Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama makes Thanksgiving Day phone calls to U.S. troops, from the Oval Office, Nov. 27, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

54 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. November 27, 2015 at 7:57 am


  2. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    November 27, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Morning, Chips. Thanks for starting our day with a smiling President Obama. Who could ask for anything more?

    • November 27, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Gooooood morning to you Jackie, morally furst! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 4 jackiegrumbacher
        November 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

        Nah, your either first or your furst. You got first, I got furst. Yesterday the streets were so blissfully quiet as people actually stayed home for a while and enjoyed each other. Today, madness will prevail in every parking lot and in every store. I’m staying clear.

  3. November 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Good morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats Chips on #1! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Are folks still sleeping from their massive indulgence in food/drink yesterday, and shopping overnight? LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. November 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

    What’s this guy doing


  5. 18 amk for obama
    November 27, 2015 at 8:35 am

    happy silver anniversary, honey.

  6. 23 amk for obama
    November 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

  7. 24 amk for obama
    November 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      November 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Unfortunately, the last line of this statement is the truth. Right wingers would be merciless, not only in rounding up people they don’t like, but in annihilating them in every possible way to achieve the ‘purity’ and privilege they crave. Every single one of the Republican candidates for president have this fascist tendency, although Trump is the most open about it. My fear is not that they would win an election, but that they will do everything possible to steal it.

    • 27 catrst
      November 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Two things have come to mind reading this. One is that libertarians and Tea Party patriots are the same thing and that is the John Birch Society. Its just a way to clean up the image. To my mind when I look at the positions of the Birchers, then as now, they are aligned closely with the 14 common elements of fascism. It does not mean that libertarians aren’t fascists just because Trump has been putting forth their ideas so blantantly. Ron Paul is just more sneeky and his followers seem to like to take you unaware. There is an element of facade building that tracks with the Paul supporters. Trump just doesn’t bother with all that dissembling.

      The second insight I feel I’ve had is that resentment politics (think Rush) is really just garden variety mental and emotional abuse in a larger platform. I am a surrmounter of this kind of long term abuse and the bait and switch element is there, the retaliation escalation is there, the target blaming is there, the deliberate trolling is there, the cruelty is there. Once I put that frame around the GOP this week I have a new sense of what needs to be done. One thing that is not constructive is to act like these people misunderstand what they are doing. They know exactly what they are doing and to get a handle on this one has to realize this is about power. Nothing else, Power meaning removing other people’s personal and collective power, Its insideous and awful to deal with . One response I learned that is amazingly effective is to answer with this statement, “that’s what you say”. If we could learn ways to do this as a public we could nip some of their ammuition in the bud. Also naming what they are doing versus any other kind of response. They are excellent at turning the tables on any outrage and in fact hope for that reaction to do their worst.

  8. November 27, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Good morning, TOD! Heartwarming story…

  9. 29 JER
    November 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. Thank you for this wonderful place.

    EN – US Vice President Joe Biden and European Council President Donald Tusk at the Brdo-Brijuni Process Summit in Zagreb, Croatia: bilateral meeting, heads of state & governement signing ceremony & family pic, statement by Joe Biden & statement by Donald Tusk – 25.11.2015 – Zagreb, Croatia.

  10. 30 JER
    November 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

  11. November 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Is FLOTUS receiving the WH Christmas tree today? I looked at Brother Mark’s TL but didn’t see anything. I guess he’s still focused on the 6 white house pies.

  12. November 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

    So Trump don’t think he should apologize to that handicap NYT reporter that he made fun of. Well at least the racists liar was being honest when he said he have never ask God to forgive him. We know why that is, that lying loud mouth racists, sexiest bully don’t believe he ever does anything wrong.

  13. November 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Hope all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and will have a fun holiday weekend.

    Updates in the sidebar ….


    bb much later ……

  14. 47 GGAIL
    November 27, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  15. 48 desertflower
    November 27, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Morning everyone:) The big dog let me sleep in today…it was light outside:) I don’t think that has EVER happened! I’m thankful!!

  16. 50 mtmarilyn
    November 27, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Good morning all of TOD family. I hope everyone had a great day yesterday and a lovely day off the streets today. I have no desire to fight the traffic or the masses at the stores. I can’t wait to watch FLOTUS and the girls see the tree arrive. Always interesting to see what they are wearing.

    Thank you Chips for having the foresight to start this blog and to have the foresight to know that NW was the right person to help you keep it going. We love you both!!!

  17. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    November 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Happy day-after, TODville! Thanks so much for making us smile one more morning, Chips. In fact, you are cause for a lotta smiles around here, and we thank you for all of ’em!

  18. November 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

    awww…that was short…and …sweet…i wish the Malia and Sasha had attended,,,i heard that the tree came from PA…this year

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