Rise and Shine

On This Day: Residents greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama upon their arrival at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



The President has no public events scheduled for today

12:30 EDT: Josh Earnest briefs the press



Steve Benen: An emphatic answer to the ‘Where are the jobs?’ question

…. The new report from Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, well ahead of forecasts. The overall unemployment rate, meanwhile, dripped to 6.1% – its lowest point since September 2008, nearly six years ago.

…. April’s totals were revised up from 282,000 to 304,000, while May’s figures were also revised up, from 217,000 to 224,000.

Overall, the report suggests the jobs landscape is clearly improving, which is no doubt proof that American employers are in on the conspiracy to distract Americans from Benghazi.

…. June was the 52nd consecutive month in which we’ve seen private-sector job growth – the longest on record.

At this point, with the year about half over, 2014 is currently on track to be the best year for U.S. job creation since 1999.

Full post here



Business Insider: US Jobs Report Demolishes Expectations, Unemployment Rate Plunges to 6.1%

Job creation in June was much stronger than expected as signs grow that the U.S. economy is accelerating.

The U.S. added 288,000 jobs in June, blowing away expectations for an addition of 215,000 in nonfarm payrolls. The unemployment rate also fell to 6.1%, the lowest reading since September 2008. Expectations were for the unemployment rate to remain unchanged at 6.3%.

Last month’s jobs report was also revised, with non-farm payrolls growing by 224,000 in May, better than the previously reported 217,000.

The report also showed April non-farm payrolls were revised up to 304,000 from 282,000.

More here



 A Word from Donna (@NoShock)

I‘m going to speak to this just from a personal perspective. I’ve watched many Presidents in my day. I didn’t just become interested in politics when PBO came along. I volunteered for Clinton, Gore, John Kerry and then President Obama. I sort of watched Bush because my kids were over there fighting in that gawd awful war so I was tuned into cable and read the Washington Post religiously during his Presidency.

Times have changed so much with the progression of technology and the internet I have to say that of course President Obama’s Presidency is the most visible. White House dot org was a nothing site before this administration. Being able to follow PBO daily gives me an insight into his Presidency that was never available to me before.

I can tell you that Bush did very few events and when he did venture out it was to some military facility so that he could attempt to flex his C-I-C creds. It was always just a big photo op. His speeches were boring and you could only stand to listen to him speak for a minute or two before you felt violently ill. (no kidding) He was not well liked abroad because our standing in the World was piss-poor thanks to his Iraq War. Surprisingly Africa is the only country that I can remember that welcomed him warmly. Mainly because his funding for Aids in Africa is probably the only decent thing he did in his 8 years as President.

Clinton was visible and you would see on the evening news that he had traveled abroad or ventured out into DC. He remained relatively popular and was fortunate that the economy was doing quite well during his Presidency so even though he was mired in scandal from the day he stepped foot into the WH his approval stayed quite high. The country didn’t become quite so partisan until the Lewinsky scandal took place and you could feel the shift taking place after his impeachment.

IMO the Presidency was always been given the benefit of the doubt by the MSM. Papa Bush got it until he raised taxes on them. Clinton got it until the blue dress showed up. Bush got it until investigations outside of the media discovered that there were no weapons of mass destruction. President Obama got no honeymoon when he became President. CNN did a report card show on his first 50 days in office. Those bogus, staged town halls on Obamacare were no longer just being talked about on cable. Suddenly we were seeing this crap on the evening news and it was being reported as if it was real outrage by every person in the country. PBO kept right on doing his job. He worked tirelessly and never gave up on ACA and we got that bill through Congress and it is now law and millions of people have health care because regardless of what impact it had on him politically he was determined to see it through. Another testament to the character of this man.

The Republicans along with their enablers our MSM have used every trick in the book to bring him down but he just keeps doing his job. He travels the country from end to end talking to America. Practically every day there is some event at the WH, social media, unconventional media or somewhere in the country that he is involved with. He honors our military constantly and salutes our sports heroes almost weekly. He’s brilliant, handsome, affable, congenial, a great dad and husband and the hippest guy we have ever had grace the halls of the West Wing.

This angers the Right and the media because he doesn’t care what they think of him. He was hired by us to do a job and he is determined to do just that. There has never been a President who has worked as hard for all of America. Half will never appreciate that but it’s okay he’s still there President too. And when the tornadoes and hurricanes sweep through their towns and cities he’ll go and give them assurance that he’ll be there to see them through and help to restore sanity to their life’s.

No poll will ever capture what he does each and everyday for this country. Skewered or weighted it doesn’t matter. The appreciation of our Nation is for the history books. The job of his supporters, those of us who know better, is to make sure that those who aren’t paying attention never forget!



A Word from EricFive

Silly Season is officially in full swing. Let’s see, Boner initiates bogus lawsuit against PBO which serves to energize Dems, increasing fundraising and inspiring intelligent and impassioned mocking via the “SoSueMe#”.

Then the Supreme Court issues a partisan anti-woman decision which served to energize and enrage Dems and make the GOP look like a party out of its time (and mind, next stop, theocracy).

So what narrative is the MSM/GOP pushing?

PBO is the worst president ever according to a biased and bogus “poll”.

Chuck Todd cheerily trumpets this bullshit (its the perfect companion to his “PBO’s presidency is over” nonsense from last week, which was “based” on skewed reading of a single poll question in a single poll).

The MSM/GOP are feeling the heat, so they create anti-PBO headlines through manipulation (and often misinterpretation) of polls. Propaganda 101. The MSM/GOP are attempting to recreate the mood of 2010, but reality keeps interfering with their objective, so they are relying more and more on strategically timed polls to halt any momentum of the Dems.

Trumpeting skewed polls and ignoring or burying news that can be viewed as positive for Dems (or the country) is the current tactic. Unfortunately for the GOP/MSM, this is not 2010.

Dems seem more unified and are more angry at the GOP than they are with their own party.

PBO is leading the party through both words and deeds.

He has no fear of the GOP and is speaking truth.

So is Harry Reid, who has really found his voice recently.

In short, don’t fall for the propaganda which is designed to depress Dems. The over the top nature of their propagandizing tells me they are desperate, subtlety is out the window as they see their influence in dictating perceptions waning.



Am I The Only One Who Still Only Sees A Parrot?

Kasai? You’ve ruined my week.


On This Day

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet local residences as they arrive at Fort McNair from Camp David and proceed to the motorcade in Washington on July 3, 2010


President Obama meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner on the patio near the Oval Office, Sunday, July 3, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia return to Andrews Air Force Base after their visit to Africa, July 3 2013

President Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss the situation in Egypt, in the Situation Room of the White House, July 3, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning everyone! Will catch up with more news later, thank you to Donna and Eric for their wonderful comments.

151 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Good morning TOD. Happy day before Friday.

  2. 10 desertflower
    July 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Brought this over because Chips is too quick! Congrats to you, japa:)

    To see the denial and absolute lunacy of some, all you need to do is look at the front page of Reuters. On one side, we have this:

    Wall St. opens higher after payrolls; Dow tops 17,000 9:40am EDT

    Jobs growth surges
    U.S. employment growth jumped in June and the unemployment rate declined to near a six-year low of 6.1 percent. Live Coverage |

    On the OTHER side, we see THIS:

    July 3, 2014 at 10:07 am
    WP IS NOT behaving today. AT ALL! Anyway…on the other side of the page, this is what you see..


    Democrats may be toast this fall
    By Bill Schneider

    REALLY? Who the hell is “Bill Schneider” and how long has he been living in denial? Do they realize how ridiculous this makes them look?

    • 11 hopefruit2
      July 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Well as you notice, and to Reuter’s credit, the Bill Schneider article is filed under “OPINION.” Need I say more? 🙂

      • 12 Desertflower
        July 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

        I know! But that goes to show you that opinions are like assholes, everbody’s got one! They have a platform and think they’re experts on everything. Kills me.

    • 14 57andfemale
      July 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Holy shit – is he still around?

      • 15 Desertflower
        July 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

        Is he old ?? Looked at my local papers today… No mention of great Econ news…. But boy golly, some crusty old guy wrote in to tell us all that he doesn’t think he should have to pay for birth control for recreational sex!! What a freaking idiot…. Another one that has no idea how the machinery works!! I think we should tell them all that the ride is closed down till they flipping care enough to know the workings! Guess the guy wants a Nannycam in the bedroom or something! I HATE STUPID!!

        • 16 57andfemale
          July 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

          I’m assuming it’s the Bill Schneider form the 90’s – he was on CNN as an ‘analyist’ and pundit 20+ years ago.

          • July 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

            Never heard of him. Maybe because I don’t watch much tv and don’t ever pay attention to those talkers .

            • 18 57andfemale
              July 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

              He hasn’t been around much for the last dozen years. Too busy being a “Distinguish Senior Fellow” of The Third Way.

              Enough said.

              • 19 Nena20409
                July 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

                If it is BillS of the CNN past yesteryear, then boy, has he changed.

                He left or was retired from CNN in 2009. He was their then political guru who interpreted the polls and election results. I have seen him on MSNBC on weekends a few times. He was always measured then. But once bitten by the Negativity of DC today……perhaps, senility of the punditry talking points mighty have set in?

                • 20 57andfemale
                  July 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

                  I’m going to make sure it’s the same guy. I’m aggravated enough and didn’t want to click on the story, but I will so that I’m not being inaccurate.

                  That being said, he was measured in the 1990’s and early 2000’s and was thought to lean left. But The Third Day is at the heart of thinking it’s still 1992 and the Dems’ problem is they’re not playing nice enough with the GOP they think still exists.

                • 21 57andfemale
                  July 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

                  Yup – it’s the Third Way Bill Schneider who worked for CNN in the 1990’s, 2000’s.

                • 22 57andfemale
                  July 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

                  I’m not seeing the thing about not paying for recreational sex in the article mentioned – it’s about Democrats being ‘toast’ because of dusty reasons.

                  • 23 desertflower
                    July 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

                    No, sweety:) That was from my LOCAL paper! You want to see it? I haven’t read it, but I can post it here if you like…sorry for the confusion:)

                    • 24 57andfemale
                      July 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

                      I really need a long weekend, don’t I?

                      No – I don’t need the aggravation. I’ll accept your Cliff Notes version – that’s all I can stomach.

        • 25 99ts
          July 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

          We gave up buying the papers about a year ago. During 2 hour wait at doctors yesterday – said paper was available for reading. After the first few pages I realized why we gave it up and returned to studying the ceiling.

          • July 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

            I looked online. I haven’t bought our RW rag for years

            • 27 99ts
              July 3, 2014 at 10:45 am

              I would have given it up c. 2000 – but Mr 99 (like my Dad) thought reading the news with morning coffee was a compulsory part of life. Took me 13 years to convince him otherwise – although the RWNJs writing their opinions helped muchly.

        • 29 57andfemale
          July 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

          yes it’s the same guy. A Third Way “distinguished senior fellow”.

          These are DLC-ers and DINO’s on steroids. However, we can assume they have a ‘distinguished’ place in a Hillary campaign or administration.

          Unless you act like a corporate shill, you don’t fit in with their mindset.

          Bill Schneider is 69 years old.

          • July 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

            Oh:) either way…I won’t be listening to him or anyone else pundit like . I can read, research, and make up my own mind … Don’t need the likes of any of them telling me what to think

  3. 31 99ts
    July 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Gm All – wtg on 1st japa

  4. 32 No Child Left Behind
    July 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    Bring the gold medal for Japa!

    Congrats to both Japa and Mariele! Have a great day.

  5. July 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Fantastic Thursday Chipsticks…TODers!

    Congrats to Japa & Mariele for first!

    The day has started off great (except for the GOP) and hope it keeps getting better! Everyone have a good one. 😀

  6. 34 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats to Japa on #1 🙂

    Thanks Chips for this juicy, good news-packed R & S round up!

  7. 35 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

  8. July 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

    GM TOD! Congrats Japa 😎 Wonderful R&S Chips….I sent you a DM when you get the chance. Hope everyone enjoys their 4th of July weekend……

  9. 37 Vicki
    July 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Wonderful R & S , Chips. Thank you.

    A website I visit regularly is Calculated Risk. It is an economics blog that is honest about numbers. Not political, but most of the folks who comment there are sane—-which sets it apart from many other blogs.
    Bill McBride is the blogmaster and he loves graphs and charts as do I. We will get the important economic news at TOD but CR is a nice supplement for those who want to dig a bit deeper.

  10. 43 57andfemale
    July 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

  11. 44 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    • 45 CEB
      July 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Here is PBO’s possible 5 word edit: keep people safe and working. However, the Language Arts teacher in me likes the fact that he always speaks in complete sentences; no fragments from our president.

  12. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    July 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

    1. Great Rise and Shine, Chiparoo. Chock full of fantastic news.

    2. How can you not see a parrot and a woman, Chiparoo? It’s soooooo easy. I’m switching between the two images with no hardship. Parrot…then woman…woman…then parrot. I guess that’s what happens to Manchester United fans who cheat.

    • July 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

      🙂 🙂 You’re so funny!! Killing me here with the parrot!

      July 3, 2014 at 10:45 am


  13. 49 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

  14. July 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    • 51 99ts
      July 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Just looked at John Harwood’s twitter – amazed that a media person actually said the recent poll on Presidents was “not rigged – but worthless”

  15. 52 Nena20409
    July 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Good, Good Morning. Good Thursday Morning to all TODers 😉

    The sun is finally out, and it brightens my day 😉

    Gold ⭐ for Japa.

    Great Post Lady Chips.

    Wonderful News all around with the June Job report. #SoSueMe 😉

  16. 53 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

    • 54 hopefruit2
      July 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I hope they have plans in case it rains 🙂 The weather seems a bit iffy in the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions.

  17. 55 Nena20409
    July 3, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Our Fabulous Men’s Futbol Team are Home. 9:30 am EDT was the arrival time. Welcome Home guys!

    Today being Throwback Thursday……I wonder, if it is not too much trouble for those who tweet to consider using data as they were on Jan 20th 2009 or before….since Aug 2008 and factually CHECKMATE those past figures with twitpic to Current data today……using the #SoSueMe.

  18. 57 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2014 at 10:45 am

    It just occurred to me that in the first picture above, the lady with the fuchsia colored shirt is beyond thrilled to meet FLOTUS! She’s so excited and she just can’t hide it. She’s about to lose control and we thinks we like it!

  19. 58 57andfemale
    July 3, 2014 at 10:45 am

    • 59 57andfemale
      July 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Sally Kohn knocks it out of the park on this one. Here’s a quote that she cites:

      “Moreover, Cizik warns, this “puts government in charge of deciding what is or isn’t religion.” That doesn’t sound very free, does it?”

    • July 3, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Correct! Which is exactly why the opinion writer ( male) in my local paper didn’t want to pay for recreational sex! Ok for THEM, but we’re all sluts. I say cut them off. Hand them the tissue box and show them the bathroom. There fixed it.

      • 61 99ts
        July 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

        They really don’t think about their options every time they tell women to stop having sex – probably the first time women spoke openly about sex in England was related to the suffragette movement saying “cut them off”.

        From age about 16 – every boyfriend I had tried to convince me that having sex with him was the best idea on the planet – yet if I became pregnant – is was the worst sin to ever beset a woman. Nothing seems to have changed over the last 50 years.

  20. 62 Nena20409
    July 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Really a Happy Birthday 4th of July Celebration with The June UE report today.

    Haters are imploding and their anxiety level is off the charts 😉

  21. July 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

  22. 64 Linda
    July 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Sign at the protest in Murrieta CA.


    It looks like these people attended the same spelling classes as the Teabaggers.

  23. 69 Vicki
    July 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

    With such wonderful economic news and July 4th tomorrow I wouldn’t be surprised if we see/hear from POTUS today???!!???

  24. July 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    But hopefruit sez…

  25. 78 CEB
    July 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Good morning and happy pre-Independence Day!
    I am late to the party (still dealing with the remodel) so here is my take on the parrot photo: It looks like a comic book super hero in repose.

    The over-whelming majority of people in this country are so busy with their lives that they mostly do not even know of the polls and when they do it is only momentary. Most people judge a president based on the quality of their lives and of those that they love; by any honest measure, PBO is doing a stellar job. It is always the empty wagon that makes the most noise and we well know who the usual suspects are so I never get upset.

    Congrats to all who have had their commentaries front paged the last two days: insightful, eloquent and inspirational.

    Keep the great ACA information coming, NW: to be well informed is to be well-armed.

    Bobr: Thanks for continuing to remind us that we are apart of and should have knowledge and concern for the wider world.

    Thanks to everyone who contributes to this wonderful blog; you are making history everyday. It is my dearest wish that the complete blog is archieved in PBO’s presidential library and in the Library of Congress.

    Thanks to dear 26 million and counting Chips: without your forethought, love, passion, humor, and honesty, this living document would not have been possible.

    To all of our lurkers everywhere around the world: thanks for tuning in; those of you who are like-minded are welcome to join us.

    Have a great day TOD ohana and stay safe over the 3 day holiday.

  26. July 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

  27. July 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    • 81 Nena20409
      July 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

      And this was Not limited to CNN. FBN, CNBC and Fox did the same thing. Lou Dobbs was on CNN and every night he was driving the absurdity sky high.

  28. July 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

  29. 85 Nena20409
    July 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

    • 86 amk for obama
      July 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

      what obama said in 2008. They just cling to their guns and religion allowing the rethugs to exploit them.

  30. July 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Aww! Cape Fear is so pretty.

  31. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    July 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Happy Third of July, TOD!

    Everybody in Arthur’s path – Stay safe and hunker down!

    Donna – Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts – well done!

    Chips – Wonderful way to start my day, with this hefty post and all the lovely images. Thank you! (I only just saw the parrot, haven’t spotted the woman yet, they’re all liars methinks – there I said it so you don’t have to!)

    So happy to wake up this morning and realize Barack Obama is still our President! How cool is that?

  32. 93 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Oooooo, Japa – niiiice start! /waving as I pass by/

  33. 95 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

  34. 96 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

    • 97 Nena20409
      July 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Denial is No longer just a River in Egypt…… 😉

      It is now the lack of coping skills when RWNJs world’s view clash with Factually Based Reality.

  35. 98 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

  36. 99 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

  37. 100 Linda
    July 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Screen grabs of CNN, MSNBC and Fox websites after jobs numbers came in.


  38. 101 arapaho415
    July 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    GM Todville, happy July 4th eve.

    A show of hands from those who have heard this via MSM (not I):

    Proof that Scumbags and the House and corporate lobbyists are the same thing.

    Another reason to #VoteDem2014!

    “It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.

    The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.”

  39. 102 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I know this has been posted here at least 5 times already, but something about it makes me very emotional….

  40. July 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Super-Fine R&S Chips!!

    Congrats on 1st, John!!

  41. 106 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

  42. 109 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

  43. 110 Nena20409
    July 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    So a guy who is paid loads of money to spout out his opinions is so crippled to read comments responding to his diatribes that he is unabashed to have his assistant read those same comments that Brooks has deemed psychologically damaging? What a guy? NOT!


  44. 112 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Just noticed in the first pic that the women seem mostly to be responding to Michelle, while the kids are responding to PBO. Two magnetic and charismatic personalities – must be hard to ‘choose’ one when you have both in your sights!

    • 113 japa21
      July 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Actually, the boy seems to be giving his hand to PBO, but his eyes are just where they should be, on Michelle. That kid has his priorities straight.

    • July 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Morning everyone, morning VC! I had been scrolling down while laughing at the enthusiasm, and the love we have for our First Couple, no other POTUS and FLOTUS have ever inspired so many! Off to work shortly, than you for all the superb reading, DD4O. EricFive, Japa, And Chipsticks, thanks for the parrot jokes, too funny! Wait ‘itl you see some of the others in the same theme, incredible! Bye for now! Love our President! Love TOD!

      • 116 vcprezofan2
        July 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

        Love when you pause to have a mini convo before disappearing. Have a fantabulous day, MP! I am heading out shortly too to another meeting (last for the month of July, I hope). Later I’m going to help a friend move some small boxes to her new, and first, house. She wants to move the little stuff before the movers come on Saturday as they will charge by the hour. Definitely will be a busy afternoon!

  45. 117 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

  46. July 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

  47. 119 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

  48. July 3, 2014 at 11:31 am

  49. 121 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

  50. 123 Judith Fardig
    July 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

  51. 126 99ts
    July 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Read this one via LGF

    “The chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans has resigned his post and “will be changing my party affiliation to Democrat in the next few days.””


    “When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College REPUBLICANS, not the Mississippi Federation of College “Tea Partiers”. Also, I believe that the Republican Party has allowed these groups of extremist to have too much of a voice and because of that, the platform of the Republican Party has shifted too far to the right in my opinion. For example, the drastic cuts on needed federal funding that these groups of Republican extremists support would leave society weak and crippled. Secondly, their far right stance on immigration is not only ignorant, but it is cruel.”

    Good to see young ones wake up to reality.

  52. 127 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

  53. 128 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

  54. 130 desertflower
    July 3, 2014 at 11:39 am


    On today’s edition of Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation, Frank Schaeffer, author of Why I am an Atheist Who Believes God, told the unvarnished, unapologetic, unrefined truth about the White Right, its Christian Dominionist base, the plutocrats, and how the Tea Party GOP is a radical and racist organization which hates Barack Obama so much that they are willing to destroy the United States in order to advance their political goals.

    I would suggest watching Schaeffer’s interview before it is thrown down the memory hole. He lit the match, poured the gasoline, and burned the place down.

  55. 131 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Here’s the story! I bought some green bananas but never got around to cooking them so of course they ripened. BUT, I had already bought ripe bananas which we never manage to finish in this house before they get toooo ripe. Hence I had to do SOMETHING with all these ripe babies sitting on the table! Short version – you gotta help me eat these things!

  56. 136 amk for obama
    July 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Great pieces, d4d and ericfive. Along with the great news on employment and exports. The man, as you say, keeps on delivering never mind the haters.

  57. 138 Nena20409
    July 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

  58. 139 japa21
    July 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I am going crazy. Very few tweets are actually showing up as tweets and I have to keep clicking on them. This wouldn’t be so bad, but on my work computer it does open up another window, just goes from TOD to the tweet, so then I have to go back and wait for TOD to reload. When this has happened in the past, a reload usually fixes it. Not today. As they like to say on BJ, FYWP.

    • 140 vcprezofan2
      July 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Japa, I’ve also been having to reload quite a bit since last night – even restart sometimes. Not sure what’s happening, though my offspring did mention age……of my laptop. 😉 😉

  59. July 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    He killed two ladies during rough sex?


  60. 143 anniebella
    July 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I saw where MSNBC were discussing another poll where it said that Americans were not please with how POTUS was handle Iraq. And my question for America is what is their answer for handling Iraq? Beside sitting on their behinds complaining about what this President is trying to do. As I said yesterday I am so dam fed up with these polls.

  61. 144 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  62. 145 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

  63. 146 sjterrid
    July 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Good morning, afternoon, & evening TOD.
    Thanks Chips for the great R & S, and highlighting Donna’s and Ericfive’s wonderful comments from yesterday’s post.

  64. 147 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  65. 148 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  66. July 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Good Day everyone;-)
    Great news all around…Love it….So sorry Chips…didn’t mean to ruin your week, now damn parrot is everywhere…lol!

  67. 151 LDS
    July 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Dear Donna, I am trying so hard to catch up and your post brought tears to my eyes and joy in my heart.
    Thanks to you I have something to celebrate this 4th of July. Your post reminded me why I never could get into celebrating this event until POB became our President.

    Seriously, I felt left out of this celebration for years. As I look back in my early childhood, I played the part of an Uncle Sam doll in a school play in grade school. And even then I did not know that I had the most important part in the play entitled, “The Princess and the Frog”. I was so embarrassed that I received the most applause when each doll from different nations sang and dance their parts.

    Most of the embarrassment was due to the fact that the all African American audience, my family included jumped up and screamed loudly at who and what my costume represented. I was so embarrassed! I felt even then this country did not return the love.

    Thank you for your heart felt post in reminding me “Of Thee I Sing”, too because so many of our ancestors lost their lives, shed their blood so that we can be proud of this President who stands on their shoulders and continues to fight for all of us regardless of the distractions, racism, and naysayers. He stays focused and does the work we voted him in to do.
    Thank you, Donna.

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