Rise and Shine: Happy St Patrick’s Day from Henry and Stephen

Henry Healy greets his eighth cousin, President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, after their arrival in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011 (Photo: Pete Souza)


Whaddya mean it’s too early for a Rise and Shine?! It’s already St Patrick’s Day in Ireland! Catch up!


A St Patrick’s Day word from Henry Healy:

Happy St Patrick’s Day from the Ancestral Home of President Obama.

Hi everyone, I wanted to share my St Patrick’s Day greetings with you all.

When I think back to the visit of the president to Moneygall and the amazing journey I have had from visiting last St Patrick’s Day and attending the inauguration this year I am eternally grateful.

As I go to the White House on Tuesday I will be thinking of the great people and experiences I have had and all of you here at TOD have been part of it.

I hope that those of you with Irish Heritage have a fantastic St Patrick’s Day and those of you without Irish Heritage put on the green and join in and celebrate with us.



You can follow Henry on Twitter here


At The Dubliner bar, Washington DC, March 17, 2012



A St Patrick’s Day word from Canon Stephen Neill, the man who discovered President Obama’s Irish roots:

To all my friends at The Obama Diary, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy St. Patrick’s Day. We in Ireland are constantly amazed and encouraged by the warmth and hospitality extended to us as a nation by the people of the United States. President Obama has embraced this important relationship and the ongoing hospitality he affords to his Moneygall friends and relations is hugely appreciated. I had the privilege of a visit to the White House myself last month and was very grateful to members of the Obama administration who facilitated this for me at very short notice.

We in Moneygall are delighted that Henry Healy will once again be meeting the President at the official reception for St. Patrick’s day and look forward to perhaps another presidential visit to Moneygall during this second term of office. The visit in 2011 was a transformative experience for the people in this area and the fruits of that are still to be seen. It is a community that was energized and inspired by your President and the First Lady.

On this St. Patrick’s Day when people of all creeds and backgrounds in this land are united by a love of their country we pray that President Obama will find his Irish roots a source of blessing and inspiration as he too seeks to unite the people of the United States in that most important quest for the good and prosperity of all people. May God bless you all.

Canon Stephen Neill (Rector of Moneygall)


You can follow Stephen on Twitter here


Reverend Canon Stephen Neill shows President Barack Obama his Irish ancestral records at Ollie Hayes’s Pub in Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland, May 23, 2011 (Photo: Pete Souza)


Endless thanks to Henry and Stephen for passing on their good wishes to everyone at TOD, they are two completely lovely gentlemen.



Some day soon, I hope, I’ll find sufficient words to thank LovelyPlains, UTAustinLiberal, Amk and LiberalLibrarian for all they’ve done this week, but for now I’m struggling. Seriously, I don’t even know where to begin. All I can say to them is, thank you so much – you’re just amazingly kind people, and between you, you’ve kept this place going in my absence. And a couple of them had never posted on a blog before, but set about teaching themselves how do it while I disappeared. Needless to say, they are all welcome to post here any time they wish, I’m honored to have them contribute here and it’s a way better place for it.


Embarrassingly, I still haven’t replied to a whole bunch of people who offered the kindest of words and/or offers to help with the blog – I am truly sorry, but I will try VERY hard to reply in the next day or two. Thank you, sincerely, for your support, it meant everything.


Will catch up with you all in the next day or two, love ya.

261 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Happy St Patrick’s Day from Henry and Stephen”

  1. 11 LDS
    March 17, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Congrats gobrooklyn!

  2. March 17, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Is féidir linn, everybody! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

  3. 15 LDS
    March 17, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Ms. Chips, is that you? Happy SPD!
    One of my favorite videos…….

  4. March 17, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Hi Chips, Henry and Stephen. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Henry, give the President a kiss for me. 🙂

  5. March 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Happy SPD Chipsticks, TOD…….. dont drink to much tomorrow and make sure you have DD to get you home.

  6. 19 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Welcome back, blog tyrant.

    Sozzled to the brim yet ?

  7. 23 LDS
    March 17, 2013 at 12:39 am

    P.S. Love you back!

  8. 24 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 12:40 am

    HELLOOOOO….just came home from a long day out and welcome back Chips! Because of the fantastic work of our extraordinary TODers, The Lovely Plains, UT, Liberal Librarian and amk, we were able to carry on as usual while our Chips got some well-deserved rest, but so happy to see you back here with us and in great spirits!! Very fitting for our St. Patrick’s Day celebration 🙂

    Thank you cousin Henry and Stephen for your good wishes and wishing you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and hope that Henry is enjoying his visit to the US and the WH 🙂

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      March 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

      HF, have to echo what you said about the great work of LP, UT, LL and amk and the happiness of having Chips back. Our sixth-month old grandbaby has been keep us hopping this weekend, so haven’t had time to do more than click in quickly to try to keep up. Baby care was so much easier when I was in my twenties. Wow do I feel the old muscle, bone aches this weekend.

  9. 26 susanne
    March 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

    chipsticks! welcome back, and did you bring the beer? 🙂

  10. 28 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Our President loves love from the people. And the people in turn love to give him love. And he in turn loves to give love back to the people.

  11. 29 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 12:54 am

    People are sleeping now. But they will wake up to this beautiful Rise n Shine 🙂

    • 30 nathkatun7
      March 17, 2013 at 2:58 am

      Hopefruit, there are some people like us on West Coast who are still up. Before we go to bed we are already delighted to see Chips back. Of course by the time people in the East Rise and Shine we will be sleeping having already enjoyed “this beautiful Rise n Shine.”

  12. March 17, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Top o’ the mornin’ to all who love the Irish, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  13. March 17, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Wonderful Chips!!! In your honor, The Corrs at Royal Albert Hall on St Patrick’s Day …

    #FORWARD … Together

  14. 35 utaustinliberal
    March 17, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Welcome back Chiparooo! Thank you for the kind words; you are indeed a wonderful and special human being. It has been my pleasure to help in the running of your blog in the interim while you recharged your batteries. Anytime you need help, just shout out. 😀 I hope you have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day. Eat, Laugh, and be Merry!

    To Henry Healy and Canon Stephen Neill, thank you for the beautiful words and your continued support of Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. I hope you always enjoy our country whenever you visit and take back happy memories. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

  15. March 17, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Dear Canon Stephen Neill (Rector of Moneygall),

    Should you read this, I just want you to know that your expression of solidarity and support to our wonderful Chips for all she has done to create and nurture the TOD community is a fine and generous act of kindness.

    Thank you,

    Yes We Can

  16. March 17, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Dear Henry Healy,

    You are a cherished member of the TOD community that Chips has given so much of herself to sustain. Thank you for being so kind as to acknowledge her and support her. Given the abuse she has had to endure, your empathic act of support is honorable to the core.

    #FORWARD … Together

  17. 41 Jennifer (from SM)
    March 17, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Dear Ms. Chipsticks – So happy to see you back!!

  18. March 17, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Chips, welcome back and a special “holla” to utaustinlib, amk, lovely plains and liberal librarian for stepping up and keeping your blog going, I totally appreciate it. Now, the Moneygal video won’t open for me, states “it’s blocked in your country”, is anyone else having this problem?

  19. March 17, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Keeping w/ SPD spirit…The CO Mammoth are sporting these. I hope everyone is as festive and has fun tomorrow. GN Dear Chips…TOD

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  20. 46 99ts
    March 17, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Hello Miss Chips – wonderful to hear from you – and as to the time – perfect – it is 3.30pm on St Patrick’s day in my world

    My Irish roots are one quarter of my genealogy – my Dad’s father had 100% Irish roots – although born in Australia of an immigrant from Ireland & his Australian born wife – daughter of 2 immigrants from Ireland.

    Sadly my paternal grandfather died when my dad was 6 and his brother was 3 – but the Irish lived on – those 2 little boys – who were given the most imposing English names by their English mother – were known for all their lives as Mick and Pat.

  21. 47 Bill R.
    March 17, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Dear Ms. Chips, you are the greatest! Thank you for all you do.

  22. 48 Bill R.
    March 17, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Me Feyther ‘s people come from the town of Castle Bar in County Mayo. God bless you, dear Ireland on St. Paddy’s Day. May blessed Brigid the Bride and Columcille shower their love and graces on all!

  23. 49 sjterrid
    March 17, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Happy SPD, Chips! We missed you, but everybody did a fantastic job.

    Henry Heal and Reverend Canon Stephen Neill thank you for your kind words, and a very Happy St. Patrick’s day to you and the people from Moneygall.

  24. 52 nathkatun7
    March 17, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Wishing you a Very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thank you for your tireless work in supporting the President. I will forever remember your fabulous and memorable coverage of the visit by POTUS and FLOTUS to Ireland. As a result of your coverage, TOD members, unlike most Americans who depend on mainstream corporate media, experienced first hand the incredible warmth and enthusiasm of the Irish people towards President Obama and the First lady. Lastly, thank you for selecting such a great team to fill your shoes while you try to catch a breath. Lovely Plains, Utaustinliberal, AMK, and Liberal Librarian have all done an incredible job keeping the lights on at TOD while you were away. Obviously It took a great person like you to recognize such talented individuals.

    • 53 nathkatun7
      March 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day to cousin Henry Henry Healy, the Reverend Canon Stephen Neill, and the people of Moneygall! Thank you for sharing with us your love. And Happy St. Patrick’s Day for all the Irish people.

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      March 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Nath, you’re so right about the fact that, thanks to Chips, we at TOD are fortunate to experience presidential events that in a way that’s just not available to regular tv viewers. We ‘re actually going on this journey with our president, while others have no idea what’s going on because Americans are deliberately kept in the dark. It’s such an incredible privilege that we have and just shows how amazing Chips is and how utterly inadequate the US media is.

  25. 56 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 4:11 am

    A very good read on the new pope.


    I am starting to like him.

  26. March 17, 2013 at 5:48 am

    HEELLLLOOOOOO CHIPS! and Morning All! What is so fun is waking up (I am an Midwest earlybird) to see all the posts from our WestCoast friends posted at midnite and beyond. It’s going to be a fun St Patrick’s Day!

  27. 62 CEB
    March 17, 2013 at 6:55 am

    It is never too early for Rise and Shine.
    Good morning, Chips; hope you are keeping well.

    Dear Henry and Stephen, thank you for your St. Patrick’s Day greetings.

    Henry, I always smile when I see photos of you and your cuz. You can easily be mistaken for our dear PBO’s little brother. Safe journey to the states.

  28. March 17, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Happy St Patrick’s Day TOD family. Good morning Chips, hope all is well.

  29. March 17, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Good morning all! Welcome back Chips. Hope you had a wonderful time. Happy St. Patrick’s day. We are all Irish today.

  30. March 17, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Back with a bang, sweet Chips! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Goooood morning everyone!

  31. March 17, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Also, ((((hugs)))) and a big TY! To Henry and Stephen – Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you both!

  32. 69 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • March 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      That is the way it is at my house. My Golden can reach and eat anything. He’s going to cost us an arm and a leg in Vet bills someday. And we have five other critters.

  33. 71 vcprezofan2
    March 17, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Grrrrr! Chips Chica, HOW. COULD. YOU???? Sneaking in when I LEAST expected you! 😥 😥 No fair.

    Good. work. GoBrooklyn! /sob. sob. I’m a failure./ At least your lamp was filled with oil and you were ready and waiting. 😉 😉

    HAPPY St. Patrick Day, everyone! Take it easy on the Irish whiskey, or the ‘juice’ you favour, though. 😆

    • 72 vcprezofan2
      March 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Oh, Chips Chica, 😆 the Chipadees did a great job, but …….

      …………………………………………………………..WELCOME BACK!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ {{{{{CC}}}} ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 😆 😆 😆

  34. 73 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 7:46 am

  35. 75 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 7:47 am

  36. 76 vcprezofan2
    March 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Canon Neill and Cousin Healy, and Ollie Hayes, and all our Irish Friends:

    ♥♥♥♥♥ Have a Wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! ♥♥♥♥♥

    I love you all because you love and respect our FIRST FAMILY, and welcomed the POTUS & FLOTUS so warmly in 2011!

    Forever thankful,

  37. 78 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

    • 79 Roberta in MN
      March 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      That reminds me of my Son’s dogs. Clara a yellow and Kaydee a black. They were really funny. Always Kaydee, would get first dibs and eat anything left on the counter or table. She was really a stinker. Clara is gone now, but Kaydee is still around and always in Gramma’s purse looking for treats. 🙂

  38. March 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Welcome back, Chips. Thanks again to all who kept the lights on. This is a very special place. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  39. 81 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 8:03 am


    Amazing how a small, paranoid bunch could hold an entire country to ransom.

  40. 82 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

  41. 91 dotster3
    March 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Very happy to see a chips return! And a belated appreciation to all those who ably stepped up in her absence. And Happy St. Pat’s Day to all Irish and fellow celebrants! I remember drinking some green beer back in the day at some of the great Chgo Irish pubs—-Butch McGuire’s etc.— but—why did I do that? Green teeth and mouth for days—–not attractive. Lots of fun though in those post college days in Chgo—–as I fondly reminisce. Still have some fun but tend to favor beer of the non-green variety now. Cheers!

  42. March 17, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Ahhh, Ireland.

    The first week of March I spent a week at Glasnevin Hill 9, Dublin (Met Eireann) for a working week on our common weather forecasting system.

    The expectation of St. Patrick’s day was already in the air …

    What a lovely country …

  43. 93 Nena20409
    March 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day all TODers around the Globe.

    Morning Chips and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    Here’s a Missing YOU by Tate for you.

  44. 94 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Chips welcome back. Your substitutes or better, volunteers did an amazing job keeping this blog rolling. I hope all is well with you. Thank you, to Henry and Cannon Neil for their posts. It is so great having TOD family all over the world.

    To those that celebrate…..Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I am not one for green beer but I do love a good Margarita. They too are green so , I will lift a glass to Chips and everyone else this evening.

    Peace and Love to ALL,

  45. 95 Nena20409
    March 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day All

    River Dance:

  46. 96 japa21
    March 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Happy St Paddy’s Day from the Irish City of Chicago, where the airport is O’Hare, the river runs green and the beer runs greener.And of course, the thing that cements Chicago as the Irish capital of the US is that it is the home of the most Irish President of all time, Barack O’Bama.

  47. March 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good editorial in this morning’s Des Moines Register asking why does IA senator Grassley keep complaining so much about Washington – why doesn’t he just DO something? It’s at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130317/OPINION01/303170033/Doak-After-38-years-Grassley-is-part-of-the-problem?Opinion – the editorial really lays out what the POTUS can do and what his limits are. You’d never know Congress was supposed to do most of this stuff – they make it sound like it’s POTUS’s job. I’m just sorry our senator is such a big part of the problem. 😕

    • 98 Bill
      March 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Cruz introduced a bill to defund the ACA for which every Republican Senator voted “aye”. There is nothing to prevent Republican Senators from introducing bills to defund programs about which they complain continually. If they were serious they could make Democrats take a stand on specific programs but yet for some reason they are unwilling to do so. Yet, they are never asked why. Love your editorial.

    • March 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Thanks very much for this, muscatinegal. So glad to see someone acknowledge Grassley’s idiocy.

    • 100 amk for obama
      March 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Great op-ed. Tweeted.

    • 101 amk for obama
      March 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

      “The other congressional Republicans from Iowa are just as culpable for failing to curb “Washington.”

      Tom Latham and Steve King saturated the airways in the 2012 campaign with ads denouncing Washington’s spending and pledging to cut it.

      It takes some kind of brass to campaign for office on promises to cut spending when you have served in Congress a collective 28 years and haven’t done it, not even when your party had the majority.

      The con job has gone on long enough. It’s grown tiresome for politicians to campaign for smaller government but not even try to achieve it when they are in office.”

      Love it.

    • 102 Don
      March 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Nice editorial, but it’s a little too late for the Des Moines Register to all of a sudden wanting to take a stand after backing Romney as their choice for President.

      • 103 Nena20409
        March 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

        ;), They are now trying to RIGHT their Wrong? They lost a lot of subscribers for that Forced corporate endorsement for the lying Bishop. It served them them right? Nope. Enlightened people are sick and tired of being Fooled by those who should know better.

      • 104 anniebella
        March 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

        Never to late to speak the truth.

        • 105 anniebella
          March 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

          Alot of the media know exactly what the Republicans have been doing, but they remain silent or try to imply that both side are doing it. And while I don’t doubt that Democrats pay their tricks too, but the crap this country have been dealing with here the last few years are because of the Republican Party refusal to work with this President. And why is Grassley complaining when he has been one of the main one leading this crap.

      • 106 vcprezofan2
        March 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

        O no, Don, it’s not too late. We’ll take each piece of truth they (RWMedia) put out there, because though they won’t convince the well-informed, they may cause one more repub-leaning reader to START thinking, or help pick off one more wavering republican. Didn’t someone one say it’s never too late for a shower of rain… or even a drizzle? 😉

  48. March 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Gooooooood mooooorrrrning, Chips and TODville!!

    How truly wonderful to re-visit all those wonderful times in Ireland with our POTUS! Thank you, Cousin Henry and Canon Stephen Neill, for your warm greetings. What a pleasure to hear from you! I trust you and your families are doing magnificently. And I do believe the First Family will make an effort to return to Moneygall in the not-too-distant future. They clearly enjoyed every moment of their last journey. Thanks again for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. A very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!!

  49. 109 dotster3
    March 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

    This is quite the story—–Army Staff Sgt. in Afghan. pleads guilty to stealing “at least” $1 million (thought to be as high as $10 million) shipping the cash back to U.S. in hollowed out VCRs. She was in charge of handing out cash to Afghans who support U.S. forces there—–in cahoots with some/all of them. Said to be one of 80 such cases being investigated—-have found other military personnel with hundreds of thousands stuffed in teddy bears etc. Sad and sickening.


  50. March 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I join the chorus of many, many thanks to Lovely Plains, amk, Liberal Librarian and utaustin for doing such a magnificent job of sustaining the blog in Chips’ absence. I know it’s a lot of work and we truly appreciate all the time and energy you put into it. Incredibly great community here!!

  51. 112 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 9:08 am

  52. March 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

    There will be fun!!

  53. 115 Jovie
    March 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Is Netenyahu new Government more to the left? If so, do they have any power to tell him to chillout?

    • 116 Bill
      March 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Good question.

    • 117 amk for obama
      March 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

      At least the ultra orths are out of gobinment. So, tt’s a slight pull towards to the middle. But one thing is fersure. nut n yahoo’s iran sabre rattling days are over.

      • 118 Jovie
        March 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Then that’s good! Right?

        • 119 amk for obama
          March 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

          Let’s just say the worst is over. nny’s jingoistic mouth is taped, livni is charge of palestinian peace talks, the ultra orths are now required to put the money where their mouth is and have to do compulsory military conscription due to the new centrists.

    • 123 Vicki
      March 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Yes, Jovie, Lapid a new cabinet member for finance and education is much more Left and pro-Obama. So is Tzipi Livni. Israel is going all out for POTUS’s visit!!
      Sure their press is f—ed up like ours: sample headline:
      Why is Obama dissing Knesset?

      Of course the truth is that PBO is reaching out to the Israeli people not dissing anyone. I hope there will be decent coverage here and worldwide.

  54. 124 Bill
    March 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Krystal Ball is on C-SPAN criticizing the Democratic party for being stale and not offering new ideas. She needs to be tweeted.

    • 125 Jovie
      March 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Because, the pre interview demanded she say that or else NO tv for Krystal.
      I demand that Msnbc pundits have new ideas, instead of always going after both sides do it and slaing the President.
      One wonders, if the Anchors at Msnbc attended CPAC as guests?
      Seriously! 😦

    • 126 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Stale ideas? I guess she didn’t watch/hear about the CPAC which just ended yesterday. The freshest idea in that entire convention was a teleprompter joke from 2009.

      • 127 Jovie
        March 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

        She heard, but Msnbc anchors whole meme is both sides do it.
        They have turned into a bunch of Naderites.
        She knows better! 😦

      • 128 Bill
        March 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

        They were also rolling in the aisles when the half term governess pulled out her Big Gulp.

    • 129 JER
      March 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

      It is just a sign of desperation. She is struggling to hold on.

    • 130 Nena20409
      March 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

      I saw KB on C-SPAN from 7:58 to 8:22 AM CT. Most of her conversation was not about tearing down Dems. She was asked why Dems do not have their own CPAC, she gave it her best shot. It was more like, Dems should, but they don’t. She talked about VA and the Governor race. Etc.

      GOP since 1968 made their own media, have their own periodical, Think Tanks, Fox, 1300 Talk radio, have symposiums just about every other month and they work and have rendered MSM to basically work for them. That is why things like Voter Suppression, Discrimination, Women’s right, Workers’ rights are missing as central discussions. Right wing dominate the discussion. Dems need to either build a true 50 states party or champion their Former Pure Core…..workers of all Levels.

      On The Cycle, which I don’t see much at all, KB is the best of the 4.

      • 131 prettyfoot58
        March 17, 2013 at 11:41 am


        the Trade Union movement use to occupy that space…with the decline of that movement…there has been a loss of this voice….many of the voices that have always been central has been the blk liberation movement…from the slavery to the present..the ever forward movement of black people slowly etches the marker of racial equality and economic justice forward….

        there was a piece the booman wrote a few days ago…commenting on EdShultz being replaced by Chris Hayes…there were sentences that caught my attention:

        He may have his faults, but he fills a critical niche among white progressives. I don’t like to paint people into tight categories, but the progressive movement is mainly made up of three groups. The first and most powerful group is made of lawmakers who represent urban areas with large minority populations. Most of these lawmakers are black, Latino, or Asian, and they dominate the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. The second group is made up of a combination of the academic world and the liberal-minded professional classes. The scientific community has a foot in each of these camps. It’s this second group that dominates the progressive blogosphere. It’s also where you find most of the MSNBC lineup. Chris Hayes went to Brown University; Lawrence O’Donnell went to Harvard; Rachel Maddow was a Rhodes Scholar; Ezra Klein went to UCLA; Melissa Harry-Perry has a doctorate from Duke University and has taught at Princeton. So, where does Big Ed fit in? He represents the third group: labor. He represents the interests of all working men and women, regardless of race.

        read more here: http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/3/14/11649/9098

        of that passage…this sentence gave me pause…

        The first and most powerful group is made of lawmakers who represent urban areas with large minority populations. Most of these lawmakers are black, Latino, or Asian, and they dominate the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives…

        i found it curious that he thought it was the Representatives and not the people they represented the most powerful group…

        then i thought about some members of the CBC….

        Conyers, Lewis…Cummings… Chisolm….to name a few…over the years who have been powerful voices for racial equality and economic justice…

        yet the so called white progressives do not talk much about these communities…and if they do it is most often in the 3rd person…

    • 133 anniebella
      March 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Bill, Maybe it’s the hormones from the pregnancy, or she is hanging around with that funny name Conservative woman on that show she host. Which I don’t watch.

  55. 134 Jovie
    March 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Rand Paul won the straw poll at CPAC, because he is far right libertarian.
    No federal government and no taxes ever.
    And he has the Titans of industry behind him.

  56. 137 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    There’s STILL no on Irish as Barack O’Bama – updated version

  57. 138 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

  58. 139 dotster3
    March 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I see Boehner tells This Week that he “absolutely” trusts Obama. Isn’t that nice?


  59. 141 Jovie
    March 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Boner- look we have a spending problem not a tax problem and we demand a glanced budget within ten years.
    That = no federal government and Wall street gone mad.
    Oh, and the US defense capabilities would NE stripped, allowing for a foreign Government to take us over.
    But, Wall street couldn’t care less, from the Posh Suites in Shanghai.

  60. 142 JER
    March 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day Chips, Cousin Henry Healy, Canon Stephen Neill and Everybody. Thanks Cousin Henry and Canon Stephen Neill for your sweet greetings.

  61. 144 GGAIL
    March 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Good West Coast St. Patrick`s morning! It’s so good to hear from Chipsticks, Henry & Stephen. The love and luck of the Irish 🙂

  62. 146 Jovie
    March 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Btw- Chris Hayes is the worst Naderite of them all. Very negative reporting, hates both parties, never has anything nice to say about anyone.
    It’s ashame too, he is probably a decent fella.

    • 147 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Why do you think MSNBC promoted him to prime time weeknight slot?

      • 148 57andfemale
        March 17, 2013 at 10:59 am

        to be considered a liberal, but actually there to do damage to Dem interests. they would have hired Cenk, but that would have been too obvious.

        • 149 prettyfoot58
          March 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

          i think it is about ratings….

          • 150 hopefruit2
            March 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

            It’s more than just ratings. David Gregory’s MTP ratings have been in the toilet, yet his contract has been renewed.

            • 151 prettyfoot58
              March 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

              ok…i could say that there is a conspiracy re: the media…in terms of keeping the One percent in power…that the media serves to demoralize and suppress…mislead and distort…

              but who would believe that….

              • 152 hopefruit2
                March 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

                I would, and so would many others. And I think this recognition of the MSM’s proGOP bias partly contributed to PBO’s win in 2012. Folks began to question the misleading info that they saw on TV and read in the papers. There were a variety of articles being disemminated over Twitter and on the blogs about the proportion of negative media coverage PBO was receiving relative to the Republicans.

                However for the midterm which tends to be a “low info” election, we need to be more vigilant/astute than ever about the MSM machinations.

  63. 155 Jovie
    March 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Congress Woman Tulsi Gabbard is on CNN giving a good interview to candy Crowley.
    She is very poised and bright.
    Me likey. 🙂

  64. 156 japa21
    March 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    • 157 Jovie
      March 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Because, the titans of industry who supports them, is who they are beholden to, not this country.
      And they can use the rules of congress to basically get anything they want, if they are patient. Unless, our President institutes Marshall law. And that will not happen unless we get attacked again.

    • 158 Nena20409
      March 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Netanyahu would NOT have POWER had he not formed a gov’t. So he had to compromise.

      Filibuster allows TBGOPers to run the senate for they have enough Dems co-dependents. So TBGOPers get their way.

      House is controlled by TBGOPers for gerrymandering allowed it. Popular Votes be darned, in their Rightie eyes.

      Apples and oranges in my opinion.

  65. 159 prettyfoot58
    March 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    WElcome back Ms Chipssssss…..(((huggs)))..sending you much love and respect….

  66. 160 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Hey Jovie – here’s what Krystal Ball got for her attacking Dems on CSPAN – an invite from a RWNJ to come to FOX 🙂

    • 161 Bill
      March 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Krystal said Democrats needed a viable Republican party in order to produce good ideas. She stated the meme numerous times. One rwnj caller said the Democrats never accepted Republican ideas and she agreed. She failed to remember the ACA came from the Heritage Foundation and was originally Romney Care. She gave no defense of PBO and his battles with Republicans. She must be looking for a promotion.

      • 162 Linda
        March 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

        She has been poisoned by that show she is on, The Cycle. I mute her now when she is on the other shows.

      • 163 Nena20409
        March 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

        Again, KB said that Dems incorporates lots of Righties’ position that IT was the Right that moved way Further to the right making it harder. Then she referenced Norm Orienstein(sp) of the Thomas Mann duo who wrote that the TBGOPers were to blame in DC dysfunction.

        I am going to see if the tape is up and pull it and post it here. I am not shadowing you Bill, nut I saw most of her comments. I didn’t get that she was bashing Dems all the time.

      • 172 57andfemale
        March 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

        The only way you get ahead at msnbc is by bashing Democrats.

        Alex Wagner on the Bill Maher show is an aritculate, inspiring progressive who ‘gets it’. Then look at her at her day job on msnbc.

        Let’s be clear – the choice that the powers at msnbc have made is to put on people who are allegedly liberal but have them bash Dem’s, thereby diminishing Democratic ideas, memes and frames. It’s nefarious.

        I had read that NBC said they were trying to appeal to a ‘younger demographic’ with Chris Hayes over Ed Schultz. They could say that with a straight face? Chris Hayes is going to give O’Reilly competition? It’s just a way to give an emoprog whiner a bigger platform to bash PBO and Democrats. And try to make drones more important than jobs or clean energy. We won’t hear about PBO’s long term plan for energy independence and modernization; we will only hear about gas leases as if that’s all there is to PBO’s energy plan.

        I cannot and will not give Chris Hayes or MHP a pass. They are highly intelligent, educated people who should have made an effort to understand the plight of real people’s lives by Republican destruction. They CHOOSE to not understand, to not factor in the real reasons that PBO has not been able to yet accomplish all that he set out to accomplish.

        It’s one thing to carry on from your ivory tower that we’d be better off with no ACA than an imperfect one. Tell that to the vast number of middle class Americans who cannot afford to fix rotting teeth because costs are impossible to pay for out of pocket. Who stand no chance to get chemo because they own a small house and work for a living, but can’t afford or get health insurance. We’ll take the steps we can, and work to improve upon them.

        How dare these ivory tower kids choose to not understand that. How dare they. And eff msnbc, who puts them on as if they’re actual liberals fighting for actual liberal causes and candidates that could actually change the dynamic of American politics.

        • 173 prettyfoot58
          March 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

          I agree that there are times that i mute Chis Hayes and MHP….but there are also times that they bring timely and useful information pieces to their program….so i will not throw out the baby with the bath water…i will take what is useful and trash what is not…i will praise when warranted and criticize when necessary….

          a far as NBC is concerned it is about ratings…IMO….and money

          i think that it is important for us to watch…because i think we have to call folks out when necessary…provide push back..that is what we do…but we should encourage folks when appropriate as well…Feedback can be powerful…

          on another note….

          i have gathered a few neighbors and family members to join me in my letter writing campaign to the GOP reps in my state…using the listing provided by WiW…

          i find that when i engage in this way…i am like a pebble in the pond….

        • 175 hopefruit2
          March 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

          57andfemale your post is SPOT ON!!

  67. 176 sherijr
    March 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day TOD… Chips, so lovely to see you and you brought Cousin Henry & Stephen Neill along with you 🙂 What a wonderful treat 🙂 thank you Chips, Henry & Stephen!

  68. 180 Claire
    March 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Lovely to hear from Henry and Stephen! Happy St. Pat’s to you Chipsticks and all the TOD readers.

    Take your time catching up… relax and enjoy the splendor of the day.

  69. 182 Vicki
    March 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Good editorial in NYTimes today explaining that Tax Expenditures are the real issue.
    Tax expenditure is AKA ” loopholes.”

    Need to get the word out that loopholes , tax forgiving, for oil companies are the Real Spending Problem—-accounting for HUGE part of deficit way bigger that SS Medicare and Medicaid.

  70. 183 Vicki
    March 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    MSNBC previewing MHP “Is PBO going to Israel as a tourist?”

    I guess if you don’t spend your time kowtowing to Knesset you aren’t a stateman.

    The stupid will not stop.

    • 184 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

      MSNBC is a waste of time. They’re trying to go the route of CNN/FOX and trying desperately to appeal to the Libertarian crowd. I’ve been done with them for several months now and I couldn’t be happier.

    • 185 anniebella
      March 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

      After that fit Melissa H. Perry made about what POTUS said in that speech in Chicago afew weeks ago, I will never think the same about her. Joy Reid is the one I like. But MSNBC don’t have the sens or guts to give her a show.

    • 186 jacquelineoboomer
      March 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Gotta admit I was devastated that Joy was repeating that talking point the producers put in front of her (at least I’m giving her that benefit of the doubt):

      But because, otherwise, she’s great, I added:

  71. March 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hello Chips, hello everybody. Happy St. Patty’s Day.

  72. 189 prettyfoot58
    March 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Happy St Patrck’s day to Stephen…Henry…Happy St Patrick’s Day to all…

    Wishing all those in TODville a Happy Sunday…

    after watching CPAC…we have no alternative but to regain control of the House in Congress…but to also work to build those common sense coalitions in the state Houses…in addtion…if we do not believe that CPAC represents all the GOP….we have to build similar common sense coalitions among the electorate in the those gerrymandered GOP districts….

    we can build coalitions around issues such as Health care..for example….here in PA…Gov Corbett has decided not to engage in the insurance exchanges or medicaid expansion…it will not only effect health care in Phila but also in those gerrymandered underserved communities….

    now is the time to start this….

    on another note..,We cannot fall down on Voter Registration….


    • 190 jackiegrumbacher
      March 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

      You’re right, Pf, we can’t let down for one minute. We have to reach out to people and register voters, like it’s a presidential election year. Pa’s state house has to change. Four more years of the Corbett administration and Pa will be so far gone it will take decades to recover. It’s good to see so many R’s in PA are fed up with Corbett. Now is the time to regain the governor’s office and gain back seats in the state senate and assembly. And you’re right, we absolutely have to win back the US House and keep the senate. Our very lives and future depend on it.

  73. 192 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

    • 193 Jovie
      March 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Krystal and CUpp are good friends, maybe rubbing off on her?

    • 194 Ladyhawke
      March 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

      This is very disappointing. In the past I have felt that Krystal Ball provided solid political analysis. Obviously, I don’t always agree with everything says, but I felt she was pragmatic and made a lot of sense most of the time. This nonsense about Democrats having stale ideas is beyond the pale. I can’t imagine what the (blank) she is talking about. We just had the spectacle of the CPAC Convention which can only charitably be called “Bring In The Clowns” and she goes on the tv and makes this statement about the Democrats:? There is a good reason why we call President Obama the only adult in the room. Krystal has ripped her drawers with me on this one. I would like to direct her to whitehouse.gov where she can find some very FRESH ideas if she can take the time to read. smdh

      • 195 sherijr
        March 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

        apparently she missed Pres Obama in Illinois on Friday.. and his ‘stale’ ideas. This is why I stopped watching all news pundits 5 years ago.. the only thing they care about imo is getting noticed.. they’ll say anything ultimately, for fame & fortune.

        • 196 hopefruit2
          March 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

          Yes, Ball has shown that she is willing to compromise her integrity, undermine the President and reinforce the GOP in order to get airtime on TV.

    • 197 Bill
      March 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Great tweet.

      • 198 anniebella
        March 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

        Do anyone know of a email address for Krystal or her show?

        • 199 hopefruit2
          March 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

          I have not found email addresses for either of them. They only list contact info for their Twitter/Facebook and other social media accounts. I take it that you’re not on Twitter?

  74. 200 utaustinliberal
    March 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This is the Steubenville, Ohio rape case.

  75. 201 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 10:18 am


    • 202 Jovie
      March 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Good, they will be in juvenile detention until 21 years of age. Basically, their whole life is ruined.
      Those jerks!!!

      • 203 Melanie
        March 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

        Their designation as sex offenders will surely haunt them. It wasn’t clear from what I heard so far though if that designation will be cleared after they turn 21. I wonder if further charges will be pressed against those who passed the videos around. And if there were ever a situation that cried out for “where were the parents”, this is one.

    • 204 99ts
      March 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

      If these boys had been taught not to rape – their lives would be very different – yet when Zelina Maxwell suggests such a thing – she gets death threats.

      • 205 prettyfoot58
        March 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        There was a statement that Zerlina Washington made that has stayed with me….she said that women’s thoughts about rape influence their lives in many ways…(paraphrasing)…i thought about this…

        if i am going out alone i do consider where i am going…how i am going to get there…and how i will return…i do not want to be out late alone…or be in isolated locations….even during the daylight hours…

        Much has been made of this trial….rape happens all the time all over the country….what about this trial has caught such national attention…

        as i tweet about this trial….i said for those 2 young men…rape has consequences….but we have a GOP Congress in which most voted against VAWA….will there be consequences for them….

  76. March 17, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Happy St Paddy’s day to all! So lovely to hear from Cousin Henry and Canon Stephen Niall. I still get tears when I watch any of the video of the Ireland visit. It was so special.

    Yesterday was very special here in Montana, our Lady Griz and the Men’s basketball teams won the Big Sky Tournament and will be going to the NCAA Tourney. It was great having both Men’s and women’s tourney’s here in Missoula. Also yesterday was the St Paddy’s Parade. Our town was rocking yesterday and last night. I am up and off to Church this morning. I am sure the streets are quiet now.

    I am very disappointed in Krystal Ball. Guess she is trying to keep her spot on MSNBC and maybe a show.

    Chips, it is so great to have you back. You have given us a place to come together. And the Chip wantabees were all very exceptionally great! Thank you all!

  77. 207 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

  78. 209 Lynn
    March 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all !! An Irish Blessing: “May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you’re dead!”

  79. 210 anniebella
    March 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    What is wrong with these young boy, are they so crazy about sex that they are willing to get it anyway they can. Even if the girl is so drunk that she don’t know what the hell is going on. Why didn’t the young boys have some control and say this is not right and get as far away from the situation as they could. Now look at the mess their lives are in. Sometimes a good time isn’t worth it. And you are right where the hell were the parents?

  80. March 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Now, hold on here….. The wee hours…. I mean really…. Happy St Paddy’s to the whole mob! {{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}} ‘some’ of us were sleeping at the launch! 😉

  81. 214 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Here is the “liberal” MSNBC.com’s top headlines for today (after the rape verdict which came in within the last hr):

    2. What’s next for GOP? 8 lessons from CPAC

    3. Rand Paul wins straw poll; Rubio second

    4. Palin re-emerges to lash GOP establishment, Obama (along with a video titled: “Palin’s full speech: ‘Obama, you lie'”)

    5. Israel to grill Obama over Iran military strike

    6. New pope’s Sunday surprises delight, startle

    7. Method to Madness: How do they build the NCAA bracket?

    ANY QUESTIONS? You don’t have to take my word for it, simply log on to the site (which I’m not linking here.) and see for yourself how well the liberal agenda is being promoted on the most liberal station known as MSNBC.

    • 215 Linda
      March 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Looks like the stopped leaning forward and turned right instead.

    • 216 Nena20409
      March 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

      The Liberals, oops, Progressives had Air America. I could ONLY stomach Wendy Wilde locally, Stephanie Miller, Al Franken, and the Blonde Lady that was in the Military who was having Rush for Lunch when she was in FL. The rest were too far to the left of me. Wait, wait….Tom, the Lawyer was great. But what happened to Air America? The right worked against them and they folded for many of Us didn’t help them thrive.

      The right support theirs. The build them Up and they make them what they are today.

      No one is a pure driven snow. There is No one person here who will agree with everyone all the time. There has to be principles that we all share and Goals we all want to achieve.

      MSNBC is a corporate entity. It is Not an Al Gore station. It is Not democracy Now or Freespeech or the Nation. If We want such niche then One of our own has Got to Own, Fund and run it. Like Murdoch is doing with Fox. Until then, we have to know what our limitations are and Find a way to make our Voices heard not All or Nothing. No one tears their side more than those who claim to be part of them. So KB when she’s wrong, let Us point her errors and move on. We don’t all have to agree or our world will be severely unbearable.

      • 217 hopefruit2
        March 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

        I do not expect MSNBC to be an “Al Gore” station. But neither do I expect them to be an “Erick Erickson” station.

        Reading the 7 headlines I provided here – which station do think they more closely resemble? Al Gore or Erick Erickson?

        Remember MSNBC dubs itself as a “Lean Forward” station. It is extremely important that we point out the agenda of MSNBC and it’s contributors so that unsuspecting viewers aren’t mislead into thinking that MSNBC is something that it isn’t. That’s part of educating and informing our fellow citizens.

        • 218 hopefruit2
          March 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm


        • 219 Nena20409
          March 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

          I don’t believe that MSNBC has become an Eric Erickson station. RedSate is his creation and I must confess, I have never been on his site. However, I do know from which world he makes his pronouncements.

          I am a Roman Catholic who is against abortions, but have fought and defended rights of those who wish to have them and Have never judged anyone for their views on that. Does that make me a lost cause to Liberal Views? No. MSNBC is not mine. They happen to have more Liberals and Progressives than others. Those Folks have their jobs to do. Understanding them is to me, a better way to judge their points of views. Soros when asked once, why doesn’t fund a Leftie News station, he said that he doesn’t see a need for it. Should I then condemn him and start dismissing him as a Liberal? Nope.

          The tone to which we register our disagreements with people like KB, wins the day.

          Flies are caught with honey not with vinegar. So we should take the Good, fix the confused..ie…the Bad,… and work on the misguided….in this case, the ugly.

          • 220 hopefruit2
            March 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

            Nena all I’m saying is that when you bill yourself as a “Lean Forward” station – with 90 -100% of your viewers Democrats/progressives, you better damn well have something to answer for when 4 of your top 5 headlines are FEATURING (not mocking) RW agendas and a KKK rally (CPAC) with washed-up past election losers from GOP party.

            That’s all I’m saying.

            • 221 Nena20409
              March 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

              I do see your point of views HF. I know where you are coming from. I understand it very well. There is a part of me that share those same views. I respect TOD, I respect You.

              I am happy that, here we all can have Civilized discussions freely and with a whole lots of LOVE.

              Thank you so much. Thank you.

              • 222 hopefruit2
                March 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

                Thanks Nena – and I appreciate and respect your opinions, even when I don’t necessarily agree. I know we’re on the same side when it comes to our President and our desire to see what’s done in the best interest of this country and the American people. 🙂 🙂

      • 223 prettyfoot58
        March 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Nena,,if you remember the graph that RM had provided about the TOP PACs/contributors to campaigns…

        on the GOP/TP side…were major corporations…on the DEM/Progressive side were UNIONs….

        same with radio…

        i would like to see…unions and others …use local radio and cable stations to get their message out…as we know all politics are local….we may not be able to compete on the scale of a fox news at this time…..but we can begin locally….and if you remember…fox news and company…have been in making for 20-30 yrs…..

        so let us begin our trek there….

        • 224 Nena20409
          March 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

          Those radio stations are 90-95 percent RWNJs. NPR are scared to feature Unions. They take Corporate Dollars. So the Union point of views are never heard. When heard, ONLY the ugly sides are presented. The reason, heck, the more reason that there has to be a thriving Left to Center left Vision Medium to shift the Right Leaning dominance. I am rooting for Al Jazerra America. BBC World. ITN. CBC. EuroNews. Anything that is NOT the way MSM run the News media.

          • 225 prettyfoot58
            March 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

            there are local radio/cable/college stations ..that have community access stations…we can use those…and heck…we can use old fashion street meetings to achieve our goal as well…

            Community Organizing begins in the community…

  82. 227 ber6964
    March 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a huge Welcome Home to the best blog tyrant on the intertubes. The house has been kept warm and cozy…… Amk, LL and UT have keep the home fires burning while you were taking your well earned Vacay. 🙂

  83. 229 JER
    March 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

  84. 230 cookemom
    March 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

    It’s a fine hiddee ho and top o’ the marnin’ to all my O’peeps!!! A special warm welcome back on this great getting up day to our very own leprechaun Chippa on Eire TOD!!

    A tad brisk here in Eire Chi-town. This time last year we had temps in the 70s. What a difference a year makes!

  85. 231 desertflower
    March 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Good St Patrick’s day morning TOD! What a surprise to wake up to, not only the best blog goddess ever peeking her head in, but Cousin Henry and Canon Neill as well! So glad to have you both here…you have a home here and the door is always open for you 🙂 I’m not Irish, but I think we can all be Irish for this day….nearly 22 years ago today, I was trying SOOOOOOO hard to have my first child. I swear she WANTED to come into the world and celebrate this day…it wasn’t to be. So now we get to celebrate twice. Once for St Patrick’s Day…and again, tomorrow…for her birthday. Seems like yesterday…..Love and hugs to Chips, Cousin Henry, and Canon Neill….and when you see our incredible President, tell him that he’s loved an appreciated by so many of us….and that we all secretly want to know if he sneaks peeks at TOD….we ALL want to know that!!!

  86. 233 cookemom
    March 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

    My usual great getting up morning greeting won’t post. Did someone change the locks?

  87. 235 cookemom
    March 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I guess I just cant say good morning in my usual cookemom form today. Oh well, morning all, and yes it is a great getting up day whether WP likes it or not!

  88. 236 dotster3
    March 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Ha ha——My daughter reports my 3 yr. old grandson got up this morning and proudly announced:
    “It’s Patrick’s Day! I want to dye eggs!”
    “No, you have to wait for Easter to do that.”
    “Well, do I get a present?”
    “No. You get corned beef and cabbage.”
    “No cabbage.”
    Life can sometimes be disappointing. 🙂

  89. 238 Dakota
    March 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day TOD Family! Welcome Back Chips! Sooo good to have you back.

    Cousin Henry and Stephen…thank you for taking the time to share St. Patrick’s Day with us here at TOD. Peace and Blessings to you and the good people of Moneygall.

  90. 239 cookemom
    March 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Welcome back Chips! Word Press wouldn’t let me say that earlier. Missed ya doncha know!

  91. 240 cookemom
    March 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Once again asking for your votes for my kid. http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.US-V0Fcnw2Q Thanks all!

  92. 243 jacquelineoboomer
    March 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Chips, O’friends, President Obama, Vice President Biden, Henry and Stephen! No wearin’ of the green today for me, ’cause I’m part Irish and I don’t have to prove a thing! But I do thank my Irish stars because I’m one lucky O’fanatic to be in your company! I’ll toast you all later …

  93. 244 JER
    March 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  94. 249 Ladyhawke
    March 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Boehner Admits There is No Immediate Debt Crisis; Wants to Gut Social Security and Medicare Anyway

    By: Jason Easley


    If there is no immediate crisis, why are Republicans so hellbent on cutting Social Security and Medicare? The answer is ideology. Republicans have hated Social Security and Medicare from the day they each became law. The ginned up fake immediate debt crisis as championed most loudly by Paul Ryan is the latest cover story for the right wing war on the social safety net.

    This isn’t about solvency and insolvency. Notice how Republicans always ignore the official numbers when talking about Social Security and Medicare. Republicans are ideologically committed to destroying the social safety net. Speaker Boehner’s comments today were an admission that cuts don’t need to be made, but Republicans want them just because.



  95. 250 ouapiti
    March 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Welcome back, Chips, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I enjoyed the posts from LiberalLibrarian, Lovelyplains, AMK and UTAustinLiberal as well — thanks to all of you and to all posters for keeping this blog so great!

  96. 251 Ladyhawke
    March 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm


    Reeking of Obama Hate and Desperation, Sarah Palin Was the Joke at CPAC

    By: Jason Easley


    Too much shouldn’t be read into the fact that Palin had the CPAC crowd in stitches. Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Wayne LaPierre each had them rolling in the aisles. Saying anything bad or hateful about Democrats and Obama is all it took to send this crowd into hysterics.

    From a potential heartbeat away from the presidency to willing to be the right wing’s rodeo clown for a buck, Sarah Palin is living on the Skid Row of American politics.

    CPAC may have been laughing with her, but the rest of the country is laughing at the idea that the Republican Party once tried to sell this wigged out clown as presidential material.

    Sarah, stick to Facebook.



    • March 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      She could care less. As long as she has a loyal unquestioning base coupled with a compliant media all she cares about is making sure they spell her name right on the check.

  97. 253 Ladyhawke
    March 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm


    Rove Fires Back at Palin: I’m May Be a ‘Balding Fat Guy,’ but ‘I Wouldn’t Leave Office Midterm’

    BY David


    “I have to set the record straight,” Rove told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “I’m a volunteer. I don’t take a dime for my work with [super PAC] American Crossroads. I even pay my own travel expenses out of my own pocket. I thought Sarah Palin was about encouraging grassroots volunteer activity, I’m a volunteer.”

    “Second of all, look, I appreciate her encouragement that I ought to go home to run for office,” he continued. “I would be enthused if I ran for office to have her support.”

    “I would say this, though. I don’t think I’m a particularly good candidate, sort of a balding, fat guy. And second of all, I’d say if I did run for office and win, I’d serve out my term, I wouldn’t leave office midterm.”

    It should be noted that Rove did leave his unelected office before the end of President Bush’s term.



  98. 255 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Hello Everyone. A blessed and peaceful St. Patrick’s Day to all at TOD. Special greetings to you from Montserrat, the Emerald Isle of the West; the only other country in the world other than Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a public holiday.

    Every year, we have a week of activities that lead up to St. Patrick’s Day. This year, We have many visitors from Ireland including Matin Healy and his band. Healy and his band performed at a concert last Wednesday evening and yesterday, they lit up the local radio station with some live inspiring Irish songs. Tomorrow, he and his band will also perform at the culminating fair. I wonder if he is related to Henry.

    Today we all went to church in our national colour which is green. Tomorrow is the public holiday since St. Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Sunday.

    If you are wondering why this day is so important to us here, the first Europeans to settle here were the Irish. Consequently, our culture is a combination of Irish and African customs. Many of the places and families here still carry Irish names like Kinsale and Sweeney. Our national dish is an Irish stew cooked with African flavours. Another national symbol is the shamrock leaf.

    The day has even more significance for us as a people because in 1768, the slaves on Montserrat planned an uprising for their freedom on St. Patrick’s Day. However, the plan was leaked and the slaves were killed. So, St. Patrick’s Day is also called National Day as we commemmorate the bravery of our ancestors.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • 256 susanne
      March 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      happy st patrick’s day prayer warrior! thanks for the interesting history, and congratulations on your country’s upholding its cultural traditions. i love the idea of irish stew with african seasonings!

    • 257 sjterrid
      March 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Happy St.Patrick’s day PrayerWarriorforObama. That’s why I love coming to TOD, I learn so much about different customs and history from the people that post here from all over the globe.

  99. 258 yardarm756
    March 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm


    Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. I wanted to pass it on in case you haven’t heard about it.
    A ‘heads up’ for those men who may be regular customers at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, and even Wal-Mart. This one caught me totally by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don’t be naive enough to think it couldn’t happen to you or your friends.
    Here’s how the scam works:
    Two nice-looking, college-aged girls come to your car or truck as you are packing your purchases into your vehicle. They start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts (It’s impossible not to look). When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say ‘No’ but instead ask for a ride to McDonald’s. You agree and they climb into the vehicle. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.
    I had my wallet stolen January 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also February 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th,16th, 23rd, 26th & 27th, and very likely again this coming weekend.
    So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant. Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found even cheaper ones for $.99 at the dollar store and bought them out in three of their stores.
    Also, you never get to eat at McDonald’s. I’ve already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth from Lowe’s, to Home Depot, to Costco, Etc.
    Please, send this on to all the older men that you know and warn them to be on the lookout for this scam. (The best times are just before lunch and around 4:30).
    😆 😆

  100. 260 HZ
    March 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family. Oh beautiful Chips, thanks for loving us and keeping this beautiful place for us. Your presence was felt deeply by me and my gracious appreciation to Lovely Plains, AMK, Liberal Librarian, and Utaustinliberal. Thank you all so much for your hard work and support of our beautiful Chips.

    May I thank cousin Henry, Canon Stephen Neil for the lovely remarks. You all are such important and loving hearts who help to sustain our president in your space of love, and respect. Thanks for being a part of this beautiful TOD Family.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of my TOD Family. May the beautiful celebrations be wonderful for all. May the goodness of our spirits go out towards our brilliant, loving, compassionate, and caring President of these United States, President Barack Obama. We love him dearly, and we thank Chips for all of the support and respect that she gives to this space for him.

    Lots of hugs to all of you today from me. I love you all so much. (((((Thanks so much, Chips))))))HZ

  101. 261 globalcitizenlinda
    March 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Glad to see you back Ms Chips. Thanks for all you do. Happy St Patrick’s day to you!

    Happy St Patrick’s day to all on TOD! Very nice to hear from Cousin Henry and Canon Stephen Niall. Hope to vist Moneygall some day soon.

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