Early Bird Chat


173 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 JER
    September 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody.

  2. September 19, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Thank you Chips! Yes, it’s my birthday today – Sept 19. Wooooot!

    What a way to wake up! I love My President! I love My Uhura!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  3. 33 sherijr
    September 19, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Happy Birthday Dudette~ whether today or yesterday or tomorrow πŸ˜‰ and thanks for allll the music !

  4. 37 FayPax
    September 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Good morning! I hope this is your happiest birthday, Dudette!

  5. 42 JER
    September 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Happy Birthday Dudette. I wish that for every extra candle on your cake, you receive an extra reason to smile. Happy Birthday to you!

  6. 44 LDS
    September 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Good morning, TOD family.

  7. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    September 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Happy Birthday Dudette!

    here is wishing you many more and a very long happy life!

  8. 50 JER
    September 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Lawrence O’Donnell Praises Rand Paul for ‘Brave’ Statement on President Obama Regarding Drug War:

  9. September 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Happy Birthday Dudette!

  10. September 19, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Happy happy Birthday Dudette. Wish you a truly blissful day, and joy for the rest of your life. Peace! πŸ™‚

  11. 68 Dudette
    September 19, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Thank you so much Family!!! Love you!

    I’m off to work! Catch ya later!

    • 69 dotster3
      September 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Wish you didn’t have to go to work on your bday. That’s rude! Do some fun stuff to celebrate later. Have a great day. Eat cake!

      • 70 Dudette
        September 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        Aw, it’s not so bad dot. Although, if we weren’t in the middle of some major stuff, I’d have taken the day off.

        But then I would’ve missed the lovely flowers and breakfast yummies my team had waiting for me when I arrived.
        Such a bunch of sweeties — here at TOD and at work. Today’s just been GREAT!

        • 71 dotster3
          September 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

          Lovely, yummy news! People are nice, aren’t they? Hope the rest of your day has some great music and a bunch of laughs.

    • 72 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Happy Birthday Lady Dudette, and looking forward to having you back this evening to continue the celebration!!

  12. 74 africa
    September 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Dudette!!! Happy Birthday πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. 76 africa
    September 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

  14. 78 africa
    September 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

  15. 79 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 8:38 am


    Taxpayers have largely picked up the hospital tabs for victims of gun violence in the United States – around 80 percent of their emergency department and inpatient care – and funded more than half a billion dollars in medical care for firearm assault victims in 2010, according to a new study.

    The victims, mostly young males and residents of low-income areas, are disproportionately more likely to be publicly insured or not have any insurance at all, according to the study by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, while they are hospitalized more than twice the national average.

    The cost of a stay for a firearm assault injury was nearly $14,000 more than the average inpatient stay, so the medical bills of gun violence victims amount to about $630 million a year, according to Embry Howell, author of the study and a senior fellow with the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center.

    THIS IS NOT OK! I’ve just about had it with with gun business. Our school just put up a fortress gate all around the playground and IN THE PLAYGROUND, at our school! WTF! It looks like a prison for god sakes! Heaven forbid that would should instead ask for ANYTHING like common sense safeguards in protecting our children and communities like keeping the weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill! OH NO! That’s beyond the pale to expect anything like that! We’ll just spend millions creating little prisons for school children and scare the holy shit out of them and give the parents a false sense of security. I am fucking done with this. DONE. It’s effecting my psyche now….even the guy putting up the fortress yesterday thought this was BS! I tell you, something needs to be done, and fast. The kids are talking about this and are definitely impacted by all this. It’s not good for them. Not good. Maybe the parents will be pissed enough to do something, who knows….i feel very anxious and angry this morning…..I worry that the very gates that they put in to “protect” these kids, will be the very thing that keeps the caged in kids from escaping the dangers they thought they would prevent. I’m just beside myself. We need to stop this fucking madness.

    • September 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Df, you have right to be angry. We should all be seething mad that a lobby group and one industry are wreaking such destruction on our country and on the psyches of our children. We must demand that every person who runs for office pledges to control gun violence or we will work against them. We have to keep pushing Bob’s plan for insurance for gun owners. We have let a small minority take over the country because of the abject cowardice and greed of our congressional reps. I agree with you that enough is enough.

  16. 81 sherijr
    September 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    soo what a lot of stupid comments I received last night after tweeting Emily’s list on their premature declaration of “Madame President” in regards to Hillary… from ‘progressives’. silly buggers.

    • September 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Yeah, I got a couple too sherijr. The fact they’re focused on 2016, and not the midterms, shows just how selfish and friggin’ stupid they are. Clueless.

      • 83 sherijr
        September 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

        yep, they are so Hillary obsessed… and yet she hasn’t even declared she’ll run. One person tweeted me that if not for the ‘sexist media’ she would have won. Sure, ’cause we all know theres no racism in the media… and Hillary’s campaign was sooo perfectly run. gimme a break. Like someone else tweeted last night: “I have nothing against Hillary, it’s her supporters I hate”. To be fair, I don’t hate her supporters.. but some of them are just wrong.. and I do still have issues with Hillary herself, due to her BS during the campaign.. I don’t forgive or forget as decently as our President does πŸ˜‰

    • 88 Dudette
      September 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Silly Season in full bloom and campaign hasn’t even started.

  17. 89 africa
    September 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    In Honor of Dudette’s Birthday.

    • 90 Dudette
      September 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Wow, that was WONDEFUL! Can’t say I’ve been much of an Akon fan, but that right there was BEAUTIFUL! I’m guessing it was made for the World Cup. I missed it somehow. Bookmarked so I can download this baby later.

      Thank you so much Africa!!!

  18. 91 symmetry11
    September 19, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Happy Birthday Dudette!!

  19. September 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Dudette!! Sending you your favorite cyber cake filled with love and geeky joy!! Do something grand for yourself today. You’re a treasured presence here in TODville. Thank you for all you bring to us every day. CHEERS!!

  20. 94 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

    It’s all Obama’s fault!!

    • 95 Dudette
      September 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Yep, there he goes again — always trying to make stuff better. That guy really should just…. KEEP MOVING #FORWARD!!!! πŸ™‚

      My President ROCKS!

  21. 96 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

    On another note, I went to a presentation given by Planned Parenthood about getting the word out about Obamacare last night…it wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but a bunch of us volunteered to work to get info out to people about their options with the exchanges. About 40 people showed up last night, nearly standing room only left by the time they packed everyone in….great turnout. This train is rolling! A bit of good news after my rant:)

  22. 106 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Joe Cirincione ‏@Cirincione 1h


    I completely agree with David Ignatius. He just says it so much better than me: Obama criticism unwarranted http://wapo.st/14kN2ji


    • 107 ericfive
      September 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

      The opinion writers at the Washington Post seem to have an intense PERSONAL hatred for PBO, which colors their commentary and pollutes their analysis. Kudos to David Ignatius for calling them out and pointing out how detached from reality their condemnation of PBO’s Syria strategy really is. My only complaint is his refusal to confront the elephant in the room concerning the true cause of their hatred for PBO (he instead wrote some jibberish about John McCain’s influence on foreign affairs). I have no doubt that many of these opinion writers would have booed and hurled racial slurs at Jackie Robinson when he dared to integrate professional baseball.

  23. 108 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Chips….Don’t let this be Danny! You’re going to have SOOOOOOO much fun!! πŸ™‚ FREEDOM!!!

  24. 121 FayPax
    September 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I find myself extremely annoyed as the Republicans prepare to vote to repeal ObamaCare yet again. It pisses me off that they want to deny Americans while our tax dollars immunize and cure HIV/AIDS and cancer in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Here at home, nearly half of all states reduced funding or provided no funding for vital immunizations and cancer detection.

    Wouldn’t you think the same values that we hold for Iraq we’d pledge for all Americans? If extending healthcare to citizens is the measure of caring and compassion, it is fair to say generosity does not begin at home. I hope you’ll take the time to read my post….and I hope it pisses you off enough to inspire a call, email, tweet to your representatives.


    • 122 Jovie
      September 19, 2013 at 8:54 am

      The T baggers ate using obamacare to get rid of Federal government. They want a government shutdown they want a default! and then they make a move?

      • 123 FayPax
        September 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

        They’re trying to get rid of “federal government”. All this mess is about state’s rights…the right to discriminate, pay workers next to nothing, white superiority and separation.

        • 124 FayPax
          September 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

          I have no idea what their endgame is…I don’t think they know either.

          • 125 Vicki
            September 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

            Their endgame is raising $$$$$ off their bullshit.
            Same thing that happened to Marriage Equality will happen with ACA.
            After Sup Ct did away with DOMA the head of the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, advised his party to move on as that fight was over.

          • September 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

            I think their endgame, FayPax is to undermine what will be the singular triumph of a black president. It’s not the health care act itself, since it’s a conservative, business centered approach. It’s the fact that it will ensure Barack Obama’s place in history and they cannot–absolutely cannot–accept that. There is nothing else that matters to them, not facts, not the good of the American people. If a Republican president got elected (God help us) and introduced the same plan, they would embrace it happily.

            • 127 FayPax
              September 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

              I so agree with you, Jackie. They want President Obama to be an asterisk in the history books. It’s sad to me that no one sees the connection between their constant display of hatred and the upsurge in violence.

  25. 135 amk for obama
    September 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Heh, how come I don’t ever get any hottie pics, b’day or not?

  26. 140 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran



    Mr. Ross said the president’s reliance on letters to Iranian leaders made sense because in the absence of a formal relationship, β€œThere are few other fully authoritative ways to convey a message we completely control.” The letters, his advisers say, also reflect the value that Mr. Obama attaches to direct diplomacy.

    Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani both plan to speak to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Will they try an even more direct from of diplomacy: greeting each other in person? The White House says nothing is planned.

    For now, though, Mr. Obama’s pen-pal diplomacy has accomplished the most basic goal of any letter. It got a reply.



    • 141 Don
      September 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

      I hope they can come to some sort of agreement; I have faith in President Obama. Let us also hope that Netanyahu is smart enough to take advantage of this coming together of POTUS and the Iranian leader.

  27. 142 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    September 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday Dudette!!

  28. 148 africa
    September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

    So far, I am liking this guy.

  29. 150 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 10h


    House GOP: Obama can either defund ObamaCare or shut down government….how the press even PRETENDS to take GOP seriously is beyond me


  30. 152 GGAIL
    September 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.


  31. 155 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

  32. 158 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

    John Boehner is implying that asking to raise the debt limit is adding to the national debt. THAT IS WRONG AND A LIE! He needs to be called out on that!

    • 159 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Where is he saying this? If he’s saying it on Cable TV, then the host should correct him on the spot. This is not a matter of opinion.

      • 160 anniebella
        September 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

        You know most cable pundits, so call journalists like Chuck Todd, it’s not their job to tell the truth. It’s their job to seek ratings by allowing Republicans to come on their show and lie, lie, lie.

        • September 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

          The other possibility is that the journalists are so concerned about being first that they do not do their homework like Tim Russert did to prepare ahead for all possible answers to their coming questions. If they did their prep work they would know when the politician was lying. Accepting all that is said with the pretense that it is not their job to correct misinformation eases their own workload tremendously. I think that is called lazy and sloven journalism.

    • September 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

      this is the role of the Press…to call that statement an untruth…but it is also a lie because it is a deliberate untruth as told by Boehner because he knows what he says it not true

  33. 166 LDS
    September 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Good answer…
    My answer would have been: I consider war Cowardness. Greediness. Ugliness. Thoughtlessness. Dumbness.= GW Bushness & Co.

  34. 167 amk for obama
    September 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

  35. 168 carolyn
    September 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I’m late to say this because I just read your beautiful poem Jacqueline. Thank you so much for this. These poems are a treasure. I’m with all the others who hope they don’t stop at being seen just here. They deserve a wider audience.

    Glad Ann Curry is doing again what she does best: real world reporting. Her talents were wasted on Today. She is so much better than that!
    I hope NBC continues to get smarter and have her do these indepth interviews and report on important issues.

  36. 171 Nena20409
    September 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Happy Birthday, Dudette.

    Have a Great Day!

  37. 173 arkluvspbo
    September 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    What a FANTASTIC picture! Happy belated birthday, Dudette. Hope it was as fabulous as you are. πŸ™‚

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