Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “A quiet moment inside Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell as the President embraced Sasha while the Obama family was listening to Ahmed Kathrada recount his years spent imprisoned here on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, initially in this prison cell. Kathrada was imprisoned at Robben Island for 18 years.” June 30, 2013


Morning everyone, Happy Monday!

55 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. June 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Good Morning, It’s National Social Media Day!

  2. 3 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Chiiiiips! Sneak! And while I was talking to Alycee too!

  3. 10 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Good Morning Kim S. Is this your first first? Welcome.

  4. 11 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

    A very ‘Good Day’ to all! In fact, wishing everyone a fabulous June to July week! BTW, isn’t this a birthday week for the Obamas?

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Sweet 16 for Malia. When I was 16 my older sister took me to a Broadway show and dinner. Then she took me to a lounge and actually ordered a martini for me and no body balked!!! I never felt so grownup in my life, though I paid for it with a rotten headache the next day. It was worth it, though. Best birthday ever!!!

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        June 30, 2014 at 8:04 am

        Aren’t good memories wonderful? You can take them out and examine them anytime, anywhere. Best of Mondays to you, JackieG!

      • 14 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        June 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

        Great older sis! BTW, when you were 16, the legal drinking age in NY was 18!

        • 15 jackiegrumbacher
          June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

          Well, Alycee, whatever it was I wasn’t there yet. That’s what made it so great!

  5. 16 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Well, LH, I hope every single black voter and every registered Dem in Mississippi comes out in record numbers for the Dem candidate and sends Cochran into retirement.

    • 19 Jovie
      June 30, 2014 at 7:44 am

      You see? I told you. 😦

      • June 30, 2014 at 8:37 am

        I don’t think anyone who lives in MS believed that Cochran was supporting voters’ rights. And certainly not the Black voters who voted for him in the primary. As I said, Cochran was assessed to be the lesser of two evils relative to McDaniels – who was straight up KKK…

        I find it a bit patronizing when people in the media (like Sargent), on Twitter, etc throw out snarky remarks about Cochran – implying that the AA voters there have rose-colored glasses about what kind of politician he is. After all the state is MS, not NY or CA, and the residents there know the reality.

        • June 30, 2014 at 9:07 am

          GM ….HF…

          Also implying that Blk voters were stupid…and not the savy voters they were….These voters flexed their musles…i hope they continue to do so…and i agree growing up in Mississippi they are under no illusions about where either one of these candidates stand…..

          For Greg ..his white privilege is showing…sigh..

          • 22 hopefruit2
            June 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

            That’s exactly my point PF58. I’m now discussing this very issue with someone on Twitter, and he is pushing the same argument that the Back voters there were somehow bamboozled by Cochran…as I’ve stated on another thread a few days ago, AAs are among the savviest voters in the the US – they’ve HAD to be, because their political choices traditionally have been limited to the lesser of two evils and they do not have the luxury of the idealist positions that we see with privileged emoprogs.

    • 23 amk for obama
      June 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

  6. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    June 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Morning Chips and TODers. SCOTUS is likely to anger, frustrate and aggravate us today, so I’m bracing for impact. The best response is to double our efforts for the candidates we support. At our fundraiser last night, Manen Trivedi encouraged all of us to have house parties for our neighbors–just coffee and cake–where we could talk about the election and the candidates. More Dems will eventually get us fewer right wing SCOTUS judges, so it’s worth the effort.

  7. 27 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 7:48 am


    GOP Continues to Push Breathtakingly Cynical Lawsuit Against Obama


    Any questions, Mr. Speaker? Mr. Wallace?

    We return now to the self-evident fact that this is a frivolous lawsuit. Nothing more. It relies almost entirely on the cynical notion that most Americans are frustratingly uneducated about the functioning of the U.S. government, while also dreadfully forgetful when it comes to history that took place just five or ten years ago. Through this loophole of ignorance, the congressional Republicans have been getting away with political murder for the last five years, with truth and reason as the first victims.



    • 28 Linda
      June 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Sounds like a good campaign slogan. ” Close the Loophole of Ignorance ” … Vote Blue in 2014 !

  8. 29 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 8:02 am


    House Republicans exhausted by failure

    By Steve Benen (10/29/13)


    The 112th Congress was the least productive since the clerk’s office started keeping track seven decades ago, and this current 113th Congress is on track to do even less.
    What about the House Republican policy agenda? It apparently doesn’t exist. What about the desire to have some legislative accomplishments? It’s been overwhelmed by political lethargy. This crop of lawmakers is giving new meaning to the phrase “do-nothing Congress,” and instead of scurrying to prove themselves capable of governing, they’re content to just accept the label and go home.
    The evidence to bolster that thesis is increasingly apparent. There is such a thing as a governing party. It just so happens that the House Republican conference isn’t one of them. For those in doubt, look no further than the fact that these lawmakers have accomplished practically nothing this year, and are apparently so exhausted by their failures that they’d prefer to start working even less.



  9. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    June 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Refresh yourself if you need to.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Well, Nerdy, I’m taking no bets because this SCOTUS is too nutty to predict. Whatever it is, we’ll have to plod on and keep sowing the seeds for a new SCOTUS. It just takes one of the righties to decide to spend more time with family.

      • June 30, 2014 at 9:16 am

        GM Jackie…
        i agree with you….we are in a battle….and whatever the verdict…..we have to continue to march on!!!!!!! and ONNNNNN!!!


  10. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    June 30, 2014 at 8:26 am

  11. 34 dotster3
    June 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Wild and wooly in my area in the middle of the night, weather wise. Woke us up at 2:30 a.m.——huge winds, house-rattling thunder, non-stop lightning, pounding rain—–checked weather channel— we were under tornado warning. Heard no possibility of this on evening news. News today said there were warning sirens in town, but we didn’t hear them thru all the storm noise. And if I happened to be up at 2:30a.m.—-would have seen all kinds of “Take Shelter Now” for my area on twitter. This seems to be a mostly new phenomenon in my experience—-tornadoes in the middle of the night. I saw no lights on in the neighborhood during all this—-most people were likely asleep and were unaware—-dangerous. And there is a forecast now for more severe weather for later today, possible tornadoes. So much violent weather.

    • 35 57andfemale
      June 30, 2014 at 9:03 am

      My little Pearl was terrified. Although it’s less of a freak-out than it was when we first rescued her. Thank God for ‘Rescue Remedy’ and the thundershirt. She’d be a lot worse without those things.

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Dotster, take care and keep safe. Have you got a place in your house where you can take shelter?

  12. 37 africa
    June 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Happy Monday TODers

    Hiya Chips

  13. 38 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2014 at 9:09 am

      And the sad thing is, Jer, we shouldn’t have to be explaining this again in 2014. It’s only because racist haters have infiltrated our state houses, our Congress and our courts that we’re even having to explain the obvious.

  14. 40 GGAIL
    June 30, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Looking forward to a short work week – yay!

  15. June 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Lots of “buzz” here in K’town today………..body of Senator Howard Baker, Jr. lying in repose at the Howard Baker Center downtown. Funeral is tomorrow in his hometown of Huntsville in a small Presbyterian church. There’s been many articles and stories about him since he passed away Thursday………everyone pointing out how he was a consensus builder…….that was ALWAYS his priority, not party. He always put country/state first. If only we had even a few like him today. Every time I read that, I remembered that our senior pastor (who passed away last year) wrote Bob Corker two or three letters in 2010-2011 encouraging him to emulate Howard Baker. Then Pastor Steve said, “Obviously it didn’t work.” (Steve and Bob Corker went back many years. Corker had been member of his church when he was in Chattanooga.)

  16. 42 amk for obama
    June 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

  17. 43 dotster3
    June 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mr. dotster was watching Morning Joe when I got up—he said it was safe because Joe wasn’t there today. (it wasn’t) But I happened to catch horrible conservative Matt Lewis making this comment after a Bill Clinton segment aired, “Isn’t Bill Clinton still amazing?” And I thought—-I bet he was one who jumped on the Clinton impeachment train, joined in the daily outrageous accusations——-and now we hear that he thinks Clinton is “still amazing”. I thought the same and more will be true post-Obama presidency. In unguarded moments, they will one day also be caught saying about President Obama, “Wasn’t he the most amazing leader?” Because everything we see, they see, and it’s what is currently driving them insane and to desperation.

    • 44 hopefruit2
      June 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Also, much of their current “praise” for Clinton is nothing but a cheap shot at the current President. It’s also an underhanded attempt to divide the Dem coalition and make it about the Clintons vs. the Obamas. Notice the media almost NEVER compared Reagan with Bush, or Bush with Romney/McCain. They also rarely compare Clinton with Bush, or Clinton with Reagan.

      • 45 jackiegrumbacher
        June 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

        HF, I think the downfall of haters is that they see the world through their own distorted lenses and believe that others are as warped as they are. This always gets them in the end because we see through them and understand their shenanigans. Knowing what the con is makes us more powerful.

    • 46 Linda
      June 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Donnie Deutsch went after him for saying Obamacare is ” oppressive ” when they were talking about Hobby Lobby case.

      Lewis finally backtracked on that comment

      • 47 dotster3
        June 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

        mr. dotster likes Deutsch and says that’s why he likes to watch. Not a good enuf reason for me. It’s always so lopsided—–one normal person vs. 10 crackpots.

  18. June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Good morning, TOD! A beautiful morning here in North Country. Worked outside in my yard all weekend and started a new routine of going to the gym before work this morning.

  19. 49 dotster3
    June 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Target kicks moms armed with babies and signs out of their parking lot but allows gun nuts with AK-47s slung over their shoulders in their stores and in their parking lots. Something is wrong with this picture……

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Dotster–these places keep making my shopping decisions easier–no Target, no Hobby Lobby, no Georgia Pacific products, no Walmart. Target clearly does not want our business and I’m happy to oblige. It’s a lousy store anyway.

      • 51 miss pat
        June 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        I wish I lived near one. I’d go in, see if there are any people with guns there, stock up a cart, go to check out then tell them I am not spending money where people can carry weapons. Let them retock the merchandise. Ice cream too if they sell that and other frozen items will be in that cart too.

  20. 52 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Happy Monday! Congrats to Kim Stewart this morning 🙂 Welcome to TOD. dotster, you better take good care! Terrifying. Off to read….

  21. 53 dotster3
    June 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Jindal really thinks 2016 is a possibility for him??? Yikes!!! What a deluded bunch.

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