Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama participates in a literacy lesson with students while visiting a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



131 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 3 Don
    May 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning everyone!

  2. 4 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 8:17 am

    bt’s “danny walking”.

  3. 6 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 8:17 am

  4. 7 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 8:18 am

    • 9 jackiegrumbacher
      May 17, 2015 at 8:42 am

      I think that’s a little optimistic on the audience size. Hard to imagine a more excruciating exercise than listening to Republican candidates out bluster each other. Not enough money in the world to pay me for that.

  5. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    May 17, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Morning all. It’s the final Sunday before primary day and we’re holding a rally this morning for our Latino candidates–four are running for local office. Hope I can hold up for the event since I’m still not anywhere near full strength yet. Have a great day!

    • 14 globalcitizenlinda
      May 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

      is that princess ann – actually thinking that she is making a “cool pose”;

      world really escaped having these phonies in charge => Thanks, PBO

    • May 17, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Chipsticks that is such a stupid picture of Queen Ann and 47% Mitt. That is all I’m going to say. Watch out 2016, here they come. I had to say that.

    • 17 desertflower
      May 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Shirt SHOULD say, “Fright Night”…its offensive and racist to boot. I just want to forget these people…

    • 18 MightyPamela
      May 17, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Viewer advisory: Do not open this twitpic while enjoying breakfast – your appetite will flee. Digestive trauma to follow.

      • 21 MightyPamela
        May 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

        G’day, Sweet CIC – the carbon monoxide monitor started ‘chirping’ shortly after 4, then the birdies awoke!! Birdies I can handle, electronic alarms, not so much. Sigh. Heading out to work, will leave a note for floor captain. Tragedy category: First World Dilemma. ❤
        Also indicative of what the Mercury retrograde will portend – – be alarmed!!

  6. 22 carolyn
    May 17, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Good morning…..we survived last night without any tornadoes in our area. However…..every channel had its weather expert on for over four hours following the storm from Texas to eastern Oklahoma. We got rain…..The channel storm chasers were out with their reports from all over the southwest part of the state…..fortunately, the big ones that were forecast did not appear. Today it’s a calm and beautiful day.

    Re the Romney crazy stuff going on………I think when the Ship of Fools (aka the Republican self-proclaimed candidates) has foundered and all have drowned, that His Majesty Willard will once again be their nominee…….he’s quietly and strategically playing the waiting game and hoping for a draft……In the next year all these other guys will kill each other off, and he’ll be the last guy standing………Am I crazy to think this?

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      May 17, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Carolyn, when it comes to Republicans, there’s no thought that’s “too crazy.”

    • 26 Don
      May 17, 2015 at 9:42 am

      I have no idea why Willard dropped out in the first place; your analysis might be spot on. Poor Dr. Carson can’t eat without his teeth falling out; Christie is on his way to indictmentville any day now. Jeb Bush doesn’t know if he’s on foot or horseback, and Scott Walker has that deer in the headlights look. And the Democrats aren’t any better, for whatever reason they can’t seem to back President Obama for all the money in the world.

    • 27 MightyPamela
      May 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Not crazy at all, Carolyn. Good the storms bypassed you.

  7. May 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

  8. May 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Justice, transparency, fairness and equality are what we all want. It’s what the entire Middle East craves. Westerners make the mistake of believing religion is an irreconcilable fissure in the Middle East. They’re wrong. Excluding the militant takfiri dead-enders, what pits neighbour against neighbour is injustice, inequality and hopelessness. –

    If the West is unable to promise the Palestinians and the entire Middle East a viable alternative to Islamic fundamentalism, the very idea of secular democracy will be forever lost in the region. A 2010 poll found that 87 percent of Palestinians believed that the US is not committed to the peace process. “Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of US partnerships and governments and peoples… and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit anger to mobilise support,” testified US General David Petraeus to a Senate Armed Services Committee in 2010 –

    We can not promise anything in the ME…the President has said in so many ways that only the people themselves can bring about their own liberation…that it is Injustice…Inequality….Hopelessness that fuels extremism…altho..what has happened in Egypt cautions us..

    One other note..it is necessary for the US to change our relationship with Israel…that would send a seismic thunderclap thru the ME…

  9. May 17, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Good morning, TODers.

    Sorry, this whole Mitt & Ann Romney thing is just completely and utterly gross.

  10. May 17, 2015 at 10:14 am

  11. May 17, 2015 at 10:16 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats to Mr. Don on #1, and Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

    I honestly thought this Willard fighting thing was a joke circulating on Twitter. But come to find out it’s real – i have the same reaction as meta. It’s just GROSS, and it seems like a desperate need for attention on their parts.

  12. 34 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Go swans. 2-3, still ..

  13. May 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

    some of the letters just hit you


    The Forgotten Girls Who Left the South and Changed History

    Marcia Chatelain @DrMChatelain May 15, 2015

    A “Northern Invasion” was coming, the Chicago Defender declared in early 1917: that spring, specifically May 15, would begin the Great Northern Drive. Southern blacks would abandon Jim Crow’s regime and seek their economic and social freedoms in the North. And Chicago was waiting for them. The Defender, which was founded 110 years ago this month, was the most influential African American newspaper of the 20th century, not least because its entrepreneurial founder and editor, Robert Sengstacke Abbott, used it as a catalyst for the Great Migration, a movement that would change the color and composition of American cities.

    Some of the littlest members of this invasion were girls and teenage women, whose stories have yet to be fully told. Reaching across a century, their tale draws a direct line from the desperate denizens of the Jim Crow South to the striving residents of Northern cities—and all the way to the White House.

    Luckily, their stories have been preserved, and in their own words. In response to Abbott’s call, thousands of letters poured into the Defender’s South Side Chicago office. Would-be migrants sought employment connections, train tickets, and any form of confirmation that ‘up North’ would be everything Abbott promised and more. Among these dream-seekers who put pen to paper to plan their great escapes were scores of girls and teenage women. These letters, printed in the pages of the Defender, and other reflections from African American girls who settled on Chicago’s South Side, fueled my scholarly search to understand how girls experienced, shaped and understood the mass exodus that roughly spanned 1917 to 1970, during which an estimated 7 million blacks settled in urban corridors.

    Girls’ letters to Abbott spoke volumes of the struggles of everyday life. Girls revealed the poignancy of being a child while confronting the very adult economic pressures families endured. Girls labored as sharecroppers, domestics and low-wage workers in the post-Reconstruction South, and they hoped Chicago could provide better paying jobs. Older teenage girls shouldered the responsibility of supporting families at the expense of their education. Girls also hoped that they could use the beauty products or attend the dance venues that the Defender advertised. They wanted to remake themselves into city girls—modern, stylish and in control of their futures.


    • 42 yardarm756
      May 17, 2015 at 11:46 am

      While true for the most part…after WWII the most read paper in Chi-town was the Pittsburgh Courier and later the Negro Digest(precursor to Ebony).

      • May 17, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        Yardarm,that’s an interesting historical nugget. In the late 30’s, the Pittsburgh Courier, with J.A. Rogers, was very active in covering the Italian war of aggression against Ethiopia. The courier was also the leader of the “Double V” campaign during WWII.

    • May 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing this, Rikyrah. Young historians, and especially African American women historians, are doing a wonderful job of documenting the neglected history of African American women.

  14. May 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  15. 46 yardarm756
    May 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Good morning, I think…….According to FB, today is Talley’s birth date…….Happy Birthday!

  16. 51 GGail
    May 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family 😎

  17. 71 Roberta in MN
    May 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Happy Birthday Tally, mentioned you on FB, but will so here also. 🙂

  18. 72 globalcitizenlinda
    May 17, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    have a fantastic day

  19. 73 globalcitizenlinda
    May 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

    what is going to happen to the people, on those immigrant boats, who are refused permission to land and instead are put out to the rough seas;

    the plight of these immigrants seems to be dismissed by many people who have not faced the terror , anxiety and challenges of immigrating to a new place (no matter the challenges that you may face);

  20. May 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Weepin’ – Ireland’s tourist agency goes to the trouble of making this, and the first comment I see on YouTube is:

    “Scared the shit out of that sheep at 1.27”


  21. 93 MightyPamela
    May 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Birthday to our own TallyBard!! She may be sleeping in a bit, well-deserved no doubt! Y’all party while I am at work, okay?? 😉 Back later, I hope.

  22. 94 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    gunners defence sux.

  23. 99 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    MIT scientists have cracked the science behind the dress that went viral on the Internet after some saw it as black and blue while others perceived it to be gold and white.

    In a survey of 1,400 individuals, with over 300 who had never seen ‘The Dress’ before, researchers found that people who perceive it as white and gold may have just been exposed to natural daylight, while those who saw a black and blue garment may spend most of their time surrounded by artificial light sources.

    Neuroscientist Bevil Conway believes ‘The Dress’ phenomenon marked the greatest extent of individual differences in colour perception ever documented.

    Conway, who teaches at Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his team designed an experiment in which they asked people to identify the colours they saw on the dress from a full palette. They found impressive individual differences in colour perception; they also found that people fall into one of three camps corresponding to the main groups identified by social media: a blue/black camp, a white/gold camp, and a smaller blue/brown contingent.


    your science dollars at work.

  24. 100 hopefruit2
    May 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Just popping in to let you all know that I love my President. Be back later! 🙂

  25. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    May 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Mornin’. Ha. Made the Early Bird Chat. Actually, I’ve been up and about for 3 hours – so it took me 3 to get here, but, hey.

  26. 106 GGail
    May 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    See what happens when the game goes on too long, damn!

  27. 109 JER
    May 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

  28. 118 hopefruit2
    May 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    • 119 Nena20409
      May 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      A great read…….it worked in 2010, 2014. The left got mad and stayed HOME!
      It worked for those on the left who look down on those on the right as Ditto Heads……well, these Ditto Heads, they Vote, consistently……they are fewer in numbers, but USA for the last 35 plus years are STUCK on Reaganomics.
      In 2016, if those who are Center-Left were to vote in the same way the numbers reflect, TX, FL, PA, OH, MI, WI, IA, etc would all flip in their respective State Houses and their Congressional Representations.
      Lefties Love a Debate, Fight, Argue, etc more than they LOVE voting folks in to public offices. It started in 1968……..Nixon knew it and went for it and won.
      And No, Dems and their Left partners have yet to learn. That curve of learning from your yesteryear mistake and moving #FORWARD, Well, President Obama Knows……Lefties? Heck, No!

  29. 120 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    og ??? / smh

  30. 123 GGail
    May 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Oh well, at least we didn’t lose

  31. 126 amk for obama
    May 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    well, at least unohoo don’t have to say this time.

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    say gunnite bt.

  32. 128 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Hello TOD 😉
    Happy Sunday Afternoon.
    A slight breezy, partly cloudy, rained all night……heavily needed it……now, the awful humidity is setting in…..in a state with 15,000 lakes……Very, very, very, typical.
    Congrats to the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this thread and the last post.
    Saw this tweet…….<3 ❤ it……….It's Nature. In this case, A Male Cat with a Golden Heart 😉

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