Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: Malia Obama pats a turkey named ‘Courage’ as her sister Sasha and Walter Pelletier, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, look on during a presidential pardon at the North Portico of the White House, November 25, 2009


Today (all times Eastern)

10:45: President meets with his national security team

2:45: Pardons the Thanksgiving turkey

4:0: The First Family participate in a service event, Washington area


90 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

    • 2 mittromesia
      November 25, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Morning. Trivia: Ben Franklin proposed the Turkey as the national bird. Yeah, imagine if that had passed instead of Bald Eagle we’d be eating Bald Eagles for Thanksgiving perhaps.

    • 4 sabreen60
      November 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Good Morning Ms. Chips and all TODers!

      I must spend a good part of the day in the kitchen, even though I promised myself that I was through with cooking, but family insisted (my wonderful non-cooking sister) that I do a little something like cook the turkey, stuffing, gravy and bake a cake to bring to the dinner. I’ll cook the turkey in the morning and do everything else today. Oh yeah, it can’t be just plain old stuffing. It’s got to have everything in it including the kitchen sink 🙂

      I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  1. 5 mittromesia
    November 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Damn Turkey Day is tomorrow and I haven’t decided where to spend it!

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      November 25, 2015 at 8:55 am

      That’s the spirit, mittro. Even if it is a damn Turkey Day, I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving. With President Obama and his family in the White House, we can feel thankful, even eating a cheese sandwich on our own.

      • 7 mittromesia
        November 25, 2015 at 9:08 am

        Thanks and I agree, very thankful that the Obama’s are in the White House. I was just thinking last evening that only one more Thanksgiving and Christmas to go and they will be gone. 😦 It’s not a very long way away. ONE YEAR.

        • November 25, 2015 at 9:37 am

          Let’s just enjoy everyday the Obamas have in the White House, and hope and pray that piece of crap Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, any of those GOP wins the WH. You want to talk about sad, the whole country will be sad, fearful if that happen. All except those racists bigots.

  2. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    November 25, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Morning. I suspect the Obama daughters are going to feel ‘teenage’ discomfort with the turkey ceremony. Anyone who’s ever raised a teenager knows that ‘this is not cool’ attitude that makes them shun events that seem dorky (is that term still used?). One sad bit of news–my oldest sister suffered two strokes this year and when I called her she said she had forgotten how to get to her daughter’s house, a route she had driven literally countless times. I wanted to sit down and cry after hearing that. Getting old really stinks.

    • November 25, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Damn it, that’s so sad Jackie, it’s such an awful affliction – especially when the person is fully aware that their memory is slipping. Life can be too cruel sometimes.

      • 12 jackiegrumbacher
        November 25, 2015 at 8:57 am

        Yeah, she’s very aware and so has to fight feeling depressed as well as struggling to regain her memory. Still she has a good spirit and a lot of people who love her. Thanks for caring.

        • November 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

          It’s funny, I know elderly people who are blissfully unaware of their memory difficulties, they genuinely seem to have no idea they are struggling, while others are conscious of it from the start. The brain truly is a mystery.

        • 14 desertflower
          November 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

          😦 😦 So sorry to hear this. It could be any one of us one day….

          • 15 jackiegrumbacher
            November 25, 2015 at 9:14 am

            Df, that comes home to me every day since my sister is only eight years older. The time we have is so precious that I’m trying to train myself to live each day fully and not fret about things I can’t control. And, believe me, that’s not an easy thing to do.

    • November 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Jackie, you’re right, getting old stinks! Self-awareness, a good spirit and loving family will certainly help her navigate the challenges ahead. My prayers for your sis and family.

    • 17 GGAIL
      November 25, 2015 at 9:15 am

      JackieG, if she has a current phone, then the phone can give her turn by turn directions. I have empathy for her plight. I have a friend who’s sliding into dementia.

    • 22 Dudette
      November 25, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Very sad and scary JG. Silver lining is she’s got you and other family/friends to lean on in tough times.

    • 23 Dakota
      November 25, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      So sorry to hear this Jackie. Your sister is lucky to have you. Blessings.

  3. 24 desertflower
    November 25, 2015 at 8:58 am


    U.S. jobless claims fall more than expected

    Happy Wednesday. Thank you AGAIN, STILL, ALWAYS, Mr. President:)

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      November 25, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Of course, this news will not be shared with Republicans who will continue to believe that the jobless rate has gone up under the Obama administration. As usual, the GOP propaganda machine will continue its disinformation campaign.

    • 26 Vicki
      November 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Yes, the Unemployment rate is now at a 42 year low.
      Wages are going up. Slowly but surely.
      The economy is healing and we have President Obama and his Administrations steady hands on the wheel to thank.

      PBO—best President Ever. Nobody else even comes close.

    • 27 Dudette
      November 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thanks df! Tweeted it!

  4. 28 GGAIL
    November 25, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Gobble, Gobble

  5. 57 Vicki
    November 25, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Here is my helpful fact for today:

    Putin will not allow Assad to be removed unless he is assured that the next ruling regime in Syria allows him to Keep his naval base on the Syrian coast.
    The port at Latakia (or is it Tartus?) is Russia’s ONLY warm water port.
    Think about that. Of course they are going to stand with the government that grants them that port.

    If France and the US truly want Russia with them, the puzzle that will have to be solved is Russian port access to that part of the world.

  6. 65 desertflower
    November 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Just a Thanksgiving thought:) What if the dinner conversation turns to politics with your batshit crazy uncle? DON’T SAY A WORD! Since most people have NO IDEA what’s been done to the benefit of millions these last 7 years, just simply ask what their ideal President would have done for the people. I bet you my house they will say things that PBO has done and then some! They are uninformed…when you tell them and show them the facts…well, we can change the world here, just over turkey dinner:) Bon Appetit!

  7. November 25, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The article in question:

    How Chicago tried to cover up a police execution
    By Curtis Black | 20 hours ago

    It was just about a year ago that a city whistleblower came to journalist Jamie Kalven and attorney Craig Futterman out of concern that Laquan McDonald’s shooting a few weeks earlier “wasn’t being vigorously investigated,” as Kalven recalls. The source told them “that there was a video and that it was horrific,” he said.

    Without that whistleblower—and without that video—it’s highly unlikely that Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke would be facing first-degree murder charges today.

    “When it was first reported it was a typical police shooting story,” Kalven said, where police claim self-defense and announce an investigation, and “at that point the story disappears.” And, typically, a year or 18 months later, the Independent Police Review Authority confirms the self-defense claim, and “by then no one remembers the initial incident.”

    “There are an average of 50 police shootings of civilians every year in Chicago, and no one is ever charged,” said Futterman. “Without the video, this would have been just one more of 50 such incidents, where the police blotter defines the narrative and nothing changes.”

    Last December, Kalven and Futterman issued a statement revealing the existence of a dash-cam video and calling for its release. Kalven tracked down a witness to the shooting, who said he and other witnesses had been “shooed away” from the scene with no statements or contact information taken.

    In February, Kalven obtained a copy of McDonald’s autopsy, which contradicted the official story that McDonald had died of a single gunshot to the chest. In fact, he’d been shot 16 times—as Van Dyke unloaded his service revolver, execution style—while McDonald lay on the ground.

    The next month, the City Council approved a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s family, whose attorneys had obtained the video. They said it showed McDonald walking away from police at the time of the shooting, contradicting the police story that he was threatening or had “lunged at” cops. The settlement included a provision keeping the video confidential.

    The Rest of the story is at the link.

    • November 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

      thank you rikyrah…thank you so much for the post….

      Is there a special award for journalists…because Jamie Kalven deserves to receive one….

    • November 25, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Chicago police have always been crooks, and it does not stop with the man arrested for killing that 17 year old. Every officer that cover up for him ought to be fired and charge with some crime.

  8. 71 amk for obama
    November 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

    via bj

  9. 76 Vicki
    November 25, 2015 at 9:35 am

    To repeat a point I made yesterday:
    The Presser with Francois Hollande demonstrated that everything that Can be done right now, IS being done.

    Both Presidents rejected installing a no fly zone.
    Both Presidents rejected sending ground troops.

    If you are a (D) or (R) candidate presenting a plan how you would do better—please sit down and be quiet.

    Any truly Good idea on how to solve this problem has been implemented/and/or considered already. It isn’t helpful to say or imply that you could do better.

    • November 25, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Vicki what people refuse to understand is that defeating ISIS is not all that have to be done, because if American troops go over there and defeat ISIS, and there is no Government for the people, people are suffering, people don’t work to get along, then ISIS or some other group would pop back up. And American troops can’t go over there and stay forever. It is time for the people over there, the countries who say they do not support terrorism to step up to the plate and fight. The people here who are talking about the President coming up with another plan cause this isn’t working. Those people have no plan themselves, other then to send more Americans troops over there to die.

  10. 79 desertflower
    November 25, 2015 at 9:49 am


    More young women are getting screened and diagnosed with early-stage cervical cancer, potentially because Obamacare allows them to access insurance benefits through their parents’ plans, according to a new study from American Cancer Society researchers.
    The researchers examined a large database that tracks cancer cases in the United States. They compared the cancer diagnoses among women between the ages of 21 to 25 to the diagnoses among women between the ages of 26 to 34 — both before and after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect.

    An Obamacare provision that allows young adults to remain insured through their parents’ plans until the age of 26 appears to have affected the rates of cervical cancer diagnosis among that demographic. After the ACA, the diagnosis rates significantly rose for the women in their early twenties and remained fairly constant for older women.

    “It’s a very remarkable finding, actually,” researcher Dr. Ahmedin Jemal told the New York Times. “You see the effect of the ACA on the cancer outcomes.”

    Awesome! Thank you, President Obama!!!

    • 80 0388jojothecat
      November 25, 2015 at 10:14 am

      GM TOD family, Chipsticks, Lurkers, and Blog Tyrants who gave us wonderful posts yesterday on news we can’t get from the corporate owned press.

      Thank you df on the good news so many young women are getting cancer screenings and diagnosed early. My cousins stepdaughter was diagnosed at 25yrs old and recovered that she just gave birth to her 2nd child. Their youngest daughter was vaccinated with the vagasol (sp).

    • November 25, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Republicans now: “But cervical cancer is actually good for you! It strengthens character and cuts down on the surplus population! “

  11. 83 amk for obama
    November 25, 2015 at 10:12 am

      November 25, 2015 at 10:29 am


  12. 85 Dudette
    November 25, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?

    November 25, 2015 at 10:26 am


  14. 87 Anjo
    November 25, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all TODers especially Carolyn, GoBrooklyn, and all those who have suffered loss or illness during this year. Despite all the heartaches there is still something to be thankful for.

      November 25, 2015 at 10:36 am


  15. 90 Dudette
    November 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

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