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  1. 1 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 9:50 am


  2. 11 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

    apt, no?

  3. 13 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 9:54 am

    ‘Racist’, ‘fascist’, ‘utterly repellent’: What the world said about Donald Trump.


    did ya hear that, trump rats?

    • 14 57andfemale
      December 9, 2015 at 10:45 am

      And millions of Americans love him.

      Here is my fear: the GOP is great at being a “team”, like a sports team. People identify with the “team”, regardless of performance. Democrats are bad at that – it’s about issues, one by one. Which is why if your particular issue isn’t being addressed to your satisfaction, Dems don’t vote and won’t put themselves out for the party.

      I live in Chicago. I know the mindset of team loyalty: “the Cubs suck, I hate them, but I’ll watch every game and spend hundreds of dollars to go to Wrigley Field, regardless. They are my team, right or wrong.” And if they do one thing right, all is forgiven and forgotten.

      I’m hearing this from my alleged moderate GOP friends who should know better. They are looking for any kernel they can hang onto in Trump’s diatribes, so they can feel good about voting for the team. This is how they justified electing W. – okay, he’s dumb as a box of rocks, but he’ll hire competent people. Because, hey, I’m a GOP and he’s a GOP and it can’t possibly by THAT bad. They twist themselves into knots to make it okay to vote for a fascist over a moderate Democrat like Hillary. Because it wouldn’t feel right, it wouldn’t be loyal, to vote for a Democrat. Even if the entire future of the world would be at stake to elect a dumb Hitler. Because, you know, the team and everything.

      I’m hearing this reasoning from schoolteachers and librarians, for God’s sake. I. Am. Terrified.

      • December 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

        Sort of the same here; however, even scarier are those that actually complain about his bigotry, then say “…but I could never vote for a D, so what am I left to do…”

    • December 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Martin O’Malley is absolutely right on that. Trump is an open fascist leading a movement.

  4. 17 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Two Indians have won the Queen’s Young Leaders award in the UK for their exceptional work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.

    Neha Swain (left), 28 and Kartik Sawhney (inset, below), 21 from India are among 60 others who won the Queen’s Young Leaders award 2016 which will be presented by the British monarch at a gala ceremony in Buckingham Palace in June next year.

    Kartik, who was born blind, has been acknowledged for his exceptional work highlighting universal access to education for all.


  5. 20 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Ironic that a day after trump goes full nazi, the german president is made the person of the year.

  6. December 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Momentum…….I would love to see the GOP get buried in all this. KARMA.

    • 23 amk for obama
      December 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

      I am betting the punk drops out after he loses out in Iowa. Any takers?

      • December 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

        Well, he must be getting bored by now and probably bleeding money. But then there’s his colossal ego and he’s also killing it in NH.

      • December 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

        Only a fool would take that bet, amk!

        Only a couple of events will prevent Trump from being the GOP nominee and I’m not posting what they either of them are ….

      • 26 Dudette
        December 9, 2015 at 10:38 am

        Nah, he’ll bitch and whine that he was cheated/fix was in, then he’ll switch to running a losing campaign as independent, swearing all the while that he will become President. By hook or by crook.

      • 27 57andfemale
        December 9, 2015 at 11:08 am

        And then we start the battle against Ted Cruz. God.

        I think Trump will sputter along a little longer and threaten a third party run.

        The truth is, they are all Hitler wannabes. Every last one of the insane GOP field.

      • December 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Not a chance. Trump sees himself and his followers see him as the “great white hope”. He is leading a new American fascist movement and he is not dropping out. He will go independent if he doesn’t get the GOP nomination.

  7. December 9, 2015 at 10:09 am


    The 13th Amendment was one step on a hard-fought journey. It took additional amendments, historic Supreme Court decisions and civil rights legislation to bring us this far. And still, laws can’t control people’s thoughts and prejudices. Talking about today’s minimum wage, the Rev. Curtis Gatewood quipped at the local NAACP banquet Saturday that he thought slavery was over. And while literal lynching has ended, video images of black men being killed by police haunt the nation.

    Lincoln’s words from Gettysburg echo through the ages. Our nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, has unfinished work to do.

    Our President will speak today on the 13th Amendment today…i look forward to hearing his words…

  8. December 9, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Congrats amk …. a real ‘Furst’ 🙂

    Truly ….

    • December 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

      And, please look closely at why I selected the image for this tweet …

      The irony of what is the current banner on the US Holocaust Memorial website is just overwhelming.

      Wishing all of you a good day!


    • 32 Dudette
      December 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

      I visited the Holocaust Museum in DC. It tore my heart out to see what unspeakable horrors humans can do to other humans and what unimaginable suffering humans endure at the hands of other humans.

      Today the President goes to Congress to commemorate the 13th amendment, codifying the end of slavery in this country and starkly placing into contrast how we are stronger when we work together to strive toward our best ideals against recent attempts to move us backward to the kind of evil Trump and his ilk would wreak upon the world.

  9. December 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Only Light can chase away the dark!!

  10. December 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

  11. 35 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

    aaand I am outta here. early start in the morn. 800 klicks trip ‘morrow.

    • December 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

      What does 800 klicks mean? Speek Inglish.

    • 40 Dudette
      December 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Welp I was planning to post this for Bob later on (as he and I are fellow Coldplay fans) but I see I must post it now, just to torment Herr Fursticht!

      • 41 MadameSoph
        December 9, 2015 at 11:58 am

        LOVE this song! I watched this last night (had DVR’d it). I must admit I’ve never been a Coldplay fan. I used to refer to them as “Radio-friendly-head” because they seemed like Radiohead with less flavor. Well, I liked both of the songs they played on the Late Late Show, and I also really enjoyed the interview with them; Chris Martin was hilarious!

        I must say though, they have gone from “Radio-friendly-head” to sounding like a U2 tribute band. But the songs are great. Never thought I’d say this, but I just might buy a Coldplay song on iTunes! 🙂

  12. 42 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

    last one.

    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      December 9, 2015 at 11:34 am


    • 45 catrst
      December 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

      If my observations of Donald Trump are accurate, he is not able to stand criticism. Either he will attempt to “fire back” at most of the leaders that are denouncing him which would be a verbal war with far too many fronts to win (or sue), or he will bask in the adoration of the fools that support him by telling them that all the push back verifies how smart and accurate he is and encourage more vilification. i know that’s what Sarah Palin would do who’s another diva. What’s the male version of diva, I wonder.

  13. 47 amk for obama
    December 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

    god save murka.

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      December 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

      *observant Catholic*

      Whoever came up with that term doesn’t know what they are talking about.

    • 49 Betsy
      December 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      I have a Jewish friend who is a rabid Republican and has said NOTHING against what Donald Trump has been saying. I don’t get it.

  14. December 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Discrimination, you see, thrives on excuses and generalizations. It survives because one generation passes it to the next. If I were to allow my children to use terrorism as an excuse to discriminate against Muslims, we’d be no better than those who would unfairly treat blacks. We would, in essence, become the very bigots that our ancestors fought against.

    December 9, 2015 at 10:27 am


  16. 53 MightyPamela
    December 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

  17. December 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

    What DA PHUQ does he think Trump being the BIRTHER-IN-CHIEF was, IF NOT PURE, UNADULTERATED RACISM?

    Get outta here, pretending that Trump just became a RACIST.

  18. December 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Putting aside trumps absurd statements for a brief moment…
    I keep hearing how the president had the worst week ever in the history of our nation?
    Wtf are the beltway clowns talking about?
    Bc they don’t give any specifics whatsoever?

  19. 61 No Child Left Behind
    December 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

  20. 62 No Child Left Behind
    December 9, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I don’t like missing persons, particularly when they should be reporting to their base.

    • December 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Hope they are ok. Note that several previous missing Afghan trainees tried to escape to Canada in order to avoid going back to their units at home…

  21. 64 JER
    December 9, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  22. 66 Dudette
    December 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

  23. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    December 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Good for the Detroit Free Press! Good morning, Chips and TODville!

    More fodder for Trump’s bigotry:

  24. 68 Allison
    December 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

  25. 69 Dudette
    December 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

  26. 72 Dudette
    December 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    At ONE, we don’t ask people for money—we ask them to use their voice. So to celebrate ONE and (RED)’s tenth anniversary, we brought some of the most powerful voices in music and entertainment to Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 1 for a night of mind-blowing performances. Their words helped us reflect on what you’ve helped us accomplish in ten years—and how much more work there is to do!

  27. 74 yardarm756
    December 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    G’day mates……..’tis another day and another day for political CONCERNS!
    Please forgive the rantings of this old salt but it concerns me that Trump is the public face, mind, & thoughts of so many Americans. His hateful speech is the gospel for a large segment of vengeful people…….and most of them have guns!
    I’m afraid there will be blood……by fear of extinction.

  28. December 9, 2015 at 11:28 am

    My run-in with hate speech at a Minnesota Vikings game

    It was my first Minnesota Vikings game and my first NFL game. I am not new to football, though. As an undergrad at Boston College, I went to many Eagles games, and I played junior varsity football. I knew what to expect on the field. I was excited, and, as I found my seat, I thought about bringing my family to a game in the new stadium.

    What I didn’t expect was for a man to push aside other people and point his finger in my face, demanding to know if I was a refugee. He needed to make sure I wasn’t a refugee, he said. There was anger in his face and vehemence in his accusation.

    I was stunned. He didn’t know anything about me. We were complete strangers. But somewhere in his mind, all he saw was a terrorist, based on nothing more than the color of my skin. He was white, and I wasn’t. He didn’t see anything else.

    He didn’t know that I have lived in Minnesota for the past four years, that I was born and raised in New York and that the words “Never Forget” may mean more to me than to him. He didn’t know that when I went home and my children jumped on top of me and asked “How was the game?” that I’d be holding back tears as I told them about racism instead of touchdowns. He didn’t know that I am an attorney and the director of the Refugee and Immigrant Program at the Advocates for Human Rights.

    It was also abundantly clear that he didn’t know about refugees, dignity or freedom. He didn’t know that if he were speaking to a refugee, he’d be speaking to someone who feared persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group. He didn’t know that many refugees are victims of some of the worst human-rights abuses occurring on the planet, ranging from being sold into sexual slavery to being killed in mass executions. He didn’t know that being a refugee is a badge of resilience and honor, not danger.

    In that moment, I was terrified. But what scared me the most was the silence surrounding me. As I looked around, I didn’t know who was an ally or an enemy. In those hushed whispers, I felt like I was alone, unsafe and surrounded. It was the type of silence that emboldens a man to play inquisitor. I thought about our national climate, in which some presidential candidates spew demagoguery and lies while others play politics and offer soft rebukes. It is the same species of silence that emboldened white supremacists to shoot five unarmed protesters recently in Minneapolis.

    The security staff talked with him privately. I don’t know what was said. He was not removed. Apparently, the Vikings do not think that hate speech and racism are removable offenses. My gameday experience was ruined. I tried to focus on the players, but I continued to take glances at the man who sat just a few yards away. I couldn’t help looking over my shoulder, wondering if he had inspired someone else. It was clear that I would not be bringing my family to a Vikings game.

    I am deeply troubled by what happened to me. Hate speech is a warning for us all. It is like smoke. Imagine your office, church or stadium filling with smoke, while everyone acted like nothing was wrong. That smoke eventually becomes an unstoppable fire, the type of fire that has consumed people around the world to commit horrendous crimes, the type of fire that can bring down the entire building. As President Obama stated in his address from the Oval Office on Sunday evening: “[I]t is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination.” It is up to us all, from individual bystanders to institutions as big as the Vikings, to respond to and to stop the spread of racism and hate.


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