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Rise and Shine

A year ago: Lauren Fleming, the 2011 March of Dimes National Ambassador, looks up as her brother Corbin touches President Barack Obama’s face during a visit to the Oval Office, Feb. 7, 2012. Lauren is also accompanied by her parents Densel and Nikki Fleming, and her sister Erin (Photo by Pete Souza)

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This morning:

8:05 AM: President Obama, VP Biden and Michelle Obama attend the National Prayer Breakfast; President Obama delivers remarks

White House live * C-Span * CBS * CNN

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First Lady introduced:

Gabby Douglas:

See it all at C-Span

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Later:

10:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

10:0: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testify on what happened in Benghazi before the Senate Armed Services Committee

11:15: President Obama departs the White House en route Leesburg, Va.

11:40: Arrives in Leesburg, Va.

12:30: President Obama delivers remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference

1:45: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force will roll out their proposed gun control initiatives in Leesburg

1:55: President Obama departs Leesburg

2:20: Arrives at the White House

2:30: John Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his nomination to become the next CIA director

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TPM: Despite the increasingly dim prospects for an assault weapons ban to earn congressional approval, a poll released Thursday showed that a wide majority of American voters is in favor of such a prohibition.

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University found that 56 percent of registered voters nationwide support a ban on the sale of assault weapons, compared with just 39 percent who are opposed.

More here

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@BarackObama

Where’s your family from?

By Jose Magana

I was brought to this country from Mexico when I was 2 years old.

I am an undocumented immigrant — and I am living proof that our immigration system is broken.

….. Just telling our stories would change people’s minds.

This is exactly how we’re going to persuade people across the country to get behind President Obama’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform.

…. Through this grassroots movement, we can raise our voices, tell our stories, and make sure Congress and all Americans better understand the ties that bind us. Our stories can drive our organizing. Share your own story today, and help Organizing for Action get the word out on why this matters …

See here

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Mooooooorning everyone, this is a decidedly short Rise and Shine, but I wanted to give a Heads Up for the Prayer Breakfast – that’s my excuse any way. More in a while.


220 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 99ts
    February 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Good morning America

  2. 7 Roberta in MN
    February 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Good Morning Chips & TODer’s

  3. February 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to TODvillagers and lurkers everywhere. I hope to be back in the village soon, giving yoga hugs to everyone. Looks around for VC, waves to Mayor Chips, throws a pebble at Amk and runs…
    Have a great day everyone.

  4. February 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Ron Wyden is the next Glen Greenwald!

  5. 22 desertflower
    February 7, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Is it just me, or does this feel the same as wearing a flag pin?

  6. 24 desertflower
    February 7, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Jeff is having a hard time with those names:)

  7. 25 Linda
    February 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I hope our President gets in Carl Levin’s face today………

    Take the vote Carl…..do it now !

  8. February 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

    So, the Republicans will be defending the Drones and the Liberals will look to derail Brennan confirmation.
    The Beltway special interests are in charge!

  9. 35 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

    The use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport is “widespread”, a year-long investigation has found.

    The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) said scientists, coaches and support staff were involved in the provision of drugs across multiple sporting codes, without naming any individuals.

    In some cases, the drugs were supplied by organised crime syndicates, it said.

    Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the findings were “shocking and will disgust Australian sports fans”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21363100

    We are fools alright.

    Chips, remember my warning about your bff, nadal ?

    • February 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Oi, Ravishing Rafa ain’t no Ozzie – so, he’s innnocent :???:

    • 41 99ts
      February 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

      They haven’t as yet named any names or teams – all a bit strange – most of the news seems related to the various football versions (we play 4). Soccer (as UK football is called) was mentioned as not known to be involved. Although it is popular here, we rarely win in world class matches (been in the Wold Cup finals once in my living memory & came about 16th or so) so there is much less money involved than in the other sports.

      Thus said – there is way too much money in sport – anyone who thinks it is all good clean fun is living in dream world. The days of “to love the game beyond the prize” seem to be long gone – all rather sad. Seems our govt is well into inquiries at the minute – maybe trying to find the lucky strike that will keep them in power (cause seems horribly like they will lose the next election).

  10. 42 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 8:19 am

    dronezzz, skeetgate, blah, blah, blah.

    wanna bet this poutrage too will die this weekend?

    • 43 TrumpDog
      February 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Media doesn’t seem to have much of an impact – as seen by last election.
      But of course the progs from Emoville will whine on and on. Had to turn it off.

    • 44 TrumpDog
      February 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Oh and as pointed out by someone on Twitter, this takes attention away from assault rifles and gun legislation. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      February 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Oh, I think it will probably hang around as an “issue” until the Brennan confirmation hearings.” Then it will get boring for those going on about it (and certainly for listeners) and some other shiny object will appear. I wish all the confirmation hearings were over and the cabinet in place. All of this stuff obscures what we need to focus on–JOBS, gun violence, immigration, climate change, infrastructure and continued voter suppression and election rigging shenanigans in the states. If Democrats as a whole spent as much time finding, promoting and electing good candidates as we do trying to destroy those in office, we’d have great, progressive, country with first class infrastructure, world class green energy solutions, a sane immigration policy, responsible gun laws and an electorate that wouldn’t have to fight to vote.

    • 46 nospin
      February 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

      eggsacklee amk.

      Whenever I glance at the tv and they start on this nonsense I automatically call BS and flip the channel. You have got to be a village idiot to prefer military lives at risk vs. using drones.

      • February 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        What is most frustrating and annoying about this drone business is that all the media is doing is whining, without offering any alternatives. What would they rather do? The reality is that there are people who want to do harm to Americans and allies. There is a war raging. There are hundreds of troops committing suicide every year because of trauma and exhaustion from being in theater for over ten years on repeat deployments.

        So, given those very real realities – what do the drone objectors offer instead? What actual alternatives do they have. The drones are the best option in a range of very bad options in a world where enemies have been created over decades and will take decades to neutralize or transform into friends. I have no problem with alternatives, but we’re not hearing any. Just idealistic whining from the same folks who want troops out of the war and no more troops on the ground.

        The truth is that President Obama has made a concerted effort to minimize civilian casualties from drone strikes. There’s documented evidence of that. He’s doing the best he can with a situation he inherited, trying to end these battles as quickly as possible. He was threatened with impeachment the last time he got involved in a military action (Libya – saving hundreds of thousands of lives), so what exactly do they want him to do?

        • 48 nospin
          February 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

          “The truth is that President Obama has made a concerted effort to minimize civilian casualties from drone strikes. There’s documented evidence of that. He’s doing the best he can with a situation he inherited, trying to end these battles as quickly as possible.”

          Say it again Theo67 You are so right

          It is annoying. Here we are at a point where we are trying to address real issues like reducing gun violence and we actually have a chance at putting in place effective legislation around gun safety and ownership and they are blathering on about drones.

          I’m thinking, who ARE these people speaking to? Who the crap cares? War is never pretty. You do what you have to in the effort to keep the country safe and POTUS always weighs on the side of peace before he does what he has to do. So they can go sit down with the made up drama crap. They are trying to lower POTUS’ polling numbers and it isn’t going to work.

  11. February 7, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Clyburn slams brakes on Cabinet talk
    By Keith Laing – 02/06/13 10:45 PM ET
    Tweet
    Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Wednesday evening that he is not interested in joining President Obama’s Cabinet, despite a push from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to have him considered for Transportation secretary. 

    The CBC was pushing Obama consider Clyburn to replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as Obama has been under pressure to appoint more women and minorities to Cabinet positions.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/1095-other/281491-congressional-black-caucus-pushing-clyburn-for-dot-post-

    • 50 99ts
      February 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

      “under pressure” from who – the white house press corp?

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        February 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

        Exactly, 99ts, it’s all made-up hoopla from a bored and incompetent press corps. When will the CBC or any group realize that they can’t “push” President Obama? He will do what he thinks is right for his administration and the country. and he has more than earned the right to do so. So many people want to run the country, so few have the nerve to step out and try to earn that right. I’m glad Rep. Clyburn had the good sense to take himself out of this nonsense.

    • 52 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Rep Clyburn has always been supportive of the President – it’s some of the other CBC members who have their personal grudges, and petty resentments, who are always on the President’s case about one thing or the other.

    • February 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Uhm…does he even have the experience to do that?

      • 55 lisalovesobama
        February 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

        According to the CBC, it doesn’t matter as long he meets their one criteria: he’s black. :roll: like I said yesterday, no one cares about the CBC. They, like everything else in congress, are a waste of space. If you’re black, ask yourself this question, what has the CBC done for you lately? My answer? Not a damn think but live high off the hog with tax payers dollars, just like the other tools in congress.

        • 57 TrumpDog
          February 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

          I sure as hell did not see them out there defending Susan Rice during the GOP witch hunt. Seems that would have been a perfect time for Maxine Waters to take off her bathroom slippers and get on tv…. :roll:

          • 58 jackiegrumbacher
            February 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

            Good one, TD. Waters never takes on the hard ones. She’d rather sit and throw sticks at targets that are easy hits and cost her nothing.

          • 59 lisalovesobama
            February 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

            Maxine was too busy ‘unleashing’ read: liberating, her cheap weave/wigs from whichever dank street corner she buys them. :roll:

    • 60 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      I can’t remember ever hearing this kind of crap with Bush’s nominations. And despite the diversity, there was a mix of really deranged and moral-less individuals in his Cabinet. Look at the damage they did!

  12. February 7, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Good snowy morning all

  13. 63 JER
    February 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

  14. February 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I so admire Dr. Ben Carson. Anxious to hear him this morning.

  15. 70 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

  16. 74 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

  17. 78 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

  18. February 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Are you all listening to Dr. Carson???

  19. February 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

  20. 87 dotster3
    February 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

    NBC decided to come to the aid of Karl Rove and join the early smear campaign of Ashley Judd. Just aired his anti-Judd utube ad and did a whole segment on it. There’s a lot of ugly stuff going on, a real power struggle, big money media coming to the aid of big money.
    And I was not shocked to see Wyden on every program this morning. Anyone who criticizes Obama is on the teevee in a flash, blasted far and wide, bonus points if it’s a Democrat.

    • February 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Exactly! You can just hear Greenwals whispering in Wydens war.
      As far as Judd goes, she just had a Divorce last week, and mcconell and arove is correct to be concerned, she has $$$ to be very competitive. Hollywood would help.

    • 89 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Wyden was doing the same thing during the Health Care debate. That creep needs to be SHAMED.

      • 90 lisalovesobama
        February 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

        Is he one of the people slated to get his dirty hands on the classified documents?

        • 91 debz
          February 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

          Between Wyden’s nonsense about drooooooooonz, and Levin not holding a vote on Hagel, and all the other BS coming from dems, I am not happy that POTUS will be out fundraising for these ungrateful jackasses.

      • 92 Vicki
        February 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

        I remember that HF and have distrusted him since.

    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      February 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Dotster, I sincerely hope this takes Ashley Judd off of any fence she might have been sitting on regarding her decision to run. By showing Rove’s ad, NBC is bringing national attention to the fact that Judd might be a serious contender. She should run with it. A beautiful, extremely well-funded, highly articulate, intelligent woman running against that sad excuse for a human being, McConnell, would be a sight to behold. All the fat cats in the world couldn’t compensate for that image.

  21. February 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Howdy Ho O’s!!! ‘Sup in the TOD neighborhood on this great getting up day!?!?!?

    So when the former White House physician, saw Christie eating that donut on Letterman, said she felt worried that he would die in office due to his weight.

    Christie’s response to her was ‘shut your mouth!!’

    So her response back to him was, ‘that’s exactly what you should do, shut your mouth!’

  22. 99 isonprize
    February 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

    If all physicians had the passion of Dr. Benjamin Carson, there would be so much less suffering and sickness in this world. What a wonderful American.

  23. February 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  24. 102 Japa21
    February 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Good morning TODville. Just a quick qord of advice. Don’t let your day be ruined by nay-sayers. They aren’t worth the trouble. And regarding the drone controversy, remember that many people feel they have a legitimate reason to be concerned about the basic policy, and I can understand that. As I said yesterday, when looking at the policy, we need to take PBO out of the equation. Would you be as supportive of it if it were President Bush or President McCain or President Romney in charge of it? Maybe yes, maybe no, but we do need to look at the policy, not the fact that it is PBO making the decisions.

    • 103 57andfemale
      February 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I agree with you. This issue requires informed debate – and that needs to come from everyone.

      I trust PBO explicitly, but I am yet unsure if I trust this policy, because eventually it will be exploited by an administration that is not trustworthy.

      Michael Tomaskey’s column yesterday was pitch perfect on the difficulties of this discussion and I’m angry at those who fling extreme, uninformed views, no matter from which corner. Emoprogs acting as if it would be okay for hundreds of Americans to be killed by terrorists in order to preserve the citizen’s rights of an individual who has abandoned America is as looney as the gun nuts saying the Newtown was the price we pay for the ‘freedom’ of the 2nd amendment.

      I’m just pragmatic enough to understand that the public does not have the right to any and all information that would jeopardize our intelligence and counter-terrorist actions that are necessary in this 21st century world. That would be lunacy.

      I believe the best support we can give the President is to acknowledge that a discussion is healthy for our democracy. Lost in the usual noise is that PBO decided to release the documents to Congress in order for Congress to devise some legislation that could clarify when extraordinary action can be taken.

      Tomaskey said that he believed that citizenship is not just a collection of rights, but also a set of responsibilities. I think the President is releasing these documents to Congress in order to develop legislation that sets reasonable limits on the rights of a citizen who is working actively against our country.

      I understand why PBO didn’t release these documents earlier. We have a Congress full of uninformed, ignorant loons and a press that has ceased doing its job since W. became President. He’s weighed the greater good and decided that Congress must be involved.

    • 105 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      I have absolutely no problem with a reasonable discussion about what oversight and constraints can be clearly laid out for the use of drones, just like they have been laid out for the use of any military tactic/strategy as technology and time has evolved the field of battle – especially if they protect the life and sanity of troops. But, I think that people are not so much upset about the drone use debate and restrictions. What people are upset about are the likes of Wyden ranting in outrageous terms about “Americans knowing when their government can kill them” or headlines like what I saw yesterday about President Obama “hiding” information, or somehow lying to the American people.

      These people making hay of this latest “scandal” are the same people who would not hesitate to attack the President if something happened on US soil because they tied his hands behind his back on how to conduct military warfare. They are many of the same people who have never uttered a word about the troops committing suicide, or the reduction in civilian casualties, or the advent of technology and how that affects how wars are fought. Knowing that President Obama has great strength in the foreign policy area, it’s not that surprising that people are trying to weaken him in this area.

      It’s also quite saddening that despite the Administration’s request, the locations and existence of CIA drone facilities in Saudi Arabia, and the locations of the places where new facilities are being built have been released to the public – putting those people and the cooperating countries at great risk. All for the sake of getting a scoop. It’s so irresponsible.

  25. 106 desertflower
    February 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Totally NOT related to anything important….but it shocked MY world this morning news….was just sitting outside having my coffee, listening to the birds and just relaxing, when all of a sudden, I see a coyote jump my 6 foot high wall (no problem!) run less than 10 feet in front of me across my yard, and I’m assuming, jump across the other fence out of my yard! He never looked at me…just kept on running. Now, I know that coyotes are here, I have seen them many times… JUST NOT IN MY YARD….this is why my animals (cats) stay in the house:) I did wonder what that coyote would have done if my dog (the big Great Dane) had been outside…..my dog had 100 lbs on that coyote. Easy. Just had to share:) I’m awake now!!

    • February 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Crikey, that scene would wake anyone!!! DF, I’m kinda relieved the coyote didn’t meet your Great Dane, I don’t think it would have been pretty! Morning DF!

    • 109 Japa21
      February 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

      We have had one roaming around our area in Chicago’s NW suburbs. Have seen it walk across the front yard and it was seen walking close to some school kids walking back from school. Our beagle doesn’t go outside unattended anymore.

    • February 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Coyotes are Wild and most often Rabid.
      And not good food, FYI!

    • 113 lockewasright
      February 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I saw one a couple of weeks ago walking down the sidewalk in front of my children’s elementary school. It was at 3:00 when all of the parents are there waiting to pick up the kids. The coyote walked as close at maybe 15 feet from us! They aren’t usually so brazen when they’re solitary. I said something to the school front office staff. They were dismissive. They say that the golf course across the street attracts them because it is a source of water.

      Last year my son had a recess cancelled because there was a western diamondback on the playground!

      • 114 Obama Grandmama
        February 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        When I taught school in the Laguna Seca area of CA many years ago the teachers had rattle snake patrol before they let the kids out for recess. The teachers monitored recess in those days.

  26. February 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Does PO seem subdued this morning? Something seems different about his demeanor or is it just me?

  27. 117 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    One day a woman is watering her garden and notices two hearses drive by followed by a woman, a dog and a long single file of women that could easily be a mile long.

    Curious she decides to talk to the woman leading the way.

    “Excuse me” she says “who is the person in the first hearse?”

    “My husband”, the widow answers.

    “Sorry to hear that. How did he die?” asks the woman

    “My dog bit him”, says the widow.

    “and who’s in the second hearse?”

    “My mother-in-law”

    “How did she die?”

    “My dog bit her”

    Astonished at this, the woman asks “May I borrow your dog?”

    “Get in line” sez the widow.

    wimmin/smh

  28. 122 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Pres. Obama is speaking truth. Certain politicians at the National Prayer Breakfast speak about togetherness and yadi yada yah and then go on cable TV or within their caucus and sing a different tune. Hypocrisy at its best.

  29. 126 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

    So a boy is studying vocabulary and come upon the words confident and confidential.

    The boy unable to determine what it means goes to his dad and asks, “Dad, whats the difference between confident and confidential?”

    So the Dad says “Well, I am confident that you are my son, but it is confidential that your friend jimmy is also my son.

  30. February 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

  31. 129 vcprezofan2
    February 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Arriving in the village! GOOD evening, 99ts! :lol: Good Morning one and all ! There’s no sunshine where I am and that’s what usually rouses me, so…

  32. 138 lisalovesobama
    February 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Gah, I only caught the tail end. :( but what I did see was good.

  33. February 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

    If true, they could now spy on Israel unimpeded. Luckily, it’s not a Weaponized drone!

  34. 144 JER
    February 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

    The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week and a trend reading hit a near five-year low, a sign the grinding recovery in the labor market remains on track. … Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said.

    That was a higher level than analysts had expected, although the downward trend in layoffs still suggests the economy is strong enough that employers will need to add to their staffs. … http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-economy-idUSBRE9160LN20130207

  35. 146 Ladyhawke
    February 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

    8 Reasons Why Marco Rubio Is Not ‘The Republican Savior’

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    Since Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) abandoned his opposition to providing undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship and embraced a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration, political pundits and Republican leaders have anointed the Florida Congressman the future of the GOP.
    .
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    But dig beyond Rubio’s newfound embrace of immigration reform, and you’ll find that the GOP’s future appears stuck in the past, as the great hope of the party still espouses many of the extreme policies voters rejected in November:

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    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/02/07/1553941/8-reasons-why-rubio-is-not-the-republican-savior/

  36. 147 desertflower
    February 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

    off to work…have a good day everyone….

  37. February 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

    PBO really touched my heart this morning. He seemed pensive and humbled. I know he has said it since inauguration day but I really felt that in him this morning. Bless him in his role and the kindness he extends to all.

    • 151 amk for obama
      February 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

      May be he is just sick & tired of the collective bs day in and day out coming from idiots of congress, senate, dems, thugs, msm, wingnutz, loony left etc.

      • 152 nathkatun7
        February 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        I think you are right, amk! It’s not even a month since he took the oath of office for a second term, yet the attacks on him, from all the culprits you identified, have been relentless.

    • 153 JER
      February 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

  38. 154 desertflower
    February 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/obama-my-daughters-are-gorgeous-because-my-wife

    Obama: My Daughters Are Gorgeous Because My Wife Is

    I’ll leave you all with that:) Love my President!

  39. February 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

    GM Chipsticks, TOD looks like AMK has been causing trouble already, good thing for us he should be passed out shortly….

  40. February 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

  41. 167 vcprezofan2
    February 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Totally irrelevant, but it’s been building inside: Every time Prof. Dyson is on I thank my stars I’m not a student of his. I confess that his continued, persistent intensity is off-putting to me and makes me tune him out. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t felt almost ‘attacked’ by the way he punches out his words, every time.

    • 168 Bill
      February 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I agree. He is impressed with his own “speaking abilities”.

    • 169 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      I’m with you, VC. I find myself screaming at the TV “just speak plainly, man!” each time I hear him. It’s like he’s talking and thinking at the same time, but the talking is happening slightly before the thinking completes, and he then becomes more intent to make up for the lag. The thing is, the messages he’s trying to convey are usually very worthwhile, but the delivery is just off-putting. I am glad I’m not alone in thinking this…

      • 170 vcprezofan2
        February 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm

        I’ve actually never really given any thought to the professor’s thought processes, only to the fact that even though his points are usually valid, for me they are overshadowed by his delivery. I would hate to think it’s intended, but he comes across TO ME, as if he doesn’t think I’d understand if he spoke ‘normally’. I read a certain level of arrogance, intended or not, that always makes me wonder if this is how he appears to his students. I cannot imagine having to listen to him daily as he imparts his knowledge. Something tells me it would mostly be him ‘imparting’ and expecting me the student to be ‘awed’ by the brilliance. I wish someone who loves him would drop a word in his ear, but I realize if they haven’t done so yet it’s now an unlikely event. A pity, is all I’ll add.

        • 171 theo67
          February 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

          His wife speaks the same way. I don’t get the same vibe as you, but I do wish he would just speak plainly. Oh well – I don’t think he’ll change at this point. And many people actually love listening to him. Luckily, we can just mute or change the channel.

          • 172 vcprezofan2
            February 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

            O-kay, just checking here: are you in hyperbolic mode this morning? ‘[M]any people actually love listening to him’ ??? Oh well, it’s great taste is as varied as it is. So, how is your morning? I totally forgot to ‘greet’ you before expounding on this brilliant man whom I don’t even know. ;) ;)

            • 173 theo67
              February 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

              I’m “working”, but distracted, this morning… If only I could win the lottery – then I could just watch the events in DC all day without feeling guilty!

              And yes, I have actually heard people say they love listening to him… :)

  42. February 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good morning TODville.

    Obama Plans Fund-Raising Trips to Aid Senate and House Candidates

    President Obama may have run his last political campaign, but that does not relieve him of his obligations to the Democratic Party.

    The president, who has a vested interest in Democrats retaining their Senate majority and trying to narrow Republican control of the House, is already making plans to return to the campaign trail. He has agreed to hold at least 14 separate fund-raising events this year, a Democratic official familiar with the plans told The New York Times, characterizing it as an “aggressive schedule.” …

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/obama-plans-fundraising-trips-to-aid-senate-and-house-candidates/

    • 176 symmetry11
      February 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Those same Senate Dems need to have “a vested interest” in PBO’s agenda. They need to support him.

    • 177 debz
      February 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

      As I said above,I’m unhappy he has to do this. They don’t support him.

    • 178 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      It’s going to be very hard to donate to Dems when only two weeks after the inauguration, they’ve already started slipping back into inaction, publicity seeking, GOP fearing and weak-backboning. No filibuster reform. Lacklustre support for gun legislation. Melodrama over the drone program (instead of reasoned debate). No support for Susan Rice when she was under attack. No shaming of the GOP over their refusal to deal with the sequester. Falling for the three month extension of the debt ceiling.

      They are wasting President Obama’s presidency – he’s done a lot, but could have done a lot more if they had just defended health care in 2010, campaigned like the country depended on it, and supported the President at every opportunity. I’m going to have to think about this…

      • February 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        I appreciate what you’re saying because I’m feeling the same way. Profoundly disappointed in Congress, squandering our strength to move public opinion and get something significant done on all these pressing issues. Just more of the same special interest nonsense that has gotten us into all this trouble. UGH.

        • 180 theo67
          February 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

          It’s a hard dilemma, because it will feel like we’re rewarding their bad behavior. But, someone pointed out to me back at the beginning of the 2012 campaign that it’s better to have Dems in those seats, than to forfeit them to Republicans. I’m just hoping that more worthy candidates show up for 2014, so we can donate happily and support them happily – not just as the better of two bad options.

          • February 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm

            Yes, I know and agree. I have no intention of not voting for Democrats but it truly breaks my heart to see them squandering their power. Why? For what purpose? We are at a very important crossroads in this country – demographics are changing, power is shifting, extremists are taking center stage – and we desperately need to be making better decisions about governance. And we must also hold on to the strides we’ve made in this last term. So along with you, I continue to hope and work for better options.

  43. February 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

  44. 185 Bill
    February 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Senator Inhofe (R-OK) just said he has made over a 100 trips to Africa. He either knows a lot about Africa or likes to travel. No wonder they want to keep their jobs. It beats working.

    • 186 Linda
      February 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

      I bet most were to Uganda……the “kills the gays” country. Rachel Maddow covered his connection extensively and the Uganda politician that is part of the C Street Family

      • 187 Bill
        February 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

        The Fellowship sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast that was held this morning. The Fellowship owns the C Street house. It is an extreme right wing group.

  45. February 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

  46. February 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

  47. February 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I just watched the cspan video Chips posted for us, where Our President speaks at the end
    of the National Day of Prayer gathering.
    He is the one I listen to; he is the one who sets the standard for me.
    And I know that’s true for so many of us here.
    We have an opening. Now. Let’s all be great. And growing great.
    And hearing Great in others. I heard this part here:
    “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”
    That’s the place to be, whether you believe in God, or not.
    Thank you always Chips for creating this space for all of us.

  48. 191 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

    News.

  49. 193 kathryn kivett
    February 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Good Morning…still very distressed with MSNBC…I feel they have an agenda to derail gun control, immigration, and the rest of PBO’s agenda including his cabinet appointments…for those of you who tweet…how about a campaign to let MSNBC know that every time they mention drone we will switch the channel….this “hair on fire” discussion has come up b/c of Brennan’s and Hagel’s appointments b/c this information is NOT new…Hagel’s postponed and this afternoon will be brutal for Brennan…..Sad to say but GOP is controlling Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and others and either they are allowing it on purpose or too dumb to see it….

    • 194 cookemom
      February 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Relax. MSNBC has to portray this drone stuff as they are because they are the ones who got the scoop. They have to show the other cable and networks that they had the ‘right’ stuff to get the white paper. Kind of like them sticking out their tongues and saying ‘na, na, na, na, na, we got the memo and you didn’t’.

      My take? The memo was purposely leaked so that all of this stuff would come out before Brennan’s hearing. No one would have wanted any surprises during the hearing. This way, if someone was sitting on something, it’ll no longer be a gotcha. Plus, by PBO releasing the documents, he does so the way he wants to. Designated Congress critters can look at the docs, but they can’t take notes, pictures, or any material from the viewing room. Plus, since the documents are still considered highly classified , they can’t even refer to anything in them during Brennan’s hearing. PBO has this on lock, it’s not about how MSNBC chooses to insert themselves into the narrative. They don’t get a vote in war room, nor the hearing room.

      So imo, it’s all OK. There is no need to identify with the hand wringers, that’s what they do. I will say, that do to the gravity of the issue, anyone has a right to be concerned and to question the administration on this. I don’t think over-the-topism is necessary, but we all know that had this been Bush, the rafters would be shaking in outrage. So far, PBO has a majority of the people behind him on this. Polls are showing that most Americans are on board.

      • 195 kathryn kivett
        February 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

        Thank you…I understand that Americans have the right to question the administration on any subject…I myself do not always agree with everything the administration does or doesn’t do but generally I weigh pros and cons to reach a decision….in this case, I have yet to hear a pro on MSNBC except from Toure on the Cycle…..maybe I have missed it b/c I admit to shutting off a couple of programs……I agree that is is disturbing to think of innocent people being harmed by drones or any other means of protecting America. CNN is doing a wonderful piece on drones….domestic and international….siting so many benign good uses of drones. So far CNN has had a balanced approach to the discussion……and that is my point….I would have hoped MSNBC would have also, even with “the scoop” that wasn’t really a “scoop”.

        • 196 cookemom
          February 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

          yep, it would be nice if they’d just report it and move on, but that wouldn’t serve their interest to stick it to their competitors, or so they think. For me, it matters not what they do because the folks who turn in to see MSNBC already know who and what they are. Nothing they do should surprise their viewers.

        • February 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

          And the defense cuts and don’t look now but GE owns 49% of NBC. How would they make money? War? Yes, but not with cheap little old Drones.
          Nope!
          They want Ground Troops and Invasion= $$$$$$$$…
          end of story!!

          • 198 Vicki
            February 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

            Ground troops contractors looting and pillaging all equipped to the teeth that is where the money is. I agree with you completely, Jovie

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  51. February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    • 202 lockewasright
      February 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      I was born and raised a jew. I went to hebrew school after regular school a couple of times a week and even had a bar mitzvah. I am a person who very much wants to see a safe and secure Israel. That’s part of why the settlements and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is so upsetting to me. First, if there is any group of people who should understand and not treat others like that it is the people of Israel. Second, credibly claiming the moral high ground requires actually occupying it. It’s why torture and depriving people of Habeas Corpus is bad strategy for America and it’s why settlements and apartheid are HORRIBLE strategy for Israel.

      • February 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm

        You seem a very enlightened and thoughtful person who is not just concerned with your well being, but that of others as well. Hopefully Likud will wake up before its to late. Thanks for your insight.

        • 204 lockewasright
          February 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

          Thank you. That’s nice of you to say. Well being predicated upon the stripping of another’s well being seems tenuous and perhaps fleeting to me. A symbiotic arrangement seems preferable even if for selfish reasons. Love and tolerance win in the long run. MLK Jr proved that as far as I am concerned.

  52. February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

  53. 206 cookemom
    February 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Watching McICouldaBeenAGeneralToo questioning Gen Dempsey on the Benghazi attacks. He’s clearly out of his element. It’s almost as if the General is humoring him. The good General and Leon Panetta are sitting there looking at the the panel as it they are sprouting third ears. Poor idjits

  54. 207 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I heart Gen. Martin Dempsey. He’s looking at McCain like he knows it just eats him up that he lost in 2008 and that Dempsey is happily working for the man who defeated him.

    • 208 cookemom
      February 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Chamblis should retire to his chambers, because the two gentlemen just left him looking like a pure fool. If I were the next ‘Pub up to question them, I’d simply say, ‘I’ll pass to my distinguished gentleman on my left”

  55. 209 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

  56. 210 daisydem
    February 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Has this ever been posted here? One of my daughter’s friends put this on FB this morning saying it has made her day! (She is a new college professor having just received her doctorate.)

    • 211 daisydem
      February 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Oops wrong video. Chips please remove. It was supposed to be the one of him singing “I’m Sexy and I Know It.”

      • 212 theo67
        February 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

        I’ve seen the “sexy” one you intended to show – haven’t seen this one that actually played. It’s cute! And then “Sexy Back” played automatically right after, and VP Biden actually participates – that was actually very well done.

  57. 213 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

    HEADS UP FANS OF SCANDAL AND AWESOME PEOPLE: Kerry Washington will be on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show today. Check your local listings.

  58. February 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Did you see them just swear in the new Senator from Mass.?

  59. 216 donna dem 4 obama
    February 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD

    Ha!!! The TeaNuts are pissed at Rove….

    A group of conservatives on Wednesday called on American Crossroads to fire its spokesman, Jonathan Collegio, for calling conservative commentator Brent Bozell a “hater.”

    Collegio went on WMAL in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning and said Bozell is a “hater” for opposing American Crossroads’ new offshoot, the Conservative Victory Project, a super PAC aiming to back disciplined Republican candidates to win back a majority in the Senate.

    “Bozell is a hater, and he also, like, has a long, sordid history, like, hating Karl Rove, too. So he has, like, a weird personal axe to grind,” Collegio said.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/conservatives-demand-rove-group-fire-aide-over-hater?ref=fpa

  60. 219 lisalovesobama
    February 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I love how these republicans cut aid to consulates and embassies and then try to pin the blame this administration. :roll:


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