Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama tours the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



139 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Vicki
    August 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Good morning, our returned blog mistress!

    • August 22, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Thank you and gooooooood morning to ya, Vicki!

    • 3 0388jojothecat
      August 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Congrats on furst Vicki.

    • 4 arapaho415
      August 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

      GM Vicki, congrats on #1.

      NYCers well-represented at TOD this morning.

      LDS vacationing in the Catskills reminds me of the (one) time I was there as a teen, about this time of year. It was raining cats and dogs, and the road was covered with frogs — very sad to me, because I’m a big fan of reptiles and amphibians. 😦

      We stopped at one of those turnpike service areas because of car problems, so we were there for longer than just a pit-stop. It was the weirdest experience because walking down the hillsides to the service area were lots of mud-covered young people. (When we got to NYC, I realized that I had been close to Woodstock 1969 — having attended a similar event in the LA area a month before — Sly and the Family Stone performed, also Creedence Clearwater Revival).

      Saw your post yesterday about Jerry Nadler’s “yes” to #IranDeal, a BFD, not marching lockstep with fellow NJ-NY Senators Menendez and Schumer.

      Also from Big Sky country yesterday:

      • 5 mtmarilyn
        August 22, 2015 at 10:50 am

        Thank you for posting this. I am very proud of my Senator for this. I have called and told him so. I am afraid my other Senator and my Representative will vote against. Both Repubs.

        Your memory of the frogs reminds me of time growing up in KS. Loved frogs.

        Glad to be out of MT. They have so much smoke and ash people are wearing masks.Not sure when the smoke will be gone.

        Now coffee and on our way to LA.

        I am so thankful every day that the President is Barack Obama!!!

        • 6 arapaho415
          August 22, 2015 at 11:24 am

          GM MTM.

          Been busy, so have missed a lot on TOD, didn’t realize you were on vacation. Thanks for the mention of Montana wildfires, which saddens me no end. 😦

          Only know from SoCal, but here’s what #ClimateChange looks like. Our weather patterns this year seem to be 2 months off kilter. Was hotter than heck in April (in 100s), which caused Spring to abruptly end from vegetation’s perspective.

          After last week’s hot spell, it feels like Autumn now — in the 50s this morning, which I don’t recall ever happening in August before. So when you get to LA, just imagine it’s October as far as the weather is concerned.

    • August 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Congrats on first Vicki. CHIPS!!!!! So happy you are back. Nerdy was phenomenal but we really missed you.

  2. 9 LDS
    August 22, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Good morning TOD!
    Congratulations Vicki. It is a beautiful day in NYC!
    So much to do today. Going to spend some quiet time in the Catskills for a couple of days.
    Ms. Chips, love you much.

  3. August 22, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Goooooooooood morning, Chips. Welcome back. You missed my birthday. 😜😜. That’s okay. We remembered yours. Did you see our wishes?

    • 12 COS
      August 22, 2015 at 8:43 am

      GM Chips and welcome back.

    • August 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

      A belated haaaaaappy birthday, Tnmtngirl – hope you had a wonderful day! I did indeed see my birthday good wishes, you lovely people! There’s another monster huge birthday coming up: Danny will be 2 on Monday 🙂

      • 14 COS
        August 22, 2015 at 8:49 am

        Chips, Danny shares a birthday with me. Those photos on an earlier thread were beautiful.

      • 16 taiping1
        August 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

        Does that mean he no longer chews your socks and the chew toys live longer than an hour?
        Welcome back! Wonderful beach photos of Danny. While you were gone NerdyWonka was exceptional.

        • August 22, 2015 at 11:08 am

          Well Taiping, I thought he was easing out of that phase until I pulled on a sock the other morning and my foot came out the other end. 🙄 He seems to be resisting maturing.

          Thank you for the ‘welcome back’, hope all’s excellent with ya!

  4. 18 Wanda NVA 4Obama
    August 22, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Good Morning TOD! Welcome Back Chips!

  5. 20 Roberta in MN
    August 22, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning Chips and welcome back (Danny too) 🙂
    Congrats on 1st Vicki

  6. 21 0388jojothecat
    August 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning TOD Family and Welcome Back Chipsticks & Danny from your well deserved vacation. Nerdy Wonkette did a wonderful job while you were away but sounds like she needs a short vacation now. We are deeply in NW’s debt for her steady stream of posts. It’s been a roller coaster of GOP clown car comedy and disgusting Trump fawning by the GOP media. Chips I hope you are well rested and revitalized just like our President.

    • 22 hopefruit2
      August 22, 2015 at 8:56 am

      I agree jojo – We’ve been terribly spoiled by Nerdy these past few weeks! 🙂 Not to mention our other bt’s – LP, amk, LL and zizi who all helped keep TOD on top of the game! 🙂

  7. 24 Roberta in MN
    August 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Chips, are we going to get a Danny post with pictures to tell us how he did over these past 3 weeks and an introduction to the beauties he was wagging his tail after? Please please please.

  8. 26 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2015 at 8:52 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Chips, welcome back to TOD this lovely Saturday morning, and congrats Vicki on #1! Happy Saturday everyone.

  9. August 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Welcome back Chips. Yes, I still lurk so I know you had a vacation…. 🙂

  10. August 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    Off to swim and run errands.

  11. August 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Welcome back, Chips 🙂

    Glad you and Danny had a fabulous vacation!

    TOD was left in very capable hands, and they did a terrific job!

  12. August 22, 2015 at 9:13 am

    New Reuters Poll:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump is pulling away from the pack in the race for the party’s U.S. presidential nomination, widening his lead over his closest rivals in the past week, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday.

    Nearly 32 percent of Republicans surveyed online said they backed Trump, up from 24 percent a week earlier.

    Trump 32
    ¡Jeb! 16
    Carson 8

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      August 22, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Ha. What a joke. I also like the new punctuation for Jeb’s campaign, as seen on twitter – instead of Jeb! it’s Jeb?


  13. August 22, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Trump’s people only half-filled a stadium. this is true. But, he got 20k people in Alabama to come see him. …that actually is the story.


  14. 37 Vicki
    August 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hello everyone and thanks for mentioning my first place entry.

    Here are some stats you may not care about at all. But just in case you are keeping score, I am reporting that:
    The Donald rented a stadium last night with 40,000 seats which he bragged he would fill and therefore he would have THE BIGGEST—-HUGE— rally so far in the 2016 race.
    Stadium was Less than 1/2 full. A generous estimate puts the number at around 20,000. Not nothing. Definitely not a record. I watched a bit and Trump was a sweaty wet mess. He saw the largely empty stadium and might have been feeling like a loser—-his worst nightmare.

    Bernie’s 2 crowds of 27,000 plus last weekend in Portland and LA are still the record holders.
    Last night Bernie’s audience in South Carolina was really diverse. White faces, black faces, latino faces, a few asians as well. Many children, many quite elderly seniors, mostly 24-64, ordinary working class folks, long haired bearded hippies, and skinheads with tattoos. This is quite a change for Sanders.

    Tonight Bernie is in Charleston, SC in a large venue. I will take a look at that, as well

    I am no more a Bernie fan than I am a Donald supporter, for anyone feeling distressed by my remarks.

    What I am seeing is significant numbers of energized Americans. All of whom I hope will stay awake and support VP Biden or whoever our (D) candidate turns out to be.

    • 38 57andfemale
      August 22, 2015 at 9:43 am

      I wish Bernie and his supporters would stop talking about “revolution”. This is not a winning rallying cry to get indies on board, or even a great many Dems. It’s reckless language and it may be too late to stop it.

      Whoever the GOP nominee is will use a trick from the 2014 playbook. Dangerous ideas and rhetoric, and then throw out a few crumbs. The GOP “team” mentality of those who are queasy about some of the dangerous anti-woman rhetoric, for example, will hang onto those few crumbs and decide Trump isn’t really going to be that bad, and vote for the team. I saw anti-GOP votes evaporate in 2014 with this tactic. Trump is already doing it. And I’m hearing it from my friends and family who should be horrified by the GOP but have been brainwashed that Dems are weak or socialist and made that black Kenyan President or some other damned thing, and they will be fine with their team. This is the danger, in my opinion.

      • 39 donna dem 4 obama
        August 22, 2015 at 10:05 am

        57, I had a long drawn out conversation with a rabid Bernie fan who told me that the way they are going to get their fairy dust policies (which frankly I love most all of them) through the House and Senate is because they are calling for a “Political Revolution” that is going to turn out so many more millions of voters than President Obama got that we are going to take back the House and Senate. Hence, the term revolution. smh/ 😯

        I’m hearing the same crap from Republicans who should know better. Oh Trump isn’t all that bad I hear them say. Or he’s just saying those crazy things to rally folks to him but as President he wouldn’t go that far. It’s truly sickening to hear people make excuses and justify why it would be okay for them to vote for this nut. Which is just another reason why I declared yesterday that I will no longer say that he cannot win the Republican nomination.

        p.s. Has anyone ever heard Bernie take a position on Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

        • 40 57andfemale
          August 22, 2015 at 10:41 am

          Exactly my terrifying experience, Donna. Bernie is from an era where you can promise things metaphorically, but no one thinks promises are metaphors anymore. He reminds me of Nader. No, Bernie, you are not singlehandedly going to bring corporations and corporate culture to its knees. And all the other ridiculous promises he’s making.

          He’s not a Democrat even. He’s using the Democratic Party. There is a tribal, team culture in the GOP and the Dems have not bothered to learn how to cultivate that kind of loyalty. This is a serious failing of the Dems.

          • 41 EricFive
            August 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

            You are correct about the GOP appealing on a “tribal” level. But I disagree with the premise that this tribalism is something the Dems could or should emulate. Dems are a big tent party, a coalition. The GOP is a party that uses racial identity politics/white racial resentment to attract voters. Loyalty to the doctrine of white supremacy is what unites the GOP, rich and poor. You don’t get more tribal than that. In other words, no need to give GOP unearned props for taking advantage of a preexisting racist social structure.

            • August 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

              The GOP is a party that uses racial identity politics/white racial resentment to attract voters. Loyalty to the doctrine of white supremacy is what unites the GOP, rich and poor.



            • 43 57andfemale
              August 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

              So true, Eric. My lower middle class relatives benefit from Dems, but the GOP’s “blame the people of color” makes them feel superior, that is how they vote. But understand, Eric, the Dems had a “team” identity from FDR until Reagan. Yes, I know what the GOP has done to attract them, but it is the Dems’ fault that they didn’t fight back much earlier. Calling them “crazy” is not a winning political strategy, and they still haven’t learned. My white nephew comes from four generations of living on welfare, and his sister is carrying on the tradition. Yet, he is superior to PBO because he is superior to anyone who is black. That’s tribal mentality. The Dems allowed a takeover of the airwaves. As a party, they apparently do not understand that PBO began a new type of team based on the “team” created by FDR. And the party failed him. The result is a clown bus of epic ramifications.

              • 44 EricFive
                August 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

                I think the problem may be more fundamental, deeper than Dem vs. GOP. It is about the doctrine of white supremacy. It is exploited by the GOP, but it is bigger than the GOP.

        • August 22, 2015 at 12:05 pm

          Donna, your analogy reminds me of women who decide to marry someone that have abused or mistreated them thinking they will act differently when they are married.

    • 46 donna dem 4 obama
      August 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Good Morning Vicki, Chips and everyone here at TOD

      I didn’t see the diverse crowd at Sanders rally last night. He had the same handful of AA’s that I see at everyone of his rallies.

      Sanders gets raucous, but mostly white welcome in South Carolina as he works for black support

      GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders sought to broaden his appeal with black voters Friday in speeches denouncing “institutional racism” in the American political and economic system.

      The Vermont senator addressed an overwhelmingly white crowd in the Republican stronghold of Greenville, South Carolina, as he made his case that “racism still remains a much too real part of American life.” He’s expected to meet privately with black leaders while in the state.

      “There is no one who will fight harder not only to end institutional racism, but to make fundamental changes in our broken criminal justice system,” he said, drawing roars from the crowd of almost 3,000.

      He struck a similar chord Friday evening in front of another 2,000-plus people in the capital city of Columbia. That crowd was younger than in Greenville, but no more racially diverse.


      • August 22, 2015 at 11:37 am


        how is O’Malley coming along…i have seen spotted events….do you think that he can get passed the policing policies that he put in place when he was mayor in Baltimore

        • 48 donna dem 4 obama
          August 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

          The Baltimore situation was a setback but the thing that hurt Martin was his timing. No one thought that Bernie was going to run. Had Martin gotten in the race earlier in the year and started touting the income and inequality, stand up to wall street agenda that Bernie has I think he would have garnered some of that Bernie enthusiasm and given him pause to jump in since someone was already out there stumping his agenda. Martin’s only hope IMO is the debates which is why he is pushing for more of them. He is pretty good in that setting and can articulate his points quite well in debates. He needs that national stage exposure to even have a chance but if VP Joe gets in Martin can close up shop. Bernie’s voters are solid and I don’t see them jumping to other candidates during the primary. HRC is the only one I think with soft support. If Martin was going to make gains it would have been with her supporters but if VP Joe runs that is where those soft and undecided voters will go.

          Martin has only raised about 3 million dollars this year compared to Bernie’s 15 million dollar small donor no super pac money. It’s hard to make inroads with very little funding.

          • August 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

            thanks for the report on OMalley….

            i see Sander’s people the same way…
            i worry about Sanders…he cannot run in the DEM primaries …he can only run in open primaries…but he can run in the General election against who might become the DEM nominee…splitting the vote….If VP Biden becomes the nominee….i would worry but not worry so much…but if Clinton is the Nominee…it could get dicey….

            • 50 donna dem 4 obama
              August 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm

              I’ve done some research on this Dem primary scenario with Sanders since he is an Independent and it seems that in Presidential Primaries the National Party rules take precedence over state laws so as long as he says he’s running as a committed Democrat he apparently will have no problem being on the ballot in each state whether its a closed primary or not.

  15. 51 57andfemale
    August 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Well, kudos to Hillary’s press secretary who was great on the e-ghazi! issue. Worth the click.


    • 52 57andfemale
      August 22, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Understand, guys, if I have to support Hillary I will, but I think she is a marginally better than average pol who married lucky. She had a chance to exhibit greatness in 2008 and went to the gutter instead. But I will do everything possible to keep a Democrat in the WH. I would enthusiastically support Joe, but if it’s Hillary, so be it.

      And no matter what, b.s. GOP witch hunts have to be called out, and the framing of the GOP on this kind of issue is hugely important. Hillary’s press secretary seems to be doing well. okay, months too late but it’s a good start……

  16. August 22, 2015 at 9:25 am

    water is wet news

  17. August 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

    ah Jeb

  18. August 22, 2015 at 9:27 am

  19. August 22, 2015 at 9:30 am

    … Trump is probably too dumb to realize it, or maybe he isn’t, but he doesn’t need to win anything to become the most dangerous person in America. He can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is.

    Trump is striking a chord with people who are feeling the squeeze in a less secure world and want to blame someone – the government, immigrants, political correctness, “incompetents,” “dummies,” Megyn Kelly, whoever – for their problems.

    Karl Rove and his acolytes mined a lot of the same resentments to get Republicans elected over the years, but the difference is that Trump’s political style encourages people to do more to express their anger than just vote. The key to his success is a titillating message that those musty old rules about being polite and “saying the right thing” are for losers who lack the heart, courage and Trumpitude to just be who they are…

    People are tired of rules and tired of having to pay lip service to decorum. They want to stop having to watch what they say and think and just get “crazy,” as Thomas Friedman would put it.

    Trump’s campaign is giving people permission to do just that. It’s hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but his message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. Fuck immigrants and fuck their filthy lice-ridden kids. And fuck you if you don’t like me saying so.

    Those of us who think polls and primaries and debates are any match for that are pretty naive. America has been trending stupid for a long time. Now the stupid wants out of its cage, and Trump is urging it on. There are a lot of ways this can go wrong, no matter who wins in 2016.


    • August 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

      The article is right on the money. And reading the comments isn’t reassuring one bit.

      Trump is appealing to the worst in people. And the combination of fear and hate can be contagious. There are dreadful examples of this phenomenon in the past century.

      The GOP leadership is completely lost and don’t know how to beat Trump. But they have such a lust for power, I would bet they’re already asking themselves if they can use Trump as a front man, let him get the nomination and even the presidency, and control him anyway. Put Jeb in the VP slot, manage the information that gets to the president, etc… Like they did with Reagan.

      As Trump continues to rise within the republican party, I’m hoping more and more that Joe Biden will enter the race. With his look of a reassuring father, with his sense of humor, his wit, his down-to-earth demeanor, he could be the best antidote to Trump. Joe Biden oozes authenticity. Hillary Clinton is a very competent and very strong , tough woman; but she’s less charismatic and often comes off as scripted because she’s too preoccupied with controlling her message. I’m afraid she would struggle to win independents and moderates.

      I think Joe Biden has the political talent to counter the wave of ugly populism unleashed by Trump. They will attack him as “Obama’s third term”, but he will be able to 1) counter the BS and make people realize the country is better off now and 2) reassure people and bring back good common sense into the political discourse.

      • August 22, 2015 at 11:41 am

        the 3rd term stuff works because folks give into the anti-obama BS and ODS…i believe Biden will talk about why the policy was good for not only America but the world….

    • 61 idon
      August 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Yep I tweeted this article out last night

  20. August 22, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning. Welcome back Ms. Chips, Nerdy was doing such a great job, I was fighting had to remember you. 😂😄 😂😄 😂😄 Congrats Vicki, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have one of the most unforgettable joyous and pleasant day of your life today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America.

  21. August 22, 2015 at 9:38 am




    ‘Give me back my gun,’ train attacker pleads with Americans

    Paris (AFP) – A gunman tackled by young Americans on a train between Amsterdam and Paris pleaded with them to hand back his Kalashnikov after they overpowered him, one of the group said.

    Everything happened very fast,” Anthony Sadler, a student travelling with friends Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, both members of the US military, told France’s BFMTV.

    “I didn’t realise what was happening until I saw a guard run past. I looked back and saw a guy enter with a Kalashnikov. My friends and I got down and then I said ‘Let’s get him’,” said Skarlatos, a 22-year-old member of the National Guard in Oregon, who has recently returned from service in Afghanistan.

    “We didn’t know if the gun wasn’t working or anything like that. Spencer just ran anyway and if anyone had gotten shot, it would have been Spencer and we’re just very lucky that nobody got killed,” he added in quotes shown on the BBC.


  22. 64 JER
    August 22, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

      August 22, 2015 at 9:51 am


  23. August 22, 2015 at 9:44 am


    Shaun King is no Rachel Dolezal: Look who’s calling him white

    Another activist is being accused of putting on blackface. But this time, the stakes are higher for the civil rights community.

    On Wednesday, Breitbart.com posted a report stating that Shaun King, a civil rights activist and prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, “is white and has been lying about his ethnicity for years,” including using deceit to get an “Oprah scholarship” at the historically black Morehouse College. By early afternoon, Shaun King was a trending topic on Twitter.My private past and pain have been used as jokes and fodder to discredit me and the greater movement for justice in America.- Shaun King

    “He’s no Rachel Dolezal,” King’s wife wrote in a Facebook post, referencing the inevitable comparisons to the former head of the Spokane NAACP whose parents said she’s white though she identifies as black. King himself posted a further explanation on DailyKos.com on Thursday afternoon, asserting that he is biracial. King says that his biological father was black and that the white man listed on his birth certificate was not his actual father.

    At first glance, this may seem to be similar to the media uproar that surrounded Dolezal. But many of the same people who found Dolezal’s case the source of much entertainment are not laughing about King.

    The difference? Though Dolezal was relatively unknown outside of Seattle before her controversy, King is well known in activist circles, and many are invested in his work. Also, for many that follow King on social media, the source of the accusations is a cause for concern.

    Race continues to be a difficult topic for many Americans. On Wednesday, an article on Vox.com asked whether there was any way to “figure out whether King is black or biracial,” before answering its own question. “Unfortunately, no,” Vox writer German Lopez wrote, “because the entire concept of race is arbitrary to begin with.”

    Certainly, the question of racial identity can be a fraught and difficult one. And ultimately, as King’s wife wrote in her Facebook post, it is his story to tell.Rachel Dolezal says she’d like to write a book

    But, two questions remain: Even if Shaun King is white, who cares? And perhaps more important: Who is asking?


    • 67 idon
      August 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Black people come in many many hues. That’s the point. Shaun King looks black to me. Also, do people know CAROL CHANNING was black or they call itnow biracial?

      • 68 EricFive
        August 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm

        He looks like a average everyday light skinned Black man. Truth be told, if the “one drop rule” were strictly enforced, there would be whole lot of very surprised “white” people.

  24. August 22, 2015 at 9:47 am



    In the lull of summer, Clinton goes where the money is

    By Anne Gearan August 21 at 7:34 PM Hillary Rodham Clinton has a solution for the summer doldrums in big-money politics: Go where the rich people go.

    Specifically, where the rich liberals like to go.

    Clinton will be in Water Mill, N.Y., on Saturday at the home of New York philanthropists Arthur and Selma Rabin. She returns to the Hamptons next weekend for a dinner reception at the Southampton home of celebrity fashion designer Tory Burch.

    Last weekend, fundraising parties were held in her honor on the Massachusetts resort islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Democratic donors have also hosted fundraisers for her this summer in Park City, Utah, and Aspen, Colo., as well as a pair of events on Cape Cod.

    “I’m just hoping that people who are Hillary supporters are going to be behind her,” Arthur Rabin said in an interview. “I want to let her talk, explain to people her views and work with her to become the president.”

    Rabin said he preferred not to say much more, noting that Clinton’s hosts next weekend “are the big people,” as Democratic donors go. “I’m a small person.”

    The event he will host is similar to those Clinton has attended at least once or twice a week since entering the presidential race in April. They have helped her raise a record $46.7 million between April and the end of June.


  25. 70 57andfemale
    August 22, 2015 at 9:50 am

    • 71 57andfemale
      August 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Okay, let’s try this:

      • 72 0388jojothecat
        August 22, 2015 at 10:03 am

        WHEN the Iran Deal goes through and is behind us, this is where the GOP will pivot demanding that PBO FIX this one next. If PBO does weigh into fixing North Korea (another Clinton half ass attempt and GOP mess up) the GOP media will blame him for not fixing it fast enough.

  26. August 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Trump’s audacious Southern spectacle is part of his strategy

    By Robert Costa and David Weigel August 22 at 12:03 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. — It was the most audacious Donald Trump spectacle yet in a summer full of them, as the Republican presidential front-runner, in his Boeing 757, thundered over a football stadium here Friday night and gave a raucous speech to one of the largest crowds of the 2016 campaign.

    But Trump’s flashy performance was about more than showmanship. His visit to Alabama was coolly strategic, touching down in the heart of red America and an increasingly important early battleground in the Republican nominating contest.

    The Manhattan developer, who strode onstage to “Sweet Home Alabama,” is trying to show that his candidacy has broad and lasting appeal across every region of the country — especially here in the South, where Alabama and seven other states are holding a clustered voting blitz March 1.

    The scene Friday night put an exclamation point on an extraordinary run in which the flamboyant mogul has thoroughly disrupted the presidential campaign and kindled a national discussion about not just politics but American culture itself.

    “We have politicians that don’t have a clue,” said Trump, wearing a red hat on which was printed “Make America Great Again,” his slogan. “They’re all talk, no action. What’s happening to this country is disgraceful.”


    • 74 0388jojothecat
      August 22, 2015 at 10:06 am

      If Trump means his candidacy gaining tracking, then yes what’s happening in this country is disgraceful. That he can appeal to the so many based on blaming others for how the working class can’t get ahead while he himself shipped jobs to China and these numb nuts don’t know this is embarrassing.

      • August 22, 2015 at 11:08 am

        Don’t these same people tell black Americans to stop blaming everyone for their problems. But it’s okay for the racists white folks to blame someone for their problems.

    • 76 idon
      August 22, 2015 at 11:54 am

      First, #DelusionalDonald is trying to do things that normally would excite people when President Obama comes to town, such as tracking Air Force, the crowds who greet him at the airport, the tracking of his motorcade. The goal of #DelusionalDonald’s team is to make America think he’s just like President Obama. I know I know very very crazy. But the other more important issue the Rolling Stones article addressed is the dangerousness of working and poor angry uneducated WHITE people. This is the group who has been arming themselves for civil war. A #DelusionalDonald presidenecy would give them the civil war on American soil that they’ve been hoping for. #DelusionalDonald said that he’s going to “deport” 11 million undocumented American citizens. But that’s just the Latino population. Add another 9 million Chinese, Africans, Phillipinos, Russians, Europeans, etc and that number goes to 20 million. Many of these Americans have been here for generations. Think of what would happen if #DelusionalDonald as president ordered the deportation of undocumented Americans. And he will. He’s not joking. Does he really think he can violate rights of millions of Americans without serious BLOWBACK?

      We are also the global currency. How do you think the UN Security Council will react to a destabilized America? You got it – INVASION. I’m guessing it will be an international force but it will definitely happen if there is a #DelusionalDonald presidency. I cannot stress how important it is to vote and document your vote. It is also important to use every means necessary to educate EVERY VOTER about the history of America and what it would mean for a mentally disturbed racist to be our next POTUS. We are literally fighting for our lives on this one. I’m terrified not of #DelusionalDonald but of the white people who find this mentally disturbed racist thug a realistic choice for president. Scary.

  27. August 22, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Sure, Michael.



    Jordan says ‘it was never about the money’ after $8.9M jury award

    A delighted Michael Jordan said “it was never about the money” Friday night after a federal jury ordered the owners of the defunct supermarket chain Dominick’s to pay him $8.9 million for using his identity without permission in an advertisement.

    Beaming outside the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse moments after the verdict was announced, the basketball legend added that he would give the award to charities in Chicago. “It was all just about protecting my name and my likeness,” he said.


  28. 78 vcprezofan2
    August 22, 2015 at 9:57 am

    🙂 🙂 Good day, TODobots!

    August 22, 2015 at 9:58 am


  30. August 22, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Ok, now we gotta worry about mutating lice?

    what da phuq???


    Some lice bugs have mutated to resist over-the-counter treatments

    When head lice, a pesky and persistent threat for schoolkids everywhere, recently showed up on Courtney Jager’s 9-year-old daughter’s scalp, the mother moved quickly to eradicate the bugs.

    But when drugstore shampoos, repeated washing of clothes and even “an electrocuting comb” weren’t enough to end the problem, Jager started to panic.

    “I did everything I was supposed to do. I bought everything I could find at the store,” she said. “I was so defeated. I know they’re not dangerous, but they’re horrific.”

    The Midlothian mom’s experience coincides with an itchy reality that doctors, researchers and lice eradicating business owners across the U.S. have identified in recent years — in some communities, lice bugs have mutated to be resistant to over-the-counter treatments. These so-called knock-down resistance or “super lice” mutations require antibiotics prescribed by doctors, they say.

    This week, a researcher from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville shared research that lice resistant to over-the-counter treatments have saturated 25 of 30 states tested, including Illinois. And early findings in ongoing studies show that in 48 states tested, only five states remain without the “super lice” strains, said Dr. Kyong Sup Yoon, assistant professor of biology.


  31. August 22, 2015 at 10:04 am

    uh huh

    uh huh


    Aaron Schock’s attorneys trying to keep documents from feds

    In a bid to keep some documents out of the hands of federal prosecutors, attorneys for Aaron Schock said in a court filing Friday that the former lawmaker has a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination with respect to any records from his congressional offices.

    Their argument comes amid an intense legal battle over what records Schock, who quit Congress on March 31, must turn over.Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock spends heavily for legal help

    On Thursday, the top federal prosecutor in the case asked U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough in Springfield to consider holding Schock in contempt of court for failing to produce documents.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass wrote in a court filing Thursday that “No court has recognized that a public official … has a constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment to avoid the compelled production of publicly-funded, non-private, public or official records within his official … office.”


  32. 86 desertflower
    August 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Morning everyone…welcome back, Chips:) Pass this along….

    • 87 vcprezofan2
      August 22, 2015 at 10:41 am

      This is a terrific response to Trump. Here’s to passing this along in a tweet:-

      • August 22, 2015 at 11:07 am

        OMG, I fear for this bright young man’s job as well as his life. This is a moving video that everyone should see. But I can’t imagine Trump not trying to make his life a living hell. I hope he will be safe and I hope we can follow-up on him.

        • 89 vcprezofan2
          August 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm

          I suspect he will lose his job (unless Trump decides to show some magnanimity), but no doubt he considered this. Didn’t he say something about being uncomfortable working for someone who regards his people the way Trump does? Also, if he’s fired, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone else offers him a job – if social media can fund murderers like Zimmerman and Wilson, it surely can help a hardworking young man.

          Re his safety – I hope (fingers crossed) that doesn’t become an issue. After all, if Trump can speak *his* mind, why shouldn’t this young man?

    • 90 globalcitizenlinda
      August 22, 2015 at 11:13 am

      great video! thanks a lot for sharing it;

      I greatly admire this young man – he is going to a very productive member of the human race;

      as an immigrant, I have a personal stake in how the issue of immigration is used to demonize people.

      I know too many immigrants who need the support of Americans to just survive and they keep giving back to others struggling everyday (here and in their home countries);

      I hope the young man does not loose his job (its extremely hard too find another). But I also see the pain in his eyes so it may be hard to continue working

  33. August 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

    oh well…

    As Rauner rips Democratic ‘dictatorship,’ Senate Dems override his veto

    Republican Bruce Rauner spent his first Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday blaming the “Chicago machine” and Democrats who control the legislature for running a “dictatorship” that he contends has caused state government’s ills, including a lengthy budget impasse that shows no signs of resolution.

    Hours later, Senate Democrats handed Rauner a major setback by voting to overturn the governor’s veto of a measure that would require arbitration instead of a lockout or strike if talks on a new contract with unionized state workers reaches an impasse.

    Rauner lobbied extensively against an override, calling the bill the “worst” he had ever seen. He promised not to lock out workers, who have been without a contract since July 1, and said the bill stripped his administration of negotiating power and would force higher taxes.

    The first-year governor even tried to get in the head of Senate President John Cullerton before the vote, suggesting that if the veteran Democratic leader overrode him, he was merely under “the thumb” of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. That’s a perennial sore spot for Cullerton, who long served in the House under Madigan before heading over to the Senate to begin his rise through the ranks.

    Cullerton got 38 votes — including one Republican — two more than he needed for the override. The vote demonstrated Senate Democratic distrust of Rauner and his frequent anti-union rhetoric as he pushes his agenda.


    • 92 57andfemale
      August 22, 2015 at 10:45 am

      The “worst bill he has ever seen?” He’s been in politics for five minutes. He’s only seen a handful of bills.

      I loathe Mike Madigan, but frankly I thought he’d be in Rauner’s pocket. Good for him.

      • August 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

        there is a similar impasse going on here in PA…only the Governor is DEM…and the Legislature is controlled by the GOP…and the GOP mimics their counterparts in Congress…using obstruction to oppose the Governor’s forward leaning budget!

  34. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    August 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips! Welcome back; Glad to see that you had a great time.

    As many have reported, you left us in very capable hands here at TODville and we are very grateful to the “blog tyrants” who filled in at various points – they all did a fantastic job.

    By the way, the people on the “interwebs” who think you are really PBO have had additional proof just from your vacation scheduling.

    POTUS is on vacay and where are you ……. hmmmm, ….; connect the dots people …..

    I know you have not give it much “thought”. But this simultaneous vacation time can’t be coincidence ….

    • August 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

      🙂 The truth is out!1!1! Thank you Linda, great to be back!

    • 96 vcprezofan2
      August 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

      /in amazement/ *I*. never. thought. of. *that*, GCLinda!!!

      smh over and over! That possibility went right over my head! I am always so simplistic, honestly. Here I was linking her disappearance to Amk’s intermittent look-ins while the larger message was right there before my eyes! smho&o

      • 97 globalcitizenlinda
        August 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        VC, remember what answer PBO gave when he was asked about aliens and the existence of “Area 51” (can’t remember if it was Kimmel or Fallon)? to paraphrase PBO : …. “that’s what they tell us to say …..”

        So to all of us who think we know what is being hidden from us => both Ms. Chips & AMK being on vacay at the “same time as PBO” tells us all we need to know – we happen to know, love & correspond with POTUS & “one of his senior advisors”;

        … at least that is our story and we are sticking to it

  35. August 22, 2015 at 10:15 am

    for those of who concerned about Trump and what he’s unleashing:

    and when I say this is who the GOP is… I mean it.

    Ronald Reagan, born and raised in the Midwest. Was Governor of California.

    So, why the phuck did he announce his candidacy in PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI?

    See – dogwhistle.

    Black folks knew what was up with him from that one action.

    But, the MSM continues to try and cover about why he did that.
    Because, of the dogwhistle, they can pretend.

    Trump doesn’t talk in dogwhistles.
    So, those mealy mouthed muthaphuckas who try and hide behind reasons why they’d vote GOP, are just gonna have to embrace the hate fully, and show who they are. Folks might embrace the hate fully, but isn’t it better to know – no hold barred- who your enemy is and what they represent – than to allow them to pretend that they are something other than they are not?

    Plus, the non-pretending is good for our side too….just tell folks LOOK AT THEM. ..and tell me why you don’t have time to vote. Dogwhistles let the lazy on our side off too. How many times do folks post here that they know someone who just doesn’t believe that the GOP believes this, because ‘ that’s crazy’.

    Donald Trump eliminates that excuse from our side. And, the rest of the pack, in order to try and keep up with them, can’t do so in Frank Luntz-approved dogwhistles.

    • 100 EricFive
      August 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

      I agree rikyrah. I welcome Trump as the GOP nominee. The GOP has successfully hidden behind dog whistles, codes words and double talk for too long. They have employed these methods of trickery because there are not enough racists voters to win the presidency. The racists were supremely motivated in 2008 and 2012, but were soundly defeated. Trump’s rise is in many ways a response by the GOP rank and file to the weakness of the favored establishment candidate, Jeb Bush. I don’t think the establishment GOP will embrace Trump because they know he cannot win the presidency.

    • 101 Obama Grandmama
      August 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Last night Rachel showed the recent history of AL’s immigration law changing to be far tougher than the AZ law with Jeff Sessions being the most ardent immigration opponent and head of the Senate Committee. This seemed to feed into the Donald’s message and need to get a friendly crowd for visual effects.

  36. 102 desertflower
    August 22, 2015 at 10:19 am

    This entire thing literally makes me throw up in my mouth. Really. It’s a fucking ugly ass freak show…


    “Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill,’ ” said Jim Sherota, 53, who works for a landscaping company. “That’d be one nice thing.”

  37. 104 JER
    August 22, 2015 at 10:36 am

  38. 106 desertflower
    August 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

    • 107 Obama Grandmama
      August 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      The Donald even admits to making things in China instead of here. In the AL rally he said he was glad Macy’s quit his tie business. He hated those ties made in China and did not wear ties anymore. He also said he should start taking those rich lobbyists’ money then not do anything they want, a turn from, “I’m rich and don’t need their money”.

      • 108 0388jojothecat
        August 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Yeah right… I’ll take lobbyist money but then tell em to F off because I rich. If those stupid people believe that I got a bridge in London to sell or them. The Donald will soon find out he can’t afford to not take their money and the consequences off not doing favors.

  39. 109 57andfemale
    August 22, 2015 at 10:50 am

    • August 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

      No they don’t have a right to persecute gays, remember in the Bible were the woman was caught committing adultery and Jesus was asked about it and he told the crowd who was about to stone her to death,”Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.

      • 111 57andfemale
        August 22, 2015 at 11:45 am

        They pick and choose from the Bible. If the Old Testament God fits their bigotry, then that’s what they quote.

  40. August 22, 2015 at 10:56 am

    How is anyone bragging about the size of the crowd Donald Trump had in red neck racists Alabama. Bernie Sanders have been drawing more people then that, and he is not as well known as Trump.

    • 113 EricFive
      August 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

      The venue was half-empty. Anybody “bragging” about that is trying to con you. No doubt Trump thought he would get a bigger crowd or he would not have chosen that venue.

  41. 114 Nena20409
    August 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Morning TOD.
    Partly Cloudy. Cool when compared to yesterday.
    Welcome Back, Lady Chips.
    Congrats Vicki on your Golden ⭐

  42. 117 Nena20409
    August 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Those in the Media mocking Trump on not filling the 43K Stadium Capacity are once again, playing the Donald game. The point is that AL has the most increase of Latino Migration in the last 10-15 yrs. For a Big Mouth from NY to attract 20K plus on a Friday on AL is a BFD. This is another indicator that Trump has stopped being a Joke as Matt Taibbi wrote in the News Rolling Stone Magazine.
    I want Trump to Rise. His fall comes when Moderates and Independents dare to thing and dare to examine his policies. That would be Trump’s fall. That would divide the GOPers…..hopefully for GOOD!

  43. August 22, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Morning everyone. I have been thinking about the possible Biden run for President and really hope he does run. I was wondering if this has been the strategy all along by those who don’t want Hillary to wait until she fizzles out to jump in. Axelrod, Reid and Obama are very smart strategists.

  44. 121 Nena20409
    August 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

  45. 122 Nena20409
    August 22, 2015 at 11:10 am

  46. August 22, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Can I make a suggestion and ask that we please hold back on posting large photos of Donald Trump on this site? I know he’s everywhere and everybody’s talking about him but honestly, I can’t stand the sight of him. His photos are everywhere and it would be cool if we could keep it to a minimum here.

  47. 137 Nena20409
    August 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

  48. August 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

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