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A Tweet Or Two

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EricFive’s on point commentary about cops in Ferguson

No one knows who shot those cops, all we have is speculation and attempts to deflect blame from the epidemic of cops killing unarmed Black males. The “tension” between cops and minority communities is a decades old problem (police as occupying force instead of public servants). The recent spike in police killings of unarmed Black males is a symptom of the larger issue of White racial anxiety which is reaching dangerous levels. The cop in Atlanta who murdered the unarmed, naked veteran who had mental problems should open up a lot of eyes to what is going on, i.e., Black lives don’t matter to these folks. Being Black is becoming a capital offense in this country. How the response to an obviously mental ill naked man is to use deadly force (not a baton, not a taser, not calling for backup) tells me that they are looking for an excuse to murder Black people (more restrain is shown toward a fucking alligator walking through a golf course than a Black man walking down the street). By the “logic” displayed by the Atlanta cop, the proper police response to a Black man threatening to jump from a rooftop would be to call in the snipers to shoot the man. There will never be any semblance of “equality” in this country until a Black life is deemed by society to be of equal value to a White life. This has never been the case in this country and it most certainly is not the case today. All of this racial shit stems from the mental gymnastics that the institution of slavery required of a White society that had/has an almost pathological need to see itself as “good people” no matter what horrible shit they did. You cannot enslave folks you view as your equals. You cannot enslave a race of people you view as human and still see yourself as “good person”. Instead, to maintain a positive self image, the slaveholder has to convince both himself (and the slave) that the slave is “inferior” and DESERVES the horrible treatment he/she is forced to endure. That the slave is not HUMAN. This inability to see Black people as fellow human beings, the inability to understand the grief of a Black parent mourning for a child needlessly killed by the police is the same strain of racist/White supremacy that allowed for the enslavement of Black people in the “land of the free”.

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Sigh. Get it right people

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LMAO. Black people are magic

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143 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. 7 vcprezofan2
    March 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Can I make you smile?
    There is very little news today, so I thought I’d close out this edition of Saturday blogging by doing my best to see if I can make you smile.

    The big question of the day is: Where is Vladimir Putin? If he’s not really in Martin’s basement (call me skeptical), then Max Fisher’s idea is that we round up the kids from “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” to go look for him.

    Have you ever run across the work of Russian photographer Elena Karneeva?
    …………………………………… //

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2015/03/can-i-make-you-smile.html

    • 8 99ts
      March 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Couple of great links at the end of the last thread – countdown clock and looking for Putin – very ingenious

      • 9 vcprezofan2
        March 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Happy Sunday morning, TS. That ‘looking for Putin’ pic made me smile. The video clip at the end of SP’s link also made me smile though it had nothing to do with Putin.

    • March 15, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Thanks VC for sharing this delicious piece. Smartypants is the best.

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        March 15, 2015 at 1:03 am

        YVW, NathK. SP is indeed one of the best!

        Is the thesis all done, and are you back online?

        • March 15, 2015 at 1:21 am

          The thesis is not done and probably won’t be until December. I am just lucky today because my daughter went to spend a week-end with a friend in LA. She deserves the break. So I have today and tomorrow at home to enjoy TOD fully, and may be now and then make a comment. I still read TOD everyday at work. We plan to get her a computer at the end of April because I had medical expenses for me and my sister to take care of first.

  2. March 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    GE,
    FURST and Second Place winners!

  3. March 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Wow, what a spectacular compilation Nerdy, Reuters are now officially out of business – thank you Legend!

    PS I wish that rugby fella was playing for Ireland today 😦

  4. March 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Congrats swbluega!

    Another outstanding selection of tweets, NW. Thank you.

    The ‘back story’ on this can be found at the bottom of the previous thread ….

    I think all of you will enjoy reading it ….

  5. 28 vcprezofan2
    March 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Wha-a-at? Ms NerdyW, are you aware you gave us at least 5 tweets about Old Jeb’s email each with the same link?

  6. March 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      March 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      • March 15, 2015 at 1:40 am

        I am with you JOB! In addition, we really owe SoS John Kerry for introducing Pres. Obama to the World. By the way, I never got a chance to say thank you for your incredibly touching poem about Selma. I loved it.

        • 44 jacquelineoboomer
          March 15, 2015 at 11:56 am

          nath – Yes, SoS Kerry did introduce that fine man Pres. Obama to the World, and we are forever grateful.

          Also thanks for your comment on my poem! Hard not to be inspired by the Selma anniversary.

  7. 45 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING EVERYONE…I HAVE TO MOVE ON AND GET READY FOR THE ‘PEW PRESS’ TOMORROW. IF I SEE BRUSSEL SPROUT STAINS ON MY KEYBOARD TOMORROW..I’LL KNOW THAT PBO HAD SOME ENTHUSIASTIC DINNER CONVERSATION..:)

  8. 46 japa21
    March 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Great collection as usual, NW. I do have a couple complaints about a couple though.

    What is wrong with being the lawyer that defended Timothy McVeigh? Somebody had to, and being that lawyer should not be considered a negative. Just like, if SAE wants to file suit, somebody has to be their lawyer. Defending a racist does not a racist make. Defending a terrorist does not a terrorist make.

    This isn’t really a gripe, per se, but why is Chamberlain always spoken of in pejorative terms. Reality and a reasoned look at the situation at the time is that Chamberlain had little choice but to give in to Hitler at tat time. Nobody was militarily strong enough to take Germany on and trying to start a fight with Germany would have been a totally losing proposition. Chamberlain’s deal gave England and Russia time to gt stronger.

    Without what Chamberlain did, Germany would probably have won WWII.

    • 47 Nerdy Wonka
      March 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      1. You’re welcome.

      2. Nobody is griping about the racists being represented by McVeigh’s lawyer. Everyone should have legal representation. I believe the underlying point is the irony and also the fact that the SAE organization/members don’t seem to realize that their racists actions is what is at fault. Not the reaction.

  9. March 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    😀 😀

  10. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    March 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  11. March 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    ICYMI from the glitchy thread earlier….

    “Happy birthday, Einstein! But this is also Pi Day, and a very special Pi Day at that. Why so special?
    The date is 3/14/15, the first five digits in the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter…..

    ….And—get ready for this—at 26 minutes and 53 seconds after 9 a.m., we will pass a date and time represented by the first 10 digits of π. Very exciting! If you miss it, there will be one more chance at 9 p.m. After that, you’ll have to wait another 100 years for that auspicious moment to happen again, assuming that we will still be writing our Julian calendar dates as we do in America…continued”

  12. 59 vcprezofan2
    March 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    So, I just embarrassed myself with that National Journal trivia quiz, 2/10. Good thing Amk isn’t around to giggle and gloat!

  13. 70 99ts
    March 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I am not much of a Clinton fan but the way the GOP are going after her every last public and private action – they are in fear of her being the dem nominee. Probably the only reason they didn’t attack PBO early was because they thought he would never be the nominee – silly them. The SCOTUS has turned US elections into Money A vs Money B.

    Has ANY OTHER SOS been asked for records of ALL travelling companions. Would a judge ever say this must be provided. US security be damned is the current activity of the GOP and their money friends

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      I don’t think they’re in fear of her being the nominee. I think they’re just getting started on their warpath. They believe they can beat her by a thousand paper cuts.

      • 72 99ts
        March 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

        Could be Meta – I’m looking from afar – but thinking that they really want her to understand the level of attack they will go to if she runs. Looks to me they are trying to scare her away. Wanting records from SOS and the courts agreeing??? Definitely politics before country.

      • 73 jacquelineoboomer
        March 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        I agree, meta. And I do not want to watch any of it! Ugh.

    • 74 amk for obama
      March 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      with all the baggage she inherited, rightly or wrongly, she didn’t have to add this unnecessary one, especially from the perch of high profile SOS. Extremely poor judgment and complete lack of smarts.

      • 75 99ts
        March 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm

        Yet so many others have done same and NO-ONE is investigating – pure politics of hate

        • 76 amk for obama
          March 14, 2015 at 9:51 pm

          And she knew that. That’s what make her so pathetic.

          • March 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

            Non-stop drama machine.

          • 79 99ts
            March 15, 2015 at 1:52 am

            It still reeks of democrats having to be 10 times as clean as GOPers – look at the last 10 years – a GOPer does what Bill Clinton did & he is rewarded by being re-elected. They NEVER get attacked in this fashion.

            I don’t think the US needs another Bush or another Clinton – but Jeb wasn’t/isn’t investigated from here to Christmas for doing EXACTLY the same thing.

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      99ts, I agree with you whole heartedly….but there is a part of me that believes the Clintons love all of this attention, and the GOP are trying to take the spotlight off the #47 traitors dumb asses.

      I am just so numb when it comes to the Clintons. If POB has to clean up their stupid shit so that they can come out saying that she is running for president and then do everything to distance themselves from PBO for the racist Blue Dogs, again. Then I just don’t care about her e-mails.
      If you are going to wear the pantsuits, then woman-up! If not put on the damn blue dress and go play grandma!
      I cannot tolerate her and Billary.
      Why the hell would she or him even want to come back to the WH to live? What has she got going for her except that she is a woman?
      WE, the people do not need Billary having a score to finish and surely, do so by trying to diminish PBO once he gets a couple of Cuban cigars(thanks to PBO)

      I don’t trust them. They will not go away quietly.
      The GOP really wants her to run because they know they are Arkansas southerners at heart. Billary let that be known in 2008.
      POB gives him the mic and right away he wants to take credit for everything.
      I can only imagine how high the ego meter would rise if Mrs, Clinton gets him back in the WH. Ugh!
      He is an embarrassment.
      If an AA president had done what he did in the WH, he would be banned out of Washington, D.C.

  14. March 14, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      We’ll see, meta. All kinds of stuff floating around out there ….

      What’s been obvious ever since Putin flunked at Sochi & oil prices started caving is that we’ve got a major nuclear state in melt-down ….

  15. 86 sherijr
    March 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you Nerdy!! I so missed all this goodness.

    • 87 Nerdy Wonka
      March 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      🙂

      Happy to have you back, Sherijr.

      • 88 sherijr
        March 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm

        thank YOU, I’m beyond words on how much I missed you all, and your newsy tweets each night.. especially while listening to the repetitive half-assed ‘news’ spewed via the tv networks. You are amazing 🙂

  16. March 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    • 90 Dudette
      March 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Fixed it.

      • March 15, 2015 at 1:56 am

        Go ahead and tell the Truth, Dudette. Sadly, many of the voters (or should I say eligible voters) they are hurting don’t bother to show up to vote. Almost 2/3rds of eligible voters did not bother to vote in the 2014 mid-term Congressional elections. Consequently, we have a Congress that represents a minority of eligible American voters.

  17. March 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    “In describing a worldwide conspiracy bent on removing him from office, the tired, flailing Netanyahu has inserted himself into the questionable company of Mubarak, Chavez and Kirchner.”

    “The round of interviews that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu granted over the weekend is stark proof of his current circumstances. A matter of a few days before Tuesday’s election, Netanyahu appears to be under pressure, nervous, tired and confused. Like a pilot who loses altitude and finds himself in a tailspin, he does everything that he can to regain control of the plane. But at least according to the final polls in the campaign – which according to law cannot be published after last Friday – the prime minister’s crash landing with reality appears unavoidable…

    Netanyahu was interviewed over the past week more than during all of his last six years in office. It seemed as if it was impossible to turn on the radio or the television without hearing or seeing him. At one point, it was as if the prime minister himself didn’t remember who he was talking to or what he was talking about. For example, on Radio Darom, he declared his detested rival, Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid, as a natural partner in his future government. Likud spokesmen quickly corrected the record, stating that he meant Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu…continued”

  18. March 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I have the idea v.putin is out on board a yacht in the Mediterranean with his old pal yanukovich. It’s not impossible. People like that bolt if they think their own precious ass might be in danger.

  19. March 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    For real ….

    The formation of a professional military and various corporate “contractor” (aka paid killers) is one of the core enablers of US #MIC war profiteers.

    If America is ever again to go to war, EVERY AMERICAN should have their butt on the line.

    You betcha folk would vote then.

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      typo corrected ….

      • March 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        We must find a way to stop the MIC from slaughtering more innocent people …..

        Doubt if she will ever see it, but I do think she could be just the force to make the most fundamental change in the course of America’s history – “America ONLY goes to war when EVERY AMERICAN must serve.”

        Jim Wright’s essay dug to the core of my being ….

    • March 15, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Bob, I enthusiastically endorse your “New Law” 100%! “EVERY AMERICAN should,” indeed, “have their butt on the line.” I would especially include all the current members of Congress who are itching for another war in the Middle East. I am sick and tired of rightwing chicken hawks sending other people’s children to go to war to be killed, or maimed for life, while they and their children live in comfort and luxury.

  20. 100 amk for obama
    March 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    polls are predicting nut n yahoo might lose. fingers crossed for karma doing her famed part.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31815481

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      March 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Fingers crossed, big time. But I’ll believe it when I see it, of course.

      • 102 amk for obama
        March 14, 2015 at 10:10 pm

        yeah, there was a jewish guy on aj who said the prediction polls are unreliable since the jewish rwnj’s will turn out in the end on the day of voting just the rw’ers everywhere.

        • 103 jacquelineoboomer
          March 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm

          Think I saw something a while back similar to that, which is when my hopes were slightly dashed. But I’m still crossing my fingers! He’s not helping Israel, at all.

    • 104 vcprezofan2
      March 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      It occurred to me today that Bibi has been in office the same length of time as PBO without 1/4 as much home grown progress to show for his time, yet he was trying to add ‘leadership’ in U.S. Congress to his plate.

      • 105 amk for obama
        March 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

        the real karma will be if he loses since he is the one who called for this snap election from a ‘position of strength’ just a coupla months back.

        • 106 vcprezofan2
          March 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm

          /whisper/ i don’t want to say anything out loud about bibi (not)winning …don’t want to to jinx things, but am thinking God/karma/Yahweh/allah/vishnu/…? can see into my heart.

          • 107 amk for obama
            March 14, 2015 at 10:45 pm

            vishnu is the protector

            shiva is the destroyer.

            /smh

            • 108 vcprezofan2
              March 14, 2015 at 10:54 pm

              Okay, will add shiva, since I’ll need both on this matter. Vishnu will protect sensible Israelis from the chap and Shiva’s job will be to remove him from the public sphere.

  21. 113 Allison
    March 14, 2015 at 9:57 pm

  22. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    March 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Evenin’, NW. Evenin’, TOD.

      • 117 jacquelineoboomer
        March 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm

        Hopefully, you want Knowles to hit the road … and not me, Jack(ie) (it’s all about me) … at first, I wasn’t too sure, since this used to be “my” song when I was a teenager. Did I mention it’s all about me?

        Ha. Good one.

  23. March 14, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I will not RT Larry King, but I have no doubt Secretary Baker was not the least bit pleased by #47Traitors ….

  24. 124 Dudette
    March 14, 2015 at 10:17 pm

  25. 125 Dudette
    March 14, 2015 at 10:22 pm

  26. 126 Dudette
    March 14, 2015 at 10:23 pm

  27. 127 Dudette
    March 14, 2015 at 10:24 pm

  28. 128 Dudette
    March 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Amen to this!

  29. 131 Dudette
    March 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    [Sigh!]

  30. 134 No Child Left Behind
    March 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    ……..

  31. 135 No Child Left Behind
    March 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Good Evening TODVille!

  32. 137 Dudette
    March 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Ye shall be healed… just as soon your pastor can fly closer to heaven in high style.
    Now pass the collection plate and make sure you put in the kind of money that folds, none of that money that jingles.

  33. 140 laraofzhivago
    March 14, 2015 at 10:49 pm

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