Early Bird Chat

Bob Dylan shakes President Obama’s hand following his performance at the “In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement” concert in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 9, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Sunday!

71 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • 3 jackiegrumbacher
      February 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Just imagine having to go through all of that just to go out to dinner. Bless them for doing it anyway. Hope they had a great time.

  1. 5 taiping1
    February 9, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Morning Chips! Hope everyone has a great day. Moving right along to 24 million. TOD is really my number one go-to place for what’s really happening.

  2. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    February 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good morning Chips. Nice of you to put up such a special treat for us on this cold Sunday morning. Hope you get sunshine today.

  3. 9 Anjo
    February 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Pleasant Sunday to one and all especially GoB and all those who are not well, our Circle of Prayer sends healing in abundance to you…Good Morning to Chips and Danny hope it is warm where you are and getting warmer for all those who have been extra cold. Have a wonderful day one and all including the bestest President ever and his wonderful family..back to lurking

  4. 11 Ladyhawke
    February 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Retweeted by Eric Boehlert

    Michael Balter ‏@mbalter 22h


    We’re in “an endless ‘debate’ in which actual evidence carries the same weight as total bullshit.”–Eric Alterman


  5. 12 Vicki
    February 9, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Good morning, everyone.
    Do we have any TOD members from San Diego?
    There is a mayor’s election there on Tuesday with a young progressive latino democrat facing an older GOP guy.

    If anyone has personal opinions about this race I’d be interested in hearing about it.
    The NYTimes is asking if this will be another deBlasio style progressive win. Sure hope so.

    • 13 hopefruit2
      February 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Isn’t he the mayoral candidate that PBO recently endorsed? 🙂

      • 14 Vicki
        February 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

        Yes. I just read that and was coming back here to post it. Nice work, hf.
        David Alvarez is the candidates name. I’ll be eager to see the results tuesday night.

    • 16 a4alice
      February 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

      lh i looked at one of those websites and yes it was very snarky, sarcastic and just plain rude. If you looked down at the bottom of it it says “created by the Republican party” blah blah blah. But still. There are plenty of people who don’t get sarcasm and think whatever is on the internet is the truth. I think that asking for a donation and not saying who it’s going to specifically is misleading and basically they’re making the play to steal from people.

    • 18 globalcitizenlinda
      February 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

      wonder if they can be sued for fake advertising or for phishing (like they would do to any hacker swindling people of money

  6. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    February 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

    The PA race for governor turned interesting. The state committee met and gave a majority of their votes to State Treasury Rob McCord, rather than the expected frontrunner, Allyson Schwartz. Everyone else came pretty far behind. It will be interesting to see how this shapes out in terms of dropouts in the weeks ahead. If we can narrow down the pack, the race becomes less of a road show and more of a serious competition.

  7. 26 desertflower
    February 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Good Sunday morning everyone:) Reading and lurking….

  8. February 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Good Sunday morning, Chips & TOD OTeam.

    Jose Andres owns the restaurant that PBO and FLOTUS visited last night. Just wanted to highlight what a great man he is with a BIG heart.

    He’s very involved in feeding the poor and training the unemployed and homeless in DC:


    and around the world:

    • February 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

      And a good friend to FLOTUS and Let’s Move:

      • 29 Ladyhawke
        February 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

        Thank you so much for posting these fabulous videos. Jose Andres is a treasure.

        • February 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

          Good morning, LH! Isn’t he a treasure? And now he’s also a big advocate for immigration reform:

          • 31 Ladyhawke
            February 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

            Jose is just delightful. His humanity is on full display in the Haiti video. I would love to go to his restaurant Oyamel. I checked out the menu and the selections are amazing. I bet the handmade guacamole and salt air margaritas are real crowd pleasers for starters. I am so glad POTUS & FLOTUS had a date night there.

    • 33 a4alice
      February 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

      great article DF. I liked the comment that said until we have only publicly financed political campaigns, things like ALEC and Citizen’s United will continue to corrupt our political system. (I paraphrased)

      • 34 desertflower
        February 9, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Money is corrupting our politics and democracy. It is very plain to see….read the other post below…it speaks to the same issues.

  9. February 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Rick Scott HAS to go:

    State blocks use of UF student union as early voting center

    Election supervisors and the League of Women Voters have a new complaint with Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature over early voting.

    After years of complaints by supervisors who struggled with historically long lines at the polls in 2012, lawmakers last year expanded the list of early voting sites to include fairgronds, civic centers, courthouses, county commission buildings, stadiums, convention centers and government-owned community centers.

    But when the city of Gainesville — which is heavily Democratic — asked if it could use the University of Florida student union for early voting in next month’s municipal elections, the state said no.


  10. 37 99ts
    February 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Good morning all – lots and news and haven’t yet got to R&S – no wonder 24 million is coming up fast 🙂

  11. 38 desertflower
    February 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Interesting read. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/09/d-c-needs-a-grass-roots-fix-that-will-come-when-left-and-right-find-common-ground.html

    The striking fact about American politics today is the gap between America and its politics. If this were a market, entrepreneurs would quickly fill that gap. If this were a democracy, a new generation of leaders would claim it.

    We’ll soon see just what we are—and who the real “reformers” are.


    • 39 a4alice
      February 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

      that was a great read

    • 40 globalcitizenlinda
      February 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

      I wrote here a few days ago that if we want to win and change politics at all levels, ALL Dem candidates must include in their platform : campaign reform and financial transparency for tax money coming in and out of all government accounts;

      these two would separate candidates from their monied influence, reduce tax give aways to huge corporations and make money available for real community needs (schools, health, homelessness/shelter, roads, food, energy etc,

  12. 41 a4alice
    February 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

    this is an interesting blog post by frank schaeffer. I find his take on how “conservative” “evangelical” leaders use belief in God as a product. Something to be bought and sold and it reminds and instructs me that this is exactly what happens in politics as well. that there are cynical, far leaning dogmatic sides of all parties that use their beliefs not to help people but to gain power and money only for themselves. (I find though that it is usually the right that does this. I’m hard pressed to come up with a left leaning person who is in the same league as a Scott Walker or Christie)

    Anyhoo. Interesting read.


  13. February 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Sunday shout out for love and highest healing to GoBrooklyn, NCLB, tnmtngirl and, as always, our HZ.

  14. February 9, 2014 at 9:44 am

    A little beauty to go with your morning coffee:

  15. 45 desertflower
    February 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Can some wonderful person put this up for all to see the propaganda that surrounds abortion?


  16. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    February 9, 2014 at 9:49 am

    still wonder how many in America and around the globe are fooled by their hate for PBO and rush to publicly support putin;

    now this guy could be doing real much-needed olympic security or just scanning all computers to scoop info – one never knows – but it looks spooky

  17. 49 globalcitizenlinda
    February 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

    OFA people are working hard on the ground – great to see this;

    PA in the house

  18. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    February 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

    so many in NJ betrayed the current and future prospects of the state by endorsing Christie

    • 51 Vicki
      February 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

      terrific read, folks—-worth the time and thank you to globalcitizenlinda

    • 53 amk for obama
      February 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Yes, we knew Christie was a bully. But we didn’t know his crew was crazy enough to put people’s lives at risk in Fort Lee as a means to pressure the mayor. We didn’t know he would use Hurricane Sandy aid as a political slush fund. And we certainly didn’t know that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was sitting on a credible charge of extortion by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

      Guess, until the thug punches you in the face, you don’t realize what a thug is.

    • 54 99ts
      February 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      “She got the party’s nomination because more credible candidates, including Cory Booker, backed out in the face of Christie’s strength.” I keep thinking Booker did a deal with Christie

  19. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    February 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

    so Kansas has exhausted all stupid policies they could enact and now they are onto abolishing no-fault divorce;

    trajectory will be : from abolishing no-fault divorce to the final destination of state mandating “no divorce”

    hard to feel sorry for the people who voted these extremists into power;

    it is even more amazing to see that Sebelius was a recent governor in this state!

    how did she ever get elected, three (?) times in state-wide races?

    I know politics “runs in her blood” given her father was a very consequential governor of the ultimate swing state of Ohio

    • 56 Vicki
      February 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Kansas is hopeless. My brother-in-law comes from Dodge City, has lived in NY for 30 years and still says things like “tax and spend democrats.”

      The brainwashing starts early and is overwhelming. As far as i know there are very few if any voices opposing Fox and the Kochs.

    • 60 99ts
      February 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Can any GOP legislature have any bills that are not related to social issues – they all see their jobs as controlling people’s social interactions – whatever happened to the idea that government provides services??

  20. 61 desertflower
    February 9, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Why immigration reform is vital to a vibrant America.

  21. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    February 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

    great tool – hope many in government and those voters opposed to increasing the minimum wage can use this to see reality

  22. 64 desertflower
    February 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Great toon. Poor babies.

  23. 65 a4alice
    February 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

    how true

  24. 66 amk for obama
    February 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    So the dems have a real chance here? jackie?

  25. 67 vcprezofan2
    February 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

    ~~ 😕 ~~

  26. 68 amk for obama
    February 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Go Joe.

    • 69 globalcitizenlinda
      February 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I hope VP Joe does!

      I have no doubt about whose interests BFD VP Joe Biden would ALWAYS protect – mine and ordinary people like me;

      VP Joe would never betray PBO and PBO’s legacy – because it is their joint legacy!

      Likewise Dr. Jill Biden would never betray FLOTUS’ legacy because it is their joint legacy

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