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143 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 5 whenpamelawandered
    September 15, 2016 at 9:52 am


  2. 6 donna dem 4 obama
    September 15, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Bringing this over

    Good Morning TOD

    I have heard from our Dudette

    She did have a health issue that she has been dealing with the last couple of weeks but is now home recovering. She very much appreciates our concern and looking out for her. She says to tell everyone that she will be back with us soon.

    Sending healing thoughts her way❤❤❤

    • 7 57andfemale
      September 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Thank God! Sending healing and positive energy to our dear Dudette.

    • 8 desertflower
      September 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Thanks, donna:) Hugs to you, dear Dudette. Hope you’re feeling like your spry self really soon:)

    • 9 hopefruit2
      September 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Gm donna, and thanks for the update. Glad to hear that Dudette is getting better and hopes to be back soon! Sending warm, healing vibes her way for further recovery. 🙂

    • 10 whenpamelawandered
      September 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

      ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️ {{{ Dudette }}}

    • September 15, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Thanks so much, Donna. So sorry to hear she’s had a health issue but relieved to hear she’s on the mend.

      Sending you highest healing, dear {{{{Dudette}}}} We miss you and you are in our thoughts!!

    • September 15, 2016 at 10:27 am

      thank you so much for the report Donna….please tell duddette….that i wish her a speedy recovery and that i miss her music…smilin

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      September 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Feel better soon and hurry back, sweet Dudette! Thanks, Baby O’Donna for letting us know. ❤

    • September 15, 2016 at 10:53 am

      So relieved to hear from her. Thank you Donna (and everyone else who tried to contact her) for reaching out and for getting back to us.

      Dudette: we miss our Song Bird; get well soon.

    • 15 GGail
      September 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

      GM Donna, how all is well with you & yours (((Donna)))
      And thanks so very much for the report on our Dudette. I’ve been meaning to email her and, well, life kept interrupting. I will correct that today!

    • 16 mtmarilyn
      September 15, 2016 at 11:45 am

      She texted me back too. She’ll be back just taking time to heal. So keep her in your thoughts. We do miss her.

    • 17 Nena20409
      September 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Donna for providing Us with this news.
      {{{{{ ❤ Lady Duttette ❤ }}} Be well.

    • September 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Just woke up from my nap and found I had a text response from Dudette. Glad I scrolled before posting. Was so relieved to hear from her, and am thankful that she’s on the mend. Prayers for her complete recovery.

    • 19 susanne
      September 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for letting her know we are thinking of her, donnadem!

    • 20 sjterrid
      September 15, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, Donna.

      Dudette, I’m so sorry that you have been dealing with medical issues. Glad you are home recovering. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. September 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Hillary suppose to be in North Carolina to speak, do anyone know what time?

  4. 23 desertflower
    September 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Let’s discuss. This terrified little girl is just a prop. She doesn’t want to touch him OR be near him. Very apparent. He is an evil, self serving man….and I just the word “man” very loosely.

    • 24 desertflower
      September 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

      He’s holding her wrist! Like he grabbed her against her will… and forced her to have her picture taken. Parents should sue him. Gee, he’s so good at reading “body language” ….can he figure this one out?

      • 25 idon
        September 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

        Yes he has her by the wrist which indicates she is not a willing participant and had to be forced to even go near him. This reminds me of the dutch captains who used little African babies about her age or younger as “belly warmers” or the slave masters who could take a black child from its mother or father for any reason and do what they will. If you have ever been a victim of child molestation, child rape or rape as an adult woman, you always remember how they grabbed you, usually by the WRIST. No one of any race should allow their children near Donald Trump EVAR! I apologize for my rant.

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      September 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

    • 27 CEB
      September 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Hillary would have been looking at the little girl, maybe gently touching her face or holding her ( I have seen photos of her doing so) and if PBO were there should would be holding onto his leg and smiling up at him while he would have his hand on her head or any of the other many natural poses that we have seen of him and kids over the years. She looks frightened and confused. That wrist holding is a total stalker-prey move, ugh! He is ignoring her and looking straight into the camera. I feel so sorry for this child; she is nothing but a prop to him.

      • 32 CEB
        September 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        She just sparkled when she met PBO. These two very different encounters is all that we need to know about both men. Children always know, don’t they?

        DT is already lying about the pastor from yesterday. Everyone should stop thinking that there will be any circumstance in which this blight on the human race, will not lie, steal, cheat, or be a complete douche. Stop expecting him to be a decent human being and go on to bring him down at all cost (within the rule of law, of course).

        • 33 GGail
          September 15, 2016 at 1:22 pm

          So true CEB. Children always know. I love how giddy and playful she was with PBO and my heart breaks just looking at the questioning fear she has on her face with Trump.

          He’s going down CEB. YES. WE. MUST!

  5. 34 whenpamelawandered
    September 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Okay then: Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon, 16 September 2016, 24.20 Pisces. This eclipse is visible at Moonset from the Pacific Ocean, eastern Australia (99ts), Indonesia, and northeastern Asia; during full eclipse from eastern Australia (99ts) and Indonesia, the Indochinese Peninsula, central Asia, eastern Europe, Indian Ocean, and western Africa; and during Moonrise from eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and the easternmost part of South America. Credit to Jim Maynard, 2016 Celestial Guide (except the parts I added 99ts 😋😂🤗) So, for those of us who only get to feel the eclipse energy instead of seeing it: 3:05pm ET. 12:05pm PT. And there youhave it! 🙏🕉📿❤📿🕉🙏

  6. 37 hopefruit2
    September 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! Congrats Sir Don on #1, and Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂

  7. 38 desertflower
    September 15, 2016 at 10:01 am


  8. 39 desertflower
    September 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

  9. 40 desertflower
    September 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

  10. 44 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 10:16 am


    Here are some useful links to help you stay informed and up-to-date about the Clinton/Kaine Campaign. Knowledge is power.

    1) HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN (Learn about Hillary’s vision for America.)




    3) SMARTPHONE MOBILE APP (Take small actions every day, help us win this election and make history.)


  11. 45 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

    4) THE BRIEFING (fact checks, factsheets, memos, statements, updates, videos)



    5) CORRECT THE RECORD (A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC.)



    6) HILLARY CLINTON YOUTUBE CHANNEL (Lots of videos and ads.)


  12. 46 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 10:18 am


    8) HILLARY “WITH HER” PODCASTS (Interviews with Hillary on the campaign trail.)






  13. September 15, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Happy Thursday TODers

    GM Nerdy and thanks!!


  14. 50 Allison
    September 15, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she wouldn’t be bound by President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and hinted she would look elsewhere if she takes office in January with the seat still unfilled.

    Clinton said she would “look broadly and widely” for a nominee if she has the opportunity to make “any” Supreme Court nominations, when asked about Garland in a radio interview aired today on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.


  15. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    September 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

  16. 52 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    September 15, 2016 at 10:33 am

  18. September 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Oh, man…..

    • 55 CEB
      September 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Media dominance does not equate to dominance in GOTV. He is being stuffed down everyone’s throat by the media (those who are still watching anything which gets fewer every day as this travesty plays out), but that does not mean that everyone will swallow.

    • 56 Don
      September 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Why even admit such a thing publicly, have they not watched how President Obama campaigned the last two election cycles?

  19. September 15, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Reid out of Fs to give

  20. 58 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

  21. 59 JER
    September 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  22. 60 desertflower
    September 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Still…we must all work hard down till the last minute….no complacency. Humiliation is key and dominance of down ticket races. Don’t want these people EVER thinking they can crawl back again.


  23. 62 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 10:45 am

  24. 63 desertflower
    September 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

    From Sam Wang.

    Help with Congressional Races. Find tight ones here…Pitch in if you can:)


  25. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    September 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Pardon my rant but I need to get this off my chest this morning!

    My frustration level today is off the charts with the treatment that Hillary is getting by our media in this campaign. Anyone who believes that public perception isn’t swayed by what they see on cable or read on the internet is just not paying attention. I heard a reporter say on a radio show yesterday that he feels the reason the media is holding Hillary to a different standard than Trump is because they think she is going to win so they are scrutinizing her more. I almost ran my car off the road. Their logic is ludicrous. So today we wake up to polls (skewed or not) showing that Trump is actually leading nationally and in a couple of battleground states. So how is holding that reality tv celebrity to a different standard working out for ya MSM? Think about this, in the last two weeks we have had discovery of a fine from the IRS for donating to a campaign out of his charity, a report by a fantastic reporter from the WPost about how Trump is not donating money but instead using other peoples money to make it look like he is donating, another fine reporter did a story seriously looking into Trumps business practices and the potential conflict of interests they would pose should he god-forbidden win the Presidency, a lingering story out there that the MSM will not touch about a rape case, straight up insults black people with his bogus pretending to care about what we have to lose and last but not least refusing to release his taxes while playing the media over his health records.

    BTW she is still leading in the electoral map but if she doesn’t win by a big enough margin we will not win the Senate back. So we do need to win FL and OH in my opinion.

    So to cleanse my mind I plan to try and go see FLOTUS tomorrow at George Mason University if I can get all of my work done today.

    Thank God that Thursday is my volunteer day. I’ll be around good people this evening who ignore the noise and work hard to GOTV.

    THIS says it all right here!

    • 65 hopefruit2
      September 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Righteous Rant! Donna, I FULLY echo your sentiments, and I had a similar reaction to yours regarding the lame excuse about the media holding HRC to a different standard because they think she will be President. This is UTTER RUBBISH!!! Even if that were true (which it isn’t), they are BOTH running for President – the elections have not been held yet, so the media has no business with different standards based on who they think will or won’t win. This is unprofessional and unethical. PERIOD.

      I’m truly hoping that the surrogate campaign blitz (FLOTUS, POTUS, VP Biden, Warren, Sanders) planned for the coming weeks will circumvent the media’s B.S., and wake up these voters who seem completely oblivious to the media’s shenanigans.

      • 66 GGail
        September 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

        Thanks Donna for your rant. I do find that Phonebanking helps to keep my positive outlook bright & shiny regarding the election. However, I will be soooooo glad come November 9th and this nightmare is ovah!

        HF, one of the area’s we cover during our Phone Banks is to make sure the caller is aware of Hillary’s accomplishments and Trumps smoke & mirrors.

        Much like we did when we were calling for Senator & then President Obama. Having a card or piece of paper with Hillary’s accomplishments & Trumps bullshyt is easy to refer to.

        Be the Change We Need. Participate in the Campaign. Even if you aren’t comfortable making phone calls, you can work in the headquarters store, assist the staff who organizes the door-to-door campaign, bring your laptop and input data.

    • 67 FoxfireTX
      September 15, 2016 at 11:56 am

      I’m with you Donna, Had a similar rant last night on previous thread. The way the media has tried to destroy Hillary from the day she announced is mind boggling. They endlessly repeat that she is untrustworthy and dishonest, do their best to cast anything they can with this narrative, and then ask why the voters view her as dishonest and untrustworthy. The way this race has played out can be laid directly at the feet of the despicable media in this country. I can’t even take Rachel anymore. To them, it is all a game, with no concern about the real world consequences to our country, its people and the world if Trump ends up elected. But I also add Bernie into the mix. I hope he pays big time down the road for the things he said about her during the primary. Her biggest issue is with millennials and for that we have Bernie to thank.

    • September 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      You speak for me. It’s an outrage and gross negligence. Nick Kristof has a column today where he calls out press for their enabling of an “abnormal” candidate like Trump. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/opinion/when-a-crackpot-runs-for-president.html?smid=fb-share

  26. September 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Honestly, it doesn’t get more pretentious than this:

  27. 76 vcprezofan2
    September 15, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Thursday Greetings….. again, everyone! 🙂

  28. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    September 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Nothing will bring her back to her family.

  29. 81 Allison
    September 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

    President Obama Delivers Remarks at the 2016 Our Ocean Conference


  30. 83 hopefruit2
    September 15, 2016 at 11:09 am

    LOL – So Little Eddie Snowjob wants to come home…he’s tired of the lil’ boycave that Putin stuck him in Russia…he has a “fine” selection of has-beens, wannabes, leftwing nuts and Libertarian rightwing nuts pushing for a pardon from none other than President Obama, of course…

    The same President who that sniveling brat wanted to embarrass back in 2013…

    I say let him rot in Russia, or come to the US and face the music like any felon who knowingly broke the law. I have no sympathy for entitled narcissists.

  31. 89 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 11:35 am


  32. September 15, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Beauty Break

  33. 94 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 11:51 am

    • 95 0388jojothecat
      September 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

      My mother is soooooo pissed off at Dr. OZ and now refuses to watch his show…..GOOD ON YOU MOM!

    • 98 Obama Grandmama
      September 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      I saw Lawrence O’Donnell’s Show yesterday where he brought on the lawyer son of the immigration lawyer that defended John Lennon that has taken on Melania Trump’s case. He made a point of saying he will be voting for Hillary and is a Democrat. He also pointed out Melania is in total compliance and was at that time. The two parts that make me wonder is why did he make a big deal about planning to vote for Hillary? And it seems suspicious to me that the editor of the paper showing the dates of Melanias’s photo shoot in question were revised to a year later which suddenly made everything in compliance. That seemed a little too quick and simple of a solution to me.

  34. 99 vcprezofan2
    September 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Some of you may remember that Offspring and I spent the summer watching several (all) seasons of The West Wing, so of course when he ran across this he sent it on to me. I haven’t watched it yet – may keep it for my weekend treat (it’d better be good).

    Hey CD4Biden, did you see this?

    • 100 mtmarilyn
      September 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Tell offspring, thank you, thank you. I did listen to this awhile ago so am anxious to

      • 101 vcprezofan2
        September 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm

        You bet I will, Marilyn! Hope you are enjoying the remaining warm days of summer, as they’ll likely soon be gone. I have already started to experience a bit of “freshness’ in the morning air.

        • 102 mtmarilyn
          September 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm

          I had to leave and didn’t totally finish my post. We were avid West Wing watchers when it was on. Still love to go back and rewatch those wonderful episodes.

    • 103 cd4biden
      September 17, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Hi VC,
      Thanks for this. I hadn’t seen it. Been swamped, and just beginning to get caught up at TOD. You are a dear to post this. Can’t wait to watch it this weekend. Love anything “West Wing” related. Hope you and offspring are doing well.

  35. 104 JER
    September 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

    When Donald Trump turned his speech into a Hillary Clinton bashing session, Rev. Faith Green Timmons was there to get him back on track.

  36. September 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Compare and contrast:

  37. 114 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm

  38. 115 Nena20409
    September 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Hello TOD Community.
    I can’t thank you enough for your tenacity, NW. 🍸
    Congrats, Don, Gold ⭐ is yours 😉
    {{{{{ ❤ Chips & Dudette ❤ }}}}}
    WH presser with Josh "The Voice" Earnest is LIVE, starting shortly.

    • 116 Ladyhawke
      September 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      I can just imagine the jackals rolling their eyes as Josh Earnest is giving these facts about the progress made under the Obama administration. The media firewall prevents this vital information from getting to the American people.

  39. 117 vcprezofan2
    September 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    BBL – lunchtime

    (just for a smile for some)

    Children in Church

    A little boy was in a relative’s wedding.
    As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps,
    stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar.
    So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle.
    As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit.
    When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said,
    “I was being the Ring Bear.”


    Six-year old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel , were sitting together in church.
    Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud.
    Finally, his big sister had had enough.
    “You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.”
    “Why? Who’s going to stop me?” Joel asked.
    Angie pointed to the back of the church and said,
    “See those two men standing by the door?
    They’re hushers.”

  40. 118 Ladyhawke
    September 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I’ll file this under tell us something we don’t know.

  41. 119 Nena20409
    September 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

  42. 120 JER
    September 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    NOW: Tim Kaine Participates in Round Table Event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=7

  43. 121 Nena20409
    September 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  44. 122 JER
    September 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    On Sept. 15, 1963, American terrorists bombed a Birmingham church killing 4 innocent black girls. Two more black youths were murdered that same night. Ku Klux Klan chapter, Klavern 13, had helped Birmingham earn the nickname “Bombingham.”

  45. September 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I’m going to be focussing on GOTV on twitter until the deadlines to register have passed. I would encourage all of us to start this process across all our media pages. Thank you!!

  46. 128 CEB
    September 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    We are going to have to pace ourselves so that we do not become sick with anxiety and angst about this election. paying too much attention to the media can cause depression, make us feel that nothing matters and that evil will once again consume us. Our fears are stocked by the rabid influx of DT mania 24/7 and if we are not careful, we will turn our anger and frustration on Hillary, who more than any of us, is being victimized by all of this. We must remind ourselves of what PBO and OFA have taught us about how to conduct ourselves during a campaign. It also helps to step away from it all and attend to the other parts of our lives and to take nature beauty breaks. There is much more that is good about our country than there is that is bad, and I say this as an A-A woman of certain age who lives in the South. Like PBO, though I know that DT is a grave danger to our country and to much of the world, I am more optimistic than pessimistic about our combined future. Remember, we helped a little-known, bi-racial man, with a Muslim name become president of these United States twice. Surely, we can bring it home for an experienced and proven woman over a know-nothing blow-hard.

  47. 131 Nena20409
    September 15, 2016 at 1:17 pm

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    September 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm

  49. 136 Nena20409
    September 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm

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    September 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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    September 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

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