Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, right, sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office, Dec. 11, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



107 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Good morning, TOD!

  2. December 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

    GM Alycee. Congrats on your Gold this morning!

  3. December 11, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Good morning. Quick stop, then back to addressing a few Christmas cards, then some cooking and other things.

    • 5 arapaho415
      December 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Wait, you’re leaving your TOD family without telling us how Pigeon Forge was?

      Recall that my father’s family is from the Knoxville area, and two of my fondest childhood memories were of the Great Smoky Mountains and fireflies while sitting outside by a stream during the summer. Such a gorgeous, enchanting region!

      • December 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

        Sorry. The show was AMAZING!!!!!!!! Tickets $49 each but worth it. The music, costumes, sets, etc. we’re fantastic. All costs lots of $$. Also got to see the lights in PF and Sevierville. We didn’t have time to drive into Gatlinburg.

  4. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    December 11, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Morning all. We had a first real snow last night and everything is covered in white this morning. It always looks beautiful when you’re inside looking out, but we’ll have to try getting out in all the fluff in a short while. Hope everyone else has a Christmasy day. I found out my ipod could play the White House interactive holiday card after all. What a treat!

  5. December 11, 2014 at 7:34 am

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      December 11, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Well,it’s a start. I hope Lin Still shames his fellow players and they all start acknowledging their common humanity.

    • 13 arapaho415
      December 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

      What good news.

      I was part of the Linsanity, and I dislike basketball (pretty much every indoor spectator spoort except for ice events and gymnastics).

      Despite his returning to the west coast and playing in LA, I see very little mention of him on the front page of @latimes (rarely wander over to the sports page), so glad he’s getting some media attention.

      IMO, he’s a great role model for boys, regardless of race/ethnicity — a second generation American who balanced studying hard with a competitive sport — and who excels at BB without being exceedingly tall.

      P.S. – My favorite moment ever was Tyus Edney’s amazing shot in the NCAA playoffs almost 20 years ago. Even if you’re not a BB fan like me, (or a Mizzou fan) most would agree that it was heartwarming to see someone who is 5’10” score a game-winning basket with seconds on the clock.

      • December 11, 2014 at 8:34 am

        “I dislike basketball (pretty much every indoor spectator spoort except for ice events and gymnastics).”

        Arapaho415, I hate to tell you this, but when I rule the world there will be no more ice events or gymnastics.

  6. 17 99ts
    December 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

    GM everyone – we had another heat wave – but about 2.30pm it rained – fortunately the storms went around us and all we got was the rain and cooler temperatures – a little bit of heaven

    • December 11, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Evening 99ts! You have a heatwave, Jackie has snow – when I rule the world, everyone is going to have the same weather: chilly, but not freezing; blue skies; an occasional light sprinkling of snow. That kind of thing.

      • 19 jackiegrumbacher
        December 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

        I like your idea, Chips, and I hope you supervise all this world-wide loveliness in your new TOD-1 plane or on your big yacht. You’ll have to have something big enough to transport your gold car so you can tool off whenever you land or dock. It will be dazzling, although I do think Danny should have a gold collar with just a little diamond bling as he travels with you in your domain.

      • 23 99ts
        December 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

        You sound like a song from Camelot! 🙂

      • 24 99ts
        December 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

        Found the words – got to be somewhere on youtube


        It’s true! It’s true!
        The crown has made it clear:
        The climate must be perfect all the year.

        A law was made a distant moon ago here,
        June, July and August cannot be too hot;
        And there’s a legal limit to the snow here…
        In Camelot.

        The winter is forbidden till December…
        And exits March the second on the dot.
        By order summer lingers through September…
        In Camelot.

        I know it sounds a bit bizarre.
        But in Camelot, Camelot,
        That’s how conditions are.

        The rain may never fall till after sundown,
        By eight the morning fog must disappear.
        In short, there’s simply not,
        A more congenial spot
        for happy everaftering than here
        In Camelot.

        ~Alan Jay Lerner (1960)

  7. December 11, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Some of the comments I’ve got from RWNJs about this tweet have been so revealing – their attitude is why should Harvard Med students care about Eric Garner, etc, their lives are good. Says it all – and they’d be the first to wave the Bible in your face.

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      December 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Speaking of ruling the world, if I were revising the bible, or the basic text of any religion, I would make selfishness the original sin and hell a place where people wallowed in their own pig-like self-absorption until they were in a continual state of nausea. In the meantime, the selfish, “I’ve got mine, F you.” people in this world make the rest of us sick. I would be willing to bet that when PBO says, “I am my brothers’ keep; I am my sisters’ keeper,” there are millions of people who haven’t got the smallest clue what he’s talking about and think it’s a joke. And yes, they then do go to church on Sunday and preach to us about ‘right to life.’

      • December 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

        Oh, you said it Jackie – and that’s exactly what I thought of, “I am my brothers’ keep; I am my sisters’ keeper”. To them, despite waving their bible at us, that’s communism. As for their obsession with abortion, as we all know, they lose interest once the fetus is born. I flippin’ loathe them.

        • 34 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          December 11, 2014 at 8:21 am


  8. 35 africa
    December 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Happy Thursday TODers!

    Heeeeeeeeeya Chips!

  9. 37 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Morning everyone! Love the Harvard med students….hadn’t seen that before. Good for them!

  10. December 11, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Good morning Ms. Chips!

    It is a good day to be alive.
    Congratulations Alycee for the Gold.
    Jeremy Lin’s statement speaks volume.
    What is the problem with the Bro Dudes?

  11. 39 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

    phew, what a run.

  12. 47 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

    the evilest bastid evah. even worse than murdock.

      December 11, 2014 at 8:22 am


    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      December 11, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Wish this was a tweet, AMK, so I could retweet. Glad the Sacramento Bee is publishing this kind of toon. We’d NEVER see anything critical of the Cheney or GWB in our local papers.

  13. December 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Even though the MSM has tried to tamp it down by not reporting it, this movement — #ICantBreathe…#BlackLivesMatter — is spreading, is taking on a life of its own, and will not go away any time soon. Good to see. Will be even better if “prominent” non-whites would be more visible in their support.

  14. 52 africa
    December 11, 2014 at 8:11 am

    LOL. What is this thing on his head?

  15. December 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Thursday everyone. 🙂

    December 11, 2014 at 8:25 am


  17. December 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    There really are no words to express the extreme psychopathic sickness of the W administration.

    The author in fact has a whole portfolio of articles about this horrific nightmare:


    • December 11, 2014 at 8:34 am

      I know there is a demand for PBO to prosecute all these criminals. But the GOP has so thoroughly poisoned our nation with toxic partisanship it cannot be up to PBO, but rather an international tribunal.

      • 61 jackiegrumbacher
        December 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

        Meta, if PBO went down this route, NOT ONE SINGLE thing would be accomplished for the American people in the next two years. All progress on jobs, education, infrastructure, health care and immigration would have to stop dead. The entire Republican Party, SCOTUS, the media and millions of people would become obsessed with this issue and most of them would vilify the president for even going there. Now if it were a Democratic president who had sanctioned torture, then the whole media/corporate/GOP complex would jump in with both feet. Our president cares too much about getting things done for Americans to enter into this quagmire.

        • 62 99ts
          December 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

          “Now if it were a Democratic president who had sanctioned torture”

          It is so weird – why do republicans get away with things that a democrat could never do – and on that note – what was different with Pres Nixon – why could he not “get away with it”.? Was it the media? Has it become the GOP enabler?

          • December 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

            The whole Telecommunications Act of 1996 changed our media landscape forever. The airwaves are now firmly in the grip of a very few corporate owners and events are not reported objectively. So anything the extremist Republicans say or do never has a consequence in the public eye. But all President Obama has to do is order the wrong hamburger and it’s a huge controversial disaster for the United States.

            • 64 99ts
              December 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

              Wonder if they will operate the same with a GOP congress – guess they still have the President to blame for whatever

        • December 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

          Exactly Jackie. Excellent point. And I agree with meta that an international tribunal (without the toxic US media and a bunch of agenda-driven entities interfering and distorting the process) is far preferable than just PBO wasting the next two years on this crap.

    • 66 arapaho415
      December 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Meta, good to see you. Please keep your TOD family posted on how things go, weather-wise, in the bay area — which is the top news story on CBS national radio news today. (See upthread for wind map — and a lengthy weather discussion responding to 99ts, LOL).

      • December 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

        Thanks so much, arapaho. The reports leading up to the storm have been pretty frightening. Schools are closed and people are advised to stay put. So far I’m hearing reports of flooding in the north and treacherous winds on all the bridge passes throughout the Bay Area.

        It’s raining now and I can hear the wind. Hope all is well with you!!

        • 70 arapaho415
          December 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

          Stay safe and be careful of trees during the wind/rain storm — dangerous to be in between the ground and falling limbs/uprooted trees.

          Looking forward to our bit of rain from this storm which should arrive after midnight — supposed to be short-lived but intense (and some wind, but not what NorCal is getting).

          • December 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

            We all need a good soaking. I just hope people use common sense today. I was talking to a Muni bus driver yesterday and he said people here are not used to the rain and drive like it doesn’t matter.

            • 72 arapaho415
              December 11, 2014 at 9:39 am


              Know exactly what you’re talking about — people act like the laws of nature don’t apply to them and drive the same way (too fast) as they do when it’s dry.

              I’ve seen many spins outs on freeways and surface streets caused by people trying to brake when they’re going too fast, so I’m extra cautious — and, knock on wood, haven’t been involved in any accidents in the rain even when these spin outs occur.

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      December 11, 2014 at 8:45 am

      In other words, the APA sold its soul so it’s members could express their innermost sadism. If that doesn’t merit a psychological study in and of itself, I don’t know what does. The APA should close down, revise its rules, change its mission and start again with a little more self-reflection this time and a little less venality.

      • 75 jackiegrumbacher
        December 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

        This comment is supposed to go with the APA story. Have no idea how it landed here.

      • December 11, 2014 at 8:52 am

        I will never understand such an egregious lapse in judgement from an organization that purports to have ethics about the psychological treatment of human beings.

    • 78 arapaho415
      December 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Wow. Had to click on the article because I have no idea who Kevin Hart is (don’t have a TV, and when I did the only reality shows I tuned into were HGTV or Food Network — cannot stand most TV, really avoid inviting people to my home who do nothing but scheme, yell and complain).

      But OMG — Amy Pascal is a stupid, f***ing BITCH. She’s the f***ing head of a studio and she says ““What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?”

      And the rest… PBO and FLOTUS are the coolest, most elegance people in THE WORLD, and this is the way they treat them. If I didn’t want to alarm the neighbors I would be on a screaming rant right now.

      Ignorant, bigoted people — hope she’s out of a job before 2015, and replaced by Denzel Washington or someone else who isn’t a white entitled a**hole.

    • 80 arapaho415
      December 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Oh, and while I’m at it, what is wrong with American movie studios and the viewing public?

      I’d flunk a test on popular culture, but what was that movie a couple of years ago that was based on Japanese anime but starred only young white people? Caused quite an uproar at the time.

      And what is up with Star Wars fans complaining about a Black storm trooper?


  18. 81 africa
    December 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

  19. December 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

  20. 83 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 8:31 am

    arapaho posted this last night and I thought it was interesting…

    Looks like people like the Kochs need to reinvest from oil to solar:

    Heard on the radio last week (and can’t find on the internet — not a skilled Google user) about a company that is developing solar stickers with graphene, which means that once developed it could be applied to windows because it’s very thin and lightweight — it was a fascinating report, sorry that I can’t link to it.

    THIS is what arapaho was talking about:) http://engineering.stanford.edu/news/peel-stick-solar-panels-stanford-engineering

    • 84 arapaho415
      December 11, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Thanks for locating info, DF!

      Here’s the tweet that I posted too:

      • 85 desertflower
        December 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

        You’re welcome! I thought this was so interesting and promising…shared it with my husband who just happened to comment the other day
        about how putting solar panels on a tile roof was unsightly….the tile roof is so pretty and then there’s these giant panels laying on top of them…. 🙂 Thanks for this!

        • 86 arapaho415
          December 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

          Agree 100% — tile roofs are gorgeous — they’re what make the “southwestern” look — and they’re practical — I’ve mentioned before that in 1978 the only homes still standing after the wildfire that swept from the 101 (Ventura) Highway at Kanan Rd to Broadbeach in Malibu had tile roofs.

  21. 87 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

    No one answered my last night question about how to properly hang a large African bark cloth that I have….anyone??

    • 88 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 11, 2014 at 9:37 am

      You didn’t indicate the size. I’ve seen large cloths displayed hanging from a rod, smaller pieces matted and framed. I have a piece in storage that I used as a background, for a mask, in a shadow box.

      • 89 desertflower
        December 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

        Thanks, Alycee…It’s big…maybe 5ft by 5 ft. I thought about wrapping it around a rod and then hanging the rod…I guess that’s what I’ll have to do. Do I sew it around the rod??

        • 90 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          December 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

          You could sew a strip to the back and run the rod through; or sew tabs at various intervals and run the rod through the tabs.

    • 91 MightyPamela
      December 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

      DF, I had to think, but not knowing how thick the cloth might be, was pondering. I have a large batik, didn’t want to put holes in it, so cut a length of bamboo (old house garden) longer than the width, draped it over and secured the bottom of that flap with small dark magnets. (Of course one goes on the back). I set the magnets equidistant from each other, along the base of the bamboo stick as well, then another set at the two bottom corners for a bit of weight and stability. Tied a very nice silk cord at the ends of the bamboo stick, which rise in a triangular shape to the brass nail at the top of the wall. It has worked great, and from time to time I can change out the cloth for a different silk batik I am also fond of.

  22. 92 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

    THAT ONE again!


    Retail sales in the U.S. rose in November by the most in eight months as shoppers benefited from an improving job market and cheaper fuel.

    The 0.7 percent gain in purchases matched the highest estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg and followed a 0.5 percent advance in October that was larger than previously reported, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Demand improved in 11 of 13 major store categories.

    A surge in hiring and the lowest gasoline prices in four years are giving households the wherewithal to sustain spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy. Rising confidence also has put Americans in the mood to shop during the holiday season, helping retailers such as Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) and Gap Inc. beat analyst sales estimates.

    “Consumers are in good shape,” Guy Berger, a U.S. economist at RBS Securities Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut, said before the report. He is among the top retail-sales forecasters in the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “Employment is growing at a pretty brisk pace. Fuel prices plummeting means people have more to spend.”

  23. 94 edp4bho
    December 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Morning TOD. This is to jacquelineoboomer–Thanks for that tweet to the twit known as captain Ray Lewis from Philly with his attack on PBO. See, we cannot immediately tout anything done in the name of equality and justice without further examining motive and inclinations. I thought he was one of the good guys–NOT ! Glad his behind got arrested.

  24. December 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  25. 96 Vicki
    December 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning TOD.

    I have what I think is very good news to report.
    The Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of New York has been all over local TV asking Governor Cuomo to assign all Police Officer related homicides to his office rather than to a Grand Jury.
    Russell Simmons and Jay-Z have also been urging Governor Cuomo to do this. They have both met with or spoken with the Governor.
    This morning’s news is that Gov. Cuomo agrees and this intelligent response to the outrages we have been seeing will be made public.

    Not entirely confirmed, but I see reason to be hopeful here.

  26. December 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Prayers to those in Northern California. Hope you can stay safe.

  27. 100 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

    U.S. Air Force Col. Morris D. Davis was on PBS Newshour last night but I can’t find the video.

  28. 101 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Good morning once again. IT IS COLD OUTSIDE! While there is only a dusting on the ground, there was a lot of snow on the car, and it was crusted over. Wish I didn’t have to go out today…

  29. 103 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

    it won’t happen, but still…

  30. 104 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    putin boy in india to jazz up our ‘relationship’.

    too little, too late, pootie.

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