Early Bird Chat

 On This Day: President Barack Obama kisses a baby girl as he and Vice President Joe Biden greet wounded warriors and their families during their tour in the East Room of the White House, June 23, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



123 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. June 23, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Good morning TOD. 😄😄😄😄

  2. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    June 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Morning all and congratulations on first, TN. Severe weather is headed our way today with 60 mile an hour winds, torrential rains and large hail stones. That probably means will have a power cut off sometime later. Hope everyone else has calmer conditions.

    • 5 Roberta in MN
      June 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Be safe Jackie

    • 6 Nerdy Wonka
      June 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Sending you positive thoughts, Jackie.

      Stay safe.

    • 8 arapaho415
      June 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Serious weather indeed, JackieG.

      Stay safe and dry — howling winds and rain really are scary, with the potential to uproot trees and send huge branches flying.

      Speaking of flying, are the fireflies out yet? And how did your trip to the garden nursery and new floors go? (Sorry, have missed quite a bit the last couple of months here at TOD 😦 ).

    • 9 57andfemale
      June 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      You’re getting our storm from yesterday. It tracked South of the city of Chicago, but it hit the area just Southwest of the city really hard.

  3. June 23, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Good morning tnmtngirl and cheers for you coming in the door First! Good morning, mighty Chips! Thank you for this lovely and previous photo. I adore this one. Our magnificent President and this precious angel are in communion here. The true views here wash us clean from the sandstorms of lies and hooey out there , and remind us who he is, and who we are.

  4. June 23, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Good morning jackiegrumbacher! Take good care today. Stay safe and dry—you are precious to this community and to the world.

  5. 14 99ts
    June 23, 2015 at 8:07 am

    gm all. Congrats on 1st Tnmtngirl. Stay safe jackieg & thank you for the lovely PBO and TOD message Nancie

    In my part of the world it is chilly – good weather for hugging the duvet.

  6. 15 Roberta in MN
    June 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Good Morning Chips Jackie Nancy @ a big congrats on 1st Gold to tnmtngirl. ☺️☺️☺️☺️

  7. 16 JER
    June 23, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    9:00 AM EDT – Vice President Biden Speaks at the Opening of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

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  9. 18 GGail
    June 23, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Jackieg, I sure wish you could send some of the rain our way. Be safe!

  10. June 23, 2015 at 9:01 am

  11. 20 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  12. June 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Thank you, Pf. So, in other words, Americans in former slave-holding states shoot themselves in the foot, depriving themselves and their families of needed medical care and social services, just so such benefits won’t fall to African Americans and their families. What a warped and twisted mentality. It’s like saying I don’t care if my children die of hunger as long as the black family down the road dies of hunger as well. Just think what this country would be like if we thought of ourselves as a common entity and helped each other. Racism is the disease that was planted in the heart of the US hundreds of years ago and and it has been slowly killing us ever since.

    • 24 99ts
      June 23, 2015 at 9:19 am

      And the main reason they block medicaid – to make sure those “others” don’t get health care.

    • 25 EricFive
      June 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Positive step that a white man is admitting this reality. When this same message comes from Black folks it is met with disbelief and denial.

  13. 26 arapaho415
    June 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

    GM TODville.

    Baltimore’s States Attorney gets photos snapped by Annie Liebowitz:

  14. June 23, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  15. 34 Gazelle
    June 23, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hello Chips, NW, BTs, TODers! I hope this comes out okay, it’s for AMK, I’m sure he could use it about now!

  16. June 23, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Police in Baltimore won’t like that.

  17. 41 arapaho415
    June 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Good news for entrepreneurs…

  18. 47 jackiegrumbacher
    June 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Has anybody been following the Senate vote on TPP. Is it likely to pass?

    • June 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

      I think it’s likely TPA will pass but there’s always room for drama, isn’t there? They will have to agree to vote on TAA at a later date, so that is the variable in play. TPP vote won’t come until that happens and the TPP negotiations are finalized by PBO.

      Cloture vote on TPA is expected today at 11am.

      Oh, I just saw where Cruz switched to a NO. I’ll update as things develop.

    • 49 JER
      June 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

      VP sounded confident a few minutes ago.

  19. 51 JER
    June 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

    SOS Kerry is speaking. Good to see him back. Also here: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  20. June 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

    The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’

    A friend recently told me that when she gave birth to her son, before naming him, before even nursing him, her first thought was, I have to get him out of this country. We both laughed. Perhaps our black humor had to do with understanding that getting out was neither an option nor the real desire. This is it, our life. Here we work, hold citizenship, pensions, health insurance, family, friends and on and on. She couldn’t, she didn’t leave. Years after his birth, whenever her son steps out of their home, her status as the mother of a living human being remains as precarious as ever. Added to the natural fears of every parent facing the randomness of life is this other knowledge of the ways in which institutional racism works in our country. Ours was the laughter of vulnerability, fear, recognition and an absurd stuckness.

    I asked another friend what it’s like being the mother of a black son. “The condition of black life is one of mourning,” she said bluntly. For her, mourning lived in real time inside her and her son’s reality: At any moment she might lose her reason for living. Though the white liberal imagination likes to feel temporarily bad about black suffering, there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that as a black person you can be killed for simply being black: no hands in your pockets, no playing music, no sudden movements, no driving your car, no walking at night, no walking in the day, no turning onto this street, no entering this building, no standing your ground, no standing here, no standing there, no talking back, no playing with toy guns, no living while black.

    Eleven days after I was born, on Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Now, 52 years later, six black women and three black men have been shot to death while at a Bible-study meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. They were killed by a homegrown terrorist, self-identifed as a white supremacist, who might also be a “disturbed young man” (as various news outlets have described him). It has been reported that a black woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter survived the shooting by playing dead. They are two of the three survivors of the attack. The white family of the suspect says that for them this is a difficult time. This is indisputable. But for African-American families, this living in a state of mourning and fear remains commonplace.


  21. June 23, 2015 at 9:59 am

    This seems CRAZY.

  22. June 23, 2015 at 10:01 am


    • 56 MadameSoph
      June 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Mighty Pamela!

      I am home from Italy! What a journey!

      The kitties were all in one piece and alive when I returned, but I won’t be using this cat sitter again. They were traumatized a bit when I returned and my girl has apparently been hiding in the corner and using it as her bathroom because she was afraid! My poor baby needs any love and light and healing energy that you can spare. Plus, he was supposed to water the plants but they all dried up and died! Grrr!

      Ok gotta run to work!

  23. June 23, 2015 at 10:07 am

    she could have gotten a Black man, at the very least, thrown in jail – and that’s the positive part…
    and then, it could be a lot worse…(yes, thus is being Black in America, where actually just being thrown in Jail is a positive)
    and she has a ‘difficult struggle’?


    40 Years ago, this could have found a Black man hanging from a tree.
    Woman Claims She Was Attacked by Black Men, Actually Attacked by Makeup
    Jay Hathaway
    Filed to: Hoaxes
    6/22/15 2:45pm

    This weekend, in the wake of last week’s racially-motivated mass shooting in Charleston, a Texas woman claimed on Facebook that she’d been brutally beaten by three black men outside a Texarkana Walmart store. It now appears as though she made the whole thing up.

    In following up on the story, the Daily Dot learned that Walmart wasn’t aware of any violent incidents taking place at the store during the time frame in question, and that Texarkana Police have no record of the attack.

    When asked why the Facebook post accusing Martin of faking had been removed, police told the Daily Dot, “We were informed that she is emotionally disturbed and that they are attempting to get her the assistance that she needs. We have removed the post to avoid contributing to her difficult struggle.”


    • 58 0388jojothecat
      June 23, 2015 at 10:22 am

      This could have gotten ANY Black man killed by many of these knee jerk racist cops or garden-variety racist walking around with a gun who just want to kill AA’s.

    • 59 EricFive
      June 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Natural reaction of racist white folks when irrefutable evidence of White on Black brutality is uncovered is to double down on the demonization of Black people. chuck todd did the same thing on MTP this past Sunday with his segment about gun violence that feature exclusively Black felons. When the myth of White innocence is threatened, the white racist will react to protect the racist status quo.

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  27. June 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Ok, I’m off work today and I’m sorry for the heavy subject so early in the morning, but I had this in my head and I had to share.

    Yesterday a relative of mine shared that Walmart Confederacy story via a post of mine on FB. One of her white coworkers or friend or family member (not quite sure, but she is married to a white man, so it could have been a relation) responded with the whole “Southern Pride” meme. Now, normally I don’t like to derail another person thread on FB or social media, but with the events of past week, I felt the need to say something to this woman. I pointed out all the things weve discussed thus past week, threw in some Ta-Nehisi Coates links for good measure. Then I guess cause I was calling her on her BS she started throwing up some Conservative talking points on the “myths” of the Confederacy and then had to nerve to say I was the ignorant one, cause excuse me for ya know…facts.

    Then she threw up this bit of commentary and I knew it was time to give up this discussion with this woman.

    I wasnt referring to you as ignorant. I was referring to the qoute saying that “a negro is not equal to a white man” is ignorant. No one person is better than another. The Confederate flag is associated with racism. That was not its intention. Read the attachment above. The civil war wasn’t about slavery. Freeing the slaves was a bi-product of losing the war. As the northern states had slaves too. The civil war started because the south wanted economic independence. It was a war over power and greed. The north really didnt want to give up their slaves. I can attach that one too if you like. 🙂

    I finally just gave up cause I didn’t want to continue to threadjack my fam. But I find myself in the age of Obama and approaching 40 that I’m tired and done with to move some folk Black or White, especially on social media. Its just not worth the time or effort to try to reach a grown ass person to challenge their world view. I’m as emotional as the next person and yes I see defend some things based on emotions & sentiment, but as a scientist when confronted with facts, I listen and I try to re-evaluate my emotional defense. People like the woman I mentioned are just not worth my time when I don’t know them personally and I can just ignore or block them anyway.

    From blog comment to longer blog post…No Time For Stupid People…Or…Bish Wut?

    …When someone is not even willing to admit, that the Civil War was fought in LARGE part over slavery, then you know you are dealing someone who not interested in being an honest participant in a real discussion on the Confederacy…

    • 67 desertflower
      June 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Sorry about this, lamh36….she doesn’t WANT to admit the truth…if you listened to PBO on the WTFpodcast…he addresses these kinds of people…the kind that you come across that no matter what facts you share with them, they still believe the lies….let it go. No sense beating your head against the wall…there is more work to do that will get us closer to where we need to be. Don’t waste your time or pay her mind….you will make a difference in someone’s life that WANTS to see the truth:) Let it be.

      • June 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

        I really do have a group of friends and former co-workers who are diverse and we don’t all agree on politics and the like, but even when we don’t agree, when we discuss those disagreements, we don’t come with BS deflections and rumors and untruths. These are people I know well, so why in the would I accept less than that from people I don’t even know. So at this point, I’m like shoot I’ve got enough friends thank you very much. So I’m selective in who I add into my inner circle beyond just work related pleasantries.

    • 69 0388jojothecat
      June 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thank you lamh36 for sharing this with us. Unfortunately this person probably feels she won the argument because she probably gets all her information from some right wing website full of lies. Unless she is a professor or has a Phd in American History her facts are false. Granted that Lincoln did not start out with the notion of freeing the slaves but he knew he could not win the war without ex-slaves and those that left the south to fight for the Union in return would win their freedom. Just like the gun, confederate flag, and heathcare issue today, America is always the last to progress because our allies in other countries had abolished slavery long before America. There was a growing call for America (within and without) to end slavery and many countries had stopped America from going to Africa and other places for slaves. White Abolitionist were pushing for America to end slavery and many were escaping the south only to be in fear of being kidnaped back into slavery. When the issue of ending slavery was being decided that is when those states decided to secede from the Union. Yes it was about economy and greed but the states that wanted to secede would have NO economy if not for the slaves, DUH. Who would pick their cotton, tobacco, etc., if not for the slaves?

      I have no Phd in American history but I have taken many courses in African American studies and purchased many books on the topic which I am sure that person has not. If she’d do her OWN research or take an AA studies course she would learn the truth…but then again she might not be able to handle the truth like so many who get their truth from Faux News.

  28. 70 Dakota
    June 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Good Morning TOD Family,

    Sending safety vibes to Jackie G. Hope everyone is well today.

    Going to my volunteer gig today. I edit audio books for the hearing library. I really enjoy it…get to read books that I would normally passed on. They asked me if I would like to do some narration, so I’m excited about that.

    Just was to say that over the last several days the posts here have been EPIC! A heartfelt thank you to everyone here that has contributed. As always, I don’t know how I would have survived these last 7 years without TOD. Love y’all!

    GGail: My sister says it’s been scorching out your way!. Here too. Stay cool and hydrated!

    • 73 0388jojothecat
      June 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

      The sick perverted media will never give us positive stories about minorities that do good thinks in the world….only negative. Instead of showing this about PBO and highlighting these wonder young people they focused the President saying the “N” word and should the confederate flag be taken down, and the racist who think it should stay up. No wonder there are people who are hurting from the hate within them fueled by the media.

  29. June 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

    None of this is a cure-all for ridding ourselves of racism. But if, rather than simply point to South Carolina, we all pay attention to the tales we tell in our own backyard, perhaps it gets the conversation going.

  30. 75 JER
    June 23, 2015 at 10:41 am

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  31. June 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Officers plead not guilty in Freddie Gray case as judge and trial date selected

    Judge Barry G. Williams, a former city prosecutor and civil rights litigator with a no-nonsense reputation, will preside over the high-profile criminal cases against six Baltimore police officers indicted in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray..

    Williams’ appointment Monday came as each of the officers asked for a jury trial and entered not-guilty pleas in writing — a legal maneuver that allows them to avoid appearing at court arraignments that had been scheduled for next week.

    “We look forward to trying this case before Judge Williams,” Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said in a statement. “The defendants have all entered not guilty pleas, which is their right. All defendants in this case are presumed innocent, until, or unless they are found guilty.”

    Defense attorneys for the officers either declined to comment or could not be reached.


    • 78 desertflower
      June 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

      That said…it’s a start but not enough to just change the flag. The attitudes and hearts and minds of people need to change as well. The flag is a symbol. What resides in the hearts and minds is what REALLY needs to change!

  32. 82 desertflower
    June 23, 2015 at 10:56 am


    America will only end racism when it stops being racist

    If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.

    What happened in Charleston, S.C., is not unfathomable or even ambiguous. It’s a story much older than the nation, a story that began when the first Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619: the brutalizing and killing of black people because of the color of their skin.

    The weekend displays of multiracial unity throughout the saddened city were inspiring, but they cannot be taken as a sign that the country has moved beyond its troubled racial past. The gunman who so coldly killed those innocent worshipers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church did not exist in a vacuum. He inhaled deeply of the race hatred that constantly bubbles up like foul gas from a sewer.

    Maybe someone should point that out to John Roberts whose busy living in his bubble…..Nice job by Eugene Robinson here.

    • 83 EricFive
      June 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

      You don’t really believe John Roberts thinks racism is over in America, do you? He said that bullshit to justify gutting the Voting Rights Act (which became a GOP priority when PBO won election and reelection) and will probably repeat the same nonsense when going after Affirmative Action. He said that bullshit to advance a predetermined agenda.

  33. 84 vcprezofan2
    June 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

    That’s all.

    Plus, this time thing…..

  34. June 23, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Gosh, I feel like I’ve been using stronger language lately, so I apologize in advance if I do, but this past week has got me thinking in harsh language..

    Chris Rock once made a joke about people being proud they “never went to prison” or “they never sold drugs”. Rock was like…mutha…that aint an accomplishment, no one grows up wanting to go to prison!

    This spineless son of a bigot, sees polls turning so now he gets forceful about the flag’s meaning…IT’S ALWAYS MEANT THIS!

    So now I’m supposed to pat you on the back…Mahn Fuq Rand Paul, but I guess fan-boys will love it.

    • 86 desertflower
      June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

      ALL the Republicans are doing this now! Not just THIS jackwagon! They’ve been fine all these years…going so far to say that the flag is fine and goes to “Southern heritage”….until they see that it’s not politically alright for them to say those things anymore….they are all so shallow.

      • 87 misspat
        June 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        Wonder who gave them the okay? As far as I am concerned they all should just STFU because they will be back to square 1 soon with their stupid rants. BTW I am still not blocked by the Chuck guy. I will keep trying!

        • 88 0388jojothecat
          June 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

          This from the man who told Rachel Maddow it was OK to discriminate against someone AA….

    • 89 sherijr
      June 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

      ((((lamh))))) Some things require ‘harsh’ language. Me, I’m a big believer in the F word. Hypocrites always turn with which way the wind blows. Rand Paul stands on sand.

  35. 90 desertflower
    June 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

    This man is not right in the head. Bombastic, sick in the head man.


    • 91 99ts
      June 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Quite revolting df – I gather he is still upset because PBO didn’t make him his right hand man.

    • 92 EricFive
      June 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Anyone who cannot see how compromised Cornell “Uncle Tom” West is at this point is willfully blind. He is the go to “pet” of the White supremacist power structure’s media branch. He is consumed with envy and hate toward the first Black President because he and his mama did not get tickets to the inauguration. By his behavior and demeanor he seems like a miserable person. I would tell him to go to Hell, but he is already there.

  36. June 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

    TPA cloture vote in progress:

    46-20 so far

    60 YES votes needed.

  37. June 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

    58-34 down to the finish line……Cantwell-D switched to yes so I think it is going to pass! F**k u House D’s #TPA

  38. 110 Nerdy Wonka
    June 23, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Virginia is removing Confederate flags from license plates.

  39. June 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

    TPA cloture PASSES the Senate!!!!!!!!

  40. June 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Flipping Cantwell from last night was huge…PBO must have had a chat w/her 😎 PASSED!!!!

  41. June 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I don’t trust the republicans AT ALL about the promise for a re-vote on TAA later.

    TAA is necessary. The president had said he would veto TPA without TAA attached. Will he indeed veto now ? Will he feel he can sign TPA because he’s confident TAA will pass a bit later ? Surely he doesn’t trust the republicans to honor their promise… No matter if Boehner and/or McConnell have promised him to do the right thing, they more often than not don’t deliver. Either because they’re dishonest, or they don’t control their respective caucuses.

    • 114 amk for obama
      June 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

      But what prevented the dems from voting in TAA in the first place?

      • June 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

        B/c in the original Senate bill, TAA and TPA were conjoined. So Dems voted against TAA in an effort to scuttle TPA. But Boehner, believe it or not, outmaneuvered the Dems, passed TPA, sent it to the Senate, and the Senate rewrote the rules.

        • 116 amk for obama
          June 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

          egg.sack.lee. The dems got played. Thugs are masters at manipulation of bills they introduce.

          • June 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

            that is why the President told them not to play this game and vote for TAA…they may just have been outmaneuvered…and who pays the price…American Workers…

            • 118 amk for obama
              June 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm

              yup. take my ball home game again. and the worst part? they played the effing ball ball into the incompetent fool boner’s hands.

  42. June 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I think the final Senate vote on TPA will happen later this week.

  43. June 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

    • 123 0388jojothecat
      June 23, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      To say the Civil War was not about Slavery is like saying the Lottery is not about people wanting to be Millionaires they just like playing for for the fun of it…..if they win fine if they don’t oh well.

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