131 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    July 31, 2016 at 8:51 am

  2. 10 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 8:58 am

    • 11 Jazz
      July 31, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Always love Pete Souza’s photos. He has done an absolutely masterful job documenting this presidency. Nice recall of some of those early days. A favorite for me is the Q&A session he had with the House Repugs 1/27/2009. Still makes me smile to remember how he shut them down with such smarts and such class

  3. 12 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

    • 13 MightyPamela
      July 31, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Of course they are

    • 14 cd4biden
      July 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Short term profits, if you ask me. If the drug is that high priced, very few will be able to afford it. So, very few to no sales. One of the things I learned a long time ago, when in the restaurant business, was it is far more profitable to have a medium priced menu and to turn the restaurant multiple times each night than to have a high priced menu and very few diners.

    • 15 cd4biden
      July 31, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Short term profits if you ask me. With that high a price very few will be able to afford it. One of the things I learned a long time ago, when in the restaurant business, was that it was far more profitable to have a medium priced menu and turn your restaurant multiple times each night, than to have a high priced menu with few diners.

  4. 16 Roberta in MN
    July 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Congrats on 1st MP. Post the website again for the Weather Channel photo submission. Will vote tonight or tomorrow right? Good Luck.

    • 17 MightyPamela
      July 31, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Yes, thank you, I will. It seems we can vote once per day, everyday, plus if you are on FB, maybe share the ones you like (if any) out and ask your people to do the same. I admit I’m fairly pleased with my submissions, hope those judges agree!! 🙂

  5. 18 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Dudette, I would also add a willingness to embrace self-delusion. On FB, someone said that despite the evidence of the video of Trump making fun of an handicapped reporter, she did not believe it. There are people who lie to us, she said, and that video had to be ‘doctored.’ If you refuse to see and hear anything that contradicts your preconceived notions, you have chosen to live in a fact-free world and are literally beyond reason.

    • 21 arapaho415
      July 31, 2016 at 9:35 am

      GM Dudette.

      MSM and GOP have made the bed we Americans are now living in.

      Watched some of the GOP debates last year (while doing other things, not riveted to every word), and could not believe that this was a Presidential debate — yet MSM and GOP treated those abominations as if it’s “just politics,” something that’s to be expected.

      From the article:
      “In an article for The Daily Beast, Fields noted that the word ‘kill’ was used 53 times during the December 15 Republican primary debate. This language was not used at all during previous GOP debates.”

      MSM is largely responsible for the absolute mess that GOP has inflicted on Americans.

  6. 24 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Part of Mr. Khan’s legacy. Pretty cool IMHO.

  7. 36 No Child Left Behind
    July 31, 2016 at 9:06 am

  8. 38 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:07 am

  9. 39 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:12 am

  10. 40 JER
    July 31, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

  11. 41 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:15 am

  12. 42 99ts
    July 31, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Why on earth is a “fox news anchor” on a round table at abc on “this week”. smh
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sunday-week-donald-trump-vice-president-joe-biden/story?id=41002344
    Still shilling for Trump, despite his terrible horrible interview

  13. 43 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:16 am

  14. July 31, 2016 at 9:17 am

    That poor man that lost his son… And trunp is still berating his family?
    All he wants is for his son to be remembered honorably… And trunp won’t let that happen…

    This is beyond politics …this deeply saddens me..

  15. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2016 at 9:24 am

    • 46 99ts
      July 31, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Nerdy – Trump going to be standing his ground until he discovers he has 27% of the vote come November

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2016 at 9:31 am

      This man is fantastic and fearless. I hope he energizes millions and shames the Republican cowards who support trump out of expediency and self preservation. I hope that Mr. Khan energizes every Muslim in the US to register, volunteer and vote!!!

    • 48 a4alice
      July 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

      wow Trump has been “trumped”!

  16. July 31, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I was watching Rev. Sharpton this morning and he was talking about Bill O’Reilly’s comment about what First Lady Michelle Obama said in her DNC speech were she said every morning she wakes up in a house built by slaves. O’Reilly comment were the slaves were fed well and dress well. Well Rev, Sharpton mention a letter from Abigail Adams were she wrote to a friend of hers and in that letter the First Lady Adams said that the slaves were not fed or clothes well as O’Reilly tried to convince us. Not that it makes one bit of a difference, because they still were slaves regardless what they ate or wore. People like O’Reilly and his Fox audience want to push the thought that slavery weren’t so bad, they had work, roof over there head, food to eat. Who cares if you were own by white people who could do what they wanted to do with you.Who cares!

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Bella, I would love for O’Reilly, a privileged white multi-millionaire, to live for one day as a slave, stripped of all dignity and treated without humanity. I would like to see him in ragged clothes, freezing in the winter and forced to starve on limited rations. I would like to have people spit on him and put chains on his legs. Then he cancome back and tell us how good slaves had it.

      • 51 cd4biden
        July 31, 2016 at 1:06 pm

        jackieg, he would probably deny it was bad at all considering what the Business Insider article from the neuroscientist (#17 above) talked about. And your comment above about refusing to see or hear anything that contradicts your preconceived notions definitely applies to people like O’Reilly. Still, I would love to see this happen and to have it televised.

    • 52 arapaho415
      July 31, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      GA annieb.

      Late response, but here’s the proof.

      Roger Ailes, aside from being the last person on earth any sane woman would want to work for, made it acceptable for his talking heads to lie with no consequences, something both GOP and MSM have gleefully embraced as their own standard:

  17. 53 jackiegrumbacher
    July 31, 2016 at 9:28 am

    After enduring the Republican side eye and vandalism at our Dem booth in a majority R county, it was a revelation and a joy to be among the LGBT crowd at at Central Pa’s Gay Pride Festival. There are Dems and then there are enthusiastic Dems, and we saw lots and lots of enthusiasm for Hillary! Everyone wanted Hillary materials, were already registered and ready to vote and volunteer. Despite the fatigue and torrential downpour, it was energizing to see such enthusiasm and to feel how strengthening and liberating diversity is. If everybody who has been dismissed or marginalized by the hateful Trump/GOP rhetoric would rise up in big numbers on November 8, we will not only win, but we’ll crush the hate and bigotry so that it doesn’t dare rise again.

    • 54 a4alice
      July 31, 2016 at 10:06 am

      nice that you got a boost Jackie by going to a friendly place. When you have to keep slogging through unfriendly territory it can be a downer. But nothing like having enthusiastic support! 🙂

    • 55 cd4biden
      July 31, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      So glad you had a good experience, jackieg, to offset the depressing one. You are such a treasure to keep getting out there doing this work. And you are inspiring me to get off my butt and go do something. A few friends and I will be meeting on Tues to decide what to do re this election, and I am going to bring up some of what you do. We live in a strong Dem area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t travel to other nearby areas and hand out materials. Thanks for your inspiration!

    • July 31, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Love your positive attitude as always Jackie!

  18. July 31, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

  19. 58 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:35 am

  20. 59 Dudette
    July 31, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Rolling out. Happy Sunday everybody!

  21. 60 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

    • 61 99ts
      July 31, 2016 at 9:55 am

      That’s one quote Hillary has to have to hand if there is a debate – Trump initially supported the Iraq war.

      • July 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

        I just have to keep going back to what Jeb Bush said, Donald Trump need therapy. If there ever was a time for Trump to keep his mouth close, to offer the Khan family his sympathy, then shut up. To not act like a ten year old bully, it was now. But he can’t help his self.

  22. July 31, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Happy Sunday TODers.

    Nerdy, you are amazing. Thank you, thank you for the fantastic job you do for keeping us informed, even when we are off the grid doing other life things. We can always come here and catch up. Chips created this wonderful space, and in her absence while she takes time to heal, you have kept the light shining. Thank you, young lady. 🙂

    ((((((((((((Chips)))))))))))))), we love and miss you dearly.

    Have a blessed Sunday everyone.

  23. July 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Good Sunday, Nerdy…TOD Family!

  24. July 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

  25. July 31, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Thank You Nerdy Wonka…for once again bringing to us …OUTSTANDING coverage of the DNC….
    I hope that Ms Chips is well…i miss her….

    Thank you to the village know as TOD…for all of your comments…links…pics….tweets…that shows the humanity of all of us …

    I had so much emotion watching our outstanding DEM Convention….i saw the hand of the President all over it…the comments made by pundits…and “conservatives”..about how the DEMS flipped the switch and touted the old party platform of the Republicans…is a farce….these ideals and values are what our President has always touted…although the media never showcased our President in that way…and RW radio…always tried to portray our President as an enemy of America…who wanted to destroy our country……

    i have spent most of the morning..watching the videos of the President…his acceptance speech at the 2008/2012 DEM Convention…his 2008/2012 victory speech……2009/2013 inaugural speech…i am still so moved listening to his words….

    i know that i have to move on…but i am stuck here….there is something very special about this man…crying as i type these words….

    but move on i must…i will…because now we have to preserve all the work that was accomplished….and move Forward…

    my goal is to organize locally….block organizing…voter registration…mentoring my daughter…

    I want to still make a difference…

    Join my voice with other voices…#YesWeCan

  26. July 31, 2016 at 9:58 am

    • July 31, 2016 at 10:06 am

      I’m not paying any attention to these polls. These convention bumps, the only poll that matter to me is the one in November. We all need to do what we can to help elect Hillary Clinton.

      • 73 Obama Grandmama
        July 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm

        Yah, the polls historically widen after the conventions then tighten up again after a couple of weeks past them. Reading David Frum’s article in The Atlantic was scary. It aligned with the guy interviewed on NPR this morning with no matter what facts are given he is voting Republican. Seems to be a male macho thing which warns of other cultural males going in that direction too. Keep working harder and forget about the polls.

  27. 74 arapaho415
    July 31, 2016 at 10:11 am

    GM TODville.

    Just like #Snowdenwald (h/t Ladyhawke) before him, Trump is doing Putin’s bidding:

  28. July 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

    General Allen is an absolutely master. He put the shame on Trump BIG TIME.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Bravo, Gen. Allen. This man knows what it means to be an American and a leader and he will not let a poseur like Trump get away with his disgraceful behavior and disrespect.

  29. July 31, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Did Trump tell George that he has read the U.S. Constitution?

  30. 78 a4alice
    July 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

    k. nothing to do with politics. Just a little day brightener:

  31. 80 nospin
    July 31, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.

    “Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.

    Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to. ”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ghazala-khan-donald-trump-criticized-my-silence-he-knows-nothing-about-true-sacrifice/2016/07/31/c46e52ec-571c-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html?tid=sm_fb

  32. July 31, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I do not like these attacks on Trump’s wife…we lose focus when we do that

    • July 31, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Will always respect your opinion, pf58, but in this case I disagree.

      The current Ms Trump is a plagiarizing enabler of a vicious, bigoted, misogynistic fascist, and she is very much in line for whatever criticism she receives. The entire family is out their spreading their hate, their racism, their lies and their greed.

      In fact, I’m still awaiting a response to this ? ….

      Hope you have a lovely Sunday!

      • July 31, 2016 at 11:32 am

        She is not the enemy..Trumpism is…

      • July 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

        Melania haven’t said anything since her ( Michelle Obama)’s speech at the RNC.

      • 85 arapaho415
        July 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        GM Dr. Bob.

        It’s who Murdoch and Ailes are… don’t think either of them are actual “conservatives.” Like our MSM and most shameful GOP elected cowards, are happy if the end result is plutocracy and corruption.

        Aside from the #Goldstar parents’ response to Trump’s “I wish Mrs. Kahn would say something…,” this is the best response I’ve seen on Twitter, LOL:

  33. 86 99ts
    July 31, 2016 at 11:13 am

    A very positive endorsement

    http://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/For-Hillary-Clinton-8650345.php

    These are unsettling times that require a steady hand: That’s not Donald Trump.
    Houston Chronicle Editorial Board endorses Hillary Clinton

    On Nov. 8, 2016, the American people will decide between two presidential contenders who represent the starkest political choice in living memory. They will choose between one candidate with vast experience and a lifelong dedication to public service and another totally lacking in qualifications to be president. They will decide whether they prefer someone deeply familiar with the issues that are important to this nation or a person whose paper-thin, bumper-sticker proposals would be dangerous to the nation and the world if somehow they were enacted.

  34. 88 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Morning everyone

  35. July 31, 2016 at 11:19 am

    “The expectation has always been that black women should be silent, but we never have been—even when white feminists such as Susan B. Anthony wanted us to be. With unerring focus, we decide when and where we enter the spinning political ropes of race and gender, and we will continue to double-dutch between the two for our survival.”

  36. July 31, 2016 at 11:27 am

  37. July 31, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Saw a tweet re: Jill Stein…Bernie or bust folks and other assorted lefties are flocking to Jill Stein and the green party…

    question:…if the Green Party is not on the ballot now…can they get on the ballot between now and November….

    • 94 amk for obama
      July 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      lefty idiots just write in?

      btw, jill stein ‘phenomenon’ is another msm bs.

      eyes on the ball.

  38. 95 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This entire thing is stupifying. He has no idea about the world and what is going on in it. He has no idea of protocol, or the fact that things happen whether or not he “approves of them” or had a part in them. This man is so unfit and unqualified to be President of the US….or even president of the damn garden club of greater NYC. He’s a self absorbed, clueless, classless idiot. If any of you reading this have a Republican senator or Rep up for re election this year, as I do, I suggest that you call them and DEMAND to know after this statement, and the statements made to the Khan family, if they still support this idiot for President. Ask them, and make the Dem organization in your neck of the woods know. This needs to stop right now. He’s a danger. If they insist on supporting this dangerous man, then THEY are dangerous as well and have no good judgment. We need to vote for Dems all up and down the ticket. They can figure out how to redo their rotten party on their own time. Not ours.

  39. July 31, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Why ‘white trash’ Americans are flocking to Donald Trump
    Kyle Smith

    …Mapping the politics of Vance’s clannish, resentful neighbors is challenging, even exasperating. Hillbillies pride themselves on distinguishing the deserving poor from the lazy moochers, but Vance points out that it’s a fuzzy line. His grandmother would lash out at the government for doing too much, then for doing too little. She’d ask why society could afford aircraft carriers but not enough drug-rehab centers. She’d complain that the rich weren’t paying their fair share. But she and J.D. would be just as angry at people who paid for T-bone steaks with food stamps and hated the idea of the government using Section 8 housing vouchers so that poor people could move in next door — poor people “like us,” Vance says. She’d say people wouldn’t have so many problems if they were forced to work for their benefit checks.

  40. 102 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    • July 31, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      What i see now….

      praising the President as the expense of Hillary…..

      from the Article..
      Masterful politicians, and effective agents of change, tend to succeed by singling out, and making salient, some aspect of a nation’s self-understanding, sparking a sense of recognition — and ultimately moving voters in their favor. Obama made it into an art form. Hillary Clinton is no artist, but her electoral prospects may well depend on whether she manages to steal some of his distinctive thunder.”

      HA!…are they now saying that the President is a masterful politician…smh….but can’t seem to do so without taking a swipe at Hillary

  41. 104 JER
    July 31, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  42. July 31, 2016 at 12:09 pm

  43. 106 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • 108 JER
      July 31, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      FULL INTERVIEW:

      Khizr Khan, Father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier, joins State of the Union to discuss his DNC speech, why his wife didn’t speak at the convention and Donald Trump.

    • 109 desertflower
      July 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      He got that right! I don’t even want his family to consul him on how to be empathetic. You either feel this deep in your soul, or you don’t. It would be fake unless it was felt for real. You can tell…you can’t fake genuine care and compassion for others. He’s a dark soul.

  44. July 31, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    If I didn’t already believe that the MSM is cuckoo for Donald Trump, I could *almost* understand why they don’t push back when DT lies. First of all, he practically EVERYTHING out of his mouth is a lie!!! Second, calling him on his lies is tantamount to arguing with an idiot; and we know the saying that arguing with an idiot will bring you down to their level and they will beat you with experience.

    With Trump, I think this quote is more apropos:

    “Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. It’ll just knock over all the pieces, $h!t on the board, and strut about like it’s won anyway.” – Anonymous

  45. 111 cd4biden
    July 31, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Another article on voter suppression in the South, from the NYT. Jeez, Louise. These people will just not stop with the dirty tricks to win an election.
    http://nyti.ms/2aTRWfc

    And remember, if you have used up your month’s quota of articles for the NYT, try reading the article on another device. My laptop quota is gone, but I just read this on my ipad.

  46. July 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Hillary Clinton is the ONLY person to vote in favor of the Iraq War and based on *her* one vote, the US went to war. sheez!

  47. 114 amk for obama
    July 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm

  48. 115 Don
    July 31, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Not to blow my own horn but I predicted some time ago right here at TOD that Trump would go insane, and he’s right on schedule.

    • 116 desertflower
      July 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      He is showing himself to be insane….I think he always was like this. We just never had cause or care to see.

      • 117 arapaho415
        July 31, 2016 at 1:31 pm

        GM DF.

        Agree with you, he’s always been insane.

        Seems obvious to me, everything he’s ever done is the very definition of repellent sociopathic narcissist.

        • 118 desertflower
          July 31, 2016 at 1:37 pm

          Truly.Truly. Terrifying.

          Morning to you, arapaho

        • 119 Obama Grandmama
          July 31, 2016 at 1:58 pm

          I was online looking up differences of types of liars yesterday and came away thinking there are generally two classifications 1-Sociopaths 2- Pathological and other names that seem synonymous with it such as Compulsive etc.
          I could be missing important info as I am no expert on the topic.
          The general difference I gleaned from the articles is a sociopath uses lies manipulatively to meet a goal with no remorse while a pathological liar has begun as a bad habit to get attention or avoid blame, feel important, to create drama with lies changing as needed. I was having a hard time deciding which category Donald actually fit into since it feels like he both purposely lies for results given his manipulation of voters and crooked business deals and for feeling important and creating drama in his craving tv attention and just saying anything whether it furthers his goal or not. Maybe he is both a pathological and sociopathic liar.

          • 120 arapaho415
            July 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm

            GA OG.

            Donald’s a sociopathic narcissist (don’t have any clinical background, but know that sociopaths are incapable of empathy or feeling remorse) — and to boot, he’s an absolute idiot — I think he’s incapable of reading a non-fiction book from cover-to-cover or newspapers, for that matter.

            (See my post on next thread.)

            DF is right. Absolutely, stunningly, terrifying.

    • 121 a4alice
      July 31, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Ha! Don – that made me laugh – but you are right! #NUTSOFRUITCAKE 🙂

  49. July 31, 2016 at 1:13 pm

  50. 123 Don
    July 31, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    And some time this week Trump will start to get intelligence briefings, think about that for a moment. This guy doesn’t even know where the fucking Russian army is and he’s going to get intelligence briefings.

  51. 124 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  52. 126 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    LOL

  53. 127 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 1:31 pm

  54. 128 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    And Peyton Manning…for shame. For shame.

  55. 130 desertflower
    July 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Must read… Funny how humor just seems to hit the nail on the head so perfectly sometimes….


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