• choicelady : Chris – I am about to leave, too. Have a wonderful new year, and let’s all hope it’s better than THIS one. See you in 2012!

  • choicelady : Chris – I agree. The MSM act as if these bozos really had something to SAY! No one ever calls them on their un-Constitutiona l proclamations or anything! Disgusting!

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: I must depart now, I hope you have the merriest celebration tomorrow. I will see you here next week. Please travel safely.

  • ChrisR266 : From what I can gather, he believes Gingrich to be no better than Obama, considers him a fraud conservative.

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: Ha! My husband and best friends are always telling me to open up and tell it how I really feel it, you know? I just am so pissed about the quantity and quality of the coverage these Iowa rubes are getting I could just scream. In fact, I have a few times.

  • choicelady : Chris – do I remember this correctly that Glenn Beck said the ONLY Republican he’d NEVER vote for was Newt? Really? Did he say why?

  • choicelady : Gosh, Chris – you really have to learn not to be so reserved about your feelings! LOL!!! I think you’ve nailed the bastard! I still think he believes there is a bright and winning future ahead and that Iowa is just a pack of rubes, so who cares?

  • ChrisR266 : Oh, Choice, I agree that he never “thinks” he is done, but he knows when the cards are no longer falling in his favor. He’s not stupid. But he is arrogant, haughty, stubborn, unethical, and mean. That more than compensates for the sunny attitude for his chances.

  • choicelady : Chris – it’s about 2 hours and pretty easy. We go down around 4pm well ahead of the drunks, then we stay over, take our hosts out to a great breakfast, and drive back. It’s worked out beautifully for several years. And we always have fun.

  • choicelady : Chris – I don’t know if I’d agree only because I don’t think Newt EVER thinks he’s done! Supposedly he did not really care about Iowa and thinks he’ll pick up the STAR POWER in South Carolina. Of course that little set back of not getting on the VA ballot – VA being where his national HQ is – might discomfit him a tad, but the man’s EGO is beyond huge. I can’t see him EVER admitting defeat!

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: do you have far to travel? I hope it’s not a tiresome trip.

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: I chalked the tears off to pressure–he knows he’s done, and is crumbling while wondering how he can milk the book for more money and speaking engagements. I have absolutely no empathy for the man.

  • choicelady : Chris – that’s a blast! What a great way to spend New Year’s Eve or any other time! Yeah – being childless is great for regaining grown up time and having fun when you feel like it! Marvelous!

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: That’s great! We’re on year 22 (I think that’s what we counted tonight) of having the same 4 couples over to celebrate with dinner, too much alcohol, and lots of merriment. We’re all long time neighbors and close friends who raised our kids together in the houses we still live in, within three blocks of each other–Couldn’t go out when they were little, and now can celebrate how ever the heck we want.

  • choicelady : Chris – yes, we all had seen Newt Shedding Tears. What no one can determine is whether he was crying for his MOTHER or for himself. He tried to explain that this gave him empathy for others – but I’ve notice the GOP do that if and only if whatever affliction is something impacting them. His mom was bi-polar so that matters to him. George Will’s son has Downs syndrome – so he thinks that is the ONLY thing the government should give money to help with.

  • choicelady : Chris – we’re headed out tomorrow with friends and stay overnight so no contending with drunks. It’s always fun even though the husband of another couple is a hair on fire progressive who’d rather whine than hear anything good. Decided to ignore him. He doesn’t WANT to hear anything positive!

  • ChrisR266 : So, did anyone broach the “Newt shedding tears” episode tonight?

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: yes, at times it is. Tonight is one of those times.

  • choicelady : Chris – now that sounds like a perfect evening! Especially listening to the snoring. As often as I’d like to stuff a sock in it, it’s really comforting to hear, isn’t it?

  • choicelady : kes – you’re back! All your chopping done? Is that New Year’s Chopping like Christmas shopping?

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: I’m just glad to read y’all here. Took the husband out for a fine dinner tonight with the best friends, drank too much at the after party, and am home listening to his blessed snoring. Life is good.

  • choicelady : Oh – KQ is back!

  • choicelady : Chris – my pleasure. I suspect at the moment it’s just the two of us. Murph was heading to sleepy-bye land because of a really bad cold. And AdLib is just keeping the line open, so we either carry on or pack it in. I’m fine either way.

  • ChrisR266 : Choice: Bwaaaahahaha! Thanks for the 30 second update.

  • ChrisR266 : Happy New Year, AB.

  • choicelady : AB – LOOK OUT! You’re suffering Brain Anorexia!!!!!

  • choicelady : AB – good luck with fans, and a wonderful New Year for you and yours, too! Be well!

  • choicelady : Chris – mostly Adonai was here pretty much alone for a time. He carried on admirably, but now we came in, and he left. He was hoping for the Rapture, but I can pretty much assure him that he did NOT have that happen. He’s trying to bypass his earthly problems, but I don’t think the Rapture is the answer. After all – he’d be stuck with THEM.

  • AlphaBitch : Okey dokey pokies! I’ve got to go buy some fans. Ceiling, that is….Love and happiness and health and peace to us all this coming year. for real.

  • AlphaBitch : CL: I believe Newt is smart, and Ron Paul isn’t a racist and Bachmann loved those 23 fosters and….and….

  • ChrisR266 : Hi ya all! Tried to start at the beginning and read up, but my attention span won’t tolerate it tonight. So, fill me in, and I hope you are having a merry holiday.

  • choicelady : Hey Chris! Happy New Year!

  • choicelady : AB – if you lose brain cells, you can believe anything you want! Go for it!

  • AlphaBitch : And I should go, too. Hey Chris! Happy New Year to be!!!

  • AlphaBitch : Yep, CL – less brain cells make my jeans fit better. Or at least I think they do!

  • choicelady : Dear Murph – Happy New Year to you, too, and may you feel MUCH better by tomorrow. Get well and enjoy the new year!

  • AlphaBitch : I have to go shop for ceiling fans online since the HD did not have a good enuff inventory.

  • choicelady : AB – if it’s fact free news, does it help you lose weight? You know, as in lost brain cells?

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Hey folks, my head is starting to ache…so I am going back to bed after taking a Alka Seltzer Cold Rememdy. Nice checking in with you all. HAPPY NEW YEAR…..May old acquaintance…A uld Lang Syne!

  • AlphaBitch : I want to know what other countries are feeding THEIR people as “news”. We know that ours is fact-free!

  • choicelady : AB – KQ checked in briefly, but we’ve not heard anything since. For a brief moment, Adonai was here alone and carried on an AMAZING conversation with himself. But it’s better with more! KQ filled in for about a minute, but we’ve not heard since.

  • AlphaBitch : Murph: i agree. I thought (and still think) it’s a fairly brilliant idea.

  • AlphaBitch : Hey KQuark’s not really here either, huh??

  • MurphTheSurf3 : AB…INN fascinating concept re. news FROM the world not just OF the world (which we still do a pretty poor job of).

  • choicelady : AB – I caught INN at a hotel in Cleveland that catered to people from all around the world coming to the Cleveland Clinic, and it WAS amazing and wonderful!

  • AlphaBitch : CL; Nope. Murph: Sorry – AB is being naughty again. With no AdLib, I tend to go naughty. Better naughty than Newtie, I say!

  • choicelady : Murph – Niblet is what AB calls the head of Lowe’s. She, for some reason, never hears back from him…

  • MurphTheSurf3 : CL and AB…just caught up…..Lowe’s. AH HAH! Got it.

  • AlphaBitch : I would love to get Al JAzeera, Murph. I have a great friend who worked in network news production. He always said he’d like to have an INN component – International News Network- where the news is broadcast from different countries (eg – 8PM Russian TV, 9PM Pakistani TV etc) and had a crawl translation so that Americans could see what other countries TRULY report.

  • choicelady : AB – but does Uverse get you AlJezeera? I have tried and tried to get linked ONLINE with their news reports, and I can’t do it. Cannot explain why. I LOVE their news!

  • MurphTheSurf3 : CL and AB inside joke? Niblet?

  • choicelady : AB – Oh, that’s priceless! But yeah – I can see why Niblet did not reply. But he’ll never forget you either!

  • MurphTheSurf3 : AB If I had the ATT Uverse option I would take it. Live in the country. No chance.

  • choicelady : Murph = and you live in a far more stormy area than we (since we’ve not had much rain at ALL much less electrical storms here in CA) So that is all good to know.

  • AlphaBitch : CL: Yep. A little short of the cob, if you know what I mean

  • MurphTheSurf3 : CL AB…the best thing about Direct is the customer service. About the best there is. They own their own service unit, not contracted out….operators are very knowledgeable and they do not nickle and dime you.

  • AlphaBitch : Murph: WE just bought a new place, and it came w/ a satellite dish. However, the Blov gets a FANTASTIC deal on Uverse, which we have and can’t refuse. At least for now…

  • choicelady : AB – NIblet? Ya think? Excuse me while I choke laughing!!!

  • AlphaBitch : I wrote Mr. Niblock (I keep calling him Mr. Niblets) and told him why I won’t shop there (I do thousands of dollars of business w/ them each year) and the names of all those who worked directly with me. Heard back nada. Maybe because I call him “Niblet”?

  • choicelady : Murph – that’s good to know, about the content I mean. We will take a look. I do know their range of offerings is better than Dish. But – giving money to Rupert? Ick.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : AB Virtually none. Heavy lighting…short term interruption…p robably twice in three years.

  • choicelady : AB. Hmmm. Straw. I think you’re being too kind.

  • AlphaBitch : Murph: Do you have problems with weather interference.

  • choicelady : AB – I’m cutting up my Lowe’s card, too. Their stuff is great, I like their staff, but NO MORE. Home Depot has one advantage – it’s GLBT friendly to staff. But their stuff is not as good, I agree with Blov.

  • AlphaBitch : CL: I call it “straw”.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Direct is part of the Murdoch portfolio…unfo rtunately BUT exercises no control over content or access. Direct is owned by a pretty complex conglomerate.

  • choicelady : AB – I have this issue with Callista and Cindy and blond – that’s NOT blond. I’m not sure what it IS, but it’s a color not know to nature. I have blond friends, their hair is beautiful. I have friends who’ve dyed their hair blond, and it’s fine. THEIR color is – what? Ice. It’s scary awful. Shudder.

  • AlphaBitch : Thanks, CL. Me too. The Pup is the son I would have wanted, and the Damascus girl is the daughter I would have wanted. Both Muslim, one Sunni one Shia, but all absolutely perfect. The Blov is pissed because we won’t shop at Lowe’s anymore (at least I won’t), and the other option (Home Depot) is far away, understaffed and without good merch.

  • choicelady : Murph – is Direct the one Murdoch owns? I get Direct and Dish mixed up.

  • choicelady : AB – I’m so glad Khirad has been able to help! That is the strength of this group of wonderful people. I will send her all good energies and hopes she stays safe and can get here!

  • MurphTheSurf3 : CL and AB…I have Direct TV

  • AlphaBitch : Murph: Which satellite company do you have?

  • AlphaBitch : CL: That made me laugh! They are two of a kind. Too blond.

  • choicelady : Murph – we are considering getting satellite for EXACTLY that reason!

  • AlphaBitch : BTW: Props to Khirad, for his ever keen eye and ear and advice. We’ve managed to stay in touch through it all.

  • choicelady : AB – I never could see what Newt saw in her or she in him. She is SO cold! And so unattractive. Swear to God – first time I saw them together I thought, “Why is Newt with Cindy McCain?” What is WITH the Ice Queen wives?

  • AlphaBitch : I’m just not sure how willing they will be to let people out. She may come near me, which is my fondest hope and wish.

  • choicelady : Oh AB – I sure hope she can come over! It’s ver