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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama talks with Vice President Biden in the hallway outside of the Oval Office following a meeting, Nov. 26, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern):

12:0: President Obama attends a DNC event

1:50: Tours DreamWorks Animation

2:10: Meets with film industry representatives

3:15: Delivers remarks at DreamWorks Studios

4:40: Departs Los Angeles en route Washington

9:20: Arrives at the White House

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Enroll America

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LA Times: The Obamacare success stories you haven’t been hearing about

Last summer Ellen Holzman and Meredith Vezina, a married gay couple in San Diego County, got kicked off their long-term Kaiser health plan, for which they’d been paying more than $1,300 a month…

That’s when they discovered the chilly hazards of dependence on the individual health insurance market. When they applied for a replacement policy with Anthem Blue Cross of California, Ellen, 59, disclosed that she might have carpal tunnel syndrome … “They said, ‘We will not insure you because you have a pre-existing condition,'” Holzman recalls.

But they were lucky, thanks to Obamacare. Through Covered California, the state’s individual insurance marketplace, they’ve found a plan through Sharp Healthcare that will cover them both for a total premium of $142 a month….

…. Holzman and Vezina are exactly the type of people Obamacare is designed to help – indeed, rescue from the cold, hard world of individual health insurance of the past. That was a world where even an undiagnosed condition might render you uninsurable. Where your insurance could be canceled after you got sick or had an accident. Where your financial health was at risk as much as your physical well-being.

These are the stories you’re not hearing ….Let’s hear from a few more of them….

More here

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Generation Progress: My Obamacare: The Best Insurance I Have Ever Had

After college graduation, my student debt was not the major financial headache in my life; rather, it was how I was going to pay for my health insurance …. As a freelance journalist, I was going to need to find our own health insurance plan, and when I saw the costs last spring, I dreaded graduation….

…. On October 1, I logged on to healthcare.gov as soon as the site went live, and I created an account despite a few glitches during registration. That did not upset me, though – I once waited in line four hours for a special deal on a laptop. I could handle a few bumps in the road to find out if a different plan could make things a little easier for my wife and I.

…. I discovered that I could get a top Silver plan for $43 per month total for both my wife and I. The plan had cost more than $500 per month before the ACA, but now our benefits will be the best I have ever had.

… Come January 1, my wife and I will have truly comprehensive, affordable coverage for the first time in our adult lives, and all for less than I spend during any given month on coffee.

Full post here

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Generation Progress: Daniel McNaughton, 22, Bought Obamacare’s Gold Plan For $70

Daniel McNaughton, 22, a college student in Orlando, FL, has health insurance. He successfully enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Gold plan — and it’s only costing him $70 a month.

Thanks to the ACA and beginning January 1, 2014, when the plan goes into effect, his first three doctor visits are free and generic prescriptions are $4 for a month’s supply. Those prices fit nicely with this college student’s budget.

Previously, McNaughton purchased his own independent catastrophic health insurance plan starting when he was 19 years old; however, that plan came with a hefty price tag and limited coverage.

“The plan I have right now only allows me three doctor visits a year,” McNaughton said. “I have a $5000 deductible for medical, $1000 for prescriptions, and an additional $5,000 co-insurance after the deductible with an out of pocket maximum of $11,000.”

More here

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WTAE: Pittsburgh woman finds incredible deal with Affordable Care Act – Gail Roach says she couldn’t believe astonishing low premium rates

…. Gail Roach simply picked up the phone and asked a specialist to walk her through her options …. Roach, 57, said she found plenty, and suddenly she realized she would have the opportunity to walk away from her retirement health care package that required her to pay $509 a month for her premium.

Roach has Type 2 diabetes, which drove up her costs. However, through the Affordable Care Act, she found a policy offering a monthly premium at only $70.

“I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it. But it was within my budget,” Roach said.

…. “I’m telling people they need to look into it. They need to be patient about it,” said Roach. “Go to the website. If you can’t get on, call the number on the website and just be very patient because it’s very much worth it.”

Full post here

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Let’s Enroll Texas

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Kansas Health Consumer Coalition: 627,000 Kansans Have Pre-Existing Conditions; Gain Protection Under the ACA

Families USA released their report on Kansans with pre-existing conditions. The report, called “Worry No More: Kansans with Pre-Existing Conditions Are Protected by the Health Care Law” is available in its entirety here.

…. Overland Park resident Harry Kass is one of those Kansans with a pre-existing condition. Harry had insurance through his employer ten years ago when he was diagnosed with leukemia. After losing his job, he managed to maintain COBRA coverage for 18 months. But once it expired he was not able to get coverage, even though he continued to need chemotherapy treatments. Over the years, Harry has had to make payments on his medical bills entirely out of pocket. “I’ve usually scraped together what I need to pay for preventative care, but if I have more serious health issues, it’s a problem,” he said.

Recently, Harry was accepted into the Kansas pre-existing condition insurance plan, which the state now offers under the Affordable Care Act to help cover adults with pre-existing conditions between now and 2014. He is already being helped by the health reform law. In 2014, when guaranteed issue under the ACA goes into effect, he will be able to purchase insurance in the private market without fear of being denied or charged more because of his prior health condition.

More here

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Toledo Blade: Outreach workers being trained – ‘Navigators’ will help others with marketplace

Health-care outreach worker Robin Deters persisted, and after many attempts she successfully enrolled in a health insurance plan on the healthcare.gov Web site.

She has been without health insurance for 18 years, and now she and her husband have coverage and have qualified for a “considerable amount of tax subsidies and credits” to help cover the cost of their new silver plan, Ms. Deters said.

“[The site went] down on me several times but finally on Sunday I got through it,” she said.

Ms. Deters is one of four outreach workers hired with grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and given to nonprofit agencies for training of outreach workers and “navigators” to provide free information about the health-care marketplace to consumers.

More here

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NYT: In the Health Law, an Open Door for Entrepreneurs

In the weeks since the health insurance marketplaces of the Affordable Care Act went online, a well-publicized ripple of alarm and confusion has permeated the ranks of small-business owners. But less well known is the response of another contingent: newcomers to entrepreneurship who see the legislation as a solution to the often insurmountable expense of getting health insurance. Some even view the Affordable Care Act itself as a business opportunity.

The hopeful include founders of start-ups who otherwise wouldn’t have access to affordable health insurance — people like Rajeev Jeyakumar, a co-founder of Skillbridge, a Manhattan-based online job marketplace for business consultants.

Mr. Jeyakumar is uninsured. But unlike many people who were thwarted by the government’s faulty health care website, he was able to sign up for individual coverage three weeks ago. He will pay just $74 a month, after tax credits, for his new plan through the New York State exchange.

More here

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Steve Benen: Boehner’s publicity stunt goes awry

It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Thanks to a Republican provision in the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress have to sign up for health care coverage through exchange marketplaces, so House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided to make a little show of it, using his own personal enrollment experience to prove … something.

The Republican Speaker invited a photographer to his office to help document the process, and wrote a blog post about the “frustrating” error messages he received online. Soon after Boehner updated his post – he “called the DC Health Link help line,” and a “few hours later,” he’d signed up for coverage.

Even on the surface, Boehner’s experience seemed mildly inconvenient, but it wasn’t that bad. The trouble is, more details came to light in the days that followed, making this publicity stunt far more embarrassing for the Speaker than he’d hoped.

More here

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Spandan (The People’s View): The President of Peace

I know I have been absent from the blogging scene, but today is a fantastic day to return. It’s a good day because of what happened over the weekend – President Obama, one more time, has proven to be the anti-Reagan. From the moment he took office, this president has been enamored with accusations of weakness from the Right and warmongering from the Left when it came to international affairs. From the media, the accusations have been alternating between the two, with seemingly no hint of irony.

But it has been this president who has been the most effective advocate of peace on the world stage of any American president since John F. Kennedy. President Obama has ended two wars started by his predecessors, disarmed Syria of its chemical weapons without firing a single shot (even if no one in the media noticed, it did happen), and now is poised to permanently keep Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. In the agreement unveiled over the weekend, it seems that President Obama, Secretary Kerry and their team has had yet another major Middle-East breakthrough…

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Mike Caccioppoli: More Tough Talk From Chicken Hawks

Another great foreign policy achievement from the Obama administration as Iran has agreed to halt their nuclear weapons program for six months while more talks take place. This comes after Syria agreed to destroy their chemical weapons. Which came after Gaddafi was removed from power in Libya. Which came after the Iraq war was ended. Which of course came after Bin Laden was killed. Get the point?

Of course the Republican party led by the Tea Party, is once again trying to not only downplay the achievement of our first black President, but to actually try to say that Obama is allowing Iran to get a bomb? WTF? Then there is the more idiotic “argument” that Obama is using Iran as a “distraction” from the ACA.

So they are saying that Obama wants to change the subject from giving health care to millions who don’t have it in order to bring peace to the world. Great argument! Only in this fucked up country (and yes folks proof it’s fucked up is that we are talking about this at all) would the media be giving ANY attention to these people. Problem is many of them are running the country.

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Nance Greggs (Democrats for Progress): Please Proceed, GOP

Over the past four-plus years, it has been downright mind-blowing to watch you, the GOP, rewrite history in a never-ending attempt to compare the current administration to the overwhelming failure that was the Dubya presidency – and somehow come to the conclusion that between our man and your boy, Obama is the one who is somehow found wanting.

You have compared every aspect of Obama’s term in office to the Reign of Error that preceded him. And while those comparisons have been blatantly ridiculous, the entertainment value of watching you equate the astounding accomplishments of one with the dismal record of the other is priceless.

For the record, let me remind you of history as it actually unfolded, rather than as you want it to be perceived….

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@WhiteHouse

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From Time – First Lady Michelle Obama

Back when my husband first decided to run for President, and I was preparing to go out on the campaign trail for the first time, I was a little bit nervous – afraid that I would say the wrong thing, or be asked a question I couldn’t answer – so I decided I would focus on what I knew. As a working mom, I thought I knew a thing or two about balancing a full-time job with the round-the-clock needs of my family, so I decided to start by meeting with groups of working women to listen to their concerns and tell them how my husband could help.

For the most part, I was prepared; in the stories I heard, I recognized my own story. But there was one group of people whose stories were new to me – and whose questions I often couldn’t answer. I met them in just about every community all across the country. They were military spouses – mainly women, but a few good men as well – whose husbands and wives were serving our country, putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.

Their stories took my breath away…..

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On This Day:

On This Day: President Obama talks with American service men and women during phone calls from the Oval Office on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning again! Huuuuuuuuge thanks to LovelyPlains for so many of the links to the wonderful Obamacare stories.

Happy Tuesday!


159 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 12 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Oh, my! A bountiful R&S.

    Thanks, Chips. Now, I am off to feast.

    Sadly, home sick with a sore throat, but curling up with TOD surely is an elixir.

  2. November 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Charles Pierce:

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/iran-nuclear-programs-deal-112513

    I am a simple man. Years ago, I made it a policy of mine that I would approve of any deal with Iran so long as it didn’t involve selling missiles to the mullahs. I developed this policy in January of 1981, when I was in Washington covering the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, and the Iranians, in one last attempt to stick it to Jimmy Carter, refused to release the remaining American hostages until Reagan had taken office Almost immediately, the propagandists in the employ of the new president
    started floating to a credulous media that the Iranians had done so
    because they were terrified of the awesome awesomeness of Ronald Reagan.
    Turns out, of course, that they did it in exchange for Reagan’s
    unfreezing their American assets and also because Reagan’s people opened
    up a yard sale at the Pentagon where the Iranians could get good deals
    on TOW missiles. Ronald Reagan, as we all know, would never negotiate
    with — let alone sell weapons to — nations that sponsored terrorism.
    That is why Ronald Reagan was a great man who has many large and ugly
    buildings named after him…

  3. 19 utaustinliberal
    November 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

  4. 20 amk for obama
    November 26, 2013 at 9:40 am

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      November 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Yep, amk, which is why he will wear himself out going to fundraisers. He knows he has to give the Dems an edge over the Koch money and he’s doing every single thing he can to help. I hope all of us live up the challenge and work our tails off for him.

  5. 22 GGAIL
    November 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Boehner story was featured on our local news last night. I laughed with GLEE!
    Happy Tuesday everyone :-)

  6. 25 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

    • 26 desertflower
      November 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

      How’s THAT for some screwed up priorities? Tells you all you need to know, right there. Sad.

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      November 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Africa, it would be great to challenge every news channel in the country and every so-called “journalist” to answer that question publicly. The real reason is that our media works for the corporate rich. They could care less about ordinary people.

      • 28 africa
        November 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

        spot on. Not only do they work for corporate rich. They are aiming to be the corporate rich and could give a darn about little people. They all want a book deal. Look at Ezra Klein with his Obamascare stories. Think he is not trying to get a book out of this, just watch. Personally, I view a whole bunch of them as discredited, with specific agendas to line their own coffers.

  7. 29 desertflower
    November 26, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Great R/S!! Congrats to you, africa:) So sorry to hear you’re not feeling well today….feel better soon.

  8. November 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This looks like an nerd lounge!

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      November 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Meta, it is SO much smaller than the Situation Room today. Obviously many fewer people were let in on the critical stuff. And the table looks cheap.

  9. 33 desertflower
    November 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Off to work in a minute…just wanted to tell everyone to have a good day. Last day for me before break! Came in the nick of time:)

  10. 34 desertflower
    November 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    FU, Turtle! http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mcconnell-struggles-defend-voting-record

    Time to pay the piper! People of KY…pay attention to the liars and the people that tell them! He’s screwed you and lied to you for YEARS.

  11. 35 amk for obama
    November 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I hope this dude is there for a long time.

    • 36 japa21
      November 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

      So do I. There are powers within the Church, however, that may do just about anything to stop him.

      • 37 amk for obama
        November 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

        True. Most of rc top hierarchy is corrupt and is wedded to luxury.

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        November 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Japa, in the diocese where some of my family lives, the bishops are already defying the Pope’s request that parishioners fill out the surveys he asked to be distributed around the world. The bishops are keeping the answering between themselves and the cardinal and refusing to even respond to parishioners who call or write to object. So they are, in their own way, resisting the pope where they can.

    • 39 Dudette
      November 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Me too. Dude seriously walks the walk.

  12. 40 utaustinliberal
    November 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

  13. 41 japa21
    November 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

    GM all frellow TODvillians and a shout out to the real master of the blog: Danny.

    One thing I can say with 100% certainty. If the media presented even a 75% accurate portrayl of this President, his administration, the Dems and, most specially, the GOP, the Dems would win back the House in 2014 with room to spare and the Dems would actually increase their hold on the Senate.

    Since the media, if we are lucky, usually only hits the 25% mark, we will need to work our butts off (and mine could use that working off) to accomplish the same thing.

  14. 42 jackiegrumbacher
    November 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Chips, this was such an information rich R&S that I couldn’t stop reading every word from topic to topic. Really sets off the day on a good footing. Thanks for making us smarter.

    • November 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

      My pleasure Jackie, LovelyPlains compiled a bunch of fantastic links for me, stuff I had completely missed, so 100 gazillion thanks to him. So many wonderful ACA stories out there, slowly but surely people are learning that the GOP/MSM campaign against it is one big pathetic lie.

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        November 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        This is the truth, Chips. It’s one thing to flimflam people on subjects that can’t really verify for themselves, like Benghazi or some obscure IRS dealing, it’s another when people can actually check it out for themselves and find that all the noise was false. The stories in Breathitt County were heart rending. People literally dying or falling apart for lack of health care and then having options they never dreamed possible. When one of the men said he was going to become a Democrat, I thought it was about time somebody woke up and realized who was helping them and who was lying to them.

  15. November 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I’m still very angry with this guy who heckled the President yesterday but his story as told in this video is emblematic of those living in the shadows. I only wish he understood the complexities of solving this problem and I truly hope that he learned something important from POTUS yesterday.

    • November 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

      For sure he was out of line but one hopes that by breaking protocol he helps others to see the urgency. President was graceful and supportive to his concerns. Letting him stay said a lot about PBO’s heart.

      • 47 hopefruit2
        November 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

        The problem with acts like heckling is that they draw attention to the WRONG thing. The most visible thing and the easiest thing for lazy, agenda-driven media to report is that he heckled the President. how many people know what the President’s response was – let alone understood what it meant?

        • 48 Dudette
          November 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

          That’s the media’s fault. We have to continue to find a way to get the word out about the President’s message despite the corrupt & belligerent media.

        • 49 GGail
          November 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

          hf, the news station that I watch here in Los Angeles is CBS/KCAL9. And on KCAL 9 last night, they showed the whole segment of the heckler and POTUS’ response.

          Then for added pleasure, they told the story of how Boehner tried to portray Obamacare in a negative light and got caught!!! Hahahah! And it went on to say that Boehner’s wife qualified for Medicaid. AND that Boehner is NOT giving back the subsidy money as other members of Congress are doing.

          • 50 hopefruit2
            November 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

            Very heartening indeed! I’m glad that some of the local stations are still adhering to the principles of journalism and not Koch-bought and paid for.

        • November 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

          Hopefruit – all last night, the LA news stations teasers were broadcasting a picture of the President landing in LA, and the only thing they would say about it was how his arrival was going to mess up traffic for holiday shoppers. Never mind the lunacy of implying that LA traffic is excellent every day except the day the President lands in town, but the only broadcast I saw that mentioned the actual PURPOSE of the visit until the very last news broadcast. For those who rely on the media for their news, they must be very uninformed.

    • 52 nospin
      November 26, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I understood his frustration. He saw it as an opportunity to speak directly to the President about the issue he cares so passionately about. I also saw it as a great teachable moment for our gracious President who flipped it into a clarion call to action and for folks to take off the bedroom slippers and put on marching shoes to move immigration reform forward.

      So not so great approach to getting the President’s ear but effective in building on the sense of urgency to get something done.

      • 53 Obama Grandmama
        November 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        Early in the 2008 Primary race I watched a group against abortion chant at Senator Obama during a campaign speech. The crowd booed them, but Barrack told the crowd that they had a passionately held belief and continued to say why his view was different. He also spoke kindly about their views. He was respectful to them and settled them down. I also watched Bill Clinton get very mad and red faced dressing down a heckler at a rally he was speaking at for his wife. Two totally different ways of handling hecklers.

  16. 54 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

  17. 55 dotster3
    November 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Okay, the Today Show is now airing President Obama’s response to the heckler——during the third hour— but at least they finally got around to showing it—-probably because of my email complaint. :) I had crabbed earlier about the show just showing the heckler without PBO’s excellent response.

  18. 59 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

  19. 60 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

  20. November 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

    What a piece of crap – President in quotes?????

  21. November 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Love reading rise and shine in the morning. It just starts my day out right even when the news is not great but today is good…

  22. 74 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

  23. 75 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

  24. 77 amk for obama
    November 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    • 78 jackiegrumbacher
      November 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Amk, somebody with video skills should do a compare and contrast clip. It would be a hit.

      • 79 theo67
        November 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        I would rather not elevate Christie to be compared so thoroughly with our President – Christie can’t possibly be compared with President Obama, who is well out of Christie’s league. Stratospheres ahead of Christie…

  25. 80 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

  26. 81 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

  27. 82 hopefruit2
    November 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    • 83 Nena20409
      November 26, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Perhaps Ron Fournier should learn to do his Job without resulting to biased loaded talking points from the Drudge Report.

      Full disclosure, I have NEVER been on the Drudge Reoprt site, so I have no idea what’s on it.

      Ron 4nier, POTUS is worried about Immigration, Voting, Peace, Income Inequalities, Education, etc How about doing pieces on those and their effects on our fellow citizens……those are YOUR parts of Job…..Just Do it Once.

    • 84 nospin
      November 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

      wait..what? It is his job to be pathologically obsessed with President Obama?

      is it me or is something seriously wrong with that?

      • 85 hopefruit2
        November 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

        EXACTLY!! And as I told him, he needs to seek mental health treatment ASAP if he thinks it’s his job to be pathologically obsessed with anyone….

  28. 86 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

  29. 92 japa21
    November 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

  30. 93 Nena20409
    November 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Awesome R&S.

    Loads of Information. Thank you.

  31. 94 hopefruit2
    November 26, 2013 at 11:10 am

  32. 96 hopefruit2
    November 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

  33. 105 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    • 106 Lovepolitics2008
      November 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      I didn’t subscribe to read the entire article, but I have to say I went “???” when I read that “Liberals control all institutions” because they’re more intelligent hence have a better chance of getting promoted (paraphrasing). That may be true when an organization is not corrupt and chooses the better equipped individuals for high positions. the case with the mainstream media, especially the NATIONAL media ?

      Don’t tell me Wolf Blitzer, John King , Chuck Todd, Jon Karl have climbed the ranks because they were the most knowledgeable, competent , brilliant journalists in their organization!! No they were the ones who had the most friends, the ones who were very careful to not upset upper management, etc.

      And what’s true for the mainstream media may very well be true for other organizations as well.

  34. 108 Nena20409
    November 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pope-francis-lays-out-mission-statement-tells-priests-not-to-be-defeatist-sourpusses

    “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” he wrote. “I do not want a church concerned with being at the center and then ends up by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures.”

    He added: “More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us, ‘Give them something to eat.'”

    In the frank and often funny style that has come to define Francis’ preaching, the Argentine Jesuit chastised priests for their complacency, giving them a lesson on preparing homilies that don’t put the faithful to sleep. He reminded them that confession shouldn’t be “torture,” and told them to get out of their sacristies, get their shoes muddy, get involved in the lives of their faithful and not be defeatist “sourpusses.”

    • 109 Dudette
      November 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      I LIKE him!

    • 110 Lovepolitics2008
      November 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      This pope is a revolutionary, but like President Obama, a patient and loving one.

      I didn’t know anything about him before I saw him on the balcony the night he was elected. I INSTANTLY loved him. This was instinctive. No kidding. Just the look of LOVE in his eyes, his humble smile. He exuded humility and authenticity.

      And I had felt the exact opposite with his predecessor. I didn’t know anything about him either before I saw Benedict the 6th the night of the election. And I instantly, instinctively, was uncomfortable with him. He smiled too, but … I don’t know… it was like it was a smile of pride, instead of a smile of love. And if we are to believe some articles about him, he indeed liked all the privileges of the job.

      I know that judging people so quickly is dangerous. But sometimes your instincts are right. I just had to share my experience with you guys.

      • 111 Lovepolitics2008
        November 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        Replying to myself… I really liked what President Obama said about Pope Francis. President Obama really likes him because he sense that Pope Francis really LIVES the message of Jesus Christ.

        Indeed.

  35. 112 utaustinliberal
    November 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

    ::shock::

    • 114 Dudette
      November 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    • 115 hopefruit2
      November 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

      That was when only a certain segment of society traveled by airplane routinely. The good ol’ days….

    • 116 dotster3
      November 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      I remember routinely being served filet mignon (Not 1st class, everyone), baked potato, green beans, salad and roll. I also remember being given a choice of filet or lobster on last night in hospital for my husband and me after birth of 1st baby—plus wine! Really the good ol’ days!

      • 117 carolyn
        November 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        I don’t remember filet….but I do remember real silver, not plastic, and cloth napkins, and glass glasses and china cups and plates. What a difference! I think the best service I ever had was on Alaska Airlines from Oregon to San Francisco. But, what I really remember was that it was a clear day, and flying into San Francisco with the ocean, the mountains and the Golden Gate Bridge all on view was beyond compare!
        International flights were wonderful, and there was leg room!

  36. 118 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

    • 119 GGail
      November 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Dudette, I really have a problem with these corporations leading the public around like sheep with these “black Friday” “early bird” specials that take employees away from their families.

      If the public was smart, they would STAY HOME on Thanksgiving evening. The Sales will still be there the next day and the day after too!

      • 120 Dudette
        November 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        I’ll certainly be staying out of retail stores myself. We used to have a tradition of going to the movies on Thanksgiving after the big feast. But in the last decade or so, we’ve chosen to stay in and watch movies and/or football and play games together. I like that much better.

  37. 121 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

  38. 122 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

  39. 123 africa
    November 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

  40. 125 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

    • 126 Linda
      November 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Shot in the back of his head………How does Stand your Ground apply ?

      • 127 Nena20409
        November 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

        The shooter was scared of being killed had the singer turned around?

        This is what happens when Gun is the Power and practicality of Life, Reason and Common Sense are no longer factored in.

        • 128 Dudette
          November 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

          Used to be “I’m gon’ kick yo ass” and a few punches thrown was sufficient if you couldn’t settle something with words. Now someone makes you angry and the norm is to carry out a death sentence right then and there. How did the hell did we get here?

          • 129 Nena20409
            November 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm

            KOCHRoaches with heavily funded ALEC and their well organized groups.

            Dems and People left the Local elctions and State Houses………these wicked mofos are decimating these USA. They live in gated Homes and have security 24/7 and they use their Billions to play politics. They are destorying USA for One thing is 1001%, No one is holding them accountable. No media to call out the wrongs and the two parties are Not, especially the Dems of Olden days are not in the faces of these corrupt Super wealthy folks making their wealth and actions as bad inflictions On Americans.

    • 131 Lovepolitics2008
      November 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      I’m very worried about those Stand your grand laws. For the next few years but ESPECIALLY for the long term. In a society where certain segments of the white majority are VERY nervous about the changing demographics, laws like that could end up creating a cover for people who want to do some ethnic “cleansing”. Sometimes I even wonder if there are some really evil individuals at the top of ALEC who are indeed thinking a couple of decades in advance. When whites will in fact lose their majority status.

      No group loses power significantly without trying to do something to counter the natural process of things. Now we have the attack on voting rights. But when that won’t be enough.. we’ll see some ugliness.

      • 132 Lovepolitics2008
        November 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        My post obviously isn’t related to that particular case at the bar. The victim was white wasn’t he ?

        The stupidity of those stand your ground laws will make a lot of victims in all sorts of circumstances obviously. It will create a far-west mentality in many states.

        But what I’m saying is even more than the far-west mentality , what I’m worried about for the next decades is that far-west mentality will make a lot more victims within the non-white population. The multiplication of Trayvon Martins. Stand your ground laws LEGITIMATES murder out of FEAR. What could go wrong ??????

        Let’s hope that such cases as this one – over a “cigarette” !! – helps waking people up. Those laws are NUTS !!

  41. 133 Linda
    November 26, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Breaking:

    The Supreme Court is going to hear the Hobby Lobby case on birth control coverage…..

  42. 134 utaustinliberal
    November 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Here we go. They should have dismissed this nonsense.

    • 135 Nena20409
      November 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Here they 5-4 goo again. Another back knife tab coming as ONLY the Robert Courts would no doubt inject themselves yet again. Sad.

      • 136 Lovepolitics2008
        November 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        That was to be expected. Will they rule, ONCE again, that the rights of employers are more important than the rights of employees ?

  43. November 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Still trying to wrap my head around “religious freedom of corporations.”

  44. 141 Dakota
    November 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    My daughter was officially engaged in August and now the wedding date is set for June 1, 2014. These two have been together for four years and finally decided to stop tripping and just get married already! Some of you know that I’ve had “reservations” (putting it mildly) about the fiance, but he has been stepping up and growing up. Still a work in progress, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for my daughter’s sake. I’m actually very happy for her. Will keep you all posted.

  45. November 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Folks, I remember Godfather III and the one month Pope.

    Keep Francis in your prayers.

    ………………..

    @ehcsztin
    Pope Francis attacks unfettered capitalism ‘new tyranny’ urges rich people share wealth in 84-page document http://www.breakingnews.com/it…

  46. 146 utaustinliberal
    November 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  47. 147 HZ
    November 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Good Morning beautiful Chips. ((((((( Lots of hugs to our handsome Danny on his shots today))))))).

    Thank you for a beautiful R& S LovelyPlains.

    (((((((((Healing Hugs to Africa.)))))))))

    A beautiful sunny day for the best POTUS ever!!!!!! The day is lovely out here. Just made for our beautiful president.

    Love Majic Johnson’s tweet. He and Cookie must be one of the happiest days of their lives. We thank them for their host.

    So much great news to enjoy today.

    Everyone enjoy your space and remember we have a wonderful president to enjoy for putting so many wonderful people into a better space because of the ACA.

    Be kind to you soul space and gentle on your spirit. Today is worth the smile to enjoy it and keep a steady peacefulness in your space.

    Reading a wonderful book on President Obama: ‘ First Cameraman’ by Arun Chaudhary. Wonderful read. Get it for sure TOD family.

    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Love to all of my beautiful TOD family.)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  48. 148 Linda
    November 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    UPDATE: One Good Shepherd employee dead, another in critical condition, three visitors injured after stabbing

    http://www.ketknbc.com/news/update-one-good-shepherd-employee-dead-another-in

  49. 149 utaustinliberal
    November 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  50. 150 Bill R.
    November 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Maybe Ezra Klein is having a conversion experience after the pushback on his bogus postings:

  51. 153 Bill R.
    November 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Yesterday when I was assisting people at the Enrollment Fair in Salem, Oregon, a woman I was helping in her 60s with multiple health problems, who would qualify with her husband for expanded Medicaid, thanked me as she was leaving, and added, ” I don’t like it when people critize the President and the Governor for the problems with the website. The important thing is the service is there for people, and if I have to come down here to sign up, I don’t mind at all. I’m just grateful it’s here.”

  52. November 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Hello to all my O peeps!!!! What a great getting up day again on the TOD stoop!!! I see we’re all in our places, with bright shiny faces, and this is the way, we should all start each day!! I’ve been really busy, a-bustling and a-hustling along for the upcoming holiday season. Which, btw, is the excuse I use to make myself do some housework. It happens again, around Memorial Day.

    See you soon, gotta go thaw the turkey!!!

  53. November 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Karma…

    Chickens come home to roost…

    Let’s hope she’s shamed, demoted or better yet, fired.


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