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Rise and Shine

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Today (All Times Eastern):

10:20 AM: President Obama delivers remarks marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

6:30 PM: VP Biden and Dr Jill Biden visit with U.S. service members, military families, and Defense Department employees at an event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii

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The Week Ahead:

Monday: The President will welcome the San Francisco Giants to the White House to honor the team and their 2012 World Series Championship

Tuesday: The President will travel to the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to give the first in a series of policy speeches on his better bargain for the middle class. The speech is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Wednesday: The President will welcome NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to honor the team and their 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. Also on Wednesday, he will travel to Capitol Hill for a meeting with Democrats in both chambers

Thursday: The President will host Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi at the White House

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

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The latest state to publish insurance rates under Obamacare is Maryland. The results seem consistent with the pattern we’ve seen so far. When state officials want the law to work, it works pretty well. And Maryland officials want the law to work.

The governor is a prominent Democrat and among Obamacare’s most vocal boosters. The state political establishment supports him. The officials in agencies working on Obamacare — the state Department of Health, the Insurance Administration, and the newly created Health Benefits Exchange — feel the same way. None of this is surprising: Maryland is a strongly blue state. Obama is popular there and, one imagines, so is his health plan.

More here

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ABC: How White Are the Reporters Covering Obama? Very, Stats Show

The face of the nation is changing fast, but the White House press corps remains the same.

A new report in The Washington Post details how the news media, and especially the White House press, is disproportionately whiter and less diverse than the country as a whole.

“When the first black president of the United States walked into the White House press room to talk about Trayvon Martin and the complexities of race in America last Friday, the people poised to convey his remarks to the world were overwhelmingly of one race — white….

At a time when one of the most contentious subjects in Washington is immigration reform — an issue of great import to many Hispanics — the people questioning the president on a regular basis are unlikely to be Hispanic themselves,” the Post’s Paul Fahri writes…..

12.4 percent: The proportion of U.S. newspaper journalists who are racial minorities…..

37 percent: The U.S.’s minority population

7: Number of full-time White House correspondents who are African-American or Asian-American, out of 53. That’s 13.2 percent. Figures for other groups weren’t available.

3: Number of African-Americans who have served on the White House Correspondents Association board in its 99-year history.

More here

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David Firestone (NYT): North Carolina: First in Voter Suppression

Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina didn’t like our recent editorial that criticized the state for abandoning its traditions of racial equality, strong public schools, and economic fairness. He wrote a letter to the editor saying he was leading the state to a “powerful comeback.”

That’s demonstrably untrue when it comes to the economy and the schools. But as yesterday’s events in the state capital showed, one thing is making a comeback: an old habit of suppressing the votes of minorities, young people and the poor, all in the hopes of preserving Republican power.

Freed of federal election supervision by the Supreme Court, the North Carolina legislature passed a bill that combines every idea for suppressing voter turnout that Republicans have advanced in other states. Rick Hasen, an election-law expert at the University of California, Irvine, called it “the most sweeping anti-voter law in at least decades.”

…. None of this has anything to do with fraud. Out of 7 million ballots cast in the state in 2012, there were 121 allegations of voter fraud, a rate of .00174 percent….

More here

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NBC News: The United States intends to transfer two additional detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Algeria as part of its effort to close the military prison in Cuba, the White House said Friday in a statement.

“We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security,” the statement from White House spokesman Jay Carney read. “We continue to call on Congress to join us in supporting these efforts by lifting the current restrictions that significantly limit our ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo, even those who have been approved for transfer.”

More here

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The wonderful Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Yes Republicans, this is one of your own

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Sy Mukherjee: Starting next Thursday, Wisconsin’s Green Bay region will no longer have an abortion provider. That’s because Ob/Gyn Associates, the sole abortion clinic in the area, was recently sold to a health system which announced on Friday that it will stop offering abortion services on August 1st. And their decision, combined with an anti-abortion bill quietly signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker (R) earlier in July, will force Green Bay women who want or need an abortion to travel over 250 miles round trip to find the closest facility.

Practically speaking, the law would force two of the state’s five clinics — a private clinic in Milwaukee and a Planned Parenthood facility in Appleton — to close down entirely.

More here

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Whoa….are pigs flying?

Josh Israel: Since Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcementThursday that the Department of Justice would “ask a federal court in Texas to subject the State of Texas to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,” the reaction from Texas Republicans has been furious. But Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who sponsored the 2006 Voting Rights Act re-authorization, backed the move as legally proper.

But Sensenbrenner told The Hill on Thursday that these critics were misrepresenting the facts. “The [Justice] department’s actions are consistent with the Voting Rights Act,” he said, noting that Voting Rights Act still allows challenges to changes that would suppress minority voters.

More here

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President Obama give the thumbs up as he returns to the White House from Camp David, July 26

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VP Biden, his wife Jill Biden, their daughter Ashley and son-in-law Dr Howard Krein, walk through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, July 26

VP Biden shakes hands with a diner during an impromptu visit to Adam Road Hawker Food Centre in Singapore, July 26

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On this day:

July 27, 2012: President Barack Obama hugs a member of the American Legion Boys Nation in the East Wing during their tour of the White House (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

July 27, 2012: U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova picks up the First Lady during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

July 27, 2012: First Lady Michelle Obama greets former Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, right, and her children, Skye and Spider, following a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London, England (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

July 27, 2012: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Joshua Wilkins-Waldron during a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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119 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


    • 2 sabreen60
      July 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Congrats cookmon and Good Morning to you and all TODers. My comments keep coming back with an WP error. Hope this one gets through.

      • 3 jacquelineoboomer
        July 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

        That was happening to a few of us, yesterday, sabreen60. Your comment came through today!

  1. 4 cookemom
    July 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

    up and at ‘em all you O’s!!!! It’s a great getting up day again in TODtown!!

    Get stock in aluminum. Looks like there’s going to be a run on tin foil hats!

  2. 5 cookemom
    July 27, 2013 at 9:30 am

    WAKE UP!!!!!

  3. 6 cookemom
    July 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Don’t let me have to come and get you!!! (impatiently tapping foot)

  4. July 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Good morning TOD and the amazing UT for a full front page news!

  5. July 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Mooooooorning everyone, thank yooooooooooooooooooou UT!!!

  6. 16 dotster3
    July 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Isn’t it stunning——what’s going on with voting rights and womens’ rights in all these Repub controlled states? It seems to get worse by the day with new restrictions continuing unabated. Repubs are trying to change our country one state at a time, taking away much of what has been taken for granted for decades. The consequences of Dems not bothering to show up to vote in 2010 has been catastrophic. I’m hoping that 2014 can bring much of this to a screeching halt.
    In more pleasant news—–beautiful photo of the Biden fam in Singapore.

    • July 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Dotster…GM….”

      It is as if they know that their days are numbered…sooo they are rushing to get it all done….while they can…and all I can say is that elections have consequences!

    • 18 arkluvspbo
      July 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Dotster, with all this garbage the repubs are doing to our rights, when the Dems get back in control — will they be able to turn this all around??
      This just gets me so angry with people who were too lazy to vote, or too upset that the president and Democratic Congress didn’t get things done fast enough.

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Dotster, we have to come out in record numbers in 2014 because most of our states can’t take four more years of the reactionaries in their state governments. There will come a reckoning for this destruction of our rights. This is the last gasp of a dying party and their effort to bring the world down with them has to be reversed. They have gone too far. They have shown their hand and people are recoiling in revulsion.

  7. 20 anniebella
    July 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Susan Rice going to throw the opening pitch out for the Washington Nationals tonight. That’s cool. Of course FLOTUS was at the Nats game Thursday, they beat Pittsburgh that day.

  8. 21 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I don’t hear emoprogs praising the Obama Admin for this decision. They’re strangely quiet. :roll:

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

      UT, they are incapable of getting beyond their own prejudices to praise the president for anything. If they did speak they would attribute PBO’s actions to their own pressure, ignoring his stated intent for the last five years.

  9. 23 dotster3
    July 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

    National Emergency Summit on Urban Violence in Chicago yesterday. Many interested participants came together to seek solutions to all the gun violence “because we are losing a generation of young people”. (Rep. Robin Kelly)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-urban-violence-summit-20130727,0,4242714.story

  10. 25 carolyn
    July 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I am so happy that the President is going to the Korean War Memorial today to commemorate the truce. This means a lot to us, because my husband served in Korea. My family lived in San Francisco at the time which was the gateway for deployment to Korea. I was in junior high, and my whole family went to Land’s End to watch the fleet come home under the Golden Gate Bridge, which was a sight I’ll never forget as those big ships steamed in one at a time, in a seemingly endless row.

    Three years ago we went to D.C. and visited the Korean Memorial, one of the major things on my bucket list. It is haunting. I took my husband’s picture standing beside one of those poncho clad soldier statues. I was so proud. A young man came up to me while I was snapping and asked why I was taking his picture beside the statue. I looked up, and said “Because he served there!”

    After the picture, several people went up to him and thanked him for his service. He said that was the first time that had happened in over fifty years. That visit meant a lot to him, and to me, and this honoring of the Korean War and truce by the president today, means a great deal to him.

    We’ve often laughed at life and its funny turns. Here I was a girl in junior high, as he was an Airman who shipped out from Treasure Island on a troop ship bound for Tokyo! To this day, he will not even consider a cruise!!!

    • 26 utaustinliberal
      July 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Thank you for those wonderful memories Carolyn; and please tell your husband that we at TOD are so thankful and grateful for his service. :D

    • July 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Beautiful memory and heartwarming story Carolyn. My memory was of a soldier who boarded with us when he was on leave from the Army. On his final return from the war he brought my mother a beautiful Korean traditional dress which I still have to this day. We all have treasured memories which are made more powerful when they are honoured and valued through public recognition.

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

      carolyn – I’ve been watching the commemoration, and President Obama – as he speaks so eloquently, now – with tears welling up in my eyes. I’d like to pass on my personal thanks to your husband and all of the others who served in Korea. We will not forget them. Please tell your husband, “Welcome home.”

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you for telling us about this, Carolyn. The Korean War veterans were never given the credit they were due because it wasn’t the “big war,” although many of them had served in both. Yet Korea war was just as traumatic and dangerous for our servicemen as any war fought. I’m glad that someone finally thanked your husband for his service. It’s a small thing, but it makes a big difference. And today, the President of the United States is saying ‘thank you” in a big way.

  11. 30 dotster3
    July 27, 2013 at 10:01 am
  12. 31 Jovie
    July 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Looks like Coburn has had a change of heart?
    I knew it!

    • 32 Jovie
      July 27, 2013 at 10:03 am
    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      At least they’re right out in the open with it now. No justifications based on health care needs, no phony concerns about death panels. All the smokescreens are down and we can all the see the flop sweat, the raw, primal fear that a Democratic program is going to work and in the process further marginalize the GOP.

  13. 34 Jovie
    July 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

    For the next democratic President?

  14. 36 Jovie
    July 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Did you all know this person?
    RIP

    • 37 Bill R.
      July 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Lindy Boggs took over the House seat of Rep. Hale Boggs who was missing and presumed dead in a plane crash in Alaska back in the 60s. She is the mother of Cokie Roberts of NPR.

      • 38 jacquelineoboomer
        July 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

        She also had a son, and was the mother of the late Barbara Boggs Sigmund (who was once Mayor of Princeton, New Jersey – I’m from Central NJ originally and remember that local connection well).

  15. 39 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2013 at 10:21 am

    LIVE NOW: Pres. Obama speaks at the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  16. 41 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    LIVE NOW: Pres. Obama speaks at the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/

  17. 42 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2013 at 10:25 am
  18. 44 anniebella
    July 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I heard that POTUS suppose to be on Meet the Press tomorrow. Have anyone else heard that?

  19. 47 Grab a Mop Grace
    July 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I just learned about another tragic story that involves a gun, that has touched my church community deeply.

    The husband of an old friend of mine from church was shot twice in the back of the head and killed yesterday, by a colleague over disputed land. The shooter (89 years old) said that “he snapped” during an argument with my friend’s husband (58 years old with two teenage boys) and pulled the gun out from his pocket and shot him. I note that the shots were IN THE BACK of his head.
    The deceased man’s wife has struggled with breast cancer over the last 6-8 years, and I’m just devastated for her.
    Please pray for Jodi and her family as she starts this morning realizing yesterday wasn’t just a nightmare, but that her husband is gone.
    Lord help us.

    • July 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Oh my God, Grace, what a horrific story, utterly tragic. And the shooter was 89?? I don’t even know what to say, thinking of the family.

      • 49 Grab a Mop Grace
        July 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

        Thanks Chips. I’m speechless as well.

      • 50 japa21
        July 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

        The irony, of course, is that 89 year old may well have had his driver’s license revoked or at least requires regular testing to get it renewed, yet has to do nothing to keep a gun.

        My heart goes out to your friend and her kids.

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

      So sorry to hear that, Grace. Sending a prayer up now for the family and your community. Another senseless gun death.

    • 53 anniebella
      July 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Grab a Mop Grace, this is terrible.

    • 54 Roberta in MN
      July 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Grace, sending prayers for your friends family. I get so sad when I hear stuff like this. Lord, help all of us if this keeps up. (((((hugs)))))

    • July 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

      ohhh myyyy…I am so sorry for you friend…once again…if he did not have a gun….Asking for the Creator’s mercy for your friend…

    • July 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

      OMG, Grace, this is just horrible, horrible, horrible. I tell you, we are increasingly subject to the crazy moods and whims of very crazy people because of our gun culture. It’s just sickening. I will hold your friend and her family in my thoughts for highest healing.

      I didn’t grow up around guns and I don’t live around guns. I hope I never even see a gun. I detest gun violence and it’s just getting worse. The NRA is the worst thing that’s ever happened to this country.

    • 57 Dakota
      July 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

      This is horrible Grace! My heart goes out to your friend and her family. Lord help us indeed.

    • 58 africa
      July 27, 2013 at 11:59 am

      So, sorry. Wow.

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Oh Grace, such a horrific, needless tragedy that brings suffering to so many lives –just because an old man couldn’t control his anger and acted out with a gun. It’s beyond words, except those of deep pity and sympathy for the wife and children. Grace, I hope this women and her boys have lots of good people like you looking out for them.

      • 61 HZ
        July 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        Grace, (((((((((((((( Prayers going forth from my heart to this precious family)))))))))))))))HZ

        May loving and peaceful souls surround this family at this time.

        This has to stop somewhere and somehow.. HZ

    • 62 arkluvspbo
      July 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      In a church, no less. What a sad, sad tragedy that didn’t have to happen — just like Trayvon Martin’s murder.
      I’m so sorry for your loss.
      How sad that the republicons want to take away voting rights, and administer voting IDs, because of .00000 percentage of folks commit voter fraud,
      But God save our pistols.

  20. 63 CEB
    July 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Good morning everyone.
    The Obamacare train is barreling through, yea!!
    The photo of the young man from the American Legion boy’s group clutching and hanging on to PBO brings tears to my eyes because someone who hugs like that has been through something. It somewhat reminds me of the poignant photo of Sasha holding onto her dad when they visited Mandela’s cell on Robben island.

    • 64 MightyPamela
      July 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      The faces and responses of all the other boys is just priceless, it feels as if all their lives will be touched and changed for the better from being in this scenario, so vast is the Love and Compassion our President shares with all.

    • 65 arkluvspbo
      July 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      I bet the he raised his hand and said, “Mr. President, I just want to hug you!”.
      The faces of the other boys tells the whole story :).

  21. July 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Good morning TOD! Dont know why I’m up so early on my first day off, but…lol

    Hope everybody has a good Saturday.

    Enjoy the following video (if ya haven’t seen it already).

    I’m telling ya’ll us Black folk will make up an electric slide line dance to anything with a good beat! My have to learn this one for the next fam cookout…lol

    BLURRED LINES LINE DANCE / DENVER SOUL LINE DANCING

  22. July 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    GM TODvillians. Another great R&S UT. I really love the blasts form the past, specially when they involve FLOTUS. The other guy is okay too.

    I have a dream.

    • 77 Jovie
      July 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Ain’t gonna happen!

    • 78 anniebella
      July 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

      I’m with you japa21, I love the blast from the past, specially when it involved FLOTUS. And POTUS too.

      • 79 anniebella
        July 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        I think FLOTUS had a nice time over there at the Olympics in London, she did a wonderful job representing the United States. She made us pride, unlike Mitt Romney when he went to London, he stuck his foot in his mouth, up his butt, and any where it could go.

  23. 80 Jovie
    July 27, 2013 at 11:04 am
    • 81 anniebella
      July 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Good for Susan Rice. Can she throw a fast ball? As long as it reaches the catcher.

      • 82 HZ
        July 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        Love it also anniebella. Dr. Susan Rice is great in tennis, basketball, and golf. I believe she will make her hubby and their two beautiful children proud tonight. We will see tonight if she can make her mark from the mound. She surely has made it from so many other wonderful places. POTUS gave her some pointers, I am sure. Love Dr. Susan Rice. Go, Dr. Susan Rice. HZ

  24. July 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Watched the program commemorating the end of the Korean War…I love how PBO mixes the general with the specific…telling the individual stories to make it personal….

  25. 84 Nena20409
    July 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    GM TODers…….

    Thanks for the Posts.

  26. July 27, 2013 at 11:09 am

    O/T, but not totally. I am attending a conference today — Abolishing Poverty. Put on by the conference of our UMC. Has been great so far. Will give a short report tonight or tomorrow. blessed day to all.

  27. 88 Nena20409
    July 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57595796/florida-apartment-complex-shooting-leaves-7-dead-including-gunman/

    A gunman holding hostages inside a South Florida apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a SWAT team that stormed the building early Saturday following an hours-long standoff, police said.

    A spokesperson for Hialeah Police Department told CBS News that police got a call around 6:30 p.m. Friday that shots had been fired in a building with dozens of apartments in Hialeah, just a few miles north of Miami.

    Another sad Gun story in FL or in any state in US.

  28. 89 Jovie
    July 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    But but but Anthony Weiner…

    • 90 HZ
      July 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      This is great news. I just received in my box this morning the notice about this. POB said he would do this and it is well on its way. People on the MSM just do not listen to him when he speaks. This is great for all of us. Change will continue to come to America, and that is why so many are up in a twists in their underpants. Old farts. Oh, please do not get me started. Moving FORWARD and Yes We Can as Bobfr tells us daily.

      Gobrookly, I hope that you got your food situation settled as you go through your recovery. Eat well and know that will help your body as well. I am praying for the very best and the finest for your appetite to go wild. ((((((((( Love you, Gobrooklyn))))))HZ

  29. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    For anyone who missed it, the 60th Anniversary Korean War Armistice commemoration from D.C. will re-air tonight on C-Span3 at 12 midnight (ET) and again tomorrow at 5 p.m. (ET). It was very well done.

  30. 94 Jovie
    July 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Rand Paul is now leading the GOP field for 2016.
    That’s why Christie went after him yesterday!
    Wow!
    A wack job as POTUS?
    Not gonna happen!

  31. July 27, 2013 at 11:42 am
  32. 103 dotster3
    July 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Awwww—-people are nice. It’s my daughter’s moving day today, and everyone has been sad and hosting “last events” in their Chgo neighborhood. Last night they stopped at their neighborhood cleaners they have frequented for one last pick up, and when they told the Turkish owner they were moving today. his eyes actually welled up and he went in the back and brought out a beaded bracelet for my daughter “to remember him by”. Isn’t that so sweet?

    • 104 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I think it says a lot about your daughter and family, as well as their neighborhood!

      (On an unrelated note, the one thing I definitely don’t miss about working in an office is all of the dry cleaning bills. Seemed like I spent one-third of my damn profit handing over my whole closet to those folks!)

      • July 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        Inorite? When I think about the cost of the clothing + dry cleaning = $$$$

        • 106 jacquelineoboomer
          July 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

          Yep. Seemed like everything I liked and wanted to buy to wear to work was both expensive and had to be dry cleaned. Now, all I wear consistently that needs dry cleaning are things like my winter coats (and I’m takin’ care of that little “problem” by moving back to Florida, before another winter sets in … Ha!).

  33. 107 africa
    July 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Morning TODers!! Happy Saturday. Obamacare revs up!!

  34. 108 desertflower
    July 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Morning! I found this: http://juanitajean.com/2013/07/26/giving-spittin-gravel-a-whole-new-meaning/

    Welcome to Texas, where Republican leadership hasn’t lowered our electric bill, our insurance rates, our college tuition, or our taxes, but they have done one helluva job lowering our standard of living.

    Citing a funding shortfall and the impact of a historic oil drilling boom, Texas Department of Transportation officials on Thursday announced plans to move forward with converting some roads in West and South Texas to gravel.

    Approximately 83 miles of asphalt roads will be torn up and converted to “unpaved” roads, TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton said. The speed limits on those roads will probably be reduced to 30 mph.

    ???? how ’bout that INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING, RICK!!! Bet that Texans will just LOVE this! Rip up the pavement and put gravel on the road instead. Yup. I’m sure they will….

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Yikes, DF, in addition to the reduced speed, those roads are murder on tires and on the undersides of cars. My sister lives at the end of a very long gravel road and we never get to her house with scarring the bottom of our car. Not only will Texans be inconvenienced, but they’ll feel the effects of this on their pocketbook.

      • 110 desertflower
        July 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        I IMMEDIATELY thought the very same thing! Stupid, for sure…they have such short term thought processes….always, in every case. This is a prime example.

      • 111 Jovie
        July 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Soon, we will be riding horse and buggy and Liberals will blame this President for not consulting Harry Potter!

      • 112 MightyPamela
        July 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        And if this doesn’t prove to the area residents they are considered unimportant and irrelevant, as well as moving backwards in time, what will? Hopefully they will become very very pissed off. It takes a long time to get anywhere driving that slow on those surfaces, which requires a whole new outlook and planning. If there are any kind of tourist attractions there, no one will bother to drive across gravel roads to see them.

        • 113 HZ
          July 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

          Thanks, DF for this. I fought my city council for two years when they a R-Rep. would not allow any monies from the Recovery Act to come to our city. When you looked at where the money was not be asked for, it broke my heart. I finally called the Rep., and gave him some thoughts. He was not interested because he did not want to give any credit to POB and VP Biden. I went off on him, they clicked the call.
          He has retired. A very ugly spirit.

          Everytime I drive down some of the roads, I do not pray, if you know what I mean. However, when I reach home, I do confess and try to clear my space. It is awful , but we will get the House back. I will give my all to help us do that. The Rep. was David Drier. Remember him. Sorry behind.HZ

  35. 114 desertflower
    July 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Interesting map…. http://blogs.seattletimes.com/opinionnw/2013/07/26/is-your-neighborhood-holding-you-back/

    Where do lower-income households have the best chances of rising into the middle class? You’d be surprised. Check out this cool map to compare upward mobility rates across the country. Lighter colors represent areas where children from low-income families are more likely to move up in the income distribution. A New York Times interactive of this map allows you to chart different comparisons.

  36. July 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    How much should we know/how much should remain classified/what is the right balance between security and disclosure….

    There is Congressional Oversight re: all this classified info…but Congress as a body is dysfunctional…ex: the House is entertaining making food stamp recipients work for their food stamps….

    When I think about how WE THE PEOPLE should be engaged in our government…it gives me pause at how much WE THE PEOPLE are not….

  37. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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