Early Bird Chat

127 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. July 30, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Good Saturday, Nerdy…TOD Family!!!

  2. July 30, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning. Congrats swbluega, 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 bring cheerfulness, enjoyment, and happiness to everyone you encounter today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  3. July 30, 2016 at 9:08 am

  4. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    July 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

    • 9 FoxfireTX
      July 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

      This is THE moment of this election–and the one that take Trump down. Oh the irony. But their sacrifice in the end may well be what saves us from this tyrant.

      • 10 catrst
        July 30, 2016 at 3:33 pm

        I think this is the “have you no decency” moment we have been waiting for delivered not by a journalist as we imagined but by an immigrant with a powerful and eloquent voice and his grieving and eloquent wife. She said she asked her son to just come back to her, not to be a hero, she wanted just her son back. He came back a hero but taken from her. I boy. Do we owe these people. I hate to think they must endure even the slightest pain beyond what they already feel.

    • July 30, 2016 at 9:18 am

      It would be great if Mr. Khan’s speech/comment — DNC Convention and LOD Interview — can be incorporated in HRC Campaign ads. GOP leadership, especially, should be embarrassed and need to stay embarrassed.

  5. July 30, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Nerdy, could you please free me from moderation? Thank you.

  6. July 30, 2016 at 9:12 am

  7. 14 FoxfireTX
    July 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Good morning TOD! Nerdy, thank you for your never ending tenacity in keeping us going.

    Read a stunning–if depressing–article last night by David Frum, “a synthesis of the conversations I’ve had, and the insights I’ve gleaned, presented in the voice of an imagined Trump supporter.” Bottom line, Hillary will never gain any of these supporters because at base it is about blowing up the system rather than economic issues. They hate what America has become and Trump is their revenge.

    “Here’s the bottom line. You live in an America that’s still a lot like your parents’ America. It’s mostly white. Nobody’s displacing and replacing you. It’s pretty safe too. You can read about rising crime—you don’t live it. In your America, you worry about how there aren’t enough women making Hollywood films or sitting on corporate boards. In our America, the gender gap closed a long time ago—and then went into reverse. Obama in the Oval Office was humiliating enough. But Hillary will be worse: We’re going to lose any idea at all that leadership is a man’s job.

    “You’ve been building up to this for a long time. No more Superheroes rescuing women in the movies. The girl always has to throw the last punch herself. In the commercials, Dad’s either an idiot—or he’s doing the housework with his boyfriend.

    “And you know what? It’s not just our hillbilly voters who are going to vote ‘no’ to all that. A lot of men you never imagined will vote for us. Trump’s going to do better with Latino men than you expect—probably no worse than Romney. He’s going to do better with black men than Romney ever did. And his numbers with white men will be out of sight. Every time you demand that Donald show respect to Hillary—while laughing as Hillary disrespects Donald—you push those numbers up.”

    After reading this, I finally got Trump’s appeal for them (yes, I am a little slow). Whether he is racist or not, he too has felt like an “outsider” his entire life. When his dad told him to stay in Brooklyn, he looked out at that shiny Manhattan that he so desperately wanted to be a part of and went for it. THIS is that emotional connection that I previously could not understand. In short, there is nothing Hillary or anyone else can do for them, so we have to do it with numbers.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      July 30, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Firefox, there’s so much bigotry packed into these sentences, it’s like a textbook example. And underlying it all is the white privileged male whose masculinity and sense of ‘superiority’ is threatened. We will never reach these people!

      • 16 FoxfireTX
        July 30, 2016 at 11:37 am

        Jackie, it is perhaps the saddest and most depressing thing I’ve read this election cycle. I knew the racism and misogyny were there, but pretty much bought into the “economic” line that everyone is spewing. it did not make sense to me when I read a Politico article during the GOP convention when all the GOP delegates admitted that economically things were good in their towns. What I failed to grasp previously is just how much true hatred there is for the decades of change in this country. I understood the FEAR of change, but did not see just how much these people HATE the America we are today. What I have sensed for awhile is that these haters are the backlash to PBO’s presidency. But it goes beyond just hating him, they truly hate America circa 2016. And because we will never go back, there is no reaching them.

    • 17 arapaho415
      July 30, 2016 at 11:35 am

      GM firefox.

      The tone of Frum’s article didn’t sit well with me — a bit too insidery and condescending for my taste.

      From the article, Frum’s composite Trump voter speaking:
      “I bet you don’t own a gun. I bet you’ve never had a DUI either. So it wouldn’t worry you that you could lose the first if you get the second. But it worries our voters. Their lives are kind of messed up. They get into trouble. That’s why they want guns for themselves, and not just for Mayor Bloomberg’s bodyguards.”

      Think @joshtpm hits the nail on the head in fewer words. Trump voters are just like Charlie Sheen in his drug-addled, delusional state — they’re entitled to *winning.*

      (Josh’s tweet refers to Trump backing out of debating HRC)

      My response to Josh:

      Think of rabid sports fans — win at any cost, their team can do no wrong (don’t Penn State die-hards still revere Paterno?):

      • 18 FoxfireTX
        July 30, 2016 at 11:41 am

        Arapaho, see my comment above in response to Jackie. I think it is about more than winning (for the voters, not Trump) it is about revenge because they hate America as we are today. It is the reason you can never argue with them. They will make black into white to fit their version of the America they want, an America where white men ruled.

        • 19 arapaho415
          July 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

          GA FFTX.

          Yes, you and JackieG are both correct — #Trumpaloons will never be convinced to not vote for him.

          I’ve mentioned before that the only jury panel I’ve been on was a hung jury because one woman juror (who seemed perfectly reasonable during jury selection) crossed her arms and wouldn’t budge from her belief that “police can do no wrong” — and another female juror was on the opposite side of the spectrum because her son had experienced so much police harassment (everyone in the courtroom was white except for me and a Latino juror).

          This was almost 30 years ago, and a 21-year-old kid was facing “obstruction of justice” charges because he “resisted” when he a (swaggering) sheriff attempted a choke hold on him (the kid was about 6’4″, both sheriffs were about 5’7″), which caused him to crash to the ground, causing facial injuries. There was no violation of the law involved — the kid was sulking because he had just gotten into an argument with his girlfriend who had called police because she wanted him gone — this at 6pm in winter (it was dark) in one of the sleepiest towns around, Ojai CA.

          At the time I thought the case went to trial because the police had to charge the kid with something because of the injuries he suffered — I think the choke hold was prohibited practice even back then.

          So yeah, I’ve seen first hand people with obstinate beliefs unswayed by facts or evidence.

  8. July 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

  9. July 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Lol…Trump’s wussing out of the debates is highly anticipated. Even Cruz is getting in on poking that nerve.

  10. July 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

  11. 25 arapaho415
    July 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    GM TODville.

    What an emotional week, what amazing things we heard and saw this week.

    Will never, ever, forget PBO’s speech on Wednesday night…

    Great 6:30 minute video of our 2008 heroes, @jonfavs and @danpfeiffer.

    Here’s link to video:


  12. 28 PrayerWarriorforObama
    July 30, 2016 at 9:39 am

    A super Saturday to TOD family. I pray that everyone will be truly blessed today and beyond.
    As I look at that famous hug in the previous post, I am wondering what the lady who could have dethroned Mitch McConnell but claimed she is a Clinton democrat, is thinking. It is clear that Clinton is an Obama democrat. I was intrigued at the number of times PBO appeared in Hilary’s introductory video.

    • 29 Don
      July 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Me too, I think Barack will become one of Hillary’s most trusted advisors. She’s already stated that she will seek his advice.

  13. July 30, 2016 at 9:42 am

    GM everyone. I just finish listening to First Lady Michelle Obama DNC speech.

  14. July 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Quite the propaganda campaign against Democrats:

  15. 32 JER
    July 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

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  17. July 30, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  18. July 30, 2016 at 10:01 am

    A poster at DailyKos was part of the North Carolina Voter ID case.

    Here’s the diary about it:

    Congratulations, DocDawg! You Made A Difference.
    By ExpatGirl
    Friday Jul 29, 2016 · 2:35 PM CDT

    Today, the news that a federal court has declared North Carolina’s voter suppression laws discriminatory will spread across the internet and mainstream media. One aspect of the story that you probably won’t hear is that one of our own, DocDawg, helped bring today about. But it is a story you should know because it shows that each of us, in our own way, has the power to make a profound difference.

    DocDawg is a private citizen who, like many of us, has been dismayed by what has happened since Tea Party Republicans won top to bottom control of the North Carolina legislature in 2012. Getting more and more involved in the progressive movement here in the South, in early 2015, he attended a DKos meetup a few hours away from his home in the central part of the state. I wasn’t there but my understanding is that the meeting featured Dr. William F. “Fergie” Reid of 90For90 as a speaker and talked a lot about the most restrictive voting laws to appear in the South since Jim Crow.

    One thing to know about these laws is that they are a multi-layered attack on enfranchisement from a variety of different angles. Voter ID requirements get a lot of attention and so do gerrymandered districts. What hasn’t gotten as much attention is how North Carolina shifted and cut polling locations across the state. And that was the part that got Doc’s imagination running.

    Doc is a scientist. He thinks in terms of data and facts. At some point, probably on the long drive home, he got the idea that while people were largely talking in theory about how limiting polling places would disenfranchise black voters in the state, the data was there to prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt. All that was needed was for someone to analyze it.

    So he called some friends who are experts at this and convinced them to give their time (a lot of it) and talents. And then they set about analyzing everything they could get their hands on. They mapped polling locations before the laws were passed and after the laws were passed against the demographic information of every registered voter in North Carolina. What they found was stunning. It was also irrefutable.

    But a look at the aggregate impacts by race reveals a startlingly different picture (Figure 1, below). While the average white voter’s distance to his or her nearest Early Voting site increased by just 26 feet in 2014, the average black voter’s distance increased by a quarter of a mile. Summing that up over the members of each race, that’s an aggregate increase in distance-to-poll of just 21,000 miles for white voters (71% of the electorate), but more than 350,000 miles for black voters (22% of the electorate). That latter distance is the equivalent of a trip from the Earth to the Moon, and half way home again

  19. July 30, 2016 at 10:05 am


  20. 37 GGAIL
    July 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thank you NW 😘

    Y’all, did I hear Trump say that if he doesn’t best Hillary that he would have Wasted time & money? Did he really say that? Patriotic?

  21. 38 MightyPamela
    July 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

  22. 39 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:22 am

  23. 40 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:23 am

  24. 41 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:24 am

  25. 42 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:26 am


    • 43 COS
      July 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

      I just heard on the news that the appeal likely will not be heard by the Supreme Court before November.

      • 44 Dudette
        July 30, 2016 at 10:48 am


      • 45 cd4biden
        July 30, 2016 at 4:04 pm

        True, but when an appeal to a higher court is filed then I think the existing law stands until the appeal is decided by SCOTUS. So NC may be stuck with the discriminatory law for the Nov. elections. Anyone out there have more details on this?

        • 46 amk for obama
          July 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm

          Nope, the lower court’s judgement stays till the supremes hear it. Otherwise, all the judgements at lower levels become meaningless.

    • 47 Don
      July 30, 2016 at 10:39 am

      No problem, we’re just stealing it back from you for stealing it in 2000.

    • 48 amk for obama
      July 30, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      It’s always fucking projection with the rethugs.

  26. 49 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:27 am

  27. 52 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Okay here’s another outstanding thread to read…

    Followed by THIS

    • 53 Dudette
      July 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Sorry, thread thread starts with this then he goes through 16 key points.

  28. 54 desertflower
    July 30, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Interesting little read.


    “Goldwater’s nomination in 1964 was a historical disaster for the conservative movement,” Roy tells me, “because for the ensuing decades, it identified Democrats as the party of civil rights and Republicans as the party opposed to civil rights.”

    Goldwater opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He himself was not especially racist — he believed it was wrong, on free market grounds, for the federal government to force private businesses to desegregate. But this “principled” stance identified the GOP with the pro-segregation camp in everyone’s eyes, while the Democrats under Lyndon Johnson became the champions of anti-racism.

    This had a double effect, Roy says. First, it forced black voters out of the GOP. Second, it invited in white racists who had previously been Democrats. Even though many Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act in Congress, the post-Goldwater party became the party of aggrieved whites.

    “The fact is, today, the Republican coalition has inherited the people who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — the Southern Democrats who are now Republicans,” Roy says. “Conservatives and Republicans have not come to terms with that problem.”

    • 55 desertflower
      July 30, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Which speaks to this article that I just posted:)

  29. 56 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:43 am

    This too!

  30. 57 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Where Reagan declared his candidacy.

  31. 61 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Need a good laugh? 😆

  32. 66 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 10:56 am

    The upcoming movie “Hidden Figures” will focus on their story

  33. 70 desertflower
    July 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

  34. 71 jackiegrumbacher
    July 30, 2016 at 11:01 am

    This morning we went to take down our booth at the county fair and found that our beautiful cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton had been defaced with big ugly scratches across her image. This had happened between the time our last volunteer left for the night and the exhibit hall was locked down. Got a nasty comment from an old man about hoping Dems failed in the presidential level. Lot of anger and fear of the powerful woman out there.
    This afternoon we staff a Dem booth at the Gay Pride festival where I hope we’ll find a more receptive audience. We’ve got to keep moving forward building the numbers and forming our armies of supporters because bigotry can’t be allowed to win now or ever. And I have ordered a brand new, shiny Hillary cutout!

    • 72 No Child Left Behind
      July 30, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Jackie, good for your resolve. Don’t let the haters bother you. Haters are gonna hate.

    • July 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Very well done, JackieG!!!!

      Thank you

      #FORWARD Together

    • 74 Dudette
      July 30, 2016 at 11:56 am

      So sorry you had to witness the hate up close today. Thank so much for the great work you’re doing. You are making a difference.

    • 75 purpleshoesla
      July 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      “We’ve got to keep moving forward building the numbers and forming our armies of supporters because bigotry can’t be allowed to win now or ever. And I have ordered a brand new, shiny Hillary cutout!”

      Standing O JackieG. You are an example of “There is an endless supply of paint!” You go girl! ❤ ❤

  35. July 30, 2016 at 11:26 am

  36. July 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

  37. July 30, 2016 at 11:38 am

    …a tightly organized hierarchy of delegates, floor “whips,” floor captains, and regional coordinators honed a system unseen by viewers at home to counter hecklers in real-time and intercept rumored protests, aided in secret by allies in the ranks of agitated Bernie Sanders delegates.

    Some Sanders delegates were recruited to act as moles, sniffing out plans for demonstrations on various pro-Sanders email and chat threads…Over GroupMe, a messaging app, alerts went out about what to look for, including rumored plots to disrupt Clinton’s speech by ringing cowbells, throwing toilet paper, blocking doors, and lying down in the aisles of the Wells Fargo Center.

    Each state’s floor captains briefed their delegates on what to do in the case of near every possible protest: Across the arena, banners were stashed under chairs to block disruptive Bernie-or-Bust delegates, and signs were distributed repeatedly each night to outnumber anti-Clinton posters and t-shirts in the crowd.

    Delegates were told to respond immediately to boos or hecklers with chants, prompted by a phonetic GroupMe command: chant “HILL-A-REE,” the cue read.

    “As soon as it started, we knew what we must do, and every delegate knew what they must do,” the floor captain said. Instantly, Clinton delegates in the state closest to the heckler received the text message, raised their signs, and chanted.

  38. July 30, 2016 at 11:48 am

  39. 82 FoxfireTX
    July 30, 2016 at 11:52 am

    The thing that is mind boggling to me about the Trump campaign is the way they are deploying their limited resources. They have no ground game, no GOTV, no data mining, and few surrogates. So where do they spend their time? Yesterday, MS and CO, one which they do not have much chance of winning, and the other a safe red state. And they have no events scheduled for this weekend. I cannot wrap my head around this campaign, even from a purely strategic perspective!

    • 83 Don
      July 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Oh they have strategy, FoxfireTX, their strategy is to get the vote of the racist, the xenophobic, and the sexist, and those that hate Hillary. It doesn’t cost money to be a pig.

    • 84 purpleshoesla
      July 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      There’s a willing media working in concert to get his “message” out every every time he tweets, opens his mouth which helps his “ground game” considerably. I saw something here I think awhile ago re the large percent of people believe Donald is running campaign ads on the TV more than Hilary when he is not actually running any campaign ads.

  40. 85 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

  41. 86 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Another State Dinner coming up this week! Yay! Oh I LOVE these!

  42. 88 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm

  43. 89 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

  44. 92 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  45. 94 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Read this testimonial from a Sanders supporter who’s switching to Hillary

  46. 96 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    This is so cute. Reminds me of my Mom! LOL! 😀

  47. 97 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    States Romney won that could go to Hillary

  48. 98 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  49. 100 GGail
    July 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it … sources tell TMZ.
    Sources connected with CAA — the talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer — tell us a promoter contacted Justin’s people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.
    We’re told the promoter assured Justin’s people the event was “not political” and Justin would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies.
    According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors. The money was to be paid “up front” — before Justin even arrived. The donors would also cover production expenses.
    It represented the biggest single payday ever for Justin. Or, for that matter, just about any other singer, and he seriously considered doing it … partly because he’s Canadian and didn’t have a dog in the fight and partly because of the money.
    Manager Scooter Braun, a big Hillary Clinton supporter who even held a fundraiser for her at his L.A. home, had big problems with the offer … as did CAA. Scooter and CAA felt, regardless of the representations, this was “100 percent political.”
    We’re told Scooter wasn’t heavy-handed at first, and talked to Justin about putting Black Lives Matter banners up in the venue. We’re told Braun was told he could not display BLM banners, but the donors would accept banners that read “All Lives Matter.” The donors also made it clear … Justin could say nothing disparaging about Trump or the GOP.
    We’re told Scooter told Justin it was up to him if he wanted to do the show, but he said he couldn’t continue to represent the singer if he did, out of principle. Scooter felt the GOP was using Bieber as its tool.
    Our sources say the promoter told Scooter … LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin’s people got in touch with LeBron’s people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.
    On top of all that, we’re told Justin’s band, comprised entirely of African-Americans, did not want to do the show.
    In the end, Justin turned the offer down.


  50. 107 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 1:08 pm

  51. 108 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Wooooot! Cannot wait to see it! 😀

  52. July 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    uh huh
    uh huh

    MSNBC unearths three-year-old interview with Trump in Moscow: ‘I do have a relationship’ with Putin
    Bethania Palma Markus
    29 JUL 2016 AT 12:49 ET

    GOP nominee Donald Trump has been facing scrutiny recently for his alleged ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

    Earlier this week, Trump came under fire for suggesting that Russian hackers should “find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” In the same press conference, given in Florida on Wednesday, Trump said, “I never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius.”

    Trump also said he hopes Putin “likes me” if elected.

    But MSNBC unearthed an interview from three years ago that suggests Trump not only knows Putin, but also was aware Putin was monitoring him in some fashion. The interview was conducted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts in Moscow, ahead of a Miss Universe pageant.

  53. 114 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm

  54. 115 desertflower
    July 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    This is a sick man, Mentally not well.

  55. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    July 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Like I know anything about fish or Russia! But that’s why Al Gore invented the Internet, folks! Trump is the biggest dolt in our midst.

  56. 117 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm


  57. July 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm


    • 119 desertflower
      July 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      🙂 Didn’t see this posted when I posted the same, rikyrah:) No matter. Should be seen and seen again. This needs to go viral…as the Khan’s video does. THIS is what love of country really means! Not a damn flag pin on a lapel!

  58. 120 desertflower
    July 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Listen. Then share.

  59. 121 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

  60. 122 Dudette
    July 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  61. 123 Obama Grandmama
    July 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Why is the media ignoring Donald Trump’s business holdings and financial ties and loans involving Russia? Donald Trump Jr. saying a few years ago most of their (portfolio?) involved Russia according to a NY Times article should be a bigger deal.

  62. 124 desertflower
    July 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    He’s such a dick.

    • July 30, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I pondered whether to watch that. I did and now I’m sorry because Trump is such a sick, hollow idiot, a real skunk of a man. OMG, he never ever stops bragging not for one second.

  63. 127 desertflower
    July 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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