Early Bird Chat

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MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

103 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2014 at 6:52 am


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Oh! GooOooD MooOoorrning, everyone!

      • 3 Cindy
        January 14, 2014 at 6:54 am

        OK….Good morning vcprezofan2,

        How are you? I hope you have a great day! I think 99ts is still chatting on last thread. I was the two of us this morning.

    • 4 Cindy
      January 14, 2014 at 6:53 am

      No, no, no vc. I have been up since 6:00a.m.. NO!!!!!!!!!!

      • 5 99ts
        January 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

        She was just ignoring us Cindy – so she could jump to the top of the page

        • 6 Cindy
          January 14, 2014 at 7:00 am

          Hey 99ts,
          I was just getting ready to go back and get you. How did VC do this? One of us was suppose to be 1st, we were up chatting and she sneaked past us. grrrrr…grrrrrr

        • 7 vcprezofan2
          January 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

          No ignoring involved, 99ts. Honestly. This time I literally had just signed in (to keep myself from hovering around teenager mentioned below to help her get her things together – something she was supposed to have done last night). I actually won’t be jumping to the village gate today – am off to a workshop in another 1½ hours. Have I mentioned that I HATE workshops?

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        January 14, 2014 at 6:57 am

        It’s still likely to be a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, Cindy! And don’t worry, I was also up at 6am – trying to encourage a teenager to wake up. She finally budged at 6:45am.

        • 14 Cindy
          January 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

          Ooooh, I remember the days of doing the same. Try a little ice on the face, they will get up real fast, promise… : )

          • 15 vcprezofan2
            January 14, 2014 at 7:09 am

            😆 😆 You devious one! I couldn’t! 😀 I knock on the door, and if that doesn’t work I turn on the light. The rest is up to them.

    • 16 desertflower
      January 14, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Look at YOU:) Morning, vc….morning, Cindy…..morning, Chips:)

      • 17 Cindy
        January 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

        Good morning desertflower,
        How are you? I hope you are having a good morning.
        Happy Tuesday!

      • 18 99ts
        January 14, 2014 at 6:58 am

        GM df – you are up and about early this day

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        January 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

        Good EARLY Morning to you, Desertf! Nice to see you so nice and cheery (before the rwnjs get at you). Enjoy your day!

        • 20 desertflower
          January 14, 2014 at 7:05 am

          VC, 99, and Cindy…… Honestly, I didn’t WANT to get up this early, but little hungry kitties were camped outside my bedroom door this morning and started scratching on it to wake me up. I thought the clock said 4:42am, but it actually as closer to 4:15 when they pulled that stunt. So, that’s why I’m here so early this morning:)

          • 21 vcprezofan2
            January 14, 2014 at 7:11 am

            Df, I suggest you get them each a huge timepiece. Chips may have one or two to spare.

            • 22 desertflower
              January 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

              Timepiece? I was thinking more along the lines of big boots to kick their ass with! What were they thinking???

              • 23 vcprezofan2
                January 14, 2014 at 7:20 am

                We-ell, not sure this is the best solution, Df. Kicked asses might result in very loud caterwauls – definitely not the desired outcome! 😉 You love ’em, I know, and waking you in such a ‘cute’ way is part of their charm!

              • 24 Cindy
                January 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

                They love you…and showing it : )

          • 26 Cindy
            January 14, 2014 at 7:22 am

            My Mr. Solomon use to come in and drop his toys right in my face. If I moved just a little, he would go crazy and literally “do the dance” on my bed until I got up. He is in cat heaven; miss those mornings of his dancing, enjoy the moments : )

    • January 14, 2014 at 6:54 am

      😆 VC and Cindy —–> Firsty World Domination!

      Moooorning everyone!

  2. January 14, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Good morning early birds!

  3. 42 99ts
    January 14, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Tennis is good in my world – I am not a Hewitt fan & was pleased he lost – he did come back from 2 sets down & almost got there. Fedex got through easily. Nadal won on a forfeit after one set.

    It’s over 100F down there – seems the heat follows the tennis

  4. 43 99ts
    January 14, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I heard the weirdest discussion on “safety nets” on PBS news hour today. Someone (politician I think) was discussing WV – and saying all the restaurant workers had received no pay for the last few days because of the restaurants having no water – so when the restaurants re-open if everyone pays more than usual on their tips – that will solve all the workers problems.

    So much for safety nets – the fabulous world of free enterprise – you’re on your own.

  5. 47 Linda
    January 14, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Morning Joke was not there yesterday….After watching him spew his talking points he must have spent the entire day in some kind of emergency damage control class.

    • 48 Cindy
      January 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

      The jokester is protecting Christ at every cost. Mika actually told the truth yesterday, and held her on with Halpern and shut him down. She also respected the President and referred to him as President Obama. Last week, after Christie’s 100 minutes plus speech, she and the jokester was hammering the President; blaming him for Christ mess and calling him Obama. Jokester was away yesterday, and she grew some balls to take a stand and speak the truth, and respect the President, and rebuke the lies from the panel. She was trying to do it again today, I think someone must have congratulated her for standing up to the jokester and his goons on the panel.

    • 49 99ts
      January 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

      All he found was “Chris Christie is my friend, he would not lie – and Benghazi!!!! ” – so maybe he spent the day sulking.

      There is NO logic in the fact that Christie knew nothing until last week – it is just not possible. He could be smart enough to be excluded from the paper trail – but he worked in close proximity to these folks – his campaign manager, his press secretary, his deputy chief of staff – did he speak to none of them about why the Port Authority folks were leaving?

    • 50 pkayden
      January 14, 2014 at 8:07 am

      You deserve a special award for subjecting yourself to Morning Joe. I cannot do it. Now that Current TV is not available, I just listen to the Steve Harvey Morning Show until Stephanie Miller’s show comes on at 9:00 am.

  6. 51 desertflower
    January 14, 2014 at 7:26 am

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/01/why-obamacare-matters-h1n1-edition Real life Mom story about why it’s so important for young, college aged kids to GET COVERED!

    Read and pass along!

  7. 52 Linda
    January 14, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I wonder if Chris Cuomo knows the truth about the phone call in mid December from Christie to his brother asking him to make his Port Authority appointment to back off with the questions about the Bridge closing.

  8. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2014 at 7:32 am

    morning Ms. Chips!

    Morning everyone!

    enjoy your day

  9. 54 desertflower
    January 14, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Need another reason why college needs to be made more affordable??? WTH IS THIS???!!! Basically prostituting people to help pay for college! NOT OK.


    • 55 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I’m sorry, but I’m extremely uncomfortable with, and skeptical about, that, no matter the young lady saying there’s nothing sexual about her outings. Shudder! Who’s to say when it will go wrong?

  10. 56 Jovie
    January 14, 2014 at 7:42 am

  11. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Bridgegate update:

    So it appears from the bogus polls being pushed (bully’s support is “solid” or “stable”) and the headlines and talk from different outlets, it seems the media WANTS us to move on from bridgegate without even exploring what the facts are.

    These motives of the media are so transparent and annoying given ALL the time and space they have given to

    manufactured scandals during this administration.

    This headline from AP “ help … Christie … rebound from …. scandal” is very annoying given that they state their motive without even noticing they are doing that “help Christie” by talking about rebounding before even all the facts are collected, publicized and known by voters who can then judge their validity

    the media invested so much in hyping the bullying behavior that they do not even notice that they should back off a while until we all know what political garbage is in NJ

    • 58 99ts
      January 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

      It’s not going away Linda – I’m laughing at MJ – trying to defend Christie & talking about anything other than NJ Politics – it’s not going to work – too much out there already.

      • 59 globalcitizenlinda
        January 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

        the beltway’s attempts at “moving the bridgegate story along” is so obvious and very annoying

    • January 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Good for you for taking on the “liberal” media. This scandal is not going to just disappear. There is too much that is unknown as to Christie’s involvement in shutting down the bridge. Poor media — they tried so hard to push Christie as the next President on the American people.

      • 61 globalcitizenlinda
        January 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

        I am amazed that the media still thinks we can’t see through their attempts to protect a bullying rotten-to-the-core Christie, and his enablers on in NJ (including some Dems) and on the national stage

    • 62 Cindy
      January 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

      It’s the same media, that ripped into President Obama for the ACA computer glitch, 24/7 they talked about a computer glitch; that did not harm anyone, or cause people to be late for work, kids stuck in buses for hours etc….Now, they want Christie problem to be forgiven and forgotten. I say….HELL NO!!!!

      I hope Dr. RMaddow and Steve K. unravel the truth about this , the land scenario makes sense every time they produce more papers about it. This guy is dangerous, can you imagine what he would do, along with the repukes, if they take the White House in 2016? It is dangerous, how he lives on “pay backs”, my way or the highway. People get hurt when he pays back, and this is not what this country needs. They would drag us into a war at the blink of an eye. This bag of wind is dangerous, and sad for New Jersey if people are willing to sweep this under the rug and turn the other way. I also believe that his politics may work in Jersey but it will not work on the national scene with voters. His own are going to eat him in the primaries.

      • 63 globalcitizenlinda
        January 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

        the amount of time spent on fake gop-manufactured “scandal” has been amazing and now they want us to quickly look away from a blatant abuse of power

    • January 14, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Proposing a longer school day should be seen as nothing more than a political move. Chris Christie cut so much from the education budget, a judge declared it unconstitutional and made him put the money back. Suppose the media will tell that?

      • 65 globalcitizenlinda
        January 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

        of course they won’t, they have already drawn up their future political posters featuring the “inevitable nominees” and these scandals are messing with their storyline

  12. 66 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

    BTW, I ♥ that little baby! I look at his picture above and right away I remember that he was a happy, chortling, little dude. 😀 (I have this personal theory that happy babies GENERALLY come from a calm, relaxed, loving nurturer.)

  13. 67 99ts
    January 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Hahahaha – and the scandal about the Mayor of NY – he eats pizza with a knife and fork – Christie can only wish

  14. 68 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

  15. 69 Jovie
    January 14, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Good Benghazi everybody!

  16. 75 99ts
    January 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Now we’re comparing Christie making ads with fed money to the cost of Obamacare – MJ is really sad

    • 76 99ts
      January 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

      My everything – Joe says no-one asked questions about Benghazi, the IRS, etc

      AND he says the IRS is a full blown scandal – the right is sick sick sick

      • 77 Jovie
        January 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Benghazi and shine.

      • 80 Cindy
        January 14, 2014 at 8:22 am

        It’s the repukes talking points for distraction and cover for Christ. jokester is a liar and he knows there are no scandals but if they keep saying it, and saying that Christie answered all of the questions, then they believe that the people will forget. They need to worry about what RMaddow is uncovering, she is going to break this wide open, I believe before the investigators. She is obsessed with knowing the “WHY.”

        Why did they close the bridge, and I believe that she has her team out there, turning every rock over until her question is answered. I don’t believe it’s about the Mayor, the timeline doesn’t fit Christie play rules, it’s about the billion dollar land.

  17. 85 Cindy
    January 14, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Question of the day…

    Where is the Mitt, and why is he not making the rounds on morning jokester and FOX, defending his good friend, Christie cream? They have the Rence and Giuliani clowns saying the GWB was a joke, so where is the Mitt and Mrs. Ann?

  18. 87 Linda
    January 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Will Fox cover Christie’s State of the State address ?

    • 88 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Of course FOX will! It’s such an excellent way to highlight Christie’s ‘leadership’. They’ll probably be quoting from it for the rest of the year.

  19. 89 Jovie
    January 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

    • 90 Linda
      January 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Does the ” hasn’t changed ” include those who hated him before and still do ? Seems a little soon to be doing polls

      • 91 Melanie
        January 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

        The national polls won’t really change until there is a smoking gun direct link to Christie. Right now there’s just a bunch of theories. Meanwhile Chuck Todd just showed the NJ polls and of course the people are really paying attention there. I believe the poll said that 80% of NJers believe that other staffers will resign while 65% believe that Christie had a direct link.

        • 92 jackiegrumbacher
          January 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

          Melanie, it took a long time for all the Nixon ugliness re Watergate to fully emerge. I had pretty much given up any hope that we would ever know anything back then. Throughout most of that time, Nixon maintained high ratings among Repubs and, of course, won a landslide election. But the dam had begun leaking and it eventually became a torrent. If people in NJ are paying attention, that’s really all that’s needed right now. People around the country are concerned with their own states and are paying very little attention to who’s going to run for president in 2016. Christie is very damaged goods and his Republican rivals are storing all of this in their hearts and memories. At the end, IF Christie runs, he will not win NJ, NY, PA, FLA or any of the states that pundits say he has in the bag. He will not translate well in the Northeast or the West. So we all have to do is be patient and let it play out because right now we have very big fish to fry to win the House, oust our R governors and keep the Senate.

  20. 94 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Grooaan! Do I really have to go to this workshop?

  21. 95 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

    BBL – behave yourselves, or give GOPs ‘hell’,

  22. January 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

    How Warren Is Saving the Left

    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 14th, 2014 at 09:06:04 AM EST

    It’s hard to build trust in government when Mitch McConnell is doing everything he can think of to make it so the federal government cannot function effectively. But, ultimately, the frozen gears in the Capitol are the Republicans’ fault, and the Democrats can’t do much about it. Surely, they can fight to make sure the blame is assigned correctly by the voters, but that alone will do nothing to restore faith in government. In fact, it will only hurt people’s opinion of government by making them more aware of the fact that it isn’t working.
    Enter Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio. Noam Scheiber looks at both of them, makes some distinctions between them, and argues that Warren’s version of left-wing populism is a better fit for a period of widespread skepticism about government.

    The reason is that it plays directly to the source of today’s anti-government skepticism. While trust in government has been steadily falling since hitting a decades-long peak after 9/11, voters’ particular beef against government changed in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Around that time, a variety of indicators suggested that voters’ suspicions were tied to the relationship between the government and powerful interests, whom voters believed were lavishing benefits on themselves at taxpayer expense. Pew found a sharp bipartisan drop in the number of voters who felt “government is really run for the benefit of all the people” beginning in 2009. Gallup found a spike in the number of people dissatisfied with “size and influence of major corporations.” It turns out that many of the voters who’d lost faith in government weren’t anti-government per se. They’d simply concluded it was working for the powerful and not for them.


  23. 97 amk for obama
    January 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

  24. 99 Linda
    January 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    The Omnibus Spending Bill ” defunds ” ACORN in four different areas…….

  25. 100 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

    It increasingly looks like CBS is now an infomercial TV channel——-programming seems to be completely controlled by advertising dollars. Couldn’t believe that the morning “news” crew there just did a 20 minute (maybe longer) segment on Dyson vacuums. Not that the product is not worthy, but it was so unsettling seeing them all sit there talking to Mr. Dyson about how much more powerful his sweepers are than competing sweepers, how much more brilliant the bristles are etc. It was a pitch any ad agency would greatly admire. And just a couple of weeks ago 60 Minutes did that whole infomercial segment for Amazon on their proposed drone package delivery. We have no more news outlets——total corporate takeover.

  26. 102 desertflower
    January 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

    As I go to work, I’ll leave you with this: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/01/14/usa-medicare-pumps-idINL2N0KO02720140114

    UPDATE 1-Penis pumps cost U.S. government millions, watchdog cries waste

    I’m certain there’s LOTS of late night jokes in here somewhere! Off to work….

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