Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Sen. Barack Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Reunion Arena in Dallas on February 20, 2008. More than 17,000 people filled the building for a chance to see the Illinois senator on his first public appearance in Dallas since announcing his presidential candidacy.


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Thursday!

111 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    February 20, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Gm Chips. Hope you and Danny are doing well today.

    • February 20, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Morning Jackie, we’re both doing great – hope you are too!

      • 4 vcprezofan2
        February 20, 2014 at 7:44 am

        GooOOOooD MooOOOoorrnnning, Chips Chica! I see you couldn’t wait just a few minutes for me! /smh/ Some people are unwilling to sacrifice a tiny, wee bit for friendship’s sake!

      • 7 jackiegrumbacher
        February 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

        Yep, the temperature is easing up here and the permafrost seems to be melting on our steps. We gave up trying to pound through the ice and put a ‘don’t use’ sign on the outside stairs since I had visions of mail carriers flying off with broken legs and backs. Took us two hours to get our second car out of the ice and snow because the tires had literally frozen to the ground. We boiled hot water, used a hammer and chisel, shoveled, and pushed until it finally moved. Of course, the old bones and muscles are screaming today. Enough!

        • February 20, 2014 at 7:50 am

          Oh, my gawd Jackie, what an ordeal, it sounds like you’re in the Arctic circle. Relieved to hear your temperatures are easing up, fingers and toes crossed for them to keep on rising. Look after yourself out there!

        • 9 vcprezofan2
          February 20, 2014 at 7:53 am

          The joys of winter living – sounds like you guys really have had it bad! {{JackieG}} Sure hope you have now already seen the worst of it, JG. Have a super-dooper Thursday!

        • 12 57andfemale
          February 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

          This has been such a nightmare, Jackie. I’m in so much pain today and I can’t imagine how Mr 57 is going to feel today after hacking through ice and shoveling troughs through the snow and ice for drainage all day yesterday. And now it’s raining. A lot.

          Enough indeed

          • 13 vcprezofan2
            February 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

            Ah, 57F, is this one of those times you wish you had bought that condo in a sunny state? Hang in there; keep thinking ‘Spring is next. spring is coming’, as you massage, and stretch, and pray.

            • 14 57andfemale
              February 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

              I’m not ready to quit Chicago. I still want the freedom to let the dogs out in the yard at will. But this winter has been a serious challenge to the body, mind and spirit.

        • February 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

          And here we are a week ago in a city practically shut down due to ice…today the temperatures are expected to reach the 70’s. What’s that about climate change (tongue in cheek)????

        • 16 CEB
          February 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

          I cannot imagine living like this. Come to Florida where I have lived all of my life. Our politics sucks at times, but we live outside all year. It will be 80 degrees today.

  2. 17 desertflower
    February 20, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Good Thursday morning!

  3. February 20, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Good Thursday Morning Chipsticks, JackieG….TOD Early Birds!!!!

    I hope that your day is off to a good start.

  4. 26 vcprezofan2
    February 20, 2014 at 7:44 am

    GooOOOooddd Dddday, TODobots! Life’s good!

  5. 27 JER
    February 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  6. 32 No Child Left Behind
    February 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Good Morning TODVille,

    I am off to the doctor’s now and wish for good news.

    Have a great day!

  7. February 20, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Gun rights advocates in Georgia pushing for right to carry guns in churches…


    “Guns in churches? Not yet. Case moves forward”



    Gun rights advocates have gained ground for Georgians to carry guns in more and more public places in Georgia, and a federal judge on Monday kept alive their effort to allow people to carry firearms into churches.

    If successful, the lawsuit to allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms into churches would be another victory for Georgia gun rights advocates. They have succeeded in recent years in securing rights to carry guns on MARTA, in certain bars, and in school parking lots.


    This Toon aptly depicts the negatives of such a move:

    • 37 0388jojothecat
      February 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

      If someone needs a gun in church what do they need with GOD?

      • 38 vcprezofan2
        February 20, 2014 at 8:46 am

        Thank you, Jojo, no more need be said! If they ‘have God’ and still need their gun it tells me all I need to know about their faith…and their ‘love thy neighbour’.

        • 39 99ts
          February 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

          I just replied to you on the other thread vc – except I think I replied to moi – because there were no more “replies”

        • February 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

          I guess these are some of the people who were so offended by the word “cling”. They continuously make the case as to the accuracy of that word.

          • 42 vcprezofan2
            February 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

            😉 😉 Our President knows of which he speaks – always. 😛

          • 43 jackiegrumbacher
            February 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

            SW, it’s a pitiful person who has to carry a gun to feel safe in the world. They are literally so frightened of living that they need constant protection. I would not want to be inside the skin of someone that terrified and paranoid. How much better to embrace the world with love and acceptance than walk around with so much fear that your only thought is to use violence against other people.

            • February 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

              Even considering allowing guns in places where mental and emotional states are dynamic or unstable is negligent. Allowing guns in a bar?!?!?! Really?!?!?! In a world where there seems to be less and less regard for human life, guns should be allowed in fewer places; not more.

    • 45 99ts
      February 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

      One hopes the organist doesn’t play the music too loud in that situation.

      It is crazy – what if a baby cried – would some fool decide he didn’t like the noise in the church?

    • 47 MightyPamela
      February 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Oh, so Thou Shalt Not Kill, or does that change if you are in a church??

      • 48 Obama Grandmama
        February 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm

        I was in a terrorized situation in church mass one Sunday years ago during the Easter season. Just after the sermon a man walked down the aisle quickly holding a gas can sat in the front pew kneeled and silently prayed while our priest continued with the mass. The man got up and noticibly stormed out of the church. The Father signaled to one of the ushers to follow him. I am sure more than just myself were praying for our safety. I visualized that guy dumping gasoline around the church and setting it on fire. If he had a gun he may have just started killing us.

  8. February 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good morning everyone 🙂

  9. 50 desertflower
    February 20, 2014 at 8:42 am

    And you were “upset” with Joy:) Must be some Koch Bros operation.

    Welcome Home http://www.welcome-home-blog.net/
    212 nominations

    Joy The Baker http://www.joythebaker.com
    141 nominations

    ✓ Pastry Studio http://pastrystudio.blogspot.com
    104 nominations

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

      I’m not upset this week. As long as Meta makes it into the first FIVE I’m okay, and I don’t really want us to ruffle Welcome Home’s feathers until next week when it really matters. She isn’t even savvy enough to know that lighting up her ‘home’ so thoroughly is an indication that she’s not environmentally with it; in the 21stC that excessive use of power is more alarming than welcoming.

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        February 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

        Oh, and I wish we will hold back and not show the full power of our togetherness until next week – somewhat like how voters showed the KOCH boys the power of PBO unity over $$$ on election day when KOCH-ites were so sure they had it covered.

      • February 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

        Agreed! I’m very grateful to make it to the list and for all your support. Maybe it shall be a bit of Tortoise and the Hare.

    • February 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

      BWwwahahahaaaaa! Yes.

      • 55 vcprezofan2
        February 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

        Morning west coast neighbour who is usually careful enough not to brag about their weather when I’m shivering! Not pointing fingers, calling names or anything, however a few other (male and female) west coasters could learn from you.

        So, Meta, what’s the weather like out there today; is it snowing yet? 😀

        • February 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

          Well, since you asked, this week has been incredibly sunny and warm but it’s only going to reach a high of 67 degrees today. There’s a cloud cover right now. Slight chance of rain tomorrow. ::::must do rain dance::::

    • 60 99ts
      February 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Good news for John McCain – and Wendy Davis

    • 61 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

      The Alaska Barbie is such a hypocrite; of course this is nothing we didn’t already know! Remember when she feared for her little daughter’s (sexual?) safety because an author moved next door and would be writing about the family? Now Nugent, an avowed sexual predator who favours young girls is ‘okay by me’!

  10. 62 Linda
    February 20, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Walmart’s 4th qtr earnings plunged 21 % .

    • 63 desertflower
      February 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

      See the tiny violin? I say good. they are a blight on communities….Walton’s will have less billions. I weep.

    • February 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Well, well, well. Mmmmm hmmm hmmm. See what happens when all you care about is outsized greed and flagrant disregard for those who bring you unfathomable and obscene wealth? I’ve never set foot in a WalMart but anyone can see they are a family that is disturbingly out of touch.

      The GAP is an SF company that enjoyed great success over the decades. They’ve been through huge downsizing periods and then some diversifying by opening Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta and Intermix. They still have been struggling a bit in recent years but are picking up nicely. Let’s see how things go in the future due to the fact that they are recognizing they need to step up. People just cannot live on those wages.

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Only 21% drop? Come on consumers, speed up the fall! 😀

  11. 67 desertflower
    February 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Seems GA wants to plunge further into the toilet… http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/19/3303231/georgia-expands-gun-rights-airports-bars-churches-elementary-schools-libraries/

    Yesterday it was those confederate license plates, now this. I won’t be going near GA anytime soon.

  12. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    February 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    morning Ms. Chips!

    morning everyone!

    hope everyone has a great day!

  13. 70 Linda
    February 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Black people are not treated any different, right America ?

    • 71 0388jojothecat
      February 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Someone needs to send that to CNN when that juror in the Davis murder trial said race never entered their minds…B.S.

      • 72 Linda
        February 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

        I will send it.

      • 73 Linda
        February 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

        ok… I sent it to their ” story tips ” option….and told them the next time they have their white ” experts ” panel discuss racism , show them this video first .

      • February 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

        The whole “self defense/fear for life” defense needs to be held to a higher standard. A person who puts themselves in a position to supposedly fear for their life (e.g., Zimmerman following Trayvon Martin, Michael Dunn approaching the teens about their loud music) should not be allowed to claim it as a defense. If a person can easily remove themselves from a situation — especially in a public place — they should not be allowed to claim self defense or fear of life. One of the first questions in claiming self defense or fear of life is whether your personal property (house, car, etc.) has been invaded.

        The fact that one of the jurors could raise the self defense claim in an obvious case of murder, and that there is so much subjectivity in applying this law shows that the law is not fundamental problems of SYG.

        • 75 99ts
          February 20, 2014 at 9:34 am

          The jury instructions in Florida appear to have been taken from the “stand your ground” laws – they basically say you have the right to stay and shoot if you think your life is in danger.

          • 76 Linda
            February 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

            As I understand it, SYG is part of the Self Defense law……the only difference is whether the person chooses to invoke a hearing using SYG as a defense….the language of the law does not change one bit.

            • 77 99ts
              February 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

              I don’t know enough about it Linda – no doubt you are correct. I simply heard/read the jury instruction that the defense hung their hat on – and it was very much SYG. It seems in Florida if you are going to shoot – make sure you kill.

              I live in what I consider – a gun free world. Until the 1980s not even the police in my state carried guns. First time I saw a handgun was in the US in 1978 – and it gave me quite a scare. Of course some people have guns – but gun murders are very rare and mainly by someone close to the victim.

          • February 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

            That’s what I mean. Just saying you felt your life is in danger should automatically be accepted as so; just like insanity defenses are not automatically accepted. But then again, it is not applied equally from case to case.

    • 80 sherijr
      February 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

      that makes me ill.

      • 81 99ts
        February 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

        Me too sherijr – turn the white guy into a white woman – and 6 guys would help her get the door open.

        And the juror said it “wasn’t about race” – and I’d like to sell her the GW Bridge

        • 82 sherijr
          February 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

          imo and experience- it is almost always about race.. but this video is good in that it shows reality to folks whether they want to believe or not.

          • 83 0388jojothecat
            February 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

            Just because someone in the jury deliberation room
            Said nothing about race it is staring you in the face with the victim and ddefendant. I don’t believe for one minute race did not come up. I want to hear from the minority jurors.

    • 84 vcprezofan2
      February 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Seriously, given the gun wackos out there I balk at the wisdom of that black man doing this experiment! Sure they made a point, but it’s a point that for many needs no further evidence AND one for which he might well have lost his life. What if some rwnj, or even the cop, had shot him first then listened to explanations later, as so often happens in the U.S? IMO, this was not a smart risk to take.

  14. 85 Ladyhawke
    February 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 59s

    amazing: in 2007, last time Congress addressed min wage, vote passed the Senate 80-14. just shows how radical today’s GOP has become.

  15. February 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    GM, TOD family. Asking for your thoughts, prayers and support today. This would be our grandson Walker’s 10th birthday. We are all, especially our daughter, finding this particular birthday very difficult.

    Thanks and xoxox to all of you.

  16. 93 desertflower
    February 20, 2014 at 9:04 am


    Republicans sputtered with outrage when the Congressional Budget Office said that immigration reform would lower the deficit, strengthen Social Security and speed up economic growth. They called for the office to be abolished when it dared to point out that tax cuts raise the deficit or when it highlighted the benefits of health care reform. But now that the budget office has predicted (and exaggerated) the possibility that an increase in the minimum wage might result in a loss of jobs, Republicans think it’s gospel.

    “This report confirms what we’ve long known,” said a spokesman for the House speaker, John Boehner. “While helping some, mandating higher wages has real costs, including fewer people working.”

    What Republicans fail to mention is that Tuesday’s report from the budget office, a federal nonpartisan agency, was almost entirely positive about the benefits of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, as President Obama and Congressional Democrats have proposed.

    More than 16 million low-wage workers, now making as little as $7.25 an hour, would directly benefit from the increase, the report said. Another eight million workers making slightly more than the minimum would probably also get raises, because of the upward “ripple effect” of an increase. That would add $31 billion to the paychecks of families ranging from poverty level to the middle class, significantly increasing their spending power and raising the nation’s economic output and overall income.

    In fact, the report said, 900,000 people would be lifted from poverty with a wage increase. The income of those below the poverty line would increase by a total of $5 billion, or 3 percent, at no cost to the federal budget.

    • 94 99ts
      February 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

      They get all the news – and all the headlines – the democrats HAVE to start getting their message out – it’s just crazy that other than TOD everywhere seems to be spreading GOP propaganda

    • 95 criquet
      February 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

      GM all.

      The Democrats response to the supposed loss of 500k jobs should be :pass PBO’s jobs bill and the approx 2 million jobs created by it will more than offset any loss by a minimum wage increase.

  17. 96 Ladyhawke
    February 20, 2014 at 9:08 am

    65 Republicans Supported Increasing The Minimum Wage When Bush Was President


    (h/t Eric Boehlert)

  18. February 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

  19. February 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

    THIS. Makes my stomach churn.

    • 100 99ts
      February 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

      I think Walker is up for re-election in 2014, Christie should have gone down before his re-election and whoever is Weisman – like most pundits he looks for the best for the GOP & the worst for the democrats. Every last media pundit is soooo mad because PBO is still there winning! They seem incapable of seeing the disaster the GOP will bring to themselves – like the poorest in the backwoods – they think everything will be good – because others are worse off than themselves.

      Rachel was talking of the water in NC last night – noting that NO national media – other than MSNBC – had even spoken about it.

    • February 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

      the Dem super Pacs…must be really worried about who will oppose Hillary from the DEM side…

      but my question to the DEM National Committee…Where is the grass roots campaign needed to bring the gavel back to Nancy Pelosi…

      • February 20, 2014 at 10:16 am

        I’m extremely worried and freaked out about how backwards and upside-down this is. With so very many focused on an HRC victory in 2016, we are shooting ourselves in the foot. I don’t know how they could possible be so willfully ignorant. If we lose both the House and the Senate, we will not only be fighting for our lives but sending precisely the wrong message to the nation and the world. THIS IS SERIOUS.

        • February 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

          Someone in one the posts on yesterday said that HRC and Bill should be urging PAC’s to concentrate on winning Democratic seats in the House and Senate in 2014. I agree.

          I somewhat believe that the decision(s) made by these PAC’s are to some degree dictated by HRC and Bill (or at least based on what is perceived to be their desire or whim). That makes me wonder what exactly is being communicated to these PAC’s such that they do not seem to give significant weight to the seriousness of the 2014 elections.

          • February 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

            Yes, I believe Phillipe Reines, described as “Clinton’s principal gatekeeper”, is telegraphing their wishes. So they are on a roll. Not necessarily in the country’s best interests.

        • 105 vcprezofan2
          February 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

          Meta, I think ONE of the things we can do is call them out in social media with enough persistence, until they at least acknowledge us, or others join the call. So many TODobots have a twitter presence that combined we should be able to make our voices heard – we have done so in the past. Bobfr has started; he just needs support.


          • 106 Obama Grandmama
            February 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

            To me Hillary waits until she can test the winds to see which way to go to get the most votes. This is true of many politicians. PBO has a compass of his own based on his convictions. He will take in all info he can get then make a decision. His waiting is different as the decision is based on what is best for us not him.

  20. 108 dotster3
    February 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Since the whole country seems obsessed with this Brian Williams/Lester Holt “rap” this a.m., I am posting for your listening and rapping pleasure….—-oh, and FL Michelle is on Fallon tonight!

  21. February 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Howdy all you O’s!!!! What agreat getting up day in TODdytown don’cha know!!!!

    the crazy weather continues in my neck of the woods. I shoveled the sidewalks, driveway, and roof the other day in the frigid cold for the umpteenth time. This morning it thunderstormed as I stood in the basement at the ready to hold back the flood from the melting snow. This afternoon, temperatures are expected in the 50’s, but with 55 mph winds and more rain. Tomorrow, and for the rest of the week we expect low 20 degree temps.

    PS: Thanks for the pic at the top of the thread Chips. PBO has on one of my all time favorite ties in that picture, which has evidently found it’s final resting place in that great tie rack in the sky, along with the grey/silver striped one that I loved so much. #ohthememories

  22. 111 Ladyhawke
    February 20, 2014 at 10:33 am


    Minimum wage advances without Congress

    By Steve Benen


    It’s been over a year since President Obama began pushing Congress to act on an overdue increase in the minimum wage, but prospects for action are basically nonexistent – despite overwhelming public support, congressional Republicans won’t budge.

    But GOP lawmakers aren’t just out of step with the American mainstream; they’re also sitting idle as much of the country passes them by, unwilling to wait for them to act (and knowing they won’t).



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