Ukraine crisis in tweets

Things seem to be settling into a cautious stalemate. Last week’s successful elections have taken a lot of the steam out of the “rebels” (read: Russian infiltrators). So, for your Sunday, a quick catchup on the latest news.








Chat on, citizens!

115 Responses to “Ukraine crisis in tweets”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    June 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Hi everyone!

  2. 15 Linda
    June 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    First, let’s address the “law-breaking Obama” theme which will be bandied about on Fox and on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page for weeks to come. Let’s put that to bed. As reported by the Daily Beast, “Many in Congress will still be opposed to the swap, but lawmakers gave up their right to stop it. A small change in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed last December, now makes it only a requirement that the Defense Secretary notify Congress when releasing Guantanamo prisoners. Before the change, Congressional sign off on any Guantanamo releases would have been needed.” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel did, in fact, notify Congress of the U.S.’s intention to transfer five prisoners held at Gitmo to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl.

    It also seems like a prime time to address the notion that the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. Of course we do; we do it all the time. As Tod Robberson of DallasNews.com noted, “How about in 2007, when the U.S. negotiated with Sunni insurgent leaders in Iraq to get them to stop bombing U.S. troops and join the fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq? We bribed them. We paid them off. And if you Google the statements of various U.S. officials back in 2005-2006, they were insulted when the U.S. media referred to the Sunnis as insurgents. No, those officials insisted, they’re terrorists!” That, if memory serves, was under George W. Bush.


  3. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Back to that other pressing little problem (keeping a Democrat in the White House for a lot of lifetimes!):

  4. 21 Vicki
    June 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Getting all hysterical about 5 Guantanam detainees we returned to Middle East is the substitute for paying attention to Actual Events that will happen this week, right?
    Like POTUS in Poland meeting with our eastern European allies, POTUS in Bussels with G-7, POTUS in France and Normandy with our WWII allies.

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      June 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Yes, that’s right. GITMO will be topic #1, unless there’s another missing plane and then they’ll get right on that.

  5. 23 Linda
    June 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    The Bergdahl family has over 5,000 books in their home and no TV. (CNN)

    • 24 99ts
      June 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      What a blessing – they won’t see the media attack their son until the next talking point comes along. Scum of the earth are those who would attack someone who has been a POW for 5 years. John McCain has no shame – but we knew that years ago.

  6. June 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    OK, so yesterday starting at 8am and going late into the night, the FBI, bomb squad unit and police in hazmat suits were raiding an apartment about 4 blocks from where I live. There was no information released until a few minutes ago. Turns out they thought the guy who lived there was holding ricin but now it turns out he is wanted for possession of explosives. The guy is now on the lam and is considered armed & dangerous. His car has a Texas license plate. They interviewed some of his neighbors and they said he seemed like a nice guy. OMG. Crazy nuts everywhere.

  7. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    • 38 99ts
      June 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      That is a glorious picture JoB – another thing that annoys the GOP – PBO is so photogenic & rarely, if ever, can any photographer catch a bad shot – which is why they whinge.

  8. 39 Linda
    June 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I watched a forum of former Presidential Press Secretaries recently

    Dee Dee Myers
    Mike McCurrey
    and 2 or 3 others.

    They all agreed that they only give the press corps about 20 % of what is really going on in the White House.

    • 40 theo67
      June 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      That’s more than they can handle. For this WHPC, they should just tune in to TMZ – they’re only interested in gossip.

      • 41 99ts
        June 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        And it’s lots more than they ask about – the WHPC ask one question in 17 different ways and get upset because they receive one answer in one way.

  9. June 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Time for a rant.

    I am disgusted and heartsick over the treatment the Bergdahl’s are getting

    We never nitpicked over a POW before. We never questioned their patriotism or how they got captured. It was enough that they were being held against their will. We never hassled their parents either, or criticized their lifestyle.

    So what if he has nice to his Taliban captors? They could kill him at any moment for any reason. Why not make nice and hope that someday you could escape or be rescued. He knew that being killed wasn’t going to advance a single cause at all.

    • June 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      There is a very serious illness in our society at present. A sickness of the heart, a malady of the soul. I don’t know what to do about it. People have lost their minds. As white racists become the minority, we will see more intolerance, not less. That anyone could treat our POTUS with such vile disrespect and vitriol is beyond me.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      June 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Carol, it’s contemptible how easily the media and the GOP, who have never put themselves in harm’s way, suddenly become experts on how someone else ought to act in unspeakably terrifying conditions. Note to critics: if you have not been held a prisoner for five years in a foreign country and put in fear of your life every day, then you are not qualified to comment on Bergdahl. If you are John McCain and have been held prisoner, then you are beyond despicable for criticizing him. Let’s see, just what do all of these critics have in common? How about a lack of empathy, humanity, respect and common sense, for starters.

    • 45 sjterrid
      June 1, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      John McCain should be very careful about condemning this president on the release of this prisoner of war. He was held prisoner, how do we know if he wasn’t compromised? In fact it could explain why he would stick us with Palin.

  10. June 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks a trillion LL!!!

  11. 61 globalcitizenlinda
    June 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    we have to push back against these O-hating extremists as hard as we can;

    on the issue of the POW, they gop can scream all they want, but one crucial fact won’t change: Bowe Bergdahl is out of harm and will be reunited with his parent’s – this is where he belongs after that ordeal;

    • June 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      So true. Bowe Bergdahl will be able to speak for himself and will be safe from harm, thanks to Obama’s hard work.

      Hopefully the American Taliban will let him heal in peace. (Hopefully?)

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      June 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Yes, global, and the president will fly to Europe and not lose one second of sleep over all the nattering. The chickens will gobble on in their hateful little enclaves and the president will focus on solving the real problems of the world.

  12. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      June 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Good one, JOB. That man is beneath contempt–a complete waste of space.

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        June 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        I’d like to see him dragged from the national stage, kicking and screaming. Despicable, fake person.

        • 68 99ts
          June 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

          There will be few to cry by his grave – he has well outstayed his welcome anywhere on this planet.

          • 69 jacquelineoboomer
            June 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm

            Truth. I don’t like to wish anybody any harm, but … I do make exceptions.

            • 70 99ts
              June 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

              I hope he lives past 2017 – I would hate PBO to have to find some “nice words” to say about John McCain – because I know he would do exactly that and never call him for what he is.

              But regardless, there will still be few (if any) tears when he is gone.

  13. 71 vcprezofan2
    June 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Ghana’s bamboo bikes: Cycling towards sustainability (Last updated on 30 May 2014, 9:55 pm) ~ By John Upton in Cancun

    /Light, fast, strong and built from natural materials, bamboo bikes are an example of a greener and healthier future/

    Parked conspicuously in a conference’s exhibition hall this week, between cubicles screening videos of case studies and offering piles of reports, was a rugged bicycle that was turning more heads than spokes.

    The burly bicycle’s handsome brown frame was made mostly of bamboo. It’s a low-cost and fuel-free mode of transportation that was built as part of a grassroots initiative in Ghana that’s growing like a weed.

    “In Africa, you can throw anything on the ground, and it will grow,” said Kemi Fadojutimi, a director of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative. “It’s the same with bamboo – bamboo grows everywhere, and we don’t do anything with it.”

    From that realization grew an idea, which was fertilized in 2012 with a $30,000 grant.

    The bike was hauled to the Global Environment Facility Assembly in Mexico to show off a success story of a small grants programme run by a group that administers billions of dollars worth of global pledges under various environmental treaties…..



  14. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Still watching the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame show on HBO, thanks to the tip here. If you like/liked Linda Ronstadt and some of these women performers who did a tribute to her, here ya go:

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      June 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Here’s a better video:

      Just spent 10 precious minutes of my life (at age 67) looking up the ages of the women who sang tribute songs to Linda Ronstadt (68):

      Emmy Lou Harris (67), Stevie Nicks (66), Bonnie Raitt (66), Cheryl Crow (52), and the “baby,” Carrie Underwood (31).


  15. June 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    What an A**H***!

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  17. 84 daisydem
    June 1, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    What did the Bergdahl family say? I am seeing nothing here of their pressed and I get my news from only here.

    • 85 Vicki
      June 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      The Bergdahl parents expressed their love for their son and their trust in the process that got him this far and that will bring Bowe all the way home.
      Clearly, the Bergdahls have worked closely with the US Military for years and there is respect and trust.

      So of course, the GOP/Media will demonize Bowe and his family and the Obama administration.

      • 86 99ts
        June 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

        And they live in Idaho – of which I know little, but assume it is mainly inhabited by GOP supporters – which shows the the GOP will turn on its own to attack PBO – other folks should take note.

    • June 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Vicki capture it very well. The only other thing I’d add is that Berdahl’s father broke down in tears when stating, “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people.”


  18. June 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Hoping I’m not the only Auburn fan that frequents TOD……. regardless…this is definitely on my bucket list 😎

    • 89 kathleenp444
      June 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Oh, I sincerely hope this for you, LP! I remember casually watching THE game (I’m a Vandy fan, what do I know?!), and my first thought after the run was joy for you 🙂 (not, btw, that I’m such a thoughtful person, just, well, Auburn=LP!)

      • June 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        So kind of you, Kathleen! I root for Vandy whenever they play an SEC EAST team…..especially Tenn, Georgia, and Florida….one of my favorite players in the SEC last year was Vandy WR Jordan Matthews…one of the most underrated WR’s in the country. I always follow Vandy Baseball as well….. David Price(Tampa Bay Rays) was one the most dominant pitchers in college I have ever seen. I was sorry to see Coach Franklin take the Penn. St. job, but you got one hell of a hire in former Stanford DC Mason. Only 90 days till the season starts……..thanks for thinking of me 🙂

  19. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  20. June 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Dangerous dude ….

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  22. June 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    So, in LL family news: I think we’re going to call a lawyer and sue Mrs. LL’s schmuck of a former boss. Or at least see if we have a case. It’s been over a year and she still hasn’t found a full time job.

  23. 99 daisydem
    June 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Listening to the parents of this soldier, there are obviously nuances of this situation which we are not yet aware of; read the behavior of the language: careful, slow, concerned and the hesitancy of the father to be too explicit or direct. Thus is a very touchy situation.

    • June 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Do they have to make any kind of statement …other than thank you America

    • 101 carolyn
      June 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Yes, it is touchy, which is why the complainers should keep their mouths shut! This was a delicate diplomatic situation, which had to be handled secretly and expeditiously. I’m sure the Bergdahls were tutored by the military and/or the White House staff as to responses to questions and statements. Fortunately, the president will be in Europe, and other events will take the full spotlight off of the Bergdahls. This man has suffered emotional and physical distress, obviously. Recovery will be a long, painful process, done out of the glare of the paparazzi.

      That 20% rule stated by former press secretaries applies here too…..or probably we’ll only ever know 10%, and the blabbing Congress critters know little more. The less they know, the more they talk. Notice, Reid and Pelosi have said nothing. The Congressional leaders were notified…..they’re quiet.

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    • 114 anniebella
      June 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      All it take to scare them when it come to a black guy is a hoodie? If they see that they are ready to shoot.

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