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126 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. December 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    A brilliant compilation Nerdy, huge huge huge huge thanks.

  2. December 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Man, I don’t know what hit me today. I think Charlie Pierce invaded my soul.

  3. 12 Don
    December 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I work for the federal government, so if there‘s a shutdown so be it. If these people want to believe that the story of the Scorpion and the Fog ends differently this time, well then good luck with that.

  4. 13 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Unless you are part of the selfish 1% persuasion, regular Joe’s that vote for R’s need to get half a clue…they are being USED! They aren’t and never will be “part of the club.” What they are, are foolish sheep that hang on every word and believe the BS lies they are told…. because, as we all know, facts are non-existent in RW world. I think we all have to crash and burn…AGAIN! Because I thought we did that already back in 2008. I guess THAT clusterfuck wasn’t a big ENOUGH clusterfuck for them to get a clue!

    I just see these yahoos laughing at the country club somewhere…or 30,000 in the air in the Learjet, on their way to some private island…saying they fooled the idiots again! They’re so stupid they’ll never stop supporting us until they all have nothing!! HAHAHA. The water will be poisoned, the land useless, college will be only for the wealthy and connected, jobs will go back overseas again…healthcare? Gone. Women’s rights? None. Worker’s rights? None. Immigration? Surely you jest. White Makes Right! Everything will be privatized….water, trash, schools…No more Social Security (they will raid that faster than you can blink!) No Medicare. No Medicaid. No labor laws….so hope you don’t care if little Johnny can start working in that factory or that coal mine for cheap. I can keep going, but I think you get the gist. They’ve already told us this is their dream…this is not something I made up…..this is what happens when you don’t pay attention, don’t think for yourself, believe what they tell you to believe…and have fear and hate/suspicion in your heart. Wake up!! Wake up! Wake up! I am DONE with stupid!

    And you know, the successful, competent, empathetic, highly intelligent, long gamer doin’ it better than any President in the last 50 years……can’t get credit for doing it right by the American people. Damn rotten no good shame!

    • 14 GGAIL
      December 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      THIS!
      Thank you df

      • 15 desertflower
        December 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks, GGAIL…I get angry and more than a little frustrated with this crap, I really, really do. Sometimes, I just want to wipe the entrenched pols out of their cushy jobs and start all over again. They have no idea about the real people they are SUPPOSED to represent. None. Money, greed, power and access have corrupted everything so many of them are…not all of them, but enough to matter. The fact that the majority of the American public could give a rat’s ass until it is either gone, or somehow affects them, is selfish, shortsighted and dangerous. We want what we want and we want it now is not mature or the model we ought to want to show our children. In short, I’m more than a little disgusted right now. We never seem to learn.

    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      December 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you for saying this so perfectly, Df. You expressed the outrage and anger all of us are feeling. I don’t want to hear one damned criticism of the president for signing an imperfect bill. Any Democrat who thinks he/she can do better is welcome to run for president, actually win, and then deal with a hostile Republican Congress.

    • December 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      If I’ve repeated it once. . .
      The most important political office in America is that of the private citizen. ~ Judge Louis D. Brandeis

  5. 20 Dudette
    December 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    There you are! 😀

  6. 21 GGAIL
    December 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Good tweet tweet evening NW 🙂

  7. December 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      December 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Elizabeth Warren is going to be doing a lot of nonstop slamming for the next two years because the corporations are going to be writing ALL the Republican legislation. If she wants to have a bigger platform, she had better run for president and at least get her opinions in front of a larger audience. When Democrats stayed home in 2014, they allowed corporations to completely control Congress. Corporate interests paid for this Republican Congress and they’re going to get their money’s worth. All the ranting in the world isn’t going to change that.

  8. December 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  9. December 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    NW, Excellent tweets!
    Every single one……

  10. December 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    YIKES, hard to fathom a tree this HUGE uprooting:

  11. 37 MadameSoph
    December 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Nerdy!

    I just got home from helping a business-owner friend of mine preview plans on CoveredCA and couldn’t wait to tell TOD and first thing I see is the top tweet! Yay!

    This woman didn’t sign up last year because of all the right-wing paranoia (she is gay and married with a 5-year-old, but she’s politically clueless…. I know, right?). I kept telling her last year that I would help her sign up and she waited and waited until it was too late. This year I gave up trying to convince her. Then, today, she told me she was thinking of “doing that Obama thing” I schooled her on how their was no such thing as “Obamacare” insurance and explained how the ACA works. I showed her the Shop and Compare tool of CoveredCA, but it seemed to have a bug in it. I was panicking, “Oh no, I’ve been telling her how great the site works and now there’s a bug!”

    Luckily, there was also a “Preview Plans” option at the top of the page and this was basically the same as Shop and Compare. Well, when we put in her income and family members, it showed that she qualifies for a nice subsidy! You should have seen her face! She had been complaining all year about how her insurance went up “because of Obamacare”. I explained to her how the ACA is paid for by taxes; that her extra premium did not pay for my subsidy. After she saw that she qualified for a subsidy and how much she would be saving, her whole attitude changed! Anyway, she just shook her head saying, “I should have done this a year ago; I would have saved so much money!”

    The ACA has 3 more new fans!

  12. December 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  13. December 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    THE CITICORP SHUTDOWN?

  14. 45 Jeff
    December 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    many democrats are mad at Obama for agreeing to sign the bill if it passes congress. It’s a poisoned apple, but given that or facing a shutdown is indeed worrying.

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      December 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Those Democrats who are “mad” at the president should be the ones to tell their elderly constituents that there will be no SS checks this month and then call veterans and the disabled to inform them they might not be able to eat or pay their rent this Christmas. They can then explain to Americans why vital government services are shut down and millions are being wasted. I’m sure the grandmother who needs her SS check to pay her groceries will understand the niceties of financial hedging and swaps.

  15. December 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  16. 53 vcprezofan2
    December 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

  17. 54 MadameSoph
    December 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Before I leave again, just wanted to say that the Atlantic tweet is spot-on! The election of PBO revealed a lot of people who were racist “lurkers” and hiding their true feelings, or maybe not even admitting their true feelings to themselves. In the last six years, I have learned that many people I thought were “cool” are not. After 2008, they all started out with supportive language about PBO, but, eventually, inevitably, so many showed their true selves by saying something TO MY FACE that they did not realize revealed them. The list of those who are “down” has shrunk considerably, but those that remain, those that get it, have a place in my heart.

    And I think PBO’s election, strength and success scared the racists who were already open but now are in full-on “revolutionary mode”

    Also, Nerdy’s tweet, “Democrats didn’t vote but are mad President Obama has to choose between ‘bad’ or ‘worse’ to avoid a shutdown…” had me saying “THIS” to the screen, as well as LL’s last essay.

    I decided on the night of the midterms that I would give PBO a huge pass on whatever he has to do in the next two years and anyone who complains will instantly get a “did you vote? No? Then be quiet!” from me.

    O.k. dinner and sleep is waiting…

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      December 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      ‘I decided on the night of the midterms that I would give PBO a huge pass on whatever he has to do in the next two years and anyone who complains will instantly get a “did you vote? No? Then be quiet!” from me.’

      🙂

  18. 56 forus50
    December 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Boehner = Worst Speaker Ever. OMG, seriously, on the House Floor? A little late, buddy.

  19. 58 Nena20409
    December 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Good Evening TOD.
    Au ⭐ for Vetivera.
    Just learned that Boehner is still incompetent.

  20. December 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Lots going on in the world … updates via RTs in the sidebar.

    BTW, a dude responsible for all kinds of evil in the effort to recruit fools to die for #DAESH was exposed today and #DAESH fanboys(and girls) are getting ripped, deservedly …. you’ll find several tweets in the sidebar related to exposing the little piece of trash.

  21. 64 Nena20409
    December 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

  22. 65 forus50
    December 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  23. 69 Nena20409
    December 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Magnificent Tweets NW. Just perfect. Brava, Nerdy. Brava Ms Wonka 😉

  24. December 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm

  25. 72 Nena20409
    December 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  26. December 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    ok good people, time for some boob toob. Heheheh, boobies. BBL.

  27. 75 Nena20409
    December 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm

  28. 77 forus50
    December 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    St. Elizabeth (sorry, she is too much like Bernie Sanders to me meaning a one issue senator) was making a big thing about something that isn’t that big. There are a SIGNIFICANT number of various bank and Wall Street regulations still in place so there won’t be another recession over failed banks. If she was making the case that it’s a slippery slope, that may in fact be true but that’s politics. When they have more votes than our side, then you have to give up some of your favorite things.

    • 78 FoxfireTX
      December 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      This is more than the beginning of a slippery slope. This takes us right back to taxpayer funded bailouts by allowing the banks to move their risky derivatives and credit default swaps back INTO the government insured portion of their enterprises. Under Dodd-Frank, they had to keep those risky investments that caused the recession separate from the insured portion of the corporation. So the next time we end up bailing out Wall Street, this is where it started.

    • 79 FoxfireTX
      December 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      And I do recognize there were no good options here, but it just completely pisses me off.

      • 80 forus50
        December 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        A disclaimer; I work in the banking industry but my company doesn’t trade in swaps so I don’t have a horse in this. However, I am hugely familiar with banking regulations and this change, while I’m not overall in favor of it, is simply overstated by Senator Warren. The Volker Rule now regulates these swaps. Secondly, there are additional regulations within Dodd Frank including very specific standards for testing of bank capital ratios that were not in place prior to 2008. POTUS would not have allowed this to go through if he thought it would lead to a bank failure and/or any type of bailout. A fair analysis of it is below from Vox:

        How big a deal is this?

        In the grand scheme of things, Section 716 is not earth-shattering in its impact. Repeal would not end all regulation of derivatives, and it would not repeal the Volcker Rule which has some similar effects. But proponents of stricter regulation have two main concerns.

        One is simply directional. They feel the banking sector remains under-regulated in the wake of Dodd-Frank, not over-regulated, and that any moves to loosen the chains are simply a step in the wrong direction.

        The other concern relates to political economy. As long as lobbyists are fighting on Capitol Hill about swaps pushout, they have less time to fight about other things. If the banks win this fight, then that frees up time and resources to fight for the repeal of other provisions. And the precedent of repealing a bank regulation in a government funding bill would be very dangerous. If it works this time, the banks may ask for more repeals next time around.

        http://www.vox.com/2014/12/11/7373831/swaps-pushout

  29. December 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    They’ve been warned …. they are sowing the seeds of their destruction and I’m going to be watering and fertilizing it from now until 8 Nov 2016 ….

    Yes We Can

  30. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    December 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  31. 83 forus50
    December 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  32. 84 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    tweet of the day.

  33. December 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I know I spoke much smack today, but this is the favorite of my tweets.

  34. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    December 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

  35. 87 vcprezofan2
    December 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    This seems like something that might interest Arapaho (and,no Arap, I didn’t look any further that the face of the tweet)

  36. 90 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    If the passing of a routine budget becomes a “breaking news”, you know the system is totally fucked up.

  37. 93 vcprezofan2
    December 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

  38. 94 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    you think this budget hurts? just wait till 2015 when thugs will be in total control of your lives.

    • 95 FoxfireTX
      December 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Don’t we know it. That was the advantage in passing this now, at least the major priorities are funded through Sept 2015. There’s a lot I don’t like in this but could have lived with it and kept my mouth shut but for the Citigroup provision. That just drives me crazy given we still are recovering from the banks’ actions last time around.

      • 96 amk for obama
        December 11, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        wanna bet the first thing the new senate will do is to blow away the 60 votes rule? murkans ain’t seen nothing yet.

  39. December 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Oh. My. God.

    I just got followed by Lisa Scottoline.

    Who is she? Major author.

    I’m plotzing.

  40. 98 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Night all…

  41. 100 vcprezofan2
    December 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    G’Night, everyone!

  42. December 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

  43. 103 forus50
    December 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  44. 106 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    btw, all tweets today are spot on, ut. great selection of propane jane’s.

  45. 108 Nerdy Wonka
    December 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    • 109 amk for obama
      December 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      truly amazing how the thugs got rewarded richly for their blatant treason by the voters & nonvoters. just because a black man.

  46. 110 arapaho415
    December 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    My (re-elected) rep voted for the CRomnibus:

    • 111 arapaho415
      December 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Sorry, forgot to say that my rep is Brownley.

    • 112 amk for obama
      December 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      so basically, the dems own this clusterfuck? they could have at least gotten some of their demands in.

      • December 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

        Just the opposite, amk.

        See my tweet, below.

        Senator Reid and Nancy Pelosi know that the only way McConnell and Boehner will get ANYTHING done in the 114th Congress is with their support (and the Presidents).

        • 114 amk for obama
          December 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

          the thugs have gotten what they wanted with this 114th congress – watered down bank reforms, epa lower funding, effectively killing funds for PBO’s immigration plans, rich people get to own congress legally. what and how exactly the dems can and will leverage in the next 2 months?

          • December 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm

            I’m referring to the 114th Congress which convenes in Jan, 2015, amk.

            Look at the number of House Republicans who voted against the bill. That tea party gang will only be larger in the 114th. Boehner will not be able to pass any legislation without Dems. The same holds for McConnell in the Senate, especially with thugs like Rand, Cruz, Rubio, the witch from Iowa and others undermining him every chance they get.

            What matters, and why the White House pressed Dems so hard today to achieve, is that we do not have a Government shutdown, now.

            President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi have incredible power over the GOP in the 114th – not because Dems voted but because they know that Boehner and McConnell are stuck with too significant a number of nuts to be able to do anything legislatively without Dem support.

            #BackBarack

          • 116 arapaho415
            December 11, 2014 at 11:02 pm

            Josh Earnest outlined today the priorities of President Obama that are funded with the CRomnibus:

            1) Ebola
            2) ISIL/Daesh
            3) Early childhood education
            4) Consumer Protection & SEC funding are both doubled from what they are now
            5) Climate change
            6) ACA
            7) Immigration

            For a perspective on why 67 Republicans voted no (from yesterday):

    • December 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  47. 118 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Final vote count 219-206; NV-10

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll563.xml

  48. 119 recoop2
    December 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Very proud of my representative who voted against this shame of a bill. When Dimon is lobbying members of Congress…..makes my blood boil.

  49. December 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Advice she should take …

    Yes We Can

    • 122 recoop2
      December 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      She’s effective now. The country is conversing about her, and if she runs she’ll get votes because the political parties are changing. Moderate Republicans are dead, and now the Democratic Party is in flux. Democrat-lite cannot combat what passes for the Republican Party nowadays. What’s needed is full-throated Democratic populism. Hillary Clinton’s time may have just come and gone with this vote tonight. It may just be Cruz vs. Warren in 2016 for the future of America and the very definition of democracy itself.

      • December 11, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        Agree recoop2 – specifically, Hillary should save her time, breath and money.

        Whether it’s Warren v Cruz or Warren v whatever scum the GOP oozes onto the ticket in 2016, she will win.

        #TrustBarack

        Yes We Can

  50. December 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Had a very long, busy day at work today but, my embossed Christmas card from the White House was in my mailbox, so that made up for it. So excited!

  51. December 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Senator Reid on the floor …. 2 day CR up for a vote … unanimous consent requested … 2 day CR has passed … Senate will take up the House bill tomorrow … 4 hours of debate tomorrow … votes on concurrent resolutions to follow … then votes on nominations to follow … then legislative session will resume and that’ll be when they either vote on the budget or ….


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