Early Bird Chat


Moooooorning everyone!

55 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 africa
    August 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Morning Chips, Morning all!!

  2. 6 africa
    August 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

    GOP insanity. Yikes!!

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats cookemom on #1 🙂

  4. 10 japa21
    August 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Morning all from wet Chicago. Enough with the rain. Chips, how is you dingle dongle doing today?

    Jobs report is ineteresting. No doubt, not enough jobs, and, also probably not enough high paying jobs, but considering everything, not too bad.

    At the same time, I am sure that Boehner will be out there lamenting how this President’s policies isn’t cutting it, even though he has not given the President’s policies a chance. Seems that is the normal routine for the first Friday of every month.

    • 11 cookemom
      August 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

      One clap of thunder and rain for about two minutes came through, but now it’s sunny and bright on my side of Chi-town. It’s really kinda purdy with the raindrops glistening on the grass and trees.

      • 12 japa21
        August 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

        These have been those full blown, but very scattered, storm systems. Driving to work almost had to pull over it was coming down so hard.

        • 13 cookemom
          August 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

          wow, we didn’t have any of that in the western part of the metropolis. We only got the cleansing type of rain.

    • 14 57andfemale
      August 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Well I’ve been up since 2:45 a.m. because little yorkie is terrified of thunder, and if the rain hits the house making a certain sound, she’s terrified of that as well. Even the thundershirt and Rescue Remedy are not enough. She claws to be picked up then wants to get back down. She trembles uncontrollably. And man, she is a little barometer of a storm coming through. I tell her there’s nothing going on, and five minutes later, there’s the storm.

      We adopted her when she was 7 years old, thrown away by the puppy mill that used her as a breeder. She came from downstate Illinois. I can’t even imagine the conditions she had to endure.

      Other than thunder boomers, though, she’s a happy, well-adjusted, cuddly and playful little dog. She’s a joy.

      Except when she keeps Mommy up all night and Mommy needs to be productive at work….. Daddy and her doggie brothers slept through the whole thing,

  5. 15 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

    • 16 africa
      August 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

      These people are equally to blame for GOP instruction.

    • 18 99ts
      August 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

      One day I might learn to tweet – but anyhow – despite MASSIVE efforts by GOP to increase unemployment and slow growth – growth and employment still heading upwards.

      Shame that WH correspondents rarely correspond about the White House.

      • 19 hopefruit2
        August 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

        Except to criticize and take cheap shots at the President.

      • August 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

        Tweeted that for you.

      • August 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

        I copied your great words and tweeted them with a TY 99ts. I don’t know how to post tweets or I would. I am not great at coming up with words but I am a great retweeter.

        GM everyone. It is still a beautiful cool, rainy morning here in MT. We really need the rain.

        I know the numbers are as good as we wanted but I am thankful they are still going up. Off to have breakfast with a friend.

      • 26 57andfemale
        August 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

        Methinks this number will be adjusted up in the coming months. ADP had it at 200,000 and I bet we end up closer to that number.

        Despite Republican efforts to destroy America.

    • 27 Ladyhawke
      August 2, 2013 at 9:46 am



    • 28 Ladyhawke
      August 2, 2013 at 9:53 am


      What the do-nothing Congress has actually done

      By Ari Melber – (5/29/13)


      So when Speaker Boehner says jobs are the number one priority–we know he’s not telling the truth. Other members can blame gridlock, but he can’t. He is gridlock.

      And while he’s found time for votes to cut funding and repeal Obamacare, the numbers show he just doesn’t bring jobs bills to the floor. So when it comes to addressing unemployment–our most significant problem–this Congress is on a permanent vacation, and maybe they should worry about becoming unemployed themselves.



    • 29 anniebella
      August 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

      I would love to ask Knoller, why in hell would we give a dam what John Boehner have to say about this economy when he and his House Republicans haven’t done a thing to help improve it. Boehner think we are as stupid as Knoller and the media is, no we are not. We see exactly what Boehner, McConnell have been doing, which is nothing. If we still had a real speaker of the house like Nancy Pelosi this economy would be stronger, the fact that it isn’t is because of the obstruction of the Republicans. Now this President is still in D.C.working while that awful do nothing House is off for a month vacation. Tell Knoller to tell John Boehner to get off his lazy ass and do something to improve the economy.

  6. 30 cookemom
    August 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    The ‘Pubs are planning town hall meetings during their time off in August. They want to blast ObamaCares and get their nutbutts to raise the roof like 2010. This will backfire and watch the crazies turn on them about immigration, RINOismnist, and all the other tinfoil issues. The question is if the MSM will broadcast them like they did in 2010.

    • 31 hopefruit2
      August 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

      They are sooooo mistaken about this. I agree with you that this will backfire. This is not going to be a repeat of 2010.

      The country’s mood is 180 deg different from what it was back then. ObamaCare has been declared constitutional and many people are actually reaping TANGIBLE benefits (decreasing premiums, rebate checks, more young people covered, no pre-existing conditions, same-sex partner coverage, etc), while not seeing any of the scary things that they were told would happen (e.g., death panels, employers laying off, rising premiums, etc).

      The economy as a whole is doing much better and people are less anxious – so these silly townhalls will look like circus performances.

      • August 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

        And despite the evidence of their eyes and ears, some are still wedded to those scary things. I actually had a “friend” on facebook tell me the auto bailout was a massive failure the other day.

        • 33 ericfive
          August 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

          That “friend” is probably confusing the auto makers who are doing extremely well thanks to the bailout, and the city of Detroit which declared bankruptcy a couple of weeks ago (thanks in large part to GOP gameplaying). The GOP depends on their supporters who are not 1%ers to be terminally stupid, and that “friend” definitely fits the bill.

        • 34 cookemom
          August 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

          I cancelled the reply I was going to post, because it wasn’t very nice, but is your ‘friend’ allowed to cross the street alone?

          • August 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

            Hahaha, don’t know the answer to that one! She is good in many other ways, a supporter of the arts in school for instance. But she has a blind hatred of PBO and I’m sad to say it is fostered by her religious leaders. She and I share a religion but we certainly interpret it differently. It all goes back to abortion, really. The GOP succeeded better than their wildest dreams in making that a political wedge issue. I know many people who will not agree with one single thing a politician says or does if he/she supports abortion rights in any way, shape, or form.

            • 36 cookemom
              August 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

              I know wedge issues or single issue voters are the bane for both political parties. My questions to abortion issue voters is if they have an adopted child in their household, do they agree with government sponsored prenatal care programs, early childhood education, SNAP, free preventative health care, contraception and how do they feel about sex education in schools. Usually, they don’t support any of that which makes me conclude they are more concerned with numbers born, than the quality of life those children experience. In other words, they’d rather force the government to use taxpayer dollars to take care of the very people they say the government forces them to use their taxes to pay for. They just need something to complain about and innocent unwanted children are as good as anything to turn their verbal and selfish abuse toward. Not very Christian-like, imo.

              • August 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

                The way it seems to me is that they see babies as a punishment for having sex. You aren’t supposed to have sex outside marriage. Birth control allows you to do this with no consequence, so no birth control, If you get pregnant that is a consequence of sin and you aren’t allowed to avoid it.

    • 39 57andfemale
      August 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Our side needs to show up, come prepared with facts, anecdotes and information. If we let them grab the news cycle, it will be our own damned fault.

      Just go to one town hall, somewhere. If we all did that, and bothered to print up brochures since Republicans will not allow this law to be publicized the way every other similar law was publicized, WE would become the story and not their lies and hate.

  7. 42 jackiegrumbacher
    August 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Gm, all. I’m optimistic enough to hope that all the recent call-outs of Republican sabotage and do nothingness is getting to be more widely understood and that people are beginning to see how destructive the GOP can be. We see it in those states unlucky enough to have Republican governors where not one single thing is done for the good of the people–not one–ever. And we see it daily in the US Congress, where the House has become nothing but a dead engine and the Senate barely putters along with a crazed minority acting like an anchor. It takes time and far more coverage than we’ve seen for the ‘meme’ of do nothingness to sink in. Sure there are those PBO haters who cheer this stuff on. But most decent people want a Congress and state government that actually acts on their behalf. They want jobs, decent education for their children, access to good health care and a sound infrastructure. Our job is to keep pushing this utter GOP failure on people whenever we get into conversations at supermarkets,on buses, at water coolers, or when we’re watering our lawns. Yes, we absolutely have to push health care and immigration, but I do think our long term success rests in getting the largest number of people to consider the GOP as losers when it comes to government.

    By the way, I consider the stodgy, middle of the road, fearful of change state of PA to be the canary in the coal mine for this awareness. PA has ALWAYS re-elected its governor for two terms–a tradition going back over a hundred years. It was always accepted and no one fought much against it. Now we see a huge surge of dissatisfaction and a willingness from even generally conservative people to “throw the bum out” in 2014. If we pull this off and PA gets a new governor, then, believe me, change is possible and will happen.

    • 43 ericfive
      August 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I agree Jackie. Most people don’t follow politics as closely as we do, so it takes longer for them to see what is going on. The fact that the MSM provides cover for the GOP does not help. But I agree that a tipping point has been reached and the extremism of the GOP is so obvious that a blind man can see it. I think evidence of this is in the fact that the Senate GOP is starting to isolate the Tea Party set (they must be seeing internal polling numbers that bear out the truth in what you are saying).

      • 44 cookemom
        August 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

        You are correct. By the time the 2014 elections and especially the 2016 elections, we’ll be seeing signs telling the government to:

        “Keep your hands off my ObamaCares!!!”

  8. 45 japa21
    August 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

  9. 46 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    • 47 japa21
      August 2, 2013 at 9:54 am

      And actually, Boehner’s words are spin and WH statement is not spin but accurate description.

    • 49 Ladyhawke
      August 2, 2013 at 10:02 am


      This is why the United States is doomed

      The GOP response to the jobs report: The Earth is flat and two plus two equals five

      BY ANDREW LEONARD – JUNE 3, 2011


      The Hill reports the House Republican response to Friday morning’s distressing jobs report.

      House Republicans pinned the blame for Friday’s disappointing jobs report squarely on the White House, saying the Obama administration’s “over-taxing, over-regulating and over-spending” has stifled economic growth.

      “One look at the jobs report should be enough to show the White House it’s time to get serious about cutting spending and dealing with our ailing economy,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.

      How many blatant untruths can a Republican speaker of the House stuff into one sentence? Quite a few!



    • 50 99ts
      August 2, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Thank you HF – this is exactly how the media (R,USA) writes the “news” ALL the time. It is no wonder that the President would prefer to bypass them and talk directly to the US people. It is just revolting how they turn facts into a RW opinion without missing a beat

    • 51 99ts
      August 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

      And – it took 11 years and WWII for the world to recover from the 1929 depression. The US has had an amazing recovery from this recession – despite the non-stop attempts of the GOP to turn recession into depression.

    • 52 anniebella
      August 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

      How many times have Knoller heard President Obama say that this crisis was the worst since the Great Depression. The fact that the recovery is not stronger, we have one place to look…the Republicans. If we let them, these MSM would drive you stupid like they are.

    • 53 ericfive
      August 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Propaganda 101. Liberal media my ass.

  10. August 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Bo says Happy Friday morning, TODville!!

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