A Tweet Or Two



In South Carolina, a state with a long and deep history of racial discrimination against African Americans, three white law enforcement officers have been indicted in recent months on charges stemming from incidents in which they shot — and in two cases, killed — unarmed black men.



The release of the November jobs report Friday morning offered good news for the economy writ large (big job growth, still to be adjusted) and therefore for President Obama. Obama has now observed the release of about three-quarters of the jobs reports that fell under his jurisdiction — 23 more until the presidential election! — meaning, as a corollary, that we now have a pretty good sense of how his tenure will be viewed. Because the economy is so big and so diverse, individual numbers tend to get hard to see in comparison to the overall trend. Health care stands out (here including social assistance workers); it has seen growth month after month after month.
























117 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    December 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Ms Nerdy! Hi, Ms Chips!

      December 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm


      • 3 vcprezofan2
        December 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        I agree with the first half of your statement, SueDS and, God aside, am hoping the majority of the general population will be so ticked off they will figure out how to get more engaged in their democracy.

  2. December 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    A really stunning collection Nerdy, endless thanks for working so hard on putting them together, they’re amazing.

  3. 8 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Spectacular round-up of Tweets, NW! I am transfixed. ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. December 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Bravo VC 🙂

    Superb NW! TY


  5. 16 vcprezofan2
    December 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    ‘Wisconsin first state to require independent investigations of police killings.’

    Wisconsin?? With that KOCH bought clown as governor? Dare I say I’m suspicious – ‘independent investigations’ run like McCulloch’s grand jury, or done by a panel of biased citizens? Would be nice if they are doing it right, but I lost confidence in Wisconsin’s government and voters years ago. Will wait and see what news surface from there before I start my happy dance.

    Thank you for the tweet compilation, Ms NerdyW. You are always a tireless worker!

  6. December 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Powerful collection of tweets, NW.

    Now we have to keep this movement going. America will be majority “minority” in 30 years, and white folks have to a) accept that fact, and b) educate themselves on how to live with that. The good thing is that the white Americans who will be around in 30 years will have grown up as one of a multitude of ethnic hues. It’s the whites living now still operating under the paradigm of majority status who are the issue.

    • 18 GGail
      December 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      LL, what you say is true, but we should NOT have to “wait” for the racists to die off in 30 years. We need to move them out of power NOW!

      • 19 desertflower
        December 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm

        We need to relegate them all to the dustbin of history…make them all irrelevant to the issues at hand…they can all die out quietly. I won’t miss a damn one of them.

      • December 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        LBJ was prescient in seeing that this might be the situation in which we would be with the passage of civil rights legislation. But Jesus, that was 50 years ago. Get the fuck over it. Is having a minority son-in-law having the right to vote really worth collapsing the country over everyone’s head?

      • 21 vcprezofan2
        December 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        I’m with you on the moving them out of power, Gx2, at each election.

        • 22 GGAIL
          December 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm

          Wow, vc, read my comment down below

        • December 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

          Well done, VC. And, congrats on 1st.

          BTW, JackieG’s response to something I posted very early this morning encouraged me to formulate a follow-up letter to PBO which I finally had time to send a few moments ago (and tweet).

          • 24 GGAIL
            December 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm

            Well said.Bob. It would be.real nice if a.coalition of prominent white americans would add their signature

            • December 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

              I know I can’t attract that kind of support, Gail, and that is why my humble and only request to President Obama is that he launch #TruthAndReconciliation by eliciting support among all the White American leaders whom he has ready access (many of whom are his personal friends).

              Just imagine if Bill Gates, Nancy Pelosi, Warren Buffett, Kathleen Sebelius Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Barbara Boxer, George Clooney, etc began the conversation with their fellow White Americans.

              That’s what it’s going to take to generate the massive broadcast, online, movie, and other messaging media filled with the actual history of America’s roots – roots of genocide toward Native Americans and exploitation of America’s vast natural resources on the backs of African slaves and their African American sons and daughters.

              As part of that #TruthAndReconciliation process we need to develop the history narrative that every American child learns – not the crap propaganda that currently is the ‘American History’ K-12 pedagogy.

              Woven into those history lessons should also be an accounting of the exploitation of Hispanic migrant workers, as well as, other immigrants (Asians, Irish, Italians, etc).

              But, the overarching context is ENSLAVEMENT to the benefit of the few. African slaves and their African American progeny are those most exploited and whose suffering persists to this day. That suffering, in all of its manifestations, must be remedied, once and for all time.

              Our Founders wrote lofty words of equality while OWNING slaves. That fundamental hypocrisy, that sin against humanity has always been OWNED by WHITE Americans, and on that FACT #TruthAndReconciliation must focus, unrelentingly.

              Yes We Can

              • 26 desertflower
                December 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm

                Bravo, Bob! Somehow, someway, someone, somewhere needs to read this and make it take flight.t Not WHAT you know, but WHO you know certainly fits here…we can all do our part, to be sure, but a big name with big influence/reach..sure would be helpful. Keep moving forward….

              • 27 GGail
                December 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

                Again, well said Bob. But don’t underestimate the power of connections you have with your colleagues, community of like-minded members.

                Yes You Can along with us

          • 28 MightyPamela
            December 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm

            _/|\_ I want to applaud, as I post this over on my FB page, but I don’t know how to make hands that clap, only ones that pray! So, maybe prayer is quite appropriate as well! Thank you, Bobfr.

          • 30 vcprezofan2
            December 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm

            I like both your focus and your suggestion, Bfr. We absolutely need specific action in order to start the climb out of the valley of racism, and a #TruthAndReconciliation forum could be an integral part of the overall solution. My question in this instance is, given that you readily admit that Whites need to ‘own’ this, ‘Wouldn’t it be more in keeping with your goal to direct your suggestion to a White person in leadership or in politics?’ VP-Biden comes to mind right away, but I’m sure there are others who would be able to get this off the ground. Off the top of my head, I think PBO could/should be allowed to focus on the ‘current’ aspect of things, VP-Biden, or whoever, could lead on the ‘past’ aspect (i.e. truth & reconciliation), and so on, and so on…

            • December 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm

              Appreciate your perspective, VC.

              I’ve been conflicted because I know it must be White Americans who lead and sustain #TruthAndReconciliation.

              I wanted President Obama to know that, in no way, is this on him or any other person of color to lead and sustain – that’s the core message of both of my letters to him.

              Thus, my only request to him is one grounded in the reality that as President, if he were to ask VP Biden (or any/all of the type of folk I mention in my reply to Carol, above), they’d likely jump at the request. It’s also grounded in the reality that I doubt if VP Biden or any of the other White luminaries it’s going to take to get this movement underway would pay attention to my request. Wish it were otherwise, but it ain’t.

              • December 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm

                I’ve been conflicted because I know it must be White Americans who lead and sustain #TruthAndReconciliation….


                I do not trust white folks to lead me on these issues…I do not believe that they can rid themselves of white privilege without the help of Blk folks…as I have stated before…we have to stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against institutional racism…Injustice and white privilege…

                • December 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

                  pf, I’m definitively not implying, suggesting or otherwise stating that ‘white folks’ are going to ‘lead’ ANYONE other than THEMSELVES out of our (I’m white) 400+ year history of genocide, slavery and ongoing culture of inequity.

                  My message is that #TruthAndReconciliation is about White Americans leading White Americans out of our abyss of fear, hatred, and exploitation of people of color and our denial of our ‘privilege.’

                  Our fellow POC Americans have one key role – HOLD US (White Americans) ACCOUNTABLE.

                  I hope that clarifies my position.

                  Thank you for your friendship and for your commitment to Change.

                  #FORWARD Together

                • 35 GGail
                  December 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

                  pf58, we first need white america to acknowledge that racism still exists. What is not acknowledged cannot be changed.

              • 36 vcprezofan2
                December 6, 2014 at 10:16 pm

                Hiya, Bobfr, I’m finally getting back to you. One drawback of this forum is that when in dialogue, participants often criss-cross each other, or some are slow to get whatever is bubbling in their head down coherently. 😀 I was gobsmacked to see how many potentially influential names you were able to list without blinking, while I could only come up with VP Joe. 🙂

                I think you are underestimating your power as a citizen and a war vet in the midst of the current reality.

                a) Given the climate in W-DC, you and I both know that if the Truth and Recon idea came from PBO its chance of implementation would be far less likely than if it came from VP-Joe. He could sell it to his colleagues in a totally different way than PBO could – a respected White, down to earth politician who undoubtedly has lots of personal tales he could add would not be seen as criticizing his ‘betters’.

                b) If I remember correctly VP Joe also responds to correspondence from time to time, and I would think the chances of your letter getting to him may just be higher than getting to PBO because his volume of mail is, I’d guess, smaller. Also, I don’t doubt that he is as concerned about what is happening now as PBO and would love to be heavily involved in the solution(S). In addition, he has more time on his hands, so to speak to oversee something like this. I also remember he was the person charged with the safe handling of TARP. {Can you see I’m leaning heavily on you to tap VP Joe? 😀 😀 I’d start your letter to him at the Zimmerman section. }

                c) As a result of the ongoing action that’s been on display I do believe you could easily send your letter to 3 or 4 of the people you listed and be hopeful that they would also consider your request seriously. I can’t imagine them wanting the status quo to continue, or the anger for justice to erupt.

                Geez louise, just reread that and realized I hadn’t planned to go on so long. Notwithstanding, I seriously wish you would send your (abridged) letter to VP-Joe and maybe another edited version to 2 or three others from your list of names. I say edited because I wouldn’t recommend a cc-ed version. Instead I’d opt for each letter being ‘individualized’ yet having the same core. { 😀 I say this because I don’t read email that looks like it is intended for everybody’s eyes. If it’s not ‘personal’ I don’t have the time to bother with it.}

                • December 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

                  Thank you, VC. I will do as you recommend. If anyone responds, TOD will be the first to know!

                  • 38 vcprezofan2
                    December 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm

                    Thank *you*, you are and have a good spirit, Bfr! Just brainstorming, sharing, involved with you and others here, reaching out in a practical way as many are trying to do, helps to lift the gloomy spirit that strives to take over. Your fighting and your persistence provide a good model. Thanks!

                    • December 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm

                      “… reaching out in a practical way as many are trying to do, helps to lift the gloomy spirit that strives to take over.”

                      Could not agree more with you, VC.

                      Letter to VP Biden has been sent. Have also sent a missive to Tom Hanks. Will wait a day or two to see if anyone responds (totally realizing the low probability) and, if not, will pursue others. Will not stop because when I state that this is “On Us,” I mean this is “On Me” just as much as it is on any other White American.


                    • 40 vcprezofan2
                      December 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm


                      There is indeed a difference in the air this time, Bfr, so despite feeling slapped down from the election and the first GJ verdict, I feel somewhat hopeful we’ll move the ball along a bit.

                  • December 7, 2014 at 2:16 am

                    #FORWARD IN_DEED, VC.

                    Thank you

          • 42 jackiegrumbacher
            December 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            Bob, this is a terrific letter and I especially love the statement that white America will “shed the shackles of fear and overthrow their real enemy, the kleptocrats, when the majority of Americans learn to love and protect their black (POC) Fellow Americans.” Fear is a shackle, just as surely as if the fearful person were in prison or in the control of someone else. Fear makes you blind to reason, deaf to morality and unfeeling in the face of another person’s pain. When we give in to fear, we sell our souls and if we persist in the fear or actively cultivate it, we literally lose ourselves. Those Americans who run to purchase guns when a murder occurs or stockpile weaponry in their homes, as if they were under attack, have ceded their humanity to fear.

            • December 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

              “Fear makes you blind to reason, deaf to morality and unfeeling in the face of another person’s pain. When we give in to fear, we sell our souls and if we persist in the fear or actively cultivate it, we literally lose ourselves.”

              Very well stated, JackieG.

              BTW, thank you for your comment on what I posted very early today in a previous thread.

            • December 7, 2014 at 1:16 am

              Jessie Jackson used to say “the only way whites can keep AA down in the ditch,is they have to get in the ditch too”. A bit of wisdom I agree with.

  7. December 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Well, NW, you’ve done it again! These are absolutely powerful and incredible collection of tweets. Once again, I thank you for all of your tireless work in keeping us informed and up-to-date.

  8. December 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Dispatches from Library Land:

    • 52 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      You know, Lib_L, I’ve often wondered about the library system in your corner of the world. I cannot Imagine dialoguing with ANY of the librarians in my public library on any subject other than a book I cannot locate!

      • December 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        Well, let’s be frank: I’m good. Not all librarians go above and beyond as I do. Case in point? I just had to give an irate patron with a young son my manager’s card, because our 3rd librarian, who is useless, was rude to him. It’s like I have to be on the floor all the time when it’s just me and him.

        • 54 vcprezofan2
          December 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

          Yes, you are good. I do hope though that your co-worker, and anyone else who’s ticked you off on duty, never finds his/their way to our village ’cause they’d be sure to recognize themselves. 😀

    • 55 mtmarilyn
      December 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      LL, what are you thoughts on the new TV show called the Librarians. I believe it’s on TNT. I think it look interesting.l

  9. 62 MightyPamela
    December 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Many minutes to dwell on the message from each of these tweets. Thank you, NW. There is much power here.

  10. December 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  11. 64 CEB
    December 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Dedicated to NW and Bobfr and to all protesters from sea to shining sea:

    Go out and tell our story
    Let it echo far and wide.
    Make them hear you,
    Make them hear you.

    How justice was our battle
    And how justice was denied.
    Make them hear you,
    Make them hear you.

    Final stanza excerpt:

    And tell them in our struggle,
    We were not the only ones.
    Make them hear you,
    Make them hear you.

    Your sword can be a sermon,
    Or the power of the pen.
    Teach every child to raise his voice
    And then, my brother, then
    Will justice be demanded
    By ten million righteous men.

    ** excerpts from the song “Make Them Hear You” from the Broadway musical, Ragtime.
    This anthem has been on re-play in my mind for days.

  12. 68 GGAIL
    December 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    VC, congrats on First.

    A thought came to me…why not have the protester each hold up a sign that reads, “I vote and that matters”

    That will be seen & noticed.

    • 69 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I’m back again – I keep sifting in and out when I remember something I haven’t done. 😀

      I like the way ideas sometimes come to different people in this village at around the same time. IMO this is ONE, of the elements needing introduction at this point in the protests, and it would be awesome if some grass-rooty person would introduce it. I think your ‘I vote and that matters’ could work, and there could be variations for those who did not vote – like ‘Vote! It matters”, etc. etc.

  13. 70 GGAIL
    December 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    How bout making this tweet trend

    Prosecutors & Sheriffs are elected..vote and make a difference

    Or something to that effect

  14. December 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Yes,’ I VOTE AND THAT MATTERS’ would really send a message if they REALLY VOTED…still looking at results of 2014!!!!

    • 73 GGAIL
      December 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      True, but now they’ve been kicked in the teeth, the message might sink in. If you’re gonna walk, sit & lay down, put an action plan into it

    • 74 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      You know what, LynnD, I think it sends a message even if you hadn’t voted. We can’t change 2014 at this point, but it would be great to help some non-voters connect the dots.

      • 75 GGAIL
        December 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        Yes, help them to see how their vote counts.

        Dr King didn’t give up. PBO doesn’t give up on the power of a vote and neither will I.

  15. December 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks again Nerdy for bringing these well-selected nuggets of truth and information to TOD.

  16. December 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  17. December 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I’m posting links (with schedules) for the TV airing of Holiday Season festivities featuring our POTUS& FLOTUS/First Family. Set your DVR’s accordingly.

    1. National Christmas Tree Lighting (check your local PBS listings via link) – varies with location but showing in most areas beginning next week.

    2. Sunday DEC 14 – White House Christmas Decorating (HGTV – 8 PM ET)

    3. Friday DEC 19 – Christmas in Washington (TNT – 8 PM ET)

    4. DEC 30 – Kennedy Center Honors (CBS – 9 PM ET) – the actual event will take place tomorrow Sunday Dec 7 from 7:15 PM ET.

  18. December 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    these tweets are on point. thank you.

  19. 82 arapaho415
    December 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    GE TODville,

    Does DF have more info on the Phoenix shooting?

    I read the article that @3chicspolitico linked to on the front page, and the cops’ explanation on why they approached Rumain Brisbon’s SUV makes no sense at all.
    “Crump [Phoenix police spokesman] told reporters that the officer and his partner were responding to a burglary call about 6 p.m. Tuesday (8 p.m. ET) when a local resident told them that men in a black sport-utility vehicle were dealing drugs. The license plate number given by the resident matched a vehicle owned by a resident of a block where police were already investigating a report of loud music, Crump said, so the officer approached the SUV, whose driver got out.”

    The cops were already investigating a “a resident of a block where police were already investigating a report of loud music.”

    Police “investigate” loud music before 6pm??? WTH is that about?

  20. 84 arapaho415
    December 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    This isn’t as egregious as #MichaelBrown (what could be), but there’s is an undeniable pattern with how police and EMTs responded with both #EricGarner and #MichaelBrown.

    • December 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      “Ironically, White Americans have been propagandized so thoroughly that they run to the gun store when a cold blooded murderer White cop is not even required to face a trial for strangling a black man to death (and, then smiling and waving at the person who video recorded his crime).

      They don’t realize that if they ran to save their black fellow Americans from slaughter that they would be running toward their own FREEDOM.”

      Bobfr 6 December 2014

      7 minutes filming a Black person dying …. that says it all ….


      • 86 arapaho415
        December 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

        In the videographer’s defense, the article says the police blocked her exit from the store she was in — she and other bystanders were no doubt subject to arrest (or worse?) if they tried to intervene.

        Both Michael Brown and Eric Garner met their fates in broad daylight, which proves police no longer hide their racism under cover of darkness.

        • December 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm

          Understood, Arapaho. But, in both cases, everyone on the scene could have been calling 911 and demanding response to a person dying. At least, those recorded 911 calls would have reflected humans trying to respond to intolerable behavior.

          You are correct. With Michael, Eric, Tamir … we are in the season of daylight shining on executions of black Americans via two modalities of lynching – guns and strangulation – with all three innocent victims allowed to ‘hang’ for prolonged intervals with ZERO intervention from bystanders.

  21. December 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for a great collection. Just catching up for the day. Gosh, miss a day, miss a lot. Thank goodness for TOD.

  22. 89 arapaho415
    December 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I read the #PropaneJane’s storify that ForUS posted on a previous thread.

    For me, these two tweets say it all:

    My opinion has not changed from last month that #FergusonPD attended underground white grievance (aka KKK 2014) meetings in the St. Louis area before the Grand Jury “decision” to provide helpful tips on the best way to set cars and buildings on fire.

  23. 90 MightyPamela
    December 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Nerdy, curious to know if you are in that top photo??

  24. 91 MightyPamela
    December 6, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/slippery-elm Have just posted this article off to the WH, attn to Dr. Ronny Jackson. We shall see, eh?? ❤ 🐻 😉

    • 92 MightyPamela
      December 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      I so love the PBO administration: the email came back right away, redirecting me to a different address on the WH.gov website. So, I posted it again, and then they auto-responded to say Thank You!!

  25. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    December 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Loving all the athletes taking a stand.

  26. December 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm

  27. December 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  28. 97 arapaho415
    December 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    “But the attorneys general are also working collectively. Democrats for more than a decade have teamed up with environmental groups such as the Sierra Club to use the court system to impose stricter regulation. But never before have attorneys general joined on this scale with corporate interests to challenge Washington and file lawsuits in federal court.”

    This is a long article, but it’s depressing to know that 27 states will have GOP AGs next month:

  29. December 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    • December 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Very, very rarely would I ever recommend someone spend almost an hour listening to something. This is one of those rare times.

      BTW, you will find a profound resonance between President Ghani and President Obama’s vision and method (moral compass being an absolutely essential tool).

  30. December 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  31. December 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I did not know that Colbert was ending his TV program…

  32. December 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Tom Sneddon that Santa Barbara D.A. who hounded Michael Jackson for 12 years died recently of cancer.

  33. 106 amk for obama
    December 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm


    while south carolina could do it, how the ‘librul’, bluest of blue, new york, couldn’t?

  34. December 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    They exist.

  35. 114 MightyPamela
    December 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Watching a beautiful moonrise from behind a large cedar from my window! Clouds are breaking up, and it’s all so lovely!

  36. December 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  37. December 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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