A Tweet Or Two













88 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”

  1. 5 criquet
    November 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Fantastic collection of tweets NW but it hurts the heart to see that people have to be journalists, report facts and and tell real truths in a land that is supposed to be the land of the free and home of the brave.

    Keep on keeping on TODeres because that’s the only way to ensure progress .

  2. November 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  3. 8 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Using Tweets to tell Powerful News stories. No body does it better, Nerdy Wonka. You are delightful. Thank you.
    Cricquet has the Gold ⭐

    Awesome Tweets.

  4. 11 criquet
    November 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Hello Ms Chips. Have we told you lately that we love you? And Danny!!!
    It may be a bit presumptuous but I am certain I may speak for the other TODers in expressing this sentiment.
    Continued thanks for all you, NW and the other BTs do.

  5. 14 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Bringing this Piece from the last Thread.
    It was well done.
    It fits with these Tweets, IMHO.

    Please take a listen……Thanks

  6. November 30, 2014 at 2:14 pm

  7. November 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  8. 17 JER
    November 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

  9. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    November 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

  10. 22 globalcitizenlinda
    November 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    the search for socio-economic and racial justice for everyone needs to involve a diverse coalition of many races and economic standing;

    I am very grateful to all people from all races who have recognized and demanded that things need to change significantly from the current status quo – this is crucial for remaking the system to a more equitable one for all;

    I don’t know what level of private planning went into what a few players on the St Louis Rams team did today before the game;

    I suspect that this very powerful gesture would have been further amplified if players of other races had also joined;


    I am not talking away from the players who participated but I feel it is past time for others not feeling the injustices of the current system to stand up and join the movement.

    this is why I am so appreciative of people here on TOD and others I see on the streets or else where who are taking a stand – even if they personally don’t feel oppressed by the system

  11. 23 globalcitizenlinda
    November 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm

  12. November 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100126.html Found this amazing shot while browsing a link Dudette posted last night! And now, having caught up properly, I must away to a list of chores I’ve neglected in favor of a couple day’s rest! bbl, big hugs all around.

  13. November 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Impressive ….

    Bunch of updates, via RTs, in the sidebar …

    BTW, Erdogan is a disaster ….

  14. 30 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm

  15. 34 JER
    November 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  16. November 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    that tweet from Palestine…is so very powerful….

  17. 38 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  18. 39 Vicki
    November 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Dear Nerdy and Chips,
    I want to stop whatever I am doing and express my thanks to both of you for the truth and light you shine every day on us and any who are smart enough and lucky enough to come here.
    Particularly today, Nerdy, for the rage that needs to be expressed and felt. I realize that I will never fully understand what it feels like to have a skin color that an arbitrary and insane culture has deemed not as good. it must be near to impossible not to hate a society that demeans you for no reason at all.
    And yet both of you and all the other blog tyrants give us all reason to hope and cheer.
    The Rams with their hands up did it for me today.
    Deray is an outstanding young leader and I am happy his voice is getting heard.
    Sarah Kendzior a brilliant young white woman from St. Louis has been called the only white person worth listening to in STL. I pretty much agree with that assessment.

    Sorry to gush and go on so but you two mean a lot to me and I want you to know it.

  19. 43 arapaho415
    November 30, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    GA TODville.

    Here’s my response to Elizabeth Lauten.

    Photo of Ms. Lauter (in hospital gown?) courtesy of dKos, linked to by Ladyhawke on today’s Early Bird thread.

    • November 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Is that her daughter arapaho?

      • 45 arapaho415
        November 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        Wouldn’t that be funny?

        Even after drinking a bottle of wine, I don’t get how Lauten formed the idea that the First Girls were dressed inappropriately. When I was growing up, I really wanted to wear dark hose with wool skirts, but unless it’s raining, we rarely get days in SoCal that are cool enough all day to wear such an outfit.

        As it is, the dKos article rips the “hospital gown” that Lauten is wearing to shreds. Quite amusing.

  20. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    November 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

  21. November 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    MINI-post Thanksgiving Rant:

    Everyone take an honest look at this video from PBOs turkey pardoning when Sasha was 10 and Malia was 13. Look at Sasha’s facial expression then and compare it with the same now. NO DIFFERENCE – I guarantee you. That is the child’s normal “serious face” expression. Malia wasn’t exactly smiling and going “yippee!” either. Yet this year, we were suddenly flooded with an onslaught of MSM articles (with far more views on youtube than usual) about the girls supposed “disdain” or “contempt” for the turkey pardoning ritual.

    Hint: It’s not the girls, it’s the media who has a problem with PBO doing these lighter-hearted presidential rituals. Elizabeth Lauten got her cues from the media who immediately flooded the internet with articles and highly selective pics about the girls “rolling their eyes” (which wasn’t true) to make THEIR point – which is they couldn’t stand to see the man and his beautiful daughters enjoying a Thanksgiving ritual previously afforded to the Presidents before him. And they were using the girls to hide their own bullshit.

    As we have seen, the girls have very graciously participated in all the Thanksgiving Holiday rituals – including the turkey pardoning, the arrival of the christmas tree and the small business shopping on Saturday. And I have no problem with them participating in those rituals if they and their parents want to. I don’t give a flying fig how “old” they are. If they want to do it, that’s no one’s business but theirs.

    • 48 arapaho415
      November 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I sent the tweet re: E Lauten for two reasons, both having to do with the Mashable link.

      1) The photo from shows everyone smiling (I cropped out the turkey farm owners).
      2) The article includes this tweet (note the “every year” in the tweet):

    • November 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I hate to give this Lauten female anymore time, but did she happen to see the First Daughters with their parents handing out food to the less fortunate. Where are the photos of Lauten doing anything but serving herself or her boss. I’m just thinking. And another thing, don’t you just know she was going to post that letter on her fake facebook account that only her right wing friends know about. I’m just saying, I have nom de plumes myself.

      • 50 hopefruit2
        November 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        Its not just Lauten. It’s the entire MSM with their bullshit. This year they decided to go after the PBO’s turkey pardoning because WaPo (a la Ezra Klein) first raised an issue with it last year..

  22. November 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for all the great tweets, friends. This morning the rector(pastor) of our Episcopal Church gave a sermon on Ferguson and racism in America. She told a wonderful anecdote about the plight of young black men in our country. She was at a social gathering in her home state of Massachusetts where a friend of hers, a young black man, athletic and outgoing,well liked by everyone, was present. She offered him a glass of water as he was about to leave for a three hour drive. He declined the water saying he didn’t want to have to pull over on the way there. Then it hit her about white privilege and the lack of safety for young black men who have to pull over to make a pit stop at a public restroom because they may be perceived as a threat by police or others. That was a good story to tell, and she related another from a white friend of hers who was wondering out loud about his two grandsons, one white and one black, both males, and the chances that one has a much better chance of getting shot and kiled by a policeman. She started her sermon stating that our country was founded on racism, so no persons or institutions can claim to be free of it, and it is our religious duty and calling to be doing the ongoing work of healing ourselves and our country from it, a call that was sent out in a pastoral letter this week from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Catherine Jefferts-Schori. My particular parish has been in the past a complacent largely all white congregation (less so time goes on). So to hear this kind of sermon from a brand new, and first time female rector, is a hopeful sign.

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      November 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Your pastor is so right about this country being built on racism. It was right there in the constitutional convention and it found its way into the constitution itself. It was there in the treatment of native Americans, the heinous importation of slaves, the treatment of Asian and other ethnic immigrants who build the railroads, subway stations, highways and buildings that enabled this country to achieve economic progress. There were always people whose lives were regarded as expendable so that the rich landowner, robber baron or corporation could prosper. Racism is deeply imbedded in the roots of the United States and it will take unrelenting commitment to cut it out.

      • 55 GGail
        November 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        Well said jackieg!

        Thank you Bill for posting this and God bless your Church and that brave Rector. May she be the light in your Church and Community.

    • November 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you for sharing her message with us, Bill. She could not be more correct. I truly believe Americans must take upon ourselves the responsibility of calling for and participating in a comprehensive process of Truth & Reconciliation regarding endemic racism.

    • November 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Bill, thank you so much for sharing this. You have a wonderful church; and a very wise rector who is a TRUTH teller. I confess that I am not a deeply religious person, though I come from a very religious family; but I have,been so impressed with the forward looking practices of the Episcopal denomination. Your church is way ahead of other Christian denominations in the struggle for justice and human equality.

  23. 58 jackiegrumbacher
    November 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Well, Nerdy, I don’t know how you do it. Every day you channel your passion, your heart and your awesome intelligence into post after post of clarity and truth. That takes brains, endless energy, unrelenting commitment and an intense desire to inform, involve and empower all of us. I don’t see how anyone can read your posts and the tweets you select and be neutral. You and Chips do so much for us, I wish we could return the gift in some way.

  24. 61 globalcitizenlinda
    November 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    • 62 globalcitizenlinda
      November 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      For some context to the image above

      As far college football rivalries go the one between The Ohio State University (Scarlet and Grey) and Michigan University (Maize and Blue) is one of the most heated.

      it is always the last game of the season & really hyped up for maximum effect;

      Across the two colleges, coaches’ careers have been made and broken mainly based on the quality of play & results of this game;

      college player “legends” have been “born” based on the moves they made on the field during the OSU vs Michigan;

      In the weeks leading up to the “Big Game”, there is a lot of “trash talking” from both states and at all levels of the community;

      Basing on effectiveness of the annual Red Cross OSU vs Michigan Blood Drive battle, this time, the organization I volunteer for GetCoveredAmerica even got into the trash talking with the two state-wide organizations. Our competition was to see which of the two = state signed up more uninsured

      Yesterday the game was played at The Horse Shoe in OSU and the whole community was hyped as usual;

      Given all the trash talking surrounding the game, this was one of the great images: the Michigan player showing concern for the injured OSU player – this is what life should be all about (concern for each other);

      So, while I was proud that my Alma mater, OSU Buckeyes, won this round (Go Bucks), I am very proud of this young man from Michigan;

      • November 30, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        Yes, it is Jackie. If we could all just ‘love one another.’ That was the main theme of our sermon this morning. Love, not hate. Love wins every time!

  25. November 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

  26. November 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I see that Black Friday sales were down by 7% this year compared to last. And we know why that is. GOOD!

    • 68 arapaho415
      November 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Interesting thought to consider. But I think most Americans are oblivious to anything that doesn’t directly affect them or gets in between them and frenzied buying.

      I stopped at the local mall yesterday (to add money to my T-Mobile debit card for online shopping 🙂 early (between 9-10am) and the parking lot was deserted — when I drove in, I was wondering if the stores had taken Saturday off.

    • 69 Nena20409
      November 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      On this, G’Nite TOD.
      Knock on wood, Tomorror is 12/01/14.
      See you all then 😉

  27. 71 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  28. 72 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  29. November 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    • 74 globalcitizenlinda
      November 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      so sad! very sorry for his family and friends;

      I have been following this story locally and I hoped that it would have a different ending;

      local reports were that he has history of concussions and that he left his apartment at night a few days ago.

      apparently, he was upset about something;

      his family immediately reported him missing because they were worried about the state of his mental health;

  30. 75 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Media outlets are reporting a body has been found near Ohio State while police are providing no updates on the search for a football player missing since Wednesday.

    WBNS-TV, WCMH-TV and The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that police confirm a body has been found. But both police and Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer say they have no updates on the search for defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge (KOH’-stah KAHR’-ah-jorj).

    It seems more likely that the 22 yrs old college kid was found.

  31. 76 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  32. November 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    English subtitles ….

    You’ll all know the moment in listening to him that I decided to RT and post here …

  33. 82 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    It looks like the STL Came out on the filed and trounced the Raiders. 52 to 0. My poor Raiders.

  34. 83 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

  35. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    November 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    wondering why some people don’t see that Ms. Malia Obama is folding her hands in much the same as her daddy, PBO routinely does;

    countless times, POTUS assumes the same posture – even in official photos;

    may be I missed it but has PBO also been criticized for assuming this posture?

  36. 86 Nena20409
    November 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  37. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    November 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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