Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “Two days after the shootings at Newtown, the President traveled to Connecticut to meet with the victims’ families and give remarks at a prayer vigil. The President spent hours greeting family members. Difficult as that was for everyone, the one moment that helped sooth the pain was when he posed for a photo with the siblings and cousins of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died that day in Newtown. I see both sadness and hope in this photograph, and I know after a lot of tears that day, it meant so much to the President that everyone was able to smile for a moment in this family photo. Thanks to the Parker family for allowing us to show this photograph publicly.” Dec. 16, 2012

123 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Allison
    December 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Good Morning Everyone!!

  2. December 16, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning.

    To all, I hope you have a bubbly, effervescent, and sparkling day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  3. 9 desertflower
    December 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

    {{{{PBO}}}} {{{Little angels}}}} Morning everyone.

  4. 11 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

  5. 14 Allison
    December 16, 2015 at 8:31 am

    She is a pathetic liar

  6. 15 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 8:31 am

  7. 16 Allison
    December 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

    As usual, thank you President Obama

  8. 17 tnmtngirl
    December 16, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Good morning TOD family. Just got home from the Y. Busy day ahead, but I will be lurking and scrolling through. 🙂 Hope everyone has a wonderful ‘hump’ day.

  9. 18 Allison
    December 16, 2015 at 8:37 am

  10. 19 99ts
    December 16, 2015 at 8:39 am

    GM TOD

    I remember back in 2008 – when I had zero understanding of how US elections worked – I was concerned that the democrats were going to select a woman or a black guy – and I did not believe that the US would vote for either.

    So I was very wrong – and whatever I now think about Hillary Clinton as a future President – I do have faith that the American people would elect her over the clowns that are running for the GOP nomination. That the media refuses to call them out on their lies and stupid is beyond understanding. The GOP deserves Donald Trump – they have worked hard to make their political leaders the ignorant liars that they are – but hope springs eternal that the majority of Americans recognize what he is & the harm he could do.

    Impossible to imagine any of these clowns replacing PBO.

    • 20 Betsy
      December 16, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      The only way the media loses is if we stop clicking on their GOP biased stories, refuse to watch their GOP biased reporting on tv; when the moguls lose money, that’s when change happens. We the people need to vote the idiots out, but we also need to soundly reject the media’s one-sided view. Democratic leaders need to get angry and call out the media on their actual bias.

  11. December 16, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Congrats on 1st Allison 🙂

    Good morning Chips and TOD

    Thank you Chips for posting one of the most poignant photos of the Obama Presidency!

    More updates in the sidebar, but let’s start with ….


  12. 36 GGAIL
    December 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  13. 37 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

  14. 40 GGAIL
    December 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    That picture says so much about the man and his compassion and also the writing says a lot about the photographer 💕

  15. 41 GGAIL
    December 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Just heard that Il Douche will be in LA today to appear on Jimmy Kimmel. Why????!!!

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      December 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

      He’s click bait and ratings for shows he appears on. Part of that comes from his supporters and part comes from people who are fascinated by the banality of evil.

      • 43 GGAIL
        December 16, 2015 at 9:27 am

        At this point JackieG, I would like to see his flame smothered and die out. We need the public to hear these other cray cray, Cruz & Rubio who will ultimately become the GOP front runner .

    • 44 Sandy1110
      December 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      The corporations who own the news outlets do not care AT ALL about informing the public how dangerous or incompetent the GOP is. They want ratings $$.

      At the end of the day, the corporate heads don’t care who’s running the country into the ground. They have far, far too much money to care. They’ll enclose themselves in lavish hideaways if things get bad enough on the outside.

  16. December 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  17. December 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

    pitiful that it took this long.


    Congress Finally Comes Through For Ailing Sept. 11 Heroes

    Lawmakers have agreed to earmark $8 billion in this year’s measure to keep the government open.

    Michael McAuliffSenior Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post

    Over 14 years after terrorists hijacked planes to strike the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, lawmakers on Capitol Hill cut a deal Tuesday to provide effectively permanent health care for the thousands of Americans who are now sick and dying because they came forward to help that day.

    After remarkably difficult negotiations that prompted critics to create a #WorstResponders hashtag for Congress, legislators finally agreed to an $8.1 billion reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and attached it to the massive omnibus spending bill that will have to pass in order to fund the government.

    The spending bill was expected to be posted online imminently Tuesday night, said a senior Republican aide who confirmed the 9/11 bill is included.

    “This agreement is incredible news for our 9/11 heroes and their families, and it is a testament to the extraordinary power that Americans can have when they raise their voice and demand action,“ said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

    About $3.5 billion will be designated for the World Trade Center Health Program, guaranteeing that more than 72,000 known responders and survivors will always have access to treatment, including more than 33,000 who already have 9/11-linked illnesses. The program will last 75 years, until 2090.


  18. 47 jackiegrumbacher
    December 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Morning all. We’re heading off to spend the day with my MIL and then we’re going to a local Democratic Party Christmas gathering this evening. Tomorrow we host a Christmas party for the progressive Dems group we chair. Hope everyone has a fun-filled day.

  19. December 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

    remember, it was the Republican-installed ‘ Emergency Manager’ of Flint that did this.



    Lead-poisoned children prompt emergency declaration from mayor

    Mayor Karen Weaver of Flint, Michigan talks with Rachel Maddow about declaring a state of emergency after a change in water supply ended up delivering lead-tainted drinking water, and how she hopes to help her constituents recover – particularly the small children permanently damaged by lead poisoning.


  20. December 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

    water is wet news


    Anti-Muslim attacks more than double typical US rate

    Rachel Maddow reviews some recent anti-Muslim attacks, threats, and vandalism around the United States. Brian Levin, from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, joins to discuss whether there really is an uptick in anti-Muslim attacks and how that is assessed.


  21. 50 57andfemale
    December 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

  22. December 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Good morning, TOD!

  23. 53 Ladyhawke
    December 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

    How fear won the GOP debate

    By Michael Grunwald


    Otherwise, it’s accurate to say that the debate was all about terrorism—how to fight it, how to keep Americans safe from it, and how much Americans should be freaking out about it. CNN’s panelists asked no questions about jobs, wages, the impending Fed rate hike, health care, energy, infrastructure, the federal budget, the federal deficit, the Supreme Court, financial reform, abortion, race, or any other domestic issue unrelated to homeland security. “Americans are more afraid today than they’ve been at any time since 9/11,” Wolf Blitzer declared, and the main theme of the debate—from the candidates, but arguably from the network as well—was that they ought to be even more afraid.


    Read more: http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/12/republican-debate-recap-fear-won-000010#ixzz3uUT6Cq8K

    • December 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

      But, they don’t have anything else, if they don’t have fear. This is what they peddle in….and, since they don’t have anything else, the MSM will go along with it, because it’s the only way that they can pimp for the GOP.

  24. December 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I was feeling some kind of way this morning, and this post, as usual, got me to LOL. I’ve read it numerous times, and it STILL cracks me up.


    Whose Wise Baby is This? (And Foolery From My Readers)

    Awesomely Luvvie — October 16, 2013

    I think babies are cute by default because they’re so little and small things lean towards cute. And some babies are born cute AND looking like they’ve been here before. You’ve seen those mini humans. They just look like they hold a wisdom of the years and these are the kids you gotta give strong names to. Names like Rufus, Jebediah, Orelius or Bertha. You can’t name babies who’ve been here before stuff like Jessica, Zach or Timmy. Nope. They need to be called Wilbur or Clementine from jump!

    I came across a picture of this baby a while ago and I immediately wanted to get off his lawn, because I was sure he was gonna chase me off it.


    • 56 Dudette
      December 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      “He looks like if you asked him what was going on, he’d sigh and say “Life, man.”‘ – JL


  25. 57 sherijr
    December 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Good Morning Chips & TOD, I’m wishing all of you a very good Wednesday.

  26. December 16, 2015 at 9:57 am

    hmmph…he wasn’t even born in this country….but, far be it from me to point this out…


    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    Would a Ted Cruz Candidacy Be Good for the Country?

    In case you’ve forgotten, there was an insurgent vs establishment battle for the Republican presidential nomination back in 2012 too. One big difference was that Mitt Romney was clearly the establishment candidate back then. So conservative writer David Frum mapped out the four possibilities of a Romney vs Tea Party nomination and general election result.

    Possibility 1: Romney is nominated, Romney is elected.

    Possibility 2: Romney is nominated, Romney loses.

    Possibility 3: A tea party Republican is nominated and loses.

    Possibility 4: A tea party Republican is nominated and wins.

    Being a good establishment conservative, Frum’s preference was #1. But he described #4 as resulting in a “political and economic crisis.” What is most interesting however, is how he described #3:

    Yet within the disaster might lurk a silver lining. At least the GOP will get the ideological adventure out of its system. For three years, Republican activists have lived in a fantasy world in which fringe characters like Sarah Palin and Herman Cain somehow “speak for the common sense of the common people.” It seems incredible that anybody could believe such a thing. It seems crazy that anyone would actually need a presidential election to disabuse them of such notions. But as Benjamin Franklin said: “Experience is a hard teacher, but fools will have no other.”


    • 59 catrst
      December 16, 2015 at 11:41 am

      If a Republican is freaked out by the “rising” of the useful idiots and bigots that they manipulate so easily to win elections so that they can do their corporate profits uber all thing, perhaps they think HRC winning would not be such a bad thing. I think they underestimate the resolve of the non idiots and bigots to move this country ever forward since the corporate GOP has become those that embrace the same ego driven mentality that Trump has. That’s why, by the way, they will never understand the decent humility that the President embodies. I suspect if a Bircher or fascist is nominated they will keep their corporate coffers powder dry and use it on Senate elections. They are wrong if they think the “base” that support Trump won’t come for them if they ever get the correct information on the issues.

      The Democrats keep getting better at circumventing the MSM to get directly to the individual voter. This will work better and better as digital natives move into the majority.

  27. December 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Simply ….

    Wishing all of you a superb Wed …


  28. December 16, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. Happy Wednesday to everyone.

  29. 71 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

    all these kkklowns who are bad mouthing countries like russia, china, india etc. just to give a woody to their neanderthal ‘base’, do realize that if elected, god forbid, they have to deal with those same countries day-in and day-out, right?

  30. 72 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    LIVE NOW: FBI Dir. Comey Speaks At NYPD Shield Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  31. 73 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Lindsey Graham may not approve of everything President Barack Obama does, but he believes there is an unhealthy dislike of the president within his party.

    The South Carolina senator was asked on CNN’s “New Day” if he is worried that his comments last night about Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims will harm his standing with Republicans. Graham during the undercard debate on Tuesday night apologized to America’s “Muslim friends” for Trump’s inflammatory proposal.

    “To those people that believe Obama is a Muslim and was born in Kenya I’ve lost ya a long time ago,” Graham said before continuing, “There’s a dislike for President Obama in my party that’s unhealthy. There was a dislike for President Bush in the Democratic Party that was unhealthy.”

    Graham said that Obama is “my president” and that the two talked Tuesday about how they could work together to help the new prime minister of Iraq.


    • 74 0388jojothecat
      December 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

      He has some nerve when he says some pretty unhealthy things about PBO just to get noticed when he’s with his lover, John McCain. His party built this unhealthy atmosphere in the GOP in 2008 by selecting $arah Palin and not neutralizing her hate speech.

  32. 75 57andfemale
    December 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

    The best news! Nickelby’s tumor was benign, my excellent vet got ALL of it. It’s not cancer, not even a kind of benign tumor that spreads. Chances of recurrence: virtually ZERO. Yea!

  33. 90 Dudette
    December 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful music is beautiful even when you don’t understand the words.

  34. December 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    The Plight of the Black Academic
    Being a black professor at a predominantly white university can be just as uncomfortable as—if not more so than—being a black student at one.


    In his new book, The Scholar Denied, the sociologist Aldon Morris writes that contrary to the discipline’s preferred origin story, the field of sociology was actually founded by W.E.B. DuBois, the first black person to receive a Ph.D. in the United States. DuBois earned his degree from Harvard, but due to rampant racial segregation at the time, he was shut out of many employment opportunities. He ended up working at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), a historically black college with few resources, but still managed to do pioneering work in the field of sociology.

    Morris describes in clear detail the ways that DuBois’s emphasis on race as a socially constructed—rather than biological—phenomenon threatened white elites of his day, who much preferred Booker T. Washington’s message that blacks should accept and embrace their subordinate status. Furthermore, many white sociologists co-opted DuBois’s innovative research designs, empirical methods, and scientific approach, while failing to credit him as their originator. Morris argues that consequently, DuBois’s centrality to the discipline of sociology and his role as one of the preeminent analysts of race relations have been obscured.

    DuBois lived and wrote his most famous books during the early part of the 20th century, but how different are circumstances for black academics today?

    The recent student demonstrations at University of Missouri, Yale, Amherst, Emory, and other universities have drawn much-needed attention to the challenges that minority students, particularly black ones, face at predominantly white colleges and universities. There’s a great deal of research—including the work of the sociologists Joe Feagin and Wendy Leo Moore—showing that the conditions black students are protesting are serious, widespread, and often ignored. In one account, Feagin shares a story of a black student who waits after class to ask a white professor a question about that day’s lecture, only to be told “I thought you were waiting to rob me or something.” Another student describes “one of those sad and angry nights” when, walking to the dorm, white students drove by yelling racial slurs and throwing beer cans at him.


  35. 92 57andfemale
    December 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

    The best tweet of the day (so far):

  36. 93 No Child Left Behind
    December 16, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    I missed half of the GOP debate. But my sister said not to worry because she’s sure that SNL will have the replay.

  37. December 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

  38. December 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Oprah Winfrey Buys Splashy Telluride Ski Home for $14 Million
    The media mogul buys a furnished, contemporary home a year after buying 60 acres in Telluride’s Mountain Village

    By Candace Taylor
    Dec. 16, 2015 10:12 a.m. ET

    Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who last year bought roughly 60 acres near Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado, has bought a nearby property for $14 million.

    In a deal that closed last week, Ms. Winfrey bought a fully furnished,
    contemporary home in slope-side Mountain Village, according to people with knowledge of the transaction. According to the listing, the five-bedroom home sits on roughly 3.23 acres and measures about 8,700 square feet.

    The home has a gym, a glass-and-steel bridge above the great room and a 45-foot-long walkway that leads to a tree-top observation deck with a fire pit, both suspended 35 feet above the ground, the listing said. According to the seller, retired tech executive Bob Wall, it also has a 56-foot-long wine cellar designed to “look as much like a mining tunnel as possible.” The house also has its own funicular to transport skiers directly to the slopes, Mr. Wall said.

    …In 2014 Ms. Winfrey purchased about 60 acres of land in Mountain Village with plans to build a home there. This house will serve as a place for her to stay in the area while supervising construction of the new home, said people familiar with the transaction.


  39. 96 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

    LIVE NOW: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson holds a news conference to discuss an update to the terror advisory system – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  40. December 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    FYI –

  41. December 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Not sure if I missed chat about this?? When Carly Fiorina said last night “I buried a child”, I was taken aback, had no idea, so had sympathy for her. Am I the last to know that the ‘child’ was the 35-year-old daughter of her husband and his ex-wife, and was raised by the ex-wife who won custody when they divorced?

    Apparently, Fiorina wrote about the step-daughter in her book and gave the impression she raised her, never once mentioned the real mother and that *she* raised her.

    Jesus, that woman is sick.

    • 100 yardarm756
      December 16, 2015 at 11:37 am

      A genuwine bilge rat!

    • 101 57andfemale
      December 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

      This is the second time in a debate that she hauled out that less-than -truthful story.

      • December 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

        Oh, I was spared the first time 57, how creepily weird – I know she’s desperate to look semi-human, but thinking this will do it? Good lord.

        • 103 57andfemale
          December 16, 2015 at 11:49 am

          The more she lies, the more she doubles down.

          Oh, wait – she’s a Republican. That’s in the By-Laws, isn’t it?

        • 104 Obama Grandmama
          December 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

          Her question concerning how to get along with N Korea leader had a very perplexing answer. Carly said we would need to enlist China to help with that as Obama has already done, but then she jabbered on about all the things we needed to take away from China and do to them before going back to needing to enlist their help with N Korea. Anyone listening to that would think why would they help us after all that you plan to do to them?

    • December 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

      This women is not dealing with a full deck. Nearly everything she utters is an easily proven lie and her ads are just plain BIZARRE.

  42. 108 yardarm756
    December 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Good morning me hearties…..

  43. 114 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Thousands of protesters are marching in South Africa to demand President Jacob Zuma is sacked.

    The latest protests are a reaction to him sacking two finance ministers last week, further damaging confidence in the economy.

    This comes on top of claims of widespread corruption, recent student protests and a succession battle in the governing African National Congress.

    The marchers are using the hasthag #ZumaMustFall on social media.


    December 16, 2015 at 11:48 am


  45. 117 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

  46. December 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  47. December 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Hmmmmmmm………WHAT’S UP??

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