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Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon walk along the Colonnade of the White House, March 7, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern):

11:05: The President and First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

11:20: Depart Joint Base Andrews

1:40: Arrive Homestead, Florida

2:25: The President and First Lady visit a Coral Reef High School classroom

2:40: The President delivers remarks

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Bruce Japsen: Employer Health Cost Increases At 15-Year Low As ObamaCare Comes Into View

U.S. employers this year face their “smallest increases in health care costs in 15 years,” according to a new survey showing the latest evidence of health inflation slowing. The trend comes as employers move to higher deductible health care plans that make workers think twice about choosing expensive tests and procedures, forcing employees to become better health care shoppers. Employers are also installing additional new strategies to encourage wellness activities such as financial incentives to stop smoking.

Most respondents to the survey are “recalibrating their health strategy” with 18 percent having either adopted a new strategy or updated an existing one, the Towers Watson executive summary of the report said. Another 57 percent of respondents are “in process,” the summary added. Two in five respondents cite the Affordable Care Act as the primary driver of their health care strategy.

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TPM: U.S. Employers Add 175K Jobs Despite Harsh Weather

 U.S. hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 175,000 jobs last month, up from just 129,000 in January, which was revised up from 113,000. December’s gain was also revised higher. The unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent from a five-year low 6.6 percent. More Americans started looking for work but didn’t find jobs. That’s still an encouraging sign because more job hunters suggest that people were more optimistic about their prospects.

Some recent reports hint that the economy will accelerate as the weather warms. The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits fell last week and is at about the same level as before the Great Recession. Applications essentially reflect layoffs. The decline suggests that companies are confident about future growth, because layoffs would rise if employers expected business to weaken. Instead, businesses advertised more jobsonline last month, according to the Conference Board. Online job ads rose 268,100 in February to 5.19 million.

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AP: Cummings Says Issa Apologized And He Accepts

Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday night that California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa called him and apologized for refusing to let Cummings speak during an IRS hearing. The Maryland Democrat said he accepted the apology. Issa abruptly adjourned a hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. He instructed committee staff to turn off the microphone of the committee’s top Democrat, Cummings.

“This evening, Chairman Issa telephoned me and apologized for his conduct, and I accepted his apology,” Cummings said in a statement. “My sincere hope is that as we move forward, we will respect the opinions of all members of the committee, we will proceed in a deliberate and considered manner to obtain the facts, we will refrain from making accusations that have no basis in fact, and we will seek resolution rather than unnecessary conflict.”

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Washington Post: Community Lenders’ Network Commits To Lend $1 Billion In Support Of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

A network of community lenders is committing to lend $1 billion in support of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative that aims to boost the life chances of young African and Hispanic men. The Opportunity Finance Network, which represents more than 225 community development financial institutions, will pledge Thursday it will expand financing for organizations and initiatives working to help young minority men.

Obama launched the initiative to help young minority men last week, saying this group of Americans are disadvantaged in today’s economy and deserve the nation’s attention. Obama’s solicited $200 million in financial commitments from foundations and companies to introduce programs aimed at keeping young men of color in the classroom and out of the criminal justice system. Mark Pinsky, chief executive of the Opportunity Finance Network, said his group was inspired by Obama’s commitment and decided to make their own.

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Igor Bobic: Sen. Harkin: Senate Would Have Confirmed Obama’s Top Civil Rights Nominee If He Was White

The U.S. Senate would have confirmed President Obama’s top civil rights nominee if he was white, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) suggested on Wednesday. “Here’s the message we sent today,” Harkin said. “You young people listen up. If you are a young white person and you go to work for a law firm … and that law firm assigns you to a pro bono case to defend someone who killed eight people in cold blood … my advice from this, what happened today, is you should do that … Because if you do that, who knows? You might wind up to be the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“However, if you are a young black person and you go to work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund … and you’re asked to sign an appeal for someone convicted of murder, what the message said today is, ‘Don’t do it! Don’t do it.’ Because you know what? If you do that, in keeping with your legal obligations and your profession, you will be denied by the U.S. Senate from being an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice,” Harkin said.

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NBC News: White House Blocks Visas For Some Tied To Ukraine Crisis

The White House, toughening its response to the crisis in Crimea, said Thursday that it has revoked the U.S. visas of Russians and Ukrainians responsible for “threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

It also threatened financial sanctions against people or companies that the United States determines are responsible for undermining the Ukrainian government. A senior administration official said that the number or names of revoked visas would not be made public. The official also said that no people or companies have yet been sanctioned.

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David Edwards: Paul Ryan At CPAC: Free School Lunches Means Poor Parents Don’t Care About Kids

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) asserted on Thursday that liberals did not understand that kids who got free lunches at school did not have parents who cared about them at home. Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former Republican vice presidential nominee argued that conservatives should let Democrats be the “party of personality,” while “we will be the party of ideas.”

“I’m optimistic about our chances because the left, the left just isn’t out of ideas, they’re out of touch,” he explained. “Take Obamacare — not literally, but figuratively here, okay? We now know that this law will discourage millions of people from working. The left thinks this is a good thing.” Ryan insisted that liberals were only offering people “a full stomach and an empty soul.”

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Thanks to the GOP

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Boston Globe: US Hiring Improved In February

US hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year. The Labor Department says employers added 175,000 jobs last month, up from just 129,000 in January, which was revised up from 113,000.

The unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent from a five-year low 6.6 percent. More Americans started looking for work, but didn’t find jobs. That’s still an encouraging sign because more job hunters suggest that people were more optimistic about their prospects.

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Think Progress: Three More Abortion Clinics Forced To Close In Texas: ‘This Is A State Of Emergency’

Three more reproductive health care facilities in Texas have been forced to permanently close in the wake of a new state law that imposes stringent restrictions on abortion providers. The clinics are located in communities with high rates of poverty and uninsurance, leaving many vulnerable Texas women with no ready access to reproductive services. Two of the shuttered clinics are operated by Whole Woman’s Health, the largest independent abortion provider in Texas. That group used to operate five clinics in the state — but now, that number is shrinking to three. With the closure of another independently owned clinic in Harlingen, the Lone Star State is down to just 19 abortion clinics in the entire state. That’s a dramatic difference from where the reproductive health landscape stood just a few years ago. Back in 2011, there were 44 facilities in Texas that offered abortion care.

New restrictions on abortion providers went into effect at the beginning of November. Now, abortion doctors are required to obtain admitting privileges from a local hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, a medically unnecessary requirement that’s often impossible for doctors to meet. Nonetheless, the doctors who continue to practice without admitting privileges are at risk of getting their medical license suspended. So dozens of clinics — including Whole Women’s Health facility in McAllen — were forced to halt their abortion services in the fall. But that’s not the only burdensome restriction in Texas’ new law. Starting this September, abortion clinics will be required to bring their facilities in line with ambulatory surgical centers — which typically involves making expensive and unnecessary renovations, like widening hallways and installing water fountains.

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Washington Post: Crimea Sets Referendum On Joining Russia

Pro-Russian lawmakers in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea sparked a showdown reminiscent of the Cold War on Thursday, accelerating their bid to leave Ukraine and join Russia in a move that President Obama, the new government in Kiev and European leaders described as provocative and illegal. Lawmakers in the autonomous region voted Thursday to join the Russian Federation and hold a referendum March 16 to validate the decision. The regional parliament, now led by Sergei Aksyonov — a businessman and politician known around Kiev as the “Goblin”

because of his alleged ties to organized crime, said it would nationalize Ukrainian state industries and begin setting up government ministries separate from Ukraine, which Crimea joined in 1954 when the nation was still a satellite of the Soviet Union. In Washington, Obama said the world was “well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” as his administration imposed sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians involved in Russia’s military intervention in Crimea. European leaders also sounded alarms, denouncing the referendum plans as unacceptable.

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Damian Paletta: Unemployed Workers Stage Craigslist Fire Sale

Craigslist.org has always represented something of a virtual yard sale, but for many unemployed Americans it’s become something of a fire sale. You name it, they are selling it. Someone in Springfield, Ore., is selling a men’s watch for $100. “Unemployment is running out need money will sell for $100.00. Call before 8pm and after 8amplease be respectful. We can meet anywhere in public.”

And they are asking for it. Another worker in Kissimmee, Fla., whose post says lost benefits when Congress didn’t extend jobless payments Dec. 28, is asking for dog and cat food. “My dogs & cats are not picky,” the person wrote. Washington is wrangling with whether to extend long-term unemployment benefits, which ran out in North Carolina in July and in the other 49 states in late December as discussed in Monday’s Outlook column. But the financial pressures facing many Americans are much more complex than the Washington debate.

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White House: Readout of President Obama’s call with President Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke for an hour this afternoon with President Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners. President Obama indicated that there is a way to resolve the situation diplomatically, which addresses the interests of Russia, the people of Ukraine, and the international community. As a part of that resolution, the governments of Ukraine and Russia would hold direct talks, facilitated by the international community; international monitors could ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians; Russian forces would return to their bases; and the international community would work together to support the Ukrainian people as they prepare for elections in May. President Obama indicated that Secretary Kerry would continue discussions with Foreign Minister Lavrov, the government of  Ukraine, and other international partners in the days to come to advance those objectives.

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James West: What The Ukraine Crisis Means For The Energy Industry

1. The United States is rushing to push more gas onto the market to undercut Putin’s power. Russia’s presence in Ukraine is prompting calls, especially among congressional Republicans, to loosen export restrictions on US natural gas in the hopes of diminishing Russia’s ability to use gas as a diplomatic weapon, like it did in 2006 and 2009. With America’s newfound dominance in gas production (in 2013, the United States surpassed Russia to become the biggest producer of oil and gas, thanks in part to fracking) comes greater power in energy diplomacy.

2. Russia isn’t as powerful as you might think. But for all the Russian posturing, and the canceled energy deal, Ukraine—and Europe more broadly—does have some leverage over Russia to prevent the situation from deteriorating further, says Edward Chow, an energy and security analyst at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “Interestingly, the gas pipelines, as well as critically important gas storage facilities, all go through Western Ukraine,” he says. “Until Russians build additional bypass pipelines…they are still highly dependent on Ukraine to transit gas exports to Europe.”

The United States and European Union are making energy reform central to their aid packages. Bill Gibbons, a spokesman for the US Energy Department, said on Tuesday that the Obama administration is directing part of the $1 billion loan guarantee that John Kerry delivered to Kiev this week to “energy security, energy efficiency and energy sector reform.” The European Union’s $15 billion package is also aimed, in part, at modernizing Ukraine’s gas transit system. With patrons of this much-needed aid linking their help to energy reform, there might well be a bigger chance of success, says Chow. “If you don’t do it now, when are you going to do it?” he asks. “Because Russia is not going to be interested in helping individuals from the new [Ukrainian] government extract rent like the previous government unless they can cooperate on other fronts. So this is quite a good opportunity to clean things up.”

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Market Watch: Why Job Hunters Should Cheer The End Of The Winter

The bad weather has done more than give people a case of cabin fever — it’s kept them out of work, which means there’s another reason to cheer for warmer days ahead. While some economists argue that consumer spending and hiring are down for reasons beyond Mother Nature’s control, it’s clear the below-average temperatures have had an impact. For instance, there were 142,000 jobs added to private payrolls in January, about 46,000 jobs short of the four-month average, says Michael Montgomery, a U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight. Some of those jobs were likely held back because of the weather, says Montgomery, adding they may push that hiring to the coming months as the weather gets back to normal.

“Because February stunk too, the makeup is deferred until March or later,” he says. Hiring also tends to pick up in the spring and summer anyway because more people are likely to shop, go out to eat and travel more often when the weather is nice, says Mark Hamrick, the Washington bureau chief for Bankrate.com. Those habits lead to higher demand for workers in the retail and tourism industries, he says. More homeowners also look for help with landscaping and painting the house after the weather warms up, adds Montgomery.

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On This Day:

Sen. Barack Obama at a campaign rally Friday March 7, 2008 in Laramie, Wyoming (Photo by Ken Driese)

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President Obama, Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia, and members of the Australian and American delegations look up at the presidential seal in the Oval Office ceiling following their bilateral meeting, March 7, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama practices passing a football with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia in the Oval Office, March 7, 2011. Under Australian Football League rules, a player must hold the ball in front of them and punch it with a clenched fist in order to conduct a legal pass to another player (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets Davis Marsico, 6, and other supporters upon his arrival at Charlotte Douglas International airport, March 7, 2012

People line the motorcade route as President Obama makes his way to the Mount Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant in Charlotte, N.C, March 7, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up after signing the Violence Against Women Act as he is joined by Vice President Joe Biden and members of women’s organizations, law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, survivors, advocates and members of Congress, at the Interior Department on March 7, 2013. The law strengthens the criminal justice system’s response to crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking


102 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 2 amk for obama
    March 7, 2014 at 9:56 am

    1st……………………..

  2. 11 COS
    March 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Awesome R & S.

  3. March 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Epic Nerdy, just epic – thank you soooOOOooOOOOoooOOoooo much Legend!

  4. 15 Linda
    March 7, 2014 at 10:07 am

    When Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) made a thinly veiled reference comparing Eric Holder to George Wallace before a group…

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bobby-jindal-eric-holder-sister-in-law-segregationist

    The stupid party…

  5. 16 Judith Fardig
    March 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Happy Friday everyone! Thanks for the antidote to the CPAC crap!

  6. 17 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Breathtakingly fantastic R&S! Thank you NW!

  7. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    March 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

  8. 21 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Some perspective about the times we live in…

  9. March 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning TODers! Have a great day :)

  10. 26 amk for obama
    March 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

    So does the architect who designed the WH work any cheap?

  11. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    March 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

  12. 28 Vicki
    March 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

    TY Nerdy for a great and hopefilled R & S.
    Let me add to it:
    New Hampshire is just the Governnor’s signature away from expanded Medicaid!!!
    The State Senate and Assembly have voted for it and the Dem Gov. will sign.

    • March 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Fantastic news Vicki!!

      • 30 Vicki
        March 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

        Yes, Chips. I am eagerly awaiting the day when All 50 states have opted to insure the health of their residents.

    • 31 Desertflower
      March 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Nice !!!!

    • 32 Nerdy Wonka
      March 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Thanks, Vicki and fantastic news.

    • 33 57andfemale
      March 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

      God I hope so. My good friend, looking at kidney surgery next month to remove a tumor and necrotic tissue, is caught in NH’s Twilight Zone. He’s single so, even though he makes a pittance, he does not qualify for Medicaid. He can’t afford insurance. However, we are having a bit of an argument about how he thinks he’s going to pay for the surgery without it. He has a large family and many friends who would help him meet the deductible. The premium is indeed unaffordable for him, but going without health care should not be an option.

      This is very welcome news today.

      • 34 57andfemale
        March 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

        Just talked to my friend: not in time for his surgery. And his income is greatly reduced this year from last year, so he still might not qualify enough to help him.

  13. 35 amk for obama
    March 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Well-done R&S, ut.

    (not because I got a star billing … Ha, Ha, bt)

  14. 39 anniebella
    March 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Did anyone watch Rachel Maddow show last night about why G.W. Bush lied this country about Iraq.? Anyone who watched it in your opinion the reason G.W. Bush invaded Iraq was what. Oil.

    • 40 Linda
      March 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I watched it….

      I am not sure there was anything new …although I fell asleep right at the end…

    • 41 Vicki
      March 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I watched it and if there was anything new it was the emphasis. Most people guessed that oil was at the top of the “reasons we invaded Iraq list.”
      What was new for me is that oil was numbers 1-100 of the reasons. That the invasion was in planning stages long before 9/11.

      I recommend Rajiv Chandresekaran’s book—Enchanted Life in the Emerald City, if you care about how viciously we treated an ancient civilization, looting their treasures, destroying their infrastructure, turning a functioning city into a limping hot mess with barely any running water or electricity. Millions of displaced Iraqis. 100,000 at least Iraqi dead. 6000 American casualties.

      Also, if you can find it—-Generation Kill on HBO—-a mini-series about the first Marine unit to invade Baghdad.

      But here’s the thing about Rachel last night.
      Why this honest look at Iraq Now?

      Maybe this is a timely warning pre-2014 elections, that what you get with Republicans is profit for them and death and destruction for the rest of us.

    • 42 0388jojothecat
      March 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

      I watched and I did not learn anything new. We all knew it was for oil.

      • March 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

        I watched. Not anything major new. The one thing that stuck out to me was the serious/focused planning about invading Iraq SO early in his presidency. Yes, we knew that from Paul O’Neill, but didn’t know how focused it was.

  15. 44 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

  16. 45 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

  17. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    March 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

  18. 47 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

  19. 48 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

  20. 49 Desertflower
    March 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

    There just aren’t enough adjectives for this R/S!!!! Thank you so much,NW:) Info ANGEL!!!!

  21. 52 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

  22. 53 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

  23. 54 Dudette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

  24. 55 amk for obama
    March 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

  25. 56 JER
    March 7, 2014 at 10:41 am

    VIDEO HERE: http://www.local10.com/news/president-first-lady-to-visit-south-florida-friday/24856384

  26. March 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

  27. 59 amk for obama
    March 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government could ban Facebook and YouTube, arguing that opponents are using social media to attack him.

    But President Abdullah Gul later called such a ban “out of the question”.

    Allegations of corruption against Mr Erdogan have been repeated on the social media sites.

    The leaks included a phone conversation in which, allegedly, he and his son discussed how to hide huge sums of money. Mr Erdogan called it a montage.

    His Islamist-rooted AK Party faces key local elections on 30 March.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26480982

    yet another saddam/muammar in the making.

  28. 60 Nena20409
    March 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Oh My Goodness. This R&S is loaded with Information. Awesome. Beautifully assembled and what a Job done by NW. It will take me all day :cool: ;) :) to fully catch up for I am 4-5 posts in deficit. TGIF, a day to Slow TOD Jam the News…….thanks bts.

    Now back to read from Yesterday’s posts. I hope to catch up soon……will cheat…..in doing so.

    Solid GOLD for COS and Amk…….Congratulations :)

  29. March 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

  30. March 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

    They would know ….

  31. 68 yardarm756
    March 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

    G’day. Hi and goodbye!

    Repairing Hearts & Getting Older…

    A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop.

    The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike.

    The mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?”

    The surgeon a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, fix ‘em, put ‘em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

    The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic…

    “Try doing it with the engine running.”

    ***********************************************

    GETTING OLDER

    A distraught senior citizen Phoned her doctor’s office.”Is it true,” she wanted to know,”that the medication You prescribed has to be taken For the rest of my life?”

    “‘Yes, I’m afraid so,”‘ the doctor told her.

    There was a moment of silence Before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering, then, Just how serious is my condition Because this prescription is marked

    ‘NO REFILLS’.”

    ***********************

    An older gentleman was On the operating table Awaiting surgery And he insisted that his son, A renowned surgeon, Perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia, He asked to speak to his son.

    “Yes, Dad, what is it?” “Don’t be nervous, son; Do your best, And just remember, If it doesn’t go well, If something happens to me, Your mother Is going to come and Live with you and your wife….”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Aging:

    Eventually you will reach a point When you stop lying about your age And start bragging about it. This is so true. I love To hear them say “you don’t look that old…”

    ———————————

    The older we get, The fewer things Seem worth waiting in line for.

    ———————————

    Some people Try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way And some of the roads weren’t paved.

    ********************

    When you are dissatisfied And would like to go back to youth, Think of Algebra.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You know you are getting old when Everything either… Dries up or leaks.

    ——————————-

    One of the many things No one tells you about aging Is that it is such a nice change From being young.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Ah, being young is beautiful, But being old is comfortable.

    *********

    First you forget names, Then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper…. it’s worse when You forget… To pull it down.

    ““““““““

    Two guys, one old, one young, Are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart When they collide. The old guy says to the young guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife, And I guess I wasn’t paying attention To where I was going.”

    The young guy says, “That’s OK, it’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too… I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.” The old guy says, “Well, Maybe I can help you find her… What does she look like?”

    The young guy says, “Well, she is 27 yrs. Old, tall, With red hair, Blue eyes, is buxom wearing no bra, Long legs, And is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?’

    To which the old guy says, “Doesn’t matter, — let’s look for yours.”

    *********************

    (And this final one especially for me)

    “Lord, Keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth!”

    Now, if you feel this doesn’t apply to you . . . just stick around awhile . . . it eventually will!

  32. 77 japa21
    March 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

  33. 79 dotster3
    March 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Incidentally—-(in response to a tweet in post)—–I know a lot of white people who stood in line for hours to vote, including my sister and bro-in-law who stood in a line for OVER 8 hours to vote in Ft. Myers, Fl. All kinds of people were determined to vote in that presidential election, and most of them, as we found out, were Obama voters.

    • 80 0388jojothecat
      March 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Yep, Randi Rhodes lives in FL and she stayed in the long line to vote and the white GOP voters left before voting so it hurt the GOP more than DEMs.

      • 81 dotster3
        March 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

        That Ft. Myers line was mostly white and they didn’t leave (except a few elderly) and Obama won Ft. Myers.

  34. March 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Stellarrrrrrr Rise and Shine…keeps getting better and better!!

  35. 84 japa21
    March 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

  36. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    March 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

  37. 89 JER
    March 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

    LIVE NOW: The Obamas depart for Florida – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  38. March 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

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  40. March 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

  41. 93 dotster3
    March 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

    A comprehensive —–everything you need to know—-report on the gun culture in the U.S. One of the more disturbing details is the marketing of guns to kids—–selling a “My First Rifle” gun and ammo with cartoon characters on the packaging etc., NRA running shooting camps for kids, everything they can do to ensure a continuous generational population of gun nuts.

  42. 94 Linda
    March 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Tamron Hall just compared Condi Rice’s lying us in to the Iraq War to Hillary Clinton’s vote on it.

    Apparently Rice has been invited to Rutgers to speak at the Commencement and several of the Professor’s are trying to get that changed.

    Would you invite Hillary Clinton, she asked….

  43. March 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

  44. 96 57andfemale
    March 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

    It’s 41 degrees in Chicago right now. Yippee.

  45. 99 Nena20409
    March 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Prince Rogers Nelson

    Strangers touching his Hair.

  46. 100 Nena20409
    March 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    No cell Phone……Prince Rogers Nelson


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