Rise and Shine


President Barack Obama is briefed during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Jonathan Capehart: The GOP’s Governing Deficit

a quote from Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) stood out. “There are two things they all agree on: you can’t shut down the government, and you can’t default on the debt,” he told Harwood. “At some point, leaders have to lead.” True. But that requires someone to follow, and time and again the GOP’s raucous caucus, especially in the House, has shown contempt for its leaders.

the prospects of a disastrous fall with a government shutdown or an unprecedented default have Republican strategists and donors freaked out. They write that one of the fears is that if one or both of those things happen it would “[end] all hopes of proving they are not insane when it comes to governance.” Folks, that horse has long left the barn.

More here



AP: A Look At Federal Role In Civil Rights Cases

Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced “not guilty” in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. The U.S. government must get “justice for Trayvon,” insisted protesters angry about the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. The call will resound again later this month through events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder, the first black man to lead the nation’s law enforcement, says the Justice Department is investigating.

Why would the feds consider stepping into a state murder case? The federal government has claimed its power of protecting civil rights against violence as far back as the Reconstruction era. Empowered by constitutional amendments and early civil rights laws passed after the Civil War, the government sought to protect newly freed blacks and their voting rights, mostly from the Ku Klux Klan.

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NPR: RNC Isn’t Focusing On The Elephant In Its Ballroom

They talked about the Hillary Clinton documentary and miniseries. They talked about how well they’re doing raising money. They talked about how they’re building a state-of-the-art data mining and voter turnout operation. Here’s what the Republican National Committee members didn’t talk about at their summer meeting, but, rather, talked around: their existential need to broaden their base of support, and how so far their traditional base is not exactly embracing the idea.

These leaders are getting strong resistance from much of their own white, disproportionately southern base of support. The GOP establishment is having to counter a “missing white voters” theory that posits that minority outreach is not necessary (at least not in the next few election cycles) if the party can instead bring disaffected whites back to the polls.

Privately, other Republicans are less sanguine — and already wondering if it will take another White House loss in 2016 for the party base to accept what they are already certain is demographic inevitability.

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Tampa Bay Times: Capitol Sit-In Shows Way Forward

When the group of student activists known as the Dream Defenders entered the Florida Capitol last month to demand a special session on the controversial “stand your ground” law, they couldn’t have predicted how they would leave. They left Thursday with tangible accomplishments and the seeds of a promising, progressive organization. They did not force a special session of the Legislature or a repeal of the indefensible law, but they did capture the attention of the public, the ear of Tallahassee lawmakers and a promise of a legislative hearing this fall. Not bad for a bunch of young people with passion for what is right and no political connections or campaign cash.

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Nedra Pickler: White House Travel Director Keeps Entourage Moving

Even on a summer family vacation, President Barack Obama is followed by an entourage whose behind-the-scenes movements are juggled by a woman who was born into politics and has been with him since his Chicago days. Ashley Tate-Gilmore heads the White House Travel Office, a five-person operation that handles precise logistics behind every presidential trip. The details usually go unnoticed by the public, unless something goes horribly wrong. Tate-Gilmore not only acts as a high-stakes travel agent for White House press and staff, but a mini-ambassador who is often the first to arrive at presidential destinations.

From the island she’s dealing with visa applications for Obama’s visit to Russia next month and setting up Obama’s bus tour next week to New York and Pennsylvania. And she is planning to travel overseas next week to make arrangements for a future presidential trip. Tate-Gilmore has learned to be no-nonsense in her dealings with local officials, hotels and venues Obama will visit. In preparation for his trip to Africa earlier this year, members of the White House advance party suffered bug bites staying in the press hotel. Tate-Gilmore demanded the hotel hire an exterminator — and take along a photographer who could email her pictures back in Washington to prove all the rooms had been fumigated. When a radio reporter contracted food poisoning on the stop in Tanzania, Tate-Gilmore insisted on staying overnight in the hospital and worked with doctors to ensure she got proper care.

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President Barack Obama helps spell out “Ohio” with the Weithman family, Rachel, 9, Josh, 11, and mom Rhonda, in their home in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


126 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. August 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Good Sunday Morning UT, Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!!!

    Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and getting rejuvenated for the week to come.

  2. 2 desertflower
    August 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Morning everyone! Is LL here?? He’d appreciate this story from Smartypants… Great idea


    • 3 vcprezofan2
      August 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Morning Desertf, I believe LL is on vacation this week, so who knows if he’ll find time to look in. I see you are off to an early Sunday start- have a good day!

  3. 5 JER
    August 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning everybody!

    … The First Family were on the move again at 7.12pm [Saturday] … Large excited crowds had gathered behind yellow tape along the town’s main streets.

    … The Obamas dined at the Boathouse on lower Main Street, leaving the restaurant at around 9.30pm to cheers from a gathered crowd who had remained outside throughout the meal.

    Thousands of people lining several streets in Edgartown were visible from the motorcade as it drove out of town.

    The Obama family is scheduled to depart the Vineyard this afternoon … for the return trip to Washington, D.C.

  4. 6 Anjo
    August 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good morning all, a pleasant day that lasts all week to one and all, have not been able to do much lurking with relatives visiting and work just really really busy, how is GB? Hope everyone is ok and GB is progressing nicely, healing thoughts to AMK and family on their great loss, love to all who in anyway needs a special touch, I am not up on the happenings last time I checked in CHIPS the Mighty was celebrating her 21st bday, my lurking has just been to look at the pics and read the headlines LOVE YOU ALL STILL HAPPY SUMMER days one and all

  5. August 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Thank you so much for the R & S….UT

  6. August 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    • August 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      How does frisking innocent people make us safer? Would love to hear the theory behind stopping so many innocent Blacks/Browns and basically making them feel like second-class citizens in an effort to make everyone safe. Why not go into neighborhoods which are unsafe and focus on actual criminals and criminal behavior?

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      August 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      First time I ever R/Td MTP … off to wash my hands now.

  7. 18 MightyPamela
    August 18, 2013 at 10:20 am


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  9. August 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

  10. 23 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

    A blessed and cheerful Sunday to everyone in Todville.

    A big thank you to UT for the information you continuously provide. Thank you for the daily education on American politics and way of life that you provide for us, non-Americans, who deeply love your president and his family. Thank you too for the humour and music that make this blog such a balanced and intriguing one. Most importantly, thank you for the mega support you provide for Chipsticks.

    This blog is simply the best.

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      August 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thank you so much for the wonderful response to my posts. I am humbled and thankful that you’ve loved the news, music, humor and my other contributions while blogging at TOD. It’s been a great pleasure helping Chipsticks run TOD. She’s a phenomenal human being who created an amazing community.

  11. August 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Thank yooooooooooou UT, Queen of Awesome! When Chelsea lose to Hull today, I’ll be nice – promise!

  12. August 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Will the First Family be leave for the WH today?

  13. August 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good morning everyone. So glad the President’s was able to get away with his family for a short vacation, but sorry it is over.

  14. 38 desertflower
    August 18, 2013 at 10:30 am


    More than three-quarters of the Senate Republican caucus signed onto legislation introduced Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY) that could render it virtually impossible for Congress to enact any legislation intended to improve working conditions or otherwise regulate the workplace. Had their bill been in effect during the Twentieth Century, for example, there would likely be no nationwide minimum wage, no national ban on workplace discrimination, no national labor law and no overtime in most industries.

    Somewhere along the line, I fell asleep in an America that at least pretended to care about the social contract and woke up in one predicated on the phrase, “Only the strong survive.” We now have a class of politicians dedicated to the proposition that the federal government has only three legitimate goals:

    foreign policy, and
    protecting the interests of the oligarchy.

    • 39 99ts
      August 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

      And it seems most of the bills are written by ALEC and the elected representatives have NO idea what they are about.

      Our crazy election seems centered around both sides offering millions to select groups – while reducing company taxes (hello big deficit) – giving up on climate change & doing little to help employment.

      It is truly sad to see the working class carrying the burden of bad economic terms while those who caused same are getting richer and richer by screwing the workers.

  15. 40 yardarm756
    August 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    A Dog’s Purpose: from a 6-year-old.

    Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.
    The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
    I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.
    I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
    As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure as they felt that Shane might learn something from the experience.
    The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
    Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
    The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.
    We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
    Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”
    Startled, we all turned to him.
    What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.
    He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”
    The Six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

    Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

    When loved ones come home, always run to greet them;
    Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride;
    Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy;
    Take naps;
    Stretch before rising;
    Run, romp, and play daily;
    Thrive on attention and let people touch you;
    Avoid biting when a simple growl will do;
    On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass;
    On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree;
    When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body;
    Delight in the simple joy of a long walk;
    Be loyal;
    Never pretend to be something you’re not;
    If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it;
    When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently;

    There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
    You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good, so, love the people who treat you right.

    Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t ~ life is too short to be anything but happy.

    Falling down is part of LIFE…
    Getting back up is LIVING…

    Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to the Grace of God …”People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did – however people will never forget how you made them feel !”
    “Count your blessings each night and end your day with thanks. Faster than any state of mind, gratitude can transform stress into success. It provides a mental rocket-ship ride to the next inspiring experience in your life.”

  16. August 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Oh, almost forgot: moooooooorning everyone!!

    And belated thanks to UT for all of yesterday’s posts and LP newsie post, best blog tyrants on planet earth!

    • 66 utaustinliberal
      August 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Anytime Chiparoo. It’s always a great pleasure to help. 😀

    • 67 amk for obama
      August 18, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Hey bt. Could you reduce the size of the dog pic I posted above? Thanks.

      • 68 utaustinliberal
        August 18, 2013 at 11:28 am


        • 69 amk for obama
          August 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

          Thanks a lot, ut. Sorry, I didn’t check the pic size before I posted it.

          • 70 HZ
            August 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

            Hello my dear Amk. So good to see you here with the TOD family. You and your family were so on my mind again last evening. I was listening to Madama Butterfly with my favorite opera singer, Leontyne Price singing the lead. The entire opera’s music is so beautiful, and my mind went to beautiful things that my mother tried to teach be about appreciating great music which lead to a major in voice in undergrad years. Mothers gave us the best in our lives. I can tell that your beautiful Mother poured her all into you as well. Music, knowledge, and all. (((((((Sweet memories to her)))))))))).

            Music is so healing in so many ways. I know that your precious Mother probably had a very beautiful taste of her own beautiful music. I have several doctors who love such lovely music and some would sometimes give me tickets to go and hear great concerts, when they could not attend. So, I dedicated my listening to’ beautiful doctors’ last evening, and your beautiful Mother was in that dedication. Amk, I hope that you and your beautiful family will find all of the ((((((((((((( Beautiful healing strength and comfort))))))))))))))))) to bring her presence in your memories to various loving emotional levels to get you through it all.

            Keep her thoughts and memories of her strength very close to your heart, Amk, and I pray you will be so comforted. (( Hugs to Jenny))
            Thinking of you, my dear and wonderful, TOD family member. (((((((( Be Strong as you can, and know that I lift you and your family up daily.)))))))))))HZ

  17. August 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

  18. 77 Vicki
    August 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

    The golf video of POTUS is wonderful, what a treat.
    Why is the First family leaving the Cape today? I was hoping they could have another day on vacation.

    • 78 99ts
      August 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I love that it is done by the “Cape Cod Times” – wait for the whinges from the WHPC. Loved how the commentator referred to the “President” ALL the time & everyone was happy to see him.

    • August 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      The video is great. I’m so impressed (again and again!) how calm and steady he is. No matter if a crowd is watching or not, he is focused. I liked the positive commentary too. That’s the power of local press, they usually are respectful and positive. That’s why the President is on the road talking to people so much. Gets the message out.

  19. 80 JER
    August 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

    On this day three years ago: President Barack Obama on Social Security – August 18, 2010:

  20. 81 GGAIL
    August 18, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks, UT & TOD family.
    Interesting info on the Travel Agent, thanks UT.
    I learned on the CBS Sunday Morning program that former USC basket ball coach, George Ravling has the I Have A Dream speech. Dr King handed it to him!
    And! I’m holding my Parade Magazine with FLOTUS on the cover in my hands!!!

    • August 18, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Sounds like he’s trying to pull the okie doke (a standard MO).

      Either that or we’ll be getting “clarifications” of what he was really saying in 3…2…1

      • 87 desertflower
        August 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

        One of the gazillion problems they have is that they are in SUCH disarray that they will do or say anything. There is no core, no vision, no there, there. If they try to include more people by saying stupid, lying stuff like this, the batshit crazy wing gets their colons in a wad. If they lean farther to the right to appease the batshit crazies, the moderates scream. They really have a big problem…and I could not be happier. They built that! Eff them.

  21. 88 hopefruit2
    August 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I’m alerting folks to a Libertarian front group – here’s their Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ForeignPolicy

    I notice that some of our regular TODers are following them, but they are nothing but another anti-Obama “movement” disguising their agenda. The site is filled with condescending and disrespectful articles undermining PBO’s foreign policy – while praising Rand Paul. And if you notice, their articles/headlines NEVER refer to the PBO as President Obama – it’s always “Obama.”

    If you are following them because you want to be aware of the crap they’re spreading – then fine, but if you’re following them because you think they have the US’ and PBO’s best interests, then I suggest you rid yourself of that notion right now and unfollow….

    • August 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Never seen them but blocked in case I forget.

      • 92 hopefruit2
        August 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Wasn’t aware of them either – only found out because folks I follow sent angry replies to one of their garbage tweets about Obama “lacking ambition”.

        The first thing I do whenever I encounter any new account on Twitter is to read down their TL – and boy did I learn a whole lot from that account!

        • August 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          Me too. Also scrutinize new followers. Takes time, but don’t need headache. I know I caused people some when I got hacked. It must have been something dirty cause got strange followers and retweets. Never click on a link in DM. I didn’t think anyone could get in, I’m naive.

        • August 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

          The man who currently holds the highest office in the land is charged with “lacking ambition”? They might need to get out a dictionary. They sound uninformed and ridiculous. And they might want to remind themselves of President Obama’s biography.

          • 95 hopefruit2
            August 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

            Libertarians are racist Tea Baggers who are just slightly more savvy in terms of how they package themselves to their followers. They speak the same language – it’s RWNJ’s talking points and nothing else.

  22. 96 Nena20409
    August 18, 2013 at 11:49 am

    It is worth reposting….what is coming through the pipes this week…..on TV/Cable for the 8-24-13 event in DC for the MLK I have a Dream Speech…..The March in DC in 1963, 50 yrs later.

    The cable news channels all have special coverage planned for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “March on Washington.”

    Al Sharpton will kick things off on MSNBC with a two-hour “PoliticsNation” from the national mall on Friday, August 23. Sharpton will actually be leading the march on Saturday, and MSNBC will have live programming all day starting at 8 AM. “Melissa Harris-Perry,” “Disrupt” and “The Ed Show’ will all be live from Washington DC covering the events.

    CNN will also be providing live coverage Saturday, and has a documentary, “The March on Washington – An Oral History” set to air Friday night at 10 PM. Don Lemon is the anchor of the doc, which features firsthand accounts of people who were at the original march 50 years ago.

    C-SPAN.org is said to be covering it too.

    • 108 4morefor44
      August 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      always amazing to see the lengths “the news” goes to paint president obama in a negative light, no matter the topic. i see this one is doing a “what took him so long” approach. compare that to how “the news” went out of their way to prop up the literal insanity of the w. bush administration. when you go back and read article from that time, it’s incredible to see how many excuses they make for king bush the 2nd despite the utter incompetence. the propaganda machine we have to fight every single day is amazing.

    • August 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Corps love “big govt”. They write rules and then when something goes wrong they say we were following the letter of the law. I’ve gone up against one and what they do is redunkulous. Do you know they can violate the law and if it doesn’t physically hurt someone or devalue your property the judge won’t make them stop violating the law? My eyes bugged out at the Judge. Try that next time you get a speeding ticket on a wide open highway. But I didn’t hurt anyone officer and bat your big blue eyes. Or brown in the case of Georgie Z.

  23. August 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks UT for the great post. I love the coverage by the Cape Cod Times. They are enthusiastic but respectful. Genuinely happy the President is there. I’ve searched high and low for the reason for the Pres leg bumps, but no luck, 😉 😉 😉 Wish the Pres could stay on vacation another week. Congrats to sw on first. Will probably be a new post before I’m done typing this. Hope everyone has a great day, great week and thanks for the links. How does everyone keep up?

  24. 111 Don
    August 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    President Obama will begin his bus tour in a couple of days and will be warmly received by crowds at each stop. Now contrast that with Republicans and their town halls, they are being bombarded with questions from seniors that are worried about Obamacare being defunded, and these questions are coming from their own constituents mind you. I won’t bore you with talking about immigration, which by the way is a losing proposition for the Republicans, and come September their asses will be camping out in front of the nation’s capital waiting for it to open so they run inside and vote in favor of immigration. The Republicans are now walking the plank of their own creation and are being pushed over the edge by the mob that they created.

    • 112 HZ
      August 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Don, please get a week of rest and drink that homemade vegetable soup with the organic low sodium. Lots of hot organic peppermint tea with good local honey and lots of lemon. (((((((( Rest, Rest))))))))).

      Don, I also believe that President Obama will receive beautiful crowds. This is such a brilliant move on his part to plan this in the August months when the others are home dealing with their folks. The President will be going to the people. Great brilliant President Ever!! Love our President.

      Keep well, Don. HZ

  25. 113 anniebella
    August 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I have to go get my Sunday newspaper so I can get the Parade Magazine with FLOTUS on the cover.

  26. 114 africa
    August 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  27. August 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Little League World Series is on ABC. A REAL World Series. Panama v Mexico. Pitcher from Mexico crosses the border everyday for school because father is U.s. citizen. Smoke that you stinking R SteveKing. His legs are like sticks. I’m torn TOD. Boys on the side?

    • August 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      10-0 Mexico. . . Must be good pitcher. It might be ESPN2. Sorry if I gave wrong info. It’s both here. There is a ten run rule, but must go four innings. Little League has different rules. They’ve changed since I kept score and was team Mom. Then I was in Babe Ruth which is different rules. Just had to have my hot tamales for a LL game and dumped some on floor. Not good for dogs, but they were happy. The dogs also love vegetables. Not much this year because of hail. Also grapes, but must pick them after they bud because they are poisonous in case you did know. PET WARNING. Never hurt our dogs though. We didn’t always know, onions too. Chocolate.

    • 123 nathkatun7
      August 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks DF for sharing this. Some of the comments posted there are nasty. Something is terribly wrong with some of the right wingers.

  28. August 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Nice analysis about women in politics and the effect of the anti-abortion and other state laws that are just plain anti-women. And with Emily’s List, Madam President and Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines among others, Democratic women voters and politicians are empowered more and more.

    The Party Of Old, Rich White Men Finding Themselves In Trouble Because Of Lack Of Women

    House Republicans are starting to realize just how under-represented women are in their party, and the gender gap is starting to worry them (just like underrepresentation of minorities has been “worrying” them since last November). Around the country, the GOP finds itself run primarily by men, with scant representation for women. Just 8 percent of House Republicans are women (19), and only four Senate Republicans are women. By contrast, 32 percent of House Democrats are women (62), and 16 of the Senate Democrats are women. Unlike the 2012 presidential election, the current list for 2016 has not a single woman on it….

    ….Their issue with prescription contraception is especially puzzling, because it’s been shown that providing such free of charge dramatically reduces the abortion rate. That suggests that it’s not about the rights of unborn babies, nor is it about violating religious beliefs, but that it’s about controlling women’s sexuality, even that of married women…..

  29. 126 HZ
    August 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Good Morning,/Afternoon/ Evening Chips and my beautiful TOD family. Lovely very warm day here on the West Coast. However, grateful for the quietness and beautiful life to be a part of on this blessed day. We all have each other, families, dear friends, and the goodness of our hands at work to provide the joys to our love ones. Be peaceful. I loved what Yardarm said this morning. So beautiful.

    Moving nicely this morning. Had a beautiful quiet time and focused on our blessings of having President Obama as our POTUS. Also prayed and gave words of thankfulness for our beautiful First Lady being by his side in total support; the First Daughters always loving their wonderful father, and his extended family giving him support. He has to think of his wonderful grandmother and grandfather and other siblings all around the world who give out goodness into his space.

    But also of his beautiful Chips and our TOD family here. We give out so much love, support, and spread great and brilliant news that will encourage others and informed them as well. We are a great support team here in our loving and gifted TOD family. My deepest thanks goes to our beautiful and brilliant Chips. ((((((((( My Angel))))))))). Also to all of the beautiful and brilliant contributors who spread the word. Many thanks to our UT, and LP and all of our beautiful and bright minds who give our Chips a loving hand in this beautiful haven. ((((((((TY, all)))))))).

    Now off to downstairs to make a protein shake and then relaxing to catch up on the reading of the great information here. A little touch ups in the house for tomorrow’s gathering. Pray for me. Life is precious, and I am so blessed to be here with you all.

    My loving words to: (((((((((((((( My Fred and Mom)))))))))))))), (((((((((((((((My Amk and Family)))))))))))))), ((((((((((((((My Layla and friends))))))))))),
    ((((((((((((((My MightyPamela))))))))))))))), and ((((((((((((((((( My Desertflower))))))))))))))) Love you all so much. A big shout out to Miss Pat. HZ

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