Early Bird Chat

 On This Day – One of the loveliest Pete Souza photos: President Barack Obama hugs Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient actor Sidney Poitier during the award ceremony in the East Room of the White House, on Aug. 12, 2009


Morning everyone.

116 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    August 12, 2014 at 7:32 am


  2. August 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

    😳Hellooooo anyone there?

  3. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    August 12, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Morning, Chips, Roberta. So glad to see this morning opening since it’s a chance to start again after the dark and depressing news of last night’s posts. It’s a dreary day today and the news of Ferguson, Robin Williams, Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza, Syria weighs heavy on our hearts. As an antidote, I found a recent statement by Pope Francis on ten ways to lead a good and happy life.


  4. 11 vcprezofan2
    August 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

    GM, Roberta. I C U up there!
    GM, JackieG, I C U 2.
    And of course, I C CC! GM! 😀

    Howdy, TODobots around the world! May this Tuesday be far more uplifting for everyone than the last few days have been!

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      August 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Hi VC. It’s good to see a cheery presence this am. So much depressing news is very difficult to deal with. Maybe some weird climate change effect is causing world-wide craziness this summer. The number of body and mind blows per day is just getting unreal. How our president deasl with all of this and keeps his calm is beyond anything I can understand.

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2014 at 8:09 am

        ‘The number of body and mind blows per day is just getting unreal.’

        Yes. JackieG, believe me, over the last couple of days it has been more ‘work’ to be cheery than it has ever been for me! Knowing myself though, supporting a heavy spirit over a long period is a burden that I cannot manage without coming up for air. I suspect PBO has his own mechanism for release, and whatever it is, I thank God for it, and for his control and inner fortitude. None of the others who ran for the presidency in recent years would have been able to stand strong or bend appropriately, confronted with so many storms and damaging winds as PBO has been.

        Today will be better…..because we all are yearning for better, pushing the ‘cosmos’ with our desires? I hope.

    • August 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Good mooooooooorning to ya VC!

      • 16 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

        From your fingers to God’s green button (vs his red button)! We are all due for some ‘good’.

        Greetings to you, Most Benevolent Sovereign (© Dudette)! Dare I say, ‘You’re slipping, CC’? Or is it that your spy glass is foggy? I was able to squeeze in and walk around for 10 whole minutes before being spotted; O happy day! 😀

    • August 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Hi VC thanks you have a good say. Let’s hope it gets better.

  5. 19 africa
    August 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Congrats Roberta

    Happy Tuesday TODers

    Heeeeeeeeya Chips!!

  6. 22 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

    And oh, yeah. mandatory (smh) GM petals.

  7. August 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. August 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Gooooood Morning everyone…Ms Chips…NW…LL…BTs….TOD Villagers…..

    in a seemingly chaotic world today….it hard to see the positive…I have been thinking about this….amid the turmoil there is HOPE….the Ukrainian People as Bob has said are more than willing to defend their freedom…Putin’s maneuvers has done much to unify not only Ukraine but the International Community….it was Twitter and Social Media…telling the truth about the happenings in GAZA that brought Israel to the table…they could not longer afford to continue there mission of genocide of the Palestinian people amid cries of war crime….and even in Ferguson…a community stands unified against the barbarism of the police force…forcing comments from Claire McCaskill…and AG Holder…..and we have hope that November 2014 will not be a repeat of 2010….we see the BEAST come out with poll after poll…survey after survey trying to convince us that we will lose…just as they did in 2012…but now as then we will not listen to them….and we will be victorious…


  9. 47 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 8:18 am

    the monsters now have started barking. #Iblamejenny

    • 48 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Does Ji’runt have a good voice? He has to (in order to compensate for mine) otherwise I may have to rethink accepting *him* as my long overdue birthday gift.

  10. August 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Feel like the whole country needs that warm Sidney Poitier embrace right now, especially Ferguson.

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      August 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I felt that way, too. momsense, when I first saw that photo. Imagine getting a hug from either of those two fantastic men. Bliss!

      • August 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

        And all the black men who keep being told they are not worthy of living, or the right to presumption of innocence. They could certainly use the affirmation that is in that embrace. People of conscience have to come together and support each other.

  11. 54 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Didn’t know robin williams was famous in my part of the desert. Plenty of tributes today in indian innernetz.

    • August 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

      He played so many roles — something for everyone, dontcha think?

      I understand if people don’t know who he was, but anyone who saw his comic routines or movies, must be saddened on hearing this news.

      May be my boomer myopia, but I can’t think of any performer alive who can come close to matching his comedic zeal, spontaneity and ability to assume so many diverse roles.

  12. August 12, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Good Tuesday Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!!

  13. 59 africa
    August 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

    • 60 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

      A quote from the link Africa shared above.

      It was a brilliant media critique, and while Twitter and other platforms may have no magical power to stop shootings or catch warlords, one thing they are very good at is catching the attention of the media. Journalists pay attention to Twitter–disproportionate attention, maybe–and that makes it a very, very good place to deliver the modern version of a letter to the editor. You could say similar of #YesAllWomen, or of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag of earlier this year: no, it didn’t have the power to free the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, but it did put the story on homepages and newscasts often resistant to overseas news, especially from sub-Saharan Africa.

      #IfTheyGunnedMeDown is not going to stop anyone from being gunned down, but it most likely lodged in the memory of editors and producers who make judgments every day. Sure, many of them are already aware of the power of image choices, but #IfTheyGunnedMeDown chose its own images to make a powerful statement–one that people are likely to remember the next time “if” becomes “when.”

  14. 61 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    • August 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

      WOW…WOW….WOW….what a pic

      the eyes of quiet determination…in the eyes of the Black Man,,,,

      not sure if I know what i see in the eyes of the white cop…not anger…but…but another kind of determination…..

    • 63 anniebella
      August 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

      I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what happen, but it’s hard for me to believe that a young black man would get in a fight with a officer, that he would try to take the officer gun. It could have happen the way the officer said, but as of now I don’t believe it did. When it comes to young black men or any black men most officers will shoot first ask questions later, and if it was a white man that same officer would do everything they could to keep from killing the white man, it would be their last thought.

  15. 64 desertflower
    August 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Morning everyone. I stand with prettyfoot and MomSense. If I COULD stand, I would stand with them, that is. My entire body feels like it got hit by a Mack truck. Was at work yesterday from 8:30am till 6:30pm….never stopped to take a breath. No lunch, no break, heck…I didn’t even realize I didn’t go to the bathroom until 3:15!! It was crazy! Still not perfect in school yet…but those kids are coming whether we’re ready or not:)

  16. 67 africa
    August 12, 2014 at 8:28 am

    • 69 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

      If you want my off the top response – it would have been ‘sad’ if he’d been shot to death in a case of mistaken identity by one of those eager rwnjs. Real ‘sad’.

  17. August 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good morning TODville.

    As LL said a couple of days ago, so much is happening now, hard to keep up.

    If you missed it, Bobfr posted this last night — the play Robin Williams was rehearsing for looks amazing — can only imagine the absolute devastation for the cast, writers and everyone involved in this play, which itself sounds spectacular.

    Just a hint of how many people’s lives he touched, generous and genius soul that he was. RIP, Robin Williams, best impersonator ever.

    • August 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Just read the comments on this tweet and the interview with cast and writer appears to be from 2011.

      This actually heartened me to know that the show was produced, that they did have the experience of working with Robin Williams. They must be devastated to hear the news.

    • August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hard to fathom his premature death but his light burned brightly and made us laugh until we cried. Truly he was one of Gods chosen to bing laughter to humankind.

  18. August 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good rainy or sunny morning depending on where you live.

  19. August 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!

  20. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    August 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Thank you all for your wonderful Birthday Wishes yesterday. Life has a way a keeping you grounded… Robin Williams death, one of my staff’s sisters passed away suddenly yesterday afternoon and all hell breaking loose in Ferguson and our media is completely derelict and getting worse and worse by the day.

    Thank you TOD for shinning a light on all that is important in this world of ours!

    Try and have a good day.

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      August 12, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Donna, it’s hard to imagine any more drama on a person’s birthday, so this year may really stand out in your memory. I hope you got lots of hugs and kisses from your the little adorable ones to help you focus on all the terrific things in your life.

  21. 78 GGAIL
    August 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Good West Coast Chipsticks & TOD family.

    WP attacked me last night. It sent me an email, I clicked Accept and then started getting everyones comment notification. In my strong desire to STOP the madness, I unsubscribed to TOD! Now I don’t know how to get subscribed again!!! 😯

    • August 12, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Oh flip, GGail! What the heck was WP sending emails for??

      Can anyone rescue GGail, you know me: clueless.

      • 80 desertflower
        August 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

        Sorry, GGail…what a mess. When WP misbehaves it’s really annoying…I have no idea how to fix this problem but I have a question. Why is it necessary to subscribe to TOD? You come here all the time on your own…you sure don’t need to know when someone comments on your comment…I would think that to stop from getting into “trouble” with WP that you would just not worry about any comment notification…that’s annoying anyway:) I don’t opt for notification and its all good.

        • 81 GGAIL
          August 12, 2014 at 9:26 am

          Back in the beginning when TOD was first created, I signed up for subscription. I’ll have to go and remember how to do it again.

          Lord, Lord, toil & trouble 🙂

    • 82 amk for obama
      August 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

      At the bottom of this thread, uncheck notify me of comments and new posts.

      • 83 GGAIL
        August 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

        Thanks Chips, df & amk!
        I no longer get TOD new post delivered to my email inbox. That’s what I need instruction on. I’ll have morr time once I get to work.

  22. 84 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

    AJ is running a series called Meltdown about how the bankers and pols screwed the world in 2008. It warns us indians and chinese will cause the next meltdown. Fiiiinally. it’s our turn.

  23. August 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I posted this yesterday, but ICYMI…this bears sharing again.

    I had no idea this was happening.

    Prison Reform MY BLACK ASS!!!


    Sentencing, by the Numbers

    AUG. 10, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — IN a recent letter to the United States Sentencing Commission, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sharply criticized the growing trend of evidence-based sentencing, in which courts use data-driven predictions of defendants’ future crime risk to shape sentences. Mr. Holder is swimming against a powerful current. At least 20 states have implemented this practice, including some that require risk scores to be considered in every sentencing decision. Many more are considering it, as is Congress, in pending sentencing-reform bills.

    Risk-assessment advocates say it’s a no-brainer: Who could oppose “smarter” sentencing? But Mr. Holder is right to pick this fight. As currently used, the practice is deeply unfair, and almost certainly unconstitutional. It contravenes the principle that punishment should depend on what a defendant did, not on who he is or how much money he has.

    The basic problem is that the risk scores are not based on the defendant’s crime. They are primarily or wholly based on prior characteristics: criminal history (a legitimate criterion), but also factors unrelated to conduct. Specifics vary across states, but common factors include unemployment, marital status, age, education, finances, neighborhood, and family background, including family members’ criminal history.


  24. 86 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    A lion cub has led forest rangers to its mother’s corpse in an Indian sanctuary, an act described by officials as very unusual behaviour.

    A forest guard, who saw the cub hiding in the bushes, followed it and went on to discover the body on a nearby hill.

    The cub then guarded his mother until the ranger returned with forest and police officials to remove the carcass.

    A post-mortem suggests the lioness died in a fight with other animals, possibly a herd of water buffalo.

    Deputy Conservator of Forests in Gir, Anshuman Sharma, said the cub’s behaviour was “rare” and “very peculiar” – something he had not encountered in his many years of watching lions.

  25. August 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

    It may seem that @Mashable is late to this, but they appear to be one of the few media outlets who is not a #Ferguson PD mouthpiece — just eard this on CBS radio news, which boils my blood: … “police had to use force last night…” Yeah, more like police were ready to murder more unarmed residents.

    Many of these tweets appeared on TOD yesterday. Hmmm, I wonder if Mashable reads TOD to get a pulse from other than the northeast media elite?

  26. August 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    Hi ya, Ms. Chips!
    This is my last day of vacation in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. I will neve be the same. I have been lurking and the days and nights have been so peaceful, it was hard for me to even read what has been going on all over the world. At one pint Ievenfelt guilty being here. The people here have been very nice except for one incident with a waitress at a restaurant. We rose above that incident. We were not going to allow one ignorant person to poison our Spirits.
    This is Pacific time zone so it took a day before my body could adjust to the altitude and the wonders of Nature here. I have a lot to catch up on when I do get back.

    While I am waiting for the sun to rise I would like to take a few minutes to let Layla know that I am praying for total healing for your body, mind and soul. Peace on your soul as you heal. I believe as I pray and see you healed. We have to believe and see healing when we pray. I wish you could be here with me right now.
    I purchased this wonderful book at the Grand Canyon entitled, ” I Am The Grand Canyon,” by Stephen Hirst. This is the story of the Havasupai people. This is why I will never be the same again.
    With all the struggles they had and still have to endure, at the end of the day they are greatful to be alive.
    I will take that spirit with me when I leave here and continue to pray for peace on this earth.
    Have a great day everyone. I will post again when I return back home.

    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      August 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Have a safe trip back, LDS. Glad you have good memories to stay with you.

      • August 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Good morning, Jackie!
        Thank you.
        I cannot express in words how this vacation has helped to awaken the power of healing that we have.
        It is simply amazing that we do not realize that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We were created to love.
        I am so beyond words by what is going on in Ferguson, Mo., the senseless killing of yet another young man.
        As a mother, my heart is sadden for the family and everyone there.

    • 94 desertflower
      August 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Sedona has that effect:) It’s some special place. Have a safe trip home.

    • August 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

      So glad you got a week away to enjoy the beauty of northern Arizona.

      This is the kind of vacation that everyone should schedule for themselves at least once in their life — constant demands of life make it difficult, so glad you’ve been able to experience the centering and contemplation and knowledge that Sedona offers.

      Hope you had some spectacular sunsets. I’ve mentioned before that AZ and NM routinely have the 360-degree sunsets that are unmatched in most other places in the US.

      Safe journey home, LDS.

  27. 97 Roberta in MN
    August 12, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Sunny and warm today in MN BBL, time for Megan to go outside.

  28. 98 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 9:11 am

    via bj

  29. 99 JER
    August 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Good morning BFF and TOD.

    • 100 jackiegrumbacher
      August 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Jer, this is pure madness. Why do all those men need guns and riot gear to approach a man walking down the sidewalk. This is unconscionable. It needs to stop now.

    • 101 amk for obama
      August 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Jeez, look at those guns pointing at him. Fucking cowards.

  30. 102 anniebella
    August 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

    POTUS and FLOTUS will attend a party tomorrow at Vernon Jordon. Oh by the way Hillary suppose to be there too.

    • 103 desertflower
      August 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Good…maybe PBO can smack the side of her head and ask her wtf is she doing bad mouthing his FP decisions for…. then remind her it’s different when you have to be accountable.

  31. 104 JER
    August 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

  32. August 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Lincourt Ellen I wonder if the selflessness that Robin Williams exhibited, while battling his own demons of addiction and depression, would qualify him for sainthood in the Episcopal Church. His life is an example of the Christian virtue of sharing joy in the face of burdens and woe. By elevating a person who struggled so hard with mental illness, we would be affirming that God calls us and makes us worthy, rather than God calling the worthy. Williams was involved in numerous charities and organizations that served others. He gave of himself unselfishly to the world. And in the end, he lost his battle with depression, but he endured for so long. These are qualities that can be an example for the Christian life. I would like there to be a movement to qualify Robin Williams as a saint of the Episcopal Church.

    *****I just found this comment on a post on my Facebook feed. Just had to share. Off to my Tuesday morning serving in our food pantry. bbl……….Blessings and hope to all of us.

  33. 106 4morefor44
    August 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    damn, they should send the ferguson s.w.a.t. team down to bundy ranch and get those traitorous secessionists.

  34. 107 JER
    August 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    • 108 anniebella
      August 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Someone said the police have not even talk to that young man who was with Michael Brown, they said that the lawyer for this young man have told the police he will be glad to come talk to them. But so far they haven’t.

    • 110 desertflower
      August 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Republican incompetence is most obvious when you look closely at their irresponsible stewardship of the federal government. Republicans gave us the Great Depression and kept us there for four years without really attempting to fix anything. On the other hand, from 1932 through 1980, when Democrats held the White House and a supermajority in Congress, the New Deal and Social Security passed, as did market and economic reforms that led to the largest economic boom and social transformation in world history. That prosperity led to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, Medicare, OSHA, FDA, FTC and the EPA, among many other changes.

      Republicans brag constantly about the last 34 years, when Republicans have controlled enough of the government to block everything good for 30 of them. Mostly, the current Republican Party is all about austerity. They pretend to care about deficits and debt, but the fact is, most of the debt accumulated to date came from their incompetence. The money they borrow and spend doesn’t go toward investments in the country, like building infrastructure, which would actually create more revenue and less debt. Instead, they waste money on tax cuts for the rich and weapons for wars we’ll never fight, which creates, at best, a short-term economic stimulus.


  35. 111 4morefor44
    August 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

    the photographer who took that iconic photo above of the stand-off is really one to follow about the ferguson insanity:

    works for the st. louis post dispatch.

    August 12, 2014 at 9:44 am


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