Early Bird Chat

President Obama examines the Resolute Desk on March 3, 2009, while visiting with Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in the Oval Office. In a famous photograph, her brother John F. Kennedy Jr., peeked through the FDR panel, while his father President Kennedy worked (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Monday!

83 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 desertflower
    March 3, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Good Monday morning! Everyone stay safe and warm..

  2. 7 mtmarilyn
    March 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Good morning

  3. 9 Cindy
    March 3, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Good morning desertflower,

    Congrats on 1st, wtg

    Happy Monday! Have a wonderful day!!

  4. 10 africa
    March 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Happy Monday TODers.

    Hiya Chips

    What an Oscar night. Lupita and 12 years..

  5. 11 COS
    March 3, 2014 at 7:59 am

    GM Chips and TOD friends.

  6. 13 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good Morning Everyone. It’s another snow day here in the DC area.

  7. March 3, 2014 at 8:02 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂

  8. 15 mtmarilyn
    March 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

    If anyone tells me there is no climate change, they just have to look at our weather. For the last 3 days we have had wind chills of -30. We have 12″ of snow and 4′ drifts. Yesterday we had freezing rain. Today it is to get up to 38 with more rain. The weatherman says 40’s the rest of the week. This is not normal.

    • 16 mtmarilyn
      March 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Forgot to add all the schools are closed again today. The main streets are pretty clear, but the side streets are almost impassable. Now with all this snow melting. It will be a mess.

    • 17 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Unbelievable. These erratic swings in temps with extremes of weather are definitely not normal. And they’re happening more frequently.

    • 18 57andfemale
      March 3, 2014 at 8:42 am

      we had another 5 inches of snow in Chicago over the weekend. Even though some of the snow pack had melted a little, there are piles of snow waist to shoulder high. Lifting snow onto those heaps is a challenge. The sun was warm enough to melt around the gutters, but then the temp plummeted and I had an ice rink outside my door that I had to chop through. I really did a number on my back. I have chronic lower back issues but this feels different. And it is sub zero this morning. It will crawl into the 30’s by the end of the week and then get cold again (as if 30s isn’t cold enough in spring!) And then – wait for it – more snow.

      The only silver lining – I finally have health ins if I need to go to the doctor. Thanks, Obama!

      • 19 mtmarilyn
        March 3, 2014 at 8:49 am

        We are all dealing with this weather. Take care of your back. Getting around in this weather is a real challenge. We must be careful.

        • 20 57andfemale
          March 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

          mtmarilyn, there is such long term suffering, climate-wise, absolutely everywhere. Everyone needs to be careful and try to stay positive.

  9. 21 Cindy
    March 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Good morning TOD family and visitors,


    ***Remember to be thankful for your blessings one-by-one, and if you complain that you have too many, why not share some***


  10. 22 desertflower
    March 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

    http://themoderatevoice.com/192167/ukraine-what-a-difference-partisanship-makes/ Keep this in mind the next time one of those RWNJ’s opens their mouths to spew out a talking point….

  11. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    March 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good morning. Going to be a busy day with our Latino Initiative meetings. Will check back later. Have a great, great day and keep warm.

  12. 25 desertflower
    March 3, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Interesting. Snarky like Charles Pierce, but not quite there…..still, good read.


    • 26 99ts
      March 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

      “Chesswise, there’s no countervailing MILITARY move the West can engage in. But the courtesy of pretending the Russia belongs in the G8 economically can end, and probably will. The problem with megalomania is that it overemphasizes one’s strengths and minimizes one’s weaknesses. The bloody scroll of history is testimony to the foolishness of these notions.

      In other words, we have a Nineteenth Century would-be emperor attempting to reassemble an Empire of Ordure.”

  13. 27 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 8:29 am

  14. 28 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Where is Jovie?

  15. March 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Good Monday Chipsticks…Everyone!!!

    I see another cycle of the severe winter weather is passing through. For everyone affected, stay warm and safe.

    I don’t usually watch the Academy Awards. But the comments that I read as I lurked at TOD last evening sucked me in. 🙂 So I ended up watching most of the second half of the show. I was excited about Lupita’s win and touched by her speech. I liked the creativity and humor of the ‘speech’ given by the Lopez’s after their win for Best Original Song. And after the number of wins for Gravity, I was *pleasantly* surprised that 12 Years a Slave won for Best Picture.

    Everyone have a wonderful day!!!

  16. 31 desertflower
    March 3, 2014 at 8:32 am


    Read the whole thing. Not very long…but nice to see that others recognize what we do everyday….

  17. 32 Dudette
    March 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

  18. 33 amk for obama
    March 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

    GE from bert sert land.

  19. 34 Dudette
    March 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

  20. 38 Ladyhawke
    March 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Ukraine must exercise restraint in the face of Russian aggression

    By William B. Taylor, Steven K. Pifer and John E. Herbst, Published: March 2


  21. 39 Dudette
    March 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning Family! Hope everyone is safe and warm and has a terrific day!

    • 40 LDS
      March 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Good morning TOD!
      After much needed rest I just caught up and congratulations to all Oscar winners last night. I do not watch the Oscar for my own personal reasons. But, Ms. Dudette, I just want to share with you that the song that came to mind seeing Ms. Lupita in that flowing beauty gown was “Black Butterfly” by Denise Williams, I believe.
      Everyone have a great day. Yes, it is more snow in NYC. Light snow, but snow is snow. Cold. Light. Snow.

      • 41 Dudette
        March 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Hi LDS.

        Black Butterfly would’ve worked too, but I was pleasantly surprised and delighted that they played the theme from Willie Wonka – Pure Imagination as she left the stage. I thought it was PERFECT!

        • 43 LDS
          March 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm

          Thank you. They both fit perfectly for a beautiful woman with a beautiful brain……and did I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful it was to NOT see flesh on display. When you are beautiful inside as well as outside you do not have to “show everything”. So proud and rare to see a young “Lady” these days.

  22. 44 99ts
    March 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good morning all – they are just playing the Oscars on TV in my world – sigh – We can get the Olympics from Russia live – but not the Oscars from the USA – not sure if there is some meaning in this ??

  23. 45 amk for obama
    March 3, 2014 at 8:40 am

    • 46 desertflower
      March 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

      You can substitute AZ for FL and still be right. I cringe every time.

    • 53 dotster3
      March 3, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Notice nutty Florida is trying to introduce a warning shot into the Stand Your Ground law now, to make it all better. So——–a warning shot straight up and then 10-12 into your intended victim. So much better! (what????)

      • 54 desertflower
        March 3, 2014 at 9:03 am

        That’s some STUPID ICING ON THE STUPID CAKE!! That “warning shot” has to come down!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon's_law_(Arizona) My damn head hurts!

      • 55 99ts
        March 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

        “The warning-shot bill stems from the conviction of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot during an incident of alleged domestic violence. An appeal court overturned the conviction, and she faces a new trial.”

        I don’t think it will help Ms Alexander at all – seems you still have to kill someone before SYG comes into play – but perhaps it will impact her “self defense” plea.


      • 56 Cindy
        March 3, 2014 at 9:07 am

        Morning dotster3,

        Happy Monday to you,

        Here’s the problem with that; what goes up must come down.

        What happens to the mother/father who’s standing by his/her car with a baby in their arms when the bullet comes down, and………? These people are idiots in this State.

        They have given people the authority to act like cops and until it’s changed, we will have more Saturday evenings, waiting for a “not guilty” verdict : (

    • March 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

      gm EVERYONE….

      what is so tragic…is that these folks did not get into the legislature by osmosis…they were VOTED into office….we reap what we sow….

      as PBO would say….We have to FIX that!

  24. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

    • 59 99ts
      March 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Dax (Germany) is down 3% & the FTSE (UK) 1.7% – Guess we did quite well in Oz only closing down 0.5%

  25. 60 amk for obama
    March 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

    B&M’ed to the hotel manageress (?) lady about poor wi-fi in the room that was @ $135 (that’s US effing D) bucks.

    Voila !!! IT guy rushes over and gives me a direct LAN hi-speed connection. Did a hour-long video chat with wifey unit for free.

    ‘appy, ‘appy, ‘appy.

    Lesson – You need to be a bastid asshole to get things done your way.

  26. 62 desertflower
    March 3, 2014 at 8:55 am


    Two out of John McCain’s three suggestions for how to aid the conflict in Ukraine and Russia are bad—and the US isn’t careful, we may end up more involved than it can afford to be.
    I’m not sure what we should do about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I am, however, dead sure about what we shouldn’t do. Please, Washington—don’t listen to John McCain!

    Well HERE’S a no brainer if there ever was one!

  27. 63 amk for obama
    March 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

  28. 65 Dudette
    March 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Apologies for the repeat, but c’mon on… this is simply divine!

    • 66 Cindy
      March 3, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Good morning Dudette,
      Happy Monday!

      This is “BEAUTY” and she knows who she is. What bothered me this morning, I read comments about the best dresses, and as always, there were those who complained that the dress was beautiful but they didn’t like the fact that her breast bone was exposed (not enough to fill up the dress). Does every woman have to be DDD to be beautiful and sexy? grrrrrrrr

    • 69 LDS
      March 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      No apologies necessary. I am just so proud of this young Lady.
      Beauty and Brains……

  29. 70 Dudette
    March 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

  30. 71 Dudette
    March 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

  31. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Wow….what a moment. Wishing her the best.

  32. 73 Dudette
    March 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

  33. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

    “Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, raising a compelling suggestion about domestic politics in the context of the Ukrainian crisis.

    “We’re 48 hours from an international crisis, I would hope Americans would focus on condemning the actions of Putin rather than in a knee-jerk way, again, criticizing the president of the United States,” the congressman said.

    What a nice, wholly unrealistic attitude.”

  34. 75 99ts
    March 3, 2014 at 10:05 am


    “One of the world’s biggest credit ratings agencies and a European investment bank will begin an appeal in the Federal Court in Sydney today to try and overturn a landmark ruling that they misled local councils. ”

    S&P are arguing that the councils should have done their own checking – but one of the ways to check an investment is to look at the S&P rating of same & in this instance it was way too high. If they lose this appeal no doubt they will go to the Australian High Court – they have much to lost given that there are further cases to come

    “Standard & Poor’s is also being sued by 90 local councils, churches and charities for rating toxic mortgage bonds sold by the collapsed investment bank, Lehman Brothers, as AAA.”

    • 76 amk for obama
      March 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

      I hope the councils win and completely bankrupt the corrupt ‘rating’ agencies. They all should have been sued and put behind bars in 2008.

      • 77 99ts
        March 3, 2014 at 10:25 am

        Agree – the b.s. of saying the councils should have done their own checking – the complete idea of using S&P ratings IS doing the checking. pffft

        Guess you are still using that hi-speed LAN 🙂

  35. 79 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

    • March 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      What I wonder is if the artist of the Lupita artwork got permission from the photographer to use their photo? Knowing how hard it is to get permissions for my own artwork from other photographers I doubt it. Remember the famous HOPE art done with Obama’s photo that was used on posters and T-shirts by Sheppard Farley? He was sued by AP and let the case go to trial to hopefully change that law so artists could use photos of others for hard to photograph public people. I was cheering for Sheppard to win, but he lost and AP won.

  36. 81 amk for obama
    March 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Louisiana grapples with ’12 Years’ legacy.


    A very good read.

  37. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Seriously, universe? You need to make this happen.

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