Early Bird Chat


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

123 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      July 12, 2014 at 7:47 am


      • 3 vcprezofan2
        July 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

        I have real proof that you cheated THIS time!! I am ashamed FOR you, really I am! Well done SW, Roberta, and LDS on teaming up for a legitimate 1st!

        • July 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

          ๐Ÿ™‚ MooooOOoooOOooorning VC!!

          • 5 vcprezofan2
            July 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

            Good mor. ning, Chips Chica! /smh/ I am amazed you are grinning widely at me after I declared I have the goods on you – the proof for a very credible lawsuit! You are soooo brazen, you leave me speechless!

            • July 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

              “a very credible lawsuit”

              Are you using Rusty Boehner’s lawyer? ๐Ÿ˜†

              • 7 vcprezofan2
                July 12, 2014 at 8:10 am

                We will represent our selves. We have PROOF! ๐Ÿ™‚
                Who wants to sign on to a class action lawsuit (we have tangible proof at last)? Any fair and balanced judge would be forced to vote in our favour.

                Chipsticks: July 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

                Chipsticks: July 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

                Hmmmm. Maybe I should take up investigating as a 2nd career?

        • July 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

          Good Morning VC! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 12 99ts
      July 12, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Are you never going to stop these cheating ways – the GOP would be proud to have you as their friend ๐Ÿ™‚

      • July 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

        I’m trying really hard 99ts, promise, but when I see that blank comment box under the new post it’s just sooooooooo hard to resist. I wonder if there is a self-help book I could buy that would cure my problem?

  1. July 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Good Saturday Chipsticksโ€ฆTODers!!!

    Everyone enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • July 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Mooooooooorning swbluega, mooooooorning everyone!

    • July 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

      GM swbluega have a wonderful day๐Ÿ‘

      • July 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

        Good morning Roberta. You enjoy your day as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

        July 12, 2014 at 9:09 am


  2. 26 vcprezofan2
    July 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

    It’s Saturday in July but are you fired up, and ready to go?

    • July 12, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Good morning VC!
      You damn skippy. You got that right!
      Woke up wanting to exclamation point everything and everybody!!!!!!!!!!

      • 28 vcprezofan2
        July 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

        ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Best way to wake up, LDS – full of zip….full of life!

        • July 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

          Thanks VC!!!
          I should be in fetal position by 2:00. Downward Dog by 2:15. Full out Plank by 2:30.
          Not talking about Yoga…..just plain tired!

          I am trying to wear the visitors out, but it is backfiring on me.
          My sleep pattern is out of whack.
          It will take me a week to get it back to normal.

          I am hoping it will take them two years to come back. I almost felt sorry for them last night when we got home at 3:00 am. It was this crazy uncle who kept saying, “The City that never sleeps” kept me pumped up. He was snoring as soon as we got in the car.
          Now, I got to wake them up…….they may want to go to a hotel to get rid of me.LOL!
          I really love them, but I stay in a hotel whenever I visit them to give them space. They never take the hint.

          • 30 vcprezofan2
            July 12, 2014 at 8:33 am

            First, I felt quite proud of my fitness level BECAUSE I knew all the terms you used and could conjure up a mental picture of each! Isn’t that great? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

            Also, too, why wake them up? I say fine tune your strategy. After a hectic day like you mentioned, let them sleep for as long as they want, and when they awaken just say that since they were tired you decided to let them rest. You get a break, and so do they. One day of intense activity; next day everyone chills; another day of intensity, etc. etc. I do believe some people are impervious to hints. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 31 hopefruit2
      July 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Vc, I’m so fired up for my President and midterms this morning that I can make ice melt just by looking at it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 32 vcprezofan2
        July 12, 2014 at 9:38 am

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t melt the ice just yet though; some TOdobots might need it to help cool off from the high temperatures.

  3. July 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Congratulations Ms. Chips! (I think). Swbluega (I know). Roberta(my twin)
    We are all winners! We are alive! Here on TOD! POB is our President!
    Yeah, us!
    Good morning TOD family. I am in love with HOPE!

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      July 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

      We can all say ‘amen’ to that, LDS.

    • July 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Mooooooorning LDS!!!

      • July 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

        Hi ya, Ms. Chips!
        Four hours of sleep and I am rested…….I just don’t get it.
        Eight hours and I crawl back in bed.
        The body is fearfully and wonderfully made.
        I will probably crash at 2:00 on the ground of a BBQ.
        So glad the men are master grillers. ( yeah, ALL of them)
        Have a great day with Danny Boy!

        • July 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

          Holy smokes LDS, rested after only four hours sleep? I would be as grumpy as Amk.

          I hope your BBQ will be more successful than mine is likely to be – I bought a BBQ online this week, and it arrived yesterday in 56,352 pieces. After my first attempt to assemble it, it looked like a question mark – so I have to start again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

          • July 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

            I mean, WTF? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

            • July 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

              My goodness!
              I thought that was a new bike.
              If I had to put that together we would definitely be in CosCo buying roasted chicken and BBQ sauce.
              Everyone would get their own brush, of course. That looks like a lot of work!!

              • July 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

                ๐Ÿ˜† And, LDS ……. some of the screws I need are missing. And who did I find chewing the bag they came in? Yes. Himself.

                • 41 99ts
                  July 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

                  I have a business card for a most enterprising young man who “puts together those things you buy that come in pieces”. He is in great demand! I first met up with him when a furniture shop assured me some chairs would arrive looking like chairs – silly me believed them – however they sent said young man (at their expense) to turn a box full of wood into said chairs. He left me his business card as well as some beautiful chairs.

                • 43 57andfemale
                  July 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

                  I tried to assemble a huge quilting design wall – 6-ft square, held taught by a series of rods. It took up most of my living room floor. I would JUST get it square and Kasper would JUMP in the middle of it, loving the sensation of all the rods crumbling so he could scrunch it all into a crumpled ball. Then Nickelby thought that would be fun, too. And Pearl thought it was a riot to hide under it and then roll herself up in it. Then the boys wondered what that moving little ball was and they’d pounce. A true Comedy of Errors.

            • 45 dotster3
              July 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

              Mr. Dotster is now on hour 4 of trying to assemble a small personal trampoline I ordered online for my little grandson (who arrives soon to spend the night). He is not happy with me AT ALL. I had no idea there would be millions of parts with 3 pages of directions. (See Fig. C, Sec. 7) Thought you would just take it out of the box, unfold some legs and voila! This is a bad morning here—-I’m trying to hide–kids are still talking about how it took him 3 days to hook up a VCR. Now he’s showing me the next step—-Step 17—–says it requires 2 people—–ay yi yi—–weaving and tightening a bungee cord, or something. This is terrible. I think I’ll try praising him. About how wonderfully handy he is. How I remember how expertly he changed a lightbulb that one time—–like it was just nothing!

              • July 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

                I’m in tears Dotster, literal tears. My heart goes out to Mr Dotster, although I’m pretty damn jealous that he’s on to Step 17 – I, seriously, haven’t got past Step 1 yet. When he’s finished with the trampoline could you send him over to me please?

              • 47 57andfemale
                July 12, 2014 at 9:14 am

                I always make the mistake of offering to ‘help’. You’d think I’d learn after 34 years of marriage.

                Let us know that everyone survives at the dotster residence.

            • 48 SUE DUVALL SMITH
              July 12, 2014 at 9:11 am


          • 50 amk for obama
            July 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

            who you calling grumpy?

  4. 53 jackiegrumbacher
    July 12, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Morning all. My computer has the bounces today. It jumps from program to program like it’s playing leap frog. Started a reply and it scooted off to another site. Either I woke it up too early or it needs a tranquilizer. Weird way to start a day! Hope you all have a good one.

  5. July 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Good morning TOD. Have a great Saturday!

  6. 57 vcprezofan2
    July 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

  7. 58 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Top O’ the Mornin’ to Chips and my TOD family. I love you guys. You make my life better.

  8. 59 amk for obama
    July 12, 2014 at 7:57 am


    • 60 vcprezofan2
      July 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

      /Until the case against Chips’ cheating is settled I’ll gloat where and when I can/ โ™ซ I got in here BEFORE you-oo! I got in here BEFORE you-oo! โ™ซEven though you tried to distract me with threats… I got in here BEFORE you-oo! โ™ซ โ™ซ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 12, 2014 at 8:28 am

      You are WAY off here…LOLZ..

  9. July 12, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Wow. My comment is in moderation and all I said was good morning.

  10. July 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I was listening to Boehnerโ€™s rant about not giving the President a blank check and when is he going to take responsibility for anythingโ€ฆeven though we know the President asked for a specific amount and identified how these amounts would be used. [I wonder how long he stood in front of the mirror to practice that. It seemed like he was waiting for the opportunity to play out that piece of drama.]

    It made me wonder how often funding requests have been made by the administration and various departments that were denied by Congress โ€“ typically under the guise of reducing government spending. How often some crisis arises where the GOP does their photo-ops expressing their faux indignation and try to place blame on the President; yet, when the onion is peeled, it is often a situation where the crisis could have been averted if Congress had approved the funding requests [or acted on some legislation].

    • 70 99ts
      July 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Boehner is working hard at hating on PBO to retain his job – even if the republicans retain the house – too many will vote against him – so I find it sad he won’t spend his last few months in the job doing something for the benefit of his country. History will not treat this man kindly.

      • July 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

        It’s sad that the GOP is so concerned that President Obama may get credit for anything good….anything that actually helps people other than those who don’t need help….anything that will be good for the country. The reason they can’t offer any alternative solutions is because their solutions would be no different and definitely no better than what the President has presented.

        • 72 99ts
          July 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

          There is a lack of compassion and care in those who refuse to extend a helping hand to people in need. Given the success of so much of the President’s actions, the attacks from the media are even more difficult to understand than those from the GOP. Sad is the only description that comes to mind.

          • July 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

            I’ve often heard that charity begins at home. The lack of charity that we extend to our own who are in need makes it not so far fetched how those who want to take refuge here are being treated smh/[heavy sigh]

            • 74 99ts
              July 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

              I wasn’t even thinking of the immigrant children when I wrote that – I was thinking of states not expanding medicaid & the GOP wanting to deny people health care with their 50 repeal attempts. In my world the government wants to force a copay on every visit to a GP (which currently does not exist for those on low incomes).

              I am hopeful that folks may vote the GOP out in November – they are doing so much harm.

              • July 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

                “…I was thinking of states not expanding medicaid & the GOP wanting to deny people health care with their 50 repeal attempts…”

                That goes to my comment on the lack of charity at home. I guess for the GOP, there is a literal definition of “home” because there seems to be a lot of charity being extended to them and theirs.

  11. 76 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2014 at 8:10 am



    1) Has Boehner read his list of โ€˜jobs billsโ€™?


    2) What the GOP calls a โ€˜jobs billโ€™


    3) GOP’s Claim That House Passed 30 Jobs Bills? Bogus.


    • July 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Republican Jobs Bills Won’t Actually Create Jobs, Say Economists

      By Erin Mershon (07/24/2012)


      But there’s a problem with their jobs bills: They don’t create jobs. At least, they won’t any time soon.

      In interviews conducted by The Huffington Post with five economists, most said the GOP jobs package would have no meaningful impact on job creation in the near term. Some said it was not likely to do much in the long term, either.

      “A lot of these things are laughable in terms of a jobs plan that would produce noticeable improvements across the country in the availability of employment in the next four or five years,” said Gary Burtless, a senior economist at Brookings. “Even in the long run, if they have any effect all, it would be extremely marginal, relative to the jobs deficit we currently have.”
      Ultimately, each economist was clear on one point: The GOP package is far more political than practical.



    • 78 57andfemale
      July 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

      These are must-reads.

    • 79 anniebella
      July 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

      John Boehner is a first class liar.

  12. July 12, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Good morning all. Poking in here to say hello. I’m sooo far behind in my TOD reading, but I’m trying. Now that summer’s here, the yard beckons all the time. Was enjoying the latest album of photos that Pete Souza posted to flickr. I try not to read the comments that people post to him on twitter, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Most are fine, but I noticed that someone (presumably a photographer) is squawking about ‘access’ again. Dear lord, there hasn’t been an administration that has shared so much via countless social media websites, etc, and often in real-time as well, especially with twitter. There are so many sites out there, it’s impossible to keep up with them. So, somebody please fill me in. Is all the squawking about access simply sour grapes, envy, seething jealousy?? ๐Ÿ™‚ I seriously don’t see their point at all.

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      July 12, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Personally, I think it’s an attention-seeking tactic. This Admin doesn’t generally pump media up, so ….

    • 83 hopefruit2
      July 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Chuck Todd must’ve signed in anonymously and posted.

      • July 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

        LOL, but what a way to ensure that you’ll never be hired for the job (of staff photog for instance). The media already does a fine job (yes, that’s sarcasm!) of misrepresenting everything the President and his administration does, so in my view, the less access the better!

        • July 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

          Another case of nit-pick…they’re talking about access to *taking pictures*!!! Heck, half the time it’s hard to hear what’s going on with all the cameras clicking!

          Of course, it wasn’t as big of a deal when GWB was blatantly selective in giving media access.

          • July 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

            I’m recalling that very sombre occasion when the President and First Lady were lighting candles and observing a moment of silence in memory of the Sandy Hook victims, and all one could hear was the clicking of countless cameras. And in other news clips here and there, I’ve often noticed a massive crush of photographers around. Exactly how many do they think are required? But many of the squawkers, in typical conspiracy-mongering fashion, are implying that we’re somehow not getting a true or unbiased view of the President – because *they* aren’t being allowed to take photos. That’s just so daft! So, other than them being bat-sh*t crazy, I do think it can only be sour grapes or seething jealousy. There, I’ve answered my own question. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • July 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

              If *they* behaved as real journalists and not as biased shills who wouldn’t know a fact if it slapped them in the face, maybe they would have more access…not to mention that people might take them seriously.

              • July 12, 2014 at 9:51 am

                Totally agree. The other problem is there’s still too many people who believe everything those biased shills write or say.

                • July 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

                  “…problem is thereโ€™s still too many people who believe everything those biased shills write or say”

                  So true keltuc, and that is unfortunate and also why *they* still think they can control the message and dictate how people should think.

                  I just continue to have hope that that number is dwindling and/or there are more people than *they* think who do not take what they say as gospel.

  13. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    July 12, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Chipsticks? Stop being a cheater. You are not legitimately first.

    Congratulations to Swbluega, Roberta In MN, and LDS on first. Here’s your prize.

  14. 95 amk for obama
    July 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

    chips at home.

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    • July 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

      ๐Ÿ˜† You are pure evulllllllll!!

      • 97 japa21
        July 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

        But you are not denying it.

      • 99 99ts
        July 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

        Remember you are not alone. Last time we had water pouring through the ceiling lights after big storm I rang my neighborhood electrician. He suggested I turn off the power – why didn’t I think of that!

        • July 12, 2014 at 9:50 am

          (99ts, hush – don’t give Japa and Amk any more ammunition)

          • 101 99ts
            July 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

            Fact of my life – I am not a handy person, I cannot understand do-it-yourself instructions, nor do I mow lawns or change tires on a car. I do watch and give large quantities of thanks to those who do such things for me.

            Unlike my neighbor (male), however, I do know how to turn off the power at the mains box – I just forget that this is what you do when water is pouring through the lights!

    • 102 hopefruit2
      July 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Oh my….I’m not saying anything…just walking right on by….

  15. 103 Vicki
    July 12, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Bill Maher was great last night.
    In his New Rules segment he made the point that other countries take in refugees from their nearby countries and treat them graciously. Bill specifically mentioned Jordan and Lebanon as we have been discussing here.
    Then he called out our country as the meanest stupidest people on earth.
    The RW nutjob Reim Salam had to sit there and take it as Bill repudiated every talking pont the self-riteous non-stop talker had delivered during the program.
    Bill is catching on. No more coddling the toddlers. Use their obvious mental deficiencies against them

  16. 104 hopefruit2
    July 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I’m looking forward to hearing some positive news next weekend from SOS Kerry. The deadline is Sunday July 20th. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 105 Vicki
      July 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Let’s be quietly optimistic,hf. I’m terrified of getting my hopes up.

      This isn’t just about Iran. Peace with Iran takes away one of Israel’s most hyped-up phony threats. Bibi will have to adjust to a new world that sees his threats and excuses more clearly. That day cannot come soon enough for me.

  17. 106 hopefruit2
    July 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

  18. 107 Dudette
    July 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Howdy Do, Family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 109 globalcitizenlinda
    July 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

    morning everyone!

  20. 112 Dudette
    July 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

    My President was the first person I thought of when I saw this…

  21. 113 africa
    July 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Happy Saturday TODers!!

    Heeeya Chips!!

  22. 115 globalcitizenlinda
    July 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I didn’t need the imagery in this tweet as the first thing I read this morning – but it made me smile;

  23. 117 globalcitizenlinda
    July 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

    this is what we have come to as a nation

    • 118 Dudette
      July 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Good gracious, when will it end?

      • 119 99ts
        July 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

        “When will it end?” – When enough politicians have their children shot by friends or maniacs to realize there is a major problem.

        I have always called car “accidents” car “crashes” – because they are not accidents – they are avoidable. There are also no gun “accidents”. The word is used to take away blame from the person who did the wrong thing.

        There is a war on drugs where people are prosecuted for the smallest misdemeanor yet gun shootings, and in my world car crashes, are often not prosecuted because “accident”.

        (From the link, the victim was 12 – not 2, or according to the heading (great editing), the victim was !2)

      • July 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

        There is regrettably a group on facebook called Responsible Gun Owner of the Day – which posts news items pertaining to injuries and deaths due to extremely irresponsible gun owners. It’s a bit hard to stomach as it comes across as a little flippant, but the truly awful aspect is the frequency with which these totally avoidable incidents (not accidents) happen. Several news stories like the one you’ve shared are posted there every day. It is so disheartening. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  24. 121 globalcitizenlinda
    July 12, 2014 at 9:51 am

  25. 122 Vicki
    July 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The end of Bill mahers show is called New Rules where Bill comments on the weeks events, uninterrupted.

    Last night, as I wrote above he was livid about the refugee children.
    Another segment was about Zombie Lies. Specifically the Big Lies about the ACA which live on even after they have been disproved—“Like a plastic bag in a tree.”

    I don’t know if it is legal to post the closing part of his show last night on TOD. But if it is OK I hope one of the BT will deem it worthy and share it with our group. Group? village? consortium? .

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