Rise And Shine


Eight-year old Make-A-Wish child Janiya Penny reacts after meeting President Barack Obama as he welcomes her family to the Oval Office, Aug. 8, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza



BBC: UN To Examine Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks

The UN has adopted a resolution aimed at identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be asked to prepare a plan for an inquiry. The vote came after the US and Russia agreed on the final text of the resolution. A mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal was set up after a deadly attack outside Damascus in August 2013.

 Late last year, the OPCW declared it had removed or destroyed all 1,180 tonnes of declared toxic agents and precursor chemicals. After Friday’s vote, the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said it was a clear message that the perpetrators would not go unpunished. “Today’s resolution has been adopted with the council’s unanimous support,” she said. “This sends a clear and powerful message to all those involved in chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The joint investigative mechanism will identify you if you gas people.

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President Barack Obama listens to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 8, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama, assisted by Staff Secretary Joani Walsh, signs bills in the Oval Office, Aug. 8, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama walks through the Cross Hall of the White House, Aug. 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

111 Responses to “Rise And Shine”

  1. August 8, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  2. 6 LDS
    August 8, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Congrats Vetivera!
    Thank you Nerdy for a job well done.
    It is a beautiful glorious morning here in NYC.
    I pray tha our President and his family will enjoy their vacation in peace, love and rest.

  3. 8 japa21
    August 8, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Go ManU

    August 8, 2015 at 8:15 am


  5. August 8, 2015 at 8:19 am

    The photograph of Jadiya Penny and her family just tugs on my heart.
    Thank you.

    • 12 Nerdy Wonka
      August 8, 2015 at 8:26 am

      You’re welcome, LDS.

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      August 8, 2015 at 8:49 am

      LDS, it’s always been my favorite photo. That little girl and her family are just so overwhelmed by PBO’s awesomeness. I wonder what happened to little Jadiya.

  6. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    August 8, 2015 at 8:26 am

    • 15 COS
      August 8, 2015 at 8:41 am

      GM NW and TOD. So the Republican hypocrisy continues.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      August 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Morning, Nerdy. The thing that gets me the most is that Republican women swallow all this and vote for misogynist candidates just because they have an R after their name. The most hideous and obnoxious comments in the world don’t deter them. And some of these nuts are even in my family. The kind of verbal gymnastics I have to perform to talk to some family members is pitiable. Veer into politics–even tangentially–and I start World War III. It’s truly exhausting. Yet they love me and I love them. Go figure.

    • August 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Yes, it appears the RWNJs have some sacred blondes.

    • August 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

      I could give two shyts about what Trump said about Meghan Kelly. She has sat up there, without fail, while countless other females, including the First Lady and her daughters, have been insulted, and she hasn’t said shyt.

      So, no…I don’t give a phuck what Trump said about her.

      • 21 TrumpDog
        August 8, 2015 at 10:21 am

        Don’t forget her comment about the McKinney teen who was pinned down by the cop while she was wearing a bikini. Meghan said “she’s no saint”
        So they can all spare me the outrage.

        • August 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

          I guess it’s only when they offend one of their owns, these are the same people who found not fault with Donald Trump saying that President Obama was not born in this country. And no I am no fan of meghan kelly either.

  7. 23 Vicki
    August 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Good morning, nerdy. Thank you for your tireless efforts in bringing us this forum of truth.
    Good morning TOD.

    I don’t know if anybody will find this interesting, but the WaPo site that promised us a continually updated count on the Iran Deal has not been doing so.
    Last entry was yesterday at 10:00 AM.

    So far I think the confirmed Yes votes stand at 16.
    Chuck Schumer reportedly called Bernie Sanders to ask him to reverse his Yes vote. Outrageous, if accurate.

    Does Chuck think that Bernie’s early out front “Yes” puts HRC at a disadvantage?

  8. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    August 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning NW!

    Good Morning Everybody!

  9. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    August 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Just read of the death of the Palestine, father of the baby/toddler, who was burnt and died in the housefire, set by the extremist settlers;

    politicians never learn that if you manipulate hate/extremism to win elections, these emboldened people will eventually demand that you live up to the campaign promises you made.

    in the end you, as the politician, who rode the political wave of hate, will not be able to control the words and actions of these extremists

    • August 8, 2015 at 10:27 am

      in the end you, as the politician, who rode the political wave of hate, will not be able to control the words and actions of these extremists


      Hi Linda….never a truer statement…
      same is true in this country…
      when a young man listens to or is fed a steady diet of hate and more hate…and then acts out that hate as …everyone is shocked…the hatemongers and fearmongers are not held accountable for their incitement…

      and if the perpetrator does not have an Arabic name it is not considered terrorism….

      but what can be more terrorist then inciting violence and hatred against a group of people…

      ask any black man or women stopped by the police…

      Racism and Racist threats are tolerated and encouraged in this society…it is part of the fabric of Americanism…i am not sure if we will ever be able to rip it out….

  10. 27 hopefruit2
    August 8, 2015 at 9:29 am

    G’morning Nerdy, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats vet24 on #1! 🙂 Happy Saturday everyone, and thanks Nerdy for this wonderful Saturday R & S! 🙂

  11. August 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Donald Trump says what need to be said, he speaks his mind. He’s kind of Reagen-ness. That’s what some supporter of his said. A rich racists, sexists, loud mouth bully, yes he represent the Tea Party Racists Republicans just find. I guess the moderators weren’t suppose to ask Trump tough questions, that is what piss the disgusting bully off this time..

    • August 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Now let me say afew words about that Chuck Schumer. Calling Bernie Sanders, who else have he call to try to convince them? And this is who Harry Reid think deserve to be the leader of the Senate Democrats, oh no,no,no. I don’t think he deserve to be in the Senate.

  12. 31 mtmarilyn
    August 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

    A beautiful Montana Saturday morning to all. I pray the First Family is having a lovely Saturday morning rest on their first day. I am off to the Farmers Market and to do some garage saleing. Love my Saturday mornings. Have a great day everyone!!!!

    • August 8, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Morning mtmarilyn, I agree, I hope the First Family is having a nice breakfast before POTUS goes to play alittle golf. Of course we know POTUS has to get his morning briefings, a President maybe be on vacation, but he is never really on vacation.

  13. 33 JER
    August 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

    • 34 globalcitizenlinda
      August 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

      I like the people in this video. they are really happy to have the first family among them and they express an understanding of WHY the POTUS needs some quiet time with his family.

      Thanks, Martha’s Vineyard

  14. 35 JER
    August 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

    The First Family will stay here:

    Photo by Nathaniel Horwit

  15. August 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

    Got Peanut and her grandmother off to the Bud Billiken Parade, complete with lunch.

    I’m off to swim and run errands.

  16. August 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Good morning, NW and TODville. Very foggy here this morning, sunny later today, no rain in sight.

    Healing thoughts are with carolyn, JO’B & son, and GoB.

  17. August 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Worth a read!

  18. 41 amk for obama
    August 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

    beebs considers erick erickson as an ‘influential conservative voice’. how many presidents did he help elect?

  19. August 8, 2015 at 10:35 am

    More victims of police brutality and murder each day.

  20. 46 desertflower
    August 8, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Morning everyone. Busy day for me…

  21. August 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

    GITMO alert:

    The United States has secured commitments from a dozen countries to accept nearly half of the 52 Guantanamo prisoners already cleared for transfer, U.S. officials said on Friday, as the Obama administration tries to accelerate efforts to close the military prison.

    But the moves will require the final signature of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, which could still delay the process, despite President Barack Obama’s push to empty the prison before he leaves office in 2017.

    With the White House drafting a broader plan to shut the facility, the office of the State Department’s Guantanamo envoy has finalized deals with several foreign governments and is in advanced negotiations with others, the senior officials told Reuters.

    They said the transfers from the prison at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has drawn international condemnation for the harsh treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held there, could take place by the end of the year, whittling down the current prisoner population of 116.

    • August 8, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Current tally:

      Total number of Guantanamo detainees= 116
      Number of detainees now cleared for release=51
      Number of detainees either “forever ” prisoners or not yet decided=65

    • 56 globalcitizenlinda
      August 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thanks for this update Meta, I am one of those who are closely watching the progress on this matter;

      I think that PBO is going to do all he can to make sure that GITMO is closed before he leaves office.

      I am praying for PBO to succeed in closing this symbol of a Shrub US federal government going against its own constitution and the bedrock of its own values of what a fair justice system ought to be.

    • 57 amk for obama
      August 8, 2015 at 10:54 am

      why would ashton carter delay it?

    • 62 Vicki
      August 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Best News of the Day!!! So far, at least. Thank you Meta.

  22. 63 amk for obama
    August 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Russia’s defence firms have been hit not only by Western sanctions but also by a breakdown in business ties with Ukraine.

    For decades under Soviet rule, Russia’s strategic industries had close links with partners in Ukraine, all centrally controlled from Moscow.

    But relations soured last year, with Ukraine’s pivot to the West, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

    The EU and US banned military exports to Russia, saying Moscow was supplying the insurgents with sophisticated heavy weapons and regular troops. Moscow denied the allegations.


  23. 64 amk for obama
    August 8, 2015 at 11:14 am


  24. 65 GGail
    August 8, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    So, trump said he was doing FOX a favor by attending the debate. This dood is certifiable. And the blood comment he made about Megan is unforgivable.

  25. 67 MightyPamela
    August 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

  26. 76 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Hello TOD.
    Thanks for this R&S post, NW.
    Congrats to the Gold ⭐ winner of this Fine post and winners on the last 2 posts.

  27. 78 vcprezofan2
    August 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Greetings, TODobots and friends!

    Like your ‘first steps’ up above, Alma-B! 😀

  28. 79 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Silence Is Complicity.
    On that, I applaud those on the left who have spoken up for MKelly.
    I am equally offended when a sizable number from the same group MUTE themselves when people of Color, Pres and his family are viciously attacked.
    The selectivity on Social Media Outrage, enrages me, personally.

  29. 80 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    GOPers Reap what they Sow

  30. August 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Where are the “All Lives Matter” crew??

    • 82 Nena20409
      August 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

      And Gov’t”
      The Police is part of Gov’t in SC.
      This Gov’t Part is Pres Obama and AG Lynch.
      My heart bleeds for this family, perhaps, they should direct that anger more to Nikki H, Gov of SC.

  31. 83 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 11:58 am

  32. August 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  33. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    August 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    • 88 hopefruit2
      August 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Karma is enjoying her visit at Hotel Redstate, which is located in the heart of the GOP Resort…

  34. August 8, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Good morning, afternoon, evening TOD community 🙂

    Well done vetivera 🙂

    LOVELY, informative R&S, NW! Thank you and hope you are enjoying your weekend!!!

    And, then there’s this ….



  35. August 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Check the sidebar for other updates on this but it appears the Saudis and Iranians are ready to cooperate on resolving Syrian civil war/DAESH occupation ….

    Doubt we’d be seeing this if it were not for President Obama and John Kerry’s efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear program issue …

  36. August 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Important ….

  37. August 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    related, no doubt ….

  38. August 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Without comment ….

  39. August 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

  40. August 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Please sign if you haven’t already

  41. August 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    • 97 COS
      August 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      I had emails opposing Schumer’s decision from all of the Dem support groups this morning, including MoveOn.org.

  42. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    August 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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  44. August 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

  45. 103 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  46. 104 amk for obama
    August 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Just now met a cute couple who got married today and were having a dinner party at my hotel. Congratulated them and they were pleased as a punch. Kids/smh

  47. August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  48. 111 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Interesting pictorial caricatures 😉

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