A Tweet Or Two























Thanks so much for this, Mr. Yardarm. So relevant for this day and age


Another day, another Black child is murdered by a cop. It’s hard to comprehend how a cop needs to pump FIVE or more bullets into another human being











May he rest in peace


Oh. My. God.












86 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    March 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm


  2. 5 CarolynfromDetroit
    March 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Trying to catch up

  3. 7 CarolynfromDetroit
    March 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Grateful to TOD for keeping me informed!

  4. 8 CarolynfromDetroit
    March 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Hi, JOb.

  5. 9 CarolynfromDetroit
    March 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Don’t comment much but I read all of the posts.

  6. March 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Great post, and lots of great pictures. 🙂

  7. March 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Spectacular Nerdy, a really fantastic compilation – thank you Legend.

  8. March 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      March 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you, Pf. This is jaw-dropping horrible.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      March 8, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      In 1966 when I got hired by the Navy and had to visit the nurse on the first day, for an audiogram, which was the requirement since I guess they were going to ruin your hearing, the nurse told me – at age 19 – “Oh, no, you can’t come to work in a dress that short. There are 500 men working here, so don’t wear it again.” When I returned, crushed, to the office, and told my then-boss what she had said, he said about my dress, “Looks good to me. Ignore her.” And it was never an issue. Ha.

      Oh, and, I can remember the time in about 1971, when we women (I was already somebody’s mother) were given notice that the following week, we’d be “allowed” to wear pants to work for the first time. Keep in mind we were already wearing our mini skirts to work. (Don’t think Hillary here but … ) We named the start date “Pants Suit Day.” It was very festive. What I wore was a two-piece leathery black pantsuit with a tunic top and slacks. On off weeks, to stretch my wardrobe, I’d just wear the tunic, which was certainly way above my knees. When I was young and thin and cute.

      1923 – 1966 – 1971. Seems unreal today, doesn’t it?

      • 18 majiir
        March 9, 2015 at 12:43 am

        I remember making it almost all the way through high school having to wear a dress or a skirt and blouse every day. It wasn’t until 1970, before my senior year began, that we could then begin wearing pant suits. We still couldn’t wear pants and blouses or blue jeans. I attended an all girls public high school!

        • 19 jacquelineoboomer
          March 9, 2015 at 12:49 am

          Seems amazing now, doesn’t it? I graduated from Catholic (all girls only the first two years, then we got boys – Yeehaw!) high school in 1964. Was going to be a secretary and so the last six months, I was in the work-study secretarial program at school. I’d go to school in the morning and leave for the law office in the afternoon. The nun would line us up before we left, to check out our “outfits.” The FIRST day I was going to my new job, she told me my skirt – just slightly above my knees (in the freakin’ 1960s, for God’s sake!) – was “too short.” Ha.

  9. 20 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    What a luxurious round-up, NW! You covered all the bases….and then some! TOD coverage of this weekend’s events is par excellence.

    ….and LMAO @ you had one job!

  10. March 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm


    As usual, a great recap of all one needs to understand the world today.

  11. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    March 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    The fact they came
    The fact they came
    Fifty years ago on
    Bloody Sunday
    To face whatever they’d face
    And take whatever they’d take.
    When told to go they asked
    May we kneel and pray
    They were answered with
    “The chastening rod”
    “The trampling hoof”
    That would be spoken of
    By another man
    Who came
    Fifty years, hence.
    These foot soldiers returned
    Those who were able
    To talk non-violence and
    Passive resistance like Gandhi
    To talk peaceful protest
    And civil disobedience like King
    To remind us
    The union of these states
    Is perpetual ~
    Like Lincoln.
    In Selma and in Ferguson
    In Chicago and Los Angeles
    They listened to the new President
    And took away the words of Obama
    In their hearts.
    And when the new traveler came
    He said we will remember
    Those early travelers
    And we will not grow weary.

    May we kneel and pray

  12. 37 jackiegrumbacher
    March 8, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    There is so much to cry about in these tweets, a lot to glory about, and then a laugh. Thank, Nerdy, for ending this day in just the right way.

  13. March 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  14. March 8, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    bbl …

  15. 42 jacquelineoboomer
    March 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Max Fisher @Max_Fisher
    It’s a real national shame that the year is 2015 and presidents still have to give speeches about systemic voter suppression.

    ^^^ THIS … and as the President pointed out, it’s also a national shame that so many who can walk right up to the voting booth, and who haven’t had their votes suppressed, still aren’t voting. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. We sit in apathetic states while our voting process gets gerrymandered or legislated away.

  16. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    March 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Joe Biden tweets “Women hold up half the sky … ”

    What’s not to love? ❤

  17. March 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm

  18. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    March 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    For anyone who loves Scandal, a live PaleyFest panel is about to begin.


  19. 51 yardarm756
    March 8, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    For our President

  20. 55 arapaho415
    March 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you, NW, for these eye-opening tweets (as usual, another outstanding collection).

    The tweet about the Saudi woman who went through the horror of gang rape and is now facing prosecution is stomach-turning. That country desperately needs change.

    And the Madison killing — makes no sense at all. When I heard about this on the radio, CBS radio news said the police had been called because a person was running in and out of traffic (a minor disturbance), and the teen was shot and killed — how does this make any sense at all? How could a minor disturbance escalate to this level (something I asked myself when the NYPD used deadly force against Eric Garner — another alleged minor infraction). And then to see Tony Robinson was killed in his own home — for a minor disturbance??? This makes even less sense.

    • 56 4morefor44
      March 8, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      some caution about comparing the wisconsin tragedy to some of the other recent ones…

      i’ve been following it and while still a lot unconfirmed, it seemed to have all started with 911 calls from a restaurant nearby where robinson was supposedly choking someone and in a rage for an unknown reason to the people there. he then left and was in street threatening people. the police chief seems like the oppsite of ferguson’s, and even went to the victim’s family house at 1:30am later that day and spoke with the grandma and prayed with her. this chief said the officer was rushed at by the victim and hit on the head hard enough to fall to the ground where robinson continued attacking, and that’s when the officer fired. whether or not that was justified is to be determined, but this is quite a bit different than michael brown and eric garner’s killings.

      i’ve been following some people on twitter who are there, and unfortunately robinson was also active on twitter, and between frequent posting of explicit p0rn, he was talking about new drugs he was trying and even started to recently post what could be seen as suicidal comments. doubtful the officer at the house knew this (maybe he did?), but robinson had been recently found guilty to armed robbery of a house and had been wearing a monitoring bracelet to avoid jail time. again, a lot unknown still, but i’m not so sure this is comparable to those other murders right now. we’ll shall see…

      • 57 arapaho415
        March 9, 2015 at 8:26 am

        Thank you so much for the clarification — I have not followed this event, my only knowledge is what’s been posted here and what I’ve heard on the radio (which has an unfortunate #WhitePrivilege POV).

        I don’t like to leap to conclusions (which I did here 😦 ), but the tweets about #TonyRobinson on the front page didn’t make any sense to me — still don’t get how the confrontation concluded at Tony’s home, but I did hear a radio report this morning that quoted a local Reverend as saying that Madison is not Ferguson — and I wholeheartedly agree. Though I know nothing about Missouri, what I’ve learned since #Ferguson makes Missouri sound so different than Madison, a lovely city that I’ve visited once or twice.

        I’ll try to refrain from commenting on something I know nothing about.

        Thanks again for providing much needed light on a volatile situation.

  21. 58 arapaho415
    March 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    This article is about a then 25-year-old photographer for the Birmingham News, who was only 5’2″ — incredibly, he said his size worked to his advantage as a photographer (which surprised me — I blame my poor photographic skills on not having enough height, LOL).

    There’s a quote from Dr. MLK Jr. in the article, too.

    For those interested, here’s the front page of @LATimes 50 years ago:

  22. 61 Vicki
    March 8, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Nerdy and Chips, thank you both for stupendous coverage of this weekend’s events.

    Just if/when you thought that the GOP couldn’t get any more out of control better sit down for this news:

    GOP senators and Congress people have sent a letter Directly to Iran promising that any agreement PBO signs with them will be ended when he leaves office. The letter helpfully explains that although the US President is term limited they are not and they will still be in power for years and years to come.

    Treason. Outrage. I have no words.

  23. 62 FoxfireTX
    March 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I cannot believe this. Has any elected official in our history ever done anything this outrageous?

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      March 9, 2015 at 12:02 am

      You have got to be kidding me. Does The Logan Act apply here, too?

    • March 9, 2015 at 12:16 am

      This presents a big issue for the 2016 elections, the GOP-party of catastrophic WWIII war with iran and allies, or the Dem peace and prosperity party. Iran knows full well it’s not these idiots in Congress that will determine the difference, but the next president. The American people will not vote for another middle east war, one a hundred times more catastrophic than Iraq.

      • 65 jacquelineoboomer
        March 9, 2015 at 12:37 am

        From your lips to God’s ears. We cannot let it happen.

      • 66 majiir
        March 9, 2015 at 12:53 am

        I can’t help but remember a few short weeks ago when the right was “outraged” that PBO had received a “secret” letter from Rouhani that they hadn’t approved. These jerks’ hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    • 67 99ts
      March 9, 2015 at 4:24 am

      They really are trying to make the US the 2nd state of Israel – not to mention generate world disgust and hatred. Never in my lifetime, has the US congress attacked a President in this fashion. They are disgusting to the core – evil in intent and action – full of hatred and racism as hasn’t been seen for 50 years.

    • 68 99ts
      March 9, 2015 at 4:27 am

      Also too – warmongering a..holes – why does the American right find it so hard to live without war war and war. This is a perfect example as to why 9/11 happened and no matter how much money is spent in homeland security while this keeps up, it will happen again.

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      March 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

      No, Firefox. No president has every been subjected to this for two reasons. One, there’s never before been a black president; and 2) there has never been an entire Republican senate caucus devoted to the KKK.

    • March 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

  24. 72 FoxfireTX
    March 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I am absolutely incensed. Cannot even begin to express my anger at this undermining of our president. These assholes need to be tried for treason.

  25. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    March 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

  26. March 9, 2015 at 12:12 am

    The intergenerational pictures of Selma for me are especially touching and inspirational. Thanks for posting these NW.

  27. 75 FoxfireTX
    March 9, 2015 at 3:14 am

    “A constitutional tradition that runs back to George Washington has always placed the nation’s President in the preeminent position to conduct foreign policy without interference or embarrassment from any source – including Congress. President Washington started that tradition by flatly refusing a demand by the House of Representatives to turn over the secret papers about the negotiations with Britain of the “Jay Treaty,” ending the hostility that had lingered since American independence.

    John Marshall, as a member of the House in 1800 (before he became the nation’s Chief Justice), made a bold comment that has reverberated down through the nation’s history since: “The President is the sole organ of the nation in external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations.”

    In one of the Supreme Court’s strongest endorsements of that very idea, the Justices – with only one dissent – declared in 1936 that the centrality of the presidency in the nation’s foreign relations actually predated the Constitution, and when America became independent, the national government inherited the power that the English kings had over their American colonies’ dealings with other nations. With the new Constitution, the court said, that authority was lodged in the presidency.

    That ruling, in the case of U.S. v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation, has never been abandoned by the Court even though some of the language in the opinion has disturbing overtones of an imperial presidency.


    In the Supreme Court’s decision in the Curtiss Wright case some eight decades ago, it spoke of the constitutional hazards of “embarrassment, perhaps serious embarrassment,” in the President’s conduct of foreign relations. The president, “not Congress,” the court said, “has the better opportunity of knowing the conditions which prevail in foreign countries, and especially is this true in times of war.””


    I guess if the GOP cannot win the WH, they think they can just run over it. They will not be happy until they destroy this country. They are a far bigger danger to our republic than either AQ or Daesh.

  28. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    March 9, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I hate to mar this blog with this crap especially after such a moving, inspirational weekend but this is the reality in which we live.

    Racism is alive and well in Oklahoma and it was all caught on camera. The feigned shock is laughable.

    Just in case you don’t understand what they are chanting:

    Never be a N….r. in the SAE (repeated)
    You can hang em from a tree but they’ll never sign with me”
    There will never be a N…..r in the SAE

    Yet POC are told that racism is over and we should just move along. We’re told that these are small isolated cases. Makes you wonder how many don’t get recorded and uploaded to twitter or Youtube. Right?


    • 77 donna dem 4 obama
      March 9, 2015 at 6:41 am

      The story was picked up overnight by ABC News Good Morning America

      Chelsea Davis, one of two co-directors of Unheard, said the video was recorded during the weekend. Unheard was begun at the beginning of the semester to demand change, especially relating to diversity issues, Davis said.

      “Clearly in that video, that is nothing new. That is nothing that just sparks up overnight. That is a chant that was well known, well versed, and seemed to be okay with everybody that was involved,” said Davis, a junior at the university.


  29. 78 jackiegrumbacher
    March 9, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Donna, thank you for sharing that despicable video and for the morning update. I would not have believed that kind of crap would be acceptable in any university in 2015–what hateful parents these young men must have and what a rancid school environment. I can only hope that national attention is called to the University of Oklahoma and every single one of the racists creeps on that bus is suspended from school. This country cannot be allowed to accept this kind of behavior without consequences.

  30. 79 jackiegrumbacher
    March 9, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Morning. Checking in to say Hi to those who might be awake and aware. It seems you can’t close your eyes without another outrage happening. Disgusted to read about the Iran letter from Republican senators and revolted by the clip Donna posted.

    • 80 desertflower
      March 9, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Been out of the loop. Just woke up. I am livid and saddened…first thing in the morning.

  31. 81 JER
    March 9, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    Protest at University of Oklahoma in response to racist comments by fraternity members – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  32. March 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good morning TOD,
    Donna, thank you for posting the video up above.
    How pathetic to see young people so ignorant. This is nothing new. How sad if this behavior is learned at home.
    Another sad part about this is Oklahoma is known for tornadoes and serious droughts.
    You would think they would have some moral values and compassion for human lives besides their own after the natural disasters that they constantly have to endure every year of their pitiful lives.
    I am so glad that our President exposed this in his speech on Saturday. He was raised and loved by grandparents from the Midwest.
    Unless people who do not feel this way speak up and expose this behavior even if it is on your own home this will continue.
    It starts with “We.”

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      March 9, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Apparently the juvenile creeps were suspended (not enough in my opinion) and the fraternity chapter has apologized (also not enough in my opinion). I’m so glad to see you, LDS. I was worried no one else was around and that I had entered a twilight zone where I would always be here by myself.

      • March 9, 2015 at 10:05 am

        Good morning Jackie,
        You are never alone here at TOD.
        My body is trying to recover that hour it lost.
        As I posted below ” WE” must Speak Up. Get Up. Vote Up.
        From this day on……
        PBO gave “WE” the blueprint for the future.
        “WE” cannot afford to let this movement pass us by.

  33. 86 JER
    March 9, 2015 at 8:59 am

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