Early Bird Chat

@petesouza: In the Christmas spirit, Pres Obama listens to the Crenshaw Elite Choir from LA at the WH


MoooOOOoooring Early Birds!

105 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. December 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks,…TOD Early Birds!!!

    • December 12, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Good moooooooorning swbluega!!!!!

      • 3 99ts
        December 12, 2013 at 7:57 am

        I’m talking to myself on the last thread – I do that quite often – sigh – so repeating what I said

        You are a true example of what Mandela promoted Ms Chips – your tweets were reconciling and delightful – the milk of human kindness is definitely part of your makeup

        And GM America, congrats on first swbluega

        • December 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

          You were doing a VC? 😆 Just replied to you back there 99ts!

          Ah 99ts, you are way tooooo kind, just happen to be in mellow mode this morning, hence the apologetic tweets! In a less mellow mode, I probably would have been quite rude!

          • 5 utaustinliberal
            December 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

            OMG – I read that as “you were doing VC” and the record just scratched and I was all, say whaaaaaat?! 😆

            Never change, Chiparoo.

          • 7 99ts
            December 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

            I may be kind – but also honest – my hot head would have started WWIII – and then – too late – would have realized that wasn’t the way to go. I’m sure the lady will appreciate your tweets.

            VC would be in a race with me for talking to self on TOD posts – I do it most days. This time I was only 18th to post – yesterday I was 2 posts behind – I blame the blog tyrants for too much interesting news – and the posters for too many interesting posts!

            • December 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

              😆 I have my VC days too 99ts, like yesterday – was away from the blog for most of the day so I’m 97,000 comments behind!

              • 9 99ts
                December 12, 2013 at 8:37 am

                I start every day 97,000 comments behind – just try living in an upside down world and keeping up with comments 🙂 It’s always tomorrow when you folks are talking about today, day is night, yesterday is now – no wonder I’m behind the 8 ball.

                Also too – the lady in question sure doesn’t understand blogs – trying to get a blog going and doesn’t want any links!!! If the deleted link existed I could pop over there and explain – but she’ll no doubt learn without my help – or the blog will fade away.

  2. 10 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

  3. December 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Guilty by reason of “affluenza,”!?!?!?!?!

    A juvenile court judge sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years’ probation Tuesday for the drunken driving crash that killed four people.

    Judge Jean Boyd could have sentenced Couch to 20 years behind bars.

    Investigators said Couch was driving a pickup truck between 68 and 70 miles-per-hour in a 40 mph zone. The four who died were standing on the side of the road outside their vehicle. Nine others were hurt.

    A psychologist called by the defense, Dr. G. Dick Miller, said Couch’s parents gave him “freedoms no young person should have.” He called Couch a product of “affluenza,” where his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences.

    He said Couch got whatever he wanted. As an example, Miller said Couch’s parents gave no punishment after police ticketed the then-15-year-old when he was found in a parked pickup with a passed out, undressed, 14-year-old girl.

    Miller also pointed out that Couch was allowed to drive at age 13. He said the teen was emotionally flat and needed years of therapy.

    At the time of the fatal wreck, Couch had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson, four times the legal limit for an adult.



  4. 13 LDS
    December 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Good morning early birds. Meet all night. Can’t sleep bird.
    Congrats swbluega!

  5. 15 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

  6. 16 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

  7. December 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Commercial shows how women may be given negative labels when performing same or similar roles as men:

  8. 18 LDS
    December 12, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Good morning, Ms. Chips.
    Now, that is how you sing in a choir!
    I know that brought joy to PBO’s heart.
    I want to hear what they are singing. It sure made my day after the viewing the three-ring circus faces on the last thread.
    Now, sleep comes. Good night.

  9. 19 desertflower
    December 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Morning Early Birds!

  10. 20 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

    • 21 99ts
      December 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

      I read somewhere that 24 states have passed legislation related to women having to pay extra to insurance companies for abortion cover. Almost half of the US is certifiably insane in their treatment of women – and still women vote for them.

      Looking at the good side – the GOP returns to abortion!!! when their other policy issues – Benghazi!! IRS!!! and Obamacare!!!!!!! are no longer of interest to anyone other than the Foxnews pundits

  11. 22 dotster3
    December 12, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Sign language guy admits to suffering from “violent schizophrenic episodes”. S.A. admits a “mistake was made” in allowing accreditation at the event, the vetting was lapse or nonexistent. The guy told a radio station he was seeing angels and hallucinating during the event, that he been violent many times in the past. This is just unbelievable to me. It’s a frightening and dangerous lapse in security. President Obama was a foot away from this guy. Secret Service, when questioned, said he wasn’t their responsibility. But—if something terrible would have happened, he would have been.


    • 23 donna dem 4 obama
      December 12, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Well I am just grateful that nothing happened and I hope all of the security details learned something from this scary episode. Trust me this will NEVER happen again.

    • 24 anniebella
      December 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

      This is very concerning to hear. I’m sure the Secret Services was not happy to hear this.

  12. December 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., threatened to hold the Senate in session through the night to deal with 11 nominations, most of them non-controversial. If Republicans refuse to give up their allotted debate time, the Senate could be in session continuously into Saturday – or longer.

    “If we have to work through Christmas, we’re going to do that,” Reid said, repeating what has become one of his regular holiday season refrains.



  13. 28 desertflower
    December 12, 2013 at 7:57 am


    Longtime Obama aide plans to leave as part of White House overhaul: report

    Obama told the New York Times in an interview that the impending departure of Pete Rouse, who had worked for him since Obama was an Illinois senator, “will be a tough loss.”

    “I trust him completely,” Obama told the Times. “He is a model of discretion and he has no ego, and he’s as wise as they come. So I think it’s fair to say that for the remainder of my term in office he will continue to be somebody who I talk to a lot and rely on heavily.”

    • 29 Linda
      December 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Pete Rouse announced he was leaving back in August….so NO, this is not part of ” White House overhaul ”

      I truly despise the media.

      • 30 donna dem 4 obama
        December 12, 2013 at 8:11 am

        I was just going to say that Linda. You see how they constantly manipulate the news? They are truly disgusting!!!!

      • 31 desertflower
        December 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

        I’m just the messenger …… Proving the stupid, drama inducing MSM is a joke.

      • 32 99ts
        December 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

        They also had to include ratings and the terrible ACA that caused this “overhaul” – and they mentioned 2 people – 12 month appointments. That’s not an overhaul – that’s a couple of temps helping out at a busy time. Lying, devious media.

  14. 33 isonprize
    December 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Oh MY!!! You can FEEL the energy coming from this young man! I LOVE IT!!

    I bet that choir sold all kinds of stuff to get the money to travel to DC to sing for the president. I am SO PROUD of them and I don’t even know them!!!

  15. 34 africa
    December 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Happy Thursday, TODers. Good Morning Chips! What a coverage on President Mandela’s memorial service!! What a speech by President Obama!!

    Thank you and UT, LL for giving us a bird’s eye view of it all. Thank you again for this place!!

  16. 35 desertflower
    December 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

    They laid down with dogs….


    Republicans are three times more likely than Democrats to dislike their own political candidates, the latest indication of an intra-party power struggle that will play out in primary elections next year.

    Forty-one percent of Republicans say they are unsatisfied with the party’s choices for president and Congress, while 14 percent of Democrats are unhappy with their party picks, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.

    Republicans are also more inclined to view their party unfavorably than their Democratic counterparts, and are twice as likely to blame their partisan colleagues for dysfunction in Congress.

    “I have a Republican representative in Congress, and he’s an obstructionist,” said Robert Wiens, 78, a Republican from Redlands, California. He doesn’t agree with many of the positions taken by Representative Gary Miller, including his opposition to a revision of immigration laws.

    “The party is going away from me,” he said. “They’re afraid of the Tea Party, and I don’t have any good feelings at all about the Tea Party.”

  17. 37 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    MOOOooooOOOorning Chiparoo and TODers.

    Wow! Pete Souza really does capture the best pictures. You can feel the energy and spirit of the choir leaping out at you.

  18. 39 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 8:09 am

  19. 45 Linda
    December 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I have not seen anything in the media about the stunt going on in the Senate.

  20. 48 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

  21. 49 donna dem 4 obama
    December 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

    And it’s right here on Wiki… “In August, 2013, it was reported that he will be leaving the White House senior staff later in the year.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Rouse

  22. 51 desertflower
    December 12, 2013 at 8:24 am


    Republicans believe the Obama administration (and really the entire Democratic Party) will collapse under the weight of its irredeemable health care law if we just get through the next two years without a political catastrophe like the recent government shutdown. Democrats believe the economy will pick up momentum and solve a lot of their political problems, not to mention a good chunk of the deficit, if we can just put an end to gratuitous spending cuts while the recovery is still fragile.

    So the question becomes: who got the better side of this bet? And that answer to that, I think, is Democrats. For one thing, Republicans are way over-estimating the extent to which Obamacare will be a liability for Democrats. They assume the problems of the first two months will extend indefinitely into the future—that they’re structural (flawed conceit) rather than mechanical (flawed website)—when the evidence suggests implementation is improving by the day. By contrast, the state of the economy is typically the biggest driver of the public mood. If the economy is humming along next fall, the Democrats’ prospects (and those of incumbents generally) could look pretty damn good.

  23. 52 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Hey Chiparoo, Steve Benen linked to you (TOD) on this post. Click on the hyperlinked word “bowed” when you go to the post and it takes you to your post on TOD.

    Hellooo…celebrity! Do we need an agent to speak with you now? 😆


  24. 67 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Lawyer for ‘Bin Laden doctor’ flees Pakistan.

    A lawyer for the jailed Pakistani doctor who helped the US track down former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden has fled the country because of safety fears, a colleague and relatives said.

    Samiullah Afridi was being pressured by some quarters to back down from Shakil Afridi’s defence, they said.

    Mr Afridi is one of a panel of three lawyers representing Dr Afridi.

    He is appealing against a 33-year court sentence for alleged links to a banned militant organisation.

    Dr Afridi was arrested in May 2011 for what many ex-military defence analysts considered to be his role in organising a hepatitis vaccination campaign that aimed at procuring DNA samples from residents of a compound where Bin Laden was subsequently found.

    But a year later, he was sentenced to 33 years in jail for a totally different offence – collaborating with Lashkar-e-Islam militant group in his native Khyber tribal region.


  25. 70 africa
    December 12, 2013 at 8:44 am

  26. 74 desertflower
    December 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

    This needs to stop. RIGHT NOW.


    The federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations, according to a report released Wednesday that calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable.

    The study (pdf) from Democratic leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee found that nearly 30 percent of companies hit with the highest penalties for federal labor law violations from 2007 to 2012 were also federal contractors.

    The report identifies 49 federal contractors that paid $196 million in penalties for nearly 1,800 violations over the six-year period. The same contractors received more than $81 billion in taxpayer dollars in 2012.

    In addition, the report says that in 2012, 42 workers died as a result of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations by federal contractors.

    “I fear we are all too often paying companies that fail to pay their workers what they have earned and that regularly subject those workers to unsafe working conditions,” said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who chairs the Senate HELP Committee and commissioned the report.

    The U.S. government spends over $500 billion each year paying private companies for services ranging from weapons and construction to cleaning and security services. Federal spending for service work alone has tripled since 2000, from $99 billion to $307 billion.

  27. 78 africa
    December 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

  28. December 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Republicans will face intense pressure over unemployment benefits
    By Greg Sargent
    December 11 at 12:24 pm

    On the morning after lawmakers reached a budget deal that doesn’t include an extension in unemployment benefits, chief GOP budget architect Paul Ryan awoke to a raft of home-state headlines that were all about the nearly 100,000 Wisconsinites who stand to get cut off.

    “99,000 unemployed Wisconsinites face cuts,” blared one front page. “Jobless benefits at risk for 99K in Wisconsin,” blared another. “99,000 state residents to lose benefits,” blared a third. You can see those and a lot more at this compilation of front pages put together by Dems on the Ways and Means Committee.


  29. 80 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

    The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says.


    • 81 99ts
      December 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

      There are no doubt some life style reasons for this – but it seems to me that all the things we used to die from have been cured or have medications to keep them at bay – heart disease/high blood pressure being among such issues. So we all live long enough to get cancer. Two of my family members were diagnosed with cancer – one at age 86, the other 93.

  30. 82 desertflower
    December 12, 2013 at 9:01 am


    A continuation of the good news healthcare story that goes unnoticed/unreported…..because “selfies” that aren’t really selfies, are more “important”

  31. December 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Absolutely wonderful segment

    A K.I.N.D. miracle from Alabama

    Lawrence O’Donnell traveled to the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama to accept a donation to the K.I.N.D fund for over $18,000 from the church’s Cub Scout Pack #3415


    • 88 anniebella
      December 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

      I watched O’Donnell last night and it was wonderful, his visit to the Baptist Church. Worth watching I tell you.

  32. 89 Vicki
    December 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

    GOP Senate all-nighter continues. Now they are voting for one of the dozen or so people who will be confirmed.
    As Rachel said last night this is an exercise that demonstrates that the Democrats were right all along about the filibuster. She said this is a demonstration of impotent rage. Looks to me like Rachel has this right.

  33. December 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Downton Abbey Fans:

    If you can’t wait for Season 4, and don’t mind spoilers,

    AfterBuzzTV has a recap program and they’ve been following Season 4 already.

    Listening to the webcasts have only made me want to see the new season of Downton Abbey even more.

  34. December 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Bridge and Tunnel
    Posted by dpm (dread pirate mistermix) at 8:13 am .

    Mr. Christie laughed off the idea that he had been involved in a matter as small as closing bridge lanes, and his chief appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, insisted that the lane closings were simply part of a traffic study.

    But on Friday, the man who ordered the closings — a high school friend of the governor’s who was a small-town mayor and the founder of an anonymous political blog before Mr. Christie’s appointee created a job for him at the Port Authority — resigned, saying the issue had become “a distraction.”

    And testifying under subpoena in Trenton on Monday, bridge workers described Mr. Christie’s associates’ ordering the closings, and called the different maneuvers “unprecedented,” “odd” and “wrong.” There was, they said, no study.


    • 94 99ts
      December 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

      The main question – Did Gov Christie close the bridge because people voted against him?

      From the link
      “The obvious question, if anyone at the endless Republican debates has the kidney to ask it, is how Christie plans on punishing states that don’t vote for him for President.”

  35. 95 jackiegrumbacher
    December 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good morning all. I check with the #euromaiden site every morning and it’s just astonishing to read about the determination of the Ukrainian protestors. They’re rebuilding their barriers higher than ever. They’re reaching out to the police and hugging them to show that love is stronger than hate. They are standing out in frigid weather day after day to show that they are not backing down. This is the kind of courage the fasters on the mall are showing and it is very humbling to see how much people are willing to sacrifice when they feel the cause is worth it. All that most of us are asked to do is to is to come out to vote on election day so that we don’t keep sending hateful, obstructionist people to our local, state and federal government. In the context of hardship and sacrifice, this is a small thing, but I still hear people say that they “never vote” or they “just don’t have the time.” We have to gear ourselves up for the push of our lifetimes next year because we can’t let people shrug or walk away when November 2014 comes. We don’t have to give up eating or stand in the cold for days on end, and most of us don’t have to walk for miles like Barack Obama did 30 years ago, but we have to keep trying day in and day out until the impossible (getting people to vote) becomes possible.

  36. 96 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

  37. 97 africa
    December 12, 2013 at 9:26 am


  38. 98 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, the Senate voted 51-44 to confirm Nina Pillard as the next D.C. Circuit Court judge.

    Republicans forced Democrats to use all 30 hours of debate on Pillard’s nomination by not agreeing to yield back any time.

    “It is hard to imagine a more pointless exercise than spending an entire day waiting for a vote whose outcome we already know,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday. “But Republicans insist on wasting time simply for the sake of wasting time.”

    Republicans had blocked her nomination last month, but then Democrats unilaterally changed the Senate filibuster rules.

    gititdone, harry.

    • 99 Vicki
      December 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

      This is an ongoing shameful craziness. I have CSPAN on and to see the US Senate engaging in this senseless exercise when there are important things they could be doing is baffling. Unless of course you have understood for a long time that doing as little as possible for anyone but themselves is the GOPTPMSM’s Whole Plan.

    • 100 Ladyhawke
      December 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

      The Republicans are like petulant children. They are not fit to govern. This silly and pointless stunt just reenforces that fact. There is no seriousness of purpose with these clowns, just obstruction for obstruction sake. The focus of the media should be on them but alas ‘selfies’ and ‘handshakes’ make better click bait.

  39. 101 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

  40. 102 africa
    December 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Obamacare here to stay:

  41. 104 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    With her confirmation to the second highest court in the nation very early Thursday morning, Judge Nina Pillard should immediately rocket to the top of the Democratic shortlist of potential nominees to the Supreme Court. Though there are a number of Democratic judges who possess the youth, brilliance and legal credentials required from a new Supreme Court justice, Pillard brings something to the bench that is quite rare among judges — she’s won two of the most important civil rights victories to reach the Supreme Court during her career. (We could say many other things about Pillard’s record, but rather than repeat ourselves, please see our previous coverage here and here.)

    Pillard was a member of the legal team in United States v. Virginia, which eliminated the Virginia Military Institute’s discriminatory policies against women and cemented the rule that no law may engage in gender discrimination unless there is an “exceedingly persuasive justification” for doing so. Seven years later, Pillard argued and won Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs, an important case helping women (and men) with families to have a fair opportunity to participate in the workplace.

    Indeed, it likely that there is only one other judge currently on the bench who accomplished as much as a litigator for women’s rights as Judge Pillard did in her career as an attorney — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  42. 105 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

    The same media who do everything in their power to depress DEM enthusiasm and keep people from voting in the midterms, are the first ones to scream “CAVE” when a REALISTIC bipartisan compromise deal is reached. Where were the likes of David Corn and Robert Reich (and the rest of MSNBC) in 2010 when PBO was damn near begging Dem voters to not give the keys back to the GOP? They were busy helping the emoprogs attack everything this President tried to do – they attacked his handling of the BP oil spill, attacked his health care reform, attacked the stimulus, attackede his handling of DADT repeal, attacked his approach to just about everything….joined in calling him all kinds of names – weak, spineless, homophobic, etc. They even gave the Tea Party legitimacy.

    But now they want to take cheap shots from the sidelines as usual with their “GOP WON” nonsense, which is baseless hyperbole, given the reality of the the GOP having a supermajority in the House and a substantial minority in the senate – thanks to 2010 midterms which the MEDIA helped create.

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