Rise and Shine – And Chat On

 On This Day: President Barack Obama looks at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on Aug. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



Morning again everyone!


146 Responses to “Rise and Shine – And Chat On”

  1. 27 99ts
    August 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    GM Ms Chips – and I think I have so many pictures of the grandbabe – you must have millions more of PBO – and I love them all. Pete Souza will be able to fill a dozen libraries!

    • August 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Morning/evening 99ts! I remember Pete Souza saying in an interview that he could take 1,000 (or maybe he said more??) photos in one day. A 1,000! And apparently he’s not allowed delete any of them – so can you imagine how many he has by now!

      • 29 99ts
        August 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

        PBO probably easier to photograph than grandbabe 🙂 – She has reached the age of deliberately turning from the camera – and laughing!

        The President probably would like to do that some days – especially when the WHPC photographers are on the loose.

      • 30 HZ
        August 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

        GM, my beautiful Chips. I always am lifted up with the photos that you start off with to greet us. So many memories to reflect on, TY. Yes, I do remember our wonderful Pete Souza saying that as well. And you are so correct, he cannot delete any one of those. They are files via another honored person for the archives and are not allowed to be tampered with until the golden directions come down from the final voice. Well, anyway there is a very, very close handling of each photo that he takes. Great to know. Remember, Pete Souza saying, “I am the luckiest ……… in the world to have this job.” And we are all so blessed and happy that he is the one taking those priceless photos daily of our wonderful President, Barack Obama. What an honor of a job!!!! Blessings to our Pete Souza.HZ

        • 31 mtmarilyn
          August 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

          HZ, I sent you a request to follow you on twitter, did you get it?

          • 32 HZ
            August 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

            Hi, mtmarilyn, I did not see. I do not check my messages like I should. Of course, I would love the honor or honoring your request to follow me. I am going there now. If it is still there, I will do it immediately. If not, I will let you know and please send me another one.
            Lots of loving hugs to you. {{{{{{{mtmarilyn}}}}}}}}HZ

            • 33 mtmarilyn
              August 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm

              Now I can’t find you, so if you could follow me @mtmarilyn2 I will follow back. HZ you are such an inspiration to us, thank you for being who you are. I love this community. We will make it thru this time I know it. #TrustBarack

  2. 34 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

    In HI, Schartz beats Hanabusa in the Senate Primary race.

  3. 36 desertflower
    August 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Good Saturday morning to everyone! I made it through the first week back to school…no scrapes, no scratches. Kids are fabulous. That is all:)
    Look at the stunning pic of the President gazing at the specacular Grand Canyon…if you haven’t actually seen it, put it on your bucket list. One of nature’s wonders, for sure. Know that some Republicans ( IN ARIZONA!) wouldn’t mind digging that up for uranium…THAT’S their idea of “job creation” WTH. Little fun fact from sandland.

    • August 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Agree wholeheartedly.

      One of the vistas that takes your breath away.

      For those in the snowy Northeast and Midwest (japa21, are you interested?), highly recommend a trip in the winter, say around Valentine’s Day.

      Book a night or two in a B&B in the Flagstaff area, and enjoy the snow-dusted Grand Canyon.

      I was in Flagstaff in mid-February one year — my car’s outside temp read-out said 18F degrees, but there was NO ICE because it was so dry, there was no puddles or dew to form the ice.

  4. 38 desertflower
    August 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    OH! Don..congrats to you on your FIRST PLACE this morning 🙂 Terrific job!

    • 39 Don
      August 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thank you desertflower, it was a hard fight, many people were against me but I kept my head down and pressed forward.

      • 40 desertflower
        August 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

        way to soldier through:)

        • 41 HZ
          August 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

          Love reading Don’s comments. Don, you make my heart happy, you and Chips going back and forth as well as vc. Do not ever stop. Love it. HZ

          Desertflower {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Welcome Back Beautiful Teacher}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I pray for a great year for you, my deserfflower. Thanks for all that you do for the precious children. Oh, what memories of the starting days. Enjoy, my love.HZ

  5. August 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Congrats to you Don 🙂

  6. August 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Good morning all, Congrats to Don. df, Thrilled you made it through your first week. Thirty plus years in education, have lots of memories and especially that first week. Saw jackie’s good news on last thread. Wonderful news!!! That was a sad and sober reminder of news I received yesterday. A young woman who used to work for my husband in VA passed away early yesterday after battling breast cancer for 5 years. She battled and fought and battled some more…….any kind of treatment, she tried. She leaves three young daughters: 10, 8 and almost 7. Heartbreaking. I dread having to tell my husband when I can talk with him again. He is in Me and no signal until tomorrow morning. btw, doing a VERY difficult and dangerous part of the AT today. Prayers appreciated!

    • 48 desertflower
      August 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

      😦 so, so sorry to hear this, tnmtngirl.

    • August 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

      So, so sad.

      What a terrible shock it will be for your husband, so far away.

      I worked with a young woman (in her early 30s) who succumbed to this awful disease. Can only imagine how your friend’s young children are doing — they may be too young to fully understand now, but they’ll feel her loss forever.

      ((( tnmtngirl, Mr. tnmtngirl, family of friend )))

  7. 51 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 10:37 am


    But NBC/WSJ said what again?

  8. 54 99ts
    August 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Our PM has to be the GWB of down under – every time he opens his mouth he gets it wrong – please tell me we will not be stupid enough to vote for him again – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • 55 Don
      August 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

      This guy is a piece of work, Julia Gillard he ain’t.

      • 56 99ts
        August 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

        He makes Gov Perry look intelligent – well – maybe that’s a stretch – but he has to apologise for everything he says – and when he’s not doing that he is apologising for what the ministers in his government are saying – sigh.

  9. 57 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Perfect example of Hos The Press Cover “Ds” and “Rs” Nowadays. The Ds are covered with impunity, Certitude and with Heavy accusatory tones. By the Rs are covered with always, a slant and charges of Dems Partisan memes.

    • 58 Don
      August 16, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I live ten minutes outside of Austin Texas; this fucking numb-nut governor should have been indicted a long time ago. The guy had a ranch named “N****rhead” for Christ sakes.

  10. August 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Good Morning Family!

  11. 60 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

    • 61 desertflower
      August 16, 2014 at 10:48 am


    • 62 Nena20409
      August 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

      I am grateful fro these two women. Voting is an equalizer. 2/3 of Ferguson residents are African Americans. In the last election….of the 22K residents…..I read yesterday that ONLY 1,500 voted. I have not researched it myself. So take it with loads of skepticism.

      • August 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

        Well, the voters have to have someone to vote *for*. As long as we do not have the list of candidates and their stories ….

        • 64 Nena20409
          August 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

          Any change is better than the status quo. The shock of electing a different person….starts to shake up things.

          • August 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

            the power of the ballot is not just in getting folks elected…it is the ground organization and the process….if folks are registered…that is the power waiting to be exercised…one thing I have learned…politicians take notice of communities that are organized and that vote…for instance in my division….there are over 600 people registered to vote…yet only a 3rd of those people cast votes in the last primary….just imagine what have happened if over 500 people had come out to cast their ballots…..

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      August 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Alderman Reed (@PresReed) is on MSNBC this morning, speaking truth to power. And since he’s part of the power structure in the Greater St. Louis area, what he’s saying is touching on the truth about matters such as the FOIA request that the chief lied about yesterday, after he distributed it to the full media (and not, for instance, to the entity which requested it, which is the norm and only requirement under the Act – not that anybody did request it, since the press didn’t even know about it).

  12. 67 desertflower
    August 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Read what I missed this morning and just wanted to say {{{{jackiegrumbacher}}}}} and hopefruit…awesome post! Agreed.

  13. August 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

    PF58 posted a link to this on the previous thread (ran out of room to credit her in the tweet 😦 ).

    This should be required reading for every US journalist in order to be certified as a journalist:

    • 69 Don
      August 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

      There’s really no amount of training that these so called journalist can take to help them effectively deal with Ferguson. There is no amout of diversity training to help cops deal with black communities. And I’m sick and tired of every time a cop kills a black kid everyone shouts out that cops need more training in diversity. By the time a cop puts on a badge and a gun he or she should already know how to treat a fellow human being with respect. As if a person needs some sort of special training to not kill an unarmed child.

  14. 72 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Thus far, MHP is doing a better job of what is going on in Ferguson. The Psychological aspect is telling. Indeed, heartening.

  15. 73 amk for obama
    August 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

  16. 76 desertflower
    August 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

    This should be mandatory for every single police force around the country. Trade in those flipping war surplus items and get something like this that will hold them all accountable for their actions! Can someone send this all over the place?


    Here Is What Happened When Police STARTED WEARING CAMERAS In Realto, California…..

    • 77 desertflower
      August 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

      More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/us/in-california-a-champion-for-police-cameras.html?_r=3&

      Rialto has become the poster city for this high-tech measure intended to police the police since a federal judge last week applauded its officer camera program in the ruling that declared New York’s stop-and-frisk program unconstitutional. Rialto is one of the few places where the impact of the cameras has been studied systematically.

      In the first year after the cameras were introduced here in February 2012, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent compared with the previous 12 months. Use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent over the same period.

      And while Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg railed against the federal court, which ordered New York to arm some of its own police officers with cameras, the Rialto Police Department believes it stands as an example of how effective the cameras can be. Starting Sept. 1, all 66 uniformed officers here will be wearing a camera during every shift.

      “When you put a camera on a police officer, they tend to behave a little better, follow the rules a little better,” Chief Farrar said. “And if a citizen knows the officer is wearing a camera, chances are the citizen will behave a little better.”

  17. 79 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

  18. 80 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    • 81 Nena20409
      August 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I would seriously prefer that this revive include seriously in the Use, Deployment and conduct/training of those using these Militarized equipment.

      These communities were given these massive Militarized equipment for Terrorism attacks……Not to terrorized fellow citizens.

    • August 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

      This review is warranted by the events in Ferguson. Happy that it is happening.

    • August 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Arming the cops is only one facet of the problem…we are arming the citizen as well…Stonekettle mentions this in his article…



      While it’s true that our police forces have up-armored, so has the civilian population.

      We’re armed to the fucking teeth, we Americans.
      Or did you miss those Tea Party rallies, the gun shows, all those militias, or those pictures from the Bundy Ranch? And the gangs and the criminals toting semi-auto armor piecing weaponry. Guns fill our stores, our homes, and our streets and a loud vocal well funded fraction of Americans wants more guns, more more more.
      And what? You think cops should face that armed populace with their trusty old .38s and a smile? C’mon.

      The body armor and the assault rifles? Well, hell, folks when you’re facing militia in body armor and armed with assault rifles, what the fuck do you expect? That’s what happens with escalation, one side up-armors, so the other side up-armors, so the first side up-armors more, which means the other side has … well, you get the idea.


      and all this talk of reviewing the custom of giving military war weapons to police forces…even to the point of a congressman introducing legislation…but where is legislation to keep military-style weapons out of the hands of civilians…doing background checks…limiting magazine rounds…crickets!!!!…

      this all reeks of hypocrisy to me…

      • August 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        Thanks for this. I’ve maintained this stance a long time. For the police who are worthy of our respect, they need to feel they can do their job effectively and not be out-armed by civilians. The nuts have been ruling the roost too long.

  19. 85 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    • 86 desertflower
      August 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

      They’e make this site so much easier and accessible to everyone. No need for password or any of that mess now…sign this petition and encourage others to do it as well…

      • August 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

        df, don’t know if you saw this but they hired the guy who helped fix the Obamacare website to come in and fix all the govt sites to be more efficient and user friendly. Expect more great improvements!

        BTW, I read that Josh is out on paternity leave so he isn’t the voice this week.

        • 88 desertflower
          August 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

          well..kudos to them for a job well done! I used to get frustrated trying to remember my password and all the other stuff on that WH site for petitions! much, much much more user friendly now:) As it should be…Power to the People!

    • 89 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

      This is one law that could be very effective in reducing the number of cop murders of unarmed youth.

    • 92 99ts
      August 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

      The police always have the answer – via lgf
      New Orleans Cop Turns off Body Cam before Shooting Man

      (Not thinking it should not happen Dudette – but there is always someone – protected by his/her superior officer – who bypasses the law)

  20. 95 mtmarilyn
    August 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Good morning TODville, today the Montana Dems choose the person to replace John Walsh as our Senate candidate. It’s between Dirk Adams and Amanda Curtis. I like them both. In a perfect world I would choose Amanda Curtis, she is a high school teacher and very progressive. Dirk Adams is a rancher who use to be in banking and has lots of money. He has changed his positions, but I think he has changed as we all have changed. He also has money and our Repub Daines has the Koch brothers backing him and he is everywhere lying thru his teeth about his positions. I have heard rumors that the DSCC is going to pull out and not fund here. I truly believe we can win with either candidate. I’ll let you know as soon as we know. I’ll be late today.

    • 96 Judith Fardig
      August 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Keep us posted. What is the D vs R vs independent voter registration % in your fair state?

      • 97 mtmarilyn
        August 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

        It’s pretty even, but getting the Dems out to vote. Tea party is strong and the Kochs are spending lots of money.

  21. 98 Don
    August 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

    With all due respect to everyone mentioning police wearing cameras, a bad police officer will be a bad police officer with or without a camera. Black police officers don’t wear cameras and yet there isn’t an epidemic of black police officers out their killing white kids.

      • 100 forus50
        August 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

        key excerpt: But Rialto’s randomised controlled study has seized attention because it offers scientific – and encouraging – findings: after cameras were introduced in February 2012, public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers’ use of force fell by 60%.

    • 101 desertflower
      August 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

      There are certainly plenty of police men and women that do a fine job in their communities, but as with everything else, the bad apples screw things up for others…if those cameras were used on everyone, it would protect both the people AND the officer from the “He said, she said” that goes on now…if there are bad apples found, they should immediately be removed from policing the public. Things change when people are forced to become accountable for their actions.

  22. 102 forus50
    August 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

  23. 109 JER
    August 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  24. 111 vcprezofan2
    August 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Did anyone check out the CIA ‘Experience the Collection’ link last night? It’s like a gameboard with different pics of objects, etc. relevant to past CIA jobs. You click on an object and you get a brief history. The ones I clicked proved interesting.


  25. 112 Don
    August 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I mean more is known about the shooter on the grassy knoll than what is known about Officer Darren Wilson.

  26. 113 JER
    August 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

  27. 114 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    T.J. Holmes has quite a lot of tweets on Rev Sharpton’s rally. Very educational.

  28. 115 desertflower
    August 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Important Reading…. jackieg, you may find this especially interesting and helpful 🙂


  29. 116 JER
    August 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

  30. 122 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The sixth anniversary of this amazing moment in history comes in 12 days!

    • August 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Ooooooooh, chills!!! Morning Duuuuuudette!!

    • August 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I was there! And it was beyond amazing, an experience I will never forget!

      • 126 Dudette
        August 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

        OMG! Wish I’d been there! Just watching it from the TV with family was electrifying!

        • August 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

          I went there as a volunteer for the DNC and it was phenomenal. I can’t watch that video without tears streaming down my face. I was off to his left and when he came out the audience went absolutely INSANE. It was truly, truly electrifying. I lost my voice! You really just had the feeling that you were part of a very momentous event in our history. He was so humble and gracious.

          So many great memories with this President.

  31. 128 vcprezofan2
    August 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Dropping the weekly video of places I’ve never been. 😀 Pass it on to folks in your link who might visit or have visited. 😉

    • August 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Enjoy this post every week. The two people PO has chosen for Interior is yet another example of his long-term thinking. Well, it’s an example of much of his thinking in the people he choses, but as I watched this I just kept thinking about the long, long-term results of both Interior appointments. Love that man!!

      • 130 vcprezofan2
        August 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

        ‘Love that man!’

        Yes, he’s leading with wisdom, foresight and calm – getting things done by his choice of extremely competent individuals, despite fact governing in this atmosphere is a very steep uphill march.

  32. 131 Don
    August 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    We already know two things about this officer; he is impulsive and irrational which means even if he was able to make a plan he wouldn’t and couldn’t stick to it. Which means someone else is helping this guy hide from everyone. Does the FBI even know where this guy is and when was the last time he spoke with someone of authority other than the Chief of Police of Ferguson?

    • 132 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

      The FBI knows where he is. They have dibs on every police officer in Ferguson county. They have their personal/background info and fingerprints. They’re on his tracks…they’re just piecing together the puzzle. The fact that Killer cop is hiding and no info about him is provided from the Ferguson PD suggests that he and they know he’ll be found guilty once all the facts are known/revealed.

      If Killer cop doesn’t want to face justice he can go live with Snowden in Russia – but then that would be really awkward considering Snowden left the US to supposedly escape the “police state.”

    • 133 vcprezofan2
      August 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Darren’s friend ‘Josie’ will be speaking on his behalf sometime today. I didn’t check when. So, he spoke to dear ‘Josie’?

  33. 134 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

  34. 135 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

    • 136 Don
      August 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I almost forgot about Chris Christie, bless his heart. Trust me; his days are getting shorter, not longer. So he and his lawyer can flaunt any record that they want to. Don’t worry; Christie’s first court appearance is going to take all the air out of his ass.

    • 137 99ts
      August 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Laws are not made for Gov Christie – he is above such things

  35. August 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    re: police cams

    Many of TODville remember the Rodney King incident — after that, LAPD were placed under a “consent decree” — never fully understood what that meant, but they were under federal supervision for about 20 years.

    Despite the recommendation of the Christopher Commission, LAPD have cameras in only about 300 patrol cars, about 25% of its force.

    Technical glitches (i.e., enriching those who can’t fulfill their contracts) and lack of funds (i.e., GWBush-induced great recession) have hampered implementation:

  36. 140 africa
    August 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Happy Saturday TODers

    Heeeeya Chips!!

  37. 141 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 11:39 am


  38. 142 forus50
    August 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

  39. 144 Dudette
    August 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

  40. 145 Nena20409
    August 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Now…..with all TBGOPers have done to decimate this nation and the inhabitants……Yet Dems still give them space……Liberals have hearts, period. I am not surprised at this finding..

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