A Tweet or Two


102 Responses to “A Tweet or Two”

  1. 1 africa
    October 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Happy Sunday everyone.

  2. 5 africa
    October 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    OMG. I have been off line most of the day. What? Confederate flag at the White House. Wow. These people are royally insane.

  3. October 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  4. October 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  5. 15 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    • 16 99ts
      October 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Also too – on what planet does Lankford live – seems the house GOP have given up on bills to repeal the ACA and now introduce multiple bills to defund the government – sigh

  6. October 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    • 18 99ts
      October 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      He went back to supporting the insane with these tweets


      Robert Costa ‏@robertcostaNRO 8h

      That’s what I’m reporting: this vet/Palin/Cruz memorial protest story is going viral quickly on right, will shape House GOP scene on M & T


      Robert Costa ‏@robertcostaNRO 8h

      … front pages of Breitbart, Twitchy, Drudge, Blaze, Townhall, Daily Caller, etc


      His list of web sites that make something “go viral” – hahahahahahaha

  7. 19 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  8. October 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

    —Amendment XIV, Section 4.

  9. 22 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  10. 23 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  11. October 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  12. October 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  13. October 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Evening Obots.

    I was working a booth for our library at a community festival all day, so I’m just coming to learn about what happened today. I just have no words. But if there was ever any doubt that we’re fighting the second part of the unfinished Civil War, here’s your proof.

    • October 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      So completely true LL, what struck me most about today was how emboldened they are, proud to wave their KKK flags openly right in front of the White House. And that’s what’s so incredible about it all.

    • October 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Hi LL, well you know how long we’ve been writing on the topic that with the election of President Obama we were – finally – going to face the reality that the Civil War never ended, the first two phases of reconstruction were incomplete and the johnny rebs & their plutocratic puppet masters realized they’re opportunity to ‘win’ was decreasing by the minute.

      They’re really going to freak out when President Obama totally obliterates their effort to win by destroying the US and global economy. If they think OBL had a bad night in Abbottabad they ain’t seen nothing yet.

      #TrustBarack …. or swim with the fishes ….

    • October 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      LP posted a tweet with a link to this article, but I think Larry Sabato’s tweet gives the 14th amendment option some heft, since he’s the go-to PoliSci expect for the DC Beltway media.

      In conjunction with EricKleefejld’s tweet just below this one, Hertzberg’s article is illuminating in providing historical context on just how unwilling the South was to be part of the union, ever.

      • 31 99ts
        October 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        This makes the GOP think the President can get them out of the hole they have put themselves in – they should not be thinking that – ever. I’m unsure that the President would do this – but I could be completely wrong.

  14. October 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    UTA posted this jawdropping (to me) tweet on an earlier thread. This is something we weren’t taught in grade school about the Civil War (both sides are to blame, doncha know):

    Jefferson Davis’ defiant response to the Emancipation Proclamation:
    “In view of these facts, and conscientiously believing that the proper condition of the negro is slavery, or a complete subjection to the white man,–and entertaining the belief that the day is not distant when the old Union will be restored with slavery nationally declared to be the proper condition of all of African descent,–and in view of the future harmony and progress of all the States of America, I have been induced to issue this address, so that there may be no misunderstanding in the future.”

    Full text:

    This explains so much about the White Souther mindset.

  15. October 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  16. 37 Eveingeorgia
    October 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I am truly pissed about this demonstration in front of the White House. I have been away from the news all day- I sign in, and this is what I find. This crap is not funny. I lived through days of the KKK riding up and down the road with their shotguns pointing at our homes and at our boarding school. I’ve been called the N word from Georgia to California. I’ve had a real coon thrown into my yard in Massachusetts as a symbolic demonstration of some people not wanting us to be there.
    People burned a cross in my husband’s professor’s yard in Palo Alto because they thought he was black. I’ve been told to pee in the bushes instead of therestroom because I am black. My son was teased mercilessly as a first grader, because he was the only black kid on the bus.

    I lived segregated bathrooms, doctors’ offices, and the pain of wondering why we could not stay in hotels, or eat in restaurants, and why we had to sit in the balcony at theaters and drink from dirty, lukewarm water fountains.

    This is just a small litany of stuff that I and many others have lived with. I don’t even want to think about the stories told to me by parents and grandparents. Stories so wrenching and desperate that my most devout grandmother once confided in my father that she had begun to wonder whether God really loved “Negroes.”

    And now in 2013, we get to see this nasty and despicable demonstration played out in front of the White House, becausethere are dark-skinned people residing there. This mess just got REAL real. There may have only been a few there, but there are enough confederate flags paraded around in Georgia to let me know that there are many people who have the exact sentiments as those who bared their ugly souls today. AND I SENSE that that ugliness is just a hair trigger away from violence. If they will do this in front of the White a house, what else might they do?

    If they hate this gentle man and his family this much, then they hate me as well. If it were not for TOD, I’d probably be too forlorn and disgusted to believe that there was any hope for this country.

    Chips, you’ll never know what this selfless effort of yours means to me.

    God, please protect our president and his family.

  17. October 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  18. October 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  19. October 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Chinese & Japanese markets are close for holiday. That means we have until they open on Tuesday – early evening US time, Monday – to resolve this crisis or all hell breaks loose.

  20. 43 anniebella
    October 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I love my First Family.

  21. October 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  22. 47 amk for obama
    October 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  23. 49 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  24. October 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  25. 54 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Extortion Update: Republicans are Still Hoping Democrats Will Give Extra Goodies Due to the Default Threat


    • 55 anniebella
      October 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Hay Ladyhawke, I’m going to come and lock you out of your house, and I will not open it till you give me what I want. This is how the Republicans are acting.

      • 56 anniebella
        October 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        We will have to sit down and negotiate, ladyhawke.

        • 57 Ladyhawke
          October 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm


          1) WATCH MY LIPS…..






          7) NO, REPEAT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6

  26. 58 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  27. 63 carolyn
    October 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    This event today is almost too horrible for me to take in.
    The opposite picture I love is one posted yesterday of President Obama (then Senator, I think) surrounded by loving people praying for him, some with their hands on him, blessing him. The love and faith in that picture were as palpable as the hate in today’s pictures.
    I know that there is a great host of faithful people praying for him, some surrounding him physically, others, in the millions I believe, surrounding him emotionally and spiritually. Because, I still believe, with all this horror, he has “come to the kingdom for such an hour as this.” This is a hard time, for him and for those of us who love him and our country, but we are going to be led through this nightmare to the other side.

  28. 64 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 2m


    Susan Collins: “I’ve bent over backward.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/us/politics/budget-and-debt-limit-debate.html?hp&_r=0 … No,

    actually, you haven’t. Your plan asks only Ds to make concessions.

    • October 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      For some reason the GOP seems to think that raising the debt ceiling is their concession to the Dem’s.

      • 66 Ladyhawke
        October 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        I know, can you believe that? Susan Collins saying she bent over backward is hilarious. I can’t stop laughing. There is something seriously wrong with the entire lot of the Republican Party. All of them are bars**t crazy. The very idea that SC could make that statement as if she is making some huge sacrifice is just breathtaking. Since when is she supposed to be rewarded with a ‘goodie bag’ just for doing the bare minimum in her job description. smdh

  29. 69 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 9m


    Folks, when Rs describe funding govt at sequester levels as “capitulation,” how about some skepticism?


  30. 70 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 31m

    If cons had listened to those of us doing reporting on what Obama/Ds were actually thinking, a lot of grief could have been avoided.

  31. 71 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 6h


    Collins plan not “compromise.” Demands Ds give concessions in exchange for Rs agreeing to outcome Rs already want:


  32. October 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    October 13, 2013 8:08 PM
    Was It Worth It?

    By Martin Longman

    Remember back when this government shutdown started and the Republicans had so many ambitions? They were going to defund ObamaCare, or at least delay the individual mandate for a year. They were going to introduce a “conscience clause” that would allow employers to deny their workers access to contraception. They were going to compel the administration to bypass the deliberative process at the State Department and preemptively license the Keystone XL pipeline. They were going to gut coal-ash regulations and expand offshore drilling. They were going to get fast track authority for tax reform legislation based on Rep. Paul Ryan’s principles. They were going to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and rip apart the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms. They’d means-test Medicare and finally get tort reform. They had these dreams and many more besides.

    But where are we now? All the various deals and negotiations have collapsed, and it’s down to a one-on-one between Reid and McConnell.

    Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, spoke cordially by telephone but remained deadlocked. The stumbling block is over spending levels, the length of a debt ceiling increase and how long a temporary spending measure should keep the government open until a longer-term budget deal can be reached.

    Translation: the talks are about how much new spending will be added to the sequester, how much the borrowing limit will be expanded, and how much time will be covered under the continuing resolution.

    Further translation: the Republicans aren’t even asking for anything on their wish-list anymore.

    Which is as it should be, because they never offered the Democrats a damn thing in return.


  33. 73 anniebella
    October 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I would like to call Susan Collins office, do anyone know the number?

    • October 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm


      Washington, D.C. Office (202) 224-2523 [Call: (202) 224-2523]
      Augusta Constituent Service Center (207) 622-8414 [Call: (207) 622-8414]
      Bangor Constituent Service Center (207) 945-0417 [Call: (207) 945-0417]
      Biddeford Constituent Service Center (207) 283-1101 [Call: (207) 283-1101]
      Caribou Constituent Service Center (207) 493-7873 [Call: (207) 493-7873]
      Lewiston Constituent Service Center (207) 784-6969 [Call: (207) 784-6969]
      Portland Constituent Service Center (207) 780-3575 [Call: (207) 780-3575]

  34. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  35. 76 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Good evening, TOD. Still doing “life 101;” however, even during a storm, there are rays of sunshine.

    Last evening attended a small family 92nd birthday celebration for my “neighborhood” Auntie. Was nice reminiscing with the five generations of her family. She was the first on my block to have a color TV, on Friday nights her nieces, nephews and I would lay under the dining room table and watch the Flintstones, Batman, and the Green Hornet.

    Today, while campaigning, we stopped at the local AME Church, service was over and they were in the basement celebrating a “neighborhood” Uncle’s 91st birthday. My small town is blessed with lots of seniors in relatively good shape.

    Campaigning went well; only one house refused our lit. Still trying to get our county candidates out here — although we are small, our voters are informed voters who turn out at a higher than norm percentage; they also hate being “snubbed” and will turnout, vote for the locals and undervote (not mark) offices that have not solicited them. Been trying to impress upon them that even if they only have an hour, that is enough time to knock on the door of a few significant others like my neighborhood Auntie. She still has a very sharp mind, and although homebound, talks to tons of folks on the phone each day; a good word from her, translates into vote…

    While campaining, I also reminded folks to call our congresscritters.

  36. October 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    While we’ve been focusing on the vileness of Republican extortion, greed and hatred, the rest of us are also gathering strength and building a rock solid determination to fight . If we had a Democratic electorate that had become complacent or fallen asleep at the wheel, most are waking up with a bang to the real horror of Republican governance. As for the rest, we’re not going to let complacency keep any Democrats from the polls–not this time. We have elections coming up in three weeks and we have epic battles to wage in 2014. I am so angry, I feel I could power revolt on my own and I know that all of our combined energies can accomplish miracles. I want miracles. I want them in 2013 and I especially want them in 2014. I just looked over all the opportunities for phone banking, canvassing and GOTV for our local candidates this month and I’m on it. Signing up and fighting for every vote.

  37. 80 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  38. 81 forus50
    October 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  39. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  40. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    • 89 susanne
      October 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      okay, so here’s a solution for the pore widdle rethugs: graciously bow out, ceding the speakership to nancy pelosi, and we’ll stop making jokes about your fake tans, turtle heads, frumpy suits, and asinine ‘ideas’. that way you can feel proud of yourselves again.

  41. 91 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm


    Lots of people have been referencing this Democracy Corps report on focus-group meetings with Republicans, and with good reason: Greenberg has basically provided a unified theory of the craziness that has enveloped American politics in the last few years.

    What the report makes clear is that the current Republican obsession with attacking programs that benefit Americans in need, ranging from food stamps to Obamacare, isn’t about some philosophical commitment to small government, still less worries about incentive effects and implicit marginal tax rates. It’s about anxiety over a changing America — the multiracial, multicultural society we’re becoming — and anger that Democrats are taking Their Money and giving it to Those People. In other words, it’s still race after all these years.

  42. 92 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm


    “These are the kind of people who get eaten by bears.”
    – Text from a White House official about the GOP Default Deniers in Congress
    The single greatest political strength of the modern Republican Party is their utter and complete lack of shame. They will say anything – literally anything, no matter how delusional or self-contradictory – if it gets them what they want, or at least deranges the political debate in America enough to keep the other side from getting what it wants.
    I have written or spoken those words more than a thousand times in the last twenty years. It is a bedrock principle for me, one of the core underpinnings of my political world view. It has been true ever since the rise of Ronald Reagan and the injection of Supply-Side-Jesus evangelical Christianity into electoral politics and fundamental American economics. Every time I say it, and every time I write it, it is truer than it was the last time.

  43. 93 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm


    And if all of you political geeks like me HAVEN’T read their book…RUN, don’t walk…and get it. MUST READ. Little book that packs a wallop.

  44. 94 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

  45. 98 4morefor44
    October 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    wow. just now learning about this. this great!! we should be posing on republican web sites encouraging them to do more and more of this stuff. it’s similar to the idea of president obama giving the rope to his opponents so they can hang themselves. please proceed, indeed, republicans!! in fact, step it up a few notches!! c’mon you patriots…you know if more people can just hear your ideas of “liberty” and “patriotism” that “we, the people” will vote for rand paul in droves, so crank it up fellas! show us what you got!! (hahaha!!!)

  46. October 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Now that I’m home for the night:

  47. 100 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      October 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I was just talking with a friend of mine tonight about that. At least there’s a “date certain” for all the wondering to end.

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