Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama stretches in the afternoon sun after moving a meeting with his senior advisors outdoors into the Rose Garden on a warm spring day, May 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday!

72 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 criquet
    May 20, 2014 at 7:52 am

    GM all.

  2. 6 africa
    May 20, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers.

    Hiya Chips

  3. 10 vcprezofan2
    May 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Happy sunrise TODobots!

  4. 22 vcprezofan2
    May 20, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Chips, was that white chair always there behind the Prez? I never paid attention before , but now that the darth vader photoshop has been shown here, my eyes automatically went to the chair. Do set my mind at ease, please. TY 😀

  5. 23 Dudette
    May 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Good Morning Lovely People!

    Happy Primary Day! Have you done your part to save our democracy today?

    I’m on my way,..

  6. 24 GGAIL
    May 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Groan…where’s Friday??

  7. May 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. May 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

    The story of Nat King Cole and his racist neighbours

    Nat King Cole, the first black American TV star and a friend of President John Kennedy, conquered hearts and minds across the world with a string of hits in the Forties and Fifties.

    But behind the singer’s ever-present smile lay sadness at a racist campaign of terror that he and his family suffered at the hands of his wealthy white neighbours on Hollywood’s doorstep.

    The full extent of the hostility endured by the musician in the exclusive Los Angeles neighbourhood of Hancock Park has now been revealed in a new documentary.

    The jazz pianist and singer had already achieved star status with his King Cole Trio when he decided to move in 1948 to the well-to-do suburb, which boasts Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn and Mae West among its former residents.

    But Cole and his family were breaking new ground as the first black people to live there. Their arrival sparked a storm of protest, beginning with a legal battle by the Hancock Park Property Owners Association to try to prevent him from buying the house. When that did not work, the association tried to buy the house from the star. And months of abuse followed, in which his dog was poisoned and racial insults burnt into his lawn.


    • May 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I would like to know who his newborns were. To be that hateful and cruel goes beyond racism. Nat king Cole was my grandfather’s favorite artist. I got a stereo record player for Christmas in 1967, and a Nat King Cole album was part of my present.

    • May 20, 2014 at 9:08 am

      There is so much to discuss about this subject. One thing that jumped out at me is Natalie Cole mentioning the level of disrespect that the President faces because of racism. Every time we try and point this out we are dismissed. It seems to me like Natalie Cole is an expert but I’m sure that her opinion will be dismissed as well.

      • 32 anniebella
        May 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

        Sure it will be dismissed, because after all they aren’t racists. Racism doesn’t exists.

  9. 33 desertflower
    May 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Morning everyone:) I’ve always loved this photo….

  10. 34 JER
    May 20, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. VP Biden has arrived in Romania.

  11. 35 Ladyhawke
    May 20, 2014 at 9:08 am

    FBI Director Tells ABC News Whether the US Has the Goods on China

    ABC News’ Pierre Thomas speaks exclusively to James Comey about alleged hacking by China – despite its denials.


  12. 37 japa21
    May 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Bill Press is really pissing me off. That is all.

    • 38 0388jojothecat
      May 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

      I stopped listening to Bill Press. He is a HRC fan and never really supported PBO.

      • 39 mophene
        May 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        I stop listening to Bill Press, when I realized most of his pundits were from Politico. I already know what the GOP talking points are.

    • 40 COS
      May 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

      GM TOD. Japa, when he announced what his show was about, I flipped the channel. He is a faux selfish liberal. I try to support his show, but I find it really hard. Randi Rhodes was the onlyserious talk show liberal host and she is gone. I like Stephanie Miller because she makes me laugh. 🙂

    • 41 pkayden
      May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

      I stopped listening to Bill Press when he claimed that Snowden was a hero. That was enough for me.

  13. 42 57andfemale
    May 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I missed the Stephen Sondheim night owl chat?!?!? Often I’ve never heard the music that LL brings to us – but the American Musical and I MISSED it?!?!?

    That’ll teach me to go out to dinner with Mr. 57.

  14. 43 desertflower
    May 20, 2014 at 9:28 am


    This deals with wage theft, and at least in Florida, Republican lawmakers think it’s just fine for employers to steal from their employees…

    In 2010, liberal legislators in Miami-Dade County decided to take matters into their own hands. They passed an anti-wage-theft ordinance, resulting in more than 600 prosecutions and $1.7 million recovered in stolen pay in the first year alone. Miami-Dade’s success inspired Broward and Palm Beach Counties to propose similar measures.

    In response, Republican legislators in Tallahassee tried to pass a bill that would prohibit any “county, municipality, or political subdivision of the state” from enacting laws, rules, ordinances or regulations “for the purpose of addressing wage theft.” They failed, so they tried again. This time, the bill passed the Florida House, but failed in the Senate.

    Where conservatives often style themselves as the champions of local control — Ronald Reagan called for a government with “as much law and decision-making authority as possible kept at the local level” — the Florida example suggests that they have no compunction about sacrificing that principle when it threatens business interests.

    You can “thank” ALEC and those RWNJ state legislatures for all this. Don’t want your hard earned wages stolen?? VOTE THESE GUYS OUT!!

    • 44 pkayden
      May 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

      This happened in Oklahoma when the Governor signed legislation barring cities from passing increases in the state minimum wage. I wish working class folks would get smart and vote out Republicans. Republicans have made it clear that they are only concerned about the interests of the 1%.

  15. May 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

    John Conyers’ Last Chance to Get Back on the Ballot

    The tenure of the longest-serving black congressman is in jeopardy without a judge’s help.
    By: Corey Dade

    Posted: May 19 2014 8:15 AM

    The News: Longtime Michigan Rep. John Conyers is expected to ask a federal judge in Detroit on Wednesday to put his name back on the Democratic primary ballot.

    Conyers, the longest-serving African American in Congress, is challenging the decision of the Wayne County, Mich., clerk that he didn’t submit enough signatures for his name to appear on the ballot for Aug. 5. The clerk invalidated more than 400 signatures, causing Conyers to fall short of the required 1,000, because the collectors of those names were not registered voters. State law requires petition circulators to be registered voters.

    Conyers joined a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the petition circulators. The ACLU argues that the law is unconstitutional because it violates the petition circulators’ rights to free speech and political association.

    The validity of the signatures was challenged by Conyers’ primary opponent, the Rev. Horace Sheffield III. If Conyers’ name is kept off the ballot, he will have to conduct a write-in bid, for which the Conyers campaign manager says the team is “fully prepared.”


    • May 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Every time I read about what has happened to John Conyer’s election, I get blood mad. My niece told me that it was a simple error made by some kids who didn’t know what they were doing. I think it is just some more BS from our overlords up in Lansing. Our city clerk bent over backwards and defied the city’s charter to get our current mayor on the ballot, but she couldn’t wait to give John Conyers the boot. Rep. Conyers is respected any loved by the people of Michigan, and we are not going to stand for this sh*t!

  16. May 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Republicans Have Edge on Top Election Issue: the Economy
    Democrats have advantage on Affordable Care Act and economic inequality
    by Frank Newport May 19, 2014

    PRINCETON, NJ — American voters rate the economy as the most important issue to their vote for Congress this year, and give the Republicans in Congress a slight edge over the Democrats as best able to handle it. Voters give four other issues lower, but still above-average, importance — the federal deficit, taxes, the Affordable Care Act, and income and wealth inequality. Voters see Republicans as better able to handle the first two, while Democrats have the edge on the latter two.


  17. 56 Linda
    May 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Woot …. Primary day in Georgia….

    Color me happy that Kingston, Gingrey and Broun all loose their seats in the House today after all three lose to Perdue.

  18. May 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

    There are a fucking HALF MILLION PEOPLE IN GEORGIA that don’t have access to Healthcare because of the lack of expansion of Medicaid.

    And her stupid ass can’t stand up for Obamacare?

    phuck her.


    Nunn refuses to answer whether she would have voted for ObamaCare

    posted at 10:01 am on May 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

    It’s not exactly a chapter for a new edition of Profiles in Courage, but Michelle Nunn apparently hopes her strange straddle on ObamaCare will keep her in the running for the US Senate seat from Georgia. NBC’s Kasie Hunt asks Nunn whether she would have voted for ObamaCare had she been in the Senate in 2010. Nunn gets so flustered that she butchers the official legislative name of ObamaCare and turns “architect” into a verb to provide a non-answer (via America Rising PAC):


  19. May 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Politico’s Poll Showing Democrats In Trouble This Midterm Election Is a Total Crock

    By: Justin Baragona
    Monday, May, 19th, 2014, 11:37 am

    This week, political news site Politico released a poll showing that Democrats are at a seven-point disadvantage against Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. The poll is supposed to reflect voter sentiments in the most competitive House and Senate races this year. For the House races, the poll shows that Democrats trail Republicans by 9 points, 39% -30%. As for the Senate, Republicans hold a seven-point advantage, 43% -36%. This poll seems to predict a gloomy outcome for the Democrats in November. It is certainly possible that Republicans can gain control of the Senate and retain their majority on the House. However, this poll is a total crock.

    It is always important to look into the methodology used by a poll to see how credible it is. In this instance, the poll was tilted heavily in Republicans’ favor from the outset, creating the results that we see. The claim of the poll is to show ‘competitive’ House and Senate races, so the interviewees were only from those areas. Yet, the poll shows that 39% of the respondents are Republicans. 34% stated that they’re Democrats. Only 26% identified as independents. Compare this with the country at large, where 31% identify are registered with the Democratic Party, 25% identify as Republican and 42% claim to be independent.

    Of course, this is supposed to reflect the ‘competitive’ races only, so we have to give some leeway here. It is quite possible that the districts and state with tight races have much a higher combined saturation of Republicans than the country as a whole. However, it also seems like additional methods were applied in this poll to get a more conservative favoring result. 49% of the respondents are 55 or older. In the last election, less than 42% of the voters were in that age bracket. Now, perhaps it is possible that in these districts and states, there is just a larger percentage of older voters than in the country as a whole.


  20. 67 desertflower
    May 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Untold story of the F’d up Koch family. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/koch-brothers-family-history-sons-of-wichita

    Fred was the kind of father, one relative recalled, who taught his boys to swim by throwing them into the pool and walking away.

    Some read!

  21. 68 JER
    May 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

  22. 69 desertflower
    May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am


    On Wednesday, President Obama will create his second national monument of the year, designating the Organ Mountains in New Mexico a protected area.
    The Organ Mountains, located at the southern end of New Mexico, will be the 11th and largest national monument of Obama’s presidency. The White House says that the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will create $7.4 million in new annual economic activity in the region, a finding that first appeared in a 2013 report. That report also found the monument would double the number of outdoor recreation and tourism jobs in the region and contribute $560,000 in state and local tax revenue.

  23. 71 Jackie Grumbacher
    May 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Morning everyone. Will not have computer until later today. Wishing all good, progressive Dem candidates a lucky day and all campaign workers strength and perseverance. Have a great and productive day and don’t forget to vote!

  24. 72 Linda
    May 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Here is a list of Monsanto Products to avoid.

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