Early Bird Chat

When Danny met his cousin. The next photo in the sequence is his cousin eating Danny.


MoooOOOooorning everyone! A gazillion thanks again to UT for keeping TOD going sooooo beautifully while I pigged out and snored, I still haven’t caught up with all the posts, eg Donna’s video and Linda’s post, looking forward to them.

Next up we’ll have the mighty GoBrooklyn’s 2013 Most Memorable Moments – and to all those who sent me emails I haven’t replied to yet, will get there!

109 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 5 vcprezofan2
    December 27, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Morning, you!

  2. 9 vcprezofan2
    December 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Season’s Greetings, Africa – to you and your hubby and son!

  3. 12 dotster3
    December 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I know you were concerned about that introduction—–looks so adorable and kissyface. That sweetness didn’t stick? Nephew dog protected his territory from rude intruder?

    • December 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Morning Dotster! Nephew dog incredibly tolerant, only growled when Danny tried to climb on his face and eat his dinner. Other than that, tried to pretend Danny wasn’t happening, that he was just a bad dream.

      • 14 dotster3
        December 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

        Hope Danny wasn’t disappointed in his polite but indifferent cousin’s lack of interest in his “charm” and “charisma”. And in his tug and impressive chewing skills.

      • 16 57andfemale
        December 27, 2013 at 10:00 am


        I remember when we brought Kasper home from the shelter. Nickelby was less than impressed. After a few hours, he looked at us as if to say, “Isn’t it time to take him back? What do you mean, he’s STAYING?!?!”

  4. December 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I have a pretty basic ACA question that came up during our family Xmas dinner chat: how will the government know if you do or do not have insurance? I don’t recall hearing that particular angle in all my website explorations, but probably just missed it.

    P.S. Danny is a lucky dog to still have green grass to play in! I’ve had to dig snow tunnels for my dogs – the yard looks like an ant farm. πŸ™‚

    • 18 99ts
      December 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I have no idea how it will be done in your world muscatinegal – but in my world for our private insurance, the insurance company sends you an annual statement of your premiums & the details have to be included in your tax return. Although we have a single payer system – people earning high incomes have to pay extra if they do not have additional private insurance.

      • 19 Obama Grandmama
        December 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

        Also, I think there is something about paperwork involved if going to the emergency room without insurance.

    • 20 57andfemale
      December 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Ah, my Calliope (now departed) used to dig her own snow tunnels. She was every bit a lady except when it came to snow. She LOVED snow – even as a five-pound puppy she would burrow in one side of a snow drift and come out the other.

      Housebreaking her in a cold Chicago winter, she would play in the snow for 45 minutes before she did what she needed to do. Then we’d go back in the house and I’d say to her, “Go tell Daddy you were a good girl” and she’d jump on Daddy in bed, all covered with snow and plant her snowy paws on his chest.

      Well, he wasn’t going to stand outside with her for 45 minutes in the cold, snowy dark so I thought it was fair.

    • 21 yardarm756
      December 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Good morning to you all…….In answer to your question muscatinegal, I read that each insurer will submit a report of each person in their individual pool. These will be compared to existing data bases at the IRS and Social Security. I don’t have a link for it but I sure I read it somewhere…….I’m really too busy worrying about NSA privacy invasions though(snark).

    • 22 utaustinliberal
      December 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I believe it’s through the IRS.

  5. 23 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

    You could have gotten the cousin, but noooo, you had to go for the bad boy.

    • December 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

      I’ve been saying that since Christmas morning Amk, kept hoping Danny would observe his cousin’s perfect behavior and learn from it …. but oh no. Asked family if we could swap …. you can guess the answer.

  6. 26 JER
    December 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody. I like that picture of Danny and his cousin.

  7. 29 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

  8. 31 99ts
    December 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning and g’nite everyone. I don’t think I have recovered from Christmas yet – so I shall go get some rest – I think I have reached the age where I need more sleep than a babe & missing my afternoon sleeps is not good.

    Enjoy the day πŸ™‚

  9. December 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

    ‘Morning Chips & TOD! Oh my…has Danny grown just in the last week. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. 34 relellit
    December 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Good morning Chips

    You deserved time to pig out and relax

    Happy Holidays

  11. 36 africa
    December 27, 2013 at 9:30 am

  12. 37 donna dem 4 obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Good Morning TOD and Welcome back Chips. I hope you had a wonderful couple of days with family and Danny O!

  13. 50 criquet
    December 27, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Hello everyone.
    Just want to say I hope everyone had a fabulous Xmas and Boxing Day.
    Unfortunately, I had very bad flu and had to miss Xmas lunch with my family and boxing day with friends but at least I did not spread any germs!!!
    I was also not up to much internet action so missed a whole lot in real time but I am catching up.

    My best wishes to everyone for 2014. Be well and stay safe.

    And a special Xmas and New Year wish to Danny from my dog. Woof and wags, Danny.

  14. December 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Howdy doody all you O peeps! ‘S up on this great getting up day in the TOD precinct?

    Woke up to Morning Joe this morning and I must say the panel, which included Joy Reid and others (no Joe, Meka or the usual old fogies), was refreshing to hear. It included both conservative and progressive views on all of the current political topics. The discussions were handled with respect to each other and their opposing leanings. It was they way political discussions should take place. Should this panel replace that Schmo guy, I’d actually tune in.

  15. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Quite interesting article about the scum Republicans plotting what to do next now that millions are signing up for ObamaCare …

    This persons comment regarding this article is right on point. I couldn’t have said it better myself:

    Carl ZeitzNew Jersey
    Eighty years after FDR signed Social Security into law Republicans are still trying to subvert it, undo it, limit it.

    They never stop, they never will and they will still be doing it 80 years from now whether its Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or now the ACA.

    It’s what they do, it’s who they are. They learn nothing and are incapable of learning anything, defenders of the past, forgetting always that the past was not so good as they imagine.

    In this case the past is but two months ago when 2 million people who now have health coverage didn’t have it. Next month it will be 3 million. A year from now 10 to 15 million.

    Now if only those millions will remember to vote next November and remember who helped them get health coverage and who tried to take it away from them.

    • 54 Jovie
      December 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Half who got healthcare are republicans, and won’t vote for This President. Sadly.
      But I agree with the premise of this article.
      Btw- hello!

    • 61 cookemom
      December 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

      The key is getting those folks who have health insurance for the first time; those who are covered with pre-existing conditions; those 18-26 year olds who are on their parent’s plans; those parents who don’t have to worry about their young adult child’s health coverage; women who can take advantage of wellness care, contraceptive, and gender fair pricing, to actually help in GOTV efforts.

      We can’t expect to hear their stories on the MSM apparatus, so they have to actually get out there and spread their stories to their neighbors, families, and friends by word of mouth. They can’t sit back being thankful, without giving back to the Dems who spent all of their political capital making things better for them. We have to call them out and ask for their help. We have to direct them to OFA and those type of organizations who can get them to become active on the ground.

      Many of these people have not been active in the political arena and we need them to realize that if they don’t become active, they will face a Pub party who’s sole intent will be to take away all of their healthcare gains.

    • December 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Donna you so on point….we are often asked why the GOP and the forces that they represent are on this mission….

      in the last thread…Bob…gave me the answer that has always been there….these forces wish to stem the tide of forward movement ….to halt the march toward justice and equality by enslaving us…( using voter suppression..stripping union and women’s rights, halt the march of LGBT folks, stymie Immigration reform…etc…) some are already enslaved (viewers of Fox…listeners of RW radio…and dare i say it ..some members of the PL)….we often think that once a battle is won…that it is won for good…but that is not the case…we must be ever ready not only DEFEND our progress…but PRESSSSSSSSSS ON to move our nation to be MORE Perfect….

      This is the role of the Obama Coalition….

    • 64 Vicki
      December 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

      We will help them to remember to vote, I hope.
      And I totally agree with your optimism regarding Obamcare, Donna.

    • 65 Jziglar
      December 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I think we should point out that it’s conservatives that will continue to oppose these things. We had liberal republicans and moderates who voted for social security and Medicare. Eisenhower expanded social security benefits. Right wing conservatives whether they be democrats or republicans have always opposed change and progress.

  16. December 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Good morning TOD. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

  17. 67 Roberta in Mn
    December 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Can’t seem to get another picture of Danny & Cuz chewing on each otherπŸ˜”

  18. 68 JER
    December 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

  19. 69 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    A good read on sunni-shia religious civil war in ME.


  20. 70 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Morning everyone:) Here’s a morning must read…and pass along.


    Republicans balk when one speaks about the Republican war on women, war on the poor, war on the environment, war on gays, war on minorities, and many other select micro wars. They don’t want these wars called out. And the reality is these should not be called wars at all. It is much too simplistic.

    It is a war on democracy. How do you win a war on democracy when there are many more subjects than you? You fight many battles. So the battle against the poor, the battle against women, the battle against gays, the battle against minorities, the battle against education, and any other micro battle to keep the subjects occupied is the modus operandi. It does not matter if in the process a few of the battles are lost. After all their eyes are on the ball, the destruction of a functional democracy.

    • 71 jackiegrumbacher
      December 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Great link, DF. The problem is that the vast majority of ordinary Republicans–those who vote R because their parents did–have no clue what this agenda is. Many of them would be horrified if they knew and so our job is to try to make this bigger strategy known. That’s the challenge. The vast ugliness of the tea party turned some of these every day Republicans away, but not enough. We have to keep at it, exposing the purpose and not get ourselves distracted by the rocks in our path.

      • 72 desertflower
        December 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Agreed! Some people still have a difficult time believing that their “beloved party” would engage in such a tactic…and are resistant to change and see the big picture. I have some of those people in my own family. Makes me nuts.

        • 73 Vicki
          December 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

          I think lots of publicity about extending UI and raising the minimum wage will help expose GOP and MSM for the vile creatures they are. It won’t be easy and it won’t be quick but eventually sane folks will get what the life destroying agenda of the Republican agenda is.

        • 74 Lynn
          December 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

          Thank you so much, desertflower! I ran into some of that information (I think it was on twink.org) a few weeks ago and can only digest a few bits at a time. My intestinal integrity has been sorely tested. Sincerely hope yours’ is stronger..

  21. 75 GGail
    December 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks, Danny & TOD family.

    It’s good to see that Chipsticks and Danny have returned πŸ™‚

    And yes, UT did a marvelous job keeping TOD moving and up-to-date!!!

  22. 77 cookemom
    December 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

    There are 1.2 million people who lose their unemployment benefits to today and 1.9 scheduled to lose them mid-May. We need to make sure those 1.9 people and every of age member in their family are first in line at the voting booths in 2014. With the millions who now have healthcare voting as well, we should be able to reverse the trend of Dems staying home during mid-terms.

    Corporations may be people my friend, and money legally has free speech, but thankfully, so far it’s still one person, one vote.

  23. 78 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Must Read about the effects to the country and individuals in regards to long term unemployment. Shocking.


  24. 79 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I bet you wouldn’t worry about unemployed either if your job were gerrymandered for you to keep it no matter how terrible you were.
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  25. 80 57andfemale
    December 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

    A good article:

  26. 81 57andfemale
    December 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I haven’t checked twitter much recently, and my TL is full of those obnoxious cute kitty tweets I’ve heard so much about. God.

  27. 82 LDS
    December 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Hello Jovie,
    So nice to see that you are here.
    Good morning TOD!
    Just finished a nice brisk walk in Central Park.
    So glad that millions will have affordable health care. I intend to keep calling it Obamacare because it is working and the HATERS can’t do a damn thing about it.
    It is here to stay, it is real and Obama cares.

  28. 83 Linda
    December 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

    NEW YORK (AP) β€” A federal judge in New York has ruled that a massive federal phone-tracking program is legal.

    U.S. District Judge William Pauley issued the decision Friday. He says the program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to eliminate al-Qaida’s terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

    In ruling, the judge noted the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and how the phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect the dots before the attacks occurred.

    He says the government learned from its mistake and “adapted to confront a new enemy: a terror network capable of orchestrating attacks across the world.” He said the data-collection program was part of the adjustment.

    He dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU did not immediately respond to a message for comment.


    So …one Federal judge calls it Unconstitional and another says it is legal…… ( very confusing )

  29. 86 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm


    Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin and First Runner-up in our most recent vice-presidential pageant, is death on people who don’t work for a living. Unemployment benefits create a culture of entitlement, after all. The modern welfare state destroys the work ethic that made America the kind of place where a burger-flipping kid from Janesville, only through luck and pluck and Social Security survivor benefits (You’re welcome, dickhead.), could rise to a point where Joe Biden laughed at him on national TV. Paul Ryan believes that government benefits have a corrosive effect on society, depriving its members of the character-building effects of poverty and hunger. he believes in the salvific effect of money earned in the perfect free-enterprise system.

    He also believes in casinos.

  30. 87 donna dem 4 obama
    December 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      December 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      My oldest granddaughter and her son are coming for their Christmas visit tonight … her dad printed a copy of this to hang above her bed: “When All Else Fails, Call Dad” !!! He still loves it when they “need” him, and that soft spot in him will never change! #Daddy’sGirls

  31. 89 JER
    December 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  32. 90 utaustinliberal
    December 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    HOLIDAY TV IS WON: AMC is doing a Breaking Bad marathon (Season 1 – 5) aka One Of The Greatest Shows Ever Created. If you missed it, you can catch up. It goes on until December 31st.

    ::happily says goodbye to sleep and hello to binge watching::

    p.s. They’re also doing a Walking Dead marathon.

    • December 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Breaking Bad is the BEST TV I’ve ever watched. Of course if you’re an Albuquerque native it’s a bonus! Next best ever for me was 6 Feet Under. Disclaimer: I don’t watch much! Never saw Sopranos…..never watched Boardwalk Empire….etc. Watched Man of Steel last night – – Hideous. First 30 minutes was interesting and then straight downhill to intense stupidity. Couldn’t wait for it to end. One man’s opinion!!

    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      December 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I noticed that Walking Dead marathon – oldest granddaughter is visiting and guess what she’ll want to watch! You can’t even talk when she’s watching. Ha. #ThankGodForExtraTVs

    • 93 cookemom
      December 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Breaking Bad is #2’s most favoritist show ever in the history of broadcasting, according to her. She will be thrilled because I will no longer have an excuse to avoid watching it. Hmmm, maybe I won’t tell her.

    • 94 COS
      December 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks UT. I saw part of season 1 on Netflix. I will start where I left off.

  33. 96 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    For lovers of trivia and you number crunchers. πŸ™‚

  34. 103 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Subject: One Way to Have a Safe Holiday!

    With the holidays upon us I would like to share a personal experience with you about drinking and driving. As you may know some family and friends have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a “social session” out with friends.

    Well, three days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails, followed by some nice cold beers. Feeling jolly I still had the sense to know that I may be over the limit. That’s when I did something that I’ve never done before … I took a cab home!

    Sure enough on the way home there was a police road block, but since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was a real relief and surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don’t even know where I got it and now that it’s in my garage I don’t know what to do with it!!

    Happy Holidays!

  35. 105 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    You never know when you’ll need something like this.

  36. 108 Linda
    December 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    White House Confident Obamacare Glitches Are A Thing Of The Past

    Sam Stein


    last two paragraphs

    At a briefing before the Christmas break, senior administration officials said the insurance companies themselves were working with consumers to clean up the β€œbad data” they’d received and that β€œfewer than 1 percent of all the transactions that we have done since Dec. 1” had missing pages.

    As a technical matter, at least, the White House does seem to have moved past a major obstacle. The website is clearly doing better than it was when it launched, and its performance is evidently exceeding the administration’s expectations.

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