Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama in Boulder, September 2, 2012 (Photograph by Scout Tufankjian)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday!


89 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    September 2, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Morning, Chips and early birds.

    • September 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Goooooood morning Jackie!!

    • 3 arapaho415
      September 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Congrats on #1, JackieG, a good spot for you, on the “official” opening of midterm campaign season!

      This is going to be a nerve-racking week, with all that is going on the world and President Obama in the middle of it all, in two of the most gorgeous places on God’s green earth.

      Everything I’ve read about Tallin says its the most beautiful European capital, and they have some amazing ones to choose from.

    • September 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Good morning and congrats on first JackieG.

  2. 5 globalcitizenlinda
    September 2, 2014 at 7:28 am


  3. 7 99ts
    September 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

    gm jackie & linda – congrats on gold and silver

  4. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    September 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Hello? It’s lonely here.

  5. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    September 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Hi Global and 99. Looks like we’ve got the makings of a koffee klatch. How are things in your world?

    • 16 99ts
      September 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Another Spring day in my world – supposed to be chilly again tomorrow.

      On the political front – our PM is seriously clueless. PBO will have to “be polite” when here in November.

  6. September 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family. I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats Jackie on being first this morning.

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The Unites States of America.

  7. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    September 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Chips, I’m embarrassed to say that after all these years at TOD, I still don’t know how to find something in the archives. Yesterday I was looking for Nerdy’s Medicare post to link to our newsletter and I didn’t know how to go about it. Any clues? And it’s okay if you laugh.

  8. 23 vcprezofan2
    September 2, 2014 at 7:40 am

    MooOooornnnNing/Evveeeenning Folks! Quite a group already gathered here this overcast Tuesday!

    Howdy-do, Ms Chips? And DannyO-stix whom I haven’t seen hide or hair of in an entire week, or so it seems?

  9. 24 vcprezofan2
    September 2, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I’m a couple of years late sure, but wonder if Pres O will give me a blessing too if I line up? (Chips can verify for me that I may be a bit late but I am relatively reliable – right Chips?)

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      September 2, 2014 at 7:49 am

      VC, are you still on the road?

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        September 2, 2014 at 7:56 am

        Morning JackieG!

        Yes and no. 🙂 I’m not home yet but I’m currently lazing in the hotel bed, psyching myself up for the drive ahead. I have a few hours before I have to check out and the plan was to sleep late so that I would be well-rested. Since I woke up, I’m substituting a jaunt in the village as my extra preparation. 😀

        • 27 jackiegrumbacher
          September 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

          Good luck, VC. All my good thoughts will be with you. Let us know when you arrive safely.

          • 28 vcprezofan2
            September 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

            Thank you, JackieG; I really will need, and joyfully accept, all positive vibes, and of course, I’ll report in as soon as I can.

  10. September 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  11. 30 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      September 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

      LH, this is an interesting read and I do like the fact that the president understands the wants and needs of the American people and doesn’t just bluster and stomp around the world to satisfy somebody’s idea of what it means to have macho cred. I get so sick of the GOP cum media crap about the ‘ideal America’ being one at constant war.

  12. September 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Good morning folks at TOD

  13. 42 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      September 2, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Lh, of course, in the US, the media is an arm of the GOP. Except for a rare few, they don’t think outside of Republican talking points.

    • 44 99ts
      September 2, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Quite unbelievable that the media continues to beat the drums of war for the GOP – I seem to remember the direct media attacks against anyone who didn’t support GWB and those non existant WMDs

      • 45 jackiegrumbacher
        September 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

        Well honestly, 99ts, I don’t know of anyone in the US who wants a war, wishes their own children to go to war or wants the consequent drain on the budget. This is all GOP/media fantasy to stir up vague dissatisfaction again the president and gin up the lucrative war machine.

        • 46 99ts
          September 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

          I would think similar could be said of the people of Russia and Israel!

          I will never understand why becoming a politician seems to send some folks down the path of war. I have an old history book of my Father’s entitled “the history of England” – written c. 1866 – covering from about 900AD – the wars were never ending – the history of our world is one long war – yet EVERY person I know does not want war.

          I fear what may happen when PBO is no longer in charge

      • September 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

        All the strategies from McCain, Hillary, Bush, etc. calling for arming one side or another got us in this mess but no one calls them on it. If we had armed ISIS, for example, we would be in deep doo doo now but people still buy what they are selling. It makes me crazy.

        • 48 Ladyhawke
          September 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

          As Bill Maher has said (paraphrasing) about criticism of PBO foreign policy — What would you do DIFFERENTLY from President Obama on (fill in the blank)? And please be SPECIFIC. How many hosts/pundits even bother to ask this simple follow-up question when hearing the endless criticism of every move PBO makes.

    • September 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Aside from the partisan politics, more and more I feel like the GOP (and some Democrats) Foreign Policy challenges and the calls to war is about how much money is being lost for me and mine.

    • 50 vcprezofan2
      September 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

      I am 100% behind these sentiments, LadyH….

    • 54 dotster3
      September 2, 2014 at 8:32 am

      10 stars to those tweets! So maddening to hear the media chirp inane GOP talking points daily. Just heard Peter Alexander on Today say PBO’s critics describe his foreign policy as “in free fall”. Not an ounce of intellect or honest assessment in evidence. Sickening.

      • 55 arapaho415
        September 2, 2014 at 8:39 am

        Exactly, dotster.

        All eyes will be on The President of the United States at this week’s NATO Summit.

        This is a fact. It has not changed now that our President is not Caucasian.

        Europe is on the brink of war, yet MSM don’t understand they are undermining our President with these comments, just so they can be part of the story?

        Sickening — I think I closed my eyes to the pervasive bigotry by the white elite, but their actions now leave no question. I find it hard to believe that the MSM would be so dismissive of the President if he were white.

        Posted yesterday — the media has the same access to overseas news, but they refuse to inform themselves.

        • 56 arapaho415
          September 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

          I should have said: Europe is on the brink of war with a madmad with nukes, and would drag the US into its conflict because of Article 5 of the NATO agreement.

          Orwell appears to be right. Is the MSM actually cheerleading for WWIII? Does the fact that this is the 100th anniversary of WWI mean NOTHING to them?

          End of rant.

  14. September 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…TODers!!!

  15. September 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning Everyone 🙂

  16. September 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

    3ChicsPolitico @3ChicsPolitico
    Guess who’s behind the GoFundMe page 4 Darren Wilson?Jeffrey Roorda,a democrat running 4 state Senate. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ferguson-officer-fundraisers-20140831-story.html …. #Ferguson
    10:26 PM – 1 Sep 2014

    • 61 arapaho415
      September 2, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Thanks for posting, rikyrah.

      This sounds like a classic scam, yet Matt Pearce is the only MSMer on top of the story?

      “A related Facebook page has been deleting comments from those who raise questions about the accountability of the donations.”

    • 62 99ts
      September 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Looks like a scam, sounds like a scam – what else can it be.

  17. 65 GGAIL
    September 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  18. September 2, 2014 at 8:32 am
    • 74 Nerdy Wonka
      September 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Open carry white guys trying to educate a Black woman on violence? Hahahahahahahahahaha. As though Black women know nothing of violence in this country?

      Irony just let out a loud guffaw at their arrogance and stupidity.

  19. 75 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

  20. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    September 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Yet some people think and say racism only resides in the Republican party. Be it North, South, East, West; in all the 50 states it’s not hard to find whites who may have a D behind their name or vote Democratic yet still have prejudice against African-Americans.

    The Democratic party is lucky to still have African-Americans (especially women) showing up at the polls for them and most times saving the white Democratic candidate. Example: Terry McAuliffe in Virginia.

  21. 78 Vicki
    September 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

    You know how they call the NY Times The Gray Lady???
    Never made sense to me until today.
    They mean a female elephant, apparently.

    Todays Front Page news is that Chris Christie is boning up on foreign policy prior to his 2016 presidential run.!?!?!?!?
    Tomorrow I expect to hear Christie call PBO’s health and fitness routine “weak” and announce that Chris Christie’s Exercise and Healthful Diet Guide will be published in the Spring.

    PBO’s Labor Day Address in Milwaukee made it to NYT on page 12.

    • 79 99ts
      September 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Well said Vicki – Christie’s foreign policy will have about the same level as expertise as Palin’s – hope he can pronounce some of those foreign names.

        • 81 99ts
          September 2, 2014 at 9:35 am

          And I should have added – PBO has never had to “bone up” on foreign policy – he has lived it all his life –

          what really scares me about most GOP Presidents and pretenders – they don’t appear to have the basic knowledge of the world that most of us gained through our general education – we joke about Palin calling Africa a country – but learning the continents of our world is about grade 3 geography – and too many in the GOP know little outside of the USA, yet think they have the skill set to lead America!

  22. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    September 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

  23. 83 desertflower
    September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Tuesday Back to Work Day!


    Billionaires may be shy about disclosing their donations, but they’re not embarrassed to admit they’re buying the government they think they deserve.

  24. 84 jackiegrumbacher
    September 2, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Help, please, all BTs and technical talents! I’m trying to download the photo at right of the president with his phone and the Vote 2014, but I can’t do it. Can anyone tell me how

  25. 89 vcprezofan2
    September 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    So where is Eric Cantor now? No wonder that have little interest in #Wethepeople other than at voting time!

    As Politico says:

    First elected in 2000, Cantor was seen as a major ally for Wall Street on Capitol Hill. He was a top recipient from the private equity and investment industry during 2013 and 2014, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    In its statement, Moelis & Co. praised Cantor’s work, including his efforts to lower taxes and “eliminate excessive regulation.”

    As of 2010, the House Majority Leader makes $193,400 annually, so Cantor is now making more than seventeen times as much money as he was making in Congress.

    This is not how most bums fare.


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