Early Bird Chat


117 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 57andfemale
    January 31, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Good morning tod

  2. January 31, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Good morning Chips and 57f 🙂

    The combination of GWBush + Dick Cheney + Assad + lots of Saudi/Salafi $$$ is proving to be mighty disastrous ….

    January 31, 2016 at 8:19 am


  4. 23 jackiegrumbacher
    January 31, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Morning, Chips and early birds. I feel sympathy for anyone in Iowa today. They will know no peace until tomorrow night and then, as usual, Iowans will be forgotten for another four years. There’s got to be a better way.

    • 24 99ts
      January 31, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Hi Jackie – pardon my ignorance – but do they grow lots of corn in Iowa? The main thing I ever learned about the US when at school was in geography & it related to “the corn belt of the USA”. Seems the weirdest thing to have learned – although at the time primary industries were very big in Australia (dairy, sheep & wheat) so maybe that was why. I have a vague memory we learned about Iowa – but it could be wrong??

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        January 31, 2016 at 8:42 am

        99ts, we all learned what you did in school–the textbooks must have been universal. Iowa is a big farm state with some decent sized cities. Muscatel is the Iowa TODer, so we’ll have to ask her if she drops by today.

        • 26 99ts
          January 31, 2016 at 8:47 am

          Ah – thanks jackie – so my memory isn’t completely gone 🙂 I never did work out why corn was so important – will look for Muscatel to explain.

          • 27 jackiegrumbacher
            January 31, 2016 at 9:15 am

            99, corn is important because corn oil is used in just about every kind of processed food product. The American diet is heavily corn based, which has been a health concern for some time.

          • 29 57andfemale
            January 31, 2016 at 9:53 am

            Corn is also used in biofuel and is used heavily for livestock feed

            • 30 99ts
              January 31, 2016 at 10:01 am

              In Australia, ethanol is made from waste products as sugar cane, the waste from starch production, and red sorghum. Guess every country uses what it has readily available.

  5. January 31, 2016 at 8:23 am

  6. 35 99ts
    January 31, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I was pleased to watch Murray get defeated by Djokovic in the tennis this evening. The former did his usual ranting and a couple of arguments with the ref. The commentators reminded me of the US political pundits – kept raving about Murray “breaking through, doing well”. Murray lost in straight sets. Djokovic had a few wayward moments – but he deserved the win.

    Meanwhile India keep winning the cricket. amk will no doubt be more insufferable than usual. sigh.

  7. January 31, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning, Chipsticks…TOD Family.

    The little girl looks so content in PBO’s arms. I imagine she did not want to let go. 🙂 I love that he is so comfortable around children…and they are so comfortable around him. It says so much about his spirit. PBO’s spirit is part of what has made him a good, successful POTUS.

    Everyone enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  8. 58 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Bloomberg threw a lavish party here Saturday night to reveal the results of the final Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, which included some disappointing results for the company’s founder, Michael Bloomberg.

    As servers at the makeshift Bloomberg TV studio inside the Marriott hotel passed trays of canapes and flutes of champagne to journalists and political operatives, the results were revealed: The man footing the bill for the event had a higher unfavorability rating compared with every other candidate, Democrat and Republican, with two exceptions: Jeb Bush and Sarah Palin.

    The survey found that 41 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers and 57 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers do not know Bloomberg well enough to share an opinion. For those who do know him, 50 percent of Republican caucus-goers have an unfavorable view of the former New York Mayor, versus just 9 percent who hold a favorable opinion. Among those likely to attend the Democratic caucuses, 26 percent had an unfavorable view and 17 percent had a favorable view. Bush had a 53 percent unfavorability rating while Palin had a 50 percent unfavorability.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/01/iowa-poll-bloomberg-218467#ixzz3ypZI9elN

  9. January 31, 2016 at 9:11 am

    great thread here:

    • January 31, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Cultured State I love this…….Imagine if progressives loved black people as much as they love black votes. I am trying to figure out how President Obama let them down so much.

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2016 at 9:25 am

      President Obama is also brilliant and one of the best strategic minds ever to grace the presidency. He defied all expectations and refused to fit into the pigeonholes people created for him. For some, the cognitive dissonance has been overwhelming. So rather than reexamine their own racist assumptions, they blamed their bigotry on him.

  10. 64 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 9:28 am

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    bbc has turned into a barbara walters column

  11. 65 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 9:47 am

  12. 66 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

  13. 67 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 9:56 am

    the famous dmr amk poll on poll eve (the real one) – Hillz by six points.

  14. 72 Don
    January 31, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Apparently some in the progressive movement wanted to be saved by someone that looks like them. That’s why their arguments as it relates to President Obama are so asinine. The fact that a President can bring about healthcare, and can end marriage inequality, and can end two wars, and can open up Cuba and Iran, with Iran giving up its nuclear ambitions and materials without firing a single shot. And can restore the stature of the United States of American, and still some in the progressive party still complain. The only thing left to examine is the root cause for their almost palpable disdain for this President.

  15. January 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, and congrats 57 on #1! Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

  16. 77 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Is he backpedaling or what?!?!? That is a mighty contradiction right there, Mr. Sanders… We. Are. Not.Fooled.

  17. 80 Don
    January 31, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Seventy-four year old white guys that have benefited from every law ever written, and are part of the establishment, and that have enjoyed the luxury of sitting on their ass in Washington for thirty plus years and doing absolutely nothing do not have the right to use the word “Revolution” as a means of getting elected to undo the accomplishments of President Obama that has put this country on a path to a more perfect union.

  18. 84 Don
    January 31, 2016 at 10:45 am

    “Bill Press speaks truth to power: on radio, on television, and in this book. And the truth is, while President Obama has done a lot of good, his administration has let many progressives down.”

    Congressmen Keith Ellison

  19. January 31, 2016 at 10:47 am

    from the article:
    The book is The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting us Less, by Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor. Their answer: we spend more because we’re sicker, and we’re sicker because we spend less than peer countries on social services that have a bigger impact on health than medical care does: housing, nutrition, education, the environment and unemployment support.

  20. 89 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 10:48 am

  21. 90 globalcitizenlinda
    January 31, 2016 at 10:49 am

    good morning everyone!

  22. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    January 31, 2016 at 10:57 am

    yeah, have a lot to say about the so-called progressives criticizing PBO while using his very name and image to try and make loads of money.

    since i saw the title yesterday, I have been trying to remain calm and put my responses into coherent sentences …. but i still need someone to hold me back …. well if not, then hold my earrings & wig ….. this is one of those times i need a more cool head/soul to restrain me from doing damage to some lackey

    • 92 mtmarilyn
      January 31, 2016 at 11:36 am

      I am so sick of this whole thing. I use to listen to Bill Press but since PBO I have listened less, then I happen to turn him on the day he announced his book. I was so sick I almost thru up. Then now to see the picture and the words by Sanders. There is so much white privilege there. My calm is gone. I have such a deep anger for these people.

      • 93 globalcitizenlinda
        January 31, 2016 at 11:43 am

        these people can try the patient of a saint …. and I ain’t no saint.

        i can imagine what I would be thinking if I was PBO who has worked so hard for changes to the lives of ordinary people while being attacked from all sides.

        It is amazing how he manages to go only everyday with so much joy, dignity, determination and seeming to hold no grudges for the low lives out there

        • 94 mtmarilyn
          January 31, 2016 at 1:23 pm

          His ability to remain calm and positive in spite of what his own party has done to him is an inspiration to all of us! He is my hero!

  23. January 31, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  24. 96 desertflower
    January 31, 2016 at 11:07 am

    So…the usual suspects are profiting off a President. Color me shocked. How long have Ellison and Sanders been in respective jobs? For Ellison, since 2006. Sanders, since 1990. Gee…I didn’t hear all this purified teeth gnashing going on before now…. Eyes on the North Star people. In the end, it doesn’t matter what they say. We see them. How many people even know who Bill Press is? When so many Americans think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Ct…..Let’s put this in perspective:)

  25. January 31, 2016 at 11:08 am


    • 100 Don
      January 31, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Yes, I want the family that got healthcare passed and got marriage equality passed, and saved the economy and the auto industry, and ended DADT. Yes, bring them back, but then again they are already in the White House.

  26. January 31, 2016 at 11:22 am

    still chuckling at the result of her Senate run:

  27. 106 JER
    January 31, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  28. 107 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 11:36 am

  29. 113 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

  30. 115 JER
    January 31, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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