Early Bird Chat

Completely random old pic – Pete Souza: “The President had attended the fourth grade closing ceremony for his daughter Sasha at her school in Bethesda, Md. As he was departing, he noticed some pre-school children peering out of a window at a child care facility adjacent to Sasha’s school so he walked over to say hello to them.”June 9, 2011


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Sunday! And another 876 gazillion thank yous to Nerdy for all her posts yesterday, I am soooo grateful I’m not even going to mention Chelsea’s defeat. (2-0!). Thank you legend, soooooo much.

74 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 16, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Hey Eve I guess its just the both of us that are up at this time

  2. February 16, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Just want to say on this morning, in the after math of the Dunn verdict:

    THE OBAMA DIARY is the only interracial place where I feel safe. I think my sons and grandson would be safe if TOD were a country. As for the real one, I really wish there was some place we could go where wrong was fairly judged, no matter who did it.

    • February 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

      (((HUGS))), eve. Good morning to all, So sad still this morning. Reading the rest of the thread from last night and eve’s comment…….my heart hurts. Also, selfishly find myself thankful that my daughter and son-in-law adopted a bi-racial girl and not a boy. Am hoping all of you understand why I say that. Oh, what a world!!??

      May we all look to the good and focus on that. Blessed and happy day to all.

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      February 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Oh Eve, I love the idea of TOD being a country. No more wars, just fun every morning and serious discussions during the day. What a great world!

    • February 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

      If TOD were a country…….YES

      We have a trusting community here that is rare. We are also activists who are working for a better country, each in our own way.
      Day by day. City by city. Block by block.
      Thankfully, we have each other.

      • 15 Ladyhawke
        February 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

        Perfectly stated meta. I love this idea too. Your comment also made me think of something very poignant that then Senator Barack Obama said back in November 2008 during the last rally before election day. He essentially asked the crowd to be his ambassadors and close the deal. I have felt like an ambassador ever since then. And I think that is what is being expressed this morning. We are ambassadors for the truth. You see it with every TOD post. You see with every tweet that calls out a lie, racism or hate speak. You see it with the powerful TOD commentary that always gets to the heart of the matter. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.


        “I need you to be my ambassadors,” Obama told the throng. “I need you to make the case. I need you to close the deal.”

        — Senator Barack Obama, November 3, 2008


    • 17 Nerdy Wonka
      February 16, 2014 at 9:13 am

      What a wonderful comment, EveInGeorgia.

      We’ll all continue to do our best to make sure our country and world reflects TOD. It will be hard, but we will get there.

    • 18 sherijr
      February 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

      You’re not alone eveingeorgia ~ this is a remarkable ‘home country’.. if more of the world was like TOD.. being safe would never be an issue.

    • 19 a4alice
      February 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

      awesome. I will bring my chickens. we’ll have eggs. 🙂

  3. 20 a4alice
    February 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

    morning TOD. One of my absolute favorite pics.

  4. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    February 16, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good morning. This is a new day and a new chance to make the world a little bit better. We really are more powerful than we think we are. Some of our states are dying from deeply imbedded stupidity and hatred. We can make a difference one state at a time. California has shown us how much state elections matter. This is our job now. We fight back. We win, one election at a time.

  5. February 16, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Steve K. is back on. New info about CC. Keep at it, Steve. Keep at it!

  6. 25 99ts
    February 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

    GM TOD – I feel quite inadequate to even discuss how the trial ended yesterday. When looking for Steve K on MSNBC this am – my usual online site is showing a show from (I assume) NBC – which had a white man & blond white woman discussing the trial. I found them completely without any claim of knowing what they were talking about – so I don’t intend to emulate them.

    I heard the anguish yesterday – there have to be solutions and there are so many that want this to change – it seems such a very long walk for so many. I do hope you all find some peace from having this wonderful place.

  7. 26 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Commentary: We Continue to Wait for Justice for Jordan Davis

    By Keith Boykin


    The problem is bigger than prosecutor Angela Corey or her team. It’s even bigger than Michael Dunn, the man who hated “rap crap” and fired 10 shots at a carload of unarmed teenagers. We have a problem with our attitude toward guns in America. We have a problem with white racial entitlement in America. We have a problem with the objectification and demonization of young Black men in America. And we have a problem with a legal system that enables private citizens to take the law in their own hands and execute Black kids on the street.

    Yes, I’m mad as hell about the failure to convict Dunn for murder. But I’m just as angry at my country for empowering people like Dunn in the first place. I’m mad at my own state of Florida for acting out of irrational fear to embolden angry white men with weapons. And I’m mad at the citizens of this country who blithely continue on with colorblind fantasies and pretend that racism has been abolished, except when attributed to resentful Black people.



    • February 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

      And I’m mad at the citizens of this country who blithely continue on with colorblind fantasies and pretend that racism has been abolished, except when attributed to resentful Black people.



      I am having a hard expressing the anguish that I feel….NW…said a lot of what I feel…

      how so we as blk parents teach our children…to one hand reach for what should be while keeping them aware of what is…it is a delicate balance….

      I feel like Fannie Lou Hammer when she expressed…I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED!!…..

  8. February 16, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Morning, TODville. We will not rest until justice comes.

  9. 29 Anjo
    February 16, 2014 at 8:46 am

    YIKES!! Just switched channels landed on FOX and some guy says, next, Obamacare continues to be a disaster..Click! back to Golden Girls..Morning all have a wonderful Fox free Sunday

  10. February 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

    My privilege is that I live in a deep blue state and a deep blue city. Still, I see and feel injustice in my bones. I have tasted bigotry and sexism in my lifetime. I know we are stronger together.

    Last night I read about this beautiful project. Check it out to lift your spirits. While it’s a kickstarter project, I’m not posting here to suggest anyone donate. I simply want to offer its beauty in a time of great pain as a reminder that we are strong and we will PUSH ON.

  11. February 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

  12. 38 dotster3
    February 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

    If Dunn had not exited his car and shot at the fleeing car, he could have walked out of court a free man yesterday—-unbelievably—–because with the Stand Your Ground defense, there does not have to be an actual weapon in possession of the victim(s)——defendant only needs to say he “thought” there was a threatening weapon in possession of the victim. That’s nuts. And, again, the big problem is the proliferation of guns in this country. No guns, no deaths. These high profile cases get all the publicity, but there are horrific gun deaths/shootings daily in this country. Just a couple I can think of last week in Chicago—–a 14 yr. old boy was shot to death while shoveling snow in front of his home, a 15 yr. old girl was shot twice in the head, her mother shot in the neck as they were leaving for school, the shooter a jilted boyfriend of the girl. There have been “roughly 39,767” gun deaths just since Newtown, and that’s not even counting the thousands of non fatal gun injuries. It’s obscene.


  13. 40 desertflower
    February 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Morning everyone….eveingeorgia, that was the sweetest thought about TOD being a country:) This is how respectful people treat each other…. and daily we all strive to reach our better world.

    Anyway, came upon this interview of Dunn’s next door neighbors…chilling to listen to.


  14. 41 desertflower
    February 16, 2014 at 9:32 am
  15. 42 desertflower
    February 16, 2014 at 9:33 am
  16. 44 anniebella
    February 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Today would be Jordon Davis 19th birthday.

  17. February 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

  18. 46 mtmarilyn
    February 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Good morning TOD family. I love eveingeorgia’s comment about TOD country. My heart is so heavy this morning. I ache for the family and friends of both Trayvon and Jordon.

    It was very heart warming to read about the folks in Missouri standing up for Sam. There is still much good in this country, but we must work to change these laws that don’t value human life.

    I am off to church this morning, to find some peace.

  19. February 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Sunday to all. 🙂

  20. 48 anniebella
    February 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Don’t forget POTUS interview with Charles Barkley tonight, I think it is before the start of the NBA All star game. They should have gotten some NFL announcer to interview POTUS during the Super Bowl instead of that jackass O’Reilly.

    • 49 Vicki
      February 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

      I saw bits of the interview last night, anniebella and it is delightful. POTUS clearly having a good time talking basketball with Charles Barkley. Charles said that the interview will also be about the ACA and the Presidents new programs for young men.

  21. 55 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Joy Reid is covering for Melissa Harris Perry this morning. She is opening with the Jordan Davis verdict.

  22. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Morning Ms. Chips!

    Morning NW!

    Morning everyone!

    have a great day!

  23. 58 anniebella
    February 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I’m not a fan of Lisa Bloom, but I will go see Joy Reid.

  24. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    • 60 anniebella
      February 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Dunn is looking like, so I kill the black kid, what’s the big deal? And the sad part about it is some agree with that..

  25. 61 desertflower
    February 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Someone should make a big deal about this. McCain spoke the truth this time….the GOP needs immigration reform to win elections….not because IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, but to win elections! I detest these people.


  26. 62 africa
    February 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Happy Sunday TOders.

    Love, love that picture of PBO with the kids.

  27. 63 Jovie
    February 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

    On MTP bill nye vs Marsha Blackburn on climate change.

  28. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    head up – for those interested

  29. 65 dotster3
    February 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Nutty America…..

    Whoops—yesterday this Pentecostal “Snake Salvation” pastor in Ky. was bit by a snake and died.

  30. 67 Don
    February 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I mean really, if it wasn’t from dying from a snake bite it would have been from something equally as foolish.

  31. 68 Nena20409
    February 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Hello TOD.

    Here is what is irking me greatly.

    The media and the DC/NY pundits keep distracting Us.

    McCain is every where…..A Loser politically since 2000…..2008…..and Irrelevant in 2014.
    Lying Bishop Willard Mitterrand Romney in 2008…..2012…..Most of All a Dead wight in 2014. But he is everywhere.

    Palin has never left.

    The Hillary R. Clinton not in elected office but the Media keeps the Gossip Alive and Well.

    Note who is Never reported on favorably: Pres of these USA, Dems and The Many Poll Tested Issues facing average Americans Today.

    In the mean time, NC, WVa, Wages, Voting, Income Inequality, JOBS, Climate Change, aka, Global Warming, etc are Totally ignored.

    Thank Goodness TOD is Not Hoodwinked.

    Oh Note How SoS Kerry is ignored unlike when the former SoS Clinton was always mentioned to the “Superb” job she was doing?

    • 69 globalcitizenlinda
      February 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

      the challenge for us is how to break through the noise and distractions to keep people focused on what matters – this is hard but it can be done;

      here is one way I have chosen to start:

      – tempting though it is at times, I decided long ago never to mention the names of those people/politicians which the media seems determined to force down our throats. I never forward stories about them – this means I ha not contributed to advertising them further;

      – I try to look for positive stories about PBO and his team and I keep forwarding these no matter how many times they come across my timeline;

      – I try to encourage and support those people who stand up for my rights and those who speak out in praise of PBO and his team

      • 70 jacquelineoboomer
        February 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

        Keep reminding us, Linda, because it’s easy to get off the track for all of us. But your way is how we might proceed in a meaningful way, not just fall victim to the traps put before us – and the President! Thanks.

      • 71 a4alice
        February 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        good strategy linda

    • 72 Nena20409
      February 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Dead weight.

  32. 73 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

    another day, the fight for change continues

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