Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama tours Orion Energy Systems, Inc. in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on January 26, 2011


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Sunday!

132 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. January 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

    More like early, early bird :-). Goooood morning!

  2. 11 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

  3. 23 WilTal
    January 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Good morning…wishing everyone a wonderful a day!

    Oh boy Chips, VC will not be a happy camper because you managed to sneak in while she was getting the sleep out of her eyes. Congrats on being numero uno!

  4. 25 desertflower
    January 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Morning everyone! This is what time you wake on Sunday when you fall asleep at 7:30 pm on Saturday! 🙂 I have no idea what’s going on or what I missed…. par for the course.

  5. 27 Don
    January 26, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Good Morning TOD Family, live long and prosper.

  6. 28 Roberta in Mn
    January 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

    And my Stupid Democratic Gov. Dayton sent a letter to the President to ease regulations on propane gas and natural gas because of high prices happening because of the prolonged cold snap. Sometimes I just shake my head at some of these DLC’ers. We are to go back in the deep freeze again with blizzard conditions starting tonight. Damn can’t win this winter. Everyone else stay warm and out of the icky weather.

    Good Morning all and congrats on 1st Chips.

    • 29 99ts
      January 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

      GM Roberta – I continue to be amazed that so many, so called political leaders, think the President can control anything and everything – despite they see that the congress keeps stopping so much that he tries to do.

  7. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    January 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Happy Sunday to the TOD morning crew. Lots of road trips for us ahead. We celebrate mother-in-law’s 94th birthday on Wednesday and then we’re off to babysit our little grandbaby on Thursday and Friday. I’m praying the weather gods are kind to travelers this week.

    • 31 99ts
      January 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

      That’s an impressive birthday jackie – how delightful that she is still here to celebrate your grandbaby. Enjoy your visits and wishing you mild weather.

      • 32 jackiegrumbacher
        January 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

        Thanks, 99. MIL has better eyesight and hearing than I do, drives responsibly, volunteers weekly to help teach life skills to prisoners, and visits the “elderly” in the nursing home. She still cooks, shops, cleans, reads extensively and never misses a trick. I’m certain she will be a centenarian–at least.

  8. 33 WilTal
    January 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    …a long way go. I am praying that they never ever recover.

    GOP looks for unity within party
    Visible cracks show GOP has a ways to go in addressing problems diagnosed after the 2012 election.

  9. 34 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2014 at 8:32 am



    There will be 3 GOP responses to the State of the Union and all 3 will be from @MarcoRubio presenting his different views on immigration.


  10. 36 dotster3
    January 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Sorta sad but darkly humorous

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      January 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Dotster, metaphorically, this ‘peace killing’ will continue until the doves far outnumber the ‘hawks.’

  11. 38 99ts
    January 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Listening to up with Steve – he really does allow both sides to have their say. There is a supporter of the Lt Gov ranting whenever given a chance to say something – and Steve does not interrupt him.

    • January 26, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Noticed the same thing. That guy was clutching at straws to support the Lt. Gov. and badmouth the Mayor.

      • 40 99ts
        January 26, 2014 at 9:23 am

        I’ve never watched Steve until this story broke – I find him impressive with how he treats his guests – and the guy was a loud mouth. His support of the Lt Gov had little basis in fact. Sounded a little like Queen Victoria – “Women just wouldn’t do that”!

  12. 41 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I agree with this Schäuble feller.

  13. 42 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:43 am

  14. 43 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

  15. 44 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:47 am

  16. 45 Don
    January 26, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I saw “Mitt” last night on Netflix, there was a scene after a Republican debate that Mitt said “Obama blew away everyone in the Democratic debate.” then Mitt started calling out all the names that then Senator Obama defeated. He mentioned Senator Clinton, Senator Biden, Governor Richardson, Senator Edwards, and Senator Dodd. All those names are the Who’s Who in politics, but Senator Obama was able to beat them and send them on their way. Mitt also said that “despite John McCain having all the military and foreign policy experience, Obama was still able to beat him.” There’s a scene at the end of the documentary that’s very sad and interesting, and it proves to be quite accurate about those that go up against Barack Obama.

    • 46 desertflower
      January 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Morning, Don! What would that very sad and interesting part at the end, be?? I’m not going to sit through that Mitt movie…inquiring minds want to know! The man sounds defeated before he even DID anything. Awful choice for President…sounds like people will see that if they watch. Now fess up and spill the beans on the ending:)

      • 47 Don
        January 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

        Ok desertflower, here goes. At the end of the documentary Mitt and Ann are standing in front of their home and its cold and dark outside and they are talking with the Secret Service people that had just dropped them off, not unlike a cab driver that has just dropped off his passengers. Mitt and Ann are carrying a couple of bags through the garage, they walk into their home and turn on the lights. And after some silence Mitt walks over to a big bay window and sits there looking out aimlessly, Ann sits quietly on the other side of the room on the edge of a sofa. It was sad in that just a few hours earlier Mitt was on the cusp of being President of the United States of America and now they were being dropped off like they were coming back from the grocery store. And now its just them two all alone in a big empty cold house and they have no idea what to do next.

        • 48 amk for obama
          January 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

          Just so you don’t go overboard


        • 49 desertflower
          January 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

          AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. My heart aches. NOT. Thanks for the details. Yup, sad and pathetic that all their money and influence couldn’t buy them an election. We have that problem all the time, don’t we?
          I’m snarkin’, but really..thanks, Don. Don’t believe you sat through the whole thing.

        • 50 99ts
          January 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

          I like your description of the scene
          “There’s a scene at the end of the documentary that’s very sad and interesting, and it proves to be quite accurate about those that go up against Barack Obama.”

          It appears Romney really thought President Obama was going to be defeated. He didn’t believe the country would vote for him twice. Republicans see what they want to see – they do not see reality.

          • 51 Don
            January 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

            It’s much more than that 99ts, Mitt and his ilk thought that how can this little “you know what” win again. I’m a wealthy business man and I know how to run a country because I’ve run several businesses and a Olympics. Not once in the entire documentary did Mitt mention the middleclass or the poor, everything out of his mouth as about businesses he’s turned around. The entire family reeked of privilege and entitlement.

            • 52 99ts
              January 26, 2014 at 10:31 am

              Which was exactly how he ran his campaign – all about Mitt – nothing about anyone else. His achievements were always based on what he was given by others – be it business or the olympics – but he thinks he did it all on his own.

          • January 26, 2014 at 9:51 am

            And the media enables that delusion because the media, for the most part, is run by Republicans/Libertarians. With all those polls and endless hours of worthless punditry suggesting that PBO was going to lose or at best eke out a win in the electoral vote (while still losing the popular vote), the exaggerated hyperbolic lamenting of PBO’s first debate, and other such events, it was no wonder Willard went to Nov 6 with a mountain-sized ego that he was going to be President-elect Romney.

            The media most recently fooled the GOP into thinking that the ACA and associated “problems” with the website was going to be THE issue of 2014 – thus there was clearly no planning on the part of the GOP for the current success of the law. Right now they have no coherent message to put up a convincing rebuttal to PBO’s SOTU address. They are forced to grasp on to straws provided by the likes of Snowdenwald – and that is about to fizzle just like IRS/Benghazi/Syria/ACA etc, because the American people simply aren’t buying what the GOP/Libertarian media is selling.

            • 54 99ts
              January 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

              Amazing how everything the media/GOP threw at the administration was easily proven false, but the Governors problems are yet to be resolved – despite the GOP is trying so hard to say “move along”

              The GOP is falling back on their never ending attacks on women – not sure what the media will find for their backstop – probably Snowdenski

    • 55 WilTal
      January 26, 2014 at 9:02 am

      So, goes to show that Mitt was delusional when he and Miss Ann thought that he had a chance against our magnificent President! Now, we have two sore losers (Mitt and McCain). Their loss to PBO will eat at their core forever.

      • 56 carolyn
        January 26, 2014 at 9:42 am

        The Presidency was the first thing Mitt had not been able to buy. He basically bought the Republican nomination. So, he was in disbelief about losing. Loss had never happened to him before. His only reaction is to demean the person who beat him. Al his TV appearances are total bitterness and anger at President Obama, not one bit of self-examination or reality acceptance. He’ll be eaten up the rest of his life. GOOD!!!

  17. 58 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

  18. 60 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

    • 61 99ts
      January 26, 2014 at 9:32 am

      I didn’t know (until now) that your republic day was the same day as our Australia Day – small world 🙂

      • 62 amk for obama
        January 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

        who you calling small world?

        Yeah, son unit came down from the college just to watch the parade in my state. He lurvs everything military. /smh

        • 63 99ts
          January 26, 2014 at 9:41 am

          We share more than I ever knew – to me that makes the world a small and friendly place.

          Very quiet Austalia day in my town – main activities relate to citizenship ceremonies and parties for new settlers – apparently from 150 different countries!

  19. 64 dotster3
    January 26, 2014 at 8:56 am

    This looks like it’s going to be an important special, should be required viewing by all. 1 in 3 American homes now have guns, many loaded and not locked away—–accessible to kids. Young parents might want to inquire about same before they send their kids off to a play date at a friend’s home.

    • 65 desertflower
      January 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Good! This might be the ONLY way to get through to some of these imbeciles with their reckless and irresponsible behavior…they all think that this will never happen to them, until it does. They won’t read an article, but they’ll watch TV…so, if this drives the message home what guns have done to HARM and not PROTECT….all the better.

    • January 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Twenty years ago when my children became old enough to go to others’ homes without me, I made them promise to leave a room if there was a gun-even a toy gun. They thought I was insane, but I drilled it into them. I told them that sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference and they were not to take any chances, just tell their friend their mom wouldn’t allow them to stay in the room with a gun, and then to call me ASAP. Even back then I knew of two children killed by guns; one was the cousin of a little girl in my class who was killed by another cousin playing with a gun, and the other was a boy who was sneaking around an elementary school at night with a toy gun who was killed by a policeman who thought he had a real gun. I think after that they made toy manufacturers put bright orange tips on the guns but I told my children to take no chances.

    • January 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

      This photo just turns my stomach. I will never understand people who do this to their children. I will never understand people who feel the need to carry guns into restaurants and coffee shops, schools (places of LEARNING), WHEREVER. It’s disgusting and terrorizing and it is ruining our country.

  20. 68 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

    2014 Oz open = year of upsets.

  21. 69 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

  22. 70 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

    • January 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Wow. Steamroller, indeed.

      This kind of sums it up for me:

      “Campbell, a Clinton ’08 leader, said she doesn’t view Clinton’s Iowa loss as a mistake per se.”

      They had no real ground game. They relied on gimmicks and her infallibility. She was caught WAY off-guard.

  23. 74 desertflower
    January 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Don’t have coffee/ food near your face. Blame Bob Cesca.

  24. January 26, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Still listening to Steve K. Christie is a crook and evil. More and more and more keeps coming out. Will the people of NJ be open-minded enough now to realize what they’ve done????

    • 76 99ts
      January 26, 2014 at 10:53 am

      He won’t survive as governor – whether they want him to say or not. I could not understand from the discussion why he cancelled the tunnel? Who benefited from that?

  25. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

    GM TOD

    How wonderful it was to catch up on yesterday’s threads and see our wonderful {{Dudette}} was here for a bit last night. I’m so glad to read that she is doing better health wise. Even though many of us lurk at night and don’t comment we come here and read and listen to the music that she, amk and 99ts and others provide us overnight.

    Late Night Owls we appreciate you!!!!

    • 78 jackiegrumbacher
      January 26, 2014 at 9:38 am

      So right, Donna, at night I’m too tired to comment, so i just drift with the comments and the music.

    • 79 99ts
      January 26, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Hi Donna – I’m much more of a listener when it comes to music – my taste is in my boots. The beatles, the Everly brothers & Johnny Cash! with a smattering of Tchaikovsky. I love Dudette’s music because it is all so new to me.

      • January 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

        HA! You are such a treasure, 99ts.

        • 81 99ts
          January 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

          I am lost for words – you are too kind meta – I speak the truth as it is in my world.

          The mother of my grandbabe has been a musician since whenever (got it from her father). She tells me I have the worst taste in music ever. I’ve learned to live with it 🙂

    • 82 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I missed Dudette last night but so happy to hear that her health has improved and she’s well enough to post on TOD. I miss her excellent TOD DJ’ing and fabulous posts/tweets and look forward to seeing them again!

  26. 83 Don
    January 26, 2014 at 9:38 am

    The Feds offered ex-gov Bob McDonnell a plea deal that would spared his wife any jail time, but McDonnell didn’t take it. And that ladies and gentlemen is the type of person he is, proclaiming yourself innocent is one thing, but not taking a deal that would have spared your wife is another. McDonnell was supposed to take that deal as soon as it was offered and I believe the Feds would have worked with him and his lawyer on a sentence that was somewhat digestable sentence, but since McDonnell can’t or won’t take the deal I think the Feds are really going to go after his ass.

    • 84 carolyn
      January 26, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Don’t think I’d want to be at their breakfast table this morning!!! Did anyone else notice her facial expression when on stage with him this past week! He was smiling…..and if looks could kill……..!

    • 85 desertflower
      January 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

      I posted about this last week. What a nasty dickless wonder he is. I hope he feels some real pain from all this.

    • 86 Don
      January 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I work in a Federal Prison, the only thing worst than prison is going to prison. Christie had better have his come to Jesus moment, and quick. Trust me, the Feds don’t play games and they don’t wait for any man.

      • 87 globalcitizenlinda
        January 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

        Bob & Christie – both need to cut deals with the Feds;

        I have read and seen enough about Federal Prison (with no chance of reducing the sentence) and I can’t play games with the Feds

  27. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    January 26, 2014 at 9:48 am

  28. 90 desertflower
    January 26, 2014 at 9:50 am

    DUDETTE WAS HERE LAST NIGHT?????? Now I have to go back and see:) hoping she’s feeling better and better everyday!

  29. 93 Vicki
    January 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Full page ad in NY Times this morning. ” No Labels.” An alternative Party. Co-Chairmen Jon Huntsmann and Joe Manchin.
    I’d like to suggest alternative names for this new political party:
    No Brains
    No Winners
    No Heart

  30. 120 globalcitizenlinda
    January 26, 2014 at 9:53 am

    • January 26, 2014 at 9:59 am

      DITTO. That’s a better way of saying what I said earlier…….about more and more and more coming out and how corrupt and evil he really is.

      Happy Sunday to all.

  31. 122 hopefruit2
    January 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

  32. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    January 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

    • 124 globalcitizenlinda
      January 26, 2014 at 10:17 am

      I love this !!!!!

      this is very creative message from the Nuns and it is full-throttled support of socio-economic justice with PBO policies collected – love it

  33. 125 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

    • 127 anniebella
      January 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I gave up on polls during the 2012 election. And you would think that killing Osama bin Laden the poll numbers would have went up 30 points or more.

  34. 128 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

  35. 129 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 10:32 am

  36. 131 globalcitizenlinda
    January 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

  37. 132 Don
    January 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

    This fucking guy and all his theories on “States Rights” which is another way of saying that blacks or gays or any other group that isn’t lilly white deserves any constitutional protections. I absolutely loathe this guy with ever fiber of my being; he’s lived and sucked on the government’s teat all his fucking life but god forbid some poor soul that needs a helping hand.

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