My New Favourite

………………….is The Newsroom.

I can’t seem to get enough of this show. I am loving this show as much as I loved JAG. Can’t wait for the next episode. In 2008 election cycle I was riveted to CNN and since this past year I am more an online-MSNBC viewer. Is that  why I feel so very connected with this show?  I don’t know but am loving every minute I spend on this show…..


Helping President Obama This Week

AP reports…

Rural New Ulm Girl Gets to Meet President Obama

A rural New Ulm girl has finally met her political hero, President Barack Obama.

Sixteen-year-old Myra Soukup and her family greeted Obama when the president arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Friday.

Myra’s mother, Jane, tells The Journal that her daughter has had her eye on Obama since she was in sixth grade. She says her daughter “really adores” the president.

The Soukup family was in the crowd waiting for Obama’s arrival. Obama came over to the Soukups and signed a framed portrait of the president that Myra had received for Christmas a couple of years ago.

Myra was born with CHARGE syndrome, a genetic disorder that has resulted in her having 50 surgeries. She is a sophomore at St. Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye.

If you can’t feel Myra’s excitement or feel what she sees in her and my inspirational hero, here is something to pique your interest……

Woah, Woah! Kick-ass President or Kick-assed President?

Did President Obama and democrats get royally kick-assed by republicans in this deal?

YES! says TBogg:

I am trading your social safety net cow for the promise of some magic beans that I will plant when I am re-elected which, by the way, David Plouffe assures me is totally gonna happen now. You can thank me later.

YES! says Krugman:

The President Surrenders
By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: July 31, 2011

Did the president have any alternative this time around? Yes.

First of all, he could and should have demanded an increase in the debt ceiling back in December. When asked why he didn’t, he replied that he was sure that Republicans would act responsibly. Great call.

And even now, the Obama administration could have resorted to legal maneuvering to sidestep the debt ceiling, using any of several options. In ordinary circumstances, this might have been an extreme step. But faced with the reality of what is happening, namely raw extortion on the part of a party that, after all, only controls one house of Congress, it would have been totally justifiable.

At the very least, Mr. Obama could have used the possibility of a legal end run to strengthen his bargaining position. Instead, however, he ruled all such options out from the beginning.

YES! says Erza:

Democrats are going to lose this one. The first stage of the emerging deal doesn’t include revenue, doesn’t include stimulus, and lets Republicans pocket a trillion dollars or more in cuts without offering anything to Democrats in return.

YES! says Jeff Zeleny:

But the fine print of the agreement makes clear that Republicans received more of what they demanded than did Mr. Obama, who acquiesced in his initial call for a balanced mix of spending cuts and new revenues, despite repeatedly trying to seize the bully pulpit to build support for his argument.

YES! saya The Atlantic:

Obama Weakened by Debt Deal
The months-long melodrama leaves President Obama weakened politically and potentially constrained as a president.
Obama put the best spin possible on the deal when he announced it in the White House briefing room. But there’s little good news for him and his party in what’s immediately known about the framework of the compromise.
But right now it’s hard to see many victories the president can show to his party in this deal. He didn’t get the “clean” increase he once demanded. He didn’t get the “balance” (revenue increases) he demanded, though he insisted that taxes remain very much a part of the second phase of the bargain.

YES! says Steve Benen:

Right now, my sense is most of the rage on the left is being directed at President Obama for, to use John’s frame, resolving the hostage crisis by meeting many of the criminals’ demands. And if you’re looking for me to defend the deal the White House agreed to, you’re going to be disappointed.
…. Obama’s mistake wasn’t about strength or ideology; it was underestimating at the outset what the GOP is capable of. The president thought if he were responsible, Republicans would be responsible. If he made concessions, they’d make concessions. If he persuaded the American mainstream, this would have some sort of effect on the process.

Ummmm astrologically, mercury goes into retrograde from August 2 to 26, 2011. Not looking good, so not looking good; take a deep breath Mia, take a deep breath, wait until December, hopefully IT’LL GET BETTER…!!

Update: From a reader RW at TPM:

Let me get this straight. The President kept revenues on the table, did not touch the sunset provisions in the Bush tax cuts, ensured that military cuts keep the GOP honest, protected Medicare by adding in only provider cuts in the trigger, made the reduction apparently enough to stave off a debt downgrade, got the debt ceiling raised, wounded Boehner by demonstrating to the world that he is controlled by the Tea Party caucus, took out the requirement that a BBA be passed and sent to the states and got the extension through 2012? What exactly is wrong with this deal?
The fact that there are cuts? If people don’t like that, why in God’s name didn’t they turn out to vote and bring back our Congressional majority? Once these nut jobs were in there, it was inevitable that this crap was going to happen. Whether or not it is advisable to cut spending, what exactly was going to stop this from happening? My experience is that the primary factor in all negotiations are the facts on the ground. The complaints center on a ridiculous notion that if the President had only said “no” harder, that these guys would have caved in. This isn’t negotiating over who gets the side of the bed near the A/C. This is a complex matter involving 3,000 members and staffers. Negotiations in these situations don’t work like this. That’s why I’m irked by the constant parade of people comparing the negotiations to movies and card games. These comparisons obscure more than they reveal.
The GOP came out of this looking unreasonable–I’ve been getting E-mail messages from friends saying they are back with the Democrats because the Tea Party is “destroying this country.” Nate Silver tweeted last week that local conservative talk radio in Kansas was filled with callers attacking the Tea Party! The Wall Street Journal ran two editorials which called the GOP delusional and “childish.” The vaunted GOP message discipline broke down–I read stories all over the “inside baseball” papers here in DC where GOP House members went on the record after the Friday vote wondering out loud if the party had been damaged! I don’t know if you noticed, but John Boehner spent last week negotiating with himself. No new proposals came out from the Dem side, but he produced two proposals, one of which he had to pull after he didn’t have votes. A congressional Dem staffer told me his dad, an urban Catholic who voted for Nixon over Kennedy and has always voted Republican suddenly thinks the GOP is out to lunch and supports the President.

Hey, we all hate the pain, but this is an ongoing process. They are going to try this again with a government shutdown. When that happens, I’m pretty sure that the country will be resoundingly against a repeat of these types of hijinks.

Also, too, John Cole’s tweet:

Curious about people claiming Obama didn’t win negotiations. You don’t “win” a hostage crisis. You resolve it.

I’m feeling better already. Can’t wait for December 2011, when Obama negotiated tax extensions will expire. Got to see who and how much of a kick-ass will materialize then.

I <3 Robert Gibbs

The drama-queens, the so called ‘professional left’ are enraged I tell you, ENRAGED…because Gibbs made this statement:

During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough. “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

After a lot of,  “Oh, who do you think elected Obama? You are no one without us, ya da, ya da, Gibbs offers his explanation:

I watch too much cable, I admit. Day after day it gets frustrating. Yesterday I watched as someone called legislation to prevent teacher layoffs a bailout — but I know that’s not a view held by many, nor were the views I was frustrated about.

So what I may have said inartfully, let me say this way — since coming to office in January 2009, this White House and Congress have worked tirelessly to put our country back on the right path. Most importantly, to dig our way out of a huge recession and build an economy that makes America more competitive and our middle class more secure. Some are frustrated that the change we want hasn’t come fast enough for many Americans. That we all understand.

But in 17 months, we have seen Wall Street reform, historic health care reform, fair pay for women, a recovery act that pulled us back from a depression and got our economy moving again, record investments in clean energy that are creating jobs, student loan reforms so families can afford college, a weapons system canceled that the Pentagon didn’t want, reset our relationship with the world and negotiated a nuclear weapons treaty that gets us closer to a world without fear of these weapons, just to name a few. And at the end of this month, 90,000 troops will have left Iraq and our combat mission will come to an end.

Even so, we will continue to work each day on the promises and commitments that the President made traveling all over this country for two years and produce the change we know is possible.

In November, America will get to choose between going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess, or moving forward with the policies that are leading us out.

So we should all, me included, stop fighting each other and arguing about our differences on certain policies, and instead work together to make sure everyone knows what is at stake because we’ve come too far to turn back now.

And the ENRAGED ‘professional left’ still want him gone. Yeah, they want everyone gone, Obama gone, Gibbs gone, and then they will declare victory on what I wonder?

Hey you folks, how about taking up TBogg’s advice:

On the other hand, the “professional left”, whoever they are, should take advantage of the freak-out and make a strong play for some hot make-up sex like, say, recess appointing Elizabeth Warren and Dawn Johnsen or, at the very least, a drone attack on the Palin compound.

G3 Eviserates Obama

G3, my friend from south of the border, writes:

Naomi Klein talked about the Afghan war protests during G20.  Like she said, it is again we the common people who pay for the war – be it through taxes (and service cuts ), putting our lives on the line for the Empire’s follies or getting killed by drones. . I recommend Arundhati Roy’s fantastic piece “The Algebra of infnite justice” (available online) for background on Afghan .

Besides our soldiers, I will also remember what we are doing to “them”, the Afghan civilians killed . It is easy to forget,  for they are out of sight, out of mind. Amy Goodman was here last month and I went to hear her speak (2  times lucky in 5 months).  She mentioned how, if just for one week, all the MSM showed all of the destruction we are causing in Afghan , public opinion will change fast against the war . I have seen the local anti-war marches here  dwindling in  number since Obama took office. Seems some are liberals whose aim is to blindly oppose Bush  and cheer for Obama even if they do the same thing.

The Iraq withdrawl plan was implemented by Bush with pressure from  Maliki. I doubt if Obama could have done it, despite his “peace” candidate image. Repugs would have gone into a tizzy, presidents McCain & Lieberman would have objected and Obama would have played nanny to pacify them , as part of his bipartisanship ponzi scheme.  Wonder if he is already preparing the ground for more hippie punching on the Afghan withdrawal calling it as an “obsession” for some, during G20. With Obama, I won’t believe until it is all done, because he doesn’t seem capable of standing up for anything.

Funny the DKOS diarist should mention Howard Zinn, a progressive and a patriot who strongly questioned the US empire. He had this to say about Obama : “I think people are dazzled by Obama’s rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president–which means, in our time, a dangerous president–unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction.”   That is what we progressives are trying to do thru anti-war protests, criticising his embrace of Bush/Clinton Wrecking Crew , primary challenges (Lincoln narrowly squeaked thru though). Lincoln came up with some strong derivatives reg under primary threat (Ii was one of those at who voted to primary her) , which made Wall street lapdog Turbo tax Timmy pee in pants and the WH watered it down.

Aaahhhh, Van Jones  – Obama threw him under the bus to pacify Glenn Beck (or didn’t have the guts to defend Jones against Becks’ attacks). Jones talking about the “hole” Obama inherited – hahahaha – laughable since Obama is using the arsonists who caused the hole to plug it . .

Update from Mia: Yes, I am an Obamabot, but TDPP is open to others viewpoints and has no objection to publish dissenting articles and opinions in this site. In fact TDPP welcomes differing opinions and debating opportunities. So, go for it folks, stir the pot and let the clearest rationale froth up!!