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  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Hi

  2. August 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Hello VC and LP. What’s going on?

  3. August 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    ‘What can be said of the role that the U.S. Congress has tried to establish for itself when it comes to foreign policy? At the risk of out-Dicking former Vice President Cheney himself on the subject of executive authority, Congress is a “branch of government” in precisely the same way that college basketball fans are a “sixth man.” We don’t let fans call plays, other than as some kind of preseason stunt. I am not particularly interested in congressional views about the Iran deal. Could the debate in Congress be less dignified if the members removed their shirts, painted themselves red or blue, and started screaming like the Cameron Crazies? Which brings us to Sen. Chuck Schumer. Schumer is one of the most powerful members of the U.S. Senate, which is not quite the same thing as saying he’s dignified. Back in the 1990s, when he was a congressman, his House colleagues had a phrase for waking up to find he’d upstaged them in the media: to be “Schumed.”

    Washingtonians have long joked that the most dangerous place in town is between New York’s senior senator and a microphone. The Washington Post’s Emily Heil has suggested we retire that hackneyed cliché, replacing it instead with this bon mot from former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine: “Sharing a media market with Chuck Schumer is like sharing a banana with a monkey,” Corzine was quoted as saying in New York magazine. “Take a little bite of it and he will throw his own feces at you.” On Thursday evening, right in the middle of the first GOP debate, Schumer reached back, took aim, and heaved a large one. He penned a long piece for Medium that some anonymous hack described as “thoughtful and deliberate.” Uh, ok. Maybe compared to Mike Huckabee’s outrage about “oven doors,” but good grief our standards for political discourse have fallen. Schumer’s missive came across a bit like your crazy uncle who gets his opinions from talk radio and wants to set you straight at Thanksgiving…continued’

  4. August 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    My computer is so slow it took my computer 4 min. to alert me to your comment. I’m tired of living with this. But I must until I get it fixed.

  5. 25 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    smh – you are a *thug* to some when you demand fair and equal treatment

  6. August 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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  10. August 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Tonight on PBS…9pm on the east coast…documentary called

    Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP…

    well worth the watch…

  11. August 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    h/t Bill R

  12. August 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    #WhatFergusonTaughtMe is trending (and has been for a couple of hours) on Twitter …. as it should …. my contribution …

    #BlackLivesMatter

  13. August 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm

  14. August 9, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    If you go to Fareed’s Twitter Tweet page you’ll find a series of videos of his @POTUS interview ….

    Seriously!

  15. August 9, 2015 at 6:38 pm

  16. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    August 9, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Not sure I read this right (hope I didn’t, because it has me spitting nails), but I answered it anyway.

    • 48 sjterrid
      August 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      How many times has President Obama’s town halls and speeches have been interrupted by white “progressives” hecklers and protesters? Where has this person been hiding.

      • 49 sjterrid
        August 9, 2015 at 6:58 pm

        For almost seven years these people have been screaming at this president. We see the disrespect and the reason for it, and I’m a white female almost 60.

      • 50 jacquelineoboomer
        August 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

        I don’t get it.

        • 51 sjterrid
          August 9, 2015 at 7:01 pm

          My answer, or the tweet?

        • 54 sjterrid
          August 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

          To be clearer, I was talking about the BS supporters speaking against the BLM protesters.

          • 55 jacquelineoboomer
            August 9, 2015 at 7:07 pm

            Yes, I know, thanks.

            I’m wondering if maybe the guy who tweeted this was going for “treat others as you would have them treat you,” and I misread his intentions. I don’t know, maybe I answered it too soon, but I also agree with your answer!

            • August 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm

              The ‘give away’ in his tweet, Jacqueline, is the ‘black folk would have had a fit’ …. a hell of a lot of white folk would have had a fit, as well.

              Moreover, what Bernie proves by his actions is that he is incapable of dialogue with any form of adversary. He has been presented with truly golden teachable moments and he’s torched every one of them.

              • August 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm

                In other words, can you just imagine if yesterday, instead of running away with his #WhitePrivilege tail between his legs, he had said …

                ‘OK, you’ve got a beef, a legitimate beef that transcends the upcoming election, for sure. So, pull up a chair and let’s have a conversation starting with the fact that I acknowledge that no white person ever has or ever will be able to comprehend what a several century heritage of slavery and every form of systemic discrimination does to a person. You do. So, let’s talk about that first.’

                Ol’Bernie would have suddenly become a real contender. More importantly, he might have begun to lead the most important movement yet still to happen in the United States of America – a decades long total commitment to #TruthAndReconciliation. A movement, that until it happens and brings substantive change, will remain the single greatest failing of contemporary White Americans.

              • 61 jacquelineoboomer
                August 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

                *a hell of a lot of white folk would have had a fit, as well*

                That’s a piece of where I was trying to go, but got trapped in my own wording!

            • 63 sjterrid
              August 9, 2015 at 7:18 pm

              I, definitely read this tweet the same way you did. Your answer was great.

              This is why I don’t do twitter. I would be constantly be in a state of anger.

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  18. 68 99ts
    August 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Well I was going to post on the last thread – but when I reached the end – 51 posts on this thread – sigh

    Same comment holds – congrats on 1st vc and many thanks Bobfr for your tweets and insights into world events

  19. 77 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    • August 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      #LetsRollJoe

      And, he’s not the least bit late. His timing could not be more perfect – Labor Day 2015, Wilmington, Deleware, Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park.

      BTW, always remember:

      “During the summer (1972), Biden trailed by almost 30 percentage points,[16] but his energy level, his attractive young family, and his ability to connect with voters’ emotions gave the surging Biden an advantage over the ready-to-retire Boggs.[13] Biden won the November 7, 1972, election in an upset by a margin of 3,162 votes.[41]”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden#United_States_Senator

      • 79 hopefruit2
        August 9, 2015 at 7:39 pm

        WOW…this is a very interesting piece of info about VP Biden. #JoeMentum #LetsRollJoe #RidinWithBiden

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      August 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      That’s fabulous. It was a barrier put up, because some employers got together and bought out some politicians. There’s no reason a credit check should have anything to do with getting a job. What about the ever-touted right to privacy? (Of course, if it’s a job like I had working for the Navy, where you had to pass an investigation to get a security clearance, it is important for obvious reasons, but that’s a small percentage of the workforce, by comparison.)

  20. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    August 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    You know there is no real substance to the opposition of the #IranDeal when the best the NO contingent can say is that they can’t vote yes because “of PBO’s tone at American University”;

    crybabies!! the cowardly warmongers imagined that PBO would not labelled them as who they really are – people choosing war and opposing diplomacy

  21. August 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    A must read!!!

    “Chuck Schumer’s Disingenuous Iran Deal Argument
    The good senator from New York may be voting his conscience, but he’s got the facts all wrong.
    By Jeffrey Lewis”

    What can be said of the role that the U.S. Congress has tried to establish for itself when it comes to foreign policy? At the risk of out-Dicking former Vice President Cheney himself on the subject of executive authority, Congress is a “branch of government” in precisely the same way that college basketball fans are a “sixth man.” We don’t let fans call plays, other than as some kind of preseason stunt. I am not particularly interested in congressional views about the Iran deal.

    Could the debate in Congress be less dignified if the members removed their shirts, painted themselves red or blue, and started screaming like the Cameron Crazies?

    Which brings us to Sen. Chuck Schumer.

    Schumer is one of the most powerful members of the U.S. Senate, which is not quite the same thing as saying he’s dignified. Back in the 1990s, when he was a congressman, his House colleagues had a phrase for waking up to find he’d upstaged them in the media: to be “Schumed.” Washingtonians have long joked that the most dangerous place in town is between New York’s senior senator and a microphone. The Washington Post’s Emily Heil has suggested we retire that hackneyed cliché, replacing it instead with this bon mot from former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine:

    “Sharing a media market with Chuck Schumer is like sharing a banana with a monkey,” Corzine was quoted as saying in New York magazine. “Take a little bite of it and he will throw his own feces at you.””

    Much more at the link in the tweet. I only disagree with one statement he makes and will let you guess which it is 😉

  22. August 9, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    NERDY! ……they’re laying Meek 6 ft. deep in Philly!!!! …..during Eagles training camp 😀 😀 😀

  23. August 9, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    OK, preparing myself for True Detective season 2 (possibly series finally…up to the writer if he wants to do Season 3)

    • 88 Nerdy Wonka
      August 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      How have you liked True Detective season two?

      To me, it’s not as kick ass as season one was and HBO bosses kinda acknowledged that a couple weeks ago. True Detective season 2 seems to be snooze fest until the last 10 minutes of every episode. The stand out character and acting for me has been Rachel McAdams. She’s been the reason I’ve stuck with it, so I can see how it all ends.

      • 89 Vicki
        August 9, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        I lived for season 1 and this season was Truly Defective.

        So complicated with oodles of sleazy and uninteresting characters. I stuck with it because I knew there were only a few episodes but I don’t care who killed Richie Caspere (which is supposed to be the main plot question) and killing off Taylor Kitsch before Vince Vaughan can never be a wise choice.
        The finale will come as a relief. I will be watching. As Nerdy said, I like to see how stories end.

        • 90 Vicki
          August 9, 2015 at 8:34 pm

          TD bears a remarkable resemblance to the current state of 2016. Oodles of depressing characters.
          Only sticking with it to find out how it ends.

      • August 9, 2015 at 9:29 pm

        I’m in the same boat as you on Season 2…that being said it was going to be near impossible to live up to Season 1. I’m still in love with the cinematography though…the Vinci shootout scene at Casper’s supposed holding place was pretty epic, but the one last year (with the bikers and Rust escaping) will never be topped because it was done in ONE take

        …it still amazes me. The big difference is Nic Pizzolatto got full reigns after director Cary Fukunaga left…hopefully the finally tonight will tie up some loose ends and be more cohesive….

        S/N I was starting to get pissed with ‘The Strain’ but I’m back on board….the flashbacks scenes seemed overwrought 😕

        • 92 Vicki
          August 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm

          One take tracking shot—like Goodfellas scene when ray liotta and Sharon Stone, walk thru the restaurant kitchen —king of the hill.

          • August 10, 2015 at 12:03 am

            Finally got finished watching the finale….my cable went out right when Colin was at the depot meeting the police captain….everything was so predictable. I kept hoping for something to justify my initial excitement for the season, but it ended up being nothing terrible/nothing great…I’ve been watching Power which is better in Season 2, Lebron James’s show ‘Buyers Remorse’ which starts in a few weeks is basically a tamed down version of ‘Ballers’ is ok, and Ray Donovan is growing on me. I’m going to need something to fill my next 3 weeks before football starts…after which I will be in heaven!

  24. 95 JER
    August 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm

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    • 104 99ts
      August 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      You may well know Bob, but many in the US would not – the speaker of our Parliament has nil political power (other than belonging to the party in power). He has no control as to what legislation is brought to the floor – and only has a vote if there is a tied vote on the floor of the house of reps.

      He/She does however control the flow of the debate. Apart from treating government money as her own nest egg (and highlighting how many other MPs have the same idea), the previous speaker made sure the opposition got little chance to put its point of view – sending more opposition speakers from the room than most other speakers in history. Tony Smith is supposedly more bipartisan. Whether this is true or not is yet to be known. Intereting times leading to our next election – which – one hopes – will be the demise of Abbott and thus a new speaker will take over.

      • August 9, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        “Intereting times leading to our next election – which – one hopes – will be the demise of Abbott and thus a new speaker will take over.”

        Agree 99, and that is indeed my hope, as well!!!

  27. August 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    BUT…

    I thought all he needed was a job…..

    isn’t that right, Bernie?

    ………………………….

    Racist Lowe’s Customer Refuses To Allow Black Delivery Driver Into Her Home
    Aug 9, 2015

    Marcus Bradley, a Black delivery driver for Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Danville, Virginia, was told that he couldn’t make a delivery to a woman’s home because she requested that the delivery person not be Black, Fox1o reports.

    Bradley was already out on the delivery when he got the call from work telling him to turn around.

    “I asked him why I couldn’t do it and he said because you’re Black and they don’t want you at the house,” Bradley said.

    When Bradley returned to the store, he was replaced with a White driver.

    Bradley said that he was shocked and disappointment by the incident, but that he doesn’t plan on quitting his job.

    “I mean, I thought that Lowe’s would take up for me,” he said.

    “I mean, I gotta work…I’m going to keep going to work like I’ve always done. But I would think Lowe’s would take it into consideration to think about what they’re doing next time.”

    Fox10 reporters reached out to the woman who demanded a White driver and she doubles down on her racism.

    Reporter: “I just want to know your side of the story, whether it’s true or not?”

    Customer: “I got a right to have whatever I want and that’s it.”

    Reporter: “Do you feel bad about the delivery driver?”

    Customer: “No, I don’t feel bad about nothing.”

    http://www.fox10tv.com/story/29738022/delivery-driver-allegedly-turned-away-because-hes-black

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      August 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      He definitely has grounds to file an employee discrimination complaint. Hope he does. And his boss needs to be fired, immediately, by Lowes, to make their own statement.

    • 109 99ts
      August 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      The Christian way – the mind boggles.

    • August 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      So when I see comments about how this President have divided this country, I have to respond because I know darn well the reason this country is so divided is because of racists ass people like that woman, like the tea party Republicans, and Trump. These people have come from under their white hoods, taken over the Republican Party, and they feel embolden by racists loud mouth like Donald Trump. I wonder if I were to tell Lowes that I just want a black driver, what would they tell me? Maybe I’ll ask them that question.

    • August 10, 2015 at 5:58 am

      Did the reporter interview Loews

  28. August 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Best advice anyone can give him …

    #FergusonTaughtMe ….. us white folk have lots of work to do …..

  29. August 9, 2015 at 9:25 pm

  30. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Good Evening TOD

    For those of you that I have access to FB this is the crap I had to deal with over there today:

    I’ll post the picture for those of you who don’t have access. Also, Tracy Knauss (the author) has been a big time supporter of the President and I’m sure that quite a few of you have seen his artwork shared on Twitter and FB before. I am so disappointed in what I am seeing over there today that I had to shut down and back away from the internet until this evening.

    And yes I shared Al Giordano’s piece with them. I am just about fed up with the Bernie crowd!!!!!

  31. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    August 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    The lighthearted part of the evening:

    My 14-year-old grandson walks in to dinner at my son’s house tonight, and announces himself to us by saying, “Excuse my bare-chested body at dinner.” Too funny. He’s got the one-liners down pat, and I think he’ll be just as obnoxious as the rest of us, soon!

    He and his sister will be flying back to Florida next Saturday to start school, and we shall miss them. #SummertimeAndTheLivinIsEasy


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