Early Bird Chat

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  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    March 27, 2016 at 8:58 am


    • March 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

      GoooooooOOOOOOOOooooOOOooooooood mooooooooooooorning Neeeeeeeeeeeerdy! πŸ™‚

    • 3 Roberta in MN
      March 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Helloooo Nerdy and Congrats on 1st and Happy Easter. Hope yur weather is sunny and bright down there ours is cloudy and soupy again today. πŸ™‚

  2. 4 Don
    March 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Good morning all, and Happy Easter.

  3. March 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Happy Easter TODers!

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeya Chips, Nerdy!!

  4. 8 amk for obama
    March 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

    speaking of the devil dood

    Pope Francis has condemned those who fail to help migrants, during his traditional Easter speech in Rome.

    The Pope said migrants often met “rejection from those who could offer them welcome and assistance”.

    He also condemned terrorism as “a blind and brutal violence” that should be fought with “weapons of love”.


  5. 16 amk for obama
    March 27, 2016 at 9:06 am


    Taken 2

    Taken 3

    Really, cable teevee?

  6. 19 GGAIL
    March 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good West Coast Easter Sunday morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  7. 22 amk for obama
    March 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

  8. March 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

    • 24 GGAIL
      March 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

      That’s pretty clever.
      I’m surprised that Bernie won Washington State. Seattle, please explain.

      • 25 99ts
        March 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

        I was surprised too ggail – so either Bernie is popular – or Caucus is a crazy way to select candidates. How many people have time to sit around as required at such events. And everyone knows who you are voting for. And folks run around demanding you listen to why you should vote for a or b or c.

        What is the turnout – caucus cf primary?

        If he starts winning closed primary elections, in states that do not have GOP voter supression – then yes – he is popular

        I thought I was beginning to understand US elections – silly me!

        • 26 arapaho415
          March 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

          GM 99ts.

          Google tells me it’s the wee hours in Australia, but here’s some caucus info, courtesy of Chips’ twitter timeline:


          • 27 arapaho415
            March 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

            From yesterday, before all caucus results were tallied:

          • 28 99ts
            March 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

            it was indeed the wee small hours – currently a more civilised 7.45am πŸ™‚

      • 31 57andfemale
        March 27, 2016 at 10:03 am

        Hillary has made a calculation that she won’t lay a finger on Sanders so she can better heal the party. She needs to better frame Sanders. WA depends on global trade. HRC should have made a better case (or any case) on Bernie’s myopic and archaic economic views. She needs to do that in WI, PA before be does all the framing. Course correction is necessary. The rabid BS supporters believe she’s the devil. We don’t give BS more room to convince others.

        • 32 GGail
          March 27, 2016 at 10:48 am

          57, I agree with your assessment. Hillary should have made a more concerted appearance in WA. Just because it’s a caucus doesn’t mean that there are not people in that State that needs to see and hear from a candidate. And if Dan Pfiefer’s tweet is correct, then it explains Hillary’s campaigns thinking about caucuses.

  9. 33 amk for obama
    March 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I see that limeys finally got a win over the krauts. Guess, no ruiney?

  10. March 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Good Sunday, Chipsticks… TOD Family!

  11. 39 amk for obama
    March 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    go away ruiney


    what? it’s the limey beebs that is saying it.

  12. 40 jackiegrumbacher
    March 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Happy Easter everyone. I’ve been averaging about 16 hours of sleep and 8 hours of some semblance of being awake. I’m wheezing less and have fewer feverish episodes, but am mostly groggy and sleepy.
    This morning I read about a big scandal involving the leading Republican candidate for the Pa state house. Apparently she hosted an Easter egg hunt and did such a bad job the children went away crying. Outraged parents are now saying that if she can’t manage an Easter egg hunt, she’s unfit for state level office. I think our Democratic Candidate should run on her better egg hunt management skills. Makes as much sense as any other wacky thing happening this election year.

  13. March 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Bernie Sanders netted nearly three dozen delegates after his win in Hawaii, having swept three states. It’s a solid showing, but it didn’t significantly tighten Hillary Clinton’s overall big lead.

    Sanders needs to win 67 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates through June to be able to clinch the Democratic nomination. So far he’s only winning 37 percent.

  14. 44 rikyrah
    March 27, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😎
    Happy Easter 🐰

  15. March 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Bernie’s running out of caucuses.

  16. March 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Bernie’s also still behind 2.5 million in popular votes.

  17. 47 99ts
    March 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Happy Sunday TODers. We had one of those crazy family events which leave me feeling like a washed out rag – my age is showing.

  18. March 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Bernie has a woman problem, including even his wife, “Get thee behind me”

  19. 49 desertflower
    March 27, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Morning everyone:) My ONE day to sleep in….no alarm…..and the cat was serenading me at the door this morning:) Heavy sigh:)

    • March 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Grrrrrrrrr!!! πŸ™‚ Happy Easter DF!

      • 51 desertflower
        March 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

        I know:) I should be used to it by now….still, I was hoping for a break. Happy Easter to you and Danny! Anything special on the agenda today? I’m tending the not Olympic pool, doing laundry, tidying the house….cooking dinner. If I have time, I’ll sit outside and read a book…beautiful day here today:) Hope you do something fun:)

        • March 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

          Crikey, you’re a busy bunny DF, I wouldn’t fit that much in to a week, never mind a day! Danny has had his walk and swim, and if he’s reaaaaaally good and sleeps while I’m working, he’ll get another amble later. That’s about as much as I have planned!

  20. 54 Roberta in MN
    March 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Happy Easter TOD. Have a wonderful day.

  21. 55 Dudette
    March 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning Family!

    Terrific day in store for me today. Colonoscopy scheduled tomorrow, so today I get to consume mass quantities of clear liquids and laxatives starting at noon. Woohoo! #FeeltheButtBurn πŸ˜–πŸ˜«πŸ˜©

    • 56 desertflower
      March 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

      #FeeltheButtBurn Poor sweet:( Sorry….who timed THAT so perfectly???

      • 57 Dudette
        March 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

        It was me… all me. I’ve moved it like 3 times, didn’t check calendar last time. Doc is always booked up months at a time, so when I finally realized it’s on Easter Monday, decided it’s better to just get it over with. [Sigh!]

        Family is having a big cookout this afternoon while I’m home alone on the porcelain throne. 😞

        • 58 desertflower
          March 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

          Lucky for you, there is another Easter next year:) Hope that all goes well…

          • 59 Dudette
            March 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

            Thanks! I’m just looking forward to seeing beautiful photos of our beautiful First Family walking to church on their last Easter in the WH.

    • March 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Dudette, I shouldn’t laugh, but -> #FeeltheButtBurn πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      Wishing you the best!!!!

    • March 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Been there, done that, hate it!

      • 64 Dudette
        March 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

        Sigh! Definitely not the most fun thing to do. But colon cancer is no joke. It has taken quite a number of my family members, so I’ve gotta do the do. 😁

        • 65 cd4biden
          March 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

          Oh Dudette, that makes it so important for you to do. So glad, even if it is Easter Monday and you miss the dinner tonight, that you are tending to this yucky of all yucky tasks. I’m due for another one in two years and I am already dreading it. Wish they could figure out an easier way for all of us. At least it will be a distant memory when we are in DC πŸ™‚

          • 66 Dudette
            March 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

            Yep. I’ll be glad to have it over and done tomorrow. Just gotta get thru the yucky part today. πŸ˜–

    • 67 GGail
      March 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Dudette, for whatever reason it is this weekend that you have to “do the do”, I’m glad that you’re getting the procedure. It is important! It will be all over and you’ll be glad you had the procedure ❀

    • 69 99ts
      March 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Dear Dudette

      After my last – which showed zero issues – I told my Doc – not ever doing that again. Don’t even mention it. (And sitting in recovery area with half a dozen similar souls, one of the men (had to be a man) talked non stop about how it was so wonderful – it’s a wonder he walked out alive – given the thoughts of the rest of us)

      Take care of you. (((((dudettte)))))

  22. 70 mtmarilyn
    March 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Happy Easter everyone. It is a beautiful Day. The Obama’s are still in the White House. Have a wonderful day.

    Off to church.

  23. 72 MightyPamela
    March 27, 2016 at 10:29 am


  24. 73 desertflower
    March 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Seriously America?? WTF!

  25. 76 amk for obama
    March 27, 2016 at 10:32 am

    aussie monsters are killing us.

  26. 81 desertflower
    March 27, 2016 at 10:32 am


    • 82 Wilson Michael
      March 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      WTF Indeed. Drumpf is really thin skinned. Yet it doesn’t stop him from casting slurs at others, like PBO’s birth certtificate, etc. Also what is frightening is his very shallow knowledge of international affairs.

  27. March 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

    West wing Report says First Family on it’s way to church this morning, not St. John the church of the Presidents but another church. TBA later.

    • 84 arapaho415
      March 27, 2016 at 10:43 am

      GM annieb, Happy Easter to you.

      Looking forward to photos of the family, our last Easter together. 😦

      If the church is in Alexandria, press won’t have the photo op of the First Family walking to church. 😦

  28. 86 amk for obama
    March 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

    nazis and fascists come out to disrupt Brussels peace march.


  29. 88 Dudette
    March 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

  30. 89 Dudette
    March 27, 2016 at 10:48 am

    • March 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Wow, it’s amazing to see their growth spurts over the years. They are so beautiful and poised. Next we’ll see Malia go off to college. OMG. Although I’m sure they would love their privacy on many an occasion, I hope their lives in the White House have been enriching in all ways.

  31. 93 arapaho415
    March 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

    GM, Happy Easter, TODville.

    Secretary of State Kerry highlights the real danger of Trump/Sanders campaigns. Apparently #BernieOrBust care about as much about US foreign policy as their dear leader.

    And let’s see who ends up the winner between “regional power” Putin and PBO.

  32. 94 arapaho415
    March 27, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Complete O/T, but just heard a report on @cbsradionews that made my head spin, about the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece.

    The report said that the economy for the Greek Island of Lesbos depends heavily on tourism.

    There are now more refugees on the island than the island’s pre-crisis population of 80,000.

    Tourism is down 90% there and their unemployment rate was already at 25%.

    Seems like a bleak year for the EU. 😦

    • March 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Greece has been so badly screwed by Europe in every imaginable way, Arapaho, they were already on their knees and now this is happening to them. It was all very well for Merkel to issue an open invitation to refugees, but Greece is carrying the burden more than most. Horrendous.

  33. 96 yardarm756
    March 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

    G’day mates….Happy Resurrection Sunday.

  34. March 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Happy Easter to everyone celebrating! And good morning from the West Coast where this beautiful layer of fog has now lifted!

  35. 98 sherijr
    March 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Good morning and Happy Easter lovely TOD πŸ™‚ wishing all of you a beautiful day filled with whomever and whatever you love. All my gratitude for the heartfelt comments to me over the loss of my grandkids mom. Thank you with all my heart.

    • March 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      I’ve been thinking of you and your family, hoping for the best. Just please know that your TOD family is here for you as well. You’ve had a very rough tragedy. Sending you highest healing.

      • 100 sherijr
        March 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        Dear meta, thank you so much.

        My son took the kids to his wife’s family in PA for Easter… and next week they are all going to the beach for spring vacation. The kids love it there. They are doing well, considering. They were already in counseling for the past two months and I think that has helped allow them to voice their thoughts and feelings during this awful time. They are 8 & 10 yrs old. My granddaughter who’s 10 has asked questions.. but also had a good understanding too, as her mom apparently had told her not long ago, about being in a “black hole”. My son just learned of this convo last week. So she shared more with the kids than was known.

        It’s so hard to understand and yet it isn’t. She loved these kids so much.. she was off drugs – but only newly so, and she had even started back working for three days last week- in a job she loved (she was a nurse). She was going to get the kids for Easter and she would have had them for some of spring vacation. She had chosen – while still on drugs- to fight my son for full custody… he never wanted to take full custody.. he was always happy to have equal shared custody + he paid child support. But, she was upset when he married and then they (he and his wife) had a baby.. and she decided to take him to court. He tried to talk her out of it.. and in the end had to fight back. He won full custody two months ago.. mainly because of her mental health issues at the time- she was committed by her family to a hospital for a breakdown the day she was supposed to appear in court. Even after that, my son assured her and her family that once she was on her feet and got things together that they could go back to sharing the kids. And then she took her life last Sunday.

        Sorry, still just trying to process it and understand her pain.

        • March 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm

          I’m so glad you checked in with us. I’ve been wondering how all of you were doing. Oh my goodness, it’s a tragic situation in so many ways. Drug addiction is so destructive to families. May she rest in peace. So sad that the children have suffered in any way but it sounds like they are strong, resilient. I hope their memories over time are forgiving and they are allowed to heal. Many hugs to you, sherijr.

          • 102 sherijr
            March 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm

            Thank you meta and hugs back to you. Especially I am grateful for your concern. The thing with the kids, is that we know that their will be grief at many different times in their lives over this.. so being able to cope and verbalize now will help them later too. Their step mom is a wonderful woman who has had a healthy loving relationship for about 3 yrs with them.. so that has helped along w/ my son. They have so many people from all sides of the family who love them and that too will help along with time. Again, thank you- Happy Easter and take care :).

        • 105 mtmarilyn
          March 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

          Sending prayers and strength to you and your family.

  36. 107 arapaho415
    March 27, 2016 at 11:35 am

    And… Trump raises his own bar for looniness:

  37. March 27, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Good morning TOD!
    Hi ya Ms. Chips!
    Happy Resurrection Day to all who believe in everlasting hope.
    Knowing that we still have a wonderful family in the WH this morning names me smile.
    Here comes the tears……of joy how our hearts are warmed by their smiles.
    Enjoy your day everyone!

  38. 111 Anjo
    March 27, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Condolences Sherijr to you and family on your tragic loss

  39. 114 catrst
    March 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    To all the angels that reside at this address I wish the best of everything. Love you all. Thank you for every day that I can come here and rejoice in the kind of people you are, smart, witty, kind, strong and wonderful!

  40. 115 Dudette
    March 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  41. 116 Dudette
    March 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  42. 118 Dudette
    March 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

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