Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama holds a child after delivering remarks on the American Jobs Act beneath the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 22, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Monday!

51 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. September 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Good Monday, Chipsticks….TOD Family!!!!

  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    September 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    ♫ Monday…Monday, lala-lal-la-la! ♫ I notice this Monday knocked CC out before she got her feet solidly on the floor! {{CC}}


  3. 9 vcprezofan2
    September 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hello, JO’B, you here? This one might interest you

  4. September 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Such positivity!!! Spirits can’t help but be uplifted listening to this young man.


    “High School Football Player’s Epic Speech | Best Post-Game Interview Ever | Apollos Hester ”

    • 11 arapaho415
      September 22, 2014 at 9:22 am


      What an inspirational young man.

      Agree with the newscaster at the end — this belongs in the interview Hall of Fame.

      And the best thing is that he’s from Texas, where I’ve heard that high school football is King.

      Such charisma — his parents must be bursting with joy — and what a role model for all Texans.

      Expect to hear more from him in the future — after his string of successes in life!

    • 12 anniebella
      September 22, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Hay Fox, not all of our young black boys are up to no good, are thugs.

    • 13 CEB
      September 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

      I love this; it brought tears of joy to my eyes for so many reasons. Thanks for sharing.

      GM TOD ohana.

  5. September 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning, Everyone at TOD 🙂

  6. September 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Mon Sep 22, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

    Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The ballot wars continue in the Kansas Senate race

    by Jeff Singer

    Leading Off:
    • KS-Sen: Events are moving quickly in the Sunflower State. On Thursday, the Kansas Supreme Court sided with Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, and took him off the ballot. Taylor had dropped out of the race in early September, but his presence on the ballot would have likely taken some left-leaning voters away from independent Greg Orman. Orman is locked in a very competitive battle with Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, and Democratic leaders are perfectly happy to not field a candidate.

    However, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is continuing to insist that Democrats must nominate someone by Sept. 26. David Orel, a registered Democrat, is also suing the state party to force them pick a candidate. Orel is arguing that as a Democrat he should be able to vote for a candidate from his party in November. But it sounds like Orel isn’t being driven by civics: His son works on Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign. On Thursday the court did not rule whether or not Democrats needed a nominee, but they may need to make that decision very soon.

    The problem for Kobach and Orel is that under federal law, overseas ballots needed to go out on Sept. 20, 45 days before the election. Kobach proceeded to send out the 526 ballots he needed to send out without a Democratic nominee included: However, Kobach included a disclaimer that these voters will need to vote again if a Democratic nominee is selected. It’s anyone’s guess how this will all go down but it looks all but certain that this is going back to court very soon.


    • 16 99ts
      September 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

      “Orel is arguing that as a Democrat he should be able to vote for a candidate from his party in November”

      How can this be valid? In some races one person is running unopposed.

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        September 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

        It’s BS, 99. Lots of ballots will not have a Democrat to vote for this November. Sometimes a candidate can’t be found or drops out. That’s the way it is and people are used to it.

        • 18 99ts
          September 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

          Time for the court to make it clear that it is b.s.

          The GOP is truly unbelievable in that while screaming about voter fraud it uses every fraudulent means possible to win elections. It is a shame the US cannot have a non-partisan “electoral commission” like many other countries use to manage enrolment and elections

    • 19 mtmarilyn
      September 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

      I am going to get a personal update on this next week. I return to Kansas for my 50th HS Reunion. I will be spending a week with relatives in Wichita and surrounding area. I always have to walk a fine line when going there. I am anxious to hear what the locals say. This will be after Kobach’s final dates. I am hoping I will find some of my family unhappy with all that has happened there.

  7. 21 dotster3
    September 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Weird about the 3 Afghan soldiers missing from a military exercise/exchange on Cape Cod. National Guard officials don’t believe anything nefarious is going on, but did they just impulsively decide to take off on a sightseeing trip while they were on a “field trip” to a mall Sat. night?


  8. September 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

    When the “Kids Love President Obama” coffee table book comes out, it may have to be published in multiple volumes. There are sooooooo many pictures. Each day there seems to be another one that either I haven’t seen, or I do a “Oh yeah! I remember that one!!!”

  9. 25 dotster3
    September 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I love this John Oliver segment re. Miss America

    • 26 99ts
      September 22, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Just watched it – how you can turn $500,000 into $45 million to promote your b.s. Why is it always a comedy show that investigates such claims? The media doesn’t let journalists investigate any more?

  10. 27 jackiegrumbacher
    September 22, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Morning. All those hundreds of thousands of people who attended Climate Change rallies and saw the under reporting in the US news, now have learned about the incompetence of the US media and its collusion with right wing politics. Multiply that number by family members, friends and those of us who just watched and learned and the media put a very big nail in its coffin yesterday. People across the country need to wake up and stop tuning in to the incessant propaganda. They day that people say ‘enough.’ is the day that our democracy begins to have a chance again.

    • 28 japa21
      September 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Not unlike the runup to the Iraq invasion. There were marches all over the country with 200-300,ooo people but it was generally only covered in the local news. The nation really had no idea how many people were against that invasion. The media loves wars, the bigger and bloodier the better.
      The headline in the Chicago Tribune was all about the 29 Turkish hostages that were released by IS and had to include that concerns over what Turkey had given to IS in return. I agree, we don’t pay ransom to terrorists, but we are not in a position to tell other countries what to do or not to do.
      Heck, Reagan paid a ransom to Iran to get the embassey hostages back. It was in the form of arms.

    • 29 TrumpDog
      September 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Yet they ran wall-to-wall coverage of the Teabagger rallies.

      “Liberal” media my ass.

    • 30 Gwendolyn Carter
      September 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Good morning to all TOD community! The failure of the news media to cover the important events occurring in our nation is the true scandal of our times. The news media has been purchased by the 1%. I first observed this fact when hundreds of thousands of people came to DC to rally in favor of healthcare reform before the passage of the ACA! There would be buses from every state in our nation filled to capacity with people who understood how important passing healthcare reform was to each citizen. We had rallies each week, and the participation was awesome. There was not one news story to highlight the events. Our OFA group in DC made 8 million telephone calls to help enlist national support for healthcare insurance reform. The media never discussed what citizens were doing to make sure our voices were being heard.

      Also, the very reason for our fabulous TOD community is that the media refuses to cover the work of our tireless President Obama. Most citizens have no idea what is happening to help the economy, jobs, the environment, voting-none of the positive and complicated work this administration does on a daily basis is presented to everyone. The decision to make all citizens miserable, and to keep most people uninformed is yet another tool they, the 1%, is using to make sure republicans stay in charge. We must do everything we can to get everyone to vote in November. Our only chance to save our planet and our future is at stake! We must get out the vote, and vote DEMOCRATIC!

      To follow up on how important all of the rallies for healthcare were to me personally: recently, my husband has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We have always had really good healthcare insurance, but ALL insurance was subject to certain limitations. Under the ACA, those limitations have been eliminated. We can use all our energies to fight for my husband’s life, and not worry if we have enough money to pay for his treatment. We are so thankful to President Obama and Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi for their tireless work to pass the ACA. I know we could never meet the cost of my husband’s care if the ACA did not exist.

      • 31 jackiegrumbacher
        September 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        Gwen, you are 100 percent right in your portrayal of the media as both a force against democracy and the American people. Bless you for fighting for what’s right and may your battles for your husband’s health prove successful.

  11. 32 japa21
    September 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    GM all from beautiful, sunny, and quite chilly Chicago. Fortunately, looks like some warming is on the way. I really try to avoid turning on the furnace this early, but there have been a couple mornings recently where I was very tempted.
    I have a hunch this is going to be quite the interesting week. And for all pertinent information, there is only one place to go. TOD.

    • 33 vcprezofan2
      September 22, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Morning, Japa! I have some of what you have weather-wise. I already HAD to turn on my furnace once, but turned it off after two days, so I guess you are ‘ahead’ of me on the savings from heating. 😀

      Have a lovely, beautiful and sunnily warm Monday!

      • September 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

        I seldom use my heat all winter, and I still have my A/C. The downside is that the electric bill is painful for several months.

        • 35 vcprezofan2
          September 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

          😯 A/C in winter – okay, where are you, J4O? 😉 😉

          • 36 donna dem 4 obama
            September 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm

            Hello VC Jackie lives in Arizona. 🙂

            • 37 vcprezofan2
              September 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

              Aha, that hot place! Makes sense to me now.

              {{DD}} – You have been so busy, and so scare, it is super nice to run into you! How are my grandneices? Have they asked about visiting me yet?

              • 38 donna dem 4 obama
                September 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

                I told them that you were coming to see them since their grandma doesn’t do cold. They just crawled away….I’m not sure why 🙂 🙂 🙂

                • 39 vcprezofan2
                  September 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm

                  Aw, man, did you have to include the bit about grandma not doing cold? That’s definite influence peddling; and then to pretend you don’t know why they walked away! smh

    • 40 57andfemale
      September 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

      I’ve always tried to avoid turning the heat on in September. For a number of recent years, I went way into October. But it’s been tempting here the last few weeks.

      I’m home with the stomach flu. Hopefully a stack of blankets will keep me comfortable. We have those oil-filled portable “radiator” heaters. We may need that to get the chill out of the air.

      It’s going to be a long winter…….

  12. 43 vcprezofan2
    September 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Breakfast Break – C u l8r

  13. September 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    What’s this about?

    • 45 japa21
      September 22, 2014 at 10:15 am


      Boggs, who is up for a lifetime post on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, has been under attack all year from progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers over his socially conservative track record as a former Georgia state legislator. Among other things, he voted to ban same-sex marriage, to keep the Confederate insignia on the Georgia flag and to require doctors to post online their personal information and the annual number of abortions they performed.

      He was basically nominated as a sop to the GOP senators in return for something.

  14. 46 dotster3
    September 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Background of WH fence jumper——very troubled vet, suffering PTSD after serving 3 tours in Iraq, also suffering from other serious mental health issues, had become extremely paranoid—“they are watching him” and “they are trying to poison him” etc. In retrospect it was probably a good idea that restraint was shown by SS—–media would have been going wild about Obama’s secret service detail shot and killed a troubled vet who was only armed with a small knife. Service dogs should have been released to stop him though when he ignored commands. And it is obvious that new security measures are needed at the WH.


  15. 47 JER
    September 22, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  16. September 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

  17. 49 dotster3
    September 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Loving “Obamadale”, Iowa, a political force, got 87% of Dems to polls for Obama’s re-election. A unified, hard working, determined group——now being studied and courted by other Dem candidates, like all of them.

  18. September 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

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