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Early Bird Chat

On This Day – President Obama at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Missouri, Sept. 20, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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108 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    September 20, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Furst

      • September 20, 2014 at 7:21 am

        Bringing over……..
        Good morning to everyone. Been up since 6:00 on this Saturday morning. Hiker husband is doing some AT miles in the Smokies. To get to the few AT miles he needs over there, he has to do some extra miles. Is meeting a friend and they will shuttle one car to where they will end. Doing around 14 miles today. Monday afternoon, he will head out to northeast TN β€” and will walk south β€” to complete his entire 2, 185 miles. Finishing at Fontana Dam (TVA).

        • 4 jackiegrumbacher
          September 20, 2014 at 7:53 am

          TN, your husband’s itinerary sounds exhausting. I hope he’s home soon. Have a great day.

          • September 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

            It will end soon. He got home Thursday midday from ME. When he had to come off in March two weeks into his hike, he skipped little over 200 miles of the AT. To be a thru hiker and get the certificate and patch, he has to do all the miles. That’s why he is getting these few miles today, then beginning next week, he will leave to do rest of them……..finishing Oct. 8 at Fobtana Dam. Good thing is that these are close home. He is going to have friends with him most days and it’s a beautiful time of year to be hiking in the Smokies.

        • September 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

          I salute your lucky hiker husband, tnmg! It is surely a stunning time of year to hike that region, any region really! I imagine it’s as close to heaven on earth as one can be ~ out in the silence of Nature. I still envy him!

    • September 20, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Morning Roberta, morning tnmtngirl, mooooooorning everyone!!

  2. September 20, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Going to the Climate March tomorrow. Thanks for supporting #44. IMHO, one of the best presidents this country has ever had – period.

    • September 20, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Great to see you here Jim, welcome!!!!

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      September 20, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Couldn’t agree more, Jim. Hope you’ll give us an update on the March.

    • 11 arapaho415
      September 20, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Thanks for doing your part to support the President who took office with the worst economy (in free-fall) since FDR.

      Drives me nuts that MSM blame PBO for everything, but don’t consider how bleak our landscape would be like if GM and others were allowed to fail. They ignore the benefits of the stimulus, as if the recovery took place on its own.

      Tom Toles’ cartoon that was captioned “Black Man Gets Worst Job in the World” after the Nov 2008 election was entirely true.

      So many of man’s actions have coalesced into crisis globally (thinking of foreign affairs) and climate change is here now, not something that might happen in the distant future.

      Tweets posted earlier on TOD:

  3. September 20, 2014 at 7:37 am

  4. 18 japa21
    September 20, 2014 at 7:40 am

    So you do sit-ups? No wonder you are so anorexic. Seriously, Chips, your obsession with this new toy is beginning to worry me. Have you considered psychiatric help?

  5. September 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TODers!!!

  6. 25 99ts
    September 20, 2014 at 7:52 am

    GM everyone. I seem to be following elections around the world lately. Although not a supporter of the NZ Prime Minister (Center right party) I was quite pleased with his easy win – given that the Dotcom person invited Greenwald in person & Snowden & Assange via picture to come and attack the PM 5 days before the election.

    “New Zealand’s National Party has been returned to government for a third term.
    With most of the vote now counted, the party of prime minister John Key has a 48 per cent share, giving National about 61 seats in a parliament of 121 seats.
    Supporting minor parties would deliver another four seats giving National a clear majority.”

    “Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party has failed to get into the next parliament.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-20/john-keys-national-party-takes-out-new-zealand-election/5758218

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/15/moment-truth-greenwald-dotcom-snowden-assange-new-zealand-john-key
    “Greenwald, Dotcom, Snowden and Assange take on ‘adolescent’ John Key
    Internet interceptors unfazed by mega-drills or media drilling as they reveal Moment of Truth to New Zealand ahead of election”

    Easy to see who is the “adolescent” – sure isn’t John Key.

    • September 20, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Woot!

      You know 99ts, if Greenwald opposed the devil, I’d probably turn to Satanism.

      • 27 jackiegrumbacher
        September 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

        Someday, Chips, that enormous ego of Greenwald’s is going to explode, leaving an ugly mess in its place. He must actually have believed that he knew about electoral politics in a country he doesn’t even live in and could alter people’s opinions about candidates they know. His coterie of slavish followers must have convinced him that he could turn anything he touches to gold and he’s fool enough to believe them. I want to be able to see his fall when it comes–I want it to be big and I want it to be loud.

        • 28 99ts
          September 20, 2014 at 8:17 am

          He had exactly zero impact in NZ jackie – which was a joy to note.

        • September 20, 2014 at 8:22 am

          “I want to be able to see his fall when it comes–I want it to be big and I want it to be loud.”

          It will be a beautiful day Jackie, although strictly, it’s already happened, he’s becoming a parody of himself at this stage.

    • September 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Greenwald really is a buffoon, 99ts. I see he was attacking NZ’s ‘gag rule’, as he calls it, on election media coverage on voting day. Lots of countries, including Ireland, have just such a ‘moratorium’, which, to me, is completely sensible. It prevents last minute lies and propaganda being dumped on the electorate, with no time for opponents to debunk them. It also gives the electorate time to breath and think after the campaign, and make up their minds on what they’ve heard the previous weeks/months. It’s the likes of the Kochs, GG’s buddies, who take advantage of moratorium-free elections by spewing lies at the last minute.

      He really is clueless.

      Actually, he’s not, he’s probably just pissed he and his pals couldn’t spread more propaganda in the media on election day.

      • 31 99ts
        September 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

        We have a 3 day “gag” rule – it’s a blessed relief – and our campaigns usually only last 4-6 weeks! If the US did similar the congress might have to be in session for a little longer each election year.

        As for GG – he is open to go anywhere for the right price – not to mention that after following his advice Snowden is stuck in Russia.

        • September 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

          Wow really 99ts, a three day ‘gag’ rule? That’s excellent – when I rule the world, I will introduce that everywhere πŸ™‚

          Still laughing at Mr Dotcom’s party failing to win a seat – GG’s ego will be intensely bruised today.

          • 33 99ts
            September 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

            I probably should clarify – the gag was only for TV/radio (old times) – not sure about print media. It could have been changed – I had better check.

            Thus said – if the US could limit its campaigns to 6 weeks – what joy – and what a money saver!

            • September 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

              When I rule the world, 99ts, campaigns will be limited to one day: that’s all the time anyone should need to know to vote Dem/Labor/Labour.

              • 35 99ts
                September 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

                No idea why it is the Labor party in Australia – breaks all the spelling rules

                • September 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

                  That’s an odd one 99ts – would people generally spell the word ‘labour’?

                  • 37 99ts
                    September 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

                    We do – as per English English – but not the party.

                    • September 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

                      That’s wacky then that they spell it ‘Labor’ – any idea why?

                    • 39 99ts
                      September 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

                      I can only quote wiki – that gives the reason to “American Influence”. Rather unusual for 1912 (we were soon to go and fight for King and Empire) – but perhaps because of the US labor movement/unions??

                      “The ALP adopted the formal name “Australian Labour Party” in 1908, but changed the spelling to “Labor” in 1912. While it is standard practice in Australian English both today and at the time to spell the word “labour” with a “u”, the party was influenced by the United States labor movement, and a prominent figure in the early history of the party, the American-born King O’Malley, was successful in having the spelling “modernised”.[10] The change also made it easier to distinguish references to the party from the labour movement in general.[11] Furthermore, the spelling “labor” had been acceptable in both British and Australian English in earlier periods.”

                    • September 20, 2014 at 11:16 am

                      Ah, thanks a million for that 99ts, what an odd spelling change!

                      Um, was King O’Malley actually christened ‘King’ by his parents??

                    • 41 99ts
                      September 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

                      Who knows – he was apparently born in Kansas – said he was Canadian & was unsure as to his birthdate. His mother’s maiden name was King – so presumably he wasn’t named for an English King – rather for his mother! (per wiki)

  7. 42 jackiegrumbacher
    September 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Morning all. My inbox this morning was filled with a lot of cheery messages from Joe Biden about Wendy Davis. Hope her debate went well.

  8. 44 jackiegrumbacher
    September 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Here’s a brief recap of the Davis/Abbott debate. Abbott represents every rotten Republican governor in the US who has turned his state into a hot economic and social mess. If Texas Democrats would wake up and vote, they wouldn’t have to suffer this kind of destructive governance year after year.

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Davis-Abbott-head-into-high-stakes-debate-5767792.php

  9. 45 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    September 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNING EERYONE…HOPE THE SUN SHINES WHERE YOU ARE STANDING AND THAT YOUR DAY IS BLESSED WITH AWESOME ADVENTURES!…OF COURSE…THIS WAS ALOT TO WRITE BEFORE I HAVE HAD ENUFF COFFEE!…SO GLAD PBO IS AT CAMP DAVID AWAYS FROM THE HUM- DRUM OF THE DUMB-DUMBS!…THE GOLF COURSE CAN DO WONDERS!..ME…I CAN’T GET AWAY FAR ENOUGH!

  10. 48 japa21
    September 20, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Well, off to have breakfast with Nicole Curtis. See everybody later.

  11. 52 amk for obama
    September 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    good gawd.

  12. 58 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    September 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    BTW…THE ‘STICK SLEEPER’ TODAY IS AWESOME…REMEMBER THIS…STICK PEOPLE WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CELLULITE…POCKET CHANGE…..STARCH IN THEIR SHIRT COLLARS…A BELT….SOX….OR ANY OTHER ARTICLE OF CLOTHING THAT HAS SUBSTANCE….JUST SAYIN’

  13. 62 amk for obama
    September 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Angry French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards burn down tax and insurance offices in a Brittany town.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29294096

    frog teabaggers?

  14. 63 amk for obama
    September 20, 2014 at 8:41 am

    New Zealand’s governing National Party has won an emphatic victory in general elections, near-complete results show.

    With nearly 100% of the votes counted, PM John Key’s party held 48%, with the opposition Labour Party lagging behind on 25%. The Greens had 10%.

    ….

    But the results suggest Mr Key might be able to govern alone, without the support of the populist New Zealand First party.

    The Internet-Mana Party – which has been funded by online billionaire Kim Dotcom – failed to get a single seat.

    ….

    Mr Dotcom held an event featuring Edward Snowden, the US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who accused Mr Key of mass domestic spying.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29268823

    ha, ha, ha.

  15. 65 anniebella
    September 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

    The more I hear about this guy jumping the fence, he didn’t just jump the fence he got in the door, that makes me mad and it concerns me very much. These Secret Service is not doing their job very well. That man should have gotten no where near the WH. Something have got to be done.

    • 66 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      September 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

      WOW ANNIEBELLA…I DON’T LIKE THAT NEWS AT ALL…ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE HAD THOSE ISIS THREATS AGAINST THE WH….THEY DO TEST RUNS…..SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE WITH SECRET SERVICE…LET ME TELL YOU..INFILTRATION INTO THE SYSTEM IS EASIER THAN PEOPLE THINK…AND IF YOU HAVE REPUBLICAN SS……WELL…FILL IN THE BLANKS…I HAVE WARNED ABOUT THIS IN THE PAST.

  16. September 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Happy Saturday everyone….Reading all this news about Greenwald and his “candidate.” – this humiliation couldn’t have happened to a better person! Hahaha…

    And I hope Greenwald realizes that the ONLY reason he’s being given a platform in the US media is because of who is currently in the WH. As soon as 2017 arrives, it’s OVER for GG, Snowjob, and all these Libertarian emos, PL, Blackademics, etc.

  17. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    September 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Ok I’ve been mighty busy at work this week but we started the week with a really cute dancing stick person and now its evolved to this.

    Ms Chips I think you have too much time on your hands. Come go to work with me today. I could put your great talents to some “productive” use.

    A stick person doing stomach crunches yelling good morning to the TOD family. 😯

    We ❀ you Chips!!!!!

    Good Saturday Morning Everyone!!!!

    • September 20, 2014 at 9:18 am

      πŸ˜† I’d love to come to work with you today Donna and share my stick-creating services – but they’re not cheap, and I’ll want payment up front. PayPal’s good.

      • 71 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        September 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

        LOL…………NOW WE HAVE STICK DICKERING…WHAT’S NEXT?…VOTE IN NOVEMBER PEOPLE AND TELL THE REPUGNANTS TO ‘STICK IT!’

  18. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    September 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Okay living here near DC the jumping the fence at the WH thing is not new to this Administration. People have been doing this forever. What is new is allowing that sucker to get that close to doing harm.

    WTH was the SS thinking? This nut just showed every terrorist in the world what to do. Geesh! The couple of times that I have been to the WH in the last 5 years I had to practically give blood and sell them my first born to gain entrance but a nut can just jump the fence and run on in. Had I known…….

    • 73 anniebella
      September 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I feel the same way donna, who knows who was watching what occur Friday night. That is what concern me the most.

    • September 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Another thing I don’t understand is why is the door to the White House unlocked? All entrances should be locked with a guard attending each one.

      • September 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

        Did you know when the WH was first constructed, citizens used to be able to call on the president.
        Sometimes, Jefferson would actually answer the door, as the staff was minimal.

    • September 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Donna, the first time I visited the White House (well, the outside of it, I wasn’t actually invited inside) I could not believe how exposed it was, and how easy it looked to get in there. An athletic person could scale any part of the fence in seconds, and like this guy, get right up to the building, or even inside, before anyone could react.

      I know there are SS on the roof and scattered around the grounds, but they’re not everywhere, there are big gaps between them. I just find it incredible that the building hasn’t better protection. I know they want people to be able to see it, but why not have a very tall ‘see-through’ fence that would give it better protection?

      And it’s too damn close to the surrounding pavements, it would be scarily easy for anyone to shoot at it, as has happened a few times, or worse, use a damn missile.

      I just find it bizarre.

      • 77 hopefruit2
        September 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

        What I suspect is that there was a lapse in SS vigilance because the President had just left. Unfortunately this should not have happened but it did. As japa indicated, if the President and/or the First Family were still in the WH or on the grounds, this guy would not make it past a few feet away from the fence. But regardless, the guy could have had explosives and other people’s lives were at risk – someone needs to be fired for this anyway…

        • September 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

          Half the SS is at camp David, as well.

          • 79 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            September 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

            SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE…AND SERIOUSLY…DUE TO ISIS AND MILITIA THREATS…THE TIGHTENING UP SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A VERY LONG TIME AGO….REMEMBER THE MOVIE WH DOWN…………………….EASY WHEN YOU ARE COMPLACENT. I WANT MY PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY PROTECTED…PERIOD!

  19. September 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Btw anything that I post over here is for info purposes. If some idiot wants to be rude that’s included in the article, then by all means push back…
    I cannot pushback with my twitter handle bc I get suspended from you guys complaining about me.
    So there’s that…
    Lol

  20. September 20, 2014 at 9:26 am

    The DNC isn’t raising more money? Even with the help of the president?

    • 82 hopefruit2
      September 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Actually the President is doing a lot for the DNC, but he is just one person with a much bigger responsibility of governing the country The RNC gets all kind of money from all kinds of sources, so the whole story isn’t being told here. And as we saw in 2012, it’s not simply how much money you raise, but how effective you campaign and strategize. In 2012, Romney had unlimited access to $$$, and he still lost.

      Meanwhile, the Dscc and the Dccc continue to outraise their GOP counterparts… πŸ™‚

  21. 86 arapaho415
    September 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

    GM Saturday Morning, TODville!

    This weekend is the Autumnal equinox, which I’ve very excited about — our rainy season is winter, so we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for some blessed rain — the moisture from Hurricane off Cabo San Lucas in Baja was sucked inland to the low desert of CA and AZ, NM, but not a drop where I am. 😦

    Weather.com tells me it was 106F on Tuesday and Wednesday here — the worst is that the nighttime low was only 78F, which is pretty miserable. But now it’s actually cool, and life if worth living once again, LOL. πŸ™‚

    Don’t have a TV, so I don’t know the coverage of the WH intruder, but CBS “bash Obama whenever we mention his name” radio network news is playing up concerns.

    Love this story, since I love the Rocky Mountain states:

    “People from New Mexico to Montana saw the bright object break apart as it moved slowly northward across the night sky. Witnesses described it as three “rocks” with glowing red and orange streaks.

    But the fireball that blazed over the Rockies earlier this month wasn’t a meteor or other celestial body, experts said. Instead, it likely was part of a Russian spy satellite that fell from orbit and burned up over Colorado and Wyoming.

    More than three dozen witnesses filed reports about the unusual sighting, which happened around 10:30 p.m. MDT on Sept. 2.”

  22. 87 forus50
    September 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Chipsticks,
    I’m thinking I now understand the fine line between genius and crazy. LOL, your new artwork is both.

    • September 20, 2014 at 9:44 am

      But Forus, as I said to Japa earlier, my predecessors, like Picasso, went through this very thing: people confusing their genius for madness. Granted, there’s a thin line between the two, but I think today’s stick pic – and I don’t mean to boast – is actually beyond genius. When I finished it, I felt a little tearful.

      • 89 forus50
        September 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

        I hear ya. And how you cope with those who have no artistic sense here on TOD is truly inspirational. #bsmetershatters

  23. 90 desertflower
    September 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Morning TOD! All I have to say about the stick figure craz here is that the art teacher at my school tells the kids that they’re in X grade now….time to grow up and start drawing REAL LOOKING PEOPLE NOW πŸ™‚ We’re talking elementary school kids…..I always feel guilty after that talk by the art teacher.

  24. September 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Well, if this ever goes airborne, Africa will be closed for business. 😦

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  26. September 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

    GM TOD…….. initial reaction to the greeting card from Chips

    bill the butcher on Make A Gif

    make animated gifs like this at MakeAGif

    ….it is growing on me though πŸ˜€


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