Early Bird Chat

Randomness – because, well, it’s Saturday.



@petesouza: President Obama reads briefing material in the Oval Office


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

53 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 9 GGAIL
    August 30, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Good.West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I’m on this crazy East Coast time. What the hell am I doing awake now??!!!

  2. August 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Good Saturday Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    An extended weekend for most and I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  3. August 30, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Joshua Dubois…a breath of fresh air. He *politely* put the blackademics in their place and made a good point; that the average person does not hold the same views as those egotists.

    The average person will praise PBO for his accomplishments rather than criticize him for perceived short-comings. The “everyman” better recognizes what PBO is doing for the black community (along with working, middle/lower income individuals) because they are realizing the benefits of the President’s efforts. Blackademics’ satisfaction is derived when they have a platform to pontificate. They attempt to raise their importance with their multi-syllable words that does little more than show them as snobs. These self-exalted critics, who decree their disapproval from their distant thrones, lose respect by brow-beating those who truly have the best interest of the community at heart and are in the trenches with them – literally and figuratively — trying to make a difference.

    Chipsticks, thanks for introducing Mr. Dubois to the village.

  4. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Good Morning Ms Chips!

    Good morning/afternoon/night/day everyone !

  5. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    August 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Good morning Chips and TODers. Back in the olden days, this used to be the weekend before school started and we would all scramble around to get something new to wear on Tuesday morning. Since it was New York state, we always needed a sweater in the chill morning. Now kids start in August wearing summer clothes and they’re old-timers by this weekend. Hope everyone has a happy and restful weekend. Next week every campaign in the country starts heating up and the demands on all of us will be high. Rest up and keep well.

  6. 21 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Political upheaval never seems to end!

    now there is a potential coup in progress in this geographically small and landlocked Africa country;

    no doubt this is part of the content of PBO’s daily security briefing and he will need to add this to his already laden portfolio of crises that need his attention NOW;

    I could be mistaken, but to my mind, I don’t remember to hear of modern civil war previously happening in this country of Lesotho – civil wars are particularly damaging in a country that has previously not seen such turmoil;

    hopefully, the regional actors/powerhouses like South Africa will be called on to play a vital role in resolving this;

    ps: time to pull out our maps of the continent of Africa and familiarize ourselves with where the country of Lesotho is located;

  7. 22 dotster3
    August 30, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Ct. state police announced they located the car they were looking for in connection to PBO threat. No arrests as yet and not much further info/details.


    August 30, 2014 at 9:05 am


  9. August 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning again TODVille!

    Hope this has not been posted yet. Another take on the Ferguson’s police conduct.

    By Carol Anderson August 29 at 2:47 PM

    Carol Anderson is an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. She is the author of “Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”

    When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.

    Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.


    • 25 desertflower
      August 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I think she is right on point. Will read this link to see the rest of what she has to say.
      Thank you for this beautiful photo choice this morning:) Something just came over me last night and I HAD to go to bed at 7pm! I was exhausted…I have no idea why I was so tired, but I was….feel better now.

      I do have one bone to pick…it’s with no one here, just some stupid RW test of “patriotism” …it is more than a little tacky to wear a flag pin on a tux. It is not PBO’s fault that he had to put that silly thing on there, after all, look at what happened when his suit color changed for crying out loud! But as with all things RW…they always get it wrong. Patriotism and love of country isn’t shown by some pin..it’s shown in your deeds and your actions toward your fellow citizens and, in the President’s case, what he does for the country at large. They have never understood this though…I always get somewhat irritated to see magnets on cars that say they Support the Troops…or all the other faux memes of the day…do they really? I doubt it (especially if they vote for people that take MONEY AWAY from them that would make them safer, or vote to put them in harm’s way to begin with). Just a pet peeve of mine….the suit, I never notice anymore…but on a tuxedo..yeah, I notice. Just wish that whole thing was gone…Anyway, morning everyone:)

      • 26 desertflower
        August 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

        Or this.. http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025464560

        Mayor orders man removed after he didn’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance

      • August 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

        df, I haven’t had time to read entire thing, but really like what I read here. Will say this from portion of what is here and this is purely personal: Because I had never thought about the point she makes–white rage. For me, that points to the term we’ve heard a lot recently: white privilege. Again, this is just my personal reaction. I’m looking forward to reading the entire piece.

        I also agree with the point you made about the flag. Says nothing about patriotism.

        • 28 desertflower
          August 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

          morning, tnmtngirl:) Read it…very good and worthy of passing along. Some people don’t take progress well…they think that if we ALL progress, THEY have to lose something in the process, rather than all of us gaining together. Sad, really.

          • August 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

            So true. I see that mentality over and over in postings and the comments on Facebook. In fact, had an exchange with someone last night on FB and it was that “under the radar” mentality of “I’ve got mine and screw everyone else.” People don’t come right out and say that, but that is what they are saying. It’s also often a lot of generalizing and lumping everyone in a category. That’s what this person was doing last night. Drives me crazy!

    • 31 desertflower
      August 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

      This is a MUST READ piece. Thanks for posting it here, NCLB:)

    • 32 sjterrid
      August 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thanks, NCLB for sharing this article with us. I agree with her.

    • 33 MadameSoph
      August 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      NCLB thank you for this link! This (title of the article) is exactly my take on how the Ferguson police response appeared to me. (Not all but many) white people have just lost their minds since a black family moved into the White House. In addition, PBO has ushered in and been fighting for and winning many other changes (LGBT, Women, Min Wage raises, First Latina Justice, etc.) that make a lot of “basic white” people/men uncomfortable. I’m off to work, so I can’t speak to the entire article, but I’ve bookmarked it and can’t wait to read it later. Thanks again and Happy Labor Day!

  10. 34 JER
    August 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Good morning BFF and TOD. Here is West Wing Week in case it was not posted.

  11. 35 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Good morning, TOD! Love the opening photo!

  12. 36 hopefruit2
    August 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Saturday everyone 🙂

  13. 37 AJ
    August 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Apropos of nothing, AJ is back on her first smart phone. Sorry to interrupt-please carry-on. 🙂

    • 38 AJ
      August 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Hey chips, did I type in my email address wrong? Or is it because I’m on a smart phone that TOD doesn’t recognize me? Can you help? Thank you 🙂

  14. 39 AJ
    August 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Trying again for the second time with my new smart phone. Happy Saturday everyone! Carry-on 🙂

  15. 43 Roberta in MN
    August 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Gooood Mooooorning Chipd & TOD.

  16. 44 Vicki
    August 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Good morning TOD. Today I have 2 short notes about foreign Affairs;

    1) From Iran, PM Rouhani said a few minute ago that there is NOBODY in Iran who is opposed to US/Iran nuclear deal.
    In USA on the other hand, I see that there is a renewed conversation about sanctions and roadblocks to an agreement. AIPAC must be busy.

    2) From Gaza, in the final days of the last conflict Hamas added warheads to their rockets and Israeli civilians were injured.
    Israel then agreed to ceasefire. Mentioned Nowheres is the implicit threat that Hamas rockets are no longer going to be sent only to fields where they will hurt nobody. Israel must open the gates and end the siege or suffer real consequences .

  17. August 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Good morning, Chips, MW, all BTs and TODers. It’s the weekend and I hope you all have some good fun and rest planned.

    This last week has been so ridiculous, I hardly know where to start. I feel a bit exhausted by the stupidity but we put on our marching boots and we PRESS ON.

  18. 50 arapaho415
    August 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Good holiday weekend Saturday morning, TODville.

    Forty-seven years ago today, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the Senate to be seated on the Supreme Court by a vote of 69-11.

    I tried to find some news articles via Google on this, but ended up getting more confused than before I started.

    The article linked to in this tweet is an interesting one that provides historical context of #Ferguson, St. Louis and Missouri.
    “In 1948 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such [racial ]covenants were unenforceable by states. The case, Shelley v. Kraemer, was argued for the black home buyers by Thurgood Marshall, who later became the high court’s first African American justice.”

    Not sure how Thurgood Marshall could have argued this case on behalf of the plaintiff since he was a confirmed SCOTUS Justice. Wikipedia isn’t much help explaining this inconsistency.

    The link is to page 2 of the article. Here’s page 1.

  19. September 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    One of my favorite dresses….
    Never seen the Oval office from this angle…Seems as if this is a new rug.
    Thanks Meta for the GOTV tweets.

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