Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during the National Anthem at the start of an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the suspension of the 1950-1953 Korean War at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. July 27



The President has no public events scheduled


Darlene Superville: Obama Says Korean War Veterans ‘Deserve Better’

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to take time from their “hurried lives” to listen to the heroic stories of Korean War veterans who returned to a country weary of war and deserved a better homecoming.

“Unlike the Second World War, Korea did not galvanize our country. These veterans did not return to parades,” Obama said in a speech at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, making the 60th anniversary of the war’s end.

“Unlike Vietnam, Korea did not tear at our country. These veterans did not return to protests. For many Americans tired of war, there was it seemed a desire to forget, to move on,” Obama said.

They “deserve better,” the president said, adding that on this anniversary, “perhaps the highest tribute we can offer our veterans of Korea is to do what should have been done the day you came home.”

More here


Obama Korea-cropped-proto-custom_28


ThinkProgress: Growing Number Of States Are Reporting Lower Than Expected Health Care Premiums

Health premiums in Maryland’s exchanges will be “among the lowest of the 12 states that have available proposed or approved rates for comparison,” the state’s exchange — Maryland Health Connection — announced Friday. The news comes just as New York,Oregon, Montana, California, and Louisiana are also reporting lower than expected premiums.

In Maryland, a 25-year-old will be able to purchase a plan that is more comprehensive than policies currently available on the individual market for $114 per month, while a middle aged adult will have to pay approximately $260 per month for insurance. A 21-year-old non-smoker can start as low as $93 a month. Officials say they used their authority to deny rate increases to reduce the proposed premiums by “more than 50 percent.” Thirty other states have have similar authority.

More here


GOP, is this a description of you?


ThinkProgress: Steve King: In Private, Republicans Actually Agree With My ‘Cantaloupe-Sized Calves’

A growing number of Republicans are publicly distancing themselves from Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) claim that many undocumented youths are drug mules with cantaloupe-sized calves, but the conservative congressman claims that GOP lawmakers are backing him in private.

During an appearance on Fox News on Saturday, King said that Republicans are in fact standing by him, but are afraid to publicly support him for fear of sparking outrage and losing their legislative leverage…..

More here



Hunter Walker: John  Kerry: ‘This Is A Pivotal Moment For Egypt’

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement Saturday after at least 65 people were killed and over 1,000 were injured in Egypt during clashes between security forces, armed men, and protesters demonstrating against the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi.

Kerry said he spoke with Egypt’s Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei and Interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy Saturday morning to express “our deep concern about the bloodshed.” He also described the situation as a “pivotal moment for Egypt” and called for an “independent and impartial inquiry into the events of the last day.”

Read the statement here


This is the unvarnished NYT interview with President Obama. Read it. This is him in his own words.



Click on the craigconnects link. It’s very informative


Asawin Suebsaeng: Obama Says Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired By Founding Fathers, Conservatives Freak Out

 After a meeting with Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang on Thursday, President Barack Obama said the following to reporters (emphasis mine): At the conclusion of the meeting, President Sang shared with me a copy of a letter sent by Ho Chi Minh to Harry Truman. And we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson. Ho Chi Minh talks about his interest in cooperation with the United States. And President Sang indicated that even if it’s 67 years later, it’s good that we’re still making progress. (Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese communist and nationalist revolutionary leader who died in 1969. He fought alongside Allied forces during World War II, but fought American forces during the Vietnam War.)

Several conservative media outlets blasted the president on similar terms. “Obama may have just been trying to flatter his guest who was obviously eager to show that Ho was not the monster history shows him to be,” Chris Stirewalt, digital politics editor for Fox News wrote. “But his connection between the American founders and Ho shows either a massive lack of historical knowledge on the part of the president or a remarkable degree of moral flexibility.”

Yes, it is true that the United States once waged a disastrous, pointless, and horrific waragainst Ho Chi Minh and the people of Vietnam. But Obama’s comment wasn’t a gaffe or insult to American war vets. What Obama said is literally a historical fact. In September 1945, Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi to a crowd of nearly a million Vietnamese. Not only was the “The Star-Spangled Banner” played by a Vietnamese band during his address, but he opens his speech by quoting Thomas Jefferson.

More here


The fantastic Sarah Slamen (@VictorianPrude). 


A year ago today:

First lady Michelle Obama watches the women’s singles tennis match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympics Games, July 28

.. with Venus Williams and former gymnast Dominique Dawes

Serena Williams gives a thumbs up gesture toward her sister Venus and first lady Michelle Obama after she defeated Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic



Have A Great Day! 😀


112 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

    GM 😆

  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I haven’t a clue YET what this post is about, but ‘Howdy’, Chips, and ‘Thanks’.

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      July 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

      😳 It’s you, Utal! Thanks, just the same. I’m going to read what you’ve shared right this next minute. 😀

      • 9 a4alice
        July 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

        hey VC! GM TOD – holy mackeral UT how do you find the time to do all this? Tell the truth – you have a clone, right? 😉

        Hey Chipstah!

        • 10 vcprezofan2
          July 28, 2013 at 10:42 am

          Hello a4A!
          Yes, I am often impressed with Utal’s gathering and sourcing ability. She gets to the heart of things so quickly! (Generally takes me forever to locate one source.)

  3. July 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Good morning VC and all TOD’ers and thanks UT….

  4. 13 jackiegrumbacher
    July 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

    VC, glad you’re back after all your hard work and the beautiful celebration of your nephew’s life. UT has done an outstanding job, as usual. I especially like the Obama Diary tweet about the non-use of the president’s title by the media. They can’t help themselves and it never fails to irk me. Glad the president has no public events. He needs some recharging time with his wife. Have a great day all.

  5. 14 cookemom
    July 28, 2013 at 10:23 am

    wait…..I thought I rose and shone already. Hold on, while I get another cup of coffee, rizen and shizen twice in the same morning ain’t easy.

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      July 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

      That was just early bird chatting, silly! 😉 😉 😀

      • 17 cookemom
        July 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

        well this old bird can’t rustle up much rising and shining that quickly.

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          July 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

          Have you done any running during the past week?

          (Right answer = No, I’ve been busy =* I* will feel less guilt about doing only one day of my ‘new’ routine.)

          • 19 cookemom
            July 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

            actually, i did have the right answer for you. Last week I went on my 3 mile run with #2 and did a boot camp type exercise with the granddaughter. I haven’t done anything since then, unless I count trying to keep up with the grandson. Btw, nothing wrong with doing only the one day, under your circumstances of late. To get restarted, just do the one day, once a day, then you’ll have it all under control.

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

              ‘To get restarted, just do the one day, once a day,’

              You are a gem! I really needed that – I guess you could see the shrug that was forming about starting back …again! Thanks, will push the reset on the restart button tomorrow.

  6. July 28, 2013 at 10:23 am

  7. 22 utaustinliberal
    July 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

    You must…must read the NYT transcript of their interview with Pres. Obama. POTUS for the win!


  8. 23 utaustinliberal
    July 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

  9. 24 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Well, hi there, JG! I was beginning to wonder if the village had been abandoned in my absence. 😉

    Media, and supporters, not using the President’s title really, really irks me too. In fact I often have to restrain myself from ‘correcting’ it when I see it. I make allowances on twitter because I figure sometimes it might be a matter of trying to save space, but often it really isn’t. Of course I also happen to think that one small thing WE could all do is to always give Pres O his title – some of us here go the ‘Obama’ route all too often. Modeling use of PBO’s title in all our own writings mightn’t do much to set an example.

    • 25 dotster3
      July 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

      I try to use the formal title during the first mention of President Obama in a comment and then feel free to just write Obama after that, although sometimes in a hurry I am probably guilty of just using Obama. BUT this doesn’t irk me as much as others. Bush was always “W” more often than not, most did not bother saying/writing President Bush. So it’s not just something unique to Obama. And Obama sounds like a friend, someone familiar, someone close, someone you like——just as you would refer affectionately to others in your life by their last name. Not sure why I’m sharing my deep thoughts on this, which are in the minority, I know, but while I’m at it—-I don’t like the sound of POTUS or FLOTUS. I think it sounds like an infection —or disease of some sort. 🙂 Just my little personal bugaboo——probably for the same reason I don’t like it when someone says “hunker down” or “squat”.

      • 26 cookemom
        July 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

        isn’t it funny how as individuals we all have our own little ‘things that make us go ew’. Actually, I agree with you on addressing PBO. For me, it’s if the person respects him. Some pundits could put President in front of his name all day long and it still wouldn’t mean anything. In writing, there are different rules for addressing any titled person. All of the news outlets have their own rules and foreign writers have theirs.

        For me, just don’t call him late for an opportunity to put me on the naughty mat.

      • 27 vcprezofan2
        July 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        I hear you Dotster, and there is truth to what you , and Cookemom, state – it’s in the tone. For a lot of the ‘Obamas’ I’ve heard or read though, it’s the tone that grates. In many instances you can hear their disrespect clearly, even when it’s written! Personally, I opt for ‘Pres O’, PBO, etc or even POTUS when I can’t fit in ‘president’, and contrary to you I find ‘POTUS’ far more warm and friendly than ‘Obama’. I guess bottom line is that there will always be differences in how we each view certain things. Having said that, I grind my teeth in admitted anger every time the President is mentioned ALONG WITH ANYONE ELSE AND they get a ‘title’ while he doesn’t.

  10. July 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

    So much good information in this post!! I haven’t commented for quite a long time, switched computers and couldn’t get WordPress sign on to work, but now I’m using Twitter. I love visiting The Obama Diary. It’s the most powerfully, positive Obama news on the internet and you create a wonderful, loving, supportive community. I like to cruise the tweets and articles every once in awhile and plan to stop by and comment on the good ones. So, happy Sunday to all!!

    This article discusses recent polls that are showing that people are tired of GOP obstruction and believe President Obama is trying to resolve problems. I’d like people to realize how much he has done and to realize why he hasn’t been able to do more, but I’ll take this sign of growing awareness!!

    Ominous signs for the GOP in 2014

    …Indeed, there is reason to believe that Republicans are now in worse shape than Democrats were in 2010…

    ….Constant filibusters and obstructionism in Congress appear to be taking their toll on Republicans. The poll says that 56 percent of people believe Republicans are too inflexible in dealing with President Obama. By contrast, only 38 percent of people thought Democrats in Congress were too inflexible in dealing with George W. Bush in 2007….

  11. 29 anniebella
    July 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

    “Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency” ……..President Barack Obama.

    • 30 Allison
      July 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

      For the 2nd time!!!!

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Yes, AB, he had the gall to beat out the GOP’s mediocre candidates, conducted the most sophisticated campaign ever seen and put together the most diverse voting coalition in history. How dare he do that without their ‘permission’!

    • 32 arkluvspbo
      July 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      President Obama is on a level the God-awful Obstructionist Party can’t even SEE, that is their frustration.

  12. July 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Paul Krugman: That is Cool

    Greg Sargent finds Marco Rubio trying to redefine the nature of budget blackmail, declaring that it’s not about Republicans threatening to shut down the government unless Obama defunds heath reform; it’s about Obama threatening to shut down the government unless he gets to implement the law….

    …So, where have I heard that before? In Lincoln’s Cooper Union address, in which he talks of slave interests declaring that they will break up the Union if Northerners vote in a Republican, which will make secession the fault of … anti-slavery forces…

    ….Old Abe would have recognized today’s Republicans — and would probably have been saddened that this modern equivalent of the people he fought against bear the name, though none of the spirit, of his party.

    • 34 cookemom
      July 28, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Poor Rubio, trying to outnut Paul after losing his teabutt base during his immigration doings. Now he thinks they’re too stupid to see what he’s doing. Thing is, they are.

      • 35 jackiegrumbacher
        July 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        That’s the key, isn’t it, cookemom. Rubio has such a constricted view of the world that he does think we’re stupid to get his game. I never thought he was very smart and he confirms it every day.

        • 36 cookemom
          July 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

          Oh he’s not thinking about us at all, he’s afraid his own teabaggers are on to him. they voted him in when he pandered to them. since showing his true colors, they’ve turned against him. Now he has to do something extreme to get them back into teabag nuttery. he’s trying to whip them into a frenzy to counteract their sudden shift to Rand.

  13. 38 utaustinliberal
    July 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Just added Sarah Slamen’s (@VictorianPrude) interview on Real Time with Bill Maher. She’s the woman whose words went viral when the Texas GOP dragged her out of the chamber for testifying against anti-women anti-reproductive rights bill.

    She’s fantastic.

  14. July 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    We have a new demographic emerging that is changing the South. The one thing they don’t want to see is us crossing over racial lines and class lines and gender lines and labor lines. When this coalition comes together, you’re going to see a New South

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      That, PF, is the coalition that will be unbeatable, no matter what voter suppression tactics they use. Women, young people, racial and ethnic minorities and decent people of all ages coming together and saying we’ve had enough. I hope we see this soon.

  15. July 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Greg Sargent, WaPo yesterday


    …As I noted this morning, it’s amazing to see GOP leaders who fed the base’s repeal fantasies for literally years suddenly worrying about the fervor with which Tea Party lawmakers remain committed to destroying Obamacare. In addition to Coburn, the threat of a government shutdown/debt ceiling confrontation over Obamacare has now been called out by GOP lawmakers such as Tom Cole, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, John McCain, and Richard Shelby….

    …* An excellent Ron Brownstein piece on what the racial divide in our politics means for the GOP, for its doubling-down on white voters, and for the prospects of breaking our ongoing stalemate. Also see Ed Kilgore on why something has to give sooner or later…. [links in the article]

  16. July 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

    What’s happening in America is not just some random mish-mash of racial and post-racial attitudes. There are massive historical and structural forces at work. Individual attitudes matter, of course, but they are only one facet of a much more complicated story – a story whose scope and essence is much more readily grasped through the lens of white supremacy, a system of racial group dominance, rather than racism, which most folks conceive of primarily or entirely in terms of conscious individual attitudes.


    Worth reading!

  17. July 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I guess I am on the WRONG side of someone this morning!

    • July 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Read his comments to me…not sure how the post all here!

      • July 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

        These are his responses…

        • 47 carolyn
          July 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

          Oh my, the “great” GG…using a double negative in his tweet: “This hasn’t nothing to do with that.” In other words, in good English…”This does have something to do with that.” He’s a pro, he should know better!

          • 48 vcprezofan2
            July 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

            Carolyn, this is funny – that’s the point I was scrolling down to make when I noticed your comment. I WAS going to add tho that green(with envy)boy’s unconscious mind spoke truth.

        • July 28, 2013 at 11:10 am

          I can’t believe it. I answered the first tweet you had saying the NSA isn’t psychic and that they needed US phone records to see who terrorists were talking to here and he blocked me!! I’ve heard he does that. What a sad little man he is. Anyway, you had a great point.

          • 50 dotster3
            July 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

            Way too much attention paid to GG, imho. I think it’s smarter to ignore him. In the whole scheme of things, he’s quite insignificant.

            • 51 vcprezofan2
              July 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

              True, and I wonder if he only answers when he needs to pump up the ‘action’ in his timeline.

        • 52 jackiegrumbacher
          July 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm

          Marlz, this is great. You rattled his cage. Of course, he doesn’t explain how the government is supposed to know in ADVANCE just who is a terrorist. That’s the point of looking at patterns over an enormous sweep of foreign communications. But GG isn’t interested in common sense. He has to push his juvenile thinking on anyone who disagrees with him and try to make that person sound like the idiot. This is classic bullying–known intimately on school grounds and within the GOP.

  18. July 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Texas Republicans get it wrong on Holder and the Voting Rights Act


    …“The Supreme Court message to the Justice Department was clear — don’t mess with Texas,” Rep. Lamar Smith insisted. “But Eric Holder and the Justice Department aren’t listening.”

    It would be amazing if that’s actually what Chief Justice John Roberts and the court majority said. But, in reality, the attorney general’s move to use the Voting Rights Act provisions the Supreme Court left in place is perfectly consonant with the ruling, and not just in a technical sense. It also comports with the court’s logic. Anyone who says otherwise didn’t read it, didn’t understand it, or didn’t let that stop him. Lamar Smith apparently confused the 24-page decision with an asinine bumper sticker…

    • 54 Don
      July 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Read? Read what? These folks don’t read, they do everything by gut feeling. A first year law student would have understood the decision that was handed down.

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Oh, TME, you mean everything can’t be boiled down to a bumper sticker? If it has more words than that, it’s beyond the understanding of 99 percent of the members of Congress and state legislatures. The idea of reading an actual Supreme Court decision probably never occurred to this schmo.

      • 56 jacquelineoboomer
        July 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        One-hundred-percent true, but, nevertheless, always hard to believe. Guess “the staffers” missed something. Schmucks.

  19. 57 Jovie
    July 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I am waiting for my Boat to be cleaned, flipping thru twitter and found this-

    Lee downplays ObamaCare shutdown threat: Government ‘going to get funded’

    Peter Schroeder – 07/28/13 09:52 AM ET
    “The only question is if the government gets funded with ObamaCare or without it,” said Sen. Mike Lee.…

    • 58 Don
      July 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      I wish this asshole would have stuck with his conviction of shutting down the government. Someone must have said something to him to make him come off that shit.

  20. July 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Job Gains Signal U.S. Doing Better Than GDP Shows: Economy


    …“The employment numbers are closer to the true picture,” said Harm Bandholz, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit in New York and the top payroll forecaster in the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “I’m confident GDP growth will pick up in the second half and even more in 2014.”…

  21. 60 Don
    July 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Poor Marco Rubio, he’s a has been that never was. But are we really surprised, on the biggest stage at the most important moment in his life he spit the bit and nearly drowned after drinking a glass of water on national t.v.

    • 61 cookemom
      July 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I can’t wait for their primaries. Paul, Rubio, Cruz, Perry will give comedic relief trying to outnut themselves. Christie, Ryan, Bush and any RINOs will be booed off the stage. Martinez, Ayotte, Haley, will be pushed front and center to counter the SOSH’s (Sec of State Hillary) candidacy. Then, inevitably, some teabutt will open their mouth and scare the rest of the country, hurl the ‘pubs right back to the 19th century.

      • 62 jackiegrumbacher
        July 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Just to complete the show, cookemom, my husband was listening to a movie podcast and Rick Santorum, who just got a gig making religious movies, said he intends to run for president again. Because, you know, we just didn’t get enough of him the first time.

        • 63 cookemom
          July 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

          Well, I think we should all get the Jiffy Pop brand popcorn as we watch them try to outbag each other. It comes with a ready made tinfoil hat that we can sell to the wingnuts then donate the proceeds to a worthy cause.

      • 64 arkluvspbo
        July 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        If we thought the last election was a clown car, this will be the whole caboose! This is the next generation of cray cray.

        • 65 cookemom
          July 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

          Eggsactly! we shouldn’t try to silence them. let them just keep spouting off. They’re doing our work for us.

    • 66 vitaminlover
      July 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Spot on!

  22. 67 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Good Sunday morning everyone! Sarah was AWESOME! Fire in her convictions…I love that! ThisMagicalEarth, welcome and thanks for those great links…now is it me, or did WP go to that stupid “pay to view my crap”? I can’t ever manage to read Plum Line or anything linked to WP without funny business anymore.

    Went to a fundraiser for AZ OFA last night…got to see many people that I haven’t seen since our noses were in the phones at the office making calls and doing data entry:) Good to see them all….great bunch of smart people in an oasis of insanity…you tend to cling to like minded people around here…I swear we should have a certain handshake or look that says we’re Dems:)

    Anyhow…Thanks, UT. Always amazing. Off I go for more caffeinated beverage….and to see what the RWNJ left for me on another opinion page of a newspaper….always so pleasant.

  23. 68 dotster3
    July 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I loved this segment on CBS Sunday Morning. Slow down and see the beauty in your midst. It’s healing. Watch.

    • 69 a4alice
      July 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      that was awesome. thanks Dotster 🙂

    • 70 vcprezofan2
      July 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks, Dotster, I did. (I didn’t want to research Hirsch, but do you know off hand if he got a new job?)

      • 71 dotster3
        July 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        I think he now has a successful freelance photo biz. I see an impressive list of media and corporate clients. And his That Tree series went viral, had a following world wide and he has a book coming out titled That Tree, which I assume will be photos of his year long relationship with That Tree.

        • 72 vcprezofan2
          July 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          Sounds good. Good for him (to have found his way back), but to a better place!

        • July 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

          The only show I watch on Sunday mornings. I especially love the end when they just show nature and only nature sounds. I loved this segment and how this man who lost his job then almost lost his life and how he reinvented himself through appreciating life that was all around him. How he passed that tree for years then one day started photographing it and making people all over the world appreciate it too.

    • 74 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks for posting. My sleep pattern is screwed up again, so I missed Sunday Morning.

  24. 78 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    You HAVE TO READ THIS! You HAVE to watch the Tim wise video….this woman is priceless. Thank you, Smartypants if you’re here. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn from you or share your greatness with others. If you think you’ve read this already, check again…she’s updated the post.


  25. 81 africa
    July 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Don Lemon has lost his ever loving mind. And Tim Allen, what is wrong with these people?

  26. 87 Don
    July 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Have you ever seen a political party that has had most if not all of its laws overturned by the courts? That’s why I enjoyed reading President Obama’s interview with the NYT, the man taught constitutional law for over a decade and was a civil rights attorney and these morons think that they can pass some half-assed bill and have it stand up to the light of day. Let me repeat myself, the man taught “Constitutional Law,” it’s one thing to go to law school, it’s another thing to teach the law. But yet you’ve got assholes like Louis Gohmert, Steve King and others in the Republican Party thinking that they somehow understand the constitution better than President Obama.

  27. 88 MightyPamela
    July 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Hey everyone! I am planning to take the week off from everything except working on my home therapy, mastering the pain in my legs and shoulder/arms, and investing my energy in a home style meditation retreat. I won’t be lurking, but will include all of you in my prayers. And of course will include our President, First Family, Bo, and all those working so hard for democratic ideals. So, bye for now, try not to forget MP!
    Hugs all around, and keep those candles burning, as I will be doing Light work here throughout! So long for a while!

  28. 98 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    WI is getting worse. Now you can be arrested in the people’s house for WATCHING people sing!


    • 99 a4alice
      July 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      how about this DF? I watched a tweet go by about this last night. They were peacefully protesting as far as I could tell and yet they were arrested. A sad state of affairs.

      • 100 desertflower
        July 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        Correct. While RWNJ’s scream to high heaven about socialism….these RW states oppress the people.

  29. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    July 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Loved seeing Chuck Hagel with the President yesterday, as well as hearing his remarks and his introduction of President Obama. Love seeing an actual veteran who’s been in the trenches, now heading the Defense Department. Plus, Hagel was never afraid to call out his fellow Republicans in the Senate or those awful Bush people who were invited into Senate hearings. He and the President and Vice President are my definition of the real stand-up men in politics.

  30. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    July 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Not sure if the full chain of this tweet will show here, but at least I (apparently) got to tell my thoughts directly to Congressman Ellison, although I had to give him another thought after he responded:

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