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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: The White House Easter Egg Roll, April 9, 2012

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!


121 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. April 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good Wednesday Chipsticks…TODers!

  2. 3 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  3. April 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

    With so many contenders for the Republican nominee to run for Chambliss’ senate seat, we’re being bombarded by ads of the RWNJ whose sole platform is *STILL* repealing Obamacare. Nothing addressing any other issues, of which there are many. JUST repeal Obamacare.

    You would think that repealing Obamacare would solve all the ills of the world…almost as momentous as find a cure for cancer or resolving all the discord in the Middle East. sheeesh

  4. 8 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

  5. April 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Breaking News: Multiple Students Reported Stabbed At Franklin Regional High School

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/04/09/multiple-students-reported-stabbed-at-franklin-regional-high-school/

    ——

    Police and paramedics are on the scene of a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

    911 confirms that five or six students have been stabbed, and the suspect is in custody.

    There’s no word if the suspect is a student or adult.

  6. April 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

    “LSU Gymnast’s Perfect 10 Performance Goes Viral”

    http://newsone.com/3003902/lloimincia-hall-lsu-gymnasts-perfect-10-performance-goes-viral-video/?omcamp=sf_N1TW

    —–

    Lloimincia Hall, a gymnast who led LSU into the NCAA Championships on Saturday, is gaining some much deserved attention after a Jan. 31 performance against Alabama went viral, reports NOLA.com.

    Hall scored the third perfect 10.0 of the season and the fifth of her career during the show-stopping performance.

    • 14 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Indeed swblue – such a unique performance that was very well executed! Never seen any thing like this. Nerdy Wonka had posted the video on TOD a couple days ago – but those who didn’t see it then can now watch it!! Thanks for posting. :)

  7. 15 99ts
    April 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Hi Ms Chips and everyone – have a great day

  8. 17 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! I look forward to this year’s Easter Egg Roll with our President. I guess the media will be standing by to report whether PBO misses his basketball shots 22 times – that was their headlines last year….

  9. 18 amk for obama
    April 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

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    what danny needs is more buddies. do it.

  10. 19 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I loved that cute little guy in the photo above—-in his dress casual attire—-navy sport coat and khakis. So intent on his mission.

  11. 22 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

  12. 23 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    LIVE NOW: Multiple Students Stabbed At Franklin Regional High School – http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/live-video/

    • 24 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

      I hope there are no casualties and their injuries are relatively minor and/or treatable.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Information reported thus far: As many 20 students injured; 4 “serious” but not considered life-threatening at this time. All victims range in age from 14-17, and were students at the school. Suspect (also a student at the school) is now in custody and being questioned by police/authorities.

    • 26 Linda
      April 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

      CNN :

      Whatever, now back to that missing plane !

      They didn’t even pay attention to what the Doctor said to them. He said 3 in surgery. Chris Cuomo repeats him and says 11 .

    • April 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

      “Up to 20 Hurt in Stabbings at Pittsburgh-Area High School”

      http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/20-hurt-stabbings-pittsburgh-area-high-school-n75536

      —–

      As many as 20 students were hurt when a classmate went on a stabbing rampage in the classrooms and hallways of a high school outside Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

      The suspect was in custody, Dan Stevens, a Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman, told WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh. He said that the motive was unclear and that the injuries did not appear life-threatening.

      ======

      I was listening to the cbs coverage and they reported that the condition of 4 of the victims was serious.

  13. 28 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I don’t know who’s behind this re-emergence of the 30yr. old Rev.Al story, or why, but I doubt the purpose was to paint him as some sort of law enforcement hero. It’s given the news media an opportunity to show old vids of activist Al with the wild hair screaming into a bullhorn etc.—–looks like an attempt at a smear job to me—-and as was mentioned on Today, “just in time for his hosting of President Obama today at the Civil Rights event.”

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Yep, Dotster, the media/GOP complex thinks it’s being subtle, but more and more people are on to their undermining scams.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Yes, it’s a smear job. This is not even news, and Rev Al wrote about it in one of his books. I’m not sure what they think they’re accomplishing by this.

    • 31 Dudette
      April 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Rev was on the Tom Joyner Morning (Radio) Show talking about it too

  14. 32 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

  15. 33 jackiegrumbacher
    April 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Morning all, a close cousin died yesterday and the sadness just overwhelmed me. She was the last living person, aside from my two older sisters, who remembered and loved my father and it just hit hard that it was not just the loss of a wonderful person, but the end of an era of shared memories. My 94 year old MIL has been telling us for years how painful it is when everyone who shared your memories is dead. She’s lost all of the contemporaries in her extended family and has been struggling with that special loneliness for years. Now I know.

    • April 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

      ((((((((((((((((((((((huggs))))))))))))))))))))))) Jackie

    • April 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Oh Jackie, I’m so sorry for the loss of your surviving connection with your father, that’s something that’s slowly happening with my late father’s people too, so I understand the impact it has. It’s not something I had ever even thought about. Take care of yourself Jackie, so sorry again.

      • 36 jackiegrumbacher
        April 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

        Thanks, Chips. I’m better today, but I just start crying for no reason. The best antidote to sadness though, to hug your family and friends tighter and that’s what I’m going to do today.

    • 40 dotster3
      April 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

      So sorry for your loss, Jackie. I understand what you’re saying, about that deep sadness of losing those connections. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    • 42 mtmarilyn
      April 9, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Oh Jackie, my heart is with you. I lost an uncle last week who was the last elder in our family. Now we are the elders. The losing of family and friends at our age is so hard. Death is such a part of us. This last month I have lost 6 friends and family members. Coming to TOD helps to heal the soul. I will add you to my prayers.

      • 43 jackiegrumbacher
        April 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

        Yes, Marilyn, it just starts to multiply at our age. Friends, family all pass away and it just forces you to confront all the stuff that once seemed so far away.

    • April 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

      My condolences to you and your family JackieG. {{{{{ }}}}}

    • 45 Dudette
      April 9, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Aw, I”m so sorry dear. Hugs and deep condolences to you and your family jackie.

    • 46 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Sorry for your loss Jackie. May she RIP, and my deepest condolences to you and your family.

    • 47 JER
      April 9, 2014 at 9:27 am

      I am so sorry to hear of your loss Jackie. You are in my thoughts. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

    • 48 COS
      April 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

      GM everyone. So sorry for your loss Jackie.

    • 49 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Jackie, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

    • 50 TrumpDog
      April 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

      I’m so very sorry for your loss, Jackie.

    • 51 Vicki
      April 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

      So sorry to hear of your loss,jackie. kisses and hugs to you.

    • April 9, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I’m so sorry for your loss, jackie. My condolences to you and your sisters. May you find peace in the days ahead.

    • 53 57andfemale
      April 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

      I’m so sorry for your loss, jackie. You are loved and we hold you in our loving arms. My condolences to you and your family.
      {{{{{{{jackiegrumbacher}}}}}}

    • 54 No Child Left Behind
      April 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Jackiegrumbacher, Good Morning to you and to the entire community.

      I extend my condolences for your loss and wish you peace and comfort. Cherish the good memories that will be there forever. Have a great day.

    • 55 Judith Fardig
      April 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Dear Jackie,
      Sounds almost like losing a sister with the grief that causes everything to seem gray for a while. We send all the comfort we can and hold you close.

    • April 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Regret this very sad news, Jackie. Will keep you and your sisters in my thoughts.

  16. 59 amk for obama
    April 9, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Several tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw.

    The Yahoo blogging platform Tumblr has advised the public to “change your passwords everywhere – especially your high-security services like email, file storage and banking”.

    Security advisers have given similar warnings about the Heartbleed Bug.

    It follows news that a product used to safeguard data could be compromised to allow eavesdropping.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26954540

    Get ‘cracking’.

    • 60 57andfemale
      April 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

      I heard about this yesterday and wanted your input. Thanks.

      • 61 amk for obama
        April 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        where there is scaremongering, I am there.

        • 62 57andfemale
          April 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

          Is that a good thing?

          I’ve changed some passwords. Should be truly be all crazy about this?

          • 63 amk for obama
            April 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

            General thumb rule for all web money transactions – whether it be banking, credit cards, on-line purchases, etc. – change passwords every month. Minimum 10 alphanumeric characters.

            • 64 57andfemale
              April 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

              I’ve heard that. Wow…….. Do you do that?

              • 65 amk for obama
                April 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

                Yes. Especially my credit card a/c’s. Even though I use it rarely for on-line payments.

                • 66 57andfemale
                  April 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm

                  I have one card that I use exclusively for online payments and that’s all I use it for. I keep just enough money in it as is necessary.

                  • 67 amk for obama
                    April 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

                    Keeping just about enough money is also a good protection. Also good practice to check your card a/c often and see if any unauthorized transactions happened. I never allow anyone to directly deduct from my card a/c (like telephone bills, utility bills etc.) even though they push for it.

        • 68 57andfemale
          April 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

          Oh, Sage One:

          IF the Open SSL is not fixed at a given site (say, Amazon, etc.) am I just as vulnerable with a new password as I was with the old one?

          Me confused by ‘puter stuff.

          • 69 amk for obama
            April 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

            Not likely. For one thing, amazon (and all such commerce portals) will definitely their part to fix this issue. Your new password is additional protection.

            My mantra for all on-line purchases – cod only.
            Except for rare software purchases.

            • 70 57andfemale
              April 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

              COD not very popular in the U.S. And not readily available on many purchases.

              I will definitely make a list of the online sites I frequent and make monthly changes.

              What is your feeling on tools/programs that change passwords?

              And thank you so much for educating this poor, ignorant soul.

  17. 77 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning Friends!

    Ya know what’s good for breakfast? Asparagus! :-D

  18. 78 desertflower
    April 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Good morning everyone:) Look here:) Who would have guessed? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/08/new-poll-shows-voters-in-red-states-want-to-expand-medicaid.html Yes…put this one in the “no shit Sherlock” pile. Just hope when voting time comes they remember who wanted them healthy and cared for, and who didn’t care if they lived or died.

    {{{{{{jackie}}}}}} So sorry to hear about your loss. You know we’re here for you.

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Df, I know you and our wonderful family at TOD support each other through all the ups, downs and sorrows and joys. That’s one of the many 1000s of ways this site is so special.

      • 80 desertflower
        April 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

        It’s true:) Many of us have been lifted up in difficult times from the care and concern from our TOD family….special place we have here:) Just know that you are loved and thought about.

  19. 81 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Wow—just heard on NBCPittsburgh that 7 of the 20 students stabbed have life-threatening injuries, per hospital report. What a senseless tragedy. It’s almost impossible to understand how this rampage by one student could have gone on for over 30 minutes, from classroom to classroom.

    • 82 Linda
      April 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

      NBC Chuck Todd just said he is being told there are NO life threatening injuries.

      Sigh !

      • 83 Linda
        April 9, 2014 at 9:32 am

        He just corrected it…….with a ” Well, you know these things happen ” ( about the wrong information )

        He used the same ” shit happens ” during the Fort Hood incident last week.

        Translation: The media will say anything in order to be first in the reporting…..

        • 84 desertflower
          April 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

          You know, not his job to supply facts.What a jackass. His BOSS should fire his sorry ass! Oh wait…

          • 85 desertflower
            April 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

            From NBC story: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/school-stabbing-spree/school-bloodbath-20-hurt-pittsburgh-area-stabbing-spree-n75536

            many as 20 students were hurt, some with life-threatening wounds, when a classmate went on a stabbing rampage through the classrooms and halls of a high school outside Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

            The student suspect was in custody and being questioned by police, said Dan Stevens, a Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman. He said that the motive was unclear.

            Watch live coverage from WPXI

            Seven teenagers and an adult were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital, Dr. Chris Kauffman, the trauma director, there. The seven had stab wounds to the chest, back and abdomen, he said. He characterized some of the injuries as life-threatening and said students were in the operating room.

            “These are quite serious injuries,” he said. “These are not superficial in nature.”

      • 86 anniebella
        April 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

        Now imagine if this person had a AK-15, instead of a knife. Heard that NRA, heard that Congress.

    • 89 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Oh, God, the agony their parents must be feeling just breaks my heart. Please let them have the best surgeons and care givers and survive to lead their full lives.

      • 90 MightyPamela
        April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        These children, because they are still children, will now have to manage this dreadful and terrifying experience, the physical and emotional scars, for the remainder of their lives. Brushing this off as ‘injuries not that serious’ is total bullshit.

    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Now we’re going to hear that we need more knives in school, or maybe there isn’t a National Knives Association who could exploit this tragedy for profit like the NRA does.

      • 92 anniebella
        April 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

        If the NRA thought they could make money off of we need more knives, believe me they would go for it and Congress would do whatever the NRA says.

  20. 94 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 9:32 am

    • 95 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Bless them on this trip. I hope their presence brings a lot of comfort to the grieving families. Hope the president reminds us how much the struggle for civil rights still rages and that every right wing Supreme Court justice is made to hear him. And above all, I hope they have a safe trip and return satisfied with their mission. So glad they’re together on this. Our president faces so much alone.

  21. April 9, 2014 at 9:53 am

  22. April 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

  23. April 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

    The President heads to Fort Hood today…for another yet another mourning ceremony…what would happen if the President decided not to go….or
    what would happen if PBO started attending the funeral of every child …of every person who is killed by acts of random gun violence..what warrants the visit of a President?…is it the number of people killed at a time? I am torn by this…the single deaths are just as compelling…just as gut wrenching to the families…I know that PBO cannot attend every funeral of every person/child killed by random acts of gun violence…but i want him to…as irrational as that may be….

    however i feel our President’s compassion…and i sense that each of these mourning ceremonies tears at his soul…….

    we do not seem to pause for these gun deaths unless there are multiple killings…but even the slaughter of innocents at a school are not enough to turn back the tide of gun violence…

    there have been 1000s of folks killed by random gun violence in just the last two years….and i suspect that this will not be the last act of multiple murders committed by a single assailant who should not have had access to a gun….not to mention murders committed in our cities that don’t make national headlines…

    i know that although it is not in the news…there continues to be the battle to contain gun violence..i pray that we Press ON!..

    YES We Must!

  24. April 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

  25. 103 desertflower
    April 9, 2014 at 9:57 am

    mtmarilyn…HEAD’S UP!

    http://mtcowgirl.com/2014/04/08/tea-partiers-running-as-dems-become-active-in-right-wing-causes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MontanaCowgirlBlog+%28Montana+Cowgirl+Blog%29

    TEA PARTIERS RUNNING AS DEMS BECOME ACTIVE IN RIGHT-WING CAUSES
    A dirty plot hatched by the local conservatives to deceive voters and with TEA Party Republicans pretending to be Democrats has thickened. No less than eight TEA Party conservatives have filed for office as democrats has just come to light. Now, the possible motives and potential and level of coordination of these party-switching candidates is starting to emerge: one has already appeared as a pawn in a lawsuit filed by a right-wing extremist and TEA Party candidate who is seeking to block access to federal funds to pay for health care for the working poor and Veterans in Montana.

    • 104 mtmarilyn
      April 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Thanks DF, we have been hearing about this. My friend is the Dem recruiter and has been talking about this. What a bunch of a$$es they are.

      • 105 No Child Left Behind
        April 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

        But this is scary! There are gullible people that will vote for these jerks thinking these fake democrats are on their sides. I hope this gets wide coverage in democratic circles.

        • 106 mtmarilyn
          April 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

          It is scary especially here in MT. There are so many people that don’t really know what is going on. According to my friend they are aware of the situation and trying to counteract it. I think it will mean more phone calls for us in those areas this is happening.

    • 108 desertflower
      April 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Medicare paid almost 4,000 doctors and medical professionals more than $1 million apiece in 2012, including seven who received more than $10 million. Eye doctors were among the highest compensated, including one Florida ophthalmologist paid $21 million in 2012.

      The disclosures were gleaned from $77 billion in payment data released by the government this morning that provides the first look at Medicare payments to physicians in more than three decades.

      The data file covering 880,000 providers showed a concentration at the top, with the doctors over $1 million receiving at least 13 times the $77,000 average paid by the program. The data showed that cancer doctors specializing in blood work and radiation are those best compensated by Medicare, each averaging over $360,000 in annual payments from the program for the elderly and disabled, which is the largest health-care payer in the U.S.

      “This is an enormous event and momentous day and a long time in coming,” Bob Kocher, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama for health care policy, said in an interview. “What it’s going to help us do for the first time is figure out what these doctors actually do and what kinds of patients they actually see.”

  26. 114 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Latest update on the stabbings—-7 teens, 1 adult in life threatening situations, some in surgery. Male suspect in custody, said to be sophomore at the h.s. Possible bullying motive.

    • 115 dotster3
      April 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Dr.—–‘most likely all teens will survive and recover.’ So some good news.

      • April 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

        thank you for you report Dotster…

        i do not often say it…but i appreciate your reports on the impact of violence in your city…because altho i do not live in Chi Town…i think that it is similar in my home town of Philadelphia..

      • April 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

        i know that this report is about Pittsburgh…but i think that all of our ciites are plagued with these same issues

  27. April 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

    • 119 HZ
      April 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

      May grace be granted to both our President and First Lady as they comfort the families and the nation during another time of mourning.HZ

  28. 121 Nena20409
    April 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Wishing Jackie my sincerest and warmest sympathy on the loss of her family member.

    GM TODers in the CT, MT and PT Zones.
    GA to the TODers in the ET zone.

    Missed the Color-Comment/Reply Party last night.
    Happy Wednesday to All.


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