Truth In 140 Characters













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  1. 4 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 11:12 am


  2. 6 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

  3. August 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Powerful tweets Nerdy, the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown series are just brilliant.

    Thanks a million, Legend.

  4. 9 japa21
    August 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Congrats vetivera and AMK. Thank goodness vc didn’t squeeze in ahead of you. She would have been unbearable.

  5. 12 desertflower
    August 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I have to go to work today…omg, my summer is OFFICIALLY OVER:( I miss the kiddos, but I love my quiet time more:)

  6. 14 Linda
    August 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Last night on c-span

    Q&A with Edmund Morris


    Gushing with praise for PBO . He is a biographer and meets with PBO and others like Douglas Brinkley….

    He also wrote the book ” Dutch ” about Reagan and revealed how phoney Reagan was.

  7. 15 Linda
    August 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Michael Brown’s family has hired Benjamin Crump, the Trayvon Martin family attorney. A news conference will be around 4 PM

  8. August 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Congrats on 1st vetivera 🙂

    Excellent selection, NW!

    Happy Birthday Donna!!

  9. 17 Judith Fardig
    August 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

    NW, thanks for showing the raw pain via these tweets. It’s important for all of us to know and to act on. Hope all the bad news in this country and the world doesn’t keep Donna Dem from having a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  10. 19 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

    excellent tweets, ut.

  11. August 11, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Tweets are on point…..they strike right to the heart of the matter….esp this one

  12. 21 GGail
    August 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

    As I first stated on Early Bird this morning. The first story that my local news station reported on the black kid being killed was…wait for it…when the riot and looting broke out. All weekend long, this story was not reported on any of the local news stations here in Los Angeles…until there was a negative angle.

    Someone here pointed out – riots are like the last pressure point of anger and frustration – it’s true. People are still angry about Trayvon, the black guy being choked to death in NY, the black girl getting shot through the front door in Michigan and now this kid. That simmer is being brought to a boil.

    NW, thanks for this Post!

    • 22 Nerdy Wonka
      August 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Very well stated, GGail. You can always trust some in the news media to portray Black people as less than human without revealing how we are terrorized in our own country.

      • 24 GGail
        August 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        Thanks NW.
        And sadly, they think we don’t hear the subtle negative slants to the reporting of the story. From the picture, to the report and even to the tone of the reporters voice and body language. We read and hear all of it!

        I get so mad when I’m listening to the newscaster reading a report on PBO and my anger becomes directed at the Producer who wrote the script for the report. You can almost tell which Producer is pro-Pres.Obama and which one is anti-Pres.Obama, then I get mad at the newscaster who read the crap. But I guess the newscaster doesn’t get an advance copy of what will appear on the teleprompter for them to read.

  13. 25 99ts
    August 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

    GM and good night everyone. Just wanted to thank japa for his post on the last thread. I think the people of #ferguson were amazing in their restraint, were willing to wait for the details of what happened – until that police media disaster when it was claimed that Mike Brown had attempted to take the policeman’s gun.

    I heard that – I heard the blinding hate in the voice that spoke those words. I heard a white man say for everyone to hear – that young man asked to be shot – my officer fired in self defense. If I had not heard it – I could never have believed it was said.

  14. 26 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

  15. 28 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

  16. 29 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

    • August 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

      This is the reason why i and so many other black folks cannot get on the State’s Rights bandwagon…it is the Federal Government on so many occasions that have acted to ensure the rights of Black People..

  17. August 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  18. 32 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    POLL: Would you vote Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 – http://www.isidewith.com/poll/403337781

  19. August 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    • 36 GGail
      August 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Yes they do Chips.
      Once the reaction of the citizens turned negative – BOOM! the story travels from Coast to Coast. Before that – I only heard about the “fatal shooting” from here on TOD.

  20. August 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    If the FBI are handling this investigation, isn’t this now being investigated as civil rights hate crime?

    • August 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      I don’t think it necessarily means that. The chief in the presser yesterday said that the FBI does routinely become involved in these type of cases and by that I think he meant officer involved shootings that result in death.

  21. August 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    can’t see who the sponsoring organizations are…

  22. August 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Did my prediction come true?

    Morning all.

  23. 43 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  24. August 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    This is superb: a thoughtful, illustrated essay on the American history we miss in our educational system and in popular culture. From “The Weekly Sift”, a blog I’ve been following for a few months. Bet I came across it here on TOD. An excerpt:

    “…That sounded crazy until I read about Reconstruction. In my high school history class, Reconstruction was a mysterious blank period between Lincoln’s assassination and Edison’s light bulb. Congress impeached Andrew Johnson for some reason, the transcontinental railroad got built, corruption scandals engulfed the Grant administration, and Custer lost at Little Big Horn. But none of it seemed to have much to do with present-day events.

    And oh, those blacks Lincoln emancipated? Except for Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver, they vanished like the Lost Tribes of Israel. They wouldn’t re-enter history until the 1950s, when for some reason they still weren’t free.

    Here’s what my teachers’ should have told me: “Reconstruction was the second phase of the Civil War. It lasted until 1877, when the Confederates won.” I think that would have gotten my attention.

    It wasn’t just that Confederates wanted to continue the war. They did continue it, and they ultimately prevailed. They weren’t crazy, they were just stubborn….”

    • 45 57andfemale
      August 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      This was absolutely superb! I highly recommend that everyone read this excellent piece.

      Thanks, Nancie, for putting the Weekly Sift on my radar. I look forward to his thoughtful posts.

    • 46 Lynn
      August 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks for the link, Nancie. Great article. A must read.

  25. 47 vcprezofan2
    August 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Contrary to speculation, I haven’t run out of molasses. I’m just getting my hair done, so it’s not easy following the conversation while keeping my head in the correct position AND positioning my laptop. Some things are more challenging than can be cured by molasses. 😀

  26. August 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Okay, in the scheme of things, I know, this is petty, but I saw @MichaelSkolnik getting huge pushback on Twitter today for copying tweets from people on the ground in Ferguson and giving the impression that he was/is there too.


    This one annoys me too.

    Nerdy posted this incredibly powerful tweet from a young black man:

    And Steve Marmel, who I like and follow, steals his ‘voice’, with no credit, like this:

    Sometimes it just seems folks are more interested in their Twitter count, profile and ego, than being honest.

    • August 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Is it so hard to type “h/t @original_poster”?

      • August 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        Even that would piss me off, LL. I see on @Heartbreak_Rell’s TL that his tweet is being picked up by some media, CNN for one I think, it’s an incredibly powerful message and you just want to see it spread everywhere. Someone copying it, especially someone who couldn’t possibly understand the experience, is just diluting the impact.

        • 61 GGail
          August 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

          Someone copying it, especially someone who couldn’t possibly understand the experience, is just diluting the impact.

          Bless you Chips for UNDERSTANDING!!!

          • August 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

            Tweet-copying is schoolyard stuff most of the time GGail, pathetic, but not important. But it was Twitter that broke the Mike Brown story as soon as it happened, old time media ignored it and are only catching up now – in its usual grim way. So voices like this are so, so important, they tell a story and experience that is rarely if ever told by the media. So, it’s infuriating to see those voices stolen. That’s why I’m especially pissed off! (Danny: “Chill, would ya?”)

            • 63 GGail
              August 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

              Chips – I admire your integrity.

              Danny – you let her get her anger out…if you know what’s good for ya 😀

              • 64 dannystix
                August 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

                ya butt shees reel mad an haz putt letus in mi dinar ogm

                • 65 GGail
                  August 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

                  Lettuce! O.M.Goodness – she IS mad and quite distracted. Well, you just pick up the lettuce and place it on her forehead like a cold compress – that might

  27. August 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Well..it won’t get any better….but it surely will get worse..

  28. August 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    In “I get followed by strange people” news: I was followed by an “erotic poetess”.

  29. August 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    • August 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      That’s what I was telling you all… The young kids have no idea his domestic policy means no education funding, no EPA or Energy dept, no USDA, no Interior Dept.
      They sure love his foreign policy though… Isolationism like this president. Only difference is he wants to have states not federal govt, in charge of own security matters.
      If kids of today follow him, then we truly are a far right wing country and begging for the return of the confederacy.

  30. 83 Linda
    August 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Wolf just got slapped by the Kurdistan spokesman for asking him … What ” EXCUSE” did the Obama Admin. tell you for not sending arms directly to you before now.

    Spokesman says…..Before they had to go through Baghdad .

    Does Wolf know that Kurdistan is part of Iraq and not a sovereign country ????? Geesh.

  31. August 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    And finally:

  32. 88 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

  33. August 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Midterms Give Parties Chance for Sweeping Control of States

    AUG. 10, 2014


    It is not only Nevada. Republicans, who had appeared to hit a high-water mark in control of statehouses in recent years, are seeking to pick off another half-dozen chambers this year, taking advantage of President Obama’s persistent unpopularity, anxiety about the economy, and a history of anemic turnout among Democrats in nonpresidential election years. In addition, the party that controls the White House almost always loses seats in statehouses in those years.

    At a time when Democrats and Republicans in control of statehouses are using their authority to push through ambitious policies that by contrast highlight the paralysis in Washington, the potential for further Republican gains has raised the possibility of deepening the policy divide between red and blue states. Republicans now control 59 of the 99 partisan legislative chambers, and have complete political control — both legislative houses and the governor’s mansion — in 23 states, while Democrats control 13. The total number of states ruled by a single political party, 36, is the highest in six decades.

    Officials from both parties say there are two states that the Republicans might be able to add to the list of places where they enjoy complete control — Iowa and Arkansas. (There are no similar opportunities for Democrats.) Given that, Republicans this year are also looking to pick off individual chambers as a way of increasing their negotiating ability with Democratic governors and statehouses, or to block Democrats from passing legislation.


  34. August 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    • 96 Linda
      August 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Chuck Todd will probably do a poll on it.

    • 97 Nena20409
      August 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Like ans respect Ethel Kennedy…..but her request is disrespectful.

      I can understand had she called on Ms Jarrett, any Cabinet level official or even FLOTUS or SLOTUS. Enough of asking this president to do things that were Never asked of the previous 43rd men who held that office, by merit or through appoint or by installation as the Rehnquist Court did GW Bush.

  35. August 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm


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    • “My mother just took a sip of white wine. Am I going to end up looking like some Chernobyl baby now?”
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    • “I’m kicking as hard as I can, but Mom says it feels like ‘butterflies fluttering.’ Am I doing something wrong?”
    • “Why do my parents blast Mozart at me every night right when I’m trying to sleep?!?”
    • “To the nearest hundred, how many people should Mommy invite to my birth?”

  36. August 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Monday, Aug 11, 2014 10:56 AM CDT
    Hillary’s overlooked ’16 worry: Will she write off the anti-interventionist left again?

    For all the talk about her positioning around inequality, her foreign policy may alienate voters she needs in ’16
    Joan Walsh

    Political mischief-makers are having a lot of fun with Jeffrey Goldberg’s Hillary Clinton interview, published Saturday night for maximum Monday morning OMG predictability. I admit: that makes me instinctively inclined to minimize the fissures between Clinton and President Obama that Goldberg widened into chasms to conform with his own political worldview.

    Except I can’t entirely. Because Clinton and her team are smart enough to know that’s exactly what Goldberg would do. Which means that’s what they wanted him to do.

    It’s important to note that there’s almost nothing new in the Goldberg interview. We already knew that Clinton is somewhat more hawkish than Obama. Specifically, we knew that as Secretary of State she backed arming “moderate Syrian rebels,” took a maximalist approach to Iran sanctions, and was sometimes uncomfortable leaning on Benjamin Netanyahu the way Obama wanted, because she’s already told us. Here’s the best take on the way Goldberg, and more important lots of pundits, have exaggerated those differences.

    What’s most disturbing about the conversation is not its timing in relation to Iraq, but to the Israel-Gaza debacle. The person most furious about Clinton’s remarks should not be Obama, but Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been barbecued by Israeli officials and hawkish American critics for daring to pressure Benjamin Netanyahu to be a tiny bit more careful not to kill children while obliterating Hamas.

    Clinton apparently felt it important to avoid every opportunity Goldberg gave her to criticize Netanyahu, occasionally sounding more hawkish than Goldberg himself, at a time when her successor was under very unfriendly political fire. Even assuming that everything she said about Palestinian leaders blowing chances at peace is true, I see no reason for such unyielding support for Netanyahu — not to mention so little compassion for Palestinian victims — except to court favor with hardline supporters of Israel. That’s disturbing.


  37. August 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    NPR has been abysmal in their “reporting” of what happened to Mike Brown and the citizens of Fergusen and a lot of people get their news from NPR and think it is liberal. I think the only reason there is any narrative at all other than the one the police want is because of people on twitter getting the story out and engaging directly with the “news” sources who are so obviously biased.

  38. 104 Linda
    August 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    The reporters that cover the Pentagon are just as bad as the ones at the WH.

    CNN is covering it live

  39. August 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  40. August 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    “The President of the USA expressed his support for the actions of the President of Ukraine, in particular, the initiative of Petro Poroshenko for an international humanitarian mission for Lugansk under the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross with the participation of the EU, Russia, Germany and other partners. Barack Obama confirmed the intention of the USA to take an active part in the international humanitarian mission.

    Petro Poroshenko thanked the USA for the bi-party initiative in the US House of Representatives of the USA Congress to present the Ukrainian Assistance Act on issues of security which, in the opinion of the President of Ukraine, testifies to the real support of Ukraine on the part of the USA. President Poroshenko expressed hope that this Act will be supported by Congress people and senators, and also signed by the President of the USA in the near future.

    Petro Poroshenko and Barack Obama discussed the issues of security in the ATO zone.

    The presidents of the USA and Ukraine agreed to a bilateral meeting at the NATO summit which will take place in Newport, Wales, UK, on 4-5 September of this year.”


    With that as context, this tweet is either evidence of more bluffing by Putin or an escalation of Russian aggression …

    Time will tell.


  41. 112 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Rikyrah: Let me reiterate in case you missed my reply upthread. The article you posted from the NY Times is pure garbage and chock full of bullshit beltway MSM/GOP talking points about PBO’s “persistent unpopularity.” I’m seriously surprised that you chose to post that drivel here, so please explain to us your line of thinking when you posted it. Maybe there’s something I missed.

    • 113 Vicki
      August 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Jumping aboard with hopefruit:
      Nothing amongst the MSM/GOP talking points about PBO are accurate or useful.
      Their polls are bogus.

      The endlessly appearing articles re: ex SOS have zero value. Mostly they are by paid press consultants.

      Occasionally somethings the Clintons aren’t paying for Does slip thru. As in, that the $100,000 3 week rental in the hamptons they are currently enjoying is owned by a GOP donor.
      And the nausea inducing set of photos of the two out-of-office obviously elderly Clintons in beach gear. Bill should keep his pants on. Varicose veins are not appealing.

      Let me repeat the same thing I’ve been saying for the past year. No Clinton will be the democratic nominee for president.
      Both Clintons will continue to sabotage PBO with everything (not much) they have.

  42. August 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Last comment didn’t appear ….

  43. August 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    • August 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      and the yada yada goes on…

      i guess when folks post these things about doom and gloom…they want to help the MSM give more doom and gloom….usually i skip over these posts….because i will not succumb to the doom and gloom of the GOP and those whom they serve

      • 117 Layla
        August 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

        Indeed pf! I CANNOT understand why people on this wonderful site would continue to post this garbage! Maybe it’s just me, but I am loosing patience…I do not come here for that..sorry for the rant, but I am sick of it!

    • 118 Nena20409
      August 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Apples and Oranges.

      Based on those data, pollsters changed their methodology …..No wonder, TBGOPers and Karl Rove lost their minds on the election day in Nov 2012.

      But it was a presidential year.

      This Mid-term elections. When Dems come out to vote, they win. 55M GOPers to 77M Dems are registered in US as of 2012 election season.

  44. 119 Dakota
    August 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I’m rising from my funk to wish Donna Dem the most happiest of birthdays! Peace and Blessings!

  45. 121 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Donna. many happy returns.

  46. 122 forus50
    August 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  47. August 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I hate the whole stupid notion of a color blind society. I appreciated all the different shades of human skin. It’s part of what makes life interesting and beautiful!

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