Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Jean Meyer, the grandmother of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, second from left, as they and members of the Meyer family walk along the Colonnade of the White House, Sept. 15, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

11:45: White House press briefing

1:50: President Obama awards Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P Sloat, the Medal of Honor

5:20: Attends a fundraiser for Senate Democrats, Washington DC


The Week Ahead

Tuesday: The President will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

That evening, the President will travel to Tampa, Florida, where he will remain overnight.

Wednesday: The President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.

In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC.

In the evening, the President will host a picnic for members of Congress.

Thursday: On Thursday morning the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office.

In the afternoon, he will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House.

That evening, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

Friday: The President will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.


US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out over Baghdad from a helicopter on Sept. 10, 2014 (my knees are still wobbling from looking at this photo)

But Chuck Todd said……

BBC: Islamic State crisis: World leaders pledge Iraq support

A summit of international foreign ministers has pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State (IS) militants “by all means necessary”.

A joint statement by the 30 countries taking part in the Paris talks said support would include “appropriate military assistance”.

The talks had been called to agree a strategy to combat the group.

The conference followed a whirlwind tour of the Middle East by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr Kerry, who attended the summit, has been drumming up support for a plan of action unveiled by President Barack Obama last week.

More here


Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing

USA Today: Obama’s day: Medals of Honor

President Obama pays tribute to the military Monday by presenting the Medal of Honor to three heroes from conflicts past: The Vietnam War and the Civil War.

One Medal of Honor is dedicated to the memory of 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who gave his life while commanding Union troops against Pickett’s Charge during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, a turning point in the War Between the States.

Family members and supporters have lobbied the government for years to honor Cushing.

Obama will also bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers who fought during the Vietnam War: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

Adkins, who lives in Alabama, is being honored for running through enemy fire to rescue comrades during a Vietnam battle in 1966.

Sloat died on the field of battle in 1970, when he used his body to shield other soldiers from an exploding grenade.

More here – and more information here



Jeffrey Zients (WH.gov): Growing Our Economy and Strengthening Our Financial System

Six years ago today, Wall Street was rocked by a financial crisis that culminated in the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers, the largest in U.S. history. The financial crisis resulted in the longest and deepest recession the American economy had experienced in 60 years. While more work remains to continue digging out of the deep hole that was left by the crisis, this week offers a chance to reflect on the significant progress that has been made since then in strengthening the economy and reforming the financial sector.

To understand how far we have come, it is important to remember the dark days that marked the beginning of the financial crisis. In the span of a few weeks in 2008, many of our nation’s largest financial institutions failed or were acquired to avoid insolvency. Capital markets froze, and the availability of credit for mortgages, student, auto, and small business loans was drastically reduced. The recession ultimately eliminated nearly 9 million jobs, threatened the American auto industry, and shrank the economy by hundreds of billions of dollars. The crisis was the result of many factors, including an overvalued housing market, predatory lending practices, thinly capitalized financial institutions that took big risks, and a regulatory system that was outdated and unequipped to meet modern challenges.

When President Obama came into office in January 2009, the Administration worked quickly to put our economy on the path to recovery. Facing a potential collapse, the federal government launched a coordinated effort to tackle the financial crisis on several fronts.

More here



Did I mention Manchester United won 4-0 yesterday?



136 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Allison
    September 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Good morning everyone!

  2. September 15, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Good Morning TODVille from the 2nd or 3rd runner up!

  3. September 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the new post Chipsticks. Glad to see my dancing partner up there.

    Hello to Danny. Has he successfully destroyed your ET toy? He was having a good time at it on the previous thread.

  4. 13 desertflower
    September 15, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Love that little dancing queen:)

  5. 14 arapaho415
    September 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

    GM TODville,

    Just heard this on the radio:

    An S&P report that says the top 1% dodge taxes, which places the burden of higher taxes on the rest of us unless citizens are willing to forego services.

    Way to go, capitalism! (snark)

    Can we get Dems to VOTE on this issue in November?

  6. 16 desertflower
    September 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Just a thought…that ET toy was probably a collector’s item…and Danny was chomping on it? sigh

  7. 19 japa21
    September 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

  8. 26 GGail
    September 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Chips, I love the Allen Brauer graph – it is simply awesome!

    Hey! Hey! Hey! ManU won 4-0!!!! “clap along & dance if you feel like a room without a roof” 😀 😀 😀

  9. September 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

    “Listen up, people of Scotland: Groundskeeper Willie has some political advice for you. The beloved Simpsons character is taking a stand in a video recently released by Fox, saying he is pro-independence. Scotland will be voting on Sept. 18 to decide if the country will separate from the United Kingdom.

    In the video, the kilt-wearing Springfield Elementary School janitor makes a case for independence, touting the country’s oil reserves and whiskey-making capabilities. “Scotland is the home to two-thirds of Europe’s oil reserves,” Willie says. “Notice how in no country rich in oil does a man wear pants. We also make a fine damn whiskey. And we spell whiskey right, too!” (Scots prefer spelling it “whisky.”) He even volunteers himself to lead the potentially newly independent country, instead of “safe choice” Alex Salmond: “Willie won’t back down to world leaders because I haven’t a clue who they are, and I’m not willin’ to learn!”…” via Mashable

  10. 31 amk for obama
    September 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

    You should teach danny how to dance. So next time when man u scores 4-0, he can do the routine.

    Of course, it is possible all that money spent on teaching him might go waste.

  11. 34 Nerdy Wonka
    September 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Man United is almost bottom of the barrel and you’re rejoicing about scoring 4 – 0 against another bottom of the barrel team?

    How the “mighty” (yeah right) have fallen. Eh, Chips?

    So much for the revolution’s date, which keeps being moved.

  12. 36 japa21
    September 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Heard this morning that the DSCC is committing several million doallrs specifically to voter registration efforts, and more importantly to helping people get whatever ID their states require. This is big news. Actually, I think the GOP’s attempts to supress the vote is going to backfire on them.

    • 37 amk for obama
      September 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

      They should have started doing this right from 2010. If they are gonna just throw tons of money at it in the last minute rush, not sure how it is going to help.

      • 38 jziglar
        September 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

        They’ve been doing this for months now. That’s why the republicans are running scared talking about voter fraud because they’re registering voters and working on the ground in key races.

  13. September 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

    WASHINGTON — Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees.

    Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat. The shift, one of the most significant but unheralded accomplishments of the Obama era, is likely to have ramifications for how the courts decide the legality of some of the president’s most controversial actions on health care, immigration and clean air. Since today’s Congress has been a graveyard for legislative accomplishment, these judicial confirmations are likely to be among its most enduring acts….continued

  14. 42 japa21
    September 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

    If this doesn’t cause an another outroar if he doesn’t make sure he cannot touch the case, nothing will.

    • 43 amk for obama
      September 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Part of the problem is the black voters in that county. Read somewhere, that out of some 13K voters, only about 3K bothered to vote thus electing this punk by default. Hopefully, they have realized the danger of not voting.

      • 44 99ts
        September 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

        100% of this problem is the white Prosecutor raising money for the man who killed Michael Brown. He is SUPPOSED to be presenting the case for the prosecution of Darren Wilson to the grand jury.

        • 45 amk for obama
          September 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

          Yeah, in an ideal world. These people have shown themselves to be shameless. And they got into power because of voter apathy.

          • 46 99ts
            September 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

            Blaming “voter apathy”, to me, is too close to blaming the victims for their misfortune. When people feel that things are hopeless – when the GOP works to restrict their voting rights – when voting takes place on a TUESDAY when most are working to earn their $7 per hour – apathy is not the word I would use.

            Wish I had some answers – but I’m just not smart enough to get past the horror of the GOP in action.

            • 47 amk for obama
              September 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

              It’s a vicious circle hopelessness-apathy-corrupt getting elected-more hopelessness-more apathy. Only way to break it is to vote. It was done in 2008 and 12. It can be done again. If you don’t vote, for whatever reason or inconvenience or apathy, you are the one to suffer. Simple as that.

              • 48 GGail
                September 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

                amk, it’s easy for you to think that way because you & your people have not been conditioned – generation after generation to feel power-less. It boggles my mind and I’m a black woman who has family in the south who are unable to break the cycle of “my vote doesn’t count”.

                I talk to them and give them proof and then they parrot the Fox News talking points and conspiracies.

                • 49 amk for obama
                  September 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm

                  Isn’t that conditioning as you call it that MLK & others fought against and paid for with their lives to empower with your vote? The older generation know it and the younger generation sure ought to know it.

                  Our democracy is not as old as US, but who votes consistently election after election? The poor people from villages. Even when they know how each govt / pol that promises to do things for them renege often on their promises but we are slowly, slowly getting the accountability we want from our pols because now they fear our votes. Less than 10% pols get reelected in every election cycle (unlike mitch mcconnells and mccains) That is the power of vote/

                  • 50 GGail
                    September 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

                    Yes, MLK & others were able to provide strong “HOPE” and motivation to the masses, but who are & where are those kinds of leaders now in my community that can rally the masses ? We are the lost people – once again – wandering – with our generations getting weaker and weaker. Those who make it – leave the tribe. That’s why “My Brother’s Keeper” is so important on so many levels. The President is trying to help us find and train the future Leaders.

                    • 51 amk for obama
                      September 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

                      The leaders can’t be hand holding you every time. They fought for it and gave you that ball. It’s up to you take it and run with it. On the one hand, you have got people like Obama and Holder nd others are fighting to keep VRA while the rw’ers are bent on gutting it and on the other hand, those who can vote, don’t ? I don’t buy the excuses.

                  • 52 edp4bho
                    September 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

                    AMK, was trying to reply on your last comment on this subject. With all due respect to Gail, I agree with you, amk. I’ve always felt that PBO wanted to tell black folks that we’ve had our leaders, now it’s time for us all to heed their call, put their words into action. Thank you for saying this. I don’t accept excuses from grown people, either.

                    • 53 amk for obama
                      September 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

                      edp – two things I can’t tolerate in politics – corruption and non-voting. And the latter aids and abets the former.

                    • 54 GGail
                      September 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

                      As a black woman who’s seen the apathy first hand – this is the best explanation I can give for why people are not motivated to participate in their right to vote. It’s easy to stand on the outside and make statements and voice opinions.

      • 56 Linda
        September 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Plus… I think I read he is running unopposed this year.

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    • 61 anniebella
      September 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      I can not believe this is true. Now we know why people wanted him to excuse himself from the case. And when he would not then that Governor should have done so.

  15. 62 Linda
    September 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

    The “Dreamer ” that confronted Hillary Clinton yesterday just got confronted by Jose Diaz-Balart this morning…

    He went over what happened to the CIR over a year ago when the Senate passed it and the House did nothing.

    He also wanted her explain what she expects Hillary Clinton to do about CIR since she is basically a private citizen right now.

    All she could muster up was that ” The Democrats made a promise “…blah…blah…blah…….

    He asked her what about the House not putting it on the floor for a vote……she could not answer that.

  16. 66 amk for obama
    September 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

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  19. September 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Check the T-shirts 🙂

  20. September 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Mooooorning Chips & TODVille! Loved that photo of Danny and your old ET Toy! Sorry was on my way for breakfast before. Trying to learn to post here..Time to finish reading and start tweeting all this good info here. Hope you all have a beautiful day 😉

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  22. 82 Nena20409
    September 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners starting with this post and 3 back.
    LIVE Now.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest.

    BBL Hectic Manic Monday as usual for most 😉

  23. 84 Nena20409
    September 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Before I go…..
    Vikings after their defeat yesterday by New England Patriots on Sunday…….score was NE 37 and Vikings 7
    Well Look at their decision today on their STAR RB.

    • 85 anniebella
      September 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      If he had killed his 4 year old son the Minnesota Vikings would fine no fault in letting Peterson still play. To those white rich owners the only thing that matter to them is money.

      • 86 anniebella
        September 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        I’m not saying Peterson should have been kick off the team, but what is clear is Peterson went to far in beating that 4 year old child.

        • 87 GGail
          September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

          I don’t believe Adrian Peterson maliciously “beat” his 4 year old. I do believe that the child’s mother became pissed with AP and reported this “whipping” to the authorities. I will bet any amount of money that both Adrian and the child’s mother were disciplined in the same manner when they were children. I know I was and it was not reported as a beating (except in my mind). 🙂
          Adrian spends a lot of time with his son and this was a very vengeful act on the mother’s part.

          I’ve been holding my tongue on this issue long enough. I am not the only TOD member who was “whipped” with a “switch” when they were children.

          • 88 dotster3
            September 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

            Oh please—–does not make it right—–never does “that’s the way I was raised” make it okay. I could go on for days on this subject—this was my area of study and career. It’s the most harmful thing you can do to a child. Period. Time to move on from this barbaric method of child discipline, all child experts agree. Only extreme religious nutballs still advocate corporal punishment. And the mother was not trying to “get back” at the daddy. The child had a dr. appt. scheduled—-likely a back to school physical— mentioned in Peterson’s first interview—–that he knew the child had a dr. appt when he got home and was worried about the abuse/scars being evident. Dr. identified horrible signs of beating, still bleeding whip stripes and bruises up and down this small child’s body—–even days or week later—- including on his scrotum and other private parts—–and of course as a mandated reporter did his duty by calling in law enforcement.

            • 89 GGail
              September 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

              There’s no broad brush one way or the other. Adrian – like his parents and like some parents now – realized after the whipping that he was a little too harsh. That is a given.

              I would not call disciplining one’s child barbaric. I see too many children who are growing up with no consideration to obeying rules or understanding the consequences of their negative actions. “Time-outs” do no good.

              But the reason I kept quiet is because this is a topic where many will/should agree to disagree.

              I’ve stated mine and I’m ready to move on.

          • 90 Sandy1110
            September 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

            Have you seen the pictures? We got the belt as kids, but never until we bled, and not near our private parts.

          • 91 japa21
            September 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

            Two things.

            It is not the mother who reported this to the authorities, it was the doctor she took her kid to. He had several bruises and some open wounds and needed treatment. The doctor, properly, notified the aurthorities.

            Secondly, by justifying something in the present by saying it was okay in the past is missing the point. There are a lot of things that were okay in the past that no longer are. Hopefully, one thing that will come out of this incident is a more open discussion of corporal punishment. Teachers used to slap students and other things. By your logic, they should still be able to. Perhaps you think it is okay, I don’t.

            What are the lines that need to be drawn. That is what needs to be discussed. I think we can all say that there should be some lines.

            • 92 GGail
              September 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

              People…let’s breath.

              By saying that it was how they were disciplined was no way giving license to continue. But, I – and I’m only speaking for myself, was not seriously harmed by this measure of discipline. If you’ve every been disciplined in this manner – you know – that healing happens and marks go away.

              And again I state – I do believe that Adrian did not intend to harm his son during the discipline.

          • September 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

            “I don’t believe Adrian Peterson maliciously “beat” his 4 year old”

            Oh GGail, read the reports, looks at the photos, it was sheer and utter brutality. And I sincerely hope Peterson dies screaming.

            • 94 GGail
              September 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

              Chips, yes, I’ve seen the photos. The child will heal and live. I again believe – Adrian truly regrets letting his emotions get the better of him in this instance.

              • September 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

                Love ya GGail, but we’ll never agree on this.

              • 97 Lb4Obama
                September 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

                He will NOT just “heal and live”. He will be psychologically scarred for life! Abuse to a child, ANY ABUSE, physical, emotional, psychological changes who they were intended to be. Period. It is NEVER OK. NEVER. GGail states she was “disciplined” in this manner and has no issues. Really? Has she had a psychological evaluation? If GGail thinks this type of “parenting” is OK, perhaps it is time she has one.

          • September 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

            GGail, like you I was whipped when I was a child and sometimes the whipping went to far. I also remember my father saying that it hurt him more to whip us than it did us. In situations where the parents are separated/divorced it’s not unlikely for parents to use their children to hurt each other. Like you I am not going to sit behind my computer and harshly judge Adrian Peterson, making him into a monster, when he himself has admitted that he went too far in disciplining his son.

  24. September 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Good morning, TODville.

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  26. 114 dotster3
    September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    We have a lot of sickies among us, like this “lady” Vikings fan who showed up at the game wearing child beater Adrian Peterson’s jersey and other Vikings type regalia and proudly carrying a prop——a stripped tree branch, a child beating “switch”. Quadruple ugh! And why does it appear to be mostly women wearing these wife and child beater jerseys? Talk about misplaced priorities and decencies.


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    • September 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      That’s a BFD. So let’s file this under “GOOD NEWS is NO NEWS”. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the breathless reporting on this development. Looks like the epitome of strong and effective leadership from President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

      It will be interesting to see how creative Chuck Todd and Mrs Greenspan will be in trying to minimize the significance of this coalition to fight ISIL. Can’t you just hear them now – “ONLY” 26 countries. meh! There were as many as (fill in the blank #) countries during the Iraq invasion. And why is (fill in the blank country) not on the list? There is still confusion about which countries will provide (fill in the blank). /snark/

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  33. 124 Linda
    September 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Domestic Violence Experts Added As NFL Advisers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the NFL.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.”

    Friel was the head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney’s Office for more than a decade. Randel is the co-founder of No More, a campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault. Smith is the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

    Monday’s memo also said that Anna Isaacson, currently the NFL’s vice president of community affairs and philanthropy, will become its vice president of social responsibility.


    All white women ?

  34. 125 Nena20409
    September 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  35. 126 dotster3
    September 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    This is just pitiful adult behavior at a youth football game—–everyone is pulling a gun, threatening everyone else. Setting such a fine example for their kids, teaching them to react with violence.


  36. September 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Hmmmmmm …..

    Hmmmmmm …..

    I’d say that SL & PBO are probably way ahead of many folk, for lots of very good reasons ….

  37. 128 Nena20409
    September 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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  39. 130 Nena20409
    September 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  40. 132 Nena20409
    September 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    But Look at CNN in NH……thus far, the ONLY pollster with such result.

  41. 134 Nena20409
    September 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The GOPers, they Protest way too much……KY…..Grimes….wake the eff UP…..and hit McConnell with Ocare or you are going to hand a winnable hand to the Turtle.

  42. 135 JER
    September 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama awards Medal of Honor – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

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