A Parliamentary Burn

113 Responses to “A Parliamentary Burn”

  1. June 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    “A Washington tourist has been thrust into a national spotlight after video showing her reluctant but powerful impromptu performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Lincoln Memorial swept social media. Star Swain, a 34-year-old assistant principal from Tallahassee, visited the memorial recently with friends and relatives who started goading her to sing the national anthem. “What started out as a dare turned into all of this,” Benny Bolden, a friend and elder at her church, told The Washington Post. The video shows Swain saying, “I’m scared,” seconds before she took several deep breaths, closed her eyes and opened her mouth. Tourists chatted and walked around the memorial as Swain started to sing. But midway through her rendition, the crowd fell silent. Spectators started to gather around Swain and listen. Then, at her high note, they started to cheer and applaud. “People just started saying: ‘That was awesome. Thank you,’ ” Swain told the Tallahassee Democrat. “One lady had tears in her eyes. “I was kind of glad it was over. It was like a sigh of relief.”

    Bolden, an elder at Family Worship and Praise Center in Tallahassee, said Marcus Henderson, the music minister, shot the video. Swain told the Democrat that the video was posted on YouTube later that day but it wasn’t until the next week that it caught fire, explaining: “Someone put it up on their Facebook page and the rest is history.” Swain, who said she is assistant principal at Jefferson County Middle-High School in Monticello, Fla., is listed as Genleah Swain on the school district’s website. Pastor Quincy Griffin Sr., from Family Worship and Praise Center, said he has known Swain for years — back when she was a trombonist and vocalist in the marching band at Florida A&M University. Now, he said, she leads the worship and arts department at his church. “It’s awesome now to let the world experience her voice beyond the four walls of the church,” Griffin told The Washington Post, adding: “She’s a very humble person but she has a very powerful voice.” The pastor said he wasn’t surprised by the social media response. “I think what I’ve always thought: She has a phenomenal voice, but she also has a gift that the world needs to experience,” Griffin said. “She has a voice of healing that they need to hear…continued”

  2. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    June 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Nerdy and thanks for highlighting that fantastic letter from Natalie McGarry. I would imagine she would be a delightful person to share a cup of tea with to hear what she ‘really’ thinks of the orange one.

  3. 12 desertflower
    June 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Stock market is happy again today. ThanksObama:)

  4. June 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • 15 Don
      June 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Meanwhile Meat Loaf is set to appear with Trump at a campaign event and bbq.

    • June 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      GA, Meta! Fun look at the possibility of President Obama becoming an NBA owner:

      I don’t know if you ever got an answer on Superdelegates last week (I’ve been busy so haven’t even been able to lurk) but here is the full explainer from none other than Tad Devine, Bernie’s chief campaign operative.

      “This is also an instance of history repeating itself. But first, an explanation: The primary process is a race for delegates and – on the Democratic side – superdelegates. Of the 2,382 delegates needed to win the nomination, most are obtained in the primary voting or caucus process. But 712 of the delegates are superdelegates, and they are from the party establishment. They consist of governors, senators, members of the House, members of the Democratic National Committee and former presidents. They can choose whichever candidate they like”

      • June 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm

        Hey, LP! Thanks. I wonder when PBO will ever have time to be an NBA owner? I know, he’ll MAKE time!

        • June 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm

          If he seriously wants to be an owner…he won’t want to be like Jay-Z and Brooklyn (owned .05%) Nelly has a 2-3% stake in the Charlotte Hornets, and Usher probably has the largest minority stake as part of the ownership group of the Cleveland Cavs. To put things in perspective…Jay-Z’s stake cost $3 million at the time. I think President Obama will spend the next year+ raising money for his library, $$$ in on the speaking circuit…setting up his daughters for life and make enough to invest in some sort of venture like an NBA team and then will settle into his NGO MBK type work full-time after that. My two cents 😕

    • 25 Dudette
      June 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Yes!!! These are the kind of PA cities that the Trump people think they can win big and turn the state red. With Joe Biden in Scranton that’s not going to be so easy.

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  6. June 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    This is what you call chutzpah alright, an ongoing scam.

  7. 42 Dudette
    June 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Everybody! Have you heard? We’ve got an architect!

  8. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    June 30, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Good afternoon! Just checking in … has this been shared yet?

  9. 46 Dudette
    June 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      June 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      This is so incredibly heartbreaking, to begin with – then add some Republican cruelty on top of it. The own it, alright.

    • 52 57andfemale
      June 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      But if you don’t cut ACA & Planned Parenthood (and the millions who receive health care because of them), then no Zika funds!

      Sociopaths. Every last one of them.

      • 53 desertflower
        June 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        Won’t get an argument from me. I used to dislike them all intensely. Now, I think I actually hate them all.

  10. 54 JER
    June 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    NOW: Vice President Biden Speaks at Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center in Cleveland – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=4

  11. 55 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Hello TODable TOD Village.
    Thank you, NW for all you do.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last Night

  12. 57 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm

  13. 58 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    • June 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      BEWARE of the poison pill

      • 60 CEB
        June 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

        True. They will fill the bill with untenable items that will cause Dems to not vote for it. Then they will say: see we brought it to the floor and they voted it down. If we are aware of this, I know that the Dem. legislators do as well. I hope they have long, multi-pronged plans to get the kind of laws that most of us want and the country sorely needs. The republicans cannot be trusted.

  14. 61 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  15. 62 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    • 63 desertflower
      June 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Bet he sees little green men, too.. maybe he’ll get to see the men in the white coats. That’s who he NEEDS to see. He is scary and dangerous. I can’t listen to 5 more months of this bs.

  16. 64 arapaho415
    June 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    GA TODville.

    As we know, MSM can only pay attention to the meme-of-the-moment, are not inclined to think for themselves what end-run the Obama Administration might take between now and the end of his term ( 😦 ) .

    In preparation for UN General Assembly in September (see @presssec and @schultz44 for more tweets):

    And from our neighbors to the north (via Meta’s twitter timeline):

  17. 65 desertflower
    June 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    In other news:

  18. 66 desertflower
    June 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  19. 67 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm

  20. 69 desertflower
    June 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Crying!! 🙂

  21. 71 desertflower
    June 30, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Gallows humor..

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  24. 74 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 4:42 pm

  25. 75 desertflower
    June 30, 2016 at 4:42 pm


    After Corey Lewandowski was spotted at Donald Trump’s New Hampshire event this afternoon, questions were raised about CNN’s relationship to the Trump campaign.

    Since Lewandowski won’t reveal what is in his Non-Disclosure Agreement but other Trump employees have said it includes a non-disparagement clause, the political world was shocked by CNN’s decision to hire the recently “let go” Trump campaign manager.
    So journalists began wondering if CNN’s President Jeff Zucker was covering part of Trump’s payroll:

  26. 76 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  27. 77 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm

  28. 78 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    • 79 Nena20409
      June 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

  29. 80 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    • 81 MadameSoph
      June 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      That was just beautiful Nena! Thank you for bringing her poem here!

      “…….blackness is not where whiteness

      wanders off to die: but that it is

      like the dark matter

      between stars and galaxies in

      the Universe

      that ultimately

      holds it all


      What a gorgeous metaphor! (especially for a cosmology geek like me 🙂 )

      This is how I feel about the “blackness” part of my ancestry. My blackness isn’t obvious to the naked eye. But I feel it is so integral a part of my ancestry, and, like Ms. Walker wrote so beautifully, what “holds it all together” within me. My depth, my old-soulness, my soulfulness, my spiciness, my ability to weather and withstand and keep on going, that undefinable thing I know that I have always radiated: these qualities hold the many facets of my being together, physically and spiritually, and I know they come from that part of my DNA.


  30. 82 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm

  31. 83 57andfemale
    June 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  32. 84 desertflower
    June 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Holy flying figs. This must be the sister of the McCain Muslim questioner. smdh


  33. 85 hopefruit2
    June 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

  34. 86 arapaho415
    June 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    GA/GE TODville.

    Could not love Joe Biden more if he were my brother/uncle. 🙂

    LOL or what?

    Time for #Berniestans to #StandDown.

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  37. 91 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    WH Presser Earlier Today by Josh “The Voice” Earnest.

  38. June 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Dashing off to see Nneena Freelon at South. Read you later! BTW, just ❤ PBO!

  39. 96 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Wow! Apple is not Playing.
    Jay-Z is about to Earn Huge $$

  40. 97 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:04 pm

  41. 98 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:13 pm

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  43. 102 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:22 pm

  44. 103 JER
    June 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    View this post on Instagram


    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  45. 105 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Sorry this Tweet is too Big.

  46. 106 JER
    June 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm

  47. 108 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Holy Smokes!

  48. 110 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    The Indisputable Demographic Facts!

  49. 113 Nena20409
    June 30, 2016 at 7:57 pm


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