Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama for the “Kiss Cam” while attending the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team’s game against Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., July 16, 2012. Vice President Joe Biden and Malia Obama look up at the jumbotron (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:45: Vice President Biden Speaks to Generation Progress Summit

1:0: Josh Earnest briefs the press

2:15: The President meets with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience, State Dining Room

3:50: The President meets with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Eisenhower Executive Office Building

5:10: The President and Vice President meet with House Democrats, The State Floor

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11:15 PST: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Unite for Veterans event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Century City, LA (will post live streaming link later)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the keynote address at Grammy Museum luncheon, LA (not sure of the time yet)

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The Week Ahead

 Thursday: The President will travel to New York City area to attend a DNC roundtable. Further details on the President’s travel to New York will be made available in the coming days.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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NYT: Budget Office Revises Estimate of Federal Spending on Health Care

The growth of federal spending on health care will continue to decline as a proportion of the overall economy in the coming decades, in part because of cost controls mandated by President Obama’s health care law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.

The budget office said in its annual 25-year forecast that federal spending on major health care programs would amount to 8 percent of gross domestic product by 2039, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than its previous projection.

With the latest revision, the budget office has now reduced its 10-year estimate for spending by Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs by $1.23 trillion starting in 2010, the year the health care law took effect. By 2039, the savings would amount to $250 billion a year in today’s dollars.

More here

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Paul Krugman: This Age of Infallibility

The estimable Sarah Kliff tabulates all the predictions of Obamacare disaster that didn’t come true; she puts it at seven major themes, ranging from “the website will never work” to “nobody will sign up”. We can presume, then, that people like John Boehner — who declared that it would never work and that more people would lose insurance than gain it — are spending some time now trying to understand how they could have been so wrong.

April fools! (Yes, I know it’s July.)

…. It’s probably about partisanship, which means both living in an information bubble and being so deeply committed to a worldview that you literally can’t consider facts that don’t fit.

But it’s quite something to behold.

Full post here

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Washington Post: House Democrats unveil policy ‘Action Plan’ as Pelosi sets ambitious goal for November

House Democrats plan to unveil a list of election-year proposals Wednesday that party leaders hope will resonate with women, blue-collar workers and younger voters — three key constituencies that historically don’t show up to vote in significant numbers in midterm election years.

The release of the “100 Day Action Plan” comes as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that her goal is to pick up 25 GOP seats in November, a bold ambition given historical trends: The party of a two-term president usually loses seats in his sixth year in office.

…. But Pelosi believes that her new policy plan and the recent talk among House Republicans about filing a lawsuit or possibly impeaching Obama will shore up support among Democratic-base voters, win over independents and give the party a narrow edge.

More here

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Milt Shook: Dems are not wimps! Some of the 375 bills they passed in 111th Congress!

By request, I’m reposting this again, to remind everyone just how much damage the GOP has done with their abuse of the filibuster, and to remind some progressives of the major bonehead moves they made in 2010.

In addition to the constant trashing of Obama’s real record with lies and distortions, I’m also sick to death of claims that Democrats “had no spines” and couldn’t pass anything. Republicans held Congress from 1994-2006 and rigged the filibuster rules in 2005, under the threat of killing it altogether. They made it easier for a single senator to hold up a bill anonymously, and they effectively transformed the Senate into a body that requires 60 votes to pass that bill.

The SOLUTION to the problem in 2010 would have been to keep the House, and reduce the number of Republicans in the Senate. Instead, we had the Right Wing crying “Democrats can’t get anything done!” and the Left Wing crying, “Democrats can’t get anything done!” THAT is why Democrats lost so badly last year; instead of offering up an alternate viewpoint, we basically echoed theirs. That’s what drove turnout down, and gave the GOP one of the biggest wins in their history.

Read these and tell me Democrats weren’t trying really hard to make things better.

More here

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CBS: Eric Holder demands Congress address inequality

Attorney General Eric Holder called on Congress and the American people to not only celebrate civil rights successes but also renew the spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by working to “eradicate” inequality.

“Like all who are old enough to remember those days, I will never forget the turmoil and violence that characterized the Civil Rights era,” Holder told a crowd of civil rights advocates, cabinet officials and students during an event at Howard University celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. “I am especially mindful that without the Civil Rights Act or the monumental progress that followed few of us would be here. I would not stand before you as attorney general of the United States.”

More here

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TPM: Holder Expects To Challenge GOP Voting Measures In Ohio, Wisconsin

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to support challenges to Republican-backed voting laws in two key midwestern battleground states.

Holder told ABC’s Pierre Thomas in an interview that has yet to air that he expects the Justice Department to join lawsuits challenging laws in both Ohio and Wisconsin.

GOP lawmakers in the Buckeye State passed measures earlier this year that chopped six days off the state’s early voting period, while Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted eliminated early voting on Sundays.

More here

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Trevor LaFauci (The People’s View): ‘Murica and Murrietta: Xenophobia and Racism in 21st Century America

Ask a Republican about the good old days.

No really, do it.  There’s nothing more enlightening for a progressive than to hear about what life was like back in the day.  Odds are the narrative you hear will go something like this:  First and foremost, there was a trusted man in the White House, usually with the first name Ronald and the last name Reagan.  There was a harmonious family life, where the husband made a decent wage and the mother stayed home and raised he kids.  The neighborhoods were free of gangs, the schools were all good, and everybody went to church on Sundays.  The local communities were full of mom and pop stores and you grew up the same town where you would eventually raise your own family.  As long as you worked hard, you would be able to go to college, get a good job, find a spouse, and start a family of your own.  You’d buy a nice home with a decent patch of land where you raise your kids and babysit your grand kids.  This was the America that Republicans all knew and loved.

And it was an America that never existed.

More here

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ThinkProgress: The GOP’s Plot To Convince You They Support Birth Control

There’s a war over birth control brewing in the Senate, and Republican lawmakers want to make it clear that the GOP is on the right side.

On Tuesday, after Senate Democrats introduced a measure to override the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Hobby Lobby and clarify that for-profit companies must offer contraceptive coverage, their Republican colleagues announced some forthcoming legislation of their own. As the Hill reports, GOP leadership will introduce a bill that appears to be supportive of women’s access to birth control.

…. the GOP’s competing legislation likely wouldn’t do anything to change the status quo or ensure that Hobby Lobby employees have insurance coverage for contraception. Instead, it’s simply a way for Republicans to reinforce the point that the high court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby doesn’t inhibit women’s legal access to birth control.

… But legality isn’t exactly the same as accessibility. And the Hobby Lobby case was about the latter.

More here

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In case you missed this brilliance:

Charles Pierce: Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Mainline Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

Its puerilty has finally crossed over into indecency. Its triviality has finally crossed over into obscenity. The comical political starfcking that is its primary raison d’erp has finally crossed over into $10 meth-whoring on the Singapore docks. Once a mere surface irritation, Tiger Beat On The Potomac has finally crossed over into being a thickly pustulating chancre on the craft of journalism. It has demonstrated its essential worthlessness. It has demonstrated that it has the moral character of a sea-slug and the professional conscience of the Treponema pallidum spirochete. Trust me. Stephen Glass never sunk this low. Mike (Payola) Allen has accomplished the impossible. He’s made Jayson Blair look like Ernie Pyle…..

… You [Dick Cheney] cheap fraud. You people didn’t “face” any threat before 9/11. Every damn one of you fell asleep at the switch. You abandoned counterterrorism in favor of chasing porn merchants and Tommy Chong. You exiled Richard Clarke. You started worrying about missile defense. Your boss took a vacation and blew off his CIA briefings and failed to read his presidential daily briefings. You watched the towers fall, at least partly through your sheer dereliction of duty, and you turned a national tragedy into a personal opportunity to get rich.

More here

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SmartyPants: Pundits join Putin in 19th century thinking

An awful lot of pundits these days seem just as stuck in the 19th century as Vladimir Putin. For example, check out this jaw-dropping commentary on the Israel/Palestinian situation from Cokie Roberts on ABC’s This Week:

It’s a real absence of the American leadership in the region…We haven’t made a strong enough presence in that region to have people be afraid of this country. So I think there’s a sense that they can get away with anything they want to get away with. So much criticism of President Obama for not going in, conducting the air strikes against Syria.

Its almost hard to know where to begin. In the end, her point seems to be that if President Obama had bombed Syria he could have prevented the current escalation of the situation in Israel/Gaza. And that’s – of course – because there aren’t enough people in the Middle East who are afraid of us. So lets go bomb some more brown people over there because they’re sure not going to get mad about that and fight back. What they’ll do instead is be afraid and quit all that shooting/bombing each other.

More here

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Patch: First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver keynote speeches at a pair of events today

…. She will first speak at a Unite for Veterans event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Century City. The event is aimed at discussing ways of providing opportunities for veterans to find employment and housing.

…. Obama is also scheduled to speak at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon. The award honors educators who “find innovative ways to engage students by integrating music in their classrooms and curricula.”

This year’s honoree is Sunshine Cavalluzzi, a teacher at El Dorado High School in Placentia. She is being recognized for what the museum called her “innovative economics lesson plans.” Six-time Grammy nominee Janelle Monae will also be honored for her “continued commitment to Grammy Museum educational programming.”

More here

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On This Day

President Obama and his family hike on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park in Maine, July 16, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Vice President Biden and President Obama look at an app on an iPhone in the Outer Oval Office, Saturday, July 16, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks with coach Geno Auriemma and members of the U.S. Women’s Olympic basketball team following their 99-67 win over Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., July 16, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with LeBron James as First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Deron Williams during their greet with members of the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team at halftime of the game against Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., July 16, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama in Cincinnati, July 16, 2012

President Obama and VP Biden at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., July 16, 2012

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President Obama visits with Make-A-Wish child Suhail Zaveri, 14, from Anaheim, Calif., in the Oval Office, July 16, 2013. Accompanying Suhail are his parents, Sandeep and Asmi Zaveri, and younger brother Arsh Zaveri (Photo by Pete Souza)

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127 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Nice start to the day!

  2. 15 99ts
    July 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Hi vetivera and gb – good to see you both at the top of the queue

    • July 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thanks 99. Hope you are better today

      • 17 99ts
        July 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

        I had a busy day today (and NO doctors) – only downside was lunch out & I ate too much! Good company & good food.

        Hope your day goes well. Always a good start to be ahead of Ms Chips in the comments 🙂

  3. July 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Or end to my night. Either way I love to see them together

  4. 19 dotster3
    July 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Love that photo of Sweet Bo awaiting his human daddy’s arrival. The Love and the Loyalty. Man’s Best Friend. And Women’s.

    • 20 99ts
      July 16, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Reminds me somewhat of the grandbabes – so sure of their place in the world. Bo knows where he belongs and is most happy about it 🙂

  5. 21 desertflower
    July 16, 2014 at 9:56 am


  6. July 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Moooooooooorning everyone!!!!

  7. 23 hopefruit2
    July 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats vet24 on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for another wonderful R & S round-up!

  8. 25 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

    More with the Kissing President! [What’s gotten into you, Chips?] Don’t change tho’, I like it! 😉

  9. 28 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:04 am

  10. 29 Linda
    July 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

    So…cspan is showing the ” Rules Committee ” hearing on the Boehner lawsuit but yesterday they did not show PBO’s event in Virginia ?

    I have NEVER seen a live Rules Committee hearing before.

    cspan has become Right leaning, IMO

  11. July 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    But Katy Perry sez…

  12. 33 nospin
    July 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Just wanted to share an update on that post regarding the spray paint Graffiti on Former Army Building in Westminster “no illeagles” or whatever.

    Some poor tea-partier decided to support the hate and then this happened ….

    Few comments posted below – cracked me up
    “here where I live we don’t have things like NO ILLEAGLES spray painted on buildings, nor does ANYONE I have ever met here think the disgusting, racist,xenophobic, completely uneducated nonsense that some of the people from Carroll County have written in this thread. Pathetic, Faux News, Rush Limbaugh inspired, made up NONSENSE that is deeply bigoted, mis-informed, and Un-American!! ”

    “Only in delusional Deliverance County can You get away with all of his made up facts…Hilarious…Carroll County is the shining star if MD!!!! Nevermind it has lower median income, worse schools, and 80% less people than Howard,Arundel,Montgomery, or Baltimore County for that matter…And OF COURSE you have less crime..no one but barefoot, trailer trash like YOU live there or ever go there..You also have less homes with indoor plumbing are you proud of that too?! Please stay up there in the woods where you belong and the rest of us who live in the year 2014 will continue to make Maryland the great state that it is…What an embarrassment you people are! ”

    “All of those bitter, toothless, ignorant wastes of space up there are an embarrassment to our state as well as the entire human race. Learn how to spell on a 5th grade level before you go demonizing other people you uneducated, slack jawed Teabagging wing nuts! ”

    “This was featured on Good Morning America today…. how embarrassing for Carroll County and Maryland as a whole ”

    “It is obvious the doers hate “others” and cannot spell. Rep Andy Harris is good at saying NO. He has said NO to jobs creation, NO to equal pay for equal work, NO to WALL ST reform. So it is no surprise that he would say NO to a bunch of kids in trouble, terrified of being murdered seeking help from the mythic USA which harbours and gives comfort to the oppressed. ANDY Harris is a member of ALEC. An extreme pro- business org that cookie cuts STATE/ FEDERAL legislation, and demands an oath that members will put organizational legislative priorities FIRST. That is a subordination of duty to serve and protect the common interests in favour of special interests as an elected member of congress. If you like: Stand Your Ground, right to work for less and of course government up a woman’s uterus than ANDY HARRIS is your guy. ”

    “How could anyone hate eagles?! Much less ill eagles! No, seriously, is anyone surprised the hate-filled – apparently Republican – idiots who did this are also illiterate? “

  13. 34 Vicki
    July 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I just watched Hillary on with Jon last night and dotster was right in her remarks.

    Two things irritated me. One is trivial. Hillary started out by dropping her “g”s. What caused PBO once to ask, “Who does she think she is? Little Annie Oakley?” Hill used the accent to tell a NRA appealing anecdote.

    The more important irritant was Hillary claiming that Americans (PBO) have failed to “tell our story” by which she means mindless USA! USA!
    President Barack Obama has told our actual story, his story and the real story of America, its greatness and its pimples and flaws, everyday since he appeared on the scene.
    If Hillary Clinton thinks she is on a mission to repair a damaged brand, I suggest she find another approach.

  14. 38 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

    • 39 anniebella
      July 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Dudette, the side of the hood were Van Jones comes from ‘compassionate’ means crazy.

      • 40 Dudette
        July 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Then he needs a new dictionary, cuz the one he’s using is eff’d up!
        There’s a difference between compassionate and passionate. He done lost his damn mind.

    • 41 GGail
      July 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Good morning everyone!

      In response to Dudette posting of Ellis Island…I still believe we need an Ellis Island here on the West Coast. Here is some information to refresh people’s memories regarding Ellis Island.

      “Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.

      When Ellis Island opened, a great change was taking place in immigration to the United States. As arrivals from northern and western Europe–Germany, Ireland, Britain and the Scandinavian countries–slowed, more and more immigrants poured in from southern and eastern Europe. Among this new generation were Jews escaping from political and economic oppression in czarist Russia and eastern Europe (some 484,000 arrived in 1910 alone) and Italians escaping poverty in their country. There were also Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, Serbs, Slovaks and Greeks, along with non-Europeans from Syria, Turkey and Armenia. The reasons they left their homes in the Old World included war, drought, famine and religious persecution, and all had hopes for greater opportunity in the New World.”

      So…when people start to protest about illegals flooding our Country – tell them to check Ancestry.com and then get back to you.

  15. 45 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:14 am


  16. 46 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

  17. 47 Nerdy Wonka
    July 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine, Chiparoo.

    Hey guys, spread this around and also directly tweet the article to Joe Madison – @MadisonSiriusXM. He had the wrong information about Gov. O’Malley rejecting President Obama’s proposal to house immigrant kids coming into the country and such misinformation needs to be nipped in the bud.

  18. 54 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Sometimes ya need a little cheer leader on your tray table. 🙂

  19. July 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love seeing the photos from Cadillac Mountain. One of my favorite places in the world and where I will be hiking with my kids later this Summer. Seems like Sasha shares my enthusiasm for it!

    Every time I see a photo from a Make A Wish moment with the President, I always wonder how meeting these children affect the President beyond the obvious ways. He is a person who seems to try and learn from every experience and every person he meets and I can imagine that as a parent these children would really make an impression on him.

    I really do hope that after his second term is finished he will take the time to write a memoir. It would be fascinating to read.

  20. 58 Nerdy Wonka
    July 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

  21. 59 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Straight to jail!

  22. July 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Foooooootabulous Rise and Shineee

  23. July 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

  24. 64 japa21
    July 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    GM all.

  25. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    July 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

  26. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    July 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

  27. 67 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

  28. 70 amk for obama
    July 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

  29. 71 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Fox News will be calling this dude to get his take on the climate change debate in 5, 4, 3…

  30. 73 amk for obama
    July 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

  31. July 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

  32. 75 Linda
    July 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Complete Strangers Photoshop A Picture Of An Infant To Help A Grieving Dad

    Grab the tissues

    What started out as a simple favor, turned into a beautiful act of Internet kindness for one dad on Reddit.

    Nathen Steffel posted a photo of his infant daughter, Sophia, on the site with one request: “My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?”


  33. 79 yardarm756
    July 16, 2014 at 11:04 am


  34. 81 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    First this:

    Then this:

  35. 87 amk for obama
    July 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

    • 88 Layla
      July 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Congratulations Grandpa!!!!!

    • July 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Congraaaaaaaaaaaatulations Jenny, they are beautiful!!!!!!!

      • 91 amk for obama
        July 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

        you want’em ?

        • 92 dannystix
          July 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

          no shee bludie dusint

          • 93 amk for obama
            July 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

            what’s the matter, boy? afraid of a bit of a competition?

          • 96 57andfemale
            July 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

            Danny, I love your spelling (?!), but ‘bludie’ – that’s the best!

            The best thing for you would be a little brother or sister. Trust me, you will never be bored. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

            I’m selling Kasper cheap today – entertaining any and all offers.

            • July 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

              I was thinking for ages about getting him a friend 57, although I have no clue how I’d cope – but like that hoot of a photo Amk posted the other day, he is seriously unimpressed when I even pat another dog. So I’m not sure he would welcome Kasper! 🙂

              • 98 57andfemale
                July 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

                It’s best to stagger them in age.

                He would adjust. He would not like it, but he would adjust and then he’d love having a companion.

                Seriously – I’m selling Kasper really cheap today. He comes with boxes of toys………

                • July 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

                  “He comes with boxes of toys”

                  😆 Danny wants to know if he can just have the toys?

                  • 100 57andfemale
                    July 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

                    No. Package deal. Danny has to take naughty Kasper with the toys.

                    I’m assuming Danny would not be respectful of Kasper’s careful arrangement of the toys on the living room floor? I wonder if Kasper is signaling aliens or something – there are very specific designs.

                    • July 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

                      Oh, whatever about Danny, I seriously want Kasper, he sounds a HOOT!!!!

                    • 102 57andfemale
                      July 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

                      Sure. I’ll pack him up with a pretty bow.

                      I am tearing apart my sewing room, organizing from the inside out, and it’s a mess. I’ve been working on it for weeks and I have weeks left of work. It’s a room at the back of the house where the back door is. I needed to leave a box on the floor to rough sort some fabric. I block Kasper’s passage because he’ll find spools of thread, sharp utensils and whatnot and squirrel them away. And there was the ‘design’ he made on the living room floor with about 40 quilt blocks and strips, some of which he had already squirreled into various hiding places. I don’t even know how he found that project bag, but he determined that his layout was far superior to mine.

                      So I blocked the area where I had a box-ful of expensive fabric. Instead of coming to get me or Mr. 57 to take him out, he carefully and quietly moved the barrier, got himself into the space and peed, ruining half the box of fabric. It took effort. It took planning. It was deliberate – I’m convinced.

                      Bichon frisees – housebreaking is somehow beneath their dignity. Daily walks, someone home almost 24/7 to let him out – not good enough. Not for my Kasper.

                      I should have named him Cagney.

                      I’ll be packing him up with a pretty bow – he’s all yours!

                    • July 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

                      Seriously 57, Kasper is heading for Hollywood, his talents know no end. I mean: “there was the ‘design’ he made on the living room floor with about 40 quilt blocks and strips” – the boy’s a genius!!!

                      In absolute tears!!!!

                    • 104 57andfemale
                      July 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

                      Effing Mr. Genius is on his way to your house.

                      You have to be a quilter to truly understand the nefariousness of his actions: so he made this design on the floor with 40 9-inch, pieced blocks. There were small strips to connect them, some of which were incorporated in Effing Mr. Genius’ ‘artwork’ and some…..under the sofa, buried in the cushion of one of the dog beds, hidden in a corner in the bedroom. And Mommy has to dig around and collect all the pieces. Which he observes while he snickers – I swear to God he’s laughing at me while I’m crawling into all of his hiding places to collect the pieces of my quilt.

                      He is the busiest dog I have ever seen.

                    • 105 57andfemale
                      July 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

                      Then little Pearl was trying to walk gingerly through the living room so as to not disturb Effing Mr. Genius’ artwork. I told her to stop encouraging him – she lives there, too!

                    • July 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm

                      He is Picasso, and Pearl is respectful of that!!

                    • 107 57andfemale
                      July 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

                      “What little scrap of floor can I have, Kasper? I’m very little but I need a little more than a 6-inch square of floor. Please, Kasper?”

                    • July 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

                      You must give an artist all the space s/he needs, they cannot have their imagination cramped. Pearl needs to back away.

                    • 109 57andfemale
                      July 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

                      I’m dying here!

                    • July 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

                      You soooooooooo need to get Kasper a beret! 🙂

                    • 111 57andfemale
                      July 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

                      He’d be mighty pretty.

                      Mr. 57 just called me at work to tell me his has the ‘good boy’ on his lap, and he didn’t mean Nickelby. This is what I’m up against.

    • 112 57andfemale
      July 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Jenny, congratulations! Beautiful babies!

    • July 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Can we name them Amk? Oh go on.

      • 114 Layla
        July 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

        VC was wondering where AMK went last evening so early…..he was delivering babies!!!!! What a guy! Is there anything this superman cannot do……

    • 115 mtmarilyn
      July 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

      She looks exhausted! Hopes she gets some sleep, she will be busy now.

    • 117 GGail
      July 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Congratulations to Jenny!

    • 118 Dudette
      July 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

      3 times the joy! Congrats! 🙂

    • 119 amk for obama
      July 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Thanks guyz. Happy as a puppy.

    • 121 sjterrid
      July 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Congratulations to Jenny!

  36. July 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

  37. 123 Linda
    July 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    The Hill reported, “House Republicans may try to court shop to find the best venue for their lawsuit against President Obama’s use of executive action. While most legal experts believe the suit will ultimately be filed in D.C. district court, some think Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) might add additional plaintiffs to the House’s case in a bid for standing to sue elsewhere. That strategy could extend the life of a lawsuit that scholars already believe has little chance of traction but could still serve to energize the GOP’s conservative base before the November midterms.”

    The Speaker’s court shopping is proof that he has no desire to win this lawsuit. In fact, he expects to lose. What Boehner is trying to do is keep the lawsuit on life support through the 2014 elections. Rep. Boehner is set to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on a House Republican get out the vote effort.


    Why can’t they be sued for misuse of taxpayer money ?

  38. July 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

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