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Rise and Shine

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The Week Ahead:

Saturday and Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled

Monday: Attends meetings at the White House

Tuesday: Addresses the nation from the White House

Wednesday: The President, the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr Jill Biden and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The President will then travel to the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony

Thursday: The President will hold a Cabinet Meeting. The Vice President will attend

Friday: Welcomes to the White House the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Shaykh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah

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Steve Benen: Putting the goalposts firmly in place

…. If congressional Republicans ignore President Obama, it’s evidence of Obama failing. If congressional Republicans ignore their own party’s leaders, it’s still evidence of Obama failing.

If the president bypasses Congress to pursue his national security strategy, he’s dictatorial. If he seeks congressional authorization for his national security strategy, he’s weak and undermining the stature of his office.

If lawmakers reject a resolution authorizing force in Syria, Obama will struggle to get anything through Congress for the rest of his term. If lawmakers approve a resolution authorizing force in Syria, Obama will struggle to get anything through Congress for the rest of his term.

If the president uses the military to intervene in Syria, Obama will have undermined the credibility of the United States on the global stage. If the president honors a congressional vote against using the military to intervene in Syria, Obama will have undermined the credibility of the United States on the global stage.

I’m starting to think this game is rigged in a heads-I-win; tails-you-lose sort of way…..

Full post here

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The People’s View: When Democrats Were Humanitarian Hawks (#KosovoDems)

It passed the Senate by a 58-41 vote, and failed in the House in a 213-213 tie. 93% of Democrats in the Senate voted for it, as did 86% of House Democrats – that made for 42 Democratic senators and 180 Democratic House members. It was the Congressional resolution to allow the United States to intervene militarily, unilaterally if needed, to end a humanitarian catastrophe – under a Democratic president. It was the humanitarian catastrophe of death and displacements in Kosovo. President Clinton lead an airstrike despite the failure of the vote in Congress, under the NATO umbrella.

Kosovo’s civil war was a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions, but in the perspective of Syria, it is in danger of looking miniscule….

Yet, Congressional Democrats remain largely skeptical of an intervention in Syria while roughly 90% of Democrats in Congress in 1999 voted to allow Bill Clinton to intervene in Kosovo. I am left wondering why this is….

Full post here

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Smartypants: Rep. Keith Ellison asks us to listen to Syrian Americans

While an awful lot of liberals are jumping in front of TV cameras to announce their collaboration with tea party libertarians to oppose military intervention in Syria, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (and one of only two members of the House who are Muslim) seems to be struggling a bit more deeply with the issues involved.

You can bet that with that kind of nuance, Rep. Ellison isn’t going to be asked to appear on any of the cable network shows.

But I’d ask you to do what the Congressman has requested: take a moment to read the letter to the anti-war movement from the group known as United for a Free Syria…..

Full post here

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It was hard to imagine Alan Grayson could sink any lower this week  – see ‘Alan Grayson Conspires with Far Right Lunatics to Lie and Fundraise off of Syria’ at The People’s View and ‘Rep Alan Grayson Cackles That Syrian Atrocities ‘Simply Not Our Problem’ at Mediaite) – but then there was this:

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Steve Benen: When crass fundraising takes a Grimm turn

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) announced just days ago that he would support President Obama’s call for military intervention in Syria. “We have to keep our word; this is about our credibility,” the New York Republican said last weekend. “We can’t permit a precedent where there is a use of chemical weapons and there is no response.”

Four days later, Grimm changed his mind, and announced yesterday he opposes the policy he’d previously endorsed.

I’ll leave it to others to speculate as to why, exactly, the congressman reversed course so quickly and completely …. The fundraising appeal, sent within a few hours of Grimm’s newly announced position, asks donors, “Will you stand with me in opposing President Obama’s plan with a donation of $25 or more right now?” It adds, “Stand with me today with a donation of $25 or more to strongly oppose military action in Syria.”

Full post here

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Smartypants: President Obama and WMD’s

The whole concept of reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction was seriously discredited when Bush/Cheney used it as an excuse to lie us into an unnecessary war. Its clear by now that some people simply cannot have a rational conversation about the topic as a result.

But since President Obama has been trying to convince the US and the world to live up to their commitments about responding to the use of chemical weapons, I’ve been thinking about how that position is linked to a rather bold promise he made back when he was running for president in 2008….

More here

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The PCTC Blog: Pacifists and Liberals ; When Do We Actually Stand Up For Those We Allegedly Care About?

Being a pacifist isn’t easy. Not easy at all.

A lot of self-described pacifists think it is easy. Essentially, the equation for many is, if it maims or kills, you don’t do it. Period. That’s easy, isn’t it?

There’s just one problem. It’s not pacifism.

Like everything else in life, being pro-peace is complicated. It’s a constant calculation, based on the circumstances  in each situation. It’s not a blanket belief that no one should ever do anything violent, but a calculation of which actions will bring us closer to peace, and save the most innocent lives? Unfortunately, sometimes, the necessary action may be a violent one. Sometimes, in the grand peace calculation, there is little choice but to act violently. It’s a sad but true fact of life….

Full post here

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Oh boy, these people…..

TPM: Weekly GOP Address Makes No Mention Of Syria

As the country debates what it should engage in another military conflict, the Senate Republican weekly address Saturday made no mention of Syria.

Instead the address, delivered by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), was exclusively dedicated to attacking Obamacare ahead of the Oct. 1 initiation of enrollment in the law’s health insurance exchanges.

More here

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President Obama views the Gulf of Finland during a break before the first plenary session at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg (Photo by Pete Souza)

More Pete Souza photos from the Summit here

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Paul Krugman: It Takes A Government (To Make A Market)

Lots of reporting on the new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of what we know so far about premiums under Obamacare. It definitely looks as if there will be a mild “rate shock” — in the right direction….

What’s going on here? Partly it’s a vindication of the idea that you can make health insurance broadly affordable if you ban discrimination based on preexiting conditions while inducing healthy individuals to enter the risk pool through a combination of penalties and subsidies. But there’s an additional factor, that even supporters of the Affordable Care Act mostly missed: the extent to which, for the first time, the Act is creating a truly functioning market in nongroup insurance.

…. In an alternative universe, conservatives would be celebrating this good … But in this universe, conservatives claim that creating a real market for health insurance, and making sure that everyone can afford it, is the moral equivalent of slavery.

Full post here

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 OCare

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What Is Working: 40 Ways Obamacare is Working

The House of Representatives has voted  40 times to repeal Obamacare. To mark the occasion, here’s a quick rundown of 40 ways that Obamacare is already working for millions of Americans and will impact more beginning in 2014.

1. Say goodbye to lifetime limits: Insurance companies will no longer be able to place an arbitrary cap on coverage.

2. Children can no longer be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.

3. Starting in 2014, adults will no longer be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.

Free preventive care, including:

4. Annual check-ups

5. Contraception

6. Vaccinations

7. Gestational diabetes screenings

8. Mammograms….

More here

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ThinkProgress: North Carolina Hospital Will Shut Down In Six Months Because The State Won’t Expand Medicaid

On Wednesday, residents of Belhaven, North Carolina got a taste of how stubborn GOP opposition to the Affordable Care Act can affect them personally when executives at Vidant Health System unanimously voted to shut down the local Vidant Pungo Hospital within six months. Vidant officials said the move was necessary as a consequence of North Carolina’s refusal to participate in Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion.

Belhaven is a small town of 1,688 where more than 55 percent of the population is African-American and approximately 28 percent of residents live in poverty….

….. Obamacare reduced reimbursements to these so-called “disproportionate share hospitals” — one of which is Vidant Pungo — since the law originally intended all states to expand Medicaid for every American living up to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. If things had unfolded that way, these hospitals wouldn’t need the additional government payments since their patients would finally be able to pay for their own care through Medicaid.

Full post here

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More information here

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ThinkProgress: Washington State Is Getting Flooded With Hundreds Of Phone Calls About Signing Up For Obamacare

Obamacare’s state-level insurance marketplaces open for enrollment on October 1, and state officials are trying to get out the word about the new health care options that will be available soon. But many uninsured Americans still aren’t aware that they’ll be able to qualify for assistance to buy new plans under Obamacare, and lots of people in general remain confused about what the health law means for them. Health reform skeptics aren’t convinced that the marketplaces’ roll-out will be smooth enough to successfully reach all of those people.

If Washington State is any indication, however, some of those fears may be overblown. Washington hopes to target about one million uninsured residents with information about signing up for Obamacare. And it’s off to a relatively good start, as state officials there say that hundreds of people have contacted them this week asking for more details about the new Obamacare plans.

More here

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President Obama during a briefing in Sweden (Pete Souza)

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@petesouza: Instagram photo from Air Force One leaving Russia

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MooooOOOOoooorning – and the deepest of sympathies to our Australian TOD friends on Tony Abbott becoming their next PM :-(


145 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. September 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Goooooooood Morning,,,,TODDDDDDDD

  2. 6 africa
    September 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Good morning Everyone, again!!

  3. September 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good morning everyone. Rainy day in my region. Hope it is sunny for everyone else.

  4. 8 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Congrats prettyfoot and africa on your Gold and Silver medals. :)

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and Happy Saturday!! Is NSA adviser Susan Rice supposed to give a speech today at some function?

  5. 10 africa
    September 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Wow, Chips. Excellent R&S. Thanks.

  6. 12 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Oh my gosh, my golly Pete Souza!!!! That last picture of AF1 leaving Russia is nothing short of breath-taking.

  7. 17 WilTal
    September 7, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Chips,

    Thank you for another super-duper R&S…wow!

  8. 19 africa
    September 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

    • 20 Nena20409
      September 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Some on the Left…..MMoore questioned when OBL was removed permanently from this world. A Few more raised their objections during Libya. It is always confusing for me to understand them. They were screaming when Gaddafi was threatening to storm Benghazi. Then when action was taken, they got conflicted.

      They Loathe Drone Usage. They are up against NSA with Courts oversight.

      Ask them how to resolve issues, they are conflicted and mumble, diplomacy!

      Meanwhile, folks are dying while they debate endlessly? They can afford the debates. They are not directly affected. Intellectual debates can be a fools gold. Those who need the real gold to earn a living are usually an afterthought by the intellectuals.

      • 21 FayPax
        September 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

        Most people practice what I call “selective citizenship”. Patriotism is only important when it is about something that directly effects them. For example, drones have been sparingly in use since World War II, but their use only became important when they “took out” an American…”Lord have mercy, they may be coming after me.” :) Surely, everyone has known that agencies indulge in surveillance, but it only became important when…”they are listening to “my” phone calls.”

        • 22 vcprezofan2
          September 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm

          Quite true, FayPax. People generally don’t become involved until the adversity, potential or otherwise, touches them or their own.

  9. 23 dotster3
    September 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Is “learnt” a word in other countries? I keep seeing it used in tweets and other postings. Dozens of typos or a real word? I never learnt the word learnt in my schooly-dooly.

    • 24 Layla
      September 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

      chiefly British past and past participle of learn

    • 25 desertflower
      September 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I hate when people say that….I don’t consider that a word. LEARNED is a word. The other one…not so much.

      • 26 FayPax
        September 7, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Just like a teacher. :)

      • 28 amk for obama
        September 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

        ahem, brits started engleeesh and learnt is right.

      • September 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

        I’m sorry that’s not correct. I grew up in the British Educ legacy system and the past tense for “learn” is “learnt”. Where we used “learned” (pronounced lur-nerd) it’s as an adjective to describe an intellectual as in “the lear-ned man”. American English is the only one that conjugates past tense of “learn” as “learned”

        • 33 amk for obama
          September 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

          Tell them zizi.

        • 34 Nena20409
          September 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

          The Americanization of lost of words continue. Agreed.

          • 35 carolyn
            September 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

            From a linguistics professor……language is an ever evolving organism. There is no perfect “golden” time in grammar or usage. It changes as people’s needs change.
            Yes, Americans have changed British English…..we were separated by a large ocean for a couple of hundred years.
            Verb forms change, case in point: learn and dream. At one time the past tenses for learn were learnt and dreamt. Now, the university accepted usages are learned and dreamed. Yes, “learned” as an adjective is pronounced Lur-ned, which means knowledgeable and educated…..i.e .the learned professor.
            So, this is not degradation of language, it is evolution, and has been happening in every language since people started speaking. The French have tried to stop it with their academy, but, even French evolves with usage and technology. The reason Latin is called a dead language is because it stopped growing at some point. However…..French, Spanish, Portuguese, Rumanian and Italian could be called degradations of Latin, but instead are called the Romance languages, i.e. the languages descended from the Roman language.

            • 36 vcprezofan2
              September 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

              Very well put, Carolyn and very true – languages are living ‘things'; It’s just that some of us don’t like change in certain areas. :razz:

              [ps. You also reminded me that in another life I was a linguistics major. Can't say I've given the discipline much/any thought after I left university though.]

        • 37 vcprezofan2
          September 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

          I vote (partially*) with you Zizi; having been schooled under the British system, I sometimes find North American/modern spelling …..annoying. In fact, despite decades of exposure to NA English, I still tend to default to ‘honour’ vs ‘honor’, ‘programme’ vs ‘program’ and ‘spoilt’ instead of ‘spoiled’ and a host of others. I even remember ‘fighting’ with Amk months back because ‘whacky’ was in my default mode too. My problem is that when I write I automatically default to the British way, and quite a bit of the ‘modern’ spelling jars. ‘Learnt’ would never have raised my eyebrows.

          * I don’t think American English is the only one to use ‘learned’ as past tense.

  10. 38 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    When all else fails, deal the race card….

    • 39 Layla
      September 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Fuck bloomturd! Excuse my language!

    • 40 desertflower
      September 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

      This BS from Mr. Stop and Frisk? STFU, Bloomberg

    • 41 FayPax
      September 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Mercy! We have reached the point that the mere mention of race is deemed to be racist. Just sick!

    • 42 anniebella
      September 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Bloomberg is a dam racists his self. How is he running a racists campaign by stating what is true. I’ve never liked that man. Bloomberg is scared the blacks are going to come out to vote for de Blasio. Watch out Bloomberg might try stop and arrest.

    • 44 Nena20409
      September 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Fact:

      De Blasio has a Black wife and biracial children. Bloomberg wants them hidden?

      What is the racist charge? Oh now S&F isn’t enough. Bloomberg wants Hide and Unseen for de Blasio? Seriously?

  11. September 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I am sorry that PBO will not be there to address the Convention..

    .there are so many resolutions…so many goals….I hope that all the workers who attend leave energized and committed….Organized Labor holds the key to the PROSPERITY of the Middle Class!

    • September 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

      The union movement needs to quickly transition AWAY from old, white male leadership. (An I’m one of those creatures :) ) These guys deserve respect and gratitude for all the work and dues they paid (literally and figuratively ;>). But I think they contribute to the image problem in a big way. There may be more female and diverse leaders than I know, but I swear I never see anything but the paunchy ole white union leadership. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it hurts the popularity, credibility, message and truth of the importance of strong unions.

      • September 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

        I understand….

        repostng this video from an earlier thread

        A WalMart Organizing Flash Mob!…

        • September 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

          That’s awesome!!!!! I was whining about the old, pasty, jowly stuffed suits that always show up on TV as the face and voice of Unions……………. But hopefully the young, diverse next generation will replace them soon!

  12. September 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

  13. 56 anniebella
    September 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    That is a nice picture of POTUS standing out there looking at the Gulf of Finland.

  14. 57 africa
    September 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

  15. September 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The Week Ahead:

    Saturday and Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled

    Monday: Attends meetings at the White House

    Tuesday: Addresses the nation from the White House

    Wednesday: The President, the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr Jill Biden and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The President will then travel to the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony.

    Thursday: The President will hold a Cabinet Meeting. The Vice President will attend

    Friday: Welcomes to the White House the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Shaykh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah

  16. 62 utaustinliberal
    September 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Nice R&S Chiparoo.

    One wakes up to find out Australians elected their own version of America’s conservative dumbasses. Welcome to legislative hell Aussies. We reserved space for you.

    • September 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Moooooorning UT, my heart goes out to our Aussie friends – I watched Abbott’s victory speech earlier and one of the first things he did was to gloat about how badly Labor had done. He’s all class, that man.

  17. September 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Stunning pictures and informative R&S

  18. 66 amk for obama
    September 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

    aussies voting. not kidding.

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  19. 76 desertflower
    September 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    You know how all of us would like a shot at wiping that smirk off Cantor’s face? I’d add Grayson’s smirk to that list. Just sayin’….

  20. September 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

  21. September 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    GM TODville,

    Saw the NYT front page at my local 7-11 this morning (3,000 miles away from NYC) and they should be ashamed of themselves by the way they attempt to spin the news.

    For those missed it when I posted this (incompetently posted the wrong tweet):

    A reminder that our President is facing a 4-headed hydra (not 3):

    – MSM
    – Professional (emoprog) left
    – RWNJ
    – SCOTUS

    The John Roberts court has been nothing short of breathtaking in unilaterally taking away citizens’ rights and handing over even more power to those who already wield it. Anti-American and despicable, really.

  22. 82 desertflower
    September 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/06/2583441/washington-state-obamacare-center/

    Washington State Is Getting Flooded With Hundreds Of Phone Calls About Signing Up For Obamacare

    Oh, yeah:)

  23. September 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Jeez, I forgot to sign to in before clicking on “post comment.”

  24. 86 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    So what exactly do they mean by “strong response?” Let’s hear a detailed plan of what a “strong response” sans any military intervention should look like. It’s easy to talk the talk by using platitudes, slogans and feel-good language. But this is not a story-time, or poetry session.

    • September 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

      It’s easy to talk the talk by using platitudes, slogans and feel-good language. But this is not a story-time, or poetry session…
      ************

      For those in Congress or among the chattering class (love that term)…or the so-called online liberals…who do not want to intervene they are not going this far….some of them do not want to respond at all….

  25. 88 africa
    September 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Obamacare is here to stay and it is GOP worst nightmare.

    • 89 hopefruit2
      September 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

      I think I saw reports that Eric Cantor has pretty much given up on fighting Obamacare – its benefits are too overwhelmingly obvious at this point, and all their initial talking points about higher costs, poorer service, etc have been rendered impotent.

  26. 90 anniebella
    September 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Guess who is on CNN running his old dam mouth? Charlie Rangel.

    • 91 anniebella
      September 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

      I think I will call his office and ask the question why is it that it seem like Rangel has a grudge against this President. I sense bitterness from Rangel when I listen to him talk. A man that I once had respect for, I no longer do.

    • 95 dotster3
      September 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

      I was just going to comment on that. It’s quite astonishing how popular Charlie Rangel is all of a sudden with every single news outlet. I’ve seen him everywhere the last few days—-on CNN right now. You would think he was the world’s foremost foreign policy expert the way the media is clamoring for his deep thoughts on Syria, which just happen to be critical of PBO, hahaha. The fastest way to get some air time and some notoriety these days is to express some Obama outrage, and if you’re black, the media will send a corporate jet to pick you up and deliver you to their studios in a flash. Zippety Zap. Done and done, as they say.

  27. September 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I clicked on a link yesterday to a report that was behind a paywall, so am posting a tweet to the original publication, which is an eye-opening report on the GOP assault against education. No, it’s not for Dreamers this time.

    https://twitter.com/arapaho415/status/376136826894815232

    This article links to an executive summary and the study itself.

    Executive Summary:

    http://www.aplu.org/page.aspx?pid=2783

    The study:

    http://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=4745

    Here are states that agree to match federal funding with state funding to affected colleges. (So apparently 10 out of 14 states are not meeting their obligations.)

    Alabama
    Arkansas
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Kentudky
    Maryland
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    North Carolina (big surprise, right? )
    South Carolina
    Texas
    Virginia
    West Virginia

    • September 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

      I posted this tweet yesterday before going to the source documents, so it appears I misreported what was in the (misleading) tweet that led to an article behind a paywall. Apology for the error.

      But the fact remains that the states who refuse to live up to their obligations to match federal funding are precisely those that the Voting Rights Act is needed the most.

    • September 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Figured out that 1890 was the year, not the number of institutions. LOL.

      Deleted tweet, replaced with this one. (embarrassed emoticon here).

  28. September 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • 101 dotster3
      September 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

      The far right has always loved authoritarian rule, as evidenced by the religious extremists who make up the majority of that community——-grew up in those households —–taught to obey religious leaders, learned to be submissive, dependent on someone telling them how to act and what to believe. It’s a new phenomenon with the left though, not sure what is propelling this new horrifying alignment. Fear?

    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      September 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      zizi2 – Your tweet was fabulous!

    • 103 Lovepolitics2008
      September 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Excellent tweets zizi.

      In his work about authoritarianism, Bob Altemeyer talked mostly about right-wing authoritarianism. He mentioned there was a left authoritarianism too. Too bad he didn’t elaborate. The “emoprogs” would fit right in the mold IMO. I recognize in them many signs of the authoritarian personality. Tribalism, difficulty to self-reflect, selective analysis, no listening abilities, allergy to nuance, vulnerability to fear, and on and on.

    • 104 Dudette
      September 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Outstanding tweets zizi!

    • 105 nathkatun7
      September 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Personally, I think the admiration and support of Putin is all about race! Putin is white and Obama is black. Any one who opposes President Obama is loved by the far-right.

  29. 106 amk for obama
    September 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Ok. It’s back to the cave for me. See you all later.

  30. 111 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

  31. September 7, 2013 at 11:41 am

    You know the way I’m always teasing VC about being a few posts behind and wondering where everyone is?

    Well, she’s just commented on a post from Sept 4:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/04/dinner/#comment-821872

    VC!!!!!! :lol:

  32. 119 desertflower
    September 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Note to Dennis Rodman: Friends don’t let friends threaten nuclear war against neighbors. Idiot.

    Quote of the Day
    “He’s my friend for life. I don’t care what you guys think about him. I don’t give a shit what the world thinks about him, but he’s my friend.”

    — Dennis Rodman, quoted by the New York Times, on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

    • 120 Nena20409
      September 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Looking for love in all the wrong places?

      Rodman’s father was living it up in the Philippines for years. Little Kim likes Dennis.

    • 123 Virginia
      September 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      If Dennis has to go half way round the world to find a “friend” that doesn’t “give a shit” about HIM, he’s in big trouble, AND Denial. Dennis was never too bright, but his naivete, and apparent neediness, is Pathetic. Maybe that’s why he has “disguised” his unattractive self (I’m being nice) with tattooes and piercings. You have to feel a little sorry for him.

  33. September 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Truly, some of these UniteBluers are idiots – or, possibly more likely, trolls:

  34. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    September 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    G’day, Chips and TODville! Thanks, Chips, for the Rise and Shine, which I am trying to do!

    BWD’s tweet is glorious. As is everything you’ve posted about President Obama!

    Alan Grayson? Not so much. Democrats fell for his bluster and his charts and graphs on the floor of the House, just like Republicans fell for the teabaggers. I can’t tell the difference between him and them. And, on a shallow note, his hair drives me crazy. Yuck.

  35. September 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  36. 136 africa
    September 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Remember how Snowden and GG story was swallowed, hook, line and sinker?

  37. 137 vcprezofan2
    September 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Well, before greeting you all, I gave myself 40 mins to read the VERY LONG & DETAILED post Chipsticks prepared to slow us down, but it wasn’t enough time. So…

    Good early Afternoon, TODobots! Howdy and thanks, Ms Chips! [Gotta go back and see if I can finish up R & S, BEFORE Chips throws in another post and drowns me completely. I'm still following her links - no comments read as yet. :roll: ]

    Enjoy your Saturday (or Sunday morning)!

    • 138 vcprezofan2
      September 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      psssst: If Chips, or Utal, come back with a new post stall her for me. I’m challenging myself to stay on top of things today, and I’ve already ignored the Early Bird post.

      Thanks guys! :grin: Off I go.

  38. 139 Nena20409
    September 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    NeoCons have been wishing salivating and drumming for War in Iran for years.

    President Obama has Cleverly made that Notion DOA.

    The nation is not wanting any strikes in Syria. By making congress, media and the rest of Us debate this strike……Attacking Iran is off the table….Nuclear or not for the next 3.5 yrs. This debate eventually would force Congress to do the nation’s business. The Economy.

    • 140 Layla
      September 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      This!!!! As faypax noted in a previous post ‘ I am not convinced that President Obama is not pulling off the most brilliant flim-flam of all times’

  39. 141 africa
    September 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    • 143 vcprezofan2
      September 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Chips, you could have avoided being ‘sorry’ if you had just put the post back in your briefcase for another hour or so. Sigh. Such a pity (that influenced by GOP?) we have all lost that spirit of cooperation and hand-held-out to the less fortunate (namely me in this instance)! /smh/

      /dejectedly dragging feet/ Back to R & S comments I go.

  40. 144 Virginia
    September 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I didn’t like or trust Grayson when he was in Congress before. A little bit too far left (ala Kucinich), and was too much of a grandstander (ala Rand Paul and Ted Cruz) to be taken seriously. He kept a fairly low profile upon his return last year, but looks like he’s out of the box again, being his sneering, obnoxious self. Hopefully, he’ll get a creditable Democratic challenger the next time so he can be voted out AGAIN, never to return.

    • 145 nathkatun7
      September 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      “He kept a fairly low profile upon his return last year…”

      Do you mean when he was running for election? Because he returned to Congress this year.


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