Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama tours the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President has no public events scheduled

C-Span coverage from the House starts at 12:0 EDT and from the Senate at 2:0 EDT



After the events of yesterday in front of the White House I am left both speechless and sad. Those events are on a different level than merely complaining about your taxes being too high. For me, yesterday was when the bottom fell out and collectively we all took a step backwards. I could only think of the Obama daughters looking out of their bedroom windows and looking at the confederate flag being displayed as something to rally around. When the confederate flag can show up at the White House and members of congress can make speeches about liberty while standing under that flag without an ounce of shame or regret, collectively, we all have lost a sense of community. Something was lost yesterday, but I just can’t seem to put my finger on it.



Steve Benen: GOP turns to Palin, Cruz on shutdown

The government shutdown hasn’t gone quite the way Republicans had hoped. The party’s national support has cratered; the public holds them responsible for a wildly unpopular crisis; and it’s going to take a while for the GOP to recover from a self-inflicted wound this severe.

But no one should assume they’ve hit rock bottom. Yesterday’s theatrics in Washington were a reminder that the Republican Party’s far-right wing can still make matters worse.

…. Brilliant. Flailing Republicans lack leaders and direction, but they’ll certainly get back on track now that the former half-term governor of Alaska is stepping out in front.

More here



Bill Keller (NYT): Obamacare: The Rest of the Story

Unless you’ve been bamboozled by the frantic fictions of the right wing, you know that the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as Obamacare, has begun to accomplish its first goal: enrolling millions of uninsured Americans, many of whom have been living one medical emergency away from the poorhouse. You realize those computer failures that have hampered sign-ups in the early days — to the smug delight of the critics — confirm that there is enormous popular demand. You have probably figured out that the real mission of the Republican extortionists and their big-money backers was to scuttle the law before most Americans recognized it as a godsend and rendered it politically untouchable.

What you may not know is that the Affordable Care Act is also beginning, with little fanfare, to accomplish its second great goal: to promote reforms to our overpriced, underperforming health care system. Irony of ironies, the people who ought to be most vigorously applauding this success story are Republicans, because it is being done not by government decree but almost entirely with market incentives.

More here




Martin Wolske’s Weblog: Our experience with Obamacare

The following is a letter sent to Representative Rodney Davis, Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, and President Obama, as well as to the editorial section of the News Gazette.

This past Monday while driving his motorcycle back to Champaign from Makanda, IL, our 23-year-old son, Eric, was hit by a minivan. His left femur was broken and the ankle and foot were shattered …. His femur has been repaired and will recover, but he will lose his lower leg below his knee. With prosthesis, he will likely be able to do almost everything he had been doing as an active young man.

While in the emergency room awaiting the surgery to repair the femur and assess the rest of the leg, he asked how much this all would cost. Fortunately, this accident happened after the portion of Obamacare took effect that allows children to remain on their parent’s plan until they are 26….

More here




In light of recent events, this post, from November of last year, is worth reading again:

Exposing Religion Blog: Overall, Obama Has Done More For Veterans Than Any President In the Past 30 Years.

Republicans and conservatives have spent 4 years spreading the lie that President Obama hasn’t done anything for veterans. They have repeated it 100x per day for all 4 years and spent millions promoting their lies. The thing about records is that they are recorded. So let’s set the record straight.

Quick Overview:

1 Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses.

2 Improved benefits for veterans.

3 Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development .

4 Worked to clear the backlog of veterans claims and streamline benefits to those who served.

5 Provided for the expenses of families of to be at Dover AFB when fallen soldiers arrive.

6 Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House.

7 Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009.

8 Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009.

9 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009.

10 Promoted a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”).

More here



TPM: Braves Fan Mocks GOP For Shutdown: ‘Just Because The Dodgers Scored More Runs…Doesn’t Make Them Right’

An Atlanta Braves fan reacted to his team’s tough loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers by sending a letter Tuesday to a Republican congressman that sardonically drew parallels between the baseball game and the government shutdown.

The letter from Paul Kaplan to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), reported by NBC Sports, drips with sarcasm.

In a thinly veiled reference to the House GOP’s relentless attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Kaplan noted that his beloved team “sent batters to the plate at least 40 times” in Monday’s 4-3 Dodgers win, which eliminated the Braves from the playoffs.

“But just because we couldn’t score enough runs, the Dodgers refuse to relinquish the title — and worse, they won’t even discuss it,” Kaplan wrote…..

More here



Paul Krugman: The Dixiecrat Solution

So you have this neighbor who has been making your life hell. First he tied you up with a spurious lawsuit; you’re both suffering from huge legal bills. Then he threatened bodily harm to your family. Now, however, he says he’s willing to compromise: He’ll call off the lawsuit, which is to his advantage as well as yours. But in return you must give him your car. Oh, and he’ll stop threatening your family — but only for a week, after which the threats will resume.

Not much of an offer, is it? But here’s the kicker: Your neighbor’s relatives, who have been egging him on, are furious that he didn’t also demand that you kill your dog.

And now you understand the current state of budget negotiations.

More here



Business Insider: Here’s A Sign Of Just How Much The Government Shutdown Has Blown Up In The Republican Party’s Face

….. This is pretty amazing. The entire Obamacare defund/delay goal is shot. Republicans are just fighting to keep in place current spending levels, which they would have had automatically had they agreed to a clean continuing resolution right off the bat and never shut down the government.

But the plan has gone so badly, that just the status quo is something they’re left fighting for.

Full post here


On This Day:

President Obama greets people on the tarmac after arriving at Detroit Wayne Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., Oct. 14, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama receives a red shawl from Sri Narayanachar Digalakote, a Hindu priest from Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, located in Lanham, Md., in the Blue Room of the White House, prior to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative Executive Order signing, and Diwali festival of lights ceremony, Oct. 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Vicki Kennedy, widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, and the Senator’s children, from right, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy, Jr. and Kara Kennedy, prior to an event celebrating the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets a child on the Kingsmill Resort grounds during a break from debate prep in Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 14, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning everyone.

114 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 4 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning TOD!

  2. 12 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:07 am

  3. 14 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

  4. 15 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

  5. October 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  6. October 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

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

  7. 23 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

  8. 24 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:24 am

  9. October 14, 2013 at 9:24 am

    GM Chips, TOD…….. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

    …Just as a strategy is not a conspiracy, so it is not insanity. Ironically, American progressives, centrists and some Northern conservatives are only deluding themselves, when they insist that the kind of right-wing Southerners behind the government shutdown are “crazy.” Crazy, yes — crazy like a fox.

    Another mistake is the failure to recognize that the Southern elite strategy, though bound up with white supremacy throughout history, is primarily about cheap and powerless labor, not about race. If the South and the U.S. as a whole through some magical transformation became racially homogeneous tomorrow, there is no reason to believe that the Southern business and political class would suddenly embrace a new model of political economy based on high wages, high taxes and centralized government, rather than pursue its historical model of a low-wage, low-tax, decentralized system, even though all workers, employers and investors now shared a common skin color.

    So the struggle is not one to convert Southern Baptists to Darwinism or to get racists to celebrate diversity. The on-going power struggle between the local elites of the former Confederacy and their allies in other regions and the rest of the United States is not primarily about personal attitudes. It is about power and wealth……

  10. October 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Howdy all you O’s!!!! ‘Sup on this great getting up day round the old TOD campfire??? So I take it that PBO was indeed re-elected and still resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. That means the last election is still in effect, am I right?

    Like the civil war, will someone explain to the teahadistbagnuts that those battles have already been fought and won. Please let them know that they lost both times. Most importantly tell them that it’s not too late to get health insurance under OCare, which btw, includes mental health coverage.

  11. October 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

    The best sign that these innovations are beginning to go viral is that they have caught the attention of some giant businesses. Drugstore chains like Walgreens and CVS are now partnering with hospitals or accountable care organizations to give patients convenient points of access and to coordinate treatment. Companies that spend heavily on employee health care plans are learning the best lessons of the Obamacare laboratory. Walmart, the country’s biggest private employer, will fly workers who need transplants or heart or spinal surgery to premier facilities like the Mayo or Cleveland Clinics to assure that their problems get fixed right the first time, avoiding costly readmissions.

    Obamacare has also had some important indirect consequences. According to Catherine Dower of the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco, since the Affordable Care Act states have become more aggressive about challenging some of the protectionist laws that prevent well-qualified medical professionals — pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians — from offering some kinds of primary care. California just passed a law that will allow pharmacists to check your blood pressure and cholesterol level and to dispense prescription birth control and antismoking drugs. Letting pharmacists perform services that don’t require seven years of medical training makes those services cheaper and more convenient, increasing the chances consumers will take better care of themselves.

  12. 34 japa21
    October 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

    GM all TODvillians.

    Every time I think the RW can’t sink any lower they prove me wrong. To be honest, it is not necessarily that confederate flags were displayed outside the WH yesterday that surprises me. It isn’t even that someone considered a shining light of the GOP, Ted Cruz, was part of that sordid mess. It is that, so far anyways, I have not heard one major GOP politician speak out about the disgrace, even though I am positive some of them were disgusted by it. They are too afraid of the no longer fringe elements of their party.

    Perhaps I am wrong and someone has. If so, please let me know. But even if a lone voice cried out in that wilderness, yesterday, and the past few weeks, have shown us what we will face forever in this country if the Dems don’t win back the House and remain in control of the Senate next year.

    • 35 Dudette
      October 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

      That’s what they are now japa, the party of fear and hatred. They will not prevail. We will not let them.

    • 36 hopefruit2
      October 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

      “They are too afraid of the no longer fringe elements of their party.”

      I’m not so sure about this. I think the GOP has decided that the only thing that will rev up their base is to REMIND certain people of Barack Obama & family’s racial heritage….From the time Barack Obama declared his candidacy, his race has been implicitly (or explicitly) targeted by his opponents when they become desperate. And the way the media rushes to provide cover for the GOP when they engage in these stunts, rather than condemn them, suggests to me that it is all part of the strategy that is wholly endorsed by the GOP and their friends in the corporate media.

    • 37 57andfemale
      October 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

      The press used to demand that they disavow such behavior. God knows, they would demand it if a Democrat did anything ‘objectionable’. If the media isn’t going to hold their feet to the fire, there is no ‘reason’ for them to be decent.

  13. 38 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

  14. 39 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Nathkatun7 posted a comment on the previous thread, and it’s very relevant to that sickening, GOP-sponsored “100 vet march” yesterday. I broke down the comment into tweets and sharing them here.

  15. 40 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

  16. 47 Ladyhawke
    October 14, 2013 at 9:37 am


    A way out of the crisis

    By Greg Sargent


    So here’s what Dems should do. If Republicans refuse to budge off their insistence on lower spending levels, Dems should call their bluff by demanding a permanent disabling of the debt limit as an extortion tool as part of any short-term compromise. (Yes, Republicans will say No. But bear with me.)
    If Republicans refuse this request, it will be a clarifying moment: It will confirm Republicans are fully intent to use the threat of default as leverage to get what they want in later showdowns. And the refusal to renounce this tactic will become what kills any hopes of a compromise. “If a deal fails on that basis, it becomes clear that Republicans are intent on using this as a weapon of extortion over and over again,” Ornstein tells me. “It changes the agenda in terms of why a deal failed.” Make Republicans defend this position.
    It’s heartening to see Dems going on offense in this fight and pressing for higher spending levels. But a permanent disabling of arguably the most potent tool in the GOP extortion arsenal — and with it, a restoration of sane governing norms — should be a goal, too.



    • October 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

      It’s an interesting move but don’t you think the time for any kind of brinksmanship is just about over?

      • 49 Ladyhawke
        October 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

        I hear ya, this kind of brinksmanship should be about over, but reading the post below just gave me agita. smdh.

        Contraception restrictions remain a top Republican priority
        By Steve Benen


        Under the current Republican model, the American legislative process is effectively broken. They could pursue policy goals by relying on constitutional norms — introducing bills, holding hearings, considering amendments, allowing floor debates, etc. — but that’s unlikely to deliver they results they want. Worse, it might require some compromises, which isn’t part of their m.o.

        So instead they’ll just rely on a series of intermittent deadlines. The government needs funding? Then Republicans will demand concessions in exchange for nothing. The Treasury needs to have its borrowing authority extended? Then Republicans will demand more concessions in exchange for nothing. The entire federal policymaking process will simply lurch from one hostage crisis to the next, with Republican lawmakers refusing to engage outside of a crisis environment.



    • 52 ERICFIVE
      October 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

      How many “clarifying moments” do we need?

  17. October 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Veterans Slam Tea Party Politicians For Hijacking Protest Against War Memorial Closures


    • 54 hopefruit2
      October 14, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Why didn’t they speak out at the time it was happening? And why were they standing in front of the WH, and NOT the capitol? And why were they protesting just the memorials and not the other basic funding for veteran programs?!?! Now that the event got lots of bad publicity, they’re trying to distance themselves from it, when we know that they were fully in concert with the GOP!!

      According to the article:

      //“We made the mistake of trying to partner with some Washington insiders that thwarted many of our genuine concerns for keeping this apolitical and grassroots. While we support many of those groups common causes for Veterans, we do not support the manner in which they go about it. We chose instead to not incite or create panic.” //

      You don’t partner with the GOPTea Party and then act all surprised and concerned when things blow up….

      There were MANY racist, derogatory and inflammatory signs in plain sight at that rally yesterday- they were not hidden. And ALL the nasty signs were directed at Barack Obama and no one else!!! Where was the denouncing? No one there seemed outraged at the signs. Sorry, but I have ZERO sympathy. They planned this stunt in concert with the GOP, and it backfired badly.

    • 55 cookemom
      October 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

      From the article:

      “While we support many of those groups common causes for Veterans, we do not support the manner in which they go about it. We chose instead to not incite or create panic.”

      When you sleep with the devil, you can’t be surprised when you catch hell. Pleeeze, these folks knew exactly what was going on. They just want to save face. Why have vets march at all on this White House, when this administration has done more for vets since the GI Bill?

      • October 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

        “When you sleep with the devil, you can’t be surprised when you catch hell.”

        + 1,000,000,000. Interesting, though, that even they seemed embarrassed by the Cruz/Palin/Confederate show.

        • 57 cookemom
          October 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

          Then they should hold Cruz responsible for taking SNAP (food stamps) out of the mouths of vets families. Over 100,000 military families use them. You can’t tell me that this organization doesn’t know that. What are they grass root protesting? What do they want? What common causes for vets were they looking to hook up with the teanuts? It’s all a bunch of trying to distance themselves. Irony is a confederate flag at a vet rally, when it was the confederates who were killing soldiers who represented the United States of America.

          • 58 hopefruit2
            October 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

            Well-said cookemom. This “distancing” is so phony that it hurts. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have been singularly supportive of military families more than any other administration has been, and this is how you treat the President?

            They don’t like being called racist so they’re now trying to backpedal, but they didn’t think about the optics when they were busy colluding with the GOP, standing by while all the racist and derogatory signs and symbols were being trotted out in plain view. I saw vets standing right behind Ted Cruz with his Oathkeeper flags while he was rattling on about President Obama – so they cannot now claim that their cause was hijacked when they willfully allowed themselves to be used as props at this ugly event.

      • 59 hopefruit2
        October 14, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Thank you Cookemom!! You took the words right out of my mouth. They chose to partner with the extremist GOP and then when the “optics” of the hate rally didn’t pan out as well for them, they’re now trying to distance themselves….

        Oh please…

    • 60 debz
      October 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

      I’d like to know why they didn’t speak out about the fool with the flag of treason. My husband, a Marine Corps vet said he would have pulled that flag out of that guy’s hand right before he kicked the guy’s ass. Does that so called “veterans” group approve of the confederate flag being flown in their name?

  18. 61 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 9:44 am


    Geeez, he knows all the “facts” about John Kerry’s miles, but can’t give a single factually correct statement about the debt ceiling.

    • 62 misspat
      October 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Count Keller is counting again. One donut ..two donuts.. He sure likes to count. My new name for him is Count Dracula. I wish I knew how to drag a picture here.

  19. 63 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

  20. October 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

    When the president gives his state of the union speech in 2014, this is what I hope he can say, ..”despite the attempts of a radical group within the Republican Party to destroy the economy and undermine the health and well being of the American people, I am pleased to report that the United States of American stands tall, continues to build a sound and growing economy and is stronger than ever….” At that I want every Democrat in the place to stand up and cheer for ten minutes. This is the thought that is going to sustain me as economic calamity faces my family at the end of week if the debt ceiling is breached. We will emerge stronger. Our president will stand tall.

  21. 66 cookemom
    October 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I flipped through every ‘news’ channel that I could find on the 242,756,232 channels my cable company provides and nary a one had any mention of the confederate flag. As a matter of fact, the only coverage I saw were blurbs from $arah Payem and Ratfail Crude. So rather than talk about the confederate flag, they decided to pretend the VetsMarch didn’t happen at all.

  22. 69 desertflower
    October 14, 2013 at 10:14 am


    The president and his allies seem determined to seize this moment and not squander a triumph built on a willingness to stand firm against right-wing radicalism. Obama can’t slip back into the style of deficit wrangling that so weakened him in 2011. He now has an opening to refocus on his priorities: universal pre-kindergarten education, immigration reform, rebuilding our transportation and communications systems — and, one would like to hope, an even broader agenda for speeding growth and sharing its dividends fairly.

    Obama’s 2012 reelection failed to break the right-wing fever he has always said would abate some day. Now is the time to heal the nation of this infirmity.

  23. 70 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

  24. 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 14, 2013 at 10:20 am

  25. 72 Ladyhawke
    October 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Jonathan Cohn ‏@CitizenCohn 1h


    Litmus test for GOP proposals: Would Dems accept the same deal if no threat of shutdown/default?


  26. October 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

  27. 74 Ladyhawke
    October 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

    The sudden importance of the ‘s’ word

    By Steve Benen


    Indeed, I’d remind GOP lawmakers that the sequestration policy was intended to be such a deliberate disaster for the country that both sides would be desperate to strike a bipartisan budget deal. The sequester’s cuts were so indiscriminately brutal that Republicans spent much of 2013 arguing that the policy was actually President Obama’s idea.

    In other words, getting rid of this blisteringly stupid policy should, in theory, be a bipartisan priority. Instead, Republicans are embracing it and demanding that Democrats leave it in place indefinitely.

    It’s not because the pointless budget cuts advance Republicans’ policy goal; it’s because the pointless budget cuts are the Republicans’ policy goal. In the process, the sequester has morphed into a possible GOP concession, even though it’s a policy they pretend not to like.



  28. October 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Hello everyone 🙂
    I got a question about the quote by O´Donnell…. isn´t that one from the West Wing? I´m pretty sure that Santos used if not exactly that than one very very similar in the debate episode.

  29. 81 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

  30. 83 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

  31. 84 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

  32. 85 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

  33. 86 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 10:44 am

  34. October 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and TOD!
    Great post. Possibly to help me deal with it, I’ve taken a slightly different view of the Tea Party disgusting racism displayed at the White House yesterday. And that is that I am letting it go under freedom of speech. I think POTUS would also take that “long” view. As a counter-point, I recall being actually horrified when, after the Iraq invasion and all the other Bush atrocities, that they were kicking people out of events and in some cases arresting people for wearing anti-Bush t-shirts. Just for wearing the t-shirt! So as hateful and disrespectful as the Confederate flag is in front of the White House, this type of free speech will always be part of the U.S. We will never eradicate all the haters, racists, etc. etc. – in anyone’s lifetime. Klan rallies still go on under that right.

    So, under the right of free speech afforded to everyone, I think that’s perhaps why no one in the Obama administration has spoken out about it. As far as the GOP speaking out against it by stating something like “it was a few people who do not represent the Party but that everyone has the right to say what they want to say”. Yeah, not going to hold my breath that they won’t do that because we all know they secretly hold the same views as the flag holder or they have no guts to speak out.

    • 88 Dudette
      October 14, 2013 at 11:04 am

      “So as hateful and disrespectful as the Confederate flag is in front of the White House, this type of free speech will always be part of the U.S. We will never eradicate all the haters, racists, etc. etc. – in anyone’s lifetime. Klan rallies still go on under that right.”

      You’re correct. I’m glad this administration sets the example for how to deal with the hateful rhetoric of these people. Freedom of speech is their right, just as it our right to oppose it. It’s up to us everyday citizens, to call out the haters for who they are. To shine a light on the ugliness, the lies, the motivations and motivators behind them. It’s one thing for them to have the right to their opinions, misguided as they are, but we should and MUST counter-balance that foolishness at every turn, with facts and truth. In the absence of a person who’s desperately thirsty will drink filthy water. We must always point to a way to move behind the destructiveness that they breed. #FORWARD

    • 89 ERICFIVE
      October 14, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Fret not. The confederate flag is just a symbol of the racial hatred we already knew existed. Let the racists come out of the shadows and show their faces. Let their association with the GOP be out in the open, because it will harm the GOP’s hopes of ever winning the Presidency again. The extreme racial animus driving the racial freakout we are witnessing seems to be immune from logic and reason. GOP is not interesting in “governing” all they want to do is engage in political stunts and protests that will only lead to pyrrhic victories. All this to feed the racist hate that is the life blood of the GOP “base”. Rich folks have long profited from racist hate, duping poor whites into voting against their economic interests for “cultural” reasons. We are witnessing a civil war, not of the United States, but within the GOP. Someone commented that he/she was worried about PBO being erased from history books, I, for one do not share that concern. They will try, but PBO’s impact on this nation will be so huge, that erasing him will be a fool’s errand. We are living in historic times and are too close to events to realize their true historic import. Millions of children are growing up only knowing a black man, PBO, as President of the United States. They take for granted something that I and millions of other Americans (black and white) never thought we would live to see. To millions of young people alive during the attacks of 9/11/01, the nations biggest enemy was OBL and President Obama vanquished him. They will love PBO just as conservatives love Reagan for his role in the collapse of the Soviet Union (I don’t agree with their view of Reagan’s role, but you get my point). Soon, the benefits of the ACA will be taken for granted like Medicare and Social Security. There will soon be a generation of Americans who could not imagine a world without ObamaCare. These are the reasons the GOP/MSM/Racists are freaking out. These should be the reasons we swell with pride and face the future with optimism and HOPE.

  35. 97 vcprezofan2
    October 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Good Morning, TODvillage 😀 – it is a good morning, right?

  36. 102 Ladyhawke
    October 14, 2013 at 10:50 am

    The Rout Begins

    By BooMan


    Brian Beutler’s analysis mirrors mine, although he puts more focus on the “neo-Confederate fantasists” who seem to have no idea how badly they have been beaten. Noam Scheiber’s analysis also mirrors mine, although he adds an interesting wrinkle that I hadn’t really considered.
    One last point. I think the Republican majority in the House is now broken and it only exists on paper. Any new Speaker should represent the true majority, which will be the majority that votes to raise the debt ceiling and open the government.



  37. 103 utaustinliberal
    October 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

  38. October 14, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Good Morning TOD’ers

    I hope the President will go on television and stop all programming to let the American people know who is responsible if we go over the fiscal cliff.

  39. 107 utaustinliberal
    October 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

  40. 108 Linda
    October 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Top story on CNN.

    It rained in Texas and they had to cancel the HoeDown.

  41. 110 Ladyhawke
    October 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

    “There Must Be Some Kind of Way Out of Here, Said the Joker to the Thief”

    By Ed Kilgore


  42. 111 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Yesterday morning, on the Women Marines fb page, someone posted a video excerpt of “St. Ronnie” giving a speech entitled “A soldier’s pledge.” Shut that sh*t down, quick, fast and in a hurry with the first comment:

    ” Speeches are great; however, this is the same President who place Marines in Beirut, with ROE that forbade ammo in the weapons. I still remember October 23, 1983.”

    (FYI: “ROE” = rules of engagement)

  43. 112 Allison
    October 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m surprised Fox News or CNN have not released a poll regarding whom to blame regarding the Shutdown. I gather they already no what the results will be!

  44. 113 MightyPamela
    October 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Hey y’all! Tiny bit of data ~ Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon: Oct 18-19/ 25 Aries 45.

    The beginning and the end are not visible to the naked eye. Eastern Canada will experience the entire event while the rest of Canada and the US will see moonrise with the eclipse already in progress. Observers in Europe and Africa will also see the entire event, while eastern Asia misses the end because of moonset. (greatest eclipse: 23:50:17GMT)

    Hybrid (Annular and Total) Eclipse of the Sun: Nov 3/ 11 Scor 16.

    This is a rare hybrid of an annular and total eclipse. Some sections of the path are annular while other are total.
    The partial phase us visible at sunrise across eastern North America, Bermuda, southern Columbia, eastern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, northeastern Brazil, the Atlantic, Spain, Portugal, Greece, all of Africa except CapeTown region; and at sunset in the Middle East (western Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Yemen and the Gulf states.)

    Totality will be visible at sea off the eastern coast of Florida, across the Atlantic into Africa (Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Kenya.) The angularity is visible in Ethiopia, ending at sunset in western Somalia.

    Central eclipse is at local apparent noon …. 12:38.8GMT

    So, now you know!!!

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