114 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

  2. 2 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

  3. 4 whenpamelawandered
    October 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

  4. 5 Judith Fardig
    October 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    AMK is wearing the gold again! Happy Weekend, TOD!

  5. 6 desertflower
    October 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    News Flash for the people still in deep denial….

  6. 7 desertflower
    October 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm


    “Her thesis, impressively backed by careful research and a wealth of rich anecdote, is that the Kochs and their network of billionaires have ALREADY bought the American political system: the House, the Senate, many state legislatures, the systems of legislative and Congressional redistricting and significant beachheads in American higher education. Only the White House has eluded their grasp, though now most of the Republican candidates are dependent on their largesse and responsive to the policy demands of the plutocrats who bankroll all except Trump. Further, she argues that what we once knew as the Republican Party is, in effect, being supplanted by a private party of billionaires who use its machinery but have little use for the traditional political tools of compromise and negotiation. Why? Because they want what they want, hate government and don’t really care if it works.

    THIS is what journalism looks like.

    • 8 99ts
      October 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Hi df

      I’ve always thought the group (whose name escapes me) that write most of the rw legislation have much to do with the takeover of the GOP. The latest impact is passing a bill that no-one in the legislature seems to have read. Combine this with the funding of the legislators by those with money – the results are what we see today

  7. October 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  8. 10 vcprezofan2
    October 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Saturday Greetings from a rainy, chilly north! Wishing *you* the Saturday of your dreams! 🙂

  9. October 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  10. October 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    When a man shows you who he is, believe him

    Liberal Librarian
    September 30, 2016

    Well, Donald Trump held on. He held on by the skin of his teeth. You knew it was coming. You knew it was inevitable. But it was glorious to watch him barely control himself.

    This morning at around 5am EDT, the dam broke loose. Trump finally went on the tirade he’d been holding back for four days. And the subject of his ire wasn’t, of course, the woman who had shellacked him in the debate, but another woman, a Latina, a former employee, who had dared to speak out against him.

    Nothing Trump says or does shocks any longer. And that’s a grave problem. The outrageous, the outright evil, has been normalized. It’s become routine. We’ve been deadened to the lies, the vitriol, the incitement. Now Alicia Machado is the target of his rage. But next week it will be someone else. There’s always someone to blame for his failures. He never fails; those around him fail him, or conspire against him. He is the great, virtuous knight, sent to save a fallen America from itself. Anyone who gainsays him is a subhuman to be crushed.

    Imagine if Barack Obama went on a tirade like this. Hell, imagine if George W. Bush did. Our politics have become so debased in only eighteen months that we barely notice this. It now seems normal that a presidential candidate goes on Twitter rampages, releasing his dark id for all the world to see. Any half-decent media would have mocked Trump off the stage at the inception of his campaign. And, at first, he was mocked. He was seen as a joke candidate.

    It’s only when his hateful message gained traction that the media took notice. And it took notice not by being aghast, but by seeing ratings gold. It mainlined Trump like the worst junkie. It rode him to its highest ratings in years. Trump was good for business.

  11. October 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Quick Takes: Trump Gets Outplayed By Women
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    September 30, 2016 4:45 PM

    * Joan Walsh does a great job of explaining why Donald Trump is having a meltdown.

    It’s no accident that three of Trump’s victims – Machado, the Khan family, and Judge Gonzalo Curiel – are not white. Hostility to minorities is the animating energy of the campaign. But the candidate’s derangement over Machado surpasses his prior breakdowns – for a good reason. A woman he once controlled, quite literally – making her exercise in front of the media, to prove she was taking his demands to lose weight seriously – is defying him publicly. Another woman, Hillary Clinton, refused to slink into obscurity after her husband humiliated her (last year Trump shared a fan’s tweet asking, “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”) and is currently leading him in the race for the presidency.

    * Josh Marshall makes a similar point.

    Trump hit a brick wall in Monday night’s debate. He didn’t prepare. It took Hillary Clinton, a woman he’d spent weeks calling frail and weak, only 15 or 20 minutes to knock him off stride and reduce him to a defensive posture for the rest of the debate…She dominated him in front of more than 80 million people. His inability to contain or damage her kept him angry and unfocused, flailing through the encounter…

    For Trump, Machado must be like a terrifying nightmare: a strong, beautiful Latina, draped in an American flag, who is intent on hurting him but who he is incapable of injuring.

    …The sum of all these facts – the debate defeat, the fight with Machado, the faltering polls – seem to be propelling Trump into a new rage spiral, rooted in narcissistic injuries, seemingly catalyzing itself, reinforcing itself in spiraling cycles of rage and self-injury.

  12. 15 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  13. October 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    * When Dorothy Rabinowitz writes this in the Wall Street Journal, you might want to check on the temperature in hell.

    The end of the election is now in sight. Some among the anti-Hillary brigades have decided, in deference to their exquisite sensibilities, to stay at home on Election Day, rather than vote for Mrs. Clinton. But most Americans will soon make their choice. It will be either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton—experienced, forward-looking, indomitably determined and eminently sane. Her election alone is what stands between the American nation and the reign of the most unstable, proudly uninformed, psychologically unfit president ever to enter the White House.

    Yep. That’s about it.

  14. 17 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  15. October 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Yes, This is Really Happening/Trump’s Basket of Inexplicables – Real Time with Bill Maher

    • 19 99ts
      October 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Bill can be good when he stays with GOP politicians that deserve his tongue lashing – other times – horrible

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  19. October 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Hillary Clinton for the WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend …

  20. October 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Why, because they’re not being allowed to pivot? Because their Trump talking point lies are getting shut down more often? Because their candidate is so crazy that even they can no longer attempt to explain him?

  21. 34 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm

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  28. 46 hopefruit2
    October 1, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Good evening Nerdy & TOD! Happy October 1st everyone! 🙂

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  31. October 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Folks just can’t face the history of the USA…

    • October 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Indications they believe Trump will lose.

    • 52 arapaho415
      October 1, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      GE PF58.

      Not surprising, since this article refers to after HRC is President-elect. Lame-duck Senate (especially if Dems take the majority in that body) will fall all over themselves to confirm Garland, fearful HRC will nominate a qualified candidate whose views are “too far left.”

      Hope most ancient Senators up for re-election (such as one of the worse impediments for voting on Merrick Garland, Chuck Grassley) next month will be planning their retirement instead.

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  33. 54 Dudette
    October 1, 2016 at 6:51 pm

  34. October 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    How did trump get this tape of Hillary slamming millennials? Or have they had it for awhile and are now using it to change the subject?

    • 60 99ts
      October 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Dear heavens jovie – SHE DIDN’T slam Millennials – read up the rest of the thread and you’ll see it all in context.- Hillary isn’t stupid like Donald – she doesn’t slam anyone – why do you believe ANYTHING said by the GOP

    • 61 hopefruit2
      October 1, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Hillary didn’t slam millennials. She empathized with the difficulty that some young adults have had finding decent paying jobs that will allow them to live independently.

      Trump and his minions decided to twist HRC’s words. Trust me, that won’t make a difference.

      • October 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        Did she say they live in there mothers basement? I’m just asking that’s why I come here to find out & ask questions? 👌

        • 63 hopefruit2
          October 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm

          Yes, she said many of them live in their parents’ basements because they can’t find decent paying jobs to sustain independent living. She used the basement to illustrate her overall point about not being able to find work – not to “slam” millennials.

          • October 1, 2016 at 8:16 pm

            So the overall point I agree with it was just in artful .
            And also some millennials are being big old babies this election.
            That’s my opinion- I doubt trump will use that.

            • 65 99ts
              October 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm

              No your point was wrong – if you want to be negative about the dems in this election don’t bring it here. I think our Ms Chips mentioned that many many times

        • 66 99ts
          October 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

          The complete speech is on a comment on this thread – if you want information – read it

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  36. October 1, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    This is truly a travesty…

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  39. October 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    This is some kind of twisted delusion:

  40. October 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm


    • 83 99ts
      October 1, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      So wrong to stop people from voting because of past deeds. This is the Australian law

      If you are serving a full-time prison sentence of less than three years you can vote in federal elections.
      If your sentence is three years or longer, you can remain on the roll but you are not entitled to vote until you are released from prison.

      • October 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

        Wow, that’s pretty progressive!

        • 85 99ts
          October 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm

          Used to be 12 months meta – not sure when it changed to 3 years – but even if in jail people are still citizens – and probably more than many of us – they are impacted by which party is in power. I was somewhat amazed to find that in some US states AFTER people are released they cannot vote. Another form of gerrymander.

  41. 86 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  42. 87 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

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  44. 89 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm

  45. 92 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    keep digging ….

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  47. 99 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

  48. 100 hopefruit2
    October 1, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    • 101 99ts
      October 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      I gather he has already done this hf

      • 102 Obama Grandmama
        October 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm

        Right! Mr Trump will fix the tax codes since he knows how to beat paying taxes. Fix it for whom? You think he will fix it so the rich and his own families will pay their fair share of taxes? What in his past has ever shown him to be selfless? And do not tell me about his charity foundation with other people’s donated money he uses as his personal slush fund to pay for lawsuits and paintings.

  49. 103 hopefruit2
    October 1, 2016 at 10:15 pm

  50. 104 hopefruit2
    October 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm

  51. 105 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    and the ‘taxed enough already’ rubes are/were funding his campaign and his literally golden lifestyle.

  52. 106 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

  53. 107 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 10:44 pm

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  55. 109 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm

  56. 110 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm

  57. 111 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    This is what the HRC and her surrogates should be hitting on 24×7. Destroy the myth.

  58. 112 amk for obama
    October 1, 2016 at 11:10 pm

  59. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    October 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm

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