Early Bird Chat

The President visiting Island Snow yesterday

136 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. December 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

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

    To all, I hope you have an electrifying, spine-tingling, and thrilling day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  2. 6 arapaho415
    December 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

    GM TODville.

    Countdown to 2016 this week.

    Despite the horror of #Paris and #SanBernardino this year, 2015 has been an amazing year.

    Is it too early for this???

  3. 20 desertflower
    December 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Morning! Still on vacation and it feels WONDERFUL:) Congrats, Don!

  4. December 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  5. 25 99ts
    December 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

    GM TOD – Glad those folks are taking good care of PBO – and ro repeat RanMan

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

  6. 26 desertflower
    December 28, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Some sad news. Meadowlark Lemon died. He’s the only Globetrotter I knew by name…

  7. December 28, 2015 at 8:27 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc and congrats Sir Don on #1! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

  8. 43 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2015 at 8:48 am

    But, but the media told me that the country was too frightened of terror to shop!!!

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      December 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

      The media is not permitted to report good news if it reflects well on President Obama. Only scare, scare, scare and attack, attack, attack are permitted, along with the deification of the Trump.

  9. 48 donna dem 4 obama
    December 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning TOD

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      December 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Good morning, Donna. How was Christmas with the little princesses?

      • 50 donna dem 4 obama
        December 28, 2015 at 10:18 am

        GM Jackie.Christmas was really nice with my family and the only thing that would have made it better would have been if the princesses had been here. They are in Kansas with the in-laws. 😦

  10. 51 jackiegrumbacher
    December 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Morning all. A few minutes ago we said goodbye to our three-year-old granddaugher and her mom and dad with much hugging, kisses, tears, “see you later alligators,” and blown kisses. We had two days of non-stop action with treats, laughter, games and field trips. And now the quiet is eerie as two senior citizens slip back into their slow, predictable routine until the next visit from our tiny whirlwind. It’s so good to be reminded that every little thing can be special if seen with wonder and without guile and cynicism. Little children do make you feel that anything is possible. Our little one’s favorite new expression is “Yes, We Can!” and when she says it, I feel hope for our future..

  11. December 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I love stories like this


    First Book mixes market forces and philanthropy to help poor children

    By Lyndsey Layton December 27 at 6:36 PM

    In a small, two-bedroom apartment in Corona, Calif., Trinity Santos, 5, reads her hardcover copy of “Green Eggs and Ham” again and again. She never tires of the Dr. Seuss classic, sometimes reading it to her 3-year-old brother, Joshua, said their mother, Diane.

    Life is a struggle for the Santos family. Diane worked as a waitress before her children were born, and the family of four lives on the $35,000 that her husband earns as a phlebotomist. They don’t have much.

    But the children own the four dozen books in a small, homemade bookcase, courtesy of First Book, a nonprofit organization that combines market forces and philanthropy to get new books into the hands of poor children to encourage early reading.


  12. 56 Vicki
    December 28, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Todays’ edition of “Good News in the News” is a renewed push by some Governors to get the Medicaid expansion in their states. The GOP state Senates and Assemblies are standing in their way.
    30 States Have the Expansion.
    20 States to go.
    I will be watching this number carefully and applauding any State that does the right thing for its people.

  13. 59 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

    this blog has become amoral / smh

  14. December 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    • 71 0388jojothecat
      December 28, 2015 at 11:50 am

      I have stopped watching MSNBC including Rachel and Lawrence. They all promote what DT says and does and pretty much act like Democrats and PBO does not exist. I watch local news for weather and positive news which means less than 10 minutes of watching.

  15. 72 Vicki
    December 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Another metric I am monitoring closely is 107. That is the current number of Guantanamo detainees.

    Supposedly 17 will be departing on or around January 11. 107-17=90.
    As far as I know, under 100 is an informal target the Administration has set for informing us about what President Obama wants to do next.

  16. December 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    uh huh

    uh huh

    let’s just see how the sports press treats this story.

    I’m just sayin’.

    • 74 Don
      December 28, 2015 at 9:34 am

      You want to know who else hired Ari Fleischer when they got caught with their pants down, Tiger Woods, that’s who. Nice try, Peyton, but when your first move is to hire a spin-doctor it tells us everything we need to know about you.

    • 75 Sandy1110
      December 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Should have read “retains former BUSH White House aide”.

      Peyton’s really a GOPer, isn’t he? Hanging out with Papa John “Obamacare hater” Schlatter and now Ari Fleischer? The company you keep…

  17. December 28, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Ken’s at it again 🙂

  18. 95 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 9:26 am

    A transformative year in medicine.


    Thank god science sez fu to the pols and keeps doing what it’s doing.

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      December 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

      This is amazing medical information. I am SO routing for the dementia/ alzheimer treatments to work, not to mention breakthroughs on cancer and antibiotics. Fascinating.

  19. 97 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

    yeah, you bastids had 7 years to push back on this crap and now suddenly you are all awake.

  20. 103 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    fair & balanced shite.

  21. 104 Vicki
    December 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    More Good News today is that the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear capabilities continues and much of the enriched uranium has been moved out of Iran.
    Not that it will stop the GOP from acting as if they can stop the Deal from full implementation. The Iran Deal and the removal of sanctions WILL happen.
    Those rotten folks on RW media and the fools who listen to them are still ranting about repealing Obamacare. The Deal is their latest losing cause.

  22. 105 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

    aaand I am outta here. … dinnah with du.

  23. December 28, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Good morning, good people. I hope your Monday isn’t too brutal and that you have a short work week!

    We must continually join and RISE UP:

  24. 107 desertflower
    December 28, 2015 at 10:15 am


    The country will inch closer to what LPL Financial calls the “elusive” full-employment range, a term that signifies when an economy is in balance, without any cyclical unemployment as well as a level of jobs that won’t cause inflation. Interestingly, “full employment” doesn’t mean an unemployment rate of 0 percent or that everyone who wants a job will have one.

    But if the labor market reaches full-employment range, employers will need to increase wages to keep their workers, LPL Financial said in a research note. The organization of independent financial advisors pointed out that wage pressure is already emerging and should pick up speed in 2016.

    While the national unemployment rate stood at 5 percent in November, some regions are already experiencing much lower unemployment rates, such as Lincoln, Nebraska, where the jobless rate stands at 2.3 percent. The Midwestern city may offer a taste of what the rest of the country could experience in 2016: With tight labor market there, wages jumped almost 11 percent this past summer, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Others agree that higher wages are on tap for 2016. Real wages for U.S. workers should increase by 2.7 percent next year, outpacing the forecast for a 2.5 percent boost in real global wages, according to employment firm Korn Ferry.

  25. 109 sherijr
    December 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Good Morning & Happy Dec 28th, ha! Wishing all of you a lovely day.

  26. 110 mittromesia
    December 28, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. Denzel Washington!

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  29. 114 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

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  31. 116 vcprezofan2
    December 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

  32. 119 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 10:50 am

  33. 122 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

    my how-to-win-2016 tip to the kenyan.

    Concentrate your campaigning only on the swing states OH, FL, NC, VA, IA and CO for the prez, half-a dozen senate races where the thugs are asking to be kicked out and may be 30-40 house seats where the dems lost by little margins in 2008 & 12. Leave the blue states to hillz and dnc.

  34. December 28, 2015 at 11:03 am


  35. 125 JER
    December 28, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    December 28, 2015 at 11:14 am


    December 28, 2015 at 11:23 am


  38. 132 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Go watford/spurs. It is killing me. I like watford as the underdogs and I also like kane, the very much under rated player.

  39. 134 amk for obama
    December 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Saudi Arabia’s budget deficit soared to $98bn (£65.7bn) this year as the world’s biggest oil exporter counted the cost of falling crude prices.

    In the first budget under King Salman, the kingdom said revenues reached 608bn riyals (£108.7bn; $162bn), down 15% on official expectations.

    Spending for the year hit 975bn riyals, some 13% more than forecast.

    Oil prices have plunged from a five-year high of $125 a barrel in March 2012 to just $37.18 now.

    Saudi Arabia said that oil revenues, which make up 77% of the total revenue figure for 2015, are down 23% compared to last year.

    It is the largest member of the Opec oil-producing cartel and has refused to cut output in order to raise prices in an attempt to put other producers – mainly US shale oil companies – out of business.


    • 135 CEB
      December 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      They should have diversified years ago. To have most of the country’s economy based one one export is ridiculous; how short-sighted of them. Did they think that the good times would roll forever? Even a cursory knowledge of history would have taught them better. They deserve what is coming to them and I am glad that our country’s energy policies under PBO is bringing them to this moment of karma. I remember how they lorded it over us during the 70’s up until PBO’s tenure. The one you step on today may well be the one whose boot is on your neck in the future.

    December 28, 2015 at 11:27 am


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