Rise and Shine

President Obama holds up four-month-old Alia Jawando as her father, William Jawando, Deputy Associate Director of Public Engagement, and her mother Michele look on in the Oval Office, March 9, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The First Family return to Washington DC from Florida

The Week Ahead:

Monday: The President will host a reception for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions.

Tuesday: Travels to New York to attend DNC and DSCC events.

Wednesday – Friday: Attends meetings at the White House.




Tara Culp-Ressler: Obamacare Is Already Helping Boost Americans’ Personal Incomes

According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the health reform law is having a positive effect on personal incomes and spending. According to the BEA, Obamacare accounted for about three quarters of the overall rise in Americans’ incomes in January. Personal incomes rose by 0.3 percent during the first month of the year — and the BEA explains that’s partly because of the impact of the health law’s consumer benefits. Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion increased public health insurance benefits by about $19.2 billion.

And the new refundable tax credits under health reform, like the subsidies available to help American purchase new plans in Obamacare’s marketplaces, totaled about $14.7 billion. “Personal income in January was boosted by several provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which affected government social benefit payments to persons,” the BEA concluded. The financial impacts of health reform are most evident among the sectors of the population that are struggling to stay out of poverty. A recent study by the Brookings Institute found that Obamacare has the potential to boost the incomes of the poorest Americans by anywhere from five to seven percent.

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Reuters: Kerry Urges Russia To Exercise Utmost Restraint In Ukraine’s Crimea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Saturday that any steps to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy, a U.S. State Department official said. Kerry’s latest telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came as the standoff between occupying Russian forces and besieged Ukrainian troops intensified in Crimea. “He made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint,” the official said. President Barack Obama sought to reassure nervous Baltic leaders on Saturday about U.S. support for their security and consulted other European allies about the Ukraine crisis.

He convened a conference call with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvian President Andris Berzins, and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. It was the first time he has spoken with the leaders of the three Baltic states about the crisis. The countries are NATO members with strong economic ties to Russia, and have expressed nervousness about President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine. “The president reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty and our enduring support for the security and democracy of our Baltic allies,” the White House said in a statement. The United States has moved to reassure its NATO allies, sending six more F-15 fighter jets this week to NATO’s policing mission over the Baltic states. The jets are on call to respond to any violations of Baltic airspace.

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Baye Adofo-Wilson: [IN MEMORIAM] Who Was Chokwe Lumumba?

The Honorable Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Lumumba, an unapologetic revolutionary “New Afrikan” (Black) nationalist, fighting for the human rights and dignity of Black folks in a place that has the reputation of being antithetical to that notion, is dead at age 66. Born, Edwin Findley Taliaferro on August 4, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. His initial exposure to the issues of human rights and dignity came from his mother, Priscilla.  A native of Alabama, Priscilla showed her children the infamous Jet Magazine cover of a deceased 14-year-old’s bashed in face. It was young Emmett Till, murdered for sassing a White woman. She followed this up with a conversation about racism—Lumumba, an impressible eight years old. He saw his mother organize in their community and raise funds for various causes.  Her strength, discipline and determination gave Lumumba a foundation for organizing and a sense of Black community pride and commitment.

Lumumba’s political watershed moment came as a reaction to the assassination of Martin Luther King, someone he followed closely throughout high school and college. Already a student leader, Lumumba and other students took over a building demanding more scholarships for Black students and an increase in Black faculty. Lumumba returned to law school and graduated top of his class.  He stayed in Detroit for over a decade, practicing criminal defense and human rights law. His law practice grew, representing political activists such as Bilal Sunni Ali, Mutulu Shakur (Tupac Shakur’s stepfather) and former Black Panther Assata Shakur. In 2009, he was elected Jackson City Councilman and was sitting in the Mayor’s chair by June 2013. As Mayor, Chokwe was just getting started.  Within four months he passed a one percent sales tax increase that is estimated to raise $700 million dollars over the next ten years for infrastructure improvements.  He had plans to make Jackson the greenest city in the South, by retrofitting and using renewable energy on all of the municipal buildings.

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TPM: Obama To Expand California National Monument

President Barack Obama will expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a White House official said Saturday. Expected Tuesday, the action will permanently protect some 1,665 acres of federal lands on the Mendocino County coast in Northern California, just north of Point Arena. It will expand a national monument created in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to include coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, onshore sand dunes, coastal prairies, riverbanks and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.

Obama’s designation would follow recent action by the Environmental Protection Agency to block development of Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold deposit in Alaska’s treasured Bristol Bay region. Obama pledged in this year’s State of the Union address to use his presidential authority to preserve more federal lands for future generations. The action he is taking next week will bypass Congress, which has been slow to act on proposed legislation to preserve public lands.

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Reuters: Ukraine PM Says He Will Go To U.S. To Discuss Crimea Crisis

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Sunday he would go to the United States this week to discuss the standoff with Russia over Ukraine’s southern region of Crimea. “I am going to the United states to hold top-level meetings on resolving the situation unfolding in our bilateral and multilateral relations,” Yatseniuk said at the start of a government meeting in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

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Henry Austin: Dalai Lama Voices Support For Gay Marriage

The Dalai Lama has come out in support of gay marriage, saying it was “OK” and a personal affair for people of the same sex to commit to each other. “If two people… really feel that way … and both sides fully agree, then okay,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said on Ora.tv’s Larry King Now show. The Nobel laureate was interviewed after he offered the customary prayer that opens each Senate session in Washington D.C.

Ultimately, the Dalai Lama, who like all Tibetan Monks is celibate himself, said gay marriage was up to each government and was ultimately “individual business.” “People who have belief or who have special traditions, then you should follow according to your own tradition. Like Buddhism, there are different kinds of sexual misconduct, so you should follow properly.” “I think (it’s) OK,” he added. “I think that’s an individual’s business.”

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Igor Volsky: Bush’s Defense Secretary Destroys GOP Talking Points Against Obama’s Handling Of Crimea

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back on Sunday against conservatives who’ve blamed President Obama’s “weak” foreign policy for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Crimea. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Gates dismissed arguments that Obama’s handling of the conflict in Syria or his efforts to trim the defense budget emboldened Putin, arguing that the Russian president also invaded Georgia during the George W. Bush administration.

“My own view is, after all, Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Nobody ever accused George W. Bush of being weak or unwilling to use military force,” Gates, who served as Defense Secretary for Presidents George W. Bush and Obama said. “So I think Putin is very opportunistic in these arenas. I think that even if — even if we had launched attacks in Syria, even if we weren’t cutting our defense budget — I think Putin saw an opportunity here in Crimea, and he has seized it.” Earlier this week, Gates told the Washington Post that the GOP lawmakers should “tone down” their criticism and “try to be supportive of the president rather than natter at the president.”

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Sharon Bernstein: California Democrats To Adopt Platform As Election Season Begins

California Democrats meeting in Los Angeles on Sunday were set to adopt a platform likely to call for an inflation-adjusted minimum wage, dramatic cuts in military spending, and tighter campaign finance and disclosure laws. Confident going into the 2014 election season with wide majorities in both legislative houses and control of all statewide elected offices, Democratic leaders at the party’s annual convention aimed to push their statewide success eastward in an effort to retake a majority in Congress.

Some 3,000 delegates and guests thronging the downtown Westin Bonaventure hotel were also scheduled to hear from legislative leaders, including top Democrats in the state senate and assembly. The convention had on Saturday showcased Democratic stars in the most populous U.S. state, including California Governor Jerry Brown and the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris as well as former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom party leaders are hoping may be able to return to her old job. The draft version of the platform sounds a number of key Democratic themes, including support for anti-poverty programs and increased funding for education.

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Tom Curry: Obama Aide Sees Russian Threat On Arms Inspection As ‘Serious’

Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, said Sunday that a Russian threat to cease inspections of nuclear weapons as required by U.S.-Russian arms control treaties would be “a serious development.” Blinken said on NBC’s Meet the Press that he’d seen news reports of those Russian threats — made in response to U.S. sanctions and other penalties for Russia’s seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine — but that the Russian government had not communicated directly to the Obama administration on that matter. Asked what Obama had accomplished so far in his efforts to deter or penalize Putin for Russia’s seizure of Crimea,

Blinken said the president has been “mobilizing the international community in support of Ukraine to isolate Russia for its actions in Ukraine and to reassure our allies and partners.” Blinken said Obama has invited Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk to the White House on Wednesday to consult with him and to demonstrate American support for the Ukrainian government. Blinked argued that the decline in value of the Russian ruble and the increased uncertainty about foreign investment in Russia are “exacting a real cost and a real consequence” for Putin’s decision to intervene in Crimea.

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Ian Millhiser: Retired Supreme Court Justice Calls For Constitutional Amendment To Prevent Partisan Gerrymandering

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has a new book out, in which he proposes six potential amendments to the Constitution — including one to prevent lawmakers from drawing legislative maps intended to entrench their own party in power: Districts represented by members of Congress, or by members of any state legislative body, shall be compact and composed of contiguous territory. The state shall have the burden of justifying any departures from this requirement by reference to neutral criteria such as natural, political, or historical boundaries or demographic changes. The interest in enhancing or preserving the political power of the party in control of the state government is not such a neutral criterion.

So long as justices with similar views to Scalia control the Court, however, Congress could probably also use this power to gerrymander congressional maps even more than they are currently. Under Scalia’s view, there is little preventing a Congress controlled by one party from redrawing every state’s map (or, at least, every state with more than one representative’s map) in order to maximize the likelihood that the incumbent party would be elected. This problem cannot be warded off by an act of Congress. And, as discussed above, it won’t be solved by a constitutional amendment either. The only sure way to prevent such widespread gerrymanders is to replace justices like Scalia with justices who understand that partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional and that egregious gerrymanders must be struck down by the courts.

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Alasdair Baverstock: After A Month Of Violence, Protesters In Venezuela Try Peace

From behind their riot shield barricade, Venezuela’s National Guard cooly surveyed a scene of frustration. Dressed in white t-shirts representing their pacifism, protesters waved their national flags, pledged their commitment to peaceful protest and banged cooking pots in time to songs of government downfall. Saturday’s “empty pots march” had commenced.  Beneath the scorching Caracas sun, one man held up a banner to those who blocked their passage west to the centre of the Venezuelan capital: “If we all have the same problems, then why are we so divided?” The man’s message was not aimed at the authorities, rather the pro-government chavistaswho suffer under the same rampant inflation, chronic shortages of basic goods and massive murder rates that form daily struggles on both sides of Venezuela’s political divide.

After plotting a route to the Ministry of Food in the city center, Saturday’s “empty pots march” stopped short as protestors entered the pro-government Libertador municipality. In an “adapt or perish” bid to spur momentum into a fourth week of protests, Saturday’s demonstration was the first of its kind to emerge from the opposition districts. “We’re testing the water,” said one masked protester, who held his country’s flag upside-down over the lower tier of a freeway that ferries two million vehicles daily along the Caracas valley. “We want to reach out to those who don’t hear our message so that they can see we aren’t the fascists the government says we are.”

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Alyssa Mastromonaco


AP: Long-Time Obama Aide To Leave White House

A top White House official who has been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator nine years ago is resigning. Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obama’s deputy chief of staff for operations and often described as the most influential person inside the White House who isn’t well known outside of it. She is responsible for planning presidential events, hiring staff and overseeing the White House complex.

A White House official said Mastromonaco is leaving in May to look for a job in the private sector. The official said Obama insisted as a condition of her departure that she continue to act as an outside adviser. Mastromonaco joined Obama’s Senate office in February 2005 as scheduling director, and oversaw scheduling and advance for his 2008 presidential campaign and during Obama’s first term at the White House. She was promoted to deputy chief of staff in 2011.

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Your laugh of the day


On This Day:

President Obama signs an Executive Order on stem cell research at the White House March 9, 2009. By signing the order, Obama reverses a Bush administration policy restricting U.S funding for embryonic stem cell research.


First Lady Michelle Obama presents her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History March 9, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Ada Papandreou, the First Lady of Greece, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, March 9, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


President Obama talks on the phone with President-elect Vladimir Putin of Russia while aboard Air Force One en route to Richmond, Va., March 9, 2012. Alice Wells, Senior Director for Russian Affairs, listens in on the call. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Minute Maid Park, March 9, in Houston

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the “Bunny Pokey” song and dance with kids in the Kinderbees Activty Room at Penacook Community Center in Penacook, N.H., March 9, 2012 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


99 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone!!! Congrats to whomever comes 1st (especially if it’s me). 🙂 Thanks UT for this stellar Sunday R & S round-up!

  2. 5 vcprezofan2
    March 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Missed by a hair! Morning Hopef. I signed in to see 1 comment and wondered who dared. 😀

    • 6 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Morning vc! I was leaning on the door because Nerdy & Chips have a sneaky tendency to slip in a new thread as soon as my back is turned or I walk away from the computer. This time, I vowed to let that NOT happen.

      • March 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

        😆 Congratulations champ!

      • 9 vcprezofan2
        March 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

        And your resolve paid off. Excellent! I just turned on the laptop and was about to play a game with myself – could I sign in before noon – when I saw the ‘1 comment’ line. Of course I thought it would be you-know-who in the cool shades. 😉 Nice to see you. (Of course, it would have been equally nice to see you-know-who in shades too! 😉 )

  3. 11 vcprezofan2
    March 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Morning Utal! Thank you for this. I made it before noon. …woot!

  4. March 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Another bunch of awesome Nerdy, fantastic links and global news – thank you Legend!

    • 14 Nerdy Wonka
      March 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, Chips.

      Sorry about the late hour. Woke up and thought I saw 6:50AM; only to roll over again and see it was 9:50AM. DST is lucky today is Sunday.

      • March 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        😆 Confession: whenever the clocks change, I’m too lazy to fix half the clocks in the house, so most of the time I actually have no clue what time it is.

        Thanks sooooo much again Nerdy, a fantastic R&S.

  5. 16 Judith Fardig
    March 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    HF – it’s definitely you!

  6. March 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    • 18 mophene
      March 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you, for bringing over this link Edwina. Fascinating. Much praise and thanks to Sue Eakin….

    • 19 Nena20409
      March 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I salute Her ❗

    • 20 nathkatun7
      March 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      “Without Sue Eakin, nobody would be talking about Solomon Northup”- Schulman

      I beg to differ about the “nobody” part! Many of us interested in Black history teach and talk about Solomon Northup. Actually in the 1980s a two-hour film, entitled “Half-Free and Half-Slave: The odyssey of Solomon Northup,” which is actually quite good, was made based on his autobiography, “Twelve Years A slave.” I personally have a republished copy of “Twelve Years A Slave.”

  7. 21 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Wasn’t there a TOD rule that if you came in first on the Sunday R & S, you were automatically eligible to claim 1st for all the threads on that day whether or not you actually posted 1st? I’m asking for a friend.

    • March 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      😆 I don’t recall that precise rule Hopefruit, but my memory is rusty!

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      March 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      It sounds a bit familiar to me, Hopefruit. I can’t remember where I read it though. 😉

      /whisper/ Thanks for asking, Hopef. {your friend}

      • 24 hopefruit2
        March 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        You must’ve read it in the TOD manual – 3rd edition, page 147, section VI.

        • 25 vcprezofan2
          March 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm

          Aw! Thanks again, Hf! Always beneficial to have a friend who is up on the laws. 😆 😆

          So, do you think the Lady Mayor will make sure this rule is enforced? Enforcement would take a lot of pressure off some people on Sunday going forward.

          • 26 hopefruit2
            March 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

            Indeed vc…Obviously, if this rule were to be enforced today, I would be the beneficiary. But I’m a very considerate TODer! Thus, I am happy to let the Mayoress get all the paperwork and put things in place so that the rule will be fully enforceable by next Sunday 🙂

            • 27 vcprezofan2
              March 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

              Such self-sacrifice is commendable! For that reason alone, and since no paperwork IS needed (the quoted rule you cited is clear), I say the rule should be immediately enforceable. Congrats on 1st for the next post, and the next, and the next, Hf! [I don’t think we’ll have more than 4 today.]

  8. 31 JER
    March 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Hello everybody. Wonderful post as usual NW. And now some news from the Gunshine state…

  9. 37 Linda
    March 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Rand Paul Says He Would Respond To Ukrainian Crisis By ‘Drilling In Every Possible Conceivable Place’

    But some say exporting natural gas to Europe and Ukraine is a more complicated solution than these lawmakers let on. As Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations points out, decisions on where to ship gas are made primarily by the market, not by governments, and it’s much more profitable for the U.S. to ship gas to Asia.

    The New York Times Editorial Board added Friday that Putin “would not stand idly by” if the U.S. exported gas to Europe, and could lower the price of Russia’s gas to keep customers from switching to American gas. The Times also noted that even if bills expediting permits were approved, “setting up more facilities to liquefy and ship gas would take years and cost billions of dollars.”


    This guy is a big fraud.

    • 38 Lovepolitics2008
      March 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      He’s incompetent, plain and simple. What he knows is his ideology. He would flunk every exam possible in history, economics, and geopolitics. He’s even WORSE than his father.

  10. 39 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Anyone who is is pushing this misogynistic and primitive meme about PBO is no “liberal” nor do they represent this country’s best interests. I don’t care what they claim to be, or what network they’re on.

    • March 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      WTF? I seriously cannot take any of these people any more, MSNBC has become a sewer.

    • 41 Linda
      March 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Not sure Steve is the best judge of masculinity……

    • 44 nospin
      March 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      it is interesting to me to see so many males suffering from President Obama penis envy. Every time I hear a reference of PO’s masculinity from a man or woman I can’t even gin up the energy to get mad because I understand their frustration…. it is pretty tough when you want something so bad and all you can do is dream.

    • 47 africa
      March 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Did he really?

    • 48 Nena20409
      March 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Coming from Steve Kornacki is really sad. He is a Gay American. A community in US that this POTUS most definitely lost NC for his support in May of 2012 on marriage equality.

      Shame on SK.

  11. 49 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    The only positive about the DST “spring forward” change is that you can eat lunch or dinner a whole hour early and not feel bad.

  12. 50 JER
    March 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm


    Five years ago, the United States was in the midst of its worst recession in seven decades, and stocks were feeling it.

    Since that day, the Standard & Poor's 500 index has gained more than 177 percent …


  13. 51 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

  14. 52 JER
    March 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm


    President Obama will meet with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the prime minister of Ukraine, at the White House on Wednesday… Obama and Yatsenyuk plan to discuss ways to find a peaceful resolution to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, a Ukranian peninsula. …


  15. 53 JER
    March 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Report: President golfed today with Ahmad Rashad, Cyrus Walker, and Alonzo Mourning.

    • 54 Linda
      March 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Admonishes Obama’s Ukraine Critics

      Chris Wallace tried to get Gates to bad mouth PBO for golfing and taking the we off during this . Wallace also brought up the “red line ” meme. Gates was not having any of it.


      • 55 Lovepolitics2008
        March 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

        I’m happy that Gates has the honesty to push back against the hate and stupidity. Gates has some credibility with Fox viewers. Sadly, he won’t be back on Fox any time soon.

      • 56 Nena20409
        March 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

        Note that Gates was on Fox and the MSM DC/NY crowd were all over Gates when some excerpts of his book appeared earlier on, no doubt, manipulated to be overly critical of pres Obama. Note now how the same crowd who rushed to book him are not now….. for he is saying what they…… the Media do not want to hear, report or allow the Citizens to hear and learn the TRUTH.

        Booking Cheney on CBS, Condi writing an Op-Ed in WashPost, then 9 plus GOPers on Sunday shows as Ukraine critics are just not Journalism. They are truly propaganda masquerading as ‘News” reports.

  16. 57 JER
    March 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  17. 58 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    But, but, but the media warned Dems to stay away from Obamacare because it would be their undoing….

    • 59 africa
      March 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Hmmm. Just baffling on the face of it why people won’t WANT help. The MSM engages in disinformation.

    • 60 Nena20409
      March 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      People are Just NOT as Fatuous as the DC/NY Pundits spout. When given information, most Sane folks Do Get It.

  18. March 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

  19. 63 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Truth-tellers like Bashir will be fired from MSNBC while insipid know-it-alls like Farrow, Kornhacki and Hayes will be kept on.

  20. 66 dotster3
    March 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Recommend this short doc about turkey processing company’s decades long abusive treatment of a group of mentally disabled men, forcing them to work long and hard doing disgusting gutting tasks, kept them in deplorable conditions, were physically abusive, paid them $65/ mo., kept their soc. sec., disability checks etc. Man’s inhumanity to man—again.

  21. March 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    “Chinese leaders are especially displeased by the referendum that the Crimean parliament has called for March 16 to choose whether the autonomous region should break away from Ukraine and join Russia.

    “That would be like Taiwan’s destiny being decided only by Taiwanese,” says Jin Canrong, a professor of international studies at Renmin University in Beijing. That would be anathema to Beijing, which insists that Taiwan – a self-governing island – is an integral part of China.

    “China insists that Crimea’s fate should be decided by all Ukrainians,” explains Prof. Jin. “We will not support a Russian occupation of Crimea.”

    “China’s foremost priorities, the first things they think about when it comes to interference, are Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan,” adds Ms. Glaser. “The idea of a part of China deciding whether it wanted to be separate is seen as very dangerous.””


    One of the many strategic miscalculations Putin has already made ….


    Yes We Can

  22. March 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Outstanding graphic ….

  23. 69 Linda
    March 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Alex Witt is talking like it was OUR responsibility to verify the passports of the passengers on ALL airlines ? A former NTSB person seems to agree.

    • 70 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      LOL – it was just a matter of time before the media came around to blaming the US (Pres Obama) for the Malaysia crisis – The tweet sent out by Rupert Murdoch was the media’s signal and green light to do so. Not surprisingly, MSNBC is in the lead…

    • 71 Nena20409
      March 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      The STOLEN Passports were flagged.

      Malaysia is responsible for who gets on the plane in their country.

      Just like the Shoe Bomber or the Underwear bomber……….these people were the ones supporting Snowden and trashing NSA. They just can’t have it both ways.

    • 72 nathkatun7
      March 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      I wonder what U.S’s unethical media will do after President Obama leaves office on Jan 20, 2017? My hunch is that they will still blame him for any mishaps in the world.

  24. 73 vcprezofan2
    March 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Probably shared previously but I’m just seeing this, so I’m sharing for those who may not have already seen it.

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      March 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Love that. Thanks, vc.

      • 75 vcprezofan2
        March 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm

        😉 Wonder how many people around the world whisper this, or another like it, for our president and his family regularly, if not daily?

        • 76 jacquelineoboomer
          March 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

          I remember when Sir Paul McCartney spoke at the WH performance, and told our President, “There are billions of us rootin’ for you.”

          So, I’d say billions. 🙂

  25. March 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    • March 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Assuming China will fill the gap, as this article does, LH, is rather naive of the author. Also, the author shows very little understanding that most of the Russian oligarchs’ wealth is located outside of Russia. The US and Europe have a lot more leverage than the article conveys.

      Thank yo for posting it!!


  26. March 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  27. 92 No Child Left Behind
    March 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille!

    Hopefruit, congrats on your landing first in TODVille.

  28. March 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I was followed by guntrust.org. This is what’s on his profile: #TeaParty #Catholic #CCW #2A #NRA #OC #Guns #DefendLife: SUBSCRIBE @ http://www.youtube.com/LawNews (free #EstatePlanning & #Handgun Training w/#Attorney Dave Duringer)

    Needless to say, he’s been blocked. Silly RWNJ.

    Morning, all.

    • 94 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      And seeing that your name has “Liberal and Librarian” in it, I would’ve thought these two words would scare the crap out of Mr. Guntrust. I guess he was curious…perhaps trying to be brave?

  29. 95 africa
    March 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

  30. 96 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    ROTFL. 🙂 🙂

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      March 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Love it. All of those “THANKS OBAMA” tweets remind me of the one-liners on this website eventually turned into a book. A guy wrote it because of his wife’s pro-Obama antics during the first campaign – I purchased the book and it was hilarious! Ha!


  31. 98 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

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