Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama lets a little boy listen to his heartbeat with a stethoscope during a classroom visit at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



64 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. March 4, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Good Morning, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    • March 4, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Good Morning, NCLB. Looks like we entered the village together today! 😀

    • March 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

      A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)

      • 13 CEB
        March 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

        Good morning TOD ohana,

        It is a brand new day in NE Fla. For most of this week temperatures are in the high 70’s to low 80’s with beautiful sunshine. My automatic temperature gauge popped the air conditioner on yesterday. But to remind us that it is still winter, the temperatures will drop back to the low 50’s at the end of the week.
        For those of you who are struggling through the sub-zero temperatures and mountains of snow, you have my admiration for being strong enough to deal live through this year after year (we native Floridians do not have the dna for this) and my prayers that you will be delivered from it soon.

  2. 14 COS
    March 4, 2015 at 7:36 am

    GM Chips and TOD.

  3. 15 desertflower
    March 4, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Morning people:) Have a great day!

  4. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    March 4, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Morning all. Love all the cheer this morning and the hope for a bright new day. Bibi’s visit is now history and we can delight in fact that our President is still standing, tall, resolute and triumphant.

  5. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    March 4, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I read the local news report this morning and was ready to officially cry “Uncle” and declare this winter the winner. We are now facing a major snow storm after a night of freezing rain that has made all the streets and highways dangerous. If anyone is living in a sunny place, please talk about it. I no longer feel envious, I just want to know that somewhere, somehow there is a place without snow and ice.

    • 18 desertflower
      March 4, 2015 at 7:49 am

      🙂 🙂 Well, alrighty then! IMO March and April are the best times of the year…and October. You know the rest:) Sorry about your freezing, nasty, dangerous, disgusting weather. This will pass…I remember how I always loved to say that it was “March”…just sounded like spring was right around the corner, even if there was snow on the ground. Chin up…humidity will be there soon!


      • 19 jackiegrumbacher
        March 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

        Thanks, DF. Hope you enjoy every minute of your good weather. Keep thinking good thoughts about the poor souls in the east and maybe the warmth will start flowing here.

        • 20 desertflower
          March 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

          🙂 I will….you know I moved out here, in part, because of the weather. I was sick of freezing to death. The weather was NOT a good enough reason to come here! You see the nut jobs and crazy, hateful politics/policies that I have to endure. Your weather WILL get better soon. Come summer, you’ll be dreaming of cool snow:)

    • 21 COS
      March 4, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Jackie join me here in SoCal.for sun.

    • 24 mtmarilyn
      March 4, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Jackiegrumbacher, you are getting some of our winter. We have hardly had any. It is March and we are having clear sunny 40 degree days. We have no snow on the ground. There is snow in the mountains but our ground in the valleys is dry, dry, dry. I’ll take some of your snow.

      But you know there is no such thing as climate change.

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        March 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

        You know, MT, if I lived in Montana, I would expect severe winters. But this area of the country has a reputation for being “moderate” in climate and that’s been true until the last two years. If the winters get worse than this from now on, they’ll be unbearable for many people, especially those over a certain age. Did you know that HersheyPark calls people like me, ‘senior plus’ and gives us the same discount as it does for young children. Somehow, I don’t find that comforting.

        • 26 mtmarilyn
          March 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

          I understand about not being use to these severe winters. It’s one of the reasons we do live in MT. I love the snow. I am one of those weird people. But I do feel sorry for all of you getting out types of winter. This is not what is expected and we all will be paying for it. I send all of my support to you for dealing with all this cold and snow. You do have my sympathy. Do take care.

    • 27 CEB
      March 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Hi Jackie,
      I made a comment just below the Wiz video about the sunny days and temps in the 80’s here in Florida for the next few days. my azaleas are beginning to bloom and all kinds of critters are treating my backyard like an all-you-can-eat buffet. I have problems with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) so living in Florida means that I have much fewer days of dealing with it than do people who live in almost every where else in the country. Winter, however, is still here because temperatures will drop back into the low 50’s (I know that this is like summer for many places) at the end of the week.

      • 28 jackiegrumbacher
        March 4, 2015 at 8:55 am

        CEB, I understand full well the problems with SAD. Unless you love ice skating and skiing, it’s tough to maintain a cheerful attitude when you’re always shivering. MY BIL and his family live in Boston and his whole house is filled with the kind of lighting that combats SAD. I’m going to look into doing that here. By the way, I’m glad you’re enjoying good weather. Bask in it and enjoy it for all of our sakes.

    • March 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

      GM Jackie….

      my post from earlier re: Wolf’s budget….

      • 30 jackiegrumbacher
        March 4, 2015 at 8:51 am

        Pf, I love what Wolf is doing and I’m thrilled that he was prepared to hit the deck running. The town halls are a brilliant idea, especially if he has a group of people who can do it with him. If people were aware of his plans, the majority would support him, especially after the horror of four years of Corbett. If he acts quickly he’ll have the wind at his back before people start griping about things he hasn’t done.

        • March 4, 2015 at 9:17 am

          Now this would be something that the PA Progressive Council (not sure of the name) should organize behind…it is going to take a real grass roots effort esp in the Red areas of our state

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  7. March 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

  8. 34 amk for obama
    March 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

    hillz prez yet?

  9. March 4, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Hard to believe that *this* weekend is the switch to Daylight Savings Time. I really don’t need to lose an hour (for sleep or anything else).

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2015 at 8:04 am

      But it’s a sign of Spring, SW. And any sign, no matter how small, is a cause for cheer.

      • March 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

        Around here, spring also ushers in pollen season. [ah choo!!!] But I am happy for those of you who need the break from the snow and ice.

  10. March 4, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Posted for laughter…

  11. March 4, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers.

    No words for these morons.

  12. 43 desertflower
    March 4, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Mr. Pierce. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33457/the-circus-leaves-town/

    The president embarks on delicate negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. He allows his aides and underlings to do so because he is firm in his belief that in the presidency resides the sole power to conduct the foreign relations of the United States. A year or so earlier, his deputy national security advisor wrote a memo in which he said that the president “was ready to confront the Congress on the constitutional question of who controls foreign policy.” The Office of Legal Counsel in his Department of Justice argues that the president had “far-reaching discretion to act on his own authority in managing the external relations of the country.” When these negotiations are uncovered, this is the primary argument presented by the president and his defenders against the angry opposition of the Congress. The president is Ronald Reagan. The negotiations are regarding the exchange of weapons for American hostages, something the president vowed he never would do, and something he already told the country he hadn’t done. The deal was facilitated in part by Israeli intelligence operatives, which is no surprise. Israel already agreed to sell Iran $40 million in weapons in a deal that had fallen through. Also, in deciding to sell the arms, the president was inspired partly by a book about combatting terrorism put together by an ambitious Israeli politician named Benjamin Netanyahu.

    • 44 CEB
      March 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

      There it is.

    • March 4, 2015 at 8:55 am

      GM DesertFlower,

      Excellent piece. You see, I take my cue from POTUS. I try not to elevate that should not merit too much attention. That whole Bibi’s speech has been milked enough by various corners in the political spectrum. At the end of the day, zero fact has changed: the Speaker Boehner is bad at his job, he has a rough around the edge caucus which he can’t control, he has no leadership over them; Bibi wanted to poke at the President, a fact he does repeatedly, he wants to use the US in a proxy war with Iran while continuously boxing the Palestinians out of their land. Moreover, Obama is still president and, thankfully, focused at his job.

      Whether it’s the speech, Bibi’s speech, Congress’s untimely and unethical invitation to the PM, Hillary’s e-mail, etc. it is all distraction. All.

      • 46 Obama Grandmama
        March 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

        I am one that wonders if Boehner purposely scheduled Netanahu’s speech when he did so he could sneak in the funding vote?

  13. March 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

    SCOTUS hears oral arguments in KingvBurwell today.

  14. 51 forus50
    March 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good morning Chips and TODers! Being busy at work has kept me away from the drama of Bibi trying to win elections and start wars using and abusing the US for both. It would be so awesome if he lost and even though the race appears tight I’m resigned to the fact that POTUS will have to deal with the Dick Cheney of Israel for the next several years.

    On a lighter note this is so good lol – I still can’t believe more companies don’t do soundless commercials. To me it’s much better advertising than the yelling, loud music and fast talking that most of them have. I wonder if they didn’t feed the dog for a day for him/her to be that ravenous!

  15. 52 desertflower
    March 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

    From the pro life people…Greed over People, every time!


    On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court hears a case that if successful, could strip away health insurance from millions of people who depend on federal subsidies.
    But Louisiana Governor and likely presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he welcomes such a ruling, telling reporters at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference: “When the subsidies go away, the individual mandate goes away, the employer mandate goes away. That’s a great thing. That’s a tax cut.”

    This is more than a little offensive.

  16. March 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Larry Levitt ‪, who is Senior VP, Kaiser Family Foundation, posted these tweets yesterday. I’ve consolidated them into text FYI –

    10 things to know about the King case on the ACA before the Supreme Court this week…

    1. 37 states use ‪http://healthcare.gov ‬ for enrollment, but 3 (OR, NV, NM) have approved state marketplaces. So 34 states are affected.

    2. About 7.5 million people have qualified for subsidies in 2015 in the affected states and would lose them under a King ruling.

    3. Subsidized enrollees in affected states would face an average premium increase of 256% if SCOTUS sides with the King plaintiffs.

    4. About $2 billion per month in federal ACA premium subsidies are flowing to people in states affected by the King case.

    5. 83% of subsidy-eligible uninsured people would be exempt from the ACA’s individual mandate if SCOTUS scuttles the subsidies.

    6. Guaranteed access to coverage without subsidies would send the individual insurance markets in affected states into death spirals.

    7. A King decision would affect the individual market outside of marketplaces too, since insurers set premiums based on a single risk pool.

    8. ACA employer penalties are triggered if employees receive subsidies, so a King decision would eliminate the employer requirement too.

    9. A King ruling could eliminate subsidies within a month, but states could not create marketplaces quickly, even if they wanted to.

    10. States running their own marketplaces would be unaffected by a King ruling…unless Congress and the President change the law in response.

    • March 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

      • March 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

        You said it all. That should raise the alarm, not the kabuki theater we saw in Congress yesterday. Taking medical coverage from millions of people should have all of us on the streets.

      • March 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

        Proverbs 22:8 says, “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed….

        .”If you dig a ditch for me, you better one for yourself”

        2 things to consider. If they gut this law, and I can see this backfiring big time.

        Stocks will PLUMMET! All these healthcare industries that folks have their stocks with will take a hit. You best believe the healthcare industry is on the phones right now with anyone that has a line to the SUPEREME COURT. They may be judges but at the end of the day they are for big business, and f they know their decision could have major ramifications to this industry and hurt their bottom line, they might not do it. Also these judges have friends, neighbors, acquaintances that will be affected. That is something they need to consider.

        Everyone who has healthcare will be affected even those not in the obamacare. People’s overall healthcare rates has plummet b/c you have 11 million new people in the pool and more choices so that effects everyones premium/rate. As it gets closer to this case, this will be on all the major news channels and newspapers. Folks will be livid. They say they hate Obama care but if folks who are using it and love are all of a sudden told they will lose their healthcare, all hell will break loose. Hillary will COAST to the White House cause all she would need to run on is the fact that this right wing court and right wing governor took your healthcare away, elect democrats to get it back. Throw in the shutdowns, obstuction, immigration debacle and it will be a good day for democrats in 2016

  17. 58 desertflower
    March 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Been thinking this since this lawsuit came up!!

  18. 59 GGail
    March 4, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  19. March 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good MOrning, Everyone 🙂

  20. March 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Random… but very interesting.

  21. March 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

    We should watch to see which Dem will provide the votes to override POTUS’s veto.

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