The Right To Protest






110 Responses to “The Right To Protest”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 30, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Hi. Bye.

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      August 30, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Waaaiiit! I haven’t said anything ….yet!

      Darn, chased him away with merely the thought of my arrival. smh
      Hi Ms NerdyW …and friends! Appreciate all you have put together today for me . Thank youZ!

  2. 3 dee
    August 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    good evening!

  3. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    August 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      August 30, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Great post, NW!

      “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” — Zora Neale Hurston

  4. 6 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    question to our Canadian sisters and brothers:

    is this true or a fake => in the vein of “is anything in the US fails, you can always blame Canada” ?

    • 7 vcprezofan2
      August 30, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      smh Who knows, GCL? In any case, I’d think it’s not the *beauty* of the signed document that’s important but the fact that it has signatures (and initials).

      • 8 jacquelineoboomer
        August 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

        And the tweet was tongue-in-check, I’m thinking.

        • 9 vcprezofan2
          August 30, 2016 at 11:10 pm

          Who knows either way, JO’B? Not I. 🙂 🙂

          How’s my *old* kindergartener these days?

          • 10 jacquelineoboomer
            August 30, 2016 at 11:16 pm

            Ha. Third week and doing fine! He doesn’t have as much time for his grandfather and great grandmother on the phone, just a few precious words each, his mind’s racing thinking about his new school friends I’m sure, but we just laugh about it!

            • 11 vcprezofan2
              August 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm

              😀 😀 Sounds like life’s working as it should – you’d better savour those ‘few precious words’ while they’re still forthcoming.

              • 12 cd4biden
                August 30, 2016 at 11:25 pm

                Oh, VC, you are getting me all teary-eyed about the day someone says that to me about my granddaughter, and it will be at least 5 years before she starts kindergarten. snif snif.
                how you doing anyway? find anything to watch lately?

                • 13 vcprezofan2
                  August 30, 2016 at 11:44 pm

                  Hi, CD. You grandmothers here make me feel a bit jealous. It must be so exciting, revealing and fun to be one step removed as you watch the personalities of your family’s new/younger little ones develop. I find it fascinating to sometimes see how determined and independent some toddlers can be.

                  I am (as i generally tell those who ask me in stores etc) ‘alive and well’ (which generally gives them more pause than ‘fine’ does). 😀 😀

                  Re watching, I’m back to my ‘don’t watch TV, or whatever stance’ so all is well. My TV only gets used when Offspring is home.

              • 15 jacquelineoboomer
                August 30, 2016 at 11:28 pm

                Oh, we do. Just to hear the sound of his little cute voice is quite enough! He called my son yesterday morning before school to wish him good luck and used the phrase “with your procedure” – Ha. And he once sent me an audio “goodnight” message (okay, asking for a toy update that we had talked about) all by himself, per his Mommy. Yes, savoring/savouring!

                • 16 vcprezofan2
                  August 30, 2016 at 11:46 pm

                  😀 😀 You go, g-g-son!

                  • 17 jacquelineoboomer
                    August 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

                    You’d love him. (Of course, I’m biased.) He gets a dimple in one cheek when he smiles. I’d say to him, “Get that dimple back in your cheek, and we’ll continue our game about Jake the Pirate!” and he’d laugh. Oh God I love that kid! Ha. #CalmDownGranny

                    • 18 vcprezofan2
                      August 31, 2016 at 12:02 am

                      I bet I would! 🙂 I love toddlers when they can talk and when they are their straightforward selves. They can be so earnest in their beliefs and conversations. (I’m not too fond of the crying/whining ones tho.)

                    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
                      August 31, 2016 at 12:12 am

                      My O’sister CanadaBarb had a good response about something he said, after the first day of school. His Mommy and a couple others dropped him off in the morning, but Mommy had to work so his grandmother and uncle picked him up at the end of the school day. I had to hear from the uncle via phone that he’d enjoyed his day, was laughing and happy about it when they picked him up (teacher told her later he was fine in class all day), wearing his “I rocked my first day in Kindergarten” paper hat. But when Mommy called him from work, he cried and cried, after hearing her voice. And when she got home from work, he told her he wasn’t speaking to her, because she was mean. It killed her, because he was happy in the morning and she couldn’t wait to hear his happy details. Of course, I’m guessing in his mind he thought “I’ll fix her just this once” – since he hasn’t done it since – “and make her pay for sending me all by myself into that new school with that new teacher and all.” (I made that up, obviously.) Anyway, CanadaBarb (also a softie) said, among other little compliments:

                      “He has impeccable retaliatory skills.”

                      Put that on your résumé, kid! And, don’t worry, he hasn’t cried or whined since, VC!

                      And GN.

                  • 20 jacquelineoboomer
                    August 31, 2016 at 12:34 am

                    I forgot to add the “retaliatory” part and had to come back! He said to his Mommy that first day, “You do know there’s no school tomorrow, don’t you?” Not “I’m not going” but “there’s no school.” Pretty quick. Luckily, as I said, he got over it in about 20 minutes, and started chirping to her about his day. And, yes, I felt totally different about all of these things when I was the Mommy and not the Great Grandmother! And now, really, I promise, GN!

  5. 24 JER
    August 30, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    • 25 COS
      August 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      It is about time. Local politics are just as important as national politics. Goodbye Marissa.

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        August 30, 2016 at 10:52 pm

        Unfortunately ……..

        • 27 vcprezofan2
          August 30, 2016 at 10:54 pm

          Also saw this when I peeked into Joy’s TL >

          • 28 cd4biden
            August 30, 2016 at 11:27 pm

            :-). And I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which one I am smiling about. 🙂

          • 29 COS
            August 30, 2016 at 11:56 pm

            What about that Bernie revolution?

            • 30 vcprezofan2
              August 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm

              It stopped turning. 😉 😉

            • 33 cd4biden
              August 31, 2016 at 12:04 am

              You know, COS, I’ll just post this gem that was posted to TOD back in May. Sadly I didn’t write down who posted it. But I saved it because it really speaks the truth to me.

              “You know, if you aren’t paying attention closely you’d think that Bernie Sanders was really talking about a revolution in its truest form. But Bernie fails to see that the revolution is taking place right before his eyes, that the revolution really began when President Obama got nominated and then subsequently got elected as the first African American President. The revolution brought us the end of DADT and DOMA, and the passing of Obamacare, those things were the byproducts of the revolution. Throughout President Obama’s time in office everything he has done has been revolutionary, and yet Bernie Sanders could not find it in himself to acknowledge President Obama’s accomplishments. Now unless Bernie Sanders has a different definition of revolution, then he is either blind to what a revolution really is or he had no intention of seeking a revolution in the first place.”

  6. 35 desertflower
    August 30, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Funny. I thought that what Colin Kaepernick did was very patriotic. Very American. Had that conversation with my daughter the other day when she asked my thoughts. It is the very essence of what being an American, is. Proud of him for doing that.

    • 36 desertflower
      August 30, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Or should be. He used his freedom of speech to make a statement. It was perfect and appropriate.

      • 37 jacquelineoboomer
        August 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

        I agree! That’s how the dialogue starts or continues, that’s how history is made, that’s how change happens, but I wonder if some people walking around today know anything about anything in our history.

    • 38 nathkatun7
      August 30, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Exactly, DF!. Colin Kaepernick displayed tremendous courage by following his conscience and standing up for freedom and justice, regardless of consequences. As he so eloquently said, standing for justice was more important than football, social popularity and financial rewards. With his forthright stand, Kaepernick continued the tradition of courageous Black Athletes like Paul Robeson, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Tommy Smith, and John Carlos.

  7. 39 desertflower
    August 30, 2016 at 10:58 pm


    • 40 Obama Grandmama
      August 30, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      This information about Trump’s own violation of the immigration law while he is currently railing against immigration problems should be a big deal. Melania’s early modeling career might possibly be connected to this illegal act too.

      • 41 COS
        August 31, 2016 at 12:59 am

        I hope Hillary incorporate this in her stump speech. It sounded like human trafficking when David Corn described on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, what the young women had to endure as models from other countries.

  8. 42 No Child Left Behind
    August 30, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Good Evening TODVille.

    I have been away and have missed the past few days’ news. But I am disturbed by the invitation extended to the two presidential candidates and the hesty way in which Il Douche is making noise with his unveiled plan to travel tomorrow. What’s that all about from the Mexican president?

    I hope the Mexican president will use this opportunity to let anyone with a pipe dream of building a tall wall that they can take a hike. I really dont get anyting about that invitation. Wait for the elections to take place, then invite the president-elect. That has better be a good plot to this sordid invitation.

    On another note, I am happy that Debbie W won her primary fight for the simple reason that the Great Senator from Vermont and his Supreme supporter Nina Turner were out to oust her. Not to mention the thousand of young revolutionaries that were out for her skin.

    Hope everyone has been alright while I was away.

  9. 46 desertflower
    August 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Night all. Can’t wait to check all the election results in the AM…..

  10. 47 arapaho415
    August 30, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    GE TODville.

    Hope everyone’s catching their breath because PBO’s final trip to Hawaii and Asia will be epic. Seven-and-a-half years in the making, PBO’s Asia pivot will culminate this week and next.

    Love that his first leg will be Lake Tahoe NV, a gorgeous spot in the Sierras, adjacent to my favorite alpine wildflower location in California — El Dorado National Forest — elevation around 10K, spectacular wildflowers (rivaling Glacier National Park and trails around Seward Alaska) that peak mid-July.

    For those still awake, here’s how big the marine sanctuary that PBO will visit on Thursday is (thankfully NORTH of Hurricane Madeline to the south, approaching the Big Island — stay safe and dry, Susanne).

    Posted this previously, but after midnight EDT.

    Here’s the article:

  11. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    August 30, 2016 at 11:13 pm

  12. 51 arapaho415
    August 30, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    And on-topic…

    Noticed that NerdyW posted a tweet with the #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag…

  13. 52 arapaho415
    August 30, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    For perspective on #DonTheCon’s latest publicity stunt, which of course has MSM all atwitter, check out @mattdpearce’s timeline:

  14. August 30, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    • 54 No Child Left Behind
      August 30, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      You can say that again!

      • 55 jacquelineoboomer
        August 31, 2016 at 12:01 am

        I also heard Joe Arpaio says he’d like to go. Barf.

        • 56 cd4biden
          August 31, 2016 at 12:17 am

          Why not jacqueline. They can give him a tour of their jail, show him what their cells look like for their inmates, shove him in, lock the door, and throw away the key. Heck put all 4 of them in one cell, since that is how crowded most of the cells are for prisoners here in the US.

  15. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    ever since I first read this story, one thing that stood out for me is how many racists messages were sent to insult him for his protest => so going to demonstrate what is at the core of what kind of people he was protesting against.

  16. 60 arapaho415
    August 30, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    OK, this is cool (also from @mattdpearce’s timeline). #centripetalforce

  17. August 30, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Good night TOD … Thank you {{{{NW}}}} … thinking of you {{{{Chips}}}} …. hoping that Steve had a very fine day {{{{Jacqueline}}}} …..

  18. 67 No Child Left Behind
    August 30, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Yeap. That opportunity should not be lost.

  19. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    August 30, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    McCain won the primary. Yuck.

    • 71 COS
      August 31, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Jacqueline, that old goat will be in that seat forever. I think the voters in AZ feel sorry for him. Red states are noted for voting against their own interest, while benefitting from Democratic policies.

  20. 73 amk for obama
    August 31, 2016 at 12:06 am

    dratz. mcangry wins per nyt.

  21. 74 No Child Left Behind
    August 31, 2016 at 12:06 am

  22. August 31, 2016 at 12:15 am

  23. 78 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2016 at 12:25 am

    • 79 COS
      August 31, 2016 at 12:47 am

      Glad that they issued this statement.

    • 80 COS
      August 31, 2016 at 12:54 am

      I did not realize that the Mexican President was unpopular there. If so, this Trump visit certainly won’t earn him any brownie points. I am sure he was not planning for Trump to accept this courtesy invitation.

  24. 81 vcprezofan2
    August 31, 2016 at 1:08 am

    G’Night LadyH & COS, I’m heading out.

  25. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    August 31, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Have a fantastic day

  26. August 31, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Good morning TOD!!

  27. August 31, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning, Family!!!

  28. August 31, 2016 at 8:14 am

  29. August 31, 2016 at 8:17 am

    bbl with as many updates as possible …. another very demanding day ahead … take care everyone …..



  30. 92 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Donald Trump is headed to Mexico to meet with the country’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto. If you’re surprised by that news—well, you’re not alone.

    After all, Trump announced his campaign for president by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and criminals (“and some, I assume, are good people,” he added generously). Trump has been publicly disparaging Mexican immigrants—and the entire nation of Mexico—for years. And years. And years.

    Ahead of Trump’s meeting with President Peña Nieto, here’s a helpful refresher on all the things he’s said about Mexico.

    • 94 desertflower
      August 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

      A little snip…

      Finally, it must be said that the attacks on President Obama’s immigration enforcement record are ridiculous. The President has deported more unauthorized immigrants than any President in American history; after a decade and a half of the US absorbing half a million new undocumented immigrants into the county, the net flow of new immigrants on this President’s watch has dropped to zero (an extraordinary public policy achievement); crime along the entire US side of the border is way down, and the two safest large cities in the US today sit on the border, El Paso and San Diego; reforms initiated by DHS throughout the Obama Presidency, including a new round in late 2014, have made the deportation of violent criminals the highest priority for our immigration system. All of the policies used to achieve these outcomes have been opposed by the House Republicans, and further reform, comprehensive immigration reform, has been repeatedly blocked.

      So a proper read of the last decade has been one party, the Democrats, have repeatedly advanced proposals and policy that have strengthened our immigration enforcement system and made the rapid deportation of criminals a priority. The other party, has repeatedly block sensible bi-partisan reforms which would strengthened our immigration enforcement system, and have passed additional legislation preventing DHS from continuing policies which have clearly made our border safer and immigration system far more focused on deporting murderers and not moms. If there is a national Party to blame for the tragic event in San Francisco it is far more the fault of the Republicans than the Democrats.

  31. 95 desertflower
    August 31, 2016 at 9:25 am

    The article in Tweet form:) Pass it on!

  32. 96 desertflower
    August 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

  33. 97 jackiegrumbacher
    August 31, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Thanks, Df. I wonder if the Republican Party will ever again be a serious actor in good governance. The whole shabby lot of them seem to have abandoned any sense of patriotism or commitment to democracy in order to play silly political games whose only aim is to destroy the other side. Frankly, I think the whole house of deceit will have to crumble and be rebuilt anew for there to ever again be two ‘working’ political parties in this country.
    In the meantime, I’m longing for the day when I don’t have to wake up to hear or see Trump’s name. My husband tried to block the name “Trump” from all of his incoming e-mails and ended up with NO e-mails, which tells you how pervasive that creep is.

    • 98 desertflower
      August 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Well THIS Republican party will never be serious about governing again, that’s for sure! Tear it all down and build it over. It’s infested with toxins. I’m afraid that we have to deal with DT’s name for a few more months…I think that we should belittle him and work hard to make sure this slimey opportunist never creeps into another conversation again….

  34. 99 desertflower
    August 31, 2016 at 9:34 am


  35. 100 desertflower
    August 31, 2016 at 9:41 am

    McAngry won last night. I thought he would. If anyone here would like to contribute to his Democratic challenger for November,you can do it here. Thanks ahead of time! Yes She Can!!


  36. 101 vcprezofan2
    August 31, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Morning, TODobots! May your Wednesday be productive and happy – whatever ‘happy’ is for you this week.

    Here’s a good tweet to pass on IMHO

  37. 102 desertflower
    August 31, 2016 at 9:46 am


    Hillary Clinton will jump back on the campaign trail on Wednesday with a scheduled foreign policy speech in Cincinnati, Ohio in which she will reportedly boost the idea of “American exceptionalism.”

    The former secretary of state will be joined onstage by George W. Bush’s former deputy assistant secretary of state, James Clad, who announced his endorsement in a Tuesday statement.

    “For Republicans and Democrats alike, everything in national security requires clarity and steadiness, whether managing nuclear weapons or balancing great power rivalries,” Clad said in the statement. “Never losing sight of the national interest is key – a discipline which Secretary Clinton possesses in full measure.”

    Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Clad dismissed the GOP nominee as “an incoherent amateur” who cannot win in November.

  38. 104 JER
    August 31, 2016 at 9:51 am

    LIVE: Passengers Ready for Takeoff on First Commercial Flight From U.S. to Cuba Since 1961 – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=4

  39. August 31, 2016 at 9:58 am

  40. 108 4morefor44
    August 31, 2016 at 10:05 am

    of course kap went on to say hillary should be in jail because she “deleted emails.” so there’s that. just shows the how “the news” poisons the public discourse with their 24/7 republican propaganda nowadays.

    August 31, 2016 at 10:14 am


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