Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama talks with kids attending a Let’s Move! tennis clinic on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Sunday!

72 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    August 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Morning, Chips. For once I was on the right thread when the door opened. Have a great Sunday.

    • August 3, 2014 at 8:09 am

      We came through together Jackie. gM😃

      • 10 jackiegrumbacher
        August 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

        Well, it’s nice to have such a fun partner.

        • August 3, 2014 at 8:16 am

          Thank you. I have been lurking lately. My mind doesn’t cooperate in the afternoon or evenings. Can’t quite get past all the stuff happening in the USA & world. Down time this week. I think I will start some meditation tapes to get my psyche back on track. 😳😊

          • 12 jackiegrumbacher
            August 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

            The tapes sound like a good idea, Roberta. I get more and more tired as the day goes on with all the bombardment of sad news. By evening, I can’t even respond to posts because my brain is worn out, so I know how you feel. This week husband and I are going to be working on our Latino outreach and then we’re heading to the DC area to spend three full days and nights babysitting our almost two-years old granddaughter. She’s an absolute joy, but wears us to a frazzle.

            • 13 Roberta in MN
              August 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

              Little ones can do that. But they are just awesome creatures. My grandchildren are 12 & 15. I will be going next spring to Texas for Emily’s 13th & Nicholas’s 16th. the teen years. My Daughter-in-law has her hands full with Emily. I love babies until they start talking.(kidding) have a wonderful time in DC. with those babies. (((hugs))) to them.

    • 14 Judith Fardig
      August 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Missed you, Jackie! Congratulations to you as well as Roberta! Enjoy your pre-PBO Birthday day.

  2. August 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Can’t believe it. Helloooo everyone.

  3. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    August 3, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Happy Birthday to our president. I hope he gets an extra special present and lots of treats.

  4. August 3, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I watched nbc nightly news last night.
    Apparently this US doctor that has ebola was gown to Atlanta in a special quarantined plane. Then, in a special ambulance, driver, patient and doctor in HAZ MAT suits for precaution.
    The Patient who is a doctor walked into the quarantined area with a hazmat suit, doctor had HAZ MAT suit, and again the ambulance driver.
    They were being escorted thru the Atalanta streets and highway by FBI.
    Holy shit Batman.

  5. 23 jackiegrumbacher
    August 3, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I think a lot of early birds are still curled in their nests. We’ve got a nest of doves on our back porch tended by both mom and dad. The little squabs (?) are getting big now and it won’t be long before they take off. Each year some mama bird will chose one of my hanging plants or wreaths to build a nest. We’re like bird maternity central.

    • 24 arapaho415
      August 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

      How cool is that?

      Many years ago watched the PBS (courtesy of BBC) documentary “The Life of Birds” with Sir Richard Attenborough, which was absolutely fascinating.

      Attenborough said that birds which look the same regardless of gender (e.g., doves) are monogamous, whereas other (most) birds with showy males are not (the peacock-types are playboys, LOL).

      The Bowerbird males make elaborate nests for potential mates before mating; the females flits around and decides which nest she prefers to raise her chicks in (alone, of course, since the male would have flown the coop by then, so to speak).

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        August 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

        Sounds like an interesting documentary, Arapaho. Wish I’d seen it.

        • 26 arapaho415
          August 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

          The title sounds like a snoozer, but I found it fascinating, but I’m like VC, love Mother Nature and her abundance.

          It was a series, might be on DVD at your local library.

          • 27 vcprezofan2
            August 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

            *cough* Unlike you, I am not at all a nature lover, Arapaho – I only love @Interior pictures. Also like *your* pics tracking of the caterpillar.

            • 28 arapaho415
              August 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

              Your reply made me smile, “not at all a nature lover, only love @Interior pictures.”

              You’re right, it’s sometimes a pain to actually get close to Mother Nature through all the crowds, but it’s possible. (I’m short, don’t like crowds because I literally cannot breathe — my nose isn’t above other people’s shoulders.)

              It’s been a week, and the cocoon is still a cocoon — alas, I’m thinking this may be its final stage, never to see the freedom of flight. 😦

              • 29 vcprezofan2
                August 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

                ‘ I’m thinking this may be its final stage’

                For its sake and yours, I hope not.

                Like you, I do NOT like crowds which Is one reason I don’t do parades and such. Heck, I don’t even like lining up!

  6. August 3, 2014 at 8:24 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Roberta on #1 and Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

  7. 32 dotster3
    August 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Now people in Toledo are being told that it might not be safe to shower in their water—–previously told bathing is safe, just don’t drink. I wondered about the info given that the fish from Lake Erie is safe to eat—-even tho the water they’re swimming in is toxic. Chgo has been prompted to re-test their water supply from Lake Michigan worried that a similar “algae bloom” could cause toxins there.
    Climate change causing water supplies to warm, producing new types of toxin producing algae?

    • August 3, 2014 at 8:33 am

      This was on NBC nightly news as well. Apparently Lake Michigan has an Algae problem, and that’s where Toledo gets the water from.
      EPA a has suggested bottled water until they clear it.
      Thank God for the epa.

    • 37 arapaho415
      August 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

      How worrisome.

      First West Virginia (how is their water supply now? DF might know since she’s got a friend in that area) and now a huge population affected in North America.

      Not sure about climate change being the culprit though. Hasn’t the weather this summer been seasonally normal? Something else might be prompting algae bloom?

      Does it make sense that the toxins get worse when the water is boiled? From algae?

  8. August 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

    African summit this week where CDC and TSA are clearing anybody from Africa of ebola, prior to the arrival in US.
    Somehow, someway the beltway is going to Blame obama for ebola in Africa?
    You watch!

    • 39 dotster3
      August 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

      I knew this was going to get attention—-question about the timing of this upcoming African conference shouted out to PBO at Friday’s press availability. I expect the RWNJs are going to be spreading all kinds of fear and wild speculations about this.

      • 40 arapaho415
        August 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Aren’t all the RWNJ pundits now in the Hamptons or in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this time of year, LOL?

  9. 41 Roberta in MN
    August 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I really hope our citizens don’t start treating them like they have treated the Central American’s coming here. If this comes to our country it is going to come from some one that already has it and that does not necessarily mean from Africa. CDC is taking all precautions. I was surprised they put that they had flashing squads instead of just coming in quietly and the fact they advertising where this doctor was going to be housed. People are so scared they will believe any shit that the RWNJ’S say. So yes. the POTUS will be blamed for something.

  10. August 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

    But but but Israel is a staunch ally and…

    • 44 anniebella
      August 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Everyone always talk about is America a true friend of Israel, the question should be is Israel a true friend of America?

  11. 45 africa
    August 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Roberta, congrats on first.

    Happy Sunday TODers

    Heeeya Chips!!

  12. 46 Linda
    August 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning.

    Hobby Lobby opened a new store in Gainesville, FL yesterday. We turned out in droves to meet them. This is just a sampling of the awesome pics from the event. They won’t be the last. We’re going back Monday for the ribbon cutting so the dignitaries will have a chance to hear what’s on our minds. And now, for your viewing pleasure….

    The Notorious RBG poster is a keeper.


    • 47 africa
      August 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

      This is very nice. Kudos to the protesters.

    • 48 arapaho415
      August 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

      You went to Gainesville yesterday?

      A decade ago I spent a lot time in the Orlando area on business, and stayed over several weekends. One weekend I drove up to the Gainesville area and loved that town and some of the other small ones I passed through.

      Since the University of Florida is there, seems like they’d be more open-minded than some other parts of central Florida — actually thinking of northern Orlando saw so many “Bush 4 President” signs there it made me nauseous.

  13. 50 dotster3
    August 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Just read an inspiring personal story in local paper, even tho it’s mostly about golf 🙂 —about this 50 yr. old golfer who was born missing most of both arms—-in addition to missing fibula in each leg. Wanting to join his dad and brothers on the golf course as a child, he learned to adjust to his handicaps and taught himself to play. He’s competitive with every round and tourney he plays, continually astounding all his fellow golfers, including mr. dotster who is in his same group in a tourney this weekend. He also has a successful career, married, with golfing sons, a great sense of humor, liked by all. He credits perseverance and said he calls himself a porpoise—–meaning porpoises, unlike sharks who dive deep, go in and out of the water, never getting too high or too low. He said it’s a good lesson for golf and for life.
    I always credit PBO of “porpoising” also—–never getting too high or too low—–a great example of how to conduct oneself, how to live a successful life.

  14. August 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

    • 52 arapaho415
      August 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Did you see that video that Kasai posted for Danny this week (in one of the later threads of the day — thought you might have missed it since you’re such an early bird, LOL):

      Such a cute, industrious dog who really loves his master (mistress? since mistress has several meanings, won’t use it to describe Jessie’s owner):

  15. 54 Linda
    August 3, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Sixth Circuit will hear marriage equality cases next week

    Next Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit will convene in Cincinnati to hear several marriage equality cases arising out of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee — and the GOP-dominated panel that will hear these cases is unlikely to bring joy into the hearts of equality’s supporters. […]

    Lightning could strike a second time in Judge Sutton’s chambers, but he remains a very likely vote in favor of discrimination. And that means that the Sixth Circuit is likely to be the very first court in the country to side against equality since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA.

    If you want a bit of silver lining on your possible bad news, here’s a decent one: The Sixth Circuit has the highest rate of U.S. Supreme Court reversals in the last five years; of the 23 cases originating in the circuit heard by the Supreme Court, only one was left standing. Whatever the three-judge panel decides, it’s unlikely to be the end of it.


  16. 57 amk for obama
    August 3, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Just had a talk with daughter unit, who is posted in ICU since 1st of this month. A 19 year kid was admitted in ICU with stroke symptoms coupla days back. While her seniors were scratching their heads about the cause, she thought through yesterday night and today floated her theory for the probable cause. Her seniors were stunned since apparently that is one of the rarest of the rare causes. Immediately, further testing was done and proper treatment was given and the boy has drastically improved today. He was apparently the pet of a large joint family of uncles, aunts, cousins etc. The whole lot of them turned up today evening to thank the daughter unit. I am so proud of her.

    • 58 hopefruit2
      August 3, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Wow amk…I say that daughter unit should be given formal recognition by the ICU treatment team! Good for her and all who benefited from her exceptional medical insights. May she continue to do her Papa proud! 🙂

      • 59 amk for obama
        August 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        Thanks hf. Her consultant has urged her to present this case in an upcoming medicos conference this month.

    • August 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

      WOW……Brilliant Daughter.. she persevered….. they listened to her….which means they really respect her….Extraordinary…..We are proud of her too….

    • 62 Judith Fardig
      August 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

      AMK – your daughter is a fantastic diagnostician! I’m sure she’s a caring doctor, too. What a combination, so no wonder you are bursting your buttons. Tell her we are proud of her too!

    • 64 Nena20409
      August 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      What, a woman, what a woman, what a mighty, might great Daughter caring good woman. Wow.

      Nothing beats saving another life…….other than giving a life itself. What a great doctor in training. This is now a second time you have allowed Us to share in the joy, amazement and truly a Healer that is the Daughter Unit. Please Thank her for me.

  17. 68 Jeff
    August 3, 2014 at 10:06 am


    Looks like the ebola patient that they brought in the US status has improved.

  18. 71 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Gooooood Morning Beloved Human Units!

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