Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to present the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Medal in the East Room at the White House, February 13, 2012



146 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 13, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Good Friday, Chipsticks… TOD Family!!!

  2. 3 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 7:22 am


  3. 13 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 7:29 am

    gonna be hilarious at yours. #bridesmaidanny

  4. February 13, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Good morning, swbluega.
    Ms. Chips, it is so cold here in NYC. Two more storms expected!
    I am leaving Saturday for a week in Mexico.
    I must have some sun……now!
    Off to do a million and one things(in the cold.

    • February 13, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Ah wow LDS, Mexico?? Goooooooooorgeous!! Have a completely BLISSFUL time!!!!

      • February 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

        Thank you so much.
        I wish we all could meet there.
        As long as I get to the airport is fine with me.
        One to two inches of snow is expected early Saturday.
        We are leaving Saturday night.
        -9 on Monday. I feel sort of guilty…..I think.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Have a wonderful time, LDS. I so wish I could join you. It’s 9 degrees this am and I am feeling it deep in my bones.

      • February 13, 2015 at 7:45 am

        JG, I wish you could.
        Three people have volunteered to drive me to the airport. That has ever never happened!
        I think they were going to snatch my ticket from me and jump on the airplane!
        My daughter-in-love pulled out an old trunk and was measuring to see if she would fit.
        I really don’t blame her. The kids are out of school next week for……winter break….again!
        I just smile and keep packing.

        • 19 jackiegrumbacher
          February 13, 2015 at 7:56 am

          LDS, isn’t there a train/subway straight to the airport? I remember taking this several times when I worked in NY. If the weather’s too bad for a car, this might be the surest way to get there.

          • February 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

            I know that is a great way to go.
            But can you believe I have a Valentine’s Day Gala to attend early in the day, so I have to come back home to change clothes.
            Or change at the airport. I am afraid they might think that is suspicious. I do not want to draw any unnecessary attention.
            I am getting on that plane if I have to be strapped down on the wing!
            We are taking a van. I don’t trust the train. Recently they have been acting up on the weekends.
            I would probably scream like a crazy lady if we were stalled for one second. And the buses can be so slow if the streets are not plowed.
            The plane leaves from Newark, NJ.

    • February 13, 2015 at 7:35 am

      I just love that picture of our President and First Lady. Is he blushing?
      That dress is so cool with the high suede boots. She looks comfortable, glowing and flowing.

    • February 13, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Good Morning, LDS!!! Thanks. 🙂

      Enjoy your travels in Mexico and stay safe!

      • February 13, 2015 at 7:50 am

        Thank you.
        We are going to an all inclusive resort.
        It is absolutely beautiful!
        Mentally I am there already.
        I love to walk and the weather here has not been that great.
        I need to walk to stay sane…..

        • 24 jackiegrumbacher
          February 13, 2015 at 7:58 am

          Me, too. LDS. I hate when the weather keeps me from walking outside. Using the treadmill is just not the same and it doesn’t supply the oxygen that fresh air does. The resort sounds fantastic. I’m turning green with envy as I type.

          • February 13, 2015 at 8:15 am

            Ahhh, I know sugar. Bless your heart.
            I promise to smile for you when I walk on the beach……… I promise.
            Okay. Off to get a mani/pedi.
            I really feel guilty……I really do.(as I put on these disgusting boots and one glove)
            Always one glove on the coldest day.
            During the summer months they appear out of no where.

    • 26 amk for obama
      February 13, 2015 at 8:01 am

      whereabouts in mehico? ‘cos, I am seeing this.

      Image and video hosting by TinyPic


  5. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    February 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Morning all. FLOTUS is wearing one of my favorite styles and colors. Since she is probably 10 inches taller than I am, I could wear it as a gown.

  6. February 13, 2015 at 7:36 am

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Surely no one expected anything but dishonesty and treachery from Putin. There will be no ceasefire and Ukrainians had better prepare themselves for a fight to the finish.

  7. 53 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Fitbit, the maker of wearable fitness trackers, has acknowledged that its latest device, the Surge, can cause a rash for some users.

    It told news website TechCrunch that a “limited percentage” of users reported skin irritation and advised users to take a break from the device.

    Fitbit was forced to recall its older Force wristband when a large number of users claimed it had caused skin rashs.


    I don’t find the attraction of these so called wearable devices. #hypochondriacs

  8. 57 mtmarilyn
    February 13, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Good morning TOD. Yesterday it was 60 here. This is unprecedented. Yet they don’t want to talk about climate change. Was so proud of our Missoula judge yesterday who sentenced Kaarma, the man who killed a foreign exchange student in his garage, to 70 years, 20 years before any parole. Finally a crazy gun nut is getting his due. Hope everyone has a great Friday the 13th.

  9. 61 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Suspected Boko Haram militants from Nigeria attack a village on the shores of Lake Chad overnight, the first such attack on Chadian soil.


    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 7:47 am

      This won’t end until there is a united African coalition of force that relentlessly pursues and destroys Boko Haram. They can’t continue to live like this and no one country can fight it alone.

  10. 63 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 7:47 am

    US ‘at risk of mega-drought future’


    • 64 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Those who spent their lives denying climate change should be forced to live in the worst drought areas. Ignorance needs to have a cost.

    • February 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I really fear for California. There is no rain in sight and we are experiencing several weeks of 80 and 90 degree weather in FEBRUARY. I fear we are going to have 90 and 100 degree weather by April and May.

  11. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2015 at 7:51 am

    MOOOooorning, Chips and TOD.

    Obamamania in action. 🙂

  12. 72 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Students wish the Indian cricket team luck, as they hold a giant cut-out replica of the Cricket World Cup trophy, at a school in Chennai on Thursday.


  13. 75 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    You have all been warned.

  14. 76 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 8:06 am

    here ya go, chips.

  15. 80 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Sending good, and supportive, vibes to all who are having a difficult time today.

    Friday Greetings everyone!

    • 85 amk for obama
      February 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

      morning evening, pard. did ya see the warning above?

    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Morning, VC. Hope your day is a good one. We can all use supportive vibes.

      • 89 vcprezofan2
        February 13, 2015 at 8:48 am

        Greetings, JackiG. We sure can! Was also thinking of Pamela who will be saying ‘au revoir’ today to her feline friend, and CBarb who was scheduled for surgery yesterday… + others. As you said ; we can all use supportive vibes …for whatever reason.

        • 90 jackiegrumbacher
          February 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

          Hi, VC. This will be a dreadful day for Pamela and my heart goes out to her. I hope we learn today how CBarb’s surgery went. Such difficult times for people and good for you for remembering them. I have also been concerned for HZ since she hasn’t seemed to comment for a long time (unless I missed it). I do miss her uplifting spirit and hope she’s okay.

          • 91 vcprezofan2
            February 13, 2015 at 9:06 am

            You are right, I haven’t seen HZ in a while but because I’ve been flitting in and out and having a hard time keeping up with Nerdy’s tweet collection and CC’s pics I figured I’d just missed her too. Will add her to my mental ‘virtual blessings’ list.

            • February 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

              HZ had a couple of short comments either yesterday or day before.

              I still want info on Layla!!!!!!

              • 93 vcprezofan2
                February 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

                Thanks, TnMG. Re Layla, part of me does not feel optimistic. What bothers me from time to time is that I thought she had said she had a friend who would notify us if she was out of contact.

  16. 94 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

    A darkening cloud looms over mainstream European politicians in the early months of 2015.

    It is the rise of parties and movements seen by them as either extreme or nationalist, sometimes both.

    That these relative newcomers have become major players in national politics is viewed not only as a dangerous departure from the natural political order but also a serious threat to the territorial integrity of the state.

    Each country in Europe has got its own specific features that contribute to the rise in support of parties other than the traditionally dominant ones.

    A common factor, however, is the ease with which capital and labour move from one country to another in the 21st Century.

    In the days of strict exchange controls, national governments had greater autonomy in making economic policy making.

    Before accepting the freedom of movement which European Union membership entails, governments also had greater control over immigration.


    • 95 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Extremist nationalism did not turn out well for Europe 76 years ago and it will not turn out well now. If only people could learn from history and not doom themselves to repeating the worst of times.

  17. February 13, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Good morning, TOD people!

    Notorious RBG makes a little confession……

  18. 101 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning.

    Good News today…

    LINCOLN — A Nebraska judge has halted condemnation of private land for the Keystone XL pipeline, while new legal challenges to the project make their way through the courts.

    Nearly 70 landowners sought the temporary injunction Thursday to block TransCanada Corp. from using eminent domain to secure right-of-way for the controversial oil pipeline.

    Holt County District Judge Mark Kozisek ordered a stop to land acquisition until the landowners’ lawsuit is resolved. Jane Kleeb, director of the environmental advocacy group Bold Nebraska, which opposes the pipeline primarily over the threat to a vital underground aquifer, called the decision a victory for landowners who’ve refused voluntary agreements with the company.


    • 102 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Many jurisdictions across the country are fighting this ‘condemnation, i.e., confiscation, of private land for pipelines because Keystone is only one of many threats to our environmental safety. In our own small county, citizen’s groups are working fiercely to stop an oil company pipeline that will rip through farm lands and destroy private homes. There is very little to zero concern for safety among oil and companies and even the kind of pipeline they’re proposing to lay has a very high potential for disaster, as some local engineers have warned. Ordinary citizens have to fight the vast legal resources of big companies with only small volunteer contributions to go on and very little help from local government, which is cowed (or paid off) by the big companies. There is a supreme irony in the Republican concerns about overreaching government when its corporations that are literally raping everything that people have worked for and value.

      • 103 amk for obama
        February 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

        Our own modi recently issued an ‘executive order’ bypassing parliamentary procedures totally enabling big cos to landgrab easily. Fortunately, we still have not-yet-fully-corrupt courts to fall back on.

        • 104 jackiegrumbacher
          February 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

          It takes money to fight issues through the court and the big companies have more of it than ordinary citizens. That’s the crux of the problem here. Maybe it’s different in India.

  19. February 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Friday the 13th everyone. 🙂

  20. 123 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

    HSBC whistleblower: There are ‘more revelations’
    He came across as credible, assured and clear in what he is trying to achieve.

    Nothing less than a “battle against secrecy”.

    And now Herve Falciani has revealed that far from this week being the end of the story, there is still plenty of information that is likely to come out about HSBC.

    One million new bits of data, to be precise.

    He says work will start soon on analysing the information.

    And that a major oil company could be next to feel the effects of a major data leak about how it operates.

    Mr Falciani is the man behind the largest data leak in banking history – and after days of revelations about HSBC and tax evasion by its wealthy customers between 2005 and 2007, he now says he feels vindicated.


    I am rooting for him. he is no snowden.

    • 124 amk for obama
      February 13, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Anyone involved in the allegations of tax evasion have left the bank, sources tell me.

      But Mr Falciani says that HSBC should still be prosecuted for past failings.

      “We have to punish, no matter how big they are,” he said, saying that there could have been “hundreds” of other banks involved in helping wealthy people avoid and evade tax.

      He called on European, Asian and American law enforcement agencies to work together to tackle bank corruption.

      Whistleblowers should also be given more protection so they can reveal what they know.

      • 125 jackiegrumbacher
        February 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

        I hope Falciani’s call to these law enforcement agencies is answered. There is so much corruption in international banking it would take the concerted efforts of every government and law enforcement agency in the world to tackle it. Looks as if he had a terrible time over seven years leaking information about the corruption. That takes guts.

  21. 127 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I have decided that when TV pundits use the term ” Some people Say “…..they are referring to their co-workers in the break room.

  22. 129 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Man Utd style is miserable – Scholes



  23. February 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Lawyer helping Chicago Little League team stripped of title

    Associated Press

    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press 4 hrs ago

    CHICAGO — A day after Little League International stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West of its national championship, team officials announced they’ve hired a high-profile attorney to conduct an investigation they hope will end with the return of their title.

    The sport’s governing body announced Wednesday that team officials had violated regulations by including players who didn’t qualify because they lived outside the team’s boundaries, then scrambled to get adjacent leagues to go along with the scheme. But attorney Victor Henderson said Thursday he will try to determine not only whether the team broke any rules but whether — as supporters in Chicago have suggested — Little League International unfairly singled them out.

    “I want to make sure that whatever rules and regulations are being applied to Jackie Robinson West are being applied to any other team,” Henderson said during a news conference, flanked by members of the family that runs the league on the city’s South Side and the team’s manager, who has been suspended.

    Henderson said it is too early to say if Jackie Robinson West will file a lawsuit against Little League International.


  24. 134 desertflower
    February 13, 2015 at 9:04 am

    • 135 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Df, I hope some very good lawyer helps these 12,000 people file a class action suit against Jeb Bush and sue him for millions. I want him to spend the next several years fighting legal battle after legal battle and having to cough up a bundle for those damaged by his recklessness. These people have been put at risk by Jeb Bush and they need to fight back.

    • February 13, 2015 at 9:31 am

      That proves Jeb is not smarter then big brother G.W. No more Bushes.

    • 137 57andfemale
      February 13, 2015 at 9:51 am

      The Bushes are inbred idiots. This is supposed to be the smart brother?

    • 138 57andfemale
      February 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

      I also wonder – was it even legal for him to release emails that he received as governor? Did he get any clearance to do that with government information (referring to his emails).

    • 139 nospin
      February 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

      “More than 12,000 Social Security numbers contained in emails posted by former Gov. Jeb Bush”

      I just had to repeat that.

  25. 140 desertflower
    February 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

  26. 141 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Canada’s Right Wing Network gets the boot.

    Sun News Network is about to sign off, permanently. CBC News has learned that the cable news television channel will shut down early Friday.

    The network began broadcasting in April 2011, launching a right-of-centre programming schedule, but it has had a constant challenge attracting viewers.

    Its supporters blamed the CRTC for not giving it the same access enjoyed by news channels operated by CBC and CTV.

    The federal broadcast regulator denied Sun News a guaranteed spot on basic cable TV packages in August 2013.

    Data released as part of that application showed that while the network was available to 5.1 million households, it was only attracting, on average, 8,000 viewers at any given time.


  27. February 13, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Social Security faces threat from ‘ideological war’

    02/12/15 12:36 PM—Updated 02/12/15 02:02 PM

    By Steve Benen

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a message to supporters yesterday, warning of a real threat to Social Security. By any fair measure, she’s right.

    “We’ve known for years that Social Security Disability Insurance is set to run low in 2016, and most people assumed that another bipartisan reallocation was coming,” the senator wrote. “But now, thanks to the Republican ideological war on our most important national safety net, disabled Americans could suddenly face a 20% cut in their Social Security checks next year.”

    Let’s recap for those just joining us. The Social Security system provides disability payments to Americans who want to work but can’t for health reasons. For generations, when the disability-insurance program runs short on funds, Congress transfers money from elsewhere in the Social Security system to prevent benefit cuts. The solution, sometimes called “reallocation,” has never been especially controversial – in fact, it’s been done 11 times over the last seven decades.

    But last month, congressional Republicans adopted a rule change that makes it almost impossible to approve the usual, straightforward fix. GOP lawmakers seem to want to create the conditions for a crisis.


    The Politico report added that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the Senate Budget Committee’s ranking member, “angrily accused the GOP of ‘manufacturing a crisis’ to hide its intent to resurrect past proposals to cut Social Security benefits and privatize the system.”


  28. 146 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

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