A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words


@AncientPics: Martin Luther King, Jr with his father and son


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131 Responses to “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”

  1. March 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you, NW. We need something uplifting.

  2. 2 GGail
    March 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you NW for the distraction. My stomach is in knots

    • 3 HZ
      March 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Warm hugs and a lovely pot of your favorite tea, my dear GGail and neighbor}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

      We have the person of persons to be in the Oval Office at this time. Let us keep our spaces filled with a community of trust, good wisdom to be granted to President Obama and his team, and a calmness but firmness in his actions for all of our sake.HZ

      • 4 GGail
        March 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        HZ, my neighbor, my sister, I thank you for your healing words and warm hugs {{{{HZ}}}} love you. I am feeling much better now that I’ve read the President’s words. Mis-information makes me crazy.

        • 5 HZ
          March 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

          {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Love you my dear GGail.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} We are here for each other. I hope you are safe and put due to the weather. I went downstairs to make an early dinner and came back up and it is pouring down so hard and lightening now. Eating and getting under the covers now. Love you, GGail, be safe. HZ

          • 6 GGail
            March 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

            Yes HZ, it has been pretty awesome today. The rain has been coming in waves of heavy downpours with strong winds. I even heard some hail and thunder. Glad to hear you are safe, warm and dry.

            Our God is an Awesome God. All my needs are supplied.

  3. 7 donna dem 4 obama
    March 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Sign it up! Sign it up!

  4. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    March 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Wow. Just wow. Never saw that picture before.

  5. 10 Nena20409
    March 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Wow. 3 Generations of the King Family.


  6. March 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    • 14 MightyPamela
      March 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      I wonder where this is from, LL. I copied it, but when I went to copy and paste it on my FB page, Safari informed me 2x that it had previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. What do you think of that?

  7. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    At times like these, I despise the hair on fire hysteria that overtakes rational thinking. War has not been declared yet some are acting as though WWIII is taking place right now.

    The Kremlin released their version of the phone-call with President Obama and President Putin and of course it’s going to be full of spin about how Russia is the victim and Ukraine is the bully. Instead of treating that with the disdain it deserves, one sees folks who should know better, freaking out about how President Obama is so weak, how he didn’t bring the hammer down on Putin. This is coming from Liberals and Conservatives alike.

    They haven’t seen the White House’s readout, they weren’t in the meeting but they know everything that went on because they’re the foreign policy “experts.” *Sigh*

    I would never wish to be stuck in a foxhole with wishy washy people like that. They’d sell you out to the enemy before you can say Jack.

    • 21 GGail
      March 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I’m with you NW!
      “I would never wish to be stuck in a foxhole with wishy washy people like that. They’d sell you out to the enemy before you can say Jack.”

      I am glad to see what the President said and I believe he has it well under advisement. Putin has been clearly advised by President Obama as to where the “red line” is and the consequences.

      Why do these leaders insisted on trying POTUS? Can’t they take a hint from previous attempts?

    • 23 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you Nerdy Wonka for articulating well what many of us here are thinking. I was literally disgusted by the rubbish being spread based on Russia’s version of the phone-call. I had to push back solidly on a few of them. Sometimes you do have to wonder what is really their agenda in all of this.

      • 24 99ts
        March 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        My thoughts on the Russian agenda are fairly simple – keeping it that way helps me interpret what is going on.

        Their agenda is to claim everything in the Ukraine that they want – it is a rich in resources country in a commanding world view position & Putin/Russia do not want them to form alliances – either economic or political – with the west. There are many other complications – but this is my view.

        My thoughts on the US media are also simple – they want to stir up trouble – they are as usual quoting anyone who says “blame Obama” and that would include Putin.

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Agree, NW. With every word.

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Oh, and, I mostly despise the freak outs by the Liberals, because we expect the Conservatives to betray this President every time.

  8. 27 Nena20409
    March 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    5 or 6 years ago when Putin Invaded Georgia, was there this same hysteria?

    Other than McCain rushing off to the area and screaming how We were All Georgians, I don’t remember any calling on GW Bush to invade? Now it is like that Is all I have read about today from many quarters.

    Thank goodness, there is a PLACE called TOD.

    A quiet, calm, thoughtful and might I add, a Loving oasis with superb folks to visit. Thanks YOU all 24M and counting.

    • March 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm


      Did you have a chance to read LL’s Will McAvoy post earlier?

      Comparing Ukraine to Georgia is like comparing Jupiter to Earth. Such different countries.

      Russia relies on Ukraine for its only (do they have another?) warm water port.

      Crimea was part of the Ottoman Empire and its Muslim Tatars were exiled to Central Asia by Stalin — within living memory.

      You can see on a map how strategically placed Ukraine is.

      In fact, if you’ve ever played the boardgame Risk, most every player wants to control Ukraine because it’s where Europe, Asia and the Middle East come together. Add the “Clash of Civilizations” mentality that neocons burdened us with in the 1990s, it’s truly a scary situation.

      The media have played a huge role in framing news as a zero sum game… there is only one winner, everyone else is a loser.

      This is apparent in the comment threads on just about every news article I click on. I don’t go out of my way to read the comments, but I see such attacking words against our President.

      We are one country. If we don’t hang together we will surely fall apart separately (paraphrasing Ben Franklin).

      Pundits should STFU.

      This is a very serious, if not grave situation. Taking sides without knowing all the options and facts helps absolutely no one.

      Ukraine is basically the Crimean Khanate in this Wikipedia map of Ukraine:

      • 29 Nena20409
        March 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

        My point is in 2008, though then sen Obama was for the rights of Georgians…..he Underlined that US has ONE president at a time. McCain went to Georgia and announced that We were ALL Georgians now.

        The difference today is that FP was always spoken with ONE Voice and the way the Media in US covers it is a total 180. That is my main point.

  9. March 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Lord, people who are normally allies are bickering back and forth over Ukraine on my TL.

    • 31 donna dem 4 obama
      March 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Yep it is pathetic. It still amazes me how little faith after 5 years in office these people have in PBO .

      • March 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

        • 33 Nerdy Wonka
          March 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

          That tweet from John Schindler is so breathtakingly shortsighted and dumb.

        • 37 GGail
          March 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

          I don’t understand tweets like this. In what manner does this guy feel that Putin has the upper hand…what has he heard that we haven’t???

          • March 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

            this is another form of the meme that PBO is incompetent…that he is in over head…that he does not know what to do

            • 39 GGAIL
              March 1, 2014 at 6:04 pm

              Pf I understand what he is implying, I don’t understand why he would be so stupid as to expose his stupidity on twitter.

          • 40 vcprezofan2
            March 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            My response ••►

            Honestly, these fickle jokers are unfailingly predictable. /shrugging shoulders/

            • 41 GGail
              March 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

              You read my mind vc. Thanks for tweeting that!!!

              • 42 vcprezofan2
                March 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

                GGail, they cannot seem to help themselves! Over and over again we go through these types of scenarios where the ignorati (my word) rush to get themselves noticed, and more often than not they haven’t the strength of character to admit they were wrong afterwards. Heck, they haven’t the grace to be embarrassed when they get egg on their faces. They just wait for another opportunity to insert themselves, because as we all know, to get attention you simply need to critique the President or mention his name. You don’t have to have any credibility.

                • 43 MightyPamela
                  March 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm

                  VC, ‘ignorati’ is a great and superb word. I do so hope it takes off on twitter and the entire uverse.. Fitting and appropriate to describe them all. The know-nothing know-it-alls.

            • 45 GGail
              March 1, 2014 at 6:32 pm

              Thanks also hf

        • 46 anniebella
          March 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

          And John Schindler is who, the blonde hair guy who used to play Bo Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard.

      • 47 HZ
        March 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

        Amen, donna dem. Donna, how are the beautiful babies doing. They are so lovely. Thanks for sharing. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ For the twins}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  10. March 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    “President Obama’s initiative to boost opportunities for young black men – My Brother’s Keeper – looks to be a post-presidential plan, as much as presidential one. Valerie Jarrett, his closest aide, said that it was a vocation the president and first lady Michelle Obama will undertake “for the rest of their lives…That’s a moral, social responsibility that they feel will transcend the time that he’s president.”

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    The philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote that the mark of civilized man was the capacity to weep over a column of numbers. When you look at the data on wealth, health or earnings for black Americans, you get some sense of what he meant. Many of these gaps coalesce into an opportunity gap, visible from the different patterns of intergenerational mobility for black and white Americans. Obama is today highlighting the plight of black men in particular. Here, from a superb report by Bhashkar Mazumder for Pew, is the quintile transition matrix for white boys and men:

    Comparing these graphs is like contrasting completely different societies. Black boys raised in families in the bottom fifth of the income distribution have a 40% chance of remaining there as adults. White boys have just an 18% chance of remaining stuck on the bottom rung of the ladder. (It is worth noting the risks for black women are worse still on this score – at 47%.) Perhaps even more startling is the difference in the risks of downward mobility from the top. While 44% of white boys raised in the most affluent quintile stay there as adults, only 24% of black manage to stay on the top rung. Eighteen percent of black boys fall all the way from the top to the bottom of the income ladder – compared to just 5 percent of white boys……”

  11. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Exactly. President Obama has put Putin on notice.

  12. 52 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  13. 54 Ladyhawke
    March 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight 2h

    Never would have guessed how many political pundits also happen to be experts on Crimea.

  14. March 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm

  15. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    That stance says it all. President Obama is not playing.

    • 58 donna dem 4 obama
      March 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Okay forgive me in all this seriousness right now but….he looks HOT in those jeans.

      • March 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        My exact same thoughts after me being worried against the backdrop of me being a history teacher and all…and I am not even ashamed of myself. Okay..maybe a bit.

      • 61 GGAIL
        March 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

        Donna, I forgive you & understand

        • 62 HZ
          March 1, 2014 at 6:19 pm

          Donna, I forgive you as well. My eyes immediately went to the hands on the hips and the hands on the phone. The stance, screaming our, ” Do Not Mess With Me, Man, you hear.” Then the shirt and jeans hit me like a ton of brick. We have got ourselves a no nonsense POTUS, Fine POTUS, and Brilliant POTUS and he came to the office dressed and ready to take care of serious business and wear it with such calmness. That is our POTUS. Love him. HZ

          • 63 GGail
            March 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

            HZ, I heard what that stance is saying too, but my wording was a little more salty than the words you used 🙂

      • 64 hopefruit2
        March 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        Oh dear…now Donna you got me in “Naughty Mat” mode. Meanwhile A & E are probably upset. I’m beginning to think that A & E are KatrinaNation and Mike Crowley of TIME.

      • 65 susanne
        March 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm

        thank heaven for todville! serious sociopolitical discussion, and also noticing how hot is our president! had to delurk to say thanks for that! 🙂

  16. 68 dotster3
    March 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    “Cool heads must prevail and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis”

  17. March 1, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Good God, we’re in the worst East-West crisis since Prague and this is what I have to deal with at work:

  18. 70 Ladyhawke
    March 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Foreign Policy the Obama Way: President Urges Dialogue in Call with Putin

    By Sarah Jones


    And here is Obama’s foreign policy in a nutshell. He recognizes the sovereignty of Ukraine. He works with international groups and allies. He pushes for diplomatic solutions. He urges discussion.
    Contrast Obama’s talk with Putin with the way John McCain pushed for an escalation with Russia today. McCain’s bomb-bomb-bomb stance reflects the neocons of his party, the war hawks, who even as they beat the war drums against Russia, voted against veterans’ benefits.

    War is expensive, and not just in money and resources, but in lives. War is not to be entered into lightly. War is a last resort, not the go-to first response.



  19. March 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Someone asked about this in an earlier thread:

  20. 72 dotster3
    March 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    An observation….
    Obama critics never won a spelling bee.

  21. 73 JER
    March 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    LIVE NOW: UN statement on Russia in Crimea – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  22. March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    What has been going through my mind all evening is the complexity of multiethnic states of the like you have in eastern Europe or the balkans. I teach my kids in 11th grade history class about subjective and objective nationalism and history of the 19th and 20th century show that in particular countries forged by monarchs (or tyrants) that randomly put together different groups with each their own allegiances and partly inner movements at separation and revolution, do not make for stable places…

    I am not drawing parallels here, because I think even though this IS a serious matter, I trust PBO to do the best thing he can here and once more give me reason to feel a little safer just because I know it´s him handling this and not be or god forbid Romney… but 100 years ago, the Balkan states were already a problematic area. A little further south for sure but a cluster of countries left behind by a disintegrating Ottoman Empire with Austria/Hungary hoping to widen their influence and Russia protecting the Slavic part of the Balkan population.

    Which btw is an interesting point we should not forget, because I do see a parallel between early 20th century panslawism (the idea that all Slavic people should be united in one country –> Russia) and Putin´s claims at protecting the Russian people.
    Not to mention that as I have said before Putin is stuck in a Cold War mindset of muscle play and confrontationalism and widening influence over former satelite states … which makes him a very unfit match to a US president who understands that this is not teh 21st century any more and who very well understands that the years of Russian (or, for that matter: US) macho-ism are and have to be over, because this is not a world with a bipolar power pattern any more. If anything, it´s monopolar, tending to become multipolar again.

  23. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  24. 79 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    How the heck does Kremlin putting out their version first put PBO in a bad light? Can someone explain this to me? Maybe I’m the idiot and missing something here….

    • March 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      John Schindler is a knowledgeable person, but this is bs.

      • 81 GGail
        March 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        Again, my question is – why? why would he put his misguided uninformed opinion out there?

        • 82 ERICFIVE
          March 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

          Pure idiocy. This guy is saying this stupid shit to get some attention and spread more anti-PBO propaganda. The reason these folks are so desperate to portray Putin in a positive light (ALWAYS at the expense of PBO) really mystifies me. First with the Syria crisis and now this one, they are so DESPERATE to crown Putin the winner. If PBO was as homophobic as Putin they would castigate PBO, why does Putin get a pass? Are these Putin-fan boys so dumb that they think Putin (the former KGB bigshot) is a champion of privacy rights? Why are they so quick to call the man who eliminated Osama Bin Laden and kept this country safe throughout his tenure “weak”. Why does Bill Clinton (the guy who signed DADT and DOMA into law) get feted by the white gay political set and PBO (the President who did more for the gay community than any President in American history) is shunned and criticized? In my opinion, there exists a segment of the political left that is not comfortable having an African American CIC. White supremacy is their “North Star” and the supremely competent, brilliant and smooth PBO threatens their world view. They “want their country back”. Snowden and GG are poster boys for this sect. Just like Rush Limbaugh, they root for America’s/PBO’s failure. They don’t want to suffer personally, but they want the country to suffer for daring to elect PBO President of the United States. This is the same white supremacist mind set that motivates the Tea Partiers.

    • 83 dotster3
      March 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      I’m always wondering why this person is on my twitter feed—I’m not following—-so someone else is responsible. I know I’ve checked his identity a bunch of times in the past which I only do when I don’t like what I’m seeing—-which was the case multiple times with his hair on fire nonsense today.

  25. March 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

  26. March 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Bag-O-Feces palin “weighing in” now. Time to get Elmo on the line!!!

  27. 93 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Creepy Crowley is continuing his bs. He got schooled and humiliated after his little shirtless Putin tweet, and now he’s trying to compensate by making passive-aggressive “professional sounding” comments which are actually nothing but childish attacks on PBO’s prestige and authority.

  28. 95 vcprezofan2
    March 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  29. March 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    this is a beautiful picture.

  30. 97 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The ODS is highly contagious among certain media pundiots apparently…

    • 98 MightyPamela
      March 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Lurking some, eh, Tom? Where REAL news comes first?! TOD. Do they all want to be PBO so very badly?? Tut, tut.

    • March 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    • 103 99ts
      March 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Where were these fools when GWB led the western nations into 2 wars – that were unjustified and pointless and killed 100,000s of people. They really want to do this all over again because – war is good – Russia is bad and PBO must rant and yell and be a war leader. As long as any war – including atomic – is away from US soil they seem happy to jump in – boots and all.

      Let them live in the President’s shoes for a week – they would be gone.

    • 104 GGail
      March 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      What’s the matter Tom…you jealous that nobody would look at you and think like that?

    • 105 99ts
      March 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      I just looked at this fools twitter – He thinks PBO should have dressed up in his suit and tie to talk with Putin!!!!!!!!!!! What stupid world does he live in – talk about brainless and jealous. Some of these fools on twitter either don’t see the image they are giving to the world – or they are deliberating wanting to attack the President while all eyes are on the white house.

    • 106 vcprezofan2
      March 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      This one made me laugh out loud – poor deluded WarRoom_Tom! If he only knew many of us here are more informed than he seems to be.

  31. 107 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    That’s what it is REALLY about. These male media pundiots are enraged with jealousy about PBO’s competence, physical attractiveness, intelligence and everything else rolled up in one. So much so that they subconsciously or knowingly identify with Putin (and elevate him vis-a-vis PBO) in other to make themselves feel better….

    Tom Nichols recent tweet about PBO-in-jeans just confirmed that for me. Note Tom’s deafening silence when TIME’s “Chief Foreign Correspondent” was literally creaming himself over Putin’s flabby ass on a horse, but Tom is mad that people happen to like PBO’s picture in the Oval Office.

    • 108 sherijr
      March 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      well put hf, I’ve thought for a very long time that is exactly the problem with many of these males in particular.. Jealousy; envy…

    • March 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      “. . . . . . . . .Putin’s flabby ass on a horse. . .” Beer spewed all over my monitor! ROTFLMAO!! THANKS HF2!!

    • 110 desertflower
      March 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Note Tom’s deafening silence when TIME’s “Chief Foreign Correspondent” was literally creaming himself over Putin’s flabby ass on a horse,

      Ok…I just snorted when I laughed out loud:) They all need to get over themselves…PBO done passed them by. They’re a day late and a dollar short, as usual…which them sends them all into the continuous loop of ODS….and so on and so on and so on…..

    • March 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      it is so incredible to really consider this as the reason for their angst….whewwww

    • 115 Ladyhawke
      March 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Truer words were never spoken HF. Your comment is so spot on. The very idea that Tom Nichols has to refer to PBO in jeans speaks volumes. What should he have been wearing on a Saturday in the Oval Office while responding to a crisis?? A tuxedo. The constant search for negative spin knows no bounds. Meanwhile, Nichols and his ilk probably could not get enough of GWB (looking like the Marlboro man) clearing brush on his fake ranch. smdh.

      • 116 99ts
        March 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm

        And they are showing this negative spin to the world – Putin will be very much over confident if he believes the rubbish coming from the pundits on twitter. That ANY serious discussion would revolve around what someone wore on a telephone call – utter b.s.

      • March 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

        Totally agree EXCEPT shrub didn’t look like the “Marlboro Man”, looked like your goofy, confused neighbor “helping” the landscaping company. “No, really sir, we can take it from here.”

    • 119 mophene
      March 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Hopefruit2: ” These male media pundiots are enraged with jealousy about PBO’s competence, physical attractiveness, intelligence and everything else rolled up in one. So much so that they subconsciously or knowingly identify with Putin (and elevate him vis-a-vis PBO) in other to make themselves feel better”….You really nailed it HF2. These folks need Putin!

  32. March 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    • 121 forus50
      March 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      What really is “bad optics” here is that we are stuck having to listen to or read their horrifically bad media reports. They are either panicked, sensationalized or just plain wrong. Today they are all three.

    • 122 99ts
      March 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      And in their usual stupid way the pundits have turned the discussion from the Ukraine to what Presidents wear when making phone calls on a Saturday. Stupid is as stupid does.

  33. 123 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    You know what I’m REALLY sick of? Men that have low self esteem projecting their inner frustration onto someone who does.

    • 124 99ts
      March 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      M H Rudolph ‏@by_mhrudolph

      .@TheWarRoom_Tom by my count, 50+ minutes and 70 tweets about the dress code and about how right you are

      70 tweets defending his tweet that the President should have put on a suit and tie to make a phone call.

  34. 125 forus50
    March 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Somebody should tweet this to Tom Nichols so he can stop clutching his pearls and smelling salts.

  35. 131 forus50
    March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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