Early Bird Chat

Completely Random Old Pic: Sen. Barack Obama working in Chicago on a voter registration drive in 1992


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

104 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 11 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Non-aging face. Unlike vnohoo.

  2. January 22, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family.

  3. 14 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Victory for Federer sees him reach the Australian Open semi-finals for a record 11th consecutive year, stretching back to 2004. The next best run was six successive appearances by Ivan Lendl between 1985 and 1991.

    rafa – bah.

  4. 17 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 7:32 am

    rumor has it ruiney is eyeing on real madrid.

  5. 20 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Morning everyone:) Chips, you just continue to amaze! How DO you do that? 🙂 Great photo…scrappy young man!

  6. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    January 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Good morning. What a beautiful young man our president was. You could drown in his eyes. I think the message on the signs is perfect. If only the people who feel frustrated and helpless could understand that voting gives them power. This is the message we try to convey with our local Hispanic outreach program. Sometimes people get it, but mostly they don’t.

    It’s is 1 degree in our area and if we are very lucky, it might go as high as 12 today. I’m usually not a wuss about winter, but I’m dragging through this one. Going to try to go out today so the cabin fever doesn’t turn me into a crazy(ier) person. Have a great day.

    • 23 Cindy
      January 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Good morning jackiegrumbacher.

      Happy Wednesday to you!
      Have a wonderful day……

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        January 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

        Morning Cindy. If it’s warm and sunny in Florida today, please don’t tell me. That would be too much envy too early in the morning. Hope you have a wonderful day as well.

        • 25 Cindy
          January 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

          Heeeyyyyy jackiegrumbacher,

          I will not tell you how beautiful it is, and how bright the sun is shining, and how good this gorgeous cool breeze of 62 degrees feels sooooo gooood : )

          I will not tell you that I am preparing for my 6 mile walk in this awesome, absolutely delectable, deliciously wonderful weather.

          No…I refuse to tell you, its just not right to do that to you..

          Now go and have that “hot” cup of coffee to warm you up : )

  7. 26 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I demand that all TOD’ers post only in indian standard time. I go, you go.

  8. 27 Cindy
    January 22, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Good morning TOD family,

    HAPPY WEDNESDAY early birds; 99ts, amk for obama, desertflower, and ranman11

    I hope that everyone is staying safe in this cold weather, snow and rain.

    Have the best day of your life!

  9. 36 99ts
    January 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

    As I read somewhere on the intertubes – Michelle Obama makes any work by prior first ladies look lame (I could probably exclude Eleanor Roosevelt from that comment).

    She is so at home with herself – so fit and healthy – so smart in the things she chooses to support – and so honest about why they are important. Not likely too many will ever get close.

    The miami heat video is such a hoot – who else would ever have thought of it.

    • 37 anniebella
      January 22, 2014 at 10:36 am

      One comment I read were the person wanted to try to put down the First Lady because she did that video, the person said no other First Lady would behave that way. I ask the question what way? Like a human being. The comment went on to say how Michelle is no Jackie O. I had to let them know that Michelle wasn’t trying to be Jackie O or any other First Lady, she was just being Michelle Obama. Nor does she want to be Jackie O. I told them that you are not fooling anyone, you would criticize Mrs. Obama regardless. If she walk around in those designer suits all the time, acting like she is some Queen, you would criticize her for that, if she wear sleeveless dresses, do push-ups, jumping jacks, the dougie, play basketball, you people would criticize her for that.

  10. 38 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Yeah….this guy is more than just a few bricks shy of a full load. Makes you wonder how there are so many even MORE dumb people…you know, the ones that voted for him!


    • 39 99ts
      January 22, 2014 at 7:50 am

      People that vote for him are surely dumber
      I think it’s time for some laws that criminalize people telling lies about health care – how many are following his lead and will end up bankrupt because of this – they should sue him.

    • 40 Linda
      January 22, 2014 at 7:52 am

      He may make 174 k a year but look at his personal debt.

      Net Worth: From $-215,000 to $-110,002
      Rank: 435th in House
      Assets: 0
      Liabilities: 5 totaling $610,004 to $1,215,000


      • January 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

        Again, who do you know who would be allowed to have that kind of income to debt ratio? Noone!!!

      • 42 99ts
        January 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

        And he thinks he can’t afford health insurance?? Maybe he wants to be bankrupt?

        • January 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

          He is bankrupt. In more ways than finically. 🙂

          • 44 99ts
            January 22, 2014 at 8:26 am

            tru that 🙂

            I am about 5 years past his age & the last 5 have been the worst ever healthwise – Mr 99 has had 2 major surgeries and I’ve had one. He has to be insane if he really intends dropping all health insurance – especially given his age.

            • January 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

              Clearly, he’d rather die than subscribe to Obamacare. Sad to be that consumed with hatred. I wonder if he knows mental illness is covered. 🙂

              • 46 99ts
                January 22, 2014 at 8:36 am

                When those who believe the GOP insanity on health care costs them their financial existence – I hope they sue because of the lies they were told – it is so wrong to mislead people – sadly those who are mislead are often those who need the ACA the most.

        • 47 isonprize
          January 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

          99, ya can’t fix stupid. Really, you just can’t.

  11. 49 Cindy
    January 22, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I arrived home late last night and read the news from the TOD universe….

    To my surprise and joy, Dudette is back.

    Good morning Dudette,

    I’m an outsider who follows the TOD family and I just want to say; WELCOME BACK!!!

    I hope that you will have a full recovery at 1000%. I will keep you in my prayers as you go through your recovery.

    Many Blessings,

  12. 53 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 7:51 am


    A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic – rather than political – gains.

    According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign include energy and technology firms, some of which have lost valuable intellectual property.

    CrowdStrike declined to go into detail about those losses or to name any victims, citing confidentiality agreements related to its investigation.

    Officials with the Russian Interior Ministry could not be reached for comment early on Wednesday in Moscow.

    “These attacks appear to have been motivated by the Russian government’s interest in helping its industry maintain competitiveness in key areas of national importance,” Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, told Reuters on Tuesday evening.

    Cybersecurity researchers have in the past said that China’s government was behind cyber espionage campaigns against various corporations dating back as far as 2005, but China has vehemently denied those allegations. Alperovitch said this is the first time the Russian government has been linked to cyber intrusions on companies.

    It’s a good thing that Snowden is safe and sound in a country that wouldn’t think of spying and espionage.

  13. 54 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 7:57 am

  14. 55 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

  15. 56 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

    A party of complete sociopaths. god bless ‘murka, indeed.

  16. 57 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 8:02 am

  17. 58 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      January 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Df, this guy makes you wish there actually were special places in hell. For this guy, it should be a place where there is such deprivation that those condemned there feel only constant need.

  18. 61 forus50
    January 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

  19. 62 99ts
    January 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Obamacare is obviously a success, the GOP have returned to talking about abortion.

    • 63 desertflower
      January 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Morning, 99…you know they have to work hard on that “outreach”.

      • 64 99ts
        January 22, 2014 at 8:33 am

        GM df

        Always the fallback position – I’m not sure what they would do if they actually got roe v wade overturned. Gone would be the reason for existence of the Grand Old Party.

    • 65 Cindy
      January 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

      I would love to see those numbers for ACA hit 20,000,000 on or before March 1st 2014 so that I can watch the repukes regurgitate on each others head and then explode….BOOM!!!

      The jokester could take a second gig; cleaning their mess up since he enjoys doing that so much….

    • January 22, 2014 at 8:34 am

      It’s hard for me to make meaningful comments about the republicants. I think they’re a hoot!

  20. 68 dotster3
    January 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Both the shooter and the victim in Purdue U.’s shooting yesterday were srs. and teaching assistants for the same prof. in the engineering school. Obviously there was a dispute of some kind, but you wonder what could have been so serious that one of them decided the other had to die and was willing to throw the rest of his own life away. The suspect walked into the classroom, fatally shot his fellow student and TA, walked out and waited to be arrested. Without access to a gun, this dispute, this perceived offense, would have likely remained just that—-a dispute—-and would have eventually dissipated, lost significance. What a waste of 2 lives, both of whom had promising futures.


    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      January 22, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Dotster, I’m beginning to think that just possessing a gun can make you insane. There is NOTHING at these young ages that can’t be resolved with discussion and negotiation. And if they’re at the last resort and have to express rage, well then go outside and have a fist fight (with referees). There is nothing now that can be done. The one shot has lost everything forever. The one who did the shooting will spend the rest of his confined life wondering why he was so stupid.

  21. 70 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 8:32 am

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-bailout-risk-corridors-conservatives-sabotage Head’s up!

    Conservative wonks and Republican lawmakers are coalescing around a new strategy to sabotage Obamacare by repealing a temporary piece of the law designed to hold down premiums in the event of major market disruptions.

    The provision — called “risk corridors,” but dubbed the “Obamacare bailout” by the law’s opponents — seeks to stabilize costs by creating a pot of money that takes in funds from insurers who enroll healthier customers and uses it to pay out insurers who enroll sicker customers. It’s a safety valve that sunsets after 2016. The repeal push is clever messaging in a sense because it lets conservatives snatch the mantle of populism from liberals against wealthy insurance companies. But it comes with its share of dangers, too.

    Last November, as TPM reported, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation to repeal this provision. Since then it has picked up 13 Republican co-sponsors, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and two companion bills in the House, which are supported by numerous Republicans. The idea has been championed by conservative lobbying groups like the Club For Growth and Heritage Action, and pushed by writers including Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post, Ramesh Punnuru in Bloomberg View and Deroy Murdock in National Review.

    The conservatives are open about the end goal: collapse Obamacare by causing higher premiums on the law’s marketplaces for the newly insured, which progressive experts who support Obamacare agree would occur.

    • January 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

      So then premiums will rise, as will the cost of subsidies, thereby increasing the debt and deficit because of the Republicans. Think they thought this through?

    • 72 Cindy
      January 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

      What is wrong with these pathetic politicians? I am so sick and tired of Marco Rubio. Why is it so hard for the repukes to want Americans insured? They would destroy the entire country, just to destroy President Obama.

      I just don’t understand it. I have to be believe that some of the people who now have health care are republicans. All of these rich people can go in and pay for anything they need regarding their healthcare, and they want to deny regular individuals the opportunity to have care.

      It’s time for the people to rise up and say; O HELL NO YOU CAN’T!!!!

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      January 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

      DF, Republicans can scheme away, but unless they achieve a veto proof majority in the Senate, this idea is not going anywhere. There are limitless things that have to be done by Congress, starting with extending UI and including a jobs and infrastructure bill. But R’s continue to waste time spinning wheels and making asses of themselves. The idea that Republicans could snatch a mantle of “populist” from anyone is ludicrous. They don’t know what the word means.

    • 74 pkayden
      January 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

      It won’t pass in the Senate and President Obama would never sign it so I’m not worried. Republicans are nasty people. But thankfully, there is nothing they can do to repeal the ACA while President Obama is in the White House.

  22. January 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  23. January 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

    it’s ok….the dust went in my eye reading this too.

  24. January 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Landmark discussion tackles immigration in black America

    by Kunbi Tinuoye | January 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    SNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid is taking time out of her busy schedule on Wednesday to participate in a high-profile panel discussion on immigration and how it impacts the black community.

    Reid, the managing editor of theGrio and a regular MSNBC contributor, will join forces with New York City’s new first lady Chirlane McCray and the Rev. A.R. Bernard, alongside other prominent figures at the All Faces, All Races immigration forum to be held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, where Rev. Bernard is pastor.

    Other speakers scheduled to attend on Wednesday include Grammy-award winner Pras Michel, composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, Bishop Orlando Findlayter of New Hope Christian Fellowship, and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

    Presented by African-American think tank The Black Institute, the interactive town hall forum aims to heighten the visibility of black immigrants and put the spotlight on current immigration laws, reform efforts, and their impact on immigration.


  25. January 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Chief: Boy ‘saved those other 6 people’

    Tyler J. Doohan knew he didn’t have school Monday morning because of the holiday, and asked his mother if it would be OK if he stayed at his grandfather’s trailer at the East Avenue Manufactured Home Community off Route 441 in Penfield.

    It was a place Tyler knew well. He stayed there frequently, playing with other kids in the neighborhood and having barbecues and bonfires with his family in the summer.

    It was in the back bedroom of that small, single-wide trailer at 39 Fondiller Ave. that firefighters found Tyler’s body Monday morning, just a few feet away from the bed of his disabled Uncle Steve, who investigators believe Tyler was trying to save.

    Firefighters say Tyler, an 8-year-old who seemingly spent much of his young life in different homes and school districts, was killed along with his grandfather, Louis J. Beach, 57, and Steven D. Smith, 54, in a fire that appears to have been caused by an electrical problem at the front of the trailer.

    And as Penfield firefighters — working their third trailer fire in a little more than a year — sorted through the rubble of melted toys and furniture charred beyond recognition, neighbors discussed the number of people who’d taken up residence in a metal home which they say had been deemed unlivable more than once.


  26. 81 dotster3
    January 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    The top passwords——most people aren’t very clever——or creative—–or smart:


  27. January 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    The Eight Juiciest Revelations From The Bob McDonnell Indictment
    Eric Lach – January 21, 2014, 6:21 PM EST22676

    Earlier this month, Bob McDonnell became former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. On Tuesday, he became indicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

    Just days after he left office, the Republican and and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were charged in federal court with more than a dozen counts related to the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans they accepted from a wealthy Virginia businessman. (The ex-governor maintained on Tuesday that he had done nothing illegal.)

    The fact that the McDonnells were under scrutiny from prosecutors was no secret. Stories about the investigation, and the relationship between the McDonnells and the businessman, Jonnie Williams, had been appearing in the press for months. We knew (thanks in large part to stellar reporting from The Washington Post) about the Rolex, and the Oscar de la Renta dress, and the Ferrari joyride, and the golf outings. But the 43-page indictment filed on Tuesday did reveal numerous new details about the scandal, and confirmed several other points which had been fuzzy or in dispute.

    Here are the highlights:

    1. It All Started With An Inauguration Dress


    • January 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

      As I was reading this, all I could think about was how people like McDonnell and Gohmert are so arrogant about the needs of others…nutrition, healthcare, unemployment, etc. and their simple asses are drowning in debt. Crackpots…every single one of them.

  28. 85 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

    No wonder all the talk about abortion. According to WashingtonMonthly, this is a special anniversary.

    The Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade was announced on this day 41 years ago.

  29. 86 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 9:03 am
  30. January 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Acceptance Speech by Martin Luther King Jr. (12 minutes)

    Martin Luther King Jr. held his acceptance speech in the auditorium of the University of Oslo on 10 December 1964.Copyright © Norsk Rikskringkasting AS 2012


  31. January 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Maddow spent the first 22 Minutes of her show on Governor Transvaginal Ultrasound.

    Loved it all…LOL


    • 89 99ts
      January 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Wonder if Morning Joe ever talks to Rachel. He also talked for 20 minutes about Gov T U this am – explaining that nothing he did was against Virginia Law so why would the Feds want to arrest such an upstanding and innocent man.

      Every GOP lawmaker is just playing “politics as usual to Joe, every dem lawmaker including the President, is incompetent and probably doing illegal things.

    • 91 99ts
      January 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Just watching it now – the McDonnell’s failed the basic test – always do the right thing by your domestic staff.

  32. 92 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Morning Chips and TOD! 🙂

  33. 93 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2014 at 9:14 am

  34. 94 dotster3
    January 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    It’s a painfully familiar story—–this release of thousands of pages of documents by the Chgo Archdiocese detailing decades long continuous sex abuse of children by priests—–but it is still just unfathomable. Serial abusers —–concealed, not reported to law enforcement, moved along to abuse more innocent children. The abuse occurred and was covered up by the last 3 cardinals in Chgo, including the current one, Francis George.
    And the same horrific tale is told everywhere—–around the world—-and is still going on in many places.
    Revolting beyond belief.


  35. 95 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

  36. 96 Linda
    January 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

    The report on voting rights from the two campaign lawyers is being released today.

  37. 97 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

  38. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2014 at 9:21 am

    GM TOD

  39. 102 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

  40. 104 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 9:54 am


    Amid growing questions about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge and Sandy aid to Hoboken, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing an additional charge about his administration’s disbursement of relief aid. State data, obtained from the Christie administration through a lawsuit by the Fair Share Housing Center, reveal a dramatic racial gap in who received preliminary approval for funds from Sandy relief programs.

    According to the data, decried by groups including the New Jersey NAACP, the Latino Action Network and the New York Times editorial board, the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program rejected 35.1 percent of African-American applicants, 18.1 percent of Latino applicants, and only 13.6 percent of Caucasian applicants. The Resettlement Program rejected 38.1 percent of African-Americans, 20.4 percent of Latinos and 13.6 percent of Caucasians.

    Speaking to Salon late last week, FSHC staff attorney Adam Gordon urged the federal government to expand its investigation to include the racially disparate aid distribution, accused the Christie administration of trying to change the topic by attacking his organization, and charged “neglect and callous indifference in the needs of Latino and African-American communities impacted by Sandy.” A condensed version of our conversation follows.

    Your assessment of this data shows that African-Americans were more than twice as likely as whites to get rejected by the RREM program and by the Resettlement program. What explains that disparity?

    We’re still trying to figure that out. And really, we’re talking to a lot of people who have been in that situation who are African-American and Latino and, you know, a lot of people feel like they’ve been rejected for no reason. You know, we’ve talked to people who live in mold-infested houses [with] serious damage, and got a rejection letter — and they can’t figure it out. So we’re still trying to figure it out.

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