Early Bird Chat

US President Barack Obama departs the White House for his trip to Warsaw, Poland, on July 7, 2016, in Washington, DC. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama departs the White House for his trip to Warsaw, Poland

Guests wave as US President Barack Obama departs the White House for his trip to Warsaw, Poland, on July 7, 2016, in Washington, DC. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)



123 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. July 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Another morning, another day of fear, hate, racism and the folk laughing all the way to the bank who profit from the incessant slaughter of our fellow citizens …

    You can’t ever solve a problem if you don’t focus on its root cause(s). Until the majority of Americans do two things the slaughter has zero chance of abating:

    1 Focus on the WEAPONS PROFITEERS;

    2 VOTE for people who commit to regulating who those weapons merchants sell their weapons designed for ONLY one purpose – killing as many people as possible in as brief an interval as technically achievable.

    Thank you NW for a new thread …. take care everyone …

    • 2 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

      G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Congrats Sir Bob on #1. Wishing everyone a peaceful and safe Friday. Condolences to the Dallas officers who were injured, and to the loved ones of those who were killed.

  2. July 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

    We still do not know who the suspects are. We still do not know what their motives for shooting were. My guess is that they are looking for additional co-conspirators. But meanwhile, the media continues to be irresponsible and fan the flames….

    • July 8, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Latest update …

      • July 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

        Two things are obvious – these folk came prepared to do exactly what they did, and they knew exactly where to be to do it.

        • 7 CEB
          July 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

          And it took more than 24 hours to plan it. The weaponry, ammunitions, the positioning, and the skill of the snipers all indicate that this was not put together as a result of the 2 killings the day before. I hope and pray that there is no rush to judgement and that there is a careful investigation. I lay all of this horror and bloodshed that has plagued us for years at the feet of the various congresses over the years and the gun industry that runs them. I even believe that the aim had little to do with the protest and its reasons, that it was a blind for some other reason and the protest provided the ammunition. In Dallas, more mothers, fathers, children, parents, siblings and friends are added to the horror list of grief and sorrow because of the gun culture of this country. My heart also goes out to PBO who has had to try to bring reason and inspire action with hands tied by the legislative branch that refuses to act, while trying to bring comfort. One man cannot do it all; especially when there are so many others who can pick up the burden and turn it into real action.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

      I feel so deeply sorry for President Obama having to deliver these messages of condolence and calm every day. I can only imagine what fellow NATO members think of the United States at this point and how much compassion and respect they must have for our president.

      July 8, 2016 at 8:34 am


        July 8, 2016 at 8:49 am


  3. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    July 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

  4. 15 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Some good news amidst all the negative news we’ve been seeing in the last several days

  5. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    July 8, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Yesterday was a bleak day in all ways possible. I saw the sister that I have known and loved and looked up to all my life slipping slowly away from her identity as it becomes harder and harder for her to remember things. And we came home to the horrific news of the police shootings and all the danger that represents to us from the right wing haters and our incompetent media. This is the time when we have to center ourselves and find the path that will lead us to peace both within ourselves and in our country. Then we have to do everything in our power to bring others along that path with us. It’s seldom that the contrast between light and dark is so stark, but this is one of those times. Our biggest enemy right now is despair and I’m trying hard to overcome it.

    • July 8, 2016 at 9:34 am


      you evoke such wisdom…thank you for your enlightenment….your words are like a lighthouse on a stormy and foggy night….thank you so much….((JackieG))

    • July 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

      So sorry about your sister, jackie. It’s a horrible disease.


    • July 8, 2016 at 9:46 am

      My heart goes out to you, {{{{jackieg}}}}. May your sister and your entire family receive the highest healing.
      You are a cherished member of our community and we are grateful for your words of wisdom. Please take good care.

    • 22 mtmarilyn
      July 8, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Oh Jackie, my heart goes out to you. I so understand how you feel. Both my parents had Alzheimers. It is not easy to live with. Know you are not alone. We all must be there for each other. Blessings on you.

    • July 8, 2016 at 11:01 am

      ❤️ {{{HUGS}}} ❤️

    • 25 Betsy
      July 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

      So sorry about your sister.

    • July 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

      So sorry to hear about your sister, I watched the same thing happen with my mother. I cared for her in my own home for a while, until she no longer recognized me. Indeed despair is the enemy and destroyer. Hope must triumph. There’s a reason by our President based his campaign on Hope.

      • 27 jackiegrumbacher
        July 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

        Thanks, Bill. You’re so right about President Obama and the theme of hope. It’s what keeps us putting one foot in front of the other, day by day.

    • 28 sjterrid
      July 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      So sorry, Jackie, that your sister is struggling with Alzheimers. It’s so hard seeing our loved ones going through this terrible disease. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    • July 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Such wise words Jackie! Thank you! I agree, the contrast is enormous! I focus on the light

  6. July 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

    July 8, 2016 at 8:51 am


  8. 32 Nerdy Wonka
    July 8, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Something’s not right.

  9. 33 MightyPamela
    July 8, 2016 at 8:54 am


  10. July 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    U.S. creates 287,000 jobs in June; unemployment 4.9% http://on.mktw.net/29tLqOv

    • 35 No Child Left Behind
      July 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Good grief! What is the Orange man going to say about that? And I don’t mean John Boehner.

  11. 36 Linda
    July 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

    287,000 jobs added for June

  12. July 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday. TGIF>> 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 you have a simply charming, marvelous, and fantastic day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  13. 38 GGAIL
    July 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

    The Dallas shooting has moved the two killings by police to the back burner by the news stations.
    I’m still mourning their deaths.

  14. 39 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Let me just go on the record by saying that my bullshit dectector is sounding alarm bells at the Dallas Police Chief’s “report”….

    • 40 99ts
      July 8, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Talked a little about this on the last thread hf. At this stage I’m wondering if they even know they have the right people. The media will have convicted every black person from the President down while Dallas power brokers are deciding what to say.

      I am feeling very lucky that our issue at the minute is “will anyone be able to form a government”. I feel so very deeply for my online friends at TOD.

    • July 8, 2016 at 9:36 am

      AMEN to this…why is he shielding the Identity of the suspects…

  15. 44 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

  16. 45 JER
    July 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

  17. 46 JER
    July 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

  18. 47 amk for obama
    July 8, 2016 at 9:27 am

    “Kill the whiteys”


  19. July 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    The NRA and gun nuts built this. In most states, the sight of someone with a rifle would be cause to ALERT AUTHORITIES. Not in Texas. Because they can walk in broad daylight with a rifle and nobody could say shyt. The police had to trust on faith that those rifles were not loaded. This is the summer. You just couldn’t have a rifle with you and not be noticed.

    Without open carry, the sniper could never have gotten that close to their target. They would have had to hide and set up. By having to do so, the likelihood of someone seeing something and calling 911 goes up. The sniper was literally able to hide in plain sight and get up close to the intended target because of open carry.

  20. July 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

    No BS, I wish every white person on Twitter could see this. Maybe it'll help pic.twitter.com/vae574ysG0— Tsunami Sea (@carltonspeight) July 6, 2016


  21. July 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Sorry for the duplicate post.

    • 56 GGail
      July 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

      jovie, despite the title, the article is very uplifting and empowering. I hope more people disregard the title and read Martellus’ article.

  22. July 8, 2016 at 9:47 am

    But the Mayor can’t release info about the suspects

  23. 59 Anjo
    July 8, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I awoke this morning and heard this awful news. I turned on CNN and looked at the two male white presenters and said something’s not right..i kept looking and listening and said to myself ‘the shooters not identified, no one is saying..mmmm, they must be white’….I prayed ….regardless of the colour let someone in all of this finally awake to the horror of guns, the horror of hate, the horror of racism…keep praying TODers and GET INVOLVED in your community, no matter how insignificant you think your contribution may be..

  24. 60 desertflower
    July 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    That is all. Good morning everyone

  25. July 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    An AR-15 is not a snipers rifle.
    An M-22 or M-24 are snipers preference on a battle field.
    How the hell did they get these weapons?
    That’s impossible!
    I would be curious to find out if that’s true about snipers weapons? 🤔

  26. July 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    These snipers were not amateurs ….

  27. July 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

    The ONLY answer … ever ….

  28. July 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Highly likely that other ‘suspects’ exist in this coordinated terrorist attack on the police (and anyone near them, btw) …

  29. July 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Tragically, the answer is not a simple ‘no’ …

  30. July 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

    But still no pic of the suspect

  31. July 8, 2016 at 10:08 am

    The sniper thing is something I can’t get past. That’s a certain skillset that, even in gun crazy America, is not easy to acquire. Is it easier to acquire than I think?

  32. July 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Yet again, the #NEWSTAINMENT Industry wrecks & seriously endangers a person’s life ….

    bbl …

  33. July 8, 2016 at 10:20 am

  34. July 8, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Just watching clips of CNN idiots on twitter is sickening. I don’t know how people do it every day.

  35. 85 JER
    July 8, 2016 at 10:42 am

    LIVE NOW: Congrssional Black Caucus Briefing – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
    Rep. Lewis speaking now.

  36. July 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

    THIS is what I live by. THIS x100000000000000000.

  37. July 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Off topic: THADD US missile defense system being deployed in South Korea for defense purposes against the north.


    👊👀 then at the end of the article it gives you why trunp is against it??


  38. 88 No Child Left Behind
    July 8, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I blame the police officers involved in the shooting in Baton Rouge and elsewhere for what has happened in Dallas. Period.

    • July 8, 2016 at 11:22 am

      The Legacy of racism..hatred….slavery…will continue to bite us…we need as Bob has said…

      Truth and Reconciliation….

      these things do not happen in a vacuum…there is a cause and effect…..America can no longer afford to pretend that it will go away…it has to faced…and then dealt with honestly…#Truth&Reconciliation….

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  42. 94 desertflower
    July 8, 2016 at 11:20 am


    Republicans are wrapping themselves in support for law enforcement after 5 Dallas police officers were killed in a sniper attack, but the Republicans are refusing to acknowledge that the killer or killers were easily able to buy weapons that were more powerful than what law enforcement possessed.

  43. 97 JER
    July 8, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Coming Up: Attorney General Loretta Lynch Deliver Remarks on Police Killings in Dallas – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=1

  44. July 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

  45. July 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I live in an Urban Area.
    Dallas is an Urban Area.

    I see someone with a regular gun, let alone a RIFLE, and I’m calling 911.

    How many law abiding citizens saw him with that rifle – before he got to the protest?


    And, in NORMAL circumstances, not all, but most, would have done what I would have done – call 911.

    BUT, because of Texas’ Open Carry Law……the law abiding concerned citizen could do NOTHING.

    Where’s the NRA’s Statement?

    This was THEIR law.

    After all, isn’t it all we need are those who are armed to stop things like this?


    WHERE is the NRA’s Statement?

  46. 104 amk for obama
    July 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Sorry, fedex. Time to retire gracefully. No percentage in losing to journeymen pedestrians like raonic.

  47. July 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

    GEEZE, Comey has been so irresponsible.

  48. July 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

  49. 113 JER
    July 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

    President Barack Obama yawns as he attends the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the Warsaw NATO Summit

    • July 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen him yawn. I’m sure he got very little sleep last night.

      July 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm


  50. July 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Dallas shooter is said to be an Army veteran. I guess that explains his training.

      July 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm


  51. July 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Undoubtedly …

    …. it’s never a good time to interrupt business for the #WeaponsProfiteers ….

  52. July 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Hearing President Obama’s strong, rational, calm and steady voice on any topic is a blessing.

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