Early Bird Chat

President Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Sage and Elsa Smith (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning! Happy Saturday!

91 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 7:08 am


  2. 5 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 7:18 am

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  3. April 5, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Good morning. Snow again! Ugh! Hope it’s warm sunshine for every body else at TOD

  4. 8 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 7:22 am

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  5. 10 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 7:27 am

    He has stood in every Indian parliamentary election since 1962 – and lost every one – but that has not deterred 78-year-old Shyam Babu Subudhi from throwing his hat into the ring once again.

    Dr Subudhi is a homeopathy practitioner in Berhampur, a town in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. And he is contesting two constituencies, Berhampur and Aska, in India’s forthcoming parliamentary polls.

    Despite losing his deposit in every previous election, having won less than a sixth of the votes cast each time, Dr Subudhi is surprisingly confident he can win both seats this time. His one-page election manifesto even claims that there is “enough of a possibility” of him being appointed prime minister of India after the coming elections.

    This will be his 13th attempt in a row to enter India’s parliament.


  6. April 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD! Congrats to the amk on #1 πŸ™‚

  7. 23 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Let’s call this chips-amk thread and lock everyone out.

  8. 28 hopefruit2
    April 5, 2014 at 8:13 am

    No Mr. Parsi, the Senate is NOT going Republican in November.

    • 29 derbingleguy
      April 5, 2014 at 8:33 am

      He said potentially not definitely. Personally I think the Dems will not only hold it but pick up a few seats. But you never know. It all depends on turnout.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        April 5, 2014 at 8:42 am

        Yeah but in media speak any mention of the GOP “taking over” anything means they think it’s going to happen. Otherwise he wouldn’t have even brought it up with this.

        • 31 derbingleguy
          April 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

          Good point you’re right. He could have said potentially Dems increase their majority. It’s always the same with these people.

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      April 5, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Morning, Hopef!
      I confess to having been a devotee of Rozen when Iran entered the scene for nuclear discussions, and I made a point of checking her daily and often several times. Interestingly enough, reading Rozen’s tweet just now did not move me at all. She has totally diminished herself in my eyes.

      Come to think of it so did Maddow! I used to stay up late to make sure I watched all of her segments as soon as they came on line, until she stepped over the line re PBO in a vitriolic segment. Now I only check a segment if it is recommended. Hmmmmm. Now I’m far more skeptical of journos/talking heads when they actually are doing their jobs right, looking at them with a side eye, waiting for the facade to fall away.

      • 33 jackiegrumbacher
        April 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

        That’s a smart attitude to have, toward anyone in the media,VC. Saves you a lot of heartache.

        • 34 vcprezofan2
          April 5, 2014 at 9:14 am

          So I have found out, JackieG! I confess the old Maddow attack floored me at the time (it was so visceral; soooo unprovoked and soooo uncalled for in my opinion), to the extent that I still remember it with residual animosity. I have never quite been able to look at her in the same light. However, by the time the Rozen switch from reporting to emoting occurred, I must say I had developed immunity to their feckless behaviour.

          • 35 globalcitizenlinda
            April 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

            I am with you both on this

            • 36 vcprezofan2
              April 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

              Hello there, GCL! Fine Saturday, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

              • 37 globalcitizenlinda
                April 5, 2014 at 10:22 am

                yes, it is!

                as a bonus, the snow has now melted in my location (brutal winter!);

                rain is falling – but I am not complaining since the farmers in this corn-belt need it to do their thing and feed the people;

                I am health and so life is good;

                • 38 vcprezofan2
                  April 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

                  Great! I too feel quite optimistic that we’ve said goodby to (whisper) snow, though I still have some residue in my backyard. Life is indeed good. πŸ™‚

      • 39 hopefruit2
        April 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

        True vc. I was an “MSNBC addict” at one time, somewhere during the 2008-2009 period. I religiously watched the 7-10PM lineup. But by late 2009 into 2010, I started giving MSNBC the side eye, and by Oct/Nov 2012, I pretty much stopped watching save for the occasional segment. Now I don’t watch MSNBC at all. If a good segment is posted on TOD, I will watch it.

        As for Rozen, she needs to stick with reporting facts, and stop pushing her opinions – particularly where PBO is concerned. Her PBO-related opinions miss the point 99% of the time, like much of the DC beltway media. I now only trust her tweets if I can confirm them independently from other sources.

  9. 41 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

  10. 42 jackiegrumbacher
    April 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Good morning, early birds. I literally did see an ‘early bird’ this am. A giant hawk was floating on the air right outside my window, cruising for breakfast. Not good news for any little critter in sight. Chips, you mentioned on early earlier post this week that your mother had a fear of falling. Well, my son has been trying to teach me “how” to fall for years so I don’t get hurt. It’s a way of protecting your bones and head and involves a kind of curling of your body. It works, but the snag is thinking fast enough to do it instantly when you need to. That’s where I get a big, fat F. Still, he says if I keep practicing, I won’t panic if I fall and that, in itself, will lessen the injury. Hope you and your mom have a great day!

    • April 5, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Morning Jackie! Thanks a million for passing that on, I’m still chuckling at your ‘F’ πŸ™‚ I can’t imagine either how you could prepare yourself like that in a fall, but I suppose if you drive the advice in to your mind you might just do it automatically?

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        April 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

        That’s the idea. He trained himself to do it in his skateboarding era and did it so automatically that he did protect himself from injury a lot of times. He thinks every person ‘over a certain age’ should learn to fall. Would save a lot of heartache and medical costs.

  11. 45 globalcitizenlinda
    April 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips!

    Good morning/Good day everybody!

  12. 47 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 8:28 am

  13. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    April 5, 2014 at 8:30 am

    if inspite of all the challenges they face, these ladies can come out and stand in line to vote, we can surely do our best to motivate every Dem-leaning or PBO-supporting person to vote this Nov;

    • 49 globalcitizenlinda
      April 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

      I guess it didn’t take

      • 50 dotster3
        April 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

        Noticing the voting lines are segregated—–either all women or all men. ? And still amazed that there are countries/cultures/religions that force women to cover themselves from head to toe. Isn’t it time to move along now.

        • 51 globalcitizenlinda
          April 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

          noticed the same things you noted here;

          hopeful, as they vote and more women stand for public office, they can get the men to help change the subjugation of women;

          don’t know if you have seen some of those historical photos of this country in which women were wearing miniskirts in the 1970s and walking to school with books in hand – something that can get you killed in the same country now

          • 52 jackiegrumbacher
            April 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

            Yep, Global, a perfect reminder that countries can go backward very quickly when people aren’t vigilant. I think this kind of segregated society based on the subjugation of women would represent heaven on earth to many Republican men.

            • 53 globalcitizenlinda
              April 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

              yes, same things republicans are doing here – that is why they must be fought against right now otherwise it gets to be too late

          • 54 globalcitizenlinda
            April 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

            true, some women choose to wear the conservative clothing but not all of them;

            good for those who choose to follow their religious teaching or cultural heritage as they see fit;

            it is the attacks on those who would prefer to do otherwise which concern us about subjugation

        • 55 Nerdy Wonka
          April 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

          The idea that women are being forced to cover themselves from head to toe and it’s time to move along now is a wrong and antiquated view. For some, it might be oppression. For many others, it is not. I’ve read a lot about it and interacted with people and it’s not oppression. A lot of muslims who are born and grew up in America wear and adhere to the same cultural traditions as the women who are voting and they are not oppressed. Nurses wear scrubs. Some wear scrubs with flowers and other perceived feminine accoutrements. Are they being oppressed? No. That’s just the hospital culture.

          A lot of muslim American women who follow the same traditions as the women in the picture are CEOs, own their own small business, graduates of top colleges and universities. The idea that you view people honoring and being proud of their tradition and culture as oppressive is a skewed one.

          Just because we’re in America and women can walk down the street dressed however they want to, doesn’t mean our society is enlightened and not oppressive. Because those same women can be raped, face street harassment, are having their reproductive rights taken away from them, and their voting rights snatched from them. That too is a huge form of oppression.

      • 56 jackiegrumbacher
        April 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Linda, I wish every US citizen who’s too lazy to vote could see this photo. We take for granted things that others regard as precious and would risk their lives for.

        • 57 globalcitizenlinda
          April 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

          knowing the threats that these ladies are facing just to vote – including death threats and suppression all over – this put their actions into a special and very admirable place

      • 58 vcprezofan2
        April 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

        Here’s my very wayward and ignorant thought – how do we know that in some instances men wouldn’t dress like this to vote more than once for their preferred outcome? I can imagine a radical and rabid group who wanted to skewer the results pulling something like this. I mean, does ID have to be shown, and is it a picture ID?

        • 59 globalcitizenlinda
          April 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

          suspect there is some picture ID and with women campaign workers check the women and vice versa for the men;

          in some communities low literacy rates may limit ID access so this is where the honor system, implemented by the opinion leaders comes in and double-checked across lists;

          there is also the strong involvement of the family, tribal, and community leaders who are expected to know their people ;

          one thing I know for sure is the use of finger print ink which is said to last a number of hours – remember those purple fingers that appear in news reports during elections ?

    • 60 derbingleguy
      April 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

      We have to deal with that apathy which affects this side of the aisle. The D.C. primary last week is a good example. Very low turnout.

  14. 62 Dudette
    April 5, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Goooood Morning!

    Wishing everyone a fun, happy Saturday!

  15. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    April 5, 2014 at 8:35 am

  16. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    April 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

  17. 65 vcprezofan2
    April 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Good Morning, everyone! Saturday has arrived, and though looking a bit glum and overcast it isn’t raining/snowing….yet.
    (Guess blog mistress couldn’t wait for me to decide if I should show restraint and lie in bed, or sign on as soon as my eyes opened)!

    Good Evening, Amk!

    Good Morning, Chipstick!

    O, Good Night, 99TS, if you are still up! [ πŸ˜‰ Teeheehee. You can take that 2 ways -i) Go to bed ii) Have a good night. πŸ˜‰ )

    What’s cooking, DannyO? (psst! Have you managed to charm your momma back to some semblance of calm, or are you still having to keep a low, and quiet, profile?)

  18. 69 Vicki
    April 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Good morning TOD.

    I have a new idea this morning.
    Lately I’ve been saying that the successful implementation of the ACA was our ace card and our fight For minimum wage and Immigration reform would help us to win in 2014. Way too weak.

    The New Idea is that we should run on Winning. On celebrating our successes.
    We should shout down any pundit who says the Senate will go to the GOP. NEVER concede even the possibility of senate losses. Our ideas are better and we will win. Period.

    Our position needs to be that we are going to Grow our Senate Majority.
    Whittle down if not eliminate the GOP advantage in the House.

    Ask: Who or what can stop us now? Laugh at the possibility that the likes of Whining Kochs or gambling fossils like Adelson matter at all.

    We are winning. A crappy website couldn’t stop people getting what they need.
    The Clinton Machine barely slowed us down.
    We made Marriage Equality the law of the land.
    DADT has been consigned to the dustbin of history.
    We Are The Champions.

    We will win the Governorships in Florida, Pennsylvania, at the least, and maybe in Wisconsin and Maine and every other state that is in play.

    We are in favor of the great majority of the American people and we cannot lose.

    Voting restrictions by the losers on the other side will motivate us to come out for our team.
    Let them spend their money. Every dollar spent against us will motivate us that much more.

    That’s my New Idea.
    What you believe in and put your energy towards is what shapes your universe.

    Tirade over now. back to regularly scheduled programming.

    • 70 Dudette
      April 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Love it!

      • 71 Dudette
        April 5, 2014 at 9:18 am

        Okay that doesn’t quite work as a campaign theme song . πŸ˜€
        [I only remembered the hook]

        This one’s better

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      April 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

      great approach;

      in the next few weeks, we have to registers as many voters as possible and become louder to demand Medicaid Expansion in all states;

      if the people are focused on soundly beating the

      – gop-buying billionaires,

      – Obamacare and health-denying governors and legislature,

      – the voter-suppressing machine,

      – the worker/reproductive rights suppressing critters,

      – the education/infrastructure/environment destroying people,

      – the immigration-reform blocking republicans ;

      then we will be okay;

      most people love the competition and the idea of “beating something/someone” at their evil game;

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      April 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Vicki–This is a brilliant and fantastic idea. We have to spread it far and wide. That kind of attitude changes every candidates position from defense to offense. Stand up tall, be proud. We are the winners. We get it done. Loooooooooooooove it!!!!!

  19. 74 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Go man c.

  20. 75 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 9:14 am

  21. 76 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 9:18 am

    did it work for ya?

  22. 87 amk for obama
    April 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

  23. 88 dotster3
    April 5, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Justice Kennedy, the “swing vote” on the Sup. Ct. (hahaha) and one of Corporate America’s BFF there, is a former corporate lobbyist and the son of a lobbyist.

  24. 90 desertflower
    April 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Morning everyone!! Happy Saturday….thought one of you wonderful BT’s would post this for all to see:

    In fact, the entire thing should be read….thank you Harry Reid for bringing the vampires out into the light!


    Have to tutor today, but I’ll be hanging out for a little while yet…..amk and Chips….love your banter this morning. Made me smile.

  25. 91 Dudette
    April 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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