Rise and Shine

Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden kisses his wife Jill after his acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 27, 2008


Today (all times Eastern)

10:0: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:15: Meets with the economic team and senior advisors

12:45: White House press briefing


@petesouza: President Obama makes remarks at the American Legion national convention


On This Day

Sen. Barack Obama greets former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry on day three of the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center August 27, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama stands with his vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden after Biden addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 27, 2008


Morning again everyone, we’ll try to catch up with the new later!

156 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. August 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

  2. 4 57andfemale
    August 27, 2014 at 10:40 am


  3. 5 Judith Fardig
    August 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Congratulations to Bobfr on his gold medal. Have been out of the loop due to daughter’s visit. Much to catch up on at TOD.

  4. 9 yardarm756
    August 27, 2014 at 10:58 am

  5. August 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    As noted in the previous thread, this will be at the root of the downfall of #TzarVlad ….

    Massive protests planned for 21 Sept, btw.


  6. 25 yardarm756
    August 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

    ON THIS DAY……..

    1958 First animals in space which were returned safely to Earth Two Soviet dogs.

    1955 First copy of the Guinness Book of Records is bound. Source: Guinness Book of World Records

    1942 USS Iowa The battleship is launched. In 1943 it became the only U.S. Navy ship with a bathtub; which was installed to accommodate Pres. Roosevelt who would have had difficultly using a shower.

    1889 First celluloid roll film is produced, by the Eastman Dry Plate Co. of New York.

    1883 Krakatoa Explosion The Indonesian volcanic island explodes with a force equivalent to 26 H-bombs, discharging 5 cubic miles of volcanic matter. The ensuing eruptions and tsunamis killed over 36,000 people. The explosions could be heard from 3,000 miles away.

    1859 First successful oil well is drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania.

    1832 Indian chief Black Hawk surrenders ending the Black Hawk War.

    1783 First hydrogen-balloon flight (unmanned) by Jacques C. Charles.

    1665 First Play in America The Bare and Ye Cubb is performed by three local residents of Virginia. They were fined for performing in public.

    413 B.C. Peloponnesian War An eclipse of the Moon frightened the Athenians into delaying the movement of their forces from Syracuse for twenty-seven days. This delay gave an advantage to their enemies, the Syracusans, who then defeated the entire Athenian fleet and army.


    1947 Barbara Bach actress, wife of Ringo Starr. Film: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, KGB agent Major Anya Amasova).

    1943 Tuesday Weld (Susan Weld), American actress. TV: The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis (Thalia Menninger, Dobie’s unattainable desire).

    1942 Daryl Dragon American musician, the Captain of Captain and Tennille. Music: Love Will Keep Us Together (1975, #1) and Muskrat Love (1976).

    1937 Tommy Sands American singer, actor, teen idol. He was married to Nancy Sinatra (1960-65). Music: Teen-Age Crush. Film: Babes in Toyland (1960).

    1916 Martha Raye d. 1994 (Margaret Reed), American actress, denture wearer. Film: Monsieur Verdoux (1947).

    1910 Mother Teresa of Calcutta d. 1997 (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), Yugoslavian-born Nobel Peace Prize-winning missionary. Called “The Living Saint,” she dedicated her life to the poor and sick of India.

    1908 Lyndon Baines Johnson d. 1973 36th U.S. President (1963-69) and 37th U.S. Vice-President (1961-63). He was the first president to use the Hot Line. Quote: “Making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.”

    1899 C.S. Forester d. 1966 (Cecil Scott Forester), novelist, created Horatio Hornblower.

    1882 Samuel Goldwyn d. 1974 (Samuel Goldfish), Polish-born film maker, once said “An oral agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

    1865 Charles Gates Dawes d. 1951 30th U.S. Vice-President (1925-29).

    1809 Hannibal Hamlin d. 1891 15th U.S. Vice-President (1861-65).


    1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan b. 1954 American Hall of Fame guitarist, musician. He died in a helicopter crash, along with several members of Eric Clapton’s road crew.

    1978 Robert Shaw b. 1927 British actor, author. Film: From Russia with Love (1963, SPECTRE agent Red Grant). He wrote The Man in the Glass Booth (1967), which described the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

    1974 Charles Augustus Lindbergh b. 1902 American aviator, “Lucky Lindy.” He was the first person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic (1927).

    1971 Bennett Alfred Cerf b. 1898 American publisher. He was the founder, president, and chairman of Random House publishers. He was also a panelist on the TV show What’s My Line? for 16 years.

    1967 Brian Epstein b. 1934 British impresario, discoverer and first manager of The Beatles.

    1964 Gracie Allen b. 1902 (Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen), comic, wife and partner of George Burns.

    1963 William Edward Burghardt DuBois b. 1868 American educator, co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, 1909). He was the first black to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard (1895).

    1963 Garrett Morgan b. 1877 African-American businessman. He invented a gas-mask that was popular with American fire fighters. He was also, reportedly, the first African-American to own an automobile. This led to another successful invention of his: An improved traffic light (1922).

    1958 Priscilla Lawson b. 1914 (Priscilla Shortridge), American actress. Film: Flash Gordon movie serials (1936, Princess Aura the daughter of Ming the Merciless). She was Miss Miami Beach (1935).

    1958 Ernest Orlando Lawrence b. 1901 American Nobel-winning physicist. He developed the atom smasher which produced the fuel for the first atomic bombs.

    1937 Frederick Burr Opper b. 1857 American cartoonist. He created Happy Hooligan (1902) and illustrated works for Mark Twain.

    1898 Mary Downing Barnes b. 1850 American educator, the first woman faculty member of Stanford University (1891).

    1590 Sixtus V b. ???? religious leader, 227th Pope (1585-90).

  7. August 27, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Good morning, TODers. Thank you, Chips, for this wonderful trip down memory lane. Still a real thrill to watch all of this!!

    Please pass the WORD:

  8. 27 Vicki
    August 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

    UN food aid convoy passes through the Rafah Gate from Egypt into Gaza this morning. Let freedom ring……

  9. August 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Many of us have expressed frustration about the unrealistic expectations placed on President Obama, especially by those who claim to be his supporters. We have expressed annoyance by those individuals and groups who maintain that the President is supposed to cater to their cause.

    Over and over I realize that in all the excitement of the 2008 election, many failed to *listen* to what Barack Obama said and heard what they wanted to hear.

    I came across this video that is a compilation of two of PBO’s earlier campaign speeches. While campaigning, then Senator Obama basically warned us that bringing about change will not be an individual effort.

    “It’s not just about what I will do as President; it’s about what you, the people who love this country, the citizens of the United States of America can do to change it.”

    There seems to be the fantasy that President Obama has magical abilities and that change will happen immediately and just because he commands it to happen.

    “We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.”

    There are those of who have lost hope or have let themselves be convinced that it is futile to have hope.

    “…in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

    The presidency of Barack Obama is about more than having the first black POTUS. It is a revival for hope. It is a mobilization for change. It is an admonishment that we can’t say we want something and then passively wait for someone else to give it to us. It is a motivation to do *something*, no matter how small we perceive our contribution to be. It is an awakening that we are stronger when we come together to work for change.






    • 31 carolyn
      August 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

      swblue, thanks for bringing those clips here. All people need to be reminded constantly of what he said. It has been my contention for 6 years, that very few people actually HEARD what he said. They made up what they wanted him to say. He always said it was not about him, and that he could not bring about change. He placed this dynamic squarely where it belongs, on all of our shoulders. This is what people did not want to hear. Every interest group immediately placed their narrow wants on his shoulders to effect……so stupid and narrow. Had they watched his meticulous organizing process and grassroots work, and followed suit, these desire of their might have come about. But instead, they yelled at him, and told people to vote to “show” President Obama. I get so angry when I hear commentators making absurd remarks.

    • 38 edp4bho
      August 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Love this !!!!!

    • 40 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Well-said swbluega. Fanned, Faved and Retweeted!

    • August 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Gorgeous statement swbluega!!! Thank you

    • 43 willowood
      August 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you swbluega! What a very timely and much needed reminder of WHAT the President said and why we are expected to pull the heavy train-every last overloaded car-together. Cornell West is making such incendiary statements regarding the President that sound as if he was expected to single handedly cure all of America’s ills, especially those extreme left leaning progressive ills. For a Princeton Professor to mistake a human being for a fictional Superhero is rather childish behavior making him look as foolish as he really is. Not once has West made any attempts to understand the true fabric of the America in which he lives-even with all his struggles. Dr. King’s struggle and progress obviously meant nothing to him. To West everyone falls short. Whatever the progress, it is never enough, never ever enough. Heave as much criticism on the President as you want. His supporters have strong backs and are willing to tell the WHOLE story-not the make believe story they want to hear.

      We are witnessing probably the greatest president to ever sit in that oval office. Humbling

    • August 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm


    • 45 joyfulmeme
      August 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Bravo. Great post. Something I’m sick of are Dems in Congress. They complain too much. Complaining about FLOTUS not campaigning for them; complaining because PBO doesn’t hold their hands enough. (He really doesn’t have enough to do). It’s become all about them not the Country. I don’t think FLOTUS will go out her way for these whining traitors. They should be able to make there case if they standup for their beliefs. Complaining will not get them what they want or need.

      Another thing I’m sick of is that Dems are running away from Obama. Really? I just find it hard to believe that having the President in their corner will detroy their reelection. Am I naive to think this is stupid? PBO does have a base. It appears they have soaked up the Republican narrative and running with their tails between their legs. Truly sickening.

      • August 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        “Another thing I’m sick of is that Dems are running away from Obama.”

        Some of the same ones who rode his coattail during the Presidential election(s). As much as we blame he GOP-TP for the obstruction they’ve injected, there are Democrats who have been just as obstructive. They are part of the reason the President has had a hard time trying to get bi-partisan bills passed — a number of bills for that matter…Democrats not having his back. PBO can probably count on his hands the number of Democrats in Congress he can count on 100%. It comes down to who will stand by you/stand up for you when things don’t *seem* to be going favorably. The ones who don’t jump on the bandwagon with those who are criticizing. The grins and the attaboys AFTER the job is done is not so valued.

        • 47 willowood
          August 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm

          They are making me physically ill. They have no idea how determined the president to make this nation MOVE FORWARD. If they hammered away at the incredibly good things he has accomplished-made THAT the narrative-we would be looking at victory in both chambers, instead of nail biting and moaning about what might happen if…

      • 48 Vicki
        August 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        You are not naive, joyfulmeme. as far as I can see you are right. Smart dems. Dems who Want to Win will be backing PBO.
        The others may have a different agenda, (see WaitingForHilaryPAC.”

      • 49 anniebella
        August 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        Thank you joyfulmeme, you said exactly what I would have said. Democrats in Congress complaining about FLOTUS not campaigning for them, really piss me off. POTUS have been running all over the country raising money for them.

    • August 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Just adding a belated but heartfelt thanks for the reminder of just what an amazing man PBO truly is. After six years that speech can still inspire and bring tears.

  10. August 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

  11. 52 57andfemale
    August 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

  12. 53 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    So she mentions HRC up front but not FLOTUS and Dr. Biden?

  13. 63 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Hmmm…wonder why.

    #IblameObama anyway.

  14. 64 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  15. 65 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Au ⭐ to Doc, Bobfr. An early morning at TOD for the Doc 🙂

    A great R&S with the 2008 Convention Tilt 🍸 Thank you.

  16. 66 Jeff
    August 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I guess Bobby Jindal plans on suing President Obama over the common core? LOL!
    These republicans are getting sillier everyday.

  17. 67 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I am a tad obsessive with this story. The Minnesota connection, especially. New Hope, MN, is not to far from where I used to live. Plus, MN has had it’s share with a Community here…..when a number of their sons were missing and some of them went to fight in Ethiopia, Sudan, etc. It has been reported locally that at least, 2-3 of these teens have been killed. And Now, this Douglas MacArthur McCain, 32/33 yrs old is yet another MN Connection. Seriously, too close for comfort. MN since 2005 is a Conceal and Carry state now. We have an International Airport……This guy was in Sweden and We have Mega Mall in MN.

  18. 74 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  19. 75 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  20. August 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Boy that obama guy he’s getting sued a lot. Who is this guy anyways?
    Must be important?
    Seriously though- how is common core Obamas fault?

    • August 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      “Coerced”???? That means he had a choice, right? Stop blaming others — i.e., PBO — for your shortcomings, Jindal.

    • 81 Nena20409
      August 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Jindal is Looking for air time and attention for 2016. GOP is not in the mindset of neither nominating Jindal nor Rubio nor a Woman in 2016. They are looking for a Male, White, even if they have to do a Willard Mitterrand Romney again.

    • 82 yardarm756
      August 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Been eating too much tainted crayfish, I bet.

  21. August 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Morning all. All my Dem candidates won their primaries last night. Now the work starts. Koch Brothers funded the House Republican Primary winner, Wendy Rogers. We need to hold on to the seat held by Ann Kirkpatrick.

  22. August 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Well so much for that.

  23. 94 BigDaddyRich
    August 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hey, TODers (and TPVers as well). This post might seem way, way, WAY out in left field, considering all that’s happened lately, but it’s important to me, so bear with me a little bit.

    I began buying U.S. savings bonds through TreasuryDirect in 2012, and consider it an important part of my savings/investment strategy, due to its low-cost, tax-free advantages, and the fact that I can schedule automatic purchases. But I’ve read in various outlets (http://assets.newamerica.net/blogposts/2014/will_gao_examine_savings_bond_policy-115183, http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/14/investing/savings-bonds/, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terry-savage/the-sad-story-of-savings_b_5550060.html) that interest in them have plunged ever since Treasury switched quit selling paper bonds at banks and turned to an online-only method. (Treasury says they did it to save money on printing and mailing the certificates, and to make it easier for people to keep up with the bonds, which is all well and good — but the website is hard to navigate, and its even harder now to buy a simple gift bond for someone.) Now over the past couple of years, Treasury has given people the option of using a portion of their tax refunds to buy paper bonds, and that’s great, but I’m more interested in making it easier for people to purchase savings bonds at least 261 days a year (accounting for weekends) at their own convenience. So here are a couple of ideas I think could revive interest in savings bonds:

    1. give people the option to purchase “E-bonds” through their online banking service (when they go to pay bills through online banking, there’s a link that will let them purchase savings bonds without going through TreasuryDirect);

    2. sell bonds through point-of-sale methods at banks, post offices, grocery stores and department stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.). Once the bonds are registered and sold, the purchaser could choose to either have a certificate e-mailed to them, or have a conventional paper bond printed from an computerized template provided by TreasuryDirect (which would still allow the Treasury Department to save on the cost of printing paper certificates).

    If these ideas make sense — or if you have any better ideas — I’d appreciate your help in getting the powers to be to take action. I’ve already written to my congressman and Secretary Lew (the latter by a typical e-mail form, so I’m pretty sure it didn’t get to him). I’d like to start a petition on whitehouse.gov, but probably shouldn’t due to the nature of my job — maybe one of you guys would like to run with that. (There was a petition started on change.org [http://www.change.org/p/bring-back-paper-us-savings-bonds],but it’s stalled.

    Again, I know this is small potatoes, but I’d hate to see savings bonds die off due to neglect. It’s helped millions of people save and earn money (I just cashed some savings bonds a relative bought for me back in the 70s, and got a nice little chunk of change from them), and can still do so, even though interest rates such right now. Anything any of you can do to help would be MOST appreciated. You guys are the BEST.

  24. 99 Linda
    August 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Surveillance video from an Ohio Walmart shows that a man fatally shot by police earlier this month had his back to officers and was talking on a cell phone, an attorney for the man’s family says.

    John Crawford III died Aug. 5 after Beavercreek police responded to reports of an armed man at a Dayton-area Walmart. Crawford was not armed — he had a pellet gun with him, which he had picked up in the store’s toy department.

    Attorney Michael Wright said that the video, which he was allowed to view with the man’s family, contradicts statements by police and witnesses that Crawford ignored commands to drop the gun and “looked like he was going to go violently.”

    “John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said in a statement. He said the 22-year-old father of two was shot “on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.

    LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford’s children, was on the phone with him when he was shot. She told the Dayton Daily News:

    “[The] next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him… I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”


  25. 102 yardarm756
    August 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    The Magic Bank Account

    Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:

    The set of rules:

    1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

    2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

    3. You may only spend it.

    4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

    5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!”. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
    What would you personally do?

    You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

    You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?


    Shocked ??? YES!
    Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE.* We just can’t seem to see it.

    The PRIZE is *TIME.*

    1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.

    2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

    3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.

    4. Yesterday is forever gone.

    5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING…

    SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

    Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

    So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

    Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”….

  26. August 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Ruben Gallego won the Dem primary in Arizona CD7


    He should win in Nov given how Blue his district is. Will be interested in df’s opinion of him.

    • August 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Gallegos is in an all Dem district, but not in DF’s or mine (unfortunately). He beat out Mary Rose Wilcox, a more conservative democrat who has been in public service for over 30 years. One of the attorneys I work for lives in Gallegos’ district and he is very pleased he won. Gallegos replaces the retiring Ed Pastor. The races I am concerned about are Kyrsten Sinema, Ron Barber (replaced Gabby Giffords) and Ann Kirkpatrick, who are in hotly contested races. Keep your fingers crossed!

  27. 106 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm


    (CNN) — Douglas McAuthur McCain is not the only American killed while fighting for ISIS in recent days, a coalition of Syrian opposition groups said Wednesday.
    A second American was killed in a battle with rival opposition groups as well, said the coalition, which calls itself the Nahrawan of Syria.
    But while the coalition released photos of McCain’s body and his passport, it did not offer any evidence of a second American’s death.
    ISIS, which sometimes comments on the death of its “martyrs,” has made no official mention of the death of any American fighters.

  28. 107 Paulita
    August 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Hello TOD! Coming up on 27 million. Get your dancing shoes on. 😎

  29. 108 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Taney Dragons Parade in Philly: http://6abc.com/live/23387/

  30. 110 Linda
    August 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Fox Host Requests Putin Be US President For 48 Hours To Deal With Islamic State

    Kimberly Guilfoyle: “I Just Want Somebody To Get In Here And Get It Done Right”


    I can’t believe that Gavin Newsom was married to this witch.

    • August 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Linda that’s how the fox network works say any outrageous thing about blacks and PBO your are in good standing, watch all the black guest they invite whats the common trend say something against your own kind especially the President. I am not surprised

    • 112 anniebella
      August 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      You can’t believe Gavin Newsom was married to that racists b*tch.

  31. August 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    More prisoners, more body bags headed home to RU …

    • August 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      What’s amazing is that all these Russian soldiers are just cannon fodder. They have no air support. They have no artillery support. If they’re detected by UKR, they get hammered with long range artillery and air power. Putin is sending them to their deaths in the most cynical manner.

      • August 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        Why is he doing that? Is it some kind of cynical ploy or is he that stupid?

        • August 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

          It’s incomprehensible. The Russian troops aren’t helping much, because they’re in the same boat as the “separatists”. They are solely a land force. And Ukraine has gained the upper hand. It seems that Putin wants his troops in the Donbas, but doesn’t want to openly declare war and support them with air and artillery. It’s cynical, stupid, and evil.

          • August 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

            All true, LL, with one exception. Russian heavy artillery and SAM systems have been causing a lot of death and destruction along the border and have made Ukraine air operations quite dangerous. But, no doubt, Putin is responsible for at least hundreds of Russian soldiers and mercenaries being killed and more wounded.

            Only in the past 3 days, have voices begun to be heard in Russia – publicly – questioning him.

            That is the extent to which his propaganda machine has been able to suppress any questions. The lid is off, as I’ve noted in several comments and supporting tweets.

            A couple more:

            “Russian Newspaper Asks Whether Russia is At War In Ukraine”

            I don’t think he’ll be able to ever suppress growing anger within Russia. A major demonstration is planned for 21 Sept. We’ll see.

  32. 121 Linda
    August 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown’s body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.

    Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

    Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

    By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.


  33. 126 57andfemale
    August 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm

  34. August 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I see NW has a new post up but it’s showing as closed.

  35. 128 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Nerdy, the comments section is saying “closed.” Is it in draft? 🙂

  36. 129 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Oh…now that Rand Paul is not really generating a whole lotta excitement, MSM has now going back to Mitt to see whether….

    Gotta love the GOP and their flailing about in desperation in hopes that SOMETHING sticks…

    • August 27, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Rand Paul should go back down to guatelamala and give free eye exams to everybody. Then, he can run fir President down there, his platform would be free eye exams for everybody.
      Then, Meet the Press can move down there with him and do weekly specials on him.

    • 132 anniebella
      August 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I don’t know who it is who is swelling Mitt Romney’s head. Mitt the polls are full of alot of B.S, all people have to do is see you on the campaign trail and it will soon come to them why you lost in 2012 and 2008.

  37. 134 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  38. 135 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I saw Closed on the New Thread……instead of Leave A Message……Is this a WP Thing?

  39. 139 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    • 140 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Yes I remember. The MSM goes from one GOP candidate to the next in a matter of weeks…they’re flailing because they are desperate. Just last week, it was Rand Paul, now they’re trying to revive Etch-A-Sketch…

  40. 141 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Too Funny for words 😆 🙄 😆

    The Lying Bishop…..Please proceed, Governor.

  41. 142 Nena20409
    August 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

  42. 143 Linda
    August 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    If there was any question as to whether sexual harassment exists among members of Congress, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) confirmed the answer in a new interview with People magazine.

    According to excerpts from the interview obtained in advance by the New York Post, the congresswoman recalled multiple male colleagues making disparaging comments about her body as she struggled with her weight after having a child.

    “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat,” an unidentified Southern congressman told her in the House chamber.

    “Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!” another male colleague told her in the House gym, to which Gillibrand responded, “Thanks, asshole.”

    Acknowledging that she was too heavy for her health, Gillibrand lost 50 pounds while she served in the House in 2009. But the comments followed her into the Senate the following year.

    Gillibrand said an older senator once grabbed her waist from behind and said, “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.”


    • 144 jackiegrumbacher
      August 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Gag!!!! I’m surprised the House members and Senators who approached Gillibrand still have teeth in their mouths. If that’s the approach they take to women–ever fellow senators–they are despicable creeps who need to be cited,publicly humiliated and painfully bruised.

  43. 145 Nena20409
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  46. 151 Nena20409
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