Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama talks to a group of kids from Lenora Academy in Snellville, Ga., during a stop at the Varsity, a restaurant in Atlanta, Ga., June 26, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Thursday!

95 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. June 26, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Good Thursday Chipsticks…TODers!


    Everyone enjoy your day. 🙂

  2. June 26, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD Family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning, which just so happens to by my Birthday.

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America.

  3. 18 57andfemale
    June 26, 2014 at 7:22 am

    If I hadn’t been reading previous posts I would have been UNO.

    • June 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Good Morning 57!!!

      That’s where I was heading but when I refreshed, “Leave a Message” was practically blinking like a Krispe Kreme sign. That timing thing again.

      I hope you have a fantastic day.

  4. 21 Jovie
    June 26, 2014 at 7:33 am

  5. 25 Jewelz
    June 26, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning everyone. Happy Birthday to you ranman11. Today is an important World Cup match for team USA. I like the German team, and they’re my pick to win the World Cup followed closely by Brazil. But, with that said, GO TEAM USA!!

  6. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    June 26, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Last night’s thunder, lightening and torrential rains have given way to a glorious sunny day with blue skies and little white clouds. I swear the flowers are smiling. Today, we all get our hammer and mallets and pound a little more rock. It’s a thick wall and we’ve got to cut through it. Have a great day!

  7. 39 Jovie
    June 26, 2014 at 7:43 am

    And it’s the NBA draft today. Hehe

  8. June 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Does anybody know anything about 30,000 central-american children detained at our borders?

    • 41 Linda
      June 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

      They are refugees fleeing violence in their home countries. They are being fooled by the coyotes who are telling them the USA will let them in……

  9. 42 mtmarilyn
    June 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good morning everyone! We are getting a beautiful day of rain. Wish some of this would land in California.

    Happy birthday Ranman. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Today is work day at the cattle auction. Will be messy in the rain. Have a good day everyone and thanks for all the community of sanity we have here.

  10. 43 Jovie
    June 26, 2014 at 7:50 am

    That’s a good engagement ring.

  11. 48 donna dem 4 obama
    June 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Jovie posted this earlier this morning and I’m bringing this it over.

    • 49 donna dem 4 obama
      June 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

      And this was my response:

      A Snip from that article:

      “Biden says that during the transition, he was warned not to expect any cooperation on many votes. “I spoke to seven different Republican Senators, who said, `Joe, I’m not going to be able to help you on anything,’ he recalls. His informants said McConnell had demanded unified resistance. “The way it was characterized to me was: `For the next two years, we can’t let you succeed in anything. That’s our ticket to coming back,’” Biden says.”

      “The vice president says he hasn’t even told Obama who his sources were, but Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania both confirmed they had conversations with Biden along these lines.”

      I have been tweeting this article out to all of the black syndicated radio host as well as black leaders this morning. We had better start paying attention to the things that really matter. This is the Republican agenda right here. They couldn’t beat him at the polls so now its about tarnishing his legacy.

      • 50 hopefruit2
        June 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

        Thank you donna for sharing this – and of course, the Republicans have had quite a bit of assistance from the Right AND Left media, just as GWB/Cheney had media assistance when they lied America into a war with Iraq among other things.

        But this time, we the people are alert and ever so vigilant. The media fooled people back in 2000-2001 and probably in 2010, but enough is ENOUGH! We will NOT let them tarnish this great man’s legacy. Not.This.Time.

      • 51 99ts
        June 26, 2014 at 8:21 am

        Boehner and his cohorts should be so ashamed of themselves that they act against the interests of the people they represent in this manner. It truly needs to be broadcast far and wide – yet all the media talks about is what the GOP is saying.

        I was late reading LL’s post from yesterday – but was struck by this one concept

        “And internationally, the results are showing; since Pres. Obama’s first inauguration, approval of the US overseas has continued to climb, after the nadir reached in the previous administration.
        But, people overseas can see Pres. Obama as he is, not through the scrim of the American experiment’s 400 years of racial politics.”

        It is impossible for an “outsider” to understand the reality of the GOP in congress acting in this manner against a man who has done so much for his country – both within and without. Then again, I never thought I’d see the day when Americans would attack a returning POW.

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Donna, there has clearly never been a more malevolent Congress in the history of the US. From the very beginning, the president’s enemies have underestimated him and us. They wanted to reverse their minority status and chose a path that guarantees them a minority future. Instead of their changing the world, the world has changed around them. All their petty deceits and vile intentions are exposed. Now we have to do everything in our power to crush them in November.

      • 53 Don
        June 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

        jackie, I was thinking that exact same thing last night. These people are dinosaurs; they no longer fit in today’s politics. Their ways are obsolete; they are unwilling to go away quietly. Boehner and his outdated mob has tried everything under the sun to defeat President Obama, President Obama has defeated them from the streets to the courthouse and every place in between.

  12. June 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    One more day and it’s Happy Friday!!!

    GO USA!

    Now, off to work. Behave everyone.

  13. 55 hopefruit2
    June 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD, and Happy Birthday Ranman!! 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone. A busy day – our President is doing a townhall in MN, and the world cup is later today.

    • June 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Mooooooooorning Hopefruit!!!!

    • 57 Ladyhawke
      June 26, 2014 at 8:32 am

      HF, the jackals will be fuming because President Obama will spend the day in Minnesota with Rebekah, her family and community (circumventing the media firewall). This will be the first in a series of day-in-the-life visits. There was a snarky question about the visit at a press briefing this week from Ann Compton. I can’t wait to see the local reporting about President Obama’s visit to Minnesota along side the story about Speaker Boehner suing PBO for doing his job and getting things done for the American people.

      Obama To Spend Day With Minn. Woman Who Wrote Him Letter


      • June 26, 2014 at 8:59 am


        Always enjoy your informative links to articles and videos, thanks.

        The first comment to this wonderful article is great:

        “Back around mid 2008 I decided it was a much more stress free lifestyle to simply give up and become a democrat. Our family of 4 gets more money from our benefits that my husband and I earned when we worked. I don’t want to see any democrats get voted out because I just don’t like to be stressed and don’t want to work. Life is about 80% easier since Obama.”

        This commenter was no doubt swayed by that once-in-a-lifetime 2008 Presidential campaign. But if others were honest with themselves, they felt that way after the mid-Sept. 2008 economic crisis meltdown. I believe this is true of all non-tin foil wearing Americans who don’t believe the sun revolves around the earth.

        It also highlights how unprofessional upChuck Todd is, when he gleefully reported that “Obama’s presidency is over” in the view of Americans. upChuck, how about asking those Americans who can now find jobs (versus being laid off after Sept 2008 financial meltdown) about this ludrious, Baghdad Bob worthy “reporting?”

      • 59 hopefruit2
        June 26, 2014 at 9:51 am

        Ladyhawke – this is truly exciting. And it’s a great strategy to circumvent the media. That’s why they hate when he interacts with the people – because it renders their silly and spiteful punditry utterly useless!!! 🙂

  14. 60 Jovie
    June 26, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Btw boner is an establishment republican that acts just like a T Bagger.

  15. 63 Jovie
    June 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

  16. 64 JER
    June 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning BFF, TOD, and Happy Birthday Ranman.

  17. 65 vcprezofan2
    June 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning, SW!
    Happy Birthday, Ranman!
    Howdy Chips and all other TODobots! I’ve risen and hopefully, I’ll start to shine by the time R & S rolls in. EnJOY your Thursday, everyone!

  18. 66 JER
    June 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

  19. 67 Jovie
    June 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Last night a rock concert at the boston gahden had 100 kids needing medical assistance.
    Most went to local hospitals, some treated there at the Gahden.
    It seems, that kids were tripping on a drug called Molly and got overheated and dehydrated.
    It’s the 60s again… Sex, drugs and rock and roll.
    Peace my child. 🙂

  20. June 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    GM TODville, and happy B-Day, ranman!

    Thanks proud Grandma Donna for bringing over Capehart’s article.

    Cannot believe that broadcast news journalists can “report” on Boehner’s “gonna sue the President” cry for attention with a straight face.

    If the news were truly fair and balanced, they would give equal time to the trillions of dollars wasted during the GWB administration and remind Americans whose fault it is that the Veterans Administration is now overworked and underfunded (hint: no PTSD and other maiming war wounds if Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-CondiRice had not lied about Iraq and yellowcake).

    A couple of tweets (the second reminds me of that famous one of McCain walking off the stage after a 2008 debate with PBO):

    • 69 Linda
      June 26, 2014 at 8:49 am

      He’s a loser, pay no mind to what he says.
      He’s a loser, he got rocks in both his hands.
      He’s a loser, he can’t win can’t place or show.
      He’s a loser, and you know how much I hate to say I told you so.

      Troubles follows in his tracks, man that dude’s bad news.
      Let it go, don’t call him back, his bad news follows you.
      He’s a loser, call him anything you choose.
      He’s a loser, and if he makes himself the blues.
      He’s a loser, always stops when he says go.
      He’s a loser, and you know how much I hate to say I told you so.
      I told you so.
      I told you so.
      I told you sooo.

  21. 70 GGAIL
    June 26, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Good West.Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    It’s GOOOOAAALLL Thursday 🙂

  22. 71 Don
    June 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Funny thing, I haven’t heard a thing from the black sentinels that supposedly stand guard over everything that’s black. Why haven’t I heard your loud voices defending the white guy that was getting “serviced” from his intern. Oh you showed out, you showed how big and bad you were when the white guy was being attacked for cheating with some intern while his wife and daughter were upstairs asleep. The streets want to know where you at, baby!

  23. 72 sherijr
    June 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Good Thursday morning TOD ~ Happy day to you all and a very special Happy Birthday to Ranman! Enjoy! So looking forward to POTUS’ Town hall today, I love it when he does these 🙂

    • 73 Don
      June 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Yes the town halls are the best, he connects with the people unlike any other President.

    • June 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thanks for the ND firefly update yesterday!

      I was surprised to hear that fireflies are as far west as the Dakotas. I thought it was too dry in the west for fireflies.

      Once it stops raining in the Midwest and East, would love more reports on these wonderful critters.

  24. 76 Linda
    June 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Scott Walker Supporter Charged With Major Voter Fraud Claims Amnesia

    A supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been charged with over a dozen counts of election fraud — though he reportedly claims a form of temporary amnesia has left him unable to recall his actions.

    In an indictment filed in Milwaukee County court on Friday, Robert Monroe, 50, of Shorewood, Wis., was charged with 13 felony counts of election fraud, each of which could carry up to three and a half years in prison, or a $10,000 fine, upon conviction. Monroe is accused of registering to vote in more than one place, voting where he didn’t live, voting more than once in the same election, and providing false information to election officials.


    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Republicans never accept responsibility for ANYTHING. Amnesia is just the latest word for the devil made me do it. Hope this guy gets the book thrown at him.

  25. 78 Jovie
    June 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

    No kidding.

  26. June 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Just heard that the St. Paul river will crest today, at its highest point ever, at 20.5 feet above normal (heard on the radio, didn’t catch the name of the river).

    Stay safe and dry, Minnesota, while the President visits.

    Can’t wait to hear from Nena and AliceInMinnesota today, bet they’re both over the moon with PBO’s visit.

    During PBO’s last visit to St. Paul, we at TODville had fun talking about some of the great 20th Century architecture — the Art Deco-era train stations, buildings built for public use and designed to awe and inspire forever.

    • 82 Don
      June 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

      I love Art Deco, saw it a lot living in Miami.

      • June 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

        Despite Art Deco being associated with Ayn Rand and her ilk, it’s my fav architecture style.

        Love the geometric mofits and the graceful curves of its arches.

        IMO, it can’t be beat — I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I think Frank Gehry represents how just how decadent American architecture has become, and resent what he has contributed to public space. I really dislike his “look at me” non-functional waste of resources.

        Give me Frank Lloyd Wright or Richard Neutra anytime.

  27. 84 africa
    June 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Happy Thursday TODers!!

    Hiya Chips. I am mad as hell this morning and if I could I’d kick Boehner in his posterior.


    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Africa, mad is good because it gives us energy. Please direct it to working like the very devil for Democratic candidates. Let’s make sure that we bring massive numbers to the polls in November. That’s how we hit back where it hurts.

  28. 86 Linda
    June 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Red Card: It is now up to the President to act

    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Linda, I hope ‘YOU Are DONE, Republicans’ becomes the rallying cry of every immigrant group in America. We need to increase our voter registration push among Latinos and other ethnic minorities. We have to absolutely drive the push to the polls. This is the message–Republicans are done!!!!

  29. 88 Linda
    June 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Would Boehner sue Lincoln for his Executive Order ending slavery ? Also known as The Emancipation Proclamation.

  30. 89 africa
    June 26, 2014 at 9:23 am

    • 90 Ladyhawke
      June 26, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

      By Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann


      We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

      The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

      When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.



  31. 91 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2014 at 9:26 am

    In Dramatic Pointless Gesture, Boehner to Sue Obama

    By Paul Waldman


    It’s irresistible to charge Republicans with hypocrisy, especially given the fact that they were unconcerned when the Bush administration pushed so vigorously at the limits of presidential power. Bush and his staff regularly ignored laws they preferred not to follow, often with the thinnest of justifications, whether it was claiming executive privilege to ignore congressional subpoenas or issuing 1,200 signing statements declaring the president’s intention to disregard certain parts of duly passed laws. (They pushed the limits of vice presidential power, too—Dick Cheney famously argued that since the vice president is also president of the Senate, he was a member of both the executive and legislative branches, yet actually a member of neither and thus not subject to either’s legal constraints. Seriously, he actually believed that.)

    And it’s a little rich to hear congressional Republicans wail that Obama has subverted their will, when their will is that this president should be able to do absolutely nothing.



  32. 92 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2014 at 9:33 am

    THE LAST WORD 06/25/14

    IRS scandal gets the Jon Stewart treatment


    In the Rewrite, Lawrence O’Donnell tag teams with Jon Stewart to once again shed some light on the real IRS scandal.



  33. 94 amk for obama
    June 26, 2014 at 9:48 am

  34. 95 vcprezofan2
    June 26, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Haven’t checked this out myself (naturally), but am passing it along in the hopes it’s legit.

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