welcome to the weekend ;-)




CNN: A march on Washington originally scheduled to coincide with August’s opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, but postponed due to Hurricane Irene, will take place today.

The march, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, hopes to “start a drive to bring forth the masses of those who have not been heard in the middle of this jobs debate,” he told a news conference.

It will occur the day before the rescheduled opening ceremony for the King Memorial, which also was postponed because of the hurricane.

The march will begin with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial and conclude near the King Memorial. Sharpton called the route “emancipator to liberator.”


Coverage of tomorrow’s dedication ceremony starts on Whitehouse.gov/live at 9:00 AM ET

8:0 am: The dedication activities will begin with an hour-long “Morning Joy” program

9:0 am: The Dedication program, emceed by PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill, begins with tributes to Dr. King with the words of noted speakers including civil rights leaders and King family members, as well as musicians and poets. President Barack Obama will deliver the dedication address.

11:0 am: Dedication will take place in the forecourt of the Memorial. Herman “Skip” Mason, general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Aretha Franklin, Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation, and President Barack Obama will participate. Special guests include Vice President Joe Biden, United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and more.

More about the day’s schedule here and here


Last year:

More at the White House site


From yesterday:





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60 Responses to “welcome to the weekend ;-)”

  1. 1 Fred
    October 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

    good morning Chip and TOD family

    may God continue to guide;bless;protect our President and may the Dedication of the MLK Memorial go without a hitch and may the weather be great and may God put the right words in the President’s heart and head and may he and Michelle;Malia and Sasha enjoy it alongside the countless of people that will attend

  2. October 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Whoa. Nice jibjab of news chip-
    Anybody following rev al march?
    I know Vero is there, so we should get a nice report…

    Good morning!

  3. October 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Rand Paul says the Senate Republican plan of repealing Obama care, Dodd/frank, EPA, and opening up anwar to Exxon/mobil, will create 5 million jobs.
    Rand Paul took some ecstasy… Seriously!

  4. October 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Chipsticks, you are like Santa Claus,
    leaving us all these pictorial treats and surprises
    for us here on a Saturday morning.
    Thank you.

    I learned a lot last week:
    about how to endure a defeat delivered to us by ignorance
    and/or willful meanness of spirit.
    That’s how I’m calling it.
    I’m taking my cue from PBO and you guys: ~relax~.
    We have work to do.

    I LOVE coming here to be with the rest of you.

    I do think we have to be careful/prayerful about
    what we cultivate in our minds and deep hearts
    about those who do not see things our way.
    I don’t have my hands on it, quite, yet;
    but I’m working on it.

    Meanwhile: yes we CAN do more together.
    Let’s move forward. xoxxo

  5. 10 dotster3
    October 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Doesn’t look like the OWS movement is fizzling. Demonstrations planned in 951 cities, 82 countries tomorrow. Unrest here and around the world.

  6. October 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Going to OFA cookout in an hour. Meetup with regional OFA staffer.
    Should be fun.

  7. 12 Obama Grandmama
    October 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Great post! I will check back later tonight. I am spending most of my time in the hospital this week with my Mom as she is fighting cancer and blood clots. Carry on!

  8. 21 MTmarilyn
    October 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family! I can’t wait to follow all that happens today and tomorrow. I am sorry the dedication for MLK is so early, that is right during the time I will be at church. I know that Chips will have all the video here and that I will be able to read everyone’s comments here who are watching it live.

    I am off to a meeting, have a great day everyone.

  9. 22 a4alice
    October 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Holy Mackeral Chips you got a lot of stuff here! Thanks!

  10. 23 Fred
    October 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

    can anyone PLEASE convert the Anita Perry part to youtube?

  11. 27 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Chips you are one busy whipper snapper! Welcome to the weekend indeed. Hope Rev Al’s rally is a phenomenal success and the MLK Jr. memorial dedication is a happy momentous success. This is one history making weekend.

    • October 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Of course, glen beck has a get together and he had wall to wall coverage.
      Even msnbc is not showing rev al.
      This has to be pre planned by the big wigs in the MSM?

      • 29 ChristiMtl
        October 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

        I thought it would be on C-Span, I can’t find it…………..

        I did find that from last year
        C-SPAN to Broadcast Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally


        It’s very frustrating.

        I saw on MSNBC that they will air Rev. Al speech later on….that’s about it.

  12. October 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

    thanks chips for all the news.. going to check around to if Rev Al’s march is streaming anywhere. good morning & happy saturday everyone~

    • October 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Oh wait, the Pundits on tv say that the President hates people? Lol.

      He does not hate people, he hates DC elites…

      Going to read it now.

    • October 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Hiya BWD, almost wept when I read it. But I know what you mean, it makes you realize what a good man he is and how desperately he wants to make things better for people.

    • October 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

      It’s really sad indeed bwd. So many problems. And just one man, who is really sincere about solving them, is thwarted from all corners.

    • October 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Very moving piece. Of course I did not scroll down to read any comments. No need to spoil my morning.

      • 36 EDP4BHO
        October 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

        I actually read the 3 comments there…..all assbackwards of course…..and it comes to me again, that these very 3 imbeciles have probably never lifted a finger to attempt even a minimum of the effort President Obama has put forth all his life, from elementary school to now, to help to make a person’s life better. So I say to hell with them because they are the scum of the earth, and have evil in the stone they call a heart. God is always watching us.

      • 37 anniebella
        October 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

        zizi, I love that picture of the President and Sasha sitting out there on the grass.

    • 38 utaustinliberal
      October 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Thanks for the link BWD. It makes one sad to realize all the titanic opposition he faces day after day and how it affects people who desperately need help. The article made me choke up at the thought of how one could be the most powerful leader in the world and at the same time feel helpless due to the obstacles stacked against him and the fervent obsessive wish of the other side to kick him out of the White House – mostly because of the color of his skin – and stop the good he has already achieved. On other hand it gave me hope that we do indeed have the right man as President. We have a leader who is kind, warm-hearted, compassionate, unselfish, and a visionary. I hope there are many more letters with good news coming his way and he knows that there are millions – scratch that – billions of people who are rooting for him and who have his back.

      • 39 COS
        October 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

        Thanks for sharing this link BWD. As I was reading, I was thinking about all of the criticism from folks questioning his emotions and not connecting with people. They are so wrong.

    • October 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Dear blackwaterdog,

      I can’t express how delighted I am to see your post. Hope you are well; think of you often.

    • 41 QuietObserver
      October 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Hey BWD, thank for the link!

      “A few times during his presidency, Obama admitted, he had written a personal check or made a phone call on the writer’s behalf, believing that it was his only way to ensure a fast result. “It’s not something I should advertise, but it has happened,” he told me. Many other times, he had forwarded letters to government agencies or Cabinet secretaries after attaching a standard, handwritten note that read: “Can you please take care of this?”

      ^^^ Very telling, and not surprising, considering the other stories I’ve read about him doing similar things before he was president. I’d bet he wishes he could solve all the individual problems so easily, I know that if I had the resources or the influence, I’d probably be compelled to take care of people like that too.

  13. October 15, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Rev al coming up on msnbc. Cool.

    • 43 COS
      October 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

      I notice that cnn live stream has several windows open for global occypy wall street but nothing for Rev Al yet.

      • October 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

        Yeah how weird is that? livestreams for around the world protests- some even without audio… but nothing for the march in DC today. I’ve looked all over for livestreams but can’t find anything so far.

        • 45 Fred
          October 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

          I bet the Tea’s will call this rally a sham since it has a bunch of black and brown people;women and gays and yes white folks as well but you know for them if this rally doesn’t have a picture of President Obama with “mooslem” written on it;it’s not a real rally full with “patriots” and “real” Americans 🙄

  14. 46 a4alice
    October 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Thanks everyone who contributed to my fundraising page. It’s kind of funny I was just getting it started for the TOD fundraising effort and didn’t think that I was going to actually start getting donations! I guess “build it and they will come” is true. 🙂

    Hey Chips and Donna let me know if there is supposed to be something on the fundraising page that refers back to TOD somehow


    thanks again you guys. We’re helping President Obama bit by bit. Slow and steady wins the race…..

  15. 48 Debz
    October 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Thank BWD for the link. PBO truly care about people. He seems to be the only person in Washington who feels that way though.

    As for Anita Perry!!! This woman wants to be first lady??? Compare this whiny self-centered, liar to our Michelle. FLOTUS always carries herself with grace and dignity. She, like POTUS cares about the people of this country. These republicans disgust me.

    • 49 anniebella
      October 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

      How can you get up there and lie like Anita Perry did. Knowing her son step down on his own, but she tried to blame the President for him not having a job. I have a feeling Perry is going to lock her in the closet for a few weeks.

  16. October 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Then he’d better lock himself in there with her—because he’s just as bad! One of the few times I’d advocate ANYONE getting INTO a closet;-)

  17. October 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hi BWD
    It is such a relief to know that you are okay. I still ck out your site every day….just in case you are back

  18. October 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Chips Thank You So Much for keeping us updated the way you do.I pulled over this afternoon to take a break and check out whats is going on.You topped yourself and Thank You again the clip from The Last Word Show has a old vet and trucker in a complete state of laughter and it relaxed me so much that I’m going to take a long break and dinner with deep dish apple pie with vanilla on top.Every body in the TOD Family have a great weekend .YES WE CAN DO IT AGAIN

  19. 55 Sue in Minnesota
    October 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for such a great round-up Chipsticks, it brought much appreciated smiles and a few hearty laughs. What a pathetic bunch of losers….really!


  20. 57 Bobfr
    October 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Chipsticks,

    That Jim Gregory segment of Rev Al’s show needs to be seen by a very wide audience. Very touching. Very powerful. If I had a link, I’ve already got several ‘tweets’ I’d wrap around it and post.

    Thank you


    • October 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Hiya Bobfr, it was a brilliant segment, wasn’t it? Here’s the link for the clip at MSNBC:


      Hope it works. Thanks Bob.

      • 59 Bobfr
        October 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

        Thank you Chipsticks. These are the first two I’ll post over the next day or so.

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        Autoworker Jim Gregory’s powerful message to All Americans on @TheRevAl msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp… Watch it and spread it. #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        ‘How do Republicans stand for the national anthem … knowing you were willing to kill 1.3 M American jobs’ msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp… How indeed

        Link works!!


        • 60 Bobfr
          October 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

          Rock @Tigerfists88 retweeted to 27,537 followers:
          Our4thEstate Bobfr
          Autoworker Jim Gregory’s powerful message to All Americans on @TheRevAl msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp… Watch it and spread it. #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether



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