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A Tweet Or Two

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Murder? Cannibalism? Rape? Kids killing other kids? He’ll let his kids watch. But two men kissing? THE HORROR! Some people are truly pathetic

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111 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    February 23, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Hi, Ms NerdyW! 🙂

  2. 8 Dudette
    February 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Hi! Yay VC!

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      February 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Hi D-ette! Was walking by, minding my own beeswax when the door opened. Dashed in so quickly, I didn’t check who was there with me. Sow-wy.

  3. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    February 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks, NW! And now to read the tweets!

  4. February 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks as alwyas Nerdy for a wonderful newsy humorous mix of tweets.

  5. 15 jacquelineoboomer
    February 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  6. 19 vcprezofan2
    February 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Whew! Finally read all the tweets and even followed a link or three – thank you, NerdyW; your strategy to keep me quiet for a bit always works!

  7. February 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Another outstandingly brilliant collection Nerdy, endless endless endless thanks.

    The Patricia Arquette thing. I didn’t watch the Oscars so was hopelessly confused this morning – I read that she had spoken about equal pay for women so had no clue why there was such a pushback against her on Twitter from people I follow. Then I read about her post-show comments, ie:

    “….. It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

    Horribly offensive, deeply clueless.

    I followed the back and forth after that, particularly between Angry Black Lady and Oliver Willis, and it was interesting, two liberals worlds apart in their take on the whole thing.

    I like Willis, a lot, but I don’t think he remotely got (http://oliverwillis.com/2015/02/23/war-patricia-arquette-not-enemy/) the objections to what Arquette said. I’m usually with him on the ‘purity test’ thing, but it didn’t apply here.

    ABL:

    “White women, by and large, have loudly applauded Arquette’s words — lumping together her acceptance speech and her backstage interview, leaving primarily women of color and LGBTQ women of color scratching their heads wondering whether to divest themselves of their gender, their race, their sexual orientation, or their gender identity in order to be included in the “us” Arquette implored everyone to start fighting for…..

    …. Kumbaya feminism is little more than trickle-down feminism. It posits that rising tides lift all boats and ignores the fact that the boats of most Black women (and, indeed, other women of color) are rigged with anchors.”

    http://rhrealitycheck.org/ablc/2015/02/23/patricia-arquette/

    Rigged with anchors.

    That was perfect.

    As is often said, there really cannot be a more discriminated-against human being in America than a gay black woman, which Arquette’s careless words seemed to overlook. What if you fall in to two or three of her ‘categories’?

    And the implication that the battle has been won for “people of color” is too dumb to comprehend – it’s hard to know where to start, but the assault on voting rights is one possibility.

    So, it was educational to read this back and forth today, I hadn’t been too aware before about the exact nature of the schism between ‘white’ and ‘black’ feminism.

    One thing, though, I think the tendency of some in the back and forth today to lump all white women together, like they are a monolithic bunch with identical views, was as daft as anything Arquette said. It’s just not true. I get now that many leading white feminists preach “trickle-down feminism”, as ABL said, without ever, in their privilege, considering those rigged anchors. But I really wish that those who rightly call out this nonsense would concede that not every white woman is that ignorant.

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      February 23, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Well said, Chips.

    • 22 nospin
      February 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      “I really wish that those who rightly call out this nonsense would concede that not every white woman is that ignorant.”

      We know that not everyone is that ignorant Chips. But your point is well taken.

    • February 23, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Very well done, Chips. Suggest you ‘front page’ this, soon. Thank you!

      • February 23, 2015 at 9:24 pm

        Ah, thank you Sir Bob.

        • 25 GGail
          February 23, 2015 at 10:02 pm

          Chips, when you decide to write – you make me so proud!

          I agree with Bob, that your statement/analysis should be Front Paged. I didn’t watch the “All White Show” and I’ve heard the clamor over Arquette, but thanks to you, I’ve finally read just what she said – thank you.

          You make excellent points and especially the point that not every white woman is that ignorant.

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      February 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      CC, even though I haven’t followed the discussion (being offline and out of the loop most of the day) I do appreciate you adding your perspective. I admit that the lumping of people together (while women/black women) bothers me. One of the many reasons I like life in our village is because in here we tend to be more than the colour of our skin.

      • 28 vcprezofan2
        February 23, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        😳 I wasn’t finished my comment (was in fact reading it over prior to completing my point) but someone pushed the button, so I’m going to take that as a sign that I should simply cut it off here.

    • 29 Nerdy Wonka
      February 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      “I really wish that those who rightly call out this nonsense would concede that not every white woman is that ignorant.”

      Hey Chips, you made excellent points but I don’t believe that people critiquing Patricia Arquette’s comments or other feminists words believe that all white women are ignorant. I don’t believe they’ve put forward that position or believe that some white women’s ignorance speaks for all white women.

      What I believe they are saying is that when events like this happen over and over again, it is not up to Women of Color or People of Color or LGBT people to constantly have to do the work of pointing out why the comments are ignorant, it is not up to them to constantly have to do the work of using history to educate people. I believe what they want is white people or straight people who call themselves allies to step up to the plate and push back against such ignorance that rears its head too often.

      Unfortunately, when POC or LGBT people point out why comments are ignorant, they are not often believed or taken seriously. In the world we live in for now, having a white or straight ally push back against the ignorance holds more sway.

      • February 23, 2015 at 11:54 pm

        A perfect example of this was a video I saw recently on youtube. A black professor and her white sister-in-law went shopping together. The sister-in-law went through the line first, wrote a check which the cashier accepted with no problem. The black woman went next, offered her check and was asked to provide ID. When she did that the cashier took out the bad check register. The professor was angry, and anxious. Her daughter was upset and she was also worried that if she called attention to the situation the older ladies behind her in line might think she was an “angry black woman” or there would be a scene. She was conflicted about whether her speaking up would make the situation better or worse. Her sister-in-law saw what was happening and came back to the check out line. She asked the cashier why she was asking for ID etc., on this check. The cashier said it was company policy. The SIL pointed out that SHE had cashed a check with no problem. The cashier said that she was a familiar customer but the other woman was not. The SIL pointed out that actually the professor was the regular customer and she was just a visitor. At this point the other women in line were showing their disapproval of the cashier’s behavior. As you said, having the white person point out the problem was probably far more effective. The hard thing is that try as we might we are still blinded by our privilege in one area or another. However when it is pointed out to us, it’s our obligation to sit with that discomfort and think through it, rather than rejecting it because we don’t want to think of ourselves as bad people. It is our obligation to confront these things, and when made aware of them, to call them out when we see them happening with newly-aware eyes.

        • 31 Nerdy Wonka
          February 24, 2015 at 12:22 am

          Bravo! Bravo! Bravo, Maryl1! I couldn’t have said it better. You perfectly expressed my sentiments, and I believe a lot of the sentiments of the people pushing back against Patricia Arquette’s comments.

          It is unfortunate and breaks my heart that when POC or LGBT people point out racism, prejudice, and ignorance, they are not believed. The overwhelming response is oh well, there they go again. Your anecdotal example shows that when pointed out to them, white and straight allies have an obligation to stand up and confront the ignorance and also to try as much as possible to educate others and open others eyes. That is what it means to be an effective ally. There will be false starts and mistakes, but I am hopeful that we will make more and more progress.

          Thank you again, Maryl1 for your thoughtful commentary. It was truly enlightening.

          • February 24, 2015 at 12:35 am

            I am humbled by your comment, NW. I appreciate so much the information and insight you bring to us. We are trying to do a lot of social justice work at our school and through many training sessions I’ve seen people making problematic comments, through blindness not ill-will. When they are challenged on it, I can see them not wanting to accept the criticism because they want to think of themselves as good people. We all want that. I’ve felt the same way when I have said careless things. It’s hard to be open to that but if you aren’t, you are missing a chance to be a better person. And frankly, the people in positions of privilege will listen more easily to others in positions of privilege.

        • February 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

          Thanks Maryl1 for sharing this story, which, in a nutshell, illustrates the institutionalized nature of racism, and the clear advantage derived from white privilege. Sadly, even the genuinely decent white people, who abhor racism and white privilege, can’t escape, being the beneficiaries of racism and white privilege. Consequently, It’s absolutely imperative that white people who are anti-racism and white privilege must speak up forcefully whenever they witness racist incidents that seeks to grant them unfair privileges over non-white people. At the same time, decent anti-racist white people have to acknowledge that racism, and especially white privilege, grant them special privilege –including the privilege to expose racism– that are not available to people of color.

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      This point can’t be made enough, Chips, about any group of people. Once we start lumping people together, we veer off the truth. It’s easy to get caught up in an argument/discussion and forget this, but it’s always a mistake.

    • 38 amk for obama
      February 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      … not every white woman is that ignorant.

      But majority of them are. The elections in 2010, 12 & 14 prove it.

      • 39 Nerdy Wonka
        February 23, 2015 at 11:14 pm

        I don’t know if it’s a majority, I don’t feel comfortable painting people with a broad brush, but what I will say is you have a point in terms of elections.

        What shocked me in the Terry McAuliffe Virginia Governor race, is that even though his opponent had out and out said he would take away birth control rights from women, would take away their equal pay opportunities, etc., he still won the white women vote. The liberal white women vote was nowhere to be seen. If Black women didn’t show up strongly for Terry McAuliffe, Virginia would be looking at a different situation today.

        Same with Texas and Wendy Davis. She won the Black and Latino vote but the white vote went to Greg Abbott. A man who told women he would take away their choices and is now doing so, who told parents he would gut education funds, who is openly advocating for guns on campuses.

        Leaves me gobsmacked sometimes.

        • 40 amk for obama
          February 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm

          I can only go by the voting numbers as metric measurement of stupidity/hatred. Didn’t mittbot get the majority of white women votes too along with your examples? Numbers don’t lie.

        • 41 99ts
          February 24, 2015 at 2:40 am

          Leaves me crying – and I am an older white woman

    • February 24, 2015 at 3:00 am

      Chips, I would readily “concede that not every white woman” is as “ignorant,” or as as naive and simple minded, as Arquette. Sadly, however, the reality is that in the history of women’s movement in America, the struggle for women’s equal rights has always been associated with (i.e to say centered on) only white women. The fact that an enslaved Black woman may have faced unique and different struggles compared to the wife of a slave owner was not central to the American suffragist movement. What’s sad, is to see this young generation of white women activists repeat the errors of the past.

  8. 43 amk for obama
    February 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Kenya anti-terror laws: Court scraps main clauses

    Kenya’s High Court has thrown out key aspects of a tough new anti-terrorism law after a legal challenge by the opposition.

    Eight clauses were annulled, including those which curbed media freedom and capped the number of refugees and asylum-seekers to 150,000.

    The government said the law was needed to counter the growing threat posed by militant Islamists.

    The opposition warned that it violated civil liberties.

    The BBC’s Maryam Abdalla in the capital, Nairobi, says that the opposition Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord) party applauded the ruling, saying it had saved Kenya from becoming a police state.

    The government said it would consider lodging an appeal.

    Our reporter says the court had ruled in the government’s favour on some controversial clauses.

    These included giving Kenya’s intelligence agencies the power to carry out covert operations to prevent attacks and allowing police to detain terror suspects beyond 24 hours, provided they were first brought to court.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31588445

  9. February 23, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    • 47 Nena20409
      February 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      😆 😆 😆

      Fool me once, shame…..er, er….you…..if you fool me, you just can’t get fooled again…..Nailed it!

    • February 23, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      In my opinion, this 2016 election will be revealing as to whether this country realizes how much better off they are, and how little the GOP have done for them in the past …50 years. The fact that Jeb Bush thinks this country is so stupid as to elect another Bush.. It’s mind-blowing. I cling to the hope that the double election of President Obama implies regarding the electorate – at least in presidential campaigns.

  10. February 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Bob, what is the likelihood of her surviving this ordeal and what benefit does Russia get from her dying in jail? I’m sure the US is exerting quiet pressure, but that’s just as likely to harden Putin’s stance, than to help Nadiya. Putin grows more and more like Stalin every day.

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    bbl ….

  15. February 23, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    This is for amk…

  16. 80 amk for obama
    February 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    French President Francois Hollande lays out proposals to strengthen laws on anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic hate crimes.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31597187

  17. 81 amk for obama
    February 23, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Demographics on How Groups Voted in 2012.

    http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/elections/how_groups_voted/voted_12.html

    51% on economy and 66% on budget deficit went for mittbot? Talk about clueless.

    • 82 arapaho415
      February 24, 2015 at 12:50 am

      GM amk,

      I don’t have examples, but there are tons of tweets out there with graphs that show how much the deficit has declined during the Obama Administration.

      I think most people are concerned about the national debt, which deficits add to.

      Our feckless media fail to inform Americans that the last budget surplus was when Clinton left office. The debt increase since then is strictly on GWB’s disastrous term — unfunded wars, tax cuts and allowing the 2008 financial meltdown to occur.

  18. 85 Dudette
    February 24, 2015 at 1:15 am

    This year’s White House Easter Egg Roll features five souvenir eggs. Four of the eggs are painted in festive colors — sea breeze blue, sunburst orange, petunia purple, and spring green. These eggs feature the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady on the back. The fifth egg, the “Bo and Sunny” egg, is a Natural American Birchwood egg that is included only in the 2015 Collector’s Egg Set. This egg has the stamped “signatures” and “paw prints” of Bo and Sunny on the back.

    http://easter.nationalparks.org/site/

  19. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2015 at 1:50 am

    amk – (I got distracted for a bit, but wanted to respond to your comment above to NW – “I can only go by the voting numbers as metric measurement of stupidity/hatred. Didn’t mittbot get the majority of white women votes too along with your examples? Numbers don’t lie.”)

    I’m with Nerdy Wonka on not using a broad brush on any of these issues. To base your concept that the majority of white women are stupid on how white women voted doesn’t quite cut it. So few people of either gender voted that it’s hard to use the word “majority” when we use only the exit numbers on voters. Well, we can use the word, but it has nothing to do with any real majority.

    Remember there’s no mandatory voting here. I know you know it’s a “right” that many people don’t appreciate or take full advantage of, and gazillions of people think voting is for somebody else (like it’s said a lot that people who think they’ll “live forever” don’t buy health insurance). Much of America is still in the days of the wild west, it seems – for instance, we have mandatory seat belt laws here; otherwise, many people would never wear them, either, like we’re all still riding broncos. Call it human nature or stupidity or irresponsibility or whatever, but it’s true.

    Thus, there’s a vast chasm between using the term “majority of voters” of any category(to say who is and who isn’t stupid and hateful) and the number of eligible voters (in any category) in this country. Apples and oranges. Doesn’t quite cut it.

    However, I do know where you’re coming from, amk, so let’s just say: There are a lot more stupid and hateful people in this country who will never touch a ballot in their lives! Welcome to America.

  20. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

  21. February 24, 2015 at 2:16 am

    good night TOD …….

  22. 94 Dudette
    February 24, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Black History Month continues: 1st African American to earn a PhD. from Harvard

    • 95 Dudette
      February 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

    • February 24, 2015 at 3:50 am

      My hero, Dudette! It wasn’t until I read W.E.B. DuBois’ classic, “The Souls of Black Folk” that I decided to immerse my self in studying the history of African Americans. As far as I am concerned, DuBois’ prophetic statement, in 1903, that “the history of the 20th Century was the history of the Color Line” is still relevant today. I also think that his marvelous “after thought,” in his monumental book, “Black Reconstruction,” entitled “The Propaganda of History,” is so relevant to understanding the way MSM and Republicans are currently portraying President Obama, the first Black President in U. S. history. What the media and the haters of President Obama are doing is almost exactly what was done to Black elected officials during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. It’s sad that very few people have ever read any of the books, essays, and poetry, of this great American/African-American scholar and political activist. Despite some of its shortcomings, Harvard College/University/Law School, produced five of my all time African American heroes:

      1. W.E.B. DuBois
      2. William Monroe Trotter
      3. Carter G. Woodson
      4. Charles Hamilton Houston
      5. Barack H. Obama

      • February 24, 2015 at 4:05 am

        Look, I am must confess of my unconscious male bias by failing to list the First Lady, Michelle Obama, among my heroes/heroins who are products of Harvard. My omission is a clear example of how male privilege operates. I am absolutely convinced that First Lady, Michelle Obama, has been one of the most transformative First Ladies in U.S. history.

  23. 99 Dudette
    February 24, 2015 at 2:51 am

  24. 100 Dudette
    February 24, 2015 at 2:58 am

  25. 102 Dudette
    February 24, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Perhaps Handel’s most popular work (an excerpt from Messiah) – From Andre Rieu’s “Live From Radio City Music Hall” in New York City 2004, with the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Harlem Gospel Choir.

  26. 103 Dudette
    February 24, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Good night! 🙂

  27. 104 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 5:03 am

    West Indies led by chris gayle smashed some huge records against Zimbabwe

    Chris Gayle (215) scored the first World Cup double hundred. Furst non-indian to score a 200 in 50 overs game. All previous four 200’s were scored by indians. 😎 😎 😎 😎

    Gayle’s 16 sixes equalled the ODI record held by Rohit Sharma 😎 and AB de Villiers. He went for the 17th in the last ball and got caught. unlucky feller.

    Gayle and Samuels put on 372 – the highest ODI partnership record for any wicket. Previous record was held by indians. 😎

    Gayle became the only batsman to hit a century in Twenty20 Internationals, a double century in ODIs and a triple century in Tests.

    The Windies 152 runs in the last 10 overs is the highest in World Cup history and the second highest in ODIs behind South Africa’s 163 against West Indies in 2015.

    and we will still beat the crap out of them, come march 6th. 😎

    • 105 amk for obama
      February 24, 2015 at 5:45 am

      also. too.

      gayle hit the fastest 200 in 50 overs games, overtaking another indian. 😎

      Tendulkar hit the first-ever ODI double ton against South Africa at Gwalior on February 24, 2010. 😎

      Exactly five years after Tendulkar’s historic innings, Gayle hit a whirlwind 215 to become the first batsman to score a double century in the history of the World Cup.

  28. 106 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee after criticism over “cash-for-access” claims.

    The former foreign secretary is also standing down as a Conservative MP.

    Sir Malcolm denies any wrongdoing after being secretly recorded apparently offering his services to a private firm for cash.

    He said the controversy did not relate to the committee but did not want its work to be “distracted or affected”.

    Another former foreign secretary, Labour’s Jack Straw, also featured in the undercover investigation by Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches.

    Both MPs have referred themselves to Parliament’s standards watchdog and both deny breaching House of Commons rules.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-31603202

    And the queen knighted this pimp?

  29. 107 amk for obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Carol Ann Susi, who played wolowitz’s mom in tbbt has died? I didn’t know about it until today’s episode.

    I will miss her yelling but caring character.

  30. 111 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Excellent collection of Tweets, NW.
    Brava!


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