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A Tweet or Two

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111 Responses to “A Tweet or Two”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Hi!

  2. 13 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    • 14 susanne
      November 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      the grim truth is that the republicans in congress consider this a grand achievement.

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        November 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        They may do so, but I’m banking on the voting public, realizing this is no way to govern, choosing candidates in 2014 who WANT to govern.

    • November 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Totally consistent with the now fully revealed #Kochville (aka #GOP) agenda – Norquist wasn’t joking. We are at war with a group of people who have every intention of destroying our democracy. What we DO between now and 4 Nov 2014 and then again on 6 Nov 2016 determines if they succeed.

  3. 17 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I wonder if I found my way into the back room where the posts are kept? Maybe I’m not supposed to be IN here, and that’s why no one else is commenting. Hmmmmm.

  4. November 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Thank yooooooou UT, evening everyone!

  5. 35 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    FIVE minutes later? I think I’ll just tiptoe back out until the door is opened oficially. Sorry, Utal – didn’t mean to sneak in.

  6. November 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    The religious right is rolling out talking points in opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), hoping to prevent the Senate from passing the bill in the coming weeks. In addition to outlandish statements that conservatives have made over the past few years, groups like the Liberty Counsel, Traditional Values Coalition, Heritage Foundation, and Family Research Council have distinct talking points they are feeding to Republican lawmakers to try to stall ENDA. Here’s a look at 10 of the myths they’re spreading about the proposed employment protections for LGBT people:

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

    “This is wrong,” Hagel said in a speech in New York.

    “Not only does this violate the states’ obligation under federal law, their actions have created hardship and inequality by forcing couples to travel long distances to federal military bases to obtain the ID cards they’re entitled to,” he said. Hagel said this is causing division among the military ranks.
    In his remarks to an Anti-Defamation League centennial dinner speech, Hagel did not name the states that are defying Pentagon policy on this issue. But the Pentagon has cited nine: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. The Pentagon says there are 114 Army and Air National Guard sites in those nine states that are not providing ID cards to eligible same-sex spouses

  7. November 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    VC……. the calvary has arrived! ……..if not temporarily. Because of a storm yesterday, Trick-or-Treaters are assaulting my home right now 🙂

    If a new patent is any indication, Apple customers could soon be able to plug their iPhones directly into a solar panel for power. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the patent by Apple today. And while the company has seven previous solar-related patents to its name, this is the first one that would allow Apple users to plug their MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, and other devices directly into a solar panel without a bulky converter.

    The patent describes a system that can accept “both power adapter and solar power direct from gathering devices” or traditional chargers, according to TechCrunch. Converting the solar panel’s power into a voltage, current, and so forth that’s compatible with the electronics would all happen within the device. “So in other words, you could plug in your MagSafe or iPad/iPod adapter, or alternatively hook a MacBook or other piece of hardware directly to a solar panel with a simple cord.

  8. 38 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Pete Souza’s talent? Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! The man is a bloody genius with a camera. To capture the legend that is Bill Russell, President Obama, and Bill Russell’s statue with so much emotion just leaping out at the viewer.

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

    I’m sure Pete is thrilled to have a photographic subject like President Obama, 24/7, because Pres. Obama’s authenticity gives every angle that special oomph.

    Bravo, Pete Souza. Bravo!

    • November 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      It is a stunning photo, UT. So many of Mr Souza’s are, but that one will likely remain in the top few that will become iconic of not only his talent but the Presidency of Barack Obama.

    • November 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I totally agree that Pete must feel exuberant about a subject like PBO. And I love how he knows exactly when to use B & W to great effect. He’s really in a class all by himself.

      • 42 Vicki
        November 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Hi Meta, just got home and logged on to see your ??? about Kirsten Gillibrand. Kirsten is the real deal and was tireless in getting the Congress to approve medical care for the 9-11 first responders. She also led the fight for marriage equality in NY. Friends of mine literally slept in sleeping bags in her Senate office when some of the fights were happening.
        However, in the last few years we have seen and heard almost nothing from Sen Gillibrand. I wonder if the Ruling Powers have decided to force her out of the spotlight. Chuck and Hillary are not big on sharing.

        • November 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

          Oh, thanks so much for this info, VIcki. I appreciate hearing about this. I was wondering why she suddenly seemed consigned to the way back of the line corner spot. I’ll continue to keep my eye on her. I think she’s terrific so far and I’m glad to hear she has higher ambitions.

        • November 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

          October 25, 2013
          Bonus Quote of the Day
          “My own view is that I think Gillibrand is one of the people in the United States of America that I think can be president of the United States.”
          — Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), quoted National Journal, in a profile of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

          • 45 theo67
            November 2, 2013 at 12:52 am

            Yeah – let’s hope Rep. Steny Hoyer supports Gillibrand more than he supports the current POTUS. That said – I do like Gillibrand as a future presidential candidate. I’m definitely watching her career.

  9. November 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    This is our media today….. From Government employee….

    To Anti-Government zealot….. in one hour.

    Anybody expecting on-air corrections from CBS? Yeah, that’s what I thought as well……..

  10. November 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    For Susanne, if she’s still here:

  11. November 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Attention UT, Donna, and all other TOD Scandal fanatics…….

    • November 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      This is so cool!! Thanks, LP!

    • 54 utaustinliberal
      November 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Yup. The only reason I’m tuning in to SNL this weekend. Looking forward to Kerry Washington killing it. Hope they write some funny stuff for her.

      They have so many problems; lack of diversity in the cast being the biggest.

      Their 2012 season was a suck-fest. 2008 called and smacked the crap out of the 2012 season. The guy playing Pres. Obama is sooooooo unfunny. All their skits about Pres. Obama and the white house aren’t funny because they aren’t approaching it in a nuanced and funny manner.

  12. November 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I’d say we’re already there:

  13. November 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    • 66 nathkatun7
      November 2, 2013 at 1:33 am

      Once again Republicans have shown themselves to be the enemies of the Constitution. For people who routinely invoke their passionate love for the Constitution, It’s quite obvious that many of them are totally ignorant of the Constitution. One of the goals of the framers (the founding fathers) of the U.S. Constitution, which is plainly and prominently stated in the preamble of the Constitution, was the promotion of the GENERAL WELFARE of the people of the United States. How in the world does any one claim to to revere the Constitution, but then turn around and enact policies that hurt real poor people? Which section of the Constitution compels Republicans to promote selfishness, and indifference to poor Americans, and especially children, who are likely to go hungry as a result of the drastic and cruel cuts of food stamps? If we had an honest media, they would be aggressively asking Republicans to explain how drastically cutting the food stamp program promotes the General Welfare of poor people. Instead, all the media people are interested in is attacking President Obama over a website that, while frustrating to some people, has caused no real harm to any one.

  14. November 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  15. November 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Ok everyone, making coffee with Irish cream. Who wants some? (Decaf, of course.)

  16. November 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    This from the best sourced reporting in the Af/Pak region……. Another notch on PBO’s belt….quietly decimating anyone who dares to mess w/ the US

    After years of effort, the US has finally succeeded in killing Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban Pakistan, in the latest drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan. Hakeemullah, who was responsible for numerous attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as the failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in May 2011, was killed just as the Pakistani government was formally opening negotiations with the terrorist group.

    While the Taliban have not released an official martyrdom statement for Hakeemullah, an official spokesman known as Shahidullah Shahid told Pakistani reporters that the emir is indeed dead, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The Muhajideen Shura in North Waziristan also threatened to attack the Pakistani state and military to avenge his death.

    Hakeemullah was killed today by the remotely piloted drones as he left a mosque in the town of Darpa Danday Khel, a hotbed of al Qaeda, Taliban, and Haqqani Network activity in the jihadist-controlled tribal agency. Hakeemullah was not the first jihadist killed in the village; on July 2, US drones killed an al Qaeda military trainer and a Haqqani Network leader there.

  17. November 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    The window of time to write your all-purpose anti-Obama diatribe and publish your craptastic book is closing. With only 3 years left in his Presidency, I think we’re going to see the motherlode of all hate-filled paranoid screeds against PBO appear in the next year. Hang on, it will test our nerves.

    • 94 nathkatun7
      November 2, 2013 at 1:52 am

      Meta, you speak the absolute TRUTH! The Obama haters are determined to defecate all over President Obama’s legacy.

  18. November 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    If you haven’t checked out PoliticusUSA today, do so. I’m pretty much going to use all their pieces today and craft an essay.

  19. November 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

  20. 98 amk for obama
    November 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  21. 99 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    • 100 anniebella
      November 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      None of the sorry ass media want to speak to people like Rhonda. They are only looking for the ones with the lies and half truths about Obamacare. That’s our media.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      November 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Good for Rhonda. Haven’t heard the expression “SHOVE IT” in a while, forgot it existed, but that felt good that she directed it at the awful #GOP.

  22. 102 amk for obama
    November 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  23. November 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  24. November 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    All right friends, I think I’ve done all the damage I can do today. Got a bit of Twitter done, which I’ve missed dearly. My body is telling me to go crash, so that is what I shall do. See everyone tomorrow.

  25. November 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    ” Romney Donors Are Flipping

    by BooMan
    Fri Nov 1st, 2013 at 09:27:05 PM EST
    Some of Mitt Romney’s and the Republican Party’s most generous donors are lining up to give Michelle Nunn money for her campaign for Saxby Chambliss’s Senate seat. It appears that at least part of corporate America has been convinced by the government shutdown that they don’t need more Republicans in Congress right now, and that is going to create a world of hurt for the party of Big Business.

    more here – http://www.boomantribune.com/

    Expect to witness much more of this.

    A bunch of ‘corporate America’ do not have the John Birch, Theocratic Dominionist, Libertarian pedigree of the Kochs, Scaifes etc and realize that plutocracy would be very, very bad for their businesses. A thriving middle class means CUSTOMERS to these folk. Folk working for Walmart are not thriving, thus they are not CUSTOMERS.

    What we must do is expose the Kochs for the EVIL that they are and root that EVIL out of every corner of America. The 3rd Reconstruction must prevail and with it the end of any attempt to enslave, in any way, humans.

    Yes We Can

  26. November 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Have mentioned before the truly invaluable insights you can find at http://20committee.com/

    Here’s an excerpt from a letter to the NSA I urge all of you to read:

    “Sure, more resources are needed for CI – who ever turns more money and billets down? – but above all there needs to be a culture shift at the Agency. Nobody actually likes counterintelligence, the hardass people who bring bad news and possibly want to investigate your office, but they have to be allowed to do what they do in a spirit of cooperation. After the Snowden disaster it shouldn’t take much effort to convince Agency personnel that the threat from defectors and traitors is all too real. Sometimes the odd, Aspergery IT guy in the next cubicle with bad social skills plus anger at the government actually is out to destroy you.

    And I would caution the CI folks not to go overboard now. Don’t repeat the let’s-polygraph-everybody-silly errors that came after the Martin and Mitchell defections to Moscow, or what happened at CIA when Rick Ames was unmasked as a traitor and Russian spy. The vast majority of Agency personnel are good people – gain their trust and they will practically do your job for you.

    How’s that for a start? I think that’s enough taskers for today. But do get on them. A lot is riding on fixing these problems. NSA really is the best and brightest of America’s secret government. Earn the trust of the American people and never let an Ed Snowden in any Agency building again. That would be a great start and, in the end, everybody wins. The American people deserve no less, so give it to them.

    SIncerely,

    John “Dash” Schindler”
    http://20committee.com/2013/10/30/whats-wrong-with-nsa/


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