Early Bird Chat

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    • February 27, 2016 at 7:55 am

      You hard-partying night bird, you! Good evening 99ts!!!

      • 3 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 7:59 am

        Read below – it’s the daughter out partying ๐Ÿ™‚
        Do you know about this primary today? Is it today? When does it start/end? I’m looking without success – maybe got it wrong. Nothing would surprise me after a day entertaining Miss 3 (I’m a big girl)

        Couldn’t help myself – I told her she was “huuuuge”

        • 4 arapaho415
          February 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

          GM 99ts.

          Looks like there’s only one primary today, and since it’s only for Dems and that all talking heads eyes are on Super Tues (in 4 days time), you will most likely wake up to little news coverage.

          South Carolina primary polls opened within this hour and close in 10 hours (7 pm EST, 4 pm PST).

          • 5 99ts
            February 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

            Many thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 6 57andfemale
            February 27, 2016 at 11:07 am

            Because Hillary is expected to win today’s SC primary, msm won’t be interested.

            Appearing on my TL today from the Sanders campaign, “contact us for a ride to the SC caucus.”. It’s a primary, you dolts. No proofreaders?

  1. 7 99ts
    February 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

    GM Chips & TOD – So I’m asleep at the screen. Grandbabe’s mother is at a party & we have to pick her up – feel like I’m back when she was 18. Grandbabe zonked out at 8pm sobbing that her Mummy wasn’t here. Grandfather was no substitute.

    • February 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

      “Grandfather was no substitute” ๐Ÿ˜†

      You should have gone partying with Grandbabe’s mother!

      • 9 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

        I fear my party days are mostly gone – I have no idea how Hillary Clinton copes with the pace of a campaign – I need my afternoon nap!

        Hope your Saturday is full of delight & no dog fights

        • February 27, 2016 at 8:12 am

          I haven’t a clue how she or Sanders do it either, the campaign is so brutally demanding – even with all his energy there were times PBO looked and sounded wrecked during his campaigns, so how they keep going I’ll never know.

          • 11 99ts
            February 27, 2016 at 8:17 am

            Many of the GOPers are showing the exhaustion – I think especially Trump & Rubio. No idea how Rubio would cope with the non stop perspiration if he was the GOP nominee – but then again, he won’t be. Trump could have issues. I think Hillary got well trained while SoS – but I still wonder how she does it.

          • 13 Obama Grandmama
            February 27, 2016 at 7:13 pm

            I have heard both Sanders and Clinton’s voices barely there with all the continued rallies. You see the abuse of voices in other events like American Idol too. I know as a teacher I would easily lose my voice with overuse and cold germs.

    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      February 27, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Oh, 99, I feel your pain re babysitting for a granddaughter who misses her mommy. Those “I want my mommy” sobs are so heartrending. In our case, they came at 1:00 am to 2:00 am, just when we were in a deep sleep.

      • 15 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

        We’re hoping Mommy (in our world Mummy) is home before she wakes – but it’s a wedding & latest message seems to be they are partying on! It’s only recently she’s agreed to stay with us while her Mom went out – so that’s an advance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 16 arapaho415
      February 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

      GE 99ts.

      Good thing grandbabe has you for grandmother, let’s your daughter get some quality partying in, LOL.

      Is Australia aghast at the possibility of 4 disastrous years of an unqualified, unprincipled, reality-show narcissist as President of a fellow former UK colony?

      • 17 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

        Anyone I know is arapaho – not sure about the government – they have their own issues – Dingbat Abbott who is now a back bencher is travelling the world making speeches not approved by anyone other than Abbott – rather like the GOPers undermining the President. He has too many friends in Parliament trying to bring down the current PM – sigh

    February 27, 2016 at 7:57 am


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      • 20 jackiegrumbacher
        February 27, 2016 at 8:02 am

        Sue, I hope you’re feeling better today. Let us pray and also work to ensure that the disgusting Trump and his even more repulsive entourage never darkens the doors of the White House.

    February 27, 2016 at 8:01 am


      February 27, 2016 at 8:06 am


      • 23 GGAIL
        February 27, 2016 at 8:56 am

        Sue, I’m sending prayers for strength to you today {{{hugs}}}

      • February 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

        I will be praying for you Sue. I always appreciate your witty, salty comments here and the condition you are dealing with makes your humor and your dedication to serving others even more admirable. I found this website and wonder if it would help in your back brace search.

      • 25 57andfemale
        February 27, 2016 at 11:10 am

        That’s awful, sue. There are non latex braces out there. Did you check Amazon ?

  4. February 27, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Congrats 99 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good morning Chips and TOD!!

    back later with more updates ….

    Take care everyone ….

  5. 30 Don
    February 27, 2016 at 8:03 am

    If Trump became President my fear is that the White House would go into receivership.

  6. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    February 27, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Morning, Chips, I hope Danny’s ear is healing nicely. The Latino vote is going to super critical this year and we have to work very hard to raise the number of voters. We’re planning a big event around the fifth of May and then are holding a talent contest –a kind of ‘Latinos Got Talent’– at our summer fiesta to encourage bigger attendance from extended families and greater exposure in the media. Hope to hammer home the message that staying home on election day can’t be an option this year.

    • February 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Hats off to you Jackie, you’re a tireless campaigner!!

      • 36 jackiegrumbacher
        February 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

        Ha! Tireless and me are two things I don’t put together. I don’t have anything like the energy I used to, so I have to use it in small doses and spurts. I figure we’re going to have to pull out all the stops this year, even if we end up flat on our backs on November 9.

    • 37 catrst
      February 27, 2016 at 9:35 am

      I have imagined for a long time the empowerment of the hispanic/latino voting community. Bush’s administration tried to squelch that empowerment. Barack Obama has welcomed it again, however now the idea the Tea Party has is to promote open xenophobia. This won’t be easy but linking arms through this process of coming into rightful sharing of representation will help. Blessings on the effort.

    • February 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

      LOVE this idea, jackieg. I’m so grateful to you for all you’ve done for the Latino community over these years. I know it wasn’t easy but the results make my heart soar. I know working with older immigrants that trust of the political system is not high, having come from a place where there are so many ruling party dominating factors at play. So to get the older generation to understand they have a voice and can be a part of the change we seek is a big step. I think one of the keys to your success is that your honored Latino culture in a way that was genuine and open-hearted. THANK YOU.

  7. February 27, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  8. 41 jackiegrumbacher
    February 27, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Great article about the way that Hillary supporters are feeling freer to step forward and express themselves online. Was referenced in TPV.


    • 42 catrst
      February 27, 2016 at 9:44 am

      The Hillary supporter I read quoted said that she wanted a president that wasn’t just interested in making governing look as sexy as campaigning, she wanted someone who could do the hard work (or something like that). Well, that is the other side of the coin. In my neighborhood we have lots of Dems who think like this. Never gave any support or credit to the President. Seethed with resentment that Barack Obama didn’t wait his turn and stepped in front of Hillary. I’ve been hoping that Hillary would not go down that road. We may never win if that were the attitude she put forward. I hope if those folks get on the internet they don’t do as much damage to the coalition building as the Bernie supporters. If I were a sneaky Karl Rove I would by now have figured out their false flag stuff didn’t change theoutcome. A coaltion is forming. Now they might try the other side. Put Hillary supporters against the Obama supporters. Time to be very very aware.

  9. 43 99ts
    February 27, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I’m somewhat intrigued about most of your state governments having to have “balanced” budgets. Has this been passed by GOP legislatures? Can it be changed? I’ve never heard such nonsense. With interest rates as they have been – it has been a time for borrowing/investing and infrastructure. This would have done wonders for employment and for state economies. I find it just weird – or is it simply that GOPers would stop all taxing & use ONLY borrowed money & have no way to repay it?

    • 44 arapaho415
      February 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

      GM 99ts.

      I’m about as ignorant about economics as they come, but I think government budgets can only be run on deficits because only the federal govt has authority to print money (and that’s a good thing — we’d no longer be “united” if we had 50 different state currencies [shudder]).

      That’s why “rainy day” funds are so vital for states, which CA Governor Jerry Brown successfully set aside last year.

      During 2008-09 financial meltdown, CA was laying off teachers right and left.

      Illinois is in a world of hurt now because of budget impasse. Can’t find the tweet from yesterday which linked to an article that says all CSU employees have been sent layoff notices. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • 45 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

        Our states have been allowed to borrow – & I would have thought they could in the US – our states get financial ratings from the money people – which impacts rates & borrowing – I thought the same of US – but perhaps my basic assumptions about the US are wrong. No state in Oz can print money – only the feds.

    • 46 arapaho415
      February 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Here’s the tweet I couldn’t find 2 minutes ago. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      • 47 0388jojothecat
        February 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

        MN did that one year because the GOP legislation and Dem Gov had not agreed to a budget. All employees were laid off until a budget was signed. We all had to get unemployment for two weeks but were out of work for almost a month. This is way states who insist that Gov shuts down w/o a budget all legislators should not get paid like CA enacted. Since then we’ve had budgets before or by June 30.

    • 48 Don
      February 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

      The main Republican economic theory is that the state and federal government should be run like a business. That theory has shown time and time again to be a failure, Flint Michigan is a perfect example of what can go wrong. When you run utilities on the cheap and when you slash social services, and then you add tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations you end up robbing Peter to pay Paul. You cannot run state and the federal government on the cheap and expect the bottom not to fall out.

      • 49 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

        Most businesses borrow money when needed – the GOP conveniently pick what they want out of business and ignore those parts that don’t fit their scheme of taking from the poor to give to the rich. Given the advances that almost all people in the western world benefited from 1945-1970s – truly sad that utilities, infrastructure have been allowed to crumble so the GOP can stop taxing the wealthy. Wish I knew how to reverse this – happening in my world as well.

    • 50 57andfemale
      February 27, 2016 at 11:13 am

      It’s a GOP ploy to slash spending, which never includes tax breaks for the likes of Trump. Just services that people need.

  10. 51 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Happy Saturday, everyone! The neighbourhood is quiet, the sun is shining beautifully, and if I spare no thought to the white stuff that’s all around and keep my nose and hand off the window, it is a lovely, warm-seeming day! Life’s mostly good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. February 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Don’t EVER Mess with President Obama …. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. February 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Happy Birthday to my 95 year old Mom, also named Edwina, who is a devoted President Obama supporter starting from the 2008 primaries. (She grew up in the Jim Crow South with a Strom Thurmond-loving father.)

  13. 68 GGAIL
    February 27, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    This is way too early on a Saturday morning ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    • 69 vcprezofan2
      February 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Who woke you up? Don’t tell us you were so eager to party today that you couldn’t sleep!

      • 70 GGAIL
        February 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

        ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ Good morning my international sister. I have a 7am hair appointment ๐Ÿ˜ณ
        I’m definitely gonna need sleep after the Brunch. Hahaha!
        So you got lots of snow?

        • 71 vcprezofan2
          February 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

          Uh, 7am hair appointment? Better you than us! ๐Ÿ™‚

          ‘So you got lots of snow?’
          Well…..er…..ahm….. /not wanting to add to her snow aversion/ …er the sun is shining beautifully. The place looks bright and shining …and peacefully lovely. ๐Ÿ˜€

          • 72 GGAIL
            February 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

            Don’t worry, I’m here and the only snow in my world is way up on the mountains. Down where I’m at is sunny and warm โ˜€๏ธ

            • 73 vcprezofan2
              February 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

              /frowning/ Isn’t it impolitic to brag? For your sake I hope the weather gods are not reading here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

              Enjoy your pampering session!

  14. February 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Congrats 99ts on #1, and Happy Saturday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 75 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2016 at 8:57 am

  16. 77 amk for obama
    February 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

    so, you got rid of aliadamcharlienewbiegeorgiexxxxwhatev furst.

    now, you got rid of gobinment majority.

    good job, bt.

  17. February 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This guy, grrrr

  18. 80 amk for obama
    February 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Facebook wants to crack down against hate speech on migrants.

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says the social network needs to get better at cracking down on hate speech against migrants.

    He identified them as a group that needed protection during a public “town hall” session in Berlin.

    Around 1,000 young people were invited, many of them students.

    Germany’s history with the Nazi party means there are strict laws around the protection of minorities.

    Facebook has faced criticism in Germany for failing to police anti-immigration posts.

    Their ministry of justice has said the social network acts quicker to remove sexual imagery than it does racist messages.

    It was reported in January that German authorities were working on a deal with Facebook, Google and Twitter to make sure the law took priority over company policy.


  19. 81 amk for obama
    February 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

    via bj

  20. 84 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Inside the Republican Partyโ€™s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump


    Republicans have ruefully acknowledged that they came to this dire pass in no small part because of their own passivity. There were ample opportunities to battle Mr. Trump earlier; more than one plan was drawn up only to be rejected. Rivals who attacked him early, like Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal, the former governors of Texas and Louisiana, received little backup and quickly faded.

  21. 86 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

    A Rare Convergence From Two Sides of the Political Spectrum

    This morning I read two articles that probably each deserve a post of their own…they’re both that good. But I’m going to write about them together because, in an interesting way, they come from opposite ends of the political spectrum but converge on the same place.

    The first one comes from someone who now calls himself a “former Republican.” Robert Kagan …………….
    ……………………………… clip …………………………..

    ………………………But as President Obama’s former speechwriter (including during the 2008 primary), Jon Favreau admits that he was not always a fan of Hillary Clinton. He writes about how his view changed while he worked with her in the White House.

    ……………………………… clip …………………………..

    What we see is Kagan looking for a way to “save American” from the Frankenstein monster created by the GOP and Favreau suggesting that, in order to combat the monstrous story of America being sold by Trump in this election, we need an alternative to that “demagogueโ€™s dark vision for the future.” Both of them see the answer to that in Hillary Clinton. It’s a rare convergence of two sides that is worth paying attention to.


    • 87 catrst
      February 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      We had a cracker barrel session today in our county. Three republican state legislators came. A few times we have had national legislators in the past. Two of the candidates were gerimandered in to our area and are Tea Party wave people. One is not a Tea Party person and boy can you tell the difference. It is so striking that I felt compelled to thank the non Tea Party person for his obvious thoughtful outlook. I told him I was an Obama Democrat and appreciated the respect, empower, include model. I told him it was obvious that he took issues and addressed them with discernment. I did not criticize the others there with him. He thanked me and asked for my number after I told him about a great program for vets that I was familiar with in our state. That’s what I hope for the future. Good people on both sides, hammering out the best approach to a problem.

      • 88 vcprezofan2
        February 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        Catrst, you were one of ‘the lucky ones’ – to encounter a real, genuine conservative with character and maturity. I’m pleased you drew attention to the serious guy, thereby encouraging him to continue to be a respectful, thoughtful, etc politician.

  22. 89 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

  23. 90 carolyn
    February 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Even our state is getting the star treatment. Trump and Rubio were in town yesterday, bashing each other. Today Bill Clinton is at the University of Central Oklahoma (where my husband taught) for a get out the vote event, and tomorrow Bernie is in town for a rally.

    Contrary to what would be imagined, Bill Clinton is loved here. After the Murrah bombing in 1995, he came for the service of remembrance, and has come rather regularly to work with the anti-domestic terrorism institute here. There are several reasons, I think. He was governor of a neighboring state, he is a “home” boy, and can talk the talk here. He was very good friends with our governor, George Nigh, and Nigh was very popular here. How things have changed.
    Bill and Hillary came to this same university in 1996 and we went to see him. Back then he spoke about terrorism……his administration was ahead of the game, and GWB dropped the ball. Both he and Hillary worked the rope line, and I worked my way up to the front. She came by first, and we were all yelling her name and reaching for her….I didn’t get to shake her hand, but saw her close up. She is very attractive in person. Then Bill came by, and of course people were screaming for him. I inched closer. I had on a pair of red leather gloves and reached my hand in front of the person directly in front of me, and he reached out and shook my hand……I know it was the red leather glove that he noticed. He looked right at me….not to the side or over my head, but right at me. I realized then what his charisma was. Anyhow, I kept the glove for a long time, and didn’t wear it again for every day.
    Hillary will win Oklahoma in Super Tuesday, and will do better than President Obama in November. You can guess why. We are still a mixed Southern state, with all the old prejudices. People do remember the good days of the 90s here, and Clinton was a magic name. So, when Hillary wins in November, I will have seen three of the past four presidents……the ones who count.
    We saw President Obama in April 2007 here. His message then was the same as it is now, the same issues concerned him. He is remarkably consistent. Whenever we would see him on TV, my husband would say. “We saw him in person!”

    • 91 99ts
      February 27, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Such an interesting perspective carolyn – many thanks for sharing

    • 92 57andfemale
      February 27, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Thank you so much for this perspective, Carolyn. I read an article earlier in the week that laid out BS’s strategy – he is hitting the “white” states. Article specifically mentioned OK, saying that in a blood red state the few progressives are far left. So your perspective was appreciated.

      I get more and more annoyed with BS. He makes no effort to connect with anyone who isn’t already in his camp. Cornel West and killer Mike with their antagonistic rhetoric are his way of appealing to black voters? Even if you love everything BS says and stand for, he is so clearly unfit to be POTUS.

      Mr 57 is starting to come around and less about my persuasion. He listens to the BS supporters on C-SPAN and can’t stomach the ugliness and their disdain for the Democratic party. And he has noticed, all on his own, that BS does nothing to rein them in. They reflect BS. Methinks Mr 57 could have been one of this polled where BS has lost 14 points on favorability.

  24. 93 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 9:30 am

    If this is true, it is YU-U-U-UGE!

    Remember how the media went after Obama during the 2008 campaign to make sure that whatever was sold by his campaign was MADE IN AMERICA?

  25. 94 amk for obama
    February 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

  26. 96 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2016 at 9:37 am

    BMW sold in the winter comes with free cow included! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      February 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Morning, Hopef. How come the car doesn’t look damaged? By the time it got itself settled there would have been some damage. Or, is this simply an ad?

      • 98 hopefruit2
        February 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

        Ha vc! You’re right. ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like Daisy was photoshopped in to make the point that most creatures who seek the comfort of the cars aren’t quite that obvious – they’re typically much smaller and hide in the nooks and crannies.

        • 99 vcprezofan2
          February 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

          I tell you, Hopefruit, since this photoshop thingy has come along I’m never sure *which* visual to believe. In this case it’s obvious but honestly, even Chips Chica (despite my knowledge of her tricky ways) has fooled me a couple of times. So much for the old feeling that photos never lie! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. February 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

  28. February 27, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    Had to work today, but it’s all good ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 102 sherijr
    February 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Good Saturday morning TOD ~ happy day to all of you… back to the attic for me today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  30. 104 JER
    February 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    LIVE NOW: Bill Clinton holds a Get out the Vote event at the University of Central Oklahoma. http://www.msnbc.com/shift/watch/live-bill-clinton-campaigns-in-ok-632636483896

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