Rise and Shine

Oct. 11, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)



10:30: President Obama meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny

11:00: Jay Carney briefs the press

11:15: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at an event honoring women veterans

12:0: President Obama and PM Kenny attend a St. Patrick’s Day lunch

5:45: President Obama and Michelle Obama host a St. Patrick’s Day reception

7:45: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

8:0: President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Tel Aviv, Israel


Five years ago:


Jared Bernstein: On the Bill Maher show the other night, I pointed out that contrary to the talking point that government spending is spiraling out of control, it in fact went up only 0.6%, 2009-2012.  Whenever I say that, I get emails from people who don’t believe it, and not just complaining conservatives.  Many progressives can’t believe that’s the case given the hair-on-fire rhetoric about Obama’s alleged ongoing spending spree.

More here



Norbrook: The Republican National Committee has released its analysis of what went wrong, and a path forward for the Party. It’s a long document, and I haven’t read it all (yet), a quick scan of it shows some ideas that might be helpful in pulling the party out of its current death spiral, although it does seem to be notably lacking in details and practical policy considerations. Still, it’s a start. But in looking through it, I see a major problem: The people who are currently holding office and running the party.

Full post here


Michael Tomasky: I’m going to shock you, perhaps, by saying that I don’t think the Republican National Committee’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” document is a complete joke. Three or four decent ideas have been somehow smuggled into its 100 pages, and the party would be well advised to follow them. But what’s more interesting to me are the things that are not in there. The difficult topics are nearly all avoided. Now it could be that the GOP’s great minds are taking up these questions behind closed doors, and if so bully for them. But I somehow doubt it because to take these tougher questions on is to take on the party’s most rabid base, and who’s going to do that? The process of Republican change is going be what we might call a two-thirds Hobbes: nasty, brutish, and long.

More here



NYT: Arizona’s Proposition 200, passed in 2004, prohibits local officials from registering any would-be voter who does not provide “satisfactory evidence of United States citizenship.” That requirement conflicts with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as the Motor Voter Act, which set up a national registration system for federal elections.

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether states have the power under the federal law to add restrictions to voter registration. They clearly do not. The justices should reject Arizona’s law as invalid and avoid recreating the problem that the federal law was intended to fix.

More here



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MoooOOOoorning! Have to run (well, jog), but will be back in a bit. See you then.

183 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 isonprize
    March 19, 2013 at 8:55 am


    • 2 hopefruit2
      March 19, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Congrats ison for #1 🙂

    • 3 Dudette
      March 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Congrats on this Felicitous First, ison!
      Great Gettin’ Up Morning’ to you and the rest of the super TODers out there!

    • 4 Betsy
      March 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Congrats on first isonprize! I hope ou have a great day. You too Chips. Great round up.

    • 5 99ts
      March 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Congrats on 1st isonprize – enjoy your day

    • March 19, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Morning all! WooHoo, isonprize! Hey, everyone, we have a brilliant published author right here among us, I mean you, MissPat! Got so into her new release (Amazon/kindle for iPad: Ruth’s Miracles), I forgot to come back here to say goodnight! It is an astonishing fact of the 21st century, that within a few seconds you can order, download and begin to read a magnificent book, which undoubtedly took years to write…. Just amazing! Check her out! Well done, MissPat, enjoying the story immensely! (hope you don’t mind a bit of advertising!) 😉

      • 7 miss pat
        March 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

        Oh, Thank you. I don’t mind at all. Thank your for downloading and reading. Very much appreciated.

    • 9 proudmemberofglobalzero
      March 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Congratulations isonprize….and Mariele, there is a trophy for second. Chips, so happy you are back. Busy week ahead so I will just be reading the blog when I get home. My husband is on his way to Georgia to visit our Middle Son. He is 22 and working. Last month he decided he wanted to go to college. Now come August, I will have three young adults in school. I am a very proud mom.

      Love to all,
      Proud to be Jewish and supporting our President, Sue

  2. 10 isonprize
    March 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    First hasn’t happened for me in a month of Sundays. I am so happy when I go to sleep and wake up and Barack Obama is STILL my president!! :smiIe: :smiIe: :smiIe: :smiIe: :smiIe: :smiIe:

    What a LOVELY DAY!!!

  3. 15 57andfemale
    March 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Whoo! Top five!

  4. 16 utaustinliberal
    March 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Great round-up Chiparoo.

    Reading this article just brings back all the crap of the Bush years.


    But there’s also good economic news.

  5. 18 utaustinliberal
    March 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Even in a huge crowd, our awesome VP Biden is a stand out.

  6. March 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Goooooood morning!

    2013 Economic Report of the President shows farm economy doing well despite severe drought…
    As America celebrates National Ag Day on Tuesday, it’s worth noting that President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors has newly released its 2013 Economic Report of the President. Chapter 8 is “Challenges and Opportunities in US Agriculture,” and the news is good: Despite an “extensive and severe drought” across the nation throughout much of 2012, the agriculture sector “remains a bright spot in the US economy,” the Report says. (Above, the President discussing the drought with Iowa farmers last August)


  7. March 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Good morning! Thanks for the mention, Chips. In looking through the RNC’s document in a bit more detail, there are good ideas buried in there, but again, it requires Republicans to actually implement them. 🙄 One of the things they spend a great deal of verbiage on is polling. The problem is not the polling, it’s that they don’t believe their polls to begin with. There’s another blog post that points out that their history of “outreach” has not been successful. Usually quite the opposite.

    • 30 prettyfoot58
      March 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

      I do not trust the GOP….this document is a “Trojan Horse” to lure unsuspecting voters…don’t be fooled…Just look at how the GOP governs…. the GOP controlled State houses continue to chip away at the rights of citizens thru voter suppression laws, attacks on unions, anti abortion laws…etc. while the GOP in Congress does everything they can to obstruct the progress of the Middle Class while protecting the 1%..The MSM has called this a civil war…as if there are warring factions …but if you look closer you will see that the message is the same whether it is Rove or Limbaugh…it is just the packaging that is different…..

      So I say beware of the Trojan Horse….

    • 31 nabsentia23
      March 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

      It isn’t so much of a Trojan Horse, but more of “business as usual” when it comes to the GOP. The intellectual arm of the conservative movement has always been undervalued by the right-wing base and their ideas usually end up sitting on shelf somewhere gathering dust.

      And now, those good ideas you found in the RNC’s document are even less likely to be implemented by the GOP because the intellectual arm has now been decimated. Right-wing think-tanks no longer think, but push Tea Party talking points. William F. Buckley is turning in his grave right now, but he and other conservatives like him thought they could hitch a ride on the RWNJ turnip truck without getting kicked to the curb. They didn’t fund-raise, organize, or outreach. Unfortunately, the “crazy kooks” Buckley warned about did and now, look were we are?

  8. 32 Dudette
    March 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    CHIPS!!! Wassup Baby!!!! So glad to see you back!!! Miss you madly!! Although the posse’ kept things rolling on for you, there’s nothing like hearing from our one and only Blog Diva Divine! Welcome Home!

  9. 33 japa21
    March 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good morning all from downright frigid Chicago. Normally by this time of the year we have had day in the 60’s and even possibly a 70. Cubs and White Sox will be playing in parkas in 2 weeks if this keeps up. However, coming here always warms me up. Will do some more #GOPspeak tweets in a while.

    • 34 57andfemale
      March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Last year we had 10 days of 80-degree weather. I am sooo sick of winter.

      at least there’s sunshine today.

    • 35 cookemom
      March 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

      The normal high temperature for March 16-18 in Chicago is 47 … On March 17, 2012, the recorded temperature was 81. We’re being robbed, I tell ya!

      • 36 japa21
        March 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

        Obviously the Limbaughs and GOP are correct. No global warming. 😉

      • 37 57andfemale
        March 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

        We debated uncovering the air conditioners last March. One of our dogs deplores the heat and she was actually stressed and panting, it was so warm. But I knew once we uncovered the a/c’s, it would be zero degrees for a month and we’d have the cold North wind whistling through the living room.

        Chicago weather……….

    • March 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Yesterday, it was -4 here in the morning. Right now, it’s in the low 20’s and we’re getting a lot of snow. Last year, most of the snow was melting off at this point. Welcome to climate change! 😥

      Considering I start my work “in the woods” next month, I’d really rather not have to bring snowshoes. 😉

    • 39 AJ
      March 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Bah humbug, you pikers! Here in Boston we just received 8 inches of slushy white stuff with cold, wet weather continuing throughout the day.

      So there. ;-p ~~~

  10. 40 vcprezofan2
    March 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Ison! You go, gurl! Oops! I mean, ‘Congrats, Isonprize. Well done!’ 😉

    A very ‘Good Morning’ Ms Chips Chica, Chipadees, and other TODobots the world over! It’s a beautiful Tuesday morning, evening or night, I’m sure. And a special shout out to LL, Mrs. LL, Mr & Mrs. 57F and Fred – may you all have a good and very healing day!

  11. March 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Goooood muurrrooooorrrnnnninggg, Chipstar and TODers!! Another full day of St. Patrick!!

    Dudette, just reading the end of the last thread and gf, you are en fuego.

  12. March 19, 2013 at 9:10 am

    What’s up all you O’s!!!! A fine and great getting up day on the TOD stoop again, heh?

    Tuesday’s child is full of grace….

  13. 49 hopefruit2
    March 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone 🙂 Happy Tuesday, and excellent round up Chips!

  14. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

    morning everyone!

    keep moving foward

  15. 51 cookemom
    March 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

    At the risk of being redundant, and I’ll gladly risk it, please vote for my kid to win her dream job and some pretty good $$$$. Thanks TODdies!

  16. 52 Dudette
    March 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Today’s Get-up-and-kick-some-ass song! Let’s get to work!

  17. 53 hopefruit2
    March 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

    • 54 anniebella
      March 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

      It’s more like 99.9% the GOP favors the rich. And my poll ask have they cooperated at all with President Obama.

      • 55 anniebella
        March 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

        Seem to me the GOP have been the part of No, No, No, No!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be nice to see them fight for the average every day American as they do for the wealthy rich American.

      • 56 hopefruit2
        March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

        You make a good point anniebella. And even with these polls which normally skew in favor Republicans, you still have a significant majority of respondents giving answers that are anti-GOP.

  18. 57 japa21
    March 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

  19. 58 cookemom
    March 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

    7 Marines killed at remote training site when artillery 16mm motar shell exploded at 10pm last night on the west coast. The Marines were there from camp in North Carolina for training mission. Families are being notified. Other injuries also reported.

  20. 62 dotster3
    March 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Oh no—-heard on the news that sequester may affect Easter egg roll—–may have to cancel. Sad.

    • 63 anniebella
      March 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

      I haven’t heard anything about that. I hope they don’t have to cancel the Easter Egg roll.

    • 64 japa21
      March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Very unlikely. And it isn’t the sequester that is the issue (the roll is financed by sale of the commerative eggs) but whether or not the Continuing Resolution is passed. If not, the goveernment shuts down.

      • 65 dotster3
        March 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

        That’s how it was reported by NBC news——but——it’s not like they have ever been wrong about anything before.

        • 66 hopefruit2
          March 19, 2013 at 10:26 am

          I read about it on CNN – and what japa said is correct. It’s if the government shuts down after Mar 27 – an unlikely event since both sides are highly motivated to avoid it. However, folks with tickets to the Easter Egg Roll have been issued “warnings” just in case that happens. Of course, the MSM is going to report it in such a way to tick people off and get them mad at PBO mostly.

  21. 67 99ts
    March 19, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Oh dear – yesterday morning I was top of the list – today there are 50 comments before I get it together!

    Have a lovely day everyone

  22. 68 JER
    March 19, 2013 at 9:53 am


    The memo — which doesn’t actually say the White House is nixing the bunny fest, but just that it might do so at some point during the next couple of weeks — warns ticket-holders that the nation’s financial woes may affect the 135th Easter Egg role slated for April 1. (Note: this is not an April’s Fools Day joke.)

    “Finally, by using these tickets, guests are acknowledging that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies,” it reads. “If cancelled, the event will not be re-scheduled. We will notify you if there are any modifications to this event.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/18/white-house-easter-egg-roll-sequestrations-next-victim/

  23. 69 desertflower
    March 19, 2013 at 9:54 am


    Well. Good. But I don’t believe that he wants this because it’s the RIGHT thing to do, I believe he wants this because of the politics. It won’t be enough for R’s to wipe the ugly slime off.

  24. 71 vcprezofan2
    March 19, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Finally finished reading the entire post! ‘Have to jog’ – huh? Chips has started jogging? Jogging? Well, good for you young lady, BUT fess up. What’s the REAL reason behind this, this new found interest in ……jogging?

    • 72 japa21
      March 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Could she be trying to impress someone? Hmmm.

      • 73 vcprezofan2
        March 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

        Morning Japa. 😉 😉 Suspicious minds, aren’t we? Though I wouldn’t choose ‘impress’ so much as I would ‘please’. I’d argue that my gurl is already impressive and anyone not already impressed can skedaddle. Wanting to please now has a different connotation in my mind. 😆

        • 74 japa21
          March 19, 2013 at 10:50 am

          Yes, agree fully. But you do realize she has already consented to marry me if I ever happen to be single again. She better not be two-timing me.

          • 76 vcprezofan2
            March 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

            Yes, I realize. I was there on the day of the proposal but you have to admit that that’s provisional (if I ever) so in the meantime exploring other options can’t be designated as 2-timing. Judicious timing, maybe.

    • March 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Stress release, and having a bit of sane time to do something good for herself…. I’ll warrant. You GO, Chipsticks, you just GO! 😉

      • 78 miss pat
        March 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Good morning folks and good morning Mighty Pamela. Mighty Pamela, thanks. I saw where you did what you promised. You are the best..

  25. 79 desertflower
    March 19, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Heartwrenching letter from dying veteran to GWB/ Cheney


  26. 81 Ladyhawke
    March 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Boehner, Ryan Admit That There Is No Debt Crisis

    By Henry Decker


    The statement generated a good deal of controversy on the right — the National Republican Congressional Committee, for example, blasted Obama as being in “complete denial about the challenges our country faces” — but it turns out that the highest-ranking Republican agrees with the president.
    Boehner and Ryan’s admissions are sure to come to as a surprise to many conservatives; aside from the aforementioned NRCC, Washington’s budget-scold-in-chief Alan Simpson must have been stunned, given that two years ago he warned of a “debt bomb” blowing up the U.S. economy “before two years.”
    Indeed, by finally acknowledging that the U.S. will not wake up tomorrow resembling Greece circa 2009, Boehner and Ryan are tacitly admitting the true motivation behind their legislative goals: The Ryan plan is not about the deficit, it’s about crippling the federal government and delivering a huge tax break to the wealthy in one fell swoop.



  27. 82 vcprezofan2
    March 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Personally I found it interesting that in the Wagner/Maddow segment shared above, while rightfully commenting on the fact that the country needs to do more than lip service when thanking veterans not one of the talking heads mentioned that the current administration has started, AND IS MAKING HEADWAY, doing just that! I was hoping Eugene R would have included it, particularly since he said nothing of importance (only mimicking Rachel). Do these visiting talking heads get paid per appearance? Wonder what they get paid for essentially repeating 2 or three sentences of someone else’s idea? With my very limited knowledge of American politics I believe I could do better. At least my ill-informed opinion would be my own.

    • 83 hopefruit2
      March 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

      There is a reason they had Eugene R as a guest and not someone like Rev Al, who would probably have mentioned what this administration is doing/has done for veterans and military families. Eugene Robinson is far more effective as a writer than as a speaker on cable TV. But they keep bringing him on because he serves their purpose beautifully. And MSNBC is disingenuous to have this discussion and not mention a single word of FLOTUS and Dr. Jill’s initiative among their extensive panel.

      • 84 vcprezofan2
        March 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

        ‘Eugene Robinson is far more effective as a writer than as a speaker on cable TV’

        Tell me about it! No, not really. 😉 I find him such a disappointment as a speaker and, truthfully, as a man who is supposed to be able to articulate positions. I don’t see him often but every time I do he comes across as wimpy and somewhat embarrassing.

        • 85 japa21
          March 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

          There are many people who can really do a great job of writing (mainly due to the ability to edit retroactively) than they can speak. Sometimes extremely smart people (such as myself) have so many amazingly deep thoughts running through our minds that sorting them all out in real time is difficult to do. Thus writing is better. Of course, looking at what I just wrote, I more or less disproved my own argument.

          • 86 vcprezofan2
            March 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

            You make me smile, Japa. I accept your point (the first part) 😉 but do contend that Eugene ought by now to know where his strengths lie and stop putting his weakness on such vivid display. Doing so does nothing for his credibility and IMO it diminishes his written creds.

    • 87 yardarm756
      March 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

      It’s the optics vc. They have a black man with a Pulitzer. Bona fides up the ying-yang dontcha know. None of those “journalist” dare refute him.

      • 88 vcprezofan2
        March 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        But YA, his verbal ‘optics’ are very weak, IMO. In fact I’ve rarely heard Eugene say anything TO dispute. On the, admittedly rare, occasions I’ve seen him he is merely repeating whatever the speaker before him said. In fact, it would be just as relevant if he said nothing and used his bona fides silently.

    • 91 nathkatun7
      March 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you, VC, for this comment! I felt the same way listening to Rachel repeatedly say that things have gotten worse for veterans, because no one cares about them, which is absolutely untrue. The fact that no one on the panel dared to offer a correction was truly disappointing. From day one, the Obama administration has emphasized the importance of caring for our veterans.

      • 92 vcprezofan2
        March 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        Hellooo there, Nath! You got another early afternoon AND I get a chance to say ‘hi’ face to face. Nice to run into you, sir. 😆 😆

        Media seem to try so hard to avoid giving this admin credit, yet take so much pleasure in pointing out each perceived misstep, real or imaginary, without realizing that they alienate those viewers who appreciate fairness. I really cannot name too many media types that I respect as a result. I find very few of them credible over the long haul.

        • 93 nathkatun7
          March 20, 2013 at 12:05 am

          Sorry VC, I did a hit and run because I had a dental appointment so I was not around to respond to your comment in a timely manner. Thank you always for your kindness. I agree with you about the state of U.S. media and the lack of integrity of many of the so called mainstream journalists. That’s why this blog and other pragmatic blogs, as well as the voices of many of you who twit regularly (I know you are one of TOD twit brigade), are so crucial in countering the unfair and quite often negative MSM.

          • 94 vcprezofan2
            March 20, 2013 at 7:46 am

            So Mr. Nath, the ‘face to face’ was not to be. Okay then, #FORWARD! You are probably sleeping even as I respond, but have a great Wednesday when you surface!

  28. 95 cookemom
    March 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Don’t you find it odd that the RNC blames messaging for their election failure in a report they call ‘autopsy’?

  29. 96 Ladyhawke
    March 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

    The Politics of the 14th Amendment and the Debt Limit



    In 2011, Republicans in Congress drove the nation to the very brink of defaulting on the national debt. During that debate, a number of conservatives argued that default was no big deal — that the debt was so terrible that default was a reasonable option to be considered.
    The purpose of the debt provision of the 14th Amendment was to say that national debt was beyond the realm of politics. In the words Jack Balkin, a Yale law professor: “It was stated in broad terms in order to prevent future majorities in Congress from repudiating the federal debt to gain political advantage, to seek political revenge or to try to disavow previous financial obligations because of changed policy priorities.”

    Republican threats to hold the debt limit hostage to their agenda today present precisely the sort of political situation contemplated by the authors of the 14th Amendment.



    • 97 nathkatun7
      March 20, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Ladyhawke, Mr. Bartlett does an excellent job explaining the historical context that led to the inclusion of Section 4, as part of the 14th Amendment. The one question he did not answer, however, is exactly which political branch of government has the power to enforce this section. In my humble opinion, that power is delegated to Congress in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment which says:

      “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article (the 14th Amendment).

      In case the Republicans in Congress decide to continue their insanity and refuse to raise the debt ceiling I am sure we will once again hear voices demanding that the President defy Congress and raise the debt ceiling on his own. I am just not clear on what Constitutional authority the President can rely on to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.

  30. 98 yardarm756
    March 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Be advised that yardarm756 will from this day forward be referred to as Mr. Yardarm. I received a thank you note from FLOTUS yesterday. She thanked me for a birthday card I sent and sent a photo of the family too. I am no longer a rough-neck scalawag but a gentleman of means so don’t forget it!

  31. 122 Ladyhawke
    March 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

    RNC to back Rove tech venture

    By Steve Benen


    In 2000, it was Rove’s idea to keep George W. Bush in California in the campaign’s waning days, instead of stumping in key battleground states. Bush lost California by a wide margin, and Rove’s strategy practically cost his candidate the election.

    In 2006, after nearly getting indicted, Rove’s sole responsibility was overseeing the Republican Party’s 2006 election strategy. He told NPR in late October that he’d found a secret math that gives him insights that mere mortals can’t comprehend, and soon after, Democrats won back both chambers of Congress in a historic victory.

    And in 2012, Rove’s Republican attack operation spent nearly $400 million and lost just about every race it contested.



  32. 123 cookemom
    March 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

    SCOTUS just ruled that the owner relinquishes his/her copyright on books/CDs/videos once someone buys them. They are theirs to do with as they please, i.e. resell them on Ebay, garage sales, etc. The case came before the court to decide if the same thing applies to copyrighted purchases made internationally. In a 6 to 3 ruling, the court says the same law applies to those purchases made overseas. A US college student from Thailand found that he could buy his books cheaper from home. He had his parents send him the books and eventually began selling them to students at the much cheaper price and for a profit. The publishing company sued and today the SCOTUS ruled in teh student’s favor. So copyright laws as they exist today in US also apply to items purchased overseas. Got it? Good, cause I’m not sure I did.

    • 124 japa21
      March 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Not sure if this is really a copywrite issue. I think right to profits from sale of goods is the issue. That student from Thailand could not utilize copyrighted material in the textbook after a certain point without permission, etc. Actually, I am trying to figure out why the publisher would scream about this. Books get sold and resold all the time without the publisher benefiting from it.

      • 125 57andfemale
        March 19, 2013 at 11:06 am

        What you describe is precisely a copyright issue. Rights to profits from goods is a major part of copyright and patent rights/law.

        The problem with the publisher is a growing encroachment by copyright owners into what used to be public domain and other rights of ownership. Publishers, manufacturers, etc. are trying to extend their rights into perpetuity. Look at what Monsanto is trying to do concerning the use of their seeds. I am assuming the issues of this case may have some bearing on Monsanto’s push to own absolutely everything that is grown, everywhere, and for all eternity.

        This was a good decision. I haven’t read through it and I like to get info from legal scholars/reporters that are honest, but from all reports this is a very good decision.

        I worked as a paralegal for copyright/patent attorneys. And I’ve done research into patent and copyright law, and how and why these issues were important to the beginning success of the United States.

        • 126 japa21
          March 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

          My bad. I appreciate the additional information.

          • 127 57andfemale
            March 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

            If you may indulge me a little as I put on my professor hat: Patent laws had been for centuries a means of establishing a monopoly, almost always for ownership by a monarchy. This great country of ours, the true genius of the Founding Fathers, was to establish more equitable means of doing business, commerce, land ownership, etc. that would benefit the individual AND the public good.

            One of those breakthroughs was the American patent system, that gave rights (yes, to profits from goods sold) to the actual inventor, for a specific period of time. He would be allowed to make back his investments, make some profit, and then — here’s the kicker — the invention would then belong to the public, to the commons. Such a system was the beginning of American entrepreneurship and was revolutionary at the time. There was a decided advantage for someone to create a new object, machine, etc., if he knew he had his rights protected for a period of time and he could profit from his labors, before the product was put in public domain.

            The system was always meant to benefit not just the individual, but ‘We the People’. This was also true of corporations, who had a defined responsibility to benefit the public good in order to enjoy the benefits of incorporation. This was the brain child of Alexander Hamilton, who I have come to respect a lot more after doing this research.

            This absurd Randian notion that it’s some Great American Ideal to be selfish and be in it only for yourself is the exact opposite of what the Founding Fathers intended. The Patent Law is in the original Constitution – it was that important to the Founding Fathers’ vision for America.

  33. 128 hopefruit2
    March 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Weird for real….So he’s in essence admitting that Glen Beck is the “real devil” since it was Beck who first pointed out the connection between the “Satan” and PBO.

    • 129 cookemom
      March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I’m still trying to figure out why we are jumping on the same band wagon as Glenn Beck! He pointed it out for reasons to cast PBO in an awful light, but I just don’t get why we agree with him. I think the real offenses are that:

      1. the devil or evil is portrayed as a man of color
      2. people watching a series called The Bible gives more attention to this portrayal of the devil than the actual Bible does theologically.
      3. only when you look at a still shot of an actor taken in a mili, mili, nano, nano, second of time compared to another picture taken of PBO, and probably doctored, is causing this uproar. Most folks who actually watched the actual show as the character moved through the film, reported they didn’t see the resemblance.

      However, that’s just me, known to be a tad a-kilter on stuffs, but hey, I don’t see it the same in many cases, no harm, no foul, I hope.

      • 130 japa21
        March 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

        I tend to agree with you in the portrayal of the devil as a man of color is the real issue. Watch one episode of the series and it was, in my mind, so off theologically (as well as technically) from the Bible, I refuse to watch any more of it.

        • 131 hopefruit2
          March 19, 2013 at 11:20 am

          Yes but think about this: If the Devil is seen as a man of color – who do you suppose would best represent that evil man of color in the minds of a typical RW christian racist? Who is their biggest enemy right now? In their deranged and paranoid minds, who is the personification of all that is bad, and evil and who has the power to enforce the “evil” (e.g., allowing gays to marry) that they are trying to fight?

          Yes I agree with cookemom and you that the bigger point but it logically leads to why “Satan” was made up to look like President Obama, specifically and not just any “person of color”

      • 132 hopefruit2
        March 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

        No one is jumping on a “Glen Beck Bandwagon.” The fact that Beck pointed out the resemblance is irrelevant I think. Even if he didn’t, many people would have still noticed and been upset by it.

        You cannot deny that the actor was made up to resemble the President, esp since he looks nothing like Obama in real life. In fact, the idea that the Satan was made up to look like PBO goes back to your first point:

        ” I think the real offenses are that:
        1. the devil or evil is portrayed as a man of color”

        This is EXACTLY what this whole thing is about. In the minds of these white conservative racist Christians, President Obama is regarded as evil precisely because he is a man of color – and he is the most powerful man of color and therefore, he must be the Devil who is the most powerful evil person in the minds of the RW christians.

        If you notice, the “Jesus” in the same series looked like a White European, when he should have been played by another person of middle-Eastern descent.

        • 133 miss pat
          March 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

          I saw the resemblance right away and one of my eye is near sighted and the other far sighted. Stevie and Ray could see it. Why didn’t they make Jesus a man of color too? If the devil is/was black how do they know unless they are bosom buddies? When they get to hell the devil is going to look just like them.

        • 135 Obama Grandmama
          March 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

          I was venting on yesterday’s blog about the “artist” who drew the picture of the devil not knowing the still photo I saw was a clip of an actor portraying the devil. Knowing that does not change my opinion as a make-up person is also an artist. Having done 2 different portraits of Obama for the Postcards for America campaign in 2008 and studying his facial features carefully for hours I can tell you the features are the same in eyes, ears, nose and mouth. It shows an older Obama. This is no coincidence. My question was who was in charge of this and what was their political background? I will not trust The History Channel to tell history after this portrayal.

      • 136 nathkatun7
        March 20, 2013 at 12:52 am

        I agree with you on points 1 & 2. But I strongly disagree with your accusatory opening sentence. I personally was not aware of what Glenn Beck said about the image. I based my reaction on the image I saw with my own two eyes. To paint with a broad brush people objecting to this image, which they saw as resembling the President, and accuse them of “jumping on the same band wagon as Glenn Beck.” was totally unfair and uncalled for. Obviously you saw something different when viewing the image but that does not make your take infallible.

        • 137 cookemom
          March 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

          I’ve moved on, how ’bout you? Wow, talk about being a day late. So just like me, you have an opinion and that’s a good thing. Even better, they’re free to be expressed on such a site as this one. Lighten up, and yes anytime I see folks agreeing with Glenn Beck, I take pause and have to question the motive, cause I sure know what his is, and it ain’t about complaining that PBO was portrayed as the devil. So why did it take Glenn Beck to get everyone so upset? Come on, he played this like a fiddle. Ol’ Glenn’s probably laughing at his whiteboard with all the commotion he started and riled up liberals and progressives. Geeze,

          • 138 nathkatun7
            March 21, 2013 at 4:46 am

            Obviously you have not moved on as you claim. Your comment is totally self-evident. To repeat, I don’t watch, listen or pay attention to what Glenn Beck says or writes. I reacted to the satan image posted on this site. My reaction had absolutely nothing to do with what Glenn Beck said. Again for you to insist otherwise, while claiming that you’ve moved on, is, deceptive. I respect the fact that you viewed the History channel image of Satan differently from the way i viewed it. What I object to is your insistence of lumping me in with Glenn Beck. At my age, I really don’t need Glenn Beck to tell me what is reality.

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  38. March 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

    • 146 yardarm756
      March 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      If one believes the scriptures then how does Joseph hide a baby with blond hair and blue eyes in Egypt? How do you hide cotton in a coal bin?

      • 147 miss pat
        March 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        Exactly. If you want to hide you do your best to blend in. When and if they get to heaven I hope the Saints and Jesus are all Black or brown. Maybe they’ll ask to be sent to hell so they can be with the devil since I am sure he looks just like them.

      • 149 nathkatun7
        March 20, 2013 at 1:11 am

        Well, Yardarm, don’t you know that according to most modern European historians (from the 19th century to present) ancient Egyptians were white? At least that’s what learned Egyptologists taught me. They even disputed the accounts by ancient historians, like the Greek historian, Herodotus –sometimes known as the father of history — who described the ancient Egyptians as black. To be frank, racism has been a central theme in Christian religious imagery, especially with respect to the way Jesus and his apostles have been portrayed in Art.

        • 150 yardarm756
          March 20, 2013 at 2:12 am

          Most European countries also have statues and pictures of the “Black Madonna” as a portrayal of Jesus’ mother. Go figure.

    • 152 anniebella
      March 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Someone had the nerve to say that they are just kids, at 16 there brain is not fully grown or whatever the term these know it all like to use. But these boys are old enough to know right from wrong, so I am not buying it. They need to stop making excuses for these boys.

  39. March 19, 2013 at 11:24 am

  40. 154 cookemom
    March 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

    From my inbox – OFA

    “We’ve got another policy briefing livestream coming up tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20th — and this week, we’re talking about immigration reform. You should be a part of it.

    We’ll be joined by a special guest: Eliseo Medina, current International Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU — the first Mexican-American to sit on its executive board — and a long-time organizer on immigration.

    OFA staff will be on-hand to fill you in on how you can take action on this issue where you live right now.

    You’re not going to want to miss this conversation. Comprehensive immigration reform is a priority for our organization and for the President — and the next few months will be critical to getting the job done. This call is a great chance to make sure you know the facts.

    So bookmark this page, and join us here tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time:


    Talk to you then,


    Stephanie Cutter
    Organizing for Action”

  41. 155 anniebella
    March 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Our lovely FLOTUS is speaking now.

  42. 157 hopefruit2
    March 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

    It’s time people know the truth about Hayes and his agenda. He also blocked one of our own TODers “ProudofObama” also known on Twitter as @LiberalPhenom

    • March 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Here we go with the steady RWNJ drum roll. MSNBC must be sooooooo excited.

    • 159 4morefor44
      March 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

      what a f-in tool. since paul-pot showed up in d.c. he’s been a completely nonsensical hypocrite, yet these millionaires, paid by billionaires to pump their propaganda, continue to prop this charlatan up. i agree with chris though, in that clips such as this are “fascinating,” much like watching an interview with charles manson is fascinating too…here’s mr. “personal responsibility” blaming a random government worker for his lack of research ability before he bought a toilet…how appropriate:

    • 160 japa21
      March 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

      My response:

    • 163 Nena20409
      March 19, 2013 at 11:58 am

      GM HF. Chris Hayes says idiotic stuff. Last year, he said that Our men and Women who were shot and were awarded medals were not heroes. He was severely mocked and he had to apologize.

      Now Rand Paul is someone that he is gravitating to? 😦 At 33, he behaves like what my late Mom would have called an educated illiterate. No sooner in his new job, Starting April 1, 2013……MSNBC will see that they have made a mistake.

    • 166 Bill
      March 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Rand Paul is proving to be one of the most boring and meaningless politicians on the national stage in recent memory. Chris Hayes’s new show will also be boring and meaningless.

    • 167 donna dem 4 obama
      March 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Remember when that Fox News host said that one of our politicians is fascinating to watch on the national stage. Me either….. 😦

    • 169 anniebella
      March 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      How many of us here is surprise at this comment from Chris Hayes about that racists sleazy Rand Paul? Well you know Chris Hayes opinion don’t mean a darn thing to me. Never have and never will. To think this is the bozo that MSNBC replace Ed Schultz with.

    • 170 57andfemale
      March 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      If you would have told me 2 weeks ago I’d be defending Ed Schultz I would have said you were crazy.

      But this tweet is something Ed Schultz would never do.

      When your ivory tower, privileged, isolated life experience makes you devoid of compassion and context, then you are unfit to opine to a national audience. I can’t think of anyone worse than Chris Hayes to get 5 hours of prime time TV coverage, just because he can wrapit in troll concern and an unthreatening face. He will see ‘all sides’, he will not allow for context or an acknowledgment of the consequences of his words.

      I know he’s done some good work — I really do know that. I don’t even think he has a right wing agenda. It’s all about how professors conduct their classes to get a flow of ideas, which is an end in itself. But that takes away any and all responsibility for the consequences of his new position.

    • 171 jacquelineoboomer
      March 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  43. 174 Linda
    March 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    While the media focuses on White House Tours and Easter Egg Rolls……this happened yesterday

    YAKIMA, Wash. — Pink slips went out Monday to nearly 250 workers and more than 2,500 others were notified that they face furloughs of several weeks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, where cleanup is likely to be slowed because of automatic federal budget cuts.

    About 9,000 people work at south-central Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which produced plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal beginning in World War II and through the Cold War.

  44. March 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hello Everyone!

    Have a lot of catching up to do, but wanted to say a belated Welcome Back to Chipsticks. Hope you were able to get the rest and rejuvenation you needed. I’m glad that you took the time to take care of YOU.

    Also much appreciation to LovelyPlains, Amk, Liberal Librarian, and UTAustinliberal. You all did an AWESOME job stepping up in supporting Chipsticks and keeping the blog going. Hats off to all of you.

    Hope everyone has a fantastic day! 🙂

    • 176 Nena20409
      March 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      X2 Trillion.

      Here’s Bruno Mars’ Just the way you are…..I like to call it, Your Amazing; to support your kind words to Chips, LovelyPalins, Amk, Liberal Librarain and UTAustinliberal 😉

    • 178 amk for obama
      March 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks swbluega and Nena. Still can’t believe chips let me in to a have run of the place. :mrgreen:

  45. 179 Linda
    March 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    WASHINGTON — A Senate panel has approved Mary Jo White’s nomination to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and sent it along for a final vote.

    The Senate Banking Committee approved White’s nomination on a 21-1 vote. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was the only member to object. White is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate and become the first former prosecutor to lead the agency that oversees Wall Street.

    The panel also advanced Richard Cordray’s nomination to continue as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But his nomination was approved on a 12-10 party-line vote. All Republican members opposed the nomination. They have also opposed the newly created agency and have expressed interest in curtailing Cordray’s power.

  46. 181 amk for obama
    March 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    just smh.

    • 182 57andfemale
      March 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      I just used a whole bunch of high-fallutin’ words to say what you said in 6, perfectly chosen words. Good job, amk.

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