27 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. August 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Good Morning UT…Extended Night Owls/Early Risers!

  2. August 29, 2013 at 6:13 am

    UT…you and Chipsticks did a AWESOME job covering the March both on Saturday and on yesterday. Providing reliable information and giving TODers a place to come to to reflect and to catch up on the news and events that we might have missed is a valuable service. I also appreciated the input and comments from other bloggers. All those things helped to make the day complete. Those of us who were not able to physically participate in the march had a virtual presence because your efforts.

    MANY THANKS!!!

    • August 29, 2013 at 6:20 am

      I second that! I’ve been so busy lately, I’ve barely been able to see or read the news, but it hasn’t mattered. All I have to do is check into TOD to find out everything relevant.

  3. August 29, 2013 at 6:14 am

    “U.S. fast-food workers plan nationwide strikes over minimum wage”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/29/us-usa-restaurants-strike-idUSBRE97S05320130829

    Fast-food workers across the United States are expected to stage their largest strike to date on Thursday in an almost year-long campaign to raise wages in the service sector.

    Employees of McDonald’s Corp, Wendy’s Restaurants LLC, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others have pledged to walk off their jobs in 50 cities from Boston, Mass, to Alameda, Calif., organizers say. They are expected to be joined by retail employees at stores owned by Macy’s Inc, Sears Holdings Corp and Dollar Tree Inc in some cities.

    The workers are demanding that the federal minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour from the current $7.25. They also want to form unions without facing retaliation from franchisees or their parent companies.

    • August 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Swbluega, this strike is good news because fast food is the one area where Americans will notice the difference. Workers no longer have much leverage in manufacturing because the impact on the public is rarely felt. I will support this strike in every way I can and I hope we all do as well. Nobody “needs” fast food. There are lots of alternatives, including packing your own healthier lunches and making dinner with fresh, less fatty ingredients. If Americans crave something else, then we can all darned well pay more for it so workers can make a living wage.

      • August 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

        “Nobody ‘needs’ fast food.” I agree with you Jackie. It’s a bad habit we’ve acquired. When I was younger, going to a fast food restaurant was a treat because it was done so rarely. Now it’s part of our everyday routine. And yes, from a health perspective, reducing our fast food intake would definitely be beneficial.

        I think I read somewhere that raising the wages wouldn’t necessarily have to equate to a huge increase in the price of the food — relatively speaking. But with everything corporate, it comes down to greed and the bottom line.

      • August 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

        Jackie, was it you that had said on yesterday that you had had an injury to your back? Hopefully, you are doing better and on the road to recovery. I will keep you in my thoughts.

        • August 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

          SW, thank you for remembering. I’ve got to go through more tests, including an MRI, which always makes me anxious since I’m a little claustrophobic. Then we get into treatment issues.

          • August 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

            I will keep positive thoughts that the tests will conclude with a “best case” scenario for you and that the required treatment will not be too extensive nor extended.

  4. August 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for the early thread, UT. Yesterday was a magnificent day and it was TOD that once again allowed all of us–in all areas of the world–to feel part of it. There’s no other place like this where we come to support our president without cynicism and negativity. I know it takes tremendously hard work to not only bring the best of the news and the glorious photos and videos, but to block out the haters. Can’t express my gratitude enough for all you, Chips and the other contributors do here.

  5. 15 Melanie
    August 29, 2013 at 8:33 am

    U.S. on track to pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer in seven years; huge natl. security/foreign policy implications— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) August 29, 2013

  6. August 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Great economic news!!

    • August 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Excellent!!!! Mooooooorning Hopefruit, moooooooorning everyone. The Legend that is UT will be your R&S hostess with the mooooooooooooooostess this morning!

  7. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    August 29, 2013 at 8:44 am

  8. 19 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

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  11. 26 CarolynfromDetroit
    August 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hi, Chips. Thank you so much for having this wonderful place to come! Like me, everyone here loves and supports the President. When I read the comments I know there are others who share my thoughts. The coverage of the MOW was outstanding! Thanks again for keeping us informed.


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