Early Bird Rise and Shine


Morning everyone.

87 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. February 28, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Thanks a million to everyone for all the kind words last night about my late colleague, hugely appreciated, you’re the best.

  2. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    February 28, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Morning, Chips. I didn’t expect you to open shop this morning. If you need some time to think and grieve, please take it. This is going to be a rough few days for you and we all understand.

    • February 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

      You’re an angel Jackie, at times like this you tend to focus on your own upset but I just can’t get his wife and kids out of my head, imagining her waking up these mornings, especially with the young baby. There’s just no way to make any sense of it.

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        February 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

        She is probably in shock today, Chips, and will need all the support of family and friends she can get, especially with the children who’ll be dealing with their own grief. I was very young (5 years old) when my father died and nobody in that era paid attention to childhood grief. This is where a group of supportive adults can help by lending an ear to the children and providing them with outings and, most of all, remembering them. Life has dealt this young mother a cruel blow and it will take time, patience and love for her to get through it. I will keep her and all of her family in my heart.

      • 18 jackiegrumbacher
        February 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

        Chips, I just wrote something that disappeared, so I’ll just summarize that I think the young mother will be in shock today and will need all the support from family and friends that she can get. So will the children. I lost my father at a very young age, in an era when childhood grief was not considered. The children will need the attention of caring adults to listen to them, take them on outings and be there when they’re down. How your friend’s wife survives this terrible blow will depend on those around her as well as her inner strength.

        • 19 jackiegrumbacher
          February 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

          I’m sorry about the double posting. I thought the first comment had disappeared–my bad. Wish I could delete one of them, but don’t know how.

        • February 28, 2015 at 8:25 am

          Jackie, just found your comment and freed it. I didn’t realize you lost your Dad when you were very young, so no one knows better than you what these kids will face. You’re so right though, at least nowadays some thought is given to children’s grief, and care is taken to help them through it. I’m sure she will be surrounded by love and support, and the company her husband worked for is wonderful, they are brilliantly supportive in every way. I give out about my boss, but he’s actually a really good man, and he will ensure that she wants for nothing in practical and financial terms. I just think of her loneliness, especially with a baby, and that’s unimaginable. Life really is too cruel.

  3. February 28, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Please accept my condolences on the too sad loss of your friend Chips, I only read about it early this morning.. (((((Chips))))) and to his ((((family)))).

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      February 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

      This was good. Thanks, NC. I have no sympathy for the guy. He asked for the responsibility. It’s his problem if he can’t handle it. I hope he goes down in history as the worst speaker ever–or at least in modern times. He’s despicable, pure and simple.

      • February 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

        I laughed so hard at some of the passages, or cracked a wild smile:

        Through it all, Boehner has been in charge, but never entirely in control,

        And today there is no other political leader in the country who owes so much of his success to sheer resilience and the capacity to endure repeated public humiliation with a shrug

        Yet, as Boehner knows too well, institutional power doesn’t guarantee political muscle. The best speakers derive clout from their ability to convince, at times bully, the membership into voting their way. And that kind of consensus has been an elusive commodity for Boehner.

        And besides, the president and the speaker are a complicated pair. Boehner likes Obama more than he lets on publicly (being too friendly with Obama is a serious occupational hazard), and they both are certifiably golf-crazy, so there’s always something to talk about.

        Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/john-boehner-profile-113874_Page5.html#ixzz3T33lgVzz

    • 29 99ts
      February 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

      “Boehner smokes more or less constantly when he’s out of the public eye, and the elegant marbled corridor outside his office on the second floor of the Capitol invariably smells like a bowling alley from the 1970s.”

      Smoking is banned in all our public buildings – has been for most of this century, is the US different? – is Boehner a law unto himself? Surely if I smoked in the Capitol I would be fined and/or thrown out??

  4. 33 amk for obama
    February 28, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Sorry for the loss of your friend, chips. My condolences and best wishes to the grieving young family.

  5. 36 sherijr
    February 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Sooo I just have to share that Baltimore’s number 1 wanted man was caught last night… in the townhouse one street behind our home. A bit of fearful excitement – thankfully it was done without bloodshed or mayhem. In this case I give the police much credit for the non-violent way in which they managed to do this.

  6. February 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning. Ms. chips, I didn’t see your post, but I’m sorry for your lost and please accept my condolence.

    To all, I hope you have an extraordinarily beautiful day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  7. 41 Don
    February 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning TOD, sorry for your lost Chips.

  8. 43 africa
    February 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Happy Saturday TODers!!

    Chips, I saw your post last night. I am so very sorry!!

  9. February 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good morning, everyone!

  10. 46 desertflower
    February 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Morning, Chips. Morning everyone. As I said last night, so so sorry to hear about this great loss. Will have this family on my mind and in my thoughts until you tell us she’s doing alright and making her way. Sending her strength…

  11. 48 Grab a Mop Grace
    February 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Chips, my most sincere condolences for you loss. I’m so sorry.

  12. February 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Indeed, indeed,

  13. 54 africa
    February 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

  14. 55 africa
    February 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

  15. 56 africa
    February 28, 2015 at 9:11 am

  16. 57 desertflower
    February 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Well this is intriguing!! Wonder if they will tell the stories of all the things WE think should be told to make this a better place:) He can have an impact. Hope this has legs.


    • 58 Don
      February 28, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I hope starbucks think long and hard about this new venture, trying to shape pubic opinion could prove to be very costly.

    • February 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

      • 61 amk for obama
        February 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

        It actually is not. Even if half the gop are batshit crazy teabagging nutters, I am sure many of his caucus would vote with the dems on the senate’s clean bill if only boner had some guts to bring it to the floor. This is entirely on boner’s lap and I am sure Nancy letting him get off the hook would backfire on the dems, not on goppers.

      • February 28, 2015 at 10:46 am

        When you’ve spent the last six years convincing your base that your opponent is a tyrant who is out to destroy the country and that his party’s agenda is the tool by which he will do that, its pretty hard to actually govern in a system that is designed to require compromise.

        I wouldn’t say that any of that is a big surprise to those of us who have been paying attention. But what is surprising – and will be worth paying attention to over the next few months – is the apparent hostility between McConnell and Boehner. I don’t think anyone saw that coming. But it does suggest that there is more than one fault line in this divided house.


  17. 63 carolyn
    February 28, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Chips, didn’t comment last night, but as soon as I opened my computer this morning, you and your friends were in my thoughts. This is a tough time for his family and all his friends. Please know I am thinking of you and of them. Your tribute was beautiful and heartfelt.

  18. 65 amk for obama
    February 28, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Iraq’s national museum officially reopens in Baghdad, 12 years after it was looted in the aftermath of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.


  19. 67 MightyPamela
    February 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

  20. 68 Linda
    February 28, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Good Morning.

    Ok…. I know that I have been complaining about Tulsi Gabbard lately , I just don’t trust this proven liar who keeps popping up in the media , mostly CNN, bad mouthing PBO on foreign policy. Well, last night on the Bloomberg show ” With all due respect. ” hosted by John Heileman and Mark Halperin I was vindicated by none other than Rick Santorum.

    Rick was being interviewed on Foreign Policy and guess who he was talking about ? None other than Tulsi Gabbard. He said that he , Tulsi Gabbard, Lindsey Graham and John Barrasso have been meeting to put together a “PR” campaign on how to defeat ISIL/ISIS. Here is the clip


    This woman is very bad news for Democrats…..I will be notifying Leader Pelosi on Monday and will send the clip to her office.

    February 28, 2015 at 9:51 am


  22. 70 africa
    February 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

  23. 72 Dakota
    February 28, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Chips, so very sorry for your loss. ((((((Hugs))))))

  24. 74 criquet
    February 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    GM Chips and everyone.

    Chips, just read about your friend. My sympathy to you, his family and friends. I’m sure you have wonderful memories of him which you will cherish.

  25. 79 Vicki
    February 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Don, If you are around:
    As you predicted AIPAC is not so glad to receive Susan Rice.
    There is a full page ad in The NY Times against her. A horrible crazy ugly and most likely false set of accusations.

    Also The Times has a story up about Jeremy Bird working in Israel for Bibi’s opponents.
    The Times framing and tone is that this is somehow an act of disloyalty.

    No mention, naturally, of David Axelrod working for Ed Millibands Labour Party against David Cameron in England.
    Or Jim Messina who flitted from PBO to HRC and then to the Conservatives in England.

    The point is that all these guys are hired guns. Paid mercenaries. There is NO actual story here about Jeremy Bird but the Times is trying to establish some false equivalence by posting this piece.

    “So what if Bibi invades US to speak againt The President,” they are trying to say. “Look over there. Jeremy Bird is working for an Israeli outfit.”

    • 80 Vicki
      February 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Real story is that NEVER Before has a foreigner been used as a political weapon against a sitting president in the US Congress.
      This act is unprecedented and a grave infraction of protocol.

      It started with “You lie.”

      We objected then.
      Where is the effective blocking activity now?

  26. February 28, 2015 at 10:26 am


    So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  27. February 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Chips I’m so sorry to hear about your colleague’s passing – just went back to find your post after seeing tnmtngirl mention it upthread. Please accept my deepest condolences, and I’m hoping that his family (esp kids) and loved ones can find some semblance of peace during this difficult time. Take care of yourself, Chips; it will be tough the next few days. Hugs and warm thoughts to you.

  28. 86 GGail
    February 28, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Chips, my heart hurts for this young wife/mother and her children. condolence to you and them for the strength to lean on each other. (Hugs)

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