228 Responses to “Axe”

  1. 1 yardarm756
    August 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I know I’m close

  2. 16 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Go Axe. Kill the mofos.

  3. August 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Now We need Stephanie Cutters video on FTN!

    • 18 relellit
      August 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Here’s a small clip I found.

      Looks like Stephanie Cutter, President Obama’s deputy campaign manager, had a rare moment of honesty today:


      I saw the whole interview Stephanie Cutter annihilated the Ryan Plan. It was a lot of Etch -A -Sketch Eric Fernstorn lying and talking over Stephanie Cutter trying to prevent her from telling the truth.

      “It would be the end of Medicare as we know it. It would increase costs on senior and throw them in the private market,” Cutter said. She [Stephanie Cutter]defended the Obama campaign going after Ryan’s plan, saying that it was the substance they put on the table with selecting the Wisconsin Republican to be on the GOP presidential ticket.

      Stephanie Cutter also told the viewers to go to the Obama website to get the truth.

      Everyone have a nice day. 🙂

  4. August 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

    You see? They are not running from it, just doubling down.

  5. 25 yardarm756
    August 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

    So glad Candy was blocked out.

  6. August 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Indeed. And Fernstrom was playing the Victim all interview long!

  7. 27 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

    US-Spain BB – velly velly close.

    • 28 hopefruit2
      August 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

      The US needs to step up their defense in the second half. The last two games Spain didn’t even score 70 points in the whole game and now at half time they’re almost at 60.

  8. 29 JER
    August 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

  9. August 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

    So, Bob Was not on His Show! Why? Because, he is doing a lobsters on 60 minutes, interviewing both Ryan/Robney.

    Boy, the Media is really trying ain’t they?

  10. 37 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hey, looks like TPaw was originally scheduled to be on Meet The Press

    Guess he got all pouty and canceled when he didn’t get picked. Either that or scheduling him was smokescreen and he wasn’t really gonna be on anyway.

  11. August 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

    • August 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

      • 41 Ladyhawke
        August 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

        Nicely done meta. Your response to that Gingrich comment was pitch perfect. Short and sweet. I lift my glass to you.

        What an absolutely ridiculous notion that lack of foreign policy experience is an advantage for the Romney/Ryan ticket. Typical GOP up is down and black is white nonsense. The only reason Newt can say this is because it’s his side that is severely lacking. Can you just imagine the flapping of the gums if it was the Democrats with such a weak ticket on foreign policy. Exactly, the GOP would be apoplectic. There would be deep concerns. We would have to bring out the fainting couches.

        • August 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

          Thanks, LH. I love the way the GOP is really struggling to cover for these two gimps. Not enough lipstick in the world to make them viable.

        • 43 Obama Grandmama
          August 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

          Gingrich’s response to foreign experience reminds me of Herman Cain’s reply to reporters in the Primary with his “Ubetzi Betzy Stan and If they ask me who the head of the Country is I’ll say I don’t know and it doesn’t matter.”

    • 44 daisydem
      August 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Seriously? OMG. With what is going on in the world? With our damaged relationships finally being repaired by our esteemed President Barack Obama. With our illustrious SOS Hillary Clinton working right now to make the right decisions about Syria? Gingrich is stupid!

  12. August 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

  13. 46 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

    US-Spain 59-58 at half time. 3rd Q just started,

  14. 47 desertflower
    August 12, 2012 at 11:16 am


    This Is My Body – short film in response to Republican attacks on women’s health and reproductive rights

    • 56 desertflower
      August 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

      HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Those “moments of silence” were priceless and telling, weren’t they? So long, in fact, that he COULD have been saying a prayer! I hate them all. I really do.

    • 58 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      August 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Always the bridesmaid. Never the bride.

    • 59 Smoothscotch
      August 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Good afternoon all. Dudette, I think I convinced 5 people here in Florida about the benefits of ACA and who was responsible for their good fortune. Asked them to ensure they voted DEM ticket AND I believe my work here on the ground is done. A few also has this site and hopefully they will pass it on. Presently at airport waiting on .

  15. 62 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Dang 70-70. Great game.

    Question – dinner or bb ?

  16. 65 desertflower
    August 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

    RR…perfect together. Both pricks.


    Mr. Ryan
    Politico has an interesting background piece on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) which includes an anecdote showing his “keen sense of how his status had changed once he won his first election to the House in 1998.”

    A reporter he knew from his days as a congressional aide approached him to wish him well.

    “Congratulations, Paul,” said the reporter, who was several years older than Ryan.

    “It’s Mr. Ryan, now,” he replied.

    • 67 desertflower
      August 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Good piece. What WASN’T mentioned in there is that beginning in 2022, Ryan’s plan will raise the age of eligibility to 67 years old. Those that are 65 or 66 years old by that time, WILL BE WITHOUT ANY INSURANCE!!! What insurance company is going to cover someone that age that probably has some health issues by then? Even if a senior COULD find insurance, it would probably be so cost prohibitive that they would have to go without at a perilous time. One illness, and they could lose their life, their home, their savings…and be a burden to their families. This is MADNESS!!

      • 68 57andfemale
        August 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        At 62 I’m living this nightmare right now.

        R&R are going full force on the $700B Medicare “cut” in ACA. Saves money on prescription, so the benefit of those cuts goes directly to seniors. Ryan budget keeps those cuts, and turns them over to the rich in tax cuts. Raises the deficit, cuts actual SERVICES.

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  19. 77 Bill R.
    August 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

  20. 80 edwina3
    August 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    74% of the elderly disapproved of the Ryan plan:


  21. 81 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

    95-86 now. 5 min left.

  22. 82 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Man, that Pau Gasol on Spain’s team is tall. What is he, like 10 feet?

  23. 83 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

    102-93, 2 min left. Methinks this is ovah.

  24. 84 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Ouch that screen had to hurt!

  25. August 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I love how Politico puts out a poll? Then, they pick the dates, let’s see here, what about August 5-8?
    It’s so immoral, everybody knows what they are doing, except for the Beltway media.

  26. August 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Excellent, wasn’t sure if PBO’s 4:30 ET Chicago speech was being shown, but CBS live streaming have just added it to their schedule. Not sure about C-Span – am the only one who can never find anything on their site? 😳

    Me loves some PBO in Chicago ….. severely fired up!

    Update: Ah, ha, it IS on C-Span 😎


    • 87 Dudette
      August 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Yeh baby!!

    • 88 desertflower
      August 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I will have to arrange my schedule so I can watch!! Thank you, Chips:)

      • August 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        Ha, me too Desertflower, the White House severely needs to check with us first before they schedule these things 🙂

        • 90 Roberta in MN
          August 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          I really hope that when we meet at the round table tomorrow, that President Obama is in the group at Dunn Bros. Coffee shop. I probably will swoon if he is. I will have my camera rolling if they allow it. The campaign Bus rolls in around 9:30am Monday morning. My guess is he will be meeting up with it to go on to Iowa. I am in Rochester, MN. fingers XXXXX.
          Chips can you get the the clips on MTP w/ Axe and Rachel curious how that turned out. Thanks Roberta

          • August 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

            Here’s hoping you have a special guest tomorrow, Roberta! Those MTM clips don’t seem to be on YouTube yet, will check again later.

            • 92 Roberta in MN
              August 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

              Me too. I can hardly wait. It would be great if our President was on te Bus, but even if he isn’t it will be inteersting to participate in a round table discussion with other campaign people. But, I haven’t heard of him doing that This ison unscheduled stop, so who knows. We will have media here, but I am notsure if it is just local or national. ANTICIPATION:) 🙂 🙂

        • 93 desertflower
          August 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          I could not agree more! I better send them my schedule and let them know that I’m back at work now…nothing before 7pm eastern:) during the week 🙂 Early morning is fine during the week, but not after 11am….:)

    • 94 Sharon
      August 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      C-Span 1 is advertising for it to be shown live on TV.

    • 96 cathy2va
      August 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Chips! Will DVR. Watching PGA and hoping Tiger makes things happen.

  27. 97 desertflower
    August 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Good read! http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/pierre-tristam/44893/two-white-men-who-like-to-cut-things-on-romney-s-nomination-of-paul-ryan

    Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman, born during the first Nixon administration, and not old enough to have voted for either Ronald Reagan or the first Bush. It is a puzzling choice, more calculated than inspiring, more cautious than bold, and in some respects, just as strategically faulty as John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin.

    In Ryan, Romney found the only congressional Republican who’s produced the semblance of an alternative to Obama’s economic and health care plans. But he’s also found a mirror of himself. No one will accuse Ryan of being compassionate, generous, warm or particularly caring, qualities Romney lacks, and needs, if he’s going to make inroads with women and middle class voters who so far mistrust him. Ryan is friendlier than Romney, but friendliness to colleagues and reporters isn’t the same thing as connecting with voters beyond Wisconsin (where he has been successful enough to win six of his seven elections with more than 60 percent of the vote).

    Still, Ryan doesn’t guarantee Romney Wisconsin, a battleground state with 10 electoral votes that’s nevertheless not crucial to either candidate’s path to victory. The states most in play are Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, where Ryan’s appointment doesn’t look like a vote-singer: in Ohio and Pennsylvania, his tax-cutting and war on anti-poverty programs will be more alienating than attractive. In Florida, he’s a gift to the Obama campaign, which now only has to lay out the Ryan plan for Medicare to turn even a few tea party drinkers into latter-day Obama disciples.

  28. 98 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Is Kobe crying?

  29. August 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  30. 102 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    US wins the gold medal. 107-100. Even steven until 3rd Q. They really ramped it up in the 4th Q. Great game. Well done.

    • 103 Smoothscotch
      August 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Yes,I was concerned there for a while. couldn’t let the women show them up. I still can’t believe they let Spain come that close.
      Thanks for the update.

  31. 104 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm


    USA — USA — USA!!!!!!!!

  32. 105 utaustinliberal
    August 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! For team USA! 107-100.

  33. 107 hopefruit2
    August 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    GO TEAM USA!!!

    • 108 anniebella
      August 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      I wonder if POTUS and FLOTUS was watching the game? They pull it out, close game, but we won. GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 109 Dudette
        August 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        Loving watching them celebrate! The joy on their faces is just beautiful!

        Hey, did anybody see if Reggie Love is in the stands! I know he must be there!

      • 110 hopefruit2
        August 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        I’m sure PBO is watching it on his blackberry and is probably doing some serious cartwheels after that hard-earned gold medal.

  34. 111 hopefruit2
    August 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I also have to congratulate silver-medalist Spain on a well-played game. They made our team WORK for that gold medal!!!

  35. 114 yardarm756
    August 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    USA107, SPAIN100.

    • 115 daisydem
      August 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I hope our President has both the women’s team and the men’s to the WH at the same time to celebrate! What a party! Wonder if he would challenge them to a game? Bet he’d do it and enjoy it! Can’t wait to see when/how they get to bring their gold to the WH!!

  36. August 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Hi TODers, please check out my new diary titled “Remember when Pres. Obama Peeled Paul Ryan Apart?” and rec it up. also would appreciate our comments. its a long one. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/12/1119097/-Remember-when-Pres-Obama-Peeled-Paul-Ryan-Apart

    • August 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Looking forward to reading it Zizi, thank you for letting us know!

    • 119 hopefruit2
      August 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks zizi! Excellent diary. Tipped, rec’d and tweeted 🙂

    • 120 Ceb
      August 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      It was a joy to see PBO bitch-slap Ryan twice; at their retreat when he took on all of them single- handed and Eddie Munster was surprised when PBO said that he had read his budget proposal and what he thought if it and the masterly take-down at American University when PBO did the text boom perfect comparison/contrast of his budget and Ryan’s with Ryan, McConnell and others sitting up front. What was Mittens thinking to choose this little mushroom? Who advises him? Or is it that Mittens still thinks that it is his turn and everyone else will just let him have it? SMH.

      • 121 Ceb
        August 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        Should be text- book perfect. Is there a way to turn off the spelling correction/suggestion function on the IPad?

    • 123 Cha
      August 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      That’s Brilliant, zizi! Thank you so much for your incredibly well research reminder on “PObama Peeling PR Apart”!

  37. August 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Why Ryan Makes Romney’s Tax Problem Even Worse: Zeroing Out The Capital Gains Tax


  38. August 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    “Kindred Spirit” … 1st video … 🙂

  39. 126 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Look who’s in the stands with a new friend by his side.

  40. 128 pugeretto
    August 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Good Morning Chips, good morning all, dang, I have to go outside again (finally, garden walk this coming Saturday) but want you to know how I appreciate your blog so I can try to catch up. Thank you and will be looking #FORWARD to any PBO Chicago pictures & First Lady on Monday’s Leno. Already set to record, with Gabby also.

  41. 129 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Say gunnite folks. Busy day tomorrow.

  42. 133 Ladyhawke
    August 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm


    The Legendary Paul Ryan

    Mitt who?

    By Jonathan Chait – Published Apr 29, 2012


    The implosion of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign—the first implosion, before the weird resurrection and inevitable second implosion—came because he used four words: right-wing social engineering. He used the phrase, last May, to describe the Republican budget designed by GOP icon Paul Ryan. It was as if he had urinated on Ronald Reagan’s grave. Party leaders rounded on him. In Iowa, an angry voter cornered him and fumed, in a video captured by Fox News that quickly went viral, “What you did to Paul Ryan was unforgivable … You’re an embarrassment.” Gingrich quickly apologized to Ryan, pledged his fealty to the document, and then, lending his confession an extracted-at-NKVD-gunpoint ­flavor, announced, “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.” It was no use: Despite years of diligent service, his support among Republicans collapsed, his fellow partisans holding him in the low regard ordinarily reserved for liberals.

    Ryan’s rise occurred so rapidly that an old hand like Gingrich hadn’t yet fully grasped the fact that he had become unassailable, though most (and, by now, virtually all) of his fellow Republicans had. Ryan’s prestige explains, among other things, the equanimity with which movement conservatives have reluctantly accepted the heresies of Mitt Romney. They may not have an ideal candidate, but they believe Romney could not challenge Ryan even if he so desired.


    A really long article with short video interview of Jonathan Chait. The first two paragraphs are fascinating.


  43. 134 dotster3
    August 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Line already around the block for tickies to see Obama in Marshalltown, Ia.

  44. August 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm
  45. August 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    • 138 Ladyhawke
      August 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm


      Paul Ryan totally overshadows Romney now. And how embarrassing for Romney to know that his conservative base really wants Ryan at the top of the ticket. Romney is bringing up the rear. This is the same phenomenon that happened with McCain/Palin. A lackluster candidate at the top of the ticket that needed some enthusiasm injected into the race. Palin satisfied that requirement and so does Ryan. It is astonishing to see this happening again.

  46. 139 Linda
    August 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    “First question to Mrs.VP choice.

    What form of birth control do you use ?”

  47. August 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Good Left Coast morning, everyone. Pulling a 9-6 shift at the library. The heat wave was supposed to break today, but from the weather reports it seems like it might last into the week, so the Board of Supervisors might extend this little experiment. I expect today to be a very dead day in Bookland, so I shall pop in and out of comments.

  48. 157 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Two gold medals today for Team USA — Men’s Basketball and Men’s Wrestling 96kg (Jake Varner over Valeri Andreitsev of Ukraine)
    One event still in progress – Women’s Modern Pentathlon (we’re in 7th place with the run/shoot round coming up at 1PM)

    So medal count for USA stands at 104 — #1, China #2, Russia #3 and GB at #4 with their best haul since 1908. Nice

  49. 158 Ladyhawke
    August 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm


    10 Reasons Paul Ryan is Worse for Romney than Palin was for McCain



    1. Paul Ryan makes Mitt look weaker.
    Mitt only chose Ryan because he was losing, because he needed to get attention of his business career and tax avoidance, because he was being bullied into it by the far right. Mitt looks weak. He may have finally wrapped up the GOP nomination in August but he did it by admitting he’d lost control of his campaign. And since he picked Ryan he’s already had to distance himself from the Ryan Plan and then backtrack from distancing himself. The qualities that were sinking Mitt are being emphasized with a Paul Ryan-sized highlighter.

    2. Paul Ryan voted for all the worst of the Bush Administration—including the Iraq War and the tax breaks for the rich that blew the surplus.
    Mitt has mostly avoided the stink of Bush’s failures. Now he’s lousy with them.
    10. Democrats picked Paul Ryan for Mitt.
    At least McCain pulled his game changer from a hat. For the last two years, Democrats have been vaunting Ryan as the worst embodiment of the heartless, plutocratic instincts of the GOP. And the GOP took the bait and forced Ryan on Mitt. Some say this is risky. If Mitt wins now, he’s obligated to implement the worst of Ryan’s ideas. He was already in that position.


  50. August 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Ooops, possibly not the kind of headlines Vulture/Voucher 2012 were hoping for:

  51. August 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm


  52. 170 Don
    August 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    So Paul Ryan thinks he’s going to somehow take down President Obama, good luck with that. The last time President Obama and Paul Ryan shared the same room, President Obama was launching verbal drone attacks all over the youngster at the Republican’s ill-fated retreat in Baltimore a while back. And now Ryan has to take on Joe Biden, the man that mentored then Senator Obama back in the good old days when Biden was the go to guy for Democrats when it came to foreign policy. On paper Ryan looks like the cat’s meow, the golden child, the chosen one, but unfortunately he’s now Team Chicago’s bull’s eye.

  53. August 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  54. 190 desertflower
    August 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Report: Mitt Romney to visit Orlando woman’s home
    From the Web
    August 12, 2012


    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit the home of Orlando financial attorney Christi Adams at 12:30 p.m. Monday, WESH-Channel 2 is reporting.

    The visit, which the Romney campaign is calling an Orlando Housing Roundtable, is scheduled to come between stops in St. Augustine and Miami, the news station said.

  55. 193 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This is the last part of Axe’s appearance on Meet the Press that we were cheering this morning
    He shoots, he scores! GO AXE!


  56. 200 Linda
    August 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    WASHINGTON — He’s been in Congress for nearly 13 years, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has only seen two of his bills pass into law during that time.

    Ryan, who Mitt Romney has tapped as his running mate, passed a bill into law in July 2000 that renames a post office in his district. Thanks to Ryan, the post office on 1818 Milton Ave. in Janesville, Wis., is now known as “Les Aspin Post Office Building.”

    The other time Ryan saw one of his bills become law was in December 2008, with legislation to change the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax. Specifically, his bill amended the Internal Revenue Code to impose a 39-cent tax per arrow shaft, instead of a 12.4 percent tax on the sales price. The bill also “includes points suitable for use with arrows in the 11 percent excise tax on arrow parts and accessories.”

    Kevin Seifert, Ryan’s congressional spokesman, did not respond to a request for comment.



    • 201 Pamela
      August 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      In other words, he has been a total waste of taxpayer money since day 1 of his pathetic career? I figure We The People should start sending invoices to all these Do-Nothings who have been squandering our money on health care, travel, expense accounts, rent, lunches, dinners, entertainment, you name it, every dollar they have wasted should be accounted for. And returned to us.

  57. 203 Ladyhawke
    August 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm




    By Jane Mayer of the New Yorker



    By Lawrence O’Donnell of The Last Word MSNBC

    (h/t tip Dudette – reposting Lawrence O’Donnell from yesterday because it’s just too good to miss.)

  58. 208 globalcitizenlinda
    August 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Please allow me to share the some good news about my motherland:

    He won the marathon!!!!

    reports from the ground in Uganda indicate that people are feeling very, very, very good. they are celebrating in all kinds of forms.

    Games have a special place in a nation’s phsyic. A great morale boost today from the Ugandan Gold Medalist in London (Mr. Stephen Kiprotich).

    Congratulations to him, his family and our nation. Great to see the national colours in global glory!!!

    Let it be known that prior to the games, Ugandan atheletes get very little or no support at all local sponsors or from the greedy government officials and leaders and he is no exception. I can therefore say that his achievement is very very personal and reflects his own sacrifice, drive , and dedication that nurtured his natural talent.

    Congratulations to our fellow East African neighbours from Kenya who came in 2nd and 3rd in this same race (yes and of course deep thanks for the gift that is President Obama

    • 209 desertflower
      August 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Hugs and huge congratulations to all !!!

    • August 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Congratulations on Uganda’s first (?) gold medal! All heart and will!

      • 212 globalcitizenlinda
        August 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        not first but very rare – it is only the second after a silver in 400 in the 1996 Atlanta games and a few bronzes.

        The first gold was in the 1972 by the late John Akii Bua (RIP) who won the 400 metre hurdles in Munich.

      • 213 globalcitizenlinda
        August 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        thanks for the good wishes

    • 214 Dudette
      August 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I watched the last few miles of that race when the 3 of them were running together and actually talked to each other, then Kiprotch just left them behind. Incredible athletes! Great race! Congrats to Uganda and Kenya on the medals!

      Shout out to own Keflezighi for the great showing at 4th.

      • 215 globalcitizenlinda
        August 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        reports are that the Ugandan trains with the Kenyans in Kenya. So they are probably friends.

        yes this is a very hard race to enter and complete. very much respect for any who choose to participate for any length and special adoration to those who complete the miles

  59. August 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  60. August 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    So, what did Tweety say yesterday on his special? I just had a patron come in who said that the panel on “Face the Nation” was ripping Ryan to shreds.

    • 218 desertflower
      August 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      now you have ME wondering!!!

      • 219 Dudette
        August 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        Not sure if I can stomach it , but if anyone wants to see…

        Go here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/ns/msnbc-hardball_with_chris_matthews/

        The show is broken up into 10 segments in descending order of appearance (roll your mouse over the pictures that represent each segment and look for the ones dated Aug 11.

        Last segment of the show is the one titled “Was Paul Romney as smart choice for Romney”
        First segment that aired is the one with Andrea Mitchell’s face titled “How Ryan can boost the Romney campaign”

        Be warned: Voldemort himself appears in his Grover Norquist form in one of the segments. You might feel some of your life force being sucked out of you when you watch him.

  61. August 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  62. 222 vitaminlover
    August 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Mr Axelrod is one of the most savvy, kind, shrewd, canny, wise and intelligent men that President Obamas has in his inner circle. He is formidable. He is a force to be reckoned with.

    • 223 Ladyhawke
      August 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm


      Romney Self Destructs and Turns All Attention Back to His Tax Returns

      By: Jason Easley


      Pawlenty got way off message, brought up Romney’s tax returns, and blew up everything the campaign was trying to accomplish. Pawlenty quickly tried to cover his tracks, but the damage was done. The interview ended with questions about Romney’s tax returns. The story isn’t Paul Ryan now. It is Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy when it comes to requiring seeing tax returns for others, but not releasing his own.

      Romney obviously understands the importance of tax returns in the vetting process, so why does he continue to refuse to release his tax returns and allow voters to vet him for the presidency? As has become par for the course with his campaign, Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to think that the rules apply to him.

      The Romney campaign has become a daily gaffe fest. Whether it is Andrea Saul, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty or Romney himself, this is a mistake riddled campaign that can’t avoid self injury.



  63. 224 desertflower
    August 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Sorry so long…important message that came to my personal email:

    Do Republicans care about keeping our promise to veterans?

    Looking at the recently released GOP budget, written by Rep. Paul Ryan, it’s hard to see how they do. In fact, looking at the nearly 100 page document, the word “veteran” doesn’t appear once. Not once.

    Today is the 9th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Last night, I spoke with someone who served with me in Iraq during my first tour. And for the first time in almost nine years, she wanted to talk to me about an incident where she drove through an IED and a soldier was killed. It was a profound moment that shows how war and sacrifice stay with us, always. For those of us who served, in many ways, yesterday is today. And today, we read that the GOP doesn’t even talk about veterans in their budget.

    But, without saying the word “veteran,” the budget tells us a lot about what they think about veterans. The budget calls for across the board spending freezes and cuts. If enacted, the Ryan GOP budget would cut $11 billion from veterans spending, or 13 percent from what President Obama proposes in his own plan.

    It’s unconscionable that they’d do this at a time when so many Iraq veterans have just come home and rely on veterans care. Over 45,000 US troops were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more will come who will rely on VA services, on top of veterans of other wars and eras who depend on the VA. But, this shortsightedness isn’t new.

    Back in 2005, President Bush underfunded the Department of Veterans Affairs by about a billion dollars, despite its need. The result? Secretary Jim Nicholson was forced to crawl before Congress and plead with it to pass emergency supplemental spending, just so it could keep the doors open. After that debacle, I have to admit, I never thought Republicans would do the same thing again, if for no other reason than that it just looks bad politically, leaving aside the horrible effect it would have on veterans in need.

    Additionally, after the backlash against ending Medicare the last time Paul Ryan released a budget, they’re at it again. That, too, affects veterans. I was speaking with one veteran in Missouri, who lost both of his legs in Iraq. His care now relies largely on Medicare, as it does for so many veteranswho were wounded. In fact, older veterans, even those not wounded, rely on Medicare like any other senior. So, no, I couldn’t believe that Paul Ryan and the GOP would again propose ending Medicare.

    Yet, here we are. A budget from the GOP that short changes veterans, horribly. And where does that money go? Not to reducing the debt. The debt as a share of GDP would actually increase under the Ryan plan. The money doesn’t go towards anything, really. But it does go towards some people. As in $3 trillion in tax giveaways to the richest Americans and corporations. People like Mitt Romney, who already pays a tax rate lower than most of our troops.

    That’s the choice the Ryan plan presents to America — do we want to fund the wealthiest Americans and corporations, or keep our promise to our veterans? Ryan and the GOP say the former. I can’t believe that most Americans wouldn’t say the latter.

  64. August 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    For those who don’t have time to watch the full speech of when Pres.Obama lit into Ryan’s Path To Prosperity, I fast forwarded to when he actually started to address it:

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