Early Bird Chat


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MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Christmas Eve!

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  1. 2 Ladyhawke
    December 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Good Morning Darlings. How are all of my little CHIPadees doing this morning? Love you all so much. LH

  2. 10 Roberta in Mn
    December 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Good Morning Chips๐Ÿ˜Œโ›„๏ธ๐ŸŽ„

  3. 12 Roberta in Mn
    December 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I am so glad our President is having a relaxing time. The people love him like we all do.

    • December 24, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Somebody’s hitting the egg nog a little early.

    • 15 dotster3
      December 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

      I didn’t know TOD had security forces. Cool! We’ve got everything we need right here!

      • 16 vcprezofan2
        December 24, 2013 at 8:55 am

        Morning, Dotster! Granddaughter is still sleeping, I take it, or you mightn’t have had time for the village. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wishing all of the Dotster family a terrific Dec 24th celebration once the ball starts a-rolling. Give grand-d an extra kiss and tell her some of us are still waiting for grandma to master picture-share.

    • 17 Dudette
      December 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

      What the hell…?

    • 18 Dudette
      December 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Chips, you are really gonna have to put a disclaimer on your twitter profile
      … that is, unless you like getting notes like this from these whack-a-doodles! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. December 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Good Christmas Eve Morning Chipsticks, Ladyhawke, Roberta….TOD Early Birds!!!!

    I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas Day and that peace and joy will be with you and yours throughout this holiday season.

  5. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    December 24, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Morning Chips and all early risers. Starting to feel that Christmas thing in the air today. Woke up with the special of excitement that just the idea of Christmas Eve always creates. Half of my family makes Christmas Eve the big day with feasts and present opening. The other half–mine–waits to savor it all on Christmas day. No matter how many decades go by, that little magic is always there. Anybody else make Christmas Eve the day, or do you wait? Funny Note: I have a nutcracker man standing on one side of our fireplace and a snowman with lights on the other. Our little granddaughter–the same height as either of them–loved the nutcracker, but backed up in alarm when she saw the snowman. Go figure.

    I’m so glad to see the president smiling and relaxed–mostly for his own sake, but also because it’s got to rankle those who thought he would be depressed and exhausted at the end of his so-called “bad” year. He’s way too polite to literally spit in their eye (lovely thought), but he sticks it to them in his own inimitable way. Have a great day!!!!!

  6. December 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Merry Christmas Eve Chips and TOD. It’s so great to see our President’s wonderful smile that we all know and love.

  7. 24 amk for obama
    December 24, 2013 at 7:55 am

  8. 29 mtmarilyn
    December 24, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Merry Christmas Everyone! Chips, how is it you get the gold so often. I do believe that there is a fix in.

    That tweet is a little weird.

    Love, love those pictures. Looks like he is relaxed and having a good time.

  9. 33 utaustinliberal
    December 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

  10. 34 amk for obama
    December 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

    oh well

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  11. December 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Good Christmas Even Morning everyone, if that makes any sense!

  12. 41 amk for obama
    December 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

  13. 42 amk for obama
    December 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

  14. 43 dotster3
    December 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

    That may be the most laughy I’ve ever seen President Obama. Love to see him that happy, having some fun escaping everything on the golf course where he can be a “normal” person for a few hours, recharging his batteries.

    • 44 mtmarilyn
      December 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

      That wonderful smile sure lights up my day. Hope they have a lovely time.

    • December 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Loved the pics too Dotster, thrilled he’s having fun!

    • December 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Yes, the golf course is the one place where he can be out in fresh air, surrounded by green and without SS hunching over his back. So I imagine that may be one of the reasons he’s taken to it. Being in Hawaii must bring him the sort of relaxation he loves, the exact opposite of the uptight institutions of DC.

  15. 47 amk for obama
    December 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

    That’s it folks.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  16. 49 99ts
    December 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    27 Minutes to Christmas in my world – hope you all have a great Christmas Eve

  17. 55 dotster3
    December 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Nearby Illinois daughter gets the hosting duties tonight. I have been assigned to bring the wine and the nuts, which suits my culinary skills perfectly. I can handle this.

  18. 60 Grab a mop grace
    December 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD ville.
    Wanted to de-lurk long enough to wish you all a Joyous Christmas Eve and thank you all for being such great company every day.
    So grateful that our precious First Family is in paradise this morning enjoying time together.

  19. 61 nospin
    December 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Merry Christmas to all and Blessings to you and your families in the upcoming New Year. May 2014 bring you lots of laughter, love, happiness, and great physical and financial health.

  20. 62 hopefruit2
    December 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Christmas Eve to all ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 63 vcprezofan2
    December 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Good Day, TODobots! Looks like it’s going to be a looooong one! It’s beginning to look like Christmas, indeed….and in two more days I can breathe a sigh for mission accomplished. That’s a calming thought. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Wish you ALL the best day you’d like, in whatever circumstance you are in!

    psst! โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ Love you all, like family (some with the words, some with the head, some with the heart) โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. 69 dotster3
    December 24, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The vest?

    • 70 vcprezofan2
      December 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

      I don’t know if it’s aging, or just a ‘curmudgeon’ personality, but I swear that I find a lot of our habits (as parents) really bizarre, not to mention contradictory. Like, whoever thought it was ‘cool’ to dress kids up, line up for ages, then plop them in the lap of a big, male stranger who keeps shouting ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’?

    • 71 anniebella
      December 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Santa: Don’t tell Megyn Kelly, but they are crying cause I’m white.

  23. 73 vcprezofan2
    December 24, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Wow Chips, it looks like you WERE first, by a minute! I can’t argue with the facts at all! /guess no one wanted to play with you at first, eh?/

  24. December 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Merry Christmas Eve morning everyone! Thanks for all the great pictures today (and every day)!

  25. 75 GGAIL
    December 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Good West Coast Christmas Eve morning Chipsticks & TOD family. I’m on my way to work. Hope to get off early. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      December 24, 2013 at 9:19 am

      I love the way, I’m asking questions this morning, then discovering the answers with a little patient reading! ๐Ÿ™„ Can you tell I’m truly out of it?

  26. 78 africa
    December 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

    who’s that handsome guy in these pictures? Oh, wait. That’s my president.

    Merry Christmas Everyone. Hiya Chips!!

  27. 79 JER
    December 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody! Here is some positive news.

    U.S. durable goods orders surge, boosting manufacturing outlook – Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods surged in November and a gauge of planned business spending on capital goods recorded its largest increase in nearly a year, pointing to sustained strength in the economy. …


  28. 80 GGAIL
    December 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Merry Christmas to 99t & to amk and all others who are already enjoying the Day!

    • 81 99ts
      December 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Thank you ggail – I’m off to bed – be partying and enjoying and watching grandbabe in a few hours. Enjoy your Christmas Eve

  29. December 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch dance off

  30. 84 99ts
    December 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

    It be now past midnight down under so all that is left to say

    “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

    See everyone later – enjoy!

  31. December 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Rev. Al featured the story of Mr. and Mrs. Gantt. She is the 95 y.o. widow who accepted the remains of her beloved 63 years after he was MIA in Korea. What a story.

    Here is the video :


    • 87 Dudette
      December 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I just want to wish everyone, TOD regulars and lurkers alike, a very Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday weekend.

      Peace and Love!

  32. 89 japa21
    December 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Happy Christmas Eve everybody.

    May the true meaning of Christmas (not the Sarah Palin meaning) spread throughout the world. One doesn’t have to be a Christian to spread the feelings of peace, tolerance, helping others and knowing that even the least among us has special value in this world. Although I am a devout Catholic, I know that no faith or non-faith has a monopoly on on those values.

    Thuis may be a little weird Christmas for us. My wife, a nurse who received her flu shot, has come down with the flu. Last night she felt like she was on death’s door, but today is doing a little better. But she may not be able to make mass tonight, which is something we haven’t missed in years. Plus, tomorrow morning we are supposed to go to my son’s house for a brunch with hin, our d-i-l and her family. But, specially since she is pregnant, this may not happen.

    But Christmas is truly something that is there within one and does not need to be celebrated with others in person. That adds to the celebration, but not being together
    does not negate it.

    Finally, a special request. Later today, when I get home, I want to try to post some You Tube videos of Christmas songs from a group I just found out about, but I have trouble posting videos. Can someone give me a step-by-step instructions for dummies on how to do that?

    • 90 vcprezofan2
      December 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Hi Japa! Sending good thoughts your way that Mrs. Japa will CONTINUE to feel much, much better today, and that together with family you’ll both create new and lovely holiday memories.

      • 91 japa21
        December 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

        Well thank you, lovely person that you are. As long as she doesn’t go back to where she was last night, laying on the bathroom floor, I think we will be okay.

  33. December 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Positive Black Male News: Detroit mailman saves familyโ€™s burning home, continues on delivery route
    By Randy Wimbley, Fox 2 News

    He wonโ€™t admit it but one Detroit neighborhood mailman is a hero now. โ€œI wouldnโ€™t say a hero,โ€ Darrian Crutcher says, hoping to set the record straight. But others see it differently.

    Tuesday morning Detroit firefighters responded to a house fire on Stansbury Street. When they arrived they found Crutcher upstairs putting the fire out with the homeโ€™s garden hose.

    The homeowner, Carolyn Patterson, lit incense and thatโ€™s believed to have started the fire.

    โ€œIt was a blessing for me to be at that spot at that particular time,โ€ Crutcher says. His quick thinking saved Pattersonโ€™s home and, possibly, her life.

    โ€œIt really was burning,โ€ Patterson tells Fox 2โ€ฒs Randy Wimbley.

    Crutcher tells us he got the hose from the side of the house, took it inside and hooked it up there and began to fight the fire.


  34. December 24, 2013 at 9:17 am
  35. 95 japa21
    December 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Pierce posted this yesterday but I didn’t see it until this morning.

    Excellent read on the hypocrisy of Congress and hits on part of the reason I was againsgt the budget deal:


    This decision was consciously taken by a Congress soaked in electorally convenient religiosity. This decision was consciously taken by a Congress so soaked in electorally convenient religiosity that its members believe that people — other people, naturally, and their children — will be strengthened in their moral character by completely avoidable deprivation. That the mothers and fathers out there, avoiding the gazes of their children because of the simple expectations there that they cannot meet, will be better, stronger, and moral people for the pain that causes them to look away as the lights on the tree begin to blur with their tears. That, in 2014, these people will thank the Congress of the United States for forging this completely unnecessary crucible in which their souls can be forged into sterner stuff. This is what this Congress believes, as it goes home proud of itself and its members dress themselves to sing the midnight carols with no conscience sounding in counterpoint, and this is Christmas in America, and it is the year of our Lord, 2013.

    All right then we are two nations.
    — John Dos Passos

  36. 96 relellit
    December 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Good morning early bird chatters & Chips

    Love that first picture of our President smiling. It seems to me that smile says ah ha, I’m so glad to get away from you suckers in the press. I’m being too bad with my interpretations; I hope Santa does not leave a lump of coal in my stocking. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Holidays to all!

    • 97 anniebella
      December 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

      I’m glad to see the President enjoying himself. Since right wing haters is always talking about how much it is costing the taxpayers for him to go on his vacations, let me say this, this taxpayer says to the President, First Lady, Malia, Sasha, Bo, Sunny, enjoy your Christmas vacation, it’s on me. A taxpayer who rather pay for a President and his family vacation, then a President unnecessary wars. Merry Christmas to the Obamas.

      • 98 carolyn
        December 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Yes, anniebella, vacations cost MUCH less than wars do! I’m just thrilled to see him looking relaxed and smiling so big!

        I read Charles Pierce’s editorial, and noticed that he quoted from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. How appropriate. He clearly gave the reason this play is resonating so much this season with people, as I’ve read. “Are there no workhouses, are there no prisons?”

        On a brighter note, we woke up to a surprise here today…..light snow. Forecast was freezing fog, and maybe this is how fog freezes, but it is lovely, but not icy. A neat surprise for the kids.

        Hope everyone has a wonderful few days. I read about so many wonderful celebrations in the making. We will be going to our son’s house tomorrow in Dallas to be with grandkids.

        See you all on the flip side!!!

        • 99 vcprezofan2
          December 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

          See you on the flip side too, Carolyn. Have yourself a ‘merry, little Christmas’ with the grandkids (some of whom are probably adults; yet the term brings to mind the little ones at Xmastime!)

  37. 100 hopefruit2
    December 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

  38. 102 relellit
    December 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Good morning rikyrah
    Thanks for posting the Black hero link. Kinda unusual for FOX NOISE. Here’s hoping there is no followup berating him. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Happy Holidays

    • 103 cookemom
      December 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Just a Mea Culpa by them to make-up for the silly Megan Kelly remark about Santa and Jesus. “See folks, some black folks can do good, but just not in a Santa costume.”

      • 104 japa21
        December 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

        Actually, that was a local Fox outlet which is totally separate from Fox News. Most local outlets are pretty good.

        • 105 cookemom
          December 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

          Ok then, but still……. I know the local FOX stations are pretty non-stupid. I would watch WFLD in Chicago area in the mornings, until Tamara Hall left. They still seem to do a decent job, I just don’t watch them as often.

  39. December 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Well ho ho ho all you O’s!!!! What a great getting up day again! Thank you Chips for keeping us all so cozy and warm ’round the TOD fireplace during this wonderful holiday season!

  40. 107 anniebella
    December 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I saw where the media is saying that President greatest achievement is also his biggest failure. Wait just a minute, I didn’t know Obamacare was a failure. I know it has had rocky roll out, but that’s not a failure. Not in my book, it is in the media’s book because they hate the President, and their agenda is to be negative and do the GOP dirty work. The Affordable Care Act Obamacare is not a failure. And that’s a fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. 108 japa21
    December 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Upthread, I postyed a link to one of Pierce’s excellent posts. This is the follow-up.


    But this is the argument in season over these holidays. That the poor must suffer in order to be redeemed. That hunger is a moral test to be endured. That only through pain can we hope. What doesn’t destroy you, etc. Santa Nietzsche is coming to town. The idea that we should — hell, that we must — act out of charity for each other through the institutions of self-government is lost in the din of a frontal system of moral thunderation aimed at everyone except the person who is out there thunderatin’ on behalf of personal-trainer Jesus, who wants us to work, work, work on that core. That was the way that government operated once before; the specific institutions that Scrooge mentions, and with which the Spirit eventually reproaches him in his own words – the prisons, the union workhouses, the treadmill, and the Poor Laws – were all government institutions based on the same basic philosophy that drives the debate over the food stamp program today.(We even seem to be going back to debtor’s prisons.) We have speeches on self-reliance given by government employees to people who increasingly have only themselves on whom to rely, day after grinding day. It is a way to keep the poor from having a voice in their own self-government. It is a way to keep the wrath of the boy at bay. There will be a reckoning, one way or another. But it can be staved off by platitudes, and by verses from Scripture wrenched from the obvious context of the Gospels. The sepulchers brighten whitely while the bones inside grow increasingly corrupt. This is what this Congress believes, as it goes home proud of itself and its members dress themselves to sing the midnight carols with no conscience sounding in counterpoint, and this is Christmas in America, and it is the year of our Lord, 2013.

    All right then we are two nations.
    — John Dos Passos

  42. 109 japa21
    December 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

  43. 110 japa21
    December 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Where did evreybody go? I am going to start acting like VC and start talking to myself. Please, somebody, don’t let me do that.

  44. 112 AJ
    December 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the wonderful TOD’ers who make our lives so much better…especially Chips and our other beloved blog tyrants. Much love, health and happiness to everyone here in 2014.

  45. 113 japa21
    December 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Well, I am almost ready to forgive pmcarpenter for his almost slavish devotion to Snowden earlier. It seems he has at the least, realized that Snowden isn’t the hero everybody (not really) was declaring him to be.

    This is an excellent putdown of those who thought Snowden should have been Time’s Person of the Year instead of Pope Francis:


  46. December 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

  47. 116 Bill R.
    December 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

  48. 117 GGail
    December 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    japa, I am hoping that your wife is recovering from her bout with the flu. If you can’t go to Mass, then you guys can light candles and say a homily and sing songs. When ever I get together with my cousins, it always turns into a gospel fest, then a soul fest – we sing everything ๐Ÿ™‚

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