Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama participates in an interview with Jay Leno during a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Calif., Oct. 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds! Thank you to UT yet again for all her mega posts —-> Legend.

78 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Grab a mop grace
    October 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Morning early birds!

  2. 12 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Good Morning Friends!

    [Old Skool Redux]

  3. 13 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 7:31 am

  4. 14 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2013 at 7:35 am

    The White House Smacks Down NBC News for Getting ObamaCare Change Wrong


    • 15 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2013 at 7:44 am




      Look, Mr. Williams, it’s simple. When I tune into the news, I actually want the facts about what happened today, and just the facts. I am not the least bit interested in what any pundit, political strategist, has-been politician, or reality show fifteen-minutes-of-famer has to say.

      Given the facts, I am more than capable of forming my own conclusions. But it is the facts that are invariably dismissed by the media as not sexy enough, not grabby enough, and somehow not important enough to be proffered without being jazzed up for the viewing public, who – or so you and your colleagues seem to think – want to be distracted by the he said/she said war-of-words between political camps. We don’t.
      There is something unspeakably sad about watching the torch of TV journalism being passed from the likes of Cronkite and Murrow into the hands of well-coiffed bobbleheads who seem to believe that TV journalism is just another reality show – where the “reality” is scripted, where inconvenient facts are left on the proverbial cutting room floor, where “political discourse” is a matter of catchy sound bytes with accompanying bottom-screen chyrons.



      (NOTE: I was reminded of this fabulous rant when I saw that NBC was being hammered by the White House for their erroneous reporting on the ACA individual mandate.)

      • 16 forus50
        October 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

        Thanks for posting this Ladyhawke. I just tweeted it. Ugghh, the news media is so awful. I NEVER watch the news on tv but now they have figured out how to corrupt Twitter too with their false reporting.

      • 17 forus50
        October 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

      • October 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

        LH, this rant is wonderful. I wonder if NanceGreggs ever got a reaction from Brian Williams. I would guess not.

        • 19 carolyn
          October 24, 2013 at 8:56 am

          I am glad she wrote this as an open letter. I have emailed him saying much the same thing. Perhaps many of us could write with a similar message. We used to be faithful watchers, not any more. Is it better to email, or send via UPS?

  5. 20 amk for obama
    October 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    No way you can be up this early. What did you do to the dog? Irish coffee? Long Island tea?

  6. October 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Good morning all. I posted a message a while back after the shutdown finally came to an end, and after the President’s amazing press conference about it afterward, but I don’t think it ever got posted. I’m trying again here. I was so hurt and sickened by the display of the confederate flag by one of the so-called protesters at the White House gates a little over a week ago. I felt that any of the GOP’ers who didn’t speak out against that should all have been booted from office and stripped of their pensions, etc. So sad in this day and age.

    Anyway, I love this site soooo much. I’ve been a long-time lurker. It’s such a welcome change from the so many hate-filled or nonsense-filled websites out there which are so depressing. However, it gets updated so often (which is a treat!) that it’s impossible for me to keep up with all the new posts. I should add that I’m a Canadian, but am a huge supporter of your amazing President. I was totally ecstatic when he get elected, and then again when he was re-elected to a second term. My employer set up a live feed of the first inauguration for all interested employees to watch – a few hundred (almost all of us) were there, and after Pres Obama took the oath, we all broke into wild applause and tears of joy.

    Like most of you, I’m also a huge fan of Pete Souza’s work. I was lucky enough to buy a copy of his book “The Rise of Barack Obama” very early this year (via ebay, fyi) Afterward I sent Pete a note via twitter asking if he had any plans for another one in 4 years’ time. 🙂 And to tie this post into the photo up above, I was thrilled to see the President hand over a “mini Beast” as a gift to Jay Leno – I have the exact same one! 🙂 Okay, it’s off to work for me now …

    • October 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Keltuc, the reason is site is hate free is because Chips and now UT bear all the brunt of the hate to keep it from us. They work through all the ugliness and make sure that we don’t have to deal with it. Aside from giving us the most informative updates on the internet, they help to keep our sanity. You will note how some sites are just rotten with TP trolls. That doesn’t happen here because of our wonderful blog mistresses.

      • October 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

        Yes, and I’m hugely appreciative of all their work to keep us informed (and entertained too) and keep the trolls out. On most of the official facebook or twitter sites out there, I have to force myself to simply look at the original pictures or postings – and then just move on, and NOT read any of the comments afterward, or my blood pressure will start to needlessly rise. 😉

    • 35 sherijr
      October 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Welcome keltuc ~ thank you so much for the heads-up on Pete Souza’s book, I didn’t know about this. Nice to see you here!

  7. 38 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

    You’re welcome, Chiparoo.

    • October 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

      UT, sooooo sorry for abandoning you yet again yesterday, Operation Get-In-To-Some-Kind-Of-Flippin-Routine starts today so that you can actually sleep and live and do stuff like that. You’re the absolute best, thank you sooooOOOOoooooOOOooooo much.

  8. 40 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 7:45 am

    • October 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Dudette, women have to fight back hard. This is the stuff of lawsuits and women’s groups need to work together to bring suit against the state of Texas. These laws are designed to keep women from voting for Democratic candidates, which is why they have to work for a “stay” from the judiciary until AFTER the 2014 elections. Meantime, these laws should be a rallying cry for Democrats. People vote when they’re angered as I saw personally in our county in 2012. Women need to get mad and then they need to get even at the polls.

      • October 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Did any of you see the segment with the judge in Texas on Lawrence’s show last night about them trying to invalidate her vote? Unbelievable!

        • 43 Dudette
          October 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

          Yep, saw it. It’s infuriating. If it was that tough for her, imagine what it’ll be like for women who are less hooked into the legal and political system. If this doesn’t get ’em mad & fighting back, nothing will.

    • 44 Obama Grandmama
      October 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      All of the female voters names on their verifying IDs in TX have to match up exactly concerning maiden names in the middle. This concerns women who have hyphenated names, married names, divorced retaking maiden names, middle initials on ID or any deviation from the voting requirements. A female judge ran into trouble voting after fifty some years of voting. She was required to vote on a provisional ballot to report back in six days with corrected ID. Can anyone here imagine people being able to change and get back official documents in six days?

  9. 45 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

    • 48 dotster3
      October 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

      I can never figure out why Dems like Jeanne Shaheen, a known Hillary supporter, needs to use an “open letter” and public comments to criticize PBO and the administration. Couldn’t she pick up the phone to voice her concerns or offer helpful suggestions instead and not contribute to the slamming of Obamacare? And I don’t get it—if it’s self-serving, it’s not like she’s some lone Dem. in some red state, N.H. is not exactly Ms. or S.C. To whom is she appealing? Ugh.

    • October 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

      They are after Kathleen Sebellius – just like they were after Geitner at one time, followed by VP Biden, followed by Eric Holder, etc. Sebellius isn’t going anywhere.

    • 50 Linda
      October 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Many Democrats have clay feet…..

    • 51 Obama Grandmama
      October 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      It seems to me that the old way of solving a political fight was to find someone to blame and fire them to take the heat off rather than solve the problem. That was the old Washington way. There are many on both sides that continue to use the old ways. Change is the only constant, but it is so hard to achieve since so many resist it.

  10. 52 collegekay
    October 24, 2013 at 8:15 am

    GM all. Chips, I hope Danny isn’t keeping you up all night? 😀

  11. 61 mtmarilyn
    October 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I am checking in to see if my posts are accepted now and not in spam. WordPress is so great.

  12. 66 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Thursday!! A puppy that sleeps through the night would be a prerequisite for me! Glad you lucked out with Danny being the smart, awesome, sleep all night variety Lab….we want to KEEP you sane, Chips. Glad that Danny is a good night time sleeper….I always say, if someone wanted to torture me, the quickest way would be to deny me sleep. I’m no good without my beauty rest….. I start whining like Boner…..

    • October 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

      I am just incredibly lucky with this little fella DF, didn’t cry once at night, sleeps through, no problems – and does all his ‘business’ in the garden. I feel like I’ve struck gold!

      • 68 desertflower
        October 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

        Leadership comes from the top:) Alpha mama:) You must’ve made bedtime a cool thing…. so glad that you’re enjoying your little love bundle!

  13. October 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Wow, this is a first. I posted my cute little puppy related quip. It showed up. Now it’s gone! Too much cuteness for WordPress? Oh no, that can’t be it obviously!

  14. 70 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 8:55 am

    SMH. These idiots should have NO ACCESS to the keys of govt! He should go back to what he does best…sticking his arm up large animal asses, and leave the governing to the adults.


  15. 71 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

    And there you have it. Any time any MSM pundiot tries to push any nonsense about the ACA website, just copy this tweet and paste it right back to them. Watch them go silent….

    • 72 desertflower
      October 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

      I told you it wouldn’t be the last time:) I like your idea of sending this back to them.. 🙂 That’s the ONLY way to make them shut up. Honestly, my frustration lies in the fact that we want everything RIGHT NOW, YESTERDAY…and we aren’t patient with this huge undertaking…well, I think the people are more patient than the MSM wants to make it seem and that makes them all disingenuous….greed is an awful thing

  16. 73 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Let’s review: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/24/2828261/hearing-post/

    Under Bush, Republicans Vigorously Defended Health Care Reform Despite Serious Glitches

    Millions of Americans try to enroll in health care benefits during the first days of a new government health care program. They rely on indispensable government website that had been “pitched as a high-tech way” to sort through available coverage options. They’re encountering countless glitches and technical errors: the website freezes, displays incorrect plan information and sends insurers erroneous reports.

    Administration officials — clearly caught off guard by the surge of technical difficulties — respond to “tens of thousands of complaints” from angry beneficiaries and promise to “fix every problem as quickly possible.”
    This sounds like the familiar story of the last few days of the Obama administration’s rollout of the exchanges. But, actually, those quotes, and that scenario, is taken from the Bush administration’s efforts to implement the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2005 and 2006.

    Not only was Bush’s rollout “anything but smooth,” but administration officials had “some trouble getting the [online] tool up and running” and had to delay its debut for weeks. What’s more, computer glitches caused low-income beneficiaries to go without needed medications and sent pharmacies the wrong drug information. Before it was all resolved, Dr. Mark McClellan, Bush’s head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), appeared at hearings before the House Committee On Energy And Commerce, laying out the flaws in the law’s implementation and detailing how the administration would address them.

    They can eat it. Obamacare is here to stay and these morons are lying by omission…AGAIN. They all need to STFU and let the adults fix the problems…which they will do in short order. Whiny babies.

  17. 74 japa21
    October 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

    GM all. Good to see some Danny pictures. Expect a lot more.

  18. 76 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

    http://jimstuartnewblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/more-good-news.html Slowdown in rising healthcare costs….. ( but they’d rather foam at the mouth about a website)

  19. 77 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

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