Early Bird Chat

Random Old Lovely Pic – Pete Souza: “The President had attended the fourth grade closing ceremony for his daughter Sasha at her school in Bethesda, Md. As he was departing, he noticed some pre-school children peering out of a window at a child care facility adjacent to Sasha’s school so he walked over to say hello to them.” June 9, 2011


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Monday!

121 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • April 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Good Morning Chips! ! !

      • April 7, 2014 at 7:19 am

        Mooooorning Carol – how are you doing today?

        • April 7, 2014 at 7:24 am

          G’morning, I’m tired. My itching kept me up all night. I think the aloe vera might be helping. It’s 5:23am here. Think I’m going back to bed if I can sleep. I’m such a downer. . .

          • April 7, 2014 at 7:28 am

            Oh Carol, that’s awful – try to get some sleep now, you’ve so much to catch up on.

          • 10 Dudette
            April 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

            So sorry dear! Is it from your surgery? That sure sounds like allergy.

          • 15 57andfemale
            April 7, 2014 at 8:08 am

            Can you take allergy medicine? Benadryl might help with the itching and it will also make you drowsy. You need rest.

            • April 7, 2014 at 8:15 am

              I don’t dare take anything, even over the counter unless I clear it with Doc. Aloe Vera cooled the itch hand seems to be working. Wish I could grow it, but I think I frown the poor plants. My sweet MIL sent me a get well card and check to buy a plant. But she mentioned a peace lily when I called to thank so I think I’ll get that instead or too. :)?

              • 17 Judith Fardig
                April 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

                CarolMae, has your doctor checked you out for an allergic reaction to something? One of your meds? Please let us know how this is resolved. We need you to get well!!!!

                • April 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

                  Hi Judy, I’m not taking new drugs except eye drops and Friday those were reduced from five to two. Last week-end my right eye and face swelled up two days after surgery. It also became very red. The on call doc said to use cortisone cream. I did for a few days, excerpt close to my eye of course and the swelling I had went down but is still red, just not as bright red.
                  When the itching started yesterday I could handle it. It was when I tried to sleep that I couldn’t ignore it. Got about three hours sleep. Unfortunately we had a meeting at our home we couldn’t cancel. It lasted about 3 1/2 hours. I didn’t feel so good after two, but it was important I was involved. Needless to say I am ready to eat and lay down. It looks almost to late to see a doctor and I’m not sitting in the walk-in clinic. It’s not life threatening, just very uncomfortable. Hubby is a great. He was a Naval Corpsman ’70-’74 and was also a licensed EMT. We both know what anaphylactic shock is and the warning signs. So I’m in good hands. No need to worry. I’m just miserable but I can live another day. Aloe Vera seems the best. It cools my skin for awhile and I have eye masks in the freezer that can cool my eyes. Probably nothing a regular doctor could do to help. I’ll try to get into dermatologist. I have realized I need to stay in bed for the most part. I’ll let you know about any changes. Thanks for being concerned. I really appreciate it. 😍

      • 19 TrumpDog
        April 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

        Ya know, for someone who recently had surgery and is experiencing an awful itchy rash, you sure are chipper, on point and have great funny replies.

        Me? I’d be cranky, angry, frustrated and probably as far away from posting as possible. I hate itching. UGH
        I want what you had for breakfast.

  1. 21 africa
    April 7, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Happy Monday.

    Morning Carol

    Hiya Chips!!

  2. April 7, 2014 at 7:17 am

    HAPPY MONDAY! TEXAS HERE WE COME…but I’m still scared.

  3. April 7, 2014 at 7:18 am


  4. 28 africa
    April 7, 2014 at 7:21 am

  5. April 7, 2014 at 7:21 am

  6. April 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

    TOD is Chips magnum opus. 😉 Word of the day awhile back.

  7. 33 Dudette
    April 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Gooooood Mooooorning TOD-lovelies!

  8. 41 africa
    April 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

  9. April 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂

  10. April 7, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Happening today! 🙂

    • 59 vcprezofan2
      April 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

      That’s TODAY @ 1pm ET! A Google+ Hangout

      ‘Join us this Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness. Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion to emphasize the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur, and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.
      ……………………….// ‘


    • 61 vcprezofan2
      April 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Thanks for the highlight, CarolMae. I like the premise – people should know what’s likely to hit their area and what to do. (Not that I know any of this for my area. )

  11. 64 dotster3
    April 7, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Dumb robin keeps flying into our living room window, trying to hook up with the robin he sees in the window, which is his reflection! What to do? Put a sign in the window telling him “What you are seeing is not some beautiful gal robin, the girlfriend of your dreams, it is YOU”?

    • April 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

      😆 I find this strangely sad Dotster, he thinks he’s found the love of his life!!

    • 66 57andfemale
      April 7, 2014 at 8:13 am

      My Harvey used to carry on conversations with the ‘cute white dog’ he saw in the mirror we had propped up against a wall. He would then look behind the mirror for the doggie and was totally confused.

      Harvey – not the brightest of my dogs………

      • 67 hopefruit2
        April 7, 2014 at 8:32 am

        LOL! I love looking at YouTube videos of various animals seeing their reflections in the mirror. Many of them try to look behind the mirror for the “other” animal 🙂 Here is an example of a horse seeing her reflection on the side of a truck/van!

    • 70 Dudette
      April 7, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Alas, in the search for love, don’t we all look for our more perfect selves?

    • April 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Your windows too clean. . .
      O_o Maybe put up window doo dads, try Audobon shopping. Lots of flowers and other cool things.

  12. April 7, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Hope you are have a good, healthy breakfast 🙂 . . .

  13. April 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Ok, nap time. . .

  14. 78 hopefruit2
    April 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

    GOOD! Hammer them until the average person on the street thinks the name “Koch” is the equivalent of POISON.

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      April 7, 2014 at 8:58 am

      The Koch brothers have always wanted to feel free to wreak their destruction on democracy through various fronts so that they themselves remain shielded from exposure. The last thing they want is for themselves and their unAmerican intentions to be widely known. This is a very astute offensive play on the part of Dems and an encouraging sign. We’ve too often found ourselves playing defensive because Republicans and their rich backers united to spread lies and smears. If people can identify a specific set of villains and be made to understand their true intentions, maybe they’ll finally be appalled by what’s really happening in this country and vote with their heads for a change.

      • 80 Vicki
        April 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

        I’m in full agreement with your thoughts on this, jackieg.
        Make sure the USA knows that “Koch” means bad for you.
        Winning team—D—with expanding ACA, Raising minimum wage, Enacting jobs bills and Protecting Voting Rights.

        Koch Bad. Democrats WINNING!

      • 81 desertflower
        April 7, 2014 at 9:21 am


      • April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

        “If people can identify a specific set of villains and be made to understand their true intentions, maybe they’ll finally be appalled by what’s really happening in this country and vote with their heads for a change.”


  15. 84 Dudette
    April 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

  16. 85 hopefruit2
    April 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

    N.Y.P.D. and F.D.N.Y. Get in Massive Brawl at Charity Hockey Game

    // A Sunday hockey game between New York’s police and fire departments devolved into a bench-clearing brawl yesterday at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. The annual N.Y.P.D., F.D.N.Y. game—which raises money for the Children’s Benefit Fund and the New York Police and Fire Widows, among other causes—was tied at three to three in the second period when the fisticuffs started. The N.Y.P.D. went on to win eight to five, snapping a five-year winning streak on the part of the firefighters.

    The New York Post reports that, although many cops and firefighters were left with “black eyes and bruises,” no serious injuries were observed. One cop told the Post he’d never seen anything like Sunday’s fight in the two decades he’d been attending the game. Video of the embarrassing developments is available below. //


  17. 86 hopefruit2
    April 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

  18. 87 vcprezofan2
    April 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Goood Moorning, everyone! I see Chips led with one of my favourites (yea, yea! they’re almost all my favourites)! 😉

    (thoughts left to right and excluding the adult)
    ••►(1) ‘Hi, how are you?’ (2) ” Cool dude out here. I’m not kidding. Come and see.” (3) Who are *you* and what are you squinting at?

    Happy Monday!

  19. 90 jackiegrumbacher
    April 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Morning all, it took me two hours to get on the internet this am because every device in our house is having problems. Our Comcast modem is shot, my old laptop seems to have died. My older CPU, which I had to resort to, didn’t recognize me and even my notebook went nuts and wouldn’t start. I have to say that frustration is not my best trait in the early morning. Some people wake up ready to face the world. Some wake up grumpy and needing to be coaxed into the day. Well, now I know.

    On another note, Mickey Rooney, the number 1 box office star of the early 40’s, died today at the age of 93. He had one of the longest, non stop careers in show business since he started on the stage at the age of three or so.

  20. 92 amk for obama
    April 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    World’s biggest elections started today. Two states went to the polls. Turnout was 72% in one and over 80% in the other. But both are small states. But good omen. Fingers crossed.

  21. 93 desertflower
    April 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    RWNJ’s have a sad. It’s a good day!


    Each time Gallup announces that its polling shows that the percentage of uninsured continues to fall, that’s grounds for a bit more confidence that Obamacare may be working. And today, Gallup announced this for the fourth straight time, noting that the rate of the uninsured is now lower than when Obama took office:
    In the U.S., the uninsured rate dipped to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.5-percentage-point decline from the fourth quarter of 2013. The uninsured rate is now at the lowest level recorded since late 2008.

  22. 94 desertflower
    April 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Also from Greg Sargent this morning…. I guess we can now consider Jeb Bush officially done for. He can’t run for President NOW!

    He said this:

    QUOTE OF THE DAY, SOFT-ON-AMNESTY EDITION: Potential presidential contender Jeb Bush is getting some attention, not all of it positive, for these remarks on people who cross the border illegally:
    “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”

    • 95 TrumpDog
      April 7, 2014 at 10:10 am

      I am for immigration reform but I heard this quote on the radio earlier and thought it sounded awful. Not very convincing an argument, IMO.
      I’m not certain this helps him.

  23. 96 JER
    April 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    CONGRESSIONAL JOB APPROVAL ……….3/2 – 3/31: Approve…………..13.4
    Disapprove ……..79.4


    • 97 anniebella
      April 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

      It amazes me sometimes when I hear some people talk like President Obama can do things without Congress. Well Obama haven’t done this and Obama haven’t done that. There are some things he can do without Congress, but anything major it will take Congress and when you have a sorry Speaker of the House who is Republican, and you have Senate Republican leader who said his main goal was to make this President a one term President, his main goal was not to get jobs for the unemployed, or get this economy stronger. I am amazed at how the media only seem to want to talk about President Obama approval ratings. As if Congress doesn’t matter. It is a divided Government and if President Obama could pass a jobs bill, unemployment benefits, immigration without Congress, it would have been done by now. He has to have a Congress willing to work with him, to put the welfare of this country first. November 2014 we have to keep the Senate in the Democrats hands and try to gain seats in the House or win control of the House.

    • 98 TrumpDog
      April 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Is this an e-poll?

  24. April 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Good morning, TODville. Definitely a Monday.

  25. April 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Something to go with your morning TOAST

    • 102 99ts
      April 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Still bullying the women – and yet that article tried to give him the odd redeeming feature.

      I thought the Christie spokesman on Pierce’s blog would have some words this am – and so he did

      “Bad news for Chris Christie — and very good news for the citizens of New Jersey: Esquire has learned from sources close to the investigation that David Wildstein, the former Port Authority operative who helped plan and execute the Great Fort Lee Clusterfk, is now cooperating with Paul Fishman, the federal prosecutor investigating the soon-to-be-ex-governor and his minions for criminal conduct.”

  26. 103 vcprezofan2
    April 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    • 104 Ladyhawke
      April 7, 2014 at 9:59 am


      Kerry: Mideast peace talks need ‘reality check’

      By Anne Gearan and William Booth (4/4/14)


      RABAT, Morocco – The Obama administration is reassessing a year-long effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians in light of “unhelpful” actions by both sides this week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry warned Friday.

      “It’s reality-check time,” Kerry said.
      “There are limits in the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward,” Kerry said in Morocco, the last stop on a trip that hop-scotched from Europe to the Middle East and North Africa.



  27. 105 JER
    April 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

  28. 106 desertflower
    April 7, 2014 at 9:42 am


    After months of wincing in the face of negative ads funded by the industrialists David and Charles Koch, Democrats believe they have finally found a way to fight back: attacking the brothers’ sprawling business conglomerate as callous and indifferent to the lives of ordinary people while pursuing profit and power.

    By drawing public attention to layoffs by subsidiaries of Koch Industries across the country — a chemical plant in North Carolina, an oil refinery in Alaska, a lumber operation in Arkansas — Democrats are seeking to make villains of the reclusive billionaires, whose political organizations have spent more than $30 million on ads so far to help Republicans win control of the Senate.


    Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska, has called out the Kochs — whose combined net worth is estimated to be $100 billion — in his latest ads. In one, which features a picture of the brothers grinning, one of them wearing a tuxedo, Alaskans look directly into the camera and unload. “They come into our town, buy our refinery,” says one. “Just running it into the ground,” says another. “A lot of Alaskans are losing jobs, and I’m definitely concerned about the drinking water,” says a young woman holding a baby.

  29. 107 Nerdy Wonka
    April 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    He is AWESOME.

  30. 108 Linda
    April 7, 2014 at 9:49 am


    The comparison to a so called “Dynasty” of Bush’s and Clinton’s is absurd.

    The Bush Dynasty goes all the way back to President Franklin Pierce through Barbara Pierce Bush…..and Prescott Bush.

    The media is a joke

  31. 109 desertflower
    April 7, 2014 at 9:50 am


    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 7m
    @DCDude1776 @20committee FSB using hackers to attack US commercial servers. Expect them to use Snowden to bring down the US grid.
    View conversation

  32. 110 amk for obama
    April 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

  33. 111 amk for obama
    April 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

  34. 112 vcprezofan2
    April 7, 2014 at 10:06 am

    🙂 I like this cartoon

  35. 115 desertflower
    April 7, 2014 at 10:07 am

    HUGE! http://acasignups.net/14/04/07/two-awesome-reports-make-you-forget-my-last-post

    regarding hospital readmission rates, especially among Medicare recipients:

    After hovering around 19% for years, hospital readmission rates began dropping beginning in 2012 and continued to do so into 2013. (The above chart reflects data through August of last year.) The national rate appears to still be falling considerably this year based on the latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

    Readmissions cost U.S. taxpayers a pretty penny. The federal government estimated that hospital readmissions for just Medicare patients has historically added up to $26 billion annually — $17 billion of which could be avoided.

    CMS attributes the remarkable decline in readmission rates to implementation of Obamacare’s readmission penalties in 2012. Hospitals must pay financial penalties if they report Medicare patient readmission rates for specific conditions above established thresholds. During the first year of the penalties, over 2,200 hospitals paid around $280 million for too-high readmission rates. CMS expects the fines to drop to $227 million for the fiscal year beginning in October 2013.

    Just a thought…this man deserves a metal….or a Pulitzer….or a boatload of cash…

  36. 116 JER
    April 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

  37. 117 JER
    April 7, 2014 at 10:10 am

    LIVESTREAM: VP Biden Speaks at Nat’l Assoc of Community Colleges – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  38. 118 vcprezofan2
    April 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

  39. 119 Linda
    April 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Cover of New Yorker

  40. 120 desertflower
    April 7, 2014 at 10:16 am


    In light of Obamacare achieving its goal of 7 million initial insurance sign-ups, William Kristol’s 1993 memo urging his party to block health care reform at all costs seems prescient. In it, the then-GOP operative’s message was remarkably candid: it’s a “serious political threat to the Republican Party.”

    Kristol argued that it would cast Democrats as protectors of the middle class and “strike a punishing blow” to GOP ideals about the evils of government.

    “[T]he long-term political effects of a successful Clinton health care bill will be even worse — much worse,” Kristol wrote. “It will relegitimize middle-class dependence for ‘security’ on government spending and regulation. It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government.”

    Two decades later, Democrats have achieved their century-long dream, defeating the GOP’s revived Kristol-esque strategy to destroy health care reform at all costs. Obamacare unexpectedly crossed its first big milestone last week with 7 million sign-ups on the exchanges. While the law still faces many challenges, conservatives who broadly predicted it would collapse under its own weight are forced to reckon with the unsettling fear that health care reform might succeed.

    Couple this with the Koch Bros, and this is Dems winning message for midterms and beyond…

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