Early Bird Chat

President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning everyone, happy Friday!

235 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. April 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Good Friday on this Good Friday Chipsticks….TODers!

  2. 13 vcprezofan2
    April 18, 2014 at 8:24 am

    April sure is moving along at a clip! Before we know it it’ll be summer. 🙂

    Morning, Chips-o-will!

    Howdy, DannyO! You have been quite restrained recently – are you working on your monthly offering … or have you been drugged into silence?

    • 14 dannystix
      April 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

      moarnin wulf

      haz bin band not lowd post no moar 😦

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        April 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

        WHY? Is she punishing you because she knows you like posting (the dreaded take-away-a-cherished-activity-to-assert-power)? Parents can be so unimaginative at times!
        You didn’t annoy her again, did you?

        BTW, this is VeeCee. No wolves in my family or corner. No foxes, either. (Aha! I bet that’s the reason for your punishment.)

        • April 18, 2014 at 8:45 am

          It’s a socks issue again VC, yesterday I lost my beloved beigey browny creamy stripey pair, I may never recover.

          • 17 vcprezofan2
            April 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

            I’m sorry to hear that.

            *However* CC, you need to be fair – did **you** put your favourite ‘beloved beigey browny creamy stripey pair’ of socks way up top out of harm’s way, or did *you* leave them where my nephew could understandably think they were a treat laid out for him?

          • 20 vcprezofan2
            April 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

            Now free my nephew…and be more careful!

          • April 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

            I have to agree with VC on this one Chipsticks….I am constantly reminding myself that no matter how much we try to humanize them and no matter how smart we think they are, in the end, dogs will be dogs. Can’t let your guard down when it comes to that.

            • 22 vcprezofan2
              April 18, 2014 at 9:15 am

              ‘Can’t let your guard down when it comes to that.’

              Or let your socks down! 😉 😉 😀

  3. April 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats swbluega on #1 🙂

  4. April 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    “This Wily Gatecrasher at the White House Is a Red Fox”



    There’s a new guest at the White House. Unlike most people who pass through the presidential residence, he wasn’t invited. But in cutthroat Washington fashion, he saw weakness and took advantage. Now he rests and plays uninhibited at the seat of power.

    The little red fox, who hasn’t been named, turned up on the White House grounds in the weeks before the government shutdown in October. After many White House groundskeepers were furloughed, the fox settled in. Months later, the furry little conundrum has left officials who sort through some of the world’s most complex challenges scratching their heads.

    The fox lacks the deference typically exhibited by White House guests. He tore through the White House garden when it was left unattended during the shutdown. He graduated to tripping alarms in the middle of the night, napping wherever he pleases and generally living the high life on a campus overseen by dozens of highly trained Secret Service agents.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      April 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Perhaps the Little Red Fox just wants a selfie with Sunny and Bo? 🙂

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      April 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Hmmmmm. I wonder? Chips had a fox visit. White House has a new fox guest. Hmmmm. Does Chips Chica live at, in, near the White House? Or is she so obotified that her life unconsciously mirrors some aspect of theirs – black dog, fox visit, …..? Hmmmmmmm.

    • 33 GGAIL
      April 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Its really a FOX news Reporter.

    • 36 JER
      April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Good Morning Chips and TOD.

      No one can catch the fox, although it isn’t for lack of trying. White House groundskeepers bought a handful of metal traps and scattered them around the complex, with no success. The idea of shooting him was never considered, officials say. Instead, the crew that tends the grounds at the White House spent hours plotting to lure him into the traps with rotting hunks of chicken, so they could relocate him some 3 miles south to a park along the Potomac River.

      Perhaps it would help if the groundskeepers would find out what was in Dannystix’ food bowl. Chips’ fox ate it. Could be WH fox does not like rotten chicken.

      • April 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

        Morning JER!! Ugh, rotting hunks of chicken?! I woulda thought no wily fox on earth would be interested in that muck! I’ll give the WH a call and let them know what was in Danny’s dish, as far as I can remember it was Cheesy Puffs a la Orange.

      • 38 vcprezofan2
        April 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

        🙂 🙂 Good suggestion, JER. And ‘Good Morning’ to you too!

    • 39 anniebella
      April 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Well the Fox won’t be there for long, it will be capture and place somewhere safe because you never know if it might attack someone, it could have rabies. I know were I would place it, six feet under. Sorry to any of the peta folks.

  5. April 18, 2014 at 8:34 am


  6. 43 GGAIL
    April 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Goood West Coast Good Friday morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  7. April 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

    The media’s coverage of Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy announcement seemed so over the top to me; almost at the level of it being an immaculate conception…I made a comment about it to my husband as the announcement (i.e., “breaking news) was happening. I’ve even heard visions of the grand baby sliding down the stair rails at the White House.

    I guess the birth of a grandchild is expected to ensure HRC’s presidency in the next general election…just like she had it locked up in 2008…

    …Oh wait….

    • 47 hopefruit2
      April 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Yes it was clearly over the top, and the timing of the news release (right after PBO announces the ACA enrollment #s) made it even more suspect. Presidential daughters have gotten pregnant in the past with far less fanfare. e.g., Jena Bush who had her first baby last year or the year before, so I know this was some B.S.

      • 48 Vicki
        April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

        Good morning all.
        Yes, we here at TOD called the timing of the announcement of CC pregnancy as what the news was, not the pregnancy itself. All agree that it is a joy to welcome a grandchild.
        What was troubling was that it was announced on the day of an 8 million signup triumph.
        Not the day before ACA was scheduled to present the news.
        Not the day after.

        Seems to me The Clintons want to remind us how the only thing that matters to them is Them. Not the 8,000,000 happy Americans and certainly Not the Obama administration.
        If some of us have forgotten why we dislike Billary it was a good reminder.

        There will be further triumphs for the ACA. The day the number of Paid enrollments is announced, for example.
        Will it be the Clinton plan to muffle as much good news for POTUS as they can?
        You betcha.

        • 49 vcprezofan2
          April 18, 2014 at 9:29 am

          ‘The day the number of Paid enrollments is announced,’

          Well, since they have already used Chelsea’s pregnancy, they might have to resort to Hillary’s 2nd pregnancy to top this? Or more likely to Bill’s?

          • April 18, 2014 at 9:36 am

            I suspect the birth itself will be the next big breaking news. Then for at least the next two years, we will know every milestone in this child’s life…the U.S. version of “royal” baby.

            • 51 vcprezofan2
              April 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

              If you ask me, I think it kind of sad that although now married, Chelsea can’t seem to find her own niche away from her parents. She follows them around (all over the world) waiting for drops of their ‘glory’ to fall on her. Pathetic, IMO.

              Somebody should tell them that (getting married,) having sex, and possibly getting pregnant is somewhat of a norm for millions. They could at least have awaited the baby’s birth, before all the fanfare. I do not wish the young family any harm, or pain, but one thought that came to mind with all the fuss about the conception, was to wonder if they considered that there can be ‘many a slip between cup and lip’. I also wondered if that young husband has any real ‘say’ in that family. I envision a husband not ‘strong’ enough to say to his wife and in-laws ‘Listen, this is my family and I do not wish to have every aspect of my very private life splashed all over the news.’ {People say that I’m a dreamer’} 🙂

              • 52 hopefruit2
                April 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

                EXACTLY vc! Even the Obama girls, as young as they are – are developing their own independent “presence” that differentiates them from their larger-than-life parents.

                • 53 vcprezofan2
                  April 18, 2014 at 11:14 am

                  Not that I see her that often, Hopef, but Chelsea generally seems to lack confidence when I do see her. Hovering close to her parents as if trying to please (or as if the u cord is still not cut). Indeed, I was quite surprised that she had separated herself long enough to get to know someone AND get married. Now, having seen her several times without him (but with *them*), or seen him hovering in the background, I’m wondering if he’s a bit too retiring. Did she choose him because he’s a wimp? After all, she never seemed like a strong personality, yet she seems to be calling the marital shots (if media appearances count for anything).

                  Ah well, not that I care tuppence for Chelsea’s married life – if she’d only keep it out of my face!

                  • 54 GGail
                    April 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

                    VC, tell us how you REALLY feel. Thanks for making me smile today!

                    • 55 vcprezofan2
                      April 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

                      I actually think the Clintons have done a poor job encouraging their daughter’s confidence to stand SOLIDLY on her own feet, but what do I know (about American royalty)? 😉

    • 56 anniebella
      April 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Come to think of it, it could have been announce to the public later, but her parents in private. Why announce it in front of a big crowd? Is the birth going to be in front of a crowd? I congratulate Chelsea, but like you I know how the Clinton machine works. I imagine Bill might have told Chelsea if she had the child in 2008 Hillary might would have won.

      • 57 vcprezofan2
        April 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

        Why announce it in front of a big crowd?

        Did they really, Annieb? I don’t pay attention to them (until they push themselves forward) so I never realized. Don’t tell me they made a ‘formal’ announcement – that would be too, too much!

    • 58 Obama Grandmama
      April 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Was listening to NPR news this morning as usual only an hour later. It led with Chelsea’s pregnancy announcement on the half hour never mentioning the ACA data so I waited for the hourly news. Again no mention of the President’s briefing and ACA numbers. Then I got to thinking maybe I was having a Senior moment and I was a day late and it was mentioned yesterday so I checked online and it was listed as news but not mentioned in the airing.
      I still remember when Hillary used Chelsea in her lie about having to run on the Tarmac under fire as First Lady. She was just another lying politician to me, but involving her daughter was proof of bad parenting as far as I was concerned. Our President is so much more trustworthy. If she wins I hope she does not sabotage the ACA or change it to claim credit for the entire package.

      • April 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        “Obamacare” would make it hard for her to take credit. However, I agree; *IF* she becomes president, I hope she does not sabotage the ACA. At the same time, between now and January 2017, perhaps the needed changes that the President has acknowledged will be put in place and the law such that it will not be so easy to sabotage. Of course, a lot of that will depend on the result of the 2014 elections.

  8. 60 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 8:48 am

    windows 8 SUX. FU m$.

    • April 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Um, morning Amk, you having computing issues?

      • 62 amk for obama
        April 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

        friggin’ new puter too. m$ is a terrist outfit. No more windows 7. Even if you are willing to spend the bucks on new software. stuck with crappy win 8.

        • 76 jackiegrumbacher
          April 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

          AMK, Windows 8 has been the bane of our existence. My husband hates, hates, hates it and grumbles about it everyday. So much time seems to be wasted compensating for its flaws.

          • 77 amk for obama
            April 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

            if bill is front of me now, I will keep kicking his nuts. what a lousy product to palm off to millions.

        • 78 99ts
          April 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

          Mr 99 has a piece of software – I think he probably paid for same that is installed on our W8 lap tops that make it look like W7 – very useful for moi who had a massive problem going from XP to W7 & did not take kindly to having to buy a W8 laptop.
          I don’t know what it is called but can find out tomorrow if you are interested (being as Mr 99 currently in the land of nod)

          • 79 amk for obama
            April 18, 2014 at 9:40 am


            • 80 99ts
              April 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

              Only person allowed to interrupt his dreams is the grandbabe & she ain’t here. I am past being able to pass for 17 months old – despite I sometimes act that way. I can throw a tantrum with the best of them – especially in relation to computers.

              I’ll turn on the lap & see if that gives me a clue – otherwise will have to be tomorrow

            • 81 99ts
              April 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

              This seems to be it “windows classic shell v4.0.4”
              seems to be freeware – google finds the details – I’ll double check tomorrow

              What I HATE about W* is having to use an email address as your login to the computer – unreal. Of course I created a new one that I use for nothing – but many do not – and everyone worries about NSA – joke compared to computer companies.

  9. 88 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Racist Internet Forums Linked to U.S. Hate Crimes

    // Users of online hate forums are becoming “disproportionately responsible” for racist murders and mass killings, according to a new study. In the U.S., nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist web-group.

    A white supremacist charged with killing three people this week had posted over 12,000 messages on the website Stormfront, which carries the slogan “No Jews, No Right,” according to an organization that tracks hate groups. Frazier Glenn Cross stands accused of killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City.

    According to a report released Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization, there has been a developing online trend of posters on online hate forums being “disproportionately responsible” for mass killings and racist crime. A community of “White Nationalists,” Stormfront describes itself as “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.” Users of the website were responsible for over 100 murders in the last five years, claim researchers.//


    To a significant degree, I blame the main stream (including the left) media for this. They were the ones who fomented racial hate – via the Tea Party, and other racist “organizations” while trying to pretend that it was just FOX News doing this. This new surge in “Libertarianism” that has infiltrated our “Liberal media” is no accident. The idea that PBO is an oppressive Black dictator spying and issuing drone attacks on poor innocent whites is a central tenet of the new “Libertarian” mindset in the media. The sudden and hypocritical concern that the US is “now an oligarch” controlled by corporations – when it has always been, but now under a Black President it’s a disastrous thing, even though he is actually changing (for the better) the ways in which corporations have freedom to affect government and abuse the public. The sudden and unexplained rise in prominence of covert white supremacist Glen Greenwald and his gang of cult followers, under the guise of “journalism.” I could go on an on…but you catch my drift…

    • 89 jackiegrumbacher
      April 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I do get your drift, HF, and i’ts appalling what deep rivers of racist hatred the election of President Obama uncovered and that’s from both right and left. The right is the ID of this racist eruption and openly revels in it to the point of violence, or, more subtly, voter suppression. The left dresses it up in pseudo intellectual terms like libertarianism. But it’s all about not acknowledging who is in the WhiteHouse and how incredibly, breathtakingly successful he has been.

  10. April 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I am appalled at how the captain abandoned ship, apparently making no effort to get any of the passengers to safety.

    ” ‘Deeply Ashamed’ Ferry Captain Among First to Abandon Ship”



    An arrest warrant has been issued for him.


    “Police: Arrest warrant issued for captain, 2 crew members of sunken S. Korea ferry”



    An arrest warrant has been issued for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea, an accident that killed 28 people and left nearly 270 missing.

    Two other crew members also face arrest, a spokesman for the joint prosecutor and police investigators said Friday.

  11. 91 jackiegrumbacher
    April 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Morning all. In the small New York town I grew up in, everything, including the local radio broadcasts, shut down at noon on Good Friday for three hours. The sidewalks were empty, the stores closed (no matter what the religious beliefs of shopkeepers) and you had nothing to do but wait out the silence. At three, the closed signs came off, the radio came on and the streets filled again. The next day, at noon on Saturday, every church bell in the town started ringing, telling everyone that Lent was officially over. In our home, that meant bringing out the lamb pie as the symbolic start of Easter. Can’t imagine any American town doing something like that these days and can’t believe there weren’t lawsuits in that era. But that’s the way it was and I took it for granted.

    • 92 japa21
      April 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Yeah, I remember those days too. Boy, are we telling our age. And no, it wouldn’t, in my opinion, be approrpiate in these times. But then, I also got upset at stores being open on Easter, so I may be a little hypocritical.

    • 93 99ts
      April 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

      In my world – everything except the churches closed all day on Good Friday – the shops here are still closed all day. We have a 4 day holiday over Easter and until 1980s it used to be 4 days – no shops except the “corner stores” of past times. Shopping on easter Thursday was my worst nightmare. Now they tend to close Friday & Sunday but are open Saturday and Monday.

  12. 94 Vicki
    April 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Just read yesterday Late thread so I’m late with this.
    To Nerdy who is not a fan of Hall and Oates:
    Their popularity can be partly explained by their arrival on the music scene in the birth of the MTV music video generation. They were a very striking visual.

  13. 95 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I like Eblog, but this is a bit much – don’t you think? I hope he’s just being sarcastic..

  14. April 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

  15. 105 Gazelle
    April 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

    This was sent to me. Never, ever watch MJoke. Bad way to start ones day. However, thought you might find this interesting. GlobalCitizen, thank you so much for your comment in earlier thread. Everything will be okay. The rest of the year will be fabulous! I so order it! 🙂


  16. 107 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Well this is change we can believe in – Obamawage.

  17. 113 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

  18. 114 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

    It’s Friday and I feel like trolling Mark Knoller just because…

  19. 115 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2014 at 9:59 am

    LL – this is a “Night Owl” request to feature singer-songwriters of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90’s 00’s, 10’s (whatever decade they were most prominent). Maybe you could break it down into three parts spread over the spring/summer. Just a suggestion. Thanks!!

  20. 124 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    US freeing Iran funds as Tehran cuts uranium stockpile


    Cue collective rwnj heads explosion on pox news.

  21. 125 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

    The Labour Party has appointed US election strategist David Axelrod as a strategic adviser on leader Ed Miliband’s 2015 election campaign.

    Mr Axelrod was a key architect of Barack Obama’s victory over John McCain in the 2008 presidential race.

    He will work alongside shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, who is to run Labour’s general election strategy.

    Labour will pay Mr Axelrod a six-figure sum and use his consulting firm AKVD in its bid to win power.


    Will the magic work third time too?

    • 126 99ts
      April 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

      I find this sad – politics and elections surely should remain an “in country” event.

      • 127 Obama Grandmama
        April 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        I remember hearing during the 2008 campaigns how both Hillary and McCain’s campaign managers had former clients in other countries.

  22. 128 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

    bt, spam release needed.

  23. 149 africa
    April 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

  24. April 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Oh, I do love a good gloat.

  25. 151 Nena20409
    April 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

    GM and a great Good Friday to all TODville Community.

  26. April 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Hilarious, he’s only realizing this now? That’s privilege for ya:

    • 154 Ladyhawke
      April 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Duh! Oh please Ezra, tell us something we don’t know. Sheesh….

    • 156 japa21
      April 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Really tired of people (sapecially those that should know better, equating Obamacare with a website.

      • 157 hopefruit2
        April 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

        Japa you and I were thinking along the same lines, so thanks for putting it succinctly in a tweet. 🙂

      • 158 4morefor44
        April 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

        when you compare the complexity and quick ramp up time for healthcare.gov to major “free market” site redesigns, i’d argue even the site launch was successful. this media obsession over “glitches” was done purposely to hurt the public perception of yet another president obama success story. they built in 3 months of troubleshooting time to work out “glitches” which is exactly what they did and it was running quite well in january, and we all know now, 8 million people are benefitting already, and counting. i’d say is was a success on every level, including the web site launch.

        • 159 Nena20409
          April 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

          And the crow in their Throats?


          Karma? Providence? Poetic Justice?

          Winning……the Presidential Style by Mr. Barack Obama? Yes indeed 😉

        • 160 hopefruit2
          April 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

          Excellent analysis 4more. The site launch was quite successful, and whatever “glitches” existed were derived from the huge demand for insurance, not from Obamacare flaws.

          • 161 4morefor44
            April 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

            not to mention most of what healthcare.gov needed to do wasn’t part of the original plan, since they didn’t anticipate so many republican governors being so incredibly evil as to literally kill some of their residents and hurt their children all to score political points, and healthcare.gov needed to pick up the slack. the modern day republican is truly a vile and evil person. not exaggerating.

    • 162 hopefruit2
      April 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

      And Ezra is wrong anyway. “Obamacare” did NOT have “such a bad start” – the law was in effect as of 2010/2011, and people were already benefiting from the good things in the law. Folks got refunds from ins companies for unused care, people stopped being dropped if they got sick, or were no longer denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. Young people up to age 26 could stay on their parents’ plans whether or not they were in college. Costs started going down due to reductions in waste and fraud. The seniors saw a reduction in their prescription drug costs…AND, President Obama RAN on Obamacare in 2012 and WON. Romney ran on repealing Obamacare and LOST.

      So Obamacare had a very promising start – the website glitch was a setback, albeit temporary and fixable – despite the MSM’s declaration of “Obama’s Katrina” whatever the fuck that was supposed to mean. The healthcare exchanges were but a component of the law we call Obamacare – and the glitch was actually one symptom of the excessive/urgent demand for health insurance coverage, not a parenthetical issue.

      So Mr. Ezra can shove his little “insight” where the sun don’t shine!

      • April 18, 2014 at 10:47 am

        + 1,000,000,000

        It’s just Ezra trying to save face when he got it hopelessly, embarrassingly wrong every step of the way.

      • 168 amk for obama
        April 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

      • April 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

        “Obamacare” did NOT have “such a bad start” – the law was in effect as of 2010/2011… I had the same thought when I read the tweet, Hopefruit.

        The benefits that began prior to the healthcare.gov roll-out seems to elude people’s awareness. Or if people are aware, they don’t attribute those benefits to Obamacare. The Republican tactic of repetition (although in this case it will be truth) should be followed to tout the benefits of the pre-marketplace Obamacare phase. Maybe if it is repeated enough, more people will begin to see it.

        • 170 hopefruit2
          April 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

          It is very difficult to “forget” or be “not aware” that we had an election in 2012 – for which PBO ran on Obamacare and won. And while he was campaigning on Obamacare, he would list all the benefits that people were already experiencing – to the cheers of crowds.

          So Ezra is being a dishonest jerk when he tries to save face by pretending that Obamacare started on October 1 2013.

    • 171 Nena20409
      April 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

      A website is Not Obamacare. Mr. Klein.

      They knew than then. But they were eager to totally destroy the Obama-In-Care. That was the root of their hatred.

      Ezra Klein and Co saw Obama not the Care. That is why they will always get it wrong time after time.

    • 173 Dakota
      April 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I think he’s implying that people are not too bright & will go for anything. Did anyone else feel that way?

      • April 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

        Ah, Dakota, didn’t think of that interpretation – good grief, if that’s what he meant, he really is suffering from intense ODS!

      • 178 vcprezofan2
        April 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

        To be truthful, Dakota, once Klein started poking irrationally at my President, I stopped thinking he had any depth to be able to imply or insinuate. His stuff, when I run across it now, seems awfully shallow.

        • 179 Dakota
          April 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

          Yes he is shallow, I agree, but I never give these types the benefit of the doubt. Their statements need to be challenged at every turn and that way they are put in a position to try to defend them. We’ve seen how much fun that can be! LOL

    • 181 99ts
      April 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

      The word “badly” is so often misused. In this instance the word “much” should be used – “how much people want health insurance”

      And – it was NEVER in doubt that people want health insurance – they were prepared to wait for a website to be able to handle the crush – despite the bs from people like Ezra klein.

      • April 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

        Ah, spot on 99ts re badly v much!

        I just can’t get over his surprise at people wanting health insurance, it truly speaks to his privilege. Incredible.

        • 183 99ts
          April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

          He’s not surprised – just looking for some way to validate his previous pronouncements that the ACA was the worst failure of all time.

  27. April 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

    More Voting Rights Restoration Coming for Virginia….


    Virginians with felony convictions on their criminal records will have an easier path to having their voting rights restored thanks to reforms called for this morning by Governor Terry McAuliffe, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Under McAuliffe’s new rules, the time that people convicted of “violent” felonies must wait to apply for rights restoration will shrink from five years to three years.


    Not where we need to be…but movement in the right direction

    • 185 99ts
      April 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Rules in Oz

      Voting rights are restored immediately on release from prison. Some states allow prisoners to vote & the feds allow anyone with a sentence less than 3 years to vote while in prison.

      I admit to being amazed when I learned that people in the US did not get voting rights on release from prison.

  28. 186 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 10:41 am


  29. April 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Flippin’ heck, 7.4 earthquake in Mexico

  30. 189 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

    newthreadnewthreadnewthread. / sheesh

  31. 209 japa21
    April 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

    The actual tweet is irrelevant, but I love the picture.

  32. 215 Nena20409
    April 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Tell Us something We The People didn’t know already?

    A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.

    Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.

    Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

  33. 218 Nena20409
    April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    So this Easter lands on April 20? 420?

    Mary Jane, they say? Wow.

  34. 219 JER
    April 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

  35. 220 amk for obama
    April 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    so bbfd. still no new thread?

    bt, want me to jump in? Need 10 minutes. Tops.

  36. 223 desertflower
    April 18, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’m awake now…ready for R/S so I can be first:) Over 200 comments on Early Bird…??? Someone is having WAAAAAY too much fun this morning. Tick, tick, tick…I’m doing this for amk….

  37. 225 vcprezofan2
    April 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I’ll take him if no relatives are found/willing.

  38. 235 Vicki
    April 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

    The ACA success is becoming like Karl Rove still counting the votes in Ohio.

    Everybody knows Obamcare has WON its place in the American social safety net.
    Everybody knows it is and will be the law of the land for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond.
    Everybody knows it is and will always be Obamacare.

    Nevertheless, the losing team (composed of the Ruling Class) keeps talking about the rocky rollout so with every mention of the ACA the coverage starts with “Despite the disatrous website……”

    There will be 30 million newly covered folks in the ACA pretty soon. I doubt any of them will let the Media rain on their parade.

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