Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a young girl in the the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Nov. 29, 2010. The First Lady welcomed children who participated in the President’s Active Lifestyle Award. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

51 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    November 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Hi, Chips. Wouldn’t a hug from Michelle O be the perfect way to start a day? Cyber hugging you on this post Thanksgiving day with the sun peeking up over the trees. Hope you and Danny had a good one.

    • November 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Moooooorning Jackie! She gives outstanding hugs, adore that photo! Hope you had a wonderful day and ate and drank waaaaaay too much!

      • 8 jackiegrumbacher
        November 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

        Chips, one very small glass of wine and I’m loopy, so it’s very easy to drink waaay too much. And very cheap. Hope you have a stronger constitution.

  2. November 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, Jackie G….TOD Early Birds!!!

    I hope everyone’s time spent with their family this Thanksgiving was harmonious and relaxing, and that everyone finds the peace and joy of the holiday season, both now and into the coming year.

    • November 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Good moooooooornng swbluega, what a lovely message – the very same to you!

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      November 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Thank you, SW. Same to you. It’s important to keep focused on exactly your message in the days ahead as people around you go into a buying frenzy. Keeping close to home or to commerce free places today to avoid the crazed crowds. I find it more and more difficult to deal with crowded stores and jammed parking lots as the years go on.

  3. 13 africa
    November 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Happy Friday, Chips, Jackie and Swbluega!!!

    I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Chips, in a few minutes I am about to hit the road to regional finals in Jacksonville. If we win that one, one more here at home and then we head to Orlando for State championship on Dec. 13.

    Hope everyone here keeps us in your prayers, if you pray or wish us well. We are still 13 and zero!! What a feat for my boy and his team!!

  4. November 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I love that FLOTUS promoting Healthy Life Style changes for our children. And, it working!

  5. 26 africa
    November 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

  6. 27 Roberta in MN
    November 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Good Morning all, Africa fingers crossed your Son’s team wins the championship and goes to the next round, how exciting for you all.
    Gooood Moooorning Chips, jenbeccyrn, AMK, zizi2, Jackie,swbluega, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed family & friends.

  7. 29 africa
    November 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

      • 31 Roberta in MN
        November 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

        Covering all their bases. But it could be because the new FCC chair is going to start coming down on some of the telecommunication giants. Can only hope so. Fingers not working real well this morning. I think I need to go back to bed. 🙂 Too much clean up in the kitchen. :-(.

      • 32 africa
        November 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

        My sentiments, exactly!!

      • 37 utaustinliberal
        November 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

        It’s always the bottom-line for corporations. They want access on all sides of the political aisle so they can influence tax legislation, reform legislation, etc come 2014 and election results time.

        Then the government shutdown, engineered by the Heritage Action, comes back and bites them in the ass.

        How you like them apples, Google?

    • 38 Jovie
      November 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Bc china owns Google.

      • 39 amk for obama
        November 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

        don’t chinese have their own search engines baidu, soso, soghu et. al.? Google is very far behind there.

  8. 40 amk for obama
    November 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

  9. 42 amk for obama
    November 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

  10. 43 desertflower
    November 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Maybe Google is playing both sides against the middle….http://apnews.excite.com/article/20131128/DAABQDRG2.html

    Watchdog: Google breaching Dutch privacy law

  11. 44 africa
    November 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

  12. 45 criquet
    November 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

    GM all.

    Important articles to spread:

    • November 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

      It’s one thing to root for the failure of something that will obviously be bad for individuals and the country as a whole; rooting for the failure of something that will be beneficial for the country — especially for those in need — because of who will get the credit is just plain and simply hatred and selfishness.

  13. 47 amk for obama
    November 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

    China says its fighter jets followed US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea on Friday morning.


    More sabre rattling.

  14. 48 africa
    November 29, 2013 at 9:04 am

    No doubt in my mind, certain MSM has colluded with GOP to derail PBO from birtherism to their glee to see Obamacare fail. These paragraphs in Egan’s op-ed speak volumes.

    “It’s hard to remember a time when a major political party and its media arm were so actively rooting for fellow Americans to lose. When the first attempt by the United States to launch a satellite into orbit, in 1957, ended in disaster, did Democrats start to cheer, and unify to stop a space program in its infancy? Or, when Medicare got off to a confusing start, did Republicans of the mid-1960s wrap their entire political future around a campaign to deny government-run health care to the elderly?

    Of course not. But for the entity of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart.” …………………..

    “What’s going against them, or any party invested in failure, is that Americans are inherently optimistic. That alone may be enough to save Obamacare. ”


  15. 49 MightyPamela
    November 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Waddle and Crump! More crump than waddle, but, hey!, who is too wired to notice anymore!! In 48 hours, God willing, I shall not be online, I shall be sleeping the well-earned sleep of a warrior. There are battles, and then there are battles… Big hugs all around! Byeeeeeee!

  16. 51 desertflower
    November 29, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Haven’t finished it yet, but good read so far on China/ Japan/US issues in South China Sea.


    Next week Joe Biden, America’s vice-president, arrives in China. The timing may be uncomfortable, but it is fortuitous. Mr Biden and Mr Xi know each other well: before Mr Xi became president, he spent five days in America at Mr Biden’s invitation. Mr Biden is also going to South Korea and Japan.

    America’s “pivot” towards Asia is not taken very seriously there: Mr Obama is seen as distracted by his domestic problems. Mr Biden could usefully make clear America’s commitment to guaranteeing freedom of navigation in the region. Japan and South Korea, who squabble over petty issues, need to be told to get over their differences. As for China, it needs to behave like a responsible world power, not a troublemaker willing to sacrifice 60 years of peace in north-east Asia to score some points by grabbing a few windswept rocks. It should accept Japan’s suggestion of a military hotline, similar to the one that is already established between Beijing and Washington.

    The region must work harder to build some kind of architecture where regional powers can discuss security. If such a framework had existed in Europe in 1914, things might have turned out differently.

    And I hadn’t known that VP Biden was going there next week. I think that’s a GOOD thing.

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