Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick listen as students from Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury, Mass., perform Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

131 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 28, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Moooooorning everyone, early walk for Danny, back in a bit!

  2. 4 99ts
    February 28, 2016 at 7:36 am

    GM Tod – hope your Sunday is as peaceful as mine has been. Grandbabe left this morning & we spent the day missing her (& catching up on some quiet 🙂 )

    • 5 jackiegrumbacher
      February 28, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Ah, 99, I know that feeling of missing the little one, as exhausting as they are. Grandbabies get under your skin and deep into your heart, which is just what nature intended.

      • 6 99ts
        February 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

        We have granddaughters of an age jackie & they have so stolen our hearts. Given I wasn’t at all keen on the mothering I am truly amazed by my feelings for this little one.

  3. February 28, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning. Congrats Chips, on being first to open up your wonderful village this morning.

    To all, I hope that God’s grace, loving-kindness and mercy is bestowed upon you today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

    • 8 jackiegrumbacher
      February 28, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Morning RanMan. Your words are so appropriate for this ‘almost March’ day. The sun is shining for the first time in days and this is the only time it will make an appearance for a whole week. Can’t help but smile and feel loving kindness when the sun is out.

      • February 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

        Good morning Jackie, I hope you keep that sunshine implanted on your heart for many days, months, and years to come. 🌞🌞🌞👍

      • 10 arapaho415
        February 28, 2016 at 9:34 am

        GM JackieG.

        You wouldn’t believe how envious I am of your forecast for “no sun” this week.

        Summer has literally begun in SoCal, average high temps this month must be around 80F — our current “cooling trend” means that forecast high is “only” 80F, with temps rising tomorrow. 😦

        Relentless sun means few clouds, disappointing sunrises.

        Here’s one from last month that I tweeted.

        Also hope to catch up with you later on your gardening plans for this year. BBL, off to say good morning to my plants. 🙂

  4. 16 amk for obama
    February 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Iran election: Reformists win all 30 Tehran seats.

    Allies of Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani have won a landslide victory in Tehran, in the first parliamentary vote since Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers.

    With 90% of the votes counted, the pro-Rouhani List of Hope is set to take all 30 parliamentary seats in the capital.

    The leading conservative candidate Gholamali Haddad-Adel is in 31st place.


    The results are a huge setback for hardliners. Two of the most prominent amongst them have lost their seats, and a third is hovering right at the bottom, in danger of being eliminated.

    The biggest shock is the poor showing for Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, the current chairman of the Assembly. He replaced former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani when he was forced to relinquish the role. The irony is that Mr Rafsanjani is now leading the polls in Tehran.

    The top ideologue of the hardliners, Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has also lost his seat. He is the spiritual guide of a group that includes former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    The parliamentary result in Tehran is significant because lawmakers from the capital usually determine the political direction of the house, analysts say.

    However, reformists look to have done less well in constituencies outside the capital.

    Mr Rouhani said on Saturday that the election gave the government more credibility and clout.

    “The competition is over. It’s time to open a new chapter in Iran’s economic development based on domestic abilities and international opportunities,” the official Irna news agency quoted him as saying.

    “The people showed their power once again and gave more credibility and strength to their elected government.”


  5. February 28, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Morning everyone.

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      February 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

      I hope Minnesota Democrats are smart and give BS the lesson her deserves. What an obnoxious SOB.

    • 20 MadameSoph
      February 28, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Good morning East Coast and International TOD!

      Apparently he says this at every campaign stop. So the comment may be less about SC results and more about the “We know what’s best for everyone” attitude of his supporters coming from the top down.

      O.k. Gonna try to get back to sleep here on the West Coast 🙂

  6. 22 amk for obama
    February 28, 2016 at 8:06 am

    The film adaptation of the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has swept the board at the annual Golden Raspberry or Razzie awards in Los Angeles.

    Fifty Shades won worst screenplay, and worst actor and actress for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

    The duo also won worst screen combo, but Fifty Shades tied for worst film with Fantastic Four.

    Eddie Redmayne was named worst supporting actor, a year on from winning the best actor Oscar.


  7. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    February 28, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Interesting take on Walt Whitman and how he would have viewed Trump. His advice to Americans: “Enter strongly yet into politics. Always inform yourself; always do the best you can; always vote.”


  8. 25 arapaho415
    February 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

    GM TODville.

    Hope TODville is waking up (or getting ready for bed like amk, 99ts, et. al) to a peaceful, blissful Sunday.

    This week’s #Campaign2016 really depressed me — the white supremacy status quo (WSSQ) really digging in their heels.

    So here’s something to cheer up all those who appreciate looking good in politics (most of the women here in TODville). Should be against the law to look so good behind a podium, LOL — #HatTip to our Meta:

  9. February 28, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD 🙂

    Hope you’re getting happy reports from Chubs’ family and that Danny is delighted with his ‘kingdom’ 🙂

  10. 59 arapaho415
    February 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

    We all know that @NerdyWonka is the best live tweeter in the twittersphere, and IMO outdid herself in the tweets she published on yesterday’s overnight thread front page.

    Dems who “wish” PBO’s policies were more liberal pretty much align with #Berniebots, which is a non-winning strategy. I haven’t sought out MSM tweets this week (because of the battle between schoolyard taunts known as GOP candidates for President), but have heard that Sanders is running low on $$$ and that it looks like the only states which he might eke out a majority of primary votes in the next couple of weeks are Colorado and Minnesota.

    Because MSM works as GOP propaganda machine, it seems to surprise them that Dems have a *genuine* affection for Barack Obama (as a person, as the leader of a stellar team of energetic young staff). An Independent who bashes PBO will not win the Democratic nomination for President.

    Tweets referenced here are from last night’s front page (will post embedded tweets below):

    And this…

    • 60 arapaho415
      February 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

      It’s a CW myth perpetuated by GOP/MSM that Blacks favor more liberal policies than other Dems.

      Whites like handouts too, and seem to be louder in vocalizing (but not voting) their #WhitePrivilege demands:

      • 61 jackiegrumbacher
        February 28, 2016 at 9:14 am

        Thanks, Arapaho, for the tweets and the charts. If, like Sanders, you are building your campaign for the DEMOCRATIC Party nomination on criticism of a beloved, sitting DEMOCRATIC president, you are building a house of cards on top of sand. It’s my sincerest hope that the Bernie boomlet dies on March 15 and we can get on with the real task of winning the White House and the Senate and making inroads in the US House. I’m sick of the Bernie whining and sick of the delusional ‘revolution’ that is made of spun sugar and dreams of unicorns.

    • February 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

      I wonder who told this smart ass Bernie Sanders and his supporters that they would get Obama Democrats by attacking President Obama? Who sat around in a room and came up with that wise plan?

  11. 65 amk for obama
    February 28, 2016 at 9:12 am

  12. February 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Cannot believe this nonsense.

  13. February 28, 2016 at 9:18 am


    • 71 jackiegrumbacher
      February 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Oh God, these are heartbreaking stories. I want every one of those Daesh sadists to be beaten into extinction and I want women soldiers to do it. Please let there be a safe haven for these tortured young women and please let them have a chance at a decent life. This makes me furious with rage.

  14. 72 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:21 am

  15. 73 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I have to make a confession here: I am enjoying the clown show on the right of everything that is RIGHT in America. I am learning new words, trash words. And, what could top my happy feelings is the certainty that THE DONALD will go nuclear and either 1) run as a third party, or 2) force a brokered convention. Either way, I will be a happy camper…. running to vote for HRC in the general elections, absent any upset from BS and his young, athletic, and smart revolutionaries.

  16. February 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

  17. February 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      February 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Wretched human being indeed, meta. That so many millions of Americans think this sorry excuse for a human is presidential material fills me with profound sadness.

      • February 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

        This is what I really think is happening, jackieg.

  18. 78 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:40 am

  19. 83 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:42 am

  20. February 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

  21. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    February 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Bernie will never learn and that’s why he’s not going to walk, but run himself into a loss.

  22. 89 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:44 am

  23. 90 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:47 am

  24. 91 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Oh boy! These caricatures are sooooooo good!

  25. 92 MightyPamela
    February 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

  26. 93 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

  27. 94 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

    You can say that again and again.

  28. February 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Happy Sunday TODers!

    Heeeeeya Chips!

  29. February 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

  30. 99 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

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  32. February 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Good Sunday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Everyone, enjoy your day. 😀

  33. 102 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I can’t wait for the GOP convention.

  34. 103 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

  35. 104 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 10:03 am

  36. 105 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Now this one wants to create distracting drama on the Left???

  37. February 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

    At least one person is standing up to this horror show.

  38. 114 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 10:07 am

  39. 116 Ann_T
    February 28, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I just saw a tweet about Melissa Harris-Perry. She is no longer on MSNBC? What the heck? People talk about the Oscars so white. MSNBC is not only white but leaning right!

    • 117 No Child Left Behind
      February 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Yes. MHP left and explained that she was forced to quit, indirectly.

      Yes, MSNBC is moving right and white.

      • 118 Ann_T
        February 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

        Wow! I’m really disappointed in MSNBC.I wonder if that’s why we are seeing Tamron Hall everyday on MSNBC. I know she has a morning show on MSNBC but she is also on the Today Show at 9am ET. But it seems like Tamron has been on the road for a couple weeks now. I don’t know where or what to watch anymore. I can’t stand Don Lemon. (CNN, meh) I tried to hang in there with MSNBC. (Avoiding it from 5pm to 7pm Mon-Fri for sure…Can’t stand Chuck Todd; and the new duo at 6pm that replaced Rev. Al Sharpton) SMH

    • 119 No Child Left Behind
      February 28, 2016 at 10:21 am

  40. 120 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

    • February 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Maybe some of those black preachers who met with Trump should educate Trump about the KKK. Although I have a feeling the racists Trump don’t need any education about the KKK, he is well aware of.

  41. February 28, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I know many will boycott the Oscars tonight but please DO support #ItsonUs by following them and helping to get out their message. VP is doing some really great work.

  42. 124 No Child Left Behind
    February 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

  43. 125 desertflower
    February 28, 2016 at 10:25 am


    Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump is giving many people in New Jersey indigestion, but none more than former Gov. Christie Whitman, a Republican who has watched in horror as her party drifted rightward for the last decade.

    I have a full column on Christie’s shameless stunt coming tomorrow, but I wanted to share Whitman’s quotes right away.

    First, she says she’s planning to vote for Hillary Clinton if Trump gets the nod. She’s keeping her options open, in case we find out something new and horrible about Hillary. But that’s her plan now:

    “You’ll see a lot of Republicans do that,” Whitman told me. “We don’t want to. But I know I won’t vote for Trump.”

    The real juice came when I asked her about Christie’s move:

    “I am ashamed that Christie would endorse anyone who has employed the kind of hate mongering and racism that Trump has,” she said. “I would have thought being from a diverse state would have given him more awareness and compassion.”

    Evidently the smarter Whitman. Morning everyone.

  44. 126 Dudette
    February 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Goooood Morning Family!

  45. 129 Dudette
    February 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

  46. 131 Dudette
    February 28, 2016 at 11:06 am

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