Rise and Shine


How Obama changed the gay marriage debate

Perry Bacon: While polls differ on the exact level of black support for gay marriage, almost half of African-Americans in Maryland backed a provision allowing gay marriages there last fall, and opposition to gay marriage has dipped below 50 percent among blacks nationally, according to the Pew Research Center. And Obama’s statement made it easier for influential African-American organizations, such as the NAACP, also to voice their support for gay marriage, as well as professional athletes, even if some influential pastors in many black communities still opposed it.

Obama’s words also caused a profound shift among his fellow politicians. It had always been expected Obama would declare his support for gay marriage, but in 2013 or 2014, after he had won re-election by focusing on other issues. Instead, the president illustrated backing gay marriage was not politically risky, declaring his support for gay unions and then winning not just in liberal states like California and New York but in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and other places with sizable blocs of conservatives and religious voters who some thought would turn out in droves to defeat a candidate who supported gay marriage.

Obama did not tout himself as the civil rights candidate in either of his two presidential runs. But if gay marriage becomes commonplace throughout America by the end of his second term, something that seems entirely possible right now, that could become an important part of his legacy as president.

Read more here


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Have the Politics of Gun Control Changed?

Jamelle Bouie: Indeed, it’s tempting to argue—as Chris Cillizza does—that national outrage notwithstanding, the Sandy Hook massacre has done little to change the political landscape on gun control.

This, to me, is the wrong way to think of the issue. The shift from a political climate that could tolerate gun control to one that couldn’t took more than a decade. Even with the tragedies at Newtown, Aurora, and other places across the country, it’s unreasonable to expect the pendulum to swing back at a more rapid pace. What’s key about Sandy Hook isn’t that it yields new legislation, it’s that it inspires new activism around gun control, and provides energy for the long effort to build a political coalition unafraid of the cultural politics that surround guns.

Sandy Hook—helped along by a new Democratic majority of urbanites and nonwhites—has changed the politics of gun control. It will just take awhile for us to see the effects.

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How To Prove Obama LOWERED The Deficit In Four Easy And Indisputable Steps

Addicting Info: The GOP, Fox News and AM Hate Radio regularly complain that Obama has raised the deficit. This is a lie. A very VERY big lie. It’s such a big lie and so easy to prove as a big lie that the fact 90% of the country thinks it’s true is one the greatest failures of the “liberal” media since they couldn’t be bothered to vet the Iraq War. The problem is that conservatives don’t want to know, independents can’t be bothered to look and liberals should be deeply ashamed for not knowing.

But worry not! It’s very VERY easy to clear up this misperception (and piss off conservatives to boot!) in just 4 simple steps.

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How Getting Rid Of The Defense Of Marriage Act Will Boost The Economy

ThinkProgress: The Supreme Court will today hear oral arguments in the case against the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that denies equal federal benefits to couples who are legally married under state law and also burdens families and the federal government.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that DOMA increases the deficit by roughly $1 billion a year, and while that amount is small, striking it down would save far more than ending subsidies to NPR or some of the other “deficit reduction” ideas Republicans have pursued in the past.

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Today in egg on face derp news from Chris Cillizza. He’s shocked that people still really really really like President Obama. 🙄

People (still) really like President Obama

Chris Cillizza: Nearly six in ten Americans have a favorable impression of President Obama in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, numbers that suggest that even as the chief executive engages in a series of thorny policy fights his personal appeal remains strongly intact.

Fifty-seven percent of people view Obama favorably in the new Post-ABC survey while 41 percent regard him unfavorably. Those numbers are remarkably similar to the 60 percent favorable/37 percent unfavorable ratings for Obama in Post-ABC polling conducted in late January — just weeks after the president had been inaugurated for a second term.

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As Chipsticks would say: MoooOOOOOOOOoooorning!

219 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

    • March 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Congrats IowaPanther on being first this lovely Wednesday morning.

    • March 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

      WOW I am actually first. I see that leave a comment sometimes like I am first but then by the time I post there are others ahead. Not this time apparently!!! My coworker and I discussed this topic this morning – he’s another open-minded democrat.

    • 8 99ts
      March 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Congrats on 1st IowaPanther – I was – as usual – reading and posting on the previous thread.

      Thanks Ut – that 60% is way to low – if 30% of that poll said they approve of congress – it has to be heavily weighted towards people who have NO idea as to what is causing ALL the problems in Washington.

      • 9 hopefruit2
        March 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

        I agree with you 99ts. And I don’t buy the significantly lower approval of policies. People like him BECAUSE they approve of his policies. If his policies were hurting them, they would not care for him. I believe PBO is consistently low-balled in the polling because of bad sampling, faulty algorithms, and leading questions.

        WaPo feels the need to use “still” in their headline because they know that THEY (the media) have been pushing the public to dislike the President. They also try to push the narrative that PBO is perceived as a nice/cool guy but relatively incompetent President. This is complete and utter RUBBISH.

        PBO’s policies are sound and they have begun to yield tangible improvements in the economy and social arenas. That’s why he got re-elected – because enough people realized how his policies have benefited them and will continue to benefit them. The coolness and charisma are just icing on the cake.

        • 10 jackiegrumbacher
          March 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

          Exactly, HF. The media has pumps false narratives about the president in the desperate hope that they can bring him down. Only problem is nobody pays attention to them. Really who cares what any newspaper or so called journalists think? We believe in our president, support his policies and love him.

        • 11 Gazelle
          March 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

          Duh to the Silly Lizzard (Chris Cillizza)!

          Right on, HF.

        • 12 Nena20409
          March 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm

          The same like ACA when asked individually, 60% plus are supportive. When called Obamacare in a poll, it still struggles for approval.

          So HF, You are Correct.

          Most Americans are in support of this president’s views and policies whenever the pollsters poll them individually, his way to reduce the deficit, create jobs, gun safety, marriage equality have in record time gain Majority approval, etc.

          We have No Media that reports accurately or in context with content. Or the opposite. Our Media is lazy, lame and pathetic.

    • March 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Good Morning and congrats Iowa Panther!

    • March 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Congrats Iowa Panther!

  1. March 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a marvelous day today.

  2. 16 Jovie
    March 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

    The News Media are funny. 7/8ths of Democrats will vote for Gun control and immigration, yet they focus on Democrats as having a problem?

    • March 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I understand it, Jovie. I remember when Democrats stood up for what was right regardless of the politics. Now, it’s all about protecting and savings their own hides.

  3. 19 cookemom
    March 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    O’s in the house!!! Now let’s go get ’em on this great getting up day on TOD boulevard!!!!

  4. 20 Allison
    March 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Good Morning All,

    Wow…Perry Bacon actually said something positive about President Obama. I’m shocked, really shocked!

    Thanks, UT for a great R&S!

  5. 21 Jovie
    March 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    US seeks land Conservation on climate change-


    Very nice!

  6. March 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

    They shouldn’t let Breitbart into the WHCD!

  7. 24 amk for obama
    March 27, 2013 at 10:21 am

    • 25 utaustinliberal
      March 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Hey Amk, what program did you use to create this picture with the inserted words?

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        March 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

        Please share what he tells you, Utal. I’ve been asking Amk how to add captions for DAYS now, but he keeps ignoring me (probably because I refuse to pay) 😆 😆

        Good Rise and Shine and thanks for stepping in!

        Nice to see a new face at the top of the podium, Iowa Panther. Way to go!

        • 27 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          March 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

          I do it from PaperPort PDF software then save as jpg.

          • 28 vcprezofan2
            March 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

            Hello there Alycee? Nice to see you are ‘alert’ this morning (I remember you were unwell recently). Do you mind clarifying – what is ‘PaperPort PDF software’? Is this a programme I have to buy/acquire before I can practise?

      • 32 amk for obama
        March 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm


        That’ll be 10,000 bucks, please.

        And no vc, you may not use it till you pay up…. And t’s 20,000 for you.

  8. 34 lamh36
    March 27, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Good morning FB!

    This explains a lot about my last experience at WalMart in College Dr in BR. When I went to buy my new computer, there was literally no baskets available, and none if the laptop or phones or computers were on display!!! The whole purpose o me going in the store to buy the laptop was to put my hands in it. I was disgusted and just went to Best Buy, which turned out better since I got a better deal!


    • 35 desertflower
      March 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

      wondering why you would even contemplate a Walmart purchase…..glad to see you walked away though:)

      • 36 cookemom
        March 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

        yep, it’s been years since I’ve gone there. However, in some areas it’s the only place in town.

        • 37 desertflower
          March 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

          That was by design….sweeping out all the small businesses is part of their MO…..among other nasty things. Ordering online works for me!

          • 38 cookemom
            March 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

            yep. My #1 daughter lives in No Dakota and other than shopping online, WalMart is the only place to shop. It’s hard to get or quickly replace daily essentials online, smh.

            • 39 jackiegrumbacher
              March 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

              Cookemon, what does your daughter say about the atrocious right wing N Dakota Legislature and the attacks on women’s rights. It must be very ugly being a woman in ND.

              • 40 cookemom
                March 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

                She is amazed, especially coming from blue state Illinois. She has tried to be open to those folks, but she says it’s like living in the 19th century. They seem oblivious to what’s going on around them politically. She says that it’s fascinating how they think about guns, real stuffed animals, and local customs. The Native American issue there is a whole other facet of their lives that she wasn’t prepared to know about. Good quality education seems to be very accessible, but not much emphasis is put on it.
                My hope is for her to find her way back this way or at least to a more politically woman friendly state.

                • 41 jackiegrumbacher
                  March 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

                  I hope she does, cookemom. It doesn’t seem like an especially good environment for raising children. It is a real culture shock going from a reasonably blue state to a red one. The best thing she can do is to try to find a few like-minded people and form a support group. We did that some years ago and it continues to meet and grow.

                  • 42 cookemom
                    March 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

                    It’s funny cause her son 7, is thriving there with all the open spaces, and activities that seem to be more to his liking, lakes, snowmobiles, ice fishing, ATVs, Scouts, etc. The little boys there are outdoor types and they’re young enough to have not been tainted with the crazy yet. Sad that it will be a rude awakening for him when the inevitable happens.

                    Her 15 year old daughter is bored to tears because very early dating and the move from high school to marriage is encouraged for the girls there. They end up at her age setting their sights on the most eligible spouse material. They don’t necessarily do the giggle, giggle, tee hee, teenage girl stuff. It’s all about the boys and snaring the right one for the long term. The moms are just as active in the pursuit with their daughters.

                    This is also a very pageant oriented state and Honey Boo Boo don’t have nothing on them. Since my granddaughter is all about going on to college and a career, she’s having a problem being serious about the guys and she has no time for the phony pageant stuff.

                    On the other hand, she does get a kick out of the high schoolers there turning to her for the coolness factor cred. Since she’s from the big city, Chicago, they think she’s the expert on fashion and street sense. She thinks it’s hilarious. One guy asked her if the hoodie he had on, would be thought of as cool in Chicago. She told him, the hoodie would, but he needed work. ha, ha, that’s my girl!

                    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
                      March 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm

                      Thanks, cookemon. I hope your granddaughter get to go to a good out-of-state college and has a satisfying career. She sounds like a level-headed girl. You must be very proud of her.

                    • 44 yardarm756
                      March 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

                      cookemom question if you don’t mind? Westside or South? If so, what ward?

                    • 45 cookemom
                      March 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

                      yardarm, neither. We’re from the Chicago suburban area. I say Chicago because it’s easily identifiable by folks not from the area. Plus, what happens in Chicago does impact my town. I will say that I reside in Cook County.

                    • 46 yardarm756
                      March 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

                      Okay. I was just curious. I’m a born and raised Southsider and now reside in Burnham.

                    • 47 cookemom
                      March 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm

                      I’m born and raised in this little town due west of the big city.

                    • 48 yardarm756
                      March 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm


      • 49 lamh36
        March 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        I was born poor, raised poor and did not have much money, so even though I am more comfortable finanically than I used to be, I still find that I tend to stretch my money as for as it can go and I get that Wal-Mart is an evil conglomerate, but when you have only say $20-50 to feed yourself for the month (when I was a college student, I had basically NO money) you do whatever you can to stretch out your money.

        I refuse to judge someone who has little to no money from going to Wal-Mart.

        Like I said, I am no longer as financially strapped as I was, but I still just have the habit.

        • 50 jackiegrumbacher
          March 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

          I agree that “judging” someone for what they need to do is not a cool thing to do. You do what you have to do.

  9. 51 sonjiaduncan
    March 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Congrats IowaPanther for being first. Good morning TOD I am still waiting for Spring.

  10. 52 JER
    March 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

  11. 54 desertflower
    March 27, 2013 at 10:39 am


    Serious. Fucking. ly.?? If this state could get away with giving every single new born baby a damn gun, they would. I seriously need to find an exit plan from here………….

    • 55 99ts
      March 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Don’t want to give people a job, or medical insurance – but happy to hand out guns. Surely if they sat down and actually listened to their own b.s – they might see the problem – then again, to even say it – there has to be some insanity involved.

      “… has announced plans to give away free shotguns in an attempt to reduce crime in parts of the city”.

      More guns will reduce crime? What planet are they on? Are they going to give the guns to those wholesome family guys who leave them around so their kids can kill each other or just give them to the kids so they can commit suicide next time they get depressed.

      I cannot – just cannot – understand anyone who wants to live in a country where guns are more important than the lives of children.

      • 56 desertflower
        March 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

        warped little minds…hard at work. This disgusts me so much….I REALLY need to get out of here.

    • March 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

      My daughter did graduate work at Northern AZ Univ in Flagstaff 3 years ago and liked it there but wasn’t happy at all about Arizona laws being passed. She is back in Iowa working now.

    • 58 TrumpDog
      March 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I seriously need to find an exit plan from here………….

      I feel the same way. It’s really frustrating living here sometimes. From that witch Brewer to McCain/Flake and having Franks as my rep and then the latest with that gun shop owner canceling Mark Kelly’s gun sale— it makes me feel like there are no sane people here. I’m starting to feel like how others see it; you can’t spell crazy without AZ.

  12. 59 japa21
    March 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

  13. 63 Jovie
    March 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Ruemmler and I are heading back to #SCOTUS to hear #DOMA oral arguments

    — Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) March 27, 2013

  14. 64 yardarm756
    March 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Good morning mates. One observation before I put to sea and get somethings done.
    Chris Cilliza is “the result of defective sperm and a putrid eggs.”!

  15. 67 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

    This is a beautiful must read.

  16. 70 cookemom
    March 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I was on Skype with #2 this morning. She’s visiting Morocco in Northern Africa during her spring break from teaching in Spain. In spite of all my warnings about travel for women in Muslim countries, her Chicago area bred, American reflex response automatically activated when groped in the town square. After a mighty back hand to the head of the offending party, she realized that might have started an international incident. Well, if not exactly international, it may have caused cookemom an unplanned trek to the Motherland. Luckily, he and his cohorts chose to pretend that neither the grope, nor the knuckle sandwich happened. Sheesh, you can take the city girl and dress her up in the appropriate cultural garb, but you can’t take the city out of the girl, no matter what she’s wearing.

    Please vote for #2 to win her dream job of travel correspondent. If she wins, she’ll get the opportunity to regale us all with her hair raising adventures first hand. http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#tab

    • March 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Cookemon – om gosh –what a cool video and beautiful daughter!! I would vote for her more than once if I could! It’s so nice to see young Americans seeing the world as more than a tourist.

      • 72 cookemom
        March 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

        Thanks so much forus50! Yes, you can vote multiple times and on each of the various social media icons in that green “vote for this entry’ box.

  17. 73 Bill
    March 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Kay Hagen (D-NC) announced today she supports gay marriage. Maybe pressure on her helped in her decision.

  18. March 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

    What??? Current Sup. Ct. case becomes all about President Obama? Conservative judges “very concerned” about Obama and Holder’s decision to stop defending DOMA. Sarcasm ensues. Every day—-something else to sigh about…. Is everything in the world about President Obama? I have never seen such obsession in my life—about anyone.


  19. 85 forus50
    March 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    • 86 Lovepolitics2008
      March 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      So the wording of the Supreme Court ruling(s) will be important. I can see a scenario where the 4 liberal judges declare it unconstitutional on the basis of the individual rights of gays and lesbians, but one or two conservative judges ducking the question of gay rights and declaring the law unconstitutional because it violates states’ rights. And what will those judges will do with Prop. 8 in California ?? This is very important, because if they believe states have the right to determine what marriage is… we’ll see a bunch of conservative states legislatures voting their own state version of DOMA. Multiple iterations of prop. 8 …

  20. 89 Bill R.
    March 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  21. 90 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Bears repeating….

    Thanks Bill R and forus50!!

  22. March 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Good morning everyone!! Congrats on 1st, IowaPanther 🙂

    This tweet was inspired by our nath!

    Yes We Can

    • 92 Gazelle
      March 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Bobfr, I read that comment by Nath (yours & his) and what a wealth of information. I had no idea about Sec.2! Thank you so much for that discussion. Nath, great info! I actually made a mental note to go back and read it again. 🙂

        • 94 nathkatun7
          March 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

          Thank you Bob and Gazelle for the shout-out! Thanks also Bob for your tweet, which I strongly support. Gazelle, I am looking forward to hearing what you think after you’ve read Sec. 2 of the 14th Amend. By the way, Section 2 of the 14th Amend was intended to supersede the 3/5th clause in Article I, Section 2.

          • 95 prettyfoot58
            March 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm


            it took the 14th Amendment .Section 1….. to grant citizenship to blk folks born here in America…overturning the Dread Scott Decision…

            The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments.
            Its Citizenship Clause provides a broad definition of citizenship that overruled the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) that had held that people of African descent could not be citizens of the United States.[1]



            altho there are some who would continue to deny black folks their rights as cutuzens….

    • March 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Bob are you are lawyer.

  23. 97 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Ginsburg WINS the day.

  24. 98 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm


  25. 101 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  26. 103 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    [Greg Sargent profiles courage]:

    […..] As best as I can determine, there is only one Democrat in the Senate from a red or swing state right now who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act back in 1996: Sherrod Brown of Ohio. His perspective is particularly interesting, because he voted against DOMA in a state where gay marriage was so unpopular that Republicans were able to use it to turn out voters by referendum eight years later, in the 2004 presidential election.

    “When I made that vote, it was politically unpopular — today that position is politically popular,” Brown said in an interview today. “The No votes on DOMA were almost all east coast or west coast.” Brown voted against DOMA as a member of Congress representing a heavily industrial, working class, swing district southwest of Cleveland. […..]


  27. 104 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  28. 105 amk for obama
    March 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  29. 106 Nena20409
    March 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Good Afternoon TODers.

    Great Job, UT.


  30. 107 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    [My invite is hatching … Hatch already, Boo! 🙂 ]:

    First Lady Michelle Obama’s office on Tuesday announced via Twitter that six chefs have been invited to cook at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday, April 1. All of the Easter Egg Rolls since 2009 have featured an outdoor Kids’ Kitchen, where guest chefs and the White House chefs demonstrate healthy recipes for thrilled crowds.

    This year, Food Network stars Anne Burrell and Ina Garten; Washington, DC’s Spike Mendelsohn; New York/DC’s B. Smith; and Flynn McGarry and Katie Chin, both from Los Angeles, will join the fun. There will be livestreams from the White House all day during the 135th anniversary Roll, which has the Let’s Move! theme ‘Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!’ […..]


  31. 109 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Deputy Press Secretary Josh (“The Voice”) Earnest is doing a fantastic job of making the jackals look like idiots. Their (accusatory, sarcastic, snarky, gotcha, process) questions are being greeted with responses from Josh that makes them look like they didn’t do their homework. And it’s clear they don’t spend much time looking at whitehouse.gov

  32. 110 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm


    Republicans overcome with ‘Sequestration NIMBYism’

    By Steve Benen


    We’ve covered this a bit in recent weeks, but Republican criticism of sequestration cuts appears to be intensifying. Of particular interest at this point is which cuts, in particular, have become cause for alarm.

    Is it concern over Head Start closings? Food-safety furloughs? Struggling Americans going without housing assistance? Setbacks for medical research into Alzheimer’s disease and influenza? Layoffs at nuclear containment sites? Disruptions in the courts?

    No, as is it turns out, the one issue that finally managed to capture Republicans’ attention is … airports.

    We learned last week that the FAA, left with no choice thanks to the sequester Republicans are so fond of, is closing many air traffic control facilities in April. GOP members of Congress are outraged.



  33. 111 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm


    The Morning Plum: So who’s winning the sequester fight?

    Posted by Greg Sargent (3/19/13)


    Yes, the sequester clearly holds perils for both sides. But the Politico story shows that this battle may end up unfolding exactly as Dems had predicted — with individual lawmakers beginning to panic as the reality of the cuts begins to be appreciated by their constituents. With Republicans claiming the sequester as a “victory,” the GOP could continue to be tarred as the party of destructive austerity. What’s more, majorities support the Dem argument that we should replace it the sequester with a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes. By contrast, the GOP fiscal vision — deficit reduction only through deep spending cuts, paired with deep cuts on tax rates on the rich — is unpopular, and Dems may be able to persuasively argue (given that 68 percent see the GOP as the party of the rich) that Republicans would sooner allow the pain of extended sequestration to continue rather than close a few millionaire loopholes.



  34. 113 carolyn
    March 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    This is an issue that I KNEW would hit the Republicans, because they fly a lot on private planes. 149 general aviation airports in the US will now be without control tower personnel. The airport two miles from us is one of those. This is going to hit our two Senators and many wealthy businessmen (i.e.the owner of the Thunder, the owners of Devon and Chesapeake Energy) hard because they use private planes and fly into this airport on the outskirts of OKC. I told my husband, when this sequester bothers the rich boys, something will be done. I have no doubt that these guys are already lobbying Coburn and Inhofe to get air traffic controllers back, and if it means repealing the sequester….I think they will make that concession. You just can’t get in the way of the rich boys’ toys!
    We live in the flight pattern, and also want those air traffic controllers back! These cuts will do real damage to the employment in our community.

  35. 114 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    [This P.M. @ SCOTUS. Swear to all, there was a guy out there protesting genital mutilation. Ahem, what’s that got do do w/ DOMA?]:

    The anti-circumcision crowd is out in full force! Their argument is “equal protection under the law.” Lol, wut ? pic.twitter.com/mljeunhAIx
    1:10 p.m. Wed, Mar 27 from Washington, DC

    Photo & tweet here: https://mobile.twitter.com/crc0122/status/316945382007513090/photo/1

    Bunch of tweets & pics at The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2013/mar/26/supreme-court-hearings-reader-stories

  36. 115 57andfemale
    March 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Illinois was the first US state east of the Mississippi to grant women the right to vote, 100 hundred years ago this month. The UK didn’t until 1918, and the 19th amendment wasn’t ratified in the US until 1920! Go Illinois.

  37. March 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    “A Syrian opposition bloc recognized by the Arab League as the sole representative for Syria opened its first embassy in Qatar on Wednesday in a diplomatic blow to President Bashar al-Assad.

    But opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib, who took Syria’s seat at an Arab summit in Doha on Tuesday, used the ribbon-cutting ceremony to voice his frustration with world powers for failing to do more to help in the two-year-old struggle to topple Assad.

    “There is an international willingness for the revolution not to triumph,” he told reporters at the embassy, which was festooned with balloons in the red, green, white and black of Syria’s national flag.”


    Really complicated, for sure ….


  38. 118 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    [Over @ Booman]:

    […..] The firing of Pat Buchanan was a canary in a coal mine that ought to have warned the Republican Party that Romney’s strategy was not going to work. The country had finally become diverse enough that racial polarization was no longer a winning strategy.

    Some people are surprised that the Republicans took their defeat so hard. I mean, it never looked for a single moment like Obama might actually be defeated. We talk about how the Republicans deluded themselves with talk about skewed polls, but the real trauma is the realization that Pat Buchanan’s brand of racial politics no longer works.

    Without race resentment, the conservative movement has precious little to talk about. People are bored of talking about the debt. In a post-Bush era, Republicans are divided on foreign policy and defense. The old social wedge issues now cut against the GOP.

    The Republicans have begun a period of reflection. It started the moment that Mitt Romney conceded defeat, but it could have started the day that Pat Buchanan was finally deemed too racist to be a respectable mouthpiece for the party on cable television.


  39. 119 57andfemale
    March 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    What kind of country is this that allows this man to sit on the SCOTUS:

    “Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court:

    Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home….

    I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible–murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals–and could exhibit even ‘animus’ toward [homosexuality].”

    • 120 Linda
      March 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      hmmmm… I see he did not mention pedophile Catholic priests..

      • 121 57andfemale
        March 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        That’s a great point, Linda.

        It’s bad enough that such thoughts exist. It is breathtaking to me, however, that a Supreme Court Justice says such things from the bench of the SCOTUS.

    • 122 jackiegrumbacher
      March 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      I have often asked myself that question, 57. We seem to have a particularly vile set of justices these days and Scalia leads the pack. He is so twisted with prejudice that he is incapable of rational thinking about anything that involves human relations or human rights. It is a horrible tragedy that we have to endure these blights on democracy until the day they die or decide to retire. The framers of the Constitution sure got it wrong on the role of the SCOTUS.

      • 123 57andfemale
        March 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        My sentiments exactly. These are sad times when, in the 21st century, such a miserable, petty, fact-challenged little man can go unchallenged on the Supreme Court.

  40. 124 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  41. 126 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

  42. 127 utaustinliberal
    March 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  43. 128 japa21
    March 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Not even room for the link, but an excellent column that goes along with this is at http://www.joepaduda.com/2013/03/chris-brigham-contributes/

  44. 129 desertflower
    March 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Oh dear. Now what will they say? http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/26/1776401/america-spending-problem/

    More Proof That America Doesn’t Have A Spending Problem

    The government, however, has no such spending problem, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Excluding wars and disaster relief funding, in fact, America’s discretionary spending has grown at a slower rate than inflation since 2007 and now makes up a smaller share of the economy than it did before the Great Recession, CBO director Doug Elmendorf wrote today:

    Excluding appropriations for those purposes, discretionary budget authority rose from $892 billion in 2007 to $987 in 2013, an increase of about 11 percent. During that period, prices (as measured by the consumer price index for urban consumers) rose by 13 percent, and nominal gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 16 percent. As a result, discretionary appropriations—based on the House-passed appropriations for 2013 and excluding funding for overseas contingency operations and hurricane relief—declined by 2.2 percent in real (inflation-adjusted) terms between 2007 and 2013 and dropped from 6.4 percent of GDP to 6.2 percent of GDP over that period.

  45. 132 japa21
    March 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  46. March 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    • March 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Agree—-and can we phase out that Prayer Breakfast or whatever it is—-and other such events— that all presidents and congress people feel obligated to attend, for some reason? Began with ultra religious fanatics with motives the opposite of what you express in your tweet.

      • 135 nathkatun7
        March 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        Dotster, I appreciate your point because the Constitution states plainly that they would be no religious test to determine who holds public office. At the same time, I have no problem with the Prayer Breakfast because it’s not an official government function. I think Presidents and members of Congress are free to express their religious beliefs as along as they don’t make laws to impose their beliefs on all of us.

    • 136 nathkatun7
      March 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Great tweet, Bob!

    • March 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you dotster and nath – just regret the grammatical error!!! ‘is’ instead of ‘are’ … that’s what happens when you’re doing too many things simultaneously!!!


  47. 139 desertflower
    March 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm


    John Boehner has skimmed $742,000 in House funds to defend DOMA, but his cap on the DOMA defense fund is actually $3.1 million taxpayer dollars.

    In January, Speaker John Boehner and the House Republican leadership secretly raised the spending cap on their DOMA defense fund a third time to $3.1 million. The cap is now more than six times its original $500,000 limit. Democrats had no idea that the cap had been secretly raised until after it had already been finalized.

    Here’s the kicker. John Boehner has taken money out of the Justice Department’s budget to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. According to the Huffington Post, “Boehner so far has collected $742,000 to defend DOMA, and that money was skimmed from funds that would normally go toward House officer and employee salaries, Chief Administrative Officer Dan Strodel told members of a House Appropriations subcommittee. Strodel said none of that money came out of the budget of the Justice Department, which dropped its defense of DOMA in February 2011 after Attorney General Eric Holder determined it to be unconstitutional. Boehner, in his authority as speaker, has been defending the law on behalf of the federal government ever since.”

  48. March 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    500 trazillion (that’s a number, right? 😕 ) thanks to UT for this morning’s Rise and Shine, she’s a grade A gem!!!

    Just back from a day out and about, once I defrost my fingers and toes and eat, will post again. See ya in a bit!

    • 142 utaustinliberal
      March 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you again for the opportunity Chiparoo! 😀

      p.s. “grade A gem!!!” huh? Young lady, I’d better have grade A diamonds mailed to me lickety split.

  49. 143 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    [Profile in Cowardice]:


    “Those defending DOMA have been strangely unwilling to make their arguments outside of the court. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, declined to be interviewed for this article, as did Clement and leading House members who voted for the law. Even Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who filed a friend of the court brief supporting DOMA, was unavailable for an interview. The primary sponsor of the bill, former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., now retired, has changed his mind and now opposes the law.”



  50. 144 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    [More from Greg Sargent on SCOTUS, AKA Scoff-US]:

    […..] However, having read through the transcript, it’s hard to miss the downside to today’s events. Specifically, Justice Anthony Kennedy was maddeningly opaque — and even uninterested — when it came to the “heightened scrutiny” question. This suggests the possibility that even if DOMA is struck down, the Court may not clarify its position on that question, which in turn will not give gay advocates the additional weapon they had hoped for against state laws banning gay marriage.

    Again and again, Obama Solicitor General Donald Verrilli repeated the administration’s argument against DOMA: Laws that classify people based on sexual orientation must be subjected to heightened scrutiny — i.e. they need to have an extremely compelling policy rationale — and when they are, it is revealed that they violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution. But Kennedy didn’t seem to engage this argument. Instead, as SCOTUSblog’s Lyle Denniston puts it, he was much more focused on the idea that DOMA “intruded too deeply into the power of the states to regulate marriage.”

    That could very well mean DOMA will be struck down — which is great — but it doesn’t settle how SCOTUS views the question of whether sexual orientation classifications merit heightened scrutiny and hence violate the equal protection clause […..]


    […..] Public opinion is on the march, and the only real remaining question is whether gay rights advocates will be forced to win this battle one state at a time. All in all, it’s been a good week for equality.


    • 145 Bill R.
      March 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Yes, right now it looks like a state by state battle, with the last holdouts being the Confederate States of bigotry, racism, and misogyny.

  51. 146 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm


    North Korea has cut a military hotline with South Korea, breaking the last direct communication link between the two countries at a time of heightened military tensions.

    The North said on Wednesday it would inform the UN Security Council that the threat of nuclear war in the region is growing.

    “Under the situation where a war may break out any moment, there is no need to keep up North-South military communications,” the official was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency.

    “From now, the North-South military communications will be cut off.”


  52. 147 desertflower
    March 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I found this hilarious. Mr “Build the Dang Fence”….saw taxpayer money wasted….in person!


    • March 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      I just read McCrazy’s tweet. He acts as if the people crossing the border are coming to commit mayhem…”threat to our border”.

  53. 149 Gazelle
    March 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    [To cheer up those who were in the dumps over a very recent football loss — the game that shall not be named! And MU haters, still check it out, okay?! ;)]

    Presented and narrated by former Manchester United star Eric Cantona, Football Rebels is a five-part documentary on five football legends whose social conscience led them to use their fame and influence to challenge unjust regimes, join opposition movements and lead the fight for democracy and human rights in their countries.


  54. 150 57andfemale
    March 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    As SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein explains, the position of federal and state governments in the two cases are directly in opposition:

    Students of Windsor and Hollingsworth have always recognized a basic tension between the theories of gay-rights advocates in the cases. The challenge to DOMA is undergirded by a sense that marriage is a matter for state rather than federal regulation. The challenge to Proposition 8 is a direct challenge to just such a decision by a state.
    Yesterday and today, the irresolvable depth of that tension in this Court became obvious.

  55. 151 japa21
    March 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Well, I have hit the peak of twitterdom. I can go no higher. John Fugelsang favorited one of my tweets. I will now quit tweeting while I am ahead.

  56. 157 57andfemale
    March 27, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Does anyone remember the new name of FayPax’s blog? Or is Fay around to tell me? I could have sworn I bookmarked it, but I can’t find it.

  57. March 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Now I need you to help me out. I need to email Chips. I looked for the address and I’ve probably overlooked it. If you can’t put it in a reply, please send it to me. FayPax@gmail.com.

  58. 164 Linda
    March 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    President Barack Obama will continue his congressional charm offensive at a second dinner with Senate Republicans next month.

    The April 10 dinner will include a dozen GOP members invited by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Republican aides said Wednesday. The location is yet to be determined.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/obama-republican-senators-dinner-89395.html#ixzz2OmCAqfut

    • 165 hopefruit2
      March 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I don’t care for the term “charm offensive.” It’s a derogatory term coined by the MSM to mock the President’s efforts at engaging the GOP.

      • 166 Linda
        March 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        I think I heard Kristen Welker say that the Republicans requested this .

      • 167 Ladyhawke
        March 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        I totally agree HF. The ‘charm offensive’ nonsense drives me crazy. Bottom line, why do these members of congress need to be schmoozed in order to do the freaking jobs. As if President Obama doesn’t have enough on his plate, he has to coddle the Republicans too. He reaches out his hand and they clench their fists.

        The Republicans complain that President Obama has not reached out to them and the jackals carry that crap into the briefing room. They are constantly asking about which Republican has President Obama called about (fill in the blank) issue). Why hasn’t he had a meeting with the GOP. Speaker Boehner says PBO hasn’t called in weeks, on and on. Then when President Obama meets with the Republicans, the jackals then question how effective President Obama has been. You had the meetings with the Republicans but nothing has changed. What does that say about your ability to persuade? It’s endless. President Obama can’t win no matter what he does.

      • 168 Nena20409
        March 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Let Them Say what they like. With all their efforts against this president…….thus far,……Mr. Obama is POTUS today. 😎

        That is how the wind blows. They plot and the president brushes them off his shoulders. 😆

  59. March 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    So the Republicans and the President are scheduled to have another dinner? Is it me? Why can’t they just do what they’re supposed to do? Can you imagine refusing to do your job because the boss won’t telephone you or buy you a martini? As my grandbaby says, “I can’t take it.”

    • March 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Does President Obama have to pick up the tab again? This is ridiculous—–what a bunch of needy babies. It’s shameful beyond belief—-close to holding Obama hostage unless he wines and dines them—-hugs too? I agree with your grandbaby.

  60. 172 Linda
    March 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Actress Ashley Judd has decided not to pursue a bid for the Kentucky Senate race, according to two sources familiar with her decision.

    A source close to Judd said that Secretary of State Allison Grimes’ interest in potential race made the decision not to run easier, “The timing just wasn’t right,” said the source.

    Judd’s potential candidacy against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell drew national headlines. While she received encouragement from the likes of Kentucky Rep, John Yarmuth, other Democrats in the state expressed apprehension about her candidacy.

  61. 173 Allison
    March 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    • 174 japa21
      March 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      She has been tweeting out the same.

    • 175 jackiegrumbacher
      March 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      This is too bad. Between Ashley Judd not running in Kentucky and Jennifer Granholm deciding not to run in Michigan, it’s been a discouraging time. I sure hope these states come up with great Dem candidates. McConnell must be doing a happy dance.

    • 176 Lb4Obama
      March 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Knowing the rabid dogs called the GOP were salivating at Judd running against the turtle, I think this is good. The Grimes lady seems strong and the dems are motivated to oust the turtle this time. Whoever the candidate ends up being, we all should throw our support and $$$ for the good of the cause!

    • March 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Oh no—-that is disappointing. I wonder if someone talked her out of it. I thought she had a good shot—-popular in Ky., proud of her, has been front and center at every U.K. bball game for years, impressive in interviews and appearances. I was dreaming about that satisfying win—–so many were lined up to help in her effort. SIGH.

    • 178 debz
      March 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      I guess she got a call from Bill Clinton. She was ready to announce her candidacy until he got involved.

      • 179 lamh36
        March 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

        this was my thought too, but you can’t say this in some circles ’cause Bill Clinton is da Big Dawg and he is still golden to some people.

        too bad. I”m not from KY, so I’ll defer to people from the state itself, but it’s still too bad

      • 180 Linda
        March 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        Her father gives to the Clinton’s and catered Chelsea’s wedding

      • March 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        I doubt that. She never committed one way or another. That’s not Bill Clinton’s fault.

      • 182 lamh36
        March 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        yeah, it does have the Clinton touch. Take with it what you will.

        ‏@joearnoldreport 12m
        BREAKING: Sources: Alison Lundergan Grimes has spoken w DSCC, plans to file for #KySen exploratory committee @AlisonFor

    • 183 Nena20409
      March 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      😦 😦 😦

      Too Darn bad. 😦

      • 184 carolyn
        March 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        Once again, we are not conversant with issues inside the state. I think Ashley Judd would have been called a “carpetbagger”…..born there, roots for the team, but hasn’t lived there in quite a while. We see the celebrity status and her strong support of President Obama. Whoever runs needs the full support of the DSCC and the Democratic forces within the state. I’ve read the info about Alison Grimes, and she has paid her dues, worked hard and made a name for herself.

  62. 185 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  63. 186 Linda
    March 27, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    The vote on DOMA was veto-proof (the House passed it 342-67, and the senate 85-14), with Republican majorities in both Houses.

  64. March 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Disappointed about Ashley Judd’s decision, but Ky. Sec. of St. Allison Grimes’ biography looks impressive—-want to win that seat.


  65. 188 lamh36
    March 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    hmm, so I’m just realizing that I have a four day weekend coming up. Don’t know what to do with myself. I’m thinking it’s a good time to catch up on some movies in the theatre I wanted to see,a movie a day! So what movies should I see this weekend? 4 movies that I want to see: Olympus Has Fallen, The Croogs, G.I.Joe, and Temptation. Runner-ups: I’m kinda interested in seeing The Host, it looks interesting, 2nd runner-up: Oz…and Powerful, I was supposed to see it a few weeks ago, but no dice.

  66. 191 Ladyhawke
    March 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Background Checks are Easy – Americans for Responsible Solutions

  67. 192 Nena20409
    March 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Six Years Old Avery M.

    Six Years old.


  68. 196 lamh36
    March 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    For all you Scandal fans:

    Sexiest President Ever: Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn On “Outrageously…

  69. 200 Nena20409
    March 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    One more, Avery Molek at Five jamming on on KISS Tune.

    At age 5……. 😯

  70. 201 Linda
    March 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I just saw an ad to pass Immigration reform from SEIU.

  71. March 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Just posting to get rid of the email notifications—yikes.

    • 204 Nena20409
      March 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      He doesn’t mind killing people. He just doesn’t want to be killed? I am against the death penalty. It’s just that we knew this already. That was why he fortified himself with protective gears.

      Yes he had and still has mental issues. I get that. But he is still wanting to be amongst the Living. That is the thought that escaped him and still does. For he has Never said he was sorry.

  72. 205 Linda
    March 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting federal mineral payments to 35 states by about $110 million this fiscal year as part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month.

    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced this week that his state faces the biggest cut – at least $53 million over the next five months. Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal-producing state and last year received nearly $1 billion in federal mineral payments.

    The federal government paid a total of $2.1 billion last year to the states, representing their share of revenue from energy and mineral production that occurred on federal land within the states, as well as offshore.

    The federal money helps Wyoming fund state government operations. Income from energy production allows the state to avoid having a personal or corporate income tax.

    Mead said he plans to consult with other states affected by the cuts as well as with members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation to try to restore the funding.


  73. 207 lamh36
    March 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    ‏@joearnoldreport 12m
    BREAKING: Sources: Alison Lundergan Grimes has spoken w DSCC, plans to file for #KySen exploratory committee @AlisonForKy

    • 208 Nena20409
      March 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      May she Prevail then. Mitch McConnell must be defeated. He is corrosive to the system of our political process.

  74. 209 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  75. 215 Linda
    March 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The Roger Ailes biography sold less than 3,000 copies in its first week.

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