‘The one who has seen it all, and the one who hopefully won’t’

Arriving at Charleston’s Emanuel AME this morning

Amk: ‘The one who has seen it all, and the one who hopefully won’t’

Couldn’t help but think of….

116 Responses to “‘The one who has seen it all, and the one who hopefully won’t’”

  1. 1 Don
    June 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

    God bless everyone!

  2. 5 amk for obama
    June 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

    via bj

    No Matter How You Slice It, Obamacare Reduces the Federal Deficit.


    • 6 amk for obama
      June 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Anyway, CBO is now required to do this, so here’s their projection about how Obamacare will affect the federal deficit. Under the old-fashioned method, it will lower the deficit by $118 billion in 2025. But using the sleek new dynamic scoring system insisted on by Republicans, the truth becomes evident and Democratic evasions are exposed for all the world to see. Obamacare will, um, still reduce the deficit. But only by $98 billion.

      In truth, this stuff is so open to interpretation and assumptions (and future congressional action) that neither number means much. Still, if you want to know if Obamacare pays for itself using our best estimates, it does. Even using dynamic scoring, it pays for itself. That’s more than Republicans ever do with their programs.

  3. June 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

  4. 27 Linda
    June 21, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Trump declared on Tuesday. He still has not filed a one page form that only requires his name, address and signature to the FEC.


  5. 29 desertflower
    June 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

    O/T for sure…but this was in my Inbox this morning….they have linear thought. Honestly. Sad.

    Remember what happened when Congress rushed through NAFTA? One study found it displaced nearly 700,000 American jobs — most of which came from the manufacturing sector.

    We already know what happens when we get free trade agreements wrong: big corporations win, while working families take the hit. And if the House gets its way, American workers could be left in the dust again without a safety net.

    Sign our petition today and tell Congress we don’t need another NAFTA.

    Just always wonder how they square all this with their breathless wonder for Hillary….do they just choose to ignore that NAFTA was Bill’s doing?

  6. 30 amk for obama
    June 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

    off to see daughter unit in the morn. say gunnite.

  7. June 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

    MSNBC, CNN, and Fox are airing the sermon from Emanuel…

  8. June 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Danny-ambling time, see you all later.

  9. 37 yardarm756
    June 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

  10. 42 desertflower
    June 21, 2015 at 11:40 am


    “…the U.S. government to get real about history, as April 9 is the 150th anniversary of the Union’s victory in the Civil War. The generous terms of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House foreshadowed a multitude of real and symbolic compromises that the winners of the war would make with secessionists, slavery supporters, and each other to piece the country back together. It’s as appropriate an occasion as the Selma anniversary to reflect on the country’s struggle to improve itself. And to mark the occasion, the federal government should make two modest changes: It should make April 9 a federal holiday; and it should commit to disavowing or renaming monuments to the Confederacy, and its leaders, that receive direct federal support.”

  11. 44 sjterrid
    June 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Good Morning/afternoon/evening!

    Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there!

  12. 45 churchlady320
    June 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I will never forget that painting of tiny Ruby Bridges or the fact of her courage. The federal marshal who walked behind her had his own life transformed by her calm dignity. Today’s photo does bring that back. May this unknown (at the moment) little girl know the courage without the pain. Yes – may she NOT have to “see it all”. May no child today have to repeat that horror. She has already come too close.

  13. June 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

    there are so many reason why I LOVE these pics..look at the multi-generational swag.

  14. 47 MightyPamela
    June 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Off to work, to all the TOD/Daddies: have a marvelous day basking in the love of your families and thank you for all the Dad-ness you bring here! Back this afternoon, sometime. ❤ I will be very pleased to have FLOTUS and the girls home again. We need them most.

  15. June 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    To all the men holding down and doing right – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!

    Thank you from all the women that love you, and appreciate what you do.

  16. June 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    That top picture is so moving for so many reasons. It’s so beautiful

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      June 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      It is! Every time I go back to look at it I’m moved anew. Wonder what she’s saying to him – he’s certainly listening respectfully.

  17. 53 vcprezofan2
    June 21, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  18. 54 hopefruit2
    June 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    This man spews a whole lotta garbage and then wonders why his ratings are in the toilet…

  19. 55 Nena20409
    June 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Hello TOD.
    It has been quite a day.
    I was watching CNN and MSNBC as they broadcasted from the Emmanuel AMC Church. Blessed are the peacemakers……..The Parishioners were awesome.
    To my amazement, I felt joy. I was sad. I didn’t cry. That surprised me. Thank you AMC.

  20. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    June 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Father’s Day and happy first day of Summer!!!!

    Thanks for the wonderful images, Chips.

    • 58 vcprezofan2
      June 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Happy Father’s Day to you too, JO’B! 😉 😉

      Is my ‘little man’ still visiting?

      • 59 jacquelineoboomer
        June 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

        Yes, thanks, he is! I’m loving every minute of it. As his Mommy repeats over and over, about him: “His laugh is my favorite song, and his cries are my blues.” ❤

        • 60 vcprezofan2
          June 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

          One of those ‘belly laugh’ persons, is he? Just thinking about it makes me chuckle. 😀 😀

          I certainly do get the ‘blues’ part too, given his reaction to the needle. Your family has a real gem there!

          • 61 jacquelineoboomer
            June 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

            Thanks so much, VC – you always make me smile and appreciate him more!

            • 62 vcprezofan2
              June 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

              YW, JO’! 😀 😀 For some reason he has reached through your descriptions and gotten a hold of me! For someone I wouldn’t be able to identify if I were to meet him tomorrow, he has made me laugh fairly often. In my mind’s eye I see him as a ‘character’ in all its positive connotations.

  21. 65 Nena20409
    June 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    This is one main reason why the US News Media are total bat poops.
    When this is sort of comments being said by a so called journalist.
    Is Charles Todd the epitome, barometer, king of Race neutrality? The king of Journo Birther said what? What an awful thing to think, let alone say.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      June 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      • 67 vcprezofan2
        June 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

        Does the very neutral Chuckie Todd have any background of his own? If *he* were neutral, he might have paused long enough to ask the speaker what he meant.

        • 68 jacquelineoboomer
          June 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

          He’s been making so many flubs these days, and since forever, I’m just hoping NBC takes him off that Sunday show. Eek.

      • 71 sherijr
        June 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

        welp I don’t speak racist, but think I can interpret Mr. Todd as saying.. only white people get to be neutral. And folks wonder why/ how our media is so skewed to the right and dishonest.

    • 76 Obama Grandmama
      June 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      We all carry our own background into any discussion. It is like Chuckie is neutral with no race he represents from another world and not belonging. Hmmmmm….. Maybe so!

  22. 77 Nena20409
    June 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to all TODable Dads.
    May your day be as pleasant as YOU want them today 😉

  23. 78 hopefruit2
    June 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Whoa….Chuck Todd has once again…stepped in it, and proven why he’s not a competent journalist. (I’m being VERY kind here…)

    • 79 Don
      June 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      In other words, chuck got called out on his bullshit and now he’s scrambling to save his sorry ass.

    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      June 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      • 84 Nena20409
        June 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

        J’OB…… 😉 it looks like both of us are on the BriWi thinking 🙂

      • 85 0388jojothecat
        June 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        So he talked it over with all the white people on his staff and they decided it was OK to run this bullshit of ONLY airing AA men feeling guilty for using a gun? With all the footage of their “jail” shows they could not fine ONE white guy who was guilty? I guess white guys feel no guilt in killing other people Upchuck.

    • 87 Nena20409
      June 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      NBC has No credibility keeping CTodd on air.
      His many ugly utterances full of nonsense over the years are just not acceptable. Brian William with all his lies could possibly do a better job.

    • 88 Linda
      June 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      As I say to all audiences, Meet the Press should make all viewers uncomfortable at some point or we are not doing our job.

      WTF ? UpChuck is really Fuc*edUp !

  24. 89 desertflower
    June 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Uplifting…and affirmative:)

  25. 91 Linda
    June 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Anti-austerity protests: tens of thousands rally across UK

    Between 70,000 and 150,000 estimated to have marched in central London, with demonstrations in Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol


    Didn’t these people just re-elect the party with bigger margins ? Sigh.

    • 92 Nena20409
      June 21, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      That was less than 7 weeks ago. I saw that on BBC and I just laughed. These same people knew what The Tory Party was offering. They either voted for the Tory party or they didn’t vote at all. They punished both the Lib Dems and the Labour parties. They gave the Tories a full Control of the Parliament. Cry me a freaking River. These Liberals be it in UK or US……..would cut off their noses to spite their faces.
      I have Zero sympathy for fools that vote against their own interests.

  26. 94 sherijr
    June 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to all the dads here.. and the moms who had to be dad too ~ Have a good day.

  27. 95 Dudette
    June 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Wow! Smh

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      June 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Unbelievable. If it weren’t so believable.

    • 97 Dudette
      June 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      So now she’s sent out two weak” tea apologies. Ugh!

    • 99 Linda
      June 21, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Tell the dumb jerk he does not even drink coffee…..

      A-Holes are everywhere…

    • 100 Nena20409
      June 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      She is a racist idiot.
      Her concern is of staying married?
      Divorce is too good for her.
      It never fails, the insults, ugliness thrown to POTUS are most and foremost seeded in Skin Pigmentation. That is Evil. Nothing about loving thy neighbor as thyself, period.

  28. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    June 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    If you haven’t caught “America Reframed: By the River of Babylon” on the PBS World Channel, here’s a link to it on their website. I started watching it for the Cajun/Creole music (which I’ve loved my whole life), but it has a real heartbreaking environmental message on Louisiana, too.

    By the River of Babylon takes us into the unique culture and environment of South Louisiana below the Mississippi River: a habitat that gave rise to Cajun and Creole music, food, and culture, and one that is disappearing at an alarming rate … With compelling footage and expert commentary from Bob Marshall, a New Orleans Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, among others, the film weaves this sad story into a fabric of famed but decaying dance halls and the musical habitat they represented … Riveting archival performances by Zydeco heavyweights Clifton Chenier and Beau Jocque, and Cajun and Swamp Pop artists like Nathan Abshire and Tommy McLain, are juxtaposed by thorough and thoughtful explanations of the man-made triggers that may eventually drown the entire area: the seventy-year effort to levee and control the entire river by the corps of engineers, and the rapacious dredging of the swamps for commercial transportation and oil and gas exploration and pipelines. Louisiana, a major source of energy for the nation, is being destroyed bit by bit, and the region’s eco-system and marshland subside further and further each and every year.”


    And actually, I went looking for the video of one of the haunting early versions of this song highlighted in By the River of Babylon (later made popular by other artists) from the ’60s. Anybody wanna dance? Ha!

  29. 102 Obama Grandmama
    June 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I called my two sons and son-in-law that I consider son too this morning to wish them a Happy Fathers Day. Their Dad died seventeen years ago at age 52 and they have had to spend many Fathers Days without him now as have my daughters (and myself). They are Fathers themselves now so life goes on, but they appreciate him even more now that they are going through fatherhood themselves.
    To all here with Fathers or that are Fathers or are doing that duty Happy Fathers Day even if you are only celebrating the memories of Fathers.

  30. June 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I’m celebrating Father’s Day by taking care of my three little grandchildren, twins of 4 months old, and a granddaughter of 4 years old. Best wishes to everyone out there, especially Dads and Granddads. That photo at the top is precious. The wise elder of great dignity holding the door for the little one.

    • 105 0388jojothecat
      June 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Happy Father’s Day Bill R and have loads of fun with the grandkids….what a perfect way to spend Father’s Day.

  31. 106 vcprezofan2
    June 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Friday, June 19, 2015
    The Racist Fear: “You’re Taking Over Our Country”

    // ……………………………..

    So we must ask ourselves, “what is it that has threatened the entitlement?” In other words, what was Roof talking about when he said “you’re taking over our country?” To approach an answer to those questions, I think about something Jonathan Chait wrote after watching the movie 12 Years a Slave.

    “Notably, the most horrific torture depicted in 12 Years a Slave is set in motion when the protagonist, Solomon Northup, offers up to his master engineering knowledge he acquired as a free man, thereby showing up his enraged white overseer. It was precisely Northup’s calm, dignified competence in the scene that so enraged his oppressor. The social system embedded within slavery as depicted in the film is one that survived long past the Emancipation Proclamation – the one that resulted in the murder of Emmett Till a century after Northup published his autobiography. It’s a system in which the most unforgivable crime was for an African-American to presume himself an equal to — or, heaven forbid, better than — a white person.”

    The situation Chait is describing involves a whole different kind of challenge than the one’s we’ve dealt with in the past over slavery, segregation and Jim Crow. With the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, white people are having to deal with a black man as not only our equal, but our leader. Too many of us are prepared for neither. While most white people would not support slavery or legal discrimination, we’re not really ready to look black people in the eye as equals, much less see them in positions of authority over us. That is what centuries of programming has done to our collective consciousness…we assume deference.

    …………………………………… //

    • 107 0388jojothecat
      June 21, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      This is so true….when you hear comments from the cable pundits talking about, “PBO is too academic”, “..”he is aloof”, “he’s not like us”,”he’s too thing or that”, they are always trying to make PBO different than them (who are always white) and they get an AA to come on and echo them so they don’t appear racist. We all see through them that’s why I don’t watch any of these shows unless they are singing the praises of PBO which they should.

  32. June 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I am Thankful that Wolf won the election…that people came out to vote and not allowed Corbett to remain governor…i am esp thankful that Wolf unlike others did not run from the President and his accomplishments but embraced them….anddddddd unlike those that did…he WON…the people of PA….did a good thang

  33. 109 carolyn
    June 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Today our church service was powerful. In the first part of the service, right before the pastor’s prayer, the assistant lit eight candles and read the names of each person killed Wednesday in Charleston. She read slowly and emphasized each person’s name. When our associate stood up for her sermon, she mentioned two topics she had thought she would preach about….then said, no, she wasn’t going to do either one. There was something more important she must talk about. And she said, the ministers of the black churches in town had asked all pastors to talk about racism today, and she did! I thought as she spoke,…….’she must have been reading TOD this week’……because everything she said has been discussed on this blog this week. She just came right out and said that racism is a white culture problem, and we are the ones who must change it. She also talked about guns and gun violence, and told about the NRA person who had the fall to say the massacre was the pastor’s fault because the church was a no-gun zone. she re-emphasized that our church is a no-gun zone.

    She asked us all when we are in a place of business and see people carrying, not to just walk out, but to speak with the manager and let them know we will not patronize that place as long as this is allowed.

    Then she talked about how we can challenge racism. She told about two women from our church who were shopping at Hobby Lobby for supplies for our table at the gay pride today……we all knew the wonderful irony of shopping there for gay pride! These two women were in the bandana aisle and saw one with the confederate flag on it. They immediately went to the manager and complained and told him what they thought. He told them to write the corporate headquarters. They did, and posted it on Facebook, and twenty more people they know of wrote also…and she said, and now more of you will write. She said we have to start speaking up, being active.

    Tonight is a prayer vigil at the big AME church here……my friend and I are going. I think and hope it will be packed. I’m hoping that hundreds of other churches had the same message in our city today…..because as Martin Luther King noted years ago, 11:00 Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week . I hope some evangelical churches had that message today…..ours is what is called mainline Protestant, and I know those churches got the message, but the evangelicals are a real mission field for this message.

    • 110 vcprezofan2
      June 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Carolyn, this reminds me of PBO saying ‘We are the change that we seek’. Your pastor’s + your church’s action is an encouraging step.

  34. June 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    why this picture touches me:

    it’s the timelessness of it. the little girl, in her afropuffs and summer dress..outside of the color of the shoes…they probably would have been black when I was growing up, but that dress, could have come from anytime in the past 40 years. And, the Elder with his white gloves….he could have been standing there today, 20 years ago, 40 years ago, 60 years ago…

    this has always been our community…and we know it down to our soul.

  35. 113 hopefruit2
    June 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

  36. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    June 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    June 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm


  38. 116 Nena20409
    June 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    HRC’s full speech from the Mayor’s Symposium on June 20th, 2015.

    It was really a great speech.

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