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Rise and Shine

President Obama reads from a tablet computer during a flight aboard Marine One en route to Everett, Wash., Feb. 17, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

2:0 PST: President Obama departs Palm Springs, California

9:0 EST: Arrives Joint Base Andrews

9:15 EST: Arrives the White House

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday: The President will deliver remarks at an event on the economy in the Washington, DC area.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Toluca, Mexico, to participate in the North American Leaders Summit.

Thursday: The President will return from Mexico and attend the Democratic Governors Association dinner.

Friday: The President will meet with the Democratic governors in town for the annual National Governors Association Winter Meeting to discuss his Opportunity for All agenda and the Year of Action.

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Tonyaa Weathersbee: The Extermination Of Jordan Davis: An Empty Verdict, A Hollow Victory

So it looks like Michael Dunn, a white man who fatally shot black teenager Jordan Davis for refusing to turn down his “thug music,” may be going to prison for the rest of his life. But that’s a consolation prize. Not a real victory. It’s not a real victory because the jury that convicted Dunn, 47, didn’t convict him for killing the 17-year-old Davis. They convicted him for almost killing Davis’ three friends who were riding in the Dodge Durango with him. It’s hollow because it underscores what seems to be a scary trend. I guess now any random white man can confront a black teenager whose style of dress or music he doesn’t like or views as suspect.

And when that teenager doesn’t submit to him, or responds to him in a confrontational manner, or in a way that any rebellious teenager is apt to respond, then it’s perfectly fine to exterminate him. What the verdict says is that in this nation, in the 21st century, some white men still believe they have the right to intrude into the space of young black men and make demands. And if the black man is unarmed — with no weapon except his words — those white men can still kill him. And call it self-defense. All they need is a jury to buy it.

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Michael Grunwald: Five Years After Stimulus, Obama Says It Worked

Five years ago Monday, President Barack Obama visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, his $800 billion stimulus bill. At the time, the U.S. economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month. In the fourth quarter of 2008, it had contracted at an 8% annual rate, a Depression-level free fall. “Today does not mark the end of our economic problems,” Obama said on Feb. 17, 2009. “But it does mark the beginning of the end.”And so it did. The Recovery Act increased U.S. GDP by roughly 2 to 2.5 percentage points from late 2009 through mid-2011, keeping us out of a double-dip recession. It added about 6 million “job years” (a full-time job for a full year) through the end of 2012. If you combine the Recovery Act with a series of follow-up measures, including unemployment-insurance extensions, small-business tax cuts and payroll tax cuts, the Administration’s fiscal stimulus produced a 2% to 3% increase in GDP in every quarter from late 2009 through 2012, and 9 million extra job years, according to the report.

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The report also estimates that the Recovery Act’s aid to victims of the Great Recession — in the form of expanded food stamps, earned-income tax credits, unemployment benefits and much more — directly prevented 5.3 million people from slipping below the poverty line. It also improved nearly 42,000 miles of roads, repaired over 2,700 bridges, funded 12,220 transit vehicles, improved more than 3,000 water projects and provided tax cuts to 160 million American workers. The Recovery Act jump-started clean energy in America, financing unprecedented investments in wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources of electricity. It advanced biofuels, electric vehicles and energy efficiency in every imaginable form. It helped fund the factories to build all that green stuff in the U.S., and research into the green technologies of tomorrow. It’s the reason U.S. wind production has increased 145% since 2008 and solar installations have increased more than 1,200%. The stimulus is also the reason the use of electronic medical records has more than doubled in doctors’ offices and almost quintupled in hospitals. It improved more than 110,000 miles of broadband infrastructure. It launched Race to the Top, the most ambitious national education reform in decades.

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Dahlia Lithwick: How The Moral Mondays Movement Is Redefining The Left

I spent most of this past weekend answering two questions: “Why are you so interested in what happens in North Carolina?” (Posed mainly by people not from North Carolina.) And: “Why doesn’t anyone care what’s happening here in North Carolina?” (Posed largely by folks rallying in North Carolina.) As state governments limit reproductive rights, gerrymander voting districts, harm workers and the environment, and suppress the vote, we are all North Carolina now. The answer to the second question is that I don’t really know why the major national media, with a few notable exceptions, keeps ignoring this story.

GOP-controlled redistricting and a truly nasty voter suppression bill attempt to ensure that this remains the permanent state of affairs in North Carolina. The legislature promptly raised taxes on the bottom 80 percent, eliminated the earned-income tax credit for 900,000 people, slashed education spending, passed radical gun legislation, declined the Medicaid expansion (leaving 500,000 of its poorest citizens without health insurance), and passed a draconian abortion bill that was tacked onto a motorcycle safety law. The state, in short, turned on its own workers, its own minorities, its own teachers, its own doctors, its poor, its women, and its prisoners, with what has looked like unbridled glee.

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Washington Post: Obamacare’s Sign-Up Period Is Ending. Here’s How Enroll America Is Getting Ready

Enroll America is gearing up for its own version of March Madness — one that has nothing to do with basketball. The pro-health law group has spent months now honing its outreach techniques and developing data-intensive maps meant to help their 18,000 volunteers and 2,000 partner organizations reach as many uninsured people before open enrollment on the exchanges ends March 31.

“We’re at this moment now, six weeks out from the end of open enrollment, and we’re looking at every tool that we have at our disposal about how we should be focusing our efforts,” Enroll America president Anne Filipic says. One new tool that the group has begun rolling out to partner organizations are a set of maps that show where, down to the census tract, uninsured Americans live — and how well that does, or doesn’t, line up with where people meant to help them enroll in Obamacare are based.

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Mike Lillis: House Democrats Seek To Force GOP’s Hand On Minimum Wage Hike

House Democrats are launching an effort to force Republicans’ hand on the minimum wage. The Democrats will introduce a discharge petition later this month designed to force a floor vote on a proposal to hike the minimum wage, even in the face of entrenched opposition from GOP leaders. The discharge petition faces a high bar, as it would require at least 18 Republicans to buck their leadership and endorse the measure – a scenario the Democrats readily acknowledge is unlikely.

Still, the Democrats are hoping the extra political pressure will amplify the Democrats’ economic message this election year, while highlighting the stark differences between the parties when it comes to strategy for helping the working class amid an ongoing jobs crisis. “It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s about time to do it,” Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters. Public opinion polls show overwhelming support for a minimum wage hike; even if the discharge petition fails, it puts Republicans in the tough position of rejecting a popular economic policy in a still-fragile jobs market.

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Alyssa Gerace: Obama Scorecard: Foreclosures Keep Trending Down, Home Sales Strong

The housing market recovery has continued into 2014, indicated by an ongoing downtrend in foreclosures, home sales remaining strong, and home prices notching annual gains, notes the Obama Administration in its January Scorecard. “The January Housing Scorecard shows that the Obama Administration’s efforts continue to have a positive effect on the housing market,” said HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs Kurt Usowski in a statement. “With foreclosures down, home sales up, and equity continuing to grow, the housing market continues to make slow, but steadily improving progress.”

 The number of properties in foreclosure dropped 33% in 2013 compared to the previous year, said the scorecard citing RealtyTrac, with foreclosure starts at their lowest annual level since 2005. Through the third quarter of 2013, the number of underwater borrowers dropped from nearly 7.2 million in the previous quarter to less than 6.4 million, with homeowners’ equity gaining $3.4 trillion since the beginning of 2012.

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Americans waste 33M tons of food each year. Ben decided to change that.

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NPR: For Lower-Income Students, Snow Days Can Be Hungry Days

For many Americans it’s been a harsh, disruptive winter, from the country’s Northern edges to the Deep South. When cold snaps and blizzards shutter schools, kids miss more than their daily lessons. Some miss out on the day’s nutritious meal as well. This recently became apparent to school administrators in rural Iowa, where extreme cold delayed openings two days in a row at Laurens-Marathon Community School, where 59 percent of students who eat school lunch qualify for free or reduced-price meals. On the first day, some students arrived on empty stomachs because parents thought breakfast would still be served that day.

“Two students were found in our lunchroom waiting to be fed,” says Meredith Allen, a teacher at the school. “Several co-workers had stockpiles of food,” but it wasn’t enough.  Last year, more than 21 million children nationwide ate free or reduced-price lunches, according to data from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. That’s 70 percent of the total students who ate school lunches, not counting those who brought meals from home. In the same year, more than 23 million households received SNAP benefits, known as food stamps.

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CBS News: John Kerry Accuses Syria Leader Bashir Assad Of Stonewalling Geneva Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and called on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders. “Right now, Bashar al-Assad has not engaged in the discussions along the promised and required standard that both Russia spoke up for and the regime spoke up for,” Kerry said during a press conference in Jakarta with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. He said Assad’s team “refused to open up one moment of discussion” of a transitional government to replace Assad’s regime.

“It is very clear that Bashar Assad is trying to win this on the battlefield instead of coming to the negotiating table in good faith,” Kerry said Peace talks last week in Geneva ended with no progress toward breaking the impasse in the nearly 3-year-old conflict in Syria. Kerry also had harsh words for Assad’s allies in Moscow. “Russia needs to be a part of the solution and not be contributing so many more weapons and so much more aid that they are in fact enabling Assad to double down,” he said. Russia has told the U.S. it was committed to helping create a transitional government, Kerry said, but has not delivered “the kind of effort to create the kind of dynamic by which that could be achieved.”

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Molly K. Hooper: GOP Flocks To Bill Curbing Obama’s Power

Dozens of House Republicans have recently backed legislation that calls for legal action against President Obama. Forty-three Republicans have cosponsored the resolution since Obama’s State of the Union address, where he threatened to enact policies if Congress didn’t act. The “Stop This Overreaching Presidency (STOP)” measure, introduced by Rep. Tom Rice (S.C.), now has 104 co-sponsors, Rice explained that STOP resolution is aimed at reversing Obama’s delay of the employer mandate, enactment of the DREAM Act, extension of “substandard” health insurance plans and ending work requirements for welfare.

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Celeste Katz: De Blasio Administration Cuts First Labor Contract – With Environmental Officers

The de Blasio administration has settled its first labor contract, a quick deal with 200 environmental officers that could signal a smoother period of labor relations after the cold war between the unions and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The officers, whose duties include patrolling the city’s watershed upstate, had been working without a contract for an astounding nine years.

Under the new agreement, they will receive an average of more than $50,000 each in back pay. Kenneth Wynder, who represents the officers as head of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association, praised the de Blasio administration for its “fairness.” “We got treated with respect,” he said. “We felt much better compared to the nine-year battle we had with the old administration,” he told the Daily News.

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On This Day:

Close-up detail of President Obama’s signature on a bill, and a pen used for the signing, aboard Air Force One on a flight from Buckley Air Force Base, Denver, Col. to Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar aboard Air Force One during a flight to Denver, Col., Feb. 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama salutes, departing Andrews Air Force Base for Denver, Col., Feb. 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama with Vice President Biden speaks with CEO of Namaste Solar Electric, Inc., Blake Jones, while looking at solar panels at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Col., Feb. 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

A toe marker for President Obama as he prepares to make remarks at the Signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, Col., Feb. 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama welcomes King Juan Carlos I of Spain to the White House, just outside the Oval Office, before their lunch in the President’s private dining room, Feb. 17, 2010. At left is Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room of the White House, Feb. 17, 2010. General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, was among those joining the discussion via videoconference (left screen) (Photo by Pete Souza)

Vice President Biden’s personal aide Fran Person holds the door for President Obama as he waits to make remarks during the one-year Recovery Act Anniversary event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Feb. 17, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama gestures during a phone call in the Oval Office, Feb. 17, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as Vice President Biden talks with Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., after a lunch with the Democratic House leadership in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, Feb. 17, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a dinner with Technology Business Leaders in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011. Also pictured, left to right, are Carol Bartz, Yahoo! President and CEO; Art Levinson, Genentech Chairman and former CEO; Steve Westly, Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group; and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and CEO of Google (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama sits in the cockpit of a 767 during his tour of the Boeing Plant production facility in Everett, Wash., Feb. 17, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama exits a 787 Dreamliner to greet workers and deliver remarks at the Boeing-Everett Production Facility in Everett, Wash., Feb. 17, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets students from Medina Elementary School in Medina, Wash., Feb. 17, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

…. greeting Beth Hamilton, principal of Medina Elementary School

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Chips: D’you wanna know how awesome Nerdy is? I just had the photos done for R&S last night, then I go back to it this morning and she’s added a whole bunch of wonderful articles, tweets and links. If the woman didn’t love Chelsea, she’d be perfect. Thank you so much legend – and moooOOOooorning everyone!


166 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    February 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hi. Bye.

  2. 5 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

    G’morning NW, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats Hi-Bye amk on #1, and Happy President’s Day to all! :) Thanks NW for holding down the fort so beautifully this President’s Day weekend. You are truly one of a kind, and words cannot express our gratitude for all you’ve done and continue to do here! :)

  3. 11 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

  4. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    February 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Just scrolled down to the end of Rise and Shine and cracked up.

    It was my pleasure to help Chiparoo. :D

    Aaaaaaand….excuse me? I am perfect because Chelsea is perfect. Chelsea is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. We’re awesome and we rule. HA!

    p.s. You’re the one who needs one-on-one therapy so that we can understand why you support L-O-S-E-R-S, Manchester United. Might I suggest a session with Jose Mourinho? ;)

  5. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    February 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

    REMINDER For TODer’s and Lurkers: VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for Meta’s Pastry Studio.

    Vote Here: http://www.thekitchn.com/nominate-for-your-favorite-sweets-baking-cooking-blog-for-the-homies-awards-the-homies-2014-200246

  6. 26 anniebella
    February 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I just finish reading the article on the young lawyer couple from Alabama who was invited to the recent WH State Dinner, and they sat at the President and First Lady table. They got a chance to meet the President and First Lady, and the President of France. What a nice article, really really nice..

    • 27 99ts
      February 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Annie – was that the article I posted? I thought it was a lovely story as well – all happened because of health care – and writing a thank you note :)

  7. 28 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’ve been following Meryl David & Charlie White (Team USA) in the ice dancing competition. So far they have been #1 and they will be going for the (hopefully) Gold tonight. Their stiffest competition is the Team Canada duo, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir who are currently in 2nd place.

    • 29 mtmarilyn
      February 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I love watching them and hearing their story, especially their mothers. I have enjoyed watching the olympics even with all the problems. These young people have worked so hard to get there. Watching Bode Miller yesterday was very emotional. He use to be so brash and good. Now he is mature and appreciates winning.

  8. 31 vcprezofan2
    February 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Hi Nerdy! I thought of giving you flowers in appreciation of the excellent work you have done this past weekend, but wasn’t sure if you are allergic or not, or if you even like flowers. So, instead, I’m sending you this rainbow… Thanks, you dedicated soul, you!

  9. 35 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Yet they did considerable damage with this empty agenda, thanks to the media and a very gullible, apathetic electorate.

  10. 36 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

    LOL!

  11. 37 desertflower
    February 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Who’s for Election Day being a National holiday???

  12. 40 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I like VC’s suggestion – the hashtag yesterday was fine and made an important initial point using satire. But now we can pivot to the newer hashtag without the satire – this is the plain truth. Black Kids are this country’s future and like all other kids, they deserve the best of what this country has to offer. Destroy Black kids, and you’re also destroying YOUR country and YOUR future regardless of your race/ethnic background.

  13. 43 GGAIL
    February 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks, NW & TOD family.

    Chips, I’m sorry your Mom took a spill, but happy to hear no broken bones. I wish her a speedy recovery.

    NW did a wonderful job over the weekend.

  14. 44 desertflower
    February 17, 2014 at 10:56 am
  15. 45 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

    // WAKARUSA — Ed Neufeldt vowed to wear three green bracelets until unemployment rates fell below 7 percent. He told The Elkhart Truth in 2012, “I may be wearing them to my casket,” but on Thursday they came off. “I thought that would never happen,” he said looking at the bracelets in his hand.

    Unemployment rates posted this week prompted Neufeldt to symbolically remove his three bracelets, which represented unemployment rates in the U.S., Indiana and Elkhart County. Rates in all three are now below seven percent. Originally, he set the unemployment threshold at 5 percent for removing his bracelets. He reconsidered three months later and made a new goal of seven percent.

    Neufeldt began speaking about unemployment to media outlets especially after he introduced President Obama during his visit to Elkhart County in 2009. Neufeldt said he thinks he has had 80 media interviews since. The future of Elkhart County, he said, is optimistic. “Elkhart County has hope for the future,” he said. His 18-year-old daughter recently started her first job. “Five years ago,” he said, “you couldn’t event go out and get a job.” “I think Elkhart County is blessed,” he said. “We have recovered.” //

    http://m.elkharttruth.com/news/2014/01/31/Unemployment-down-bracelets-come-off.html

    What a great story!

  16. February 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Good morning, Chips, Danny, NW and TODville!

    I love you all THIS much.

  17. 62 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Greenwald needs to get a clue – his transparent agenda is sickening….The so-called “Liberals” that he speaks of are no more than a bunch of feckless, clueless Libertarians who are unhappy with a Black President.

    • February 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I have always seen them in this light….just as the members of the OWS spurned Rep Lewis..

      it would surprise me if the members of the Radical Left became part of the Moral Monday Marchers…

  18. 64 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

    • 65 4morefor44
      February 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      absolute truth! perfect.

      guaranteed none of this n.s.a. stuff would happening if hillary or other white democrat was president. no way.

  19. 66 sherijr
    February 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    wowzer this is like Thanksgiving ~ one very abundant Rise & Shine ~ thank you fabulous Nerdy!

  20. 69 vcprezofan2
    February 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

    HELP!

    If you have/sent a picture yesterday, would you please send it again today with the more positive hashtag – #BlackKidsOurKidsOurFuture. If you didn’t yesterday and can today, would you please? I see this as a follow-up; Stage 2 if you will. I know I’m sticking my neck out in public, but I even asked a few unknown tweeters to use the more positive hashtag. IMO there is NO REASON for us to continue on the ‘dangerous’ theme, poking eye or no poking eye. We can, and should, proudly take control of bragging about our kids instead of using the tongue-in-cheek approach to the exclusion of the FACTS. I’m sorry, I do feel rather strongly about this. It burns to see ‘dangerousblackkids’ attached to such promising pics (even in ‘fun’) because we all know that the dangerous label has been fermented by media for ages. I see no reason to help the media.

  21. 71 Linda
    February 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

    CNN just asked a Climatologist to respond to a tweet from Donald Trump….a climate change denier.

    • 72 sherijr
      February 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

      and therein lies the problem with ‘journalism’ today. Good grief, poor CNN.

      • February 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

        I so agree…

        Climate Change is a fact….why do the press continue to give Climate Deniers a platform …instead of helping to give clarification and understanding around climate change …they are helping to spread lies and distortions…pushed by the GOP and the oil companies

        • 74 sherijr
          February 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

          yep—> gop & oil companies.. the corporate news. It really is a conspiracy.. I used to laugh at the bs- until President Obama was running for POTUS and would listen to his speeches & then afterward listen to a pundit skew his speech with lies.. I quit the news watching after that (2007). They do not work to inform the public- unless that suits their interests.

  22. 75 vcprezofan2
    February 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Okay – getting the you-better-go-eat pre-signals – BBL.

  23. 76 amk for obama
    February 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

    • 77 desertflower
      February 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks for putting this in Tweet form, amk. I saw this this morning and posted earlier…imagine, they needed a study to see that if you took away all restrictions on purchasing a gun that gun violence would increase! They could have saved the money…that said, the people that say that everyone having a gun makes everyone safer….won’t believe this study. Still…important info.

  24. 78 Betsy
    February 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Good morning all. Sorry Chips to hear about your mom. I am glad she’s improving. Have a great President’s Day everybody.

  25. 80 amk for obama
    February 17, 2014 at 11:49 am

    The leader of the Western- and Gulf Arab-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has been sacked and replaced by a more experienced field commander.

    Col Abd al-Ilah al-Bashir will succeed Brig Gen Salim Idris as chief-of-staff of the FSA’s Supreme Military Council.

    A spokesman said the decision was taken due to the “ineffectiveness” of the command and the need to “restructure”.

    Over the past year, the SMC has lost influence to Islamist rebel groups, some of them linked to al-Qaeda.

    The change in command comes after a second round of peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26224498

  26. February 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

  27. 82 Nena20409
    February 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Good Morning/Good Day/Good Afternoon TODable TODville.

    A Poll now is showing that Majority of NFL players are OK with Gay players. I have never understood the logic stating the opposite.

    The group with the most acceptance of LGBTQ group are Young Folks. NFL is a sport with playing longevity at about Tops, FIVE Years. Youth play the sport. So why would these same Youths have issues with Gay players? I don’t get the twisted logic when the media and those who object flame the issue.

    If the Golden Rule is applied, then the Negativity of any bias is MUTED.

  28. 83 Vicki
    February 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I was just the 66th vote for Meta’s blog. Pastry Studio is in second place. Go TOD Go

  29. February 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  30. 101 Allison
    February 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Meta, Just voted for you! All the very best. Great blog!

  31. 103 desertflower
    February 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    meta is now in 2nd place with 68 votes….Joy, in 1st place, has 70 votes…..let’s keep up the good work and push meta past those 70 votes:)

    • February 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Can we find some scandal in Joy’s life so we can blackmail her and force her to withdraw?

      • 105 desertflower
        February 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        Now, now! We want meta to win this thing on the up and up! :)

      • 106 99ts
        February 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

        You have been learning way too many GOP tactics over the past 5 years!

        • February 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

          :lol: Good moooooorning 99ts (you do know you are 97,000 posts behind?)

          • 108 99ts
            February 17, 2014 at 7:11 pm

            Sad – isn’t it – but reading this lot – I’m wondering if it was you or your Mom that got hit on the head?

            All these tactics sent me to look at Joy the Bakers blog – I don’t much like her cooking style – Meta wins by a mile

            • February 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

              “I’m wondering if it was you or your Mom that got hit on the head?”

              You are soooooooo bad :lol:

              I’m worried about my irrational animosity towards Joy, she might well be the kindest person on planet earth, but…….

              • 110 99ts
                February 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

                but … I don’t think she cooks in the same class as Meta – so no worries

                And I do send ever so many get well messages to your Mom – she is blessed with a caring family

                Now I’ve just finished R&S – on to the next post

  32. 111 Dakota
    February 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Good Southwest Morning TOD Family!

    So good to have you back Chips Darlin! Glad Mama is recovering. Please give her our best. Now I’m off to put our Meta over the top! Keep voting family!

  33. 116 dotster3
    February 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Teenage girl fatally shot in car with friends after an egging prank. Again—–gun violence used in an angry moment.

  34. February 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Meta… you are tied at first at 70 votes!
    Everyone, please tweet…I just did!

    • 122 COS
      February 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      I wish that I could break the tie, but I already voted. :) Good morning everyone.

    • February 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      SCHEDULE
      Week 1 – Nomination: Nominate your favorite home design and cooking blogs from Friday, February 14 – Friday, February 21 (until midnight EST). Nominations are approved manually by the editors.

      Week 2 – Voting: Vote on the ten finalists in each category Saturday, February 22 – Wednesday, Feb. 26 (until midnight EST).
      Winners’ Weekend: Winners will be announced Friday February 28.

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      be sure to come back to vote …in week 2

  35. February 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    hi folks,
    came out of lurking to vote for Meta. She is now first – 1st

  36. February 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Meta’s Voting ends February 22nd, 2014 at 5:00AM EST

    This is going to be like election night, we need Wolf Blitzer to announce the result.

  37. February 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  38. 129 amk for obama
    February 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Dinner in a swanky cape town mall – A mexican chilli pizza. Ate it with fork and knife. Folks staring. Fuck’em. Don’t want pizza dross on my nice bidness short.

  39. 154 amk for obama
    February 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Ok. if meta wins, she owes me a tasty cake. Mine was the tie breaker vote. (I was 35th vote, so ?)

  40. 155 japa21
    February 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Did a nomination for meta. Remember, this is just the first phase. The important voting starts on Saturday the 22. The votes now are to get meta into the finals. So make sure you all get back there starting Saturday.

    • 160 99ts
      February 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      The picture tells 1000 words maryl1

      • February 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        A thousand sad words, 99ts.

        • 162 99ts
          February 17, 2014 at 8:39 pm

          There has been an enormous positive with PBO – all the hidden racism/sexism/white male privilege – is being shown for what it is. The bias of a supreme court which should be above politics is well revealed and the creation of laws which are enforced to the benefit of one group only can be seen across the GOP states.

          Sentences in the US are also beyond stupid – he would have gotten maybe 4 years in my country – if convicted. Then again, he probably would not have had a gun – so impossible to compare.

          • February 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

            I agree – we are lancing a boil and all the ugliness is coming out. Maybe there will be healing following. Right now it seems as though the ‘stand-your-ground law’ is making lynching legal again. One can only hope the ugliness of these crimes makes the injustice visible to white America.

  41. 164 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

  42. 166 Allison
    February 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    If you so desire, check out Piers Morgan’s TL. He is going after the Killer (who was set free) big time.


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