Early Bird Chat

Because we can never see it enough.


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  1. January 21, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

    The President’s SOTU last night was tops. I’m glad that he made it his business to tell the country the REAL state of the union and not what the GOP/MSM contingency is trying to lead us to believe…telling what Democrats should have been/should be telling – ESPECIALLY leading up to the midterms.

    I appreciate the GOP Congress setting up the mic dropping moment of this speech! It couldn’t have been scripted any better!!! 😆


  2. 5 57andfemale
    January 21, 2015 at 7:43 am

  3. 9 desertflower
    January 21, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Good morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I missed the SOTU in its entirety last night, just caught the tail end…because….tutoring night 🙂 but I WILL sit in the quiet and watch it all by myself with a giant smile…and cheer out loud at the goodness of this man and all the accomplishments he has made. I love him.

    Now, look at VP Biden’s face compared to Boner…. LOL 🙂

    • January 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Morning DF. I had a plan that if I worked on Sunday and Monday that I would be home to see the SOTU with TOD but I missed half of it. My Ipad had only 6% juice so watched it on CBS. I will watch it again when I get home tonight.

      • 11 desertflower
        January 21, 2015 at 8:01 am

        I think I remember seeing that plan 🙂 I had a similar plan…then, hubby called from out of town ( he was in the ER yesterday passing a kidney stone, so I thought I’d better take the call 🙂 We will watch it and have a great experience….you know, we really SHOULD meet up:)

        • January 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

          Life sure gets in the way. Sorry about hubby. How is he doing? My daughter-in-law’s mom was in an accident last week and is not doing as well as we hoped. She had surgery Sunday to remove pieces of her ribs that had broken off to prevent them from puncturing her lungs. The surgery went well but she took a turn and they had to incubate her yesterday morning. She was here to take care of my DIL after she had a hysterectomy. It is definitely time to meet up.

          • January 21, 2015 at 8:14 am

            Auto correct sucks. She is heavily sedated and on a ventilator.

            • 14 desertflower
              January 21, 2015 at 8:20 am

              Oh, dear…hope she’ll be on the mend soon. Hubby’s fine. Said that was no fun:) Yes…let’s meet and have lunch or something…when things slow down a little, I’ll get your email from Chips, if she’s not out running from 10 ft squirrels 🙂

  4. January 21, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Listened on the radio and got a better experience. Now this:
    I”m from #Cincinnati. That viaduct blocked a major route into downtown. (The debris, that is). Fortunately the replacement was already up and running when the accident happened, that it was 10:30 at night (so low traffic) EVen still there’s going to be at least until Thursday morning a major reroute and a lot of side streets that will get more traffic than they intended to have). Do you know that someone right next to the person that was killed was barely missed by a few feet? (stuff I overheard).

    We have a lot of outdated infrastructure around here. One bridge that crossed the Ohio near Indiana is already closed. You’ve heard about the Brent Spence Bridge. Do you know that buses that go back and forth between Kentucky and Ohio use that bridge? Whenever I go to work, I always wonder if this is the day the bridge finally collapses under all of the weight. That bridge is older than I am-built in the late 50’s for traffic that was much smaller than we have now, and buses used to use the Suspension Bridge (1860’s) to cross it until a few years ago when it became cars only-no trucks. There’s also a crumbling railroad bridge right next to the Brent Spence that no one ever really talks about-but when I ride the bus I can see the rusted metal and the worn wooden parts of the bridge.

    But there’s another viaduct that was built-and clearly crumbling-that was built back in the 1930’s. <a href="http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2014/04/24/study-western-hills-viaduct-one-nations-worst/8125203/"(Western Hills Viaduct)Sometimes I ride the bus over it-and I can tell that it’s way too old for modern traffic. I can see the graffiti and the crumbling concrete. Fortunately I don’t usually need to take that viaduct-there are other ways to get downtown to work.and when I do also wonder if that will crumble too.

    Don’t get me started on the crumbling neighborhoods of Price Hill, Avondale, Bond Hill, Walnut Hills and many more. I’ve ridden the bus past more abandoned buildings than I care to recall.

    Cincinnati needs a makeover.

    • 16 desertflower
      January 21, 2015 at 7:57 am

      I do believe this is Boner’s turf. Yet these people voted for him AGAIN. How many bridges need to fall? How many need to die before people realize that if Republicans spend $$ on YOU, that means they have less FOR THEM!

      • January 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

        In a way it is, but it’s really SteveChabot’s turf. I voted for a Democrat that didn’t even bother to really campaign in the liberal areas of the city. I only knew there was one because he had street signs saying he was a veteran. But we had a Democrat who served us for about 2 years from 2008-2010. He didn’t even bother to campaign as a Democrat either.

        Too many Democrats in red and purple areas think that if they stay away from the Obama minority groups and liberal groups, that somehow moderates will vote for them. It never works-it never will work. That approach insults the intelligence of just about everyone. How will people trust you if you won’t acknowledge the people who will vote for you?

        • January 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

          The result of this is falling viaducts, way too old water pipes and much more.

          • 19 desertflower
            January 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

            My bad then…really, I don’t care WHO’S turf it’s on…infrastructure all over this country needs to be repaired or replaced! Whoever doesn’t vote for that…should not be in office right now…maybe if they would be charged for a crime (like murder) if someone is killed or injured from falling structures, in their district, and they didn’t vote to spend the $$$ to make the improvements…things might change. They have no accountability and its all just a game to them it would seem.

    • 21 arapaho415
      January 21, 2015 at 8:57 am

      PBO is determined to force Congress to invest in infrastructure and close Guantanamo.

      Expect lots of trolling and shaming by PBO on these two issues, which are essential to America and Americans.

      How can Americans (who love to complain about potholes) have forgotten the horrific bridge collapse in Minnesota a few years ago?

      Anyone who travels to National Parks (and reads signs/literature from the Visitor’s Centers) is aware that most of the roads and infrastructure in our oldest and most iconic National Parks were built by the CCC in the 1930s.

      Infrastructure investment will get done.


  5. 23 desertflower
    January 21, 2015 at 7:54 am

    As if I needed another reason to dislike the NE Patriots…11 of 12 balls were underinflated for last Sunday’s games with the Colts. If you have to cheat to win, not good. I hope Seattle kicks their sorry asses.

    • 24 arapaho415
      January 21, 2015 at 7:58 am

      GM Desertflower.

      I watched PBO’s epic SOTU live on Whitehouse.gov. I liked the graphics they provided to underscore PBO’s important topics, but the live stream I watched didn’t include @VP Biden and Boehner’s heads, so I missed their facial expressions/reactions. 😦

      • 25 desertflower
        January 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

        GM, sweetness:) Well, even if you just look at the video pic as it’s posted now…the smile on the VP is priceless….and Boner needs to drink to ease the pain, or some Mylanta to ease his stomach….soooooo love these men!

  6. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    January 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Morning. If there’s anyone still alive on this planet, particularly those 90 and above, who have ever in their lives heard a better State of the Union speech by ANY president, then let that person step forward. This SOTU was truly one for the history books because our president reminded us of our values and what it means to be American and those who are true patriots (not phony flag wavers) were stirred to their very bones by that. Those who don’t yet have children should remember to tell them about this speech one day and show it to them; those with grandchildren old enough to understand, should sit them and let them see what it really means to be American.

    • 27 arapaho415
      January 21, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Agree 100%, JackieG.

      Media completed ignored the standing O’s PBO got from Republicans, and even Boehner stood up a couple of times.

      See downthread for GOP approval of speech (88% approve) and only 4% Independents disapprove.

      Since GOP apparently had 5 or more SOTU rebuttals, there are deep fractures within that party (and obviously it takes 5-6 people to equal just one person with the mindblowing stature of our President) that PBO, the master strategist, will take full advantage of (by going to the American PEOPLE) as elected GOP opposition is voiced.

      MSM prefer to ignore the lessons that PBO offers anyone on public speaking. His tenor ranged from poignant (near the end, when he spoke of his speech to the DNC more than a decade ago) to personally connecting with the audience to the soaring rhetoric the MSM/GOP/Comcast/Kochs blithely ignore, as if it weren’t true.

      Regardless of party affiliation, everyone can take lessons from PBO on how to deliver important messages.

      • January 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

        Excellent points arapaho415. If PBO ran for a third term, he would win – hands down. So the next Democrat on the ticket had better align themselves as closely with him as possible. “Running away from Obama” has always been the GOP’s dream of how a Dem should campaign. And too many stupid Dems fell for that last year. Right now, no one is talking about about “Clinton Democrat” Ms. Allison Grimes…she dug her own grave with her arrogance…

  7. January 21, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Good morning Chips and thank you for that gem from the SOTU. I have already watched it twice.

  8. 31 jackiegrumbacher
    January 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

    We were headed out to visit my MIL today, but it looks as if the snow today is going to make travel dangerous. If you’re traveling on the interstates in the central PA/ northern MD area, please take care–visibility is supposed to be bad and the snows heavy.

    I hope some enterprising scholar one day compares and contrasts SOTU speeches so we can see these annual events side by side. Clinton used to deliver laundry lists so boring it took all my willpower to keep my eyes open and I usually gave up half way through. The Bushes had trouble delivering one single sincere line on any topic and I hadn’t the stomach for either of them. Those with more fortitude than I may have been able to endure Reagan. He actually made me nauseous.

    • 32 arapaho415
      January 21, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Be safe Jackie!

      The terrible accidents over the weekend in PA/NJ made national and headline news here on the West Coast.

      Sorry to hear about that you need to be out and about during treacherous conditions — will only mention in passing that forecast here is sunny and 73F (and our hillsides are now back to green, not withered brown).

      Best of luck on your trip.

      • 33 jackiegrumbacher
        January 21, 2015 at 9:11 am

        Arapaho, we decided not to go. My husband is usually willing to try anything, but the reports were too dire not to be taken seriously. My MIL was worried sick about our driving as well.

        • 34 arapaho415
          January 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

          This warms my heart, Jackie.

          Would fret about you all day, since I won’t have internet access most of day.

          Glad that you have an understanding MIL.

          Good luck in getting together without the icy conditions!

  9. 35 Judith Fardig
    January 21, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Morning TOD! Congratulations, swbluega on being first. KAPOW, indeed! I’m almost never up early enough for early bird chat. It’s only 5 a.m. here, but I woke up at 4 still mulling President Obama’s ringing call to the better angels of our nature and Congress’s to stop the family bickering and come together as one again to make things better in this country.

    • January 21, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Good Morning, Judith! Thanks.

      PBO’s speech was not only informative (particularly to those who have their heads in the ground or live in the Fox News bubble) and inspiring, but gave us a good feeling. I’m sure most of us will be basking in the afterglow of this speech for days to come.

  10. January 21, 2015 at 8:05 am

    • 38 desertflower
      January 21, 2015 at 8:07 am

      They need a “cause” for an ANCIENT BRIDGE to collapse??

      • January 21, 2015 at 8:18 am

        Insurance and lawyers. I bet that collapsed viaduct will cost far more than the span is/was worth. Let’s see: 1 man dead (lawsuit, anyone?) One trucker injured (slightly, thankfully, but lost time and wages). Police time to secure the area-local government plans to collect the cost from the construction company. Cleanup of fluids from the truck.

  11. 41 desertflower
    January 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Now HERE”S something you can pass around and share with your batshit crazy uncle!


    When Facts Threaten Our Beliefs, We Resort To Bullshit Rationalizations

    How appropriate for the entire GOP.

  12. January 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂 Still glowing from that #SOTU last night…think that glow will be with us for the remainder of this month – or this year! 🙂

  13. 45 arapaho415
    January 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Yesterday and today are super-busy ones for me — only had online time to watch SOTU yesterday, and will miss PBO in Idaho today, which I’m heartbroken about, since everyone will be fired up after yesterday’s incredible SOTU. 😦 Am hopeful that JER and others will post tweets here to help me catch up later on the excitement that I miss live.

    Here’s more from yesterday:

    And similar tweets to this one were posted here yesterday, but didn’t highlight the 88% Republican approval rating (ignore the laser light effect, just a glitch in the screen capture).

    Of course, it’s crickets on GOP approval by MSM. They continue to delude their viewers/listeners that President Obama’s SOTU address spoke to a wide-range of concerns, not lofty proposals as was true of all SOTU speeches that I can recall.

    When perusing newsites or watching cable TV, keep in mind that today’s MSM lockstep slant on SOTU is that all PBO proposals are doomed.

    The MSM is really beyond worthless.

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Arapaho, that’s what makes the SOTU so special–Americans hear it directly, not filtered through the GOP/media. After last night, I hope that at least some Americans feel the dissonance between what they see and hear with their own eyes versus what the biased media is telling them and maybe a few will start to question why they even tune in to those whose job is to deceive them.

      • January 21, 2015 at 8:41 am

        Exactly. And the good thing is that PBO directly called out the media on their BS, with their fake controversies, crappy punditry disguised as “news” and focusing on stuff that bears no relevance to the lives of Americans.

    • January 21, 2015 at 8:23 am

      I totally agree. Dark money is the root of all evil but the MSM has done the American people a huge disservice. We have gotten to this place – the Republican majority in Congress- by no real reporting and gotcha moments and with resentment of a black President thrown in. I so hope their true colors are front and center this next two years.

      • 49 arapaho415
        January 21, 2015 at 8:36 am

        GM J4O,

        Unfortunately, no one in the MSM will dare mention that they slant news in the same lockstep fashion.

        The only hope for change is push-back from social media and decline in viewership on those articles which read the same regardless of who authored and published them.

  14. 55 desertflower
    January 21, 2015 at 8:30 am

    LOL:) Cruz’s water bottle moment…

  15. January 21, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Good morning, Chips, NW and all of TODville!! What a night! Still feel such a thrill!

  16. 64 nospin
    January 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

    The SOTU for those who missed it.

  17. January 21, 2015 at 8:50 am

    When PBO send “I won both of them” he was also throwing shade at the previous GOP “President” who did not really win both his elections, but was appointed by a right-wing court for the first….

  18. 73 99ts
    January 21, 2015 at 8:55 am

    completely off topic

    We have an online phone directory for all of Australia – is there something similar for the US – I’m trying to track some family who went to Arizona c 2003 – thanks

    • 74 desertflower
      January 21, 2015 at 9:04 am

      If you can’t find out..let me know via email the name and I will see if I can find them in an older phone book if you like:)

      • 75 99ts
        January 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

        thanks df – I’m slightly bothered they may be no longer with us – but was wanting an online link to search – when I search whitepages.com it doesn’t seem to want to give me a phone number or an address – the names come up! so I am very confused

  19. 76 GGail
    January 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Great West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. What a beautiful sound bite to wake & hear again ☺️

  20. January 21, 2015 at 9:06 am

  21. 78 CEB
    January 21, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Just love waking up to the video shot of PBO’s masterful Badass moment! His quick come-back was even more perfect because he threw in that wink as well. It was like they were playing the dozens and PBO showed out, woo hoo!! The sustained laughter of the crowd also underlined that the mofos who started the shit were the ones who were ridiculed and shamed in front of the world. The only other thing were needed was a Jayzee soundtrack to go with the scene.

  22. January 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

    They can stay phucking mad

    That moment was priceless.

    Right up there with ‘Please proceed, Governor.’


    Republicans Irked By Obama Zinger In State Of The Union Address

    BySahil Kapur
    PublishedJanuary 21, 2015, 12:15 AM EST

    Republicans were irked by President Barack Obama’s caustic reminder in his State of the Union speech that he defeated them twice.

    “I’ve run my last campaign,” Obama said toward the end of the nationally televised address. Republicans in the chamber applauded derisively, which prompted the president to ad-lib a zinger which wasn’t in his prepared remarks: “I know because I won both of them.”

    Democrats erupted with applause.

    In the Capitol after the speech, Republicans expressed displeasure at being jabbed by the president in the same speech where he asked for their cooperation.


    • 84 CEB
      January 21, 2015 at 9:17 am

      As usual, weak ass mofos can dish it out but they cannot take it. He took down the bullies and now they whine; these damn people get on my last nerve! PBO is through playing with them; he has no more F**ks to give and they have been warned.

    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Aww, poor little things, their feelings were hurt because they got publicly zinged for their classless act of applauding the president’s statement about not campaigning again. If you’re going to throw rocks on the playground, don’t be surprised if someone more skillful than you throws them back. They were caught out publicly being louts and what they’re saying is that their feelings are more important than working together for the American people. Voters take note!!!!!

    • 86 amk for obama
      January 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

      oh, boohoo. get a life, shahil, instead of ‘writing’ about thugs’ butthurt.

  23. January 21, 2015 at 9:15 am


    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Oh please let this be so. Joe Biden has my vote from day one. He is the only one who will carry on the vision, the spirit and the specific achievements of President Obama. This would be as close to a third term as we could get and I would support (and trust) him with all my heart.

    • 90 nospin
      January 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

      If Biden runs I am riding with Biden.

      • 91 jacquelineoboomer
        January 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

        I am, too! I’ve been in love with that man for decades … er … I mean, what a great President he’d make. ❤

  24. January 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Good morning Chips and Co. You are right! We can’t see it enough.

  25. January 21, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I support this great idea from an exceptional American patriot.

    Plum Dumpling • 4 hours ago

    We need to regularly and randomly drug test Congress. And start with Steve Cantaloupe Calves King.

  26. 97 forus50
    January 21, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Good morning Chips,

    EVERY part of the “I know cuz I won both of them” delivery is PERFECTION. The direct look over at the idiots as he says it, the quick look away so as to be kind and not witness their embarrassment, the sly smile and wink and then the long pause to let it sink in to their think skulls but also for as to get back to the point of his original statement about not running again. If this was in a Broadway play, this line could not be delivered any better by the best actor.

    And as bwd said in a tweet last night, this was the 5 years in the making knock out counter punch.

  27. January 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

  28. January 21, 2015 at 11:18 am

    ❤ Gmail tells me R&S 'has no content' – this do we wake to out forts taste of Mercury stationing into Retrograde!! ;( ;(

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