Rise and Shine



10:0: President Obama delivers a statement on the Oklahoma tornados

Not sure if this is going ahead:

11:0: President Obama and VP Biden meet with DREAMers whose parents are in the country illegally and “who are directly affected by our broken immigration system”.

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

5:30: VP Biden delivers remarks at a reception hosted by the DNC in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month at the American Institute of Architects




White House statement: “…. Overnight, the President approved a Major Disaster Deceleration for Oklahoma, making federal funding available to support affected individuals, as well as additional federal assistance to support immediate response and recovery efforts.

“This morning the President will receive a briefing in the Oval Office on the response by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco and other senior members of the President’s response team. …

“At the President’s direction, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is traveling to Oklahoma this morning to ensure all Federal resources are supporting our state, local, and tribal partners in life saving and safety operations including search and rescue.

“FEMA has been supporting the state’s response since Sunday. At the request of the state, FEMA deployed a liaison to the state emergency operations center Sunday night.”



Steve Benen: …. Ordinarily, so soon after a disaster of this magnitude, discussions about political agendas and ideologies are put on hold, which is why it came as a surprise when one of Oklahoma’s U.S. senators staked out a far-right position on federal disaster relief just five hours after the storm hit…..

I’ve seen many note overnight that Coburn is at least consistent ….. but while consistently is welcome, it doesn’t change the questions about unnecessary callousness…..

More here




Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s resident Fact Denier (who so brilliantly agreed with Darrell Issa when he said an “act of terror” is not a “terrorist attack”) excelled himself today – he gave ‘Three Pinocchios’ to White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer for stating the facts: that the Benghazi emails were doctored in an attempt to smear the President.


So, his problem is with Pfeiffer, not with those who doctored the emails or the reporters who used them for their ‘exclusives’.

There are too many ‘highlights’ to choose from, here are two:

“….. the reporters involved have indicated they were told by their sources that these were summaries, taken from notes of e-mails that could not be kept.”

So, why did Jon Karl repeatedly imply that he had seen the original emails?

“Despite Pfeiffer’s claim of political skullduggery, we see little evidence that much was at play here besides imprecise wordsmithing or editing errors by journalists.”

“… imprecise wordsmithing or editing errors.”

Oh boy, nooooooooo words.



SmartyPants: National security leaks to Fox News in the midst of a crisis with North Korea…what could possibly go wrong?

See here




Michael Tomasky: The Right’s Scandal Hypocrisy

It’s pretty rich, isn’t it, to see conservatives, not so long ago such ferocious guardians of presidential prerogative, suddenly acting as if they’d all interned at Common Cause when they were in college and thumping their chests about presidential transparency? I bet we could count on one hand — or more likely, on no hands — the number of conservative commentators who were insisting that the Bush White House should come clean about what Scooter Libby did in relation to the Valerie Plame matter. But now, suddenly, Barack Obama must come clean on all particulars, or he’s, you guessed it, the dreaded Nixon!

…. The ease of movement from sarcophagal stonewalling to high dudgeon is a peculiarly right-wing trait, because it’s the right that started the modern-day sense that you’re either on the team or in the shithouse. You might think in some dark, private space that Benghazi is mostly smoke, but if you’re trying to make your bones as part of the right-wing noise machine, you know to keep those doubts to yourself.

Full post here



BBC: US President Barack Obama will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania in June, the White House has said.

Mr Obama is expected to meet lawmakers as well as business and civil society leaders and youth on his trip.

The 26 June – 3 July visit will be Mr Obama’s second to sub-Saharan Africa as president … First Lady Michelle Obama is due to accompany Mr Obama on his trip.

More here



Reuters: President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold their first meeting since Xi became president in March when they sit down for a June 7-8 summit in Rancho Mirage, California, the White House announced on Monday.

…. The leaders will meet at Sunnylands, a 200-acre estate on Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, California. Sunnylands is the former estate of the late philanthropist Walter Annenberg, who frequently hosted President Ronald Reagan there.

The fact that they will devote two days to the talks shows an intent by the two leaders to build a closer relationship. White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will travel to Beijing to meet Chinese officials May 26-28 to prepare for the Xi visit.

More here



Morning everyone.

156 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 japa21
    May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Morning all, still speechless from yesterday

    • 2 cookemom
      May 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Congrats, I’m really going to have to shorten my comments. Yesterday was horrendous and I can no longer follow the news reports on this tragedy. It is good news that the death count has been lowered from the initial reports.

      • 3 japa21
        May 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

        Seems we tied. We Chitown people stick together. Watching some local news accounts of storm damage here last night, and all I could think of was how lucky these people were compared to those in OK.

    • May 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Morning Japa, morning everyone.

      • 5 japa21
        May 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

        GM oh wonderful one. Oh Goddess of the internet. Oh one who takes my breath away. Oh purveyor of wisdom and trruth. (Stop me when it gets a little too thick).

        • May 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

          Alright, what do you want? Is it the bacon tux again??

          • 7 japa21
            May 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

            “What do you want?” I am hurt, pained to the core. Cannot one speak one’s mind without some ulterior motive. Madam, your slur on my character has cut me deeply.

            • May 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

              🙂 I apologize Japa, it was especially the ‘Goddess’ bit that made me suspect you were after something, maybe even my cheesy puffs. On reflection, I withdraw my suspiciousness, but ask: be a bit more complimentary next time, that was quite a watery effort.

        • 14 MightyPamela
          May 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

          (Rawr…) 🙂

    • 15 Dudette
      May 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

      GM Japa21 Me too.

  2. May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Good morning to all my O peeps! Another great getting up day at TOD, even though it brings sorrow and heartache to many. Prayers and well wishes to those in Moore Okla for their devastating loses.

    We have FEMA crews canvassing our area after being approved for funds as a result of our April flooding. We lost no lives and no one was buried beneath debris. Some had major water damage, but not one home was flattened. Looking at Okla, I’d rather the resources be used there.

    FEMA sends their people from all over, to any given area that needs help. The FEMA person I worked with a few years ago (previous flooding) was from Florida and had 20 years under his belt. I thought I’d be interested in a post retirement job like that, until he told me of some of the devastation and loss he’d witnessed in those years, including working in New Orleans after Katrina. I could tell that he was still effected by it as he told me his experience there.

  3. 20 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am



    You’ve Got To See This Heartbreaking Video Of An Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finding Her Dog In The Rubble Of Her Home


    • 21 99ts
      May 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Always room for something good to be found amid the disaster – but looking at the devastation is mind numbing.

  4. May 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone

    Continued prayers for the people of OK and the U.S. May we all find comfort and strength as move towards recovery from this devastation.

    The losses incurred from tragedies such as these are reminders of how relevant the government is in our lives. Added prayers that the hearts and minds of our elected legislators will be touched and they will be led to turn loose their selfish agendas and do right by those of us in need and for the good of this country.

    And may our President continue to be blessed with intelligence, strength, health, wisdom, and goodness of character; all that he needs to deal with the issues of this country and to circumvent the hindrances that are constantly thrown in his path.

  5. 26 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2013 at 9:43 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats Japa & Cookemom on 1st place tie. Our thoughts/prayers remain with the OK tornado victims, family, friends and loved ones. A sad and heavy-hearted day, but we will pull through. We HAVE to….

    • May 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Morning Hopefruit, I echo your thoughts

    • 28 cookemom
      May 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Morning HF, yes we will pull through. It’s time like this, that I’m most thankful for the great leader we have residing in the White House. No muss, no fuss, just coming to the aid of those in need. He holds true to what he’s always said, “I am the President for all Americans, even those who didn’t vote for me”

  6. May 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good Morning everyone, congrats japa

  7. 30 japa21
    May 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

  8. 31 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

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    Make no mistake: the goal of this anti-government movement is not merely to eliminate waste or make the government more efficient. The ultimate aim is to undo many of the basic government programs that have been in place since the New Deal and the Great Society. They want to slash spending on vital safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. They would like to roll back key regulations protecting consumers, workers, and the environment. And they want to reduce taxes so drastically that funding any new government programs would become extremely difficult.



  9. May 21, 2013 at 9:47 am


    10:00 AM EDT – President Obama Makes a Statement on the Devastating Tornadoes and Severe Weather that Impacted Oklahoma


  10. 34 Jovie
    May 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    • 35 Obama Grandmama
      May 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      I figure the GOP legislators will just make the immigration bill unpalatable then not vote for it anyhow.

  11. 36 utaustinliberal
    May 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Sending good thoughts to all those affected by the tornado in Oklahoma. Breathed a sigh of relief when the medical examiner announced the death toll wasn’t 91 but 24 as of now. Hopefully, it climbs down as they find more missing people or are able to make contact with those who were fortunate enough to escape.

    Tom Coburn’s response to his own state’s crisis proves beyond all doubt that he is a monster with no soul.

    As for Glenn Kessler, he just keeps giving comedians and clowns even more longevity with his idiotic commentary.

    • May 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Tom Coburn had little choice than to come out with that heartless response, after the way he behaved during the Sandy negotiations. Sadly, it’s politics all the time.

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

        A decent man always has a choice. He could say, I was wrong. Now I understand what this means to a state and I regret my vote on Sandy. He has chosen to remain a heartless ass and has thereby chosen to surrender his decency and his soul.

      • May 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

        Tom Coburn voted for the Iraq and afghan wars and none of the repukes wanted to end the spending after four years and lives being lost. Coburn was for the tax cuts for the millionaires with NO OFFSETS so when people say he is consistent they need to clarify that he is consistent in not helping Americans when we need help HERE in this country not even in his own backyard but he is NOT consistent in his pretense in wanting to balance the budget and reduce spending in general as long as he can give money to millionaires and for wars with no offsets.

  12. 42 prettyfoot58
    May 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Just Imagine if PBO took Colburn’s mean spirited and shameful attitude and denied the people of OK aid because they voted against him…or because they voted in legislators such as Colburn…

  13. 44 jackiegrumbacher
    May 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

    GM. The days ahead will be very hard for the people in the devastated areas. When the news media goes away, the long slog to recover begins. People need immediate shelter, food, clothes– if their homes have been destroyed– and above all, caring. Long nights in shelters will try their souls and they will ache for privacy and a return to some kind of normalcy. All the disaster relief agencies will be doing their best and will need our help in the form of contributions, but sometimes actual volunteers will be needed to help work the shelter and provide comfort to families or entertain children so parents can get some rest. If you have the time and the heart to do this, it’s worth calling some of the agencies to see if they’ll be needing volunteers.

  14. 45 GGAIL
    May 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Tragedy of this magnitude boggles my mind & I live in earthquake territory. I’m thankful for our President who responds so swiftly.

  15. 46 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

  16. 49 japa21
    May 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

  17. May 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

    It is a sad day for those in OK. Prayers to all those affected and all those working to help.

  18. 51 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

  19. May 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  20. 54 japa21
    May 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

    • 55 99ts
      May 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

      How can it be a credit – to be consistently an a…h… ?

      • 56 japa21
        May 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

        It means he isn’t a hypocrit (well in this instance) Yes, consistently an ah would be correct.

        • 57 Dudette
          May 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

          Oh he’s very much a hypocrite!

        • 58 99ts
          May 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

          An apology for past ah actions would also mean he wasn’t a hypocrit – I wouldn’t give him credit for anything – but – and quite seriously – I don’t know of a politician in my world who has ever voted against support in a time of natural disaster.

  21. May 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Morning all.. POTUS coming up now. My best wishes to all the folks in OK.. so sad for the parents of lost & missing children, but also grateful that the toll has been 24 and not the 51 previously stated. I have much hope that there are many other survivors still to be found.

    Tom Coburn – no words for this sob.

  22. May 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Re Tom Coburn…There. are. no. words! Here comes our PRESIDENT.

  23. 62 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

    POTUS is on!

  24. May 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Morning everyone.

    I have an essay ready to go once comments on here get crowded.

  25. 65 relellit
    May 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Good Morning everyone and Chips. All my thoughts and energies will go toward Oklahoma. I don’t have much but I will donate. My mother used to say whenever I got mad because I wanted a fancy pair of new shoes my parents couldn’t afford…Think of the people with no feet.

  26. 67 Jovie
    May 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

  27. May 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

  28. 69 cookemom
    May 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Wait…….I just turned to see PBO talk on Okla, only to see him walking away from the podium.

  29. 77 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

  30. 78 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

  31. 79 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

  32. 80 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

  33. 81 99ts
    May 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Looking at tweets directed @tomcoburn – he is tweeting details of how people can donate to help the tornado victims – NOTHING about how Tom Coburn might help – how the state might help – or how the legislature could provide recovery funding.

    People donating through charities raise wonderful amount to help victims – they do not raise the money needed to rebuild infrastructure – roads schools power shops homes etc etc.

    This is one disgusting man – good to see the twitter turn on him.

    • 82 cookemom
      May 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

      The sad thing, is that his constiuents agree with him, even against their own interest. They believe that charitable giving trumps gubmit intervention. One local official was quick to point out how Okies had such high volunteerism and nothing will stop them from helping their neighbors. So far as I’ve heard, none of the officials interviewed has said anything about PBO declaring them a disaster area last nite.

  34. 83 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

  35. May 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

  36. 85 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

  37. 88 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2013 at 10:23 am


    “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


    Lakoff argues that we need to promote a very different view of taxes—one that uses a very different kind of metaphor. The metaphor he suggests is that of taxes as “dues”.

    Taxes are our dues — we pay our dues to be Americans and enjoy the benefits of American society. Taxes are what we pay to live in a civilized society that is democratic, offers opportunity, and has a huge infrastructure available to all citizens. This incredible infrastructure has been paid for by previous taxpayers. Roads and highways, the Internet, the broadcast airwaves, our public education system, our power grid — every day we all use this vast infrastructure. Our dues maintain it.

    It is about being a member, a part of the community. People pay a membership fee to join a gym, the local YMCA, or a club for which they get to use the basketball courts, the swimming pool, and the golf course. They did not pay for these facilities with their own memberships. They were built and paid for by other members, and all the current members maintain them with their dues. It is the same thing with our country — being a member in good standing of a remarkable nation. Americans pay their dues.

    This idea of taxes as dues is not original to Lakoff. It is an idea that has often been expressed, but has not been promoted with the same ferocity or persistence of the taxes-as-affliction metaphor. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once remarked that “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” And Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. expressed a similar sentiment when he said that “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”



  38. May 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Just heard report that Boehner says he will work with PBO to get relief funds out as quickly as possible with no hold ups.
    The ONLY ADULT IN THE ROOM …PBO, is forcing others to grow up. Miracles still happen!

    • 92 prettyfoot58
      May 21, 2013 at 10:25 am


    • 93 MightyPamela
      May 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      No doubt he is aware there is a very viable contender for his seat in the next election ~ not that Boner would have any ulterior motive to look good and/or reasonable (for once).

  39. May 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Chipsticks, I can’t believe I forgot to include the link for the Benen article in the last post. 😳

    Thanks for making the correction for me.

    • May 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

      No worries swbluega! Just a gentle reminder to everyone, only include an extract from posts and put a link at the end to the source, thank you!

  40. 96 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Disasters, Politics & Morality

    by Steven D


    Right now the nooses are being tightened around the necks of all of us. Many have already died as a result of the indifference of the political class to the vast increased harm and pain the current state of affairs, the current neglect of the general welfare, which they support, has engendered. Now is not the time to make the case that our enemy is some poor soul who votes for these Tea Party Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats, for such infighting among the disadvantaged in our society only benefits the people who hold the leashes of our elected officials.

    Now is the time to assert our core beliefs and our common interests. Now is the time to educate the people who have fallen under the sway of the true enemies of the people, those who would make our lives “nasty, brutish and short” while they feast on the riches they squeeze from our half dead carcasses on a daily basis.

    Now is the time not only to profess compassion, but to act on it, and to demand it from our politicians if only to shame them and expose them for the servile vassals of the rich they have become.

    To the people of Oklahoma I say, regardless of our differences, I love you and care for you, and want to make you my friend. How can I help?



  41. 98 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

  42. May 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Just want to check with everyone, the site is painfully slow to load anyway, manly because of the photos and videos, but wondering if adding those scrolling Twitter widgets to the sidebar has made it for worse for anyone??

    • 104 99ts
      May 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

      I didn’t have any speed problems until yesterday (there abouts) – so if it changed then, that could be the reason. The videos have never bothered me – but it has been quite slow loading the last day or so.I haven’t been on much today (in my world) so the time zones have me confused as to exactly when it got slow.

      • May 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

        “I didn’t have any speed problems until yesterday”

        Yikes, thanks 99ts. I haven’t noticed a problem myself, the site is usually slow to load for me anyway but the Twitter widgets don’t seem to have made it any worse – was wondering how it was for others. Will see what they say. Thanks again 99ts.

    • 109 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

      I haven’t noticed a significant slowing down of my browser but can only speak for myself.

    • May 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

      My loading time is normal.

    • 113 cookemom
      May 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

      hold on a minute!! There’s scrolling Twitter twatting going on here? Now when did that happen and why didn’t I know about it and where are they?

      • May 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

        🙂 Can you not see them??????

        • 115 cookemom
          May 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

          Where are they? I have my screen zoomed pretty high so I don’t see the margins. Hang on while I check………………………..

          OK, I’m back. Yes, I see them, and no they haven’t caused any slowing down of my computer. Any lag time is solely on the part of the user.

          • May 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

            Ah, okay, thanks Cookemom – true enough, days when my broadband speed is painfully slow, the site is almost unloadable, days when it’s okay, it’s semi-loadable!

            • 117 cookemom
              May 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

              I have ATT U-Verse for about 3 months now. It’s so much faster than what II had before, that the computer loads stuff before I even ask it to.

  43. 118 cookemom
    May 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Is it me, or does anyone else feel that having the usual pundits, rather than actual newscasters, be onsite of this tragedy to interview folks after their devastating lost? I mean, MSNBC must have herded all of their daytime hosts together in the middle of the night and shipped them all to Okla, ready for air time a 5am. I just don’t get it. These people have no meteorology background, nor any previous first-hand experience (except Tamryn Hall).

    The morning show host and hostess stood around picking up downed street signs exclaiming, ‘oh looky here, a street sign on the ground!’ Then they lined up the local officials and representatives for live interviews. Wasting these people’s time, who should be doing something constructive in the hard hit area. Worse of all, putting microphones in a young child’s face and asking, ‘what was it like?” “were you scared?”.


    • May 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

      You’re highlighting the fallacy of the media…the pundits are the newscasters. It’s pathetic!

      • 120 cookemom
        May 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

        At least on cable shows they are. There are plenty bone fide meterologists and actual newscaster, and real journalist who should be called upon at times like these. Intended or not, using pundits during emergencies and/or breaking non-political news, only politicizes the issue.

    • 121 carolyn
      May 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I have watched only local channels during this time. They are doing a wonderful job, and yesterday MSNBC used our local NBC feed, so they got good stuff. There is no reason for them to send their D.C. and New York people here. We have good staff who know tornadoes and the area. Another condescending attitude from network people.
      These network types could learn from our local people. I talked to my sister who lives in California last night, and she was most impressed with our local people. I told her I thought they were better than the nationals. She agreed, and said what we have said….those people live in a bubble. The local people still live in real life and know what’s going on. I’m proud of our local stations. Like in Boston, local coverage trumps the national.

      • 122 cookemom
        May 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

        I agree carolyn. Yesterday MSNBC did a good job on their coverage, because they turned it over to their local NBC affiliate. Most of Martin Bashir’s show was the feed to the local newscasters. Martin, barely said a word. Then they cut the local feed and left us with the next show host who came on. To put it mildly, he didn’t handle emergency reporting very well.

        To wake up this morning and find pundits on the scene was just too much. It reeks of exploitation and politics.

  44. 123 99ts
    May 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Must to bed – stay safe amid the storms – and give all thanks because PBO is in the white house – and people will get help

    • 124 Dudette
      May 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Goodnight 99ts

    • 126 HZ
      May 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

      GM Chips and my TOD Family. Please get some rest 99ts. Yes indeed, we give thanks in our every moment on this earth to know that POB is in the Oval Office and doing his very best as our President. We also give thanks for VPBiden who has that big heart and great soul to be right there beside our President.

      May our spirits be a little lighter this day, and our spaces open up to the sweetest goodness of deeds for our hurting brothers and sisters in OK. Whatever we allow to come into our spirits, may Almighty give us wisdom to receive the goodness of this earth so we can help those who are presently trying to figure out where is that power that will take them through all of the displacements in their lives.

      Please hear

      our prayers Almighty , and give ear to our supplications. Our faith is strong, our hope is alive, and our hearts are waiting for that sweet, sweet fragrance of the comfort of the Almighty’s power to help us all get through this.

      Everyone, please be kind to your spirit and fill it with hope, caring, and loving compassion in whatever manner you feel that will help our brothers and sisters in OK. () HZ

  45. 128 yardarm756
    May 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Good morning all you shipmates. Glad to see you’ve all held up through the rough seas. However, the seas aren’t calm yet. Standby for some serious bashing starting with Jay’s presser later this morning.

  46. 132 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    A dose of reality about IG audits

    By Michael R. Bromwich


    The May 14 audit report of the Treasury Inspector General (IG) for Tax Administration has created quite a stir. Within days of the initial news of the report’s findings, the Acting Commissioner of the IRS resigned, the Justice Department launched a criminal investigation and the House Ways and Means Committee held the first of what promises to be a lengthy series of hearings. Only the further disclosure of relevant facts will tell us where on the spectrum of governmental misconduct this episode belongs.

    Unfortunately, many people, including politicians in both parties, are not prepared to wait for the orderly development of the facts. They want swift and dramatic action, and explanations as to why such actions against those responsible have not already been taken. Already, condemnation by politicians has extended beyond IRS personnel to include high-level officials in the Treasury Department and the White House for their failure to intervene more quickly, and take summary disciplinary action against the IRS personnel involved.


    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/the-administration/300659-a-dose-of-reality-about-ig-audits#ixzz2TwE49Ivw

  47. May 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

  48. May 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    A caller from Oklahoma just called Stephanie Miller and said that PBO is hated so much there that people like Colburn who oppose him can easily be elected no matter what else they do. Stephanie and her crew looked at one another like….. WHY? Oklahoma hated Clinton as well. WHY? The entire staff noted that as much as they all hated GWB’s policies, they never hated the man.

    • May 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Well, you know they’re real religious in Oklahoma. God-fearing folks filled with hate. Go figure.

    • May 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I certainly hope that he doesn’t speak for all Oklahomans…that he’s just one of those noisy wagons.

      At any rate, I would bet he would be able to give any real reasons for this hatred other than RWNJ talking points or just basic, home grown racism.

    • 143 Dudette
      May 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

      PBO is doing everything a President should do to help the people of Oklahoma and with deliberate speed. As soon it’s appropriate to do so, he’ll be on the ground there to offer comfort & reassurance to the citizens, as well as to personally thank the dedicated men & women who are working on rescue and recovery. I refuse to believe after directly witnessing his response in their own time of need that the folks there could still hold hate in their hearts for him.

      On the other hand, the first thing their Senator Tom Coburn did was spit in the faces of Oklahomans before the winds had even finished dying down. Then he decided to send out contact info for charities instead of brining to bear all the power of his office to make sure the recovery goes quickly and smoothly. They should run his ass out of DC on a rail.

      • May 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

        PBO continues to be the adult in the room and is one of the few who seems to remember that he is President for all Americans, not just for the people who voted for him. Something a lot of our immature elected officials seem to forget.

    • 146 AJ
      May 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

      “What’s Wrong with Kansas?” can just as easily be “What’s Wrong with Oklahoma?” People are being convinced to vote against their own economic and social interests. Angers me to no end, especially since the rest of the country ends up dealing with the idiots voted onto the national scene.

      By the way, back in 1997, NBC broadcast, pracically uncut, Schinder’s List for the first time. However, one congressman from Oklahoma threatened NBC with FCC action if they did so, as he cited the “nudity” in the film as inapropriate for broadcast television. NBC went ahead and did it anyway, and was not fined for their actions.

      Three guesses who that Oklahoma congressman was. No, I take that back. You have only one guess.

  49. May 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Did you see Flickr has a fancy new look?

  50. May 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Please consider checking out @TeamRubicon. They are veterans, now a group that travels the country whenever there is a disaster. They still protect and serve. If you’re interested I’ll give more links about them.

  51. May 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Also animals need help. If you have FB, Bo has a site. 🙂

  52. 155 cookemom
    May 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    We keep those hit by the tragedy in Okla in our prayers for healing and safe keeping. However, don’t be surprised that many of those most impacted there are in agreement with their Sen Coburn. The Governor has been interviewed several times and she is quick to point out what great volunteerism, is the Okla spirit. She says that they will help each other out of this turmoil. She has yet to mention that the area has been declared a disaster and that FEMA aid will be available. Some of the local officials I’ve heard are spouting this same narrative.

    Luckily for them, PBO has always said that he is the President for all Americans, even those who didn’t vote for him. Don’t expect him or FEMA to get too much credit for helping them, not that he’s looking for any credit.

  53. 156 lockewasright
    May 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    A little piece of good news:

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