Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama volunteer at Burrville Elementary School during the 2013 National Day of Service in Washington, January 19


The Week Ahead:

Today: 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.



All Voces: California Hospital Aggressive Approach To Obamacare, Enlists ‘Uninsured’ In ER

California Covered is one of the most successful health insurance exchanges in country and it is no accident the state exchange has enrolled the largest number of “uninsured” in the country. 2.2 million have enrolled for private health plans across the country as of Dec. 31, 2013. Covered California is a commitment by the leadership in California, Governor Jerry Brown, who has been committed to the success of the Affordable Care Act since its inception. Of those 2.2 million, nearly 500 thousand residents of California are covered. Which means that the state has enrolled 22 percent of all the new enrollees, according to the California Healthline.

It is no accident that California is highly successful in a state that has its own health care exchange and has opted into the “Medicaid expansion.” Hundreds of thousands have qualified for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The options for Californians are plentiful. There is this example at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif. nothing like a captive audience. Araceli Martinez works in the building at the Hospital and runs the Health Benefits Resource Center just down the hall from the ER at the hospital. The Center has beefed up staffing and hours in response to the Affordable Care Act, says a report from NPR on enrolling “insured” patients in emergency rooms.

Seems the department pays for itself because 5,000 “uninsured” people come into O’Connor Hospital’s emergency department each year. It is the job Martinez and others that work at the Center to help the “uninsured” find health care coverage. The state of California has the highest number of “uninsured” in the country, with 7,106,100 residents according to the Kaiser Foundation, without coverage before Obamacare went into full swing and one of the highest percentages of “uninsured” at 19 percent of the population.

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AP: Horse Slaughter Blocked By Federal Law

The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process. Although the measure provides temporary funding for the federal government, it stops the Agriculture Department from spending money for inspections necessary for slaughterhouses to ship horse meat interstate and eventually export it to overseas consumers.

“This clear message from Washington echoes the opinions of an overwhelming number of Americans from coast to coast: horse slaughter is abhorrent and unacceptable,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The president’s action came as a New Mexico judge granted a preliminary injunction against a Roswell company from moving forward with its plans to start slaughtering horses.

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TPM: Hoboken Mayor: Christie Team Shook Us Down For Sandy Relief

You may have already seen Mayor Zimmer in the news this week. Hoboken received only 1% of the aid they had requested for Hurricane Sandy relief and planning funds even though it was one of the hardest-hit communities in the state during the storm. At one point, 80% of the 50,000 person city was flooded. If you remember the footage of water gushing through an underground subway station, that was in Hoboken; it has, in fact, the highest per-capita use of public transit of any city in America. Yet so far the state of New Jersey has given the city about $350,000 from the billions of dollars in federal disaster relief and planning aid that it is charged with administering. That’s about $6 per resident. It has been enough to pay for one major planning study and to buy one backup generator for an $18 million emergency storm water pump. 50,000 people. 80% flooded. $6 a head.

This Hoboken story and the Fort Lee/GWB story might seem like separate tales. But they’re not. Moreover, these latest revelations put to rest the notion that Hoboken’s Sandy aid or the Fort Lee/GWB story have anything to do with local Democratic officials’ endorsement of the governor during his reelection campaign. Forget about the endorsements. It never really added up anyway. The subpoenaed documents in Bridgegate show that the Christie administration used the Port Authority as an extension of their political operation, although we do not yet know to what end. And the Hoboken story clearly demonstrates the Christie administration took steps to aid the material interest of a client of the chairman of that agency.

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Washington Post: How Aetna’s CEO Thinks About Obamacare

Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini spoke Wednesday at the J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference — and he had a lot to say about the health-care law’s rollout. 1. The early exchange demographics are actually better than expected. Bertolini’s take on the age-breakdown of marketplace enrollees was really interesting — and different from the reaction in Washington. While most of us journalists pointed out that the Obama administration is falling short of its young adult enrollment target, that doesn’t really matter to Aetna. What matters to a health plan is who they expected to sign-up, and what type of age mixed they used to set their premium prices.

“Given the general demographics that CMS released yesterday, I’m not alarmed,” Bertolini says. “They’re better than I thought they would have been.” This is, incidentally, an idea that other insurance executives brought up this week: They don’t really care what goal the White House set for young adults. What matters to them — and what will determine if rates need to increase next year — is who they expected to sign up. “Things aren’t necessarily way out of whack with our expectations,” Wellpoint’s chief financial officer Wayne DeVeydt said at a separate presentation. “It’s not about whether or not you’re getting a sicker book. It’s whether you priced for it.”

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Cosmopolitan: A Male Escort’s Perspective: What It’s Really Like Outside An Abortion Clinic

At least three Saturdays of every month, Chris Hill, 45, shows up at the Philadelphia Women’s Center, a privately funded abortion provider, to escort women past the protesters who assemble there. His job is to make women feel safe. Although there is a barricade in front of the clinic, and police lines that demarcate an area that the protesters are not supposed to cross over, there is no statewide buffer zone law in Pennsylvania. Hill, who has escorted hundreds if not thousands of women into the clinic over the last decade, wishes there were, as he has witnessed incidents of verbal assaults, threats and even physical contact. As a result of his personal experience, shared here, he cannot understand how the Supreme Court — now considering McCullen vs Coakley — could possibly overturn the 35-foot buffer zone law in Massachusetts.

I was 23 when I encountered my first protester. My then-girlfriend was 20 when she got pregnant. I was in college in New Orleans, and we knew it was not the right time for either of us to be parents. We went to a clinic, and after she checked in, I walked outside and ran into another guy who had also accompanied his girlfriend that day. Suddenly, these protesters came at us — they were shouting, and it felt like they were going to get physical. I was ready to start brawling when someone from the clinic intervened. “That’s what they want,” she said, ushering us back inside. I was fuming.

Ten years later, I had moved to Philadelphia and was walking with my then-wife who was six months pregnant. Suddenly, this guys starts shouting, “baby killers!” at us. I had no idea what he was talking about. He got up in my face and continued to shout that we were going to hell. I wanted to punch him, but my wife pulled me away. She realized that we were in front of a Planned Parenthood and that he was a protester. I was so pissed that I called the clinic to say, “What can I do to combat this?” They suggested calling the state attorney to register a complaint — and to consider being a male escort. I signed up that day. I joined the army at 17 because I believe in protecting people’s rights. I believe in reproductive rights, but the reason I do this work is to stop these mostly older white men from bullying women who are choosing what is best for them.

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CNN: Barbara Bush Hopes Jeb Won’t Run For President

If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush makes a bid for the White House, he may not have his mother’s blessing. Former First Lady Barbara Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN on Thursday that the United States needs to expand the number of families holding the nation’s highest political office beyond her own, as well as the Clintons and Kennedys.

“I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high office, that’s silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run,” she said. Though her son is certainly qualified to run for president, the former first lady said, “I hope he won’t.”

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Joe Conason: Straightforward? Not The Best Description Of Chris Christie – Or His Pal Karl Rove

When Karl Rove praises a politician’s “straightforward” approach to an erupting scandal, it seems wise to expect that something very twisted will instead emerge in due course – and to consider his real objectives. In this instance, the former Bush White House political boss – and current Republican SuperPAC godfather – was discussing Chris Christie’s response to “Bridgegate,” as the events surrounding the vengeful closure of part of the George Washington Bridge by the New Jersey governor’s aides is now known.

“I think his handling of this, being straightforward, taking action — saying, ‘I’m responsible’ — firing the people probably gives him some street cred with some Tea Party Republicans, who say that’s what we want in a leader, somebody who steps up and takes responsibility,” said Rove. Pandering to the Fox audience, he went on to contrast the righteous Christie with Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as Barack Obama, and to note that the IRS and Benghazi “scandals” hadn’t gotten nearly enough attention compared with Bridgegate.

While Rove sticks a halo on the man his old boss Dubya used to call “Big Boy,” everyone else might want to wait for the documents and testimony forthcoming from investigations at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge, in both houses of the New Jersey legislature, in the Department of Justice and in the United States Senate.

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On This Day:

President Obama visits sixth grade students at the Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia, January 19, 2010


President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of China greet guests on the South Lawn of the White House, Jan. 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First daughter Sasha Obama went on a field trip – to her own home. The nine-year-old attended the arrival ceremony at the White House that began Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President Hu Jintao at the North Portico of the White House for the State Dinner, Jan. 19, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama, President Hu Jintao, and First Lady Michelle Obama descend the Grand Staircase of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch as President Hu Jintao greets daughters Sasha and Malia before the start of the State Dinner reception (Photo by Pete Souza)

Dee Dee Bridgewater performs during the State Dinner reception in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama speaks about tourism and travel, Jan. 19, 2012, along Main Street USA at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama volunteer at Burrville Elementary School during the 2013 National Day of Service in Washington, January 19


Vice President Biden helps package care kits for troops for the National Day of Service, Washington, January 19, 2013


First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in an interview prior to the Kids Inaugural Concert at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia at the Kids’ Inaugural concert in Washington on January 19, 2013

114 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    January 19, 2014 at 10:26 am


    • 12 Nerdy Wonka
      January 19, 2014 at 10:29 am


      And that is the same result Manchester United will receive today.

      ZERO. You’re going down, Mrs. Rooney.

  2. 13 vcprezofan2
    January 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Hi, Utal

  3. 15 Linda
    January 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Bringing Jessie over ….

    Good Morning….

  4. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    January 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

  5. 18 africa
    January 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

    BRAV0! As usual another fantastic round up, Nerdy Wonka!

    Congrats on 1st DF 🙂 🙂

    Happy Sunday TODers!!

    FLOTUS is elegantly beautiful. She exudes radiance!

  6. 19 JER
    January 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hello everybody. Wonderful post Nerdy Wonka.

    Here is a little tidbit from CNN about FLOTUS’ party.

    … “The food choices didn’t appear to bother any of those who went. They mostly wanted to talk about how great the 50-year-old first lady looked, and how much in love President Obama is with his wife.

    “Guests said Michelle Obama wore red and black, and looked stunning.”

  7. 22 JER
    January 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    National Day of Service 2013

  8. 23 Cindy
    January 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Good morning and Happy Sunday to you Nerdy Wonka,

    This is awesome!
    Thank you for the beautiful pictures and the must read headlines.

    Have an enjoyable day…..

  9. 24 taiping1
    January 19, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Morning all! Great work UTAL/NW: you have published great diaries. Always the truth of what’s really happening. I was impressed by Hoboken’s mayor. She was believable. I am waiting for some journalist to publish a spreadsheet of Sandy funds that have been allocated already and calculating percentage of funds given to Christie supporters. The numbers will support the mayor’s story.

    • 25 Linda
      January 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

      I think Christie has refused to release any data on the Sandy funds.

      Also….where is the money from his wife’s Sandy Charity ? No one seems to know that either

      • 26 Cindy
        January 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

        Good morning Linda,
        I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

        Is Christie the only one over seeing the Sandy funds? I thought an oversight committee would be in place, if for nothing else, checks and balances. How can he not release this data, how do we know if he didn’t pocket it? If this is the case, the Jersey people should demand that this is public knowledge.

        But who knows, they don’t seem to fight for too much of anything where Christie is concerned, voting against their own best interest shows a sign of weakness, and why this has been allowed to happen. The whole thing is just corruption to the core of politics with a mob mentality shake down….. made for movies.

  10. 27 desertflower
    January 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I just have to mention that the orange gown she has on is one of my favorites….and since I would NEVER have occasion to wear that, I sure do love that white shirt in the last pic…I WOULD wear that one! She has the most beautiful hands I’ve ever seen….

  11. 28 vcprezofan2
    January 19, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Morning, Desertflower! Craning my neck to see you so comfortably atop the village perch, I want to say a big ‘Congrats on besting you-know-who!’

  12. 31 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

  13. 33 yardarm756
    January 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    G’day again. More stuff from some old e-mails.

    Horse’s behinds
    Be sure to read the final paragraph, but your understanding of it will depend on the earlier part of the content. This is amazing and very funny. . . .

    The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet,
    8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

    Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them in England and English expatriates built the US railroads.

    Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

    Why did ‘they’ use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

    Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England , because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

    So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (and England ) for their legions. The roads have been used ever since.

    And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome,they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. (Bureaucracies live forever.)

    So the next time you are handed a Specification/ Procedure/ Process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with it?’ you may be exactly right.

    Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses’ asses.) Now, the twist to the story:

    When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah . The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

    So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass.

    And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important? Ancient horse’s asses control almost everything….and CURRENT Horses Asses are controlling everything else!!

  14. 34 Linda
    January 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    In the last picture…the pride of Mrs Robinson looking at her daughter makes me smile.

  15. January 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Remnick has written another piece on PBO with some very interesting bits:


  16. 36 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Are you two gals, red & blue, all suited up for the fight? 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ….

    • 37 vcprezofan2
      January 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

      I bet they are already resplendent in their mud wrestling outfits! Coward Peace lover that I am, I’m planning to move far, far back from the fray. What about you, you springing for a front row seat?

  17. 38 taiping1
    January 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/01/19/newday-dnt-michelle-obama-50th-birthday.cnn.html?utm_content=bufferb4fca&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer. Nice short piece by CNN on the birthday party with clips of FLOTUS dancing. According to James Taylor, the President’s toast set a high bar.

  18. 39 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

  19. 40 Cindy
    January 19, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Powerhouse Roundtable-George S.

    Second Term Slump
    Obama’s Unexpected Hurdles

    Noonan and Tavis Smiley….where do they find these idiots.
    Mary Matalin…she can’t move her lips, defending Christie cream

    Make this about the President…disgusting!!!!!!!!!

    • 41 Cindy
      January 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Mary Matalin says she has been laughing about the obsession that everyone has about Christie and 99% of the people don’t care about this. They are making a joke of this and Christie is the virgin child….,Lord help us all!!!!!

      Peggy N., the papers didn’t pound Benghazi and the IRS. Tavis S. and Mary M. calling the President….Barack Obama, always to disrespect the President. Screaming Ed. Shultz did the same last Friday regarding TPP; Barack Obama is hiding from the people on TPP.

      • 42 Don
        January 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

        So I take it that Tavis Smiley didn’t get an invitation to the party at the Whitehouse last night?

        • 43 Cindy
          January 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

          He truly disgusts me Don. What has he ever done; other than make money off of his books, over charge poor people to come out for his speaking events and bash the President with his side kick West, that makes him an authoritative figure on President Obama’s 2nd term?

        • 44 anniebella
          January 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

          Tavis Smiley wouldn’t get a invitation to my dog house.When the media want to attack President Obama they know the rats to dig up and Tavis, Noonan, and stiff face Matalin are some of those pack rats.

  20. 46 dotster3
    January 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

    The real Christie scandal——that he’s gotten a pass on the truth of his disastrous track record while media was consumed by his outsize personality——he’s no bi-partisan compromiser, he’s a tea party conservative, policies hurt middle class etc.

  21. 47 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

  22. 50 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Lucky goal for the blues.

  23. 51 MightyPamela
    January 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Squeaking in with a big Hello!, and to make sure everyone has the facts on the Sun moving into Aquarius today, well, tonight: 10:52pmEST. I am certain we all need to be clear on this major piece of info! 😆 What a week, hoping for a couple of quiet days.. Big hugs all around!

  24. 53 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

  25. 54 anniebella
    January 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Look at the picture of Sasha shaking the hand of President Hu Jintao of China at the State Dinner, look at the pride on POTUS and FLOTUS face, and that pride is from them being parents not President and First Lady.

  26. 61 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

    eto scores for blue 2-0. man u, see u.

  27. 62 JER
    January 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

  28. 82 JER
    January 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  29. January 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    GM Chips, TOD! Wonderful R&S UT…..Hope everyone has been behaving 😎 Just wanted to drop in and say hi to the wonderful people inhabiting the village. If you have time (bookmark it at a minimum) read this extraordinary New Yorker piece by David Remnick, after several interviews with President Obama……..

    • 84 amk for obama
      January 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Hey lp. How you been? Studying hard ? Or hardly studying?

      • January 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Sup, AMK! Unfortunately the former……but the latter for today at least. AFC & NFC Championships this afternoon….not interested in Australian after Serena collapsed 😦 ……..other than that trying to finish this semester and apply for a radiology program.

  30. 87 africa
    January 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  31. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    January 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    YES! YES! YES! Chelsea 3 – 0 Man United.

    All by Eto’o.

    Man United is going down in flames. Thank you Chelsea!


    • January 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm


    • 90 vcprezofan2
      January 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Oh deary dear! I think, CC will be going for a long, loooooooooog walk round about now. All you cheering BTs better be prepared to man the posting stations for the rest of today….. just in case she gets lost. I feel for her, never good at choosing a winning team myself.

  32. January 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Michelle Obama’s Star-Studded 50th Birthday Party

    Family and friends left the White House at 2 a.m.
    Posted: Jan. 19 2014 10:25 AM

    Stars like Beyoncé, former NBA superstar Magic Johnson, singer Smokey Robinson and actor Samuel L. Jackson showed up at the White House Saturday evening to help Michelle Obama celebrate her 50th birthday, CNN reports.

    Family and friends left the gathering about 2 a.m. The celebration reportedly featured entertainment by Beyoncé, who performed several songs.

    The first lady’s invitations generated controversy earlier after it was revealed that they advised guests that only drinks and light snacks would be served.

    But the food menu, or lack thereof, didn’t appear to bother any of those who attended. They mostly wanted to talk about how great the 50-year-old first lady looked, and how much in love President Obama is with his wife, the report says.

    Michelle Obama donned red and black and looked stunning, CNN reports.


  33. January 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    This should infuriate New Jersey residents. A new level of calous disrespect

  34. 94 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The silence from beebs on the NJ mobster has been deafening. While they FP’ed everyone of snowden’s treachery and took a pot shot at PBO, zilch on the corrupt thug.

    • 95 Cindy
      January 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      amk for obama,

      They are all in cahoots. Unless the people rise up, and show that this is not acceptable in our government, they will continue to do mobster politicking.

      Michael Putney news commentator in Florida stated today; Debbie Wasserman is acting petty for following Scott and Christie around, reporting on their scandals. He said that she was making it look good for Christ because he (Christie) is well known and he “is still a viable” candidate for President. In the meantime, Scott will not do anything publicly with Christ while he is here raising money and no public pictures will be taken. Putney stated that the fundraiser is more about Christ for President than Scott’s 2nd term.

      It is clear that they are going to build him up-in spite of his corruption, to be President in 2016. They were joking about it on George S. show and accused the papers for not pounding Benghazi and the IRS scandals the way they are beating up on “poor victimized Christie.”

      2 words; just disgusting…….

  35. January 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Oh Christ, the top trending hashtag is #HappyBirthdayBeliebers

  36. January 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    They are angry, but think it’s just NJ politics as usual. 2016 is another story.

  37. 98 Anjo
    January 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Man U scored I was a bit worried 21 mins gone and Chelsea already 3-0 now its 3-1 must say never watched until this UT and Chips duel seems to be a good match may the best team win

  38. 100 Nerdy Wonka
    January 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    YES! YES! YES! Full time and Chelsea is the WINNER.

    Man United? You suck!

    Chipsticks? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Chelsea aka The Best Team Ever. Gooooooo BLUES!

  39. January 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  40. 102 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    man u is done. Terrible team play.

  41. 103 amk for obama
    January 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  42. January 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    OK, I’m rebooting my own blog. So if you have a chance, take a gander at my new post: http://novelsinprogress.com/2014/01/19/the-genesis-of-a-librarian/

  43. 108 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Dear Chips, UT, everyone …. has anyone heard from nathkatun7? Am beginning to be concerned, as was the case with Dudette. Thank you.

    bbl … great R&S, UT!

  44. January 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?
    JAN. 18, 2014

    Ross Ulbricht’s last moments as a free man were noisy enough to draw a crowd. Employees at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco library heard a crashing sound and rushed to the science fiction section, expecting to find a patron had hit the floor. Instead, they found a handful of federal agents surrounding a slender 29-year-old man with light brown hair and wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

    The goal of the arrest, at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2013, was not simply to apprehend Mr. Ulbricht, but also to prevent him from performing the most mundane of tasks: closing his laptop. That computer, according to the F.B.I., was the command center of Silk Road, the world’s largest and most notorious black market for drugs. In just two and a half years, the government says, Silk Road had become a hub for more than $1.2 billion worth of transactions, many of them in cocaine, heroin and LSD.

    The site was like an eBay for the illicit, celebrated by drug enthusiasts, denounced by United States senators and stalked by four federal agencies. But because it was run on Tor, an encrypted Internet network, and because it merely connected buyers and sellers — rather than warehousing any products — it seemed to operate in a vaporous cloud. It was a business without infrastructure, other than a few servers and that laptop, which on 3:14 that October afternoon sat on a library desk, open.


  45. 111 dotster3
    January 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    ****** Have y’all read this??? I’ve just devoured it. I think it’s a must read. It may seem harsh at times, it’s not TOD, but it is a very gripping, honest account of PBO and his presidency, the good, the bad, the reality——and, in my opinion, again revealing a most impressive, thoughtful, introspective president of deep character, someone with great instincts and high intellect, a president and person deserving of much respect. Warning that it’s book long—-18 pages—–but worth it. I gulped it all down.

  46. January 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm


    SHERLOCK returns to PBS tonight!!

  47. January 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

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