On This Day: The First Lady takes a ‘selfie’ with Bo, the Obama family dog, for National Geographic, April 11, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday!
Good Friday Chipsticks…TODers!
Everyone have a great day and remember to be AWESOME!!!
Moooooooorning COS, mooooooorning everyone!
Good Morning COS. Enjoy your day.
GM COS and congrats on 1st Gold for this am. :)
True! http://t.co/zCFB4AZF3E— This is Deep! (@ThislsDeep) April 06, 2014
Goes with your photo, bt.
Good Morning AMK.
It is amazing how we have become so dependent on — slaves to — our smartphones. Makes me wonder how we ever survived without them.
Do we need them because the world has become so complex, or is the world more complex because of them?
As someone said, phones have become slimmer and smarter while we have become fatter and dumber.
amk what an awful thought. I resemble that remark. partially. When I don’t have my computer handy, I use my iphone for Twitter and checking email’s when I have been notified. And listen to my relaxing music when I go to bed at night & am done reading. :)
G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats COS on #1 :)
I see that the NY Times is out this morning with the “Sebellius resigns after troubled ACA rollout” narrative. Something tells me the media is going to be in for a shock later this morning….
Good Morning Hopefruit!
The MSM has been programmed to be attracted to any semblance of negativity — especially if it can be associated with President Obama — and run with it…no independent thought or rationalization. Their robotic actions (or reactions) lacks emotion, morality, and integrity which is why it is constantly coming back to bite them.
My local rag carried Julie Pace from the AP still bleating about the troubled rollout and Kathleen Sebelius not being President with POTUS and VPOTUS when the announcement was made about > 7 million enrollment. They’re STILL pretending it hasn’t/won’t work!
Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child abuse by clergy.
Cue limpugh rage.— (@amk4obama) April 11, 2014
GM Amk. This is truly a good man. I have the greatest admiration for him. He walks the walks….
Yes, he does.
Forgiveness…is easier to attain…. if Justice prevails..
Good morning all
Are you anywhere near queensland? cyclone ita.
I’m 2000km or more to the south – so may get some rain but little else. The TV news is having a sad because the intensity dropped from 5 to 4 before it crossed the coast and is now at category 3 – which is still vicious for those nearby – but not the disaster the media wanted. Everyone seems to have been well prepared.
Good to know you’re safe. Yup, teevee news is now all about disaster porn. Has whiny wolf dropped in on you yet?
Not that I’ve seen – I’m sure he wants to interview the PM about that airplane – the latter is running around China – in theory on a trade mission – in practise all anyone wants to ask him is about the plane.
Amazing that he keeps giving false promises about the plane when no concrete evidence is there. aussie dumbya.
Have you seen the Qld Premier? He is Aussie Gov Christie (for bully and RW politics) but is the height and width of a jockey. Little bullying man. He is unlikely to hold his seat next election & is looking to throw out someone in his party with a safe seat – we hope he is not successful. He has been pontificating all over TV for 24 hours about the cyclone – will be disappointed that the “flyover” will not be wanted or needed.
I should have added – thank you for asking – when I first came to Qld we used to get 3-4 cyclones every summer which brought lots of rain & wind but did little damage – now we seem to get a vicious one every 2 years (in any season) – my main suffering will no doubt be bananas selling at $10 kg – which they did after the last cyclone in the north.
The US Congress has sent a bill to the president that would bar Iran’s pick for ambassador to the UN from entering the country.
The House of Representatives passed the measure unanimously two days after the Senate approved it.
Hamid Aboutalebi was a part of the Muslim student group that seized the US embassy in Tehran in 1979.
The White House has told Iran Mr Aboutalebi was “not viable” but has not taken a position on the bill.
Mr Aboutalebi, who previously served as Iran’s ambassador to Belgium, the European Union, Italy and Australia, told Iranian media his participation in the hostage crisis began only after the initial seizure of the embassy, and primarily involved translation.
Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who introduced the legislation in the US Senate, urged Mr Obama to sign the bill.
“We, as a country, can send an unequivocal message to rogue nations like Iran that the United States will not tolerate this kind of provocative and hostile behaviour,” Mr Cruz said.
The bill’s sponsor in the House, Republican Doug Lamborn, said, “Terrorists, from Iran or elsewhere, should not be allowed to walk the streets of Manhattan with diplomatic immunity.”
crazy coot wingnutz say jump and the boneless cong critters ask, how high. pathetic.
Morning all. Got caught up on last night’s thread and missed the door opening. Loved the Koch Bros video Bob posted on the last thread–especially the last line about the brothers having a bigger boss and showing a voting booth with the words “and that boss works here.” If only people could see voting as power and stop being intimidated by the process. People offer lots of excuses about their vote not being important, not having the time, or not ‘knowing enough,’ but a big part of it is intimidation. They’re scared of presenting themselves and having to figure out the ‘how’ of the electronic voting process and Republican election officials do everything they can to heighten the fear. Yet voters really are the ‘boss” if only they would understand that.
The MSM is quick to talk about the criticism directed at Sec Sebellius during the healthcare.gov roll-out, but are silent in giving her any credit for the ultimate success of the ACA.
The GOPers supported by their media friends will be claiming all that credit – starting about September 2014
We have to acknowledge that the White House had to “step in” and hired an “outside team” to correct the problems of the website.
However, I hope Kathleen Sebelius will be recognized for all the nitty-gritty work she’s done behind the radar to make the law work. Promotion of the law on the ground, hiring of navigators, vigilance over insurer practices. The ACA is more, much more than a website, despite what the MSM seems to think.
I’m pretty sick of this emphasis on the october roll-out. Now that the initial goals have been SURPASSED, the initial problems are IRRELEVANT. In the end, it didn’t make a difference !! If the problematic roll-out goes down in history, it will only be as a little footnote.
The Obama administration is so competent and devoid of real scandals… so the media, who strives on negativity and drama, is reduced to creating negative narratives and recycling every news about “problems” for weeks and weeks.
I hope that Kathleen Sebelius will be there at the announcement of her replacement and if so, I know that President Obama will do his best to emphasize all the good work she has done.
Just a postscript to the post above. When we put out a brochure for Latinos equating voting with power, the Republicans in our area loudly objected to the idea of our telling Latinos that they had power. They themselves were threatened by the idea of an empowered and voting Latino community. Needless to say, we printed more brochures and distributed them more widely.
Fuck supreme court and #kochsters.
#ⓋⓄⓉⒺ >>>> $$$$ http://t.co/s6j4j5BZBK— (@amk4obama) April 11, 2014
Chuck Todd is using his real serious breaking news scandal voice on Today reporting on the Sebelius resignation, selective negative vids included for emphasis.
It’s it amusing, Dotster, how obvious their agenda is now. No attempt to hide or disguise it in any way. Years from now, no one on this planet will remember who the Todd twit was, but they’ll associate Katherine Sebellius with the successful of a hugely popular government program. Of that, I am sure.
Florida is weird. Just this week a topless woman trashed a McDonald’s and a bottomless woman stole 2 boxes of wine from a Publix, all “caught on tape”!
A few years ago while leaving a ballgame at Nat’s Stadium I had the honor to meet Sec. Sebelius. I learned from her that evening that she is a big baseball fan. She’s a lovely lady (quite petite). She took the time to greet and shake hands with those of us who knew who she was. This is when I first realized that cabinet members get a full secret service detail. They were guarded but allowed her to stand there and chat for a few minutes with us. Apparently everyone in the line of succession to the Presidency has secret service detail and sec. of health & human services is 10th in line to the President.
I am grateful for her great service to the Nation and our President and am happy she is leaving on her terms. #7.5MillionandCounting
My guess is that MSNBC is queuing up Robert Gibbs to do his I told you so show even as I type this. I just read that Rachel has already started her pontificating about when, where and how the Secretary is resigning. That’s your so-called Progressive Cable Station for ya!!!
When the media starts with their bullshit about Sebellius, hit them back with FACTS that they cannot refute.
@markknoller So why is the media insisting that she got "fired" because of the ACA rollout? Don't you think that's unethical reporting?— (@aspirational12) April 11, 2014
@markknoller Since you love to count, perhaps you can fill us in on the # of HHS secretaries Ronald Reagan had and # of yrs they served…— (@aspirational12) April 11, 2014
@markknoller And while you are at it you can also fill us in on the absolute lack of media attention after Reagan's 2 HHS secs resigned…— (@aspirational12) April 11, 2014
What does the media like Mark Knoller, Chucky Todd, Jonathan Karl, Ed Henry, Judy Pace know about ethics? NOTHING!!!!!
I loved Josh’s response to this tired old talkingpoint by the nutjobs.
@erickbrockway maybe just crack open a newspaper, doof— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 10, 2014
@erickbrockway – No wonder you work 7 days a week at 2 jobs. Think who put you in that position, #teapartytwit.— (@amk4obama) April 11, 2014
Honest fo God they just can’t help themselves. I am so glad I don’t watch any cable anymore. I give you all credit for letting us know whats going on, if I want to watch a specific segment, I can do that on You Tube or go back to their website stations. Thank you all for keeping us informed and having the stomach to watch this stuff. While I was in the holding stating to go in for surgery yesterday they turned the TV on for me and what pops up but FOX. Turned that off immediately. Then I turned it to MSNBC and who was on but Andrea Mitchell interviewing John Lewis. And was really surprised about his answer on Hillary, I was really disappointed. Did anyone else see that segment?
Roberta, not only do I not watch tv news or commentary of any sort, but I made it clear to every relative that if I’m ever incapacitated and unable to speak, they are to make sure that NO tv news or commentary is turned on in my presence. Told them that even if I’ve gone round the bend completely, FOX news must be banned in my vicinity. Husband understood. Kids laughed before they realized I was not kidding.
Love it. I will have to put that in my Directive. thanks for the suggestion.
This made me howl!
In day 100 in its search for an actual ObamaCare victim, Fox News is reporting that it has narrowed its search to a 22,400 square mile area.— (@LOLGOP) April 10, 2014
Thankful for @Sebelius and her commitment to getting healthcare to millions of Americans. She's earned a vacation.— Lily Adams (@adamslily) April 11, 2014
SHE HAS DONE AN AMAZING JOB AND ALSO DESERVES THE PRIVATE LIFE SHE DESIRES. THE MEDIA WILL ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE THE PRESIDENT LOOK LIKE THE SCROOGE IN THIS SCENARIO BECAUSE THEY ARE OWNED BY THE ELEPHANT STAMPEDE…ACTUALLY…REAL ELEPHANTS BEHAVE BETTER THAN THE ONES WHO WEAR SILK TIES AND SIT ON BARSTOOLS!
Good morning :) decided to take the day off work today so that i can tend to some other work around her that needs tending….thought I’d share this. She is a GREAT Sec of HHS…and worked so hard to make sure that millions got the healthcare they deserved.
Sebelius didn’t have much D.C. experience, but had an impressive track record of working across the aisle as a Democratic governor in a red state.
And while the united GOP opposition to health legislation eventually overwhelmed any goodwill Sebelius had built up within the Republican party and the rocky rollout of Obamacare has come to dominate the discussion of her tenure as secretary, that bipartisan quality proved essential to the implementation of the law. Sebelius leaves the office having enrolled some 10 million people in health care coverage. This was only possible because she convinced numerous Republican lawmakers in bright red states to extend health care coverage to the poorest Americans. No one is talking about it, but it is her biggest and most impressive achievement as secretary.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision invalidating Obamacare’s compulsory Medicaid expansion, most Republican-controlled states refused to extend health care coverage to residents below 133 percent of the poverty line. But Sebelius traveled the country, urging Republican governors to reconsider. As of today, eight GOP-controlled states have approved expansion — in no small part because of the flexibility Sebelius and her team provided.
DF, you will NEVER hear this side of the Sebelius story in the US media–they can never, ever give anyone in the administration credit for a job well done. But millions of human beings will receive health care in those red states and lives will be saved because of her. I’m willing to bet that matters to her a whole lot more than nasty comments from nasty minded people in the media.
Agreed:) Well, unlike so many others in Washington, she actually HAS a legacy to be proud of and can look at herself in the mirror every single day and know she did a great job during her time in office. She truly earned her paycheck on behalf of the American people! She should be proud, and the MSM and the obstructionist takers in Washington will get their due sooner or later…what goes around, comes around. Always does.She did what did what so many others REFUSE to do, and that it work across the aisle to make life more fair for everyday Americans. Nothing but praise from me…and I’ll bet those 7.5 million others:) and counting……
I listened to Rachel last now, venting that the timing was wrong , that it gave the repubs negative talking points, after the Pres ‘s victory lap. Lawrence was fine on his show.
. CBS this Morning with Jan Crawford was pleasantly fair, and not negative.
US msm at work.
@ABC @CBS @nbc @cnn @FoxNews @msnbc @nytimes @washingtonpost http://t.co/N0BqNCEh9m— (@amk4obama) April 11, 2014
Thanks to President Barack Obama's CFPB, Bank of America will refund $727M to 2.9M customers and pay $45M in fines. latimes.com/business/money…— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 10, 2014
.@gop's projection. http://t.co/2zRc3M9rTw— (@amk4obama) April 11, 2014
Paul Krugman has article # 6 praising the ACA today, which stands in stark contrast to his newspaper, the NYTimes which has as its frontpage headline “Sebelius Resigns After Troubles over Health Site.”
First the Times headline is a lie—-Sebelius resigns after 7 Million paid signups and 7.5 heading to 8 million enrollments—is more like it.
Second–Krugmans relentless truth telling might be jepordizing his place at the Times, I worry.
Professor K. is the only reliable honest voice the Times has left.
PK’s title today is “Health Care Nightmares” sarcastic—subtitled “Obamacare is doing fine. America isn’t.” The conclusion is chilling. The real Obamacare nightmare is the ugliness of spirit and spite that the ACA has unleashed.
Well worth a read.
I don’t know how to do that df. I do know how to e-mail.
Just go to the story, left click to highlight the link in the story in the browser bar, right click to “cut” then come here and “paste” the link in a new comment box:) Easy peezy.. Want to try? If it doesn’t work, I can go get it go get it and bring it here…but it is an invaluable thing to know:)
It’s very easy.
1. Click on the URL (that’s the link to the story) in the address bar. It will highlight the link for you.
2. Click on Copy.
3. Come to TOD, click (or right-click if you use a mouse), you will see “Paste.” Click on paste and the link will be posted in the comment box.
4. Click “Post Comment” and voila it is there for everyone to see.
Chef/owner Ryan Hildebrand first became aware that Obama was considering dining at Triniti on Tuesday. “They came in yesterday and scouted it out,” Hildebrand tells CultureMap. “They really didn’t want to tell us who it was.
“When I found out, I was honored. Personal politics aside, she’s a classy, amazing lady who could go anywhere she wants to go. I was honored she chose to go to Triniti.”
Dinner and drinks with #FLOTUS. Just another Wednesday night in #Houston @TrinitiHouston #POTUS http://t.co/1lrSo0UxPM— Donna Marie (@DMJ_IAH) April 10, 2014
How nice of the chef/owner to say that about our FLOTUS.
As of this week, 400K more Americans have signed up for coverage. If you’re in line, you can still #GetCovered! go.usa.gov/k2wY— Kathleen Sebelius (@Sebelius) April 10, 2014
What Republicans are saying…
Here’s Eric Cantor: “I thank Secretary Sebelius for her service. She had an impossible task: nobody can make Obamacare work.”
Here’s Chuck Grassley: “Anybody put in charge of Obamacare would be set up to fail.”
Here’s Mitch McConnell: “Sebelius may be gone, but the problems with this law and the impact it’s having on our constituents aren’t. Obamacare has to go too.” As always, with McConnell, the law’s beneficiaries simply don’t exist.
Pay NO ATTENTION to those millions of people that just got affordable healthcare…many for the first time!!
Going all the way back to Eisenhower there has been only 1 President when HHS Secretary stayed the entire 8 years and that was Donna Shalala under Clinton.
8 years under Clinton and still was unable to enact healthcare reform!!!!!
I hate how the resignation of Sec Sebelius is being covered. Locally in Chicago, it was stated she was retiring, probably due to the early failures of Obamacare. I screamed at the TV, “What failures?” She deserves applause, not reprobation.
@sebelius I want to thank you for your service and overseeing a successful rollout of the ACA despite overwhelming opposition from GOP.— john miller (@deaconmill) April 11, 2014
Furthermore, there have been tweets saying how proud women should be of her, which I don’t argue with, but considering how many men buckle under pressure:
And of course I screwed up my copy and paste job.
Kathleen @sebelius & her ability to handle extreme pressure & hostility w/ composure & competence, is a model not only for women but for all— john miller (@deaconmill) April 11, 2014
The lazy MSM has this meme all over the place. here too….none of them have any intellectual curiosity and moral compass to get this story correct, or anything else they pretend to care about and call news.We ought not be surprised here.
Rand is getting a lot of push back on this.
.@Sebelius's legacy will be one of the most unpopular & undemocratic govt overreaches in our lifetime- #Obamacare & its disastrous inception— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) April 11, 2014
Thirty years from now people will remember Kathleen Sebelius more then they remember Ron or Rand Paul. They will ask the question what the hell was wrong with those Republicans who tried to prevent Americans from having good affordable health insurance.
CIA’s use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/10/224085/cias-use-of-harsh-interrogation.html#storylink=cpy
Who is leaking this report ?
Rise and Shine.
7.3 earthquake in New Papua Guinea.
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