Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, Dec. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Tuesday!

92 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    December 3, 2013 at 7:43 am


  2. December 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, Roberta, Carly, …TOD Early Birds!

    I’ve been following the “Danny and the Chicken Saga”.

    How long did the chicken last before the beheading and subsequent decapitation? If it was more than a few hours then that was an accomplishment…for the chicken. 

    There was a point that we hoped the toys that we gave our dog (then puppy???) lasted at least through the first hour. Then we started buying “Tuffy” toys. It at least gave the toy a fighting chance.

    • 6 Roberta in MN
      December 3, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Did I miss something in the last threads? I have been away and tough to get caught up. What’s that Danny Boy gotten into now? T R O U B L E? or just Puppy stuff.

      • December 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

        He murdered his rubber chicken Roberta, it’s now in the trash and he is rubber-chicken-less:

        • 8 Roberta in MN
          December 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

          That poor chicken. Just hysterical. The only things we used to get for Clara & Kaydee are thick rope toys, even the tennis balls they would crush until they figured out they were just to fetch not chew. Try one of the Bongs where yo put the treat inside and they have to work getting it out, they are pretty when they are working at that. I am still chuckling. You really do have one Happy Puppy huh?

          • December 3, 2013 at 8:06 am

            I have a very happy puppy Roberta, but a deeply unhappy rubber chicken.

            He has already removed three tennis balls from ropes, and just barks at toys with treats inside before doing that crazy running in circles thing. We’ve now moved on to his “virtually indestructible” large ball, will post photos of its remains later today.

            • December 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

              Good morning Chips. I can’t stop laughing at that chicken. The only toy my JR couldn’t destroy was a rubber tire I got him at PetSmart. He worked on that for hours and it’s still in tact. I will always keep it and think of him carrying it everywhere.

        • 11 donna dem 4 obama
          December 3, 2013 at 8:16 am

          Wow Chips! Danny masqueraded that poor rubber chicken. I can only imagine what your furniture looks like. 😯

        • 13 57andfemale
          December 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

          Never having a beast Danny’s size my experience is probably not germaine. But we have much better luck with soft toys than rubber toys in our house.

          We have single-handedly kept the dog toy industry in business. Bags and bags and baskets and baskets of toys. If you want to know the secret to Nacza lines, they are made by dogs: Kasper and Nickelby spend much of the day arranging the toys in various configurations. there’s some message there, I’m sure. It’s downright eerie.

          Pearl’s interest in toys is to take one away from Kasper and get him to chase her. Don’t even say it, amk – ‘typical female’.

          Very busy, my dogs are.

          Even at that their small size, they will decimate a rubber toy in minutes, but the soft toys last much, much longer. Be sure to get dog-specific toys so Danny doesn’t rip off eyes or ears, thinking they’re dinner.

  3. 14 Roberta in MN
    December 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Got cha Chips. 🙂 Just watching yesterdays WH Briefing, I tell those idjits are like dogs with a bone, chew, chew,chew never satisfied with the answer they get. I wanted to throw something at The whole front row, they were just so damned nasty. That said. Hope you have a great day and say hi to Danny boy from a fan of his. 🙂

    • 15 TrumpDog
      December 3, 2013 at 7:48 am

      I predict they’ll be even worse if/when ObamaCare turns out better than expected.
      For some odd reason, they have it real bad for Pres. Obama. They want him to fail so badly – just like the GOP.

      • 16 africa
        December 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

        They are a poor excuse for the job they do.

      • 18 Roberta in MN
        December 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

        I think a lot of it has to do, he goes around them to get the news to the people, and he kind of put them in there place several times on not doing their jobs, instead of being just entertainers. But, they all work for RW Corporations and they all have walking and talking points daily to keep their jobs. I don’t have cable anymore and only watch what parts you guys recommend. Keeps my sanity.

  4. 19 TrumpDog
    December 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I peeked in at DKos today.:roll
    Why do I punish myself like that?

    • 20 Roberta in MN
      December 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

      You have more stomach than I have. Haven’t been on that site since they when emo on our President.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      December 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

      TD, It’s more than my stomach can bear to “peek in” there unless somebody here recommends some extraordinary lucid exception to their usual crap. They seem to be hurting for money, so maybe their decision to go full on anti-Obama is having an effect.

    • 23 57andfemale
      December 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

      I go there occasionally. I even find some sane diaries here and there. But my chances are not good.

  5. 24 africa
    December 3, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Good morning Chips, Roberta, Carly, Swbluega!

    Happy Tuesday TODers!

  6. 31 desertflower
    December 3, 2013 at 7:52 am


    Among the GOP’s myriad criticisms of the Affordable Care Act, one of the loudest has centered around the law’s price tag. But it turns out Obamacare won’t be as costly as expected.

    The New York Times reported Tuesday that “the government is expected to spend billions of dollars less than originally projected on the law.”

    The adjusted estimate is a result of the law’s Medicaid expansion and the subsidies for private insurance plans proving less costly than initially anticipated. According to the Times, economists say that the law has also benefitted from a weak economy over the last half-decade, during which time health spending has slowed dramatically.

    Another one bites the dust. Cue the whining…..

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      December 3, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Df, that will mean there will be a lot of GOP scrambling to come up with a new bitching point. They’ll never stop, just as they’ve never stopped beating on Social Security and Medicare. They are the party of obstruction and destruction, after all. Anything that actually helps the American people is anathema to them.

  7. 33 desertflower
    December 3, 2013 at 7:55 am


    The U.S. consumer financial watchdog will soon start supervising the seven largest student loan servicers to ensure they treat borrowers fairly and comply with federal consumer laws, the agency said on Tuesday.
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken a broad interest in the burden of student loan debt, which it says now totals $1.2 trillion and saddles many borrowers with debt that takes years to repay.

    More than 40 million borrowers with non-bank student loan debt depend on companies that manage borrowers’ accounts and process payments.

    The agency said it has found a concerning resemblance of problems encountered by student loan borrowers dealing with servicers and those faced by homeowners dealing with mortgage servicers.

    Student loan borrowers have complained about being charged late fees as a result of processing mistakes by the servicers, lost paperwork and poor communication.

    “Student loan borrowers should be able to rest assured that when they make a payment toward their loans, the company that takes their money is playing by the rules,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

  8. 37 africa
    December 3, 2013 at 7:55 am

  9. 41 africa
    December 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

    • 42 anniebella
      December 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

      This is good news africa. Is the media going to talk about this?

      • 43 africa
        December 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

        I sure hope so. They will have to. They were eager to report bad news. We will have to keep calling them out on twitter and using ally blogs like Media Matters, PlumLine, etc. to push their peers. I have noticed that when we keep pushing, these folks tend to pick up and push alongside with us.

        When PBO gets out there talking about it, we get out there pushing it hard, too.

        GOP and MSM are in a pickle.

  10. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    December 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Good Morning Chips and all of TOD!

    Have a great Tuesday and in the spirit of the Holiday Season I leave you with this beautiful rendition of The Little Drummer Boy to start your day.

  11. 45 amk for obama
    December 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I want late night threads form here onwards to be called as ‘amk chatting to himself’ .

  12. 58 africa
    December 3, 2013 at 8:06 am

    “The first event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, but it is just the first wave in a tsunami of information the Obama administration plans to unleash.”

    • 59 anniebella
      December 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

      I heard that this morning and I’m glad to see they are going on the offense now. I heard that not only will POTUS be speaking, but so will Democrats. We can’t let the media and Republicans continue to lie about Obamacare, without sharing some good info concerning Obamacare.

      • 60 africa
        December 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

        Yep. All of us have to do our part. The media, left alone, is GOP mouth piece. Democrats better be out there talking about Obamacare. They all need to take a cue from the governor of Kentucky.

      • December 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

        I hope the Dems are getting the message that when you don’t stand with our President, we don’t stand with them. I have had several opportunities to tell fundraisers that and clearly they had heard that message prior to my call and emails. I hope it continues because I intend to hammer them with that message every time they bash our President.

      • 62 Judith Fardig
        December 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

        Couldn’t agree more that Democrats must be on offense WITH PBO in defending and promoting the ACA. I think all of our quiet work in talking 1:1 with our friends and families is still the most effective tactic. Letters to the editor might help, too.

  13. 63 99ts
    December 3, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Hello early birds – had one of those fab afternoons with daughter and grandbabe – nothing more important than running around the park, drinking juice and laughing at the world. I’m exhausted, babe has energy I have long forgotten about. 🙂

    • 64 LDS
      December 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

      What a joy! I am so happy for you, daughter and babe. Sounds like you guys brought joy to the park, that’s what it is all about.
      Cherish these moments and hold them dear to your heart.

      • 65 99ts
        December 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

        It is a joy to see the world through a granddaughter’s eyes LDS – also a reminder to look after our world – it will soon be theirs. Hope your day has been a good one

  14. 66 Ladyhawke
    December 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

    113th Congress, going down in history for its inaction, has a critical December to-do list

    By Paul Kane


    The good news for Congress as it heads into the final workdays of the year is that, for the first time in five years, there are no edge-of-the-cliff December crises threatening to bring the country to its knees.

    The bad news is that whatever gets done in December will still be part of a year with record-low congressional accomplishment.



  15. 67 africa
    December 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Chips, I want to send you an e-mail. Tell me where, please? Anyone, if Chips is not here right now!!

  16. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    December 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

    As I head out to work with my favorite radio host I’ll leave you with this article about him being a big fan of PBO!

    Have a great O’Day everyone!!!

  17. 73 Linda
    December 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Aww…Morning Junk is tired of leading with Obamacare every day……

  18. 74 desertflower
    December 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Some important thoughts from Jeremy Bird on voting…..


  19. 75 LDS
    December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Good morning, Ms. Chips. That chicken looks like how GOP must feel after undermining our President…..again.
    I have no words for their donothingCongress attitude while getting paid a paycheck. Thank you for all you and everyone else who works so hard to give us this gift to come here. This is truly Give Back Tuesday. I am on my way to do what myself and others do every Tues. that is give away clothes, books, shoes, hugs and smiles to whosoever needs them. It is such a good feeling to be able to help others.
    Thank you, Ms. Dudette for the long version of D. Hathaway’s “This Christmas”. That song always makes me feel so many different feelings at once……so many good memories despite of what is going on around me. Thank you.
    #Yes We Can

  20. December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Since the media likes controversy so much, did any of them say anything about the Fast4Families attempt to meet with Boehner? I bet if they did they’d try to spin it to something negative about the President.

    • 77 africa
      December 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

      You can bet if they were in front of the WH, every station would have it. Good question for twitter. Thank you.

  21. 78 desertflower
    December 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Great toon I can’t get off here…http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024124400

  22. December 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD! Happy Tuesday 🙂

  23. 80 hopefruit2
    December 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Media’s latest weapon now that the ACA website is working: MANUFACTURED POLLING

    • December 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

      The poll itself makes no sense. People will disapprove of someone doing something to fix a broken healthcare system versus disapproving about a dysfunctional GOP who is doing nothing except trying to sabotage efforts to improve the system?!?!?!? Really?!?!?!?

    • 82 LDS
      December 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

      The same CBS that ran with the Benghazi lie and we are supposed to believe their polls? REALLY?

  24. 83 africa
    December 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

  25. 85 africa
    December 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

  26. 86 hopefruit2
    December 3, 2013 at 9:00 am


  27. 91 hopefruit2
    December 3, 2013 at 9:04 am

  28. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2013 at 1:57 am

    The President’s fist bump with the worker is one of my all-time favorites!

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