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  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    June 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm



  2. 11 0388jojothecat
    June 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I hereby rename her Bree Awesome! You go girl…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. June 27, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    “Mummy, look, I brought down the shark”

    I love my job.

  4. June 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    “Momentous times for U.S. and Obama should make Israelis burn with envy. An America that marches forward, that welcomes change, that grows more tolerant, that can take pride in itself and its leader. To paraphrase John Reed’s famous book on the Bolshevik Revolution, these were Ten Days That Shook America. Ten days of social progress. Ten days of moral advance. Ten days of national awakening. Ten days of presidential leadership. Ten days that should leave many Israelis, of the liberal persuasion at least, raging with jealousy. Jealousy of an America that marches forwards, that welcomes change, that grows more tolerant, that accepts diversity, that seeks to extend equality to all. Ask yourself, in all honesty, if these are the defining trends of Israel in 2015 or, in fact, quite the opposite. Jealousy of an America in which the machinery of democracy grinds steadily, methodically, reliably, even in an age of unprecedented political polarization. In which the separation of powers is immutable and checks and balances are more than an empty slogan. In which a 230 year old document is resilient enough to safeguard individual liberties and robust enough to accommodate change. In which a solidly conservative Supreme Court is bold enough to defy expectations, free of incessant threats to curtail its powers.

    Jealousy of an America in which religion is a private option rather than a dictator of public policy. In which the government – the current government at least – is inclusive, not exclusive. In which freedoms are extolled, not derided. In which elections are won by those who embrace Americans of all stripes and colors rather than those who divide and rule, where voters are swayed by a message of hope and change rather than adherence to the status quo and “Arabs are coming in droves” incitement. In which the younger generation is less prejudiced and more broadminded than its elders, less insular and more charitable, blinder to differences of race, color or creed…continued”

    • June 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Quite a fine article, LP. TY!!

      I particularly enjoyed these paragraphs ….

      “And while there is no clear Israeli analogy to America’s troubled past of slavery and racial discrimination – though both Jews and Palestinians lay claim to the role of victims – one could not but admire the kind of national catharsis that many Americans experienced this week, following the dreadful murder of nine African Americans in Charleston. Decades of willful refutation of historical truths, repression of wrongs committed and denial of insensitivity towards millions of African Americans seemed to melt away within a matter of days. It was a week of inspired enlightenment, a moment, as President Obama put it in his inspiring Charleston address, of amazing grace.

      This is the same Obama who, as a Pew Research poll showed this week, is growing less and less popular in Israel, in contrast to most of the world. The same Obama who is “abandoning” Israel, according to Michael Oren, who is hell-bent on signing a nuclear deal with Iran that could lead to Israel’s destruction, as Israel’s government maintains. The same Obama who is accused, tried and convicted by many Jews who view him through the narrow, self-absorbed, settlement-addicted prism of the current Israeli government.

      But for many other Israelis, and even for many of those who share concerns about his Iran policies, Obama was a leader after their own hearts this week, the kind they would wish on themselves. Intelligently, eloquently and movingly he stood on the right side of history, spoke out for moral justice, consoled his community with words of love and reconciliation. “America should be very proud,” he said after the Supreme Court published its judgment on gay marriage; proud indeed, of itself and, this week at least, of its president. It’s been a long time, one suspects, since Israelis could declare themselves “proud” of their leaders.”

      • June 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        Yes indeed, Bob…the entire article is well worth reading. Chemi really hit this one out of the park.

        • 19 Vicki
          June 27, 2015 at 6:36 pm

          You two are the best!!!!!
          I loved this article and i savored every syllable of it. Thank you for bringing it here.

          • 20 globalcitizenlinda
            June 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm

            don’t know if you can share more of it – I am not registered (ing)

          • June 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm

            Thanks, Vicki!

            BTW the markets are going to bananas if Greece doesn’t seed to Merkel’s demands of a deal by tomorrow…I sort of think the EU wants Greece out anyway?

            • 22 globalcitizenlinda
              June 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

              but won’t Greece’s exit lead to a un-intended consequences – like the Lehman Bros situation

              • June 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm

                Yes! ….at least in the short-term. I’m not versed enough in EU economics to the the full impact….also have to consider that U.K. has been flirting with leaving the EU as well.

    • 24 globalcitizenlinda
      June 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      thanks for sharing some of the content;

      would have loved to read it all but not registered

      • June 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm

        You don’t have be registered, global. I’m not. The link should give you access to the full article. Try clearing your cache and clicking again? Here is one from the author that may work better if that doesn’t work:

  5. June 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Congrats on 1st NW 🙂

  6. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    June 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    • 46 GGail
      June 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Yes indeed!

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      June 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      #FreeBree #FreeJamesTyson

      James Tyson spotted Bree Newsome
      And when the police came to get her
      He said he was her witness
      So nobody’d forget her!

      Or him!

      (Thanks, Donna!)

      • 48 vcprezofan2
        June 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

        Hmmm. JO’B, apart from being TOD’s resident bard, great grand-m, retiree and jokester supreme in our village, are you sure you are not a published and famous poet, lying low amongst us? An inquiring, and impressed, mind would like to know.

      • 49 Dudette
        June 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

        Bravo again! Damn, you’re good!

  7. June 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    “A statement on the Iran nuclear negotiations issued earlier this week by a study group organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has received considerable media and broader public attention. Dwelling on the fact that several former Obama administration officials signed the statement, a number of media accounts interpreted the statement as an indication that those former officials had broken ranks with the administration and lost confidence in its ability and determination to achieve a sound agreement. A reporter at the June 25 State Department press briefing even asked whether it was unprecedented for former senior officials “to have staged such an open revolt.” As a signer of the group’s statement and a former member of the Obama administration’s Iran negotiating team, I believe such an interpretation of the statement is unfounded and distorts the statement’s significance.”

    More at the link in Marie Harf’s tweet (obviously significant that she is RT’ing it) ….

  8. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    June 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    • 52 0388jojothecat
      June 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      There needs to be cameras on every AA church in SC and NC in order to catch who is doing this. I can’t believe that there are no volunteer church members to guard AA churches throughout the south?

    • 53 Dudette
      June 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    • 54 Dudette
      June 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm

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  10. 56 otter44
    June 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Has anyone heard of a place to support her attorney and bail costs? Please post if you find.

  11. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    No comment.

  12. 63 MightyPamela
    June 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Back from the doc – double injection Ito both knees. Need tea. Bbl with update. Tea is mandatory ! ❤

  13. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm

  14. 68 Judith Fardig
    June 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    MP – I hope your doctor hit the right spot with your cortisone injections and that it will give you relief for a long time! Sip your tea and relax. Wish you had your sweet kitty to pet.

    • 69 MightyPamela
      June 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Not cortisone, JF, this series is a non-steroidal, synthetic sinovial fluid called SynVisc. The process takes 3 injections, spaced out over 3 weeks. First injection is Lidocaine for numbing, then the SynVisc. My doc is a sports ortho for the Seahawks/UW, so I have absolute trust and confidence in him!! The insane part is each injection costs $1000, yes, One Thousand Dollars. US Currency. So, today I have $2K worth of fluid in my knees, the next two in this series are in the next two weeks. Total: $6,000 by mid-July. As I said: Thank You, Mr. Reverend President Obama. No way would I be able to cover even a co-pay on these if it wasn’t for Obamacare. ❤ 🐻 ❤

      • 70 jackiegrumbacher
        June 27, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        MP, I think you should write to the White House and explain exactly what Obamacare has meant to you. Today, we were accosted by a lady who knew we were Democrats and told us she didn’t like Obamacare. I told her millions of people were being helped by the ACA and no one could be turned away because of a pre-existing condition or because they had reached the lifetime cap. She said she didn’t know that was in the bill. Stupidity burns everywhere. I think the WH would love to have your story.

  15. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

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  18. June 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    • June 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      A moment of lightheartedness, Church is at capacity and pastor is asking folks to give up seats to family. Livestream is available in the basement and next door at Presbyterian Church. Folks are a little slow in moving…

      Brings back memory from my Great-Aunt’s funeral. My paternal family is HUGH — hundreds!!!! My 99 year old Aunt never married nr had children. She was our matriarch. Her church was a small, rural AME. When the “family” arrive, the church was packed; only the first two rows were empty. The minister was new and didn’t know the family well. When he got into the pulpit and observed the church was full, he asked the congregants to get up and give a seat to the “family.” Nobody moved. He repeated the request, twice more, each time raising his voice. Still, nobody moved. He was in the middle of his fourth request when one of my seated, elderly cousins piped up “We’s ALL family. They knew the church was small; if they wanted a seat, they should have got here early…” Everyone fell out laughing. Minister just stood there shaking his head… LOL

  19. June 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    So cool!!!!!

  20. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    June 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    “For 15 years, the NAACP has called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag and has maintained economic sanctions against the state of South Carolina. The NAACP, Governor Nikki Haley, a bipartisan coalition of policymakers, an expanding number of American businesses, and a courageous young woman named Bree Newsome are all united in opposition to the Confederate flag. Ms. Newsome temporarily removed the flag flying in front of South Carolina’s state house. As well as supporting the permanent removal of the flag legislatively, we commend the courage and moral impulse of Ms. Newsome as she stands for justice like many NAACP activists including Henry David Thoreau, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and numerous Americans who have engaged in civil disobedience. The NAACP calls on state prosecutors to consider the moral inspiration behind the civil disobedience of this young practitioner of democracy. Prosecutors should treat Ms. Newsome with the same large-hearted measure of justice that inspired her actions. The NAACP stands with our youth and behind the multigenerational band of activists fighting the substance and symbols of bigotry, hatred and intolerance.”

  21. 83 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    See y’all later, TOD.

  22. 85 sabreen60
    June 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Great poem JOB. IMO, you should copyright it for about $35. Self-copyright (from what I’ve read is not reliable). But this is one site to check out. http://myfreecopyright.com/

  23. 87 desertflower
    June 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Because we can never see and hear this enough.

    • June 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      So true DF…watched it 3 times yesterday. On my 3rd viewing, my husband came into the room and smilingly/cynically said
      Haven’t you watched this before? Before I could even answer he was overtaken by the power of Rev. PBO and ended up
      watching it himself…. annnnd applauding at the end. 🙂

      • 89 desertflower
        June 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        This is the 2nd time of watching it through for me:) I’m certain there will be more…I was not alone then when my hands seemed to find each other clapping and clapping and clapping yesterday when I watched it live. I felt clear eyed and connected to the universe as never before. We can not let this moment, this feeling, go to waste.

  24. June 27, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    The Episcopal Church in an historic vote at their national convention has just elected Bishop Michael B. Curry of North Carolina to be the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America. You heard it here first. Just witnessed it on streaming video.

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  26. 96 No Child Left Behind
    June 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  27. 100 desertflower
    June 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm


    NEW YORK — New York City officials have dedicated a plaque marking the site of an 18th-century slave market in lower Manhattan.

    The plaque commemorates the open-air slave market that operated on Wall Street from 1711 to 1762.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio said at Saturday’s dedication ceremony that the slaves played a vital role in building New York City even though their time on earth “literally did not belong to them.”

  28. June 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    He did adhere to this standard, casting Emanuel as a kind of temple of secular American values — the values he’s been preaching on a national stage since at least 2007. In fact “the steady expansion of human rights and human dignity in this country” is his historical narrative in a nutshell, the tale of a never perfected, ever more perfect union, the object of his seductive love for America.

  29. June 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  30. 115 FoxfireTX
    June 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Good day TOD! Still feeling so positive after this amazing week. Jackie, your poem for Bree is spectacular. Along those same lines, I came across today a Rudyard Kipling classic that I had not read for some time. So reminds me of the remarkable man named Barack Obama.

    IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
    Rudyard Kipling

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      June 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks – One of my favorites. Had it posted on my son’s wall when he was little!

      The poem is definitely President Barack Obama.

  31. June 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm

  32. 118 Marlz (@marjgra
    June 27, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Confirmed: Bree Newsome and James Tyson have been released!

  33. June 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Good morning amk ….

  34. 125 Vicki
    June 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t know if anyone at TOD has any bandwidth left to notice much about World Events.
    But if you do, Greece is unbelievable right now.
    US Media, and World media also, pretty much cover ONLY the corporate point of view.

    For another, and much clearer summary of what is going on see Paul Krugman’s short blog piece.
    If a TODer with skills thinks the rest of us would be interested, please bring it over.

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  37. 129 Judith Fardig
    June 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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