What A Week…..

….. because we can never see it enough.

131 Responses to “What A Week…..”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm



  2. June 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Cheering for President Tsipras and Greek Democracy!!!!

    Screw the troika ….

    • June 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    • June 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Greece’s situation is just horrific. My sister was there a couple of weeks ago and saw levels of poverty and destitution that were like something from 50 years ago – tables being set up in the center of the town she was staying in with food to feed locals, and not locals who looked like they’d been down on their luck all their lives, people who have just been destroyed by the crisis of the last few years. And you read those stories all the time, people who were comfortably middle class now rooting through the trash thrown out by cafes and restaurants looking for scraps of food. So you can only imagine how impoverished the ‘old’ poor are.

      And to Ireland’s shame, they have allowed Merkel and Co use them as a stick to beat Greece with, be good little boys and girls like Ireland, suck up austerity, make sure you repay your debts to the fat cats, and screw the poor. The Irish PM and finance minister have been shameful on this, just disgusting.

      • June 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

        “The Irish PM and finance minister have been shameful on this, just disgusting.”

        Could not agree with you more, Chips.

        Well, Merkel may well have met her match in Tsipras. He’s not playing; that’s for sure.

        • June 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm

          But Greece has so few options Bob, I just don’t know what they’re going to do, short of looking to Russia or whoever to help them out. It’s nightmarish for them, they’re facing meltdown.

          • June 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

            If they unite, Chips, they will prevail. Their economy is predicted to grow in the next 12 months and if they now exhibit a true dedication to their democracy they’ll find the strength to persist. They’ve been at it for a few thousand years and, in reality, have faced far worse crises.

            I have no reason to doubt that President Obama will not do all he can if Greek citizens democratically chose to reject Merkel & the European kleptocrat bankers.

            • June 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

              I’m less optimistic for them Bob, it just seems like they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t exit the Euro. What the heck would happen their banking system? There’s already a run on the banks, what would it be like if the referendum effectively rubber-stamps a Euro exit?

              • 24 Vicki
                June 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

                I’m with Chips, here.
                Tsipras is selecting the hill he may die on. There is dignity in his choice. The news that the Greek economy has picked up a bit is news to me and encouraging.

                • June 27, 2015 at 9:20 pm

                  It’s like a cruel game of bluff at the moment, both sides expecting each other to back down, and the losers are the Greek people. It’s horrific. Tsipras has done his very best to get a better deal, but he is up against such powerful predatory forces I just don’t know where this will go. Terrifying.

    • 26 Vicki
      June 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Good evening, Bob.
      It is so wonderful to be able to find you and others to share what interests me so intensely. Endless thanks.

      • 27 Vicki
        June 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm

        My view is that in the situation this dire you need to look for the options that have a chance of preserving something of who you essentially are and what you stand for. That is what Tsipras is doing.

        • June 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

          Could not agree with you more, Vicki.

          He was elected to lead, not to cave to Merkel & Company.

          That is what he is doing and he’s doing by asserting the democratic process in the nation in which it was born.

        • 30 Vicki
          June 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

          Sansa,in the game of Thrones finale, said she wanted to die while there was still something of her left. Then she jumped from a parapet at Winterfell into a snow drift. We don’t know if she survived.

          maybe not a great parallel.

    • 31 theo67
      June 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      I see it differently. This President Tsipras and his group have sounded like petulant children for the last couple of weeks, accusing the EU of trying to humiliate them, and other nonsense. If the Greek can’t/won’t repay their debt, then the rest of Europe has to eat that loss. They came into power inheriting a mess that was many years in the making, but making promises that they weren’t prepared to keep. Saying that they would now bring the “deal” to the Greek people, and promising to actively campaign against it, doesn’t seem like democracy to me, but manipulation of a scared population and an attempt to divert blame for their failure to realize their fairy tale of walking away from their debt.

  3. 32 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  4. 34 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  5. 36 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

  6. 39 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Another profile in courage… the life and death kind! Wow!

    • 40 desertflower
      June 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Wow. Amazingly powerful

      • 41 globalcitizenlinda
        June 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

        I tell you as a person who knows (country of birth) the Ugandan president, that these people are indeed showing tremendous courage;

        I have no doubt that harm will come the way of people who were involved in the Pride Parade and that many ordinary Ugandans will be cheering for the oppressor (still lots of homophobes among the people because they have been frightened by propaganda from and sponsored by US evangelicals )

    • 42 globalcitizenlinda
      June 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      hey thanks a lot for finding this!

      this is my country of birth – simply amazing ;

      the president there is scumbag

  7. 43 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

  8. June 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Bringing over from the last post.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for the fantastic compilation about the brave and courageous #BreeNewsome, who bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice this morning, by removing that racist azz flag from SC State House.

    The very fact of SC putting that disgusting racist azz flag back up, validates their intrench racist mentality.

  9. 53 amk for obama
    June 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    fuck you bbc.

    “Greece’s parliament has approved controversial plans to hold a referendum on international creditors’ terms for a bailout.”

    why it is ‘controversial’? because they refuse to toe the fucking bankers’ line.

    again, fuck you bbc.

    • 57 Vicki
      June 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Yes. This. Precisely.

    • 58 theo67
      June 27, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      The deal expires on Tuesday. By the time they hold the referendum on the deal, the deal will no longer exist. The fact is that while Europe may not be popular in this exchange, the Greek group shouldn’t be hailed when they’ve failed to sort themselves out, and now their country faces a default. From what I’m hearing, the Greek President decided he would announce to his people that he would hold a referendum and campaign against the deal being presented, and made an assumption that Europe would extend the deadline. Why would Europe extend a deadline to continue hammering out a deal, while the counter-party says they’re planning to actively campaign against the deal? Doesn’t make sense.

      • 59 amk for obama
        June 27, 2015 at 11:11 pm

        what deal? the one impoverishes his citizens more ? As Bob said above, he is owes allegiance to his people, not to a conglomerate of thieving bankers. Greece is probably the smallest and the weakest economy in EU and their ‘debt’ is pocket change for their bigger brethren, who themselves do not preach or practice austerity at home.

  10. 60 desertflower
    June 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Another excellent piece by Jim Wright. Send it around


    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      June 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Df. Jim has some sound and sane ideas about gun laws. I wish people would listen to him.

  11. June 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    h/t LL

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  12. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  13. 72 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Check this out! I mean, really check it out – it’s only 8 mins

    Negro Spirituals – built on the ‘black notes’.
    A white spiritual built on the black notes (a slave melody) = Amazing Grace

    • 73 vcprezofan2
      June 27, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Well, okay it’s more like 9 minutes, but the music ‘history’ lesson is what I want to share.

      • 74 vcprezofan2
        June 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm

        Here is the singer giving an inspirational speech, which starts out funny and really sounds inspirational (at least as far as I’ve gotten).

        • 75 vcprezofan2
          June 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

          FTR, I finished watching this one and have to say that while it started out funny, it was a bit (okay more than a bit) too WintleyPhipps-focused and too name-drop-py to be inspirational for me. Private person that I am, he left me wondering if he had prior permission for all those names he dropped, plus, quite frankly, they jarred….for me. Would have been more effective …IMO… if he had more ‘ordinary’ / ‘every day’ people as his examples. Some of us just aren’t celebrity fans.

    • 76 Dudette
      June 27, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      I remember this! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!!

    • 78 sabreen60
      June 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      vc, I was just going to post this video. This explains why President Obama sang low, beginning in E Flat. Early Blues also used just the 5 black notes. CL over at TPV led me to this video. We all know PBO sings in higher octaves e.g., Al Green’s “I’m So in Love with You”.

    • June 27, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      TY VC!

      I’ve treasured this video since the first time I saw it. Would not surprise me if Wintley Phipps was moved to tears by President Obama’s rendition.

      In any case, you inspired me to tweet a thank you to him!

      • 80 vcprezofan2
        June 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        One of the great advantages of TODland for me is that I am regularly reminded of ‘goodies’ that I’d forgotten.

        THANKS to **every**one who makes this place!

  14. June 27, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    ICYMI….the backstory:

    β€œCharles Miller Jr. may one day be remembered as the musician who punctuated President Barack Obama’s powerful speech on Friday in a way only a church organist could. As Obama spoke the lyrics of β€œAmazing Grace,” and later sang them toward the end of his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Miller pounded on his Hammond C-3, electrifying the packed TD Arena with chords of the well-known spiritual. It was a ray of light, a moment to rejoice amid so many tears and broken hearts, including his own.

    Hours after the funeral, Miller reflected on that moment, and said it truly felt like that was part of his purpose in life. β€œI was taking my cue from God, literally,” he said. β€œIn the black tradition, when a lot of preachers get to the end of their sermons, the musicians come in and assist with the message. Even though President Obama is not a minister, he was delivering a word for this church, for this community, this city, the state, and for the nation. So what better way to honor the nine who senselessly lost their lives, than to just help the president in any way I could?” For the lifelong pianist and organist, playing at the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral was a deeply emotional and personal experience. Miller lost his cousin, the Rev. Daniel Simmons, and a mentor, Pinckney, in the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church last week. Miller knew Pinckney all his life, and even though the reverend and state senator was only eight years older, he was always a man Miller looked up to.β€œHe influenced me from the perspective of a young male, letting me know that civic work was just as important as church work,” he said….continued”

  15. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2015 at 9:14 pm

  16. 102 mtmarilyn
    June 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this again. I have stayed away from Facebook because I have so many conservative friends and I didn’t want to unfriend to many. Today I posted pictures from our camping trip and then read my timeline only one had posted how awful it was about the marriage ruling the the same day the President celebrates this he goes and has the nerve to talk about the Bible and sing Amazing Grace. She is so worried about this country. I was about to unfriend her when I thought I would read the comments. She has a relative who is gay and posted the most wonderful comment. Things are changing. Thank you Rev President Obama.

  17. 103 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    • June 27, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Dudette, every time I read JacquelineO’s poem I get teary eyed and my heart is filled with inspiration. What a wonderful tribute to the brave and courageous #BreeNewsome.

      • 105 Dudette
        June 27, 2015 at 9:44 pm

        I couldn’t agree more, RanMan! JOB captured the weight of this moment in history in just a few words! I’m in awe of Bree and JOB!

        What a week this has been! It hasn’t even sunk in how amazing these last few days have been.

    • 107 canadabarb4obama
      June 27, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Oh my. This was amazing, JOB

  18. 108 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

  19. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Each graphic and image is more fabulous than the last one!

  20. 110 Vicki
    June 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    If we were living in the country as we wished it would be, the front page news would be the Black Churches Burning rather than Escaped Prisoner, blah blah blah…………………………

  21. June 27, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Ok folks, off for the night. Have to prepare to meet the TOD Ladies who Brunch tomorrow. I may be in a meat coma afterwards.

  22. 117 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    CEB mentioned this a couple of threads back. It’s been playing in my head ever since.

  23. 118 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 9:52 pm

  24. 119 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 9:52 pm

  25. 120 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

  26. 122 canadabarb4obama
    June 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Just able to watch the eulogy. Can’t stop crying. I can only prY to our Lord He will shine his grace on all people of all races to love one another.

  27. 127 Dudette
    June 27, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  28. 128 GGail
    June 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    He brings me to tears

  29. June 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    In a few hours ….


  30. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    June 27, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    On Greece: I heard a report on BBC about how a significant amount of the bailout money, that is paid to the Greek government (at least the previous government), is also syphoned off immediately by Vulture Funds;

    Most of the Vulture Funds are based n the US and were also responsible for similar chaos in Argentina ).

    it sounded these vulture funds have the blessings of the TRIOKA to be paid of the full amount without an kind of hair-cut.

    So bottom line is that the ordinary people of Greece are being squeezed by austerity and a large chunk of the money flows not to them but to the pockets of these Vulture Funds;

    how will the ordinary people survive all these schemers and unrealistic expectations from the EU?

    I would be interested in hearing if someone here knows more about the role of these Vulture Funds in Greece’s calamity;

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