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Worst President Ever? Yeah, Right.

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Jess Mitchell: Paramount Hands Out For Free Tickets For Obama Economy Talk

At 8:30 a.m., the Paramount Theatre began handing out free tickets for a chance to see President Barack Obama in Austin later this week. People spent the night outside the Paramount to make sure they would be the first in line for tickets to Thursdays’ event. The tickets are free but will be handed out on a first-come-first-served basis.

People we talked to who began waiting in line Wednesday night said it’s an opportunity they just couldn’t miss.

“I see it as kind of like putting in a long 12 hour shift at work for a really great reward,” Jeff Britt said. “He’s not only the president, he’s a very historical president and I don’t know, I’d love to see him.”

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104 Responses to “Worst President Ever? Yeah, Right.”


  1. July 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Love, love, love this heart-warming post Nerdy, thank you Legend!!!

  2. 20 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  3. 24 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    what does it mean? new law? amendment to Obamacare?

    • 25 Nena20409
      July 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Dem senators will try, but it will be filibustered by the GOP more likely or not and then die in the House.

      Dems will use it as a way to once again call attention to the TBGOPers’ War on Women.

      • 26 GGail
        July 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        Our local news reports last night that the only Hobby store to open here in SoCal was met with a lot of protesters with signs and plenty of noise. The protesters were even handing out coupons to passer-bys to Hobby’s competitors like Michaels.

        A couple of Judges said that Hobby could have avoided this if they had just picked a medical plan for their employees that did not include Contraceptives.

        Ya think?!

    • 27 Bill R.
      July 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      The Hobby Lobby ruling was based on the 1993 law under Clinton guaranteeing the rights of minority religions. A legislative modification or repeal of that law would nullify the Hobby Lobby ruling.

    • 30 57andfemale
      July 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      The ‘reasoning’ (and I use the term loosely) used by Alito was that RFRA did not SPECIFICALLY exclude corporations (any lower court judge or first year law student would have known that). He specifically said that they never got to the constitutional question, because he could use the higher standard for ‘religious liberty’ and apply it to Hobby Lobby.

      So, it’s as easy as amending the law to preclude corporations from ‘personal’ religious rights under RFRA. It’s harder now – the SCOTUS has said that any charlatan who ‘believes’ something in a religious context can ignore laws. Yes. It is not about contraception or narrow rulings. It is a new right, carved out of their RWNJ brains that gives rights to corporations that never existed, or were meant to exist.

      The problem with the law is that there is a higher standard for religious liberty that pits it against ‘general aplicability’. Understand, general applicability is damn near the foundation of this country, where secular law rules, and religions are ‘free’ in a personal sense but cannot be put above the ‘general applicability’ of rights of the commons.

      RFRA sucks and was written badly by bad lawyers and has been used by pharmacists and Catholic hospitals and the like. Alito et al. put it on steroids.

      Can the law be changed, in accordance with common sense? Will it be changed by this Congress? Dems start the fight now. The party stops begging for money and puts decent spokespeople out there to frame this properly. We need a sane Congress, we need Supreme Court Justices who aren’t batshit crazy, mean, and ignorant of American history and jurisprudence.

      • 31 0388jojothecat
        July 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        So from now on every law congress passes it must state that it EXCLUDES corporations. Can President Obama sign an exec order Corps are not people.

        • 32 57andfemale
          July 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          This was particularly egregious. And where are the Dem’s screaming about the ‘activist’ court that is carving out new ‘rights’ for corporations whose purpose is to MAKE MONEY FOR SHAREHOLDERS. How Christian of them all.

  4. 33 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    So I see that Karl Rove is still looking for Ohio to turn around the 2012 elections. Cleveland becomes the 2016 RNC Convention destination of choice. I wish them good luck with that….

  5. 35 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  6. 37 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    This is why I hate you all.

  7. 39 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

  8. 42 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  9. 43 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    ok, wake me up when the germans have won.

    otoh, don’t.

  10. 45 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

  11. 46 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hello TODers. Hope all is well ;)

    I could not get the WH.gov/live to display the video for me. I getting error signs :(

    So on 7-8-14 at the WH Podium with Josh “The Voice” Earnest Live from C-SPAN.org

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?320336-1/white-house-briefing

  12. July 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

  13. 48 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Gold :star: for Chips and another Au :star: for COS ;)

    Enjoy.

  14. 49 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Love that 1st Picture NW. Every time I see it, I am still amazed that it was real event.

  15. 50 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  16. 51 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  17. 52 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

  18. 53 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    A Tear of Joy reading this, this morning.

    The Video was just nothing but Total Courage. <3 the little child.

  19. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    July 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Probably our great President is thankful he didn’t have to catch something by shaking Perry’s hand.

    • 58 JER
      July 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      • 59 COS
        July 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

        Can someone please point out the difference between Joy Reid’s show and the other shows? I watch her everyday and I haven’t found any difference.

        • 60 Don
          July 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

          Very interesting COS, but I’m still holding out hope that Joy’s show doesn’t end up like the rest of MSNBC’s line up.

        • 61 carolyn
          July 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm

          From what I’ve seen, in a scattered way recently, the MSNBC shows pretty much all beat the same drum. By the time LOD comes on, if we have watched any other show, hubby and I look at each other and say….we’ve seen this. What else is on?
          However, last night LOD did have a good Rewrite on, showing how the Cheney did not change people’s minds about the Iraq War. Over 60% STILL say it should never have happened, it was the wrong thing to do. Hopefully Dick will crawl back in that deep underground bunker from which he should never again step out.

        • 62 hopefruit2
          July 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

          I was not exactly thrilled when I heard MSNBC offered her the slot. Because I knew it would eventually wind down to the same old MSNBC template. However, unless Ronan Farrow gets the boot as well, methinks Joy Ann Reid will be keeping her slot.

          • 63 COS
            July 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

            I am in agreement with all of you. I know Rachel can be annoying sometime, but I like the historical context behind her stories. She also highlights PBO’s accomplishments from time to time. Her report yesterday on the new Koch guy and the explosion in Texas was interesting. She brings local stories to the national spotlight. I credit her for bringing the Christie and Bob McDonnell stories to the national spotlight.

            • 64 hopefruit2
              July 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm

              Rachel’s first year was low in ratings. However her show began do well after Olbermann left. When she loses the emoprog shtick, her show does exceedingly well. She’s smart enough to know to balance emoprogery with factual, investigative reporting. But she has to please her Libertarian boss as well. She is being paid a massive annual salary of $7M. She will do whatever necessary to hold on to that job.

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        July 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        Excellent!

  20. July 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Why Man U sucks:

    I was going to the various BPL team pages to see what their new away and 3rd kits were for the coming season. Easy peasy, right? Well, yes, unless it’s Man U. I get to their shopping page… and they expect me to register before showing me their uniforms. Lameness, thy name is Manchester United Football Club.

  21. 73 Don
    July 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I’m sitting here watching “American Greed” on CNBC, this episode is about Bernard Ebbers and the collapse of WorldCom. What is so interesting about this episode is that most of the current day hosts of CNBC were so proudly presenting Ebbers as some sort of genius business back then.

    • July 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      I was still in telecom when WorldCom went down. It was one of our biggest clients. Worldcom’s collapse took a lot of small companies like mine down with it.

      • 75 Don
        July 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        I’m sorry LL, I should be more careful what I write. What struck me was seeing Maria Bartiromo hosting Ebbers on her show and singing his praises. To see her today bad mouthing President Obama is very telling.

        • July 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

          Oh no worries, Don. I’m there with you. Back in the late 90s, telecom was like “plastics” in “The Graduate”: it’s what you had to get into if you wanted to rake in the filthy lucre. The joke was on us. WorldCom’s tumble was just the glaring evidence that our industry was built on pixie dust. By the end I couldn’t stand what I was doing, so went to grad school and got my library degree.

          • 77 Don
            July 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

            LL, my uncle used to tell me that everybody has a story to tell because everybody is unique. And you sould like you have a story to tell, my friend.

    • 79 Vicki
      July 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Bob, I just came back from lunch with a friend who emigrated from Ukraine when she was 7 years old.
      I hadn’t seen her for months and was eager to hear what she had to say because I know Helen still has family ties in Ukraine AND Russia.

      All the Urkranians are 100% with Poroshenko.
      (Helen reminded me that “balaclava” is a russian word not something of mid-eastern origin.)
      Her Russian relatives, on the other hand are so brainwashed that they regard Putin as a god.

      There is zero communicatin between her russian family and her ukranian family. Not in Europe and not in the USA.

      That is what Pravda and fully state-controlled media turns a country into.

      Americans better wake up quickly and if possible recapture our media.

  22. 80 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Corn obviously made that “pie” reference to elicit tweets about PBO. He got it.

    • 81 anniebella
      July 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      What is Corn talking about?

      • 82 hopefruit2
        July 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        The NYC mega cupcake franchise “Crumbs” announced that they are closing all of their 48 stores because the cupcake industry is now waning. There was an explosion of cupcake stores all over the US inspired by the original cupcake place in DC (Georgetown Cupcakes?) and a cupcake reality TV show. Now the cupcake fad is over, and the businesses are left high and dry.

  23. 83 yardarm756
    July 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Another reason to VOTE!

  24. 84 anniebella
    July 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    So POTUS will be meeting with some faith-base people in Austin and from what I heard Valerie Jarrett ask Perry to meet POTUS then. So are you saying he refuse to that?

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  27. July 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Welp, I’m finally feeling awake. Took only, oh, what, 4 hours? And I have to wait another month for my sleep study.

  28. July 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Pleased???

  29. 92 Bill R.
    July 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    • 93 Vicki
      July 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Oh, those Democrats. Always coming up with ways to help folks.
      It is reassuring that one party cares about the American People.

    • 94 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Yeah Dems. Now we all have to make sure that every female voter knows that the only party working for them is the Democratic one. It’s one very important reason why voting in a Democratic House and Senate is an urgent need.

    • 95 57andfemale
      July 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      This does NOT fix the problem. The problem is the higher standard in RFRA. Yes, women would be able to get contraception under this bill (if it ever made it through Congress); but the implications of the Hobby Lobby decision on ALL other rights of individuals is seriously in question. The lawsuits are flooding in.

      It’s a bandaid that probably won’t pass. And the implications of the destruction of general applicability and security laws are very grave.

      • 96 Vicki
        July 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

        points taken, 57& female

      • 97 0388jojothecat
        July 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        I swear we really don’t have senators who can write a law that this SCOTUS can’t twist to harm people. We need a constutional amendment that each adults and emancipated minors not corporations or governments have a right to determine their own medical treatments. This will stop these stupid BC and abortion fights because it is just a tool by rwnj pols to whip up their base.

        • 98 57andfemale
          July 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

          the Dems released their Hobby Lobby ‘fix’ today –

          http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/09/1312704/-Breaking-Dems-Release-their-HobbyLobby-Fix-Legislation

          Although this is excellent legislation concerning health care that will not pass either branch of Congress, it does not fix the underlying problem of Alito’s assertion that if a law doesn’t say it doesn’t apply to a corporation, it now applies to a corporation.

          RFRA should be repealed. Period. It guts general applicability and that will un-weave the fabric of America. It gives religions an ‘exemption’ to laws and places religion over secular society – precisely what the Founding Fathers fought against.

  30. 100 isonprize
    July 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    OK, Chica. so… the picture with PBO hugging a student with glasses who has her hands around his waist? THAT PICTURE???

    That picture is my President standing in the auditorium of my GRADE SCHOOL IN MY CITY!!!

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!!!

  31. 101 anniebella
    July 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I saw Halle Berry on CBS Morning show talking about her new show on CBS. And Nora O’Donnell had to asked her about Malia Obama working there. Halle denied it, then O’Donnell said to Halle I saw the wink you gave Gayle.

  32. July 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Crimea Will Be Putin’s Undoing
    By Andrew S. Bowen

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    “Yet Crimea may be remembered for more than being just a low point in relations between Russia and the West. It may be remembered as the moment when Putin lost his momentum. Using foreign adventurism to gain dwindling support at home and as a distraction from domestic problems is a well-known tactic, and one that is by no means unique to Russia. But it is a temporary fix, even if it is prolonged by the continued unrest in Ukraine. And, once the enthusiasm for Crimea dies down, Putin will have few targets with which to distract the Russian people from their increasingly dire economic situation.”

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    “Crimea has also dashed the hope that Russia would support entrepreneurship over continued reliance on natural resources. State monopolies and the oil and gas sector are to remain the champions of the economy as sanctions sap investors’ confidence in Russia. Ukraine’s crisis, taken alongside Putin’s repressive politics, has also led to the emigration of the intellectuals and entrepreneurs needed to propel Russia’s economy.

    This threatens more than simple growth projections — it threatens the implicit agreement which has allowed Putin to stay in power so long. Putin is allowed to rule, even in an increasingly authoritarian way, as long as stability and the standards of living rise. That agreement is under threat as the economy shifts from a free market to an oligopoly, with only a few sectors propelling the economy.

    Russia is now more isolated, economically precarious and what may prove to be socially restless than at any previous point in Putin’s long leadership.”

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/crimea-will-be-putins-undoing/503162.html

    #TrustBarack


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