A Tweet or Two







Some Loveliness In The Middle Of All This Ugliness

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120 Responses to “A Tweet or Two”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    December 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm


  2. 12 GGail
    December 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    It took so long to get here that Stevie Wonder could have found his way to First ๐Ÿ˜€

    Congrats MP and 99ts on First/Furst!

  3. December 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    When I take my Boxing Day vacation, you may seriously not see me. I picture myself sitting on the couch watching sports a la Al Bundy. Which is pretty much what I’ve done today.

    Evening, all.

  4. 17 arapaho415
    December 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    The DC MSM echo chamber will be in a tizzy tomorrow when Prince (Duke of Cambridge) William visits the WH tomorrow. They will be insufferable RT’ing what other journalists have to say about seeing the Prince.

    Fortunately the visit will be over early Pacific Time.

  5. December 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  6. December 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    We will never forget ….

    Thank you for your service Mr Larry Perry.

  7. December 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    And a little info from your friendly neighborhood librarian.

    If you’ve been telling yourself, “Damn, I need to learn how to code”, well, your desires may be about to be fulfilled. http://www.codecademy.com is a free website where you can learn how to code.

    You’re welcome

  8. 25 desertflower
    December 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Good for ALL STUDENTS! My district participates in this …

  9. 26 arapaho415
    December 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I loathe @PeterBakerNYT, but of all the MSM print journalists, I think I hate @DavidNakamura the most.

    He was awful during the President’s Asia trip last month, and the headline of this article is beyond belief — a “journalist” making a national issue personal for this President — Nakamura is so unqualified for his position — his bio says he started at the Sports Desk, and that’s where he should have stayed.

    I didn’t click on the article — the editors should be ashamed of this headline.

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      December 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Arapaho, the stupid really shows itself in times when intelligence,insight and compassion are called for. This is unforgivable idiocy on the part of Nakamura.

    • 28 GGail
      December 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Early this morning, Bob Schieffer said his show would discuss the “race issue” with Bratten. How come I see as many white people and other people of other races out protesting – yet the media wants to make it about a race issue between blacks and whites. I believe all of these people are collectively protesting the vile racist treatment of black men at the hands of white police. This is why I strongly believe that a letter like the one Bob wrote should be addressed to people like Bob Schieffer and news show producers so they can gather people around their tables to have a Truth & Reconciliation series.

      • December 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        Agree GGail. Racism is not a black person’s problem, it’s a white person’s problem. I’m reading a book called How The Other Half Lives, compiled data of the tenement population in NYC in the late 1800’s. One thing stuck out- the photo journalist gathered data that said that out of all the ethnicities who lived in these populations, African Americans were by far the neatest and cleanest, yet when they would move from a unit, the other groups refused to move in behind them, no matter that most lived in squalid conditions themselves. Yes, this is a white person’s derangement.

        • 30 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          December 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm


  10. 31 arapaho415
    December 7, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Looks like we have a replacement for Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann in the US Senate next year. Unfortunately he’ll be in DC for six years, not two.

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      December 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      OMG. Let’s hope for no more close-ups of that dawg.

      December 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm


  11. 44 arapaho415
    December 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Both of these events happened years ago, but they underscore the military siege mentality of our police forces.

    IMO this article is poorly written — couldn’t figure out why the event happened or what evidence was presented in this case, but it seems atrocious that it happened at all:

    And locally (for me), here’s another case of “no knock” warrant that injured and traumatized children (fortunately no one was killed), but it’s going to take a lot for the two-year-old to overcome this abuse:

    • December 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Rev Al Sharpton brought up both of these cases on his radio show a while ago. Chances are, if you don’t listen in, there’s a lot that is missed by the general public.

  12. December 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Perspective …

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      December 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Bob, there was one line in this report that struck me as just exactly the kind of world the Koch brothers and their minions want to see (and are close to achieving) in the US–“a whole gray world of frightened people who do not know what to think and so they do not think at all.” This is how tyranny happens and goes unopposed and it is eerily like the feeling we often get about Americans after elections such as 2014. When people decide that ‘thinking’ is too hard, they might as well bow their heads for the yoke.

      • December 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        I was so hoping TODers would read the report, discover that particular line and realize just what you did, JackieG.

        That assessment of Russians describes precisely the goal of US Kleptocrats – and they spend billions of dollars in propaganda (on every broadcast & cable conglomerate in America) & ALEC-style legislation (charter schools instead of public schools, for profit prison systems, etc) & bought and paid for legislators and judges, to achieve it.

  13. December 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    One of the best pictures evah …. Tom Hanks looks like he’s going to bust a gut trying not to just howl with laughter …. that PBO is really good!!!

  14. December 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

  15. December 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving shit …

  16. 61 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  17. 63 jackiegrumbacher
    December 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Chips, this is such a a brilliant roundup of tweets I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh or get outraged at the stupidity of Dan Bernstein or just bask in the awesomeness of Michelle Obama who literally seems to shine. I always thought the word, ‘luminous,’ described our First Lady and tonight she proved that once again. What a snapshot of our world you pulled together–horrific events, inspiring protests, nasty journalists and glorious doings at the Kennedy Center where the Obamas set the tone of class and graciousness. If the president has unrelieved stress and acid reflux, he showed tonight that he does not let anything get him down or stop him. And that’s what makes him a great man and a once-in-a-lifetime leader.

  18. 64 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Stuck in moderation. [sigh!] This is my lot!

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      December 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Hey, D, what’s this I hear about your nephew and a clarinet recital? I missed your original comment and Mme Soph mentioned something somewhere but didn’t give any details. Fess up! Right this minute…or else…

      • 66 Dudette
        December 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        Hey you! Thought I’d get through posting ON topic stuff first, but okay, if you insist! ๐Ÿ˜€

        It was sooooooo lovely. The music store where my sweetie-pie takes lessons held it’s annual Winter Program for students. In all about 20 students performed. My goofy sister didn’t tell us the correct program start time, just the approximate time of our guy would start, so we got there thinking we were in time for the program start, when in fact, we’d missed half the show. [WTH was she thinking? Did she not know what time the thing started? “Oh, I didn’t think y’all would want to be here all that time.” Gawd, where’s a Nerf bat when ya need one? ]

        Anyway, it was nephew’s first time playing for anyone other than family. He played Ode to Joy (Beethoven) and performed a duet of Morning by Edvard Grieg with his teacher. At home playing us, his face would just be beaming with rapturous joy. Tonight in public his little face screamed “OMG, I’m nervous as hell!” But he played flawlessly. It was so cute. The whole family was there — grinning, applauding and cheering vigorously! He was actually scheduled to close the show, but one of the other kids and her family showed up late, so she got the last spot. A tad anti-climatic for all but her family, I might add. [Okay, that was snarky, wasn’t it? I’m sorry.] All the kids came up front afterwards to enjoy a rousing standing ovation from the parents, family members and teachers. Then the melee of posing for photos ensued. After squeezing the kid breathless, Auntie spent a few minutes trying to choke back tears and avoiding cameras.

        Next up is his first concert at school this Tuesday night. Turns out he’s been promoted to 1st chair of the clarinet section! I couldn’t be more proud! [Note to self: Bring sunglasses so I can hide swollen puffy eyes after bawling like a freaking baby]. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • December 7, 2014 at 10:58 pm

          Warms my heart to read of the enjoyment all of you had, especially your talented nephew, during his first clarinet recital, Dudette. Please congratulate him for being promoted to 1st chair clarinetist!! Thank you.

          • 68 Dudette
            December 7, 2014 at 11:13 pm

            Thanks Bob!
            Okay, here come the tears again. [I’ve gotta stop doing that.] ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 70 carolyn
            December 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm

            How thrilling for you and his other family members, and how empowering for him to have conquered his first public recital. That is a true confidence builder. I know you’ll enjoy Tuesday night, and get there early so you can get the seat you want!
            Our grandson is first chair saxophone in his middle school orchestra, and first chair sax in the honors orchestra. We were just busting our buttons when we learned. His dad played saxophone too, and is ecstatic to see his son do this.
            I think music is absolutely one of the greatest activities possible. I think we discussed this here a couple of weeks ago.

            Good on you for getting that clarinet for him…..you opened new worlds to him!

        • 73 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          December 7, 2014 at 11:11 pm

          Outstanding! Is this the young man we discussed last year? If it is, he’s only been playing about one year, and promoted to 1st chair! Congrats, congrats, congrats!

          • 74 Dudette
            December 7, 2014 at 11:17 pm

            Yep! Thanks! He’s pretty awesome, if I may say so. [Pardon the gloating Auntie!] ๐Ÿ˜€

            • 75 Alycee (@jazziz2)
              December 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

              You’re permitted to gloat! Nothing wrong with being a proud Auntie. Later in life, he’ll look back and appreciate having such an encouraging force in his life! I know that I do; my Mom could only afford the basics, it was the Aunts and Uncles (by blood and of the heart) that made all of the extras possible. The amazing thing is most times, they NEVER took credit for making it happen.

        • 76 amk for obama
          December 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          congrats to the kid. hope he goes places.

          also. too. boo to the auntie for squeezing the kid breathless.

        • 78 mtmarilyn
          December 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

          Oh Dudette, I feel we are all invested in him. Can’t wait till you can take a video and we can all listen. Know how proud you are. I love it when a child is given the opportunity to blossom.

        • 80 sjterrid
          December 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

          Congratulations to your nephew on his performance tonight, and for being promoted to 1st chair of the clarinet section, MP. You and your family must be so proud of him.

          • 81 sjterrid
            December 7, 2014 at 11:54 pm

            I’m sorry dudette, I wrote MP instead of you.

            • 82 Dudette
              December 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

              No apology required, sjt. I’m taking it to mean “Mighty Proud” since I am! Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

              • 83 MightyPamela
                December 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

                As well you should, Dudette! MP is beyond the description of proud for your beloved nephew, as when she was a youngster she was forced to take clarinet lessons at school. To this day, no person living has ever made a clarinet sound so bad as MP. So, take it to the skies, young nephew, and may God’s ears be tuned to your talent!! โค

              • 85 sjterrid
                December 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm

                Thanks, Dudette. You can tell your nephew, we are all mighty proud of him.

    • 87 Dudette
      December 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks for releasing me Phantom Blog Tyrant! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 88 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  20. December 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    • 90 arapaho415
      December 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      The average low temps in my neck of the woods in December is 39F. This year it hasn’t dipped below the low 50s (and the lows have been mostly in the high 50s or low 60s this Fall), about a 15F difference.

      So yeah, climate change is here now.

  21. 91 desertflower
    December 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Night all…I so enjoy being here with all of you:) See you all tomorrow…

  22. 96 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  23. 97 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Okay, I did that one wrong. The duplicate above was supposed to be this…

  24. 98 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Oh to have been a fly on the wall…

  25. December 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Have anyone heard what date POTUS, FLOTUS and the family will be leaving for Hawaii for Christmas?

      December 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm


  26. 102 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

  27. 105 vcprezofan2
    December 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Clocking out now – working tomorrow and Tuesday. Sweet dreams, everyone!

  28. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    December 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Now we’re talking!

    • 108 CEB
      December 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      This would be so awesome if they would do so. I still remember the tragedy of Kent University when national guardsmen fired on and killed students who were participating in anti-war demonstrations. I can still see that iconic photo of the female student’s horror-striken face as she knelled next to one of the students who had been shot.

    • 110 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks for sharing; just sent them an email, asking that they add my name to the letter.

    • 112 nospin
      December 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Wow. This is incredible. Hopefully Chips and Nerdy will see this post.

  29. 113 Dudette
    December 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm

  30. 114 amk for obama
    December 7, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    God is spot on.

  31. 115 arapaho415
    December 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Can’t find the tweet now, but recently someone in TODville posted a tweet with a newspaper clipping about Boris Johnson who said something to the effect that everyone hates immigrants.

    Just finished listening to 60 Minutes — one segment was about Cremona Italy, a magnet for violin makers from around the world (Cremona is where Stradivarius crafted his violins, which fetch upwards of $16 million now). They mentioned artisans from Austria, Holland, Hungary and the US in Cremona — I would bet that not everyone agrees with Johnson’s sentiments (hard to believe that the mayor of such a global city would say something like that).

    The opening segment was on Duke Energy’s coal ash leakage into North Carolina waterways — Governor McCrory has done an about-face on his former employer (for more than 20 years) — he basically said Duke Energy was at fault — but Leslie Stahl did mention that McCrory slashed the budget and staff of the state environmental regulator.

  32. 117 CEB
    December 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    This has been the background history of my life: the Red Scare, the Korean War, the Cuban missile crisis, the Viet Nam War, Lebanon destroyed and Marines slaughtered as they slept, the U. S. S. Cole bombed and sailors killed by terrorists in a small boat, Desert Storm, the never-ending conflict between Israelis and Palestinians; social unrest with people marching and dying, the assassinations of John, Bobby, and Martin, all by the time I was 13. I had so hoped that the 21st century would not be drenched in blood as the 20th had been; I had hoped that we as a country would learn from our pains and struggles and would finally begin to be who we tell other countries that we are: the land of the free and the home of the brave, where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is for all. But, the new century begin with a stolen election, over 3,000 killed and symbolic buildings destroyed; two wars that did not yield anything but needless death, destruction. For a brief, shining moment, on January 20, 2009, I thought, not that all problems would go away or that they way through would be easy, but that we were on our way forward. But, here we are, fighting battles that we thought we had won, or at the very least, had chipped away at the opposition; here we are, trying to move forward, but slowed down by the weights of greed, envy, ignorance and fear. I am tired; I can barely breathe. My heart aches so much for our country. We can be so much better than we are; we have it in us, but do enough of us really want to be better for ourselves, our families, our families and our country? I see all of the protests, but they need to be allied with political action and political partnerships, but what can really be done when most of us do not bother to vote?
    P. S. Just rambling and sharing thoughts that have been running through my head for a few weeks; I am not on the edge of the cliff.

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      December 7, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      CEB – Nobody needs to go anywhere near the edge of the cliff, I agree, because those of us who witnessed those events with you – or parts of all you listed – need to stay together and keep supporting those who are not tired and are still marching forward. I’m not sure how, but (call me crazy) I’m paying attention and keeping alert. It’s the figurative old blood mixing with the new blood, keeping the heart of our country still beating and yearning. And I don’t think it’ll be run-of-the-mill politicians saving the day … we don’t have to waste time thinking about that prospect. Hang in there.

    • 119 sjterrid
      December 8, 2014 at 12:04 am

      {{CEB}}, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep sharing your thoughts with us.

    • 120 99ts
      December 8, 2014 at 1:13 am

      Dear CEB – my grandfather fought in the “war to end wars” and my father gave four years of his youth – the first 4 years of his marriage – in the next war. I had family fight in Korea & in Vietnam. I also thought the 21st century would allow for world renewal and a break from fighting then along came George W bush & his bff Tony Blair & our PM running along behind agreeing with them both.

      I hear you & I emphasize with you – it seems that it will never stop.

      Just in passing, and partly related I am also eternally sick of “celebrating” war. They call it remembrance but it is treated as a celebration – I no longer take part in same.

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