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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama in Sioux City, IA, September 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

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Today

12:05 EDT: The President departs the White House

1:05 CDT: Arrives Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1:55 CDT: Delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014

2:50 CDT: Departs Milwaukee

5:50 EDT: Arrives the White House

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(Audio only – live video here)

9:30 EDT: Vice President Biden Speaks at Detroit’s Labor Day Parade Gathering

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Paul Krugman: The Medicare Miracle

So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven’t heard about them? Well, they haven’t been front-page news. But something remarkable has been happening on the health-spending front, and it should (but probably won’t) transform a lot of our political debate.

….. Health spending has slowed sharply, and it’s already well below projections made just a few years ago. The falloff has been especially pronounced in Medicare, which is spending $1,000 less per beneficiary than the Congressional Budget Office projected just four years ago.

…. What’s the moral here? For years, pundits and politicians have insisted that guaranteed health care is an impossible dream, even though every other advanced country has it. Covering the uninsured was supposed to be unaffordable; Medicare as we know it was supposed to be unsustainable. But it turns out that incremental steps to improve incentives and reduce costs can achieve a lot, and covering the uninsured isn’t hard at all.

When it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to health care, the message of the data is simple: Yes, we can.

Full post here

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Because it can never be read enough:

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Washington Post: U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State’s siege

Iraqi troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine.

“Amerli has been liberated,” said Mahdi Taqi, a local official who spoke by phone from inside the town after the army had entered. “There is so much joy and people are cheering in the streets.”

Sunni militants from the Islamic State group, which seized much of northern Iraq in June, had surrounded Amerli, cutting off access to supplies and electricity.

More here

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Carol Anderson (Washington Post): Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress

When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.

Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.

More here

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Mothpiece….. I. Am. Dyyyyyying:

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On This Day

Pete Souza: “Prior to the start of their working dinner during the Middle East negotiations, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel check their watches to see if it is officially sunset. During Ramadan, fasting continues throughout the day until after sunset.” Sept. 1, 2010 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama in Sioux City, IA, September 1, 2012

President Obama in Des Moines, September 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

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MoooOOOooorning!


123 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 5 Dudette
    September 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning and Happy Labot Day!

    • 6 jacquelineoboomer
      September 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Happy Labor Day, Dudette! We Do the Work! And, in honor of my grandfather who went into the coal mines in this country at age 11 (Go, Unions, keeping my own son from having to do that!), here’s a snippet from one of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes:

      ” …one will say: ‘I was a fighter pilot,’ another will say: ‘I was in the Submarine Service,’ another ‘I marched with the Eighth Army,’, a fourth will say: ‘None of you could have lived without the convoys and the Merchant seamen,’ and you, in your turn, will say, with equal pride and with equal right: ‘WE CUT THE COAL.'”

      Winston Churchill 1943

      • 7 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        September 1, 2014 at 10:08 am

        TO…ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOST WONDERFUL PLACES….I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PBO TAKE A TREK OVER TO APPALACHIA…THAT PLACE WAS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCES I HAVE EVER…EVER HAD…WE TOOK TOYS TO THE POLICE TO DISTRIBUTE AT CHRISTMAS…THAT WAS MANY YEARS AGO..BUT APPALACHIA HOLDS A DEEP AND LOVING PLACE IN MY HEART! AND…I HAD PURCHASED SOME OF THE CARVED AND SCULPTED COAL ART…AWESOMELY BEAUTIFUL!

  2. September 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Morning Mariele, morning everyone!

  3. 12 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    WATCH LIVE: VP Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day – http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/watch-live-vp-biden-speaks-in-detroit-on-labor-day/27821334

  4. 14 Dudette
    September 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

    • 15 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      September 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

      THE RIGHT WINGERS ENDANGER THIS COUNTRY WITH THEIR CONSTANT FEAR AND TRUE LACK OF TRUST AND FAITH IN GOD’S ARMOR…AND THEY ARE SOOO TWO-FACED…BEGGING FOR PBO TO DO SOMETHING WHEN THEY WOULD SHOOT HIM IN THE BACK IF THEY HAD THE CHANCE…GOD KNOWS THAT TOO!

    • 16 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      September 1, 2014 at 10:03 am

      I JUST PUT BLOW’S ARTICLE ON MY RIGHT WING FB…CAN’T WAIT FOR CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY…LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  5. September 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Morning Chips and TOD did anyone notice how much Darrel Issa resembles Hosani Mubarek? I had to look at the caption to double check.

  6. September 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Good morning and Happy Labor Day to TODville.

  7. 19 GGAIL
    September 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Good West Coast morning again to Chipsticks & TOD family. My first greeting is hanging last on the Early Bird post :D

    amk, happy to read that your m-i-l is recovering thanks to quick thinking by your daughter. Blessings to your m-i-l.

  8. 21 japa21
    September 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    GM all and a restful Labor Day to all.

  9. 23 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    September 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    LOVE THE PIX…..PBO IS GOING TO MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS TODAY…MILWAUKEE IS A GREAT MELTING POT AND WHEN I WAS LIVING THERE EVERYONE WAS GETTING ALONG JUST FINE…HOPE IT IS STILL THAT WAY BECAUSE THAT IS THE WAY GOD MEANT IT TO BE. TOMORROW..BE GOING TO JOE HOGSETT’S NEW DEM CAMPAIGN OFFICE IN INDY…GOTTA GET HIM IN AND TOSS MAYOR BALLARD IN THE GREEDGFULLLLLLL TRASH WHERE HE BELONGS!…WOOOT-WOOOT!

  10. September 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    • 27 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      September 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

      BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I………………………PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WILL BE JUST FINE!

  11. 28 Dudette
    September 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

  12. 29 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

  13. 32 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

  14. 38 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

  15. 39 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 10:03 am

  16. 44 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

  17. 47 amk for obama
    September 1, 2014 at 10:11 am

  18. 48 amk for obama
    September 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

    bt, icymi

  19. 49 arapaho415
    September 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    MOTHPIECE!!! ROFLMAO!!!

    If I were tech savvy, I’d insert a GIF of someone in hysterics — I think that’s the funniest typo yet (from someone who has spent the last month tending my Monarch caterpillars-to-butterflies brood). This is one of those things that you think of while doing some mundane task (like standing in line at a grocery store) and embarrassingly enough start laughing out loud.

    Reposting from the last thread, since I think this op-ed asks a question that Woody Guthrie would have written a song about, were he around to inspire us:

    @latimes Op-Ed today, which opens:

    “In late August 1921, long-running tensions between pro-union miners and anti-union West Virginia coal operators erupted into an armed confrontation totaling well over 10,000 men, a mess of bullets and a still-unconfirmed number of dead and wounded during five days of gunfighting at a spot called Blair Mountain. It was, in terms of people involved, the largest violent showdown between capital and labor in U.S. history.”

    And goes on to discuss a court ruling last week which overturned an earlier decision to bar The National Register of Historic Places from designating Blair Mountain WV as a National Historic Landmark…

  20. 50 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

    LOL – Little Maliheh is doubling down on her stupidity…now Obama is SCARED because she might not vote in November.

  21. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    September 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

    • 64 anniebella
      September 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Anyone with any dam sense ought not to need Barack Obama to fire up the Democratic base, all they need to do is think about what the Tea-Republican Party have done since Barack Obama have been President, the obstruction, the sabotaging, the filibuster. I have to wonder if Maliheh have any dam sense at all, because remember the last midterms in 2010 and Dems didn’t come out to vote and we got Speaker Boehner and the Tea Party running the House because our base didn’t vote. If this President can keep the Senate, gain seats in the House, Immigration will be pass.

  22. 68 dotster3
    September 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Interesting….

  23. 69 arapaho415
    September 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

  24. 71 mtmarilyn
    September 1, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Good morning, Chips and all of TODville. Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day, thanking all those who this day is for. All of us who have worked to make this country what it is. We are who we have been waiting for.

    Off to all the Labor events today.

  25. 72 dotster3
    September 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

    John Oliver reads youtube comments. (which is always a lot of fun—ha!)

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/john-oliver-reads-the-youtube-comments-and-immediately-regrets-it/

  26. September 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

  27. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    September 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Love this!

  28. 88 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    LIVE NOW: David Cameron Speaks Regarding ISIS – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  29. 90 desertflower
    September 1, 2014 at 11:02 am
  30. 92 globalcitizenlinda
    September 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

    • 93 Nena20409
      September 1, 2014 at 11:41 am

      2 of the best Known…ever sports people. Now both in their 70s.

      Great picture.

      They are known by Ali and Pele.

  31. 94 amk for obama
    September 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

    None of you thought of doing this, didja?

  32. September 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

    The lawsuit is part of a flood of recent cases — brought in California and across the nation — that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips. Worker advocates call these practices “wage theft,” insisting it has become far too prevalent..

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      September 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

      If the entire “working class” would get behind this, it would REALLY change things. Onward and upward!

      • September 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

        Yes…

        her in PA…just 6 more weeks before the close of voter registration….feeling a lil panicked….we have got to get Corbett our of office…and return some kind of sanity to the state house….

  33. 100 carolyn
    September 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Reading about the present day neocons yelling to go to war again, I’m thinking this is their last effort to build an American Empire. They tried in Iraq and that hugely failed, and this is the most recent effort on the right wing’s part. They truly want to re-incarnate the late British Empire, and are jealous of Putin’s futile attempts to reincarnate the Soviet empire. I’m going to have more to say about this idea later.

  34. 101 amk for obama
    September 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

  35. 103 africa
    September 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

  36. 107 amk for obama
    September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

  37. 111 Nena20409
    September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Wishing All TODers in US who are celebrating Labor’s Day.
    Hello TOD Community at large.
    Congrats to all the TOD Gold :star: Winners starting with this thread and 4 back.
    Thanks for the R&S. VP Biden is already out there ;) Looking Great Uncle Joe.
    Our Amk is back ;). Welcome back. Sorry to read out your MiL. Great to read that AAA+ Daughter Unit is not only a capable Doc in training, but a Lifesaver too. Bless her.
    I saw 3 mins or so of PM Cameron’s speech……Wow…..that is GW Bush on Patriot Act fear-mongering. I know why he is doing it. I just think that CYA control state is a tad too much. And I have Family members in UK.

  38. 113 desertflower
    September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Labor union endorsements and voting info and deadlines….listed for each state.

    http://uawendorsements.org/

  39. 114 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

  40. 116 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

  41. 117 desertflower
    September 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/05/148930/top-five-things-unions/

    “REPORT: Five Things Unions Have Done For All Americans”

  42. 118 desertflower
    September 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

    http://www.unionplus.org/about/labor-unions/36-reasons-thank-union

    Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?

    Weekends without work
    All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
    Paid vacation
    Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    Sick leave
    Social Security
    Minimum wage
    Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
    8-hour work day
    Overtime pay
    Child labor laws
    Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
    40-hour work week
    Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
    Unemployment insurance
    Pensions
    Workplace safety standards and regulations
    Employer health care insurance
    Collective bargaining rights for employees
    Wrongful termination laws
    Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
    Whistleblower protection laws

    Even MORE at the link….

  43. 119 Nena20409
    September 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

    The Content by which PM Cameron is operating. UK has 55-60M people. US has 318.9M
    Not France with about 60-70M is not doing what UK is doing. And France has 700 potential ISIS/ISIL members.

  44. September 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

  45. September 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

  46. September 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Great R&S Chips…
    Thanks a mil.


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