Early Bird Chat

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  1. July 3, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Good morning NW 🙂 and Thank you!!!

  2. July 3, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

  3. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    July 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Morning. This is the week that VP Biden hits the campaign trail with HRC and I can’t wait to see them together. PA loves Joe Biden and if I hope this is one of his many visits and rallies in this state. Have a great and relaxing day–it’s going to be a wild month!

  4. 8 JER
    July 3, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  5. July 3, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Happy Sunday TODers!!

    Mega thanks to the amazing Nerdy!! 🙂


  6. 12 MightyPamela
    July 3, 2016 at 8:56 am


    • 13 MightyPamela
      July 3, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Couldn’t bear to close the day with this last night, but my emoprog brother planted a seed which has caused me concern: he is signing off his political ranting texts with “Write in Bernie”. You can see why I need to pass the word around on it! He is old enough to know better, one of those unexplainable types who love the pixie dust. I’ll keep an eye on him, but if he persists as we grow closer to the election, I’ll start on how ‘writing in tehbernedout’ is no more than a vote for the GOP. They will appreciate his giving them a nod. I sigh.

      • 14 jackiegrumbacher
        July 3, 2016 at 9:19 am

        MP, it’s always heartbreaking when a close relative does something politically stupid–it happens all the time in my family. If you’re brother persists in a write-in protest vote, which is actually a vote for Trump, then here’s what I’d advise to relieve your frustration. Try to register one of two or more voters and be sure to not only remind them to come to the polls in November, but call them on the day before and make sure they’re going to follow through. I don’t know how hard it is to register voters in your state, but it’s worth finding out. Since I have two Republican sisters, I always feel good about registering a new voter because I feel I’m compensating for my sisters.

        • 15 MightyPamela
          July 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

          Thank you, jg, advice heeded! 👀

        • 16 susanne
          July 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm

          Thanks for this, Jackie. I think all of us have people in our lives who are either anti-HRC or (have mercy) actually pro-DT. Your comment is an excellent reminder that we have options beyond just teeth gnashing or despair. Love your positive approach!

  7. July 3, 2016 at 8:57 am

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

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD”ders. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope 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. July 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

  9. 19 amk for obama
    July 3, 2016 at 9:14 am

    gud gawd, even bbc is concern trolling about hillz fbi ‘grilling’.

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      July 3, 2016 at 9:31 am

      This whole e-mail nonsense is going to be over soon and then the GOP and the media will try to dig up something else. Hillary is showing the world what it’s like to be a successful and powerful woman competing against a man. The woman has to be perfect and any slight deviation from perfection is blown out of proportion. The male competitor can get away with anything and it’s all regarded as “boys will be boys” peccadilloes. I hope the day comes when we can move past this double standard, but it’s not going to be any time soon.
      I’m not sure the Hillary haters realize what they’re awakening here. Women have the wounds of double standards buried deep in their psyches and we’ve learned to repress them. Now they’re being stirred and I can actually feel the anger growing. There’s a force stirring here and it’s going to be pretty powerful when it’s unleashed.

      • 21 FoxfireTX
        July 3, 2016 at 11:07 am

        Yes, Jackie, they will, the same as they did with PBO. The difference is PBO knew this going in and never willingly gave them any fodder. The Clintons just cannot seem to learn this lesson. I am not a Hillary hater but she and Bill just never seem to learn and then play the victim card. 99 was not happy with my post last night about Bill’s meeting with AG Lynch but PBO and most lawyers would never make this mistake. The attorney canons of ethics in the US demand that even the “appearance of impropriety” be avoided and these were all lawyers. I can tell you that when I was practicing, if I ran into a judge at cocktail party or elsewhere and I had a case pending before him/her, I would smile, wave from a distance and turn in the other direction. It is why I simply cannot believe that Bill did this. And it makes me angry that Loretta will pay the price. Remember Susan Rice as Secretary of State? Neither do I. The double standard is not just male versus female or racism, it is the Rs versus Ds. The Ds just aren’t filled with the bitterness and hatred that defines the Rs. BUT the difference is that PBO always knew this, knew he would be held to a different standard, and always did his damnest to ensure anything they tried would fall by the wayside. I was willing to overlook the whole email thing because I don’t believe she broke the law but for someone who has been attacked by the GOP for 25 years you would think she would know better., To my mind, it is a serious error in judgement. Same for Bill. While the vast majority of the “scandals” they have been accused of are GOP wet dreams made from whole cloth, the Clintons just can’t seem to help themselves in giving the Rs something to discuss.

        Personally, I have loved the 8 years of “no drama” after the 16 years that preceded PBO’s administration. I am not looking forward to 8 years of Clinton drama despite the fact I want to see a woman elected and think she would make a decent president. But that’s me.

    • 22 99ts
      July 3, 2016 at 9:44 am

      So is our abc. I am about given up on politics. Racist white female Donald Trump won a senate seat in my state on Saturday. I think I’m living in Texas.

  10. 25 amk for obama
    July 3, 2016 at 9:17 am

    serena moves into the last 16 in double quick time.

  11. July 3, 2016 at 9:31 am

  12. July 3, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Newty Newt Trump’s VP. LOL

  13. July 3, 2016 at 9:40 am

  14. 32 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2016 at 9:44 am

    G’morning Nerdy &B TOD! Congrats Sir Bob on #1, and Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

  15. 34 desertflower
    July 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Morning everyone:)


    In late January, Donald Trump did something that would have sunk almost any other presidential campaign: He retweeted an anonymous Nazi sympathizer and white supremacist who goes by the not-so-subtle handle @WhiteGenocideTM. Trump neither explained nor apologized for the retweet and then, three weeks later, he did it again. This subsequent retweet was quickly deleted, but just two days later Trump retweeted a different user named @EustaceFash, whose Twitter header image at the time also included the term “white genocide.”

    None of this went unnoticed among ardent racists, many of whom believe there is a coordinated effort to eventually eliminate the “white race.”

    Trump is “giving us the old wink-wink,” wrote Andrew Anglin, editor of a white supremacist website called The Daily Stormer, after Trump retweeted two other “white genocide” theorists within a single minute. “Whereas the odd White genocide tweet could be a random occurrence, it isn’t statistically possible that two of them back to back could be a random occurrence. It could only be deliberate…Today in America the air is cold and it tastes like victory.”

  16. July 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This Black-Owned Fashion Label Models Its Designs on Women of All Sizes

    Women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but fashion companies rarely showcase their pieces in a variety of sizes. While there has been in increase of plus-size clothing options, they are often separate from the mainstream lines. Indie design house Ekineyo has managed to solve this dilemma by not only carrying its pieces in a wide range of size options, but also showcasing pieces by body size.

    Ekineyo, the Nigerian Yoruba name, Oyenike, spelled backwards, is the middle name of founder Nike Oyelami.

    Ekineyo launched in Brooklyn in 2010 and since then the company’s pieces have been seen on many celebrities including Elle Varner, Nicole Ari Parker, Tika Sumpter, Laura Govan, and most recently Jill Scott for her feature in Essence Magazine.

  17. 36 desertflower
    July 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Great read about the Sec. of Labor….


  18. July 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

    UAE tells citizens to avoid national dress while abroad after man held in U.S.

    The United Arab Emirates has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when traveling abroad, after a businessman visiting the United States was wrestled to the ground and held as an Islamic State suspect.

    UAE media reported that the Emirati man was detained in Avon, Ohio, last week after a female clerk at a local hotel called 911 to report what she had described as a man affiliated to Islamic State, according to the Arabic-language al-Bayan newspaper. It only identified him by his initials.

    The English language The National said the receptionist at the Fairfield Inn hotel called the police after she heard the man talking on his phone in the hotel lobby.

    Gulf News, another UAE newspaper, published photos of the Emirati man in white robes being wrestled to the ground and handcuffed before being led away by police.

  19. 38 GGAIL
    July 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Big props to NW! Heartfelt thanks for you💕

    Today, we SoCal TOD Peeps will gather at Ports O’Call Restaurant for our July celebration 🎉🎉
    Seafood and Friends – YEAH 😎

  20. July 3, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Just dust in my eyes..

    yes, just dust.

    • 51 pkayden
      July 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Agree 100% with Mr. Thomas’ commentary. That Republicans are comfortable having a bigot at the head of their Party says a lot about them. This should be an embarrassment that they never live down.

  21. July 3, 2016 at 11:11 am

    THIS is how I feel x100000000000000000.

    • 53 pkayden
      July 3, 2016 at 11:33 am

      I don’t consider President Obama to be an introvert at all. He’s very outgoing and engaging. He seems to really enjoy campaigning and being around people. He interacts easily with all kinds of people here and abroad. As someone who is an introvert, I wouldn’t put him in that category but would say that he’s a measured man who knows how to filter his thoughts and take care in what he says in public.

      Trump, on the other hand, is a straight up narcissist who has no filter and speaks in incoherent jibberish to appease his “poorly educated” supporters. Trump is more of an idiot than an extrovert.

      • 54 amk for obama
        July 3, 2016 at 11:39 am

        I agree. He is the most outgoing prez I have ever seen. By ‘introvert’, if the bw media means he doesn’t give a shite about them, then I agree. By ‘introvert’, if they pundtwits mean, he is a thinking man, I agree.

        • July 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

          I strongly identify with PBO’s introversion. I enjoy people very much but I also cherish being alone. It’s time to be quiet, to read, to think, to write.

      • July 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

        It’s quite possible to be an introvert and still fully enjoy people and campaigning. But he relishes his time alone to pursue his work and his interests. For me, it’s a question of neediness, a question of having a balanced emotional life and a healthy ego. Clinton and Trump both exhibit that need to be adored. PBO doesn’t need any of that. He’s very comfortable in his own skin.

      • 57 arapaho415
        July 3, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        GM/GA pkayden.

        You and I are on the same page, but based on what I’ve read here, Meta and I pretty much complete opposites (personality-wise), so I appreciate her perspective.

        Here’s our twitter conversation on this topic today:

        Thinking here about the unflinching determination in PBO’s expression when he quickly, but calmly said “Please proceed, Governor…” #NoTermMitt was *completely* flabbergasted after that exchange.

  22. July 3, 2016 at 11:11 am

    so then, they have no excuse that it was ‘an accident’.

    uh huh
    uh huh

    So, dogwhistles mean exactly what folks like me have been saying that they mean…….

    Lips pursed.


    Sarah Kendzior @sarahkendzior
    Trump stole his Star of David graphic from a message board used by neo-Nazis
    #.FJsctBOiR …
    8:31 AM – 3 Jul 2016

  23. July 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

  24. July 3, 2016 at 11:19 am

    • 61 GGail
      July 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

      EM Dyson is a frustrated black man. I’m glad the readers told him to “take a seat” next to Smiley & Corney.

      • 62 nathk atun 7
        July 4, 2016 at 2:01 am

        Well said, GGail! The so called “Black public intellectuals,” like Dyson and West, have turned to be superficial thinkers who have no deep understanding of what it takes to be a president of a very diverse country of over 300 million people. Instead of going to educate and organize Black people in the struggle against the deeply entrenched racism, they spent all their time shooting arrows against President Obama, who from day one of his presidency, faced a vicious opposition party, which for the most part was motivated by racism. You are a polite lady, for me, I want all the highly privileged “Blackademia,” or the so called “Black public intellectuals,” to STFU. President Obama has done more for Black people than all the current self-serving, shallow, and, quite frankly envious, “Black public intellectuals” combined.

    • 63 desertflower
      July 3, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Excellent. Just as all of us have been saying for years:) Nice to know there are others out there that not only think like us, but appreciate the greatness that is Barack Obama.

    • 64 pkayden
      July 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Lovely, heartfelt letters. Dyson needs to understand that President Obama did the very best he could do for all Americans, including those of us who are Black. I’m very proud of what President Obama accomplished despite continuous opposition, and how he handled himself while in office.

  25. July 3, 2016 at 11:30 am

  26. July 3, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Only4RM ‏@Only4RM 14m14 minutes ago

    Nominee Trump is as close to an up/down vote on white supremacy as we get. Old turnout assumptions obsolete.

  27. July 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    • 68 arapaho415
      July 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      GM Meta.

      Once PBO leaves office 😦 , we can follow @JustinTrudeau’s timeline, which (aside from personal appearance info) sounds soooo much like PBO’s. 🙂

      Speaking of personal appearance, JT is at @PrideToronto parade today:

      • July 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        GM, arapaho. Yes, I’ve been following PM Trudeau and he is certainly very close to PBO in views and approaches. Very grateful for him.

  28. 70 desertflower
    July 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm


    The presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party—let’s call him Donald Trump, though “Donald Trump” is more like it—has a way with words, after a fashion. The mouth moves and stuff comes out. (“That could be a Mexican plane up there. They’re getting ready to attack.”) Except when he reads from a teleprompter, the words paradoxically seem both calculated and careless. Trusting a G.P.S. all his own, Trump is most at ease wandering syntactically all over the map until he spots an off-ramp: “Lyin’ Ted,” “Crooked Hillary,” “Goofy Elizabeth Warren,” “Build a Wall.” The result ain’t oratory. Still, the words entertain, wound, outrage, delight, bemuse, stupefy. More than a year into Trump’s candidacy, they also signify the speaker’s confusion about who he is and what he has got himself into.

  29. 71 JER
    July 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      July 3, 2016 at 8:26 pm


  30. 73 desertflower
    July 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Does anyone here subscribe to Al Giordano’s newsletter? Looking for his piece on Hillary Reconsidered…

  31. 82 desertflower
    July 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Absolute MUST READ Re: Bernie Sanders…and I exactly echo these thoughts. Exactly. What made me search, was some Bernie fanatics on a local blog, now claiming that Hillary isn’t all that progressive with regards to pro choice rights…fucking hell. I’m over these idiots the same way I’m over the idiots on the OTHER side!

    View at Medium.com

    • 83 desertflower
      July 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      She did an AMAZING job with this piece! I highly recommend it…and truly, send it to all those Berniebros you know….

      • 84 desertflower
        July 3, 2016 at 1:36 pm

        MUST READ! MUST READ!MUST READ!MUST READ!!!!! Pass it along!

        • 85 nathk atun 7
          July 4, 2016 at 3:57 am

          As always, I am coming here late, so I doubt that you will get a chance to read my comment. I just wanted to thank, from the bottom of my heart for sharing Robin Alperstein’s epic analysis, and exposure, of the real Bernie Sanders. It is, as you said: AN ABSOLUTELY “A MUST READ” PIECE! It also needs to be shared widely.

          I don’t always do it enough because I am always late to TOD meeting, but I deeply appreciate all your posts and all the information you unearth to share with us. I never miss reading any of your posts, though I do not always respond. In my book, you are one of the people, along with many others, who make TOD such incredible source of knowledge and wisdom.

  32. July 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Dems should be encouraged but we have to word hard to make this happen. Press on!!

  33. 92 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  34. July 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    • 94 99ts
      July 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      They said it was because of lack of space – hahahaha – so many people not attending there will be lots of space.

  35. 95 JER
    July 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm

  36. July 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Joy Ann Reid, y’all.

    • July 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, africa. It’s the Todds, the Halperins, the Morning Joes out there who have being cranking this garbage out for a long time.

  37. July 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    For other Sen Heinrich fans out there.

    • 99 arapaho415
      July 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm


      Thanks Meta. Wonder why every one is ignoring him. If that’s so, they have no idea that he’s a Senator. 😦

  38. July 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    A couple of comments ….

  39. July 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    And ….

  40. July 3, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    And ….

    8 Nov 2016 will be the most important day of my life, for sure. How I’ll be spending the remainder of my life zero-dark-00:01 is the open ?

    The bane of our species is a combination of our failure to educate EVERYONE, to treat women equitably & to perceive each other with empathy.

    bbl ….

  41. July 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    as i read Oprah’s statement on the passing of Elie Wiesel…i realized that America has never own up to its own genocide known as slavery and the destruction of the Native American people and because America has never come to terms with these deeds…there has never been Truth and Reconciliation…

    Elie Wiesel says that we should never forget…but for the sons and daughters of slaves…we are seeking justice not just for the past….but for the present and future .

  42. July 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    For the TOD dog lovers….

  43. July 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    • 108 FoxfireTX
      July 3, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      With you Africa, I went back and listened to his Selma speech last night. Just seemed fitting with the passing of Elie Wiesel. It moved me more standing alone than it did at the time he delivered it with all the remembrances that day.

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