Early Bird Chat


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

88 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • 2 Ladyhawke
      May 31, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Good Morning Chips and all of my little CHIPadees.

      • May 31, 2014 at 7:45 am

        Well, good morning Ladyhawke – I’m glad to see someone is up early on this Saturday morning. The rest of them are shameful lazy bones. Have a perfect Saturday Ladyhawke!

  1. May 31, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Good Saturday Chipsticks, Ladyhawke …TODers!!!

    I’ve been doing a lot of lurking over the past few weeks, but I must say that recent events – especially those of this past week – have been overwhelming, eliciting a wide range of emotions. But as usually, being able to come to TOD village provides a venue to express those emotions as well as for getting the facts and rationality that is sometimes needed to keep some emotions in check.

    Chipsticks, BT’s, TODers…you are appreciated!

  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    May 31, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I guess I shouldn’t have paused to make that mug of chamomile tea! O well, that’s life!

    Morning Ms Chips, LadyH, & SW!
    A fine sunny morning it is too in my corner, which means I’ll soon have to go cut the lawn and water the grass seeds recently added.

  3. May 31, 2014 at 8:01 am


    I was looking at the “If facial expressions could speak” tweet that you posted in the previous post…

    I often think to myself that *sometimes* it’s not the questions that the WHPC “elitists” asks (although most of the questions are moronic at best, usually not based in fact). It’s the vitriol that is in their voices when they ask the question; it’s the air of haughtiness, condescension, smugness, and self-exaltation that they convey as they attempt to bully the President and his staff when they ask questions, supported by the bobble heads that surround them. They’re practically manic in their badgering as they repeat questions in hopes of getting a “gotcha” response. They are irrational in their hypocritical expectations of their access to the President, supposedly in the name of transparency. [Their over-the-top reactions to not having notice or access to the President’s *PRIVATE* lunch with HRC, or not being able to follow him around when he is golfing with his friends are just a couple of examples.]

    President Obama and his staff have had to put up with this pretty much from day one of his administration. Normally, he exhibits an enormous degree of patience and self-control in his dealings with them. Lately, it seems that herculean patience is starting to wan and his disdain becomes visible every now and then.

    • May 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

      They’re contemptible, swbluega. I hardly watch these press briefings any more, but watched yesterday – it was utterly pathetic. Like you said, the stuff about PBO’s lunch with Hillary was something else, like it was the *big* issue of the day. And all the sneering and cackling from the lot of them, just a collection of vile shilling smart asses.

      • May 31, 2014 at 9:14 am

        Mark Knoller cackling about the over-arching issue of transparency was especially rich. Jay could barely contain his laughter.

        • May 31, 2014 at 9:18 am

          You know Meta, I felt Jay was very close to calling out the shills yesterday, like Knoller – maybe he will on his last day 😉

          • May 31, 2014 at 9:23 am

            I felt that, too! After all he’s put up with, it almost seemed as though he really was struggling to keep from breaking out in hysterical guffaws and just telling them to STFU. But he is a consummate professional and he really does love his job.

            I think Jay’s going to land a very good gig when he’s ready. I bet he’s got a lot of offers on the table as we speak.

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      May 31, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Hi, SW! I agree that it is MOST often not the questions the WHPC ask, but their manner and tone. It’s as if *they* have determined they know better than the electorate and **they* are going to make his time in office as unpleasant as possible. The good thing in all this to me is that PBO is assured, self-confident, and mature enough to watch them in disdain while doing the job he signed on for.

      • May 31, 2014 at 8:21 am

        How are ya VC!!!

        “The good thing in all this to me is that PBO is assured, self-confident, and mature enough to watch them in disdain while doing the job he signed on for.”

        That PBO does not react to their antics — at least not in the way that they would like — is just added confirmation (and comfort) that, in this time of national and international complexity and with the extremism to which we are being subjected, the right person is in office.

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      May 31, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Morning Chips and TODers. I’ve been stealing minutes to pick up tidbits of news as we’ve entertained family and other visitors. Sometimes the tidbits get me down, as SW says, and sometimes (more often) they inspire me. I think our president is a tower of strength in the face of more crap than anyone should have to endure. But what he hates most of all is seeing people hurt, like Shinseki, or seeing good people leave, like Carney. Yesterday was a hard day for him, so it’s doubly important for us to keep expressing our love and support. The best support we can give him is to work for a Democratic Congress. He can’t do this alone, it’s up to us. Have a great Saturday as we wish May goodbye and say hello to June.

      • May 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

        Morning Jackie. “what he hates most of all is seeing people hurt, like Shinseki” – exactly. That photo from yesterday just breaks my heart:

        • May 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

          The constant drum-beat calling for resignation/fire was already a downer. The announcement of the resignation added to the feeling of sadness. This picture truly depicts the sorrow felt by those support Sec Shinseki and feel that his treatment was unfair.

          • May 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

            Still really wish Sec Shinseki hadn’t resigned, and that his offer wasn’t accepted, he didn’t deserve this.

            • May 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

              I’ve learned in life you have to pick your battles. And while I agree that Sec Shinseki maintaining his position would have been a battle worth fighting, I believe that Sec. Shinseki, in his wisdom (a characteristic that seems to be prevalent within the Obama administration) looked beyond the injustice of his treatment and considered the big picture. As long as the yammering continued and was amplified by the MSM (as if a resignation/firing would solve all the problems of the VA), any progress that could be made would have been lost in the distractions. GOP Congressional members (and apparently some Democrats as well) would have been given a reason not to cooperate in funding the solutions that would have helped to turn the VA/VHA around. I’m sure that it was a difficult decision for him — especially because the improvements that had already been made were being discounted, knowing that he was being held to a different standard than his predecessors, and especially knowing that he could have turned things around if he had been given the opportunity.

              Sec. Shinseki’s actions took away the critics’ ability to accuse him of being self-serving. His action is a continuation of service to this country and his fellow veterans, and highlights why he is so well thought of.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      May 31, 2014 at 8:18 am

      ” It’s the vitriol that is in their voices when they ask the question; it’s the air of haughtiness, condescension, smugness, and self-exaltation that they convey as they attempt to bully the President and his staff when they ask questions, supported by the bobble heads that surround them. They’re practically manic in their badgering as they repeat questions in hopes of getting a “gotcha” response.”

      Swbluega your observations are spot-on! But ironically, this behavior reflects the WHPC’s deep feelings of inferiority relative to our President. They KNOW that they are sub-par (to put it mildly) and his Presidency has allowed the PUBLIC TO KNOW it as well. And they hate him for it. They KNOW they cannot really bully him into doing anything he doesn’t want to do and despite their nonstop clamoring to destroy him with their ugliness, in the words of Maya Angelou, “…still he rises…”

      • 31 vcprezofan2
        May 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

        ‘this behavior reflects the WHPC’s deep feelings of inferiority relative to our President.’


        Morning, Hopefruit! I actually can feel sorry for them (not in a contrite way, mind you; more like pityingly) because they are so repeatedly embarrassing in their derangement, AND can’t seem to realize it (it’s been over FIVE years for heaven’s sake), or to control themselves.

      • May 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

        “…this behavior reflects the WHPC’s deep feelings of inferiority relative to our President…”

        … and there’s no way they can show *any* type of inferiority in relation to this President. They come across as being desperate in their ineffective quest to prove otherwise.

      • May 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

        I think you’re right about this. Remember they had W Bush and his band of idiots to deal with before, ALL of them sheer idiots and emotional lightweights, bullies and cronies and absolutely unsuited to the task of governance. The whole lot of them a complete farce. So when the WHPC faces President Obama or anyone in his administration, they are absolutely beside themselves and unprepared to engage on any meaningful level. It’s horrendous to watch them scrape their shag rugs for any sign of lint.

  4. May 31, 2014 at 8:14 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!!

  5. 39 globalcitizenlinda
    May 31, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Good Morning Ms Chips! Good Morning/Day everyone

  6. 41 99ts
    May 31, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Good morning USA – hope your Saturday is good. Last day of Autumn in my world today & just a hint of a chill.

    • May 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Good evening 99ts! That’s another thing I’m going to change when I rule the world, along with only having one time-zone: the seasons. Way too confusing for me when people are chilly and I’m roasting. So, I’ll fiddle about with the sun, moon and stars and make it all the one.

      • 43 99ts
        May 31, 2014 at 8:52 am

        I would love someone to explain to me why our seasons change on the 1st of the month – yet those in the Northern hemisphere change at the equinox/longest/shortest days. Weird. If I ruled the world I would make ’em all the same.

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      May 31, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Hello, TS! Want to borrow my snow tires? 😉 😉 I won’t need them for a while yet…… I hope.

      • 47 99ts
        May 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

        hahahahaha – what is this thing you call snow?

        I’m cold when the temps get below 70F – now if we get that white stuff – it really would be climate change

        • 48 vcprezofan2
          May 31, 2014 at 9:06 am

          🙂 🙂 Just trying to be neighbourly – sharing my blessings, you know. 😉 😉

          • 49 99ts
            May 31, 2014 at 9:11 am

            You have my full permission to keep the snow 🙂

            • 50 vcprezofan2
              May 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

              Aw, shucks! This neighbourly business doesn’t seem to work for me; west coast TOD-ers also turned me down earlier in the year. 😦

      • 51 99ts
        May 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

        Forgot my manners – good morning vc

        • 52 vcprezofan2
          May 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

          Good night to you, my dear! Have a good night’s sleep when you decide to put Saturday to rest. 🙂

  7. 53 arapaho415
    May 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

    GM, TODville, GE 99ts, even AMK.

    What an eventful week, just astounding — from Afghanistan (surprise!) to the unexpected and sad farewells to men of honor, discipline and integrity (Secretary Shinseki and Spokesman Carney) and of course the loss of a tower of American culture, Maya Angelou.

    Chips or NerdyW will really cover a lot of ground with this week’s greatly anticipated retrospective.

    PBO always looks great, but I think he looked particularly animated and passionate in this video statement.

    Makes me wish even more for an objective MSM. Solar increased 10 fold!

    As an example, I was at Dollar Tree (every item is $1 or less) yesterday where they were selling Solar Stakes (outdoor path lighting). I was shocked that these could be so inexpensive, and said so to an employee who happened to be standing next to me. She said they worked great, too!

    We’re living on the cusp of a renewable energy revolution, led by our incomparable CIC warrior against those who pollute the air that we breathe and the water that sustains all life.

    Courtesy of Mighty Pamela, inspired by Jovie’s post about President Obama’s guidelines for US power plants earlier this week (posted to YouTube on May 18, over 10 million views now):

    • 54 arapaho415
      May 31, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Forgot to say that I think PBOs passion in this video was spurred by his proximity to children.

      I think his greatest capacity for passion and compassion is inspired by children, just like Nelson Mandela. (Someone who knew Madiba personally commented to upChuck Todd on his passing that Mandela ALWAYS lighted up when he saw children… just like our beloved PBO). One of the many things that these two great men and leaders had in common.

  8. 56 amk for obama
    May 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Hey bt. Remove the black background theme. Make it white background just like every other friggin’ website.

    • May 31, 2014 at 8:38 am

      And a good morning to you too, Grumpy. What black background theme? On the comments page??

    • 75 arapaho415
      May 31, 2014 at 8:51 am

      GE, amk.

      Saw your post yesterday (on one of the few threads I’ve managed to read this week) on the new phone for your daughter’s birthday (happy BD, mini-amk!).

      Here in the US, I’m a big fan of T-Mobile — you can purchase a (non-smart) phone for as little as $20 bucks and pay $100 for over a 1,000 minutes of air time for a year. For someone like me that uses her cell phone only for convenience (or for emergencies) this is the perfect plan. If you need to add additional minutes before the year is up, your 1-year expiration gets moved to the date of refill.

      Another interesting tidbit — it looks like T-Mobile is trying to put the “Too Big to Fail” banks out of business. Yay!

      They offer a VISA prepaid debit card that offers the following, with this tagline: “Checking account fees keep going up.* We’re knocking them down. *Rise in checking account fees based on Bank Rate’s 2012 Checking Survey.)

      . $0 withdrawal fees at in-network ATMS (will find out what network they are on, but their brochure says over 42,000 ATMs)
      . $0 retail purchase fee
      . $0 monthly maintenance fee
      . $0 reload fee in T-Mobile stores ((Walmart, Green Dot, Netbank, etc. prepaid debit cards cards charge users to add money to the card, for $3 – $5 each time)
      . Get your paycheck earlier than with traditional banks when you sign up for direct deposit
      . Deposit checks via smartphone app

      I think I’m gonna purchase one to use to make online purchases, since I don’t use credit cards and prefer not to have the debit card linked to my bank account floating in cyberspace.

  9. 76 vcprezofan2
    May 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I just glanced up and saw this very tiny white blob standing still in the shade like a lawn ornament! Quite a nice touch on the green, green grass. Had to do a double take, and a couple of quick blinks to verify what exactly it was.
    Neighbour across the street is packing stuff in a moving van, cars, etc and they have a fluffy little white dog tied to an outdoor tree to keep him/her out of the way, I guess. 😀

  10. 79 vcprezofan2
    May 31, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I don’t want to forget my weekly task of sharing what’s happened during the past week @Interior. Though I have never been to any of these places, I’m interested that the Interior Secretary has her own version of ‘West Wing Week’ – a way to briefly show what her department is doing.

    Heeeere is your This Week at Interior, May 30, 2014!

  11. 82 amk for obama
    May 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

    This good.

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    This bad.

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  12. 83 arapaho415
    May 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Since I haven’t been here much this week (I have missed so much, and plan to catch up this weekend because next week will be so historic and eventful, with all global eyes directed to PBO) here’s a couple of items on the weasel Snowden.

  13. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    May 31, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I will need something huge to help pick up my spirits from this week’s events – still sad and mad (a dangerous combination)

  14. May 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning! Everyone. Way to go on getting first and doing the Eary Bird chat! It’s magical. I looked at the time and though Wow I’m on early bird but then realized you have all been here a couple hours. 🙂

  15. 87 Jovie
    May 31, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Chips my puppy is out of food can I borrow some of your puppy chow?


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