Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughters Sasha and Malia to attend an Easter service at St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 31, 2013



88 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. March 31, 2015 at 7:53 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  2. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    March 31, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Morning. I guess all eyes will be on Lauzanne today as the Iran negotiations move into the final hours. I hope with all my heart that they come to an agreement.

  3. 11 Dudette
    March 31, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Hiyooooooo! 😀

  4. March 31, 2015 at 8:00 am

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      March 31, 2015 at 8:07 am

      I’m so glad to see some people in Indiana starting to wake up. Bigotry is all very well behind closed doors where the white sheets are stored, but when you take it out in the sunlight, it’s putrid. Indiana legislators and Gov. Pence thought no one would notice the putrid stink. Now they have and people are turning away from the state and taking their money with them. The bigotry game isn’t fun anymore when it starts hitting them in the pockets.

      • March 31, 2015 at 8:11 am

        It’s funny though Jackie, someone on Twitter just told me the same paper had a horrible cartoon about immigrants recently – I’m assuming the author of the editorial didn’t approve.

        • 18 jackiegrumbacher
          March 31, 2015 at 8:16 am

          I don’t think the paper has seen the moral light as much as the financial one. The immigrant issue hasn’t defined itself in dollars lost, although it does have a huge economic impact. But on the so called ‘religious freedom’ issue, they’re seeing the dollars drain away from the state. If there had been no reaction from businesses and organizations, I doubt this paper or anyone else would have said a peep.

  5. 20 Linda
    March 31, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Good Morning….

    CNN has a countdown clock going for the Iran Deal…..seriously.

  6. 22 amk for obama
    March 31, 2015 at 8:02 am


    danny’s soulmate. You should totally get him/her. (you zoom and find out is it is he/she).

  7. 29 Linda
    March 31, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Just a reminder to the media…

    The original P5+1 agreement is in tack until June 30th. Today is for the framework to get to a solid deal by then. So…….if nothing happens today, they will continue on…….

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      March 31, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Linda, thank you for that informed perspective. The media cares nothing for truth and everything for sensation. If everything isn’t all worked out today, there will be glaring headlines about FAILURE! TALKS COLLAPSE! It’s all so predictable.

  8. 32 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2015 at 8:10 am

    • March 31, 2015 at 8:22 am

      GOOD SIGN:

      Fabius and Steinmeier to remain win Lausanne and Lavrov is on his way back.


      • March 31, 2015 at 8:24 am

        ….”in” Lausanne..

      • 35 hopefruit2
        March 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

        But now I’m seeing this:

        • 36 Linda
          March 31, 2015 at 8:32 am

          Seems to me that this comment is on track with the original agreement……

          A framework by today and then the technical phase between now and the original end date of June 30th.

        • March 31, 2015 at 8:32 am

          My understanding is that they must have a general framework agreement by today’s deadline and have agreed to working on setting down the all the details through June. But who knows? As Kerry says, we will know by today….

      • 41 arapaho415
        March 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

        GM Meta, TODville.

        Despite Lavrov’s optimism in this statement, there is no chance that UN sanctions will be immediately lifted.

        However, one thing we can be certain of is that Secretary Kerry operates on little to no sleep. He and PBO have the most stressful jobs in the world, but Kerry is under such intense pressure now, with the MSM ready to pounce and denounce, regardless of the outcome of these negotiations. 😦

        • March 31, 2015 at 8:52 am

          Good morning. Sadly, you are correct: no matter the outcome, there will be an onslaught against PBO. He’ll either be a dictator siding with the Middle East or a complete failure. UGH.

          • 43 jackiegrumbacher
            March 31, 2015 at 9:12 am

            At this point, meta, I doubt whether PBO gives a fig what others say. He’s repeatedly said that if there is an agreement, he will be thoroughly acquainted with every detail and will be able to both defend and sell it. Kerry knows what President Obama will accept and he’s working toward that end. This is where John Kerry–the consummate professional–shines. He knows exactly what needs to be done and he will do everything in his power to do it, if he can. No matter what the rubbish media says or how much the war mongers howl, reaching this agreement with Iran is a huge historic milestone and it will be recorded in the history books as a huge achievement.

        • 46 amk for obama
          March 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

          I don’t think PBO and Kerry give a ratsfuck what emmessem thinks and does.

    • 47 Linda
      March 31, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Yesterday it was reported that all the people that need to sign the agreement are now in Lausanne.

  9. 48 Dudette
    March 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Good Tuesday Morning People of TOD 😉

  10. 53 amk for obama
    March 31, 2015 at 8:29 am

    My prediction on iran talks. They will agree to extend the due date. There is no mcdonald’s solution to this.

    • March 31, 2015 at 8:40 am

      I think they have to agree on specific details and bottom line demands from each side today. An “extension” will be through June to put all the various agreements specifically in writing that is acceptable to all parties.

      • 55 amk for obama
        March 31, 2015 at 8:51 am

        An extension will be given even if the bottom lines are not met today.

        • March 31, 2015 at 8:53 am

          Well, PBO has said this is it and I tend to believe he doesn’t bluff but I guess anything can happen……

          • 57 amk for obama
            March 31, 2015 at 8:57 am

            It’s all part of hard diplomacy. No one is gonna walk away from this empty handed after putting in so much time, money and effort. They all know this kinda opportunity doesn’t come along every other day.

            • March 31, 2015 at 9:03 am

              Well, don’t forget he’s also got Congress breathing down his neck on sanctions. He’s held them at bay until now.

              • 59 amk for obama
                March 31, 2015 at 9:06 am

                He also knows that the world events don’t revolve around US congress, especially this treasonous ones.

                • 60 jackiegrumbacher
                  March 31, 2015 at 9:21 am

                  The problem, AMK, is that a vengeful US Congress, bent on imposing stricter sanctions, could be the spark that disrupts the whole process and shows bad faith on the part of the US. That’s why I think it will be a stronger agreement then just an extension of negotiating time. Kerry is well aware of the pressures back home and I think he will hammer through to get something that will give PBO legislative ammunition he needs. We’ll see. For all our sakes, I hope it’s something more substantial than just an agreement to talk some more.

                • 61 nospin
                  March 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm

                  I am with you 100% amk.

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  13. March 31, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  14. 65 amk for obama
    March 31, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Riyadh tries to counter the pull of Islamic State among its citizens


    for starters, they can stop aiding & abetting terrorists. chickens, roost and all that.

  15. 66 Dudette
    March 31, 2015 at 8:49 am

  16. 67 arapaho415
    March 31, 2015 at 8:50 am

    • 68 jackiegrumbacher
      March 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

      And this, Arapaho, is what gave us Richard M Nixon. All polls at the time showed that Johnson would have won re-election. I couldn’t stand him, but he was St. Francis Assisi compared to Tricky Dick.

  17. 69 desertflower
    March 31, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Morning everyone:) Thinking of the Iran deal today, but would rather have the right deal than a fast deal…This art of diplomacy is arduous and those that think we should drop bombs and start wars….have no idea how very difficult this is. Much harder to keep the peace and have important dialogue than to drop a bomb on people. I wish them forward progress today and applaud their tenacity and resolve to get this done/ The MSM can go eff off.

    • 70 amk for obama
      March 31, 2015 at 8:53 am

      This. 15 years of mutual antagonism ain’t going way in 15 months. Especially, with the rethugs constantly backstabbing.

      • 71 desertflower
        March 31, 2015 at 9:03 am

        morning amk…it is fitting that I received my email reply this morning from Sen. Flake…I sent him an email right after the treasonous 47 issue…he was not one of them. I wrote to say thank you for not including his name on that POS idea. The other one, got a nastygram. Haven’t heard back from him yet….no surprise there.
        You are precisely right…no fast food lanes here…took a long time to become suspicious “enemies”…will take time to make this right again. So proud of all the parties talking to work this out for the world. They are setting a huge example on what to do right, for anyone willing to pay attention and learn. I wish them all well…

  18. 73 Dudette
    March 31, 2015 at 8:53 am

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  20. 75 Dudette
    March 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Sigh! Similar one is making the rounds in Georgia too. Really disgusting!

    • 76 desertflower
      March 31, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Who the hell goes to Arkansas? Probably thinks he has nothing to lose. SO wrong and so sad. Rise up, Arkansas!!!

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      March 31, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Dudette, if we could get a Democratic congress and Democratic president together at one time–even for a couple of years–we could fix all this idiocy. It’s beyond appalling that some states can legislate in favor of open bigotry without violating a federal law.

      • 78 Dudette
        March 31, 2015 at 9:45 am

        It violates equal protection clause, but someone’s got to sue to get rid of this crap either that or new legislature but repeal << but that means people need to vote the bums out.

  21. 79 amk for obama
    March 31, 2015 at 9:04 am

    our own rwnj’s.

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday dismissed Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament Dilip Gandhi’s remarks that all studies linking cancer to tobacco have come from abroad and that there is no Indian survey report to confirm it.

    “Do not listen to these things. Science is science. You cannot compromise on science,” the minister said, disapproving the statement of Gandhi, who heads the parliamentary panel on subordinate legislation examining the provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003.

    Gandhi had on Monday said all studies linking cancer to tobacco have come from abroad and that one should consider the Indian aspect too.

    Gandhi’s statement left the Bharatiya Janata Party red-faced with Javadekar facing questions at a press conference on his remarks.


  22. 83 Dudette
    March 31, 2015 at 9:07 am

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    March 31, 2015 at 9:09 am

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    March 31, 2015 at 9:15 am

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    March 31, 2015 at 9:22 am

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