109 Responses to “A Farewell For An Exemplary Commander In Chief”

  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    January 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    This video should be required viewing for every member of the new Congress!

    • 2 catrst
      January 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

      I will be taking inspiration from these videos in the time to come. There will be so much confusion, dismay, and disgust going forward that I will need something to ground me on a regular basis. The quality of leadership the president has provided has made me realize that dreams can come true, people can rise to the challenges of their times. From that quality and from the sacrifices of people like yourself, NW, and so many others here, we will get through this. I want to do my part and join the forces for good each new day for as long as I can. God bless everyone here and all that have helped our beloved President to do the fine work he has been doing.

  2. 3 JER
    January 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    What Did Trump Know? (And When Did He Stop Knowing It?) He promised to come clean. Well, we’re still waiting.

  3. January 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you NW … Good evening Judith and JER …

    • 5 Judith Fardig
      January 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Evening, Bob! Is it as cold in Seattle as it is in Portland?

      • January 5, 2017 at 12:09 am

        Hi Judith … quite chilly here 🙂 But amazingly beautiful days – the Olympics and Cascades are loaded with snow and the views from every direction in the City have been stunning these past two days. Stay warm and thank you for ALL YOU DO!!!!

  4. 7 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm

  5. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm

  6. 14 ydavis00
    January 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Sorry if this video has already been posted. https://youtu.be/afEgndSC4pc

  7. 15 GGAIL
    January 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I’m going to our local OFA meeting in an hour. Will share information here tomorrow.
    Yes.We.Will !

    • 16 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks so much for continuing your work with OFA, GGail!

    • 17 catrst
      January 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

      This is how I plan to get engaged again. We have a centralized OFA group but its kind of far for me to go to meetings more than occasionally. Also I want to organize in my rural community again as I did during the years between the first election and the second. We got some great things going. I hope there’s a way to do that again going forward. One can operate on a shoestring out here with volunteers and gets lots of things going. Just need the connection to the larger organization to stay firmly on course with the larger goals.

  8. 18 whatisworking
    January 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Wanted to give you an update on our OFA work. We had a phone bank into Darrell Issa’s district on Monday. Had 5 new folks, made lots of calls and got very positive responses. It felt great to be taking action to fight back. After the OFA call on Thursday evening we will have a better idea of what comes next.

    Here is a tweet from my dining room, me and our data lead ruth trying to figure out excel

  9. 20 whatisworking
    January 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Here is another tweet, if you folks have the time to retweet, it always gives our social media lead a lift when we have lots of retweets.

    • 21 globalcitizenlinda
      January 4, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      thanks a lot namesake;

      by the way, I retweeted the first one even before you asked …. I suspect that this would give others ideas of what to do …, yes I am “stealing” your version of activities and suggesting them to our team … please be warned of “this thief” near you

  10. 23 CEB
    January 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I was able to watch it live while waiting for my brother to be taken to surgery (he came through without complications), but thanks so much for posting here so that all can savor it time and again. It is so like PBO to turn the praise to the uniformed forces, but even though it clearly made him a bit uncomfortable, it was wonderful to hear his accomplishments listed. It was even more special to hear the anecdotes about various wounded members of the military whom he visited. It is also clear that the General who spoke and Sec Def. Ash Carter have such respect and admiration for PBO that went beyond the formal words that such occasions warrant. Their words are now a part of history, an indelible part of PBO’s legacy that the haters will not be able to twist or erase.

  11. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Another number to call:

    • 27 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks JO’B for posting. I called and pressed “2” and then “1” for supporting the ACA. I was unable to leave a voicemail message because their mailbox was reportedly full.

      • 28 jacquelineoboomer
        January 4, 2017 at 10:40 pm

        Yes, this mailbox is as full up as the one in D.C. (or so they say, as you intimated)! But at least we got to make a mark on the voting.

    • 29 Grab a Mop Grace
      January 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

      As of 8:25am East Coast Time this morning, Ryan’s mailbox is still full. At least I was able to register my support (pressing #1) for the ACA.

      • 30 jacquelineoboomer
        January 5, 2017 at 10:51 am

        Yes, pretty much (I think) on both the D.C. and WI lines, all you get to do is register support. And if he’s truthful about results of his dumb poll, should be lots of people “pressing #1”!!!!

  12. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm

  13. January 4, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Part of the setup for the GOP to try and shill that they are attempting to ‘RESCUE’ Obamacare by

    They didn’t take 50 votes for ‘RESCUE’ of Obamacare…
    They took 50 votes for ‘REPEAL’ of Obamacare…


    Trump Warns GOP To Make Sure Dems ‘Own’ Obamacare Failure: ‘Be Careful!’
    By Esme Cribb
    Published January 4, 2017, 10:25 AM EDT

    President-elect Donald Trump told Republicans in a series of tweets Wednesday morning to “be careful!” and make sure that Democrats take ownership of any failures of the Affordable Care Act, as the GOP takes its first steps towards repealing the healthcare law.

    “Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster,” Trump tweeted, apparently warning Republicans to avoid acting in undue haste that might lead to poor optics. “Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight – be careful!”


    House Republicans on Tuesday introduced and approved new chamber rules that included a special glide path for their efforts to dismantle Obamacare. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) also introduced a budget resolution to kick-start the budget reconciliation process Republican lawmakers will likely use to scrap major parts of the bill and avoid a Democratic filibuster.

    Trump similarly chided Republicans via Twitter on Tuesday after members of Congress approved a rules change in a closed-door meeting that would have gutted an independent House ethics watchdog (an outpouring of constituent anger led to a swift reversal of that rules change). While he didn’t appear to take issue with the House GOP’s position on the watchdog, which he described as “unfair” in the tweets, Trump wrote that “weakening” the Office of Congressional Ethics shouldn’t be as big of a priority for the incoming Congress as an issue like healthcare.

  14. 33 JER
    January 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    petesouza — President Obama applauds the troops during the Pass in Review at the Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Ceremony today.

  15. 35 arapaho415
    January 4, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    GE TODville.

    Very impressed by the dedication of GGail and Judith (WhatIsWorking) on behalf of OFA tonight. So much energy and enthusiasm from both!

    Looks like next week will be a busy one…

    • 36 arapaho415
      January 5, 2017 at 3:39 am


      Have no idea why my fingers typed in “Judith,” when it’s clear that I meant Linda (she’s even got a name tag on, and yet somehow I still managed this error). 😳

      Evidence of how the stress of the horror of DJT affects one person. 😦

      Sorry, Linda. 😦

  16. 37 arapaho415
    January 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Joe Biden news:

    Looks like @VP will be involved with both University of Pennsylvania and University of Delaware…

  17. 38 JER
    January 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

  18. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    • 40 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      This is how her little cutesy twitter poll worked out for her, ICYMI:

  19. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Sorry for the shared language in this tweet, but I was thinking something like this and he wrote it for me! Goodnight, TODville – and all the ships at sea! The best part of the political day, of course, was seeing the honors given to President Obama. Loved it.

  20. 42 carla4obama
    January 5, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Hi TOD family. Does anyone know it the armed forces had a similar farewell ceremony for GW Bush? Is this a common ceremony post any presidential term ending? I really don’t remember seeing this before! But then again it was pre TOD.

    • 43 globalcitizenlinda
      January 5, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Yes, they did for bush.

      the only reason I know the answer is that I asked the same question here and some kind people provided me with the yes answer.

      I guess most of us did not pay that much attention before PBO came along … at least I plead guilty of that

  21. 44 globalcitizenlinda
    January 5, 2017 at 12:20 am

    the homegrown demagogue has done a number on the nerves of so many;

    have been trying to get rid of the “funny feeling” or restlessness

    … don’t know if the same ominous feeling others have

    … I just know that it is uncomfortably close to what felt hours before scalia news broke

    …. hoping for happier circumstances

    we have a lot of work ahead of us

    • 45 Grab a Mop Grace
      January 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Gclinda, I have to admit I’m feeling a lot like you are these days.
      A feeling of dread, unsettled…I just can’t shake it.
      We DO have a lot of work ahead of us

  22. January 5, 2017 at 12:21 am

    A very good man.

  23. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    January 5, 2017 at 12:50 am

  24. 49 Gazelle
    January 5, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Wishing all my lovely TODers, especially NW, Chips & all the BTs, a fab New Year. Bless! We will find our Joy in this challenging year. Keep the faith & hope. I’ve been over the pond, near Chips side of the world, tho wished I could have met & given her the biggest hug from all of us. It’s been a heck of a year, but we will fight with all our gumptions & needles & words, eh? 🙂 Fight hard, in other words.

    Here’s an artist I just heard about over the pond, like the sound of Lianne La Havas “Don’t Wake Me Up”. No hidden message by my posting this song, we’re woke!

  25. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    January 5, 2017 at 1:55 am

    the damage trump has done is just not to US intelligence community but also to the security personnel from our allies since they collaborate;

  26. 54 Gazelle
    January 5, 2017 at 2:18 am

    OK, these are my Bay Area boys, my son is the voice of the spoken word, rap. They’ve been friends & musical collaborators since they were younguns, this is their single from their current album:

    • 55 Gazelle
      January 5, 2017 at 2:25 am

      [Here’s the background:]

      Hi. Peep my new song below. All the love goes out to Daoud for pulling together a crop of some of the best young musicians out of Oakland. Shoutouts to those kids for helping me take my writing and apply it to song. My community is crazy strong and I’m crazy excited for how the year is about to roll out.
      I’m inspired by two things: the idea that we’re out here dying for being ourselves and selfies. The Nokia 7650 was the first camera phone sold in the US and the jumping off point of a culture. In 2017 we’re able to shoot ourselves from certain angles, edit ourselves to our liking, and put our best selves on display for everyone to see. Shoutouts to social media and the culture of flexing that’s come from it. But those ugly photos are still you. Those ugly angles are still you. And what America deems ugly is still it. I wanted to make a song that sounded like gunshots and camera shots and here it is. Download it at https://soundcloud.com/egoisthebrand/nokia7650jpg

  27. 58 sherijr
    January 5, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Dear Mr. President: I refuse to say good-bye until the very last minute. I am not letting go until I’m forced to. My wish was that we’d line the streets of DC on your last day to thank you, to wish you well… to let you ride off into that Presidential sunset of peace and tranquility. But with that orange person in control Jan. 20th and beyond, there’ll be none of that for you.. so no farewells from me yet.

  28. January 5, 2017 at 8:19 am

    President Obama asked each cabinet member to write an exit memo. Here’s Dr. Moniz:

  29. January 5, 2017 at 8:21 am

    • January 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Thanks, meta!!!

      I try to soak myself in pieces like these and they just make me admire this man more and more. For me personally, in the 3 decades I have lived here, there is no equal. I will miss him immensely.

  30. January 5, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Let’s make sure this is the last time he does this.

  31. 69 Allison
    January 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

  32. January 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    BE ALERT to GOP tricks everywhere you turn:

  33. January 5, 2017 at 8:32 am

  34. 75 99ts
    January 5, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Unbelievable that a civilized country refuses to provide health care for all its citizens. Our system is not spectacular but ANYONE can get treated in emergency and get admitted to a public hospital at ZERO charge.

    I wish you all well and hope you and the world survive the next 4 years. Allowing the hate of the GOP to be overwhelmingly powerful and electing a President who has not a clue about domestic or world events does not indicate an educated population – or even a people who are interested in their own welfare. Hating on others seems to be the prime mover for US politics.

    After 8 years of the most amazing man on the planet it has become the saddest reality to now see what is happening.

    Blessings all – stay safe & hopefully healthy.

  35. 77 desertflower
    January 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Another day to be grateful for! Morning everyone:)

  36. 78 desertflower
    January 5, 2017 at 9:01 am

    At DU…

    Trump’s actions against the C.I.A indicate that it is posed to discover his criminal activity.

    Why is Trump so hostile to the intel community? Why is he constantly and vehemently attacking what will be one of his most important assets? And this morning we hear that he planning to restructure them? Why? Simply because the story of Russian hacking tarnishes his “victory”?


    It’s because when the C.I.A. discovers something terrible about Trump, he can say their discoveries and revelations are the result of revenge.

    It’s likely as simple as that. “Kill” the messenger before he delivers the message.



    • 79 desertflower
      January 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Then this…..


      U.S. intelligence agencies have found conclusive evidence that Russia provided hacked documents from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks via a third party, Reuters reports. The news agency reportedly interviewed three U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation, who contend that intelligence agencies obtained the evidence of the Kremlin’s role in the wake of the November election–not before. Months earlier, authorities had concluded that Russia had directed the hacking, but it had not been clear if it had played a bigger role in the release of the leaked information. The report comes as top U.S. intelligence officials head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify before a special Senate hearing about the alleged hacking. Despite public statements released by both the CIA and the FBI, President-elect Donald Trump has voiced continued skepticism about the Kremlin’s role in the breach. Party leaders on both sides of the aisle have since called for a probe on the Russian role in the hack, and President Obama has taken heat from within the Democratic Party over failing to respond to the breach before the election. An intelligence report on the issue will be presented to Obama on Thursday and to Trump on Friday.

  37. January 5, 2017 at 9:06 am

    “This. Is. Normal.

    If it wasn’t, if this wasn’t normal, then we wouldn’t have to fight so hard every single day for reproductive rights, for LGBT rights, for Black Lives, for freedom from oppressive religion, for peace, for justice, for equality, for education, for healthcare, for adequate food and clean water and breathable air.

    Ignoring it, ignoring that sea of red in the middle of the country, the KKK and neo-Nazis unashamed front and center at national political rallies, social media full of hate and invective, open racism and misogyny and xenophobia, pretending that’s not the normal state for much of America, refusing to acknowledge it and face it head on instead of with ineffectual bluster and catch phrases, well, that’s why you’re looking at President elect Donald Trump right now.”


    my daughter came to with this conclusion the day that trump was elected….
    going ti the National Museum of African American History and Culture shows is plainly….This is Normal…the racism…the anti women…anti worker…anti tolerance…but what is also normal is that there has always been push back and struggle…with the beacon of light coming from the of the Constitution with bill of rights…and all of its amendments

    for 8 years we were able to envision our country…albeit the world thru the vision of one Barack Obama…what a missed opportunity for the DEMs and folks who wanted a #MorePerfectUnion…and despite that the President was able to move some things forward….

    but how much more could have been gained if we voted in 2010….there would not have been gerrymandering in the states…we would have been able to keep the House and the Senate…

    and this year…Clinton could have continued to move us Forward….

    but here we are…

    soooooo….as always….

    #YesWeCan #StrongerTogether

  38. January 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

  39. January 5, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Elections Have Consequences:

    From North Carolina:

    Because the federal government is funding 95 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion, Cooper called on hospitals to put assessments on themselves to generate the other 5 percent because they are “by far the largest beneficiaries” of any expansion.

    Cooper said he plans to file by Friday an amendment to North Carolina’s Medicaid plan submitted to federal regulators to allow an expansion.

    State lawmakers in 2013 passed legislation blocking any expansion, and the governor told reporters after his speech he believes that law infringes on his executive powers.

    “I do believe it invades on the core executive authority of the governor to accept federal funds to look out for the public health of the people, but I would rather not get into a dispute with that. I think it’s important for us to try to be cooperative,” he said. “Someone needs to take action. So, I’m going to take action, and then we’ll try to work it out with them.”

  40. January 5, 2017 at 9:14 am

    And the big reveal is!

    Liberal Librarian
    January 4, 2017

    Over the weekend our incoming glorious leader Donald J. Trump made noises that he would have “startling revelations” about Russia’s involvement in our past election. Greeted with the usual mix of derision and shaking of heads, no one gave much thought to it.

    Then today, Trump made his revelation: He agrees with alleged rapist Julian Assange that there was no Russian hacking of the US election, flying in the face of both the CIA (which loathes him) and the FBI (which did much to put him in his current position).

    Welcome to the post-truth, post-fact world. That Trump is siding with a man who helped hand him the White House is not surprising. After all, his bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin was kicked off when he mistakenly thought Vladimir Vladimirovich had called him a “genius”. People who stroke his… ego tend to become bosom friends.

    But that an incoming President would just dismiss the entirety of the country’s intelligence apparatus is frightening. Equally frightening are rumblings that he’ll put his own people in as intelligence agents. There is a very real threat that he’ll turn the alphabet soup of US spy agencies into nothing more than a collection of glorified information bubbles, delivering only the news he wants to hear. (Probably revolving around the gorgeousness of his hair.)

  41. January 5, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Ivanka Trump is working with lawmakers on a completely ineffective childcare plan
    The plan Ivanka is trying to turn into legislation won’t make a dent in the country’s childcare crisis.

    During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka helped craft a childcare tax credit proposal for her father’s run, and now she’s pressing Republican lawmakers to make it reality. Unfortunately, the plan won’t do much good for most American parents.

    On Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) confirmed that she has been in talks with Ivanka Trump about turning her childcare proposal into legislation. “I am delighted to see that we’re looking at options for tax credits, tax incentives, ways for moms and dads to be able to write-off this child-care cost,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    President-elect Trump’s proposal, as outlined on the campaign trail, would allow couples who make $500,000 or less and single parents earning $250,000 or less to fully deduct the cost of childcare from their taxes. Unlike a tax credit that gives anyone who’s eligible extra money, tax deductions, which lower someone’s obligation, are most helpful to those who owe the most. The more a qualifying family spends on childcare, the more it can benefit.

    Deductions do nothing for lower-income Americans who earn too little to owe federal income taxes and people with small tax bills. About 35 percent of Americans don’t have federal income tax liabilities.

    Trump’s plan therefore offers a $1,200 rebate for poorer families, which is still less than what they should be able to get under existing law. Parents enrolled in subsidies through the Child Care and Development Block Grant get about $4,800 a year, but the share of families who get that assistance is at a 15-year low thanks to falling funding.

  42. January 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

  43. 88 JER
    January 5, 2017 at 9:24 am

  44. 93 desertflower
    January 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Long Read.


    White members of the self-styled radical left are closer than they know to right-wing white populism.

    As the Rust Belt has entered a new political era, some “moderate” Democratic officeholders have followed. The most prominent example so far is Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. After Trump won that state by more than forty points, Manchin immediately began signaling his willingness to collaborate with the president-elect, even going so far as to consider a cabinet position within the Trump administration. Though cable news will no doubt interpret Manchin’s flirtation with the Republican White House as “centrism,” the truth is American politics no longer has a center. Politicians either side with white populism or they don’t. Manchin has made his choice; he won’t be the last Democratic official to do so.
    The erosion of liberal communitarianism didn’t just abandon the former political center to the charms of white populism. It also created a new generation of white activists and thinkers who were bereft of ties to anything greater than their own expressive energies. Organized labor’s decay meant fewer plausible career paths for aspiring activists; the simultaneous decline of professional stability in higher education has limited the possibilities for new ideas and rigorous scholarship from a left-wing perspective.

    • 94 desertflower
      January 5, 2017 at 9:32 am

      The usual defense of populist despots — of all persuasions — is that they’re not anti-democratic because they represent the authentic will of the people. But it is exactly this claim that makes populism of both the left and the right inhospitable to democracy. As the political theorist Jann-Werner Müller has argued, when populists say they represent “the people,” they are claiming “a moral monopoly of representation” that paints all disagreement as illegitimate. To populists of both the left and right, there is no good faith opposition; there are only enemies of the authentic people, however one chooses to define that term. White populists define it as a unified white nation.

  45. January 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    The GOP Plan to Crush Senate Resistance is Weak Tea
    by Martin Longman
    January 4, 2017 3:15 PM

    Oh, here’s a newsflash:

    Senate Republicans have a plan to break the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump’s Cabinet: Make their delay tactics as excruciating as possible.

    And how is this supposed to work?

    …the GOP is preparing to keep the chamber running around the clock if that’s what it takes to speedily confirm Trump’s Cabinet. It’s the kind of retaliatory strategy that would bring all-night sessions, 3 a.m. votes and a long slog through the first months of Trump’s presidency that could sap some of the GOP’s legislative momentum.

    Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, said the GOP will do “whatever it takes” to get Trump his team as quickly as possible.

    They’re going to break the Democrats’ will by pulling all-nighters. Maybe it’s time to invest some of your nest egg in Domino’s or whatever pizzeria is preferred on Capitol Hill.

    Anything else?

    …the GOP believes that if Democrats pull out their dilatory techniques the pressure will increase on moderate Senate Democrats from Trump-leaning states to buck their party and help Republicans move the nominations along.

    I don’t think there are twelve Democratic senators as fearful of their constituents as Joe Manchin. And that’s what it would take to get the 60 votes to stomp on those dilatory techniques.

    So, the real weapon here is simply hope.


    When you combine that with the fact that Donald Trump has the crazy idea that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will fly with the Democratic base, that the pathologically diseased Ben Carson is a suitable head of Housing and Urban Affairs, that our Treasury Secretary should be a predatory floreclosure maestro, that our Secretary of State should be a Putin-loving oil magnate with no government experience, and that Rick ‘Oops’ Perry should be in charge of our nuclear weapons, I think you’ll see a little more resolve than we’ve see in the past. There are few acceptable nominees, and certainly not the Amway woman they want at Education or the hamburger dude they have in mind for Labor. These picks are so bad, in fact, that the Democrats are seemingly relieved to give up on civilian control of the military and won’t put up a fight about (barely) Ret. Gen. James Mattis taking over control of the Pentagon.

    And the Republicans are making it easy to fight because they’re trying to blow off the basics, like actually having these nominees submit to normal vetting.

  46. 96 desertflower
    January 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

    He’s unstable

  47. January 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

  48. 98 JER
    January 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    NOW: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Holds News Conference — http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=2

  49. 99 Anjo
    January 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Was there a community in the Atlanta suburbs (Loganville) where only Republicans ran? An acquaintance went to vote and the only Democrat on the ballot was Hillary Clinton. Is this possible? Asking for a friend.

  50. 100 desertflower
    January 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Now, we get to use that against them.


  51. 101 desertflower
    January 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

  52. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Mornin’. I’ll just get this out of my system, then go find a constructive way to address “issues.” After coffee. Lots of coffee!

    • 104 carolyn
      January 5, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Another spelling error in DJT’s tweet: Past form of “lead” is spelled “led.” His ignorance is overwhelming.

      I’m thinking that insulting Chuck Schumer can be a dangerous ploy.

  53. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    For some reason, this popped into my mind when I watched some parts of the hearing this morning with the intelligence chiefs … if there’s no way to fully safeguard from hacking, maybe much more of our more critical information needs to be encrypted (or whatever the term) … and it looks like another job for the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. Obviously, I mean this theoretically, not literally (and sorry that it sounds elementary, because I wouldn’t be able to offer a detailed and high-level explanation, but you get the gist). We can safeguard our data and information better, and I’m sure the brains in the industry have already been working on it, for years. Doesn’t mean we have to go back to paper and pen (or the idiotic idea of only using couriers, as Trump would cough up from his throne in NYC).

  54. January 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Black parents take their kids to school on how to deal with police
    By Janell Ross
    January 3

    HANOVER, Md. — The workshop title is simple, straightforward: “Race & the Law.”

    The problems it seeks to address are anything but.

    Capt. Katherine Goodwin, Western District commander of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, is the only white person in the room — part of a panel of experts leading the session — and she is the one who invites the question.

    “Let’s hear from this young man in the middle,” Goodwin says.

    “Hi, my name is Ezra,” the boy says. “I was wondering, can a police officer arrest another police officer?”

    The room goes silent. A father multitasking his way through email on an iPad stops scrolling and stares.

    It is a Saturday afternoon in early December, and Room 104 at Anne Arundel Community College is packed, all 150 seats taken. There are moms with oversized Louis Vuitton bags from which they produce items such as granola bars and string cheese. But there are more fathers than mothers and a few elementary-school-aged kids. Most of all, there are teens with Beats headphones draped around their necks like electronic jewelry.

    Organized by the Arundel Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc., “Race & the Law” was one of more than 225 similar events held around the country last year and more than 50 such events scheduled across the nation in the first three months of 2017. They are places where anxious black parents bring their children in hopes of preparing them for potentially fateful encounters with the police. They are, in essence, mini boot camps for children about how to be black in 21st-century America.

    Jack and Jill is a family organization with more than 40,000 members. It aims to entertain and educate the kids of mostly middle-class and wealthy black families. It is an organization where kids are exposed to big experiences, such as lobbying on Capitol Hill and serving holiday food to the homeless, that do not look bad on college applications either.

    “All of these deaths, these unanswered questions about what police officers did or did not do, whether situations could have been handled a different way, have always been with us,” said Devin Tucker, a Jack and Jill father of two who brought his daughters, 14 and 10, to the Hanover event. “They are, however, coming at a frequency and a velocity now that I think no parent is really prepared for.”

  55. January 5, 2017 at 11:35 am

    State of Mich. Tries to Pull a Fast One With Invite-Only Meeting on Flint Water
    In its latest faux pas, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tried to have an invitation-only town hall meeting on the condition of Flint’s water.

    Posted: January 4, 2017

    The state of Michigan continues to insult the residents of the city of Flint, who are already enduring what seems to be a never-ending water crisis and the inability to get clean bottled water delivered to their homes without a fight.

    In its latest faux pas, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tried to have an invitation-only town hall meeting on the condition of Flint’s water.

    You read that correctly. The same state that, according to MLive, went to court to fight against having to deliver clean bottled water to residents who are unable to drink out of the tap figured it would be a good idea to hold a public session with a handpicked group of people.

    It was only after MLive questioned city and state officials on how attendees were going to be picked for attendance that the organizers of the town hall agreed on Jan. 3 to make the event open to the public.

    According to MLive, the event in its present state still raises questions. Flint has a population of 99,000 people, and public attendance at the Jan. 11 event at the University of Michigan-Flint Northbank Center is capped at 300 people.

    This means that in a town of 99,000 people who cannot drink or use water from the tap without a filter, less than 1 percent will be able to attend a town hall meeting and hear about the condition of the water in their city.

    The state is offering a live stream of the event, but as MLive points out, how many people will be able to find the live stream? And given that 40 percent of the city’s population is living below the poverty level, how many will have internet access to even view the live stream?

  56. January 5, 2017 at 11:40 am

    House Republicans revive obscure rule that could allow them to slash the pay of individual federal workers to $1

    By Jenna Portnoy and Lisa Rein
    January 5 at 9:59 AM

    House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to a $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service.

    The Holman Rule, named after an Indiana congressman who devised it in 1876, empowers any member of Congress to offer an amendment to an appropriations bill that targets a specific government employee or program.

    A majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any such amendment, but opponents and supporters agree that it puts agencies and the public on notice that their work is now vulnerable to the whims of elected officials.

    Democrats and federal employee unions say the provision, which one called the “Armageddon Rule,” could prove disastrous to the federal workforce, when combined with president-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the Washington bureaucracy, his call for a freeze on government hiring and his nomination of Cabinet secretaries who seem to be at odds with the mission of the agencies they would lead.

    “This is part of a very chilling theme that federal workers are seeing right now,” said Maureen Gilman, legislative director for the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal employees.

    The rule is particularly troubling to Virginia and Maryland lawmakers and the District’s nonvoting delegate, who represent large numbers of federal workers in the national capital region.

    The Holman provision was approved Tuesday as part of a larger rules package but received little attention amid the chaos of Republicans’ failed effort to decimate the House ethics office on the first day of the new Congress.

    Republican leaders say the rule increases accountability in government and played down concerns — some within their own party — that it will usher in broad changes to the appropriations process.

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