“The heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress…..”

Sorry everyone, didn’t have time to catch up with newsie stuff over the weekend, but caught a glimpse of the Selma commemorations today.

Got me thinking of the late Ann Nixon Cooper and President Obama talking about her in his first Chicago victory speech.

“The heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress…..”

Sequestration and all that? A misery. Completely.

But when you think of what Ann’s generation went through…. unimaginable, really.

So, in honor of Ann and her generation: never give up, never give in.


119 Responses to ““The heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress…..””

  1. March 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    The threat is severe and obvious …

    It spans every aspect of what it means for America to persist and expand as a democracy. A threat that includes a SCOTUS infected with racist servants of plutocrats …

    We Must Prevail.


  2. 7 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    To the whiny horselady

  3. 11 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

  4. March 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Evening everyone.

    A quick bash and grab from me. Will be back to regular programming tomorrow. This was the missus’ last weekend to eat like a normal person before starting up her pre-surgery diet tomorrow. Last night we had bbq, and today for lunch we had the best NY pizza west of, well, NYC. And we were productive in all other sorts of ways this weekend, so I’m pooped. And the next two days are going to be hellishly busy at bibliotequa de LL. But I may make first on Chips “Rise and Shine” on Tuesday, as I’ll be at work at a ridiculously early hour to open up for the poll workers.

    The sequester sucks. But I truly believe it’s the GOP’s final Waterloo.

    See you all tomorrow!

    • 16 amk for obama
      March 4, 2013 at 12:14 am

      Best wishes to her for a successful surgery, LL.

      • March 4, 2013 at 1:27 am

        She’s very excited for it. And as she recuperates, I’m going to put her to work helping me clean out the garage. And by “putting her to work”, I mean that she’ll watch as I move crap around. But it’ll keep her mind busy.

    • 19 theo67
      March 4, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Where did you have this pizza, LL? I’ve been looking for a really good pizza on the West side… Although I’m leaving the West side this coming week.

      Good luck as you work towards the surgery in the coming weeks!

    • 21 Arnie
      March 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

      I hope your wife’s surgery goes well. I also hope you’re right that the sequester will be the final shiv in the GOP’s side. Finally, I’d like to know where you found the pizza! I don’t live too far from you (behind the Orange Curtain) and have friends that live near LAX, and would like to visit that pizza place. I had wonderful pizza while in NYC at Lombardi’s, at the corner of Spring and Mott streets. Do you know it?

      • March 4, 2013 at 1:26 am

        My favorite pizza in NYC was the place around the corner from my apartment. It was where I had my first pizza at age 7 (I was a picky eater as a kid). I can still remember the taste of that first bite.

        As I told theo, Dagwood’s in Venice. Best pizza on the West Coast.

    • 24 cindysweatt
      March 4, 2013 at 12:38 am

      @LL, good luck for your wife. Take care of yourself too.

    • 25 99ts
      March 4, 2013 at 12:40 am

      wishing a safe journey to you both

  5. March 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

    President Obama proposed using a scalpel to make careful, strategic cuts to avoid the sequester, but the GOP “Leave it to cleaver” party chose a meat-axe instead. Ugh! This will be a bloodbath for too many jobs unless a commonsense caucus can be formed in the House.

  6. 28 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

  7. 33 sherijr
    March 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Definitely Chips: never give up, never give in. Ever

    Sleep well everyone~

  8. 34 susanne
    March 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

    moral: every baby gets a puppy!

    ‘ A 3-year-old girl who went missing from her home in a village in western Poland on Friday evening has been found alive after her pet dog snuggled up to her overnight to help keep her warm in sub zero temperatures. ‘


  9. 36 vcprezofan2
    March 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Ha, there you are!

    Hi Mary, Bobfr and …Chips! The torture I go through, checking in late to see if/when “that woman” has come home!

  10. 37 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 4, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Good evening all. As part of tomorrow’s day of action, I’ll be burning up the phone and fax lines to my congresscritter and others. My critter happened to get reelected in the MOST gerrymandered district in the USA. Not only did the district vote overwhelmingly for PBO, my county at 60% was one of only three counties in Pennsylvania to vote for PBO with a higher percentage in ’12 than they did in ’08.

    While we are working on our various national action issues and gearing up for ’14, please DON’T forget your local elections! In Pennsylvania we are circulating petitions for the ’13 election. If you are in Pennsylvania, make sure you sign one for each of your countywide candidates and your local Boro/Twp./City and school board candidates. Petitions are due to county boards of elections by Tuesday, March 12. If your municipality does not have a full slate of candidates, please consider running for office; we can’t afford to let rethugs win in a walkover…

    We MUST be the change that we seek.

    • March 4, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Go Alycee! This is how we must grind it out and hammer Congress with the realities of sequester madness!

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Good advice, Alycee. We’re seeing some great local candidates and just as important as getting them on the ballot is supporting them when they do.

      • 40 prettyfoot58
        March 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

        Gooood Morning Jackie and Alycee..my fello PAs….

        i saw the post of WiW regarding the day of action on the vulnerable REpubs…please explain what we should be doing…..

  11. 41 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 12:19 am

  12. 42 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 12:23 am

  13. 43 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 12:24 am

  14. 44 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 12:25 am

  15. 45 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

    • 46 HZ
      March 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

      GEvening Chips and my TOD Family. First, lots of love and hugs coming to you and the wife, LL from my heart and home to yours. The very best for her in the coming day.s Love you all with heart and soul.HZ

      Calling to our music experts in our family: Dudette, yardarm, amk, nath: Have any one in our music family heard of “The Piano Guys.” There are so many wonderful videos on YouTube and one reason that I mentioned, there is one where they dedicated a song to SandyHook. The artist is Alex Boye. There is one where they are performing on a rock. They are Great. I do not know how to share.

      Just trying to place music into my place while ill in bed. Take care all of my TOD Family. (((((((Lots of hugs to my Chips and each of you)))))))))))HZ

  16. 49 99ts
    March 4, 2013 at 12:34 am

    So as I was talking to myself on the last thread – I came across a query on the man who would run against Boehner. Seems he is a strong supporter of the President
    http://conservativecorporatism.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/can-john-boehner-gop-corporate.html and it’s link

  17. 50 cindysweatt
    March 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Ok, I need some help. My local Dems posted this article on FB and then proceeded to start complaining about our President. They claimed to have worked so hard (I hardly ever saw them) to re-elect the President. They want the one they elected back. Keep in mind, our local Dems are more like a stitch and bitch kind of group. Drink wine and complain. When it comes to knocking doors–not there. I am going to try to post the article. It is sad when a FB fight is with the Dems.

    • 51 99ts
      March 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Just remind them what happened in 2010 because of the complaints about the President

    • 52 amk for obama
      March 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

      At this point, they are either with him or with the rethugs with the resultant collective pain. End of discussion.

    • 53 theo67
      March 4, 2013 at 1:12 am

      The President was elected four months ago, and inaugurated about six weeks ago. Maybe just post the “Schoolhouse Rock” video for them to demonstrate how government works, and then ask them what they’ve done in these last six weeks (or four years and six weeks) to support the President’s agenda, seeing as he’s not a magical, mystical being. These kind of people drive me crazy.

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2013 at 7:37 am

      cindysweatt–we had a local Dem group like that years ago and now we don’t. The change came from a lot of like-minded people joining the local Dems. Dem Committee members are elected. In PA, you only need ten signatures to get on the ballot for the local committee. Even if you’re not officially a member you can go to meetings and express your disapproval of what your local Dems are doing. One passionate person makes a difference. Several can turn a local group around. Most of the time the “complaining” groups don’t get much done. So go in and start making things happen. Organize events and make clear you will only support candidates who support the president. I can tell you that this works and when you finally get a local group that actually behaves like real Democrats, you can accomplish a lot and make strides in growing a Democratic county.

  18. 55 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 1:17 am

  19. 56 kasai
    March 4, 2013 at 2:16 am

    This BS..We need to push back hard at this nonsense

    • 57 Bill R.
      March 4, 2013 at 4:28 am

      I did a pushback Tweet on this. But this is interesting. It’s obviously from Ed Henry, the Pres. of the WHPC, acting on behalf of Fox News. It’s a frantic claim accusing the POTUS of what the GOP is doing. It tells me the GOP is getting a lot of pressure already.

  20. 58 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 4, 2013 at 3:06 am

  21. 59 Bill R.
    March 4, 2013 at 4:31 am

  22. 61 Bill R.
    March 4, 2013 at 4:33 am

  23. 62 Bill R.
    March 4, 2013 at 4:45 am

  24. 72 utaustinliberal
    March 4, 2013 at 6:22 am

  25. March 4, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Good Morning TODville

  26. March 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Going back to sleep. Too early here. 💤😴

  27. 81 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Valerie Plame will be on MSNBC within the hour! Should be good to see her. 🙂

  28. 82 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 7:25 am

  29. 84 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I just realized something. Nicole Wallace is on the panel on MSNBC, and Valerie Plame is coming on tv.
    Is MSNBC that stupid to keep Wallace there while Plame is interviewed?
    You see, Wallace was WH communications director of the Yellow cake uranium thingy.
    Nahh, they can’t be that stupid, can they?
    And btw- I don’t get the Live feat that Rachel has for Nucole Wallace? Unless, she has a crush on her or something?

  30. 88 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

    John Boehner Admits He’s Completely Clueless About The Republican Sequester

    By: Sarah Jones


    As I’ve been pointing out for weeks now, the notion of using the trigger of sequester in order to force compromise is a Republican idea. They’ve been holding it up as the holy grail of budget discipline for years. Paul Ryan has been touting it as great governance since 2004. That is, until it looked like it might actually happen. Republicans cheered it on as the great solution. Sequester is supposed to be so awful it forces both sides to the table, yet the Republicans refuse to raise any revenue.

    Now that they’ve finally got it, now that it has gone into effect because Republicans refused to compromise on any loopholes or revenue, Speaker John Boehner admitted that he doesn’t know how to resolve it. In fact, he doesn’t think anyone understands how sequester is going to really work. Well done, Republicans.



  31. 89 LDS
    March 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Good morning TOD! Thank you Chips for the video of Mrs. Ann Nixon Cooper.
    What a lady! What a life!
    She encourages me to press on. I know what thr end will be……WE WIN!
    Just keep the faith TOD. POB needs our participation. Off to mark calls, tweets, e-mails,whatever is necessary all week to make a difference.
    Time to act !
    Have a great day!

  32. 90 desertflower
    March 4, 2013 at 8:18 am


    The “sequester” now goes down in history with blowing the surplus, Tora Bora, Iraq, Katrina, the financial crisis and the near-debt default in the GOP’s streak of amazing successes. With a streak like that, the only question is whether they’re better at hurting the country accidentally or on purpose.

    When it comes to the sequester, the damage will definitely be done on purpose.

    Republicans may want to give credit to the president for these automatic budget cuts, as the AP calls them, but no one doubts that the whole idea that we should reduce the deficit while unemployment is painfully high is basically the GOP’s entire reason for existing for the last four years.

    If you had a nickel for every time you were told, “We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” you’d be Rupert Murdoch.

    While the GOP has been effective in slowing spending, especially on the state and local levels, they haven’t been able to make drastic immediate cuts in federal spending — until now — sorta.

    The sequester has gone into effect just days after the Dow tested all-time highs, the housing market showed serious signs of improvement and unemployment claims dropped—suddenly, $85 billion in crude budget cuts that will kill 750,000 jobs will go into effect.

    Of course, on Saturday, Republicans began joking that there were no immediate effects. No long airport security lines, no rotten pony meat discovered at Carl’s Jr., no lepers molting in the street.

    The cuts will not really be obvious for about 30 days. So for 30 days, Republicans can still veer back and forth, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the sequester is great and Speaker Boehner saying it’s terrible but he’ll only stop it if Democrats agree to replacing it with other cuts — which would likely destroy an equal number of jobs.

  33. 91 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Either Boehner is confused or he thinks you’re confused

    By Steve Benen


    Honestly, Boehner came across as a man who’s just terribly confused about the basics of the ongoing debate. Putting aside ideology and preferred policy agendas, the Speaker just doesn’t seem to keep up on current events especially well — he doesn’t remember the 2011 spending cuts; he doesn’t remember last week’s Senate filibuster; he doesn’t remember President Obama’s offers to cut more spending; he doesn’t remember his own op-eds; and he doesn’t remember the economic growth that followed tax increases in the 1980s and 1990s.

    I’m tempted to take up a collection to help buy Boehner some remedial materials, but I’m not sure what he’d need first: an Economic 101 textbook or a subscription to a daily newspaper.



    • 92 Ladyhawke
      March 4, 2013 at 8:39 am




      The GOP can no longer be considered part of a functioning government. They have abdicated their role through rank stupidity and obstinacy. Americans are beginning to understand the deep level of the Republican Party’s new embrace of anarchy and the constant political campaign. Rather than forging a novel path of actually respecting the will of voters from an election just a few months in the past, conservatives are showing no signs of living in a world of reality, instead relitigating issues decided at the ballot box and inventing new ways to block the progress and routine operation of our nation. The GOP would take us to the very brink of disaster, then promises they want to do it again and again and again. Cabinet positions go unfilled because of petty partisan squabbles and the delusion from the right that they control whom Obama chooses to serve him. – progressive

      #1 – Mon Mar 4, 2013 8:07 AM EST


    • March 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

      A prescription for Adult Deficit Distraction Disorder. Is that Ritalin?

  34. March 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Good morning! I haven’t been online for a few days and I think I learned what drug withdrawal feels like. I was a wreck! :). I see that you’ve been visiting my website…I appreciate you. Gotta go back a few threads and play catchup, just wanted to tip my hat to you.

  35. 95 LDS
    March 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Sounds like a repeat of Mitt Romnesia!
    How conveniently they forget to remember.
    Smells like lies, lies and more lies to me.
    It is time to take that BIG gavel away from that little man.

  36. 96 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Ok – Valerie is up next! Please stay in Set Nicole Wallace! Please stay on set. 🙂

  37. 97 Vicki
    March 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Morning everyone at TOD.
    I’ve written and called my congressman….Jerry Nadler……about my distress over the housing cuts. He is progressive and always votes the way I’d like him to, I just thought that it coudn’t hurt for him to know his constituents were alert and worried.

    Good idea or waste of time?

  38. March 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Morning Chipsticks, TOD.

  39. 100 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2013 at 8:35 am


    VIDEO: Hey Stupid! The President Doesn’t Run Congress!!


    As I listened to a press briefing the other day, I was appalled when a reporter asked if there was anything the President could do by executive order to stop the sequester.Press Secretary Jay Carney responded that “It would certainly be a welcomed development if the President were able to legislate. Unfortunately…. that is not a power that the President has….”

    Now, maybe it’s me, but I don’t think it’s too much to expect reporters assigned to the White House to understand how the government works. Surely, when Congressional members and pundits are calling for the President to “lead”, everyone knows that’s just a bunch of blowhard bullshit…the President doesn’t tell Congress what to do.

    Here’s a clue…Congress is called the Legislative Branch because it is the branch of government that legislates. So all the finger-pointing about who is to blame for the sequester is just plain stupid. The President does not legislate. He either approves and signs a bill or vetoes it.



  40. March 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    A primer on the new Cabinet Heads

  41. March 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

  42. 103 desertflower
    March 4, 2013 at 8:43 am


    President Obama “is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress,” the Washington Post reports.

    “The president has named three dozen judicial candidates since January and is expected to nominate scores more over the next few months, aides said. The push marks a significant departure from the sluggish pace of appointments throughout much of his first term, when both Republicans and some Democrats complained that Obama had not tried hard enough to fill vacancies on federal courts.”

    “The new wave of nominations is part of an effort by Obama to cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency and makes the court system more closely resemble the changing society it governs.”

    • 104 Linda
      March 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

      ” when both Republicans and some Democrats complained that Obama had not tried hard enough to fill vacancies on federal courts.”

      ( Professional Complainers )

    • 105 Vicki
      March 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

      This is definitely good news.
      I think the “agreement” that Harry Reid made with McConnell instead of outright filibuster reform concerns exactly these appointments.
      I cannot recall the details but the general idea was to speed up the process.
      Now we see if there is Actual change and increased volume of filled vacancies. I am optimistic on this

  43. 107 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover has been put into “safe mode” after a computer glitch caused by corrupted files.

    The robot, which is analysing rock samples on the red planet, is now running from a back-up computer.

    Nasa scientists are looking into possible causes for the files on the robot’s flash memory being damaged.

    The fault means the rover’s work has been put on temporary hold while the back-up computer is reconfigured so it can take full control.

    “We’re still early on in the process,” said project manager Richard Cook, in an interview with Space.com.

    “We have probably several days, maybe a week of activities to get everything back and reconfigured.”

    The rover has been running on the back-up computer since Thursday.


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  47. 111 desertflower
    March 4, 2013 at 9:01 am


    Over the course of a not-terribly-long interview, McConnell said eight times that the sequester has to be replaced with a 100%-to-0% deal in Republicans’ favor because — you guessed it — it was a “commitment” Republicans made “to the American people.”

    Let’s pause to remember that repetition of a ridiculous talking point does not make it any less absurd.

    In the larger context, there are two angles to keep in mind when evaluating McConnell’s argument. The first is a simple matter of recent history — he believes it was accepted by all that the sequestration agreement would be replaced without so much as a dime of new revenue. There is no version of reality in which this is true.

    The second has to do with an amorphous concept known as a political “mandate.”

    For McConnell, this is simple: Republicans “promised” and made a “commitment” to “the American people” to slash public investments, and so now GOP official feel a responsibility to follow through. At the same time, President Obama also “promised” and made a “commitment” to “the American people” that he would pursue a balanced compromise, which included concessions from both sides, and which would include both spending cuts and revenue.

    If only there was some mechanism through which the American electorate could consider both competing “promises” and choose a direction for the nation’s future.

    Oh wait, there is. I think the technical term for the mechanism is “the 2012 elections.”

  48. 116 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Sequester, Our Military, and the Confused GOP

    By Jon Soltz – (Co-Founder of VoteVets.org, Iraq War Veteran)


    First, it means that our overall military readiness is reduced. God forbid there is an attack, or disaster, our troops will not have been trained for any given mission, as well as they should be. It also means that we may not have trained troops to send to Afghanistan, to replace troops who should be ending their tour. And, it means our transition to an Advise, Train, and Assist role in Afghanistan could be slowed.

    What we don’t know, yet, is how the furlough of 800,000 civilian DoD employees could affect troops in the field. For example, will we have to cut back on civilians who help with sending equipment overseas? There could be a tremendous trickle-down effect from the furloughs.

    Even with all of this evident, nowhere among the “solutions” from Republicans, is even an inkling that maybe it’s time to close corporate loopholes, and end subsidies for oil companies to balance out our debt reduction, and avoid sequestration.

    There may not be a lot of agreement among warring factions of Republicans these days, but one belief of conservatives remains constant among them — protect corporate interests at all costs, even at the cost of our troops, their families, and our own security.



  49. 118 prettyfoot58
    March 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I really miss the Notification tab….sigh

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