Ukraine crisis in tweets

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118 Responses to “Ukraine crisis in tweets”

  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    March 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Am I?

  2. 11 MightyPamela
    March 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

  3. 12 No Child Left Behind
    March 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Good Evening TODVille.

    Hello Danny-the-Boy!

  4. 13 No Child Left Behind
    March 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Good Evening, LL.

    Thanks for the educative tweets.

  5. 15 desertflower
    March 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm


    Seeking as broad a coalition as possible, Obama also spoke by phone Monday with the leaders of Spain and Kazakhstan, echoing familiar themes about respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty. The White House said Obama and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy praised Ukraine’s new government for showing restraint, while Obama encouraged President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan — one of the largest ex-Soviet nations — to play an active role in finding a peaceful outcome.

    In wooing China’s support, the U.S. is seeking to capitalize on Beijing’s policy of non-intervention, which Beijing has used as a rationale for limiting its involvement in North Korea and elsewhere around the world.

    U.S. officials believe China may be viewing the situation in Crimea through the prism of its own ethnic minorities in border regions. The officials say they were buoyed by comments last week from China’s ambassador to the United Nations, who emphasized Beijing’s support for non-interference while not directly taking a side in the dispute.

  6. March 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  7. March 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Restraint on an unprecedented scale ….

  8. 27 No Child Left Behind
    March 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Listening to details about the so called friendship between de Blasio and Cuomo who are on open warfare zone, I am not loving it at all. I hope a grown up from the Democratic Party will call those two boys and sermon them.

    • 28 Vicki
      March 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      I’m not sure there exists a Democrat with standing who can intervene effectively here.
      This is a battle for the soul of NYC and the Democratic Party everywhere. Is the party going to be run by the 1% with their profit-driven charter schools and cruel housing policies that are emptying the middle-class out of NYC? If there was daylight between Cuomo and Bloomberg I didn’t see it.
      Or will the newly elected Mayor who wants all our kids to have decent schools be allowed to govern?
      Bill deBlasio is under merciless constant attack looking to defeat his every initiative.

      This conflict is very sad and I can’t predict what comes next.

      • 29 No Child Left Behind
        March 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        I am with de Blasio although I would have preferred more measured approaches. I was never a Bloomberg fan and voted against him twice. I could not wait for him to get out of City Hall.

        • 30 99ts
          March 11, 2014 at 2:15 am

          I don’t believe a new administration can wait – if they do as they were voted to do – everyone screams – if they don’t do as they were voted to do – everyone screams. Either way at the next election people vote against them. As PBO achieved most in those first 2 years – so will de Blasio.

          The best PM we ever had was thrown out after 3 years – but what a three years – universal health care, no fault divorce, all the soldiers came home, govt paid tertiary education and much more. We never know what we have until it is gone & PBO and de Blasio will fit that role very well.

  9. 31 hopefruit2
    March 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

  10. March 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Know your enemy, even if he’s just a thug Putin puppet ….

  11. 33 99ts
    March 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Chris Christie must be wondering what he can do to stop Rachel talking about him and his friends.

  12. March 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    ‘Oh yeah, Russia’ ….

  13. March 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Am so busy I likely have just missed her, but it seems that it’s been a few days since TODer Layla commented. Given the health issue she shared with us several months ago, I hope she is ok. Maybe one of you have a way to contact her directly to be sure.

    #FORWARD Together

  14. March 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    BTW, Senator Frankin is currently live, speaking the Senate’s all night long #Up4Climate event:


  15. 43 MightyPamela
    March 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Bobfr, have you read the blog of John@linnyitssn, posted in the tweets above? I would be interested in your take on his views. If you have time.

    • March 10, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      We follow each other on Twitter and he’s very insightful and incisive, imo, MP.

      • 45 carolyn
        March 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

        I read the article John@linnyitssn linked, and it seemed most sensible. He used research, it was not off the top of his head. It was clearly explanatory. Another clear and explanatory article was the one linked on Poland and Ukraine, and their history, and now their solidarity. Informative.

      • 47 MightyPamela
        March 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

        Thank you. I found this article very sobering and insightful. I learned things I was not clear on, particularly re, the eu.

  16. March 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

  17. 49 a4alice
    March 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    great collection of tweets LL. The one that gets me up there is the Russian Nazi’s. Russian Nazi’s? Seriously?!!?? Do these eggheads not have any sense of history or remember just what the Nazi’s did to their fellow Russian’s? Please. People like these dunderheads need to take themselves out of the gene pool.

  18. 50 desertflower
    March 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Night everyone. Didn’t sleep too well last night and these stupid allergies are bothering me. Mulberry tree is blooming and it gets me every time! Off to bed…hope that Layla and Jovie are ok. Hope they know we’re all thinking about them.

  19. March 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Belated thanks LL, a wonderful round-up, you’re the best.

  20. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    March 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Good evening TOD

    I posted this tweet before leaving work and it certainly brought out a lot of emotion from people who have responded. The fact that it has been retweeted over 400 times is a testament to this great American hero.

  21. 55 lockewasright
    March 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I am listening to week 2 of my brother’s new monday night gig hosting a radio show on a station in Key West! This is pretty cool!


  22. 57 a4alice
    March 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm



    (nite TOD – sleep sweet! 🙂 )

  23. 59 hopefruit2
    March 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm


  24. 61 No Child Left Behind
    March 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Time for some sleep tonight in my bed. Got it?

    Good night everyone.

  25. 62 Dudette
    March 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    How about some nerdy cuteness to light the mood for a bit?

    Listen as she names what she sees on screen. At two I was still perfecting my drooling skills!

  26. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    March 10, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    • March 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Two of the formative moments of my childhood: discovering Monty Python, and watching “Cosmos”.

      • 74 Dudette
        March 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        I’m with ya on Cosmos. Carl
        Sagan was my real-life “Spock”-crush. 🙂

        Never saw Python as a kid.

        • March 10, 2014 at 11:20 pm

          I did. And “I Claudius”, where I saw my first boobies on TV. Thanks to that soshulist PBS. And “World at War”, which along with “Shoah” are the two definitive documentaries on WWII.

          • 76 Dudette
            March 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

            Ah yes, the good old days of PBS… Where have they gone? [sigh!]

            • March 10, 2014 at 11:29 pm

              Oh lord, PBS is nigh unwatchable now.

            • 79 carolyn
              March 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm

              Wonder if PBS would show I, Claudius today. It was wonderful…..and awful! One scene I vividly remember was Livia punishing herself after locking her daughter into a room to die…..living burial. Her daughter had dishonored the family……wow, I forget what she had to do to do that!!!! And Livia blamed her daughter’s behavior on herself. So, she buried her alive in a small room and sat in a chair and listened to her daughter’s screams and cries until she died. Then, when she knew her daughter was dead, she opened the door, did what she had to for a dead body, and got in her tub and slit her own wrists and bled to death. I haven’t seen the Borgias, and didn’t watch Rome, but I doubt anything could have the impact and raw terror that I, Claudius did. That was the first time I had seen Derek Jacobi……..he was masterful.

              • March 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm

                Not to be a pedant, but that was Antonia, not Livia. Livia would NEVER punish herself. She did everything gleefully. She even got Claudius to deify her.

                • 81 No Child Left Behind
                  March 11, 2014 at 6:31 am

                  Indeed. Livia was a masterful woman who never lost sight of what she wanted from everyone around her.

                  • 82 carolyn
                    March 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

                    I stand corrected…..thanks. I’d forgotten about the deification. I just remember the woman sitting outside the room while her daughter screamed…….go ahead, be a pedant…….I am frequently one 🙂

          • 83 57andfemale
            March 11, 2014 at 8:09 am

            Patrick Stewart as the deliciously evil Sejanus. I had a crush on him long before Star Trek TNG

      • 84 Dudette
        March 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        I was hoping to hear Neill
        say “B-illions and B-illions of stars” last night. Alas, he did not. I squealed for the whole hour anyway — just like little Delilah! 😀

  27. 87 57andfemale
    March 10, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    the weather models I just heard on the news for Chicago cannot be true. Cannot. Worst case scenario: 17 inches of snow Wednesday. Best case: 4-5 inches

    • March 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      It’s March. Fucking March!

      Then again, weather in L.A. is divine.

    • 90 MightyPamela
      March 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      I am watching this forecast changing on the weather app for iPhone. It seems like you guys will have spring, then be hit with another blast of winter, then warming again. Same all around the NE and DC areas. Appears to be big temperature changes. So weird. We’ll keep an eye out for you! ;(

      • 91 57andfemale
        March 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

        the latest model for Chicago is ‘only’ 8 inches of snow.. Then a couple of days in the 30’s and 40’s. We are going to lose our minds.

        Mr. 57 and I have been battling a virus since last week. we have to be well enough to shovel.

  28. 92 Dudette
    March 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Nerds Rule!

  29. 93 amk for obama
    March 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

  30. 97 Dudette
    March 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

  31. 98 MightyPamela
    March 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I was looking to see if there was any news on MH370: http://www.king5.com/news/aerospace/ap/249317641.html

  32. 99 MightyPamela
    March 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Goodnight TOD. We do live in interesting times.

  33. 101 Dudette
    March 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

  34. 102 Dudette
    March 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

  35. 103 Dudette
    March 11, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Character… What you do when you think no one is watching.

  36. 106 Dudette
    March 11, 2014 at 12:10 am

  37. March 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

    STOP THE PRESS………. President Obama, will be on “Between Two Ferns” http://www.funnyordie.com/between_two_ferns ….. tomorrow(available 7:30 a.m.) on Funny or Die!!!!!!!

    Here is a sample for those unfamiliar……

  38. 108 Dudette
    March 11, 2014 at 12:12 am

  39. 109 vcprezofan2
    March 11, 2014 at 12:13 am

    March 31st is just around the bend – some prodding is needed for some of your contacts, I’m sure.

  40. 110 Dudette
    March 11, 2014 at 12:15 am

  41. 111 vcprezofan2
    March 11, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I’m going t o bed. I’m sleepy and tired. Toodle-di-doo, y’all!

  42. March 11, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Will just ask each TODer to ponder ….

    Rest well …. or welcome to 11 March 2014 and bask in the reality of the Age of Obama ….

    Yes We Can

    • March 11, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Well, very much in the spirit of that tweet, as I was preparing to depart to focus on work, I saw this:

      “Obama’s All Eisenhower On Russia
      Like Ike before him, Obama’s non-moves against Russia are the right moves.

      A regime in thrall to Moscow is forced out by a popular uprising; the Kremlin promises not to intervene, and even announces a troop withdrawal. Within days, Russian forces stealthily begin to move in, then pour across the border. A whole swath of territory is reincorporated into what Ronald Reagan called “the evil empire.”

      The place was Hungary; the year was 1956; the American president was Dwight Eisenhower, who expressed “shock and dismay” at the Soviet invasion, but refused an armed American response. It was simply too dangerous, too unthinkable, in the atomic age—unless the most vital of U.S. interests were at stake. Even then, Ike once angrily explained to his hawkish advisor Lewis Strauss: “There’s just no point in talking about ‘winning’ a nuclear war.”


      On Ukraine, Republicans who would attack Obama for anything have offered reactions that range from empty, expedient, and incoherent bellicosity to sheer inanity. And the spasms of Republican recrimination have been profoundly ahistorical. For the better part of the century, American presidents have comprehended that not every injustice can be redressed or redeemed by inviting even greater tragedy. This year, the 100th anniversary of World War I, is a time to remember the words of Barbara Tuchman, who in her book The Guns of August chronicled the onset of that conflict, a conflict no one wanted and where no one foresaw the endless horrors to come. Tuchman wrote: “War is the unfolding of miscalculations.”

      Not on Ike’s watch—or Barack Obama’s.”


      Yes We Can

      good night

  43. 114 99ts
    March 11, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Politics is funny sometimes. I’m reading (definitely no link – got here in a very roundabout way) erick son of erick ranting about all the bad things the “establishment” republicans have done – and at the end of the list he just has to add “banning the incandescent light bulb”

    His life has been turned upside down by a light bulb – wonder how he will survive the future – they really are fools.

  44. 115 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Happy Tuesday.

  45. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    March 11, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Woke this morning to see that the Harriet Tubman tweet has been retweeted over 1800+ times. OMG 😯 I’ve never had such a thing. That was a well loved picture of Ms. Tubman.

    Off to work I go. Have a fantastic day everyone!!!!

  46. 117 globalcitizenlinda
    March 11, 2014 at 8:10 am


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