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@PeteSouza: POTUS embraces Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evers, in Oval Office today

Thank you LovelyPlains


BooMan: I told you Chris Christie had no good options. He called a press conference today to announce that he had set the general election for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat for October 16th, just two weeks before his own general election day. Why would he do that when he could have set it on the same day as his own and saved the state 25 million dollars? Because the likely Democratic nominee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, is black, and Christie fears that Booker’s candidacy will drive higher than normal black turnout…..

More here – and read Steve Benen here

ThinkProgress: How Chris Christie’s Plan To Replace Senator Lautenberg Will Waste Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

See here




President Obama with his nominees for the US Court of Appeals for DC, Patricia Millett (R), Cornelia Pillard and Robert Wilkins

Text of remarks here




This is flippin’ hilarious – and scary too …. truly, Bill Nye’s patience knows no bounds:



Okay, so war crimes, if committed by your side, are just stuff that happens?

Meanwhile, can anyone tell me what an “intentional rape” is? Is there such a thing as an “unintentional rape”?





Reminder, in case you’re following this character:


TPM: President Barack Obama will travel to Boston next week to lend his support to the Democratic candidate in a special Senate race in Massachusetts.

Obama will be in Boston on Wednesday to give a boost to Rep. Ed Markey …. he will attend a morning fundraiser for Markey at Copley Plaza.

More here





Chicago Tribune: First lady Michelle Obama will meet privately with Harper High School students at the White House on Wednesday.

[The First Lady] had visited the school in the Englewood neighborhood in April to talk about the problem of gun violence.

…. The first lady has made gun violence a top cause this year. She paid an emotional visit to Harper High on April 10, weeping during a private meeting with 22 students as they told her how they had been traumatized by guns.

More here



More newsie stuff in the morning. Chat away – and that’s an order.

140 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm


  2. 10 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Yeh Baby! It’s me! It’s me!

  3. 13 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  4. 14 Linda
    June 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Part of Christie’s Rap sheet.

    Chris Christie has lost the benefit of the doubt


    Does he think all this will not be used if he wants to run for President ?

  5. 15 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Okay, it’s LL and me then! Hello there Friend! 🙂

  6. 18 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I’m bringing this over from the last thread because I think it’s important to be aware:

    Some of you may have seen media reports (in your Twitter TL) of a 10-yr old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who is in dire need of a lung transplant. The story comes with a picture of the suffering child lying in her hospital bed with what appears to be a (healthy) friend of about the same age lying next to her. But the point of the story is that HHS/Kathleen Sebellius is denying the child the priority to receive a lung transplant which will save her life.

    The story, along with the picture of the two little girls in the hospital bed is going to tug at your heartstrings no doubt – but do not fall for this emotional manipulation. This is about throwing shade on HHS and Kathleen Sebellius – and the media is more than happy to do the job. It may be the MSM’s stunt to stir up controversy around ObamaCare (which Sebellius has so far successfully led), damage Sebellius’ standing with the public and create problems for HHS, the President, etc. Now that the IRS nontroversy seems to be fizzling out, they’re moving on to their next plan of attack. This time they exploit a child’s suffering to do it. They clearly do not have all the facts of what appears to be a very complicated situation but they go ahead with their story and their frantic need to portray Sebellius as a heartless government bureaucrat ignoring a dying child and her family.

    ABC News HEADLINE: “Girl Left to Die by HHS Decision:” Read more of the story (and see the picture they provide) here.

    • 19 pkayden
      June 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks for the heads up. Never heard about this story before.

    • June 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm


      Would ABC ever write “Millions of Americans Left to Die by GOP Decision to Repeal/Vote Against Obamacare.


      • 22 Dudette
        June 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm


        • June 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

          Dudette, you know the way my brain is even rustier than Boehner’s face? Well, I’ve been meaning to set you up as a poster at the blog for aaaaaaaaaages…. and finally remembered just now 😳

          You should get an email, just accept the ‘invitation’ and you’ll be in. I can give you instructions after that.

          Hey, **no** posting pressure AT ALL! But if you feel like doing some DJing any night (or anything else), feel free!

      • 26 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        Never. And when the GOP unanimously blocked Gun control legislation after 20 kids were killed in a single incident, media was only too happy to look the other way pushing some bullshit “scandal” while families were deep in grief from their tragic losses.

        Listen, if there’s anything that Sec. Sebellius can do to save this child’s life that would not endanger the welfare or result in unfair treatment of another child, then I’m all for her doing it for Sarah. But to imply that Sebellius is just callously and idly shuffling her feet instead of doing something to save the child, is a gross mischaracterization of the issue, and it’s extremely manipulative at the same time.

        • 27 desertflower
          June 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

          I knew I saw something about this the other day. Here it is


          PHILADELPHIA — Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is calling for a review of policies affecting patients needing lung transplants as a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose parents say she’s been denied the life-saving surgery because of her age remains hospitalized on a ventilator.
          Sebelius sent a letter Friday to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, asking it to review the policy on lung allocation. The nonprofit agency is under contract with the federal government and also works with United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the transplant system.
          Sebelius asked that a “transparent, deliberative” review be done as soon as possible “with the intent of identifying any potential improvements to this policy that would make more transplants available to children” consistent with the goals of fairness and best use of organs.
          She said the disparity between donors and children awaiting transplants is “especially stark” with only 20 lung transplants last year involving organs from donors up to age 11. She also said she is asking federal officials to “consider new approaches for promoting pediatric and adolescent organ donation.”

          She’s not DENYING anyone anything!!

          • 28 hopefruit2
            June 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

            Exactly df – this is truly a heart-wrenching story and I feel terribly for the child and her family. But this is really not the time or place to attack Sebellius and portray her as some heartless official. The media is exploiting that family big time.

      • 30 99ts
        June 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Hi gb

        Just saw your earlier posts/tweets. it seems you had a good day – walking is surely the way to go 🙂

        • June 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

          Indeed 99. It is absolutely the way to go.

        • 32 vcprezofan2
          June 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

          There you are 99ts! I’ve been waiting to ask – are cookies good things, and how do you identify them ? Do they come labeled? I haven’t followed your instructions yet as I don’t want to risk being cut off. I’ll do it before I sign on tomorrow; before I get caught up in the day’s happenings.

          • 33 99ts
            June 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm

            Some folks don’t like cookies because they track where you have been on the net – but as I don’t go anywhere that should upset anyone – doesn’t bother me. They record that you are known to certain sites – remember who you are – allow you to access places like TOD without having to log on all the time – keep track of your favorites.

            Probably lots of other things – if you delete them all – you need to remember every password you ever had to get back places. i prefer to keep them. I do at times delete specific ones (ahem – this can help you access some sites that try to limit how many times you can get there)

            Now I am heading to dentist! ahhhh – back later

          • 35 99ts
            June 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

            Also too – they are usually partly labelled by the site they come from – so if you are looking for New York Times cookies (just to mention one at random) search for nyt

    • 36 anniebella
      June 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      ABC News Headline, better known as Jonathan Karl Lying about Benghazi WH email ABC NEWS.

    • 37 MightyPamela
      June 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I did have a note about this from change.org over the weekend. I felt it had a very weird vibration about it, which is puzzling, but my intuition is often correct, and I felt more compelled to move on than to participate. I did read the article, and the child has been sick for a very long time, so her requirement for new lungs is ongoing. Just now, only a few days before her anticipated death, a big furor hits the web, very odd. Also, knowing what an amazing task Sec. Sebelius has been doing, and the challenges she has been facing, I found it somewhat offensive to have a group pushing something like this into her face. Still, it is difficult and challenging, but I was unaware it was a political ploy, although it did have a high-sales-pitch tone to it. Good to understand what it was about. I am sorry for the family. Cystic Fibrosis is very tough, there is no cure for it, only dramatic and painful ways to extend a life of suffering.

    • 38 Platypus216
      June 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      OK, this really pisses me off. My son (age 37) died of cystic fibrosis last September while waiting for a transplant. The reason he had to wait so long was because of his size. He was small, and the lungs would have had to come from a small person. That tends to make the wait longer. I’m sure this little girl is not being discriminated against because of her age. There just aren’t a lot of lungs available for someone that small. There is a system set up for the allocation of lungs for transplant that is designed to be as fair as possible. My son would never have attempted to get the rules changed to benefit him. This whole thing is aboslutely bogus. My heart certainly goes out to the family of that little girl. Still, to try to turn this into a political thing to embarrass the Obama adminitration is beyond the pale. I wonder who put the family up to this. I confess that normally I’m a lurker here, but I had to come out of lurkdom for this.

      • 39 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Platypus, I’m so sorry for your loss. May your son rest in peace, and wishing some measure of comfort and healing to you and your family. Thanks for delurking to share your story with us.

        I can see why you would be upset by this – which is clearly a manipulative ploy on the part of the media (and I suspect certain GOP operatives in the state of PA e.g., Toomey and Corbett).

        I know the media is reporting a half-baked story about why this child hasn’t received a transplant, and there are many gullible folks as well as operatives with agendas who jump on this bandwagon, without bothering to research the facts of the situation.

        I hope for her sake, the little girl is able to receive a transplant, but it is very unlikely that she’s only cystic fibrosis sufferer, child or adult, who desperately needs a transplant. Difficult decisions have to made and they cannot be made in a span of a few days with so many other things and individuals to consider.

        • 40 Platypus216
          June 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

          Thanks, Hopefruit. Sadly, many people die waiting for transplants. There just aren’t enough donors to meet the need. Here in Ohio, they ask you when you renew your driver’s license if you want to be a donor, and if you say yes, your driver’s license will say “organ donor”. I think the process varies from state to state, but here it’s that simple.

  7. June 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    What’s this? FLOTUS speaking somewhere?

  8. 51 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Okay, okay… one more happy dance thingy! 😀

    • 52 vcprezofan2
      June 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      How do you find these things, Dudette? I mean, how much time do you spend searching for them and what attracts you to them in the first place? I must say that though I appreciate and am impressed by your stellar DJ creds, you have a strong penchant towards the weird. 😛

      • 53 Dudette
        June 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        Tee-hee-hee! Thanks for the compliment VC! I embrace my weirdnss! I’m so glad to have found TOD so I can DO ME! 😎

        I have no earthly idea how this stuff comes to me. Most of the time stuff just pops up on the screen. YouTube just seems to know what to show me and I share it with you fine folks here. It’s the interwebs. What can I tell ya! 😀

        • 54 vcprezofan2
          June 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

          ‘I have no earthly idea how this stuff comes to[= finds] me’

          As I said, weird, but I admit I find myself (and I notice other TOD-ers) embracing your weirdness too. 😆 😆 You go, girl!

  9. June 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    More than this and that. It’s a ‘horn of plenty’. Don’t know how you pull all this news together but I love one stop reading.

  10. June 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    GoBrooklyn, you are always in my prayers that you may have a speedy and successful healing. Be BLESSED.

  11. 59 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    OMG! I had to tweet this! !

  12. June 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    GE Chips (thanks for the shoutout) TOD……

  13. 67 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  14. June 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    PBO’s personal pollster Joel Benenson is so good it is scary……attached is memo he sent out prior to election re Gallup.

  15. June 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Looks like Chris Hayes is going with Booman’s theme tonight:

    He’s too hyper, makes audience squirm (and probably guests too, feeling like they’re back in a college bull session and Hayes is the fastest and loudest talker.

  16. 74 vcprezofan2
    June 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    There is just ‘something’ about Christie that is a real turn off IMO. I sure cannot see him stepping into PBO’s shoes no matter how much political manipulating he does. I plan to cross my fingers in the hope that the people of NJ will make wise, informed political choices over the upcoming months.

    • 75 99ts
      June 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      He is a political schemer of the old school – always looking for the “me” angle to everything he does.

      • 76 vcprezofan2
        June 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        ‘a political schemer’

        And it shows! It seeps through his pores IMO. Hopefully enough NJ voters will react to it appropriately this time around.

  17. 77 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    • 78 nathkatun7
      June 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      O.K. I admit I have no proof since God does not talk to me, but I think God is sending a message to all of these Republicans to stop using his name in vain. Witness the fate of: Rick Perry, Allen West, Michele Bachaman, just to name a few. I remember a conversation I had with this GOP guy who was absolutely convinced that God was responsible for making George W. Bush president in order to save the United States from the sinful ways of Bill Clinton. Sadly, I lost touch with him soon after that. I wish I could see him today to ask him how God’s selection of George W. Bush turned out. It seems to me that Bill Clinton is currently more respected than George W. Bush because Bush’s policies left the country on the verge of total collapse.

  18. 79 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  19. 80 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  20. 81 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm


  21. 83 Jovie
    June 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    House rejects expansion of prisons to house detainees
    Pete Kasperowicz
    06/04/13 07:30 PM ET
    Democrats wanted to let the government spend money to expand U.S. prisons so they can house terrorist suspects.…

    It’s Obamas fault!

  22. 84 forus50
    June 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Wow, this is huge news.

    • June 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Wooooooooah!!! A-Rod, Braun and TWENTY players? At last!

      • 86 Dudette
        June 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        Wow, I’ve totally in the dark on this one. What’s it about? Steroids I’m guessing.

        • June 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          Well, A-Rod has certainly, you know, availed of, well, unnatural assistance during his career ….

          • 88 forus50
            June 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

            A-Roid indeed.

            • June 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

              Ha! Looks like the game is nearly up??

              • 90 forus50
                June 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

                Yeah, he’ll continue to get paid millions from a 10 year contract (!!) while he sits on the bench recovering from his 2nd hip surgery. Seriously, a young man getting hip surgery?? If that isn’t beyond suspect, I don’t know what is.

                Here’s a snippet of what his Yankee’s management thinks of him. Not much!!! 🙂
                During his tenure as a Yankee, in addition to the Biogenesis investigation, Rodriguez was revealed to be a steroid user before the 2009 season. Also, last October, in the midst of a horrendous postseason in which he was benched for three possible elimination games, he was alleged to have flirted with a woman in the stands behind the Yankees dugout, flipping her a baseball in an attempt to obtain a phone number.

                Steinbrenner refused to specify whether his disappointment with A-Rod was in regards to on-field performance or off-field behavior, and sidestepped a question about the current state of the MLB investigation into his alleged dealings with Biogenesis, suspected by baseball of supplying players with illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

                “We haven’t been told anything,” Steinbrenner said. “He’s been in Tampa, he’s been rehabbing and we hope he comes back strong. There’s innocent until proven guilty, right? We haven’t heard a thing.”

        • 91 forus50
          June 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

          Yes, there’s a guy named Tony Bosch who owned a “sports clinic” who the MLB seems to have some good evidence that it was a PED (performing enhancing drug) sales type of clinic. I’m a huge baseball fan so I can’t wait to see who the other 20 are.

  23. 95 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  24. June 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Chips and LP for posting the interview with Myrlie Evers.

    Pete Souza captured Mrs. Evers in such an incredible moment… It looked like she was about to cry (with joy and other deep emotions).

    It’s infuriating to me that the media don’t “scoop” getting an interview with someone as well-spoken and experienced as Mrs. Evers. They spend their time gossiping and speculating about people’s motives, whether it’s Chris Christie or Hillary in 2016, but thye don’t take advantage of treasures such as Mrs. Evers when they are available to them.

    Mrs. Evers is history personified and most people interested in things other than themselves would find this interview fascinating and worthwhile.

    The MSM is complicit in keeping the history of Americans from its audience.

    Here’s an article about a true WWII hero, whose passing will likely be covered by exactly zero television news shows.

  25. 104 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Anybody following the French Open?
    Still trying to wrap my head around this one!! I’m so delighted for Tsonga!!

  26. 107 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  27. 108 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    • 109 pkayden
      June 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Well, hopefully Floridians will be sensible enough to vote out Skeletor next time they get the chance.

    • 110 99ts
      June 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Is there a republican anywhere who is “in it” for anything other than the money. What a terrible horrible society they want – money is everything – people are nothing.

  28. 112 forus50
    June 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m still in shock that nothing has changed since Newtown. Those assholes who voted for this continued slaughter of little kids.

  29. June 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve always liked Elijah Cummings…..

  30. 115 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

  31. 116 Bill R.
    June 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Myrlie Evers-Williams, a beautiful, elegant lady of distinction. She used to reside in Bend, Oregon, not far from where I live in Salem, Oregon.

    • June 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      She’s an amazing woman Bill, ashamed to say it was only recently I read up on her history, only knew the bare details before, what an inspiration.

  32. 118 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Okay, gotta get an antecdote to the Rick Scott and Saxby Chambliss cooties!

  33. 121 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  34. 122 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    More of America, the Beautiful! [sigh!]

  35. June 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t know if I love this video cause it’s just too heartwarming, or cause she’s wearing a SAINTS jersey!!!

    So NOLA Saints fans, which is better…lol

    Baby Surprise

  36. 126 dotster3
    June 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Where was FLOTUS speaking when she “engaged with a protester”?

  37. 131 vitaminlover
    June 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I must say that President Obama has got to be the MOST photographed man in history. Just wow!

  38. 133 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Couldn’t resist this one…

  39. June 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  40. 136 utaustinliberal
    June 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Some good news to take you into the night.

    New post.


  41. 137 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Beaming ‘cuz I just noticed an artist I admire is following wittle ol’ me! 😀 😀 😀

    • 138 theo67
      June 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      I’ve loved this lady’s voice since she was with Groove Theory. She really should be a much bigger star. I love her song, “For Real” – I can listen to that song over and over and over.

  42. 139 Nena20409
    June 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Dance, Dance, Dance………Chic

    For our GB

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