Rise and Shine


Today (all times Eastern):

10:35: President Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform

12:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

4:50: President Obama participates in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum



ThinkProgress: That Time Republicans Thought You Shouldn’t Repeal Health Care Reform Because Of Enrollment Glitches

Bush PartDMillions of Americans try to enroll in health care benefits during the first days of a new government health care program. They rely on indispensable government website that had been “pitched as a high-tech way” to sort through available coverage options. They’re encountering countless glitches and technical errors: the website freezes, displays incorrect plan information and sends insurers erroneous reports.

Administration officials — clearly caught off guard by the surge of technical difficulties — respond to “tens of thousands of complaints” from angry beneficiaries and promise to “fix every problem as quickly possible.”

This sounds like the familiar story of the last few days of the Obama administration’s rollout of the exchanges. But, actually, those quotes, and that scenario, is taken from the Bush administration’s efforts to implement the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2005 and 2006.

More here



Steve Benen: Cruz depends on Goldman Sachs for health care

When I first saw headlines this morning about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Goldman Sachs’ health plan, I initially thought lobbyists for the financial giant had come up with their own alternative to the Affordable Care Act, and the far-right Texas senator had decided to embrace the proposal on Capitol Hill.

But that’s not what’s happened at all. The headlines are far more literal…

More here



Charles Pierce: A Few Words About “Glitchgate”

There are certain matters to be kept in mind while discussing the “investigations” that the House is about to launch into what I have no doubt will be referred to no later than next Monday as Glitchgate on CNN.

Point The First: These “investigations” are no more serious than were the endless probes into IRS dumbassery and Benghazi, BENGHAZI!, BENGHAZI! The way we know this is by the caliber of the experts that the committee is planning to call….

…. The most important things to remember is that these hearings have absolutely nothing to do with improving a law that every single one of these Republicans would like to feed to the shredder. This is like hiring arsonists to fix your smoke alarms.

Full post here



E.J. Dionne: Don’t give up on the uninsured

Obamacare is working.

True, that sentence comes with a large asterisk. It is working in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act, particularly in Kentucky, Connecticut, Washington and California. The law was written with states’ rights and state responsibilities in mind. States that created their own health-care exchanges — and especially those that did this while also expanding Medicaid coverage — are providing insurance to tens of thousands of happy customers, in many cases for the first time.

Those seeking a model for how the law is supposed to operate should look to Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear , a Democrat in a red state, has embraced with evangelical fervor the cause of covering 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians….

More here






Steve Benen: Putting immigration back on the front burner

With the shutdown over and the debt ceiling raised, officials in Washington have to decide what, if anything, they’re prepared to work on next. If the last several days are any indication, congressional Republicans are eager to talk about a dysfunctional website, which I suppose is a step up from Benghazi conspiracy theories.

But President Obama hasn’t given up hope on comprehensive immigration reform. It was the issue he emphasized as the shutdown crises neared its end, and it’s the issue he’ll push later this morning in a speech at the White House.

More here



The Hill: Obama to go on post-shutdown fundraising blitz for Democrats

President Obama plans to be the star guest for at least eight fundraising events around the country over the next five weeks for House and Senate Democrats …. The fundraising push starts Friday in New York with events for House Democrats and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The president will then head to Boston for another House Democratic fundraiser on Oct. 30, before traveling early next month to Miami and Philadelphia to raise money at two events for Senate Democrats.

Obama will then head to Seattle and San Francisco to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the fundraising arm of House Democrats.

In late November, Obama will do a joint event for the DCCC and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Los Angeles. Obama is also expected to travel next month to Dallas, where he postponed an event because of the government shutdown earlier this month, for another fundraiser.

First lady Michelle Obama, sources say, will also lend her support at upcoming committee events, including a DNC event in Washington.

More here



Michael Tomasky: No Country for Old Moderates

It’s not ‘moderates’ vs. ‘conservatives. The two opposing Republican sides, if they really are opposing, are ‘radical’ and ‘conservative.’ And only one side is fighting. The other is rolling over….

The more I think about this Republican “civil war,” the less it looks like war to me. It often gives the appearance of being war because these Tea Party people march into the arena with a lot of fire, brimstone, and kindred pyrotechnics that suggest conflict. But what, really, in hard policy terms, are these two sides arguing about? Practically nothing.

It’s a disagreement chiefly over tactics and intensity. That’s a crucial point, and so much of the media don’t understand it. But I’m here to tell you, whenever you read an article that makes a lot of hay about this “war” and then goes on to describe the Republican factions as “moderate” and “conservative,” turn the page or click away. You are either in the hands of an idiot or someone intentionally misleading you.

More here


On This Day:

President Obama comments on Katy Perry’s shoes while greeting the singer and her grandmother, Ann Hudson, at Doolittle Park in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



Pumpkins carved in the likeness of U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are lit at Madame Tussauds in New York



164 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 3 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    October 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

    GooOOOddd MooOOOoorrrning, Ms Chips! Nice to see you! (Thanks for starting me off on a running-behind footing. Grrrr! 😆 )

    Good Morning, Utal! Good Morning/Evening ALL TODobots!

    Wishing you all a GREAT Day!

      • 6 vcprezofan2
        October 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Hi, dear Mayor! 😀
        I see from a note somewhere that you are having to revise your routine that was in place a couple of days ago, so I’m going to have to take back that ‘Routine Award’ I gave you then, until you get things ALL smoothed out. Stick with it, it’ll come it….I hope! 😉

  3. 9 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Whoever carved those pumpkins needs to go back to Art 101 class.

    • 10 desertflower
      October 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

      I’m with you! Especially Michelle…what’s up with that!

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      October 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Maybe they did it for free, although that’s no excuse. I saw that a couple of days ago without noticing any caption, concluded that they weren’t the Os and moved along.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      October 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Yes, I thought they were grotesque when I first saw them…but I guess…whatever…LOL!

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      October 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

      I was trying to think who the female pumpkin reminded me of…and I think it’s Condi Rice at a certain angle. Oh well, I really don’t mind that the pumpkins don’t look like them (apart from the fact the wax museum is supposed to be famous and should be able to commission realistic images).

      • October 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        Are these images supposed to be “scary President Obama,” and “scary First Lady Michelle Obama?” I am not impressed. But, it is Halloween, and the images are not horrible. The level of disrespect is maddening. Our President and our First Lady are awesome. They continue to work hard for our nation, even in light of these unfriendly events.

  4. 18 GGAIL
    October 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Good West Coast Chipsticks & TOD family! Hellloooo Danny 🙂

  5. 21 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 10:06 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Mariele on #1 🙂 Happy Thursday and I look forward to seeing our President talk about immigration reform this morning.

  6. 22 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 10:08 am


    A new Fox News poll finds Democrats leading Republicans in the generic congressional ballot by eight points, 45% to 37%.

    Also interesting: 46% of voters think a random selection of everyday Americans could do a better job on the country’s problems than Congress.

    I’m really inclined to believe that second part, too!

  7. 23 debz
    October 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Good morning. After reading about a dem congress person telling the President to “man up” I think POTUS should tell the DCCC to shove it and refuse to fund-raise. I am so sick of dems whose idea of running for reelection is to attack the President. They did it in 2010 and are starting again.

    • 24 57andfemale
      October 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

      DWS needs to exercise more discipline in her caucus. I’m not saying she can monitor every word that every idiot says, but there should be consequences for this b.s.

      One of the major reasons ACA did not have the growing popularity it needed coming into implementation was the DINO’s running from it. This is a DNC/DCCC issue.

    • October 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I think he understands it’s not all of them. There’s a lot of Dems who have stood strong with him but don’t get the coverage from the media because they won’t play the anti-Obama game. The President is a company man (and I mean that in a good way) so he’s going to do what’s best for the Dems.

  8. 28 amk for obama
    October 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Obama : How do you beat off your admirers?

    Katy: You see these new shoes, sir?

  9. 32 amk for obama
    October 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    French clubs will go on strike in November in protest at plans to impose higher taxes on players.

    The government wants those earning an annual salary of more than 1m euros (£850,000) to pay a 75% ‘super tax’.


    A lesson for all you sports fan(atic)s?

  10. 33 Linda
    October 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Another senator will back up Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) account of an alleged exchange between President Barack Obama and a House Republican, according to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.

    Brzezinski said on-air Thursday that after reaching out to Durbin’s office, a spokesperson reiterated that the senator stands by his claim and that a colleague will “verify” his account.

    “His spokesman says the senator is standing by the claim and said that another senator today will verify Durbin’s story,” Brzezinski said.

    Durbin wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday that during a recent closed-door meeting, a House Republican told Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that after talking to a participant in the meeting, the alleged exchange “did not happen.” House leadership also repudiated Durbin’s claim and demanded an apology.


  11. 34 Linda
    October 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

    The ” Glitch-gate ” hearing have started on cspan.

  12. 39 Linda
    October 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Harry Reid Told Caucus That Pete Sessions Was Behind Obama Insult, Senators Say


  13. October 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Gooood Morning all my O peeps!!! What a great getting up day in TODdytown again!!!!

    Looks like the ‘gotcha glitch-gate’ hearings are in full swing. It’s a good thing that we aren’t in the pre-iCSPAN, pre-political cable era. Imagine all those pundits, politicians, and posers bumping into each other as they actually go about doing a day’s work.

  14. October 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I watched some of the Obamacare RWNJ fishing expedition and let me just say it didn’t quite work out the way the GOP hoped. The panel basically said the website it’s worked well for thousands, it has some issues to address, the problems are being worked on continually and it’s improving day over day. The RWNJs kept trying to poke holes but really didn’t get anywhere and just looked stupid and vengeful in the process.

    Here is one particularly sweet moment from Rep Pallone in response to Marsha Blackburn and Joe Barton’s feeble tag team attempt to find a breach in HIPPA compliance:

    • 57 Vicki
      October 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thomas Roberts is a paid puppet mouthpiece for the Owners of the Network. He speaks to them and for them and his occasional lapse into common sense and fairness is a technique to insure Mr. Roberts appears to be impartial and thereby remain a useful tool.

  15. 59 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    For those who missed it.

  16. 60 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

  17. 65 a4alice
    October 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

    morning TOD and great R&S Chips! 😀

  18. 66 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

  19. 67 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

  20. 68 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

  21. 69 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

  22. October 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

  23. 78 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Looks like Dick Durbin was right and telling the truth.

    • 79 donna dem 4 obama
      October 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

      I found it hard to believe that Dick Durbin would make this up. I first posted this story here a few days ago when I saw it on Facebook. I believe the WH dismissed this because they didn’t want it to become an issue and hoped that this story about Reid and his caucus wouldn’t come out. I can understand that but this vile stuff is real and the public should know what this man has had to endure throughout his Presidency IMO.

      • 80 Vicki
        October 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

        I remember when you posted, donna, and was surprised that the insult hadn’t recieved wider notice.
        Now I agree with you that our “Take the high road” President would prefer that this uglines get as little attention as possible.
        On the other hand, I get why Senator Durbin wants to rip the mask off the racism and hate and let the country see how disgusting and hurtful it is for our President.

    • 81 Obama Grandmama
      October 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      My thoughts are that PBO does not want getting things done to be interrupted by talk and accusations of racism. That could lessen his ability to be affective. It does weaken the arguments of those saying PBO does not do enough to court the GOP legislators. Who wants to spend time with the likes of You lie, and I can’t stand to even look at you? The world appreciates our President more than many in our country do. I am so thankful he can carry on despite the hatefulness he has to endure.

      I have had to shed what I thought were friendships due to racism showing in those people since PBO was elected. These people had effectively hidden those hateful traits prior to that time. Reasoned conversations and facts do not pierce the armor they have put on with the help of FOX and Limbaugh. The fact that they are senior citizens says a lot about their lack of ability to adapt to change. It is harder to find open minded forward thinking friends in this age group.

      • 82 Obama Grandmama
        October 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        Of course I do find many seniors that are appreciative of facts and our President here and am grateful for this site.

    • 83 pkayden
      October 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      The nastiness of Republicans appears to have no bottom. Good for Durbin and Reid for exposing them. I bet not one Republican told Sessions he was wrong for making such a disrespectful comment.

    • 84 Sandy1110
      October 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      A Republican confirmed to make an ugly remark about PBO? The MSM won’t touch it. They will protect the GOP.

  24. October 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

  25. 86 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

  26. 87 Jovie
    October 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

    And that’s the proof! Pete sessions is a Prick!

  27. 88 Nena20409
    October 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Good Morning TODville Township dwellers.
    Wow…..Great Job bts.

    So for Halloween…..I am assigned to be Mitch McConnell? I 😉 Object.

    🙂 Half Seriously? May I ask why? I know that I can’t sing and I wear glasses……but my Neck is long and Gorgeous….. :)….so my late Mom said….and many others.

    Okay….my pity rant is Over TOD….. I am a Team player. Mitch McConnell it is.

  28. 89 Nena20409
    October 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Thank You Majority Reid for naming the racist wicked idiot, Pete Session.

    Pete Session is a science denier. A birther…..I think and from TX.

    • 90 Nena20409
      October 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

      His DC Number is 202-225-2231
      His Dallas, TX numbers is 972-392-0505

      • 91 donna dem 4 obama
        October 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm

        Just spoke to his DC office and told the aide answering the phone that I didn’t appreciate the disrespect that Mr. Sessions had towards the President in telling him that he can’t stand to look at him. I nicely asked her to please let him know that he doesn’t have to like President Obama but he for darn sure had better respect the office and to not ever say such a vile thing to him again.

        Please be kind. These people answering the phone are not to be blamed for these ***holes they work for. She said she will pass the information on to him.

        • 92 jacquelineoboomer
          October 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm

          I think I’ll do what you did. Take it directly to Sessions, without giving him any additional publicity (so it’s not used as the new taunt du jour against our President).

    • October 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      I looked up Pete Sessions because I always get him confused with Jeff Sessions (Georgia, I think). They are interchangable.

      Pete Sessions represents the well-heeled northern and western suburbs of Dallas, including Preston Hollow, where GW Bush now lives.

      I don’t think GWBush is a racist, but I’m sure many of his neighbors are, but outwardly embrace those Black Republicans that toe GW Bush’s line, i.e., Condi Rice.

      • 94 carolyn
        October 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        This the kind of hatred, from the same area, that prompted the Secret Service to beg JFK not to go to Dallas. Preston Hollow is such a wealthy enclave, that we on this blog have no idea what they are like. The money is unbelievable, and the sense of entitlement reeks. JFK was a Catholic, and that was reason enough for them to hate him. If you drive through this part of Dallas, there is no Catholic church, and the only dark faces are on those working on lawns, or riding the buses home after cleaning houses. It is really like something out of the 1950s.
        And this man, with his rudeness, thinks he is superior to President Obama because of his color. The pitiful thing is, he’ll never think otherwise.

        • October 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

          Wow. Thanks for the insight.

          I’ve been to Dallas only a few times, never to the well-heeled North (Plano and Frisco, yes).

          It’s really a sad statement on humanity that these people can be so uncaring and think they only deserve tax cuts but those who don’t deserve tax cuts don’t deserve medical coverage or sustenance meals either.

          Let them eat cake indeed.

          Now that this is out in the open, let’s see what MSM decides to do. My guess is they will hammer Jay Carney while ignoring Pete Sessions.

        • 96 Nena20409
          October 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm

          This, I swear was part of my 5mins discussion with the aide who answered the phone.

          I also went into We The People are paying for him to serve, not to be disrespectful or a racist wicked idiot towards a POTUS that was Nationally elected 2 Times. I also said that if he finds president Obama so awful….then by all means he should depart these USA and stop fleecing the Taxpayers. I told his office to stop being a Birther and a science denier.
          The guy tried to deny the words. He said that the Dem senators were not there and that Jay had said it didn’t happen. I said that the Pete Session should man up and hold a live media press conference, be subjected to a thorough examination and by the way, as one who claims to be a Christian…..he should be on a Truth Serum for his words to be believable.

  29. 97 Nena20409
    October 24, 2013 at 11:49 am


    Myths and misinformation on Healthcare.gov glitches.

  30. 98 amk for obama
    October 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

  31. October 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Morning all. Love the cartoons. They pretty well sum up the GOP in the ‘picture worth a thousand words’.

  32. 100 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2013 at 11:54 am




    If Obama stands firm, he is being stubborn. If he seeks compromise, he is caving. Obama should lead while following. He should be more hands-on while staying out of it completely. Why can’t he take the reins and do what must be done? Why can’t he mind his own goddamned business?

    If Obama acts, he shouldn’t have. If he doesn’t act, he should have. If he said he was going to act, he was lying. If he repeatedly said he was going to do something and then actually does it, he only did it because a bunch of keyboard warriors held his feet to the fire, and forced him to do it. All credit for anything and everything belongs to them.
    To hear those with ODS tell the tale, Obama is too stupid to know that the Republicans are not on his side, too dumb to know he’s in over his head, and way too idiotic to govern a nation. The fact that, under his guidance, the economy has improved, job numbers are up, and the deficit is being reduced at an amazing pace is just – you guessed it! – “dumb luck.” Makes one wonder how such a dumbass was somehow smart enough to get elected – twice.



  33. 101 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Complaints for the sake of complaining

    By Steve Benen


    I’ve watched Congress for quite a while, and I’ve been to more congressional hearings than I can count, and I honestly can’t think of anything similar to the charade we’ll see today. The Republican majority is complaining about the functionality of a website that they’d just as soon destroy. They’re furious Americans are struggling to sign up for benefits that Republicans don’t want them to have. They’re demanding better performance of a system they’ve spent years deliberately trying to sabotage, and have no intention of trying to help fix.



    • 102 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm


      Here is a terrific comment at the post above. An important point being overlooked by too many in the media.

      m!k& – AN HOUR AGO


      The single reason the website is not working is the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. I was disappointed not to hear the President explain this on Monday.

      To leave this cause out is to entirely misunderstand the issue. Thom Hartman is the only media reporter who has gone into the actual cause.

      The ACA website was intended just to be a portal to the state websites.

      When the SCOTUS upheld the Affordable Care Act, this fundamentally changed: the states were allowed not have state registration systems.

      This shifted the registration function to the federal website, which wasn’t built for that.

      The Medicare website was the standard used for volume expectations, which never exceeded 50,000 simultaneous users.

      The ACA website was hugely successful–it had 150,000 simultaneous users. Owing to the change in function caused by SCOTUS.
      This was an artifact of a conservative SCOTUS and obstruction by Republican state opponents.

      Further, the Republicans have waged warfare with irrational things like 42 bills to kill health care reform but no answers for health care reform, and this warfare, including shutting government down, have aggravated the website rollout.

      And this is very readily fixed, the health care system has for ten years successfully done electronic data transmission of millions of bytes of data daily for medical demographics and claims data, and this is no different.


  34. 103 57andfemale
    October 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  35. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    This guys a little raw sometimes, and a little atheistic, so be warned, but this is funny:

  36. 105 Nena20409
    October 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm


    Jay’s presser at the WH to begin at 12:00 ET.

    • 106 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      I bet the first ‘shiny object’ question will be about the comments made by Pete Sessions followed by the charade hearings on healthcare.gov

  37. 107 57andfemale
    October 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  38. 108 57andfemale
    October 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Gorgeous and compassionate and intelligent and moral and…..did I mention gorgeous?


  39. October 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Afternoon everyone, will have a new post up in 30 mins-ish.

    • 112 57andfemale
      October 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      How’s the BT in Training (‘training’ being the operative word)? Mommy getting any sleep? Is your house still in one piece?

      • October 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        57, he tends to fall asleep when I start his blog tyranting lessons, a bit like Amk:

        • 114 hopefruit2
          October 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

          Cute little love-bug! All tired out from being naughty all morning…. 🙂

          • October 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

            You know Hopefruit, I wondered why no one was calling the last couple of days, not even people trying to sell me stuff …. until I discovered Danny now knows how to remove the phone pluggy thing from the wall. 😕

        • 118 Ladyhawke
          October 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

          Danny is so adorable Chips. I have to say the picture with the leaf in his mouth just made me melt.

          • October 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

            He’s a sweetie, Ladyhawke! I took him for a walk today and it was hilarious how many people almost fainted with lovie-ness when they saw him. One woman described him as ‘liquid heroin’, to which I said, “um, thanks”!

            • 120 hopefruit2
              October 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

              He’s really adorable! Does he climb into his little bed on his own, or do you put him there when you want him to take a nap?

              • October 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

                A bit of both Hopefruit, he usually climbs in himself, but sometimes he’s so zombied from tiredness he falls asleep in a very uncomfortable spot, so I lift him in. He also moves his bed around the place, sometimes in front of the TV … no, seriously!

        • 123 amk for obama
          October 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

          He is adorable. Just. Like. Me.

        • 124 Nena20409
          October 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

          Sleeping like an Angel.
          Sweet Danny the pup.

        • 125 57andfemale
          October 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

          He has about a day and half before he outgrows that bed. Methinks he pulls off the ‘innocent’ look better than amk.

          Of our 7 dogs over the last 33 years, Calliope was the only one Hubby and I raised together from a puppy. He cut a large notch in a box because she was too little to step into the box with her blankets, etc. I told him that would last about a week.

          She wanted to be a good girl and would ‘send herself to her box’ if she screwed up. If we found her in the box, we knew to look for her ‘accident’. After about a week, she’d just walk in the box and walk out if she’d screwed up. Then it was two paws and two paws out. Then finally she’d just tap it with one paw and walk away.

          She got our number pretty fast. What a great girl she was – we had her 17 years. Even though she’s been gone since 2006, we miss her every day.

          Puppydom is full of heartful stories. Trust me, you’ll remember these days fondly, really you will!

        • October 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

          What a delight!!!! So happy for both of you, Chips!! 🙂

        • 127 misspat
          October 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

          He is a cutie. I am sorry I said what I said about him. Will you forgive me?

        • October 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

          Cuteness overload!!

        • 129 nospin
          October 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

          what a sweet sweet pup.

  40. 130 anniebella
    October 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I sent Pete Sessions a email. I was polite. On a scale of 1 to 10, I was , never mind. I sent the racists Congressman a email.

  41. 132 JER
    October 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  42. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

    That is such an appalling statement, it makes us all sick. However, seeing what has happened in our country since President Obama was first elected, I also am sickened to think that the more publicity this statement by Pete Sessions, or whoever said it, is given, the more it will be used by others to mock the President. I can see it as a new tea party bumper sticker or on a sign at a haters’ rally in front of the White House. I can see it picked up by Ted Cruz and his ilk, to applause. So, I’m conflicted as to how to respond to it. My first thought is to go after Sessions for apparently saying it. My second thought is to follow the White House’s lead by turning the other cheek, because there are rabid dogs out there just waiting for new raw meat so they can add to their repertoire. Junkyard dogs.

    Although my heart knows what to do, the jury’s still out in my head.

  43. October 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

  44. 151 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Jon Karl is a ARSE. That is all.

  45. 153 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Do you know that when mice feel sick they stay in bed, just like humans?

  46. 156 Jovie
    October 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

  47. 159 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  48. 160 Nena20409
    October 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    The Pete Session issue came up at least 3X. Jay was saying that it was a Miscommunications on a readout to the Sen Dems. Jay didn’t want to deal with it. He also said that this was during a heated TBGOPers shutdown of the Fed Gov’t. That tells me that this was said as was narrated to the senate Dems.

  49. 161 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  50. 162 dotster3
    October 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Not that it’s the most important thing in the world, but now I see that the purported Sessions quote is now being called a “miscommunication” in the meeting with the Dems at the WH during shutdown crisis. I don’t know why the WH doesn’t just report exactly what happened and end it instead of dancing around the details, prolonging the inquiries, making it a bigger story than necessary. They are calling the insult quote “inaccurate”, making it sound like some words of disrespect were expressed but perhaps not those exact ones. They said the “miscommunication” happened in a “readout” of the Repub mtg. to the Dems, without saying who was giving the readout and how that miscommunication could have happened. In any case, that’s what the Dems were told what was said to President Obama, thus the Durbin facebook post and others backing him up as they heard the same report.

  51. October 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I know few will agree with me, but the confrontation with Sessions is being handled ass-backwards. If ever there was an opportunity for the President to have a “teaching moment” that was it. This “highroad” bullshit is for the birds. He is the President of the United States; the most powerful man in the world and he needs to grab that mantle with both hands. As for being perceived as “the angry Black man”…who cares. He ought to be one by now.

    On another note, I’m am so completely sick of the hypocrisy of the Republicans with regard to the launch of ObamaCare. I am equally disheartened by my Democrats who fail to remind Republicans, at every opportunity they get about the troubled rollout of Medicare PartD. In case you are unaware or need a refresher, I put up a short piece this morning to refresh everyone’s memory.


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