Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Sen. Barack Obama exits his vehicle as he arrives to board his plane October 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Monday!

135 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 7 donna dem 4 obama
    October 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    8 days to victory

  2. October 27, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  3. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    October 27, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Morning all. This is the start of a furiously busy week. There are so many GOTV activities, candidate meets and then our big Salsa the Vote event next Sunday that I’m having trouble keeping everything straight. The number of volunteers at our county level is really high–almost presidential level–and the Wolf campaign is very organized. Last night’s posts on Souls to the Polls and Yes We Did were just inspired. Wish every Dem voter in the US could see them. Hope everyone has a great ‘fired up and ready to go’ day.

  4. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    October 27, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Talked to my SIL in MA who told me how unhappy she is with Martha Coakley and how much she dislikes her as a candidate. I told her that Republican governors are like a death star, destroying everything in sight, especially the poor and vulnerable and I didn’t want MA to end up like PA under Corbett. She conceded that she would vote for Coakley anyway. I hope all MA Dems come out, suck it up and vote for a Democratic governor. I don’t want to give the R’s the satisfaction of making an inroad into a blue state. And MA doesn’t need to lose job as it did under Romney. People need to wake up and realize that a Republican governor is NEVER a good idea for their health and economic well being. Just NEVER.

    • 29 Don
      October 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

      I agree jackie, no matter how bad a Democratic Governor can be, it pales in comparison to a Republican Governor when it comes to the issues of health care and the economy.

  5. 30 Dudette
    October 27, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Good Morning! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. 37 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

  7. 47 sherijr
    October 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Great posts yesterday- love love love the #yeswedid posts.. although I came to them very late in the evening. Something I discovered this morning on my son’s school calendar- here in Baltimore City- all the schools close for Election Day on Nov. 4th. How’s that for Progressive!! What a far cry from living in N.D. I hope all of MD schools are doing this too. Happy Monday TOD ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 51 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

  9. October 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

    So this is a general question and I am not sure if anyone here can help me.
    As some of you know I am a teacher, English as a foreign language being one of my subjects. I currently have an English intensive class (grade 11) and the topic this half-term is “American traditions and visions – The American Dream” So after covering quite a wide range of issues I would live to conclide with a simulation of the midterm elections. Iยดll give them a worksheet with a grid where theyยดll have to do some research on where the two major parties stand on issues such as health care, education, taxes, general philosophy, role of government etc. etc.and next Tuesday Iยดd like them to “cast their vote” So my question is: I know you guys vote electronically, but is there something like a link to a sample ballot for midterm elections that I can use to make it look more authentic than just scribbling “Democrat” and “Republican” on a piece of paper? A sample will do since weยดre not working state specific etc. and Iยดll have to leave out the complicated election process stuff such as gerrymandering etc. anyways, but it would be nice to have something fancy looking. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks guys.

    • 54 Don
      October 27, 2014 at 8:30 am

      niliathiel, I would think that all states have a department of elections where you can link to and find a sample ballot. You might have add or subtract from it to make it fit your assignment.

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      October 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Hi, Niliathiel. I am learning about elections as are your students, so I’m not really the one to answer, however your request intrigued me. My first reaction would be – wouldn’t students have to choose a state in which to vote and then become familiar with the candidates in that state? Anyhow, fiddling around on line, I saw this (for Baltimore). Am not sure if this would be of any help, but if not, I’m sure your students will be better ‘fiddlers’ on line and might even be able to come up with a sample for any state *they* choose. (Could possibly even be a way for them to actually compare their choices with the actual ones.)

      Click to access 03.pdf

      • 56 vcprezofan2
        October 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

        Seriously, I myself have never been confronted with such a long/detailed ballot, and am not sure how I would react if I were, but it’s at least ‘authentic’ (and more than ‘just scribbling โ€œDemocratโ€ and โ€œRepublicanโ€ on a piece of paper’. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

        • October 27, 2014 at 9:18 am

          vcprezofan2: The thing is that not only is this a foreign language class but also are they German kids, in short: I donยดt have enough time to go into that much debt that theyยดd get familiar with the platform of individual candidates and thatยดs also not my focus, because my focus and what they should learn from this is that tehre are large discrepancies in the party platforms as such (because in germany things are quite different). If they learn that and make a decision based on that, thatยดs enough ๐Ÿ™‚

          Also, the idea roots from a conversation I had with one of my students (who is actually Native American and liberal) who confided in me that sometimes the discussions in class are hard for her because there are critical voices as well and since students know little about the details of the US political system (at least not to the extent an informed American citizen would be informed…) they sometimes overgeneralise in their remarks. However since I as a teacher am not allowed to shape political opinion this idea aims at them getting a little deeper into politics and finding out for themselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

          But thanks for the help. I might use that just as handout material so they have an idea what this looks like.

          • 58 vcprezofan2
            October 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

            Then I say use only the first page (and have everyone concentrate on Baltimore for this exercise). Some of the names there would be familiar, AND they could easily check the outcome the day after. It would also be ‘easier’ for everyone to be focused on the same info and to do a little bitty previous research on the players. {Heck, TOD has some info on FLOTUS stumping for at least one of the Baltimore players. ๐Ÿ˜‰ }

            This is a major task you have your class doing – kudos to you, and whatever you decide as a culminating activity – good luck!

  10. October 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! I see that #yeswedid is still trending on Twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 69 GGAIL
    October 27, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Lookin good Mr. President!!

  12. 78 desertflower
    October 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Happy Swaggalious Monday! I didn’t realize that getting out of a car could look so fine until I saw him do it. Took my breathe away when that popped up on my computer screen! Hope everyone has a great day today!

    • 79 Dudette
      October 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Hello Dear! Sorry I missed your special day. Hope it was spectacular! Thought I’d give you your gift today so you can continue celebrating the week-long extravaganza!

      Here’s Misty Copeland dancing to the Flower Duet for our Petit Flower.
      Happy Birthday ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 80 vcprezofan2
      October 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

      You’ve surfaced, Df …..and you’re coherent! Happy Day-after-your-28th-anniversary-of-your-29th! [Will try to get it right on the day next time] ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 81 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:37 am

  14. 82 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

    you should totally get danny a lamb (you know, instead of getting into his goat?)

  15. 94 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:39 am

  16. 95 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2014 at 8:42 am

  17. 96 desertflower
    October 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

  18. 97 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2014 at 8:47 am

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  20. 102 desertflower
    October 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Gee..how about those gas prices?!! I paid $2.86/gal yesterday….Where’s the thanks and elation? Thought we were going to see $5/gal gas…then it would be HIS fault! I don’t know when I saw gas below $3….awesome money saver!

    • 103 arapaho415
      October 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Posted yesterday (by someone else) at TOD:

      • 104 desertflower
        October 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

        thanks, arapaho:) I was out most of the day…I missed this. Great news…so we won’t read a thing about this.

  21. 105 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

  22. 106 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

  23. 107 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

  24. 108 Dudette
    October 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

    As if we needed another reason to vote!

  25. 109 Dudette
    October 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

  26. 110 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2014 at 9:08 am

    • 111 hopefruit2
      October 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

      But the media told me that Dems were running away from Obama….

    • 112 Vicki
      October 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Wonderful news! Great sign of Democratic victories in those states. POTUS will put the candidates over the top.
      If they had no chance of winning PBO would most likely be appearing elsewhere.

      So: congrats to Mary Burke, Tom Wolf, and Dannel Malloy and Good-bye to Paull LePage and—can it be—Rick Snyder?

    • 113 amk for obama
      October 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

  27. 115 dotster3
    October 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Sad to see another of the school shooting victims has died—-a beautiful 14 yr. old girl. All shooting deaths are senseless, including this one, where a temporary feeling of anger re. a girl seems to be the catalyst. The Native American community there cannot make sense of this tragedy, the victims all close cousins and long time friends of the shooter. Teens don’t realize that “this too shall pass” and think every emotional setback is huge and everlasting, and of course in the old days this may have resulted in a verbal or physical confrontation, but now—–access to guns often leads to deadly consequences.

    • 116 hopefruit2
      October 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Sad news. May she RIP.

      By the way, did you see the gun the kid was given for his 14th birthday? I think there should be laws prohibiting kids to legally own guns until age 16-17, and after extensive background checks. We don’t let kids drive at age 14, why put guns in their hands, and teenagers are notoriously impulsive and moody – even more so than 7-10 year olds.

      • 117 arapaho415
        October 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

        Agree with both dotster and hf2.

        Although the mere mention of California drives RWNJs crazy, our driving laws changed after several horrific deaths of carloads full of teens (who weren’t texting).

        The impetus IIRC was a nighttime freeway accident in the Solvang area, all victims about 16 years old. It was raining and they failed to negotiate a curve on the road. The car wasn’t found for days because it was in a ditch alongside the freeway.

        Don’t know the details of the CA law, but someone 21 or older must be in a car with a driver younger than that, and I think there’s restrictions on nighttime driving too.

        When I was a teen living at home, my parents wouldn’t let me drive when it was raining (since it was SoCal, only affected my activities Nov-Feb.

        So yeah, parents need to be aware of the real risk of teens having access to guns and ammo.

  28. 118 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 9:15 am


  29. 119 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

  30. 120 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    also. too.

  31. 123 desertflower
    October 27, 2014 at 9:19 am


    Poll Workers Already Seeing The Fallout From Texasโ€™ Strict Voter ID Law

  32. 124 hopefruit2
    October 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

    The inconvenient truth of many of these school shootings is that many of the victims’ families themselves are pro-gun, and have opposed or voted against politicians who support basic gun control measures. So when they become victimized by the very guns they voted to protect, they find themselves backed into a corner where they can only release these anemic statements about wanting privacy,etc., – but they cannot find the honesty to admit that they were wrong, and allowed politics to matter more than their children’s own safety.


  33. 125 Paulita
    October 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have not seen Kasai comment lately; I missed a few posts a couple of weeks ago but I have missed her comments.

  34. 126 amk for obama
    October 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

    rethug incompetence at its best.

  35. 132 dotster3
    October 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

  36. October 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Happy Monday everyone!

    Thanks, Chips, for posting my most preferred photo. Love to see POTUS with his shades.

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