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13

Rise and Shine

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The Examiner: When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, one would hope that they view his legacy as more then just being the first African American President who succeeded despite having to overcome some of the worst treatment a President could withstand; or as more than the President responsible for the establishment of an affordable health care act ensuring healthcare coverage for all Americans; or responsible for having saved the U.S economy from a second depression; or for killing the number one mastermind terrorist in the world.

Indeed one would hope that that historians recognize that President Obama’s legacy is that of a true warrior for social justice ….. A steadfast true leader, who even when faced with obstruction from hostile political extremists on the right, is still ensuring that all Americans get a fair shake at the American dream….

Full article here

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NYT: With 2013 bringing tax increases on the incomes of a small sliver of the richest Americans, the country’s top earners now face a heavier tax burden than at any time since Jimmy Carter was president.

The last-minute deal struck by the departing 112th Congress raised taxes on a handful of the highest-earning Americans, with about 99.3 percent of households experiencing no change in their income taxes. But the Tax Policy Center estimates that the average family in the top 1 percent will pay a federal tax rate of more than 36 percent this year, up from 28 percent in 2008. That is the highest rate since 1979, at least.

By some measures, the tax code might now be the most progressive in a generation, tax economists said, while noting that every American is paying a lower burden currently than they did then….

Full article here

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@elizabethforma: “It’s official!”

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TPM: The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade.

While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington’s attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with heading a commission to investigate gun violence, has been quietly meeting with experts, interest groups, and public officials and is expected to release a set of recommendations within weeks. Boston mayor Thomas Menino, co-chair of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the Boston Herald this week that an optimistic Biden had assured him that Obama would sign legislation “by the end of January.”

More here

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@amk4obama

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MoooOOoooOOOooorning everyone. Eh, it is still morning, isn’t it?


239 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 4 amk for obama
    January 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    GM blog tyrant. See if you can post this pic in the FP.

  2. January 5, 2013 at 11:05 am

    1st Goal of 2013 complete? Making the top 20 on TOD RnS…YAY!!! Me
    Good Afternoon Mayor Chips (bows)…waves to Amk and Mary…yells for VC…
    Run and return to lurkdom

  3. 23 amk for obama
    January 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Great read. Especially the know-nothing knoller’s obsessions are blown away.

    • January 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

      So, at the bottom of this article, there’s this piece about the author:

      “Paul Brandus is an award-winning member of the White House press corps who founded West Wing Report in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @WestWingReport.”

      We were just talking about this the other day.

    • 25 mtmarilyn
      January 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Amk, that was a great read. I usually don’t read the comments but these were among the best I have ever read. Thank you

    • 26 Rain
      January 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I agree, good read! Thanks for posting it!

  4. January 5, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Hello. Everybodyyyyyyyyyyyy

  5. January 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Good morning everyone. Awesome June and July Chips. Loved the music.

  6. 41 Pamela
    January 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    G’day! (found a typo in that first paragraph from the Examiner: ‘then’ should be ‘than’! Sorry, but I’m astonished it got past the proof readers. Chipsticks, you have moved at Warp 10 with the 12 months of 2012 project, and are now LIGHT YEARS beyond all attempts to praise your stellar work! Genius much? Thank you, dear one!

  7. 44 utaustinliberal
    January 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Ladies, this is guaranteed to wake you up. You’re welcome.

    p.s. HUBBA! HUBBA! ;)

  8. 47 mtmarilyn
    January 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family! We are on the road heading for wine countryCA. I have finally caught up on some of the past posts. I can’t believe the Repubs who voted against the Sandy relief. I believe my new representative voted against it. Where can I find a list of them.

    Love the round up. I agree PBO will be listed as one of the greatest presidents. No other President has been treated as badly and still accomplished what he has.

    Have a great day everyone. We are hitting the hot tub, breakfast and then the road.

  9. 57 utaustinliberal
    January 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    This was a nice segment from The Last Word last night. They paid wonderful tribute to the genius that is Pete Souza with a slideshow of his 2012 year in pictures.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755883/ns/msnbc-the_last_word/#50369897

    • January 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

      So that’s Ezra Klein’s on air persona? ACK, he’s ridiculous!

      • 59 jacquelineoboomer
        January 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

        Ezra is getting worse, not better. (Do you remember – wasn’t it “Vero” from OFA who was crazy about “Ezra,” when he first hit the scene and appeared to be somebody new and fresh? Not sure why I just thought of that, but wonder if she’s disappointed, too!)

        • January 5, 2013 at 11:43 am

          I don’t remember that but I do remember Ezra was fairly useful during the early health care debates. Now he’s just another wannabe pundit who has become more conservative as his appearances on teevee become more frequent. UGH.

          • 61 jacquelineoboomer
            January 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

            That’s it – early health care debates. Couldn’t remember the topic he latched onto. (I just try not to catch Ezra anymore. His knowledge is not layers deep. Cringeworthy to watch.)

  10. 62 Anne Clements
    January 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Morning Chips! I Love Your Month By Month Review Of 2012 In Pics…They Are Beautifully Done And The Music You Choose It’s Great Too. (I Don’t Know Why My Caps Are Stuck On!)

  11. January 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Okay, let me know this. Is there a chance that any of us who are going to Washington for the inauguration can get together and meet and celebrate? Maybe you all have a plan and I missed it. I am going to visit my daughter on 16th through the 23rd. Would anyone like to meet and have a drink? I don’t know DC. Does anyone want to get together. We could all carry a copy of “Dreams From My Father” so we can recognize each other. Someone let me know yes or no. This is just an idea.

    • 64 forus50
      January 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Good idea Cindy. I won’t be able to go. :( Maybe Chipsticks can post a thread that is just for Inauguration plans for people to share. ?

    • 65 Judith Fardig
      January 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      I would love to meet other TOD people – maybe on the Mall at the Day of Service Fair on Saturday the 19th. Our hands will be full, so how about wearing an OBAMA button with TOD attached?

    • 67 prettyfoot58
      January 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I would love to meet everyone…..

    • 68 Eveingeorgia
      January 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      I plan to be at the inauguration. Coming up from Georgia on the 19th. Leaving after the inauguration on the 21st. Staying at Homewood Suites in Baltimore. Sure would be great to meet whoever is there from TOD.

      • 69 LDS
        January 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

        I am going to be there, also. Leaving for DC on Sat. 19th. Would live to meet up with every TOD member.
        Do not drink, but I will hug the hell out of you. You will recognize me because I will be smiling a lot! I wish that we all had shirts, hats with TOD on to sit one another. Will be wearing OBAMA earrings that my daughter-in-law ordered for me. They are very huge so my right ear lobe will be red and swollen.

    • 71 sjterrid
      January 6, 2013 at 2:33 am

      That’s a great idea. I don’t know Washington to well. I have to pick up my ticket at my congressman’s office. I plan to take the Amtrak train from Philly. It’s supposed to get in D.C. at 7:00 in the morning. I have an Obama hat from 2008, I’m thinking I could put TOD in big letters on it.

  12. 72 forus50
    January 5, 2013 at 11:50 am
  13. 73 amk for obama
    January 5, 2013 at 11:51 am
  14. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Catching up to MHP on my DVR, this morning (tuned in a little late). So glad she’s having a discussion on immigration, along with a new Dem congresswoman from AZ! U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is a little nerdy, but dedicated, intelligent, spirited, and willing. Works for me.

  15. 81 amk for obama
    January 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    In Computer Heaven:

    The management is from Intel,
    The design and construction is done by Apple,
    The marketing is done by Microsoft,
    IBM provides the support,
    Gateway determines the pricing.

    In Computer Hell:

    The management is from Apple,
    Microsoft does design and construction,
    IBM handles the marketing,
    The support is from Gateway,
    Intel sets the price.

    Gunnite folks.

  16. 83 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Oy.. another killing in Aurora, CO. This time,just 4 people (including gunman) allegedly dead, from reports so far.

    // Three people were found dead inside a home in Aurora, Colo., after a gunman took them hostage early Saturday morning, police told NBC affiliate KUSA. The gunman was also shot and killed by police after hours of failed negotiation attempts.

    Another person who had been inside the house was able to escape and alert authorities, KUSA reported.
    Officers were called to a town home around 3 a.m. after reports of shots fired. Several nearby homes were evacuated for safety reasons and police sent out emergency notifications for the other residents in the area. //

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/05/16367150-police-4-dead-including-gunman-in-aurora-colo-hostage-situation?lite

    • 84 Dudette
      January 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Oy indeed. We’ve gotta fix the gun regulations. This MUST be done!

    • 85 Rain
      January 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Geez…is there no end to this? Oh wait, yes..WE must be the end!

    • 86 prettyfoot58
      January 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      over 300 people (27 children) nationwide have been killed by gun violence…

      • 87 prettyfoot58
        January 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        so far this year

      • 88 sonjiaduncan
        January 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Baltimore City’s report
        And while total gun crime, including shootings, -robberies and carjackings, has declined more than 6% when compared to 2011’s historic lows, the lethality of 2012’s gun violence pushed the city’s homicide total to 217 as of December 31st.

        Somethings wrong with the arithematics??

  17. 89 CEB
    January 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Hello everyone; happy weekend.

  18. January 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Good Morning all You O’s!!! What a great getting up day today here in TODdytown. Wanted to pop in to say howdy before starting the Saturday chores. Y’all take care now, you hear?

  19. 91 lamh36
    January 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Morning TOD. Catching up on some new music I missed from last year.

    Last night, I rediscovered a new artist I meant to hear more from last year, but got sidetracked. So you’re in for a treat. If you like Alicia Keyes, Beyonce’ and Adele all rolled into one little package, then you’ll love Emeli Sande’. She’s Britain’s Best New Artist of 2012. I just bought her CD and I love it already. Check out this youtube playlist to see how fantastic she is. It took awhile for some people to get on the Adele bandwagon (not me though, unlike some peole I didn’t join the bandwagon, I’d already discovered her from her debut album, so hey, I have a good track record…lol) so here’s hoping the same can be done for Emeli Sande’, who’s BTW real name is Adele…lol.

    So check out this playlist and give a Scottish born sista some love:

    tell me this song doesn’t sound like Beyonce, I fully expect Sasha Fierce to be stealing it soon like she did “If I Were A Boy”…lol http://youtu.be/nmhGZR04JCA

  20. January 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm
  21. 102 4morefor44
    January 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    just seeing the “ThatChicken” and @ReignOfApril link from the last thread. hilarious. although maybe we should give crystal wright a break…perhaps she’s just a big fan of 50 Shades of Grey, hence the hue of her cooking?

  22. 104 desertflower
    January 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Morning! Maybe some people need to be REMINDED!!

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/04/14/158424/republican-leaders-debt-limit-hypocrisy/

    while the four Republicans in Congressional leadership positions are attempting to hold the increase hostage now, they combined to vote for a debt limit increase 19 times during the presidency of George W. Bush. In doing so, they increased the debt limit by nearly $4 trillion.
    At the beginning of the Bush presidency, the United States debt limit was $5.95 trillion. Despite promises that he would pay off the debt in 10 years, Bush increased the debt to $9.815 trillion by the end of his term, with plenty of help from the four Republicans currently holding Congressional leadership positions: Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl. ThinkProgress compiled a breakdown of the five debt limit increases that took place during the Bush presidency and how the four Republican leaders voted:
    June 2002: Congress approves a $450 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion. McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor vote “yea”, Kyl votes “nay.”
    May 2003: Congress approves a $900 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $7.384 trillion. All four approve.
    November 2004: Congress approves an $800 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion. All four approve.
    March 2006: Congress approves a $781 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.965 trillion. All four approve.
    September 2007: Congress approves an $850 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $9.815 trillion. All four approve.

  23. 106 lamh36
    January 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Booman has a great post up that I’m sure we all can agree with, just the title alone is true!

    Boehner Needs to Sober Up or Go Home
    by BooMan

    …For years people have been speculating that Boehner weeps so often in public because he is drunk so often in public.

    Personally, I wouldn’t care about Boehner’s drinking if her were just a congressman. But he’s third in line to the presidency and he’s blotto half the time. He can’t answer phone calls from mayors and governors or even the president if those phone calls come late at night.
    It’s ridiculous.

  24. 109 GGail
    January 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I’m just popping in to say Howdy and now I’m off to read what I’ve missed in yesterday’s threads :-)

    Chipsticks – your 2012 Monthly videos are simply BEAUTIFUL! Keep up the good work :D

  25. 112 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm
  26. January 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I know there are a lot of soccor/futbol fans, this is my favorite all time song celebrating sporting events or anything nationalistic. K’naan…

    • 114 theo67
      January 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Love this! Soccer/futbol really is the world’s game, like no other. Truly universal – across income levels, skills, station. There’s some really fancy foot and head work in that video – just lovely.

  27. January 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hope this shows up…a wacky but funny idea….

  28. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Okay, for any fellow original baby boomers out there in TODland (or nerdland), here’s what we played to start our weekends, when I was in (gulp) high school:

  29. 133 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    —————-

    Carnegie Hall concert for music education to honor Prince
    http://thegrio.com/2013/01/04/carnegie-hall-concert-for-music-education-to-honor-prince/

    This year, legendary singer-songwriter Prince will be honored at Carnegie Hall’s annual concert to raise money for music education.

    Michael Dorf, founder of City Winery, puts on the benefit concert each year to help support education programs in poor communities. The beneficiaries this year include the American Symphony Orchestra’s Music Notes, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education, reports the New York Times.

    Dorf said in a statement, “Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection, and he makes my Top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music.”

    Prince will be honored on March 7th at the ninth annual benefit concert. The Roots, Talib Kweli, and the Blind Boys of Alabama are a few of the acts that will perform, paying tribute to the songs of Prince.

    Past artists to be honored include Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John.

  30. 139 susanne
    January 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    good hawaii morning chips and tods!
    chips, you were up mighty late last night! hope you get a nice long nap this afternoon–thanks for making these month-of-tod videos for us. what a year it was!

    • 140 Dudette
      January 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Howdy susanne. Y’all taking good care of our First Family out there? :-)

      • 141 susanne
        January 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        good morning dudette!
        i have no idea where the first family is! they don’t tell us nuthin! i troll the sites, but no pix, no hints. i think the washington press corps is not as interested as we are in seeing pbo in sandals! eating shave ice! playing in the surf! come on, guys! but probably the family has requested not to be photographed. they certainly deserve a break from all the peering eyes and lenses. still…. i want to see! :)

        • 142 hopefruit2
          January 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

          Actually the Washington press corps is just as – if not more interested, than everyone else, but I believe the First Family has specifically requested privacy. What little bit the press corps could glean, they reported. That’s why we have a few pics of PBO getting the shave ice, shaking hands with folks, etc.

          • 143 susanne
            January 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

            yes, and some have come from folks’ cell phones and so on, just people posting their pbo sightings. i hope they can just laze around the pool in their slouchy old shorts and floppy sunhats today. flotus and the girls can relax in bikinis without worrying it will be on the front pages. etc.

  31. 144 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    MSNBC reporting PBO returns to Washington tonight

    • January 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Just saw this at GOPolitico, Dudette:

      The first family is scheduled to depart Honolulu Saturday night and arrive in Washington on Sunday at midday.

      • 146 theo67
        January 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        I figured as much – if the girls are back at school, and the President back at work, on Monday. It’s such a long flight, plus the jet lag. Makes sense.

  32. 147 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Alan Grayson about to come on MSNBC. Grabbing the popcorn!

    • 148 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      My favorite part was when Alan was asked a more or less leading question by Craig, and responded something like, “Well, to be specific, President Obama has not said he’s in favor of cutting Social Security and Medicare; he said he’s in favor of strengthening the programs and so am I and so are Democrats.” I was so happy to hear that.

      Grayson seemed a little tamer, but give him time!

      • 149 Dudette
        January 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        I’m glad he’s back in Congress.

      • 150 anniebella
        January 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        Ed Schultz and Sen. Bernie Sanders made me sick Friday night talking as if POTUS were going to put Social Security on the table and cut it. I got so fed up with Ed that I turn the channel. I have never heard POTUS say he was going to cut S.S. either, but doing whatever they could to strengthen it. Ed trying to push his same old story you can’t trust POTUS when it comes to S.S., Medicare.

        • 151 Linda
          January 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

          I saw that too and changed the channel….I am done with Ed forever…..I think I will take a bath at 8 PM every night now.

          I popped over to Elliot Spitzer ( who sometimes is critical too ) but he was beating up Oliver Stone for 3 segments about Stone complaining about the President.. Elliot did good.

        • 152 jacquelineoboomer
          January 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

          Ed and Bernie have their place, sometimes, but – other times – I switch the channel, too.

      • 153 jackiegrumbacher
        January 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        So if Alan Grayson could hear what the president actually said about Social Security and Medicare and translate it correctly, how come no one in the media or the left can? President Obama has said for years that his goal is to strengthen these two programs–make sure they’re viable for a very long time and NOT cut benefits. Yet he’s never quoted accurately or even given the benefit of the doubt.

      • 154 theo67
        January 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

        This is a good start for Grayson. I hope he continues in this vein. None of that sensational nonsense that doesn’t drive the ball any further down the field. I don’t mind sensationalism, as long as it serves a purpose other than getting someone on TV.

        • 155 Bill
          January 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

          The media seems to try to egg him on. I think he is more serious than the media presents him.

        • 156 jacquelineoboomer
          January 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

          That’s so very true. Without the sensationalism it would never have gotten his remarks covered by C-Span, it would never have gotten anyone outside of his district to know who he is, and probably would not have gotten him elected the second time he ran. It’s our pop culture, which sometimes works out in the long run – and, sometimes, not.

    • January 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Not only does he speak his mind but he seems to hear what people actually say and reframe it properly.

  33. January 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Mitch McConell is on all the Sunday shows. Do they actually think that is a big draw?

  34. January 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Correction- Boner is 4th in line to the Presidency- 3rd is Pay Leahy!!

  35. 165 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    How President Obama’s vacation time stacks up [article includes video]
    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/20509217/how-president-obamas-vacation-time-stacks-up

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    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
    President Barack Obama and his family still have one more day of vacation in Hawaii, and while we call it a “vacation”, political experts say modern Presidents are never totally on a holiday. Nope, the Commander-in-Chief still does plenty of work behind-the-scenes.

    We all need a little R&R – even the leader of the Free World. Since assuming office in January 2009, President Obama has taken all or part of 83 vacation days, according to CBS News White House correspondent, Mark Knoller. At that rate, Mr. Obama will be on par to take about 168 vacation days during his eight-year tenure.

    Like many of his predecessors, the President has been criticized for taking extended time off – and for spending millions on, among other things, transportation, staffing, and security. Political experts say criticism comes with the territory.

    “There are some people, who are not supporters of the President, who resent him going to such a beautiful place, in part, at taxpayer expense,” explains Knoller, who’s been covering the White House for almost 40 years. “And so, that’s part of the reason why there is resentment but, you know, it’s not really fair to begrudge a President some time off.”

    It’s nothing new. Franklin Roosevelt was judged for spending too much time aboard his Presidential yacht, the USS Potomac. Theodore Roosevelt was said to have left Washington, DC for months at a time, and our fourth President, James Madison, took a four month vacation back in 1816.

    Here’s how Mr. Obama stacks up against more recent Presidents, if he keeps pace with 168 vacation days over eight years. President George W. Bush took all or part of 297 days at his Texas ranch. Bill Clinton took 174 days at Martha’s Vineyard and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Ronald Reagan vacationed 349 days at his California ranch over eight years.

    President Obama is also not the first to cut a vacation short. Reagan did it in 1983, Clinton in 1993 and 1998, and Bush, in 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. To be fair, no President really takes a vacation. “The job is there in the golf cart with him. It never really leaves him,” says Knoller.

    Their days off are still filled with briefings and other executive decisions, but maybe, they get to sleep in a little.

    Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  36. 169 a4alice
    January 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  37. 171 lamh36
    January 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    PET PEEVE:
    Sorry whoever you are, blocking your number so the caller ID says “UNKNOWN” DOES NOT make me wanna pick up the phone anymore than usual. if u really wanted to talk to me, you’d at least make ur number known, even if I do google it to see if it’s a creditor…lol.

    • 172 Rain
      January 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      We got a call today from some guy claiming we had an outstanding tax bill (we don’t) and I looked up the number and he was calling from somewhere in the Bahamas! There are so many scams out there these days. I just quit answering the phone unless I know who it is.

  38. 173 prettyfoot58
    January 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    http://t.co/ozTUiCpR

    MHP- on the Emancipation Proclamation…worth viewing

  39. 174 a4alice
    January 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm
  40. 181 lamh36
    January 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Um hmm. All I was saying since the decision came down was if I knew I was innocent and had the money like Armstron, then fight like hell to prove it to your damn dying death if you have to, IMHO.

    Lance Armstrong Said to Be Weighing Admission of Doping

  41. January 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Everyone who is going to DC from TOD MUST MEET UP!!!

    Those of us who don’t have the $ should try to too.

    I’m off that day since it’s thankfully a Fed holiday – YAY! Maybe we should designate a SoCali viewing party?

  42. 191 prettyfoot58
    January 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Conservatives Open New Congress With Unconstitutional Bill To End Birthright Citizenship

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/05/1402821/rep-steve-king-opens-new-congress-with-unconstitutional-bill-to-end-birthright-citizenship/

    The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution expressly provides that nearly anyone born in the United States is a citizen, regardless of the immigration status of their parents. Yet, despite the Constitution’s clear command, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wants to ignore our founding document and prevent the children of undocumented immigrants from becoming citizens:

    • 192 Dudette
      January 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Ugh! I couldn’t despise these GOP slugs with a greater white heat. Dammit, I wish they would just go away. Start their own country on an island in the middle of the ocean, better yet take up Newts idea and go to the moon. But we have to endure some of their shit so the less informed electorate can see for themselves who these people are and what they stand for. I swear the President really must have the patience of Job.

    • 193 jackiegrumbacher
      January 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Pf, I wonder if the House gets even basic training about how the government works. Otherwise why come to work to waste your time on stupid, senseless things that go nowhere. They might as well sit and doodle or do pushups in the aisles. We are paying a whole lot of US House members to act like ill behaved children or little monkeys (capuchins?) who run around in cages screeching at each other. They don’t believe in government but they run for office to collect the money and “prove” how useless government is. There must be some weird subset of the population that thinks these antics are okay. Otherwise, who’s their audience?

    • 195 a4alice
      January 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      that is so wrong PrettyFoot grrr

  43. 197 prettyfoot58
    January 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    There was alot of discussion in 2011 about whether PBO can use the 14th Amendment to raise the Debt Ceiling…i do not remember whether he can do so on Constitutional grounds or not….can someone point me where i can find info on this….

  44. 198 susanne
    January 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    ‘Senator Michael Crapo Says He Was Not Doing Vodka Shots Before His DUI Arrest–
    He was drinking vodka tonics, like a civilized Mormon ‘

    in this short piece, the senator is quoted as saying he’s sorry for upsetting his family and mormon friends. apparently, he feels his constituents are perfectly okay with him driving while drunk.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/crapo-was-drinking-vodka-tonics-not-shots.html

    • 199 Dudette
      January 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Last name should’ve told ‘em.

    • 200 Bill
      January 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      He said he had been under stress, though he had often claimed he was a non-drinker was drinking vodka and tonics by himself in his Capitol Hill apartment, could not sleep, got into his car to relax, drove across the Potomac River to Alexandria, VA, and ran a red light. Likely story.

  45. 201 Bill
    January 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    There is a Freshman Congressman, Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), age 35, being interviewed on MSNBC who may be dumber than Louis Gohmert. Something I thought impossible.

    • 202 Dudette
      January 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      I saw that guy. Had to mute him, cause the stupid was oozing out of the TV.

    • 203 Bill
      January 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      He said he ran for Congress because the paperwork for his plumbing and heating business was too much, and he wanted to do something about it.

      • 204 Dudette
        January 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

        Pefect tea party member — empty shell with nothing but self-interest

        • 205 majiir
          January 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

          He’s lying. Most likely a majority of the paper work was required by his state and local government, and if his business is fairly successful, he has an accountant that does his federal taxes. He would also have employees who would take care of payroll and other paperwork. He reminds me of the guy in AL who blames PBO for his topless car wash going out of business. The tool still hasn’t learned that it was his STATE that has a law against nudity and forced him to shutdown his business!

  46. 206 Don
    January 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    At what point will the Professional Left, the Emoproggs, and the Republicans realize that President Obama has them all by the short hairs?

    • 207 Vicki
      January 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Maybe they already realize it, Don, but they have to carry on as though they still have a say in what is going to happen. 24 hour news cycles and personal egos demand a continued fight.

  47. 208 auni
    January 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    On the subject of President Obama being in Hawaii, I believe he will return refreshed and ready once again to go into battle. There is something about that place. You step off the plane and the air smells and feels like nowhere else. I imagine, having grown up there, the lure of the place would be even more pronounced for him then it was for me, since I only was lucky enough to be there a couple of times. Every day that he has been there gives his body and soul relaxation. God bless him and keep him safe.

  48. January 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm
  49. 211 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I wanna hug the guy who wrote this…

  50. 213 dotster3
    January 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I think we’ve seen most, if not all, of these Obama fam Hawaii vacay photos. I think this is all there is. Hope they had a great escape and that the pres managed to have some relaxing fun during his few days at the beginning and end of the stay.

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/slideshow?widgetid=69862

  51. 214 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Rep Luis Guittierez on MSNBC talking about PBO’s advances toward immigration reform

  52. 216 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    MSNBC reporting Nancy Smash will appear on the series finale of Thirty Rock on Jan 31.
    Reports Pelosi has said “I’ll do anything Tina Fey asks!” :-)

  53. 220 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  54. 221 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm
  55. 222 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm
  56. 223 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm
  57. 224 a4alice
    January 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm
    • 225 Bill
      January 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Jeff Flake is not a lawyer, went to South Africa as a Mormon missionary, and opposed economic sanctions on South Africa in the1980′s. Cruz, a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, is a true rwnj looking for the limelight. Both will be big problems when there is a confirmation for the Supreme Court.

  58. January 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    To all the wonderful TOD peeps who raved about Les Mis….thank you!!! It was awesome, and I was duly prepared with tissues.

  59. 227 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm
  60. 228 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    White House Plans To Overwhelm NRA With Rapid Victory

    // The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade.

    While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington’s attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with heading a commission to investigate gun violence, has been quietly meeting with experts, interest groups, and public officials and is expected to release a set of recommendations within weeks. Boston mayor Thomas Menino, co-chair of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the Boston Herald this week that an optimistic Biden had assured him that Obama would sign legislation “by the end of January.”

    “We had been led to believe their report would come by end of January, but we’re hearing they may want to have something out by January 15, even quicker than expected,” Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told TPM. //

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/white-house-nra-gun-victory.php

  61. 229 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  62. 230 utaustinliberal
    January 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Wooohoooo.

  63. 231 dotster3
    January 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I see PBO persevered thru wind and driving rain yesterday on the golf course. I think the last couple of days have not been ideal, weather-wise——they delayed the pro golf tourney there until tomorrow, was cancelled the last 2 days. Went out to din last night with friends. Should be boarding soon for return flight.

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20130104_Obama_set_to_return_to_Washington_Saturday.html?id=185728991

  64. 234 Ela Blaine
    January 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Great video.

  65. 235 prettyfoot58
    January 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    The Obama Method—Smartypants

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-obama-method.html?showComment=1357430131663#c6141716443106521625

    It does not presuppose that his adversaries are people of goodwill who can be reasoned with. Rather, it assumes that, by demonstrating his own goodwill and interest in accord, Obama can win over a portion of his adversaries’ constituents as well as third parties.


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