Rise and Shine

An exhausting trip: President Obama yawns at the beginning of the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20


Thank you FoxFire





The East Asia Summit – from left, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III, Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, Laos’ Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihino Noda, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, President Obama, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov


The American Embassy in Bangkok (click through to YouTube to see it)

Thank you Donna


Politico: With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planning to wrap up her service in the next few months, she and President Barack Obama have been spending some quality time together, waxing nostalgic about their work in office over the past four years and their history as rivals in the hard fought 2008 presidential campaign.

“On the flight back from Rangoon to Cambodia, they spent basically the entire flight alone in his personal office on Air Force One just reminiscing about the last four years, but as the president said, it wasn’t just the last four years, they’ve been through a lot together over the last five or six years and, in fact, unique among people they’ve been at this working as hard as they can for five or six years now,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters as Obama and Clinton were in Cambodia for Asian summit meeting.

“I think what the president expresses and what he believes is not only has she done a great job as secretary of state, but they’ve really come to become not just partners, but close friends and it’s a friendship that he values very much and that he’ll want to continue going forward,” Rhodes said.

More here


Yangon, Burma, November 20



At the Plenary session of 21st ASEAN and East Asia summit in Phnom Penh


President Obama waves from Air FOrce One as he prepares to return to the United States following the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, November 20













Almost forgot, look what made the international front pages:



Morning everyone!

269 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 9:31 am


  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Bringing this over because I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it. 😆

    It’s hilarious watching Joe Scarborough suck up to Nate Silver after calling “a joke” during the election. Joe says he (Scarborough) always predicted Pres. Obama would win. He also threw Gallup under the bus and said they were wrong all along and he called it. I had to crack up because there is endless footage of him hailing Gallup as the best thing since sliced pie and using it to justify a Romney win.

    • 3 Mae who love our CIC
      November 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

      UT, you know and everyone else knows that Joe is a punk azz. He is so irrelevant.

      This is a beautiful post. Our Prez makes us very proud.

    • 4 Bill
      November 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

      If Joe attempts to defend the right wing and to bash President Obama the next four years he is going to have very limited material for three hours a day.

    • November 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I saw this too, and couldn’t believe Joke’s selective memory. When he said that he always predicted PBO would win I didn’t know whether to sh*t or go blind!!!

    • November 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      You must have a cast iron stomach to watch Morning Joke. I had to give it up. Not surprising that Joe is claiming to have been a prophet pre-election, and that he’s forgotten that he’s on video saying the exact opposite of what he’s claiming now.

      The man is an idiot.

  3. 7 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Don’t forget today is VP Joe Biden’s birthday. If you’re on twitter, his handle is @VP and @JoeBiden.

  4. 8 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Good News!

  5. 9 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This is huge news and good for their economy. What say you Chips?

    • November 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Good news for the Nordies UT! Not sure how beneficial it’ll be financially, though, the cost of security for these things is flippin’ enormous. Southern Ireland still paying the bill for the Queen and PBO’s visits – but one of them was worth it 😉

  6. 17 ourmanflint
    November 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Morning everyone. Hey Chips thanks for the collection of news and photos covering this most historic trip to Asia by our most historic President Obama

  7. 19 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Wow Chips! What an amazing morning smorgasboard. I posted this last night but you might want to add it. It is an amazing segment by Alex Wagner on the Last Word on PBO’s Burma visit with a different twist than any other. She is half Burmese so it obviously was important to her. It is also very touching, had me in tears.


    • November 20, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Excellent Foxfire, will have a look at it right now. Thank you!

      • 21 COS
        November 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

        Good morning Chips and friends. Chips this is a spectacular round up. Thank you.

      • 23 daisydem
        November 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

        Well, now I am not going to be worth much today …. in terms of work. That is a beautiful video …. what a wonderful, from the heart report she gave of our President and Hillary Clinton’s visit to the land of HER ancestors and what it means. I am amazed she could give the report without tearing up. I am crying it is so beautiful. I want to watch it over and over. Thank you so much Foxfire.

    • November 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

      That was just beautiful FoxFire, what a lovely report. Converted it to a YouTube video and added it to the post, thanks a MILLION

    • November 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

      I watched this last night but it was worth watching again this morning. The history, the visit, the meeting, the setting, all punctuated with the poetic and beautiful words of the president, does bring tears to the eyes.

  8. 28 GGail
    November 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks!

    While I was busy working yesterday, you guys were treated to “gifts” !

    • November 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Wow, that video makes my very powerful computer have to work really hard to process. Don’t understand. Is there something I can upgrade or install that will keep my CPU from churning to view these? YouTube is so much easier.

  9. 31 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Look at that line-up. Just 2 ladies vs buncha guyz.

    Nice round-up Chips.

    • November 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      There was a good diary about Hostess and what happened on TDK that goes even deeper. I was talking to a co-worker who I could obviously determine he got his information about what happened from Fox or the lazy MSM. I told him there was more to the story and that what happened to Hostess was similar to the Obama political ads of the workers who were bought by Bain (no comment from him), I told him of the workers who took numerous concessions on wages and benefits while the CEO and management gave themselves a 300% raise right bankruptcy. All he could say was, “at least they would have had a job”. Then I asked him about his son who was working for a Canadian company who was drilling holes for future oil or gas, He told me that this company started him off with a very good salary in No. Dakota, then sent him to Denver, and after they sent him to New Mexico to do work in some wells that required him to use some very dangerous chemicals, that his son asked to be sent back to Denver. When the company refused, his quit rather that get hurt. His son went back to his old job in his home state. It’s funny how when these same people KNOW of someone making a decision not to be used my a corporation and would rather quit that is just fine and makes sense but when others do it they are just being stupid and selfish.

      I did not know of the worker being paid $48K before the bankrupcies and making concessions down to $35K including paying more for their benefits. Then the greedy bosses after giving themselves a 300% raise asking them to further reduce their pay. I would have quit after the first time. When you see the handwriting on the wall it’s time to start looking for another job, getting yourself new skills for a better paying job. I recently audited a company that was aquired by a venture capital company and all I could say is, “I am so sorry”. These people just don’t know that their jobs are heading to China or India.

  10. 36 dotster3
    November 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Uh oh—anniebella’s going to be mad again about those front page smackeroos. And more Shirt photos. 🙂

  11. November 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Good morning, TODville. Our POTUS is heading home.

    Some of our questions about OFA answered here in this interview with Jim Messina:


    Reminder: please fill out his survey sent via email and return it ASAP!!

    • 41 HZ
      November 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Thanks meta for reminding everyone about this important piece of information. I completed mine last evening. Keep it rolling. Like meta said,”ASAP!!”

      Great morning to my TOD family and my Chips. Loving a beautiful day on the West Coast. Sunny day and lots of play. HZ

  12. 43 sabreen60
    November 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Ahh, the kiss seen around the world.

    Good Morning Ms. Chips and TOD.

  13. 44 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Cute video of Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney on the Today Show talking about doing the “Not Impressed” face with Pres. Obama.


  14. November 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Aww. I bet POTUS hardly got any sleep last night. What a job he has.

  15. 51 Kreen
    November 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Morning everyone. Chips you are a rockstar! It is just awesome seeing all this beautiful news in the morning! have a wonderful day!

  16. November 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

    What a luscious, gorgeous Rise and Shine! Thanks Chips! Good Morning everyone!

    The write-up about PBO and Hillary’s friendship is sweet. I think their relationship is one of the best developments of the past few years. They are both intensely loyal people and I know they will have each other’s backs during whatever comes in the future.

    • 53 daisydem
      November 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

      I think we can include Bill here too. I think they have formed a “best for America” friendship … that they will always work together for the good of this country, regardless of any differences they held in the past. Hillary’s passion was healthcare; President Obama has made (or is making) that happen. One of my fave pics (still on my fridge) is of the two of them in a conference room right after Healthcare Reform was passed … walking towards each other with outstretched arms and smiles on their faces. Factor in Joe and Jill Biden and of course Michelle and we have like a dinner party of highly intelligent, passionate, caring people leading this country. How fortunate are we?

    • November 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Oh Jukessa, you totally captured my sentiments – luscious and gorgeous indeed.

  17. 57 GGail
    November 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Has the moment past or can I weigh in and say that POTUS is looking good in that SHIRT! 🙂

  18. 60 Pamela
    November 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Hello and G’day! Bye for now, Chipsticks, you have outdone yourself, and you are Loved! Back in a while….. {{{{TOD}}}} 🙂

    • 62 a4alice
      November 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      that was funny!

    • 63 susanne
      November 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      it’s wonderful that time titled this ‘favorite biden moments’. high time the rethug characterization of him as a joke is over. he’s a gifted leader with a marvelous sense of humor. myth and lyin’ are jokes. old, tired jokes.

  19. November 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD family.

    Chips, thank you so much for all the wonderful news. The video with Alex was awesome. Outlining (in a few minutes) the wonderful work of this President. All the newspaper articles were amazing and as someone up-thread stated . . . the kiss around the world. One question, do you know if our US papers carried all of this niceness??

    Thank you all and have a great day.
    So blessed to be an American in these times.

  20. 66 lisalovesobama
    November 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Happy B-day, Joey B.!!!
    ps- how you doin’ TOD?

  21. 67 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Once again, Chipsticks…..Deliciously done. Obrigada. Thank you very much.

    I see the Shirt…..made it in some News papers? Looks like good taste is appreciated by those who have 20/20 vision? Just an observation with my FOUR Eyes?

    November 20, 2012 at 10:55 am


  23. 70 Lorraine
    November 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Wolfee on Hardball. Great segment with Chris Tweety Matthews. I’m still hoping to see Senator Kerry or former Senator’s Kerrey or Nagel get the Secretary of State post. That segment was very informative too.

    • 71 Nena20409
      November 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Chris Matthews was trying so hard to cover for McCain. Chris Matthews is the worst kind of a Liberal. In his mind, Dr. Susan Rice, Pres Obama are just there by share luck. The sad thing is that his daughter who worked for Pres Obama has yet to teach him anything. At 66 yrs old or so…..Matthews is truly an old man who refuses to adapt to the 21st Century.

    • November 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

      I just want Susan Rice to get it now, much as I respect John Kerry – I’d love to see PBO take on McCain and Co.

      • 73 Nena20409
        November 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

        I am with You on this one. I have a feeling that pres Obama would do just that.

        He wants Amb Rice. He would get Amb Rice. Bob Woodward told TBGOPers to move on before the elections 2 weeks ago for what they were looking for wasn’t there. He then added that He, Woodward had been friends with Petraeus for 20 yrs.

      • 74 Lorraine
        November 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

        I think the American public (with the way Senator McCain has been treating President Obama during this issue) knows he is a old coot who has gotten over his 2008 loss. After Romney loss he really went off the rails. I think Amb Rice is very qualified for any position she would like to seek, I just like Senators Kerry, Kerrey and Nagel better.

      • 75 Obama Grandmama
        November 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        I followed Susan Rice during the ’08 campaign closely. She is as prepared as you can get for the SOS job. Her education is superb in that area plus her past work during the Clinton administration. John Kerry would be good but I worry about losing a Senior Senator and needing another election. Don’t need to chance any GOP getting in there.

  24. November 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

    h/t ThePoliticalCarnival.net and BuzzFeed for this fun oldie of VPOTUS on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego

  25. 78 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

    So Fox, Joke a*s Scarborough, TeaNN, the righties media echo chamber, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and the rest of the crazy bat poop TBGOPer congress…..would they Now public cry UNCLE and apologize to Dr. Susan Rice…..Now that it shown that the Intel gave Dr. Rice the talking points? Who amongst these haters would be person enough to come out and not ONLY recant, and without equivocation restores Dr. Susan Rice’s reputation? McCain called her on National TV: NOT BRIGHT. McCain’s political demise…..is officially sealed.

  26. 79 daisydem
    November 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Went to wh.gov and sent our wonderful VP a message on this, his birthday. I had not thanked him nor congratulated him on the work he did during the campaign and his win too for four more years.

  27. 80 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

    [Good! That Saturday Aretha concert w/ FLOTUS must’ve worked wonders! 🙂 ]

    “Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets are reporting that Holder has agreed to continue his work for a year or so into President Obama’s second term.”


  28. November 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

    This is why we need a good education system. . .

  29. 86 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Was the VPUTOS’ Birthday picture there originally? Or did I miss it?

    I have got FOUR eyes……perhaps, I need new specs?

  30. 90 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

    [Pies, pies, & that delicious B&W photo of young PBO!]:

    ‘President Obama’s avowed love for pie is now well known, and six different kinds of pie will be the extravagant finish to the First Family’s Thanksgiving feast on Thursday at the White House. According to Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, the President’s favorite pie is Banana Cream–which will be served. But in 1980 when he was a Freshman at Occidental College in Los Angeles, the young Mr. Obama went home with his roommate Paul Carpenter for Thanksgiving dinner, and he reportedly fell in love with mom Alice Carpenter’s Coconut Chiffon Pumpkin Pie.


    “Barry,” as he was known at the time, spent the holiday with the Carpenter family in Claremont, CA, because he couldn’t afford a plane ticket to go home to Hawaii to visit his grandparents. That’s the story according to Oxy, the college’s online newssite, which has newly posted details of the President’s first college Thanksgiving, and the pre-presidential love affair with pie. Also posted is Mrs. Carpenter’s recipe, now known as “Barry’s Favorite.”


    Barry “had gracious manners and was very warm,” recalled Mrs. Carpenter. Dad Chuck Carpenter praised the young Obama as “just a wonderful young man, just a very fine young man. Polite, personable.”

    “All those memories are fond,” said Paul Carpenter, who is now a lawyer practicing in Los Angeles. “My mother loves him. He was unassuming, easygoing and good-natured. Those were fun times.”


  31. 93 Eveingeorgia
    November 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Morning TOD. Just saw the “random” video of the shirt. It looks even better when it’s walking, I must say!

    Thank you for this treasure trove of sights, sounds and thoughts. Greatest place in the world is this site you have created, dear Chips.

  32. November 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

  33. 96 vcprezofan2
    November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Sticking my nose in to say a gracious ‘Thank YOU’ to our resident round-up Queen! Thank you CC for having enough info in one place that the slow amongst us (moi) can do one-stop news shopping.

    Good Morning, TODobots! Made it with half an hour to spare. I so feel compassion and understanding for that presidential yawn.

  34. 97 debz
    November 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Good morning all. Happy Birthday to our Vice President Biden!!! I am having a “cup of Joe” in his honor.

  35. 98 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 11:38 am


    “In other news, Google announced plans today to invest $75 million in a 50MW wind farm in Rippey, Iowa, bringing the company’s total investment in renewable energy to more than $990 million.

    “The state of Massachusetts also announced that it will offer in-state college tuition to so-called “DREAMers” that qualify for President Obama’s deferred action program.”

    [Funny toon at link too]: http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/11/leading-the-charge.html

    • 99 theo67
      November 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Some people are moving on into the future, while the dinosaurs in the Republican party continue to hurt their constituents. People need to understand that the government they vote in (or abstain from voting out) is the one they actually get. And these Republican governors weren’t born into those jobs – they were voted in.

    • 101 HZ
      November 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Beautiful Morning to my TOD Family and our beautiful Chips. What a beautiful day Chips gave all of us yesterday.

      You all know that we are the most thankful family in cyberland. Yes We Are!!!! I give thanks also for Chips being our brilliant leader in our most wonderful haven. Great things coming our way in this second term of support for our POTUS.

      Please, everyone have a great day. Off to my appointment and treat for the day. Love you all very much.HZ

      Continue to lift up our sisters and brothers and their families in the Sandy hit regions.
      Continue to lift up SOS Clinton as she makes the trip to the Middle East.
      Continue to lift up our POTUS and VPOTUS for wisdom to handle all of the nation’s business.
      Continue to lift up those in our TOD Family who are ill or still looking for jobs.
      Continue to lift up our Military families and give thanks for their service and sacrifices to all of us.

      Be good to thy spirit and kind to those who may not be as kind to you. Give a (((( Kindness))))HZ

    • 102 susanne
      November 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      oh, gawd, this is hilarious! ‘the crap goes out, the money rolls in’. murdoch in a nutshell. chips, this deserves enbiggening, imho!

  36. 103 JER
    November 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  37. 110 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    [Wow, it’s so quiet here! Where did everyone go? Anyhoo, here’s some pool report snippets of VPOTUS NJ trip, homeboy & all!! 🙂 ]:

    “Motorcade arrived shortly after 3 p.m. Press was taken down to the PATH tracks, where various local officials including Sen. Frank Lautenberg were waiting. After a few minutes, VPOTUS arrived, greeting Mr. Lautenberg by saluting and and saying “Your holiness!”


    “The group moved upstairs to a waiting room within the terminal, where officials showed VPOTUS more pictures. Many appeared to be of devastated New Jersey Transit tracks. When shown a picture of boats and water on the tracks, VPOTUS said “Holy mackerel.” He then greeted some first responders before giving another set of brief remarks near some ferry slips.

    Details of those remarks to come. Pool is now holding in vans. A crowd had gathered behind some barriers nearby, and it appears that VPOTUS stopped to greet them, because they just let out a few loud cheers.


    “Pool has transcribed some of the Seaside Heights remarks. The heart of it was here, when he spoke about the need for federal aid to the region and described his own experience with the region, especially as a kid on the Jersey Shore.

    “If you’re not an Easterner it’s hard to understand that the ocean to us is the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and everything else combined. It is a gigantic part of not only our economy but who we are. It’s a gigantic part of the culture as well.


    “So as the president said when he was up here with the governor, we’re not going anywhere. We’re not not going anywhere. And you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it.”


  38. 114 Dakota
    November 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Loving all the beautiful photos our Chips keeps posting for us. Really makes my day. The President is on his way home to his family after a successful trip to Asia. I know he’s been constantly working on this trip what with this horrible mess with Israel. SOS Hillary is on her way there and I know she’d much rather be heading home to her family. I’m praying for her and that her trip is also a success.

    Great news about Google, the Massachusetts in-state college tuition for “DREAMers” and that Eric Holder is staying on as AG.

    Oh and Happy Birthday V.P. Joe!!! Love Ya!

  39. 115 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Love the photo by Samrang Pring — 3rd one above toons. Intense.

  40. November 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    By JOSH GERSTEIN | 11/20/12 11:48 AM EST
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — For the third time in the last 24 hours, President Barack Obama has spoken by phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in an effort to broker an end to the crisis in Israel and Gaza, the White House said.

    In the latest call, Morsi and Obama spoke for about 20 minutes as Obama returned aboard Air Force One from a trip to Asia, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters on board the plane just after it landed for a refueling stop in Japan.

    “It was an opportunity for them to continue the discussions they’ve been having and to speak in advance of Secretary Clinton’s arrival in the region,” Rhodes said.

    The White House seemed to be going out of its way to praise the efforts that Egypt’s fledgling leader — a member of the Muslim Brotherhood — has been making in seeking to resolve the crisis. Rhodes made clear that involved primarily acting as an interlocutor with Hamas, which controls the West Bank. The U.S. considers Hamas to be a terrorist group and has no direct contact with it, Rhodes said in another briefing on Tuesday.

    November 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm


  42. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Again, Happy Birthday, Joey Biden! On you, “70” looks good!

    And thanks, Mr. Vice President, for saving us from this:

  43. 137 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  44. 138 andogriff
    November 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks so much for the fantastic morning round up, Ms Chips! Made my day, even though it’s past 7:00 p.m. here already! Love to you and everyone on TOD.

  45. 139 JER
    November 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  46. 141 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    • 142 a4alice
      November 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      thankyou dudette! RT’d

    • 143 xtine
      November 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Wow, they need Gubmint 101?!

      • 144 dudette9t9
        November 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        Pitiful isn’t it! Just another attempt at slapping the President, the same as that reprehensible censure crap they ran on AG Holder!

        These people have no honor, no decency. They could care less about facts. All they do is whine, obfuscate and hate.
        It’s infuriating! They don’t serve to have high representing this country!

  47. 145 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    [Hey Bay Area TODers, this play sounds fascinating!]: “Love Balm for My Spirit Child”

    A woman, somewhere, gave birth to each of the people killed in Oakland’s 109 homicides this year. And after the news cameras go away, and the protests die down, and the courtroom dramas wrap up—in the rare instance a killer is tried at all—those women are often left behind. They walk among us with lives forever reshaped by the violent taking of their children. “Love Balm for My Spirit Child,” a new play which debuted last week at Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance, explores that changed, wrenching existence.

    In 60 minutes of tightly written, vivid theater, five actors share the testimonies of six Bay Area mothers who lost their sons and grandsons to police and community violence. “Love Balm” raises elemental questions about society, and the wholesale casting away of the lives of black and brown males. What does white supremacy and a societal fear of black men, enacted through the nation’s history in the form of state-sanctioned police brutality and mass incarceration, look like to the mothers of just a handful of those men? How does a mother raise and love and lose a boy whose life society has deemed dispensable? And what does it mean to be, as the play says, “just ordinary women who dared to bring babies into the world?”

    But the play’s artistic director Arielle Brown says the project also seeks to answer a far simpler question: “How do we move through all that and continue to live and see our children in the sun?”

    More here: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/11/love_balm_theater_project.html

    • 146 Eveingeorgia
      November 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I relate to this. Being a mother of two AA males and having one grandson, I am deeply saddened and concerned about the dangers that threaten them. To think, in the 21st century, that parents of AA men still have to train them to be aware of living while black is so disheartening and dispiriting.

      The one ray of hope I have is that this country re-elected PBO. That says a lot, because there were many whites who repudiated the violence and racism by casting their votes for him. I am grateful and hopeful.

      • 147 jackiegrumbacher
        November 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Eve, I agree that it’s a national disgrace that any mother should live in fear because of the color or her sons’ skin. Racism is the great millstone this country carries around its neck and we won’t be a truly free and great democratic nation until we cast it away from us forever. PBO’s election was a step forward, but it seemed to arouse a lot of deep-seated racism in whole of of crazy people that both scares and depresses me.

  48. 148 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  49. 149 a4alice
    November 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    OK one more thing then I gotta get back to work – CHIPS This is awesome!! You work so hard on this site thank you so much for everything you do! w00t!!!! 😀

  50. 151 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    • 152 anniebella
      November 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Dump Donald Trump.. Macy doesn’t have the guts, plus the owner of Macy is probably just like Trump, the same kind of person Trump is.

      • 153 theo67
        November 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        Yup – people like the Macy’s owners don’t realize that consumers have power. And their empire can disappear in a flash – and someone else will step in to fill in the gap. There will always be someone who can perform a service like Macy’s, and they’ll value their customers and their country so much more than these idiots at Macy’s. I had stopped shopping there a while back, because they seem to have lowered their standards. I started shopping at Nordstrom and others – much better service. And now I have a reason not to go back.

        • 154 Puddin'
          November 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

          I haven’t shopped at Macy’s in years…you are right the quality is not what it use to be, hasn’t been in a very long time. I know that I can make or brak Macy’s, but it is the principle.

      • 155 dudette9t9
        November 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        They’re still running ads on Limbaugh’s show too.

  51. 156 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    “It’s mostly just a gleam in the Arizona Secretary of State’s database, but a new group called Arizona Advocates for Marriage Equality has formed to pursue same-sex marriage in that red state. The founder, Tanner Pritts, 22, tells us the idea is to get a referendum on the ballot in 2014 …


    “After Maine, Maryland and Washington passed ballot measures for marriage equality this month, activists have said they’re looking at Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon and Hawaii. Those are all blue states. So far as I know, Arizona Advocates for Marriage Equality would be the first new effort in a red state. They’ll need a quarter-million signatures.”


  52. 157 anniebella
    November 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Happy Birthday to a wonderful Vice President Mr. Joe Biden. 4 More Years.

  53. 158 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    [Karma loves us, yes I know! 🙂 This is the result of that idiot John Metz who threatened his workers with 5% surcharge, etc.]:

    “The backlash didn’t take long. Denny’s diners, including many that aren’t owned by Metz, immediately saw a drop in sales, and were inundated with phone calls from angry customers. With other franchise owners panicking due to boycott threats, the corporate office is in damage-control mode.


    “Unfortunately, the comments of this franchisee, who represents less than 1 percent of our system and who owns restaurants in other concepts, has been portrayed as reflective of the entire Denny’s brand,” Miller added. “I am confident his perspective is not shared by the company or hundreds of franchisees/small business owners who make up the majority of the Denny’s community.”

    “For his part, Metz is in full retreat, issuing a statement denouncing the surcharge he defended last week.”

    More here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/20/15309866-why-dennys-is-in-damage-control-mode

    • 159 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      All kinds of bad words came to mind about that guy, but moving on. Nothing to see here. &&$$%%@@## (Grrrr.)

    • 161 Melissa
      November 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Maybe those billionaire CEO will think twice before making stupid comments. I find that not many people have sympathy for you when you whine about providing some kind of healthcare to your employees, when you are already paying them less than liveable wages. Customers are king, they can and will take their business elsewhere.
      But the one I reaally want to take down in the Papajohns guy. He’s such a right-wing tool, on top of serving nasty pizza. He needs to go.

  54. 162 theo67
    November 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Chips – thanks so much for the wonderful rundown of global front pages noting this moment in history, and the excellent coverage during this latest foreign trip. How delightful to see the world recognizing these past few days.

  55. 163 xtine
    November 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    [Forget who’s a GA TODer, but please shut the door firmly on these idiots!]:

    “Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) failed in his bid for a second term, but Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart wants the right-wing lawmaker to move to the Peach State and try again.”


    • 164 dudette9t9
      November 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I wish to high heaven we could. A lot depends on where he’d move. If he tries to bring his crap to metro Atlanta, Athens, Columbus Savannah, or Macon, he’s toast. 50/50 in Augusta (military, but went blue for PBO).

      But, these are pretty much oases in a red desert. The saving grace is a lot of the red desert is full of redNECKS who would never vote for someone as melanin challenged as he is.

      • 165 joyfulmeme
        November 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Dudette, I have often wondered about GA and why it is overwhelmingly republican. Do you see it going purple or is it like my state (Texas) outnumbered by fools? One good note is that most metro counties including (Dallas, Harris and most of the southern part of Texas) supported Obama. I have hope we will soon get off the kook train.

        • 166 dudette9t9
          November 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

          I had huge hopes for us going purple, but it’s definitely gonna be a while now. State legislature is now super majority Repub, so we’re screwed at the State level, mostly due to gerrymandered districts. Gonna take another big influx of new blood or more young people to get out and vote even though we’re not (yet) a swing state. Numbers were down from 2008.

  56. November 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    PETA is a joke. They ate always on the Presidents case.
    This time, they want him to stop the Pardon of the Turkey.
    And if he did stop the pardon of the Turkey on his own? Guess which organization would be in his case?
    Yup, PETA.
    Me thinks the guy in charge of PETA has a problem with the President.

    • 168 Japa21
      November 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Me thinks the guy in charge of PETA has a problem, period.

      • November 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        PETA quote-

        “Turkeys do not need to be ‘pardoned’—they are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice. They are innocents who should be respected for who they are: good mothers, smart birds, and interesting animals,” Newkirk wrote.

        The group suggested a vegetarian alternative for Obama and his family to eat at their Thanksgiving celebration.

        “This year, we encourage you to forgo this event, which so many Americans find offensive, and choose a delicious, healthy Tofurky roast for your family’s holiday table,” she asked.

        Newkirk also compared the treatment of turkeys and other animals to the struggles of marginalized humans for dignity and self-respect.

        “You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing,” she wrote.

        • 170 desertflower
          November 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          Let me just say…Tofurky is NASTY. That is all 🙂

        • 173 jackiegrumbacher
          November 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

          Not necessary to have a “faux” turkey. We’re vegetarians, and we have a delicious platter of roasted root vegetables with fresh herbs, no- meat stuffing with dried cranberries soaked in sherry, sauteed pecans, green onions and toasted seedless rye and corn bread croutons and lovely fresh green beans and salad. No one ever goes away hungry and no creatures are killed to make the feast.

          • 174 edp4bho
            November 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

            Mmmm, sounds good Jackie. I try to do a veggie meal atleast once a week, and have cut down my consumption of meat. PETA is just ridiculous, though, with their defense of the fly that PBO whacked. I do think it’s personal with them.

          • 175 susanne
            November 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

            hi jackie
            we quit meat a dozen or so years ago, and enjoy so many creative and delicious meals! thanksgiving was one of the difficult transitions–so much revolves around the turkey! but now we’re happy with our new traditions, and watching these animals play reminds me why.

        • 176 edp4bho
          November 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

          Just great. Now I’m compared to a turkey……a frickin turkey! So what kind of shoes do these PETA folks wear? Cotton? Silk? Wood? Gone too far this time, PETA !!

          • 177 LDS
            November 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

            Exactly, I totally agree. I respect Vegans, vegetarians . I do not eat very much red eat, but please do not get petty with this. What are your shoes, belts, and other clothing made? Are you riding a bike instead of driving? Your gas guggler is killing ME……I know vegetarians and vegans who smoke cigarettes. Pot smokers and alcohol drinkers who will not eat pork, but you ingest others poisons.
            Fish had to be killed,vegetables were uprooted for you to eat. So I do not get these PETA people at all!

        • 178 theo67
          November 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

          This is ridiculous. Has this guy made similar statements to every other President since JFK? Or is this restriction only restricted to President Obama? If he doesn’t want to eat turkey – and we never do for holidays – then he’s free to eat whatever he wants to eat. Tofurkey, lamb, salad or water. To compare a turkey with people who have struggled for human rights throughout history is outrageous.

          • 179 dotster3
            November 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

            I don’t get targeting President Obama. I still eat meat but less so, but my sympathies align with PETA. If I allow myself to think about it, really think about it, I would never eat meat again. That’s what happened to 2 of my 3 daughters. And a big chunk of our younger generation. Our Thanksgiving has turkey eaters and vegetarians and everyone does just fine, to each his own.

            • 180 theo67
              November 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm

              We’re on the same page. I have a sister who is on a vegetarian kick, and her daughter doesn’t eat much meat. I’ve reduced my meat intake. I have a lot of alliance with the broader PETA causes, and think food that we eat should be treated humanely. But, I certainly wouldn’t stop people from eating at KFC or other places that don’t necessarily source their food from humane farmers. I think it’s one thing to raise awareness; quite another to try and dictate to the President some nonsense like this PETA character.

    • 181 dotster3
      November 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I would like him to stop the pardon of the turkey because it is the stupidest of traditions. Stupid quadrupled. And it’s stale.

  57. 182 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This is the full video of Jim Messina’s appearance at Politico’s Playbook Breakfast. Messina is as usual brilliant and wonderful.


  58. 184 donna dem 4 obama
    November 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Yippee that’s my county….and probably 122 of those 25,122 new votes came from my family 😉

  59. 191 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    This is pretty cool.

  60. 197 susanne
    November 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    ‘ Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month was at 5.5 percent for the first time since November 2008. ‘


  61. 198 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This is freaking hilarious.

  62. 199 susanne
    November 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    the bhagavad gita, people!!! teagop heads exploding 3…2…1…

    ‘ When Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii resident who made history this month as the first Hindu elected to Congress, attends her swearing in ceremony in January, she’s poised to mark another first in American politics: Gabbard will take her oath over the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text. ‘


    • 200 xtine
      November 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Good for her! Just curious: has anybody ever been sworn in w/out putting their hand on anything religious?

    • 201 Bill R.
      November 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Well, consider this. In Hawaii the majority religion is Buddhism. So how do they swear in legislators and public officials there? The Heart Sutra or the Dhamapada??

      • 202 susanne
        November 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        not sure that’s correct, bill. true there are many buddhists, but i think christianity is still most heavily represented, and the standard oath is with the christian bible.

        • 203 Bill R.
          November 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

          Yes, I was wrong. However, the new Senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, is Buddhist. So I wonder what text she will swear by. According to the Googling I did, Christianity is at 30%, Buddhists are at 9%. Majority of people in Hawaii are non-religious.

  63. 204 susanne
    November 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    i’d been wondering how the ‘iron dome’ works–couldn’t see it in the photos…..? watched this bloomberg video, and also found how much money pbo has provided to bibi over the past years so that the iron dome would be operational. funny these figures didn’t come out till after the election.


  64. 205 susanne
    November 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    law of the land–thank you pbo, nancy smash, and activist america!

    ‘ A federal judge on Monday denied a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature health reforms, ruling that the owners of a $3 billion arts and crafts chain must provide emergency contraceptives in their group health care plan. ‘


  65. 206 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    SoS live from Jerusalem on MSNBC

    • 207 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      and it’s over…

      Brief statements from Nutenyahoo and SOS prior to their mtg. They joined in progress on SoS statement. No questions were taken.

  66. 208 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Here is the audio of Bibi’s and SoS Clinton’s statement. Netanyahu was so full of crap in his comments saying the other side has caused more horror and also tried to excuse Israel’s part in this mess.

  67. November 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    G’day Chips and TODers, The journey of POTUS in pictures these last two days have been spectactular. I’ve not posted in awhile but do read daily. Chips, I am so glad you posted the Borneo Paper with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and President Obama. He fascinated me so I did some research on him. He was the wealthiest man in the world at 40 billion dollars. Not sure if he remains so. I love the beautiful colors of all things Southeast Asia. The paintings, the women’s dresses, flowers and silks. I am so proud of our President and his gracious manners. Thank you for letting us share his journey and a big praise to all TODers for keeping me up with all things Obama. Barb………and I love his shirt.

    • 210 phoenixriz
      November 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      How do I change my name? I started out with Barb and now this other name keeps showing up. I don’t trust Bibi and never did. He thinks americans are fools………What has he ever given to the US and how much has he taken from us? He’s an egotistical fool. I remember when he was putting his finger in President Obama’s face. Start a war and get reelected. ………..jerk!!!

    • 211 theo67
      November 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Hey Phoenixriz – nice comments, and yes, the Sultan of Brunei is a fascinating character. When he divorces his wives, he strips them of all their titles and royal allowances… In any case, it’s been quite a journey to Asia!

      • 212 phoenixriz
        November 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Hi theo-thanks. Yes, the Sultan married those other times for lust. His first wife was a prearranged marriage and she is his cousin. Interesting.

  68. 213 susanne
    November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    citizens united–

    ‘ It is a constitutional doomsday machine set loose in the area of campaign finance. There is no remedy to it except to bring it down from the outside.

    Which is what Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is trying to do. “There’s just no way around it,” he says. “There’s no way to get to transparency and disclosure as long as the decision stands. I don’t see a way around it, anyway.” Instead, Udall is the driving force to repeal Citizens United through a constitutional amendment. The amendment would give Congress the constitutional power to regulate the raising and spending of money in national elections, and it would give the states the same power to regulate spending in their elections.

    Read more: Tom Udall On Citizens United And The Bold Solution to Overturn It – Esquire – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/tom-udall-citizens-united-amendment-14761989#ixzz2Cnit1A8A

  69. 217 dotster3
    November 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Allen West is really gross, isn’t he? And weird. I’m so glad he’s gone. I get home, turn on the teevee ——and there’s Allen saying “crap sandwich” over and over—-something about Obama giving everyone a “crap sandwich”. (clip on Bashir) So one more crazy gone, how many more to go?

  70. November 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

  71. 222 99ts
    November 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    When President GW Bush was in power – did the media talk non stop about what the democrats wanted to do – I find it amazing that the talk shows are saying nothing about what the President and the democrats are doing – but they are full on about how the GOP will rebuild

    • 223 sabreen60
      November 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      And not only that – every time I turn the TV on I hear what the Repubs position is on the budget. Did I miss something. Did we win or not, cuz the media and the Repubs certainly act as though we did not.

  72. November 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    • 226 susanne
      November 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      hard to hear bibi talking without the echo of his secret video reminding me how he plans to manipulate us. also, is there ever going to be a day when we say, this is a reasonable time for sec clinton to step down?

  73. 227 susanne
    November 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    A child dies, somewhere in the world, every three seconds. Today is United Nations Universal Children’s Day.

  74. 229 dotster3
    November 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Couldn’t believe what I drove by today. A couple of odd-looking goofballs—–a man and woman—–and excuse my judgment but looking very much like they could use President Obama’s social safety net protections——had set up a big Impeach Obama display on the property right outside the post office. Big blown up posters of Obama with an X across them, a big sign that said “Impeach Obama—-fast and furiously” and a bunch of tables no doubt loaded with hate literature and a bunch of other junk. Tea party remnants? It didn’t look like their efforts were attracting any fellow crazies. People were just kind of curiously staring at the nuttiness as they drove by. Still infuriating. How can you hate that much to go to all that effort—–and in Illinois? It was like tattooing “I am an ignorant nutty nut” across your forehead.

    • 230 sabreen60
      November 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Someone called into Stephanie Miller’s show a yesterday (I think) and said the same thing. She was very upset by it. Seems that someone had set up an impeach President Obama table in front of the Post Office. Her name was Pam and her husband’s name is John. They call into Stephanie’s show often.

      • 231 anniebella
        November 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        Now please tell me what they want to impeach President Obama for? Being BLACK. I am sick of these crazy ass people like that.

    • November 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      That’s the mo of Lyndon Larouche nut jobs and they’ve been doing it ever since he was elected in 2008. In Seattle, they’ll often put up one of their tables at a Trader Joe’s or in Westlake plaza. Total loons and very, very mean.

    • November 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      These are Lyndon LaRouch fanatics. They did the same thing when Bush was in office. Ignore them; everyone else does.

    • 234 Obama Grandmama
      November 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Isn’t there some law about not campaigning on Federal Property or something like that?

  75. November 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    • 237 susanne
      November 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      amazing that costco, with happy employees and sustainable products–is the world’s most successful retailer. check it out, walmart–you don’t have to be evil to be profitable!

  76. 239 susanne
    November 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    ‘ Newark Mayor Cory Booker is set to live at least a week on food stamps after he challenged a self-described Army wife and veteran to join him in the test.

    Booker tweeted on Monday that investing in “schools, nutrition, etc” would save money in the long run instead of paying only for “huge back-end” government programs like prisons and police. ‘

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84076.html#ixzz2Co5Hjqlo

  77. 240 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I now understand why McCain has it in for Susan Rice

    Little petty folks like McCain NEVER forget an insult.

    From Susan Rices wiki page:

    “Rice went on leave from the Brookings Institution to serve as a senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. Rice took a disparaging view of Obama’s Republican opponent in the campaign, John McCain, calling his policies “reckless” and dismissing the Arizona Senator’s trip to Iraq as “strolling around the market in a flak jacket”

  78. 243 lisalovesobama
    November 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    hello! where is everybody?

    • 244 proudmemberofglobalzero
      November 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Lisa. Just popped on to say hello to my TOD family. I had the day off and I am spending it doing holiday cleaning. Only my daughter is coming home for Thanksgiving this year. My two sons are both far away and working. I am working tomorrow so I don”t have time to get everything done before Thursday. I pop on to read during breaks but don’t get time to post much.

      • 245 lisalovesobama
        November 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        hey, proud! Sorry your sons won’t make it home for thanksgiving, but I’m sure you’ll see them for Christmas. 🙂

    • November 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Hey I’m here. 🙂

    • 248 hopefruit2
      November 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Hello lisa. Looks like TOD is naturally tuned in with PBO’s circadian rhythm while he’s on his trip. It’s evening – yet I see “rise & shine” 🙂 By tomorrow, PBO will be back on US time, and so will TOD!!

    • 250 susanne
      November 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      hey, lisa. just went for lunch, but i’ve been talking to myself a lot today. maybe folks are out shopping for their thanksgiving gathering?

  79. 253 Melissa
    November 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hehehe so glad of the rise of social media : it definitely gave customers their power back.
    Here is John Schnatter, of Papa John’s Pizza, pathetic excuse of backpeddling in op-ed on Huffpo. Basically, he’s saying he was a victim of a reporter, not disclosing they were a reporter and misrepresenting what ” he meant” by being against Obamacare…TOo Little, Too late, no more Papa Johns for me ( not that I was a big fan anyway)


  80. 255 collegekay
    November 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Ummm where is everyone? LOL we’ve been on rise & shine all day? 😀

  81. 258 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Ha ha!!!

  82. 262 Don
    November 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    My wife just informed me that we will be having guest over for Thanksgiving, what happened to the good old days when a guy could come home from work take of his clothes and sit at the dinner table in his gym shorts and undershirt and enjoy a nice dinner?

  83. 263 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  84. 264 JER
    November 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  85. 265 JER
    November 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  86. 269 FiredUpInCA
    November 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    What an excellent round up this is. My favorite trips are Moneygall, the UK (for his address to Parliament), Australia and Egypt, for the New Beginning speech in Cairo.

    I am proposing a draft petition for We the People:

    “Having watched the current President of the United States on the world stage since his momentous speech in Berlin and having seen a gallery at The Obama Diary of the President and the First Lady as they exude dignity and grace and good-lookingness, peacefully grant the people of the United States of America permanent status to the President and First Lady as official First Couple of the U.S. to be ambassadors representing the U.S. regardless of whomever becomes President in the future.”

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