Rise and Shine



8:0: The President delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner; The First Lady attends

Tomorrow: The President has no public events scheduled

Monday: The President will deliver remarks at the National Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary

Tuesday: As part of the Joining Forces initiative, President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses. This event will take place at the White House

Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Thursday: In the morning, the President will depart Washington, DC for his visit to Mexico and Costa Rica

Friday: In the afternoon, the President will depart Mexico for Costa Rica

Saturday: In the afternoon, the President will depart Costa Rica and return to Washington, DC

Sunday: The President will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University. He will return to Washington, DC, later that day


Please note: formal dress only for the WHCD, so any TODers who turn up here tonight in jeans will be thrown out.

Breaking: AMK wants to wear his pajamas, because of timezone issues – so, he has an exemption.



ThinkProgress: 12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts

After thousands of flight delays across the country this week, the Senate voted Thursday night to give the Federal Aviation Administration the flexibility to keep the nation’s airports running smoothly … That means lawmakers will be able to fly home for recess this weekend without any delays ….. Unfortunately, though, Congress has shown no willingness to provide similar relief for the families that are being hammered by sequestration in other ways. Here are 12 programs that have experienced devastating cuts because Congress insists on cutting spending when it doesn’t need to — and that have been ignored by the same lawmakers who leaped to action as soon as their trips home were going to take a little longer:

1 Long-term unemployment, 2 Head Start, 3 Cancer treatment, 4 Health research, 5 Low-income housing, 6 Student aid, 7 Meals On Wheels, 8 Disaster relief,
9 Heating assistance, 10 Workplace safety, 11 Obamacare, 12 Child care….

See post for details



Business Insider: his week G.E. Capital Finance announced that it would no longer finance gun purchases, becoming the latest in a string of companies that have decided to leave a large amount of money on the table rather than risk their reputations on the gun business.

It’s one of the few places where the high-profile publicity campaign in support of increased gun control has led to a real world result….

More here


A really powerful website: TheyDontWorkForYou.org

Thanks CarolMaeWY


Business Insider: A Republican Senator who sponsored a controversial amendment to expand background checks received a record-high approval rating in a new poll. Another Republican Senator who voted against the measure saw her approval rating drop drastically.

Those are the ramifications that have come out of last week’s failed vote to expand background checks, something that gun-control advocates think will cause backlash since 90 percent of voters routinely approved of the measure.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who co-sponsored the amendment with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, saw his approval rating jump to 48 percent in a new Quinnipiac poll. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who voted against the measure, saw her approval rating dip to 44 percent in a new Public Policy Polling survey.

More here



Peggy Noonan wrote another lump of bile and spite this week about the President – Charles Pierce’s opening paragraph on her hate-fest was, as usual, magnificent:

Charles Pierce: Our Lady Of The Magic Dolphins apparently has gone so far around the bend that she ought to be passing us again any minute now. Today’s delusional episode concerns the opening of the Great Manure Locker down in Dallas, and la Noonan apparently feels beset again by the current’s president’s education, his use of multisyllabic words, and his disinclination to give her his foot to fondle. This has set the bats aloft in her overly populated belfry again ….. Jesus, woman, he’s smarter than you are. So is whatever you had for breakfast. Get over it, please.

Full post here – but be warned, it includes extracts from the turd’s trash.



Mediaite: Rep. Michele Bachmann was afforded 90 seconds to speak on the floor of the House leading up to the vote to end air traffic controller furloughs …. rather than use her time to express why she planned to vote for the measure, Bachmann chose to criticize the speeches made by some of her Democratic colleagues, leading to an unfortunately mangled Shakespeare quote….

…. “There were numerous Republicans that voted against the sequestration because we knew all of these calamities were in the future. And so it reminds me of the Shakespeare line: ‘Thou protestest too much.’”

….. the actual line, spoken by Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, reads, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”….

Full post here (with video)




Completely random magazine covers because, well, it’s Saturday:


Bonus pic (because it’s still Saturday):



148 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    April 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Happy Saturday 🙂

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Morning Hopefruit, morning everyone – happy Saturday!

    • 3 jacquelineoboomer
      April 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Good morning, Chips, and congrats, hf2! Beautiful Saturday in the works!

      • April 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Moooooooorning Jacqueline, you’re bright and breezy this fine Saturday morning!

        • 5 jacquelineoboomer
          April 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

          I caught it from you, Chips!!!!!!!! Mornin’!

          (I just underslept this morning, but woke up bouncy. However, my head should be in the soup by noon. Oops.)

          • April 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

            So long as your head is removed from the soup by WHCD time, J – if it’s not, we’ll wake you up.

            • 7 jacquelineoboomer
              April 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

              Ha! Oh, I will not miss that, since I’m more a night person. Can’t wait to see the live-bloggin’ and the man himself (aka our comedian-in-chief).

              If our whole country would laugh more, we’d be in much better shape.

    • 8 arkluvspbo
      April 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Good morning, hopefruit! Lovely day here in the Big D, although a bit overcast. Happy Saturday.
      The Charles Pierce article about Noonan is hilarious. The republican media/pundits are so delusional. They have hopped aboard the crazy train and heading right into insanity. It’s funny and scary to watch. If their antics didn’t affect so many innocent people, it would be hilarious.

    • April 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Congrats HF and sharing second swbluega!

  2. April 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Good Morning TODer’s

    Prayers and positive thoughts on behalf of Gobrooklyn for improved health.

  3. April 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good morning everyone. Happy weekend.

  4. 19 GGAIL
    April 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good West Coast Saturday Chipsticks. I could have been First except I stopped to read. Argh!

  5. 24 hopefruit2
    April 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

    That’s why I don’t patronize FB.

  6. 26 Valerie
    April 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good morning friends, long time no see 🙂

  7. 28 relellit
    April 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good morning, everyone and Chips 🙂

    Have a nice day. Love my President ♥

  8. April 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Goog morning everyone.

    Hello Chips. The sun is brighter in my world today, I am grateful. My hubby survived his horrible ordeal. He is OFF the ventilator.

    My son and I watched him in the ER as his heart almost stopped.

    It’s a great day in my household, my world.

    And oh, I have a new computer now. I can tweet and post without the multiple problems I encountered with the old cranky one stopping when I was in the middle of a good convo.

    Have a good day all. Gotta run.

    I can’t wait for WHCD tonight.


  9. 42 amk for obama
    April 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

    So pajamas count as formal dress ???…

    Yeah, it does.

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Well, ok, I have to take in to consideration timezone issues. You get an exemption, then, but only if you wear these:

      • 44 Don
        April 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

        Hey, I like President Obama just as much as the next guy. But I’m not wearing the guy’s name across my chest when I’m sleeping.

        • April 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

          I’m disappointed in you Don, you’re showing a lack of commitment here. And remember, the only other pajamas acceptable here tonight are:

          The decision is yours.

  10. 46 Don
    April 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Good morning TOD Community, my seven year old son talked me into buying him some potato chips known as “hot-fries,” which he proceeded to vomit up the last couple of days. There is nothing like receiving a phone call at work from a fire breathing spouse. I tried telling her that she had bought him the exact same thing a couple of weeks ago, but the difference was that he didn’t vomit them up on her watch. Now I sit at work in the dog house awaiting my punishment when I go home tonight, it is sad when a 6’2 275lbs Union man is afraid to go home.

    • 47 utaustinliberal
      April 27, 2013 at 10:02 am


    • 48 hgerhard
      April 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Hi Don – make sure you report this to the fast food joint wherever you bought this. Two days of vomiting is not normal for just an upset stomach. It could be food poisoning. Even junk food is supposed to be safe – so this is not just the result of poor food choice.

      • 49 Don
        April 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

        These were potato chips that I got from the corner store, fast food wasn’t involved. And don’t get me started on fast foods, I’m still trying to work a plea bargain for buying the kid McDonalds for dinner a month ago when my wife had to work late one night and I didn’t feel like cooking. Other than the once in a while screw up I’m a pretty good dad.

    • 50 globalcitizenlinda
      April 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

      hope your son feels better soon and can get back to doing things that interest seven year olds.

      as a fellow Union member, I can see that you have one possible course of action:
      – call up a few members from the local Union Hall (preferably construction-related),
      – let them form a “human chain” around you,
      – go home & bashfully apologize, and then
      – together offer to jointly work on a family project that your dear wife has wanted done for a while and you have previously procrastinated

    • 53 MightyPamela
      April 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

      We had a nickname for the fast food we ate only once at a nearby ‘jernt’: Diahrrea in a Bag. Once was enough of a learning curve in this family! Hope your son is better today.

    • 54 desertflower
      April 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

      🙂 Your watch, your fault, doncha know! Poor guy…is he feeling better today? Who doesn’t HATE throwing up. My grown kids STILL cry and want me next to them….

    • 55 prettyfoot58
      April 27, 2013 at 11:41 am


      don’t forget the flowers…and a nice card…Don….that might ease you out of the dog house…hahahahaha

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

      C’mon, Don. You know the rules.

    • April 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Oh Don – apart from your poor little son being miserably sick, this story was hilarious! I hope the little one feels better soon, and good luck going home tonight… 🙂

  11. 58 utaustinliberal
    April 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Fantastic pictures; especially the last one.

    Charles Pierce: “Our Lady Of The Magic Dolphins” — holy sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Spank my ass and call me Charlie. Dead. Just laid out on the floor dead. 😆 I read Noonan’s latest drivel about Pres. Obama and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was bonkers.

    Damn…cocaine must be a hell of a drug.

  12. April 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

    “Unfortunately, though, Congress has shown no willingness to provide similar relief for the families that are being hammered by sequestration in other ways.”

    It’s sad that many have evolved into a “me and mine” mindset and have no concern for the plight of others. Unfortunately, this is the mindset that we are seeing more and more in the people that are being elected to represent us.

    Many of these same people may have benefitted from some of the programs that they are now trying to eliminate. But they seem to think that the same programs that may have given them advantages are not deserved by those who can benefit from them now. They are in essence hoarders who not desirous of letting others have a slice of the pie we call the American Dream.

    While the President often touts the compassion and unselfishness of Americans, it’s hard to see these qualities in many of the people who are supposed to be representing us.

  13. 63 vcprezofan2
    April 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Buongiorno/Good Morning/Beunos dias/ Dia uit/Bonjour/….. TODobots! Life is very good today! It’s Saturday ….. and I’m here (at least when I’m not doing overdue household stuff). 😆 Here’s hoping everyone here will have a good Saturday!

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

      It’s VC!!!!

      VC, did you see last night’s post? Dudette had been in hospital with pneumonia, but is out now and recovering.

      • 65 vcprezofan2
        April 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

        That’s what I was checking, CC. She DM’d me and I hadn’t had a chance yet to check what’s on the blog. No I haven’t seen the post. Don’t you know yet that you need to share the link when you tell me these things? You forgotten that I’m ‘challenged’ and what takes the average TODobot a second to locate takes me for-evah?

    • 70 MightyPamela
      April 27, 2013 at 10:16 am


  14. 72 Nena20409
    April 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Saturday Night today….I am looking forward to. Yeah.

    Lovely Post for Saturday Morning. Thanks Lady Chips ❗

    GM TODers.

    A Little Elton John is great for the Body


  15. 73 dotster3
    April 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    We have such a honey of a day here in Ill-i-noise—–well, comparatively speaking anyway—-sunny, 60’s——people will be walking their dogs in their bikinis—-ish. In gratitude, I doth not protestest anything today.

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      April 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

      In my part of Ill-i-noise, it’ll be 78 degrees tomorrow, I hear. I plan to stay up all night and wait for it.

  16. April 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Good morning everyone! A bright sunshiney day in Chicago! I saw a few threads back news of Dudette and GOBROOKLYN – hope that the doctors can work their magic and that both of you have a speedy recovery. You are needed back here!

    Omg – Michele Bachmann. She can’t speak American English – why does she think she can speak the King’s English?

    Some fun Saturday morning news: Photos with captioning of the “Best in Baguette” contest in Paris yesterday. Winner is shown in slide #23

  17. April 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Chipsticks and associate blog tyrants,

    I am appreciative of the toons that are included in the various posts. The cartoonists seem to have the freedom to be honest and straightforward in their work. They often present the truths that so-called “journalists” and “political pundits” are paid not to do.

    And getting a good chuckle doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

  18. 84 MightyPamela
    April 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Mornin’ y’all.

  19. 85 utaustinliberal
    April 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

  20. 86 hopefruit2
    April 27, 2013 at 10:21 am

    So I see that Booman, normally a reasonable voice, is all emo today. He’s “angry at the administration” and has “never been as angry at them as he is right now.” Why you ask? Booman is all pissy about the FAA bill and is blaming the administration for the entire sequester issue.

    The emoprogery all over the blogosphere is intoxicating….
    // SMDH.

    • 87 amk for obama
      April 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

      This too shall pass. 🙂

      bj used to have a rotating masthead. One of the banners was ‘how did obama piss you off today?” It was meant for rwnj’s but applies equally to the left.

      Gotta give it to the right, they sure know how to lead the left by their collective nose.

      • 88 Lovepolitics2008
        April 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

        And they don’t eat their own even when they suffer political setbacks. They whine a little but keep it at a reasonable level. Only their extremists lose their minds, and they quickly get back in line for the next battle.

        The President is not an hostage taker and has never been. Small businesses, families, there were a lot of people affected by the chaos at airports. It was not “only the rich”. I don’t picture the President wanting to make some people suffer in order to help other people. And yes, that makes the political battle more difficult.

        I suspect his strategy is to use the discontent created by the narrative “Congress only help themselves and the rich”. Maybe he thinks this will be the kind of leverage he needs to force Congress to do something on the programs affecting the poor. But if the recent past is any indication…

        A ray of hope: at least the media is now talking about “meals on wheels”, ‘Headstart’ , and the “Congress only cares about themselves” is taking a bit of traction.

        Who knows ?

    • 89 Don
      April 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Someone needs to tell “Bo” that the FAA Bill was by unanimous consent which means EVERY MEMBER of the SENATE voted in favor of it, so his anger might be misplaced. On the other hand one can be glad that over forty-thousand FAA workers won’t get furloughed.

      • 90 hopefruit2
        April 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

        I think he’s being a bit disingenuous at this point. More likely he doesn’t want to have to blame the emo-darlings – Sanders, Warren and Brown, and thus finds it easier to let the administration take the brunt of his “anger.” As this person so aptly tweeted:

  21. 91 Don
    April 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Mark Zuckerberg is obviously a smart guy which is all the more puzzling why he would get into politics by way of oil and gas, does he not know that his audience is younger and more socially conscious? But then again the guy did have one of the worst IPOs in the history of IPOs.

    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      April 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I don’t get it, either, but I think the greed bites into their brains like a parasite.

    • 95 amk for obama
      April 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

      It’s all about taxation with this guy. Read how Obama admin is moving to close the tax loopholes that these much “admired” software companies are getting away with paying piddling amount of taxes anywhere in the world. you can soon expect eric schmidt of google to joint him soon.

      • 96 Don
        April 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

        Yeah, but you don’t hear Bill Gates or Warren Buffett crying so publicly about taxes. Something else is going on with this guy.

        • 97 anniebella
          April 27, 2013 at 11:09 am

          Don, some people who have been truly blessed are more concern about helping those who are not as blessed, then there are some who are more concern about their money. Maybe the young Zeckerberg is that way. I don’t know much about the Zuckerberg guy, but from what I do know I am not liking.

    • 98 Nena20409
      April 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Perhaps people are just Not understanding MZ? His 1st Pol to fund-raise for was Fluffy Chris Christie. Then he established a PAC or some Advocacy Group and He picked a RWNJ running it? Whatever signal he is trying to set is becoming ever more apparent…….Leaning Rightward.

    • 99 forus50
      April 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I’m not a fan of Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg and when one of my friends at work told me his former company is suing Facebook for stealing the name and concept of timeline I was pretty happy. His company started it in 2009 – at least 3 years before Facebook. Link to lawsuit that will be tried in Chicago

      The website his company started is actually VERY cool that basically converts a family photo album to a very functional website that you and your family can set up your own album online. My family is in the process of uploading all family photos so that everyone around the country can look them up in an easy to view format. Only those invited to your “album” can view the photos.

      Here’s the website called “LifeSnapz” http://lifesnapz.com/

  22. 100 Niliathiel
    April 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Hey guys

    When do you think PBO and Conan O Brien will be giving their speeches? The schedule says the event starts at 8pm and that would be 2am my time. Last year that was a lot of crowd showing and eating going on first with me nodding off a few times and since I am up to my nose in exams these days I´d….watch economically 😀 Any guesses?

  23. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    April 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Others may disagree, and I know he’s a hero to many, but this is my take. Put up or shut up, Bernie. Sick of his whining without results, alternately blaming President Obama. I do not blame Bernie alone, but he needs to work on his negotiating skills along with the others in Congress.

    • 106 amk for obama
      April 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Did he vote for the faa bill ? For that matter, did any of progressive dahlings ?

    • 114 Don
      April 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Many agree with you Jacqueline, Sanders plays the “Popular Independent” card for all its worth. This guy has never taken a tough stand on an issue so he has never really had to face any sort of political heat. Oh Bernie loves playing to the crowd, but Bernie will never lead the crowd because that would mean that sometimes he just might have to tell the crowd what they don’t not want to hear.

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

      RIGHT ON, sistah. Horrendously self-serving and beyond insulting.

      • 119 jacquelineoboomer
        April 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        A few others are also picking up on it on Twitter. The man’s starting to become a caricature of himself. Quite frankly, if he ever smiled, I think it would shake up the planet. (Ah, good, I just made myself laugh! Can’t let ’em overwhelm us!)

  24. 120 Jovie
    April 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Ot oh… The EPA is closing a Mine in Alaska for harming Salmon-


    Ot oh… 🙂

  25. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    April 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Sometimes, ya just gotta laugh:

  26. April 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hidee Ho all you O’s!!!! It’s a mighty fine great getting up day in TODville again!!! Day two and counting on the nice weather in my neck of the woods. It’s something that this year in Chi-town we celebrate the 60’s, sunshine, and dry weather at the end of April. Off I go to take advantage of this rare occurrence.

    Best to gobrooklyn, Dudette, and Mr. Africa in speedy recoveries and up and at ’emness.

    • 125 desertflower
      April 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

      It’s supposed to be 100 here Monday and Tuesday….I would be grateful for 60’s:) I know you’ve had a long, hard winter..ENJOY!

  27. 127 hopefruit2
    April 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    US media has not (or barely) reported this. I guess this suspect is not a “dark-skinned male” or “muslim”

  28. 136 forus50
    April 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

  29. 138 amk for obama
    April 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’ll be back for PBO’s roast of assholes is posted here. Right now, I am fucking too pissed off. See ya all later.

  30. 144 Jovie
    April 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

    See? POTUS knows to!

  31. 146 Jovie
    April 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

    A federal appeals court has dismissed an oil industry challenge to Securities and Exchange Commission rules that require petroleum and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments, ruling that the case belongs in a lower court.

    The Friday ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit doesn’t wade into the substance of the controversial SEC rule and doesn’t end the legal battle over the regulation.

    Instead the appellate judges agreed with Oxfam America, which intervened in the case to defend the SEC rule, that the industry challenge belongs in federal district court. The appellate judges dismissed the case “for lack of jurisdiction.”

    The American Petroleum Institute (API), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups had already filed suit in district court alongside the appellate challenge, and Friday’s ruling notes, “Their caution proved prescient.”

  32. 147 prettyfoot58
    April 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

  33. April 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you, everyone for the kind words.

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