Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The President was meeting with faith leaders to discuss immigration reform. At the end of the meeting, everyone held hands during a group prayer. I got close to frame the hands of the President and Vice President.” Nov. 13, 2013



11:30: The President meets with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

3:10: Meets with national security leaders to discuss the strategic importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership


On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ spouses luncheon at Kualoa Ranch in Ka’a’awa on the island of Oahu in Hawaii on November 13, 2011

On This Day: President Obama delivers remarks at a press conference after the closing plenary session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the J.W. Marriott Hotel on November 13, 2011 in Honolulu

109 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 4 Roberta in MN
    November 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Congrats on 1st Don. Just came to say Hi to everyone and start catching up.
    GM Chips & DannyO.

  2. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    November 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Congratulations, Don. Morning, Chips. Glorious set of photos. That dress and hairstyle on FLOTUS is one of her best looks–she’s like some goddess standing there in that Hawaiian setting. Hope everyone has a great day.

  3. 7 desertflower
    November 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I LOVED the outfit FLOTUS had on that day:) From tip to toe, she looked stunning! Congrats, Don…Happy Friday

  4. November 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk and congratulations Sir Don on #1! Happy Friday everyone. 🙂

  5. November 13, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Happy Friday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeeeeya Chips!!

  6. 10 pkayden
    November 13, 2015 at 8:15 am

    That dress Mrs. Obama is wearing at APEC is breathtaking. She is so gorgeous!!

  7. 14 Don
    November 13, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I go to bed early and I wake up to find out about some guy named “Jihad John” getting stretched out in front of some building in Syria or wherever. My first question is who the fuck is he? And my second question is why does the Obama Administration always take these guys out when I’m asleep? And quite frankly, I’m getting tired of Obama taking these guys out after I’ve gone to bed. The same thing happened with bin laden, I went to bed around 8 p.m. and I wake up the next morning and bin laden is gone, WTF! Is it written somewhere that these guys have to get axed after midnight or something? For once can the Obama administration take a guy out before 8 p.m.?

    • 15 desertflower
      November 13, 2015 at 8:25 am

      He’s the guy that slit the throat of Foley and other western journalists…he seemed to delight in doing that for the camera….all while covered up from head to toe in black…we found him….and now he’s ashes. Thank you, President Obama and those “evil” drones.

    • 17 desertflower
      November 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

      ps….time difference:)

      • 18 Don
        November 13, 2015 at 8:29 am

        I know……..but still……. I mean I don’t want to be a hard-ass but what’s wrong with taking a guy out 6ish or 7ish central standard time?

    • November 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

      “why does the Obama Administration always take these guys out when I’m asleep?”

      Huh, tell me about it #binLaden

  8. 25 desertflower
    November 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Some stupid in the morning….

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  10. 34 desertflower
    November 13, 2015 at 8:35 am

    As if we needed any clarity on this…they live by a different set of rules than the rest of us…He subjectively decides….I’m pretty sure that it almost NEVER is done the way he wanted it…therefore, he will rip you off. Cheat shit.


    Donald Trump has a message for anyone who agrees to do a job for him: If I don’t like your work or I think you’re trying to rip me off, don’t expect to be paid in full.

    The billionaire front-runner to be the Republican candidate in the U.S. presidential race says he sometimes refuses to pay bills from contractors he has hired and then forces them to negotiate the final figure down.

    “I’ve had many people that when they work for me they get very rich,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters, but, “sometimes I renegotiate.” Adding: “I’ll do that with probably 10 or 15 percent of contractors.”

    The strategy has left some small business owners who have done jobs for him over three decades of real estate deals saying they have felt cheated and don’t want to ever work for him again. In a number of cases they have also faced big legal bills from subsequent court action.

  11. November 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  12. 41 Don
    November 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

    The thing I like most about the President going to these various summits is that we are guaranteed a press conference.

    • November 13, 2015 at 8:43 am

      And one you don’t have to cringe listening to, except when it comes to the idiot WHPC questions.

    • 43 arapaho415
      November 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

      GM Don.

      Wanna talk about stuff happening when the US is asleep?

      Guaranteed late dinner coverage will be wrapping up as the sun rises on the west coast — hope to catch as much as possible real-time next week — savoring every moment of PBO before next November’s election.

      Absolutely LOVE PBO’s foreign trips (this one is seriously jam-packed, PBO will only be able to cat-nap for a week 😦 ).

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  15. 46 sherijr
    November 13, 2015 at 8:47 am

    good morning all ~ Happy Friday the 13th 🙂

    Update on son’s attack on the light rail a few weeks ago: Frankly I had scaled back out of respect for my son, who preferred I let things lay for a bit… however, yesterday we received notice from the juvenile court system requesting my son testify on the case in Dec. Have left a message w/ State’s Attorney.. but from what I can tell, they must have apprehended the young men/ man who attacked my son. So this is good news, guessing that the video on the light rail helped them find this guy.

    • November 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

      GM sherijr.
      Great news. I hope the attacker gets the punishment he deserves. Hugs to your son.

      • 48 sherijr
        November 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

        thank you Africa. They sent us paperwork to fill out for compensation too, which we didn’t expect but are very happy about, as my son’s phone was destroyed and his book bag taken w/ some items.
        Honestly, I’m a bit frightened for my son, as now the culprit knows his name- we know his from the paperwork we received. My son, on the other hand said he is ‘excited’ to testify. Braver than me at this point.

    • November 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Oh, wow, that is great news. May justice prevail for you and your son. Thanks so much for letting us know, sherijr.

    • 53 Don
      November 13, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Good, I hope they throw the book at this guy!

      • 54 sherijr
        November 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        thank you Don 😉 I want to find out if possible, whether he’s been arrested for this sort of thing before.

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  17. November 13, 2015 at 8:48 am
    • 57 desertflower
      November 13, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Made me chuckle. Like he’s going to swoop in and save the day. They are all so full of themselves

    • November 13, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Boy they are disparate if they are using Mitt as their secret weapon. It is no one’s fault but the Republican party for allowing these right wing racists tea party folks to take over their party. So that now they have the likes of a Donald Trump, a Ben Carson, a Ted Cruz being their nominee. Did anyone see Donald Trump latest rant at his rally? He really ripped into Carson. Call the people of Iowa crazy. I have to some what agree there because look at that latest Tea Party Republican Senator of Iowa.

  18. November 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

    they are a ‘leaderless movement’.
    they don’t believe in ‘organizing’, because, you know…respectability politics..

    so, not being snarky….

    what the phuck do you need money for?

    I was listening to Rev. Al’s radio show the other day, and he was having a discussion with a guy about how some young folks are talking ‘ when are you going to pass the baton, Rev. Al? And Rev. Al’s response was, I’ll pass the baton to the young people that I’ve been grooming in my organization. Not going to pass the baton to someone young, just cause they’re young. And, definitely not going to pass the baton to anyone who doesn’t believe in the things that I do, and in the apparatus that I built to get those things accomplished.’

    I’ll ask again……

    they don’t believe in structure…

    so, what.da.phuq do you need money for?


    Major donors consider funding Black Lives Matter

    Activists for the protest movement are meeting in secret with liberal funder club.
    11/13/15 05:11 AM EST

    Some of the biggest donors on the left plan to meet behind closed doors next week in Washington with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and their allies to discuss funding the burgeoning protest movement, POLITICO has learned.

    The meetings are taking place at the annual winter gathering of the Democracy Alliance major liberal donor club, which runs from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning and is expected to draw Democratic financial heavyweights, including Tom Steyer and Paul Egerman.

    The DA, as the club is known in Democratic circles, is recommending its donors step up check writing to a handful of endorsed groups that have supported the Black Lives Matter movement. And the club and some of its members also are considering ways to funnel support directly to scrappier local groups that have utilized confrontational tactics to inject their grievances into the political debate.

    It’s a potential partnership that could elevate the Black Lives Matter movement and heighten its impact. But it’s also fraught with tension on both sides, sources tell POLITICO.

    The various outfits that comprise the diffuse Black Lives Matter movement prize their independence. Some make a point of not asking for donations. They bristle at any suggestion that they’re susceptible to being co-opted by a deep-pocketed national group ― let alone one with such close ties to the Democratic Party establishment like the Democracy Alliance.


    • November 13, 2015 at 10:02 am

      this sounds like trouble brewing…

      money can cause a lot of problems…i would walk slowly in this..

    • November 13, 2015 at 10:15 am

      In addition there are many pieces to the BLM….

      but it is not entirely true that they leaderless…or unstructured …if you look at the things they have accomplished there is some structure…Campaign Zero is an example of what came out of countless meetings…seminars and conferences….

      but i am wary of groups throwing money at grass roots organizations..with money there are always strings and accountability…so like i said…walk slowly…

      because BLM is loosely structured with different pieces…money could fracture it more…causing rivalry and other things…

      so walk slow;y…

    • 64 Don
      November 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

      You want to know how do you go about killing a movement? You fund it!

  19. 66 Dudette
    November 13, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Woohoo! I’m in Orlando!

    Sunny skies! Warm temperatures! Palm trees!

    First person that speaks to me when I walk outside the airport asks me a question in Spanish. Yep, I’m in Florida! 😆

    • 67 desertflower
      November 13, 2015 at 9:05 am


    • 69 sherijr
      November 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Enjoy! I lived there for 7 years.. in Melbourne/Palm Bay… loved the weather, most of the time… and the amazing wildlife 🙂

      • 70 Dudette
        November 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

        Cool! I’ll be fine as long as I don’t run into any alligators! Then I’ll be heading right back to the airport!

        Got any tips on interesting things to do/see off the beaten path?Places to eat? I came with no agenda except to visit Kennedy Space Ctr on Monday. Did Disney, Epcot and Universal on previous trips.

        • 71 Don
          November 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

          I love going to Disney but my wife said we needed to visit other places, even my son got tired of Disney. I guess I’m a kid at heart, next year we’re planning to do a cruise for the umpteenth time, but hey, its food 24/7 so I’m onboard.

          • 72 Dudette
            November 13, 2015 at 10:59 am

            I loved Disney too but kinda want see what else is out there this time around. Might end up going again if nothing stands out.😀

        • 73 sherijr
          November 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm

          wow how cool to go to Kennedy Dudette. I wish I could give you touring info.. but I mostly just worked and took care of my youngin’ when living there:) Near where I worked in Melbourne, there was a part of the river within walking distance, where Manatee lived. When we were in the middle of a drought, there happened to be manatees, a dolphin AND an alligator all living in there together.. it was amazing. I would walk (was pregnant with my now 16 yr old) there during my lunch each day.. and for about two weeks it was quite the entertaining place to be. Just have fun, my dear.

    • 74 Dudette
      November 13, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Have really gotta dust those Rosetta Stone lessons at some point! But today is time to play! 😀

      • 75 Anjo
        November 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        My relatives live in Kissimee, (sp) I visited for the first time last year and really liked, go to Sea World Twas a settling in to new house trip so didn’t get around much except to malls but liked what I saw will be back ENJOY

        • 76 Dudette
          November 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm

          Cool Anjo! I’ve got an arm full of brochures to pore over as soon as I finish lunch. Heck I might just chill out on the balcony or by the pool, not do a damn thing this afternoon and will still be happy as a pig in slop! 😎

    • 77 CEB
      November 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Welcome to Florida, Dudette. Yes, Spanish is all too often the first language in my state especially from Orlando down to Miami. Just yesterday I received a call regarding signing up for healthcare that was all in Spanish (which I have never spoken and no one who sees my name would assume that I do). The only reason that I know that it was about healthcare was because the only English word was “Obamacare.” Another thing that you must become accustomed to is trying to find the English directions/information on product packaging.

      Hope you have a great time and that you enjoy the warm, humid November days that quite frankly, those of us who are native to the state would like to see gone.

    • 80 sjterrid
      November 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      I hope you have a great time in Florida, Dudette!

  20. November 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Jihadi John the ISIS guy who have beheaded America and British people is said to be dead, kill by a drone strike. PM David Cameron spoke about it this morning on the morning news.

  21. November 13, 2015 at 9:31 am




    So many questions from this picture, discovered during a recent tour of Ben Carson’s home, including…
    1. Who painted this? Do you think the people at the portrait store laughed when Ben Carson walked in and asked if someone could paint him and Black Klingon Jesus hanging out in a YMCA sauna, or do the people at the portrait store get so many requests like this that they have an artist on retainer who specializes in Black Klingon Jesus in the YMCA sauna paintings?
    2. Why is Jesus a Klingon? Don’t we all know that Ben Carson kinda doesn’t believe in science? Or science fiction. Or history. Shouldn’t this Black Klingon Jesus be, I don’t know, Black Morgan Freeman Jesus, since Ben Carson likely believes the Earth is 3000 years old and Morgan Freeman is approximately that age?
    Also, why does Black Klingon Jesus have hands the size of Shaq’s? Even with his fingers bent, Black Klingon Jesus’s hands are as big as Ben Carson’s face. When he’s done hanging out in the sauna with Ben Carson, Black Klingon Jesus should try out for the Sacramento Kings.
    3. Did Black Klingon Jesus order his super silky Yaki lacefront on the internet, or does he have a guy deliver it to him? Asking because I know Black Klingon Jesus definitely didn’t cop that in the store. The grade is too fine; the sheen is too shiny. That is some special order shit. (My guess? He had it delivered. This is Jesus after all. My Jesus aint on Ebay.)


  22. November 13, 2015 at 9:38 am

    The Brotha that they put as Interim President of UMissouri?

    B.A. and J.D.

    Like I said…….

    show me ANYONE who is the President of a University with ONLY a B.A….

    And, I’ll show you a White Male.

    Hell, even a White Female has to have more credentials.

  23. November 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Damon Young, 11/9/15

    I wasn’t alive in the 50s and 60s and 70s when mass boycotts to protest racial injustice was more commonplace and more infused with our national cultural zeitgeist. I, like most of you, am very aware of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and other, less publicized, boycotts (like the New Orleans citizens boycott). But, again, reading about the spirit of a time in a textbook and hearing about it from your parents is a vastly different experience than living through it.

    I am, however, old enough to remember the late 80s and the 90s. As well as (obviously) the last 15 years. And I can honestly say that I have never seen a more meaningful and more effective American boycott than the one staged by the University of Missouri football players, whose actions forced President Tim Wolfe to resign.


    This is some major shit.

    Because, as absurd and problematic as the countless calls for the players to have their scholarships revoked were, it’s equally absurd that a couple dozens or so kids threatening to not play one football game had such an extensive and decisive impact — on the college, the state, the conference, and the nation — that it took less than 72 hours to get the university president out. It’s nothing short of amazing that those kids had the wherewithal and courage to put their scholarships and livelihoods (current and future) on the line to stand up for what they believed in, and it’s nothing short of terrifying that nothing anyone else on that campus would have done would have mattered the same way. No hunger strikes — and thank you, Jonathan Butler, for sparking this flame — no protests, no petitions signed by students and teachers, no votes of no confidence would have earned the same result as quickly.


  24. November 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Carson points to secret info to defend ridiculous claim
    11/13/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When politicians get caught making bogus claims, they have some choices on what to do next. The obvious solution is acknowledging the misstep and setting the record straight. Some, however, try lashing out fact-checkers and reporters who dare to question them. Others try changing the subject. Occasionally, we’ll even folks pretend they never said what they said.

    But the most amusing category belongs to politicians who defend bogus claims by citing secret evidence that only they have access to. As Rachel noted on the show last night, this comes up more often than it should.

    Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-Calif.), for example, claimed last year to have secret information about ISIS fighters getting caught entering the United States through Mexico, which never happened in reality. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) claimed to have secret evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which is the exact opposite of the truth.

    And then there’s Ben Carson, who claimed this week that China has deployed troops to Syria, despite the fact that China has not deployed troops to Syria. Yesterday, Armstrong Williams, a top Carson campaign aide, defended the claim by pointing to – you guessed it – secret intelligence. Here was the exchange between Williams and MSNBC’s Tamron Hall:

    HALL: …Dr. Carson said that the Chinese were – are in Syria, which is not accurate.

    WILLIAMS: Well, Tamron, from your perspective and what most people know, maybe that is inaccurate, but from my intelligence and what Dr. Carson`s been told by people on the ground involved in that area of the world, it has been told to him many times over and over that the Chinese are there. But as far as our intelligence and the briefings that Dr. Carson`s been in, and I`ve certainly been in with him, he`s certainly been told that the Chinese are there.

    This isn’t even the first time Team Carson has tried to pull this stunt.


  25. November 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

    More updates in the sidebar ….


  26. November 13, 2015 at 10:24 am

    bbl …. have a fine Friday everyone 🙂

  27. November 13, 2015 at 10:33 am

  28. 105 Don
    November 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Please let it be true that Thurston Howell III might get back into the race.

  29. November 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Now Ben Carson says that the Chinese have a military presence in Syria?? To which Susan rice said not to my knowledge.
    I wonder if Carson supporters think that his sources know more than the national security adviser?

  30. November 13, 2015 at 11:30 am

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