Rise and Shine

Three years ago today – Pete Souza: “Another snowstorm blanketed Washington for the second time in a few days. Because it was a Saturday, I hung around the White House thinking that the President might venture out in the snow with his daughters. Here they are playing in the Rose Garden in the midst of the storm.” Feb. 6, 2010



9:50: President Obama departs the White House

10:10: Arrives in Annapolis, Md.

10:30: Attends the Senate Democratic Issues Conference

11:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

12:25: President Obama departs Annapolis

12:45: Arrives at the White House

2:0 Will announce nomination of Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department

4:0: Secretary of State John Kerry is ceremonially sworn in by Vice President Biden in Washington


Washington Post: President Obama on Wednesday will nominate Recreational Equipment (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department….

The choice of Jewell, who began her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil and worked as a commercial banker before heading a nearly $2 billion outdoors equipment company, represents an unconventional choice for a post usually reserved for career politicians from the West.

But while she boasts less public policy experience than other candidates who had been under consideration, Jewell, who will have to be confirmed by the Senate, has earned national recognition for her management skills and support for outdoor recreation and habitat conservation.

More here




ThinkProgress: Endorsements from the National Rifle Association might be doing political candidates more harm than good, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

In a national survey, 39 percent of voters said that they are less likely to vote for a politician whose candidacy has garnered NRA backing. Only 26 percent believe they’re more likely to support such a candidate.

But more importantly, the number of independent voters are far less likely to see the NRA nod as a good thing: 41 percent say they’re inclined not to support a candidate who’s backed by the NRA…..

More here



USA Today: President Obama will visit Israel this spring, though specific dates haven’t been nailed down.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama discussed the visit in a Jan. 28 phone call with newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As part of the trip, Obama will also travel to the West Bank and Jordan.

More here


Reuters: Home Depot Inc said it will hire 10,000 additional seasonal workers for its key spring selling season as it sees higher sales growth during the period.

The home-improvement retailer said it will hire 80,000 seasonal workers this year, 14 percent more than it hired last year.

More here


Steve Benen – see here


NYT: The flaws in the American election system are deep and widespread, extending beyond isolated voting issues in a few locations and flaring up in states rich and poor, according to a major new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The group ranked all 50 states based on more than 15 criteria, including wait times, lost votes and problems with absentee and provisional ballots, and the order often confounds the conventional wisdom.

In 2010, for instance, Mississippi ranked last over all. But it was preceded by two surprises: New York and California.

More here


ThinkProgress: During the November 2012 election, Black and Hispanic voters waited nearly twice as long to vote as whites, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis. New York Times graphs summarizing the analysis show that white voters waited an average of 12.7 minutes, while Black and Hispanic voters waited an average of 20.2 minutes

More here



TPM: When President Obama won in November the electorate also rendered a verdict on the priorities of the two major political parties. Democrats, most voters believe, are more concerned with the plight of the middle class than Republicans, who ran on a platform of actually lowering income taxes on wealthy Americans.

In the intervening months, Republican operatives have become practitioners of a new kind of alchemy, attempting with little success to convince voters that the right’s long-standing agenda is actually an array of policies that coincidentally meets the needs of the middle class.

Enter House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who’s hit upon a new plan. If you can’t turn lead into gold, go out and buy some gold paint.

More here



Thank you LovelyPlains!


NYT: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who lived for decades with a stunning secret — that she was the interracial daughter of Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a former segregationist who never acknowledged her publicly as his child — died Monday in a nursing home near Columbia, S.C. She was 87.

Strom Thurmond never publicly acknowledged that he was Ms. Washington-Williams’s father.

Six months after her father died at age 100 as the longest-serving senator in history, Ms. Washington-Williams broke her silence.

“My father’s name was James Strom Thurmond,” she said at a news conference in a hotel ballroom in Columbia on Dec. 17, 2003

More here


I hooted, in a loud snorty kind of way:


And now that Dick Morris is leaving Fox, it’s a good time to recall what a brilliant political-predicting-pundit he was:



166 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    February 6, 2013 at 9:07 am


  2. 5 JER
    February 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning Everybody. Obama fault!

  3. 11 desertflower
    February 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Hot diggity dog! Morning, TOD:)

    • 12 99ts
      February 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Hot diggity – congrats on first df – have a dancing day!

      • 13 desertflower
        February 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

        Morning, 99…doubt I’ll be dancing today…didn’t sleep last night….today will be one of those very looooooooooooooong days.

        • 14 99ts
          February 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

          oh dear – stay safe then and enjoy TOD.

          Do you drink hot tea (with half & half as a lovely lady once explained to me in the US – we say with milk). With a spoon full of sugar it is the most soothing drink I know when having a restless night. Shame about the Boston tea party – probably made it not so popular in the States.

      • 15 carolmaewy
        February 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

        You know, I am too for the first time in awhile. That naughty tent was so good for me. Rejuvenating, you might say.

  4. 16 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

    My local news is kicking ass. It’s freaking awesome how far local news has come. As a young person, I normally get my local, national, and international news online but I’ve been turning on the TV more and more to tune into my local news stations and they are fantastic. I get comprehensive news coverage; and I mean comprehensive. The level of quality is even more jarring when I flipped to Morning Joe to do a comparison test. Even with national media, my local media blows them out of the water. They report the news and if there’s a bill or policy or budget that the national media is trying to blame both parties for, my local media doesn’t do that. They’re not into the both sides false equivalency nonsense. They let the public know what the bill/policy is, what it does, who’s trying to block progress, and how it affects Americans. They also respond when one feels not enough coverage or all sides of an issue haven’t been fully covered.

    As a young person, I never really understood why older folks wanted to watch local news when with a click of a mouse you had all coverage at your fingertips but after watching my local news for quite a while now, it gives me a more positive perspective about local news. It’s quite fascinating.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      February 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

      And local news reporters get paid less, UT. It’s probably the obscene salaries that thwart judgments at the national level. They’re too rich to rock the corporate/special interest boats that fatten their purses. The big money probably doesn’t think it’s worth paying “bribing” local guys to shill their side–too small potatoes for them. So, unencumbered by huge wads of cash, local guys do the jobs they probably actually learned in journalism school.

    • 18 cookemom
      February 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

      None of the morning cable shows pretend to be news, they were never designed to be news. CNN will break and have a news update delivered by a journalist. MSNBC will not even talk about breaking news during Joe’s show. They have scheduled guests and topics and will not talk about anything else that morning. Fox and Friends are just sitting around throwing BS out to their rabid followers under the disguise of a morning chat among friends. Anyone who thinks they are watching actual news on a cable channel is woefully mistaken. Unless, they explicitly state ‘and now for the news’, then it is infotainment.

      The actual network world and national news doesn’t even show up until evening. Anything before that is punditry and opinion on anything political. Local news has always been more informative if it’s actual news that you’re looking for. Even Fox affiliated local news have some pretty good coverage. Local stations have a vested interest in their communities and they want to remain trustworthy. They also compete with local print media and can’t afford to be called out in print.

      • 19 donna dem 4 obama
        February 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

        THIS^^^^^ – Applause Applause Applause!!!!!!!!!

      • 21 PoliticalJunkessa
        February 6, 2013 at 11:30 am


        And it’s not even *good* punditry for the most part — all it is is people’s friends, kids, nephews, nieces, cast-off politicians, outrage specialists, etc., giving their “opinions.” It doesn’t make sense for the same old people to be opining on wildly diverse issues — I mean, really, you’re an expert on taxes AND voting reforms AND abortion AND labor issues AND the environment???? I don’t think so.

        When you get up and watch hours of CNN, MSNBC or Faux, with a few exceptions you are watching crappy entertainment, nothing more, nothing less. These people are not in the “news” business, they are in the business of stimulation, provocation, addiction, insanity and outrage. They don’t care if people like what they’re doing or not, as long as they are watching. The way I know this is that after all the emails, calls, and tweets of outrage, they haven’t changed a damn thing. But let the viewership drop off, and they start getting rid of folks that have been sitting on the sets for years and years (see Faux).

        • 22 cookemom
          February 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

          Exactly! they will trot out someone on a politician’s campaign or staff to talk about finance, economy, climate, energy, etc., instead of an economist, scientist in the field, or anyone who could really speak as an unbiased authority. They know to do so would cause people to think and that’s the last thing they want from their demographic. It’s like the Super Bowl Go Daddy ad. It scored as worst ad in all that were aired. Guess what? Go Daddy loves that distinction. It got more replay and air time AFTER the game. Kaching goes the register. The worst thing that could have happened to them was no response. Good or bad, money stays green.

    • February 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      What we have to remember when we sometimes hyperventilate over the cable nets is that their audience is MINISCULE compared to the evening news and local news. They don’t have tens of millions of people watching them. They’re pretty much niche channels for political junkies; the vast majority of Americans do not fall into that category. Same thing for the emoprog blogs: they serve a niche sector, and not even a sector which drives political action.

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        February 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        Very good reminder, LL. And many who have these shows on, use them as background noise and don’t really pay attention. Ever notice how every tv in an assisted living facility is on during the day, but no one is really watching? So, combined with the overall audience numbers, plus those in the audience who are asleep or busy, their influence really is small. Their irritation value for those who do pay attention is high.

    • 25 carolmaewy
      February 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Ok, now I’m depressed. You must be so young. 😦 No, I’m happy for you. I’m really glad you realized that about local news. But it depends on your local station. I watch the Denver NBC channel because I have for years. Rapid City or Casper, pretty dorky. They can hardly read the Teleprompter and are probably still in college. I think high school kids can do that good. Really, when I was working I got the news from radio. It depresses me too much to think about the people I live around, at least most.
      Here’s an example of what my Rep in Congress wrote back to me: Thank you for contacting me regarding the No Budget No Pay Act and the debt ceiling. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

      A line from Alice in Wonderland says, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Unless and until the Senate passes a budget, we do not know how it intends to balance the budget. House Republicans have passed a budget for everyone to see, to ‘cuss and to discuss’; the Senate, controlled by Democrats, has ‘cussed and discussed’ our House budget without offering an alternative budget of their own. It is past time for Senate Democrats to show the American people where they want to take us.

      Really, she’s quoting from Alice in Wonderland. Oh R Cynthia Loomis, you are a doofus. Give your staff the shaft.
      Please feel free to make suggestions TODville. 😈

      And UT, it’s so great to have a young person involved. Thank you for tweeting. I am terrible at 140 characters as you can see.

  5. February 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  6. 29 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Great news this morning!

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      February 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

      So since Jewell is replacing a male Sect of the Interior, is the media going to give PBO any points for diversity? Sure, any day now. This will be regarded as a “minor” cabinet post and therefore not counted.

      • 31 anniebella
        February 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

        This all started with Mrs. Ezra Klein and the NYT, what is she saying now?

      • 33 carolmaewy
        February 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        I know you’re being sarcastic about a minor post, but remember Watts? He almost turned us into a wasteland. And Ralph Nader bragged about all the new members at the Sierra club. Grrr.

      • 34 carolmaewy
        February 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        Sorry, I am passionate about my environment. 😉

      • 35 theo67
        February 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

        Even entertaining a question about President Obama’s take on diversity seems ridiculous. He’s got a truly diverse cabinet – his first cabinet was fully diverse, and that’s when he has earth-shaking problems to solve! And diversity is more than gender – it’s age, culture, thinking, experience – many things make up a diverse group. And given that he’s uniformly nominated women for the Supreme Court – his longest lasting nominations – I have no doubts about his respect for women, their judgement, their abilities, their place in the world. Ezra, his wife, and the lackeys who follow these shiny objects unthinkingly – they are shameful.

    • 36 carolmaewy
      February 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      I like Sally Jewell. She looks like she enjoys what her company sells! And on CO. They love their environment too. Remember Attorney General Janet Reno? She loved to kayak.

  7. 37 JER
    February 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta will be addressing students and faculty at Georgetown University, coming up momentarily.
    Good Music Playing: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  8. 40 Japa21
    February 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Get ready folks. I have a feeling the emoprogs will be out in force. She worked for Mobil Oil!!! She was a banker!!! She’s a corporate tool!!!

    Of course, she is also female but diversity doesn’t count any more. I haven’t seen it yet, but it won’t surprise me.

    Oh, and Good Morning everyone.

    • February 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

      The same thought struck me Japa – not even her “support for outdoor recreation and habitat conservation” will save her from their ire. They’re comically predictable! Morning.

      • 42 jackiegrumbacher
        February 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

        Yes, but when the same schtick is repeated over and over again, it’s just plain boring. They’re not worth reading, let alone losing sleep over. I’m far more concerned about all the nasty voter suppression and election rigging that’s going on in the states. The 2014 elections are beginning to look like Armageddon. GOP control of blue/purple states has to end. The damage is piling up right now and we need major reversals.

        • February 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

          Absolutely, Jackie. There is nothing in a million years PBO could ever do to please them, no matter what, their absolute opposition to him, on every front, is beyond tiresome.

          Voter suppression is too dull a subject for them to focus on, it’s not really important, is it? 🙄

          • 44 jackiegrumbacher
            February 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

            It would only become important if they had a favored darling in the race. Then, horrors or horrors, they would discover the outrage of preventing people from voting or lessening the impact of their vote trough electoral college rigging. When President Obama was at risk, it was a big ho hum.

    • 45 carolmaewy
      February 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      How do you know this already? Did you know she was up for the job? You must have Internet service instantaneously or inside knowledge? I have to check what day of the week it is in the morning. Twice at least! 😳

    • 46 theo67
      February 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I’m actually starting to enjoy watching the emoprog ire and their heads exploding, because there’s nothing they can do now. They are all gung ho for Hillary 2016, ignoring that she’s to the right of President Obama. So, all their protests now will be interesting when/if she starts running for President again.

      President Obama made it to a second term, despite the emoprog perpetual angst and disappointment. Nothing they can do to change that. And since most of them don’t actually lift a finger to move anything forward or get stuff done, then their voices are pretty much irrelevant. It’s like hearing mosquitoes buzzing – when you’re safely ensconced behind a mosquito net.

    • February 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      She’s also a Regent of the University of Washington and a fine person …

  9. 48 vcprezofan2
    February 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning, or Afternoon, or Evening to you all! (I won’t pretend to be sure what day it is.) 😆

  10. 51 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    • February 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thanks UT, added it to the schedule

    • February 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

      I hope She likes Green energy? Salazar opened public lands for Green Energy projects, and I hope she continues that trend.

      • 54 Pamela
        February 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

        REI originates in Seattle. Out here we are all about green energy, reducing carbon footprint, recycling, yard waste/food scraps collection is available at your curb weekly, in those projects we lead the nation. I’m proud to say! And good morning! 🙂

        • 55 theo67
          February 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          I’m really excited about this nomination for some reason. She’s a wonderful combination of business and environmental conservatism – and being CEO of REI must make her a true nature lover. I’m excited to see what she does. I hope she continues to focus on the causes of the Native American population – those are some of the accomplishments I’ve been most proud of in watching Salazar and President Obama.

  11. 57 cookemom
    February 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Goooooood Mooooorning O’s!!!!! How’s everyone on yet another great getting up day on the good ship TOD?!?!?
    Congrats on 1st df. The other Cuban in Congress from Florida is Rep Joe Garcia, a Democrat who served in PBO’s Energy Dept. He is on the immigration committee and his parents came to the US from actually being persecuted under the Cuban regime. Unlike Rubio’s, who lived their persecution retroactively.

  12. February 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I so wish the Evil killer Drones would stop killing number 2 Al Qaeda leaders. And that American US Guy in Yemen? He was Al Qaeda and in charge of AQM… In other words, he was innocent.
    He never intended that Kook at FT Hood to kill all those Soldiers! He was a nice Guy, a swell Fella!
    I would love to have Al Qaeda Americans over my House for Dinner, maybe hangout, go to a few movies Together?
    Just can’t wait!!!

  13. 69 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

  14. 70 yardarm756
    February 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    “First Call”/”Reveille”

  15. February 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Bp going to Trial against US, as no settlement on 34 billion has been made, under clean water Act.

    This will take a decade or more, before it gets resolved!

  16. 76 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Teeny….weeny….weedle McConnell’s afraid of a woman.

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      February 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

      That means they’re scared. I hope Ashley gets more and more publicity and gives McConnell night sweats–a truly ugly thought.

    • 78 cookemom
      February 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

      From the PBO playbook. Define your opponent before they can define themselves, even before there’s a reason to define them. PBO went after Romney well before he was the nominee. Expect that model to be repeated whenever possible. The only thing is GOTV efforts can nullify that iniative.

    • 79 anniebella
      February 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Ashley Judd has the old Turtle shaking in his boots.

    • 80 vcprezofan2
      February 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Wouldn’t it be nice if their needling actually becomes the final spur that nudges Ms Judd to declare herself…..when she is ready?

  17. 81 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

  18. 82 jackiegrumbacher
    February 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    The PPP polling on people’s opinions of politicians supported by the NRA is big news. If the NRA rating becomes a liability with voters, it’s influence dies. Sure the big gun manufacturers will continue to pump money into the organization, but the politcos might finally be liberated from its ugly tentacles. We’re seeing a transformation here in a relatively short time. It was sacred for some members of Congress to be associated with the NRA. It was a badge of honor. The more spit-spewing insane the NRA presents itself publicly, the more that badge of honor becomes a stain. This is where we all need to keep up the pressure on our own reps. Make sure they know repeatedly how much you scorn an NRA rating.

    • 83 theo67
      February 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Those brandishing their “A” ratings have facilitated the lax environment that has allowed the proliferation of over 300 million guns to people who, in many cases, are not screened, and absolved the gun industry from any liability whatsoever, while racking up tens of thousands of avoidable gun deaths. They’ve also sat silent while the Second Amendment’s true meaning has been corrupted to further the ends of a gun lobby and gun industry who prize profit over the lives of their fellow Americans. Many of those who bemoan the loss of their freedom to either slaughter or be slaughtered by guns are the same ones who screeched loudly about the “Fast & Furious” gun program that proliferated guns across the border. Their hypocrisy is astounding.

  19. 84 Vicki
    February 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Good morning, Chips and all of TOD.
    I just finished re-reading and re-watching all the clips from 1990-1991 on the last thread. Watched and read last night then again this am even though they weren’t new to me. PBO is endlessly interesting and as the years go on we see his focus has never changed.
    POTUS is who he is. We know he says what he means and does what he says he will do.
    We can trust him and count on him. So…

    It is hard to understand the ruckus on MSNBC about old news regarding drones. I can only hope their idea is to assist in softening Brennan’s hearing. Prehaps I am giving them too much credit.
    The alternative belief is that the owners of MSNBC are losing $$$ in the way PBO is conducting our security. Therefore their minions on air are required to instill doubt.

    Maybe heavily equipped and on the ground troops are what the MIC needs. Efficient drones, that don’t endanger our military, Not so much.

    • February 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Morning Vicki. What struck me most about those articles is the absolute consistency through his life, what were fundamental principles for him then remain so today. An amazing man.

      • 86 Vicki
        February 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

        Yup: Diversity makes us stronger. Include everyone. I am my brothers /sisters keeper. Building from the bottom up…(That one in slightly different form.)

    • 87 vcprezofan2
      February 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

      GM, Vicki! I haven’t watched the 90s videos yet this time around though I’m sure they will be good, because I am protesting Chips posting goodies in the middle of the TOD night when she knows I’m trying to go to bed at a reasonable time. I have noticed lately that this has become a habit and so as an active TOD villager I’m using my right to protest – which amendment is that again?

      OUCH! Oof! Ouch! Hey, West coast and others, violence is not an acceptable counter! Ouch! Let’s ne-go-ti-ate.

    • 88 dotster3
      February 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I’ve been trying to figure out NBC’s ulterior motive also——since every single NBC entity. local and national, began their news reports with questions about “President Obama overstepping his bounds”. I also considered it having something to do with the Brennan confirmation—-but also interesting about NBC’s corp connections to the defense industries and the expected loss of revenue there with the no more wars plan, drones instead of a mammoth military operation.

  20. 89 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

    If only all other states – where this is not in place – would follow suit, we’d be in a better place.

  21. 90 dotster3
    February 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I love kayaking——except when swans attack the back of my neck for innocently paddling too close to their babies. “Do I look like a swan baby snatcher to you, mama swan? You are dumb!”

    • February 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Me too Dotster! Except it’s swooping eagles for me. Inadvertently stopped under their nesting tree on the Wisconsin River for my lunch break. Like PBO choice for interior Secretary.

    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      February 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Yes, those swans, df, and swooping eagles, blondegrrl, are always coming after me, too. (Not!)

      For some reason, that cracked me up!

  22. February 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    GM Chipsticks, TOD. BIg day today on the non-political front. It’s like the the Super Bowl / World Cup for College football die-hards. Its National Signing Day! What is that you ask? Its when your college signs the high school football players they have been recruiting for 4 years and you find out weather your College team will be any good in the near future. Also Happy B-Day Bob Marley……Everything gonna be alright…

  23. February 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

    • 99 anniebella
      February 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Congratulation to the Baltimore Ravens. I’m glad to see Ray Lewis go out on a high note, best wishes to him.

  24. 100 Linda
    February 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mark Knoller Mark KnollerVerified ‏@markknoller

    Pres Obama’s remarks to Senate Dems closed to the press. In the past, WH allowed coverage of speech, but kicked press out for the Q&A.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      February 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Well, maybe Pres. Obama is talking turkey with the Senate Dems, Mark, and doesn’t want you there. Poor baby – it would have been so easy for you to just get a free pass to sit in, rather than your having to uncover any of the details through – you know – old-fashioned journalistic work or anything. Creepy boy.

      Although, I, personally, would have liked to have been invited in, too!

      • 102 theo67
        February 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        I would have liked to see the meeting, too, but if it means that President Obama can speak plainly and tell Dems to get a grip – then I’m all for it!

  25. 104 Linda
    February 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    ” Rise of the Drones ” ( this is excellent )



    fake outrage over drone use is laughable…..

    • 105 theo67
      February 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Evolution: armies moved from sword fighting at the castle gates, to fighting hand to hand in trenches, to using planes to cover long distances and drop bombs, to launching bombs remotely, to sending drones from halfway around the world. War is just bad and ugly. It rarely solves a problem or achieves the desired outcome – but occasionally, it does. But, if we’re going to fight them (and we’ll continue to do so as long as one side thinks the other side is bad and as long as people want to do harm to each other) – then shouldn’t we try and evolve with emerging technology and limit harm to troops? The President opened my eyes as to the reality that sometimes war is necessary during his Nobel speech. I may not like war and may not agree with it – but sometimes, it’s necessary. And I’m glad that there’s someone with integrity, like President Obama, who is leading at this time of war. And I agree that there needs to be some protection against unscrupulousness that may come about with the next President, or the one after that.

  26. February 6, 2013 at 10:08 am

  27. 107 Nena20409
    February 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

    ABCnews’ poll has 55% in support of a Pathway to Citizenship for undocumented Immigrants, per TPM.

  28. 108 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 10:10 am


    • 109 theo67
      February 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Indeed. I also love how the timing of the outrage is so conveniently intercepting with Brennan’s hearings tomorrow, when the memo has been out there since June last year! They’ve now conflated the killing of American terrorists with the general question strategy of the drone program. It’s fairly hypocritical to demand that the troops get out of Afghanistan, and also decry the drone program at the same time – a la Rachel Maddow.

  29. 110 4morefor44
    February 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

    REI isn’t just any multi-billion dollar company. it’s a co-operative and great illustration of how the “free market” can benefit it all and actually strengthen communities if used properly, instead of benefiting leeches to the system such as the mitt rmoneys and other republicans. sally jewell’s compensation is around $1 million/year, which is way lower than the average for a company that size. more companies starting up or switching to the co-op model is what could eventually save the u.s. economy from total collapse, and of course, wall street hates co-ops will do all it can to stop them. forward!!

    • 111 57andfemale
      February 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Another point in her favor: she’s not a career politician, making policy decisions based on votes in her home state. That should make a significant, and refreshing difference.

  30. February 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

  31. 117 dotster3
    February 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

  32. February 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Goooood morning everyone!

    WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to travel to Israel this spring for the first time since taking office, as he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu try to move past the friction of the last four years now that both have won re-election.

    By making Israel a stop on the first overseas trip of his second term, Mr. Obama hopes to demonstrate support for the Jewish state despite doubts among some of its backers. But the trip also seems designed to signal a new start in a fraught relationship rather than an ambitious effort to revive a stalled peace process.


  33. 119 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Chipsticks…….what have you been doing?

    • 120 lisalovesobama
      February 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Oh my gosh. 😯 😯

    • February 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeigh 😳

      • 122 Japa21
        February 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

        I was about to make some comment insulting the Irish, then I remembered I am half Irish. Also half English. Maybe that is why I am so conflicted all the time.

        • 123 jacquelineoboomer
          February 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

          I’m one-quarter Irish (the part I identify with most), one-quarter English, etc. Conflicted? Welcome to the family, baby!

    • 124 dotster3
      February 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Burger King must have been buying from the Irish—-had to admit their hamburgers contained horse meat. YIKES! Laughed at the tweet which asked—-‘Has anyone seen Rafalca lately? Since the poor showing at the Olympics?’
      And goodbye Burger King—-that should be the end of you.

  34. February 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Poor babies…GOPolitco haz a yitty sad:

    “President Barack Obama’s speeches have a familiar ring these days — no matter if it’s guns, immigration or the budget,” Politico notes. “Tout what he’s already done. Say the public’s in his corner. Demand Congress do something. Lament Washington dysfunction. Lay out his own plan. Avoid details. Urge voters to keep up the pressure. Warn it won’t be easy. Bask in the applause.”

    • 126 lisalovesobama
      February 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

      boo hoo!!! 😥 :tears:

    • February 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

      The GOP can’t tout, because they haven’t done anything to tout, except obstruction. Ah,success, what green eyes you have staring at you!

    • 128 Vicki
      February 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

      If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
      POTUS is practicing what the spinmeisters call “message discipline.”
      It will work!

    • 132 daisydem
      February 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      He has already done A LOTt; the public IS in his corner; Congress needs to DO SOMETHING; Washington is dysfunctional (because of the Republican Party); he DOES give details; voters NEED to keep up the pressure; it won’t be EASY (again because of Republicans); and he deserves any applause! Now Politico and company – STFU!

  35. February 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

  36. 134 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

    • 135 Melanie
      February 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Amazing how much this has been politicized. Apparently the Boy Scouts also get a lot of funding from churches and they have to be consulted too. smh

  37. 136 Linda
    February 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Chuck ToddVerified ‏@chucktodd

    So Babe Ruth, Ronald Reagan and @tombrokaw all share the same birthday? Impressive!

    ( hahaha…..wow….is this breaking news from Todd ? )

  38. 137 amk for obama
    February 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

  39. 143 JER
    February 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Denver police say at least two children are among three dead in a Wednesday morning shooting at a home… Denver Police Chief… said officers were called to the home… . When officers walked inside, they found three bodies and one injured person. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/child-carried-out-of-denver-home-after-reports-of-a-possible-shooting-at-49th-and-pearl

  40. 145 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    The White House Press Briefing about “DRONES” will start momentarily.

    • 146 Linda
      February 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Boehner Backs Obama on Targeted Killing

      By David Weigel


      Posted Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 11:20 AM ET

      Here’s one reason why drone warfare and targeted killing don’t really get discussed in Washington unless there’s a memo leak or a protest: There’s bipartisan consensus to whistle awkwardly and let the system continue. At Speaker of the House John Boehner’s weekly press conference, PRI’s Todd Zwillich asked whether the most powerful Republican in the country, a “constitutional officer,” had any concerns about targeted killing. After all, Congress could hold hearings. Congress could cut funding.

      “[House Intelligence Committee] Chairman Mike Rogers put out a statement yesterday,” said Boehner, “and I agree with that statement.”

      He didn’t quote the statement, but what Rogers said yesterday was that targeted killing of American citizens was a “lawful act of national self-defense.” Via the AP:

      When an individual has joined al-Qaida — the organization responsible for the murder of thousands of Americans — and actively plots future attacks against U.S. citizens, soldiers, and interests around the world, the U.S. government has both the authority and the obligation to defend the country against that threat.

      In general, Republicans agreed with the legal theories behind all this when George W. Bush was president. They agree with the theories now. They might call for more transparency, as Sen. John Cornyn is doing, but they don’t do so because they question the basis for the attacks.

  41. 147 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Thomas Roberts on MSNBC used the expression “conservative entertainment complex” on his show, earlier, to describe Rush and the gang of liars who abound on that side of the issues. Good one, akin to Ike’s warnings of the military-industrial complex. Of course, we have our own “liberal-progressive entertainment complex,” but we don’t lie – we just fight among ourselves.

  42. 148 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Chips – Are you sure that playin’-in-the-snow photo at the top of the post is “legit”? Looks as though President Obama has a bit of a pot belly in it, and ya know he doesn’t have a pot belly. Hmmm????

    P.S. Thanks for all the photos and news and commentary today, as usual! Off to a good start of the day!

  43. February 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    A person like this should not be allowed anywhere near teaching a classroom:

    Grisham: Like those lunches — you get 600-calorie lunches — you know who’s behind that?

    Different voice: Michelle Obama

    Grisham: Fat butt Michelle Obama

    (Giggling in background)

    Grisham: And look … look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.

    Different voice: Big fat gorilla


    Grisham: I’m serious. Y’all, our country is, is, is going in the wrong direction.

    Different voice: It’s going straight to hell.

    Grisham: You’d better be aware of it. And people running around like, oh it’ll get better, it’ll get better. No, it ain’t gone get no better until things change. I can give you example after example of that, but I don’t want to use any local names to give you examples. Things won’t get better until there’s a change in some areas and stuff. And you know what his platform was? Change. We’re gone change. We’re all … aw it’s OK …. for … and … y’all can get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, you can call the superintendent and tell her. I don’t believe in [homosexuals], I don’t like [homosexuals]. I don’t … I don’t hate them as a person but what they do is wrong, it’s an abomination against God. I don’t like being around [homosexuals].

    Full article here: Alabama football coach under fire for racist, homophobic rant in classroom.

    • 153 lisalovesobama
      February 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      No thanks.

    • 154 Linda
      February 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Good Grief…..the grammar alone should get him fired……

    • 159 daisydem
      February 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Please change this to Alabama HIGH SCHOOL football coach …. you scared me: I thought you were talking about Nick Saban (coach of our esteemed University of Alabama football team) (he may go off on these rants too, I sincerely hope not, I’d like to think he is not racist or homophobic, but we have no evidence of that) … but whew … I thought it was him til I read the story and saw the pic. Anyway, this coach’s comments make me sick, but hey, it is Alabama – I live here but basically I hate it. My soul is somewhere else. But I do like Alabama (college) football.

      • February 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        I just copy and pasted the headline from the Yahoo story, but, yeah, when I first saw the headline I thought it was the Alabama college football coach.

        • 161 daisydem
          February 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

          OMG! Yahoo has the headline like that? People are going to freak … at least I hope they do! And by the way, meant no evidence of that to mean we have no evidence he is either racist or homophobic (Coach Saban). Maybe he will see the headline by Yahoo and react soon to it – because if you are an Alabama football fan (again U of AL), first thing you will think is Saban! We are the national champions – and not just in football either.

        • 162 carolyn
          February 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

          Speaking of local news…..our NBC affiliate has a feature four nights a week called The Rant, wherein the lead anchor posts a question on the website for which he asks people to email or phone in responses. Last night he asked if this teacher, he never said he was a coach, should be fired for this action. Of the four emails three were yes, one said something about “liberal” media…..hohum….but the caller told the anchor that this was a stupid question and not worthy of The Rant. That I totally agreed with…….don’t give that ugly man more publicity!

    • 163 anniebella
      February 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      This racists ass bastard, I believe his name is Grisham ought to be FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Suspended for ten days is not enough. But what do we expect from the folks of Alabama.

  44. 165 theo67
    February 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I just saw a clip of silly Ed Henry asking Jay Carney whether the United States can “kill civilians”. Which “civilians” is Ed Henry talking about? The kind of “civilians” who join and lead terrorist organizations? Ed Henry is a fool.

    And who, in their right mind, thinks it’s a good idea for this particular Congress to provide oversight to critical military procedures when some of those members of Congress are launching unfounded witch hunts against members of the US Cabinet, proposing laws that harm Americans here in the US, denouncing science on climate change, proposing that military defense contractors are more important than senior citizens and their rights to a dignified existence, etc.

    • 166 theo67
      February 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Oh, and I almost forgot – isn’t Michelle Bachmann a member of the Intelligence Committee? Is she one of the people that the American people think should provide oversight to President Obama’s drone strategy?

      Personally, if the choice is between sending in an army, or using drones to strike a small target – I’d go with drones.

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