Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, before he departed to Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 12, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



11:15 EST: The President awards Captain Florent A Groberg, U.S. Army (Ret) the Medal of Honor



60 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. November 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Good morning TOD. Happy Day before Friday.

  2. 3 jackiegrumbacher
    November 12, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Morning. Yesterday’s posts were filled with so many glorious tributes to our veterans they really did this site proud. There are so many people here with good hearts and great talent. Thanks to JO’B for the poetry, to Yardarm for the great photos and to everyone for their family stories.

    • 4 sherijr
      November 12, 2015 at 8:14 am

      x1000 on all you said Jackie, couldn’t agree more with how wonderful this site and all it’s folks are, I feel lucky everyday to get to read all this goodness.

      Good morning Chips & all of TOD, have a lovely day… even rainy Baltimore 🙂

      • 5 tnmtngirl
        November 12, 2015 at 8:18 am

        Ditto from jackie and sheri. Awesome day yesterday in so many ways! Thanks to everyone.

        Rainy (and very windy) here in East Tennessee too, sheri. Good day wished for all.

  3. November 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congratulations Mariele on #1! Happy Thursday everyone 🙂

  4. 8 Roberta in MN
    November 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning Chips, DannyO, Congrats on 1st Mairele. GM JackieB, HF, tnmtngirl & sherijr. Yesterdays posts were awesome by Chips, NW & the poem from JO’B was great. I reposted all of it to my FB pages hoping some of it rubbed off on my family. All my Mother’s Brother’s served in WWII & Korea. All came home and went to school on the GI bill. My Mother was the very 1st VFW Women’s Auxillary President in the MN Chapter before she passed. I come from a Military family on Mom’s & Dad’s side and passed it down to our children. Have a good day today everyone. BBL.

  5. 9 JER
    November 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • November 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

      I can’t believe these people are so dam stupid. Do they really think Trump will be able to deport all those people. Trump has to sit back with whatever he drinks and laugh at those idiots supporting him.

  6. November 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 12 JER
    November 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

  8. November 12, 2015 at 8:52 am

    His cooning just doesn’t stop.


    Carson swipes Sanders at Christian college
    By Jonathan Easley

    Ben Carson took a shot at Bernie Sanders in an address to students at the nation’s largest Christian college on Wednesday, warning against “unscrupulous politicians” offering free college that will add to the national debt and hasten “the destruction of the nation.”

    Just 12 hours after the fourth Republican presidential debate concluded Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Carson told students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that a successful democracy depends on “a well-informed and educated populace.”

    “If people are not well informed, they just [listen to] unscrupulous politicians and news media and off the people go in the completely wrong direction, listening to all kinds of propaganda and inculcating that into their way of thinking,” the GOP White House hopeful said.


    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      November 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I wonder if Carson ever realizes that he makes no sense. He spouts words, but the content is confused and contradictory. And he presents himself as a devout Christian, but the substance of his remarks are really cruel. He’s saying that people should be educated, but they should get no help in getting that education because the so-called national debt is more important than human lives. What a truly sad, pathetic man.

    • 16 catrst
      November 12, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Wow. He has learned the Karl Rove shuffle. Accuse your opposition of exactly what you yourself are guilty of. (unscrupulousness, bearing false witness, inculcating into ones way of thinking, going in the completely wrong direction). Then attack the strengths of your nemises as if they were bad things, like trying to make college affordable again for the general population.

      One thing about college affordability is that a concern of working class people (white community as well) is that college is out of range for their children unless there are unsustainable loans. Used to be state schools were well funded with tax payers dollars and everyone that qualified could get in and the tuition, room and board were managable. Most middle class kids worked in addition on campus so it was possible to leave with a good education and no debts. The current situation (costs) has working class people feeling out of options and that leads to scapegoating. I don’t know the progress that led to the defunding of higher state education. Maybe its part of the Bircher mentality to destroy all public programs, including education. I wish someone would do an in depth article on this and show us how we got here and why.

      I watched a clip of Carson from Trevor Noah’s show and boy he seems lethargic. There is something weird about his affect. Maybe its feigned to be sure his angry self doesn’t show because we’ve seen that now. Anyway its strange.

      • 17 cd4biden
        November 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

        Anybody know if anyone has looked into Carson’s medical history? And I’m not talking about when he was a surgeon. Could the man be bi-polar and on medication? Would certainly explain his past rages (if they were true) and his current lethargy. Wouldn’t want that anywhere near “the button” in times of crisis.

        I have a young neighbor who is bi-polar, and when he doesn’t take his meds he is quite something. Best to just stay indoors until he is done. Fortunately his actions are not dangerous to anyone but himself, but best not to encourage him.

  9. November 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

    November 12, 2015, 07:59 am
    Trump blasts Wall Street Journal over ‘third-rate’ editorial
    By Jesse Byrnes

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump went after The Wall Street Journal Thursday morning over an editorial critical of his comments on a major trade deal.

    “There’s so much misinformation, but you would think that a paper like The Wall Street Journal would call for clarification,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends.”
    “But they don’t do that, they just write. That’s why they’re not a respected paper too much anymore,” Trump added.

    The newspaper said in its editorial that, based on Trump’s comments in the fourth GOP debate Tuesday night about the trade pact, “it wasn’t obvious that he has any idea what’s in it.”

    “I know it intimately, although it is 6,000 pages,” Trump responded on Fox News.


  10. November 12, 2015 at 8:58 am

    November 11, 2015, 11:00 am
    In new shock poll, Sanders has landslides over both Trump and Bush
    By Brent Budowsky, columnist, The Hill

    In a new McClatchy-Marist poll, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leads Republican candidate Donald Trump by a landslide margin of 12 percentage points, 53 to 41. In the McClatchy poll, Sanders also leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) by a landslide margin of 10 points, 51 to 41.


    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      November 12, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Well, for heavens’s sake, who wouldn’t? Trump is a completely idiot and Bush is a mess.

    • 22 57andfemale
      November 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

      These polls are b.s. for this reason: Hillary supporters are willing to enthusiastically support Bernie if he’s the nominee. The Bernie supporters are into withholding their vote, making it look in these one-to-one match-ups as if he’s doing better.

      The GOP would LOVE Bernie to be the nominee. They will destroy him, manipulate the fear in the “independents” (read: low information voter). He’s McGovern. He’s Nader.

  11. 23 JER
    November 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

    By my count, Count Knoller thinks about food 1,440 minutes a day. 😉

  12. November 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

  13. 30 GGail
    November 12, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  14. November 12, 2015 at 9:11 am

    ‘Y’all gotta go cause we got pizza.’

    That’s some cold azz shyt right there.


    Garden City’s mayor says residents who wanted to plead with the City Council to save their homes weren’t allowed to speak because officials had a pizza party planned after the meeting.

    Speaking one day after he and other City Council members walked out of session without taking public comment from at least seven former homeowners facing eviction, Randy Walker said the meeting’s main purpose was to swear in new officials.

    Those meetings don’t usually feature public comment — and a party was planned immediately afterward, he said.

    “It’s a happy occasion,” Walker said. “We had food waiting. We had pizza coming out of the oven at 7:45 (p.m.).”

    The explanation was hard to swallow for Nicholis P. Dunsky, whose home was foreclosed because of back taxes. He faces eviction and brought his family to the council meeting.

    “That’s a … (poor) excuse,” he told The News. “We felt like we didn’t matter.”

    The controversy arose because Garden City, like several suburbs, acquired tax-foreclosed homes from Wayne County before they were offered on public auction. The homes were then sold to developers, including JSR Funding of Warren, that plan to flip them for profit.


    • 32 GGail
      November 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      How heartless!

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      November 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Rikyrah, I wish the people of Garden City would realize that they have the power to eject their mayor and get one who will listen to them. It’s called elections and they work if people come out to vote.

  15. November 12, 2015 at 9:18 am

    College students confront subtler forms of bias: ‘microaggressions’\

    Teresa Watanabe and Jason SongContact Reporters

    USC junior Vanessa Diaz was raised in Dallas. But at a party two years ago, she was asked if she could speak English.

    When Diaz became offended, the other student tried to pass off the question as a joke. But it did not amuse her, any more than the idea of Mexican-themed parties on Greek Row featuring students in sombreros and fake mustaches.

    “Because of the society we live in, it’s not OK to be overtly racist,” Diaz said. “But that doesn’t mean everything is OK.”

    Some call it the new face of racism — not the blatant acts of bias that recently led to the University of Missouri’s campus unrest and resignation of the president and chancellor. Instead, a phenomenon known as “microaggression” — everyday slights and snubs, sometimes unintentional — is drawing widespread attention across college campuses and kicking up a debate about social justice and free speech rights.

    Students are sharing their experiences with microaggression on websites and Facebook pages at Harvard, Oberlin, Brown, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Columbia, Willamette and other universities.

    In the last eight years, researchers have conducted more than 5,500 studies on the topic documenting how such seemingly minor slights harm student performance, mental health and work productivity, said Derald Wing Sue, a Columbia University psychology professor and leading expert on the topic.


  16. November 12, 2015 at 9:21 am

    This is why we can’t have nice things. There is absolutely no excuse for ANY Democrat, let alone a Black Democrat, to go along with ANYTHING that helps our Robber Barron Governor. So, whatever Madigan does to you Duncan, you brought on yourself. And, you know how much I dislike Michael Madigan.


    State lawmaker who crossed Madigan to help Rauner says Democrats ‘vindictive’

    State Rep. Ken Dunkin, the Chicago Democrat who denied House Speaker Michael Madigan crucial votes against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in Springfield this week, is defending his decision to break from his party, saying Democrats were being “vindictive” and trying to embarrass the rookie governor.

    Dunkin, a supporter of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, also said he got something for his non-votes, with Rauner agreeing to turn on the spigot of lucrative tax credits for filmmakers, which have been on hold during the budget impasse.

    The 13-year lawmaker spoke a day after he twice refused to cast votes during Democratic attempts to overrule Rauner on spending for child care and services for the elderly and disabled.

    Those votes stemmed from a monthslong struggle over Rauner’s decision to use executive authority to force the cuts to the programs while the two sides have been locked in a stalemate over a spending plan for state government. Rauner contended for months that the state didn’t have the money to pay.

    Dunkin says that while Democrats were preparing to use their supermajorities to overrule Rauner on the cuts, he was working behind the scenes to strike a deal. By his telling, Rauner agreed to roll back the cuts as long as any override attempts were assured to fail.


  17. 37 JER
    November 12, 2015 at 9:24 am

  18. November 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

    They’ve already paid out FIVE MILLION? Yeah, no wonder they want the video suppressed.


    The video that might rip Chicago apart — and why you need to see it

    There is a video that could tear Chicago apart.

    It will go viral if released, and the world will see something ugly and frightening on the Southwest Side.

    It comes from a police dashboard camera. City Hall worries that political hell may be on the way. Activists are primed. The politics of race and police use of force are at hand.

    And a court hearing is scheduled for next week on whether it should be released to the public.

    All this is going on just below the surface. All the players know what’s at stake, so I thought you should know about it, too.

    The video, without sound, is said to show Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American reportedly with PCP in his system, holding a small knife. He was shot to death by a white Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke, on the night of Oct. 20, 2014, at 41st and Pulaski on the Southwest Side.


    Attorney Jeff Neslund, a former prosecutor, helped quickly secure a $5 million settlement from the city for McDonald’s family. I figure Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not want the video shaping his mayoral-runoff election campaign.

    “It shocks the conscience,” Neslund told me. “The video was disturbing. It was described accurately by one of the witnesses as an execution. He was on the ground, and the police officer kept shooting.”


  19. November 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

    • 46 Don
      November 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

      I’ve never liked Bernie Sanders, he drips with contempt for President Obama. Bernie Sanders is a professional shit talker of the highest caliber, twenty-five plus years in office and he hasn’t done a single goddamn thing of consequence.

      • November 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Standing right beside you on this. I was away last weekend visiting friends up north and OMG, I had to endure two hardcore Sanders supporters at this dinner party who were like zombies. I mean, they even rolled out the anger at PBO for not indicting Cheney & Bush when he took office in January 2009. I can’t stand this stuff!

        • 48 Don
          November 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

          Yep, meta, all hat and no cattle is how you would describe Sanders and his acolytes. I remember it like it was yesterday, then candidate Barack Obama said he wasn’t interested in litigating the past when it came to Bush and Cheney. But of course the professional left and the purity ponies weren’t having any of that nonsense. They wanted a quart of blood as opposed to moving forward as Barack Obama said he would do.

          • November 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

            I mean, the entire country was melting down, everyone losing their shirts, and they wanted PBO to break new uncharted territory and bring the country to a halt to put Bush/Cheney on trial that would have cost a billion and been conducted who knows how and for how long? I certainly know that W and Cheney are horrible mofos and lied us into war but how exactly was this whole drama supposed to be played out against a financial meltdown where people were losing their jobs and their homes left and right? No food on the table but whatever. I’m grateful PBO chose to save our economy and pass healthcare. The rest Karma will have to sort out.

  20. November 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Interesting student uprisings. They are rightly making their concerns known and are willing to fight for it.

  21. November 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Luvvie weighs in on the University of Missouri protests


    About Mizzou, White Supremacy and Freedom Fighting

    Awesomely Luvvie — November 11, 2015

    The state of Missouri has been a racial hotbed in the last year and a half, starting in Ferguson with the killing of Michael Brown Jr., in August 2014.

    The Black students at the University of Missouri have been protesting the mishandling of incidents on campus, and the football team boycotted taking the field until the President resigned. He finally did on Monday (because they cannot risk losing $1 million a week without football) so people celebrated that victory. However, it was short-lived because yesterday, Black students started getting terrorized on campus. An anonymous comment was posted to the network YikYak from someone claiming that he’ll shoot every Black person he sees on sight.

    Mizzou barely flinched at it and took to Twitter to say there are no threats on campus BUT then they today, a boy named Hunter Park was arrested for making threats. If 2+2=4, that one equals 5 because how were there no threats yet someone is now in custody?


  22. November 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Good morning, TODers.

  23. November 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

    This ridiculous guy with the wife who always looks like she’s on dope.

  24. November 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I wanna have sympathy….really, I do.
    But, my heart has been hardened by their repeated stupidity in voting against their own best interests.
    Also, They’ve always been there…how come the media is doing stories on them NOW?
    Robert Kennedy told you about these folks in 1968.


    America’s poorest white town: abandoned by coal, swallowed by drugs
    In the first of a series of dispatches from the US’s poorest communities, we visit Beattyville, Kentucky, blighted by a lack of jobs and addiction to ‘hillbilly heroin’

    aren Jennings patted her heavily made up face, put on a sardonic smile and said she thought she looked good after all she’d been through.

    “I was an alcoholic first. I got drunk and fell in the creek and broke my back. Then I got hooked on the painkillers,” the 59-year-old grandmother said.

    Over the years, Jennings’ back healed but her addiction to powerful opioids remained. After the prescriptions dried up, she was drawn to the underground drug trade that defines eastern Kentucky today as coal, oil and timber once did.

    Jennings spoke with startling frankness about her part in a plague gripping the isolated, fading towns dotting this part of Appalachia. Frontier communities steeped in the myth of self-reliance are now blighted by addiction to opioids – “hillbilly heroin” to those who use them. It’s a dependency bound up with economic despair and financed in part by the same welfare system that is staving off economic collapse across much of eastern Kentucky. It’s a crisis that crosses generations.


  25. November 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Police misconduct complaints by whites more likely to be upheld

    Over the past five years, whites in Chicago were almost seven times more likely to have their police misconduct complaints sustained than African-Americans, even though blacks filed three times more complaints against police officers, according to an analysis based on a new public database.

    The Chicago Police Department’s Internal Bureau of Investigation and the Independent Police Review Authority examined about 17,500 complaints of police misconduct between March 2011 and September 2015 in which the complainants were not anonymous. Of those, 61 percent were filed by African-Americans, 21 percent by whites and 12 percent by Hispanics, according to an analysis by The Chicago Reporter and City Bureau, a Chicago-based newsroom and journalism training lab.

    But of the complaints sustained, only 25 percent were filed by African-Americans, compared to 58 percent by whites and 15 percent by Hispanics. Each group represents about a third of the city’s population.

    “Race matters,” said Craig Futterman, law professor and director of the University of Chicago’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project. “It matters in terms of who is most likely to be victimized by police abuse, it matters in terms of who is most likely to be believed when there is a complaint, and it matters within the Police Department in terms of racial bias.”

    The analysis of police complaints is based on the Citizens Police Data Project, a website containing misconduct complaint records for more than 8,500 Chicago police officers. The project is under the umbrella of the Invisible Institute, a nonprofit journalism production company, which released the information on Tuesday. A collaboration with the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, where Futterman works, the project is believed to be the most expansive public database of its kind.


  26. November 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

    The Pundits Have It All Wrong. Ted Cruz Is a Real Threat For the Nomination.
    By Rich Lowry
    November 12, 2015

    Teed Cruz gets no respect. At least no respect in keeping with the impressiveness of the campaign he’s built and his increasing odds of winning the Republican nomination.
    The press and the political class are beginning to catch on to Cruz’s strength and there has been more talk of a prospective Cruz-Rubio race over the past two weeks, but his coverage and his buzz have been lagging indicators — and they are still lagging.

    From October to November, as the seriousness of his campaign has become even more evident, the disparity has gotten worse. According to the Post, “He’s on the air 70 percent less than his polling would suggest, even as he’s climbed past [Jeb] Bush and into fourth place in the race.”
    Donald Trump, as you might expect, gets more coverage than warranted by his polling. So does Bush. It’s as though the media still haven’t been able to adjust the level of coverage of the former Florida governor to account for their erroneous initial presumption that he’d probably be the nominee.
    The indications of the strength of Cruz’s operation and the shrewdness of his positioning are mounting.
    He had more cash on hand at the end of the third quarter than any other Republican.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/11/get-over-it-ted-cruz-is-a-real-threat-for-the-nomination-213351#ixzz3rIV4Pe9d

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