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Rise and Shine

Feb. 13, 2012 – Pete Souza: “From early spring to late fall, the light in the Oval Office is fairly consistent with the sun high above the horizon during the day. But during the winter months, the sun is lower and splashes through the back window in the early morning and late afternoon. Here, in the midst of the morning light, the President talks on the phone with British Prime Minister David Cameron.”

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Presidential Daily Schedule:

The President has no public events scheduled – due to bad weather, the White House has postponed the President’s announcement about a new project designed to help young African-American and Hispanic men find jobs and get a good start in life. “We will reschedule the event,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

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@petesouza: Overhead angle of Presidents Obama and Hollande before last night’s state dinner

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(The last five minutes of the interview)

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ThinkProgress: Uninsurance Rate Falls To Five-Year Low As 3.3 Million Enroll In Obamacare

The Obama administration on Wednesday released its monthly update on health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 3.3 million Americans enrolled in private health plans through Obamacare’s state and federal marketplaces from October through February 1, with 1.1 million signing up in January alone. The data comes on the same day that a Gallup survey found that the U.S. uninsurance rate has hit a five-year low.

“We’re seeing a healthy growth in enrollment,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a conference call with reporters. According to Sebelius, an additional 6.6 million Americans have been deemed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) during the first four months of the open enrollment period.

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National Journal: Obamacare Enrollment Is Back on Track

With two months left to go, Obamacare enrollment is on track to hand the White House a significant win over the law’s critics.

About 3.3 million people had signed up for private insurance plans through the end of January, according to new data the Health and Human Services Department released Wednesday. January itself was a little better than expected, and the growth put the administration within reach of a strong total when open enrollment ends in March.

There are significant gaps in the data that could affect assessment of the law’s ultimate success, but barring any wild surprises, things are looking good for the White House.

Here’s what you need to know from the latest data….

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SmartyPants: President Obama’s Faith: “Maintaining Your Moral Compass”

As someone who is dedicated to trying to understand President Obama, it is always interesting to come across a speech or an interview with him from the past that I haven’t seen before. And so I was delighted to find this interview from March 2004 that he did with Cathleen Falsani about his religious faith. If you are interested, I suggest that you go read the whole thing. But I’m going to excerpt a few things he said that stood out to me. First of all, he recounts a history that we have all become familiar with by now. 
I am a Christian. 
So, I have a deep faith. So, I draw from the Christian faith.
 On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences. 
I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of six and 10. 
My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim.

And I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith… So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.

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I’m a big believer in tolerance. I think that religion at it’s best comes with a big dose of doubt. I’m suspicious of too much certainty in the pursuit of understanding just because I think people are limited in their understanding. And so, the biggest challenge, I think, is always maintaining your moral compass. Those are the conversations I’m having internally. I’m measuring my actions against that inner voice that for me at least is audible, is active, it tells me where I think I’m on track and where I think I’m off track. When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people, and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.

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WBIR: Healthcare.gov Enrollments In Tennessee Higher Than National Average

Tennessee’s enrollment rate in the federal health exchange was higher than the national enrollment growth rate in January, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday.

In Tennessee, the federal government reported that 59,705 people had enrolled in Marketplace plans as of February 1. As of the last report, which covered through December 28, there were about 36,250 enrollees in Tennessee. That’s a growth rate of about 65 percent.

However, enrollment in the federal exchange grew by 50 percent nationally in January. As of February 1, there are 3.3 million enrollees nationally.

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Miami Herald: After Website Woes Decrease, Obamacare Enrollment Surges In Florida, Nation

Nearly 300,000 Floridians have signed up for Affordable Care Act plans, an 88 percent increase in a month, reflecting an enrollment surge that coincides with the end of Obamacare’s major website woes.

Florida’s number of enrollees, the second-highest in the nation behind California, accounts for almost 9 percent of the nation’s 3.3 million total enrollees, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Adam Serwer: North Carolina Voting Law Hits Black Voters: Study

North Carolina’s recent voting law changes will disproportionately affect black voters in the state, according to a study published Wednesday by Dartmouth University.

“The study provides powerful ammunition for the pending legal challenges,” says Brenda Wright, a voting rights expert with the liberal think tank Demos. “It shows that virtually every key feature of North Carolina’s election legislation will disproportionately cut back on registration and voting by African Americans in North Carolina as compared to whites.”

North Carolina was once covered by the Voting Rights Act’s requirement that states and other jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination in voting submit their voting law changes to the Justice Department for approval. After the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional last year the formula for determining which jurisdictions were covered by that requirement, North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature passed a package of voting law restrictions. Among the changes were shortening the time for early voting, instituting a photo ID requirement, eliminating same-day voter registration and limiting pre-registration for teenagers to those who will be of voting age on Election Day. According to the study, all of those changes “will have a disparate effect on black voters in North Carolina.”

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Sara Kliff: Obamacare Beat A January Enrollment Projection

The Obama administration has beaten a monthly health insurance enrollment target for the first time, according to data released Wednesday showing that more than 1.14 million people signed up for health plans in January in the new insurance marketplace.

The latest enrollment data from the Obama administration show that 3.3 million people have signed up for private health insurance through federal and state insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. This figure represents all enrollment from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1. It includes both people who have and have not paid their first month’s premium. Of those people, 1,146,100 selected their health insurance plans in January, meaning there was a 53 percent increase enrollment last month alone.

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Reuters: In First NYC Budget, de Blasio Pushes Pre-K, Retiree Healthcare

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio included a tax on the wealthy to pay for universal pre-kindergarten in his first budget and proposed restoring $1 billion to a retiree healthcare fund that his predecessor’s plan would have drained. The proposal marks the first time in 20 years that a Democrat has drafted a spending plan for the biggest city in the United States. The Democrat-led City Council must approve a budget by the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

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NYT: Obama’s Weekend in Sunnylands, With Lots of TV

President Obama has added an item to his agenda for Presidents’ Day weekend:

The leader of the free world is looking forward to binge-watching DVDs of his latest favorite television show: HBO’s edgy new “True Detective” series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Mr. Obama made a point of approaching HBO’s chief executive, Richard Plepler, at the state dinner for France on Tuesday night.

“Where is my True Detective and Game of Thrones?” Mr. Obama asked Mr. Plepler as he told him that the coming weekend would be a good time to have the DVDs.

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TPM: Rand Paul Accused Of Plagiarizing His Big Obama Lawsuit

Did Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) plagiarize the lawsuit he filed Wednesday against President Barack Obama and the National Security Agency? The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reported that Paul originally drafted the class action suit he filed under former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s (R) name with the help of Bruce Fein, who recently served as an attorney for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s father.

Fein’s ex-wife and spokeswoman, Mattie Fein, told Milbank that Cuccinelli stole “the work product, intellectual property and legal genius of Bruce Fein” without payment. She added that Paul, who “already has one plagiarism issue, now has a lawyer who just takes another lawyer’s work product.”

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Crooks and Liars: Stephen Colbert Declares Himself First Lady of France Following Invite to State Dinner

The Colbert Report may never be the same now that sitting next to the First Lady at the White House state dinner has gone to Stephen’s head.

Video at link

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Jenna Levy: U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops So Far In First Quarter Of 2014

The percentage of uninsured Americans fell to 16.0% so far in the first quarter of 2014 from 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013. These data are based on more than 19,000 interviews with Americans from Jan. 2-Feb. 10, 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. While more than a month remains in the first quarter, these preliminary data show the uninsured rate appears to be on track to drop to the lowest quarterly level measured since 2008.

if the uninsured rate continues to fall over the next several months, it may suggest that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for most Americans to have health insurance, which took effect on Jan. 1, is responsible for the decline. The percentage of uninsured 26- to 34-year-olds, which has been dropping since the third quarter of 2013, is now 25.7%. Americans in this age group have had the highest uninsured rate since 2011. The uninsured rate among 26- to 34-year-olds has been declining faster than it has among any other age group.

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On This Day:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to present the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Medal in the East Room at the White House, February 13, 2012

President Obama honors National Medal of Arts recipient Al Pacino in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, February 13, 2012

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President Obama runs to the stage before speaking to workers and guests at the Linamar Corporation plant in Arden, N.C., on Feb. 13, 2013, as he travels after delivering his State of the Union address

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134 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 2 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Okay, that’s not what I was trying to post, but it’ll do. :-D

  2. 6 Maubyandice
    February 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hi all.

    Thanks Nerdy Wonka and Chips for all that you do to keep us educated. That goes for the other contributors as well and their beautiful commentary.

  3. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 10:14 am
  4. 10 No Child Left Behind
    February 13, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thanks Nerdy Wonka.

    Congratulations to you Dudette.

    Good Snowy Morning TODVille!

  5. February 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    You are a bunch of awesome, thank you Nerdy, this is fantastic.

  6. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    President Obama just keeps on racking up the cool points. First, The Wire, then Breaking Bad (woooooohoooo!), then Homeland, then House of Cards, then Game of Thrones……and now, True Detective? TRUE DETECTIVE?!?!

    I was looking for something to help me recover from my Breaking Bad being over sadness and True Detective is a fanfreakingtastic show. The show is dark…dark….dark. It deals with serial killing/serial killer (or killers? hmmm…), prostitution, drugs, KKK type survivalists, alcoholism, the breakdown of a family, going inside the minds of two detectives and figuring out what makes them tick, occult dealings, cultish rituals and sacrifices of bodies and other paraphernalia, and we’re only on episode 4!!!!!

    Bravo, President Obama! You sir, have excellent taste in TV shows.

    • February 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Sounds good to me! I’ll have to see it. Glad that TV has finally gotten so good.

      After binging on Top of the Lake and House of Cards, I’m finally in the middle of Season 2 of BB after a very slow start but I’m finally into it. It does grow on you! And I expect to have my mind blown as the the next 3 seasons unfold.

      • 16 Nerdy Wonka
        February 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

        Same here, Meta. These days, TV is the place to go for guaranteed excellent writing, acting, etc. You have big stars doing mini-series, or limited series, or anthologies because the writing has become A+. I’m so pleased that viewers are getting their money’s worth.

        Yay for joining the Breaking Bad club! You won’t regret it. The seasons keep getting better and better, and then the last eight episodes of the final season will leave you gobsmacked.

        As for True Detective, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s only on episode four but it is so spectacular. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are brilliant. It makes one remember why McConaughey was lauded as a top of the line actor. The show is bizarre, grim, has weird pockets of humor, and highly entertaining.

        Aaaaaand hey, it has the President Barack Obama seal of approval. :D

        • 17 Vicki
          February 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

          Add me to the list of True Detective fans. At first I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Little confusing and dismal.
          But oh boy the acting is mesmerizing. Unlike most shows on TV, although we are halfway in—there will be 8 episodes —- I cannot predict the ending.

          McConaughey’s character is being revealed bit by bit and at this point I’m not sure what to think about him. What I am sure is that I’ll be watching.

          President Obama will get his copies of TD and GOT in advance?!? Hmmph. It is good to be King. For the rest of us GOT returns in April.

          Agree Meta, with your choice of Top of The Lake. Moody and unforgettable.

          • 18 Nerdy Wonka
            February 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

            Welcome onboard, Vicki!

            These two sections of your comment echo my sentiments about True Detective.

            “But oh boy the acting is mesmerizing. Unlike most shows on TV, although we are halfway in—there will be 8 episodes —- I cannot predict the ending.”

            “McConaughey’s character is being revealed bit by bit and at this point I’m not sure what to think about him. What I am sure is that I’ll be watching.”

            I have no clue how Part 1 of this anthology will end. McConaughey’s character is like a Russian nesting doll. So many layers. The acting is on another level of awesomeness. It has this eery stillness that pulls one in and doesn’t let go.

        • 19 Ladyhawke
          February 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

          NW said: True Detective is a fanfreakingtastic show.

          I could not agree more. And President Obama likes True Detective too!! How cool is that. I am completely engrossed in the True Detective series. I have watched each episode more than once. It is one of the most fascinating shows I have ever seen on cable. It is haunting, dark and mysterious. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are outstanding. What a pair? Their characters Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle are both very flawed but they draw you in and you care about them. I am hooked. I can’t believe there are only 8 segments. Last Sunday had me on the edge of my seat. Yikes ……

          • 20 Nerdy Wonka
            February 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

            Yay! Yay! Yay! LadyHawke is also a fan of True Detective?! Woooooot! There are some mighty cool people on TOD. :D

            “Engrossed” is the word for that show. The acting, scenery, dialogue, writing; everything about True Detective is top-notch.

            As for last Sunday’s episode? You are right. I almost fell to the floor while watching. That’s how tense and exciting it was.

            • 21 Ladyhawke
              February 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

              And don’t even get me started with the music. A triumph!!!

              T Bone Burnett on How He Chooses Music For “True Detective”

              http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/01/t-bone-burnett-true-detective-hbo-music-songs

              • 22 Nerdy Wonka
                February 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

                Thank you for this article, LadyHawke.

                The music truly is an essential piece of the show. It is haunting, grim, and yet so sweet to the ears.

                This comment by T Bone Burnett is one of the clearest descriptions of the show: “This show does not avert its gaze,” Burnett says. “It takes a good, hard look at who we are right now, in a very profound way…I live in Los Angeles, and I recently took a drive through the middle of the country, and I was stunned by what I saw. In places that had once had purpose, all that’s left is a pawnshop, next to a gun shop, next door to a motel, next door to a gas station, with a Walmart right outside of town. There are people working three jobs just to get by and having to take methamphetamines to do it. That’s the middle of the country, and that’s a plague that’s spreading outwards. We’re not seeing it, and these are things that you see in the show. It’s making a very strong statement, but I’m not going to say what it is. It’s a story that’s going to unfold soon enough.”

                The show makes one take an uncomfortable but needed look at oneself, others, and society in general. The delving into the psyche of Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey’s character) is so mesmerizing and disturbing. No wonder True Detective is “HBO’s highest rated series debut since 2010.”

                • 23 Vicki
                  February 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

                  Nerdy Wonka and ladyhawke—–Indeed we are on the same wavelength here. I need to watch each episode twice in order to feel I’ve appreciated it and will rewatch Sunday’s episode today. i was too shocked on first gothrough to totally get what’s happening. If this is the real America now OMG please say no.

                  The music is mindblowing not only opening credits but throughout show.

    • 24 anniebella
      February 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I guess I am not cool because I don’t know what the heck Breaking Bad, or True Detectives is.

      • 25 Puddin'
        February 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

        I don’t anything about Breaking Bad or True Detectives either…so PBO is way cooler than I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 26 dotster3
    February 13, 2014 at 10:21 am
  8. 29 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

    How long are the fucking whiners going to keep whining about fucking “webcare woes”?

  9. 31 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

    R&S Chock full o’ goodness, NW! Thank you!

    That overhead photo of the Presidents coming down the stairs reminds me of a scene from The American President. :-)

  10. 35 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 10:23 am
  11. February 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Morning everyone, sorry to start your day off with this image but this is a very thorough read on how Christie came to power.

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    • 37 amk for obama
      February 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

      good gawd. Just when I started my happy hour.

      gulp,gulp,gulp.

    • February 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Tony! Good one, edwina3.

    • 40 idon
      February 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      The article is excellent and should be read by every American who can read. Christie has always been a crook. The universe just came together this time to take him down.

    • 41 Nena20409
      February 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Hmm? The guy has always been this way. Now it makes sense why my sense of political judgement on this guy was sensing Hell No from the beginning.

      • 42 LDS
        February 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        This article explains it all……what a piece of shit. He deserves everything that is coming to him and all of those who adorned this bully. He is so right when he says, he knows nothing. He really does not! Everything was lied, cheated and paid for behind closed doors.
        Now, I know why New Jersey really stinks. All this time I thought it was the industrial waste and polluted fumes.

        This is so much bigger than we can imagine. From Karl Rove, GWB(Dumbya probably did not even have a clue) Rudy Guliani and that Norcross guy who think he rules the world(his world, NJ) to Atlantic City, this petty bridge-gate will turn out not to be petty at all.
        Watergate taught these self-absorbing, greedy money hoarders, power seeking evil men nothing.

  12. 43 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 10:23 am
  13. 44 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Morning NW, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Lady Dudette on #1 :) Thanks NW for another fabulous R & S compilation!

  14. 46 Desertflower
    February 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Lucious R/S! Thank you do much ! I especially love when the light shines so beautifully around PBO. Serene photo. So beautiful.

  15. 47 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Here’s something to clean out your eye pallet after looking at that Christie picture above.

  16. 51 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    For LL –

  17. February 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Shameless blog pimping. I have a new post up: http://novelsinprogress.com/2014/02/13/two-poems/ Do take a gander if you can.

    Now I’m off to learn how to use social media. *snicker* See everyone later.

  18. 55 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    That anyone thinks this is the right agenda for the country is completely beyond rational thought.

  19. February 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    So beautiful.

  20. 57 japa21
    February 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    GM all.

    I love smartypants post about PBO’s religious views. As long time readers know, I consider myself a Christian of the Catholic persuasion with a very strong faith. But I also strongly agree with this quote of PBO’s:

    ” I think that religion at it’s best comes with a big dose of doubt. I’m suspicious of too much certainty in the pursuit of understanding just because I think people are limited in their understanding.”

    I have felt for decades now that there is truth in the old saying, “A faith unquestioned is not really faith.”

    As humans we can never have a true understanding and too many people confuse their faith with facts. Faith is not necessarily about what is, but about what we believe may be. People who are adamant that their faith is total reality and can never be questioned are really showing how narrow minded they are. Faith is something that grows and changes as we discover new things in this world. That is why, for example, that evolution is not a threat to faith, but rather expands our faith and causes us to look at things differently.

    As Pope John Paul II said (and although I am Catholic, in many ways I disagreed tih him, but not everything he said ) evolution is not in contradiction to the Bible. Evolution, and science in general, tells us how the world is and how it operates. The Bible uses the creation story not to try to tell us science is wrong, but rather to illustrate man’s realationship to God.

    • 58 Nerdy Wonka
      February 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Wow, Japa. You perfectly echoed my sentiments when reading SmartyPants’s piece on President Obama and his faith.

      This section of your comment needs to be communicated to atheists and religious people alike and then maybe both sides can practice a little more tolerance:

      “I have felt for decades now that there is truth in the old saying, “A faith unquestioned is not really faith.”

      As humans we can never have a true understanding and too many people confuse their faith with facts. Faith is not necessarily about what is, but about what we believe may be. People who are adamant that their faith is total reality and can never be questioned are really showing how narrow minded they are. Faith is something that grows and changes as we discover new things in this world. That is why, for example, that evolution is not a threat to faith, but rather expands our faith and causes us to look at things differently.”

      • 59 japa21
        February 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

        Thank you, NW. The level of intolerance on both sides of the spectrum is incredible. I know a lot of “people of faith” who can understand and be tolerant of those with an agnostic or even atheist frame of reference. I even know many atheists who are very accepting of people who believe in God. Too many, on both side, have nothing but contempt for the other.

        It is when people treat a belief (either in a God or in the nonexistence of God) as fact, with no arguement allowed, that troubles arise.

        Thus I may, for example, have a problem with abortion from my religious point of view, but at the same time be for a woman’s freedom to choose.

        • 60 jackiegrumbacher
          February 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

          Japa, agree. If a person’s ‘faith’ leads them to intolerance, they have taken the wrong path. I love the way President Obama keeps testing all his decisions against his moral compass. If the compass is set true, then the decisions that follow will be good ones.

    • 61 57andfemale
      February 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      That’s what I appreciate about my Jewish upbringing: I was taught to question everything. The Torah is a compilation of dialogues on the questions that people have. It was for centuries a living document that was added to as times and experiences changed. Spirituality was not static or frozen, but a living thing to be experienced in terms of reality.

      Individual intellect and free will was the will of God, according to my upbringing. It meant I was personally responsible and no quick prayer would absolve me. It was more a ‘sin’ (although sin is just not a strong Jewish concept) to not use your intellect for good.

      To be sure, it was an intellectual and cultural construct that defined being Jewish for me. But the notion that questions and dialogue and the exchange of ideas was at the heart of my spiritual life has informed all of my life’s choices. It’s why it was easy to explore different paths of spirituality and yet always know that I am Jewish.

      I remember having conversations with our rabbi about what the concept of the Messiah meant. The Bible was a metaphor, not a divine history. God was always meant to be more than we could understand. Dragging God down to our petty understandings was not what it was about.

      • 62 japa21
        February 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        Well said. It is interesting that a crucial linch-pin of Christian belief (and where I am somewhat of a heretic) is the concept of original sin. Of course, Christians say that this concept comes from the Book of Genesis and the Fall. It is interesting in that the people from which Genesis comes, who should know (understand?) what it is supposed to mean best, have no concept of original sin and actually will say the Bible (Old Testament to us Christians) specifically argues against it.

        • 63 57andfemale
          February 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

          Shortly after Mr. 57 and I got married, we had to babysit for his brother’s kids. We had to make sure they did their catechism. I had no experience with catechism – my Catholic friends only showed me the fun of being Catholic: gorgeous music and pageantry at Christmas, lots of great Italian food at parties.

          I was appalled. I was beyond shocked that an entire religion would be based on such hopelessness. It was a perversion to me – why bother if you are so doomed except when you’re dead?

          Appalled, I tell you.

      • February 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        I too was raised Jewish 57andFemale. What you said describes how I feel about being Jewish also. Its always been a cultural orientation for me. For me also it was easy to explore my spirituality and know I’m Jewish. Great description!

  21. 66 dotster3
    February 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Nancy and Steny boogie to the rock-‘em, sock-‘em sounds of Gov. O’Malley and his twangin’ gee—tar

  22. 68 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 10:46 am
  23. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    February 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

    #BlackHistoryMonth

    Did You Know That

    Muhammad Ali, Golden Glove champion, Olympic Gold medalist, Heavy Weight boxing champion and Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee is considered one of the greatest athletes in boxing history but had a penchant of being controversial and outspoken. He didn’t disappoint when he was awarded a star on the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ali didn’t want anyone “stepping on him” so of the more than 2500 stars that have been honored he is the only celebrity whose star is not located on the sidewalk. He was installed on a wall of the Kodak Theatre in true “I am the greatest” Muhammad Ali style.

  24. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thank you, Donna!

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    February 13, 2014 at 11:20 am
  27. February 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Most Fantastic Rise and Shine….NW

    i love that piece on the Moral Compass…

    our President has such intricate thoughts…

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    i am not a fan of the dark TV dramas such as the ones named here…

    but i find it fascinating that PBO is…i would so like to hear his take on why they interest him.

  28. 80 Dakota
    February 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    I’ve been lurking my butt off lately…so happy to see everyone. A little mold was found in my office, so I’ve been displaced for a while. They will paint it next week. Meanwhile, the work doesn’t stop. Company is growing, but hiring is slow…y’all know what that means…

    Drooling over the FLOTUS in that show-stopping gown and THAT RED COAT!!!

    All of you that are affected by the winter storms, please be safe. Sending out healing prayers to all of you that are facing health challenges as well as your loved ones.

    My heart goes out to the people of West Virginia, but not to be unfeeling, maybe now they will pay attention.

    So happy that the Prez signed the minimum wage increase and is starting a program to assist young Black and Brown men. I loved reading the article about the President sharing his story with the young men in Chicago. So uplifting. At the same time so happy to see people like Christie and McConnell are finally gonna get what’s coming to them. Particularly Christie…such arrogance! You cannot screw around with the people of NYC fool!

    We have a mayorial election coming up next month…it looks like I’m gonna have to to hold my nose and vote! There will be a candidate’s forum next week, but I’m not sure it will change my mind much.

    Also, I’m so conflicted about sending money to the DCCC. I’m angry with them for lack of solid support for the President. Traitors in my book. Can someone give me one good reason I should financially support them?

    Love all of you!

  29. 81 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

    My car brake inspector just now.

  30. 85 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This storm is a BFD

  31. February 13, 2014 at 11:41 am
  32. 87 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

    It knows no limit. Really.

    photo/1/large

  33. February 13, 2014 at 11:57 am
  34. 101 jackiegrumbacher
    February 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    NW, brilliant work once again on the R&S. Thank of how well-informed Americans would be if they checked in just once a day to read TOD’s R&S. The IQ level of the US would double and people would make smart choices when they go out to vote.

    On another note, we made the plunge a went out into the frozen tundra to take a walk. It was good to get fresh air and move. No bones broken and no frostbite, so that was good. Did come back snow blind, though. The white walls seemed red, and the brown carpet was green. Odd feeling.

  35. 102 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm
  36. 110 57andfemale
    February 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm
  37. 113 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm
  38. 114 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm
  39. 115 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm
  40. 116 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    :lol: Twitter truly has no off button.

  41. 118 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm
  42. 119 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  43. February 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm
  44. 122 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm
  45. 123 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm
  46. 124 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm
  47. February 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    To make up for that Tony Soprano/Christie mash-up picture, I posted above. Sweet picture of an Olympian who wants to adopt some of Sochi’s stray dogs:

  48. 126 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  49. 127 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  50. 128 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  51. 129 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  52. 130 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm
  53. 131 amk for obama
    February 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm
  54. February 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm
  55. 134 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    ROTFLMAO! #FAIL


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