Rise and Shine – And Chat Away

Okay, I get to pick one of my favorite photos ever – just because.


Thank yooooooou everyone for your best wishes, you lovely people!

My (lazy) R&S break continues, so chat on – updates through the day.


130 Responses to “Rise and Shine – And Chat Away”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:23 am


    Edited by The Birthday Girl:


  2. 6 Vicki
    August 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Happy birthday comment on previous thread. last entry.
    Happy Birthday to the Best Blogger on the Web. As Donna said.
    Enjoy your day and know that you are loved and admired.

  3. 8 japa21
    August 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    And counting? I think this is what NASA calls a “Holding” process.

  4. 20 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

  5. 24 africa
    August 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Huzzah, amk!!

    Happy Wednesday TODers

    Heeeya Chips!!

  6. 26 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

    so danny sux both at english & math?

  7. August 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Why is it only Wednesday? This is longest week. ever. It’s just been one tragedy after another. Bleh.

    Please, sir. I’d like a refund for this week. 😦 😦

  8. August 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Oh, yeah. Snowden is on the cover of WIRED magazine looking like he’s begging to come home. Greenwald is being a douche but that’s not new.

    How is everyone else this fine morning?

  9. 37 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

    paging 99ts

    Australian legal firm Maurice Blackburn said on Tuesday it had filed open class actions against five banks over late credit card fees worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The legal proceedings could become one of Australia’s biggest ever class actions, including hundreds of thousands of customers.

    The banks involved are ANZ, Westpac, St George, Citibank and BankSA.

    When contacted, both ANZ and Westpac declined to comment on the matter.

    Maurice Blackburn is a social justice law firm in Australia.


    • 38 99ts
      August 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Yep – they were charging something like $40 if you were 1 day late with a payment – not to mention the interest on said cards is over 20%!!

      I can remember in the 1980s when I had a store card & one month I had NO money to pay same. I received a note saying – “We didn’t receive your payment, just a reminder that payment is appreciated”!! Those were the days.

  10. 40 carolyn
    August 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Happy Birthday Chips. So glad you were born 23 years ago today! TOD has become my go to place for news, views, and humor. Thanks for all you do!!!

  11. 42 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Delhi University has acknowledged transgender students for the first time by introducing a column for a third gender in its application forms.

    The university said it would accept all nine transgender applicants who had enrolled for postgraduate programmes, The Times of India reported.

    Earlier in April, India’s Supreme Court recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.

    Activists have praised the move calling it a step in the right direction.

    Prior to this transgender students were forced to register as either male or female.


    our country is lurning.

  12. 43 africa
    August 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

  13. 44 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

    • 45 anniebella
      August 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

      G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and all those who voted for that war ought to be standing behind or right aside Al-Maliki.

  14. 46 forus50
    August 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Have a wonderfully lazy HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  15. 48 forus50
    August 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Have a wonderfully lazy HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  16. August 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

    • 51 99ts
      August 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

      The Wired story is titled “the most wanted man in the world” – hahahahaha – no country wants him – that is what he didn’t think about when he turned traitor.

  17. 53 No Child Left Behind
    August 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Happy Birthday Chips!

    May you have more fun than ever, more friends than all of us included and live a healthy long life to enjoy it all.

    May your wish for a Democratic Congress come true!

    Most importantly, may God bless you this day and always.

  18. 55 Vicki
    August 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Eric Boehlert is saying that Maureen Dowd’s column in the NYTimes has been cut down to once a week. GOOD!!!
    Only problem could be if whoever replaces her is worse. In terms of her ugly comments on PBO—-it is doubtful there can be much worse.

    In any case—no columns from M.Dowd would be even better than one a week.

  19. 58 TrumpDog
    August 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

    A very Happy Birthday Chips!
    …and many more!

    Have a great day!

  20. 60 desertflower
    August 13, 2014 at 9:56 am


    On the day of the shoe toss that rocked the world, Bush signed the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, which established that American troops would be out of Iraq by December 31, 2011. The pact involved another element that later proved quite contentiousβ€”immunity for Americans. Contractors for the State Department and other U.S. agencies could not be prosecuted under Iraqi law, and neither could American troops, with the possibleβ€”possibleβ€”exception of soldiers who committed major, premeditated felonies while off duty.

    Many Iraqis reacted with outrageβ€”not because the American military was planning to leave but because it was being allowed to stay. Muslim religious leaders condemned the agreement, and citizens staged protests at Parliament, in Sadr City and throughout Baghdad. Even thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria protested what was widely perceived as America’s continued occupation of their country.

    Fast-forward three years. The deadline for America’s withdrawal from Iraq was quickly approaching. The Obama administration had spent months negotiating a new agreement with the Iraqi government in hopes of extending the deadline. Washington wanted several thousand troops to remain to continue training Iraqi forces; the administration wanted to be sure that whatever meager gains had been won since the war began would not be lost.

  21. 61 Vicki
    August 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Info nobody cares about: I have researched the burning question—to me only—-about SOS John Kerry’s orange ties and the only item I could find was that he wore an orange tie in 2008 deliberately in India. State color or something.

  22. August 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Good morning all. Chips, Keep enjoying your ‘lazy’ time off although I don’t believe you have ever had a lazy day in your life Chips. Keeping this blog, a new puppy and a job going is more than enough. πŸŽ‚βœ‰Happy birthday!

  23. 64 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

    When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level. Stuff that will make them scream, cry, and howl in pain and anger!”

    He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

  24. 66 Allison
    August 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Chips, Happy Birthday!! Wishing you a fabulous day. Thanks for all that you do.

  25. 67 Roberta in MN
    August 13, 2014 at 10:02 am

    GM again Chips Love the picture

  26. August 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes. Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes!! ❀ 🐻 ❀ Us Best-Coasters started this Par-Tay last night, so we wouldn't miss out on any of the so-called shenanigans! A most joy-filled and blessed solar return to you, oh Goddess of TOD! πŸ˜‰

  27. 69 anniebella
    August 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday Chipsticks.

  28. August 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats amk on #1 πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday to you Chips – wishing you a glorious 23rd birthday! Hope you enjoy your day today, rest, relaxation, fun, laughter, cake, drinks, etc! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  29. 74 Dudette
    August 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Gooooood Morning Darling Family!
    Happy YOU-day to our Queen Blogga-Diva-Deliciosa! Don’t know what I’d without you and the wonderful home you’ve made for us here! Love you Kiddo! πŸ˜€


    … and only 23! [In my best French accent… ] Incroyable! πŸ˜‰

  30. 78 ouapiti
    August 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Best wishes for a wonderful birthday, Chipsticks! Though I don’t comment often, I visit your site regularly and am heartened by the sanity you and all your posters bring to this crazy world. Thanks, and keep on keepin’ on!

  31. 80 anniebella
    August 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    So Snowden want to come back to this country, what he’s not enjoying Putin hospitality?

  32. 81 Cheryllou
    August 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    De-lurking to wish Chips a Happy Birthday! Hope that you have an awesome day!

  33. 83 CEB
    August 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Many Happy Returns on your Birthday, Chips (whichever one it is). Hope you get to do many of your favorite things today.
    Thanks for all that you do.

  34. August 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

  35. 91 edp4bho
    August 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips. Thanks for giving up a big chunk of your time through the years supporting and uplifting us Obots, and doing battle with detractors and haters. I wish you many more healthy years to come.

  36. August 13, 2014 at 10:22 am


    You are one of my very favorite people on the planet!! And you don’t look a day over 22. XOXOXOXO

    BTW, this is the exact same dessert POTUS & FLOTUS had at their second inauguration lunch. You know the one where FLOTUS gave Rusty Boehner the side-eye?!! Chef Yosses gave Edie at Obamafoodorama the recipe. LOVE YOU!!

  37. 98 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

  38. 99 Gazelle
    August 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips! Wishing the same to all TODers who turned 23 ….. or is it 29?


  39. 102 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

  40. 104 Dudette
    August 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    For our Chips-a-doodle! πŸ˜€

  41. 105 dotster3
    August 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Sadly, another police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. late last night. Per reporting, police responded to call about guys in ski masks carrying guns, officer approached one guy who pulled a gun, officer shot the guy who is in critical condition. Also about the same time a woman was shot in the head near the burned town QuikTrip, reportedly from a drive-by. She is expected to be okay.
    I was hoping that after the 2 forums last night calling for justice and calm, things would quiet down.


  42. August 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Happy Happy birthday Chips…….. Well deserved and MANU will be champions of the League….. Rooney Babe ….. have a great day

  43. August 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Happy Birthday to Chips The Greatest!!…
    Happy Birthday to Chips The Greatest!!…
    Happy Birthday to Chips The Greatest!!…
    Happy Birthday to You!!!!!
    Hip…Hip…Hip… Hurrayyyyy!!!!!!!
    Hip…Hip…Hip… Hurrayyyyy!!!!!!!
    Hip…Hip…Hip… Hurrayyyyy!!!!!!!
    Dearest Chips You AAAAAARRRRRREE THE BESTEST EVAH!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  44. 115 Layla
    August 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Have a wonderful Birthday Chips!!!!

  45. August 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips, and thanks so much for this blog. It is the best place for laughs, music, and news.

  46. 120 dotster3
    August 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Teevee is actively wondering if there will be a knock down, drag out fight between PBO and Hillary at Vernon Jordan’s party tonight——punches thrown? hair pulling? biting?
    Teevee is dumb and desperate.

  47. 122 JER
    August 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning BFF and Happy Birthday again. This is as close as I could get to having PBO sing Happy Birthday to you.

  48. 124 HZ
    August 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Good Morning my beautiful Chips and TOD family. It is a beautiful day to wish the most wonderful and brilliant mind, our Chips Happy Birthday!!!

    You, give me so much joy in that you make this the place for me to come to because you work so hard to make it the Best for keeping us together for our most brilliant President.

    I wish that I could fly in bringing you loads of wonderful gifts because you certainly give all of us so many each and everyday here at our home, TOD.
    May your special day be one of complete joy, beauty, relaxation, and lots of wonderful celebration throughout the day.

    I love you, my dear beautiful Chips. You mean so much to me, so enjoy this your Day with nothing but Happiness of all Birthdays.

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Happy Birthday to Our Chips}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I love you so much. Thank you for giving so much to me and all of TOD.
    No one comes as special as you, Chips. Enjoy your day with my handsome Danny. Cake for all at my home tonight!!!! HZ

    • August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

      {{{{{{{HZ}}}}}}} Thank you, TOD’s most adorable angel (no offense Amk).

      • 126 HZ
        August 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

        TY, my beautiful Chips. Now I am dressing in one of my best to celebrate your birthday as I go in for an appointment with my doctor. Lovely celebration to you, my dearest Chips. Lots of loving hugs to you, my sweetheart. Thanks for all that you give to us and President Barack Obama by presenting your hard work with so much love and respect. Be Happy, Laugh A Lot, and Eat a Lot. Love you, my Chips.HZ

  49. 127 0388jojothecat
    August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    H A P P Y. B I R T H D A Y.

    To our wonderfully awesome Chica Chips have a great birthday! We love you.

  50. 129 Dudette
    August 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

  51. 130 Anna Luc
    August 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I too am un-lurking to wish Chipsticks a Happy Birthday with my favorite B-day song. (I hope this embeds.)

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