Early Bird Chat

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  1. 4 desertflower
    August 20, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Good morning everyone…My heart goes out this morning to 57 and her family for the passing of Pearl early this morning. All of the animal lovers here, know this pain. Hugs to all of you. She’s ok now….as the days pass, here’s hoping that thoughts of her will not bring sadness, but a smile to your lips, remembering the joys she gave you. Much love.

    • 5 0388jojothecat
      August 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      My heart dropped when I read about Pearl….((((57)))) I know the pain from losing a loving pet but knowing she was at your side and went peacefully next to you as she felt the comfort of being with her long time human companion/family who loved her. Prayers to you and your family.

    • August 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      I’m so so sorry 57. I’ve been there, as I told you the other day. I know how painful it is (still is!). Big big hug to you {{{{{{57}}}}}

    • 7 Dakota
      August 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Very sorry to hear this. My condolences.

    • August 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Dear 57. I am so sorry about Pearl. Sending you healing thoughts and prayers.

    • 10 Don
      August 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

      I thought initially that the Virginia Supreme Court ruled against him?

      • 11 desertflower
        August 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

        Surprise! Somehow, someway…autopen:)

        • 12 Don
          August 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

          I thought I read that he would have to sign each application individually, yes auto pen is a great thing.

          • 13 desertflower
            August 20, 2016 at 10:16 am

            I think that’s exactly what the story said. No matter….good job on his part. They have paid their debt, now they should be given their right to vote back again. No question.

            • 14 Don
              August 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

              It would have helped if I would have read the story; I’m always trying to glean information from the headlines without ready the story, it’s a habit that I have.

              • 15 desertflower
                August 20, 2016 at 10:29 am

                Bad habit….did you do that in school, too? 🙂 Cliffnotes was your friend?

                • 16 Don
                  August 20, 2016 at 10:39 am

                  School wasn’t so bad, and I didn’t use cliffnotes because my thinking was why even bother with cliffnotes if I wasn’t interested in the material. And yet some how I graduated from high school, my class had over five hundred students in it and I graduated in the top one hundred. Then I went to work on wall street and here I am.

  2. August 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

  3. 21 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Ex-SEAL to pay $6.6 million in case over book on Osama bin Laden raid.

    The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared by the Defense Department, according to federal court documents.

    Matt Bissonnette, who wrote “No Easy Day” under the pseudonym Mark Owen, will give the U.S. government all profits and royalties from the book or movie rights. The proceeds already total more than $6.6 million. He will have four years to pay the bulk of that.

    The payments were outlined in settlement documents filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia.

    According to the settlement, Bissonnette also has 30 days to pay $100,000 from the proceeds of presentations he gave using slides that were not approved by the department.

    The book triggered a Justice Department probe, including claims it contained classified material. Bissonnette had signed non-disclosure agreements during his service as a SEAL, and he took part in a number of highly secret operations including the bin Laden raid.


  4. August 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

    ((((((((57)))))) Comfort and peace to you and your family.

  5. 24 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

  6. 28 sherijr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:08 am

    My condolences also to ((((((57 & family)))))) I am so very sorry for your loss of (((Pearl))). Thank you df for informing us.

  7. August 20, 2016 at 10:11 am

    • 30 cd4biden
      August 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Love how POTUS refers to these lands as sacred. Not a word you hear often from politicians. But then he isn’t really a politician, is he. 🙂

  8. 31 arapaho415
    August 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

    GM TODville.

    ((( 57F ))), thank you for informing your TOD family of Pearl’s passing. 😦

    So heartbreaking to lose a member of your family, still miss my favorite cat who has been gone many years now, and only lived to age 8. 😦

    Perspective on President Obama’s visit to comfort Katrina victims (while he was still an Illinois state senator):

    From Meta’s twitter timeline.

    Aftermath of devastating flooding in Louisiana, which hadn’t occurred to me until I read this:

    And for those who are cynical enough to compare GWB response to Katrina to DJT vs. PBO:

  9. 33 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

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  14. 43 desertflower
    August 20, 2016 at 10:35 am


    , Trump doesn’t seem to be interested in the Olympics at all: As Team USA shatters world records and scores win after historic win, Trump’s Twitter account, his favored megaphone, has been virtually mum. Since the one awkwardly worded meme he blasted out to his feed on August 5, with his own photo in front of an American flag, Trump has tweeted about the Olympics exactly zero times. He’s attacked the media, retweeted compliments to Donald Trump, pumped up his rallies. Not a word about the events that people are tuning into every night.
    Story Continued Below

    Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is seizing the opportunity to ride the wave of these feel-good Olympics. Since the start of the Rio Games, the Clinton campaign has unleashed a steady flow of social media messages congratulating the athletes and embracing their stories. And she has deliberately piled on by peppering the Olympics broadcast commercial breaks with the same brutal ad, over and over—the one that shows Trump being ridiculed on Letterman for making his clothing lines overseas.
    Why has Trump hit the mute button on the Olympics, while Clinton has pumped up the volume? There’s a good reason for that, and a surprising one. The spectacle of America vanquishing its global rivals is—ironically, amazingly—utterly terrible for the “America First” candidate.

    He’s a fraud.

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    • 58 Gazelle
      August 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Oh my! This is a effed up, their plight should be touted out all over the universe. Thanks for sharing this important story, Bobfr.

  20. 59 desertflower
    August 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

    He’s a fraud…Continued/


    The evidence is mounting that Donald Trump isn’t as rich as he claims as an investigation into his business holdings revealed twice as much debt as he reported on his federal disclosure forms.

    The New York Times looked into Trump’s business interests and found a mountain of debt:

    But an investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze of Mr. Trump’s real estate holdings in the United States reveals that companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt — twice the amount than can be gleaned from public filings he has made as part of his bid for the White House. The Times’s inquiry also found that Mr. Trump’s fortunes depend deeply on a wide array of financial backers, including one he has cited in attacks during his campaign.

    For example, an office building on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, of which Mr. Trump is part owner, carries a $950 million loan. Among the lenders: the Bank of China, one of the largest banks in a country that Mr. Trump has railed against as an economic foe of the United States, and Goldman Sachs, a financial institution he has said controls Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, after it paid her $675,000 in speaking fees.

  21. 60 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

  22. 61 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

    NW or amk – please determine why wordpress is refusing to accept Twitter login verification. Thank you!!

    • 62 Nerdy Wonka
      August 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Hey Bob, sorry about that.

      It seems to be a temporary glitch on WP. I believe they’re working on it.

      • 63 Bobfr
        August 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        Thank you NW! Hope you are enjoying your Saturday.

      • 64 Betsy
        August 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

        Thanks NW for all that you are doing to maintain this blog while Chips is out. Are you back at University soon? What are you majoring in? I think you are amazing and I wish you so well this year. Thanks again.

  23. 65 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

  24. 66 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

  25. 67 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

  26. 68 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

  27. 70 cd4biden
    August 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    AMAZING website. VoteRiders has developed wallet sized cards that list the ID REQUIREMENTS TO VOTE for every state in the US. Print out the one for your state, make dozens of copies, and hand them out everywhere you can think of. Then send this web address to others you know throughout the country. And check out the rest of VoteRiders website.


  28. 71 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

  29. 73 desertflower
    August 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

  30. 74 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

    • 75 arapaho415
      August 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      GA Dr Bob.

      New thread has opened, and didn’t have a chance to reply earlier.

      Thank you for highlighting Audrey Hepburn, the right kind of role model for girls. Of course I idolized her from childhood.

      Love that our CarolMaeWY shares her birthday, too!

  31. 76 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

  32. 77 cd4biden
    August 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

    This is why people need to vote down ticket on November 8th!!!

    The GOP currently holds:
    – 247 out of 438 seats in the House
    – 54 out of 100 seats in the Senate
    – 31 out of 50 Governors
    – 70 out of 99 state legislative chambers
    – 4 out of 8 Justices appointed to the Supreme Court

  33. 78 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Take care everyone …. {{{{{Chips}}}}} ….



  34. 82 cd4biden
    August 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    GM TOD. Congrats Don on first. Been away a few days so lots to catch up on. Have a lovely Saturday. bbl.

  35. 83 desertflower
    August 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

  36. 84 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Congrats Sir Don on #1 🙂

    My condolences to 57 and her family on the passing of your dear Pearl. May she rest in peace and wishing you some measure of peace and comfort in the weeks and months to come. {{{57}}}

  37. 85 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    BTW ….



  38. 86 Bobfr
    August 20, 2016 at 11:04 am

    “Breaking ….” 😉

  39. 92 FoxfireTX
    August 20, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Good morning TOD! 57, know this and coming days will be difficult for you. Hugs to you as you mourn your Pearl. For me, whenever one of the dogs leaves us, it is feeding time for months afterwards that hits me so hard, one less bowl to prepare and the tears start anew.

    Of course, with his “new: campaign team Trump simply had to show his ugly mug in LA yesterday. But the photo op was perfect, PLAYDOH! Just what the residents of LA need. Reminds me of the Romney response after Hurricane Sandy, he had a donation for used clothes and canned goods. The Red Cross said “NO thanks, what we need is money.” Do any of these Republicans have either a heart or head? Never seen such utterly clueless people.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend!

  40. 93 desertflower
    August 20, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I saw DT’s handing out of Playdoh to LA as a metaphor for fake money….ie, fake caring for those unfortunate people….I think he IS that evil

  41. 96 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 11:51 am

  42. 97 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 11:51 am

  43. 98 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

  44. 99 whenpamelawandered
    August 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Prolly won’t occur to PBO to bring along a few cases of Play-Doh. Just sayin’

  45. 102 JER
    August 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Good Morning Everybody.

    By The Martha’s Vineyard Times – Aug 17, 2016

    …The past eight years have brought much to be grateful for. For us, the comparison of the debasing and debilitating 2016 election and the Obama standard of intellectual as well as inclusive democratic political leadership is instructive.

    There is still much left to work on, but there are many concrete accomplishments to admire in the Obama presidency: steering out of the financial debacle of 2008 accompanied by steady economic and employment recovery, health care reform, tax reduction for all but the top 5 percent, and leadership in securing the full rights of members of the LGBT community among them.

    These legislative victories have been hard won, and have depended on infrequent cooperation from congressional Republicans. President Obama has used his extraordinary intellectual gifts and temperament to grasp and embrace complexity; his remarkable discipline keeps his, and our, concentration on the prize rather than the soundbite. …

    Read More Here: http://www.mvtimes.com/2016/08/17/the-obama-standard/

  46. 104 Ladyhawke
    August 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm


  47. 106 whenpamelawandered
    August 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    ❤ {{{{{ 57 & Pearl }}}}} ❤

  48. 109 arapaho415
    August 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Cool 45 second video RT’d by @whitehouse:

  49. 110 amk for obama
    August 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm

  50. 111 globalcitizenlinda
    August 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    trying not to attack the children of presidential candidates is something most of us try to avoid;

    but, lawd, these children of the hatemonger & Conman seem to have picked up the obnoxious and greedy qualities of their despicable father and seem to emulate him in their own business ventures => trying to use and rob anyone who can be convinced to part with their hard-earned money;

    … ok, as they say: the apple does not fall far from the tree

    • 112 globalcitizenlinda
      August 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      question one has to ask: is there ANYONE in this family who has even a tiny bit of conscience and empathy?

      • 113 arapaho415
        August 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm

        GA GCL.

        The entire family is dysfunctional and has been since the first Trump was born on our shores.

        The boys are entirely creepy, like some co-workers (men) that I hate to be alone in the lunchroom with.

        Ivanka is not better, but she’s the one with DJT’s preferred international connections apparently (posted earlier this week here):

        • 114 cd4biden
          August 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

          And I often wonder what it has done to his 2 sons that daddy favors the daughter over them. Gotta really mess with their egos. Now I’m not saying she is better in any way than the boys…I’m just saying you gotta wonder.

      • 115 cd4biden
        August 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

        If you don’t know it, you can’t teach it.

    • 116 Don
      August 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Well then, globalcitizenlinda, allow me to attack them. Trump’s children are as empty and fucked up as he is. They don’t look like they think deeply, nor do they seem to give a fuck about anything that does not bring them money.

    • 118 globalcitizenlinda
      August 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      sentence is all mangled up, sorry to all the language patrol and English instructors out there;

      meant to say that attacking the children of presidential candidates is something most of us try to avoid

      • 119 arapaho415
        August 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

        Agree that singling out a politician’s child who is just living their own lives is not productive and might be vindictive.

        But Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric Trump are pubic faces for Trump and are fair game, especially since DJT appears to trust only his children, Roger Ailes and Roger Stone. So yes, in DJT’s case the children are just as relevant as he is in DJT’s so-called campaign (which in reality is his form of brand/self promotion and scam).

  51. 120 Don
    August 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Call me crazy but I want my President to be smart, elite, and come from the best schools this country has. I want my President to be exponentially smarter than me. I’m not interested in drinking a beer with my President, no; I don’t want my President to be one of the “guys” or “gals.” But more importantly I want my President to be blessed with common sense.

  52. August 20, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Rumor has it ….. 😉



    • August 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Hey NW …. looks like it’s fixed 🙂

    • 123 arapaho415
      August 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      GM Dr. Bob.

      In response to this:

      • 124 CEB
        August 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        For the past 62 years I have produced a Master’s Degree after being educated in neighborhood schools, worked for more than thirty years in local schools educating the next generation, purchased a home on my own (thank you President Clinton for the lst time homeowners program), and have been paying taxes since I was 19. This Southern African-American woman has produced throughout her life; you can move along after you show us your tax records.

    • 125 Don
      August 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Can you imagine the vig this guy has to pay once a month on those loans?

      vig: the interest payment on a loan from a loanshark (short for “vigorish”). Synonym: juice.

      • 126 cd4biden
        August 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

        Oh, Don, he probably just takes it from some place else to pay them. It’s called leverage, or so my brother tells me as he borrows against one thing to pay for the others. I keep telling him there’s this thing called a “house of cards” but he just poo poo’s me. Silly girl doesn’t understand high finance, he says. Me with a masters and a career in financial planning and taxes. What is it about greed that just shuts down so many of the brain cells, as GCL was asking above.

  53. 127 arapaho415
    August 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Another BFD — expect to see more between now and Jan 2017.

    • 128 cd4biden
      August 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      This is a BFD, arapaho. Wow! Thanks for the tweet!

      • 129 arapaho415
        August 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm

        GA CD4B.

        Yes, yes, wholeheartedly agree.

        Didn’t have time to elaborate when I posted this, but was thinking about some of the absolutely horrific circumstances that have been in the news recently — all because of a person was detained but had no money for bail.

        Can’t remember why Sandra Bland wasn’t released from custody before her “suicide” (will go to my grave believing that’s not what happened), but remember Kalief Browder’s suicide? Kalief Browder spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He had been arrested in the spring of 2010, at age sixteen, for a robbery he insisted he had not committed.

        Absolutely disgraceful. Our lawmakers and local officials seem to be incapable of moving the arc of justice even incrementally — as RanMan reminds us daily… Thank God Barack Obama Is Our President.


        • 130 cd4biden
          August 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm

          And thank you for educating me on another piece of history I did not know. I so love TOD and all those who contribute to this site.

  54. August 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I went searching to see if I could find what the trending was about. Primarily it was about Joy not allowing guests to say whatever they want — make up facts — without challenging them. I think this was the segment that caused the trending…

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