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  1. May 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Everyone is playing catch-up today 🙂

  2. May 5, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    “The man who used his cellphone to record video of Freddie Gray’s arrest by Baltimore police officers was himself arrested by officers after he left a protest on Thursday, in what he describes as a clear case of witness intimidation. Baltimore police arrested Kevin Moore along with two friends of his from Ferguson, Missouri, who work with the group Copwatch, an activist organization that advocates for the filming of interactions with police. Police released Moore on Friday morning without charges being filed against him. His two companions, Chad Jackson and Tony White, remain in custody. Moore told VICE News that, prior to his arrest, the police department’s internal affairs division had already interviewed him for several hours about what he witnessed when Gray was arrested. His video showed the arresting officers lifting Gray from the ground where they had handcuffed him and carrying him limply to the back of a police van. Gray was later determined to have a severed spine and died a week after his arrest….

    Moore described the circumstances of his arrest on Thursday to VICE News on video and in an off-camera interview. “They waited until I got away from the protest and my people to protect me,” he said. Police arrested Moore, Jackson, and White after the three of them walked to Bruce Court, an area where Moore lives that is located not far from the site of the protest. The pretext for the arrest was not clear. “They had assault weapons, rifles, they had everything — their tank, two choppers,” he recalled. “They took me to the Western District [police station], never gave me charging papers or anything.” “It’s called witness intimidation,” he added. “But if they hadn’t let me go it would have been a whole lot of BS that they didn’t want to deal with, so they decided it was in their best interest to let me go. But they still have my friends.” …continued”

    • 22 taiping1
      May 5, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      His description of Freddie Gray’s arrest suggests that the spinal injury occurred during cuffing (prone with knees bent toward his back and someone kneeling on his neck) which then was exacerbated by the rough ride.

  3. 24 Dakota
    May 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Hubby on his way home with margarita fixings!!!

  4. 26 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    😯 LPlains again? 😀 😀

  5. May 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  6. May 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    “The energy secretary’s job title has always been a bit of a misnomer. Nearly two-thirds of the department’s budget has nothing to do with energy. Instead, it is devoted to taking care of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile — and cleaning up radioactive waste from old weapons development sites. That nuclear expertise has catapulted Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, a physicist from MIT, from a Cabinet backwater to center stage in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. An unlikely breakout star, Moniz sports a long wavy mop of mostly white hair that has been compared to George Washington’s locks. The energy secretary is providing a knowledgable voice that the Obama administration hopes can reassure nervous members of Congress as they weigh the deal.

    Moniz is someone who “can take complex issues and make the lay person understand them,” said Carol Browner, who was the top White House adviser on energy and climate issues during the first Obama term. “His ability to do that with members of Congress will be important.” A Republican congressional staffer said: “He’s not a policy wonk sitting around drawing two-by-two matrix models on a whiteboard. He’s a physicist talking about what the technical capacities are. Moniz is able to speak a different language and translate that into better arguments than we’ve seen so far.” Moniz has suddenly found himself to be one of the most in-demand Obama Cabinet secretaries. Since returning from the Iran negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 3, he has traveled to Panama with President Obama on Air Force One; briefed members of Congress on the Hill along with Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; joined Vice President Biden in Philadelphia to talk about energy infrastructure; and met, as a member of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee, with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He would have traveled to Beijing with the commerce secretary but couldn’t squeeze it in…continued”

  7. May 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    1. Support has fallen, but a majority of Americans still back the death penalty…”
    2. Death row executions peaked in 1999 and have fallen ever since….”
    3. China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are among the 55 known countries that sentenced someone to death last year…”
    4. Americans harbor doubts about how the death penalty is applied and whether it deters serious crime….”
    5. There is a racial divide in opinions on the death penalty in the U.S….continued”

  8. May 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Charlie’s an ass but LOVE her

    • May 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      • May 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

        Kinda hoping that after 2016 she’ll go back to run Ireland 🙂

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        May 5, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        I love the way she answers him without putting herself in the space into which Charlie was trying to squeeze her.

        PBO has done a great job, I think, attracting intelligent people into his Admin, and I find it interesting that the really intelligent ones are also modest and truthful in their description of him.

        • May 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

          She’s a very passionate and powerful woman about all the right subjects. I think that comes across beautifully, despite Charlie Rose’s intrusiveness.

          • 36 vcprezofan2
            May 5, 2015 at 9:59 pm

            Yes, it did even in that short clip. I find it interesting that so often interviewers try to word questions to PBO’s discredit and those who worked closely with him (and got to know him) are almost always loyal/truthful.

  9. 38 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

  10. 41 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

  11. 42 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Love that cup. Want that cup!

  12. 43 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm

  13. 44 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    // ……………………………………..
    The United States continues to stand with the people of South Sudan and will not tolerate impunity for human rights abuses, but will continue to push for peace. We urge others to join us in committing funds to support justice, reconciliation and healing in South Sudan.

  14. 45 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  15. 46 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  16. 47 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  17. 48 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    🙂

    I ❤ My President!

  18. 49 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm

  19. May 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Um, of course…..

  20. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    May 5, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Heads up about the republican clown car: you will soon get an additional candidate John Kasich, governor of Ohio. The Democratic OH state party nominated one of their friends who had lots of personal issues as kasich’s challenger. As a result, these issues were used to attack the Dem using Koch money. The election for governor became one-sided and doomed other democratic candidates on the ticket. Now Kasich is using this reelection as the key selling point for his POTUS candidacy

  21. May 5, 2015 at 8:45 pm

  22. May 5, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    • May 5, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      WHOA.

      SO thoroughly amazing. AMAZING.

      • May 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

        And Meta, I honestly thought I had seen all these videos from the archives – but I NEVER saw this! Utterly wonderful!

        • May 5, 2015 at 9:03 pm

          I so hope that more of them show up over time.

          I just love his mind and lyrical expression. He’s both emotionally and intellectually brilliant. Wow!!

        • 60 vcprezofan2
          May 5, 2015 at 9:20 pm

          This is how I felt when Smartypants brought it to my attention a couple of weeks ago – I actually sent it to offspring for after-exam inspiration. 😀

          http://theobamadiary.com/2015/04/16/the-president-delivers-remarks-at-a-champions-of-change-event/#comment-1308630

          • May 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm

            That’s where I saw it VC. Spandan had it on his blog a couple of weeks ago. It deepened my love for our President although I don’t know how I could love him any more. It moved me beyond words when he spoke about his grandmother’s fear and his grandfather’s anger. My heart breaks when I hear such things.

            • 62 vcprezofan2
              May 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm

              Jackie, apart from thinking he looked so young as I listened to it for the first time, I kept thinking ‘Where does he get his inner strength and wisdom?’ There is such a grounded-ness about him; he’s the first guy I know who set out to find himself and really truly did. He has been so consistent and has such self awareness it’s no wonder his adversaries are confounded by him. Jackie, I have known for years now that I cannot love him, and by extension his family, any more than I already do. I said here a long time ago and mean it down to my core – there is nothing PBO could do to destroy that love.

      • 63 Vicki
        May 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

        mesmerizing. and heartbreaking. How will we live without this man in our daily lives

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      May 5, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Very powerful. Our President was always a star, always brilliantly insightful and always keenly aware of difference between what should be and what is.

    • 66 Nena20409
      May 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Gracious me, Mr Obama looks like a Teenager there.
      What a young looking 34yrs old married Mr Obama…..the jacket looks bigger than him too.
      20 yrs later, Pres Obama in his 6.3 yrs plus, A 2 Term POTUS!
      Wow. Life is Good!

  23. 73 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  24. May 5, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    LAWD…I just keep missing all the good PBO stuff during the day. I need a 2-month vacation! 🙂 🙂 Thanks Chips for posting all these wonderful Cinco de Mayo videos, pics, etc…Now to catch up.

  25. May 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  26. 79 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Just so you know: Walt Whitman is ALIVE (on Twitter) and he’s following me. 😎

    • May 5, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      😆 😆 Congrats Dudette!!

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Think you can get an autograph for me?

    • 85 jacquelineoboomer
      May 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Yeehaw!

      Love this one:

      • 86 Dudette
        May 5, 2015 at 10:11 pm

        That one is quite the morsel, isn’t it? I think I’ve used it myself when one ex might’ve asked about another. 🙂

        • 87 jacquelineoboomer
          May 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm

          Perfect! Ha.

        • 88 jacquelineoboomer
          May 5, 2015 at 11:01 pm

          Tried to find the source, but I think it was one of those quotes taken out of context to use in some other time and place (and the one in the tweet works in 2015!) … this is lovely:

          Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City

          ONCE I pass’d through a populous city, imprinting my brain, for future use, with its shows, architecture, customs, and traditions;
          Yet now, of all that city, I remember only a woman I casually met there, who detain’d me for love of me;
          Day by day and night by night we were together,—All else has long been forgotten by me;
          I remember, I say, only that woman who passionately clung to me;
          Again we wander—we love—we separate again;
          Again she holds me by the hand—I must not go!
          I see her close beside me, with silent lips, sad and tremulous.

  27. 94 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    The clerk who took this woman’s check for filing fees on this lawsuit is probably STILL laughing!

  28. 97 yardarm756
    May 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

  29. 99 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

  30. 100 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Okay now this is a funny headline!
    LOL! 😀

  31. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    LOVE IT.

  32. 103 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    😀

  33. 104 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 9:44 pm

  34. 106 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

  35. 107 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Well damn, now Pablo Picasso is following me. I’m feeling pretty awesome today! 🙂

    Wait… did somebody here write my Twitter handle on the dead men’s room wall?… [side-eye glance in VC’s direction]

    • 108 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      😯 Meeee! Well, I never!!!!
      .
      Maybe you shouldn’t wander around ‘space’ so much; aren’t dead souls floating around somewhere awaiting the judgement?

      • 109 Dudette
        May 5, 2015 at 10:29 pm

        Eh! In the words of My President: “Can I live?” 🙂

        • 110 vcprezofan2
          May 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm

          That should have been my question, as if I’d ever write your handle on the wall when I could more easily and discretely have slipped it into their pockets!

          • 111 Dudette
            May 5, 2015 at 10:37 pm

            Aha! So you’re one of them Zombie Fraternizers, aren’t ya? Un-huh! I KNEW it!

            Where’s my bat? [diggin’ in the closet…]

            • 112 vcprezofan2
              May 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm

              /hasty departure/ I’m outta here! I may fraternize with them, but doesn’t mean *i* am impervious to pain.

    • May 5, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀


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