Rise and Shine…Week in Review

This week’s address is delivered by Francine Wheeler, whose six year old son, Ben, was murdered alongside nineteen other children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, four months ago. Now, Francine — joined by her husband David — is asking the American people to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening to more families like hers.


President Obama Delivers remarks in Hartford, CT on Gun reform










VP Biden and A.G. Holder discuss gun reform


WH Forum to combating human trafficking



President Obama & FLOTUS celebrate Memphis soul at the White House








Please help pass the word w/ local OFA or via social media about Bobfr‘s generous offer!


President Obama announces his new budget w/ Jeff Zients








Briefing on details of FY2014 Budget


First Lady Michelle Obama Challenges Chicago Leaders to Create Opportunity for all Children








Dr. Biden at a Joining Forces Event supporting  Veteran’s & military families on campuses




President Obama awards Chaplin Emil Kapauan the Medal of Honor  posthumously







President Obama has a meeting with UN S.G. Ban ki-Moon







President Obama awards the CIC trophy to the Navy Football team







Join the fight and spread the word in enacting common sense gun reform






Since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut prompted a national call for action just over 100 days ago, thousands more Americans have been victims of gun violence. Every day we wait to do something about it, more lives are lost.  In January, President Obama proposed a series of executive actions to help keep our kids and communities safe, and put forward a set of commonsense proposals for Congress to consider that can make a real difference in protecting our citizens from gun violence. But they are only going to act on them if they hear from the American people.


Good Saturday morning TOD!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weeked, LovelyPlains.

170 Responses to “Rise and Shine…Week in Review”

  1. 1 ber6964
    April 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning

  2. 8 amk for obama
    April 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

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    GM folks.

  3. 12 LDS
    April 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Good morning and congrats 6964!

  4. 13 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

    A very ‘Good Morning’ to Ber6964! Way to start the day! 😆

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      April 13, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Oh! And ‘Good Saturday Morning’ to Amk, LadyH, LDS…..

      and all TODobots! 😉 😉 😉 We are living in life-changing political times, aren’t we all!

  5. 15 LDS
    April 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Lovely post, LP. I pray that your Dad is resting well this morning and you are getting needed sleep.
    Thank you for all you do here in helping our Ms. Chips.
    Have a good day, everyone. Going to movies today to see Jackie Robinson’s movie.

  6. 18 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Thank you LovelyP! It’s lovely to see you ‘bright and early’ and I hope that means you had a good sleep. Looks like there’s quite a bit for me to look at…..thanks!

    Ms Chips? …MoooOOOoorning to you too!

  7. 19 andogriff
    April 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Lovely R & S post this morning, LP! Thank you so much… and good morning to everyone!

  8. April 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

    MoooooOOOOOOOoorning everyone!!! LP, thank you soooooooooo much for a stuuuuuuuuuuuuupendous ‘Week in Review’!!

    When you’re done editing I’ll put in that ‘click to read the rest of the post’ thingie, just so it’ll load more quickly on the page.

    Thanks a million again, you’re a star.

    Will follow up after this with a few newsie bits and pieces, and after that anyone who fancies posting – feel free!!

  9. 27 CEB
    April 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Beautiful and thorough round-up of the past week, Lovelyplains. One stop for those of us who were away for much of the week to catch up; thanks much.

    PS. Hope you Dad is still on the mend. Sending you good wishes and prayers.

  10. 28 amk for obama
    April 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

  11. 33 LDS
    April 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips.
    Um, sorry….not there, yet.

    99ts walked me through how to “bring it over” from previous post this week.
    So afraid I was going to end up in her backyard…..
    But, I am still here in NYC! Love this City….despise the Mayor.

  12. 35 anniebella
    April 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Mrs. Wheeler did a good job. I just don’t understand these politicians in D.C.Something has to be wrong with these men and women.

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

      I don’t get it either, AB. Parents like the Wheelers, and thousands of other across the country, are enduring such pain and grief, only heartless morons like many who ‘represent’ us in Congress are unmoved. We are in the middle of a national crisis of gun violence, but members of Congress put gun manufacturers above people and sign over their common sense and humanity to the NRA.

    • 37 andogriff
      April 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Francine Wheeler just had me blubbering all over my laptop, Annie….. she did a brilliant job indeed. How could anyone not listen to her, and at least start thinking about enacting new gun legislation??

    • 38 Betsy
      April 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

      She sure did and I was crying all over the place. I have three wonderful kids who are now in their early to mid 20’s and I can’t imagine how I would have endured it if one of them had not made it past 6yrs of age. I wonder how their son Nate is doing?

  13. 39 jackiegrumbacher
    April 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Great overview, LP and I appreciate the links to action sites on gun control. It’s a bright day and it’s time for a walk in the sun. Bringing over a thought from the last thread, if other states are as motivated as PA to boot out their R governors, we could see a very changed national landscape in 2014. Meantime, don’t forget local races. A lot of local dem candidates are planning to work their hearts out for these local seats. Lets support them.

    • 40 anniebella
      April 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

      The local Republicans, Governors too are just as bad as the ones in D.C.

    • 41 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Morning Jackie! Saw your response on the last thread. Glad to hear your dinner was a huge success! As Sestak wasn’t at our dinner, figured he’d be at your’s — just won a $10.00 bet. Two months ago, I would have said that Joe was definitely running for Gov; however, he started playing coy about 3 weeks ago. That is a major turnoff. He did the same thing last year regarding PA-07, hemmed and hawed on running for his old seat, so nobody announced — waiting for Joe; he informed us the week of our county convention that he wasn’t running. We had a mad scramble (1) getting a good candidate and (2) getting enough sigs to get him on the ballot. We ended up with an outstanding candidate, however, without name recognition and in a district that was gerrymandered for the incumbent (the most gerrymandered district in the USA), it was a mountain too high to scale.

      Allyson has a good, progressive state & fed legislative record, that is a blesssing and a curse; will play well in the Philly region, but may be a hinderance in the rest of the state.

      My preferences are McCord for Gov and Sestak for PA-07 in ’14; Keene for Senate in ’16.

      PA Dems kicked ass in 2012, we reelected Barack Obama and swept the statewide row offices with outstanding candidates who are now doing an outstanding job! They said it couldn’t be done, but we said “YES WE CAN!” One Term Tom is toast.

      • 42 jackiegrumbacher
        April 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

        Alycee, I completely agree with your assessment. I would vote for McCord before anyone else in the primary and I hope he makes an aggressive effort to get state-wide name recognition. Having Sestak take his old seat back is a good idea because it gives us an extra house seat and it gives him a perch if he wants to run for the Senate. BUT Kathleen Kane, if she chose to enter, would win the primary and the seat. So let’s work hard to make this scenario happen.

      • April 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

        I think Sestak should be kicked out of the considerations. A friend of mine who worked in his last campaign said Sestak had money left over that he should have used for media but wouldnt do it. There is something about him I dont trust-know it all, arrogance, no humility, phony, etc etc. I do like Allyson for governor just for some female thinking on the issues.

  14. 44 amk for obama
    April 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Tiger Woods could be disqualified from Augusta



    • April 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Just read that Amk, NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

      • 46 amk for obama
        April 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

        It’s all very confusing rules. Y’day they penalized that poor 14-year old just because he took slightly longer than “45-second” rule for a strike.

        Anal retentive game.

        • April 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

          Yeah, just saw a report on the kid being penalized for slow play – it actually looked like it was the caddy’s fault, he took so long to make a club selection for him at one of the holes. But the point they made is that there are a whole bunch of the big names who are legendary for their slow play, and are rarely if ever penalized. Nice, single out the 14-year-old 🙄

        • April 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

          Looks like they’ll have no option but to disqualify him, unless he opts to withdraw before they have to do it. Ooooh, the TV people and the sponsors are going to weep, a Tigerless weekend at the Masters.

          • 49 amk for obama
            April 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

            Here is beeb’s headlines

            Woods could be thrown out of Masters

            Day by day they are becoming murkan emmessem with screaming misleading headlines

          • 50 dotster3
            April 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

            And I guess no one paid attention to the drop at the time it happened. It was only after Woods’ explanation, where he made it sound like his decision gave him an advantage, that it caused a stir. I bet the TV people, in addition to golf fans, will not be the least bit happy if they decide to disqualify him. It all seems dumb to me—he had a choice of 3 hazy rules with the drop. But I would think the powers that be would try to keep him in the tourney.

        • 52 anniebella
          April 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

          Believe me I am no golf fan, but I hope Tiger will not be disqualified.

    • 55 Bill
      April 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Looks like a two stroke penalty.

  15. 57 dotster3
    April 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I see Repubs expected to add amendment to gun legislation—-a reciprocal conceal/carry agreement—–states would be required to recognize out of state conceal/carry permits. As stated, if someone has a conceal/carry permit from Wyoming or Florida etc., the amendment would make it fine and dandy to conceal/carry in N.Y. or Ct. or wherever—–essentially “killing” any meaningful legislative change.


    • 58 amk for obama
      April 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

      So all that “state rights” bs goes out of the window now ? So one batshit gun nut state gets to rule over the other saner states ? Let’s how these saner state rethugs vote for it.

      • 59 Lovepolitics2008
        April 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        Democrats should go on the floor and argue that this amendment violates states rights ha ha ha !

  16. 60 MTmarilyn
    April 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good morning TOD family. Lovelyplains, what a wonderful way to start the day. Hope your father is doing well.

    Last night we went to dinner with our kids and then to see “42”. I really hope everyone goes to see it! It is very good! Very emotional! I grew up in a very small town in Kansas. I don’t know how but my family was Brooklyn Dodger fans then. I don’t remember the much of the Brooklyn days but I do remember all those names. We moved to LA for in 1964 and we attended as many Dodger games as possible. Never saw Jackie play but he was always a hero to me. Watching him run on the bases reminded me of Maury Wills.

    All that Jackie & Rachel went thru their love was so strong. Reminds me of the love our first family has for each other.

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      MT, looks as if we both lived through the same era. I was in grade school during the great Brooklyn Dodger years. Like most New Yorkers, I felt the betrayal when they moved to LA. Never followed them again.

  17. 62 japa21
    April 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    GM all. The sun is shining here in the City of Big Shoulders, oops, just disappeared. Had a good start. Went to Twitter and checked for responss to anything I twitted and the twit I was having a conversation with last night apparently decided to share our conversation with some of his twit friends. Their responses were hilarious. I am now a Communist who represents a bigger threat to the country tha AQ and I need to go read a book. That last tells me a lot. I am sure Coulter is high on their reading list.

  18. April 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I really like the overview format lots of info, pictures and videos. Organized with a good flow for my young and older family and friends to follow.
    We really need to list more Dem. candidates from all parts of the country.
    I was glad to find out Jim Graves is going to run against Michelle Bachmann.

  19. 66 amk for obama
    April 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Ok.,Two shot penalty for Woods.

    Get, get’em, Tiger.

  20. 68 anniebella
    April 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Anything info about Tiger yet?

    • 69 anniebella
      April 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

      So he is still able to play. And he was three strokes behind, is he still in the race?

    • 70 Bill
      April 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Two stroke penalty, but some talking heads on the Golf Channel are speculating that Tiger could still disqualify himself. What a dreadful mess.

    • 71 Bill
      April 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Nick Faldo thinks for his reputation Tiger should disqualify himself.

  21. 72 prettyfoot58
    April 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Gooooooood Morning everyone….such a powerful commentary from Mrs Wheeler….

    There has been much discussion about what will and what won’t happen around gun safety laws…as if what ever happens will be the be all and end all of it…this is a long term struggle and we should see it as such…that what ever victory we attain no matter how small is just a step on the long road towards progress…

    One victory was beating the Filibuster..The demand that…. #WeDeserveAVote…called the nation’s attention that We as a people deserve and expect a vote…this was not an easy task and it was not a given…

    starting with the President’s task force led by the VP…who came up with Common Sense gun safety proposals that the American People could support…

    a strategy of calling for at the very least A VOTE…PBO knew that the filibuster had to be broken in order for that to be achieved…WE DESERVE A VOTE…became a rallying cry….Some states went further…to bolster the fight for gun safety laws….there is so much grassroots groundswell across the country..

    the families of NewTown…turned their grief into courageous action….and by doing so gave us all the courage to lift our voices and to become involved…


    Watching Steve Kornacki’s program this morning…

    he led a discussion about 2016…focusing mainly on Hillary Clinton….

    I understand the need to be ready for 2016 because we cannot allow the GOP to gain control of the WH….
    but in these discussions about who will or will not run for President…there is no discussion about OFA and the coalition that PBO has brought together/ or the issues that are important to this group…

    and as we have learned …it was not only the issues that brought PBO back to the WH…it was his tremendous ground game…

    who among whoever gets the nod…has this understanding of the need for grassroots building and organizing….who will emerge as worthy of this coalition…PBO has said many times…”It has never been about me….It has been about YOU”….in all this talk about Hillary Clinton…this simple fact is missing…now granted…what we are hearing from are the supporters and not Hillary C herself…but I think that it bears thinking about when thinking about who we choose..

    2016 is a long way off….

    what happens in 2014 will have tremendous influence on 2016….
    the road toward progress is slow…but it will remain steady if we stay connected and involved…

    TOD is an important tool in the move towards progress….


    • 73 amk for obama
      April 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

      They ‘re overdoing it, just like they did in 2006-7. It’s a gonna blow up big time on clinton camp. She better start tamping down on all this false TINA factor, if she really wants to run & win.

    • 77 globalcitizenlinda
      April 13, 2013 at 10:08 am


      By the way, the final sign off : “Aluta Continua…. The Struggle Continues” was the rallying cry for the student body in my country of birth (as we struggled against dictators & those committing mass murder in their quest for political power).

      So many struggles ,,,,, so many evil leaders …. that is one of the many reasons I get very upset with people who have no appreciation of the genuine treasure that is currently in the White House (PBO)

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Pf, like you, I think we’re at the beginning of a long road on common sense gun legislation. Right now the focus is on getting the least distasteful bill out of the Senate. IF, and it’s a big if, we get something in the Senate, it will die in the House and that means that every ounce of energy in the gun legislation movement and every dollar has to be focused on changing the House in 2014 and beefing up the Senate. Nothing will get better with this Congress and we have to keep pounding that message into people’s head until they get it. If the majority of people in the US want reduce gun violence then there is only one solution–vote for a Dem Congress in 2014.

      As the 2016, it’s a complete waste of air time for anyone to be talking about this yet. I don’t want any “anointing” of a designated candidate. Let good strong candidates duke it out in the primaries and let the winner emerge from that process.

      • 80 prettyfoot58
        April 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        hello Jackie,,,

        if a bill gets thru the Senate….I think it is NOT dead on arrival…I think that Boehner will pass the bill with majority DEM support…and those “Common Sense” GOP members will vote with the DEMS…

        as for 2016..as I said…what kind of candidate do we want …will it be a candidate who is all about themselves or who is about us…

        .2014 will influence who that will be…because OFA will play a huge role in those elections…

  22. 81 amk for obama
    April 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

    The new Pope Francis appoints a group of top churchmen to advise him on how to reform the Vatican’s often arcane bureaucracy, or curia.

    Pope Francis chose eight cardinals and a bishop who between them represent nearly every continent, and only one of whom is currently a Vatican official.

    The bureaucracy, or Curia, has been blamed for the Church’s hesitant response to sex abuse and other crises.

    It is nearly 50 years since the Vatican’s last major reforms.

    The cardinals who elected Pope Francis last month were strongly critical about basic failings of the Curia under Pope Emeritus Benedict, the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome.

    The cardinals include two Europeans (from Italy and Germany), two from Latin America (Chile and Honduras), one from the US, one from Asia (India), one African and one Australian. An Italian bishop will act as secretary.

    • 82 Nena20409
      April 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

      GM all. Two things are in my wish list. One is for Women to be allowed as priests. Two is for Men to be allowed to select, marriage or not. And Three is to let science as was recommended in the early 1960s that birth control was OK and condoms were OK to fight against AIDS. OK, 3 wish lists.

  23. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    April 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

    morning everyone!

    Given that PBO usually gives the Weekend Address and that this time he chose ordinary citizens and a family that has been directly impacted by gun violence, I suspect the WH would prefer if we helped to make this go viral.

    Can we help increase the number of people who watch this video of the address by link/sending/tweeting this video as much as possible?. thanks

  24. April 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    G’morning Lovelyplains, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Congrats ber69 on #1. Such a wonderful Rise & Shine packed with info – thanks lovely plains 🙂

  25. 85 dotster3
    April 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

    It is April 13, and snowflakes are floating around outside my window in Illinois. Non-existent spring. Birdies look confused and MAD!

  26. April 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

    • 87 Bill
      April 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

      If Tiger is listening to the discussion on the Golf Channel he will disqualify himself.

      • April 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

        Don’t know anything about these golf rules, McDowell – who I like a lot – gives an alternative view to what seems to be the consensus, he says if you unknowingly sign for the wrong score then the rules say you don’t get DQed, just penalized. So he’s good with Woods not being DQed. Will be interesting to see what happens.

    • 89 amk for obama
      April 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Plenty of purity navel gazers at bj – tiger must disqualify himself. It’s all about “rules”.


      Just echoing some nut of teevee I guess.

      • April 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

        The problem is trying to sift through the anti-Tiger brigade today to get an honest opinion on this, from people who actually know the rules. There are those out there who’d call for his DQ if he scratched his nose. My golf-expert pal, who likes him, reckons he should DQ himself. We’ll see.

      • 91 anniebella
        April 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

        The guys on ESPN, said that in 2012 they add some new rule, I don’t understand golf. But I will watch and root for Tiger now.

  27. 93 japa21
    April 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

  28. 94 mtmarilyn
    April 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

    The message from Francine Wheeler is so powerful. It’s so hard to believe it is easier to buy a gun than it is to vote. What kind of country are we. We must work to change this.

  29. 95 anniebella
    April 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Tiger was 3 shots back, now he is 5. For the golf experts, do you think he is out of it, or does he still have a chance?

  30. April 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

    PBO never jumps the gun. Timing is everything. He always knows when to strike the right tone. I love my president. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/293709-obama-pivot-on-guns-gives-bill-new-momentum

    Good morning everyone.

  31. April 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Howdy doody O folks!!! What a great getting up day again in TOD town!!! It’s cold in my part of TODville and I’ll be darn if there aren’t snow flakes a drifting past my window. That, as my tulips and irises are making their appearances. WHERE IS THE WARM WEATHER!!!!???!!!!

  32. April 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Great weekly round up LP! Thanks so much.

  33. 107 Linda
    April 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday named 18 Americans banned from entering the country in response to Washington imposing sanctions on 18 Russians for alleged human rights violations.

    The list released by the Foreign Ministry includes John Yoo, a former U.S. Justice Department official who wrote legal memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques; David Addington, the chief of staff for former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney; and two former commanders of the Guantanamo Bay detention center: retired Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller and Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson.


  34. 109 Nena20409
    April 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Tiger Woods brings out the Dickens out of his detractors. No matter what.

    If one hits a flag pole that allows the ball to run into a pond, the player is penalized. If one goes 2 yards further back from a drop, one is disqualified or penalized for -2? Hmm?

    Is a 14 yrs old is penalized for a 45 seconds delay, when it was his fault……Then, perhaps, Tiger Woods fair game? I am so confused.

    • 110 japa21
      April 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

      He was penalized initially because he took a replacement shot. If he tried to play from water no penalty. The other penalty is lgitimate, as it is a case of improving one’s lie.

      • 111 Nena20409
        April 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

        I get the Pond thingy penalty. I don’t get the -2 penalty. Why is it in Golf, there is No Do Over on an unforeseen Flag Pole Obstructionism? That is where my frustration kicks in.

  35. 112 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Good morning, TOD! Getting a slow moving, late start, but I’m here! Heading out to the Berks Jazz Fest, so far, I’ve packed my wine — now need to throw some clothes in a suitcase! As I’m just having my first cup of coffee, it will be a miracle if I make the two o’clock concert; guess I’ll get there, when I get there. Have a great day!

    • 113 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

      BTW, LP, I’m blaming you for my delay in packing and getting on the road. No way I’m leaving until I check out this info packed thread! Thank you!

      Hope your Dad is continuing to improve — you are in my prayers.

  36. 114 utaustinliberal
    April 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

  37. 122 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

    ROTFLMAO!! Glen Beck apparently was unhinged about the Memphis Soul In Performance event at the WH! Good.

    // Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Wednesday blasted President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for attending a tribute to Memphis soul at the White House and said it was sign of a coming “monarchy” that could result in Americans being beheaded.

    “A seismic global shift is about to take place and one that will affect every single human being on planet Earth,” he explained. “And what is our White House doing? Partying with Justin Timberlake and Justin Beiber all their friends, singing and laughing and eating cake.” //


    Now I don’t ever recall Justin Beiber being at the Memphis soul event – do you? 🙂 🙂 LMAO!!!

    • 123 Nena20409
      April 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Has there been anything that this POTUS and this WH have done that appealed to the loathsome lonesome Beck? Ever? Not even when OBL was eliminated. I will say to Glenn Beck……I have 2 middle fingers in his face.

    • 124 desertflower
      April 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

      🙂 Who even listens to that guy anymore? Beheadings? Must have been on the phone with the cryptkeeper, Jan Brewer…..wonder what “global shift” he’s talking about? Singing and laughing…can’t have any of THAT now, can we? Hilarious.

      • 125 hopefruit2
        April 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

        LOL! I’m not sure how or when a WH music event translated into a Monarchy with “beheadings.” It takes a special kind of nut case to come up with that scenario…..as you said, Jan Brewer must be whispering constantly in Beck’s right ear. 🙂

        • 126 desertflower
          April 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

          What a suck ass life that guy must lead….paranoid delusions and gloom and doom 24/7…..the rest of us have no time for that….I guess the guys ratings are in the crapper, better gin up the base!

          • 127 amk for obama
            April 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

            Unfortunately, he is doing rather well after he kicked out of pox news. I read that he is now worth more than 100 mil.

    • 128 anniebella
      April 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Beiber was not there. And Glen Beck is a racists freak who hate that lovely black family in that White House. Rush had alot to say about FLOTUS speech in Chicago. We know what these haters are all about.

    • 130 Nena20409
      April 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

      HP has a story too. China says, but does China Do? That is the question with China.

      • 131 desertflower
        April 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

        I hear you, Nena! Friends or not, maybe the don’t really like the idea of an unhinged neighbor threatening everybody in the area…..hard to tell…but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

      • 132 Jovie
        April 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Well, China and Russia, behind the scenes, want our resources to be wasted on WARS.
        It seems, they even encourage, and fund our enemies to do just that, while they build for the future.
        Heck of a predicament…

  38. 133 Jovie
    April 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Again- this report is a hit piece on carbon capture, to turn coal into up to 90% cleaner-


    It dismisses Carbon capture as a fantasy and then endorses Natural gas. Administration and Dick Durbin hit back hard.


  39. 134 dotster3
    April 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Amazing photos from around the world—-the last few days in pictures—-see what’s going on outside your neck of the woods…


  40. 135 Nena20409
    April 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Melissa Harris-Perry’s take down on those righties chiding her for her “It Takes a Village” promo ad.
    Caution……it is from HP 😉

  41. 136 Nena20409
    April 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Susan Collins is truly a buffoon. How could she have said out loud that the Newtown Families made her late to the Dinner at the White House? Pres Obama could careless had she been an hour late. ME make sure that this is the last term Collins serves as your senator. She is part of the problems in DC.

    Yes, HP again…..please proceed cautiously, thank you 😉


    • 137 anniebella
      April 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Even if it is true, that meeting with the Newtown families made her late, why say anything about it? Except to the President. As I said before something is wrong with these Republican politicians.

  42. 138 4morefor44
    April 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

    don’t really get what the tiger woods issue is, but since he’ll still be playing this weekend, and the haters are pouncing on him more than usual, all i can say to the rest of the field is, look out! he’s made up 5 shots on leaders in one day many, many times, and now if he’s pissed, it’s quite possible he could roar to a dominating win now.

    • 139 anniebella
      April 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Go Tiger.

    • April 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

      I avoid the comments on Yahoo Sports whenever there’s a Tiger Woods article. The racism is just virulent.

      • 141 4morefor44
        April 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

        it’s amazing to me how any youtube video, any article anywhere online, it almost always has libertarian/ronpaul/republican trolls instantly filling up the comments, yet their candidates usually never even get 10% of the overall vote so it’s clearly not some mass movement. these people who preach “hard work” and personal responsibility as if they’re the arbiters of what that means, yet they seem to have unlimited time to troll the internet 24/7. what pathetic people these losers are. disgusting.

        • 142 Nena20409
          April 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

          And they have the nerve to accuse lefties of living off their parents in the basements and jobless? 😆

    • 143 dotster3
      April 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

      I thought it was interesting that the initial complaint about Tiger’s drop came from a TV viewer who called in and said he thought what he did was against the rules and asked that they review the tape. Wonder if that viewer was a Tiger fan—–or not, hahaha.

    • 144 4morefor44
      April 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

      just read up on it. so it’s from that shot he had yesterday that hit the flag stick and bounced into the water. a really unlucky break, since his aim was right on and with that being a short short, it would’ve spun and stopped right near the hole or in. instead with this penalty he’s getting a triple bogey for hitting the pin? one inch to either side on that shot, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, and he’d be right at the top of the leaderboard. unlucky break for tiger, but he’s still right in there. 5 shots back in nothing for him, and he’s got 2 days to go!

    • 145 Bill
      April 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

      There is no bigger fan of Tiger than I am, but I do not think this is a matter of Tiger haters. Golf has many arcane rules, and golf may be the only sport that prides itself on the participates calling themselves on the rules. There are many stories in golf lore of players disqualifying themselves. If Tiger won The Masters this year after this it would be questioned forever. On the other hand if he graciously withdraws he would gain much favorable attention. He still has plenty of time to break Jack’s record.

      • 146 amk for obama
        April 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

        arcane rules


        Are these rules are god given that they cannot be modernized ? They are doing it now with this 2 stroke penalty instead of DQ.

        No bfd.

      • 147 4morefor44
        April 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        like any rule though, there are people who decide how it’s applied, like traffic laws and such. i think the penalty they gave that 14 year old from china yesterday was a joke, since there are so many players that take much, much longer and have for years, and they’ve never been assessed any penalties. some writer said he timed a player yesterday that took over 2 minutes to make a shot (i think it was ricky fowler?), and this kid took 50 seconds and gets a penalty? i do know many of golf’s old guard have never liked tiger taking over the sport and shattering all the barriers and records, and ESPECIALLY at augusta, so while i don’t the specifics of this situation, i wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some unequal application happening here. that’s the point, the unequal application of rules.

        • 148 Bill
          April 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

          The game of golf loves Tiger. People involved in the game realize what he has done for the game. The ruling is in favor of Tiger. He did break the rules with his drop and without the newer interpretation he would have been disqualified. In the past ignorance of a rule has never been an excuse, but with the advent of teevee viewers calling in things have changed.

      • 149 anniebella
        April 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        I don’t see why Tiger should drop out. And I hope he doesn’t. If Tiger comes back and win, so what if people question his victory if he were to come back and win. It still will be a win. I will be pulling for Tiger to come back and win.

    • 150 Nena20409
      April 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Go Tiger Woods ❗ Go Tiger Woods ❗ Go Tiger Woods, Goooooooo 😉 :!:!

  43. 151 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Sent to my critters:

  44. 154 dotster3
    April 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Again—-Fl. man kills himself with a gunshot to the head at a shooting range yesterday. They don’t yet know if it was accidental or on purpose—-but those gun ranges are a dangerous place to hang out—–not uncommon for an uh-oh—-dead—-to occur at those gun fun places.

  45. 155 dotster3
    April 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Disturbing—-Tn. restores gun permit to gun crazed guy who said he was going to “start killing people” over gun control legislation

    • 156 amk for obama
      April 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Yeager posted a video on April 10 announcing that his permit had been reinstated. “I am pleased with the result, and I learned some valuable lessons along the way,” Yeager said in a statement in the video.

      Hopefully it basic common sense he learned.

  46. 157 Nena20409
    April 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    BloombergNews’ Take on Tiger Woods.

  47. 158 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    still not packed, will get to festival before evening shows…

    • 159 prettyfoot58
      April 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      This is an ALEC sponsored law…Corbett is attempting to do the same here as well…but our state attorney general put a halt on it…but he is he plans to challenge the rejection


      HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett plans to ask Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office to reverse its rejection of a contract with a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery, a top lawmaker said Tuesday

  48. 160 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Rep Ellison is on MSNBC yammering about chained cpi etal…

    • 161 Don
      April 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I respect Rep. Ellison, but these guys always seem to come out of the woodwork when it’s time to fight against President Obama.

      • 162 Nena20409
        April 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        Also, please remember that The Far left, the Progressives, Liberals, Moderates and Conservative Lefties are all in Dems with their vast issues.

        Please don’t forget that when Anthony Wiener was OK for Medicare for all. Joe LieBerman saw him on Fox and on Sunday Show, changed his mind and the ACA that was to have ended in Aug of 2009, dragged on. We don’t all have to be Happy Clappy Liberals…..just saying, right?

    • 163 Jovie
      April 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Because, the far left, in the districts they come from, are more interested in what the President is doing.
      They don’t know anything about the Republicans, nothing, zip, zilch, nada.
      And, they Panic…!

  49. April 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Great thread, LP!!! And, thank you for posting the tweet regarding alternative domain names. Sent this one to Jon Carson, Exec Director of OFA, yesterday:

    #FORWARD Together

  50. 165 prettyfoot58
    April 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm


    The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act
    Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey

    This bill is some movement…but far from not enough….and in some cases stymies real gun safety….

    what is most important to me…is that the Filibuster was broken….

    and we must continue the pressure….for real gun safety

  51. 170 sjterrid
    April 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    LP thank you; I love your Week In Review thread.

    I also want to send my thoughts and prayers for your father’s health, and hope he improves.

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