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Rise and Shine

@petesouza: ‘Photo of the day: POTUS w outgoing SecDef Panetta at his farewell tribute’

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Greg Sargent: John Boehner’s office is circulating Charles Krauthammer’s column, which argues that Republicans should call Obama’s sequester “bluff” and make no concessions whatsoever in revenues to avert the sequester. This is still more confirmation that the GOP’s explicit position is that allowing the sequester to happen – which Republicans themselves say will gut the military and tank the economy – is preferable to compromising at all with Dems, and that they will use the threat of disaster to force a solution that averts the sequester only by giving Republicans everything they want.

….. we’re back to exactly where we were during the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling fights. Republicans are explicitly and openly using the prospect of serious harm to millions and millions of Americans to force Democrats to agree to a deal that gives Republicans everything that they want, while requiring them to make no concessions whatsoever….

More here

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Steve Benen: When it comes to the looming, automatic sequestration cuts, there seem to be two broader debates happening simultaneously. The first, more important question deals with what’s going to happen with the policy itself, and the scope of the damage it could do to the economy, the military, and the country.

The second question is a little pettier: who came up with this awful idea in the first place? A Republican National Committee spokesperson, echoing his party’s favorite new talking point, insists this is all President Obama’s fault.

…. Does the GOP have a point on this? Was the policy actually Obama’s idea? No. The argument is not only wrong, it’s dependent on the entire political world having a very short memory …. Since this has become such an important element of the larger fight, let’s take a minute to set the record straight…..

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Business Insider: ….  Charles Krauthammer writes that Republicans should “call Obama’s sequester bluff.” It’s being passed around by Republicans and other conservatives on Twitter and in email blasts. His argument – which exemplifies a typical conservative shift on the sequester recently – is that Republicans now have leverage on the sequester over President Barack Obama…..

…. Krauthammer wasn’t always so bullish on using the sequester as a tool for leverage. Last May, he warned in an appearance on Fox News that letting the cuts go into effect would be a “catastrophe” for the nation’s defense…..

…. The conservative editorial board of The Wall Street Journal advanced a similar argument on Thursday. In an editorial entitled “The Unscary Sequester,” the editorial board disputed Washington’s “collective fit of terror.”

…. Then there’s the editorial the board wrote not even seven months ago. It used the same language as Krauthammer – “catastrophe,” which it wrote was “playing out in slow motion.” The board also said that Obama had the leverage, and that it would be a “dangerous game” to play with the sequester.

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RollCall: President Barack Obama has agreed to do more than just raise money for House Democrats’ effort to win back the majority in 2014: He is also going to help with candidate recruitment.

Obama will headline eight fundraising events in 2013 for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and more fundraisers are planned for 2014. But Obama’s agreement to help DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York make the sell to would-be candidates in targeted districts is also significant.

“It’s transformational,” Israel said in an interview, adding that House Democrats are “firing on all cylinders like I’ve never seen before.”

The president’s efforts to assist House Democrats politically are more than Israel initially even asked for.

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Ari Berman (The Nation): In 2006, Congress voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for another twenty-five years. The legislation passed 390–33 in the House and 98–0 in the Senate. Every top Republican supported the bill …. Civil rights leaders flanked George W. Bush at the signing ceremony.

Seven years later, the bipartisan consensus that supported the VRA for nearly fifty years has collapsed, and conservatives are challenging the law as never before. Last November, three days after a presidential election in which voter suppression played a starring role, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Section 5 of the VRA, which compels parts or all of sixteen states with a history of racial discrimination in voting to clear election-related changes with the federal government. The case will be heard on February 27.

The lawsuit, originating in Shelby County, Alabama, is backed by leading operatives and funders in the conservative movement, along with Republican attorneys general in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas….

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Washington Post: First lady Michelle Obama will join some of Illinois’ most recognizable politicians and clergy Saturday to mourn a 15-year-old honor student whose death has drawn attention to staggering gun violence in the nation’s third-largest city.

But Hadiya Pendleton’s family says her Saturday funeral service won’t be about politics, but about remembering a girl who loved to dance, once appeared in an anti-gang video and died just days after performing at one of President Barack Obama’s inauguration events.

None of the dignitaries are slated to speak during the service. The teen’s pastor and brother will talk, and the musical group Pendleton was a member of will perform.

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NYT: Among the victims of gun violence who will be sitting in the House chamber on Tuesday night when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address will be a teacher who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Natalie Hammond, who reportedly took bullet wounds to the leg, foot and hand but narrowly escaped with her life, will attend the speech as the guest of her congresswoman, Elizabeth Esty, the representative for Newtown, Conn.

Ms. Hammond, the school’s lead teacher, and another school employee were the only two people to survive after being shot by the gunman, Adam Lanza. Ms. Hammond will be one of the many victims of gun violence who will attend the State of the Union address.

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WH: On Friday, February 15, President Obama will welcome the recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal to the White House for a special ceremony to recognize their efforts to serve their communities, and inspire others to do the same.

See the list of recipients here

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State of the Union addresses:

2009 (not an ‘official’ State of the Union address’ – the first official one was in 2010):

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2012:

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I hope TODers living in snowy places are keeping safe and warm – this is for you:

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MoooOOoooOOOoorning!


209 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 cookemom
    February 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Up and at ‘em all you O’s!!! What going on in TOD town on this great getting up day!??!!

    Let’s see who is here today,
    Who has come to join our play?
    Everyone sit close at hand,
    Say your name, then you can stand,
    Let’s see who is here today,
    Who has come to join our play? (song to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

    Ok let’s all hold hands and greet the day. I’ll introduce myself first, then everyone join in.

    Cookemom is here today!

    • 2 hopefruit2
      February 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Congrats cookemom on #1!

      G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and Happy Saturday :)

    • February 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Morning Cookemom, morning everyone!

    • 6 proudmemberofglobalzero
      February 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Good Morning Cookemom and the rest of the TOD family. Rhyme reminds me of Romper Room. Anyone else remember Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo?

      Have a great day TODers. Chores this morning and then off to work.

      By the way, Proud Member of Global Zero is here today!

    • 7 Judith Fardig
      February 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Judith is here, hoping all you snow-bound people are okay!

    • 8 carolmaewy
      February 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

      I’m two hours late here, but congrats Cookemom! Dedicated to you:
      You Are My Sunshine
      My only sunshine.
      You make me happy
      When skies are grey.
      You’ll never know, dear,
      How much I love you.
      Please don’t take my sunshine away

    • 9 sjterrid
      February 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Sjterrid is here, but late as usual. I don’t know if you will see this comment or not, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your morning greeting poems.

  2. 13 AJ
    February 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good morning from ridiculously snowy Boston….

  3. 17 Melanie
    February 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

    9 inches deep in NYC but I’m still here!!!!

  4. February 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Good morning from post blizzard Brooklyn NYC. Resting after shoveling.

  5. 22 amk for obama
    February 9, 2013 at 9:29 am
    • 23 prettyfoot58
      February 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Very good article….i tweeted and FBed it…

      A right to have a gun does not mean that we cannot control the when…how…and what..as it relates to gun ownership/it is important to ban military style weapons and high capacity magazines/but just as important is upping the penalties on straw purchases of handguns…licensing of guns….universal background checks/ tracking of gun purchases/and i agree with the writer…funding needs to be made available to those entities to be able to upgrade their systems…

    • 24 carolmaewy
      February 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      How do I find a cache on an iPad 2? Is that clearing my history or all my cookies? I gave up and went to bed last night. Everybody looks normal today. I can see your smiling face. :roll: If you want more money, I’ll have to wire the Caymans and it is the week-end. They might open for me. :cool:

      • 25 amk for obama
        February 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        ipad itself has the options to clear the cookies and cache. It in there in settings somewhere.

        Yes, I once bought the ridiculously priced ipad and dumped it after one day.

  6. 27 amk for obama
    February 9, 2013 at 9:29 am
  7. 28 amk for obama
    February 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    bit of a joke for thawing

    My husband and I purchased an old home in Northern New York State from two elderly sisters. Winter was fast approaching and the years first snow came early and I was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation. “If they could live here all those years, so can we!” my husband confidently declared. One November night the temperature plunged to below zero, and we woke up to find interior walls covered with frost. My husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm. The sisters told him “For the past 30 years, we’ve gone to Florida for the winter.”

  8. 32 Ladyhawke
    February 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    REPUBLICANS CREATED THE DEBT-LIMIT CRISIS WHICH CREATED THE SEQUESTER

    The 2011 ransom note and the GOP’s sequester

    By Steve Benen

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    Republicans now want Americans to believe this was all Obama’s fault. Let’s consider the evidence:

    1. Republicans created the debt-ceiling crisis.

    2. Republicans wrote the ransom note and named their price.

    3. Republicans endorsed, accepted, and voted for this plan, saying they’d accept the consequences.

    and 4. Republicans now refuse to compromise (again) to deal with the mess they created.

    So we’re supposed to believe this is Obama’s fault? That’s only true if you ignore literally every detail and pretend reality has no meaning.

    Let’s make this plain: the sequester is a key part of the ransom the GOP settled for during the debt-ceiling crisis they created. It’s a little late to pass the buck now.

    That said, if Republicans don’t like the sequester, they have a terrific option available to them: they can cancel it and end this stupidity once and for all.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/08/16901421-the-2011-ransom-note-and-the-gops-sequester?lite

  9. 33 99ts
    February 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Keep safe in the snow everyone – I’m cold just thinking about it – and it’s still summer in my world.

    Interesting that the GOP pundits are moving on to talk about the sequester. Guess they realize the President maybe knows what he is doing internationally, so lets get back to taxes and expenditure. They keep looking for a debate they can win – even if it means reversing their position on something – anything – whatever.

    I’m willing to wager Boehner is not willing to put the country under water – despite the insanity from pundits and the right wing of his party.

  10. 34 Ladyhawke
    February 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Worst Speaker Ever: John Boehner Uses Pathetic Twitter Campaign to Blame Obama for Sequester

    By: Sarah Jones

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    Republicans held the economy hostage and caused the first ever credit downgrade. No matter what cuts Obama offered, they refused. Desperate to come to some agreement with the Republicans before they destroyed the economy, the sequester was born. The Republicans voted to pass the sequester and Boehner crowed that he got 98% of what the Republicans wanted.

    Now that the sequester is here, suddenly John Boehner is sending out pictures from Bob Woodward’s book and the Republican Party is desperate to pin the blame for it on Obama.

    The sequester is the direct result of the Republican attempt to use the debt ceiling as a weapon of mass economic destruction. Now Republicans are trying to pin the need for the sequester on Obama, which is like blaming someone for putting iron bars on their window after you steal from them.

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    http://www.politicususa.com/obamaquester-republicans-pre-emptively-pin-sequester-obama.html

    • February 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

      This infuriates me. This dishonesty is worth an investment in ad space to air all the press conferences and interviews with Boehner and Paul Ryan bragging about the sequester. There’s even a video with Romney saying the Republicans had made a bad deal because of the cuts to defense.

  11. February 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Good morning all. And especially for those in snowy parts of the country, please be safe.

  12. 37 Ceb
    February 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Good morning everyone. TODers who are in the midst of the storm, stay safe.

    • 38 carolmaewy
      February 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      This one is shivering in the cold, no snow, no sympathy! :???: But I chose to live here. :smile: We may get snow. I KNOW we will get WIND.

  13. February 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Goooooood morning, Chips and TODers. I hope everyone in the path of this storm is safe and warm for the duration.

  14. 40 JER
    February 9, 2013 at 9:42 am
    • February 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

      :) :)
      OMG…these guys are brilliant with words! Love it!

    • 42 utaustinliberal
      February 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

      David Plouffe and David Axelrod have taken to Twitter like ducks to water. Their twitter feeds are insanely great.

    • 43 cookemom
      February 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Can you imagine being in that circle? They are too witty, quick, and don’t seem to take all the BS nearly as seriously as a lot of their supporters. I love that about this group.

    • 44 Nena20409
      February 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

      GM TOD Community Fabulous, Beautiful People.

      Now that Tweet by Axelrod is far better than his comments yesterday to Leave the fatuously fluffy, billy, “poor” Christie alone.

  15. February 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family.
    Wrote a long note this morning, then WordPress asked me to sign in, which I did…then poof, there goes my comments. So now I have to be short and just wish you all a lovely good // great morning.

    Stay warm and safe….Love you all!

  16. 51 desertflower
    February 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Morning! Snowed in people, stay warm and safe:)

  17. 53 Ladyhawke
    February 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS

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    GOP talking point: Obama sequester we voted for will devastate economy. Give us everything we want or we’ll allow it to proceed.

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  18. 54 amk for obama
    February 9, 2013 at 9:46 am
    • 55 carolmaewy
      February 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Are these yours? :)

    • 56 Nena20409
      February 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      There was a video on a 3 yrs old on HP on 2-08-13 of a tyke, named John….with sprinkles on his face and right below his nose. He was not supposed to touch the sprinkles, but he did…leaving the clear container half full and a little messy as only a 3 yrs old could make. This video is so juvenile for the little tyke was denying that he had touched let alone eaten the sprinkles. Once I saw this picture. I rushed out looking for the 3 yrs old video. I could not find it. I am going to search once more. It is really a funny video. It compliments these two dogs and their muddy feet.

  19. 58 GGAIL
    February 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family! It’s a beautiful day here. My heart goes to those getting snow.

  20. 60 Vicki
    February 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good morning all.
    Snow plows have been through Tribeca repeatedly and there is even a ray or two of sunshine.
    Hope everyone else is OK, too.

    • 61 desertflower
      February 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

      AH! Tribeca…know it well! Leonard and Church…..hope you all are hanging in there:) Stay warm and safe.

  21. 62 utaustinliberal
    February 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

    You gotta give the GOP props for always out-crazying themselves on issue after issue. Economy, budget, social issues, VRA, etc. In 2011, Boehner gloated all over the TV and inter-webs that he got “98% of what he wanted” in the debt ceiling deal and now it’s Pres. Obama’s fault? Now they’re listening to Krauthhammer and the WSJ and pushing for sequestration?

    Do they not understand that sequestration hurts their talking points, lobbyists, and base? Over $500B will be cut from Defense and the GOP’s talking point goes poof! Sequestration while horrible greatly affects the republican side of the aisle more than the Democratic. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the like are spared from sequestration so if the GOP wants to go ahead, then “Please Proceed.”

    Pres. Obama has a bigger bully pulpit and has actually put a plan out there to avoid sequestration and what is the GOP doing? Shooting themselves in the foot once again. *sits back and eats popcorn*

    • February 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Good Morning. This and this again. That’s why Lindsay Graham has been running around for months having a conniption. If they listen to someone like Krauthammer with absolutely no skin in the game the Defense lobby will make Republicans pay big time. So go ahead and listen to these loons who got you into this mess in the first place. Excellent breakdown UT.

    • 64 Betsy
      February 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

      I feel so much better about this now. I keep worrying, and you just reassured me. That is why I love this place so much. Thank you UT.

  22. 65 amk for obama
    February 9, 2013 at 9:49 am
  23. 78 utaustinliberal
    February 9, 2013 at 9:53 am
  24. 79 desertflower
    February 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Really? They’ll do ANYTHING to bash the govt…!!! I hear Somalia is beautiful this time of year….

    http://www.kpho.com/story/21089220/bogus-flier-taped-to-trash-cans-worries-neighbors

    A bogus flier from the fictional “Office of Information Awareness” is being taped to trash cans in Tempe, and it has some neighbors worried.

    “(The flier) says ‘Sorry we missed you,’ and it’s from the Office of Total Information Awareness,” said Carmen Febus, whose 88-year-old father first spotted the official-looking orange flier.

    “Then it said (the ‘agent’ who posted the flier) checked my waste for suspicious purposes,” she continued.

    Febus said she wanted to simply throw away the flier, but her father was worried.

    “He basically told me ‘You’re going to jail,’” said Febus.

    So Febus called Tempe police, who told her it was likely just a solicitation. CBS 5 News checked out the website listed on the flier. Posted on the website are instructions on how to download and mass produce the flier. The site says the flier can be used as an anti-government activist tool. Calls and emails to the website operator were not returned.

  25. 82 cookemom
    February 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Diary of a Snow Shoveler

    December 6 – 6:00 PM
    It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

    December 7
    We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a lovelier place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had! Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again.
    I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life!

    December 8
    The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment! My neighbor Bob tells me not to worry- we’ll definitely have a white Christmas.
    No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again
    I don’t think that’s possible. Bob is such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

    December 14
    Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish l wouldn’t huff and puff so.

    December 15
    20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4×4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer.
    The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s silly. We aren’t in Alaska , after all.

    December 16
    Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

    December 17
    Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. God I hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

    December 20
    Electricity’s back on, but had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. The damn snowplow came by twice.
    Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey. I think they’re lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.

    December 22
    Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white shit fell today, and it’s so cold, it probably won’t melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he’s too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

    December 23
    Only 2 inches of snow today And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts?!!
    Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she’s lying.

    December 24
    6 inches – Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a bitch who drives that snow plow, I’ll drag him through the snow by his balls and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow.

    December 25
    Merry freaking Christmas! 20 more inches of the damn slop tonight -Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God, I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s an idiot. If I have to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” one more time, I’m going to stuff her into the microwave.

    December 26
    Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves.

    December 27
    Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.

    December 28
    Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is driving me crazy!!!

    December 29
    10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in.. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

    December 30
    Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass. The wife went home to her mother. Nine more inches predicted.

    December 31
    I set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling.

    January 8
    Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me.
    Why am I tied to the bed?

  26. 90 desertflower
    February 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Be happy with all the freaking snow! My skin just crawled!! In Brazil, it’s raining SPIDERS!!!

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022341047

    • February 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

      I am waaaaaaaaaay too afraid to click that link DF!!

    • 93 cookemom
      February 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

      No way will I ever see that one. I’ve always said, if you want me to tell you everything I know, just put me in a room with an insect. As a matter of fact, I’d be thinking strongly about giving up my first born.

      • 94 desertflower
        February 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

        I don’t like flying things….and those spiders may as well be flying! Makes my skin crawl. Bring on the snow!

        • February 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

          Oh no, now I’m getting all itchy and twitchy just thinking about it. I can’t handle spiders!

          • 96 cookemom
            February 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

            There was a commercial not too long ago where at some point a roach would crawl across the screen. I knew it was coming, but somehow it always caught me before I could turn away. I even have to be careful reading books and magazines in case I turn the page and there’s a bug there.

    • 98 theo67
      February 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      I can’t click the link, otherwise I’ll have nightmares. I was even scared to reply, in case my finger slipped and I clicked the link by mistake. Yikes! 8O

  27. February 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

    President Obama will renew his push for a nuclear treaty at the United Nations in his second term, administration officials say.

    The president made banning the further production of highly enriched uranium and plutonium a priority in an April 2009 speech in Prague, but progress on a treaty stalled due to opposition from Pakistan.
    Administration officials and arms control activists believe they now have a new window for action. They point to increased cooperation on the UN Security Council and the beginning of John Kerry’s tenure as secretary of State as reasons for optimism.

    “John Kerry comes to the position with an immense depth of experience on nuclear, non-proliferation and disarmament issues and he has long supported the risk-reduction measures that the Obama administration has committed itself to,” said Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association.

    “He is going to be a very active and creative force for advancing the president’s nuclear risk reduction agenda, which remains unfinished.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/un-treaties/282051-obama-to-push-for-nuclear-treaty-in-second-term

  28. 100 amk for obama
    February 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Didja know that john kerry is the richest senator worth over 180 million ? Holeee shite.

  29. 111 Ladyhawke
    February 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    What’s changed about the GOP is that they’re willing to sabotage the economy

    By LOLGOP

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    But the GOP is fine with this because they say it was the President’s idea, which is like saying that paying a ransom was the kidnapped child’s mother’s idea. The sequestration only exists because the GOP took the debt limit hostage for the first time in history in 2011 and demanded cuts that have proved to hurt the economy.

    I believe they did this because Republicans understand better than anyone else why they won in 2010. It wasn’t because they cared about spending or debt or even Obamacare — growth in spending under Obama is lower than it’s been since the 1950s.

    The GOP won in 2010 because the economy sucked.
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    Now in 2013, the GOP is willing to go right into a sequestration that they admit will “help the enemy” and “tank the economy” because Charles Krauthammer has convinced them that they they will be able to blame it on the president. Hey, it worked in 2010!

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    http://www.eclectablog.com/2013/02/whats-changed-about-the-gop-is-that-theyre-willing-to-sabotage-the-economy.html

    • February 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

      It defies the laws of nature and physics, but krapphammer is uglier on the inside than he is on the outside and if you’ve SEEN that imperious mthrfckin monstrosity of a creature you KNOW what I mean.

      • 113 theo67
        February 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        We’ve seen him, magapie, and we know exactly what you mean. He really is uglier on the inside, and that’s saying something.

  30. 114 Bill
    February 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Rwnj comments on certain blogs are promoting Dr. Carson to run for POTUS in 2016 because they are claiming he insulted PBO at the National Prayer Breakfast. I wish PBO and FLOTUS could skip the breakfast in the future but the right wing would go even more nuts. The right wing’s only objective is to insult PBO.

    • 115 carolyn
      February 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

      So…..this doctor is the some Repukes’ new shiny object…..they are desperate, desperate, desperate. I’m sure part of their fascination is his color…..they keep trying, don’t they. Truly pathetic.
      I went to cspan and listened to parts of the prayer breakfast, and listened to the first two sentences of the doctor, did not find him at all interesting or gratifying and skipped to the president. He was terrific. This is just another blip…..the president has left that all behind and moved on! These silly Rs just keep chewing over the same thing, over and over and over.

      • February 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

        Dr Carson is a right wing nut. Before the election he was interviewed by one of the hosts in Fox land and he showed his true self infact he was even mild in the prayer breakfast. Such a disrespect of the Presidebt was DISGRACEFULL just cant stand those that made it do not think others could except they follow his part. Did he notice that some of our billionaires did not graduate college. He was speaking in the presence of a President that beat all odds, instead of acknowledgement he was just giving himself glory we thank God for Dr Carlson achievements but the self blotting just was uncalled for he could not even repudiate the sessionist racist Senator that introduced him and we say we are christians go figure

      • 117 nathkatun7
        February 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        I am glad I was not alone in finding the doctor insufferable to listen to.

    • 118 anniebella
      February 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

      nospin ,is not believing what is being said about Dr. Carson, she/he says Carson is such a humble person.

  31. February 9, 2013 at 10:20 am
    • 122 Melanie
      February 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for posting this Chips. CNN just did a piece on Hadiya and FLOTUS attending her funeral. I pray that she is not forgotten.

    • 125 utaustinliberal
      February 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I can’t imagine what a parent goes through burying their child. Especially in light of how her death came about. It just tears me up. I wish them some measure of comfort and peace in these troubling times.

      • 126 dotster3
        February 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

        And it’s a shame no one has been arrested in this case. Police report that they are having trouble gaining info because everyone is fearful of gang retaliation, even from Hadiya’s friends who were with her in the park that day. No one will admit they were there.

        • February 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

          That’s a shame. If another mother out there knows that her child did this, she ought to report it.

          • 128 hopefruit2
            February 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

            But they won’t. And that is a serious problem that these communities need to address. Instead of focusing on whether or not Barack/Michelle Obama will be at the funeral, etc., there are some very hard questions that community members & leaders need to ask and be prepared to answer.

            Unlike the Sandy Hook, or some of the other mass shootings, this killing was not simply an isolated tragedy. It is a way of life for many of these kids. Many of them grow up not expecting to survive early adulthood. And that is a SHAME. The only reason this girl is getting any attention is that she participated in the Inauguration parade a week before she was killed. Thousands more like her get killed in the same way on a daily basis, without any mention anywhere. Where are the ADULTS? Where are the community LEADERS? What are they DOING?

            • 129 cookemom
              February 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

              Thanks for this hf. I didn’t want to comment because I know some folks think that FLOTUS’ being there is a good thing. I didn’t want to ruffle feathers. I’d never felt that FLOTUS should have gone. It becomes about her instead of the young lady whose death only symbolizes the problem that is everyday life for children just like her. It gives Rahm and his police department a way to avoid the spotlight, as all eyes will be on FLOTUS. It amazes me that no one is being held responsible for the lack of apprehending and prosecuting these idiots with guns. But, the idjits also know that

              1. they are not likely to be caught.
              2. they know they better take the law in their own hands cause nobody’s gonna protect them.
              3. there are no alternatives presented to them to live a better way.
              4. there are certain parts of town where any infraction becomes a city-wide APB.
              5. The PTSD that must be prevalent in many of those children are not even taken into account.
              6. The parents are indeed responsible and should speak up when they know their own child has committed the act. How many of them are as afraid of their own kid or their friends?
              7. Why aren’t those children ever looked at as having mental issues? Where are the social services/family services to help before the kid gets out of hand.
              8. When you’re called a thug and looked on as a thug, chances are you’ll act like one.
              9. Chicago hosts international events with dignitaries from all over. They host annual events that attract millions in one day. All this without any dire incidents. If they can do that, they can certainly use those resources to serve and protect the citizens of one primary area of the city where most of this is occurring.

              I don’t know the answers, but I know that FLOTUS attending one funeral of the countless many deaths that have happened to children in Chicago ain’t it.

              OK, breathe in, peace out cookemom

          • 130 anniebella
            February 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

            I agree africatimes2.

        • 132 anniebella
          February 9, 2013 at 11:48 am

          dotster3, that’s one of the problems right there. No one will speak up. If you remain silent your life is at risk, just like if you speak up. So why not do the right thing. Sure it can’t be easy.

      • 133 nathkatun7
        February 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        Beautifully said, UT! The pain of losing a loved one is unbearable. But it’s magnified when you lose your child, especially in such a senseless way. The pain of losing a loved one is with you forever. Hadiya’s family needs our prayers! Let’s hope they find some strength to cope in the days, moths and years ahead.

    • February 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

      They should be glad I’m not President. I would direct agencies to make the cuts from those states that receive the greatest federal assistance…Red States!

  32. February 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Good cold morning TOD-ville (except for those in Florida and southern Hemisphere, I guess).

    For @mrm112:
    Best snow photo I’ve seen yet:

    • 137 CEB
      February 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

      That picture is frightening. That family is imprisoned in their home by all of that snow. I see now how cabin fever is a real disorder. Everyone, who is affected by the storm, please take care.

    • February 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Apparently the picture didn’t post in a white twitter box. You can click on the link to view (it’s a picture of glass storm door with snow up to the door handle, and a very perplexed-looking adorable dog who probably *really* needs to go outside :( .)

      Here in SoCal, had my first experience of thinking I wouldn’t be able to get in my car (parked in the driveway) because it rained last night and was below freezing 31F), so my car was coated in ice (and my gloves were in the *glove* compartment). LOL.

      Worked out OK though; thought to myself, “I don’t know how those in the freezing parts of the country do it.”

      Hats off to all of you, stay warm, dry, and filled with comfort food this weekend.

      • February 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

        Oh, OK, now the white twitter box shows up. (Embarrassed emoticon; haven’t mastered those WordPress commands yet).

        And yes, CEB, I was hoping that the little dog got his needs taken care of. Maybe through a window?

      • 140 cookemom
        February 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

        I had that happen to me last week. Doors frozen shut so I pulled and pulled to try and loosen them. No luck, so I went back inside. It stayed cold for a few days afterwards, and since I had nowhere that I just had to be, I didn’t bother with it. Well Thursday, I went to go somewhere and the battery was completely dead. Evidently, all that yanking on the car doors had loosen one just enough to open it so the inside light went on. Needless to say, in that amount of time and being that cold the battery said, fuhgedaboutit!

  33. 143 prettyfoot58
    February 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Goood Morning…everyone…..sipping coffee….Philadelphia got away with only a few inches of snow….for my fellow TODers who got more….stay safe and a wish for a speedy clean up…the reasons to deal the issues of climate change keep piling up…

    #uppers had a great program on Feminism in the 21st century..what does it look like …if you missed it…check it out….

    MHP is talking about war…placing the context of drones in that….

    i thought of this….

    what would happen if we were to just unilaterally withdrew our troops from all over the world….ceased sending military /humanitarian aid to countries…withdraw from Nato…….withdraw from the UN…..what would the world look like…be like without the influence of the United States…

      • 145 prettyfoot58
        February 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

        Greetings Jovie…

        one thing that has emerged for me in all these discussions…is that we still are not talking about what kind of foreign policy do we need to have- post 2014…what should our role bein the world/how are we taking care of the soldiers who will be returning/

        • February 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

          Right now, we have to find some way to get a surplus in or deficit.
          As long as their is a deficit, we are fighting an uphill battle.
          We need to spend to better this country, but with a deficit adding to the debt? It is nearly impossible.
          So, first things first, I guess!

          • 147 prettyfoot58
            February 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

            from my readings it seems that the issue of the deficit is a bogus one/what we need are JOBs …good paying JOBs..passing PBOs American Jobs Act would be a down payment on that…
            but We The People need to think of what kind of policy is needed to address the world of today and what our role should be

            • February 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

              Agreed! But it looks bad that we are running a trillion dollar deficit.
              It just does.
              The conservatives have the upper hand as long as we are running a deficit.
              Perception is everything.

              • 149 prettyfoot58
                February 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

                it is misleading/and according to reports we will be under the trillion dolla mark in 2012/so we are reducing the deficit/our focus has to be on JOBS and growth

                • February 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

                  I am just saying, I agree with you. But from a DC Bektway standing, the conservatives have a talking pointuntil wetake care of that deficit.
                  Have you noticednothinghas passedin 2 years?
                  We needto take care of this, it wiltake care of the talking points and allowus to spend.
                  That is what the President is daying

  34. 151 amk for obama
    February 9, 2013 at 10:32 am
  35. 152 dotster3
    February 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Preview of State of the Union address—-gun violence, immigration, climate change—-with most emphasis on jobs—-

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-obama-state-of-union-focus-on-pocketbook-issues-20130209,0,941461.story

  36. February 9, 2013 at 10:40 am
  37. February 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Gooood morning everyone!

  38. February 9, 2013 at 10:44 am
  39. February 9, 2013 at 10:46 am
  40. 162 prettyfoot58
    February 9, 2013 at 10:53 am
  41. February 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

    A space rock about the size of a jet plane will zip so close to Earth that it will briefly come between us and our weather satellites next week.

    Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be just 27,700 kilometres from the surface — a mere tenth of the distance between the Earth and the moon — when it makes its closest approach around 2:24 p.m. ET on Feb. 15. At that time, it will be zooming by at about 28,100 kilometres per hour or 7.82 kilometres per second relative to Earth.

    DA14 will come 8,100 kilometres closer to Earth than man-made weather and communications satellites that are in geosynchronous orbit, which means they circle the Earth once a day.

    In fact, the 45-metre diameter, 130,000-tonne asteroid will come closer than any object its size has ever been predicted to come before.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/02/07/technology-asteroid-flyby.html

  42. 164 dotster3
    February 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Saw vid of my Ct. granddaughter on the teevee news Th. night—-conversing with and being thanked by her town’s fire chief as they prepared for the snow storm. Her 5th grade class last year came up with the idea of putting GPS devices on fire hydrants, held fundraisers, got grants, followed it to fruition as their community service project. It is especially helpful now when hydrants are buried under mounds of snow and when many fires occur as people are using other methods of heating and lighting their homes with loss of power. Proud of her and her great neighborhood school there. Her teacher, by the way, was in D.C. this weekend getting an Outstanding Teacher award.

  43. 169 Lynn
    February 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Back in from shoveling, just in time for the plow to go by!!! Rattttz! Back out for round three. Hope everyone is warm and dry!

  44. February 9, 2013 at 11:12 am
  45. 173 prettyfoot58
    February 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The problem with the situation is it looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and in so doing, didn’t take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don’t look like a large black man,” Jonas said.

  46. 176 HZ
    February 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Good Morning Chips and my TOD Family. Please be safe as possible. HZ

  47. 177 prettyfoot58
    February 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Americans of all political persuasions agree that lines of this magnitude are a disgrace. As President Obama said on election night, “We have to fix that.” But what — precisely — should be done? How do we fix that?

    There are three reforms that would dramatically reduce the excessive lines that plague voting, and have the added benefit of creating a more efficient and secure electoral system:
    1.Modernizing voter registration
    2.Providing early voting during a fixed national time period
    3.Setting minimum standards for polling place access

    • 181 Lynn
      February 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Great catch, desertflower.

      • 182 carolyn
        February 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        This article illustrates some thoughts I’ve been having this morning…This may be a little long, but I think is interesting.
        Last night my husband and I had dinner with good friends of ours who were missionaries in South Africa and the Kingdom of Swaziland for several years. They loved their time there and their friends.
        In the course of the evening they talked about how the Swazis and other Africans approached conflict. He said they are not confrontational. If a person is being a problem in a group, the head of that group will talk to someone else, and that someone else will go to the problem, and will start to work out a solution. There will be no confrontation. However, the problem will be worked out, but will save the face of the original problem person. I said, “Oh, they work by indirection.” He said yes….and always consider the other person’s feelings. So, then it hit me.”That is how President Obama works.” He replied yes. This couple are BIG Obama supporters like all of us are.
        So then this morning I started thinking about the SOS appointments. We forget how far down Hillary was after the 2008 election. She and her supporters were feeling trampled on. I think she could have been a real problem in the Senate. So what did he do? Made her SOS, part of HIS team, saved her face and pacified her rabid supporters.
        Now to Kerry…..I am sure Kerry was ALWAYS going to be the new SOS. In 2008 Obama knew he would be a more reliable vote in the Senate than Hillary, that he had great strength and clout as chair of the Foreign Relations Comm. I have a feeling Kerry knew pretty well he would be the next SOS. If not for Kerry, POTUS knew he would never have become president…..so, after Kerry’s undeserved treatment by swiftboaters, and awful illegal defeat at the hands of Rove and GWB, President Obama elevated him to a position he is uniquely qualified for, to the admiration and approbation of everyone.
        Ed Schultz et al are always asking him to “Draw a line in the sand.” He won’t. He will win by indirection and patience. This paradigm, which is a combination of his African DNA and his Hawaiian upbringing is opposite of what I call the “Marauding Viking” paradigm of the last thousand years. This old way of operating is on its way out, and once again President Obama is out ahead of everyone else.
        Smartypants and a few others have talked about this and wondered, as do I, why the so-called smart class can’t see it. But then, they are all Marauding Vikings.

        • 183 Lynn
          February 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

          This!! This!! This!! A Thousand times!! You put into words thoughts I could not, carolyn!! And “Marauding Vikings” it is!!

          I’ve heard of SouthAmerican tribes that use group ridicule to defuse situations, mocking as ‘childish’ aggressive or bullying behavior in youngsters to teach proper respect and self-control while discouraging violence. Not the same approach, but the subtle results can be similar.

          I think you have accurately followed the President’s thought processes re the SOS position and the participants past and present.

        • February 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

          That is EXCELLENT carolyn!!

          I’ve seen this but struggled with a framework for it. I’ve thought in terms of the masculine/feminine or the ying/yan. But neither one totally works.

          Thanks!

        • 185 dotster3
          February 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          Love this insightful comment. I’ve noticed President Obama coming at issues from a different angle, plane, level etc. And you put it into words—explained it– brilliantly.

          • 186 carolyn
            February 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

            One further thought about Hillary……In Nov 2008, she was hurt, she was irate, she was seething, and she was going to have to go back to being one of 100. I truly believe she would have been a negative force and vote in the Senate. Think about healthcare reform…..remember how hers went down to defeat? Well, President Obama effectively “declawed” her. He then gave her a powerful platform on her very own, and she took it, ran with it and did very well. She now goes out to great acclaim, and politically on the rise. What else could have accomplished this for her? Nothing. She has now achieved status totally on her own. I do think those 112 countries record is a result of her innate competitiveness.
            If she is smart, she will look at her age, her present and historical reputation, and retire on a high. Getting down in the mud of a presidential campaign would do great damage to her now stellar reputation.

            • 187 dotster3
              February 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

              Agreed, and I think she knows that too. It’s all those other forces who are putting pressure on her, for some reason that I haven’t quite figured out—-making her feel guilty and almost traitorous if she doesn’t run.

  48. 188 utaustinliberal
    February 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral is being streamed. First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/livenow?id=7096082

  49. 189 dotster3
    February 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

    President Obama expected to address pre-k education in Atlanta on Th., a stop on his post-SOTU tour. Ga. Dems are expecting many more presidential appearances in the future as they see a strong possibility of a purple or even blue state of Ga. by 2016.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/obama-to-visit-atlanta-next-week/nWKMw/

  50. 190 prettyfoot58
    February 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Inspiring

  51. 191 utaustinliberal
    February 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thank goodness Pres. Obama didn’t give up on ACA.

  52. 193 Pamela
    February 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Mornin’ y’all! :)

  53. 194 vcprezofan2
    February 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Brakesssssssssssss! :cool: Made it before noon! Howdy one and all! :lol: :lol: Hope you are all having a terrific Saturday/Sunday, with snow, or rain, or sunshine, or whatever!

    Also sending calm, supportive thoughts to the Pendleton family and friends!

    • 196 nathkatun7
      February 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks desertflower for sharing this article. It’s indeed a must read. I am glad he quoted Gandhi extensively about the difference between active and direct action non-violence and the do nothing non-violence which amounts to cowardice. So far, I’ve not heard one concrete proposal from all the holier than thou progressives, who are lambasting President Obama non-stop, about how to counter Al Qaida violence. Not a single one!

  54. 197 prettyfoot58
    February 9, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Is FLOTUS in the Church yet.

  55. 202 utaustinliberal
    February 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama is comforting Hadiya Pendleton’s mom at the funeral.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/video-update

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/livenow?id=7096082

    http://wgntv.com/live/

  56. 204 yardarm756
    February 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm
  57. February 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Senate to consider gun control, immigration reform

    By Ramsey Cox
    The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider weighty issues next week, specifically gun control and immigration reform.

    On Wednesday, members of the Judiciary Committee will ask Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the administration’s position on comprehensive immigration reform.

    /
    Finally, it’s about time!


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