Rise and Shine


All times Eastern:

10:0: The President departs the White House

12:10: Arrives Galesburg, Illinois

12:55: Delivers remarks at Knox College

3:50: Departs Galesburg en route Warrensburg, Missouri

4:40: Arrives Warrensburg

5:20: Delivers remarks at the University of Central Missouri

6:15: Departs Warrensburg

8:15: Arrives Joint Base Andrews

8:30: Arrives the White House

Detailed schedule here


President Obama talks with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan in the Oval Office, July 23 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Yahoo: President Barack Obama’s speech on economic policy Wednesday will be the first in an ambitious series of six addresses laying out a sweeping vision for America’s future. The philosophy at the core of the campaign will be familiar, but there will be “aggressive new ideas.”

That’s according to Cody Keenan, the speechwriter in charge of crafting what may be Obama’s most far-reaching second-term effort to get Americans to sign on to his plans.

… Obama’s six speeches will cover education, housing, retirement security, health care, poverty and jobs, Keenan said…

“In the weeks ahead — especially when it comes to college costs, which is something he’s obsessed with — we’ll have some aggressive new ideas,” said Keenan.

More here


Time: Why Obama Keeps Going Back to One Small Illinois College

…. Knox has a special place in the President’s heart and in American history. “It’s the place where I gave my first big speech after I had been elected to the U.S. Senate,” Obama said at a recent event in Washington. Wednesday marks his third visit – once as a Senate candidate, once as a Senator and now as commander-in-chief – adding to a long history of presidents and political figures who have left a mark on the college.

Founded in 1837 by religious missionaries who opposed slavery, Knox College was, from its beginning, a progressive institution that welcomed women and people of color. In 1858, the college was the site of the fifth of seven Lincoln-Douglas debates, where Abraham Lincoln, challenging incumbent Senator Stephan A. Douglas, debated the nature and future of slavery.

More here



Headline of the week?

Leaders of the Republican Party are still predicting that Obamacare will be a disaster, one that will wreak havoc on American health care. Most of their allies in the media say the same thing. But a small group of conservative intellectuals has been warning that the law might not be so apocalyptical — that, with full implementation about to begin, wholesale repeal may no longer be possible…

… Once Americans can take advantage of the law’s benefits — once more low-income people become eligible for Medicaid, and once more low- and middle-income people start to get subsidies that will help them buy private insurance — taking those benefits away will be nearly impossible, particularly since Republicans still haven’t proposed an alternative that would come close to providing the same level of security.

More here



Michael Tomasky: Don’t Repeal Any Laws, Repeal John Boehner

The speaker says Republicans should be judged on how many laws they repeal. This is unprecedented, irresponsible, and terrifying. …

It would be impossible to name the craziest thing said by a Republican so far this year….

New entrants arrive constantly and the competition is feral. And yet paradoxically they don’t even shock anymore. But one recent Republican remark should arrest you and deserves your contemplation: John Boehner’s statement on Face the Nation Sunday that he and his House Republicans “ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.”

It’s not an outrageous statement in the Obama-wants-to-impose-Sharia vein, but in its way it’s more disturbing. The Republican Party now sees dysfunction as not just an unfortunate consequence of a set of historical factors, something that they might work every now and again to correct. Now, the Republican Party sees dysfunction as its mission.

More here



Read Steve Benen on King here and Ed Kilgore here



La Opinión: Cruel and Indecent

Family values are a pillar of traditional Republican discourse. But as soon as it comes time to address immigration issues, all of their emphasis on family unity goes out the window, replaced by advocacy for division.

This is the logical conclusion that follows from the KIDS Act, being developed by the House of Representatives. While this House bill would legalize the status of minors brought to the United States without papers by their parents, it would be the only measure the lower house would approve to regularize the status of anyone undocumented, unlike the Senate bill that initially aspired to benefit 11 million people.

The bill’s sponsor, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, speaking in favor of the measure, stated that this is a matter of “decency and compassion”…..

More here



Eugene Robinson: Obama’s race challenge — and ours

Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

Obama’s remarks Friday were brief and informal. But they amounted to the most important speech about race our first African American president has delivered in office.

My skepticism about whether Obama should even try to say anything meaningful about Martin’s death and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, had nothing to do with the president’s thoughtfulness or eloquence. I simply feared that whatever he said would be misconstrued — deliberately, by some — in a way that robbed his words of their intended meaning.

But Obama began by talking about himself. It was disarming to hear the most powerful man in the world speak of powerlessness.

More here



The Hill: Trayvon Martin’s father will speak at Wednesday’s inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.

Tracy Martin will give the opening remarks at a hearing called “The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature into Strong Men.” The newly formed caucus is chaired by Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

The hearing will also feature three other speakers, each of whom will address a different stage in the life of black males in the U.S.

More here

There will be live coverage of the hearing from 3:0 ET on C-Span 3



ThinkProgress: Voting in North Carolina may soon change, much in the same way a wrecking ball changes a building.

The highly-conservative North Carolina legislature just released a new voter suppression bill that would enact not just voter ID, but a host of other new initiatives designed to make it more difficult to vote. A significant roadblock to the legislation was removed last month when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, making it easier for states with a history of racial discrimination like North Carolina to enact new voter suppression laws.

The Senate will consider substituted language for HB 589 on Tuesday afternoon. Among the dozens of changes, these are the most onerous for North Carolina voters….

More here



USA Today: … Speaking Wednesday at the stock exchange in Mumbai, Vice President Biden said he wanted to go “off script” to talk about a letter he received shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate in 1972.

“I received a letter from a gentleman named Biden from Mumbai, asserting that we were related,” Biden said to laughter. “Seriously.”

The letter writer told Biden that one of their ancestors worked for the British East India trading company back in the 1700s, and wound up in the city then known as Bombay.

…. “So I was thinking about it – if that’s true, I might run here in India for office,” Biden mused. “I might be qualified.”

More here



Greenwald was giddily tweeting news of a poll last week that showed support for Snowden …. wonder will he tweet this one?

TPM: Poll – Americans Turn On Snowden, Majority Supports Criminal Charges

….. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 53 percent of Americans are in favor of criminal charges being brought against Snowden…. Moreover, 57 percent of Americans believe it’s more important for the government to investigate potential terrorist threats than for it to protect privacy rights….

More here



On this day….

President Obama shares a lighter moment with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office on July 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama at the Marine Barracks evening parade in Washington, Friday on July 24, 2009

President Obama greets patrons and restaurant staff during a local stop at the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland, Ore., July 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)




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110 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Have a great day!!! 😀

  2. 11 Carol
    July 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Good morning!

  3. 12 vcprezofan2
    July 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning, everyone!

    Oh is that you? AfternoooOOOOooon Chips! So nice of you to drop by. 😛 razz: 😉

  4. July 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I’ve just fainted. No, seriously:

    • July 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

      {{{{{{smelling salts}}}}}}

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      July 24, 2013 at 10:20 am

      CC, I am somewhat concerned. My nervousness around your past frequent fainting spells (and hard head-hitting falls) had settled nicely only now it seems the underlying problem is resurfacing. You really should go see a doctor BEFORE it becomes a recurring problem – sure I’ve no science/medical background but even I know something is not quite right when someone faints easily and often, especially when they keep hitting the same section of their head. In your case, I’m worried your head may not be able to withstand too many more falls and, full disclosure, selfishly, I admit I can’t have anything serious happening to you. Sooooo check things out, why don’tcha?

  5. 25 jackiegrumbacher
    July 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Great roundup, Chips. More and more people have to realize that the Republicans are simply destructive. They build nothing but hate and do nothing positive. This has got to be our message. A vote for the GOP is a vote for more destruction, more pain, more dysfunction. We can only really grow and prosper as an economy and a country if we elect a Democratic Congress. Nobody should let the media prognostications about a GOP takeover of the Senate get them down. Work like we’ve never worked before. We can’t be defeated if we get out to vote.

    • July 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Morning Jackie, you are sooooo right. I thought Tomasky’s piece was especially good:

      “The Republican Party now sees dysfunction as not just an unfortunate consequence of a set of historical factors, something that they might work every now and again to correct. Now, the Republican Party sees dysfunction as its mission.”

      • 27 No Child Left Behind
        July 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

        I hope Dems running in 2014 will use this obstruction and destruction in many ads to show to all voters, republicans and democrats, that any GOP candidate has only one mission: to be part of the problem and not to bring any solution in Washington. Sane individuals need to realize that even if they didn’t vote for President Obama, dysfunction is not a policy that will enhance anyone’s life or create jobs. The republicans in Congress need to be replaced by people of good will that will look for compromise so that the country can move FORWARD.

      • 28 vcprezofan2
        July 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

        That is a seriously good article with lots of truly meaningful ‘wake up, America!’ bits, simply stated. I plan to retweet it through the day, using different quotations. IT’S RECOMMENDED READING, IMO.

  6. 29 GGAIL
    July 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Good West Coast morning to the most valuable Blog Mistress in the World!
    Chipsticks, you make my life more balanced. Thank You.

  7. 32 Mellesia Barnett
    July 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning Chips, fellow TOD’ers

  8. 33 Mellesia Barnett
    July 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

  9. 34 amk for obama
    July 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

    um, eh, er,mmm, .. No eugene. You just couldn’t break yourself out of bw bubble.

  10. July 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Morning all you O’s!!!! It’s another great getting up day in TODville doncha know?!?!?! PBO will be due southwest of my digs today. I should go purdy up just in case he does another fly-by rotor dip wave at me from Marine One.

    PS: For the first time I saw an ObamaCares commercial. It was very well done, convincing, and thoroughly adorable. One of the pundits said it is a terrible mistake for PBO to continue to identify ACA with the term Obamacare. As usual, what do they know, and the term will be as historic as Social Security and Medicare. That is what burns them, not the ACA itself, but it will carry PBO’s name into infinity.

  11. 36 Mellesia Barnett
    July 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

  12. 37 Dudette
    July 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    😀 😀 😀

  13. 47 HZ
    July 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD family.

    Beautiful hot hugs from the west coast. However, nice to be a part of this beautiful day.

    So many wonderful articles to read and enjoy.

    Love the photos, Chips.

    Everyone , have a beautiful day. Fill with your collections of:

    Kind words

    Caring hearts

    Open minds

    and a gentle and grateful spirit.

    Be kind to your space, and remember that joy is a very busy and wonderful friend to invite into your space. Be joyful in your day, I pray for my
    TOD family.

    Remember to lift POB up in your quiet times of prayer and meditation. He will appreciate his TOD family surrounding his spirit with lots of goodness today. ()

    Lots of loving healing hugs going out to gobrooklyn(((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Love you gobrooklyn)))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    • July 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Morning HZ, lovely to hear from you, hope you’re keeping well.

      • 49 HZ
        July 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

        GM, my special angel. I am doing fine. I hope all is well in your space as well. Love you dearly. ((((((((( TY for this beautiful haven))))))))HZ

    • 50 Dudette
      July 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Bless you HZ! {{{{{{{{{HZ}}}}}}}}}} You warm my heart. TY for your beautiful spirit and your sweet words! You are like cool water for a troubled soul. Love you!

      Hugs to VC and GoBrooklyn and all of our family going through tough times & struggles. Know you are loved and this place is your home.

      • 51 HZ
        July 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

        GM, my “Musician-In-Chief.” Your words are so kind and generous, and I take them gently to my space with care.
        ((((((( Love you Dudette)))))))))

        Now, I am jumping in the car and going down to pick up some Hebrew Nationals and sweet relish. Love all of that. Oh, I need the buns. See my loving family in a few minutes. HZ

        • July 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Could you bring some sauerkraut for the foreigners?!

          • 53 HZ
            July 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

            Hi meta, I did not see your request, but you know I would have done just that for you my special family member. I actually looked at some while making a decision about the relish. I like a certain brand, and had trouble locating it. But all is great. Got everything. Hot dogs for lunch, and dinner for sure. HZ

    • 54 GGAIL
      July 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Good morning HZ. Thanks for the reminders – peace & love.

      • 55 HZ
        July 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

        GM, GGail. You are so sweet. I hope you are keeping cool in the heat. ((((((( Love you, my dear neighbor.))))))))HZ

  14. July 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

  15. 58 Dudette
    July 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

  16. July 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

    More headfake.

    BREAKING: Lawyer advising NSA leaker Snowden says he is staying in Moscow airport transit zone for now.

    • 60 desertflower
      July 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Yeah…THIS is Snowden’s “lawyer” ! http://thedailybanter.com/2013/07/snowden-inexplicably-hires-a-lawyer-with-ties-to-russian-intelligence-agency/

      Snowden has also retained a Russian lawyer: a man named Anatoly Kucherena. Fine, in and of itself. The man needs a lawyer. But it’s an utterly bizarre move considering that Kucherena reportedly sits on the Public Council for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). Until 1995, the FSB was known as the Federal Counter-Intelligence Service (FSK). Before that, it was two agencies: the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and the Federal Agency of Government Communications and Information (FAPSI). And before that? It was the Committee of State Security. The acronym: KGB.

      In other words, Snowden, who claims to be highly suspicious if not totally disdainful of spy agencies, has hired a lawyer with direct ties to the spy agency formerly known as the KGB. But there’s more. Kucherena is connected with President Vladimir Putin, who, in turn, was a lieutenant colonel with the KGB earlier in his career and, to date, doesn’t have a stellar human rights record. Kucherena was also the lawyer for a pro-Putin filmmaker named Nikita Mikhalkov who publicly supported a plan for Putin to remain in office even after his term had expired.

      Morning TOD…HZ, wonderful to see you here this beautiful morning:) Glad to hear all is well. Hugs to you:)

  17. July 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

  18. July 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

  19. 64 JER
    July 24, 2013 at 10:33 am


    Knox College wasn’t just the site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates–it’s a place of special importance to the 44th President …

    Founded in 1837 by religious missionaries who opposed slavery, Knox College was, from its beginning, a progressive institution that welcomed women and people of color. In 1858, the college was the site of the fifth of seven Lincoln-Douglas debates, where Abraham Lincoln, challenging incumbent Senator Stephan A. Douglas, debated the nature and future of slavery. …

    Read more: http://nation.time.com/2013/07/24/why-obama-keeps-going-back-to-one-small-illinois-college/#ixzz2ZyQ1L600

    • July 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Great link JER, thank you, what a proud history the college has.

    • July 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

      From the article:

      On October 7, 1858, a day after a heavy rainstorm and in the middle of a cold snap, more than 15,000 people packed the campus. Douglas argued, as he had before, that the Declaration of Independence, as it was written by white men, was only meant to apply to white men, while Lincoln argued that the Declaration was intended for all men….

      Douglas’ thought are still echoed today….they manifest themselves…in the SCOTUS decision on the VRA, on the voter Id laws./…on the Stop and Frisk…and on current GOP position on Immigration….

      BUT we are not going to let anyone turn us around…and deny us our Freedom…

  20. 67 sherijr
    July 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I am really disturbed by this Police Chief in PA… how does anyone in that county/city get fair treatment by any police officer working for this Neanderthal? The people who live there really need to make some noise, hopefully they will.

    • July 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

      I share your astonishment that anyone with this kind of sick and deranged attitude can be in a powerful position of authority with a gun. He’s a crazy hothead with extreme bigotry in his heart and mind. Something must be done.

      • 69 sherijr
        July 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

        you said it right meta… sick and deranged. It really bothers me when any police officer behaves in this manner and it is even more disturbing when he’s in charge of the police of an entire area. we can be relatively certain anyone he hires/hired will have much of his mindset.

    • 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm


      Gilberton is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, four miles (7 km) west by south of Mahanoy City. Extensive deposits of coal are in the region, and coal-mining had been practiced by many of the 4,373 people who lived there in 1900. The coal-mining industry was thriving in 1910, and 5,401 people lived in Gilberton. The population was 867 at the 2000 census.

      Gilberton is located at 40°47′51″N 76°13′33″W (40.797496, -76.225781)[1].
      According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (2.74%) is water. The borough is made up of three small villages, Mahanoy Plane, Maizeville and Gilberton proper.

      As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 867 people, 385 households, and 219 families residing in the borough. The population density was 608.3 people per square mile (234.1/km²). There were 474 housing units at an average density of 332.6 per square mile (128.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.92% White, 0.35% Native American, 1.61% Asian, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.
      There were 385 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 3.10.
      In the borough the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.
      The median income for a household in the borough was $24,792, and the median income for a family was $34,500. Males had a median income of $27,875 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,785. About 9.5% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

      ^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”. United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
      ^ “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

    • 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I’ve written the Schuylkill County Council, PA AG, and DOJ. That man is a threat to public safety.

      • 72 sherijr
        July 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        wow Alycee thank you for all the info and writing to the AG and DOJ, I will follow suit. A threat to public safety is a perfect way to describe him. He has no business working in this type of job or position. When you hate and want to kill over half the country- then the last thing you ought be doing is carrying a weapon and the power to get away w/ using it.

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      July 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Sherijr, from what I can gather this is a very small town in PA and it obviously has no oversight. The mayor condones what this police chief says, so it’s up to the people of the town to go above her head. I know there’s a county sheriff’s office and there are county administrative offices that can be appealed to. This is a situation where the chief of police has lost his marbles and proven himself incompetent to do his job. The citizens of the town have to act.

      • 74 sherijr
        July 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        I agree, but I also believe that this is something that PA state AG should look into also. The people of the town may well live in fear of this man and his police force… or maybe they too have the same mindset and are agreeable with his behavior as the mayor .. but there must be a set of rules/laws that he has to abide by.. one being, I would think that he doesn’t make videos pretending to kill a Democratic Congress woman (Pelosi)… or calling out half the nation’s populace. I have really begun to be concerned about PA.

  21. 75 JER
    July 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

  22. 76 sherijr
    July 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I have started following the Baltimore Police on twitter since I moved here…… and yesterday they posted a poster of a very young looking black male covered in tattoos wanted for murder- calling him the city’s most wanted. The comments beneath that from people refer to the young man as being “Obama’s Son”. This is how thoroughly effed up the racism by people has become. What bothers me also is that the Baltimore Police twitter account allows these comments to stand.

  23. 83 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

    • July 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I am sure all lies re Obamacare from Daily Caller. If a republican is opening his mouth, you know he is lying. The word truth is not in their vocabularies.

  24. July 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

  25. 87 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2013 at 10:54 am



    House GOP Leaders Float Baby Steps at a Time When Broad Reform is Needed

    In recent days House Republicans are floating ideas and expressing optimism that they can get something done on immigration reform. There’s talk of a KIDS Act to help Dreamers. There’s talk of piecemeal measures that might add up to a comprehensive approach. There’s talk of legalization but without an achievable path to citizenship for most. But from a policy and a political perspective, half-steps and small ball just don’t measure up. Among the key developments:
    According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

    The House should hurry up and evolve already. The Senate has passed a strong if imperfect bill that combines enforcement, legal immigration reforms and legalization with a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. This will grow the economy, reduce the deficit and curtail unauthorized immigration. It’s noteworthy that many House Republicans are moving away from their Stone Age stand in support of self-deportation and arriving in the Middle Ages of half-steps, but the challenge is to build a 21st Century immigration system that is workable and humane through a comprehensive reform. Anything less just won’t cut it.



  26. 88 arapaho415
    July 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I sooooo hope that Assange/Greenwald/Poitras and that whole Wikileaks crew is exposed as a treacherous arm of the Russian FSB (formerly known as the Soviet KGB in Putin’s active-duty time):

    From @JeffersonObama’s twitter timeline yesterday:

    • 89 desertflower
      July 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Morning, arapaho:) See my post @58….

      • 90 arapaho415
        July 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

        Thanks for posting.

        MSM need to re-examine their knee-jerk reaction in defending the vile Greenwald and his smarmy accomplice Assange and how they are enabling treasonous actions in support of “First Amendment” rights.

        MSM willfully ignored Belarus’s despicable dictator in reporting the Bolivia’s Morales saga a couple of weeks ago. Eyes wide shut indeed.

  27. 91 Nena20409
    July 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Good Morning TODers, beautiful people……Great bt and brilliant postings.

    Thank you all.

    Hal Parks is on Stephanie Miller now…..It is playing behind me…..on The Radio. I love him. A Comic, Radio host and a Hard Rocker…..my kind of people.

    See you all later when PBO gives his Economic Speech at 1:00PM ET.

    Bye for now.

    • 92 cookemom
      July 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

      1:00pm?? Here I was thinking it was scheduled for 10:00 and that he was just a little late getting started. Oh well, I guess I can take off my false………..eyelashes. No need to sit around all gussied up for another 3 hours.

  28. 94 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Congressman Rejects Bipartisan Criticism, Insists Many Undocumented Youth Are ‘Drug Mules’


  29. 95 arapaho415
    July 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Loved the VP Biden Mumbai story.

    My personal opinion is that President Joe Biden would take the sting from losing President Obama in 2017. He’s got such a generous progressive heart.

    For those who missed AMK’s LOL remark yesterday (thanks for the RT @AMK4Obama):

  30. 96 dotster3
    July 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

    President Obama gave his first, I believe, commencement speech at Knox College June 4, 2005. I remember it, and thinking “Wow!”——one of the first indicators to me that he would be president one day.


  31. 97 Dakota
    July 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Chips…You and Bunk…Loves It!

    Hubby loves hot dogs. I could feed him hot dogs every day and he’d be happy. Believe it or not, we have a great Chicago Dog place here in Santa Fe so that’s where we’ll be going for lunch. And yes Dudette, spicy mustard is the correct choice!

  32. 98 desertflower
    July 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

    In my email from PBO today about his speech….it says that we can tune in @ 12:50pm to hear his speech…just be aware that it MAY start early:) You know how we get surprised by those early start times:)

  33. 99 desertflower
    July 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I see from Bloomberg that Boner is speaking on the House floor….more BS, no doubt

  34. July 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Political reporters (self described “journalists” lol) really didn’t like Nate and his facts. What I didn’t like after his move to the NY Times was too often Nate’s commentary on the 2012 election was not supported by his statistics on the same page.


  35. 101 desertflower
    July 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm


    Few companies have benefited more from the record number of gun sales in the U.S. than hunting, fishing and outdoor products retailer Cabela’s (CAB.N).

    Its shares are up more than 67 percent over the last year, in large part because of what the company called “extraordinary” demand for firearms and ammunition in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut. FBI background checks of gun purchasers – considered the best proxy for retail gun sales – are up nearly 29 percent over the last year ending in June, for a total of 11.4 million.

    But amid the fervor over gun sales, which have jumped by an estimated 20 percent at Cabela’s over the last 12 months, analysts and fund managers cite another reason for the company’s success: its use of customer data. And they say this should allow the shares to rise further when the overall growth in firearm sales slips.

    Leveraging data to increase revenue is common in retailing. But experts say Cabela’s, a $4.7 billion market-cap company whose roots trace back to the direct mail business selling fishing flies that Dick and Mary Cabela started at their kitchen table in 1961, has one of the most sophisticated customer-tracking and analytics programs in the industry.

    Little mini NSA to market to customers….who knew!

    • 102 57andfemale
      July 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Modern tracking began with marketing techniques. No one does it better, or is at the forefront of new methods, than marketers.

  36. 103 57andfemale
    July 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Outrageous subsidies for oil companies aren’t enough. Republicans have to help oil companies rake in more obscene profits. “Free” enterprise, my ass: they are aided and abetted at every turn by Republicans who would rather rape the air and land than do anything constructive:

    • 104 desertflower
      July 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      No matter what the topic is that would move this country forward, they refuse to work with anyone, even anyone IN THEIR OWN PARTY, that goes against them and their fossilized ideas. They are owned by these huge corporate entities that pay them to move their ideas and platforms through congress…never caring what is best for America. They are self serving and the only reason they even got into govt in the first place, is to dismantle it in favor of these corporations they bow down to. This becomes more and more apparent by the second to anyone paying attention that has half a brain.
      They are afraid all these new ideas…WILL WORK! Will make for a cleaner, safer, more equitable, more just America. They WANT the constant upheaval to take away from real honest to goodness hard work of governing…we all know this.

      In that vain, I want us to brainstorm some questions for August recess town halls. I hope everyone here can attend at least one in your area. ESPECIALLY if you have Republican rep. Since we already know that they will come “prepared” with a little packet from the RNC about things to bash, rather than talk about everything THEY HAVEN’T DONE while in Washington….besides waste taxpayer $$ while taking THEIR paychecks and perks….I think that we should turn the tables on them and hold them accountable…after all, they work for us, not the other way around.

      Here’s my thought: Go with a group from OFA or a group of friends…the more the merrier. Don’t sit together..fan yourselves out in the room. Ask pointed questions about the THINGS THEY HAVE VOTED ON OR AGAINST and word it in such a way that they will have to respond with an answer that will make people in the audience question them or want to seek answers on their own. I got this idea after reading a comment on Politicususa from a comment by Jeff (wonder if it’s “our” Jeff?) He says:

      there is a simple antidote to the town meeting. show up and ask the rep if he supports cantor’s bill that would eliminate time and a half for overtime. change the subject to what they actually did, not what they are against…..

      I think this is a smashing idea:) It will take some prep on each of our parts to find a topic you want to ask about and then find out how they voted on it…then framing your question to show what they actually did and adding comment to your question to highlight why the way they voted goes against the people, the environment, voting rights, women…whatever it happens to be.

      So let’s brainstorm some pointed questions together and put them on the defensive and keep control of these town hall meetings…after all, this is what democracy is all about. Who’s in??

  37. 107 JER
    July 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  38. 108 JER
    July 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  39. 110 JER
    July 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Live stream is up for President Obama at Knox College: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

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