Early Bird Chat

President Obama reaches out to touch a statue in honor of civil rights activist Rosa Parks at its unveiling in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 27, 2013


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Thursday.

134 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Good Thursday Morning Chipsticks…TODers currently in the village!

  2. February 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Good morning everyone 🙂

    • February 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Good Morning Libra! Have a fantastic day!

        February 27, 2014 at 9:51 am


  3. February 27, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I was looking at the first picture on the previous post and thinking about pictures that have been shared — mostly from the fabulous Mr. Souza — and have noticed a theme during some of his speeches where POTUS appears to be wearing a halo or appears to be holding a ball of light. It is very much in keeping with the aura that surrounds this President.

  4. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    February 27, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Morning, Chips, SW and Libra. Today, we get to enjoy 11 degree weather with the prospect of more snow this afternoon, so we will trudge forward keeping on keeping on. One of my favorite Christmas gifts was two calendars–one with big daily photos of PBO and one with photos of FLOTUS. I keep one in my kitchen and one right near my desk. Throughout February, FLOTUS has been smiling at me while PBO smiles at her. So I will draw my cheer from that and look forward to the March photos this Saturday! Have a great day all!! And by the way after much nagging, prodding and nudging, my son signed up for Covered California. So one worry laid to rest.

    • February 27, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Good Morning JackieG! As the VPOTUS said the other day, mothers have a lot of influence on their children at any age. You have made his point…Congratulations on influencing your son to sign up for ACA coverage.

      I can’t believe February is almost over. And for those of us who do the time change, Daylight Savings Time starts in a little over a week!

      Have a great day!

    • February 27, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Moooooorning Jackie, wonderful news about your son, peace of mind!!

    • 22 Judith Fardig
      February 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Yay for your son getting covered! Peace of mind for you as well as him.

  5. 23 desertflower
    February 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Had to bring this over….was typing my little fingers off…and I was all alone. (sigh)

    Morning everyone:) From Jim Wright’s latest at Stonekettle Station ( A MUST READ….he hit the nail on the head perfectly)

    Make no mistake whatsoever, Folks, if Arizona republicans could have gotten away with it, if they could have signed this bill into law and only gay people and non-Christians would have been negatively affected, they damned well would have – that was the entire point of SB 1062 in the first place.

    Instead, Brewer’s veto lays bare the hypocrisy of this blighted ideology and shows it for what it really is: hate for hate’s sake and nothing more.

    Common sense, human dignity, and liberty did not prevail today in Arizona.

    Right won out only because these people worship power and money far more than they love their small and hateful God.

    They won’t do what’s right, but they can usually be counted on to do what is profitable.

    And let that be a lesson for future battles.

    This is the exact point that I made yesterday…..make NO MISTAKE, this is the truth of the matter. Arizona…..It’s A Dry Hate.

    • 24 desertflower
      February 27, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Here’s the link…you should read the whole thing.


    • 25 desertflower
      February 27, 2014 at 8:09 am

      To Jim’s point… http://crooksandliars.com/2014/02/bernie-sanders-if-you-cant-afford-take

      And we all know they do this time and time and time again. They are spineless hypocrites.

    • 26 99ts
      February 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

      I posted on it somewhere above your original post df – says it all – my quote was

      … nothing, and I mean nothing, demonstrates the bottomless hypocrisy and the absolute moral cowardice of the religious fanatics who’ve taken over the Arizona legislature than this veto.

      Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake urged Governor Brewer to veto SB 1062, because, according to McCain, implementation of the law would be “devastating.”
      Devastating to the state. Economically.
      Devastating to business. Financially.
      Devastating to Republicans. Politically.
      But not devastating to actual people – especially the gay ones who are apparently not John McCain’s concern. “


      • 27 desertflower
        February 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Yes…it was on the last thread and the reason I went to read it:) Thanks for posting it. She deserves nothing. They all deserve nothing. It would be like me rewarding my kids for doing the right, expected thing. These people are so utterly offensive to me….the way they lie, and connive on every issue…they literally make my skin crawl.

        Brewer wanted the spotlight and the accolades for doing this…it was all for show…..all for the wrong reasons. They all need to go!

        • 28 No Child Left Behind
          February 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

          Good Morning TODVille,

          I agree wholeheartedly with your analysis. Brewer would have signed the law if the people and the media didn’t talk about it and put light on such a shameful and bigot law. She earned no credit from me, though I am very pleased of her courage to veto the stupid and discriminatory bill.

      • 29 57andfemale
        February 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

        let’s be clear on one thing (and I think history will say so eventually): John McCain is responsible for the tea party takeover of American governance. By choosing Palin – by signaling to the country that any idiot zealot could be POTUS, the floodgates opened in elections. There used to be, before McCain’s traitorous choice, a certain level of education, sober reflection and qualification required for elective office. McCain trashed that. I sincerely believe that, without Palin, the tea party would have remained a noisy fringe but would not have taken over legislatures all over the country.

        And yes – Democrats still don’t know how to show passionate outrage enough to quell them. They are still acting as if it’s 1990, with a little more effectiveness on the edges. Our own DNC contributes to this by not standing up tall with PBO and vigorously defending ACA, the stimulus and a host of other issues.

        • 30 99ts
          February 27, 2014 at 8:47 am

          57 – I also find him responsible for much of the open racist attacks on the President – also because of the appointment of Palin. Her campaign events collected the people who started the birther nonsense and openly attacked PBO because of the color of his skin. She has jealousy steaming out of every pore – and continues to stir up hate wherever she goes.

          My heart goes out to Gabby Giffords every time the media shows a picture of Palin winkin’ at the old fools who support her.

          • February 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

            Believe it or not the birther issue was started during the DEM primary campaign by none other than the Clinton camp. That’s unfortunate because while we have come to associate birtherism with the GOP (and for good reason), it was actually started by a Democrat. The stuff with Rev Wright was also started by Dems in the Clinton Camp and promoted by the likes of Huffington Post.

            But I agree with 57 that the whole toxic “Tea Party” atmosphere that ensued following PBO’s election and swearing in was primarily pushed by likes of Palin and her associates, as well as enablers in the left and right media.

            • 32 99ts
              February 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

              I’m sure you are right hf – I came in late and completely missed the primary – so all of the hate I heard started with Palin – she stirred it up in a way I have never forgotten.

        • 33 jackiegrumbacher
          February 27, 2014 at 9:18 am

          I agree, 57, with Palin’s role in inflaming the tea party, but it was the big money GOP who created the Tea Party and lavishly funded the 2010 elections. Palin herself could not have organized that nationwide effort. From start to finish, the Tea Party was ‘devised’ to undermine the president and destroy his agenda. The big money guys didn’t care how crazy the candidates were or what they would accomplish, they were just supposed to obstruct and undermine. The plan worked beautifully, especially since the simple minded legislators they helped elect simply take pre-packaged legislation and pass it like the dimwits they are. Sometimes they go too far, like the government shut down or the debt ceiling and they have to be yanked back, but for the most part the money guys have gotten what they paid for. The DNC has never be very good at fighting, nor have individual Dems with few exceptions. That leaves it up to us to fight most of the battles.

          • 34 hopefruit2
            February 27, 2014 at 9:26 am

            Good point jackie. Now that you mention it, I will agree that Palin was simply used as a “hockey mom” front for a very well-funded organization (including the corporate media). She was happy to help – no doubt, but I will concede that she alone couldn’t have done it.

          • 35 57andfemale
            February 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

            It was the CHOICE of Palin that opened the door. It was the perception that any zealot/bigot/ proud-of-ignorance ignoramus carrying a flag and a Bible was Better than the Educated Elites that opened this Pandora’s box. No, she didn’t do it on her own and that’s not what I said. But the choice of her brand of hatred and ignorance as worthy of high office – that was McCain and McCain alone. Yes, the moneyed interests found their vehicle and poured money like crazy. But let’s be clear: these were not ordinary, sane, educated Republicans running for office all over the country in 2010, this was a new brand of Stupid that had never had that kind of stranglehold on public governance and discourse. There were many contributing factors to their immense success, including deregulation of media (Thanks, Bill Clinton!) but I firmly believe that, without John McCain, the respected ‘maverick’ or whatever myth he drew around himself, telling the country that Sarah Palin was worthy of running the country, we would never have had the influx of complete ignorance and zealotry that we have at the highest power of government that we have right now.

    • 36 Dudette
      February 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

      • February 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

        yanno Dudette….if all of those things were present in the AZ legislature this bill would not have passed both houses….i am grateful that something was able to prevent such a travesty from occurring….

        perhaps we should use the $$$ method to fight other things….it took a year but the Montgomery Bus Boycott helped to defeat desegregation…

        My feets is weary, but my soul is rested.”
        — Mother Pollard

        Mother Pollard (ca. 1882–1885 – before 1963) was one of the participants in the 1955–1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the U.S. civil rights movement that produced a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. Martin Luther King Jr. recounted in his writings[2] that after several weeks of walking to her destinations rather than take the bus, Mother Pollard was asked if she was tired, to which she replied, “My feets is tired, but my soul is rested.”[3]

        It was also told, in Freedom Walkers that she was close to being 72 years old. She was old, yet she had more faith and courage than any other person could have asked of her.[4]


  6. 38 desertflower
    February 27, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Is there something special with John Steinbeck today? Google made me wonder…..I read all those books:)

  7. 41 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2014 at 8:07 am

    morning Ms. Chips!

    Morning everyone!

    thought I had TOD to myself the past hour and half – up very early as usual

  8. February 27, 2014 at 8:12 am

    And the idiocy continues…


    “Youth Softball Team Raffles Handgun”



    A girls softball team is raffling off a handgun as a fundraiser and some parents don’t think that’s a good idea.

    The team mom said they’re simply offering a prize that will get the biggest response.

    “When we offer a gun, we’re offering something that people want to participate in,” said April Harrison. “Some people may not want a TV.”

    She said they’re taking steps for a safe transfer using a voucher that would be redeemed through a gun shop…”You either have to have a concealed weapon permit which means you’ve already passed a background check, or pass a background check at the gun shop,” said Harrison.

    According to the team mom, the Walton County Sheriff, some county commissioners, and Georgiacarry.org support the raffle.


    And that’s not the only group doing something like that…


    “Fundraiser to Help Butte Youth Hockey”



    The Butte Community Ice Rink is holding a gun raffle, with all proceeds going to Butte youth hockey.

    Raffled guns include shotguns, handguns, and rifles, with an average $500 price. All winners must pass a background check…The raffle involves a drawing for a gun per week for one year, and each week,

  9. 46 99ts
    February 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

    GM Ms Chips and early birds. I am amazed how you all keep so positive – bad weather, bad politics – but everyone keeps smiling – must be PBO or FLMO or both 🙂

    • February 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

      I put it down largely to the presence of an Australian women at TOD, she always keeps our spirits up!

      • 48 99ts
        February 27, 2014 at 8:23 am

        She must be as good at hiding reality as a certain Governor cause this aussie keeps seeing the stupid attacking the President – repeating absolute lies as truth – and she gets sad. Still – the weather has been max in the 80s the last few days – so that is worth a smile

  10. 49 GGAIL
    February 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Water is falling from the sky!

  11. 56 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

    the gop will not stop voter suppression and intimidation!

    for those who are looking for local PBO-supporting strong Dems to financially support, please consider Ms. Nina Turner, who is running for Ohio Secretary of State;

    she is a very strong person – maybe some of you have seen her on MSNBC (aka, Joy Reid’s “twin”) and very well spoken;

    she would be a worthy investments – I will be working my heart out for her campaign and the whole Dem ticket in Ohio because as we say, “So Goes Ohio, … So Goes the Nation”;

    • 57 99ts
      February 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

      This is going to be fought in court – and last time Husted tried it – it was defeated at law. He hopefully will lose again – but it takes time and much effort which would be better spent on the campaign to defeat him.

  12. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

    anything that benefits ordinary people is a target for destruction by the gop;

  13. 61 amk for obama
    February 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

    That’ll be 1000 bucks please.

  14. 68 99ts
    February 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Christie’s minions standing up for him – we will learn soon enough what Patrick Foye knows

    “A day after Executive Director Patrick Foye slammed Chairman David Samson in print as unfit to lead the bistate agency, five members of the Port Authority’s board of commissioners sent a letter to Foye criticizing his “harsh personal attack.”

    The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, is signed by board members Anthony Sartor, Raymond Pocino, David Steiner, William Schuber and Richard Bagger. All are New Jersey appointees to the board, as is Samson, a Gov. Chris Christie appointee. Samson didn’t sign the letter.”

    So not only do Christie’s appointees attack the exec director (who OPENED up the bridge lanes) but they leak said attack to the Press. When letters get to the press that quickly – has to be a GOP leak.

    • 69 amk for obama
      February 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Heh, “Samson didn’t sign the letter” – That is a sign of class, ok?

      • 70 99ts
        February 27, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Like Christie – happy to see the underlings do the dirty work – and Foye did not “slam Samson in print” – he ” told the newspaper’s editorial board that Samson didn’t have the moral authority to lead the agency,” Presumably the paper (NY daily news) printed his statement.

        I find the Foye/Samson interaction interesting – and adding the Samson/Rechler (No 2 on the board) emails – even more interesting.

        Samson tried to blame Foye for the media getting the truth about what happened. Rechler disagreed. Christie will have to give Foye up soon.

  15. 71 Melanie
    February 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Still looking for info. on what time POTUS will be announcing his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative but FLOTUS will be on at 11:00am.

    1st Lady will describe food label changes as,"a big deal" that will make a difference for families. 11:http://t.co/GYdKEbYxbf East Room.— PETER MAER (@petermaercbs) February 27, 2014

    • February 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Here you go Melanie:

      2:0 EST: President Obama meets with foundation and business leaders to discuss his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative; State Dining Room

      3:25 EST: Delivers remarks on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative

  16. February 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

  17. 78 dotster3
    February 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I think this was posted here yesterday but in case anyone missed it——–comprehensive and worthwhile reporting on PBO and My Brother’s Keeper…


  18. 79 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Goooooood Morning TOD!

  19. 87 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

  20. 88 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

  21. February 27, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Stay tuned:

  22. February 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

    One more reason we have to keep Congress in check and vote the bums out:

    • 92 99ts
      February 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Christie could learn from these guys – drop all state and local taxes in red states and penalize the blue states who actually raise money to govern their states. I need to crash my head against the wall a few times!

      The GOP then say – the democrats don’t want to close loopholes – don’t want to raise taxes. They are evil and the democrats MUST find ways to tell people the truth.

      • February 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

        Brutal cynicism and bitterness. I detest them beyond words.

        When I read “polls” that say Republicans have a strong edge in 2014 elections, I just want to scream. Yes, polls are most likely trash but this is the ongoing and pervasive meme. We cannot let up.

  23. 94 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

  24. 95 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Can I get an AMEN?

  25. 99 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Thanks to my TOD Family, I get plenty of these things in ample supply! 😀

  26. 100 dotster3
    February 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Laughing at Seth Meyers new segment on his new show—–a game show titled “Fake or Florida?”—-contestants have to decide if bizarre news is fake or just nutty Florida again. Just ran across 2 new items in Orlando he could use—–“Man tells cops he didn’t know cocaine was illegal in Florida”—–and a commissioner running for re-election posting on her Facebook page—-“Horrifying alert!!! If you’re Christian like I am, WAKE UP!!!” saying she was shocked! to discover her opponent was not even Christian!!! (and we all know what that could mean——nothing?)—-(and said opponent disputed her Horrifying Alert, by the way) It’s just Florida being Florida again.

  27. 103 99ts
    February 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Someone should send Hillary Clinton a link to Stonekettle – NO-ONE should be praising Gov Brewer


    • 108 0388jojothecat
      February 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I took the sam picture if my friend when we went to the grand canyon in 2003. He stood at the exact spot as PBO. It is an amazing site to see.

  28. 109 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

    • 110 anniebella
      February 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Yes Dudette, it surely is. Just look at that little sweet girl. If we only knew what our people had to suffer through because of the evil of racism.

      • 111 0388jojothecat
        February 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        There was a made for TV movie about little Ruby. In the movie she was isolated from the other kids and only one teacher. She was assigned a psychologist to see how this affected and because of her parents and their faith she was more mature than the adults. When adults were screaming hateful things her mother told her to pray for them.

  29. 112 99ts
    February 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

    And someone should also remind Clinton that the US should have had universal health care in the 1990s. She needs to go away – hasn’t got a clue as to what is needed to actually pass a health care bill


    Hillary Clinton defended Obamacare on Wednesday while voicing her support for changes to the health care law, CNN reported.

  30. 113 amk for obama
    February 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

  31. 115 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:32 am

  32. 116 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

    … and yes, there’s still this:

  33. February 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I will never understand the depth of this.

    • 119 Linda
      February 27, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Eastern Kentucky also has the highest use of illegal Oxycontin that traces back to the pill mills of Florida.

      I saw a great documentary titled ” Oxy Express ” on Current TV ….they followed it Kentucky….one sheriff said that over 90 % of the arrests are for illegal pills

      • February 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

        Wow. Thanks for that reference.

        One of the most chilling films I’ve seen in the last few years, which stars Jennifer Lawrence at her very best, is Winter’s Bone, about the tragedy of excessive drug use among the very poor in the Ozarks.

  34. 121 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2014 at 9:41 am

    WOW – the American Public Health Association is showing us (& FLOTUS) how they move! 🙂 🙂

  35. 124 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

  36. 125 amk for obama
    February 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have fallen sharply after the troubled company reported its biggest annual loss since being rescued by the UK government during the financial crisis.

    The bank’s pre-tax loss for 2013 was £8.2bn, compared with £5.2bn in 2012.

    Its shares were down by more than 9% to around 320p. The average price paid by the government in 2008 was 500p.

    Ross McEwan, RBS’s newly appointed chief executive, told the BBC the results were “very sobering”.

    The fall in RBS’s share price has wiped almost £2bn off its stock market value.

    Here is the kicker.

    Despite the increased loss, RBS set aside £576m for staff bonuses in 2013, a drop of 15% on 2012. Of that sum, £237m went to investment bankers.

    Mr McEwan defended the bonus pool, arguing that attracting the most talented staff was essential. The best employees, he warned, were constantly being “tapped on the shoulder” by other institutions.


    The present lot of bankers all over the world should be shot dead. Let the nextgen takeover.

    • 126 99ts
      February 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

      And our airline – that the government sold for a song – is going down the tubes – big time – and they still won’t fire the horrible little man who is killing it off – he tells us how his pay have been reduced – probably down to about 10 million.

      NOBODY is worth the sort of money companies now pay their top staff. PBO should be the highest paid salary earner in the US. Entrepreneurs are a whole different ball game – but most top executives today – simply salaried staff – they take NO risks at all with their own assets.

      • 127 0388jojothecat
        February 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        Quantas? They were sold?

        • 128 99ts
          February 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

          The government used to own it – they sold it off – At the moment 50% HAS to remain in Australian ownership but the horror who runs it has been complaining about that for years – he wants us to be a country without our own airline – and he is losing money so fast there will be nothing left to sell anyway.

  37. 129 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

  38. 130 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Oh well, let’s just listen to the whole song, cuz ‘AWESOME’! Have a great day everyone!

  39. 132 99ts
    February 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Past my sleep time – nite all – stay warm and bring down the GOP

  40. 133 Dudette
    February 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Any questions?

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