130 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. July 22, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>>

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

    To all, I hope you look with great anticipation, expectation, and excitement how God is going to work in your life today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  2. July 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

  3. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    July 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Morning. We need to pick ourselves up, dust off all of our GOTV skills and get to work. Trump showed us the horrific alternative to inaction. Time for us to start waking up our fellow Americans.

  4. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    July 22, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Yesterday I heard more concerns from people about sore loser Bernie people deciding not to vote. I swear I want to throttle these people. We have a monumental threat to our democracy in this election and people still want to nurse grudges and then use that as an excuse for inaction. They are as ME focused as Trump.

    • July 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Good morning Jackie, IMO a good portion of Bernie’s supporters (about 30-37%) were pissed off Repubs labeling themselves as Indy’s as well as about 10-12% Teabaggers. Just Saying IMO.

    • 7 amk for obama
      July 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

      I think the bs deadenders are minuscule as it is now and I am sure that pool will dry out as soon as the real campaigning by our veterans start.

    • 8 99ts
      July 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

      It seemed from Bernie’s tweets last night he’ll be asking his folks to vote for Hillary next week. Whether they will or not – another story – but most probably will come around.

  5. 9 MightyPamela
    July 22, 2016 at 8:51 am


  6. July 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Happy Friday TODers.

    GM Nerdy and thank you.


  7. 11 99ts
    July 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    gm TOD. Congrats on 1st RanMan

  8. July 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! 🙂 Congrats RanMan on #1, and Happy Friday everyone!

    I’m so glad that this RNC spectacle of hate is over (as least for now), and next week we get to watch the DNC which will be much better for the country’s blood pressure and overall health!

  9. 13 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Good Morning.

    I echo those words.

  10. July 22, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Good Friday morning, NW and TODville.

  11. 16 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 8:55 am

    the most retweeted tweet yesterday.

    I am positive many bs bots are on board now.

  12. 17 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

  13. 18 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

  14. 19 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

  15. July 22, 2016 at 8:59 am


  16. 23 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 9:01 am

  17. July 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  18. July 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

    A Speech only a Dictator Would Deliver

    What it all came down to is that Donald Trump told America and the world that we are in a hell of a mess and he is the only one who can fix it.

    That has been the message of every dictator — from the left or the right — for time out of mind. Every one of them has cited facts they claim to be true yet are easily refuted. Every one of them has found a scapegoat to blame for the problems their citizens faced and accused them of treachery or worse. Every one of them has claimed to be the voice of the people, and every one of them, whether they’re standing on the stage at Nuremberg, the balcony in Rome, the wall of the Kremlin, the plaza in Havana, or the gates of the Forbidden City, has risen to power or seized it with that messianic claim, and every one of them has done it at the expense of lives, fortunes, and freedom. Fortunately no one has ever stood on the steps of the Capitol in Washington and delivered a speech like that, and if we are to live and grow and survive as a country, we never will hear it.

    Mr. Trump’s speech was all about him, how “I” will do this, “I” will stop that, “I” will make some other thing happen. It was rarely “we,” and when it was, it was about what his administration — his government — will do to others.

    But this is a nation of “We.” “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union,” “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” The echos of Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt were lost in the bombast and narcissism of this belligerent bully who knows nothing of true compassion for anyone other than himself or what would feed his ego.

    July 22, 2016 at 9:16 am


  20. 29 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Whoever is the Democratic VP nominee, I will cheer, I will be merry, I will work my heart out in support of the Democratic ticket, the only vehicle to preserve progress made under my POTUS.

    I will talk to skeptics and convince friends as well as colleagues that there is only one choice in November: Hillary Clinton.

  21. July 22, 2016 at 9:22 am

    July 22, 2016 at 9:22 am


    • 43 nospin
      July 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

      In addition to a call or a prayer for God to step in, we have to be active in achieving the outcome we want.

      In other words…because we have health, strength and a frame of mind to understand as given to us by our heavenly Father, he requires us to get some skin in the game and become actively engaged and become participants in that outcome. So we the people have the responsibility to organize, mobilize and get folks out to vote.

      • 44 99ts
        July 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

        We’re on the same wave length today nospin – I keep thinking of all the gop prayers for those killed by gun violence – this does nothing to reduce gun violence.

        July 22, 2016 at 9:56 am


  23. 46 GGAIL
    July 22, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thanks NW for holding it down while the GOP went crazy this week 😘
    I’m thinking about and missing my Chipsticks {{{hugs}}}💕

  24. July 22, 2016 at 9:35 am

    • 48 99ts
      July 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

      One person the media seems to report on is Elizabeth Warren. This will continue to happen regardless as to her position within the party – I am not entirely sure as to why but whatever gets the dems in front of the people is good.

      I watched a good press conference that someone? linked with Cory Booker Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Al Franken. All their presentations were good – the only question the media wanted to ask was “Will Cory be the VP” – and it got virtually no publicity. It seems near impossible for the US media to give ANY air time to democrats.

      • July 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

        One of the worst things Bill Clinton ever did was to sign a bill allowing the consolidation of media under corporate ownership. Very few very rich Republicans own almost everything. This is one of the big reasons why Democrats are choked out and RWNJs are everywhere. It’s not news, it’s propaganda and it’s a moneymaker.

        • 50 99ts
          July 22, 2016 at 9:59 am

          Same thing happened in Oz – we followed the US down that path & Murdoch owns a massive proportion of our press. Fortunately we still have the ABC (although RW governments try to defund it), our equivalent of the BBC.

  25. 52 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, will stand trial over a state payout to the French tycoon Bernard Tapie, an appeals court has ruled.

    She is charged with negligence over the award to Mr Tapie of €404m ($445m; £339m) in 2008 when she was France’s economy minister.

    Ms Lagarde had appealed against a lower court ruling from December.

    She is now expected to appear before a special court for government ministers.

    The case stems from Mr Tapie’s sale of his majority stake in the sports equipment company, Adidas, which was handled by the state-owned bank, Credit Lyonnais.

    The businessman sued for compensation after claiming he was defrauded by the bank and received too little from the sale in 1993.


  26. 53 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 9:41 am

    • 54 99ts
      July 22, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Say it out loud – Listening to Schmidt and Wallace on MSNBC is beyond nauseating.

    • 55 Ahero62
      July 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      That is so true! They gave us Sarah Palin and watched the Tea Party destroy everything this country stands for just because they could not stand a black man being President.

  27. July 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Trump’s Outrageous Foreign Policy Views
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    July 21, 2016 3:32 PM

    Recently I’ve noticed that I have developed two lines of defense against the kind of panic I would feel about an actual Trump presidency. First and foremost is the fact that the odds against him being elected are enormous. The Upshot recently calculated that Clinton has a 76% chance of winning.

    Running a distance second to that defense is the fact that, as Stephen Colbert put it, “If he doesn’t ever have to mean what he says, that means he can say anything.” As soon as Trump says something truly outrageous, he and his campaign get busy walking it back. Just to demonstrate the level of outrageousness expressed by Trump, I actually fear his unpredictability less than I do what he says.

    I must admit that the second line of defense tends to crumble with stories like the one Kevin Drum reports with this headline: “Donald Trump Just Invited Russia to Attack Eastern Europe.” Or how about this one from Jeffrey Goldberg? “It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin.” Neither one of these men are the type who are prone to hyperbole. Here’s more from Goldberg:

    I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators. Trump is making it clear that, as president, he would allow Russia to advance its hegemonic interests across Europe and the Middle East. His election would immediately trigger a wave of global instability—much worse than anything we are seeing today—because America’s allies understand that Trump would likely dismantle the post-World War II U.S.-created international order. Many of these countries, feeling abandoned, would likely pursue nuclear weapons programs on their own, leading to a nightmare of proliferation

  28. July 22, 2016 at 9:44 am


    • 58 nospin
      July 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

      meh! I don’t begrudge them dancing to a song they like. Some of the elderly had some pretty cute moves.

      Now their political views…eeek.

  29. 60 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

      July 22, 2016 at 10:00 am


  30. 62 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Give us a break now! Once we are done putting this moron (Donald Trump) into his place in November, we can talk about Citizens United and money into politics. Not before!!!

  31. July 22, 2016 at 9:51 am

  32. 64 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Hi Everyone! Hope you’re having a great day!

  33. July 22, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Good morning TOD folks! One word to end the previous day Ugh! Starting today with Hope again.

  34. 67 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

  35. 68 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

  36. 69 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

  37. 70 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

    • July 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

      So according to the police union it is just fine to shot a mentally handicapped man with a toy truck. I don’t know how people like that live with themselves.

    • 72 Don
      July 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

      I mean if the Police union wants to go with that the Policeman was aiming for an autistic boy with a toy truck in his hand who wasn’t armed and who was sitting on the ground then by all means, go with it. And lets not forget that the Policeman discharged his weapon three times striking Mr. Kinsey once in the leg.

      • 73 0388jojothecat
        July 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        Again, why did the officer shot in his direction at two unarmed people one with his hands up and the other clearly sitting down and not doing anything threatening, why did the police handcuff the social worker while breeding if they were trying to save his life? Since the social worker was the only one shot in the leg and no more shots were fired, why was it ok to walk over and handcuff and subdue BOTH people? The police union really believe that people are stupid, they KNOW the media with repeat and try to convince the viewers that this make perfect sense. This is what’s wrong with police unions, if State governments can cripple teacher and state worker’s unions they need to cripple these unions that cost the states and cities millions of $’s due to police carelessness. I think the money paid out to victims should come out of police unions pockets not taxpayers.

  38. 74 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

    It’s long (31 mins) but worth a watch

    • 75 0388jojothecat
      July 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

      I watched the end and I think VJ did fine and as usual placated his interviewers that “both” sides are the blame for no infrastructure bills passing and not taking care of veterans when it has been the Republicans that have not done a damn thing given PBO’s jobs bill back in 2011 that sits collecting dust. These dude bros in the end did not learn a thing in my opinion except now they like VJ but they need to replay and listen over and over until they get it…..they still are going to vote GOP because they in my opinion hate women, hate Hillary.

  39. 76 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 10:13 am

  40. 84 donna dem 4 obama
    July 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

  41. 86 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

  42. 87 Linda
    July 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Someone built a wall around Trump’s star on the walk of fame.

  43. 88 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

  44. 89 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

  45. 90 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

  46. 91 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

  47. 92 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

  48. 93 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

  49. 94 JER
    July 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

  50. 95 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

    POTUS alert

  51. July 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

    And this is the thing. Hitler’s rise wasn’t just about hate. It was about craven fucks who thought he was their best bet for power.

    — Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 22, 2016

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      July 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

      If anybody wants to R/T – this message is clear:

  52. 98 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 10:54 am

    VP Joe 😄

  53. 100 JER
    July 22, 2016 at 10:56 am

  54. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Do we think Mike Pence is standing behind Trump regretting his choice to be the VP nominee? Doubt it. Guys like this will do anything to be in the limelight.

  55. 105 JER
    July 22, 2016 at 11:05 am

  56. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 11:07 am

  57. 108 Dudette
    July 22, 2016 at 11:11 am

  58. 109 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Just now got the great news. Daughter Unit topped her final year MD exams.

  59. 123 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 11:17 am

  60. July 22, 2016 at 11:22 am


    Also, Elizabeth Warren said last night she hasn’t heard from HRC.

    Now, this could either be a head fake on HRC’s part but this person has to get to Florida for today’s event………OR, it’s down to Vilsack and Perez…….OR someone completely off the radar!!

  61. July 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Trump’s Speech: An Appeal to His Supporters’ Id
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    July 22, 2016 9:36 AM

    Donald Trump’s speech last night had the fact-checkers geared up to overdrive. He threw out a lot of numbers and made a lot of claims. In summary, most of them turned out to be distortions and/or lies. You can check out the results at Politifact, Vox and the Washington Post. Overall, he proved Stephen Colbert to be a modern-day prophet by coining the word “Trumpism,” meaning, “If he doesn’t ever have to mean what he says, that means he can say anything.”

    The other thing you might have noticed about Trump’s speech is that he didn’t offer any real solutions. Here are just a couple of examples from Peter Suderman:

    In addition to terrorism and criminality, Trump stoked anxiety about jobs and the economy, lamenting bad trade deals and the loss of manufacturing jobs. As president, he said, he would take our bad trade deals—especially NAFTA—and turn them into good ones. He did not say one word about how, or even what a “good” trade would look like, only that he would fix the problem. Trump promised to bring outsourced jobs back to America, and, as he has in the past, threatened unspecified “consequences” to companies that move operations overseas.

    So what it boils down to is that Trump provided a collection of lies to define a set of problems to which he offered no solutions. That would be the kind of analysis that comes from people who are reality-based. But Frank Rich identified what that misses about what was going on last night.

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