Rise and Shine

Two years ago: President Obama greets people in Toledo, Ohio, June 3, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



9:40: President Obama delivers opening remarks to the White House Mental Health Conference

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:0: VP Biden delivers closing remarks at the National Conference on Mental Health at the White House

3:30: Sec. of State Kerry Addresses 2013 American Jewish Committee Forum (C-Span)


Tuesday: The President will host President Sebastián Piñera of Chile at the White House.

Wednesday: The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens to the White House.

Thursday: The President will travel to the Charlotte area as part of his middle-class jobs and opportunity tour.  From there, he’ll travel to San José, California to attend an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He will spend the night in San José.

Friday: The President will travel to Los Angeles to attend an event for the Democratic National Committee. He will then travel to Palm Springs, California to meet with President Xi Jinping of The People’s Republic of China at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg estate.  He will remain overnight in Palm Springs.

Saturday: The President will wrap up his meetings with the Chinese President and then will return to Washington, D.C.


White House Live

Washington Post: President Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks Monday on the issue of mental health, raising it in connection with the sweeping gun-control agenda he unveiled earlier this year.

The morning address will open what the White House has dubbed a National Conference on Mental Health, a gathering of advocates, elected officials, faith leaders and others aimed at increasing awareness of mental illness and highlighting ways that the mentally ill can seek help. Actress Glenn Close and Vice President Joe Biden are slated to speak at the event.

During his speech, Obama is expected to announce a series of “summits” coordinated by Veterans Affairs health centers aimed at bolstering mental health services for veterans.

More here




Steve Benen: ….. Unlike Issa’s rhetorical jabs, Plouffe’s brush-back pitch at least has the benefit of accuracy …. Issa, the man Republicans have tasked with leading investigations into alleged administration misdeeds, really has spent a fair amount of his adult life as a suspected criminal. This Ryan Lizza piece in the New Yorker from a couple of years ago remains relevant.

“Many politicians have committed indiscretions in earlier years: maybe they had an affair or hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. Issa, it turned out, had, among other things, been indicted for stealing a car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and accused by former associates of burning down a building.”

…… It’s not a secret – Issa’s background is the subject of insider jokes and private chatter – but it’s considered impolite to broach the subject publicly.

Which makes Plouffe’s rhetorical shot all the more interesting.

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ThinkProgress: The Medicare Trustees had great news for American seniors on Friday: 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….

…. 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. Conservatives have made the outlandish claim that this “robs Medicare,” when in fact it does the exact opposite, and Republicans have included the same savings in their own budgets.

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Paul Krugman: Last month the Congressional Budget Office released its much-anticipated projections for debt and deficits, and there were cries of lamentation from the deficit scolds who have had so much influence on our policy discourse. The problem, you see, was that the budget office numbers looked, well, O.K.: deficits are falling fast, and the ratio of debt to gross domestic product is projected to remain roughly stable over the next decade. Obviously it would be nice, eventually, to actually reduce debt. But if you’ve built your career around proclamations of imminent fiscal doom, this definitely wasn’t the report you wanted to see.

Still, we can always count on the baby boomers to deliver disaster, can’t we? Doesn’t the rising tide of retirees mean that Social Security and Medicare are doomed unless we radically change those programs now now now?

Maybe not……

More here





Michael Tomasky: Who’s Mark Pryor Kidding? …. Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor has a new reelection ad up in which he says: “The mayor of New York City is running ADS again me, because I oppose President Obama’s gun-control legislation. … I’m Mark Pryor. And I approve this message because NO ONE from New York or Washington tells ME what to do. I listen to ARKANSAS.”

New poll: 60/31 support for background checks in Arkansas

…. So, Senator: bullfeathers. You’re not listening to Arkansas. You’re listening to the NRA…..

More here



TPM: A lawmaker who helped negotiate a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration predicted on Sunday that comprehensive legislation would overwhelmingly pass the Senate by July 4 while House Republicans cautioned that they would write their own version, one piece at a time.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he anticipates as many as 70 of the 100 senators will vote for the measure heading to the full Senate on June 10. Even if it passes there, the proposal faces tough prospects in the Republican-led House, where lawmakers are at work on their own piecemeal approach that could stall a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in this country illegally.

More here



Star Tribune: We will miss Michele Bachmann

She hid in the bushes to protect us from the gays, launched an inquisition into the government to protect us from the Muslims and promised to break the law to save us from the ­census takers.

But now that Rep. Michele Bachmann is calling it quits, who is left to save our incandescent light bulbs?

No one, that’s who.

….. my favorite Bachmann sleight-of-mouth may have been when she said this: “After the debate that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true.”

PolitiFact rated that statement a “pants-on-fire” fib…..

More here

Thank you ‏@FORUS50!



Woah, am I the last to know about the conditions George Preston Marshall left in his will??

Michael Tomasky: There’s a debate brewing – yet again – about whether the name of Washington’s football team is racist. Of course it is.

When George Preston Marshall died in 1969, he … directed that the bulk of his estate be used to set up a foundation in his name. He attached, however, one firm condition: that the foundation, operating out of Washington, D.C., should not direct a single dollar toward “any purpose which supports or employs the principle of racial integration in any form.” Think about that. This was not 1929 or 1949….

This is the man who gave the Washington Redskins their name. He was one of the most despicable racists in the American sporting arena of the entire 20th century. He thought Redskins was funny, just as he thought the war paint and feather headdress he made the head coach wear were funny. And this is the legacy that current Redskins owner Dan Snyder wants to uphold?

More here




Enoooooooooooormous thanks to UT and LovelyPlains for their posts yesterday,

I am so tempted to buy you both this costume to demonstrate your wonderfulness:

Yes, that’s what you are: human Cheesy Puffs.

130 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 japa21
    June 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

    GM all

    • June 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Mooooooorning Japa!

      • 3 japa21
        June 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

        GM oh mistress of all we survey. Didn’t even have a chance to glance at TOD over the weekend, so will try to catch up today. Being at work makes that easier (don’t tell my boss that). Issa is really a piece of work.
        Oh, and you might be glad to know that NBC Sports is going to carry the Premier League this upcoming season. Unfortunately, they will occasionally have to televise Chelsea games.

    • 4 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

      G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc and congrats Japa on #1 🙂

      Thanks for another fabulous round-up Chips, and thanks for including @liberalphenom’s tweet Re Eric Holder!!!! Everyone with a Twitter acct should read her TL 🙂

  2. 19 Layla
    June 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Good morning all!

  3. 20 Linda
    June 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    He will then travel to Palm Springs, California to meet with President Xi Jinping of The People’s Republic of China at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg estate. He will remain overnight in Palm Springs.

    cspan’s American History is doing a serious on Palm Springs…last night was about this place….

  4. 21 relellit
    June 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning Chips & TODville

    Congrats n 1st Japa21

    The GOP&Tea Gangsters and Darryl Issa need to get in touch with their cognitive dissonance.

    I apologize for posting this from the Dragon Lady’s website and GOPolitico

    A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation’s leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP “brand” and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to POLITICO.

    Read the whole story at Politico

  5. 22 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Chipsticks sure had the Rise and Shine post up early this morning. Must have been this WONDERFUL news.

    He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! and we’re gonna kick Man U’s ass. Watch your back.

    • June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Huh. We’ve got David Moyseiniho – be afraid!!!!!

      • 24 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

        Hahahahahahahaha….the dude from Everton? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.



          • 26 utaustinliberal
            June 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

            OMG…..I just saw the Human Cheesy Puffs post. Hahahahahaha. I don’t know whether to be delighted or freaked out.

            As always, anytime Chiparoo.

            p.s. I have a post on AG Holder. When would you like me to publish it today? Thanks.

            • June 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

              I have ordered the costumes, UT, it’s the very least you and LP deserve after yesterday – and every other day. Although, admittedly, they might be a bit warm for this time of year. 😕

              Ah, an Eric Holder post would be just perfect today, you bundle of cheesy puffness. Would you be okay to post it next?

              Thank yoooooooooooooooooou UT!

            • 30 MightyPamela
              June 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

              “Human Cheesy Puff” is a huge status symbol! Lots of love all around the world for human cheesy puff-types!

  6. June 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    • 32 utaustinliberal
      June 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

      He doesn’t even realize how bigoted he is. His disdain for minorities in charge of any agency or being respected as leaders is so glaring. He didn’t go after anyone on MSNBC for defending AG Holder, even though there were others, nooooooo….he went after Prof. Dyson and Joy Reid.

      Hate that like that makes him such an ugly individual.

    • 33 Bill
      June 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

      I have always respected The Guardian, and it is very disturbing Greenwald was hired by The Guardian.

      • June 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

        I agree with you Bill, he really lowers the tone and quality of what has always been a great paper with genuine liberal voices. But they’re another bunch who have been taken in by him, they actually believe he’s a progressive – he’s nothing of the sort.

  7. 35 relellit
    June 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

    The nerve of that bold LIAR and un-convicted felon Issa to call White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a paid liar. When his pay is coming from the top.

    Contributions to Issa and the Committee.

    *The Koch brothers have contributed $107,000 to 13 Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which Issa is the Chairman.

    * $12,500 in Koch funding has gone to Issa specifically, along with $5,000 to his PAC


  8. 36 mtmarilyn
    June 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Good morning TOD family! What a great R&S I love the fact that so many people are starting to call out all this BS about scandals. At least the people aren’t listening. POTUS approval keeps going up.

    I love David Plouffe! Also Gibbs called on Issa to apologize to Carney for calling him a paid liar. I believe the Tea Party haters are going over the edge.

    • 37 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

      mtmarilyn here’s part of the reason that PBO’s approvals are going up. Folks are on to the media and not nearly as naive as they were back in 2009-2010 when the media coordinated with the GOP/Tea Party to damage PBO and Democratic brand. Now instead of the manufactured scandals destroying PBO, it’s the MSM facing a backlash and that’s why we see MSNBC’s ratings tank.

      • 38 mtmarilyn
        June 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

        I agree, people know the msm is not reporting the truth. I only watch Martin, The Rev, and Lawrence.

      • 39 cookemom
        June 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Thank goodness for social media. People don’t have to rely on some pundit’s view of things. Not to mention, cable has jumped the shark with all the crazy talk and hyped up nontroversies. They’ve over reached just like the ‘Pubs have.

    • 40 anniebella
      June 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

      The tea party haters are not going over the edge they were already over the edge, I have always said they are the new KKK without the white sheets.

    • 41 MightyPamela
      June 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Let us cheer them all the way to and over the edge!!!

  9. 42 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

  10. 43 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    May he RIP.

    • 44 Linda
      June 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

      oh no……

      • 45 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Now Christie is going to appoint a Repub – hopefully some Dems who “love” Christie will realize the truth about him – finally.

        • 46 cookemom
          June 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

          I just don’t get how the Dems in Jersey are so into this guy. He has done nothing but hug PBO, and becomes an instant hit with them. My goodness, unless we’re just not hearing about it, the Dems there seem to be non-existent. However, the polls that I’ve seen have Christie really very popular among Dems in his state.

          • 47 anniebella
            June 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

            Some times I wonder about Democrats, do you think Republicans would be so into a Democratic Governor in a red state? Hell No. I hope those Dems wake up.

          • 52 hopefruit2
            June 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

            The local and national media have been extremely kind to Christie. So Dems in NJ are not really getting an accurate portrayal of him. But As Axelrod so delicately put it – the ball is in Christie’s court right now.

    • June 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Such sad news! RIP!

  11. 56 cookemom
    June 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Top of the marnin’ to all you O’s!!! What a great getting up day again in TOD eh?

    Congrats on 1st Japa!
    Way to GoBrooklyn in your recovery. I hope it gets speedier and speedier for you!
    Chips…do you use that cheesy puff costume during role play? Yowza!

  12. 60 Vicki
    June 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Morning, all.
    Some good news this am : David Plouffe’s courageous and accurate tweet, and Paul Krugman’s accurate and positive column in the NYTimes.
    If we can keep up a positive flow of coverage about Obamacare, and the country’s improving finances then we will defeat Issa and his nonsense.
    Go Blue Team Go.

    Neera Tanden sure did her part on Bill maher!

  13. 62 anniebella
    June 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

    NJ Democratic Senator dies

  14. 63 Jovie
    June 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Obama is doomed because Christie will pick a Republican for the Senate.
    It’s the end of the world!
    Oh and Christie is the most awesome! 🙂

    • 64 Lovepolitics2008
      June 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

      The media will try to make Chris Christie the next president that’s for sure. But most of all, they want an exciting and close election in 2016 and Christie is the only one they think who can present a serious challenge to the democratic nominee, especially if that nominee is Hillary Clinton. ( I happen to think that indeed Christie is the only candidate who can present a challenge. )

      As for Christie nominating a republican, I doubt it. He would please the republican base, but would lose independents and democrats. Except for the hard core partisans, in those circumstances people want fairness. If the people of New Jersey elected a democratic senator, they would view the appointment of a republican as a disgraceful political play. Since Christie is a politician with national ambitions and wants to cover all his bases, I think he will try to appoint someone who’s viewed as very independent or apolitical, and will twist himself into pretzels to justify that he doesn’t appoint a real democrat to replace a democrat. And of course Christie will wait till the last minute. Does he have a deadline ?…

    • 66 Linda
      June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

      anyone know what this means ? It is a comment on scotusblog

      I think the fact tat the Supreme Court has grated certiorari in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (12-682) that case could well be ordered re-argued for the next term. Or it could be that there Fisher v. university of Texas at Austin case is not able to get at least 5 justices to join a single opinion. I think the former is the more likely outcome because the court granted review in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action on the same constitutional question

      Did they just punt it back to Texas ?

  15. 68 proudofobama
    June 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Good morning, TODers and Chips! Thanks, Chips for the front page attention. So sad about Sen. Lautenberg. He was true champion for the people.

  16. 69 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Another reason I’m proud to call Barack Obama, President of the United States.


  17. 70 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

  18. 71 Bill
    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Scandal of the day is IRS had training sessions.

  19. 72 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    This is what the SCOTUS decided on today just so you know.

    • June 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Now that should scare the shit out of everyone! The GOP SCOTUS is a danger to all those for a “Right to Privacy”!

      • June 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

        A clear violation of Fourth Amendment Rights. They want it to be against the law to create a register for gun ownership, but Constitutional to create a DNA database.

        • 75 desertflower
          June 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

          and the gun nuts were worried about a data base for gun owners???? These ideologues on the court have GOT TO GO!

    • 76 99ts
      June 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

      UT – the ruling on federal life insurance – does that mean the person specified takes precedence over any other person? Seems a little weird to me if that is the case – current spouse and/or children can be left out of the insurance??

      Or did I read it incorrectly?

      • 77 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

        Hey 99ts, I’m not quite clear. I’m still reading and searching for more detailed background on the ruling. I’m also waiting for SCOTUS Blog to break it down. If I see anything in depth, I’ll make sure to post it here.

        The ruling that really disturbs me is the DNA test. It’s too broad and very iffy. What does a serious offense constitute? The broad power given to cops concerns me especially with the Stand Your Ground Laws and how they’ve been interpreted against minorities by cops in Florida and other states.

        • 78 99ts
          June 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

          The Stand Your Ground laws are ghastly – in my world we had a defense that could be used (mainly by women) against a murder charge – if they had previously been the victim of domestic violence – but defenses were using it in all sorts of misleading ways – I think it had to get modified. Stand your ground seems similar – it is being used to justify overwhelming violence that should never be justified, and vice versa.

          With/without any given powers the police seem to take any law to its broadest possibilities. Equality in all things is a long time coming – but it will come – with or without major activism. Might not happen in my time – but the grandbabe will see it 🙂

        • 79 99ts
          June 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Forgot to say – thank you for checking the rulings. I’ll check back in the morning (in my world)

          • June 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

            Few people recall that “Stand you Ground” laws were introduced right after lynching was declared a federal crime. It appeared legislators wanted to make sure there was a way to legally enact vigilante justice.

  20. 81 debz
    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Good morning all. I am in love with David Plouffe!!!!!!! I assume the geniuses in the WHPC will attack Jay Carney today, ignoring the fact that the car theif called him a “paid liar.”

  21. 82 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

  22. 83 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

  23. 84 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

  24. 85 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

  25. 86 99ts
    June 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

    g’nite from my world. Friends visiting tomorrow to catch up with daughter and grandbabe – the good things in life

    have a great day

  26. 88 Jovie
    June 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

  27. 89 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

  28. 90 4morefor44
    June 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

    these turkey protests are suspect to me. the PM there just had a successful trip to meet with president obama, and has a history of being a liberal reformer who has dramatically turned around their economy, and brought universal healthcare (basically single-payer) to the country, increased public education spending many times over, and on and on. sure, he doesn’t seem perfect on every single issue, but as a leader in that region, he’s been spectacular, and he’s been really popular for a long time winning elections by wider margins each time.

    so why all this all of a sudden right after his return from washington? now seeing how the u.s. media is portraying him as some oppressive dictator without ANY of this backstory, makes me very suspicious of this being instigated by the military industrial complex to bring more problems to the region and for president obama and an ally of his. the way the u.s. media covers things is how i base opinions on this stuff, and so far it’s all evil erdogan, all the time, while the protesters are saints. don’t know for sure, but i’m certainly suspicious.

    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      June 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Good point, 4 more. The MIC has an intense need for regional war and US involvement. They’re angry with the president’s call for an end to a “war” on terror and they’re annoyed that we’re pulling away from Afghanistan. I put nothing past them.

  29. 92 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Hmmm…my “Koch Bros” comment hit a raw nerve…

  30. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    June 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Well…As much as I love my hometown Football team their name is a blot on this city! There are so many other ways to an American Indian name honorably. Snyder is just a pig and it might sound like 1969 was not that long ago but folks we were still fighting for a lot of our rights in the 60’s so yep Preston Marshall was a first class racist!!!

    Chips this is another excellent Rise and Shine. I’m off to catch up on all that I missed the last two days.

    {{{Gobroolyn}}} – I’m sending healing thoughts and prayers to you!!

    Have a great Productive O’Day Everyone!

    p.s. that David Plouffe tweet is a thing of beauty 🙂 😆 🙂

  31. 95 57andfemale
    June 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I wasn’t around much this weekend. Funerals to attend, etc. So I don’t know if this post got covered. jacki Schecner on Stephanie Miller recommended that we not just read it, but disseminate it as much as possible to counteract RW lies.

  32. 96 cluny
    June 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    GM all. David Plouffe is a great fighter. He and Gibbs are double teaming Issa today. The O’s understand timing – they could have gone after Issa last term but held their fire. This is a warning. Everybody please tweet the media and ask them why a known suspected criminal like Issa is allowed to smear decent people so freely without the media checking into HIS ethical standards? I mean really – let’s all pile on. If you don’t tweet email, telephone – anything to turn up the heat on Issa.

  33. 98 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    And the nonstop Obama bashing coupled with repeating of GOP/RW/Teabagger memes certainly won’t attract the youth any more….

  34. 99 cookemom
    June 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I’m listening to a spot on the bi-racial Cheerios ad. It’s being said to have caused a national uproar controversy on the interwebz. So much so, that General Mills have disabled comments on utube. Anyway, what I didn’t know because of how this has been portrayed in the MSM, is that there were ove 21,000 thumbs up and only 1902 thumbs down. My question is why are they giving voice to these few 1900 keyboard cowards and painting them as if they speak for a majority of the country? Why wouldn’t the focus be on how so many folks appreciate General Mills actually showcasing a bi-racial family?

    This is yet another MSM generated nontroversy that they use to ignite sensitivities.

    • 100 JER
      June 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

      I am going to the store and buy Cherrios.

      • 101 HZ
        June 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

        I am going to do the same, JER. One for me and one for my ex Irish hubby. HZ

        • 102 HZ
          June 4, 2013 at 12:35 am

          I plan to purchase a box until I represent all of the interracial marriages in my family. I will be purchasing Cherrios for sometime. Lots of snacks in the pantry. HZ

    • June 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

      We keep confusing news outlets with thoughtful, investigative journalists. They are propagandists.

      • 104 nathkatun7
        June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Exactly, FayPax! As far as the so called mainstream media go, real journalism is dead. What we are witnessing to day in the MSM is propaganda with a heavy dose of tabloid sensationalism.

  35. 105 japa21
    June 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

  36. June 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I want to start a White House petition for Attorney General Holder. Give me your best narrative.

    • 107 Layla
      June 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

      FayPax, what about just listing all of his accomplishments to date and note his background as a lawyer, who appointed him to what court. Just a thought!

      • June 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

        I’ll put that in the hat. 🙂 Wanted to reach out and get some comments and ideas, put something together and let everyone see it before I put it up.

        • 109 hopefruit2
          June 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

          Why are you petitioning the WH though? Is there any reason to think that the WH is going to get rid of Holder or that they don’t know about his accomplishments/qualifications, etc?

          Rather than the WH, I think we need to start an MSM petition to stop joining the GOP in tearing down Holder.

          • 110 desertflower
            June 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

            How about Change.org instead…. Compare/contrast the good things with the fabrications…..

          • June 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

            I wanted to let the White House know that we’ve got the AG’s back. I don’t even want them to slightly waiver under the calls for his resignation. Who would you direct a petition against the media to?

            • 113 hopefruit2
              June 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

              I have no reason to believe that the WH even remotely considers the possibility of getting rid of Holder. I’m more certain than not that they are FULLY aware that this is nothing more than a GOP/MSM-coordinated witchhunt. The way Holder confidently scolded Issa about his conduct a few weeks back told me all I needed to know.

              As Bobfr always reminds us, Please trust Barack. He NEVER bows to whimsical pressure from MSM/GOP no matter what the MSM or certain blogs claim.

              And as for the media “petition,” it wouldn’t be to get them to do what we want per se, but to let them know that we have Holder’s back and see right thru their BS. Actually, many people have been doing this already on Twitter.

              • 114 HZ
                June 4, 2013 at 12:31 am

                I totally concur with you, hopefruit2. POB is Not going to get rid of AG Eric Holder. Everyone can count on it. Holder is not leaving unless AG Holder chooses to leave. HZ

            • 115 hopefruit2
              June 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

              In case you haven’t seen it, UT has now posted a brilliant new thread featuring Eric Holder. I think this is the kind of advocacy we should be engaged in, instead of sending petitions to the WH.

    • 116 nathkatun7
      June 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Why petition the White House? Better to send a petition to Congress and the media.

  37. 117 jackiegrumbacher
    June 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

    HF, good for young people who have more sense than to waste time watching a lot of old talking heads drone on about subjects they are barely familiar with. And it sure isn’t limited to the young. I’m in the oldest demographic and I find television boring. I’ve made our children promise that if I ever wind up in a situation where I can’t speak for myself, they are to request no tv for me, only wifi. We are going to be in for a summer of hyper hysteria on the part of the GOP as they sling anything in sight at the president–the IRS dancing employees being the latest laughable glob of mud. They are getting to the point where you can see the slaver on their jaws as they try desperately to get attention and make something stick. The less attention they get, the more desperate they’ll become and they’ll soon being calling for an investigation into IRS employee underwear. Meantime, we will all get the serious business of election preparation underway, registering voters, supporting local candidates, reaching out to people. Am going off to plan our second annual picnic/rally for local Latinos. Saturday is another street fair and another opportunity for voter registration. Let’s keep focused and get the job done.

  38. 118 yardarm756
    June 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Good you lot. Sun’s up gb is getting some therapy and everyone seems to have pep in their step…….All ahead flank speed. #FORWARD.

  39. 119 yardarm756
    June 3, 2013 at 11:32 am


    1. The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.

    2. The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.

    3. The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.

    4. The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.

    5. The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.

    6. The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is GOLF.

    The higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls
    There must be a boat load of people in Washington playing marbles.

  40. 120 AJ
    June 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Cheesy Puffs? The fellow in the last photo looks like a walking Twinkie to me.

  41. 121 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

  42. 126 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    HEADLINE: The Drop In Health Care Cost Inflation Is Striking

    // Much has been made about what has appeared to be runaway inflation in health care costs. Although prices continue to be rising, the pace of increase appears to slowing substantially.

    From UBS’s Drew Matus:
    Medical goods prices — pharmaceuticals — are another important source of core PCE disinflation. Here, the CPI measure agrees with the PCE measure, and in both the deceleration since about a year ago has been striking. It may be that the move toward centralized health care is indeed “bending the cost curve”. Prices for health care services may be benefiting from the same reductions. As with financial services, spending on medical care products is hardly elective — it seems unlikely that price declines would cause consumers to delay needed spending. //

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/health-care-inflation-decelerates-sharply-2013-6#ixzz2VATH6rmg

  43. 127 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

  44. 129 MightyPamela
    June 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    TeaTime… And a quick lurk…

  45. 130 Nena20409
    June 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Way To Go David Plouffe. Candy Crowley was a butt kissing idiot the way she handled Issa.

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