Early Bird Chat

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

 Pete Souza: “The Obama family made an unannounced visit to tour the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., the night before the President made remarks at the official dedication of the memorial.” Oct. 14, 2011


Morning everyone, happy Thursday!

139 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 21, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Morning bt.

  2. 4 amk for obama
    August 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

  3. 5 amk for obama
    August 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

    • August 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Obviously, the GOP tries to defund anything that is a threat or a potential threat to *their* interests. Anything that might allow others to move up into their realm (education, health, employment/wages, justice & equality, equal treatment under the law, etc.) is considered a threat.

  4. 7 99ts
    August 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

    GM Chips and amk. Protest in my world by Uni students against the PM. Police brought in the horses. I sometimes think we live in the 1800s – but guess horses are better than a war machine. Frustrating that universities ask such a person to speak.

  5. 29 Linda
    August 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning….

    ” The most trusted name in News ” is showing the Piaget Crenshaw video while talking about the new witness Michael Brady with Anderson Cooper last night.

    Brady took his own video which was much farther away from the crime scene.

  6. 30 amk for obama
    August 21, 2014 at 7:41 am


  7. 31 amk for obama
    August 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

  8. August 21, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Good Thursday Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  9. 53 jackiegrumbacher
    August 21, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Morning all, our local Republican Party continues to provide unintended hilarity. Yesterday some R’s picketed their own headquarters while inside the Republican leadership refused ANY support, financial or otherwise, to their own candidate, who fairly won the primary election. So now there is more anger among Republican factions than there is between R’s and D.s All of this is being aired out on the front pages of the local newspaper so it’s like seeing monkeys fling poo at each other in front of the crowds.

  10. August 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Bring this over from previous post…

    Good News….


    “Emory University Hospital to announce release of American Ebola patients”


    Emory University Hospital will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to talk about the release of both Ebola patients currently being treated at the hospital. Dr. Kent Brantly is expected to be present at the news conference to make a statement.

    The news conference at Emory University Hospital will take place at 11 a.m. Brantly will make a statement at that time but will not take any questions.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      August 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

      SW, now we’re going to hear scary stories about how these patients are going to infect the population. Spew ignorance, stir up the crowds, create havoc and criticism of ….PBO. Wash. Rinse. repeat.

      • August 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

        GM JackieG.

        Yes, I’ve already heard that there is speculation as to whether these patients are still contagious. One, I truly don’t believe that Emory (probably in consultation with the CDC) would release these patients if they were a risk to the public. Two, it doesn’t appear that either of these patients are planning to do a lot of socializing as they both seem to want privacy and seclusion for the time being. Three, I doubt any of the worrywarts personally know either of these patients, much less will be close enough to them to be concerned.

  11. August 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

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

  12. August 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

    That kinder, gentler GOP is never going to happen….


    “Paul Ryan: I’m Keeping Tax Cuts for the Rich”


    Reducing the top tax rate has been the Republican Party’s highest priority for a quarter century. Since the 2012 election, a handful of apostates have gently urged it to change course. Paul Ryan…has a message for the reformers who want to change course: forget it. Ryan…“made it clear that he disagrees with some conservatives who are willing to accept a high top tax rate in order to increase the child tax credit.”

    Starting in the early 1980s, supply-side economics emerged as the Republican Party’s policy doctrine…Accordingly, Republicans have valued low tax rates over absolutely everything else.

    In the 2012 election, that commitment turned into a major liability for the party. The Republican ticket ran on a somewhat sketchily defined plan to reform taxes, the impact of which would have been to give the richest one percent a huge tax cut and impose higher taxes on the middle class.

    The Republican reformers have, correctly, identified the commitment to reducing the top tax rate as a major (or even the major) liability. The most important theme of “Room to Grow,” a policy manifesto by “reform conservatives,” is that the GOP should abandon supply-side economics.

    Ryan has positioned himself as a reformist in some ways. He acknowledged that calling people who get government benefits “takers” is *mean*. On the other hand, Ryan is a longtime, deeply devoted supply-sider. So Ryan is cross-pressured here, between a faction that is attempting to excise the party’s weaknesses and his own most fundamental convictions.

    • 70 Don
      August 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

      I don’t think Paul Ryan should change his message at all; it is a message that keeps getting him elected. The white working class feels that they are under siege so they continue to vote for Ryan, even though Ryan does not appear to be slowing down in his efforts to fuck them in ways that the Karma Sutra haven’t thought of. Politicians don’t change; it is the voter that must change.

    • 71 99ts
      August 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Truly amazing that someone who was raised with government assistance acts the way this man does act. He hasn’t earned a thing – gets his support from the government and his wife.

      • August 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

        He wants to pretend like he never had any help [the “I built this” mentality]. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is not supposed to entail any government assistance. His pretense is so ingrained, he sees no problem with denying others the resources and opportunities that helped him to get ahead.

  13. 73 Linda
    August 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

    So….the ALL WHITE PR firm hired by the Ferguson Mayor thinks it is a good idea to promote the town with ” I love Ferguson T-shirts and yard signs in ALL WHITE neighborhoods ?

    How out of touch …..

    • 74 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

      UGH…Clueless and tone deaf.

    • August 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Nor do they give the appearance of wanting to be in touch. The interview that Chris Hayes did with the mayor in the OTHER Ferguson leads me to believe that as long as the issues that plague the black and/or low-income residents do not touch them, then all is well as far as they are concerned.

      • August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

        Agree. I am no expert on body language. However, I paid close attention to his body language the entire interview…….actually paid closer attention to that than what he was saying. He was majorly uncomfortable. Yes, most of his answers to Chris were lame and he repeated a lot so both verbal and non-verbals reveal he doesn’t have a clue.

        Going to the Y this morning, I heard Ari R. interview Jerryl Christmas. It was a great listen. Would be awesome if we could get audio of it. Yeah, I know, it’s XM radio so may not be possible. Christmas is a defense attorney (AA) in STL.

    • 78 anniebella
      August 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Of course if everything benefits you,you will love it.

  14. 79 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Obama’s economy! No wonder the media/GOP are no longer talking about it.

  15. 80 Linda
    August 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I wonder why we have not heard from or seen the drivers of the cars that were behind the police vehicle because it had blocked the road.

    Also…was Wilson driving a patrol car or an SUV…I have heard both.

  16. August 21, 2014 at 8:51 am
    • 82 99ts
      August 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

      If he wasn’t the AG – he would still be being stopped on the Turnpike.

      • 83 vcprezofan2
        August 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

        IMO, stopping on turnpike by some ignorant police officer is still a possibility. I suspect a lot of officers are quite ignorant and many probably wouldn’t recognize him – unless his vehicle has some kind of identification.

        • 84 99ts
          August 21, 2014 at 9:37 am

          gm vc – you are right – sad to say – but given his current position he probably doesn’t drive himself very often

          • 85 vcprezofan2
            August 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

            Really, guys? I never thought about whether he drove himself or not. You others who know more in this area – Does the AG have a SS detail?

      August 21, 2014 at 9:21 am


  17. 93 GGAIL
    August 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  18. 98 dotster3
    August 21, 2014 at 8:53 am


    • August 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

      😆 Morning Dote-ster!!!

      • 100 dotster3
        August 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

        OK, I was ready to embrace my new handle—–thought it meant I was cherished and adored—-adorable. Then see today the original meaning was “silly and feeble-minded due to old age”—–so that sorta put a damper on my dote-ster enthusiasm. Not AS perky and proud about it. 🙂

        • August 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

          I am totally suing that dictionary! An ugly case it will be too: “Silly and feeble-minded due to old age” vs “Sweetheart.”

          I will win. Trust me. Hold my coat.

    • 102 57andfemale
      August 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Sigh. I remember when the Sun-Times was one of the best papers in the country. when they did reporting and stuff. And cutting-edge commentary like Mike Royko.


      • 103 dotster3
        August 21, 2014 at 9:14 am

        Loved Royko—-used to be a daily highlight —–mr. dote-ster and I would read it to each other and laugh our heads off. Now—–all we have to laugh at is a “It’s raining” tweet.

  19. August 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    You learn a lot going through the POU twitter feed.

    I needed this LOL moment this morning:

    It ain’t the Nat Turner Gun Club, but it’ll do.


  20. August 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  21. 108 JER
    August 21, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Good morning BFF and TOD.

    LIVE NOW: Attorney General Eric Holder delivers remarks regarding the Bank of America $17 billion settlement with the Justice Department – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  22. 111 Linda
    August 21, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Under Bush

    2001 – September 11, 2001 attacks, 2,997 killed;

    2002 – Reporter Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and beheaded in Karachi.

    2002 – Nine people killed by bomb blast near US embassy in Lima – seen as attempt to disrupt forthcoming visit by President George W. Bush.

    2002-2006 – Karachi consulate attacks: three separate attacks killed 18 people (including an American diplomat) and injured 87.

    2002 – Two Marines shot, one killed in Kuwait.

    2003 – Riyadh Compound Bombings kill 35, including 9 Americans.

    2003 – Three American diplomats are killed by a roadside bomb targeting their convoy in Gaza. Palestine Resistance Committees, an umbrella organization has taken responsibility for the attack.”[2]

    2003–present – Damascus terrorist attacks: American interests in Syria targeted by Islamists.

    2004 – Civilians Nick Berg, Jack Hensley, and Eugene Armstrong kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq.

    2004 – Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr, civilian working in Saudi Arabia, kidnapped and beheaded; five other Americans die in attacks in Saudi Arabia in 2004.

    2007 – American embassy attacked in Athens, Greece.

    2008 – John Granville, US diplomat, assassinated in Khartoum, Sudan

    There were 2 beheadings during the Bush years.

    Anyone remember his responses or any criticism of his response ? Did he make any attempts to free them ? Me neither.

    • 112 Linda
      August 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

      OOPS..not 2 but 4 beheadings

    • August 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Wow, what a list Linda – and people united in grief, rather than using the deaths to score points against the President.

      Those were the days, hey?

      August 21, 2014 at 9:16 am


    • 115 criquet
      August 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

      GM all.
      Linda, so glad you did this . This is one of the more despicable things the media has done:

      • 116 amk for obama
        August 21, 2014 at 9:31 am

        Actually, I am enjoying how even minor things about PBO riles up the wingers and their msm ass kissers. perpetual poutrage.

      • August 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

        These kind of headlines are part and parcel of what is happening in Ferguson…how these headlines and stories stroke the tone for this president..encouraging the racial animosity towards the first family….and blk folks in general…

        my concern re : AG Holder in Ferguson…is that although he has rule of law on his side…he is a Blk Man….he will be challenged as a white man would not be….

        but as he said..Change does not happen by itself…and the underbelly of the racist beast in this country has been revealed in a raw and unvarnished way…for America and the world to see….

      • 118 anniebella
        August 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

        As I said before the President playing golf and vacationing doesn’t bother me.

        • 119 anniebella
          August 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

          I am not trying to be mean or anything, but the journalists knew the danger he could face, he choose to go over there to Syria. So why is it that things should stop cause he was kill, everyday people are kill.

          • 120 anniebella
            August 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

            I feel sorry for the parents losing their son, I also feel sorry for Michael Brown’s parents, Trayvon’s parents, the man who was choke to death in New York, his parents..

    • 121 amk for obama
      August 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Do you have a link for that, Linda? I would like to tweet it.

  23. 122 a4alice
    August 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Hmm. I just got followed by “politics and hip hop” It seems to be a site that gathers different kinds of news articles. I’m just checking it out right now. There’s stuff on Ferguson and St Louis, a carbon short documentary, some guy that turned in his medal of honor from israel back – just lots of different things. Anybody here heard of this site? here’s the link if you are interested:


  24. 123 donna dem 4 obama
    August 21, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Can anyone who watches that mess of a show confirm this?

  25. 131 Vicki
    August 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Good morning TOD. Reading all your postings, my esteemed journalist friends here, I see that Lawrence did some good work on exposing the NY Times. I am happy when sanity appears on TV.

    This morning’s ” all in for GOP” propaganda piece is by Corporate Tool and sad sack dope, John Harwood . Title?
    “Loss in Midterm Elections Could Be Boon For Clinton.”

    • 132 criquet
      August 21, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Just trying to depress Democratic voters and make them feel OK about not voting in the upcoming mid-terms. Helps GOP…mmmm.

      And the premise is not true either.

      Sadly, there is little hope that either of the Clintons will debunk this and go campaigning for Congressional Democrats for the 2014 mid-terms.

  26. 133 vcprezofan2
    August 21, 2014 at 9:21 am

    It’s (late) morning in my corner so I’m happy to see I haven’t missed the early birders around here!

    Howdy, active TODobots, retired TODobots, aspiring TODobots, lurking TODobots…..in short….everybody!

    • 134 Vicki
      August 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Howdy VC. TOD never sleeps. I see postings from 4 am. I get that we are in different parts of the world but still….get some sleep, people.

      Up above, hf told us the Unemployment rate fell below 300,000 again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      In a sane world with a non-partisan press that would be the big news.

  27. 136 99ts
    August 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Just wanted to thank the blog tyrants for the wonderful job they do keeping the gremlins away from TOD blog and twitter. I usually browse LGF most days and Charles Johnson seems to get hit by RWNJs all the time – so I imagine some try very hard to post on TOD

    Everything you do to ensure TOD stays the friendly supportive news site that it is, is much appreciated – it is surely a time consuming task that we rarely hear about, but know is happening.

  28. 138 99ts
    August 21, 2014 at 9:39 am

    “A new ATM has opened in Canberra that accepts and exchanges the three major cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Litecoin.”

    I cannot believe this is anything other than the biggest financial scam the world has yet faced!


  29. 139 desertflower
    August 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

    For those of us that weren’t able to watch LOD’s show last night…here’s his Rewrite on the story of Mike Brown that is a must see… From the NYT police reporter…. LOD rips this shotty reporting apart.


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