Chat Away

The ultimate ‘got your back’.

260 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. February 27, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  2. 30 vitaminlover
    February 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Who is Bob Woodward, anyway?

    • 31 proudmemberofglobalzero
      February 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Woodward and Bernstein were reporters for a Washington newspaper. They broke the story and wrote the book on Nixon and the Watergate break in.

    • February 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Woodward was assigned to the city desk, I think it was, the one that covered police matters and things that came before the judge. I’m paraphrasing. It could have went by a different name, but he was there when the Watergate burglars were brought in for first hearing. Don’t remember details after that and why he followed up on it. I could even have him mixed up with Bernstein. He was a Rthug then and he is now. He doesn’t deny it.

    • 36 amk for obama
      February 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Excellent question vl. Shows how irrelevant this bw gossip columnist has become.

    • 38 nathkatun7
      February 28, 2013 at 12:39 am

      A watergate hero who has now completely lost his marbles! His loved ones, including his media enablers, should have urged him to quit while he was still ahead. He is coming across as a very deluded person in need of medical intervention.

  3. 39 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  4. 49 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    • February 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      I so love her. Thank goodness PBO and Sotomayor found each other.

      • 51 nathkatun7
        February 28, 2013 at 12:43 am

        I agree totally, Meta! No wonder both the left and the right were attacking her. She is so alert and not ready to listen to BS!

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      February 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Dudette, isn’t it amazing how alive and in tune with the world she is and how drab, lifeless and out of touch the right wing justices seem? If Sotomayer were the Chief Justice with just one more like minded Associate Justice we would have a Supreme Court we could be proud of and one that led us forward not backward as a democracy.

    • 54 a4alice
      February 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      thank goodness for Justice Sotomayor

  5. 55 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  6. 57 desertflower
    February 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    My brain is exhausted from a long day and trying to catch up on all the news of the day…..is it possible that Scalia really wants to be Pope? I hear there’s an opening at the Vatican….I think he may be more suited for that! I hope that man rots in hell.He makes a mockery of the laws and values of this country.

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Don’t wish him on my Catholic church! We have enough problems!

      Scalia’s mind is GONE.

      • 59 desertflower
        February 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        Sorry, job:) His mind IS gone, to be sure…..I’d wish just about anything right now to get his sorry, racist ass out of that cushy seat he sits in. He has no damn business being there.

      • February 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        He is Catholic though, sorry.

        • 61 jacquelineoboomer
          February 27, 2013 at 11:42 pm

          Yes – I meant as Pope. Not only is he a Catholic, but I believe Alito is, too, and that’s their choice, but – worse for me – both of them have connections to Trenton, NJ, where I was born, and that makes me sicker than anything else thinking that!

          • February 28, 2013 at 12:33 am

            At least they left. Is it the better for it. I don’t think there are any Protestants on the bench anymore. I called him bad, bad names. I’d like to see a few well written letters in the NYTs and the Wash. Post. protesting Scalias comment. They’re not above criticism by the people. Well, I’ve got Cheney and Simpson to be ashamed of in WY.

    • 65 nathkatun7
      February 28, 2013 at 12:48 am

      DF, I am not Catholic, but I have family members who are. I love them so much that I would not want them to have this evil man as their spiritual leader. It would cause them too much pain.

  7. 72 99ts
    February 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Congrats on first Pamela. I am just back from time with the grandbabe – almost 6 months old – and I am listening to this


    Jesse was the love of my life. I am glad those who support guns have to listen to this – I so wish it would give them nightmares – but they care not. I am so blessed that I do not EVER have to worry about my beloved granddaughter and weapons of death.

  8. February 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Congrats Pamela!!!

    Chips, thank you dearest one!!

    #TrustBarack ….. you’re looking at why in that picture 🙂

    • 90 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Really, truthfully, Scalia literally needs to have his head examined. I remember that day, and thought it then. Just look into his dead eyes. Somebody get him outta there, into treatment, and I ain’t kidding.

    • February 28, 2013 at 12:45 am

      Are you talking about Rosa Parks? I was looking at some of her quotes. My favorite.
      Rosa Parks: “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”

  9. February 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  10. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Watching Lawrence’s show, and Rev. Al seems very tired, sad, and disillusioned tonight, while talking about the Scalia matter. I don’t blame him at all, but I’m worried about him!

    • 101 prettyfoot58
      February 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      i did not find him so..i found him resigned to fight…if you watch him on his show…he was very firey and determined….

      • 102 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        Good. I will watch his show before the night’s over! (And, after I posted this, he “livened up” a little right before my eyes. Just didn’t expect his down tone, I guess, and felt a little bad thinking he was overwhelmed by it.)

        • February 28, 2013 at 1:37 am

          It had to be a long day just sitting in court and not be able to make any noise and move. Then the speeches before, after, his show, etc. He seems to be okay. He never misses a day. He did have laryngitis the other day. I’m glad he was able to lose weight and keep it off.

  11. 104 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  12. February 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  13. February 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Woodward is getting HAMMERED on twitter. LOLz.

  14. 109 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 10:24 pm

  15. 111 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t know about anybody else, but Twitter is running pretty slow for me. Between Woodward and Scalia, the Twitterverse is being overloaded.

  16. 116 4morefor44
    February 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    white house to woodward: “you ARE going to pay a lot for that muffler!” woodward: “mommy?”

  17. 118 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  18. 120 LadyTNT
    February 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Hey TOD peeps!!! My mommy is the BEST MOM IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!She just gave me a calendar that has the next four years of PBO’ s presidency with pictures!!! Some of the pics I have never seen!! Can you believe that!!Pics that I haven’t seen?! I thought I saw them all!!! It is really really nice. I don’t know whether to take it to work and make the haters mad or keep it at home!!! I love it and I love my mommy and I love TOD!!!

    • 121 Dudette
      February 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Coolness! I love your mommy too! Now where can I get one of them there calendars! 😀

      • 122 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 27, 2013 at 10:58 pm


      • 123 LadyTNT
        February 27, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        LOL, that is nothing new. I’m use to everyone loving her!! I don’t think she’s ever met a stranger. However, I’m sorry ladies. She said she bought it from an African store here in Memphis.

        • 124 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          February 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm

          Is the name of the publisher printed on the calendar? Website of the publisher? Name of the African store? Your Mama’s name and addy so I can send her a check??? Come on, help us out here… 😉

          BTW, isn’t it neat having a fantastic Mom?

        • 129 nathkatun7
          February 28, 2013 at 1:10 am

          LadyTNT, what’s the store’s name? May be we can send the owners requests for them to print more Calendars. Many years ago in D.C., I bought a perpetual Egyptian Calendar which I love very much.

          • 130 LadyTNT
            February 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

            I’m not sure what the name of the store is and I recall her saying that they will be leaving Friday, so I better go before if I wanted another one. I think using the website above will probably be the best bet.

      • February 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

        Zazzle. You can make your own and start with any month. It’ll cost you though. Bribe Mommy!

    • 132 vcprezofan2
      February 28, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Lady T, did I tell you before I think you and I are sisters? Would you tell Mom that I haven’t received my calendar in the mail yet. I’ll just send you my address again in case there’s been some mix-up, and ask you to pass it along. Thanks, Sis.

      • 133 LadyTNT
        February 28, 2013 at 12:25 am

        LOL, cool!!! Welcome to the family!!! I’m tired of being the oldest sibling anyway, lol!!! 😆 😆

        • 134 vcprezofan2
          February 28, 2013 at 12:30 am

          See! Now we can share that position. I was the older twin, taken at the hospital and given to another home that had no children. Thank you for such a warm welcome back! So when do you think Mom will resend my calendar?

          • 135 LadyTNT
            February 28, 2013 at 12:49 am

            Lol, give it some time!! I have to break it to mom that she has a long lost daughter that she doesn’t remember giving birth to, or maybe she does and just never told me!!! Things that make you go hmmm…….!! But you should know that we are a close family and she will expect you to move down here ASAP. I know it’s repub country and all, but at least you won’t have to worry about snow!!! 🙂

            • 136 vcprezofan2
              February 28, 2013 at 12:59 am

              Weighing things here …..

              +moving – repub country +calendar +close family -/+ snow ASAP +calendar

              ….seems like I do need some time to consider the equation more thoroughly.

      • 138 Dudette
        February 28, 2013 at 12:25 am

        Well played! 😀

        • 139 vcprezofan2
          February 28, 2013 at 12:37 am

          Hello, my dear!

          [Can I whisper that I prefer the real, unique, beautiful and distinctive you on twitter to the green square? My aversion is cemented by the fact that when I followed the original link to find out about the green I saw a name I had reservations about who apparently works for Breitbart’s organization – another name with which I’m uncomfortable. I admit I left before discovering anything more tho.]

          • 140 Dudette
            February 28, 2013 at 1:25 am

            Ack! Didn’t know about that Stranahan person… I was just showing solidarity with the FX artists and didn’t investigate that posting site. I don’t have facebook otherwise would’ve just linked to Bruce’s FB page. I’ve changed the link to a different article. Planning to return to my quirky nerdy self tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up.

  19. February 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    😀 😀

  20. 142 4morefor44
    February 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    well, republican and reagan appointee scalia has spent decades with incoherent ramblings while a supreme court justice which are easily destroyed by a high school debate team, but maybe he’s at least a great “family values” republican who has brought up some decent children into the world, right? oh wait…

    “The 45-year-old daughter of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was arrested Monday night on drunk driving and child endangerment raps.”

    how great that this vile scum has been able to shape the laws of america for decades. there’s no better example of “elections have consequences” as this turd of a human. notice how ronald reagan’s decisions are still creating havoc decades later, not to mention al his debt we’re trying to clean up still…

  21. February 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm

  22. 148 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

  23. 151 anniebella
    February 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Bob Woodward want attention. He’s like an old athlete who don’t know how to ride off into the sunset, he has to hang around and try to get someone to pay him some attention. Long as that man been around he knows when someone is threatening him and they are not. Woodward is a washed up journalists who want to recapture his fifteen minutes of fame. Woodward knows the audience he is running to will believe anything negative about POTUS, so maybe they will buy his book. Even if they are lies.

    • 152 susanne
      February 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      you’re so right, anniebella. look at all the attention he’s gotten here, and we don’t even take him seriously.

      • 153 anniebella
        February 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        susanne what Woodward seem to have forgotten in his search for attention is that nothing can replace “Respect”. When people no longer respect you, all you have become is a washed up old or new joke.

  24. February 27, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Going to end the night with this….sleep well TOD.

    • 155 Dudette
      February 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Good night LP

    • 156 hopefruit2
      February 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      I was just about to post this – thanks! 🙂

      Obama Derangement Syndrome apparently brings about mental decline much quicker than we first thought….

    • 157 anniebella
      February 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      David Plouffe, Perfection gained once is rarely repeated. You are so right specially when you know you are telling lies.

    • 158 nathkatun7
      February 28, 2013 at 1:21 am

      ” Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.”

      Absolutely delicious! Kudos to David Plouffe.

      • 159 anniebella
        February 28, 2013 at 5:09 am

        When Woodward is proven to be a liar by all, it will be ashame to see what some will do for their fame or attention. Some know that is what he is doing already. Of course he will run to the Obama haters who don’t give a dam if he is lying.

  25. 160 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Forgive the salty language – sometimes being a potty mouth is warranted.

    Nina Simone ~ Mississippi Goddamn

    From Songacts: A classically trained pianist, Nina Simone wrote hundreds of songs, but rarely put words to them. When she did, it was often to speak out against racism and injustice. She wrote this song in response to the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Mississippi on June 12, 1963, and also to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed 4 black girls on September 15, 1963. Simone said in I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters and Their Craft, “When I heard about the bombing of the church in which the four little black girls were killed in Alabama, I shut myself up in a room and that song happened. Medgar Evers had been recently slain in Mississippi. At first I tried to make myself a gun. I gathered some materials. I was going to take one of them out, and I didn’t care who it was. Then Andy, my husband at the time, said to me, ‘Nina, you can’t kill anyone. You are a musician. Do what you do.’ When I sat down the whole song happened. I never stopped writing until the thing was finished.”

    “A show tune, but the show hasn’t been written for it yet.”
    1964 protest song that was banned in several southern states.

  26. 165 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    John Coltrane did not need any lyrics to show the injustice, violence and oppression that African Americans were facing in Alabama. Coltrane wrote the song after hearing about the four girls who were killed in a church bombing in Birmingham. He reportedly used Martin Luther King’s cadence from the eulogy.

    • 166 Dudette
      February 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    • 167 nathkatun7
      February 28, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Dudette, I was 17 when I first listened to this Trane composition. Listening to it again brought tears remembering the FOUR LITTLE GIRLS killed in that TERRORIST BOMBING of a Birmingham Black Church, a month after the March on Washington. Antonin Scalia and his fellow white conservatives are oblivious to this history and this experience of suffering. For me, what is really sad, and indeed very tragic, is to see a Clarence Thomas, who should know better, joining the Scalias and the John Roberts, in forgetting the traumas and sacrifices that have brought us this far. Thank God we still have people like Rep. John Lewis who are a living testament of the sacrifices people made to get many of us this far. And, thank God we elected a President who refuses to forget.

      If I remember correctly, I think they played this song by Trane at Malcolm X’s funeral. By the way, it was 48 year ago (Feb 21, 1965) when Malcolm X was assassinated. This was less a month after he had gone to Selma, Alabama to lend support to SNCC’s drive to register Blacks to vote in defiance of Alabama’s Jim Crow laws.

      Thank you Dudette, for sharing this! John Coltrane was a musical genius. This song, without words, captures the depth of the pain many of us felt during that time.

  27. 168 kathryn kivett
    February 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I am rarely at a loss for words but it seems that recently it has become a daily occurance…..Clearly, as a white person, there is no way I am able to relate to how AAs are feeling tonight after a Supreme Court Justice did not even try to hide his smirking racism…..but…..as a person I am appalled and sickened……I disagree with those that feel that Chris Hayes was being flippant….on the contrary, Chris Hayes seems to take this very seriously, even if he is white. The VRA protects ALL Americans right to vote and section 5 is outdated…..it should include all 50 states as witnessed in this last election,… although that is not what is in front of SC…..this is about Republicans(who are basically white and racist) disinfranchising Democrats(who are AA, white, Latino, Asian, Indian, and many other ethnicities)…….all our rights are on the line….and that is very serious and dangerous.

    • 169 cman
      February 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      I am black and I agree.

    • 171 susanne
      February 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      so true, kathryn. women’s right to vote is also a tenuous thing. we must protect the civil rights of all people, or they will surely be chipped away.

      • 172 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

        I agree with all of you. VRA for all 50 states and all 300M people – well, at least those of voting age!

    • February 28, 2013 at 1:30 am

      In my opinion, you don’t have to share the characteristics of a person being targeted in order to have empathy. If that was the case, then many of the worlds struggles would not have prevailed. You just have to be morally human. And it appears that you are – very much so. What is happening to democracy and the basic tenets of society in this country is shameful and sad. But these ugly people have always been with us, throughout the ages. They’ve been defeated before – and they will be defeated again. They defeat themselves.

  28. 175 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  29. February 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

  30. 181 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    The Staple Singers ~ Freedom Highway

    From the Youtube poster of this video:

    “Wrestling for the soul of America.

    I grew up in the South and Midwest during the civil rights years and their aftermath. It challenged everything about my world and changed my perception of life. Not a single day passes where the lessons learned are not effecting my perceptions, my outlook, or my aspirations. What is right now comes from their paths, what is wrong is from where any of us have lost the way. It’s on each of us to make it better for each other. Selflessness brings us into the better angels of our nature. This is my psalm of love to my heroes, the bravest of the brave.

    The PBS series, EYES ON THE PRIZE, has become available again. To me, it is the single greatest and most relevent thing ever shown on television. Check it out and be heartened by the bittersweet struggle for the very soul of America.”

  31. 183 susanne
    February 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    don’t know if you’ve read this–lots of great moments in that courtroom today!

    ‘ For a quarter-century, Antonin Scalia has been the reigning bully of the Supreme Court, but finally a couple of justices are willing to face him down.

    As it happens, the two manning up to take on Nino the Terrible are women: the court’s newest members, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
    Sotomayor allowed the lawyer for the Alabama county seeking to overturn the law to get just four sentences into his argument before interrupting him. “Assuming I accept your premise — and there’s some question about that — that some portions of the South have changed, your county pretty much hasn’t,” she charged. “Why would we vote in favor of a county whose record is the epitome of what caused the passage of this law to start with?” ‘


  32. February 27, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Re: Nina Simone. Am I mistaken in hearing on Oscar night that the delicious Kerri Washington is playing her in an upcoming biopic?

  33. 192 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Judge Scalia has forever sealed his legacy. He will be remembered as the doddering white supremacist fool who disgraced himself and the court with his hateful comment about voting rights.

    • 193 Dudette
      February 28, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Yes! Please tweet that! It’s soooo true!

    • 194 0388jojothecat
      February 28, 2013 at 12:30 am

      I was listening to Randi Rhodes this afternoon and she was playing some rwnj being interviewed and he had the nerve to say that “race relations were fine until PBO was elected and ruined it “…….I could not believe what I was hearing and then to hear what that scumbag scalia said was just unbelievable.

      • 195 anniebella
        February 28, 2013 at 4:59 am

        jojo I guess this guy didn’t bother asking us blacks about how fine race relations were. Why ask us, our opinion doesn’t matter to something like him. If the master said race relations were fine, then they must have been fine.

    • 196 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 3:29 am

      Spot on Bill – history will not be kind to him – nor should it. The 8 years of the 44th President will reveal some interesting stories in the future – hopefully told by the 44th President.

  34. 197 Dudette
    February 28, 2013 at 12:00 am

    • 198 vcprezofan2
      February 28, 2013 at 1:10 am

      Good lord, I was just thinking of Sweet Honey up thread when I saw the video sharing increasing! I was first introduced to these ladies right here in TODville a couple of years back by Isonprize. I ended up on YouTube afterwards, trying to find more of their songs.

        • 200 LDS
          February 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

          Dudette, I love when you are in your zone. You just keep them coming…..
          The first time I heard Ms. Nina Simone sing, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, I wanted to run somewhere, anywhere……(just get the hell out of Ga.) I did not feel like I belonged there any longer.
          Thank you again .

      • 201 LDS
        February 28, 2013 at 1:54 am

        VC, Dudette has that gift.
        She not only knows what you are thinking……she knows what you are feeling!
        Timing is impeccable, amazing!

  35. 202 Dudette
    February 28, 2013 at 12:08 am

  36. 203 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I’m sick and tired of seeing all these silly anti-Obama ads when I click on a youTube video. It spoils my viewing/listening experience.

    • 204 4morefor44
      February 28, 2013 at 12:27 am

      just remember that we’re winning. it’s their last gasp attempts to hold onto the conch, and their silly little reindeer games look pathetic. they’re paying for all those times you that, so when i see one on a nina simone protest song, it’s quite hilarious. woodward weeps.

    • February 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I haven’t seen any of those. That’s terrible.

  37. 206 Dudette
    February 28, 2013 at 12:22 am

    • 207 LDS
      February 28, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Dudette, I love when you are in your zone. You just keep them coming…..
      The first time I heard Ms. Nina Simone sing, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, I wanted to run somewhere, anywhere……(just get the hell out of Ga.) I did not feel like I belonged there any longer.
      Thank you again .

  38. 210 globalcitizenlinda
    February 28, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Dudette (aka music genius) how about “Change is Gonna Come” ?

  39. 217 Dudette
    February 28, 2013 at 12:44 am

  40. 218 globalcitizenlinda
    February 28, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I hope those of us who support PBO remember that the attacks on him, his family and his administration are going to even more intense, frequent and originating from multiple sidess.

    There are 2 huge reasons why are so many of the people who a fixtures in the establishment (beltway types like woodward) trying to make themselves the story instead of the policy under discussion:

    (a) many are either part of the 1% or dwell in those circles and therefore stand to loose money and prestige when {BO makes change that help the rest of us;

    (b) others are hoping that they will make history when they are able to uncover something fishy/illegal that PBO and his Team have done.

    May be some of you have forgotten the fact that from the moment PBO was re-elected many in MSM started speculating how PBO’s second term will be involved in “scandals” based on the track record of prior POTUS.

    I remember discussing with my pals that this is a strange statement to make right after someone has just won a tough race that few gave him a chance to win.

    Hence, these recent more intense personal attacks are making me suspect that they some hoping to be the ones that take PBO down.

    Based on the eagerness of the status quo to destroy PBO’s Presidency, I trust those in Team Obama are aware and I hope that they can hanker down & prove them wrong

    There will be more and more vile attacks on this White House. Where needed they should ignore them & their tantrums and let us oridnary folks go after them.

    We have a lot of work to do and so many fights to win

    • 219 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 1:20 am

      Woodward seems to have stopped the RWNJs talking about the sequester – so they can talk about Woodward instead. The sequester is still there – people will be loosing their jobs – red states will be hurting – and the media will be talking about someone who had his 15 minutes 40 years ago

  41. 220 4morefor44
    February 28, 2013 at 12:55 am

    mr. librarian, sir, if you’re still around…i don’t have an account anywhere else to comment, but i do read at thepeoplesview too, and i must saw you nailed it with this comment:
    “The poor whites who fought in the Civil War had more in common with the slaves than the slave owners. But the slave owners were smart. They said “Look, if the blacks become free, they’ll swamp you. No matter your condition, you’re better than any n*****.” They might have been dirt poor, but they were better than the chattel slaves owned by the rich. So they fought, to preserve their place in society.

    Then, when the war was over and they lost, they still kept the idea that their skin color made them better than the freed slaves. And the elite, who were still elite despite being expropriated of their “property”, knew that if they could keep the wedge driven between the two groups who had more in common economically, then they could maintain power. So the myth of white superiority was perpetuated, and easily so; it was the dominant ideology of Euro-American civilization. Thus, when the great unwashed crashed upon our shores in the 19th and early 20th centuries, they, too, were indoctrinated into that ideology. It was again to keep natural allies separated, divided, at each others’ throats, so that those in power could sleep easily at night.

    Our new century promises to upend all that. The myth of white superiority has frayed to dissolution; and the country isn’t even all that white anymore. We’re stabbing into the heart of their cherished, sustaining myths, what they tell themselves to assure themselves that, whatever the paucity of their conditions, they’re still “better” than us. That’s what we’re stealing from them.”

    wisconsin teabagger scott walker was caught on video last year saying their strategy is to “divide and conquer” liberal support. for decades we’ve been hearing about the lee atwater/rove “wedge issues.” what’s funny though is that they don’t realize all the changes happening in society right before their eyes, and they just keep doubling-down on the same strategies without ever thinking about the overall societal context and how they might need adjustments. it shows how truly stupid republicans are. all the better for us, and especially with geniuses such as the obamas leading the way. forward!!

  42. February 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Ok, it’s 10 pm on the Best Coast, and I’m turning into a pumpkin. Night all.

  43. 225 Dudette
    February 28, 2013 at 1:03 am

  44. 227 sabreen60
    February 28, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Sometimes I forget that the Voting Rights Act was passed less than 50 years ago. It seem a lot longer to me. I have heard about the desire of RWNJs to not extend this act for probably 20 years. Seems like that day is here. I don’t begin to know what the Court will do. However, I do believe that patriotic Americans will take to the streets if the Court does not uphold ALL of the Voting Rights Act – at least I certainly hope so. I hope people realize that America will continue to be assaulted by these RWNJs unless we stand up to them.

    Women as well are fighting for our rights. Of course, if you’re black and a woman you’ve got a couple of battles going on. States have chipped away at Roe v Wade to the extent that women must travel 100’s of miles to obtain a legal abortion. RWNJs don’t want women to have access to birth control. We fought these battles before. If nothing else we should realize that we must be ever vigilant because these struggles continue.

  45. 229 vcprezofan2
    February 28, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Goodness gracious me, it’s after 1 am!!! Lost track of time -‘Bye!

  46. 230 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 1:34 am

    stolen from a bj’er.

  47. February 28, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Scalia rumored to be Opus Dei – wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  48. 234 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 1:47 am

  49. 235 Dudette
    February 28, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Totally off-topic, but cracked me up!!

  50. 236 sabreen60
    February 28, 2013 at 2:00 am

    The Impressions – Keep on Pushing

  51. 237 sabreen60
    February 28, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Have you ever heard of Harry Moore? No. Well let Sweet Honey in the Rock tell you about the man who died because he was so good at registering black folks to vote in the State of Florida.

  52. February 28, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Good night friends ….

    Yes We Can

  53. February 28, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Hey Everybody, we have 4More Years of President Barack Husein Obama. Let’s get it on…

  54. 240 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 2:38 am

  55. 241 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 28, 2013 at 2:38 am

    • 242 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 3:27 am

      I saw this Alycee – also saw a video awhile ago of Morgan Freeman discussing the racism/segregation in the town. Just so sad & then there is the Supreme Court!

  56. 243 purpleshoesla
    February 28, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Nina Simone was FIERCE. I just blasted this at top volume after reading/hearing about Scalia’s beyond ignorant comments. Helped channel the anger I’m feeling today. And I didn’t think I could be any angrier than the rage I felt on the day that our illustrious Prez produced the long form of his birth certificate, but I am. I think Deaniac/Spandan is right in his latest piece up on the People’s View. If Section 5 of VRA gets struck down by these haters masquerading as Supreme Court justices, I’m going to be at the front of that uprising it’s going to unleash. TRUST!

    • 244 4morefor44
      February 28, 2013 at 3:00 am

      yes! i couldn’t decide between this one and the one i linked above, “Ain’t Got No…I’ve Got Life.” now we have both here. perfect! TRUST, indeed!!!

  57. 245 99ts
    February 28, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Reading all the comments tonight – what I love about TOD – unless someone says who they are, where they are from – we are simply a group of people – around the world – who support President Obama – there is no black/white, male/female, gay/heterosexual, young/old – or any other breakdowns.

    When the world community is like the TOD community – we will know – life will be very good.

  58. 247 anniebella
    February 28, 2013 at 4:51 am

    I am more convince than ever that these Supreme Court Judges should not be able to remain on the bench till one decides to retire or they die. Can the law or rule be change, when they get to the point of something like Scalia, it is time to think about making that change.

  59. 248 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

  60. 249 globalcitizenlinda
    February 28, 2013 at 6:23 am

    this catholic hopes the church digs deep and confronts the issue of child abuse and cover-up.

    church needed to have done this already because too many kids and their families have been permanently hurt and for so long.

    • 250 prettyfoot58
      February 28, 2013 at 6:42 am


      There is mounting evidence that this Pope engaged in a major cover-up of predator priests…i can’t help but think that his resignation was strategic…only time will tell…

      it is time for the Church to not only address the above issue…but also the issue of Birth Control…esp when so many of the Faithful use birth control,,,and the issue of women priests…

  61. 251 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 6:42 am

  62. 252 prettyfoot58
    February 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

    For those who think that racism is dead…or who believes that voter suppression does not exist…i give you Justice Scalia,

  63. 253 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 7:36 am

  64. 254 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Ever since they took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have made journeys to the fiscal brink as commonplace as summertime visits to the beach or the ballpark. The country has been put through a series of destructive showdowns over budget issues we once resolved through the normal give-and-take of negotiations. . .

    Here is a way out of permanent crisis: President Obama should demand the repeal of all artificial deadlines and tell both houses of Congress that he won’t make further proposals until each actually passes a replacement to the sequester — not a gimmick or something that looks like an alternative, but the real thing.With everyone on the record, normal discussions could begin, and Washington would no longer look like the set of a horror movie in which a new catastrophe lurks around every corner. . .
    . . . What Obama can do is expose the cause of this madness, which is the dysfunction of the Republican Party. Journalists don’t like saying this because it sounds partisan. But the truth is the truth, whether it sounds partisan or not. . .

    And a staunch conservative has succinctly explained why this problem really is a Republican problem. In an admirably candid interview Monday with Ezra Klein on MSNBC, Ben Domenech, a conservative blogger, said the new tea party Republicans in the House don’t want their leadership to sit down with Obama to talk because “they have their doubts about the ability of Republicans to negotiate any better situation.” Read that carefully: We are in this mess because Republicans don’t trust their leaders to bargain. Domenech added that many conservatives “don’t buy this distinction between smart cuts and dumb cuts,” a distinction that is not “all that critical.” This is astonishing: Government is bad, so all cuts are more or less the same. And you wonder why we have a crisis?
    . . .
    The nation is exhausted with fake crises that voters thought they ended with their verdict in the last election. Those responsible for the Washington horror show should be held accountable. And only one party is using shutdowns, cliffs and debt ceilings as routine political weapons.


  65. 255 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 8:28 am


    Sometimes, in a Supreme Court argument, a single phrase can speak volumes. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the one member of the Court who bore the most watching because the other eight seemed clearly to divide evenly, used the phrase “trusteeship of the United States government” as a shorthand way to describe how he views the regime set up by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Of course, he meant it as a denunciation.

    If Kennedy believes that there is no way to justify any longer that kind of oversight of nine states that have to do the most to obey the 1965 law, that law may well be doomed. But it also was Kennedy who left the impression that he might be willing to go along with a potential way to short-circuit the case of Shelby County v. Holder, and allow the law to survive for some time more.

    • 256 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

      It seems to me there is a serious problem with Justice Scalia. He appears to be overriding the constitution as shown here by Josh Marshall
      1. Justice Scalia today regarding the voting rights act: “This is not the kind of question you can leave to Congress.”

      2. The United States Constitution, Amendment XV: “SECTION 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. SECTION 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

      Does he see his role as having a political outcome, rather than a judicial outcome? Can a Justice of the Supreme court be impeached? Is there any way for them to go other than resignation or death?

  66. 257 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

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