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Rise and Shine

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MoooOOOOoooorning!


208 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 99ts
    January 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Hello everyone

  2. 12 Elle in MI
    January 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Congeats on first 99ts!

  3. 15 andogriff
    January 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Good morning 99ts, congrats on first!

  4. January 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers everyone and congrats 99ts on #1! :)

  5. 19 Allison
    January 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD! Well-deserved vacation for POTUS and FLOTUS.

  6. 20 andogriff
    January 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Great photos of our first couple coming home, thanks Ms Chips! Happy Sunday everyone!

  7. January 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

    You did hear McConell rule out gun control on This Week? He said only Spending and debt will be considered in this Congress.
    Their you go!
    These Guys are just pissed that they lost the election and are trying to screw us, hoping fir a different America. Crazy!

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Did something just happen to make McConnell Senate Majority leader. Last I heard it was still Harry Reid with a larger Democratic caucus. So McConnell can blow all the smoke he wants. He’s not in charge.

      • January 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Apparently, with the filibuster, McConell thinks he us in charge.
        That’s why filibuster reform is important.

        • 27 jackiegrumbacher
          January 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

          I agree that filibuster reform is vital. However, it’s still a naysayer function. The majority sets the agenda. So when McConnell proclaims what the Congress will ‘deal’ with, he’s lying. He may rally vote against other issues, but he doesn’t determine what gets discussed.

        • 29 Judith Fardig
          January 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

          YES! It’s not too late to lobby your Democratic Senators to support the Merkley/Udall talking filibuster reform. If you’re Nevada, let Harry Reid know this is the way to go, not making a deal with McConnell like last time, which McConnell will not honor.

    • 30 99ts
      January 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

      What a seriously stupid comment – rather like the recently retired congress man who said his 18 years in congress was a waste of time – whose fault would that be?

  8. 32 jackiegrumbacher
    January 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

    It’s good to see them so well rested. Michelle looks really happy. Hope she can keep that look after the plane lands in cold and dreary DC. Good morning all.

  9. 34 JER
    January 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody.

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      January 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Nice reminder.

      p.s. Woooo…..Presidents sure do age rapidly. Pres. Obama still looks good though.

      • 38 99ts
        January 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

        He looks good – but greyer every day – I’m glad he lets it show – unlike some much older congresspersons who seem to have no sign of the grey??

      • 39 anniebella
        January 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

        These men who have been in that Oval Office have alot to deal with, specially this President. That’s why we must keep him and his family up in prayer. For wisdom , strength, and compassion. Something none of those hateful Republicans have.

        • 40 Rain
          January 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

          I agree Annie, and also for health, emotional and physical. The stress he has to deal with is enormous, and PBO gets more than his share of it just trying to deal with the idiots in the house.

  10. January 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Heitcamp- gun control will not pass, only cracking down on the mentally Ill.
    Well, she is already a disappointment.
    Next!

    • 42 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

      She comes from North Dakota and received an A- rating from the NRA. Most likely her “base” comprised the staunchest of gun-loving “Democrats.” I expect nothing different from her. Here is an interview she did in the days following the CT school shooting:

      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec12/heitkamp_12-20.html

    • 46 Linda
      January 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

      She ran on getting the Keyston Pipeline approved claiming it will bring jobs….jobs…..jobs……

      She also ran against the ACA.

      She is a fake and a fraud

    • 47 theo67
      January 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      This doesn’t surprise me from Heitcamp at all. I heard her in a radio interview the day after the election, and I thought she was a right winger. I was surprised to hear she was a Democrat. She’s going to be a huge roadblock in Congress. Very disappointing, but not surprising.

  11. 48 dotster3
    January 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

    And I say again—-CBS Sunday Morning is the only Sunday show worth watching—–and may be the best show on the teevee, interesting and intriguing segments from all corners, all done exceeding well and to perfection.

    • 49 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Generally, I’ve found that the best TV show on Sunday morning is to turn the TV OFF. :) :)

      But I’ll take your word for it regarding the CBS Sunday Morning show as an exception.

    • 50 prettyfoot58
      January 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

      …very intriguing program…i have watched it for years

  12. January 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

    If this keeps up, the Inauguration is going to be a slug fest between the Republucans and the Democrats.
    It’s to bad, because the President is capable of leading us all out of this mess, whereas the Republicans want us all to stay stuck in the mud.
    We have got to get rid of the Republhcabs in congress. But with gerrymandering? Why can’t California and Ny do gerrymandering to maximize our Seats in those States?

    • 52 Rain
      January 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Jovie, I often think of how much farther along we could be and how much more could have been accomplished if the obstructionists would knock off their foolishness and do their jobs.

  13. 53 Eveingeorgia
    January 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Good morning, TOD family. Have a great day, everyone.

  14. 54 GGAIL
    January 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks!
    Congrats 99!!

  15. 57 carolyn
    January 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Heidi Heitkamp would do well to follow the Hillary Clinton, Lawrence O’Donnell recommended model of being a junior Senator: Work for your constituents, don’t appear all over national TV the first year. Junior Senators like Heitkap have nothing to say or control about what happens or doesn’t come up for a vote.
    The Senate is built around seniority. When I first worked at the Senate, my Senator had long time seniority. He had influence, our office got perks. Then he died, and our office changed, even though our new Senator was a man of distinction from the state. We felt the difference in the office with a very junior Senator.
    Hillary Clinton kept her head down, her profile low and worked to build her reputation in the Senate. LOD cited Al Franken as another Senator who has followed this pattern. Coming in as an outside celebrity does nothing in the Senate. Ted Kennedy had to earn his stripes, even though his brother was president when he first came in. Notice Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren are NOT on this morning’s shows.
    All that to say, what a junior senator says on TV doesn’t carry much weight in the chamber itself. She would serve herself better, and her party to not appear on TV and speak ignorantly and carelessly. She does not set the agenda…Harry Reid and his leadership do.

    • 58 amk for obama
      January 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

      This. Let’s not give the importance she does not deserve.

    • 59 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

      When it comes to the librul media, ANY senator, no matter how junior, who helps to maintain and/or push GOP narratives and agenda will be invited on the Sunday Republican propaganda shows. And that’s why Heidi got an invite. Warren and the others would not be invited because they would not reinforce GOP propaganda memes.

    • 60 prettyfoot58
      January 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Thank you Carolyn so much for your insight…we really do need this perspective….

  16. January 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Good morning. First couple do look well rested. It will be great to have them back. Hope he will be able to deal with the troubles ahead.

  17. January 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Greta Van Susteten on gun control-
    We have to look out how violent we are, we go to the Movies and their is violence and even the President has RAPPERS over the WH.

    Rappers over the WH are responsible for Sandy Hook? Is she serious?

    • 65 utaustinliberal
      January 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

      No shit, she seriously said that?

    • 67 amk for obama
      January 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

      pox news ditto heads will be pox news ditto heads.

    • 68 anniebella
      January 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

      No the guy who shot down 20 six and seven year olds was not a rapper? Greta need to shut her ugly face up.

      • 69 prettyfoot58
        January 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

        there is a very powerful piece by Tim Wise…worth reading….

        http://www.timwise.org/2012/12/race-class-violence-and-denial-mass-murder-and-the-pathologies-of-privilege/

        After all, to whatever extent we place the blame for these things on widespread gun availability, we should know by now that with 280 million guns in circulation, they can’t all be tucked into the waistbands of young black men who reside somewhere else; that at least some — and by some I mean a frightful lot of them — are surely stored in well-apportioned cases for display, in small towns and rural hamlets and suburban cookie-cutter cul-de-sacs and gated communities, by people who aren’t yet sure enough that their gates will suffice to keep the dreaded other (who never looks like their own disturbed son, but always someones else’s — darker and poorer) at bay. And so why are we surprised?

    • 72 57andfemale
      January 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

      It isn’t often I quote (or in this case, paraphrase) Michael Moore. Stephanie Miller read from something he wrote a few days ago, comparing us to Canada who has plenty of guns. It is indeed, Greta, about the culture: a civilized country that has embraced modern socialism has an ethic that views its populace as in it ‘together’, working for a common good, taking care of its citizens from birth to grave. The ethic that used to define America. This NRA insanity that has taken over this country: ‘fear’ of everyone because everyone is armed is not politeness or respect: it’s the exact opposite of civilized behavior. A country that views itself as a collective of people sharing and working toward a common good, does not value its citizens pulling a revolver out of the glove compartment and blowing someone away because they got cut off in traffic.

      It is precisely their 20th/21st century modern socialism that keeps the mindless, heartless gun violence at a minimum in Canada. Our insane view of the 2nd Amendment and this ‘every man for himself’, Ayn Rand mentality is what is causing the gun violence in this country. I’lll go so far as to say that what passes for ‘mentally ill’ in many cases is because we no longer teach our citizens how to live and work together .

      • January 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

        Thanks for this. In my 65 years, I have seen only one gun, even though I have lived in a large city and rural area. It’s not that they don’t exist here. People hunt and crime happens but it is the rare exception rather than the rule when innocent people are shot.

        • 74 57andfemale
          January 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

          I really think Michael Moore hit on something important here: if our culture is ‘every man for himself’ and every perceived threat is justification for pulling out a weapon, that’s a serious cultural disease. Would we less ‘tense’ as a society if we were assured we could afford and avail ourselves of basic health care; not rely on a corporation for our health care needs; know that unions were protecting the worker. Couple all of those stresses with an attitude that we must personally protect ourselves with guns, and we have a serious cultural malaise.

          It’s not just about the ‘mentally ill’ and video games. are we less mentally fit because of the stresses we live under that other First World nations don’t face? Are video games a problem because we aren’t properly teaching the difference between reality and fantasy? Are no longer emphasizing liberal learning as a means of critical thinking? We a frightening number of Americans thinking the world is 6,000 years old, is there any other conclusion than that they are unable to comprehend any kind of complexity?

          I am almost 63 years old and I never thought I would see the kind of decline I see in American culture today.

  18. 75 57andFemale
    January 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Okay, believe it or not, this is a great piece from dKos. can’t remember the time I linked to anything there and I don’t go there very often. But this piece was just excellent and gives us good ammunition against our nutty Uncle Ralphs who get all their info from Fox. Even the comments are readable.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/06/1176226/-You-want-to-compare-the-U-S-budget-to-a-family-budget-Let-s-be-real-about-it

  19. January 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

  20. 96 Ceb
    January 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Just finished watching the McChrystal interview ( he has a new book out) and CBS Sunday Morning. While it is sad to see how such a storied career came to an end and to see how it affects the general, the interviewer seemed to imply that all of this was the president’s fault; that the Rolling Stone article was not that big a deal, that the incident was nothing to loose a career over. What Martin failed to mention was that the article was not the first time that the general had questioned The white House’s approach to the war in public and overseas. I also got the impression that the general did not really expect the president to accept his offer of resignation.

    One thing that I have learned is that the seemingly little thing that brings a person down, is actually the straw that finally broke the camel’s back. The person usually has gotten away with years of questionable behavior that range from high crimes to misdemeanors, only to finally be brought down by something that seems relatively simple. The interview was designed to make us feel sorry for the general and to question the president’s decision to accept the general’s resignation. You know; it’s Obama’s fault.

    • 97 anniebella
      January 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

      It seem to me General McChrystal had a job to do and being in Rolling Stone Magazine had nothing to do with that job.

    • 98 cos
      January 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

      GM everyone. Ceb, I was thinking the same thing as I was watching that interview. He and his wife did not take any blame for is actions.

      • 99 cos
        January 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Oops, meant “his”.

      • 100 jacquelineoboomer
        January 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Yes, he and his wife are now on the outside looking in, remembering the good old days when they mattered and had a flock of followers.

        President Obama is still the Commander-in-Chief, moving our country forward. He’s not one person in front of the cameras, and someone different behind the scenes.

        And I smile.

    • 102 dotster3
      January 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

      My take is that so many of these over-glorified military leaders have had a fall from grace recently, turned out they weren’t all that, had hidden but serious flaws, crashing the myths that had been built around them, a la Reagan—-true of McChrystal and Petraeus after him and many others. There will always be those who work to defend their reputations, but they have been exposed. Which is a good thing.

      • 103 Ceb
        January 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

        True. The light, the openness and the honesty of PBO and his admin. is seeking out and exposing the dark corners of all levels of our society, which is another reason why the powers that be hate him so much.

      • 104 amk for obama
        January 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Yup. All these glorified soldiers, especially the ones the thugs so lurv, turned out to be scums in the end.

    • January 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I was saying this last night and nobody seemed to care! LOL!

  21. 106 HZ
    January 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family. Thanks for all of the lovely photos and videos, Chips. Brings back to mind our efforts to think FORWARD and to focus on who we have in the Oval Office and how we will help him finish his work there.

    Not worrying about McConnell, but sending forth many, many prayers for the man and all who try to stand in the way of POTUS and the people who need so much encouragement, love, and compassion. We have work to do and we will stay focus on that work always.

    Have a very nice day everyone.HZ

    • January 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Morning HZ! Hope you’re doing well?

      • 108 HZ
        January 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Morning my special angel of grace. I am doing fine. Much to be grateful for in my space today. Trying to prepare my heart to put forgiveness in front and much meditations of goodness so that I may receive what is good in the universe for me to move forward, not matter the difficulties.

        I will rise above the fear that is trying to take up our space with our president moving forward in his second term and steady try to move with love, a gentle spirit, and an open heart to those things that are best for me in order to reach out to other, if needed.

        Moving with the sunshine of a peaceful heart takes me where I must move. Thus I pray that Fred, and all of my TOD family members are taking into their space as much energy to get them where they want to go and hope to go. I hope they are doing fine as well. Take one step at your own pace, my friends. Lots of love to all of my family here. ((((( Love you all with a restful heart.)))))))HZ

        • 109 prettyfoot58
          January 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

          Thank you HZ for such inspiring comments…((((((HZ)))))))

        • 110 Judith Fardig
          January 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

          HZ, I’m trying to emulate your positive attitude and not let the haters get inside my head or my heart.

          • 111 HZ
            January 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

            Judith, it is not easy as you well know. I have my days when I just weep because of the haters displaying their hateful deed in front of this president and those of us who believe and worked so hard to support him. But then I do believe that we here love people so much and want this brilliant president to be so susccessful in moving us forward to a better place that our “positive attitudes” are not easy to carry with us all of the time.

            Just speak with the very being that you want in your words as you meditate and take a day at a time to make sure that these ugly hearts will not get into your heart’s space. (((((( Speak your life into your own words of support for POB daily)))))))))))HZ

  22. 112 anniebella
    January 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

    The pictures of POTUS and FLOTUS are nice, it look like they had a nice vacation, although a short one for POTUS.

  23. 116 Ceb
    January 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Good morning.

  24. January 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good morning TOD Family, Good morning Chips! Congrats 99ts on being first. Hope everyone has a Blessed Sunday!
    Well now what does this week have in store for us.

  25. January 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

    As the RWNJs pick apart Chuck Hagel next week and work to torpedo his nomination, let’s take a look at Hagel’s “What do you believe?” moment in 2007:

  26. 122 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    This fella is just obsessed with Huntsman! Not a week goes by without him pimping Huntsman for 2016 in some way, shape or form.

    • January 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

      No viable candidate for 2016? LOLz. We are brimming with viable candidates.

      I stopped following that guy when he announced before the election he was changing from Dem to Republican so he could fight from within. Too stupid for words.

    • 124 anniebella
      January 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

      When you get a answer from Sam Cook III about his obsession with Huntsman, please let us know. I’m puzzle also.

      • 125 57andfemale
        January 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

        What passes for ‘moderate’ now in the Republican party is believing in actual science and not believing the earth is 6,000 years old. The rest of Huntsman’s record is Republican all the way.

        I’m really not ready to start fighting the 2016 election. The best way to fight on our behalf is to do the work we need to do NOW.

    • 126 carla4obama
      January 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Was Senator Barack Obama considered a viable candidate in 2005? Huntsman has been previewed, will he be like Romney was in 2008 run, failing to get the nomination in 2008 but rising above the clowns of 2016? Can’t we just focus on this current president that as yet not even started his second term!

    • 127 Chi
      January 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Here’s all you need to know about the guy Hopefruit..

      http://chirpstory.com/li/17654

      Quite the grifter…

  27. 129 carolyn
    January 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

    More thoughts on “obstruction” and the president’s genius in detailing the VP to negotiate with McConnell, and also his genius in putting him in charge of the gun control agenda.
    When we were first married LBJ was president. My husband could not understand LBJ’s power, because he considered LBJ a very poor speaker. I told him his power did not derive from his public speaking, it derived from his private knowledge of the senators and reps in Congress. As they say, “he knew where the bodies were buried.”
    We all love Joe for what he is, and his winning ways, etc. However, the VP also “knows where the bodies are buried.” He was in the Senate for a LONG time, and check what I said upstream about seniority in the Senate. Joe has knowledge of Senators, etc. that goes WAY back. I firmly believe that is why he was able to settle a deal with McConnell.
    Now, I have a feeling that Biden will find a Republican weak link in the gun control issue, and use him in this battle. McConnell respects Joe’s seniority, and still considers the President an “upstart” leapfrogging over all the other 99 Senators to become president, but Joe, truly belongs to the club, which for years was a men’s club. I believe McConnell is very uncomfortable with 20 women senators, and won’t know how to work with them. However, both POTUS and VPOTUS are very comfortable with women and know how to work with them. They will become a mighty force in the Senate.
    This is going to be extremely exciting to watch. McConnell is blowing smoke right now, his last chance.

    • 130 amk for obama
      January 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Love your takes on the DC politics.

    • January 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

      I would love nothing more than to see McConnell replaced by a woman. He’s done nothing but obstruct during his tenure and like a lot of other senators, he’s been there too damn long.

    • 132 Ceb
      January 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

      “for years it was a man’s club”, but more importantly it was w white man’s club. While the seniority argument is part of the puzzle of McConnell’s and others’ attitude toward PBO, the greatest piece is the racial one. He and so many others thought that the day would come when they would have to deal with and concede to the power of a Black man. As for the new women on the Hill, to I do not see any of the senior men dealing with them at all.

      • 133 Ceb
        January 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

        Should be “never thought that the day would come…”

      • 134 Chi
        January 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        Absolutely spot on…

        Joe Biden didn’t just become the V.P, so where has McConell’s “respect” for Joe Biden been these past 4 years…

        Additionally, the concept of ‘upstart leap frogging over 99 Senators’ as if the Senate is automatically a stepping stone to the presidency, strikes me as simply another attempt at explaining away the obvious…

        Many of these men completely embraced and had no problem with the concept of Rick Santorum as president and Paul Ryan as V.P…

        The hostility towards President Obama has very little to do with the length of time he spent in the Senate…

        • 135 nathkatun7
          January 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

          It’s truly amazing how people like McConnell, aided by our unethical media, try to hide their racism! President Obama did not “leapfrog over 99 Senanators.” In 2008, President Obama openly run against three Senators, and one former Senator, in his own party (including then Sen. Biden, by the way) and won the nomination fair and square. He then run against Senator McCain, a supposedly war hero, and defeated him soundly. It’s not as if President Obama was handed the president on a silver platter! All this new found love and respect for Joe Biden (who is an incredible person) is all about hiding the shame that no matter how much they tried to defeat him President Obama still came out a winner.

          Just for the record, one of the greatest presidents, and may be the the greatest President — according to those in the business of grading Presidents — is Abraham Lincoln. Yet how many of us know that Lincoln, like Obama was an illinois legislator who served only one term (2years) in the House of Representatives? Indeed, how many of us are taught, or remember, that, unlike President Obama who was elected by the overwhelming majority of the people of Illinois to serve in the United States, President Lincoln run for the Senate seat, in 1858, and was defeated by Stephen Douglas? Ironically, two years later (1860) Lincoln was able to revenge his loss of the Illinois senate seat to Stephen Douglass by defeating him in the Presidential election. My point is: Abraham Lincoln’s political experience was much less than that of President Obama. Yet he is considered one of the greatest presidents. And please don’t get me started on assessing the political experience of George W. Bush. How come McConnell, and the media, never questioned George W. Bush whose political experience in elective office was just six years compared to Barak Obama’s 12 years political experience?

          • 136 nathkatun7
            January 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

            By the way, Chi, many of these covert racists, who hate President Obama, but are so in love with Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and now John Kerry, somehow forget that all these incredible people were all appointees of the “evil unqualified” President Obama.

            • 137 Chi
              January 7, 2013 at 5:28 am

              Indeed Nath, indeed…

              It does bother me that too many of us inadvertently provide cover for these racists by trying to explain away their resistance to and hostility towards the President with various excuses like this ‘upstart leapfrogging’ one…

              Everyone of these men like McConell now mad at the ‘leapfrogging’ had absolutely no qualms about a potential V.P and even president Paul Ryan, a man infinitely less qualified, less impressive and not even half as educated, academically or intellectually sound as the President they revolt against…

              So what exactly entitles Paul Ryan to the respect McConell and company deny President Obama…

              • 138 nathkatun7
                January 8, 2013 at 4:33 am

                “So what exactly entitles Paul Ryan to the respect McConell and company deny President Obama…”

                Chi, I am absolutely sure it has to do with Paul Ryan’s lack of melanin! You see, the less melanin you have the more respect you are accorded in this society. As you so ably stated, Paul Ryan cannot compete with President Obama “academically or intellectually.” So why is he accorded so much respect? Besides, President Obama had more political experience than George W. Bush. Yet Mitch McConnell and others never once questioned Dubya’s fitness for the presidency.

                I am absolutely convinced that McConnell’s, and the media’s, disrespect of President Obama is all about his color/race. Sadly, idiots like McConnell are still not aware that the biological concept of race has been deemed to be bogus by scientists. In other words, intelligence has absolutely nothing to do with a person’s pigmentation. Mitch McConnell is a clear example that proves that color has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence!

    • 139 Betsy
      January 6, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Awesome post.

    • January 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Carolyn, I always find your inside info on the senate so fascinating. Thanks for sharing your perspective. I look forward to more insight from you!

  28. 141 anniebella
    January 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I can not stand Mitch McConnell. So there will be no gun control, seem to me there were not going to be any raising of taxes. But they were raised.

  29. 142 Xtine
    January 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Good morning, Chips & TODers! I got caught up @ YouTube watching all the lovely Jan-Jul videos from Chips! Woke up wanting something that would bring a smile and just wanted to say, Thank YOU, Chips. These are really fantastic. Had to stop myself from replaying again & again! :)

    Love the HI photos upthread. Wish they could have had a longer break together. I’m now “plotting” their “Spring Break” together! :) Yep, in my mind I have this enormous power! LOL!

    • January 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Mooooooooorning Xtine!!!! Thrilled you enjoyed the videos, August should be along ….. eh, any day now :???:

      • 144 Xtine
        January 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

        Chips, don’t know how you do it, but we’re so grateful! No pressure or anything (ahem …) but can’t wait for next instalment! Ooops, Yes I Can … wait, that is! My chores will be grateful for the delay! :)

  30. January 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

  31. 150 Pamela
    January 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Off working today, expect not to have any time to peek in. Have a lovely day everyone! {{{{Chipsticks}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}

  32. 154 sonjiaduncan
    January 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Good Sunday Morning Chips Mama and the whole TOD family. I pray for the safe travel for our First Family back to sunny DC.

  33. 156 a4alice
    January 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

    whoa. space. the final frontier. not star trek but very interesting.

  34. 160 Dudette
    January 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

    A little personal off-topic indulgence. Oh wait, here’s a connection: The President likes books! :-)

    • 161 Judith Fardig
      January 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks you for those beautiful library links, Dudette! Did you know that the University of Coimbra Library which is #1 keeps a colony of bats to eat the bugs, so the librarian has to cover all the tables with leather sheets at closing time and clean up the bat guano in the morning when opening up again? We went on a guided tour of it a few years ago and were amazed!

    • 162 theo67
      January 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      These are gorgeous, Dudette! I feel like I want to travel, now…

    • 165 Xtine
      January 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

      JER. thank you! I get my cool plane fix today! What a bonus! Thought they were arriving @ noon. There go my chores!

    • 166 Dudette
      January 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Great! Watching now! Thank you!

      How cool is it that we can all do this together — among people who don’t think we’re disturbed cuz we wanna watch them land safely?! :-)

    • 167 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thanks JER!! :)

    • 168 Xtine
      January 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I just love all that pomp & circumstance, saluting, etc.! They have a whole series of moves they do to just close the doors of Marine 1. Sorry, don’t know the terminology! But I love watching, never gets boring. BTW, I never gave a hoot before PBO. AF1 & M1 only became cool w/ PBO! Yep, I’m biased. Kiss my heritage, Dubya! :)

      • 169 hopefruit2
        January 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

        “BTW, I never gave a hoot before PBO. AF1 & M1 only became cool w/ PBO!”

        I think a significant majority of us would agree with you there – including some in the MSM (even if they will never admit it).

  35. 170 Xtine
    January 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Had MHP on as background chatter & thought I heard someone say we don’t need more Prozac to solve gun issue. Think he said it funnier than my words. I’ve been trying to stay away from my TV lately. Did someone say more prescription drugs as a solution to automatic weapons? Good lawd!

  36. 171 Betsy
    January 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Happy Sunday everyone. Today is my last day of vacation. I can only imagine how PBO feels, it went by way too fast!! I plan to enjoy this day to it’s fullest. So glad PBO got some rest.

  37. 180 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

    paging LL.

  38. 183 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

    And I am outta here. Gunnite folks.

  39. 184 a4alice
    January 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    gotta go do chores see yez later TOD

  40. 186 prettyfoot58
    January 6, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Is PBO home yet

  41. 194 carolyn
    January 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Just watched the CBS feed of the Obama family return to D.C. I have to say, I love the simplicity and efficiency of his return, and I loved seeing the Air Force offficers salute Air Force One as it landed…..
    Also, I noticed my “silver fox” SS man get off the plane right behind the family. I also saw him at the Shave Ice store. He always makes me feel secure for the President.
    On another note, I am truly optimistic about this coming year politically. President Obama is well seasoned in the office, and he too now, knows where the bodies are buried. He also has a larger percentage of the American people behind him…..not rapturous and ecstatic as four years ago, but battle hardened and ready to go. This is very different from four years ago, but probably more important and I think transformative.

    • 195 Betsy
      January 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

      ^^^this^^^. I am loving your posts today Carolyn! This post really uplifts my spirit. I have such confidence in PBO, just need to give less power to the GOP and MSM in my head. The American people were able to see past the bullshit to re-elect PBO, so they can see through their pettiness now.

    • January 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

      I agree with you. There is more awareness of everything in DC and PBO once again will approach things in his own methodical way but with much more information and wisdom at his disposal than ever before.

    • 197 SeptemberSandy
      January 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

      “This is very different from four years ago, but probably more important and I think transformative.” I agree !

    • 198 jacquelineoboomer
      January 6, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Although some of us, a whole lot of us, I dare say, are at once still “rapturous and ecstatic,” as well as “battle hardened and ready to go.” Can only really speak for myself, of course. I may be four years older (and I was pretty much what they call old to begin with), but President Obama has surely inspired me, you, and a gazillion others to have had his back for nearly (and, in some cases, at least) six years and counting! He brings out the best in all of us, as citizens and regular folk.

      I understand and appreciate and agree with what you wrote, carolyn, just wanted to add a little piece to it.

      • 199 nathkatun7
        January 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        Great comment, JO! I am also one of those who are called “old to begin with,” but President Obama has energized me to believe that despite my age my voice and actions can still make a difference.

    • 201 prettyfoot58
      January 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I am truly optimistic about this coming year politically. President Obama is well seasoned in the office, and he too now, knows where the bodies are buried. He also has a larger percentage of the American people behind him…..not rapturous and ecstatic as four years ago, but battle hardened and ready to go. This is very different from four years ago, but probably more important and I think transformative.

      *********************************************************

      BOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

    • 202 theo67
      January 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Well said, Carolyn. I have a great deal of confidence that President Obama will get it done this year. The freedom from re-election will be wonderful for him, because he’s truly free to pursue his agenda, add to that the fact that the economy is improving and the people have weighed his performance and found it warranted a second term. He has to be feeling pretty good. And I agree that the people are more wiser and more determined to support him.

  42. 203 Sharon
    January 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Also got a glimpse of Bo on the ground as Marine One lifted off. Heading home via auto I expect.

  43. 205 dotster3
    January 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I saw Bo! Deplaned from AF1. I’m not sure if he got to hitch a ride on Marine 1 tho. But at least, there he is—–mr. dotster has been teasing me that Bo didn’t get to go back to Hawaii for the last leg because he’d been tracking in sand —-etc.—-kind of a running joke—because I kept insisting that wasn’t true, that Bo is perfect!—-just like all things Obama.

  44. 207 prettyfoot58
    January 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

    https://twitter.com/NJedwina/status/287959813986598912

    Important point…..Rape Enablers

    is Congress enabling by not passing the VAWA….it is time for all of us to demand that they do so…..


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