Rise and Shine


Joe Paulsen, White House Advance Office site lead, holds the curtain for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they are introduced during the Pritzker Architecture Prize award ceremony at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., June 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)




President Barack Obama greets a group of Wounded Warriors in the Cross Hall of the White House, June 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


This is a MUST read because this is what hate looks like and this is what we must fight against everyday.

What Happened To Black Wall Street On June 1, 1921?

SF Bay View: Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering – a model community destroyed and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused.


President Barack Obama talks with Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council Director, following a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The night’s carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system. As could have been expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials and many other sympathizers.

A lot of White folks had come back from World War I and they were poor. When they looked over into the Black communities and realized that Black men who fought in the war had come home heroes, that helped trigger the destruction. It cost the Black community everything, and not a single dime of restitution – no insurance claims – has been awarded the victims to this day. Nonetheless, they rebuilt.

More of this must read here



President Barack Obama closes his eyes before he tapes his weekly Radio Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 2, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


SmartyPants: The President seems to have an even bigger challenge to deal with in ending this war: the military industrial complex. Less than a week after President Obama gave his speech at the National Defense University, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps gave a speech at the Brookings Institute. President Obama last week said the United States is ready to move beyond the war on terror. The nation’s military, meanwhile, is preparing for a future of continuous combat. “I don’t see any indication that things are going to settle down or become peaceful,” said Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps.


President Barack Obama talks with (from left) Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough in the Outer Oval Office June 2, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Some might suggest that since President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief, none of this tension should matter…he should just order them to do what he wants done. But that would be a massively naive thing to suggest. Many of the people involved are career public employees or military who preceded him in office and will be there long after he’s gone. One of the many ways that could pose a problem is what we’re seeing right now with respect to leaks of classified information to the press. With opposition coming from the far left, the right and the MIC, I think it is critical that we have his back on this one. Along with all the other things he will have accomplished during his 2 terms, lets support him in his effort to end perpetual war.

More here




This is why those who call for the firing of Attorney General Eric Holder are FOOLS

Krebscycle: In Meridian Mississippi, where 4 of every 10 kids lives below the poverty line the public schools have been routinely jailing black children for offenses like: wrong color socks. In Meridian, when schools want to discipline children, they do much more than just send them to the principal’s office. They call the police, who show up to arrest children who are as young as 10 years old. Arrests, the Department of Justice says, happen automatically, regardless of whether the police officer knows exactly what kind of offense the child has committed or whether that offense is even worthy of an arrest. The police department’s policy is to arrest all children referred to the agency.


In a display of what Rand Paul would probably find unconstitutional Federal tyranny, the Department of Justice sued the school district, the police, and the local courts. The schools caved first and in March signed a consent order. But the heavy handed  Feds are not going to stop at little Meridian. They are going to prevent school districts from jailing 10 year olds all over the place as Colorines reports.

More here



President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade of the White House with newly-elected Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., June 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


CBS News: Amid increased concerns that China is hacking the secrets of the U.S. government, military and private sector, officials have announced plans to hold regular, high-level meetings between the two countries to address the issue, according to a report. Officials hope the talks, scheduled to begin in July, set standards of behavior for cybersecurity and commercial espionage, the New York Times reports.

This coming weekend, Chinese and American military officials are scheduled to meet in California, where cybersecurity will likely be the number one topic under discussion. There will also be a separate meeting in Singapore this Thursday to discuss regional security, where again the topic is likely to feature prominently. China said it is looking forward to “even-tempered talks” on cybersecurity when a Chinese military delegation meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the weekend, the Foreign Ministry said Friday, as Washington continues to press Beijing over the issue.

More here



President Barack Obama has a briefing in the Oval Office prior to health care meeting with Senate democrats, June 2, 2009. With the President are (from left; White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, Director of the White House Office for Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, and members of the staff. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


ThinkProgress: The Medicare Trustees had great news for American seniors: the program’s solvency has been extended for two full years past what the trustees predicted in 2012. In their annual report, the trustees wrote that Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund will be fully solvent through 2026. That’s over a decade longer than what the trustees projected back in 2009


President Barack Obama hosts a meeting with Senate Democrats in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 2, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The upward projections are likely a consequence of several factors. First, the 10-year revision from 2009 is a direct result of Obamacare. The health law takes $700 billion of excessive and wasteful payments made to private providers that service the Medicare Advantage program and reallocates it to traditional Medicare. The health law incentivizes the creation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in which doctors, nurses, hospitals, social workers, and pharmacists work together to improve seniors’ health and reducing excess Medicare spending.

More here




3ChicsPolitico is lifting up our Twitter pal Go Brooklyn in prayer. She is ill right now so feel free to drop your words of inspiration, encouragement, music, pictures, poems and prayers.


 For those who are religious or non-religious, just drop by their website and send GoBrooklyn your love because she is going through a lot fighting cancer. GoBrooklyn, we at TOD, beginning with Chips to every last person, send you love, hope, and strength to keep fighting on. We are rooting for you everyday. We are inspired by your never give up spirit and positive attitude. Friend, we all have your back. 😀



President Barack Obama escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House June 2, 2009, for the announcement and signing of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act–commemorating the late President’s 100th Birthday in 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)




President Barack Obama and former First Lady Nancy Reagan walk side-by-side through Center Hall in the White House, June 2, 2009. To the left of Mrs. Reagan hangs her official White House portrait as First Lady. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Chiparooo, you are indeed the BEST and you know why. In that vein, I hope everyone has a delicious Cheesy Puffs day! 😀


161 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 5 Nena20409
    June 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    GM TODers and Congrats Layla 😉 Hey You, way To Go……

    Gold ❗

  2. 7 utaustinliberal
    June 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Congrats Layla!

  3. 9 Nena20409
    June 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Why Do They Hate POTUS so Much?

    9 yrs old boy asked over 3 yrs ago at a town hall forum in LA.

    Here’s part of the answer. It is that simple.

    • 10 Nena20409
      June 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Thank goodness, those who fight so wickedly as hatred consumes them, are at their last trove. The dying breed. Nature will take care of them if they Don’t Change.

      Change Has Come to USA……and the world. We are Not going Back. FORWARD!

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      The picture of the little boy touching the President’s hair is one of my all-time favorites.

    • 12 prettyfoot58
      June 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I think that Ed Shultz hit it on the head…I would say that it is the political philosophy of PBO and that they use race and racism …hatred to keep their base from joining with PBOs base…

      those poor folks in red states…sure could use the Medicaid expansion under the ACA to improve their life…but they are too race crazed to see it…the GOP continues to stroke those flames within their base…

      whether the GOP legislators are as racist as they appear matters not…it is their behavior that says it all…

  4. June 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Good Sunday morning all. thank you for a wonderfully busy rise and Shine.UT. You are amazing!

  5. June 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

    And may you have a delicious Cheesy Puffs day too, UT, after this work of art! Thank you sooooooo much!

  6. June 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

    UT, that was a completely beautiful message you wrote to GoBrooklyn, echoed by us all. Thank you.

  7. 19 Nena20409
    June 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Sen Chuck Schumer said that the Immigration Bill will pass by July 4th?

    AP is reporting that he said that on MTP? I wonder what the holdup is until July 4th? Too much Congressional Vacations in between?

    • 20 hopefruit2
      June 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

      July 4th is not that far from now.

      • 21 Nena20409
        June 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

        HF2, I am eager to get moving. It’s been a Long Time, Coming 😉

        The TBGOPers’ MO is to delay, deny and defeat.

    • 22 hopefruit2
      June 2, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Also, PBO will be traveling to Africa the last week in June returning on Jul 3rd. He will also be traveling to Europe for G8 Summit in mid-June. Maybe they want him to be present to sign the bill right away.

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I’ll believe it when I see it. I think it may pass the Senate. I’m not hopeful about the House.

  8. June 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

    GM Chips, TOD….Wonder RS UT! GB……wishing you the fastest of recoveries, thoughts and prayers are w/ you & your family.

  9. 27 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Good Morning, everyone!

    Can’t understand why I’m not updating directly from my laptop (it’s probably tired of me). I accessed this through twitter. 😕

    • 28 vcprezofan2
      June 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Thank you for rising and shining, Utal! I can take my time and go through your always-good gatherings. Good thing I went to have breakfast instead of waiting until R & S as I normally have done in the past while my stomach growls and grumbles and sends signals to migraine control centre.

  10. 29 Bill
    June 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Issa told CNN this morning that the WH and Jay Carney are lying about the IRS. He called Jay Carney “their paid liar”. If Issa does not have proof on this how can he possibly retain any credibility?

    • June 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

      He has credibility?

      • 31 Bill
        June 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

        Boner still seems to think so or he would replace him as committee chairman.

        • 32 anniebella
          June 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

          Bill you must remember, what credibility does Boehner have? That sorry ass speaker can’t even control his own members. Issa is another bold face liar, just like 99.9% of these radical extreme right wing racists Republicans. So what is it now, Issa see that Benghazi isn’t going anywhere so he is jumping on the phony IRS scandal.

        • 34 nathkatun7
          June 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

          Does Boner have any credibility?

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      June 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Issa got a giant put down from Holder at the last hearing and he’s in revenge mode. He’s hopping and stomping trying to come up with anything that will embarrass the president, but he hasn’t got the smarts to do it subtly, so he blurts out any nonsense that comes into his head. Carney is the press spokesperson for the White House. He gets paid a salary. In Issa’s fevered brain there’s a lie somewhere, somehow about the IRS. Therefore, Carney is a paid liar. He does not, nor never has, needed anything approaching a fact to make an assertion.

      It’s now clear that neither Benghazi or the Rosen/AP stuff is getting enough real traction with Americans, so he’s zeroing in on the IRS because, you know, um, the “dreaded taxman.”

      • 36 HZ
        June 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        GM jackieG. I watched that hearing also, and you are so correct in your observation of the “giant put down” from our wonderful Holder. The look on Issa’s face was one to behold as AG Holder made his strong statement.

        So, we will continue to lift up AG Holder and the DOJ Department for the sake of our nation. And I pray all the time that the Almighty will greatly work to bring justice to Mr. Issa and hold him accountable for his disrespect, hateful, and ugly treatment to our AG and POB. I really do.

        Thanks for your insightful comment Jackie G. You have so much wisdom. HZ

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      It just pisses me off, the way they open their mouths and just say any nasty, insulting thing they can think of. You would think people would expect a more respectful dialogue from our so-called leaders.

  11. 38 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2013 at 10:44 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Thanks UT for this fantastic R&S and wonderful, comforting tribute to Gobrooklyn!! 🙂

  12. 39 forus50
    June 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for the Fantastic Rise and Shine UT! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  13. June 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

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  15. 54 africa
    June 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Fantastic R&S. Thanks, UT.

  16. 55 GGAIL
    June 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Good West Coast Sunday morning Chipsticks & TOD family. UT, this is a lovely R&S, thank you. Much love & prayers to gobrooklyn.

  17. 56 anniebella
    June 2, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Ask me why do I think these radical extreme racists Republicans hate this President so much, unlike Ed I will tell you the truth. Ed said he think there is a element of racist for some Republicans, I think there is more than a element, I think the fact that he is a black man is what is behind most if not all of the Republicans hate.

    • 57 Bill
      June 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I think it is that the black man is far superior to them in any area one wishes to judge, smarts, character, sophistication, political savvy, education, looks, family, popularity, historic significance, on and on. They have no problem with clowns such as Herman Cain or Michael Steele because they do not feel threatened or inferior to them.

      • 58 dotster3
        June 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        In agreement.

      • 59 Vicki
        June 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        100% correct, Bob. Add empathy, competence and communication skills to that list not to mention speaking and singing voices, sense of humor, grace and elegance.

      • 60 EricFive
        June 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        I agree. It is a virulent form of racial jealousy, similar to the mindset that led to the destruction of “Black Wall Street” . One should never underestimate the importance some whites put in America’s racial caste system. That is why some on the left, right and center expend so much energy trying to cut PBO “down to size” or “put him in his place”. I think some of it is subconscious i.e., PBO makes them feel “uneasy” or angry on an emotional level, so they must toil at finding justification for their feelings.

    • 61 Lovepolitics2008
      June 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Well I think the color of his skin in certainly an important factor. But as far as the GOP leadership and their corporate friends go, I think they’re afraid of him because they see how PROGRESSIVE this president is. How this president, while being pragmatic and working incrementally, is really working FOR THE PEOPLE. How this president is trying to confront the worst abuses of the military-industrial complex, of Wall Street, Big Pharma, Big Oil, and on and on. They know that the President is a VERY RELUCTANT warrior, that he will do everything in his power to promote peace and collaboration between nations instead of war. They’ve seen since 2004 how charismatic he is, how he can make ordinary people become political activists. They’ve seen his influence on the youth. They’ve seen how he can inspire people ALL OVER THE WORLD to organize and push for change.

      In short, they’ve seen from the beginning that this is no ordinary politician, that he is the biggest threat to the status quo, both on a national and global scale. So they’ve worked like crazy to destroy him.

  18. 62 Nena20409
    June 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

    This kind of post and the one before it makes me smile, rejoice and then….yes, 😆 at those who work harder pretending that their world view was in demand.

    Reading this particular story half…..I 🙄 my eyes and 😆 at the TBGOPers, media, Fox and Willard Mitterrand Romney. Please take a look if time permits.

  19. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    June 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

  20. June 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Hellooooooo again everyone, have to go out for a few hours so if any of our blog tyrants would like to follow this up when it gets to 100ish comments, that would be majestic! Will be back later with a This and That-ish kinda thingie. Thanks a million, catchya later – and 50 gazillion thanks again to UT for a wonderful R&S.

  21. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    June 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

  22. 70 globalcitizenlinda
    June 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

  23. 71 dotster3
    June 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    CBS Sunday Morning proves again today it is the best thing on TV, by far. Every eiverse segment a beaut. There was encouraging and emotional news about a new childhood cancer treatment, which in some children with some certain types of cancer, makes the cancer/tumors disappear completely within weeks, even days. And there was a segment on Adam Levine of Maroon 5. I love Adam Levine and I’m not sure why—-the brashness and vulnerability mix I see in him—–could it possibly be sex appeal? :)——but this was fun and a feast for the eyes too.

    • 72 dotster3
      June 2, 2013 at 11:20 am

      eiverse is diverse. And right after I scolded people for misspelling on twitter. karma. It always all balances out. Whatever you give, you get. Amen.

  24. 73 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

  25. 74 dotster3
    June 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Worth another look. I love Bo’s face—–and look at his ultra fluffy “hand”. I think he’s taking his WH role seriously.

    • 75 Bill
      June 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Bo may miss the WH, WH grounds, and attention when he moves to Chicago.

    • 76 Layla
      June 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Bo: “to you haters out there, talk to THIS hand!”

    • 78 Nena20409
      June 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Looking as this Bo’s Pose……This Dog has nothing bothering him. Bo has swagger too, positively. 😉

      • 79 HZ
        June 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        Nena20409, I concur. Bo has a beautiful respect for our POTUS as First Dog. Every time I see Bo, I think of Sen. Teddy. I feel that Bo carries a beautiful spirit of Sen. Ted and Mrs. Vickie Kennedy with him all of the time because Sen. Ted Kennedy was so proud and so close to POB. Our First Dog will have an adjustment to make, but our First Lady along with POB and our First Daughters will always make him feel loved and secure.

        I agree with you Nena20409, “Bo has a swagger too, positively.” Beautiful. HZ

  26. 80 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I am bringing over GlobalCitizenLinda’s comment from a previous thread, because I think it’s important, AND I believe it WOULD GO FARTHER WITH ALL OUR SUPPORT!

    globalcitizenlinda – June 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I know a number people are already doing so but I believe that we need to be relentless, loud and persistent in defending AG Holder from the press, the extremist on the right and left who are attacking him for doing his job as AG.

    The White House, Team Obama, DOJ, the Democratic delegation need to hear the voices of AG’s supporters because the detractors are now the loudest. The media hosts that offer support (like Bashir & Rev Al) need to hear us say thank you for the support.

    I know that the “blog tyrants” are busy but it would a good thing to do one of those extensive blog entries with a focus on AG, what he has achieved at DOJ, and a number of news articles that are supporting him & the DOJ. Such a blog focus could then be available for people to cross-post & tweet to those shouting that AG be fired. Some people who are echoing the nonsense of extremes don’t have a clue as to WHY the gop is intent on undermining the DOJ & the work its doing in areas of civil rights.

    I also wonder WHY there has been little attention paid to the fact that AG thought the leak investigation is so damaging enough that he voluntarily turned in his OWN telephone records to the investigators.

    I also happen to believe that by attacking AG Holder, the right wingers are hoping to interrupt the efforts that DOJ & PBO are making to bring the terror investigations back to the regular justice system and stop this notion of enemy combatants and special jails like GITMO

    Hopefruit shared ‘…. I posted a series of tweets (pts 1-8) about what I believe all this anti-Holder MSM/GOP narratives are about. In addition to the GITMO issue that you mentioned, I also believe that the MSM/GOP do NOT want Dems to regain the House and keep the Senate in 2014. Holder has been very effective in combating voter suppression (as we saw with 2012), and will probably do the same in 2014. Thus they are trying to distract him and derail his progress on that front.

    We can find these tweets and help to get them circulated and recirculated (@aspirational12 – right Hf?)

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      June 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

      You make an excellent point GC-Linda – “I [also] believe that we need to be relentless, loud and persistent in defending AG Holder from the press, the extremist on the right and left who are attacking him for doing his job as AG”


      and retweet gleefully when we come across positive information on what AG Holder has been accomplishing. For example, @mtmarilyn2 posted a tweet yesterday (?) that fits beautifully with what you are saying and I don’t believe many of us noticed/picked it up.

      I’m saying what you said over again because I think if WE spend JUST A PORTION OF THE TIME we spend bemoaning ‘TEH STUPID’ (i.e. the idiots’ nasty campaign) on getting out the DOJ’s effectiveness we could alter the tone of the conversation on this topic. In fact, if we repeated positive DOJ tweets OVER AND OVER like we do other less meaningful info, I feel sure we would draw lots of attention. Just look at the number of followers so many members of the TOD brigade have! Why not coalesce for ‘good’ around this very, very important issue? If for no other reason than to try to put some ‘fair and balanced’ info re DOJ OUT THERE.

      Our ‘Sister Fighter’, Smartypants, has had a section on her blog FOR THE LONGEST WHILE in which she has been keeping track of some of what the DOJ has been doing. She has it at the top in a section appropriately labeled “DOJ WATCH”. I feel sure there is much information there that would be helpful for those who wish to start their cross-posting/tweeting right away.

      YES. WE. CAN. DO. THIS!
      Why should the empty vessels take over the sound stage while we sit by and mumble/mutter? There is no reason why the DOJ who is doing his job should be attacked and the #GOP Congress and Senate #GOPs who are not get a pass, along with a huge salary! I’m IN, with Linda, Hopefruit, Marilyn and all those who have already started but we need everyone FOR THIS (which shouldn’t be) SPECIAL MISSION.

      • 82 desertflower
        June 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        Absolutely, vc! So glad that you mentioned Smartypants link to all things DOJ! That’s the first thing I thought of.

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          June 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

          No need to reinvent the wheel when one of our numbers has already aligned the spokes, eh? 😉

          • June 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm

            I agree 100%. We need to be relentless, loud and persistent!

            • 85 vcprezofan2
              June 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

              Let’s us know when you do your related article, FayP; we can help tweet it out! You have a way of getting to the heart of the matter without a lot of dancing around that I like.

              • June 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

                What a nice compliment, VC. I have actually been working on one comparing his accomplishments with other AG’s, but it’s slow going. I’ve got about ten things going at once. 🙂

                • 87 vcprezofan2
                  June 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

                  No intent to rush! I just know that you would have something to say 😉 and wanted you to remind us when it’s ready. Like GCLinda I want us to be relentless on this message but I also think it works better when the message is nuanced. (That is, same basic message, but a variety of approaches so that we can keep it going, informing on his stellar record, as long as MSM et al are ranting and raving.)

                  I haven’t myself added any tweets yet today as I have one foot out the door, but I will on my return. I think I’m going to start with the links SmartyP had gathered together. SP does really good, thoughtful work too. 😛

      • 88 mtmarilyn
        June 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        GM TODville, have just returned from church and am catching up. Thank you VC for posting my tweet. I have yet to figure out how to do that. I do believe someone from here turned me on to that post.

        We need to support AG Holder. He is doing a fantastic job inspite of all his distractors. They can’t stand to have another black man smarter than them. I am not good with words but I am very good at tweeting stories and great sites. My only aim is to support this President and the whole administration. We are so fortunate to be alive for this administration. I feel honored.

        This is such a wonderful community, thank you to all who come here.

        • 89 HZ
          June 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

          Beautiful Sunday to you mtmarlyn!!!. I was trying to get ready for service, but the pain came on so badly. But I still had my own service in my own little space in my home. Just can’t stop me. You know what I mean, mtmarilyn.

          I am a total support of AG Eric Holder. I also have some personal family reasons for that love and support of our AG and his lovely and brilliant wife, Mrs. Sharon Malone Holder. ( I can’t get into it, but it runs very deep). We lift them both up in our prayers and meditations.

          I strongly support the wonderful comments about how we can get in active mode to get ahead of all of these attacks on our AG. I am not good with composing the tweets, but I will do everything that I can to help in whatever we decided to do here at TOD to get our support moving for our wonderful AG. We can make a difference in this matter.

          Count me in, for sure. (((((Thank you and vc))))).

          UT, you are so wonderful in all that you do for all of us. I thank you so much for your beautiful presentation. ((((Lots of hugs)))))HZ

    • 90 hopefruit2
      June 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks so much vc – and yes it’s @aspirational12. 🙂

    • 91 nathkatun7
      June 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      This is an excellent advice, GCL! Thanks VC for reposting it. I am writing my Senators and Representative to ask them to stand up for AG Eric Holder.

  27. 92 Roberta in MN
    June 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    GM Toder’s. I need some help from you smart cookies. I have on going conversation with my nephew & his wife. She is under the impression that this Benghazi stuff, the President, should have protected his people better.I know there have been some really accurate reporting on this. Does anyone know where I can pick this up? She sent me an article from the beast that was put out by Mitten’s campaign person and it was ll drivel.
    This is that last email we shared “The quality of reporting by the media is irrelevant to my concerns. I only shared this because it ids a snapshot of the breadth of issues. In each case, Benghazi, IRS, bias or the over-reach investigating media, there is an attitude that such behaviors are acceptable. The President sets the tone among his staff and appointees. It is his ultimate responsibility got how they conduct themselves in the execution of their duties. Whether he knew day-to-day what the actions of these people were is not important…what is important is that he allowed an atmosphere where individuals felt it was okay to over reach or to put our people in lethal jeopardy in Benghazi” I haven’t answered yet,I have to be careful how I respond. So is there any kind of article or response I can send to her?
    I am just gobsmackee on this one.
    Thank you in advance. Have to go take a shower . will be back in a bit.

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      There are 4.4 millon FTE(full-time employees in the Fed. Gov)…..Specifically in reference to Ambassador Stevens he went to a CIA facility not an extension of the embassy ( 20+ CIA stationed in Benghazi only 7 State Dept. ) w/o Lbyian Gov. knowledge, and—>

      • June 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        Most likely reason, LP, is that he did not want to bring any increase in attention to what was a significant CIA operation based in Benghazi. Just speculation, of course 😉

        • June 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

          More than speculation in my opinion as well Bobfr….sadly the media failed to mention the real reason for the annex for 6 months….only after the narrative was built in, did they even make reference….and that was only in print after the WH released the internal emails. The only real article I read, was the WaPO one on how Petreaus was trying to shift all the blame on the State Dept.

    • 96 desertflower
      June 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      I have a real problem here. She seems to excuse the very promise of the GOP leadership, from day one…and that was to make PBO a one term President. That was their stated goal. We didn’t make this up.When THAT didn’t work out so well for them, in a scandal free administration, they all ignored their elected duties to the people of this country to focus on ginning up a scandal. She EXCUSES the underlying premise of these whole fake “scandals” and turns everything around on PBO! Did she hold GWB accountable for 60+ deaths on his watch for ALL those embassy bombings? No…those where all chalked up to people doing a dangerous job in a dangerous world. Nothing GWB could have done…but somehow, the “magic black man in the WH” has to play by a different set of criteria…and she buys into this! Where was her outrage? http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/06/14/245491/high-income-no-taxes-doubled/

      Or this?? http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2013/05/10/Why-Republicans-Really-Love-Budget-Deficits.aspx#page1 (A MUST READ, by the way!)

      How does she answer for the fact that R’s CUT embassy spending?? http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/10/985191/chaffetz-absolutely-funding-embassy-security/

      Seriously…she needs to connect the damn dots and quit playing into the false equivalency and the truth about all this!! Like africa, when something gets in my craw, I can’t let go. If you need more, I’ll find more. Sometimes, though, they don’t WANT to know the truth!

      • 97 HZ
        June 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

        DF, this is another reason that I love you. You find the information. You share it with us. I love and appreciate you so much, desertflower.

        (((((((Thank you my dear one.))))))) You are also such a beautiful gem. HZ

      • 98 Roberta in MN
        June 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        Thank you all for your input.

    • 99 nathkatun7
      June 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      “In each case, Benghazi, IRS, bias or the over-reach investigating media, there is an attitude that such behaviors are acceptable.”

      I am sorry, Roberta, but your nephew’s statement is a bold faced lie! To begin with, the three situations are totally different and lumping them together is very deceptive. In the second place the President has forthrightly responded to all three of them. But more importantly, there is no basis for alleging that there was any wrong doing that was encouraged by the President’s attitude. Absolutely none!

  28. 100 desertflower
    June 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Happy Sunday !! All my thoughts and get well soon wishes go out for GB this morning:) She has a very positive mental attitude and fight in her that is a sight to behold….keeping good healing thoughts for you today and everyday, GB:)

    Here’s Issa (Liar/ car thief- CA) this morning on CNN


  29. June 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Good morning everyone! Fantastic thread as always. A couple of threads back I mentioned that my Grandparents had lived in Tulsa during the riot. The thoughts made me a little somber, but I went and pulled out the notes I made from what my Grandmother said about her experience and decided to share it. If you’d like to hear my Grandmother’s first hand account of her experience, you can read it here:


    • 102 desertflower
      June 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      I’m choked up now, FayPax. Tears and a sad, hallow feeling. Your retelling of what happened is more than a little moving. This should be read by all and shared. I never knew about this part of our ugly history, and I’m embarrassed to only be learning this now. Words escape me at the moment….I know that this will stay with me for the rest of my days. Thank you for sharing her personal account of this horrific tragedy….horrific injustice.

      • June 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

        Thanks, Desert. You are always amazingly thoughtful. I had to think about whether I wanted to post it, but then I thought, there’s nothing better than a first-hand account. Clearly, I wasn’t taking notes as she was speaking, so there are things left out, but it represents what I noted later that day.

        • 104 desertflower
          June 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

          I am very grateful to you for this first hand account. It will haunt me…but that’s just as it should be.

    • 105 MightyPamela
      June 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Oh, my heart.

      • June 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        It broke mine to recall that day and to hear her all over again, but somehow it seemed important to be able to share the story through her eyes.

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      FayPax, as you know from my comments to you in a previous thread, I’m deeply touched by the fact that you have shared the memories of your Grandmother. Moreover, in doing so you further enrich the fabric of TOD. One has a sense of ‘zero degrees of separation’ as this community continues to weave that fabric.

      Thank you.

      • 108 HZ
        June 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        FayPax, more tears rolling down. Bobfr has put it more beautifully than I could ever put it. Thank you Bobfr!!!!

        “Moreover, in doing so you further enrich the fabric of TOD. One has a sense of ‘zero degrees of separation’ as this community continues to weave that fabric.”

        (((((((( My heart is so full, FayPax and Bobfr because of this sharing))))))))))HZ

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you FayPax for sharing that story. I knew we had a very ugly history of racism, but this account was riveting. I hope we never go back to that kind of hatred.

    • 110 Roberta in MN
      June 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you for sharing FayFax. I hope you don’t mind, I posted it on my FB page.

    • 111 sjterrid
      June 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you, FayPax, for sharing your grandmothers experience about the Greenwood massacre. Your grandmother was a remarkable and brave woman.

  30. 112 africa
    June 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I am like a dog with a bone. When something gets under my craw I just can’t let it go. And right now I have had it with people trying to get Atty. General Holder out. These same people suffered chronic lockjaw for months when we were screaming for any kind of coverage on voter suppression. Not for DOJ, under his direction, GOP may have very well succeeded in their ugly efforts to steal our votes. We need to push back as hard as we can at this effort.

    • 113 desertflower
      June 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I know that feeling of a dog with a bone and not being able to let something go….people like us move the change in the right direction! Keep pushing and never stop!

  31. 116 africa
    June 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  32. June 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Morning all you O folks!!! What a great getting up day again around the TOD stump. It’s dreary, cool, and damp outside in my neck of woods, but ever so happy and warm inside the cookemom humble abode. #1 and the grandkids are here and it matters not that summer refuses to show up and hang around for any length of time. It was actually warmer in No Dakota, than here in Chicago.

    I’ve purposely been away from politics since all the Ben Gollygee, I Are Mess, and the stroke inducing APolectic fury. However, if ever there was a call to action, it’s having the back of Top Sheriff and Justice Seeker, Eric Holder. We must move away from moaning and groaning on how the MSM is covering him and make calls/write letters in support of him. Do it now. Go to the White House & DOJ website ‘contact us’ pages and let them know your support.

    Thanks Linda and VC for pointing this out.

    • 118 amk for obama
      June 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      We must move away from moaning and groaning on how the MSM is covering him

      Really ? We just let emmessem get away with 24×7 bs/lies and walk away with no accountability ?

      Go to the White House & DOJ website ememessem ‘contact us’ pages and let them know your support they owe their fucking cushy lives to the citizens who expect them to stick the truth.

      • 119 cookemom
        June 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        The important thing is to take action. However your boat floats is fine with me. Yes, it is counterproductive to moan and groan on TOD about MSM coverage and not do anything about it. We’re the choir, we already know what they’re up to. If you are trying to paint what I said as meaning that I condone MSM behavior on this, you’re mistaken. They do what they do, and they answer to the sponsors and corporate bosses. We have to do what we do best, that is call them out in forums that make the difference. I never suggested that we do otherwise. To paint my statement otherwise is not only unfair to me as an avid supporter, but characterizes my statement as less than an honest plea to take active participation in a very important matter. However, you know that, but for some reason felt it necessary to make such an unnecessary assumption.

        There is nothing wrong in the least to show support by going to the websites I mentioned to let them know of our support. That’s not to say that going to the MSM and letting them know your feelings is equally important. You don’t have to correct or alter what I said to make your point. I would hope as adults on the same page about this, that any and all forms of calling attention to this matter is acceptable.

        I can chew gum and walk at the same time and would expect that most here can do the same. So if I didn’t list every single way to tackle this issue, then surely those with other ideas will be able to take that action as well.

        We’re entitled to our own ideas as to what works best for us as individuals, without being made to feel that we somehow fall short of the ideal solution. Maybe it’s because reading print on the innerwebs is devoid of emotion and I’m just misinterpreting your response as being personal. If so, then I apologize, but your response seemed a tad too condemning.

        • 120 amk for obama
          June 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

          You have always derided about people here about responding to msm bs/lies. Hence, my response. You can read whatever you want to read into it.

          For me, two most important things in democracy, people voting without any hindrance whatsoever and a honest fourth estate. Both sorely lacking in the supposedly best democracy in the world.

          • 121 cookemom
            June 3, 2013 at 12:18 am

            I don’t deride anyone for anything because quite frankly folks do what they want, how they want, when they want. It is to me a genormous waste of time to get on a site like TOD and bemoan the unfairness in MSM reporting. I do show frustration at times when the level of outcry at Joe Schmuck, Tweety, Ed Schultz, and Fox News, emos and demons surpasses any action to make a difference. So, yeah I do say that and will continue to believe that if the only contribution to a site named after PBO is to focus more on the MSM ineptness than his good works, then there’s missing oportunities abound.

            I absolutely don’t get why a person will post a comment that, “Ulp with Chris is on, ugh”. Some dp a drive by post such as, ‘Andrea Mitchell is lying”. There is no other info, no sharing of ideas, just plain old hair on fire, rallying cry about overpaid pundits doing a very successful job of getting folks all hyped up.

            I believe in action, and at the very least ideas that can be shared toward aiding PBO’s agenda, not the MSMs.

            So since I didn’t misinterpret your comment and you indeed meant it personally, I will simply ask that you not interact with me directly on the blog and I will not bother you directly either. Thank you.

  33. 123 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Following up on africa’s bone with the idiots who are calling for Holder’s resignation.. here is another good read from Smartypants about how effective this DOJ has been in civil rights and justice for all….

    • 124 africa
      June 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      MSM silent. Won’t take on the Koch brothers encroaching on every facet of our lives, from civil rights to the environment. Yet they selectively want to push the attorney general out. Hypocrites.

  34. June 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Very fine R&S, UT, very fine!!!


  35. 128 yardarm756
    June 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      I am generally very emotionally detached when it comes to these ignorant people, but they bring out the worst in me. I just want to slap the sh*t out of him.

      • 130 yardarm756
        June 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        That would be a waste of energy.
        Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.- Leo Buscaglia

      • 131 nathkatun7
        June 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        FayPax, I understand how you feel. This guy Issa is a crook. Nothing he says should be believed or taken seriously. I wish there was a law that allows public officials to sue members of Congress and the media people for defamation because AG Holder is being unfairly defamed by a guy with a criminal background.

    • 132 nathkatun7
      June 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Great tweet, yardarm! Issa is not only a fool but he is also the biggest crook who should not be any where near the Congress of the U.S.. let alone being allowed to chair a powerful Congressional committee.

      • 133 yardarm756
        June 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        He’s from your state too. Isn’t he?

        • 134 nathkatun7
          June 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

          Yes he is. So before people jump on Oklahoma and Texas they should always remember that there are Congressional districts in Blue states that are as right wing as those in the Red States. I always quip how great it would be if we can exchange right wing Californians from North San Diego and Orange County with liberal Texans from Austin, Houston, San Antonio, etc. Darrell Issa is not only from my state, but part of his Congressional district is in my county, San Diego county.

          • 135 yardarm756
            June 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

            That sucks. I use to live in San Diego on Clay St. during me Navy days…..Good times.

            • 136 nathkatun7
              June 3, 2013 at 12:04 am

              When were you in SD, Yardarm? In the 70’s? Did you ever party at VFW on National Aven.? There was also a club called the Sportsman on Logan. Any way, I’ve been in San Diego since 1972. When I first came here from Oregon, San Diego was predominantly a Republican City and County. Interestingly, most of the City of San Diego is now quite Democratic. We finally, in 2012, elected a progressive Democratic Mayor. He is the second Democratic Mayor in the 40 years I’ve been in this city. We also won a Congressional district that had traditionally been Republican and was formally represented by “Top Gun,” Randy Cunningham, who turned out to be one the biggest crooks in Congress. In spite of all the Democratic gaines, we still have two (out of five) staunchly right wing Congressional districts. One is occupied by the right winger Duncan Hunter Jr., who inherited it fro his father. The other, which also incorporates parts of Orange County, is the one held by the crook Darrell Issa. By the way, I think a very well organized campaign by Democrats, with a credible candidate, can topple Darrell Issa.

              • 137 yardarm756
                June 3, 2013 at 12:13 am

                I was there in ’67 when I returned from Vietnam. My ship was home ported there. At that time the town was not really open to blacks. If you went anywhere in civvies the CHP/ PD would kinda follow you around. Most socializing was house parties.

  36. June 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    #FORWARD Together

  37. 140 amk for obama
    June 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    South African officials are investigating claims ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family stashed $1bn (£600m) in assets in the country.

    Libya has reportedly called for help in repatriating diamonds, gold and cash.

    The assets were being held by four banks and security companies in South Africa, reports quoting Libyan investigators say.

    Some estimates suggest that Gaddafi’s total foreign assets could be worth as much as $80bn.


    • June 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Holey moley! That’s a lot of loot! Since his death, I just wonder how much has been stolen by the bankers.

      • 142 amk for obama
        June 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        No wonder SA was the sole african country that stood behind that dictator during his ‘removal’.

    • 143 africa
      June 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Sadly, this is the M.O. of many despots. They hide loads of dollars in banks in other countries. I wonder how much of these kinds of monies are ever recovered for these poor nations, like mine.

  38. 144 prettyfoot58
    June 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Awesomeeeeeee Rise and Shine!!…lots to think about!

  39. 145 Bill
    June 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) made probably the most idiotic comment on the Sunday shows. She said it would take a “generation” for the country to regain trust in the federal government. She must have forgotton about the Cheney / Bush administration.

    • June 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      They all make such overblown statements of ignorance, it’s hard to believe any thinking person trusts them. And who are the programmers who think we want to hear from these idiots?

      • 147 africa
        June 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        I struggle to wrap my arms around the unfounded stories these people just trash out into the ether. And rarely are they called out on it. Witness Michele Bachmann’s inane comments or some from other Tpartiers. When I came to the states more than 30 years ago, people like these would have been laughed off the stage in an instant. From Palin to Bachmann, Gohmert and the lot. Very different now.

      • 148 nathkatun7
        June 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        “… who are the programmers who think we want to hear from these idiots?”

        Great question, FayPax! Clearly the U.S. media, and especially the Sunday news shows, have become a propaganda arm of the Republican party.

  40. 151 amk for obama
    June 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    How come Black Wall Street is unknown for so many decades even for black people ? It is so shocking.

    • 152 Nena20409
      June 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Historians are part of our problem here in USA whenever the issue revolves around the bastardly , crude, cruel, inhumane treatment perpetrated on AA in USA. Same goes with what happened to the Native Americans. Notice how eager USA will want to talk about, make movies and build museums on the evil orchestrated by Hitler. You see, looking at the evil done by others are easier to swallow, than to look in the Mirror and Honestly look at one’s past. Hance as AG Holder said in 2009, We as a Nation, are Cowards when talking about race. In MN, a Northern state…..Lynching AA whose population were relatively small was known and hidden until just a few years ago that the pictures and reports were unearthed.

      • 153 amk for obama
        June 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

        looking at the evil done by others are easier to swallow, than to look in the Mirror and Honestly look at one’s past.

        Great point, Nena. I was shocked to read about black wall street, which is nothing but xenophobia and yet completely ‘whitewashed’ till date.

    • 154 nathkatun7
      June 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      The answer is very simple, AMK: “White Supremacy.” Until the sixties, the lives and experiences of African Americans and Native Americans were not important to those who wrote and taught American history. By the way, If you took a course in African American history you would know about “Black Wall Street.” You would also know that what happened in Tulsa Oklahoma, though much more massive, was nothing new to African American communities in the period of 1865-1920’s.

      • June 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        I’ve just been watching the “Before They Die” video and chatting with a facebook friend. She is an African American woman who lives in a near by city (Pontiac). She said she learned about Tulsa from her Canadian mother. We chatted a lot online during both elections and are finally making plans to meet up this summer. In reading the book 1493, about all the exchanges of species (plant, animal, microscopic and human) after the voyage of Columbus I have learned a lot of hidden history. I highly recommend the book.

      • 156 amk for obama
        June 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        nath. I do not know which is more horrible, the genocide or the complete black-out of it.

        • June 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

          When people tried to search the archives for news reports, they had literally been torn out of the paper. For days, many people who live outside the area didn’t even know what had happened. I would imagine many people who went through the riot were like my Grandmother. She never talked about it until that day…out of the blue…she was 93 years old. The riot happened when she was about 22.

          • 158 nathkatun7
            June 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm

            Indeed Fay! Witness also the language they use to hide what AMK appropriately called “genocide.” In a few history references about this genocide, it is always referred to as the Tulsa riot. Compare that to 1775 when the British army killed five people in Boston and our history labeled that as the “Boston Massacre.” Almost everyone who has gone to school in America knows about the “Boston Massacre.”

            Yet in the summer of 1921 over 300 Blacks are killed, and hundreds of of their homes and businesses are destroyed, yet a minuscule number of Americans have ever heard about this. In the vast majority history books the Tulsa Massacre, or as AMK appropriately calls it, the “genocide,” is never mentioned. In those history book where it may be mentioned (usually in passing references) it is usually referred to as the “Tulsa Riot.” Consequently, even those students who amy have vaguely heard of the “Tulsa Riot” have absolutely no idea about the magnitude of the terror inflicted on the Black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. As I said in a previous comment, for African Americans what took place in Tulsa was massive and devastating in scope, but it was absolutely nothing new. In the first two decades of the 20th century terror attacks were unleashed on many Black Communities, including: Atlanta (1906); Springfield, Ill (1908); East St. Louis, Illinois (1917); Washington, D.C., Chicago, Elaine, Arkansas and others (1919); Tulsa, Oklahoma (1921) and Rosewood, FL (1923).

            • June 3, 2013 at 4:45 am

              You’re so right Nath. I’ve read your comments throughout the threads and your knowledge of history is admirable. Anyone who has a passing familiarity with the “real” history of the nation is in a perpetual state of eye-rolling. 🙂

              The figures from Tulsa were totally distorted. I’ve read accounts that placed the number of dead at 30; most say 300, but I’m more inclined to believe the figure was 3,000…which I’ve also read. Afterall, it was a two-day siege with machine guns, cannons, dynamite. Official accounts deny the use of aircraft…I believe my Grandmother. Official accounts also place responsibility for the “riot” on the Blacks, which of course explains why all the death and destruction was in their part of town.

              Many of the official records have been scrubbed. We couldn’t find a single record in Tulsa for my Grandparents. All the land they owned was recorded under the name of someone white, even though that entire area had been exclusively Black at the time. It was as if they never existed. But they forgot about the children, whose births were recorded with parents names and addresses. Explanation…terrible mistake. People didn’t grab their deeds and birth certificates before they ran and those who didn’t camp-out on top of their charred remains, lost out.

              Riots were once a mainstay in America…it was the way Americans registered complaints…against the Native Americans, Catholics, Germans, Chinese. Oh, you already know. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  41. 160 yardarm756
    June 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  42. June 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Is there a new post that I’m not seeing? One popped up but I got an error code on it.

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