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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: “The afternoon sun beams down on the President during a campaign rally in Delray, Fla.” Oct. 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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155 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 Allison
    October 23, 2015 at 10:04 am

    GM Chips, GM Everyone!

  2. 3 desertflower
    October 23, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Congrats, Allison!

  3. 9 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

  4. 10 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Guess the ‘free marketz’ doesn’t give a shit about what the gop spews.

  5. 13 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

  6. 14 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Germany considers charges against Facebook for hate speech.

    The anti-refugee post on Facebook by a 29-year-old Berlin woman last spring seemed little different from many of the hate-filled rants that pop up on social media sites.

    “Let’s get rid of the filth,” she wrote. Then, referring to a series of arson fires that have destroyed refugee housing under construction across Germany, she continued: “many more refugee centers will burn, hopefully with the doors boarded up.”

    But there was a difference between her words and many others that appear online: She was a German, posting in Germany. And while social media globally might assume a more American character of erring on the side of free speech over censorship, Germany does not share this view when it comes to hate speech.

    The woman was charged with violating Germany’s hate speech law, convicted and sentenced to five years of probation. She’s not the only poster to have run afoul of the law: A 25-year-old man from the small town of Passau in Bavaria was fined 7,500 euro (about $8,500) for a Facebook post offering to deliver “a gas canister and hand grenade, for free,” to a group of asylum seekers. A 34-year-old Berlin man was fined 4,800 euro (about $5,500) for posting: “I’m in favor of reopening the gas chambers and putting the whole brood inside.”

    Now, with the swelling number of refugees prompting still more such posts, German prosecutors are considering going after Facebook itself for acting as a home for posts that advocate racial hatred and violate laws against neo-Nazi speech.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article40772364.html#storylink=cpy

  7. 15 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

  8. 16 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

  9. 17 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:17 am

  10. October 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

  11. 21 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

  12. October 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

  13. 24 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    I give him till the end of the year, tops.

  14. October 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

    See….he’s not talking in Frank Luntz-Approved language.

    …………………..

    Dr. Ben Carson’s prescription: Abolish Medicare

    The GOP frontrunner in the latest Iowa poll would replace Medicare and Medicaid with savings accounts.

    By Kyle Cheney and Jason Millman

    10/22/15 07:40 PM EDT

    .

    Republicans have fended off accusations for years that they’d gut Medicare for seniors and end the program “as we know it.”

    Not Ben Carson. The former neurosurgeon acknowledges he would abolish the program altogether.

    Carson, who now leads the GOP field in Iowa according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, would eliminate the program that provides health care to 49 million senior citizens, as well as Medicaid, and replace it with a system of cradle-to-grave savings accounts which would be funded with $2,000 a year in government contributions. While rivals have been pummeled for proposing less radical changes, Carson hasn’t faced the same scrutiny — and his continued traction in polls has left GOP strategists and conservative health care wonks scratching their heads.

    “This isn’t a borderline issue. The politics of this are horrific,” said Doug Holtz-Eakin, head of the American Action Forum and health care adviser to Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/ben-carson-medicare-medicaid-215055#ixzz3pOvoiNZp

  15. October 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  16. 28 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    October 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

    TIS’ A SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN WHEN A BUNCH OF IGNORANT CLOWNS HAVE TO SIT FOR 11 HOURS IN THE HOPE OF VERBALLY WATERBOARDING A WOMAN…WHAT A SHAMEFUL REPRESENTATION OF THE ACTUAL FLOW OF SEWAGE ON THE HILL…IF WE GET THAT FAR…2017 WILL NOT BE A GOOD YEAR…MYSELF…I’M LEAVING WITH PBO…AS FOR THE REPUGNANTS…DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE………………………….

  17. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    October 23, 2015 at 10:33 am

  18. 30 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 10:46 am

  19. 31 GGail
    October 23, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    My morning chuckle – today is the date of my beloved late mother’s birth. today is also the day that the biggest hurricane in history is gearing up to land over Mexico and a lot of the US; Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, with rain predicted for California and Georgia. It came up as a surprise to our weather casters out here – then I heard the name of this surprise monster and I fell on the floor with laughter – Hurricane Patricia. Patricia is the name of my younger sister. I had to text her this morning to let her know how proud our mother would be of her – today of all days!!! :D:D 😀

    What a way to honor your late mother on her birthday ❤

    • October 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Sometimes life is just so perfect:)

    • 34 arapaho415
      October 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      GM GGail.

      Hurricane is predicting rain for CA???

      Despite the deluge that caused the massive mudslides last week (where three Transverse System mountain ranges meet — the Sierra Pelona Mountains, the Tehachapi Mountains, and the San Emigdio Mountains — per Wikipedia), have seen only a sprinkling of rain where I am (northwest of LA) since the surprise rainstorm in late July. 😦

      It is absolutely astounding how quickly Patricia transformed from a standard tropical storm to the most dangerous storm ever in the eastern Pacific.

      On Wednesday, the same day that @VP announced he would not be a 2016 candidate, before the #Benghazi marathon yesterday, Patricia was a “minimal tropical storm.”

      • 35 arapaho415
        October 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        More on the hurricane, which I fear will be devastating for our Southern neighbors. 😦

        “Hurricane Patricia is one of the most rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones on record Hurricane Patricia is one of the most rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones on record, and it’s occurring in a year that has featured several intensifiers in various parts of the world.

        The fact that the storm became so intense, so quickly, may be an example of how global warming is raising the intensity of the strongest tropical cyclones.”

      • October 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        The republicans deserve the blame! Is it hitting FL Arapaho? I need to check this out.

    • 43 0388jojothecat
      October 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Good morning TOD family and GGail. What a way to honor your mother’s birthday however i have a feeling your sister might not feel the same sentiments about the hurricane 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 45 misspat
      October 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      That’s my name too. I always knew I was bad. I hope this Patricia is nothing like me.

    • October 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Grandpa would have turned 135 years young. He did live until 98! WOW! Ok, I don’t want reminisce anymore.

  20. October 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Found at another blog:

    eliihass says:

    October 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Now we have Hillary right now completely ripping off First Lady Michelle Obama’s speeches at the Democratic Women’s Leadership Forum –

    That’s probably why they decided not to invite FLOTUS this year for the first time – that and filling the roster of speakers with the likes of Susie Tompkins Buell – bitter PUMAs.

    I hope FLOTUS does not fundraise or campaign for them.. They’ve disrespected and used her enough..

    How I despise these awful people that have hijacked our party..

    • 48 4morefor44
      October 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

      the clintons and their friends nearly killed the democratic party last time they led it, culminating in bill getting a b.j. in the white house from an intern. i still can’t get over that and how harmful that was for al gore’s campaign and democrats in general. can’t underestimate what an embarrassment and harmful that was!

      president obama saved the democratic party from the brink, and now these same people are coming back trying to kill the democratic party yet again?!? from the moment hillary started making waves she was going to run again i knew we were in deep doo-doo. still hoping for something to happen though, and yes i know it’s a longshot.

      • 49 idon
        October 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

        Now this is what I don’t understand. The likely first female president is a woman married to a man who has no respect for women.

        • 50 misspat
          October 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

          If she had moved out of the White House and started her own agenda I’d maybe support her. The man disrespected her before the whole world and trust me if he gets back in the White House she will have to keep him locked up in the Residence quarters. Once a dog, always a dog. No interns will be safe.

  21. 51 57andfemale
    October 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Did effing Bernie actually say that he wouldn’t build on PBO’s legacy, but tear it down and start with something new?

    I am beginning to loathe this clueless lunatic.

  22. 54 vcprezofan2
    October 23, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Good Morning, TODobots. Nice to see those present today!

    • October 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Good morning VC. How are you? It’s bleak in my world. I was spoiled with Sunshine and no frost and it’s almost Halloween. I don’t remember weather this nice this late. 🍁 Now it’s raining.

      • 56 vcprezofan2
        October 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

        Good morning, CarolM. I am okay, and our weather is behaving like a well-disciplined child. 🙂 Nice to hear that yours has been moderate – and forget bleak; think of the rain as a blessing, then send it over to the dryer parts of LA.

  23. 64 GGail
    October 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Last night; Another school shooting at Tennessee State U?

  24. October 23, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Besides the attackers who are responsible for the deaths at Benghazi, I still blame this guy. Hey was hanging around the ND shale oil fields last year to help cover-up some slimed deal. Yeah you Betraeus.

      • 67 GGail
        October 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm

        Nice detailing of the suit tho’ 🙂

        • October 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm

          Ha! Luv your Friday ‘tude! 😍
          Is Your football team playing this week? ⚽️

          • 69 GGail
            October 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm

            I have learned to make lemonade – A LOT of lemonade CarolMae 🙂

            Yes, this Sunday it’s ManU v Man City.

            Say a little prayer for ManU please

            • October 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm

              What time & is it NBC sports? My team has a bye. Hubby is leaving me Tuesday and taking the Bear with him. At least I have Sammy & Jasmine & Halloween candy!
              My Dads bday was yesterday & my Grandpas today. Coincidence, huh? Our parents were Miles apart though. Almost 2000 miles away from CA.

              • 71 GGail
                October 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

                CarolMae, you’re asking me what time the match begins????!!!!! Here – you convert it, Sun 25 Oct, 14:05 GMT

                I’m a transplant here in CA. My family is from Georgia – where my sister and my nephew currently reside as do 99.9% of all my family on my mother’s side.

                • October 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm

                  🤓 Me? Thanks.
                  Ever want to take the midnight train back to Georgia, Gladys? 😎

                  • 73 GGail
                    October 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

                    Only for a visit and then I come right back to sunny/dry/warm CA

                    The last time I actually lived in Georgia – with drivers license & such was 1989 and they were still posting notifications of upcoming KKK rally’s on the roadside. It was time for me to leave.

                • October 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm

                  Sorry, Google does not want to explain it to me and their time changes on 10/25 or as they say 25 Oct. 2015. It is now 1:27 GMT in London and 6:27pm in MDT. 😈 I’ve got a headache.

  25. 76 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 11:43 am

  26. 77 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Just a reminder/tip to the dem candies.

    If you’re running after that ‘hard-working’ murkan votes, you’re doomed to fail since that segment has been cornered by the gop whatever kkklown they regurgitate.

  27. 78 vcprezofan2
    October 23, 2015 at 11:48 am

    This one made me think of all TOD canine owners …

    This is an excerpt from a friend who was checking to see how election day went for me. She worked in the election office over the entire period, as well as on the day itself.

    “…………… Longgggggg day. Well, all of my hard earned money is now going to pay Louie’s vet bill. Just got the call from the vet who did emergency surgery to take the garden glove out of his stomach. $1700. He ate it this aft in one swallow, no chewing. If he didn’t die in surgery, I was thinking of killing him myself (just kidding). ………………….”

    • October 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      OMG! You get paid? Guess WY pays ours too. Wow! Canada doesn’t cover pets, eh? We set aside $2000 every year for Vet bills. The charges have skyrocketed. Several years ago we drove a few hundred miles to go to the “best” Vet Hospital in Ft. Collins, CO. We knew it was hopeless deep inside but we had to try. $700. That was 1998. 😢

      • 80 vcprezofan2
        October 24, 2015 at 10:09 am

        You know what, CarolM – I really have no idea if there is pet insurance here or not because I’ve never asked. Over the years more than one friend or colleague has commented on the cost for this or that procedure for their pet, but I don’t remember insurance ever being mentioned.

  28. October 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Another busy day — baking mini desserts for a friend’s Breast Cancer Wine & Spa fundraiser. Tomorrow is going to be horrendous; Wine & Spa day in Baltimore during the day, then my cousin’s church banquet in Delaware in the evening. I must be CRAZY!

  29. 88 Allison
    October 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  30. 90 amk for obama
    October 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    This corrupt moron can’t even handle his campaign, how is he going to handle a country?

  31. 93 arapaho415
    October 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    The more I see about Hurricane Patricia, the more foreboding it sounds.

    A humanitarian disaster in the making, unquestionably a consequence of #ClimateChange (see upthread response to GGail):

    • 94 kid kanga
      October 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Wow, that is scary, unbelievable almost. I hope for the best for all impacted.

      I also hope people realize that by voting GOP they are screwing themselves out of taking any steps to prevent, plan for, or mitigate these disasters which due to global warming appear to be getting worse and worse.

    • 95 GGail
      October 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Good lord arapaho!
      I’ve got to email this to my sister – who btw works for comcast (don’t hate her y’all)

  32. 96 arapaho415
    October 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    ISIL news:

  33. 97 vcprezofan2
    October 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Okay Amk And Desertflower, there are only SEVEN questions, two or three of which are quite relevant to folks (like Chips, Lib-L, NW, etc) here in the village. 😀

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34602017

  34. 100 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    Mexico has a monster bearing down on it right now.

  35. 101 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

  36. 102 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  37. 104 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  38. 105 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  39. 109 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm

  40. 110 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  41. 111 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm

  42. 112 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  43. 113 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

  44. 114 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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  46. 116 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  47. 117 No Child Left Behind
    October 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    • 118 Don
      October 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      This guy needs an intervention, he’s slowly losing his grasp of reality. Dr. Carson might need to be Baker Act.

  48. 119 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Arrgh! Sorry for the duplicate

  49. 120 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  50. 121 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  51. 122 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    • 123 0388jojothecat
      October 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Now there is VIDEO to prove all those “he had a gun”, when there was none and “he went for his waist band”, when he didn’t.

  52. 124 No Child Left Behind
    October 23, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    • 125 Don
      October 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      $13k pffff, total lightweight, where I’m from nothing less than a million is skimmed off the top. This must be her first campaign.

  53. October 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Guys – this is going to be far worse than Katrina…

    • 127 No Child Left Behind
      October 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      I suffered because of Super Storm Sandy (which marked also the beginning of my multiple-myeloma). I don’t want that thing to come near me!

  54. 128 No Child Left Behind
    October 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    • 129 COS
      October 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      GM TOD. Just logged in, and No Child you have me laughing already. This is as funny as the tweet yesterday where the sweat on his forehead was the same color of his leather chair. 🙂

  55. October 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    long range planning

    • October 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      this is a way that OFA can impact….the states….organizing on the ground on issues that folks care about….this is the only way for us to take back the states…i do not if the DEM State Committees will be doing any grass roots organizing

  56. 132 Nena20409
    October 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Hello TOD on a Friday Afternoon.
    Cloudy. Rainy. Damp. It will get cooler.
    Last evening, I heard a loud noise. I swear, for a second, I thought someone shot at the house. Then followed by a huge crash. It turned out to be a wayward, runaway flying rock from a lawnmower across…… the neighbor. It shattered our storm door. We have a new neighbor. He was sweet…..once I alerted him to the shattered Storm glass door.
    Nothing like having a nice neighbor. Their insurance will replace the door and thank goodness for that. Sorry for the long story 😉
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners starting with this post and 2 posts back.

    • 133 Don
      October 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Those storm doors are a blessing, when I first moved to Austin my wife suggested we have one installed. It’s like the guy that does my lawn as a ritual launches some sort of projectile towards my front door.

    • 134 jacquelineoboomer
      October 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Glad that worked out, Nena! How scary!

  57. 135 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    This!

  58. 136 Nena20409
    October 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    10-23-15
    WH Presser LIVE, already in progress with Eric Schultz

  59. 137 Nena20409
    October 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

  60. 138 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  61. 139 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

  62. 140 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  63. 141 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  64. 142 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  65. 143 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  66. 144 GGail
    October 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Somehow, I’ve gotten stuck somewhere in the middle of this thread and just realized all of this information you guys have posted down here 😀

  67. October 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  68. 146 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  69. 148 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

  70. October 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    i will watch

  71. 150 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  72. 152 Nena20409
    October 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  73. 153 Dudette
    October 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Yo Nerdy Wonka! Peep this! 😆👏🏾😎

  74. 155 Nena20409
    October 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm


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