Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama examines the Resolute Desk on March 3, 2009, while visiting with Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in the Oval Office. In a famous photograph, her brother John F. Kennedy Jr., peeked through the FDR panel, while his father President Kennedy worked (Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning everyone, see you all later – this is a scheduled post, so apologies for not saying hello in the comments!

139 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. March 3, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Good Tuesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Positive thoughts for GoBrooklyn today.

  2. 4 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Morning, swbluega! Thoughts for GB and Chips today. Hard day for her with the funeral of her friend and coworker. Hugs all around. Thanks for this reminder, donna. Will be thinking of them both today.

  3. 7 amk for obama
    March 3, 2015 at 8:07 am

  4. 8 amk for obama
    March 3, 2015 at 8:08 am

  5. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    March 3, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Chips, at the end of the last thread, Donna reminded us of what’s ahead for you today at the funeral for your colleague and all our thoughts and love are with you. Keeping GB in my heart as well and hoping she gets good news. It’s going to be a difficult day for many personally and for our nation as a whole, but we’ll get through it together.

  6. 11 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Because of course they do!



    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

    A review of records and interviews by The Associated Press show Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who speak at promotional conferences. It is also hiring recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes just months after their cities signed contracts with Taser.

  7. March 3, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Goooood Morning Family!

    Today is #NationalPancakeDay! Make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (or charity selected at the local restaurant) at IHOP and get a free short stack. 7am-10pm! Yum! 😀

  8. March 3, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats swbluega, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have an absolute marvelous day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Good Morning, RanMan. Thanks.

      And I join in your daily words of thanksgiving for the blessing of President Obama in our lives and as our POTUS.

  9. March 3, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Good Morning, Nerdy!!!

    I’ve been catching up on the Tweets post from last evening. It is the perfect way to catch up on pretty much *EVERYTHING* from the day. It’s obvious that a lot of work goes into putting together these posts and your efforts and commitment are very much appreciated.

    Thanks for all you do! [Sorry that I didn’t pay attention that you posted the Early Bird/Rise and Shine this morning. 😳 ]

  10. 20 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Super big hugs of love to GB and Chips! Thinking of you both!

    { { { { { { { { { { GoBrooklyn } } } } } } } } } }
    { { { { { { { { { { Chipstics } } } } } } } } } }

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Ditto, Dudette. I prayed for both of them before I got out of bed this morning. Went through my list, including the folks who come into our food pantry today. We’ve been closed for almost two weeks. Have been so worried about the folks who need us so badly. Looking forward to returning today.

      • 22 jackiegrumbacher
        March 3, 2015 at 8:50 am

        TN, I’m really glad the food pantry is opening again. Two weeks is a long to go if you can’t afford grocery store prices.

      • 23 Dudette
        March 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

        Hugs to you for all you do tnmtngirl!

        { { { { { { { { { { tnmtngirl } } } } } } } } } }

    • March 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Dudette, ditto with:

      { { { { { { { { { { GoBrooklyn } } } } } } } } } }
      { { { { { { { { { { Chipstics } } } } } } } } } }

  11. 25 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning Everyone

    {{{Chips and GoBrooklyn}}}

  12. 27 99ts
    March 3, 2015 at 8:32 am

    All my thoughts to Ms Chips and gobrooklyn this day

  13. 28 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:32 am


    4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. Netanyahu has raised this issue repeatedly over the past 20 years, often predicting that Iran was as little as a year away from having a nuclear warhead. Decades later, it does not, and Israel is still there. Many observers believe that Netanyahu is performing as a magician does, trying to make the audience take its eye over the real sleight of hand by pointing in the direction of a distraction.
    There are, in fact, more pressing dangers to Israel than Iran’s nuclear reactors…

    No, he will not be mentioning or acknowledging any of these far, far more dangerous things….because HE DOES THEM AND ENABLES THEM!!!

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      March 3, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Df, this is an excellent article and illustrates, once again, how oblivious Netanyahu is as a leader. If, as Donna suggests, he wins election again this month, Israel will be facing a very shaky and uncertain future.

  14. 31 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:35 am

  15. 32 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:35 am

  16. 33 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:36 am

  17. 34 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:36 am

  18. 35 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:36 am

  19. 38 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Day Five of the Head Cold….. 😯 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 45 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      March 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

      If this is true, it’s about effing time. These House Republicans are truly sick in mind and heart.

    • 47 amk for obama
      March 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

      All that the coward has to do is to bring the clean senate bill to vote. It will easily pass with ‘bipartisan’ support.

  21. March 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Chipsitcks, virtually hugging you {{{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}} and holding your hands.

    Know that you are not alone; that we are with you.

  22. 49 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      March 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Yet the stupid right wing SCOTUS judges chose this case for their attention. There are very bad intentions on the part of these judges who have chosen to wage war on common sense and the American people. I am so sick of their warped attempts to undermine democracy and promote the far right agenda. I pray for the day that one of the extremists on the right decides to retire and ‘spend more time with their family.’

    • 51 Linda
      March 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Toobin believed the Court was going to strike down the entire ACA….. his predictions are usually wrong…

  23. 52 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:42 am

  24. 55 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:44 am

  25. 58 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

  26. 59 Linda
    March 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning again.

    MSNBC needs to change their motto from Lean Forward to Bend Backward!

    They will be eliminating podcasts on their website soon and will only be showing little snippets of show segments.

    Last night on Maddow her ” The Interview ” segment was spent drooling over some guy who started what I think is called The Red Map Project.

    The project was to flip all the State Governments to Republican.. No reporter or pundit or anyone else in media has any integrity.

    • 60 arapaho415
      March 3, 2015 at 10:36 am


      They really want to dig their own grave.

      Contrast this mindset to Buzzfeed’s — @BrianStelter introduced @BuzzfeedBen by saying that Buzzfeed’s article #TheDress was simultaneously viewed by the same number of people watching @CNN (the show he was anchoring) at that moment.

      The Internet is such a wonderful tool, but it makes people want to view on their own schedules, hence the diminishing ratings on TV — hard to carve out a block of time at a specific hour to watch a show, unless it’s a priority for you.

    • 61 Obama Grandmama
      March 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      I did not see Rachel endorsing it as she said she was against it. She was touting it as a significant accomplishment, not to say beneficial. The guy orchestrated donations to state campaigns to turn state legislations to GOP in time for the census redistricting that would last ten years giving the GOP an extreme advantage for a decade. If you looked at it like chess it was a brilliant move. She said the Dems did not see it coming. My thoughts are the more we are aware of the other sides moves the more we can prevent them. I thought the interview was strategically revealing and I was glad she did it.

  27. 62 arapaho415
    March 3, 2015 at 8:46 am

    GM TODville,

    Today we’re sending positive energy and strength to @GoBrooklyn (see overnight thread) that she will tap into today as needed.

    Today is also a somber and reflective day for our beloved Chips, who is attending the funeral of her colleague who shockingly died before he reached the age of 40, with a wife and young children surviving him (see one of the weekend threads).

    When RWNJs and MSM/GOP/NRA/Comcast/Kochs make you want to tear your hair out, remember this kind of mindset:

    This lack of empathy generates the kind of mindset that makes white people oblivious to #WhitePrivilege.

    I was doing some research at the local public library this weekend, and one of the three people at the table next to me said something to the effect of: “I’m not prejudiced, but Blacks are not treated any differently by society than Whites.”

    So like the Indian rapist, people who lack empathy instead #BlameTheVictim.

    On a lighter note, we will end this month in the Spring season. Here’s what I went to research (the bin the plants are in is the size of a 6-pack of plants – this is how tiny these plants are — love succulents because they thrive on neglect but reward you with glossy and plump leaves that are as attractive as cut flowers):

    • 63 Linda
      March 3, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Those are beautiful……I love succulents also, but alas, so do my cats…..

    • 64 Dudette
      March 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Just lovely!

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      March 3, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Beautiful, Arapaho, and how fortunate that you can see any plants at all. Everything around us is covered with snow and all my perennials and bushes are buried under mounds of it. It will take a very long spell of warm weather and hard rain for all of it to melt away. Seeing them again will be like welcoming old friends who’ve been away a long time.

      • 66 arapaho415
        March 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

        The great thing about succulents (novice gardener here, in the experimenting stage, but really enjoying it) is that they don’t take up much room — there are 20 plants in this photo, in a 6″x 9″ tin) and inexpensive.

        I purchased 2 pots of 4″ succulent varieties for $5 each (19 plants) and the single 2″ pot for $2.50 (couldn’t resist, the leaves look like stained glass) at a local nursery.

        If you’ve got south or west-facing winters, they can winter inside — and you NEVER have to water them during the winter. 🙂

        The Sempervivums (aka “Hens and Chicks”) are native to the Alps, so they can tolerate below freezing conditions (though not the sub-zero temps you’ve “enjoyed”).

        Linda: Cats are more problematic — unless you’ve got a sunny room that you can close the door from the cats. 😉

    • 67 Nena20409
      March 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      ❤ {{{{ GB and Chips }}}} ❤

  28. 68 desertflower
    March 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    So chillingly true. I called them the “Take Away Party” years ago. It’s that, on steroids.


  29. March 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Chips, I will be thinking of you today and am giving you a huge hu. G, my prayers are with you today.

  30. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Does anyone know what time is that farce of a meeting with Congress today? I want to make sure I’m taking my nap when it happens. I’ll read the details later.

    • March 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Can’t find the time anywhere. I’m with you on the boycott.

      BUT, as I was looking around, I did find this interesting tidbit:
      “In a bit of counterprogramming, the White House announced on Tuesday morning that at 11:30 a.m., around the time when Mr. Netanyahu may be wrapping up his speech, Mr. Obama will hold a conference call with European leaders.”


      • 72 donna dem 4 obama
        March 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

        Very Interesting Indeed!! I’m reading on Facebook that it’s to take place around 11:00.

    • March 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

    • 74 nospin
      March 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Donna – I am with you on that. I refuse to watch.

  31. 75 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:53 am

  32. 76 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

  33. 78 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Yah Governor!!!

    • March 3, 2015 at 9:01 am

      WOW, he may be quite determined!! Good for him. I think odds increase every day that HRC may implode.

      • 80 Dudette
        March 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

        Yep! 🙂

        • 81 carolyn
          March 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

          Perhaps O’Malley sees vulnerabilities in HRC we haven’t seen yet. I hope he does, and that he hits them. Even if she eventually is the nominee, she needs primary opponents to wake her up and make her sharper. However, I’m still wondering at her smarts and the smarts of her advisers

          • 82 nospin
            March 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

            “Perhaps O’Malley sees vulnerabilities in HRC we haven’t seen yet. ”

            1. She is a compulsive liar
            2. She has no moral compass
            3. She is not fiscally responsible
            4. She has yet to apologize for opening the gates to the hate that is being levied towards Barack Obama
            5. She is wrong on most of the issues
            6. She represents the past and is not the person to build on the success of our President
            7. She used private emails to handle all her business as SOS etc. etc. etc.


  34. March 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

    LOTS AND TONS of LOVE to Chips and GoB today. We are holding you in our hearts for very best healing. XOXO

  35. 85 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

  36. 86 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

  37. 87 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

  38. 89 GGail
    March 3, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD.
    Hugs & prayers to Chipsticks and to GoBrookly today.

  39. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

  40. 91 JER
    March 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning Everybody. My thoughts are with you Chips, GB, and all going through difficulty today.

  41. March 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

  42. March 3, 2015 at 9:08 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  43. 95 carolyn
    March 3, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Thinking of Chipsticks and GoBrooklyn today as you both face difficult times. Please imagine the arms of all of us around you. We’re with you.

  44. March 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Sending positive thoughts of peace & comfort to Chips, and warm healing vibes to GB.

  45. 98 JER
    March 3, 2015 at 9:14 am

  46. 99 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

  47. 101 JER
    March 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

  48. 104 Dudette
    March 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Heading out! Everybody have a magnificent day!

  49. March 3, 2015 at 9:28 am



    May the Creator shower Blessings on your both!

  50. 106 99ts
    March 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

    g’nite all – I’m going to sleep through Bibi’s speech & hope he’s well gone when I wake.

  51. 107 africa
    March 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

    GoBrooklyn I am praying for good news.



  52. 108 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

    This looks like something out of a Harry Potter Movie. Pete is a genius.

  53. March 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

    #EMILYsList30 Announcement: ICYMI @HillaryClinton will receive the We Are EMILY Award at our 30th Anniversary on 3/3

    These “awards” have become meaningless…actually they do mean something, but not what they are supposed to mean. They mean “I’m kissing your arse now because I hope to get special favors if you run for President and win.”

  54. March 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

    This would be the perfect choice – my former rep! 🙂 🙂

  55. 112 57andfemale
    March 3, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I have functioning heat in my house! First time fully functional in over a month! Rooms are warmer that were never warm before!

    I’m assuming now that my furnace system is up and functioning, it will be spring very soon.

    Now to try to get to work on the ice rink that is the Chicagoland streets…….

  56. March 3, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Speaker John Boehner announced that the House will vote Tuesday on the Senate’s bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, a move that could enrage a small pocket of conservatives but will end the impasse over the agency’s funding.


    • March 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

      • 118 nospin
        March 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm

        Actually it isn’t a major victory for POTUS, it is a major victory for the American people.

        • March 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

          The MSM likes to frame everything as a victory or defeat for President Obama…as if PBO is the only person who has a stake in anything.

          As for the vote, I’m almost expecting Boehner to fold, as usual, to the whackos in his party who don’t seem to care about the welfare of this country. But, we can only hope that he has a temporary spine and follows through.

      • 120 Nena20409
        March 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

        I suppose…. 🙂 😉 their various poll numbers and their relentless ginning of Fear to the Populace……have got them backtracking Big Time…….
        Oh by the way……Most Americans are not with them with the Netanyahu speaking before Congress blind-siding Our One and ONLY POTUS.
        Karma……has delivered a “Just” award to the Boehner DC Town-Crier.

  57. March 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

  58. 124 JER
    March 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

    • 125 nospin
      March 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      “Netanyahu’s speech insult to blacks ” actually the speech is an insult to the Office of the Presidency. It is an insult to the United States of America and to the person we elected to lead our nation.

  59. 126 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2015 at 9:47 am

  60. March 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I agree. Not sure why the other Dems are waiting for HRC to declare…she’s up to her usual games and won’t declare until much later…

  61. 133 Linda
    March 3, 2015 at 9:53 am

    The P5+1 is a group of six world powers which in 2006 joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran with regard to its nuclear program.

    The term refers to the P5 or five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany. P5+1 is often referred to as the E3+3 (or E3/EU+3) by European countries.

    I am wondering if Bibi is also speaking at the Legislatures of the other 5 countries prior to the election.

    If not, why not ?

    • 134 Nena20409
      March 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Those other Nations would Never do such thing…..4 are with a Parliamentary System and China is a Communist System of Government.

      • 135 Nena20409
        March 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        In a Parliamentary Government…..the Party that rules also controls the Government. The Opposition isn’t allowed to invite another Head of State to speak before the Parliament.

  62. 136 MightyPamela
    March 3, 2015 at 10:01 am


  63. March 3, 2015 at 10:08 am

    • 138 Nena20409
      March 3, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Older people used to vote in large numbers for Dems……since 2002……that started trending to the GOPers. Dems never made Real adjustments.
      Howard Dean saw this……started with a 50 state strategy.
      Once he was gone…..Nothing was done and the DNC had Kaine and DW-S and the 2010 and 2014 proved disastrous.

  64. March 3, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Good Tuesday Morning Chips, Danny & Tod Family, Hope it will be a beautiful, blissful day for everyone. Feel better soon Donna. Sending positive thoughts & Love to ( { { { Chips & GoBrooklyn } } ) } & of course I too am Truly Thankful that Barack Obama is still President of the USA!!

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