Early Bird Chat

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  1. January 30, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TOD Family.

    Everyone enjoy your day!

  2. January 30, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Big talent in a small package. 🙂

  3. January 30, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Goooood Morninggggggggg everyone

  4. January 30, 2016 at 8:14 am

    “Bill Maher: Republicans have gone way beyond ‘zombie lies’ to ‘just making sh*t up’”



    “In a very short time, Republicans have gone beyond even the ‘zombie lie’ to just making sh*t up,” he marveled.

    He singled out presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s insistence that she watched video showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how to harvest the brain of a “fully-formed fetus on [a] table,” a charge she has defended despite all evidence to the contrary proving her wrong.

    “That video doesn’t exist, unless you subscribe to Nutflix,” Maher ranted.

  5. January 30, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Good day TOD!

    Congrats swbluega 🙂

  6. January 30, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Morning everyone! So sad about Serena losing, thought she looked exhausted in that final set, really weary. But she was so, so gracious in defeat, love her.

    • 19 amk for obama
      January 30, 2016 at 8:27 am

      bummer. #itsallyourfault.

    • 21 hopefruit2
      January 30, 2016 at 9:50 am

      G’morning Chips – yes I’m bummed but I agree that Serena really didn’t play her best – she was at 50, likely from a combination of fatigue and immense pressure/nerves.

      Meanwhile, Kerber deserved to win – she was the better player of the two. She really upped her game today, and if anyone had to beat Serena on this tour, I would have wanted it to be her. There seemed to have been as much buzz around Serena’s excellent display of professional sportsmanship and grace in defeat as there was on Kerber’s victory.

      All in all I say congratulations to the winner, and well-done to both ladies in the final match!! 🙂 🙂

      • January 30, 2016 at 9:57 am

        Morning HF!!! I was kinda pee-ed off with the talk about Serena’s sportsmanship, like it’s a rare thing. She is always gracious, she’s only cool after playing a lump of poo like Sharapova.

  7. January 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Have little doubt President Obama has been working this for a very long time …..

    • 25 globalcitizenlinda
      January 30, 2016 at 8:55 am

      good morning Mr. Bob;

      I, too, suspect this to be the case. I hope we are right …. this NK represents one more “nuclear-armed nut” to crack. I wonder if NK’s young leader sees the trend and also understands that if he hopes to get a reasonable offer from the international community, it would be best if PBO is still in charge.

      I have sent PBO messages encouraging him to keep working on this …. not that I hold any sway but a person can always encourage those working on things that benefit humanity & the world as a whole

      • January 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

        It matters, Linda, that you write encouraging letters to President Obama. He needs to know that he has our support as he pursues one of his highest priorities – reducing nuclear weapons proliferation. Thank you!

    • January 30, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Thought you might get a kick out of this, Bobfr!

  8. 28 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 8:21 am

  9. 29 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 8:28 am

    The main Syrian opposition group has said it will join peace talks that have opened in Geneva.

    The Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) earlier said it would only join if Syrian government forces ended their air strikes and blockades.

    UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has already met the Syrian government’s delegation in the Swiss city.

    More than 250,000 people have died and 11 million have fled their homes in almost five years of war in Syria.

    The Syrian civil war has also been the biggest driver behind Europe’s migration crisis.


  10. 51 jackiegrumbacher
    January 30, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Morning. Had a great time yesterday at MIL’s 96th birthday party and got to play for hours with our three-year old granddaughter. What a treat!!
    Today we’ll see the “Live from the Met” broadcast of Turandot at a local theater and I never fail to get caught up in Puccini’s lyric genius. It’s amazing how freeing it is to step away from politics for a few hours. Three-year-olds only care about games, stories and affection and they are 100 percent genuine and without guile. It’s good to find that simple, happy, uncluttered place in ourselves whenever we can.

  11. 53 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

  12. 54 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Israeli vulture cleared of spying.


    why did you think it was nut n yahoo?

  13. 55 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Goooood Morming TOD Family!

  14. 56 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Heads up Georgia TODers!
    The Democratic Party primary is March 1. Last day to register to vote in time for the primary is this Monday, Feb 1. Spread the word!

  15. 57 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 9:11 am


  16. 61 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Aw man! Thought I’d wake up to pictures of Serena biting another Glam Slam championship trophy. Dang! Did anyone see the match? 😖

  17. 62 desertflower
    January 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

    And we thought they only didn’t care about education……. Morning everyone.

  18. 67 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 9:26 am

  19. 74 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 9:37 am

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      January 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

      I am, too, Df. Thank you for the article. It’s been a long journey toward Hillary Clinton, but I’m finally there. We are all going to have to fight hard against the hatred, which is directed at us, as women, as well as HRC.

  20. 78 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 9:47 am

    psst bt. hint, hint.

  21. January 30, 2016 at 9:48 am

    GM TOD! Up at this god awful hour of the weekend b/c I had to take someone to the airport 😦 To make things worse I had recorded the Australian final at 3:30 a.m. and it ran out 3-2 in the third….only to find out Serena lost. She is always so kind & gracious in defeat…..except Sharapova, who I hate & Azarenka who stole her hitting partner of a decade to try to learn how to beat her. Anyways gonna pull for Djokovic or Murray (whines too much) ……Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

    • January 30, 2016 at 9:58 am

      You haven’t had a good start to the weekend, LP 😆

      • January 30, 2016 at 10:03 am

        Well I get a weekend off from football so as long as Auburn wins tonight in Basketball & Djoker will in the morning I’ll be ok. I’m truly going to be beside myself for the week leading up to the Super Bowl (really hoping Cam Newton and Carolina crush the Broncos) on the plus side since CBS is broadcasting the game no Bill O or Matt Lauer interview….instead Gayle King will interview PBO & FLOTUS an hour before the game and probably party with them during the game 🙂

    • 91 amk for obama
      January 30, 2016 at 10:05 am

      see? that’s why you shouldn’t be so invested in f@#$%&***ing sports.

      • January 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

        I can’t help it. I’m a gambler. Even the dumbest matches/games impact me. I’m trying to make it to Santa Clara for the Super Bowl, but cheapest ticket right now is ~3500 for nose bleed seats (though down fro 5600 a week ago) I’m probably going to just go to Vegas for the weekend b/c I have two exams next week and won’t have to worry about classes for another month test wise….

  22. January 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

    For AMK (biggest Coldplay fan) + plus Beyonce will perform this at the Super Bowl next Sunday too :mrgreen:

    • 94 CEB
      January 30, 2016 at 10:32 am

      I really do not get why a British band from a country that does not even have the sport is the headline entertainment at the 50th Super Bowl, this most North American, USA event. Added to this, Chris Martin has a weak-ass voice, such poor enunciation that I have no idea what he is singing about and the overall band does not have the kick-ass quality that so many other American groups and individuals have, nor has he the storied career of someone like Paul McCartney (I liked his show and he has long been a friend of the USA and some of his children had an American mother). There will be many who have no idea who Cold Play is. Will be skipping the half-time show (the only thing I watch anyway) this year.

      • January 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

        After the Janet Jackson Justin Timberlake episode the NFL tried to go super conservative in their half time acts….last year Katy Perry Being the exception. But they have had Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and the Who as English acts in the past few years.

  23. January 30, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Auburn graduates Dog 😀 😀 😀

  24. January 30, 2016 at 9:56 am

    At his town hall meeting in Iowa City on Friday, the Republican presidential candidate insulted people with low IQs and lamented that they were allowed to vote. He said it was “disturbing” that many people are unable to pass the written test to get into the military…

    …a graduate student …asked Carson: If you’re so passionate about being educated, then why don’t you accept the science of human-caused climate change? “You’ve spoken a lot about using common sense and using your brain, and I really appreciate that,” … “And in some of the questions in the debates, you responded that you really seek the input of experts.”… “The experts in the scientific community overwhelmingly agree that climate change is a problem. Can you explain that discrepancy, and why you’re not willing to listen to the experts?”

    [Carson] responded by saying that the climate science is “politicized.” ,,,But the most notable portion of Carson’s response was what he didn’t say — and that’s anything about the actual science of human-caused climate change. Carson said the EPA had become politicized and that the Clean Power Plan wouldn’t work, but he didn’t say anything surrounding the actual question, which was why, scientifically, he doesn’t accept that climate change is a problem.

    [Graduate student said that] he just didn’t understand how someone could preach the importance of education while denying mainstream science.

    “If he’s going to stand up there and say we need to listen to the experts, and we need to use our brains — 97 percent of the scientific community agrees on this one,” he said. “It’s not just politicizing the issue. It’s a little more than that.”

  25. January 30, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Good morning, TOD. df,Just read the article you shared about HC. I echo what you said……….pretty much where I am. Joan made some good points in the article.

  26. January 30, 2016 at 9:59 am

  27. 107 GGAIL
    January 30, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Am I correct in understanding that ManU beat Derby, 3-1???⚽️

    • January 30, 2016 at 10:04 am

      A mighty fine morning to ya GGail – yes, our boys strolled to success against the mighty Derby (well, they were mighty in the 1970s). The highlight was a delicious goooooooal from Roooooooney. I think the Dutch Revolution has begun 😎

      • 109 GGAIL
        January 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

        G⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️AL morning Chips! It was wonderful to read how well our boys played last night 😎

  28. 110 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 10:03 am

  29. 111 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 10:04 am

  30. 112 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 10:04 am

    • January 30, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Throw in a dash of humility…when it’s not all about you, you can sincerely be happy for someone else.

    • 114 Dakota
      January 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Despite the innuendoes to the contrary, Serena and Venus have always been gracious in defeat. Though I never want to see either of them lose to anyone, I like Angelique and enjoy her play and there is obviously great affection between she and Serena. You’ll never see their “darling” Sharapova being that gracious to anyone. Serena will beat Steffi Graf’s record and will probably do it this year.

  31. 115 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

    It’s a hard thing to do…

  32. 117 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

    turnout, turnout, turnout. people.

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