Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama greets the daughter of a U.S. embassy staff member at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

63 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Layla
    November 14, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Good morning Chisp/everyone! Off to work. Have a wonderful day!

  2. 7 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 7:13 am

    MoooOOoooorning Chiparoo and TOD.

    Love how the baby’s looking at him as though she’s thinking “Yeah…..I’m the Queen and you’re just a parent. My cuteness has got you suckered and now you’re lifting me up in the air as I secretly wanted. Squeeeeeeeee!….sucker…..Squeeeeeeee! I looooove you. [must maintain poker face]”

  3. 9 mtmarilyn
    November 14, 2013 at 7:15 am

    GM I am still so mad at these Dems! These are the ones who really don’t care about the people.
    Off to a long day.

    • 10 anniebella
      November 14, 2013 at 7:25 am

      I am mad at the dam cowards too. The guy on O’Donnell show said last night that it was to early for Democrats to panic.

      • 11 jackiegrumbacher
        November 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

        AB, the Dems are allowing themselves to be played by Republicans just as they always do. The Repubs are bullies and they believe they’re always right even when they’re dead wrong. Some Dems are like the bullied who think they’re the ones who are wrong when they’re actually right. Dems just don’t know how to fight.

  4. 14 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 7:16 am

  5. 15 amk for obama
    November 14, 2013 at 7:17 am

  6. 17 amk for obama
    November 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

  7. 18 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

  8. 19 Jovie
    November 14, 2013 at 7:25 am

    The just of the matter is conservative democrats vote democratic except when you really need them.
    Right Joe Lieberman? Remember this?


    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      November 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Actually, Jovie, every D, no matter how rotten, adds to the total that allows Dems to control a house of Congress. With enough Ds, Dems can control the agenda and bring things to the floor. I used to have a very conservative Dem as my rep and voted for him while holding my nose because his presence allowed Nancy Pelosi to be majority leader. He voted against every progressive issue, but, on the bread and butter stuff, he backed his party. Unfortunately, he was redistricted out of office and we now have a useless Republican. I’d give anything to have my Blue Dog back.

      • 21 Jovie
        November 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

        The point is like now they run for the hills, no fight in them for important issues.
        Like Manchin, landrieu, Pryor, etc…

  9. November 14, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…TOD Early Birds!!!

  10. 24 amk for obama
    November 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

  11. 26 Jovie
    November 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

  12. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    November 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Good morning all. Bob had a very good comment on last night’s thread about keeping our eyes on the ball and not allowing ourselves to get discouraged or distracted by the media. We’ve got lots of work to do–17 House seats to flip, a Senate majority to keep, and Republican governors to show the door. ACA will make steady progress as more and more people sign up and the media will eventually realize that the attacks are not working and are getting old. Then there will be some new outrage du jour and the beat will go on. Right now Republicans are refusing to participate in budget talks because they’re building toward another shutdown confrontation, which will not go well for them. I trust the president to get us through this crisis just as he has every other hair on fire, ginned up hysteria event of his presidency. In the meantime, I’m not going to waste one minute of this precious time with this incredible man thinking or worrying about Hillary Clinton. I just want to do everything I can to deliver him a Democratic Congress so he and we can finally get things done.

    Unfortunately, I have to do to the dentist this a.m. and am, as usual, filled with dread. My dental hygienist is from the Nurse Ratchet school of patient care and I’m stealing myself for a miserable hour. Hope you all have a better morning.

  13. November 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Virus Alert:

    Most of you may have already heard of this virus. It seems to be making the rounds.


    “New computer virus holds encrypted files hostage”


    There’s a new computer virus making its way through the virtual world, and it not only locks up your files, it forces you to pay a ransom in order to get them back.

    It’s called CryptoLocker, and it’s a kind of ransomware circulating the globe. International law enforcement isn’t sure where it’s coming from, but they are well aware of the impact it’s having on computer users…

    [User] opened up an unassuming email attachment which downloaded the virus into her work computer. A day later, she got a popup window telling her CryptoLock encrypted all her computer files and unless she paid a $300 ransom, it would wipe her files clean in 72 hours. A countdown clock on the popup counted down the hours, minutes and seconds.

    The CryptoLocker popup directs you to what’s called a virtual currency website, in this case one called BitCoin, where users pay real money for virtual money. The hackers can then anonymously access that virtual money and use it online just like the real thing.

    The infected email may come disguised as a message from FedEx, UPS or some banking institution. He advises people to look very carefully at any email they may get and make sure it’s legit before they open up any attachment.

  14. 30 dotster3
    November 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I’m having real sinister thoughts about Chuck Todd. Hoping it’s true about the hands of justice. In the meantime, someone tell me a joke, or post something hilarious or maybe a sweet and innocent Danny photo.

  15. 41 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

  16. November 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

    “Snapchat Spurned $3 Billion Acquisition Offer from Facebook”


    Snapchat, a rapidly growing messaging service, recently spurned an all-cash acquisition offer from Facebook for $3 billion or more. The offer, and rebuff, came as Snapchat is being wooed by other investors and potential acquirers. Chinese e-commerce giant Tencent Holdings had offered to lead an investment that would value two-year-old Snapchat at $4 billion.

    Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s 23-year-old co-founder and CEO, will not likely consider an acquisition or an investment at least until early next year.

    Snapchat specializes in ephemeral mobile messages, including text or photographs, that disappear after a few seconds. The service has not generated any revenue, but is especially popular among teenagers and young adults, who use the app to send messages to friends.

  17. 43 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

    No wonder the the media is so singularly and heavily focused on the ACA website and enrollment. There’s nothing else for them to talk about since they can’t report positive news like THIS!!!!

  18. November 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Good morning, Chips, Danny O, Blog Tyrants and TODville.

    It feels like it should be Friday.

  19. November 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    ACA enrollment takes time. Here in south Jersey seminars and help sessions are just getting started. There was a seminar at a local college two days ago and more are scheduled in the coming weeks.Navigators are making headway. The enrollment numbers will rise as people understand the law. The media does us no service but word of mouth is what is going to help. I went to an OFA meeting last night and the big push is to help people understand the law through all kinds of events. It’ll happen.

    • November 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Gooooooood Morning…Ms Chips…UT…BTs…Danny…and allll of TODville….

      hellooooooo Diane…I agree with you…it will happen…

      Our constitution shows how important the founders thought the press was…altho there are many times that the press has not lived up to its constitutional responsibility in the past…there have been times in our country’s history that the press has played a pivotal role in informing America about the truth…like during the civil rights movement…when the images of police brutality were splashed across the TVs and newspapers…

      But this corporate takeover of our media has sullied and polluted the mission of the press….

      60 minutes’ Benghasi Scandal….Chuck Todd’s comments about not correcting lies…The Washington Post/GG unholy alliance…& of course Fox News…

      the President spoke of this at the WH Correspondents dinner…this is his entire sppech …but he speaks of the role of press near the end…you could hear a pin drop when he spoke….

      Smartypants recently wrote about our mission to get out the truth…


      That’s why each one of you is so important. Every time you correct a lie with even one person, you’re doing the only thing each of us can do to clean up this mess. Remember that whenever you have a conversation, blog, tweet, facebook, or do anything to get the truth out there, you’re making a difference. Individually, we might not have Laura Logan, Chuck Todd, Cheryl Attkisson or Jonathan Karl’s reach. But together – we’re the only alternative to the “foxification” of major news media.

      That is why TOD and other blogs like it are so very improtant…

      WE are Change we Seek!
      YES WE CAN!

    • 52 sjterrid
      November 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      I went to a luncheon yesterday, an OFA women’s issue event in cherry Hill, that had a speaker from Planned Parenthood and AARP on what we need to be aware of what’s in the PPACA and how we can spread the information to the people we care about.

  20. November 14, 2013 at 8:53 am

    PBO will be in SF on Monday, Nov 25th for a high dollar DNC luncheon at the SF Jazz Center. Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding will be performing. I’m drooling!

  21. 54 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

  22. November 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Thank you, Ruby Bridges.

  23. 58 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

    More GREAT economic news (in addition to the one I posted above)!

  24. 59 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2013 at 9:00 am


  25. November 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Warren: Blocking judges is GOP’s attempt to ‘nullify’ election
    11/13/13 04:45 PM
    By Sarah Muller

    A fed-up Elizabeth Warren called out Republicans’ “naked attempts to nullify the results of the last presidential election” and warned of payback in the mode of filibuster reform if they keep blocking all of Obama’s judicial nominees.

    “Republicans may not like Wall Street reform. They may not like Obamacare. But Congress passed those laws,” Warren said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “President Obama ran for reelection on those laws, while his opponent pledged to repeal them–and his opponent lost by nearly five million votes. It is not up to judges to overturn those laws or their associated regulations just because they don’t fit those judges’ policy preferences.”

    President Obama has been batting 0 for 3 to get his Democratic candidates (all women) onto the D.C. Circuit Court, the nation’s second most powerful bench.

    On Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Nina Pillard. She had been under fire by conservatives for her pro-choice views on abortion. Less than two weeks ago, Republicans pulled out the same tactics by filibustering the nomination of Patricia Millett–a person even Ted Cruz considered fit for the job. And before that it was Caitlin Halligan who fell victim to another GOP filibuster earlier in the year. It’s a pattern.

    “The powerful interests that work to rig the Supreme Court also want to rig the lower courts,” said Warren. “The D.C. Circuit is a particular target because that court has the power to overturn agency regulations.”


    • 61 Nena20409
      November 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

      I am glad that Sen Warren spoke up. This has been going on for 4.10 plus years now. Dems have enabled the TBGOPers. 430 plus filibusters didn’t happen in a vacuum. Leahy did his part in the Judiciary. Dems need to make the GOP own their dysfunction…..they hardly do.

  26. November 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Bulldozing homes and civil rights
    11/05/13 02:15 PM
    By Adam Serwer

    MOUNT HOLLY, New Jersey – It felt like an earthquake. Nancy Lopez was making breakfast when machines started tearing into the semi-attached house next door, ripping it to pieces and rattling the tiles off her bathroom wall.

    “I thought that my house wasn’t gonna stay up,” Lopez said. “That was the worst day of my life.”

    Lopez, who moved here in 1987, is one of the few remaining residents of Mount Holly Gardens, a neighborhood that no longer really exists but could fundamentally reshape civil rights law.

    In 2003, leaders of this small township decided that crime in the Gardens had made the neighborhood–home to many black and Latino families–irredeemable. They devised a plan to buy the aging homes, raze them and replace them with higher-end housing the residents couldn’t afford.

    Neighbors resisted, banded together as Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action and sued.


    Ten years and $18 million of debt later, there is no redevelopment project in the Gardens. Between the litigation, paying the developers, the crash of the housing market and leveling empty homes, what’s left is a half-bulldozed ghost town.


Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Think of Delta variant as 'coronavirus on steroids,' says former WH Covid advisor
  • Michael Kay releases a new book of his 'most fascinating' interviews
  • Former Xerox CEO traces her arc in new memoir
  • NYC mayoral candidate: We can reallocate but not defund police
  • Congressman calls out politicians on both sides who throw flames, reap the attention



Blog Stats

  • 43,030,760 hits
November 2013

%d bloggers like this: