Rise and Shine


President Barack Obama greets departing Associate Counsel to the President Alison J. “Ali” Nathan, left, Meg Satterthwaite, and their twin sons Oliver and Nathan, in the Outer Oval Office, July 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Daily Presidential Schedule (All Times Eastern)

11:0: The President meets with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

12:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

1:00: Michelle Obama delivers remarks to mayors and other local officials engaged in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

2:0: The President awards the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal; The First Lady also attends


Knox News: Makenna Hurd’s tasty banana muffins got her through the White House door. While she was there, the 9-year-old delivered something extra: Hugs for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

…. Makenna earned the invitation by being one of the winners of a recipe challenge that is part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to promote healthy eating.

“I’m at the White House!” exclaimed Makenna, who has Down syndrome.

…. As news photographers jostled to record the scene, Obama squatted down by Makenna’s seat and thanked her for coming. Makenna thanked him back, threw her arms around his neck and gave him a hug.

Her mother, Amanda Hurd, who watched with tears in her eyes, was so caught up in the moment that she forgot to pull out her own camera and take photos.

“I was too busy soaking in the fact that my daughter was hugging the president,” Hurd said.

More here



USA Today: This morning, President Obama meets with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to talk about the major immigration bill now pending in the U.S. House.

The bill would increase border security and provide a path to citizenship for some 11 million people who are already in the country illegally.

The Obama administration is also releasing a report Wednesday arguing that an overhaul of the immigration system would strengthen the economy, create more jobs, increase worker productivity, and decrease budget deficits.




This exchange is worth the read. This is how STUPID Republicans are and their stupidity will kill thousands of women

Jennifer Bendery: Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), the author of the radically anti-abortion bill making its way through the Texas Legislature this week, argued for hours on Tuesday that lawmakers should support her bill because of its strong protections for a person’s “pre-born life.” But back in 2007, she made the case against treating the unborn as people — at least, when it comes to qualifying for health care services. During a House debate on an appropriations bill that year, Laubenberg, a staunch conservative, put forward an amendment that would require expectant mothers to wait three months before they could begin receiving prenatal and perinatal care under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a program that helps cover uninsured children in low-income families.

Laubenberg’s amendment drew criticism from Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchia, who said the change would mean that more than 95,000 children, in utero, would be kicked out of the CHIP program. As the two sparred over whether that was true — Anchia cited CHIP data from hospitals, Laubenberg alleged it was “misinformation” — Anchia asked if Laubenberg recognized those in-utero babies as people. “You do know, don’t you, that these are U.S. citizens?” Anchia asked. “But they’re not born yet,” Laubenberg said.

Laubenberg’s response drew a look of shock from Democratic Rep. Dawnna Dukes, who could be seen standing next to Anchia during the exchange. Anchia also appeared to relish the moment as he pressed Laubenberg that she was now arguing against treating a fetus as a person. “That’s the whole point, see?” Anchia said. “You have an anti-life amendment.” Laubenberg fired back that there is “no one more pro-life” in the House than her, and again said Anchia’s data was wrong. Still, something he said must have rattled her because she pulled down her amendment. “I will be back,” Laubenberg said as she prepared to leave the podium. “But right now, out of consideration for the body, I will pull this amendment down.”

More here



Well, hellooooo Governor Transvaginal Probe



2012 National Medal of Arts:

Herb Alpert * Lin Arison * Joan Myers * Renée Fleming * Ernest Gaines * Ellsworth Kelly * Tony Kushner * George Lucas * Elaine May * Laurie Olin * Allen Toussaint * Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington, DC

2012 National Humanities Medal:

Edward L. Ayers * William G. Bowen * Jill Ker Conway * Natalie Zemon Davis * Frank Deford * Joan Didion * Robert Putnam¸* Marilynne Robinson¸* Kay Ryan * Robert B. Silvers * Anna Deavere Smith¸* Camilo José Vergara

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More Americans still rightfully angrier at George Bush over the state of the economy than Pres. Barack Obama



Jared Bernstein: First, “not hurting” isn’t the same as “helping.” But more important, it is hurting. Real GDP growth was only 1.8 percent in the first quarter of this year, with the government sector subtracting 0.9 percent (that’s percentage points) from the growth rate. That’s not all sequestration, of course, but it is implicated.

Catherine Rampell also has a very useful bit of analysis over at the NYT, showing job impacts. As many have, she notes that while public sector jobs have been declining for years now, federal government job losses accelerated in March when the sequester hit; they’re down 40,000 since then.

More here



Becca Aaronson: After more than 10 hours of debate, the House voted 98-49 to tentatively approve the abortion regulations in House Bill 2, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks and add regulations to abortion providers and facilities that opponents argue would effectively eliminate access to abortion in Texas. The House must approve the bill again on another calendar day before it will be sent to the Senate. State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, urged lawmakers to realize that no one is “pro-abortion,” and expressed discontent that some supporters of the bill had labeled opponents of the legislation “baby killers.” She said that the question is not when life begins but rather, “It’s a question of decisions that have to be made along the way.”

Howard said that during the regular session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers came together to increase financing for family planning services, which decrease maternal deaths, infant deaths and unplanned pregnancies. “What we’re talking about here is going backwards,” she said. “It’s embarrassing that we’re doing this.”

More here



Michael Tomasky: There’s an assumption embedded in the argument that no one disputes: namely, that whites will always be as conservative as they are now and will always vote Republican in the same numbers they do now. This assumption is wrong. White people—yep, even working-class white people—are going to get less conservative in coming years, so the Republicans’ hopes of building a white-nationalist party will likely be dashed in the future even by white people themselves.

Everyone knows and concedes all this. And everyone counters it by saying that the Republicans will just goose the less-educated white vote. As I noted above, everyone agrees that that vote is theirs for the goosing. But what if it isn’t? Back in March, the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute released a big poll on immigration. Those findings are interesting as far as they go, but the questions and results went beyond that. It’s the first poll I’ve seen that breaks the white working class into four distinct age groups (65-plus, 50-64, 30-49, 18-29) and asks respondents attitudes about a broad range of social issues. And guess what? White working-class millennials are fairly liberal!

More here


From Monday:


Fantastic takedown of Sean Trende’s “GOP WILL BE SAVED BY MISSING WHITE VOTERS” drivel; using FACTS

ThinkProgress: As GOP House members continue their Kamikaze mission to scuttle the immigration reform bill, many political observers are wondering why. After all, isn’t it obvious that Republicans need more minority, particularly Hispanic support, and that therefore their self-interest should lead them to support a reasonable bill? Karl Rove thinks so. But lots and lots of Republicans dissent from that analysis, preferring to put their faith in a group they’re much more comfortable with: white voters. The most influential empirical analysis supporting this view was recently published by Sean Trende in a four part series on RealClearPolitics. Trende’s analysis is built around the idea of “missing white voters.”

What he means by this is that, given the estimated number of white voters in 2008 (derived from exit polls) and the natural increase in white eligible voters between 2008 and 2012 there should have been far more white voters than there actually were (again, estimated from the exit polls). He labels the difference between his projected and actual numbers of white voters as “missing” white voters. He goes on to say that “[i]f these white voters had decided to vote, the racial breakdown of the electorate would have been 73.6 percent white, 12.5 percent black, 9.5 percent Hispanic and 2.4 percent Asian — almost identical to the 2008 numbers.” Get it? The only real demographic change of importance between 2008 and 2012 was all those white voters who didn’t show up.

What’s wrong with this analysis? Plenty. Start with Trende’s projected natural increase in white voters—around 1.5 million voters, based on an assumed 55 percent turnout rate of additional white eligible voters. This implies that Trende was using an estimate of around 2.7 million additional eligible whites between 2008 and 2012. That’s wrong: Census data show an increase of only 1.5 million white eligibles. At Trende’s assumed 55 percent turnout rate, that translates into only 825,000 additional white voters from “natural increase.” So: GOP phone home! Your missing white voters have been found, and it turns out they weren’t really missing. They were simply sitting out a relatively low turnout election along with a large number of their minority counterparts. They may be back next time if it’s a higher turnout election — but then again so will a lot of minority voters. Bottom line: your demographic dilemma remains the same. The mix of voters is changing fast to your disadvantage and there is no cavalry of white voters waiting in the wings to rescue you.

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President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, July 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Have A Broccoli Loving Day Courtesy Of President Barack Obama! 😀


138 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. July 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

    FABULOUS coverage of the Kids’ State Dinner 🙂

    • 3 utaustinliberal
      July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Thank you.

    • 4 anniebella
      July 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I watch the Kid’s State Dinner yesterday and it was nice. These are some wonderful kids, and that picture of POTUS meeting 9 year old Makenna was heart warming.

  3. July 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

    by BooMan
    Tue Jul 9th, 2013 at 06:46:46 PM EST

    Jennifer Rubin couldn’t disagree more with Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry about immigration reform. For Rubin, who I think actually cares about maybe seeing a Republican president again in her lifetime, the opponents of immigration reform are hypocrites. They say that there is a big crisis at the border but they don’t want to do anything about it.
    But Kristol and Lowry are probably more interested in their magazines’ circulation numbers than winning elections, so they take a casual attitude to the consequences of killing reform.

    At the presidential level in 2016, it would be better if Republicans won more Hispanic voters than they have in the past—but it’s most important that the party perform better among working-class and younger voters concerned about economic opportunity and upward mobility. Passing this unworkable, ramshackle bill is counterproductive or irrelevant to that task.

    “It would be better if Republicans won more Hispanic voters than they have in the past—but…”

    Where I come from a vote is a vote. If you lose a white working class vote but gain a Latino vote, it’s a wash. What Republicans like Ms. Rubin are trying to avoid is creating a situation where Latinos conclude, like blacks before them, that the Republican Party is implacably hostile to the interests- even their mere existence.


  4. July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am



    WikiLeaks’ Money Trail: How It’s Raising Money for Snowden & Assange by Caitlin Dickson, Eliza Shapiro
    Jul 9, 2013 4:45 AM EDT
    Julian Assange has acknowledged the irony: a group dedicated to
    transparency has truly murky finances. Caitlin Dickson and Eliza Shapiro report on how it’s getting funding for Snowden and more.

    …The main artery funneling WikiLeaks’ donations through cyberspace is Wau Holland, a Berlin-based hacker organization that manages WikiLeaks’ finances, at least publicly.

    …The Wau Holland Foundation was created in 2001 by members of the German Chaos Computer Club, one of the world’s oldest hacker groups, and started official operations in 2003. That was three years before WikiLeaks was founded, but even then Julian Assange was in contact with the foundation’s members, said Bernd Fix, a founding member of Wau Holland.

    “We don’t know who these people are,” Fix said. “We are not the NSA, you know. People can donate anonymously.”

    While Fix said the typical donation is small, around $20, Wau Holland also has received some serious piles of cash. The biggest bundle it’s taken in for WikiLeaks was $50,000, from an American donor. Fix knows who it was but isn’t telling.


  5. July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Thank yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooou UT!!!!!!!

  6. July 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

    UT you are amazing. Great rise and shine!

  7. 12 symmetry11
    July 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Good morning TOD. Nice R & S UT. Whatever you do stay away from the comments section of my hometown paper (knoxnews). The comments will turn out to be pretty mean/vile.

  8. 14 yardarm756
    July 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Way to go ut. Congrats rikyrah.

  9. 15 amk for obama
    July 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

    The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been killed in a bomb attack in the port city of Karachi, reports say.

    Bilal Shaikh and two other aides reportedly died in the blast, which happened near an office of Mr Zardari’s ruling Pakistan People’s Party.


  10. 16 yardarm756
    July 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I woke up this morning with this song on my mind and it gave me pause.

    • 17 yardarm756
      July 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

      We spend a lot of time “down here on the ground” railing against the injustices we see in the local/federal government hacks. We are worried about the ‘roots’ of the plant while the Koch brothers with the AFP and ALEC are harvesting the beautiful tops.
      Those asses are the REAL enemy and must be dealt with. They are pure evil. They will never share!

  11. July 10, 2013 at 10:00 am


  12. 22 amk for obama
    July 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    A US judge has found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix the price of electronic books.

    Manhattan Judge Denise Cote said the iPad maker “conspired to restrain trade”.

    Five publishers originally named as defendants alongside Apple have already reached settlements, including Penguin.

    The US Department of Justice said the conspiracy was designed to challenge online retailer Amazon’s dominance of the fast-growing e-books market.

    The judge ordered a new hearing to determine damages.

    Penguin settled its case for $75m (£49m). Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster created a $69m fund for refunds to consumers, and Macmillan settled for $26m.


    capitalism at its greedy worst.

  13. July 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Why the GOP plan on the farm bill matters
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:35 AM EDT

    Imagine I go once again to my favorite deli and I prepare to engage in a transaction with the guy behind the counter — he’ll give me a sandwich and I’ll give him $5. But there’s a small problem after he makes the sandwich: I decide maybe I don’t really want to give him the money after all.

    “Look,” I tell the guy, “both of us agree that I should get the sandwich. You’ve already made it; it’s right there on the counter; so this is clearly an area of consensus. Instead of bickering, let’s focus on our common ground — I’ll eat the sandwich, and we can argue about the $5 later. You can disagree, but you’re being needlessly divisive.”

    In Congress, Democrats are the guy behind the counter.

    House Republican leaders have decided to drop food stamps from the farm bill and are whipping the farm-only portion of the bill for a vote that will likely come this week, according to a GOP leadership aide.

    The nutrition portion of the bill would be dealt with later.

    The farm bill, in a general sense, is a big compromise — the left gets food stamps for poor families struggling to eat, while the right gets support for the agricultural industry. It’s this win-win scenario that makes the bill so easy to pass, year in and year out.


    • July 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

      If food stamps are separated from the farm bill, it will be a travesty. Republicans will certainly find a way to cut food stamps even more. As it is now, the food stamp portion of the bill gives the Democrats some leverage. One would think that all these folks who wail about transparency would be bothered by the fact that the bill authorizes huge insurance payouts to farmers, while it makes it against the law to reveal who the payments go to.

    • 26 57andfemale
      July 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

      the Dem’s better not cave on this. Boehner is trying to remove all Dem leverage and we’ll have nothing to get food stamps back.

  14. 27 Jovie
    July 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

    The Democrats want this President to invoke a National Park on the Moon?
    I always wanted to go to Tranquility base on summer vacation!

  15. 29 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 10:07 am


    Making matters slightly worse, the Post also reports this morning on a $10,000 “gift” the Star Scientific CEO gave to McDonnell’s eldest daughter, intended to help defray costs of her May 2013 wedding. You might be thinking, “Wait, didn’t we already know about Jonnie Williams helping pay for one of the governor’s daughter’s wedding?” We did, but this is another daughter — Williams gave $15,000 to help pay for Cailin McDonnell’s wedding in 2011 and then $10,000 to help finance Jeanine McDonnell’s wedding this year.

    All of the extravagant gifts coincided with McDonnell and his wife working to promote Star Scientific and its products.

    The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato said last night that we should expect state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, for example, to “break openly and sharply” with the governor “very soon.” And that would certainly make sense — Cuccinelli is in a competitive race to replace McDonnell, and won’t want to be tarnished by the allegations.

    But that may be more difficult for Cuccinelli than is commonly known. Star Scientific’s Jonnie Williams may have been almost criminally generous to McDonnell, but he also directed over $13,000 worth of gifts to Cuccinelli, too — gifts the right-wing state Attorney General did not disclose.

    On several occasions, Cuccinelli even vacationed in Williams’ beach house, despite the fact that Cuccinelli was ostensibly overseeing Star Scientific’s $1.7 million tax dispute with Virginia at the time.

    • July 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

      If McDonnell was a Democrat, he’d have been run out of office and headed to jail months ago and CucheCoo wouldn’t be able to run for dog-catcher. But then again, we have Supreme Court Justices who meet and hunt with politicos, so….

    • 32 57andfemale
      July 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

      IL impeached Blago for the mere mention of political quid pro quo and NOT A DIME changed hands, much less political payback. because, you know. no politician until Blago thought there should be some political advantage to some political act.

      But McDonnell literally takes money for shameful personal use and where are the cries for his impeachment?

      • 33 Bill
        July 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

        Great point. It has been reported the FBI is investigating McDonnell. Hopefully something will come from it.

    • 34 Bill
      July 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

      McDonnell is a graduate of Pat Robertson’s law school. The good Reverend should comment on the ethics of his flock.

    • 35 HZ
      July 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

      GM, my wonderful Desertflower. I love your great well of information that you bring to the family. You inspire me so much. Thanks for all of the wonderful nuggets that you find for us. I totally appreciate you so much.

      Now, how are you feeling? Better, I hope. Keep as cool as you can. I know how the yard calls us, but choose the best time for you, my love. I need to get out on the back patio, but my spirit is speaking within to enjoy the coolness inside and wait until my body feels a little stronger so that I can tackle the patio. I promised my brother that I would be good. He knows when I work, I really do go overboard at times, so I am trying hard to wait and hoping that the temps will cool down soon. It is very, very hot where I am.

      ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Drink lots of your favorite ‘sexy water’)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))). That is, take a beautiful clear water pitcher and fill it with orange slices, cucumber slices, lime slices, lemon slices and a few mint leaves and lots of ice at the bottom. When you look at the pitcher, the beautiful colors will take you to happy places. Your ‘spa moments.’ The water gives you a refreshing taste as you drink it. Pamper yourself, my dear DF. Enjoy your day, my dear beautiful soul. (()))HZ

  16. 36 HZ
    July 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Good Morning/Afternoon Chips and my TOD family. I hope and pray that all is well with my TOD family. I also want to remember in thoughts and prayers our beloved, LL and Mrs. LL’s sister. Is this the day for Mrs. LL’s surgery or Mr. LL? I have a reminder in my calendar. I could be wrong, but anyway, I am sending loving thoughts and hugs to them.

    Layla, keep strong my dear one. Gobrooklyn, keep strong and keep healing goodness in your space. VC, may ((((( Loving thoughts be your strength today along with your loving family.)))))

    Everyone here, think of the goodness of POB and our First Lady, and it surely will wipe away the ugly and anger hearts we see and hear of. Center your heart this morning and walk in your space with
    Love of humankind
    Love and gratefulness for our President leading us
    Love of a strong and loving beautiful First Lady who gives our young people so much to reach for in their space
    Love of each other here who worked so hard to put these two beautiful angels in the Whitehouse along with our beautiful VPOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden.
    And do not forget to love each one in your family a little more today that you did yesterday. Focus on the goodness of your love ones, and tell them how to appreciate them.

    This days is ours to put into it those things that are gentle, kind, loving, patient, hopeful, and compassionate. Declare out loud what you want to come into your space and work hard to bring it into that space.

    I love you, my dear Chips. Thanks you our wonderful beautiful soul and all of your beautiful contributors
    (((((((((((((((((((((((((( (((((((((((((((((( My heart is full and grateful))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  17. 37 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 10:10 am


    Final report on Iraq reconstruction says fraud, waste cost U.S. $1.5 billion

  18. 44 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 10:14 am


    Thousands of Texans are asking their governor to focus on implementing comprehensive sex education resources as an effective method of reducing the number of abortions in the state. Over 5,000 people have signed onto a petition from the Texas Freedom Network urging Gov. Rick Perry (R) to add sex ed to the issues currently being considered in a special legislative session.

    The Texans who added their names to Texas Freedom Network’s petition, however, would prefer their governor took a different approach to achieve his goal of “protecting life.”
    “Given your stated intention of reducing abortion in Texas, you should support policies that give women and teens the information they need to avoid unplanned pregnancies,” the petition states. “That means ending the state’s promotion of failed abstinence-only sex education and installing policies that ensure teaching about birth control, along with abstinence, in high school sex education classes.”
    Texas does not currently have any state-mandated requirements for sex ed classes in public schools. Instead, Republican lawmakers in the state have repeatedly endorsed abstinence-only education that doesn’t provide teens with medically accurate information about how to prevent pregnancy or STDs. When schools do opt to provide some sort of sexual health instruction, they are required to stress abstinence and the importance of sex only within marriage.

    “In a state with one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, replacing failed abstinence-only policies with more effective sex education makes a lot more sense than pushing divisive abortion legislation just to boost the careers of cynical politicians,” the Texas Freedom Network’s communications director, Dan Quinn, pointed out in a press release.

  19. July 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’m really upset about this:

    Obama campaign leaders sign up for pro-Clinton PAC
    WASHINGTON–Two architects of President Obama’s grass-roots campaign organization are joining forces with the “super PAC” devoted to drafting Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president, a significant practical and symbolic boost for her campaign-in-waiting.

    Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart say their consulting firm will work with the Ready for Hillary PAC in the effort to round up early support for a 2016 candidacy.


    The Clinton backers’ success at recruiting Obama supporters also makes plain that Vice President Joe Biden cannot count on fully inheriting the president’s campaign apparatus if he were to decide to run against Clinton for the nomination. A highly visible player in the administration, Biden is associated with initiatives and positions popular with the party base, but so far Clinton is widely favored in the discussion of the 2016 field.


    • 46 Jovie
      July 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Don’t start! This isn’t the Hillary diary!


      • July 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Heads up! The blog has been relaunched!

      • July 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Sorry. I know business is business but I’m just a little shocked that these guys are lined up already.

      • 52 57andfemale
        July 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

        Jovie, we have to discuss it. It’s normal to discuss it as these events unfold. and even what you perceive as negative-Hillary conversation can and should be used by all of us to strategize to keep the WH in 2016, no matter who the candidate ultimately is.

        This is what Republicans do and it’s how they march their ball down the field. We don’t have to be in love to support candidiates and win elections. I know it’s early, but we can’t ignore actions taking place.

        PBO’s true legacy is that we remain active for the long haul. This is all part of that legacy.

    • 53 sherijr
      July 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

      well lets not forget how the media pushed Hillary as a done deal back in 2008 also…. thus methinks IF Joe decides to run he’ll do just dandy and will no doubt have POTUS behind him.

      I admit to being disappointed in seeing Messina and Bird hop on the Hillary train, but that’s okay… that’s what democracy is all about. I’m thinking we’re going to have an abundance of choices come 2016.. who knows who’ll emerge before then- and THAT is actually great for Democrats, imo. Right now we need to be pushing all the dems we can for 2014 too.

      • 54 sherijr
        July 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

        oops I said Messina and its Mitch Stewart.. sorry.

        • 55 lisalovesobama
          July 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

          either way, these guys are making a mistake. Too bad it will be too late for them to see it.

          • 56 sherijr
            July 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

            Well the Hillary bandwagon is not something I want to jump on… thus I’m not agreeable to their decision.. and like folks here I’m all in on the POTUS we have right now. But I can see how the ‘players’ – the folks who work for candidates have to look to 2016 right now- but honestly I wish that folks wouldn’t always look to Hillary as a shoe in as our first female POTUS. Though I can see why the Mitch Stewarts and Jeremy Birds do see it that way.

            • 57 lisalovesobama
              July 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

              I don’t get why Mictch and Jeremy signed on with her. She is completely different from PBO. It’s like a complete 180. Hillary is old school/ you wash my back, I’ll wash yours. POTUS isn’t. POTUS is all about being newer stock. I thought his nomination over her was what that was all about. People are sick and tired of the same ole washington filled with corrupt bureaucrats who are only there for themselves.The nomination of PBO among democrats was, I believed, a break from that. The fact that Bird and Mitch are now, after 7 years of being with PBO, clamming on to Billary is a betrayal. I would have thought they would have gone for someone outside of the beltway entitlement zone. But it seems that you can fight your nature. You can put it off for a while, but eventually, you resort back to your comfort zone.

              • 58 sherijr
                July 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

                you make excellent points Lisa, I can’t disagree. Seriously. I suppose its about winning- they see her as another win. My support will be elsewhere- Joe for his loyalty- if he runs.. but I’m also a fan of O’Malley and Deval Patrick… but I’m curious to see what Kamala Harris has planned for the future.. and frankly I believe other women will emerge prior to ’16. So we’ll see. Hillary is the big show/ticket.. thus I’m guessing the Stewart/Bird involvement.. but I have to admit to being disappointed with their decision .

    • 62 lisalovesobama
      July 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

      who was it in the Obama camp that said that your product has to be good in order to sell it to the American public as President of the United States? Whoever said it was dead on. Hillary is not a good product and Mitch and Jeremy will realize that eventually. Nothing like the realization of picking a losing horse in the heat of a race.

  20. July 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

    New scandal revelations imperils Virginia’s McDonnell
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    Just last night, while reporting on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) efforts to address one aspect of the scandal surrounding him, Rachel noted that the governor’s term in office ends officially in January, but “smart bookmakers everywhere are taking bets on whether or not he makes it that far.”

    In light of a new Washington Post report, published this morning, the odds of McDonnell’s political survival are considerably worse.

    A prominent political donor gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his sister last year, and the governor did not disclose the money as a gift or loan, according to people with knowledge of the payments.

    The donor, wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., also gave a previously unknown $50,000 check to the governor’s wife, Maureen, in 2011, the people said.

    The money to the corporation and Maureen McDonnell brings to $145,000 the amount Williams gave to assist the McDonnell family in 2011 and 2012 — funds that are now at the center of federal and state investigations.


  21. 64 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 10:19 am


    GOP Fail: Sequester Slightly *Increased* The Deficit

    • July 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

      I commented at the end of a thread yesterday that evidence of the effects of the sequester are finally starting to show. I am aware of 11 people in just the past two weeks who have either been told they no longer have a job or have been asked to take pay cuts. They are in Kansas, Florida, Georgia and Colorado…so all over the place.

  22. July 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Will you guys please explain to me why you’re so down on Hillary. And don’t say she’s too old….70 is the new 50. I thought she showed admirable loyalty to President Obama during her reign as Sec. of State or do you think she was just positioning herself? What is it?

    • 67 amk for obama
      July 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

      What exactly she brings to the table policy wise, both domestic and foreign?

    • 82 Jessica
      July 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

      I think the Clinton era is over and we should allow a candidate with fresh ideas take the handle. If she can keep Bill upstairs and out of policy I can live with it.

      • July 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

        I always had the impression that she is pretty independent in her decision-making. However, I do agree it would probably be hard to keep Bill in check.

        • 84 pickle48
          July 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

          I am fully on board for Hillary in 2016!!! Personally and professionally I believe PBO is a once-in-an-era leader that we are incredibly fortunate to have been blessed with. I am 65 -and I highly doubt we will so his like again. But my tremendous admiration for and appreciation of him will not be any obstacle to my future support of Hillary. I do believe she will be an excellent first female president.

          • 85 nathkatun7
            July 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

            My Question is why are people bypassing Joe Biden, who is better equipped to carry on President Obama’s policies, and picking Hillary Clinton? Personally, I am tired of the Clintons.

      • 86 anniebella
        July 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Just like the Bush era is over. No more Bushes.

      • 87 lisalovesobama
        July 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        perfect comment. Thank you.

        • 88 lisalovesobama
          July 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

          gar!!! Stupid work computer!!! keeps telling me IE isn’t compatible with this site and seems like it’s possessed. Posted unfinished comment. Let me continue:
          ‘perfect comment. Thank you. Particularly the first part, but i really couldn’t live with either back in the WH.”

    • July 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I’m interested in seeing candidates who are not beholden to a very big money and political machine – the Lady de Rothchild, Mark Penn, Lanny Davis, James Carville crowd – who are as forward thinking as PBO, who hold the values and the situational political impetus of the grassroots and who are closely in tune with the next generation. I’ve never been impressed with Bill Clinton and don’t admire him or his political instincts. HRC has done a good job but I don’t see her as the most promising candidate.

      • 90 57andfemale
        July 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

        Excellent points.

      • July 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

        I actually think Hillary is pretty forward thinking…reflecting back to her push for healthcare. I also think she has already been through the fire with these crazy Republicans, and that experience perhaps arms her in ways that would stymie someone else. And while I disliked many of the policies that went into effect under Clinton, I also take into account the timing and the fact that he was up against a Congress as recalcitrant as the one we now see. In retrospect, he made some calamitous decisions, not all of his own making and he did try to stand up for the less privileged. He would veto legislation in a New York minute…in the end he simply lost the bet to the Republicans. We’ve seen that same thing happen to President Obama. That being said, in the final analysis, even if Hillary runs and wins, credit will be given to Bill, anyway.

        Apparently she plans to run and if she does I will support her…I can’t think of anyone who makes the Republicans quake as she does. As for finding a candidate who isn’t big money and a part of the machine…I have no idea who that could be.

        • 92 57andfemale
          July 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

          You just reminded me of something I said a million times during the Clinton years: I can only imagine what Clinton could have accomplished had he not had to fight the RW noise machine (as it was called back in the day). I believed then that he was more progressive than his record showed.

          During 2008 and forward, I began to believe that I had been naive about Clinton. I don’t know which ‘belief’ is actually accurate. But apathy is no longer an option. I will do everything in my power to keep the WH in 2016.

        • 93 taiping1
          July 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

          My real concern about Hilary is that she seems to be a hawk still. For intervention in Syria, and in other fights much more aggressive. Hard to predict 2015 and 2016. Bill has heart disease, life is uncertain. Do you think she would run if he has health crisis?

        • July 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

          I respectfully disagree with your perspective. As for Bill Clinton, neither he personally nor his presidency impressed me in a very positive way. Just my opinion. As for my reference to a money machine, I was not speaking in the abstract. I was referring to the Clinton money machine in particular.

        • July 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

          The most important consideration for supporting Hillary is that she WILL continue President Obama’s policies. Hillary will support and defend the ACA, she will strengthen consumer laws for citizens, she will continue to downsize wars, and she will put money in education. I believe President Obama and Hillary share a similar world view. Remember President Obama was raised by his Kansas grandparents, and Hillary is an Illinois native. I have lived in the two states, and I think the world view of most people I got to know in the two states is quite similar. President Obama cares deeply for all citizens, but he is really ambitious. Hillary is really ambitious, and she cares deeply for our nation. The two are different, I think, but they share caring and respect for our nation and its laws. I think President Obama has a deeper sense of empathy, but I think Hillary is a warm, caring , and spiritual person. I would prefer Elizabeth Warren become the first female President, but she does not have the immense following Hillary has. Also, we could experience a dreadful split in the Democratic Party, if Hillary wants to run for President, and she is denied the chance to run for the Office of President based on President Obama Supporters sitting this out or obstructing her path. We need to “buck up,” and work hard for the nominee no matter WHO gets the go ahead. After-all, we are DEMOCRATS!

          • 96 elo4obama/biden
            July 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

            What is the “”go ahead?” Do you mean who WINS the primary and gets the nomination? It’s way to early for me to “choose” at this point. I actually liked comparing then senators Obama and Clinton. Their plan, their website, their tone and their vision for the country and our place in the world. It was very exciting times. While I surprised myself “taking a chance ” on Barack Obama. Unsure if he could win against the republican candidate and knowing some what the things at stake.

            I do remember one of the main turnoffs was the commenters on the Clinton site. I peeked on some really darkly negative days before super Tuesday. While those were exciting times they were also really scary- would we split the party and loose. HRC and to some degree Bill came on board to support OUR choice. WE gave the go ahead, and that has to be the case again. I will support whomever wins the primary. I just will not have anyone forced on me, and then the issues, the issues, the issues and the vision.

    • 97 57andfemale
      July 10, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Hillary and Bill talk a good progressive game when campaigning but their policies are very comfortable with the RW. The DLC brand of Democrat. Historically, I had no problem with a more perceived business-friendly Democratic policy 20 years ago. But that pendulum has swung way too far in that direction. Not just in rhetoric but in policy, and many of the problems we face now are directly tied to Clinton policies.

      It will be said that Hillary is not responsible for Bill Clinton’s mistakes. But I listened very carefully in the 2008 campaign, and she was completely comfortable with those policies and showed no change in direction.

      I believe that PBO thought he could work with Republicans and adopted right-of-center policies in order to attract support. But he is institutionally progressive; and had he had a functioning Congress and a committed Democratic party, his record would have been far more progressive. Hillary lives comfortably in a right-of-center world. I would expect Hillary to be excellent on social issues in general and women’s issues in particular. I also expect what unfortunately would be expected of the first woman President in foreign affairs – a tendency toward ‘looking strong’ instead of choosing effective diplomacy. I think Hillary will be far more interested in her image on a short term basis rather than the long term effects of her choices.

      when the chips were down in 2008, she did not rise to greatness but fell comfortably into pettiness. I had never seen a Democrat on the national stage use such tactics against a primary candidate and it shocked me and worried me. I maintain that had the Clintons not resorted to barely veiled racism and very dirty politics, the Republicans would never have gone as far as they have in trying to destroy PBO. I remember a high level Republican strategist saying during the primary that they had no idea how to run against this guy. It’s important to remember that there were still lines of decency that existed. the Gingrich revolution had shredded those lines, but they were still intact.

      It was the Clinton machine that opened that door. Clinton’s deregulation of the banking industry and the media directly led to the mess we’re in right now. Hillary is responsible for her 2008 campaign that opened up an upfront disrespectful assault on her opponent, with the same dirty tactics you expect in down-low local political brawls but had not been part of the Democratic party primary process until Hillary’s campaign. I had supported and defended the Clintons completely through the RW attacks against them. But it was Hillary’s actions in her campaign that led me to lose all respect for her. I expected to support her (although even in 2008 I thought we’d had enough Bushes and Clintons). I frankly thought PBO had plenty of time to run for President, although I liked him very much. Hillary and Hillary alone turned me against Hillary in 2008.

      Instead of proving to us her greatness, she happily crawled into the mud instead. I was surprised, frankly. And deeply disappointed, and eventually mistrustful of her.

      She managed her campaign badly, she didn’t choose good managers. Ultimately if a President isn’t a good manager him/herself that President better choose good management partners. This is not a Clinton skill.

      I don’t see that she rose to greatness as SoS, although that is what is said about her and accepted as CW and I’m fine with that if it helps us keep the WH in 2016.

      I look forward to Hillary delineating her policies to me. I need to take with a grain of salt the progressive bent of a Clinton campaign, but I want her to win me back.

      I say again — I will support her, I will vote for her, I will send her money, I will work hard to get her elected if she is our candidate. I will accept with grace the love for her from my feminist friends, as I expected their acceptance for my love for PBO. If it looks like a contentious primary, I will probably jump on the Hillary bandwagon pretty fast because we cannot afford to fracture as a party and she will need her strength for the general.

      I hope I’ve helped to explain why I’m not thrilled with Hillary Clinton. I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff, but this is the gist.

      • July 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

        Thank you 57 for such a clear and concise summation. That’s what I wanted to hear. Many people seem to still smart from the Hillary tactics during the campaign…I just see that as politics. Like you said, “they didn’t know how to run against Obama” and it’s a nasty game. Bill did many things I didn’t like…top of the list for me…privatization. Is Hillary more to the right than Bill…I’m not sure. The public was so much less aware and connected than they are now, that I’d like to believe our responses have some influence. However, you touched on one thing that concerns me, you said,

        “I also expect what unfortunately would be expected of the first woman President in foreign affairs – a tendency toward ‘looking strong’ instead of choosing effective diplomacy.”

        This would be a concern with any woman at the helm, but Hillary’s familiarity is both a virtue and a vice.

        • 99 57andfemale
          July 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

          In my opinion, what could have just been politics turned into an institutionally destructive force. It was a knee-jerk, early tactic from the Clintons that could have been avoided. It made me look differently at the Clintons and damaged our relationship, so to speak. I hope I’ve made it clear that I am more than willing to have that relationship ‘rehabilitated’.

          The issue of how ‘strong’ the first woman President must be: PBO had to calculate how pugilistic he was in order to avoid the ‘angry black man’ label. There are inherent problems for the ‘first’ anyone and that position has to enter into the decision-making. But ultimately, we have every right to expect our leaders to act in our best interests, whether that be force or diplomacy.

          We look back at Thatcher and never ask whether she was Reaganesque because she thought she had to be to compete in a man’s milieu. We look back on her Reaganesque policies that set the industrialized world on a backward course. Ultimately, the first black or the first woman President has to act like the President. That is from whence greatness springs.

          Oh, and I agree that privatization on steroids is something Clinton doesn’t get nailed for nearly enough. Clinton stood at the precipice – he could have undone much of Reagan damage but he chose not to. These are not just the issues that he got stuck with politically or can be excused by the enormous fight he had on his hands with the birth of RWNJ’s. He was comfortable there, he was comfortable with these policies. They were and are part of his belief system. Whether they are part of Hillary’s belief system, she has to answer for.

          Absolutely, Hillary must be judged on her own merits and her own ideas. But a lot of what I’ve seen of Hillary shows her support for DLC-leaning ideology. I believe that she would fight like hell to keep Social Security and Medicare. But the Gramm deregulation bill that Bill Clinton collaborated on and signed, and the repeal of Glass-Steagall was as dangerous an assault on the New Deal and the social safety net as any Democrat could have unleashed. Hillary has to be prepared to answer questions in that regard.

    • 100 anniebella
      July 10, 2013 at 11:23 am

      For me the main reason I’m not so sold on Hillary spells Bill Clinton.

      • 101 lisalovesobama
        July 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        that’s part of the reason for me too. But it’s also the fact that I don’t believe she is a good option for carrying on PBO’s legacy. Hillary and Bill need to realize that their time is over. Even the republicans are over the whole “eventually” and “it’s our turn now” shit, hence the Tea Party. Old school “wait your turn” politics is absolute crap and reeks of favoritism and machinism. There’s nothing organic or truthful about it. I’m over it and Hillary and her Hillarycrats are going to see that when she either loses the nomination to someone more worthwhile or when she eventually loses to a republican. I would willingly stand in line for 4, 5, 6 hours again and again. I’m not willing to do that for Mrs. It’s My Turn.

    • 102 Judith Fardig
      July 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Bill baggage

    • 104 Anna Luc
      July 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Hi! I’m late to the thread as usual, but here is my two cents anyway. 1) Political dynasties are bad for democracy. BAD! 2) Based on her last campaign, her advisers are the same old guys who surrounded her husband and, other than herself, women held no real power in her campaign. 3) In the Senate, HC aligned with corporate interests, like her bff’s the Waltons of Walmart fame. Will she defend the middle class? I’ve heard nothing from her that in any way addresses the issue of collapsing middle class incomes or income inequity.

      I think that will do for a start. I got a lot more. For me she is the candidate of last resort.

  23. 105 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

    ************** IMPORTANT****************


    WASHINGTON — If a stranger claiming to be from the government calls to offer you an “Obamacare card” or threatens to throw you in jail unless you buy insurance, hang up the phone. It’s a scam.

    Fraudsters are poised to take advantage of widespread confusion over the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – to steal Americans’ credit cards, Social Security numbers and other personal information, consumer advocates and government officials say.

    “This is the huge, new government program. There’s no doubt in my mind that the fraudsters view it as an opportunity to rip people off,” said Lois Greisman, associate director for the Federal Trade Commission’s division of marketing practices.

    The FTC already has issued a consumer alert about one telemarketing scheme, in which impostors claiming to be from Medicare told consumers they needed to hand over their personal or financial information in order to continue eligibility because “change is on the horizon.”

    But nothing in the Affordable Care Act threatens existing benefits for Medicare enrollees, Greisman said. The official-sounding calls were just a ploy to steal consumers’ identities and money.

    The FTC received more than 1,100 complaints about similar scams in May alone.

    They better get out there with some ads before this BS takes hold. We already know that people aren’t too smart and if they don’t trust the govt, well….it’s a recipe for disaster.

  24. 106 utaustinliberal
    July 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

    HEADS UP: Made an update to the post. These events will now take place at these times.

    1:00PM ET: Michelle Obama delivers remarks to mayors and other local officials engaged in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

    2:00PM ET: The President awards the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal; The First Lady also attends


  25. July 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

    GM Chips, TOD…. wonderful RS UT!

  26. July 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I have no clue where Immigration stands…… but I would rather it pass then worry about winning election scenarios.

  27. July 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

    State of play…

  28. 111 Mellesia Barnett
    July 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Good Morning everyone… great Rise and Shine UT

  29. July 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

  30. 113 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 11:39 am


    The outcome of the George Zimmerman trial is immaterial. It isn’t Zimmerman who’s on trial for teenager Trayvon Martin’s shooting death. It’s all of us, and the culture reflected in what we believe and how we act on those beliefs.

    The case is an indictment of an gun culture steeped in a vigilante ethos made manifest in “stand your ground laws,” infected with a paranoia so severe that 2nd Amendment fanatics would rather see guns in the hands of the mentally ill, criminals and terrorists than accede to universal background checks. This is tolerated by a Congress more interested in reelection than in the safety of Americans.

    More at the link….

  31. 116 Mellesia Barnett
    July 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

    • July 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

      To fill the court vacancies is the best reason to reform the filibuster. They MUST be filled by a Democratic president!

      • 122 desertflower
        July 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

        Not only that ( and that is VERY important) but he has a duty to fill those vacancies. I wouldn’t expect this vapid Teabagger to understand how this Constitutional thingy works though….

  32. July 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Walgreens, Blue Cross launch effort to promote ObamaCare
    By Elise Viebeck – 07/10/13 09:22 AM ET

    The nation’s largest drugstore chain is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield to promote ObamaCare before new insurance exchanges open on Oct. 1.

    Walgreens and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched a website Wednesday and promised to distribute brochures about ObamaCare at Walgreens stores around the country.

    The materials guide patients through basic questions about the Affordable Care Act — what the law does, when it takes effect, and who is eligible for benefits. Details are provided in simple, concise language.


  33. 129 yardarm756
    July 10, 2013 at 11:57 am


  34. July 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Bush still losing the blame game
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:00 AM EDT.

    Throughout President Obama’s first term, his Republican detractors desperately tried to convince the public that poor economic conditions were the White House’s fault. It was a bad argument that struggled to persuade — the American mainstream may have a short memory, but folks realized that Obama didn’t create a crisis, he inherited one.

    What I find interesting at this point, however, is how consistent public attitudes remain on the subject over the course of several years.

    Gallup published a report yesterday with this chart, explaining, “Americans are still more likely to blame former President George W. Bush ‘a great deal’ or ‘a moderate amount’ than President Barack Obama for the country’s current economic problems. More Americans blamed Bush during Obama’s first year as president in 2009; however, since mid-2010, views have been steady at levels similar to today’s.”

    Less than a fifth (19%) of Americans blame President Obama solely for the nation’s ongoing economic problems, while nearly twice as many (35%) hold his Republican predecessor solely responsible.


  35. 131 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm


    “Is it fair for the president of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health-care law’s mandates, without giving the same exemption to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair,” House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus Tuesday.

    The same relief? How dumb do they think Americans are? “Relief” from the certainty that they’ll have access to group health coverage no matter their health status? “Relief” from income-based subsidies if they need help to buy a private health plan? “Relief” from finally knowing that they can never go broke from serious illness in one of the richest countries on earth? “Relief” from the job lock that binds countless Americans to large employers when they’d rather start a business or work on their own, but fear that if their family has any health issues they’d be left to fend for themselves? “Relief” from at last joining the community of advanced nations that view health coverage for all as an essential feature of a decent society, a view embraced decades ago even by conservative icons such as Margaret Thatcher?

    War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Barack Obama is a tool of big business and an enemy of the people.


    the heart of darkness on health care, so to speak — goes back to Bill Kristol’s argument in 1993-94. If Democrats are allowed to show that government can help assure basic health security, Kristol preached, it will boost the party’s political fortunes for decades. Republicans have felt bound ever since to kill the thing in its cradle before Americans come to appreciate how vital such protections are in an insecure era.

    Immigration is not the only issue on which Republicans find themselves on the wrong side of history and common sense nowadays.

  36. July 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    New post in a few minutes

  37. July 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    The Decline of North Carolina

    Published: July 9, 2013 851

    Every Monday since April, thousands of North Carolina residents have gathered at the State Capitol to protest the grotesque damagethat a new Republican majority has been doing to a tradition of caring for the least fortunate. Nearly 700 people have been arrested in the “Moral Monday” demonstrations, as they are known. But the bad news keeps on coming from the Legislature, and pretty soon a single day of the week may not be enough to contain the outrage.

    In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then, state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.


    • July 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      And what’s the point? I don’t get why they’re doing it. North Carolina seemed like one of those on the move places a few years ago now they’re in a hurry to go backwards at warped speed. Why?

  38. 137 desertflower
    July 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Top Conservative Cat ‏@TeaPartyCat 26m
    “George was so afraid for his life that he forgot how to drive or lock the doors, so he HAD to get out and start shooting.” #zimmermantrial
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    • 138 anniebella
      July 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      He didn’t forget how to shoot that bullet right through that 17 year old boy’s heart, and then cry self defense.

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