Rise and Shine

A year ago …… July 16, 2012: President Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama for the “Kiss Cam” while attending the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team’s game against Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.


Today (All times Eastern):

10:0 Vice President Biden will swear in Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) as the freshman Massachusetts senator at the U.S. Capitol

11:0: President Obama is interviewed by Spanish language news anchors

12:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney


On Thursday, the First Lady, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule, will visit Urban Alliance Chicago, a year-long career education and employment program for underserved high school seniors which enriches students’ lives through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. The visit is part of the First Lady’s focus on youth empowerment and providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential.


George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush present President Obama with a pair of socks, July 15 (Photo by Pete Souza)



Steve Benen: For three-and-a-half hours last night, nearly every member of the Senate met behind closed doors in the Old Senate Chamber to discuss a political crisis of sorts: whether the minority would continue to block President Obama’s executive-branch nominees and what the majority intended to do about it.

The meeting itself was rather odd. Senators already have a forum in which they can hold a debate — it’s called the Senate. But their usual chamber has cameras and public seating, and last night, for whatever reason, members wanted to debate in private for a candid conversation.

By all accounts, it was a constructive conversation, but there was no resolution. As I type, there are some back-channel talks underway, but barring a breakthrough, the Senate Democratic leadership intended to move forward with its “nuclear option” plans.

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Eugene Robinson: Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night, with a verdict setting his killer free. Our society considers young black men to be dangerous, interchangeable, expendable, guilty until proven innocent. This is the conversation about race that we desperately need to have — but probably, as in the past, will try our best to avoid. Jurors knew that Zimmerman was an overeager would-be cop, a self-appointed guardian of the neighborhood who carried a loaded gun. They were told that he profiled Martin — young, black, hooded sweatshirt — as a criminal. They heard that he stalked Martin despite the advice of a 911 operator; that the stalking led to a confrontation; and that, in the confrontation, Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the chest.

If anyone wonders why African Americans feel so passionately about this case, it’s because we know that our 17-year-old sons are boys, not men. It’s because we know their adolescent bravura is just that — an imitation of manhood, not the real thing. We know how frightened our sons would be, walking home alone on a rainy night and realizing they were being followed. We know how torn they would be between a child’s fear and a child’s immature idea of manly behavior. We know how they would struggle to decide the right course of action, flight or fight. And we know that a skinny boy armed only with candy, no matter how big and bad he tries to seem, does not pose a mortal threat to a healthy adult man who outweighs him by 50 pounds and has had martial arts training (even if the lessons were mostly a waste of money). We know that the boy may well have threatened the man’s pride but likely not his life. How many murders-by-sidewalk have you heard of recently? Or ever?

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Morgan Whitaker: As the trial weighing the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter identification began in Commonwealth Courts Monday, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case say they believe they have begun the legal battle that will ultimately see the ID law declared unconstitutional. The particular ID law is one of the strictest in the country, only accepting certain forms of government or state-issued photo ID. While it was passed more than a year ago, it has yet to take effect as the result of a series of temporary injunctions issued over concerns of potential disenfranchisement.

“This lawsuit is really about a bad law that’s badly written and can lead to only one result: that thousands of voters will lose their right to vote,” Michael Rubin—an attorney on the case from the law firm of Arnold and Porter—told reporters on a conference call before the trial. The law’s opponents have provided analysis that finds more than 650,000 registered voters lack a valid PennDOT or DOS ID, more than 8% of the total number of registered voters. While the law’s supporters point to the creation of a special photo ID that is available for free to voters who need it, the opponents say only about 17,000 of those IDs have been issued to date.

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This is a MUST WATCH. Joy Reid once again doing brilliant work



THIS is reality for so many black people in America

Cord Jefferson: Tonight a Florida man’s acquittal for hunting and killing a black teenager who was armed with only a bag of candy serves as a Rorschach test for the American public. For people of color, it’s a vivid reminder that we must always be deferential to white people, or face the very real chance of getting killed. When I was junior in college in Virginia, my then-girlfriend and I decided one night to meet up for a quick snack while studying for midterms. We bought some sandwiches at a 24-hour deli and, rather than waste time going to either of our homes, which were in opposite directions, we decided to eat in her car in a parking lot near a fancy hotel off-campus. We were listening to music and laughing about something when I saw a security guard’s headlights in the rear view mirror, and I stopped laughing as I watched him—a white man in his mid-40s—walk up to my girlfriend’s door and ask her to step out of the car. “Uh, OK,” she said, clearly as confused as I was about what we’d done to warrant his attention.

He walked her away from her car toward his, but they were close enough that I could hear their conversation. He asked her her name, a slight southern lilt lengthening his vowels. She told him. Then he said, “Are you OK?” “What do you mean?” she said. “Are you safe right now?” he asked again. My girlfriend was white. I am not. It is a complicated thing to be young, black, and male in America. Not only are you well aware that many people are afraid of you—you can see them clutching their purses or stiffening in their subway seats when you sit across from them—you must also remain conscious of the fact that people expect you to be apologetic for their fear. It’s your job to be remorseful about the fact that your very nature makes them uncomfortable, like a pilot having to apologize to a fearful flyer for being in the sky.

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Facts to counteract the ignorance

Jamelle Bouie: There’s a huge problem with attempt to shift the conversation: There’s no suchthing as “black-on-black” crime. Yes, from 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crime—86 percent were killed by white offenders. Indeed, for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity, or have some prior relationship to each other.

What Shapiro and others miss about crime, in general, is that it’s driven by opportunism and proximity; If African-Americans are more likely to be robbed, or injured, or killed by other African-Americans, it’s because they tend to live in the same neighborhoods as each other. Residential statistics bear this out (PDF); blacks are still more likely to live near each other or other minority groups than they are to whites. And of course, the reverse holds as well—whites are much more likely to live near other whites than they are to minorities and African-Americans in particular.

Nor are African-Americans especially criminal. If they were, you would still see high rates of crime among blacks, even as the nation sees a historic decline in criminal offenses. Instead, crime rates among African-Americans, and black youth in particular, have taken a sharp drop. In Washington, D.C., for example, fewer than 10 percent of black youth are in a gang, have sold drugs, have carried a gun, or have stolen more than $100 in goods.

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Everyone still needs to monitor JurorB37 because she can self-publish/hire another literary agent. Anyone who would profit off Trayvon Martin’s murder in such a way; is a monster.

David D: A lot has been made about the controversial Zimmerman Trial Juror B37. First she appeared on Anderson Cooper and made comments expressing sympathy and support for Zimmerman. But she really sparked an outrage by announcing — fewer than 48 hours after George Zimmerman was declared Not Guilty — that she’d signed a book deal. Well, one passionate person on Twitter who goes by @MoreandAgain took things into her own hands. First, she sought out the publishing company that signed the juror…she quickly whipped up a Change.org petition calling for literary agent Sharlene Martin to drop Juror B37. Within minutes, the petition had more than a thousand supporters. Martin eventually caved and released this statement: “After careful consideration regarding the proposed book project with Zimmerman Juror B37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation in the exploration of a book based upon this case.”

Naturally, it was only a matter of time before the juror came to her senses (or realized she was getting dropped by Martin and the book deal was a dead end) and released her own statement: “I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case. The potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice. Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury.”

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Fantastic news from what has been a horrible few days


The amazing Rachel Jeantel


On this day….

Vice President Biden and President Obama look at an app on an iPhone in the Outer Oval Office, July 16, 2011.(Photo by Pete Souza)


It’s been a painful and hard few days but there is always hope; so go out into the world and treat people like you would wish to be treated. Have a Baracktastic Day! 😀


132 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    July 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

    GM folks.

    • 2 hopefruit2
      July 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Congrats amk on #1 🙂 Glad to see that you slept tite and didn’t let Juror B37 bite last night…

      • 3 amk for obama
        July 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

        Forget about me. Did reid grow at least a flimsy backbone last night or not?

        • 4 hopefruit2
          July 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

          He’s trying in that regard….don’t know if he will succeed. Not holding my breath either.

  2. July 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Good Morning, All.

  3. July 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Watch her Soar! RT @EEzyLiving: Tom Joyner offered to help Rachel Jeantel graduate HS, pass her SAT, and a full scholarship to any HBCU.
    — Shugah (@Shugah) July 16, 2013

    Tom Joyner sent Genarlow Wilson to Morehouse on a full scholarship & now he’s going to look out for Rachel’s education.
    — Shugah (@Shugah) July 16, 2013

    • 7 MightyPamela
      July 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

      This is one demonstration of how money should be used, it must flow, it must help others. Not sitting in the banks.

  4. 8 amk for obama
    July 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

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  6. 11 amk for obama
    July 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

  7. 12 hopefruit2
    July 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

    What a fabulous R & S round-up!! Thanks again, UT 🙂

  8. 13 utaustinliberal
    July 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

    People still need to pay attention to JurorB37 because she can self-publish, hire a right-winger to help her publish her disgusting book. I don’t believe this is over. A juror who would profit in such a self-serving manner off Trayvon Martin’s murder is a monster. Her appearance on AC360 raised so many eyebrows. Something stinks in this trial and her appearance showed it in HD.

  9. 14 amk for obama
    July 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

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  11. 16 amk for obama
    July 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

  12. July 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

  13. 18 99ts
    July 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Wonderful R&S thank you UT – but now

    g’nite all – my “shining” is done for another day. May your day be a good one.

  14. July 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

    UT = gem. Thank you legend, this is a wonderful R&S.

  15. 24 CEB
    July 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Good morning everyone.
    The kisscam video is one of my Obama family favorites mostly because Malia was so enthusiastic about her parents kissing in public. This says much about the open love and affection and the security that it gives children. When they missed the first opportunity Michelle said that Malia was disgusted with them then told her parents that she had arranged another opportunity for them. My next favorite is the video taken in the viewing box during the 2nd Inaugural parade. Sasha wanted to take a photo of her parents kissing and they did it 4 times (one shot was photo-bombed by Malia) until she got the picture she wanted. I do not know exactly why it is so, but there is something comforting and reassuring about the fact that we have a presidential family that is so close and loving.

    • 25 MightyPamela
      July 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

      I just love the expression on Malia’s face when they finally got it right! Teen Power! In the sweetest way!!

  16. 26 Linda
    July 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

    VP Biden to swear in Markey any minute on c-span 2

  17. July 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

    It is Tuesday and still difficult for me to wrap my mind around this crap! I just want to share this with the TOD family (thanks to all the blog tyrants, you have been fantastic). This is a long one, but I hope you will forgive me for that 🙂

    Still I Rise
    by Maya Angelou

    You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may trod me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

    Does my sassiness upset you?
    Why are you beset with gloom?
    ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
    Pumping in my living room.

    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I’ll rise.

    Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
    Weakened by my soulful cries.

    Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don’t you take it awful hard
    ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own back yard.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you?
    Does it come as a surprise
    That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
    At the meeting of my thighs?

    Out of the huts of history’s shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
    I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise.

  18. July 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning UT! Excellent Rise and Shine! I’ll be able to view some of the commentaries that I missed over the last few days. Thanks for including them. 🙂

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers….Everyone!!!

    Everyone stay hopeful and resolute.

  19. July 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Joy Reid is amazing !

    You noticed what she did – no ?

    Instead of talking about the fear of *black* parents for their (male) children, she made this about the fear of *all* parents about their children, namely the up-to-no-good adult that they’d better stay away from.

    Very good ! Applause !

  20. 32 amk for obama
    July 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

    A Norwegian musician with links to mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in France on “suspicion he was preparing a major terrorist act”.

    The French interior ministry said Kristian “Varg” Vikernes constituted “a potential threat to society”.

    He was arrested in central France after his wife bought four rifles.

    Vikernes, described by French officials as a neo-Nazi, had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.


    • July 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

      The insanity is too much.

      • July 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Not to me. In the late 70s, early 80s I travelled through Europe during the summer holidays by push-bike a lot. I met some of these guys. If you think that “de-Nazification” rid us of that trash, think again. They are absolutely convinced that their ideology can win, given that doesn’t happen.

        • July 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

          Sorry, again:

          I wasn’t surprised *at all*:

          In the late 70s, early 80s I travelled through Europe during the summer holidays by push-bike a lot. I met some of these guys. If you think that “de-Nazification” rid us of that trash, think again. They are absolutely convinced that their ideology can win, given that the “Dolchstoss-Legende-du-jour” doesn’t happen (again).

  21. 36 dotster3
    July 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Sad to hear LA protests turned violent, fulfilling the haters’ predictions. Dumb.

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      July 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

      LA protests and protesters were not violent. The cops turned violent on them by attacking them with dangerous rubber bullets that left injuries on people. Stop spreading misinformation.

      • 38 dotster3
        July 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

        Oh I see—-it was the police who broke windows, trashed cars, started fires and raided WalMart. Lots of news outlets should be sued for false info, I guess, including the TV reporter and camera man who were knocked down.

        • 39 utaustinliberal
          July 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

          In a protest that had hundreds of people peacefully rallying for Trayvon Martin, 14 boneheads broke off and went on their own to cause trouble yet you damn the entire group of LA protesters as causing violence.

          14 people out of hundreds of peaceful people rallying for justice for Trayvon Martin. 14. A minuscule number. Stop perpetuating a negative stereotype.

          You did not remark on the hundreds of peaceful protests that happened around the country. You did not remark on the good of people coming together to demand justice and a change in society. You looked for the negative. You actively sought for the negative. 14 people out of hundreds. That is wrong. That is unjust. That is unfair.

          • July 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

            UTAL, in your response here to Doster, I ask you to look at PBO’s leadership; and see if you can imagine him
            ever ever, going to such lengths to make another person wrong. You are awesome; keep on developing yourself;
            and steady as you go when something like this comes up that triggers you. I think I know where you are
            coming from, and I believe you can find another response to Dotster. We are a big bunch of opinions and passions, and you know Dotster as a wonderful contributer to TOD. She deserves space; we all do, and so do you. Thank you for listening to this.

            • 41 utaustinliberal
              July 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

              Don’t bring Pres. Obama into this. He has nothing to do with it. There were huge numbers of protests around the country and what did dotster do? She looked for the negative. She did not comment on the positive aspect of people coming together on behalf of Trayvon Martin. She actively sought the negative. My response to her was measured. There were 14 people who went out there to cause trouble and paint a bad light on the Trayvon Martin protests. 14 people out of hundreds in Los Angeles. Did she note that? No. She painted a broad brush on all Los Angeles protesters. That is unfair. That is unjust. That continues to perpetuate a stereotype that certain people are violent. These were positive outlets of peace and she sought the negative. That is wrong.

    • 42 purpleshoesla
      July 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Actually there were several protests/vigils across Los Angeles that were peaceful, didn’t fit the narrative of angry black people rampaging and rioting in the street and thus were not reported on. We are somewhat of a sprawling city. There where some on the Westside. I attended one in the Hollywood area. I also have friends and family that attended those in the Creshaw area and tell me that aside from the fools that broke off from one of the protests to inflict damage and injury, the overwhelming majority of the folks were determinedly non-violent, because many of them remember the burning of Crenshaw in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots in 92 and don’t want to see a repeat of their neighborhood burning in flames.

      I’m not excusing the behavior of those who broke off from the group at one of the LA protests by any means. But all at this site talk endlessly about the unfairness of how the media manipulates by playing up the negative in lopsided reporting and screaming headlines, that gins up knee-jerk reactionary fear and anger, that some then use to justify their rush to condemn and pass judgment on others with a broad brush. In reading the article you posted, I appreciate the fact that, at least once you get past the somewhat inflammatory headline, it factually reports what took place at that one protest; along with accurately reporting that both our Mayor and the police correctly concluded that a smaller faction chose to take advantage of the situation, and break away from the peaceful protest to cause mayhem and injury. It’s unfortunate that your comment erroneously painted all the LA protests with broad brush of the negative conduct of a few in my city.

  22. 43 Jovie
    July 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Until the next time!

  23. 49 JER
    July 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

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  25. 51 desertflower
    July 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

    President Obama’s speech on race. March18, 2008

  26. 54 Jovie
    July 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

  27. 59 Jovie
    July 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Enzo says he’s against Cordray, bc evil Government in charge….

  28. 61 jackiegrumbacher
    July 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I have entered day 4 of taking care of our teething ten month-old grandchild and am so tired, I feel as if I’ve climbed the highest mountain and run the longest distance race. In these last days, I’ve gained new respect for full time mothers and those who work outside the home and take care of their babies (as I did 40 years ago). I’ve also learned to respect the limits of age and wonder once again how Hillary Clinton will manage should she choose to run. Each election season we try to engage single mothers in political issues and in coming out to vote. This week I’ve discovered again why young mothers are the least reliable voting bloc. They’re exhausted. Day care options in most communities are difficult to find and impossibly expensive. We make everything difficult for women and then we wonder why they don’t participate more. We need good, affordable community day care. We need support systems for young families. But if it involves actually helping women, rather than repressing them and taking away their choices, there seems to be little, if any, national will.

    • 62 57andfemale
      July 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I don’t know how my younger friends do it – working full time jobs and dealing with their children and their homes.

      I feel for you, jackie. I see so many grandparents chasing toddlers in parks and stores – it’s too much to expect and yet there are no other good answers.

  29. 63 arapaho415
    July 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Reminder from yesterday (about today):

    Meta posting a few tweets from @LesleyClark (check her twitter timeline for more):

    The MSM dismiss Spanish-language media as POTUS’s outreach for immigration reform, but fail to mention that:
    “Univision is the Number 1 Broadcast Network Among Adults 18-49 and 18-34 for Second Consecutive Week”

  30. 65 57andfemale
    July 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The filibuster ‘deal’ according to cryptic tweets: A couple of NLRB nominations will go through but not all of the them, so Dem’s cannot control the NLRB. And a kick down the road to fight filibuster abuse in a few months.

    Just my impression from twitter. Trying to find the actual deal.

  31. 68 arapaho415
    July 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I have calmed down a bit from my initial reaction to seeing the Anderson Cooper interview snippets with Juror B37 that Jezebel posted yesterday (via lamh).

    Someone also posted this tweet, which pretty much sums up how biased that juror was in favor of Zimmerman:

    Al Sharpton asked on @Lawrence last night how juror B37 got a book contract — apparently an opportunity made available by our “neutral” media:

  32. 69 Jovie
    July 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Here’s the compromise everybody for the filibuster-

    McCain’s proposed compromise might mean that Griffin and Block are replaced by new nominees.

    To be clear, that’s 2 out of 3 nominees to the NLRB, probably republicans
    That’s a cave!

  33. 73 57andfemale
    July 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

  34. 74 57andfemale
    July 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

  35. 78 Mellesia Barnett
    July 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Good Morning everyone…Ut exceptional R&S my friend.

  36. 79 Jovie
    July 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This is funny and sad all at once. Right now they are voting, a procedural vote on whether to move Cordray forward.
    Do you know how many votes are needed?
    Some deal huh?

    • 80 57andfemale
      July 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

      The filibuster is intact, from what I can tell. the ‘deal’ is that enough Republicans will break the filibuster on the procedural vote. the actual vote will be a simple majority (if I understand these rules well enough. I think I’m right about this)

      So, from blustering Harry saying yesterday that nominees should not be filibustered, he got rid of two of PBO’s NLRB nominees that McConnell doesn’t like, and the filibuster remains intact.

      Unsure if the two new PBO nominees are automatically filibuster-proof. If not, we will get Cordray but McConnell gets to do what he wants to destroy PBO and the government.

  37. 81 Mellesia Barnett
    July 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

  38. 86 dotster3
    July 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

    In case this hasn’t been posted

  39. July 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

    • 92 utaustinliberal
      July 16, 2013 at 11:20 am

      ‘I understand [#JurorB37] very, very well, and I feel very comfortable in telling her to take her racism & fk off’ – *CLAP…..CLAP…..CLAP* As only he can do. Charlie for the win.

    • 93 Mellesia Barnett
      July 16, 2013 at 11:36 am

      I second that fk off. Her and George will have a nice place in hell reserved for the both of them

  40. July 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

  41. July 16, 2013 at 11:33 am

    • 102 Bill
      July 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Chips, my guess would be they are expat Americans living in Sligo. Their characterizations are too American not to think otherwise.

      • 103 Bill
        July 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

        Sorry, did not click on the article before commenting. Horrible people.

      • July 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

        Sounds like it alright, Bill – here’s the husband writing for the WSJ:


        • 105 amk for obama
          July 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

          The downsides of living here? For one, the availability of reasonably priced clothing and footwear. These items are very dear, and a 22% value-added tax makes it all the worse. (We rely on packages from home for new winter coats and shoes.) Common over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin, aren’t available without a prescription. We sometimes miss Wal-Mart WMT +0.16% .

          Typical teabagger rwnj. They want to enjoy all the other comforts Ireland offers without having to pay for it. Why are you allowing these nutz to poison your side of the ocean?

          • July 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm

            I ‘smiled’ at that too. I would have thought Ireland would seem communist to them, just tells you how eager they were to get out of America after a certain man was elected.

            As for this – “Common over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin, aren’t available without a prescription.”

            WTF are they talking about?! It’s bullshit!

  42. 109 Linda
    July 16, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Dana Bash and CNN misinforming Americans again….

    She just said that Reid was threatening to end the filibuster entirely.

    • 110 Layla
      July 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Horse face works for the turtle and the boner!

    • 111 donna dem 4 obama
      July 16, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Journalism is dead in America.

      • 112 nathkatun7
        July 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm

        Yes Indeed, Donna! The so called mainstream media, with minor exceptions, is all about peddling hype, sensationalism and parroting right wing/libertarian propaganda. What distresses me is that many of us buy into the hype and sensationalism.

    • 113 desertflower
      July 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

      If Dana Bash and her ilk can’t seem to do a little bit of fact checking BEFORE she opens her mouth…then she’s in the wrong damn job!


      In return for a virtually complete capitulation to Democratic demands, Republicans get to postpone the question of whether filibusters can still exist for executive branch nominees. Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) rejected an offer from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to confirm the pending nominees if Reid agreed to take the nuclear option off the table, so Reid retains the option of changing the Senate Rules in the future if Republicans obstruct future nominees. Senate Republicans will also get to make the rhetorical point that they prevented two NLRB nominees whose recess appointments were called into question by a pair of court decisions handed down by five Republican judges from being confirmed to their seats on that agency.
      What appears to set this filibuster reform fight from previous engagements where Democrats ultimately agreed to much less favorable deals is the resolve of Reid’s caucus. To the very end, it appeared very clear that Democrats had the 51 votes necessary to trigger the nuclear option, so Republicans had no choice but to deal.

      • 114 57andfemale
        July 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        “Resolve of Reid’s caucus”. Got it, Dems? Act like Democrats, support a Democratic agenda and we can actually get somewhere.

        Of course, the filibuster is intact for everything else and we postpone the issue for all other nominees. But for once, holding together yielded some results.

  43. 115 Bill R.
    July 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Obama care works!

  44. July 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Ok, I’m in a foul mood right now. Woke up at 5 a.m. to find that one of my cats had decided to piss the bed right next to me. Couldn’t get back to sleep, obviously, as I had to do emergency laundry. And now I read that the filibuster is intact. I think I’m going to stay off the intertubes today. There’s no profit in it.

    • 118 Layla
      July 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Good for you LL! In keeping with the excrement theme “wash this shite right out of your brain”

    • 119 desertflower
      July 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm


      There will be some disappointment out there that the filibuster wasn’t changed, and that’s understandable. But anyone who thought Harry Reid would change the rules for the sake of filibuster reform itself just wasn’t paying attention.
      This has always been about forcing Republicans to drop their blockade of nominations. The preference of Dem leaders has, from the outset, plainly been to avoid a rules change by simple majority by getting Republicans to cave on just enough nominations to give them the cover not to change the rules. The future of the filibuster aside, Democrats got this, and then some. And, crucially, by standing firm, and escalating the threat level in a way that maintained credibility, they made it clear that there is a marker that Republicans must not cross — there is a point at which Republican obstructionism becomes so undemocratic and intolerable that Democrats will change the rules to put an end to it. That marker remains in place.

      Good bunch of info here.

      • 120 desertflower
        July 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        Oh wait…you’re never going to see this being off the intertubes!

      • 121 amk for obama
        July 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        I see it as a weak sauce of a win. The illegal filibuster (never mind all the word salad making it sound as a constitutional thingy) still stands. Legislation and more importantly judges are still game for rethugs’ ‘nuclear’ tactics. Given their 100% intransigence in the last 5 years, reid should have gone for the kill.

    • 123 Bill
      July 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Your cat was probably protesting your wife is not home.

    • 124 nathkatun7
      July 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      LL, In my humble opinion, the filibuster is neither fundamentally evil nor fundamentally good. What is is evil about the current filibuster is the way Republicans have abused it simply because they hate President Obama. A filibuster when used wisely can prevent the enactment of obnoxious laws and the confirmation of obnoxious judges and justices with life time tenures. I wish Democrats had filibustered Samuel Alito to deny him life time tenure at the Supreme Court. Just my two cents that I know the vast majority here at TOD don’t agree with.

      • July 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        Oh, I’m just generally grumpy. Harry got a good pound of flesh from the deal, and managed to split the R’s. Waking up next to a pool of cat pee is not the best way to start off a day.

  45. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    July 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

    UT – Thank you for this marvelous post. I see I have a lot of catching up to do!

    Your parting message was particularly poignant to me: ” … there is always hope; so go out into the world and treat people like you would wish to be treated.” = Golden Rule for 2013

    If Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Jill Biden can do that, each and every day, why can’t we? Personally, I’ve felt like “bashing in a few heads,” but I’m going to keep trying. Peace.

  46. 127 Linda
    July 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    So now two qualified NLRB get to lose their jobs because McConnell has menstrual cramps ?

  47. 132 nathkatun7
    July 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    UT, Thanks for another great post!

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