Rise and Shine

Terrell Anderson Jr, 3, of Detroit, a relative of Rosa Parks, with President Obama after the unveiling of a statue in her honor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 27, 2013


Today (All Times Eastern):

11:0: First Lady Michelle Obama unveils proposal for major changes to food labeling rules

2:0: President Obama meets with foundation and business leaders to discuss his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative; State Dining Room

3:25: Delivers remarks on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative



Jonathan Easley: Enroll America Adds Muscle To O-Care Push

An ObamaCare enrollment group with close ties to the White House is launching a final, coordinated push to sign people up for health insurance ahead of the March 31 deadline. A spokesman for Enroll America told The Hill the prominent nonprofit had grown its pool of volunteers to nearly 20,000, increased its field reach by 35 percent, hired more than 70 new employees since January, and increased its digital advertising budget from $5 million to $7 million for 2014. The group’s “Countdown to Get Covered” will include a bus tour through Texas and Ohio, with stops at events popular with the young, like the SXSW music festival, and more than 3,000 events assisting people with in-person enrollment.

“All of the work that our dedicated staff, volunteers, and partner organizations have done over the past five months has positioned us for success in this critical final stretch,” said Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America. “Thanks to the data we’ve collected, we know what works, and thanks to the huge coalition we have built, we’re ready to leave no stone unturned as we work right up to the deadline.” Enroll America is also working with the Ad Council on multimedia public service announcements for the Web, television, radio and print. In addition, the group will work with more than 2,200 partner organizations, including Planned Parenthood, MomsRising, Protect Your Care, Organizing for Action and National Congress for Black Women, and with groups participating in events like the National Youth Enrollment Day and Latino Enrollment Summits.

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Yahoo: Obama Embraces A Lifelong Cause: Helping Minority Boys Succeed

On Father’s Day last June, President Barack Obama welcomed 14 teenagers sporting black-and-white T-shirts that read “BAM” into the Oval Office. The letters stood not for the nickname occasionally slapped on the president by big-city tabloids, but for “Becoming a Man,” a program run by a Chicago nonprofit working with at-risk youth in the public schools. The president had met the group of young black men once before, when he dropped by one of BAM’s hourlong group discussion sessions at Hyde Park Academy High School last February. He’d pulled up a chair and sat in the boys’ circle that day, talking with them so long about their lives his aides worried he would blow up his carefully planned schedule during his visit to the city.


As the teens gathered around the president, one handed him a green and gold Father’s Day card, which all the boys had signed. They had gone out and purchased it the day before, unbeknown to their counselor, Marshaun Bacon, who traveled with them to the White House. “I never signed a Father’s Day card before,” the young man explained as the president opened the card. “I’ve never signed a Father’s Day card, either,” Obama replied, according to an aide, improbably closing the distance between the Chicago teens and the American president. It was an intimate, private moment that moved him.


The Obama administration’s most ambitious and high profile effort to tackle the systemic problems facing young men of color is rooted in a series of White House conversations led by Obama in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting two years ago. They continued and gathered momentum — including with first lady Michelle Obama — after the random shooting of another teen who lived just a mile from the Obamas’ Chicago home. After his re-election, those discussions began to shape a more serious policy debate as Obama quietly began to bond with the Chicago youngsters. But what started as a second-term presidential bid to confront a vexing social crisis may be turning into a lifelong cause.

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Peter Schroeder: CFPB Sues For-Profit School System For Predatory Lending

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching a lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest for-profit college programs. The watchdog announced Wednesday it was suing ITT Educational Services for predatory lending practices, pushing prospective students into costly loans and misleading them about future job prospects. CFPB Director Richard Cordray said the suit should serve as “a warning to the for-profit college industry that we will be vigilant about protecting students against predatory lending practices.”

In a U.S. District Court, the regulator sued the Indiana-based company and charged that the company pushed students into predatory loans without properly explaining what they were signing up for. The CFPB said some students did not even realize they had taken out the loans until they received calls from collection agencies. The CFPB also claimed that ITT credits did not transfer to many other schools. That meant that the company would threaten expulsion and the loss of money already spent on a first year to “coerce” students into taking out more loans.

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USA Today: Chokwe Lumumba, Activist And Jackson Mayor, Dies At 66

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, a longtime civil rights activist, died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital after experiencing chest pains. He was 66. His chief of staff choked up as she announced the news. “It is with heavy heart that we inform you that our beloved brother, human rights activist and mayor of the great city passed away this afternoon,” Safiya Omari said at a news conference Tuesday evening. “We ask that you pray for his children and family, his friends and for this great city of ours.” The national civil rights community took note when Lumumba became mayor last year of Mississippi’s capital city — a place that had seen its share of violence during the civil rights movement. Lumumba, a black nationalist, had worked with mainstream and leftist figures in the civil rights world.

The native of Detroit was born Edwin Taliaferro and graduated cum laude from Wayne State University Law School. He renamed himself after Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader, and the Chokwe, an Angolan tribe. Lumumba’s activism began early. On the day after Martin Luther King Jr. died, he took part in a student takeover of a campus building at Western Michigan University, where he was a student. He and others were demanding more black educators and scholarships for black students. He also pushed for more black studies programs at colleges and universities in the Midwest. He worked with Julian Bond and Dick Gregory as a leader with the Republic of New Afrika, a social movement that proposed an independent black country in the southeastern United States. He also was a target of the FBI’s counterintelligence operation.

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Steve Benen: Court Rejects Texas’ Ban On Marriage Equality

Opponents of marriage equality have been on a losing streak that’s nothing short of brutal. A federal court struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage two weeks ago, which came on the heels of similar rulings in Kentucky,Oklahoma, and Utah. But today, the trend reached the largest of the nation’s ruby-red states. A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deprives some citizens of due process and equal protection under the law by stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia cited recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings as having trumped Texas’ moves to ban gay marriage. “Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” the judge wrote. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.” Does this mean marriage equality has come to Texas? Not quite yet. Garcia concluded that the state ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional, but existing Texas law will remain in place as the appeals process gets underway.

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Joy-Ann Reid: Are The Unarmed Unequal Under Stand Your Ground?

In the wake of the verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, convicted of three counts of second-degree attempted murder and of firing 10 shots at a car containing four teenagers, state Rep. Alan Williams underlined the need to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. One of the teenagers was Jordan Davis, who was killed by Dunn. Williams said recent cases of black teenagers shot to death by strangers in the state “have renewed the argument that this injustice in our laws makes ordinary citizens feel empowered to shoot first and ask questions later; boosting murder rates and justifiable homicides and putting individuals that people too often presumed to be a threat in particular peril.”

Indeed, a January 2013 study by Texas A&M researcher Mark Hoekstra found that homicide rates have increased by 7 percent to 9 percent in the 23 states that have Stand Your Ground-type laws versus those without them.  For young black men in particular, who are more often consigned to societal unworthiness by implicit racial bias with the damning label of “thug” — based on how they dress or wear their hair, or their choice of music — Stand Your Ground effectively demands a specific kind of submissiveness: If they want to live, submit to the invisible authority of virtually any civilian who might believe, like Michael Dunn, per his jailhouse letters, that “if more people would arm themselves and kill these [expletive] idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.”

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Daniel Strauss: Davis ‘Pleased’ Texas Judge Ruled Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), the likely Democratic nominee for governor, is pleased with a federal judge’s ruling that declared the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. “She is pleased with the ruling because she believes that all Texans who love one another and are committed to spending their lives together should be allowed to marry,” press secretary Rebecca Acuña said in a statement to TPM on Wednesday afternoon.

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Tony Plohetski: Despite Negative Blood And Breath Tests, Man Arrested For DWI

To Austin attorney Daniel Betts, driving while intoxicated can sometimes be what he calls “an opinion crime.” Law enforcement must decide, sometimes within only a matter of minutes, whether a person is intoxicated and should go to jail — or be allowed to simply drive way. On the night Austin police arrested his client, they made the wrong choice, he says – his opinion bolstered by a voluntary breath and blood test showing Larry Davis wasn’t intoxicated when he was arrested Jan. 13, 2013. He tested 0.00 on a Breathalyzer – the lowest possible reading — and the blood test, which took months to be tested, came back negative.

“My reaction was just shock that it happened,” Betts said of the arrest, after watching a police dash cam video and reviewing the evidence. The arrest meant Davis spent a day in jail, and he was left with a criminal case looming over him for more than a year. Prosecutors last week dismissed the case against Davis. “I was arrested for nothing, really,” he said. “It was suspicion of drunk driving, which I wasn’t so I was surprised and hurt at the same time.” Davis is now working to have his arrest record wiped clean, a process that could take several more months.

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Brett Logiurato: Texas To Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

Texas will appeal a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday that the state’s ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional, Attorney General Greg Abbott said. Here’s the full statement from Abbott, who is also the Republican frontrunner in the state’s gubernatorial race: “This is an issue on which there are good, well-meaning people on both sides. And, as the lower court acknowledged today, it’s an issue that will ultimately be resolved by a higher court. Texas will begin that process by appealing today’s ruling to the Fifth Circuit.

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Lalita Clozel: U.S. Vows To Deny Visas To Those Accused Of Wartime Sexual Violence

Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced on Tuesday a ban against issuing U.S. visas to foreigners implicated in wartime sexual violence. “No one at the highest level of military or governance who has presided over, or engaged in, or knew of, or adopted these kinds of attacks is ever going to receive a visa to travel into the United States of America from this day forward,” Kerry said during talks with his British counterpart, William Hague.

Hague applauded the announcement. “The shattering of impunity … is the crucial ingredient so that people know they will not get away with it,” he said. Awareness of the use of sexual violence in conflicts grew after the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia, where more than 20,000 women and girls were reportedly raped, and the Rwandan genocide, during which the figure is believed to have reached into the hundreds of thousands.

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AP: Child Care Centers To Follow First Lady Guidelines

The nation’s second-largest for-profit child care provider is adopting Michelle Obama’s healthy eating and activity guidelines. The Learning Care Group, based in Novi, Mich., says it will limit TV and computer time for children, eliminate fried foods, serve fruits and-or vegetables at every meal, replace sugary drinks with water or plain, low-fat milk, and provide at least an hour of daily physical activity. It will also allow mothers to provide breast milk for their children and accommodate mothers who want to breast feed.


The Learning Care Group says it provides early education and child care services to more than 100,000 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years at its 900 centers around the country. The centers operate under five brand names: Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers, The Children’s Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited and La Petite Academy.  The first lady this week has been marking the fourth anniversary of “Let’s Move,” the initiative to combat childhood obesity that she launched in February 2010. The healthy eating and activity guidelines for child care centers, which were released in 2011, are part of that program. Some 13,000 child care centers nationwide are now following the rules, said Sam Kass, the executive director of “Let’s Move.”

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Daniel Arkin: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a hot-button measure that would have permitted businesses in the state to deny service to gay and lesbians for religious beliefs. At a news conference at the State Capitol Wednesday evening, Brewer said the bill “could result in unintended and negative consequences.” “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve,” Brewer said.

Gay rights advocates gathered outside the Capitol broke out in loud cheers immediately after Brewer’s announcement. The controversial bill had sparked outcry from LGBT activists and drew vocal criticism from civic leaders, business interests and state economic groups. “Discrimination has no place in Arizona, or anywhere else,” said Alessandra Soler, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona. “We’re grateful that the governor has stopped this disgraceful law from taking effect, and that Arizona will remain open for business to everyone.”

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Zachary Roth: Ohio Cuts Early Voting Method Favored By Blacks

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Tuesday he is cutting early voting on Sundays and weekday evenings, dealing another blow to the voting rights effort in the nation’s most pivotal swing state. Husted’s change would spell doom for a voting method that’s popular among African-Americans in Ohio and elsewhere. Many churches and community groups lead “Souls to the Polls” drives after church on the Sunday before the election. There’s little doubt that cuts to early voting target blacks disproportionately. In 2008, black voters were 56% of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, even though they made up just 28% of the county’s population.

“By completely eliminating Sundays from the early voting schedule, Secretary Husted has effectively quashed successful Souls to the Polls programs that brought voters directly form church to early voting sites,” said Mike Brickner, a spokesman for the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, in an email. The news comes days after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed two GOP-backed bills that cut six more days from the early voting period, end same-day registration and make it harder to vote absentee. Together, the restrictions could significantly reduce minority turnout this fall and in 2016.

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Sy Mukherjee: Rand Paul Blocks Surgeon General Nominee For Saying Gun Violence Is A Public Health Threat

On Wednesday — two years to the day after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) placed a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, over Murthy’s view that gun violence represents a significant public health threat. “In his efforts to curtail Second Amendment rights, Dr. Murthy has continually referred to guns as a public health issue on par with heart disease and has diminished the role of mental health in gun violence,” wrote Paul in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But Paul is actually out of step with most physicians.

The idea that gun violence is a danger to public health is utterly uncontroversial among doctors’ groupsacademic institutions that focus on public health, and children’s safety advocates. Although Paul criticizes Murthy’s position that physicians and pediatricians should ask patients about the presence of guns in their households, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution in 2011officially opposing any law that bars doctors from having open conversations about gun safety and the risks of having firearms in a household with their patients. In fact, just yesterday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new guidelines recommending that households with children who are diagnosed with depression should remove guns and ammunition from their homes entirely.

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Michael Hiltzik: The Simple Math That Tells You The New GOP Tax Plan Is A Scam

The long-awaited Republican tax reform plan was released today by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich). It’s being hailed as a breakthrough in putting real reform on the table, but also being instantly eulogized as dead-on-arrival in a Congress that wants no part of any tax reform, now or ever.  Still, it’s instructive to examine the Camp plan for a primer on the latest mathematical trickery aimed at making something that preserves, even enhances, tax benefits for the wealthy appear instead to be a tax increase for the wealthy. Nice try, Congressman Dave. Here’s the easiest calculation. Camp says he’s eliminating the preferential tax rate on capital gains, and taxing them the same as ordinary income. That would be a big philosophical change and a big tax hike on the rich, if it were true. It’s not true. Camp’s plan exempts 40% of capital gains (and investment dividends) from any taxation at all.

How does this work out in real numbers? The top marginal tax rate on married taxpayers today is 39.6% (couples with more than $457,600 income). The top capital gains rate is 20%. Camp wants to cut the top marginal rate to 35%. If you tax capital gains at 35%, but exempt 40% of them from any tax, your effective rate on all capital gains works out to (… wait for i t…) 21%. In other words, Camp is raising the standard cap gains rate by a single percentage point. But since he’s also cutting the top rate on all income by nearly five percentage points, rich taxpayers still come out ahead. Camp would make the job of the IRS harder. He would ease the registration process for C-4s, and allow them to keep almost all their donors secret not only from the public, but from the IRS too. This is really sleazy of him. It gives rich political campaign donors more of a shield from the law than they deserve, and much more than is healthy for the public interest. If there were a single reason to laugh this tax “reform” off the table, this would be it.

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BBC: Ukraine Interim Leaders Warn Of ‘Unpopular Steps’ Ahead

Ukraine’s acting President Olexander Turchynov and PM-designate Arseniy Yatsenyuk have warned of the need for “unpopular” steps to help restore the country’s economy and politics. Mr Yatsenyuk told the BBC the central challenge for the newly named government was to “stabilise” Ukraine. Ukrainian MPs are expected to vote later on the new cabinet line up. Meanwhile, the regional parliament and government headquarters in Crimea have been seized by armed men. The two buildings in the regional capital Simferopol were seized overnight by a group of at least 50 pro-Russian men who were preventing government workers from entering, regional Prime Minister Anatoliy Mohilyov told AFP news agency.

The Russian flag was seen flying over both buildings. Interim President Turchynov warned the crowds the new government would “have to pass unpopular decisions”. “The government will be criticised, treated like dirt. But they must fulfil their obligations and work to the bone for the sake of Ukraine.” He has promised to resign once the country is back on its feet. Acting government officials predict Ukraine needs $35bn (£21bn) in bailout loans to get through the next two years. On Wednesday, the US said it was considering offering Ukraine’s struggling economy – which faces default – loan guarantees of up to $1bn. Meanwhile, Mr Yanukovych has been put on the international wanted list.

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On This Day:

Before giving a policy speech on Iraq, President Obama places his hand on his heart as the national anthem is played backstage at the Field House in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends a Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls basketball game at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama holds conference call from the Situation Room of the White House concerning the earthquake in Chile, Feb. 27, 2010. Pictured are, left to right, Tom Donilon, deputy national security advisor, Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, and Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff. Other Cabinet officials joined the meeting by phone (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden, react while watching Sasha Obama and Maisy Biden, the Vice President’s granddaughter, play in a basketball game in Chevy Chase, Md., Feb. 27, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama and Vice President Biden greet Susannah Flanagan, daughter of Frank Buckles, at Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Chapel in Arlington, Va., March 15, 2011. Buckles, the last surviving American World War I veteran, passed away on Feb. 27, 2011, at his West Virginia home. He was 110. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen as Gladys Knight performs during the Governors Dinner in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama meets with former Chief of Protocol Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, left, and guests in the Oval Office, Feb. 27, 2012. The President signed a presidential commendation in honor of Roosevelt’s government service (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden talk outside the State Dining Room before addressing the National Governors Association annual meeting at the White House, Feb. 27, 2012 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


President Barack Obama talks with senior advisors following a meeting in the Oval Office, Feb. 27, 2013. Standing, from left, are: Rob Nabors, Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy; Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President; Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer; Mark Childress, Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning; Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Legislative Affairs; Danielle Gray, Cabinet Secretary; Press Secretary Jay Carney; and Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama greets veterans of the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Oval Office, Feb. 27, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama at a “Let’s Move!” event in Clinton, Miss. with Rachael Ray, February 27, 2013

President Obama at the unveiling of a statue in honor of civil rights activist Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol, February 27, 2013

115 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. February 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Greatest. R&S. EVER!!!!!!! Nerdy, you’re something else – thank you legend!

  2. 7 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 10:01 am


  3. 9 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

  4. 10 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 10:03 am

  5. 11 dee
    February 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This great retrospective and current information I can utilize as I deal with the uninformed, is the reason I come here! Thank you for your research and skills!

  6. 17 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

  7. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

  8. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

  9. February 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Wow NW…you really outdid yourself on the Rise and Shine. This is such a thorough and well-rounded source to get our daily update of what is happening now with a good dose of memorable POTUS/FLOTUS moments. 😀

  10. February 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

    This was an excellent round up, Nerdy Wonka. Really. So glad to see that day care center take up FLOTUS’s new rules. Especially the ones on breast feeding. That should have been a no brainer but our society is scared of boobs. 🙂

  11. 29 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

  12. February 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Still feeling okay after the chemo yesterday. Felt some hot flashes last night but I’m used to that from the other drug I used to take.


    • February 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Hello our beloved warrior, we’re all thinking of you, endless love!

    • 32 JER
      February 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Thinking of you GB and sending loving thoughts your way. It is always good to see you here. May your health continue to improve each day.

    • 33 Dakota
      February 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Sending healing prayers and blessings to you gobrooklyn. You’re strong and amazing.

    • 34 LDS
      February 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

      God bless you gobrooklyn. Glad that you are feeling okay today.
      Your positive spirit keeps me inspired. I am having a great day because of you.
      Thank you.

    • 36 Nerdy Wonka
      February 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Sending you all the best thoughts the universe has to offer. We’re all rooting for you!

    • 37 hopefruit2
      February 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

      G’morning GB, and glad to see you’re doing well. Hope you continue to have a good week. 🙂

    • February 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Best wishes to you, GB. Have a perfect day.

    • 39 dotster3
      February 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Yay to no ill effects! So far, so good! Positive thoughts for continued good news!

    • 40 Cindy
      February 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Good morning GoBrooklyn,

      HAPPY THURSDAY to you-sooooooo glad to see you!!!

      I was glad to read your update when I got in last evening. You are in my thoughts and prayers “every day.” I pray for your healing; praying for your victory, and praying for your “full and complete recovery.” I know that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask of Him to do for us. Each day I ask Him to BLESS you and to give you complete healing.

      I pray that you will hold on and hold on to His unchanging hand. He will never leave us or forsake us; ask and you shall receive. Speak healing over your health every day; tell your challenges how AWESOME your God is, and keep the faith that this too shall pass. Crying may endure for the night but sweet joy comes in the morning. Cancer does have some limitations; it cannot cripple love, it can’t shatter hope, it can’t silence courage, nor reduce eternal life or quench the Holy Spirit.

      How do I speak with such confidence? My sister is a breast cancer survivor (13 years). Just recently they found another lump, but she told that lump how AWESOME her God is. She went in for surgery (remove lump), and it was “just a lump.” No cancer to be found. The doctors may say one thing but God has the final word.

      Keep praying GoBrooklyn, keep believing, keep getting up, keep smiling, keep fighting the good fight of victory, and remind that cancer of how AWESOME your God is.

      You are loved and we at TOD are all cheering for you while you are in this “temporary state.” I choose to see your victory; please don’t give up and please don’t give in. Your best days are ahead of you and not behind you. You still have work to do because the best is yet to come; I am waiting to hear your testimony, of how God healed you completely.

      Warmest Blessings for you,
      This poem was written by a young lady for her friend.

      Thoughts and Prayers

      By Goldie Fairchild

      My thoughts and prayers are with you
      But mainly God is there.
      Through all your trials and troubles,
      Your pain He’ll help you bear.
      He’ll keep his arms around you,
      He’ll walk with you each day.
      He’ll guide, protect and comfort,
      He’ll show you every way.

      My thoughts and prayers are with you,
      Each day for you I pray.
      Dear Lord, don’t let her (GoBrooklyn) stumble,
      Help her endure the pain,
      And when she’s at her lowest, Lord,
      Lift her spirits high.
      And wipe away her tears, Lord,
      When she begins to cry.

      A friend is such a blessing,
      A special gift from God.
      An angel sent from above,
      without a magic wand.
      My thoughts and prayers are with you (GoBrooklyn),
      In spirit, with you I’ll be.
      For God, He has promised,
      He’ll take care of you and me.

    • February 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, again TOD for the great replies. Love seeing them 🙂

    • 45 Dudette
      February 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Hi GoB! Lub to you!
      Woo woo woo! 🙂

    • February 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Keeping you in my thoughts, GB!!

    • 49 57andfemale
      February 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Sending positive energy your way!

  13. 50 JER
    February 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Good Morning everybody. Great post Nerdy Wonka.

  14. 53 Desertflower
    February 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I don’t know how to bring articles over when I’m on my phone so can someone go to TPM and bring over the piece about the student at Brown Univ. that took down the NRA in Rhode Island? Good read

  15. 58 Desertflower
    February 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Great R/S NW!!!

  16. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Oh, NW, thank you for this glorious post. The photo of the BAM group at the WH just gets to me, every time I see it, since my son grew up without a dad, too, but went on to become a good dad and granddad, anyway (thank God). I feel such hope for all of them.

    Young men, each Becoming a Man
    Under the watchful eyes of one who had
    Who sat with them
    And spoke to them of how to
    Be noble
    Be involved
    Be ambitious
    Be industrious
    Be kind
    Be a part of their community
    Couldn’t you hear him say it
    In your own heart?
    They gave him a
    Father’s Day card from their hearts
    They said signing it
    Was a first for some
    Of the sons he never had
    Reminding him
    Of the dad he never had
    To present such a card to, himself
    And we all watched
    And we all learned
    And we all took them
    Into our own hearts
    And held them
    Those sons
    And my son
    And your sons
    In the time of Obama.

    • February 27, 2014 at 10:57 am


      Love you, JO’B.

    • 63 Nerdy Wonka
      February 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Wow. You are one of a kind, Ms. J’OB and TOD is lucky to have you.

    • February 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Because I’m a fellow poet, I admire your use of William Carlos William’s “variable foot”. It really is the best meter for colloquial American poetry.

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        I know and admire William Carlos Williams, LL, but I’ve long forgotten what a variable foot is, although I can guess … I just write down what comes to me …

        … so there’s another hour “shot” while I go pursue reminding myself of all that this afternoon, and read more poetry (including the last two of yours, which disappeared when my computer froze up that day you posted them). Ha! But thank you.


  17. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!! It’s Scandal Thursday.

  18. 72 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2014 at 10:50 am

    G’morning NW, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Dee on #1 🙂 Thanks again NW for another amazing R & S round-up. I am sooooo looking forward to the events of the day including FLOTUS’ announcement and PBO’s remarks later this afternoon!

  19. 75 LDS
    February 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

    What HF2 said^^^^^^^^^(up above)
    You read my mind, heart and soul.
    What a beautiful day to be alive! I am grateful.

  20. 76 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

  21. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    • February 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

      It would be a lot easier and more constructive if the President just met with a brick wall.

      • 79 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

        I feel your frustration, but even a brick wall can sometimes be used to lean on, or climb over! Luckily, our President knows that and keeps trying.

        “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know, What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall … ” — Robert Frost

  22. February 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

  23. February 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

    If implemented, this is kind of a big deal. It would certainly help consumers gain a better understanding or our caloric intake as well as nutrition in our meals. Huge deal, actually.

    • February 27, 2014 at 11:36 am

      It really is HUGE. I never buy a product without reading the label and this is a huge improvement in terms of getting a better read on the whole: calories, fat, nutrition.

      Our First Lady is leaving an indelible mark on our history. And she’s doing it with grace and courage. What a role model she is and will be, forever.

  24. 83 Linda
    February 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Clueless in Savannah ?

    Celebrity chef Paula Deen says that her effort to restore her public image after admitting to using racial slurs is just like Missouri football player Michael Sam’s historic coming out.


  25. February 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

  26. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    • 91 anniebella
      February 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

      I remember when I heard that they put hormones in meat, I was shock. We do have a right to know what is in the food we buy and feed our families.

  27. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    AG Eric Holder was taken to the hospital this morning – he had fainting and shortness of breath earlier.

      • 94 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        Think he’s doing okay … will keep watch! His security detail drove him, rather than calling for an ambulance, and I think I heard he’s talking with the medical team, etc.

        Fingers crossed.

    • 95 Cindy
      February 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Good morning jacquelineoboomer,

      Thank you for sharing the news. This is sad, will be praying for him and his family. He is such a wonderful AG for this country.

      Prayers and healing thoughts for Attorney General Eric Holder.

      • 96 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        Hi, there, Cindy! Think I heard he’s doing okay, but need to catch an update. Love him and will send him prayers and healing thoughts myself, today. He has such a strenuous job and is so dedicated to it … I cannot imagine the strength he’s had to use up, to do it so well.

    • 97 Nena20409
      February 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      My thoughts and Well Wishes to the AG, Mr. Holder.

  28. February 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

  29. 100 Linda
    February 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Yikes….no details yet

    NBC News ‏@NBCNews 1m

    JUST IN: Attorney General Eric Holder has been taken to a Washington, DC hospital after experiencing chest pains.

  30. 101 Dakota
    February 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Praying for him.

  31. 102 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I love her!!!!!

  32. 103 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

  33. February 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Wishing for the best for AG Holder.

  34. 105 Nerdy Wonka
    February 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

  35. 107 Linda
    February 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

    New documents show Bridgegate figures Wildstein and Kelly joking about creating traffic problems in front of the house of a Rabbi who was on Wildstein’s s*#t list. “He has officially pissed me off,” Wildstein tells Bridget Kelly in one text. “Flight to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed.”

  36. February 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Howdy all you O’s!!! What another great getting up day ’round the ol’ TOD campfire! Good thing too, cause it’s mighty and bitterly c-c-c-old in my neck of the woods. The sun is shining brightly, but old sol is such a fooler.

    I’ve only been able to lurk lately, but it’s good to see that Chips and all the blog tyrants are keeping things moving swimmingly along. Keep up the good work! See yous later!

  37. 110 Jeff
    February 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Eric Holder is hospitalized! I hope he’s okay!

  38. 113 Allison
    February 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  39. 114 MightyPamela
    February 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Catching up from way behind

  40. 115 HZ
    February 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Again, thanks Nerdy W. , for a great R&S. This beautiful place is so wonderful and done with such care and love. Thanks to our Chips for gathering the best to keep this haven such a classy place to enjoy. Thank you all.

    Prayers of healing and comfort to our Gobrookly, {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Love you gobrooklyn and get some rest.}}}}}}}}}}}}}.HZ

    Prayers and comfort to our wonderful Attorney General, Eric Holder and his lovely wife, Dr. Sharon Malone Holder. They will be in great hands. We give out great positive thoughts, love, and energies for AG Holder and his family. That was my prayer when it broke on the news.

    May all of my loving TOD family have a wonderful Thursday. Be gentle in your space. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Love to my TOD Family}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

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