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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama talks with children during an Easter service at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., Sunday, April 5, 2015 (Photo by Pete Souza)


159 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. April 5, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Have to run again, enormous thanks to Nerdy for yesterday’s brilliant posts, HUGELY grateful.

  2. 3 jackiegrumbacher
    April 5, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Morning all. I wonder how many of the children PBO has met will be influenced by that encounter for the rest of their lives.

    • April 5, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Good morning, all. I thought same thing, Jackie. Also thought: BO is the first president my AA granddaughter will remember–someone who looks like her. And, she frequently says, “Mommy says I can be anything I want to be”!

    • April 5, 2016 at 9:13 am

      While his colour may be important to many, for my young grandson, the fact that he is left-handed is far more awesome than his colour which he accepts as no big deal. I can’t even begin to explain to him why an AA president is something unique. I love my grandson for giving me a glimpse through his eyes.

    • 13 MightyPamela
      April 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Every single child, I would predict, as children are so present and aware; PBO has an imprintation capacity in his energetic stream which children always seem attuned to! He shapes the future by simply being! ❤ 🐻

    • 14 Obama Grandmama
      April 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

      A child knows when someone is truly interested in them vs faking it for a photo op.

    • April 5, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I think an immense impact on children of color, minority children of all kinds. For all children his presence creates a new normal that is more subtle but also powerful, I think. The year after he was inaugurated (spring of 2009) when I taught my history unit, we talked about presidents and I asked them what they knew about our new president. They mentioned Malia, Sasha, and Bo, and a couple of other things. No one mentioned he was black, and that might have been because many children consider this a taboo subject possibly because their parents have told them it’s not polite to notice or comment on (except the haters of course). But when I mentioned it they didn’t understand why I even brought it up. They had only known one white president so one black president was no big deal. (I had to go into a long explanation, and decided I would expand the unit to more fully cover the history of black people in this country.) I should say this applies to the non-AA children who are the majority in my class. I think this will forever change their world view and when they grow up to be voters, maybe they will not pay so much attention to external attributes such as skin color.

  3. April 5, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Good Tuesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

    Chipsticks, you guarantee that we start the day with a smile when you post a picture of PBO with children. ALWAYS brings a smile to *my* face. I wonder how many volumes will be needed to publish all the pictures on just this theme alone.

    Everyone, enjoy your day. 😀

  4. April 5, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

    #TrustBarack

  5. April 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

    [Responding to Dudette’s comment(s) from last post]

    It’s like I keep saying…when you really want a job, you prepare for it. Clearly, Sanders is not prepared and isn’t doing anything to prepare. Now he [quietly?] admits to having no solutions to *his* issues…only criticism. So much like what the GOP tends to do. Why does it seem to be okay to criticize others when the person criticizing has no feasible solutions? It’s the cowardly bully who will throw rocks, but ducks, dodges, and hides to avoid having rocks thrown back.

    When all is said and done, many of Bernie’s supporters will walk away disappointed and disillusioned.

    • April 5, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Meant to include Dudette’s comment:

      • April 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

        [Still catching up on the late night posts…] Then I read the tweets from Michael Cohen which just confirmed my thoughts…and I’m sure the thoughts of many others. That makes me wonder even more why the Rachel Maddows and others like her are supporters… people who can/should recognize the lack of depth and substance to his rhetoric; should recognized that his point-of-view is narrow and closed-minded; must see that his “solutions” are non-solutions that were given limited thought, that would exacerbate, rather than alleviate, the problems, and would have little or no chance of even being implemented.

      • 29 desertflower
        April 5, 2016 at 8:43 am

        WOW! I missed this last night….that’s pretty messed up. SO much bluster, so little concrete ideas…..Who are those Berners going to be mad at? They guy behind the curtain that never had a plan, or will they blame this on Hillary or the media or some other non-reason? Not ready for Primetime, Bernie….Real Presidents are thinkers and doers!

        • April 5, 2016 at 8:54 am

          Those that are not politically savvy are more than likely attracted to the bell-ringers and the shine of his rhetoric. At some point, will they look beyond the surface and see the empty shell; the empty promises? Will the shine become tarnished? Will they see they have been used as props to advance Bernie’s agenda…whatever that is?

          As to the savvy ones, what’s in it for them? Who among them is sharing in the meeeeeelions of dollars in campaign contributions? Cynical I know, but there’s so much about his campaign that daily makes be go hmmmmm.

          • 31 desertflower
            April 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

            We must admit, we all really thought this all along…just this time, HE said it! We didn’t have to imagine…..I spend so much time at the library, and there’s always people outside wanting you to sign petitions or preach or something….I came upon on young, 28yo Bernie fan the other day, and we talked, Seems that when you dig a little beneath the surface, they really don’t know what they’re talking about:) I referred him to TPV piece that someone posted the other day…excellent 20 questions for the media to ask Bernie….Anxious to run into the lad again to see if he read that piece…and then I’ll give him THIS piece to read:) We did speak about what he would do if Bernie DIDN’T win the nomination…and I explained the scenario of what would happen if he didn’t vote for Hillary….I got him to at least admit that ANY Republican was a no…and then I informed him that NOT voting, was a vote for Trump. I think he understood.

            • April 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

              Way to go, DF!!! Hopefully, that one will be swayed.

              There’s probably a lot more that are reasonable enough to listen and consider the facts … when presented to them.

        • 33 57andfemale
          April 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

          Here’s an excellent series of tweets from a lawyer. We seriously need to get this message out. Bernie is totally unfit to be POTUS.

        • 36 Obama Grandmama
          April 5, 2016 at 11:22 am

          The old adage if you want to know about future behavior look at past behavior. Consistency of views are high for Bernie, but building coalitions to get things done is almost nonexistent. Now we see he does not understand the problems or have any idea how to solve them. Pretty suspicious that he has almost no support in Congress. He can fire people up, but does not have the knowledge, ability or skill to solve problems. His no compromise attitude puts him on par with the Tea Party obstructionist GOP. He is like the Democrats Ted Cruz and Donald Trump candidates combined only in a less offensive manner.

      • 37 GGAIL
        April 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

        Will this article of admission make its way to msm? If not, then Bernie’s supporters will never be aware he said this.

      • April 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

        That interview is just stunning in that it demonstrates how clueless and unprepared Sanders is, and a certain arrogance that he didn’t bother to prepare for an interview like this. Admits he hasn’t given any thought to major issues.

        • April 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm

          Not just that he didn’t prepare for this or any interview, he hasn’t tried to prepare for the job for which he is campaigning.

          Did President Obama make it look too easy? Did his natural abilities and his intellect make the Bernies and the Donalds think that if this black man can do it, surely they could with no effort (and it shows). PBO obviously did his homework *before* he started running for president. He had well thought-out plans on how he wanted to address the issues. He was able to get things accomplished because everything didn’t have to go exactly his way.

          The one positive in this primary is that more people are recognizing the excellence of this President and realizing the predicament we could be in once he leaves office.

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      April 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

      SW, the problem I see in many Bernie supporters is that they literally plug their ears and close their eyes to any truths about him. They will not listen to any rebuttal or negative comment and dismiss anyone who speaks against him as being a Hillary bot. these people won’t care what’s in “The Daily News,” or any other information source. They’re been brainwashed by years of media and Republican Hillary bashing and they refuse to consider that they might be wrong.

      • April 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

        When I read some of the tweets out there, that’s exactly what I see. It’s like they’re programmed for attack mode and assume every question…no matter how factual… is an attack on Bernie. If you ask them, Hillary is never attacked and never treated unfairly.

        • April 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

          I read some of those comments,Swbluega. Bernie supporters, though they claim to be progressives, behave like right wing teabaggers. They are always in attack mode if you dare raise questions or concerns about Bernie. What is ironic, they are the ones who, from day one of his presidency, attacked everything President Obama tried to do, under the guise that they were holding his “feet to the fire.”

          • April 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

            I know that people think what they think; feel what they feel; whatever. But as you said, Nathkatun7, they behave like the right wing teabaggers. They stick to their talking points no matter what. The progressives, on the other hand, only see black and white…no shades of gray. Thus, they have little to no capacity to compromise or accept compromise. To me, their behavior is the antithesis of what the “progress” in progressive is all about. They can’t acknowledge the progress towards their goal. Their all or nothing attitude is the main thing that keeps progress from happening.

            • April 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

              Very well said! This is a very diverse country. When it comes to governing, you can’t get very much done if you are not willing to compromise. That explains why after more than two decades in Congress, Bernie Sanders has very little to show when it comes to enacting laws that improved the lives of real people.

              • 45 cd4biden
                April 5, 2016 at 10:39 pm

                I find usually when someone goes into attack mode, rather than have a conversation about the point I just made, it means they haven’t got a clue about what I am asking them. So to divert attention they attack, and then they never have to admit they know nothing.

                Since BS knows nothing, and teaches his followers nothing, about the issues, about the facts, unlike PBO, they have no choice but to go into attack mode to keep from looking stupid, even to themselves, and thus causing themselves to wonder why they are supporting this guy.

    • April 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

      1. Maybe it will make some of them appreciate Clinton’s detailed and pragmatic plans.
      2. Did he sound like this in the debates? Seriously I think G. W. Bush could have bluffed his way through the answers better. Sanders couldn’t even bluff.
      3. I didn’t expect much, maybe more talking points, but at least relevant talking points. I couldn’t believe it when he answered the question about ISIS with Clinton’s vote for Iraq.
      4. I DID expect him to grasp how the government works. He showed that even on his pet issue, which he’s spent years feeding and petting and taking for walks, he didn’t have the least idea what powers the president or Congress had to ‘break up big banks’ etc.
      5 I think he formed these opinions in college and hasn’t learn more or revisited them since. It speaks to an incurious, static, and rigid frame of mind.
      6. Wouldn’t anyone with an interest in policy issues, never mind a sitting Senator, have done some research and had at least a few hard facts about them at hand? “If I had some paper here I could tell you…” Some paper? Not even a specific paper to refer to? Almost anyone here could have answered those questions more clearly or bluffed better. That’s a very high bar, but a Senator should have been able to clear it will room to spare. Heck, even I could have answered some of the questions better than he did!
      7. Does this make anyone one else wonder about his mental state? We’ve already had one president with incipient Alzheimer’s and we really don’t need another one. (And that is not a joke. I do not take Alzheimer’s or like conditions lightly.)
      8. This interview was on the level of Rick Perry, as far as I’m concerned.

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        Bernie does not want to be President. This interview makes it clearer and clearer. Even if he hadn’t been in Congress for the past 30 years, I would have expected his knowledge about the issues, much less the process, to be at a higher level than where it is. But the fact that you *say* you are running for President raises my expectations of what you *should* know.

        Is it a matter of him getting so caught up in all the attention and the money that his ego has taken over and his initial intentions (I assume to have a platform for his issues) have taken a back stage?

        Is he a con man on the level that Trump has been labeled? Is he the carnival barker who is drawing the crowds, giving them illusions that will disappear once the show is over?

        Whatever his motive, he — nor his berniebro supporters — is not doing the Democratic Party any favors. If he wants to call attention to his issues, do that without trying to drag the one person in this campaign (in both parties) who is anywhere close to being qualified for the office of POTUS/CIC through the mud. Do it without causing voters to be estranged such that they will vote for Trump or stay home. Bernie is making it harder and harder to believe that the party will be united once the nominating process is over.

        • April 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm

          I agree, swbluega. I believe he formed these opinions years ago and has never been challenged on them. I also think he is an ideologue who is not interested in their effects on other people or their opinions. I believe he is too rigid in his thinking to take on new information.

          • April 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

            Wow, maryl1, you’re *really* playing catch up!!! 😀

            I agree that he is not interested in other people’s opinions. Nor is he able to take on new information. Definitely not the attributes need for a successful leader…especially POTUS/CIC.

  6. April 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. April 5, 2016 at 8:47 am

    As minimum wage makes gains, the opposition splinters
    04/05/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    There is no realistic hope of raising the federal minimum wage so long as there’s a Republican Congress, but away from the Beltway, striking progress continues.

    In a political climate defined by stagnant wages for millions of workers, growing inequality and populist revolts in both parties, activists from outside of the political establishment and low-wage workers achieved a major victory on Monday when the Democratic governors of California and New York both signed bills that would gradually increase their states’ minimum wages to $15 per hour.

    In California, the legal minimum will go from $10 an hour now to $15 in 2022. In New York, which currently has a $9 minimum wage, the increase to $15 will apply to New York City by the end of 2018, counties surrounding the city by 2021, and more gradually in parts of the state where the cost of living is less.

    …………………………………..

    Of course, with a far-right Republican majority in the U.S. House and Senate, the odds of success are effectively non-existent. But why is that? GOP opposition to even a slight increase in the federal minimum wage is as obvious as it is ferocious, but why are Republicans so obstinate on the issue, especially in light of broad public support for a wage hike?

    Most GOP policymakers won’t simply acknowledge their philosophical objection, but rather, they’ll say Republicans are honoring the wishes of “job creators” in the private sector – to raise the minimum wage, the argument goes, will hurt employers in businesses nationwide who don’t want, and can’t afford, a higher federal minimum.

    • 54 GGAIL
      April 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Good morning JER. I’m totally hooked on watching the Eagle family too😊

      • 55 mtmarilyn
        April 5, 2016 at 11:14 am

        I love watching them. They are on my screen as much as possible. I love watching both parents feeding them. The eaglets are growing so fast.

        A friend gave me another website that has all the live cameras all over the world available. It’s http://www.earthcam.com You can pick a state or a country. It’s really cool.

    • 56 cd4biden
      April 5, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      How about Demo and Cracy for their names?

  8. April 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  9. April 5, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats LDS, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that you accept, embrace, and receive gladly, opportunities for change today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  10. April 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

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  11. April 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Good morning TOD folks! wishing Everyone a great day!

  12. April 5, 2016 at 9:04 am

    “So far, the leaked documents have not revealed any major wrongdoing by the president. The offense is essentially technical in nature. The incident comes at a time of the most severe political crisis in Ukraine after the Euromaidan. The president is vulnerable and he might be struggling to keep the situation under control. The revelations depict the president (or his business consultants) as a shrewd businessman, but the extent to which this is what the country wants out of its president remains an open question.

    This incident is one of the many recent dramatic political events in Ukraine. Jointly, they make early parliamentary elections more likely. They will also likely force Ukrainians to reflect on their expectations about the leaders of the country, conflicts of interests, the separation of business and politics, and more generally about the institutions and laws they should create in the new Ukraine.”

    Hopefully, Ukrainians will be ever more engaged in governing because, as is obvious throughout America, the only bulwark against greed are people dedicated to protecting basic human rights and needs.

  13. April 5, 2016 at 9:04 am

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  14. April 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

  15. April 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 4/4/16
    Clinton, Sanders knock controversial judge as Wisconsin heats up
    Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the presidential primary race as both parties turn their focus to Wisconsin where Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both including criticism of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley in their campaigning.

  16. 71 sabreen60
    April 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good morning, afternoon, evening all TODers!

    Hope everyone is feeling well and doing great! I’m off to the part-time job that was suppose to be a ‘piece of cake’ – WRONG!

  17. April 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

    That picture up top is absolutely adorable, Chips. 🙂

  18. 73 desertflower
    April 5, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Further proof that they don’t have to follow the “little people” rules….glad they got busted. Good govt:)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-minnesota-crime-taxjudge-idUSKCN0X209Z

    A retired U.S. tax judge and her husband have been charged in Minnesota with cheating the government of $400,000 in taxes in a scheme that treated personal spending such as jewelry, pilates classes and overseas vacations as business expenses, prosecutors said on Monday.

    A federal grand jury indicted Diane Kroupa and Robert Fackler on charges of tax evasion, obstruction of a tax audit, conspiracy and making and subscribing false tax returns, the U.S. Attorney for the district of Minnesota said in a statement.

    “As a former tax court judge, Kroupa dealt regularly with individuals who cheated on their taxes, which makes these allegations particularly troubling,” Richard Weber, chief of criminal investigations for the Internal Revenue Service, said in a statement.

    The couple, who live in Minnetonka, Minnesota, are scheduled to appear in federal court in Minneapolis later this week, prosecutors said.

    In 2003, Kroupa was appointed to the Washington-based U.S. Tax Court, which hears disputes between taxpayers and the IRS. She retired in 2014.

    Kroupa, 60, and Fackler, 62, who worked as a political consultant and lobbyist and ran a business called Grassroots Consulting, conspired to cheat on their taxes between 2004 and 2012, according to the indictment against the couple.

    During that time, they filed much of their personal spending as business expenses for Grassroots Consulting, prosecutors said.

  19. 74 sherijr
    April 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Good morning & Happy Tuesday Chips & TOD… Thank you for POTUS + kids 🙂 the next best thing to that is puppies & everyone:

    “Puppies invaded a retirement home, preschool, and gym. Pure bliss ensued.”

    http://www.upworthy.com/puppies-invaded-a-retirement-home-preschool-and-gym-pure-bliss-ensued?c=upw1

    For every video view, Purina will donate a pound of dog food (up to 500,000) to Rescue Bank, a nonprofit that helps the rescue animal community. So yes — just watching the two-minute video is helping our four-legged friends.

  20. April 5, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Loving the faces on the Children…..beautiful photo

  21. 76 desertflower
    April 5, 2016 at 9:32 am

    If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit. He’s an ignorant, stupid, dangerous man. Did I mention arrogant?

  22. 77 whatisworking
    April 5, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning Everyone

    I was on a call with Elizabeth Warren yesterday regarding SCOTUS. She was her usual inspiring, plain spoken, self. Just love her.

    She made an ask for today and the entire week. We need to call our Senators and demand the Do Their Job, and remind them that advise and consent requires hearings not refusal to hold hearings. She reminded us that this is dirty politics that is disrespectful to President Obama and ini unprecedented.

    I am on vacation in the Grand Canyon so will be hiking all day. Please bring this posting over to new postings – so it can be visible all day.

    Senator Warren mentioned that the pressure is working and we need to keep it up.

    Here is a link where you can automatically call your Senator in DC (here recommendation is you call their DC office)

    https://www.barackobama.com/call-your-senator/

  23. April 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Good Morning…TOP…WI primary tonight….let us not panic if the outcome is not to our liking…….we will just keep rolling along…..moving towards our goal..

    • 81 pkayden
      April 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Good advice because it appears that Sanders is going to win, although very narrowly. That’s alright since Clinton is still ahead. While Sanders is probably a very nice man, I just don’t see that he has the necessary qualifications to lead this country to further President Obama’s legacy and accomplishments. He appears to be a lot of talk with nothing to back it up.

  24. April 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Ms. Chips,
    Hurry back! I know Danny Boy is pulling you out.

    This beautiful post is exactly what I need this morning.
    I was highly victimized by a Berniebots one the NYC Transit Authority.
    Seriously, these are rude, bold, obnoxious people added with a lot of hostility and dangerously angry minds.
    I do not remember ever being that way throughout ALL of my canvassing, phone banks, meetings, passing out informatio during the whole entire election and re-election of our PBO……(just saying).

    WELP!
    While minding my business I had just sat down and still enjoying the last taste of the best lentil and turkey bacon I had finished before boarding the #3 train from Brooklyn back Uptown to Harlem. It was cold and rainy so I was glad I did not have to rush and push for a seat.
    I don’t remember exactly what stop this person got on the train. But I do remember making room for what I thought in my mind here is this small petite, nice, gingerly older woman. She could fit in here. Why not tuck my coat underneath me more so that she will be comfortable.

    WELP! (Yes, another Welp!)
    What started out as a nice pleasant conversation about how she being able to fit perfectly, the weather and it turned out she even had eaten lentil soup for lunch. So I was sure this was going to be an enjoyable ride home.

    WELP! (More Welps to come)
    She asked so quickly (here comes the setup) “Who are you voting for?
    I was shocked that she was bold enough to ask a complete stranger on the NYC subway train that question, I did a double take.
    Before I could answer she answered by saying, “I assume that you are voting for Hillary!” And then she added, “Who do you like?”
    (Now, let me add that I have learned not to ask family members that question because you just might be escorted or thrown out their homes.)
    It depends on whether dinner has been served and everyone is too full to care.

    Right about then is when I burped up some onions that had not yet digested and I did not even care.
    I realized that “my space” had just been invaded by a bona fide Berniebot. It was on……

    I remember responding by saying, “I don’t like either one.” I am appreciating Hillary a lot more than in 2008.” I am voting for whomever is committed to carrying on what PBO has started.”
    Her questions, answer and comments were being fired out so rapidly I was so sorry that I had made extra room for her.
    It was now like a conversation with a mechanical robot….a petite mechanical robot.

    At that point I did not care. My NY state of mind had started to kick in and I started to fire back.
    It felt like I was in a sit down ping pong match.
    I heard words from her like, “Wall Street, Can’t trust Hillary.”
    My response, “Oh, you are still OWS. When is Bernie going to show his tax returns? There are Blacks in VT who never heard of him. What is socialism any way? He is not a real Democrat so why is he running on that ticket?
    Of course, she was throwing more insult fast and furious. I did not care to hear hers.
    And then she said something about he has been in Congress for 30 years…..
    That’s when I lost it!

    I remember saying, “Yes, but all he did was name post offices.. Where is he going to get delegates from?
    Then she played the patronized/condescending card.
    “Oh, where are you getting your information? You are probably getting it from the wrong place.”

    WELP!
    She said this as she swiftly exited the train.
    I seriously wanted to snatch her petite Berniebot ass and sit her down for Round 2!
    I yelled out TOD! OUR BLOG! TRY IT!
    By then the train was crowded. No one said anything.
    I sat back and took my coat from underneath me dared another Berniebot to sit down!

    I just saw that Hillary and Bernie have agreed to another debate in Brooklyn on April 14th.
    I am ready, willing and able to take these rude, bold angry people head on.
    They cannot and will not insult my right and choice to vote for whom I please with their misguided anger.
    You can be a socialist, independent, whatever you want to be. Start a revolution if you must. Just know what you are talking about and have the decency to be kind about it you don’t.
    Inform me. Don’t inflame me with your stupidity.
    THE END

  25. 93 arapaho415
    April 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

    GM TODville.

    David Axelrod hits the nail on the head as to why “facts don’t matter” to Berniebots and Trumpsters. (He pegs Trump’s support at 35% of GOP voters):

    This is from the weekend — was offline all day Saturday and Sunday because of Verizon to Frontier “conversion.”

  26. 94 arapaho415
    April 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I jazziz2 and meta were among those who suggested that we include positive notes here, so this one should put a smile on our faces:

    Off to view sherijr’s puppy video now… 🙂

    • 95 sherijr
      April 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

      🙂 Yay puppies!

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

        CORGI PUPPIES!! CORGI PUPPEEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Sorry, I was overcome there for a minute. I really, really need a Corgi. If anyone know of one going spare, please send it directly to me.

        • 97 sherijr
          April 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

          I know, right? Those corgi’s are really adorable.. I thought the same thing while watching, what truly cute little dogs they are. I’ve only ever had large dogs.

          • April 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

            Many in my family have had corgi. I had one years ago. They are great dogs, very intelligent (can use it for evil purposes , but still!). I have wanted another one for a long time, but they are pretty expensive 😦

  27. 100 arapaho415
    April 5, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Don’t watch TV, and when I did, had only basic cable so didn’t see any HBO or Showtime shows.

    But from what I see on Twitter OITNB is a big hit with young people:

    Cute that @VPlive RT’d #BidenMyTime hashtag, LOL.

    • 101 COS
      April 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Orage is the New Black is on Netflix only.

      • 102 arapaho415
        April 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

        GM COS, thanks for the clarification.

        I rarely weigh in on popular culture — don’t watch Netflix, don’t think my ISP service is fast enough — also have no idea how much my bill from Frontier will be, since I had no idea that Verizon sold their internet users to Frontier, on April Fool’s Day no less.

        Unfortunately, I have only two alternatives for Internet service where I live — TimeWarnerCable or Direct TV. I don’t have a TV, why would I pay for cable?) 😦

    • 103 Don
      April 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

      WOW! I have a green folder just like the one that Joe Biden has in his hand. We are so much alike, almost like twins. I’m sure his folder has more important stuff in it than mine does.

  28. 105 amk for obama
    April 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Is WI primary today for thugs and dems?

  29. 109 desertflower
    April 5, 2016 at 10:37 am

    And the move toward a more equal society…no matter how painfully slowly….

  30. April 5, 2016 at 10:40 am

  31. 113 Don
    April 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I went to see Superman vs Batman yesterday, the joy on being off in the middle of the week, no crowds. Just me and about five other people in a theater, I was in heaven. Anyway I enjoyed the movie, I don’t understand how it did so horrible with the critics and the public.

    • 114 desertflower
      April 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Morning, Don! You are quite the Mr. Movie Goer lately:) Glad you had a nice experience at the empty theatre….

    • 115 pkayden
      April 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

      You’re the first person who I’ve heard give it a good review. Glad you enjoyed it. I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD.

  32. 116 desertflower
    April 5, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Barney speaking some truth!

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/barney-frank-low-information-voters-are-to-blame-for-problems-that-make-trump-and-sanders-appealing/

    “The fact is, if you are seriously committed to a set of public policy goals, then you are voting all the time and you also, and I think this is part of it, you have people who don’t understand, frankly, the nature of the American political system,” Frank said.

    He said governing majorities require two elections to assemble, but he said Republicans won congressional midterm elections in 2010 and 2014 because too many Democratic voters sat out to punish President Barack Obama for failing to quickly accomplish everything they’d hoped.

    “That’s why we have gridlock, and I think what you have is, frankly, people that don’t understand that, and it is a case of people blaming a ‘system’ when the system is simply the accumulation of their own behavior,” Frank said.

    Sanders and Trump have captured the support of many Americans who don’t typically vote but are now angry that the political system doesn’t work for them, but Frank said those voters should blame themselves.

    • April 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

      I believe what Barney said. I always try to remind people of 2010 and 2014 midterms. If people had voted in 2014 President Obama SC nominee would be having a hearing and getting his vote. If we had come out to vote in 2014 and the Dems were still in control of the Senate. 2010 we went from Nancy Pelosi to John Boehner, enough said. So Obama didn’t let Progressives down, they let him and this country down.Now these Bernie supporters think Bernie will do everything he is promising them.

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        Not to mention if we’d come out in 2010 there would be fewer red state legislatures and governors and we’d have had more say in redistricting – not so much gerrymandering.

    • 120 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      April 5, 2016 at 10:55 am

      I HAVE NO WORDS FOR JOE…NONE WOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR THIS MAN WHO HAS BEEN SUCH A LEANING TREE FOR OUR PRESIDENT..PLANTED IN BROTHERLY LOVE!

    • April 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      what an Awesome statement…

    • April 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      That is a beautiful and perfect statement. The image of him waiting to travel to D.C. with President-elect Obama brings tears to my eyes. “progress is never easy, but always possible” – that is the truth and the answer to all the anger on the right and the left.

  33. 124 desertflower
    April 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/clinton-sanders-differ-down-ballot-democrats

    Hillary Clinton raised about $29.5 million for her primary campaign during March. That amount brings the first quarter total to nearly $75 million raised for the primary, beating the campaign’s goal of $50 million by about 50 percent. [Hillary For America] begins April with nearly $29 million on hand.

    Clinton raised an additional $6.1 million for the DNC and state parties during the month of March, bringing the total for the quarter to about $15 million [emphasis added].
    The first part matters, of course, to the extent that Sanders’ fundraising juggernaut is eclipsing Clinton’s operation, but it’s the second part that stands out. How much money did Sanders raise for the DNC and state parties in March? Actually, zero. For the quarter, the total was also zero.

    And while the typical voter probably doesn’t know or care about candidates’ work on behalf of down-ballot allies, this speaks to a key difference between Sanders and Clinton: the former is positioning himself as the leader of a revolution; the latter is positioning herself as the leader of the Democratic Party. For Sanders, it means raising amazing amounts of money to advance his ambitions; for Clinton, it means also raising money to help other Democratic candidates.

    When you REALLY want to get things done on the local, state and federal level…you work to elect Dems in every section of the govt…to move FORWARD TOGETHER…..on the things that matter to all of us. Someone wants that, someone else, is selfish and self serving.

    • 125 pkayden
      April 5, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Shows that Secretary Clinton is a real Democrat who is concerned about getting a Democratic Senate and House while Senator Sanders is only focused on winning the Presidency.

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Since a lot of Sanders supporters and Sanders himself despise the Democratic Party, the fact that he is not donating to them is probably a plus. I just had this argument with a Sanders person who thought it was perfectly fine that he didn’t support down ticket Dems or the DNCC. We argued about taking money from PACS and I said he would have to in the national election because he would need vastly more money than his small donors could provide and she said…wait for it….she assumed that the DNCC would fund his national campaign because he is running for them. The DNCC that has not received one penny of support from him will gladly shell out millions of dollars that they need to help the other Dem campaigns. Kind of like having an ATM machine that spits money at you without you needing to make a deposit. That is the world they live in.

        • April 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

          To be honest, Maryl1, I was not very happy with the DNC for allowing Sanders to co-opt the Democratic Party. As you said, Sanders “despises the Democratic Party.” But he knew he would get nowhere if he run as an Idepedent and so he decided to use the Democratic Party.

  34. 129 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 5, 2016 at 10:57 am

    HAVE A BLESSED DAY EVERYONE…I LOVE MY PRESIDENT AND MY VP JOE…..<3

  35. 130 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 5, 2016 at 10:59 am

    WEARING MY OBAMA JACKET 2DAY..IT’S BREEZY FREEZY OUT THERE…..HOPING FOR WARMTH SOON…ME BONES WOULD REJOICE!

  36. April 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

    • April 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

      I was referring to TPP there.

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        Meta…

        i still thin that folks think if the blk man can do it anyone can…how hard can it be…

        but we know better…I am always in amazement by the length and breath of our President’s grasp of the issues…that it seems that he can converse on any subject….with anyone…

        and Sanders thinks that platitudes and slogans will get him into the WH….

        Not by the hair of his chinny chin chin….hahahaha

        • April 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

          Agree 100% on everything you said. It’s breaks my heart to see the contrast between our esteemed POTUS and these idiotic fools who are bumbling their way through a very serious process aided and abetted by our toxic press.

          • April 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

            He doesn’t even have advisors astute enough to help him handle or at least fake this stuff. They don’t even seem to realize what he’s going to need.

  37. April 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

    • 139 Obama Grandmama
      April 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

      I mostly blame the media for giving Bernie and Trump free rides, showing their YUGE crowds and letting their talking points go unchallenged, painting them as the people’s champions and asking no significant questions in debates. I always blame the voters too for lack of knowledge and lack of personal responsibility in finding their own information.

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        And also for refusing to highlight and explain the difficult things he has accomplished. Most people don’t know the half of it. But I think his popularity is rising now because finally people have a side by side example (Trump, Sanders, Cruz) to compare to,

  38. April 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Heads up!!

  39. 143 amk for obama
    April 5, 2016 at 11:16 am

    panama papers reveal corruption is an equal opportunity provider for all ‘world leaders’.

  40. 144 Allison
    April 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

  41. 145 Allison
    April 5, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Hypocrite

    • 146 pkayden
      April 5, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Funny how their god only forgives them for their sexual discretion but never forgives President Clinton or other Democratic politicians who commit sexual sins.

    • 147 sherijr
      April 5, 2016 at 11:46 am

      I am not religious.. with that said, I was in a store one day and a man approached me about God/religion (yes this does happen- to me anyway). I said I wasn’t interested, not a believer….. his response was typical republican imo: Well what about the after life, don’t you want to go to heaven and be forgiven? My response (I thought it made sense) : no, how I behave here and now is what matters, how I treat others; etc. He was literally flabberghasted, to him it was that I needed my sins forgiven- that how I live now doesn’t matter – what matters is that I believe in God and ask for my sins to be forgiven, so I can go to heaven.. etc; etc. I have seen this time and again with hypocritical republican types.

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

        And oddly enough, Jesus also says that how we behave hear and now matters. If you read blogger Fred Clark, he rips into this kind of thinking. (He’s a Christian who escaped from an evangelical background and a great writer. I turn there for a true dose of Christianity. This is a sample. He has been deconstructing the “Left Behind” series that evangelicals like so much paragraph by paragraph for years. (Even if you’ve never read the books, his commentary is hilarious and instructive). Here he is using a passage from Mark Twain to show the emptiness of “being saved” over our actions and their effects in the here and now. I love his writing.

        http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2016/03/11/left-behind-classic-fridays-no-72-the-rise-of-the-anti-huck/

        • April 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm

          I realize you are not religious, but you might still find it interesting to read a Christian voice that is truly Christian. And funny. And well-written. 🙂

        • 150 sherijr
          April 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

          Thank you Mary ~ I haven’t read the books, but do know about them, and I believe they’ve been made into movies, too. I will check the blog link too, thank you 🙂

      • 153 catrst
        April 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm

        What they are looking for, speaking as a person of faith, is impunity. Truly feeling remorse is painful and requires full disclosure and making amends, to my thinking, and that’s here and now, if humanly possible. Hypocrisy is just rationalizing wrong doing.

  42. 155 JER
    April 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

  43. April 5, 2016 at 11:59 am

  44. 159 JER
    April 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    COMING UP: VP Biden, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Deliver Remarks at “It’s On Us” Event – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=2


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