Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother Marian Robinson watch as traditional dancers perform during their arrival at Gaborone, Botswana, June 24, 2011


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday!

110 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • June 24, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Gooooooood morning Tnmtngirl!

      • June 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

        I was doing my early morning icing on my back so was a “captive audience.” Good day filled with blessings for all. This morning is my food pantry day so I won’t be around until afternoon.

        • June 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

          Food pantry day, mmmmmm! 🙂 Have a great day tnmtngirl!

        • 5 jackiegrumbacher
          June 24, 2014 at 7:50 am

          Tn, what does it mean to do “icing on your back”? It sounds intriguing. Have a great day at the pantry–you do good work.

          • June 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

            Jackie, I wanted to ask about the back-icing, but resisted!!

            • June 24, 2014 at 7:57 am

              Lying on ice for my bad back. 🙂 I don’t think it is helping but I do it faithfully 3 times a day. Lots of strengthening exercises and stretches. Have MRI scheduled for next Wednesday. The sacroiliac muscle is the main source of my problem……..creating pain in my leg. Other issues showed on x-ray so looks like a combination of things. UGH!!!!!!!!

              • 8 jackiegrumbacher
                June 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

                Good luck with the MRI. I have constant back problems, but never thought to use ice. Yikes.

              • June 24, 2014 at 8:07 am

                Oh yikes, you poor thing, Tnmtngirl, I can’t imagine how awful persistent back pain must be, I’m sure it’s hugely debilitating. Best of luck with the scan, I hope they can fix the problem for you VERY soon.

              • 10 Lynn
                June 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

                Bought a jetted tub for my very large, VERY banged up/scarred, ex-construction worker partner. Best 800bucks I ever spent, tnmtngirl. Haven’t heard about the ice treatment, but anything that will help is worth a try. Keeping fingers crossed for your MRI. (Just for laughs, partner had two. He was to big to get the whole picture, so they put him through twice. It was a hoot!)

                • June 24, 2014 at 8:42 am

                  re MRI> I could have had it tomorrow but it would have been a closed machine. So I chose to wait a week to have it done in an open machine.

                  • 12 jackiegrumbacher
                    June 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

                    I know exactly how you feel, TN. The closed ones give me the fits. I had to have my husband hold my ankle the last time. It was the thing that tied me to the outside world.

                  • 13 Lynn
                    June 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

                    Definitely understand the preference for the open machine, tnmtngirl. The mere thought of the closed machine would send me screaming into the night. Wishing you all the best and your walkabout hubby, too.

                  • 14 symmetry11
                    June 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

                    Closed or open, I have panic attacks. They have to give me something to take before hand. I am the worse patient when it comes to MRI’s or CT scans.

              • June 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

                Good luck with your MRI and hopefully they will diagnose the problem so you can get some real relief and healing. I had a big problem with my SI joint after my youngest was born and found osteopathic manipulation worked wonders. It is not like chiropractic adjustments–more stretching and massage. I still get occasional twinges but my joint is in place and much healthier now. The leg pain–well that is the worst so I know what a brave face you are putting on this. Again, I send you my best and hope you find some healing and relief!!

          • 18 MightyPamela
            June 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

            ;( Tn, some of us got it right away.. The luckier among us perhaps did not! Morning.

  1. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    June 24, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Good luck to all the Dem candidates in states that have primaries today. Hope the turnout is decent and our favorite candidates win. Have another “dental analysis” today–this one from high priced ‘expert.’ At this point I just want the darned thing pulled. I remember when the dentist you went to did everything–filled cavities, x-rayed, pulled teeth, made fake ones. Now there are ‘specialists’ for everything. What does it tell you about yourself when you keep remembering the “olden days”?

  2. 20 hopefruit2
    June 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD, and congrats Tnmtngirl on #1! 🙂

  3. 21 africa
    June 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers!!

    Congrats on first Tnmtngirl!

    Heeeeeya Chips!!

  4. 23 hopefruit2
    June 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    • 24 donna dem 4 obama
      June 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I’m just not sure what this means. I’m reading conflicting reports that AA’s are coming out to vote for Cochran. Why would they involve themselves in this runoff if this is true???? Also, there is talk of blacks potentially being intimidated by “poll workers”. This doesn’t make any sense to me.

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        June 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

        Cochran is exploiting AA voters by telling them how bad his tea party opponent will be for them. Of course, if he wins, he will promptly forget what he owes to these voters. Mississippi Dems have convinced themselves they can’t win, so rather than come out in force for the Dems and ensure a win, they’re trying to get the least of two very, very bad evils.

        • 26 donna dem 4 obama
          June 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

          Wow! No matter who wins in Miss they are only one vote in the Senate. Both are bad choices. Dems are fools IMO to get involved in this runoff. They should stay out of this mess and work to register instead Dem voters to beat the Repubs this November.

          I’ll never understand our apathy to register and educate voters in states like South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia. There are hundreds of thousands of unregistered minorities in these states. We could win every statewide election if we could just get these people registered and to the polls to vote. Sigh!!!!

    • 27 africa
      June 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

      PBO Coalition!

    • 28 donna dem 4 obama
      June 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

      GULFPORT, MISS. — Gary Fredericks calls himself a proud black Mississippi Democrat, but on Tuesday, he will vote Republican.

      His choice: Thad Cochran, the six-term senator who is fighting for his political life in a primary runoff against tea party state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

      “I look at what’s best for Mississippi,” said Mr. Fredericks, holding a Thad Cochran sign at a rally Sunday for the senator at the Gulfport-Biloxi airport. “Senator Cochran delivers for our state, and the tea party wants that to end.”


      • June 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

        hello Donna….

        there is a complexity about the South…that explains why a blk person in Mississippi would vote for any GOP rep and same complexity that explains why a white person continues to vote against their own interest by voting for GOP…2 sides of the same coin…

      • June 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

        ohhh Donna…

        thank you so much for that article…..re: difference between Progressive and Liberal…

        explains so much….about the Left…and some of their issues with the President….also expalins why the President kept pushing for the Grand

        thank you…

  5. 32 hopefruit2
    June 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Let’s Taco ‘Bout It: Obama Chows Down at Chipotle

    // The bear is on the loose, and he’s apparently hungry for fast-casual Mexican.

    President Barack Obama – who’s recently been venturing outside the usual White House bubble for coffee and burger stops around the city – popped into a Washington D.C. Chipotle Monday on his way to a forum on working families. He enjoyed the burrito joint’s cuisine with several working parents participating in the event, per the White House pool. //


  6. 33 africa
    June 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

  7. 34 africa
    June 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

  8. 35 dotster3
    June 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Back from lots of fun extended weekend with kids and gr-kids at picturesque Wi. lake. Weather turned out much better than forecast and everyone enjoyed all the summer outdoor activities—-boating, swimming, tennis, kayaking, golfing, mini-golfing, hiking, outdoor dining, bonfiring—-with smores!, karaokeing (?), even bicycling on a pontoon boat thingy (1 ambitious daughter)——whew! And through bleary eyes I return to find President Obama still great and adorable, nonshockingly——love his stated perk of everyone handing him their baby. He’s the Best Person in the World, no contest.

  9. 39 GGAIL
    June 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD.

    Local news report announces PBO at Chipolte, but commits a “no no”.
    Bet its about him reaching over the food shield.

  10. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 8:45 am

  11. June 24, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Couldn’t post for a day and a half as I fell and sprained my right wrist and left knee and my reading glasses were not conveniently close by. Missed work yesterday but must go today. Hope you all have a great day.

  12. 52 africa
    June 24, 2014 at 8:51 am

  13. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      June 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Donna, first, this area needs help from FEMA because it is a disaster for the residents, not to mention inhumane. Then every single one of those 150,000 people had better register to vote and line up to oust Rick Snyder in November. These despicable, heartless governors have got to go–en masse– and never again be in a position where they are responsible for ‘governing’ anything.

      • 55 donna dem 4 obama
        June 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

        This is unconscionable to me. Here in the DC area if you get behind on your water bill they put a lien on the property but they DO NOT ever cut off the water for non-payment (unless the building is abandoned) because it’s considered a health issue. I thought this was a common practice throughout the country but I guess not. 😯

    • 57 Gazelle
      June 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Rev Al covered this in his show last night. It’s a real scam disguised as water bills but more about gentrification.

    • June 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Saw the Detroit water story on MSNBC yesterday either on Joy Reid or Rev Al’s show.

  14. 59 africa
    June 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    • 60 99ts
      June 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

      I so dislike seeing lists of what one must NOT do – regardless that I might agree with such do nots (no smoking, no pets, no guns). I’ve not seen such signs at my polling booths – yet nobody smokes, brings their pets or heaven forbid their guns.

      As for the id & time limit on voting! The mind truly boggles. We have a somewhat weird system of voting for senators where each candidate has to be given a number – sometimes there are over 100 candidates. Once I numbered them all – got to the end & discovered I had given 2 the same number – had to get another ballot & start over – think I was there for 15 minutes that day!

  15. 61 africa
    June 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

  16. 62 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Good morning, TOD. Getting a late start, however, I WILL be productive today! Read you later.

  17. June 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy . . . 2nd Bridge Inquiry Said to Be Linked to Christie

    The inquiries into securities law violations focus on a period of 2010 and 2011 when Gov. Chris Christie’s administration pressed the Port Authority to pay for extensive repairs to the Skyway and related road projects, diverting money that was to be used on a new Hudson River rail tunnel that Mr. Christie canceled in October 2010.

  18. 64 dotster3
    June 24, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Today is covering “Sneeze-gate” in depth, as they identified it——mostly in jest but got in some dumb digs too, about him “overreaching” again and wondering (concerned) about just how clean PBO’s hand could be because he shakes a lot of hands! Savannah Guthrie made an “ack” face in reaction. #WasteOfAirTime

    • 65 anniebella
      June 24, 2014 at 9:35 am

      I could be wrong, but I am sure POTUS has something he carry with him to cleans his hands, at least that Marvin guy carries it.

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      June 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

      And notice, Dotster, how these so-called newscasters avoid the tragedy in Detroit re water cutoff, as Donna mentioned, because THAT would implicate a Republican governor.

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

        And it has 3 gazillion more health impacts than the President buying lunch! Having lived without power or water for a short period of time – by far the biggest horror is living without water.

  19. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

  20. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

  21. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    • 71 anniebella
      June 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Darrell Issa is a lying disgusting human being, and so is the media for not telling the truth about these things.

  22. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

  23. 73 sherijr
    June 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hola, good morning TOD, Voting today in Maryland !! Happy Tuesday… question please, for computer savvy- I just updated my java and suddenly I can’t see any of the tweets posted here… all I see is a long straight line- such as with Donna dem’s posts… anyone have a clue how to fix this??

    • 74 amk for obama
      June 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Disable java. It’s not good.

      javascript should be enabled.

      • 75 sherijr
        June 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

        thank you amk, was hoping you’d chime in 🙂 🙂 will do both asap.

        • 76 amk for obama
          June 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

          yeah, I am that typical negative nellie.

          • 77 sherijr
            June 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

            well… so I went back and checked in the java configure box.. and I’d already disabled java content in browser. Also checked javascript.. and that is enabled under ‘active scripting’. I’ve restarted my computer several times and still seeing no tweets here either in comments or on the side bar. Should I just uninstall java? thanks for any help amk.

            • 78 amk for obama
              June 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

              unimtall java. restart. enable javascript (which is different from java) in the browser.

              • 79 sherijr
                June 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

                okay thank you. javascript enabled through tools/ scripting, correct? if so then that is done. I’ll go uninstall java tho. thank you again, kind sir 🙂

                • 80 amk for obama
                  June 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

                  you owe me 0000000000.00 bucks.

                  • 81 sherijr
                    June 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

                    welp… I did it all and still zero tweets seen.. that is the only thing I did differently today- install java- and uninstalling it, enabling javascript didn’t fix the problem.. however my computer has been very strange for a while and I really need to take it in- I appreciate all your help and there is 0000000000000000.00 bucks headed your way 🙂 🙂

                    • 82 amk for obama
                      June 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

                      1. Download & install Ccleaner. (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download). Clear the cache (note down your passwords before clearing the cache. You will need them later on).

                      2. Download & install Revo uninstaller (http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html). Click tools. Click junk files cleaner. Click scan. After scanning result, click delete the junk.

                    • 83 sherijr
                      June 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

                      okay will do this.. all my passwords are stored in my Norton vault.. so they’ll be okay right?

                    • 84 amk for obama
                      June 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

                      No. Store your websites and passwords in a separate word file in your computer (for heaven’s sake, don’t name it passwords).

                      Get rid of all norton. In tundra twit’s words, all of them, charlie.

                    • 85 sherijr
                      June 24, 2014 at 11:49 am

                      also I should tell you before I do this.. that I’ve been getting a ‘blue screen’ for a few weeks now, my cpu either freezes or just shuts off.. I’ve tried everything (that I know) including a full recovery back to original factory settings.. still having same problems.. makes me think its a hardware issue.

                    • 86 amk for obama
                      June 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

                      Is your ‘puter overheating? (Check under the laptop and see if the cooling vents are blocked by dust/mite. If so, use a small vacuum cleaner to remove them).

                    • 87 sherijr
                      June 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

                      it does get hot and I clean it regularly… however, I’ve had to put a new fan in twice in the past 2 years- same guy installed them- second one was free since the first one was still under warranty.. thing is, previously I got a warning that my fan was overheating.. this time no.. in the blue screen it has mentioned ‘acpt or acpi incompatibility.

                      ps, I don’t know how to store passwords in my computer.. and if I get rid of Norton.. what to use for security protection? I’d love to not use Norton as it is very costly and I will have to repay for it again in July. I’m sorry to ask so many questions.. I’m taking advantage of you much as you’ll let me amk 🙂 🙂

                    • 88 amk for obama
                      June 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

                      What is your laptop? Is it apple or windows based?

                    • 89 sherijr
                      June 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

                      windows 7, ie

                    • 90 amk for obama
                      June 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

                      Ok. remove all norton crap. all of them. (best to use revo uninstaller as above to do a thorough job including cleaning out all registries).
                      After removing norton, restart the computer. Download microsoft security essentials. (note that mse will install only your operating system is original. If the os is pirated, it will not install). mse is more than enough to keep your computer protected.

                    • 91 sherijr
                      June 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

                      thank you amk- I’m going to do all this, this evening.. my os is original- so awesome.. ! Your zillion dollar check is on its way 🙂 🙂

                    • 92 amk for obama
                      June 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

                      good luck.

                      /ducks and runs.

                    • 93 sherijr
                      June 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm

                      wellll riddle me this Batman, I’ve done nothing yet.. other than the early things: uninstall java, enable javascript and I restarted the computer several times with still no tweets showing up here.. then I left for most of the day, came back and suddenly all the tweets ARE showing up on TOD. I tell ya amk, you are MAGICAL.. you fixed it from afar 🙂 🙂 I owe you TWO Zillion bucks, sir!

                    • 94 amk for obama
                      June 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

                      weird. glad you got the tweets back. still would advise to use ccleaner and revo crap cleaner often. also. too. remove norton. why pay for pain?

                    • 95 sherijr
                      June 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

                      thank you amk, I absolutely intend to follow your directions. My next payment on Norton is due to renew mid July, so fully intend to get rid of it. I completely appreciate your help yesterday, your links and your advice.. and your very valuable time and thus will do just as you said 🙂 again, thank you!

        • June 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

          Careful sherijr, he’ll probably charge you 1000000000000 bucks now.

  24. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    • 110 nospin
      June 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      oh cryst on a crutch.

      I just saw the clinton’s on tv and Bill was explaining that Hillary was telling the truth when she said the left the wihite house and she was broke. …..

      no no no #nomoreclintons for anything.

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