Rise and Shine – and Chat On

On This Day: Senator Barack Obama shares a moment with his wife Michelle on stage at a campaign rally outside the Detroit Public Library, September 28, 2008




MoooOOOooorning – Happy Sunday!

104 Responses to “Rise and Shine – and Chat On”

  1. September 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Good Sunday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. 6 africa
    September 28, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Happy Sunday TODers

    Congrats Swbluega!!

    Heeeeeeya Chips!!

  3. 9 africa
    September 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    FLOTUS is sheer elegance, once a gain.

  4. 10 FoxfireTX
    September 28, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD! Hope everyone has a great Sunday. So relieved to hear the officers injured in Ferguson were unrelated to the protests, but it will make a bad situation worse, if possible. Wish there was someone that could step in to deescalate and get this resolved. I place a huge portion of the problem directly on the shoulders of the prosecutor. He has not served his community or office well.

    But sure hope to come home to as much eye candy as could be found here yesterday! Off to another day of trials. For the dog lovers here, this is my mighty Papillon “Tess”.

    • September 28, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Good mooooorning Foxfire – and Tess! What a beauty 🙂

      • 12 FoxfireTX
        September 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

        Thanks Chips! She is a beauty, and a real joy. Finnish Spitz has been my primary breed for years and years, and when I first got Tess specifically for agility wasn’t sure how I would feel about her. But she has incredible heart and loves to run and is an incredible competitor. She now rules the household here, all 6.5# of her!

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      September 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Morning, Firefox. Good luck on the trials today. Your Tess must be very, very smart. I agree with you about the prosecutor being a big part of the problem in Ferguson, but Gov. Nixon had a chance to intervene and disqualify the guy and chose not to. That makes him equally complicit in the incompetence.

      • 14 FoxfireTX
        September 28, 2014 at 8:27 am

        Thanks Jackie! I agree with you about Nixon, but as a lawyer feel very strongly about McCulloch’s actions here. ALL lawyers have an ethical obligation to avoid any conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest. He shouldn’t have needed the governor to remove him but should have recused himself. He is the kind of lawyer that gives all of us a bad name. He simply has worked too closely with this department for too long, and his personal history makes objectivity nearly impossible. I’ve said here before, if he were to be a prospective juror in this case, I believe I could get him removed “for cause” and if that is true he certainly should NOT be prosecuting this case.

        • 15 jackiegrumbacher
          September 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

          Firefox, I can’t argue with you on that. There are a lot of guilty parties, but McCulloch is going to be the poster child for ‘inappropriate’ and ‘biased’ prosecutor for years to come.

  5. 16 africa
    September 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      September 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Africa, I hope this “problem” gets lots of publicity quickly and correct voter registration information is sent out. Sometimes these things have a way of biting the GOP in the rear because people get angry. I hope that’s the case here.

  6. September 28, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I was just reading the WP article — which LP included in his comment in one of last evenings posts — about how the SS bungled handling a shooting incident at the WH back in 2011.


    Reading the article gave me a vision of Keystone Cops rather than an elite group in charge of protecting the President and his family and the White House. Ignoring potential gun shots in the vicinity of the WH, especially when you have agents saying that there were indeed gun shots, is a dereliction of duty. It made me wonder if this has been status quo for the SS over the years. Were there no similar incidents prior to this administration? Is it a problem that originates from the top or are there just individual agents who think their mission to protect does not apply to this President? Why, given the higher volume of threats against this President, did it take so long to increase the surveillance around the perimeter of the WH? (I’m surprised it wasn’t already there in the first place.)

    What is scary is that it appears that no lessons were learned from this lapse back in 2011. Continued incidents with someone actually getting *into* the WH are unacceptable. Becoming a Secret Service Agent is not like becoming a police officer in a local municipality – at least it *shouldn’t* be. Therefore, SS agents are held to a higher standard as to what is expected of them in carrying out their duties. Hopefully, the public attention and censure regarding this most recent breach will make the SS step up their SOP as well as do some reviews of individual agents.

    • 19 arapaho415
      September 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

      GM swbluega,

      I think you’re referring to something I posted in the wee hours on the overnight thread, which made me livid. So I’ll repeat myself (with minor edits), LOL.

      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

      Troubling report about the Secret Service:

      From the article:
      “With the first couple gone, the Secret Service staff at the White House slipped into what some termed a “casual Friday” mode.”

      “President Obama has faced three times as many threats as his predecessors, according to people briefed on the Secret Service’s threat assessment.”

      I am fed up with the @nytimes blatant racism. How many editors do they have (dozens*, no doubt)? There is NO EXCUSE for this home page headline on such a serious matter.

      The reason I’m livid at @nytimes is I had just finished reading about their bigoted, racist article on @ShondaRhimes. See below (also at the end of the overnight thread).

      • September 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

        Good Morning, arapaho415.

        I’ve been spending the morning catching up on last evening’s posts. After posting my comment, I continued catching up and saw that there were a number of references and comments made about this article throughout the evening.

        OUTRAGEOUS. That, in a word, sums up what I felt while reading the article.

        It also increases my admiration and appreciation (if that’s possible) of President Obama and his family. They continue to go about their day with grace and elegance. The President continues to be exemplary as he carries out his duties. We have been aware of the obstruction, the faux scandals, and the unjust criticism, and the lack of respect befitting the POTUS that he contends with each day. Now we see that the safety and security is more worrisome than *I* would have suspected.

        • 21 arapaho415
          September 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

          Alas, I’m behind (my perpetual state), so I missed yesterday’s discussion.


          • September 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

            “Alas, I’m behind …”

            A constant state of mine as well, arapaho415, 😉 which is why I was still playing catch-up this morning… something that is difficult, if not impossible, once you get behind at TOD. [sigh]

      • 23 hopefruit2
        September 28, 2014 at 9:13 am

        Indeed Araphaho. The NY Times seems more focused on the “Obama’s anger” (and who in their right minds would not be angry?) than the outrageous and inexcusable negligence demonstrated by the SS.

        • September 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

          From day one, the media has been hoping for PBO to put on a display of the angry black man. They, along with the GOP/TP, and the President’s adversaries, have been doing everything in their power to make the President stoop to that level. That the media would make a big deal about the President’s (and First Lady’s) anger being displayed as a result of danger to his family — something that would cause anger to anyone — is disingenuous. They refuse to believe that PBO does not fit the stereotypes that *they* perceive to be the *typical* black man, which is why PBO never reacts to their tactics the way they expect him to.

  7. September 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Lol lmao rotfl.

  8. September 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

  9. 28 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Reposting from a previous thread ……

  10. 29 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2014 at 8:31 am

    If We Ever Needed to Vote! | Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    • 32 Linda
      September 28, 2014 at 8:52 am

      I had to turn it off…..

      Sarah Palin to the rescue ?

      Nia Malika Henderson
      Julie Pace
      Some dude from Pollutico
      Mystery woman
      John King.

      Wow…..how bias .

      • September 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

        And everything by Malik’s Henderson is obama this and that. Every fifth word out if her mouth is obama.
        And if ain’t good. 😦

        • 34 hopefruit2
          September 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

          If you are Black and anti-President, you are of extremely high value to the media. But come Jan 2017, your value drops like a hot potato…

  11. 35 dotster3
    September 28, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Local paper provided a chuckle this a.m.——headline proclaimed “Rauner (Il. Repub gov. candidate and icky person) rallies supporters” with a photo of a mostly empty storefront, showing Rauner shaking hands with an old lady with a dog, an old guy pressed against a far off corner likely trying to hide from photographer—-don’t blame him—would be embarrassing to be there——and a bored, distracted looking guy looking longingly at the door, likely Rauner’s driver. No one else in sight. Headline writer at paper must have been a Dem, pictured him laughing at his hilarious handiwork.

  12. 36 Roberta in Mn
    September 28, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning Chips & TODers, thanks for the R&S just listened to our POTUS elegant & right on target as usual.
    Will probably be lurking today & next week. BBL

  13. September 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Down here in florida Rick Scott is literally bombing the airwaves with how much Crist thinks obamacare is great.
    Then, he has on several people that say obamacare sucks and it’s costing me money.

  14. September 28, 2014 at 8:51 am

    So both cnn polls we are ahead by 3 but they framed it great news for republicans.
    No mention of Kansas from cnn which could be a pickup for Democrats.

    • 39 jziglar
      September 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Yep ! Everything is great news for republicans. If there is a good poll for Democrats ignore it. Ignore early voting results because it looks good for the democrats.

  15. 40 jziglar
    September 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I love how the Des Moines Register comes up with one poll showing Braley losing by 6 points. While a couple of polls a week or two ago showed him ahead by a couple of points. The media just t goes with one poll that shows a negative result and ignores everything else. Also didn’t the Des Moines Register get bought up by a republican ?

    • 41 dotster3
      September 28, 2014 at 9:02 am

      That’s a ye gads! Joni Ernst is a nightmare, by every measure. Hope someone besides farmers vote in Iowa because it sounds like they’re overwhelmingly supporting the hog castrator. Need to win that race—-for holding senate purposes.

      • 42 jziglar
        September 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

        I would wait for a more polling. Since 2012 there have been too many times where one poll shows something totally different from the others. CNN just showed Landrieu ahead when a week ago a poll showed her behind by 10 points.

        • 43 dotster3
          September 28, 2014 at 9:28 am

          Agree—-I’m suspicious of all polls. But I think the Register is respected re. its polling. But—–also true that conservative Gannett owns the Register—–which has been real busy buying up local papers and TV stations across the country, monopolizing the news slants in multiple markets. Have noticed editorial shifts where this has occurred—–when more moderate oldtimers have been pushed aside, forced retirements, new conservative hiring.

    • 44 hopefruit2
      September 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Yes, the Register endorsed Willard in 2012, and Howard Fineman literally had an orgasm on Twitter, claiming that it was very very very bad news for PBO! I recall that very clearly – because many TODers pushed back promptly and forcefully on Fineman’s nonsense…

      • 45 amk for obama
        September 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

        yeah, fineman’s fine idiocy was in fine display that day. And yet, he is still rates a pundtwit.

        • 46 dotster3
          September 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

          I clearly remember that also. Fineman is wrongheaded about almost everything. Tweety gives him high praise daily, thinks he’s a genius, which pretty much explains the sad state of our punditocracy.

  16. 47 arapaho415
    September 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Edited (and added to) my comment at the end of the previous thread:

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I’m late to this, but just caught up on the lazy, inexcusable portrayal of @ShondaRhimes by @nytimes’ @a_stanleyNYT last week.

    I didn’t read the @nytimes article, but the Vulture article has plenty of quotes. For instance, there is this:
    ‘As Annalise, Ms. Davis, 49, is sexual and even sexy, in a slightly menacing way, but the actress doesn’t look at all like the typical star of a network drama. Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Ms. Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than Ms. Washington, or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series Extant.’

    The article’s response:
    “Yeah, fuck you, Viola Davis, you’re not as pretty as Halle Berry! This is a beauty contest, right? And there’s only one judge? And it’s Alessandra Stanley? I wonder if any of this ‘classical beauty’ aesthetic could have ever been influenced by racism, maybe, like, generations and generations of it, just like a tooooon of racism and colonialism, like so, so much. Hmm. Who can know.”

    The need for @a_stanley to mention @ViolaDavis’ “darker-skin” really ticked me off.

    Here’s my reply to Stanley and her Public Editor, @sulliview (thanks, LP, for posting those great photos of @FLOTUS last night!):

    • 48 Nerdy Wonka
      September 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

      That NYT piece was a racist mess. It began by calling her “An Angry Black Woman.” Then denigrating the color of the skin of her actors. Then basically saying Shonda Rhimes was blacking up her shows.

      Oh, so when Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, or Kate Walsh (all white actors) speak the words Shonda Rhimes has written, then it’s not “blacking it up?” Only when a Black person speaks those words is it now considered “blacking it up.”

      The writer got so much of her facts wrong. Shonda Rhimes doesn’t write ‘How To Get Away With Murder.’ She is just the executive producer. A white guy, Pete Nowalk writes HTGAWM. So how the hell is that Shonda’s voice?

      The writer is disgusting and the NYT are jerks for allowing that to run and daring to call it a worthy critique of a television show.

      • 49 arapaho415
        September 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

        Couldn’t agree more, NW.

        It’s astonishing to me that @nytimes’ (highly-paid, esteemed) editors think this sort of thing is acceptable in this day and age when their content is available to any one with an Internet connection, not just those who can fork over $6 for a print edition (cost of Sunday Times on west coast, the last time I checked).

        @nytimes really needs to do some housecleaning. Did @a_stanley miss People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful…” this year? (Although People was apparently guilty of drunk-tweeting recently.)

      • 50 anniebella
        September 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        The New York Times is a big piece of dog doo.

  17. 51 amk for obama
    September 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Kenyan Dennis Kimetto breaks the world marathon record as he becomes the first man to run under two hours three minutes.


    friggin’ kenyans taking over the world everywhere.

  18. September 28, 2014 at 9:03 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂

  19. 60 hopefruit2
    September 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

  20. 61 vcprezofan2
    September 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Why jobs data will matter this week to investors – Market Snapshot Get email alerts Investors likely to focus on jobs data
    Published: Sept 28, 2014 5:46 a.m. ET ………..by WallaceWitkowski

    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Investors will pick through several economic reports this week, but attention is likely to focus on jobs numbers due on Friday.
    Just the passage from September to October could be enough to amp up volatility in stocks. ……………………

    On Friday, GDP growth was revised upward to 4.6% on the back of business investment. Still, investors need convincing that will translate into jobs.

    “Everybody sees the slow pace of the economic recovery but not at the level they want it to be,” said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners. “They’re not seeing the big jobs growth.”

    Analysts surveyed by MarketWatch expect the addition of 220,000 jobs for September, up from August’s 142,000 jobs. Pavlik said he thinks most people expect that August number to be revised higher, perhaps as high as 200,000, with September figures beating estimates.

    Other data due this week include August consumer spending and personal income figures on Monday, the Chicago PMI and consumer confidence data on Tuesday, and the ISM manufacturing index on Wednesday.

    Stocks are likely to be choppy, however, as real bargains are scarce and buying-the-dip mentality is prevalent.

    “I don’t see the market falling backwards, maybe taking a step back as retail investors and hedge funds try to game this thing,” Pavlik said.


  21. 62 dotster3
    September 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Haha—mr. dote-ster is funny. Just called to say his golf game fell apart—–someone’s sick and someone didn’t show or some sort of tragic circumstances—–and was warning me to get my boyfriend out of the house before he arrived back home. 🙂 At least he’ll be here for Bears/Packers kickoff—-more important than dumb golf anyway.
    And— gotta go—–shoving Joe out the back door! 🙂

  22. September 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I know what to do? Don’t climb up an active volcano. Hello?

  23. 70 99ts
    September 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I read this quote on a LGF comment

    “On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent”,”
    The guardian – June 9, 2013

    Then I read the recent ABC news item (28 Sep 2014) http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-28/hong-kong-protests/5774906

    “Hong Kong police have fired repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after official warnings against illegal demonstrations.” … “The police are warning they could use greater force if the tens of thousands demonstrators do not leave the area.”

    So much for the city with a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent!

  24. 72 Don
    September 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

    There isn’t a mountain I want to climb or an ocean I want to swim. Motherfuck the path that is less traveled, the joys I seek are simple in that the risk of death is almost nonexistent.

  25. 73 hopefruit2
    September 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

    These prediction models based on polling – whatever…..

  26. September 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Good morning, TODville. Happy Sunday to all.

    Is POTUS on 60 Minutes tonight? I’ve boycotted that show for a long time but may have to watch if so.

  27. 78 hopefruit2
    September 28, 2014 at 10:33 am


    That’s a good question – because if these models are only based on polls of “likely voters” whatever that means – then it’s no surprise that Dems *appear* to be losing in these models…if the polling (and models) are not adequately capturing actual voting patterns, then these pollsters/data/model crunchers need to critically re-examine their methodology.

    • 79 hopefruit2
      September 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

      He deleted the tweet (not sure why), but it basically asked whether the models were factoring early voting and ballot registration (both in which Dems have a clear advantage). I don’t think these models factor in any of those things. They only use polling – much of which is shitty and designed to favor GOP….

      • 80 Jziglar
        September 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

        I agree. Also the media accepts polling results from questionable sources.

        • 81 hopefruit2
          September 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

          This kind of polling and modeling which almost exclusively predicts “bad news for Democrats” is a very insidious form of voter suppression…fully endorsed and utilized by the media.

    • 82 Don
      September 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I am reminded of Romney on election night standing in front of a mirror putting on his tie so he can go downstairs and accept the Presidency of the United States of America, his campaign manager comes running through the door and tells him that the polling was all wrong. Looking dejected, Romney then takes of his tie and says “you motherfuckers and your goddamn polling, get the fuck out of my life.”

  28. September 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Tim Kaine now added to the list of Dems whining about POTUS. GAH.

  29. 93 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2014 at 10:54 am


    We’ve done some work on health care, too. I don’t know if you’ve noticed. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we’ve seen a 26 percent decline in the uninsured rate in America. (Applause.) African Americans have seen a 30 percent decline. And, by the way, the cost of health care isn’t going up as fast anymore either. Everybody was predicting this was all going to be so expensive. We’ve saved $800 billion — (applause) — in Medicare because of the work that we’ve done — slowing the cost, improving quality, and improving access. Despite unyielding opposition, this change has happened just in the last couple years.

    But we know our work is not yet done until we get into more communities, help more uninsured folks get covered, especially in those states where the governors aren’t being quite as cooperative as we’d like them to be. (Applause.) You know who you are. It always puzzles me when you decide to take a stand to make sure poor folks in your state can’t get health insurance even though it doesn’t cost you a dime. That doesn’t make much sense to me, but I won’t go on on that topic. (Applause.) We’ve got more work to do.

    It’s easy to take a stand when you’ve got health insurance. (Laughter and applause.) I’m going off script now, but — (laughter) — that’s what happens at the CBC.


  30. 94 Don
    September 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Apparently their god tells them that it’s okay for them to have health insurance and that they must go out and fight against poor people getting health insurance.

  31. 95 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

  32. 96 anniebella
    September 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

    FLOTUS look real good last evening.

    • 97 anniebella
      September 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I was reading a CBS article about what happen 2011 with the Secret Service fumbling the response after gunman shoots White House. That article headline is about how FLOTUS were furious, well let me tell you I don’t blame her one bit. As a mother I would be dam mad too.

  33. 98 amk for obama
    September 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

    eeewropeans retain ryder cup

  34. September 28, 2014 at 11:52 am

    In Buffalo, WY anxiously waiting to meet MTMarilyn. 😊

    • September 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Ah, excellent Carol, hope you have a great time!!

      • September 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

        I’m sure we will. Can’t wait to catch up on everybody.

        • 103 HZ
          September 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm

          GM my Chips and TOD family. Lots of hugs to my Danny also. Thank you Chips for this beautiful space. I say thank you all the time because I am really grateful. Here we see our POTUS and FLOTUS with the love and respect that they so deserve for serving this nation with so much patience, grace, love, and brilliant actions. (((((((((((((( Our Chips))))))))))))

          CarolMae and mtmarilyn, I hope you dance with joy when you meet up today. Have a beautiful time during your visit. So cool!

          Everyone, have a lovely and relaxing Sunday. It is a beautiful morning on the westcoast. My bones are aching from my all day work on the back patio and a little tidy up moment on the front entrance. Not complaining, just grateful to be able to feel the nice breeze, the sun, and behold the clouds above and just take in the lovely scene of nature all around me. I had my music in my ear and was sitting on one of the benches after finishing up the back patio; and everything surrounding me just looked so lovely and peaceful: the clouds in the sky, the birds moving from tree to tree, and the coolness running through the patio while touching my body, just was so awesome. The sky was just so clear which gave a back drop to a most lovely moment of just being still and taking it all in. Then all of a sudden a song came on and with all of this loveliness came the water-works. Just had to happen, I am sure of that. Those moments were so delicious. So TOD, get some delicious moments going on today and have a lovely day. You all know, we are capable of having our delicious moments. (((LU)))

          So, get out or stay in and take every moment into your space and just enjoy your day or evening, my TOD family. You all are so special.
          Keep our PBO and his team in your goodness of space. He is such a precious soul. We still have work to get done for him in this election. Enjoy and relax, because lots of work is still going on. Love you all!HZ

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