Archive for December 3rd, 2014

03
Dec
14

America The Beautiful

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

– Martin Niemoller

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America, you’re sick.

There is much about you which is beautiful. But a part of you is diseased.

It’s the part which speaks about being “pro-life”, but then casts aside those who are already here.

It’s the part which sees someone different than you as a cancer to be cut out.

It’s the part which revels in violence, both at home and abroad.

We’ve had Trayvon Martin. We’ve had Mike Brown. We’ve had Eric Garner. And each time justice was denied.

But that’s okay, isn’t it? It was “them” who got it. “They” deserved it. “They” always deserve it. They’re lazy. They’re thugs. They don’t respect themselves. They’re animals.

But “they” is a funny idea. You can go along your whole life, confident in the notion that you’re “one of us”, that you’re of the elect, that the world is made to cater to you. And then, suddenly, one day, without expecting it, you’re no longer “us”. You’ve become “them”. You’re no longer needed. You’re expendable.

You weren’t a communist. You weren’t a Jew. You weren’t black.

But if you think that those who stoke racism to remain in power actually care about you, you haven’t studied history. (Of course you haven’t studied history. That’s also part of the plan.)

You can pretend you’re part of the Elect. You can pretend that nothing will change for you. You can pretend all this, as you work for Walmart, as your schools fall into a chasm, as your children have fewer opportunities than you. You can pretend all this as your water is poisoned, your air is fouled, and your health is disregarded. You can think that you’ll be taken care of, when all that’s happening is that you’re being taken for a ride.

Those of you who think “they” got what they deserved should realize that eventually you’ll be one of “them”. You’re useful now. You vote in those who plot your demise, gladly, with songs in your heart, because “they” will get what’s coming to them.

But when “they” are gone, when “they” are beaten down, do you think you’ll escape unharmed?

Either “they” will rise up, with nothing left to lose; or those whom you so blindly follow will put the final touches on the Great Work. You will find out that you were never really part of the club, but useful idiots, used to kill yourselves, used to kill what used to be a moderately good country.

When the niggers and the kikes and the fags and the chinks and the spics and the towel heads are all put in their places (maybe even beneath the ground), do you think you’ll escape? Do you think you’re that special? Do you think you’ll get all the goodies that you denied them? Do you think you’ll move out of that trailer park to a grand mansion?

You probably do. And that’s why you’re idiots. Useful, but idiots. And no one will speak for you, because those who should have been your allies will be gone.

There is an “us” versus “them” in this country, and you have it all wrong. You’re not on the winning side. The Kochs value you only for your acquiescence. Once that’s no longer required, expect the deluge. And you’ll wonder how things got so awful. The mirror will give you your answer.

If this country has any hope, it has to get the “us” and “them” right. The “them” are the few who think that the world is theirs by right. The “us” should be the mass who shouldn’t want to see a world not imagined by the most fervent dystopian writers.

But “they” know how to keep us separated. It’s so easy. It’s God and culture and tradition. It’s fear.

Fear is the soul killer. It has to be confronted and rejected. It has to be thrown back in their faces.

In these latter days it’s difficult to keep up hope. I find it difficult. But what else can we do? As the great Stephen Hawking said: “However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” Hope is our greatest weapon. We have to keep using it.

03
Dec
14

‘Racists Shoot Us, They Walk Away Free’

How does one look at today and not conclude that America hates Black people?

Racists shoot us, they walk away free.

Racists are video taped killing us, and still they walk away free.

We talk right, we walk right, we dress right, we earn an education, we hold down jobs, we contribute in numerous ways to this country, but still they kill us and we can’t even get a facsimile of justice.

Every single day this country is killing us. This country is killing our fathers, our mothers, our sisters, our brothers, our nieces, our children, our nephews, our cousins, our grandparents all because of the color of our skin.

America is essentially saying that if you have white skin you are entitled to justice. If you have white skin you are entitled to do anything negative you want in this country and get away with it. If you have white skin you are entitled to life and damn everyone else.

There is a sickness in this country. There is a horror in this country and Black people are being killed because of it.

I still continue to hope for better days but right now, I look at African-Americans around me with tears in my eyes.

I look at Black children around me with tears in my eyes because I’m not sure they may live to see tomorrow.

May God help us all.

03
Dec
14

A Tweet or Two: #EricGarner

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03
Dec
14

President Obama delivers remarks at White House Tribal Nations Conference

4:0 EDT: President Obama delivers remarks at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Washington

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Posting this with a heavy heart, the Eric Garner decision is just too much.

03
Dec
14

First Lady Michelle Obama Previews 2014 White House Holiday Decorations

1:30 EST: First Lady Michelle Obama Previews the 2014 White House Holiday Decorations

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03
Dec
14

2014: Your Most Memorable Moments

Morning/afternoon/evening TODers!

Remember last year we had our ‘2013: TODers’ Most Memorable Moments’ series?

You can see them all here

It was one of my favorite thingies ever on TOD, so many of you contributed, and we had wonderful offerings too from good friends like @EricWolfson and @Smartypants60.

Well, it’s almost time again – so, if you’d like to contribute to the 2014 series, dust down your memory and get to work!

All TODers and our Twitter pals are welcome!

Some people chose five memories last year, others 10, any number is compleeeeeetely fine.

We’ll start posting them from around December 20 and run them until the end of the year.

You can email me at theobamadiary@gmail.com when you’re done, and don’t worry about photos/videos, if you need them included in your post I can find them for you – just give me an idea of what you need.

Right then, get typing!

03
Dec
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, at the National Christmas Tree ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2009

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:15: The President delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable and answer questions, Washington

1:0: White House Press Briefing

2:40: The President meets with Senate Minority Leader Turtle McConnell

4:0: Delivers remarks at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Washington

5:35: Meets with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership, Cabinet Room

7:30: Hosts a dinner for Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership, The Blair House

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On This Day

President Obama whistles as he and Vice President Biden wait in the holding room of the South Court Auditorium prior to the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Dec. 3, 2009. The Vice President’s personal aide, Fran Person, is at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends a breakout session, “Creating Jobs Through the Rebuilding of America’s Infrastructure,” during the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Dec. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama heads along the White House colonnade to the residence after leaving the Oval Office for the day, Dec. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The President greets U.S. soldiers at Bagram Airfield after an all-night, unannounced flight to Afghanistan. We were scheduled to helicopter to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, but that portion of the trip was canceled due to heavy winds.” Dec. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama participates in a live Twitter question and answer session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 3, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

03
Dec
14

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, Dec. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!




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