Early Bird Chat

Say hello to our new blog tyrant 😕

89 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    October 22, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Good Morning.

    • October 22, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Good Morning Roberta! Have a great day!

      • 3 Roberta in MN
        October 22, 2013 at 7:35 am

        Morning swbluega, I hope to have a good day. That picture up pages started out to a smiling & happy day. I am watching the yesterdays Press corp. I love Jay Carney. He is so cool. These people are just sick assholes. 🙂

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    October 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Training Danny a little early in his life span huh? Too cute by far. Good Morning Danny & Chips. 🙂

    • October 22, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Moooooorning Roberta!! Danny will be doing this morning’s R&S, he’s already trained in!!

      • 6 57andfemale
        October 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

        Morning, Chief Blog Tyrant and Blog Tyrant, Jr.!

        Ya got yourself a real savant there, Chips. Of course you know what they say about savants – brilliant in one field and dismal in the ‘everyday’ tasks.

  3. October 22, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and Danny….TOD Early Birds!

    Chipsticks, between you, Jovie, and AMK this site his going to the dogs. 😉 😀

  4. 10 japa21
    October 22, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I think he is particularly focused on the central figure in the picture on that post. Definitely an intelligent boy.

  5. 12 dotster3
    October 22, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Awwww—-look at that sweet new intern——learning the ropes, getting ready for his first post. Arf!

  6. October 22, 2013 at 7:21 am

    “GOP Complaints over Jeh Johnson Crumble Under Scrutiny”

    By Steve Benen 10/21/13 05:00 PM



    It’s been a few days since President Obama introduced former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson as the White House’s choice to lead to the Department of Homeland Security, and the Republican line of criticism is coming into focus: Johnson has donated to Democrats.

    It seems like a pretty weak pitch, but Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jeff Session (R-Ala.), who’ve apparently taken the lead in opposing Johnson’s nomination, have both gone after the DHS nominee for having financially supported Democratic candidates, including the president, in recent years.

    The good news is, the criticism is not made up – Johnson, as Fox News first reported on Friday, has “contributed more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates and groups” over the past decade.

    …but there is the question of a rather brazen double standard….Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security, “raised at least $251,550” as a fundraising bundler for Bush’s 2000 campaign, according to a 2003 New York Times investigation …Michael Chertoff, the second DHS secretary nominated by Bush, [who also got confirmation votes from Cornyn and Sessions] gave thousands of dollars in direct donations to Republicans, including Bush, in the years before his nomination.

  7. October 22, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny, and TOD Family. Ms. Chips, tell Danny stop sending me his crazy tweets. 😀 😀

  8. October 22, 2013 at 7:26 am

    “Koch Brothers Eye States, not Congress, for Health Care Goals”

    By Steve Benen 10/21/13 12:40 PM


    About two weeks ago, with the government shutdown still going strong, the Koch brothers’ company sent a letter to Congress, making clear that Koch Industries is not on board with the idea of tying the Affordable Care Act to the government shutdown. It was, at the time, evidence of a Republican operation losing friends in a hurry.

    It was not, however, proof of Charles and David Koch losing their appetite for undermining “Obamacare.” On the contrary, there’s ample evidence that the Kochs are financing the very organizations waging a crusade against the health care law and demanding Republican policymakers keep up the fight.

    What’s more, let’s also not forget that Koch brothers’ attention is not limited to Congress.

    Americans for Prosperity’s president boasted about his group’s “trench warfare” against the health care law, which in this case means pushing Virginia to reject Medicaid expansion, which in turn would keep 400,000 Virginians from having access to basic care….In other words, the Kochs can tell Congress about their indifference to the Republican “defund” strategy, perhaps because they considered it a poor plan, but also because the conservative billionaires can focus their energies on state capitols, where it’s easier to stop struggling families from having health care coverage.

  9. 21 dotster3
    October 22, 2013 at 7:26 am

    OK, I do agree with Jeb Bush on this one singular thing——said watching Morning Joe was like watching baby seals get beaten for 3 hours every day.

  10. 23 amk for obama
    October 22, 2013 at 7:34 am

    He has got a step stool below him, doesn’t he ? Either that or you are really are a dwarf in real life.

  11. 27 Jovie
    October 22, 2013 at 7:37 am

  12. 30 Jovie
    October 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

    My puppy has way to much energy, and she wants the control of the whole house. My other a Dog was so well behaved, so it takes some getting used to.
    But, It’s a constant power struggle, with this Beast of Burden. 🙂
    How you making out Chips?

    • 31 collegekay
      October 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

      What happened to your black lab?

    • 34 57andfemale
      October 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Cheyenne is a puppy. I’m sure your other dog had that kind of energy as a puppy. It will pass.

      Exercise is the best ‘medicine’ for extra energy.

    • 35 Roberta in MN
      October 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

      It takes time to train a puppy to your household. Jovie good luck. There is a new jacket you can buy for a dog that is supposed to keep them calm. We have a puppy here in our building and he is just so busy and yappy, she finally got one of those jackets. I don’t know if she leaves it on all the time, but I know by Niece bought one for her dog and helped immensely. Patience is the key word. (((hugs))) you will be fine, it takes time.

    • 37 amk for obama
      October 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Enjoy the pup, dood. It won’t last long.

  13. 39 Jovie
    October 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

    • 40 Vicki
      October 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

      I’ve been keeping my eye on this also, Jovie, and I agree that every day they cannot agree brings us one day closer to a complete pull out in Afghanistan.

  14. 41 collegekay
    October 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Danny is so adorable. I want a puppy 😦 lol

  15. 42 Linda
    October 22, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I know this is HuffPuff…but I like Sam Stein……

    Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be ‘Taken In By These Crazy People’

    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Harry Reid needed to clear the air. The relationship between the president and the Senate majority leader had been deteriorating since 2011, with Reid losing respect for Obama’s ability to negotiate with Republicans and Obama unsure if Reid had as much control over his Senate Democratic caucus as he liked to say.

    So at the White House’s invitation, the two met in the Oval Office on July 9, with no staff, to talk one on one. It was a cathartic moment, one in which long-buried tensions were fully aired. Aides to the two men tell a similar story: Their boss had been losing confidence in his counterpart and wanted the meeting as a way to buck up the other.


    This article is really good.

  16. 44 amk for obama
    October 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

    UK PM David Cameron brands Facebook irresponsible for allowing beheading videos to appear on its site, especially without warning.


    I am with camie boy. This free speech thing is being carried too far.

  17. 45 Roberta in MN
    October 22, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I would be a little skeptical of anything coming out of Sam Stein or HP. There has been contentious relationships with every President & the congress. I Think what this President is trying to do make Congress be responsible for their actions and not put all the blame on the President. They have major roles to play, legislatively. Our President has been out their all the time expressing his views on how to go forward in our country to get us back into a leading role in domestic & foreign policy. Reid needs to get rid of some of the filibuster rules. That more than anything I am sure is the problem if there really was any.

  18. 46 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    He is so cute!

  19. 47 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

  20. 48 dotster3
    October 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I will be posting telepathically today, so if you think of something funny, that was me.

  21. 50 amk for obama
    October 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

    sophia bush of partners sitcom is hawt with a hawter voice. My day is done.

  22. 51 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:35 am

    MOrning everyone.

  23. 52 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

  24. 53 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

  25. 54 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

  26. 55 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

  27. 56 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Damn…education matters.

  28. October 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Wow, that is the cutest photo of Danny EVER. Can’t wait for his first post at TOD. I know it will be highly intelligent and super charming.

  29. 58 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:46 am

  30. 59 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Hey, new blog tyrant!! Welcome!!

  31. 60 dotster3
    October 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

  32. 61 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 8:50 am


  33. 62 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

  34. 63 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

  35. 64 vcprezofan2
    October 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning to you, Danny Boy-o! Did Chips show you your invitation to play? /whimper to me/ Is she following all your orders with a smile? *I* am the one you who you need to report to if room service slips., okay?

    O, sorry, Chips, -Didn’t notice you there in the corner! ‘GooOOOooD MooOOOoorning to you too!’ How ARE you?
    Greetings TODobots! it’s Tuesday – another day to remind ourselves PBO is in the driver’s seat and thus the car is still moving. Have a good Tuesday!

  36. 67 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Happy Tuesday!! Chips, you’re raising that youngin’ right! Danny knows how things are done right! Good job newest blog tyrant, Danny O’Chips:)

    I have some catching up to do, but looks like all the RWNJ’S need to keep talking because the hole they’re digging is getting deeper and deeper! People are waking up to the giant screwing they’ve been getting all these years….probably feeling a little embarrassed they got suckered all these years….. doesn’t matter as long as the majority of Americans figure this out by the midterms and we can all return to normal and the rest of the loons can be thrown in the dustbin of history. FOREVER.

    Going to be a lovely day here today…90/ sunny…..enjoy YOUR day everyone!!

    • 68 vcprezofan2
      October 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Df, I can’t imagine myself saying 90 is a lovely day, but I do hope you are enjoying YOUR heat, even as I write this. 😀

  37. 69 japa21
    October 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Well, another Tuesday. What is the over/under on how many inane tweets Chuckie Toad will send today?

  38. 70 taiping1
    October 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Danny Boy is so adorable. Determined to be with you already. Can’t wait until he starts writing. Just started The President’s Devotional. The readings from Joshuah deBois that the President started the day with from one year of readings. Very illustrative of his core values. He is a good man committed to making the world a better place

  39. 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Jovie, noted above that you have another new twitter handle. Suspended again?????

  40. 72 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning! Everybody have a great day! 😀

  41. 73 JER
    October 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

  42. 74 africa
    October 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

  43. 75 vcprezofan2
    October 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    😯 😯
    Chips, I know you got carried away with all those trucks delivering the essentials before Danny’s arrival, but tell me..
    That keyboard looks awfully puppy friendly!

    🙄 New mothers can be such suckers good shoppers!

  44. 76 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

  45. 77 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! With Danny at the helm, soon we might only see Bo & Sunny-related posts on this blog. And then Jovie might be allowed to post a thing or two about his new pup. LOL! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  46. 78 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

  47. October 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Well howdy all you O’s!!! What a great getting up day on TOD Avenue!!!!

    “ruh roh” – Danny as he quickly hits the TOD tab when Chips enters the room.

    Chips, you might want to get that doggie filter set up. Wouldn’t want him introduced to the naughty mat too early in his young puppyhooddom.

  48. 81 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 9:40 am
  49. 82 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The jobs numbers are good, but the media will only focus on the 181K figure that economists had predicted, and NOTHING else. But they won’t say a peep about the GOP’s constant manufactured crisis after crisis, or their refusal to pass any of PBO’s jobs bills. Nor will the MSM take the private corporations to task for sitting on hoards of cash, hiring the bare minimum, just to “hurt Obama.”

  50. 83 Linda
    October 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Just saw on MSNBC that Verizon is going to help the White House with the ACA computer issues.

  51. 84 nospin
    October 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations on the new pup Chips. Just look out for your dining room chairs if they are made of wood, the front door, the deck etc.
    My black lab loved chewing on all that as a pup and now that he is six years old, he still slips back into the habit every once in a while.

  52. 85 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

  53. 86 cookemom
    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Can we please get on to the next shiny object? This one has passed its sell by date. Surely there’s something that the media can feed us. Nothing too catastrophic, but maybe a teaser like, oh….I don’t know, PBO has a hang nail and it will threaten his re-election chances.

  54. 88 mtmarilyn
    October 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Good morning all fellow TODbots. It’s a beautiful clear crisp fall morning in MT. I am seeing if I can post again. Have been having problems with posting here. There are days when I haven’t been able to post.

  55. October 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Good Morning Chips and Danny. What a team. He’s the cutest blog tyrant I’ve seen; he’s the only blog tyrant I’ve seen, but still the cutest. He definitely needs a stylus with those big paws and nails. Was he the runt of the litter? Our little runt was really the bruiser. Are you getting any sleep Chips? Have fun.

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