@FLOTUS: The First Lady & Bo welcome military families for the first look of the @whitehouse holiday decorations
MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!
Good Morning Chipsticks,… TOD Early Birds!!!
Everyone have a wonderful day!
Moooooorning swbluega and DF, TOD twins!
Good Morning DesertFlower!
God morning and congrats to you, swbluega! We ARE the TOD twins this morning:)
Morning, Chips, SW and DF. Fog is thick this am and atmosphere is eerie. Hope the sun is shining your way.
Good Morning JackieG. We’ve been having a lot of morning fog and rain here as well. But hopefully the sun will peek out later today.
Mooooorning Jackie, Africa and Symmetry, happy ….. what day is it? ….. Thursday!
IT’S FREEZING HERE! OMG. I hate this cold weather….I don’t want to scream too much. I know that others have it worse than I do, but, holy moly! It’s cold!!
I love it!
Not me….I say if I wanted to freeze, I’d live in Flag:) I live in the desert for goodness sakes….I need a LITTLE warmth! Now I whip out the big down jacket and the gloves….
It is unusually warm here in East TN. Right know it is around 66 degrees. It is suppose to get up into the 70′s.
Can I come there? It’s only supposed to be in the 50′s for an entire week! Mornings are freezing!!!
It’s cold here in Los Angeles too. 48 degrees!! That’s cold here!
Congrats DF and swbluega!! Hiya Chips, TODers!! Happy Thursday.
Good Morning Africa. I hope you’ve recovered from your dental procedure and that the pain medication is no longer necessary.
Thanks, africa:) Feeling better today?
Good morning everyone!
Well today our President sits down with spittle for an interview. Who knows which of Tweety’s personalities will show up today. God Bless President Obama for trying. I’m sure he’ll do fabulous regardless of how our lazy, sloppy, good for nothing media tries to spin it.
Off to work I go….
Good morning, TODville!!
Welcome to Korea, @VP Biden! Air Force 2 has just touched down. Wishing the VP a fruitful visit! http://t.co/I6CBv38JGJ— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@usembassyseoul) December 05, 2013
Is that one of VP Biden’s granddaughter?
Out of all the events that took place yesterday, the news focused on Sunny and the little girl who tumbled in the hope that it would be considered a terrible gaffe. Even my local news did an extended piece on it, but at least they did it from a cuteness and sweetness angle and they showed how immediately after the little girl got up and started petting Sunny. They also showed another clip of FLOTUS kneeling down working to try and get a stain out of another little girl’s sweater. Always the Mom!
Yes, this story was more in the news that our President’s very important speech on inequality – and like you said, many of the outlets were not covering it for the “cuteness” factor but rather because they hoped that it would be interpreted by some as another Obama faux pas. UT posted a tweet describing what happened after wards and I’m glad that your local news covered it.
I think most people saw it for what it was, Sunny was not trying to hurt the little girl. And I saw one anchor woman who said that she has a little toddler and their dog is always knocking her toddler over. If there is anyone out there who want to try to make this into some more then a harmless accident, they are sick, in the head not the body. Beside the little girl’s father said that she was alright and she had a nice time.
Actually, Sunny didn’t knock the little cutie down. Sunny startled her and she backed up and tripped over the little boy’s walker (the rear wheel). My goodness…we would be better off if MSM would just go away.
This is how my week goes:
FridaySaturdaySunday— Men's Humor (@MensHumor) December 04, 2013
We must use tactical nukes on Iran because Russia would be totally cool with it and what have they ever done to make us care about them?— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) December 05, 2013
Breaking: Pope sets up committee to fight child abuse. bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…— (@amk4obama) December 05, 2013
You mean the children that are ALREADY BORN???
Hmmm…this pope is not playing anymore. This is change you can believe in!
I love this go-getter Pope. He is stirring the hearts of many around the world to be more compassionate and lift up those in need. That is what religion and churches used to and ought to be about.
The child abuse issue is particularly urgent. Atonement.
More than atonemen….there needs to prosecution…
What Pope Francis is talking about…Sister Simone and the Nuns on the Bus have been living….although they were admonished by the last pope…
Yes, absolutely AGREED. I didn’t mean to imply that there shouldn’t be prosecution.
i know…i was just adding my two cents
cat whistle. http://t.co/WsFJ2AzvzH— (@amk4obama) December 05, 2013
http://jimstuartnewblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/healthcare-costs-again.html A tad wonky, but a good read.
Wowee-Kazowee——who lives in this bubba’s district?—–who thought we needed him in our government?
Bubba Large-Alapalooser all phat, no cattle!
“@esd2000: Dear Texans.Please stop electing idiots. #RepBlakeFarenthold http://t.co/w0vIpSnrFB”— Anne Bolynn (@RedAnneBolynn) September 24, 2013
This guy is a Congressman. Oh my goodness, he looks like a dam racists idiot.
OBAMA’s FAULT AGAIN!!!
BREAKING: U.S. initial jobless claims fall 23,000 to 298,000— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) December 05, 2013
RT @HealthCareGov: More than 820k visits to HC.gov yesterday. Site stable. Supporting lots seeking affordable health care.— (@igorvolsky) December 05, 2013
Third-quarter U.S. growth revised up to 3.6% on.mktw.net/1aCwulJ— (@symmetry11) December 05, 2013
If some Republicans are sounding just a little bit desperate right now, I think I know why. “Obamacare is not just a broken website,” House Speaker John Boehner sputtered the other day in retreat as it emerged that the website is now working well. “This bill is fundamentally flawed.” He sure hopes he’s right about that—and by the way, Mister, it’s a law, not a bill. But I bet late at night, when he’s having that last smoke and thinking back over his day, he fears that he’s wrong and that the central Republican…“idea,” if you want to call it that, of the last three years—get rid of Obamacare—is going to look awfully stupid to a majority of Americans eight or 10 months from now.
You gotta read this. They are in SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much doo-doo:) Michael was amazed at how wonderful this is…and CHOICES GALORE!!
But in between the decontextualized disasters and the stories with Hollywood endings will be millions of people to whom nothing particularly dramatic, but something very positive indeed, will have happened. They got insurance, or decent insurance, for the first time in their lives. They went and got their first physical in years. They had that bad back checked out finally. They took their child to an eye doctor and got her glasses. That’s not dramatic enough for a television ad, but any parent will understand that a child going from struggling with reading to being able to read easily at school is plenty dramatic.
Yeah. It’s a BFD. Thank you, President Obama:)
This HAS to be on R/S this morning:) Ok…I’m done:)
TOD—Must Read. repeat. Please, everybody Read Michael T. article
Still mad about Bashir. It was the one program I tried to catch every day——rest of msnbc programming is mostly just background noise, imho. But Bashir was smart and fearless and entertaining and his show snapped. And—–I read that in addition to apologizing to the viewers and Phil Griffin, Bashir had to apologize to Joe Scarborough! Why??? What is the sway he holds over msnbc? He supposedly had to apologize to Morning Jerk because Bashir’s Palin comments would cause Jerk embarrassment with his conservative friends. What?????? Just a revolting development all the way around. Our news biz is in such a state of shambles.
He had to apologize to Joe Scarborough for THAT?!?!?!? This is truly sickening…as you said, highly revolting. Glad I haven’t watched MSNBC for over a year now.
http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/04/martin-bashir-lost-job-rush-limbaugh-day.html Think about that. Liberal media, my dying ass
“Bashir had to apologize to Joe Scarborough”
Oh good friggin’ grief, unbelievable.
Why did he do it? He was being canned anyway. He could have said FU and walked away.
Did he have to get down on his knees or was he allowed to sit?
During Bashir’s criticism about Sarah Palin likening future debt to slavery, he included a number of descriptions about her lack of intelligence including:
• America’s resident dunce
• World class idiot
• Rank ignorance
But although the headlines/accounts say that Bashir said that someone should “sh**” in Sarah Palin’s mouth, he actually said that she qualified as a candidate “for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood”. This cruel and brutal punishments ranged from flogging and pickling to pi**ing and defecating in the slave’s eyes/mouth. However, the media’s account makes it seem that Bashir actually *said* the words, “someone should “sh**” in Sarah Palin’s mouth,” [although it can be inferred that that is what he meant.]
I agree with every word Martin Barshir said about Sarah Palin. Every darn word.
Do anyone have Phil Griffin email address or maybe the phone number so we can call and let them know what we think of them getting rid of Bashir.
I’m in agreement with him as well, Anniebella.
Today Facts be darned in the news media.
They pretend Not to understand the English language whenever issues of Slavery are talked about.
Pretending that it didn’t happen is the most wicked acts of all. Shame on MSNBC.
Child poverty….. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BaYDIcUIQAA_kx1.png:large Notice what states they are?
Obama Gets His Revenge For Mitch McConnell’s Goal Of Making Him a One Term President politicususa.com/2013/12/04/oba… #DitchMitch2014 #DumpTheGOP— Turn Ky Blue (@TurnKyBlue) December 05, 2013
Wonerful article, dotster. I love the feel of schadenfreude in the morning.
alison grimes running away from PBO and ACA won’t help her at all. If she is running as me-not-mitch and engages in the same old DC bashing, she won’t cut it. Dems to set her on a smarter strategy since her present one is a loser.
This desperate child was invisible to him…both as a child, and an immigrant. THIS is who they are. PAY ATTENTION, AMERICA!
He is disgusting…..
If that was a blonde blue eyed child that bastard Cantor would have stop and talk to that child to try to show he is a caring person. Well Cantor show he doesn’t give a dam about anyone who is not like him, white. When I think of these bastards talking about impeaching our President, if that little child had ran into POTUS he would have treated her like she matter, like she was a human being. Oh how I wish we could get rid of these racists ass Republicans, like Cantor..
Luke Russert is really asking Steve Israel if the President is going to be a drag on Democratic candidates in 2014. Is this moron serious?
As I’ve been saying, all this recent negative MSM coverage of PBO is to help the GOP in 2014. That’s the narrative they’re aiming for – to make the strongest Dem politician seem like a liability in order to fool weak-kneed Dems into distancing themselves from him. But – they will NOT succeed.
HF, the Republicans have ALWAYS underestimated the depth of people’s love and sense of loyalty to our president. It cost them in 2012 and it will cost them again. They think their intense hatred is contagious, but it’s love that’s contagious. It doesn’t matter how much tv and newspaper media the right wing owns. They can’t change what’s in our hearts and minds. That’s why we must tune them out and turn them off and concentrate on our own communications.
People like Luke Russert ought to be the one to leave MSNBC. Russert is John Boehner buddy.
@molodyko @theonlyadult @andie_walsh Mr Bashir resigned. Msnbc tweeted poll w 8 names ( their announcers) for a public vote.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 05, 2013
I’m really disappointed in Mia Farrow. I thought she was better than that. And her weak defensive excuse about MSNBC putting out a poll for the public is ridiculous and just as distasteful as the initial move to push her son’s name. Glad that people called her out!
Yep with Greta Van Susteren leading the pack….
@MiaFarrow I will vote with you on this.— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) December 04, 2013
Well, this one somebody who will not watch her son, no matter what time slot he get…especially the Martin’s time slot. I saw Ronan on Last Word awhile ago and I wasn’t impressed, not at all.
#ObamaCare sign-ups as of today.
Total – 1,939,958. Private – 418,233. Medicaid/SCHIP – 1,521,725
obamacaresignups.net— (@amk4obama) December 05, 2013
Everyone should tweet these nos. everyday to spread it around. All the hard work has already been done by that gal/guy. All you have to do is copy & paste. Bookmark it.
YES, thank you for the reminder. We need to get these numbers in front of people EVERY DAY.
Thanks amk. This is an excellent resource and I’ve bookmarked it, and intend to tweet daily, going forward.
Done. TY, amk. HZ
But the message Reid is trying to send to fellow Dems is important. The message is: We can’t go back to the old system, as Republicans would do, and voters instinctually get this. Meanwhile, over time, as more people sign up, and more positive stories emerge, the politics of this can only get better, and the Republican position will become increasingly untenable.
The truth is that, whatever nervousness remains among Dems, they are mostly shaping their strategy around that premise. This has been true for awhile now — the rollout fiasco obscured it temporarily but didn’t meaningfully change much — and the coverage is beginning to catch up with this basic reality.
For Democrats, turning around the D.C. media narrative on the health law is important. It would make it less likely that Dems get skittish again if there are more problems with the law in 2014, which is likely. It would also help maintain a sense of unity that would work in Dems’ favor, particularly now that there are some scattered signs of Republicans breaking away from the party’s repeal position.
MEDIA NOTES DEMS GOING ON OFFENSE ON OBAMACARE: The New York Times has a big piece spelling out all the ways Dems will be pressing the case for the law’s benefits in the days ahead. It’s moving forward on all fronts:
The president’s aides said that with fixes in place online, they hoped a daily barrage of more positive messages about the health care law during the next several weeks — some to be delivered by Mr. Obama personally — would help refocus attention on its benefits….House Democrats have begun passing along positive stories in their districts — of constituents obtaining insurance for the first time and gaining access to preventive care — during coordinated morning speeches that have become dueling anecdotes from the health care wars. On Thursday, members will focus on pre-existing conditions; next week, the theme is Medicaid expansion.
Offense. Good. This is from Greg Sargent….
Little by little, the political-media narrative on Obamacare is turning: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 05, 2013
Well, we TODers wrote our Obamacare narrative several weeks ago. The media has no choice now. Facts are facts. And while they may think they succeeded at dragging down the President’s poll numbers while helping the GOP for 2014, they’d better think again. A huge shock awaits them.
Obama, building ladders to the middle class
Exclusive: Arrested Rochester teens speak out
Three teens arrested while waiting for their bus, along with the basketball coach that came to their aid, tell their story to Lawrence O’Donnell.
Crickets from all the “civil liberties” yappers. Where are Van Jones, Chris Hayes, Greenwald, Sirota, Ted Rall, etc. on this matter. This is an every-day occurrence in the lives of average Black male teenagers. Getting arrested for no reason…just because…
BBC: US economy grows faster than thought, up 3.6% from initial estimate of 2.8%.
bbc.co.uk/news/business-…— (@amk4obama) December 05, 2013
Worked voter registration booth over lunch & registered 25 new Texas voters! What did YOU do for lunch? VOLUNTEER! #TurnTexasBlue @BGTX— Courtney (@cctexasgirl) December 04, 2013
First time for this soldier to see his 3 week old daughter. He is looking at her like she is made of gold. http://t.co/asN2qTm1GF— Earth Pictures™ (@EarthBeauties) July 30, 2013
This is so touching……
“… He is looking at her like she is made of gold.” — She is!
So perfectly precious. We will soon bring them home. Thanks to our President.HZ
GOOD MORNING! Good Afternoon/Evening! Hell-ooooo!
Hiya vc! I see you’ve got the whole day covered. Planning ahead is definitely one of your strengths. Hope you have a good TOD-day!
Thanks, have a good one yourself, Hf!
I was really following your example and greeting everyone – you list them all; I was reaching out through time zones.
Canceled California Customers Coveting New Insurance Plans capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013… #Obamacare #FORWARD— meta (@metaquest) December 05, 2013
Livestream alert – 10:00am ET – House Democratic Leaders Press Conference: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
Thanks! KY Governor is with them.
He says yes we can afford it.
And let the job offers begin for a Philly hero po.st/iJLN6A via @phillydotcom— Alycee (@jazziz2) December 05, 2013
HEADLINE: President Obama Quotes Pope Francis, Rush Limbaugh Quickly Loses His Mind
// During a speech Wednesday about income inequality, President Obama quoted Pope Francis. Well, upon hearing that President Obama had quoted the Pope, Rush Limbaugh’s head seems to have damn near exploded. During his Wednesday talk show, he went on an absolutely pathetic rant (as most of his rants are):
“This is the president citing the pope, his new best friend, because the pope is ripping America, the pope ripping capitalism. And Obama’s having an orgasm. Jeremiah Wright is beside himself. Jeremiah Wright thought he was Obama’s preacher, now pope somehow has co-opted Obama.”
First, the Pope never once called out the United States in his statement. Capitalism isn’t flawless as many Republicans seem to believe that it is. Income inequality, due to corruption within capitalism, is a real problem. It’s also unsustainable. //
Rush Limbaugh is sick. Drugs does that to you.
STUDY: States Rejecting Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Will Cost Taxpayers Billions tinyurl.com/k23j5pa #p2— (@CaptivatingNews) December 05, 2013
Did anyone see the right wing conservative family on FOX lying about how Obamacare didn’t cover his baby? Come to find out the man didn’t mention that he had a fourth child when he was on the website. More proof that these hateful liars will do and say anything, anything. The truth does not matter to these Republicans. Only thing which matter to them is their hate for this black President.
Yes…. and he knew it and it was corrected before he went on Hannity…..also it turns out he is a right winger that ran for office last year for the Assembly and lost.
anniebella, everyone knows Fox is allowed to lie!!!!! Turn off Fox, it will do wonders for you
Layla, I have never watched Fox, I saw the story on Ed or Rev. Al, or one of those MSNBC shows.
Blame the asshole parents for lying, what type of lying sack of shit parent lies about thier own child not having insurance? If you don’t know if your child has insurance or not you shouldn’t be allowed to have custody of that child.
GM from cold and soon to be frigid Chitown.
Well, yesterday wasw exciting. I wonder what today will bring. Never dull.
Morning Chilly Japa, never a dull moment indeed!
Rise and Shine.
We need more people like this Governor of Kentucky speaking out. The Governor did a great job talking about the ACA.
Obama has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than any other president alj.am/1aCku3E— Al Jazeera America (@ajam) December 05, 2013
AJAM has been on an anti-Obama track with their tweets this morning…not sure what this is about. Apart from the fact that this story is grossly misleading, you can’t help but detect the same disrespect that goes with the Libertarian school of thought – referring to him as “Obama” and not “President Obama.” Trying to suggest that he is “different” from other Presidents without providing the TRUE context, which is that MORE people have illegally leaked information under HIS presidency than under any other. In fact, many of the same people (including Snowjob) who wouldn’t DARE commit such acts during the Bush Presidency suddenly feel empowered to do so under Obama’s Presidency.
This is the question that AJAM needs to be asking. Why are there so many more leakers since 2009 than there have been prior to. But instead they’re busy pushing Emo-Libertarian drivel about PBO prosecuting leakers…
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