Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets students from Orchard Gardens in Boston, Mass., after the students performed at a luncheon for National Governors Association spouses, in the Map Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)



105 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 6 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:33 am


  2. 13 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Why homeless Britons are turning to the Sikh community for food.

    Homeless people in the UK are getting free meals thanks to a centuries-old Sikh tradition. Why, asks Rajeev Gupta.

    “We come here because we get food… A hot meal. It’s a luxury for me.” John Davidson is 55 and homeless. He is one of 250 people who have just received a hand-out of hot soup, drinks, chocolate bars and other supplies from the Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team van parked up on the Strand in central London on a cold Sunday evening. The Swat team, as they’re known, park at the same spot every week so a group of volunteers from the Sikh community can hand out vital supplies. Homeless people, who overwhelmingly are not Sikh, patiently wait in line to be served.

    For the volunteers handing out food here, this is more than just good charitable work. For them this is a religious duty enshrined by the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak, over 500 years ago. At a time of deep division by caste and religious infighting between Hindus and Muslims in India, Guru Nanak called for equality for all and set forward the concept of Langar – a kitchen where donated produce, prepared into wholesome vegetarian curry by volunteers, is freely served to the community on a daily basis.

    Today, thousands of free Langar meals are served every day in Sikh temples throughout the UK. The Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall, thought to be the biggest Sikh temple outside of India, says it alone serves 5,000 meals on weekdays and 10,000 meals on weekends. Every Sikh has the duty to carry out Seva, or selfless service, says Surinder Singh Purewal, a senior member of the temple management team. “It means we’re never short of donations or volunteers to help prepare the Langar.”


    • 14 amk for obama
      February 24, 2015 at 7:42 am

      as against this racist pos.

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Wow, this is an impressive undertaking on the part of Sikh community in UK. It’s not easy to come up with all these meals, let alone distribute them on a regular basis. Imagine a world where everyone had a duty to carry out selfless service. It would change humanity from the inside out.

      • 16 amk for obama
        February 24, 2015 at 7:50 am

        Indeed. forget the money, it’s the commitment that’s worthy of emulating. In hinduism, feeding someone is considered the highest form of charity since it’s the only one where the receiver says, ‘no more, thanks’.

    • 18 arapaho415
      February 24, 2015 at 8:53 am

      What an uplifting perspective, one that needs to gain broader recognition in the Western World.

      • 19 jackiegrumbacher
        February 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

        Oh, would that we had a Justice Brandeis on SCOTUS today. That was a man who was great of mind and heart.

  3. 21 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:37 am

    bt, slay the mod monster.

  4. 27 africa
    February 24, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeya Chips!!

  5. 29 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    our own homegrown religious nutz.

    Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has questioned Mother Teresa’s service to the poor. Mother, he believes, was motivated by her desire to convert people into Christianity.

    Charges like this belittle the humane work done by about 5,000 Missionaries of Charity, the order Mother founded. Her band of blue bordered sari-clad sisters work in over 600 homes in more than 130 countries.

    As Mother Teresa would say, ‘God has not called us to be successful. God has called us to be faithful. We are faithful to look after the poorest of the poor.’

    Proselytisation is a charge that critics had often levelled at Mother. There were those who like the RSS believed that the order traded succour for souls.

    Yet, the constitution of the Missionaries of Charity declares, ‘We shall not impose our Catholic faith on anyone, but have profound respect for all religions.’


    modi’s bed of vipers has come to bite him on his ass.

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 7:48 am

      What on earth is to be gained by questioning her work? She helped tens of thousands of people through sickness and starvation. With so many genuine things to complain about, this is both petty and cruel.

    • 32 arapaho415
      February 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Sorry to be dense, but I thought “missionary” was a term that described people who seek to convert others to their religion.

      Doesn’t seem controversial to me, but no doubt because that’s what I was taught (have no idea where I picked this up).

  6. 33 africa
    February 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

    • February 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

      hello Africa…

      what gets me about this are the many tweets that i have seen from the so-called progressives demanding that the President VETO a bill that he has already said that he will veto…as our Bob…says…#TrustBarack

  7. February 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

    GM all. We are snowed in again! As most of you know, Tuesday is my food pantry day. If our schools are closed, our food pantry is closed. We were closed all last week and, of course, again today. Am so worried about the folks we serve. Praying that God will provide for them.

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Tn, I’m sorry this shut down has happened two weeks in a row. This does put a serious burden on people who are hungry and need help. What a sad situation.

  8. 37 africa
    February 24, 2015 at 7:54 am

  9. 39 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I leave you with this as I head out to work on this cold, chilly Tuesday!

    “It’s hard to grasp the logic that would impel GOP lawmakers to suspend funding for the gigantic department when the move that inspired their threat in the first place — President Obama’s executive action shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation — has been put on hold,” the board wrote Monday evening. “The answer, it seems, is that the fervor of Republican partisanship, especially in the House, is immune to logic beyond an insistence on victory at any cost — the cost in this case being the imminent shutdown of a critical chunk of the federal government.”

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!

    • 40 amk for obama
      February 24, 2015 at 7:57 am

      and to think that dept was ‘founded’ by the shrub & neocons.

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Donna, I love the idea of anything that would prove the GOP incapable of governing, but I don’t think the American people are getting the lesson. Their utter incompetence at governing has been proven again and again and again and Americans keep voting for them. What’s it gonna take?

      • 42 donna dem 4 obama
        February 24, 2015 at 8:07 am

        The people who vote for them would do so if they all cheated on their wives or husbands and smoked crack in public simply because they have a R behind their name. The Republican Entertainment Complex works night and day to get their voters stirred up and mad enough to vote against any Dem.

        We on the other hand have to LOVE our candidates before we can get up off our asses and go vote. We don’t have a propaganda machine pointing out to us the importance of voting so we don’t. People were willing to crawl over broken glass to vote for President Obama but 2 years later they can’t be bothered. That’s the real travesty with out electorate.

        So yes Republicans will continue to vote for their candidates over and over again and Dems will sit on the sidelines and find every excuse in the book to let them.

        • 43 jackiegrumbacher
          February 24, 2015 at 8:36 am

          Yep, the GOP propaganda machine has convinced massive numbers of Republicans that the Dems are evil, anti democracy and do not serve the public interest. IOW, the exact opposite of reality. Our homegrown propaganda machine puts the Russian one to shame.

        • February 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

          “Republican Entertainment Complex” – oooooooo, that’s a good one. We’ll have to spread it around out there.

        • February 24, 2015 at 10:09 am

          ~We on the other hand have to LOVE our candidates before we can get up off our asses and go vote. We don’t have a propaganda machine pointing out to us the importance of voting so we don’t. People were willing to crawl over broken glass to vote for President Obama but 2 years later they can’t be bothered. That’s the real travesty with out electorate.”


          Crucial Issue….how do we address this…

  10. 46 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:56 am


  11. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    February 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Morning. Sometimes I wake up wondering what new forms of treachery and hatred our president will have to endure today. That’s one reason why I’ve signed up for a session this morning on Hindi meditation practices by Swami Pratyaghodhananda in the local college chapel. The other reason is that we’ll get treated to a buffet of Indian food–my absolute favorite cuisine. Maybe I’ll come back with a serene calm about aggravating events. Or maybe not.

    • 52 desertflower
      February 24, 2015 at 8:15 am

      This is my vision if I let my dog and cats get too close, too soon:) Morning amk:) Morning, TOD!

      • 53 amk for obama
        February 24, 2015 at 8:20 am

        Pets are pita. One of these days, I am gonna kill unohoo.

        GM kickboxer.

        • 54 desertflower
          February 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

          What does that even mean?? 🙂 Kickboxer has been out of commission lately. Hurt my back. Feel stupid.

          • 55 amk for obama
            February 24, 2015 at 8:47 am

            That’s too bad. What happened ? Did saddie jump ya? 🙂

            Get well.

            • 56 desertflower
              February 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

              No:) I hurt my back years and years ago moving a patient when I worked in a hospital…should have known better. Once you hurt your back, it may feel better for some time…then…BAM! Something simple sets it off and you start from scratch all over again. Sucks. I shall return, better than ever, to kick ass another day:)

            • 57 desertflower
              February 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

              I posted a comment but I have no idea where it is!! Hope that WP is having fun today:)

  12. February 24, 2015 at 8:16 am

    WHAT is going on?? When I refresh, I get a glimpse of my comment and jackie’s reply. However, when refresh is complete. both those comments are GONE! ???????

  13. 62 Linda
    February 24, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Good Morning…..I woke up to snow in Atlanta. Ugh !

    Joe Manchin says PBO overstepped his authority with his immigration executive action.

    Joe must be sniffing coal slug again. Sit down Joe. How come every time I turn on The Senate on cspan I see you hanging with the Republicans ?

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Aaahhh, Joe Manchin, the great authority on all things constitutional and judicial. I’m sure the President is quaking with fear from that criticism. I’m also sure that if asked to state exactly what PBO overstepped with his very limited EO, he would be speechless. He doesn’t understand how fully within PBO’s administrative authority this EO is and is just flapping his gums to win points with the right.

      • February 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

        I have no doubt that President Obama had all this check and made sure he was within his legal rights sign that EO. Joe Manchin need to shut his mouth, because he don’t know what he is talking about. Instead of criticizing the President, why aren’t he criticizing his pals, the Republicans for doing nothing.

  14. 65 desertflower
    February 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Excellent! And if you’re so inclined, read the whole Rolling Stone piece. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m fairly certain that Tiabbi is spot on this time:)


    Loving the Imaginary America, Hating the Real One.

  15. 67 arapaho415
    February 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    GM TODville.

    Surprisingly, a link to this Op-Ed appears on this morning’s @nytimes homepage:

    The Op-Ed includes a link to Eddie Murphy’s iconic 1984 SNL skit — which I found more hysterical than before, after spending time at TOD and learning from other people’s experiences, for which I am very grateful.

    What I’ve learned at TOD is best summed up by the late Roger Ebert:

    Now that I have a broader perspective, I have even less patience than before for the myopic hipster POV that display zero empathy for those unlike their young, privileged, selves (which dominate online “news”).

  16. February 24, 2015 at 8:58 am


    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

      There’s big money at stake for the GOP leaders if the pipeline goes through. It’s all about $$$$s in their pockets. They’re not getting enough personal payback from the other issues, so they’ll focus on the one that will make them richer faster.

    • 71 Vicki
      February 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Bravado is the GOP way, isn’t it? They never admit defeat.
      PBO is not mistaken. Sadly or otherwise. No Keystone. Not Going To Happen.

      • February 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

        Yes the Republicans will fight to the death for that 1%, the poor and middle they don’t give a dam about. Because who will that pipeline benefit?

        • February 24, 2015 at 10:25 am

          But yet all you hear from Republicans like that is how they are Christians. Jesus said look after the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the widows and orphans, visit those in prison. No where do you see in the Bible were it says take care of the rich.

  17. February 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

  18. 78 Vicki
    February 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good morning TOD.
    In case you’ve missed it ACA sign-ups new graph shows Obamacare reaching 32.3 milliion people and counting!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 80 GGail
    February 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I heard that the viewing of “The White Oscar Show” was the lowest yet.

    • 81 arapaho415
      February 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Now that I’m older and wiser, 😉 I have no patience for the self-indulgent navel-gazing that is the Oscars.

      I rarely go to movies, but it seems to me that the movies that are “recognized” by the Oscars mostly revolve around ennui-filled white angst with a smattering of self-congratulatory bones thrown to “exotic” movies like “12 Years a Slave,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” etc.

      IMHO, movies have reverted back to what sustained them in the “Golden Years of Hollywood” — mostly about elite Americans. What made the 1970s revolutionary (again, IMHO) was that movies were made and viewed about the working class and non-elites (e.g., Five Easy Pieces, Silkwood, etc.).

      Now it seems like the movies the Academy rewards are either about white elite, white angst or “artists.”

    • 82 arapaho415
      February 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I responded to you, but it didn’t make it past WP censorship. 😦

      In a nutshell — IMHO the Oscars now seem to acknowledge mostly white elite, white angst and/or “artists,” with a self-congratulatory bone thrown in when they honor Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, etc.

      The 1970s broke the mold on recognizing only white elite with Five Easy Pieces, Silkwood, etc., but those who aren’t suburban/elite are shut out from consideration.

      • February 24, 2015 at 9:29 am

        Did you ever see the link I shared of my husband’s hike?

        • 84 arapaho415
          February 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

          Yes, thank you.

          So sorry that I didn’t get back to you — these past few days have been a whirlwind for me (nothing catastrophic, just busy and distracted).

          Such sorrow on your husband’s birthday, such inspiration on his commitment to God, the wonders of nature and other people.

          Wonderful video, so glad you shared it.

      • 85 GGail
        February 24, 2015 at 9:38 am

        GM Arapaho. The news reported that this is the lowest in seven years. Some blame the type of movies & said it was not NPH fault.

    • 86 arapaho415
      February 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    • 87 Vicki
      February 24, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Each day the % increases. Last one I read said that viewership was Down by 14%.

  20. 89 japa21
    February 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    GM all. Okay, I give up. I have tried to be charitable with winter this year, particulalry in consideration with what other parts of the country are going through. But when I wake up this morning to find out that northern Wisconsin is 20 degrees warmer than Chicago, I can no longer do this.

    Have I told you lately how much I hate this winter? Actually, I haven’t, but that ends today.

    Yet, despite that, there is more warmth in our air than their is in the heart of the GOP.

  21. February 24, 2015 at 9:46 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

    • 97 amk for obama
      February 24, 2015 at 9:52 am

      and yet ….

      • 98 0388jojothecat
        February 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

        They will continue to vote GOP because of abortio, guns, and prayer in school.

        • 99 EricFive
          February 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

          Those issues play a role, but the GOP is the White folks party and the Dems are deemed “unAmerican” and represent the “Other”. This is the sad legacy of the Southern Strategy and the GOP’s successful exploitation of racism against POC. This is also how today’s media portrays the two parties. The 1%/corporations/msm exploit this, stokes racial fears and animous, and gives the GOP a deference that it does not give the Dems (White Privilege writ large). Poor Whites eat up the pro-GOP propaganda because they view the GOP as protecting the country from those they view as unAmerican, due to skin color. That is where all that “I want my country back” stuff stemmed from (PBO’s election was the realization of their worst fears, a Black democratic President). Notice that after LBJ, the only Dems to win the Presidency were from the South (the thinking being that a southerner would know how to handle “those people”). Having one of “those people” in the White House has driven the racists in this country crazy. That is a macro-view of what we have been experiencing for the past 7 years.

    • 100 amk for obama
      February 24, 2015 at 9:53 am

      ‘sup blossom?

  22. 101 MightyPamela
    February 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    ❤ {{{{{ TOD }}}}} ❤ *waving from the twilight zone*. Posting from this phone is often a walk on the wild side – great comments fall away into the gaping maw of the interwebz! Big hugs all around. Life is an adjustment, I suppose. ❤

  23. 102 Vicki
    February 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

    TOD Chicago—What is going on with mayoral election?
    Any predictions?

  24. 104 arapaho415
    February 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

    This is the breaking news from my neck of the woods this morning.

    My guess is that this will get zero coverage nationally — which was the case for the Sept 12 2008 (Friday afternoon here, after close of business for the east coast) when there was a head-on train collision that killed 25 people — all because the engineer was texting and blew through a red light.

    Today a train hit a semi-trailer truck, which then burst into flames.

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