Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand together in the Blue Room of the White House, before a brunch celebrating the Inauguration, Jan. 18, 2013 (Photo: Pete Souza)


The Week Ahead:

Saturday and Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled.

Monday: The President and the First Lady will participate in a community service project in the Washington, DC area in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy. (1:30 EST).

Tuesday: The President and the Vice President will meet with members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Wednesday: The President and the Vice President will host an event for the Council on Women and Girls at the White House.

Thursday: The President will host a reception for mayors at the White House.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.




Steve Kornacki: Christie Camp Held Sandy Relief Money Hostage, Mayor Alleges

Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor and emails and personal notes she shared with msnbc. The mayor, Dawn Zimmer, hasn’t approved the project, but she did request $127 million in hurricane relief for her city of Hoboken – 80% of which was underwater after Sandy hit in October 2012. What she got was $142,000 to defray the cost of a single back-up generator plus an additional $200,000 in recovery grants.

In an exclusive interview, Zimmer broke her silence and named Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable, Christie’s community affairs commissioner, as the two officials who delivered messages on behalf of a governor she had long supported. Two days later, Zimmer got a call from the Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno, who wanted to come to town to do an event at a ShopRite to spotlight businesses that had recovered from the storm.

On May 13, Guadagno and Zimmer met at the Hoboken ShopRite. That is where, Zimmer said, Guadagno delivered the first message about the relief aide. Zimmer shared this diary entry which she said she wrote later that day. “At the end of a big tour of ShopRite and meeting, she pulls me aside with no one else around and says that I need to move forward with the Rockefeller project. It is very important to the governor. The word is that you are against it and you need to move forward or we are not going to be able to help you. I know it’s not right – these things should not be connected – but they are, she says, and if you tell anyone, I will deny it.”

The second warning, according to Zimmer, came four days later. She and Constable, who now led Christie’s department of community affairs, were seated together on stage for a public television special on Sandy recovery. Again, Zimmer provided this diary entry from May 17, which she said captured the incident. “We are mic’ed up with other panelists all around us and probably the sound team is listening. And he says “I hear you are against the Rockefeller project”. I reply “I am not against the Rockefeller project; in fact I want more commercial development in Hoboken.” “Oh really? Everyone in the State House believes you are against it – the buzz is that you are against it. If you move that forward, the money would start flowing to you” he tells me.

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USA Today: What A Shocker! Young People Like Obamacare

First it was, we think we are invincible. Then it was that the penalty was too low, or that we would be turned off by website glitches. After the Department of Health and Human Services released its initial age breakdown enrollment data Monday, it is time to finally put the pessimism to rest. Young people are enrolling in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and for good reason — being covered is essential to their economic security.

Department of Health & Human Services announced that 30% of Obamacare’s 2.2 million private insurance enrollees are under the age of 35. More specifically 24% of enrollees are between the ages of 18- and 34-years-old. In other words, the exchanges have a percentage of young adult enrollees that is comparable to their proportion of the overall population. All the evidence suggests that youth enrollment will only go up as we get closer to the deadline.

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“I’ve got to get back because somebody is having a birthday today…I’m going to go ahead and sign this bill.”


Ari Berman: Members Of Congress Introduce A New Fix For The Voting Rights Act

The Sensenbrenner-Conyers-Leahy bill strengthens the VRA in five distinct ways: 1: The legislation draws a new coverage formula for Section 4, thereby resurrecting Section 5. States with five violations of federal law to their voting changes over the past fifteen years will have to submit future election changes for federal approval. This new formula would currently apply to Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Local jurisdictions would be covered if they commit three or more violations or have one violation and “persistent, extremely low minority turnout” over the past fifteen years.

The formula is based on a rolling calendar, updated with a current fifteen-year time period to exempt states who are no longer discriminating or add new ones who are, creating a deterrent against future voting rights violations. It’s based on empirical conditions and current data, not geography or a fixed time period—which voting rights advocates hope will satisfy Chief Justice John Roberts should the new legislation be enacted and reach the Supreme Court.

The new Section 4 proposal is far from perfect. It does not apply to states with an extensive record of voting discrimination, like Alabama (where civil rights protests in Selma gave birth to the VRA), Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, which were previously subject to Section 5. Nor does it apply to states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that have enacted new voting restrictions in the past few years. Moreover, Department of Justice objections to voter ID laws will not count as a new violation.

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David Cay Johnston: Willful Blindness Worsens Inequality

The rich really are getting richer, while the vast majority is getting poorer. All you have to do is look at the official government data to know this. Sadly, though, most of our nationally prominent journalists, especially David Brooks of The New York Times and PBS, do not know this because they neglect to do a basic journalistic task. It’s called reporting. The first and overwhelming problem is that his scale is wrong, probably because Brooks just conjured up the only hard number in that passage. Brooks writes about “the growing wealth of the top 5 percent.”

The threshold to be in the top 5 percent income group in 2012 was $161,000, analysis of tax return data by economists Emanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty shows. That is a lot of money to most people, but it is pocket change for top Wall Streeters, the group whose pay Brooks properly calls perverse. Lloyd Blankfein, who runs Goldman Sachs, was paid $23 million in 2012. That is 142 times the threshold to be in the top 5 percent. Looked at another way, had Blankfein been paid weekly, his first paycheck would have shown almost 3 times the gross pay that those at the top 5 percent threshold labored all year to make.

Goldman’s 32,400 employees made $12.6 billion last year, which is as much money as the lowest-earning 6.2 million American workers made the year before. To put that in another inequality perspective, in 2012 America had 23.3 million workers, all of them part-time or seasonal, who made less than $5,000. They averaged $2,025 each. Ponder that for a moment. About one worker in six made only $2,000.

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Think Progress: Governor Of State With Highest Minimum Wage Says It’s Still Too Low

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D), whose state has the highest minimum wage of any in the country at $9.32 an hour, proposed raising it to between $10.82 and $11.82 in his State of the State address on Tuesday. “There are tens of thousands of jobs that people depend on that don’t provide a living wage in our state,” he said. “An increase in minimum wage means more money being spent in our economy.”

Republicans in the sate House and Senate expressed concerns that a higher wage could hurt small businesses, farmers, and businesses along the border with Idaho, which has a minimum wage at the federal level of $7.25. Democrats control the House but Republicans effectively control the Senate. Washington has lately become home to demands for even higher minimum wages. In the town surrounding the Seattle-Tacoma airport, voters approved a $15 minimum wage, although a court recently narrowed its impact to just those who work outside the airport. The group that organized support for the higher wage is fighting that decision.

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TIME: Harvey Weinstein To Take Aim At NRA In New Movie

Film executive Harvey Weinstein said Wednesday he plans to make an anti-gun movie starring Meryl Streep that will take a direct shot at the National Rifle Association. 

“We’re going to take this issue head on, and they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them,” Weinstein said on Howard Stern’s radio show. “I never want to have a gun,” Weinstein said. “I don’t think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area.”

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On This Day:

The “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial” on January 18, 2009 at the National Mall

President Obama shoots hoops with his personal aide, Reggie Love, at the White House Basketball Court, Jan. 18, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with civil rights movement leader Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery and his family in the Oval Office, Jan. 18, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

154 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 10 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

  2. 12 Cindy
    January 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hey…Congratulation Don!!!!!

    • 13 Don
      January 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thank you, Cindy, all I can say is that its lonely at the top.

      • 14 Cindy
        January 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Yes, but the good thing about it Don, you can always reach down and help bring someone up with you.

        The moral of the story, as I convey to my students; never get so high that you can’t look down to help others, the same people you pass on your way up, are the same people you pass on your way down.

        I wish Christie had been in my class, he probably would have benefited…… : )

  3. 15 Don
    January 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

    You want to cut taxes for the rich, go ahead, you want to try and limit the power of unions, go ahead. You want to cut funding for social programs, go ahead. But don’t go and try to squeeze some poor town that’s trying to get back on its feet after a hurricane damn near destroys it. I would have had more respect for Christie if he tried to hijack a Brinks truck.

    p.s. sorry for bringing up Christie so early in this post.

  4. January 18, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Good morning, TODville! It’s Saturday morning and all’s quiet on the western front. Expected to be 71 degrees in SF today.

    A San Jose hospital is taking matters into their own hands!

    • 18 Don
      January 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

      God bless that hospital, the uninsured will now get health insurance and it is good thing economically for that hospital.

    • 20 Bill R.
      January 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I think this is widespread actually. Salem Hospital is enrolling people who come into the ER who are uninsured. These are primarily those who qualify under the Medicaid expansion. Hospitals know they can bill retroactively to Jan. 1 now for the new Medicaid enrollees.

  5. 21 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:18 am

  6. 22 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Who is Nerdy Wonka and how did she get to post? What’s going on around here? 😉

    Morning, Utal! Thanks for another informative R & S – TODobots are so spoiled! 😀

    • January 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

      🙂 Nerdy is a brand new TOD poster VC, say hello!!!

      • 24 vcprezofan2
        January 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

        /very soft whisper/ Inquiring mind wants to know …Was she vetted? Who was/How many were on the vetting committee? This is important!

        …. Ahm… er…. I mean… Hello, Nerdy Wonka. TODvillage ..er..ah…. welcomes you. Not to be personal or anything, but…. I …er….seem to forget having seen your résumé or portfolio? …er..ahm 😉 😉

        • January 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

          It’s a risk letting a newbie post VC, I know, but I’m just trusting that this Nerdy Wonka person doesn’t turn out to be, I dunno, a Chelsea fan, or something horrible like that. Fingers crossed.

          • 26 vcprezofan2
            January 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

            Life is a risk, they say. Okay, I’ll cross fingers….and toes…. along with you. Maybe if there’s a Chelsea connection she’ll keep it quiet, or denounce them to hold on to her new position. Time will tell, I guess.

    • 27 Nerdy Wonka
      January 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

      I know not of this ‘Nerdy Wonka’ you speak of but enjoy your morning read. 😀

  7. 29 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Upset by talk from Democrats during the election that some controversial state laws shouldn’t be defended in court, a senior House of Delegates Republican wants to be sure legislators do the job if the governor or attorney general won’t.

    The bill, sponsored by Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, says legislators can step in if a governor or attorney general chooses not to defend a state law in any proceeding involving its application, its legality or its constitutionality.

    In such a case, the bill says the legislator would have the legal standing to represent the state’s interest.

    Gilbert said he introduced the measure because of talk during the campaign suggesting that Attorney General-elect Mark Herring might not enforce certain laws.


    Herring spokeswoman Ellen Qualls said she would not comment on a specific bill.

    “We have a long and honored tradition in our Constitution that provides for an independently and popularly-elected Attorney General to represent the Commonwealth,” she added.


    These fuckers never stop, do they?

  8. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Good Morning TOD!!

    Great News!

    I heard from Dudette. She did have a health issue and while hospitalized her mom took away her phone so she was out of contact. I’ll let her explain the rest. She has missed us and will be returning very soon.

    • 31 Don
      January 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Good! god bless dudette!

    • January 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Oh my gawd Donna, that is the GREATEST news ever, the relief is overwhelming!! Thank you so, so, so much for letting us know, thrilled Dudette is okay now, missed her enormously. Thank you again Donna!

      • 33 donna dem 4 obama
        January 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

        Whew! It was such a relief to see her message this morning. She’s her old chipper self in her message. She sends {{{hugs}}} to everyone for being concerned about her.

      • January 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

        I feel like a big weight has been lifted here!! SO so so relieved. Thanks to you and Donna for your persistence and most of all for your concern. TODville ROCKS it.

    • 37 Nerdy Wonka
      January 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thank you so much, Donna for the update. I’m glad she’s okay and will be returning very soon.

      I’m also glad TODers sought a way to search for information. They weren’t violating her privacy, their concerns were very valid.

      Thanks again, Donna.

    • 38 MightyPamela
      January 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Whew. Good to know. Prayers will not stop. Have a beautiful day, y’all! Thank you, DD4O!

      • 39 Cindy
        January 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

        Happy Saturday MightyPamela,

        I was praying and I believe that prayers change things. We all prayed and we have an answer this morning. If I violated her privacy, I will accept being guilty-I prayed.

    • 40 Cindy
      January 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thank you donna dem 4 obama for sharing the GREAT NEWS!!!

      Happy Saturday to you.

      God is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 41 sherijr
      January 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

      I just knew something wasn’t right- thank YOU Donna for letting us know, relieved to hear that she is mending and will be back 🙂 – tell her very best wishes and looking forward to her return, she has been dearly missed.

    • January 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

      OMG, that’s so great to hear! Thanks so much, Donna. I hope she’s back ASAP.

    • 43 desertflower
      January 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Poking my head out from lurking and reading to say how happy I am at this great news about our beloved, Dudette! Thanks for letting all of us know that she’s alright now, dd….we were all worried sick about her. Await her return:) Another excuse for a TOD party….and SHE can provide the music:) Thanks again, donna!

    • 45 amk for obama
      January 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Moms, eh?

      Thx donna for the update.I had DM’ed her coupla hours back and was hoping for a reply.

    • 46 dotster3
      January 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Great news—-and as I suspected, she was dealing with a medical issue and would have been here if she could. Glad to hear she is feeling better and will be posting her cheery and musical posts again soon.

    • 47 mtmarilyn
      January 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thank you Donna!!! We all have missed her. Will be so glad for her return.

    • 48 anniebella
      January 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I’m glad you heard from Dudette. If you can let her know she is in our thoughts and prayers.

    • January 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Donna for the news about Dudette. I am among the villagers who have been wondering about her absence and hoping that all was well with her. I’m happy that she has been able to check in with someone.

    • 51 Judith Fardig
      January 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Donna, thank you so much for finding out about Dudette and letting us know she’s going to be okay. TOD rocks!

    • January 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Great Newsssssssss…..I missed you much Dudette,,,wishing you a very speedy recovery

    • 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      THANK GOD!

    • 55 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you, thank you, Donna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Hope she will be fully recovered, soon.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      January 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Donna, thank you. I hope the health issue is cleared up and we’ll see her cheery comments soon. Her mom probably thought she was helping and she was probably right.

    • 57 Nena20409
      January 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Send Her My Love……..a Great song By Journey that she no doubt, knows very well.

      Be well Dudette. Miss you. Come back soon.

      Awesome Donna., Thanks for your efforts and for this news.

    • 58 Sue in Seattle
      January 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      I’m coming out of lurking to say thank you Donna for sharing this.

      I hope Dudette sees all the love being poured out to her. Quick healing and much love. (I’ve been reading every post much later in the hopes she would reply and I didn’t want to miss it if she did.)

      You are very loved, Dudette.

      As to all you other fierce warriors, keep up the good work. I feel the power working.

    • 59 globalcitizenlinda
      January 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      great news! thank you for your tenacity in searching!

      I hope Ms. Dudette feels better soon

    • 60 Puddin'
      January 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      I come to this site everyday…although I don’t always comment, I feel like I know you all and I miss the regulars too. I am happy to know that dudette is okay.

    • 61 sjterrid
      January 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you for letting us know that you got in touch with Dudette. I’m sorry to hear she was in the hospital, but glad that she is recovering. I’ll continue to have her in my thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.

  9. 62 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Instead, I got a banal lecture from the mofo in my TL.

  10. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    January 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

  11. January 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

  12. 70 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

    {{{Donna D}}}

    THANKS! A lot!

  13. 77 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

  14. 78 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

    😀 😀 😀

    {{{{Dudette}}} We absolutely ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ you! That’s all.

  15. 79 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

  16. 80 JER
    January 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

  17. 81 Linda
    January 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Did anyone see James Carville and Mary Matalin on Bill Mahar last night ? What is wrong with her ? I am not sure if she was drunk or has some kind of Michelle Bachmann disease….she made no sense at all.

  18. 85 Linda
    January 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Great to hear Dudette has responded…hope she is getting well again.

  19. 86 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

    • 87 amk for obama
      January 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Hopefully they will target some 20 to 30 gop swing dists and get the house majority.

      • 88 Judith Fardig
        January 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        HI AMK,
        OFA is now a 501 C4, so it cannot donate to partisan campaigns or be directly involved at all. We are working on issues, not Congressional campaigns. Our advocacy on issues will help Democrats if they FULLY embrace the President! They should run ON all the benefits of Obamacare, not sidle away from the website rollout issues which have been resolved!

  20. 90 JER
    January 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Good morning everybody.

  21. 92 desertflower
    January 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Steve Kornacki’s piece is here. It is riveting, MUST SEE TV. Honestly….it’s jaw dropping! Scroll down to get the video….


  22. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    January 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

    If I may?

    There are many of us who read this blog each and everyday. I don’t always participate daily in the conversations mainly because I have a very demanding job (which I love) outside of my home. I can mostly just lurk and read and give an occasional comment or post here or there. But there are some bloggers who are here everyday, comment and post constantly and we consider you our “regulars”. If you suddenly disappear, we will miss you and if you disappear for a long period (more than a couple weeks) without any notice we will be concerned about you. Especially if its your practice to let us know when you are going to be away for a while.

    This is not my blog nor am I an administrator here. What I have stated here is just my opinion as a participant. I want to assure any of you who were concerned about violating Dudette’s privacy that in my outreach to her I was extremely careful and apologetic in taking the step to contact her. I made it quite clear that it was only being done out of great concern many of us had expressed here at TOD. I’She was grateful in her response to me.

    • 95 Cindy
      January 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Hey donna dem 4 obama,

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but as an outsider looking in, I never perceived it as invading her privacy. I saw real “human beings” expressing their love and concern for Dudette. What a blessing, to have others, outside of our family to care and love us. It was human and I am sure , raw emotions at times, to have her here and then she was gone. It was out of character so human emotions came into play. Where is Dudette?

      I don’t know anyone here but I do enjoy coming here and being educated on matters, reading a good joke or laughing out after reading some of the posts. I am so glad to see compassion at the heart of matters, and you and Chipsticks and others are to be commended for making the effort, to see if Dudette was okay.

      I was praying for her and I had no ideal what could have happened but I wanted her to return to her TOD family. Prayers change things, and I believe that all of the prayers combined moved this process along, whereby; a celebration is forth coming.

      Keep being human and don’t ever apologize for caring, blessings are priceless. What greater love is there-than to be loved by strangers.

      Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!

    • 96 mtmarilyn
      January 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Donna, I so agree with you on this. I really do believe everyone here cares about one another. Those of us who lurk more than participate daily worry when someone isn’t around for afew days. I really like the idea of having a TOD buddy who can contact you to see if you are okay.

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      January 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

      No apologies/assurances needed. I’m being a bit presumptuous here, DD, but I have to say this is *your* blog. In fact, I feel sure from her dealings with us over the years that Chips would agree this is *our* blog – referring mostly to the regulars (without meaning to exclude those who enter the village not so regularly but with good intentions).

      I took no part in the privacy discussion because I didn’t feel it was necessary crucial. I have a healthy respect for the ADULTS in this community. IMO some of us have spent so much time with each other in give and take, and in sharing who we are, we basically KNOW how far (and when) we can go, and with whom. We ARE family, and IMO that is true in its widest sense. We have the beloved relatives, the respected elders, the irritating cousins, the ones we know we can trust, the ones we know we need to treat with kid gloves, ones we nurture, ones we tolerate, ones we ignore, etc. etc. – at least that’s how *I* feel within the village. By now, I think we all know, or should, the integrity of the TOD mayor and the leaders(titled or otherwise) in the village, and stand with them confidently. In short, DD, no apologies, assurances or whatever you want to call it 😉 needed from you! {{{Dudette}}} Thank you for checking on my sister, and reporting back that she is doing well! I love you both. ♥ ♥

      • 98 LDS
        January 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        Thank you Donna for caring. I have been missing Dudette and I was personally getting ready to go to Ga. I felt guilty that I did not contact her when I was there in August. But It did not want to make plans and not show up since I have a large demanding family. It is a custom to go and see every person who says they are related to you or not. Once they find out you are “visiting” you are obliged to come over and eat or you will be talked about for years to come.
        So I say that to say this, whenever I visit your neck of the woods and if you are comforable with it, Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner?
        No, not Christie, silly…….me!
        VCR, I told you “very soon”. I will take “real soon”
        Prayer works, ya’ll.
        So glad she responded and I know she is going to come back with a vengeance, stronger and better than ever!
        Run and tell that!

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Donna – All I’ve gathered is that Dudette was contacted by a loving O’friend – you – as many had tried to reach out to her, themselves. Didn’t see any follow-on concerns expressed today, yet, since I’m just back to the blog looking around …

      But, as I’ve stated before, your heart will always look like it’s in the right place to me. Once – during our OFA days – I had been ill and mentioned to you I was waiting for one last test to find my issue was fully “resolved.” You told me you were going to close your office door right then and say a prayer for me. We had never met, but were connected by our support for President Obama, and lots of laughs amid the serious efforts we tried to make via OFA. Not wishing to embarrass you, I’ll never forget that kindness you showed me. No doubt Dudette’s feeling the same way. People (including, I’m sure, our dear Dudette) don’t usually turn away from the loving thoughts of someone who wishes them well – you proved it more than once, right before our eyes. Love ya, Baby O’Donna!

      • January 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        I totally agree. I mostly lurk and follow everyone’s news as a caring bystander. I appreciate the concern shown here for everyone.
        Many years ago, the firm hired a contract paralegal to help me with my heavy case load and we became good friends. She was there for me during a very difficult time – the loss of my son. Once her contract was done, she moved on. We stayed in touch for a while and then suddenly nothing. Her phone was shut off. I only knew her sister’s first name. I later found out she had passed away due to breast cancer. She never once mentioned that to me in the two years we were “close.” I live with this regret to this day and feel that somehow I should have been there for her.

        My point is that there is a big difference in just being “nosy” and being concerned.

        • 101 jacquelineoboomer
          January 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

          So sorry to hear your story, all the way around, Jackie – especially that you lost your son. God bless you for your big heart and your concern and no need to second guess your actions relating to your friend. I’m thinking – as many people do when faced with health issues – she probably wanted your time with her to be a little lull in her own worries, and didn’t want to add to yours. That’s being “close,” personified.

    • 102 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      No apology required. You did good. Thank you, Donna

    • 103 Puddin'
      January 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      donna dem….you did good! Now we can all (regulars and lurkers like me) share a sigh of relief. Thank you!!!!!!

    • 104 99ts
      January 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      I’m late to the party donna & absolutely thrilled that you “found” dudette. Of the hundreds (no doubt thousands if the lurkers are counted) who come to TOD there was one comment that thought it might be a privacy issue – with everyone replying and explaining that this was about caring and loving and family. Dudette’s music and pictures late at night are party time for the night owls (and afternoon music for me).

      Most of the sing & dance about privacy in modern times – allows people to cover their asses and does nothing to benefit the people they are pretending need privacy.

      You and TOD did it all – 100% right – thank you so very much – and looking forward to the big post from the bts – “Welcome back Dudette”

    • 106 99ts
      January 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Unrelated to bridgegate- but the same people – the last toll rise on the GWB was apparently massive. I looked at the rates – and they are 3 times the rate on the Sydney Harbour crossings (which is the bridge/tunnel crossing of Sydney Harbour – busiest in Australia)- but the PA and their bff are fighting any investigation.

      The Steve show on MSNBC Saturday discussed the why’s of the port authority – why is the NY Governor – as well as Christie – not discussing the issues.

      The PA apparently owns the World Trade Center site – and managed to sell off the naming rights to an ex employee & have since paid each year for the name??

      And so it goes – too much money/power and the SCOTUS says corporations are people too.

  23. 107 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Gunner 2-0 over Fulham. Go Gunners.

  24. 109 Linda
    January 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Training Tea Party Activists In Guerilla Internet Tactics – BUSTED!

  25. 110 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

  26. 111 WilTal
    January 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Hello everyone and Happy Saturday,

    Thank you UT a/k/a Nerdy Wonka for this power-packed R&S and also for the fabulous tribute to FLOTUS (50 and Fabulous). Good morning Chips and Danny.

    Thank you Donna dem for the fantastic news about Dudette. Wishing her a speedy/full recovery.

    Chips, I am one of your regular lurkers and I am not always current on each post, but I have also noticed that another one of your regular participants, Nath (from San Diego) has not commented in quite sometime too. I hope all is well with him.

  27. 114 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Ob boy, when it rains it really pours, doesn’t it?

  28. January 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Great roundup, The Artist Formerly Known as UTAL.

    Christie is toast. If he didn’t know about Hoboken, he’s a fool. If he did, he’ll see jail time. And the GOP will be outed, in the country’s top media market, as mendacious, petty, and vengeful. Good times.

  29. 121 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

  30. 122 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Man C is killing it at 4-1. Their already bloated GD grows.

  31. 130 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

    BBL – stomach and head are starting to send signals that must be heeded 🙄

  32. 131 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Manchester City became the quickest side to score 100 goals in a Premier League season.

  33. 138 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    american bw media is their number one enemy.

  34. 141 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  35. 142 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

  36. January 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Good morning TOD. I am such an idiot. I did not record Kornacki’s show this morning. I watched the two segments from the link here this morning, but I am anxious to see the rest.

  37. 146 mtmarilyn
    January 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I just had an interesting twitter conversation with Cory Booker. I sent this tweet

    and he DM’d me back saying he wasn’t fighting for war he was giving these Peace negotiations a chance. I DM’d him back saying that it was amazing he could say that when he signed on for more sanctions just when the President was in sensitive negotiations. I said how disappointed in the Dems I was. Haven’t heard back from him. Guess we can see he does follow what is being said on twitter.

    • 147 Cindy
      January 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Good for you mtmarilyn,

      He should be called out, especially on twitter. I don’t feel he is working for the people, Booker is working for himself, and he is willing to hurt the President to get what “he” wants.

      Have an awesome Saturday!

      • 148 99ts
        January 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

        Hi Cindy – I’m late reading but thought to add – Booker is also working for Christie. Someone linked this above

        “DiVincenzo endorsed Christie’s reelection bid last year. Norcross and Booker made high-profile appearances with him in the midst of the campaign, lavishing him with praise (“guv love,” Booker called it), while officially backing Christie’s Democratic challenger, Barbara Buono.”

    • January 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      So it’s a PRIVATE convo to say he’s NOT for war but a PUBLIC stance to say he’s for MORE sanctions? What a jerk!

  38. 152 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Happy Saturday, Dudette!

  39. 153 99ts
    January 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I endorse that JOB – Happy Sunday from my world Dudette

  40. 154 HZ
    January 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Donna Dem, ((((((((((((((((((( Much thanksgiving for your loving heart )))))))))))))))))))))))))) I am so grateful to hear that Dudette has been contacted. I was just praying and sending hopes of goodness forth for Dudette. Now I will continue to pray for wisdom for her mom and strength for Dudette. (((((((((((((((((((((((((((( I am praying and hoping with all my being for comfort and healing, Dudette.))))))))))))))))).

    Again, thank you so much Donna Dem.HZ

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