Early Bird Chat

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  1. August 29, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Interesting piece on how President Obama moves the chess pieces across the board for the long term:

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      August 29, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Great article, meta. Our President never considers any door closed or any journey too rocky.

    • 7 Obama Grandmama
      August 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Very strange, but interesting! Makes me wonder what is in it for them? Or are they also afraid, at last of Trump and GOP rule? Walmart is the one company I go out of my way to not shop at due to their treatment of employees, etc.

      • 8 Obama Grandmama
        August 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm

        Okay. Get it now. Read the article. Still do not like that their employee wages are so low that they counsel them to go on food stamps. No working person should have to be on food stamps, imo.

  2. 9 amk for obama
    August 29, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Drew Linzer is back. He was the best in 2012. Let’s see how he does this cycle.


  3. 17 amk for obama
    August 29, 2016 at 8:42 am

    At a glance, the two websites look virtually indistinguishable. Both feature a photo of Donald Trump, in a suit and red tie, in front of a giant American flag. Both seemingly offer a chance for two to win dinner with Donald Trump.

    One is at donaldjtrump.com; the other is at dinnerwithtrump.org.

    The first belongs to Trump’s campaign. The second is a scheme run by Ian Hawes, a 25-year-old Maryland man who has no affiliation with Trump or his campaign and who has preyed on more than 20,000 unsuspecting donors, collecting more than $1 million in the process.

    In just its first three weeks of operation, Hawes’ PAC spent more than $108,000 on Facebook ads, offering an opportunity to win “Dinner with Donald Trump” — and netted itself nearly $350,000 in donations, according to federal records.

    The biggest chunk of the money raised — $133,000 — went to a company that Hawes founded and owns, CartSoft LLC. The purpose of the payments is described on federal records as “media” and “media purchasing,” though CartSoft’s website describes itself as an online payment-processing platform.

    Since its launch, the PAC has collected more than $1 million, Hawes told POLITICO. It has reportedly spent $0 on behalf of Trump.


    • 18 desertflower
      August 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

      They seem perfect for each other. Thank you. CItizen’s United and the SC for this kind of mess…. Morning everyone. Congrats, Don. I feel like grumpy cat this morning….

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      August 29, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Morning, AMK. I hope this word gets out and both sites fail spectacularly.

      • 21 desertflower
        August 29, 2016 at 9:01 am

        I was in and out yesterday, but I wanted to say thank you to you for all your hard work on the Latin Festival:) You are a mighty powerhouse, jackieg! Glad that Alycee and Terri made it over to see you and participate. You are working to make a difference, and that means so much to so many. Great job!

        • 22 jackiegrumbacher
          August 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

          Df, thanks but, as you know, it takes many willing hands and hearts to pull off events like these and we had lots of volunteers who gave it their all. You have no idea how thrilled I was to meet Alycee and Terri–two of the nicest people you’d ever want to know. The Dem party in Delaware County PA had better watch out because Alycee is determined to light a match under them and I’m betting on Alycee to succeed.

          • 23 desertflower
            August 29, 2016 at 9:12 am

            I do know this:) I also know that you (all) put your hearts and souls into this….so pass along my congrats to all that make this a success year after year. No doubt Alycee is a force! Good for her:)

      • 25 amk for obama
        August 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

        GM jackie. Yup, I hope it pisses them off and more importantly, opens their eyes to what a scampaign he is running.

        • 26 jackiegrumbacher
          August 29, 2016 at 9:09 am

          When I first saw one of these Trump invites in my email, my first impulse was to gag. Who on earth would want to sit at a dinner table with that creep? The very idea is chilling.

    • 27 Obama Grandmama
      August 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      My first thought is a con being scammed by another con. Karma, serves Trump right! Although I know I would hate it if it were happening to Hillary!

    August 29, 2016 at 8:53 am


  5. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    August 29, 2016 at 9:01 am

    It’s interesting to see the range of emotions going on among real people as the campaign season gets close to post Labor Day frenzy. Some Democrats are terrified that Trump will win and wonder how they will feel about their neighbors who have put up Trump signs after this election is over. The worry I hear over and over again is, “How can I go back to feeling friendly with my neighbors now that they’ve virtually announced themselves to be bigots?” On the other side, my Republican nephew is voting Dem for the first time and is worried about what his party has
    become and how it will stop further Trumps in the future. Some Republican families are being torn apart as bolder members declare that they’re voting for Hillary. A friend’s Republican mother has stopped talking to her sister because she said she was voting Dem. Seems to me there’s going to be a lot of post election healing needed in families and neighborhoods on November 9.

    • 31 arapaho415
      August 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

      GM jackieg.

      What you’ve described is happening all over the country, unfortunately.

      Found it fascinating that your Congressional District sounds like the bellwether CD for the country. From Wikipedia:

      “Since at least the Second World War, the District’s voters have chosen the presidential candidate that goes on to win Pennsylvania (and until 2000, Pennsylvania chose the eventual national winner). In the 2004 election, both President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger, John Kerry, visited the district with regularity in an effort to win its swing voters. The result in the district was 148,679 votes for Kerry over 148,576 votes for Bush, a 103-vote margin of victory.”

      Just as the primaries were wrapping up, saw a tweet (alas, don’t remember from who) which quantified the percentage of GOP voters nationwide who handed this unhinged fraud the POTUS nomination — and it was a staggeringly low percentage.

      So a small percentage of Americans have succeeded in tearing the fabric of this country apart.

      My deepest hope is that the bigotry and fear of white nationalists is completely rejected by their children, who have vocal, irrational and barbaric parents.

      Thank you for tireless effort on behalf of Dems, and for on-the-ground reporting from such a key battleground CD (so much better than people paid a handsome sum for condoning the white supremacy that fuels GOP voters now).

    • 32 Don
      August 29, 2016 at 9:50 am

      This might sound bad but the few people I deal with as friends I deal with them on my terms. I just can’t see myself choosing to spend time with someone that votes Republican, what would be the point. This explains why I’m pretty much a loner. As a matter of fact I love my solitude.

      “My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.”

      Friedrich Nietzsche

      • 33 sherijr
        August 29, 2016 at 9:55 am

        My feelings also, Don. Try as I might, I just cannot take the company of repubs, never been able to be that amicable to folks I disagree with so wholeheartedly. Prefer my solidtude also.

      • August 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

        I hear you, Don. I recall in 2008 severing ties with someone I thought was a friend. She ran sort of a natural health store. I spent long hours in her store chatting with her. She proposed to have been a Democrat. I remember us talking about the Bush years, etc. Then came PBO. I went into her store shortly after the election. PBO had not even been sworn in yet. She started whining about the economy, the bank failings, etc. As the conversation continued, I noticed her veering to blaming PBO. I stopped her and told her that he had not even been sworn in yet. Then that woman fixed her mouth and called him the “Anti-Christ.” That was too much for me.

        I told her that I believed she was basing her objections to PBO solely on his race, from my point of view. And that as an AA person, I was offended. I walked out of her store, ended our friendship that day. I have not been back since. I have seen her once or twice in the local Publix store that we both frequent. Each time, she looked like she wanted to talk. Nope. Have not spoken to her since.

        • 35 Obama Grandmama
          August 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm

          I had a similar experience in 2008 once Obama was the Dem candidate. A person I had spent one day a week with for three years in an art group who I thought was a friend started sending me RW emails about Obama. I countered them with facts thinking she was listening to Limbaugh or Fox. I had moved away from the area a while before that and was scheduled to visit her and stay with her a few days that summer. The forwarded emails started to include the antiChrist and harsher messages instead of just the not having his hand over his heart and no flag pin message. My emails back were factual, calm emails not believing this was her own thinking. Then I got an email saying if I chose to worship this antiChrist instead of our Lord I was not welcome in their home! Last time I spoke or was in contact with her! I dug up the iris bulbs she gave me and got rid of them too. I thought I do not need to associate with that type of person, but was sad she thought that way.

          • 36 catrst
            August 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm

            This is happening to me too. I thought I was alone. I am so glad to hear other people discuss this. I always felt I should more or less just share in a calm way an alternate view of things if asked but I didn’t disassociate completely from many of the people that fell for the right wing message. I felt it was so ubiquitous in my rural GOP majority area that I must be the outlier and needed to tread lightly while giving my witness. I never shied away from stating my convictions but I also never felt the need to separate myself from many of these people. Now I do. Overwhelmingly so. I’ve been reading about this happening to others. Wondering if they can ever associate with someone again when they see the Trump sign go up for example. Its not just the people that identify with Trump, its the people that identify with Jill Stein as well. I know some Obama supporters that have gone down that route and I am now wondering if I just didn’t realize there was something strange about them.

            I have always tried to respect differing opinions drawing the line at hate speech and bigotry. Now I see these people almost in the way I saw in my minds eye those that supported the rise of the Nazis. I wasn’t old enough nor did I live in the right place to meet these people but I was haunted by the idea that there were people out there that would be okay with such horrific deeds. I feel an intense feeling of revulsion about this whole thing Trump movement. Maybe its all the years of pent up disgust at the treatment of the President. I don’t know. I don’t want to shop in this area anymore. Don’t want to even casually socialize with many of the peopel here. Been thinking of dropping out of community groups like a home ec club I belong to because any type of right wing attitude is too much for me these days and that’s what the majority opinion is here.

    • August 29, 2016 at 10:10 am

      That is so true JG. My son (not because he is mine), but is pretty level headed and tries to be tolerant of some of his friends in this deep red district of ours. But he’s had to literally unfriend couple of his Facebook friends, and told them so on his page that he could not abide some of the Trump ugliness they were pushing. And these are teenagers. Many were parroting their parents.

  6. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    August 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Sending all good thoughts and wishes to JO’B today as her son undergoes another procedure on his lungs.

  7. August 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats Don, 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 your mind, body and soul are re-energized, rejuvenated, and reinvigorated today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. 46 africa
    August 29, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Happy Monday TODers,

    Thanks, Nerdy.


  9. 47 amk for obama
    August 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

    guess it’s the effing pivot the 3rd rate media was pushing.

  10. 48 amk for obama
    August 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

  11. 49 amk for obama
    August 29, 2016 at 10:01 am

  12. August 29, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Keeping JOB and her son in my prayers.

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  14. August 29, 2016 at 10:23 am

  15. August 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

    PBO tops list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare — for the third time.

    I don’t know if this was shared here, if it was sorry for the double post. I have not had a computer for a couple of days now. Anyhow, this came in my company’s e-mail because the No. 3 person on the list is affiliated with us.


  16. August 29, 2016 at 10:53 am

    This guy. Still playing the most stupid games. UGH.

  17. August 29, 2016 at 11:03 am

    RUSSIA is at it again. This is really frightening.

  18. 67 GGAIL
    August 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thanks NW 😘

    Congrats JackieG on a successful Fiesta! So good to see Alycee & Terri 😘

    A yuuuug thanks to Purpleshoesla for posting the awesome review of the wonderful movie I enjoyed with her & jojo. Everyone should go see it. As a TODer, you’ll find yourself lost in the events and then surprised at something you learn that helps explain who Barack & Michelle is. The movie leaves you wanting more. I’m so happy I went with my girls 😘

  19. 68 amk for obama
    August 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

    • 69 CEB
      August 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      He who lives by the media, dies by the media. The so-called businessman failed to realize that it is all about the bottom line with the msm. If you can get them ratings, they will prop up everything that you do and say; when this changes or when you attack them, there is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. One of the many things that this ass failed to learn from PBO is how to deal with the media with a long-handled spoon and a way to go around them to the point that they are unnecessary.

  20. 70 GGail
    August 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Taking a moment here to let J”OB know that I’m sending up prayers for her and for her son. Let us know how he’s doing when you can J’OB ❤

  21. 71 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2016 at 11:51 am


  22. 72 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

    • 73 Ladyhawke
      August 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Donald Trump is healthy as a horse—just ask his personal physician, who sounds remarkably like Donald Trump.

      Dr. Bornstein said he wrote this in five minutes. (It shows.) Look, we aren’t medical professionals, but we found more than a few things voters should be concerned about.

      Let’s start with the letterhead:

    • 74 GGail
      August 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Excellent dissection 🙂

  23. 75 amk for obama
    August 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

    • 77 susanne
      August 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Kerry is incredibly tireless, with continuous travel and serious meetings. Nice they found a flattering photo of him for the article, because I bet he looks a bit haggard at the moment 🙂 .

  24. 78 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Hello TOD. Quite Nice in MN today. Partly Cloudy.
    Congrats, Don on your Furst Au ⭐
    Awesome Efficient Nerdy Wonka, Thank you.
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}

  25. 82 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    • 83 susanne
      August 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Beautiful day on the island! We drove across the saddle road yesterday, from Volcano back to Kohala, and passed the tiny, nearly invisible road to the station on Mauna Loa. There was rain, fog, blowing rain, and a heavy sky at that time– maybe it felt great after months in a dome, but I bet those folks are loving being out today!!

      • 84 arapaho415
        August 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

        GA Susanne.

        Behind, as usual…

        Keep us posted on this — heard on the radio this morning the possibility of this hurricane being on course for Hawaii when PBO arrives in Honolulu on Wednesday night, but didn’t hear @CBSradionews mention that Madeline is a *major* hurricane.

        Think AF1 will be well south of the storm, hoping the Big Island fares as well.

    • 85 mtmarilyn
      September 1, 2016 at 12:20 am

      One of the scientist I know. He is the grandson of a friend and he grew up here in Missoula. We have followed them the whole year. It was quite the project.

  26. 86 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I can’t say that I blame her. This is the 3rd time that Weiner is found publicly for Sexting, now with her son’s picture in the background? Anthony must be some sicko.

    • 87 cd4biden
      August 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      So sad for her, but necessary, especially for her son’s protection. I’ve been wondering for months how she is able to travel so much with Hillary and still see her son. It is going to be a hard next 72 days for her. So glad she has Hillary to talk to about this.

    • 88 idon
      August 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      I think she would have waited but their 4 y/o son was in one of the pics. Huma will be fine. I wish her the best.

  27. 89 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

  28. 90 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  29. 92 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    29Aug17, MJ would have been 58 yrs old today.
    WH Presser scheduled for 1:30 PM EDT today with Josh “The Voice” Earnest, LIVE

  30. 94 GGail
    August 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I have to say out loud – I adore the little girl in the Yoplait commercials 😀 😀

  31. 95 Claire
    August 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    So tired of the black athletes, like Hines Ward, who feel it is their responsibility to step forward and voice their disagreement with Kaepernick. I don’t understand the purpose of voicing their disagreement. I don’t find it helpful. I can understand offering support, but why come forward just to be negative?

    To me, you can either be an Ali or an OJ. One believed in a cause and acted upon it. Then others supported Ali. OJ also disparaged the cause, even after civil rights leaders asked him to join the cause. I don’t see that speaking negatively about Ali’s actions was helpful. It just made the white public at the time, more antagonistic towards Ali.

    I think the actions of athletes like Hines Ward will cause the public to react similarly towards Kaepernick.

    • 96 Don
      August 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      It is not easy to make a stand, I applaud anyone that makes a stand that will at some point cause them harm be it financially or otherwise. There have been times in my life where I didn’t take a stand because maybe I was afraid of the repercussions, and as time has passed I have now come to know that there wasn’t really anything to be afraid of. Being a union steward at work and an African American I speak out on issues that affect me on a personal level and my coworkers. It takes courage to walk into a boss’s office and tell him what you think is wrong, sometimes before I go into that office I have to take a deep breath and steady myself. So I applaud those that choose to make a stand.

      • 97 Claire
        August 29, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        SO PROUD OF YOU!!! It takes one person to stand and then we all have some one to lead. It took one person to start BLM.

    • 98 Sandy1110
      August 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I think athletes like Ward don’t want their cash cow to abandon them.

      It takes a lot of bravery to go against the system – you risk your income stream at minimum, not to mention all the incoming hate, which arrived right on time to help make Kaepernick’s point.

      So, in case he loses his livelihood, I think some are positioning themselves to protect theirs rather than be ostracized by association.

      Kaep was prepared; others can’t be as brave, whatever the reason.

    • 100 Linda
      August 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Francis Scott Key owned slaves and was an anti-abolistionist.

      We need to change the National Anthem to America the Beautiful…. (IMO)

  32. August 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    • 103 cd4biden
      August 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much, meta. My face hurts because my smile is so big, and this video fills me with joy. What a wonderful man he is.

  33. 105 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  34. 106 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm

  35. 107 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  36. 110 JER
    August 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  37. August 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Warm thoughts and prayers to JO’B and her son Steve today.

  38. August 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    • 113 CEB
      August 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Ben Rhodes is my Obama Administration’s Nerd crush. He is smart, earnest, dedicated and loyal. Like the rest of the Obama “Lifers,” he attached himself to PBO because he believed in him and his mission and wanted to be a part of moving our country forward, especially in our international relationships. I always get a feeling of a young man in a hurry when I read things about him. He is so passionate about re-defining our relationships with some countries and building new ones with others to our mutual benefit. It is so obvious that PBO cares for him very much as seen in the joyful photos of PBO with Rhodes’ daughter Ella (PBO had kept asking him when he was going to bring her to see him) and the one of him tying Ben’s tie.

      • August 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        Yes, I love Ben, too. And today Brian Deese was also incredibly impressive. Love his posture and voice and authoritative presentation on all things related to climate. What a team we’ve witnessed over the years. TOP NOTCH.

    • 115 Linda
      August 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      On August 24, Myanmar had a 6.8 earthquake. American media has ignored it and only talked about Italy.

      I wonder why. Not enough dead people for the US media ? 3 Dead, 170 Ancient Temples Destroyed……no biggie ?

      I am totally disgusted by our media

  39. August 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm

  40. 118 Nena20409
    August 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I liked him in Stir Crazy.

  41. 120 FoxfireTX
    August 29, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Good day TOD! We are having crazy thunderstorms here today but not minding them, we need the rain and it is a nice break from the heat.

    I’ve watched everyone’s posts on “Southside with You” with interest. I am not inclined to see it at this point because I’d much rather watch the real Barack and Michelle while we can:-) Thinking about saving it until they leave the WH and I am in withdrawal. We’ll see.

    Interesting read from Time magazine which I think we can all agree with: “Donald Trump Losing by a Landslide Would Heal the Nation”

    Nothing that many of us haven’t dreamed of but there are some things it is nice to see the MSM admit, such as:

    “Another component of the Republican strategy has been to publicly attack President Obama incessantly in the most vile of terms. Many Republicans have abandoned any and all vestiges of dignity, decorum and respect, and hurled attacks at Obama as if he were an invading Mongol from a foreign land intent upon the destruction of nothing less than civilization itself. The abandonment of any semblance of propriety has been utterly astounding.

    Regardless of one’s political views, Obama has certainly not deserved such appalling treatment. Of course, one can disagree with Obama, but he is clearly a man of integrity, intelligence and compassion who is genuinely attempting to improve the lives of the people of this nation. Honest disagreements could well be made within the bounds of rectitude.”


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