Early Bird Chat

World Cup-related randomness: President Obama plays soccer with children at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday!

75 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. June 13, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Good Friday Chipsticks…TODers!!!

    Another day that the President continues to move *FORWARD* as the GOP/MSM continues to stall with their faux scandals and issues. Maybe if they’d stop trying to do *his* job and do *their* job, they wouldn’t be in constant flounder mode.

    Everyone keep a smile on your face knowing we have an intelligent, strategic, and caring President running the country. 🙂

  2. 3 COS
    June 13, 2014 at 7:31 am

    GM Chips and TOD.

  3. 4 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Morning! Congrats to both of you….swbluega and COS!

  4. 10 Don
    June 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

    You want to know where elsemen dance at? In prison, Christie can dance all night long if he wants to.

    • 11 COS
      June 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

      You make a good point Don. Nothing will erase bridge gate.

    • June 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

      If only it would be so. Christie is a disgrace. His antics with Jimmy Fallon were worse than anything Snooki ever did to disparage NJ.

      • 13 99ts
        June 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

        Other than when FLOTUS & POTUS appear, I don’t find Jimmy Fallon’s show interesting or entertaining. It’s on in my world 7.30pm – I watched a couple of times hoping it would be good – but nothing.

          • 15 99ts
            June 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

            Did you read my post at the end of the last thread – I fired off an email to my local member the minute I heard this fool say he would follow PBO into Iraq. He has no mandate to take our country to war – and from what I hear PBO is not taking the US into Iraq. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh

          • 19 99ts
            June 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

            Good article in our local news about travelling politicians – funny thing is – they mainly go to western Europe and North America – yet proclaim that our interest lies in the Asia/Pacific region. A pox on their houses.

        • 20 anniebella
          June 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

          I’m with you 99ts, I think Jimmy Kimmel is funnier then Fallon. And yes I saw Gov. Christie on Fallon show trying to dance, I turn the channel soon as it comes on, we know what he is trying to do, but it wont work. The investigation of what happen with the lane closing is is going forward, no foolish dancing will stop it.

  5. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    June 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Morning all. Last night we had a long, acrimonious local Dem meeting that ended in hurt feelings for some Latino members. Democrats have to start doing better at the local level and start modelling the character and behavior of our president. I am now personally redoubling my own efforts to reach out to local Latinos, even though that task has now gotten harder. (SIGH) Came home to Zizi’s fantastic essay on the war mongering John McCain and I really wanted to just sit down and weep. How does our President keep at it, getting up every day and trying harder and harder. I’ve never admired him more or loved him more than I do today and that is really saying something.

    • 22 HZ
      June 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Good Morning jackiegrumbacher,{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving hugs and it is okay to have your moments, }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}. I just sit and cry up river, I feel sometimes. It does hurt, discourage me, and sometimes I almost want to go and smack so many people up side their heads, but I just try to think of all of the great things we all have worked so hard, and I at least just keep the tears to a few ponds.

      I know beautiful jackiegrumbacher. It hard. I sometimes just go and look at some of the videos of some of his speeches because they inspire me to not give up, and then I think of FLOTUS how she said in an interview that she goes up to her mother residents and have her talks etc., and her mother tells her to just get up and go back down there and do what she has to do. What a joy to know that she has her mother right there to comfort her.

      I find much comfort in going back and reading what we have gone through and the beautiful posts that Chips has placed here to also remind us that we have been a fight and we will probably see more as we get to the end, but we are a strong family here. We will hold each other up. But I totally understand you how you feel. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Listen to some of your favorites today, if you have the time, eat a favorite dessert, look at some fine photos of our POTUS, get some flowers from your garden and make a lovely arrangement and put it on the patio table so you can see the beauty of the day, and if that does not work; sip a cup of tea or for sure sip a glass or wine, if you partake. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Sending lots of loving hugs to you, jackiegrumbacher.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        June 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

        HZ, may I say that I love you. You are our “Mrs. Robinson” who gives us the boost we need when we’re low, just like Michelle’s mother gives to her. When you told us the other day what a wonderful mother you had, I thought that her spirit surely lives on in you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing sunshine to this gray day and for cheering my heart. I am going today to see my beautiful great niece graduate from high school and I will remember your words when I cheer her on. Bless you and your generous heart.

        • 24 HZ
          June 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

          Jackiegrumbacher, now my heart is so joyful for you. TY. You are so kind. Now get your lovely outfit, and just go out there and enjoy the wonderful ceremony of your beautiful great niece graduation. And make her laugh while you are enjoying the after glow of the ceremony. And do not forget to hug her and tell her how proud you are for her, and that you will be proud to come to her college graduation or whatever she chooses in life to make her life joyful and the rest of the world.

          Have those great auntie moments that she will hopeful enjoy and remember for the rest of her beautiful life. Maybe share a little personal word of encouragement that she will cherish forever. A little note written on a lovely sheet of your favorite stationery with just a few words that she will remember for the rest of her life. Just relax and enjoy every moment of this lovely day for her, your family and her friends.

          Enjoy, my love. Enjoy every moment of this time. {{{{{{{{ I will be thinking of you}}}}}}}}HZ

    • June 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

      PA Dem Party politics is a lot like NJ….there are very few grassroots efforts…it has and continues to be top down…I have never felt comfortable with those meetings….they do not encourage community efforts…they want to concentrate their power in the hands of a few…when the President came to Philadelphia in his last campaign…he had to build his own grass roots organization…

      In the 70s and 80s…there were a major grassroots movements in the blk community…around the issues of police brutality and blk power…some of it spearheaded by newly elected State Representative Dave Richardson…culminating with the election of Philadelphia’s first blk mayor Wilson Goode.

      not sure how Wolf is going to handle it….because he was not the endorsed candidate…he might be able to have a more grass roots campaign…he has put a call out for summer interns to work in his campaign…and is encouraging small donor contributions…

      Moving Forward Together

  6. 26 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    This is for jovie. Relax and enjoy.

    • 27 Jovie
      June 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Reminds me if the puppy mill I got this puppy from!
      Why 100 labrasor puppies must have been there. The mother was 12 and the dad was 17.
      I also saw the grandfather puppy and great grandfather puppy.
      What a blood line! Lol

  7. 28 Jovie
    June 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Well, the recovery is screwed if oil goes to six bucks a gallon.

    • 29 japa21
      June 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Which is why it is interesting that it looks like some of the Iranian sanctions may be lifted soon due to the negotiations there, which would bring more of their oil into the marketplace.

      • 30 Jovie
        June 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

        Unless they also go to war defending the Shia in Iraq?

      • 31 Lovepolitics2008
        June 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

        My concern is that the situation may give the Iranians some additional leverage in the negotiations. Not good if the USA and the West are in absolute NEED of more iranian oil…

    • 32 99ts
      June 13, 2014 at 8:25 am

      There is much more to life than the price of oil – I will pay the extra if the alternative if more wars and more killing. This is one of the reasons PBO has been promoting alternate energy & one of the reasons the GOP hates alternate energy. The Iraq war has been about oil from day 1 – the world is not entitled to the oil from any country – time that was accepted.

      • 33 Jovie
        June 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

        But the deal is America gets cheap oil compared to rest of world.
        Oil has us over a barrel. .)
        Which is why this president has worked feverishly reducing our need to foreign oil.

        • 34 99ts
          June 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

          And going to war to get cheap oil is not something to be proud of – which is why PBO has worked so hard for alternatives

      • 35 MightyPamela
        June 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

        {{{ ❤ 99ts ❤ }}}

    • 36 MightyPamela
      June 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

      And, THIS, is precisely why we need to get the world OFF OIL stat. As long as BigOil runs the planet (what’s left of it) there will always be war.

  8. 37 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 7:57 am


    Cantor shock stalls offshore corporate tax break in Congress

    The years-long deadlock on tax policy was on display again on Thursday. The Republican-controlled House voted largely along party lines to make permanent three expired, temporary tax laws, including two business tax breaks.

    But the Democratic-controlled Senate was expected to reject the proposals because they were not accompanied by offsetting revenue-raising measures and would increase the federal deficit.

    Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group, said Cantor’s exit made bridging this divide less likely. “Chances of a compromise have diminished,” he said.

    The offshore profits tax repatriation holiday addressed an unusual situation. U.S. corporations have piled up about $2 trillion in earnings offshore. As long as those profits stay abroad, the multinationals do not have to pay U.S. income tax on them. But many would like to repatriate that money, or bring it home.

    • 38 99ts
      June 13, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Suddenly Cantor is the man who can negotiate and bring the congress together – what a joke – guess when Boehner goes he will be “the great friend of Barack obama”

  9. 41 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Great toon I need help with 🙂 Chips? NW? Danny??

  10. 45 Jovie
    June 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

    But John McCain sez…

  11. 46 Jovie
    June 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

    How about that tight shirt Christie had on?

  12. 47 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

  13. 48 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

  14. 49 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Perfect example of stupid. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/when-will-republican-leaders-fight-back/372661/

    Eric Cantor tried to appease Republican radicals. They turned on him anyway.

    John Boehner has tried to resist them. They just overwhelmed him.

    Mitt Romney tried to join them—and in doing so fastened onto his party the platform that lost the presidential election of 2012.

    At some point, Republican leaders must recognize that they have a fight on their hands whether they like it or not. If they refuse to join that fight, they will be devoured anyway. If they surrender, they condemn the whole conservative project in America to the destructive leadership of fanatics (and the cynics who make their living by duping fanatics).

    This lesson keeps being administered. Republican leaders repeatedly refuse to learn.

  15. June 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Good MOrning, Everyone 🙂

  16. 52 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

  17. 54 Jovie
    June 13, 2014 at 8:26 am


  18. 56 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Ten Years Ago: Bush Declared ‘Mission Accomplished’—and the Media Swooned


    • June 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

      If his mission was to get us entrenched in a war that had no truly perfect way of bringing to an end, then I guess his mission was accomplished. We would like to assume that there was — to a degree — some humanitarian rationale to us entering this war (in addition to our national security); but we have learned that the reasoning was steeped in selfishness and profiteering.

  19. 58 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    camie boy loses a stupid fight.

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has suffered a setback in his battle to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker getting the EU’s top job.

    Mr Cameron has made a direct appeal to voters in Ireland, France and Germany to back a candidate who will change the way Brussels is run.

    He calls for “bold leadership” for the European Commission.

    But the main centre-left and centre-right groups in the European Parliament have joined forces to back Mr Juncker.

    Manfred Weber, head of the European People’s Party, the main centre-right group, said: “There is growing support for Juncker at all levels”.


  20. 59 GGAIL
    June 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. It’s Friday yay!!

  21. 62 HZ
    June 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    GM to my Chips and all of my TOD family. Amk, you give me such joy reading your intellectual side and your fun side. Your balance to life is so refreshing. That is probably what your beautiful and very smart daughter and son get their successful joys in their lives. Oh, not to get a big head, you know Mrs. Amk is the real reason. Hope all is well, my dear friend. You are a joy within this family. You lift my spirits as well as inform my mind to reach for the higher and positives of this journey. Thank you, Amk. HZ

    • 63 amk for obama
      June 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

      why, thank you, HZ. 🙂

      (wait till the wifey unit reads this. If I don’t show up tomorrow, you know the reason why).

      • 64 HZ
        June 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

        Oh, Amk I am sure Mrs. Amk will concur because she knows that we wimmin always set the tone for both the intellectual and fun side of the business at home and in the social world. Plus, your lovely and most respectful comments as to who gets the well deserve credit for the greatness of such a brilliant daughter and son has to be because of her beautiful contribution of keeping you in line with such a great balance.

        Anyway, I hope we have not got you in the dog house for the weekend. We appreciate you, Amk. It is an honor to be here in this great TOD family with the brilliant minds such as yourself. HZ

    • 65 MightyPamela
      June 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      ❤ HZ

  22. 66 JER
    June 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD. … [Today] The president and first lady Michelle Obama travel to Cannon Ball, N.D., to visit Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation. … The Obamas will participate in a round table discussion with Native American Youth, and attend the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration. … After their visit to the reservation, the Obamas leave for Palm Springs, Cal., where they will spend the weekend. http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/06/13/obama-michelle-standing-rock-sioux-tribal-nation/10412053/

  23. 67 Jovie
    June 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Ot oh!

  24. 69 JER
    June 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

  25. 70 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 9:04 am


    Only rarely in U.S. history do writers transform us to become a more caring or less caring nation. In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a strong force in making the United States a more humane nation, one that would abolish slavery of African Americans. A century later, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) helped make the United States into one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.

    Rand’s impact has been widespread and deep. At the iceberg’s visible tip is the influence she’s had over major political figures who have shaped American society. In the 1950s, Ayn Rand read aloud drafts of what was later to become Atlas Shrugged to her “Collective,” Rand’s ironic nickname for her inner circle of young individualists, which included Alan Greenspan, who would serve as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board from 1987 to 2006.

    This was only the BEGINNING of the seduction….

  26. 71 Jovie
    June 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Was this dr strangelove?

    McCain is dr strangelove?

  27. 72 HZ
    June 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Good Morning JER. Thank you for everything you bring to us here at TOD. The lovely Cali. weather will greet out wonderful POTUS and FLOTUS. It is a lovely morning. Maybe a little nice warmth for them, but I hope that they will have a wonderful visit. Just knowing that they are near us, is a joyful celebration. Have a great time, Mr. President and our beautiful First Lady. {{{{{{{{{{ Happy Today for our TOD family}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  28. 73 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

  29. 75 Linda
    June 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

    February 2003 Protests against Iraq War around the World

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