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Rise and Shine

Sept. 1, 2010 – Photo by Pete Souza

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Presidential Daily Schedule

Today and tomorrow: The President has no public events scheduled.

Tuesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House. In the evening, he will depart Washington, DC en route Stockholm, Sweden.

Wednesday: The President will arrive in Stockholm. While there, he will hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Reinfeldt. He will then participate in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm and tour an expo featuring clean energy innovations at the Royal Institute of Technology. In the evening, he will take part in a dinner with Nordic Leaders.

Thursday: The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the King and Queen of Sweden. He will then depart Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia where he will attend the G-20 Summit.

Friday: Attends the G-20 Summit. Returns to Washington, DC on Friday evening.

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Secretary John Kerry will be on five Sunday shows today: NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN.

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Text of the draft legislation from the President of the United States to the speaker of the House and president of the Senate regarding authorization for the use of the U.S. armed forces in connection with the conflict in Syria.

Whereas, on August 21, 2013, the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, killing more than 1,000 innocent Syrians;

Whereas these flagrant actions were in violation of international norms and the laws of war;

Whereas the United States and 188 other countries comprising 98 percent of the world’s population are parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons;

Whereas, in the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, Congress found that Syria’s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction threatens the security of the Middle East and the national security interests of the United States;

Whereas the United Nations Security Council, in Resolution 1540 (2004), affirmed that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons constitutes a threat to international peace and security;

Whereas, the objective of the United States’ use of military force in connection with this authorization should be to deter, disrupt, prevent, and degrade the potential for, future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction;

Whereas, the conflict in Syria will only be resolved through a negotiated political settlement, and Congress calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to participate urgently and constructively in the Geneva process; and

Whereas, unified action by the legislative and executive branches will send a clear signal of American resolve.

SEC. ___ AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES

(a) Authorization. — The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria in order to —

(1) prevent or deter the use or proliferation (including the transfer to terrorist groups or other state or non-state actors), within, to or from Syria, of any weapons of mass destruction, including chemical or biological weapons or components of or materials used in such weapons; or

(2) protect the United States and its allies and partners against the threat posed by such weapons.

(b) War Powers Resolution Requirements. —

(1) Specific Statutory Authorization. — Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) Applicability of other requirements. — Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

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Steve Benen: Congress, Be Careful What You Wish For.

The funny thing about a dog that chases a car? Sometimes it catches the car and has no idea what to do next.

Over the last several days, members of Congress have spoken out with a variety of opinions about U.S. policy towards Syria, but lawmakers were in broad agreement about one thing: they wanted President Obama to engage Congress on the use of military force. Few expected the White House to take the requests too seriously.

Why not? Because over the last several decades, presidents in both parties have increasingly consolidated authority over national security matters, tilting practically all power over the use of force towards the Oval Office and away from the legislative branch…..

That is, until this afternoon, when President Obama stunned everyone, announcing his decision to seek “authorization” from a co-equal branch of government.

It’s one of those terrific examples of good politics and good policy.

More here

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Business Insider: Obama’s ‘Blink’ On Syria Is Politically Brilliant

For much of the past week, Congress has grown louder and louder with calls that President Barack Obama go through them for any authorization of military action in Syria.

Saturday, Obama gave them their wish.

Congress is now the “dog that caught the car,” tweeted former senior White House adviser and chief Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod.

Obama blinked, but he blinked with a dare. He is daring Congress to say no to limited action against a dictator for the brutal use of chemical weapons against his own people — an attack that the U.S. says killed 1,429 people, including 426 children.

More here

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Slate: Obama’s Gamble – Seeking Congressional Approval For His Syria Strike Was Risky And Right.

President Obama is taking a monumental gamble with his Rose Garden statement on war with Syria, but it’s a worthwhile one.

In recent days he and Secretary of State John Kerry have made a powerful case that Bashar al-Assad’s regime launched the chemical weapons that killed more than 1,000 civilians …. Obama has also made a strong case that a military response is the proper action … to enforce a long-standing global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

However, this rationale for military strikes puts him in a box. The organizations charged with enforcing international law are not joining in the attack. The U.N. Security Council is “paralyzed,” as Obama said in today’s speech, because Russia will certainly veto any resolution to use force….

….. To gain some measure of legitimacy, Obama at least needs domestic support…. Maybe we will learn – contrary to the experience of the past decade – that a democracy can go to war in a full and open vote without deceit.

Full post here

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James Fallows: A Very Wise Decision By Obama

He moves himself, and the country, out of a corner, with two important choices.

The two crucial parts of his announcement:

1) No rush about doing whatever needs to be done with Syria. This is a punitive rather than a preventive action, which should be undertaken with deliberation and — if and when it happens — by surprise.

2) Recognizing the higher wisdom — for himself, for the country, for the world — of taking this to the Congress.

This is the kind of deliberation, and deliberateness, plus finding ways to get out of a (self-created) corner, that has characterized the best of his decisions. It is a very welcome change, and surprise, from what leaks had implied over the past two weeks.

More here

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Boston Globe: Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital

Nelson Mandela was released from the hospital on Sunday while still in critical condition to his Johannesburg home which has been set up to provide intensive care, South Africa’s president said. ‘‘His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there,’’ the statement said. ‘‘The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital. If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done.’’

Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is feted around the world as a towering figure of reconciliation. Despite being jailed for 27 years for his prominent role in opposing white racist rule, Mandela was seemingly free of rancor on his release in 1990, becoming the unifying leader who steered South Africa through a delicate transition to all-race elections that propelled him to the presidency four years later. The United Nations has recognized Mandela’s birthday as an international day to honor themes of activism, democracy and responsibility embodied by the former leader.

More here

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Ellen KnickMeyer: Arab League Set To Meet On Syria

The Arab League is due to meet Sunday amid a flourish of diplomatic activity aimed at strengthening the group’s public stance for U.S.-led strikes on Syria. President Barack Obama’s unexpected announcement Saturday that he would wait to put U.S. military action to the U.S. Congress could change the stance of Arab leaders.

The meeting of Arab foreign ministers Sunday, two days earlier than planned, came at the request of Gulf states, Arab League and Saudi government officials said. An Arab League meeting last Tuesday on Syria identified Mr. Assad as the culprit in the Aug. 21 attack in a Damascus suburb.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have helped to arm and fund rebels fighting Mr. Assad’s regime behind the scenes, U.S. and Gulf officials say. Publicly and privately, they long have pushed the U. S. and international community for tougher action. Saudi Arabia shares some tribal ties with Syria and wants to contain Mr. Assad and his allies Iran and Hezbollah. Qatar has been more active than other Gulf states in supporting Arab Spring revolutions.

More here

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Craig Whitlock: Sarin Gas Used In Syria Attack, Kerry Says

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Sunday that fresh laboratory tests show that Sarin nerve gas was used in an Aug. 21 attack in Syria that killed more than 1,400 people, the first time that U.S. officials have pinpointed what kind of chemical weapon was used.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Kerry said blood and hair samples from emergency workers in east Damascus had tested positive for Sarin, a highly toxic nerve agent. He said that U.S. officials learned of the lab results in the past 24 hours, citing the evidence as yet another reason for Congress to pass President Obama’s request to authorize the use of military force against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

More here

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Think Progress: Poverty Has Same Effect On The Brain As Constantly Pulling All Nighters

The mental strain of living in poverty and thinking constantly about tight finances can drop a person’s IQ by as much as 13 percent, or about the equivalent of losing a night of sleep, according to a new study. It consumes so much mental energy that there is often little room to think about anything else, which leaves low-income people more susceptible to bad decisions.

One of the study’s authors, Harvard economist Sandhil Mullainathan, told the Washington Post, “Poverty is the equivalent of pulling an all-nighter. Picture yourself after an all-nighter. Being poor is like that every day.”

Poverty has other negative impacts. The chronic stress of growing up in poverty has been found to impair children’s brains, particularly in working memory. A study of veterans found that poverty is a bigger risk factor for mental illnessthan being exposed to warfare. The mental stress of being poor is also a major reason for why low-income people tend to have negative health outcomes like high blood pressure and cholesterol or elevated rates of obesity and diabetes.

More here

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Sept. 1, 2012: “The overview of a campaign rally in Urbandale, Iowa” (Photo by Pete Souza)

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86 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    September 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

    GM TOD

  2. September 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Morning everyone 🙂

  3. 8 99ts
    September 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I find this sad. David Frost was part of my TV viewing for many years
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23920336

    “Internationally, he will be remembered for his revealing interviews with former US President Richard Nixon. ”

    I remember the original comedy – before he became the serious news man
    “The Frost Report brought together John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in a sketch show which would influence many comedy writers including the Monty Python crew. “

    • September 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Mine too 99. He was brilliant, debonair, sexy and charming. I wanted to listen to him share the news. Loved his probing mind and intensity during an interview. He is missed not just for himself but for the manner in which he conducted himself as a journalist.

  4. September 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Thank yooooooooooooooooooooooooou UT, a brilliant round-up as ever!!! Morning everyone!

  5. 14 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats donna on #1 🙂

    Thanks UT for another fabulous round-up!!

  6. 15 desertflower
    September 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Morning everyone! I woke to one of my very favorite photos of President Obama with the little ones peeking out the window:) I LOVE that photo! Puts a smile on my face every time.

  7. 16 yardarm756
    September 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Good gittin’ up morning. Superman, er ah POTUS has put the monkeys in a cage and now they must share the bananas! 😆

    • 17 a4alice
      September 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

      whoa! Good fanfare to wake up to! Mornin’ Yardarm! 🙂

    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
      September 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Wow. Thank you for sharing that, Yardarm, with its iconic images (especially the Art Deco architecture, which I personally love). Good way to wake up, and even though I’ve been awake for three hours … I, for one, still needed the fanfare!

  8. September 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

    From the Wall Street Journal article:

    “Saudi Arabia shares some tribal ties with Syria and wants to contain Mr. Assad and his allies Iran and Hezbollah.”

    Talk about “white privilege” !

    Someone should have the courage to write 20th century European history in terms of the various West Germanic tribes, while at war with each other, beating up on the Slavic tribes in the East, collaterally killing 6 million of the Semitic tribes.

    Oh, you thought the Franks were not a Germanic tribe – perhaps you should read up on the “Migration Period” 500-800 AD history.

  9. 22 HZ
    September 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Good Morning Chips, UT, and all of my beautiful TOD family members. We are moving with our’ grateful goodness baskets’ that are filled with knowledge, courage gems, encouragement jewels, and loving cords of peacefulness to extend to the world who wants peace. Lift your ‘grateful goodness baskets’ up high and carry them with grace and love. We are a people who stand for those things that are right and just, and we will carry on with our brilliant President to continue to bend the moral arch toward that justice.

    Have a beautiful and spirited Sun., the first day of a new beginning in this Sept. of 2013. (((((( I love my Chips and TOD family.))))))

    Rise and Shine, TOD family with our beautiful and brilliant UT. ((((((TY, and TY UT.))))))))HZ

  10. September 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

  11. 26 a4alice
    September 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

  12. 27 utaustinliberal
    September 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Manchester United just lost in an embarrassing manner to Liverpool. Bahahahahahaha….that’s what happens when you gloat Chips.

    This is Chipsticks right now.

    This is me right now. 😆

  13. 29 carolyn
    September 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

    One thing I liked about yesterday’s announcement……there were no leaks. No self-important reporter told us what the president was going to say before he said it! They were gob-smacked and that was wonderful. Think again what that means….no leaks! In Washington, D.C. The people the president consults with know how to keep their mouths shut. And I think this should be a lesson for some in the media, that when “unnamed sources in the administration” say such and such is going to happen…..they are not close to the President.
    I read James Fallows’ article and liked it except for one sentence, wherein he said that for the past ten days the President has seemed out of control of the Syria question. Has he not learned……that the President was in the midst of his careful, deliberative, decision-making process? And when he said he had not yet made up his mind, he was in the process of making up his mind?
    I think the public and the press and all Congresscritters became so used to the cowboy stance and quick knee-jerk reactions of GWB, that they are still not realizing that we elected a completely different person in substance and process. We have to keep reminding them.

    • 30 MightyPamela
      September 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      And recognizing that actual true “thinking skills and abilities” are sonar beyond most of these people’s understanding, it’s as if they live in an utterly separate world from the reality of this one! They presume ‘thinking’ is what they do!!

  14. 33 a4alice
    September 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    ah Liberal Librarian has posted another great piece over at people’s view:

    • September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

      War and peace in a democracy should be decided not only by an all-powerful President, but by the people elected to be the commonwealth’s representatives. If such power remains in the hands of one man on a continual basis, then eventually we may be a democracy only in name. The Founders knew that a state of perpetual war is inimical to a healthy state. It creates disruptions in the social and political fabric which are difficult to put right.

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      Powerful words by our own LL…..

  15. 37 Ladyhawke
    September 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    House Republicans Refuse to Come Back Early from Vacation to Discuss Syria

    By Sarah Jones

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    House leaders issued a statement saying that “serious, substantive” questions were being raised regarding Syria and they are so glad that the President is asking them to vote because this is so important, constitution, blah blah – oh, and they are going to take the measure up on September 9th, which is another way of saying they are not coming back early from vacaction for this “serious, substantive” matter.
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    Can you imagine if Democrats had told Bush they’d get back to him on Iraq when they were done with vacation?

    This was to be expected by this House, after all, they are only planning on working 9 days in September.

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    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/08/31/house-republicans-refuse-early-vacation-discuss-syria.html

  16. September 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

    UT…………SPECTACULAR RISEEEEEEEEEEEE AND SHINEEEEEEEEE!!!!

    I will echo what so many in TOD have said…I am soooooooooo Glad to wake up and Barack Obama is the President…

    I will add this comment as well….

    IT MATTERS WHO THE PRESIDENT IS…….IT MATTERS WHOOOOOOOOOOO THE PRESIDENT IS…..

    So nice I had to say it TWICE…HA!

    And so with that said….

    Gooooooooooood Morning Ms Chipssssssss….GM UTTTTTT…..GM TODvilleeeeeeeee……..Oooooooo Weeeeeeeeeee!

  17. 40 desertflower
    September 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Morning MUST READ. Jim Wright is a superb writer! You can feel the weight of the decision our President, this country, must make.

    http://www.stonekettle.com/2013/08/red-lines.html

    • 41 a4alice
      September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

      DF – he is a great writer. I really enjoyed that post. And the thing is it’s 9-1-13 and he wrote this before PBO gave his Syria talk. So much has happened already in this short time, yet there is a lot of food for thought in this writing. thanks.

      I really encourage everyone to read it. It’s long (oh no! me = Short Attention Span Girl) but there’s a lot of things to tussle over in it.

  18. September 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

    From Steven Benen…

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/31/20273174-congress-be-careful-what-you-wish-for?lite

    It spoke to a larger problem: for far too many lawmakers, it’s so much easier to criticize than govern. In recent years, members of Congress have too often decided they’re little more than powerful pundits, shouting from the sidelines rather than getting in the game.

    ********************************
    For many in the GOP esp the TP….and now I will have to say that the TP is the GOP/…it was never about governing…it has been about obstruction and trying to create government malfunction…it will be interesting to see how this plays out!

  19. 43 Linda
    September 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Tavis Smiley , Peggy Noonan and the Carville twins on This Week !

  20. 45 forus50
    September 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Mornin’ UT! Now stop that gloating; poor Chips doesn’t have the strength to fight back!

  21. September 1, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I Love the Smell of a Ratfuck in the Morning
    Posted by mistermix at 9:41 am
    Sep 012013

    Liz Cheney has been on the receiving end of a typical Republican push poll, which asked Wyoming residents whether they are aware that she’s pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage. Since her father has already come out in support of her openly gay sister Mary’s right to marry her partner, it put Liz in a bit of a bind. Liz, being Liz, blundered through by issuing a boilerplate statement throwing her sister under the bus and stating her firm opposition to gay marriage [warning: Politico]. Here’s Mary’s response:

    “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage,” Mary Cheney wrote on Facebook, urging readers to like or share the post. Noting that “Freedom means freedom for everyone,” she added, “That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other.”

    That’s just the latest chapter of the ongoing Liz Cheney Wyoming shitshow. The previous chapter was her accusation that her opponent, Mike Enzi, sponsored the poll. Enzi might be dumb, but he’s not Liz Cheney dumb. Liz’s statement just gave Enzi an opportunity to call her a dirty campaigner, and it also gave the NRSC, which is supporting Enzi, a chance to field test their latest anti-Cheney quote:

    With all due respect, it looks like Liz Cheney is fishing without a license again […]

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/09/01/i-love-the-smell-of-a-ratfuck-in-the-morning/

  22. September 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Scandal’ season 3 promo: The battle begins — EXCLUSIVE
    By Sandra Gonzalez on Aug 29, 2013 at 2:56PM

    Gladiators rejoice!

    Scandal‘s return is just around the corner and by the looks of it, all hell has broken loose in Washington. And rightly so.

    At the end of last season, someone told the press that Olivia Pope had an affair with the president. True as it may be, this was never supposed to happen. And the fallout is huge.

    In the exclusive promo below, which touts the Oct. 3 premiere, you can see exactly what we’re talking about. Tease: Mellie is pissed, Olivia is shocked and Cyrus wants to “start a kill folder on Olivia Pope.” Gulp.

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/08/29/scandal-season-3-promo-battle/

    • 48 idon
      September 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

      I’m one of those Scandal-obsessed TODers. I love this show because of the fierceness of the female characters and the story lines are amazing. There’s nothing like it on TV – NOTHING!!

  23. 49 anniebella
    September 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I missed SOS John Kerry this morning. Did any of you guys see him? Any video of him on the Sunday shows?

  24. 55 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

  25. 58 Vicki
    September 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Are we buying the notion that John Kerrry was hurt by POTUS’ statement on what will happen in Syria?
    I for one believe that the SOS’ strong case for a military strike was a tactic. Part of the Plan.

    MSM is trying to say PBO undercut SOS. Somehow there was a giant change in 24 hours.
    Will they never learn?

    • 59 57andfemale
      September 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      How stupid ARE these people? Do they think everything is a cheap TV show? That PBO, Kerry and the entire national security and military apparatus weren’t working together?

      WTF is WRONG with these people?

    • September 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Kerry was laying out the grounds for involvement…PBO made the decision of the authorization…just as me made the decision to bail out the suto workers…to move forward on Health care and to raid on the compound that house Bin Laden….

      the Press wants to create this notion that PBO is fickled/that he does not know what he is doing…that he is over his head,,

  26. 61 Nena20409
    September 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

    “Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know. As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment — setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all. He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country. Barbara and I had great respect for President Mandela, and send our condolences to his family and countrymen.”

    Those were statements made by a GH Bush’s Spokesman.

    According to USA Today.

    Now the apologies:

    Oops…….

    “I just made a very stupid mistake, I’m very sorry about that. My apologies to everyone at The Washington Post,” McGrath told the Post. “I apologize, because I know a put a lot of people into a modestly stressful position, which is never my intent for my friends in the media .. So I’m sorry about that. A massive egg on my face, I’m so sorry.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/01/bush-spokesman-nelson-mandela_n_3852647.html#comments

  27. 62 Nena20409
    September 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Good Sunday Morning TODeille Hamlet.

    Congrats Donna on Your Gold. It sure looks good on You 😉

  28. 63 GGail
    September 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks, UT & TOD family.
    Great R&S. I especially love the first pic, but UT, is the Arab league set to meet on Libya or Syria?

  29. 64 Anna
    September 1, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Reading too much about President Obama playing golf after his speech………..the man deserves distraction. Someone help me, did not George Bush make some comment about Iraq, troops in Iraq, then end by saying “watch this shot”?

    • 65 Nena20409
      September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

      They make much about it for the 2004 Movie by Michael Moore showing GW Bush saying: Now watch this…..then he hit a golf ball, after having spoken about the 9-11 attacks. The Righties and the DC/NY pundits have this unhealthy obsession on pres Obama and his Golf activities. I say: Let the idiots hate……POTUS will play Golf any old day, period.

  30. September 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Downton Abbey’s Season 4 Trailer Reveals Lady Mary’s Grief

    By K.C. Blumm

    08/31/2013 at 04:20 PM EDT

    The fourth season of Downton Abbey won’t be on the air in the U.S. until next year, but fans of the British drama can get a tantalizing glimpse of what the lies ahead for the Crawley family in a new one-minute trailer.

    As Lady Mary continues to mourn the loss of her husband, Matthew, who died in a car accident at the end of the last season, her grandmother, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, tells her: “You have a straightforward choice, you must choose either death or life.”

    But moving on isn’t easy.

    What follows is a montage of romantic moments for Downton’s other upstairs and downstairs residents, more tears from Lady Mary – who’s consoled by steadfast Carson the butler – trouble for former jailbird Bates and Anna and some new love interests for widowed Tom Branson, Lady Rose and maybe even Mary.

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20730686,00.html

  31. 68 57andfemale
    September 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    • 69 Ladyhawke
      September 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      THIS COMMENT SUMS UP LIBERALS, CONSERVATIVES AND THE MEDIA PERFECTLY.

      Anonymous – September 1, 2013 at 6:53 AM

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      If you’re unsure about the “debate on Syria”, here’s all you need to know …

      Liberals / Conservatives / The Media: “This is outrageous! Why is Obama not considering military action to help the innocent people of Syria?”

      Liberals / Conservatives / The Media: “This is outrageous! How dare Obama consider military action without consulting with Congress first. Why is he acting like all other presidents? It’s unconstitutional! Who shall save us from this tyrant?”

      Liberals / Conservatives / The Media: “This is outrageous! How dare Obama consult with Congress before considering military action. He’s not showing leadership like all other presidents. He’s weak. Consulting Congress is not technically required by the Constitution.”

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      Conciliatory rhetoric as ruthless strategy – Syria edition

      Smartypants

      http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/08/conciliatory-rhetoric-as-ruthless.html#comment-form

  32. September 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Confirmation that it was sarin that Assad used to kill Syrians should have every Senator & Rep on planes back to DC without a moments delay.

    #TrustBarack

  33. 74 57andfemale
    September 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    • 75 Nena20409
      September 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      TRUTH ❗

    • 76 anniebella
      September 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      It is no contest. Anyone who want to take Putin and Assad’s word over Obama/Kerry has something against President Obama and the United States. That goes for the Congress too and we know what the Republican House have against President Obama. He’s Black.

  34. September 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    THIS:

  35. 78 Nena20409
    September 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Note that the Pundits and the TBGOPers none is talking about their stance on Congressional approval. Funny how now the weak assertion dominates and the Congressional demand is all, but forgotten? Hmm? They all think that We The People are all Stupid?

    But, but, but, the Polls?

  36. 79 a4alice
    September 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    this is in response to DF’s article from Stonkettle Station up thread:

  37. 80 GGail
    September 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Chipsticks, UT, am I the only one who wonders if this is correct title posted up top?
    Ellen KnickMeyer: Arab League Set To Meet On Libya

  38. 85 57andfemale
    September 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Wow.


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