Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and family tour the Gay Head lighthouse in Aquinnah, Mass., while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Aug. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!

139 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Lynn
    August 27, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Unpossible! Me? Happy Hump Day!

  2. August 27, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…TOD Family!!! 🙂

  3. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    August 27, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Good morning, Chips and early risers. Hope all is right with the world wherever people are this morning.

  4. August 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

    “Boycott talk taints Burger King deal”



    The amount of outrage over Burger King’s deal to buy a Canadian donut chain could possibly determine whether the deal goes through — and helps Burger King dodge millions of dollars in U.S. taxes.

    Burger King’s (BKW) plan to buy the Tim Hortons (THI) chain seems like a smart strategic fit that would benefit both companies, even without a tax savings…

    Burger King has a problem, though, because the deal also includes a plan to change the new firm’s nominal headquarters from Miami to Oakville, Ontario, where Hortons is based. That would subject the new company to Canada’s far lower corporate tax rates.

    Unlike most other firms that have sought inversions recently, Burger King is a well-known consumer brand in a business with lots of competition — which makes it easy to boycott the chain…Burger King’s Facebook (FB) page has filled with comments criticizing the deal…On Twitter and Instagram, a #BoycottBurgerKing movement has been gathering steam.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      August 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

      I haven’t one ounce of sympathy for Burger King. The company rises or falls on customers deciding to walk into their restaurant, rather than Wendy’s or McDonald’s. If a company serving the quintessential American meal appears “UNAmerican” to customers, how did Burger King expect them to react? What makes sense to financial people is not always common sense.

    • 25 GGAIL
      August 27, 2014 at 8:34 am

      We Americans want it our way – YOU hear that Burger King?!!!

      • 26 MightyPamela
        August 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

        We went to Burger King once, about 24 years ago: our family nickname a day or two later came to be ~ (diarrhea in a bag) (I know – gross). And so that was it, never again. Drive by with the windows up.

    • 27 anniebella
      August 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

      No more Burger King for me either!!!!!!!!!!!.

  5. August 27, 2014 at 8:02 am

    “Bad News for GOP: Data Links High Congressional Disapproval With High Voter Turnout ”



    Gallup has super bad news for Republicans. There is a link between high disapproval of congress and high voter turnout. Republicans have done a great job not only creating record high disapproval levels, their obstructionism combined with wasting money and alienating rhetoric sustained those high levels of disapproval. If you’re a Republican, you may be tempted to believe your mission was accomplished. The only problem is high levels of congressional disapproval also means high voter turnout at election time. We all know what that means in Republican land.

    In the name of pandering to their most extreme elements, Republicans obstructed and destroyed their way to the highest disapproval of congress ever some time ago. They have managed to sustain that level of contempt for a congress that takes food out of the mouths of children to give bigger handouts to the Koch brothers. Americans see through Republican denials of global warming in the name of giving the Koch brothers the freedom to poison our planet for profit.

    Only 13% of America approves of the Kindergarten congress that says no to everything President Obama says or does simply because he had the gall to get elected President of the United States while Black and while Democrat.

    Republicans achieved the last thing they wanted when they obstructed popular policies, and thumbed their noses at everyone in America except those who lined GOPT pockets. They angered voters enough for them to want change from an anti-American and anti-America congress to one that governs for the people.

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      August 27, 2014 at 8:18 am

      SW, our job is to make sure voters “get it” about this Congress. We have to convince them that every time there’s a chance to replace a Republican with a Democrat, they need to do exactly that. Let’s all aim high and work hard. Our president won his second term with an overwhelming majority and the Republicans in Congress decided to spit in those voters’ eyes. We need to show the GOP exactly what we think of that insult.

      • August 27, 2014 at 8:39 am

        Despite all of PBO’s achievements, and despite his on-going fight for the working class and middle/lower income Americans, there are groups who criticize him because he has not made the progress THEY desire on THEIR specific projects. They forget that on election night 2008, President Obama said that he would be President for ALL U.S. citizens. He obviously anticipated the expectations of various groups that he should cater to them. They are closed-minded in that they don’t acknowledge the broader impact of the Obama administration’s accomplishments; the benefits that are realized for more than just a select few.

        President Obama has been fighting for legislation that is long-lasting and harder to reverse; more permanent than EO’s could be. It takes a functioning Congress who is willing to work across the aisle not set on sabotaging this President for this to happen. But rather than making it easier for the President to get a cooperative congress, there are those who will pout and not get out to vote because they didn’t get their way.

        People also have to get out of the mentality that if I don’t get my way, I’m taking my ball and going home.

        • August 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

          I think many of these “groups” have underlying agendas that have nothing to do with their so-called pet causes. Many of them are money hungry and use perpetual “outrage” to fill their pockets while doing absolutely nothing to help bring about the change they claim to want. People who are really invested in accomplishing positive change do not waste time going on TV and criticizing the one person and ally who is on their side while giving the obstructionists and do-nothings in congress a grand pass.

          • 32 jackiegrumbacher
            August 27, 2014 at 9:12 am

            HF, you got it Hf. Fundraising, putting themselves on tv, getting personal exposure for their own ambitions is what it’s all about. No one in the oval office would satisfy them unless that person lined their pockets.

          • 33 MadameSoph
            August 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm

            Late to the party here hopefruit2, but just had to say a hearty, “Yes! Yes! and Yes!” to your summation here. The election of a true liberal and man of the people has revealed so many on the left for what they truly are about: selling outrage. I have lost respect for so many that I once admired. When PBO was elected and the time came to roll up our collective sleeves and get to work, those in the “fight the power” business just sat in their university offices or think tanks and carried on with business as usual. They couldn’t even be bothered to change their message and acted as if PBO was exactly the same as GWB, that’s how lazy they are. They just want the speaking fees, book deals and Democracy Now appearances to keep coming; they have golden insurance and comfortable incomes, while regular folks were in desperate need of higher wages, healthcare and equality. All I know is that Noam Chomsky didn’t do shit to get me affordable healthcare. I have PBO to thank for that and so much more.

        • 34 anniebella
          August 27, 2014 at 8:52 am

          swbluega, Someone I know said that Obama hasn’t done anything for the black community, for the black folks. And I have to admit I get alittle piss, and I ask this person what were you expecting him to do for the black community?

          • August 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

            anniebella, I guess unless he says, “Hey black people, this is for you,” then there are those who will not acknowledge that they too are reaping benefits from the efforts of this administration. They need to realize that they have lost less than they would have, and definitely gained more than they would have. Just because the benefits extended to more than just black people doesn’t mean he has done anything for the black community.

            AND they need to wake up and understand that the President could have done more if he had a Congress that was working *with* him instead of against him. They need to recognize that when they have something *better* to do than to go vote, then they have to bear some blame for all the things they think they aren’t getting.

          • 36 hopefruit2
            August 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

            Tell this person they need to talk to someone like Rev Al who’s actually been interacting on a genuine level with many Black communities. They will not get accurate info about what PBO has done for the Black community why watching MHP on MSNBC or listening to Cornel West rants.

            • 37 hopefruit2
              August 27, 2014 at 9:02 am


              • 38 anniebella
                August 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

                My second response after asking what is it he were suppose to do for the black community, is what are we doing for ourselves, like education. I know that this President have done alot, and would have done more if it were not for the Republican Party, who only purpose in life has been to stop this black President who they hate. This country is in a hell of alot better shape then it was in 2008-09 when he took over, and it is thanks to no help from the Republicans.

          • 39 jackiegrumbacher
            August 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

            SW, it’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the power of the presidency. So many people think that bestirring themselves to vote for president exempts them from the need to vote again. But the president is neither a king, nor a dictator, so he needs a functioning Congress and SCOTUS. Since 2010, we have been operating with a fully functioning Executive branch, a half functional Congress, with the Senate handicapped by the House, and a backward looking Republican majority Supreme Court that acts like an enormous anchor on our democracy. There is no president in history who could have accomplished as much as PBO, given all of these dead weights. Instead of recognizing this truth, short-sighted, ego-driven, or ill-informed people think throwing brickbats is an effective solution.

            • August 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

              Always easier to criticize and cast blame on the person(s) doing something rather than on the ones that aren’t.

              • 41 anniebella
                August 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

                Sometime you wonder what’s wrong with people? It’s okay to criticize the President for being on a two week vacation, but don’t have a dam word to say about Congress being on a five week vacation. This House lead by Ted Cruz, I meant John Boehner have only work about 75 days this entire year.

    • 43 arapaho415
      August 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

      People who criticize President Obama because he hasn’t done enough to “help” the _____ (fill-in-the-blank) community don’t seem to realize PBO is the President for all Americans.

      They must be too lazy to listen to any of PBO’s speeches relating to domestic policy or to research his actions on behalf of the middle class and those striving to join the middle class.

      They undermine by wanting labels to be attached to empowerment programs because RWNJs leap at any opportunity to whine about “handouts” to those who lack basic necessities. They also fail to understand that PBO is building the foundation for future prosperity for all Americans, regardless of whatever niche that American occupies.

  6. 44 Dudette
    August 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

  7. 47 vcprezofan2
    August 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

    It’s morning again somewhere, right? Hel-lo everybody!
    My body thinks it’s night time (ie. rest time), so do my eyes which I have had covered with my black eye mask for the past 2½ hrs, but my brain has been very, very uncooperative. I finally figured out I might as well get up as the mask + hand towel-over-eyes trick wasn’t working! 😀 Life can be such fun even when I lose out in games like this!

    Soooo, how is everybody in TODsylvania? Wishing you all a very good Wednesday, no matter which part of Wednesday you are experiencing!

    • August 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

      🙂 You’re having a very interesting start to the day VC, gooooood morning to ya!!

    • 50 Dudette
      August 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Hiya VC!

      I’ve been wondering whether I should buy on of those eye mask thingies. Guess not. 🙂

      • 51 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

        MooOoorrrning, D-ette! 😀

        Well you can’t go by *my* recommendation, as I have a weird brain. 😉 I bought two (after MP suggested one) and neither one does the job for me. We won’t mention that I also bought supposed black out curtains for my bedroom. My problem is – when the light’s on (bulb/sunlight/whatever) I’m awake, and all these fancy solutions make no difference at all!

        • 52 Dudette
          August 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

          The bod wants what it wants, 🙂

          • 53 vcprezofan2
            August 27, 2014 at 8:42 am

            To quote our resident rebel …. Egg. sack. lee!
            Now if only my brain would show a little more gumption and bod and brain join forces, I’d be a happier camper. In the meantime, I’ll laze around for a bit more until I’m forced to get with today’s programme (= packing).

            Have a Wonderful Wednesday, girl chile!

            • 54 arapaho415
              August 27, 2014 at 10:14 am


              Business trip, vacation or moving?

              • 55 arapaho415
                August 27, 2014 at 10:20 am

                Never mind.

                I see downthread that you’re seeing your son off to school.

                Exciting time for him, and peace and quiet at home?

                It’s like Disneyland/Christmas for your brain! (I always woke up early for those events as a child, and was not an early bird by nature — I could sleep until noon if other things didn’t interfere, LOL.)

              • 56 vcprezofan2
                August 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

                None of the above! Well, okay, I guess I could call it a vacation, Arapaho! 😀 😀

                I’m acting as chauffeur to Offspring who is heading out of town/province in search of higher learning. Generally I’m an awful packer as I tend to take everything with me, even if only for a weekend. This time I’m trying to not think too much about it nor give myself too much time to think of all that I can’t live without for a few days.

      • August 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

        The pain relief doctor recommended a sleep mask to block ALL LIGHT, as the melatonin cannot ‘rise’ completely when light is present. Previously, I had used just a seed mask, which she maintains can slip off the face and allow light to penetrate the eyelids. In my old house, I had better seclusion from light sources, but in the new apartment , it is hopeless to try to get away from external light. Works well for me.

  8. 58 GGAIL
    August 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Happy Wednesday!

    I’m sitting in LAX airport waiting to board my flight to Atlanta GA.

    Yay for vacation!!!

  9. 65 Dudette
    August 27, 2014 at 8:40 am


  10. 66 vcprezofan2
    August 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Here’s an oldie-but-goodie that’s still very relevant (well, except for the ‘4 more years’ part 😉 ).

      August 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

      ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F-O-R-W-A-R-D!!!!!…I LOVE THIS PRESIDENT!

    • 69 Linda
      August 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

      One of my all time favorite videos…..

      I have always wondered where it was made since my homeboy Johnnie Resnik of the GooGoo Dolls is in it.

      • 70 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

        Morning, Linda! That is a question for our resident music experts, I think. 😉 (Me, I never wonder such things – I just pick out the one or two songs I like and enjoy them when the mood hits. 98% of the time I cannot tell you who is the artist of note!)

    • August 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Thanks. VC. That is my absolute favorite. I still get goosebumps when I hear the President speaking.

      • 72 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

        YW, J4O. I love the fact the words continue to be relevant. In fact, if I knew how, I’d stop it at the ‘4more years’ part then keep sharing and sharing it for the upcoming election AND for 2016. Not to mention that it’s a great exercise video! 😉

        • August 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm

          Echoing the gratitude of my TOD family members for your posting of this heart-healthy uplifting sweet and delicious. It always brings me joy and confidence and hope and clarity. And did it always end with Forward TOGETHER? That is the phrase that the great and brilliant Rev. William Barber calls out at Moral Monday events: Forward Together! and then the crowd hollers; Not One Step Back! This will never be old. Jackie for Obama said it: Our President’s voice remains true and inspiring. He has never ever wavered. We are richly blessed.

          • 74 vcprezofan2
            August 27, 2014 at 10:49 pm

            Hello, Nancie! Glad you enjoy this every time; so do I. You know what, I never particularly noticed the ‘Forward TOGETHER’ ending, so your comment gives me another reason to listen to it again today 😉 perhaps just before I sign off to get some sleep. 🙂

  11. 75 desertflower
    August 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Good Morning everyone!! Safe travels, GGAIL! Yahoo!!!!!!


    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.
    Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.

    It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Melinda, have given $1 million to Initiative 594 in Washington state. The ballot initiative, if passed by voters on November 4 (and it currently enjoys overwhelming support), will require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state.

    Gates is only the latest Washington billionaire to give to the effort, with original Amazon investor Nick Hanauer providing crucial early funding, and more recently upping his overall donation to $1.4 million. Additionally, Gates’s Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, has provided $500,000 for the cause.

    Gates has the ability to grab headlines and make an issue go viral with the constant media coverage he receives, and the financial ability, if he wins, to fund similar efforts around the country. His involvement could be the answer to the public health crisis that makes American children 93 percent of those murdered in the 26 high-income countries around the world.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      August 27, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Df, I’m glad Gates is jumping in and if it works, I’ll be eternally grateful. But isn’t it sad that common sense and the basic instinct for self-preservation isn’t enough to get legislation that the vast majority of people want. Instead it takes millionaires and money to make it happen.

      • 77 desertflower
        August 27, 2014 at 9:41 am

        It IS a bittersweet thing to have this happen. In spite of the fact that Americans from all political backgrounds agree on commonsense reform, the people do not have a voice with the RW (and some Dems) when it comes to so many issues, this being one. Representatives are not voting as their constituents want, they are voting for an NRA rating…and who can put more $$ into their campaign coffers if they vote the “right way”. BIG SCOTUS F-UP. HUGE. Well…an F-UP would imply a mistake. This money is speech vote was no mistake on the part of SCOTUS. It was purposeful.

    • 78 GGAIL
      August 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Thanks df.
      I’m currently in.Vegas waiting for.the next.flight. Four more hours and then I lose three hours. How’s that for math! Ha!!

  12. August 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  13. August 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

  14. 81 desertflower
    August 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Oppsie, ASSHOLE! The Nation has audio of Turtle telling conservative Koch Bros audience that Republicans will shut down govt if they gain control of Senate….

    • 82 Linda
      August 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Huff Puff has also called out others that were at that secret meeting.

      Joni Ernst
      Tom Cotton
      Cory Gardner

      All singing the praises of the Koch’s and Cotton also praised Americans for Prosperity

    • 84 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

      I’m always slightly (or more) suspicious of these “leaked” audios. In this case I think its purpose is to gin up enthusiasm on the GOP’s side to vote in the midterms – particularly for the Teabaggers who have been angry with McConnell & calling him Rino – to come out strong for him since he’s in danger of losing his seat to Grimes.

      • 85 desertflower
        August 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

        well, it’s a two way street:) If it gets Dems off their lazy asses to go vote out this odious man…then good.

        • 86 hopefruit2
          August 27, 2014 at 9:35 am


        • 87 vcprezofan2
          August 27, 2014 at 9:36 am

          ‘it’s a two way street’ I think so too.

          Howdy-do, Mrs Desertflower! Have a good Wednesday with the ‘wee’ ones!

          • 88 desertflower
            August 27, 2014 at 9:42 am

            thanks. vc…how was your field trip away from home? 🙂

            • 89 vcprezofan2
              August 27, 2014 at 9:46 am

              If you are referring to the 8hr driving trip, I head out very early tomorrow morning (that’s the plan, in order to avoid the morning rush hour traffic). Right now, I’m in the village building courage to start packing and other related preparations – work that requires reflection and mental preparedness, as I’m sure you understand. 😉

              • 90 desertflower
                August 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

                You’re so cute:) Really, you must steel yourself for this:) Enjoy the time with your son ( isn’t that what you’re doing…taking him to school?)

                • 91 vcprezofan2
                  August 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

                  You are probably already at work, Df – I went for breakfast – but, yes, I’m dropping off the not-so-little-one to an out of town uni-vee. Should be fun, since we may also have to look for housing for him for the year. He’s #100 on the on-campus waiting list – they always give preference to 1st year students and he isn’t that!

  15. 94 desertflower
    August 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Thank you, Mr. President. This kindergarten congress can not be trusted with the health of millions


  16. 95 Vicki
    August 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Good morning TOD.

    Here is what it is helpful to keep in mind today as the propaganda kicks in on the actual outcomes of the Israeli Palestine war.

    LIE # 1— There is no clear winner. FACT—There is a clear winner. Gaza won. You can tell because Israeli citizens are miserable and BiBi’s support grows smaller everyday.
    Meanwhile Gazans are literally dancing in the streets.

    LIE # 2——Nobody achieved their main objectives. FACT—–Both parties got what they wanted. Rockets are not coming into Israel and All the gates will be opened from Gaza to its neighbors. Also the fishing industry is happy that the sea limits are extended to where fisherman can find clean water and healthy fish.

    LIE # 3—-This is the biggest lie of all. The 48 day war achieved the same result as was proposed by Egypt 2 months ago, so war was unnecessary. FACT——-Israel flatly refused to open any gate until Gaza turned in its weapons. Now, as noted in # 1, the gates are opening. And the weapons are staying right where they are.

    LIE # 4——Agreement is all thanks to Egypt——FACT—-SOS John Kerry was generously thanked by Mahmoud Abbas.

    Now a few additional facts: Israel did not get even their most reasonable request met yet. That is the return of fallen IDF possessions in the hands of hamas. I hope that Fatah and hamas do the decent thing here and quickly return all remains and personal items to grieving Israeli families.

    President Obama and SOS Kerry took disgusting abuse from BiBi. It is worth noting that our splendid-in-every-way-team never lost sight of their goal and did not allow Bibi to derail the process. The peace in Israel, the West bank and Gaza this morning owes a great deal to our wonderful leaders. Thank you so much PBO and SOS Kerry for what you have done here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • August 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

      “The peace in Israel, the West bank and Gaza this morning owes a great deal to our wonderful leaders.”

      Absolutely, Vicki. Great summary. Agree with your assessment.

    • 99 jackiegrumbacher
      August 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Amen, Vicki. Our team from the President on down acted as grownups throughout. Bibi was, is and always will be governed by his mercurial temperament and overblown image of his own power. He has been the child with the temper tantrum throwing fits, while the adults get the job done.

    • 100 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Excellent summary Vicki – I think your post should be front paged 🙂

      • 101 Vicki
        August 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

        Thank you jackieg and hopefruit. I am so glad you guys appreciate my point of view. I was afraid my Gaza stuff was boring everybody here and it is probably boring to many. What unites us ao TOd is our love for PBO his family and his administration.

        • 102 hopefruit2
          August 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

          Considering Gaza/Israel was all the rage just about a month ago, I do find it rather odd that the MSM is hardly covering it now. Seems to me that the media is only invested in an issue to the extent it can be used to criticize PBO.

          • August 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

            “Seems to me that the media is only invested in an issue to the extent it can be used to criticize PBO.”

            That’s been the case since the day after his election, hf2, as you know!

          • 104 Vicki
            August 27, 2014 at 10:55 am

            Yes, hopefruit. propaganda is not only lies told, but lies of omission.
            If PBO does something good. Ignore it.
            If Bibi is defeated. NO coverage.

            It is about the RW agenda being promoted exclusively. Not just anti-PBO. Anti-democracy itself.
            The RW point of view is all that matters and the only consideration.

            Neo-con right wing control of all media means that PBO plus anything counter to the Total Domination agenda does not get televised.

            • August 27, 2014 at 11:27 am


              the MSM gets away with this because we do not have an active citizenry….the MSM will rage about an issue..but they will not come back to those issues to see how it is resolved…and unless you are a very aware citizen that does his/her own research…you will never know…(I consider myself very lucky to be a part of TOD…not because i am not an active citizen but because i do not always understand the little nuances…or know where to go to find the truth….

              I am very fortunate to be here…..

              thank you to all…


    • August 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

      and thank you so very much ..Vicki…for your splendid analysis…i want to email and FB your comment..if you do not mind…

  17. 108 desertflower
    August 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Seriously…I don’t even know what to say to this. They are crazy and stupid…and UNAMERICAN! But hey! IOKIYAR!! The FCC should just shut this cesspool down. Once and for all.


    • 109 Vicki
      August 27, 2014 at 9:26 am

      So nutz!!, desertflower. Might as well be standing up for Moamar Quadaffi or Hosni Mubarak, or Bashar al Assad.

    • August 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Tick, tick, tick …… yes, #TzarVlad the day of accounting is approaching …..

      “A number of Russian journalists have asked Russian authorities to clarify if Russia is at war with Ukraine and warned that the authorities will have to answer for the deaths of soldiers in the Donbas.”

      • August 27, 2014 at 10:01 am

        “Russian opposition leader considers the secret burials of paratroopers in Pskov as a typical characteristic of the cynical and lying leaders of the Russian Federation.

        On his FaceBook page, well known Russian activist and political oppositionist Boris Nemtsov posted that the full responsibility for starting the war in eastern Ukraine and the blame for the deaths of the paratroopers of the Pskov 76th Division VDV rests on the President of the Russian Federation – Vladimir Putin.

        “No one in the whole world conducts themselves in such a despicable and deceitful manner. They sent young paratroopers of the Pskov 76th Division VDV to fight in Luhansk. Many died. They buried them in secret. The generals lie despicably, saying no one was killed. They left behind their mothers, children, and wives… And only because the leaders proclaim that there’s a civil war in eastern Ukraine, and that we have no army there. Scoundrels and scum are leading Russia. There are no other words.””

    • August 27, 2014 at 9:31 am


      I must be really out of touch…google has become my BFF when it comes to finding out the meaning of the ever increasing number of acronyms used…and not just on this site. 😉

  18. 113 carolyn
    August 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Last night I wrote about the Oklahoma primary. The candidates I voted for won in the Demo primary. This morning in the paper, at the end of the article on the election was the sentence that the Republican turnout was way down from 2010, down 14,000, which in this Congressional district is an appreciable number. I hope we can continue this trend in the general. I do not think Republican enthusiasm is high here this year.

  19. August 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Another flash back to the 2008 campaign:

    • 117 vcprezofan2
      August 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

      I had forgotten that, SW; added it to my list now. Dems are so creative! 🙂 Do you remember any meaningful, and creative, Republican patriotic offerings during either the 2008 or 2012 campaigns? I don’t. They offered then, and now, NOTING that’s been positive or uplifting.

      • August 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

        I remember the nightmare of Meatloaf’s rendition of America the Beautiful during a Romney campaign rally. That’s *their* level of creativity.

        • 119 hopefruit2
          August 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

          Oh my…what a nightmare that was! That was by far the worst rendition of America the Beautiful I’ve ever heard.

        • 120 vcprezofan2
          August 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

          Ugh! Am also reminded of that ‘well-known'(?) guy who was singing along with him sometime later. Poor GOP sods!

  20. August 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Oh that obama guy again he’s…

    • 122 desertflower
      August 27, 2014 at 9:58 am

      that said….

  21. 123 desertflower
    August 27, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I always like to start my day reading Cesca…always so on point:)


  22. 124 desertflower
    August 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Pay attention, Allison!

  23. 126 Linda
    August 27, 2014 at 10:10 am

    CNN is now smearing the American Jihadist that was killed fighting for ISIL.

    Breaking News: In 2003 he drove on a suspended license…….

  24. 129 Linda
    August 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Bill Kristol: What Could Go Wrong If U.S. Just Bombed ISIS For A While?

    Conservative commentator and Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol wondered aloud Tuesday what could possibly go wrong if the United States were to decide to bomb members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who have terrorized areas of those countries in recent months and killed an American journalist last week, for a little while.

    “Someone said on a panel with me, ‘We can’t just bomb. We have to really think about this and have a long debate and discussion,'” Kristol said in an interview with fellow conservative Laura Ingraham during her radio show in a clip pulled by Mediaite. “You know, why don’t we just [bomb]? We know where ISIS is. What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens?

    “I don’t think there’s much in the way of unanticipated side effects that are going to be bad there,” he continued. “We could kill a lot of very bad guys.”


    • 130 99ts
      August 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

      And no doubt hoping something will go wrong so he can blame the President. Why “always wrong” Kristol gets a voice in the media is beyond understanding.

  25. August 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

  26. 136 JER
    August 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Good morning BFF and TOD.

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