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Early Bird Chat

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On This Day: President Barack Obama meets with members of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Jan. 29, 2010. The President’s chair is marked with a plaque engraved with the date of his inauguration (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

 11:0: President Obama marks the 7th anniversary of the first bill he signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

(Haven’t seen the day’s full schedule yet, will check if there’s anything else on)


106 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

    FURST. 😎

    • 2 amk for obama
      January 29, 2016 at 7:48 am

      also. too. we kicked the aussies’ asses today with T-20 to win the series 2-0. One more to make it brownwash. 😎

    • January 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Mooooooooorning Petal – and Martina!

      • 7 amk for obama
        January 29, 2016 at 7:56 am

        sania, it’s sania. sheesh.

        if the towel hangy thingy still holding?

        • January 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

          Well, even though my DIY skills are obviously outstanding, I decided it would be wise not to attempt to drill a new towel hangy thingy in to the wall, so I just have one of those sticky-on things – which means you have to very, very, very, very gently use the towel, otherwise the sticky-on thingie will fall off the wall. My life is so complicated.

          • 9 amk for obama
            January 29, 2016 at 8:01 am

            they never stick, trust me.

          • 10 jackiegrumbacher
            January 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

            I never had any luck with wall mounted towel racks. Upright holders that you put on a counter are easier to use and easier to change. DIY projects are exhausting and once I’ve tried one, I’ve got to give myself a long break. Only when I’ve completely forgotten the last one, do I try another. Looks like you’ve earned yourself a break, preferably with coffee and doughnuts.

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      January 29, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Gorgeous photo. Congratulations to both of them. And that is one heck of trophy–gaudy, outrageous and impossible to ignore.

    • 15 Roberta in MN
      January 29, 2016 at 8:19 am

      amk congrats on your Furst. It’s going to be a good day for you if you leave Chips alone. LOL. Na, Good Morning Chips & Danny.

  2. 17 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

  3. 19 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

  4. 20 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

  5. 21 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:50 am

    • 22 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      January 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

      TODAY’S IMMIGRANTS DO THE JOBS THAT SPOILED AND LAX AMERICANS DON’T WANT TO DO BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY OR WORK FOR LOW WAGES..PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

  6. 23 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:50 am

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      January 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Ooh, now that’s a stinger. Hope Cruz sees it.

      • 25 amk for obama
        January 29, 2016 at 8:11 am

        the vid

        • 26 jackiegrumbacher
          January 29, 2016 at 9:04 am

          Ooh, they couldn’t have made it clearer how much they hate him. Cruz is trying and failing to fit in. Wonder if he ever fully grasps how repellent he is.

        • 27 SUEDUVALL SMITH
          January 29, 2016 at 9:30 am

          FRANKLY BUSH AND KASICH STILL MANAGED ADULTHOOD LAST NITE. CRUZ IS HISTORY…AND TRUMP LOOKS LIKE A FOOL USING VETERANS FOR HIS OWN PHOTO OPS…AND HIS WOUNDED WARRIORS ARE IN TROUBLE WHICH MY BROTHER REPORTED SOME TIME AGO…THEY ARE NOT LEGITIMATE AND GOV. NEEDS TO LOOK INTO VETERAN FUND RAISERS. THE HUCKSTER AND HIS COMPADRE’ IN CRIME LOOKED RIDICULOUS…EASILY BOUGHT…STANDING WITH TRUMP FOR A PHOTO OP…THEY SOLD THEMSELVES!..BTW..IF YOU LISTENDED IN THE BEGINNING..DURING INTROS…CRUZ RECEIVED SEVERAL BOOS! WORD ALSO TRAVELLED THAT HILLARY IS ABOUT TO BE INDICTED…SOMEBODY BETTER INFORM THE PRESIDENT.

          • 28 Betsy
            January 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

            I heard that rumor of Hillary’s supposed indictment too, did some research, and found it in a republican rag. Just another lie; same shit, different day.

      • 30 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        January 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

        CRUZ IS IN AN OBVIOUS STATE OF DENIAL…HE HAS ELEVATED HIS OWN EGO BEYOND HIS PERSONAL STATE OF COMPREHENSION…HE CURRENTLY OCCUPIES THE STATE OF LOST!

  7. 31 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:51 am

  8. 32 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Japan adopts negative interest rate in surprise move.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35436187

    What are negative interest rates?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30530534

  9. January 29, 2016 at 8:04 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!!!! Congrats amk on #1! 🙂 Happy Friday everyone. 🙂

  10. 36 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:09 am

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      January 29, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Republicans = safety is one of the biggest myths ever perpetrated on a gullible public. They like war, spending lots of money on weapons and putting our service men and women at risk. Safety is the last thing they ever think about unless it’s their own.

      • 38 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        January 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

        REPUBLICANS ARE WAR WHORES…THEY USE DEFENSE MONEY FOR THEIR OWN INTERESTS AND COULD CARE LESS WHO IS KILLED OVERSEAS AS LONG AS IT IS NOT ONE OF THEIR OWN FAMILY…PBO IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO TEACH DIPLOMACY…GOD IS IN CONTROL…AND THE LESSONS LEARNED IN ALL FINALITY WILL BE HIS….I AM STILL A DEMOCRAT BUT ABOVE ALL THINGS..I AM GOD’S GIRL.

    • 39 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      January 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

      REMEMBER THIS…IT IS GOD’S DECISION AS TO AMERICA’S FUTURE..HE OWNS IT AND ANY AND ALL OTHER REAL ESTATE THAT EXISTS. IF WE DON’T PUT HIM ON TOP WHERE HE BELONGS…THE BUBBLE BURSTS..IT’S HIS CALL…NOT OURS. MAN CANNOT LIFT THIS PLANET..ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT!

  11. 41 jackiegrumbacher
    January 29, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Morning, Chips and early birds. I’ll be off soon to celebrate my MIL’s 96th birthday. At 96, she has perfect hearing, good eyesight, her full mental faculties and excellent health. She still drives, volunteers and has an active social life. We should all be so lucky.

    • 42 Roberta in MN
      January 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Wish her a Happy Birthday from Me. Have a great party for her Jackie.

    • 44 desertflower
      January 29, 2016 at 8:20 am

      I want what she has:) I’m not NEAR close to her age, but that is quite amazing! Good for her! Enjoy:)

      Happy Friday…cold is still hanging on.

      Remember when I called them the Take Away Party? It’s more true than ever.

      http://www.politicususa.com/2016/01/28/greedy-republicans-americans-including-lives.html

      There is nothing whatsoever Republicans are unwilling to take from the American people. They will take Americans’ national parks, wilderness areas and national monuments to give the logging, mining, and fossil fuel industry access to more wealth for the already highly-profitable industry. Through the Koch brothers’ ALEC and Heritage Action legislative arms Republicans are taking away access to the Sun by restricting the use of solar power, and the same two organizations have been taking away millions of Americans right to vote. Republicans are also crusading to take away women’s right to decide their own reproductive health and same-sex couples right to marry the person they love; not because they profit from unwanted pregnancies or gays being unable to wed, but just to exercise their power to take everything until Americans have nothing; not even their lives.

      Democrats have an opportunity in a general election year to wreak their own havoc on Republican policies they can easily point to as only taking from the American people. Whether it is healthcare, nutrition assistance, clean air and water, voting rights, pensions, safe roads and bridges, or national parks, nothing is safe from Republicans and every Democrat in every state can easily cite several things Republicans have either already taken or are crusading to take.

      • 45 jackiegrumbacher
        January 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

        Morning, Df. I want what she has, too. I’m the one with the hearing loss and also the one who’s struggled with health issues for the last ten months. Life is so not fair.

        Thanks for the link. When all of us have nothing, the Koch brothers and their ilk will feel they’re in Utopia. Ever see the silent film, “Metropolis”? Kind of says it all.

  12. 46 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:21 am

    LOL.

  13. 58 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:25 am

    No, not at all.

  14. January 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Congrats amk 🙂

    Good day TOD!!

  15. January 29, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Did any of you see the trump interview with Brianna keliar?
    Man… She’s really pretty… So I looked her up and she’s married to a Hollywood director & she was a prom queen in high school.
    Well this explains everything. Lol

  16. 64 desertflower
    January 29, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Here you go, amk:) Pick the ones you like!

    http://juanitajean.com/friday-toons-165/

  17. 65 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:48 am

  18. 66 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:50 am

    true.

  19. 67 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:51 am

  20. January 29, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  21. 70 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:52 am

    yup, in a nutshell.

  22. 72 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 8:53 am

  23. 75 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

  24. January 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. Looking forward to PBO celebrating Lily Ledbetter bill with us once again, a wonderful step toward progress for us all.

    I just found out that one of my friends, who is a sound designer for major films and independents at Skywalker Ranch, did the sound effects for Birth of a Nation. OMG, I can’t wait to see it!!

  25. January 29, 2016 at 9:10 am

  26. 79 57andfemale
    January 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

  27. 80 desertflower
    January 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

    The economy grew this qtr….but CNN makes that sound bad.

  28. 81 GGAIL
    January 29, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. YAY, it’s Friday 🎉🎉

  29. 85 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    January 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

    THE ECONOMY AROUND THE WORLD IS IN TROUBLE..EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. IT IS NOT THE ENERGIZER’S FAULT..IT IS THE COMBINATION OF GREED,CRUELTY AND INHUMAN ACTIONS IN THIS WORLD THAT HAVE SPURRED THIS FAILURE AND IT WILL GET WORSE. GOD GAVE US EVERYTHING WE HAVE AND HE CAN TAKE IT ALL AWAY WHEN HE CHOOSES. HE IS NOT HAPPY WITH HIS CREATION AND WE HAVE WRONGED HIM IN SEVERAL WAYS…ALL TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION. TODAY I USED A COUPLE OF RUBIO’S VIDEOS WHEN HE DISCUSSES GOD ON MY FB….AND OUR ENERGIZER PRESIDENT ALSO DISCUSSES GOD….HOWEVER….WE MUST ALL LIFT OUR VOICES HIGHER TO HIM..BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS HIS…THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES NEED TO CREDIT GOD ALSO..WITHOUT HIM…THERE IS NOTHING!

  30. January 29, 2016 at 9:35 am

    UH HUH

    UH HUH

    WHATEVER.

    …………………

    WEDNESDAY, JAN 27, 2016 05:57 PM CST
    Oregon militiamen fell right into the feds’ trap: Sorry, liberals, the government was right to wait before taking them out
    Despite complaints about federal inaction, it seems waiting out the Oregon militia was the best strategy
    AMANDA MARCOTTE

    The minute that self-appointed militiamen stepped onto the property of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, liberals started worrying that these folks would not be held accountable for their criminal behavior. The group, led by the two sons of right wing radical Cliven Bundy, took over the refuge, demanding that the taxpayers turn over federal lands so that folks like the Bundys and other farmers, miners and other private interests could profit handsomely off the land without having to pay for it. It’s clear that the militiamen expected the feds to rush the compound, causing a firefight in which they could be martyrs for the right wing cause of giving white conservatives a lot of free money while leaving the rest of us out to dry.

    ……………………………

    This lack of interest in having a big ol’ shootout right away on government property didn’t just disappoint the militiamen. A number of liberal commentators were miffed that the feds seemed to be twiddling their thumbs, often arguing that if the occupiers were people of color, the shootout would have happened already. The criticism had some merit, of course, but the solution for such a double standard isn’t to have more shootouts, so much as it’s an argument against the quick-to-violence reactions law enforcement regrettably has when dealing with non-white suspects.

    • January 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

      The criticism had some merit, of course, but the solution for such a double standard isn’t to have more shootouts, so much as it’s an argument against the quick-to-violence reactions law enforcement regrettably has when dealing with non-white suspects.

      THISSSSSSS

      **************

      although i agree…we did not want another Waco….it has to be noted how different the approaches/outcome would have been had these folks been blk or Muslim…

      and it raises the question of why armed police officers are always afraid for their life in the face of unarmed men and women..children… but did not seem to be afraid of heavily armed men..

      • 88 0388jojothecat
        January 29, 2016 at 10:19 am

        Heavily armed ‘white’ men are treated with kid gloves by police while unarmed minority youth, men, and women are gunned down for fear of their lives.

  31. January 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

    MONDAY, JAN 25, 2016 10:15 AM CST
    Fine, just call him the N-word: All the Republicans want to do is say it. Would be more honest if they did
    GOP candidates use every trick to slur Obama without using the word. Just tell us what you really feel, PC warriors
    CHAUNCEY DEVEGA
    ……………………………………………….

    And, of course, for Republicans, the United States is like Rome before the collapse, with Obama as Nero, while the country’s enemies, the barbarians at the gates, are sharpening their straight razors to slit the throats of the American people. The Republican 2016 candidates know their public quite well as they conjured up images of wicked Muslim refugees who are all human bombs in waiting. The only people who can stop these millions of Islamic evildoers are the hyper-masculine American heroes in the Republican Party, their version of Churchill’s “rough men” who “stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us” (and as Donald Trump so proudly proclaimed, torturing and killing the innocent family members of those people who would even think of doing America harm).

    …………………

    But even by those low standards, the Republican candidates’ racism and authoritarian-fueled attacks on Barack Obama were especially vile and repugnant.

    Their racist fusillades against Barack Obama, and by extension, Black America, took three forms.

  32. January 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

    this humored me. Like anyone actually took Unca Ben seriously.

    PULEEZE.

    But, seeing Grifter #1 Armstrong Williams being thrown under the bus is hilarious.
    ………………

    WEDNESDAY, JAN 27, 2016 11:05 AM CST

    This is how Ben Carson blew it: How the onetime GOP favorite fast became a 2016 afterthought

    “All they have to do now is decide who will write the eulogy. Dr Carson is out of the race and everyone…knows it”

    LOU DUBOSE, WASHINGTON SPECTATOR

    Ben Carson was on the ropes at the last Republican debate. But it didn’t matter. By that time, his improbable run for the presidency was all but over.

    In fact, the campaign was already on life support the last week in December, when campaign manager Barry Bennett was sent packing, along with the communications director and support staff. Bennett, a peripatetic consultant and Capitol Hill staffer, is best known for a scathingly effective 2012 attack video targeting Mitt Romney, paid for by a political action committee supporting Newt Gingrich.

    Before Bennett boxed up his files, packed up his laptop, and moved over to the Trump campaign office, he phoned in his postmortem to NBC. “We all know the root of our problems,” he said, “let’s not pretend it’s not Armstrong Williams.”

    Bennett is not alone in that view. “All they have to do now is decide who will write the eulogy,” a former Carson campaign adviser told me. “Dr. Carson is out of the race and everyone in the campaign knows it. Armstrong Williams should write the eulogy.”

  33. 91 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

  34. January 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Jeb can’t find no love nowhere…

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    …………………………………………

    WEDNESDAY, JAN 27, 2016 12:27 PM CST

    Everyone hates Jeb Bush! Right-wing media now blaming him for Donald Trump

    Jeb’s agitating bigwigs in the GOP establishment who believe he’s boosting Trump by attacking “mainstream” rivals

    SEAN ILLING

    The Republican presidential race has been as bewildering and unpredictable as any in recent memory. It’s nearly impossible to say with certainty what will or won’t happen. However, it’s not too soon to say that Jeb Bush is done. An early frontrunner, Jeb’s campaign has imploded in slow motion over the last few months. He’s languishing in fifth place now, sandwhiched between a younger Marco Rubio and a louder Chris Christie.

    It’s hard to imagine Jeb turning things around at this point. Republican primary voters just don’t like him, and his entire approach to politics is ill-suited to this kind of climate. As this becomes more and more clear, Jeb faces a difficult decision: How does he want to be remembered?

    As is stands, Jeb is likely to be remembered as the entitled candidate who thought he could buy his way to the White House, but instead was emasculated by a raging clown whose campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” doubles as his platform. Even worse, Jeb is beginning to agitate Republican establishmentarians, who believe he’s responsible for clearing a path for Trump.

  35. January 29, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Trump plays the White version of ‘The Dozens’, and does it better than all of the rest of them COMBINED.

    …………………………………………….

    Trump Campaign Manager: Trump Will Debate Cruz Once Judge Rules Him Eligible To Run
    Jan 28, 2016

    “Once you’ve gotten that ruling from the federal judge and you’re the last man standing in this presidential contest next to Donald Trump, we’ll be happy to have a debate with you one-on-one, anywhere you want.”

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    • 98 No Child Left Behind
      January 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

      • 99 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        January 29, 2016 at 9:42 pm

        I DO BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE WRONG REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE TRUMP FIASCO…JESUS WOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HE BELIEVES ARE VALUES…AS FOR THE SIGN MAKERS…THERE ARE ALOT OF THOSE…THE WORLD IS FULL OF THEM!

  40. 100 57andfemale
    January 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

  41. January 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

    A deep pervasive sickness:

  42. 104 No Child Left Behind
    January 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

    … and Good Morning TODVille!

  43. 106 57andfemale
    January 29, 2016 at 10:51 am


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