• AdLib : Thanks!

  • SallyT : Good night to you, too. Have a good rest.

  • AdLib : Always appreciate your closing the VP bar with me! Thanks so much Sally and sleep well!

  • AdLib : Night Sally! I’ll be sending out GROW updates next week to fill folks in on what we’ve got cooking! Have a great weekend.

  • SallyT : You know, AdLib, we have to stop meeting like this.

  • SallyT : I hate helium balloons. When they start going down the remind me of my boobs!

  • choicelady : AdLib – it’s a deal. Go with GROW. We will talk early in the week indeed. Now it’s off to dreamland for me, too. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

  • AdLib : CL – That’s why I always juggle helium balloons…never dropped one yet!

  • SallyT : Night to you, too, CL. I will see you later, too.

  • AdLib : CL – Not at all! Have a wonderful weekend yourself and lets catch up on GROW and all next week, we’ve got people raring to go here!

  • choicelady : Cher – Kleenex is perfect! It never makes a racket when it finally floats to the ground! Wise choice!

  • choicelady : Goodnight, Cher – I think I’m following suit. Poor AdLib got an earful of my awful week this week, so I won’t belabor it here! Take care, thank you for all you do for us, and have a GREAT weekend! Hugs!

  • Chernynkaya : Gonna juggle Kleenex from now on!

  • SallyT : Good night, Cher! See you later if you aren’t to busy. But, if you are juggling, you keep all those balls in the air, you hear me!

  • AdLib : Night Cher! Have a great weekend!!!

  • choicelady : Cher – dropping plates means you probably want to juggle, oh, tennis balls or something? I decided at my last birthday that I would no longer multi-task. I would unitask. And MAYBE I’d get that one thing done right and well before moving on. I’ve had to start telling people I cannot handle things because it’s not fair to agree to do stuff then back out. It’s amazing how poorly people take that – but it’s the only way I can survive!

  • AdLib : Sally – When The Planet started, there was big turmoil at HP and we did a lot of exposes about HP, I learned a lot just from doing research I had never thought of doing while I blogged there. Though The Planet is well known at HP, we still didn’t want to be seen as the anti-HP site so we dialed back our hammering on HP. After all, we’ve pretty much covered every issue over there. Still, on occasion, it’s good to update folks.

  • Chernynkaya : Guys, the girls just came home and are demanding attention and making a racket. I’ll say adieu for the night. Have fun!

  • choicelady : AdLib – oh, that’s too, too funny!

  • choicelady : Yes – I think the Wicked Witches are losing their followers and their clout. I know some folks are still radiating in her glow, but overall, I think it’s all fading as they are shown to be frauds. How AH thinks she can say in one breath “Obama is just not that into you” and then snuggle with Newt without our noticing is absolutely mindblowing!

  • SallyT : But, CL, you are right, she hasn’t been in the sunlight too much lately. Vampire!

  • Chernynkaya : AL, I’ve noticed that none of the MSNBC shows have Firebaggers on. just Fineman. and he’s not really an emo–just a nothingburger.

  • AdLib : CL – At the same time, while Arianna reveled in the influence she had last year and the year before, when the whole Purist/EomProg thing was going strong (haven’t seen Jane Hamsher on a show for a long time!), she’s lost a lot of juice since and doesn’t have the same kind of spotlight and command over people there as she did.

  • SallyT : CL,I wasn’t meaning just her but the other guys from there and they sometimes just say, “On HuffingtonPost there is”….that kind of stuff.

  • Chernynkaya : CL, Believe me–I’ve dropped most of the plates!

  • choicelady : Sally – I’ve been seeing less and less of Madam Defarge anywhere. The fact that Colbert interviewed her and snarked her was GREAT – I saw nothing else anywhere else!

  • Chernynkaya : Good for Colberington!

  • AdLib : He just reposts her whole site! That’s the joke.

  • AdLib : Check it out, The Colbuffington Repost: «link»

  • Chernynkaya : True, CL. But that’s what’s so insidious. The site is a giant Concern Troll in itself. But to be honest, i do sympathize with the writers. It’s so hard to break into journalism, and they make little anywhere. So I give many of them a pass.

  • choicelady : Colbert has a send up of HP? Gotta read that!

  • SallyT : Of course the new people going to that site don’t know the change either. That is sad since HP gets so much attention from the MSM.

  • AdLib : Sally – She mentioned his name very quickly and in passing but spent lots of time trying to show how clever and funny she was by attacking Colbert for aggregating her site on his HP ripoff site, the Colbuffington Post.

  • choicelady : Cher – you can juggle? Wow. I’m impressed! I can’t hold onto even ONE thing these days!

  • choicelady : Cher – remember it took ALL of us some time to figure out what had happened. It was pretty dramatic and did not seem possible. Here was this GREAT site pre-2008 election, and within moments after the inauguration, it had turned into Trollville. There are those who still can’t believe it. And AH keeps JUST enough good stuff on hand to keep many people lulled into believing she is just offering diverse views = instead of perverse propaganda.

  • SallyT : Did she even mention the writer?

  • Chernynkaya : I just can’t wrap my head around how many people are punked by that fraudulent site. I never will.

  • AdLib : CL – If I was the writer, I’d be pretty pissed off about Arianna taking the crown and the victory lap for my work. Why wasn’t the journalist on Colbert? I know why, because Arianna decided she would take all the glory…as “the face” of HP. Think about how HP and Arianna disrespect writers over there, even the one that brought them their one major recognition. What a jerk.

  • choicelady : Oh sure – but WE know the truth. I got a very good research person hooked up with them in 2007 – Chris Rodda from Military Religous Freedom Foundation. Chris write the BEST STUFF about Dominionism and its tentacles. But go ahead – try to find it! You have to enter Chris’ name to get any of it. But she keeps on because she has a following now, and that’s important to her and MRFF even if we all agree Arianna is sucky. HP still gives good outlet to voices that might otherwise not be heard. She’s just doing less and less of it.

  • SallyT : That is okay, CHer. I know you are busy.

  • Chernynkaya : Al, that’s what I mean. It’s galling to me.

  • Chernynkaya : Sally, I know. I’ve had stuff I had to do. I’m juggling.

  • AdLib : Cher – The reality is, after the AOL deal, HP became the biggest online blog and could afford to pay a few real journalists to work for HP. Now, using those few for cover, they can continue to churn out the exploitative propaganda and tabloid crap while boasting about what a legit news org they are.

  • choicelady : Sally – are we good, or what??????

  • SallyT : I am usually in tune with Cher but she hasn’t been around much lately.

  • Chernynkaya : CL, doesn’t the publisher of the winner get crowing rights, though?

  • SallyT : LOOK AT THAT CL WE ARE ON THE SAME LINE TONIGHT!

  • SallyT : Cher, she didn’t win that Pulitzer, that guy who wrote it did, really.