rise and shine

Morning everyone 😉 I’ll be tied up – not literally – the next couple of hours, so chat away and I’ll catch up then.

311 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 3 Roberta in MN
    May 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    First?l Good Morning Chips

  2. 4 desertflower
    May 3, 2012 at 8:29 am


  3. 5 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Did I make first?

  4. 8 collegekay
    May 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Good morning.

  5. 9 Roberta in MN
    May 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I think we have a three way tie. Good Morning all. Survived the storms. They didn’t get horrible in Rochester, just the surrounding towns north and east of us.But thank you everyone that wished me safe. Love this site.

  6. 10 joyce
    May 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good morning everyone

  7. 11 lamh35
    May 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good Morning TOD

  8. 12 edp4bho
    May 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good morning TOD, and chips. Seems you, me and President Bad-Ass have the same vibes this morning. I clicked on the site, and waiting for it to come up, I leaned back and stretched, and lo and behold I find PBO doing the same thing. Wow ! I think this bodes well for me today 😀 Thanks !!

  9. 13 collegekay
    May 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Good news!

    • 14 Ladyhawke
      May 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Romney vows to do ‘the opposite’

      By Steve Benen


      I’m not sure if Romney’s really thought this one through. Or maybe he has, and he assumes voters won’t think this one through.

      Four years ago, the economy is shrinking; now it’s growing. Four years ago, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs; now it’s gaining jobs. Four years ago, the unemployment rate was going up; now it’s going down. Four years ago, the stock market was crashing; now it’s reaching new heights. Four years ago, the deficit was getting bigger; now it’s getting smaller. Four years ago, the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse; now it’s thriving.

      Is Romney sure he wants to look at the Obama administration’s policies and do the opposite?



      • May 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

        Which means Romney will do whatever is necessary to make sure jobless claims go up.

        This is going to be a lot of fun.

      • 16 jackiegrumbacher
        May 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

        The entire Romney campaign is based on the premise that we are all either stupid or have amnesia. It’s amazing how he thinks anything gets done in this country if we are all so dumb we can’t tie our shoes or remember yesterday. Saying he would do the opposite of the president is profoundly ignorant, insulting and should disqualify him as a serious candidate. We’ve had some pretty shallow nominees for president over the years, but this man and his knee-jerk comments take the cake. He literally does not know what he’s talking about and the brain dead msm just nod their heads like the idiot was making sense.

        • May 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

          Saying he’s going to do the opposite of PBO makes him the absolute perfect GOP candidate. I give Romney credit for basically announcing what the entire Republican party has been about for the last four years. I also give him credit for one another thing. It’s not often your opponent willingly hands you the tools needed to defeat him. Team Obama is going to make him regret he ever said that.

        • 18 theo67
          May 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

          Good morning everyone! The low point for the MSM was when Norah O’Donnell clutched her pearls and accused Newt of calling Mitt a liar – to which he claimed full responsibility. It was embarrassing to see that clip again yesterday – especially now, when it’s commonly accepted that Mitt is a pathological, soul-less liar whose only value is money. A very pathetic moment, now followed by the media pandering after him over this bin Laden business. It’s also enlightening to see all these Republicans eat their words about Romney and call him their best chance to defeat President Obama after their scathing criticisms of him over these months and years. It makes a mockery of this country and it’s people.

          • 19 Pamela
            May 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

            And that, Theo, is exactly what will wake up America at last. People know this planet is struggling, they know hard times have hit many, too many. When they see and hear stuff like this, it will ring bells inside them. Let us keep up our good work, let us continue to offer strength to each other, and to our President and his staff, who sacrifice much to aid the greater good. Blessings and peace to you all, you are all so very wonderful! PBO is proud of us! 😉

            • 20 LDS
              May 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

              Amen to that, Pamela. “People know this planet is struggling, they know hard times hit many, too many”.
              I totally agree. Even on this blog people are either going through, in some hard times, or coming out of something. But thanks to the light and vision in this President there is hope.
              Mitt offers none of that to any one on this planet. Except the ones who will never be able to spend all the $$$$$ they have lied, stolen or cheated to get.
              The most wonderful part of this is that I do not envy their wealth. It is the fact that they do not share and have no empathy and sympathy for those who are struggling. That is what I abhor.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      May 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Great! Thanks, CK

  10. 22 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Romney Team May Have Stirred Storm Over Gay Aide


    But the final straw, for Mr. Grenell, was the conference call on April 26. After being told not to speak, he felt deeply undermined, worrying it would erode his credibility with journalists who had expected to hear from him, friends said. One, R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, called it a missed opportunity.



    • 23 Pamela
      May 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Keep stirring those missed opportunities, Myth.

    • 24 Linda
      May 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

      They are trying to exclude some of the media from the events now too….They gave the boot to Buzzfeed.

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      May 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Well, he and his party have managed to alienate women, AAs, Latinos, young people and now gays. It’s getting down to old white people and assorted bigots. The tea party’s got a hold of Romney and it’s not letting him go and the poor sap doesn’t have the wit or the courage to shake them loose.

      • 26 susanne
        May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        jackie, lots of us old white people are very loyal to pbo, proud to be americans again under his presidency, and working to make sure he’s re-elected. i know you’re trying to say he’s insulted and alienated everyone categorically except old white people, but that doesn’t mean he’s won any of us over by that tactic. anyway, i think it’s more correct to say he’s attractive to rich people, who in america are mostly white. oh, and bigots. yep, you got that part right.

    • 27 theo67
      May 3, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Log Cabin Republicans have no credibility, simply because they exist. What self-respecting person joins a group that expressly despises them? They shouldn’t be surprised by this treatment and the hate directed in their direction. They could join the Democratic party and still hold conservative values in a tent that is truly large and diverse. Instead, they feed their darker values and stay with a racist, greedy, bigoted, hateful party – even despite the fact that they are considered worse than animals. No sympathy.

    • 30 Cha
      May 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      First of all, Grenell is a Real Mess working for the Lying Zombey at all. And, then it just goes down hill from there. He was described as having a “sharp wit”.. I’d say he had a nasty streak especially towards women. Willard the Dullard didn’t want to “confront the religious right..read HATERS.

      “goproud”..Proud that they’re masochists.

  11. 31 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    GM Chips and TOD. Oooooh…….Chips is going to be tied up?!?!?! What kind of kinky things are you into Chiparoo? 😉

  12. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    May 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Lookin’ like a beautiful day.

  13. 39 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Did anyone see the first segment of Morning Joke today ? Go get them all tweeter soldiers……Mika too for not walking off the set. I will NEVER watch that show again…..Willie,, Barnicle and Harold Ford are disgusting. They really showed themselves today.


    • 40 utaustinliberal
      May 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

      They were vile. I have no clue why Mika didn’t walk off the set. The way Joe and Willie mocked Elizabeth Warren and to an extension, Pres. Obama with Harold Ford and Mike Barnicle laughing on like hyenas was disgusting. This was personal. Too personal. The way Joe went after Elizabeth Warren was a level of mean that was more than inappropriate. They more than mocked her. They insulted her, her work, her values. It was breathtakingly abhorrent.

      • 41 Linda
        May 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Let them have it , ut…..I have smoke coming out my ears I am so furious….

        ( I don’t have a twitter account )

      • May 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

        The more good news for PBO, the more his poll numbers rise in “battleground states”, the more nasty Mornin’ Joke gets. I thankfully missed it today, but yesterday, the day after Obama’s trip to Afghanistan and the cheering troops, Joe looked and acted like it was the worst day of his life, snarling at everyone.

      • 45 sabreen60
        May 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Bill Press (who is pretty good most of the time) and then “my girl” Stephanie Miller are on Current TV every morning starting at 6:00am. I have Stephanie on my DVR. She’s on from 9:00am – noon. I’m not taping Bill Press because as I said he’s “ok” most of the time. But I think Stephanie rocks. Her show is lighthearted and she steamrolls the Repubs, especially Mittens. She is an avid PBO supporter. The other morning she had on a badass T-Shirt with rhinestones around the neck and a nice large picture of PBO on the front.

        • May 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

          Stephanie has been an Obama supporter since he announced his candicacy. She went to one of Oprah’s fundraisers early on, I believe. Bill Press was obviously a Hillary supporter for sure, though he at least tried to appear neutral.

    • 47 lamh35
      May 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Not planning on watching the video. What was said?

      • 48 Linda
        May 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

        OMG….Joe went on and on about PBO throwing Warren under the bus…and the rest of those men joined in and joked about it..

        Joe kept saying PBO fired her…over and over and over…..I am still fuming.

        • May 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

          Joe is desperate! They realize swiftnoat is the name of the game and it is All they got.

          • May 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

            Exactly. I don’t expect anything less from a right wing ex Congressman who voted to impeach a Democratic President. He spoke at CPAC this year! The shock is when he says something positive about PBO but don’t look for that between now and November. He’s been given his marching orders.

            • 51 miss pat
              May 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

              If he knows what’s good for him he’d just shut up and keep quiet. Someone might dig through old archives and bring up things in his past. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

            • 52 relellit
              May 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

              Let’s not forget ex-Congressman Moaning Joe also had a dead woman’s body found in his office.

              Everyone have a nice day. 🙂

        • May 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

          Joe is trying to get the professional left and Warren’s fans upset with PBO. He got that crap from left wing blogs or the PL pundits. That’s exactly what they used to say.

        • May 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

          That’s a PL memo from last year so he’s late to the party.

          • 56 amk for obama
            May 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

            Yup. That stupid meme was burned and buried by warren herself.

            How many people watch morning joke really ? Let’s not fall his daily poutrage and keep our eyes on the ball.

            Swiftboating is not gonna happen, folks. Not with this man.

        • 57 jackiegrumbacher
          May 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

          I wonder what price Harold Ford got for his soul. He really seems like someone who actually met the devil and sold his core. I’m glad he lost his battle for the senate–there was just no level too low for him to sink. He’s now just a sick man with nothing inside but a little ball of envy and hate. That makes him a perfect mate for Scarborough.

          • 58 miss pat
            May 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

            Exactly. He came to NYC and tried to run and the people rejected him. Now he is on morning Joe yakking it up with them. Let him enjoy his fifteen minutes, they are about up now anyway. He needs to go to a Dominican hair salon and get those naps permed. Then he can claim to be white and go on other show if they will have him. Disgusting piece of crap.

            • 59 relellit
              May 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

              Most people have started watching Current TV’s Bill Press in the morning instead of Moaning Joe & Mica mouse. He can get on your nerve too at times. But he is a far cry better than Moaning Joe.

              The real treat for me is Stephanie Miller who follows Moaning Joke on Current TV. She never waivers.

              • 60 57andfemale
                May 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

                I completely agree. Press can have some bad guests sometimes but on the whole he’s on our side and is a far cry from Morning Joke. And Stephanie’s a gem.

            • 61 LadyTNT
              May 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

              Miss Pat, you are the one, honey!!! You got me LOLing in my cubicle!

              • 62 miss pat
                May 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

                Don’t laugh too hard. That was not my intention but I am so angry and when I get angry I tend to just go off.

                I never watch Morning Joe and will follow relelit’s advice and check out Bill Press but I tend to just spend my mornings in bed reading.

                I am reading Auma Obaam’s book now. I can see where the President got his brains and charisma from; he got it from both sides really.

        • 63 Cha
          May 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

          Too bad for joe and the profiteering “left” that Elizabeth Warren has the AD out..”The Rose Garden” that is featured on TPV by DEANIAC!


    • 64 Ladyhawke
      May 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I wonder if the ad with Elizabeth Warren and President Obama is what made Joe’s head explode. President Obama is making Mitt Romney look like an amateur and Joe knows it. The Republican Party has nothing to offer the American people so all we get are lies, distortions and personal attacks. This is just look at that shiny object on steroids.

      Elizabeth Warren dismantles Professional Left’s “Obama is a sellout” meme


    • 68 57andfemale
      May 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Watch Current instead (although Bill Press has had some sucky guests the last few days, but it’s still a progressive show). Stephanie Miller’s show is great.

  14. 69 Hachikō
    May 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Good morning!

  15. 71 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

  16. May 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    BriWi’s show on the Situation Room last night was absolutely RIVETING. I couldn’t move the whole time. What a brilliant team of real human beings who slowly and painstakingly plotted out this whole operation very methodically and deliberately and fully realizing all the stakes. Then the day arrived and they were in the moment of it all. WOW. A piece of history we have the privilege of watching unfold with our POTUS. BRAVO. BRAVO. BRAVO.

    • 73 Pamela
      May 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

      In complete agreement with all you’ve said, meta, but I had forgotten how much I loathe commercials. Could have done without so many of those.

      • 74 miss pat
        May 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

        I hate commercials too so I clean house while the commercials are on. Then run back just in time. That’s called overlapping something I learned to do in my old job.

    • May 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Right! Morning Joe had a sad!

    • 77 COS
      May 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I wanted to watch more. It should have been 2 hours. Loved it.

    • 78 Mel
      May 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Yes indeed. BriWi’s did a terrific job we are so happy to have a brilliant POTUS that can execute dificult
      Situatios such as Captturing OBL and Killing him.Everybody on the Team were BRILLIANT. When MITT
      Rambo said Even Carter would have done it just like that is Bullshit and Stupid, and remember PBO Thinks
      before he Acts and after this amaizing succes he never SAID MISSIOM ACCOMPLISH!!!!! great job Mr President
      we are so proud of you SIR!!!!!!!. and Thank you for protecting our Nation.

  17. May 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    The President ahead in Ohio by 2 and down by 1 in Florida, according to qunnipanic!
    I would love to know the crosstabs, that said- Florida is tough because of the Many, many Seniors who can easily be scared and conned.
    Ohio looks good, because of the Auto industry and because Kasich is a fool!

    • 80 57andfemale
      May 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

      We really need to scare them back to sanity. There is no excuse for that. Seniors benefited the fastest from ACA and don’t know it.

  18. 81 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Good Morning.

    Did anyone notice that Mitt only had Women standing behind him at yesterday’s rally ? Does he think we are that stupid ?

    • 82 theo67
      May 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Clearly, some are. The question is: how many stupid people are there? They’ve been loading up women behind him since they first put their feet in their mouths.

      • 83 Diane
        May 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

        Gotta hand it to those Mormon women they bus in–they do lock step as good as the good ole boy repubs do. There is something to be said for brain washing–works on both genders. Pretty disgusting.

  19. 84 amk for obama
    May 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I’ll tied up. Not literally. ???

    Don’t believe it. Show us the proof, dammit.

    Psst, the brian williams piece. 😉 😉 nudge, nudge

    • May 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

      It’s only all tied up if you count more older White People in the poll!
      A good question to ask one of these radio shows, why don’t all these polls update their information and are the same crosstabs?

    • 89 utaustinliberal
      May 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Look at the thread again Amk. Someone already posted a link to the Rock Center OBL piece.

      • 90 amk for obama
        May 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

        Thanks ut. I tried it just now but the vid is not loading. I’ll look for the youtube linky.

  20. May 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Some follow-up….Shoq and his team did some great work building a site for this movement. Please check it out and circulate. Our work is not done!

  21. May 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Good old John Boner- I guess the GOP would love a War with China?

  22. 93 desertflower
    May 3, 2012 at 9:07 am


    Days after admitting to taking illegal campaign contributions in 2010 and paying a civil fine, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is in legal hot water again. The Federal Election Commission (FEC)has sent Rubio’s leadership PAC a letter questioning corporate contributions, which the PAC may have accepted illegally.


  23. 103 desertflower
    May 3, 2012 at 9:07 am


    Despite more than $10 million spent on anti-recall advertisements by his campaign, the Republican Governors Association, and the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, polls show Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is actually losing ground with voters.


    • 104 relellit
      May 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Wonderful, I really loathe this cross eyed, lying, college drop out badger.

    • 105 geeja
      May 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      California proved to Meg Whitman that you cannot buy an election. Wisconsin needs to prove it to Walker/Koch.

  24. May 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Gary Johnson third Party might take a couple points from Romney.
    That is important!

  25. 107 desertflower
    May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am


    Since Romney says that “he would do the opposite” of PBO…here is an interactive that shows what women would face under a President Romney.

    Pass this around!

  26. May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    good morning, Everyone 🙂

  27. May 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

    This is just an unbelievable story—-about this major GOP donor who ran a sham “U.S. Navy Veterans Assoc.” charity and used the money for political donations. Now the latest—-they find $1 million in cash in a storage locker along with stolen ID’s etc.


  28. 116 lamh35
    May 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

    ICYMI, Tweety had a segment on this with a guy from the HRC and from LCR. The guy from LCR seemed to try to go out of his way NOT to call the R-Money campaign the cowards they were. He seemed more keen to try not to burn his bridges with the campaign than he was to defend his “friend” (kept saying Ric was his friend) honor. Tweety was in rare form yesterday though, so he didn’t let the dude cop-out.

    Here’s the clip: Romney aide quits after pressure from anti-gay conservatives

    Chris Matthews talks with R. Clarke Cooper, President of Log Cabin Republicans, and Brian Moulton from the Human Rights Campaign about Richard Grenell, who resigned as Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesman just two weeks into the job, after a furor sparked by social conservatives.

  29. May 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

    New online tool from Team Obama-


    Tweet away!

  30. 120 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Bin Laden documents released…. ( Right Wing heads exploding 3…2…1 )


  31. May 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Also, qunnipiac has the President ahead by 8 in Pennsylvania.
    So, that is good, with the methodolgy they are using!

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      May 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

      And then this morning Real Clear Politics Electorial map moved PA out of the toss-up states and into the Obama camp. Yippee!!!!

  32. 123 Vicki
    May 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I want to add my voice to those encouraging everyone to watch PBO in The Situation Room. If you already respect Potus as much as you thnk possible, think again.

    • 124 theo67
      May 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I was glad they showed how scared they were, too, and how risky it was. It really shows everyone that Romney’s flippancy towards the graveness of this decision and the bravery shown by those involved demonstrates a supreme lack of judgment and greater ignorance. I stayed up very late to watch it, an couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. Brian Williams did a good job.

    • 126 amk for obama
      May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

      What a fucking cowardly pos that would kill a child before he kills himself just because the kid was half-Hispanic. And this nutjob could even come close to levers of power is truly frightening.

      • 127 desertflower
        May 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

        Yup. This from Mother Mags, at DK..who tells it like it is on everything that goes on in this F’ed up state!


        Cowardly POS is an understatement. I hope he rots in hell.

        • 128 amk for obama
          May 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

          She is one voice I miss. She had a very god writing style.

          Even hell might be too good for this scum. It may be unpopular here, your 1st and 2nd amendment will ultimately lead to your own demise.

          • 129 desertflower
            May 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

            If I drop by there, and I see that she’s written something, I always read it. Her finger is on the pulse of AZ politics, and she pulls no punches.

            As far as the 1st and 2nd Amendments…I disagree.The problem is that certain people want to twist the intent to fit their own narrow, sliver of meaning. IMO, the 1st Amendment was made in order to be MORE inclusive. The 2nd….well, we don’t live in the 18th century….these guys that think the entire country should have a weapon as a first birthday gift,are just plain screwed up in the head.

            • 130 amk for obama
              May 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

              Well, both didn’t obviously work. Thus fail. There are plenty of other democracies that are without these unlimited licenses and they are doing just fine, if not better.

    • 131 ber6964
      May 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

      There is a Special Place in Hell for Humans like this.

  33. 132 jackiegrumbacher
    May 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Last night I heard a presentation from the ACLU about the lawsuit they filed against the state of PA regarding the new ID law. There is such a compelling case among the ten individual plaintiffs they found that I just wanted to cry at the injustice of this new law, which, by the way, specifically violates the state’s 200-year old constitution. The law must first go the the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, which is heavily weighted toward Republicans. If the ACLU can’t get a “stay” at that level is will go first to the PA Supreme Court and then the US Supreme Court. The Supreme Court already had a preliminary ruling an an Indiana photo ID law in which it stated that there must be proof of harm before a ruling could be made, which Indiana did not have at that time. Well, the UCLA has got proof of harm in PA and they’re raring to go. I don’t have much faith in the PA courts, but I’m praying they will find at least enough justification to delay the law’s implementation because the state has clearly not thought through the consequences. Fingers crossed, everybody.

    • 133 desertflower
      May 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Fingers crossed…and toes. This is such BS. On a good note, Connecticut just passed same day registration. Amen.

    • 134 edp4bho
      May 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Rev Al on Politics Nation had a 100+ year old AA lady, who said she can no longer vote under these new rules because she doesn’t have a birth certificate. She’s voted all her life, marched with Dr. King, and says she is indicative of so many elderly AA’s who came up from the south, out of poverty conditions without documentation of their birth, due to the remnants of slavery and Jim Crow, looking for a better life. She does have legal representation, but she was very lucid in her remarks about the intent of this assinine positioning by the bastard, bigoted governer that too many Pennsylvanians, and particularly Philadelphians who, IMO, were too lazy to prevent from being elected. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.

      • 135 jacquelineoboomer
        May 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

        I swear if somebody declared a march on Washington, with just this woman alone as its drawing card and headliner, I’d be leaving my comfortable life and heading there to march. We really almost need to start taking to the streets about all of this. I’m sick to death of it, and so freakin’ ashamed of some of the people in this country. I’m ashamed that they even exist.

        • 136 edp4bho
          May 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

          As expected, Rev Al and his National Action Network are planning on doing just that. I am thinking about possibly joining them. If not, I atleast will donate money and a voice somehow, via LTE’s, FB, etc. I was listening to a report of so many college kids without proper IDs. This has to be our new civil rights protest, akin to those in the 1960’s. This is what the ass-holes called OWS should be taking up. Instead, they try to blow up bridges, and protest bank bailouts–bank bailouts?–something that is unreversible, but was totally necessary as these nitwits haven’t figured out. Right energy wrongly directed, IMO.

          • 137 jackiegrumbacher
            May 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

            Edp4. Some college students are fighting back and their Student Councils are pressuring their colleges and universities to change the IDs. There’s nothing in the law that says the colleges just can’t add a sticker. It says the IDs must have an expiration date, it doesn’t say what kind. If you’ve got a college or university in your town, call them as a concerned citizen and urge them to change the ID. Only 15 of the 150 colleges in PA have the expiration date. This was a deliberate ploy to stifle the student vote. We can’t let them win.

            • 138 edp4bho
              May 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

              Okay, thanks Jackie. I am looking for numerous ways I can be of help when I am here at work. That I can definitely do ( I have a light work load).

        • 139 jackiegrumbacher
          May 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          JB, I am so with you on this. This is the cause of our time. Cowardly politicians afraid of a fair vote, disenfranchising people to retain their power. How is that different from a banana republic?

      • 140 edp4bho
        May 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

        Correction: The lady is 93 years old.

      • 141 jackiegrumbacher
        May 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        This lady is the main plaintiff int he ACLU case in PA. May God bless her crusade.

  34. 142 Don
    May 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    It is envy and jealously that drives the haters, they are up against a warrior poet that does not suffer fools. They wish in their hearts that President Obama were more like them; shallow and petty.

  35. May 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    The RNC is losing News cycles galore!
    They live everyday to dominate the News cycle, so this must be frustrating to them!

  36. 153 amk for obama
    May 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

  37. May 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Good Morning all you O folks!!! What a great getting up day again in TODdy town. Looks like the DCCC had a record breaking fundraising April:

    “we are so proud to announce that we exceeded our April fundraising goal and broke yet another fundraising record. In the last week, you helped us raise over $1.1 million to win a Democratic House! On April 30th alone, over 20,000 of you made a donation.” – email from Nancy Pelosi

  38. 157 ChristiMTL
    May 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Good morning everyone,

    Oh great, I just read that MJ was the same as every other day,…vile and disgusting for the most part….I couldn’t watch the video that Linda posted because I knew it would anger me.

    He is a bully, period…everybody knows that….a RW jerk pretending to be ”moderate”……he’s far from being moderate…..

    Most of the time, their panel is a joke!….Barnake, Halperin…etc..

    I saw that Cornest freaking West and his BFF will be on tomorrow?…Just great…

    It’s going to get really ugly from here to the elections…..

    I hope a lot of people boycott Starbucks….their main sponsor,…….

    • May 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

      To once again promise them everything and anything and tell them exactly what they want to hear. No doubt the term liberal conspiracy will be bandied about quite um liberally.

  39. 161 desertflower
    May 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Why Wall St. hates those pesky regulations???


    Special Report: U.S. documents allege HSBC money-laundering lapses

    (Reuters) – In April 2003, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and New York state bank regulators cracked the whip on HSBC Bank USA, ordering it to do a better job of policing itself for suspicious money flows. Staff in the bank’s anti-money laundering division, according to a person who worked there at the time, flew into a “panic.”

  40. 164 desertflower
    May 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Republicans’ New Slogan: ‘Hype And Blame’

    Playing off of Obama’s 2008 “Hope and Change” slogan, the RNC announced Thursday a new anti-Obama slogan, “Hype and Blame,” that they will begin using as part of the campaign. Soon, they say, you can buy “Hype and Blame” bumper stickers.

    “Obama has no record to run on so he’s out on the trail resorting to the same tactics he campaigned against in 2008,” Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said Wednesday night. “He has a litany of broken promises so what does he do? Lay blame, make excuses, run on gimmicks and engage in divisive politics. Four years later we know the candidate of ‘Hope and Change’ is now ‘Hype and Blame.’”

    The slogan hits at exactly what Republicans want voters to think: that President Obama failed to deliver on his campaign promises; the Obama campaign wants voters to view the last four years as improvement during trying times and in the face of GOP obstructionism.


    Republicans; FEAR AND SHAME

    • 165 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Is it November yet?

    • 168 0388jojothecat
      May 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Is that ALL the DO NOTHING Republicans can offer? Hype and Blame.

    • 169 Linda
      May 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

      They outsourced it to the Philippines ?

    • 170 anniebella
      May 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

      More B.S. from the Republicans, and I expect a whole lot more of the same from them. With that weak lying candidate they have they will have to play even dirty than any time before.So nothing they say or do will surprise me and I’m sure it won’t surprise the Obama campaign.

      • 171 anniebella
        May 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        Hype and Blame, got rid of Osama bin Laden, it save the Auto Industry, it ended the war in Iraq, it ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pull this economy back from the brink of a great depression, create 4.1 million jobs without a bit of help from the Republicans, pass healthcare reform, cut taxes for small business, made loans more affordable for college students. With all the obstruction from the do nothing Republicans, this President have accomplish alot. And will do alot more when we re-elect him, keep the Senate, and do some housecleaning in the House.

    • 172 edp4bho
      May 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      “no record to run on”

      Don’t be bothered by these miscreants. They’re still in a stupor over us electing a black man who’s accomplishments dwarf those of their beloved rightful heirs to the WH, namely them. It was not supposed to be this way in the good ole us of a, don’t cha know?

  41. May 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I know there are a lot of intelligent bloggers here and would like an answer to this question if you can.

    How many chances does Mitt Romney get to “etch-a-sketch”?
    I am understanding that he will be erasing everything and have been doing just that.
    Will he etch-a-sketch his comment that he will be doing the opposite of everything this President has done on the economy?
    This is the product of a great ad!

    • 174 EricFive
      May 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

      They will give Mitt as many chances to “etch-a-sketch” as he needs. Their patent refusal to call Mitt on his constant lying or make his refusal to release his tax returns the scandal it should be, clearly illustrates that the MSM is the communications arm of the Romney campaign and will do whatever it can to prop up this pathetic candidate.

  42. 175 ChristiMTL
    May 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Republican National Committee used Philippines firm to set up call blasting Obama on unemployment

    During the call, Priebus said Obama was “the president of hype and blame,” who said “he was going to be different, he said he was going to be transparent. …He blames everyone but the man in the mirror.”


    This is their new Frank Luntz talking point


    They got their marching orders.

  43. 180 lamh35
    May 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    now for a little non-political brevity if ya’ll will indulge me, The one summer movie I was waiting for opens today at midnight!!! Are you ready for The Avengers!!!! I am!

    If I could find someone who would go with me at midnight, I so would go with all the super hero geeks.


    • May 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I wonder if some of the geeks are going to be wearing the costumes. BTW if you don’t go tonight are you definitely going this weekend?

      • 182 lamh35
        May 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

        that’s my plan. If I can I might see it tomorrow at a matinee show if I can find someone to go with or not. but I will prob see it this weekend for sure. and I may see it more than once with different friends who like me like seeing movies with someone to talk to about it…lol

    • 183 lamh35
      May 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

      BTW, the Avengers has a 94% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes from Critics (both Top and not)…WOW!

    • 186 AnitaW
      May 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      I already have my tickets for the Avengers for tomorrow night. Going with one of my girlfriends to see Think Like a Man tonight. All of these movie nights will make sitting at home Sunday not so boring.

  44. May 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Lazy reporting! MSNBC pimping that quinnipiac poll, saying Robney is catching up and is in Pittsburgh today.
    Every Show, starts out with that poll! So, I changed it to the NFL network channel!

    • 188 anniebella
      May 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

      jovie141,you have notice that the media will stick with whatever poll which shows the President not looking good. What poll was it last week? This week they are harping on the quinnipiac, it will be another one next, that’s why first of all I don’t listen to all that B.S. crap from the media, and I am sick and tired of all these polls coming out everyday it seems.

  45. 189 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2012 at 11:16 am


    ‘They didn’t want to confront the religious right’

    By Steve Benen


    Romney seems to live in constant fear that conservatives will get mad at him, and the result is a candidate who lacks the backbone and integrity to take firm stands.

    In the grand scheme of things, I suspect most Americans won’t know who Grenell is, will hear very little about his ouster, and the story won’t have a lasting impact. The question to consider, though, is whether there’s a cumulative effect to all of these incidents in which Romney shrinks when leadership opportunities arise.

    The American electorate can tolerate quite a bit, but no one respects a coward.



  46. 192 auni
    May 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Tally–thanks for bringing that carton over. My real name is Donna and I had been the only one commenting on it, until you and the troops showed up. We can’t let that kind of thing slide by.

  47. 193 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Orly Taitz Smacked Down By California Court Of Appeal In Election Fraud Case

    Orly Taitz, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in California and self-professed queen of the birthers, suffered another legal defeat this week, though this time not while trying to argue that President Barack Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim socialist.

    Taitz had filed suit against Damon Dunn, a former Republican primary opponent in her failed 2010 bid for California Secretary of State, alleging that he had engaged in election fraud as part of a Democratic conspiracy to destroy her candidacy.

    Records show that Dunn had previously been registered as a Democrat in other states.

    OC Weekly reports that Superior Court Judge Geoffrey T. Glass had struck down Taitz’s complaint once before, and that her latest defeat came in a followup appeal. From the Weekly:

    Like Glass, the appellate court determined that Dunn had [complied] with candidacy requirements and that Taitz’s complaint was a legal mess unworthy of serious consideration.

    They said Dunn had no obligation to list his expired, out-of-state party registration affiliations on his 2010 candidacy papers in the secretary of state race.

    The court ruled that Dunn would recover the costs of fighting Taitz’s appeal.

    Taitz, who is currently running in the Republican primary to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, later responded, seemingly incensed:

    Recent decision in Dunn case is beyond outrageous, it is an embarrassment to the US judiciary, it shows that the 3 judges of the Court of Appeals either never read the complaint, absolutely clueless, what is in the complaint, never saw it or are attempting to defraud the public.


    • 194 ChristiMTL
      May 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Hahaha another Democratic conspiracy in her twisted tormented head…..

      Nothing can beat this one though, when she said ” Obama, or someone connected to him, has made threats to her life and vandalized her car.”

    • 196 miss pat
      May 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I thought you had to be a natural born citizen to run for the Senate. Why is she still here and not deported when intelligent young people that can and will contribute to society are living in fear because the Dream Act has not passed?

      Get her out of the country,charge her with something and deport her to Russia or Israel or Siberia. Tired of her monkey looking ass. Enough already.

      • 197 Liberal Librarian
        May 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        No, only for president.

        Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution sets three qualifications for senators: 1) each senator must be at least 30 years old) must have been a citizen of the United States for at least the past nine years, and 3) must be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state he or she seeks to represent.

        • 198 miss pat
          May 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

          Thanks for the link LL. I wish it wasn’t so. I wonder if they can do something about her for real though. Find something to revoke her citizenship.. Set the IRS on her, or something, anything. She is like the Energizer battery. Just keep going and going.

      • 199 nospin
        May 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        you can run for any seat except the Presidency if you are a naturalized citizen.

  48. 200 donna dem 4 obama
    May 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Vote Like Your Life Depends On It!

  49. 201 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2012 at 11:46 am


    It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

    By Steve Benen


    For Mann and Ornstein, blaming “both sides” for what ails Washington is no longer accurate, and only exacerbates the problems posed by the radicalization of today’s GOP. “When one party moves this far from the mainstream,” they argued, “it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.”
    In other words, what we have here is a group of respected, credible, inside-the-beltway establishment types who are now willing to acknowledge what is plainly true: Republican extremism has no modern precedent, and it making governing and policymaking nearly impossible, even during times of crises — despite the demands that Very Serious People agree that “both sides” are always to blame for everything in all instances. Indeed, they’re making these pronouncements in a surprising, matter-of-fact sort of way.

    Here’s hoping other respected, credible, inside-the-beltway establishment types feel emboldened to be equally candid about reality.



  50. 203 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

    HYPE & BLAMED is trending on Huffington Puke.

    • 204 Ladyhawke
      May 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      My response to hype and blamed would be the items below (for starters):

      1) “Do Not Ask What Good We Do” about the 112th House of Representatives – By Robert Draper

      2) It’s Even Worse Than It Looks – By Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein

      3) Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.


      4) Republican Job Creation


      • 205 COS
        May 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        IMO, this repug slogan make the repugs look small and nasty. The Dem slogan “Forward” sounds more positive.

        • 206 EricFive
          May 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

          I agree COS. This “Hype and Blame” nonsense is an example of the GOP projecting their bs onto PBO. The GOP majority in the house of reps is due to the tea party hype and all they do is blame PBO for not cleaning up THEIR mess fast enough, while failing to create a single job (the issue they campaigned on in 2010, btw). The GOP is taking negative campaigning to the extreme because they have no solutions to offer, only hype, hate and blame.

  51. 207 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Scott Brown Brushes Off Charges Of Hypocrisy By Misrepresenting His Health Care Plan

    But now, he’s brushing off the criticism by insisting that “he was actually taking advantage of the law in Massachusetts that allows children to remain on their parents’ insurance plan until age 24.” “You can do that in Massachusetts, I voted for that,” Brown said.“For (Warren) to call me a hypocrite as to how Gail and I provide for our family, it’s sad,” Brown said, referring to his wife, Gail Huff.

    Brown may have taken advantage of Massachusetts reform while serving in the Bay State, but as a senator, he’s benefiting from the ACA’s most popular provision.

    According to the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) website, Brown’s congressional health care plan (the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan) is regulated by federal law, not state legislation — “The FEHB Program is a Federal program and preempts state law requirements,” the site says — and the program allows dependents to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 as a result of Obamacare:


    Another Swing and a Miss for Senator Pink Leather short shorts.

  52. 210 ChristiMTL
    May 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Romney camp criticises British PM’s Obama ‘love-in’ ahead of Olympic visit

    Senior advisers to Mitt Romney have bitterly criticised David Cameron’s recent White House “love-in” with Barack Obama before Romney’s first visit to London for the opening of the Olympic Games.

    How many Heads of state these idiots are going to insult?

    No diplomacy, nothing….

    It’s embarrassing….

  53. 223 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Here is a really good resource to use when those lying Republican Governors claim they have balanced budgets


  54. 224 Liberal Librarian
    May 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Morning everyone.

    Here’s to hoping that fewer whiny people yap at me today. God, yesterday was annoying.

    If everyone could send good thoughts to my puppy Stewie, that would be great. He’s getting his “bris” tomorrow (aka, neutering). Mazel Tov! They grow up so fast.

    • May 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      LL Hope the his “clipping” goes well.

    • 226 sherijr
      May 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Best wishes to Stewie, LL 😉

    • 227 57andfemale
      May 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Stewie will be fine!. The boys, as always, have it easy and it’s better for his overall health.

      I missed yesterday’s drama.

      • 228 Liberal Librarian
        May 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        Oh, the drama wasn’t online, it was here in the library. Whiny patrons all around me.

        • 229 57andfemale
          May 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

          Oh! I couldn’t imagine anyone picking on our beloved Liberal Librarian! I’ll take them on if I have to.

          To coin a phrase, some of my best friends are librarians. Whiny library patrons was actually the subject of discussion when we got together last Friday. Hang in there. There have to be plenty who make your job worthwhile.

          • 230 Liberal Librarian
            May 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

            Oh, I ADORE my job. 99% of my patrons are wonderful. And being a children’s librarian I get to have on impact on amazing kids. I’m glad I finally decided to take the plunge, go to grad school, and get my masters.

            • 231 57andfemale
              May 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

              Getting paid to do research at this time of my life — there is nothing better than being surrounded by books and history and ideas………. Now only if the boss wasn’t batshit crazy, this would be so much more enjoyable.

            • 232 57andfemale
              May 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

              And congrats on going back to school!

              • 233 Liberal Librarian
                May 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

                Thank you! I got my master’s in library science in 2007 and just snuck in before the hiring freeze.

    • 234 andogriff
      May 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      All the best for Stewie, LL…. he’ll never know what he is missing! : ))

  55. 235 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    This is a BFD!

  56. 237 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Republicans Overlook Hispanic Media In Ad Buys

    Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super PAC, just went up Thursday with a $4.3 million ad campaign across nine swing states. But they haven’t sunk a dime into Hispanic media, First Read reports. The Obama campaign, on the other hand, has buys on Hispanic media outlets targeting key Hispanic demographics. The Obama camp has spend $435,000 over the past two weeks in Las Vegas, Denver, Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

    • 238 lisalovesobama
      May 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      maybe he thinks that regardless of the polls, he can just ignore the hispanic community, have Rubio campaign for him and he’ll get the hispanic vote. Or maybe he thinks all the voter suppression laws and the typical repug cheating will “level” the playing field for him. One never knows with Willard.

  57. 239 ChristiMTL
    May 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Oh they think they’re very clever with their new slogan for the President Hype and Blamed.

    Can we have something trending on twitter about a slogan for Romney?

    This was his response to the PO’s campaign new slogan

    ”Romney on new Obama slogan: ‘Forward, what, over the cliff?”’


    • 240 terim
      May 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Geez! That is so pathetic – so Mitt Romney. In his case, privilege bred ineptness.

    • 242 Linda
      May 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      They cannot even use proper grammar……

      He has a rinky dink operation…

      • 243 ChristiMTL
        May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

        Actually I’m the one who can’t use proper grammar lol…it’s HYPE and BLAME….little typo on my part.

        “Hype and Blame” is the Republican version of “Hope and Change,” which aims to call out Obama for broken promises”

        Hmmm broken promises, isn’t it special coming from the party of NO…the far right extremists run the show and are not there to govern.

        Doing every to destroy the President and the economy.

        What the President accomplished is a miracle.

        • 244 Linda
          May 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

          Nah….I said Hype and Blamed….too

          But I was looking at the” Forward, what, over the cliff?”’ Shouldn’t “what” really be ” where” ?

        • 246 Cman
          May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

          Broken promises? Weren’t they just yesterday crying about politicizing of a kept promise? They really need to stick to one script.

      • 247 jacquelineoboomer
        May 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Linda – You’re right about the grammar issue. I’ll modify a letter, which I saw recently:

        Dear Romney Campaign and People of the World,

        I don’t mean to sound slutty, but please use me whenever you want.


        (I’m for laughing at these bozos.)

        • 248 yardarm756
          May 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

          Slow your roll jo, less you be misinterpreted. 😆

          • 249 jacquelineoboomer
            May 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

            Oh, yeah, sailor man, I’ll be slowin’ it down because you (of all TOD people) said so, lest I be misinterpreted. That’s rich. Ha!

    • May 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      With every passing day he demonstrates he’s really only capable of sputtering idiotic sound bites.

      • 251 Ladyhawke
        May 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        Exactly meta. I have never seen a more juvenile bunch of pols in my life. There is no seriousness of purpose. They are like children. In fact, Romney reminds me of the tattletale on the schoolyard play ground.

        The American people deserve a serious and substantive debate about the future of this country. As it relates to the Romney campaign, I won’t hold my breath.

    • 252 Ladyhawke
      May 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      No Mitt, the Republicans would take us BACKWARD INTO THE DITCH.

    • 254 Pamela
      May 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      For Myth, hows a bout: “Lemmings Arise! Our Time is Now!”

    • 258 lisalovesobama
      May 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      their slogan is so juvenile. I expect after shooting that one off Rancid Pubus will them stick his hands up to his ears, stick out his tongue and chant: “na–neh-neh-naah, naaaaah!! nanny, nanny boo-booo.”

  58. 259 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Off to work but I think you will all appreciate this link. I will post it for all of you to enjoy (Jovie)

  59. 260 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm


    The limits of transactional politics

    By Steve Benen


    Romney makes frequent references to the “issues that matter,” but what he tends to overlook is the fact much of the American mainstream is looking for measures that will help their families — with education, with health care, with the threat of foreclosure, etc. — and the GOP candidate has nothing compelling to tell them.

    His is an agenda of austerity, a sharp reduction in public investments, and hostility towards government activism in general. In a transactional sense, Romney has to hope most voters aren’t looking to make a traditional electoral trade, because he doesn’t intend to give them anything.



  60. 261 carolyn
    May 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    “Hype and Blame” when I first read this, I thought the Republicans were describing themselves, and I think any other people will think so. A slogan should condense one’s OWN platform into a few words, not the other party’s. That shows the amateurishness of Romney’s campaign staff. This does not have Rove’s touch. Reince whatever is not smart, and his committee is not smart. All the Republicans do is hype and blame, and I know others will read it the same way.

    • 262 Ladyhawke
      May 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Carolyn, I was thinking the exact same thing. The slogan really applies to the Republican Party. We are going full speed down the rabbit hole with these clowns.

    • May 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Who here can provide the visual of the actual bumper sticker? It looks to me, when voters are people speeding down the highway, more like a PRO-Obama bumper sticker. It’s totally an Obama 2012 sticker with those words: hype and blame. NOWHERE, is there a reference to Robme.
      IMO, lame doesn’t cover it.

  61. 264 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Mitt Romney Commissioned Pro-America Pins, Made Them In China.

    At a fundraiser in Virginia last night, Mitt Romney touted his experinece running the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002 — a familiar refrain — but also introduced a new rhetorical line about something more specific: lapel pins. He told a story about the “We Stand United” American flag pins he commissioned for the games, which took place just months after the terror attacks on 9/11. Romney touted his creation of the pins as a means to explain how he hopes to bring Americans together:

    Complicating Romney’s patriotic message is the fact that the pins were made in China, according to a website run by the Utah state government’s culture department, as TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro pointed out on Twitter.

    Outsourcing has been a latent issue in the campaign, and just yesterday the Obama campaign released an ad hitting Romney for “shipp[ing] American jobs to places like Mexico and China” when he led Bain Capital. Indeed, Bain was outsourcing jobs even while Romney was governor. And his top economic adviser Greg Mankiw (who was recently promoted to chairman of Harvard’s economics department) said that “offshoring” American jobs is a good thing.

    Meanwhile, Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Sun-Times notes that a conference call hosted by the Republican National Committee (RNC) yesterday attacking President Obama for “high unemployment” was hosted by a firm in The Philippines (apparently a subcontractor of Verizon, whom the RNC used).

    • 265 Pamela
      May 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Made in China, at one of his very own sweatshops, right? Big profits to stash away in Switzerland, or Cayman’s… Anywhere but here, right, Myth?

    • 266 lisalovesobama
      May 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      “Mitt Romney Commissioned Pro-America Pins, Made Them In China”
      —–hahhahahahahahhahahahahhaahahhahhahahhahahahaha!!! The first line is enough for me. Can’t stop laughing. I can just imagine it:
      “A Vote For Willard is a Vote for America!!”——- Brought to you by the Sweatshops of China——“Willard/Dumbass 2012”

  62. 267 57andfemale
    May 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Ugh. That we are a divided country and this is our counterpart, astounds me:


  63. May 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday that a logjam in planning for the proposed extension of Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail to Dulles International Airport will be resolved “pretty quickly.”

    LaHood made the comments after meeting with officials from northern Virginia, where the proposed railway will run, and the the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which will operate it.

    Lahood said he a “very good meeting” with the officials, and expressed confidence he could resolve differences that have threatened the construction of the project.

    “What we’ve decided to do is continue to stand behind this project; it’s a very important project,” LaHood said. ” There are a few things that need to be worked out. We’ll probably have a couple more meetings, and then gather together again and find where we stand on things.”


  64. 269 carolyn
    May 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I doubt that Ladyhawke and I are the only two who thought that slogan described the Republican party. It is not a clever take on the Hope and Change slogan, and that’s four years ago. I predict a very short life for that slogan.

  65. 271 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    The DNC asked Unions to chip in for the Convention and they said NO ?

  66. 274 carolyn
    May 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I’m not on twitter, but I hope someone can tweet Reince or the RNC and praise them for their slogan that describes their party so well.

    Re the Unions and the convention……I haven’t read anything about that, but I think the unions are trying to get every cent they can to counteract the Republican pacs in the election. They don’t have the bottomless pockets the Kochs do.

    • 275 Linda
      May 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Barack Obama 2012

      Democrats’ self-imposed ban on corporate donations has made it tough to raise cash for the Democratic National Convention, and their hope that unions would step in to fill the void appears to have hit a snag, the Wall Street Journal reports.

      Wary of their budgets and upset that the convention will be hosted in right-to-work North Carolina, organized labor won’t be giving Democrats the money they’re requesting for the Charlotte festivities, union officials told the paper. Some unions, including UNITE HERE, the large service workers union, will not contribute to the convention at all.

      Of course, donating money to the convention would pull dollars away from other political causes that unions have a stake in. A spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers told the Journal that it has more pressing priorities than Charlotte. “Registration drives, get-out-the-vote drives and leafleting — that’s where we can make our best contribution,” he said.

      Of the $60.5 million Democrats spent on the convention in Denver in 2008, about $8.6 million of it came from unions, according to the paper.


    • 276 57andfemale
      May 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      That’s my impression as well. Especially with Citizens United. I can also understand their issues with the fact that CNC is a right-to-work state.

  67. 277 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    House Republicans Want To Strip LGBT, Immigrant and Native American Protections From Violence Against Women Act

    But despite the Senate’s ultimate passage of the bill — which included the support of 14 Republican senators, including all of the female Republicans — the House is ready to fight these provisions again. Their version of VAWA also removes the protections for marginalized communities. According to Congressional Quarterly, a watered-down bill, of which Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) is the lead sponsor, is likely to pass in the House:

    The House bill also would eliminate Senate language that supporters say would do more to help victims of domestic violence including gays and lesbians, immigrants and American Indians. Adams considers those provisions unnecessary, a spokeswoman said. “The grants are available to all victims, and there is no evidence to conclude that victims are being turned away,” said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe in an email.

    The backing of Smith, of Texas, and California’s McCarthy signals the House measure is on a fast track to passage — and a showdown with the Senate.

    • 278 lisalovesobama
      May 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      wow. when they go over the cliff, they don’t even try to put the brakes on……… this is simply amazing.

  68. May 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Ok, I’m thinking I’m going to hell for this one, and I usually wouldn’t put an ad like this up, but watch…………

    Ok. What did he do exactly? Did he actually find the girl? Why was she missing in New York for three days? Lot of loose ends in this ad, isn’t there?

    • 281 sherijr
      May 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I agree.. lots of questions there.. and in my opinion what a stupid ad. This has nothing to do with his ability to lead/run a country. I am sure that anyone of us has a story similiar to that.. most especially Barack Obama. Call me cynical.. but I think its pretty desperate.

      • 282 COS
        May 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        This is reallllllllly stretching? What am I suppose to discern from this ad?????? PBO coulld go even further if he wanted to with an ad about helping the lady at the airport years ago, if they want to go this route, or make an ad out of sending checks in letters he received from people who needed help. I am happy that Mittens help search for his daughter but ???????

        • 283 jacquelineoboomer
          May 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          I can’t watch the video, but first thing I thought of, reading the comments, was the time the President helped the lady at the airport!

    • 284 0388jojothecat
      May 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      What happened, when his daughter was found and everyone went back to the factory….the factory was closed. The End, another happy fairy tale of Bain Capital and a Nightmare for workers.

    • May 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      I get the feeling they’re leaving something out.

  69. 286 FoxfireTX
    May 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Romney daily demonstrates his lack of fitness for the office of President. He is now using the Chinese situation as of his campaign rhetoric–at a time when SOS Clinton and Geitner are still in the country. His lack of comprehension of the sensitive nature of the negotiations and matters at stake of which I’m sure he is completely unaware are mindboggling. He absolutely has no place to be using this for political purposes at this point in time. Unbelievable.

    Romney made the point that the United States should be proud of the fact that Chen sought protection in a U.S. embassy, but that reports the U.S. may have tried to speed up his exit were disturbing: “If these reports are true, this is a dark day for freedom, and it’s a day of shame for the Obama administration,” Romney said, according to MSNBC and Talking Points Memo.

    • 287 FoxfireTX
      May 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Sorry for a few missing words, this really irritates me. He is utterly shameless.

    • 288 57andfemale
      May 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      For someone who thinks he’s qualified to be POTUS, this is damn near treasonous. You do not diss your government when U.S. officials are in a foreign country, conducting negotiations. And let’s be clear about something outrageously disturbing about this: HE HAS NO FACTS. He has some breathless reporting to go on, without knowing a God damned thing about what actually happened and no interest in finding out. He sees everything as a club. Remember that, swing voters, when you think he’s magically going to do anything thoughtful or sane.

      From the beginning, Mittens scared me more than the others. They were all obviously certifiably crazy but he has cultivated a myth that he’s somehow sane, somehow ‘moderate’. He is without a soul, and wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep over the deep decisions a President has to make every day. He’s a puppet, he’s happy to be so and literally views the world through a vulture capitalist mindset. He is the most dangerous candidate to run for President in our history.

      • 289 COS
        May 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        I totally agree 57. I heard Jennifer Granholm say that, the only thing Mittens is interested in, is becoming president and he is willing to do it at any cost. I agree with her; he is not interested in governing. He just want to be president for the power.

    • 290 Ladyhawke
      May 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      I have a strong urge to take a shower. This man is shameless. I don’t know how a liar and a phony like Mitt Romney would ever be able to deal with foreign leaders on the international stage. There is absolutely nothing presidential about his behavior. This is just disgusting.

  70. 291 lovingandlaughing
    May 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Hmmmmmmm guys, I sm thinking Ms. Chips might be “tided up” with the latest tweeter sensation snark knoller. They have both been missing today.

  71. 292 Liberal Librarian
    May 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    OK, example 132 of why librarianship can sometimes make you do things you’d rather not do.

    One of my regular patrons just called. He’s a decent enough guy, if a bit off. His request was for books that refute Islam that he could show to, I assume, a Muslim. I was seething as I found him the few books we had in the system that met his needs.

    And that’s the thing about being a librarian. We can’t judge. We’re here to provide information, even if it’s to reinforce deep-held bigotry. God, I feel completely dirty.

    • 293 lovingandlaughing
      May 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Oh LL, sorry about that situation. That is downright yucky.

    • 294 4morefor44
      May 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      you shouldn’t feel dirty! that’s why libraries are so great – the non-judgmental part especially. thanks for doing what you!

  72. 295 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Mike Vicara just said on the Martin Bashir that the diplomatic problem in China was FORTUITOUS FOR MITT ROMNEY. WTF? I find that statement unbelievable. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in China trying to resolve the issue and Mitt Romney is slamming the administration? Here’s yet another reason to be thankful that Mitt Romney is no where near the Oval Office. The man is morally bankrupt and not fit to run for the presidency.

    • 296 Linda
      May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Yeah…he kind of blew off the tradition that that kind of talk ends at the shoreline…

      I almost thought he was going to shrug his shoulders and say ” to bad so sad”

    • 297 57andfemale
      May 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Frankly, I understood the comment. I admit I don’t know a whole lot about this, but Chen did make some statements that were uncomplimentary to the U.S. Did he want asylum? Did he want to stay in China? He seems confused himself, but as I said, I have not delved into this deeply to really know what’s going on.

      Romney should have a passing understanding of protocol and keep his opportunistic mouth shut, but PBO is not entitled to anything that past Presidents were entitled to. It’s an absolute disgrace. However, while he’s trying to make a case that PBO is lousy on foreign policy, this incident muddies the waters and he jumped on it.

      However, can you honestly see Mittens and the Bush/Cheney crowd handling this kind of diplomacy at all?

    • 298 snowbird42
      May 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      The incident isnt over and is in no way Obamas fault. I agree WTF

  73. 299 sabreen60
    May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  74. 302 Melanie
    May 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This Chinese dissident is off the chain. He wants to fly out with Hilary now?? I thought he wanted to stay in China and get his Masters. Geez the timing couldn’t be worse…http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-activist-chen-guangcheng-wants-to-fly-out-with-clinton/2012/05/03/gIQApPkNyT_story.html?hpid=z1

  75. 307 carolyn
    May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve made it easy to tweet: Republicans: hype and blame!

    I’ve also written Rachel, Ed, Lawrence and the DNC with the idea to turn that slogan around.

  76. 309 snowbird42
    May 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Apart from Mitts treasonous behavior , I wonder if this Chen guy is some kind of plant to make the US look bad.

  77. 310 Linda
    May 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Democratic Challengers Outraise GOP Incumbents In 20 Competitive House Races

    WASHINGTON — Democratic challengers raised more money than Republican incumbents in 20 competitive House races from California to Virginia during the first three months of the year, and President Barack Obama’s party has the upper-hand in eight other districts where congressmen are retiring.

    The early look at fundraising, laid out in reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, suggests momentum at this point may be on the Democrats’ side as the party tries to wrest control of the House from the GOP.

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