Rise and Shine

Two years ago: President Obama walks across the tarmac with Vice President Biden prior to departure from Fort Campbell, Ky., May 6, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President has no scheduled public events

12:45 Jay Carney’s press briefing

4:0: VP Biden meets with members of the faith community at the White House to discuss gun safety


Jonathan Chait: State of the Union addresses are wearying rituals, in which stitched-together lists of never-gonna-happen goals are woven into idealistic catchphrases, analyzed as rhetoric by an unqualified panel of poetry-critic-for-a-night political reporters, quickly followed by a hapless opposition-party response, and then, in almost every case, forgotten. This year, plunked into the midst of the tedium was a gigantic revelation, almost surely the most momentous news of President Obama’s second term. “I will direct my Cabinet,” he announced, “to come up with executive actions we can take now and in the future to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Here was a genuine bombshell. It sounded a little vague, and the president did not explain precisely what he intended to do or how he would pull it off. But a handful of environmental wonks had a fairly strong grasp of the project he had committed himself to, and they understood that it was very, very real and very, very doable. If they were to have summarized the news, the headline would have been OBAMA TO SAVE PLANET…..

More here




USA Today: President Obama is turning back to the jobs issue, launching a series of “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours” starting Thursday with an appearance in Texas.

Obama will visit growing areas “to learn what has helped them become successful and use these models of growth to encourage Congress to act,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

On Thursday, the president opens the new effort with a tour in Austin, Texas, where he will visit a high school, and speak with leaders of the city’s high-tech industries.

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Michael Tomasky: There Are No ‘Absolute’ Rights – Nearly every idea in the Bill of Rights comes with restrictions and limitations. To think that the Second Amendment should be any different is absurd

Every time I write a column on guns, the howl arises that I am talking about a right that is enshrined in the Constitution, buddy, and I better watch myself. The howl then transmutes into an extended harangue that this right is absolute, and no libtard fascist, whether me or the Satanesque Dianne Feinstein, is going to limit the right in any way.

The first soldier to charge across this rhetorical veld is followed by hundreds harrumphing their assent. The only problem is that it’s an ahistorical, afactual, and barbaric argument. No right is absolute. In fact, the Second Amendment arguably has fewer restrictions on it these days than many of the other first ten, and there is and should be no guarantee that things are going to stay that way. In fact, if we’re ever going to be serious about trying to stop this mass butchery that we endure every few months, they cannot.

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VP Biden: ….. We fell short on our first effort to pass Manchin-Toomey in the Senate, but we will not be deterred by one setback. We have an obligation to make sure that the voices of victims, not the voice of the NRA, ring the loudest in this debate.

For too long, members of Congress have been afraid to vote against the wishes of the NRA, even when the vast majority of their constituents support what the NRA opposes. That fear has become such an article of faith that even in the face of evidence to the contrary, a number of senators voted against basic background checks, against a federal gun trafficking statute and against other common-sense measures because they feared a backlash.

…. In the end, I believe we will prevail. And those who wrote off gun safety legislation last month will come to realize that moment wasn’t the end at all. It was the turning point.

Full editorial here





Bob Cesca: Before I begin, I hasten to underline that the chances of this happening are pretty much zero: there’s simply no way the Second Amendment will be repealed or clarified. But it should be, and I’m open to either possibility. But I think it makes sense, in the broader gun debate, to debate the validity and applicability of the Second Amendment in our modern context. What’s its purpose? Why is it still necessary? Why acquiesce the points of its loudest supporters?

The only legitimate reason it exists in 2013 is to provide a disproportionately sacrosanct, nearly biblical cover for the corporate, for-profit gun manufacturing industry. There’s simply no other use for it, especially within a document filled with timeless and fully legitimate human rights.

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NYT: Caroline Kennedy was not even 6 years old when her father was assassinated 50 years ago. And on Sunday, she said the hurt never heals.

“Our family is still suffering the heartbreak caused by gun violence,” Ms. Kennedy said here at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

She was here to honor another target of an assassin, one who lived. Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in 2011 at point-blank range and was nearly killed by a lone gunman, has devoted herself to pressing for measures to prevent gun violence since she has recovered.

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Paul Krugman: At this point the economic case for austerity — for slashing government spending even in the face of a weak economy — has collapsed. Claims that spending cuts would actually boost employment by promoting confidence have fallen apart. Claims that there is some kind of red line of debt that countries dare not cross have turned out to rest on fuzzy and to some extent just plain erroneous math. Predictions of fiscal crisis keep not coming true; predictions of disaster from harsh austerity policies have proved all too accurate.

Yet calls for a reversal of the destructive turn toward austerity are still having a hard time getting through. Partly that reflects vested interests, for austerity policies serve the interests of wealthy creditors; partly it reflects the unwillingness of influential people to admit being wrong. But there is, I believe, a further obstacle to change: widespread, deep-seated cynicism about the ability of democratic governments, once engaged in stimulus, to change course in the future.

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ThinkProgress: Fox News’ morning show, Fox & Friends, is taking a surprisingly skeptical approach to GOP claims that the Obama administration and the entire U.S. government engaged in a massive cover-up of the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya in an effort to re-elect the president and protect him from scrutiny.

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President Obama looks to famed photographer Annie Leibovitz as she steps forward to receive an honorary doctorate during Ohio State University’s spring commencement, May 5



From Costa Rica:


Posted this yesterday, but here’s the YouTube version:


Your Monday smile …. the hair-cut disaster:



139 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    May 6, 2013 at 9:47 am


    • May 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Moooooooorning DF – and thank you for the Bob Cesca post, it’s a gem!!

      • 3 desertflower
        May 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

        You’re welcome:) I thought it was exemplary and right on point! Definitely a must read.

    • 4 99ts
      May 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

      WTG on first df – there I was thinking the —ish was more —ish than usual & quite missed the rise & shine – given it is almost bedtime – that is not surprising

  2. May 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 😉

  3. May 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    From Miranda at POU:

    Kiera Wilmot’s lawyer Larry D. Hardaway was on Joe Madison’s show this morning.

    He said she hasn’t been expelled; she had a 10 day suspension. The state has not formally filed felony charges, and he doesn’t think they will. She’s presently in an alternative school.

    Attorney said she received a 4 page doc from her bio teacher that said (and I’m paraphrasing) that the student have to come up with an experiment on their own to present to the class. Her classmates suggested this particular experiment. She was going to present this experiment to the class, but her friends said she should try it outside first.

    She did not run away when the principal and assistant principal came.

    It wasn’t an explosion; principal said it sounded like a firecracker.

    State attorney has NOT filed charges.

    They’re setting up a defense fund. Madison he will post the info on his Facebook page.

    If you have SiriusXM, Madison’s show repeats at 8pm EST.

    • May 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Please keep up posted…..

    • 9 jackiegrumbacher
      May 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

      This is good news, which underscores the age-old wisdom –Don’t believe everything you read in the paper or any other media.

      • 10 veryslowwriter
        May 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

        The media brought this story to the attention of people outside her school district. Without all the media hoopla, I think they might well have charged this kid with a felony.

  4. 11 Jovie
    May 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

  5. May 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good morning all. Happy day to everyone!

  6. May 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning, All

  7. 17 MightyPamela
    May 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO G’day y’all! Record breaking heat expected in the Puget Sound area today. Up early to let all the cool air inside before it warms too much! 🙂

  8. 18 Jovie
    May 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

  9. May 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Happy Monday. Hope you all had a good weekend. I hope to keep up better with TOD this week. Lots of OFA work on gun violence over the weekend. Gabby inspires us all to keep pressing Congress and our state legislatures (unless you live in the smart states which have already improved their gun laws).

  10. 22 anniebella
    May 6, 2013 at 10:05 am

    4 dead in Benghazi, but 26 dead in Newtown Connecticut and they don’t give a dam because they are in the hip pocket of the NRA. Every day Americans are kill through gun violence, where is the concern there? I don’t trust Darrell Issa or any Republicans, they don’t give a dam about those 4 kill in Benghazi, it’s just politics, trying to damage the Obama administration.

  11. 23 99ts
    May 6, 2013 at 10:05 am

    The video of the Profile in Courage Award for Gabby Giffords has the tears flowing – she and Mark are almost unbelievable in what they have done & what they keep doing.

    And then there is PBO – so amazingly kind, considerate, intelligent, honorable and every superlative adjective you didn’t know about until he came along. He revels in the success of others, he encourages every positive idea you ever had, he deserves so much more than the dumb fools in congress.

    — and then SC thinks about electing another dumb fool. The comparison is stark – there is no morality to the GOP – be it personal or as a political party.

    • 24 anniebella
      May 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

      When I see Gabby Giffords, I don’t want to shed a tear, I am more mad then anything else. I am mad because these dam cowards we have in the Senate and House refuse to try to do one thing which might prevent another Gabby Giffords from happening. She is showing courage, I applaud her without a doubt. I am disappointed in our politicians. I have never seen such a bunch of extreme radical racists crazy politicians in the Republican Party. They are a disgrace to this country.

      • 25 99ts
        May 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

        I cry because of who she was & what she should have been doing – that pure hate led a madman to think he should find a political target.

        • 26 anniebella
          May 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

          But we must be thankful that she is still here, fighting the battle. She could have not made it, but for whatever reason she did. And she is leading this gun control fight. With courage and grace, something those two bit politicians in D.C knows nothing about. Maybe that’s the reason she survive to lead the fight.

    • 30 Jessica
      May 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      This really hurts seeing as how I just came from a women’s group where one of my friend’s husband is emotionally, verbally, and mentally abusive and very controlling. He hasn’t gotten physical but its only a matter of time and she’s scared to death of him taking her kids. She’s waiting for him to get saved but it’s been 12 years. I’m giving him a week.

  12. 31 hopefruit2
    May 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats df on #1! Happy Monday 🙂

  13. 35 dotster3
    May 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Loved listening again to Eva and Sadie discussing the unfortunate haircut—–that may be the cutest thing ever.

  14. 37 hopefruit2
    May 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

  15. 39 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Great round-up Chiparoo.

    Loved this comment under the Chait article. Pres. Obama really is a champion of the environment.

    “I’m surprised this article doesn’t mention the Global Change Research Program which was signed into law in 1990 by G.H.W. Bush and lay dormant for 15 yrs until Obama revived the program and began to quietly implement it (raising the question as to why Clinton/Gore didn’t implement it given Gore’s recent criticism of Obama). And it was implemented long before any of the other proposals, initiatives and recent State of the Union Address mentioned in the article.

    Obama’s Task Force recommended that federal agencies begin producing the climate risk-assessment studies mandated back in 1990. The first batch of these studies was made available for public comment in February. Consequently, my local environmental group has been meeting with the Forest Service in order to identify climate change vulnerabilities as well as adaptation and mitigation strategies. At least 13 Federal agencies are working on it. In effect, it is a major reshaping of the Federal bureaucracy to take climate change into account when issuing regs.

    This has all been done quietly under the radar to the point that most environmental groups know nothing about the program nor, it would seem, the author of this article. I suspect it has been done without fanfare because Repubs would obstruct if they were aware of it. This program alone will solidify Obama’s reputation as an environmental President long after he’s left office.”

    • May 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Brilliant comment, thanks UT!!!

    • 41 57andfemale
      May 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

      It will be interesting to see how history judges the Clinton presidency. Reagan and Bush set us on the road to the fiscal destruction we see today – no more enforcement of anti-trust for example, and a BIG push to privatize the government and dismantle reasonable regulations. To be honest, some of this started under Carter but it was the ideology of Reagan and Bush 41 that entrenched it in government. People also have to remember that when Carter was President, there was a real sense that ‘big government as the only solution’ should be examined; so I forgive him for experimenting in this . Of course, Reagan didn’t curtail spending – he just shifted it from the lives of Americans to a massive expansion of the military. But I digress…….

      In comes Clinton/Gore in 1992. They had every opportunity to turn the ship around – to enforce anti-trust laws again, to reverse privatization, to regulate for the common good. But Clinton/Gore were ‘business friendly’. (The notion that the Clintons are progressive is actually laughable. They just play progressive in order to get elected). In fact, Al Gore was given the task of coordinating privatization — privatization of government went on steroids under Clinton and most specifically Al Gore. Since 2008, when I realized that Clinton’s embrace of deregulation of the financial industry at the end of his presidency is the single most important reason for the collapse of the world economy in 2008, I realized that Clinton was nothing more than a GOP fraud masquerading as a Democrat. And when I read what Gore did with privatization ( this was way back in the mid 2000’s – I can’t remember where I read the investigative piece), I realized that Al Gore was a fraud as well.

  16. 42 hopefruit2
    May 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This, my friends, is what goes for “breaking news” by the Associated Press these days. (SMDH).

    • May 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Love the reply! 😆

      • 44 57andfemale
        May 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

        As I read my reply it was a little harsh and mean-spirited but here it is:

    • May 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Un *f*****g believable.

      I switched on CNN at the top of this hour (a couple minutes after 7 am local time) to see if they had anything new to report, and it was all Boston bombing, all the time (Muslim burial, widow of slain suspect).

      Nothing on Israel/Syria — and they have reporters in the Middle East; they just choose not to inform their audience.

      Meanwhile, front page above-the-fold LA Times today “Reward for Combat Duty: Loss of Jobs”

      Serving their country, losing their jobs
      National Guard and Reserve troops too often come home to find that their employers have given away their jobs. Among the worst offenders: government agencies.

      I HATE HATE HATE what Bush did to this country; all the lives lost, maimed, upended. And the GOP want to continue this downward spiral for everyone except the 1%.

      Oh, and check out @JakeTapper’s latest tweet:

      Self-absorbed jackasses one and all.

    • 47 donna dem 4 obama
      May 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

  17. 48 57andfemale
    May 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

  18. May 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good Morning Chips, have a great day

  19. 50 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

  20. 51 Jovie
    May 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

  21. 52 hopefruit2
    May 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

  22. 53 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

    All together now: “Racists are 99.9% likely to be republicans.”

    • 54 donna dem 4 obama
      May 6, 2013 at 10:59 am


      This stuff is so sick but yet the media basically ignores it as just a “few on the fringe” when in reality this is how most of them think.

    • May 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

      But in the interest of being “neutral” the jackass media just “report.”

      They don’t mention the thousands (!) of lives lost since Sandy Hook. They don’t mention the Senators who changed their vote since the Clinton administration. They also rarely report on non-whites except when they want to scare or threaten viewers.

      Sorry, probably need to stop commenting. Hopefruit’s post of AP’s tweet really set me off.

      But, the good news is that PBO will be in the best U.S. city this week — Austin — never been there, just taking your word for it, UTA 😉

      • 56 57andfemale
        May 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

        The job of the media is to remain neutral while collecting facts. Once the truth is ascertained, it is their DUTY to report the TRUTH, which may not be neutral at all. To manipulate reporting in order to appear neutral is the OPPOSITE of ascertaining the actual truth. Despicable.

    • May 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Hiddee Ho O peeps!!! Another great getting up day on the TODstead, wouldnt ya say!!!!!

      So, am I to believe the NRA asked that the PBO look alike target mannequin be taken down? Well, the devil must be freezing, cause that’s what I’d call a cold day in hell. The NRA made a nice? uh uh, nope, don’t believe it.

      Be careful what you ask for, If the MSM covered this, it wouldn’t be that the mannequin existed. It’d be about how thoughtful and brave the NRA was in requesting it be removed. Remember, it’s not what they report, it’s how they report it.

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      May 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I know it’s almost hopeless, but we really all might consider R/Ting the hell out of all of the coverage of that target at the NRA hate-fest, not to mention everything else. If we even change one mind to move away from the hatred-infested RWNJs, that’s one to grow on.

      Trying so hard not to “hate” them because I don’t want to be like them.

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      May 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

      They scum, UT. It makes me sick to live in the same country with these lowlife bigots. May they rot in hell.

  23. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Good morning, everyone! Great post, Chips, especially when you start out with a photo of our President and Vice President!

    Alert the (social) media: There’s sunshine in Central Illinois this mornin’. I may faint.

    Chips, also like Jay Rosen’s use of “lazy press corps” in his tweet. Maybe instead of “mainstream media” aka MSM, we should just use LPC – and not tell ’em what we mean. It’ll be our little secret. They’ll never find out what we mean by the acronym, because, you see, duh, they’re the lazy press corps.

    • 62 57andfemale
      May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Cloudy and a little chilly here in Chicago. I’m off today and hope to put the herbs I bought over the weekend in planters.

      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        May 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

        Hope it warms up and brightens up for you! Happy planting!

        • 64 57andfemale
          May 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

          I took the off from last Tuesday through today. I just needed to recharge. Did a little cleaning, errands, bought some plants yesterday. Catching up on the laundry from our flooded basement. I just needed to not be at work. I’m going to be 63 tomorrow and I barely made a dent in my To Do list, but I guess we give thanks for anything we’re able to accomplish.

          • 65 jacquelineoboomer
            May 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

            Oh, happy early birthday to you, 57 aka 63! Don’t worry – you’re practically a baby compared to me. Well, not really a baby, more like a baby sister! Enjoy your day.

            • 66 57andfemale
              May 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

              I’d joyfully be adopted as your sister, jacque! Love my TOD family!

              I kept ’57 and Female’ because that was my first foray into the blogosphere. Couldn’t keep changing my name every year, but 2007 was my introduction to political activism via the Internet.

              • 67 jacquelineoboomer
                May 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

                Keep in mind that even my baby sister is 65, so that would make you my baby baby sister! Yes, I remember your delightful “57” story. Been a political junkie all my life, but never as deeply involved as when I heard and saw Sen. Barack Obama announce in ’07. That was also my first time on a blog (the original OFA) … I remember before that, when I’d hear people were online “chatting” with strangers, how weird that seemed. (Like men lookin’ at paper women in Playboy.) After ’07, I told my friends, “I’ve become the person I used to mock.” And some of my fellow bloggers became real-life friends. Probably a lot of us recognize that feeling, and now other people mock us!

                • 68 57andfemale
                  May 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

                  I’ve always been involved, but the internet and the blogosphere were an awakening for me as PBO entered the race in 2007. The Bush years were such a horror, and I wasn’t well enough to pound on doors, so the internet was a way to organize and fight back and get the truth out and contribute in meaningful ways.

          • May 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

            An advanced happy birthday 57/63!

          • 71 jackiegrumbacher
            May 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

            Birthday eve’s are important, 57. You have to build up the anticipation and treat yourself in advance. How you have a great “eve” and an even greater birthday.

            • 72 57andfemale
              May 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

              Thanks! Maybe me and the hubby will go for a pre-birthday lunch since I have to go back to work tomorrow. We’re monitoring our little Nickelby, who brought home a trophy of a skinned bird. he did throw up in the middle of the night on Saturday and I think he’s fine, but we’re watching him pretty closely. My Great Hunter of a little cairn terrier mix.

          • 74 cookemom
            May 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

            Happy Birthday 57 on your 36th birthday tomorrow. We are nearly exactly one year apart in age. I was taking my first steps when you were born.

            The good things about ‘to do’ lists is that there’s always something on them. So don’t worry, if you didn’t get to them all, they’ll be plenty more to choose from. It’s a much better choice to just enjoy your birthday week.

            I just finally managed to get most of the flooded stuff out of the basement, but now have to take the plunge and get some kind of permanent solution installed. The water just laughed at the two sump pumps that were huffing and puffing just trying to keep up.

            • 75 57andfemale
              May 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

              We’re going to get estimates on water prevention. And new pipes for our almost- 100 year old bungalow. We also should probably get a new car this year or put yet another grand into replacing the burned out a/c in one of them.

              So little time and money just to try to keep up…….

              We managed to get everything dried out in the basemen and threw away a ton of stuff that just accumulates. But there’s continual mold on the walls and my asthma can’t deal with that. I try to get my 73 year old hubby to pace himself, but he’s not easy to control. We’re dealing as best we can and yes – I accept and celebrate whatever we’re able to accomplish.

              • 76 cookemom
                May 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm

                If you’re sure the mold is not the toxic kind and has not penetrated through the walls, but the type that is more surface and tend to recur, try this remedy:

                Mold can be hard to get rid of but white vinegar is a natural mold-busting ingredient that, with a little elbow grease, can beat the mold and keep it under control It’s a mild acid and antibacterial that will help you kill mold. It’s also safe and easy to use.
                Things You’ll Need

                White vinegar
                Dish soap
                1. Identify the area you need to treat and select brushes accordingly. You’ll need a stiff brush that will fit into any tight corners.
                2. Prepare a bucket of hot water to which you’ve added a generous helping of dishwashing liquid (Dawn is best).
                3. Clean the area thoroughly with a sponge, soap and water.
                4. Fill a pump sprayer with full-strength vinegar.
                5. Saturate the area with vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes.
                6. Scrub the area with a stiff brush and wipe clean with a sponge.
                7. Repeat the process until the mold has been removed.

                Tips & Warnings

                – If you need a little help getting rid of mold and mildew stains, try scrubbing the area with a mixture of 1 tsp. of vinegar mixed with 2 tsp. salt. Try using an old toothbrush to scrub with. It’s small and gets into corners well. Rinse the toothbrush in vinegar or alcohol afterward, and keep it in your toolbox for future mold busting projects.
                – Don’t worry that the vinegar smell will linger. The sour vinegar odor typically dissipates within a couple of hours.
                – Vinegar can remove mold from hard surfaces like counter-tops, sinks and tubs as well as soft surfaces like linen, leather and carpeting. – Have a spot where mold and mildew keep coming back? After a thorough cleaning, zap the area with a hairdryer set on high, but be careful not to melt anything.
                – Mold can be a health hazard. Wear a mask if you can. At the very least, work in a well-ventilated area and remove any dirty clothing promptly.
                – Vinegar is non-toxic, but it can still be a skin irritant. Wear rubber gloves to minimize direct contact.
                – Vinegar has a strong smell. If you’re sensitive to it, keep the windows open while you work.
                – Some molds can be very dangerous to your family and pets. If you have mold that has penetrated the walls or flooring of your home as a result of a water leak, make sure it is not the toxic mold. In that case, contact a professional before tackling any cleanup project

                Read more: How to Kill Mold With Vinegar | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4500086_kill-mold-vinegar.html#ixzz2SWtOIf5L

                Good Luck! Tell Mr. 57 that slow and steady wins the race.

                • 77 57andfemale
                  May 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

                  Thanks. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart.

                  Mr. 57 tried vinegar but he certainly didn’t have such detailed instructions. thank you so much. I go down to the basement and wheeze, and my asthma is otherwise under control.

                  yeah. Telling Mr. 57 to take it easy is a lesson in futility, yet he’ll tell me the same thing. We have to take care of each other.

                  Thanks again. I’ve cut and pasted the info and will look at the link. We’re going to give this a try.

    • 78 cookemom
      May 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

      It’s suppose to be in the low 70’s today in my neck of the Chi-town woods. I haven’t even begun the yard stuff yet, even though the tulips and crocuses are doing nicely in this coolness. It was so hot last year, they popped their heads out, fainted from the heat, and lost their will to live in about 2 days. Last year we were breaking weather records with temps in the mid-90’s.

      • 79 jacquelineoboomer
        May 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

        Mornin’. Yes, I remember all that early heat here last year, too. My deepest condolences to you on last year’s crop of flowers, better late than never … sounds as though they met a tragic end, from your very vivid description!

        • 80 cookemom
          May 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

          Thanks jo, but they managed to bounce back quite nicely this year and are basking in this cool spring. There’s something to be said for perennials that come back every year. It’s too bad they don’t stay in the blossom state as long as annuals.

  24. May 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Was this posted already?

    Book Looks Behind the Scenes at Fox
    By Brian Stelter @brianstelter
    “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies,” by Jonathan Alter, includes a chapter on Fox’s influence on the 2012 presidential campaign.

  25. 86 yardarm756
    May 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

    No matter what, this is still a great country. Good morning mates.

  26. 90 Jovie
    May 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

  27. 92 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Her tweets are hilarious.

  28. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Here’s the President’s proclamation of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which reads, in part:

    “Each May, our Nation comes together to recount the ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) helped forge our country. We remember a time 170 years ago, when Japanese immigrants first set foot on American shores and opened a path for millions more. We remember 1869, when Chinese workers laid the final ties of the transcontinental railroad after years of backbreaking labor. And we remember Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made our country bigger and brighter again and again, from Native Hawaiians to the generations of striving immigrants who shaped our history — reaching and sweating and scraping to give their children something more. Their story is the American story, and this month, we honor them all … ”


  29. May 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

    GM Chips, TOD….Wonderful R&S!

  30. May 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

  31. 101 57andfemale
    May 6, 2013 at 11:26 am

    And according to the DNC emails I receive, this race is now neck-and-neck. Un-freakin’-believable:


  32. 105 japa21
    May 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    This is the first of what I hope to make a series of tweets about how the debt issue pales in comparison to other issues.

  33. 107 yardarm756
    May 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

  34. 108 utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

    If you get the chance, you must, must, must watch Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appearance on The View today. She is a force to be reckoned with and her sense of obligation, the way she approaches her role on the SCOTUS is an awesome sight to behold. She doesn’t take it lightly and she treats it with the honor and respect that we so longingly hope other Justices do as well.

    Her appearance has aired in some markets in the country and it hasn’t in others. Later today, The View will upload her appearance on the website. Watch it if you can. She’s that good.


  35. May 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

  36. May 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Good God:

    The same company that sold that bleeding Obama firing range dummy also markets another firing range dummy called “The Ex”, barely clothed woman to use at the firing range which will ‘bleed’ when shot.


    • 114 utaustinliberal
      May 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

      I saw that earlier today Chips and I almost threw up. There is no male “The Ex.” It’s only a female. A woman who bleeds when shot. These NRA republicans are the scum of the earth.

      Violence against women is real. Sexual assault of women is real. Women are raped everyday in colleges around the world. Women who are brave enough to leave an abusive partner should never be mocked or subjected to such animalistic NRA and republican crap. It is a woman’s right to break up with a boyfriend/girlfriend and spouse. It is a woman’s right to end a relationship as she sees fit. It is a woman’s prerogative not to have an ex-lover/spouse/partner be able to purchase a caricature of her for target practice, to maim, and to kill until blood spews violently everywhere.

      Shame on the NRA and shame on every single person who patronized such a business.

      • 115 donna dem 4 obama
        May 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

        This is another reason why they will continue to lose National elections. They have very little respect for women and something like this crap is a clear indicator of this.

        • 116 hopefruit2
          May 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

          We also need them to lose midterms/state/local elections as well because it’s at those levels that they inflict the most damage. They are not being punished enough. In 2014 – voters need to be especially vigilant – even more so than they were in 2012 when Barack Obama was on the ballot and drove enthusiasm.

        • 117 theo67
          May 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

          One has to question why any woman would belong to a group like the NRA and/or Republican party.

      • 118 cookemom
        May 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        2014 and 2016 should be heavily focused on the female GOTV. We need to make Pub females, especially the young ones, and those with children, feel safe enough to vote their conscious and not how their husbands or party wants them to. They need to konw that when they go in that voting booth no one knows how they voted. I think there are many Pub females who are fed up with their dumb macho mates, but are afraid to break from the party. They want the same for their kids (gun control), their own economic welfare (equal pay), and health (contraception, choice), but may not know how to pull it off without giving themselves away. Not all of them, cause they will always be people who vote against their own interest, but enough that may make a difference.

    • May 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

      That’s some sick s**t. Makes me as sick as the media covering the NRA convention like it’s the RNC in an election year.

  37. May 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

    • 121 4morefor44
      May 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      of course, a decade before that president carter was putting solar panels on the white house and gov. jerry brown was promoting recycling in schools all over california while putting up tons of wind power and solar panels, all in the 1970s.

      as usual, liberals leading the way and being brave trailblazers, and the people who gave dan rather and friends millions every brand these visionaries “gov. moonbeam” and so on. yea, dan has it all wrong…the “most watched load of garbage in memory of Man” is what the mainstream news puts out each and every day, decade after decade now.

  38. 122 donna dem 4 obama
    May 6, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Wow I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt this way…..

    Put this murderer in the ground and be done with it!!!!!!!!!!!

    • May 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Pierce at his finest Donna

    • 124 cookemom
      May 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Exactly, he’s being given more press than his victims. They are inadvertently elevating his status by treating him differently than any other murdering criminal. Where is the Boston strangler buried, in Russia or in his family’s country of origin?

    • 125 Nena20409
      May 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      They are giving a DEAD man this much power? Dead Man don’t bite. Come on people, he is dead. The only thing that is left is that he is now going to be food for other organisms. Sometimes, Fear is REEL when there isn’t anything to Fear, but fear itself.

    • 126 theo67
      May 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Interesting response to a comment from someone saying that even Cheney will deserve a funeral…:

      “I disagree. Cheney should be dumped in the woods for the wildlife to consume. If you want to wait until he’s dead, I suppose I’d go along with it, but either way, that would be the most public-spirited and positive thing he’d ever have done in his entire life. The Tsarnaev kid was small potatoes and few on the hill. Just bury him and let him vanish from memory. It’s more than he deserves.”

  39. May 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

    • 128 donna dem 4 obama
      May 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      I have tried to understand the mentality of people who worship these guns. I just cannot wrap my head around it. I know its a cultural thing but even still why would you be willing to put your child at risk with these things?

      You read articles like this and it makes you realize that there is a whole other world out there in rural America that is far beyond anything that I could ever imagine.

      He punched that reporter because he feels his “way of life or death” is being threatened. He will defend his right to have an arsenal of weapons at hand even while in the midst of burying a toddler unnecessarily killed because a gun was in another child’s hands.

      Now a 5 year old has to live with the nightmare of knowing that he shot and killed his sister.

      This stuff will never make any sense to me.

  40. 130 yardarm756
    May 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  41. 131 japa21
    May 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  42. May 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  43. 133 Nena20409
    May 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    In the Mid-west? Where is CNN, and Cablers?

    FBI: Raid of Minn. home disrupted ‘terror attack’

    AMY FORLITI | May 6, 2013 11:47 AM EST |

    Compare other versions »
    MINNEAPOLIS — The FBI believes “a terror attack was disrupted” when authorities arrested a man after they converged on a mobile home in western Minnesota that contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms, the agency said Monday.

    Buford Rogers, 24, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains in federal custody and it is not clear if he has an attorney.

    Where is Michele Bachmann? Hmm?

    • May 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      There are dozens of these stories. They just don’t receive media coverage. The FBI have arrested people who possess things like cannons, guns that can shoot down aircraft, cyanide and why on earth did someone have 6 barrels of jet fuel? Oh, almost forgot .50 caliber machine guns that can shoot more than 1,000 rounds a minute.

      • 135 japa21
        May 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

        Depends on the name and ethnicity. Obviously a white, non-Muslim by definition cannot be a terrorist. Therefore it is not newsworthy.

  44. May 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you Jacqueline for the suggestion …

    Yes We Remember

  45. May 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Here’s Joe Madison’s interview with Larry D. Hardaway, attorney for Kiera Wilmot:

  46. May 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    An unenforced law is dead. Fastest path to repeal or revision of the 2nd Amendment, is via the utter fail of ‘well regulated’ as evidence by the daily slaughter of innocent victims of the high profit margin gun and ammo industries.

    Yes We Can

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