Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama and his daughter Sasha laugh during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington December 1, 2011


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Sunday!

84 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 4 Roberta in MN
    December 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Gooood Mooorning Chips

  2. December 1, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD Family. I hope everyone is doing well and have a wonderful Sunday. Ms. Chips, how is that you create the new thread and then declare yourself first? Hahahahaha 😀 😀 😀 lol

  3. 11 TrumpDog
    December 1, 2013 at 7:03 am

    And here I thought I was up too early.
    Good morning all

  4. December 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Good morning Chips and my TOD friends.

  5. 16 Roberta in MN
    December 1, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Good Morning sonjiaduncan. How has your weekend gone for you so far. Hope it was fun.

  6. 17 Roberta in MN
    December 1, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Anyone can give me advice on where to look for a midi(mini) transcription software to convert keyboard music to sheet music? Daughter-in-law looking for some thing like that. Apparently My Grand Son is composing again. (It’s in his head and plays it but doesn’t write down the keys.)

    • December 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Roberta, why not google or bing it.

      • 19 Roberta in MN
        December 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

        I will try that. Thanks.

      • 20 Roberta in MN
        December 1, 2013 at 7:52 am

        Thanks did just that. There was a lot of them on there. Passed that on to my Daughter in law, she can do further research. Thanks you for the suggestion. Have a great one today ranman11

        • 21 carolyn
          December 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

          Roberta,My good friend who is a music professor, uses the program “Finale” for musical notation. She uses it for everything musical. She has an Apple, I don’t know if it is only for Apple…..but she and my professional music friends use that program. Hope that helps.

  7. 22 Sara
    December 1, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Thanks much for giving me a big smile this morning. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every photo that’s ever been on TOD for the past 5-years, but my memory is getting dull. I don’t know how I could forget such an adorable one; the good part is that it looks new to me 🙂

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      December 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Sara, “looking new to me” is all that counts. My husband and I have started recycling movies and shows we saw years ago and since we can’t remember the plots they are new to us. One good thing about getting older.

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      December 1, 2013 at 8:12 am


  8. 27 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 7:51 am

  9. December 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

    This doesn’t sound good but lets hope that injury and/or death, if at all, is minimal. 😦

  10. 31 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    December 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Good Morning TOD Family! Happy Sunday!

  11. 32 JER
    December 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Good Morning everybody!

  12. 33 JER
    December 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

  13. 35 desertflower
    December 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Morning everyone:) I don’t like the sound of that Metro-North derailment…..I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken that to Grand Central. Hope that everyone will be alright. Fingers crossed.

    As an aside…in MY house, the dog always sleeps in (she won’t get up until the sun warms the earth) but the cats tell time. During the week, when I’m up at 5am (ish) I beat them to it….however, on the weekends when I SHOULD be able to sleep in without an alarm clock…there they are….caterwalling outside my bedroom door. I. Don’t. Appreciate. It. Grrrr…..

  14. 37 JER
    December 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

  15. 40 sonjiaduncan
    December 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I am doing much better now that I have seen my brother. He needed a double transplant last week and was able to get it. Thank God he is doing great now.

  16. 42 JER
    December 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

  17. 43 JER
    December 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

  18. 44 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

    When people are talking about ACA website being a “disaster” they need to put things in perspective. I’m sure the loved ones of these alleged victims of NYC MetroNorth Train derailment would much rather that their relatives were frustrated with the ACA website than dead or seriously injured from a trainwreck.

  19. 45 desertflower
    December 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    For all the difficulties of the Affordable Care Act’s rollout, Americans are more patient than you might think: A new poll shows a majority expressing optimism that the problems are going to be ironed out.
    Not only that, a majority continues to support the law or think it didn’t go far enough. Nevertheless, the conservatives rooting for its demise have been expressing not just vindication, but triumph. “We could be looking at the collapse of American liberalism,” said columnist Charles Krauthammer. “Liberalism is crumbling in front of our eyes,” echoed Michele Bachmann.
    Yes indeed, a glitchy website and people moving from junk insurance to real insurance prove once and for all that government should have as little to do with health care as possible, and the entire liberal project lies in tatters.


    The basic conservative position is that the more you let market forces operate, the better the outcome will be. “More markets” is the answer to everything: Let people buy insurance across state lines. Make it virtually impossible to sue for medical malpractice. Create more health savings accounts.
    But where do you think the problems of America’s health care system came from? It wasn’t government that gave us nearly 50 million uninsured Americans and denials for pre-existing conditions. It wasn’t government that gave us the yearly and lifetime caps on insurance coverage that have sent so many people into bankruptcy when they’ve faced a serious illness or accident. It wasn’t government that gave us “rescissions,” where your insurance company cancels your policy if you get sick.
    It wasn’t government that gave us a system in which the gap between what we spend and what we get is so enormous.
    It was the free market.

  20. 51 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

  21. 53 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Sick of losing on Election Day, they huddled candidates on their 2014 statewide ticket in a hotel ballroom and bristled at being outspent and outnumbered by political rivals in Texas who they talked up as sophisticated and savvy.

    But this was no meeting of hapless Texas Democrats.

    They were top Republicans, including George P. Bush and Gov. Rick Perry’s possible successor, bemoaning big cities such as Houston already voting Democrat and sounding alarms about the brains behind President Barack Obama’s re-election now trying to turn Texas entirely blue.

    In a sharp pivot from a decade of Republican swagger in Texas — a bravado that comes with controlling every statewide office — conservatives are muffling mocking tones about Democrats and now openly calling them formidable. The worries come through in political ads that urge donors to “Keep Texas Red” and rallies like one in Houston that vowed to “Take Back Harris County.”

    Rousing this new conservative unease is Battleground Texas, a new political action committee led by Obama campaign veterans, and its support of a rare jewel for Texas Democrats: a charismatic gubernatorial candidate with national star power in state Sen. Wendy Davis.

    “They’ve proven to be effective in some other states. They’ve proven to be well-organized,” said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who stockpiled more than $20 million over the past several years in his bid to replace Perry next year.


  22. 54 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

  23. 63 forus50
    December 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Good morning TODers! Just wanted to share a couple of things; Even though I always shop locally through the year I did buy a few presents in my neighborhood yesterday supporting Small Business Saturday, which was fun. I shop locally or online but even online I try to buy from small businesses and go to their websites only to have the order end up going through Amazon. It seems Amazon is an aggregator of sorts.

    One of the items I recently purchased through Amazon is a daily journal as I couldn’t find the type l wanted locally. This one gets really great reviews and I love the format. On one page for one day it has space for 5 years. So, for example, on January 1, 2014 you write a few lines and then next year on January 1, 2015 you write on the same page directly below the 1/1/14 entry. So you can easily see what you did on the same day for 5 consecutive years. I’m looking forward to starting it as I will be moving to Paris on 1/1/17 so I wanted to journal getting ready for the move as well as my first 2 years there. Here’s a link to the one I bought (I actually bought three as I thought it would make a great gift too). Has anyone used one like this before?

    I have been listening to Pachelbel Canon in D Major by the London Symphony for the past few days as this time of year is when I lost one of my brothers (the one on my twitter profile pic) and my parents and this arrangement brings out so much emotion; happy and sad; one of the best ever recorded, imho. With 19 million hits I’m highly recommending it in lieu of watching the Sunday talking heads. Keep the tv turned off! 🙂

    • 64 desertflower
      December 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

      What a great idea for a journal! You’re moving to Paris?? OMG! How wonderful is that:) You should have plenty to fill up that journal with, forus50….and I’m so sorry to hear about your family…. 😦

      • 65 forus50
        December 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

        Thanks desertflower! Yeah, I love Chicago so am keeping my place here but going to spend a couple of years in Paris. I figured a good time to go will be when POTUS leaves office. Hopefully we will elect another Dem president but no matter who it is I won’t be following it closely.

        • 66 desertflower
          December 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

          How wonderful for you:) I think you should follow it anyway…when you decide to come home, you have to know who’s responsible for the good/bad that’s going on here:) In the mean time, what a fabulous adventure for you:) At least you’ll still be able to be here with all of us!

    • 67 sjterrid
      December 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      What a great idea for a journal, and I think it makes a wonderful gift. Good luck on your move to Paris.

      I’m sorry about the loss of your brother.

  24. December 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Goooood morning, good friends. It’s chilly out there!!

    Progress report on Obamacare website:

  25. 69 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

  26. 70 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

  27. 72 JER
    December 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    At least 4 killed, 48 injured in Metro-North derailment.

    WATCH LIVE: The scene of the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx – http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Train-Derail-Metro-North-Bronx–233982881.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand

    • 73 desertflower
      December 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Seems that speed was a factor….passenger states that train was moving more quickly than normal…and it was going around a curve when it derailed. Operator error?

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      December 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Yikes! This is such a tragic day for the families of those killed and a terrifying one for those injured. I pray the injured ones recover.

  28. 75 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

  29. 79 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Can someone ask Ezra Klein to put a sock in it, already?

  30. 80 forus50
    December 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

  31. 82 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

  32. 84 Vicki
    December 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

    So, to re-cap: ACA doing better and better everyday. Saving lives, making lives better.
    ME peace talks coming along. In Our time. OMG.

    Meanwhile, back in The Lies Factories—-

    NY Times concerned with Pete Souza and a blurry classified document on table. WTF?
    Clinton’s latest “headline grabber”

    MSM motto “As little news as possible day after day. If you are an informed citizen you cannot blame us.”

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