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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets members of the audience following a ceremony honoring the 2012 BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team on their 15th championship, on the South Lawn of the White House, April 15, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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92 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. April 15, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Morning everyone, enormous thanks to Nerdy, LP and even Amk for all their work the last couple of weeks, as I always say, can NEVER thank you enough. You’re a whole bunch of loveliness.

    • 2 donna dem 4 obama
      April 15, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Good Morning Chips. Hoping that Mama Chips continues to recover and I am confident that she is being well taken care of with you at the helm.

      Everyone have a great O’Day!

      • April 15, 2016 at 8:13 am

        Thanks a million {{Donna}}, she’s getting there – it’ll be a long road, but hopefully the worst is over. Hope all’s great with you ❤️

    • April 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Good morning Chips. Keeping your mother and you in my thoughts. Hope the path to full recovery will be a bit smoother now for your mom.

    • 7 57andfemale
      April 15, 2016 at 9:08 am

      {{{{{Chips and Mama Chips}}}}}}

      • April 15, 2016 at 9:10 am

        {{57}} Missed ya!!!

        • 9 57andfemale
          April 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

          Back at ya! How’s Danny behaving?

          • April 15, 2016 at 9:22 am

            He’s still a rascal 57, but a highly adorable one 🙂 Hope your fellas are doing great!

            • 11 57andfemale
              April 15, 2016 at 9:48 am

              April 17 – Nickelby’s “birthday”, or the day we adopted him. 7 years. Wow. What a year that was: getting Nickelby, Pilgrim getting insulinoma and losing him that October; Nickelby came to us with heartworm, so we went through that horrible treatment. And the year culminated 9 months after Nickelby’s arrival when we adopted Kasper (Nickelby still hasn’t forgiven me for that).

              Nickelby is my rock – love him to bits.

              • April 15, 2016 at 9:50 am

                “Nickelby still hasn’t forgiven me for that” 😆 I don’t think Danny has forgiven me for unohoo’s brief visit, his ear still looks wonky.

                Love and hugs to Nickelby and Kasper!

                • 13 57andfemale
                  April 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

                  I swear, Nickelby still asks me how long he’s staying. But if we hadn’t adopted Kasper then and waited like I usually do after losing a dog, Nickelby would never have let another dog in the house. He was such a protector and such a “grown-up” when Pilgrim was sick, but after we lost him, Nickelby wanted to be the baby, too.

                  We’re taking all three (!) to the vet tomorrow – flu shot, boosters, & heartworm test. God help us!

  2. 14 Don
    April 15, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Good Morning TOD!

  3. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    April 15, 2016 at 8:13 am

    It’s early in the day and my comment got lost. Wonder what could have triggered WP’s ire? Happy you’re here today, Chips. We all missed you.

    • April 15, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Morning Jackie, yikes, I looked for you comment in spam and couldn’t find it, it literally was eaten up by the looks of it!

      Missed you too Jackie, lovely to be back home 🙂

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        April 15, 2016 at 8:22 am

        Ah well, I must have offended the WP gods or Window X is wreaking revenge for all the mean things I say about it on a daily basis.

  4. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    April 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Just wanted to say, Chips, that I hope your mom’s rehab stay is brief. They’re always tough experiences for people because they’re understaffed and the care is always spotty, to say the least. Someday she’ll be able to look back on it and laugh and you’ll all laugh with her. That’s what happened with my sister who was making breakout plans every day she was in rehab.

    • April 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Ah, smiling at your sister’s breakout plans, Jackie!

      The worry is just that she’ll deteriorate a lot when she’s in there, physically and emotionally, she already has in the last week and a bit, it’s almost like she’s become institutionalized already. We just need to get her home as soon as possible, but the rehab won’t start for another two weeks and I’m not sure how long that will take. We just have to be patient, but it’s so hard seeing her in there.

      • 20 jackiegrumbacher
        April 15, 2016 at 8:37 am

        Wish she could find a friend in the place, so she has a co-conspirator to talk to. I imagine your mom is still relatively young (compared to, ahem, some of us) and has more natural resilience than you think. Once she’s finally free from the place and among her familiar things, she will revive and thrive. My niece and nephews were worried sick about my sister who has been through more health crises that I can count. But she’s totally bounced back and running around doing all sorts of volunteer work with her church and her kids can’t keep up with her.

        • April 15, 2016 at 8:45 am

          “Once she’s finally free from the place and among her familiar things, she will revive and thrive.”

          That’s exactly the hope we’re clinging to, Jackie. It’s all made the more traumatic for her because she has dementia, so she’s completely confused by her surroundings and situation. Most of the time she’s fine, she’s relaxed and comfortable, but she’s been distressed a couple of times at night and I’m not convinced by some of the nurses I’ve met in there that they would be as gentle with her as they need to be. I’m just praying the arm heals relatively quickly (she also hurt her pelvic bone when she fell) and that we can get her home.

  5. April 15, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

  6. April 15, 2016 at 8:22 am

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Good for Ukraine. They know better than to waste the talents of half of the population.

  7. April 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Many messages in this tweet ….

  8. April 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Welcome back Chips, very happy to see you again and know that your mom is doing okay. So sorry to hear about your ordeal finding a decent recovery home – hope things are settling down as best possible under prevailing circumstances. Nerdy, amk and LP really did a fabulous job keeping TOD running smoothly! We can’t thank them enough. 🙂

  9. April 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Take care everyone …. bbl ….

  10. April 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>> Congrats , on being first this morning.

    Chips, I’m very glad to hear that your mom is progressing. Continue prayers for you and your mom. 🙏🌈

    To all, I hope that you have joyous, magnificent, and superb-fantastic day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  11. 46 amk for obama
    April 15, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Why Obama Will Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents of All Time.

    Yep. (We just won’t build Mount Rushmores anymore.) In so many ways, Obama was better than we imagined, better than the body politic deserved, and far, far better than his enemies will ever concede, but the great thing about being great is that the verdict of enemies doesn’t matter.

    In fact, and I say this as a Bill Clinton fan, I now feel certain that, in the coming decades, Obama’s star will rise higher than Clinton’s, and he’ll replace Bill in the public mind as the Greatest Democrat since FDR.

    This has to do with the nature of Obama’s leadership, which is to play to legacy (and Clinton’s impulse, which is to play to the room). Bill Clinton will long be revered because he’s charismatic, presided over an economic revival, and changed and elevated the view of the Democratic Party. Barack Obama will long be revered because he’s charismatic, presided over an economic revival, and changed and elevated the view of the presidency. He’s simply bigger than Bill.

    http://www.gq.com/story/obama-greatest-president-legacy

    Deserves a thread on its own. paging ut.

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2016 at 8:54 am

      It was a beautiful and true assessment of our great president. And, as I said yesterday, those of us on this site knew it all along.

      • 48 amk for obama
        April 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

        squeaky clean admin. despite all the rethug lies and innuendos peddled by their media minions. bill’s is nowhere near the kenyan’s.

    • April 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Summary: PBO is a level-headed adult who takes the long view, while Clinton is a narcissist who was only concerned about the present and how it affected him.

      Chips. Is it possible to put many of your mom’s favorite things, like her favorite blanket and robe, photos and trinkets in her room at the rehab? Having familiar things around may be a comfort both emotionally and physically. My heart just hurts for the two of you; still sending hugs and prayers. Hang in there; the village that you have created is ready to help in any way that we can

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

      This is what President Obama knows …

      ” … but the great thing about being great is that the verdict of enemies doesn’t matter.”

    • 51 57andfemale
      April 15, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Fantastic!

  12. 52 amk for obama
    April 15, 2016 at 8:52 am

    bt is back?

  13. April 15, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good Friday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Chipsticks, it’s good to see you back in the village. I hope that your mother’s recovery is continuing in a positive direction. It is good that you were able to keep your focus where it was needed…Nerdy, AMK, and LP did a fantastic job keeping the village going in your absence. Just make sure that while you are caring for your mom, you remember to care for yourself as well…physically, mentally, and emotionally. {{{{{Chipsticks…Chipsticks’ Mom}}}}}

    Everyone enjoy your day!!!

  14. April 15, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  15. April 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I liked John Dingell’s assessment of the debate…

    • 64 amk for obama
      April 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

      LOL. purrfect.

      • 65 57andfemale
        April 15, 2016 at 9:53 am

        Mr. 57 said last night that he can’t even imagine that at one time he was a BS supporter. BS was cringe-worthy last night. HIllary was strong, passionate and competent, if people would get their heads out of their rear ends and look at her now and not through years-old biases.

  16. 66 99ts
    April 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

    GE from my world TOD & GM and 1000 blessings to Ms Chips and family – so lovely to see your smiling face back at TOD. There is no substitute for living at home with your loved ones – so sending all thoughts towards a very soon recovery that brings your mother home. And hugs – lots of them.

  17. April 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

    In a win for unions, appeals court reverses ruling that threw out teacher tenure in California

    Source: LA Times

    In a major victory for unions, a California appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that threw out tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers.

    The case was being closely watched across the country because advocates argued allowing administrators to more easily fire bad teachers would improve schools and student performance. Right now, there are a series of job protections that are evoked before school districts can remove a teacher.

    “I think it’s a win certainly for educators, but also a win for students,” California Teachers Assn. President Eric C. Heins said of Thursday’s ruling. “The trial never made the connection between the harms they were alleging and the statutes they were challenging. I think the laws have been working.”

    A judge’s 2014 ruling in the case, Vergara vs. California, held that several key job protections for teachers are so harmful to students that they deprive children of their constitutional right to an education.

  18. 69 Judith Fardig
    April 15, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Dear Chips – so happy that your mom’s improvement lets you come back to us. I went through this with my mom a few years back and sympathize with your concerns. Echoing what everyone else has said about the great hands TOD is in when your bt staff pitches in. Missed the last 2+ weeks myself being off the grid, but for happy travel reasons, not family stress. My husband and his brothers are taking turns flying in to Minnesota to be with their 93 year old mom who has had 2 stints in rehab since Christmas. She is back in her independent apartment, recovering from her broken femur and feisty as ever. She should be in a higher level of care, but she firmly resists it. So hard to balance your loved ones needs with their wants. Big hugs to you and your mom and Danny the comfort blanket.

    • April 15, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Ah Judith, thank you so much – that news about your mother-in-law is so encouraging, the powers of resilience of the elderly are just remarkable. When I have a cold, I think the world is about to end 🙂 Hope you had a lovely time traveling, great to see you, and thank you again.

  19. 71 GGAIL
    April 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

    It’s a GOOD West Coast morning because my beloved Chipsticks is here with us❤️
    Continued prayers for your mom’s recovery 💕

    We knew we could count on NW, but, amk & LP were relatively consistent too. 😳
    That was Yuuuuge!

  20. 77 JER
    April 15, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Good Morning Chips. I hoping for a short stay and fast recovery for your mother. I know it is exhausting for you — traveling back and forth. So try to get rest and take care of yourself.

  21. 79 JER
    April 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Chips, here is something Danny might like.

    • April 15, 2016 at 9:49 am

      “Air-fried chicken feet and duck neck” 😯 I’ve suddenly lost my appetite! 😆

      • 81 57andfemale
        April 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

        In addition to cooking for the dogs, I’m making “bone broth” so Kasper is better hydrated. It simmers for as much as 24 hours. One of the things they suggested was chicken feet for the bones. No, my spoiled babies get organic chicken, simmered for a day.

        Actually, the “bone broth” has helped my icky stomach. Score!

        I think these damned dogs owe me a seriously beautiful Mother’s Day gift, don’t you?

    • 82 Judith Fardig
      April 15, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Aw, Seattle; we Portlanders see your doggy food cart and raise you one Unipiper. Yesterday he was riding around as Gandalf playing his bagpipes on the unicycle, but he didn’t tweet that, so you get his showdown as Superman with Batman.

  22. 83 99ts
    April 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

    And its past bedtime. May you all have a wonderful Friday.

    • 86 Marlz (@marjgra)
      April 18, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Hi Chips…joining with all the others in saying that we are happy that your mom is over the worst. Now time for healing. Keeping you both in our thoughts.

  23. April 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

    YES!!

    In a win for unions, appeals court reverses ruling that threw out teacher tenure in California

    In a a major victory for unions, a California appeals court on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that had thrown out tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers.

    The case was being closely watched across the country by those who argue that allowing administrators to more easily fire bad teachers would improve schools and student performance. Right now, there are a series of job protections that can be invoked before school districts can remove a tenured teacher.

    “I think it’s a win certainly for educators, but also a win for students,” California Teachers Assn. President Eric C. Heins said of the ruling. “The trial never made the connection between the harms [the plaintiffs] were alleging and the statutes they were challenging. I think the laws have been working.”

    The teachers association was a defendant in the case, along with the California Federation of Teachers and top state officials.

    Lawyers representing the plaintiffs, a diverse group of nine students, vowed Thursday to file an appeal with the state Supreme Court.

    “We came to court to defend the rights of California’s public school students and will continue to do so, despite today’s temporary setback,” lead counsel Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. said.

    • 89 Obama Grandmama
      April 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      As a retired teacher as controversial as teacher tenure has been I totally see the need for it. Sometimes you need to walk in their shoes to see it. Early on in my teaching career I thought if you were a good teacher you did not need tenure. Then the political and fiscal realities hit changing my mind and seeing the need to protect kids and teachers. Teachers pay scales with Districts reward experience and education. The problem for teachers is as they become better teachers from both experience and advanced degrees and graduate credits they earn on their own time and dollar the District has to pay more for them therefore they become tempted to replace better teachers with inexperienced teachers.

  24. April 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

  25. 91 sjterrid
    April 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Chips it’s so good to see you back. Nerdy, AMK, and LP have been doing a great job. I’ll continue to keep you and your mother in my thoughts and prayers.


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