Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets children at Children’s Place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 13, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

One of my all-time faves.


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Sunday!

144 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 10 Roberta in MN
    April 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

    What!! you the only one here Chips? GM and Congrats on 1st. 🙂

  2. 12 andogriff
    April 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Morning Ms Chips! Great, happy photo to start the day!

  3. 14 andogriff
    April 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Hi Roberta! And yes, congrats on first to Ms Chips! : ))

    • 15 Roberta in MN
      April 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

      GM andogriff., hope you are having a good beginning of this Sunday. It’s cold here, staying in today and catching up on all my stuff on the intertubes 🙂

  4. 16 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

  5. 19 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Go Liverpool / Man C.

  6. 26 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Holder Blasts Gohmert: ‘What Attorney General Has Ever Had to Deal with That Kind of Treatment?’


    “And if you don’t believe that… you look at the way the Attorney General of the Untied States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me, forget that. What Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”



    • 27 dotster3
      April 13, 2014 at 8:32 am

      And heard ABC promote This Week by saying, “And —-we’ll be talking about the Attorney General of the United States playing the race card!” This was after the first bit of excitedly speculating that Rand Paul will be the GOP pres. nominee. So——it’s Holder who is playing the race card, just out of the blue, just for fun.

      • 28 jackiegrumbacher
        April 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

        Dotster, you encapsulated why these Sunday talk shows continue to sink. Our grandchildren will read about them and regard them as a relic of the past, brought down by their own irrelevance to the world they live in.

      • 29 hopefruit2
        April 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

      • 30 anniebella
        April 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

        I sent ABC This Week a lovely email this morning.

    • 31 Ladyhawke
      April 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Can White Conservative Pundits Please Stop Saying That Racism Doesn’t Exist?

      By: Justin Baragona


      Once again, such diversity! Only white people on a panel discussing racism in America. And wouldn’t you know it, they feel that racism is overblown and actually doesn’t exist. At the same time, two of the panelists couldn’t help themselves when it came to ridiculing Al Sharpton, a leader in the black community.
      Few things are more offensive that white people explaining to black Americans how racism doesn’t exist anymore. I would have to think that African Americans hate hearing a white conservative whine about a black person ‘playing the race card.’ This is one of the biggest reasons why Republicans get less than 10% of the black vote in national elections, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.


      • 33 anniebella
        April 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

        If you take notice the ones who is behind the racism is always saying it doesn’t exist anymore. It’s like the man who beat the hell out of his wife, he always have a excuse. It’s not really abuse, he is just trying to teach her right, she made me do it, it’s her fault, there is no such thing as wife abuse she is my property and the Bible said I am the head, so I can do as I please. I have a feeling the white conservatives never believe that racism existed in the first place. If the truth were told, these conservatives knows that there still is racism in this country, in their party mostly, it’s just that they don’t give a dam if it is.

  7. April 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Morning, everyone!

    Y’all gonna have a great Sunday?

  8. 37 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

  9. April 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Happy Sunday everyone. 🙂

  10. 41 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2014 at 8:33 am


    Obama at National Action Network, defends Voting Rights, issues call to action


    “So I’m going to make one last point here. We’re going to have an attorney general that looks at all the laws that are being passed. We’re going to have civic organizations that are making sure that state laws and local laws are doing what they’re supposed to do. We will fight back whenever we see unfairly the franchise being challenged.

    “But the truth is that for all these laws that are being put in place, the biggest problem we have is people giving up their own power — voluntarily not participating.

    “The number of people who voluntarily don’t vote, who are eligible to vote, dwarfs whatever these laws are put in place might do in terms of diminishing the voting roles.
    “The least you can do is take them up on the gift that they have given you. (Applause.) Go out there and vote. You can make a change. You do have the power.

    “I’ve run my last election, but I need you to make sure that the changes that we started continue for decades to come.”



    • 42 amk for obama
      April 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    • 43 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

      That is true – PBO was also talking to apathetic low-info voters but he was also throwing shade on the emoprogs who love to sit on their arses and “sit this one out” because their gold-plaited unicorns didn’t arrive in the mail on time.

  11. 44 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

  12. 45 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    continuing the theme of the day.

  13. 46 dotster3
    April 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Had a wild night, and not what you may think 🙂 Hail! Huge storm about 3:00a.m.—–oh great——hail just pounding the house, LOUD, and booming earth shattering thunder that actually wiggled the house. 2nd round of hail for the day—-we had nickel size in the afternoon but nearby daughter and fam had bigger than golf ball size hail. Son in law donned his Bears helmet to go out and gather some for his 4 yr. old as ‘souvenirs’, amusingly caught on tape! It seems we never get nice rains any more—–it’s always some wild thing.
    “Wild thing, I don’t think I love ya “

  14. 53 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

  15. 54 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

  16. 55 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

  17. 56 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    • 57 anniebella
      April 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

      And the worse group of Republicans, that Democrats elected was the racists Tea Party gang in 2010. By sitting home 2010 we go the sorriest speaker ever John Boehner. We can not afford to sit at home 2014. You might not like everything President have done, or haven’t done, but there is no way in hell you can tell me that you think what the Republicans have done is good for this country. If only President Obama had a Congress who was willing to work with him, instead of against him.

  18. 58 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

  19. 61 dotster3
    April 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

  20. 62 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

    So where is Jovie again? Jovie are you lurking..please respond.

    • 63 vcprezofan2
      April 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I really wish he would, Hopef. Every time I think of ‘just saying’ I think of him, and wonder how things are going.

  21. 64 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

    how come bbc has already given 3 points to Liverpool when we have not even reached half-time?

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  22. 71 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

    • 72 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

      And then the feckless media tried to intervene on the GOP’s behalf with their bullchit narrative about Sebellius’ departure “after the disastrous ACA rollout” but FAILED MISERABLY at it.

    • 73 Ladyhawke
      April 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

      By the way amk, I wanted to applaud your fabulous ‘here are the real despites’ tweet to Jonathan Capehart on his article about Secretary Seblius resigning. BURN baby BURN.

  23. 75 jackiegrumbacher
    April 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Morning. If I say out loud that I think Spring may finally have come here, I’m likely to see a snow storm tomorrow, so in a very quiet whisper, I’ll say that Spring has actually sprung. Went to a loooooog Democratic dinner last night and thought everyone seemed energized by the fight for a new governor. We don’t have a challenger for the R Congressional seat in my district, but the neighboring one that covers part of our idiotically gerrymandered county has a great one who gave a terrific speech. He is actually one of the DCCC’s best hopes for a PA pickup in 2014 because the current R guy is quitting and it’s a 50/50 district. So fingers crossed. Some of the candidates are smart enough to pick up on the Obama campaign’s brilliant use of numerics and told us exactly how many votes they needed out of our county. This is a greater level of sophistication than just vaguely saying Get Out the Vote. So at least some of our guys are learning.

  24. 76 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

  25. 77 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    James from London, via text: Think its hard watching this as an Arsenal fan? Try supporting United and watching both your rivals excel to such heights the same year you collapse


  26. 79 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

  27. 80 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

    In case anyone’s wondering – I am in the village. 😀

    Morning/Evening/Noon or Night TODobots!

  28. 86 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Go manc. Pulls one back.

  29. 88 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 9:56 am

    So, we are doing a ‘VOTE’ theme today, are we? That’s just up my street!

  30. 89 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

    2-2 now. suck on it, bbc.

  31. 92 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

    By the same creator…. Preeee – senting “I Live Here”!

  32. 93 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

    In the words of the president -‘we all have an EQUAL say’

  33. 94 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Staying with the theme 😉 😉

  34. 96 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    MHP is discussing voter suppression this morning.


    The Democrats’ concerted effort to stop voter suppression will be a focus of Sunday’s Melissa Harris-Perry. Specifically, we will take a look at one battleground state where the fight has intensified: Ohio. We will put the spotlight back on Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, as they defy the current law forbidding county officials from mailing out absentee ballots to all registered voters.


  35. 97 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Is this actually true? It’s not surprising, given GOPs regular pattern of behaviour, but I don’t remember hearing this before.

    • 98 Nena20409
      April 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Yes it is true and TX was the most problematic state. It was one of the concerns for JFK’s trip to TX in 1963.

      Unfortunately, Nov 22nd, 1963 came and took the Live of a 46 yrs old POTUS, JFK.

      • 99 vcprezofan2
        April 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        You know, freedom of speech is all well and good, but perpetrators of violence like this IMO ought to be charged too, especially when their work results in violent acts. I”m reminded of the Alaska Barbie getting way with a similar provocation.

        • 100 Nena20409
          April 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm

          Unfortunately, the way the Constitution is written…….Article one is Never to be amended with regards to speech. The few differences are in screaming fire in a crowded theater, defamation of character, etc. It took years to get rules to marginalize the late Rev Fr Charles Coughlin.

          Of course, I meant Life not Live above.

  36. 103 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

    It’s clear that the biggest and most consistent obstacle faced is the #GOP!

  37. 104 lockewasright
    April 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I’ve got some bell peppers, celery, onion, rice, andouille sausage, shrimp, chicken thighs, garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, canned maters, cayenne pepper, creole seasoning, oil…

    You see where this is going? I wish I had some crab too. And maybe a jar of clam juice.

    • 105 desertflower
      April 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

      I can smell that from here:) What time do we eat? You know I can get there…we live in the same town:)

      • 106 lockewasright
        April 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

        Usually around 6ish. I need chicken broth too. I’m gonna have to go to Fry’s.

        • 107 desertflower
          April 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

          Frys’:) Where everyone there knows my name…I am the world’s WORST shopper, or as I like to think, I shop like a European. Everyday for the things I need.

          • 108 lockewasright
            April 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

            My wife and I are ridiculous. We plan weeks of meals ahead, use a web page that matches coupons to sale items, keep a kitchen inventory, and stockpile staple items so we can hold off on buying them until they go on sale and match a coupon again. I am like the Adrian Monk of the kitchen.

            • 109 desertflower
              April 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

              OMG. Too much work. Need some work at the kitchen inventory though, if you don’t have chicken stock…just sayin’ 🙂 Any news on the moving front? Did I read that you were thinking of getting outta dodge?

              • 110 lockewasright
                April 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

                I am writing a business plan and getting ready to try doing what I like to do in the place where I want to be. We’re going to open a food truck business in the Charleston, S.C. area. It’s in the very early planning stages, but we’ve got partners in the form of another couple that is essentially family to us who also have a lot of restaurant and cooking experience. We’ll have our second weekly meeting with them today.

                We actually killed the chicken stock last week. As part of our kitchen testing we made a few things with menu potential. One of them was a roasted garlic, bacon Alfredo sauce with fresh fettuccine. That one’s a keeper.

            • 113 hopefruit2
              April 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

              WOW…you all are not playing with your meals!!!

              On another note, I’m so looking forward to Monday’s episode of Bates 🙂

              • 114 lockewasright
                April 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

                I know! I will wind up DVRing it because my brother just recently got a radio show on Key West radio and it’s free to stream it! It’s called Live and Dead. It’s all live music recordings, no studio stuff. He always works in a couple of Grateful Dead tracks, hence Live & Dead. He’s got 4 hours to fill with grooves. He’s always mentioning me on air, playing some of my favorite blues and jam band stuff, and Facebook chatting me while he’s in the studio. It’s fun!

                So, how long before Nora has her new rich guy drug boss pal and the Sheriff played against each other? Things are about to get crazy again!

            • 117 CEB
              April 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

              Does all of this organization take the fun out of it, or is this actually fun for you? I ask this as a person who eats on impulse, can never remember the coupons even if I have them, has a small pantry and a limited repertoire when it comes to cooking. Maybe when I grow up, I can be more like you and your wife.

              • 118 desertflower
                April 13, 2014 at 10:54 am


              • 119 lockewasright
                April 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

                For me it’s fun, but I’m a special kind of dork/foodie combo. The matchup website and super awesome enthusiastic wife make it a lot easier though. The site does a lot of the work for you and the wife splits the rest of the work with me. I tend to get excited thinking about the meal possibilities while I am at it. I could put on some New Orleans jazz and bop around in the kitchen all day with a grin.

                • 120 desertflower
                  April 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

                  Sounds wonderful!! Food/NOLA just go together, don’t they?:)

                  • 121 lockewasright
                    April 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

                    They sure do. So here’s a tragic story concerning my wife and I and New Orleans. Her BFF was getting married in Panama City, Fla and she asked Mrs. Lockewasright to be in the ceremony. I suggested that we could drive instead of flying and then spend the saved money on a week in Charleston, S.C. afterward so that I could show her why I love that place so much and want to move there. She agreed.

                    So, we I mapped out the drive and made plans to stop in N.O. on the way there. I am such a foodie that most of my long road trips include stops in places like Kansas City for ribs, or Austin for brisket… I was stoked for N’awlins! Alas, her BFF needed us there for the rehearsal. So we skipped the Big Easy on the way to Florida with plans to hit it on the way back.

                    The wedding in Florida was a blast! The week in Charleston was every thing I wanted it to be. My wife was in Charleston for a day before agreeing that she would gladly move our family there. I will post a youtube video at the end of this comment with the some pictures of a place that I took her to convince her.

                    So, now it’s time to go home. We load up and drive back to Panama City to have dinner and spend the night on our return trip. They had received a gift card in their wedding gifts that they used to take us out to a nice dinner, we ate and then got some shut eye. The next day we drove to New Orleans and found a restaurant to eat at before getting back on the road to head west. We ordered our food and just as the waiter was leaving the kitchen to bring it to us, my wife got hit HARD by food poisoning from the previous night’s dinner! We had to leave immediately. She was a wreck! I got 2 bites of a shrimp ettouffe that was the best thing I have ever put in my mouth and that was it. She couldn’t even stand the smell of food in the car. We had to throw it away. My poor wife was miserably ill and just wanted to be that ill in her own bed. I drove from New Orleans to Phoenix in one night with only a failed attempt at sleeping in a hotel in Austin in between.

                    • 122 lockewasright
                      April 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

                      Here’s that video:

                    • 123 desertflower
                      April 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

                      OH NOES!!! Poor Mrs. lockewasright! She would have been in heaven twice in a week….my parents took the family there when I was younger. We ate every bit of seafood we could find…ate at Commander’s Palace and Cafe du Monde by the river…had a great time there. Hope you got to take her to NO when she wasn’t sick:)

    • April 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thanks locke. You just decided my dinner for tonight 😀 Need to use up my peppers and celery. Thanks !

    • April 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

      It’s barely 8am here and now you have me thinking about your fabulous dinner!

  38. 128 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Democrats finally make voting rights a top priority

    by Zachary Roth


    For years, voting-rights advocates have been quietly urging Democrats and the Obama administration to fully embrace the fight over access to the ballot as a defining civil-rights issue of our day. This was the week when it finally happened.

    The heightened rhetoric, which came from President Obama and other heavyweights in his party, is the latest sign that voting rights are likely to be a front-burner issue when Americans go to the polls this fall—at least if Democrats have their way.
    It’s not just talk, either. The Democratic National Committee recently launched the Voter Expansion Project, which aims to push back against restrictive voting laws by registering new voters and supporting laws that expand access to the ballot.



    • 129 CEB
      April 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thank God. The carefully orchestrated, state by state assault on minority voting rights is truly frightening. Roberts and the other judicial thugs on the Court have deeply wounded our nation. The push back by the PBO and the democrats may save our democracy.

  39. 130 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 10:54 am


  40. 131 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    • 132 anniebella
      April 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

      One minute the stupid media were calling for someone’s head to roll for the trouble rollout of ACA, then when someone resign that same media tries to act as if it’s the worse thing in the world for the Obama administration to kick Kathleen Sebelius out. Even though the administration didn’t get her out. She left on her own.

  41. 134 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

  42. 135 desertflower
    April 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Put this one in the “No Shit” file…and then send it to the deniers you know.


  43. 137 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

  44. 138 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

  45. 139 africa
    April 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Happy Sunday TODers

    Hiya Chips!!

  46. 141 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

  47. 142 amk for obama
    April 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Its “gut check” time for all of us. I don’t know about you, but after these last four years I’m actually psyched to get back to Democrats arguing with other Democrats over HOW MUCH change we want to see rather than being pissed at Republicans all the time for their total obstruction. There’s a lot riding on this one. I hope we can all work together to make that happen.


    with that, gunnite.

  48. 143 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

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