113 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    May 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

    GM Nerdy, Chips, Danny & Momma Chips. Prayers to all that are having a stressful week and day. Blessing to all.

  2. May 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Thank you NW and good morning.

    Am sure all of you will want to send a bit of love to VP & Dr Biden and all the Bidens during the next 24 hours ….


  3. 13 jackiegrumbacher
    May 29, 2016 at 8:58 am

    If you look around you on Memorial Day weekend, you would think this whole ‘holiday’ was about store sales and picnics. Many years ago I heard a very powerful sermon in which we all sat in silence and imagined row after row of fallen soldiers marching through the church from the time of the Revolution through the Civil Wars and all the horrific wars of the last century. No one said a word, but it was such an overwhelming experience that many of us were left weeping over the enormity of the sacrifice we’ve asked of our military.

    • May 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Yes, JackieG. In fact, I’ve always had a very difficult time with the juxtapositions of “Happy” and “Memorial Day.”

      The kind of celebration of Memorial Day that I had always envisioned as appropriate is why I became so interested in the research of Professor David Blight, Yale U Historian. It’s truly the way the very first “Memorial Day” (aka “Decoration Day”) was celebrated. I’ve posted the video before but I’ll add it here in case anyone hasn’t had the time to view it.

      For a bit more from Prof Blight, I think all of you may find the following of considerable interest ….

      take care everyone ….

      • 15 Roberta in MN
        May 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

        Just watched that clip. Thank you for posting it. I only wished he had kept the mic closer, missed some of what he was saying. The audience must have had the same problem. The talk was in my neck of the woods. 🙂

    • May 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Greetings Jackie…

      i think as less and less of American families have someone that serves in the armed forces the true reason for Memorial Day has diminished…

      as a young girl i did not really understand what the meaning of Memorial Day is…no one in my family served in the armed forces…i grew up thinking that it was a holiday for recreation…now dubbed as the unofficial start to summer…

      • 17 jacquelineoboomer
        May 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

        That is, for me, one of the most truly iconic photos of the 21st century. That poor mother. Shame on the people in this country who would deprive her and her son of their humanity.

  4. May 29, 2016 at 9:25 am

    The march to Mosul continues ….

  5. 19 MightyPamela
    May 29, 2016 at 9:30 am

  6. May 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

    She is going to be a force, for sure …..

    bbl …

  7. May 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips & TOD!! Wishing everyone a peaceful Memorial Day weekend. Remembering all those who’ve lost their lives in service to this country, their family and loved ones.

  8. 22 amk for obama
    May 29, 2016 at 10:07 am

    At this point, you can’t help comparing the two ‘insurgent’ candies – Obama in 2008 and BS in 2016. Be it the fund raising prowess, keeping their fans/voters under check, getting them to vote, media management, focusing on the message or finally attaining the goal. The kenyan, despite being a rookie, >>> bs in all these aspects.

  9. May 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

    • May 29, 2016 at 10:54 am

      prettyfoot58, Nice pictures, ignore the comments, some of them are okay, but haters are everywhere.

    • 25 cherish0708
      May 29, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Thank you for this. An excellent set of photography + a very nice commentary!
      I’m looking forward to buying “The Obama Years” by Pete Souza one day.

  10. May 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

    “The American people are living through a revolution. It is not a revolution from a seventy-four-year-old democratic socialist from Vermont. It is the revolution from a fifty-four-year-old biracial man from the south side of Chicago. A skinny man with large ears and a funny middle name who has put our country on the path to prosperity for decades to come. A man staked his presidency on providing affordable healthcare to tens of millions of people. A man whose actions staved off a second Great Depression despite the fact that these actions gave his opponents the ability to misinform the public and to retake Congress. A man who slowly and methodically worked with Congress to improve our crumbling infrastructure. A man whose very first bill was a bill to help protect women in the workplace. A man who has used the bully pulpit to advocate for higher wages and more affordable college. A man who has done all this despite having two of history’s least productive Congresses since 2010.”

    • May 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Thanks so much, pf. I’m worn out by these pretenders. Another week and we should have a clearer sense of where we’re going.

  11. May 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Good Sunday morning, Chips, NW and all TODers.

  12. May 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

  13. 30 amk for obama
    May 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

  14. May 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Happy Sunday TODers!!

    GM Nerdy, and thank you for keeping us in the know.

    Congratulations on first — twins — Roberta and Bob.

  15. May 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Please keep our VP Joe and Dr. Jill and family in our thoughts:

  16. 37 GGAIL
    May 29, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family. Thanks NW for faithfully keeping TOD open for us 🌹🌹🌹🌹

    Has there been a report on our dear Chipsticks?

  17. May 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Good morning, TOD!

  18. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    May 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Is anyone having issues posting GIFS on Twitter using the photo library on your laptop/desktop as opposed to the photo library on your iPhone, Android, etc?

  19. 41 yardarm756
    May 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm


    ‘All gave some;some gave all’.

    While others stand ready.

  20. 45 desertflower
    May 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Morning everyone. Honoring ALL that have served our country gallantly.

  21. 46 GGail
    May 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    So sad that the endangered gorilla had to be killed because a child was determined to get in the water with it. The whole gorilla exhibit should be removed from the Cincinnati Zoo. They’ve lost the privilege of caring for the gorilla’s, IMO.

    • 47 desertflower
      May 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      I thought the exact same thing…or why couldn’t they have tranquilized the gorilla and not kill it? I didn’t read the story, but where were the parents?

      • May 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        desertflower: Because the tranquilizer would have taken so long to kick in.
        Gorillas are highly intelligent. I wonder if he had been taught any sign language. What preys on my mind was how he felt. And how this young chlld will remember the event. Not to speak of the trauma of a massive creature being shot down in front of him.

        • 49 desertflower
          May 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm

          I guess…but this whole situation is so sad and could have, should have, been prevented. That gorilla should still be alive right now.

    • 50 arapaho415
      May 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      GM GGail.

      How did your Hillary event go yesterday? (Sorry if I missed your update.)

      Lead story on Daily Mail this morning…

      And came across this, also from that UK tabloid (but with great photos) last week:

      • 51 GGail
        May 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        arapaho, thanks for asking. Yesterday was a wonderful success and we’re at the same location again today. We had a lot of “Yes” from our phonebanking as well as from the door to door canvassing. Unfortunately, we had requests for items that the Campaign has failed to supply us with – yard signs and buttons. Hopefully, we can remedy this because people want them. And the amount of volunteers that came to do the phones and the canvassing was a pleasant surprise to us leaders as we weren’t expecting people to be available because of the holiday. We like these kind of turnouts 🙂

        Onward and upward again today.

    • 52 Dudette
      May 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Such a sad story. Both the Zoo and the parents both at fault here.

      The Zoo’s primary audience is families little kids and they don’t surround the animal habitats with child-proof fencing? C’mon! WTH!

      4 yr old says I want to get in water (where there’s a 400 lb animal) and you just say “No” but don’t bother watching that child like a hawk afterward to make sure he doesn’t ignore you (which little kids often do)? WTH!

    • 54 yardarm756
      May 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Don’t forget poor parenting. It wasn’t the gorilla’s fault.

  22. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    May 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Anybody else think Gary Johnson, who’s been nominated as the 2016 Libertarian Party candidate, looks a little cray cray?

    Something in the eyes. 🙂

    • 56 Dudette
      May 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      They’re all cray cray. Libertarians are Republicans who want weed, a flat tax and no regulations whatsoever. They booed him cuz he thought requiring drivers licenses wasn’t a bad idea and said he might’ve voted for the Civil Rights Act.

    • 58 GGail
      May 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Scary cray cray!

  23. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    May 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    National Memorial Day Parade – tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern –


  24. 62 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 1:39 pm

  25. 65 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  26. 66 yardarm756
    May 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    This is what he considers making America great again?

    • May 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Make America White Again that is Trump’s goal and why the racists white people are supporting him.

      • May 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm

        In Trump good old days they sick dogs on them, they turn powerful waterhose on them, they beat the crap out of them, they arrest them, they hang them, they bomb them, they shoot them, that’s Trump and his supporters good old days.

  27. 70 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Okay the caption is cute, but what struck me more is how clearly you can see this child is an “old soul”. 😄

  28. 72 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  29. 75 yardarm756
    May 29, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    The forgotten ones.

  30. 76 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    George Jefferson gives Trump an idea

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  32. May 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    uh huh
    uh huh

  33. 84 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Might be why no release of tax returns

  34. May 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    DA PHUQ??!?!?

    Marco Rubio on Donald Trump’s White Nationalist Support: ‘It is What it Is’
    9:40 am, May 29th, 2016

    Florida Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio granted a hot exclusive interview to CNN’s Jake Tapper, revealing on Sunday morning’s State of the Union that he would be releasing his delegates to the Republican convention, casting his tepid support for Donald Trump as a lesser evil than voting for Hillary Clinton, and reflecting on his own failed campaign. Tapper repeatedly pressed Rubio on some of the more disturbing aspects of Trump’s candidacy, including the vocal support he has garnered, and at times reciprocated, from white supremacists.

    Rubio expressed the sort of displeasure you’d expect from someone who sat through the season two premier of Wayward Pines, but in the end, took a tautological view of Trump’s white nationalist backers:

    “It is what it is”

  35. May 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    • 89 carolyn
      May 29, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Pat Buchanan is as usual writing a defensive article trying to set the world back to what he wants. For the last five or six years, I have noticed, and other professors have noticed, that our least motivated, rudest, laziest, and most slovenly students are young white males. The others are motivated, and work hard, but the young white male, NOT ALL, doesn’t try, and seems to feel he shouldn’t have to.

      I have a feeling that this sense of white male entitlement is among the reasons that Pat Buchanan would not mention as causes for the problems he lists. For centuries, the white male knew he was in charge of everyone, and he didn’t have to work for anything. He had it all by virtue of being white and being male. So, instead of working harder, like those who were not born entitled have had to do, he’s just given up and stopped trying. Other people have made it, even in this economy. They’ve gone back to school, learned new skills, picked themselves up and tried over and over. The white male, challenged as he now is, is going to have to work harder now, too, like other groups. Watching sports and TV on one’s spine is not going to keep them at the top of the heap.

      This is not scientific, of course, just anecdotal and from my own experience.

      • 90 carolyn
        May 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

        Oh, one more thing to add to my little rant above. When President Obama was elected, a certain type of white male just could not take it. They thought the presidency BELONGED to a white male. This election totally threw some of them into a tailspin and “depression.” Fortunately, I was surrounded by men of all ages who thought his election was great, but they were, I know, a minority. All a certain kind of white male had to make him proud was his skin color: no accomplishments, no degrees, no home, no inner confidence and pride…..they are the ones LBJ referred to at the passage of the Civil Rights Act. They have done this to themselves; they didn’t have to react like this. This is not the world’s fault, PBO’s fault, women’s fault, Their reaction was totally in their hands and was totally their responsibility. Aren’t these the ones who are always talking about others taking responsibility?

      • May 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

        tell the truth.
        TELL THAT TRUTH, carolyn.

  36. 92 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    In addition to not calling out political lies, Chuck Todd apparently doesn’t think it’s his job to disclose when he has a conflict of interest.

    • 93 arapaho415
      May 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      GA Dudette.

      This is disgusting.

      Have no idea why upChuck (yes, I will continue calling him that, still can’t forgive him for calling PBO’s TV ad “Firms” [the one with mostly music, American flags and empty offices about Rmoney] “nasty” — the way he said it was completely uncalled for) is Teflon upChuck.

      He was caught on air flipping off someone off-camera on Morning Joe years ago, and nary a peep from NBC.

      Cannot loathe MSM more.

  37. 95 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  38. 96 vcprezofan2
    May 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Afternoon, TODobots. See what happens when I decide to be ‘responsible’ before signing on – responsibility gobbles up all my time! Grrrrr.

  39. 97 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm

  40. 98 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Yay Shelby! Love to see the young ones coming up and making their dreams come true!

  41. 99 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:33 pm

  42. 100 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

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  44. 103 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  45. May 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Gail G asked me to post this info here:


  46. May 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Wow, Barney Franks went for broke:

  47. 108 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

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  49. 111 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Hey Yardarm! Brings back memories? 😀

  50. 112 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Wow, eh?

  51. 113 Dudette
    May 29, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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