Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “I thought this was an interesting juxtaposition between his role as a father, and his role as Commander in Chief. On vacation in Hawaii, here he is hugging his daughter Malia while NSC chief of staff Denis McDonough waits to connect him on the latest conference call following the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack.” 2009

120 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • December 29, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Good evening 99ts! Is everything okay? Yardarm was worried about you last night because you had some crazy weather??

      • 3 99ts
        December 29, 2015 at 8:42 am

        I answered the Sailor’s email. 🙂 We are 1000 miles north of the fires and a similar distance south of the train which was/is full of sulphuric acid when it derailed. Rather amazing to discover how much toxic stuff is shipped around the country!

        We have actually had a very mild – weather wise – Christmas – the energy & enthusiasm of grandbabe was unabated by some rain.

        I have been stunned over the past months by the US news – both in relation to politics and the never ending gun violence from so many different sources. I have been lurking because I feel the TODers know so much more about any of it – than I ever could – I feel unqualified to make any statement. I so appreciate getting the news from TOD being so difficult to find the truth elsewhere. My thoughts are so with all the families who are losing their loved ones because – the cops are afeared.

        Also still shell shocked with all this moving.

        And then ended up at the emergency room today with Mr 99 – $1300 and 3 hours later we had a positive outcome – some single payer health systems still involve $$$ upfront. We get some back from the government but still have to pay first.

        I also sound like a misery – another reason to stick with lurking – but I couldn’t resist the “leave a comment” 🙂

        • December 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

          Don’t you even think about lurking, if you do I will send you a live Newt in his mankini.

          So sorry Mr 99 had that ordeal to endure, but thrilled there was a positive outcome. Crikey, what a holiday season you’re having.

          • 5 99ts
            December 29, 2015 at 8:50 am

            In my next life I am going to be an orthopedic surgeon or my cousin’s ginger cat – tough decision.

            • December 29, 2015 at 8:57 am

              😆 That is one heck of a choice!!!!

            • December 29, 2015 at 9:12 am

              99ts, I echo Chips’ remarks! Hope the year starts off a bit better for you!

              • 8 99ts
                December 29, 2015 at 9:21 am

                Definitely a difficult choice – I’m tending towards the cat. 🙂

                Compared to the issues facing so many of you – my problems are really minor – must admit I was most relieved after we were home from the Doc – puts things in perspective.

            • 9 GGAIL
              December 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

              Thanks 99ts for delurking. We worry about our own. Happy to hear a positive outcome for Mr 99

            • 12 MightyPamela
              December 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

              Whichever you choose, please don’t let Chipsticks know MP has done some considerable lurking, as most of her ‘news’ is of the grey variety, and not so joyous to share. I am with you on the hard pressed to find the right words, there is so much injustice in play over here. I often feel like a stranger in my own land. I think we each do the best we can to anchor the Light, in our own small ways, being kind, treating others with compassion. It may not seem like much, or nearly enough, but I believe it makes a difference. ❤ 🐻 ❤

              • 13 99ts
                December 29, 2015 at 7:53 pm

                sending hugs MightyP – perhaps because you once lived here – or perhaps for no reason – we are on the same wavelength

        • 14 57andfemale
          December 29, 2015 at 9:05 am

          Nothing worse than Christmas in the ER. So glad there was a decent outcome. And glad that you are all safe.

          • 15 99ts
            December 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

            Thanks 57 – I’ve been reading about your issues – with the boss & the little ‘uns – glad all is going well.

            We ended up in the ER because Mr 99s specialist was away on vacation – his phone message gave that as the only option. We have a mixed private/public health care system so because of “Christmas in the ER” we went to a private hospital emergency – where it costs $$$ but you get seen relatively quickly. Eventually got sent to another specialist – 2 floors below the regular guy. He was really nice (got the short straw being on call for the holidays) – now thinking about swapping to him permanently!

            One thing that does annoy – cost us $50 for parking – do you have to pay to park at hospitals in the US?

            • 16 GGAIL
              December 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

              99ts, one of our prestigious hospitals has public parking for their medical offices and if you park in one for a hospital visit, they will validate your ticket. Some other hospitals have pay to park, but the cost is minimal.

            • 17 arapaho415
              December 29, 2015 at 9:39 am

              GE 99ts.

              Congrats on #1, and glad you and yardarm are able to connect outside of TODville.

              Guess we’ll all have to be doing that around this time next year. 😦

              Love the perspective you provide from outside the US, which is now basically “Easy Rider” politics (substitute anyone who doesn’t look like the gun-toters in the South with the long-hairs in the film), which I cannot believe I’m typing nearly 50 years after that film debuted. 😦

              So glad that Mr99 is healing, sorry that getting treatment was made more difficult (and expensive) because of vacation and holidays. 😦

              • 18 99ts
                December 29, 2015 at 10:03 am

                “Guess we’ll all have to be doing that around this time next year”

                Noooooooo – not an option – has to be an alternative

                Aha – 3rd term 🙂 – if only

            • 19 57andfemale
              December 29, 2015 at 10:03 am

              $50 for parking?!?! The Chicago hospital where we go validates the parking stuff, so it costs about $4.00. Good knows what it costs in downtown Chicago. I have a new doctor whose hospital is a little further away but easy to get to. I think parking is free there. You certainly didn’t need this nightmare on Christmas.

              My. 57 ended up in the ER on Christmas the year before medicare, and after paying outrageous insurance premiums for 25 years, they denied the claim! They barely covered anything anyway, I cancelled the policy, and could not get insurance until ACA.

              I think it’s outrageous that you had to pay up front. What good is health care if you have to have the funds first anyway?

              • 20 99ts
                December 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

                The alternative is to go to the general ER and wait for hours – and the time taken to see a specialist can be many weeks – yet when my folks were ill – they were instantly admitted to hospital & got very good care. It seems to depend on the type of illness and availability of doctors in our single payer system. Sometimes I think the private/public mix is not such a great idea.

                • 21 MightyPamela
                  December 29, 2015 at 11:07 am

                  It saddens me to see evidence that the once brilliant health care system I knew in Australia, has become so manipulated and degraded. I didn’t use it a lot while I lived there, but it sure was a comfort to know I had coverage..

        • 22 MightyPamela
          December 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

          ❤ ❤ ❤ {{{{{ 99 & Mr99ts }}}}}

  1. 23 desertflower
    December 29, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Morning everyone…congrats, 99ts:) Some here mentioned that there were fires in Queensland…wondered if you were alright:)

  2. 33 sherijr
    December 29, 2015 at 8:17 am

    good morning 99ts, wishing the best possible for all today.

  3. 36 desertflower
    December 29, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Have I mentioned that I really love this photo? TY, Chips…for posting this. It has a special vibe that feels balanced and right

  4. 37 jackiegrumbacher
    December 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Morning all. I wonder if President Obama has even one second of privacy in his day. Seems to me there are always people about no matter where he is and even in his sleep, he’s subject to being wakened at any time. Of all the things about being a president, I think that never having a truly private moment would be the worst. Of course, there are some personalities that thrive on constant people interaction, but I do think that PBO is a thoughtful, contemplative person who probably misses just being about to muse in peace.

  5. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    December 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

    If you have access to BBC 1 and love Dickens, there’s a great new show called “Dickensian” that takes a mix of Dickens characters and puts them together in a new story. It begins on the day that Jacob Marley dies–violently.

  6. December 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. December 29, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Good morning, TOD! Still celebrating with family — grandson and D-i-L have extended stay until tomorrow so I still have a full house. Dashing out the door for my med treatment, then off to some fun.

    Belated Merry Christmas to all of you! Will catch up with you on Thursday!

  8. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    December 29, 2015 at 9:06 am

    These toons are devastating, AMK. Loved the one with “mistaken for a real gun” and “mistaken for a real prosecutor.”

  9. December 29, 2015 at 9:06 am

    7 Lessons I’ve Learned from Traveling to 14 Countries in 2015
    Awesomely Luvvie — December 28, 2015

    This year has been unlike any for me for so many reasons but one of those is that I traveled like I never have before. I didn’t start the year imagining that I’d visit 14 countries, but that’s was one of the beautiful surprises of 2015.

    For me, travel is important for many reasons, and I’m passionate about it because of the lessons that come from it. Seeing the world is more than about collecting passport stamps. For me, it is about stepping out of my bubble and my comfort zone. It humbles me to get reminded about how little I know, and it expands my mind because I soak up so much while on my jaunts. I pay more attention, and come back home appreciating my space.

    In 2015, I set foot in: Dominican Republic, Kenya, British Virgin Islands, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, England, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Qatar, Mexico, Egypt, Barbados, Haiti.

    Here’s some of the lessons I am walking away with:

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      December 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

      What a wonderful article, Rikyrah! If more Americans traveled outside the US, we would be a more enlightened, more liberal and less paranoid society. We would also be cured of the xenophobia that causes people to believe that the US is better than anywhere else. Two oceans helped protect the US from invasions over the years, but they also separated us from all the positive influences that come with greater exposure to different cultures.

  10. December 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This will be my only TOD post for the day ….

    Some updates on other matters will appear in the sidebar ….


    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      December 29, 2015 at 9:20 am

      There truly is no justice in the world when those heartless, murderous police ‘officers’ receive no punishment for this act of violence and cruelty. I cannot imagine how haunted Tamir’s sister will be for the rest of her life.

    • 55 GGAIL
      December 29, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Bob, you should be encouraging and empowering us with ideas and suggestions on how we can wield our Power of our Vote.

  11. 56 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 9:13 am

  12. 57 GGAIL
    December 29, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Pete takes some of the best photos

  13. 62 arapaho415
    December 29, 2015 at 9:44 am

    GM TODville.

    My new year’s resolution is to SAVOR every moment of President Barack Obama’s last year in office.

    (cannot stand this “journalist” but here’s his tweet this morning):

    And from yesterday, we will look forward to State Dinner for Canada in March. 🙂

  14. December 29, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I don’t understand why these aren’t outlawed.

  15. December 29, 2015 at 10:01 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats 99ts on #1! Happy to see you back and good spirits after your harrowing experience with Mr. 99 at the ER, and the recent events in Australia. Hope your New Year starts off on a more positive note 🙂

  16. December 29, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I’ve been saying this for awhile…..as to why we need to be hardcore about our support for Marilyn Mosby.

    Look at the rest of them.



  17. 70 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

  18. 71 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

  19. 72 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

  20. 73 hopefruit2
    December 29, 2015 at 10:18 am

    This “teen” could easily pass for a 25-30 year old man, ….you catch my drift….

  21. 75 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

  22. December 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

    This is for the kids who die,

    Black and white,

    For kids will die certainly.

    The old and rich will live on awhile,

    As always,

    Eating blood and gold,

    Letting kids die.

    Kids will die in the swamps of Mississippi

    Organizing sharecroppers

    Kids will die in the streets of Chicago

    Organizing workers

    Kids will die in the orange groves of California

    Telling others to get together

    Whites and Filipinos,

    Negroes and Mexicans,

    All kinds of kids will die

    Who don’t believe in lies, and bribes, and contentment

    And a lousy peace.

    Of course, the wise and the learned

    Who pen editorials in the papers,

    And the gentlemen with Dr. in front of their names

    White and black,

    Who make surveys and write books

    Will live on weaving words to smother the kids who die,

    And the sleazy courts,

    And the bribe-reaching police,

    And the blood-loving generals,

    And the money-loving preachers

    Will all raise their hands against the kids who die,

    Beating them with laws and clubs and bayonets and bullets

    To frighten the people—

    For the kids who die are like iron in the blood of the people—

    And the old and rich don’t want the people

    To taste the iron of the kids who die,

    Don’t want the people to get wise to their own power,

    To believe an Angelo Herndon, or even get together

    Listen, kids who die—

    Maybe, now, there will be no monument for you

    Except in our hearts

    Maybe your bodies’ll be lost in a swamp

    Or a prison grave, or the potter’s field,

    Or the rivers where you’re drowned like Leibknecht

    But the day will come—

    You are sure yourselves that it is coming—

    When the marching feet of the masses

    Will raise for you a living monument of love,

    And joy, and laughter,

    And black hands and white hands clasped as one,

    And a song that reaches the sky—

    The song of the life triumphant

    Through the kids who die.


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    • 81 GGail
      December 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Doesn’t seeing this child and her brother make you want to do more than just post tweets and articles about their tragedy?????

      Shame on us if that is all we can do. Oh, and shed tears

      • 82 nathkatun7
        December 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        There is absolutely nothing wrong with expressing moral indignation about the horrific miscarriage of justice! Please do not assume that people who are expressing their disgust and “shading tears” are not doing anything else to bring about change. While voting is absolutely crucial, it’s not the only means to bring about social change. We turned out in record numbers to elect President Obama, but that did not automatically bring about an end racism and murder of innocent black people.

    December 29, 2015 at 10:37 am


  28. December 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

    GOP candidates deliver a subtle threat to N.H. Republicans
    12/28/15 10:40 AM—UPDATED 12/28/15 11:23 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Polls in New Hampshire have been fairly steady for quite a while. Donald Trump has held a consistent lead among Granite State Republicans for months, but his backing has struggled to reach the 30% threshold – suggesting he could be vulnerable to one of the more establishment-friendly candidates, if this faction of the GOP weren’t already being split five ways.

    The New York Times reported the other day that Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, both of whom are betting much of their candidacies on the first primary, have started pushing a new line on the campaign trail in the nation’s first primary.
    On Monday night, speaking at the Christmas-bedecked American Legion hall in Alton, Mr. Bush picked up where Mr. Christie left off.

  29. December 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

  30. December 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Did Hillary say anything about the Tamir Rice MURDER non-indictment?

    Just askin.

  31. 90 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Paris-linked IS leader ‘died in strike’


  32. 91 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

  33. 92 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

  34. 93 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

  35. 94 hopefruit2
    December 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Following up to meta’s post above…

  36. December 29, 2015 at 11:15 am

  37. 97 Dakota
    December 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Good Morning TOD Family.

    Thank you all so much for all you thoughts and prayers. I’m feeling a bit better each day, but still needing some tests. Will keep you posted.

    BTW: Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. LL! We must see those rings!

  38. December 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

  39. 99 amk for obama
    December 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

    jebby is now talkin’ about how to do selfies. so stupid at so many levels.

  40. 100 JER
    December 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    LIVE NOW: “Affluenza Teen” Ethan Couch Briefng – Tarrant County, TX – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  41. December 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

  42. 106 Nena20409
    December 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Hello TOD.
    More snow. It’s Winter in MN, no doubt about it 😉
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 2 posts back.
    {{{{ 99sts and Mr99sts }}}}
    This Col Steve Warren has Great Newsy Tweets on the fight against ISIL/Daesh

    I can’t post it all……..it’s worth the read.

  43. 107 Nena20409
    December 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  44. 108 Nena20409
    December 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    It’s not even funny anymore.
    The Denial speaks volume.

  45. 110 Don
    December 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    So apparently ten ISIS leaders met their demise at the hands of U.S. airstrikes, I tell ya, President Obama reminds me so much of Michael Corleone in “Godfather II,” he’s settling all family business.

  46. 111 Nena20409
    December 29, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  47. 112 JER
    December 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm

  48. 115 JER
    December 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  49. 116 Nena20409
    December 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm

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