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Rise and Shine

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Washington Post: Doing the same thing over and over again — and expecting a different result — is supposed to be the definition of insanity. On Thursday, it is the only thing on the calendar for the House of Representatives.

Since Republicans took over in 2011, the House has voted five times to repeal President Obama’s health-care law. It has also voted 31 other times to repeal individual pieces of the law or to strip away its funding.

Still, on Thursday the House will do it all once more — voting on a new bill to repeal the law. It will pass again. Then it will die in the Senate, again.

More here

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Joy-Ann Reid: Amid the uproar, and calls for investigations, over IRS employees using inappropriate criteria and questions to vet applications for 501(c)4 non-profit status by tea party groups, a few facts are falling through the cracks. Among them: tea party groups weren’t the only ones subjected to unfair scrutiny. And while none of the dozens of tea party groups who complained of bias had their applications denied, in the case of at least one Democratic leaning organization, the IRS said “no” to their request to be declared tax exempt.

More here

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Original jerk tweet.

Much better tweet. 😀

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Rachel Maddow on Benghazi: “The president was right and ABC was wrong and ABC should apologize; and I don’t say that lightly”

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Ed Kilgore: Well, it doesn’t get much more official than this: an VandeHei/Allen “Behind the Curtain” column announcing that D.C. (“the town”) is “turning on” Barack Obama, and there will be nothing but venom coming from any direction for the foreseeable future

Too bad, voters, and all those who have an interest in their federal government doing something constructive; Obama has to have his spanking from “D.C. stakeholders,” so enjoy it or look the other way.

What amazes me the most about this column is the forthright announcement that the MSM are going to make explicit common cause with the GOP

More here

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Kevin Drum: There’s no question that the “Innocence of Muslims” video played a big role in outbreaks of violence across the Middle East during the week of September 11—including the protests in Cairo—and the CIA talking points suggested from the very beginning that the violence in Benghazi was “spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.” So when Susan Rice suggested that the video had played a role in sparking the Benghazi attacks, she was repeating something that, at the time, was disputed by no one in the intelligence community. 

It’s also true that the entire alleged motivation for downplaying terrorism has never made any sense. Vietor is precisely correct when he says that although the Obama administration “talked about how al Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan had been decimated,” they were also very clear “that there was a growing threat from AQAP and other affiliates.” The idea that, somehow, downplaying the terror angle would help Obama’s election chances never made any sense from the start. It’s just partisan nitwittery.

More here

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Ladies and gentlemen, from now on, AG Holder will be going by the title Attorney General Eric “HoneyBadger” Holder

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Paul Waldman: Every administration has its scandals, but what’s different about what’s happening to the Obama administration is the confluence of two separate scandalish stories converging at the same time. Or maybe two and a half; were it not for the timing, the Justice Department’s pursuit of the Associated Press over leaks of information related to terrorist activity would never be called a “scandal,”

Republicans may have their differences, but one thing they can all agree on is their hatred for Barack Obama. As Greg Sargent noted yesterday, one of the effects of scandal-mania is to put the Republican rebranding effort on hold indefinitely. You can’t bothered to spend time reaching out to young and minority voters when you’re plotting strategy to get the president impeached. And the scandals could make everyone in the GOP caucus even less likely to sign on to anything Obama supports, particularly immigration reform, where the stakes for the Republican party are very high. If they kill it at the same time that they’re whipping themselves into a frenzy and talking about impeachment, you’ll likely see their approval in the public, and particularly among Latino voters, plunge even further.

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Fox News: The Dumb Person’s Channel Of Choice.

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The Hill: The federal Health department announced a new initiative to bring down healthcare costs and improve care delivery through $1 billion in grants and evaluations.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the second round of Healthcare Innovation Awards will target new areas for improvement, including care for special needs populations.

The awards are also meant to reduce costs for Medicare and Medicaid patients in outpatient hospital settings, test new care and financial models for specific provider groups, and ensure care delivery accounts for preventive and population health.

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Sara Kliff: The Senate did something it has not done in nearly a decade: It confirmed a leader for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Obama nominee Marilyn Tavenner received a 91 to 7 vote on the Senate floor to run an agency that, since 2006, has been without a confirmed leader. Her position, overseeing a $1 trillion agency that administers health benefits to millions, has long been considered too politically volatile to  fill.

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

9:50AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

12:00PM: Pres. Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan hold a joint press conference

1:30PM: VP Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Sec. Kerry host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister Erdogan at the State Department

4:30PM: Pres. Obama meets with senior advisors

5:15PM: VP Biden delivers remarks at an event with Prime Minister Erdogan at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

6:30PM: Pres. Obama hosts a working dinner with Prime Minister Erdogan

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This Day In 2010: President Barack Obama attempts to block a shot by personal aide Reggie Love during a basketball game at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. , Sunday, May 16, 2010. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, watches the play. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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This Day In 2012: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, outside the Oval Office prior to a Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Specialist Sabo, May 16, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Kathleen Starkey, sister-in-law; Rose Sabo-Brown, widow; Frances Buccelli, mother-in-law. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets family who lost a loved one at National Peace Officers Memorial Service yesterday (Photo: Pete Souza)

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Have A Baracktastic Day! 😀


153 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 japa21
    May 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

  2. May 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Good Morning Everyone 🙂

  3. 6 vcprezofan2
    May 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Buongiorno/Good Morning/Beunos dias/ Dia uit/Bonjour/….. TODobots! I’m here (at least when I’m not wandering around). Sending loving and healing thoughts to the members of the village who are hurting and healing.

    • 7 japa21
      May 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

      What took you so long?

      • 8 hopefruit2
        May 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

        I think she was just allowing you to be first this time! Right vc? 🙂 🙂

        • 9 japa21
          May 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

          I think you are giving her too much credit. She is pretty cutthroat about these things.

          • 10 vcprezofan2
            May 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

            Japa! You wound me! 😆 😆 I was actually just distracted.

            • 11 vcprezofan2
              May 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

              I have three workmen currently working in my home – two are installing my kitchen counter top (which I won’t be able to use for another 24+ hours) and one is sanding the living room floor with a commercial sander. I wish you could hear the hullabaloo.

              • 12 japa21
                May 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

                Been through both those. That sanding can be a real pain. Even with the device they use to pick up the dust, you end up with a mess.

                • 13 vcprezofan2
                  May 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

                  Tell me about it! There is already dust over everything (except in the device, if you ask me). I don’t understand how the dust bag seems relatively empty while there is a whole lot of stuff on the floor to be swept up.

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        May 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

        Age?

  4. 16 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Oh dear, it looks like President Obama is drinking the GOP milkshake.

  5. May 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Fantastic R&S UT, so much brilliant reading – and i’m howling at Jamison Foser’s tweet!!!

    Thank you SO much!

  6. May 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Seriously does chuck Todd really know what the President is thinking and what his motives are. He isn’t a puppet, he is the President. I am so sick of his sh**disturber commentary. He is a disgrace to public, unbiased reporting.

  7. 24 japa21
    May 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

  8. 27 desertflower
    May 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/05/republican-congressmen-press-caught-lying-about-obamacare/ More lies from Republicans and press!

    Try to act surprised….

    • 28 desertflower
      May 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) who tweeted: “CBO: #Obamacare costs double to $1.8 trillion in first decade.” Other congressional Republicans tweeted the same thing, including Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Ted Cruz. Stockman and his fellow liars included a link to a Washington Examiner article by Senior Editorial Writer Philip Klein:

      When President Obama was selling his health care legislation to Congress, he declared that “the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.” But with the law’s major provisions set to kick in next year, a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office projects that the law will cost double that, or $1.8 trillion.
      Horseshit.

      See what Klein and the Republicans did here? In the same way they routinely and strategically confuse the national debt with the federal budget deficit, these idiots are confusing the net cost of Obamacare, originally around $900 billion, with the gross cost of the program, which is now around $1.8 trillion. It’s the smaller net cost figure that’s important, not only because it was the $900 billion number that was most commonly quoted at the time of the bill’s passage, but also because the net cost takes into consideration savings and offsets from the program. For example, the gross cost of a primer-level economics book for Steve Stockman costs, say, $20 (large print, lots of illustrations), but after coupons and other discounts the net cost of the book is only $12. If you paid $12, it’d be a lie to go around saying the book cost $20, wouldn’t it? But if your goal is to criticize the book and make it seem like a waste of money, you’d clearly lie and quote the $20 price tag.

      That’s exactly what they’re doing with Obamacare. Lying. A sitting member of Congress, along with the right-wing press and many other congressional Republicans, flagrantly lied about the cost of Obamacare. Because, well, that’s what they do now. See, Stockman doesn’t think it’s a human right to have affordable access to quality healthcare (unless you’re an embryo), but he thinks it’s a human right to buy a military style assault rifle from Walmart.

      More at the link

      • 29 japa21
        May 16, 2013 at 9:51 am

  9. May 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

    BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI! What a wake up call. Good morning mates.

  10. 31 miranda
    May 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Hi UT i love your post you are a super star Lurking for almost two years

  11. May 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    That Rachel Maddow piece on ABC is excellent

  12. 37 desertflower
    May 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

    🙂 🙂 Of COURSE they would complain about Rev. Al…..because, well…you know!

    http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20130516_Comcast_shareholders_meeting_includes_unhappy_Tea_Party_folks.html

  13. May 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

    You might not have seen the BIG breaking news on the last thread – and I honestly don’t mean to boast:

    I’ve just been retweeted by @rentacan who “provide high quality Portable Toilets to the Pinal County and immediate surrounding areas”.

    😎

  14. 48 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

    CROCODILE TEARS FROM THE ‘TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY’ PARTY

    Surprise. The IRS “Scandal” is George W. Bush’s and the Republicans Fault

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    First off, if your Organization Name incorporates Taxed Enough Already, you are one step behind the Sovereign Citizen Movements which declare themselves immune to local, state and federal laws. It shouldn’t come as a surprise when the IRS investigates you.

    It’s possible and, most likely, probable that the Tea Party Organized Groups who applied for all these 501(c)(4) statuses are nothing more than thinly veiled Tax Shelters and Political Action Committees designed to improperly funnel and shelter monies. A 501(c)(4) has to be set up as Social Welfare Organization and can not engage in Partisan Politics.

    But, here’s the kick to the teeth of the Right-Wing cry babies, the Commissioner of the IRS while these investigations were conducted, Douglas Shulman, was appointed by George W. Bush and served until November 9, 2012. President Obama does not have a nominee at the IRS because the Senate Republicans policy of filibustering all nominees put forth by Obama for any position.

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    http://disaffectedanditfeelssogood.blogspot.com/2013/05/surprise-irs-scandal-is-george-w-bushs.html

    • May 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I just posted a piece that highlights that fact.

      Originally, IRS code required that 501 (c) 4 organizations had to be dedicated to social welfare, with limited political activity. Who, in their right mind would have considered a bunch of rag-tag, angry rednecks with a bunch of misspelled signs an organization dedicated to social welfare? They called for “second amendment solutions”, maligned the President, demagogued immigrants and sowed division throughout the country. They did so for our welfare?

      The truth is, they didn’t fit the criteria, so the IRS made the criteria for processing of applications fit them. That is the scandal.

      Internal Revenue is being run by all the same people the Bush Administration left behind. Keep in mind, Republicans themselves had an interest in the denial of Tea Party organizations because they launched challenges to incumbent Republicans. Remember Senator Lugar?

    • May 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Here’s one more kick to the teeth. PBO is using this incident to clean house of these top level Bush appointees.

  15. May 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mooooooooorrrrrrrnnnnnning all you O’s!!!!!!! Has everyone risen and shizen on yet another great getting up day here on the TOD stomping grounds? I hope today brings a little more peace and calm as we face another day in the next approximate 1150 days remaining in PBO’s 2nd term. We must pace ourselves or we’ll be bald from pulling out our hair, on high blood pressure meds, have broken TV sets, and generally insane because the MSM once again, did/said PBO, PBO, PBO, PBO!!!!

    We have to be careful or we’re gonna lose it. I know for a fact, of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.

    • 52 vcprezofan2
      May 16, 2013 at 11:14 am

      ‘of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most’ 😆 😆 I’ve decided not to check if mine is still there. Rise & shine greetings to you, too!

  16. 53 cluny
    May 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

    GM all TOD warriors. Have had limited time so haven’t been able to follow all the posts but can someone tell me why some people here suspect that Peter King or a Republican member of Congress is the AP leaker/source? I hate to ask but does anyone think it might be a Dem?

    • May 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I think it’s more serious than that. When I hear the Attorney General impress on the Congress that this leak put the American people at risk, my mind goes elsewhere. Suppose we have an Al Qaeda sympathizer somewhere in the government. People seem to forget that our government isn’t the only one with secret agencies. We infiltrate their governments all the time, it isn’t entirely impossible that we have someone somewhere giving codes to the enemy.

    • 55 anniebella
      May 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

      I think it was a Republican, what does the Dem have to gain? Now ask what does someone who don’t like this President, who down right hate him, have to gain? I have no facts, but just look at the Benghazi mess, the Republicans knew about those emails for months, but allow hearings to be held, people going on tv lying, all to go after POTUS and ex S.O.S Hillary Clinton.

    • May 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

      I think it’s mostly because they are the ones hyper-fueling this “controversy” and King has been known to blab openly without discretion about his confidential knowledge of national security issues. He sits on the House Intelligence Committee.

  17. 58 collegekay
    May 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

    does pbo have a press conf today?

  18. 62 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Watching a ‘scandal’ evaporate before our very eyes

    By Steve Benen

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    House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office issued a statement last night saying the revelations raised more questions. In fact, I have one myself: how is any fair-minded person still expected to take the Republican arguments about this non-scandal seriously?

    What’s more, note that most sensible people realized the right’s conspiracy theories were wrong, which is why the so-called “controversy” was relegated to Republican media, until last Friday’s report from ABC News pushed the story into the mainstream. That ABC News report, we now know, was wrong.

    There’s just nothing left. Trying to characterize this as a genuine political story worthy of attention has been a misguided partisan exercise for months, but now, it’s reached the point of ridiculousness. Every reporter saying the White House is engulfed in “three scandals” is misleading the public — there was a deadly attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost last year, which left four Americans dead. It was a tragedy; it was not a political controversy.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/16/18295499-watching-a-scandal-evaporate-before-our-very-eyes?lite

  19. 63 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Love the thread. Everyone here is really up on the facts.

    What to do?

    Yesterday I got my review at work. There were 5 pages with several areas that were critiqued on each page. All pages had 10 areas to cover. The ratings were from 1 to 5. 1, needing improvement to 5, meaning outstanding. My immediate supervisor was the person that filled it out and was to go over it with me. I noticed about 3 changes on every page after it was printed out. After close examination I noticed that the original markings were all 4’s and 5’s. They were moved down to 3’s by someone I don’t even see once a month. I was told that it was the corporate office that asked for the mark downs and was not awarded a raise for my work. I am 55 now and am making a pretty good salary for what I do. At my age….I think I will just pout at home for now.

    If younger…would you do something about it?

    • May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I’m really sorry to hear you’ve gotten this kind of treatment at your job. Since salary increases depend on good performance evaluations, I would make sure your superiors explained in very clear language what it is they think you need to do to improve to get back to their level of expectations. I’m not implying they are correct, simply that they are in charge of your career path there and unless you think there was a grievous error or misunderstanding, you pretty much have to do it their way. BUT, if they’ve made a mistake, then I think it would be important to document that in writing, expressing how and why you think the evaluation doesn’t reflect your true contributions. And although you rightfully feel hurt and probably angry, the language should be free of any hostility so that a true resolution can take place. That’s just my opinion!

      Take good care of yourself.

      • 65 vcprezofan2
        May 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        PMGZ, congratulations on your original review! I totally support Meta’s approach. I don’t think you should do nothing except ‘pout at home’, because that (your silence at work) IMO could give the impression you ‘agree’ with their (re)assessment. They have an obligation, I think, to tell you ‘what it is they think you need to do to …get back to their level of expectations’. If they can’t tell you specifically, then how can they rate you? And yes, using language that is free of hostility is paramount. The tone = You ‘honestly’ want to know how to perform better since they are suggesting there is much room for improvement. The games management sometimes plays to cheat workers of their due is shameful IMO, while they give themselves/peers bonuses they don’t really deserve. 🙄 In the experience of my friends, there are so many in management who don’t really understand the nuts and bolts of the work but have ‘degrees’ that say they do/should, it’s infuriating. Don’t let this ‘sour’ you; have the confidence in knowing that you do a good job and your immediate supervisor knows it. Good luck going forward.

    • 66 MightyPamela
      May 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Morning all. Proud: I find this somewhat disturbing, and expect you did ask for clarification on those areas which were “marked down” on your review and performance. You do not say how long you have been in the position, but I have seen discrimination towards folks who are ‘aging’ (not that 55 is old) so I have to wonder if you are being phased out in a surreptitious manner, which your corporation hopes you will not notice. This seems suspicious, and I am certain it is illegal, if it can be proved you are being unfairly discriminated against. If I were you, I would ask for a follow-up review, especially if you have questions. Maybe they are hoping you will “pout at home”, and not cause any ‘problems’. No idea what your retirement plan is, but 10-12 years is a ways off. They could keep your salary in perpetual freeze. I hope my response is appropriate, as you did ask for feedback. {{{{{pmogz}}}}}

    • 67 Obama Grandmama
      May 16, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Sounds to me that the company’s objective is to be sure they don’t have to increase their costs (changes in scoring). Could be the same thing happened with others. I am retired so understand your present course of action.

    • 68 cookemom
      May 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Appeal or at the very least ask for an explanation. If you’ve been documenting your work, or have commendations, include them in your appeal. Are you in a union? There may be grounds for a grievance, if the changes were done without justification. If you’re not in a union, then ask for a meeting with the person in corporate who suggested the changes. It’s not a matter of age, but principle, unless you think they’d fire you for just asking to meet and asking them to defend the changes to the original rating.

      I was both a union rep, and a manager of many in my last life. I was a victim of an unfair rating and I’ve been responsible for rating others. In the case of my having an unfair rating, I pleaded my case at the level above the person who rated me. I had proof of my accomplishments and showed commendations from internal and external customers. When I asked what they based their review of me on the answer was……er, uh…..well, ummm…..duh, maybe we can take this under further consideration. Rating changed, raise approved.

      When I evaluated my workers, I tried very hard to be objective and to stay current on what they were up to. One way I avoided push back on my ratings of them, was that I held 10-15 minute progress report meetings with each person at least every two weeks. I gave them ‘atta boys, and/or I gave them areas to improve. Each meeting was documented and we both signed that we had addressed each other’s concerns. Not that we had to agree, but we addressed them. That way, come appraisal time, no surprises.

      Ask your immediate supervisor for regularly scheduled progress meetings and make sure you have him/her give you feedback on your work performance as specific as possible. Don’t settle for ‘you’re doing fine’, or vague inferences. For example, have the person tell you instead, ‘the initiative you took on that underwater sea pottery job shows the leadership skill that we identified as an area for improvement. The results indicate that you have performed at or above expectations’ Then ask them to write it up, give you a copy, and place in your files, or you write it up and give them a copy and ask that it be placed in your files. Next appraisal bring all your progress reports with you and make them defend anything less than what is obviously something they had agreed upon about your performance all along.

      Good Luck, hope this helps and it’s not about age. It’s about keeping your employers honest when it comes to how they treat their employees, which directly impacts their economic well being.

  20. 69 hopefruit2
    May 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I’m sorry but I just really can’t get excited about Maddow. After harboring old fools like Dan Rather repeatedly to trash PBO, she’s not telling us anything that we didn’t already know. It’s been more than 2 days since it was revealed that ABC news /Jon Karl LIED and that he needs to be fired. Prior to that she kept using the word “scandal” just like the rest of the MSM, and pretended that she didn’t know the difference between “spying” vs Subpoena.

    • May 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

      If newspeople got fired everytime they lied, that would be the end of journalism.

      • 71 4morefor44
        May 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

        if the CURRENT “newspeople” were all fired, it would be the new BEGINNING of journalism.

    • 72 cluny
      May 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Yeah – I noticed that – every time she said the word ‘scandal’ I wanted to punch her.

    • 73 anniebella
      May 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I am no fan of Rachel either.

    • 74 Linda
      May 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

      I don’t like her either…….

    • 75 donna dem 4 obama
      May 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

      That is her and the whole mess of them’s MO. They do and say just enough to keep reeling people in to watch. Morning Joke will defend the President for 15 minutes on his 3 hour show (while bashing the Administration the other 2 hrs and 45 minutes) and liberals think he is such a good moderate Republican that they tune in everyday to keep his show on the air. Tweety is a master at it. One minute he’s the biggest supporter on earth and then 10 minutes later he’s castigating the President for one thing or the other. It’s insanity at its best. If you view this stuff as anything other than infotainment then folks will need to prepare themselves for an emotional roller coaster. These people are only concerned about the corporate dollar that they make for their masters.

      • 76 hopefruit2
        May 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

        You said it best donna. It’s their ratings revenue model. Say just enough “good” that people will tune in, but spend the majority of the time undermining and bashing the President.

        Thankfully, it appears that more people realize this scam that MSNBC pulls, and are no longer falling for it. Their ratings have been sinking.

        • 77 misspat
          May 16, 2013 at 11:33 am

          So true donna and hopefruit2. I love me some Rev. Al. Never used to miss him. But I had to let him go. I decided that I wouldn’t watch the news or any of the shows and I am better for it. I come here and read what others have to say about issues and now and again I will drop my one cent in. I watch the cooking shows or Home and Gardens. Better for my blood pressure. Blessings!

    • 78 MightyPamela
      May 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

      I think of y’all have iron-clad stomachs to watch her at all. I can barely look at her face in a still shot. I know she is well-educated, LBGT, etc and all that, and considered a bright mind in today’s information age, but the only time I tried to listen to her, I was completely aggravated within a very few minutes, and I have no recall what she was even talking about! Just my view.

  21. 79 Linda
    May 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Men going through simulator Labor pains,

    • May 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Soooooooo not funny but funny……..I think every man whose wife is pregnant or has been pregnant should have to do this because I think in the back of SOME men’s minds they think that going through labor is no big deal.

      • 81 japa21
        May 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

        Trust me, I knew it was a big deal when my wife went through it. Partially from the strength of her grip on my arm, but mainly because I knew her pain tolerance level and what it took for her to show any pain.

        • 82 cookemom
          May 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

          Cookeman suffered worse morning sickness than I did. He over emphasized and at times I had to take care of him.

    • 84 LDS
      May 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      This means absolutely nothing without a uterus stretched 100Xs and a vagina pulled like Play Dough.
      Dare I said the stitches afterwards……..
      Please………spare me the stimulator.
      After child birth, I could take a root canal without Novacaine.

  22. 85 4morefor44
    May 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

    that ed kilgore link up top about the politico commentary is incredible. it is literally fantasyland in the mainstream media, and it is at least nice to see them be so open about it finally, although they try to play that game that they’ve been “soft” on president obama up until now (WHAT?!?!). another quote from the declaration of war by the mainstream press against president obama (no actual reason given, just because they’re mad at him…for something, so there!):

    “Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.”
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_05/dc_to_obama_dont_mess_with_thi044748.php

    and all this about possibly the nicest and most relatable president ever. amazing what storylines “the news” will make up.

  23. 86 Bill R.
    May 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

  24. 88 kathryn kivett
    May 16, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Cookemom, I am not asking this to be rude….I am just confused….for a long time, I have noticed that you post and state that certain things should not be discussed….several pages back is an example…Although I have lurked for years, it has only been recently that I got up the nerve to say anything for fear of being criticized for my lack of knowledge….so for my information, so that I don’t make a mistake, could you provide a list of what is correct to discuss? I will make a list of what I have observed seems to be considered safe.
    1. our children/grandchildren
    2. music videos
    3. sports scores
    4. food/drink
    5. pets
    6. health
    7. celebrations ie birthdays, jobs, etc;

    Thanks for your help…….

    • 89 MightyPamela
      May 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Kathryn, have you read through the HouseRules notes in the side bar? Chipsticks has made a very clear notation of expectations for participating in TOD. I have found it helpful, and did a review not long ago as well, just to stay current.

    • May 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Hi Kathryn, anyone here is free to discuss whatever they like! There are times we all need some light relief so that’s when we’ll have a bit of fun, chat about sport, families, whatever.

      But, obviously, when big political stuff is going on, it’s better than we focus on that so threads don’t get too muddled up!

      • 91 kathryn kivett
        May 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

        Totally, agree and I love it….makes me happy to read what others enjoy and are experiencing and sad when someone is in distress….I think my confusion comes from the political stuff….is it not ok to react to something negative we have heard someone say about PBO that we have heard on tv or read?….knowing it’s a daily occurrence but sometimes our buttons just get pushed….I know when others tell about it it helps me to know what MSM to avoid or who I need to check out…..I just don’t want to offend someone by bringing it here.

        • May 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

          “Is it not ok to react to something negative we have heard someone say about PBO that we have heard on tv or read?”

          Hi Kathryn, I’m never going to have ‘rules’ on what can and can’t be discussed, you’re all grown-ups! And I do think it’s good to know what nonsense is being spread, particularly by the MSM, so we can make our own efforts to push back with the truth. So, no, discussion like that is absolutely *not* banned!

          All I ask is that RWNJ stuff isn’t linked here, it’s a waste of everyone’s energy even thinking about it, and there’s just no curing that kind of hate.

          And, ideally, it would be good if people could avoid only ever contributing stuff like ‘I just read this horrible article about President Obama” – I’ve thrown out more than a few creatures from here who did that kind of thing, and in almost all cases they did, indeed, turn out to be RW trolls.

          So, generally, the point of this place is to give people a breather from the endless negativity on other sites, from the far left and right, and to provide links to smart writers/reporters who produce intelligent, honest work.

          So, chat away!

          • 93 kathryn kivett
            May 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

            Well, I’m good to go then….can’t link…don’t read RWNJ crap…only talk about it when witnessed like that G. guy from Tx. yesterday….although I still think Virginia Foxx is more entertaining….just wanted to clear up do’s and don’ts….thanks for responding.

  25. 94 Eveingeorgia
    May 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Don’t bother to watch, but Jon Stewart was trashing PBO again last night. I mention it, only because Bob Cesca at the Daily Banter really set him straight. The comments, so far, are great as well.

  26. 97 miranda
    May 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Oh you are welcome UT there is just a positive vibe about all your post. Hello Chip Peace and Blessing

  27. 98 Bill R.
    May 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

  28. 100 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

    But…

  29. May 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

  30. 104 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

    • 105 Linda
      May 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Good Grief…..the writer does not even know what day it is.

      ” Thursday night “, the White House released 100 pages of emails showing the development of the controversial talking points given to lawmakers and administration officials after the Benghazi attack. President Obama also announced the resignation of acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller.

      I guess the President is a time traveler too.

  31. 106 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Bend it like Beckham is retiring at age 38. He has 2 more games!

  32. 108 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

  33. 112 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Bachman had a T Bagger rally just now , 10 people showed up, and CNN!!

    • 113 MightyPamela
      May 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Have to wonder what language she thinks in, as she surely does not speak English. For cryin’ out loud……

      • 114 kathryn kivett
        May 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        She speaks English, Pamela, it’s just the words are not arranged in the proper sequence so your brain can’t process what is coming out of her mouth.

    • 115 Nena20409
      May 16, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Michele Bachmann promised to Leave MN over Marriage Equality…..when is she jetting off? MN passed marriage equality and was signed into law on Tuesday.

      Rush promised also to depart should sen Obama be elected. He was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012…..and Fluffy Rush is still here.

      Ted Nugent also promised last year….to die or be jailed by April 2013…..I am still waiting.

      Calgon……please take these people away.

  34. 116 vcprezofan2
    May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Thank you for today’s Rise and Shine, Ms Utal! Appreciate the pieces you have highlighted. Enjoy your day!

  35. 117 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

    The real scandal is the state of our news media

    The AP & Benghazi stories are more abt media scandals than PBO

    By Smartypants

    ——————————–

    That’s what I tweeted yesterday morning. I’d like to unpack that a bit with how some in the media have disgraced themselves over the last few days. What’s really been going on with all of this scandal-fest is a conflation of right wing media, leftist extremists and the village idiots in Washington D.C.

    Let’s take the whole Benghazi thing for a moment. This morning, Steve Benen rightly suggests that its time to put a fork in that one. But note the evolution of how this story reached the level of “scandal” in the first place.
    .
    .
    Finally, I’d like to suggest that the Allen’s and Vandehei’s of the world are not the sum total of the media. Thanks to the internet and social media, we’re not dependent on them to shape the story. There are plenty of folks out there who haven’t caught the fever of the swamp and are busy telling the real story. We just have to be smarter about who we listen to these days.

    —————————————

    Read the rest of this brilliant post here ……

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-real-scandal-is-state-of-our-news.html

    • 118 desertflower
      May 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

      She is a gift. Cuts through the bs and gets straight to the REAL ISSUES. Everytime!

    • May 16, 2013 at 11:14 am

      I put up a post the other day that I called, “The Media is the Scandal”, because I so completely agree. They are shameful. I remember reading a story in 2008 that talked about some negotiations that were being made on behalf of President Obama. The story was repeated in every major newspaper…we hadn’t even had an election. Just the other day, newspapers were praising Gov. Christie for restoring cuts that had been made to education. Not one single paper bothered to say it was because a Federal Judge had found his cuts unconstitutional and ordered him to restore them. The media sucks!!

  36. 121 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Energy SEC nominee to be voted on at 2.

  37. 122 Nena20409
    May 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

    GM….Just saw this from TPM Finally a DC Circuit Judge confirmed……One in 4.5yrs. This is why DC is dysfunctional.
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/senate-panel-unanimously-approves-sri-srinivasan-for-dc

  38. 124 Nena20409
    May 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Another livewire from TPM….DC residents following in on BobFr points….Insurance on guns…. 😉

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/dc-considers-law-requiring-gun-owners-to-take

  39. 125 desertflower
    May 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Off to work! I hope that the RWNJ’s and the media don’t try and throw the earth off its axis today and blame it on PBO…..

  40. May 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

  41. 135 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

  42. 136 Allison
    May 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I really like her. She’s a classy lady.

    Capricia Marshall, one of the last of the Hillary Clinton insiders at the State Department, is giving up her role as Chief of Protocol. There’s no official announcement yet, but Marshall has informed the White House and Secretary John Kerry of her decision to leave at the end of the summer.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2013/05/07/capricia-marshall-to-leave-chief-of-protocol-post-at-state-department/

  43. May 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

  44. 145 JER
    May 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

    LIVE NOW: Pelosi Weekly News Briefing – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  45. 146 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    President Barack Obama plans to appoint a new interim IRS commissioner this week, a senior administration official told POLITICO Thursday.

  46. 148 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    ScandalFest 2013: The Beltway Media’s Self-Interested Obama Pile On

    By: Crissie Brown

    ———————

    So if you’re wondering why children being kicked out of Head Start, seniors losing Meals on Wheels, cancer patients seeing treatment delayed, and the myriad other hardships inflicted by the sequester can’t get fixed, while Congress jumped to eliminate airline flight delays before flying home for their spring recess and the media ignore our falling deficit to salivate over ScandalFest … the answer is simple.

    Washington D.C. is “their town.” Not ours.

    That’s also why the Beltway media are frothing over the discovery that the Department of Justice subpoenaed telephone records for 20 lines at the Associated Press, who last June published a story based on leaked information that forced Britain’s MI-5 to sneak their Al Qaeda double-agent out of Yemen. Attorney General Eric Holder recused himself from the leak investigation because the FBI had called him as a witness, but yesterday he defended the investigation:

    ————————————————

    http://www.politicususa.com/scandalfest-2013-beltway-medias-self-interested-obama-pile.html

  47. 150 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    The BBC reports that BP “wants Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene over the escalating cost of compensating US companies for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster in 2010.”

    Oh come on?

  48. 151 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

  49. 153 Jovie
    May 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

    House member: Sequester forcing major Air Force base to work in the dark
    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) on Thursday blamed the Obama administration for failing to come up with an answer to the sequester, which he said is forcing people at a major Air Force base to work in buildings with no lights on.

    On the House floor, Turner showed a picture of people working in darkened hallways of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

    It’s Obamas fault!


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