374 Responses to “The One and Only Joe”

  1. 5 sherijr
    January 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Love Joe!

  2. 6 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Uncle Joey is a special kind of somebody. Anyone who dares to say no, please find a framed pic of crying Boehner’s face in your mailbox. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 12 gn
    January 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    His mother must be smiling down in heaven. What a great VPOTUS. Here’s to hoping that the 113th session of Congress renews his Violence Against Women Act.

  4. 13 Judith Fardig
    January 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I cannot recall a better partnership between POTUS and Veep than our two gems – Obama and Biden!

  5. 15 Dudette
    January 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    That’s my Joe!

    January 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm


    • 22 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Silly Cruz will find out sooner or later that being a senator requires more than preening and posing for the cable TV camera.

    • 26 Bill
      January 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      The idea of a junior Senator saying he wil allow himself to work with the POTUS if it is productive is hilarious. PBO will not give him the time of day. Cruz is going to be a pain in the neck. He is as dogmatic as Rand Paul but more egotistical, smarter, and loves the camera even more.

        January 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm


  7. 28 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    They needed a study for something that we already knew.

  8. 30 Soca Sweet
    January 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Just in case you missed it at the bottom of the last thread, thank you Dudette, Desertflower and Linda

  9. January 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Send in The Biden! And must say I’m so happy to have my former CT Fifth District Rep, Chris Murphy, as our new Senator from CT.



  10. 35 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    • 36 utaustinliberal
      January 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Freaking awesome. Does it head to the House now or has the House passed it too?

      The day will come when all 50 states will have marriage equality enshrined in the law and it will be a wonderful day indeed.

  11. 38 desertflower
    January 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Joe is charming!!! So down to earth and welcoming….

    • 40 Dudette
      January 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Right on!!

    • 42 nathkatun7
      January 4, 2013 at 12:23 am

      Thank you so much hopefruit for posting this! It’s so apropos! This is honestly spooky because after I saw Joe Biden’s video welcoming new Senators I was thinking of requesting either Dudette or Yardarm to post this since I have absolutely no clue how to do it. In my book, Quincy Jones is a musical genius.

  12. January 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  13. January 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Billionaire US investor Warren Buffett is taking a $2.5bn (ยฃ1.5bn) bet on solar energy, acquiring what is set to become the largest photovoltaic development in the world.

    MidAmerican Energy Holdings, a subsidiary of Mr Buffettโ€™s Berkshire Hathaway investment company, has struck a deal with SunPower to acquire and build two projects in Californiaโ€™s Antelope Valley.

    The deal, which will see MidAmerican pay between $2bn to $2.5bn, marks the third time in little over a year that Mr Buffett has ploughed cash into solar energy.

    He last year created a unit within Mid American to support an increasing number of solar and wind investments.

    Work on the projects will begin within the next few months and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

    SunPower, which is 66pc-owned by Franceโ€™s Total, will remain involved in the construction and operation of the projects.


    • 53 utaustinliberal
      January 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Buffett gets it. He knows what’s going to be powering the future and smart energy policies and companies are most definitely the future. I’m excited to watch the progress.

    • 54 Chi
      January 4, 2013 at 7:31 am

      I wish he’d bought and reorganized Current…

      Cleaned house (taken out the trash: Cenk Ugyur, David Shuster, Elliot Spitzer, Bill Press, Gavin Newsom) and turned it into a stellar (credible) progressive network…

      Al Jazeera only paid 400 million for it…Warren could have done it easily…

      In a way I now get why most wealthy liberals won’t invest in many of these ‘progressive’ media outlets…most are run and operated by some of the most mediocre, craven, shallow, narcissistic opportunists who mostly delight in the sound of their own voices…


  14. 55 a4alice
    January 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    allright. I’m off to go see Les Mis. Got my kleenex. see yez

    • 56 Dudette
      January 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      As we left the theatre, my cousin: “Sheesh, I should’ve taken anti-depressants before coming to see this!”

      • 57 a4alice
        January 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

        just got back. fan-flippin-tastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 58 Obama Grandmama
          January 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

          My 4 grown kids and families spent the week of Christmas in a condo together in S. Lake Tahoe. Good times! We divided up on Christmas Day evening and went in three directions to movies. My two daughters and my granddaughter and I went to Les Miz, my 2 sons and a daughter-in-law went to The Hobbit, while my daughter’s fiance and my son’s wife went to the new Tarrentino movie. We came back weeping and humming, the Hobbit goers came back in hobbitmode, while the Tarrentino watchers came back disgusted in too much gratitous violence. I kept hearing them say buckets of blood. My youngest daughter studied opera in Europe for a year towards her music major and she liked the Les Miz movie. That is saying a lot since she is normally critical in the area of her expertise.

  15. 59 yardarm756
    January 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

  16. 70 vcprezofan2
    January 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Way to go, Angela! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hey TODobots, is celebrating ‘birthdays’ a new WordPress thingy? I noticed a champagne glass in my message box (as opposed to a sort of square) so clicked to check it out and saw this message accompanying a sort of celebratory wreath …

    “You registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago!

    Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!”

    I never got any message after year 1.

    • 71 theo67
      January 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      I got the celebratory message, but I don’t remember a champagne glass… you must be special! ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t get anything after year 1, either – maybe it’s a new thing?

      • 72 vcprezofan2
        January 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        Thanks for answering, Theo. I was beginning to think I was imagining things as no one responded – you know, let’s humour the one seeing and hearing things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The glass was at the spot where the little light comes on when someone replies directly to your comment. In fact, it is still there to the left of the avatar that accompanies the message. Did you get your message recently?

        • 73 theo67
          January 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

          I think I got my message 2 or 3 months ago. There probably was an icon of some sort, because I wouldn’t have known to look for messages… ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 81 desertflower
    January 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Because that “Big govt.” is just so bad! http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/03/us/ice-child-abuse-arrests/index.html

    Thank goodness for ICE

  18. 83 dotster3
    January 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Kristen Gillibrand’s son decides swearing in was a good time to muss her hair


  19. 85 vitaminlover
    January 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Who was that elderly lady that Vice-President Biden kept joking with?

  20. 90 Dudette
    January 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Hey, this might be a way to get rid of some assholes in our country

    Putin Gives Depardieu Russian Passport

    • January 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      M. Depardieu doesn’t want to pay the increased tax on millionaires. He made it clear that he planned to renounce his French citizenship. How nice that he found a friend in a quasi-dictator.

      • 92 jacquelineoboomer
        January 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        Yes. Critical Thinking 101.

      • 93 99ts
        January 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        They really show who they are when asked to support the recovery of their country from a horrible recession – love their country while they take take take. I find it sad because I have enjoyed every movie of his that I have seen.

        Real life actions of people do change the world view of them. I used to watch all the repeats of “everybody loves raymond” until Patricia Heaton attacked Sandra Fluke – haven’t watched it since and won’t watch Depardieu again either. Not that it gives them grief – but if “every little helps” and it is repeated millions of times – who knows.

    • 94 amk for obama
      January 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Talk about childish petulant idjit. And he is a way too overrated actor to boot.

  21. 96 prettyfoot58
    January 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  22. 101 utaustinliberal
    January 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I freaking loooooooooooooooooooooove VP Biden. I watched the whole senate swearing in and he was fantastic from beginning to end. It reminded me of the campaign days and the stories that would pour out about how he was charming grandmas, middle-aged women and heck even young women in all the states he traveled to. He might have single handedly sewn up the grandma vote for Team Obama-Biden; that’s how he good he was and still is.

  23. 102 Linda
    January 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Here are the filibuster reform hold outs.

    Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.),
    Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.),
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.),
    Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.),
    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

    • 103 isonprize
      January 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      All Dems. Any idea what they are holding out for?

      • 104 Linda
        January 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        No…but I will start calling tomorrow…

        • 105 hopefruit2
          January 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          Where did you get the list from? I’m sure there are Repubs as well. But these Dems need to be given a pep talk. I’m surprised that Schumer is not on the list seeing that he had endorsed the Levin-McCain plan.

      • 108 nathkatun7
        January 4, 2013 at 1:00 am

        I don’t know why they are holding out, but I have the uttermost trust in one of my Senators, Barbara Boxer. If I may hazard a guess, I think these are all veterans who are thinking long term. What if in 2014 or 2016 Republicans take over the Senate Who then would stop their idiotic policies? I know the Republicans have abused the filibuster. But there are situations where the filibuster might save the country from destructive radical right wing policies. Four of the senators on the list (Carl Levin, Patrick Leahy, Jack Reed and Barbara Boxer) have been some of the most dependable Democrats. I am not ready to second guess their reluctancy because I am certain that they know more about how the Senate operates than I do. Asa matter of fact, Sen. Leahy is now the Senate President Pro Temp, which means that he is the most senior member of the Democratic caucus. He is also 4th in line (after the VP and the House Speaker, and Sec. of State) to be President. His reluctancy tells me that he is concerned about the long time implications if Democrats end up up being in the minority, but still with sufficient numbers to use the filibuster to block obnoxious GOP legislations.

        I don’t mind bringing back the old filibuster tactics immortalized by “Mr. Smith goes to Washington.” I do, however worry about totally abandoning the filibuster. Democrats will not always be the majority in the Senate. Just my two cents!

    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      January 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Probably because one day the Dems will be the minority party in the Senate. Hopefully, not for 20 years, of course!

    • 110 carolyn
      January 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      What is their reasoning for this holdout?

    • January 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      They are afraid if republicans ever get in power, they will dismantle the federal government with majority only vote and turn us into Somalia.

      • January 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

        I believe that’s what Carl Levin is thinking. He’s been there a long time and there are few things I’ve ever disagreed with him on. I would respect his hesitation.

        • January 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm

          I understand why they would be conflicted but we have suffered these foolish stupid filibuster tricks for 4 years! They have obstructed and played games with our democracy and it has cost our nation a great deal.

      • January 4, 2013 at 1:42 am

        What makes you think that the ReThugs want change the filibuster we they become the majority. Repubs are power hungry, and to believe they want change the filibuster rules when they get a chance is a bit ……………………

    • 116 Betsy
      January 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      I have already emailed Harry Reid and Diane Feinstein, but did not know about Barbara Boxer.

    • 117 Betsy
      January 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Just wrote to my senator, Barbara Boxer”

    • 118 theo67
      January 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      I’m curious about the California hold-outs. It will be interesting to see whether they’re holding out for a stronger solution.

    • 119 Judith Fardig
      January 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      I have heard these names also and was surprised that the California Senators are not showing more political courage. The demographics are on our side IF the Congress can get stuff done that Obama supporters want. Merkley and Udall are just calling for a talking filibuster, not getting rid of it entirely. Anyone with one of these Democrats as their Senator should lobby hard to have them support the talking filibuster. It’s the best thing that could happen to chip away at the Republican roadblock in the Senate.

      • 120 nathkatun7
        January 4, 2013 at 1:10 am

        Judith, I don’t think this has anything to do with “political courage.” I don’t know of any other U.S. Senator who has more political courage than Sen. Barbara Boxer! As I said above, their reluctance may be about their long view of politics. There is no guarantee that Democrats will always be in a majority. There may come a time when filibustering is absolutely crucial to prevent enacting odious laws. I am convinced that they believe that it’s important not to sacrifice short term gains for what may turn out to be long term losses! I tend to agree with them.

        • 121 Judith Fardig
          January 4, 2013 at 2:34 am

          Nathkatun7 – The Merkley/Udall proposal does not get rid of the filibuster. It just makes it real by requiring that the Senator take the floor and actually talk rather than just threatening verbally. I see no downside to this and hope the Democrats change it to what the public assumes happens anyway.

          • 122 nathkatun7
            January 4, 2013 at 4:11 am

            Thanks Judith for that Clarification. In that case, I absolutely have no concerns. I will write both of my Senators to urge them to support that.

  24. January 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Eight more states won conditional approval Thursday to operate healthcare exchanges under President Obama’s healthcare law.

    California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah will run state-based exchanges, while Arkansas will run a partnership exchange, officials said.

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also issued guidance for states considering a partnership exchange, in which the marketplace will be operated jointly by state and federal officials.ย 

    Thursday’s announcement brings the total number of states approved to fully or partially operate their marketplaces to 20, with 18 running state-based exchanges and two planning to partner with the federal government.

    The Hill-

  25. 124 Bill
    January 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Cruz is on Kudlow talking about shutting down the government. Cruz concluded by saying he was looking forward to being on his show often in the future.

    • 125 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      This Cruz fella is sounding more and more ridiculous…did he run for US Senate, or for a reality TV show?

      • 126 99ts
        January 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

        He will join other RWNJs as a 1 term wonder – shame it has to be a 6 year term. The come to make money and do damage to their country and their fellow man – nothing else interests them – he seems to have already forgotten those who elected him.

        • 127 joyfulmeme
          January 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

          Take it from me, Cruz is absolutely disgusting. I was so dishardened when he won against Dewhurst. Didn’t want either but this guy is mostly hot air with absolutely no ideas. He’s all bluster with no substance. But, yet again we send another extremist to Congress. I so wish this state would wake up. I remember when we were a blue state. It’s very sad.

    • January 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      He’s a Tea Party Cuban – expect him to get constant airplay bashing the President.

    • 133 theo67
      January 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      He’ll go the way of Alan Grayson and Anthony Weiner.

    • 134 nathkatun7
      January 4, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Someone should introduce a bill to dock the pay of members of Congress who are deliberately for shutting down the government. I also think people like Cruz should be expelled from Congress because they violate their oath to protect and defend the CONSTITUTION!. Cruz need to go back and read the Preamble of the Constitution which established the Federal government.

      If this evil man is not interested in government then why the hell did he run for the Senate? Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the idiocy of these right wingers! “Hello, Ted Cruz, as a member of the United States Congress you are part of the GOVERNMENT!!!!”

      You would think that Cruz, who is a supposedly smart lawyer, would know that the United States government is made up of three branches: the Legislature (Congress); the Executive (President); and the Judicially! You just can’t be against the government when you are actually part of the government. The utter hypocrisy of people like Cruz is mind boggling!

  26. 135 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  27. 136 dotster3
    January 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Wonder if it’s raining there

    • 137 anniebella
      January 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Bowling, POTUS bowling!!!! I remember during the 08 campaign POTUS wasn’t to good at bowling. But it is so nice to see him spending quality time with Sasha and Malia, and I’m glad the pool press is being held far away. Good. He’s the President I know, but he also is a husband and father.

      • January 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Remember, they tried to practically make it a scandal because he couldn’t bowl. The Arugula Days.

      • 140 dotster3
        January 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        There’s a bowling alley in the WH, so maybe he’s been “working on his game” and now is the greatest bowling president of all time. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 141 Rain
        January 4, 2013 at 1:26 am

        I’m sure time with his babies (who sure aren’t babies anymore!) is the best therapy out there! Even if they do soundly beat him at bowling. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. January 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Chips, everyone, an important report of what Senator Reid managed to accomplish for the President, yesterday …

    Rewriting the idea of a do-nothing Senate – http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/50349848

    BBL …

  29. January 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Yikes, Scandal fans. I just saw a clip of the season opener and it is not pretty. Gird yourselves.
    Also, last two episodes are replaying tonight.

  30. 154 utaustinliberal
    January 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    BBC looooooves Pete Souza.

  31. 158 Lorraine
    January 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I adore Vice President Biden, he is so much like one of the deacon’s (he is not as “friendly” though…lol) at my church.

  32. 159 utaustinliberal
    January 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    The Last Word is going to be good tonight.

  33. 161 Lorraine
    January 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Wolfeeeeeeee is going to be on Ed’s Show. I loved that man, Richard; I like Ed..lol.

  34. 176 utaustinliberal
    January 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you ObamaCare.

  35. January 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    • 178 utaustinliberal
      January 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Yet they want to try the same crap in the debt ceiling deal? Hahahahahaaha.

    • 179 forus50
      January 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Wow, those stats are insane? I’ve never seen this strong opinion of Dems/Repubs. That’s due to the terrific PR work by POTUS and Dems. And it emphasizes that all the Sunday morning talk shows with McCain matter little.

    • 180 Lovepolitics2008
      January 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Wow. Great numbers. I’m curious to see if President Obama’s job approval numbers will go up. We can certainly expect him to lose a couple of points because the constantly disappointed “left”, but I hope that will be more than compensated by excellent approval numbers from everybody else ( the Obama “base”, moderates, and independents).

  36. 181 dotster3
    January 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I wonder about this too—-who are these people???

    • 182 Bill
      January 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      One of the best stories about him is he once said in a committee hearing that when caribou went on a “date” they would go over to a pipeline and if the warm oil stopped flowing he was concerned the caribou would be adversely affected.

    • 183 nathkatun7
      January 4, 2013 at 1:55 am

      Is it true, as friend of mine told me, that Louie Gohmert was a former judge before he was elected to Congress? Any way I will look it up and hopefully answer my own question. From what I’ve seen of him the guy is a total imbecile!

  37. 184 yardarm756
    January 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  38. 188 dotster3
    January 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I wonder about this too—–something bad happened to Ayotte somewhere along the way

    • 189 anniebella
      January 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Let’s hope no disaster happen in N.H., and Ayotte’s state need help.

    • 190 jacquelineoboomer
      January 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Yes, dotster – Maybe when she met up with McCain somewhere along the way.

    • 191 nathkatun7
      January 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

      “something bad happened to Ayotte somewhere along the way.”

      Answer: she hooked up with John McCain and Lindsey Graham! That’s what happened to her. I hope the people in New Hampshire are paying attention. She needs to be defeated in 2016!

  39. January 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Gov Malloy’s Office confirms that Gabby Giffords will visit Newtown tomorrow afternoon to meet with the families of gun violence victims.

    • 193 anniebella
      January 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      I think you can count on some of the parents from Newtown who lost children will be sitting with the First Lady during the State of the Union speech.

      • January 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        Good point, anniebella. Yes, I’m sure they will have a place of honor as POTUS presses ahead for legislation.

        • 195 anniebella
          January 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

          I have been thinking of what I can do about what occur in Newtown, because I don’t want to see the media run to another story and forget about what happen in Newtown., Conn.

  40. 198 amk for obama
    January 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    What do you call an alligator that wears a vest?
    An investigator.

    How does Moses make his tea?
    Hebrews it!

    The Past, The Present and The Future walked into a bar.
    It was tense.

    What’s red and bad for your teeth?
    A brick


    Ha, take that blog tyrant.

  41. 203 amk for obama
    January 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

  42. 206 vcprezofan2
    January 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Citizens working for what they believe in. I do think Pres can, with support and focused help like this, alter the hold the NRA has on America

    • 207 yardarm756
      January 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm


      • 208 vcprezofan2
        January 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        Can you imagine the impact if individual students and classrooms all over the country took up this ‘fight’ (without prompting from their elders) and ran with it? I bet the NRA could be silenced if such a young student ‘uprising’ (elementary, not high school) gained momentum and snowballed all over the country! Oh for a young insightful thinker and mover to get the ball a-rolling. I wish this writer had thought to encourage or challenge other youngsters to get involved. After all, it’s the world THEY will inherit.

        • 209 yardarm756
          January 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          It would make no difference to the ignorant NRA. Those knuckle draggers are a one trick pony. SOS!

          • 210 vcprezofan2
            January 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm

            It would make no difference to the emotionless NRA, but I think it would make a difference to their pocket book. The difference would result as the children’s protest pushed the adults AND thus the politicians, forcing them to make relevant changes. It won’t happen of course, but the idea has taken root in my head after reading that 7th grade letter, and being reminded of how Occupy and Tahrir square built. Maybe if I knew a social conscious, intelligent youngster in the States I could have dropped a word in his/her ear to be the spark or start the spark. Oh well. I trust the Pres and his Admin to find a way to make their own spark.

            • 211 yardarm756
              January 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

              To really accomplish something, Citizens United and ALEC need to be neutralized.

              • 212 vcprezofan2
                January 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm

                Yeah, and who better to lead the way than our children? Think of the poetic justice of it too, since the adults in their world haven’t been able to stand up to the NRA and get sensible changes made into law. Remember ‘a little child shall lead them’? Really, the more I think of it, the more I see it as being able to touch the right nerve that would force the necessary changes. I’ll stop since it’s nothing more than an idea that I’m not in a position to push.

  43. 216 desertflower
    January 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm


    On Filibuster Reform, Advocates Claim Momentum

    WASHINGTON — The Senate postponed debate on reforming the filibuster Thursday, as advocates cited the support of 48 senators for eliminating the silent filibuster using the so-called constitutional option, a measure that requires 50 votes plus that of the vice president.

    During a briefing on Capitol Hill, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) updated reporters on their joint effort, which is also being shepherded by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

    The remaining seven within the Democratic caucus who have yet to sign on are Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a source familiar with the whip count told The Huffington Post.


    โ€œI believe we have 51 votes to utilize the constitution and go forward with rules change,โ€ Udall said, implying that enough of the remaining seven would swing their way to push them over the top. If the chamber was deadlocked at 50-50, Vice President Joe Biden, who supports filibuster reform, would break the tie.

  44. January 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  45. 220 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    VP Biden is priceless!!! What a flirt!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. 221 desertflower
    January 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm


    Congressional investigators are wrapping up an inquiry into the accounting practices of Apple and other technology companies that allocate revenue and intellectual property offshore to lower the taxes they pay in the United States.

    The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations inquiry now drawing to a close began more than a year ago and involves at least a half dozen technology companies, according to people with firsthand knowledge of it, who declined to be identified.

    Those people said the subcommittee had subpoenaed or otherwise asked the companies to explain methods they used to avoid domestic taxes. They said Apple had become a focus of the inquiry and was cooperating with the subcommittee, which is expected to issue wide-ranging recommendations that are likely to play a significant role in Congressional tax code negotiations.

    Appleโ€™s domestic tax bill has drawn the interest of corporate tax experts and policy makers because although the majority of Appleโ€™s executives, product designers, marketers, employees, research and development operations and retail stores are in the United States, in the past Appleโ€™s accountants have found legal ways to allocate about 70 percent of the companyโ€™s profits overseas, where tax rates are often much lower, according to corporate filings.

    • 222 vcprezofan2
      January 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      That last paragraph made me think, AGAIN, what’s wrong will the well-to-do that they can happily milk a country’s assets without feeling the least need to want to give something back? They use and abuse resources that make their lives easier, yet try to deny the possibility for doing so to others. So many of them are so selfish and self-centred.

  47. 223 yardarm756
    January 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Time for a laugh. In demand employment?

    A retired man went into the Job Center in Downtown Dallas, TX and saw a card advertising for a Gynecologist’s Assistant.
    Interested, he went in and asked the clerk for details.

    The clerk pulled up the file and read; “The job entails getting the ladies ready for the gynecologist. You have to help the women out of their underwear, lay them down and carefully wash their private regions, then apply shaving foam and gently shave off the hair, then rub in soothing oils so they’re ready for the gynecologist’s examination.”

    The clerk then commented that the annual salary is
    $65,000, and that the job applicant would have to go to Des Moines, IA

    “Good grief; is that where the job is?”

    “No, sir — that is where the end of the line is right now.”

  48. 229 99ts
    January 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Rachel is fun tonight – saying goodbye to those leaving congress
    “Goodbye to Scott Brown – don’t let the door hit you on the way out”

  49. 230 amk for obama
    January 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

  50. 232 amk for obama
    January 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  51. January 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Loved the letter about the pecans and sending $130 donation. On the subject of gun violence, I heard this editorial this morning on the radio. Just now had a chance to find it so I could share a link. Some of you live in the DC area and may have heard it when Jim Vance did it. I would appreciate feedback from you all.

    On another topic, last night when we watched the news and there was the story of Hillary leaving the hospital, etc., my R-husband said, “I don’t think she will ever testify about Benghazi.” I bit my tongue because I wanted to say, “I bet she will testify before the right apologizes for what they said about her and her illness.” Instead, I said, “I think she will testify.” Conversation ended. Do you all think she will testify before she leaves? For the record, I do.

    • 235 vcprezofan2
      January 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Hi TnMtnG: My answers are ..a) I wouldn’t want to see any of the pictures of the slain Sandy Hook victims released. The mental images are horrendous enough. Plus, I have no confidence in the media or the whack-a-doodles in the public using those pics respectfully. Think of the survivor children who were there, it they were to stumble upon such images. IMO we need to find other ways to wake up the conscience of the nation. See the suggestion I made earlier of concerned students starting a campaign to ask the adults to protect them – I think that could and would have great emotional appeal.

      b) As one of @Lawrence’s guest pointed out last night (I can’t remember her name, but it seems she used to work for SOS previously), Hillary has never been afraid to respond during previous Senate investigations, so she wouldn’t be now.

      • January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

        Thanks, vc. That’s my thinking on both subjects. I ‘get’ what E. Till’s mother did and respect her decision and it did work to lead to some change/awakening—-then. Today, with the media as it is, it’s a different situation.

      • 238 0388jojothecat
        January 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        I have NO desire to see six and seven year old precious little angels bodies blown to smitherens. I know that many in our country are desensitized to such violence and I suspect many of the gun-loving NRA members and gang bangers would not be phased. These people want guns so they can do the same thing to children, women, adults, elders it doesn’t matter to these people. Just the fact that this happened to children, near christmas time by a mentally ill person whose parent bought this gun and taught him how to use it, should be enough to ban these guns permanately like Australia did……only we are a blood thirtsty nation. I bet those vampire movies do better in the USA than in any other country….sorry for my rant vering off a bit.

        As far as SOS Clinton, she will testify and the Fox News watchers (what’s left of the ones who still watch that garbage) will learn that the RWNJS IN THE HOUSE WHO NEEDED TO CUT THE EMBASSAY’S BUDGET AFTER SOS CLINTON AND OTHERS BEGGED FOR MORE SECURITY NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY TOO.

  52. 240 Soca Sweet
    January 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Dudette,

    It did help. That is why i am responding so late. I was looking at the convention thread for the last two hours. Thanks again

  53. January 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    • 243 anniebella
      January 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      What does shave ice taste like? Is it just sold in Hawaii?

      • 244 susanne
        January 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        aloha anniebella~
        shave ice is usually flavored with local fruit syrups, such as guava, passionfruit, or pineapple. the ice is shaved rather than crushed, so the texture is very fine and the flavors are absorbed into the ice. it’s served in a cone, like snow cones, but often has a scoop of ice cream added. it is super cold with strong fruity flavor. ono! (that means delicious!)

        • 245 anniebella
          January 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

          Oh dam I want to try one. If I send you my address could you send me one susanne. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 246 susanne
            January 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

            you’re just going to have to come visit, anniebella! and you’re welcome any time ๐Ÿ™‚

            • 247 anniebella
              January 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm

              Oh my my, if only I could. To visit Hawaii have been one of my life long dream.

              • 248 susanne
                January 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

                well, i’ll be happy to show you around if you come to the big island. the president is on the main island, oahu, and that’s where most tourist facilities are located, around honolulu. all the islands are beautiful, and have special qualities, so you will want to visit again!

          • 249 hopefruit2
            January 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

            LOL! Anniebella by the time the shave ice reaches your address it will be melt ice! :):)

        • 250 nathkatun7
          January 4, 2013 at 2:38 am

          Aloha Susanne. Shave Ice must be yummy! I love passionfruit. I really need to save money and come visit Hawaii! From all the pics of the place, it looks like you guys have so much fun.

      • January 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        you can find it everywhere some people call them snow cones but Hawaii has shave ice on lock down! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/27/shave-ice-behind-obamas-s_n_153655.html

        • 252 carolyn
          January 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

          It just doesn’t taste the same anywhere else…..In Hawaii it is totally delicious…..I’ve tried other imitations…they don’t work.
          Like gelato tastes the best in Italy…..attempts here are just not the same.
          My husband loved the vanilla/coconut shave ice too. One more reason to visit Hawaii.

  54. 253 lovingandlaughing
    January 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Oh my goodness, that video of VP Biden is much too funny! You know right around election day there was talk as to whether VP Biden might make a run for the Presidency in the future. After watching that video of him I feel like there is no way he could run for President…he is way too flirty! Can you imagine if POTUS spoke like that? I think to be in the position of POTUS Biden would have to be so restrained that he would not be able to be his fun loving self.

    • January 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    • 258 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      LOL! so true loving. Actually, I don’t think too many VPs could’ve gotten away with this even as VP. Can you imagine snarled-face Dick Cheney or tight-assed Gore trying to flirt like that? Only Uncle Joe can get away with this.

    • 259 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I think we will have a good jobs report tomorrow. Otherwise PBO wouldn’t have planned to be in Hawaii thru Saturday. Most likely, he already knows the numbers and is satisfied with them. He’s enjoying his vacation with family as he deserves. Also, VP Biden was in a super good mood today, so he’s probably not anticipating bad news tomorrow either.

      • 260 theo67
        January 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

        Personally, I think he would have gone to Hawaii even if he knew the jobs numbers were going to be disappointing. What could he do to change the facts of the prior month? He’s doing everything in his power to boost the economy, but he’s got a group of louts in Congress that he’s got to work with. He deserves the break, and his family deserves some uninterrupted time with him – good jobs numbers or not.

  55. 261 anniebella
    January 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Let me go watch Lawrence O’Donnell Show.

    • 262 99ts
      January 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Turn off Howard Dean – what a loser.

      • 263 COS
        January 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        Howard Dean gave no consideration to UI for the unemployed and the fact that PBO needed to compromise since the repugs control the House. I don’t understand the PL sometime. Howard Dean knows better.

        • 264 99ts
          January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

          He didn’t sound like he does COS – He complained because the GOP stuck to their own crazy ideas – and then complained because the President DIDN’T stick to the far left ideas – absolute internal contradiction in what he is saying – which he does not recognize.

        • 266 majiir
          January 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

          I changed to the Comedy Channel. LOL. Why someone who readily admits that he doesn’t understand economic policy keeps trying to add his two cents into any conversation about it is beyond me, and obviously, beyond HD, too. He was a governor, a difficult job, but he needs to realize that running a national government consisting of 50 states is 1,000,000 times more difficult than being responsible for one state.

      • 267 Lorraine
        January 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        You are reading my mind. He has passed his expiration date.

      • 270 nathkatun7
        January 4, 2013 at 2:49 am

        Let Howard Dean run again for President and show us how he would negotiate with right wing lunatics intent on destroying the country. Howard Dean is another of those born again, holier than thou, purity progressives. When he was Governor of Liberal Vermont he governed as a conservative Democrat. Howard Dean became a darling of the purity left because of one issue and one issue alone: His opposition to the war in Iraq. But on many other issues he was actually to the right of John Kerry.

  56. January 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    UTaustinliberal, have you seen this 2009 interview with Richard Wolffe?
    http://vimeo.com/6943927 juicy delicious.

  57. January 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

  58. January 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    h/t Dudette for the graphic

    • 276 99ts
      January 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Hello Bob – each tweet you send, is one tweet closer to getting rid of the guns. Those on the right who say it can never be done – belie all they say about American exceptionalism and what Americans can do.

      Lawrence O’Donnell gave figures tonight – Over 400 deaths by guns since the children died – 20 days ago. I don’t know what VP Biden will do but am firmly convinced the parents of those who died must be part of the push for gun control for it to succeed. Whether they can handle or want that fight is yet to be known. I am sure they are still bereft and mourning their loss.

      In my world, the fight was lead by the man who lost his 2 daughters in the slaughter. He would not take no for an answer. He went on and on, until he won. It is very difficult to debate with a man who lost his wife and 2 daughters in an unprecedented display of gun violence. The gun lobby tried – but they could not win. The President knows the politicians cannot do this alone – it needs a powerful force of people to defeat the NRA.

      • January 4, 2013 at 1:03 am

        “In my world, the fight was lead by the man who lost his 2 daughters in the slaughter. He would not take no for an answer. He went on and on, until he won. It is very difficult to debate with a man who lost his wife and 2 daughters in an unprecedented display of gun violence.”

        Exactly, 99.

        Millions of us Americans will not allow the horror of #SandyHook and the now more than 400 gun deaths since to not be avenged by enacting comprehensive #GunContol in America. But, if it is left to only one of us to be unrelenting, I’ll be that person.


  59. 278 amk for obama
    January 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  60. 280 amk for obama
    January 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    • 281 amk for obama
      January 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      remember the emoprogs’ whining about that spill? beepee paid huge. now transcoean paid big. All happened because of the kenyan muslin.

  61. 282 COS
    January 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Lawrence had an awesome Rewrite tonight. I hope all Emos were watching.

  62. 283 anniebella
    January 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Do you guys catch Lawrence O’Donnell rewrite tonight? I hope the whining liberals heard what O’Donnell said. If it can be posted please do so, it is worth listening too.

    • 284 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      I hope Chips is able to post it tomorrow morning.

      • 285 anniebella
        January 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        Did you hear him hopefruit2?

        • 286 hopefruit2
          January 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

          Yes it was excellent – as was last night’s segment. And Lawrence is someone who has actually worked on the hill.

          • 287 anniebella
            January 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

            So true.

          • January 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm

            Do you notice….those that still go to the orange satan site that they don’t post ANY Lawrence O’Donnell shows unless it’s a very rare ANTI-OBAMA show. I think early last year LO did a few unwarranted negative Obama shows or had Shuster on with his BS about what the President hasn’t been doing.

            • 289 hopefruit2
              January 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm

              Yes – that’s typical of emowhiners…discard sound, fundamental information that goes contrary to their desired anti-Obama narrative, while running away with unsophisticated opinions of clueless agenda-driven pundiots.

            • 290 COS
              January 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm

              Schuster was on Stephanie Miller this morning talking the same old Howard Dean BS about the 400k tax cutoff.

      • January 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        We have to remember that emoprogs are dedicated to their way of being:
        critical, whiney, looking cool, taking no responsibility, making other people wrong. Seems to me that
        they enjoy their stuff; and they don’t get what it’s costing them.
        They miss out on integrity, fair play, clear vision, the gifts that come from being responsible.
        They’re marching to a different drummer. They are quite reflexive in their behaviors.
        I don’t mean to be all righteous about this. My intention in speaking to it is to make
        sure we make the best possible use of our own energies and talents, and, honestly,
        don’t waste too much on the emoprogs. PBO sweats them ~not at all~, is my guess.

        • 292 jacquelineoboomer
          January 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm

          Well said. Coulda used that advice five minutes ago, when I listened to one!

        • 293 a4alice
          January 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm

          good advice as per your usual Sara! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • January 4, 2013 at 1:27 am

          Perfection, Sara.

          Good night everyone

        • 296 nathkatun7
          January 4, 2013 at 3:16 am

          You make some good points, Sara! The problem, however, is that the emoprogs and PL are given the nationally amplified megaphone by the media to blast the President and confuse his supporters. This is why I think we need strong voices to push back against them. I personally no longer watch Cable news programs. But I run into so called Obama supporters who do and who think the President is betraying them. I come to this place because I know people like Utaustinliberal, Donna dem, Hopefruit2, Chi, Amk and others are fearless in exposing the bad faith of the emoprogs/PL pundits who dominate the airwaves attacking the President while pretending to be his supporters. It’s to this space, and POU and TPV that I send people who are confused by the so called Obama supporters who never miss a chance to attack him; sometime just over rumors and manufactured media group think. At least here and the other blogs they can read the pragmatic analyses that push back against the attacks on the President by the emoprogs/PL!

    • 297 anniebella
      January 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      COS, I hope the Emos were watching too. I loved it when O’Donnell said he don’t recall anyone saying Bill Clinton caving.

      • 298 carolyn
        January 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm

        Yes, that was a great rewrite. He really called all the emos who talk about “caving” on the carpet. What the president has to do is what is best for the country, a concept evidently foreign to the ideologic left, and of course to all the right.

    • 299 majiir
      January 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Some people are never satisfied, anniebella. They want what they want when they want it and will accept nothing less. They are quick to forget with whom the president has to negotiate, and they quickly forget how often he wins in these negotiations when they say he has failed. I’ve stopped paying attention to them. I don’t have the energy to do it anymore. I always remind myself that those who scream the loudest are often those who do the least–they don’t volunteer, they don’t donate to the president’s or other dems’ campaigns, and some of them don’t bother to vote or they throw their vote away on some wacko candidate like Roseanne Barr or Ron Paul to show how “pure” their political ideology is. The best thing they do is run their mouths.

  63. 300 Pamela
    January 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I saw a note earlier that squarepeg was going to leave us… to squarepeg, please don’t go. If someone pisses you off, which they will, just start scrolling past them… And scroll past when people post mark knoller-wank tweets, and when they quote that Jodie-pos, but please don’t go!

    • 301 susanne
      January 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      amen! we’re all human here, and we all get a little tetchy some days. since this is a safe place, sometimes our warts show. please don’t give up on the obama diary, because the very best folks are here, and some of us are having very good days of lucidity, and reason, and humor. it happens! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 302 amk for obama
      January 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Peeps need to develop thicker skin and thinner ego.

      • 303 vcprezofan2
        January 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

        Are you casting stones in my direction ….again, Amk?

      • 304 nathkatun7
        January 4, 2013 at 3:42 am

        “Peeps need to develop thicker skin and thinner ego.”

        AMK, I am with you 100%! I’ve seen people disagree with you and blast some of your comments. You always stand your ground. But I don’t remember you threatening to quit coming here over those attacks and disagreements. With all due respect to squarepeg and all her supporters, I still don’t know who personally attacked her to make her quit posting. Vigorous disagreement with what she posted should not be interpreted as an attack on her personally. It’s also clear that she has many admirers who are not at all shy calling people they disagree with “PBO baby sitters.” I bet you some one with a thin skin would have quit this place for the insult that their vigorous defense of the President is so insignificant that it can either be ignored or derided with the dismissive label of “PBO baby sitters.”

  64. 305 utaustinliberal
    January 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Holy fucking shit! Lawrence’s ‘Rewrite’ was hands down one of the best he’s ever done. Any liberal who chooses to listen to the whiny pundits and emoprogs about Pres. Obama’s negotiating skills is a FOOL.

    The BFD Pres. Obama got in the fiscal cliff deal was bloody genius. I want Barack Obama negotiating any deal for me. ANY deal. The man is badass.

    • January 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      He was even more amazing yesterday explaining the near impossibility of the feat that the Pres pulled off. You were not on Twitter yesterday but Lawrence revealed that only 19 Republicans voted for GHW Bush’s tax hike in 1990/91 and most of them lost their subsequent elections. yet pres Obama got 40 Republican senators to vote for his much larger tax hike. Lawrence is just bowled over. Even more so he can’t understand why Liberals don’t realize that this accomplishment is such a big fucking deal. Ah well.

      But the likes of Krauthammer & Limbaugh know exactly what the President has done. And they are scared shitless.

      • 307 utaustinliberal
        January 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm

        I did watch The Last Word yesterday and talked about it on TOD yesterday. Yes, Lawrence was also wonderful yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 308 nathkatun7
          January 4, 2013 at 3:52 am

          I really need to end personal boycott and get back to watching Cable news shows! I missed both LO’s segments. Hopefully, Chips will post clips tomorrow. My right wing paper was not very happy with what they called the Republican “capitulation on raising taxes in a recession.” That’s what’s so puzzling why the so called progressives are so angry with the President. If the right wingers are so unhappy with the deal how could that be interpreted as a win for the Republican party?

      • 309 99ts
        January 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        Limbaugh raved about what the President achieved while calling out the GOP – Howard Dean whinged because the President should have let the country go over the cliff – something weird going on when I agree with Limbaugh

    • 310 carolyn
      January 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Those who “disapprove” keep talking about that the president will have no leverage on the debt ceiling…..have they forgotten the HUGE defense cuts in the sequester which will take place in two months if no action is taken? I have no doubt PBO will hold those tight and use them in the right way to get the debt ceiling raised, if he has to. They just never anticipate him, and he always is ahead of the others. Imagine the yelling from little Lindsey and Grumpy McCain if all those cuts go through!!!

  65. 311 jacquelineoboomer
    January 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Why is it still earsplitting for me to hear Howard Dean, who unsuccessfully ran for President, giving advice to two-termer President Barack Obama? Maybe I should improve my coping skills, because I really don’t want to give up listening to “some” political chatter, if for no other reason than to keep up with the mindsets of his party loyalists aka “supporters.”

  66. 324 a4alice
    January 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    nitey nite folks!

  67. January 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

  68. 328 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:39 am

  69. 329 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:49 am

  70. January 4, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Reality … (and I never thought I’d be giving anywhere near this much credit to Lawrence, but over the past 48 h he has earned it, big time):

    #TrustBarack YOU BETCHA!

  71. 332 susanne
    January 4, 2013 at 3:03 am

    shave ice report: ๐Ÿ™‚

    ‘ Watson was able to get a good snapshot of the president and exchange a few words. “I wished him a Happy New Year, and he wished me a Happy New Year in return,” he said.

    The president also shook little Eloise’s hand. “And I’m never going to wash my hand again!” she said.

    The whole visit took just about eight minutes. Handshakes done, Obama stepped into the SUV and the motorcade headed back to the Kailua compound where the First Family is staying.

    Although the visits are becoming routine, they’re not becoming old hat. “He shakes hands with everybody and gets right in line,” said Whaley. “So he’s getting used to the order of everything and we’re getting used to having the president come by. So it’s really cool.”

    The president’s shave ice? According to Souza, “Regular cone, no ice cream on the bottom. Melona, lemon lime and cherry.” ‘


    • 336 desertflower
      January 4, 2013 at 3:20 am

      Goodness sakes! That’s pretty amazing to see…we humans are so small in the scheme of things, aren’t we? Meanwhile, your island…is getting bigger!

      • 337 susanne
        January 4, 2013 at 3:25 am

        yes it is! it’s far from my house (thank heaven) but we get a whiff of the smoke sometimes–just a little reminder of our miniscule time and place in the story of the cosmos.

        • 338 desertflower
          January 4, 2013 at 3:27 am

          Well, it certainly is stunning to see…is that volcano just oozing lava all the time?

          • 339 susanne
            January 4, 2013 at 3:35 am

            the current eruption has been ongoing for 30 years, sometimes spectacularly, and at times very minimally. but yes, it bubbles in a cauldron, and seeps from smoky cracks in the side of the hill, snaking down to the coast. it has wiped out villages, roads, beaches– the only time it has been deterred, according to contemporary accounts, was when queen emma stood before the oncoming flow and chanted to the godess pele to stop it.

    • 343 susanne
      January 4, 2013 at 3:43 am

      another madman in power, and this one our sworn ally. i don’t envy kerry, who seems a kind soul, having to deal with bibi the ‘bizarre’.

      • 344 desertflower
        January 4, 2013 at 3:48 am

        Truly. I don’t know why the people of Israel keep him there. I guess, like GWB, he gives them a false sense of security…..what he offers is exactly the OPPOSITE. Sad to me…they deserve better.
        Off to bed…it’s working on 2am….the big dog is pacing and pestering! (Great Dane…not the husband! He’s already snoring away, I’m sure) See you tomorrow, and thanks for the geology lesson!

    • 346 amk for obama
      January 4, 2013 at 4:50 am

  72. 347 susanne
    January 4, 2013 at 4:27 am

    good read from the new yorker, spitting mad about the sandy legislation:

    ‘ House Republicans didnโ€™t simply forget about the Sandy-relief legislation in the excitement of the fiscal-cliff deal. The bill stalled and died because many of themโ€”joined by key conservative activists and think tanksโ€”flat out opposed the version the Senate passed. They opposed it because, they said, halfโ€”or moreโ€”of the sixty billion dollars of funding contained in the bill was what they called โ€œpork.โ€ A more accurate term would be โ€œforesight.โ€ The legislation might not have paid, specifically, for the ConEd station to be moved, or the hospitalsโ€™ backup power systems to be consolidated, but it would have paid for other kinds of forward-thinking measures, and that was the funding conservatives had a problem with. ‘

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/01/the-gop-sandy-problem.html#ixzz2GztWuaOZ

  73. 350 susanne
    January 4, 2013 at 5:07 am

    aaaand… good night!

  74. January 4, 2013 at 7:51 am

    aaaand…good morning, TOD peeps! It’s a sunny morning here in my part of the world. Lifts my spirits…as do Chips and all of you!

  75. 354 prettyfoot58
    January 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Goooooooood Morning everyone

  76. 355 Dudette
    January 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning Family!

    Here’s a fun inaugural tidbit for you!

  77. 361 Dudette
    January 4, 2013 at 8:33 am


  78. 362 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 8:34 am

  79. January 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Good morning …Its Friday…and its good!!!

  80. 366 Dudette
    January 4, 2013 at 8:38 am


  81. 367 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 8:38 am

  82. 369 Don
    January 4, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Awww isn’t that sad, President Obama hurt the Republicans feelings.

  83. 371 Dudette
    January 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

    First Friday of 2013! Wooooooot!

  84. 373 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 8:45 am

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