bills a governing strategy. And you know Gregory wont have the guts to ask about Deadbeat McConnell’s filibusters making the government dysfunctional. It will be a puff interview using questions that are nothing more than GOP talking points or criticisms of President Obama. There will be nothing that remotely resembles real journalism. It’s one thing to be the loyal opposition, it’s quite another to be saboteurs and hostage takers. It would be great if David Gregory would ask Deadbeat McConnell about the meeting that was held on the day that President Obama was inaugurated. He was not present, but has said several times that his goal was to ensure President Obama did not get a second term. So much for that…..

  86. 345 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

    This is a funny (kind of) takedown of that godawful Ari Ferrari critter:

  87. 346 amk for obama
    January 5, 2013 at 2:02 am
  88. 347 susanne
    January 5, 2013 at 2:12 am

    i saw the pox segment yesterday, and it is indeed revolting–footage of a young woman, in low light, implying she’s a prostitute; men with a slouchy posture, again with low lighting so you know they’re up to not good. i wouldn’t link it here. now hanabusa has called them on it:

    ‘ U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) condemned Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, describing his recent comments on Asian-Americans as “insulting” and calling for an apology.

    On Thursday, O’Reilly devoted a segment of his Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor, to Hawaii. After playing a pre-recorded video of producer Jesse Watters doing man-on-the-street interviews in Hawaii, O’Reilly said that the state is one of his “favorite places in the world,” but that it has “a lot of social problems.” He went on to say that “35 percent of the Hawaiian population is Asian,” and added: “Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They’re usually more industrious and hard-working.” ‘

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/01/05/rep-hanabusa-calls-for-apology-from-foxs-oreill/192050

  89. 348 susanne
    January 5, 2013 at 2:19 am

    mercy! you all need to check out meta’s blog right now–the latest recipe has me drooling on my keyboard. i will be making this dessert tomorrow!

    http://pastrystudio.blogspot.com/2013/01/apple-lattice-galette.html


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