This and That

President Barack Obama talks with Katerina Rodgaard of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in the Blue Room of the White House, before making a statement on gun safety, March 28, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden hugs another event participant in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



10:30: President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

12:50: Arrives in Miami, Florida

1:20: Tours a tunnel project at PortMiami

2:0: Delivers remarks on the economy

3:0: Departs Miami

5:15: Arrives at Joint Base Andrews



Greg Sargent: With red state Democratic Senators remaining skittish about embracing Obama’s gun proposals, at least two top Democratic donors are stepping forward and vowing to withhold any and all future financial contributions from any Democrats who don’t support the centerpiece of Obama’s plan: Expanded background checks.

Kenneth Lerer, a New York businessman who is chairman of Buzzfeed.com, and David Bohnett, a technology entrepreneur and philanthopist based in Los Angeles, are both major financial supporters of Democratic candidates, having each given scores of large contributions over the years….

Neither will give another dime to any Senate Democrat who does not support expanded background checks….

More here


President Obama embraces an attendee during an event in the East Room of the White House, March 28. The President, with families of victims of the Connecticut school shooting tragedy at his side, pressed the Senate to pass gun-control legislation next month and urged lawmakers to resist any weakening of resolve


More at ThinkProgress


Steve Benen: …. John Boehner sent a memo to all House Republicans today, telling them what a great job they’re doing. Of particular interest, though, was the Speaker arguing how “noble” he and his party are for trying to balance the budget. From the memo:

“The book Congressman Lincoln by Chris DeRose, which I recently read, includes a chapter focused on Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to help craft a new national agenda. At one point in the book, young Lincoln warns that government debt is “growing with a rapidity fearful to contemplate.” ….. Lincoln’s words ring true today….”


Lincoln, however, while warning of debt, also said that the debt had been created by the unwillingness to consider new revenue…..

Oh how I love this story….

More here



Washington Post: The Environmental Protection Agency will move ahead Friday with a rule requiring cleaner gasoline and lower-pollution vehicles nationwide, amounting to one of President Obama’s most significant air pollution initiatives, according to people briefed on the decision.

The proposed standards would add less than a penny a gallon to the cost of gasoline while delivering an environmental benefit akin to taking 33 million cars off the road, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made yet.

More here



Will catch up with more news in the morning, I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind.

106 Responses to “This and That”

  1. March 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm


  2. March 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Hi everyone, it’s been a long day and it’s not over yet. The day of Action is only the beginning. We can do this.

  3. 6 anniebella
    March 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    It’s his right to have those assault weapons, but it’s not a woman’s right to do as she please with her body. Wow, that makes lots of sense, none.

    • 7 nathkatun7
      March 29, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Here is the entire text of the 2nd Amendment that has become “holly grail” for gun nuts:

      ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms,
      shall not be infringed.”

      My question to the gun nuts is: Why did the framers condition “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” on the necessity of ” A well regulated militia”? Who was to do the regulating? Why is this opening part of the 2nd Amendment totally ignored by gun enthusiasts?

      As far as I am concerned the 2nd Amendment says nothing about owning guns for hunting, or spots, or family protection, etc., etc. There is also no historical evidence that when Bill of rights was approved, Individuals had total and unlimited freedom to own guns and ammunitions. My final question: If individuals have a constitutionally protected right to own military assault weapons and high capacity magazines, do they also have the right to own chemical, biological and nuclear weapons?

  4. March 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    For Chips and her great posts today. Sorry I posted so much twice.

  5. 23 amk for obama
    March 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm


  6. 24 utaustinliberal
    March 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Niiiiiiiiice Chiparoo.

  7. 29 Jovie
    March 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    And the EPA is just starting, this is the very first this term, of climate change initiatives.
    He should just go crazy with Executive orders and actions.

  8. March 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I love the bright colors on the table with the President and leaders from Africa.

  9. 31 Nena20409
    March 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Congrats Carol, you did it again ❗ At Number one, Yeah 😉

  10. 33 amk for obama
    March 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

  11. 37 yardarm756
    March 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    From the tail end of last tread.

    • 38 amk for obama
      March 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      The level of hatred of wingers is mind boggling. I am looking at apartheid america down the road.

      • March 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm

        Amk, just DMed you with super fab WP tweet-posting instructions.

      • 40 anniebella
        March 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        I hope Malia and Sasha had a wonderful vacation. And any one with any sense know exactly what is behind all this, it’s the right wing hatred expressing itself again. Racists bastards.

        • 41 anniebella
          March 29, 2013 at 12:10 am

          Malia and Sasha were do you want to go next? Where ever it is I hope you enjoy yourself. If those two girls were white and Republicans they wouldn’t have a dam thing to say.

      • 42 yardarm756
        March 29, 2013 at 12:18 am

        Some would like it that way but it ain’t gonna happen. The natives here have guns too.

    • 43 theo67
      March 28, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      I can’t even think about this for too long, because it infuriates me. Karma will make this right.

    • 47 nathkatun7
      March 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

      If I had the opportunity to talk to Steve King, face to face, this what I would say to him:

      ” I am tax payer. I prefer my tax dollars being spent on the President’s daughters vacation instead of being spent paying vile and idiotic members of Congress like you, Michelle Bachman, Ted Cruz, James Inhoffe Rand Paul and the rest of of other tea baggers in Congress. I am absolutely certain that the United States would be much better off if we stopped paying the salaries of all Republican members of Congress and their staffs, and sent them all home. The government will not only save money, but it will also begin to solve problems affecting the majority of Americans without having to deal with idiotic obstructions.”

  12. 50 utaustinliberal
    March 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    • 51 theo67
      March 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Whatever his faults are, as any human, this act means something. I keep coming back to this tweet, and I find it really touching.

      • 52 Bill R.
        March 29, 2013 at 1:20 am

        Indeed it does. And it more accurately reflects Christ and Christianity than any kind of rejection, negations, or condemnation of others.

  13. 53 utaustinliberal
    March 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    HOLY BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! Tonight’s Scandal was freaking insane! Shonda Rhimes and her team are a-fucking fantastic!

    Next week is going to kill it.

  14. 54 utaustinliberal
    March 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

  15. 55 Jovie
    March 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Building on the success of its existing National Park Service projects, Clean Cities is now partnering with five additional parks to implement specific projects that improve the parks’ environment and increase the sustainability of their operations. Most of the projects focus on shifting many of the parks’ vehicles to run on alternative fuels, such as propane, biodiesel and electricity — a transition that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and minimize fuel costs.

    The projects will also educate park visitors on improving the sustainability of their own driving habits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during park visits and when they return home. For example, parks such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton are educating visitors on the benefits of reducing the amount of time they idle their cars or providing information on how to visit sites in the parks by biking, walking or using park shuttles. If just 25 percent of visitors at the 13 parks in the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative reduce their idling by five minutes, it would save 192,000 gallons of gasoline and more than 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.


  16. 57 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Hi all. Been a while. Saw on Twitter that Piers Morgan is having a girl on that was raped by George Zimmerman’s brother. Did anyone watch it. The tweet said the family is very racist!

  17. 63 desertflower
    March 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Racism is alive and well inside this Republican party….. He owes people an apology. At the very least.


  18. March 28, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  19. 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm

  20. 71 anniebella
    March 29, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Looks like Indiana is about to lose, I believe Indiana were POTUS pick to win it all.

  21. 72 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 29, 2013 at 12:15 am

  22. March 29, 2013 at 12:23 am

    And in other news…as of 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time….I AM ON EASTER BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 !! 🙂

    • 74 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

      Yippy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

      • March 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        I went to the spinning group (fiber, not exercise) with my friend this morning- and I never get to do that. Then we had lunch, went back to her house, hung out knitting and chatting, then out to dinner. It was a great, relaxing start to the break 🙂

        • March 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

          Do you actually spin your own wool or cotton? My friend is an art teacher and she bought a spinning wheel and wool from local ranchers. I helped her clean the wool once. Good for your hands. 🙂 So glad you got to do something you enjoy. I knitted hubby a scarf, but crochet is my relaxant. Enjoy what’s left. 😀

          • March 31, 2013 at 10:13 am

            I have had the spinning wheel for about a year and I’m getting better at it. Before that I had a spindle. I have made a couple of things from yarn that I spun, but most of it is sitting there, waiting for the right project to come along. I almost always knit with yarn I buy for a project. It would take me a very long time to spin enough yarn for something like a sweater. But the other women in the spinning group knit with their handspun a lot. We have been doing a fiber study where we get fleece from different, less usual breeds, wash it, card or comb it – do all the prep in other words. It’s been interested but I’ve found out that I am really not interested in all that. I’d rather just buy the fiber ready to spin!

  23. 81 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 29, 2013 at 12:31 am

  24. March 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

    After watching the Indiana gun protest I had to look up the regulations for deer hunting in Indiana. They are allowed to use a .450 Bushmaster rifle, but not in URBAN setting. He was clearly in urban setting. But the regulations weren’t detailed and the gun shown in their pic was with a ten round clip. I’ve looked up the deer hunting regulations in WY. They are so detailed they get down to the size of the barrel you can use and the size of bullets. You can’t have more than three in your rifle if I remember right. I could be wrong, but it isn’t very many. Yes, anybody can carry a concealed weapon in WY, even me! 😯 Well, I don’t think I’d be first ever again. 😕 No semi-automatic rifles can be used for hunting any game in WY. Game Wardens in WY are tough. Hubby and I hiked five miles straight up in the Big Horns 5 miles; about 8 km. to about 9,500 ft. or 2,900 m. I was sunbathing, hubby fishing and I got checked. Warden told me it was easy to burn in the thin air after he realized I had no fishing license or intention to fish. 🙄 The lakes were Seven Brothers if you want to browse the google. 😉 Unfortunately hubby caught no fish and we ate raisen sandwiches; very good when you are hiking and hungry.

  25. March 29, 2013 at 1:12 am

    A gun protest in Newtown today:

  26. March 29, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Lawrence O had a great rewrite tonight. I don’t have that video now, I’ll post it after this one. This one concerns the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting. The second is the debate in both house and senate in 1996 over DOMA. Wisc. Republican Rep will surprise you. They may not both show on same post. Bear with me please.

  27. 86 Dudette
    March 29, 2013 at 2:27 am

  28. 90 Dudette
    March 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

    • March 29, 2013 at 3:29 am

      “A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really… “Do the stars gaze back?” Now *that’s* a question.”

  29. 94 Dudette
    March 29, 2013 at 2:46 am

  30. 95 Dudette
    March 29, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Beware Cuteness Overload

  31. 96 Dudette
    March 29, 2013 at 2:52 am

  32. 100 Dudette
    March 29, 2013 at 3:00 am

  33. March 29, 2013 at 6:00 am

    “How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank.
    Here we will sit, and let the sounds of music
    Creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night
    Become the touches of sweet harmony.”
    ~William Shakespeare

  34. March 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Pres. Obama packed more into one week than W did in a month. You will enjoy West Wing Wing Week. A snippet of video of live camels. 🙂

  35. March 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Have a beautiful Day.

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