Rise and Shine



9:0 PM EDT: President Obama delivers remarks at the CBC Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards; First Lady Michelle Obama attends.



5:0 PM EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Memorial for Victims of the Navy Yard Shooting


The Week Ahead:

Monday: The President and First Lady will travel to New York City for the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. They will remain overnight in New York City.

Tuesday: The President will deliver remarks to the U.N. General Assembly. The First Lady will attend. Later in the day, the President will attend the Clinton Global Initiative, where he and President Clinton will engage in a conversation about the benefits and future of health care reform in America and access to quality health care around the globe. In the evening, the President will attend an event for the DNC before returning with the First Lady to the White House.

Wednesday and Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will welcome Prime Minister Singh of India to the White House for a bilateral meeting.


President Obama waves to the crowd after speaking to workers during a visit to the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant on September 20, in Liberty, Missouri


USA Today Editorial: ObamaCare foes taking hostages: Our view

Republicans’ obsession with overturning ObamaCare is getting sillier and more dangerous at the same time. Now that they’ve failed to kill the law every way the rules allow — in Congress, the Supreme Court and in a presidential election — the opponents are taking hostages and, in effect, threatening to shoot them if they don’t get their way.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, the hostages are the federal government and the U.S. economy.

… If there’s a comic aspect to all this, it’s how much the extremism is being driven by schoolyard taunting between House and Senate Republicans about who hates ObamaCare the most.

But the potential impacts of their strategy, if that’s what you can call something destined to fail, are distinctly un-funny.

More here



Spandan (The People’s View): CBO Report is Damning for Ideologues – Right and Left

The Congressional Budget Office released its 2013 long term budget outlook on Tuesday. The document is the most significant vindication of President Obama’s economic policies to date, both enacted and proposed, and it is the most damning thing to the president’s economic critics, both Left and Right. The CBO reports that thanks to the president’s strong leadership in investing in America’s future and raising taxes on the wealthy, by 2015, the deficit will have been cut by 80%  relative to the size of the economy from when President Obama took office.

More here



Paul Krugman: The Crazy Party

Early this year, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, made headlines by telling his fellow Republicans that they needed to stop being the “stupid party.” Unfortunately, Mr. Jindal failed to offer any constructive suggestions about how they might do that. And, in the months that followed, he himself proceeded to say and do a number of things that were, shall we say, not especially smart.

Nonetheless, Republicans did follow his advice. In recent months, the G.O.P. seems to have transitioned from being the stupid party to being the crazy party.

I know, I’m being shrill. But as it grows increasingly hard to see how, in the face of Republican hysteria over health reform, we can avoid a government shutdown — and maybe the even more frightening prospect of a debt default — the time for euphemism is past.

It helps, I think, to understand just how unprecedented today’s political climate really is.

More here



ThinkProgress: What You Need To Know About The Funding Extension That Just Passed The House

The House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through Dec. 15 and withhold funding for the Affordable Care Act. The 230-189 vote comes just 10 days before a possible shutdown and includes instructions authorizing the Treasury “to pay some bills and not others in the event that no deal is reached in October on increasing the debt limit.” Rep. Scott Rigel (VA) was the only Republican to vote against the measure, while just two Democrats — Reps. Jim Matheson (UT) and Mike McIntyre (NC) voted for it.

As the resolution now moves to the Senate, here is what you have to know about the fight ahead…

More here



Steve Benen: Warren Buffett and Obamacare: A case study

Rep. Jim Jordan, a far-right Ohio Republican, told reporters this week that the anti-healthcare forces have the wind at their backs. “All the momentum is in our direction,” he said. “Warren Buffett said yesterday, ‘Scrap the bill.'”

…. did the Sage of Omaha actually say “Scrap the bill” this week? Wouldn’t that have been a pretty big story?

…. the quote was taken out of context from something Buffett said in 2010. In fact, he actually supports Obamacare with a fair amount of enthusiasm. He said what Americans “have now is untenable” three years ago in reference to the health care system before the Affordable Care Act.

But wait, it gets funnier…..

More here



Washington Post: Shutting down the government won’t stop Obamacare. It might even help it.

There’s a cold logic behind the willingness of some conservatives to risk everything to stop Obamacare. But it’s not that Obamacare will fail. After all, if the law will just be a debacle, Republicans should let it take effect, ride the catastrophe to overwhelming victory in the 2014 midterms, and then use their massive congressional majorities to repeal it.

Rather, as EJ Dionne writes, the real fear is that the law will succeed. Once Obamacare begins delivering health insurance to millions of Americans it will become effectively impossible to repeal. That’s what’s happened in every other country that’s introduced a national health-care system. That’s why the right needs to stop Obamacare before it begins.

The irony of their strategy, though, is that shutting down the federal government won’t stop Obamacare. It might even help it….

More here



ThinkProgress: The Complete Guide To The GOP’s Three-Year Campaign To Shut Down The Government

As the nation races toward another budgetary crisis next month, Republican leaders are using the prospect of a government shutdown and the need to raise the nation’s debt ceiling as leverage points to undermine the Affordable Care Act — just days before uninsured Americans are expected to sign up for health care coverage — and extract additional cuts to government programs.

Past Congresses have used the debt ceiling as a “vehicle for other legislative matters” or nongermane amendments, but as the timeline below demonstrates, the Republicans that came to power after the 2010 midterm elections demanded something entirely different: they threatened to push the nation into default and shut down the government unless Congress approves deep structural budget cuts during a period of economic recession.

More here





Washington Post: House Republicans voted to cut food stamps by $39 billion. Here’s how.

The House just voted 217 to 210 to approve a GOP bill to cut food-stamp spending by $39 billion over the next ten years. That’s roughly a 5 percent cut compared with current law.

The House legislation isn’t expected to get past the Senate, but it’s worth a closer look. The bill would spend $725 billion on food stamps over the next ten years, compared with about $760 billion in the Senate farm bill.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a long analysis looking at how, specifically, the House GOP would rein in food-stamp spending through a variety of restrictions on eligibility. About half the savings come from new curbs on aid to unemployed, childless adults between the ages of 18 and 50. Here’s the full rundown of cuts….

More here


In case you missed it:

The Sterling Road: My Name Is Jason, I’m A 35-Yr-Old White Male Combat Veteran…And I’m On Food Stamps

My name is Jason. I turned 35 less than a week ago. My first job was maintenance work at a public pool when I was 17. I worked 40-hours a week while I was in college. I’ve never gone longer than six months without employment in my life and I just spent the last three years in the military, one of which consisted of a combat tour of Afghanistan.

Oh, and I’m now on food stamps. Since June, as a matter of fact.

Why am I on food stamps?

The same reason everyone on food stamps is on food stamps: because I would very much enjoy not starving.

I mean, if that’s okay with you:

… Mr. or Mrs. Republican congressman…..

More here



Jeffrey Goldberg: From Iran to Syria, Obama’s Toughness Is Paying Off

There is one main reason why Iran is making conciliatory noises about its relationship with the U.S. and about the future of its nuclear program, and there is one main reason why Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator, is signaling his intention to give up his stockpiles of chemical weapons.

The reason: President Barack Obama’s toughness.

Yes, I know. Toughness isn’t a quality lately ascribed to the president. But hear me out.

More here


Media Matters: Syria And The Beltway Media Crackup

On the night of September 10, hours before President Obama addressed the nation about developments surrounding the crisis in Syria, NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams huddled with Meet The Press host David Gregory to analyze the day’s top story.

Events were moving quickly. After weeks of Obama threatening to use military strikes against Syria in the wake of President Bashar Al-Assad being accused of gassing his own people with chemical weapons as part of a “massive attack,” a sudden diplomatic opening had appeared. Rather than bombing Syria, the United States might be able to work with Russia and get Syria to voluntarily hand over its chemical weapons.

Good news? Not necessarily according to Williams and Gregory….

….. The Syria coverage represents a clear case of the press adopting style over substance, as well as channeling Republican spin. Of treating foreign policy as if it were a domestic political campaign and insisting that a story unfolding half-a-world away was really all about Obama and how it affected (and/or damaged) his political fortunes….

More here



Michael Tomasky: The Great GOP Mental-Health Hypocrisy

Since the D.C. shooting, Republicans care about mental health! Yet they opposed—and want to defund—the law that does more to advance the cause than any in history.

So now we’re being treated to the charming spectacle of Republicans, or a few of them anyway, purporting to care about mental-health treatment in the wake of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. How touching. This doesn’t mean, of course, that they care about mental health. They’re just coming up with something to say in the wake of the tragedy that sounds to the willfully credulous like action and that won’t offend the National Rifle Association.

Meanwhile, they have devastated mental-health funding since you-know-who became president. And more important than that, they voted against, and are now preparing to vote en bloc to defund or delay, the law that will do more to address mental health and give society at least a chance that future Aaron Alexises will get treatment that could prevent them going on shooting sprees since … well, pretty much since ever.

More here



On This Day:

Sept. 21, 2011: “The First Lady reacts to something the President whispered to her at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in between events related to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City” (Pete Souza)

Sept. 21, 2010: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along the Colonnade of the White House (Pete Souza)

Sept. 21, 2011: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden during a tour of the Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


MoooOOOooorning! And huuuuuuuuge thanks again to UT for all of yesterday’s posts – and to the Toon Master, Amk.

And thanks to the mighty blog tyrants, it’s been an amazing week at TOD, around 100,000 hits since last weekend – lots of them for Zizi’s post on PBO’s foreign policy, LL on Chuck Todd and Co, and UT’s newsie round-ups. Thank you, legends!

We’ll try and put all the visits to good use in the days ahead by doing lots of features on Obamacare.

Meanwhile, Happy Saturday!

130 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. September 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Wonderful roundup! Chips, good morning

  2. 3 amk for obama
    September 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

  3. 4 amk for obama
    September 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

  4. 6 Don
    September 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    As I scan the internets, the one thing I notice is that all those emoprog websites are quiet as church mice. And the reason for that is because President Obama has dismissed their hair-on-fire claims concerning everything he does; from the ACA all the way to whether the Whitehouse has solar panels or not. Today is the day where I can sit back and enjoy everything this President has done from the moment he took office on that cold January day back in 2009. Little did we know that this President would change forever the way we do business in the world and in the United States. Gay marriage is now legal on the federal level, our gay brothers and sisters can now serve openly in the armed services. The auto industry has been saved and is back to selling cars at record levels. We now have our first Hispanic on the Supreme Court. And on October 1, 2013 millions of Americans will be able to afford to buy health insurance. In five short years Barack Obama had dragged us kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

    • 7 hopefruit2
      September 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

      I agree with your excellent commentary Don. And it is not lost on me that the Emoprogs were leading the anti-Obama hysterics with respect to the Syria issue – and many of them exposed their dirty, racist slips (and damaged their reputations) in that process. I think the MSM just realized that in pro-Obama circles, Emoprogs are no more credible than the openly right-wing Teabaggers of the GOP.

      People like Hayes, Maddow, KatrinaNation, Markos, Joan Walsh, MHP, Ezra Klein, etc are increasingly dismissed and ridiculed as a bunch of overpaid, overprivileged, “know-it-all” know-nothings, who cannot on any level compete with Barack Obama for the people’s trust and respect when it comes to foreign or domestic policy. So their utility to the MSM and GOP as weapons of PBO-destruction are decreasing slowly but surely. Even Richard Wolfe must be realizing that when you try to exploit our President in a negative way for your own selfish reasons, you wind up on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of the American people. 2014 will NOT be a repeat of 2010. In four years, many of us have grown up, and are no longer going to be taken for fools by the professional left.

    • 11 MightyPamela
      September 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

      TY, Don! Though some were kicking and screaming, I know there were many on this blog who have been whooping and cheering him on the entire time, and you are one of them!! Walk beside him, indeed, jogging to keep up! Have a great day!

    • 12 Vicki
      September 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Totally agree with this analysis, Don.

  5. 16 Don
    September 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Chips, I want to personally and truly thank you for TOD website. You have provided us a home of sorts where we can come and discuss the Obama Administration in a sensible way, we may not all agree all the time, but at the end of the day we are one big happy family. Thank you for all of your tireless work.

    God Bless you, Chips

    • September 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Ah Don, that is so lovely, thank you very, very much. It’s a complete pleasure, and the rather wonderful blog tyrants (even Amk) have added so much to the place, honored to have them! Thanks again Don, that was so kind.

      • 18 amk for obama
        September 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Yeah, I always get that ‘even’ whenever my name comes up. It’s like my first name or something.

        • September 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

          lol. That is funny, amk. 🙂 You know we ALL love you!!!

        • September 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

          No Amk, you are vewy vewy vewy special. I missed ya and your postings a lot when your access from SA was spotty. Don’t mind Mistress Chica’s comments. What she means is she loves you like Rooney 😆 😆

        • September 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm


          It is said with love….sorta….hahaha

          • 23 HZ
            September 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

            Chips, I read your beautiful ‘thank you’ to all of the beautiful TOD Contributors who work so beautifully alongside of the Best, our Chips.

            However, we want to also thank you for giving birth to this beautiful site in honor our the great President that we now have. President Barack H. Obama. (And we helped make it happen). Thank you for all of the hard work that you daily put out for this beautiful haven.
            I pray daily for the continued success of this site. Where would we go without it. I thank you from the depths of my heart, Chips.

            I totally agree with Don. This site is filled with so much goodness in knowledge, conversations, family moments that are so precious, celebrations of TODers birthdays, naughty mats celebrations; eye-candy almost daily;(POB likes our expression) Remember he used it on “The View,?” “I just here as “Eye-Candy.” We are such a beautiful diverse family, and I love it and thank you, my dear Chips for YOU. HZ

  6. 24 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

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

    Thanks Chips, for another excellent, info-packed R & S! Happy Saturday and looking forward to seeing my President and FLOTUS tonight at the CBC function. I believe our collegekay is going to be there too. 🙂

  7. 31 Jovie
    September 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Is it the first day of fall? Thank God… It’s been hot and rainy all summer, in the Tampa area.
    Good bye summer.


  8. 32 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Freaking awesome Rise and Shine Chiparoo!

  9. 38 amk for obama
    September 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

  10. 39 amk for obama
    September 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

  11. September 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

  12. 41 collegekay
    September 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Going to be at the Phoenix Awards dinner tonight.:D Super excited.

    Good morning y’all. Hope all is well. 😉

  13. 45 mtmarilyn
    September 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Good morning TODbots it is a beautiful Saturday fall morning here in MT. What a great R&S. I am still so upset about these stupid Reps and what they are trying to do to this country. Their hatred of this President is out of control. We are so privileged to have this President be the only adult in the room

    Now off to have my coffee and do my Sat chores.

  14. September 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

    My President and our most lovely Michelle are going to NYC? The city where I left my heart? I love it when they go to NY!

  15. 47 desertflower
    September 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Morning everyone!! Happy Fall! I’m so excited to be able to say that fall is here:) It was the hottest summer on record in Phoenix this year and I, and millions of others, are happy to see this one go! Good Lord, it was hot. And humid. And yukky. Not a moment too soon….

    Good piece here: http://progressiveerupts.blogspot.com/2013/09/gop-to-veterans-eff-you-go-hungry.html

    On MY “to do” list this weekend is writing my TB congressidiot to give him a piece of my mind. Again. If you have some extra moments this weekend…write yours and thank them, or savage them…whichever the case may be. They need to know we’re all watching and paying attention.

    Great R/S! Going back to read some more…..

    • 48 desertflower
      September 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

      I had another thought…maybe some of us should consider putting homemade signs in our car windows to advertise Healthcare.gov and sign ups for insurance….easy to do and you can be creative! More eyes/awareness is a GOOD thing!

  16. 50 desertflower
    September 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

    **************ALERT**************** It was only a matter of time. Koch bros??


  17. 51 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

    My God, Chips!! There is soooooo much goodies in here, I don’t know where to start. But thank you for filling my lazy Saturday. Thanks, again for this wonderful oasis.

    Morning, TODers.

  18. 53 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

  19. 54 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

  20. 55 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

  21. 66 Jovie
    September 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Ya think?

  22. 67 MightyPamela
    September 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Morning, y’all! We’d best keep an eye on our CollegeKay ~ she is going places some of us will only ever dream of going, and I have a feeling we will be hearing her name often as she moves along her path, shaping a better, brighter future for everyone.

    • 68 HZ
      September 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Good Afternoon, dear MightyPamela. Hope all is going well. You are so special.
      I just said that as I was going downstairs to make another cup of tea: ” The bright young people will carry the torch on for all of us here.” We hopefully are setting a great standard for them to follow. I believe in my heart that they will carry it with pride, deep commitment, and with greatness for generations to come. God bless them.HZ

  23. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    September 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

  24. September 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Flip, only just saw the trouble Allan Brauer landed in, really feel for him, love the fella – and I’ve come within an inch of tweeting stuff just like that when the red mist descends:


    • 71 globalcitizenlinda
      September 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

      trying times for so many on multiple issues!

      nasty thought bubbles may be hard to keep in the head – especially in the heat of the moment .

      • September 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

        Exactly Linda. Her tweet was so utterly vile, I don’t blame him for losing his head – but I’d guess he knew the minute he typed it, it wasn’t the best. Ah, been there!

    • 73 mtmarilyn
      September 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I really do feel for him. When we say something stupid all hell breaks loose. When they say something evil, it is just overlooked. I really hate the double standard. I sure hope he sticks with it and doesn’t go away. We need his intelligence.

    • September 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Despite her despicable lying tweet, I do wish he hadn’t gone after her children.

      This is why I never even go near trolls. They just bring out the worst in us and we get the blame.

  25. 76 idon
    September 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

    The President’s weekly address is awesome!! He threw some major shade on the white sheet GOP nutjobs in Congress. If the President is coming out swinging you know he has something up that well-pressed tailored sleeve of his. I do have a question though. Is Boehner on drugs?

  26. 78 amk for obama
    September 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

  27. 81 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Keep an eye on Kenya; Nairobi to be exact. Horrific stuff.


    A gunbattle inside a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has left at least 20 people dead and more than 50 injured, according to the Kenyan Red Cross. Kenyan troops and elite units have joined police fighting gunmen in Nairobi’s upmarket Westgate shopping centre, where helicopters are also flying overhead.

    Smoke is rising from the shopping complex where gunfire is being exchanged with gunmen at the shopping centre in the Westlands district – one of the city’s most exclusive shopping malls. The gunmen are reported to be carrying assault rifles and wearing combat fatigues. Police and security guards, who are calling the siege a “terrorist incident”, told the AFP news agency that gunmen have also taken at least seven hostages. One witness who spoke to Al Jazeera from inside the mall said the centre was busy with Saturday afternoon shoppers when gunfire erupted.



    • September 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Absolutely horrific UT, just saw it on the news, terrifying.

    • 83 amk for obama
      September 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

      It’s horrible. I’ve been to that shopping center a few times. And my engineer is right now in Nairobi. Just called him and was relieved to know that he is nowhere near that place. I’m sure al shabab is behind this and the last month attack on the Nairobi airport.

    • 84 globalcitizenlinda
      September 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

      developments are scaring – the reported causality figures are already high;

      remember that the recent airport fire incident is not yet resolved.

  28. 85 Nena20409
    September 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    GM TODers. Fall begins today.

  29. September 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    GM Chips, TOD……. I had the pleasure of being woken up by the exterminator this morning…… not sure if that is an omen for my week ahead 😦

  30. 95 Nena20409
    September 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    On a sad note for Kenyan…..

    Gunman opened fire and at least 22 are killed in a mall in Nairobi

    NAIROBI, Kenya — A group of armed men attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday, killing at least 20 people, according to the Kenyan Red Cross, and wounding more than 50.

    By midafternoon, police officers were swarming the mall and the gunmen were still inside, with reports that hostages had been taken.

    Benson Kibue, the Nairobi police chief, told The Associated Press that it was a terrorist attack and that there were probably no more than 10 gunmen involved. Earlier, Mr. Kibue had said the attack was part of an attempted robbery.

    • 96 Nena20409
      September 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Oops, sorry for the duplicated. It was going to be my 1st post. Then I thought different and went with GM TODers.

      Sorry for the duplicate.

  31. September 21, 2013 at 11:18 am
    • September 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

      I feel that we are at another crossroads for our country…which path will we take…we were at similar crossroads in the 60s…the passage of the VRA and Civil Rights act put us on the path towards JUSTICE…we are at a similar place now..

      It was the momentum of Dr King and others along with the momentum of the Civil Rights Movement that propelled these laws into being…

      Just as it was the momentum of the OBAMA Coalition that propelled PBO into the WH…not once but twice…but this did not just happen…there was motivation and organization…many here at TOD were part and parcel of that organization…

      2014 is just over the horizon…we must put our skills into action and defeat those who would take our Democracy away…those who seek to destroy Unions and the Middle Class…who seek to demoralize us and strip us of HOPE for a brighter day…those who seek to use an updated version of the Southern Strategy to control white workers to keep from joining their natural allies….

      We MUST Win in 2014….


      • 99 jacquelineoboomer
        September 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

        Very well said. And I’m thinkin’ we must add the Women’s Movement in the ’70s – that changed whole lives!

        • September 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

          I suppose I am not always online with the Women’s movement…but I understand the notion of gender politics…I have had to wage many a battle in so called black liberation groups…for women to be heard…to be taken seriously and to be promoted as leaders….I won some…lost a few…but with the women’s movement I did find a place to be…I felt that they could not understand my plight as a black woman…but despite my criticisms, the women’s took us on another path towards justice…

          • September 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

            that should read…did NOT find a place to be…

          • 102 jacquelineoboomer
            September 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

            Yes, the “early” Women’s Movement of my youth sold out several women, black women, the lesbian community, stay-at-home wives, and I’m sure others. The initial “leaders” were afraid to be all-inclusive, for fear the overarching message would be picked apart. (I was too young to understand any of that during the time, but I recently watched that long documentary aired on PBS about it, and found out all kinds of things I hadn’t known before.)

            As with all grassroots movements, there are all kinds of people who get in the way of change for those who were used to being told not to speak out. That did nobody any favors, and made it even longer before certain rights (actually, we always had the rights, we just couldn’t use them) were “extended” to ALL women.

            What changed lives were not just how women stood up and said they wanted to be treated in the home and in personal relationships, but how they insisted on being treated in the workplace and at the banks and credit companies. Not to mention how they insisted that sexual harassment on the job had to go – that we weren’t just going to continue to call it “life,” as Steinem has said. In my mother’s generation and part of my own young adult life, women couldn’t get credit without their husband’s approval; couldn’t get loans or mortgages on their own, etc. To me, that latter part – gaining their own economic security – was one of the best results. All of this “eventually” spread to all women, but that took decades. So, I don’t blame you at all for any of your criticisms. And, obviously, we’re back to the War on Women days, once again.

      • 103 MightyPamela
        September 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        Having lived and marched in DC at the perfect college age, I fully agree, and we are all part of this. The 60’s opened a door to a new, more encompassing way of thinking, an opportunity for making a conscious effort to include all lifeforms in the bigger picture. The group awareness was stimulated by the incredible effort and workload our parents did during WWII, when every single American, and millions around the world recognized and understood the need for embracing our Oneness. They sacrificed and lived through their fear, changing the course for all time. The Aquarian Age is not meant to be fully upon us for another 200 or so years, so what we are living and endeavoring to bring to pass are merely the foundational baby steps of a better world. That does not mean we are to become discouraged or feel defeated, in fact, that we are able to make vital contributions to that future is a source of Hope and Joy for us all.

  32. 104 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

  33. 106 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Another tangible proof of why ObamaCare works and why it’s a great law.

  34. September 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Morning everyone! Missed a couple of days here and it feels like a month of Sundays. Great postings over the last 24 hours.

  35. September 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

  36. September 21, 2013 at 11:33 am


    Well well, well. Looks like some media pundits are beginning to echo the points I made in my post 2 days ago, especially about the connection between Syria and the green shoots sprouting between US-Iran. Here’s CNN’s Aaron David Miller (of course these viewpoints don’t make their way onto the TV machine though)


    If you want to know the prime reason President Barack Obama didn’t want to bomb Syria and why the Syrian deal on chemical weapons may actually work out, however imperfectly, think one word: Iran.

    ….And one of the strategic objectives of the Obama presidency was getting America out of profitless wars, not into new ones.

    But motivating the president too was the challenge and opportunity of Iran. And here’s why.

    Other than preventing another 9/11, there is no greater foreign policy priority for the Obama administration than stopping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That danger exceeds the risk and complexity of any other foreign policy challenge.

    And the reason is simple… Iran’s quest for bomb or even a nuclear weapons capacity would upset the regional balance of power in a way no other single event could,…no other Middle Eastern regional event carries more serious domestic consequences for the United States…Indeed, for a president whose main priority was — and remains — the well-being of the middle class, not the Middle East, Iran is a serious problem.

    … In fact, staying a threat and turning to diplomacy created the possibility of two breakthroughs that a strike could easily have eliminated.

    …I’ve long believed but lack the empirical evidence to support it, that one of the main reasons that Obama — wisely and willfully — wanted to avoid getting involved in the Syrian civil war was the complications it would cause in finding a way out of the Iranian nuclear morass. The conventional wisdom in Washington has long been precisely the opposite — That Syria offered an opportunity to weaken Iran; that undermining Assad by heavily supporting the opposition with military assistance , even the direct application of American military force, would weaken Teheran by striking at its key Syrian ally — and Hezbollah too. This was deemed to be the new Great Game — a smart and savvy move on the Middle East chess board.

    …The fact that for the past three weeks as the president debated what to do about Syrian chemical weapons capacity, he had also secretly engaged in an exchange of letters with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that offered new flexibility with regard to a deal on the nuclear issue should give us pause as to whether Obama saw the Syrian situation the same way many analysts did.

    ….Obama may have well argued that hammering Damascus and engaging in a proxy war with the mullahs and likely the Russians too would have a made an Iranian deal harder to accomplish, particularly if a military strike hit Iranian assets in Syria.

    …Is it possible that the president’s letter and his willingness to forgo force in Syria in favor of a diplomatic option might have preserved the prospects of deal with the mullahs? Can the prospect of diplomacy — like the use of force — work to deter, too? We’ll see.

    Governing is about choosing. And in seeking to stay out of militarizing the U.S. role in the Syrian civil war Obama has made a choice. He’s been attacked for it and is likely to continue to be.

    …To resolve one of the world’s greatest challenges — how to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon — without a resort to America’s or Israel’s using force — would be the most significant foreign policy achievement of his presidency. He’d earn his Nobel Peace Prize and in the process spare the world a major catastrophe.

    It is that and not getting bogged down in Syria that the president wants to leave as a legacy.


    Well, if things go as we discussed right here on TOD long before some beltway pundits saw the light, we’d have shown how endangered that entire cabal of overpaid stenographers as the so-called 4th estate. We here are not professionals.

    All we do is LISTEN to Pres Obama, OBSERVE his actions, STUDY what he has done in the past and it’s not that difficult to read how he thinks.

    Hey Chuckie Todd, you wanna go to school on The Obama Diary? It’s free!!!!! 😆 😆 😆

  37. 121 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  38. September 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Despite confusing the terminator for Santa Clause this morning – 😕 – LP has a post ready – up next!

  39. 124 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  40. 127 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Chuck Todd inspired me to contact all my local media about presenting the facts on Obamacare. I sent this to my local paper yesterday. The executive editor replied me.

    This is my letter:

    I wish to make a suggestion to the News Journal. Please bear me out and read this to the end.

    On October 1, the Affordable Care Act will go into effect. This law will impact the lives of millions of Americans. However there is a lot that many residents may not know about the law. Once implemented, the law is expected to help some 30 million Americans.

    Already it is making an impact:

    – Medicare’s preventive benefits now come with a free visit with your primary care doctor every year to plan out your prevention services. And there are no more co-pays for preventative services in Medicare.

    -Small businesses get big tax credits—up to 50 percent of premium costs—for offering health insurance to their workers.

    – Insurers with unusually high administrative costs have to offer rebates to their customers, and every insurance company has to reveal how much it spends on overhead.

    -Free birth control and other preventative services for women, unless you work for a faith based organization that opposes birth control.

    – Seniors get $250 towards closing the “doughnut hole” in their prescription drug coverage.

    And there is much, much more to come once the law is implemented.

    I wonder if your newspaper would consider doing a town hall and inviting Pensacolans to hear about what the law offers. Many people do not know some of the simple, but major benefits in the law. For example, that no longer will people be denied service because of pre-existing conditions. Parents who wish to keep their children on their health insurance will be able to do so until the children turns 26. People suffering with substance abuse and mental health issues will no longer go uncovered. Under ACA, they will have insurance.

    Just Wednesday, I was able to share this fact with the mother of a 22-year-old, who has a heart condition. While his condition is stable now, she wanted to make sure he had health insurance, in case he ever got sick again. I informed her about the pre-existing component. I also told her that her child could remain on her insurance until 26, if she so desired.

    No longer will pregnancies be considered a pre-existing condition.

    There are hundreds of thousands like this mom out there. A little bit of information will help residents. The goal is not to convince anyone, but present the facts about the law.

    Many companies are already promoting the law.

    For example, WebMd, the immensely popular medical Website, is breaking down and explaining the law. CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aide, Blue Cross Blue Shield are all partnering to promote and explain the benefits of the law. Companies like the NFL Baltimore Ravens, D.C. United Soccer major league are promoting the law, as well as a host of celebrities.

    Information is easily accessed at https://www.healthcare.gov/

    There is also a lot of misinformation about the law out there. One of the reasons the media exists is to educate and correct information when it is distorted. People should be given the facts so that they can make decisions that will be beneficial to them and their loved ones.

    I am passionate about the implementation of this law because I have a chronically ill husband. But beyond that, as a social worker, it bothers me that millions of poor people stand to benefit from the law, but are unaware of the facts.

    This will be a great service for the people in the four-county area or as far as you coverage goes. Communities should be aware. Perhaps partnering with health care organizations in the community will help. Provide a “Did You Know,” segment, etc.

    If you have made it this far, THANK YOU very much and I hope you will give this idea some consideration. Or at the very least allow me, as a private citizen, some space to write a piece on how I think the law will help many, many residents in our communities.

    Executive Editor Response:

    Hello, ____!

    We actually have tossed around the idea of that kind of thing and have not ruled it out. But in the meantime, we are in overdrive on putting together content to break the law down for our readers. On Sept. 29, we are publishing a 24-page guidebook to the new law and its benefits.

    Good to hear from you.

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