Rise and Shine

Stories Of Courage And Hope



(Military Friends Foundation)

Tasneem Raja: At 5:20 a.m. on Monday, four hours before the Boston Marathon’s elite runners took off, a group of 15 active-duty soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard gathered at the starting line in Hopkinton. Each soldier was in full combat uniform and carried a “ruck,” a military backpack weighing about 40 pounds. The rucks were filled with Camelbacks of water, extra uniforms, Gatorade, changes of socks—and first-aid and trauma kits. It was all just supposed to be symbolic. These soldiers, participating in “Tough Ruck 2013,” were doing the 26 miles of the Boston Marathon to honor comrades killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, or lost to suicide and PTSD-related accidents after coming home.


(Military Friends Foundation)

When the explosion went off, Fiola and his group immediately went into tactical mode. “I did a count and told the younger soldiers to stay put,” Fiola says. “Myself and two other soldiers, my top two guys in my normal unit, crossed the street about 100 yards to the metal scaffoldings holding up the row of flags. We just absolutely annihilated the fence and pulled it back so we could see the victims underneath. The doctors and nurses from the medical tent were on the scene in under a minute. We were pulling burning debris off of people so that the medical personnel could get to them and begin triage.”

Read more here


CTV Atlantic: Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter announced today that the provincial government will donate $50,000 to the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

“When we were in need, Bostonians were there,” says Dexter. “There is a border and hundreds of miles between us, but Massachusetts is always close to the hearts of Nova Scotians. We will do everything we can to support our neighbours and friends in their time of need.”

Read more here 


News Of The Day


Washington Post: Months after their Jan. 28 announcement of a tentative compromise on immigration reform, the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” has finally unveiled its bill, or at least a summary of the proposal. It includes sweeping changes in treatment of both existing undocumented workers and aspiring immigrants. Here are the key points, culled from summaries in the Post and Politico as well as the actual bill summary, posted by Talking Points Memo here.

Read more on the Senate Immigration Bill


Even more news on the Senate’s immigration bill, Gun control vote, Budget, Reinhart and Rogoff’s failed pro-austerity economic study, the IMF’s warning against excessive fiscal austerity, etc; in the Washington Post’s WonkBlog




Steve Benen: For reasons that have never been clear, House Republican leaders gave Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, affording the right-wing lawmaker access to some of the nation’s most sensitive national security information, and giving the congresswoman an opportunity to ask questions of the intelligence community.

Occasionally, that’s not a good idea. Late last week, Bachmann asked CIA Director John Brennan questions that left him visibly confused. As part of a line of inquiry that apparently related to Benghazi, the Minnesota Republican asked about armed drone strikes in Libya before last September.”Armed drone strikes in Libya?” Brennan replied, clearly baffled. “I’m unknowing of such.” There is a moral to the story. It’s unfortunate that ridiculous candidates will be elected to Congress, but to give these lawmakers seats on the intelligence committees is never a good idea.

Read more here


Zack Beauchamp: Tuesday afternoon, Mike Konczal transformed the debate over austerity and growth by reporting new study finding that a paper by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff that served as one of the principal intellectual justification for austerity turns out to be have been fatally flawed. Its conclusions, for example, were based in part on an elementary Excel coding error (Reinhart and Rogoff, for their part, aren’t conceding the game)

But let’s be honest: most journalists had no real way of knowing whether or not Reinhart/Rogoff had actually provided *good* proof of the 90 percent theory. The reason economists tend to have PhDs is that economics is a difficult, technical profession; assessing the robustness of any individual finding requires a degree of econometric expertise, background knowledge, and free time that the vast majority of journalists simply don’t have. This a deeper problem for journalists than many will care to admit.

Read more here




ThinkProgress: A bipartisan group of senators this morning introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, as well as reforms to other existing worker and visa programs. Still, temporary status gives those immigrants the ability to contribute directly to the American economy, and the benefits for the overall economy, including American workers, would be substantial over the next decade.

Legislation that included a faster path to citizenship, as CAP’s Patrick Oakford and Robert Lynch found in a recent study, would provide an even bigger boost to the economy. A five-year path to citizenship, they found, would add $1.1 trillion to the economy over the next decade while increasing Americans’ cumulative income by $618 billion and increasing job growth by 159,000 annually.

Read more here


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

10:00AM: Pres. Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

11:45AM: Press Sec. Jay Carney briefs the press

12:00PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet with Treasury Sec. Jack Lew

2:00PM: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a bill signing for military families with Gov. O’Malley

2:45PM: VP Biden hosts a Google+ Hangout with Mayors to discuss reducing gun violence

4:05PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House

6:30PM: Pres. Obama meets with Democratic Senators for dinner




Patton Oswalt: Boston. F*cking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”


MooOOOOoooorning everyone. Wishing you all a safe and happy day. 😀


154 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 57andFemale
    April 17, 2013 at 9:09 am


  2. 9 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

    • 10 hopefruit2
      April 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Indeed. I use Claritin-D particularly during allergy season, and you have to show your driver’s license, sign every time you purchase a box of pills, and are limited to one purchase a month (thirty 12- or 24-hr pills).

      This is just SICK.

  3. April 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning TODers!

    Congrats 57!

    Thanks UT for the stories of courage and hope.

    Continued prayers for the people of Boston and for ALL Americans that we will continue to come together in support of each other and to stop doing the things that will bring harm to another. Special prayers for our President and his administration for continued strength and wisdom to guide us through the crises that our nation is facing. It is my hope that there are persons in Congress who will have the common sense and the courage to look beyond partisan popularity and do what is right for the people of the United States

    Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ____William James

  4. 12 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Great post UT. Thank you so much, not just you but also LP and LL, for taking some of the pressure off Chips. And I don’t freaking hate you.

  5. April 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    stunned by the soldiers having to do what they do – on American soil.

    • April 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Isn’t that the truth. I imagine they never thought they’d have to do that either, be on a battlefield in their own country. I am glad they were there.

  6. April 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Good Morning TOD. My thoughts are with the people of Boston, sending love your way from NZ! My family is praying for you xx

    – just a side note – its a beautiful time to be a ‘Kiwi’ right now, with same-sex marriage being legalised in New Zealand and being one of the first countries in the Asia-Pacific area to do so. Thanks amk4obama for highlighting that on the previous post! We’re just so happy! Thanks to President Obama for making it okay for Leaders of other countries, to come out and be in support of same-sex marriage publicly when he did the interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts. I believe Leaders in my country, especially my Prime Minister, John Key, drew strength in his decision to back the bill because of PBo! That’s what I believe 🙂

  7. 16 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 9:21 am


    Oh my goodness….this pic brings on the water works!! Our faithful friends are there in times of need.

  8. 18 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

  9. 19 Bill
    April 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

    An aide in the office of Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) told me this morning that Burr is against the Mansion -Toomey bill because it includes a national registration which is completely untrue. I don’t know if these people are told to lie or if they really are so ill-informed.

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      April 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Bill, I don’t think they ever read bills. They are told what to say by their party leader and have no thoughts or opinions of their own. And for this they are paid to be senators.

      • 21 desertflower
        April 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

        this! GM jackie:) Off to call Flake. I won’t be as nice as I was in my letter to him last night.

    • 22 desertflower
      April 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

      They were probably TOLD this lie by the NRA! On my way to call Flake because he thinks that the transfer of guns to family will be a crime…ANOTHER LIE….they are bought and paid for by the NRA, and have no use for the will of the people. The fact that they just believe this, without checking the facts, as an excuse to vote no….I have never seen a bigger bunch of cowards in my life! They do not deserve to represent America

    • 23 dotster3
      April 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I see reports that the NRA has been lying to them (Repubs) about what’s in the bill—-but can’t they read?—–can’t they check for themselves? I see Manchin has been saying he doesn’t have the votes to pass this most minimal piece of gun safety legislation—-universal background checks—–which is supported by 90% of the public—- most people are able to figure out the value in not selling guns to criminals and the mentally insane. It is the most pitiful of situations. Thoroughly disgusting.

      • 24 desertflower
        April 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Well, I just tried to call Flake’s office and the mailbox is full. No shit. They can’t even read a bill for themselves to see what’s in it? Fucking primadonnas! I’m so pissed

    • 25 Jovie
      April 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

      They just go by the talking points that every other republican is.
      What about Isaackson?

    • 26 anniebella
      April 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Sen. Burr is another Jesse Helms.

      • 27 Bill
        April 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

        Anniebella, I think Helms was a true 100% racist, but I think all that Burr is concerned with is keeping his job. Helms was evil, whereas Burr is simply spineless.

  10. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    April 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    UT, this is a gem of a morning roundup. So much to read and absorb. Hats off to you for giving us brain food at the start of the day.

  11. 30 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    This is so frustrating. A simple thing like a damn watered-down background check for purchasing weapons and congress cannot even pass THAT?!?!?!?

    Instead of dogging the President and First Family every time they take a well-deserved vacation, why doesn’t the media remind congress that their 6-figure salaries and every-two-months vacations are being funded by taxpayers and NOT the NRA?!?!?

    • 31 vitaminlover
      April 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Are they on vacay? Where? And good for them!

      • 32 hopefruit2
        April 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

        Who are you referring to? If it’s the First Family, the answer is no -they are not on vacay now. I was just talking about the times when they have gone on the vacay, the media raises a big and unecessary stink about it – with the hypocritical talk about “taxpayers paying for SS, etc” but the media refuses to address the issue of the corrupt and lazy elected officials in congress – particularly the Republicans, whose base 6-figure salaries and benefits are fully funded by taxpayers

        • 33 vitaminlover
          April 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

          Yes I was referring to my First Family. Yes and I feel you about the lamestream media.

        • 36 jackiegrumbacher
          April 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

          HF, if the Senate blows this, we have to hold it against every one of the “no” voters in 2014. If they are Republicans, I will do everything in my power to support their opposition, no matter what state. If they’re Dems, then I hope they have to fight a primary challenge. These guys have to know we mean business, that we’re never going away and are never going to forget. I want all of us to be feared more than the NRA.

  12. 37 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

  13. 38 GGAIL
    April 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good West Coast morning UT, Chipsticks & TOD family. Rushing off to work, but I want to say how much I Memphis Night with POTUS!

  14. 39 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Are these congress critters fearful that the NRA will initiate a bombing just like they did at the Boston marathon? Is that it?

    • 40 amk for obama
      April 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Nah. More like money spoke.

      • 41 jackiegrumbacher
        April 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        Money, their God, and fear, their breakfast drink. They are cowards and money grubbers, which seem to be the two most common characteristics of today’s US Senators, along with sloth and ignorance. If the gun legislation fails today, the US flag should be lowered to half mast at the capitol building to mark the death of conscience. The blood of all those who have yet to die of gun violence will be on their hands.

  15. 42 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

  16. 43 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

      • 45 japa21
        April 17, 2013 at 9:58 am


      • 47 99ts
        April 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

        He nailed it df – and writes very well – couple of quotes

        “Anything more than two bombs, three dead, is nothing but speculation fueled by fear, hysteria, rumor mongering, childish self-centered malice aforethought, people that aren’t authorized to speak on the record but can’t keep their goddamned mouths shut anyway, and the fact that we can’t keep raging crazies from buying guns let alone keep them from getting a nationally syndicated talk radio show where they can incestuously breed conspiracy theories willy-nilly free of any responsibility. ”

        “Twelve whole hours and the crime still hasn’t been solved?
        Twelve hours? If this was TV, Gary Sinise and Kiefer Sutherland would have solved twenty cases by now, including two story arcs involving 9-11, generic cardboard cutout olive-skinned terrorists who hate us for our freedoms, and shady government officials. And they’d have both stopped for coffee and gotten laid too. “

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      April 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      DF, the more these geniuses keep up the hate, the quicker their doom. Let him speak and let every woman in NH hear. Personally, I hope they keep talking and get louder and louder so that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind about their unfitness for office.

  17. 50 desertflower
    April 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    NBC: Manchin Concedes That Background Checks ‘Will Not Get The Votes’

    Source: TPM

    Amid growing Republican opposition to a bipartisan proposal that would expand background checks for gun purchases, one of the measure’s chief sponsors acknowledged Wednesday that it will fail in the Senate — at least for now.

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) conceded to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell that the proposal “will not get the votes today.” O’Donnell relayed the remarks on Twitter.

    Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO

    Sen. Joe Manchin tells me “we will not get the votes today” expanded background checks to fail in Senate. Try again he says.
    7:39 AM – 17 Apr 2013

    • 51 anniebella
      April 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

      How sad we have those gutless fools in Congress. If we had these politicians in office when civil rights, voting rights were brought up would they have pass?

      • 52 jackiegrumbacher
        April 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

        AB, in those days, you had more Dems in Congress and legislation passed with a majority, not a SUPER majority. The Senate now runs on totally insane rules that were NEVER intended by the framers and are no where in the Constitution. The US is being held hostage by a hostile minority in the Senate. It’s completely dysfunctional.

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

      Well, Df, I guess that means the Senate is at war with the country. They are the enemy of the people and must be defeated.

  18. 54 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    munchin is claiming nra is lying. I think these corrupt critters are pulling the wool.

  19. 55 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    If not one term, at least some kinda term limits.

  20. April 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Received an e-mail from Joe Biden. He says to call your senators and tell them to support gun control measures. today. Let’s not give up. Votes can change at the last minute.

    • April 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Yes and Jon Carson sent out an email with phone numbers to call. He asks us to call even if our Senators support gun legislation to thank them for their vote and to continue to fight.

  21. 60 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    • 61 dotster3
      April 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Unless I’m missing something, isn’t this totally meaningless? I see he’s now saying he will vote for all aspects of gun legislation——now that he knows that nothing will pass.

      • 62 hopefruit2
        April 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Yes, I tend to agree with you on that. It makes no sense if he’s voting “yes” just to CYA knowing the bill won’t pass. It’s just more game-playing as far as I’m concerned.

        I hope you and I are wrong, but I doubt it.

  22. 64 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Tweet from our cousin

  23. 65 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      April 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      And we all have to endure this nonsense because we live in bizarro land where the constitution can be turned around because of the whims of the minority. They don’t even pretend that we’re a democracy anymore. It’s a complete and total sell out to the gun industry. Every single “no” senator can go to hell.

  24. 68 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

  25. 70 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Unless people turn out in massive numbers, not the present piddly 50%, and vote out the current congress critters wholesale, things will continue to be the same.

  26. 72 anniebella
    April 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Will someone please explain to me about this 60 vote B.S., what happen to if you get the most votes it pass?

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      April 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Reid caved to McConnell and didn’t eliminate the filibuster. Yet any one of the YES senators could call a point of order and invoke the nuclear option if they had the nerve. If any one of our Dems did that, they would be a national hero, but they’re too scared to do it.

  27. 75 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

  28. April 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

  29. 77 a4alice
    April 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Hi guys just popping in to say good morning. gotta fly. 🙂

  30. 78 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    If they don’t have the votes why are they continuing the floor debate and not pulling the bill ?

  31. 81 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    MSNBC just reported that Joe Manchin cried at the Dem Lunch yesterday trying to convince Red State Dems to vote Yes.

    • 82 desertflower
      April 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

      He was very shaken by the Newtown tragedy and he actually spoke to the families…he was moved to tears then, as well.

    • 83 Virginia
      April 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      I’m very pleased at Manchin’s turnaround in the last few weeks. He was one of the top Blue Dog Democrats in the last session.

  32. 84 debz
    April 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Good morning. Thank you for the nice “rise and shine” post. I think I will avoid all the doom and gloom about congress today. I much rather read uplifting stories about regular people who showed courage during the bombing, while congress shows themselves to be cowards.

  33. 85 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Are the Newtown families going to be in the gallery during the vote today ?

  34. 86 Nena20409
    April 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Morning TODers.

    The senate struck a deal that any GUN bill must garner 60 votes for closure and final passage.

    FOLKS that is a huge difference with the 60 votes the righties have been using at a record number since Jan 20, 2009……to filibuster.

    This GUN Bill rule was done to protect both Timid parties. This was also agreed to so We Don’t have a bill passed for many TBGOPers were pushing for a Conceal and Carry Federal Bill.

    Those are the Hard Facts………….unfortunately.

  35. 87 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Machine gun purchase loophole… Create a Trust and you can have the Trust buy it . No background check …no fingerprinting.


  36. 88 Jovie
    April 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

    What about the trafficking bill?
    Or anything? Is anything going to pass?

  37. 89 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Seeking Gun or Selling One, Web Is a Land of Few Rules ( this is disturbing ) Felons are selling guns on line,


  38. 90 Lovepolitics2008
    April 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    The GOP understands only ONE THING: electoral defeat. Why are they finally cooperating on immigration reform ? Because they know they don’t have the choice if they want to have electoral success. They can’t alienate latinos anymore.

    Repubs are not cooperating in gun laws because despite the fact that 90% of americans approve on improving background checks, republicans are convinced that they will not suffer at the polls even if they vote against it. Sadly, they may be right.

    The ONLY WAY to make them change is to CRUSH THEM at the polls.

    The GOP brand is getting down but tradition and fear are still so strong that it doesn’t translate into crushing electoral defeats. Yes gerrymandering helps the republicans, but at this point the republican party’s reputation is low enough it should translate to extremely bad electoral polls. Why do a good number of traditional moderate republicans and independents STILL vote for them ??!!

    The media refuses to see the radicalization of the GOP. And very few moderate republicans refuse to acknowledge that “their” party no longer exist. Look at people like Colin Powell. Maybe he votes for democrats but officially he’s not able to quit his party.

    I hope the whole sorry spectacle of republicans blocking even the most moderate measures to improve gun laws will FINALLY make some republicans like Colin Powell call it quits.

    And by the way, I bet that the Newton community, who voted republican in 2012, will vote democrat in 2014. Overwhelmingly. Mark my words.

    • 91 Don
      April 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

      No they won’t, they are still going to go out and vote Republican. You think a shooting is going to make these people vote Republican? As bad as this tragedy was, Newtown will revert back to what they truly are, sad to say but it is the truth. The guy that did the shooting, his mother owned all types of guns and rifles, and she was a teacher at the school. If she thought it was okay to keep all types of weapons in the home when she knew her son was unstable, what makes you think that these people are going to suddenly change their political ideology?

  39. 92 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    If they don’t have the votes and Reid does not change his vote to NO…the entire bill is dead……

    Is he covering his ass ?

  40. 94 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

  41. April 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

    • 96 Don
      April 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

      What the fuck is going on, I mean really, what the fuck is wrong with these people? People are getting their brains blown just minding their own business, kids can’t even go to school without something happening, and we can’t get sixty fucking votes to stop the bloodshed. McConnell doesn’t even have the common decency to meet with the parents of Newtown.

      • April 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

        Don, I’m sick to my stomach. I’ve had it with these CREEPS. This cannot stand. We MUST fight back this obstruction with all our might.

  42. 98 Don
    April 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

    How can you have a bill that doesn’t have any teeth in it? you’ve got loopholes up the wazoo, no background checks and no fingerprinting. I’m so pissed at Harry Reid with his timid ass, he should use the nuclear option on every goddamn piece of legislation that comes his way.

  43. April 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    • 100 Don
      April 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Yeah Manchin, the asshole that shoots a rifle in a campaign ad all because he doesn’t like the Obama administration.

  44. 101 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

  45. 102 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    If you recall, Senator Wicker was one of the 16 Republicans who voted to break the filibuster on gun control.

  46. 103 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    ABC reporting 2nd Ricin letter to Senate

    Fox reporting also one addressed to PBO

  47. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    April 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Sharing a story with you from an encounter yesterday. As many of you know I work in downtown DC. I had to attend a meeting over on 13th street which is just a few blocks from the White House. My beautiful city is peppered with electronic signs that read “If you see something, say something”. Also there is a big presence of military tanks downtown. As I waited for the light to change while crossing the street, I spoke with a soldier standing outside of one of these tanks. I expressed to him that it was scary and reminiscent of the days right after 9/11 to see so much military presence.

    He smiled at me and said, no need to worry ma’am the US military is here to make sure that this city is safe, its landmarks are safe, that Congress is safe and he said with the most pride ever that most importantly that we keep our Commander-In-Chief safe. We are on the job so you go have a good day.

    His comment brought me to tears. His devotion to PBO was palpable.

    My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of Boston today.

    • April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Your comment made choked me up, too. Thank God for the integrity of those who serve our country. POTUS is a great gift to us. May he and the First Family be surrounded by the highest and safest constant protection.

  48. 107 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

    If you don’t think that these ricin-tainted letters, the Boston bombing, and gun control legislation aren’t related to each other – I got a bridge in Mars to sell you.

  49. 111 anniebella
    April 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I think some second amendment gun loving nut is behind the Boston bombing.

  50. 114 utaustinliberal
    April 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

  51. 115 utaustinliberal
    April 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

  52. 116 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

  53. 117 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

  54. 118 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

  55. 119 Bill
    April 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Ayotte to vote “no” on background check bill. She makes 41 “no” votes.

  56. 121 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

  57. 123 Nena20409
    April 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I am so grateful that the POTUS is Mr. Obama. Calm, Cool, Caring, Collected, Courageous, Cordial, Considerate and yes, Calculating in a Consensual way.

    When Nut Jobs sense fear, they act out more.

    FBI has just said that there is No Connections with these letters and the Boston Bombings. Thank Goodness.

    • 124 hopefruit2
      April 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      They wouldn’t say so even if it were the case. The bombings are still an active investigation and they would not want to alert anyone if they’re pursuing a particular lead.

  58. 125 Bill R.
    April 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Nobody is going to vote at all either up or down on these measures. The only vote is whether to end the filibuster. That should be the headline. GOP filibusters to stop a vote from happening.

  59. 126 Nena20409
    April 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Somehow…..this Diana Ross’ song was comforting early this morning for me. I hope it will help here too.

    Touch Me In The Morning:

  60. 127 utaustinliberal
    April 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Stephen Colbert is the best.

  61. 128 Nena20409
    April 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Sen Shelby is now has a suspicious package in his Office? Pray Tell? He didn’t vote for the Gun Debate.

    The fear-mongers are truly out in force.

  62. 129 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

    The WH is expected to have a live briefing on the suspicious letters. You can view it here, but I guess it will be carried on TV as well.


  63. 130 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

  64. April 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

  65. 134 dotster3
    April 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I read yesterday that this Memphis nutball is very well known to authorities

  66. April 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

  67. 136 4morefor44
    April 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

    we don’t know yet about boston, but these letters are a direct result of the rush limbaugh/fox newz/etc. fear mongering and their constant anti-government hate spewing over the last few decades. of course this has been clear for years, and no matter how many republican-terrorist attacks happen within america, rush and rupert are never held accountable, and actually only increase their hate-spewing after these things. i feel a case could be made to take away their licenses and even jail time for treason. this isn’t a stretch to suggest this given how virulently anti-government, thereby anti-constitution they’ve been for so long.

  68. April 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Morning Obots.

    So, I see the world is still going mad. Ricin to the President. Background checks to die by a minority. On to 2014 and smash these bastards.

    • 138 jackiegrumbacher
      April 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Agree 1000 percent. Smash them so we never again have to see their faces in any hall of Congress.

  69. 139 Linda
    April 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    KAUFMAN, Texas — The wife of a former judge was charged Wednesday with capital murder in connection with the slayings of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney, a law enforcement official said.

    The overnight arrest of Kim Lene Williams is the latest twist in an investigation that had narrowed on her husband.

    Jail records did not yet list a charge, but a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that Williams was arrested and charged with capital murder. The official said Williams was being held on a $10 million bond at Kaufman County Jail.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation into the deaths of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in January and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife last month.

    The official did not describe the evidence against Williams.

    McLelland and Hasse prosecuted Williams’ husband, Eric Lyle Williams, last year in the theft of three computers. A jury found Williams guilty and he was stripped of his law license and lost his elected position as justice of the peace.

    Eric Williams was arrested Saturday and charged with making terroristic threats. The law enforcement official has said authorities were trying to build a case against him in the prosecutors’ slayings while he remains jailed on a $3 million bond.

  70. April 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm


  71. 142 dotster3
    April 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    What a sick joke all this is—-our govt. needs an overhaul—–everything is cockeyed, upside down. Disgust after disgust.

  72. 143 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  73. 144 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

  74. 145 anniebella
    April 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    America is a good country, a beautiful country, but we have some sick ass folks here. Help us Lord.

  75. 146 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  76. 149 utaustinliberal
    April 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  77. 150 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  78. 151 whatisworking
    April 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Call to ACTION

    I believe the Senate is voting on gun violence today, event if they have postponed it, please call your Senators today.

    If you are willing to call Senators in neighboring areas here is a list of all Senators with their DC and one local #

    Click to access SENATOR-PHONE-LIST.pdf

    To find their email, or twitter accounts visit


    OFA had planned phone banking to senators on Tuesday but it was cancelled due to the Boston tragedy. We had been asked to call into AZ. I was thinking of Desertflower when I read this. We could all start by calling Jeff Flake

    202-­‐224-­‐4521 local #602-­‐840-­‐1891

  79. April 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thought I’d share a NJ story about the power of the NRA. In the 90’s NJ elected Jim Florio as governor. He wanted to ban assault weapons. The NJ senate was evenly divided 20 dems, 20 repubs. One repub., Sen. Gormley, voted to ban the weapons along with the dems. After that his life became a a “hell..His family received death threats. All of this came from the NRA and their friends. It got worse. He participated in a primary in the 1994 election for the US Congress for NJ district 2. He ran against Frank LoBiondo. LoBiondo won with the full backing of the NRA and he is our loser congressman to this day. The NRA has a long memory and seeks revenge. Gormley, however, was a brave man and did what was right.

  80. 154 Virginia
    April 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Report: Reported arrest in Boston bombing.

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