Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13, 2012


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!

125 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 daisydem
    August 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Good Morning!

  2. 9 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 7:25 am

    gm petals/sepals.

  3. 11 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 7:27 am

  4. 18 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Genetically modified flies ‘could save crops’



    • 19 amk for obama
      August 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

      wonder if I should that bug’s photo to honor vc.

      August 13, 2014 at 8:49 am


  5. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    August 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Good Morning Birthday Girl Chips. I hope Danny gave you your present this morning and you’ve got many, many more treats and goodies on the way. It must be wonderful to finally reach the age of 22! Big, big hugs and best wishes from this tiny corner of the world.

    • August 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Ah, thank you Jackie!!!! But confession: I’m a creaky auld 23 now, you’ve miscalculated.

      I got a large slurp from Danny, then an immediate demand for his breakfast. I’m going to do the same to him on his birthday morning, that’ll teach him.

      Thank you again Jackie!!

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        August 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

        Aw, being 23 is such a hardship, but I’m sure you’ll bravely soldier on. As you always tell us, Chips, have a ‘blissful’ day.

  6. 24 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Good villagers, it’s that time again!
    Chipsy-whipsy, forgive me for calling the singers and dancers together again, but this old version so reminds me of you that I won’t even look for a newer version. Old with old, right?

    Ready singers and dancers? Eyes forward for the starting signal. …… Hit it!

    • August 13, 2014 at 7:38 am

      😆 Penguins!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!

      Thank you VeeeeeeCeeeeee, you lovely thing!!!!

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Perfect, VC. I cleared my throat and sang right along–just slightly off key.

      • 30 vcprezofan2
        August 13, 2014 at 7:43 am

        That was you off key? /whisper/ I was thinking it was me, so I lowered my voice some more. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one.

        Have a great Wednesday, JackieG!

        • 31 jackiegrumbacher
          August 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

          VC, singing off key is my specialty. When I was in the high school chorus I had to stand directly in front of my best friend so she could sing in my ear and keep me from going off. Whenever she missed a practice, I got sour looks from the music director.

          • 32 vcprezofan2
            August 13, 2014 at 7:59 am

            What a good friend, JackieG! I wish I had thought of that. Instead I got the traditional ‘Don’t sing. Mouth the words’ which bothers me to this day. 😀

  7. 33 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 13, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Good morning Lady Chips. Happy birthday! May your day be filled with everything that is blessed, and may each day from hereon be better than the one before. Enjoy your celebrations.

  8. 35 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

    show us your burth cert, bt.

  9. 41 Roberta in MN
    August 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Happy Birthday to you Chips. What a wonderful start of your special day. VC that Happy birthday song was awesomeness its self. Have a wonderful day.

  10. 43 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    To surprise you, someone you know asked me to drop this off.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

      VC, someday you will have to tell me how you did this. One, superimposed the writing on the cake; and two got the whole thing to show up here. It’s awesome and I’m super impressed. You’re a miracle worker.

      • 45 vcprezofan2
        August 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

        TY, I could try to list the steps for you later today. Do you have ‘paint’ on your computer?

        I was tutored by the best – the folks here and offspring’s patience here at home. Don’t know how I’ll manage next month when he goes off to ‘college’. I generally yell his name from upstairs when I get stuck fixing a pic.

        • 46 jackiegrumbacher
          August 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

          Well, VC, I couldn’t even answer the ‘paint’ question, although Mr. G assures me I do have it. When I was working, we used to have painstaking tutorials for every program and I learned through practice and necessity. Now I’m generally lost.

    • August 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

      As I said to ya on the Twitter machine,

      (1) You’re a sweetheart

      (2) When I swap the 3 and the 2 it’ll be perfect, and I will munch it all merrily!!

      Thank you VC!!!!

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        August 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

        I’m sure DannyO will tell you, ‘you are very welcome’, CC. In fact, he seems to have already said it with his big slurp – prolly didn’t want you to worry you might have been forgotten while I was lollygagging with the delivery. 😀

        I’ve made my own cake, but figure if you get them all at once you might gobble them all up at once (lack of organization and restraint, you know), so I’m saving it for later.

        • August 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

          Ooooooh, a VC cake??? As good as mine?????

          • 51 vcprezofan2
            August 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

            How can you ask a question like that? It IS your birthday, CC, so I’m TRYING to control myself here. /piously – After all, everything doesn’t have to be a competition, you know./ 🙄

            [I’ll get back to you with the answer on another day. 😀 ]

  11. August 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good Wednesday Chipsticks…TODers!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY {{{{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}}}}. I hope you have a marvelously fantastic day! ❤ ❤ ❤

  12. 54 99ts
    August 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Happy Birthday Ms Chips – from the land down under

  13. 57 Grab a Mop Grace
    August 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Wanted to de-!lurk long enough to wish you a Happy, happy Birthday Ms. Chips!
    Hope it’s the best yet:)

  14. 59 daisydem
    August 13, 2014 at 7:59 am

    And I did not say Happy Birthday Chips! Shame and ten lashes with wet noodles for me! Happy, happy Chips! You make us happy every day by giving us the gift of TOD! May you know today on your day, how special that is and how much you are loved for it! Danny…quick another slurpee for your Mommy!!

  15. 61 donna dem 4 obama
    August 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Happy Birthday Chips… (It’s from last year but it still applies today)

    • August 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

      I was weepy when I saw it the first time Donna, and now I’m weepy all over again – you’re just incredibly kind to have gone to the trouble of making it, it’s a beautiful gem! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • 63 vcprezofan2
      August 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Yeah, GrandmaDD! Excellent tribute!

      psst! That dancing trio of (old) ladies, is that you, Chips and JO’B? Very good unison kicking there in the middle! I’m proud of all three of you. 🙂 🙂

  16. 64 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 8:05 am

    love danny’s reacshun to your b’day celebration.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    • August 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

      😆 That is actually beyond perfect!! He’s now having another nap, having had his breakfast, he’s evidently tingling with excitement about this historic day.

  17. August 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips 🙂

  18. 70 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

    😳 I was trying so hard not to drop Danny’s (and Meta’s) birthday gift that I forgot my manners.

    GooOOOooddd Dddaaay, TODobots wherever you are; make the most of every moment! 🙂 🙂

  19. 71 Nerdy Wonka
    August 13, 2014 at 8:20 am


    Hope you dance all day and party hard.

  20. August 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

    From Maddow Last Night:

    Anger in Ferguson follows record of racial disparity

    Rev. Al Sharpton, MSNBC host and president of the National Action Network, talks with Rachel Maddow about turning outrage over the shooting of Michael Brown into change to correct the evident racial disparity in how laws are enforced.

    Part of the report?

    She’s talking about a whistle blower in the St Louis County police depart. They had a “Lets have a black day”. A day where cops were to arrest as many black people as they could.


    • 78 vcprezofan2
      August 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

      That was quite informative – a template for what investigative journalism should look like. Thank you for the link, Rikyrah.

  21. 79 dotster3
    August 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Happy Bday to you, Clever Chips! I stayed up all night and made you a cake—–a green one—–because—–Irish. Wish you could see it——and taste its deliciousness, but I can attest it is the yummiest cake ever made! You’re welcome.

  22. 83 desertflower
    August 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Morning everyone:) Special good morning and Happy Birthday to you, Chips! I don’t have any fancy music or fancy cake but I got a big heart with some genuine birthday wishes! I hope that you have an amazing day today (23 is it? I was MARRIED when I was 23…omg…still am!) and that you spend it with the people (and animal!) that you love. {{{{{Chips}}}} Love ya bunches!

  23. 85 GGAIL
    August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Good West Coast morning & HAPPY BIRTHDAY my beloved Chipsticks ❤

  24. 87 catrst
    August 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Thank you for everything you do, thank you for everything that you are, and best wishes on your, let’s see 23rd is it?

  25. August 13, 2014 at 8:40 am


    Top of the morn to you and TODville.

    Happy Birthday to the person who had the foresight, talent and humor to create this wonderful space, who contributes immeasurably to the wonder that is the world wide web.

    Hope your day is special and fun, and here’s to lots of pampering for the Queen BT herself! My birthday wish for you is for Dannystix to miraculously decide that he’s been there, done that, as far as socks are concerned 😉 .

  26. August 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Chips. We love you and appreciate you.

  27. 93 desertflower
    August 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Be careful out there! If they told the truth, they would NEVER get elected.


    Let’s say you’re a voter in central California and you go online to look for information about a competitive congressional race. You stumble upon a website with a generic sounding name, “Central Valley Update,” and find some news coverage that casts the Democrat in a very negative light. It looks like a news story; it’s presented as a news story; and you might well be tempted to perceive it as a news story.

    Except, it isn’t. Down at the very bottom of the page, in a small font, readers can learn that the “Central Valley Update,” is actually “paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee.”

    Yes, as Shane Goldmacher reported yesterday, the Republicans’ House campaign arm “is now in the faux-news game.”
    The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.

    The NRCC has created about two dozen of these new faux news sites targeting Democrats, both challengers and incumbents, and is promoting them across the country with localized Google search ads.

    The NRCC’s single-page sites are designed to appear to be a local news portal, with logos like “North County Update” or “Central Valley Update.” The articles begin in the impartial voice of a political fact-checking site, hoping to lure in readers. “We’ll take a look at her record and let you decide,” starts one. Then they gradually morph into more biting language.

  28. 94 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Happy Birthday Chips. You make my life better. As always, love you madly. LH

  29. August 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!!


  30. 98 criquet
    August 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Best wishes for this day and the many more to come.

    Please know that there is so much love and appreciation for your creation of TOD, your courage during dark days, your wonderful celebrations in victory,your compassion, empathy and generosity and Danny!! In fact, all that tells of your character which is stellar.

    Hope you have a great day.

  31. 100 desertflower
    August 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Your morning laugh!!! I’m not even gonna share a tiny bit 🙂 BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Every time you think of this, you’ll bust yourself up though:)


    • August 13, 2014 at 9:07 am

      That should be Chips’ response to everything! LOL.

      DF, where is the flooding in Phoenix that I’m now hearing about on national radio?

      • 102 desertflower
        August 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

        I don’t know…I think Chandler, AZ…which is south of me…it dripped on my house yesterday…no flooding..no trees uprooted. The valley is so big and spread out that one place could get pummeled and somewhere else is shaking their heads wondering what all the fuss is about:) Like I am right now….rain? What rain?

  32. 103 symmetry11
    August 13, 2014 at 8:56 am


  33. 108 Lynn
    August 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Wishing you the best of birthdays, dear lady. PS. Look under your bed. That’s where Danny-O said he hid the socks I sent you.

  34. 110 desertflower
    August 13, 2014 at 9:05 am


    There’s been quite the buzz in the chattering classes this week over Robert Draper’s suggestion in the New York Times Magazine that the Republican Party, and perhaps even the nation, may finally prepared for a “libertarian moment,” likely through the agency of the shrewd and flexible politician Rand Paul. It’s obvious, in fact, that some of the aging hipsters Draper talks to who have been laboring in the libertarian fields for decades glimpse over the horizon a reconstructed GOP that can reverse the instinctive loathing of millennials for the Old Folks’ Party.

    Unfortunately, to the extent there is something that can be called a “libertarian moment” in the Republican Party and the conservative movement, it owes less to the work of the Cato Institute than to a force genuine libertarians clutching their copies of Atlas Shrugged are typically horrified by: the Christian Right. In the emerging ideological enterprise of “constitutional conservatism,” theocrats are the senior partners, just as they have largely been in the Tea Party Movement, even though libertarians often get more attention.

    The So-Called ‘Libertarian Moment’ Is Engineered By The Christian Right

    Run Away!! Run far, far away!

    • 111 desertflower
      August 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

      This is really an important read…chock full of so much info…I really didn’t do it justice here. Take a moment…read the whole terrifying thing

  35. 112 JER
    August 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday BFF. Here are some of Danny’s friends singing for you:

  36. 113 japa21
    August 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    For the sake of our privacy I chose not to include our former future relationship. Wouldn’t want others to get jealous.

  37. August 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Good morning and a Happy Birthday to you Chips. Wishing you all the best on your special day

  38. 117 desertflower
    August 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

    ANOTHER morning chuckle! Chips…this COULD be your present:)


    Edward Snowden: ‘I’d volunteer for prison’ to return to US

    What? Mother **cking Russia not what you thought? FREEDUMB !!

  39. 119 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    to commemorate the occasion.

    As a painless way to save money, a young couple arranged that every time they have sex the husband puts his pocket change into a china piggy bank on the bedside table. One night while being unusually athletic, he accidentally knocked the bank to the floor where it smashes. To his surprise, among the masses of coins, there are handfuls of five and ten dollar bills. He asks his wife what’s up. “Well,” she replied, “Not everyone is as cheap as you are.”

  40. 120 Vicki
    August 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips! Donna said it for me: To The Best Blogger on the Web. That you are. Have a fun day and know that you are widely loved and admired.

  41. 122 HZ
    August 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I am late, but I am here. I will post my comment on the R&S since I just got up and the sun is shinning very bright for my beautiful Chips.HZ

  42. 124 Judith Fardig
    August 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Happiest of birthdays to our Chips. I’m almost never awake to post on Early Bird, and I see there’s already another post up. Everyone else had already shared wonderful wishes.

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