Early Bird Chat


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

56 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. July 26, 2014 at 8:01 am

    good morning folks. Wishing everyone a great weekend.

  2. 16 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2014 at 8:13 am


    Will do-nothing Congress do nothing on VA? (20 minutes)


    Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether this Congress, arguably the worst Congress ever, has the ability to pass a badly-needed bill addressing the needs of veterans and the V.A.



    NOTE: The set-up and background on this segment is astonishing. Please watch and share far and wide. Making this go viral would be a good thing. Because the mainstream media will not focus on THESE optics.

    • 17 COS
      July 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Yes, Rachel did a great job yesterday highlighting the worse congress with an approval rating of 14%. We never hear the Beltway media concentrate on the low polls for congress. They are only interested in polls concerning PBO.

      • 18 0388jojothecat
        July 26, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Because the Congress is Republican headed by a drunk man. When a woman & Democrat ran the House everything she said or did was scrutinized by the media.

  3. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    July 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      July 26, 2014 at 8:33 am

      The world has gone mad this summer.

      • July 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

        I think it has always has been that way. It’s just being reported more NOW by the US media because the US is doing well domestically and MSM needs clicks/views to provide revenue. The GOP “scandals” have all fallen apart, and contrary to initial MSM predictions, Dems are actually slated to do fairly or quite well this November. Also, some of the reporting has been exaggerated in the media due to PBO’s fundraising for the midterms. The “reports” are being used partly as a way to discourage his fundraising by portraying him as recklessly going about his business while the rest of the world is supposedly falling apart.

  4. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    July 26, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Morning. Has anyone noticed that the tone of the fundraising appeals have gone from pure scare tactics to–“we can win this with your help.” I don’t know if this is the result of our complaints about the negative appeals or things are actually getting better. In any case, I find that I’m more readily pulling out my credit card with this more positive approach. If this is a conscious step on the Dem’s part, it’s a good one.

  5. 26 arapaho415
    July 26, 2014 at 8:35 am

    GM TODville,

    Very active here recently, so much going on, yet you’d never know it based on DC Beltway twitter feeds.

    Surprisingly didn’t get any response when I posted this here last night.

    This article contains actual reporting (based on FBI source documents obtained via FOIA), isn’t just a jumble of speculation and gossip. It also has that heartbreaking photo taken last year of Gabby with her husband Mark.

    Repeating myself here; Gabby Giffords is my hero, and more needs to be done educate the American public on what an outstanding role model she is for girls. Still hoping for a movie based on her life, which would provide much needed opportunity for Native American (Arizona culture, something Gabby has in her DNA), Latino (she lived in Mexico City on Fulbright Scholarship, has a (half?) brother there) and African Americans (her time in DC).

    Rachel McAdams or Amy Adams in lead role.

    • 27 99ts
      July 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I knew very little of Gabby Giffords until the attack – but am still absolutely amazed that such an attack – on one of their own – didn’t put gun control as the Number 1 item in congress.

      Gabby lost her life as it was – that she has become who she is today puts her close to the top of any list of heroes.

      • 28 Nena20409
        July 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Abe Lincoln was Killed. JFK, MLK, RFK, and many more in the 1960s and very little was done. Today we have Stand Your Ground and Open and Conceal Carry and Guns everywhere with over 10,000 gun deaths annually.

        Since JFK’s assassination in US, over 1.3M killed with guns more than died in all US wars since the Civil War.

        So, no. I didn’t expect a thing to change. Until those of Us who want a change are willing to be vocal and consistent and VOTING out the lawmakers who mostly listen to those who fund their campaign.

        • 29 99ts
          July 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

          I was watching Rachel on the problems with executions – those who oppose same seem to be slowly achieving their goals – by working through the drug companies – and getting them to stop selling drugs for executions.

          It seems some outside of the box ideas may be needed to “get rid of the guns” – wish I had the answers.

          In my country ONE gun massacre was all it took – and a right wing government (actually a very bipartisan parliament) got rid of the guns. We don’t have a second amendment – seems if there is ever an unbiased supreme court again – the meaning of the second amendment could be discussed.

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      July 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Thank you for posting this Arapaho. Gabby Giffords is an American hero of the first rank. Her courage is humbling. In undertaking her national campaign to reign in gun violence she has tackled the hardest thing possible for her, since she has to face what happened to her every day. I admire her more than I can say and I agree that her life story and her incredible spirit needs to be told again and again. Our kids admire and try to emulate rock stars, which is fine in its own way. But they should also know who the real role models are and they aren’t singing and dancing on a stage.

      • 31 arapaho415
        July 26, 2014 at 10:25 am

        99ts and JackieG,

        It’s more than her astounding courage after such a horrific, disabling senseless, murderous rampage that makes her a hero.

        If I made a movie of her life, I would end with the planning of the fateful community meeting on Jan 8, 2011. A sequel with a happy ending of her determined goal of enacting sensible gun safety legislation during the latter half of President Obama’s second term could then be made.

        Right now I’m unable to locate the NYTimes article that was published about a week after the horrific shooting, but will later. She was so inspirational before the shooting, from a wacky Jewish grandfather who re-located to Arizona, her academic accomplishments in San Diego and Mexico City, her stint as President of her grandfather’s business, her community involvement which led to her Congressional candidacy, a trip to China where she meets her astronaut in shining armor. Scattered in the plot would be her deep reverence for the Native American culture and ties to the Latino community/plight.

        Her life story before Jan, 2011 is so inspirationally amazing, it sounds like fiction.

        Gotta run, will catch up with TOD this evening.

    • July 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      This summer my school district is spending a lot of money to replace all the outside doors and add a buzzer entry system, despite the fact that we are just out of deficit (been there several years – laid off teachers, salary cuts) – thanks to Gov. Snyder’s education funding cuts. We are doing this because the parents are concerned about gun attacks on our students. Fear cuts off rational thought. At Sandy Hook the doors were locked and it made no difference to a man with an automatic weapon. The ONLY thing that will stop these attacks are strict gun control laws. And of course that is NOT what they focus on. If we could just pass the laws, I believe there would be a gradual change in our society’s attitude toward guns.

  6. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    July 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

  7. 34 sherijr
    July 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Hola & Happy Saturday all of TOD… thank you Chips, Nerdy Wonka, LL and all the contributors here that keep us so consistently factually informed on all the issues and all things President Obama, I’m grateful to all of you. So happy today for the ceasefire.. just hoping it is the end of the insanity.

  8. 39 JER
    July 26, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. I so appreciate PBO’s advice to young people in this video.

  9. 42 amk for obama
    July 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

  10. 48 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Opinion: Blacks shouldn’t be fooled by Rand Paul

    // Over the past few months, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been traveling across the country, speaking to African-Americans in urban communities, pitching himself and the GOP’s ideas. He thinks the GOP’s ideas are in our community’s best interest, and today he’s in Cincinnati to speak at the National Urban League Conference to try his spin out yet again.

    While I applaud anyone’s efforts to reach out to the black community and share ideas that would improve our families’ lives, Paul doesn’t understand a very important piece of the puzzle: earning our trust. For Paul to claim to stand up for our values while opposing policy after policy that advances our community is not the way to do this. Paul’s long and troubled history with civil rights issues is generally well known around Kentucky and in Washington, D.C., but for many Ohioans, it’s time to take a closer look.


    • 49 desertflower
      July 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Morning everyone! Morning hopefruit! RM did a segment on this very topic last night, as well. Showed him FLAT OUT LYING about the VRA and the Civil Right Act and his stance….then she FLAT OUT called him a LIAR. Priceless. It was must see TV.

      • 50 hopefruit2
        July 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

        Good for her to call him out. Someone has too. I know quite a few AA’s who watch her show. I hope Van #IStandWithRand Jones was taking notes….

    • 51 anniebella
      July 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

      I watch Rachel Maddow last night were she showed that Rand Paul was a first class liar once again when he said to one reporter that he supported all the civil right’s act, but Rachel showed video of him saying the opposed. I hope and pray they don’t be fool by him, I don’t think they will. We blacks knows a wolf in sheep’s clothing when we see one.

    • 53 EricFive
      July 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

      IMHO, you don’t need to concern yourself with African-Americans falling for Rand Paul’s tricks. Van Jones is trying to get some TV airtime and only represents Van Jones. First of all Paul is a Republican, and the conversation stops there for the vast majority of AA’s (trust me that Black people notice how racist the GOP is and how the disrespect shown to PBO is racially based). The real problem we face are White women who continue to vote GOP despite its anti-choice crusade. As the Virginia race clearly illustrated, if not for AA voters supporting Dems, the GOP would have retained the governorship despite the obscene “ultrasound” law. African-Americans have always been savy voters because the stakes have always been so high (very few Naderites were Black). You may see some Black faces on TV talking nonsense, but please remember their influence stops at the end of their nose. They are trying to make a buck and mollify/impress their friends on the professional left. These folks will get airtime b/c they spout corporate approved talking points designed to leach support for Dems. Black folks are not the gullible pawns those in the ivory towers often portray them as being. Remember the partnership between Smiley, West and Huffington attempting to leach Black support from PBO prior to the 2012 election? Remember how the MSM/GOP trumpeted bogus polls saying PBO had lost the support of the Black community, and they would not turn out to vote for him (this was used to justify the underrepresentation of AA’s in the polling models).

      • 54 hopefruit2
        July 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

        Eric your post is spot on. I’m very aware that AA’s are among some of the savviest voters in America – and I’ve posted this on TOD and elsewhere. Those we see on TV are a small minority whose views do not reflect that of the wider AA community.

      • July 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        I think Van Jones and others like him just give cover for the white people who feel uncomfortable about not wanting to vote for a black person.

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