Rise and Shine – And Chat Away

On This Day (and it still cracks me up): President Obama at the Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard, August 11, 2013

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Moooooorning again everyone. I’m taking an R&S break this week, but will still be updating with the other BTs through the day.

So, if you could carry on posting links to good stuff in the comments, that would be excellent!

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And Haaaaaaaaappy Birthday again to Donna Dem!

117 Responses to “Rise and Shine – And Chat Away”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

    GM everyone

  2. 17 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

    GM, again!

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      August 11, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hello, Ms Alycee of the extended birthday celebrations! 😀 Good to see you!

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Goooooooood morning Alycee!!!

      • 20 vcprezofan2
        August 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

        ‘I’m taking an R&S break this week’

        O my gawd, the plot thickens!
        First she slips and asks ‘Which young man?’
        Then she backpedals with ‘As if I’d cheat on Danny!’
        Now she’s progresses with ‘I’m taking a break’ while throwing dust in our eyes that she’ll still be looking in. Yeah, who wants to bet we won’t see her here until the young man of the first part has ….. ?

  3. 23 57andfemale
    August 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Morning, TOD family

  4. 27 jackiegrumbacher
    August 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

    So glad you’re taking some kind of break, Chips, although I wish it could be sipping cool drinks on a dog friendly beach in the Bahamas. Enjoy whatever time you have.

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Ah, thank you Jackie! It’s just a busy week with work, so really haven’t the time to do R&Ss, but I’ll be here all day to tease you all – and will post any PBO-related activity!

  5. 29 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 9:35 am

    SLACKER !!!

  6. 37 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Bring this over from end of last…

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

      DF, just want to thank you for the information you sent me about autism. I was not awar of it, and will be exploring further.

      Thanks, and Good morning to you and TOD.

    • August 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

      That can be their only motivation (unless upchuck has something on Phil Griffin?).

      Who wants to ruin their Sunday morning looking at his snarling face? They would be better to go the route of avuncular, in the mode of Charles Kuralt, someone like Willie Geist or Thomas Roberts.

      And the young’uns like Chris Hayes and Steve Kornacki are just too jumpy and jittery.

  7. August 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Morning, everyone. Tick Tock.

  8. 45 japa21
    August 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Always hate it when I am typing a lengthy response to a comment on the previous thread, hit post, and find out a new post has been put up. I am going to repost this with slight editing, not because I think it is terribly insightful, but more to get some clue as to how off base I may be in my thinking. This was in response to a comment NW had made about the “reports” of rioting as a response to the Fergusen shootings. It probably would have been more appropriate on one of the weekend threads dealing specifically with that issue, but, as usual, my weekedns were full.

    As a privileged white guy, my opinion has less import than that of those who have suffered under the decade, nay centuries, of intolerance, bigotry, prejudice, violence, etc. that so many have experienced. I remember vividly the riots of the 60’s, specially in the days after the assassination of MLK Jr. Living in an almost all white suburb of Milwaukee I watched what was happening with some trepidation, but with a different perspective than many of my white friends.

    I stepped back enough to ask myself, if I was in their shoes what would I do. And my answer was quite simply, I would probably have joined in.

    The same thing applies here. But I also wonder, what would have happened differently if the police acknowledged immediately that they were culpable and that the officers involved would punished appropriately, maybe even charged with murder, even second degree? And if that were the standard response to situations like this.

    What would happen differently if it was known that there would be no tolerance anywhere of these kind of actions, even those actions of abuse of power that don’t result in death?

    What would happen differently if the media gave accurate reporting that didn’t almost auttomatically make the victim look like he or she somehow was responsible for what happened? Or if they didn’t use hyperbole to report what the actual response was?

    It is not just this isolated incident that resulted in whatever rioting may have occured. It is the pattern that results in frustration which can find its way to bursts of violent response.

    Actually, to some degree, as incident piles up after incident, that there is more rioting. If the situation were the reverse, and there was a pattern of black police officers killing white youth or men, without cause, do you really think some of these armed militia groups wouldn’t be doing something.

    To be honest, I look at the somewhat reserved response and think to myself, the discipline I am seeing is remarkable. And yet, it is somewhat like what I see in Gaza.

    A violent response just legitimizes the Israeli (not all but enough) view that the Palestinians are animals. No response gives Israel permission to continue what they have been doing, building what amounts to an apartheid state.

    The comparison isn’t exact, but it raises the question of what it will take for white society, specially as illustrated in the institutions of power like the police departments, to change?

    I really don’t know.

  9. 52 japa21
    August 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Happy birthday Donna Dem. May it be filled with all sorts of goodness.

    And, IIRC, Wednesday is the 27th bd of the blog mistress herself, the redoubtable Chips.

  10. August 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Morning everyone. Happy Birthday to DD4O, and to you’ll JG, did I miss that somehow?! Seattle is getting ready to roast us up today – 93F, oooff.. Trying to cool it off this morning in preparation for the blast! I suppose if I put on my glasses, I could probably sees the screen better..

  11. August 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

    WP doesn’t want to accept my comment. I was just trying to say that photo of Potus always cracks me up as well. 😀 And there’s another similar golfing pic in which he’s doing a high kick, which always makes me laugh as well. I’m just grateful that *my* every move isn’t caught on camera! 🙂

  12. August 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

  13. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    August 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

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  15. 82 japa21
    August 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

    • 83 Vicki
      August 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Yes, it would be a good idea and way too much to ask for the unfortuneate parts of the Democratic party who are not interested in giving PBO a congress he can work with.
      You know who you are—-

  16. 84 Vicki
    August 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    Here is some very good news.
    President Rouhani of Iran told his hard-liners to “Go to hell.”
    This was in response to the RW opposing nuclear talks with US.
    Go get em, Rouhani and PBO. Sign that deal!
    And PBO can tell Sen. Menendez and the rest of the senators and ex-SOS from AIPAC, Go to hell, as well.

    August 11, 2014 at 10:26 am


  18. August 11, 2014 at 10:26 am

  19. 87 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

    There you go.

  20. August 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

  21. 93 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

    excellent tweet.

  22. August 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I can’t believe how afraid the right is of Hillary Clinton. They’re going all out skewering her and trying to find a far left candidate to challenge her.
    I do know the right brings this up to distract from the midterms.
    Some democrats, even though we are supposedly and allegedly the more educated, haven’t a clue that an election is in 85 days. (Stupid is as stupid does). 😦

  23. August 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

  24. 100 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 10:47 am


  25. August 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

  26. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    August 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Ha!!! Off to breakfast brunch!

  27. August 11, 2014 at 10:58 am


    • 112 Layla
      August 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

      ….’The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the operation publicly’ I will wait for an official statement from PBO/Admin!

  28. 113 Linda
    August 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president on Monday formally nominated a candidate to replace Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a political breakthrough that also seemed to take Iraq into uncharted territory, as Mr. Maliki gave no signal that he was willing to relinquish power.

    The nomination of Haider al-Abadi, who is a member of Mr. Maliki’s Shiite Islamist Dawa Party, came hours after a dramatic late-night television appearance in which a defiant Mr. Maliki challenged the Iraqi president, Fuad Masum, and threatened legal action for not choosing him as the nominee.


  29. 114 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

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