Early Bird Chat

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Thursday!

126 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 COS
    July 3, 2014 at 7:32 am

    GM Chips.

  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    July 3, 2014 at 7:32 am

    GM Cips & Danny

  3. 7 Roberta in MN
    July 3, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Congrats on #1 COS

    • 8 COS
      July 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Thanks Roberta. Can’t believe the 4th of July is tomorrow.

      • July 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

        I know COS, I am making Putato Salad for a group BBQ here on our building. No serving lunch on Friday. The volunteers that help serve the Senior meals daily are getting together for a BBQ. Should be fun. Going to my Nephews tonight for dinner. Working Saturday. Busy weekend.
        How about everyone on TOD, any big plans?

  4. July 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Congratulations COS on being the Early Bird on a fine July morning! Greetings to you, Chips. Grateful, grinning greetings from one of the 26 million lucky ducks swimming in a row.

  5. July 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Am just finishing up an article from Norm Orenstein “Crony capitalism has no place in the Supreme Court” No shit Sherlock. Pretty good article.

  6. 15 Don
    July 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

    the DOW at some point today will reach 17000, let that sink in for a moment.

    • July 3, 2014 at 7:45 am

      But everybody is convinced economy sucks worse than 08 collapse.

      • 17 Don
        July 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

        I was watching some guy on CNBC or one of those other money/finance channels and he said the economy is doing great. So for the life of me I can’t figure out these doomsday assholes and their constant the sky if falling routine.

      • 21 jackiegrumbacher
        July 3, 2014 at 8:02 am

        Actually, I have not heard that in this area or among people I know. Houses are selling, there are lots of jobs available, stores are opening, credit is easier. There may be pockets of the country that will never come back, but that was going to happen anyway as old manufacturing towns continue to die. On the other hand, new businesses are moving into our area and the home construction is through the roof.

  7. 22 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Morning, COS – a great start to your morning, I see! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ A very ‘Happy Thursday’ to all TODobots and friends, wherever you happen to be today!

    ‘And the PBO beat goes on!’

  8. July 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Amen. And that move to the center is not going to happen as long as the R’s coddle and promote the tea party. Period.

      • July 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

        It’s weird. They do well as far right in midterms and bad as far right in presidential elections.

        • 26 COS
          July 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

          Rachel exposed Rand Paul yesterday on her show. He is trying to change his stance on civil rights now that he has presidential aspirations. She played the old clip from her show exposing what he really think about the Civil Rights Act

    • 27 Nerdy Wonka
      July 3, 2014 at 10:08 am


      They can lie their way in midterms when some people aren’t paying quite as much attention or showing up at the polls but not in a presidential election.

      • 28 Dudette
        July 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        Yep. Everyone remembers that “Where Are the Jobs” BS leading up to the 2010 mid-terms. They lied about how their main focus would be about helping to create jobs. We see how that was all bold-faced lies. I hope voters see through any GOP attempts to move to the center now.

  9. 29 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Ms Chips, you got an entire day off AND you’re going to SPRING. CLEAN. ???!!! smh – If I were you I’d just chalk up missing cleaning for spring as part of life AND have myself a roaring free day doing something fun, yet relaxing (like hanging out in the village with vc and others). Just saying. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, and GooOOOooddd MooOOOoorrrnnNnnggg to youuuuu……and the little guy!

  10. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    July 3, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Morning. I got lured off by a link in the earlier thread and, once again, missed the opening door. Oh well. The media wing of the Republican party did a pretty good job of distracting us from the goal yesterday with their bogus polls. Let’s not let it happen again. The DSCC is raising record amounts, people are energized, we are making progress. When the media/GOP complex gets desperate, they start throwing stuff against the walls hoping we’ll lose our focus. We’ve got lots of work left to do, so to hell with the distractions. Have a great day!

    • 35 HZ
      July 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Good Morning, jackieG. I hope your Thursday will be a lovely one. Your comment is so right on, JackieG. People are waking up, I do believe and are starting to get the message from the president. I really do hope so. I have been up all night. Cannot sleep. That happens to me when I have been exposed to the sun and the strong heat outside. I was out running important errands and the heat drained me. I do not do well in the sun. I have an terrible reaction to it. As I have gotten older, my reactions have gotten longer. However, I feel fine, and my doctor was contacted by me this evening to inform him of my non sleeping. He is a wonderful physician, so all will be well.

      I did some paper work that was left over from two days of this week as well as relaxed by trying to stay quiet and keep my head elevated. Plus made some contact with my brother; {he is a neat cheer me upper} so I feel that I am blessed to be here, and certainly here with my TOD family.

      Chips, thank you and a beautiful Thursday morning to you and my handsome Danny. {{{{{{{Lots of loving hugs.}}}}}}}}

      Let us keep POB and VPBiden and the entire Cabinet in our thoughts and prayers as they are making tough decisions as so much is unfolding; but we all know that as long as he knows that we have his back; he and VPBiden will continue to do great. We are so blessed to have PBO in the WH. So grateful for them and all the hard work that they are doing and will be doing for all of us. Keep Sec. Jeh Johnson and AG Eric Holder in your prayers and meditations. HZ

      • 36 jackiegrumbacher
        July 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

        HZ, I know exactly what you mean about the heat, which is affecting me more and more as I get older. I can’t take prolonged periods outside in the summer since it makes me dizzy. Fortunately almost nothing affects my sleep, except anger at Republicans, so I try to put that away at night. Love the inspiration that you bring, HZ and love you, too.

  11. 37 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. Looks like the food reporter, Mark, didn’t get an invitation. Poor Mark.

  12. July 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

    So true JG. In the last week, President Obama has been relentless in hammering Boehner about his silly lawsuit. In Minnesota, the Rose Garden then at the Key Bridge, President Obama dispensed a bit of truth about Boehner and his obstructionist party. It was no surprise that yesterday morning we were greeted with the rigged poll (aka shiny object) to distract attention from the fact that PBO was ripping Boehner a new one. And he’s not done yet. This lawsuit has been a gift because it just makes it so easy to point out that President Obama is governing and the GOP is doing nothing. When Boehner was pressed for specifics about his lawsuit, he put on his serious face and essentially said I’ll have to get back to you on that. smdh

  13. 44 forus50
    July 3, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Good morning! Anyone know how many in the US watched US/Belgium on Tuesday? I’m guessing all kinds of records particularly for non-prime time.

  14. July 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Leave it to Knoller to be out back sniffing for food.

  15. 48 africa
    July 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Happy Thursday everyone!!

    Congrats on 1st COS

    Heeeya Chips!!

  16. July 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

  17. 54 dotster3
    July 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    That darn Obama. What a horrible president. (time to scramble up a new junk poll)

    • July 3, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Dotster3, I was just going to post it was time for more rigged polls.

      • 56 dotster3
        July 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

        Those pollsters must be exhausted, having to combat all the good news with another manipulated Bad News Poll. Their phones are ringing right now—-“Guys, sorry to say— more good news, gotta come up with another fake poll before the word spreads—-get up and get to work.”

    • 57 hopefruit2
      July 3, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I’m paging Quinnipiac, CNN, WSJ-NBC, WaPo/ABC, and CBS-NYT to get working on those polls NOW!!!

    • 58 Linda
      July 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Paging Jack Welch…….

    • 59 COS
      July 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Wonderful news. This cannot be true. I know this is not happening under the worst President. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 60 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

  19. July 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats COS, on being first this morning. Happy Independence Day to everyone and make sure you enjoy and be safe.

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of Ameriaca. 288K jobs created and unemployment rate drops to 6.1%. All w/o RepubTeabaggers help.

  20. 62 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

  21. July 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD – FANTASTIC jobs report out this morning!!! No wonder the media manufactured and released their shitty polls yesterday…

  22. July 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Good morning, TOD!! Countdown to the 4th and so happy that we have this place to get news and perspective and updates on Danny’s misadventures.

  23. 68 GGAIL
    July 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Three day weekend – YAY!

  24. 69 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Heh…people are now familiar with the “polling” routine quite well, apparently….Some quick learners we’ve got!!! ROTFL

  25. July 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Flipping the script on Boehnerโ€™s anti-Obama lawsuit

    By Steve Benen


    The NRSC, whose website appears to be a sad Buzzfeed knockoff, complete with a few too many gifs, apparently has evidence of the presidentโ€™s โ€œout-of-control agendaโ€ and Obama adopting โ€œthe governing philosophy of [an] Imperial President.โ€ Hereโ€™s the whole list, exactly as it appeared on the NRSC site:

    1) The time President Obama waived Obamacare for Unions, but not for you.

    2) The time The Obama Administration spied on journalists and wouldnโ€™t say why.

    3) The time President Obama decided to attend the Senate Democrats retreat but not campaign with any of them.

    4) The time President Obama restricted journalists from taking video and photos of him. Instead forcing them to use media provided by the White House.

    5) The time President Obama delayed the KeystoneXL pipeline for more than 5 years, costing tens of thousands of jobs.

    6) The time President Obama told you, you could keep your health plan even though he knew you couldnโ€™t.



    • 72 Linda
      July 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Those are hilarious…..

      • July 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

        I know Linda. I was laughing as I was reading that list too. It is horrifying to think that Boehner is an elected official in our government. Just horrifying.

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      July 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

      It’s truly pathetic, LH. We should all laugh these dimwits off the public stage. In Elizabethan times, the audience threw eggs, oranges and anything else they had. They also laughed and booed. No Elizabethan play, no matter how poor, could be as bad as the Republican party and their antics.

  26. 76 africa
    July 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

  27. 77 dotster3
    July 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

    More good news. New rigged poll—–STAT!

  28. 79 amk for obama
    July 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

  29. 80 Linda
    July 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Decision Looms In Lawsuit That May Actually Crush Obamacare

    At issue is whether the statute permits the federal exchange (which serves residents of 34 states which opted not to build their own) to dole out premium tax credits. Without the subsidies, which are benefiting millions of lower-income Americans, the individual mandate is unworkable because many people won’t be able to afford insurance. And without the mandate, the coverage guarantee for preexisting conditions threatens to send costs soaring and destabilize the health care market.

    The challenge was initially written off by some as a fool’s errand because there’s a lack of evidence that the Democrats who crafted and passed the Affordable Care Act intended to block subsidies on the federal exchange, which was designed as a backstop on behalf of the states. (They’ve signed a brief saying as much.) But the challengers seized on an ambiguity in the language of the statute which says the subsidies are to be provided by “an Exchange established by the State.”


    Do these dipshits realize that all of Congress which receives Federal subsidies had to join the DC exchange ? DC is not a STATE, therefore they too would all lose their taxpayer funded subsidies ?

    I swear..this country is getting dumber by the day.

    • 81 hopefruit2
      July 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

      This report is exaggerating and concern trolling. Obamacare is not going anywhere. It’s here to stay.

      • 82 Linda
        July 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

        I have always been under the impression that all countries governments are considered as ” The State “

  30. July 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Morning Ms Chips and TOD Folks

    I lurk a lot but donโ€™t write at all, so you may not be aware of me. Be that as it may and by way of breaking the ice here is a quiz: What is the oldest board game in the world?
    Scholarly consensus seems to suggest that it is from Africa and it is the counting game called by various names Mancala, Owari, Morabaraba, Chisolo or Kalah etc. Previously it was thought chess or checkers was most ancient but archaeology seems to be showing that Mancala group of games pre-dates them even. It has been played for generations and it is safe to say it is the most popular traditional board game on the African continent as all you need to play it are holes on the ground and stones or pebbles. It is also one of the most strategic of the board games requiring cunning thought and skill to win, akin to chess.

    So what am I after really? Well… I am the developer of the popular rendition of the ancient African board game which has been published on iTunes under the name eMoraba. I am an African, born in Botswana and studied programming in Brighton UK. I live in Gaborone and am trying to start up a game development studio here, first to reduce my own unemployment, but also to create jobs for our newly minted IT graduates who are finding it hard to get meaningful jobs in a developing country. I was a regular commenter (Obot in persuasion) on the old orange site but moved when TOD opened and have been a regular lurker on TOD ever since. I chose to stop commenting on political blogs for a while as my last born daughter got ill and my emotions could no longer stand heated argument. My daughter is now perfectly well and has graduated from Mount Holyoke College with honours so am somewhat repaired emotion-wise. Oh in case it matters I am in my late 50s and wish time could just stop there!

    Otherwise I have spent the last two years busy writing a rendition of the ancient African game and managed to get it published on iTunes which is quite a feat for an indie residing plump in the middle of Africa. I wanted to share it with you on this, my favourite blog and hope it can be a pleasant distraction from serious and weighty matters that we grapple with as November looms ever larger. Please check out the game at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/emoraba/id807204024?mt=8 and download it and tell friends and family about it. You will be directly assisting durable African development if you buy the app for your iPad or iPhone at a couple dollars in exchange for hours of enjoyment and fun as you will be helping give employment to hardworking developers in Africa. If you do get to download the game please consider giving it an honest rating on iTunes so I know what you think about it. I can take a punch so be critical if you like. (Oh for Kindle or Android people the link is http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J1JX7WE/ref=mas_pm_emoraba )

    I have a few promo codes for iTunes to give away. To win one please answer the following question: In which country did FLOTUS buy a large sausage and chips for lunch and then get attacked by the MSM for eating the sausage with her kids? Answers on a postcard please! Ha ha! OK just email me for the promo code okay? ezekiel@pelasoftware.net First 9 correct answers get it.

    Happy 4th of July!

    • 84 LDS
      July 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you, EskiaT!
      I am on my way to spread the good news.
      Your timings perfect! So bored with these mindless games people are playing and when I heard Bloomberg is making money behind the most popular ones, it just made me sick.
      My prayers for you and your innovation. God bless.
      And please, lurk no more…..

  31. July 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Good morning all. Keep safe east-coasters.

  32. 87 sherijr
    July 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

    good morning & happy short work week to all of you… happy 4th early, as I can’t seem to be on my computer for more than a few minutes before it shuts off… hated that poll yesterday, got to read about it but couldn’t comment on it.. so tired of the lies they spread against this most excellent President. Yay to the jobs report!! woohoo… he just keeps winning no matter what they say/do. And best wishes and Congratulations to GoBrooklyn on your awesome news, you are a heck of a fighter!

  33. 88 amk for obama
    July 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

  34. 90 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

    That’s a new one… LMAO! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. 93 japa21
    July 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

    GM all.

    Sun is shining here in the heartland of the country. Prayers and good thoughts to those who are facing Hurricane Aardvark…I mean Arthur.

    Unfortunately, a lot of 4th of July celebrating is going to be ruined by weather.

    Chips, have you found the woman yet?

  36. 94 amk for obama
    July 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

    fucktard mcangry was meeting our rw pm yesterday about terrists. Who is footing the bills this idjit’s foreign junkets.

    • 95 99ts
      July 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

      All you need – advice from McCain on terrorists – before you know it – you will be buying arms from the US to save your country.

  37. 96 Vicki
    July 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning TOD.
    Let me emphasize GOOD morning.
    OH oh oh. Those employment numbers up to 288,000. The unemployment number dropping steadily now 6.1. Exports up. Deficits down.
    Best President Ever.

    For no good reason perhaps I woke today in a funk.
    I was thinking of a US where all the men have guns and none of the women have control of their own bodies.

    Then I came to TOD and the world looks a lot brighter.
    POTUS in office for 2 1/2 more years. All will be well.

    • 97 Vicki
      July 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Should have added: We will keep the Senate and take at least 5 Governorships and turn the House Blue.

  38. 98 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

  39. 100 No Child Left Behind
    July 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Wishing the good citizens of TODVille a very happy and fun long weekend. And also a patriotic 4th of July.

    Job report is good. 288,000 new private sector jobs… unemployment rate down to 6.1%.

    The Rethugs and their Teabagger affiliates don’t like that news!

    Congrats to COS. I am fetching the gold medal for you. โญ

    Thanks for this sweet picture Chips. It represents what my President is all about.

    My best regards to Danny-the-Boy, whom I haven’t seen lately. Hope he is well and not be working too hard.

  40. 101 Don
    July 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

    17035.01 and climbing!

  41. 103 japa21
    July 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

  42. 104 forus50
    July 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

  43. July 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

  44. 109 JER
    July 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

  45. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    July 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Good Morning TOD

    It’s #ThrowbackThursday…not so long ago!

  46. 113 donna dem 4 obama
    July 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

  47. 115 desertflower
    July 3, 2014 at 9:55 am

    morning everyone!! Late to the great news of the day…Hurricane Arthur? No…I think they meant to name that Hurricane Barack! Comin’ at you with all KINDS of great news! The MSM is sooooooo predictable, aren’t they? Now they just need to be made fun of and made irrelevant…at least where this President and his policies are concerned! Economy getting exponentially better…SOSUEME!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a wonderful day….he’ll probably go golfing this weekend….you know what THAT means:)

  48. 116 desertflower
    July 3, 2014 at 10:05 am

    To see the denial and absolute lunacy of some, all you need to do is look at the front page of Reuters. On one side, we have this:

    Wall St. opens higher after payrolls; Dow tops 17,000 9:40am EDT

    Jobs growth surges
    U.S. employment growth jumped in June and the unemployment rate declined to near a six-year low of 6.1 percent. Live Coverage |

    On the OTHER side, we see THIS:

    • 117 desertflower
      July 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

      WP IS NOT behaving today. AT ALL! Anyway…on the other side of the page, this is what you see..


      Democrats may be toast this fall
      By Bill Schneider

      REALLY? Who the hell is “Bill Schneider” and how long has he been living in denial? Do they realize how ridiculous this makes them look?

  49. 120 Dakota
    July 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Hey, how ’bout that jobs report? I love how every time these jerks come out with some ridiculous BS, they get slapped down and made to look like the fools they are. The President keeps winning in spite of these minions and we have to keep voting.

  50. July 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I knew it! A Poll on Iraq now- which cnn will talk about all day as opposed to good jobs numbers…

    LOL ! LMAO!!

  51. 123 Linda
    July 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Sign at the protest in Murrieta CA.


    It looks like these people attended the same spelling classes as the Teabaggers.

    • 124 Nena20409
      July 3, 2014 at 10:25 am

      They are the teabaggers. TRMS said as much. That town with 100K folks is a RWNJs as any other in the teabaggers bubble.

  52. 125 Nena20409
    July 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Au โญ โญ to COS and Roberta in MN ๐Ÿ˜‰

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