Rise and Shine

A Year Ago Today: Fredericksburg, September 13, 2012


Today (all times Eastern):

1:15: The President holds a bilateral meeting with the Amir of Kuwait; the Vice President also attends

3:35: The President and Vice President meet with Labor Leaders



Eugene Robinson: Yes, Vladimir, America is exceptional

…. when Putin tries to lecture “the American people and their political leaders” from a position of moral superiority, no one on earth can take him seriously. As for Syria, the sinister and barbarous government of dictator Bashar al-Assad would not last one week without the military hardware that Russia generously provides. Putin thus has the blood of tens of thousands of civilians on his hands.

…. To me, the concept of exceptionalism underpins Obama’s strongest argument for taking military action in Syria. When we see more than 1,400 men, women and children killed with poison gas, it is not our nature to look away. We ask ourselves whether there is anything we should do. We weigh the costs and benefits, the risks and rewards, and we do what we can. The moral case for a strike against the Assad regime is predicated on the fact that if the United States doesn’t do something, nobody will.

Yes, Mr. Putin, you can call that American exceptionalism. I like it a lot better than the Russian kind.

Full post here



USA Today: Obama’s day: A new economic adviser

President Obama closes a long week Friday by meeting with labor leaders and the Amir of Kuwait, and by tapping a new top economic adviser.

Obama is expected to announce that former White House official Jeffrey Zients will be the next director of the National Economic Council; Zients will replace Gene Sperling, who will depart at the start of next year.

….. Secretary of State John Kerry is still in Switzerland, talking with Russian officials about a plan to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons to international control; the U.S. is insisting on verification, and reserving the right to use military action.

Later this afternoon, Obama and Vice President Biden meet with labor leaders who have questions and criticism of the new health care plan.

Full post here



BBC: Kerry calls Syria chemical weapons talks ‘constructive’

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described as “constructive” talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on securing Syria’s chemical weapons.

The two men began a second day of talks in Geneva by meeting UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to discuss the wider issue of peace in Syria.

Talks between Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov on the weapons issue began on Thursday and could continue over the weekend.

Mr Kerry said they were working hard to find “common ground”.

The BBC’s Paul Adams in Geneva says this is a moment of diplomatic momentum over Syria that has not been seen for a couple of years and both parties want to make the most of that.

More here




ThinkProgress: How Obamacare Could Revolutionize Addiction Treatment

Obamacare’s treatment of alcoholism and other drug addiction as chronic diseases that must be covered by insurance plans could lead to as many as 40 million Americans entering rehabilitation programs, according to California Health Report.

Government data shows that about 24 million Americans aged 12 and older require treatment for a substance abuse issue — but only 11 percent of them received it at a specialty facility. These facilities charge an average of $4,000 for admission, and even outpatient facilities cost an average of $1,500 per course of treatment.

Obamacare could help eliminate those cost barriers for people seeking treatment. “I don’t think there’s another illness that will be more affected by the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Thomas McLellan, former deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy…

More here



ThinkProgress: Don’t Worry, Young People Won’t Avoid Signing Up For Obamacare

Uninsured young people are eager to sign up for health care coverage, a new Reuters survey finds, suggesting that the new health care exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act could attract enough healthy people to “offset the costs of covering sicker Americans and keep the system afloat financially.”

Half of Americans between the ages of 18 through 34 support the health care law, the poll found, while one-third of “young adults in the poll said they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to buy insurance through their state’s exchange.” As Sharon Begley writes, if half of that population follows through and purchases coverage, “the White House would easily meet its goal of getting 2.7 million young adults – out of about 16 million uninsured 19-to-29-year-olds – to buy Obamacare insurance for 2014.”

More here



ThinkProgress: D.C. United Sign On To Help Promote Obamacare

Major League Soccer’s D.C. United have signed on to help promote DC Health Link, the health care exchange that opens in just three weeks as part of Obamacare, President Obama’s major health care reform law. United are the second major franchise to agree to promote the law, after the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens agreed to partner with the state of Maryland to promote an exchange there.

United will promote the law through on-field activities, public address announcements, and tailgating at RFK Stadium, United’s home, during an October 4 home game….

More here




Steve Benen: House GOP like a jukebox that only plays one song

….. Their irrational, wild-eyed hatred of “Obamacare” has become all consuming, GOP lawmakers can apparently think of little else. Real work is pushed to the backburner so symbolic “message” votes like these can make the right feel better about itself.

Indeed, it’s this mindless contempt for the moderate health care law that’s become all-consuming for congressional Republicans – it’s why a government shutdown is increasingly likely and why the GOP may very well trash the full faith and credit of the United States next month for the first time in American history.

“Obamacare,” in other word, has pushed Republicans to madness, for no particular reason….

Full post here



Business Insider: You Can’t Resist The Medicaid Expansion — Another Republican Governor Wants In

Even though conservatives want to resist Obamacare implementation in any way they can, nine of 30 Republican governors have pushed for their states to participate in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. It looks like that number is about to rise to 10.

According to various publications Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) will announce on Monday a plan for his state to expand Medicaid …. Corbett, like other Republican governors, is in a tough position. Conservatives are obsessed with blocking Obamacare and they don’t want states to participate in any way, even if the federal government will pay substantially all the costs. But when Republican state officials decline to participate, they will have to explain to both medical providers and potential Medicaid beneficiaries that they turned down free federal money just to spite the president.

More here



TPM: Florida Takes Obamacare Obstruction To Whole New Level

The Florida Department of Health took a big step toward obstructing Obamacare outreach this week — then almost immediately walked it back Thursday, at least in one of the state’s biggest counties.

The state health department quietly sent a directive Monday to local county health departments, telling them that Obamacare’s so-called navigators — federally funded groups that are charged with helping people sign up for coverage under the law — would not be allowed to do outreach in their offices.

…. County Commissioner Kenneth Welch, a Democrat, told TPM that the actions of the state health department, which is under the authority of Gov. Rick Scott, a vehement Obamacare opponent, were “purely political.”

“It makes no sense whatsoever. It’s ridiculous,” said Welch, whose county is the sixth-largest in Florida. “They’re reaching for any way to obstruct anything that’s related to the Affordable Care Act.”

More here



TPM: Revealed: The Secret Koch Group That Gave Conservatives $236 Million In 2012

An almost completely unknown group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has identified itself as the secret source of almost a quarter of a billion dollars received by conservative political groups in 2012.

The group, Freedom Partners, raised $256 million in the year following its creation in November 2011, and made grants totaling $236 million to conservative groups, according to Politico, which was shown a draft of an IRS document the group plans to file shortly. As Politico put it, the upshot of Freedom Partners’ revelation is that “a totally unknown group was the largest sugar daddy for conservative groups in the last election, second in total spending only to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.”

More here



The Hill: Biden calls House GOP ‘Neanderthals’

Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called House Republicans “Neanderthals” for initially opposing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).”

“I’m going to say something outrageous,” Biden said at a party at his home in Washington to celebrate the 19th anniversary of VAWA …. “I think I understand the Senate better than any man or women who’s ever served in there, and I think I understand the House … I was surprised this last time … The idea we still had to fight? We had to fight to reauthorize [VAWA]?”

Biden then blamed “this sort of Neanderthal crowd” in the House for initially opposing the legislation.

“Did you ever think we’d be fighting over, you know, 17, 18 years later to reauthorize this?,” he asked.

More here



A Year Ago Today:

Ricky Watson of Littleton, Colorado wipes tears from his eyes after he thanked President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado, September 13, 2012. Watson was kicked out of the Air Force 25 years ago for being gay.



MooooOOOOoooorning! A billion, trillion, zillion, gazillion thanks to UT for all of yesterday’s posts after I had to disappear again – Chelsea Girl is soooOOOooomething else.

130 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. September 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    All the world’s gone bonkers today. Sheesh!!!

  2. September 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Good Friday Morning, Chipsticks, TODer…Everyone!!

    Prayers for the survival and well-being of all those who have been impacted by floods, fires, and other devastation(s) that have taken place.

    I hope that everyone has a fantastic start to their weekend and don’t get caught up in the “reality show type drama” that the MSM and the political extremists have created.

    • 8 Layla
      September 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

      THIS!!!!!!! “reality show type drama” that the MSM and the political extremists have created. Personally I am tired of hearing about what they are saying!!! We all know what they are going to say before they say it! I continue to ignore them

      • 9 Layla
        September 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

        Oooops! Goof morning everyone! Have a wonderful day!

      • September 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

        More and more I am hearing people say that they are taking a break from the MSM, mainly because they are tired of listening to them trying to take every event and turn it into a negative for President Obama.

        Trying to duplicate the formula used by Faux News is not working for the other networks. In their quest to expand their audience, they are driving away their current viewers.

        • 12 ericfive
          September 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

          I’m not sure it is a “quest to expand their audience”. They are peddling pro-GOP/anti-PBO propaganda. The MSM’s attempt to hurt PBO politically seems to trump all other considerations including ratings. An excellent example of this is MSNBC sticking with Chris Hayes.

  3. 13 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Morning everyone. Congrats, Zizi on first!!

  4. September 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Morning Chips and TOD.. Holy Moly! Huge R&s! Thanks for all you do for us.

  5. September 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Goooooood moorrnnnningggg, Chipstar and TODville. Happy Friday to the best community on the innerwebtubes.


  6. 17 utaustinliberal
    September 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Fabulous Rise and Shine Chips. ObamaCare is leading the way and doing so much good!

    • September 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Thanks a gazillion UT, so much great Obamacare news out there – and thank you again soooooooo much for all of yesterday’s brilliant posts. When I got back from my (unexpected) travels, I was able to catch up with all the news thanks to yooooooooou!

  7. 19 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

    • 20 Linda
      September 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

      She has been very aggressive lately on calling out her colleagues on live TV and challenging their nonsense..

      • 21 57andfemale
        September 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Too bad she has to re-build her credibility after her stint on the ABC Sunday morning show, where her impression of Stephanopoulous was distressing. She’s got some work to do to win back a lot of us.

  8. 22 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Excellent round up. Thanks, Chips.

  9. 24 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

  10. 26 vcprezofan2
    September 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Holy Toledo, Chipsticks, THIS is going way too far!!!!! You expect us to read all that you have gathered together in the Rise & Shine, including the links, TODAY!!! 🙄

    I suppose I should be appreciative and say ‘Thank you for a very ‘THOROUGH’ R & S’, but…..gulp……I…..just can’tgetthroughallofitquickly!

    Good Morning, TODobots!

    Morning, Chips! I see you are trying to slow me down from the word ‘go’, but I won’t let you. I’m off to read & follow the links. THANKS! (maybe 😉 )

    Have a good day! It’s Friday, after all……………………….. and the recent attack in Afghanistan was unsuccessful!

  11. 31 utaustinliberal
    September 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Spread the good news.

    • 32 57andfemale
      September 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

      And let’s still get his ass out of the PA governor’s mansion.

    • 34 Vicki
      September 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Yay! for the Ravens and United. yay! for 10th GOP gov. accepting Medicaid expansion. Yay! for young people signing up for what is good for them. Yay! for Walgreens Rite-aide CVS for implementing ACA.
      Obamacare is a Great program. Bet whoever in GOP that coined what they meant as a pejorative is killing himself by now.
      200 years from now healthy Americans will still be thanking our President.

  12. 35 vcprezofan2
    September 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    There are some really, really smart babies and toddlers around; hope for America’s future! My barometer of smartness? = the way some of them totally relax when they are in the arms of FLOTUS or POTUS. Really smart kids making excellent use of opportunities presented to them! 😀

  13. 36 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    • 37 99ts
      September 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Nothing good comes to anyone “replying” to a speech of PBO – and this one was made BEFORE the President spoke. Rand Paul is done.

  14. 38 vcprezofan2
    September 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Morning & congrats on your excellent positioning, Zizi! I was going through my twitter feed last night to update the list of people I follow and noticed you were the very first on my list! 😀 I can’t even remember when I actually made the plunge to join and didn’t even remember that I ‘knew’ you then. I only got through about a third of my list before taking a break until my next cleaning time though.

  15. 41 japa21
    September 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

    GM all TODvillians, purveyors of truth and justice and , yes, the American way. There is a difference between saying the US is exceptional because the people are so much better than other people around the world and saying that America is exceptional because of our values as a nation and our sense of responsibility to do the right thing. The first is repugnant, the second is what PBO is referring to. We may not be the only country that has the same values, but all the others do look to us to lead.

    And as to lecturing, well, Bush was quite good at that (remember “you are either with us or against us”?) but PBO is not a lecturer. In his address to the nation, he was lecturing the world, but reminding Americans of what this country stands for and what that means.

    Sure, we, as a country, have f–ked up a few times (more than a few), but I will still hold our record up and say I am proud of this country because we usually try to get it right.

    So when Chris Hayes, the smug little punk sayus that now we know what it is to be lectured to, thanks to Putin’s OpEd, he is missing the point. It is not that we are lecturing to other countries (specially under PBO) but that we are explaining who we are and what is important to us. No President has done more to talk about the right of other peoples to feel proud about their countries than this one, but he also speaks out against those behaviors of the governments of other countries which are offensive to anyone who believes in basic human rights.

    This has been a very interesting week, and the next few hold the promise of being just as interesting.

    And the President will continue to be bashed from both the left and right. But there has not been a President since Lincoln (and we know how things impacted him) who is more psychologically structured to handle this and who is more willing to put his personal feelings aside to do what is best for this country and this world.

    • September 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

      So right on Japa. I look forward to when Chris Hayes gets the ax, although he will probably be replaced with another Emotarian idiot. Thank you

    • 43 ericfive
      September 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Very true Japa. The country in general, and the GOP in particular, are lucky that PBO is nothing like Nixon (despite what that idiot Jon Stewart said at the height of the fake IRS “scandal”). All the abuse PBO takes day after day would harden a lesser man’s heart.

  16. 44 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Yikes, Gretchen Carlson. Whew!

    • September 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

      That video cracked me up Africa, what an absolute idiot!

      • 46 africa
        September 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

        “What an absolute idion!”

        And she is a Stanford University graduate. Oy.

        You wonder how they look themselves in the mirror with the plethora of lies.

        • 47 africa
          September 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

          make that “idiot.”

        • September 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

          Seriously Africa?? A Stanford grad? Goooood grief. I always thought of Megyn Kelly as smart and poisonous, but Carslon as stupid and poisonous, crikey.

          • 49 dotster3
            September 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

            Well—-Carlson is from Michelle Bachmann land in Mn.—–one of them was the other’s babysitter—–never got that straightened out—or cared enough to clear it up. All I know is that something bad happened to the 2 of them there one day —–maybe a lightening strike that left them both ‘Clueless in Seattle’. (a mr. dotsterism)

          • 51 africa
            September 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

            Yep, that girl is an idiot.

            On that note, have a splendid day, Chips, TODers.

            I am off to work.

            And everyone please pray for my son and his football team. He plays on the varsity team at his Catholic School. I hate everything about the game. I think it is too violent. But my child loves it.

            It is holy horror for me every Friday night, especially when my kid is on the field. I find myself going through all kinds of rituals. I go because he needs me there. But Lordy, what a pain.

            On the bright side, they are number one in the area, 2-0, he leads his school in defensive tackles so far.

            So, when I say pray for him and his team, I mean it. But pray for me, too. If you don’t pray, send me positive energy, etc. I will report back after the game tonight or tomorrow.

            Have a blessed day everyone.

            Chips, thanks for this wonderful place.

  17. 53 japa21
    September 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

  18. 54 anniebella
    September 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I love that church sign. So marriage is suppose to be between one man and one woman, does not matter if that man or woman been married ten times or more.

  19. 55 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

  20. September 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

    All these photos are arresting. The gay man who was booted from the Air Force hugging POTUS and then wiping a tear chokes me up. What a moment for him, at last. And kids hugging our FLOTUS just always puts me in the right mood.

  21. 57 dotster3
    September 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Yay! Chips is here! All is right with the world! Well——in this corner anyway. We’ve gone from boiling to freezing (40’s) here in Ill-i-noise. Good for snoozing and perkiness. A perky Fri. to y’all!

  22. 59 japa21
    September 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

  23. 60 Don
    September 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

    It has gotten to the point now that I can’t wait to get up in the morning just to read about how President Obama has outsmarted the Republicans once again.

  24. 63 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

  25. 64 vcprezofan2
    September 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I like that ‘whiner’ at the end of WWW – Could we get one (picture) without the hairnet? ‘Ask, and ye shall receive.’

  26. 66 africa
    September 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

  27. 69 japa21
    September 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

    • 70 ericfive
      September 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Won’t happen. GOP would piss off Wall Street if they allow nation to default. They will talk ALOT of shit, make all kinds of threats and cave, same as they did last time. Of course the MSM, including “liberal media” will try to instill fear and panic. As for a gov’t shutdown, that would hand the House to dems in 2014 and the GOP knows that.

      • 71 japa21
        September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Normally, I would agree with you, but the crazies that are in the House right now don’t care what the big money people do and Boehner is to afraid to try to do something without their approval.

        • 72 ericfive
          September 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

          We shall see, but IMHO they all care what the big money people want. Boner will probably suspend the Hastert rule to get something thru the House via a coalition of Dems and sane republicans.

  28. 73 dotster3
    September 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    🙂 “I still don’t think I need a speech writer, but they keep telling me I do, and you seem nice enough.”
    Jon Favreau speaking at U. of Illinois last night, telling about first meeting then state senator, Barack Obama….

  29. 75 amk for obama
    September 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Yay. My south africa cave has been upgraded to 21st century today.

    Now I am ready & eager to troll you all.

  30. 94 Gazelle
    September 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

    [They’re changing lipstick color at Cuccinelli’s campaign. Hahahhaha! BREAKING: He’s still a pig!]:

    Some senior staff members working to get Ken Cuccinelli elected governor have had their roles redefined in a move that insiders say was made to reinvigorate the Republican’s campaign.

    The announcement at a Monday meeting in the campaign’s Springfield headquarters came as Cuccinelli tries to reframe his race with Democrat Terry McAuliffe. It was also made as anxious supporters and donors take note of recent polls showing Cuccinelli trailing.

    Staff members were shown an organizational chart clarifying the duties of campaign manager Dave Rexrode, senior adviser Chris LaCivita and deputy campaign manager Meredith Wall in the run-up to the Nov. 5 election, according to sources familiar with the meeting. […..]


  31. 104 japa21
    September 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

  32. 105 HZ
    September 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Good Morning my beautiful Chips and TOD family. A beautiful sunny day out west. What a lovely R&S, Chips. The lovely photo of our FLOTUS with the little precious one is priceless. These young ones will carry on for all of us,however, we must set the foundation for them to do so.
    Thanks to Chips and our TOD family we will have a significant part in that process.

    The young man hugging POB brought me to tears. Just so moving.

    Prayers already sent forth, candles are glowing in the rooms, music playing, and tea is delicious. And most of all President Barack Obama is in the Oval Office. That is one thing I give thanksgiving for this morning. And our VP Joseph Biden is right there doing his great work alongside of our great president. What a great team!!!!

    Now everyone have a great day, and remember that we have a wonderful spirit of a great and humble man in the White House, President Barack Obama. That should give everyone here a beautiful Friday Smile. Glorious. We are going to be fine as long as we stay focused, stay true to who we are, and stay close to our president with great support and great respect. No, he is not a perfect man; he even told us that himself, but one thing, I believe is so true; he will always tell the American people the truth. Pray for him. Lift him up into your positive energy zone, and keep good thoughts flowing for those who are still trying to find a steady place within their lives to keep food on the table, keep that job; look for that job; and feel their precious children and take care of those seniors who have no one. We are our brothers and sisters keepers. Let us continue to help POB and VP Biden do the right and good things for all Americans.

    We have work to still get done, but we Will Get It Done. Move FORWARD and TRUST POB. ((((((( Africa, lots of loving prayers)))))))))HZ

    • 106 Layla
      September 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Great morning my angel!!! I always look for your wonderful words of wisdom and prayers.I look to the Lord! Have a blessed day! Love!

      • 107 HZ
        September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Good Morning, my lovely angel as well. I have your candle lit this morning. I am praying for your best in whatever state you are going through. You are not alone. I look to the Lord for both of us. We will get through this as well. You have a lovely, joyful, and fruitful day, my dear Layla. Remember, goodness comes with lots of loving ((((((((((((((( Layla))))))))))))))) from my arms to yours. Be peaceful in your space, my dear one.HZ

  33. 108 Gazelle
    September 13, 2013 at 11:18 am


    Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, Mississippi still hasn’t spent almost $1 billion in federal money dedicated to recovery from the storm.

    The remaining $872 million is part of $5.5 billion Congress gave the state to rebound from Katrina, which struck in August 2005, killed 238 people in Mississippi and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, most heavily in coastal counties. […..]


    • 109 Don
      September 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Mississippi like other states that are run by backwards ass governors that received monies from FEMA and other federal agencies, they used that money to cover gaping holes in their budgets that were caused by cutting taxes for the rich.

  34. 110 Layla
    September 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Are you all drinking your water today!!!

  35. 113 Gazelle
    September 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

    {Florida, Florida, Florida! Good grief! Oh, take a guess on the man’s race!]:

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Walking down the road, minding his own business, one First Coast man says he was assaulted by a Police Officer and thrown in jail for no reason.

    When he was tried for the crime, a judge threw out the case half way through the trial.

    Bobby Wingate said the incident occurred on Oliver Street in Arlington.

    The last time Wingate walked down the road, he said he called 9-1-1 to protect himself from the police. […..]

    […..] According to court papers uncovered by First Coast News at the federal courthouse, Wingate was walking down the road in December when a JSO Police Officer stopped him and asked to talk.

    When he told the officer he was running late for an appointment, the officer cited him for walking on the wrong side of the road.

    According to court papers the officer then hit Wingate in the face and engaged his Taser. That’s when Wingate called 9-1-1.

    Wingate spent a night in jail, and the State Attorney’s Office took the case to trial.

    He was charged with resisting arrest without violence, and walking down the wrong side of the road.

    But in court, the officer testified he wasn’t sure what side of the road Wingate was on.


  36. September 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Longtime lurker! Thanks for positive spirit that enfuses this site – your words and pictures bring great cheer to me and I know you have the President’s back!
    Keep up the great work

  37. 117 57andfemale
    September 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I want spaghetti. I have stuffed peppers at home (Jerry did a great job). They have a little rice in them. Will that quell my starch craving?

    • 118 Layla
      September 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I am afraid not!!! I am a spaghetti addict I must confess!

      • 119 57andfemale
        September 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        That the second post that should have gone IM to my girl friend. I need a vacation. At least I’m not swearing like a truck driver or saying anything else embarrassing. A craving for spaghetti is somewhat normal.

  38. 120 57andfemale
    September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

    The only time I could get my hair cut on Saturday was 4:00. That screws up my day. Although I should try the new Mariano’s that across the street from the hair salon.

    • 121 57andfemale
      September 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Oh, God, blog tyrant DELETE. I thought I was IM’g my friend. Do u people care about when I get my hair cut? God, thank God it’s FRIDAY.

      • 122 Layla
        September 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

        Of course we do!!!! We want to see pics!! lol

      • 124 57andfemale
        September 13, 2013 at 11:59 am

        My excuse – having to listen yesterday to my RW accountant try to tell me how bad Obamacare was going to be. Because no young person would be dumb enough to pay for insurance. And….and….. the way it’s structured it’s going to lead to SINGLE PAYER – oh, the horrors!!!!!!

        All I could do to not laugh out loud.

        Then she tells me that her husband was able to retire from the Army Reserve and it was going to be GREAT because she would no longer have to pay $24,000/year for health insurance that doesn’t cover her asthma and she’ll get free health care.

        But it was HORRIBLE that the poor insurance companies now had to cover claims and pre-existing conditions and wellness. Single payer is terrible and yet she’s thrilled she will be part of — wait for it — a single payer insurance system because the military will be paying for her 45 year old husband and her health care.

        She was hi-larious.

      • 125 japa21
        September 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        But definitely try the new Mariano’s. We go there, buy a steak or chicken breasts, whatever. They will grill it for you right there to your specifications, including any spices you want, for no charge. We time it so we head right home afterwards and eat.

        And they are good to their employees.

        • 126 57andfemale
          September 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm

          Are you kidding? They will cook it to my specifications?! I didn’t know that. That is fantastic! It will be really convenient to run over there after my haircut.

          They carry lettuces, arugula, fresh spices, etc. from a company that grows hydroponic crops in a converted factory in a neighboring suburb. ALL communities should consider that – you can buy local all year long. Organic too, I’m pretty sure.

  39. 127 japa21
    September 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

    • 128 Nena20409
      September 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Well, come to think of it…..it fits, doesn’t it?

      Democrats and democracy…….”ts” and “cy” that is the Only difference. Today in a continued “dumb down” the nation……that is it. Simplistic and to the point.

      Lee Atwater was the master.

      Unions. Teachers. Working Class.

      The only Vacuum is that DNC stopped educating and went Corporate. Hardly anyone stand 24/7 and firmly to defend the forgotten Unabashedly like Teddy Kennedy did.

      Dems need to get back to basics.

  40. 129 Gazelle
    September 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

    [One day soon these arses will be gone too. 🙂 ]

    Conservative activists in five rural Maryland counties are fed up with what they see as the tyranny of a democratically elected state government they don’t control. They’re so frustrated that they want to secede and form their own deep red state.

    Bizarre as it seems, the effort is part of a trend. In Colorado, up to 10 rural counties want to break off and form a new state called Northern Colorado. A handful of counties in Kansas and Nebraska are reportedly thinking about joining them. Several counties in Northern California are hoping to combine with a chunk of Southern Oregon to form the state of Jefferson – an old idea that apparently hasn’t gone out of fashion. And folks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula fed up with Lansing have also been kicking around the idea of cutting loose.

    […..] Those divides are even more dramatic in Maryland, where a 26-point gap in presidential preferences separates the five counties considering secession from the rest of the state. Breakaway Maryland is 85 percent white, while whites make up just 51 percent of the population in the rest of the counties, according to a Washington Post analysis.

    […..] But it’s a powerful myth, and if one believes that one’s political opponents are violating the nation’s founding principles, it’s easy to dismiss the legitimacy of their positions. Scott Strzelczyk, the Maryland activist organizing that state’s secession campaign, lamented in February that “the rules that govern government – the Constitution – are ignored and government does whatever it desires.”

    […..] Unfortunately, these activists are in for a rude awakening. The movement has been roundly mocked. And it faces almost insurmountable obstacles – in order to secede, they’d need not only the approval of their state legislatures, but that of the United States Congress as well.

    But as Jamie Raskin, a Democratic Maryland state senator and constitutional law expert put it, “the rhetoric of secession today is the language of a protest movement, not a serious campaign to change political geography.”

    Complete article here: http://billmoyers.com/2013/09/12/batty-secession-schemes-gain-a-foothold-among-rural-conservatives/

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