Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama plays with his niece Savita during the family’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Aug. 25 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



101 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Allison
    August 25, 2015 at 7:54 am

    GM Chips, GM TOD! Have a wonderful day!!

  2. 3 tnmtngirl
    August 25, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Good morning. Rested from a LONG day yesterday………to Charlotte, NC for a memorial service………home 12:30. Slept ‘late’ for me (7:15). Today my Manna House (food pantry) day. Blessed day to all. Oh, Go, Joe Go!!!!! 🙂 🙂

    • 4 99ts
      August 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

      gm tnmtngirl – 7:15 is early early rising for me 🙂 – that was about the time I got up this morning. May your food pantry day go well for all.

  3. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    August 25, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Morning, Chips. Congratulations Allison. Love these pics of PBO with his niece. She is such a cutie. More doctor appointments today–boy is this stuff getting old!!! I mentioned last week that I sent away for FIVE ‘Joe Biden for President buttons’ and am all ready to go should he announce. We will all need to brace for impact, though. I mentioned my support for Biden to some fellow Democrats as we were setting up for the siesta on Saturday and buckets of criticism rained down on me from Hillary supporters. I finally had to remind them that we need to respect each others’ choices and that competition was actually a positive thing. The howls are really going to be loud when the ‘protect’ Hillary forces come out in force when/if the Biden announcement comes.

    • August 25, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Oh Jackie, you must be worn out from doctors’ appointments. I wish they’d get a damned move on and fix you.

      I’m endlessly amused by the reaction of the Hillbots to 2016 speculation re the VP – if they believe he hasn’t a hope, which most of them claim, then why are they so freaked out?

    • August 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

      I hope your tests go well today, jackieg, and there’s an answer and a better treatment ahead.

    • 9 57andfemale
      August 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

      I’m with Chips – time for these doctors to figure out what’s going on and get you fixed up!

  4. August 25, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Gooooood mmmoorrrniinnggggg, Chips, Danny, NW and all BTs and TODers.

    Let’s start the day with a good laugh!

  5. 22 Allison
    August 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

  6. 23 Allison
    August 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

  7. 24 Allison
    August 25, 2015 at 8:40 am

  8. 28 99ts
    August 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

    gm Tod – congrats on first Allison. May your Tuesday be good to everyone.

  9. 29 Allison
    August 25, 2015 at 8:51 am


  10. 31 GGail
    August 25, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. What a pleasant sight first thing in the morning-our President with his niece. Awwwww💙

  11. 34 desertflower
    August 25, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Morning all! Could have some thunderstorms rumbling around my neck of the woods today….Yahoo! I love when the President says he’s feeling “a little feisty” !!! Let’s go!! Lame duck, my ass…let’s stir the pot and get more stuff done!

  12. August 25, 2015 at 8:55 am

    these are some of my favorite pictures of the President.

  13. 43 desertflower
    August 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Something that will make jackieg smile:)

  14. 44 Allison
    August 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

    • 45 GGail
      August 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

      So beautiful

      August 25, 2015 at 9:10 am


      • 47 GGail
        August 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Good morning Sue. How is your husband doing?

          August 25, 2015 at 9:15 am


  15. 53 desertflower
    August 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    More…YA THINK!!!


    Among the top concerns about a proposed oil pipeline across Iowa is whether a private company should be able to get access to private land for its construction, according to a state board that says it has received some 3,700 objections to the project.
    The Iowa Utilities Board said in a report filed Friday that the objections started coming in electronically shortly after plans for the proposed pipeline were made public in November.

  16. August 25, 2015 at 9:08 am

  17. 63 GGail
    August 25, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Today is Find Your Park Day. Free admission to National Parks today.
    Go out and enjoy our Parks 😘

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      August 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Morning, GxG.

      It sure would have helped if I’d read the thread before posting – just posted the @Interior reminder about this below. Ah well!

      Why aren’t you going out instead of ordering others out? 😀 Where/which is your Park?

  18. 67 desertflower
    August 25, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Cory Booker’s phones need to be lit up. Why he’s even thinking about this deal so long is screwed up…


    Gov. Chris Christie vowed last month to lobby U.S. Sen. Cory Booker to oppose an agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program for more than a decade in exchange for relaxing economic sanctions.

    On Tuesday, he will do just that.

    Christie, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is to appear at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to urge Booker (D-N.J.) and the two other undecided members of the New Jersey congressional delegation to oppose the deal championed by President Obama.

    Scheduled to join Christie at the press conference are Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of the World Values Network; Ben Chouake, president of the pro-Israel political action committee NORPAC; and Rabbi Shalom Baum of Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the group of Orthodox rabbis.

  19. August 25, 2015 at 9:18 am

  20. 82 hopefruit2
    August 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Even amk. Congratulations Allison on #1 🙂 Happy Tuesday everyone!

  21. 91 vcprezofan2
    August 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

    It’s Tuesday (isn’t it)! The sun is shining here, so you all can go check out a park and report in. I’ll stay inside to keep the air conditioning going….oops, I mean to collect the reports as they come in.

  22. August 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I might take a look at this series.


    My Nigeria’ – 6-Part Al Jazeera Documentary Series on Human Stories of Africa’s Leading Economy – Debuts Today

    Tambay A. Obenson
    Shadow and Act
    August 24, 2015 at 7:25PM

    For those of you who have access
    to Al Jazeera English… here are details on a new documentary series premiering today, that you might be interested in checking out. And for those without access to the network, I’m told by Al Jazeera that the individual episodes will be made available online for us to share; so when that happens, I’ll publish them here. In the meantime, below you’ll find a preview of what’s coming…

    Premiering on Al Jazeera English today, August 24, 2015,
    “My Nigeria” is a series of six half-hour documentaries telling the
    human story and pulsing with the energy of Africa’s leading economy.

    Fromstand up-comedian Basketmouth to Nollywood star turned politician Kate Henshaw, from ICT expert Gbenga Sesan to fashion designer Deola Sagoe, from football coach Femi Bamigboye to female mechanic Sandra Aguebor, each film focuses on one central character, who invites us into their world, sharing their story in their own words.


  23. 97 desertflower
    August 25, 2015 at 9:51 am


    “Get rid of gun free zones,” Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump tweeted after a gunman massacred five in Chattanooga last month. “Gun-free zones an easy target for killers” an opinion headline on Fox News read after a white supremacist shot up a black South Carolina church and killed nine. Conservative sites also blamed gun-free zones after massacres at multiple movie theaters and other shootings.
    If conservatives are so convinced that gun-free zones attract killers, then why do so many conservative places and events ban guns?
    Across the country, from conservative confabs to Republican presidential libraries and even to gun shows, loaded weapons are frequently prohibited. When an explanation is given, the reason is invariably for the safety of visitors.
    Here is a list of some of those conservative places that ban loaded guns:

    • 98 0388jojothecat
      August 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Someone needs to ask STUMP (as dumb as a…) if he would allow guns at his rallies? My guess is NO because conservatives are stupid and dangerous. I do not go to theatres anymore because of the stupid crazies allowed to have guns.

  24. August 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I love me some Lynn Whitfield


    Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge and Desiree Ross Cast in OWN’s Church Drama, ‘Greenleaf’

    Tambay A. Obenson
    Shadow and Act
    August 24, 2015 at 6:04PM

    Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge and Desiree Ross are the first actors to be cast in OWN’s upcoming original scripted drama series

    First announced last month, OWN has given a
    straight-to-series order for what it calls a megachurch drama, which
    will unfold over a 13-episode season.

    The project comes from Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Lost”), and
    will follow “the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their
    sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Greenleaf described is the center of the community for the thousands of predominantly African-American members who attend services there. But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values.”

    Whitfield has been cast to play Bishop Greenleaf’s wife Lady Mae, described as “a steely woman who loves money and power and will do absolutely anything to protect her position as the First Lady of Greenleaf World Ministries.”


  25. 100 JER
    August 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

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