Early Bird Chat

Sept. 25, 2011: President Obama greets children upon arrival in Seattle, Wash (Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

55 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 6 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Nice stupidity to start off your day, bt and TOD’ers.

    Me? I am going to take a nap.

  2. September 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks!!!! Good Morning Early Birds!!!

  3. 11 Jovie
    September 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Hi everyone-
    Sorry for taking up your time on this blog, but I don’t have anybody else to talk to.
    So, here it goes … One more thing that really bothers me … You see my dog was always sick and I was always getting her to the vet.
    She had Addison’s, she had infections, shots every month etc.
    But it was worth it, except my mother had to front me the money each time bc I had no money up front.
    I was paying now up to 500 bucks per month basically just keeping my dog alive.
    But she was so special. Made everybody smile bc she was so sweet.
    My dog was over my moms house and I went hole bc I was exhausted told her to call me if any thing new happened.
    I kept texting my mother she said she took her fir a walk moving gingerly but she went to the bathroom and a healthy amount.
    I thought it might be the urinary tract infection that she had 2 weeks ago so I thought the anti biotics were taking hold doing the job.
    Well my mother didn’t call me I called her and she said she was on her way out.
    Now mother has freaked out each time she out it in her credit card, arguing with me like mad about it putting guilt trips on me about her debt.
    It’s all she talked about…
    But the way she died addisons crash , she could have gone to the vet again and gotten more treatment, maybe.
    See it’s that maybe that killing me …
    And yes I am
    Blaming my mother.
    My dog went thru to much with me to end like that without a fight all bc of money ?
    That’s fucked up and that’s what hurts , and as I type this I am crying .
    See ?

    • 12 Jovie
      September 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Btw I can’t even talk to my mother right now. It’s just how I feel .

      • 13 sherijr
        September 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

        I am so sorry for your loss Jovie, for all the feelings you’re having to go through… but- and here it comes, this IS the grief process… for every living thing that we love.. and lose- we have to grieve- there is always guilt with it, blame with it.. and believe it or not right now, you will come out the other side of it… your tears, the heart hurt, the lump in your gut- comes with the territory and it is painful and again you have my deepest sympathies- because it hurts so much. Please know that you will survive this- that ultimately you will feel the love you shared long after the guilt and blame subsides- and they will lessen… hang in there and know too, that all of us here care and understand. ((((((Jovie))))))

    • September 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Hi Jovie, hope you saw our replies to you last night?

      So sorry there’s bad blood between you and your mother over this. Obviously, I know nothing about it, but it does sound like she helped financially when she could when she fronted you the costs? Are you sure further treatment would have helped, is it a condition that just deteriorates?

      Keep talking to us Jovie, please look after yourself.

      • 15 Jovie
        September 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

        Yes Addison crash is treatable but you can die I thought it was her UTI so I went home and I left her at my moms house bc I was so exhausted.
        I told her to call me if anything changed. It obviously did and I called at 5 in the morning and she was almost dead by that time. It’s very sudden with addisons.
        I didn’t know what it was I swear to god I wouldn’t have left her If I knew and yes I would have argued with my mom to get her to the vet again.
        I feel terrible she went out while my mother did nothing.
        It’s killing me !
        And if course I have PTSD so I obsess about things like this and it’s not good for me.
        I feel so horrible! Worse than I have ever felt before like I let somebody in a fox hole die.
        Thats how I feel.
        I don’t know what to do …?

        • September 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

          Jovie, did you see my reply to you last night?

          Jovie, so good to hear from you, thank you for coming back and letting us know how things are with you.

          There’s nothing ‘babyish’ about your feelings, you have lost a living creature you adored, the unnatural thing would be if you weren’t in despair about it all.

          When my last dog died I wanted to punch people who told me the ‘cure’ was to get a new dog, I really did. I felt like they had absolutely no clue about the bond you create with a pet you love, and that they were idiots for thinking that could be so easily replaced.

          So I didn’t get a new dog, I felt like it would almost be disloyal to the one I lost.

          And you know when I only started to flippin’ move on? When my sister got a dog about 10 years later. And I adored him (still do), and was able to pour my love for animals in to this big loving bundle! He won’t ever replace the one I lost, nor will Danny when he arrives, but it really did help, because you are left with a big aching gap when you lose your dog.

          Take your time Jovie, mourn the loss of your beautiful dog, but do think about getting a puppy some time soon. Again, s/he won’t ever replace the one you lost, but s/he will help fill the void that’s been left.

          Take care of yourself Jovie, please, we all feel for you so much.

    • September 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Jovie, you’ve been through a horrible trauma in the last two days–grief can eat at you and part of that grief includes anger at everyone and everything that might have contributed to the death of something you loved so much. When you lose a loved one, the most natural thing in the world is to cast blame. Blame on yourself, on the doctor, on someone close to you. When my sister lost her husband she couldn’t forgive herself for not being there when he died or the nurse for not calling her when the time came. The road to dealing with grief will eventually include forgiving yourself and your mother. That doesn’t seem likely right now, but it will happen. Even if every medical attention would have been possible at the end for your dog, her time had come and the best you could have done would have granted you a few hours. The “if onlys” are endless at the time like this. I felt that way about my mother–if only we could have gotten her more time with better treatment and I have spent my life thinking that my Dad ‘might’ have lived if there had been better cancer treatment in his time. In the end, it will come down to forgiving yourself and one day you’ll be able to reach out to your mother who is probably as grief stricken as you are. As far as all of us here, we’re pulling for you and whatever it takes, we’re on your side.

    • 19 globalcitizenlinda
      September 25, 2013 at 8:34 am

      this is a very hard time for you but please hang in there;

      it takes a while for the pain to become bearable and your loss is still very recent.

      when we loose someone very dear, “what if …. ” is a question that comes to the forefront again and again. examining what could have been if only….

      it is more likely that nothing your mother could have done would had a different result in the long-term; I suspect that she is feeling devastated on two fronts (the loss of your dog which was in her care and the fact that you are hurting so bad about the loss).

      find a way to remember the happy times you had together – you often posted how you would frequently be on the beach playing and walking with your lab so may be step out for that morning walk.

      and yes, it is okay to cry and for some of us crying helps to nurse the loss.

    • 21 MightyPamela
      September 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Jovie, your little beloved dog was suffering. Although you and you Mother, bless her generosity, did everything that could be done, your dog was suffering. It was only her love for you that allowed her to show happiness despite how terrible she must have felt, each and every day and night. In Nature’s order, your dog would have died long ago. But humans have found ways to prolong life, at any and all cost. Yet what price do we pay for that cost? Life, as a process, has a beginning, a middle and an end. It is so with everything. Life is precious, yes, and the experience we gain from living it is precious as well. Your beautiful, wonderful dog gave you every reason to hang on when you left the service, supported your need to learn to live with PTSD, to face each day somehow, after all you had experienced, and coming back to what must seem like a crazed and (formerly) misguided country. She took on all that for you, out of love. That is what our pets do for us, they absorb the emotions we cannot handle, they use their closeness with Nature to transmute and transform that which is unmanageable for us. They teach us with their innate ability to release and let go. Your dog is teaching you still, and everyday forward, in her honor, you will practice and learn forgiveness, forbearance and fortitude. You already know these things, but they are presently masked by the pain and grief of your loss. It is not for me to say to you how you ‘should’ or ‘could’ feel, not for me to say ‘I would’, as this is a time of very personal pain. What I can and will do, is keep you in my thoughts and prayers, light candles for you and for your dog, and hold the line with you while you seek your balance. God Bless you, Jovie, and God Bless your Mother; she, too, must be feeling a tragic amount of care and concern to see you suffering like this.

  4. 22 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Ted Cruz’s Filibuster to De-fund Obamacare Included Death Panels, Nazi References and Dr. Seuss

    By Bob Cesca


    Speaking of fail, Cruz killed some time by reading the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs & Ham.” After he finished, he compared not liking green eggs and ham with not liking Obamacare — on a mouse or in a house, etc. Perhaps we should be worried about Cruz’s reading comprehension skills because at the end of the story that he had just finished reading on the Senate floor, the main character eats green eggs and ham and likes them a lot, and then proceeds to go on and on about how much he likes them.

    Yes, Ted Cruz, who evidently doesn’t grasp the meaning of a Dr. Seuss book, is one of just 100 Americans who gets to vote on laws in the U.S. Senate. Then again if he continues with this ridiculousness, he won’t be for much longer.



    • September 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Ted Cruz has something seriously wrong with him. He is filled with hate and, despite his education, he is ignorant. Texas used to produce some really fine senators. They were statesmen and they accomplished great things for this country. Now them seem to deliberately cultivate buffoons and send them to Congress to inflict on the rest of us.

      • 24 anniebella
        September 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

        Lawrence O’Donnell said exactly what you wee saying last night during his rewrite. He said the DC media refuse to admit that Cruz is not as smart as they claim he is.

        • 25 Ladyhawke
          September 25, 2013 at 8:41 am


          The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell


          MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has some ideas about why the Washington media don’t call Senator Ted Cruz out on some of the untrue things that he says. He shares those ideas in his latest rewrite.



  5. 28 sherijr
    September 25, 2013 at 7:36 am

    happy Wednesday Chips and all of TOD… so for me- more adventures in plumbing today… yesterday the discovery of 7 leaks in my 112 yr old house 😦 5 fixed- methinks today we’ll just replace all that old copper with some pvc- hopefully the plumber is up for it 🙂

  6. 29 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Krystal Ball Tells The Truth On Obamacare (VIDEO)



    MSNBC Krystal Ball’s closing essay on The Cycle today was epic. It was on point. It was a message that journalists should have made clear to the American citizenry long time ago. Unlike what MSNBC’s Chuck Todd said, that is the job of journalists. Journalists are responsible for telling the truth. Journalists must not allow their craft and the nation’s airwaves to be polluted with lies. Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Fox News, and their ilk have damaged the process by allowing Americans to have been lied to and distracted by misinformation that in many, has metastasized as truth.



  7. 30 FayPax
    September 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Good morning everyone! I awoke counting my blessings and among them is TOD. Thanks so much for this marvelous place and each an every one of you.

  8. 32 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Good Morning TODers!!

  9. 36 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 8:10 am


  10. September 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Good morning Chips, et al. After a long day trip to see MIL yesterday, I came back to such a wealth of information on TOD that I was just overwhelmed at how much could happen in a day and concerned that I couldn’t take it all in. Too much at one time, so much richness. It’s simply amazing that when you pull away from TOD for even one day, you fall into a vacuum of information isolation. I saw no newspaper, no tv and heard no radio and realized that you could live in the US and have not one single clue of what is going on in the world. It helped to explain how some people–after all this time–do not even know about Obamacare. Thanks to the absolute wealth of information presented here, I got to feel the incredible impact of the president’s remarks at the UN and his brilliant explanation of the health care provisions with Bill Clinton. I got opinions and nuances and perspectives on the Senate and the House and all that was going on internationally. Of course, the cost of all this is a lack of sleep, which I’m feeling today. Still, I feel blessed to have such a place to come where wealth of information is the daily currency. Thursday we go out again for a trip to discuss wedding plans with my sister and her new fiance. Look forward to the trip, but sure will miss pulling out the TOD plus.

  11. 38 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

  12. 39 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

  13. 40 Vicki
    September 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Six more days——6——–USA becomes a better nation

    In other news, Lovely photo in NYTimes this morning of President Obama with Bill and Dante deBlasio. On Twitter as well, so it will be widely seen.

  14. 41 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

  15. 42 Linda
    September 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Ted Cruz

    Mens Lucchese Classics Black Cherry Brush Off Full Quill Ostrich Top and Vamp Custom Hand-Made Leather Boots L1158
    Item# L1158

    Yeah, he wanted everyone to know that he spends big bucks on his “black ostrich leather boots”!

    A man of the people? Ya think $174K per year allows such a lifestyle? Do baggers think this elitist gives a rat’s tail about them? He actually broadcasted that he wears ostrich leather boots. Why?

    • 43 MightyPamela
      September 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

      To support his claim of being a mega-asshole?? S’what I’m thinkin’. Or maybe to start a trend among the 1%? A guy like that, so complex and caring, who am I to make suppositions about his Heart-Centered motives? For crying out loud.

  16. 44 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

    • September 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Wow, Africa, Cokie finally woke up and spoke the truth. Amazing.

      • 46 africa
        September 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

        Let’s see if she will stand by her word. She is going to get a lot of push back, for sure. Already, FOX, Morning Joe are tweeting it.

    • 47 dotster3
      September 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I don’t like what she said—not giving Cokie any props, which is usually the smart way to go. She’s blaming President Obama for being black. It’s all Obama’s fault. If only everyone was white, we’d all be better off. Black people in charge just cause problems for the country. That tired refrain is sickening.

  17. 50 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

  18. September 25, 2013 at 9:16 am

    • 52 globalcitizenlinda
      September 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

      glad to see that some are analyzing the actual substantive moves going on in this complex situation.

      I suspect that PBO knows enough about how people, more external to the diplomacy, generate obstacles to progress.

      I will not be surprised if credible moves are done away from the public eye – since lasting change will involve give-and-take

      • 53 forus50
        September 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

        Absolutely. As POTUS often says about similar life/death matters, “it’s not a game”. So he won’t be interested in feeding the faux DC journalists with info that they can misinterpret and grade on style.

  19. 54 Linda
    September 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

    My hometown team, The Atlanta Braves made the playoffs and a devoted fan made this video called ” Baselines ” . It is a parody of ” Blurred Lines ”

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