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Early Bird Chat

US President Barack Obama and US first lady Michelle Obama walk to Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks with park staff before boarding Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks with park staff before boarding Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama thanks park staff before boarding Marine One

From left: US President Barack Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama walk to Marine One in Ahwahnee Meadow after visiting Yosemite National Park June 19, 2016 in Yosemite Vally, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

From left: US President Barack Obama, daughter Malia Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha Obama walk to Air Force One at Castle Airport June 19, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

From left US: President Barack Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama board Air Force One at Castle Airport June 19, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

From left: US President Barack Obama, daughter Malia Obama, US first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha Obama walk to Air Force One at Castle Airport June 19, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


141 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    June 20, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning, TOD.

    While communicating back and forth, some days were very difficult, but we thought Chips mom was eventually going to be okay and it was just a matter of finding the right healing environment for her.

    Sad news today. Chips granted me permission to share with you all and she has also communicated with others. The doctors informed Chips that they don’t believe her mom is going to make it. I won’t go into all of the private details that Chips shared, but there are enough serious complications that Chips will be remaining at her mother’s side to provide her with comfort and love.

    If you pray, meditate, believe, don’t believe, however you send out love to the universe, please send a lot Chips way. She needs it. She will be back when she is ready.

    Thank you.

    • 3 sherijr
      June 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thank you Nerdy for sharing this and for all you’ve been doing to keep TOD going. Have sent my love and best hopes and wishes out to Chips and her mama. Thank you.

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      June 20, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Nerdy, thank yo so much for letting us know this. I wish there was a way that we could ease this sorrow for Chips, but it’s sad and lonely journey she’ll have to make, with, I hope, strong support from her family. Does anyone know a way to create a virtual card that we could all sign, giving her our love and support? I hope with all my heart that Chips’ mom is not suffering and has times when she and Chips can communicate and express their love. I will keep Chips and her mom in my prayers and in my heart, asking that this difficult time be made less painful for them both. You are a good friend, Nerdy, and both Chips and TOD are lucky to have you. Bless you.

      • 5 arapaho415
        June 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

        GM JackieG, NerdyW and TODville.

        I’m all thumbs when it comes to tech stuff, but someone here with a bit of spare time and tech savvy might be able to help.

        I wonder if our thoughts and love could be compiled onto a TOD family’s member (existing) blog?

        As always, PBO, the greatest, most influential, effortless writer alive today has the empathy and love to express the right words at the right time.

        Here are my responses to Chips:

        Links in this tweet are to Meta’s post last night and to this comment thread:

    • 6 57andfemale
      June 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Bless you, Nerdy, for everything that you do.

    • 7 57andfemale
      June 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

      My constant thoughts and prayers to Chips and her mom.

    • 8 ydavis00
      June 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

      All the best to Chip and her mom.

    • 9 hopefruit2
      June 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Nerdy for passing on Chips’ message about her mom. I will keep them in my thoughts and continue to send them positive vibes of peace and comfort at this difficult time.

      I’d also like to thank you Nerdy for everything you have done and continue to do while our Chips is at her mom’s side. We owe you eternal gratitude for this and won’t ever forget it.

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      June 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

      GM, NerdyW and thank you very much for the update and for the role you have been fulfilling. Be assured that love, prayers, meditation, requests for courage, good communication with her mom,inner strength, etc are being sent out around the world from members of the TOD family. As a result of Chips’ loving outreach over the past years we are all involved at this time.

    • June 20, 2016 at 9:34 am

      NW, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this and for your outstanding stewardship of this space. You are greatly appreciated each and every day.

      I’m so deeply saddened to hear this news. I only wish we could all be of some comfort to Chips and her family. We will continue to hold them in our thoughts and prayers and hope that they find a measure of peace in time.

      • 12 Sam UK Obama Supporter
        June 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        Chipsticks, you are in my heart and prayers at this difficult time. I wish you peace and love and please know that you are loved by many here, including myself. Bless you during this trying time. (((((((hugs)))))))

    • 13 Grab a Mop Grace
      June 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Oh, Chips, I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I will continue to pray for peace for your Mom and strength for you. Know that we’re all thinking of you, and sending you love.
      Nerdy, thank you for updating us.

    • June 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

      She is so loving. Chips has been right there at her Mom’s side.
      Sending my love to Chips and her Mom.

    • June 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Thank you for letting us know Nerdy. I sent prayers and reiki

    • June 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Thank you NW for sharing the news and your lovely sentiments.

      Thank you, also, for sustaining TOD while dear Chips focuses on her final moments with her mother and the grieving that will follow. We are all as ‘there for her’ as is possible.

      It’s perhaps the most significant achievement of what Chips created that an entire community of loving, intelligent, committed people are gathered in total support of her during this most difficult of times.

    • June 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Just getting caught up with the previous posts and this one…Thank you for sharing this Nerdy and thank you for maintaining the village as Chipsticks does what she needs to do for herself and her mother.

      I join the TOD Family in praying for Chipsticks and her mother. May she find the strength and comfort that she needs during this time and may she feel our virtual arms of love around her. {{{{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}}}}

    • 18 itgurl_29
      June 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Chips, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at this time. God Bless your dear mother.

    • 19 Nena20409
      June 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you, Nerdy W. for keeping Us All informed on Our Beloved Chips & Her Lovely Mom.
      Thank you so very much.
      Love Always.

    • 20 cd4biden
      June 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Just checking back in. Thank you for the update NerdyWonka. I am so glad Chips can be with her mother at this time. Sending them love, hugs and prayers.

      And to you, too, NerdyWonka, hugs, love and prayers. We can’t thank you enough for stepping into Chips’ shoes in her time of need. We spoke several times this past weekend at the DC TOD meet up about how grateful we all are for your presence here, and impressed with the work you do for this family.

      Thank you.

    • June 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      My thoughts and prayers prayers are with Chips mother, Chips and her family at this difficult time. Nerdy, thank you for everything.

    • 22 MadameSoph
      June 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Nerdy, thank you so much for sharing this with us and for keeping TOD going for Chips and for us all.

      I left a couple of messages for Chips on the last thread when Meta and AMK gave us updates.

      I am praying and visualizing for Chips’ mom and sending love and strength to Chips and a supportive hug to Danny, who I know loves his mom Chips and feels her pain and stress at this difficult time.

      I know I speak for the rest of the TOD community when I say that you and your mom are in our hearts, Chips, no matter what we happen to post or share on this blog in the coming days. At the center of it all, we are constantly sending you and your family our love and support!

    • 23 Roberta in MN
      June 20, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Just got on, thank you Nerdy for this update. I am crying already for Chips and sending her Mom comfort on her next adventure. May God bless her and keep her safe on her journey. And let Chips know she has all our support and prayers to keep her safe and blessing to help her get through this horrific time. ((((hugs))).

    • 24 sjterrid
      June 20, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Nerdy, Bless you and thank you so much for taking care of us, while Chips is tending to her mom. {{{{Chips and Mom}}}}!

    • 25 africa
      June 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Dearest Chips!

      Please know that I am thinking about you and your mom — and praying for peace in this difficult time!

      Always!
      Kate (Africa)

    • 26 theo67
      June 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      So sad to hear this. Sending Chips warm thoughts, and hoping all our messages bring her some comfort during this time.

    • June 20, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Dear Needy, thank though good sharing the sad news. I think we all suspected as much. Thank you for keeping TOD-it’s the greatest gift you can give her at this time, time relive her of this burden.

      As with many of you, I have been in this situation. As an only child, I cared for my mother in her last illness. It was the most difficult thing i had ever faced. Chips, God will give you strength and peace to face this. He is caring for your mother and you now. He is blessing the time you spend together. Talk, sing, hold her, she knows how much you love her. The connection between you will never be . “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

    • June 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      As a lurking and trying to catch up, this really broke my heart.

      Chips, you, your mom and family are in my thought an prayers.

      Thanks Nerdy for holding down the fort and bringing this news of Chips to us.

  2. June 20, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for giving us the update, NW. My heart. Thoughts and prayers are with Chips and her Mum. May she have the strength and the support that she needs as her mother slips away. I am happy that even though this must be wrenching for her. That Chips is able to be with her to the end. The love that I have for my aging mom and the dread of losing her makes me realize very deeply what Chips must be going through. Our mothers are our hearts. Sending love, light, and peace to chips and her Mum.

  3. June 20, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Sad news—comfort and love to Chips and her mom.

  4. 32 Charmed
    June 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Sending positive thoughts to Chips and mom…

  5. 33 99ts
    June 20, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Sad morning but thank you for the news NW. We are all so missing Ms Chips. It is not easy to say farewell to someone you love as much as your mother, but a wonderful thing to be there for her. Sending love and peace and hugs and thoughts today & each day.

  6. June 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😄

  7. 35 JER
    June 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Thank you NW. Sending prayers for Chips and mom in this difficult time. Love and hugs to Chips and mom.

  8. 36 GGAIL
    June 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. I’m back in SoCal and it’s hot, hot, hot!!!
    It was so lovely to meet my friends from TOD. We had an awesome time together 💕

    My prayers are going out for Chips and her Mother 😘

    NW, thanks is the only word I know to say how much you are appreciated ❤️

    Back to work, I go… 🙁 But, 4th of July is around the corner 🎉

  9. June 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Dear Chips:

    I have been where you are. Please know that prayers, positive thoughts are being sent your way.

  10. 38 MightyPamela
    June 20, 2016 at 9:03 am

    ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️ Low, densly (lovely) could covering the moon set, Solstice approaching. Let there be Peace on Earth. ❤️

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      June 20, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Beautiful and comforting though, Yardarm. Thank you.

    • 42 hopefruit2
      June 20, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Very comforting words – thanks Sailor, for posting! 🙂

    • 44 99ts
      June 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Hello Sailor

      I was initially confused – but over time have become accustomed to the reality – I think of my parents every day – much more than I did when they were here with us. I talk to them, ask what they think & let them know when things are going well. I tell them how much I love the grandbabe & I swear my mother laughs at me as she know how much I didn’t enjoy being a mother to a child under 21.

      I know my mother lost her Mom when she was quite young – I didn’t realise until later in my life, how much she must have missed her. She was always with us – we talked about ‘grandma’ all the time when I was young.

      Strong family ties are what makes our lives. Tis good to have them.

    • 45 desertflower
      June 20, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Amazingly beautiful….

    • June 20, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Love that and totally believe that Yardarm! Thanks for sharing.

    • June 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Thank you yard…

      May the Creator bring loving comfort to Ms Chips…

  11. 48 symmetry11
    June 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Chips, I am praying for you and your family.

    • 49 Jeanie1950
      June 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Hi TOD. Been lurking for years. Had to de-lurk after reading Ms. Chips’ news concerning her Mom. Ms. Chips and her family are in my thoughts and prayers. She has created a wonderful place for us to come and receive the good news about the Obama administration, and for that I will be eternally grateful to her. P.S., I love and admire you all.

  12. 51 Sophia
    June 20, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Thank you very much for the update NW. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chips and her mum.

  13. June 20, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Good morning, TOD! Back home, safe and sound; what idiot thought it was a good idea to schedule med appointments everyday this week — that would be me…

    So sorry to hear of Momma Chips decline. Although it is heartbreaking, Chips is Blessed to be able to care for and comfort her Mom. I hope that her Mom will have more good days than bad, and that they’ll be able to communicate and share…

    Sharing this weekend with my TOD Sisters and Nephew was a Blessing. We missed all who were not with us; however we carried you in our hearts and lifted toasts to Chips, Momma Chips, Nerdy, Bobfr, Don, Yardarm, HZ… actually, all of the family, individually and collectively — “even” AMK!

    Chips has really created a unique, family home. I’d venture to say that this blog is the BEST documentation of the Obama administration outside of WhiteHouse.gov.

    Nerdy, thanks for keeping the lights on in this our home.

    • 53 hopefruit2
      June 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

      “I’d venture to say that this blog is the BEST documentation of the Obama administration outside of WhiteHouse.gov.”

      I agree 200%.

  14. June 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I pray the blessing of light and love shine on Chips and her family as they face this most challenging time.

  15. 55 carla4obama
    June 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Dear Chips…Your mom raised a beautiful daughter, how proud she must be of you.

  16. 57 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

  17. 58 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Chips…you are in my thoughts daily…as is your mom….love to both of you. It will be ok. You are there with her and that is a blessing.
    Nerdy, thank you so very much for tending our home so perfectly while Chips is caring for her mom and being by her side. Much gratitude for all you do. Such a special family. Thank you.

  18. 59 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

  19. June 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Left my thoughts for Chips on the last thread. My heart hurts for her and her family. As many of you here, I’ve also made this journey.

    After so much time went on and we were hearing nothing, no update, nothing, I knew her Mom had worsened and she must be with her around the clock. She’s in my thoughts so much.

    I definitely agree with jazziz about this being the BEST! NW, none of us can thank you enough for keeping this blog, no this family, up and running and going forward. We love and appreciate you.

  20. 67 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Cheetos.please !!

  21. 68 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Now who will worry about the kenyan skipping down from AF1 without using the handrails ?

    Best wishes to you, your mom and family , chips

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      June 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      And remember, AMK, it was Chip’s mom who was our barometer on the Irish gay marriage vote. She felt a little uneasy about the idea, but she voted for it because it was ‘fair.’ From that day, I truly loved Chip’s mom–living in a changing world, not fully understanding it, but knowing it was right to make progress.

  22. 71 FoxfireTX
    June 20, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Nerdy, thank you again for all you are doing here to keep us going in Chips’ absence. Sending hugs, love and prayers to Chips and her mom. No matter our age, losing a parent is so incredibly difficult for all of us.

  23. June 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Congressional Black Caucus balks at two political reforms being pitched by Bernie Sanders

    By John Wagner
    June 19 at 10:39 PM

    The Congressional Black Caucus is voicing strong opposition to two key political reforms being sought by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention: abolishing superdelegates and opening up Democratic primaries and caucuses to independent voters.

    Sanders is seeking to leverage his unexpectedly strong showing against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race this year to secure a series of policy and political objectives. Although none of the political reforms Sanders is seeking would affect his standing now, they are rooted in his frustrations with the contest against Clinton.

    As of Sunday night, 587 superdelegates had announced their support for Clinton compared with 48 for Sanders, who sought to make a virtue of running against the “political establishment.” As a rule, the senator from Vermont also performed better against Clinton in primaries and caucuses where independent voters could participate.

    In a letter sent to Sanders and Clinton on Saturday, the Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus said they oppose changes in both areas.

    The Democrats utilize a system under which candidates win pledged delegates based on their performance in primaries and caucuses, but also seek support from superdelegates, Democratic elected officials and other party elites who have a say on the nomination but are not bound by the results in their states.

    The letter, first reported by Politico, said that the current system “has worked quite well” because it allows members of Congress to serve as superdelegates “without the burdensome necessity of competing against constituents for the honor of representing the state during the nominating process.”

    “There is no need to succumb to the pressure of a few individuals to make this change,” said the letter, signed by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

    The letter also said that opening up primaries to voters who aren’t Democrats “would dilute minority voting strength in many districts across the country.”

    • 73 Don
      June 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Has there ever been a more tone deaf candidate, for some reason Sanders seems to go out of his way to run counter to minorities. Who the fuck is advising this guy?

      • 74 99ts
        June 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

        Maybe Corey Lewandowski?

      • 76 cd4biden
        June 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm

        And if you open up the primary race to independents, etc., then doesn’t that just make it a General Election?

        I mean the purpose of the Democratic Primary is to pick the Democrat’s preference for their candidate to face off in the general election against the Republican Party’s preferred candidate to represent them. If you want Independents to have a say then work your a** off to create a 3rd party that Independents can vote or caucus or whatever the hell you want to do to choose your candidate for the General Election. Otherwise STFU.

    • June 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      And the Dems need them way more than they need the few Sanders holdouts.

  24. 78 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

  25. 81 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 10:27 am

  26. 82 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/20/trump-campaign-manager-s-firm-turned-blind-eye-to-burma-rapes.html

    Jim Murphy, who became Trump’s new national political director earlier this month, was a managing partner at JLM Consulting when Trump hired him. Previously, he was a managing partner at the DCI Group lobbying firm from June 2002 until June 2012. For his last four years there, according to his LinkedIn page, he was also president. The firm is famous for making fake “smokers’ rights groups” to defend Big Tobacco, and for creating an astroturf campaign in favor of Social Security privatization (a campaign that belly-flopped).

    In 2002, when Jim Murphy was a managing partner there, the DCI Group worked for a the Burmese military government. As part of that work, it issued press releases saying the country’s military wasn’t responsible for systematically raping ethnic minority women.
    Just one problem: Reports from activists on the ground and from the U.S. State Department indicate that the military was, in fact, using rape as a weapon of war when DCI represented it—and still does so to this day. One former U.S. official who worked in Burma while DCI contracted with the country’s government said the firm’s statements on the issue were “propaganda” and “baloney”—all in defense of a military regime that human rights activists held responsible for the systematic rape, torture, and murder of countless ethnic minority women.

  27. June 20, 2016 at 10:36 am

    “The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign,” the campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”

    • 84 99ts
      June 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

      You know Trump wrote the press release when it includes the words

      “which has set a historic record in the Republican primary having received almost 14 million votes”

    • 85 amk for obama
      June 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

      what historic record? the punk received about 30% of rethug votes of 2008. also. too. the rethugs must have bred like rats by now and so it’s prolly still less %.

  28. 87 No Child Left Behind
    June 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Donald Trump is parting ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, setting off a major shakeup for the presumptive Republican nominee’s presidential campaign.

    Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com

    • 88 No Child Left Behind
      June 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

      I don’t need complete coverage. That piece of news is just fine for me, particularly on a Monday morning.

  29. June 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

    The Senate votes today on the bill to prevent suspected terrorists from being able to legally by a gun..

  30. 90 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

    gopolitico: Poll: Democrats happier with choices than Republicans.

    gee, ya think?

  31. 92 JER
    June 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

  32. 95 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    lol via bj

    TRUMP: “What the hell do you mean I can’t be my own vice president? You’re fired!”

    • 96 Obama Grandmama
      June 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      I figure Trump would appoint all of his kids to the many positions. Although who would then run his empire? Maybe it is just a ploy to have a reason to shut down all of his scam businesses instead of going broke.

  33. 97 Don
    June 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I was always under the impression that con artist only ran short cons because running a long con was too dangerous because there were too many variables. But I’ll be damn if Trumps isn’t running a long con; Trump isn’t using any of his money because we really don’t know if he has that type of money to run a Presidential campaign to begin with. And on top of that Trump goes around telling fantastical stories about bringing millions of jobs back to America and building this great wall down on the boarder. He even talks like a con man, everything is either going to be the best or its going to be huge.

    • 98 Gazelle
      June 20, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Don, he believes he’s a better grifter than S. Palin. He’s run the con longer than her. Period. I think he’s noticing karma on his heels. Ego kept him in the “game” & thus comes the stupendous dive. That’s what’s scaring the beJesus out of him right now.

      Let’s sing & dance Earth Wind & Fire’s September for him, he should have quit then, & let’s vote the heck out of all elections:

  34. June 20, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Chips, sending you love and prayers and a virtual hug to help you and your family in this difficult time in life.

  35. 100 PrayerWarriorforObama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

    A blessed Monday to the TOD family!

    Praying that even at this transitional moment for both Chips and her mother, the memories will be a source of strength and comfort for Chips going forward.

    And thanks to NW for maintaining the light in the TOD village. Please know that your dedicated efforts are appreciated.

  36. 101 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

  37. 102 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Call your Senators

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/dylann-roof-background-check/487373/?utm_source=atltw

    Two months before Dylann Roof gunned down nine people at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, he went to buy a .45-caliber Glock pistol at a gun store in a rundown strip mall. The 21-year-old should have been barred from purchasing the gun due to an earlier drug arrest. But the sale went through because of a loophole in the National Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, the FBI later said.

    Roof was able to buy the weapon after the investigator assigned to complete his background check wasn’t able to find his police record, which contained a confession for drug possession. Under federal law, NICS has three business days to finish vetting a gun buyer, or the sale can proceed. When the deadline expired with his background check still incomplete, Roof got his gun.

    Last summer, the story of Roof’s dead-end background check helped expose a loophole that annually allows upwards of 3,000 persons deemed too risky to own a gun to acquire a firearm via so-called “default proceed” sales.

  38. 103 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:11 am

    zing. lmao.

  39. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Ms. Chips, you and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    TOD, today is Call To Action Monday. Please contact your Senators and ask them to support legislation that will curtail gun violence.

  40. 106 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:15 am

  41. 107 keltuc
    June 20, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Thanks Nerdy, for the update on Chips and her mom. So terribly sad for her. 😦 Keeping her close in my thoughts. TOD, with it’s intelligence, positivity and much respect for your POTUS, is my absolute favourite place to visit online, and I am so grateful to Chips for it.

    And thankful for Nerdy and the other bt’s for minding the ship in Chips’ necessary absence.

  42. June 20, 2016 at 11:27 am

  43. June 20, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Quick break; enjoy this musical interlude:

    JSO Jr Concerto Festival
    5 year old Teboho Motsatse playing Haydn at the JSO Concerto Festival in June 2012, with conductor Pienaar Fourie.

    • 114 No Child Left Behind
      June 20, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thank you! So precious to see this beautiful little girl behaving like a seasoned performer. More than I can say about members of the GOP cast.

    • 115 sjterrid
      June 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Wow, this girl is so amazing! Thank you for sharing, Alycee.

  44. 116 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

    My Senators have been contacted. We shall see.

  45. June 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Family values. This is heartwarming:

  46. 118 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Can you believe this mess 😯

  47. 120 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

    donnie dreck’s gross incompetence now washes ashore across the oceans.

    http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2016/jun/20/liveupdates.htm

  48. 121 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 11:42 am

    About time

    http://anewdomain.net/2016/06/19/dea-making-prescription-cannabis-legal-across-us-report-claims-breaking/

    The DEA will officially reclassify cannabis as a prescription-only, Schedule II drug on Aug. 1, 2016, a report published a few hours ago claims. If true, that means medical marijuana could be legal by prescription — and perhaps only by prescription — in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US territories. [UPDATED 6.20.2016]

  49. 123 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Whata guy.

  50. 124 amk for obama
    June 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Moody’s analysis: Trump presidency would ‘significantly’ hurt economy

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/trump-economy-moodys-analysis-224535

    wake the fuck up, murkkka. it’s your collective racist asses on the line.

  51. 132 desertflower
    June 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/how-trump-reportedly-decides-press-ban

    A GQ profile of Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks published Monday detailed just how Trump goes about catching up on the news about his campaign—and how one article can get a writer banned from attending his events.

    “She sees the tantrums, and there are tantrums,” an anonymous source who’s been with both Trump and Hicks told GQ. “He reads something he doesn’t like by a reporter, and it’s like, ‘This motherfucker! All right, fine. Hope?’ He circles it. ‘This guy’s banned! He’s banned for a while.’ That’s exactly how it works.”

  52. June 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Good read!

  53. June 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Super lovely video:

  54. 135 JER
    June 20, 2016 at 12:19 pm


    STREAM IS UP: President Obama Addresses the Select USA Summit – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=1

  55. June 20, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    VP Biden responds to all of us who signed the WH petition:

    • 138 desertflower
      June 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Great call to action. WE are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Make that call to your Senators and tell them to make these common sense changes. Democracy is a participation thing! 🙂

  56. 139 Wilson Michael
    June 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry to hear about your mother Chips. I will keep you both in my prayers. God Bless you both. Thank you also NW for updating us on Chips mum.

  57. June 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Hi, TOD. I’ve been a long-time lurker, but had to de-lurk when I read about Ms. Chips’ Mom.

    Ms. Chips, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have created a wonderful forum for us to gather news, vent, discuss, laugh, cry, and even lurk. I’m truly grateful for this place and for each and everyone of you, even Amk :). Love you all.

  58. June 21, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Dearest Chips,

    Words can’t ever express our many feelings for you during this difficult time, but just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is never easy to lose someone so dear, but you are doing all you can do. We love you.


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