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Early Bird Chat

Complete Randomness: Students show their excitement at meeting President Barack Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday!


106 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    May 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD

    #TGIF

  2. 4 africa
    May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

    HAPPY FRIDAY TODers

    Hey there Ms. Donna!!

    Hiya Chips

  3. 12 africa
    May 30, 2014 at 7:42 am
    • 13 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

      THE VA DISASTER BEGAN LONG BEFORE THAT…IN THE 60’S WHEN VIETNAM VETERANS WERE IGNORED FOLLOWING THEIR RETURNS FROM THAT WAR…THIS HAS GONE ON FOR DECADES AND WILL FRANKLY NEED A HANDS ON CLEAN UP AT EACH SITE WHEREVER COMPLAINTS ARE LODGED. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE SO MANY DAMAGED AND HOMELESS VIETNAM VETS TODAY…THEY WEREN’T TAKEN CARE OF WHEN THEY GOT HOME…PLUS THE AGENT ORANGE DISASTER THE GOVERNMENT TRIED TO DENY THAT SEVERELY AFFECTED AND KILLED ALOT OF OUR OWN TROOPS. THIS IS NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DOING…THIS IS DECADES OF HIDING,LIEING AND SEEING WHAT YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH…IT IS SHAMEFUL. NEW YORK ATTORNEY VICTOR GIACONE REPRESENTED THE VETS AGAINST THE GOV. AT THAT TIME…DON’T KNOW IF HE IS STILL ALIVE…HOWEVER…IF ANYBODY KNOWS ABOUT VA NIGHTMARES IN THAT ERA…HE DOES….SHAMEFUL,DISGUSTING AND GONE ON FOR DECADES.

    • 14 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 30, 2014 at 8:28 am

      IT BEGAN IN THE 60’S MY DEAR!

      • May 30, 2014 at 8:37 am

        They didn’t want to pay for agent orange claims so they neglected a generation of veterans in the worst way. Same thing happened to veterans of the gulf war who had been given experimental vaccinations and had been exposed to toxins while in theater.

      • 16 daisydem
        May 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

        Sue, you are right on! Thank you for saying it!

      • May 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

        You are right Sue. The only people these idiots in Washington are fooling are themselves. It’s no wonder some can’t differentiate between Republicans and Democrats.

  4. 18 Jovie
    May 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Ever since the presidents speech, war Doves are now War Mongers.
    That’s right, the only principle that any republican has, is go opposite of whatever the President says.

    WEAK my ass!

    Good morning! :)

    • 20 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

      PBO IS EXTREMELY STRONG AND FILLED WITH INTEGRITY…WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE HIM….OUR SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN USED BY THE REPUBLICANS IN AN INSANE CHESS GAME…WE HAVE SO MANY LOSSES AND DISABILITIES THAT THEY NOW DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR…AND YOU THINK THIS IS BAD…WAIT UNTIL THE REST COME HOME AT THE END OF THE YEAR TO NO JOBS AND NEED BENEFITS…THAT THE REPUGNANT ONES WON’T WANT TO GIVE. I PRAY FOR MY PRESIDENT…BECAUSE ALL THAT HAS GONE WRONG WITH AMERICA HAS TAKEN YEARS TO INFUSE WITH GREED AND SELF CONSUMPTION…PBO WAS STILL IN DIAPERS BUT THEY WILL TRY TO BURDEN HIM WITH THEIR OWN SINS. THIS IS WHY WITH RESPECT TO THINGS SUCH AS THE VA…IT IS IMPORTANT TO BRING OUT THE EARLY HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS FILED SINCE THE 60’S…THIS IS WHEN IT ALL STARTED. THERE IS A PAPER TRAIL ON THIS EVERYWHERE.

    • May 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

      I keep hoping the president will come out in favor of drinking bleach. It is beyond ridiculous that we can’t even fund highways at this point.

  5. 23 donna dem 4 obama
    May 30, 2014 at 7:44 am
  6. 24 africa
    May 30, 2014 at 7:44 am
    • 25 Ladyhawke
      May 30, 2014 at 8:13 am

      VA HISTORY AND CONTEXT

      Well, let’s see if this information about the Bush administration can break through the media firewall. The selective amnesia in the media is remarkable. Is there one reporter with the guts to ask Senator McCain why he didn’t know about what was happening in the Phoenix, Arizona VA? And what about congressional oversight? And what about the GOP filibustering the VA bill in February? Everybody and his brother is trying to make Secretary Shinseki the scapegoat because they sure don’t want any questions or focus directed at them. You have the usual suspects ignoring the facts and calling for heads to roll when they should be looking in the mirror.

    • 26 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

      ALL OF THE REPUBLICANS ARE WELL AWARE OF THE HISTORY OF THE VA COMPLAINTS SINCE THE 60’S…DON’T LET THEM PULL THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES…IT’S COMMON KNOWLEDGE.

  7. 27 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Despite Critics, Obama’s Defense Policy Is Popular With the Public

    BY JOSEPH CIRINCIONE

    ———————————

    Despite withering criticism from political opponents and much of the Washington pundit crowd, the administration’s policy on Ukraine is looking better these days. “We don’t know how the situation will play out and there will remain grave challenges ahead,” Obama told the cadets, “but standing with our allies on behalf of international order, working with international institutions, has given a chance for the Ukrainian people to choose their future without us firing a shot.” 

    .
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    The public seems to agree. Although it will never be reflected on the Sunday talk shows or the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, when asked to choose between the policies of John McCain and John Bolton and those of Barack Obama, there is no question what Americans want.

    They want the plan from the man at West Point.

    ——————————————

    http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2014/05/despite-critics-obamas-defense-policy-popular-public/85456/

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      May 30, 2014 at 7:55 am

      LH, this article shows three things: 1) Americans are not as stupid as Republicans think they are; 2) our president is more more in synch with public sentiment than any one in the country; and 3) Democrats had better get on the stick and start supporting the president on his foreign policy. No more being intimidated by Republican bullies.

      • 29 99ts
        May 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

        PBO won 2 elections while the republicans and their pundit supporters said the majority would vote against him – they don’t have a clue.

    • 30 amk for obama
      May 30, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Now, if only that public brought that sentiment to the polling booths.

  8. 32 africa
    May 30, 2014 at 8:00 am
  9. 33 amk for obama
    May 30, 2014 at 8:09 am
  10. 34 Jovie
    May 30, 2014 at 8:10 am
  11. 35 amk for obama
    May 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Is it true, bt?

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  12. 38 amk for obama
    May 30, 2014 at 8:23 am

    If the VA problem is a dumbya legacy (but then, which problem isn’t?), why doesn’t the admin put out the before and after pics/graphics out in the public?

    • 39 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 30, 2014 at 8:32 am

      THERE IS ALOT OF EVIDENCE OUT THERE…JUST KEWORD VA COMPLAINTS SINCED THE VIETNAM WAR…YOU’LL BE AT YOUR KEYBOARD ALL DAY!

  13. 41 Nerdy Wonka
    May 30, 2014 at 8:31 am

    The incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou!

    • 42 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS….WAIT UNTIL THE RIGHT WINGERS ON MY FB SEE THIS ONE…I’LL HAVE EGGS ON MY PUTER SCREEN…LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! OH…HOW THE WORLD IS GOING TO MISS THIS WOMAN…HE LORD IS SMILING…HE’S GOT HER NOW!

  14. 43 Ladyhawke
    May 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Obama Lays Siege to His Critics

    By Fred Kaplan

    ——————————————

    President Obama’s speech at West Point on Wednesday morning could be called a tribute to common sense, except that the sense it made is so uncommon. The ensuing cable pundits’ complaints—that it was insufficiently “muscular” or “robust”—only proved how necessary this speech was.
    .
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    The president’s main point was to emphasize that not every problem has a military solution; that the proper measure of strength and leadership is not merely the eagerness to deploy military power; that, in fact, America’s costliest mistakes have stemmed not from restraint but from rushing to armed adventures “without thinking through the consequences, without building international support and legitimacy for our action, without leveling with the American people about the sacrifice required.”

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    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2014/05/barack_obama_s_west_point_speech_the_president_responds_to_his_foreign_policy.html

  15. May 30, 2014 at 8:43 am
  16. May 30, 2014 at 8:50 am
  17. May 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

    This morning:

  18. 56 GGAIL
    May 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Friday – yay!

  19. 59 Jovie
    May 30, 2014 at 9:02 am
  20. 60 hopefruit2
    May 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! :) Happy Friday everyone.

  21. 62 hopefruit2
    May 30, 2014 at 9:12 am
    • 63 99ts
      May 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

      good point hopefruit :)

    • 64 4morefor44
      May 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

      just looking at the two twitter feeds from knoller and the politico defense “reporter.” it’s like they’re watching two different events. politico, the republican propaganda outfit, is talking about how crazy (good) the crowd of vets is reacting to gen/ shinsheki, and how that group is vocally crediting shinsheki for dramatically reducing vet homeless.

      knoller doesn not type out one thing about anything like. just media/republican-created talking point after talking point promotion from knoller.

    • May 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

      hahahahah…..great comment!

    • May 31, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Hopefruit2, you are the best! Love this comment.

  22. May 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Good morning folks. Hope everyone will have a beautiful weekend ahead.

  23. 69 Melanie
    May 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

    The interview with Kelly and Michael is airing now.

  24. 70 Jovie
    May 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

    These 11 democrats that are calling for Shinseki head, come to find out they voted for the Iraq war.
    Shinseki came out against Iraq war and was promptly fired!

    • May 30, 2014 at 9:23 am
      • 72 Ladyhawke
        May 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

        Punished for telling truth about Iraq war

        By Nicolaus Mills, Special to CNN
        updated 7:53 AM EDT, Wed March 20, 2013

        ————————————————————–

        Both President Bush and Rumsfeld made a point of not attending Shinseki’s retirement ceremony, and the New York Times buried its account of Shinseki’s retirement speech on page 32 of the news section.
        By contrast, those who came to Shinseki’s retirement ceremony did so as an act of support, and they included not only Army brass who appreciated the stance he had taken on Iraq but a contingent of his West Point classmates, who, like Shinseki, had served in Vietnam during the 1960s.

        In the eyes of many of his classmates, Shinseki, who lost nearly half his right foot after stepping on a Vietnam land mine, was doing for the troops in Iraq what President Lyndon Johnson and his secretary of defense, Robert McNamara, had failed to do for America’s troops in Vietnam: he was looking out for them regardless of the political consequences.

        ———————————————————

        http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/20/opinion/mills-truth-teller-iraq/

        (h/t LOLGOP)

      • 73 anniebella
        May 30, 2014 at 10:07 am

        Would firing Shenseki solve the problem with VA? There are Congressman and women, and Senators who have been around alot longer then Shinseki, and my question is what have they done? Their are two Republican Senators who represent Arizona, you know Phoenix Arizona, and what were they doing, specially McCain? If I felt the game of politics were being left out of this whole matter, and it was all about the concern for the veterans, then I could understand the talk of replacing Shinseki, but once he is fired then what. And please MSM, let’s not forget that these same Republicans who are so outrage now, didn’t have a problem voting down Sen. Sanders bill which would give more money to VA for medical needs, it cost to much they said.

    • May 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

      that would make a great tweet

  25. 75 Linda
    May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

    GOP Senate Candidate: UCSB Shooting An ‘Unfortunate Accident’

    Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), a candidate for U.S. Senate, said Thursday that the recent mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara was an “unfortunate accident.”

    During a televised primary debate, a moderator asked Ernst about the shooting because of an ad she ran that shows her firing in a shooting range and promising to “unload” on Obamacare.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/joni-ernst-ucsb-shooting-accident

  26. 84 Linda
    May 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Hillary Clinton Delivers a Withering Attack on Republicans For Exploiting Benghazi

    According to Politico, Clinton wrote in her upcoming book, “Hard Choices”:

    “Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country.”

    (On the House Select Committee on Benghazi), “I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.”

    ….

    (On the Republican claims of unanswered questions), “Many of these same people are a broken record about unanswered questions. But there is a difference between unanswered questions and unlistened to answers.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/30/hillary-clinton-delivers-withering-attack-republicans-exploiting-benghazi.html

    • 85 Vicki
      May 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

      These remarks remind me why I can admire Hillary. She can be so smart.
      It’s the part of her that sends Chelsea out with a pregnancy announcement on the day POTUS will be celebrating 8 million enrollees in private healthcare plans that throws me for a loop.
      The Good Hillary and the Wicked Hillary.

  27. May 30, 2014 at 9:30 am
  28. 87 dotster3
    May 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

    In depth article on the two teens in the WH—-hope you can access it—-it’s in the digital section

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-obama-teens-met-20140530,0,2589228.story

    • 88 hopefruit2
      May 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Unfortunately it’s behind one of those pesky pay wall/subscription things. Perhaps there might be another way to access it from another source.

    • 89 99ts
      May 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

      If you access it via google it can be read – I used the terms – white house teens Sacha (cause that was what I could see from your link)
      Google seems to bypass the news walls?

    • 92 99ts
      May 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

      There are a few phrased that could have been omitted – e.g. this sentence rings a few bells

      “Acquaintances say they remain unpretentious despite the scrutiny and security that surround their privileged lives.”

      Now that could be said about the Romney children but NOT the Obama children.

      • 93 dotster3
        May 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

        I think “privileged” in this case refers to the reality that they live in the WH and are the POTUS’s daughters.

        • 94 99ts
          May 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

          Could be but I didn’t like the tone of the article – the author really knows nothing of the girls – which is good & is looking for stories to tell.

  29. 95 anniebella
    May 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I just finish watching POTUS on Live with Kelly and Michael.

    • 96 Linda
      May 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

      President Barack Obama revealed the one thing he’d do if he had anonymity during an interview with ABC’s Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan that aired Friday morning.

      When Strahan asked the president what he’d do “unrecognized, without the Secret Service,” Obama had a simple answer.

      “I’d go take a walk,” Obama told Ripa and Strahan while talking in the Blue Room of the White House. “I would just walk out this gate. I might walk up to the Lincoln Memorial, sit on there. Maybe I’d wander and find myself at a little outdoor cafe or something and sit, order something and just watch people go by.”

      Obama admitted the thing he misses most as president is anonymity.

      • 97 anniebella
        May 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

        Linda you can tell that POTUS and FLOTUS talk about these things, because she said the exact same thing.

        • 98 anniebella
          May 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

          Malia went to her first prom, POTUS refuse to say if she had a date. I always love how he and FLOTUS talks about what kind of young girls Malia and Sasha are. POTUS give FLOTUS most of the credit, but I think Grandma gets some too, and so does he.

  30. 99 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

    THIS SHINSEKI CONTROVERSEY REMINDS ME OF THE GLADIATOR PERIOD IN ROMAN TIMES WHEN A BUNCH OF FOOLS GATHERED IN THE STONE BLEACHERS HOPING SOMEONE WOULD DIE. OUR COUNTRY HAS BECOME THIS THEATER…BLAMING ONE POOR SOUL FOR SYSTEMATIC PROBLEMS…I HOPE THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR BECAUSE THIS IS THE SAME THING THEY DO TO PBO…ONLY HE’S AFRICAN AMERICAN SO THEY KEEP SEARCHING FOR A TREE TO HANG HIM ON!
    THIS HAS TO STOP…I DON’T KNOW SHINSEKI BUT I SURE FELT SORRY FOR HIM WHEN HE TOOK ON THIS JOB…ANYONE MY AGE KNOWS HOW BAD THE VA HAS BEEN FOREVER AND BTW…THINK ABOUT THIS…
    THE REPUBLICANS DON’T WANT ENDS TO WARS BECAUSE THEN THEY ARE FACED WITH TAKING CARE OF THEIR NEEDS…THAT’S WHY THEY ARE READY TO CRAP OVER 2014! THEY WILL TRY TO SHIFT THE BLAME FOR ANY LACKS IN THE SYSTEM THEROF…TO PBO…STOP THE PERSECUTION AND LET THEM KNOW THE THEATER IS …’CLOSED!’

    • 100 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I DON’T NORMALLY UTILIZE THE WORD ‘CRAP’ HOWEVER THAT’S ALL THE REPUBLICANS ARE FULL OF!…FILL IN THE BLANKS!

  31. 101 hopefruit2
    May 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

    This seems more promising that previous reports:

  32. 103 Nena20409
    May 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Terri Lynn Land, the Republican candidate running for Senate in Michigan, walked into a scrum of inquiring reporters at a forum on Wednesday and didn’t like what she saw.

    “I can’t do this. I talk with my hands,” she said, with an expression the Detroit Free Press described as “slightly panicked and clearly uncomfortable.”

    The former Michigan secretary of state is running against Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who also spoke at the forum on Mackinac Island, to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D).

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/29/michigan-lynn-land_n_5413352.html?utm_hp_ref=politics#comments

    /////

    And now the Gov, a TBGOPer, is now OK with same-sex marriage…..hmm?…..Or Not. Just like in less than 2 hours with 300K signatures about to be turned in for a Referendum to $10.10 Minimum Wage Increase……The MI GOP dominated state house hurriedly passed a Minimum Wage increase far below what over 65% of the state wanted to once again politically thwart the will of the people in Nov and most importantly, to limit the Dems participation in Nov 2014.

    Stay Vigilant Michiganders and Vote these TBGOPers out.

    • 104 mophene
      May 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Oh hell yes. I just signed the minimum wage petition last week. Land must be stopped, and Snyder has to go. They are now attacking Gary Peters about the Canadian pipeline, since the attacks on Obamacare failed to get results.

  33. 105 Nena20409
    May 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Morning TOD ;)

  34. 106 japa21
    May 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Definitely worth reading


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