Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “It was supposed to be just a simple early voting by the President at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago, Illinois. When Aia Cooper, left, and her fiancé Mike Jones, far right, walked by to also cast their ballot, Jones quipped, ‘Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfriend.’ The President replied, ‘I really wasn’t planning on it,’ joking that Jones was ‘an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason.’ When the President finished voting, he reached over and gave Cooper a kiss on the cheek.” Oct. 20, 2014



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103 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

      • October 20, 2015 at 8:42 am

        Morning, Chips! Read last night that you won’t be around today — how dare work take precedence over this fun , family blog!

        BTW, have I thanked you and the mini-BT’s lately. As I’ve been mostly homebound, you guys have kept me current on world affairs, educated me, entertained me and inspired me. “Thank you” seems so inadequate… ❤ you all!

      • October 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

        This is so cute Chips! I never knew this happened. Must have been down the rabbit hole at the time…. 😉

  1. 5 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Let’s see. FURST.

  2. October 20, 2015 at 8:35 am

    See ya this evening everyone, have a great day!

  3. 9 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

    dumbya 3 goes into single digit in his own state. #karma

    • 10 arapaho415
      October 20, 2015 at 8:58 am

      GE even amk.

      • 11 jackiegrumbacher
        October 20, 2015 at 9:31 am

        Morning Arapaho. I hope Jeb’s pathetic run ends any and all future thoughts that Bushes have a “right” to public office. He has the charisma of a sick road and carries the burden of his brother–the worst president since Millard Fillmore. It’s money that’s sustaining him at this point and I suppose the hope that his family can convince the ‘establishment’ Republicans to rig the system to get him nominated. Honestly, if he dropped out of the race today, I doubt many would notice.

  4. 12 desertflower
    October 20, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Morning all:) Been up since 4am….just waiting. Dog and thunder/ lightening do not mix

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      October 20, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Df, I don’t know how you face the day with so little sleep. The week we spent getting up with our granddaughter just wore me out and I don’t have a daily teaching schedule like you do. I hope you can get some rest soon.

      • 16 desertflower
        October 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

        LOTS of coffee, I guess:) I have to tutor tonight, too…should be a real interesting day for me!!! Not only did the dog get me TOTALLY out of bed at 4am…but she also woke me 2 more times in the night….no rhyme nor reason….sometimes she likes to go play a fun game in the middle of the night called, ” Let’s Flush Out the Lizards from the Potted Plants!!” She LOVES this game:) omg. #hotdamnmesstoday

    • 17 arapaho415
      October 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

      GM DF.


      Is it raining in AZ this morning?

      Despite the well-publicized downpour that covered travelers’ vehicles in mud last week (on the storm’s leading side of the mountains north of Los Angeles towards Bakersfield), NO RAIN in my neck of the woods (west of Los Angeles) 😦 .

      Finally feels like Autumn here at last though 🙂 — cool nighttime temps, high humidity (my plants are loving it!).

      • 18 desertflower
        October 20, 2015 at 9:14 am

        Morning! It rained overnight…not raining now, at least where I am…can see lightening in the clouds to the north (very pretty) We’ve actually got rain in the forecast for the next few days here. We need it. Hope the rain makes its way to you, too:)

  5. 19 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 8:49 am


  6. October 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. October 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

    One of my favorite election time pics. I can’t imagine going to vote and there’s the President of the United States!

  8. 23 desertflower
    October 20, 2015 at 8:55 am


    States that refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are now paying the price, literally.

    A new Kaiser Family Foundation report released last week suggests that the Republican-controlled non-expansion states are seeing their share of Medicaid costs rise more sharply than expansion states.

    The trend undercuts a popular argument against the Medicaid expansion in states where Republican leaders continue to resist opting into the program, under which the federal government pays 100 percent of costs through 2016 and at least 90 percent share after.

    “We did see a higher growth rate of what states spent of their own dollars on Medicaid in the in non-expansion states than we did in the expansion states” said Laura Snyder, a senior policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report found that total spending in expansion states grew by 17.7 percent, but the state spending only grew by 3.4 percent. Meanwhile, state spending on Medicaid in non-expansion states increased by 6.9 percent as total spending rose by 6.1 percent.

    Republican Party. Still hurting and screwing over the common man….woman….and child.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      October 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Isn’t it amazing, Df, how the warped Republican mind sees the suffering of people as a triumph as long as they can stick it to the black president?

  9. October 20, 2015 at 8:56 am

  10. 26 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2015 at 8:57 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats jazziz on #1! 🙂 Happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂

  11. 27 Allison
    October 20, 2015 at 8:58 am

  12. 29 JER
    October 20, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    • 30 JER
      October 20, 2015 at 8:59 am

      • October 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Every time I think about what happened to this young man, I just feel so awful. But then I see how he’s blossomed in the aftermath, how much he’s learned and where he’s been, how he’s now received and lauded, and I think he’s just where he belongs because this is an important lesson for our country, for all of us. I hope his future is full of achievement and satisfaction because he truly deserves it.

    • 32 desertflower
      October 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

      the kid has more smarts and insight than a lot of adults. Wish only the best for this young man:)

      October 20, 2015 at 12:57 pm


  13. October 20, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I still don’t think he’ll win, but I want him to stick around for as long as possible in the GOP field.


    Donald Trump solidifies Republican primary lead in latest polls
    Rachel Maddow looks back at how frequently the lead in the 2012 Republican primary changed hands, but notes that the 2016 race is following a different course and Donald Trump’s lead has been so consistent that political observers are beginning to believe.


  14. 36 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 9:04 am

    talk about the pendulum swinging and crashing the cons’ nuts.

  15. 37 desertflower
    October 20, 2015 at 9:08 am


    , IMF economists Jonathan Ostry, Atish Ghosh, and Raphael Espinoza argued that for countries like the U.S., paying down the national debt would be more costly in economic terms than just letting it ride. Such countries have ready access to markets at extremely low interest rates and plenty of headroom before their debt load could interfere with growth.

    For them, “there is little purpose in paying [the debt] down by raising taxes or cutting otherwise-productive expenditure,” the IMF economists say. “Living with the debt in such circumstances represents the best cost-benefit tradeoff.”

    Deliberate steps to pay down debt, such as raising taxes or cutting government spending, would hurt those economies, not help. In the current environment of post-recessionary slow growth, those measures are exactly what aren’t needed.

    The IMF report is an effective counter-argument to the old chestnut about the U.S. carrying so much debt it risks ending up like Greece. Repeat after me: America is not Greece. The U.S. controls its own currency, has unassailable access to markets, and immense potential for output growth. A survey by Moody’s Analytics cited by the IMF team estimates that the U.S. could increase its borrowing by 165 percentage points of GDP and still remain in the “safe zone,” about the same as Germany. For Greece, that figure is zero.

  16. 38 Vicki
    October 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Oh! Canada! A landslide victory for a candidate who ran on an anti-austerity, spend on infrastructure, raise taxes on the wealthy platform!!!!!!!!!
    Not to mention that he is young, charismatic, and very good to look at. Canada has their PBO. Hope and change.

    Our choices as of this morning look even worse: Margaret Thatcher and Grumpy Cat.
    On the other side the Carnival Barker.

    350 million Americans and this is the best we can do?

  17. 39 GGail
    October 20, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    I developed a bad head cold so today will be a half day at work. 😷

  18. 45 JER
    October 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

  19. October 20, 2015 at 9:27 am

  20. 49 desertflower
    October 20, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Hope this translates to the truth that the ENTIRE PARTY IS DIS FUNCTIONAL


    By 59-29 percent, more Americans say Republicans’ disagreement in selecting a House speaker is a sign of dysfunction rather than reflecting healthy debate within the party, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. House Republicans have struggled to select a new House speaker following Rep. John A. Boehner’s (R-Ohio) surprise announcement of his resignation plans last month. Boehner’s No. 2, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), was the heir apparent, but he pulled himself from the race after a significant contingent of caucus members protested his candidacy.

  21. 50 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

  22. 51 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

    October 20, 2015 at 9:34 am


  24. October 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

  25. October 20, 2015 at 9:36 am

    lest I remind you…he’s called ‘ the Smart One’.


    Jeb Bush: Bill Clinton Made ‘Mistake’ In Approach To Osama Bin Laden

    Published OCTOBER 20, 2015, 7:17 AM EDT

    After repeatedly defending his brother, President George W. Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) took an opportunity on Monday night to criticize how former President Bill Clinton addressed Osama bin Laden and the threat posed by al Qaeda.

    On Fox News Monday night, Sean Hannity played an audio clip for Bush in which Clinton discussed that the U.S. could not take bin Laden when he was released by the Sudanese government in 1996 because bin Laden had not committed a crime against America, although he had made his intentions known.

    Hannity said that the Sudanese “offered Bin Laden on a silver platter.” As the Washington Post noted, the commission formed to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks could not confirm that the Sudanese offered bin Laden to the U.S. government.


  26. 60 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

    so milady going back to her hawkish way?

    October 20, 2015 at 9:37 am


  28. 67 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

  29. October 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

    you bought him. you own him.


    Consider the results of the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, released last night.

    1. Donald Trump: 25% (up four points from September)
    2. Ben Carson: 22% (up two points)
    3. Marco Rubio: 13% (up two points)
    4. Ted Cruz: 9% (up four points)
    5. Jeb Bush: 8% (up one point)
    6. Carly Fiorina: 7% (down four points)

    The remaining candidates are at 3% or lower, including Chris Christie, who has seen his support steadily drop in recent months, falling to just 1% in this poll. Trump’s 25% showing, meanwhile, represents the strongest support any GOP candidate has in any NBC/WSJ poll this year.

    A new CNN poll offers similar results:

    1. Donald Trump: 27% (up three points from September)
    2. Ben Carson: 22% (up eight points)
    3. Jeb Bush: 8% (down one point)
    3. Marco Rubio: 8% (down three points)


  30. October 20, 2015 at 9:50 am

    tee hee hee


    The Establishment Thinks the Unthinkable: Trump Could Win the Nomination

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425750/gop-establishment-thinks-trump-could-win

  31. 71 desertflower
    October 20, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Listen to Joe talk…he’s going to run:) He didn’t say it, but I feel it from his conversation…talking about how long and the relationships that he’s forged with world leaders in his long years in govt….

  32. October 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

    This is who they are.

    By/ Rebecca Shabad/ CBS News/ October 15, 2015, 6:00 AM

    What conservatives want from the next speaker of the House

    Key conservatives in the House are warning potential candidates for speaker not to expect their support unless they commit to giving them more power in the legislative process.

    Members of the House Freedom Caucus — many of whom were elected to Congress during the 2010 Tea Party wave — want to decentralize power in the GOP leadership circle so that conservatives have a better shot at influencing policy and process.

    They only make up roughly 40 Republicans out of the lower chamber’s 247, but they have the power to throw up more roadblocks if they don’t coalesce around the next leading candidate for speaker.

    While they haven’t issued an official ultimatum as a group, a number of conservatives say they want the next speaker to protect members from being punished if they disobey leadership and allow a more open process for bringing bills and amendments to the floor.


  33. 75 yardarm756
    October 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Good Tuesday morning mates…….70 degrees and game three. What could be better?

  34. 81 desertflower
    October 20, 2015 at 10:43 am


    Kiss it all goodbye…one of the 7 Wonders of the World will look like a strip mine before long if this is allowed to stand.

  35. 85 JER
    October 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

    LIVE NOW: Former FL Gov. Charlie Crist Set to Announce Bid for Congress – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  36. October 20, 2015 at 10:47 am

  37. 89 desertflower
    October 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    No wonder he said these were the worst days of his life….might be about to get worse!! 🙂


    Rep. Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, is financially connected to a Super PAC that ran an ad on the Benghazi attack that has been condemned by the family of slain ambassador Chris Stevens.

    The Washington Post uncovered the ties between Rep. Gowdy and Stop Hillary PAC:

    On Friday, Gowdy’s campaign returned three donations after The Washington Post inquired about links to a political action committee that aired a controversial ad about the Benghazi attacks during last week’s Democratic presidential debate.

    The PAC’s treasurer, Dan Backer, previously served as treasurer of a now-defunct fundraising committee affiliated with Gowdy. He is the treasurer of three other PACs — the Conservative Action Fund, the Special Operations Speaks PAC and the Tea Party Leadership Fund — that each donated $2,000 to Gowdy’s campaign on the same day in May.

    The paper also found that Stop Hillary PAC spent $10,000 on automated phone calls defending and promoting Gowdy.

    In the ad, Stop Hillary PAC showed images of the four Americans killed in the assault – Ambassador Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith – and accuses Sec. Clinton of having a role in not preventing the attack, and somehow covering up in the aftermath of the assault.

    Ambassador Stevens’ mother Mary Commanday blasted the ad, telling the Washington Post, “I think it’s a terrible idea and if I could sue him I would.” Glen Doherty’s mother, Barbara, also hated the attack ad: “It’s horrifying. I am so upset they’d have my son talking from the grave, saying don’t vote for this person. He wasn’t political. He would never have done something like this.”

  38. October 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    • 93 debz
      October 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      This article sounds like Iowa Dems telling the VP he isn’t welcome. Why should he give an important campaign speech without any supporters?

  39. 94 amk for obama
    October 20, 2015 at 11:57 am

  40. 95 Anjo
    October 20, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Congrats to all Canadians for voting for hope over fear, I am so happy my party won everyone of my sisters and brothers voted for change; folks looked over the border to the US and realized that Harper was slowly creeping in the Repuglican direction and put a stop to him; even if Trudeau turns out to be a dud (unlikely) he wont be as bad as that one who just got kicked to the curb. I am wearing my red and walking on air I am a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian…happy dancing all day

  41. 98 Anjo
    October 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

    VC we expect a full report on all the happenings from the time you got up ’till the time you went to bed

  42. October 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm


  43. 100 MightyPamela
    October 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    ❤ 🐻 ⭐ 🐻 ❤

  44. 101 GGail
    October 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    VP Biden is so enjoyable! I am listening to the Mondale/Biden audio and just having a ball listening to it!

  45. October 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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