Early Bird Chat

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118 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 MadameSoph
    April 19, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Good morning from the left coast!

  2. 6 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 7:30 am



    • April 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Morning Not-Furst Mister!

      She’s still up and down, some days seems to be making good progress physically and emotionally, other days seems to have slipped back. Feels like a vicious circle, she has to stay there until she heals and gets stronger, but being there just seems to be sucking the life out of her. Rehab is meant to start next week, but I doubt she’ll be ready for it. We’ll see. Thanks Mister.

      • 8 amk for obama
        April 19, 2016 at 7:40 am

        Yeah, it’s tough to see them suffering. Hopefully her recovery will be soon and painless.

      • 9 MadameSoph
        April 19, 2016 at 7:52 am

        Maybe the rehab will be encouraging for her, even if she’s not quite ready for it. Still visualizing healing and a return home for her!

      • 10 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2016 at 8:01 am

        Chips, is there an possible chance she could be at home with a home health nurse taking care of her? Don’t know what your insurance provisions are, but this is sometimes an option if a person isn’t adjusting well to rehab.

      • April 19, 2016 at 8:19 am

        Seems I’m on WP’s s* list — my previous comment didn’t post. My prayers continue for you and your Mom.

      • 12 57andfemale
        April 19, 2016 at 9:24 am

        Okay – I need to clean the cobwebs out of my channel of healing and positive energy!

        We’re with ya, Chips. You know that.

      • April 19, 2016 at 10:06 am

        Not easy, is it Chips? My mom has been in rehab. Take care. I’ll keep positive thoughts and vibes for your mom. Big hug

      • 14 jacquelineoboomer
        April 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

        More hugs to both of you, dear Chips!

      • 15 Neena20409
        April 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        My warmest thoughts, prayers & well wishes to you and most especially, to your Mom.
        {{{{ ❤ Chips' Mom ❤ }}}}

  3. 16 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 7:31 am

  4. 17 lynn
    April 19, 2016 at 7:31 am

    And Good Morning from the east coast. Congrats, MadameSoph, on First!

  5. April 19, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats MadameSoph, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have an amazing, phenomenal, and sensational day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

    • 19 MadameSoph
      April 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Buon giorno, Ranman! Yes, I’m grateful for every PBO moment. He’s still gettin’ it done for is every day!

  6. 20 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 7:34 am

    houston calling ut. report status.

    • 21 arapaho415
      April 19, 2016 at 8:28 am

      GE amk.

      I’ve never been to Austin, but the landscape is completely different in Austin and Houston.

      Austin is in TX “Hill Country” while Houston south, toward the gulf of Mexico and is flatter than a pancake.

      In hilly areas you can escape flooding by reaching higher ground. In Houston there is no higher ground. (Fifteen or so years ago I was in Houston on the 20th-ish floor of a building there and marveled at the fact that there was not a single hill for as far as the eye could see, which is a jolt to a coastal SoCal native — where there is always hills/mountains in view.

      This torrential rain is really bad news for Houston, hope it stops raining soon.

    • 22 Nerdy Wonka
      April 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Hey Amk. Thanks for checking in.

      We’re hanging in there. Some counties like 10-40 minutes away from me have been hit hard and some roads, creeks, low water crossings, neighborhoods were shut down. They began rebuilding from the last storm and were hit again.

      They think everything should clear out hopefully by Friday.

      • 23 amk for obama
        April 19, 2016 at 11:49 am

        Glad to know you are ok. Too bad the rains hit the same place twice.

      • 24 Dudette
        April 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm

        Glad you’re ok NW! Hoping the city recovers quickly!

      • 25 Neena20409
        April 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        I have wondered as much. Thanks for the update, NW. So glad that You are doing relatively OK.
        {{{{ NW }}}}

      • 26 Marlz (@marjgra)
        April 20, 2016 at 3:05 pm

        Hi Nerdy…I was in Houston and just made it before the rain on Sunday. My flight was at 6:50 pm. My daughter had to stay home on Monday due to the heavy flooding.

        Glad everyone was safe.

  7. April 19, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Good Tuesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    I am hopeful that the sane, rational, DEMOCRATS of New York will GOTV for Hillary today en masse, and help to bring these primaries to a swift close.

    Everyone, enjoy your day.

  8. 28 MadameSoph
    April 19, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Thanks lynn, congrats on 2nd Amk.

    Chips, how’s your mom doing?

  9. 34 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 7:36 am

  10. 40 Ladyhawke
    April 19, 2016 at 7:38 am

    • 41 No Child Left Behind
      April 19, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Both thoughts resonate with me.

      • 42 MadameSoph
        April 19, 2016 at 7:59 am

        Ditto for me! Was just discussing with a BS fan family member that I am enthusiastic and hopeful, not because I don’t realize that the system is rigged but because, for the last 8 years, I have witnessed how much amazing progress can be accomplished in spite of it!

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Josh Marshall hits the nail on the head. We’re seeing real paranoia from Bernie who can’t cope with anything but adoring crowds and unquestioning loyalty. His inability to comprehend his own position, his willingness to lie and his aggressive manner toward Hillary and the Democratic Party is actually seeming pathological at this point. For the health of the country, he needs to be gone–now. Please New York, help to deliver the final blow and we will do our best in PA next week.

      Spandan at “The People’s View” has been doing a great job at exposing Bernie’s lies. His research is meticulous.

      • April 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

        I agree Jackie. The People’s View has been fantastic vetting Bernie. There’s a lot of great writers there who really do their research and educate me

      • 46 57andfemale
        April 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

        A good, healthy win in NY will help. BS is really becoming a menace.

      • 47 Obama Grandmama
        April 19, 2016 at 11:37 am

        My thoughts are that when Bernie loses to Hillary and she beats Trump Bernie will be a worse thorn to her from the Senate than McCain was to Obama and that is saying a lot.

        • 48 Dudette
          April 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm

          Only until his Senate reelection bid where Dems will crush him into the ground for messing with our party. #Fingerscrossed

    • April 19, 2016 at 9:09 am

      • 50 MadameSoph
        April 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

        As we say in California: “Totally!”

      • 51 57andfemale
        April 19, 2016 at 11:45 am

        I am finding it interesting that, although there are plenty progressive loons supporting BS, some of those that sneered at PBO repeatedly, are not backing BS and are comfortable with HRC.

        As time goes on, BS’ breathtaking weaknesses become more apparent. If msm was going its job, this would be made clearer to the public. But they want GOP, so they prop up the weak candidate.

  11. 52 No Child Left Behind
    April 19, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Good morning TODVille!

    Reporting that I just cast my vote for the real presidential Democrat and the 6 delegates supporting her.

    May today mark a pivotal moment in these primaries.

    • 53 amk for obama
      April 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Great. You need to vote for delegates too in a primary?

      • 54 No Child Left Behind
        April 19, 2016 at 8:02 am

        Yes. I was surprised because I don’t believe I did notice that in 2008. There were 6 for HRC and 6 for her opponent who shall remain nameless.

      • 55 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2016 at 8:17 am

        Yes, the process of getting delegates to the convention is complicated. Every potential delegate in PA has to be vetted by the campaigns, then they have to get 250 signatures in their districts to get on the ballot. Voters must elect an equal number of males and females to ensure parity at the convention and those who get the highest number of votes are then submitted to the DNC and are allowed to attend the convention based on the proportion of the vote won in the state by the presidential candidate. The bigger the margin for Hillary, the more of the winners get to go to the convention. Those delegates who get to go to the convention have really earned it.

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Good for you, NCLB!

  12. 59 No Child Left Behind
    April 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Congratulations M me Sophie.

    Paying respect to Chipsticks with warm wishes for her mother.

  13. April 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

    • 61 No Child Left Behind
      April 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

      They are so liberal that they thought they could just leave a BS rally then head to o voting station, regardless of their political persuasion.

      • April 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

        I know this is generalizing, but IMO, many of those in BS’s target demographics have the mind-set that things should happen for the them *when* they want it and *the way* they want it with *little to no effort* from them. They also seem to have little desire to look past themselves and consider how their actions impact others. Respect for the rules? In their minds, rules are made to be broken. These are the ingredients to stir up a “revolution” and BS is taking full advantage of that.

        • 63 jackiegrumbacher
          April 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

          Well, SW, all of those qualities are a pretty telltale signs of immaturity, which is probably why so many young and naive people are Bernie supporters.

        • 64 Obama Grandmama
          April 19, 2016 at 11:45 am

          That selfish immature quality describes my daughter-in-law perfectly so I was not surprised when she announced her BS support the second he got into the race. If she thinks something without the benefit of any research it is so because of her superior intellect!

  14. April 19, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Good morning, Chips and BTs, TODers. Chips, I know your mother is struggling a bit but things will get better soon. Have strength and HOPE. XOXO

    Fingers crossed for a good outcome on DACA, DAPA.

  15. April 19, 2016 at 8:04 am

  16. 67 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the top accolades at this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards.

    The tennis duo were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Berlin ceremony for their 2015 achievements.

    Djokovic, 28, reached all four Grand Slam finals, winning three of them, a feat emulated by Williams, 34.


  17. April 19, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Is this the reason Bernie’s people started their false accusations…to take the attention away from them? Was it “unfair” that HRC’s campaign didn’t get flagged as well? BTW…I don’t recall hearing MSM accounts of *this*, but I heard plenty about BS’s charges regarding HRC’s campaign funding.

    Bernie Sanders received a warning from the Federal Election Commission, citing problems with his campaign’s February finance report.

    The letter states the report lists amounts of contributions, receipts, expenses and disbursements that “appear to be incorrect.”

    The letter also cites possible impermissible contributions that exceed the allowed limit per election cycle ($2,700 for individuals) along with donations that come from outside the United States and from unregistered political committees… The letter warned: “Failure to adequately respond by the response date noted above could result in an audit or enforcement action.”

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Sw, he’s got about $10 million in fishy contributions that he can’t explain, but it’s Hillary who’s dishonest, not him.

    • 71 Linda
      April 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Why is the media ignoring this ?????

      • 72 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2016 at 9:53 am

        The media is interested in maintaining the idea of a horse race on the Democratic side, so they are hiding anything that would further marginalize Bernie. This doesn’t mean that all this dirt wouldn’t fall on Sanders like a cement truck if he miraculously made it to the GE. He would be crushed under the burden of it all and that would mean a Republican president. Republican $$$s have been propping Bernie up from the beginning.

      • 74 Neena20409
        April 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        Exactly, why are HRC’s surrogates not on TV/Cable highlighting these dastard obvious despicable acts? In 2008, the HRC Team were much critical & outspoken. Not as much this Time around. Social Media, Cablers hopping on ever negativity & eggshell walkabout/around on Millennials. It irks me to no end.

  18. April 19, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    😀 😀

    Looking forward to Senator Clinton thrashing Senator Bernie, today, and again on the 26th ….

    • 76 Dudette
      April 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      That’s Secretary Clinton – a title which she wore well, according to PBO, and is one of the reasons she’s waaaay more qualified to be President than the long-seated, -undistinguished Senator Sanders.

      [Finally breaking out my new #Imwithher ‘tude. Feels good!] 😜

  19. April 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    It’s happening!!


  20. April 19, 2016 at 8:23 am

  21. 84 Niliathiel
    April 19, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Did someone post the matching clip to the photo already? 🙂

    • 85 MadameSoph
      April 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Don’t worry about it, Niliathiel. It’s always a joy to have a 3peat of PBO and Steph Curry 🙂

  22. April 19, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I hear Bernie talking about fracking being bad for the environment, and that he would ban fracking.

    But what about Sierra Blanca? [In 1998, then Representative Bernie Sanders cosponsored and actively ushered a bill through Congress that would allow Vermont and Maine to dump their nuclear waste in the poor disadvantaged Hispanic community of Sierra Blanca, Texas.]

    Is Bernie’s hypocrisy measured in degrees? He who sees it in black or white…it is or it isn’t…no gray area?

    New York Democrats…please help bring this primary to a close.

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  25. April 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Geeze, what’s up with all these parties?

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  29. April 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    She’s not letting the attacks keep her from staying focused…

  30. April 19, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Good morning TOD folks! I will love being on the road with POTUS again.

  31. 103 desertflower
    April 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Morning everyone… Come on New York! Let’s vote today and make the madness go away!


    Trump Refers to 9/11 as ‘7/11’

  32. 104 desertflower
    April 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I agree very much with VP Biden….how frustrating this is.


    Benjamin Netanyahu moving Israel in ‘wrong direction,’ Joe Biden says

  33. April 19, 2016 at 9:44 am

  34. 106 MadameSoph
    April 19, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Squeeeee! Loved this!

    Now I’m craving cheesecake 🙂

    • April 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Wonder what time they taped this. I’ve NEVER seen Carnegie Deli this empty. ❤ their pastrami sandwiches and their cheesecake is to die for!

  35. 108 desertflower
    April 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Keep calling/emailing….or vote these Republican hostage takers OUT!

  36. 109 MightyPamela
    April 19, 2016 at 9:59 am

  37. 110 MadameSoph
    April 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    In honor of NYC and anyone who’s smelled it in person 🙂

    So funny; I remember back when I first went to visit an artist friend who lived there in the ’80s, he lived in kind of a sketchy apartment building that was, how shall I say, ‘fragrant’? Anyway, we came home from an outing one day and, as we walked up the stairs to his apartment, we saw a puddle. My friend, without missing a beat, sniffed a couple of times, as if he were a wine connoisseur, and asked, “What do you guys think… is that urine foreign or domestic?”

  38. April 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Charlie Rose said that the full interview with POTUS will be on his show tonight.

    April 19, 2016 at 11:02 am


  40. 116 mtmarilyn
    April 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

    A beautiful spring morning to all of TODville. Prayers for Chips and her mom. For all of us who have gone thru this with parents it is never easy. Know that this family community is always sending love and support to you.

    So hope New York comes thru with a huge win for Hillary. I think for most of us here, we didn’t start out as big Hillary supporters, but the Bernie campaign have sent us to her corner. We are Democrats and Obama’s legacy is very important to everyone one.

    Have a great day all.

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