Early Bird Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi following the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Countering Violent Extremism, at the United Nations in New York, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2015 (Photo by Pete Souza)



4:10 EDT: The President delivers remarks to Democratic State Legislators; Eisenhower Executive Office Building



109 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. September 30, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge thanks to Nerdy for all the posts yesterday, endlessly appreciated!

  2. September 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Happy Hump Day TODers

    Heeeeeeeeeya Chips.

  3. 23 amk for obama
    September 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

    best toon on boner so far.

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      September 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Morning, AMK. I wish this were really something we could laugh off, but millions of Americans are brainwashed to think and vote against their best interests. The right wing propaganda over many decades has been very effective.

  4. 28 rikyrah
    September 30, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Meet H&M’s First Hijab-Wearing Model

    Check out the latest campaign for retail giant H&M and you’ll catch Mariah Idrissi, the chain’s first ever hijab-wearing model. With the fashion industry directing more of a keen eye towards diversity, this is a really exciting development.

    The importance of her casting isn’t lost on the 23-year-old London native, who told BuzzFeed Life being included in the campaign “means a lot.”

    Even more importantly, Idrissi felt like H&M was incredibly considerate in terms of making her feel comfortable on set.

    “(H&M) asked how much in terms of neck I could show, but to be honest, they were very respectful,” she said. “If the cameraman noticed something not quite right, they would call a woman over to fix me. One of the watches was dangling in the wrong way, and rather than just twisting it on my wrist, the cameraman asked a woman to come over. It just showed that little bit of respect.”


  5. 29 rikyrah
    September 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  6. 30 amk for obama
    September 30, 2015 at 8:48 am

    the norwegian rw mass murderer whines about ‘inhumane condtiions’, ‘cus cold coffee and threatens to fast unto death. just do it, prick.


    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      September 30, 2015 at 8:58 am

      He only got 21 years for murdering all those people!!!!! Last night a woman was murdered by the state for killing one man 18 years ago. There’s something drastically wrong with the world’s justice system.

      • 32 amk for obama
        September 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

        In India, we have death for only the rarest of rare cases – like mass murderers and terrorists. The fucker deserves that.

      • 33 mittromesia
        September 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

        Death penalty is illegal in the European Union. It had been for a long time in most western countries. In fact it is outlawed in all western countries, except United States.

      • 34 99ts
        September 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm

        No dp in Australia – last person executed – 1956

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    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      September 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Africa, that’s a truth that we have to keep hammering home to voters. It was the President alone who turned this country around–not the GOP led Congress, which did everything it could to put a drag on the economy.

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  11. 45 GGail
    September 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  12. 50 jackiegrumbacher
    September 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Morning and thanks so much, Chips, for that wonderful photo. I used to love visiting the UN as a young girl, which was only a short train ride from my home. There was something about the rooms there that instilled a sense of peace. I was so inspired by those trips that I founded a UN club when I got to high school so we could learn about and support what the UN was doing. Ah, the idealism of youth.

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  14. 53 desertflower
    September 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Morning everyone!!!

  15. September 30, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I see that little meeting between Putin and PBO has produced some results. AGAIN.

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  18. 62 amk for obama
    September 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

  19. 63 desertflower
    September 30, 2015 at 9:33 am

    This train keeps rolling! 🙂

    ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 200,000 Jobs in September
    Private-sector employment increased by 200,000 from August to September, on a seasonally adjusted basis.


  20. September 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Senate vote on clean CR is at 10am. Govt shuts down at midnight without it.

    • 66 99ts
      September 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      We don’t like folks who suggest murder because “abortion!”

      “Terri Butler, a Labor Party lawmaker, asked Peter Dutton, the immigration minister, to deny a visa to the “anti-choice extremist” because, she warned, Newman could “cause significant harm to our community” because he had previously called for the execution of abortion providers.”

  21. 67 desertflower
    September 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    THIS! Can’t get any simpler than this…

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  24. 73 globalcitizenlinda
    September 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

    If i could have one wish at this time, it would be for putin & assad to be removed from the decision-making positions about ANY issue related to global peace

  25. 74 CEB
    September 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

    GM, TOD ohana.

    We do live in interesting times, yes?

  26. 75 4morefor44
    September 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

    dictator putin knows the war profiteer games as well as the bush family. that’s why they had him to the family compound in maine…

    president obama has neutralized many of their go-to boogeymen that they would use to justify military spending and action, so vlad was willing to step up in time and be a tool republicans use to try and steal another presidential election. “the news” will play along breathlessly whipping up fear about russia takeovers and such, and how president obama “is losing” to the strong-willed putin. only a tough-talking daddy figure will be able to save us now, is what we’ll see incessantly on upchuck todd’s 6 times/week republican talking point delivery vehicle called “meet the press.” we’ll be seeing more and more “the news” focusing in on that daddy figure being jeb BUSH!. second verse, same as the first.

    • September 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

      The meeting is making us suspicious indeed.

      You know what ? I’ve become so cynical that I wonder WHO is funding the Talibans in Afghanistan. Could be Putin. (Payback for the 1980s). OR could it be some criminals allied to the Bush clan ?

      Let’s say I find it curious that when a war is avoided, a new big “problem” suddenly appears in another part of the world.

      Iran war avoided. Merely a few weeks after, a Taliban victory in Afghanistan… There had only been some terrorist attacks, bombs, etc. But suddenly the Talibans are strong enough they take a whole city ?? WHO is arming them ?

      • 77 4morefor44
        September 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

        “Let’s say I find it curious that when a war is avoided, a new big “problem” suddenly appears in another part of the world.”

        yep. perpetual war means perpetual profits. it’s especially good for them when a liberal is in power, since they can add on the “weak” tag to try and win elections on top of the profiteering. only the strong macho patriots (meaning republicans according to “the news”) can save us when that happens!

    • 78 idon
      September 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Didn’t President Obama ask for funding for Syria back in 2013 and didn’t the Congress deny him funding?

  27. September 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

  28. 81 Linda
    September 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Unless Kim Davis produces a photo….her ” secret ” meeting with Pope Francis did not happen.

  29. 86 Linda
    September 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I watched part one of Charlie Rose’s interview with President Putin last night. Did anyone else ?

    I found it very interesting, but Charlie Rose acted like a juvenile imo. At one point Putin said : I have answered that question 4 times already. Then asked Rose how long he had been a journalist. Rose had the nerve to ask Putin is PBO is ” weak “. Putin said absolutely NOT. !

    I am paraphrasing. Rose always tries to TELL people what they are thinking instead o ASKING what they think on a matter.

    • September 30, 2015 at 10:49 am

      He used to be a good interviewer about 20 years ago. Over time, when he guests are related to politics, he’s leaned right and mostly projected his opinions, made it more editorial.

  30. September 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Good morning, TOD! Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. Scheduled for several med appoints, tests, and treatment in the next week. Here’s hoping the new protocol is working.

  31. 91 Linda
    September 30, 2015 at 10:53 am

    CNN : US officials say Russia not targeting ISIL

    MSNBC : Russia begins airstrikes on ISIL.

    American media is dead.!

    • September 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

      And they’ll fall in love with the Pope all over again…

      I find it interesting that the Vatican spokesman seems embarrassed about the whole thing, and doesn’t want to talk about it. Not sure the Vatican knew the whole story when the Pope accepted to see her. Not sure the Vatican understood that it was much more than a “case of conscience”. That Kim Davis was the symbol in America for HATE of the gays ?

      They screwed up big time.

      • September 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Or she was invited by the Bishop, she was part of a group, and the Pope didn’t have any choice but to talk to her when she was presented to him ?

        I HOPE it’s something like that. I mean…

        The Pope was obviously not interested in feeding the controversy. He has said multiple times that catholics should not make it all about abortion and gay marriage. He came to the USA to talk about poverty, and climate change.

        So either the Pope was played by the Bishops, or he totally miscalculated and didn’t know how big a symbol Kim Davis has become.

    • 95 Gazelle
      September 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Uggh x2! Seems to be too much “shading” going on:

      “The Pope also quietly met with the Little Sisters of the Poor, the order of nuns suing over Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, during his U.S. visit, signaling support for their continued resistance.”

      • September 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

        “signaling support for their continued resistance.””

        The spinning of the Pope’s meetings is hilarious, he’d probably meet the devil if asked, doesn’t mean he’d approve his message 🙂

  32. 97 amk for obama
    September 30, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Apparently, pope did meet with that kentucky rwnj secretly. Wonder it’s the entrenched vatican clergy’d tactic to bring him down a notch or two before the eyes of the liberals.

  33. September 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Hay I just want to let you guys know that Donald Trump, his wife and their son is on the cover of People magazine. Make sure you go out to buy it.

  34. 99 amk for obama
    September 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

    LOL. If he did it willingly, it’s a bummer.

    • 100 4morefor44
      September 30, 2015 at 11:21 am

      he meets with all kinds of people with all sorts of different backgrounds. because “the news” turned her into a 15-minute celebrity to try and gin up republican polls, she probably has some connected people helping her get to someone such as the pope, and they’ll use that now to try and keep her in “the news” as long as possible.

      • September 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

        “he probably has some connected people helping her get to someone such as the pope,”

        That’s my hunch on this, it was arranged by church conservatives (American and/or Vatican) to make it seem like she has Papal ‘approval’, I seriously doubt he asked for this meeting himself.

      • 103 amk for obama
        September 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

        With all the ‘publicity’, I am sure he or at least the vatican minions were aware of her and what she stands for. Some one dropped the ball big time, may even the big guy.

  35. September 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Wished everyone at TOD a good morning in an earlier thread in which I also thanked all of you for your kind comments. Will hope to be able to post a few updates much later today; for now, back to work 🙂

    #LetsRollJoe … not a minute passes when something else happens that makes it obvious he is our true HOPE for the next 4-8 years!!

  36. September 30, 2015 at 11:18 am

    • 108 Nena20409
      September 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Not to Equal, but excelling is my late Dad’s Motto.
      They should all be aiming to do better.
      What I sincerely have issues with are using the Verbiage: Naive.
      Stating that Pres Obama didn’t do much on that or this.
      Belittling the efforts by Pres Obama with a wall of Nos by the GOP and a News Media that decided long time ago to abandon their Constitutional Obligations…….to Truth, Accuracy, Science, Data, Holding All Accountable…..especially, the Obstructionists, etc, etc, etc.

  37. September 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    REPUBLICANS aren’t big fans of Karl Marx, but perhaps they should ponder his observation that history repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce. As preposterous presidential candidates dominate the polls and extremists topple congressional leaders, the Republican Party is headed for a replay of the catastrophic Goldwater revolt of the early 1960s. It may be an entertaining spectacle, but it’s dangerous.


    Good Read…

    the only difference is that districts are now gerrymandered…it will be a heavy lift to unseat the GOP in the house…
    the GOP has rode the back of the extremists to victory…the DEMS have sat on their hands and not voted…even now the DNC allows the GOP to fill the void with noise with no come back ….even now the DNC chooses not to ride the crest of the wave created by the superlative accomplishments of the President…

    so as we watch the disarray of the GOP….the DEMS seem to want to repeat the failures of 2010/2014

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