Early Bird Chat

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  1. 1 desertflower
    January 23, 2016 at 7:57 am


  2. 14 desertflower
    January 23, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Just sat down with my coffee:) Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket today…. Good morning everyone

  3. 15 99ts
    January 23, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Morning Ms Chips & TOD. Hope everyone is surviving the big snow – tis the talk of our news.

  4. January 23, 2016 at 8:03 am

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

    To all, I hope that your dazzling, elegant, and majestic character is on full display today. โค โค โค

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. โญ๐Ÿ† โญ๐Ÿ† โญ๐Ÿ†

  5. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    January 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

    GM. Checking in from the frozen tundra to say that everything is white–the ground, the sky, the air–and its cold and windy. We are cocooned here until the plows come through, but at least the electricity is still working and the coffee is hot. Hope other Eastern TODers have power today and if you live where the sun is shining today, enjoy!

    • January 23, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Ah Jackie, I wish we could all arrive and dig you out of there!! Keep cozy!

    • 31 Roberta in MN
      January 23, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Glad you are safe and cozy. Heard Philly is going to get 24″ snow and high winds. (((hugs))).

      • 32 jackiegrumbacher
        January 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

        Roberta, we’re about 95 miles west of Philly, so we get slightly different weather patterns. I’m pretty sure we’ve already surpassed 24 inches and the snow keeps falling. The good news from our daughter in the DC area is the snow wasn’t as bad as expected, so she and our little granddaughter will be able to get outside later today. For a three-year old, that’s a big deal, as you know.

    • 33 desertflower
      January 23, 2016 at 8:18 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Step outside just once before it gets ruined by the plows and the silence is gone…Listen to the quiet

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        January 23, 2016 at 8:25 am

        Good idea, Df, but right now, stepping outside is a little tough, since the snow is piled high against all of our doors. Will have to settle for leaning out of a window.

        • 35 desertflower
          January 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

          ๐Ÿ™‚ Ha! I remember those days! Would open the door only to find the snow piled 3/4 the way up the storm window….not so fun:)

    • January 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

      GM Jackie…sitting here…looking out the window…watching the snowflakes fall and drift against the window…about to have my 2nd cup of coffee..public transportation shut down as of 4 am this morning…won’t restart till 4 am Sunday…i just hope that the power does not go out

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      January 23, 2016 at 8:17 am

      These are the same stupid jokes they dragged out when Boston drowned in snow last winter. They are nothing if not predictable.

  6. 41 desertflower
    January 23, 2016 at 8:10 am



    A hospital in Flint, Michigan, reported Friday that low levels of Legionnaires’ disease bacteria were discovered in its water system.

    The discovery came after the city switched its water supply and the medical staff noticed an increase in people coming in for treatment who were diagnosed with Legionnaires,’ McLaren Hospital said.

    Legionnaires’ disease is a respiratory bacterial infection usually spread through mist that comes from a water source.

    McLaren Hospital said it has taken corrective measures with its water supply.

    All testing shows the hospital water supply “is well within safety and quality standards,” the hospital statement said, and no tests show McLaren was the source of Legioinnaires’ disease.

    The hospital report is the latest negative news about the Flint water supply and the second piece of news about Legionnaires’ disease.

    I’ve been out of the loop this week and had not heard about this. Horrific. There are no “I made a mistake” or “I’m sorry’s” that will fix this mess! It was PURPOSEFUL!

    • 42 desertflower
      January 23, 2016 at 8:11 am

      This is the PERFECT example of the GOP mantra of MONEY OVER PEOPLE. Every. damn. time. POC are expendable.

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      January 23, 2016 at 8:20 am

      I would love to see a massive class action suit on behalf of the people of Flint against the state of Michigan and every one of those state officials who caused this obscentity. These criminals should not only go to jail, they should be made bankrupt.

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        January 23, 2016 at 8:21 am


      • 45 arapaho415
        January 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

        GM DF and JackieG.

        Congrats on #1, DF (amk must be sluggish this evening ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

        Posted this on the overnight thread (wee am hours), and saw Kat4Obama reference JO’B, so this may have been posted yesterday (apology if link to @latimes Op-Ed was posted here already).

        This is what we need to see more of from MSM.

        • 46 amk for obama
          January 23, 2016 at 8:29 am

          amk is always furst … in your hearts.

        • 47 desertflower
          January 23, 2016 at 8:41 am

          This is EXCELLENT, Arapaho! This needs to go all over the place and be read and UNDERSTOOD by everyone! You know how Republicans always say that govt needs to be run like a business? People with a brain cell could read this and understand precisely why that statement is so wrong! Thanks for posting this. It’s a MUST READ AND PASS

      • 48 desertflower
        January 23, 2016 at 8:29 am

        I have absolute disgust and rage about this whole situation! This is what their utter incompetence does to show that govt doesn’t work, leaving the part out where THEY fucked up the govt! This is the perfect scenario to make a political ad from…connect the dots! The same can be said of stupid ass tundra twit blaming her son’s drunken rage on PBO! I guess Donna Brazille ripped her a new one the other day…calling her a liar and pointing out that Republicans wanted to cut $1.4 BILLION from the budget meant for the CARE of veterans! But somehow, in some fantasy world that Republicans live in, PBO hates vets and does nothing for them, while Republicans are saints and love vets! Could not be further from the truth! Americans need to wake the fuck up and stop pretending that Republicans of today care a damn about them. They don’t. Never will. They’ve all turned into damn Chuckie and they’re coming for us. All of us. It infuriates me!

        • 49 jackiegrumbacher
          January 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

          Df, I feel your fury and I get absolutely frenzied with rage when some Democrats actually repeat the garbage spewed by Republicans and act as if PBO could have magically fixed everything without the aid of Congress. Stupidity has become America’s greatest enemy. In the whole course of US history, we’ve never had better communication or more means to access knowledge instantly, but people seem dumber than ever. I loved your “they’ve all turned into damn Chuckie and they’re coming for us.” Great image and so true. It made my day.

          • 50 desertflower
            January 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

            Glad my Chuckie reference made your day:) It’s true! Ignorance is bliss!

            • 51 desertflower
              January 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

              Wonder if these are the same idiots that think that Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court? My head hurts. We wear stupid like a badge of honor, don’t we?

        • January 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

          desertflower, I know what you mean, I was so glad to see Donna Brazille call Sarah Palin what she is a dam liar. If there is anyone who could get her son help if he had PSTD it would have been a former VP candidate, a former Governor. If truth be told Palin’s son problem might be his Mother. These Republicans who loves to send the men and women into war, but they don’t want to take care of these men and women when they come back home.

      • 55 Judith Fardig
        January 23, 2016 at 11:58 am


    • January 23, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Ten people have already died of Legionnaire’s, I believe. They suspected the water, but now there’s proof.

  7. 59 donna dem 4 obama
    January 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Good Morning TOD

    We made it through the night and still have heat. Yippee….!!!!

    Just beyond the trees is suppose to be a road. I guess we’ll find that road sometime Monday ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    • 60 amk for obama
      January 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

      jeebus. glad you got through the night.

    • 62 desertflower
      January 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Pretty! Morning, Donna…so glad that you still have your power…that means EVERYTHING in a storm:) Stay cozy and read a good book:) Hugs to you and everyone…stay safe

    • 63 MadameSoph
      January 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Yay Donna! West Coast time – woke up and having trouble getting back to sleep so checked in to TOD hoping to see that you still had power. I’m here snuggling with my girl kitty! who likes to spoon under the covers with her head on th pillow like mama ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t complain; it will be in the 60s today.

      • 64 arapaho415
        January 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

        GM MadameSoph.

        Like DF, love winter in coastal Phoenix (aka southern CA).

        We’ve had spectacular sunrises recently (clouds unfortunately obscuring the planets visible before sunrise), with no temperature extremes. Lows in 50s, highs in 60s. Heavenly.

        BTW the rain that has fallen on points south and east have pretty much bypassed Ventura county ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .

        This has me yearning for a road trip — the last El Nino I was in Death Valley over President’s Day weekend (when LA had rain in biblical proportions I was told) — absolutely spectacular, with western mountains covered with snow and sprinkles at Badwater that evaporated before it hit the ground (although some drops did fall on my windbreaker).

        • 65 MadameSoph
          January 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

          Hi Arapaho,
          Thanks for the reminder about the planet line-up. Next time I’m up too early I’ll hopefully be able to see them. You’re in Ventura county? I wanted to move there at one time but had a work conflict and had to stay put. Looking forward to lots of green on the hillsides into the summer, if this will be anything like the last El Nino. O.k. Off to work for me (never did get back to sleep until just before it was time to get up…..grrrr ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      January 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Morning Donna. So glad you’ve still got power. It’s my biggest worry and I kept waking up in the night to check the electric clock to see if it still worked. We are completely socked in and could not even walk out the door without the hip waders that fishermen use. I keep thinking this is a good day to do all the “snow day” projects I imagine in the summer, like straighten drawers and organize the pantry. Funny how the chores seem less appealing when there’s time to do them.

  8. 67 arapaho415
    January 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

    GM TODville.

    Here’s a couple of lighter notes from #Snozilla (haven’t seen MSM grousing about no electricity yet this morning, so hopefully since this event is happening over the weekend, folks with food and shelter can chill out and enjoy the beauty of snow).

    For all RWNJ anti-immigrants:

    Also posted on the overnight thread:

  9. 68 joybarbados
    January 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Hi Everyone, sending sunshine from Barbados to those in cold areas. Thought I would share this, it brought a smile to my face. Three new potato varieties have been developed to help sub-Saharan Africa to plant potatoes year round. And you guessed it, one has been named “Obama”.

  10. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    January 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

  11. 79 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Storks feeding on rubbish dumps instead of migrating are more likely to survive the winter, research shows.

    The bird is among a growing number of migratory species that have changed their behaviour due to human influences, says an international team.

    Until recently, all white storks in Europe migrated south for the winter, but now more are flying shorter distances to snack on food on dumps.

    The white stork breeds from Europe to north-west Africa and western Asia.

    White storks in Europe have traditionally flown south to spend the winter in Africa but in recent decades an increasing number have stayed closer to home, drawn to the food discarded at landfill sites.


    humans are the worst garbage.

  12. 92 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    A man runs in subzero temperatures at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China.

    Worst cold front in decades hits China.


    Thanks, Obama.

    • 93 Don
      January 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Because running in subzero weather was just too much for this fucker to pass up.

      • 94 jackiegrumbacher
        January 23, 2016 at 9:23 am

        Exactly, Don. Sometimes you just gotta look Mother Nature in the eye and say, “You beat me.” She’ll always win out in the end anyway. We are inveterate walkers, but even we know to stay indoors today.

  13. 95 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 8:50 am

  14. 99 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 8:52 am


  15. 100 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

    ouch. I thought canoooks were nice peeps?

  16. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    January 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Bernie’s supporters are something else!!

    Newsflash: Progressives can honestly disagree with your candidates position:

    “And the response of some โ€” only some โ€” Sanders supporters is disappointing, although I guess predictable given that somewhat similar things happened during the 2008 primary. There will, I guess, always be some people who, having made an emotional commitment to a candidate, canโ€™t accept the proposition that someone might share their values but honestly disagree with the candidateโ€™s approach.

    Right now Iโ€™m getting the kind of correspondence I usually get from Rush Limbaugh listeners, although this time itโ€™s from the left โ€” Iโ€™m a crook, Iโ€™m a Hillary crony, etc., etc.. OK, been there before โ€” back in 2008 I was even the subject of tales about my son working for the Clintons, which was surprising because I donโ€™t have a son.

    But Iโ€™m used to this stuff. Itโ€™s a bit more shocking to see Mike Konczal โ€” one of our most powerful advocates of financial reform, heroic critic of austerity, and a huge resource for progressives โ€” attacked as one of Hillaryโ€™s minions and an ally of the financial industry.”

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      January 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Donna, I am so done with the Bernie fantasists. He tells them magical stories about how they can achieve single payer health insurance without bankrupting the country, how the stranglehold of big business will crumble before him and how all will be right and fair in a Sanders world and they believe him. And worse yet, they tell you there is something wrong with YOU if you don’t fall into line. They refuse to acknowledge one achievement of President Obama’s because he didn’t deliver them immediate gratification of all their hopes in his first 100 days. Instead of focusing our energies on defeating Republicans, we are wasting time battling idiocy within our own party.

  17. January 23, 2016 at 9:15 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats df on #1! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Donna glad that you made safely it thru #Snowzilla last night. Jackie G. and the rest of TODers here on the East Coast, be safe (and WARM)!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. January 23, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Good morning TOD

    Diplomacy has consequences …..

  19. 120 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

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  21. 131 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

  22. 132 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

  23. 133 No Child Left Behind
    January 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Elections are now a feast for billionaires!

    Good Saturday Morning TODVille!

    • 134 amk for obama
      January 23, 2016 at 10:23 am

      I will ask the same question I posted at bj.

      Where does he think his votes will come from? Even in newyak, he had to scrounge for votes last time around. Just for mayorship.

    • 136 Judith Fardig
      January 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Doesn’t he do that about every 4 years? His $ is doing some good with Everytown. He should stick to that!

  24. 137 No Child Left Behind
    January 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

  25. January 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Off to go celebrate my high school’s 100 year anniversary! See you later!

    • 142 vcprezofan2
      January 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Oh my, Maryl, were you there at the beginning? Wow!
      ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great time celebrating!

      • January 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        Hahaha! Verrrry funny. But actually I had a bit of a moment while considering this earlier this morning. When I was there, the building seemed ancient. Every once in a while someone would move a file cabinet and discover an old newspaper from the thirties or earlier and we would have a hearty chuckle at the gas prices. Many of the acoustic tiles in the modern dance classroom were either missing or hanging by a thread. Our dance instructor (so old she had actually danced in Martha Graham’s troupe) always assured new students that they never fell of during class. Ancient!! As I contemplated this anniversary, I realized the building was only built 48 years before I began attending…48 years doesn’t seem like so long ago now… So it was practically new when I went there, I guess. I’m still dealing with the repercussions of this thought. It was a huge school; there were 2,000 students in my graduating class. The building was
        8 1/2 stories high. It took students from all over the city and had 28 different curriculums, from Science and Arts, Performing Arts, Chem Bio, Vocational Music, to Auto/Astro/Refrigeration. It was an amazing place.

  26. 144 sherijr
    January 23, 2016 at 10:47 am

    woohoo happy Saturday blizzardy day TOD! 23 inches officially of snow at my back door this a.m. How official you ask… my dog was up to his chin in it ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely neighbor helped us with the mounds out front.. son still out shoveling away. And it is still coming down. Woke to thunder and lightening at around 9 this morning. But we still have a roof, no fallen trees or branches and the power is still on YaY Baltimore!!

    Making pancakes for the shoveling teen son.. demands payment for his sweat ๐Ÿ™‚ Come on over and join us!

    • January 23, 2016 at 10:55 am

      23 inches!!! OMG sherijr, it’s a white out!!! Keep safe!

      • 146 sherijr
        January 23, 2016 at 10:59 am

        Yes indeedy.. it’s a lotta snow Ms Chips ๐Ÿ™‚ but it’s purdy alright… purdy hard work. Had to make really big pancakes today ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 149 globalcitizenlinda
      January 23, 2016 at 11:05 am

      wishing you safety throughout this blizzard.

      please remind your son to take some regular breaks during his snow shoveling … sometimes lots of snow coming down makes you just keep working

      • 150 sherijr
        January 23, 2016 at 11:43 am

        Ha, Linda, my son takes plenty of breaks- never misses those! He’s in now, ate his pancakes and will continue to chill most likely for the duration ๐Ÿ˜‰ And thank you, we are well snuggled in and all things appear to have survived the weather. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ yay!

  27. 151 No Child Left Behind
    January 23, 2016 at 10:53 am

    This is the only way I will fall in love and in line behind Bernie. No Bloomberg for me.

  28. 154 globalcitizenlinda
    January 23, 2016 at 10:57 am

    people in the media & punditry, most of which is based out of NY & DC, seem to thrive in a bubble and therefore feed on each other’s gossip to convince themselves about what the rest of the country and world is thinking about some personalities and events.

    it appears that Bloomberg’s potential presidential run is going to be their new toy and headlines for the next few days ….. this is perhaps the ONLY time I will thank heavens that there is an active #Blizzard2016 to divert us from all the airtime they would otherwise be taking up with “what are the implications of a Bloomberg run”;

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