Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, before he departed to Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 12, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern):

11:15: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington

11:45: President Obama meets with tribal leaders

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

5:30: President Obama meets with combatant commanders and military leadership; VP Biden attends

7:30: President Obama hosts a dinner for combatant commanders and military leadership. VP Biden, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden also attend.




Yahoo: Medicaid Is Health Overhaul’s Early Success Story

Often dismissed, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, according to Avalere Health, a market analysis firm that compiled data from those states. Twenty-five states are expanding their Medicaid programs, but data for all of them was not available.

“Medicaid is exceeding expectations in most places,” said Dan Mendelson, Avalere’s president. “It is definitely a bright picture in states that have chosen to expand.” Starting Jan. 1, the law expands Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — $15,856 for an individual or $32,499 for a family of four.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 9 million people will gain coverage through expanded Medicaid next year, with another 7 million signing up for private coverage through the online markets

More here



NYT: Michelle Obama Edges Into A Policy Role On Higher Education

Michelle Obama will begin a new initiative on Tuesday that seeks to increase the number of low-income students who pursue a college degree. The goals of the program reflect the first lady’s own life and will immerse her more directly in her husband’s policies.  In her new project, Mrs. Obama will work with the Education Department to help further President Obama’s initiative to vault the United States from 12th to first in the world in the percentage of college graduates by 2020.

In the past year in Chicago, she has led an exercise session with hundreds of city children and addressed 60 teenagers at the Urban Alliance, a group that offers professional job training and internships for underserved youth.

One teenage girl who had been reluctant to apply to college came to the Urban Alliance after Mrs. Obama had spoken to her, recalled Sandra Abrevaya, the executive director of the organization. The young woman is now at the end of her first semester at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago.

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Mother Jones: House Dems Can Block GOP Food Stamp Cuts – By Killing The Farm Bill

The food stamps program—which helps feed one in seven Americans—is in peril. Republicans in the House have proposed a farm bill—the five-year bill that funds agriculture and nutrition programs—that would slash food stamps by $40 billion. But by taking advantage of House Republicans’ desire to cut food stamps as much as possible, Democrats might be able to prevent cuts from happening at all.

To pull it off, Democrats would have to derail the farm bill entirely, which would maintain food-stamp funding at current levels. Here’s how it would work, according to House Democrats who’ve considered the idea.

It’s an idea rooted in the last food stamp fight: In June, the House failed to pass a farm bill that cut $20 billion from the food stamp program. The bill went down because 62 GOP conservatives thought the $20 billion in cuts weren’t deep enough, while 172 Democrats thought they were too drastic. After the bill failed, House conservatives passed a much more draconian food stamps bill with $40 billion in cuts. But that bill was dead-on-arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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Jamelle Bouie: The Right’s Slavery Obsession

Chattel slavery stands apart in American history. It was unlike anything else in the Antebellum world: a comprehensive system that touched every life, from slave owners and overseers to notaries and store-owners. It was incredibly lucrative, laying the foundation for American commercial success and driving economic growth throughout the Union, from manufacturers in the North to millionaires in the South. (Prior to the Civil War, Natchez, Mississippi, had the most millionaires per capita of any city in the country.)

It was also brutal, an institution that sanctioned terrible, existential violence against black families, that tore children from their parents and sold them for a profit. [Palin’s ignorant statement is in the article] Nothing about this statement is accurate. Yes, at $1.28 trillion, China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt. But the vast majority of American debt is owned by Americans. We’re borrowing from ourselves, and in the current economic environment of mass unemployment and sluggish growth, this isn’t a huge concern.

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Brian Beutler: GOP About To Hurt Itself Again!: New Ploy To Kill Obamacare Will Blow Up

Starting on Jan. 1, votes to repeal Obamacare will become votes to take health insurance away from a lot of people. Just how many people will depend on when the votes take place (assuming they take place at all), and when Healthcare.gov is finally up and running. But repeal votes will cease to be abstractions. They’ll be deeply relevant to hundreds of thousands of people. And because politics don’t always obey the laws of entropy, it’s safe to assume that Democrats will characterize past votes for repealing Obamacare as if they’d taken place in 2014.

Which is why the GOP’s latest tactical assault on Obamacare merits so much attention. It underscores how unviable the repeal platform will be by the time Republicans have the power to enact it. And it even suggests repealers have so successfully blinded themselves to the positive consequences of the Affordable Care Act that they can’t see how badly they’re now undermining their own campaign.

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Roger Simon: President Obama Needs Legacy, GOP Needs Votes

If you like your president, you’re going to be able to keep him. In fact, even if you don’t like your president, you’re going to keep him. He’s here until Jan. 20, 2017.  The president not only knows this, he has started talking about it. Friday, at a fundraiser in Florida, he said: “I’ve run my last election. And along with the gray hair, what comes with being president is that you take the long view and you start thinking about 10 years from now or 20 years from now or 30 years from now.”

Except not really. Barack Obama is an activist president who still has an agenda to pass in his second term, and he is thinking about 10 months, 20 months and 30 months from now. And in his second term, he wants a big legacy issue, like health care was in his first term. He wants immigration reform and a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers in the United States.

More here



Think Progress: Voters Overwhelmingly Support a $9 Minimum Wage

Three out of four Americans would vote for a $9 minimum wage if it were on the ballot, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Overall support is up by 5 percentage points from March. Gallup’s survey found 76 percent of Americans would vote yes on a referendum raising the minimum wage up from $7.25 to $9 per hour. Just under 70 percent support tying minimum wage increases to inflation.

A full 58 percent of self-identified Republicans support raising the wage to $9, but they oppose automatic increases to keep pace with inflation by a 56-43 margin. The new numbers come a week after workers won minimum wage victories in New Jersey and the Washington town that hosts the Seattle-Tacoma airport. Most of the legislative action on wages this year has come at the state and locallevel as congressional and White House efforts to promote federal action have stalled thanks to Republican opposition.

More here


On This Day:

Aides brief President Obama aboard Air Force One en route to Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 12, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with Canadian PM Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen at the APEC summit dinner on November 12 2011 at the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a dinner for leaders during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Nov. 12, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to MA’O Organic Farms in Waianae, Hawaii, Nov. 12, 2011


Chips: MoooOOOooorning! I was so delayed (well, okay, slow) getting this R&S done, I only had the pics collected up to 20 minutes ago – and then the Mighty UT came to my rescue and added all the brilliant newsie links. So, 976 billion thanks to UT, without her your R&S would have arrived around, oh, midnight.

141 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 japa21
    November 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Morning all

  2. 5 utaustinliberal
    November 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Oh crikey. Chiparoooooooo, you were supposed to take ALL the credit, the fame, and the glory. Don’t you know how this works? I’m kicking you out of my blackmail and bribery group. 😆

    On a more serious note, you’re welcome Chiparoo. It’s my pleasure to help the one and only Boss Cheesy Puffs. 😀

  3. November 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Good morning, TODville and thanks to ut and Chips for another great R&S.

    Chips, I do think this photo belongs in your giant file. I’m sure you’ll find some use for it.

  4. 9 utaustinliberal
    November 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

  5. 10 hopefruit2
    November 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

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

    Thanks UT for rescuing Chips and producing this fabulous R & S on short notice!

  6. 12 hopefruit2
    November 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

  7. 13 amk for obama
    November 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

    An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again.

    The boy asked his father, “What is this, Father?” The father [never having seen an elevator] responded “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what it is.”

    While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of lights with numbers above the walls light up.

    They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction. The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out.

    The father whispers to his son, “Hurry boy – go get your mother!”

  8. 20 mtmarilyn
    November 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good morning TODbots!!! A beautiful Montana morning to all. What a great R&S!! I love the way you bring in all the past pictures. It is so wonderful to come here and get the real news. I get so heartsick reading all the lies in the papers with very little push back, especially this 60 minutes. It is such a sad day when truth isn’t revered anymore.

    Also one interesting note about today is that at 2pm it will be 11-12-13 14 hundred hours.

    Off to a busy day.

  9. November 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Good Morning all. Have a happy day!

  10. 23 Vicki
    November 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Morning, all.
    So, today I’m thinking about numbers. Those that indicate something of value and those that are mainly of Propaganda value.

    It is a Fact that if a consumer pays his/her healthcare premium by Dec. 15, that person’s coverage begins on Jan.1. December 15 is a determinative date. How many people have signed up and paid by Dec. 15 gives us important information.

    Nov. 15 is a progress related statistic and it will be reported and mis-reported in multiple ways.
    I am preparing myself to be confused.

    So if one MSM outlet says only 50,000 have signed up it means what exactly?? They’ve done the paperwork but not paid first month’s premium?
    This is misleading until you ask yourself, do I pay a bill a month before it is due?
    As I said I am preparing myself for a blizzard of 1/2 truths and misleading data.

    Please TOD, if I have gotten this info wrong somehow set me straight.

    • 24 theo67
      November 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Vicki – you’re so right. The enrollment period goes until March! And this healthcare reform was 100 years in the making. These “Chicken Little” media and their stories of doom are exhausting. The fact is: there is affordable healthcare – we’re one month into the enrollment window. There are still five more months to go. If people choose to keep their substandard, unreliable, more expensive health insurance; then so be it. If they wise up and sign up for more affordable, reliable, less expensive health insurance – then it’s working as designed. Anything else is just noise.

  11. November 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    OMG, I think I’m going to scream. #thetriangulatinghasbegun

    • 26 Linda
      November 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

      He is a backstabber…….remember when he whispered to Cantor to call him ?

    • 27 utaustinliberal
      November 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

      ‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt’ – Abraham Lincoln.

      Bill Clinton would do well to make this quote his mantra.

      • 28 Vicki
        November 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

        Bill Clinton has this totally wrong. is he crazy? Let someone keep their junk insurance rather than lead the person to a better and fairer deal? I wonder who is paing him for this crap.

        • November 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

          Yes, that’s the problem with Clinton. This is a very complex law and his suggestion is just stupid. He’s looking for some sort of expediency and patronizing the RWNJs while he throws PBO under the bus. So sick of his stupid demeaning games.

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Meta, every time Bill opens his mouth he loses another constituency for his wife. Keep talking, idiot.

    • November 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      I think that this is the Clinton machine’s attempt to minimize the “Obama Coalition”…I sincerely hope that another DEM…appears on the scene who challenges the notion the Hillary is the endowed one!…
      I am not enamored with the Clintons…nor do see them as heir apparent…I might be more inclined to support Hillary if Bill was NOT part of the package….

      I am interested in a DEM Presidential candidate who will move PBOs agenda forward/not take us back to a pre-PBO agenda…

    • 33 Lovepolitics2008
      November 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Reminds me of the time where he said President Obama should use the 14th amendment in the debt ceiling battle of 2011. Completely undermining the president, who, for the record, had analyzed the 14th scenario with his team and had concluded that it wasn’t a good idea. During the more recent battle about the debt ceiling, President Obama explained his rationale for avoiding to use of the 14th amendment and, as usual, his reasoning was sound and full of wisdom.

      I have a feeling that President Clinton’s priority is always the politics of things, and that he doesn’t necessarily thinks about the long term consequences. Resolve a political problem in the short term, at the expense of creating policy and governance problems in the long run. Problems that he thinks can be resolved later with ANOTHER trick or temporary tactic.

      The presidential campaign of his wife hasn’t REALLY begun yet. He should keep his mouth shut. Weakening President Obama is a stupid idea strategically. If Christie gets the repub nomination, he would be the one benefitting from a weakened democratic president. As usual, Clinton things in terms of short term tactics, and not in terms of long term strategy.

      • 34 theo67
        November 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

        You’re so right, LP. Just look at what has taken up so much of President Obama’s time in his presidency: undoing a lot of the politically expedient messes that were left by Clinton over a decade ago: DADT, abolishing of Glass-Steagall, lack of healthcare reform, DOMA, a legitimate press… all deals that Clinton – in all his political wisdom – made to make his political position stronger, at the expense of the American public. He should just say “thank you” to President Obama for cleaning up his mess, and sit down in the corner.

    • 35 anniebella
      November 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Bill Clinton is the very reason alot of people would not want to see Hillary as President, his big dam know it all mouth.

  12. 36 amk for obama
    November 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

  13. November 12, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I know nothing Cohen writes should surprise us any more, but that the W Post allows this kind of crap in its paper …. oh boy.

    • 38 utaustinliberal
      November 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

      How Richard Cohen or the Washington Post look themselves in the mirror and not see a racist staring back that them, boggles the mind.

      Article after article, his hatred of African-Americans bleeds through. If slavery was to become the law of the land again, Richard Cohen would gladly sign up to be a slave owner.

      • November 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

        It’s just astonishing UT. As I said to Arapaho415, I blame the WP way more than him, I expect no better from that racist scum, but for them to repeatedly publish this stuff?!

      • 40 jackiegrumbacher
        November 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Ut, Cohen is so immersed in his racist myopia, he doesn’t see anything wrong with this writing. He regards his well-to-do, backward, biased self as the ‘norm,’ which must make someone as charismatic and popular as DeBlasio ‘not normal.’ He doesn’t get that the world has passed him by and not only does that world not care what Cohen thinks, it regards him as a braying, incompetent old jackass. And that also goes for his employer –WaPo– which seems to regard columnists who have long since passed their sell-by date as worth paying and giving space to.

      • 42 Lovepolitics2008
        November 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        Maybe we could suggest to Richard Cohen to read Red State at least one hour a day.

    • 43 dotster3
      November 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

      As Alex Wagner noted on twitter, “conventional views” is being used here as a big smokescreen for wildly bigoted views. What a piece of trash this writing by Cohen is. As is most of what he writes. Needs to take a seat on the porch swing—-outdated, demented views.

    • November 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I’m all for free speech, but this man gets paid to spout his ignorance and bigotry.

      Let him announce his bigoted views without pay. Richard Cohen needs to be put out to pasture NOW.

      I didn’t read his piece that is linked to in this article, but there is no excuse for ignorance to regularly parade itself on the op-ed pages of one of tha nation’s leading newspapers. Jeff Bezos,now is the time to step in and for the good of your newspaper and its readers, this will be Cohen’s last opinion for your newspaper.

      • November 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

        Great link Arapaho415 – the gobsmacking thing is that the W Post let this through (as they have done with lots of other racist bile from him). So, I blame them more than him, he’s beyond saving, they actually believe they are a respectable newspaper.

    • November 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    • 54 GGail
      November 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      This is a horrible article!

  14. 67 amk for obama
    November 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

    We had a state election in one of the states here two days back. The turnout ? 70%. This even with a threat voilence form some extremist outfits in the state against voters.

    • 68 mtmarilyn
      November 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      WOW Amk, that says so much about the lack of caring here in what should be the heart of democracy.

    • 69 theo67
      November 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      This should be a lesson to many Americans, who hold so much power and can impact the entire world, but so many of whom take their right to vote so casually. With great power comes great responsibility. It should be a crime NOT to vote in this country. Or hand the “super power” status over to other countries who respect the responsibility of that position.

  15. 71 amk for obama
    November 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

  16. 74 amk for obama
    November 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

  17. 75 amk for obama
    November 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

  18. 76 yardarm756
    November 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Ahoy mates. Request permission to come along side and take on fresh water to clean me b.s. filters! 😀

  19. 81 amk for obama
    November 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

  20. 82 yardarm756
    November 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Another truth.

  21. 83 jackiegrumbacher
    November 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Morning all. Veteran’s Day at our house ended in the Emergency Room as husband developed intense abdominal pain. He was in severe pain on the ride to the hospital and I must say my hands were shaking on the wheel. Took four endless hours, a battery of tests, morphine and many spasms of pain for my husband to get a kidney stone diagnosis at midnight. Even with pain pills he was awake all night and we trekked to a doctor’s appointment around 7 a.m. Thankfully the pain is gone and that makes even this cloudy, freezing Pa day seem bright. Thankfully, we are both on Medicare, but I kept thinking last night what it must be like for poor souls without health insurance who are in great pain and come to the Emergency room knowing that the bill will bankrupt them and their family. Thanks to our sadist of a governor, PA is one of the states that refused to expand Medicaid coverage, so there are going to be many nights of agony for people in this state and lots of financial ruin in their future. This is the real and tangible outcome of the 2010 election disaster and we have to do everything to reverse it next November.

    • November 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Oh Jackie, that’s horrendous, what a miserable day for you and your husband. So relieved to hear all’s good now, but it must have been terrifying. That you think of what others endure in similar situations without Medicaid shows just what a good heart you have. Wishing your husband the very best.

    • November 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

      So sorry to hear what your hubby endured last night.

      I’ve heard from people who have experienced kidney stones of the excruciating pain associated with them. Glad both of you are doing better this fine morning.

    • 88 utaustinliberal
      November 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

      So sorry for what happened Jackie, but also grateful and happy that your husband is doing well and healthcare came through for you and yours.

      The fact that you could think of others despite the uncertain outcome you were facing, shows what a wonderful human being. you are. Thanks for all that you do and all that you contribute to TOD.

    • 89 57andfemale
      November 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Oh, Jackie, that is so horrible, so terrifying. I’m going through a similar situation with my hubby these last few weeks.

      the death panels are Republicans. How is this not obvious to everyone?

    • November 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I am glad that your hubby is so much better…..

      I so agree with you…elections do have consequences…for some folks it will be extreme…some of our fellow Pennsylvanians will wait till the last minute for care at their own peril…

    • 91 Vicki
      November 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      So thankful your story has a happy ending and Yes we are working so that all Americans who need care can get it without financial ruin. May your hubby be well, jackieg

    • 92 GGail
      November 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      jackie, so happy to hear that your husband is no longer in such intense pain from the kidney stone. My dad had a gall stone so I have experienced a loved one in that kind of pain.

      Several years ago in our County hospital, we had a woman die on the ER floor from such because the ER was so over crowded with people who didn’t have insurance. Since CA has adopted ObamaCare, the ER is less crowded and people are going to Dr. offices for routine colds, etc and Urgent Care facilities for more serious situations.

      May your husband’s condition continue to improve.

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      November 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      So sorry to hear of your husband’s pain and your subsequent worry, jackieG! You are so right about appreciating Medicare and any other health insurance coverage we have. I detest those who would not extend a hand through expanded Medicaid (or even basic support of the ACA) to those who don’t have it!

  22. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    November 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Checking in to say…Daughter-in-Law has been taken to the hospital. It’s way too early for those twin baby girls to enter this world (30 weeks). Please keep her and those babies in your thoughts and prayers today.

  23. 111 utaustinliberal
    November 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Wooohooooooo! One step at a time, we will fight these abhorrent laws and we will win.

  24. 112 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 11:49 am

    So Richard Cohen is doing his racist best at WashPost and gets paid doing it?

    Wow. I am beyond words.

  25. 113 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Morning TOD Villagers. I also see that VA’s AG race is looking a lot better for the Dem? But VA TBGOPers are still trying their level best to STEAL the AG race?

    A week later and the Race races on?

  26. November 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Morning Obots!

    Before I get into the goodies, I have a bit of blog pimping. I have a new post up on my personal blog. Take a gander if you can here: http://novelsinprogress.com/2013/11/12/an-apology-and-a-story/

    • 115 mtmarilyn
      November 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Is there going to be more of your story you had been working on? I will go and read this. I love your stories.

    • 116 GGail
      November 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks LL! I read a portion and can’t wait for lunchtime to finish reading it.

      Bout time you got back to writing!!! 🙂

  27. 117 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

    A woman who called into the Stephanie Miller show said that the Healthcare.gov site is fixed. Is this true? I went to Thinkprogress, but there was no such report.

    There was however, a piece on 6 ways the ACA is working better than expected.

  28. 118 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    So US having a Biracial president.

    That is the catalyst of Richard Cohen’s attack on the de Blasios?

    Wow……now all his past racists columns are now easily understood. Why is Washington Post still have him in their payroll?

  29. 119 hopefruit2
    November 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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  32. November 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    My desk looks like a book monster vomited all over it.

  33. 134 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm


    NYT’s Stelter: 60 Minutes’ Mistakes With Benghazi Report Raise Questions About Whether CBS Came In With An Agenda


    Lara Logan’s Current husband was a Contractor hired during the Iraq war to spread Iraq GOOD feel stories by the GW Bush.

    • 135 Lovepolitics2008
      November 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Wow, I didn’t know that. Her husband is in the propaganda business ? Well, she would feel right at home working with him…

  34. 136 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    😉 a New TOD photographer is indeed born. Hello Chips ❗

    Looking Gorgeously Handsome Danny.

  35. 138 Nena20409
    November 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm


    It’s not “racist” to gag at the sight of an interracial family. It’s just … a sign of being troubled … by … the mixing of races.

  36. 140 hopefruit2
    November 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    They can’t let him eat in peace! 🙂 🙂

    Of course, Mark is on it…..

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