Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “Another snowstorm blanketed Washington for the second time in a few days. Because it was a Saturday, I hung around the White House thinking that the President might venture out in the snow with his daughters. Here they are playing in the Rose Garden in the midst of the storm.” Feb. 6, 2010



120 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 6, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Good Friday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. 3 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 7:34 am


  3. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    February 6, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Morning everyone. If you didn’t get a chance last night, please take the time to read all of Dudette’s tweets at the end of the last thread. It’s a stunning collection of illustrations and information about African American greats, complete, of course, with musical selections. She was on fire last night!

  4. 15 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Great read this morning about the cause/effect of NOT expanding Medicaid….


    Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City will close its emergency room within the next 60 days, a victim of continuing red ink and the Jindal administration withdrawing the financial support that kept it open….

    The closest emergency rooms from Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus is Lane Regional Medical Center, 30 minutes to the north in Zachary, and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 30 minutes to the south on Essen Lane. Mid-City’s ER recorded 45,000 patient visits last year…..

    More and more poor and uninsured patients from the low-income neighborhoods of north Baton Rouge ended up at the Mid City hospital, which was the next-closest facility.

    Mid City hospital reported losses of $1 million a month as more and more patients who could not pay arrived…. Officials projected losses would grow larger, reaching $25 million to $30 million in 2015.

    Poor people can’t pay full freight nor are they likely to be covered by insurance. There just happens to be an extremely attractive offer to get lots of poor people covered by insurance. Medicaid expansion would help safety net hospitals in high poverty areas the most. Poor people covered by insurance will either be able to pay something towards their emergency room visits or divert to lower levels of appropropriate care.

    So Louisiana decided to not expand Medicaid. Its public safety net hospitals have the same demand as before with fewer resources because of a voluntary decision by the state to fuck the poor as well as fucking over some of the largest employers in the state. Cause meets effect.

    • 16 57andfemale
      February 6, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Traitors. All of them.

    • 17 Vicki
      February 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

      So awful. Depriving poor people of medicaid expansion injures the entire economy of the IDIOTIC State and Governor.

      How many nurses, orderlies, doctors and pharmacists will be out of work when this hospital closes? How many coffee shops serving those workers and hospital visitors will go out of business as well? Loss bring loss.

      Everytime your intention is to hurt the poor the injuries expand outward in a rippling stream to injure all but the very richest.

    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      February 6, 2015 at 9:17 am

      And the voters in Louisiana will continue to elect people like Jindal and the wingnuts in their legislature because they have an R after their name, despite the fact that they are destroying the state and literally killing people. The modern day brand of Republicanism is hell bent on destroying anything decent in this country. They would be only too happy to see masses of people destroyed as long as they can satisfy their hatreds and prejudices.

  5. 20 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Chips…2 of the same comments are lost in WP insanity somewhere…can you please free one of them and delete the other? Is it Friday or Monday?

  6. 23 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 8:05 am


    As the American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.”

    Well, it it may well on our doorstep. And the oligarchs are plotting their final takeover by using their economic dominance to capture governmental power – specifically, the governmental power which sets the rules for the very marketplace that provides the oligarchs with such massive wealth.

    Once the American corporate barons own the institutions that are meant to regulate them, it’s game-over for both rational capitalism (including competition) and for democracy.

    We have Citizens United to “thank” for so much of this….worst decision EVER for democracy!

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      February 6, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Agree. The right wing of SCOTUS deliberately set out to destroy democracy in the US and place control of the government in the hands of a business oligarchy. The five justices have no respect for the democratic process and I truly believe that Roberts and Alito were deliberately chosen for this purpose and given to GW Bush to put on the Supreme Court. Together the five justices are slowly destroying all safeguards for individuals in a democracy and deliberately undermining the right to vote. They are more dangerous than a foreign enemy at this point.

      • 25 desertflower
        February 6, 2015 at 8:14 am

        Agree 100%!! They are the enemy within. to be sure. The whole article is excellent…I hope people read this and pass it along.

  7. February 6, 2015 at 8:29 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!

    I see that Bloomberg Business is forecasting a poor jobs report….

  8. 27 Don
    February 6, 2015 at 8:31 am

    257,000 jobs added! 5.7% unemployment rate!

  9. February 6, 2015 at 8:34 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHA….this was Bloomberg Business 30 minutes ago:

  10. February 6, 2015 at 8:35 am

    PEOPLE! This is a BOOM!

  11. February 6, 2015 at 8:37 am

    This is incredible: Nothing “underwhelming” here….

  12. February 6, 2015 at 8:39 am

  13. February 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

  14. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 8:43 am

  15. 44 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

    This just means that they’ll work like crazy to spin this as something other than extraordinarily great news:) I hope they all trip, fall, and spit all over themselves and show America more of who they REALLY are! In the mean time…great news America! Your President has your back!

  16. February 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

    The November and December upward revisions are nothing to sneeze at….just putting that out there….

  17. 50 Linda
    February 6, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Headline on HuffPoof

    Unemployment Rate Rises To 5.7 Percent

    Yeah…ok then

  18. 51 africa
    February 6, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Happy Friday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeeya Chips!!

  19. 53 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Watch the stock market today….probably make those haters tons more $$$ while they bash the guy that made it all possible.

  20. February 6, 2015 at 8:47 am

  21. 57 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 8:49 am

  22. 58 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Thank you, President Obama!!!!

  23. 59 desertflower
    February 6, 2015 at 8:51 am

  24. 60 amk for obama
    February 6, 2015 at 8:52 am

    January was the 11th consecutive month in which more than 200,000 jobs were created – the best run since 1994.

    An average of 336,000 jobs have been created a month for the past three months – the best three-month pace in 17 years.

    This is beebs. So, what was bloomberg blabbering about?


  25. February 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

    This is helping spur growth.

    • 62 arapaho415
      February 6, 2015 at 9:15 am

      GM Meta,

      *even* CBS radio network news, which spins absolutely everything as “bad news for Obama” had nothing but glowing things to say about the Jan/Dec/Nov job numbers, mentioning such things as “twice as many jobs needed to sustain economy,” “US firms record profits,” “uptick in unemployment rate means more workers seeking better paying jobs,” etc.

      They even said something about wage growth, but since I’m not quite awake, can’t cite what they said.

      Also, weather.com has a special statement about this weekend’s “Pineapple Express.” Radio report said that the Russian River is supposed to crest 20 feet higher than normal.

      So NorCal will make up for last month’s parched conditions with a vengeance.

      Most worrisome to me is this:

      It’s the first week in February — Pineapple Expresses should not happen in the middle of winter — I’ve complained all winter how high our overnight lows have been this winter — just not right.

      What does your local news have to say about snow in the Sierras this weekend?

      • February 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

        We are bracing today for the coming storm but the Sonoma County will be hard hit. It’s supposed to last through Monday. I do hope SF gets drenched.

        Snowfall in the Sierras has been bleak but there is modest snowfall predicted for this same time period, with the heaviest for tomorrow, so fingers crossed. Businesses have suffered.

  26. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

  27. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 9:02 am

  28. 79 vcprezofan2
    February 6, 2015 at 9:10 am

    What an icy welcome – and just when I was TRYING to forget about winter! 😀 I think I’ll go down memory lane with this one. ↓

    Morning, SW!

    MoooOOooorning, C²!

    Greetings, EVERY.body!

  29. 82 Allison
    February 6, 2015 at 9:18 am

  30. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 9:19 am

  31. 86 Vicki
    February 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

    What a good news day. Fire up those fireworks celebration bits, Chips, if you please.

  32. February 6, 2015 at 9:22 am

    GM TOD….

    love the economic news….i’m sure the increase in the minimum wage has helped to spur the economy…folks having more money to pay their bills…having more money to buy food…and other essentials as well as the lil pleasures that make like wonderful…having insurance…means keeping more of that money in your pocket to spend on other items counts as well….yesssssssssssss!!!!!!

    i so love our President….i do i do

    • February 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

      prettyfoot58, my Mom always tell me that he would win again if he could run again.

      • February 6, 2015 at 10:02 am

        i think your mom may be right…

        i tell you …where we are now…i do not feel good about 2016….with all this good news from the President…we (DEMs) should be riding high…and very confident..yet i do not feel that coming from any of the DEM Camps…we have a president that has proven to be a stellar success…yet everyone wants to be the anti obama…or runs away….if Barack Obama was a white man…everyone would be courting him …wanting him in their camp…but that is not the case…even O’Malley thought that it was necessary to swipe at the President…sigh…
        Keeping my head to the sky as best as i can…and as Bob always says..


  33. 90 arapaho415
    February 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

    No Comcast in my area — we’re graced with stellar (not) Time-Warner Cable — I am so glad I have severed my relationship with cable.

    I hate monopolies, and public utility designation is what they deserve:

    From the article:
    “Just like Ricardo and Lisa Brown, who were on the receiving end of a similar stunt from Comcast in late Jan. 2015 [first name changed to “Asshole”], Bauer claims she was not rude to the Comcast operator.

    ‘This is a disgrace to me. Why are they doing this to me? I pay my bills. I do not deserve this,’ she told WGN.”

  34. February 6, 2015 at 9:38 am

    HAHAHHAHAHHAAAAAA!! They truly deserve each other!! Bibi looking for a way out. HHHAHAHHAAA!

    • 92 desertflower
      February 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Fucking fool. Too smart by half.

    • 93 99ts
      February 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

      “The Republicans know, as the president has already made clear, that he will veto this legislation. So in order to pass legislation that overcomes the veto, two-thirds are required in the Senate. So if the prime minister can persuade another one or two or another three or four, this could have weight,” he said.”

      Imagine the outcry if a leader from any other country on the planet wanted to talk to congress to influence how politicians vote. Truly unbelievable from both Boehner and Netanyahu

    • 94 Don
      February 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Are you serious?

  35. 95 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

    • 96 desertflower
      February 6, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Can’t handle the truth.

      • 97 Nerdy Wonka
        February 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

        I’m all, are you kidding me? Of course people perverted religion to commit barbaric acts. Do these people not know history? Plus, last night. my timeline was filled with tweets saying Lawrence had jumped on the revisionist history bandwagon. That’s just nuts.

        • 98 desertflower
          February 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

          I know…everyone has gone batshit crazy…those fundamentalist Christians are thinking their’s was perfect…no religion gets that honor. Maybe they are all just ” misremembering” the historical events:)

    • 99 desertflower
      February 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

    • 100 Jeff
      February 6, 2015 at 9:52 am

      I applauded at this as he was 100 percent correct in his assertion. A lot of the racist and Islamaphobes are always quick to take the high horse and act like those things happened a long time ago so they simply don’t matter. You could say the same thing about the Holocaust, yet such things are important to remember so they don’t happen again.

    • February 6, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Well if I was white I would be mad too, after all look how great we treated blacks during and after slavery, look at the North and South starting a war over owning slaves. It seem some people want to forget that blacks were beaten, hung, murder, thrown in rivers, black women were rape my their masters, families torn apart, sold like animals, all in this nation that they love to call a christian country. But hay don’t compare that to ISIS.

  36. 107 Jeff
    February 6, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Media: 257,000 jobs added and wage increased? Nah lets just run with the headline that unemployed ticked up by 0.1 percent.

    • 108 desertflower
      February 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

      infuriating, isn’t it? Sheeple will eat this shit up though….

      • 109 Jeff
        February 6, 2015 at 9:59 am

        not only this but the sheep will continue to believe that conservative policies are the reason we are where we are at because the professional left crowd will insist that president Obama is a republican.

  37. 110 africa
    February 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

  38. 111 africa
    February 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

  39. 112 africa
    February 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

  40. 114 japa21
    February 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Actually, considering the number of jobs created, the .1% rise in the unemployment rate is good news. It means more people are re-entering the job market as conditions improve. It means people who have been out of work and had given up on looking for work are optimistic again. So even the “bad news” is good news.

    I am sure McConnell will point out the largest 3 month rise co-incides with the GOP winning the elections and therefore it is all about them. What a loser.

  41. 115 Don
    February 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

    You want to talk about political power, President Obama was said to be “displeased” with the way Netanyahu was invited to Washington and now Bibi is throwing Boehner under the bus. And President Obama didn’t even have to lift a finger.

  42. 119 57andfemale
    February 6, 2015 at 10:10 am

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