Early Bird Chat



MoooOOOooorning: Happy Thursday!

144 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. August 7, 2014 at 7:36 am


  2. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    August 7, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Hi Chips and Vetivera. Yesterday’s coverage on TOD was fantastic!!!! What a day.

    • August 7, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Yes it was. I was watching the 1st part of the 1st Ladies gathering. Sometimes I swear LB had a few before she came on stage. What I saw was pretty good. The coverage here was awesomeness all day. I couldn’t keep up with here, twitter, & C-Span coverage too. Brain couldn’t function that well ๐Ÿ˜€

      • 28 jackiegrumbacher
        August 7, 2014 at 7:51 am

        Oh, do I know the feeling, Roberta. I’m hopeless late at night and become incoherent just as the west coast folks are gearing up. So glad we span the time zones here, so there’s always great stuff to catch up on in the morning.

      • 29 anniebella
        August 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

        I watch our FLOTUS and Mrs. Bush. I’m just sorry I couldn’t see FLOTUS with the Chicago Soul Children.

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

      It sure was. Had lots of time to read this shift and I could barely get through it all

  3. August 7, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Love POTUS with babies & young children they know he cares.

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      August 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Roberta, our president knows that babies are without malice or prejudice. They’re just looking for love and affirmation and he’s got plenty of that to give.

  4. 33 jackiegrumbacher
    August 7, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Last week my oldest sister learned that she had a spot on one lung and we all feared the worst. Yesterday a pulmonary specialist told her it was neither cancer nor deadly. She’ll go back in a month for another cat scan and a breath test, but we’re all breathing easier today. Tomorrow I’m off to DC for three days of 24 hour babysitting for our 2-year old grandbaby. Have a great, great day!

    • August 7, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Great news Jackie, what a relief for your sister!

      • 35 jackiegrumbacher
        August 7, 2014 at 7:54 am

        Thanks, Chips. It was like a great weight until I she called last night. She just got married in November at the age of 77 and her new husband was beside himself with worry.

        • August 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

          Oh Jackie, I forgot about your sister marrying last year, what a great relief for her husband, I’m sure they’re both exhausted from the worry.

    • 37 vcprezofan2
      August 7, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Good Thursday morning, JackieG!
      Don’t forget to squeeze in some extra naps, or rest times, today in preparation for your upcoming 24-hour duty stints. ๐Ÿ˜€ Your days with grandb will be great!

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        August 7, 2014 at 7:58 am

        VC, the days will be grand. She’s adorable and lovable beyond words, but she does have the energy of ten of me.

        • 39 vcprezofan2
          August 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

          That’s precisely why virtual, un-credentialed Doc VC is hinting at some big time rest for you today, Mrs JackieG!

    • August 7, 2014 at 8:44 am


      So glad for you and your family that the doctor’s call to your sister was good news.

      Now that that worry is off your mind, do take Dr. TOD’s advice and rest up for your 2-year old — “the terrible twos,” curious about everything, wanted to eat and get into everything in sight. Hopefully your napping schedules will coincide.

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Great Great News Jackie

  5. 42 vcprezofan2
    August 7, 2014 at 7:46 am

    GM/N folks! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Despite all its (jonkarlian/ chrisjansingian/msmian) valleys, LIFE IS GOOD!
    These days this is one of my favourite African proverbsโ€ฆ

  6. August 7, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Good Morning, Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 60 amk for obama
    August 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

  8. August 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Good Thursday Chipsticks…TODers!!!!

    Everyone have a wonderfully AWESOME day! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. 65 vcprezofan2
    August 7, 2014 at 8:13 am

    • August 7, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I saw on TOD that some states are having their primaries today, which confuses me (which is easy to do, LOL).

      I thought most elections in the US were held on Tuesdays?

      • 67 vcprezofan2
        August 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Morning, Arapaho!
        Can’t help you here. I just pass along info I think will be pertinent to different members of the TOD family, in the hope they will also pass it along to where it will do the most good. Truth is, the U.S. election process remains a mystery to me – and I’m no good with mysteries.

      • 68 99ts
        August 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

        I thought they were all held on a Tuesday Arapaho – so I am seriously confused. My lot have them always on a Saturday – like when the majority do not have to go to work.

  10. August 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! That main pic is a whole bundle of cuteness and more. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 77 vcprezofan2
    August 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

    (Article from Kentucky.com) This is being offered as background, not as incentive to critique Grimes. Just saying…

    The miner’s advice, the former president told the audience packed inside the Hal Rogers Center, was “don’t forget to remind people she’s much prettier than Mitch McConnell is.”

    “You got that right!” a man in the audience shouted.

    That was one of many contrasts Clinton tried to draw between McConnell, the U.S. Senate minority leader, and Grimes, the Democrat hoping to unseat him, as he traveled to a part of the state that has seen coal jobs evaporate and laid much of the blame on President Barack Obama.

    “I am a Clinton Democrat,” Grimes shouted to the approving audience.

    For Grimes to win in Eastern Kentucky, she’ll need voters to believe that declaration and not that she is “Obama’s Kentucky candidate,” as McConnell and his allies have asserted repeatedly.


    • 78 hopefruit2
      August 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

      I meant to respond to your comment here vc.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

      The world nearly exploded when PBO referred to Kamala Harris as beautiful.

      • August 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

        Exactly Meta! If PBO said what Clinton said, the emoprogs would be calling for him to be impeached.

      • 84 vcprezofan2
        August 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

        I remember that, Meta! ๐Ÿ™„ I was subsequently pleased to see that didn’t stop the president from making similar comments going forward. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • August 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

          But didn’t all the feminist emoprogs demand an apology? Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

          • August 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

            It is just pathetic how much criticism PBO gets. I’ve never seen anything like it. All W had to do was walk in a semi straight line in a flight suit for people to fawn all over him. And I still can’t believe feminists giving WJC a pass for the way he conducted himself in the workplace with a subordinate. Call me crazy but I can’t believe the lack of support PBO gets for doing the right things.

            • 87 jackiegrumbacher
              August 7, 2014 at 10:05 am

              MomSense, I firmly believe that the number of people who love, admire and fully appreciate our president is far larger than anything you will ever see in the media. The nitpickers and haters are loud, but they are in the minority. Our president is the most charismatic, dynamic and successful leader this country has seen since Abraham Lincoln and he won election to the presidency twice with overwhelming majorities. We can’t forget this, no matter how much the jealous, bigoted detractors try to induce our amnesia.

            • August 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

              I just fully AGREED with everything you said 10000000%

          • 89 vcprezofan2
            August 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

            I remember that too. It’s not really funny, but these nuts from both sides do provide entertainment of a sort.

  12. 90 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Well, I won’t hold it against her – Bill Clinton won the state of Kentucky twice when he ran for President. PBO lost that state both times. No time to fight silly battles when we already know that Kentucky is an extremely racist place.

    • August 7, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Amazingly, many more democrats in that state, and yet it’s ruby red. It’s bc of coal.
      The jobs are mostly coal related, and apparently they don’t like clean water and air, so they vote republican.

    • 92 57andfemale
      August 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

      clinton is popular there, but it’s a false equivalence: the way Southern states voted 22 years ago is a very different landscape than it is now. Even a ‘Clinton’ democrat would have problems in the same states they won a generation ago. It’s a different country.

      that being said, I want McConnell to lose and this is smart politics on the part of Grimes. And it’s still going to be a nail biter.

      • 93 Nena20409
        August 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

        Registered Dems in KY are the majority than Registered GOPers. Clinton will help Grimes to keep many Dems from Voting for the Turtle. They might not vote for Grimes, they might just stay home.

        Oh the Coal Miners are about 12K in KY……I read that somewhere last week.

    • 95 COS
      August 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

      THIS HF!!!! Let Grimes say whatever she need to say if it means unseating the turtle. She is Mary Landrieu, Jr., but we need to keep the Senate.

  13. August 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

    • August 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Ezra might be getting pressure from his friends at AIPAC?

      • August 7, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Ha, I don’t know what’s going on with him Jovie, but from Obamacare to this, he’s one helluva shill!

      • 99 hopefruit2
        August 7, 2014 at 9:16 am

        His little blog is not as popular as he thought it would be. Contrast that with Obamacare which is super popular (despite what the polls may claim) and THRIVING and doing what it was intended to do – drive healthcare costs down, insure millions of people who were previously uninsured, and bring efficiency to health care providers & institutions.

        So of course, he is bitter as hell.

  14. 100 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I guess it’s time for ABC/WaPo to put out THEIR “Obama hits new low low” poll….

  15. 104 vcprezofan2
    August 7, 2014 at 8:43 am


    While U.S MSM dicks around (pardon the tone) Africa is being courted (as Zizi mentioned yesterday) by others [who just may have more polite and better informed media agents]. Ad for a ‘Rebranding Africa Forum’, October 18, 2014 in Bruxelles.

    One title noted “Africa Meets the World in the heart of Europe”

    ‘Twould be such a shame, and a loss, if through their rude, ignorant behaviour U.S. media inadvertently stomps on U.S. potential for a strong partnership in this area. Using my own nature as a guide, if U.S. media treated me, an invitee to their country, the way those idiots did yesterday I would hesitate to throw my business fully their way. Thankfully, because our president is so respected in his own right, and because the African leaders know the history of Africa-U.S. relations maybe they won’t let MSM rudeness interfere.

    • 105 jackiegrumbacher
      August 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

      VC, I do think the incompetent, boorish US media, actually heightens our president’s image abroad because world leaders see and empathize with what he has to go through and fully understand its racist origins. I doubt that any of the African leaders missed the subtext of the media’s behavior.

      • 106 vcprezofan2
        August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

        I truly see, and get, that aspect of the situation and it heartens me, JackieG. In a way, PBO IS single-handedly dragging the U.S.into the 21stC with his astute leadership.

        OTOH, being a creature of ‘vibes’ myself, and knowing that leaders do not function without advisers, I picture one or two within a delegation who would be affronted by what I see as an (unthinking?) insult and who may preach caution going forward. After all, PBO won’t be at the helm heading down the road.

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I honestly don’t think one press conference where the US media didn’t ask any questions regarding the African Summit is going to have much of an impact. The big takeaway for me was The President has the right strategy for strengthening our ties. African leaders imo are looking to him when it comes to sealing the deal. Will other countries benefit? No doubt but the US is going to be the major player in Africa thanks to PBO.

      • 108 vcprezofan2
        August 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

        I see your point, Derbingle, but I will simply say ‘It had an impact on me’, and yes, the U.S. may become the, or ‘A’, major player in Africa thanks to PBO

  16. August 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

  17. 110 vcprezofan2
    August 7, 2014 at 9:05 am

    You know, I didn’t realize I woke up with residual anger at the way WHPC behaved in that presser until I started fiddling around on twitter.

    I know MSM are dense, as seen in their behaviour over recent years, but it’s hard to accept they are SOOOO dense they would deliberately (try to) sabotage this building block President Obama is trying to cement in place. Their behaviour yesterday was no different than it has been for a while, yet still it struck me as a slap in the face. Everybody knows that when you INVITE someone into your home, you try to make them feel welcomed and ‘at home’! At least, I thought everybody knew THAT. I have never felt more like swearing (something I abhor) or throttling someone than I did yesterday! Truthfully, I was hugely embarrassed too! I just know *I* would have been affronted if I had been a member of any one of those delegations, AND it would influence my decision, even if only under the surface, to ‘pal around with America’ going forward. God, U.S. MSM are so shortsighted, ill-informed, and unpatriotic! Grrrrr!

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

      VC, even though we have come to expect the bad behavior of the WHPC, we still have not become so numb that we are not angered.

      They behave just as badly in other countries. They are not embarrassed by their conduct. In fact, each day seems to embolden them to do worse. And as long as they are encouraged by their peers, supported by their Kochlike benefactors, and get the anticipated reaction from Teapartiers and other extremists, they will not change.

      As long as the arrogant attitude remains, U.S. will lose sight of the fact that other countries are not just catching up with us but surpassing us. As long as we continue to discount other countries, we will end up losing out in the long run.

    • 113 dotster3
      August 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

      You said “unpatriotic”, and that’s what always disgusts me. One would think that our WHPC would demonstrate some degree of patriotism, which they should be able to do as they do their assigned task—–at least occasionally touting U.S. strengths and pride in accomplishments and goals. But all they do is try to downgrade and diminish PBO and WH policies, always cynical and negative—-in front of the U.S. public and the world. It’s horribly damaging. They have gone so far off track. It’s a shameful disgrace.

      • 114 vcprezofan2
        August 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

        I wholeheartedly agree, Dotster; it is shameful and it is a disgrace. What confounds me the most is that WHPC members have not been able to SEE, and one might conclude neither have their bosses, the potential for long term damage to the American brand they claim to prize. They haven’t SEEN that *their* persistent attack on PresO does harm to American exceptionalism in much the same way Bush-Cheney damaged the brand with their torture initiative! Their version of ‘journalism’ is pathetic.

  18. August 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Arrogance, and to some degree bigotry, is causing the US to be complacent in its status as a super-power. But this attitude of thinking we are so much better — that we are invincible — could be/will be our downfall. [For gosh sake, other countries know our history better than we do. By the same token, we don’t make much effort to learn about other countries’ history and culture. Learn another language besides English? What for?]

    Fortunately for this country, President Obama is making the effort to 1) show that this country has some humility in the eyes of the rest of the world, and 2) try to keep us competitive in terms of our interaction and potential partnering with countries who are rising as key players in the world. Because PBO is respected throughout the world, he is helping the US to regain some of the respect that had been loss.

    Yet *another* reason to be thankful that Barack Obama is our President in this day and time.

    • 116 vcprezofan2
      August 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

      ‘Fortunately for this country, President Obama is making the effort to … keep us competitive in terms of our interaction and potential partnering with countries who are rising as key players in the world’

      One reason it is important that PBO be followed by a Democrat who recognizes that the old American approach to the world has lost its ‘effectiveness’.

      Also, it’s this forward, and smart, goal of the president that the rwnjs and rednecks do not understand and interpret as him trying to dismantle the country’s ‘exceptionalism’.

      • August 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

        “…that the old American approach to the world has lost its โ€˜effectivenessโ€™…”

        Those that continue to think that way have also been unable to see that the old approach is no longer as effective *within* the U.S. Or maybe they see it but refuse to believe it. For them, it’s not so much about moving this country forward, but who is at the helm.

      August 7, 2014 at 10:42 am


      • August 7, 2014 at 11:00 am


        I believe that Barack Obama was put on this earth for a purpose beyond the role of POTUS. He is opening the eyes of those whose eyes have been shut – literally and figuratively. Because of attempts to make him fail, he has helped to bring to light the bigotry, hatred, indifference, apathy, and inhumanity of those who have been able to keep it in the shadows under the guise of Christianity and patriotism. And because of this, we are better able to act and react because who know better what we are dealing with.

        Although Barack Obama will not be POTUS after January 2017, the effect of him having been POTUS will be lasting.

  19. August 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

    LOVE LOVE that pic of the President and that sweet baby….Precious one

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

      I often wonder where President Obama gets the strength to deal with the on-going obstacles of his presidency. Whenever I see pictures of him with babies and children, I see the answer. At least in part, it’s the children that help keep him grounded and rejuvenate him so he can fight for us another day.

      • 122 anniebella
        August 7, 2014 at 10:10 am

        I am glad that POTUS, FLOTUS, and the girls will be heading on vacation Saturday. I guess Malia and Sasha are going with them. But even the President need a vacation. They will be heading to Martha Vineyard Saturday. The media and public don’t seem to be upset that Congress is on vacation for five weeks. What would they say if POTUS took a five week vacation?

        • 123 anniebella
          August 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

          I can only imagine, what they would be saying.

        • August 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

          Anniebella, for all their “corporations are people” meme, I don’t know of any corporation that would tolerate their unproductive behavior, must less pay them management level salaries when they aren’t doing management level — ANY LEVEL– work. Earned vacation?!?!?! Please!!!!

          President Obama works harder and does more in a day than any other president that I can think of. And yes, he more than deserves whatever vacation time he takes. But we both know that in the midst of his vacation/family time, he will still be working.

        • 125 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          August 7, 2014 at 10:37 am


      • August 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

        Indeed SW..you are so right…that is why where ever he goes …nationally or internationally …there is always a focus on young people….i think that we in America…do not value our young people….we do not see in them the hope that there is….i come by this…when i look at our educational system….the violence that affects so many children…our school to prison pipeline…student loan debt….these are just a few…

        i try not to be too overwhelmed because i know that there are folks who see what i see and who are working everyday to improve things…it is just an uphill battle…


  20. August 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I know Twitter is jammed with odd people, like Amk, but this fella takes the biscuit:


    He keeps getting banned, and keeps coming back with new accounts, he has loads of them. He keeps following me, I keep blocking him, and he comes back again with another account. He has a weird obsession with FLOTUS, and now it looks like he’s fixated on the Duchess of Cambridge ๐Ÿ˜•

    Oh, the craaaaaaaazy!!

  21. 132 amk for obama
    August 7, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Is it true? If yes, then MT is considered a red state?

  22. 135 Vicki
    August 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Once Again, because it is that important:
    The US jobless rate—-that is, people applying for unemployment benefits dropped this week to 289,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    At the start of the Obama administration we were losing 750,000 jobs per week.

    PLUS and this is a big plus—the participation rate has also gone UP.
    This is the metric the RW saboteurs used to throw out when the Unemployment rate went down. The said that it wasn’t a good thing because it meant that people had given up looking for jobs.

    Now the increasing participation rate shows that more and more folks are working. Plus fewer are losing their jobs.
    It is All Good.


  23. 141 desertflower
    August 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Morning everyone! Pass this one around…


    And it seems as if this surge of relevancy for Rand Paul in the presidential sphere is partly fueled by easily-deceived, privileged voters on the left who are climbing aboard an all new whimsical wheezy jalopy, evidently unaware that Rand Paul is an opportunist whoโ€™s views are generally anathema to progressivism. Among those naive leftists are Ronan Farrow and Ralph Nader in spite of his horrendous views on an entire roster of critical issues, many of which are torn from his fatherโ€™s mystical playbook.
    Simply because he occasionally tosses a few token scoops of chum to the left (then quickly backpedals), the left appears to be more than willing to ignore the following positions:

    At the link….

    • 142 Nena20409
      August 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      One thing for sure is that Ralph Nader is Not Naive. He is in his 70s now. His positions from the 1960s have not changed. He has a record of accomplishments. The US politics needs men like him. He angers many. He wants a perfect world. He has devoted his LIFE to improving Lives in US and the world in Auto safety.

      His One mistake is to run for office.

      He should have advocated and agitated without running for office for he had Zero way of making his candidacy a reality. It ended causing misguided fools into voting for him and GW Bush was imposed on Us and the World.

    August 7, 2014 at 10:32 am


    • 144 Nena20409
      August 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Not breaking. It has been going on since Sunday and Thom Hartman has been reporting about it. CNN want another Crisis to hang their type of 24/7 diatribe on. Aug is the month Viewership goes down. Driving up crisis is what CNN lives for. No doubt what ISIS is doing is horrific. But Iraq in unwilling to solve it’s problem. Libya is also in serious mess and so is Syria and Ukraine and in Mali.

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