Early Bird Chat

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122 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 dee
    February 21, 2016 at 7:54 am

    god morning, campers!

    • February 21, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Morning Dee, morning everyone!

      • 3 jackiegrumbacher
        February 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

        Morning, Chips. Any word from your nieces on their powers of persuasion?

        • February 21, 2016 at 8:14 am

          Morning Jackie! I didn’t get any updates yesterday, my phone was ominously silent, but things seemed to be going fairly well the day before after a shaky start (Newbie isn’t getting on with their dog either). But I’m fairly sure he’ll be back with me tomorrow – at which point I’m keeping him until I find a permanent home. No more ‘fostering’.

  2. February 21, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Good morning dee & Chips 🙂

  3. February 21, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Lots of lives at stake ….

  4. February 21, 2016 at 8:03 am

    True …

    • February 21, 2016 at 8:04 am

      • 12 jackiegrumbacher
        February 21, 2016 at 8:12 am

        What a beautiful, caring soul VP Biden is. I hope he continues to speak out for Ukraine when his term as VP is over.

      • 13 arapaho415
        February 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

        Wow, such a powerful photo of @VP.

        So much going on the world, thanks for bringing to our attention, Dr. Bob.

        Agree with JackieG that Team @POTUS and @VP are irreplaceable. Don’t think the US has EVER been graced with two public servants at its helm that TRULY care deeply about others rather than about what’s personal to themselves.

        Reminds me of line from Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game:”
        it won’t be long now
        til you drag your feet to slow the circles down

        That’s where TODville is now when it comes to Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe and Jill Biden. We’re loving every minute with them, dread Jan 2017.

  5. 14 amk for obama
    February 21, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Gotta love citizens united. Karma B.

  6. February 21, 2016 at 8:06 am

  7. 25 dee
    February 21, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I’m preparing myself for breakfast and church. Am catching up to last night’s primary and caucus. I still can’t believe that this country would even THINK about electing, the current Trump or Cruz candidates. I was watching “Judgement at Nuremburg” the 1963 flick about the 1948 trials trying Nazi leaders for war crimes, in post-war Germany. Listening to the excuses about Hitler’s power grab, it made me think of today’s atmosphere with the likes of Trump. They allowed their frustrations with defeat, reach for the loudest, and self-righteous man, and they pledged allegiance to him out of fear. They turned a blind -eye to the concentration camps. Let history not repeat itself!

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      February 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Dee, it will come down to each of us to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. The US is in no way comparable to Germany between the wars. We’re strong, prosperous and have a bright future. We’ve also been blessed with extraordinary leadership for the last seven years.
      All of us together, led by our President, will fight the dark side in this election and if we work hard and never give up, we will win.

      • 27 dee
        February 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

        I only hope other than the third of folks who believe his nonsense, the rest of the electorate will remember and recognize that our nation is strong, stable, and have a bright future. So many believe the hysteria that passes as news, they get caught up in it. Remember, these are the same people who believe Faux news.

    • 28 Don
      February 21, 2016 at 8:28 am

      It confuses me too, dee, once you get pass Trump’s child-like dictates what is left is a man devoid of any depth. The problem is that enough people have falling in love with the idea of a Trump that he has been able to capture a certain segment of society that has been made to feel like their country has been taken away from them. And the more bombastic and shrill Trump becomes, the more it feeds the psyche of that particular segment of society. The difference for us that voted for President Obama is that he spoke to our better nature; he spoke to us in a way that made us want to care for our fellow citizen. Trump has yet to speak for the person that works the overnight shift.

      • 29 dee
        February 21, 2016 at 8:59 am

        I agree Don. It’s that overnight shift worker, that people working those lower middle income workers, and even those being helped by KYnect care, that voted in that Tea party governor,(whose name escapes me) , that vote against themselves. They listen to Trump blaming the immigrants, or migrant workers, or those who look different from them. They even forget their own religiosity, and vote for this person. Sad.

      • February 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

        Hello Don, I agree with all you said..

  8. February 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Obviously something is missing at this table ….

    …. though the reasons for the meeting are very important to the lives of many people.

  9. February 21, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Last major Iraqi objective in anti-DAESH offensive …..

  10. 34 99ts
    February 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

    So another “disturbed” white man has been arrested (alive) after a killing spree. Probably time to start calling them thugs.

  11. 36 amk for obama
    February 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

    so another white man goes on a murder spree, huh? another day in murka.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      February 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

      And still our media thinks it’s more important to focus on Trump mania, rather than the growing insanity affecting this country. The only candidate right now who has spoken of and seems to care about sensible gun control is Hillary Clinton, but, of course, she’s ignored.

  12. 43 amk for obama
    February 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

    egg.sack.lee. fuck the msm trying to paint this extremist as a ‘policy wonk’ and ‘knows about gobinment’.

  13. 44 amk for obama
    February 21, 2016 at 8:48 am

  14. 46 amk for obama
    February 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Are the dems delegates allocations proportional in all states? Because if it is, I don’t see how hillz gets the required no. if she keeps eeking out these small margins of victory.

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      February 21, 2016 at 9:25 am

      No, there are winner take all states and S. Carolina is one of them. I don’t have a list of all of them, but I believe the ‘winner take all’ idea is big in the south. Hillary also has hundreds of Super Delegates and will get a lot more as the official Democratic Party coalesces around her. Down ticket candidates know they’re doomed with a Bernie candidacy and they will push up the Super Delegate numbers. I think Hillary is going to do very well in the delegate rich states of NY, FL, and California. I’ve no doubt she’ll get the required number sooner,
      rather than later. PBO didn’t get there until June of 2008, which seems about right to me for this year as well.

      • 48 amk for obama
        February 21, 2016 at 9:34 am

        Thanks jg. I hope she wins the delegates in the real primaries on merit. Not with sd’s. I hated them in 2008 and still do. Especially, not with the current ‘anti-establishment’ stupidity running around.

        • 49 jackiegrumbacher
          February 21, 2016 at 9:43 am

          Honestly, AMK, I think the SD system is designed to keep a real loonie from destroying the party. Hillary will pile up the delegates through her wins and then the SDs will lend their party imprimatur at the convention. There’s no way she can win by SDs alone, but they show she’s got institutional support which means that the congress people and other elected officials (who constitute the SDs) will talk her up in their districts. I don’t think the average voter pays attention to who’s super or not. By the time the convention rolls around, they just know who won and who didn’t.

          • 50 amk for obama
            February 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

            well, in BS case, if the party wanted to do it, then they shouldn’t have allowed him to run on dem ticket. After all, he became a dem for convenience fergodssake.

            • February 21, 2016 at 10:31 am

              I think they were worried he would run a third party candidacy. But he seems to be doing that right from inside the party anyway.

              • 52 amk for obama
                February 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

                Ironic how both the parties got afraid of their own shadows and let outside insurgents run on their ticket and are now scrambling to contain them. Complete political incompetence.

                • February 21, 2016 at 10:59 am

                  Yep. They thought he would be another Ralph Nader. To be fair, I don’t think anyone anticipated the kind of rabid support he would generate, and a third party candidacy would have been just as dangerous.

  15. 54 JER
    February 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

    • 55 JER
      February 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

      • 56 No Child Left Behind
        February 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

        Not some. There is a large chunk of the GOP and RW leaning electorates that will believe anything coming out of Il Douche’s mouth because he speaks plainly and bluntly with no veneer, because he says it like they speak, because he says nasty things about Democrats in general and about The White House Democrat in particular.

        I used to think that this chunk of wacko electorate was composed primarily of low info voters, people with barely a GED or HS diploma. To my surprise, there are many with college degrees and pretty “average” looking.

        What I was ignoring was the level of underlining prejudice and fear of change, fear of demographic change, and the need to find a scapegoat to blame after these same people voted for Bush twice, a president who took the country to a cliff and them with it. I couldn’t understand that these people would absorb Bush for his disastrous wars and the economic meltdown and project all the ills of that administration into the next one that worked hard to save the country.

        I underestimated how blind people choose to be to satisfy their prejudice and hatred.

        • February 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

          Also the authoritarian personality runs through all levels of class and education.

        • 58 arapaho415
          February 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

          GM NCLB.

          Spot on.

          The real reason that both Trump and Sanders are popular is for a reason that MSM dare not speak…

          “white supremacy status quo” WSSQ, which knows no socioeconomic boundaries — something that swbluega and I discussed on Feb 10:

          Except for proud white supremacists like the KKK, virtually 100% of whites would deny harboring racial prejudice (e.g., I have black friends), but the status quo is “default POV is a white POV.”

          So WSSQ is how MSM and most entertainment is offered and accepted by their audiences, which tacitly encourages people who “want to take our country back,” meaning there is no open door for Native Americans, African Americans and any immigrant who is identifiably not white.

      • 60 JER
        February 21, 2016 at 9:07 am

        West Wing Reports ‏@WestWingReport 10m10 minutes ago
        WWR has met six Presidents. Have never seen anyone as thoroughly dishonest as @realDonaldTrump – ever

    • February 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

      But how dare the Pope question if Trump is a Christian. Anyone with any darn sense don’t have to question if he is or not, all you have to do is look at what kind of man he is, look at the things that come out of his mouth.

    • 63 99ts
      February 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      First time I saw any WH media supporting PBO – then I realised – simply attacking Trump

  16. 64 0388jojothecat
    February 21, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Good Sunday morning TOD family, Chipsticks, Dannystixs, Alex/Ali/visitorstix, lurkers, etc.

    The disaster that is Il Douche Trump us a result of the rich & famous running for the highest office and the media is feeding the frustrations of the few. Its like when MN & CA elected the likes of Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger, decisions both states regretted. We don’t need to let this happen and as long as we have breathe and legs we need to pound the pavement to prevent this from happening. We need to help register with or without Dem organization help. The Obama Coalition with be activated and on the ground. There is NO stealing this election. Too much is at stake. I can’t believe Americans would want an ignorant dumbass running this country again.

  17. 69 amk for obama
    February 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    That’s what I would expect… If he gets that far.

    I am still expecting him to drop out if he has a few losses in the next cycle and will still blame on the rethugs ‘establishment’ and his racist ‘supporters’ would be pissed off enough not to turn out. win/win either way.

    • February 21, 2016 at 9:23 am

      The #Trumpster has been through bankruptcy enough times to know how to ‘run the numbers,’ amk.

      He knows he can’t beat Hillary.

      I think his agenda is to destroy the Party of Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes (whom he obviously detests). He’s probably a bit surprised how easy a task that’s proving to be.

  18. February 21, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Bernie supporter, Gaby Hoffman is former child actress currently starring in Transparent:

  19. 76 Don
    February 21, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I think the GOP establishment will ultimately & eventually stop Trump; they will stop him because he’s not a true believer. John Kasich is a true believer; even the now defunct Jeb Bush was and is a true believer in the “GOP Way.” Abortion and same sex marriage are things Trump could take or leave; they aren’t things that he gives much thought to, Trump’s bible is a bank statement.

    • 77 pkayden
      February 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

      The Republican base wants blood. I don’t see them coalescing around someone as genteel as Kasich. He expanded Medicaid in Ohio which won’t go over well with Conservatives. Trump will be the Republican nominee and he is exactly what that Party deserves.

      • February 21, 2016 at 11:12 am

        i agree with you on the so-called base wanting blood…i do not know if they agree with all TRUMP is putting down…but i think that they believe that TRUMP will restore Whiteness to its former luster to its former dominance…to its former greatness….and put all those “OTHER” folks in their place……and that is all that they care about…

    • 79 99ts
      February 21, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      GOP uses social issues to hit on the democrats, especially women & minorities – not because of any belief system. They lost their “family values” when PBO was elected – the best example of family values in the white house since forever. They would lose the others if it suited the message.

  20. February 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    A bit of useful data …

    bbl … take care everyone …

    • 82 amk for obama
      February 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

      yup, that’s what I was afraid of. stacking the deck.

      • 83 57andfemale
        February 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

        That balance will shift with more states and high delegate states. I have mixed feelings about superdelegates, but it’s about a whole lot more than the presidential primary, it’s about down ticket races and how the nominee affects those races. Even suburban Illinois, much less southern states, can’t sell the Marxist. Especially one who doesn’t give a damn about congress or local governments. Every time we’ve had an “insurgent” candidate Dems have lost spectacularly.

        PBO put in great effort to convince superdelegates that he was a wise choice for POTUS. He cared about the whole of American government. He won their trust and support. Bernie is about Bernie and only Bernie. Superdelegates think about the whole of the party and government. Is it an establishment counterbalance? You bet it is. Bernie terrifies me because he seems not to understand or care about stability in government and a true progressive infrastructure.

        • February 21, 2016 at 10:40 am

          ” Bernie terrifies me because he seems not to understand or care about stability in government and a true progressive infrastructure.” Which is so remarkable given that he’s been a part of government for how many years??

          • 85 57andfemale
            February 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm

            Bernie only likes to criticize. He doesn’t like to do anything.

          • 86 99ts
            February 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

            He’s been an independent – never part of a party – seems he wants to help “people” but not those who would help him meet his goals.

            • February 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

              Doesn’t speak to his political ability on a national scale.

              • 88 99ts
                February 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

                gm from my world mary – as you can see I’m a little behind in the news 🙂

                • February 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm

                  I don’t think you are ever ‘behind the news”, 99ts! I agree with your comment completely – he doesn’t seem to understand where his own best interests lie!

                  • 90 99ts
                    February 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm

                    Well – 3 threads behind on TOD – I’m currently reading “the week ahead” 🙂
                    Hope your sunday was/is good. We woke Monday to no hot water – guess I shouldn’t complain being as I’m not in Flint

                    • February 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm

                      The time I have to be here is so limited and fragmented that I frequently just have to skip threads. I have them all on my computer, and since it seems that I will be retiring at the end of this school year, I am looking forward to going back and reading every one of them!

                    • 92 99ts
                      February 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm

                      Took me a few years to get used to retirement – but it does get better and better. Initially it seems one loses all “status” associated with having a job. Eventually I realised – that is a good thing 🙂

                    • February 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

                      It does feel odd, especially when I hadn’t planned to retire this year. I was thinking of teaching for another year or two. But I am of retirement age and the district is offering a buy out, so it would be kind of dumb not to retire now. I feel like I will lose my place in the world but I know the feeling will pass.

        • 94 amk for obama
          February 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

          If the dem party is solely relying their presdential candies to carry their down tickets, it’s a political malfeasance. No wonder the dems keep losing midterms with disastrous consequences.

          • February 21, 2016 at 11:22 am

            I agree….

            it is difficult to move on the local level..that is why the President has to set up his own shadow structure in states when he ran…but he knew what he had to do and he did,,,folks like JackieG are building a structure that has to be repeated in all the states…

            it takes quite a bit to build a grass roots structure and maintain it over the long haul…that can challenge the big boys….

          • 97 57andfemale
            February 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm

            Not solely by any means. Part of the strategy. As I said, I have ambivalent feelings about superdelegates

      • February 21, 2016 at 11:19 am

        All I know, amk, is that after next Saturday the likelihood of Bernie feeling anything but BURN is going to be close to zero …. it’s just the way it is ….

      • 99 Judith Fardig
        February 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm

        When Bernie chose to run as a Democrat, he signed on to the rules of the Democratic Primary. His campaign manager, Tad Devine, helped write those rules. No changing in the middle of the process. Sorry, Rachel Maddow

        • February 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

          Exactly. And in terms of supporting down-ticket Dems, the president (whoever) relies on the Dems in Congress to enact his/her agenda so supporting them is important for success.

  21. 101 jackiegrumbacher
    February 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Don, we have to put our heads down and make sure that we get the word out to everyone we know that the GOP is irreparably broken and the only way forward is by voting D. We don’t have to wait for anything to come from the DNC. It’s in our hands to register voters, go door to door, make phone calls and talk to people everywhere we go. When the requisite numbers of delegates are won by HRC, President Obama will step in and be our fiercest advocate. Meantime, slow, steady effort will get the job done.

  22. 104 arapaho415
    February 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

    GM TODville.

    Offline yesterday, catching up now.

    Was this posted — and can anyone who is on Facebook retrieve PBO’s response (I’m not on Facebook, don’t know how to retrieve)?

    From the HuffPo article:

  23. February 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  24. February 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I swear to you that I thought of Willard this morning. The Bush Crime Family muscled him out of the race…so, for someone like Willard with his entitled azz to see Jeb drop out…..I bet he had a nice expensive something to celebrate last night when he heard…LOL

  25. 108 PrayerWarriorforObama
    February 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Happy Sunday TOD family! This amazing picture of the little boy looking up intently at PBO is symbolic of how the world looks up to the president with awe, respect and hope.

  26. February 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

    My Reaction to Yesterday’s Election Results
    by BooMan
    Sun Feb 21st, 2016 at 09:23:57 AM EST

    Okay, we have the answers to my six pre-election day questions from yesterday. Let’s take a look.

    1. Who wins Nevada? Clinton
    2. Does Cruz or Rubio come in second place in South Carolina? Rubio, by about a thousand votes.
    3. Assuming he wins, does Trump get more than a third of the vote or more like a quarter of it? He actually got exactly a third.
    4. Does Bush do better than Kasich or not, and does he exceed expectations? They both got eight percent, although Bush got a little over a thousand more votes, coming in fourth place to Kasich’s fifth. This does not exceed expectations for Bush.
    5. Does Kasich knock Bush out? Yes.
    6. Does Carson call it quits? No.

    So, what did I say that these things would mean……..

  27. 112 amk for obama
    February 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

    while I agree with the overall message, water boy did win two counties.

  28. February 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

    we already know the narrative..

    lone wolf…nobody saw anything….’he was a nice neighbor’….

    mental health issues…



    6 killed in Michigan parking lot shootings; suspect arrested
    Feb 21, 2016

    “There’s no common denominator with any of these,” Matyas said, before detailing each shooting. “This person was just waiting in the parking lot of the apartment complex. The one at … the dealership, they were looking at cars. The ones at Cracker Barrel, they were just sitting in their cars. “There is absolutely no common denominator … through race, age, anything.”

    Matyas declined to offer a possible motive.

    “This is every community’s nightmare — when you have someone going around just randomly killing people, no rhyme, no reason,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to interview the individual and we’re hoping to gather … what he was thinking, what type of methodology he used, if any, in these killings.”

  29. 114 carolyn
    February 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I see that smile on PBO’s face, and I’m reminded of one of the two or three last smiles I saw on my husband’s face: my husband whose demographic was supposed to absolutely NOT support president Obama….white, 84 years old…..while in the nursing facility, shortly before he came home with hospice, one afternoon he asked me “My doll, is President Obama still the President of the U.S.?” I answered, “yes, honey, he still is.” A big smile took over his face, he sighed, and comfortably went to sleep. I thought, and honey, you’ll never know any other one. He was born when Hoover was president, so had lived through every president since then. He said, unequivocally that Barack Obama was the best president of his lifetime, and this was quite a step for an avid FDR supporter all his life. To him, those two plus Abraham Lincoln were the best presidents, and his life long study was history. He lived through much of it.
    Starting in 2009 when things would look bad, and PBO was being obstructed, etc. he would just say “He’s got this honey. He knows what he’s doing.” I loved his confidence. The last thing we watched together on TV was President Obama’s “sermon” at Senator Pinckney’s funeral. He watched all of it, which was unusual for him by then, smiling, agreeing with everything the President said. When the choir sang “It is well” he said….please have that sung at my funeral. We did. I will always cherish that afternoon with him, two days before his final hospital trip, three weeks to the day before he left this earth. He was so at peace. I think people at that stage can see things in a way that we can’t.
    Thanks for listening this morning. Feelings just overwhelmed me looking at the pictures.

    • 115 sherijr
      February 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

      (((((((Carolyn)))))) Thank you so much for sharing your lovely, heartwarming memories of your dear husband.. I’m so touched by this, again, thank you. Be well.

    • February 21, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thank you for that bleautiful story. Those are blessed memories. You should share that with President Obama.

      • 117 Judith Fardig
        February 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm

        Good idea, to share this with President Obama and the Obama Foundation. Carolyn, you were blessed to have such a gem of a husband!

    • February 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Morning TOD, Carolyn. Thanks for reminding us all of the beauty of the human spirit when it is uncorrupted. Your husband was a beautiful creation and you were so, so fortunate to have had him in your life. And thanks for sharing him with us here.

    • 119 Dudette
      February 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Oh Carolyn! I’m overwhelmed! Thank you so much for sharing that with us. May your dear husband rest in peace and may loving memories of him, like this one, always bring you comfort.

    • 122 sjterrid
      February 21, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      {{Carolyn}} thank you for sharing your memories of your husband with us. We are here for you.

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