Well wadda ya know, I’m up here in the rarified air.
I love this. Expresses my spirit after seeing the children reading their letters to President Obama; and it’s also a breath of fresh sunny island air on a cold grey afternoon far from any sunshine. thank you!
One of the best, most uplifting songs ever!!
Wonderful, smart, courageous children. Thank you, Chips.
Yes they are Jackie, complete inspirations.
No guns, no guns, no guns!
Let us turn our guns into plowshares… If you know who said this ill give you a 😘
Michael Jackson – Heal the World.
I am pretty sure it was him, that is one of my favorite MJ songs (I am gonna feel so silly if this is wrong!!Lol)
😘 I don’t know the answer, but I knew I wasn’t the first! Think it goes back to WWII though.
I think it might originally have been swords to plowshares. Time for google.
I think the Biblical expression was turning swords (there were no guns at the time) into plowshares. It’s been such a long time since I read the Bible, but I think this is probably taken from prophet Isaiah. But then again, it might have been Jesus who said this. All I know is that this was one of Dr. King’s favorite quotes in his struggle for non-violence.
……and no guns! I agree entirely.
Some absolutely BRILLIANT posts today, Ms Chips! Endless thanks! Just coming up for air after “Rise & Shine”, great news everywhere, good positive feelings going into inauguration weekend! I love these great kids, and so does the president, I think!
Thank you so much Andogriff, endless uplifting news to report!!
I hope everyone (if you can) will do something in honor of MLK/PBO/FLOTUS/ for the National Day of Service. If you can give time but can give some support such as donating to your local homeless shelter. I plan to help at our local homeless shelter collecting/donating diapers and clothes that I no longer wear.
Thank you children for your bravery to speak out on gun violence. You are the beautiful future of the United States of America. Not only is the President, Vice President, your parents and community proud of you, but so am I and a majority of other Americans. My best to you in your future.
In case you missed it, here is VPB’s address to the US Conference of Mayors
Vice President Biden Addresses U.S. Conference of Mayors | C-SPAN shar.es/4SpnR via c-span.org— Alycee (@jazziz2) January 17, 2013
Um: 'Your love, lifting me higher, than I've EVER been lifted before!' (Madame Tussauds, DC, Jan 17) http://t.co/k6JUVHNN— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) January 17, 2013
Dear @SenatorReid earn an F Grade from the NRA & an A+ from youtube.com/watch?feature=… & youtube.com/watch?feature=…
and you'll never regret it. TY— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 17, 2013
Dear @Heidi4ND earn an F Grade from the NRA & an A+ from bit.ly/XHkV8H & bit.ly/XHkSJO and you'll never regret it. TY— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 17, 2013
Dear @SenatorBegich earn an F Grade from the NRA & an A+ from bit.ly/XHkV8H & bit.ly/XHkSJO and you'll never regret it. TY— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 17, 2013
Absolutely heart-wrenching. What sweet and brave children to come forward. If some Americans can’t hear their call for help, they are not human.
Poll Finds Positive Outlook on Obama's Second Term as Inauguration Day Approaches bit.ly/SRnl6L— Pamela Leavey (@DemDaily) January 17, 2013
Looks like the First Lady is using her birthday to let us see her new hairdo. https://t.co/ocoBc00i— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 17, 2013
She looks “hip!”
She’s sort of channeling Kerry Washington! She looks 29. POTUS will be surprised!
Bingo! Nailed it. It reminds me of Kerry Washington’s bangs. It’s fabulous.
I like it….awwww shucks
Like some one commented regarding the First Lady’s new hair style..”I wonder if she will be carded (to be sure she is over 21)”
I like the hair style.
I saw the picture of FLOTUS on Martin Bashir show, and I like. She looks
She looks lovely as usual.
I like this style a lot. Also, love the dress.
And by the way, POTUS is on a roll.
Stunning! Gorgeous! [sigh!]
COLUMN: @NRA 'jeopardized the security of the first family' wapo.st/W37rVE #newtown #obama @JacksonLeeTX18— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) January 17, 2013
CNN: Death Threats Against Obama Increase By 400 Percent
A CNN source with very close to the U.S. Secret Service confirmed to me today that threats on the life of the president of the United States have now risen by as much as 400 percent since his inauguration, 400 percent death threats against Barack Obama — quote — “in this environment” go far beyond anything the Secret Service has seen with any other president.
Really important that everyone viewing this site read the following:
“First, the Second Amendment was written to assure the South that the militia ¾ the very same militia described in the main body of the Constitution could be armed even if Congress elected not to arm them or otherwise attempted to “disarm” them. From our perspective today, this may seem like a small matter since Congress retained exclusive authority to determine the composition of the militia, and, thus, who could enjoy the right to bear arms. However, in the context of the concern and circumstances of the time, it was significant. The Amendment deals with keeping and bearing arms in the militia, subject to federal and state regulation. Therefore, to the extent original intent matters, the hidden history of the Second Amendment strongly supports the collective rights position.
Second, the Second Amendment lives two lives: one in the law and the other in politics, public policy, and popular culture. The hidden history has ramifications in the second realm as well. The Second Amendment takes on an entirely different complexion when instead of being symbolized by a musket in the hands of the minuteman, it is associated with a musket in the hands of the slave holder.”
Dear @VP Please enlighten EVERYONE that the 2nd Amendment ENFORCED Slavery & that the #GOP uses it to ENRICH WEAPONS DEALERS. cc @Lawrence— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 17, 2013
Dear @stefcutter @Messina2012 As #OFA is activated to take on the weapons industry, inform Americans why the 2nd Amendment was ratified.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 17, 2013
@JBucknoff @Our4thEstate @stefcutter @Messina2012 @Dudette9t9 Here is Carl T Bogus original UC Davis Law Review article saf.org/LawReviews/Bog…— Alan Eggleston (@AlanEggleston) January 17, 2013
Stuck in ‘moderation’ Chips!!
Dear President @BarackObama @VP It's long past time for a 2nd Amendment history lesson bit.ly/W9sKBV Please hold a national class. TY— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 17, 2013
Wonderful letters written by precious children!
i am tired of the 2nd amendment….the authorization to kill
President Obama meets Somalia’s new president today
Barack Obama meets Somalia's new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, as Washington recognized the nation's government bit.ly/XeOb3Y— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) January 17, 2013
The floodgates have opened and I am completely useless after watching these four delicious young Americans read their letters to President Obama on gun violence. The only thing thing that is missing from this post is that tissues are required. Seriously, out of the mouthes of babes. I just want to scoop each one of them up in my arms and squeeze them tight. I can barely see the screen right now as the tears roll down my cheeks. The little whippersnapper in the red dress did me in with her reading. I adore these children.
Afternoon all – Yes, nice posts Chips, & I Can See Clearly Now Yardarm! I loved the scenery in the video, very beautiful to see during this Chicago winter. Sweet children with common sense is what should be played on TV instead of all the NRA garbage. It would be so much more calming than listening to the opposition. We need to make this world a better, safer, healthier, & wiser planet for this next young generation.
Speaking of winter, they just said Mississippi has had more snow than Chicago, as well as parts of TX. We need the moisture around here!
I can’t shake off this thought: has any inauguration day of the president of the US fallen on MLK day since the holiday was established?. It can’t be coincidental that the first AA president get’s inaugurated on Martin Luther King Jr. day? It might look arbitrary but I sense we are in for a fabulous 4 more years and a phenomenal historical period. During the campaign of 2008, I think the city park ranger asked PBO while he was visiting the site if he is going to be etched in Mount Rushmore and if I remember correctly, he didn’t say no except that there wasn’t enough space for his ears. AMK said there will never be another PBO and I wholly agree. No one can replace Gandhi, MLK, Mandela, Lincoln etc and PBO joins them. Sorry, I am rambling but my heart is skipping and dancing.
Chris Christie Lambastes The NRA For Its ‘Reprehensible’ Anti-Obama Ad
“I’m a father who is a public figure, who has four children. And my children had no choice realistically in what I decided to do with my career and what affect that has had on their lives.”
Christie’s office tweeted out video of the passionate response Thursday evening.
“They’ve got real issues to debate on this topic,” Christie said of the NRA. “Get to the real issues. Don’t be dragging people’s children into this. It’s wrong. And I think it demeans them and makes them less of a valid, trusted source of information on the real issues.”
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/christie-nra-obama-ad-gun-control-2013-1#ixzz2IHHUIhj5
Christie is the only Republican who has any political sense. The others think they can still win in 2016 by running on hate and to the far right.
Still waiting for him to thank the President and the democrats for the relief money for his state
Well well well, this is what I am talking about, where is Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, saying disagree with the President all you want about policies, but leave his kids out of it. That goes for the NRA or anyone else. But we have not seen any Republican leaders willing to do that and it has been like that since President Obama became President. But you can bet every dime you have that if the shoe was on the other foot, President Obama would step forward and say leave Speaker Boehner, McConnell kids out of this. I am no fan of Gov. Christie, but I appreciate him saying what he said.
Some one tweeted it to me. Kudos to him. But, as per TPM, his office wimped out by releasing the vid, censoring his remarks about nra.
He’s a wimp and such an opportunist…
It’s all posturing for Chris Christie…
I’m hardly imoressed…
The Labor Department on Thursday issued a new rule meant to avert a repeat of the 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that left 29 workers dead.
The regulation, which takes effect on March 25, streamlines the process by which the agency’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) can crack down on mine operators with patterns of violating health and safety violations.
It comes almost three years after the blast at Massey Energy’s Big Branch mine — the worst mining disaster in 40 years.
“It exacted a terrible toll on the nation, coal miners’ families and coal companies,” outgoing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said. “The rule we are announcing today will hold mine operators accountable when they disregard life-saving safety measures.”
Happy birthday, @MichelleObama! http://t.co/brzSPUQK— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 17, 2013
This was tweeted at 2:23PM today and already has 11.6K retweets, and 6.1K favorites!!!
This is one of my very favorite pictures of them. It really captures the spirit of their love and playfulness.
meta, I love that picture also. I love the fact that she makes him laugh like that.
Thank goodness he has her by his side.
I’m in an area with weak Internet and while I’ve been able to follow all the great posts lately, commenting was too much for the system. Now I’m waiting in a doctor’s office, so I’ll give it a try. Just want to say, once again, what an extraordinary place and community this is. Thanks for all you do, Chips! You’re one amazing energizer bunny. And thanks to the whole community for this same, humane, loving, thoughtful place. I’ve been so moved by so many comments in the last few days.
Political Junkessa said something that really jumped out at me. I don’t tweet but I recommend it to all tweeters — how staggering it is that we live in a culture where children have to beg adults to protect them from weapons of war.
The children voices are always worth being heard. Now let us make their precious lives remarkable by stepping up to the podiums with their message and let the world know that we heard them, and we are ready to stand with POB and VPBiden to get the work done.HZ
(((betseyc))) I appreciate your words.
This is just an unbelievable percentage. 64% of the Republican Party are outright idiots. Is this FOXNews handiwork or internet sites or a combo or what? Who is damaging these peoples’ brains?
POLL: 64% of Republicans are Birthers thkpr.gs/W2LE0x #icymi— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) January 17, 2013
I would suggest half the problem is the poll – and the other half is RWNJs (of the racist variety) looking for all/any reason to think that a black President could not possibly be their reality.
A majority backs stricter gun laws, according to new CBS poll. I expect these numbers to rise.
@theonlyadult @samsteinhp They are lying. They voted for Romney and are too ashamed to admit that in a simple poll. I would be too if I did.— (@aspirational12) January 17, 2013
Of course, you are right! That was a wasted vote.
They’re not sure who they voted for…
Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams is on Rev. Al’s show, discussing how she feels about giving the Invocation at President Obama’s second Inauguration, as well as what brought her to this point in our history.
She is a beautiful lady.
Yes, inside and outside. She said she only has been allotted three minutes for the Invocation. I’m guessing that will be preceded by three minutes of rolling applause from the attendees. This will be such a special moment, among many.
‘Dear Abby’ author Pauline Friedman Phillips dies at 94
The author of widely syndicated advice column Dear Abby has died at 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, her publicist has said.
Pauline Friedman Phillips, known for her glib responses to readers, wrote under the name Abigail Van Buren.
The world’s most widely distributed column, it has run in 1,400 newspapers with a daily readership of 100 million.
(some lol’s from her)
Phillips was known to have a punchy style in her answers to readers’ questions.
Responding to a reader who wanted to trace the reader’s family history without spending much money, Phillips wrote: “Run for public office.”
When another reader asked if the contraceptive pill was “deductible”, she replied: “Only if they don’t work”. (that’s really a hoot)
For decades, Phillips’ column competed with the Ann Landers advice column written by her twin sister Esther Friedman Lederer. Lederer died in 2002.
The sisters, who grew up in Sioux City, Iowa are said to have had a strained relationship as young adults but later regained the closeness they had as children.
Chips, ut, Tally, LL, et.al. We are all being ‘played’ for chumps here.
Match-fixing revenues comparable to global firms – Interpol
Match-fixing in football today generates “hundreds of billions of euros per year” around the world, the head of Interpol has warned.
Secretary General Ronald Noble said revenues from illegal betting were “on the same scale as a Coca-Cola company”.
He was speaking in Rome at a conference with the world football governing body Fifa on how to deal with the issue.
Both sides talked about the need for education targeting those vulnerable to the pressure of the fixers.
Although football in the North American nation was a very minor sport run by volunteers, even there players were often approached to fix games, he said.
“Match-fixing is clearly a many-headed dragon that we must slay with a co-ordinated national and international effort.”
Echoing Mr Noble’s words, Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke stressed that the only way to tackle the issue was from the bottom up, starting with youngsters.
“There is no chance we will change the system without education,” Mr Valcke said.
This is the first time that Interpol and Fifa have combined to organise a forum on the menace of match-fixing, the BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome reports.
I wouldn’t think football is the only sport where this happens – having an international appeal makes the reporting world wide.
I’m sure that FIFA under the inspired leadership of Sepp Blatter, who is not at all corrupt, will institute programs to resolve this issue.
Of course, he will.
For me this is a much better response to the gun lobby than the rants of MorningJoe
New behind-the-scenes photos of President Obama from December: bit.ly/WLkJCE— (@petesouza) January 17, 2013
Pres. Obama has taken the First Lady out to a birthday dinner with friends in Georgetown at Cafe Milano.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 18, 2013
A very well-deserved outing…
I’m thrilled they had a chance to celebrate the First Lady…
Just want to pop in and say hello. I have been working a lot and have not posted much but I do read every thread. Just a little about South Florida going to see the Inauguration. I have have three groups of people coming up to get winter items as they are paying for Rx. All groups going up to DC for all the festivities. They promised to have pictures when they come back. Also promised to wave at all the cameras so I can see them on the TV. I have everything for Mimosas and have taken OFF Monday.
Sue, I’m so thrilled you have the day off. And enjoy every sip of your mimosas!!
You have outdone yourself today. The posts are informative and deliciously filled with pics of two of my favorite people in the world. Although some on the right have been condemning PBO for having kids at his presser yesterday, I think it was very appropriate for them to be at the event. It shows that they’re aware of how serious a problem gun violence is, it shows that they have parents who encourage them to get involved in what is going on in our country, and it shows that they care about others. IMO, these are all excellent qualities that any parent would like to see in their kids. I also think some on the right were offended by the kids because their presence didn’t permit them to forget that 20 of the victims at Sandy Hook were kids. With many of them, being able to look at the deaths of 20 kids from an abstract POV allows them to avoid facing the fact that this should never have happened in the first place, and it permits them to continue to live in their RW fantasy land where assault weapons pose no danger to public health.
Thank you so much Majiir, this …..
“I also think some on the right were offended by the kids because their presence didn’t permit them to forget that 20 of the victims at Sandy Hook were kids.”
…. says it all. 100% spot on. They complained because they shifted uncomfortably through it all, the children there reminded everyone of what PBO’s efforts are, ultimately all about – and they desperately need everyone to forget about the Sandy Hook children.
The Tea Party House of Representatives is meeting this week to beat this Law going into effect in 11 months-
To me, it’s all about Obamacare, they hate that Law, they are not thinking clearly. Leverage be damned, they will shut down the government.
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