Early Bird Chat




85 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 99ts
    January 28, 2015 at 7:05 am

    gm and g’nite

  2. 4 idon
    January 28, 2015 at 7:06 am

    congrats on first πŸ™‚

  3. 5 Deb
    January 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Why is Morning Joe on for 3 hours pontificating? I don’t get why his show is on this long first thing in the morning instead of regular news.

    • 6 idon
      January 28, 2015 at 7:19 am

      undercover wingnuts like their fear and hate served with their first morning coffee. Joe is such a bully and bastard. Does starbucks still sponsor his show?

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      January 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

      They have no skills to gather ‘regular news’, plus pontificating repetitively on nothing is easier for them. Hopefully no sane person allows them to poison his/her air/ears.

  4. January 28, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Good morning. Got up in time to go the the Y, but not happening. 24 degrees and dropping. TV saying there’s patches of black ice…….probably not where I would be, but still not going out. I’ll do my stretches here and hopefully get back to machines workout tomorrow morning.

    Good day to all. Thankful POTUS and FLOTUS are back HOME!!!!!!!!!!

    • 10 idon
      January 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Wow. Be safe. I love this pic of 1st couple. And the coat and the handholding. Geez they look so in love and so into each other. Just beautiful

  5. 11 amk for obama
    January 28, 2015 at 7:22 am

    bt, bet this is you.

    • January 28, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Ha, that is fantastic!!! Whenever my boss is in a mood (daily) he threatens me with having to work from the office again, rather than from home. I am sooooooooo getting one of them if the worst happens.

  6. January 28, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Glad to see them safe and sound at home. Good morning everyone.

  7. January 28, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Congrats 99ts!
    Good morning and good night.
    Hi Ms. Chips!
    So glad our POB and FLOTUS are safe and home.
    It is so wonderful to see how everyone all around the world appreciates these two beautiful souls.
    It makes waking up to a cold chilly morning worth while.
    Have a great day TOD!
    Thank you Ms. Chips and NW for all you do here.
    I would not have made it through this blizzard without you.
    I understand that we have two more storms coming.

    • 17 vcprezofan2
      January 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Morning, LDS. Waking up is always worthwhile….I think. πŸ˜€ Glad to hear you made it through the recent blizzard and am optimistic that you will weather the upcoming storms. If you don’t lose power you can listen to your favourite music and hang with us in the village, right?
      I am feeling the chill in my bones here (doesn’t help that I’m in shorts and sleeveless blouse I guess) and now regret that I have to go out today for a dental appointment. Of course I cannot change it at the last minute without being charged for it, so I’ll drag myself out of the house all bundled up and everything. Later. πŸ˜‰

  8. 18 amk for obama
    January 28, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Monster leech swallows giant worm.


    nature is not for faint hearted. #warning

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Ugh. Morning Amk. What’s the story on Modi’s wife? I read that she’s living in some remote place and he doesn’t recognize her, but they’re not really divorced. She seems to hope that she’ll join him and become India’s first lady. Is this true?

      • 20 amk for obama
        January 28, 2015 at 8:08 am

        It’s an unsavory story alright. Most of us were thinking he was a bachelor until the last general elections when some intrepid soul leaked that he was a married bachelor all along. Apparently, they got married very young, did not consummate and he ditched her and went into politics. But they buried that story alright and now no one talks about her.

        • 21 jackiegrumbacher
          January 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

          Why not just legally end it, pay her to live in some comfort and move on. Having a legal wife hidden somewhere sounds very squirrelly. Can’t imagine the nasty, gotcha US media not making a daily thing out of it if some presidential candidate tried that.

            • 23 jackiegrumbacher
              January 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

              Amk, my response to you got lost in the ozone or whatever. I feel deeply sorry for Modi’s wife, who’s caught up in some idea that her having her husband dump her is “destiny.” It’s hard not to look at him now without seeing a very big creep factor in his makeup. Whether he loved her or not, he treated her like an old shoe to be discarded. Not classy at all.

              • 24 forus50
                January 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

                This past week’s media comparison of Modi to Obama seemed a bit too contrived as Modi seemed much more interested in the “show” than POTUS who always is fully engaged, not for his own standing but because of his respect for tradition, culture and people. To me, albeit what little I know, Modi appears to be a republican Bill Clinton.

              • 26 vcprezofan2
                January 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

                Not an area about which I know much nor do I want to know much, but the article I read yesterday suggested that Modi was heading toward a ‘religious’ life when he left his young wife. The article didn’t give me the sense he was a womanizer, so sure he may not be of the same character of a man as PBO but not many are, I don’t think. Having said that, I am reminded of one of our famous politicians who stated ‘The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.’ I think we also have no business in a politician’s bedroom when he/she keeps the door closed and does not use his/her position to ‘cat’ around.

  9. 27 desertflower
    January 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Morning everyone:) How DARE he do this!!


    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) β€” While Wall Street is getting nervous, Main Street is getting happy.

    The latest reading on consumer confidence rose to another milestone. The Conference Board’s consumer-confidence index rose to 102.9 from 93.1 in December, the best reading since August 2007 and above the MarketWatch-compiled economist forecast of 96.9.

    Consumer assessment of both current conditions and the outlook for the future brightened. The present situation index rose to 112.6 from 99.9, and the expectations index climbed to 96.4 from 88.5.

    Much of this optimism stems from the plunge in the price of gasoline, which has dropped to an average of $2.04 a gallon in January from $3.70 back in June, according to Energy Department data.

    But it’s not the only factor. The percentage of those who say jobs were plentiful in January β€” 20.5% β€” was the highest since February 2008, and the proportion of consumers expecting growth in their incomes rose to 20% from 16.2% in December to mark the highest level in seven years.

    Oh..and in my neck of the desert…$1.67/gal for gas….Life is good.

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Morning, DF. We won’t get those low gas prices in this area because PA’s state tax on gas is high. Meanwhile we’re trying to keep warm in 17 degree weather. Yuck!

      • 29 desertflower
        January 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

        Morning, jackieg:) I’d prefer to pay a bit more for gas if it meant that we’d not have a BILLION dollar deficit in the state budget! Isn’t that amazing that the state constitution says that the budget must be balanced from year to year…and yet…IOKIYAR! This little bozo gov. we have now is a Koch bitch…and wants ZERO taxes….gee, wonder how that’ll work? (cough…KANSAS!) Don’t get me started on the stupid this early…it’s a wonder I don’t spike my morning coffee most days. They. Are. All. Certifiable.

        Stay warm!! Supposed to rain for the next 3 days…never rains here until the Phoenix Open and Super Bowl come here on the same weekend:) This place is nuts right now!

        • 30 jackiegrumbacher
          January 28, 2015 at 8:46 am

          Df, PA has its share of nutcases, especially in the state legislature, but it’s sounds saner than AZ. Maybe you could move east. The winters are bad, but the other three seasons are great.

      • 31 arapaho415
        January 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

        Aren’t CA’s gas taxes among the highest in the country?

        Got gas for $2.49/gallon last week – I’ve mentioned before that I was in high school just before the OPEC 1973 gas crisis, and I remember gas being about $1/gallon (my weekly allowance was $5/week, which went a long way back then — rode my bicycle mostly) which equates to $6 now.

        • 32 jackiegrumbacher
          January 28, 2015 at 9:25 am

          Arapaho, back in 1967, I was driving through Michigan during a gas price war and I saw a 25 cents a gallon gas sign at one station. I wish now I had stopped to photograph it, but didn’t I realize at the time that it was a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

          • 33 0388jojothecat
            January 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

            Take a picture of the low prices now because when they start to rise I am hearing it will rest around $4 a gal and for CA it will be $5 or $6. Wall Street need to make their millions back fast.

        • 34 0388jojothecat
          January 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

          GM Arapaho. CA gas taxes are high and we are paying $2.33 in my area SG valley so orange county must be .10 cents less. I remember walking to school before oil embargo seeing gas for .25 cents but when I started driving right when oil embargo hit and we could only get gas on odd/even days gas was $1.25 and people were screaming the end of the world.

    • 35 Roberta in MN
      January 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

      DF, our gas went up to 1.99 from 1.87 yesterday. So our gas is going up, glad I filled up when it was lower and used a .07 cent coupie. πŸ™‚

      • 36 desertflower
        January 28, 2015 at 8:20 am

        Even still…not ungodly expensive like those RWNJ’s screamed it would be if PBO was elected…ws “supposed” to be $5/gal…remember? Stay warm:)

        • 37 Roberta in MN
          January 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

          Ya, I never believed that. I take most of this shyte they scream with a grain of salt. My nephew posted on FB, a thing to sign (brain dead) to stop the President from monkeying around with the internet. He has really turned into a RWNJ, it is hard do have some good feelings right now about him. But that is my problem I have to get over the fact he doesn’t go anywhere but Breitbart site & Fox news. Yuk.

          • 38 desertflower
            January 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

            Well, we ALL have those kinds in the family, don’t we? We just have to push forward. They’ll “get it” one day, or they won’t. We have work to do! They’ll just keep denying what their very own eyes see…can’t fix stupid.

            • 39 jackiegrumbacher
              January 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

              Yes, we all do have them, Df. They’re the kinds you avoid any confrontation with because it only ends in heartache for the rest of the family. I stay on safe topics like the weather and the family health.

          • 40 arapaho415
            January 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

            GM Roberta,

            I understand how people’s views are influenced by what they choose to consume, but I don’t get RWers being against net neutrality. Does this mean they want ISP monopolies and to pay more to access the Internet?

            It makes no sense to me that free-market advocates are against net neutrality.

  10. 41 jackiegrumbacher
    January 28, 2015 at 7:56 am

    As bleak as DC is in winter (and I lived there for 28 years), it must be wonderful for our President and FLOTUS to be home and get to see their girls and sleep in their own bed. Hope today’s schedule is light for the president, aside from the Hagel farewell, and he gets to sleep late.

  11. 42 Roberta in MN
    January 28, 2015 at 8:12 am

    GM Chips and GE 99ts and congrats on your Golden First. Good Morning everyone else.
    OT: Just got a post from Brenda, DIL, and she had a good night and good sleep, they were able to give her a pain patch and so she was able to sleep comfortably. She will be up today and try to put 5-% weight on her leg. I can only Thank God and THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SENDING HER HEALING THOUGHT. YOU ARE ONE GREAT FAMILY “TOD” (crying now) BBL.
    Peaceful inside knowing First Family came home safe and sound. What a wonderful trip they had and Thank you Chips, Nerdy, Jer, Dudette for all your pics and write ups on the trip to India.

  12. 45 africa
    January 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers!!
    Heeeeeya Chips

    Glad my first family is home safe and sound.

  13. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    January 28, 2015 at 8:30 am

    1. MOOOOrning, Chiparooo and TOD!

    2. Yay! Our wonderful First Family is back home safe and sound.

    3. President Obama is pretty much wearing a replica of what he boarded Air Force One with, on his trip to India. LOL. Sir? You gotta update your wardrobe.

  14. 47 amk for obama
    January 28, 2015 at 8:33 am

    joker in semis.

  15. 48 vcprezofan2
    January 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Good day, folks!

    We are at the middle of the week;
    the Obama Admin has done a ton of very ‘visible’ work ‘all over the world’ since the week has started;
    TOD stars continue to report the news with verve;
    Potus and Flotus are back on home territory;
    even as we individually struggle with our own personal/family issues, walking through our valleys and on top of our mountains …
    life’s good!

    Blessings, everyone!

      • 50 vcprezofan2
        January 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

        πŸ™‚ Good morning to you, Mittens; the very sight of your name warms my fingers this cold Wednesday morning!

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Mornng, VC. Nice perspective to bring to a cold winter day. I hope your valleys are not too deep. On the positive side, my ‘promised’ exercise regime officially ends on Sunday. Yeah!!!! I’ll continue going to the gym three days a week, walking 4 miles on the other days and stretching. But I will be done with the ‘falling down’ practice unless he asks it for a birthday present next September. Please, Lord, NO!

      • January 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

        Glad you’ve kept your promise and stuck with it!!!!!

      • 53 vcprezofan2
        January 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

        {{{JackieG}}} πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        Like your son is/will be, I’m very proud of you! You’ve not only kept your promise, giving him a great and priceless gift (greater peace of mind), you’ve triumphed over your reluctance to add this piece to what was already a strong, healthy exercise regime. Way to go, JG! You actually put me to shame, as I am very unlikely to continue my ‘regime’ after January – the last couple of days have been quite a struggle between the thorough exercise *my* guilt has been getting versus the exercise my body has gotten. Ah, well, maybe I’ll be more diligent next New Year – if granted another year.

        • 54 jackiegrumbacher
          January 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

          VC, I really think the best exercise is walking. For one thing you get oxygen in your system, which really lifts up your spirits and you also get to enjoy the environment and see the seasons changing and it keeps your back muscles limber. I have osteoarthritis and a herniated disc. If I didn’t walk a lot, I probably couldn’t walk at all without pain. If the weather makes walking dangerous, we go to the gym–one block away–and do an hour on the treadmill or elliptical. If you do nothing else, walk. If you bring a friend, it can actually be fun.

          • 55 arapaho415
            January 28, 2015 at 9:23 am

            GM JackieG.

            I’m impressed that you routinely walk 4 miles a day — don’t think I could go that far at a stretch — kudos to you!

            Are “falling-down exercises” like yoga (stretching/balacing) or more like resistance-exercising or do you hold certain (uncomfortable) positions for a set period of time?

            • 56 jackiegrumbacher
              January 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

              Arapaho, they involve truly ‘falling down,’ but learning to curl yourself in a way that does not break a bone. You do it first kneeling, going right and then left, then from a standing position which is very hard. You curl under first for a forward fall and then you learn how to curl yourself if you fall backward. It’s actually how stuntmen fall so they don’t hit their heads or break bones. My son’s theory is that if you practice the curling motion a lot, it will come naturally if you slip on ice, etc. Thankfully, I haven’t tried it in the real world yet, so I don’t know if this works when you’re panicked. There an even more complicated level that involves a backward somersault, but I told him that was not in the cards and he accepted that.

            • 57 vcprezofan2
              January 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

              Hi Arapaho, believe it or not I looked up falling down exercises when I decided to join JO’B and JG in our January exercise pact. The idea was to offer virtual moral support. Being me, of course, I chose two of the easier aspects shared – the balancing part. Didn’t try any ‘falling down’ on the premise that I needed to strengthen the balancing bit first. πŸ˜€

              • 58 0388jojothecat
                January 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

                I fell walking in snow/slick icy streets and fell backwards, hit my head, tweeked my back like whiplash. Not fun at all.

                • 59 vcprezofan2
                  January 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

                  Not fun at all, at all, Jojo! No lasting problems from the fall, I hope. On my way to work two winters ago, I stepped out of the house, walked three or four steps and next thing I knew I was sitting on the icy (salted, mind you) walkway. And I was walking carefully! Other than being embarrassed I wasn’t hurt, but I always tend to tense up when I have to walk in the snow. It’s one good reason most of my boots are flat and practical and my ‘stylish’ boots very, very, very rarely get worn. πŸ˜€

          • 60 vcprezofan2
            January 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

            As usual, JG, you hit the nail on the head about walking and company helping. Not offering an excuse or anything, but I’m a master (mistress?) procrastinator who can be easily distracted, unless I have a firm deadline. Unfortunately none of my friends are close enough to join me in walking and none would go at my preferred time which is early in the morning. I did a morning zumba class at a nearby centre a couple years back but figured it took too much time and effort to ‘dress’ and drive there, then reverse the process. Having said that, not exercising regularly is sheer laziness and inconsistency on my part. My treadmill, and my bike, are actually right on the landing outside my bedroom door – and both are now set up and ready to go! The treadmill, a Christmas gift to myself years back, actually sat in the box for ev-er before I got the handyman who renovated my kitchen to set it up for me. The bike has also been around for yeeaaars and only gets used when a rare guilty twinge hits or when JO’B gives me a nudge. I. have. no. excuse!

            • 61 jackiegrumbacher
              January 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

              VC, If the treadmill has a place for a book, you can get exercise and get through your reading list at the same time–a twofer. I must have read hundreds of books on treadmills. If you can’t find a friend to walk, try books on tape with earplugs. A rip roaring mystery will get you so absorbed you won’t even notice how far you’ve walked.

              • 62 vcprezofan2
                January 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

                😳 I made a place for my laptop over the arms of my treadmill, JG, and … /tongue in cheek/ …. use my high chair on top of the treadmill to stay online (on the days I’ve actually done 5-10 minutes of exercise yet feel like I should stay in exercise mode a bit longer).
                JackieG, I do appreciate your suggestions, but the truth is I really, truly, honestly have NO excuse for not exercising more seriously other than a lack of inclination. Honestly, I’m a lost cause in this area…and I *used* to be an athlete! My method is to exercise when I have a compelling reason – a party/gathering I have agreed to attend in two weeks or so, a transient yet persistent feeling that maybe I ought to do something for my bones, a brief challenge I’d feel guilty to ignore, or an outfit I like that seems tight. These reasons generally last for a 2-3 week spread if I’m lucky, then I fall back into my status quo (= Latin, one word, as per the Alaska Barbie). JG, your commitment and persistence is why I so respect you in the village. Your exercise focus reminds me a bit of Cookemom who used to be β€˜upset’ when she couldn’t go running regularly because of weather or whatever.

    • 63 GGail
      January 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Blessings & GM to you VC

      • 64 vcprezofan2
        January 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

        Hel-lo, back at you, GxG!
        /whisper – Was trying to activate my phone tracking feature to see what you were up to last night, only with my usual techie result. 😦 You got away *this* time, but you never know when I’ll succeed so be warned./

        • 65 GGail
          January 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

          Ha! that is so funny vc. I think my son has activated that feature on me also now that I have an iphone. πŸ˜€ Although he hasn’t said and I haven’t asked. Well, y’all can track away. That way, when I get lost in my apartment, one of youse can help me locate my bed! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          • 66 vcprezofan2
            January 28, 2015 at 11:09 am

            It was him who gave me the idea. πŸ˜‰

            [pssst! Does it only work on an iphone? Probably explains why I couldn’t figure it out.]

  16. 67 amk for obama
    January 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Sri Lanka’s new president has reinstated the former chief justice two years after she was sacked by his predecessor over corruption claims.

    A smiling Shirani Bandaranayake returned to the Supreme Court to be given flowers by her supporters.

    President Maithripala Sirisena’s office called her removal a “procedural” error. She always denied corruption.

    However, her return is thought only temporary as reports say she is to retire now her name has been cleared.

    The former attorney-general who was put in to replace her, Mohan Peiris, has been asked to leave.

    “The chief justice was restored and the imposter was asked to go,” said an official quoted by AFP news agency.

    Ms Bandaranayake had corruption charges levelled against her by ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa after some of her legal rulings went against his government.

    She was removed in January 2013 after being impeached on the recommendation of a parliamentary committee dominated by Mr Rajapaksa’s supporters.



  17. 68 africa
    January 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

    • 69 nospin
      January 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

      This article is a must read for the first few sentences alone. hahahahahahhaha

      “β€œYes, there have been a couple of stumbles,” John Boehner acknowledged Tuesday.

      The House speaker had spoken with dry understatement.
      Dana Milbank writes about political theater in the nation’s capital.

      What has happened since Republicans took full control of Congress three weeks ago has been less a stumble than a pratfall involving the legislative equivalent of a banana peel, flailing arms, an upended bookcase, torn drapes and a slide across a laden banquet table into a wedding cake. “

    • 73 arapaho415
      January 28, 2015 at 9:26 am

      OMGosh, thanks for the belly laugh, Africa.

      Really don’t like the smarmy Dana Milbank, but the opening paragraph is LOL-funny:
      “What has happened since Republicans took full control of Congress three weeks ago has been less a stumble than a pratfall involving the legislative equivalent of a banana peel, flailing arms, an upended bookcase, torn drapes and a slide across a laden banquet table into a wedding cake.”

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. 74 GGail
    January 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. I. Am. So. Proud. of POTUS and FLOTUS!

    January 28, 2015 at 9:02 am


    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Sue, we could all learn a lot from other countries. I wish you could move to a more congenial place than the red state you live in. There are parts of this country that aren’t so bleak and people are kinder. It just takes a bit to ferret them out. Stay warm and keep well. I hope you resolved some of your health issues.

    • 77 GGail
      January 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Sue, come to California, we’ll treat you real good – I promise 😊

  20. January 28, 2015 at 9:05 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Wednesday everyone. πŸ™‚ So happy to see our President and FLOTUS safely back home!

  21. January 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope everyone is doing well this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats 99ts on being first this morning (or in your case this night) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. (* (* (*

  22. January 28, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I was watching CBS morning news show were they brought up about the First Lady not wearing a headscarf, well Nora O’Donnell who didn’t even know that FLOTUS was on the India trip, she said that other First Ladies have gone over there and they didn’t wear a headscarf, they show a picture of Laura Bush in the present of the Saudi leaders without a scarf, there was a picture of Hillary Clinton when she was SOS with no scarf, so like I said yesterday what suppose to be the big deal because our FLOTUS head wasn’t cover? Also Nora O’Donnell said that even if others didn’t shake FLOTUS hand, the KING shook her hand.

  23. 85 Nena20409
    January 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    POTUS and FLOTUS are back in DC.
    Welcome Home πŸ˜‰

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