147 Responses to “Yup”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    February 9, 2017 at 9:58 am

  2. 5 pkayden
    February 9, 2017 at 10:05 am

    The damage that will be done to this country by Devos, Sessions and the rest of Trump’s cabinet is inestimable. #Resist, organize and fight back.

  3. 7 No Child Left Behind
    February 9, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    Happy Thursday! May it be a day with very few BREAKING news, the type of breaking news that brings palpitation to your heart.

    However, may this brighten your morning.

  4. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    February 9, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I’ll just keep typing, until somebody else shows up. Ha.

    Now Kellyanne, a federal employee, is selling Ivanka Trump products on FOX. When I first got a job as a federal employee, one of the first things we learned was that you couldn’t SELL anything that you’d profit from, on government property. I remember because at the time my Mother was crafting a Halloween decoration, I had one on my desk, and some of my co-workers wanted to order it. Because we couldn’t sell things, I’d joke that “They are selling themselves,” and then meet the person in the parking lot to deliver the item and take the cash. Maybe ol’ Kellyanne that horrible critter with the nasty disposition could take it outside. Better yet, Kellyanne, get off OUR White House lawn and property and begone forever!

  5. 10 No Child Left Behind
    February 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

    • 11 pkayden
      February 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Why wasn’t CNN worried about Trump being “off on the facts” before November 8th, 2016? Why just now? The media created Trump.

  6. February 9, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Thank you Nerdy. This is still the best place on the internet to get uplifting news.

  7. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    February 9, 2017 at 10:15 am

  8. 20 57andfemale
    February 9, 2017 at 10:16 am

  9. 23 CEB
    February 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Clint Smith for the win! His tweets so clearly explain what racism is and how racist try to use certain moves to make others (white people) think that they are not so. Anyway, privileged people do not get to say what is and is not racism since they are not on the receiving end of it. These 45 supporters voted for white patriarchy which they believe is a god-given right. They have all that they wanted, but I firmly believe that in the end, it will not turn out the way that they want.
    In more positive news: we are having Spring weather in NE Florida: Azaleas are blooming, grass is greening up, pleasantly warm temperatures, interrupted by occasional showers. I won on a bill dispute with AT&T and my family is currently doing well. As for the country, we have a chance to rise out of the current rubble better, stronger, and wiser. I see more love than I see hate and we will win the day.

  10. February 9, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Now, repeat after me, Ladies and Gentlemen…

    What would have happened if, Malia and/or Sasha Obama, had a clothing line, and Josh Earnest came out and told folks to buy it?

    Kellyanne Conway endorses Ivanka Trump’s merchandise
    02/09/17 10:08 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump, already beset by a series of conflict-of-interest controversies, broke new ground yesterday: the Republican president used his office to chastise an American company for no longer selling his daughter’s merchandise. In case this isn’t obvious, we’re not accustomed to seeing the chief executive of a superpower exploit his platform to interfere in his daughter’s retailing opportunities.

    Making matters worse, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Nordstrom’s decision to stop selling Ivanka Trump’s products represented an “attack.”

    And just when it seemed this story couldn’t get more ridiculous, a prominent member of Team Trump turned things up a notch.

    During a Thursday morning Fox & Friends interview, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told viewers to buy products from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.

    This comes the day after Donald Trump tweeted angrily at Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s line, writing that she had been “treated so unfairly.” Conway referred to Ivanka as a “champion for women empowerment, women in the workplace,” before adding, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. I hate shopping, and I’m gonna go get some on myself today.”

    Hmm. A White House official – which is to say, a public official whose salary is paid by American taxpayers – appeared on national television this morning in what looked like the press briefing room in the West Wing. She then used that platform to, in effect, do a little commercial/testimonial in support of her boss’ daughter’s merchandise, encouraging people to buy Trump products.

  11. 26 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I don’t know who Clint Smith is, but I’m with him.

  12. 27 Judith Fardig
    February 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

  13. 29 Anjo
    February 9, 2017 at 10:32 am

    From previous post, don’t agree with open primaries. Party members and committed party members only should choose candidates, if you don’t believe in the party enough to join it then you shouldn’t have a say in choosing its candidates. Keeps out all the one issue folks and encourages those who see the big picture. Will have more to contribute when not so rushed at work. Back to lurking.

    • 30 57andfemale
      February 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Absolutely, Anjo! There would be nothing but mischief if the primaries were open to everybody. Only declared members of a party should be allowed to vote in primaries.

      What is little understood is that the primaries are actually private elections. They have been incorporated into the regular voting apparatus, but there is no legal reason for that to be true.

      Oddly enough kos had an interesting suggestion: Dems should do all primaries by mail. They would have direct access to a comprehensive database. It would be MUCH cheaper than the current system. It could be uniform across the nation. And there is no legal reason not to do so.

      It’s a radical idea but interesting.

  14. 33 whenpamelawandered
    February 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    “What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about. This is no time for complacency, hope lies in the action we take.”
    ~ HH Dalai Lama 09 Feb 2017

  15. February 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

    ICYMI. There should be an invite in your email. I’m signed up.

  16. February 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

    The Role of the Church in Bannon’s White Nationalist Movement
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    February 9, 2017 10:46 AM

    As it became clear that Steve Bannon is the man behind the throne in much of what Trump has undertaken in the first weeks of his presidency, a lot of attention was paid to his remarks to a conservative group inside the Vatican with connections to Cardinal Burke – one of the most vocal critics of Pope Francis.

    In his presentation, Mr. Bannon, then the head of the hard-right website Breitbart News and now Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, called on the “church militant” to fight a global war against a “new barbarity” of “Islamic fascism” and international financial elites, with 2,500 years of Western civilization at risk.


    As Michel says, all of this fit quite well with Putin’s move toward the hard right in an attempt to “return to Tsar Nicholas I’s triumvirate of Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality.” And it has been welcomed by many on the American religious right.

    …it’s not as if it’s difficult to unearth the fundamentalists fawning over Putin’s putative turn toward God. For instance, according to Bryan Fischer, who until 2015 was a spokesman for the American Family Association, Putin is the “lion of Christianity.” Evangelical Franklin Graham has likewise lauded Putin as someone “protecting traditional Christianity,” while Buchanan only continues praising Putin.


    This combination of fear-mongering, anti-liberalism and white nationalism is nothing new to Christianity – whether Protestant or Catholic. We’ve seen these strands emerge in the Church throughout history from the Crusades to the KKK in this country. It has almost always been coupled with vicious violence. So it is important to note the confluence as it is currently taking shape – not only in this country – but in other places around the globe. That is the movement Steve Bannon is tapping into and attempting to build.

    But it’s also important to note that there are countervailing forces. The Black Church has always been a strong force in this country against these movements and Pope Francis is beloved around the world, with a special connection to Catholic Latinos both here and abroad. Beyond that, a group of White Evangelicals are making their voices heard when it comes to the actions of the current administration.

  17. 41 ydavis00
    February 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

    • 42 pkayden
      February 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Good for her!! I believe President Obama was the first Black man to be president of Harvard Law Review so she’s following in good footsteps.

  18. 44 ydavis00
    February 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

  19. 46 JER
    February 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  20. 47 Gazelle
    February 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I hope this video posts here, it will make you smile!

  21. 53 JER
    February 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

  22. 54 Don
    February 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Basically what you have is the President of the United States selling his daughter’s clothing line out of the back of his trunk, which would be the oval office.

  23. February 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats JO’B, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and for the sacrifices you’re making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope you exchange a wink, offer a hug, and give a that-a-boy to whom it’s due today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    I am thankful to God that I live to witness one of the greatest President of The United States of America in President Barack Hussein Obama ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  24. 58 Gazelle
    February 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

    “Bill Nye the Science Guy—one of our childhood heroes—is making a comeback. Nearly 20 years since the last episode of his PBS show aired, the quirky TV host will release his new show, Bill Nye Saves the World, on Earth Day, April 21, on Netflix, The Verge reports.”


  25. 59 sjterrid
    February 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Good morning, everyone! I hope you all are well. Sorry, I haven’t lurked or posted in a while. I needed a time out after the election.

    Thank you so much, Nerdy, for keeping this place going.

    • February 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Hey! I was just thinking about you yesterday, wondering if you are alright. Thanks for checking in. I hear you about the need for a break. It’s been BRUTAL.

  26. 61 Gazelle
    February 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Love the photo w/ this article:

    2 Cities To Pull More Than $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline


  27. February 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t know where or when but this photo is GIVING ME LIFE

  28. February 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    OMG, I never say this. This is epic!

    • 81 GGail
      February 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Anderson Cooper and Moscow Barbie. The more I looked at her and heard Anderson, the more I giggled too. LOL!!!

      • February 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm

        I’d never seen this or heard about it so I wasn’t expecting Anderson Cooper to completely lose it!! I laughed so hard at him and then Conway’s humiliated response was PRICELESS. LOLOLOLOLzzzz

        • 83 GGail
          February 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

          Anderson is laughing and saying “I don’t believe this”.

          It is laughable because Moscow Barbie and her ilk really seriously think that we ALL will buy their bullshit.

          Keep laughing Anderson baby, keep laughing and keep calling them out on their lies.

      • February 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        I am dying. This is perfect!

    • 85 pkayden
      February 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Funny but not really all that funny when you realize that your government is straight up lying to your face on a daily basis. Scary actually.

    • February 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      This is SPECTACULAR. How have I never seen this???

  29. 87 No Child Left Behind
    February 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

  30. 90 No Child Left Behind
    February 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Why? To measure the height of THE WALL?

  31. 92 No Child Left Behind
    February 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  32. 94 whatisworking
    February 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    UPDATE from the trenches

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know what is happening in our local OFA team.

    We had a leadership meeting last night and there were 12 folks who have taken on leadership roles who showed up. We have an additional 10 who were not able to attend the meeting. To give you some context we used to run the team with me and 3 leaders. This is progress.

    We fleshed out the OFA snowflake (which is the equivalent of an org chart) Discussed how we would be organizing for the upcoming ACA Townhall which is sponsored by our Congressman, discussed how we can help with the social media training that is coming up, and brainstormed what to do to reach out to the 2,000 new names we have added to our mailing list. We are considering reviving Camp OFA and still trying to figure out what that would look like.

    We had 2 phone banks this week and have 3 scheduled next week. All of these phone banks will call into Dist 49 (Issa). They are having an ACA Townhall on Feb 21st – we will be calling to mobilize voters in his district to attend, show their support for the ACA, and share their ACA story.

    Although I had felt completely overwhelmed by the mountain of OFA work that fell on me the first 2 weeks of the new administration, I am now starting to feel like we will be able to get our work done and I can still go outside, walk the dog, and see my granddaughter. Thank goodness for the OFA model for teams that share the work.

    OFA is building a directory of who is on what team throughout the country. If you can’t find a team near you reach out to me and I will see if I can get you a name, email, etc. whatisworking@gmail.com

  33. February 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Congress’ oversight of the White House is put on indefinite hold
    02/09/17 12:52 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The Atlantic’s David Frum, lamenting the “ominous indicators of a breakdown of the American political system,” recently noted that raw partisanship has led to a collapse in congressional oversight of the executive branch. “Congress has increasingly become a check only on presidents of the opposite party,” Frum wrote.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) seems a little too eager to prove the thesis correct. TPM reported yesterday:

    House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said Wednesday that he doesn’t think President Donald Trump’s tweet attacking department store Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories line is “a big deal.”

    “Is it appropriate, do you believe, is it ethical – and you oversee the executive branch of the government – for the President to be commenting about his daughter’s business like this?” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Chaffetz.

    “I think most people can relate to the fact that a father, a doting father with very successful children is going to look after those children and, you know, if he sees something going wrong, he’s going to call it out,” Chaffetz said. He said that he doesn’t “pay much attention to it.”


    Indeed, when Kellyanne Conway used her official position to endorse Ivanka Trump’s product line on national television this morning – in apparent violation of the law – she did so with the comfort that Jason Chaffetz seems prepared to look the other way no matter what White House officials do.

    He hasn’t even been subtle about it. When Team Trump considered getting rid of inspectors general through the administration, Chaffetz dismissed it as little more than a “mistake” from a low-level staffer. When the head of the Office of Government Ethics did his job in advising the White House, Chaffetz took an immediate interest – in targeting the ethics chief instead of the West Wing.

    When Democrats asked the Oversight Committee to take a closer look at Trump’s conflicts of interest, the GOP chairman responded soon after that he remains interested in Hillary Clinton’s emails.

    The Washington Post reported last week that Chaffetz’ committee has unveiled a list of 43 areas of interest to explore over the next two years, but the list “includes no planned inquiries into the Trump organization’s global entanglements and the potential for conflicts of interest.”

    The New York Times’ David Leonhardt made the case for alarm yesterday:

    This combination – an anti-democratic president and a quiescent Congress – is very dangerous. Even though many members of Congress think [Trump’s] approach is wrong, they have refused to confront him because he is a member of their party. He has the power to sign bills that Republican legislators have long favored, and their political fortunes are tied to his popularity.

    So they look the other way. They duck questions about him, or they offer excuses. They enable him.

    • 98 57andfemale
      February 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      I have to differ with Frum: it’s only GOP who shirk their duty of congressional oversight. If a Democratic POTUS and his administration did something wrong, they would be investigated and dealt with through the proper channels.

      It’s only GOP (and effing Bernie Sanders) who get away with calling HRC a criminal yet let real criminals from Trump on down get away with everything.

  34. 99 Allison
    February 9, 2017 at 1:11 pm

  35. 102 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Love TOD. ❤ ❤ ❤ !
    To know more is to be prepared.
    Please don't ever let them see you sweat.
    We are unbeatable when fortified with Fact, knowledge, history, etc.
    #FORWARD! #Resist!

  36. 103 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

  37. 105 Linda
    February 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Trump a;ready backtracking on using American made steel for his pipelines. Now it is ” whenever possible “…

  38. 106 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Just Because 😉

    Just 🙂

  39. 108 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm

  40. 109 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:10 pm

  41. 110 Linda
    February 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    KellyAnn has been ” counseled ” for promoting Ivanka Trump’s clothing line >


  42. 111 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

  43. 114 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:34 pm

  44. 115 Allison
    February 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm

  45. 117 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:36 pm

  46. 120 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm

  47. 121 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

  48. 122 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

  49. 123 Allison
    February 9, 2017 at 2:49 pm

  50. 124 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    • 125 0388jojothecat
      February 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Cohen an aide for Joe McCarthy and Nixon, a anti-Semitic Jew, Homophobic Gay, evaded paying taxes, and taught Trump to lie with impunity, that when Cohen contacted HIV/AIDS Trump dropped like a hot potato. Cohen said DT pissed ice water when his so-called friend dropped him. What did a snake expect another snake to do?

  51. 126 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

  52. 127 donna dem 4 obama
    February 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm

  53. February 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Trump’s Deportation Plan, Up Close and Personal
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    February 9, 2017 1:00 PM

    During the presidential campaign, when Trump shifted from “deport ’em all” to saying he would focus on deporting undocumented immigrants who were criminals, it was considered a major shift.

    “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” [Trump] said in the interview, to air on “60 Minutes” on CBS.

    But as the LA Times recently reported, the devil is in the details. The president’s executive order overhauling immigration enforcement took that number from 2-3 million to a possible 8 million (of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country).

    We now have an example of what that means in the case of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos. She was brought to this country when she was 14, has lived in Arizona for 22 years and is the mother of two children who were born here. But Garcia is a “criminal” because 8 years ago she was caught in a workplace raid by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and charged with a felony. She was eventually allowed to stay in the country under certain conditions. Since then, she has checked in at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office regularly for a review of her case and to answer some questions. That all changed yesterday.

    This year, as García de Rayos feared, was different. When she went to check in as usual at the central Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she was taken into custody as protests erupted outside. García de Rayos could perhaps be among the first undocumented immigrants to be arrested during a scheduled meeting with immigration officials since President Trump’s inauguration, civil rights lawyers told the New York Times.

    It is likely that by this time, she has been processed and sent to Mexico – a country she hasn’t seen in over two decades – leaving behind her children and family. According to her lawyer, there is only one reason for that.

    “It has 100 percent to do with the executive order,” said Ray Ybarra-Maldonado, a Phoenix immigration lawyer who is representing Garcia de Rayos. “Her case is no different than the last time she checked in. The facts are 100 percent the same. The only difference is the priorities for removal have now changed.”

  54. 129 JER
    February 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm

  55. 131 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Beyonce last week and now this Couple?

  56. 133 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm


  57. 134 JER
    February 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm

  58. February 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    • 136 susanne
      February 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      THIS. What happened to that ‘story’ is a blizzard of Republican gobshittery, all highlighting the outrageous escapades of the so-called president. Smoke and mirrors, and thank heaven motherjones is still able to see past the daily idiocy to the real issue: Russia hacked our election.

  59. 137 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 3:42 pm

  60. 138 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm

  61. 139 JER
    February 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm

  62. 140 Allison
    February 9, 2017 at 3:51 pm

  63. 141 Nena20409
    February 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    A Policeman did this in MD?

  64. 145 No Child Left Behind
    February 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm

  65. 146 donna dem 4 obama
    February 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm

  66. February 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm

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