Early Bird Chat

MoooOOOooorning early birds – will be back in a bit with Rise and Shine, until then: chat away!

33 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 africa
    July 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Morning everyone.

  2. 4 Layla
    July 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Gooood morning Chips and all!

  3. 5 JER
    July 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  4. July 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and all you Early Birds!!!

  5. 7 LDS
    July 12, 2013 at 8:09 am

    “Tweet, tweet”.

  6. 8 amk for obama
    July 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    alex pareene on leibovich’s book on dc corrupt courtiers via bj

    Leibovich does call out his friends, colleagues and peers for their corruption, even if he usually does so gently. (Though not always gently. Some people, like “Game Change” star Steve Schmidt, get pretty rough treatment.) Part of that gentleness is because these people practice a form of corruption in which the corrupt individual literally cannot understand why anyone wouldn’t consider him or her a stalwart and productive member of society. This is basically an entire society of leeches who have mostly convinced themselves that they earned the blood they’re sucking with their ingenuity or devotion to the public good and that the process of sucking it is somehow beneficial to the country. With some exceptions, of course. There are some Trent Lotts and Haley Barbours (the exceptions are usually Republicans) who are open and unashamed about cashing in. (And for their “refreshing” honesty about their venality they are absolutely beloved by reporters.)

    (Strangely, one person who comes out fairly well in the book is Barack Obama, who is both barely present and also inescapable. Obama genuinely hates This Town. It is a sincere and unflagging hatred. Many of his staff happily sold out, obviously, taking lobbying jobs and media gigs and massive speaking fees, but the president clearly has nothing but contempt for the entire city and its self-important longtime fixtures. He hates Politico, hates old Clinton hangers-on, hates the parties, hates it all. And he should!)


    • 9 africa
      July 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Hmmm. Is this from a book, amk?

    • 11 jackiegrumbacher
      July 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Interesting excerpt, AMK, but I don’t think the president ‘hates’ anyone or anything. He may find the beltway media, useless, petty and incompetent, think the parties are boring and gossipy and feel the whole DC backbiting DC environment is a waste of time. He may actually pity people in the beltway for their total lack of perspective about and understanding of the real people. But he would never hate. I worked around the DC political arena for may decades and I finally found it so suffocating and petty that I retired to another state. I’m sure PBO understands that he has a job to do now, but will not regret getting back to the real world when he leaves office. The only thing that might keep him in the DC area is the fact that Sasha will still be in high school.

  7. July 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Amazing animals….

  8. 14 LDS
    July 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations, Africa!
    Good morning everyone!
    Beautiful walk this morning after an invigorating Prayer vigil on the phone with ten powerful women…….
    This is a lovely day. And it’s Friday, ya’ll!
    POB is still the best President, ever. I just felt such warm pride for the NCAA basketball players after 50 years getting the honor they deserved by a President who knows and plays the game. POB seems to have enjoyed the meeting just as much as they did. This was so sweet. They could never have imagined this day when they were young. What joy to be able to experience this your life!
    Got a wedding tomorrow going to get all pretty- up today.
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  9. 17 Layla
    July 12, 2013 at 8:34 am


    MOSCOW — Two prominent Russian human rights officials say they plan to meet on Friday with Edward Snowden, the leaker of U.S. National Security Agency secrets, after receiving an invitation calling them to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport.
    Snowden is believed to have been stuck in the airport’s transit zone since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23, as he negotiates for asylum in another country.
    Sergei Nikitin, head of Amnesty International’s Russia office, told The Associated Press he will go to the meeting, but declined to give details. Tatiana Lokshina, deputy head of the Russian office of Human Rights Watch, was quoted by the news agency Interfax as saying she also would go.
    On Facebook, Lokshina posted the text of an e-mail purportedly from Snowden that she received Thursday. The text says Snowden wants to make “a brief statement and discussion regarding the next steps forward in my situation.”

    • 18 globalcitizenlinda
      July 12, 2013 at 8:44 am

      notice that each time people are trying to move onto something else, Snowden, Wikileaks, G Greenwald, The Guardian and their groups try hard to keep the global attention on them?

      • 19 utaustinliberal
        July 12, 2013 at 9:20 am


      • 20 jackiegrumbacher
        July 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

        Yeah, Global, but it’s getting so repetitive that fewer and fewer people are paying attention. Snowden is boring, has nothing useful to say and I have ceased to care what he does or where he goes.

      • 21 arkluvspbo
        July 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

        Is Snowden even a real person?? Seriously, I just don’t believe he is. I just get this feeling of “Wag the Dog”, to keep our eyes off everything that is happening HERE with the Texas and NC legislatures taking away women’s rights slowly, but surely; The VRA fiasco, and everything else the repubs are obstructing and obliterating.

  10. 23 sonjiaduncan
    July 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good morning Chips all the Early Birds.

  11. 24 Linda
    July 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Just because I needed it.

  12. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    July 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Thanks, Chips, for the great early riser R&S. I get to catch up before dashing off to exercise and run errands. We will be babysitting our ten month old grandchild next week so EVERYTHING has to be made childproof and baby friendly. Yikes!

  13. July 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Howdy all you O’s!!! What a great getting up day in TODville!! The sun shines brightly in my neck of the woods, the temperature is slightly less warm than I like, but I’ll take it.

    I haven’t seen the news, nor followed any political anything. PBO is still in the White House and the crazy ‘pubs continue to outdo themselves in the stooopid. I’m still mainly lurking, but always enjoy the chance to pop in to say hey to my O peeps.

    • 31 arkluvspbo
      July 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Hi cookemom! The sun is shining brightly here as well. Fortunately, PBO is STILL in the White House — thank GOD! The repubs are still their deliriously insane selves, and the world is still spinning and moving along :).
      Happy Friday

  14. 32 Layla
    July 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

    AUGUSTA, Maine, July 11 (Reuters) – A steep decline in revenues from pipeline tariffs and a loophole that allowed companies shipping crude by rail to avoid payment have slashed Maine’s oil-spill fund to levels experts say could hurt its ability to respond to an accident.

    Focus on the safety issue has intensified in the wake of the deadly Lac-Megantic disaster in Quebec. Maine’s emergency fund has shrunk more than 40 percent over nine years. Surging train shipments, meanwhile, are making the state one of the biggest conduits of crude produced from U.S. shale to Canada.


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