Early Bird Chat

President Obama in Madison, WI, October 4, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

73 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. October 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. 3 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 9:39 am


  3. 4 Vicki
    October 4, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Good morning, Chips. Thank you for the admirable and accurate post about Shaun King. Apart from the egregious President bashing bs he dispenses, yesterday he had a series of tweets predicting rioting and tanks in Ferguson imminently.
    He is iresponsible as well as dishonest.

    • October 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Ah, thank you Vicki, I just found a reply from him in pending, will post it in R&S so you can all see it.

      • 6 Don
        October 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

        Plese post it!

      • 7 Don
        October 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

        I’ve had it up to here with these assholes. They serve no goddamn purpose what so ever!

      • 8 0388jojothecat
        October 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

        Wonderful post on con man Shaun king and the other uneducated elites especially the ones who have been around long before PBO came on our radar. All I see SK is doing is situating himself to sit back and complain to be recognized while doing nothing. PBO has being DOing while the other complainers have been Talking.

        Looking forward to seeing his reply. Hope everyone have a wonderful Saturday…hot or cold.

  4. 9 arapaho415
    October 4, 2014 at 9:40 am


    I have to say that you crack me up.

    Although… snow flakes in the Midwest already???

    LL stands by his faith in NOAA’s El Nino’s prediction for Cali, but the last I heard (on the radio) is that we can expect a weak El Nino that affects Cali’s low desert (southeast corner of the state).

    A reminder of what Cali is now facing (posted earlier this week):

    • 10 idon
      October 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Unbelievable. Me and hubby just moved to the north bay in northern California and we have a very serious strictly enforced water conservation plan due to our community being in the drought area.

  5. 11 arapaho415
    October 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Was this posted yesterday?

    Here’s a photo of the incident that sent @theFix into a tizzy (PBO’s “animated” discussion…):

    Another example:

  6. 13 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats swbluega on #1! Happy Saturday everyone 🙂 Chips thanks for your open letter to Shaun (or is it Con) King, and I look forward to seeing his response.

  7. October 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Crazy scary trying to protect our POTUS:

    For Secret Service, a delicate dance of guards and guarded

    In July, President Obama stood on an outdoor stage before a crowd of 2,000 people at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

    The president had just begun a new campaign-style speech when a man in the crowd, standing less than 50 feet away, interrupted with loud cries. “Antichrist!” the man yelled. “You’ll be destroyed!”

    As the Secret Service moved in, Obama cracked a joke from the podium to keep things light. He had seen the man before, he said: “He needs to update his material.”

    Less than an hour later, however, off stage and surrounded again by security and staff members, the president was no longer laughing.

    “That man would kill me,” he told them flatly.

    The moment, retold by a person with direct knowledge of the remark who asked not to be identified, was even more remarkable for its rarity.
    Aides say that the president seldom discusses potential threats. His comment about the man, and its implications about the effectiveness of his bodyguards, offers a glimpse of the complex, intense relationship every president and his family have with the protectors who constantly surround them.


  8. 17 Don
    October 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Was Bill Clinton called out on race? Of course not, he was too busy being labeled the first black President by the same folk that accuse President Obama of not doing anything for African Americans. It seems as though young black men have only recently begun being shot down like dogs in the middle of the streets, apparently this phenomena began in January of 2009.

  9. October 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Morning again everyone! So, why is Early Bird Chat two hours late?


    I was searching for Danny until six in the morning after he got out a garden gate I didn’t know had been left open by a delivery man.

    I thought he was a goner, there was so sign of him anywhere, and I was walking around in circles for hours, whistling and crying like a baby! I was quite a sight.

    And next thing, out of nowhere, he appears, the reunion like a scene from Wuthering Heights. (Which I’ve never read or seen, but I presume Heathcliff and Cathy hug each other at some point?)

    He was completely freaked, so he was definitely lost, not just partying with the nightlife.

    The gate is now bolted so severely, it will probably never open again.

    I feel so, so, so lucky, he could have been killed, lost or taken, so I’m flippin’ blessed.

    So, welcome home Danny!

    • 19 Don
      October 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Bless you, Chips.

    • 21 amk for obama
      October 4, 2014 at 10:11 am

      springed automatic garden gate?

    • October 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

      OH, NO! What a fright for you, Chips. SO happy for your reunion. Hope he stays near after that round-about!

      • October 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

        Thank you Meta! My own stupid fault for not checking the gate, which I’m usually paranoid about. I feel like the luckiest human on planet earth, Danny’s wandering days are done!

        • October 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

          I’ve felt that panic before. Hours pass by and you can’t breathe. Then, at long last, your pet shows up at the door. OMG.

          Take it easy today!

    • 29 desertflower
      October 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Morning, Chips. Morning, Danny. SO glad that you are back together where you should be. Absolutely terrifying, Chipster. Those of us that have dogs and children, understand this terror well when the little loved ones aren’t where they are supposed to be. Heartache and terror don’t EVEN touch the surface of what you feel. That said, he sounds like he’s so happy to be home with you (even DOGS know how terrifying the world is!) you might be able to get him to find all the hairbrushes he took:) Just sayin,,,,,

      Your piece on King was powerful..there are many of these opportunists out there ….we see them. I would LOVE to see a response, but don’t hold your breath.

      One last thought, I have never seen this photo from Scout. This is a powerful, powerful photo to dissect….it could become one (of so many!) of my favorites. Thank you for posting it this morning 🙂 Now…go bathe your dog. No telling what he got in to on his worldly adventures.

    • 30 MadameSoph
      October 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Chips, woke up too early (I’m on the West Coast) and decided to take a quick peek on TOD.

      I am so happy you found Danny and so, so glad the gate is bolted shut now! I totally empathize! If my kitties ever got out without me (they go out with me to enjoy the back yard, but never alone) I’d lose my mind. I’ve been down that road before, walking up and down streets endlessly.

      A lost kitty showed up at my old place once; he was meowing incessantly and I could just tell he was not a regular stray. I was able to put him in a cat carrier and take him to the local Humane Society. Turns out he was microchipped and his mom was looking for him! She came to thank me later and told me that repair men had left the door open and he had escaped (he was an indoor cat). He lived miles away! After that I got my kitties microchipped.

      Welcome Home Danny from your kitty friends!

      (o.k. now I’m going to go back to be for a bit and hug them real tightly) >^..^<

    • October 4, 2014 at 10:28 am

      I can imagine how you felt, Chipsticks. It scary enough when they get loose and you have them in sight. But not knowing where he was…
      I am relieved along with you that Danny returned safe and uninjured.

    • 33 0388jojothecat
      October 4, 2014 at 10:44 am

      🙂 🙂 🙂 you are so bad…

    • 35 Nerdy Wonka
      October 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Glad Danny’s home safe, Chips.

      You should ask the vet about getting him microchipped so if heaven forbid, he wanders again, he can be tracked down and that might ease some of your worries.

      p.s. You’ve never read or seen Wuthering Heights? For shame. And here I thought the Irish education system invented torture of students.

      • October 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        🙂 I have now vowed to read Wuthering Heights, promise!!

        Danny is microchipped Nerdy, but the flippin’ problem is that it’s no good unless the rascal is found.

        Thanks Legend, love ya.

    • 37 MightyPamela
      October 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Oh my goodness gracious! {{{{{ ❤ Chipsticks ❤ DannyO ❤ }}}}}

    • 38 hopefruit2
      October 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Oh my…Chips what a relief for you and Danny! Glad he’s back safe and sound. 🙂 [[[[Chips & Danny]]]]]

    • 39 idon
      October 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I’m so glad you and Danny are reunited – wonderful ending to a very scary moment.

    • October 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      That’s very scary. So happy to hear he is safe and sound. He is still little more than a baby. Have a nice cuddle and cry. Our hearts are with you

    • 41 canadabarb4obama
      October 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      So glad he’s back home! Such a terrifying experience!

  10. 42 anniebella
    October 4, 2014 at 10:17 am

    What is wrong with that Shaun King guy? How the heck is what’s going on in Ferguson has become Obama’s Katrina?

    • 43 Obama Grandmama
      October 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      SK saying he said that forty some days ago before… and he really felt that way at the time represents the problem of the press and individuals saying whatever they want without reflecting before on the consequences of their actions. Somehow free speech has become synonymous with saying what they feel or think with no responsibility of being sure it is factual, relevant, and will have positive results in the end. I have noticed the speed of tweeting has promoted irresponsible speech.

  11. 44 MadameSoph
    October 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

    One more thing: the planet Mercury is going retrograde in a few hours. Paging Mighty Pamela! 🙂

  12. 45 desertflower
    October 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

    FINALLY! Voter fraud found… (can some BT please post this? )


  13. 47 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 10:44 am

    same as gop.

  14. 48 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 10:47 am


  15. 49 0388jojothecat
    October 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I know the frightening feeling of a lost kitty. My Jojo loved to roam outside. One hot day I walked up and down the neighborhood yelling his name. When I gave up came home he was sitting on the steps looking at me like “where’d go”!

    Glad Danny is safe at home. Poor guy he’s still a puppy who missed his mommy who came looking and found him.

  16. 50 GGAIL
    October 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Happy that Danny`s adventure is over and he’s safe and sound. 🙂

  17. 51 yardarm756
    October 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

    G’day you lot………Glad you found Danny Admiral.
    On this date……..


    2004 SpaceShipOne wins the $10 million Ansari X Prize by becoming the first non-governmental reusable manned spacecraft to make two space flights in less than 14 days.

    1990 Beverly Hills 90210 debuts on FOX.

    1976 First woman anchor of a network TV news program Barbara Walters anchors her first ABC Evening News.

    1976 Death penalty The U.S. Supreme Court reinstates the death penalty after overturning its 1972 ban.

    1972 First reporter jailed for not revealing his Source Peter Bridge is jailed for 21 days for refusing to reveal his source for a political corruption story printed in the Newark Evening News. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June denied reporters the right to protect confidential sources.

    1959 First pictures of the far side of the Moon The Soviet Lunik 3 is launched, taking its pictures three days later.

    1959 Dennis the Menace debuts on CBS.

    1957 Beginning of the Space Age The Soviets launch the first man-made satellite, Sputnik 1.

    1957 Leave It to Beaver debuts on CBS.

    1955 Baseball The Dodgers win their first World Series.

    1949 The Life of Riley debuts on NBC, starring Jackie Gleason. It was not a success, and was reborn in 1953 starring William Bendix as Chester A. Riley.

    1931 First nonstop transpacific flight Hugh Herndon and Clyde Pangborn depart from Japan arriving in Washington the following day.

    1931 Dick Tracy comic strip, by Chester Gould, debuts in the Detroit Daily Mirror.

    1927 Mt. Rushmore Carving on the memorial begins. It was completed in 1941.

    1582 Start of the Gregorian Calendar Pope Gregory XIII decrees that the following day to be Friday, October 15. England and its colonies, including America, didn’t convert until 1752.


    1949 Armand Assante American actor. TV: The Doctors (Dr. Mike Powers).

    1946 Susan Sarandon (Susan Tomaling), American actress. Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, Janet Weiss), Witches of Eastwick (1987), and Bull Durham (1988).

    1945 Clifton Davis American actor. TV: Amen (Reverend Gregory).

    1944 Patti LaBelle (Patricia Holt), American singer, Lady Marmalade (#1, 1975). Her’s was the first black band to perform at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House (1974).

    1929 Scotty Beckett d. 1968 American actor, one of the Little Rascals. He appeared in 15 Our Gang films. TV: Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (Winky).

    1923 Charlton Heston (Charles Carter), American Oscar-winning actor. Film: The Ten Commandments (1956, Moses), Ben-Hur (1959, title role, Oscar), and Planet of the Apes (1968).

    1895 Buster Keaton d. 1966 (Joseph Keaton), American silent film actor. Film: The Navigator (1924) and The General (1927).

    1884 Damon Runyon d. 1946 American author, columnist. Writings: Guys and Dolls (1932). The stage version of Guys and Dolls featured characters from his various stories.

    1858 Michael Pupin d. 1935 Hungarian-born American physicist. He won the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for his autobiography From Immigrant to Inventor.

    1822 Rutherford B. Hayes d. 1893 19th U.S. President (1877-81).

    1289 Louis X d. 1316 “The Quarreller,” King of France (1314-16).


    2004 Leroy Gordon Cooper b. 1927 American astronaut, one of the seven original Project Mercury astronauts. He was portrayed by Dennis Quaid in the movie The Right Stuff (1983).

    1989 Secretariat b. 1970 American thoroughbred racehorse, Triple Crown winner (1973), and the first horse to finish the Kentucky Derby in under two minutes (1:59.4).

    1989 Graham Chapman b. 1940 British comedian. TV: Monte Python’s Flying Circus.

    1970 Janice Joplin b. 1943 American singer. Music: Piece of My Heart (1968) and Me and Bobby McGee (1970, #1).

    1947 Max Planck b. 1858 German Nobel-winning physicist, discovered quantum physics (1900). His son was among those executed for the July 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler.

    1904 Frederic Auguste Bartholdi b. 1834 French sculptor, designed the Statue of Liberty, using his mother as the model.

    1890 Catherine Booth b. 1829 English preacher, Mother of the Salvation Army, which she and her husband William founded (1865).

    1669 Rembrandt b. 1607 (Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn), Dutch painter.

  18. 52 forus50
    October 4, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Morning Chips!! Thank you for the wonderful post going after that Ferguson hijacker. And so sorry you had such a scare with Danny – glad all ended well.

  19. 53 Nena20409
    October 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Morning TOD.
    So glad to hear that the youngster, Danny, is home, safe and happy.
    Chips ❤ Danny = {{{{{{{ ❤ + ❤ + <3}}}}}}}
    Congrats to Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 2 back.
    Great Post Chips.
    Shaun who? The wannabees are attention seekers.

  20. October 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

  21. 57 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    • 58 arapaho415
      October 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Love @VP!

      Fortunately, voter reg in Cali is later this month — it’s waaayy too hot to be knocking on doors this weekend — will be over 100F degrees in most of SoCal today.

      From yesterday (sorry about the link to GOPolitico, but not to be missed by @JoeBiden fans!):

      Couldn’t agree more w/@VP on this. Can’t tell you how livid I was at Leon hawking-my-new-book Panetta on 60 Minutes a couple of weeks ago.

      And for Meta, here’s something for you (re: heat wave):

    • 60 jacquelineoboomer
      October 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Love that! Right this way, Joe!

  22. 61 JER
    October 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hello Chips and TOD.

    President Obama walks into the White House after disembarking from Marine One on the South Lawn.

    petesouza – 17 hours ago

  23. 62 Nena20409
    October 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    God Almighty.

    I don’t envy Chicagoans.

  24. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    October 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  25. 64 anniebella
    October 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I caught Gov. Patrick speech yesterday before our FLOTUS were to speak at the event for Martha Coakley. And one thing he said which I agree with 100%, and that is Democrats makes him sick, they are the first to believe the Republicans talking points.

    • 65 anniebella
      October 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      If Gov. Patrick were to run in 2016, he has my vote.

      • 66 COS
        October 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        GM TOD. Gov. Patrick has my vote also if he decide to run. I was sooooo impressed with the way he defended PBO at the DNC in 2012. When he said that we are not going to let them bully PBO out of office, I stood up and applauded. 🙂

  26. 67 JER
    October 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Backstage at Millennium Steel in Indiana.

    petesouza 20 hours ago

  27. October 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Afternoon good folks!

  28. 69 MightyPamela
    October 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Morning and afternoon, all o y’all! After I come back from work, I have some solar/lunar data to post for you – this approaching lunar eclipse is bringing in some very potent energy; it’s universal energy, and it can be utilized to lift the human spirit. Sadly, it can also be used by the darker forces on our planet to supreess the human spirit, nevertheless, we make our own choice, every single day. All of us. Each of us. Love you all! ❤

  29. October 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Also meant to say how exceptional this photo of PBO and the young boy by Scout, thank you for posting it, Chipsticks. As do many of the photos of children responding to our President, this so very succinctly demonstrates how Barack Obama changes the future, when a child is touched on a deep level such as this, they forever going forward make choices which will serve the Good of All. I just feel it in my Heart. Bye!

  30. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    October 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Oh brother.

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