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A Tweet Or Two

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145 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. December 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Brilliant tweets, thank you Nerdy.

  2. December 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    • 10 GGail
      December 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      LL, what are you talking about? What have I missed?

    • 14 idon
      December 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      I’m in northern California and have been to Auburn, CA which is in Placer County also in .northern Cal. Very small town and primarily European American. Didn’t see any peeps of color when I was there 10 years ago. Pop is under 15,000. So yeah, I’m pretty sure the shooter was white. It’s beautiful but as a black person, I wouldn’t stay there overnight.

      • 15 0388jojothecat
        December 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        I went to school with a girl born near Chico CA and never saw a black person until her family moved to SoCal. She said it was a very racist town and only whites were allowed to live there. No Hispanics were allowed to be there when the sun went down. She told me this in 1974.

        • 16 idon
          December 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

          Yep. POCs have to be very careful when travel outside major cities. In southern CA Riverside and San Diego counties have a race problem as well as the northern end of LA County – Clarita Valley, Lancaster and Palmdale.

          • 17 GGAIL
            December 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

            I was with friends in Riverside last night. Black professionals who belong to a HOA & with children in good schools. I have friends of comfortable means in each of the other places you mentioned. None have reported encountering problems. Not all areas are bad for POC.

            • December 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

              Believe me Gail, here in Sa Diego we have have had our share of police shooting and killing of unarmed black men, including a former professional football player.

              • 19 GGAIL
                December 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

                That may be true, but we don’t want to use a broad brush. My friends in San Diego have lived incident free for over 30 years.

                • December 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm

                  I never used a broad brush. I merely pointed out the reality! I’ve lived in San Diego for 42 years. You can go check the record of police shooting of unarmed Black men in San Diego.

                  • 21 GGAIL
                    December 21, 2014 at 11:50 pm

                    Let’s.agree.nath.that we both have a different reality of POC in these counties.

                    • December 22, 2014 at 1:01 am

                      My sincere apologies for not being clear in my response to you. I should have pointed out that my comment was specifically focused on the San Diego City Police and not on the entire San Diego County, or on the other Southern Claifonia counties listed by Idon. It’s true that the San Diego city Police has been open to reforms in policing. But all these reforms came about as a result of the protests that I participated in following the shooting to death of a number of unarmed Black male citizens. This is what I meant when I said that we’ve had our share of unarmed Black men killed by Police. I never once suggested that there were recent police shootings. Obviously, if you have experienced a different reality, with respect to San Diego, then we both have to let the facts speak for themselves.

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      December 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      It’s sad we are conditioned by media reporting, but I concluded he was white as soon as I read this in the link CC shared ‘[neighbour], who lives across the street from the man, said Will had serious mental health problems and threatened his girlfriend on Thanksgiving Day.’ I figured if a POC had threatened his girlfriend in the hearing of a neighbour weeks ago, he’d have already been jailed.

  3. 24 GGail
    December 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    So many tweets that support my position. Why do we (black people) have to apologize – even in the midst of our own grief – for an unrelated crime?

  4. December 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  5. 27 Vicki
    December 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Nerdy, these tweets are amazing. Lucas Neff, Brienne of snarth, and side eye were new to me and really on point. TY!!

  6. December 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    #TruthAndReconciliation cannot come to America soon enough …

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      December 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Hiya, Bobfr. I’ve been meaning to tell you, if you haven’t yet read Bryan’s Stevenson’s “Just Mercy”, you should squeeze it into your busy schedule. He’s another advocate for a US Truth and Reconciliation to move race relations forward.

      • December 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

        Thank you VC! I’m a big fan of Bryan Stevenson and his Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org).

        #TruthAndReconciliation

        Yes We Can

        • December 22, 2014 at 2:16 am

          Hey Bob and VC, Bryan Stevenson is absolutely amazing! I wish he had more exposure, and especially to young people. It’s people like Bryan, as well as the people here at TOD, that keep me hopeful about the future of our country.

  7. 33 yardarm756
    December 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Remember?

  8. December 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  9. December 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    • December 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Well, Prettyfoot58, the President of NY Police Union openly declared a police war on Mayor de Blasio and all all the citizens who are demanding justice and accountability for the murders of unarmed Black men. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again: there are right wing forces in this country who are promoting a race war because they hate the fact that a black man was elected and re-elected President of the United States. Some of these people are armed to the teeth! Now they are getting a wink and a nod from prominent people like former NY Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, and former NY governor, George Pataki.

  10. 40 yardarm756
    December 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    How ’bout this one?

  11. 41 yardarm756
    December 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Last one. For now. 😉

  12. 42 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

  13. 43 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  14. 44 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm

  15. 45 arapaho415
    December 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Great tweets, NW, very informative, as always.

    Here’s an article about the LAPD, which has interesting stats:

    From the article:

    “…gang crime has been cut in half over the last five years — a development that’s due, at least in part, to Beck’s Community Safety Partnership Police program. A dozen plainclothes officers are assigned to each of L.A.’s historically gang-controlled projects for five years at a time. They aren’t rewarded for making arrests. Instead, they’re rewarded for planting gardens, chaperoning kids to class, ensuring access to preschool and organizing sports teams. As a result, ‘Over the past three years, we had less than a handful of murders in our major housing projects,” Beck says, “and every one of them was solved by community interaction. That never used to happen.’”

    And:
    “When Beck started in 1977, the LAPD was “largely male, largely white.” Now it’s 45 percent Hispanic, 13 percent African American, and 20 percent female. White males are a minority — 33 percent. The department’s racial and ethnic demographics almost exactly mirror the demographics of Los Angeles as whole.”

    Last quote from the article:
    “By the time Bratton left the LAPD in 2009, nearly 8 in 10 Angelenos were telling the Los Angeles Times they either ‘strongly approved’ or ‘somewhat approved’ of police performance, an improvement of 18 percentage points since 2005 and almost 40 points since 1991. The percentages of blacks and Latinos who approved of the LAPD, meanwhile, had risen by double digits during the previous four years, to 76 percent and 68 percent, respectively. Asked in a separate poll whether most LAPD officers treated them, their friends and their family with respect, a majority of respondents from every racial and ethnic group said yes. And the violent-crime rate was 54 percent lower in Bratton’s final year than it was just before he arrived.”

    I hope that @LAPDChiefBeck has some input on President Obama’s law enforcement task force headed by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey & former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson (report due to the President on March 2).

    • 46 forus50
      December 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      I never heard why they killed this man in cold blood who had only a pocket knife and there were never any reported people who were injured by him. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/12/06/3600368/los-angeles-police-shooting-walk-of-fame/

      • 47 arapaho415
        December 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        Yes, the article opens with that incident, which occurred only two days after Michael Brown was killed, and was front page news on @latimes for several weeks.

        Not saying that the LAPD is perfect, but they’ve done a 180-degree turnabout in the 23 years since the Rodney King beating.

        Gaining trust of the community is key, and the incidents of gang violence have substantially decreased in recent years — Los Angeles used to have homicide rates that rivaled/exceeded Chicago and Detroit.

  16. 48 yardarm756
    December 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Oopps. I almost forgot…. 🙂

    Holidays

    Feast Day of St. Thomas the Apostle patron Saint of India, East Indies, architects, and builders.

    Events

    2012 End of the World According to some, the ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on this date. Also, the winter solstice is aligned with the Milky Way on this date. (More info)

    1992 Home Alone Two Chicago girls, ages nine and four, call 911 after overfilling a bathtub and setting off a smoke alarm. Police found that they had been left alone, while their parents took a nine-day vacation in Acapulco, Mexico.

    1989 Space Cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov return to Earth after spending a record 366 days in orbit.

    1989 Dan Quayle The U.S. Vice-President sends out 30,000 misspelled Christmas cards: “May our nation continue to be the beakon of hope.”

    1988 Flight 103 A Bomb explodes on Pan Am flight over Scotland, killing all 259 persons on board and 11 on the ground.

    1988 Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. plead guilty to six violations of federal law and accepts penalties of $650 million.

    1968 First manned moon shot Apollo 8 is launched. It orbited the moon on the 24th and returned to Earth on the 27th.

    1941 NFL Dropkick Made by Chicago Bears’ Scooter McLean. This would be the last successful NFL dropkick until Doug Flutie completed one in 2006.

    1937 First feature-length animation with both color and sound Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiers. It was his first feature-length animation.

    1936 First major U.S. ski resort opens, in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    1913 First crossword puzzle by Arthur Wynne, appears in the New York World.

    1901 First transatlantic radio signal is broadcast, from England to Newfoundland, by Guglielmo Marconi.

    1864 Civil War Gen. Sherman (Union) takes Savannah, Georgia.

    1790 First U.S. cotton mill begins production, in Rhode Island.

    1620 The Mayflower with the Pilgrims lands at Plymouth Rock.

    Births

    1985 James “Bubba” Stewart, Jr African-American motocross racer. He was the first African-American to win a major motorsport event (250cc THQ AMA Supercross Series race at Texas Stadium).

    1966 Kiefer Sutherland English-born Canadian Emmy-winning actor. He has worked the rodeo circuit winning rodeos in Albuquerque and Phoenix. Film: Stand By Me (1986), The Lost Boys (1985), Flatliners (1990), and A Few Good Men (1992). TV: 24 (Jack Bauer).

    1959 Florence Griffith Joyner d. 1998 (Flo Jo), American athlete, “World’s Fastest Woman.” She was the first U.S. female athlete to win four medals at a single Olympics (1988, three gold and a silver), and was the co-chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. She died of epilepsy at age 38.

    1954 Chris Evert American tennis champion. She is the all-time leader in tournament victories (157) and has been ranked #1 in the world five times.

    1946 Carl Wilson American guitarist, with The Beach Boys. Music: Surfin’ USA (1963), I Get Around (1964, #1), Help Me Rhonda, (1965, #1), and Good Vibrations (1966, #1).

    1940 Frank Zappa d. 1993 (Francis Vincent Zappa Jr.), American Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, leader of The Mothers of Invention. Music: Yellow Snow (1974), Valley Girl (1982), and Jazz From Hell (1987, Grammy).

    1938 Larry Bryggman American actor. TV: As the World Turns (Dr. John Dixon).

    1937 Jane Fonda American Oscar-winning actress, activist. Film: Coming Home (1978, Oscar).

    1935 Phil Donahue American Emmy-winning talk show host.

    1922 Paul Winchell d. 2005 American ventriloquist. He worked with a couple of dummies named Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. He was also the voice of Tigger in “Winnie the Pooh” features.

    1921 Ferdinand Waldo Demara, Jr d. 1982 American imposter. He lied and forged his way into jobs as a surgeon; professor of applied psychology; Trappist monk; and prison guidance counselor; all of which he performed admirably, although he didn’t even possess a high-school diploma. He was the basis for the film The Great Imposter (1961).

    1909 George Ball d. 1994 American lawyer, economist, presidential advisor. In 1961, as Pres. Kennedy’s undersecretary of state, he advised that if 15,000 troops were sent to Vietnam, it would take another 300,000 to bring them back home.

    1879 Joseph Stalin d. 1953 Russian dictator (1929-53). In 1893 he entered a seminary to study for the priesthood, but was expelled in 1898 for his Marxist activities. He also founded the newspaper Pravda (1911) and was Time magazine’s 1939 and 1942 Man of the Year.

    1829 Laura Dewey Bridgman d. 1889 American blind deaf-mute. She was the first person educated using the techniques that later evolved into the modern methods.

    1804 Benjamin Disraeli d. 1881 British prime minister. He once declared “No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.”

    1773 Robert Brown d. 1858 British botanist. Known for his description of the Brownian movement (1827), which is the rapid movement of minute particles suspended in liquid.

    1401 Masaccio d. circa 1429 (Tomaso Guidi), Italian Renaissance painter, called the father of modern art.

    Deaths

    2000 Alfred J. Gross b. 1918 Canadian-born inventor. He invented the walkie-talkie (1939) and the pager (1949) and laid the groundwork for cordless and cellular phones. While visiting Gross’ workshop, Chester Gould was inspired to give Dick Tracy his 2-way wristwatch.

    1993 Zack Mosley b. 1906 American cartoonist, creator of Smilin’ Jack (1933-73).

    1992 Stella Adler b. 1901 American acting instructor, her students include Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro.

    1992 Albert King b. 1923 (Albert Nelson), American blues musician. Music: Laundromat Blues (1966) and Born Under a Bad Sign (1967).

    1988 Bob Steele b. 1907 (Robert North Bradbury Jr.), American actor. TV: F Troop (Trooper Duffy).

    1975 William Lundigan b. 1914 American radio announcer, actor, appeared in over 120 films. TV: Climax (host).

    1967 Louis Washkansky b. 1914 South African grocer. He received the first successful human heart transplant, surviving for 18 days.

    1950 Hattie Wyatt Caraway b. 1878 American politician. She was the first woman: elected to the U.S. Senate (1932, Arkansas); to preside over Senate Sessions (1932); president pro tem of the Senate (1943).

    1945 George Smith Patton Jr b. 1885 American four-star general, called “Old Blood and Guts.” He led the 3rd Army during World War II.

    1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald b. 1896 (Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald), American author. Writings: This Side of Paradise (1920) and The Great Gatsby (1925).

    1938 James M. Black b. 1856 American Methodist composer. Music: When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder (wrote the tune). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1933 James Forman Sloan b. 1874 American jockey, the leading race horse jockey of the late 1800s. He introduced the practices of riding high on the horse and hunching down to reduce wind resistance.

    1824 James Parkinson b. 1755 English surgeon. He described the disease of shaking palsy (1817), which now bears his name. He was also one of the first to give a scientific account of fossils.

    1807 John Newton b. 1725 English clergyman, hymn writer. Music: Amazing Grace (1779). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    A.D. 69 Aulus Vitellius b. A.D. 15 Roman Emperor (Apr-Dec 69 A.D.), killed by Vespasian.

  17. 49 desertflower
    December 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Love them:)

  18. 50 arapaho415
    December 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Would like to see the MSM parrot this back to the GOP, since parroting seems to be the only thing (besides whining) that they are capable of:

  19. 51 amk for obama
    December 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Great tweets, ut. All of them nailed the police cowardice & hypocrisy.

    These cowards blaming the prez, the mayor and the protesters without even pointing a finger at the likes of pataki, giuliani and other rw racist whackos proves it.

  20. 59 amk for obama
    December 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30553585

    Why? Because, he ‘suffers from severe mental illness’. How convenient.

  21. 60 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  22. 67 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  23. 68 forus50
    December 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

  24. 70 forus50
    December 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm

  25. 71 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  26. 72 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

  27. 74 vcprezofan2
    December 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    NerdyW – these are some serious tweets! Much appreciation for this very meaningful gathering (especially for those of us who spent little time checking the news/twitter today).

    • 75 Nerdy Wonka
      December 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

      You’re welcome, VC.

      • 76 vcprezofan2
        December 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

        A very ‘Good Morning’ to you, NerdyW! Can’t think of the last time I’ve run into you this ‘early’! Trust you have finished your shopping, wrapped all your presents, and are packed for the family trips. 😉 😉

        • 77 Nerdy Wonka
          December 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

          Suuuuuuuure. Let’s say all of that has been done so I can seem super duper organized. 🙂

          • 78 vcprezofan2
            December 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

            Which means they haven’t. /smh/ I’ll just quietly adjust my mental résumé for you…. Will edit it again next year. 😉 😉

  28. 79 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Two virtuoso performances of the same song…

    #1 Lady Sarah

  29. December 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for this great selection of tweets – I wish everyone in the media could see them – and learn from them.

  30. 91 Dudette
    December 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  31. December 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Rudy Giuiani is a bold face lying racists.

  32. 93 jackiegrumbacher
    December 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Nerdy, these tweets are a fascinating snapshot of what’s tragically wrong and startlingly right about America. The NYPD union leader is doing everything he can to pour gasoline on an incendiary situation and the police officers who are publicly dissing their mayor are helping feed the flames. There aren’t words foul enough to describe what I think of these characters or the truly evil politicians who are exploiting this event. Meantime, thoughtful people around the country are coming forward to express their sensible concerns and to recommend both calm and mutual respect and the Brown and Gardner families are, once again, demonstrating true class. At the same time, in the land of farce, the Christie family continues to trip over all ethical boundaries and pocket the cash. And all of it summed up on twitter and collected in one place. Now that’s a feat!

  33. 94 arapaho415
    December 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I hope LL’s mother is watching 60 Minutes now.

    The opening segment was Scott Pelley in Cuba.

    The young people of course are thrilled that their lives will be so different than their parents and grandparents.

    The Chicago Orchestra is there on an exchange program, and they are forbidden to bring replacement musical supplies to the Cuban orchestra whose instruments (such as reeds for the wind instruments) are vintage 1950s. They don’t have music stands and cannot Xerox music because there is no Xerox machine at the University.

    Only 5% of Cubans are connected to internet, one of the lowest percentages in the world. Fidel first allowed cell phones in the country the same year that Barack Obama was elected to his first term as President.

    Scott Pelley saw American flags flying from buildings in Cuba (which would not have been allowed earlier in the week).

    There is no putting the genie back into the bottle, and the Cuban people now have esperanza (hope).

  34. December 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you, Chipsticks, for The Obama Diary. Infinitely worthy and good. Thank you, Nerdy Wonka, for everything always, and especially these tweets here.

  35. 97 99ts
    December 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I see via LGF that Chuck Todd has gone full wingnut crazy – guess that’s what happens when no-one watches your show.

  36. December 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks again, Nerdy Wonka, for sharing these great tweets. I am so glad so many people are pushing back against the deceitful and hypocritical people who are using the tragic killing of two policemen, by a mentally ill black man, to justify the police murders of unarmed Black people. As far as I am concerned, the reactions by people like Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki clearly show that for these so called leaders, “Black Lives” DO NOT “Matter.” Anyone who believes that the lives of policemen are more precious than the lives of ordinary citizens they are sworn to “serve and protect” is wittingly or unwittingly encouraging a police state. People who murder police men and women should be held to account; conversely, police men and women who murder unarmed citizens should also be held to account. This is what JUSTICE –now being demanded by the Protestors in Ferguson, New York, and across the country — is all about.

  37. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  38. December 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you everyone here for keeping me absolutely sane.
    Thank you Ms. Chips for this place of informed information.
    NW, your tweets should be broadcast all over so that people all around the world can see the truth.

    Let me just say Rudy Giuliani has always been a lying pathetic racist. The NYPD union leader is in the same boat. He is despicable as well. They were waiting for this opportunity to blame the Mayor and protesters so they can do they dirty work on an even higher with total justification.
    But let me not leave out the Court Officers union President who made himself Preisdent for life of the union with no objections whatsoever. The Correction System is a cesspool of racist degenerates as well.
    I am not saying all of these officers are bad but the good ones need to speak up now!
    Too often you hear them voice their complaints after they have retired for fear of being ostracized or put on desk duty for not going along with the “good ole boys” believe it or not in NY. The racist cops in N.J., Conn. and Upstate N.Y. is not a myth. Some who are openly KKK members and do not care if you know about it.
    If you ever get a chance to sit in the criminal courtroomsof N.Y. you will see firsthand for yourselves the disrespect and hostile attitudes that is portrayed by the racist cour officers. Like. I said not all, but I am praying the consciousness of the good ones prevail and they start speaking up to counter act what racists Pataki, Giuilani, Lynch and Quirk are trying to do as if they really are concerned about the community.
    The NYPD union President is full if shit especially when white cops “accidentally” shot Black cops in the line of duty. They try to cover it up and make it go away.

    I am truly sorry for the families of the cops that were killed but this is totally on the man who was disturbed not on President Obama, Mayor Di Blasio, or Rev. Al Sharpton. I hope this exposes and the works will see what slime this Lynch is. He needs to be voted out also. They keep voting these racist union presidents to continue to do their dirty work.
    At a time like this,I pray that Black, Latino and Asian officers who know the truth are not turning their backs on the Mayor.
    If that was my son or daughter, the union president would not be able to make that call.

    • December 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      I believe everything you said LDS. The officers could shoot an unarmed black man 100 times and that piece of crap Rudy Giuliani stood up for the officers.

      • December 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        Bella, he was a viper as DA, Mayor and husband.
        There was a large amount of cocaine supposedly “lost” under his watch as DA.
        When he was going full throttle to clean up the Fulton Fish Market he never once proclaimed Italian-on-Italian crime.
        He totally disrespected his wife while living in Gracie Mansion by dating another woman in public.
        Let’s not even mention 911 which he though was going to be his meal ticket to the WH.

        I am disgusted with this pathetic fool I could not tolerate watching him on TV.
        He thrives on these racist tactics by NYPD. They covered up a lot of his mishaps.
        911 exposed his coward ass and I hope this will take him down from the public scene.
        I am surprised that Chris (fat mouth) Christy has not chimed in yet.
        Too much money on his plate?

    • 113 Nerdy Wonka
      December 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, LDS, and thanks for your insights.

  39. December 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    So much negative in my time line today so I thought I’d share some beauty; if its okay. Sislena Caparrosa, 15 year Dominican female signs Nessun Dorma. (None shall sleep)

    • 115 Dudette
      December 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Wow! 15! Bellissima!
      Thank you for sharing this!

      • 116 HZ
        December 22, 2014 at 1:01 am

        Dudette, it is glorious. Yardarm shared this one as well with our TOD family a while back. I did this one as part of my senior recital. It is such a beautiful piece. She reminds me so much of my wonderful young college days in my music courses. I love this one. I also go back and listen to this beautiful young lady every moment I want to be lifted up by the young performers. What a joy to behold and hear.
        Thanks for sharing again, MR. I was over listening to the Christmas section of the Messiah performed by the Atlanta Symphony. Great evening.

        Good night to my Chips. Thanks for giving us this beautiful space of love, great support and respect for our beloved president and for keeping us together as a loving and brilliant family. I cherish each one of you in this beautiful TOD family. Thank you for this honor.HZ

  40. 117 FoxfireTX
    December 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Chips, Nerdy, and everyone who has been posting, thank you so much for being an island of sanity in this insanity. It is heartbreaking to see some use this tragedy as another excuse for inciting hatred and more racism.

    Thanks to everyone who is posting XMas music. I love listening to so many of the old favorites, and different versions of some of those.

    Took my daughter and grand-daughter to see the Nutcracker this afternoon. It was the first ballet for my Lexi. I used to take my daughter every year when she was young but it has now been awhile since I’ve seen it. I must admit I only saw perhaps half of it. The rest of the time I couldn’t stop watching Lexi’s face as she absorbed everything happening on stage. She is seven, and it is a wonderful age. I must admit she has her grandma wrapped around her little finger. But she doesn’t take advantage of it, just makes every minute with her a source of joy for me.

    Hope everyone here had a wonderful day.

    • 118 carolyn
      December 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Foxfire, what a wonderful day for you! I know, as a grandma, that watching Lexi enjoy this was much more fulfilling and wonderful than watching the actual performance! What a beautiful experience! Thank you for sharing. All of us grandmas know exactly what you’re saying and feeling !!!!

  41. December 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Mitt, thank you.
    It made me cry such beauty.
    I am speechless.
    I needed that in is many ways.
    TY

  42. 120 Dudette
    December 22, 2014 at 12:04 am

    • 121 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2014 at 12:29 am

      Perfect!

    • December 22, 2014 at 1:30 am

      Thanks Dudette for sharing this excellent tweet! It’s truly amazing how so many white people are “blinded” by racism and ignorance. Sadly, the so called U.S. mainstream media have played a crucial role in misinforming the American people about President Obama’s accomplishments. But as Dr. King was fond of saying: “NO LIE CAN LIVE FOREVER!” Slowly but surely, the truth about the amazing accomplishments of our exceptional President is beginning to sip out.

  43. 123 Dudette
    December 22, 2014 at 12:09 am

  44. 124 Dudette
    December 22, 2014 at 12:13 am

  45. 125 vcprezofan2
    December 22, 2014 at 12:39 am

    ‘Night, ev-ery-bo-dy!

  46. December 22, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Here’s something I think you will enjoy, Dudette …. music and dance!!

  47. December 22, 2014 at 1:50 am

    This one act could save countless lives and begin to establish a basis for America to claim it is approaching a civilized society ….

    Yes We Can

    good night TOD …

  48. December 22, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Couldn’t depart without doing this ….

    … have been percolating this message for many hours. Hope it sticks ….

    Yes We Can

  49. 136 sherijr
    December 22, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I am so late to everything today/ tonight… these tweets are so good and yet so sad. That we have to feel this way in this day and age still, breaks my heart.

    Am up for the night, tried to sleep, couldn’t and thus am doing the last thing on my Christmas list: yes I am writing my Christmas cards 3 days before Christmas. How the heck did it get so late? What’ve I been doing all month?

    To all those fortunate to be able to sleep tonight~ peaceful rest to you 🙂

    • 137 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2014 at 2:44 am

      You are not the only one awake! Got up so late, I’m still at it. You also are not the only one who was still writing Christmas cards today … but I finally finished tonight. When I told my granddaughter, she said “Way to get it done.” And then under her breath, with a smile, she said, “Three days before Christmas.” Ha.

      • 138 sherijr
        December 22, 2014 at 2:49 am

        aww nice to ‘see’ you job… I’m writing my first ‘end of year’ Christmas letter.. never done this before.. might never again 😉 so glad I’m not alone in the lateness of it though:) I’m in such good company.


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