Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The First Lady reacts to something the President whispered to her at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in between events related to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.” Sept. 21, 2011


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Sunday!


63 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. September 21, 2014 at 7:25 am

    He lands on Mars today.

  2. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    September 21, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Morning TODers. There’s a pea soup fog this morning. Very eerie not to see anything but a cottony gauze outside the window. Hope the president enjoys his Sunday at Camp David. I wonder if he ever dreads going back to the WH.

    • 18 arapaho415
      September 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Good morning, JackieG and fellow TOD-bots.

      Looks like the Autumnal equinox is late this year — assumed it would occur this weekend, but Google tells me it’s happening on Tuesday.

      In mid-June I started container gardening, which was too late in the season for most of the plants I started from seed to bloom.

      Our 106F weather this week pretty much killed all my annuals, so I’m looking forward to starting my plants on the day after the Winter Solstice.

      In honor of the upcoming Equinox, here’s to lots of rain in the Sierra Nevadas this winter — which will make Japa21 and others in the Midwest happy — if the Jet Stream moves a tad South (instead of North like it did last Winter), then it will be rainy here, not as rainy in the Northwest and no Polar Vortex to cause punishing freezes in the Midwest.

      • 19 jackiegrumbacher
        September 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

        Well, Arapaho, the equinox may be late, but it’s still the official start of Fall for most people. For the next three months, it gets darker and darker by the day until December 21 and I can well understand why ancient Pagan religions developed elaborate rituals against the dying of the light. I remember working in an office in DC with windows on two sides and at 4:30 p.m. in December I could actually see my reflection in the dark windows. I hated commuting in the dark. Still do.

        • 20 arapaho415
          September 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

          Yes, it’s depressing when it gets dark so early.

          I think you’re right about pagan rituals honoring the Winter solstice — the onset of longer days a true reason to celebrate.

          I’ll repeat myself, but I saw a PBS (I think) documentary about 10 years ago whose premise was that the function of Stonehenge was to honor the Winter, not Summer solstice and that the stones placed laterally across the upright ones were to capture the moon cycles, which I found compelling and fascinating. This theory argued that ancient man would have been more atuned to nighttime cycles than daytime — can’t remember exactly why now, perhaps because of inherent danger of darkness and because of the predictability of the moon cycles and star positions.

          Can’t find anything on the Internet on this theory now though. 😦

          • 21 jackiegrumbacher
            September 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

            Arapaho, I can imagine nothing more frightening to ancient man than the dying of the light. And nothing more joyful than seeing even a few more minutes of sun return again in winter.

      • 22 MightyPamela
        September 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        Arapaho, the Equinxes and Solstices cannot be ‘late’. They are based on precise Sun/Earth alignments: https://www.assa.org.au/resources/sky-watching/ephemeris/

  3. 24 Anjo
    September 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Morning all sympathies to Dudette and all who mourn, get well greetings to GB and all who are not feeling well..Victory to all who support the Democrats and all the good they do.

    I visit here everyday, too busy to read everything, just check the photos, headlines, tweets and interesting articles..keep up the good work..LOVE the stick people as that’s my method of drawing, painting..Have a wonderful day and week all TODers may the week ahead be a blest and productive one for all including PBO and family..special shout out to VC, 99 and AMK

  4. 25 Roberta inN
    September 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

    😃Good Sunday morning all.

  5. 26 JER
    September 21, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.


  6. 27 anniebella
    September 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Love that picture of POTUS and FLOTUS.

  7. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    September 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

    The endless, uncontrolled devastating from poorly regulated fracking.

  8. 31 JER
    September 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

  9. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    September 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Every vote counts. Every. Single. One.

  10. 36 anniebella
    September 21, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Since the Alabama Governor was taken out of context what he said about the death of the 8 year old black girl, I want to send the Governor a email and and tell him that the right thing to do is to contact the little girl family and explain it to them and offer them an apology. Gov. Bentley, do what you would do if it was a white little girl.

  11. 39 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      September 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Dotster, I suppose these “angels” think they can actually control these terrorists if they succeed? They create a nightmare and it will consume them as well as many tens of thousands of other innocent lives.

  12. September 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Good Sunday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  13. 48 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Watched the excellent and horrifying HBO doc, Terror at the Mall, recently—–which included footage of this horror as it was unfolding. What was unbelievable was that no one—–no law enforcement—–showed up for hours after the attack began. These ragtag terrorists guys were just going thru the mall shooting everyone as moms were trying to shelter kids behind store counters etc. And when police did arrive, they seemed scared to enter the mall, had no direction, just pitifully stood around outside as the shooting continued inside. Finally about 5 courageous plainclothes guys and a couple civilians entered the mall to try to fight back and rescue some of the dozens of people hiding and hovering in corners. Other than that, it was the most pathetic response I’ve ever seen. Made me once again feel grateful to live in this country where we’re used to almost an immediate police response.

    • 50 99ts
      September 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

      They had a doco on our TV this evening on the civil rights movement in the 1960s. John Lewis was shown many times. I lived through those times and have little memory of our media ever showing the depths of hate and the open racism that existed. The bravery of those who put their lives on the line and fought for their rights came through in the film – together with the barbaric behavior and hate of those who would oppress them.

      Like the fight for women’s rights, it seems that civil rights for non-whites is still something that is opposed by way too many people with positions of power. Today’s racism and voter suppression isn’t as overt as in the 1960s – but it is there and easily seen by those who look – and easily lied about by those who have power – in particular the SCOTUS and too many powerful members of the GOP.

  14. 51 JER
    September 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

  15. 52 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

  16. September 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Democrats need to know they should be on good behavior until at least the election.
    Come on!!

    • 54 99ts
      September 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

      GOPers laugh it off and are supported by their party – democrats are held to a much higher standard – 2 sets of rules in US politics.

  17. 55 desertflower
    September 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Sunday…well, it WAS happy until the cat woke me up! I need to have a little chat about the difference between the weekDAY and the weekEND…..love that picture of the President and FLOTUS…love that devilish look on his face:)

  18. 56 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

    People’s Climate March today in NY City

  19. September 21, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Somehow, someway the climate change advocates will blame obama.
    Even though he’s fighting for emissions changes. 😦

  20. September 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

    GM TOD

    Finally, a loyal soldier…..& he calls Chuckie’s/Media b.s. hyperventilating:

    Retired Navy Admiral Mike Mullen said on Sunday that reports of broad disagreement between President Barack Obama and top military brass have been “blown way out of proportion.” Mullen told NBC’s Chuck Todd that debate about whether U.S. ground troops will be necessary to complete the mission against ISIS is a “natural part of the discussion” but that the decision ultimately rests with the commander in chief. “There should not be any question in the end who decides this, and that’s the president,” he said on Meet the Press.


    Last week, Obama’s top military adviser and Mullen’s successor, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Martin Dempsey, told Congress that he could consider advising the president in the future that the United States send troops into the conflict. That remark was widely interpreted as a sign of broad disagreement between the military and Obama, who has publicly ruled out putting U.S. boots on the ground. But Mullen, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs from 2007 to 2011, said that notion is overblown. “I think what General Dempsey was trying to do was certainly to explain to some degree how the process works,” he said. “I think it’s been blown way out of proportion in terms of the disagreement between the military and the president.”

    • September 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

      …” Mullen told NBC’s Chuck Todd that debate about whether U.S. ground troops will be necessary to complete the mission against ISIS is a “natural part of the discussion” but that the decision ultimately rests with the commander in chief. “There should not be any question in the end who decides this, and that’s the president…”

      President Obama has said in the past that he invites differing opinions. He does not have “yes men” on his staff. We know that even when making the decision to go after Bin Laden, there was input that was against taking that step. Because he weighs opposing points of view along with those that agreeable, *I* for one am more comfortable with his ultimate decisions; that his actions aren’t knee-jerk and that all potential outcomes have been considered. [Probably one of the reasons Powell seemed to have been ostracized during his tenure in the Bush administration; that he expressed opinions that may not have been in lock step with Bush/CHENEY.]

  21. 61 desertflower
    September 21, 2014 at 10:15 am


  22. 62 FoxfireTX
    September 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD! This was dropped in by Bob last night (TY Bob!) and is a must read for everyone who thinks we have the answer to Syria and should put the US in the center of that Civil War (I’m talking to you Hillary!).



    Hope everyone has a great Sunday, and NO MTP:-)

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