Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The President talks with the six-year-old son of departing staff member David Vandivier just outside the Oval Office. The youngster had just inquired how old the President was going to be in a few days (the President’s birthday is Aug. 4). ’52,’ the President replied. ‘Whoa!’ said the six-year-old.” Aug. 1, 2013

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday!

118 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 7:50 am


    • August 1, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Well, hoooooooooooly smoley! Morning Grandpa!

      • 3 amk for obama
        August 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

        yeah, tell me how.

        • 4 jackiegrumbacher
          August 1, 2014 at 8:11 am

          Here’s the difference, AMK. The mean girl on the left is younger than the mean girl on the right and has better lip gloss than the thin-lipped Coulter. The mean girl on the left sneers her way through daily morning shows with a lot of sententious looking old white men (I see that curled lip on the blessedly muted screens in the gym). Fortunately Ann Coulter doesn’t get as much tv screen time, so I can proudly say I never see her image. They are both paid a lot to stir up bigotry and racial animosity. So there you have it.

        • 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          August 1, 2014 at 8:35 am


    • 6 GGAIL
      August 1, 2014 at 8:39 am

      amk, did y’all name the puppies on Sunday?

  2. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    August 1, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Morning. When you wake up to Republican antics, you wake up to Looney Tunes Land. The question isn’t what is happening in the world today? It’s what insanely inhumane, hate-filled, anti-American sabotage is the GOP up to today. Nothing–no matter how obscene, bigoted and stupid–surprises me anymore. I couldn’t be more grateful for this place of sanity.

  3. August 1, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks… AMK (congrats on furst), JackieG …TODers!!!!

  4. August 1, 2014 at 8:06 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats amk on #1. 🙂 Happy Friday everyone!

  5. 19 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 8:09 am

  6. 22 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

    bet it’s bt’s life credo.

    • 23 arapaho415
      August 1, 2014 at 8:20 am


      Finally got a new computer last month, but now I am unable to copy a URL from Word to the Internet (doesn’t work for either IE or Chrome) — I think it’s a problem with Word’s clipboard.

      I asked a question on MSFT forum and the response I got was to right-click on the URL in Word — but it doesn’t give me the option to “copy,” only to paste — and this was when I just turned on my computer, and had not copied anything to the clipboard.

      I also changed the advanced option in Word to “keep text only” when pasting from other programs.

      Do you have any ideas on how to get my !@C^##& clipboard to work in Word? (No problem copying URL from Excel.)

      • 24 amk for obama
        August 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

        First, when you have a link in the word file, it has to be active. Hit enter after you pasted the link in the word file. It will turn blue with an underline.

        Once the link is active, then you click ‘open hyperlink’ and the page will open in your default browser.

        • 25 arapaho415
          August 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

          Thanks for the response (much faster than MSFT forum, which took about 24 hours).

          My Word links are blue, but nothing happens when I click on “Open hyperlink.”

          This gives me something to go on, so let me do some testing in Word.


          • 26 amk for obama
            August 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

            which version of word are you using? I use only 2003 since 2007 and 2010 are teh suck.

            Have you set your default browser?

            • 27 arapaho415
              August 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

              I was one of the XP holdouts, but my 8 year old computer is barely functioning, hence new computer.

              I’ve got Word 2013 — downloaded from MSFT, paid for at Best Buy. I’m wondering if I can download my old Office 2003 from a CD to this computer (no CD drive, external CD reader), but I think I would muck up my new computer forever.

              My default browser is IE11. I use Google Chrome only for sites that IE can’t handle, such as T-Mobile (IE screen freezes and flashes when I attempt to use T-Mobile site).

              Bizarrely, clicking on “open hyperlink” in a Word document works when the URL is a MSFT, but not any other (e.g., TOD, twitter, etc.).

              • 28 amk for obama
                August 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

                2013 ??? oh boy. Have no idea what other fuckups m$ has done to that ‘product’. I suggest firefox or chrome as your default browser. I stopped IE at their version 6.0 or some such shite.

                • 29 arapaho415
                  August 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

                  Wish I had asked you before I downloaded 2013 Office — I have no idea how to “undo” a download — the apps are in the “cloud” not on my hard drive.

                  Chrome won’t help because the problem is with Word. When I try to paste a URL from Word to Chrome nothing happens.

                  • 30 amk for obama
                    August 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

                    from where did you get the links for the word file anyway? I avoid using links in my letters and reports. See if there is an icon called permissions in the word. May be your links are protected by the sender.

                    • 31 arapaho415
                      August 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

                      The links are just references for me, not for professional use.

                      Links are to TOD, twitter, newspaper sites, etc., nothing funky or obscure.

                      Where would permissions be? I find it hard to find most everything in Windows 8. MSFT wanted a “clean” interface for users, which means almost everything is hidden. Their designers put beauty ahead of functionality, IMHO.

                    • 32 amk for obama
                      August 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

                      you don’t need to store your links in your word file. you can just use favorites/bookmarks function in your browser by clicking add to favorites/bookmark this page buttons in the browser.

                      yes, 2003 was their user friendly crap. rest were all bs.

                    • 33 arapaho415
                      August 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

                      Favorites/bookmarks don’t work for me.

                      I can never locate them. I have bookmarked a couple of sites on my new computer but there’s not enough detail to know why the heck I favorited the site.

                      Thanks for your help, though.

                      This is why grumpy old men (and women) are the way that they are. Changing stuff that worked into complicated obstacles for users is time-wastingly frustrating.

    • 34 99ts
      August 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

      gm amk – that is what I tell my husband whenever he is driving – he NEVER speeds – but all those maniacs that pass him by are definitely speeding.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      August 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

      AMK, I’m trying to find the tweet you sent the other day showing all the big items the R’s didn’t vote on compared to the one they did–sue the president. I looked on your twitter page and didn’t see it, then tried looking through all the posts here. Do you remember the one I mean?

  7. 46 arapaho415
    August 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Happy August and Friday everyone.

    This is what America represents to other countries. Brought tears to my eyes, yet GOP clamor for stagnant culture. If it were up to the “I want America back” nutters, we’d all be feasting on bangers and mash and dancing the polka — no rock ‘n roll, rhythm & blues, jazz, etc. (no offense to northern Europeans, but diversity makes life interesting):

    • 47 Jeff
      August 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

      horrible fate. ISIS and Al-Qaeda are an evil organization that are nothing short from being monsters.

  8. 48 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February.

    It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

    Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and banned the “promotion of homosexuality”.

    Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.


  9. August 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Good morning, TOD! It’s Friday!!

  10. 50 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Jobs report should be out SOON….

  11. 51 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

    And there you have it. I suppose more people entered the labor force…and I suspect this number will be revised “UP” next month. 🙂 But all in all, not a bad report!!!

  12. 52 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

    • 53 Vicki
      August 1, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Much better than expected. May and June revised UP by 15,000 jobs.
      Plus and this is a big plus the participation rate improved slightly as well. The participation rate is what the GOP uses to demean the jobs numbers and in truth it hasn’t improved in some time, BUT this month it went up!!

      Every sword they sharpen against this Administration and its excellent stewardship of the economy is blunted or broken sooner or later.

  13. 54 GGAIL
    August 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Whoa! it’s Friday!!! 😀

    • 55 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

      G’morning GGail! 🙂 Happy Friday. Good jobs report out this morning.

      • 56 GGAIL
        August 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Goood morning hf! Yes indeed, great news about the Jobs report.
        Thanks to PBO and his efforts, we’re headed in the right direction!

        • 57 anniebella
          August 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

          I have said this for years, but imagine how much better this economy would be if POTUS had a Congress who was willing to work with him, instead of against him. If anyone ought to be sued it ought to be those do nothing House Republicans.

  14. August 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    August 1, 2014 at 8:37 am


  16. 60 99ts
    August 1, 2014 at 8:39 am

    So I’m 14 hours ahead – and about 25 posts behind – gm everyone

  17. 61 JER
    August 1, 2014 at 8:42 am

  18. 62 JER
    August 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  19. 63 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 8:44 am

  20. 65 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Knoller is trying his best to be an absolute douchebag about the positive jobs report. He’s trying to comfort his RW followers…

    • 66 Allison
      August 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Before year-end, I believe the UR will dip below 6%.

    • 67 arapaho415
      August 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Agree, this is a bizarre tweet.

      America was blissfully sailing that fraudster (aka banking) bubble just before their casino dominos crashed in Sep 2008.

      July 2008 is about as meaningful now as whatever the unemployment rate was in July 1980.

  21. 68 dotster3
    August 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Interesting to see all the diff headlines on jobs report——from “employment growth continued at solid pace” (Chgo Trib) to “job growth slows” (NBC). Revealing.

    • 69 Linda
      August 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

      I have noticed …..

      TPM…Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs In July, Unemployment Rate Little Changed

      HuffPoo…Unemployment Rate Crawls Up

      • 70 hopefruit2
        August 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

        Yes, NYT and AP both have the “Inched/crawled up” headline as well…Good thing there is twitter so people will know WHAT is driving the minor increase – which the dishonest media won’t report…

    • 71 Vicki
      August 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I commented above on the GOP’s undying efforts to rain on the Economy’s parade.
      Again, one way the GOP/MSM trys to take the air out of the balloon when the economic reports are good, is they squeal about “low participation rates.”
      Well folks, this month even that measure IMPROVED. Yes, improved.
      I love it when the last semi-valid talking point is no longer so true.

  22. 72 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

    GREAT Economic news no matter how you slice it – no wonder Mark Knoller is spinning like a damn out-of-control top!!

  23. 73 99ts
    August 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Great maps of Health Insurance in Kentucky – before and after the ACA – via a link at BJ


  24. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2014 at 8:58 am

  25. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

  26. 76 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

    These hidden gems tend to go under-reported…

    • 77 Vicki
      August 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Purposely. When the news is good the enemies of the state attempt to bury the actual numbers under a blizzard of confusion.

      Good morning TOD. Hopefruit and Nerdy, Linda and JER and all who are getting the truth about our country’s continued prosperity under the superb leadership of PBO.

  27. 80 dotster3
    August 1, 2014 at 9:03 am

    So Chuck Todd opines that America is “fatigued” by Obama, the man, the president, and his policies. You know what I’m fatigued about? —-Chuck Todd’s continuing highly partisan, clueless, determined campaign to denounce PBO at every appearance. What a shameful fraud.

    • 81 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

      He’s a shameful fraud alright and you know what, It’s actually reassuring that he said that – because his “opinion” is always the OPPOSITE of reality. If he had said that “America LOVES PBO,” then I would be worried!!!

      • 82 carolyn
        August 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

        We’re “fatigued” by the MSM’ attempts to constantly undermine PBO. NOT by PBO!!! The constant negativity coming from the Beltway pundits, the MSM, and the Rethuglicans are fatiguing, but the President is energizing! These people are always backwards.
        Hasn’t anyone in the upper echelons of NBC noticed that Chuck Todd is ALWAYS wrong? Or do they keep him for “comic” relief?

    • 84 99ts
      August 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

      America is surely “fatigued” by the antics of the GOP in congress. RW media has NO valid ideas – none.

    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      August 1, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Exactly, Dotster, the idiot set himself up for that. American is sick to death, fatigued up the eyeballs, and irritated beyond measure by the moronic musings of incompetent pseudo journalists like Todd. What a numbnuts.

    • 86 anniebella
      August 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Wonder how much the right wing gave Chucky to say that. What I am tired of is two bit pundits telling me what I am fatigued of. The people who welcome POTUS to KC this week didn’t look fatigued of him, they were glad to see him.

      • 87 arapaho415
        August 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

        Yes, annieb.

        Compare sourpuss upchuck to this week in Kansas City. And not just the regular citizens and small business owners in Parkville MO, but the enthusiastic reporter.

    • 88 nospin
      August 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

      this tweet should be linked to pics of folks wrapped around buildings to see POTUS and different pics of everyday people meeting our POTUS over the last few weeks. i.e America is “fatigued” from POTUS with link to a pic and @reference to Chucky Toad. Best way to deal with this is to laugh at it.

      • 89 anniebella
        August 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

        I’ll laugh after I email Chucky and tell him that I’m sure Republicans are tired of the black President who they never wanted in the WH.

    • 90 arapaho415
      August 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

      This, along with #coleslawgate, proves that the MSM is clutching at straws.

      They can’t do any better than these trivialities to “prove” their POV.

      They’ll be on vacation with Congress this month and will feebly try to undermine Dems whenever they can. Recall yesterday that MSM headlines were about the “House” disarray relating to Immigration Bill, deftly avoiding informing their audience that it was Republicans in chaos. Yet they miss no opportunity to bash “Dems in disarray” — guess they like the alliteration.

  28. 91 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

  29. 92 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

  30. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

  31. 94 dotster3
    August 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

  32. 95 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 9:15 am

  33. 97 japa21
    August 1, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Good morning all. Let the naysayers say neigh. They are all horses’ asses anyway.

  34. 99 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

  35. 100 dotster3
    August 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I love this response by Turkish women to a politician warning them not to laugh in public. This would be an appropriate response to every just as goofy utterance by Repub politicians here.

    • 101 amk for obama
      August 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

      daymn. wish I were turkish.

    • 102 arapaho415
      August 1, 2014 at 10:32 am


      Thanks for explaining #coleslawgate to me a few threads back.

      Also, did you see that the murder-suicide in Chicago that you posted here yesterday was by the CIO of a tech company who was about to be displaced, no doubt by someone younger (he had been with the company since its founding).

  36. 103 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

  37. 104 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Apparently there’s going to be this *HUGE* announcement, which I suspect has to do with DCCC extreme fundraising over the PBO Impeachment/Lawsuit issue….

    • 105 Linda
      August 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Steve Israel @IsraelDCCC · 4m

      The @DCCC just completed its best online fundraising week ever with more than $4.8m from over 240k donations. Dems are fired up.

  38. 106 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

  39. 110 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

  40. 111 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

    When Dana Bash @CNN is bashing the GOP on Twitter – things are bad….really bad..

    • 112 arapaho415
      August 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Where has she been during the previous Congressional votes?

      Hello, repeal ACA, impeach Obama, sue Obama, etc.

  41. 113 japa21
    August 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

  42. 114 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

    This article sums up how most of us Dems feel…and we’re taking that right to the polls in November!

    • August 1, 2014 at 10:16 am


      Now all that Democratic Party base has to do is show up and vote this November. Exercising the franchise is the best way for them to have Obama’s back. A check means nothing if it’s not backed up by a ballot being cast.

  43. 117 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I know sometimes we get frustrated when people call him “Obama” instead of President Obama, but many times it’s not out of disrespect. It’s the idea that PBO himself is bigger than the Presidency – to a lot of people, he means more than just “US President” and after 2017, we will see this even more clearly. 🙂

    • 118 carolyn
      August 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

      I totally understand our upset when news people don’t give our president his title. But hopefruit has it…..he’s bigger than the presidency. It’s like when people say “FDR” or “JFK” they are bigger than any one office.

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