A Tweet Or Two



The people who do this have the blood of innocent lives on their hands





One more reason to be thankful for Shonda Rhimes



Thanks, President Obama



Such delusions. Newsflash, stop ripping off a Teddy Roosevelt comic







89 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”

  1. November 29, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    thank you NW…for the awesome tweets….

  2. November 29, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you Nerdy…always informative!

  3. November 29, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Fantastic tweets Nerdy, enormous thanks. The story about that woman – ‘My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up’ – is something else. 19 cops? And even when they accepted it was her home, the way they treated her. My God.

    • 12 Nerdy Wonka
      November 29, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      You’re welcome, Chips.

      Her story is so chillingly terrifying. The lack of remorse from the vile neighbor who called the cops. The lack of compassion from the cops and the continuous stonewalling of information needed by the victim.

      I always make sure my keys are visible when I approach my car, even when I am carrying multiple things because I’ve had a white person approach me aggressively because I put my hands in my jeans to locate my keys and didn’t have it immediately on my person. The degrading questions and the cops almost being called over a car that I own.

      That experience will forever haunt me and the fear when you park in a middle class to wealthy neighborhood, go about your business and come back to find cops slowly driving back and forth or parked just right across from your car, praying that they show restraint and this won’t be the day they kill you is a heavy burden to carry.

      I shouldn’t have to always dangle my keys or make sure they are prominently displayed to soothe some white person that yes, this is my car. No, I’m not stealing it. Yes, I have proof that it is my car. But in this world that we live in, I have to; just to however slim, increase the odds that I don’t get shot by the cops or beaten by an overzealous person over a vehicle that I own.

      • November 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

        I hear you, NW.

        I feel you.

        Totally feel you.

        Not afraid of Al Qaeda or ISIS.

        More afraid of AL CRACKA

        and the wrong cop.

      • November 29, 2015 at 7:48 pm

        i know ..NW..the injustice of it all gets trumped by doing what is necessary to stay alive…to stay alive..

      • November 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        (((({{{{Nerdy Wonka}}}})))) How paranoid are these people??? In order for me to suspect someone was stealing a car, they’d have to be wearing all black, with a face mask, a hat pulled down over their face with sneakers and bag marked “SWAG” on the hottest day in July. I don’t mean to make light of your experience, I just don’t know how that would be their first reaction. Shame on them!

      • 16 MadameSoph
        November 29, 2015 at 10:23 pm


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  5. 20 carolyn
    November 29, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Good to be back at TOD! Tuesday I went to Dallas to be with my son and family for Thanksgiving. I had my tablet with me so I could keep up, but could not comment on that. Had a good visit with my family. Flew home Friday evening…..raining hard in Dallas, beginning to freeze in OKC, but made it home before the freeze got to the roads. Woke up Saturday to ICE and cold…..and by ten o’clock, the internet and my cable, and land line were down. (I have one of those bundles). My only connection to the world was my cell phone, for which I am very thankful. Since I didn’t have TV, I actually got some housework accomplished! However, I am now back online and have my lovely laptop available. I’m amazed at how much better the pictures of Malia and Sasha are on the laptop compared to my tablet and phone!

    I’ve read about all your weekends and enjoyed it. I survived the ice storm…..lost some big branches from my lovely maple tree, but no damage done. Fortunately, it had lost its leaves so the breaks were not terrible. Trees which had not lost their leaves yet, just split down the middle, and will be gone. The neighborhoods are a mess. A friend and I drove a little west of my town today, and the ice on the trees and shrubs was beautiful…..if you’ve seen the Narnia movie, it looked like the first scene before the melt. We took pictures, because the temps went above freezing, and now all is melting. Next week we will be in the 50s, and the week after that in the 60s. Proving once again that what Will Rogers said about our weather is true: “If you don’t like Oklahoma weather, wait five minutes.”

    Will be following the President’s Paris trip with great interest and hope.

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  7. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    November 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm

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  9. 26 Nerdy Wonka
    November 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    It’s 1AM in Paris. His stamina is IMPRESSIVE.

    • 27 4morefor44
      November 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      just scrolling down reuters white house correspondent jeff mason’s twitter feed, and apparently he doesn’t feel the need to ever refer to our president as PRESIDENT obama. he’ll shoot right up in “the news” business if he keeps up that behavior!

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  11. 32 JER
    November 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm

  12. November 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I know President Obama went to Paris to achieve a step forward for climate change but I also know that he could not imagine being in Paris without going to Ground Zero of these horrific attacks and honoring those who were there. He of course pays his respects to the French people and to President Hollande, with whom he has a great relationship of trust and friendship. He is always there when others need him. I’m so proud of him everywhere he goes.

    • November 29, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Indeed meta – thanks for posting all these touching pics and tweets. I’m almost in tears seeing this man doing what he does as no one else could.

      • November 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        Precisely: “as no one else could.”

        President Obama’s unique abilities are often taken for granted. But I am not among them. He brings a fresh surprise of humanity each and every day.

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  14. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    November 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm

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    • 39 CEB
      November 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      I love how PBO always has an arm out to others, of either sex, in support , comfort or courtesy. Old time politicos do not know what to make of this (I remember the awful George Will making a nasty comment in 2009 about this). Their ideas of what makes a man has little place in today’s world. Modern men like PBO know that caring for others and showing it does not diminish them in any way; it is quite the opposite.

  16. November 29, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    For those of you celebrating the season of Advent, I thought you might find this interesting:

    View at Medium.com

    “#StayWokeAdvent was inspired by the equality and justice movement born out of the death of Mike Brown, and the subsequent rise of both a freedom movement and militarized police response. This intersectional movement has inspired us to reexamine the relationship of faith and justice. We seek justice as many Jesus followers before us have and as Jesus did himself. That seeking includes darkness, light and lots and lots of waiting; therefore, Advent has a lot to teach us in the ultimate pursuit of Shalom.”

  17. 43 Vicki
    November 29, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    President Obama is dignity personified. Confident enough not to speak when silence serves him and the moment better.

    I think the woman in the Paris photos with President Hollande is Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris.

    meta—Your Paris coverage is terrific. Thank you!

    • November 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      I dearly love how PBO always knows exactly what to do – compassionate, supportive, strong, heroic.

      • November 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm

        he knows because he has empathy….there was an essay written a year ago by..Jim Stuart…defining the President as a Integral Leader…

        here is just a bit of it…

        There are a number of things Obama says in his interview that help me conclude that his is the faith voice of an integral leader: his interest in, experience of and respect for other faith traditions; the absence of any language that would privilege his faith over another; his suspicion of dogma; his easy tolerance; his intense dislike of certainty untouched by doubt, especially the sort that seeks to impose itself on others; the importance of values expressed in all faith traditions, not just as rule, but as guiding North Star that is alive within us and serves as a kind of spiritual/magnetic force helping us constantly course correct, moving always closer to the true destination; his view of prayer, not as an act of doing, rather as a way of being, in regular, even constant relationship with his God, expressed as his moral compass or North Star; the power he feels within when his actions or his words are truly in alignment with his deep moral intuitions and direction – because God is not a random or occasional visitor at the integral level – God is a constant presence within us, and we can access her energy, power and joy when we align ourselves (inside and out) with the divine force and guidance within;

        more here:


    • 46 Vicki
      November 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      nevermind my citation of Anne Hidalgo. One of the photos up thread specifies it is her.

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  20. November 29, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Nerdy, as always, OUTSTANDING compilation of info. Can’t believe how much I missed! Thank you!

  21. November 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Great tweets, NW, for retweeting!

  22. 55 amk for obama
    November 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Adele’s comeback album – 25 – has sold a record-breaking 3.38 million copies in its first week on sale in the US, according to Nielsen Music data.

    The British star notched up the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began monitoring sales in 1991.

    25 – released on 20 November – has also become the first album to sell more than three million copies in a week.

    In Britain, 25 similarly broke records for the highest number of albums sold in a single week of the UK charts.

    The album shifted more than 800,000 copies in its first week of release in the UK – more copies than the next 86 albums in the charts combined.

    In the US, 25 is already the biggest selling album of 2015, surpassing the 1.8 million copies sold of Taylor Swift’s 1989.


    who is adele?

  23. 58 amk for obama
    November 29, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Nico Rosberg wrapped up the Formula One season on a winning high in Abu Dhabi on Sunday with team mate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton second in a record 12th one-two finish of the year for dominant Mercedes.

    The German’s third win in a row, from a sixth successive pole position, dashed Hamilton’s hopes of a 44th career victory in car 44 on the 44th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates.


  24. 59 MadameSoph
    November 29, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Wonderful tweet wrap up Nerdy.

    The story about Fay Wells was chilling. My first thought was one of amazement when I read that 16 cops showed up for a household burglary call. I grew up in SoCal, but we did not live in affluent neighborhoods. We had our house broken into more than once and I remember waiting for over a half hour or more for someone to show up after calling police, even if my mom said someone was in the process of trying to break in! When they did come it would never be more than two officers.

    I followed the link in the comments and read the entire transcript of the conversation between the officers and Ms. Wells (after the initial incident). I recommend taking the time to read the whole thing. It is fascinating. I hope she decides to attend that Citizen’s Academy. I never knew about that. I think it’s a good idea because I think there should be more dialog between police and citizens, especially those citizens with brown skin who have a completely different experience with law enforcement than light-skinned people do.

    A white client of mine, who lives in a very affluent area, accidentally set off her house alarm after coming home from getting a face lift. An officer (ONE officer) entered her backyard, saw her bruised and bandaged face and pulled out his gun and pointed it at her. She said she was o.k. but he kept asking her to repeat it and wanted to check the house. He told her later it was because sometimes people are being held hostage and are told to tell police they are o.k. when they aren’t. After listening to and reading the conversation between the officers and Ms. Wells, I kind of get their explanation of why they wanted to check the house, even after she said she lived there, but 16 cops and a dog for an apartment break in? That just seems crazy to me.

    Aside from the craziness of a 16 officer response, I am most pissed off at the neighbor. I listened to the audio of his call to police and he sounds like a smug, superior jerk (and quite possibly drunk, as Ms. Wells suspected). Yes, people should report something suspicious, but the problem is that for too many white people “suspicious” equals brown skin. Would he have called if the Locksmith and Ms. Wells and her friends had obviously white skin? I doubt it. If he had seen three white people instead of what he described as three “hispanic” people, would he have seen “burglary” or would he have seen “Locksmith”?. People need to honestly face up to and deal with their prejudices. This happens over and over again.

    Here is the link to the audio and transcript of the conversation between Ms. Wells and the officers after the incident:



  25. November 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for this excellent tweet thread! One of the finest compilations 🙂

  26. 63 MadameSoph
    November 29, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    My friend is attending the Climate Change Summit in Paris. He is part of a group representing indigenous people around the world.

    Coincidentally, his tribe was the focus of an NPR piece this morning. The link below takes you to a short 3:56 min audio clip and an accompanying article. It’s about how the tribe was massacred and the survivors were then moved onto barren land, which meant their descendants lived in severe poverty until gaming regulations began to loosen in the ‘80s and the tribe was able to build a casino and golf course. In recent years they started producing olives and olive oil. I’ve tasted it and it’s molto buono 🙂 They also make a delicious elderberry-infused balsamic vinegar.

    The summit officially started today, so I’ll pass on any interesting news I hear to TOD.


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  30. 73 desertflower
    November 29, 2015 at 8:13 pm


    Bill Nye speaks at NYC climate change march: We ‘act like renters, not owners of this Earth’

  31. 75 amk for obama
    November 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

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    November 29, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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  34. 84 amk for obama
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  35. 85 sjterrid
    November 29, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Great collection of tweets, NW.

  36. 87 amk for obama
    November 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm

  37. 89 desertflower
    November 29, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    For all the migraine sufferers out there…maybe good news soon:)


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