Early Bird Chat

President Obama boards Air Force One to leave Palm Springs International Airport on Monday, Feb. 17, en route to Washington


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Tuesday!

106 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • February 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Morning vetivera24, morning everyone!

    • 4 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Hi, V! For a moment when I saw ‘1 comment’ I thought it might have been you-know-who (in the shades) again!

      • February 18, 2014 at 7:50 am

        Naw! Just me up too early.

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          February 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

          You were just overly eager to start your Tuesday – to see what it has in store, you know! 😀 My driveway is covered in white stuff …again, the sky is heavy and portentous looking, and the pretty little white flurries are raining happily and steadily down. Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi! 😀 on the bright side – I have NO plans to go outside, not even to shovel.

          • 7 Dudette
            February 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

            Morning Chipsie-Dipsie! Morning Family! 🙂

            • 8 vcprezofan2
              February 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

              Fortunately for us parents at my end, snow days are not a frequent thing. We’ve only had two, or three, this winter; both coincidentally on days when I was booked to work. Hey!

          • February 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

            Negative on the eagerness. Yet more snow here. I’m hiding inside just like the wild rabbits under my deck. They’re smart.

            • 10 vcprezofan2
              February 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

              😯 You have rabbits under your deck too! At first I COULD NOT figure out who/what huge animal was making those big ‘footprints’ in the snow in my backyard. So of course I came up with all kinds of scary scenarios, all of which necessitated my not going around to the back, or the side, of the house for ANY reason. Then one evening I spotted a rabbit exiting from under the deck and heading towards the fence. I’m not sure I’d call him smart though. What is he (or they) still doing around? It makes no sense to me, especially the fact the little doofus comes out for a walk at dusk, seemingly every other evening. Go figure! smh. Anyhow, I’m glad to hear my under-deck is not the only one favoured as a winter retreat.

              • February 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

                They find a spot and make themselves at home. Had a lovely little baby in my backyard for most of the summer. He came out to eat with the birds. No fighting with my 7 lb dog. Much preferred to skunks.

                • 12 vcprezofan2
                  February 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

                  ‘Much preferred to skunks.’

                  Yes, when put like this I have to admit that I 100% agree. 😀

                  • February 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

                    They are absolutely not pépé le pew!

                    • 14 vcprezofan2
                      February 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

                      THEY actually scare me more than the other wild creatures who think it’s ‘our’ backyard because they always seem to take their own sweet time to get out of the way. In truth, the one I saw about a year ago was a front yard kind of guy, strolling sedately across as if he had all the time in the world. You can’t believe how carefully I opened the front door for weeks after that sighting, and how relieved I was that he/she chose to move on [knock on wood]!

                    • February 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

                      All I can say is mothballs!

                    • 16 vcprezofan2
                      February 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

                      Really? Okay, thanks. I can easily handle that. 😀

    • 19 sabreen60
      February 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Congrats vetivera!

      Good Morning vetivera and TODers.

  1. February 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Morning everyone. Voted for Meta yesterday.

  2. February 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family. Ms. Chips, I hope your Mom is recovering well.

  3. 24 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

    A very ‘Good Monday Morning/Day’ to everyone!
    Today I’m thinking…..

  4. February 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Morning, early birds. Chirrrrrpppp.

  5. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    February 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Good Morning Chips and everyone this snowy morning. There was a lot of frustration on the site last night about Democrats not running in Alabama and about the consequences of gerrymandering. In many states this is the month for circulating nominating petitions. If there is any Democrat running for a statewide office, you can help by taking that person’s petition door to door for signatures. Many governorships and senate seats are at stake and these are NOT affected by gerrymandering. Plus registered Democrat can run for his or her local Democratic committee where you can start to effect change. When things get discouraging, start moving and doing something. We can’t make candidates for office magically appear, but we can work for the candidates that are running as if our lives depended on it.

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

      GM, JG.
      These are very practical suggestions. Thank you; I hope they encourage even one other person to participate by following the suggested steps.

  6. February 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    This is the attorney for the parents of Jordan Davis:

    • 29 99ts
      February 18, 2014 at 8:12 am

      gm Meta – it just had to be the not guilty option – I cannot imagine a juror who would refuse to compromise between M1 and M2.

      Many pundits were saying it was because they tried him for M1 – which I thought was silly – because M2 etc were options for the jury.

      It sounded (to me) from the jury questions that one or more people wanted to acquit – based on self defense or justifiable homicide. Slightly surprised if the only one was a female – although maybe the men just didn’t believe Dunn’s lies.

      • February 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

        I agree with you, 99ts. I thought it had to be one person who believed Dunn acted in self-defense, probably believed that Jordan Davis had a gun. To learn that it may have been one woman is truly depressing. As you know, Dunn’s performance on the stand was plainly suspicious and not credible. None of is lies added up and he contradicted himself quite a lot. So it had to be someone who related to him on a purely gut level – out of racism and fear. All it takes is one person.

        • 31 jackiegrumbacher
          February 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

          Meta, if true, it does say that 11 jurors wanted to convict. This needs to got o retrial and the prosecution has to be more careful about who’s selected for the jury.

      • February 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

        Also, notice the reference to “from DAY ONE.”

        • 33 99ts
          February 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

          It would seem he/she or whoever took little notice of the Judge’s instruction to explain the weak points of your argument. If every juror had a fixed position on day 1 – no jury would ever get a consensus. Wonder where the rumors are coming from?

          Should add – if she really believed Dunn – and thought he was in peril – I guess she had the right to hold out. Shame there wasn’t a hold out in the Zimmerman trial.

      • February 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

        • 36 99ts
          February 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

          I went to his twitter & saw that meta – I assumed that was what his 1st tweet meant – someone was confused – who knows why.

          Seems if he hadn’t fired those shots at the car as it left – could have been a hung jury on each charge.

    • 37 anniebella
      February 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

      One white female juror. I would love to know who the nut is who believe Michael Dunn acted in self defense in killing Jordon Davis.

    • 38 Obama Grandmama
      February 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      So most likely someone became a member of the jury that was inflexible in their thinking. No surprise in a state where firing guns is protected with the strictest Stand Your Ground Laws in the nation. Not sure how the critiques about jury selection or charges would necessarily help. It seems this law needs changing that allows this horrific crime.

  7. 39 99ts
    February 18, 2014 at 8:01 am

    GM every one. Because of all the chat about “House of Cards” I thought I would like to watch it again. No way I can access the US version – so it is the UK version I was looking for.

    If anyone wants to watch the UK version – it seems it is all on youtube. The first series is called “House of Cards”, the next is “To play the King” and the final series is “The Final Cut”

    Meta is running in 2nd place in the cooking event – if you haven’t voted – vote for her now – pastry studio

    • 40 Obama Grandmama
      February 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      If you have Netflix online here you search House of Cards and there is one listed with UK after the title. Each season is listed within that title.

  8. 41 Linda
    February 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good Morning.

    Why is Marco Rubio yapping about ” The Failed Stimulus ” ? He was not even in the Senate until 2011. Florida received over 10 billion. Maybe they should give it back.

    • 42 desertflower
      February 18, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Turtle man has the same BS in an opinion at Reuters. “Funny” how they “forget” their part in all this. Lying little fuckers.


      • 43 desertflower
        February 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

        And another thing..the stimulus was meant to kick start an awful economy…created and left to America BY REPUBLICANS. It did EXACTLY what it was meant to do, and we could use more of it….they piss me off. Every. Last. One.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Linda, nobody has been paying attention to Rubio lately. They fed him the GOP talking points for the week and he said, “hey, I’ll go with this and get a little ink and air time.” He’s a shallow, ignorant, self-centered little……… (you will in the blanks.)

    • 45 Lovepolitics2008
      February 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

      “Failed stimulus” is the talking point of the week. If I’m not mistaken, the unemployment rate has fallen under 7% recently. The stupid and false talking point is in response to the good news. The GOP ALWAYS does that. Good news means a negative GOP talking point the next week.

      I don’t know why democrats haven’t developed a strategy to counter the avalanche of negative talking points from the republicans. They probably think that people don’t listen anymore. Maybe they’re right. But I’m so tired of seeing the republicans always in attack mode. I LOVE it when they’re put on the defensive.

    • 47 MaewholoveourCIC
      February 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Why should the entire state suffer because of an idiot?

  9. 48 desertflower
    February 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning everyone:) Happy Tuesday! Love the pic of the President today…. now, some good news.


    A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.

    The donor, Tom Steyer, a Democrat who founded one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, burst onto the national political scene during last year’s elections, when he spent $11 million to help elect Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia and millions more intervening in a Democratic congressional primary in Massachusetts. Now he is rallying other deep-pocketed donors, seeking to build a war chest that would make his political organization, NextGen Climate Action, among the largest outside groups in the country, similar in scale to the conservative political network overseen by Charles and David Koch.

    YEA! A Dem billionaire with deep pockets:)

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Great–a billionaire’s war. Let this guy distract and outspend the evil Koch brothers. It would be the healthiest thing that’s happened in a long time even though I’m disgusted by the fact that it’s always about money.

    • 50 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

      YEA! A Dem billionaire with deep pockets 🙂 AND a heart for his country? We sure could use his input., 😉 😉 and that of his democratic peers.

    • 51 Lovepolitics2008
      February 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Finally some big help.

  10. 52 sherijr
    February 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Happy? Monday… TOD… so this is how my day by 8:12 am- car will not start… I slipped on the ice in my backyard.. landed (thankfully) on my knee and not my brain damaged head… dead rat on the side of my house- thank you to my dog for that- gate won’t open so I can put the trash out- too much ice blocking it- and me with zero ice melt.. and did I mention the CAR WON’T Start… dead pigeon on neighbor’s roof I can see (not smell yet) from my bathroom window… had to walk to the store.. forgot what I was there for.. a cop chatting loudly with the clerk, nearly stepping on my feet in his delight on how he plans to spend the day giving tickets to EVERYONE!! Not my typical morning I must say.. I want a do-over ;(

    • 53 sherijr
      February 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Damn and it’s Tuesday, not Monday.. did not even realize. So happy Tuesday 🙂

    • February 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Oh, man. You are having a crazy terrible morning. BUT, it’s still early and I hope things turn around for you, dear sherijr.

    • 60 desertflower
      February 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

      OMG, sherijr. Ouch. I hate days like that….just breathe. It will pass…not soon enough probably, but it will pass:)

    • 66 Dudette
      February 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Oh no sherijr! What a way to start the day! Hope your knee is okay and the rest of your day gets better. {{{ hugs to you }}}

    • February 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

      But apart from all that sherijr, was it a good morning?

      You POOR thing, what a nightmare start to the day, as Dudette said, things can only get better.

      Look after that knee sherijr, and yourself!!

    • 70 99ts
      February 18, 2014 at 8:39 am

      I am so amazed at how you all cope with this weather – I think I would curl up and hibernate until it was over.

      • 71 sherijr
        February 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

        lol, well compared to ND – this here in Maryland is really a piece of cake, so I really can’t complain- but that doesn’t stop me too much .. good morning 99ts!

        • 72 99ts
          February 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

          gm sherijr – I think you all have reason to be complaining – I once lived in a town where the temps got below freezing – worse thing we had to do was put anti freeze in the car radiator. That was a big learn for me – I had never heard of such a thing! There are a couple of places in Australia where it snows – did the big trek once to “see snow”. There were a few small piles of snow on the side of the road.

          • 73 sherijr
            February 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

            In North Dakota I had to plug in my car most of the winter because of the cold, below freezing temps.. here I haven’t had to do that.. luckily.

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Sherijr, my advice—go back to bed. Make yourself a nice cup of hot tea, get a good book, lie back on your pillows and think good thoughts and, if possible, get a short nap in. Then call your local garage and get the car looked at. The rest can wait. That old saw about “I should have stayed in bed” has a lot of truth to it.

      • 75 sherijr
        February 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

        I have thought of just that Jackie.. may take you up on that idea- bed 🙂
        My car’s problem is that I need a new battery cable- something my son- the MECHANIC was supposed to have done.. but didn’t. so later I’ll call my usaa and they’ll send a guy to give me a jump start.. that should get it going – I hope.

    • 76 MightyPamela
      February 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      ‘thankfully on my knee…’ do. Not. Like. {{{{{Sherijr}}}}}

  11. 78 sherijr
    February 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

    On a brighter, cute note… my 14 yr old son’s last words before leaving for school this morning were: I love the Beatles~ I mentioned the other day here that he’d been alternating his LOUD music listening between Pharrell Williams & Tom Lehrer (who I hadn’t heard of, but looked up- and was satirical singer/songwriter from the 1950s-60s- and who voted for Obama).. and then yesterday he began playing the Beatles, and again this morning… he asked me “so what happened to them anyway, mom”. So gave him a run down on ‘where they are now’.

    • February 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

      How sweet is that! Great that his musical taste is so diversified.

      I actually met Tom Lehrer as he was on the faculty when I worked in the same college at UC Santa Cruz. A very nice man with an intriguing life.


      • 80 sherijr
        February 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

        I’ll be darned meta, what are the odds- I will have to tell my son that you met him.. that will tickle him. I did read the Wiki on him and listened to some of his songs also.. my son’s music tastes crack me up, he’s all over the place.. and I love it- I often have to ask what he’s listening to.. and then go to youtube to check it out.

    • 81 Dudette
      February 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Cool kid! Way to go Mom! 🙂

  12. February 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This is for amk:

  13. February 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!

  14. 95 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Hey Chipsey-Doodle, I forgot to tell you last night that I like your new favourite picture. It’s a neat two-for-one deal. 😆 😆 Our President look great even in reflections!

  15. 96 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2014 at 8:53 am


    Lacking the will, not the votes

    By Steve Benen


    It is, to be sure, a longshot, and discharge petitions very rarely work. But the alternative is yet another year of a do-nothing Congress.

    Postscript: Costa’s piece also quoted former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.), who said, “If you’re a Republican in Congress, you’ve learned that when we shut down the government, we lose. Now that we’ve had some success in avoiding another shutdown, our fortunes seem to be rising, so maybe we don’t want big things to happen.”

    That’s quite an inspiring message: “Vote GOP 2014: We only shut down the government once, not twice.”


    (Steve Benen provides the best 2014 midterm elections slogan ever for the Republican Party.)


  16. 97 Nerdy Wonka
    February 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Haha. Nice! He’s all, screw you, racists.

  17. 98 99ts
    February 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

    g’nite all – past my bedtime – I had a glorious afternoon with the grandbabe – well grand little girl 17 months old – full of the joy of life – and today laughing and singing and dragging the grandmother here there and everywhere – I’m exhausted

    have a wonderful day

  18. February 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

    USA Today: Joel McHale to perform at WH Correspondents’ dinner

    Joel McHale gets to match comedic wits with President Obama at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

    McHale, the star of the NBC sitcom Community, will be the featured performer at this year’s WHCA dinner on May 3 in Washington, D.C.

    Also the host of the E! network program The Soup, McHale frequently satirizes politics and current events.


  19. 103 Linda
    February 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Grocery Store Worker Fired After Confrontation With North Carolina Governor


    ( the worker spoke up in the comments section )

  20. 104 desertflower
    February 18, 2014 at 9:46 am


    For the fourth time in two years, a rural hospital in Georgia is shuttering its doors over a dearth of patients who can pay for their medical services, the Albany Herald reports. An increasing number of hospitals that serve large numbers of poor and uninsured Americans are being forced to close in states that are refusing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

    The Lower Oconee Community Hospital, a so-called “critical access” hospital in southeastern Georgia with 25 beds, will close down and possibly re-open as an urgent care center that provides services that aren’t quite serious enough to necessitate an emergency room visit. Patients in the Wheeler County region who need more extensive medical care after the hospital closes will need to travel upwards of thirty miles in order to receive it.

    “We just did not have sufficient volume to support the expenses,” said CEO Karen O’Neal in an interview with local CBS affiliate WMAZ. “It’s a terrible situation, and it’s tragic, the loss of jobs and the economic impact.”

  21. 106 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This article on trafficking (an issue that PBO has on his agenda) is a really difficult read, but it gave me a perspective that I hadn’t really considered previously. “There is no such thing as a child prostitute” yet law enforcement treats abused youth as criminals.


    Across the United States, there are child sex markets not terribly dissimilar to those in Cambodia, Thailand and India. Girls are sold in this country with the same disregard for human dignity, and they are often tortured in the same ways when they try to escape.

    Like trafficked girls everywhere, they are hidden in plain view. In Washington, they are right in front of us — on “dates” at Motel 6 or bars in Adams Morgan. They are purchased through Web sites such as Backpage.com, where their under-age status is signaled with terms like “fresh” or “new to town,” or even the girl’s weight. Often they are dressed up to look older.



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