122 Responses to ““We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society””


  1. June 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Darn, I was hoping to attend! ;)

  2. 4 57andfemale
    June 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    2?

  3. 5 57andfemale
    June 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm
  4. June 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm
  5. June 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Just so people are aware – the same parent company that owns Weather Channel also owns NBC and MSNBC. However, that does not excuse what they did there. The speech was historic enough that they SHOULD have shown it on MSNBC along with the Weather Channel. Presidential speeches are rarely, if ever shown in full on weather TV stations – regardless of the topic. Climate change or not, no one would have thought to put on the Weather Channel to hear PBO give a major speech unless they were specifically told to do so. That was a very sneaky move on the part of Comcast.

    In 2011, MSNBC showed the entire 1hr-long “I’m not running for prez” televised statement of Chris Christie – showing reporters asking the same damn questions over and over again for 45 minutes after he spoke. Yet they only show 41 seconds of a Presidential speech on a serious issue facing this planet, and which has resulted in extreme loss of life, disability, economic plight, etc?

  6. 11 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Espn and the weather chsnnel gives the President good reports.
    Those 2 are the only channels that cover him without bias.
    Give them some love! :)

  7. June 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm
  8. 13 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    ;)

  9. June 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Did CBS and other network channels cover it?

    • June 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      No. Only 2 from what I gathered – CSPAN & Weather Channel.

      • 17 Sharon
        June 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        It will be aired again on C-Span 2 at 8 ET tonight (prime time scheduling). I rather expect Louie Gohmert will be holding his nightly prayer meeting on C-Span at that time. But the speech will be on the overnight loop on C-Span and is already available to view at anytime from their archives.

  10. June 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Now here’s Little Nate to tell us that the Voting Rights Act doesn’t really matter after all!

  11. 21 desertflower
    June 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Entirety of Justice Ginsburg’s descent on VRA

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-96_6k47.pdf

  12. 22 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    We certainly do have a crappy media that’s for sure. *Sigh*

  13. 23 57andfemale
    June 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  14. 27 Asher in Boston
    June 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I feel sick to the core about the gutting of the VRA. At the end of the day, I’m glad I practiced my civil duty and went out this morning to vote for Ed Markey. Screw Scotus. Now we have to work harder than before to register people to vote, help them with acquiring the various required docs so as they can vote. Aluta continua.

    • 28 57andfemale
      June 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      You, and 12.5% of the Boston electorate as of 3:00 p.m.

      What can we accomplish when Democrats don’t bother to exercise the rights they have?

      • 29 Asher in Boston
        June 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        I know, 57. I was and I’m still making calls and reminding friends and my fellow students to go out and vote. You will be surprised at the number of people that weren’t even aware that we have an election today. it’s so sad indeed.

        • 30 jacquelineoboomer
          June 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

          Since it’s a work day, is there any hope there will be a groundswell of voters early evening?

          • 31 Asher in Boston
            June 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

            Hope so. Most I reached said they will go after work, but you never know with all the traffic and other excuses. It took me 2 mins in and out and the place was literally empty.

            • 32 jacquelineoboomer
              June 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

              Thank you for your vote, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Markey wins. But it should have been a much bigger turnout, of course.

              • 33 Asher in Boston
                June 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

                You are welcome. But, job, it was sad that I hard to tell some of my friends the name of the person they should vote for, and that he was replacing John Kerry. Can you believe that with all that is going on in congress and at the state level that many people aren’t paying any attention?

                • 34 jacquelineoboomer
                  June 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm

                  No, I can’t believe it, but life goes on for so many people and they don’t want to pay attention. Arghh.

    • 35 pkayden
      June 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      This may all backfire. Dems should get up and start registering people right now and make sure that our voters have the proper id long before 2014. Not throwing up the white flag.

  15. 36 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm
  16. June 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Worldwatcher7 •

    Given:
    – The outrageous defense of Trayvon’s murderer,
    – The gutting of the VRA,
    – The excuses being made for Butterball Deen and her racist kin,
    – Justifications made for NYC’s stop and frisk,
    – The gerrymandering of congress which enables these travesties,
    – A national press that ignores these issues to focus on Snowden’s magical white privelege treason tour,

    I don’t want to hear not a damned word about post-racial anything.

  17. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Shameful!!!!!

  18. 42 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm
  19. June 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Some folk at The Onion seriously need to acquire a brain soon:

    • 44 utaustinliberal
      June 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      It’s pathetic, disgusting, and vile. He was murdered. He is a child who was murdered. An innocent life snatched away senselessly. An innocent life whose parents still grieve daily and they do this? They make a mockery of this hurt? Shame on them.

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      June 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      They learned nothing since their awful name calling via Twitter of the 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis during the Oscars. This tweet is worse, of course.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        June 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

        Might as well tweet it to them, since everybody here already gets it.

      • June 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        Utterly moronic and offensive, Jacqueline. I presume they’re trying to make a point about the smearing of Trayvon, but this is not the way to do it.

        • 48 jacquelineoboomer
          June 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

          Yes, apparently they only have one moronic way of satirizing, which doesn’t work when it’s related to Trayvon or any other young person. There should be different rules, at least because of their ages. Gag.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      June 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm
  20. 50 japa21
    June 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    So Texas is going to require photo ID card. If you do already have appropriate ID, i.e. drivers license or concealed carry permit, you are fine. If not, to get voter ID card you must prove citizenship. Should be noted proof of citizenship is not required for either of those acceptable forms of ID.

  21. 51 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm
  22. 52 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  23. 53 Linda
    June 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    WASHINGTON — It was another good year for the Chamber of Commerce at the nation’s highest court, which has increasingly taken a corporate tilt under Chief Justice John Roberts.

    The Chamber had a 78 percent success rate in the Supreme Court cases it intervened in this term. In other words, it won 14 and lost three cases in which it filed amicus briefs. An additional case was considered neither a win nor a loss because the Court ruled on a separate matter.

    In the most controversial cases — the ones that divided the court 5-4 along ideological lines — the Chamber was undefeated, winning all eight.

    Tom Donnelly, counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, has been tracking the Chamber’s success rate. He noted in the last Supreme Court term, the Chamber actually went undefeated. Nevertheless, there’s no question that the most recent term was a victory for the business lobbying group.

    Huff Puff

  24. 54 desertflower
    June 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/06/did-supreme-court-just-hand-democrats.html

    The Supreme Court has given us a piss poor Constitutional decision. But ultimately, demography is destiny. The Supreme Court has handed to the Republicans a double-edged sword and to the Democrats an opportunity to cement the feelings most minority voters already correctly have – that our right to vote is under attack by the Republican party – national, state and local. If Republicans play further into that impression – as they already seem poised to – they will lose more support. Played right, this issue can be as potent as immigration reform and lay the foundation for Democratic governance for at least a generation.

    Voting rights should not be a wedge issue. That it may be one reflects on how far right the Republican party has gone to alienate and suppress the non-white voter. But if we have to use it as a wedge to beat back their attempts to suppress our votes, then so be it. Let’s put the fear of everything holy in them so they think twice before coming after our votes again.

    THIS!

  25. 56 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    OMFG.

    • June 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Really, teh Stupid is too much today.

    • 58 lisalovesobama
      June 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Ah, the American media. Is there a more pointless waste of space? one of this nation’s biggest tragedies. :roll:

    • 59 anniebella
      June 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      That’s all CNN felt the need to cover. Wow. The speech talked about saving the planet, and all CNN cared about was the President taking his jacket off. Is their any wonder why CNN isn’t worth shit.

  26. 60 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    She’s the Democrat who’s been filibustering the disgusting SB5 bill. She’s been at it for hours. Her twitter handle is @WendyDavisTexas. Send her some love! :D

    • June 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Lord, I hope she can hold out 8 more hours.

      • 62 PamfromCalif
        June 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        Here’s the link of live streaming of TX State Senator Wendy Davis filibuster

      • 63 CEB
        June 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        It is people like her and all other women and men fighting this fight in Texas that have helped me to deal with today’s disappointments. More determined than ever to keep fighting and moving forward.

    • 64 pkayden
      June 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Go girl! Hope she’s successful.

    • June 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      I stepped away for a little bit. When I returned, Senator Davis was being questioned by another senator (male physician). What is going on with that?

      • 66 utaustinliberal
        June 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        They were trying to derail her testimony. Didn’t work. She remained calm and focused and her filibuster is back on.

        • June 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

          Good for her! :-)

          Just heard Sen. Lucio pretty much concede that Sen. Davis is going to kill the bill, although he is still trying to wear her down.

        • 68 forus50
          June 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

          Is she the only one who will filibuster? I’m not sure if the rules allow only one person…

      • 69 theo67
        June 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        I think they might be taking a page from the “West Wing” show, when other Senators stepped in with questions to give a filibustering Senator a much needed break – some kind of Senate rule.

  27. 70 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Wooohooo! Audra McDonald for the win.

    • June 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Great tweets from her, UT

      • June 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        So damn true. Clarence Thomas gives the impression that since he didn’t experience racism then it doesn’t exist. He is on the Supreme Court because others before him marched, protested and died to get equal rights and opportunities

        • 73 CEB
          June 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm

          Remember what Michelle said about people who slam the door of opportunity after them in her speech at the DNC in 2012? Uncle Tom is the type of person that she was speaking about.

          I have always admired Audra’s talent; good to know that she is a warrior for equality as well.

        • June 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

          Whether he experienced racism or not, it’s hard to believe that he doesn’t know anyone who has. It’s hard to believe that he never heard stories from his parents, grandparents, or some other relative or childhood friend (I guess he had friends when he was young) about their experiences with racism. Is he that apathetic to the plight of others?

          I imagine if his skin were light enough, he would deny his race altogether.

      • 75 pkayden
        June 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        Tore down the door and put a brick wall! The man is vile.

      • 76 arapaho415
        June 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        Thomas is just another “I’ve got mine, Jack” heartless “conservative” (aka greedy SOB with absolutely no empathy for anyone who isn’t rich or well-connected).

    • June 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      I so want her to play the role of FLOTUS when the Broadway version of Obama! comes out. And Brian Mitchell Stokes will play PBO. :) :)

  28. June 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    So now Chris Matthews is realizing that the so called IRS Scandal was not a scandal at all. A little too late tweety

    • 79 Eveingeorgia
      June 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Yeah, but he had to get in his dis against the White House for how it handled the non-scandal, even so far as to go to Michael Stele for his opinion.

    • 81 Bill
      June 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      He and Sam Stein also agreed with Michael Steele that the WH handled the IRS story worse than Issa. I wanted to break my teevee.

      • 82 arapaho415
        June 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        MSM is pathetic.

        They seem only care about stories that involve themselves (journalists) and then slant the news (“IRS targeting,” without bothering to inform audience that the IRS was reviewing for tax-exempt status, and approved all applicants — in what universe can this seriously be considered a “scandal?).

        Scandalabra reminders:
        Jun 24

        Jun 6

        May 13 (saved the best for last)

        • 83 Bill
          June 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

          I think Molly Ball is considered a liberal.

          • 84 arapaho415
            June 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm

            She’s part of the MSM echo chamber who circle the wagons when their “rights” are threatened (e.g., AP and #Snowden/Greenwald) and consider the scandalbra trifecta to be worthy of one-sided reporting.

            If she’s liberal, how could she possibly think these 3 items are worthy of the “scandal” category?

            There’s so many things in the #Snowden/Greenwald that drive me nuts, but the biggest one is when someone compares to Snowden to Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers. People who do that have no memory of having to register for the draft on their 18th birthday (vast majority of MSM are men) and don’t remember their history: that the Pentagon Papers proved that the Government lied about Vietnam (1967 Gulf of Tonkin), resulting in the loss of life of thousands of teenage boys and young men.

            There is no comparison of Vietnam to the digital “freedom” (given away by users to corporations) that #Snowden/Greenwald are so “concerned” with.

      • June 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        So the President gets a negative critique about how he handled the faux scandal because he didn’t lose his mind and panic like they wanted him to? President Obama is not playing along with their games … at least not the way they want him to…and they can’t stand it!

        • 86 Bill
          June 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

          Sometimes I think the pundits do not understand PBO plays by different rules than they understand in their feeble minds.

          • 87 Puddin'
            June 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm

            Most of these people have no idea what a real leader looks like, think like, act like, react like…so, yes “their feeble minds” don’t know what to really think about PBO.

  29. 88 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm
  30. 89 Dakota
    June 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I just have to vent…To all those so-called “Black” people who leaped to defend Paula Deen and her “Sambo Burgers”, you must be so tickled with the Supreme Court gutting the Civil Rights Act today. Before you know it, we’ll be all be working at parties dressed as slaves, tap dancing and being called out of our names with no recourse! Please effing get a clue before it’s too late!

    • 90 pkayden
      June 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Preach. To be fair though, I had no idea that Paula was so racist. I used to kind of like her — except that her food looked nauseating and unhealthy. Never guessed that she was so backwards.

      • 91 Dakota
        June 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

        I hear you pkayden. I’m always willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt. However, after the details of depth and the abusive nature of her thinking and how she conducted her business were made, I can’t see how any Black person could come out in support of her…and they did!

      • 92 theo67
        June 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        I saw a snippet from Paula Deen last night from some tv thing she did, where she was calling for her little black friend to come out from where he was standing because they couldn’t see him in front of the black board. I literally choked on my dinner. She’s vile.

        • 93 Puddin'
          June 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

          Paula is who she is (and has always been)…she has not changed and will not change. She is so used to using those words, it hasn’t and will not occur to her to think before she speaks. I have never paid her much attention in the past and I won’t in the future. She is nobody to me.

    • 95 Eveingeorgia
      June 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      I know, right. Sometimes I wonder how many reside on the plantation, still. And Clarence Thomas makes me shudder. What a disgraceful man.

  31. 97 mtmarilyn
    June 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Good afternoon wonderful TOD family. I have company so am just now getting news. I am so sick at heart at what these Repubs are doing to our country. I will need a short time to grieve and then it’s to work and being mad as hell!!!! I will not let them make such a mockery of all that has been done. We will fight.

    Chips, thank you again for this place and to all the blog tyrants and you wonderful people who have come to this community.

    I know we will win in the end.

  32. 98 Ladyhawke
    June 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Remarks by the President on Climate Change

    Georgetown University – June 25, 2013

    Washington, D.C.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/remarks-president-climate-change

  33. 99 arapaho415
    June 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    From yesterday:

    Texas Dems should know what LBJ considered his greatest legacy (Eisenhower considered the St. Lawrence seaway his):

  34. 100 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Wooooohooooooooooooooooo!

    You can watch her here.

    http://www.texastribune.org/session/831/live/

  35. June 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I’ll have a post ready for tomorrow. Today I just need to think and contemplate.

  36. 102 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  37. June 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Just posted this on TPV:

    To emphasize Spandan’s point about demography being destiny: both he and I live in California. Up until Prop 187, the state was more or less reliably Republican, at least in presidential elections. Things were more complex lower down, but the GOP had a lock on our electoral votes. Prop 187 was the galvanizing force which turned a reddish state into pure cerulean blue. How much so? For the first time, Democrats control a 2/3′s majority in both houses of the Legislature. And all statewide elected officials are Democrats. The 2/3′s majority is big, because that’s what you need to pass a budget. No more deals need to be made with the GOP.

    Republicans look at what once was a bulwark and are scared shitless that the rest of the country is going that way. Look at what’s happening in TX. Here it was Prop 187; there it will be the attack on women’s health and voter ID laws. The mobilization over the abortion bill being filibustered by Democrats is something TX hasn’t seen in decades. The more white Republicans grasp to preserve their remaining power, the more they will lose.

    (Ok, I think I have the beginning of a piece for tomorrow.)

  38. 107 desertflower
    June 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    We are taking donations today to feed the folks in the Texas legislature during what is going to be at least a 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis followed by citizen actions by hundreds of people. Last Sunday more than 1,000 people came out and we sent over $800 worth of food; now we are better prepared and setting up for tonight. RHRC however does not have the kind of budget to do this alone.

    If you are interested and willing to help us feed the filibuster, please do. We will send sandwiches, coffee, water, cookies, fruit, chocolate, and Kind bars among other things. If you can pitch in even $5.00, you are helping.

    https://secure.rhrealitycheck.org/page/contribute/default

    • June 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Lowest donation amount is $10. Done in honor of utaustin. If I had another spare $10 I would donate again in memory of Molly Ivins.

  39. June 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Get ready for the next round of MSM crap: PBO’s trip to Africa. Indeed, it has already started….

  40. 116 arapaho415
    June 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm
  41. 117 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm
  42. 118 Bill
    June 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) and Republican candidate for governor is taking a state law to the SCOTUS which outlaws oral and anal sex, making it a felony. It pertains to gay and heterosexual couples. Can’t wait to see the vote on this one.

  43. 121 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm
  44. 122 Jeff
    June 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Wow! MSNBAINC is fucking pathetic and the rest of their oily buddies. You know that their is an underlining hostility that the media holds towards anything environmental.


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