Rise and Shine

A year ago: President Obama tours the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., with Sara Bloomfield, museum director, and Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, April 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



12:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:15: The President honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year

2:45: Meets with the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

6:30: Meets with a bipartisan group of women Senators for dinner

8:30: Vice President Biden Speaks at the Time 100 Dinner


Peter Beinart: The rap against Barack Obama, at least on the left, has long been that he’s too cautious, too calculating, too conciliatory. Not a guy willing to take risks.

We can apologize now.

What Obama did in the four months between December’s Newtown shooting and this Wednesday’s Senate capitulation was one of the great displays of presidential guts in American history…..

…. [he] pursued gun control with a force of mind and soul that was astonishing to behold. “I never saw a president fight so hard,” remarked Sen. Barbara Boxer, “never on any issue.”

Why did he do it? In part because the Obama-as-timid meme was always a lie …. but beyond that, I suspect that once Obama saw an opportunity, he pushed gun control so hard because he simply cares more. As a community organizer, he worked and lived in the kind of communities where Americans are most often shot…

…. The gun control struggle will likely continue for decades. And this week its arc feels particularly long. But one day, a future president will look back at the last four months as the moment when Barack Obama began to make it bend.

Full post here



Steve Benen: As the debate over new measures to prevent gun violence reached its apex, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists became surprisingly hostile towards the family members of those slain in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. If there’s one group of people who would appear to be off-limits when it comes to political pushback, one might think it’d be Newtown families, but apparently not.

What’s next, cheap shots at Gabrielle Giffords? Actually, yes…..

Full post here



ThinkProgress: The struggle to figure out how Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev obtained their weapons began almost immediately after the manhunt ended, but very little has yet been discovered, thanks in part to policies pushed by the NRA that obfuscate how a criminal gets his or her weapons.

While law enforcement has argued that it would be helpful to be able to trace weapons to their source, the National Rifle Association has led the charge against any laws that might make this possible. Here’s a look at how the NRA’s pet policies are working against the public good:

More here



Eugene Robinson: The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists — and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.

…. It is inescapably ironic that while Boston was under siege last week, the Senate was busy rejecting a measure that would have mandated near-universal background checks for gun purchases nationwide….

…. Imagine what our laws would be like if the nation were losing 30,000 lives each year to Islamist terrorism. Do you think for one minute that a young man named, say, Abdullah or Hussein — or Tsarnaev — would be able to go to a gun show and buy a semiautomatic AR-15 knockoff with a 30-round clip, no questions asked? Would the NRA still argue, as it essentially does now, that those thousands of lives are the price we must pay for the Second Amendment?

When we say “never again” about terrorism, we really mean it. When we say those words about gun violence, obviously we really don’t.

Full article here



Valerie Jarrett (Esquire): I’m low on drama. That’s one thing I share with the president. Our challenges are too big for us to have to fight among ourselves.

It doesn’t mean we don’t debate ideas. One of the president’s strengths, I think, is his ability to make people feel safe expressing themselves, knowing that if he disagrees with you it doesn’t mean that he disrespects you. He simply disagrees with you. A healthy disagreement enables him to make better decisions.

…. I did question the president back when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. I wasn’t sure it was the right time for him. That has generated periodic humor at my expense.

….. If you had asked me on the night when I first met him, could that be possible, I probably would’ve said yes, but it would’ve been a fantasy. But to then live it and share it with my daughter, who thinks it’s perfectly normal to have your mom’s friend become president of the United States…

More here





These two dogs belong to one of your TOD friends (hint: he’s called Magapie). The moral of the story: Even if you’re teeny, you can rule your world –

Haley the Bichon vs Toby (aka The Tobes) the poodle:



182 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 23, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning !!

  2. 3 desertflower
    April 23, 2013 at 8:59 am


  3. 6 LDS
    April 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Good morning!
    Talking to myself again…..

      • 8 LDS
        April 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

        Good morning, Ms. Chips.
        I just read the article on Valerie Jarret in Esquire. What a smart, sensible woman. I especially liked the advise, “You have to look at a person to read them.” The President has so many intelligent people who respects him and he in turns respects them. What a wonderful working environment that must be and then you carry those warm feelings home. I am sure we TOD’ers will have so many good read books and memories to savor when “the dreadful day comes” our fabulous First Family will start new chapters in their lives and We, the People will share memories for years to come. I am not looking forward to that day.
        What a library of memories, you, Ms. Chips, are compiling for us.
        Thank you.(P.S. thank you leaves room for more)
        Have a very good day everyone here.

  4. 10 LDS
    April 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Congrats GAM for being #1!
    Damp and cloudy morning here in NYC. Just finished my walk around the neighborhood.
    Ms. Pat, did not forget about you.

  5. 11 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Need I say more?

    Yes desert flower, great minds think alike. 😀

  6. 14 desertflower
    April 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

    {{{{{Little dog, big attitude}}}}}}

  7. April 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good morning TOD. Congrats on first Grace.

  8. 35 a4alice
    April 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Hey everyone have a great day! It snowed again last night here in the Northland and it looks a LOT like Christmas…….help me…… 😉

    bah hahahaha!

    Gotta get to work – just popped in to say hi!

  9. April 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a super fantastic day today. Congrats Grace on being first the lovely Tuesday morning, in which President Barack Obama, is still the President of The United States of America. Thank God!

  10. 37 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Chipsticks, wow, wow, wow. Bloody brilliant round-up. From the pro-left’s schadenfreude at their “Obama is Timid” crap, to the hypocrisy of Jeff Flake, to the article that points out lawmakers should be just as focused (even more so because it affects domestic and national security) on horrific everyday gun violence as they are on the Boston bombing, to the epic BUUUUUUUUUURN of Politico by Nate Silver; bloody brilliant round-up.

    Thanks. 😀

  11. 40 desertflower
    April 23, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Morning laugh. The title of the weather was ” Cooler Air Coming Soon” Idiots.


  12. 41 cookemom
    April 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Gooooood Moooooorning all you O’s!!!! Another great getting up day on the ol’ TOD stoop! It’s a water logged day in my neck of TOD town. Everything is saturated and those old sayings about ‘if the creek don’t rise’ and ‘up the creek without a paddle’ pretty much describes my neighborhood which sits on the overflowed Des Plaines river. So my exercise for today will be all about removing the floating devices from teh basement. They weren’t meant to be floaters, but water has a way of buoying anything that’s not nailed down.

    So see yous later, time to don the goggles, gloves, and masks. Time for the bleach and cleaning and wiping and swiping. No FEMA this time, we’re on our own. Luckily, I learned from the last time, nothing valuable below street level and everything on pallets or raised concrete slabs.

    Paging VCPrez, I need the name of the drain system you’re having installed in your home. Do they put drain tile along the perimeter of the basement, or is it where they put a big old drainage stop system on the outside to prevent water from coming in. It’s time for me to look for a permanent solution.

    • April 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Morning Cookemom, oh flip, sorry to hear you’re having so much trouble with flooding, what a nightmare. Best of luck getting it sorted, hopefully you can find a permanent solution. Take care of yourself.

      • 43 cookemom
        April 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

        Thanks Chips. Wouldn’t you know it, there’s rain in the forecast today and pretty much the next few days., but I ain’t skurred cause I got me a pair of them wader boots.

        • April 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

          “I ain’t skurred cause I got me a pair of them wader boots.”

          🙂 You’re somehow keeping your humor through it all Cookemom, I have no clue how you do it!

          • 45 cookemom
            April 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

            gotta laugh to keep from crying, besides it’s like child birth, you’re up and at ’em in no time. the pain is but a distant memory, once you get everything all cleaned up.

    • 47 desertflower
      April 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Sorry to hear of all this, cookemom….for Christmas, tell Santa you want a sump pump:)

      • 48 cookemom
        April 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

        I had two sump pumps working off and on for 48 hours during the worse part of the great two day flooding. The water looked at the sump pumps, giggled, laughed and scoffed at them, then proceeded to seek its own level.

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Yikes, Cookemon, what a job! Good luck and yes, you do need a permanent solution. Constant flooding is expensive and exhausting.

      • 51 cookemom
        April 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

        we were asked today to turn in our damage report for the county and feds to use to ask for FEMA consideration. If it’s anything like the last time, 2 years ago, it’ll be a very slow process. I will report damage, but I don’t think I’ll make any claims. FEMA was very helpful to me then, but I don’t think I have suffered enough damage to tie them up.

    • 52 99ts
      April 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thinking of you Cookemom – in my world the rain and flooding getting to be more and more an annual event – living by a river or at the beach are wonderful – until “things” happen.

      We saw an item in my world today “New Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise” – I guess no-one in the NC legislature has children. Sad they’ll probably all be dead before the havoc they create happens.

      Hope the cleaning up goes well 🙂

    • 53 MightyPamela
      April 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Sounds a bit like Seattle with ‘daylight’sght’ basements, slosh, slosh, slosh! good luck, thoughts are with you!

  13. April 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Morning Chipsy, fellow TOD’ers and congrats Grace for being #1

  14. 56 cookemom
    April 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Did I hear correctly that Richie Haven was the last person living who performed at Woodstock?

  15. April 23, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Good morning. I have a prayer request for my TOD family. The Senior Pastor of our church is in CCU fighting for his life. He was diagnosed 9-10 years ago w/a serious heart condition, but it has been under control all this time. He developed double pneumonia last week and that triggered a big cardiac event. He is literally fighting for his life.

    He (and our senior associate) have been w/our church 17 years (unusual in Methodism) and they have lead and guided us to become the 13th most attended (weekly attendance) in US Methodism. We have the largest recovery program in the country…….we make a difference in the community and region!!!! I would really appreciate all your prayers.

    I am off to work in our food pantry. Blessed day to all!!!!!

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Tnmtngirl, you have my prayers and thoughts. Hope he recovers. Please let us know.

    • 64 LDS
      April 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

      I pray for peace, strength and quiet stillness for your Pastor’s soul as he rests and allow the Spirit of God to minister to him, comfort him.
      Be blessed as you continue to do what you are called to do knowing that God is in control today and always.

    • 65 MightyPamela
      April 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Candle alight.

  16. 66 dotster3
    April 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

    15 yr. who lived down the block from the Obama’s Chgo (Kenwood) home shot and killed last night—-4 blocks away. 8 others shot and wounded.
    Insanity—-all this daily gun violence.


    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Ultimately, Dotster, this is why I don’t think the Obama family can move back into that home at the end of PBO’s second term. They will probably have to find an area that’s easier to protect so they don’t have to live under constant guard. It’s a deep shame that this is so, but gun violence has escalated so much in recent years, that fewer and fewer areas can be considered “safe.”

      • 68 dotster3
        April 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

        Agree—–sad and tragic.

      • 69 Lovepolitics2008
        April 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

        Agreed. Yikes, two murders a few blocks away from their house. No way they will go back there. Add to that the hate machine aimed at them for eight years ?

        I think they’ll relocate to Hawai at least for a few years. And I have to say for the long term, I’m concerned about them. The four of them. They’ll need security for the rest of their life. The four of them.

    • April 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

      I read the story and was wondering why they took them all the way to Mount Sinai and Stroger…UC Hospital was right around the corner.

  17. 72 desertflower
    April 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

    LOD was right on point with that Rewrite. I posted that ad that he showed, the one that began a bit disturbingly, and then added the huge moment of clarity at the end…..no one seemed to comment on it at the time, but I thought that LOD flushed out the very truth of all this 2nd Amendment bs. NONE of this argument is really about the 2nd Amendment, it’s about profits…with the 2nd Amendment used a bastardized pawn in this whole ridiculous mess. And the sheep follow…..

  18. 74 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Where were all these pundtwits, like robinson, in the last four months during the gun control debate ? Yup, they were pushing the meme it is bound to fail because of rethug obstructionism instead of going hammer and tongs after the rethugs and nra. Their crocodile tears now is purely hypocritical and means nothing, zero, zilch, nada to the victims. Corrupt assholes all.

    • April 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I agree amk. I am sick and tired of this “Good Cop-Bad Cop” game that these pundits play from week to week. They enjoy when the GOP obstructs because it gives them something to write about the next day and helps their bottom line. I was just not impressed when all of them jumped on Maureen Dowd’s back for saying essentially the same thing that most of them have explicitly said or implied about our President in one way, shape or form over the last 4-5 years.

  19. 76 dotster3
    April 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I loved Valerie Jarett’s description of President Obama, exemplar traits which we have also noted——–that he makes people feel safe in expressing their opinions, that he may disagree but never disrespects. Good lesson there for all.

  20. 90 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

    That big black doggie is as patient as me.

  21. 97 jackiegrumbacher
    April 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

    If Republicans punt on immigration reform because they’re afraid of swelling Democratic ranks, they are doomed on two fronts: 1) millions of ‘current’ Latino, Asian and other ethnic group voters who support immigration reform will be further alienated from the GOP; and 2) the ranks of Latinos (and hopefully Democrats) are growing no matter what they do and they are becoming vocal. In our area the city’s school population was 44 percent Hispanic in 2010. In 2012, it jumped to 46 percent. And that doesn’t begin to account for in migration from non-Latino countries. It doesn’t take a demographic genius to see where this trend is going. When over 50 percent of your high school graduates are from immigrant groups, your city is headed for dramatic and lasting change. Democrats can’t make facile assumptions about what party will appeal to the rising immigrant groups, but if we work hard and the R’s continue to make clumsy, short-sighted decisions, the future will be ‘owned’ by minority populations, despite all the best efforts of the billionaire plutocrats.

  22. 98 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    True. That show ran for what, nine seasons ?, and I still don’t know.

  23. 99 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:41 am


    Social news site Reddit has issued a public apology for its coverage of the Boston bombings.

    Its Find Boston Bombers thread – known as a subreddit – named specific people standing near the scene as suspects.

    They included innocent people such as 17-year-old Salah Barhoun and missing 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi.

    Reddit has admitted that it helped to fuel “online witch hunts”. The debacle has fuelled debate about how far such speculation should go in future.

    “We all need to look at what happened and make sure that in the future we do everything we can to help and not hinder crisis situations,” the apology read.


    Chips, I toldja how ugly it would turn.

    • April 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I smell lots of lawsuits coming down the pike…..there might not be anymore reddit and the end of any newspaper that put these guys on the front page as murderers.

      • 101 amk for obama
        April 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

        I really hope the victims sue them and news orgs (who aped them and pushed their lies), out of their existence.

  24. 102 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday will try to move forward on setting up a budget conference, essentially daring Senate Republicans to object.
    Reid will seek the Senate’s unanimous consent to form a budget conference committee aimed at reconciling the wildly different House and Senate budget resolutions, a Democratic aide explained.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/295477-reid-to-seek-consent-to-convene-budget-conference-#ixzz2RIIll8ye

  25. 104 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Steven Chu is no longer the secretary of Energy.

    Monday was the final day of Chu’s four-year-plus tenure at the Energy Department (DOE).
    He’s heading back to California to teach at Stanford University, where he was a professor from 1987-2004.

  26. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Excellent Rise and Shine roundup Ms. Chips.

    Everyone have a great O’Day!

  27. 106 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    doping scandal now hits horses too.


  28. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Ok, which one of you broke twitter….I can’t get in. 😦

  29. 119 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    DINO Max Baucus will not run for re-election. Good. 🙂

    • 120 donna dem 4 obama
      April 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Which leaves me scratching my head as to why pray tell this man voted against back ground checks.

      • 121 hopefruit2
        April 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

        Many are asking the same question. Out of spite I suppose. These senators are acting worse than toddlers.

      • April 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Honestly Donna, so it wasn’t even about election consequences, just a personal opposition to them? I don’t know which is worse.

        • 123 donna dem 4 obama
          April 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

          Exactly! I’m more pissed with him today then I was when he voted NO. I at least told myself that he represented a tough gun-toting state and found some teeny bit of justification in that vote but now I’m just furious…!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • April 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

            And that he couldn’t bring himself to do the right thing before he retired, oh boy….

            • 125 donna dem 4 obama
              April 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

              And I can’t even get into twitter to lambaste is behind to vent my frustration. This is not cool, not very cool at all! 😦

              • 126 donna dem 4 obama
                April 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

                “his not is”

                See I’m so angry I can’t spell even the simplest words 😆

              • April 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

                It’s coming and going all the time Donna, I was trying to RT a few people but it wouldn’t work, now the down for maintenance message is up. Grr.

              • April 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

                Ah, back again:

                • 129 mtmarilyn
                  April 23, 2013 at 10:54 am


                  • April 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

                    This made me smile, Marilyn:

                    • 131 mtmarilyn
                      April 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

                      He did always remember my name when I saw him, which I thought was amazing. But he was way to smooth. The house he had here in Missoula was not far from where I live. It is nice to know I can call their offices and know the people that work there. But when you disagree with almost everything he has done these last years I found it very hard to be too nice when I saw him. It will be interesting to see when happens. We know the Repubs will be out in force here.

                • 132 donna dem 4 obama
                  April 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

                  Thanks Chips! I’ll retweet whenever they decide to let me back in again. 😦

                  • April 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

                    I think Mr Baucus must have broken it Donna, the tweets that are getting through aren’t exactly warm.

                    • 134 donna dem 4 obama
                      April 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

                      Good! I am dying to witness him getting his butt kicked on twitter!

                    • 135 AJ
                      April 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

                      Piping in to say that although we may not like Mr. Baucus, we can at least be grateful that out of his staff came Jim Messina to the Obama Campaign in 2008, taking over the day-today Campaign Manager duties for Plouff, so he could concentrate with David Axelrod on strategy.

      • 136 amk for obama
        April 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

      • 137 MightyPamela
        April 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Lots of lovely money to retire on? I daresay… Money is more important than ethics, for some.

    • April 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

      I had my disagreements but I like Baucus. When I read Ron Brownstein’s article on what he did for ACA I was floored. Tremendous stuff.


      Chances are if Dems hold that seat it’s going to be another DINO which I’m okay with. A

      • 139 mtmarilyn
        April 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

        I am sorry, but I disagree. Baucus became such a corporate shill. I still went to see him when he was here. Too many of his interns went right into lobbying. I am glad his is gone. Being in a purple state we won’t get a true liberal on every vote. But I am glad his is gone.

        • April 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

          I understand Baucus wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. He could be maddening like Ben Nelson but I like him. We could still get his vote 75% of the time if not more. And you know better than me that the next Democrat from Montana (no guarantee on that one) is going to probably vote the same way. A Republican wins that seat that 75% turns to zero.

          But he did a great job imo on some elements of Health Care Reform that made their way into the final bill. From Brownstein’s article:

          “In its September 16 analysis of the proposal, CBO concluded that because Baucus’ funding streams (like the provision taxing high-end health plans) are tied more directly to medical costs themselves, over the bill’s second decade “the added revenues and cost savings are projected to grow more rapidly than the cost of the coverage expansion.” So much faster that CBO concluded the Baucus bill over its second decade would reduce the federal budget deficit by as much as one half percentage point of GDP-a huge savings.”

          Good stuff and I appreciate his efforts on that front.

  30. 141 Linda
    April 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Baucus retiring ……

  31. 145 desertflower
    April 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Greg Sargent: * Where did the Tsarnaev brothers get their guns? A key nugget from the Post’s write-up of the investigation:
    Authorities are trying to trace a handgun recovered from the suspects. Law enforcement sources said the effort has been delayed because the serial number was removed. Technicians are working to determine the numbers, after which the weapons will be traced by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives facility in West Virginia.

    The serial number was removed. Just like responsible gun owners would think to do. NOT.

  32. April 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

    • 149 mtmarilyn
      April 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I so agree. We will see. Baucus really was not well liked by the Dems in MT. He just had the money and power. I do think there was enough push back from this last vote to force this decision. Now we will see what will happen. I also know that this will help Tester. He has been hampered because Baucus was the senior Senator and Tester couldn’t afford to piss him off. This is great news.

      • April 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

        I really like Schweitzer.

        But would he have the patience of being surrounded by the cynical cry-babies who call themselves Senators?

        Being Governor of such a magnificent state must be a sweet gig.

        My twitter feed is filled with Schweitzer speculation. Hope that POTUS can convince Schweitzer that moving his family to DC wouldn’t be so bad.

        And would LOVE to see POTUS vacation this summer in Montana, and pal around with Schweitzer.

  33. 151 99ts
    April 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hello all – just loved the piece on Valerie Jarrett – especially these few words

    “The president is the kind of person who, the day before the final exam, would open the book, read it, and get an A. The First Lady is the kind of person who, the first day of class when they were discussing dissertations, would plot out how to finish hers.”

    My husband & self described – nice to know the important people follow our ideas 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 152 amk for obama
      April 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Just like my daughter and son. She is always furious how he gets off by doing the last minute cramming crap. 🙂

      • 153 donna dem 4 obama
        April 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

        Actually some are just wired like this. I didn’t find this out until later in life but apparently I have always had exceptional short term memory. As I age my long term memory is taking a hit but it explains why I could always cram a night or two before an exam and ace the course. Your son is probably just like me…. 🙂

    • 154 MightyPamela
      April 23, 2013 at 11:13 am


  34. 155 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

  35. 156 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

  36. 157 99ts
    April 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Pierce has had some wonderful posts of late –
    Dear god, can nobody stop these two from diving into the spotlight?

  37. April 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

  38. 167 Nena20409
    April 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Morning TODers from all corners of the world.

    I woke up this Morning….snow once again….sunny too a bit later.

    Bu I had one recurring Tone Twirling in my brains…..Heavens…..

    Fritz and Ella…singing this tune one of my late Dad’s Fav.
    Great Post…as always….Ms Chips 😉

  39. 168 donna dem 4 obama
    April 23, 2013 at 11:15 am

    “Some users may be experiencing an issue with our service. Our engineers are currently working on this issue.” <—– Work a little faster Twitter…I have a Senator that I need to chew out! Sheesh!!!

  40. 170 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Toomey is in the floor blaming the President for the sequester. He says its the President fault for the furloughs to FAA.
    Just unbelievable how they are allowed to get away with twisting everything.
    An officer of the Court/Senate does not include telling the truth, I guess?

    • 171 japa21
      April 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

      They don’t have to tell the truth and, particularly on the floor, they can not be hled legally accountable for anything they say. Toomey could call you a necrophiliac and you would have no recourse.

    • 172 amk for obama
      April 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

      So what are the so called ‘majority’ dems doing there ? Displaying their usual spinelessness routine, I suppose.

  41. 173 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Unattended package in Tampa authorities have closed down Dale Mabry and the surrounding areas.
    I hope this is nothing, but everybody should report unattended backpacks!

  42. April 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

  43. 177 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

  44. 179 JER
    April 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

  45. 181 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

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