Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from President Obama at the White House, February 15, 2011



114 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    February 15, 2015 at 7:47 am

    GM Chips

  2. 5 Roberta in MN
    February 15, 2015 at 7:51 am

    GM, did you get all your trucks unloaded yesterday with all your Valentine’s? I’m impressed. I didn’t get any. 😦 not even from the grand kids. Sad, Grandma is too far away. As they get to be teenagers their lives get a little busy, no excuses tho. Another day to get through. A little warmer today. I may want to step my toe out and go do some shopping.
    What is on the agenda for TOD Family today? Happy Sunday.

    • February 15, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I had to hire some staff to help me get through all the cards, Roberta, it was a long day. 🙂

      • 7 99ts
        February 15, 2015 at 8:02 am


        gm Ms Chips & congrats Roberta. I see amk is determined to educate TOD on the intricacies of the game of cricket. One minute misery – the next hour or 3 – celebrating.

        • February 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

          Good evening 99ts!! I cracked up at his comments (largely in a conversation with himself). It was as well India won – otherwise the steam coming from his ears would have stopped him being allowed board his plane.

        • 19 jackiegrumbacher
          February 15, 2015 at 8:06 am

          99ts, as I mentioned once, there is an Indian movie called Lagaan, which is essentially one almost three hour long game of cricket. The movie is so good and the conflict so tense, that I actually watched the whole thing and was riveted by the game. That was the first and last of my cricket experiences. If you can find it somewhere, it’s worth the time to watch.

          • 20 99ts
            February 15, 2015 at 8:49 am

            Hi jackie – I’ve not seen it – but I have watched some amazing cricket in my youth – when the money moved into the game I lost much of my enthusiasm. In the days before we had TV we used to listen to the game on the radio – a definite art commenting a game that no-one could see!

            I read below that you are also living through the deep freeze – stay warm!

          • 21 amk for obama
            February 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

            nah, it’s too much jingoism for me.

            Go India.

  3. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    February 15, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Morning. This is the coldest day I’ve experienced since I moved from Chicago in 1973. Will not even try to venture outdoors today and I’m hoping our furnace holds up. Don’t know how you do it all the time, Roberta. Brrrrrrrrrrr.

    • February 15, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Morning Jackie! Well, if your furnace does break down, just sit here looking at this and you’ll be fine:

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        February 15, 2015 at 8:08 am

        Oh, I’m sure this will make a big difference when the indoor temperature sinks into the 40’s. I feel warmer already.

        • February 15, 2015 at 8:08 am

          😆 I feel toasty looking at it!!

        • 26 vcprezofan2
          February 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

          Honestly, there must really be something behind this mind over matter viewpoint. I was sitting here in my sleeveless blouse, feeling quite at ease, and as soon as I read these comments about the cold I had to reach for my indoor sweater. Chips’ fire helped to take the chill off.

    • 27 Roberta in MN
      February 15, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Stay warm jackieg, it is still below zero here. I have stayed in also, I am just figuring out if I have enough food in the house so I don’t have to go out again today. Monday will be soon enough. Car goes in the shop in Tuesday overnight. Wednesday is Coffee afternoon here in the building & I signed up to make cupcakes. Anyone have a good recipe for frosting? I don’t do frosting, but I refuse to buy it out of the can either. :-)Chips, I need something that won’t run all over the cupcake. 🙂

      • 28 aquagranny911
        February 15, 2015 at 9:33 am

        Butter, powdered sugar, a little heavy cream, some vanilla & beat the heck out of it with your electric mixer. Do it right it looks good & tastes great.

  4. February 15, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Morning everyone!

    I know we were all worried about nathkatun’s whereabouts lately, so GREAT news: he left this comment in the last post (in case you missed it):

    In reply to Bobfr (@Our4thEstate).

    Hello Bob! All is o.k. with me. I truly appreciate your checking on me. I’ve not commented much lately because my daughter, who is writing her PhD thesis, has taken over my home computer. Hers was badly damaged in her move from NY to CA. My laptop has not been working either. I, however, religiously read the blog on my work computer; but I very rarely post comments at work. I am here today because my daughter is with her boyfriend on Valentine’s day.

    I may not comment much, but I truly appreciate what Chips, Nerdy Wonka, and all of you who post here at TOD to enlighten us. I can’t go through the day without TOD. I especially rely on your excellent posts for all the news about Ukraine and the Middle East. I also wholeheartedly support your call for the country, and especially the white community, to embark on a serious reconciliation journey to atone for the racial injustices that has plagued this country for centuries.

    Today, as part of Black history month, I took part in a discussion about the legacy of the great Black abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, on his 197 birthday. We discussed his famous, and hard hitting,1852 speech about “The Meaning Of July Fourth For the Slaves.” We also discussed his uncompromising editorials in the North Star in support of Women’s rights. But I also shared with the group this forgotten editorial Frederick Douglass wrote in his 1849 “North Star” in opposition to calls for getting rid of Black people and colonizing them back in Africa, the Caribbean or South America. I wanted to share this quote from Douglass’ 1849 statement with you because I believe it reinforces what you’ve been calling for:

    “We deem it a settled point that the destiny of the colored man is bound up with that of the white people of this country…. It is idle–worse than idle to think of our expatriation, or removal….We are here, and here we are likely to be. To imagine that we shall be eradicated is absurd and ridiculous. We can be remodified, changed, and assimilated, but never extinguished. We repeat…that we are here; and that this is our country; and the question for the philosophers and statesmen of the land ought to be, what principles should dictate the policy of the action toward us? We shall neither die out, nor be driven out; but shall go with this people, either as a testimony against them, or as an evidence in their favor throughout their generations. We are clearly on their hands and must remain there forever.”

    Clearly, if I am not misreading him, Frederick Douglass was saying, as you have so ably stated in your calls for reconciliation, that until whites in the United States embrace policies that promote justice for the “colored” people, then, for future “generations” of whites, the continued oppression of “colored” people will “forever” remain on “their hands,”

    Again, I thank you for all your humanitarian work and for making sure that we never overlook Czar Putin’s unmistakable military aggression to take over Ukraine. Thank God for the heroic resistance of the people of Ukraine.

    To repeat, I may not comment much, but I truly love TOD. I think Chips and Nerdy Wonka are truly magnificent. They bring us so much information that is often overlooked/neglected by the so called mainstream media. I also happen to agree with most of the comments posted here, so I have no urgent need to post. Most importantly, I feel so blessed to have had the chance to witness the Obama Presidency. I was born 3 months after Harry S. Truman became President. I vaguely remember the Presidency of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, although I was a teenager (15) in 1961 when he left office. My conscious experience with presidents began with JFK, but he too died when I was still a teen. I have, however, closely known nine Presidents, from LBJ to BHO. And as far as I am concerned, President Obama is one of the best Presidents in my life time. It’s so gratifying to come to this blog to read comments by people who share my sentiments. I also must confess that I love NW’s sense of humor. I always look forward to her smart, but sometimes “outlandish/twisted” funnies to end the day.

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      February 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Thanks for this update, Chips. This one post by Nath was worth the wait and I’m glad she shared the Frederick Douglass’ 1949 statement. It’s amazing that, despite all the insults and outrages he endured, he was able to soar above it and produce such elegantly formed arguments–rather like our president.

      One person who’s been gone a while that you probably know about is Dotster. Is she traveling or unwell? I do miss her comments.

      • February 15, 2015 at 8:24 am

        Dotster’s fine, Jackie, I was in email contact with her a while ago. She was upset after a bit of an altercation here so has decided to take a break from TOD. I’d love her to come back, she’s the best.

        • 32 arapaho415
          February 15, 2015 at 10:01 am

          Sorry to hear that dotster3 is on hiatus.

          I hope that Nathun’s post encourages her to return.

          Based on what she’s said on previous Valentine’s Days, I believe that hers was superb.

          VC reminded us that dotster was passionate about Internet privacy, that trying to sleuth out an MIA commenter would be a violation of that person’s privacy, and I respect that.

          But still, hope she sees this (bundled up in the Midwest) and returns soon. ((( dotster3 )))

    • February 15, 2015 at 8:31 am

      YAYAYAYAYYYY!! So happy to hear from nathkatun!! Beautiful post.

      • 34 arapaho415
        February 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

        Double ditto.

        What an illuminating statement by Nathun, so grateful that Chips reposted since I missed last night’s thread.

        This is the starting point for an open, honest discussion of the role that race, ethnicity and religion plays in this country, not “let’s sweep it all under the rug (ignore that abducted African were considered 3/5 of a person with NO human rights, disregard the bloody Indian Wars and Trail of Tears, and forget that land-owning Japanese-Americans obediently boarded buses and trains to an uncertain, bleak future) “post-racial” America.

    • 35 vcprezofan2
      February 15, 2015 at 8:33 am

      🙂 🙂 Very good to see and read this! Thanks for bringing it forward, CC. BTW, I’m 90% sure Nathk is a ‘he’…. I think.

      • February 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

        😳 /running away to edit

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        February 15, 2015 at 8:59 am

        VC, I thought this, too, until Chips said ‘she.’ Thanks for setting us straight.

        • 39 vcprezofan2
          February 15, 2015 at 9:06 am

          Morning, JackieG! Do notice I threw in an ‘I think’ to cover myself in a lawsuit in case I’m the one who’s wrong. 😉 😀

          So, we’re at the midway point in February and I’m curious – have you done *any* revisiting of your son’s Xmas present this month, or have you simply filed it away?

          • 40 jackiegrumbacher
            February 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

            VC, I promised I would revisit it from time to time and once I open my mouth and lock myself into a promise, I have to do it. So I give it a try from time to time and it’s a lot easier than it was at first. My current best prescription for not falling down is not to go outdoors when it’s icy. Thought that was quite a brilliant plan.

    • 42 99ts
      February 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Don’t know how I missed this on the last thread – thanks for the copy Chips – much enjoyment chatting with Nath on the late threads – hope the daughter gets the thesis finished soon 🙂

    • 43 sherijr
      February 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

      So glad to hear from Nath… and that quote, thank you so much for sharing it as I had not read it before.

    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      February 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      There’s nath! Lovely!

    • February 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you Chips!!!! Left a response for him.

  5. 46 vcprezofan2
    February 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

    At whatever point in the day you check in – Wishing you all a blessed Sunday!

    • February 15, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Gooooooood morning Little Miss Sunshine!!

      • 48 vcprezofan2
        February 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

        🙂 🙂 Morning, Lovey-Dove!
        I truly ❤ ❤ the 'Little Miss' portion. Am avoiding the 'sun' portion because that word seems to draw out the crazy s-worshipers</del) TOD critics. 😉

        • February 15, 2015 at 8:40 am

          😆 Haters gonna hate!!!

        • 50 vcprezofan2
          February 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

          crazy s-worshipers TOD critics

          Am suddenly reminded of that time long, long ago (a-hem) when I ended up deleting almost everything on a post because I hadn’t closed the ‘del’ option! 😳

          Also been remembering recently when you had that huge missile in your handbag while proposing to a member who shall remain nameless. I am absolutely not sure why all these old memories are cycling through my mind! 😉 The superstitious part of me is wondering if there is any trickle of truth to the old saying that your life passes before your eyes before you …. you know. Ah well!

    • 51 99ts
      February 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

      gm vc – you joining the flower petal people this day 🙂

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        February 15, 2015 at 9:01 am

        Night, TS! 😀 No, I’m not joining *them* at all, at all. Today’s flowery appearance was simply a fluke on my part (Hmmmm – or subliminal influencing on their part).

  6. February 15, 2015 at 8:29 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

  7. 77 arapaho415
    February 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Wow, I am behind.

    Saw this on Chips’ twitter timeline.

    Houston has some extremely cool people, some of the best times I’ve had were there. Thought briefly about moving there a few years back, but the 100+ temps with 99% humidity in mid-July made me quickly snap to my senses. Beautiful there this time of year, though.

    Cannot believe the outright, undeserved bigotry of some people who rely on the public for their wages:

  8. 80 99ts
    February 15, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Our new state government sworn in today – Cabinet of 14 people – 8 women including the Premier and deputy – also too – I think for the first time ever I am older than all of them! Welcoming in the new generation.

  9. 81 arapaho415
    February 15, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Here’s a couple of pics from #BostonBlizzard (mid-February edition):

    From last night, a puppy who would rather be inside:

    Vine from this morning:

    • February 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Ooooooooooooh yikes, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    • 83 sherijr
      February 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

      that’s the way it’s been here all night in Baltimore… although not the amount of snow… I’ve felt like I was in ND with this cold wind 😦

      • 84 arapaho415
        February 15, 2015 at 9:38 am

        Heard on the radio that it’s gonna be cold into the southeast US.

        Glad PBO gets a reminder today in Palm Springs why he likes Hawaii so much (we’re not tropical, but our February heatwave is still on for PBO 🙂 ).

          February 15, 2015 at 9:52 am


      • 86 jackiegrumbacher
        February 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

        Same here, Sherije. Winds have been very high and there was snow in the night. I had to take in everything that was outside and more or less tie down what couldn’t come in. The wind danger is going to be with us until tomorrow. In the meantime the cold is fierce.

      February 15, 2015 at 9:56 am


  10. February 15, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Good afternoon Mr. President! What a lovely gesture! Congratulations!


  11. February 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I LOVE this Pic 🙂

  12. 92 vcprezofan2
    February 15, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Voilà @Interior for the past week!

  13. 93 arapaho415
    February 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

    My guess is that this photo was taken along the North Shore…

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  17. February 15, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning Everyone

  18. 109 JER
    February 15, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  19. 111 vcprezofan2
    February 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Republicans have quite a few ‘educated’ liars aspiring to the White House, lord help us if one gets in! It’s not so much that they are uneducated and they lie so easily, it’s also the fact that they seem to lack empathy and morals, and show little common sense coupled with no heart for the masses. And how do you get admitted to do a medical degree when your transcripts should/would have shown that you were unsuccessful at your first degree? I’m very suspicious of these universities who graduate scholars like Paul, Bachman, Palin, et al. I wouldn’t send my favourite doll to any of them!


  20. 112 desertflower
    February 15, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Morning everyone:) so nice to hear from nath:) Beautiful comment that he wrote. nath, if you’re here…thanks so much for letting us know that you’re safe and well. You know how the TOD family worries about those that we haven’t heard from lately:) Congratulations to your daughter for her dedication to her Doctoral work…HUGE:) We miss you. Glad that you’re safe and well.

  21. 113 Ladyhawke
    February 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

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