Early Bird Chat


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

47 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    August 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Morning Chips and congratulations on speeding to the front, vetivera. Yesterday was such a ‘jammed packed with information’ day at TOD that many of us lost the race to catch up. Wish I could just start at Rise and Shine and keep going. But, on a positive note, I got fitted for a second hearing aid yesterday and now I can hear in stereophonic sound. Hope the president has a relaxing time at Camp David and has a great birthday. Have a good one.

    • August 2, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Ah, great news about the hearing aid Jackie, I hope it makes life way more comfortable. Good morning to you!

      • 8 jackiegrumbacher
        August 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

        Thanks, Chips, I tried the one hearing aid approach for about two years, so this is a big improvement. Amazing what you can hear with two ears. I don’t have to turn the volume up to screeching levels or say “what?” “what?” so often. Bad news is they cost a fortune.

        • August 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

          Oh, I can only imagine the cost Jackie, it’s amazing how they haven’t become more affordable over the years, like most ‘gadgets’ have, the cost seems be horrendous. Any way, I hope it’s worth every cent to you!

        • August 2, 2014 at 10:02 am

          Word of advice, vetivera; don’t do what my friend did several years ago. We were over at his house for Christmas. He took out one of his hearing aids and put it on his plate so as not to lose it. Unfortunately it was a plate of mixed nuts so a few minutes later he grabbed a nut without looking and, when out began to taste odd, took it out only to discover he had been chomping on his hearing aid. We have never let him forget it. He called the repair man and even though it was Christmas Eve he agreed to take it and was actually able to fix it so there was a happy ending!

    • August 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

      That’s great news! Small things can make a huge difference.

  2. August 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

    G’morning all. Will be around all day but do have busy day ahead. So very thankful my back is improving though it is slow.

  3. August 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

  4. August 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Good Saturday Chipsticks…TODers!!!!

  5. August 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Saturday everyone. I just love that pic with Susan Rice and our President. Love her shoes too! 🙂

  6. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    August 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

    On last night’s thread, which I finally read this morning, LL links to this important article about Latino sentiment toward Republicans. One of the reasons the numbers are 3 to 1, instead of 99 to 1 is that many Latino voters do not understand the difference between the party names. In many countries of origin for Latinos, the Republicans ARE the Democratic party. That’s why it’s so important to associate any issue with a Democratic ID. In 2008 and 2012, we were always careful to say the party of President Obama and, of course, his name was on the ballot. Now we have to hammer home the ID without that helpful ballot ID. This month at our Fiesta Latina we going to make sure that all volunteers have a big DEMOCRAT ID on their clothes and “Vote Democratic stickers” will be at every entry point to the fiesta. When reaching out to Latino voters, please say that you are calling from the party of President Obama. Too many votes get lost on election day when Latinos get confused about this.


    • 23 hopefruit2
      August 2, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I wasn’t aware of this issue of Party ID confusion among Latinos, jackie. It’s good that LL pointed this out. But even with all this, the tide is turning and continues to turn against the GOP where Latinos are concerned. Even Jorge Ramos of Univision is openly mad at the GOP – something I never thought I’d live to see. And Gutierrez who could never wait to bash PBO on cable TV was angrily ranting all over Twitter last night about the House GOP. When these public media figures are openly anti-GOP and pro-Dem, you know the tide has shifted. Likely, they’re getting lots and lots of pressure from their constituents and viewers of the their TV programs and they know what time it is.

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        August 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Yes, HF, the Republicans have become so blatant in their anti-Latino sentiment that it’s obvious to anyone in the know. My concern is the confusion Latino voters will have at the ballot box when they don’t see President Obama’s name to guide them. Our local Latino leaders see this as a serious problem we have to keep trying to address.

        • 25 hopefruit2
          August 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

          Indeed Jackie, it’s a justified concern and so I applaud the attention it’s being given! Will probably make a significant difference in the ratio as you and LL indicated. 🙂

    • 26 99ts
      August 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

      That’s interesting Jackie – cause I was wondering about the 3:1. In my world – our “liberal” party is the party of the right – equivalent to your republicans – so I see where many may get confused.

      I have no doubt that the GOP is quite happy about people getting confused – they no doubt encourage it.

  7. 27 Unakagirl
    August 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Here is a tiny payback to all the wonderful people at TOD but especially for Tnmntgirl from Unaka (mtn,,,hills in E TN) girl. At 75 I am blessed with no health issues and this is true for my 83 year old husband. I have in the past had back issues but no longer. The credit is to avoiding traditional medicines and finding the magic in natural approach to health. Organic foods, (know the people from whom you get your food), homeopathy (yep it really works with no side effects)and also Grounding. For six days you can view a video on the health effect of Grounding.free…..a magical free approach to wellness. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/02/grounding-earthing.aspx?e_cid=20140802Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140802Z1&et_cid=DM54370&et_rid=606912522
    I hope this link works, If not go to Dr. Mercola web site and click on the movie. Good luck.

    • August 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Oh my goodness, Unakagirl. Is this for real? Are you from Stoney Creek area?? My aunt lived there and it is her daughter, my cousin, that I serve as her conservator. I am a Roan MOuntain girl. 🙂

      I will definitely check out the video. My daughter “swears” by Dr. Mercola about a lot of raising kids, especially vaccines.

      • 29 Unakagirl
        August 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

        No I am a Johnson City born bred person but in New England for the past 50 years (OMG time does fly). I do miss those hills. We would go to Roan Mt many times a year. The Earthing/Grounding is huge. I also started yoga and have had no back problems for several years.Oh I am so glad your daughter is listening to Dr. Mercola. Best in healing.

  8. 30 JER
    August 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      August 2, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Jer, would love to hear some of the choice words Harry Truman would use about this Congress. His Congresses were paragons of hard work compared to the Republican slugs that President Obama has to deal with.

    • 33 99ts
      August 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

      So sick of “both parties shared the blame” – the media LIES – the do nothing is entirely because of the GOP and their speaker.

    • 37 anniebella
      August 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Those Republicans need to go and not come back, starting with that speaker in name only Boehner.

  9. August 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

    ICYMI: This is one of the most powerful press conferences I have ever seen.

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Border Spending (8/1/14)


    Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional party leaders talked about humanitarian efforts to help children from Central America attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Representative Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) led the briefing, during which both Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer also spoke. Hispanic Caucus members then provided additional remarks and took questions from the press.



    • 39 hopefruit2
      August 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thanks for posting this Ladyhawke – it is indeed a powerful presser and should be front-paged on TOD. I was especially impressed with Gutierrez’s statement from 10:36-13:40. Something tells me he will not be getting too many more *invites* on cable TV in the coming days/weeks…

  10. August 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I wonder if this is an indication about how little some citizens think of the Republican incumbent candidate…


    “Dog runs against longtime Whatcom prosecutor to take bite out of crime”



    The 40-year career of Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran seemed safe for four more years when nobody stepped forward to challenge him in this year’s elections.

    Enter Nyima, the darling of Bellingham’s liberal community and a last-minute write-in candidate for the Aug. 5 primary. Early numbers show Nyima rising rapidly as the long-awaited alternative to the Republican mainstay in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

    …even though Nyima (pronounced “Knee-ma”) is a dog – a Tibetan terrier to be exact – the enthusiasm of his many supporters remains strong.

    Nyima has received endorsements from leading Bellingham progressives, including political blogger Riley Sweeney. Sweeney insisted that he did in fact write in Nyima’s name on the primary ballot.

    “Nyima might do a superior job to our current county prosecutor,” Sweeney said. “It’s just a sign that we need some change – and a fresh bowl of water.”

    McEachran, who was running unopposed for his 11th term as prosecutor, sat up and took notice when he learned of Nyima’s write-in bid.

    After hearing about Nyima’s campaign, Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein discouraged what she referred to, rather dismissively, as frivolous write-ins.

    “That adds to our workload, to have write-ins that don’t even qualify,” Adelstein said – with a smile on her face.

    • 41 amk for obama
      August 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Stupid move by ‘progressives’. If they couldn’t find an alternative for this guy for so many years, it shows their inability to nurture one.

  11. 42 GGAIL
    August 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  12. 43 amk for obama
    August 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

    canook wimmin /smh

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  13. 46 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2014 at 10:05 am

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