Early Bird Chat

On a tour of the State Floor of the White House, President Obama looks at a portrait of John F. Kennedy by Aaron Shikler, Jan. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

90 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 2 Roberta in Mn
    January 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Huh, I was waiting for you to wake up? 🙂 Congrats on 1st Chips. Good Morning to you and Danny Boy. 11 above this morning with -11 Wind chill. Snow later.

  2. 4 Roberta in Mn
    January 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Where is everyone? Quiet morning?

  3. 5 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2014 at 8:21 am

    When Huckabee Supported Government-Mandated Birth Control Coverage

    By Bill Scher


    Funny story: in 2005, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee signed a law mandating Arkansas insurance plans provide contraception coverage, including church-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and universities.

    Nine years ago, Huckabee thought that the government should ensure that everyone had access to contraception. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times detailed in 2012, all sorts of Republicans were happily embracing contraception coverage mandates in the days of Bush and Clinton.

    Then Barack Obama became President.



    • 6 99ts
      January 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

      ODS – every last one of them forgot their value systems when PBO was elected

      • 7 otter44
        January 24, 2014 at 8:51 am

        i think that means that they have no real values. They are hollow racists with no class and no brains. No wonder they are soooooo jealous of our President.

    • 8 Nena20409
      January 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

      And watch out. No so called MSM Journo would in content and with context point out the inconsistency and the hypocrisy that Huckabee is now displaying.

      Huckabee’s bill had Religious groups included in providing Contraceptives coverage.

  4. 9 99ts
    January 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    GM Ms Chips and all – I wondering whether amk is hiding because Fedex lost the semi final – or if he didn’t see the match due to anniversay issues.

    • January 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Morning 99ts!! And straight sets too ….. Amk may not appear for a week.

      • 11 99ts
        January 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

        Awful game for Fedex. I missed the start of the 2nd set – apparently Nadal took a 3 minute “toilet break” and was also playing very slowly & Federer got upset about it (I’m not sure when it happened). I tuned in when he had a few words to the umpire – his game was all downhill after that. He is a no drama man and letting it get to him seemed to send his game spinning. The last set was lost through unforced errors. Disappointing.

  5. 13 africa
    January 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Happy Friday!!

  6. 16 GGAIL
    January 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Friday`s Good!

  7. 19 desertflower
    January 24, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Morning and Happy Friday everyone:) This POS threw his own wife under the bus. Essentially, that’s what he did. If there is ANYONE left out there that thinks these “people” deserve to be anywhere near a govt office or in charge of making rules, laws, proposing bills etc….you need to get your head examined. What a piece of work! I guess she knows where she stands now!


    On a lighter, happier note…so glad that nath has returned. Happy Anniversary, Mr and Mrs amk….

    • 20 africa
      January 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Hi DF 🙂 :). Yikes. What a snake!

      • 21 desertflower
        January 24, 2014 at 8:46 am

        Morning, africa! Snake is an understatement. These guys only care about themselves. Period. I heard something on Thom Hartmann the other day about the discussion we need to have about inequality and poverty in this country and the comment that stood out to me was that this talk has to begin with a discussion about empathy and care for our fellow human beings, otherwise, it’s all for naught. I thought that hit the nail right on the head….but when you turn around and see this weasel….this lying pos…someone that would save his own behind and throw his wife to the dogs….well, I have little hope that we’re going to be able to have an honest, heart to heart about caring for others and compassion.

        • 22 99ts
          January 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

          I saw an article by Cathy Rodgers – the SOTU response lady. I can’t find the link – she was saying all GOPers must bring a constituent to the SOTU. Find someone who is poor, unemployed – someone who is not getting the help they need – etc etc.

          They cause so much pain and then want to drag folks along to say “Obama’s fault”. They are liars & weasels – not to mention evil. I hope she gets the same response as every other respondent to the President’s speeches.

        • 23 africa
          January 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

          Indeed, everything you said. Lots of people who vote for GOP, even the poor would stomp on their fellowmen. Something about GOP is devoid of humanity. I don’t know the back story to McConnell refusing the deal, but why wouldn’t he take a deal to save his wife. Yikes.

          Speaking of the lack of empathy these days, I had a horrid experience on Tuesday in this my Red District. My car stopped dead smack in the middle of traffic while on my way to a meeting for a kid on my case load. I was about five minutes away from the school, when the car stopped. I tried to restart it, but nothing happened.

          In any case, silly ole me, because the car stopped, and in my confusion, I put my blinkers on, got out to tell people to go around me. But lo and behold, as I walked to the passenger side, the car starts to roll. I panicked. I began screaming for help and for what seemed like eternity, people just looked and kept on going. Only one man stopped, got out of his car and came to my assistance. He looked in the car and saw that I had not put the car in park. Duh!

          Then he said, we need to push it out of the way. I got into the car and all by himself, he pushed me into the filling station about 5 to 10 feet away. I was in tears, just thanking him for coming to my rescue.

          While siting in my car, waiting for the tow truck, a man with a back pack walked up to me and asked if I was OK? I said yes, I am fine now. But you did not come to help me when I called out. Then he said, I was all the way across the street. It was a major thoroughfare. Then I noticed the guy was homeless. He was trying to get across to help to help, but he traffic was heavy. He noticed my accent and asked, where is this accent from? I said Liberia. And he surprised me, stating the name of our capital city, Monrovia, etc.

          But back to the loss of humanity in this country, a lot of it is as a result of GOP lack of empathy for others.

          Who are these people, I constantly ask myself.

          • 24 99ts
            January 24, 2014 at 9:23 am

            Africa – we seem to be just too busy with our own lives sometimes – I know what you are saying. Years ago – friend ran out of petrol (I sure berated her – NO reason for that). Anyhow, she called me – I got the gas can – drove to her car, we put in the petrol & car still would not start. Old style carburetor – I know how to do it now! In 15 minutes – no-one stopped – then a bikie pulled over – we were a little wary – he took of his helmet – 85 years old. He got the car going for us – bless him.

            I was feeling for you as I read your post – do hope you are feeling better now.

    • January 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Morning DF! Wasn’t able to be around last night, completely missed that Nath is back, WONDERFUL news!!!!

      • 26 desertflower
        January 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

        Yes…saw that great news in my lurking/reading last night:) Wonderful news…he got the obligatory tongue lashing for not letting the family know that he’s be gone so long….he “get’s it” now! Other than that, we’re good! When Dudette feels well enough to poke her head in, it’ll be even better. It’s nice to be loved, missed and cared about:)

    • January 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

      I don’t feel one once of sympathy for her. It has always been clear that he had absolutely no regard for women. In fact, I’ve often wondered what kind of female tolerates men who show such contempt for the opposite sex? Makes me wonder what he thinks of his mother.

      • 30 99ts
        January 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

        If true, I also cannot believe the fuss about “must have designer clothes for the inauguration” – how much more realistic if she she had dresses that she could afford – to me that would be a really good image for the people who elected her – especially in the midst of the massive economic downturn.

        I think they deserved each other.

  8. 32 99ts
    January 24, 2014 at 8:41 am

    This is the speaker of the House – No 3 in the country

    Boehner Says He Wouldn’t Give Up His Wine And Cigarettes To Be President (and his golf). This man leads the house – who refuse to pay unemployment benefits – earning a large salary while drinking, smoking and playing golf.

    If there a law that bans smoking in the congress buildings? If not, there should be. Smoking is not allowed in ANY public buildings in my world, nor within 16 feet of the doorways.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      January 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Well, 99ts, the good news is that Boehner will never have the opportunity to give up anything. The idea of him and the presidency literally makes me nauseous. The only thing I hope, pray and dream up his giving up is his “job” as Speaker.

    • 34 desertflower
      January 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

      I’m certain that smoking is NOT permitted in these buildings…but I do believe that I read somewhere where HIS office, is like an ashtray. How disgusting….because, you know…he CAN’T SEEM TO CONTROL HIMSELF!

      • 35 99ts
        January 24, 2014 at 9:09 am

        One law for everyone else! I was a lifelong smoker – gave it up 7 years ago – because of a persistent cough. I still miss it – but the main advantage is not spending time wondering where I can go to have a cigarette! Has to be a major reason why the house of reps is in session for such short periods of time.

        • 36 desertflower
          January 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

          Congratulations to you:) I stopped last Sept after years of my son asking me to stop…best thing I ever did. I “vaped” my way off nicotine and couldn’t be happier. Maybe Boner ought to start vaping and put those nasty, smelly cancer sticks down for good. Frankly, quitting was painless. No lie.

          • 37 99ts
            January 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

            I am jealous – I went insane for 12 months – my dad passed away 3 months in – I so nearly started again but the thought of reliving those 3 months stopped me. I doubled in size and still miss the buzz. A true addict. Mr 99 gave up a couple of years before me (health scare) – like you it was not a big issue. We both went cold turkey – ahhhhhhh – the memory.

            • 38 Desertflower
              January 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

              Yikes! The thought of cold turkey is what kept me from ever stopping . Vaping saved my life . Would highly recommend as a way to quit

          • 39 Roberta in Mn
            January 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

            I gave smokes up in 2000, I did Zyban for 3 mos, but my quit date I went to a Spa and had a massage and a detox wrap, went home and drank a gallon of water to flush the toxins out and never had a taste for a smoke again. But I also cleaned out my car. Had it detailed, shampooed the carpets in the house, washed all my clothes and dry cleaned what needed to be done. Never had a craving to start and joined a study to see what effects 40yrs of smoking and quitting did to my lungs. No lesions, I was fortunate, but the heart could have used a little more help. 🙂
            Congratulations on anyone that has gone through the withdrawal stages and persevered.

    • 40 anniebella
      January 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Boehner don’t want to be President, he’s dam lucky to be Speaker. As sorry as he is. So we have a drunk who likes to smoke and play golf, who is speaker of the house.

      • 41 Obama Grandmama
        January 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

        The Speaker is third inline for the Presidency.

        When on an airplane if you think you are unable or do not want to do the duties needed to sit in the emergency exit row you need to switch out and give that spot to someone willing to be responsible for those requirements.

        Why would someone agree to be Speaker if they were unwilling or did not want to fulfill the requirements of the office if needed?

  9. 42 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2014 at 8:50 am


    Remarks by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)

    The Rise of the Tea Party and how Progressives can Fight Back


    Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for remarks by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). In his speech, Senator Schumer will discuss the factors that have given rise to the Tea Party in recent years and how the Tea Party’s anti-government philosophy is actually based on false premises. Senator Schumer will urge Americans to consider the true economic roots of the Tea Party movement and pursue an agenda that addresses the economic anxiety that helped fuel the Tea Party. The Senator will prescribe an inclusive agenda for 2014 that addresses those concerns and will help curb the influence and power of the Tea Party in Washington.



    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      January 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

      LH, I hope some version of this kind of thinking is part of all Dem senator talking points this year.

  10. 44 jackiegrumbacher
    January 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Morning all. I am hoping that the gods of Justice that have descended on New Jersey and Virginia governors now make a small detour west and land on the shoulders of PA’s creepy Corbett. Please, please let there be an ugly skeleton in that horrible man’s closet in addition to his coddling of pedophiles in the Penn State case. Any Dem who beats Corbett and then serves two terms will have a hand in the next ‘redistricting,’ which may restore some sane apportionment to PA. Have a bunch of errands today, but main goal is not freezing in 8 degree weather and strong Arctic winds. Have a good one.

    • January 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Morning Jackie. If the MSM were journalists, people like Corbett, Walker, Scott, Kasich, and Brewer would not have become governors in the first place.

      • 46 99ts
        January 24, 2014 at 9:35 am

        And this one

        Maine Gov Paul le page makes up story about press herald reporter

        I like that we are not a republic. Our heads of states are figureheads – our Governors are representatives of the Queen – they open parliament and visit hospitals and head charities & do all sorts of things unrelated to parliament and legislation. They are probably paid too much and have governor’s mansions etc – but they can do no political/legislative harm.

        The party I usually support wants to turn us into a republic – with a President and all. I have never seen the need – but some folks are still fighting for it.

  11. 47 dotster3
    January 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I see a 17 yr. old Ca. girl was shot and killed by her 14 yr. old brother over a dispute over laundry. Good reason! Good thing a gun was handy!

    • 48 Vicki
      January 24, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Dotster, you should be the TOD spokesperson officially in charge of our Gun Regulation Committee. I appreciate your staying on top of this part of the news every day and keeping the rest of us informed.

  12. January 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  13. 51 forus50
    January 24, 2014 at 9:07 am


  14. 52 amk for obama
    January 24, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Jeez, guy forgets one small thing => pays protection money to wifey unit by way shopping and PAYING for jewelry, lunch and dinner. What a racket marriage is.

    And then as if all the piling on ain’t enough, fedex psyches out. What a day.

    I blame you ALL.

    Also. Too. Kenyan muslin.

  15. 57 desertflower
    January 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    In other news of “shit that would never happen to YOU”…Jamie Dimon got a raise because ????? Paying out billions in fines for wrongdoing is a good thing when you’re TBTF. Got it.

  16. 58 Gazelle
    January 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

    [GM Everybody! I love Ali, this is a “Awwww!” story. I didn’t know Ali had some Irish! Hello Chips! :)]:

    A Kentucky plumber named Tony Kelly was doing some work in a Louisville suburb last Friday, installing plumbing in a basement renovation, when some of the other workers on his crew mentioned that the house next door belonged to Muhammad Ali.

    So Kelly, an Irish-born Ali fan, did what any normal person would do and went next door to see if he could say hello.

    Expecting to be turned away —€” or ignored altogether — Kelly knocked on the door of Ali’s home, and was surprised to have Ali’s wife, Yolanda, answer. Then, according to WDRB, Yolanda told Kelly to come back in an hour and meet the former heavyweight champ.

    Kelly did as he was told, and when he returned, he not only got to meet Ali, whose great-grandfather was Irish, and pose for photos —€” he also got to wish Ali a happy 72nd birthday. […..]


  17. 61 Vicki
    January 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

    OKay, Priorities USA has a right to work for whomever they choose.
    I have a right and I am asserting that right here and now to say that a better focus for Priorities might be keeping the Senate and turning the House Blues in November.
    Anybody second my motion?

    • 63 Don
      January 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I’m glad you said it Vicki, I hope Priorities USA realize that the House and the Senate races need all the attention Priorities USA has to offer not just focus on Hillary. Already this is starting to feel like a coronation, and not about Hillary talking about her vision for America and how she’s going to help Democrats up and down the ticket.

    • 64 Gazelle
      January 24, 2014 at 10:14 am

      [Vicki, I’m totally w/ you on this one. I’m wading through this long article in NYT about all this Hillary stuff. I just don’t understand why Messina & Co. had to go all out for Hillary 2016 when they should be putting their efforts into 2014. They could have quietly done their Hillary stuff, but not have it as their main focus right now. That article had some eye-openers vis-a-vis Hillary’s baggage and the divisive nature of them, their people — old guard vs. new ones, etc. I didn’t know that Axelrod said nope to Bubba in 2006! Yes, 2006! I also don’t like the idea that they think PBO’s supporters, that database they all covet, should be in the mix, taken for granted. I abhor vindinctive people, and that theme seems to run throughout their (Bill & Hillary’s) history. I understand loyalty, but their modus operandi seems a tad on the clique-ish bent, almost a cult. That doesn’t dwell well for the country at large! Anyhoo, as was said up thread, I’m going to concentrate on 2014 & Eff 2016 till Thanksgiving! A small para from the article]:

      […..] Where things get thorny, though, is that Priorities USA, the big-money group that helped get Obama elected, is situating itself as the dominant money-raiser in 2016. (Sean Sweeney, a founder of Priorities USA, says he supports Ready for Hillary’s “important” mission.) In fact, two Obama operatives, Messina and Buffy Wicks, have already signed on to Priorities to turn it into a big-money behemoth devoted to a Clinton candidacy, and some Ready for Hillary supporters have accused Priorities of already trying to take credit for getting their candidate elected. (Never mind that the election is more than two years away and that there’s technically no candidate yet.) Certainly Wicks and Messina offer something that the Clinton old guard doesn’t — a link to the network of donors who supported Obama. But also crucial is the fact that neither has ever worked for the Clintons, which allows them to navigate the waters more easily. They don’t carry the baggage, for instance, of other old friends who helped get Obama elected. David Axelrod, in particular, was approached by Solis Doyle as early as 2006 to join the Hillary campaign, and his decision to sign on with Obama was the first real signal that the Illinois senator might create a problem. Among Obama aides, there’s a sense that Bill Clinton never quite forgave him. “The Clintons make you feel like you’re part of their family; that’s just who they are,” says Brazile, whose neutrality during the 2008 Democratic primaries was seen by numerous Clinton hands as an act of betrayal. “Try divorcing them. I did, and oh, my God, that’s not easy. I felt like I had broken up with my best lover.”

      Tons more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/magazine/hillary-clinton.html?_r=1

  18. 65 Don
    January 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I was listening to Morning Joe this morning and the panel was complaining that President Obama didn’t try hard enough to schmooze with the Republicans. I could see their point, I mean what President wouldn’t want to schmooze with a bunch of people that despise the very ground that the President walks on.

    • 66 Linda
      January 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Joe expects our President to be a phoney back slapper like Joe is.

      Republicans have no integrity.

    • 67 99ts
      January 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

      They whinge about DC – and when someone changes the way it operates – they whinge some more. Wonder if Hillary would be out drinking with Boehner ever other evening – or would she send Bill out to do the socializing.

      Best family values President since whenever – and the GOPers whinge

    • January 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

      They back on this again?

    • 71 anniebella
      January 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Don, Anyone who say that this President didn’t try to reach out to the Republicans are bold face liars. How the hell are you going to reach out to someone who hate your guts and want you to fail. That’s like me a black person reaching out to the KKK, the Tea Party.

  19. 73 criquet
    January 24, 2014 at 9:31 am

    GM all.

  20. January 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!

  21. 77 amk for obama
    January 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

    what is the twitter all twitter about teann laying off 40 senior “journos”? All links lead FT, which is behind a paywall.

    Tell me if they laid off it the current corpse of clowns on teevee.

    • 78 99ts
      January 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

      First link on google is newsmax – ahhhh – I don’t think any of the current online clowns are journalists – so they are probably still there
      If you are prepared to go to newsmax they seem to have copied much of the FT story

    • 80 desertflower
      January 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

      I read that this morning…they seem to be laying off pregnant women and those that have been there 30 years. Seems Wolf and What’s His Name haven’t gone anywhere….

        • 82 desertflower
          January 24, 2014 at 9:57 am


          High quality global journalism requires investment. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/465288de-840a-11e3-9903-00144feab7de.html#ixzz2rKOfdlN3

          CNN has laid off more than 40 senior journalists in its newsgathering operation – including a pregnant producer who was two weeks away from giving birth to twins – as part of a reorganisation of the business under Jeff Zucker.
          The cutting of production and editorial staff at the Time Warner-owned group comes as Mr Zucker tries to re-establish CNN as the dominant force in 24 hour cable news, a crown it lost several years ago to Fox News Channel.

          The lay-offs at CNN and HLN, its sister network, were concentrated in Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles at the end of 2013. CNN declined to comment on the laying off the pregnant news producer, who worked for the company for more than a decade, saying it could not comment on individual employees.
          The lay-offs coincide with changes to the network’s programming. Mr Zucker has hired new presenters and diversified CNN’s output, adding documentary and reality series to its traditional live news coverage.

      • 83 amk for obama
        January 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Of course, they did.

  22. January 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Happy Friday everyone.

    Just reading all the comments here and we really have dysfunctional republicans (lower case “r”) representing their constituents. So sad for the people who vote for them (voting against their best interest), but it is sad that we (who did not vote for these scumbags) have to suffer for their disgusting and childlike behavior.

  23. 87 99ts
    January 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

    g’nite folks – enjoy your day

  24. 90 Linda
    January 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Virginia State Capitol Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In

    What is the bigger risk inside a state capitol building: openly carrying an American flag or an assault rifle? In Virginia, capitol visitors can not bring American flags and signs affixed to sticks, because capitol security considers sticks a public threat. Firearms, however, are allowed.


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