Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets Jasper Mann and his parents, Billy and Gena Mann, before signing H.R. 2005 – Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday!

87 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • 18 dannystix
      September 30, 2014 at 7:14 am

      ogm ur band.

      • 19 donna dem 4 obama
        September 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

        GM Danny. You know that the bathroom is not a very sanitary place to hangout. Take your mommy’s laptop outside and bury it in the yard and watch her go berserk. It will be your fun thing to do for the day,

        Good Puppy!!!!

        • 20 dannystix
          September 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

          moarnin dona dats a grate ideea!1!1!

        • September 30, 2014 at 7:28 am

          Thank you for that Donna. He’s now digging a hole in the garden. Another one.

          Good mooooooorning you!

          • 22 donna dem 4 obama
            September 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

            Good Morning Chips. I love obedient children. You’ve got a real gem in that Danny boy!

            • September 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

              ๐Ÿ™‚ I told him this morning I’m bringing him to obedience training, he said: “Bring it on, baby!!” ๐Ÿ™„

              • 24 57andfemale
                September 30, 2014 at 8:32 am

                I hired for Rufus a special dog trainer to come to the house – they guaranteed they could train any dog.

                After a few weeks, she fled, screaming.

                We had to set up a Berlin Wall around the dining room table. There was the romantic dinner I cooked, gourmet duck.

                Wrestling that duck out of Rufus’ mouth – quite the challenge.

                At least the date took me out to a nice restaurant. He wasn’t about to do battle with Rufus.

                • September 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

                  ๐Ÿ™‚ I suspect my fella would have the same effect on a trainer.

                  Oh heavens …….. the duck?!?! ๐Ÿ˜†

                  • 26 57andfemale
                    September 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

                    Hilarious. Under the table, growling and holding on to that duck.

                    Rufus hated every man I went out with, until Mr. 57.

                    If someone forgot the rules and pushed in a chair at the Thanksgiving table, Rufus was up on that table.

                    I shudder to think of what Rufus would have taught Kasper.

              • 27 JER
                September 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

                Good Morning Chips, TOD, and Danny.

  1. 29 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

  2. September 30, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I am the kitty cat who returned, Big Dog to reclaim my yard!
    It ain’t over until the Fat Cat sings! Got that?!!!

  3. September 30, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Good Tuesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Everyone enjoy your day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Gooooooood morning swbluega!

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Good morning swbluega!
      You do the same…..I had to force myself out of bed today and dance to “Happy” because of those depressing emails from DNC & Co.
      I thank God Danny was here to meet and greet us. I was about to crawl back to bed for the whole day. I wish they would stop. We have come too far with this brilliant President to beg. Ugh!
      I did not mean to rant on and on…….but enough is enough, already!
      Have a great day!

  4. 35 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 7:31 am

  5. 36 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 7:32 am

  6. September 30, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Unbelievable….then maybe not


    “Walmart: Tracy Morgan wasn’t wearing seatbelt in deadly crash”



    Walmart says Tracy Morgan wasn’t wearing his seatbelt during a New Jersey wreck that took the life of his good friend and mentor, 62-year-old comedian James McNair. The same accident, which took place in June, left the former “30 Rock” star with serious injuries.

    In legal documents filed in a New Jersey court Monday… Walmart says that Morgan’s injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”

    “It’s disingenuous,” attorney Benedict Morelli told AP. “It’s not what they said they were going to do initially, which was take full responsibility.

  7. September 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

    On Thursday the President will headline a fundraiser in Chicago for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Later, he will deliver a speech on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University.

  8. 42 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

  9. 43 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 7:44 am

  10. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    September 30, 2014 at 7:46 am

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:56 am

      I hope that decision backfires in that it lights a fire for people to go vote as a way of saying “you can’t take away my right!!!” The GOP is being open in their contempt of minority voters (and of any voters likely to vote for a Democrat) and in their attempts to suppress the vote. *That* alone should be a motivator to GOTV despite the inconvenience.

      • 47 edp4bho
        September 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

        Agree. Rights were never given but fought for and achieved with perseverance and determination to not be excluded.

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      September 30, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Sadly, Donna, Tracy’s comment is absolutely correct. This is the most virulently anti-democracy Supreme Court in my memory. John Roberts was the ultimate Trojan Horse, hand picked by plutocrats to ensure their absolute rule in the US–the people be damned. They have already purchased an entire political party, the US media and SCOTUS. All of their focus now is on destroying the president by ensuring he has two houses of Congress that will work actively against him every day. People who vote for the GOP are no better than lambs to the slaughter.

  11. 49 africa
    September 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers

    Heeeeeya Chips!!

  12. 51 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

  13. September 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats Madam Pres Ms. Chips, on being the first to open your own store to serve your wonderful customers. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The Untied States of America.

  14. 54 jackiegrumbacher
    September 30, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Morning, Chips. I think it would be lovely if we could all think of one bit of positive news each day to counter the gloom. The president can’t carry it all. Each of us needs to plan one thing–phone banking, door to door, organizing an event, anything positive to do in the month of October.

    • September 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Morning Jackie, Donna sent me some great links a few days ago about registering to vote, etc, I just haven’t the chance yet to put the post together and add some other stuff, but will do asap. And that’s definitely the kind of pro-active positivity we need!

  15. September 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

    • September 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

      GM MsChipsssssss…

      From the article…

      Others reject our national anthem for more contemporary reasons. Generation after generation of broken promises. Itโ€™s 200 years later and America still enslaves a tremendous amount of its population through poverty, lack of opportunity, false hopes of social mobility, unfair educational practices and the prison industrial complex.

      I agree with those people, and I realized the horrific way our nation treats its minorities and underclass way back in my formative years; however, through all of that, I still gave America the benefit of the doubt. I still tried to give our nation credit for the progress we made in race relations, but fuck it, this Mike Brown incident is the last straw.
      For me…

      I think i mentioned early on in this diary that i have never truly felt like a citizen of the country…i have never sang the National anthem…i had never flew the American flag…till the election of the President….i still have not sung the National Anthem but i have flown the American Flag….

      and now there is the supreme Court once again striking an unconstitutional blow against folks of color…

      But……but…i am reminded of the legacy of struggle of Black Americans…of how whatever we have achieved had been against the gates of hell….

      that despite it all…we cannot give up the fight for Justice…Equality…Freedom…

      because We are Americans….we have paid for our citizenship through our blood…sweat….tears…

      • 58 jackiegrumbacher
        September 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

        Pf, the Supreme Court is proving, once again, to be the enemy of the people. But, as fellow Pennsylvanians, you and I both know that a determined people will come out to vote whether there’s early voting or not (an unheard of concept in PA). And, as you remember, when the voter ID concept was “tried” in 2012, people who rarely vote come out in anger to show that they weren’t going to be cowed into staying home. I was manning a neighborhood field office in that election and, Boy, did I hear it from voters who came in to vent their rage at any poll worker who dared to challenge their vote. I think that anyone calling or canvassing into minority neighborhoods ought to encourage the “fight back” mentality. They will win only if we let them.

      • September 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

        Oh Prettyfoot, it’s so sad that you feel that way, but completely and totally understandable. And I would have thought the treatment of PBO since he was elected has hardly helped change how you feel. I just don’t know. It seems to be two steps forward, and twenty-two back, people made to feel unwanted strangers in their own land.

        • September 30, 2014 at 9:45 am

          it is times like this when i think of my grandmother who passed on a few years ago….her mantra was …to always strive towards excellence…to never let racism be an excuse for failure…to get up when knocked down….
          i miss her but i hear her unmistakable words of courage and perseverance in my ear!

    • 62 arapaho415
      September 30, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I haven’t read the article, but mentioned a couple of weeks ago that reading the Wikipedia entry for Francis Scott Key is eye-opening.

      FS Key was a fierce anti-abolitionist attorney who *actively* prosecuted abolitionists.

      Something not taught in schools, nor even hinted at on the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem.

      Wikipedia also says the tune (music) for the National Anthem was an old English ballad, sung, I think, in barrooms.

      Now when I hear the National Anthem (especially at international competitions) I can’t help but think of its true history.

      • 63 jackiegrumbacher
        September 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

        Well, Arapaho, it’s really an unsingable anthem that values war and bombs and flag flying and I never really understood why it was inflicted on the American people. Most people go silent half way through because they can’t reach the high notes, so it’s just something you endure.

  16. 65 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 8:16 am

  17. September 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

  18. 67 criquet
    September 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    GM all.

    Just to help counter the continuing BS from all the usual suspects on what PBO said about the intelligence underestimating the ISIS/ISIL threat:


  19. 68 hopefruit2
    September 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Tuesday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 69 dotster3
    September 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Do we have more troubled souls now, or does it just seem like it? Naked man screaming he was Jesus Christ at Capitol bldg. in Madison, Wi. yesterday afternoon. (I think he was lying)

    • September 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

      I think the troubled souls have always been around. But what we have now are extremists who, with the aid of media, are putting ideas into people’s heads that it’s okay to be violent, outrageous, disrespectful, etc. In fact, it is encouraged.

  21. 71 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

  22. 72 desertflower
    September 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Morning everyone. Dems…wakey, wakey!!


    The great failing of the Democratic party over the past three-and-a-half decades has been the party’s failure to take political advantage of the obvious prion disease that has afflicted the Republican party since it first ate all the monkey-brains in the mid-1970’s. Whether this was out of cowardice, incompetence, or an overly optimistic view of the inherent sanity of the electorate, is no longer an issue. The failure to make the Republican crazee the Republican party’s standing public identity has encouraged the increased spread, and the increased virulence of the prion disease, with disastrous consequences for the rest of us. Why, in the name of god, would you not call Michele Bachmann crazy? Because it might offend the people who vote for her? It’s supposed to offend those people. Those people beg to be offended, and, by doing so, you at least inject into the discussion the notion that the Republican party has thrown its marbles gleefully to the four winds. A few elections later, that may become the general opinion. After all, the Permanent Republican Majority wasn’t built in a day.

  23. 73 dotster3
    September 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Mr. dote-ster is mean. He wants to call Trapper Tom for a round-up of all the very cute and highly intelligent ground squirrels we have scampering all about and setting up winter retreats in our garage walls. Here’s what I saw one of these adorables do last Sat. when I was reading on the deck on a honey of a day: He was not at all fearful of me, knows I’m his friend, and got on top of the water base to our umbrella table, pulled off the plug, went inside, pulled the plug over the hole after him; then after about 5 minutes, (think he goes in there to quench his thirst) he pops up out of the hole and replaces the plug and takes off with a telltale water moustache. How can you call Trapper John when you witness something like this? And keep in mind that Trapper John’s plan for these cuties does not involve relocation to a lovely ground squirrel refuge somewhere. Help!

    • 74 arapaho415
      September 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I feel for you, dotster.

      If my father were alive, he would join Mr. dotster in seeking the squirrels’ end.

      When I was growing up, my parents raised our fruits and vegetables, and it was a constant battle between birds and our food. (Couldn’t understand then why my Dad hated blue jays, which I thought were beautiful — but fortunately we had no squirrels — our rodent problem was gophers.)

      Sadly, I think squirrels’ intelligence work against them in their battle with humans. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      P.S. I had no idea that patio umbrella stands were filled with water — what a smart squirrel!

  24. 75 amk for obama
    September 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      September 30, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Wow! What a wonderful woman. She understands how important it is to every single girl in the world to feel “pretty.”

    • 77 edp4bho
      September 30, 2014 at 9:21 am

      What a precious human being…I think I love her ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 78 arapaho415
      September 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Starting to tear up here.

      Wonderful, resourceful, energetic woman.

      Everyone in the USA should know her name and what she’s doing — like Grandma Moses was famous in the 1950s-60s for her taking up painting later in life,

      I hope those she sends her dresses are able to express their gratitude (i.e., can sent letters of appreciation to her), which I’m sure would make that seamstress beam.

    • 79 anniebella
      September 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

      That is so nice of her to do this for those African children.

  25. 81 jackiegrumbacher
    September 30, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Here’s what we decided to do to lure more Latinos to our ‘Salsa the Vote’ event on the Sunday evening before election. We’ve hired a ‘salsa’ teacher to teach all the stiff old non Latinos at the event (volunteers committee members) how to dance. My husband, who has two left feet, wanted to bolt, but I’m trying to convince him to set a good example. Anyway, when I mention this to Latinos, they laugh and say they will come just to see it. I want to see everyone out on the floor doing their best and showing that we are all in this together. We will make fools of ourselves, but if it gets us one more vote, it’s worth it. Wish us luck.

  26. 87 desertflower
    September 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

    THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! Just LOOK at all the $$ back in my pocket!


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