Rise and Shine




Morning everyone. Hope to catch up with you after my little journey today, see you then 😉

394 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

    GM Folks.

  2. 2 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 7:45 am
  3. 3 Cos
    July 7, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Good morning Chips and friends. Chips have wonderful and safe trip.

  4. 4 Linda
    July 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Hello…Good Morning…..

    Mitt Tried to Defund Multiple Sclerosis as Governor + Blind + Vets + Special Olympics


    Of course he had no worries about Miss Ann being diagnosed with MS …they have plenty of money for treatment….

    I know a lot of people don’t like the site I linked to…but it provides citations and links to all it says in this diary.

    • 5 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

      No doubt as well that it was a mammogram that caught Ann Romney’s breast cancer. If her husband has his way, the provision in ObamaCare(s) that requires insurers to cover preventative testing like mammograms would be denied to other women.

    • 6 mtmarilyn
      July 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Everyone needs to read this diary. I really do not like going to DK put this diary is so scary. These people do not want money to go to ordinary people for anything. Everyone on their own.

      • 7 jackiegrumbacher
        July 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

        This is what we have to keep pounding into the head of anyone who says there’s no difference between the candidates. Yes, the difference is literally between life and death. The simple, devastating fact is that more people will die under a Romney presidency. He simply does not care if you get sick, he does not have the slightest concern about saving lives through health screening, or cleaner energy and he would not think twice about sending our troops into an ill-thought-through war if it would please Bibi or his neocon buddies. There is not one single element of American life that would improve with his election. Not one. But there is a great deal that would get considerably worse. This election presents the starkest choice of any I have ever lived through.

      • 8 sabreen60
        July 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

        Good Morning TOD.

        The President has said in just about everyone of his speeches of the last few months that the Republicans vision for America is “everyone on your own”. I hope people are listening. He is not joking or using hyperbole. Republicans/Libertarians believe in Ayn Rand. The selfish bitch who said do for self only. Of course, when she got sick and old she used Social Security and Medicare.

        • 9 Betsy
          July 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

          What is so ironic about their devotion to Ayn Rand is that she was an athiest. They pretend to be so Christian, but there isn’t a Christian among them that would want to do to the American people what is so against what Jesus was all about. They are heartless, cold, uncaring thugs, insulated from reality by their wealth. I hope the wealth does to them, what happened to Midas. Especially Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Rand Paul just to name a few.

    • 10 57andFemale
      July 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

    • July 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

  5. 12 Suzette
    July 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Good morning Chips, Amk and Cos.
    Good morning all.
    Have a great day.

  6. 13 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

  7. 16 cognachas4paws
    July 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Saw the ad that Crossroads GPS is doing where it says all the President is offering is excuses for the economy like the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Japan, and Europe. Here’s the actual quote from the President:

    “We’ve weathered the Arab Springs effect on oil and gas prices. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami’s effect on supply chains. The
    extraordinary economic uncertainty in Europe and recently markets around the globe have taken a bumpy ride,” Obama said this morning. “My concern right now, my singular focus is the American people. Getting the unemployed back on the job, lifting their wages, Rebuilding that
    sense of security the middle-class has felt slipping away for years.”

    Wanted to point it out for people since this thing is going to blanket the 9 battleground states and it’s already on many Fright Wing websites. They are, of course, taking his words out of context – acknowledging world events is not the same as blaming but I don’t expect the media to point this out. (Apologies if it has been posted elsewhere.)

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/08/05/obama_blames_arab_springs_and_tsunami_in_ japan_for_lack_of_jobs_ and_economic_growth.html

    • July 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

      That is why the President has made this part of his stump speech, the scary voices and blaming Him fir everything. That blunts the ads effectiveness.

    • 18 theo67
      July 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Anyone who opens their eyes can see that this country has been captained through a very severe set of circumstances that have left the rest of the world reeling, while the majority of people in the United States are still going for dinner on the weekends, still filling the malls on shopping sprees, still planning elaborate summer vacations, still harboring hopes for college and better jobs, and still hoping, generally. People who allow themselves to be hoodwinked by lies from Crossroads GPS, instead of opening their eyes and looking at what is right in front of them, seem to be willfully ignorant. If Crossroads GPS thinks the President is offering excuses for major world events that have taken place in front of every person’s eyes, then why don’t they tell us what those excuses are, and then offer us evidence? Why lie and make stuff up? The GOP haven’t offered a single policy that would give us the alternate action they would have taken, if they had won the election like President Obama did. They have had the House for two years, and what we’ve seen is a decline in the progress the country was making, and more unrest and uncertainty in the world, out of fear that the GOP want to start more wars. If the truth is as scary as they try to make us believe, then why would they need to lie? Give us the evidence – the facts. They don’t have any facts to corroborate their stories. We have facts. Period.

      • 19 amk for obama
        July 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Well said, theo.

      • 20 cognachas4paws
        July 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

        Of course, they have to lie and distort – it’s all they have. They’re getting very desperate.

      • 21 jackiegrumbacher
        July 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

        Good, Theo. They can’t present facts, cause they don’t have them. I predict that these scaremongering ads are going to become like white noise. People will automatically tune them out or switch them off when they start. Hearing doom and gloom all the time does not motivate people to vote. The only one with a positive outlook and real solutions is the president.

      • 22 isonprize
        July 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        Fact? Fact? Re-thugs don’t need no stinkin’ facts. They got Rushbo and Hannime for that.

  8. 24 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Serena & Venus in Wimbledon finals

    • 25 utaustinliberal
      July 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Super excited. Especially for Serena in her solo match! They’ve both been through so much so it’ll be nice to see them come out as winners.

  9. 26 Linda
    July 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Did anyone see Ed Rendell on Hardball last night……..??


    I think he is working for Romney……I could not believe it…All he did was give advise to the Romney campaign….Romney should do this….Romney needs to do that……over and over and over……..He even interrupted Steve Moore from the WSJ to give Romney more advise.

    I just sent MSNBC an e-mail about it …..

    • 27 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

      I didn’t see him on the show yesterday but I have seen others where he’s done the same thing. He really needs to stop doing that.

    • 28 Nena20409
      July 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Ed Rendell is all over the map. During Romney’s so called Bus trip, Mr. Rendell was in PA, with about 200 people “bracketing” Romney. He gives advise that Romney and his group follows, and it yields Nada for them. I cringe at the things Mr. Rendell says, but it is what he does, actually does that counts in my book.

      • 29 theo67
        July 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

        He gives advice to Romney’s camp, and then in the next breath says that he wants to run Hillary’s fantasy 2016 campaign for President. He’s a loser all around.

    • July 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Michael Smerconish was all about Robney, all last week Hardball was FOXball!

      • 31 anniebella
        July 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

        Jovie I didn’t watch Hardball with that guy co-hosting last week. So no I didn’t see Ed Rendell. As a matter of fact I didn’t watch any of that cable crap yesterday.

        • 32 anniebella
          July 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

          I have realized that in order to keep my sanity I have to back away from all that cable news crap. Republican lying. Wondering who’s side some Democrats are on some times. And just plain tired of the MSM and those two bit pundits treating these things like it’s a sports game they are calling. No game, this is about real people lives and the media ought to be pushing and seeking the truth. Not upholding lies. And it suppose to be fair and balance, when they hit the President side about jobs numbers, well hit the Republicans also. Obama wasn’t running this thing by his self, remember the House, and the Senate with it’s crazy filibuster rules.

    • 33 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Hi everyone

      I don’t understand these PUMAS……after almost 4 years….

      It is the same party, she is SOS…..

      They can’t get on board for some reason….I have NO doubt that if Hillary was President, he would be praising her any chance he would get.

      So what is it about the President they don’t like?…..mmmm you have to wonder at some point.

      • 34 Bill
        July 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

        I think it must be they don’t have access to PBO. People such as Rendell feel they are important and wise yet PBO is not asking them for advice. Former Governor Doug Wilder (D-VA) is another one.

        • 36 Lovepolitics2008
          July 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

          Bingo. They are not in the circle of power. And they are persuaded they would have done a better job than the Obama team. Whenever there is a crisis, here they are in public throwing bombs at President Obama, barely hiding their disdain. Rendell, Carville ( the oil spill), even Bill Clinton with his 14th amendment nonsense during the debt ceiling.

          Make no mistake, the main factor in Barack Obama’s difficulty with his party in the last three and a half years has been the acrimony of the Clintonites, who have never accepted that Barack Obama beat them, and who never miss a chance to express how they would do things differently. And if we see certain things in public, just imagine what’s being said behind the scenes.

          To be fair, when Bill Clinton agrees with President Obama, he says so and even praises him.

          • 37 theo67
            July 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

            Bill Clinton was President once. He had the Republican destruction machine pointed right at him. He should know better. If he has a problem with the President, or wants to offer him advice – then he should pick up the phone and call him. We all know that he would get straight through to the President, and would be given a listening ear. He knows how hard it is to be President – and even George Bush has done a better job of staying out of the way than Bill Clinton. When he goes on camera, or rights a book touting how he would do things differently, or even goes so far as to be filmed on camera giving comfort to Paul Ryan about his disastrous budget and badmouthing Democrats at the same time – then one has to question his motives, and which comes first for Bill Clinton: love of country or love of self.

            I look at Governor O’Malley, who fights for Democrats, fights for the President and fights for good policy and for the good of this country. He never seems to be touting himself at all. But his strong advocacy for Democratic policies and the Democratic President – the leader of the party, by the way, makes O’Malley look better and better.

            • 38 theo67
              July 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

              “writes” – not right… eeesh 😳

            • 39 FiredUpInCA
              July 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

              Well said theo67.

            • 40 Puddin'
              July 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

              I agree with you 100%. I can’t forgive Bill Clinton like some folks have…I question everything he says, now. I really like Governer O’Malley, I think your assessment of him is spot on.

            • July 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

              I’ve come to despise Clinton. He’s a self-serving, arrogant jerk who cares more about his legacy than the future of this country. The way he speaks out against our Democratic sitting president is unpatriotic and offensive.

            • 43 Chi
              July 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

              Absolutely spot on Theo…

              I am one who absolutely disdains the Clintons and their cronies and will never forgive them for undermining and sabotaging President Obama at every turn…

              The hostility, sabotage and obstruction from the Republicans though unprecedented, was not entirely unexpected or terribly shocking…

              The same from a former Democratic president, his wife and their high profile clique of supposed Democrats however, have been nothing short of stunning…

              I will never forget…

        • 44 nathkatun7
          July 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          You nailed it, Bill.

    • 45 cluny
      July 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Hi Linda, I’m glad you mention this because I saw it and was stunned. It was … unbelievable. I couldn’t believe, also, the blatant way the WSJ guy was acting like a Romney campaign strategist. The whole segment was like a strategy session. I’m glad you sent MSNBC a word about it – thank you. Ed Rendell is like so many big ego guys who can barely tolerate PBO. I think it’s because PBO is totally alpha – you know – it makes them crazy and they really haven’t gotten over being beaten in 2008. I hate people who don’t know how to lose … pathetic.

      • 46 arapaho415
        July 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm


        Agree, I was stunned, could not believe that a Dem former governor was speaking this way, especially since R-money is PBO’s opponent. CW pundits sagely ask, “Why don’t Americans view R-money and the Kennedys the same way (both wealthy families).

        The difference is that JFK famously said “A rising tide lifts all boats,” while R-money subscribes to the belief that the rising tide will drown everyone except the 1%.

        The MSM refuses to pursue reinstating Glass-Steagall that kept banks separate from the investment crapshoot casinos side of business. The Financial Times this an OpEd on Wednesday:

        Rubicon moment….FT calls for total “Glass-Steagall-style” separation of retail from investment banking: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/498248

        My reply:
        Arapaho415 @arapaho415 03 Jul
        @EdwardGLuce This makes so much sense to me, but MSM such as @LukeRussert dismiss notion that Glass-Steagall can be reinstated by Congress.

        Luke Russert’s response (he deleted this response)
        Has nothing to do w being MSM @arapaho415 it’s about counting votes, find 218 in the House & 60 in Sen for Glass-Steagall. You can’t.
        12:16 PM – 03 Jul 12 via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    • 47 57andFemale
      July 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

      He was particularly horrible.

    • July 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Time to stop calling him a Democrat then. That’s what Ed Rendell seems to want. If he’s giving advice to Romney like he’s some independent strategy consultant then we should treat him as such.

    • 49 Debz
      July 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

      I saw that and couldn’t believe what he was saying. These are the same people constantly telling us what PBO is supposed to do to get this or that group of voters, yet Romney doesn’t have to do anything but wait until the fall? No one is paying attention in the summer to Romney but they are all paying attention to the President. What hog wash! I have never before seen a candidate for President decide to take a whole month off from campaigning (vacation, Olympics) and think he will be elected. POTUS is the incumbent, he starts out with the advantage, everyone knows him. Contrary to what Rendell thinks, no one knows Romney. He doesn’t even get many people to come to his speeches. He is not going to be elected just because he is white. He needs to work for it.

  10. 50 carolyn
    July 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I doubt the Republicans listed to Rendell. In fact, does anyone really listen to him?

    • 51 Nena20409
      July 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Yes TBGOPers do listen to Ed Rendell.

      Because of the rightwingers 24/7 echo chamber and the national lazy Stream media, the right really believe that if they win the cable cycle, then their messages are getting through. That is why they behave as they do. The media were with TBGOPers screaming and trashing the Obama camp on Bain. Well, Bain ads are working. Remember, Rendell said not to. Cory Booker, Harold Fords, Bill Clinton, and the Obama team ignored them, pressed on. The rightwingers were spouting and name dropping the Dems that were against, yet the Bain ads were running in swing states. So were these guys “bracketing”? We will find out in Nov, after OUR victory, won’t we?

    • 53 57andFemale
      July 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

      It’s not about that. It’s about the precious little time progressive media gets and when it’s filled with ‘Democrats’ like Ed Rendell we get less airtime to get out a decent message.

  11. 54 forus50
    July 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    The “Betting on America” campaign theme is BRILLIANT. Lol, in your face Romney – your embarrassing betting $10,000 with another 1%er. Plus it’s an absolutely true statement of what the President HAS done. And it seems more in tune with the middle class and blue collar worker than “Forward” which I know they are keeping but I like the “Betting on America” to make “Forward” more real. Love it.

  12. 56 Pamela
    July 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’m here too…. {{{{{{{TOD}}}}}}

  13. 57 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

    So Chips, did you parachute / sky dive out of that lil’ plane ?

    • 58 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

      So are you in charge today amk? lol…..

    • July 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

      I’m picturing the lil’ ol’ plane hovering over the sea and chips in life preserver jumps out and paddles the last 100 yds. to shore.
      We could play “Where in the world is chippy chips?”

  14. 60 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

    But he is already making that point, isn’t he ?

    • July 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Of course, but before the President makes that an issue, Robney says the President has no jobs plan.
      Rove Politics!

      • 62 Pamela
        July 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

        I think Myth’s job plan is referred to as ‘outsourcing’, or if you prefer, ‘offshoring’, all adds up to the same thing, disaster for the USA!

    • July 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Tomasky was the one screaming with his hair-on-fire that PBO has lost his message and had a “terrible” weak just because PBO correctly and appropriately said that the private sector was doing fine. Tomasky is nothing but nother self-appointed know-it-all.

      • July 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

        They all are, but the Pundits are afraid of Robney.
        They all pile on the President, with little or no context.
        Which is why the Cable ratings, are half of what they were in 08!

        • 65 jackiegrumbacher
          July 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

          They are afraid of their GOP corporate masters. The cable shows have a death wish. They would rather pursue their own corporate driven ideology than grow their audience. So let them go down. I never watch them and I think a lot of people have made that same decision. I have a friend who used to watch regularly. Then she decided to switch to books on tape and has had less anxiety and few headaches ever since.

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      July 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

      The president couldn’t be clearer on his job plan. He started speaking about it at the State of the Union and he’s been talking about it ever since. His American Jobs Act is sitting in Congress. Where’s the Repub plan? He speaks of it constantly as do his real surrogates, not the Repub-lites, like Rendell. If someone with a column starts saying what the president should do, they are simply being lazy. They have their own little megaphones, so they can just as well use them to talk about the jobs plan. The plan is there for all to see. They can start talking about it rather than yammering about the president should do. He’s already doing it! Open your eyes and your ears!

    • July 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Josh from TPM tweeted yesterday that ‘pundits are telling Obama to do what Obama is already doing.’ – Funny.
      The president has ads out debunking Mitt’s claim that he knows how to create jobs and they have the Romney Economics ad (or videos) showing Mitt’s plans to create jobs by cutting public sector jobs.

  15. July 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Voters already know the President, on the other Hand, Robney is an empty slate with a lit of baggage.
    These ads running against the President will be not as effective, as the ones running against the President, in retrospect, that is another reason incumbents are tough to beat.
    Also, Robney is so pessimistic, everything sucks, but then He says he Loves America and starts singing.

    • 70 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Doom and gloom…that’s all they’re selling……..lies lies and more lies.

    • July 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

      The ones running against the president not as effective as the ones running against Robney!

    • 72 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I think they count on the American people being too stupid to recognize that it is the GOP in Congress that are preventing progress. There are some that will believe it’s all the President’s fault no matter how much truth you put in front of him, but I think a lot more know where the true fault lies.

    • July 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

      That’s why I like that after President Obama acknowledges a still tough reality, he presents an optimistic future, “betting on America”. That’s the winning strategy. That’s the message the people believe and want to hear.

      • July 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

        They finally found a good slogan.

        • 75 cluny
          July 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

          And what’s delicious is the way it one ups the Romney slogan ‘believe in America’. ‘Betting on America’ is so much better – especially as they can make the case that Romney ‘bet’ against the US $ by stuffing his cash in Swiss bank accounts. You can see all the threads coming together and if the media do their jobs a little better Romney is gonna get his butt kicked. Just need to get those PBO voters turned out – especially young voters – with all this voter suppression going on.

    • 76 57andFemale
      July 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

      That’s why it’s so important to donate to PBO NOW. We can’t let Mitt define us — we have to define him. We can’t wait to do that. We have to do that now. Donate what you can.

      I’ll do another round of small donations this weekend to our TOD fundraisers. There is nothing more vital to our nation than donating to PBO now.

      • 77 JUdith Fardig
        July 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Thank you 57andFemale! Donating and registering voters are both crucial. We are going to need a fail-safe way to make sure the Republicans don’t hack the vote with those Diebold machines. If the turnout for Obama is monumental, it will be much harder for them to cheat.

        • 78 jackiegrumbacher
          July 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

          Donating, registering and getting out the vote. Our county registration people are very concerned about the extra long lines and waiting time that the new voter IDs will create. Our job is not to only get people out to vote, but to encourage them to stay in line no matter how long and uncomfortable. Do everything you can to flush people out election day and then provide as much comfort as you can to those line, i.e. water, chairs for the elderly, lollipops for kids, etc. This is especially crucial in states without early voting where all the lines converge on one day.

  16. 79 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Good morning!!! Hope Chips made it to her destination safe and sound! This should be a Tweet:0 The reason no one can ever trust Mitt!


  17. 80 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Williams 2-0 Radwanska

    From BBC Sport’s Mike Henson: “Another pearler of a stat from the WTA: Serena has won 190 of the 194 Grand Slam matches in which she has won the first set.”

  18. 81 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Serena up 3-0.

    Lotsa bellyaching on bbc on how she is finishing it too fast. lol.

  19. July 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    The GOP waste their weekly address on hyperbole and Propaganda, in order to garner donations from the powers that be(it’s all about donations).
    Their weekly address says, the healthcare law is bad for Business.
    They even keep calling the Law a Bill…

  20. 85 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    • 86 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

      That hateful jerk makes me sick to my stomach…….I watched his interview on CNN, on mediaite, where he repeated the name of the interviewer 92 times, there’s something really wrong with that guy…….

      • 87 Nena20409
        July 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

        After his defeat in Nov, Joe deadbeat Walsh will be hired for a radio job or as a Fox, CNN, CNBC, FBN, etc Cable contributor.

  21. 88 vcprezofan2
    July 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Good Saturday Morning, TODobots!

    Another day, another $1…… or for some another $million?? Enjoy every moment nontheless, money isn’t everything! 😉

  22. July 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Gosh, ya think?

  23. 96 carolyn
    July 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

    They’re just now figuring this out????

    • 97 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Such brainiacs! Took them nearly 4 YEARS to figure this out? Seriously…they are so stupid they can’t get out of their own way.

      • 98 ChristiMTL
        July 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

        This is why the lying heartless jerks in Congress get away with it…They just have to say it’s a job bill and voila….no question asked, nothing…..moving on

        ”With the economy and jobs remaining voters’ top priority, almost every bill in Congress is now declared a “jobs” bill.”

        ”Barely a week goes by without House Speaker John A. Boehner reaching into his suit-jacket pocket to pull out a long maroon card printed with the 15 “jobs” bills that passed the Republican-led House but stalled in the Senate. On Thursday, the Ohio Republican said his party is “relentlessly focused” on its jobs agenda.”

        This was on TOD yesterday and it’s priceless…I read the whole thing and was even more disgusted that I was about them.

        The following is a chronological list of legislation by the GOP beginning 2-10-2011


  24. 99 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Serena wins first set 6-1.

  25. 100 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Serena Williams 6-1. Wins first set at Wimbledon’s women’s final. Woohooo!

    • July 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

      It’s getting to the point that when She plays, it’s boring! Everybody knows She will win. She is that good.
      Now, the British Open is coming up in a few. That should be interesting!

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

        GM Jovie. Careful there…..are you saying repeated victory is boring? 😉

        • July 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

          I just want to think their is a possibility of her losing. Makes it mire exciting when She wins!
          Tiger is playing in the British Open, he is starring to get his shut together.
          Should be cool!

          • 104 vcprezofan2
            July 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

            I find this funny, J. You do realize that you are expressing the very desire that we get upset at the MSM for perpetuating? 😆 😆

            • July 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

              I am a sports fan! It is what I like.
              Now, tiger did not make the cut this weekend after winning last week.
              It is just my opinion.

              • 106 vcprezofan2
                July 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

                Don’t I know you are a sports fan! 😉 And I am not quarreling with your opinions. I just tease you sometimes to try and get you to smile. 😆

            • July 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

              With an opinion, nobody is right or wrong, and they are like assholes, everybody has one!

              • 108 vcprezofan2
                July 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

                Jovie 😯 😯 They don’t always work as well though. /Okay. Don’t believe I said that. Time to go get ready for my colleague’s funeral.

      • 109 utaustinliberal
        July 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

        No it’s not boring. She lost the Open and other matches. And has had a very trying year what with the partial damage to her lungs and surgeries. Where have you been? This is an exciting match because it’s her comeback. Everyone is on tenterhooks.

  26. 111 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

  27. 112 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    • 113 veryslowwriter
      July 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

      This is SO great. A terrific way to involve students. I continue to be impressed by the political savvy of PBO and his campaign. They stay on message, address issues of importance to all segments of the 99%, and show the true character, warmth, and intelligence of the President. Romneybot and his fellow bots continue to flail around, looking more gormless by the moment.

      I mean — would you want Willard going to these G8 and G20 conferences? Meeting world leaders? Scary.

    • 118 Cha
      July 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Don’t Double My Rate, Dude! Now if those who need food stamps could get to the sadistic congress this way with.. “Don’t Cut My Food Stamps Just Because I Have A Car!”

  28. 119 collegekay
    July 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Goooo Serena!

  29. 120 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    brit humor

    From a gutted Sim in London, via text on 81111: “Had a 20 quid bet on 50-1 on serena to win the first set 6-0. And they think Radwanska had a disappointing set!”

  30. July 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

  31. July 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

  32. July 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

    President Obama will be in Cedar Rapids, Ia. Tues. and in Va. Fri. and Sat.

  33. July 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

  34. July 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Great new ad. Please help circulate!!

  35. 135 Vicki
    July 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Harvey Weinstein—filmaker and Obama bundler was on with Rachel and said something interesting about why some big Democratic money was sitting on the sidelines this year: His thesis is that if or when the BO presidency seems threatened these rich folks will jump in. Why they haven’t done so yet was explained through the tale of 2 of his films—The King’s Speech(PBO) and My Idiot Brother(Mitt) which he released at the same time and with the same budget.
    The results, $$$$$$$+Oscars for Kings Speech and nothing much for My Idiot Brother was because of the quality of the product. Results wouldn’t change much no matter how much money was thrown at the 2 movies because the results were determined by the movies themselves.
    Rachel asked in a follow-up why these same donors would not now re-direct their efforts towards Senate and House races where a victory for us means so much.
    If Mr. Weinstein had a good answer for this I missed it.
    Bottom line: What he said about the President’s almost certain win lifted me up a bit. Does it do anything for anyone else?

    • 136 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I watched the interview about 5 times…I love this guy, he’s a true supporter, he didn’t say, well I am disappointed in this or that but I support him kind of BS that we hear often…..


    • 138 theo67
      July 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

      That follow up question is a good one. If the President wins, but has four more years of obstruction and hate-filled posturing from the GOP – then what will be the state of the country after that?There will be progress, for sure, just as there has been progress in these three years. But, the rest of the world will be making more progress. And a generation of kids will be undermined because of GOP obstruction. If people in this country want to get back into the game, and start competing again, then Congress needs to be filled with serious people. Not the likes of Alan Grayson, who love the publicity a little too much; or Bernie Sanders, who has purity issues and little to show for it. It’s not enough for the President to win. It would be horrible to subject him to another four years like the last two have been. And it’s not enough to send the same cowardly Democrats to Congress, and let them sit around wringing their hands, instead of working. We need the set from the 111th Congress, and a little more backbone.

      • 139 Melanie
        July 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

        I’ve been thinking about this too. If PBO wins but has the same Congressional obstruction, can we make any progress? The answer is yes but only if we demand it. It would require us to take to the streets in an Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring, Civil Rights movement type of way. What this country lacks is sustained indignation and the realization that yes change does take time. Many of us are in such a 24/7 news cycle distracted environment that we fail to stay on something until it really changes. It happens sometimes but not often enough.

        • 140 theo67
          July 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

          The problem is that if people can’t even pick up their phones to call their Senators and Congressmen/women, and if they don’t come out to vote in 2012, then how would we get those numbers of people into the streets to march for their futures? There were millions in the streets over the Iraq war, and it doesn’t seem to have been very impactful. I think the only important street action right now is getting people out to vote – if we can’t do that, then marching in the streets will just disappear into the ether.

          • 141 Melanie
            July 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

            Theo I agree 1st priority must be to get people to vote. In terms of getting people into the streets, tweeting, calling etc. their elected leaders there must be a sense of individual ownership of this country. The Tea Party people took the healthcare debate very personally, got organized and into the streets. Now some/many of the grievances may have been ill-informed but they got out there and have been affecting our political system for 2 years now. No it is not an easy task at all to move people but this has to be the path toward progress.

            • 142 jackiegrumbacher
              July 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

              The tea party was not a spontaneous outpouring of anything. They were created right after the president was elected and PAID for by the Noquist/Koch cabal. Their “organization” was directed from above. When they tried being “authentic” they actually came off as ugly racists and started turning people off. Genuine, spontaneous outpouring is rare in this country, but we can be pretty good at putting on congressional heat if we think the cause matters. I think we will have a better chance in the next congress because there will be few Republicans.

            • 144 Left-Indie
              July 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

              Loved what he said in support of the Prez but heard complacency in it. I do believe Obama will get back in even with all the arrows thrown his way. But I do worry about Nancy not having that govel back, or senator turtle-head in charge. If they keep the house and the Prez is re-elected, I predict all they will be working on his impeachment.

      • 145 ChristiMTL
        July 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

        I know that Alan Grayson criticized the President on occasions, I didn’t see it often, his attacks were mainly towards the GOP….

        …but compare to Bernie Sanders, it was nothing….omg, he was very very unfair to the President, bashing him left right and sideways on every interviews…… his utopic socialist country is not realistic, He is in the Senate, he should know better.

        • 146 theo67
          July 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

          My problem with both of these men, and those like them, is that they love to criticize or be sensational, but have very little to show for it. I’m generally not a fan of Democrats criticizing this President, who has a very open door and seems to take constructive criticism to heart. But my bigger problem is those who act like they’ve got a track record to be proud of – when they haven’t convinced their party to sponsor any of their bills or enact any of these fantasy proposals. They both belong to Congress – before they tell the President how to do his job, they should try to do their own jobs and convince their own colleagues to support the measures they think the President should be supporting. Work WITH the President, not against him. They seem to enjoy being in the public eye even more than they enjoy actually accomplishing things for the people whom they’re supposed to serve.

          • 147 ChristiMTL
            July 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

            x1000…..yes theo! I agree completly

          • 148 vcprezofan2
            July 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

            Melanie and Theo, I so agree with you. PBO needs to have supportive Dem senators! I see guys like the ones Theo mentions as really just being players, as in game players, and actors, some more caught up in their role than others. Unfortunately for us there are very few politicians that I see who are selflessly committed to the public good in the manner of the current CIC. I’d like to think that IF PBO does not get meaningful change in the House and Senate, and the obstruction rears its head in 2012, the American people, encouraged by the President a la Don’tdoublemyrate level , will indeed call/tweet/facebook/ their displeasure and stop them in their tracks. Don’t forget that PBO will have the scope to speak more forcefully. I can’t imagine him allowing them to rain heavily on his 2nd and final term with the plans he obviously have in mind. He is too purposeful and strong a leader for that!

          • 150 FiredUpInCA
            July 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

            I agree theo67. You said it much better than I could.

            • July 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

              “I can’t imagine him allowing them to rain heavily on his 2nd and final term with the plans he obviously have in mind. He is too purposeful and strong a leader for that!”

              You said it all, VC. Thank you. HZ

          • 152 Chi
            July 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

            Absolutely spot on Theo…

      • 153 Nena20409
        July 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

        Alan Grayson is a fine Human being. The Liberals and Progressives, all spectrum of lefties need Alan Grayson and Bernie Sanders. Why, balance and heart. When all is in unison, Rightwingers happened. The late 1960s and early 1970-1980s happened. The need is how to make unwilling Rethugs pay for their actions and How to make USA work, regardless of their obstructionism.. That means that Dems are going to have to Stand their Grounds politically, always and not bend for the crazies on the right. This president has done that since Aug 2011. What has happened, it has made the right more crazy, and Only Billionaires are their comfort food. Their Obesity is Defeat in November. They will be shocked that with all their Sugar Candies, oops, daddies, they still failed….The skinny Black Kid with the funny names Kicked their sorry azzes again.

        • 154 theo67
          July 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

          I have no quarrel with Alan Grayson as a human being. He may be a fine human being. But, as a member of Congress, please point to something he actually accomplished for the American people. If he wants to spend his time on TV making a name for himself, he should become a talk show host. If he wants to be in Congress (and that goes for all of them), then he needs to work to accomplish stuff for the American people. Standing your ground is great, when the only thing at stake are your principles. But if all you do is stand your ground, while another generation of kids goes without a decent education, or infrastructure continues to crumble, or more wars are waged, or scientific research goes unfunded, then you become part of the problem. Progress is progress, no matter how incremental.

          • 155 Nena20409
            July 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

            Alan Grayson, singled handily defined the ACA debate for what the TBGOPers are. More support should have been shown to expose the rethugs. It turned out his renouncement of the rethugs’ health care mantra was 1001% correct. Alan Grayson is good at that. He also knows that messaging is important. We are not well schooled there, yet.

          • 156 cluny
            July 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

            When the debate over health care took a bad turn Alan Grayson switched the conversation when he gave the now infamous ‘ Republicans health care plan = die quickly’. It came at a crucial time and gave the Dems some much needed fight. He’s a good guy – genuinely interested in health care and very smart. He didn’t bash PBO relentlessly. He deserves a lot of credit for what he did on the House floor and it actually helped the President. He’s not PBO style but not that many people are.

      • 157 jackiegrumbacher
        July 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

        Theo, I agree, but here’s what keeps me hopeful. Democrats show up in presidential election years and they slack off in mid-terms. That’s the nature of the beast we’ve been fighting for decades. All the work we put in for a high Dem turnout this year will result in losses for some of the newly elected teabaggers. They are not popular and have not done a single thing about bringing jobs back to communities. I firmly believe that the president will have long coattails and that will make a difference in many races. In the worst case scenario–if we don’t win the House back completely–we will dramatically lessen the number of R’s in the house and make it harder for them to pass their nonsense without Democratic votes. In the meantime, we work hard on the ground level to get out as many voters as possible and encourage straight D voting on election day.

    • 159 prettyfoot58
      July 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      no…. his explanation does not hold water to me….like i said…i bet if Hillary was running for re-election these big money donors would have no trouble donating….

      • 160 Chi
        July 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        So true…

        I remain unimpressed with the half- hearted support from some of these high profile self-described Democrats…

        They all seem to be afraid to incur the wrath of the Clintons by openly and enthusiastically supporting President Obama…

        It is as if an embrace of President Obama is instantly a ‘betrayal’ of the Clintons…

        Shameful and sad…

    • 162 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

      This goes hand in hand with the ad that amk and meta posted above….understand that Mitt STILL GETS PAID FROM BAIN….even though he no longer “works” for the company….

      • 163 amk for obama
        July 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Talk about sweet-heart deals.

        • 164 desertflower
          July 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

          Yes…Mitt’s a TAKER, never a GIVER. All about the money for him, not about helping others or doing what’s right….post below…Bain investing in Europe….money in HIS pockets, but no jobs for America. Rat bastard

  36. July 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Clinton in Kabul, just had a Press conference. I notice, the President has taken Afghanistan off the table, ending the War will do that!

  37. 170 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Serena up 3-1 in second set.

    • 172 susanne
      July 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      nice article. the reporter tries to get some snark in there, but the overwhelmingly positive human story just can’t be turned negative. i also liked that a child mentioned the ‘call me maybe’ video of pbo clips to a reporter, and the reporter didn’t know about it. the kids says, just go to youtube and type it in. to me that indicates folks are more in touch with the actual campaign and with the president than reporters are. which shows the back door work we do is effective. here’s a random kid educating a national reporter! love it!

  38. 173 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    The poll asked the Latino voters if they would be more likely to vote for a hypothetical candidate who espoused a tough or supportive stance on immigration. Fully 80 percent of Florida Latinos said they would be more likely to back a candidate with a supportive immigration stance, while 46 percent said they would be less likely to support a candidate with a tough stance. Just 4 percent said they would be less likely to back a candidate with a liberal immigration policy stance.

  39. 174 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 10:37 am


    Iran plans to sell oil via private group, evade ban

    Iran has reached agreements with European refiners to sell some of its oil through a private consortium, an official said on Saturday, a move designed to circumvent sanctions intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt its disputed nuclear program.

    The head of the oil products exporters’ union said the agreement between the exporters’ union, Iran’s central bank, and the oil ministry would get round a European Union ban on shipping insurance for tankers carrying Iranian oil, though he gave few details and did not name the refiners involved.

    Who are these traitors that would ease these sanctions for Iran ??

  40. July 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

    This is very, very powerful:

    • 177 carla4obama
      July 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

      WOW..very powerful visuals!

      • 178 0388jojothecat
        July 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        The only way we will get gun legislation is when a non-minority child is killed by another non-minority and the majority of the public wants it. The life of a minority child or adult is not important in this country. July 4th an AA little girl was killed by gangs and the news personality HAD to mention the two men were wearing “hoodies”.

  41. 179 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    serena 4-3 in second set. radwanska fighting back.


    From Anukram Adhikary on Twitter: “So much looking forward to #Serena serving her 100th ace of the tournament!”

  42. July 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hello my Obama/Biden/Progressive Dem Congress/2012 peeps. (smile) Did anyone see “Politics Nation” last night? Rev. Al showed a 2006 tape of Romney whining about how HE “inherited” a large debt and that he “needed more time” to fix it during his tenure as Govenor of Mass. when he was under criticism for “not fixing the state’s economy fast enough”. Sound familiar?(except for the whining part… because PBO NEVER whines… REAL men don’t) Well, we all know how giving HIM more time turned out for Massachusetts… they experienced the slowest job growth in their recorded history and record debt.

    That tape defines the absolute hypocracy within the GOP… again. Someone has to find that clip and post it before the debates. It has to go viral. Because we know Romney is going attack PBO on the economy; although he’ll be bringing a knife to a gun fight symbollically speaking. The GOP minions will follow his lead… like mice followed the pied piper of Hamelin.

  43. 181 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Friggin fantastic ad!

  44. July 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

    KABUL — During a brief, unannounced stop here Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that Afghanistan has been officially designated a “major non-NATO ally,” a status that does not entail any security commitments but which will make it easier for Afghanistan to secure financing for defense equipment, facilitate military training, and other benefits for its security forces as U.S. and NATO forces prepare to withdraw from the country.

    “We see this as a powerful symbol of our commitment to Afghanistan’s future…” Clinton said after meeting with President Hamid Karzai, with whom she has had a relatively close rapport even as he has clashed with U.S. commanders and ambassadors. “This is the kind of relationship we think will be especially beneficial as we do the transition and as we plan for the post-2014 presence.”

    The designation was first announced in May but is now being fully implemented. Other countries in this category include Pakistan, Japan, South Korea and Israel.


  45. 184 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

  46. 185 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    radwanska now leads 5-4 in 2nd set. Come on serena.

  47. 186 eclectic11
    July 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    oops, make that “… hypocrisy”. I always spell that wrong the 1st time while typing my thoughts “quickly” (smile)

  48. 187 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    More destruction from Bain..http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article924536.ece

    WASHINGTON – The workers at the Williamhouse envelope plant in the Town of Holland most likely never heard Mitt Romney’s name. They just knew that an out-of-town owner bought the company and, within a few years, their jobs were shipped to Pennsylvania.

    “The company was doing just fine,” said Carolyn Gibbon, of West Seneca, who, with her husband, Thomas, worked at Niagara Envelope for 10 years that she now calls wasted. “Then, the following summer, we were being shut down.”

    Some 185 workers lost their jobs in that 1999 closing of a venerable local company previously known as Niagara Envelope. That happened two years after the company’s new owner, American Pad and Paper, or “Ampad,” closed the local firm’s downtown Buffalo headquarters as well as the main office of a sister company in New York, eliminating 250 jobs.

    To critics of Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president who will be in Buffalo on Friday for a fundraiser, all this matters in the context of the current campaign.

    That’s because Bain Capital, the private equity firm then headed by Romney, bought Ampad in 1992 and put it on an aggressive path of borrowing to buy other paper companies. While Bain and its investors made more than $100 million off Ampad, the company plunged deeply into debt and ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2000.

    Told of the role Romney’s company played in connection to Ampad, Gibbon said: “It really makes me dislike him more than I already did.”

    Romney, however, has long disavowed responsibility for problems at the companies Bain invested in.

    “I’m proud to take responsibility for my own record as a manager,” Romney told Bloomberg News in February. “I can’t possibly take the blame for all 200 companies in Bain’s portfolio, any more than I am going to take credit or blame for all the investments in my 401(k).”

  49. 190 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Ok….Serena tied it 5-5. C’mon Serena! Shake off the negative vibes.

  50. 192 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    CRAP! Radwanska leads 6-5 against Serena.

  51. 194 eclectic11
    July 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Serena just double faulted… and lost the set. 1 – 1 She’s losing focus after a couple a bad shots… again. C’MON GURL… SHAKE IT OFF!

  52. 196 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This crowd is so heavily stacked against Serena. It’s like they’re rooting for her to fail. *Le Sigh*

  53. July 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Here in America. 500k Computers have been infected, in a worldwide Virus. 14 million has been stolen from Peoples accounts.
    As a result, the FBI says it will be shutting Dow. Servers on Monday, to wipe it clean.
    Thus, some may be without Internet service fir a while.
    Which brings me to the conclusion, why ate the GOP blocking cyber security legislation?
    Hoping for failure, to blame the President?
    People need to wake up!

    • 203 57andFemale
      July 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

      How do we follow up on this to see if we’ve been affected? I admit I don’t know anything about this.

    • 204 57andFemale
      July 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

      I’m doing my own search and not being so damned lazy. You’re too busy to do it for me, Jovie!

      • 205 57andFemale
        July 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

        Here’s a site to check if you’re infected. The WP article said that Google was giving warnings to infected computers at the top of search results since May. I double-checked anyway: http://www.dns-ok.us/

  54. 206 vcprezofan2
    July 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

    TOD MediaTeam UPDATE: 😆 😆 😆

    Before signing off last night earlier this morning, I took a stroll through cyberland and noticed our new lawn sign #CanMittMatchThis? in several windows and front lawns. 😀 Awesome sauce, you guys! [That’s proper 21stC teenage lingo, right? 😉 ] A terrific start!

    I have just a few points to assist us in that important, much-talked-about entity here in TODville – message discipline:-

    Message Discipline for #CanMittMatchThis?
    1. Use only ONE event/law/story/picture/ or whatever for EACH #CanMittMatchThis?

    The intent is to incrementally GROW our contacts’ knowledge base for this President, not overpower them all at once. Trumpdog’s suggestion to target a specific area of accomplishment each day is a great one, though it may take a little time to get that aspect up and running smoothly. Any volunteers to spearhead this aspect?

    2. The PRIMARY FOCUS of the information or video we share should be ON THIS ADMINISTRATION.

    People or content shared in #CanMittMatchThis? segments should be praising/affirming THIS administration, not deriding the other side.

    {Any derision of the opponents should arise from the conclusion we are leading our contacts to draw. CONCLUSION = Mitt R does not have the goods to be resident leader at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. THIS IS JUST FACT! We are only doing our part to bring the supporting evidence to their attention.}

    We do not want Mitt &/ his troops’ faces, or voices, in our offerings IF IT CAN AT ALL BE AVOIDED! They get enough free airtime elsewhere.
    THIS, this IS a labour of love, FOR OUR SIDE!!!

    The battle is on and the troops have much to be proud of in our CIC!!

    ‘Nuff said:

    • 207 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Hey voisine!….

      I’m following on Twitter : FactsAboutRomney ‏ @FactsAboutMitt

      I actually didn’t know it was from The Huffington Post’s politics team. I just read it…yuck……but! It’s very effective.

      I see tweets from them daily with facts about Romney….there’s no lies, it is facts with proof.

      Heres an example of some of their tweets:

      ”Many of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy advisers helped push the U.S. into war with Iraq. http://bit.ly/pIpcHj ‪#RomneyFacts”

      ”Romney said Obama’s worst policy mistake was renewal of nuclear stability treaty originally negotiated by Ronald Reagan http://bit.ly/KKZIon

      ”In 2007 Mitt Romney wanted a “bombardment” of Iran. http://nyti.ms/

      ….and on and on and on….

      It’s very effective because I can’t keep track of all his lies and change of positions……so, often I’ll read one of their tweets and say to myself: ”oh that’s right, he did that or he said that”…..and I retweet

      It refresh my memory because it’s easy to forget….

      It is the same for the President but in reverse of course….how many knows all his accomplishments? not too many, I was looking at a list of them yesterday and half of them I didn’t even know and I follow politics like a mad woman!

      I have a question though…….since the hashtag is canmittmatchthis…..I thought about it when I sent my tweet about the President appointing more openly gay officials than any other president in US history. .

      I was about to send another one about appointing the first Latina to the Supreme Court……and then I thought, of course Mitt can’t match this, he is not President!….it’s impossible to match….does it make sense?

      I think I’m getting this all wrong haha……I’ll follow the lead but I’m a bit confused at the moment.

      I’m 100 percent on board for only positive tweets though.

      • 208 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

        Christi, a really quick attempt to answer, as I HAVE to go get ready for a funeral. I’m picking up a couple other attendees.

        ‘ ..and then I thought, of course Mitt can’t match this, he is not President!….it’s impossible to match….does it make sense?’

        That’s part of the point I think.

        a) We already have a president governing with excellence, in so far as his obstructers allow. Why vote against him to put in someone who can’t duplicate his efforts. Even were he tohave the power of the office behind him.

        b) Romney’s philosophy (Bush on steroids) and his past record show a man in direct opposition to the good of the country, so he is by precedent and practice unable to match what PBO is doing.

        Sorry. This is hastily done, but maybe someone else will clarify, or I’ll try to do a better job on my return. I have to go get ready!

    • 209 taiping1
      July 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Also whitehouse.gov is a great site for links to accomplishments. Also lots of infographics.

      • 210 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        Thanks, Taiping.

        I’m in house again. My colleague’s funeral went well, with her 3 children holding it together and doing a touching, funny, and also sad, combined eulogy. It’s hard to believe how quickly she went. Some of us were a little ticked to quietly discover that they have already hired someone to replace her, EVEN BEFORE THE FUNERAL!!

  55. 211 yardarm756
    July 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    G’day everybody. Just a bit of humor while Admiral Chips is up in the air:

    An Irish priest was transferred to Texas .. Father O’Malley rose from
    his bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his new Texas mission parish.

    He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of
    the beautiful day outside.

    He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn.

    He promptly called the local police station……
    The conversation went like this:

    ”Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?”

    ”And the best of the day te yerself.. This is Father O’Malley at St. Ann ‘s Catholic Church.
    There’s a jackass lying dead in me front lawn ”

    Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit, replied with a smirk,
    ”Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!”

    There was dead silence on the line for a moment…………………………………….
    Father O’Malley then replied: ‘Aye, ’tis certainly true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin.”


  56. 213 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Some sports analysts on twitter are tipping their hand and rooting for Serena! 😀

    Ok…she’s 1-1 in the 3rd set.

  57. July 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

  58. July 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

    533k views! Now that is getting your message out! Bravo!

  59. 219 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    DAMN!!!!!!!! Did you see that?!?! 4 aces from Serena! 4 aces! That’s freaking unbelievable! C’mon Serena!!! Up 3-2.

  60. 220 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    serena 3-2 in 3rd set. Come on serena

  61. 221 57andFemale
    July 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    • 222 0388jojothecat
      July 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      I hope they do something with the pharmaceutical companys next. I think they should spend 85% of their costs on the drug and not on CEO salaries and administrative costs. Especially on the advertising and commercials.

  62. July 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

  63. 224 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

    John McEnroe, BBC TV

    “Serena is showing a lot of heart and guts to pull it together here because a lot of players would have fallen apart. She can see how bad she wants it which is a wonderful thing after she’s won so many before.”

  64. 226 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Stats so far: Aces – Radwanska 2-16 Williams; Unforced errors – Radwanska 14-34 Williams; First serves in – Radwanska 70-57 Williams; Points won on first serve – Radwanska 64%-81% Williams; Points won on second serve – Radwanska 37%-48% Williams;

  65. 227 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Serena 5-2!!!!! We can do this! She can do this!

    • 228 amk for obama
      July 7, 2012 at 11:36 am


      From Lee Grist on Twitter: “Tell the fat lady to start gargling & clearing her throat, she’s on in a few minutes.”

  66. 229 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    5-2. She’s almost there.

  67. 230 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Serena Williams won! Yes! Yes! Yes!

  68. 231 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Yesss. She made it.

    Congrats Serena.

  69. 234 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

    • 235 Bill R.
      July 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

      That’s coming along with exposure of the privatization of Soc. Sec. and Medicare! Right now the campaign is busy defining BainMitt and doing it very well.

  70. 236 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Ok. Go rest up Serena. Then you and Venus go kick ass in the doubles and bring home another trophy.

  71. 238 Bill R.
    July 7, 2012 at 11:53 am


  72. 240 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Wow her fifth Wimbledon title…..it’s so impressive…what an amazing athlete!

  73. 242 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  74. July 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  75. July 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Do we all realize how fortunate we are that Willard distanced himself from his health care reform in Massachusetts? Think about it. If the right hadn’t demonized reform, and the President/Congress passed what was essentially Willard’s idea…then *Willard* would be the one everyone was applauding for saving the lives and health care of millions in this country. But because the GOP labeled it Obamacare, all the benefits from it will forever be attached to our President. Years from now, when everyone sees how wonderful this reform is, they will be thanking Barack Obama, now Willard.

    • 245 Bill
      July 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Great point.

    • 246 FiredUpInCA
      July 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I had this same thought Tien Le. I think right after he passed it in Massachusetts and it started getting buzz around the country as a model for the nation, he and Ann were certain that he should run for and enact it as President.

      Since Mitt has no core values, he ran away from the good thing he did in Massachusetts, became an honorary tea partiers and his legacy will be nothing more than being another say or do anything to win politician.

    • 248 COS
      July 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      When this little rooster (Jindal) talks, it always appear that he has been wound up like a toy. My bet is on Gov. O’Malley.

    • 249 Bill R.
      July 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      I hope O’Malley nails Jindal to the wall on why he wants to be the death panel for the low income citizens in his state for the sake of spite.

  76. July 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  77. 251 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm


  78. 253 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm


    On Monday, the Department of Justice and the Texas Legislature will square off in court over Texas’ contentious voter ID law. A three-judge U.S. District Court panel will hear the case, which could challenge the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
    Texas is one of nine states that must get any changes to their election law cleared by the DOJ under the Voting Rights Act due to a history of discrimination. Texas flunked the test; as Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas E. Perez wrote in his letter to the Director of Elections, “According to the state’s own data, a Hispanic registered voter is at least 46.5 percent, and potentially 120.0 percent, more likely than a non-Hispanic registered voter to lack this identification.”
    The law, SB 14, requires voters to show one of a very narrow list of government-issued documents, excluding Social Security, Medicaid, or student ID cards. Gun licenses, however, are acceptable.

  79. 254 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

  80. July 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Interesting op-ed by Chgo Trib columnist, Clarence Page, about the trouble he caused himself for not clearing a speaking engagement, as required by the paper, at a gathering of Iranian dissidents in Paris. As he discovered the group turned out to be one that had been lobbying the state dept for years to be removed from terrorist list. Page returned his $20,000 speaker fee and all has been cleared for his further employment with the Trib. It is interesting, tho, to see the list of speaker names, all familiar, and who is willing to go anywhere and everywhere if the price is right.

    • 256 4morefor44
      July 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      why the focus on page?!? this has been so weird to watch develop. i first saw this at propublica (had so much hope for that place but sadly turning into everything else, evidenced by the page nonstory), and was surprised by this part:

      “Others attending the event last month include Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, former Bush administration official John Bolton, and several former high-ranking military officers.

      “When I got involved with it, I saw the stellar list of VIPs who were also on the program, and I saw this to be another conference with another speech,” Page said.”

      so the republican pick for u.n. secretary, the clinically insane in my opinion john bolton, along with major republican presidential candidates attend too, and not a peep i can see about them, but a newspaper opinion writer who few have ever heard of? he becomes the story?!? let’s see…he’s black…chicago…has defended obama at times….muslim “terrorist” group….hmmmm….

      i’ve seen theories in the past that m.e.k. is a psy-ops front group for isreal’s mossad, and to have them throwing multi-million dollar events in arenas with a who’s-who of neocon republicans speakers list, really makes one wonder. would an actual terrorist group spend millions to have newt and bolton fly across the world to hear them speak? none of this makes any sense.

  81. 257 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    • 258 amk for obama
      July 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      It is, of course, no such thing. How many “oppressive taxes” are entirely optional? Anyone who does the smart thing and gets health insurance won’t have to pay it. It is, as Mr. Romney himself described it in 2006, a fee to promote “personal responsibility” and prevent healthy people from freeloading. (Among those who won’t be able to comply with the law are poor people living in states where Republican governors refuse to expand their Medicaid programs using federal dollars — though most of those people don’t make enough to have to pay the penalty.)

      The tax-vs.-penalty debate is a legal and semantic issue that has no practical impact on the public, but making this argument says a great deal about Mr. Romney’s inch-deep position on health care. Since the beginning of his campaign, he has fled from his significant achievement in Massachusetts, hoping to attract conservatives who never trusted him.


      His hairsplitting argument over federalism obscures the real issue for most people: Is the health care system so broken that government must intervene to fix it so that tens of millions can get proper medical care?

      Against all evidence, Mr. Romney and his party believe the private system will simply fix itself if government gets out of the way.

      At least, that’s what he says he believes now.

  82. July 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Has Clarence Page of the Tribune lost his Mind?
    Attending an Iranian event, that is on the State Department watchlist for terrorism? Is he Nuts?
    He is in deep doo doo!

    • 260 Nena20409
      July 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Clarence Page and others chase Money instead of what is right. That is why Journalism is in such a bat poop place. They pimp out themselves for money and ethics and integrity out of the window.

      How does one write critically about one that pays you 20K, 55K, 100K, etc?

  83. July 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    h/t to Tracy!!


    • 263 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Excellent powerful ad…I’ve sent it around. Needs to go viral

    • 264 taiping1
      July 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks! Such a powerful video. What people don’t talk about is a Bork-inspired Romney Supreme Court for the next 30 years: not only Roe vs Wade but also Griswold (right to contraception) could be overturned in addition to laws on discrimination, environmental protection, labor rights, voting rights, criminal justice. Every segment of the population needs to be mobilized. Our voices and votes do matter.

  84. 265 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Important Read:


    Under Mr. Ryan’s budget, which Mr. Romney has supported but which has been blocked each year in the Senate, Medicare would not pay for the medical fees of future beneficiaries, as it currently does. Instead it would provide “premium support,” limited payments — vouchers, Democrats say — that beneficiaries could use to buy insurance policies in the private sector. And Medicaid, which increasingly goes toward nursing home care for older people, would become a capped block grant to states, forcing them to make significant cuts.

    In their attacks, Republicans have said in speeches and in television advertisements that the Democrats’ projected $500 billion in Medicare savings will “strip,” “gut,” “rob” or “raid” older people’s benefits.


    “Democrats are still the only party in Washington to cut $500 billion from Medicare in order to help pay for Obamacare,” said Paul Lindsay, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “It’s a fact that did not go unnoticed among seniors in 2010, and one that we will continue holding Democrats accountable for in our ads this fall.”

    But the $500 billion in reductions would come through cuts in the projected growth of Medicare and would mainly affect hospitals and other providers of medical care, some of whom supported the health care measure nonetheless because it would extend coverage to up to 30 million uninsured Americans, raising the number of paying customers. Other savings would result from lower subsidies for private insurers selling Medicare Advantage plans, which offer older people extra features like vision care and gym memberships. The insurers could not cut basic Medicare benefits.

    Democrats used the projected $500 billion in savings to help pay for expanding older people’s benefits. The health care law says that some preventive care services like mammograms must be free to patients, and it closed the “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug program, which had left many older people paying full price for prescriptions above a certain level.

  85. July 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is challenging Mitt Romney’s promises to crack down on China’s trading practices, saying in an ad released Saturday that the Republican candidate profited by allowing China to strip away U.S. jobs.

    Obama’s ad turns again to a recent Washington Post report that several businesses backed by Romney’s former private equity firm moved American jobs to China and India to cut costs. In a parting shot, a narrator says Romney is “not the solution. He’s the problem.”


    • 267 4morefor44
      July 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      a narrator says Romney is “not the solution. He’s the problem.”

      that’s a devastating message. hopefully that will be front and center all the way to november. go team obama!!!

  86. July 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    It’s helpful that Ms Jarrett is on Twitter given her long, considerable partnership with the President ….

  87. 269 Ladyhawke
    July 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm



    Mitt 2012. Because America needs a president who didn’t get bin Laden, didn’t want to save General Motors & hates his own health care plan.


  88. July 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  89. 272 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  90. July 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Hi all!

    I know Huffpo isn’t very popular here but you guy’s will have heard about the lady (Josephine “Ann” Harris) who died a few hours after the Prez visited her Diner? Her son has joined up at HP and posted this:

    “My family and I would like to thank President Obama for making my mother’s day by coming to Ann’s Place and honoring us with his time. My mother was a great supporter of President Obama and has always felt he was doing what was right for the American People. My family and I do not feel that our President caused this tragic event in our lives. Instead, President Obama provided her with one of the happiest moments in her life. Thank You all for the nice comments of my mother. God Bless. William Parsons (son)”

    If anyone with an account there wants to say a kind word, here’s the link to his post:


    • 274 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      What… people were saying PBO CAUSED her to die? Thanks for sharing his thoughts, but I’m not going there:) Bet there is similar article in his local paper to post condolences

      • 275 Nena20409
        July 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        Rightwingers, including the atrocious Daily Caller and their hideous Tweets when this story broke yesterday.

        Horrible people said that Polonium 210 was used. They are the scum of this earth.

  91. 276 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm


    BREAKING: Barclays Revealed Libor Scandal Four Years Ago

    Check out the first couple of paragraphs of a Bloomberg News article from May 29, 2008, under the headline, “Libor Banks Misstated Rates, Bond at Barclays Says.” (Yes, the article ran more than four years before Barclays’s $453 million settlement last month with U.S. and U.K. authorities for manipulating Libor.) The story begins:
    About Jonathan Weil

    Jonathan Weil joined Bloomberg News as a columnist in 2007, and his columns on finance and accounting won Best in the Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2009 and 2010.
    More about Jonathan Weil
    Banks routinely misstated borrowing costs to the British Bankers’ Association to avoid the perception they faced difficulty raising funds as credit markets seized up, said Tim Bond, a strategist at Barclays Capital.
    “The rates the banks were posting to the BBA became a little bit divorced from reality,” Bond, head of asset-allocation research in London, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. “We had one week in September where our treasurer, who takes his responsibilities pretty seriously, said: ‘right, I’ve had enough of this, I’m going to quote the right rates.’ All we got for our pains was a series of media articles saying that we were having difficulty financing.”


    “So in May 2008 you have a strategist in your own organization who is stating that these borrowing costs have been misstated,” said Jesse Norman, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, after reading aloud from the Bloomberg article. “How could it be possible that you couldn’t have been aware of it at that time and indeed actively under some internal obligation to launch an investigation?”

    This is a hot mess. If this was known, 4 YEARS AGO..(who’s watch was that again?…May 2008????) It was IGNORED. They manipulated the rates at which banks borrow money, AND crashed the global financial system! They got cheap money and STILL wanted more. I hope LOTS of CEO’s are frog marched…..and Romney thinks that they should be left alone and all would be fine. Too many regulations…OMG!

    • 277 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      More…from another story here: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/crime_of_the_century_20120706/

      Caught as the proverbial deer in the headlights, Barclays Chairman Robert E. Diamond Jr. resigned this week and offered a plaintive defense to the British Parliament that he learned only recently that his bank was manipulating the index on which so large a part of international trade is based. That is plausible only if we assume he was paid $10 million a year to be deliberately ignorant. The Wall Street Journal had exposed this scandal fully four years ago but his bank continued to participate in it nonetheless.

      “Study Casts Doubt on Key Rate” was the headline on the May 29, 2008, investigative report, which concluded: “Major banks are contributing to the erratic behavior of a crucial global lending benchmark, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows.” Even then, according to the report, it was known that the Libor rate was being manipulated “to act as if the banking system was doing better than it was at critical junctures in the financial crisis.”

      Read that 2nd paragraph twice….where WAS the oversight? Oh…precisely why Romney should NEVER get the keys! Just the Free Market, doing its thing!

    • July 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Bet Romney made goo gobs of money on this.

  92. 280 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Gunnite folks. Have a soothing sunday tomorrow.

  93. 286 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Pretty amusing. http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/07/brackets/

    As President Obama embarks on a two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania, two of his rival’s surrogates – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty – are close on his tail with a bus tour that takes them through three of the cities Mr. Obama is visiting, blasting the president’s record as they go.
    Jindal and Pawlenty, both popular Republican figures and potential vice presidential picks, kicked off the Republican National Committee-touted “Middle-Class Promise Gap Tour” with a press conference in a Courtyard Marriott parking lot in Maumee, Ohio just hours before Mr. Obama was slated to speak there.


    In an effort to combat President Obama’s visit to Maumee on Thursday, two prominent Republicans addressed Lucas County a few hours earlier in support of GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
    Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota spoke to about 20 people in front of the Courtyard by Marriott on Dussel Drive in Maumee.

    I’d be cussing Romney out, if I were them.

    • 287 isonprize
      July 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota spoke to about 20 people in front of the Courtyard by Marriott on Dussel Drive in Maumee.

      20 people? 20 people. I seen more people waiting in line to pay a traffic ticket. 😆 😆

      • 288 Betsy
        July 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        Obama Pittsburg: 6,400 people v. Pawlenty & Jindeel Maumee 20 people. #CanMittMatchThis? I know the towns are different, but really?

    • 289 Cha
      July 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      20 people! Showed up for the Pompous A$$ tour? Brawawawaaa

  94. 290 FiredUpInCA
    July 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Another good thing about “Betting On America.” It subtly reminds us of Romney’s $10,000 rich man’s bet with Rick Perry.

  95. July 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Good morning, Obamadiaryists! You guys have been so supportive of our work and I am so grateful I can’t express it. So I’m hoping you’ll help us get a message out to the masses by supporting our “Thunderclap.”

    Thunderclap is a new website that is letting a select group of people (for now, while it’s in Beta) organize a mass messaging campaign around an important issue, and I’m excited to say that we were selected (woo hoo!). Once that campaign has achieved its goal support level (ours is 100 people, but the more the better), on the date the campaign has scheduled the message to go out, Thunderclap will blast it from all the supporters’ Twitter or Facebook accounts, depending on which you used to show your support.

    The Winning Words Project’s message is this:

    And we have scheduled that message to be blasted next Tuesday, which is the day before the House will vote on the Farm Bill in which they want to eliminate billions of dollars in SNAP benefits!

    So will you please support our Thunderclap and help us get the word out? Here’s the link: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/76-taxpayers-pay-walmart-salaries

    Thank you so very much! Hope everyone’s been having a great weekend so far!


  96. July 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Hmm, my image code doesn’t seem to have worked, so here is the text of the message we hope to blast with our thunderclap:

    “Tell Congress to stop Walmart from padding their payroll with taxpayer funded benefits—Pay 2012 wages to workers! http://thndr.it/RrVQMa”

    Thanks again!

  97. July 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    #ADollarADayToOFA ….

  98. July 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Chips,

    Hope the ‘jet’ ride was fun!! 🙂

    Here’s a very terse ‘word from Our4thEstate’


    If only 20 % of those following @BarackObama on Twitter were to donate $ 1.00 dollar a day from today until midnight 5 Nov 2012, the consequences would be well beyond the $$ raised, though the $$ are hardly insignificant. Just imagine if 30 or 40 % donated; we’d show the Kochs, Adelsons, etc., they are no match for us, the 99 % who actually care for each other and for preserving and expanding the Promise of America for generations yet to be born.


    122 days until 6 Nov (counting today) x (0.2 x 17,281,000) x $ 1.00 = $ 425,656,400.00

    Thank you.

  99. 295 purpleshoesla
    July 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    What ho TOD Peeps. Morning from Sunny Cali. I have a Twitter Newbie question:

    Since my followers are all you lovely TOD peeps, when I start retweeting “CanMittMatchThis” tweets, am I just retweeting them back to y’all? Sort of like a virtual version of preaching to the choir? I’m confused…any clarification would be helpful before I start clogging folks’ timelines up with dupe tweets..much obliged. Thoughts and prayers with those of you in other parts of the country grappling with the excessive heat. Sending cooling streams your way….

    • 296 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I hope Bob sees this, purpleshoes…he can help:) I have no idea:)

    • July 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Actually, if you use the # before CanMittMatchThis then anyone tracking that # will see your tweet. Moreover, when you RT any tweet anyone following you will then see the tweet – it’s a network connecting, leveraging phenomenon. So, you are not just RT’ing them to us. Beyond that, if you specifically address your RT to, e.g., @davidgregory 🙂 … then he and anyone following his TL is going to see it. You thus are truly expanding the audience by RT’ing and I’ll happily have you ‘clog my TL’ any day with your RTs 😀 😀

    • 298 Betsy
      July 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      What happens when you tweet is that not only TOD’ers get them, but their friends see them too. Everytime you retweet it, it gets out to the friends of your friends, they see it on the walls of their TOD friends and retweet them, then their other friends who are not TODer’s retweet them to their friends, and pretty soon you are reaching lots and lots of people. I started off with only TOD’ers to tweet, now I have over 700 followers who are PBO supporters, but not necessarily TODers. I sometimes get GOP’s calling me names, etc. but I don’t waste time answering them, I just block them. Makes my life easier.

      • 299 purpleshoesla
        July 8, 2012 at 2:02 am

        Thank you both Bobfr and Betty for the info. I’ll start giving the RT a try tomorrow

  100. 300 Bill
    July 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    ESPN is reporting centre court seats at Wimbledon are going for $21,000 tomorrow.

  101. 301 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm


    Consumers started the summer in the best financial mood in nearly four years, according to Consumer Reports magazine’s consumer sentiment index, which jumped to its highest level since October 2008.
    The index, reported Friday, rose to 53.1, up from 47.5 the previous month. A reading above 50 means more people are feeling better about their financial situation than worse.
    The indicator of improving sentiment came in sharp contrast to the more widely watched Consumer Confidence Index released late last month by the Conference Board, which fell for the fourth straight month to 62.0 in June, down from 64.4 in May.
    A reading of 90 or more indicates a healthy economy, a level last reached in December 2007. The index hit an all-time low of 25.3 in February 2009.
    The rise in the Consumer Reports index was broad-based, with significant gains among households earning less than $50,000 as well as those earning $100,000 or more.
    “With more than half the country earning less than $50,000, any improvement among that group may have a significant impact on the economy,” said Ed Farrell, of the Consumer Reports National Research Center, which conducts the monthly nationwide telephone and cell phone poll.

  102. 303 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    omg it’s good to be back inside, the heat wave is not only in the States….it’s sick…..

    Speaking of sick.

    Glenn Greenwald is at it again….now he has a problem with the The Advocate for their support of the President, I imagine for their front page, the cool picture of the President as Lincon….”In Obama we trust”……it’s such a beautiful cover.

    On Twitter:

    Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald

    ”This week, the brave editors of The Advocate take on a difficult question: is Obama more like Abraham Lincoln or God? http://is.gd/VcGApZ

    So someone asked him….

    37m James Ball James Ball ‏@jamesrbuk

    @ggreenwald is that a parody?

    He replied:

    20m Glenn Greenwald Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald

    @jamesrbuk No – that’s real – horrifying beyond belief. I’d be so relieved if it were parody.

    Horrifying beyond belief??? The only thing that is horrifying beyond belief is his hatred and obsession of the President.

    He did something similar when Andrew Sullivan wrote that he cried when the President gave his support to SSM….he wrote an article insulting him.

    I can’t believe that he was on Chris Hayes recently, on Lawrence O’Donnell as well…..I hope it won’t be something regular on MSMBC, I can’t even look at that hateful RW libertarian.

  103. July 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  104. 313 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Tweeters!!!! http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/07/obamacare_middle_class.html

    Infographic: Obamacare Is a Tax Cut for Middle-Class Families

  105. 316 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm


    The Top 5 Ways Obamacare Helps Young People of Color

  106. 317 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm


    Obamacare Is Good for Medicare
    The Affordable Care Act Helps Our Senior Citizens

    All of these are Tweet worthy!!!

    • 318 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      They are already talking about PBO making CUTS TO MEDICARE…here’s the truth.

      Many opponents are focusing on changes to the Medicare program that will reduce the federal deficit by more than $500 billion in the next decade, deceivingly claiming these savings come from devastating cuts to the program. Opponents of the law also misstate that seniors will be negatively affected by the changes. They conveniently leave out some important details, among them that the Affordable Care Act actually:

      Provides many preventive services and screenings for free
      Reduces prescription costs for Medicare enrollees
      Improves the care and coverage provided to senior citizens
      Extends the life of the program by keeping costs under control and paying for care more efficiently
      To say the Affordable Care Act takes money away from Medicare and raises costs for seniors is grossly misleading and overly simplistic. Obamacare actually improves the program for Medicare beneficiaries. Here’s why.

  107. 321 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/03/house_budget_medicare.html

    Latest House Republican Budget Threatens Medicare and Shreds the Safety Net
    Instead of Reducing Health Care Costs, Blueprint Shifts Costs to Seniors, Providers, Businesses, and States

  108. 324 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    More than one million Floridians disenfranchised because of felony convictions


    wow that’s a lot of people

    In 2007, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist issued an executive order to restore the voting rights of a huge swath of state citizens: people with felony convictions. Obviously Charlie Crist wasn’t fulfilling his duty as a good Republican. He’s history, as is his democratic reform. Current Gov. Rick Scott reversed that order, and made regaining the franchise an almost insurmountable challenge that starts with a direct appeal to the governor.

  109. 325 globalcitizenlinda
    July 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    given the role that big money is already playing in this 2012 election, we have to find a way to make people understand precisely that the choice this novemebr is between “the small donors (People’s) Candidate PBO” and “the billionaires’ candidate mitt the bullying, entitled liar and out-source-in-chief”

  110. 326 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Obamacare is an effective middle-class tax cut; GOP repeal would be an effective tax increase


    Huge difference between this, the truth, it’s an effective middle-class tax cut……..and, it’s the biggest tax increase in the history of the world!….

    Corporate media aka the GOP PR machine had wall to wall coverage all week on this, something that will affect 1% of the population, is it a tax, not a tax, a tax penalty, a penalty, no it’s a tax…..omg how pathetic.

    • 327 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I meant on this…how to call the penalty………it was THE story, …….not all the goods that are in the bills, how many lives will be saved, that it is a tax cut, etc….nah, not important enough to report…….

  111. 328 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I have taken this post, in its entirety, from my email from Women for Obama that i joined yesterday. I’ve left the poster’s name off.

    In his speech yesterday, the president once again emphasized that he stands with the middle class. Period. Well, who doesn’t claim the same? Even progressive media won’t recognize (much less, address) the millions of post-middle class Americans, and the millions who have always been locked out of the middle class. President Obama’s only poverty-related comment was the same stuff we’ve been hearing for 30+ years — all you have to do is “get up every morning, work hard and play by all the rules.” A massive number of jobs have been shipped out (at taxpayer expense) since the ’80’s, including nearly all those jobs that were once the doorway out of poverty. You can’t pull yourself up by the bootstraps when you have no boots. Millions are a single job loss from losing everything. How can you get a new job when you have no home address, no phone, no clean clothes/bath, no bus fare? This doesn’t even touch on the unemployable. If you become disabled, you can apply for disability aid. But the length of time between filing and application and receiving the first benefits is over 3 yrs now, during which one might have no means of survival? The president pointedly declared his allegiance to those who still have jobs AND are still in the middle class, indicating that he will “stay the course,” maintaining the trickle-down economics

    theory. Americans need aid, not more worn-out cliches. Reality: Not everyone can work, due to health/circumstances, in this post-welfare nation, and there simply aren’t enough jobs for all who desperately need one. The poor came out by the millions to vote for President Obama. There is simply no reason to vote for an agenda to help a middle class that utterly turns its back on the poor.

    Does this poor woman sound like she knows anything about what he’s done? I have heard others talk about this. she sounds frustrated.


    Maybe some of you would like to join and impart your knowledge….all working together.

    • July 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks, df. I saw that this morning. I assume you also saw the one from a woman who is part of a scrap booking group and her concern that Romney’s campaign is targeting groups like that and spreading the lies. Her question was where can she find good info to counter and therefore, share facts/truth. I replied with a link to TOD and told her a little bit about our family.

    • 330 Pamela
      July 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Hey, DF, I joined WFO yesterday as well, as soon as I saw the email! They will never see us coming, the ‘wimmin’, I mean! They will never know what hit them, the GOP, I mean! We are a force to be reckoned with, kind of PBO’s female army of powerful people! This is gonna be FUN! 🙂

  112. July 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Please tell me this isn’t true. Wolf Blitzer chastises Tammy Duckworth for being mean to that sweet, innocent Joe Walsh. What in the world??? Blitzer has fallen so low—–zero integrity, has sold himself out.

    • 332 Linda
      July 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      He is garbage…..remember what he did to Hillary Rosen on air ?

      Off to e-mail the punk…….I know him from childhood….went to the same school…….

    • 334 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Someone should send this to Wolf.


      So Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, who earned a Purple Heart in 2004 when the helicopter she was co-piloting was hit, is not “noble” or a “true” hero because she talks about her military service? It was similar to what Walsh told Politico a few months earlier: “I have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed her body for this country. Ehhh. Now let’s move on.”

      If this isn’t enough to persuade voters to “move on” from Walsh, the lawmaker continued his self-destruction by appearing on CNN and declining host Ashleigh Banfield’s invitation to cast his remarks as a “slip-up.” Instead, he scolded “Ashleigh,” using her first name repeatedly when he wasn’t calling the 44-year-old anchor “kiddo” or asking the recently naturalized citizen whether she served in the military.

      “No, no, Ashleigh. No, Ashleigh, this wasn’t a slip-up. I don’t regret anything I said,” Walsh declared.

      Banfield tried to read a list of things Duckworth has talked about other than her military service.

      “No, she hasn’t, Ashleigh. No, Ashleigh, no, she hasn’t.”

      “Do you want to hear it, Congressman? Do you want to hear it or do you just want to rail on me?”

      “Hey, Ashleigh.”

      “I’ve got the list here.”

      “No, Ashleigh, Ashleigh.”

      Banfield read part of the list.

      “Ashleigh, Ashleigh, Ashleigh,” Walsh replied. “Hey, Ashleigh, Ashleigh, Ashleigh.”

      His days are numbered. IL….don’t ever make a FU that big again!

      • 335 desertflower
        July 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        Just a thought…if Walsh EVER thought about serving in the military, and got both HIS legs blown off in battle, I’m guessing he would do the same…considering people would ask about it and all. Biggest moron ever.

    • 336 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      I just checked C&L….omg, Blitzer is a joke….

      BLITZER: I agree that the differences on substantive policy issues are what the two of you should be debating about. He’s used some nasty words. But you’ve also suggested among other things that Walsh is an extremist loud mouth for the Tea Party.

      Back in April, you said there’s not a crack pot Tea Party idea that he hasn’t embraced. Is that appropriate to use that kind of language against the sitting United States congressman?

      Is that appropriate to use that kind of language against the sitting United States congressman??????

      A war hero, double amputee versus a dead beat father, a guy who did a video telling the President to stop lying, of all the nerves, a guy who went on Hardball and kept telling Matthews ”your president did this, your president did that”….implying that President Obama wasn’t his President….and that’s just 2 examples of the disgusting behavior of that RWNJ.

      • 337 nathkatun7
        July 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        Did Blitzer ever chastise Walsh who repeatedly disrespects a sitting President? I am so sick of these media people who feign outrage whenever Republicans are called out.

    • 338 theo67
      July 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Wolf Blitzer is a pathetic disaster.

    • 339 jeff
      July 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Fuck Wolf. Stupid dumb tea bagger who believed the healthcare law would be over turned.

  113. 340 globalcitizenlinda
    July 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    high on the to-do list of Team Obama right now is voter registration and fundraising.

    do not know if there is way we could make next-week’s key goal to push for new voters to register and registered voters to check their registration

    • 341 isonprize
      July 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      VOTER REGISTRATION is a “Boots on the Ground” effort.

      If we can all take an hour or three to help the local “Obama for America” office with voter registration canvassing. I’m sure every office welcomes new and not-so-new volunteers whenever and wherever you have the time. Just once or once a week. Somebody people go everyday.

  114. July 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    The Obama Effect Movie.

  115. July 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This is just unbelievable. AP releases obvious Repub scare story on health care reform. The IRS is coming to GET YOU!

    • 347 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Actually…here’s his Twitter address Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatap

      Read the story and someone needs to set this guy straight.

    • 348 Linda
      July 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      The law, however, severely limits the ability of the IRS to collect the penalties. There are no civil or criminal penalties for refusing to pay it and the IRS cannot seize bank accounts or dock wages to collect it. No interest accumulates for unpaid penalties.

      The law allows the IRS to withhold tax refunds to collect the penalty, and most filers get refunds. This year, 77 percent of the 135 million individual income tax returns processed by the IRS qualified for a refund. The average refund: $2,707.


      What would someone allow the IRS to keep $2,707 of their money only to hand it back to them ? They need to learn how to ” break even ” with their withholding…..

      Where is our resident account ?

  116. 349 whatisworking
    July 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Cute story for your weekend

    ‘Not even our husbands knew!’ :: Women have been secretly delivering cakes to underprivileged families for over 30 YEARS


    • 352 anniebella
      July 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Boehner said that. Heck Ann Romney probably wouldn’t had fallen in love with good old Mitt if he didn’t have money.

  117. 353 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t know about you guys, but I say we go back over to Rise and Shine:) Less comments there…Chips is flying all over the place in her mini jet (pack)…getting a little slow here for me. Any takers? May have to take my afternoon siesta…hot outside, and everything I have to do, is outside:) Not doing that now….maybe there’s a good movie on.

  118. 356 Bill R.
    July 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    sqeptiq ‏@sqeptiq
    RT @j_strong: Boehner at fundraiser: besides his “friends, relatives and fellow Mormons,” no one loves Mitt Romney http://www.rollcall.com/issues/58_1/John-Boehner-Voters-Need-Not-Love-Mitt-Romney-215934-1.html

  119. July 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm


  120. July 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This is a TRIP:

    • July 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Enjoy the ride, meta 😀

    • 362 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      OMG, meta! That’s GOT to go viral!!! Smart on their part:) Excellent

    • 364 Linda
      July 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      I watched a little of the segment…..one of the men at the table compared this recession to the one in 93….and said we are not doing the same things to get the economy going again….

      How can anyone compare this to back then ? 8 million people did not lose their jobs in 1992.

      • July 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        I remember that recession. Not the same at all. Our entire economy just about fell off a cliff.

      • 366 Tally
        July 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        But he’s right. President Obama is TRYING – but the GOP knows all that actually WORKED (taxing the rich, creating GOV jobs…etc.) If the PBO fixes the economy like Clinton did, the GOP will be dead forever, and they know it. This is about survival for THEM, not the American people, or the country. It’s really that simple.

        Which is why we need to vote them the hell out of office, put them out of their misery, and add them to the Extinct Species list. 😀

  121. July 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    • 368 carolyn
      July 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Glad someone else remembers this speech! He is the statesman, and if people listened closely, they would have heard him resetting the entire international diplomacy scene, and if they have paid attention, they would know he has followed through.
      This was a tremendous speech. Why do people in other countries appreciate our president more than we do????

    • 369 nathkatun7
      July 8, 2012 at 12:32 am

      Bob, thanks for highlighting this peach. I think you should also highlight his speeches in Ireland, Australia, Brazill, India, etc. President Obama is truly “a statesman and a great leader.”

      • 370 nathkatun7
        July 8, 2012 at 3:44 am

        I must have a craving for peaches! I love peaches, plums, and nectarines in the summer. Bob. What I meant to thank you for was your reposting of the President’s speech (not the peach) to the British Parliament.

  122. July 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    • 372 Linda
      July 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.


      PBO is only going to get 5 % of the vote ? Yeah…and Boehner got 98 % of what he wanted in the debt ceiling deal ?

      Is he drunk again ?

      • July 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        He is trying to make it a referendum on the President only!
        Flawed argument, as People reject Republican policies, they are not exactly a third party-unknown.

  123. 374 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Ok…..It’s women’s doubles time now. Go Serena and Venus!

  124. July 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Hey df, Just realized we are ON Rise and Shine. I just checked–it’s This and That. It only has 79 comments. Any takers???????

  125. July 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Politico headlines-

    5 ways to kill obamacare without repeal.

    So inspiring?

  126. 378 isonprize
    July 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Anybody else coming back to the “THIS and THAT” pool? It loads WAY quicker since there’s less than 100 comments…

    VVVVVVVVV Right down there in the lower left corner. “This and That” Just a suggestion…

  127. July 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Fundraising email from Jie-


    This tactic must be working otherwise they would not be using it so much!

  128. 380 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Hey guys. I guess we’re now on the “This and That” thread since it loads quicker and has fewer comments.

  129. July 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Why do all stories now start off- 5 things to watch on obamas Bus Tour.
    8 things to watch for the Summer.
    6 things to watch between now and election.

    What about?
    10 things to watch next time Robney takes a piss!
    5 things to watch next time Muss Ann gies horse back riding, etc…
    Seriously? The Reporting is just all mind games!

  130. 382 Ladyhawke
    July 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm


    The ‘I Hate Romney’ Club

    By Ana Marie Cox – Sunday, February 3, 2008


    To be sure, the candidates’ staffs do seem to have bonded in their dislike of Romney. “It was very common for e-mails to be flying around between the Thompson, McCain and Giuliani campaigns,” says the former Thompson staffer, “Saying, ‘No matter what happens with us, we all need to make sure it’s not him.'” The staffer says that campaigns would share opposition research on Romney and offer each other tips on how best to undermine him: “Like, ‘Hey, I saw you hit Mitt on immigration — have you thought about going after him on this issue?” In some cases, the attitude even extends to the top of the campaigns. The night of the Iowa caucuses, after getting a congratulatory call from McCain, Huckabee told the candidate, according to aides: “Now it’s your turn to kick his butt.”
    But such jibes mask more substantive complaints that many of the candidates have about Romney. “What Romney has done,” says a Huckabee adviser, “he’s attacked people for positions he once held. That annoys people. And he uses his own money to do it, which rubs it in.” He’s gone after McCain on campaign finance reform (which he once supported), Huckabee on tax increases (Huckabee countered that Romney’s raised “fees” amounted to the same thing), and nearly all the candidates on immigration.



    Note: Reposting this article in honor of John Boehner’s pronouncement today about the American people not falling in love with Mitt Romney. It’s not just the American people. In 2008, he was not held in high regard by his primary opponents.

    • 383 Cha
      July 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Willard M. Romney has turned himself into a noun. There’s pathological lying sociopaths and there’s romney. It’s not enough to describe him with those psychological maladies. . His own name is a very sick descriptive epithet..

  131. 385 globalcitizenlinda
    July 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    wondering how much money our Team Obama raised in june. i hope that PBO uses these huge and secret big money donor to goals to link directly to the 99%. I am thinking of him asking people repeatedly: why do you think that the rich and powerful are trying to take me down by spending all this fortune?

  132. July 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    • 387 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      We’re over on THIS and That (previous thread) because it has less comments and loads faster:) Come over!!!

  133. 388 eclectic11
    July 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Took about 3 minutes to find this….


    Thousands may lose Internet access when FBI shuts down servers
    By Brendan Sasso – 07/06/12 10:45 AM ET

    Hundreds of thousands of people could lose Internet service on Monday when the FBI shuts down servers from an online fraud ring that allegedly planted a virus among computer users.

    The FBI says about 252,000 computers worldwide could be affected and that about 45,000 of those computers are in the United States.

    Users can check whether their computer is infected with the malicious software — often called malware — by visiting dcwg.org, a site run in cooperation with the FBI, or by visiting an anti-virus site such as McAfee.

    The problem stems from an alleged Internet fraud ring that the FBI shut down in November. Prosecutors said the hackers used a virus to hijack Internet searches and re-rout computers to paid websites and advertisements.

    The FBI realized that if it shut down the servers that were used to control the infected computers, all of those people would suddenly be kicked off the Internet.

    So in an unusual move, the FBI set up clean servers to allow the infected computers to continue accessing the Web. But the servers were only meant to be a temporary fix to give people time to clear out the malware.

    The FBI will shut down the clean servers at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 9.

    That means thousands of people might be unable to access the Internet and will have to call their Internet service provider for help deleting the malware.

  134. 390 Cman
    July 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Ooo me likey

  135. 392 Tally
    July 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Another tweet on the Mittiot defunding story – sorry, I’m catching up…..

  136. 393 Tally
    July 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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