Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama consoles a woman at the Joplin Community Memorial Service at Missouri Southern University in Joplin, Mo., May 29, 2011. The President delivered remarks during the service for those impacted by the deadly tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern)

11:10: President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, East Room


12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:55: The President participates in a clinic as part of the Concussion Summit, South Lawn



E.J. Dionne Jr: Obama Outlines A Doctrine Where Restraint Makes Us Stronger

By laying out a long-term foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama challenged his critics, at home and abroad, not to speak in vague terms about U.S. “decline” or “weakness” but to answer the question: Exactly what would you do differently? This is as close as we have gotten to an Obama Doctrine, and here it is: The United States “will use military force, unilaterally if necessary, when our core interests demand it — when our people are threatened; when our livelihoods are at stake; when the security of our allies is in danger.”

But in other cases, “when issues of global concern do not pose a direct threat to the United States . . . we should not go it alone.”…. the president’s critics [have] an obligation to answer his challenge. Those who believe that the United States should underwrite a world order friendly to our values and interests need to accept that the promiscuous deployment of U.S. troops abroad is the surest way to undermine support for this mission at home. In calling for restraint and realism — and by insisting on raising the threshold for wars of choice — Obama may yet prove himself to be the best friend American internationalists have.

More article here



Thomas L. Friedman: Putin Blinked

There was a moment at the height of the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962 when Soviet ships approached to within just a few miles of a U.S. naval blockade and then, at the last minute, turned back — prompting then-Secretary of State Dean Rusk to utter one of the most famous lines from the Cold War: “We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.”

The crisis in Ukraine never threatened a Cold War-like nuclear Armageddon, but it may be the first case of post-post-Cold War brinkmanship, pitting the 21st century versus the 19th. It pits a Chinese/Russian worldview that says we can take advantage of 21st-century globalization whenever we want to enrich ourselves, and we can behave like 19th-century powers whenever we want to take a bite out of a neighbor — versus a view that says, no, sorry, the world of the 21st century is not just interconnected but interdependent and either you play by those rules or you pay a huge price. In the end, it was Putinism versus Obamaism, and I’d like to be the first on my block to declare that the “other fellow” — Putin — “just blinked.”

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Hunter Walker: Maya Angelou’s Son Shares The Most Important Lesson His Mother Taught Him

According to writer Guy Johnson, his mother, the late poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou, never gave him advice about his craft. Though Angelou didn’t guide his writing, Johnson said he learned many other lessons from his mother.
Johnson shared some of the most important things Angelou taught him and discussed some of his final memories of her in a conversation with Business Insider hours after her death Wednesday, at age 86. Johnson said the main thing he learned from Angelou is that “life’s complexity cannot be taught in a classroom.”

Angelou’s final conversation with her son took place over the phone Tuesday. Johnson said she was “laughing” and in “good spirits.” Johnson described his mother’s “mission” as focused on spreading “respect” and combatting racism. “It had to do with teaching people that we have to give respect to each other and respect this planet … that we are more alike than we are unalike … and that racism is a foolish and divisive construct,” Johnson said.

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Steve Benen: Turning The Conventional Wisdom On Its Ear

It was just a few months ago that the political world took solace in a few obvious facts. The Affordable Care Act was failing; it stood no chance of meeting its enrollment projections; and Republicans would use “Obamacare” as a cudgel for the rest of the year, beating Democrats who would no doubt try to change the subject.

That was then; this is now. All of a sudden, the ACA looks like a great success; the system has already exceeded its enrollment projections; and Democrats are suddenly willing to take the offensive on the issue they were supposed to avoid…the GOP strategy to date — vow to repeal Obamacare and mumble platitudes about replacing it with something or other that does all the things in it that people like – is a bust…. The repeal crusade is over. The right lost. It’s heartening to see the conventional wisdom start to catch up.

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Simon Maloy: GOP’s New Obamacare Strategy: Why Their “Repeal” Cries Have Suddenly Shifted

As benefits take hold, Republicans’ message falls victim to the inevitable onset of nuance. A moment of silence, if you please, for the Republican “repeal Obamacare” message. It’s not dead yet, but it has fallen victim to a deadly terminal illness: nuance. The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog delivered the diagnosis this morning, noting that the Republican candidate field, as it transitions out of primary season, is discovering that simply calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is not the winning strategy that it was once assumed to be.

The millions of people who gained coverage through the ACA, and would stand to lose it were the law to be scuttled, obviously would like to know what comes next. “Republicans won’t back off their push to repeal the law,” Washington Wire notes, “but the message is likely to be more nuanced, said Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who has long studied the politics of health care.” “Nuance” in this sense means that Republicans are going to start using terms like “fix” and “reform” alongside (or in place of) “repeal.”

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Michael Kelley: Edward Snowden Says The US Stranded Him In Russia – Here Are 4 Problems With That Claim

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams in Moscow that he “never intended to end up in Russia.” The 30-year-old asserts that the U.S. State Department stranded him in Moscow after he arrived from Hong Kong on June 23. There are several issues with the claim that the U.S. stranded Snowden in Russia. Here are the most glaring: 1. Snowden couldn’t have left Russia because he had no valid travel documents when he landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

The U.S. revoked Snowden’s passport the day before he left. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange then acquired an unsigned Ecuadorian travel document — ostensibly for safe passage to Latin America — that was void when Snowden landed in Moscow. 2. WikiLeaks told him to go to Russia and stay there. Assange told Janet Reitman of Rolling Stone magazine in December that he advised Snowden against going to Latin America because “he would be physically safest in Russia.” WikiLeaks, who advised Snowden in Hong Kong while paying for his lodging and travel, reiterated the statement on May 1.

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Michael Tomasky: Mitch McConnell’s Big Obamacare-Kynect Lie

The Senator’s latest election-trail mistake? Vowing to repeal Obamacare while disingenuously promising to protect his state’s own Obamacare-funded health-care exchange, which serves 413,000 Kentuckians. Here’s why all the super-smart insidery people privately say they think that in the end, Alison Lundergan Grimes will not beat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. Her strategy, they say, is to keep it close, keep her distance from Obama, hold her own in debates, try to match him attack ad for attack ad, and just hope McConnell makes a mistake.

And the super-smart people agree: You may admire or loathe McConnell, but if he’s proven one thing in umpteen elections, it’s that he doesn’t make mistakes. That’s what the insiders say. There’s just one problem with it. McConnell has made about a mistake a week so far! He’s run an awful campaign. And he’s given anybody no reason at all to think he won’t just keep making them.

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Brett Logiurato: Obama Gives Boehner One Last Deadline For Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama has provided House Speaker John Boehner with a final deadline of sorts for moving immigration reform legislation through the House of Representatives. A White House official confirmed Obama asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay his completion of a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer. The White House said this would give Boehner more time to act because Obama believes there is still a “window” of opportunity for immigration reform legislation to pass in the House. Some advocates believe the House could pass immigration reform legislation after the end of Republican primaries, in which immigration has become a thorny issue. “The President’s priority is to enact a permanent solution for people currently living in the shadows and that can only come with immigration reform,” a White House official said in an email.

“Legislation should also continue to strengthen our border security, modernize the legal immigration system, and hold employers accountable. He believes there’s a window for the House to get immigration reform done this summer, and he asked the Secretary to continue working on his review until that window has passed. There’s a bipartisan consensus. It’s time for them to act and the President didn’t want the discussion of the Secretary’s review to interfere with the possibility of action in the House.” In March, Obama directed Johnson to lead an administrative review of whether deportation policies could be made more “humane,” a move aimed at reassuring immigration activists. It is largely expected Obama will take unilateral action to lessen deportations if Congress doesn’t act. Potomac Research analyst Greg Valliere said Obama’s message was clear. “If you fail to act, deportation policy will be liberalized; if you want to negotiate, deportations are on the table — your choice,” Valliere wrote in a research brief this morning.

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Brian Beutler: Mitch McConnell’s Dangerous, Deceptive Retreat From Obamacare Repeal

It took the winding down of GOP primary season for the Republican Party’s increasingly incoherent position on the Affordable Care Act to attract national media attention, and nobody did more to thrust it under the press’ nose than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — the original gangster of anti-Obamacare absolutism. This will only strike you as ironic if you ignored ACA’s stunning successes in Kentucky, and the uncompromising demands of McConnell’s primary, as they unfolded simultaneously.

Now as a general election candidate, he must square his root-and-branch repeal position with the inescapable fact that full repeal would reverse those successes and leave nearly a half a million newly covered Kentuckians without health insurance. On Friday, McConnell attempted to obscure this obvious conundrum by claiming the fate of Kynect — the state’s popular and prosperous online insurance exchange — is “unconnected” from the fate of the ACA statute itself. I surmised by implication that McConnell was actually playing a far more deceitful game.

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Paul Krugman: Cheap Climate Protection

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just came out with its preemptive strike against Obama administration regulations on power plants. What the Chamber wanted to do was show that the economic impact of the regulations would be devastating. And I was eager to see how they had fudged the numbers.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the diatribe. The Chamber evidently made a decision that it wanted to preserve credibility, so it outsourced the analysis. And while it tries to spin the results, what it actually found was that dramatic action on greenhouse gases would have surprisingly small economic costs.

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First Lady Michelle Obama: The Campaign for Junk Food

When we began our Let’s Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy. To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works. The initiatives we undertake are evidence-based, and we rely on the most current science. Research indicated that kids needed less sugar, salt and fat in their diets, so we revamped school lunch menus accordingly. When data showed that the lack of nearby grocery stores negatively affected people’s eating habits, we worked to get more fresh-food retailers into underserved areas. Studies on habit formation in young children drove our efforts to get healthier food and more physical activity into child care centers.

Today, we are seeing glimmers of progress. Tens of millions of kids are getting better nutrition in school; families are thinking more carefully about food they eat, cook and buy; companies are rushing to create healthier products to meet the growing demand; and the obesity rate is finally beginning to fall from its peak among our youngest children. So we know that when we rely on sound science, we can actually begin to turn the tide on childhood obesity. But unfortunately, we’re now seeing attempts in Congress to undo so much of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our children.

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Chicago Tribune: First Lady To Appear At Keel-Laying Ceremony For USS Illinois

First Lady Michelle Obama will appear at a ceremony next week that recognizes the start of construction on a submarine named after her home state. At the June 2 keel-laying ceremony, the first lady will deliver remarks and meet the USS Illinois’ crew and their families, according to a release issued today from her office. Obama is also the “official sponsor” of the USS Illinois. She will chalk her initials on a metal plate that will later be mounted on the submarine, the release stated.

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USA Today: White House Designates 12 ‘Manufacturing Communities’

The Obama administration named one dozen new “Manufacturing Communities” on Wednesday that will receive federal help for plans to try and attract global businesses. The Manufacturing Communities Partnership, launched in September, brings federal agencies together with local officials to develop strategies “that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains,” the administration said.

The 12 local communities are:

— Southwest Alabama led by the University of South Alabama

— Southern California led by the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development

— Northwest Georgia led by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission

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Perfect Snark Of The Day

Andy Borowitz: Obama Defends Controversial Policy Of Not Invading Countries For No Reason

President Obama raised eyebrows with his West Point commencement address Wednesday by offering a defense of his controversial foreign-policy doctrine of not invading countries for no reason. Conservative critics were taken aback by Obama’s speech, which was riddled with incendiary remarks about only using military force for a clearly identified and rational purpose.

Obama did not shy away from employing polarizing rhetoric, often using words such as “responsible” and “sensible” to underscore his message. Harland Dorrinson, a fellow at the conservative think tank the Center for Global Intervention, said that he was “stunned” to see Obama “defend his failure to engage the United States in impulsive and random military adventures.”

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Coral Davenport: President Planning To Be Planning To Use Executive Authority On Carbon Rule

President Obama will use his executive authority to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants by up to 20 percent, according to people familiar with his plans, and will force industry to pay for the pollution it creates through cap-and-trade programs across the country. Mr. Obama will unveil his plans in a new regulation, written by the Environmental Protection Agency, at the White House on Monday. It would be the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change and could become one of the defining elements of Mr. Obama’s legacy.

Cutting carbon emissions by 20 percent — a substantial amount — would be the most important step in the administration’s pledged goal to reduce pollution over the next six years and could eventually shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants across the country. The regulation would have far more impact on the environment than the Keystone pipeline, which many administration officials consider a political sideshow, and is certain to be met with opposition from Republicans who say that Mr. Obama will be using his executive authority as a back door to force through an inflammatory cap-and-trade policy he could not get through Congress.

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Greg Sargent: Mitch McConnell Effectively Abandons Obamacare Repeal

Today we have a big break in the Case of the Pathologically Dissembling Senate Minority Leader. As you know, Mitch McConnell has been struggling to articulate his position on the Affordable Care Act, ever since he laughably declared that the fate of Kentucky Kynect — the state exchange that has signed up over 400,000 people for coverage and is more popular than the hated Obamacare — is “unconnected” to his push to repeal the law.

His subsequent clarification only obfuscated matters more. Now, however, the McConnell campaign has issued a new statement to Post fact checker Glenn Kessler that, in effect, abandons his commitment to repeal. In the statement, a McConnell spokesman suggests he might largely retain the Medicaid expansion, which has expanded coverage to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians.

More here



On This Day

Sen. Obama speaks at the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility at the University of Iowa May 29, 2007 in Iowa City. Obama introduced his plan to reduce health care costs and ensure affordable health care for all Americans.


NBC video and sound crews capture footage of the “First Dog” in the Rose Garden outside the Oval Office for their prime-time broadcast “Inside the Obama White House,” May 29, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


President Obama takes a walk down the street from his Chicago home accompanied by his daughter Sasha, May 29, 2010

…. accompanied by his mother-in-law Marian Robinson


The President visited Joplin, Mo., following a devastating tornado. Here he greets Hugh Hills, 85, in front of his home. Hills told the President he hid in a closet during the tornado, which destroyed the second floor and half the first floor of his house. May 29, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets residents during a tour of neighborhoods impacted by the deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo., May 29, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is greeted by Father Justin Monaghan at a memorial service on the campus of Missouri Southern State University during a visit to the community that was devastated by a tornado in Joplin, May 29, 2011


First Lady Michelle Obama greets Sherri Shepherd of “The View” at the show’s studio in New York, N.Y., May 29, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

President Obama talks with Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Toni Morrison in the Blue Room of the White House, May 29, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Novelist Toni Morrison and President Obama share a moment after she was presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom during an East Room event May 29, 2012 at the White House

Bob Dylan is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom


President Obama talks to the pilots aboard Marine One after landing at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, May 29, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


115 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 29, 2014 at 10:37 am


  2. 5 Dudette
    May 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

    A brilliant R&S… as usual. Thank you Nerdy!

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    May 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Amk on #1 🙂

    Thanks NW for this info-jammed Thursday R & S roundup. 🙂

  4. 11 Dudette
    May 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Just sayin’…

  5. 12 desertflower
    May 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    GM!! Superb R/S Nerdy!!!

    • 13 desertflower
      May 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Well, what do you know! WP just made a fool outta me:)

      • 14 Dudette
        May 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

        Don’t pay it no never mind. You just do you, lovely df! These software critters will work themselves out sometime this millenium.
        Top o’ the morning to ya! 🙂

  6. 16 Dudette
    May 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

  7. 17 desertflower
    May 29, 2014 at 10:49 am

    GM!! Wth is wrong with WP this morning? Wouldn’t let me post my comment. Said I already said that. Really? Then where’s my comment? I said this was a terrific R/S , Nerdy:) thank you so much! It’s cloudy and wonderful here in my world today… We look forward to days like this:)

  8. 20 99ts
    May 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Stock market up today, regardless of GDP – Knoller has a sad

  9. 23 Dudette
    May 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

  10. 25 Dudette
    May 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Wait… I just saw that last picture. Really, Nerdy? A booty shot? Now, you know that ain’t right! Shame on you. 😉

    • 26 GGail
      May 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      So that’s why I couldn’t leave that last picture. My hand would not scroll any further and I couldn’t understand what the fascination was about that picture???!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!

    • 27 Nerdy Wonka
      May 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Hahahahahahaha. Have a great “booty” day, Dudette!

  11. 28 MightyPamela
    May 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Yo, y’all! Starting here today on a tight budget of time… Not sure I want to know how far behind I might be! That this brilliant human being was elected twice to the office of President confirms how bright and how right all of us are!!! The world is responding in kind, I think because finally someone is among us who has the vision, and the will to enact that vision, in creating the world we dream to be a part of. We dream no longer, the world is waking. Many blessings. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO May God keep His hand on our President this day, and every day.

  12. 29 Dudette
    May 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Gotta go. See ya! Love ya!

  13. 30 hopefruit2
    May 29, 2014 at 10:58 am

    He just can’t stop thinking about food – no matter what the context…

  14. 31 amk for obama
    May 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Off to bert-sert land soon. Pass this on to donald dumbf. Skilled bet-sert inspector available.

  15. 33 Gazelle
    May 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

    [Trekkies! Good morning all! Awesome LeVar!]

    LeVar Burton Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Revive ‘Reading Rainbow’

    The actor’s latest “Reading Rainbow” effort will create a new version of the show for the web. Burton also plans on offering a “classroom version” of the program for teachers and is spearheading a not-for-profit that will give copies of “Reading Rainbow” away to low-income schools for free.

    The campaign raised money with rewards ranging from a special thanks on the website with a $5 pledge. While a $10,000 pledge would get you an extravagant private dinner with Burton in Los Angeles, plus the opportunity to wear the actor’s original “Star Trek: The Next Generation” visor.

    “Reading Rainbow” ran from 1983 to 2006 and continued in reruns until 2009.

    By 5 p.m. PT, his campaign was a million dollars richer and fully funded. He still has 34 days to go.


  16. May 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Patrick Murphy sounds reasonable in support of Shinseki.

    • May 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Yes. I thought that last night in The Last Word.

    • 36 COS
      May 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Even Bernie Sanders said “Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater”. He is not so quick to condemn Gen. Shinseki.

      • 37 Ladyhawke
        May 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

        There was a great tweet yesterday that said why didn’t Senator John McCain know about what was happening in the PHOENIX, ARIZONA VHA. Maybe he should resign. BURN

        • 38 Ladyhawke
          May 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

          Found it …

          Russell Schaffer @RussOnPolitics · 1h

          Why didn’t war hero Senator John McCain know what was happening to vets in Arizona? Maybe he should resign too. http://ow.ly/xnhsu

  17. 39 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Retweeted by LOLGOP

    Candace Brown @CandaceTX · 20m

    Reporter: @AlisonForKY Would you have voted for Obamacare?
    ALG: I’dve voted for ACA
    Reporter: They’re the same thing
    ALG: Tell that to Mitch

  18. 40 hopefruit2
    May 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The summit has started!! 🙂

  19. 42 Gazelle
    May 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Please rescue me! My comments seem to keep getting stuck! Thank you.

    • 43 Gazelle
      May 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

      [Trying again to see what’s up w/ WordPress. Pardon the repeat, if the other comment pops up! 🙂 ]

      LeVar Burton Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Revive ‘Reading Rainbow’

      The actor’s latest “Reading Rainbow” effort will create a new version of the show for the web. Burton also plans on offering a “classroom version” of the program for teachers and is spearheading a not-for-profit that will give copies of “Reading Rainbow” away to low-income schools for free.

      The campaign raised money with rewards ranging from a special thanks on the website with a $5 pledge. While a $10,000 pledge would get you an extravagant private dinner with Burton in Los Angeles, plus the opportunity to wear the actor’s original “Star Trek: The Next Generation” visor.

      “Reading Rainbow” ran from 1983 to 2006 and continued in reruns until 2009.

      By 5 p.m. PT, his campaign was a million dollars richer and fully funded. He still has 34 days to go.


  20. 46 amk for obama
    May 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Fiinally, she seems to be catching a clue.

  21. 51 Linda
    May 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

    CNN is covering the missing plane.

  22. 52 amk for obama
    May 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

  23. 53 Gazelle
    May 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    “You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.” – Maya Angelou

  24. 56 amk for obama
    May 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

  25. 57 Dakota
    May 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Maya Angelou on two occasions. The first time was standing in line to see a play at Oakland Ensemble Theatre. The second was when I auditioned for her at the Rainbow Sign in Berkeley. Both times she was just as warm and kind as she could be. She had such an aura…warm and kind, yes, but also enveloping and peaceful and a joyfulness of spirit. I admired her calmness and the regal way she carried herself. She will be missed, but we are blessed that her beautiful words and wisdom will be with us forever.

    We, Angels and Mortal’s, Believers and Non-Believers,
    Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
    Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
    Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
    And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.
    Peace, My Brother.
    Peace, My Sister.
    Peace, My Soul.” ― Maya Angelou

  26. May 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

    LMAO! What the hell is wrong with Mitch McConnell? This guy has gotten away with too much for too long. He thinks we are really stupid.

  27. May 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hi, if your didn’t know there is now a discussion on WhiteHouse.gov led by Gen. or Adm. Odinaro and a panel. I missed the young lady named Tori. Can anyone tell me her soccer story?

  28. May 29, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve taken the advice of Doc. Amk and LP so I do not know what’s going on. 😦

  29. 80 hopefruit2
    May 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Sure MSNBC…keep telling us that it’s PBO who’s the problem, and once Queen Hillary takes her rightful place in the WH, then everything will be all good, calm, and bright as it used to be before that guy Obama got elected President…

  30. 89 MightyPamela
    May 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Heading out for the first in a series of three injections for my knee. Would appreciate your thoughts around me today. Big hugs {{{{{TOD}}}}}

  31. May 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Stunning R&S, NW!!!! Absolutely stunning. Thank you!!!

    • May 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Both of these situations are demonstrations of how the Obama Doctrine has been successfully implemented:

      1.Articulation of international norms
      2.Development of a global partnership to reinforce those norms via economic pressure
      3.The use of diplomacy to identify a “way out” of that pressure via an appeal to the self-interests of the offending country

    • 100 Nerdy Wonka
      May 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you very much, Sir Bob.

  32. May 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Inevitable …..

    “Slavyansk resident: Euphoria “Wow! Our guys are in town!” has already gone”

    “Local residents beg separatists to go away

    For more than a month now town Slavyansk with 140,000 population is the epicentre of terrorist mayhem. One of the local residents Mikhail (the name has been changed) told us what goes on there in reality . He is 53 years old, he is a Slav in forth generation.

    To fully convey how feels a man living in a war zone we tried to preserve the vocabulary of the narrator.

    – Mikhail, what is the situation in the town at the moment?

    – The situation is very serious. Our town is bombarded by these bastards separatists, excuse my French. They have set up a “Nona” (self-propelled gun “Nona” – ed.) and bombard.

    – But it was reported that the Ukrainian Army destroyed the “Nona”…

    – The bandits have another one. They shoot from it on the Mount Karachun, where there is a base of the Ukrainian Army. And at the same time shoot at our peaceful village. I live in village Artema. They bombed the School No 13 there. My son graduated from this school last year. It is a building in a shape of “П”. A bomb hit the roof and all the windows broke in the next wing. They even bombed the café “Kuraj” and a pharmacy. As a result of shelling five or six people suffered from shrapnel.

    Few weeks ago there was fighting in village Semenovka. A daughter of my friend, 32 years old Inna Boyevets died then. She came out on a balcony to talk on a phone or to have a look into a binocular and a sniper “took” her. Small children left orphans. I think she was pregnant as well.

    – But Slavyansk seemed to be welcoming “visitors” at the beginning.

    – Euphoria “Wow! Our guys are in town!” has already gone. People panic, they are rally afraid. The beg separatist: for God’s sake, go away! We want to live calmly, we do not need any republic or federalisation any more. Grandparents, women cry with bitter tears. I do not know what to do. To evacuate people, it will take 2 weeks and a “green corridor” for all 140,000 people. But how can you evacuate?! That’s first of all.”

    Much more at the link: http://inforesist.org/slavyansk-resident-euphoria-wow-our-guys-are-in-town-has-already-gone/?lang=en

  33. May 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Don’t know what happened to my last post …

    Will see if this one works ….

    Important to read the interview at the link in the tweet.

    • 104 Nerdy Wonka
      May 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Hey, Bob. WP has been acting weird for a lot of people. So I’m constantly having to release regular TODers from spam. Just cleared your previous comment and allowed it through. Sorry.

  34. 106 hopefruit2
    May 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Sure, and the entire interview is going to be spent trying to elicit criticisms of President Obama, the Obama WH, administration, etc. Nothing about Hillary, her vision for the country or policies (unless it involves a subtle or not-so-subtle jab at the current President).

  35. 111 Bill R.
    May 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  36. 112 Nena20409
    May 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Hello Folks.
    Congrats Amk on your Gold.
    Rafael Perera Nadal won over Austrian Thiem 6-2. 6-2, 6-3
    Great R&S. Thanks.

  37. 113 Nena20409
    May 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm


    Jay’s presser with the Laziest, Lamest, Pretentious Journos in the USA


  38. 114 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm


    This is Not Leadership


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