Rise and Shine – And Chat Away

 Randomness: “Lawrence Jackson captured this cute photograph of the President holding Arianna Holmes, 3, before taking a departure photo with members of her family in the Oval Office.” Feb. 1, 2012


Morning again everyone.


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

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    August 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Morning, Chips.

  2. 4 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 10:02 am
  3. 10 Don
    August 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Congrats Jackie, Morning all!

    • August 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Goooooood morning Don!

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      August 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Hey Don, how are your knees this morning? I was wondering all afternoon how your recovery was going. 😀

      • 13 Don
        August 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

        knees? I’m almost afraid to ask?

        • 14 vcprezofan2
          August 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

          😀 😀 Yesterday, when, weakened by emotion, you had to be helped from the podium. I guess you never spotted my comment/advice on that occasion. Oh well. 😀 😀

          • 15 Don
            August 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

            yes yes, It was a very emotional day yesterday with me winning that gold medal in spectacular fashion. I hope to be an inspiration to every little kid out there that has a dream to reach greatness. A great man once said “if you can look up, you can get up.” I’m from a place called hope, and I was born in a house on a mountain top and my guide was a thousand points of light. And I say to all, morning America!

            • 16 vcprezofan2
              August 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

              /patting on shoulder/ You clearly did enormous work preparing your winning speech, and you’ve shared it with verve! Well done! But Don, if you fall off the podium in the delivery of your speech it tends to detract from your oratory. Just saying, for the next time you make it up there.

              I say, ‘Morning, Don’ too! 😉

  4. 17 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

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

  5. 19 vcprezofan2
    August 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This IS funny, JackieG! I was entering to wag my finger at CC for not waiting for me before realizing that I was DM-ing you while you were making a discreet dash for the podium. Sneaky, sneaky, but mission accomplished! 🙂

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Well, VC, considering the master tutorial you DM’d me this am, I will gladly surrender the podium.

      • 21 vcprezofan2
        August 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

        /appalled/ No, no, you shouldn’t surrender! If we wimmin start surrendering the podium it prevents the min from being gentlemanly (like Bobfr….sometimes) and stepping aside when they see us coming. Pu-lease, don’t do this JackeG, they need the practice!

  6. 22 GGAIL
    August 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I see soccer on the agenda today.

  7. August 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good Morning Everyone

  8. 32 desertflower
    August 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Over there talking to myself…brought it over here where the cool kids are:)



    When Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law 49 years ago this month, he proclaimed it “a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.” It’s arguable that Johnson was actually understating the law’s significance. The Voting Rights Act enfranchised millions of Americans almost immediately. The voting registration rate for blacks in Mississippi was 6.7 percent in 1964; by 1968, it was 59.4 percent. Over time, the increase in black voters enabled the elections of thousands of black politicians. Without the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Congressional Black Caucus would be a fraction of its current size. Without the Voting Rights Act, Barack Obama wouldn’t be in the White House.

    Wrap your head around that for a little while, then read the entire excellent article.

  9. 38 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Seven Days since an unarmed teen was gunned down in cold blood and left on the streets to bleed to death.

    And so far we still DO NOT have:

    -a police incident report
    -an autopsy report
    – any indication of # of bullet wounds sustained
    – any indication of killer cop’s whereabouts
    – any additional info about the Ferguson PD or killer cop’s record over the last 6 yrs

    But we do have:
    – video/pics unrelated to the shooting, but played on 24hr loop on ALL cable news networks to portray dead teen as a thug
    – endless punditry about President Obama not doing enough for Blacks
    – endless media reporting of “riots” and “looting” and “unrest” without contextualizing

    ALL these distractions that are not related to the shooting incident or the investigation – are being initiated, maintained and amplified by the media. Any questions?

  10. 42 Don
    August 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Governor Nixon is as useless as tits on a bull; he seems mealy-mouth and privileged. It seems as though he as to force himself to feel empathy for black people. He comes off as awkward because he does not look comfortable among black people.

    • 43 99ts
      August 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Makes it 100% likely that his original plan with Capt Johnson was suggested by PBO – and he couldn’t even implement that properly – ALL he had to do was to gag the FPD and let Capt Johnson control the conversation. Fool.

    • 44 Vicki
      August 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Did you catch his condescending “I’ll give you a chance to yell at me”
      Respectful way to frame this is “I want to hear what everyone has to say and I will listen in just a moment. Please first I have some announcements to make.”

      Now i am realyl out the door. See you later.

      • August 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

        I don’t know why he thought he could hold a press conference and stick to his scripted subject. He either did not anticipate the questions (which I doubt) or just thought he could blow them off. People are tired of that condescending attitude by their elected officials.

    • August 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Sounds like the people in Ferguson can’t even give him the benefit of the doubt because he has shown no interest in the area prior to this. Even now, it’s felt that the interest shown is because he has no choice.

  11. 47 dotster3
    August 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

    In Chgo for the weekend—–meeting up with Fl. sis and bro in law. Chgo is hoppin’ and poppin’——busy, busy, busy everywhere. Looks like the whole world might be here—-beautiful people of all ethnic backgrounds—–lining the streets and outdoor cafes, everyone appeared to be so happy to be here on a perfect August evening, joyful laughter everywhere. A million and a half people were here for the air and water show, didn’t have to be on the waterfront to see and experience the Blue Angels flying (loudly) and in formation overhead. Cannot beat beautiful world class Chicago as a perfect summer destination.

  12. 48 99ts
    August 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

    gm everyone – thinking of you all and the people of Ferguson and the family of Mike Brown – not really anything else worth saying at the minute

  13. 49 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

  14. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    August 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Love it when I find artists whose work I enjoy, actually understands the issues and speak truths. He was on CNN’s State of the Union. Watch the replay today at 12PM ET.

    • 51 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

      HA! I Love his response to that hypocrite, “cindy K” who seems to think that calling out the media on their wrongdoing is “inciting” but playing an inflammatory video on loop isn’t?

  15. 52 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    BOOM! You tell her Allan..

  16. August 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Posted yesterday, after JO’B posted original tweet.

    Just a reminder that this month (Aug. 30) marks the 47th anniversary of the Senate’s confirmation of one of my personal teen years heroes, Thurgood Marshall. (This was back in the day when Congress did not take 5 weeks off in August — I had zero sympathy for them trampling one another to get to the airport earlier this month.)

  17. 63 vcprezofan2
    August 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Chips, that new ‘I love Obama’ pic would go beautifully with this post!

     Or, maybe today we could have a hug-Pres O chat on post, featuring a handful of hugPBO pics. I KNOW there are trillions, but it’d take just a handful for us to start dancing in glee.

     Or, we could have one post with 6 hug pics representing each year from 2008 – 2014;
     Or, every single post today could start with one, or two, pics of people loving PBO. ‘Twould balance out the crazy quite nicely, dontcha think?

     Or,
     Or….I could shut up and go read the comments not yet read! 😀 😀 😀 I’m gone to read.

  18. August 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    • 65 desertflower
      August 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

      It’s from February…chances are this is recycled hate

    • 66 Don
      August 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

      It has certainly not been good year for Republican Governors, McDonnell of Virginia indicted and charged and currently on trial, Perry of Texas indicted, Walker of Wisconsin soon to be indicted, Christie of New Jersey soon to be indicted.

  19. 67 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

    If that turns out to be true, then we ALL need to be out in the streets rioting…

    • 68 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Keep in mind that this is still a RUMOR – but i wouldn’t be at all surprised if it turned out to be true.

  20. 69 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    • 70 desertflower
      August 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Excellent comment to this post:

      sandyhh • a day ago
      The Ferguson police chief deliberately provoked a riot yesterday. He deliberately caused more tension and made things worse out of spite.

      Chief Jackson didn’t want to release the name of his officer that was
      involved in the shooting. So when he was forced to do so by other
      authorities in the state, he made a deliberate decision to release
      information that was not pertinent to the investigation of the shooting.

      His only motive was to smear the reputation of the victim to divert
      attention from the actions of his own officer knowing it would set off
      more violence….and taint the jury pool of the eventual trial. Nobody takes over his streets, especially an uppity black state trooper?

      The Ferguson Police Chief only succeeded in making the store in the video a target and probably never having it open again. Isn’t that special?

      It is clear that Chief Jackson is not a professional law enforcement
      officer. He’s a brute who enjoys manipulating others. His primary goal
      as head of the Ferguson police department is to keep the black residents
      “in their place” not to protect and service the entire community. His
      police force follows his lead. He must be fired.

      Let’s see if the Ferguson City Council has the guts to end this stand off by doing the right thing. As they and everyone else in the St. Louis County political structure seem afraid to stand up against this small town tyrant, the young people there feel compelled to continue their protests on the streets.

      When there is injustice and youthful hormones at work, there will be
      confrontations. Chief Jackson knows it and obviously revels in how he
      can make it worse. How much longer and how much worse this can get is
      yet to be seen.

      If only these kids could be made to see that they have to register to
      vote and do it in every municipal as well as national election, they
      would have the power they don’t have now. Jesse Jackson has told them this before, but they no longer believe their vote counts (if they even are allowed to vote with all the new voter suppression laws) anymore than the Bill of Rights in the Constitution pertains to them.

      Chief Jackson has poisoned the well and he slept one happy man last
      night as the looting began again. This situation is a travesty for our

      Post Racial America is turning out to look just like Selma in the 1960s.

      • 71 amk for obama
        August 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

        He is joe arpaio of ferguson.

      • 75 yardarm756
        August 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

        Amen Sister. ^5

      • 76 99ts
        August 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

        “So when he was forced to do so by other authorities in the state, ”

        At the press conference where he denied the name released by anon – a media person queried the name that turned out to be true. Another media person (no idea who) gave him cover at that time – but that was when he realized the name had to be confirmed, because it was out there – and he worked out his plan of inciting more violence at the same time.

        The guy should be in jail for creating a riot

      • August 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

        superb comment. and on point.

    • August 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Obviously the chief is taking his orders from another authority than the governor. If there is a state of emergency such that the governor can declare a curfew, why doesn’t that extend to making the FPD chief stand down?

  21. 79 GGAIL
    August 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Since this is the beginning of the Soccer season, I would like to know who is supporting which team so I can track wins/losses.

    So far I know
    Chips – ManU
    NW – Chelsea


    Anyone else have a favorite team?

    • 95 desertflower
      August 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

      and read the comments

    • 96 vcprezofan2
      August 17, 2014 at 11:26 am

      That is a short, very pertinent and informative article! It is also horrendous to realize that Blacks in Ferguson have been living under police siege, really. I cannot imagine living as life is described here!

      BTW, isn’t that Booman who wrote that article?

      • 97 desertflower
        August 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

        Glad you liked…crazy packed into a couple paragraphs. I can’t imagine living like this…I don’t know Booman’s real name, though I do notice that often his site shares WM pieces…good eyes!

        • 98 vcprezofan2
          August 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

          😉 These days I restrict myself to reading short pieces.

          Living like they’ve described makes it easier for me to understand them standing firm now. There comes a time when people who are pushed resist and, figuring they haven’t much to lose, say ‘no more. do your worst’.

  22. 99 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

    And the shitty excuses and whitesplaining begin…

    • 100 Don
      August 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Well according to the Chief, Officer Wilson was neither scared nor untrained. Now Officer Wilson is on the run, scared to open the door, looking over his shoulder and probably not getting any sleep. He’s about to go through a hell few people have ever experienced.

  23. 102 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

  24. 104 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

  25. 113 yardarm756
    August 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

    G’day everyone….I stayed up most of the night to see if the MSM is truly fair and balanced, ha! Surprise, surprise the media is sooooo upset because there was no looting/rioting. Tsk, tsk…….God damn ghouls!

  26. 116 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

  27. 117 yardarm756
    August 17, 2014 at 11:18 am

  28. 118 globalcitizenlinda
    August 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

  29. 120 JER
    August 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

  30. 121 desertflower
    August 17, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Show Me state? Show me justice and equality for all. Some enterprising TODer could make a #ShowMeState …

  31. 122 yardarm756
    August 17, 2014 at 11:28 am

  32. 123 desertflower
    August 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Awesome. People are paying attention. Now they need to VOTE.EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.


  33. August 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I’ve never been one to say don’t vote.

    And, I still say you should always vote.

    But, hell muthaphuckin’ no to ever voting for Nixon for ANYTHING ever. Period.

    Don’t have to vote for Blunt. Just leave that office open as you go up and down your ballot.

    Mealy mouthed muthaphucka didn’t show any respect to those constituents who only wanted the truth about what happened to Michael Brown.

    Phuck him.

  34. 125 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Oh my…I’m reading the comments to this article (which incidentally, I think is bullshit) and at one point got an unmistakable “deja vu” experience. Turns out that a poster named “Tani” apparently copied and pasted my (and Don’s) comments on this thread and used it as their own comment. Scroll down to the 2nd comment posted at 11:12AM. I don’t mind my comments being used but please attribute to the original source!


    • August 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

      That is just bizarre Hopefruit, people are seriously weird.

    • 133 desertflower
      August 17, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Well! That was jarring. Why don’t you “thank” Tani and tell them to at least attribute you…I’ve sometimes seen the most perfectly written comment somewhere…wouldn’t change a thing, made all the points I would have made…but I at least said who/ where it came from and that the thoughts expressed were perfectly said, but I didn’t write them. Heavy sigh….

    • 134 Nena20409
      August 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Wow…..Please call them out on Twitter.

      Theft is theft when one ignores to offer credit.

      • 135 hopefruit2
        August 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

        I don’t know if the “tani” user is on Twitter. But if they’re lurking on TOD, then they will see my comment and know it’s them I’m referring to. 🙂

        • 136 99ts
          August 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

          Weird – it is so easy to acknowledge where something comes from – reminds me of the radio host who thought Jim Wright at Stonekettle would be thrilled because he took his words without permission and read them on air. Some folks just don’t get that all you have to do is reference your source, not duplicate the lot – Term paper 101.

    • August 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Hello. I’m Tani, I didn’t mean no disrespect or offense in anyway. Your comment was very compelling to me, as grandmother of 6 grandsons which 2 just graduated (smile) living in a red state (Texas) & I felt the core of your message needed to be repeated over & over again. My neighborhood is not too different from Ferguson suburb. I feel that could have been my son, my grandson. My grandsons see how they (police/media), are trying to portray Mike Brown’s family, friends & community. The disrespect & disdain they have for the President, AG, FBI, & Capt. Johnson it angrier & frustration them (myself included). How they’ll trying to whitewash the crime of the cop & prosecute Mike Brown, the community but most of all the family in the media. And it’s not right, its wrong & it must stop.

      Once again, I do apologize for repeating your post w/o reference. But when I make comments I usually give reference points. And I must confess that I become a regular reader of your cite, ever since the ACA. My fellow cancer support group and I found your info was great help in dealing with our doctors, Techs, Pharmacists & social workers at MD Anderson Cancer Center we come from all walk of life and we their for each other (even when one of us don’t make it). And I have to be honest with TOD fighters we won’t stop copy from you we need you and it’s important that people know the truth. But will remember my reference points. Thank you, for listening to this old lady

      • 138 hopefruit2
        August 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Hello Tani, and welcome to TOD. Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself and your reasons for referencing my (and others) comments elsewhere.

        I do not own this site – I’m just one of the regular posters. Chipsticks owns this site and there are several posters (e.g. Nerdy Wonka, Liberal Librarian, Amk4Obama, Zizi, LovelyPlains, etc.,) who share the tasks of posting front page articles.

        I have accepted your apology, and am glad that you have found a friendly site in TOD where you can obtain information that is beneficial to you. Have a pleasant afternoon, and like you, I do hope that justice will be found soon for Mike Brown and his family. 🙂 🙂

  35. 140 Nena20409
    August 17, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Hello TOD.

    Unfortunately, FPD is inciting, agitating and willfully adamantly, encouraging a crisis. Cpt Johnson has the right Touch. A seasoned professional. He is doing the Best job anyone can expect. He is Not in charge of the FPD Military persona. They are undermining him 24/7. For if he succeeds, then 100% of the FOCUS will be on FPD. They are scared of that. That means their operation apparatus would be under a microscope. They are aware that FBI and DoJ would not release information prematurely. That is why it was unheard of for the FBI and DoJ, indirectly leaked that they had warned FPD against releasing the Store Video.

    Nixon is either legally not able to stop it or he is unwilling to stop it. Nixon was AG for MO for 15 yrs or so before becoming a Governor. He knows the law in MO.

    I do believe that Nixon didn’t know that FPD would release the FreeMarket Video just like the FBI and DoJ didn’t know. FPD was warned. They went defiantly and did what they did. Neither the Gov nor the Feds could have stopped FPD. My Observation is, The County and the Prosecutor probably could have stopped FPD had they wanted.

  36. 141 africa
    August 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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