Rise and Shine Weekend edition……


President Barack Obama works on his State of the Union address with staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 12, 2013. Seated, from left, are: Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications; Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau; and Cody Keenan, Deputy Director of Speechwriting. Photo Pete Souza





H/T TODer Hopefruit









 Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor: 

The President will arrive in Israel on Wednesday of next week.  He will begin his program with an arrival ceremony at the airport with both President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Following that arrival ceremony, where each of the leaders will speak, the President will view an Iron Dome battery.  The U.S. investments in support for the Iron Dome System has been one of the clearest manifestations of our support for Israel and its security.  We’re very proud that the Iron Dome System has saved numerous Israeli lives in helping to deal with the threat from rocket fire.  The President’s visit to the Iron Dome battery, again, is a signal of that continued support for Israel and its security, and the close relationship and partnership that we have on the security issues.

Following that, the President will have meetings throughout the afternoon with both President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu.  First, he will meet with President Peres at his residence.  The two Presidents will have a chance to spend some time together and make statements as well.  Following that, the President will go to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence, where he’ll have a chance to have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, followed by a press conference, and then followed by a working dinner.

The President and Prime Minister Netanyahu, as you’ve heard us say, have spent more time together one-on-one than, frankly, any other leader that the President has spent some time with since he came into office.  They’ll have an opportunity to have a very wide-ranging discussion on the various issues — security, political, and economic — that I referenced earlier.  And that will conclude the President’s first day there.

The next day, Thursday, the President will begin by going to the Israel Museum.  At the Israel Museum, he will view the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are a testament, of course, to the ancient Jewish connection to Israel and, frankly, a marvel that the Israelis have restored within the Israel Museum in a very substantial, impressive way.  So the President very much looks forward to the opportunity to see the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Following that, he’ll be visiting a technology exposition, also at the museum, in which he’ll be able to see some of the remarkable signs and technological progress that’s been made within Israel, some of the remarkable innovation that is helping to fuel the Israeli economy and, frankly, the global economy.  And it’s also the foundation of significant U.S. and Israeli economic cooperation.  And I think, again, seeing the ancient connection through the Dead Sea Scrolls and then the future that is being forged in Israel through the technology exposition I think will be a very powerful experience.

Following that, the President will travel to Ramallah.  In Ramallah, he will have a bilateral meeting with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.  And then the two leaders will have a press conference and then they’ll have a working lunch together.  Again, the United States has supported the significant institution-building that the Palestinian Authority has undertaken in the West Bank.  It’s a chance to discuss our continued support for the PA, as well as to discuss ways to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace going forward.

Following the working lunch, the President will join Prime Minister Fayyad at the Al-Bireh Youth Center, also in Ramallah.  Again, this is an opportunity for the President to see firsthand some of the work that’s being done to develop institutions on the West Bank, and also to meet with a range of Palestinian young people and hear directly from them as well.  So that will complete that portion of his time in Ramallah.

Then he will go to the Jerusalem International Convention Center later that afternoon, where he will deliver a speech to the Israeli people.  The speech — frankly, the President very much wanted to have the opportunity to speak not just to Israelis, but to Israeli young people, so we’ve worked to help build a crowd that will bring in a significant number of Israeli university students from the many universities that our embassy partners with within Israel.

The President’s speech I think will focus on the nature of the ties between the United States and Israel, the broad agenda that we work on together on security, on peace, on economic prosperity.  And I think he’ll have a chance to speak to the future of that relationship, so discussing not just the nature of the challenges that we face today, but where the United States and Israel are working to move together as we head into the future of the 21st century.

Following that speech, later that night, the President will be hosted at a dinner by President Peres.  And President Obama was honored to present President Peres with the Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, last year at the White House.  Now he is very much looking forward to having a dinner with President Peres and a broad range of prominent Israeli leaders at the state dinner at the President’s residence.  And then, that will conclude the program on Thursday.

On Friday, the President will begin his day by going to Mt. Herzl, where he will lay a wreath at both the graves of Herzl and Rabin, speaking, of course, to the significant contributions that both of those huge figures in Israeli history and Jewish history — to their contribution.

Following those wreath-layings, he will visit Yad Vashem and tour Yad Vashem, and have a chance to lay a wreath and make remarks there, of course, marking the very somber and powerful history of the Holocaust.  The President was able to travel there previously in 2008 as a senator and was very deeply moved by that experience, and it’s an important opportunity to once again mark that particular tragic element of our shared history.

Following the visit to Yad Vashem, the President will travel to Bethlehem where he will tour the Church of the Nativity.  Both Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity are obviously very important sights in the West Bank — important to the Palestinian people, also important to Christians in the region and around the world.  And so it will be a very powerful experience for the President to be able to have the experience of touring the Church of the Nativity and observing firsthand that history and experience.

That will conclude the President’s time in Israel and the West Bank.

He will then travel to Jordan.  And that afternoon, after he arrives in Jordan, there will be an arrival ceremony.  Then he will have a bilateral meeting with King Abdullah.  The two leaders will have a joint press conference.  Then that night, the President will be hosted at a dinner by King Abdullah.  And he will be spending the night there in Amman.

Then the next morning, the President will travel to Petra, which is obviously a sight that the Jordanian people are very justly proud of.  And so he’ll have an opportunity to see something that is of great value to people all across the region and particularly in Jordan.

And I anticipate an agenda that will cover regional security issues, the situation in Syria, the very significant refugee challenge within Jordan, the Israeli-Palestinian issue and our ongoing support for political and economic reform in Jordan.


President Obama fantasizes about sitting in a cafe and wearing a fake mustache in Israel during an interview with Israeli Channel 2 ahead of his trip to the Middle East next week.

Full 20 minute interview: 1rst minute is in Hebrew









President Obama seeks to use oil and gas money to develop alternative fuel cars








fuel efficiancy




In U.S., nuclear energy loses momentum amid economic head winds, safety issues http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/2013/03/11/fb6d61c2-715e-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html





First presidential press conference held 100 years ago – CBS News Video http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142891n




155 Responses to “Rise and Shine Weekend edition……”

  1. 1 Melanie
    March 16, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning TOD!!!

  2. 6 Ladyhawke
    March 16, 2013 at 7:34 am

    This is just spectacular. Thank you Lovely Plains.

  3. 7 amk for obama
    March 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Centered everything, dintja ? 😀

  4. 8 amk for obama
    March 16, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Go jay.

  5. 9 amk for obama
    March 16, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Cool graphics. Nicely done, lp.

  6. 10 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2013 at 7:43 am


  7. March 16, 2013 at 7:47 am

    A lot of deliciousness here! Goooooood morning everyone!

  8. 12 amk for obama
    March 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

    The mic pork cuts are coming baybee.

    • 13 Jovie
      March 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Instead, he used the money for california middle defense.
      Much more of a threat.
      14 missle interceptors in California, 1 out in the Pacific and some in Alaska, shot at the same time to increase confidence.
      This was his first big action and it is a good idea.

  9. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    March 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Lovely Plains, this is a terrific job–an interesting and thorough roundup. Thank you for giving us to much to think about this morning. The president’s Middle East trip exhausts me just reading it. He has so much energy and so much to contribute, it’s just astonishing. I am babysitting one tiny baby grandchild this weekend and am truly ready to collapse. I am in awe of my president.

  10. March 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Lovely Plains, I know you are not interested in taking up space here with our thanks,
    and ~thank you~ all the same. Excellent.
    and Chips, you are resting, right? xoxoxo

  11. 21 dotster3
    March 16, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Weekend Today is asking, “Is she gearing up for another run for president?”, showing vid of Sarah P. being popular at CPAC, the last vestige of Palin popularity.
    I don’t think I’ll waste a second thinking about that, but thanks anyway NBC and Today.

    • 22 anniebella
      March 16, 2013 at 8:52 am

      I’m not a fan of Today show. I can not understand why they or anyone would give Sarah Palin the time of day. She does not deserve it, neither does that racists hateful gay hating gun worshiping woman hating CPAC crowd.

      • 23 anniebella
        March 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

        Let me say that I love how Jay Carney set the record set with that Fox anchor woman. You can see they are not use to facts, unless it’s there made up facts.

    • 24 99ts
      March 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Sarah Palin will never run for political office again – she takes millions into her PAC and gives a few thousand to political candidates to validate its existence. She uses the media to raise money for herself – no-one else. She is an ignorant stupid person and a major reason she will never run again – apart from having zero ability – is Gabby Giffords. Her attacks on candidates in 2010 resulted in a lunatic taking literally those crosshairs on one district. She whipped up racial hatred before and after the election of President Obama & continues to do so.

      So should I mention how I really feel?

  12. 27 dotster3
    March 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

    You just couldn’t write a more absurd scenario——the cpac session on the Repub need to appeal to more minority voters turns into a pity party for that much maligned, disenfranchised, segment of society—-white males. And shouts of ‘what’s the big deal about slavery anyway—-they had food and clothes’? And a confederate flag wearing attendee to make it all cozy and nice and sincere.

    • 28 anniebella
      March 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

      If someone treated you like a darn animal, less than human, told you what you could do, when you could do it, control your every thought and action, rape your women, sold your people like pieces of meat, work them like dogs and gave no pay, but hay they gave them food to eat and clothes to wear, so lives for the slaves must have been great. Someone need to ask that racists ass nut, if he would have traded places with the slaves?

  13. 29 JER
    March 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

  14. March 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

    G’morning The LP, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats Melanie on #1!

    Excellent Rise & Shine roundup TLP – Thanks!! 🙂

  15. 31 anniebella
    March 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I do want to say this, let’s keep POTUS in our prayers as he travel to Israel next week.

  16. 33 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Programs combating homelessness awarded $7.3 million

    //Programs working to reduce homelessness in Greene, Warren, Miami and Montgomery counties have been awarded a combined $7.3 million in grant renewals by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The just more than $7 million awarded to 18 Montgomery County programs was $389,013 more than those same projects received a year ago.

    The larger awards are mainly from increases in the Fair Market Rent and an increase in administrative funds, Joyce Probst-MacAlpine, Montgomery County’s manger of housing and homeless solutions, said. The HUD Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients. The grants fund a wide variety of programs for veterans, the mentally ill, families, single men, women and children. //


  17. 34 donna dem 4 obama
    March 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Good Saturday Morning TOD

    Thank you LP for a plethora of information this morning.

    And here is the President’s Weekly Address:

    President Obama discusses the need to harness American energy in order to reduce our dependence on oil and make the United States a magnet for new jobs. He highlights his all-of-the-above approach to American energy — including a proposal to establish an Energy Security Trust, which invests in research that will help shift our cars and trucks off of oil.

  18. 35 Nena20409
    March 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

    GM TODers.

    Happy Saturday.

    Wow, LovelyPlains, Your labor is fruitful and abundance with Mucho information. Merci. Obrigada.

    Thank you so very much.

    The TODville Poster Brigades are just fearless, quick, efficient, FUNNY, entertaining, informative, supportive, brilliant, Cool, pleasant, delightful, etc, etc, etc 😉

  19. 37 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

    But, but, but GOPolitico told me that Democrats were running away from Obama for 2014….

  20. 40 4morefor44
    March 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

    was talked about at all since i had no idea until now? i just saw a picture of donald trump speaking at cpac and the room is almost completely empty while he’s speaking, and apparently the few there hardly reacted to his applause lines. note how “the news” has to cover though and say “half-empty” when almost COMPLETELY empty is easily the most accurate way to describe it, judging by their own photo with the article…

    • 41 anniebella
      March 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Not hardly a word was said about the crowd there, or lack of crowd there to listen to Trump. Where was Chuck Todd?

  21. 42 Nena20409
    March 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    The POTUS and VPOTUS will both on Wednesday be outside USA. I was wondering if that has ever happened before?

    VPOTUS will be in Rome for the installation of his Holiness, Pope Francis.

    POTUS will be enroute to Israel.

  22. 44 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

    HEADLINE: WASHINGTON — Where will President Barack Obama put his presidential library?

    // Four years from the end of his presidency, Chicago and Honolulu are ramping up major campaigns to build the center that will house the records of America’s 44th president. In Illinois and Hawaii, the two states Obama calls home, universities and community groups are drafting plans and deploying a mix of public and private efforts to persuade Obama to choose their site for what will be a monument to his historic presidency and an instrument to continue his legacy.

    It’s an early down payment aimed at influencing a decision that likely won’t be announced anytime soon. “It is a tough choice, but it’s not one that I’ve made yet,” Obama said last month. In December, top officials from the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught law, traveled to Dallas and met with archivists at The George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University. At the meeting was Susan Sher, first lady Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff and longtime friend and now a senior adviser to the University of Chicago’s president. //


    • 45 anniebella
      March 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Can POTUS have one in Chicago and Hawaii?

      • 46 hopefruit2
        March 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

        I think that would be the best solution! 🙂

      • 47 itgurl_29
        March 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

        I honestly think he should have and deserves two. Hawaii is such a huge part of why he is the man that he is today. And he’s freakin’ Barack Obama. He’s too big to have just one presidential library! Plus, it’ll piss off the rwnj. That alone is reason enough for him to have two.

        And It’s not like he won’t be able to raise the money.

        • 48 anniebella
          March 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

          Hawaii is were POTUS was born, it is where the boy grew up,he live there with his Mom and Grandparents. Chicago is were the man grew up to be the man he is today. So Chicago and Hawaii, that’s the solution to the problem. I know this will never happen, but we can dream.

      • 49 Nena20409
        March 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Ronald Reagan born in IL has something in IL and a Library in CA.

        The something is Not a full blown Library, but it is something.

        The same can be true for pres Obama. HI would have a building that is dedicated to 44. Then a Full Blown Library in IL. IL is in the In-land more accessible.

        HI is a gorgeous state, but it will be limited to most folks.

        My Two cents.

      • March 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

        Perhaps they can meet somewhere in the middle 🙂


        • 51 carolyn
          March 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          This is my idea: Have the library in Chicago…….easily accessible to many more people, and people are going to WANT to visit it. Then, in Hawaii, have something like an Institute for intercultural understanding……some place to bring people of different cultures to learn how to get along, with an emphasis on the Pacific and Asia.
          My two cents.

  23. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    March 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

    HF2 posted this late last night but it’s worth repeating…. This is about as in your face as anything I’ve seen in a while 😉

  24. 53 desertflower
    March 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Morning! Nice job, once again, LP!


    ALEC forced to make public “hundreds” of model bills.
    (Credit: Shutterstock/ suravid)

    It’s been public knowledge for a number of years that the American Legislative Exchange Council is responsible for writing model legislation for major industries and then pushing them, through Republican lawmakers, into statehouses nationwide. Until these model bills pop up on legislative agendas, however, little is known about the group’s legislation penning.

    On Friday, following a two-year campaign by watchdog groups, ALEC published hundreds of its model bills online. The coalition of organizations pushing for greater transparency included the Center for Media and Democracy, ColorOfChange, Common Cause, Greenpeace, People for the American Way, Progress Now and a variety of labor organizations.

    The full list of model bills is available down below second link. It includes template bills pertaining to stand-your-ground laws, charter schools, climate (mis)education, union-busting right to work bills, workplace drug testing laws and more.



    • 54 99ts
      March 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

      And the republicans lap them up – I do not understand how this happens in a country that is supposed to be a democracy. It is so wrong – any chance that the MSM will ever call them out. Maybe its a job for Woodward (joke!)

      thanks df – some interesting ones – explains well why particular points of view are brought up by multiple states/legislators

      Resolution Calling for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment (not grassroots – ALEC)
      Resolution to Align Pay and Benefits of Public Sector Workers with Private Sector Workers – $7 per hour
      Resolution Urging Congress to Reject “Windfall Profits” Taxes on Energy Companies
      A Resolution Opposing a Federal Commission on State Workers’ Compensation Laws – keep ’em poor and without any benefits
      Automatic Income Tax Rate Adjustment Act – sounds good – it is an automatic REDUCTION in state taxes!

      hundreds more

      Who pays this organization – the GOP? Obscene that they are taking over the role of the legislatures – this is no democracy.

      • 55 desertflower
        March 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

        State legislators sign on with them…you can check and see the ones that have…they often promote this legislation WORD FOR WORD, never lifting a finger…but taking a paycheck for doing nothing..AND, taking the perks and bennies that ALEC throws the legislators way to begin to move this odious bunch of crap through the legislative process! The people’s voices are not heard…it’s the corporations that will benefit from this legislation. If ALEC had anything to do with that particular piece of legislation, you can bet your house that it won’t be good for average people. Anyone that signs on with this shadow group, is treasonous as far as I’m concerned, and NOT working for their constituents in any way, shape or form. They ALL need to be called out and exposed for the frauds they are. Follow the $$$$$! Always, follow the $$$.

        Much, much, much more here….including legislators that use ALEC to do their dirty work!


  25. 59 dotster3
    March 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Even tho this is from dkos, this is an important story—–this is indeed a shame and heartbreaking—–cutting kids from Head Start. I taught Head Start for years and know firsthand how important this program is to these kids and these families. We always had such a dedicated staff, determined to take these kids who came from homes with no books and no advantages and had them ready for kindergarten by the time they left us—–prepared on the same level as other kids who had every advantage. Head Start is also significant in that it involves the whole family and is all-encompassing, teaching every aspect of raising a healthy child. We would get great feedback from the elementary schools, teachers telling us they loved getting Head Start kids in their classes because they knew they were prepared with all the basic skills. I followed many of “my” kids for years and would be thrilled when I would see news of many of them excelling in one area or another. There is just no sane reason for these cuts. It harms kids now and ultimately hurts our society and country.

  26. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    March 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

    • 61 hopefruit2
      March 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      They’re still waiting for Ohio to come in….because Karl Rove told them on election night that Ohio could still turn this thing around.

  27. 62 dotster3
    March 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oh my, oh my, oh my. Are y’all following Roger Simon’s tweets on Michele Bachmann’s cpac speech? @politicoroger
    Huge laughs. For the most absurd statements ever made anywhere, check them out. She’s putting forth some real beauts, some real humdingers. Michele and cronies are off their rockers.

  28. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    March 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

  29. 65 dotster3
    March 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

    • 66 anniebella
      March 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      This sound like the same old B.S. we have heard before. All I sense is the same old hate from the same old haters. They may sprinkle a new face every now and then, but they are speaking the same old thing, we hate Obama, blame him for everything.Why would anyone listen to anything that nutty M. Bachmann has to say? Oh I forgot they are as nutty racists as she is.

  30. 67 dotster3
    March 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Sadly laughed at one response to this—-the 2:00p.m. program has been cancelled—couldn’t find any cpac attendee willing to speak on the subject

    • 69 Bill
      March 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

      He is speaking to the rwnj’s right now. He made a reference to his being POTUS and the crowd went wild.

      • 70 hopefruit2
        March 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

        Dr. Carson, be afraid, be very afraid. You will be used in an attempt to recruit gullible AA’s to the GOP party and turn Blacks away from President Obama and the DEMS, but you will never be their Presidential nominee. If you get remotely close to that possibility as Herman Cain found out, all the women with whom you cheated on your wife will be coming forward with their stories. But alas, unlike Herman Cain, you are a Dr. at a prestigious academic institution and you have a helluva lot more to lose than Cain.

        Be afraid Dr. Carson, be very afraid.

      • 71 anniebella
        March 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        Ben Carson will never be President, he is nothing but the right wing new Herman Cain, alittle more smarter, but still the right wing black puppet. Ben Carson will not get the blacks votes, neither latinos. We know what Carson stand for. Let him enjoy his 15 minutes of shame.

  31. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    March 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

  32. 76 mtmarilyn
    March 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Good morning TOD family and our LovelyPlains. What a wonderful Rise and Shine! Happy weekend everyone.

  33. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    March 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

  34. 83 99ts
    March 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I know folks don’t much like huff links – but I watched the video here – on “who was right on Iraq” – Al Gore appeared twice – including at the very end – the Court that gave the 2000 election to GWB – has much more than a President to answer for.


  35. 88 taiping1
    March 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Good morning. What a full, informative Rise and Shine. Thank you Lovely Plains!

  36. March 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Good morning TOD. Thank you Lovelyplains for this fabulous thread. Spent the time to read everything before posting. That picture of our President in the helicopter with his shades on had me drooling.

  37. 90 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Glen Greenwald is one SICK man. He is just as obsessed with PBO as is Donald Trump.

  38. 96 Nena20409
    March 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Our Poster Brigades, another thanks with U2

    Unforgettable Fire

  39. 97 dotster3
    March 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

    • 98 hopefruit2
      March 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Not impressed with WSJ – who is pushing that angle only because they *think* PBO might approve the pipeline. So they do what the MSM typically does, which is to first try to figure out where PBO stands on a given issue, how much opposition he has from his base on that issue and then run with the issue if it seems likely to generate much anti-PBO sentiment.

      Now they think PBO might approve the pipeline (to his base’s chagrin), they are putting out these stories. If PBO suddenly came out tomorrow and said that he is not likely to approve the pipeline, the WSJ position and stories would change to favor the pipeline.

      • 99 4morefor44
        March 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        that’s exactly it. same playbook every time. more importantly now though since president obama doesn’t have to be reelected again, they’ll do this to divide and conquer democrats in time for 2014 midterms, just as they did for 2010. comments sections of every “liberal” blog are already filled with “democrats suc!” and people arguing over president obama saying the exact same things they’ve been saying for 5 years now (99% of them white privilege cases i might add). and the “liberals” will fall into the same trap over and over and not focus on the real enemy, and instead they’ll be chasing a ne set of bright shiny objects every week.

        o.f.a. and people getting active (not online, in communities!!) will be the only way to win the House in 2014 and overcome these cynical media games.

  40. March 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Howdy doooooooo all you O’s!!!!! A fine and great getting up day again on TOD!!!! Let’s get this party started!! Here we go……

  41. 111 desertflower
    March 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    http://www.thepragmaticpundit.com/ News from Fay…************************

  42. March 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Hello Chips!

    I finished the Trayvon Martin video. Thank you for your help. Big Up!

  43. 123 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    • 124 anniebella
      March 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Sarah Palin is a dam joke, and so is the media for giving her all this attention. And I can’t say exactly what I want to about John McCain, you might not show it, but he to blame for putting that racists idiot upon us.

  44. 125 japa21
    March 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  45. 126 japa21
    March 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

  46. 127 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is so funny and so much fun. Jimmy Fallon and JT periodically get together to do “The History Of Rap.” This is part 4. If you haven’t seen the others, they’re a must watch.

  47. March 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Ok, about to turn on the Reading – Man U match. Go Royals!!

    Oh, and good morning Obots!

  48. 136 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

  49. 141 whatisworking
    March 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    I have been wanting to WRITE A NOTE LETTING EVERYONE KNOW HOW GRATEFUL I AM THAT THE BLOG HAS REORGANIZED AND IS MOving (oops on the caps) forward better than ever. I really count on this site, and would be lost without it. I may not post much anymore, but I read it daily and use the wonderful links found here in my weekly email to my OFA team. Thanks to Chips for all her hard work and for having the wisdom to accept help when it was offered. amk, LL, lovelyplains, and anyone else i missed. You are doing an outstanding job. I am eternally grateful. Never forget that the work you do here sets of countless ripples that we may never know about but which are so important.

  50. March 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Feedback please: have an email this morning from my other senator Maria Cantwell, urging me to donate to the 2014 campaign of Mary Landrieu D-LA. I feel I have read contradictory policy stands on Mary Landrieu, and was uncertain whether I would help her to be re-elected. My question is, are there any other Dem candidates we could support coming into the picture yet, because if it’s between Landrieu and a GOP, I will help her, but I think I’ve heard her stand in negative position to PBO, and I will not support that. Thanks y’all..

    • 144 Bill
      March 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Whenever I give money to out of state candidates it is only to ones who support PBO 100%. There are many Democratic office holders and challengers involved in close races who are strong supporters of PBO. I realize Landrieu is often in a difficult position, but I would not be able to write her a check with so many worthy candidates. Just my opinion.

      • March 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        I am of the same mindset Bill, and I have read her stand on matters which need full Dem support. I am not in a position to donate now anyway, but will be keeping tabs on the options. Thank you for your feedback.

        • 146 Left-Indie
          March 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

          Bill’s right on this but it’s important to cut those in deep red lands where they just hate PBO a slack. Holding the senate is really important, even if all-wet Harry is the leader. It’s hard to give them money when they sound like GOP lite, but they’re surviving in hostile territory and adding to our numbers where it counts.

  51. 147 cookemom
    March 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Here’s the link CarolMaeWY! Thanks for asking and reminding me to ask again for everyone’s vote for my kid, Kelauni Cook. Vote for her video to win her dream job! Just click on the social media icons you use in the green box ‘Vote For this Video’ . Thanks fro your support all!! First she has to get into the top ten, then onto the grand prize winner choice. http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.US-V0Fcnw2Q

  52. 150 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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