Completely random magazine cover because …. well, sure, why not?
MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Wednesday!
Good morning Chips. Always love to start my day looking at a picture of our handsome President.
A perfect way to start the day, morning Jackie!
MOOOooorning Chiparoo and TOD.
I have no idea why I am up this early when I went to bed about three hours ago but such is life.
Anyhoooo, some perspective.
Hard to read too much into FL-13. Been a red district for four decades and it took $5M to keep it by 2 pts. Sure to go blue in Nov or 2016..— Alan Covington (@Alan_Covington) March 12, 2014
Nerdy, I don’t think you sleep at all, you seem to have absolutely no need for rest!!! Morning legend!
Covington must’ve been reading some of our tweets last night, because that’s exactly what we were saying. Furthermore, the media or anyone else really cannot claim that the ACA had anything to do with Sink’s loss – because since 2000 (I don’t have the data for prior to 2000), the only time a Democratic Presidential candidate WON that district was in 2012, when Barack the Democrat himself RAN on Obamacare, and Mitt the Republican ran on repealing it. Gore, Kerry, and Obama (in 2008) all lost the district when there was no Obamacare to run on!
But most importantly, this result underscores the idea that oftentimes, congressional races have their own idiosyncratic voting patterns which are independent of the President and Presidential races, and this is true for the FL-13 district. The media’s insistence on tying every Dem loss in a local election to Barack Obama is as stupid/juvenile as it is invalid.
The problem is not Obama or Obamacare. The dem candidate and the lazy dem voters are the issue. Apparently, 55 K dems from 2102 didn’t turn up y’day. If they did, we would be celebrating a win today. Obviously, GOTV sucked (especially for a candie who lost last time around and still didn’t learn anything from it) and that there is still the need for a GOTV for dems sucks harder.
But amk, the same 55K dems who turned up in 2012 still did NOT vote for the Dem candidate in 2012 – even though they showed up to vote for PBO. The Republican won that seat by 15% in 2012 (when Obama was on the Presidential ballot), whereas the Republican only won by 2% in 2014 when PBO was not on the ballot.
So I don’t think this is so much a GOTV problem as it’s simply a demographic issue which is slowly but surely becoming more Blue. Of course, a more charismatic candidate than SINK for the seat can never hurt.
“the same 55K dems who turned up in 2012 still did NOT vote for the Dem candidate in 2012 – even though they showed up to vote for PBO”
Aarrgghh – that paints a still worse picture, doesn’t it? They voted for Obama and yet did not vote for the local dem or worse, voted for the rethug.
Yes, that’s what it suggests. Either the Dem congressional candidates are so dull that they simply don’t inspire confidence/enthusiasm, or the DEM voters themselves have a strange way of voting.
I suspect that the candidates are (mis)advised to distance themselves from PBO and his policies, which in effect makes them unappealing to the Dem voters who yearn for someone like PBO. People like Allyson Grimes (KY) need to take lessons from this…
Well OK…now it’s “Morning in America”…thanks..Obama Diary…
He truly is The Greatest.
Muhammad Ali talking a young man out of jumping http://t.co/WBciPQ4q8F— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) March 10, 2014
Science tip: check yourself before you wreck yourself— BILL_NYE_THO (@Bill_Nye_Tho__) March 12, 2014
I’m beside myself with glee over that! :-D
Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
This random pic brought a smile to my face this early in the morning!
Congrats carla on first!!
Somehow, seeing President Barack Obama staring deeply into my eyes surrounded by French is even more…naughty-matty….than usual. Be still my heart.
GOOD SWEET MORNING EVERYONE…I BELIEVE I HAVE TO JOIN MARYL1 ON THIS ONE….BIG SNOW,WIND AND STORMY HERE TODAY…BRRR….I WILL HAVE PBO AND JOE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS 2DAY OVER UKRAINE MEETING. BLESSINGS EVERYONE!
President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.
On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.
Good morning everyone:)
I WATCHED THIS ANNOUNCEMENT….PERFECT…SO MANY DESERVING SOULS ARE WORKED OVERTIME WITHOUT GRATUITY…THIS ALSO HOLDS FOR SEVERAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS…THESE MEN AND WOMEN SACRIFICE SO MUCH!
Good morning. Wish I could speak French well enough to read the whole France GQ story, always supposing I could find a copy in this area. Would love to know what “secrets of youth” the magazine offers about our president. Could some enterprising French speaker let us know? Yesterday when nomination petitions were due in the state of PA, one of our governor candidates–the weakest– didn’t make it, but an unexpected and unannounced one did, so we are still at six going into the May primary, which is way too much. The only African American candidate running for either governor or Lt. Gov had the signatures, but didn’t make it into the Election office in time–a really heartbreaking outcome.
Thanks for the info Jackie…
Sigh. He’s so beautiful. Good morning TOD.
More than 890,000 visits to HealthCare.gov on Tuesday, up 40 percent from Monday-@HealthCareGov— AJAM Live (@ajamlive) March 12, 2014
The current view count on President Obama’s interview on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakas is 12 MILLION.
12 million in a little over 24 hrs….Even for “Between Two Ferns” this has to have broken a record or 2..
Certainly broke Twitter yesterday! :-D
Yup, it did. Normally, Between Two Ferns videos average 6M views over a period of days but this got to 12M views in 24 hours.
Wow, that’s fantastic. At this rate, the HHS projection should be doable.
White House Press Corps Has A Ridiculous Chat About Obama’s Funny Or Die Skit
Oh my gawd:
Then, ABC’s Jim Avila leapt in to ask the worst questions of the day.
“How much discussion was there in the White House about the dignity of the office?” he wondered. (Answer: none, maybe?) “Was the presidency in any way damaged?” (Guess what Carney had to say about that.)
It has bothered the WHPC & the media immensely because (1) they didn’t see it coming, so they couldn’t get their talking points PRIOR to the event and (2) it was really, really effective!
G’morning Chips & TOD!! :)
Ha, exactly Hopefruit, it has been such an enormous success they are seething! Morning!
In six minutes, the jackals epitomized what is wrong with the media today. It was truly cringeworthy and embarrassing.
Really glad I didn’t see it Ladyhawke, I would have thrown my computer out the window. They really are pitiful.
I was watching Jim Avila, but I saw were he was heading and I turn the channel. I did not want to hear his bull crap.
I’ll tell you one thing – the old way is out. President Barack Obama has changed the way presidents interact with the public in a profound way. If future politicians want the youth (or anyone who aren’t political junkies like us) to pay attention to politics, you have to go to them. This Get-Off-My-Lawn mentality has to stop. Since when does providing an avenue for your constituents to obtain valuable information degrade “the dignity of the office.” Give me a freaking break.
Perfectly said collegekay! They want PBO to do “Fireside Chats;” well, this is the 2014 version of fireside chats.
It’s 2014, not 1914. Even though Republicans might wish it were 1914. The black folks knew their place back then and it was not in the White House, unless it was cooking and cleaning,
That is what upset them more then anything else. That black family in that White House. :)
And the media, the MSM don’t like it cause this President goes over and through them to get his message out to the public. They feel ignored, then they start pushing this bogus bull about the dignity of the office.
x 1,000,000,000 Collegekay. That’s precisely what has them freaking out every time PBO bypasses them like this to get his message out – they are slowly learning that they can’t control the messaging any more. They are still recovering from the shock of him winning a second term despite four years of GOP-shilling efforts.
Exactly. Btw, the video is up to 12 M views. =O
Local CBS news in Chicago:
Anchor: “How much does PBO need to sell Obamacare? Enough to show up on Funny or Die.”
I’m loving their snark over this 57, it’s a sure sign it’s been a fantastic success!
That was Mr. 57’s take on it as well: “Boy, PBO really knocked it out of the park to get under their skins this much.”
Ironic, eh? When it is these eff’ing MSM, paid for – know nothing artificial life forms who attempt each and every day to “damage the presidency”.
Damage the Presidency? They have the nerve to say that when they out and out lie about the President’s policies and actions! The MSM has done more to damage the office of the President due to their undermining the reputation of this President.
Funny how GOP believes corporate welfare motivates the rich, yet social welfare demotivates the poor. #p2 #politicsnation— Casey (@pari_passu) March 11, 2014
Dudette that is so true, these sorry ass Republicans don’t have a word to say when the rich gets all the benefits they can get from the Government. I think it is disgusting how much they hate the poor, now do anyone believe Mitt Romney were alone in his 47% belief?
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS….
Indeed – “Why not”. No matter that the world is crazy … Crimea, Syria, lost plane, U.S. politicians, and my siblings families are having lots of challenges with health and unemployment … just waking up with Barack Obama in the White House makes me thankful to be alive. Thank you for the love and labor that you put into this wonderful, uplifting, space. You rock!
P.S. – Also, thank you for Danny’s post. It was adorable. You’re so creative. Thrilled to hear we’ll hear from him every month.
Good to see you, Sara. TOD is the place to be. THE news is here for all to see.
Truth spreadin’ out far and wide.
Ha, thank you soooooo much Sara – I will pass on your kind words to Danny!
I could not be happier about this one bit of history today…. Hallelujah!
Today in 1959:U.S. House of Representatives passes Hawaii's Statehood Bill, 323 to 89. ow.ly/u816X— (@amhistorymuseum) March 12, 2014
Someone (Who?) convinced SCOTUS to change 1-person 1-vote to 1-dollar 1-vote so those w/more money get bigger voice. #MoneyDistortsDemocracy— From A Citizen (@CuestionMarque) March 12, 2014
So Mr. President, yesterday you dropped the funny, broke Twitter, flew off to New York and blew the roof of healthcare.gov stats.
What do you have planned today? :-D
Awe moment http://t.co/ANbWE8fWFD— rose smith (@hahnsmith) March 12, 2014
Here's a fun pic: http://t.co/wtRSXxxhcw— Scott Aukerman (@ScottAukerman) March 11, 2014
While we're on the subject of presidential behavior, I offer this photo of onetime GOP White House frontrunner: http://t.co/btI88fKIOK— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) March 12, 2014
df are you trying to frighten us this morning! :) My goodness, what a horror….
Just pointing out that the RW doth protest too much when it comes to the fake outrage of the day….you know, that PBO demeaned the Presidency…or something. PBO must have hit a nerve….and a homerun with the flood of new eyes to Heathcare.gov……. Silly rabbits.
Nothing like a healthy bit of competition between hot scientist and hot, science-y President!
Numbers are in: 12 million Cosmos viewers in the US alone, 17.5 million with DVR! Thanks to you all!— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 11, 2014
Damn, damn damn!
Which Is It? Two Polls, Two Very Different Approval Ratings For Obama
Color me shocked that the Chuck Todd, Rupert Murdoch poll has low numbers……
I would say the Bloomberg poll with the higher numbers is accurate. There is just a slight difference in attitude toward PBO I sense overall. And, his numbers on the handling of the Ukraine Crisis are good…..people approve of his diplomatic approach. I suggest that the other poll is tracking too slowly.
Well I started too, but I won’t say what I started to say about Chucky Todd and Rupert Murdoch WSJ, I will just more on because there isn’t a one of us who don’t understand Chucky Todd. He is no different then that Sharyl Atkinson,
The G7 group of industrial nations calls on Russia to stop moves to “annex” Crimea, as Ukraine warns of a Russian military build-up at the border.
What #Republicans don't want you to know….kindly RT http://t.co/oU4PBT3kyF— Americans America (@americans4amer) March 11, 2014
If anyone’s missing a plastic owl with one eye that lights up, let me know. Danny stole one from a garden when I took him on a walk last night, but I don’t know which garden. :???:
THAT is scary! Eye that lights up, too? Holy owl shit! So glad Danny killed this thing!
I’m actually not sure if Danny is responsible for the owl being one-eyed, or if it was already injured. It was quiet last night so I let him off his lead when we were near home, then he came running with this thing in his mouth, I almost fainted. Why would you want one of these things in your garden? Any way, I’d imagine the owners are mystified about its disappearance.
Mystified? They’re probably singing Danny’s praises right about now! That thing is HORRID. Don’t loose too much sleep over returning this to its owner.
“not sure if Danny is responsible for the owl being one-eyed”
ahem. past history.
Hmm, fair point!
Might be just me, but I say lying your country into a war demeans the presidency WAY more than promoting health insurance.— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) March 12, 2014
Amen to this, sister!
84.1% of adults now have health insurance, highest in 5 years, all thanks to Emperor Obama's tyranny, say Republicans gallup.com/poll/167798/un…— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 12, 2014
To the venal & corrupt @whpresscorps – Remember this? Nobody did a better job of demeaning presidency than dumbya. http://t.co/fgTxbTuIv5— (@amk4obama) March 12, 2014
Hey, Democrats ~ Remember: Give President Obama a majority DEM Congress or forget about #ACA or #SCOTUS appointments! #GOTV2014— (@JOBoomr) March 12, 2014
#dems not voting for their own interest is far worse than #wingnutz voting against their own interest. A double whammy against democracy.— (@amk4obama) March 12, 2014
I looooooooooove my POTUS.
#ObamasAmerica: POTUS will increase the number of people who qualify for overtime pay. Millions will benefit. nytimes.com/2014/03/12/us/…— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) March 12, 2014
Thanks for the random vintage picture, Chips Chica! Hel-llllo everybody! :grin:
Here’s another favourite, random snippet that’s always true… Have yourselves a Wonderful Wednesday!
Big explosion reported in Harlem (via @barnold7) http://t.co/Dze87VxZwo— Alex Yudelson (@AlexYudelson) March 12, 2014
Huge explosion reported in uptown Manhattan, @FDNY reported building collapse with fire nyp.st/1qvS3Qt http://t.co/vwYt9xfN47— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) March 12, 2014
Oh no….Hope there are no serious injuries/deaths.
Update: FDNY confirms 3-alarm fire at building near 116th Street and Park Avenue in NYC; reports of possible building collapse – @NBCNews— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) March 12, 2014
So scary. I hope all TODers and others near Harlem are safe.
On the ground in Harlem (via @madebyjuan) http://t.co/dsIKTQ9yJS— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 12, 2014
Hope everyone’s alright.
Got a lump in my throat for sec, before I saw what street. My sister’s in NYC – visiting Empire State Bldg this morning, before heading to airport to come home.
BREAKING: @FDNY operating on scene of a partially collapsed building with fire in Manhattan nbcnews.to/1izX5FP http://t.co/exQdK2nhs7— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) March 12, 2014
Indiana moms bullied and mocked by Repub lawmakers for having the audacity to speak out against their brilliant bill to allow guns in cars on all school properties. This seems to be the GOP/NRA #1 mission—–not satisfied until there is a gun in every home, car and hand, changing the whole landscape of this country.
Indiana moms bullied by lawmakers while testifying against bill to allow guns on school property: ow.ly/uvm2f— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) March 12, 2014
@NateSilver538 You should do a Between Two Ferns with Barack Obama to promote the new site.— David Cho (@davidcho) March 12, 2014
LOL – I don’t think Little Nate has a “Between Two Ferns” segment on his site :)
Gooood morrnninnnngggg, Chips and TODville.
Here’s a good piece to better understand the Feinstein/CIA issue:
Unraveling the controversy: Lawfare › @SenFeinstein, SSCI v. CIA—Three Key Questions lawfareblog.com/2014/03/ssci-v…— meta (@metaquest) March 12, 2014
LIVE NOW: Explosion, Building Collapse in Manhattan – 116th St. and Park Ave. – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
PHOTO: Scene of partial building collapse and fire in northern Manhattan via @NBCNewYork http://t.co/awvU5SJcyy— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) March 12, 2014
UPDATE: Several Harlem buildings destroyed, debris thrown hundreds of feet, cars crushed. No updates on injuries or possible fatalities.— Christopher Bucktin (@ChrisBucktin) March 12, 2014
Harlem hospital treating one person in ER, told to "expect more" — NYC explosion— (@igorvolsky) March 12, 2014
Ordered to get off train at 125th Street by @MetroNorth! #Breaking #Fire New York City ~ #NYC @nyc311 @NYCityAlerts http://t.co/rSGuHrzwBE— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) March 12, 2014
FDNY spokesperson says there are 11 minor injuries reported so far.— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) March 12, 2014
Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men
Rise and Shine!
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