The World As It Should Be

126 Responses to “The World As It Should Be”

  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    June 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Nerdy – thanks a million for keeping our Obama world going! XOXO

  2. June 15, 2017 at 9:47 pm

  3. June 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    It’s just the way it is unless an absolutely unprecedented number of freedom loving Americans start VOTING …

    Test case in Georgia in a few days ….

    Goodnight TOD …

  4. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    June 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm

  5. 11 mtmarilyn
    June 15, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Nerdy Wonka, thank you for keeping us going. Chips always know you are missed and greatly loved.

    Well, I have just returned from 3 days at our camp on the river with no cell service. We do have satellite radio but I am trying to stay away from news when I go there. I know much happens so fast now a days. So now it is going back and catching up.

    I am truly sorry about the congressional shootings. Nothing surprises me anymore.

  6. 12 Dudette
    June 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    The Rabbit Hole is deep, very deep.

  7. June 15, 2017 at 11:01 pm

  8. 18 Dudette
    June 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm

  9. 19 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Night all.

  10. 20 globalcitizenlinda
    June 16, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I don’t know what to make of the press release from deputy attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Has he received information demanding that he must fire Special Counsel Mueller using the pretex of “leaks” as an excuse???

    • 21 arapaho415
      June 16, 2017 at 1:15 am

      GM GCL.

      Don’t think Rosenstein will fire Mueller tomorrow (but who knows with a functionally illiterate madman in the WH?), but since Rosenstein’s statement refers to “foreign country,” this seems the most plausible to me.

      I know you’ve seen Rosenstein’s statement (short and sweet), but for context, here it is:

  11. 25 Dudette
    June 16, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I am soooo not a cat person, but this got me all my feelz.

  12. June 16, 2017 at 3:59 am

    • 28 catrst
      June 16, 2017 at 6:23 am

      My first guess would be that the source is Putin’s cabal. Who knows what they are trying to accomplish but if it is it must have something to do with sanctions and Trump’s being reined in permanently.

    • June 16, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Hmmm. “Vewery” interesting, huh? When LOD read it to Rachel last night, I immediately keyed in on the word “country.” Definitely a key clue. Hmmm……………

      Blessed day to all.

      • 30 idon
        June 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

        First there’s no such thing as “anonymous allegations.” Anonymous means unnamed. Since the allegations are named they cannot be anonymous. Sources of the allegations can be unnamed which is consistent with the meaning of anonymous,

        Second Rosenstein’s statement is not on the USDOJ website.

        Third, it appears the statement was probably drafted by the White House with the help of Sessions. This is just another piece of evidence for the Special Counsel’s obstruction of justice case.It’s not the content of the statement that matters so much. The more important issue is why and how and who was involved in it’s drafting and dissemination.

        Finally, this statement also violates the first amendment rights of Americans, specifically journalists and others who gather and distribute information and opinions, A taxpayer funded LAW ENFORCEMENT agency has waded into determining the truthfulness and quality of information, which in turns threatens our right to access and disseminate information of our choosing.

  13. June 16, 2017 at 7:26 am

  14. June 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

    • 33 whenpamelawandered
      June 16, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Her own campaign may have sent it to her, to try and frame Ossoff. He wouldn’t, he’s better than that, and it seems so typically GOP tactic to stir anger and confusion.

  15. June 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    • 36 globalcitizenlinda
      June 16, 2017 at 8:04 am

      i worry that when some of these polls are published, people (especially Dem-leaning voters) do not bother to vote because they assume that the election is already in the bag

    • June 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Records are easily tampered, and the state provides no paper trail.

      Georgia’s sixth district will conduct one of the most closely watched congressional elections in recent history on Tuesday. The race, which is being called a toss-up, could flip the historically red district to Democrats. But according to one security researcher, the results could potentially be rigged.

      Cybersecurity researcher Logan Lamb discovered last summer that a security hole leaves the state’s online voter records accessible by hackers, who could plant malware and potentially rig the election, according to an interview with Politico.

    • 39 99ts
      June 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Way too close for comfort – and also for sanity. Until people stop voting for party over humanity and justice the GOP will continue to believe in taking whatever they can for the 1%.

  16. 40 globalcitizenlinda
    June 16, 2017 at 8:10 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a great day

  17. 41 globalcitizenlinda
    June 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    one thought about last night’s press release by deputy AG Rosenstein:

    I remembered that it is usual that before most reputable news outlets release a story, they usually check in with the government agency or person concerned to try and get their point of view.

    given that the press release came out after 9.00 p.m., could it be that a media outlet checked in with DOJ to verify a story before they are going to break a story today

    rather than making me doubt the sources, I am just getting curious….. so is my inquisitive nature … I will leave my ear to the ground so to speak

  18. June 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

  19. June 16, 2017 at 8:46 am

  20. June 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Another 45 appointee that makes a whole lot of sense….

    Patton’s LinkedIn profile states that she began working as an event planner for the Trump family in 2009 and was a vice president at the Eric Trump Foundation from 2011 through January. The foundation is now under investigation by the New York attorney general for allegedly funneling $110,000 into the Trump Organization that was designated for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

    Patton also states on her LinkedIn that she earned a law degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, but the school registrar told the Daily News that Patton only attended for two semesters and didn’t graduate.

    Patton was first made a White House liaison at HUD in February. She is one of the few public black officials in the Trump administration, joining Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.

    • 46 Dudette
      June 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Of course this is so she can funnel contracts to his & his family’s businesses. Ugh!
      Damn, can we please hurry up and put this bastard in prison already?

  21. June 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  22. June 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Haven’t some already been deported?

    President Trump has officially reversed his campaign pledge to deport the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children.

    The Department of Homeland Security announced late Thursday night that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them work permits so they can find legal employment.

    During the campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly agreed with that sentiment. At one rally last summer, Mr. Trump vowed to “immediately terminate” the DACA program, saying that Mr. Obama had “defied federal law and the Constitution.”

    But once in office, Mr. Trump faced a new reality: the political risks of targeting for deportation a group of people who are viewed sympathetically by many Americans. In some cases, the immigrants did not know they were in the country illegally. Many attended American schools from the time they were in kindergarten.

  23. June 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

    • 56 whenpamelawandered
      June 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Just keep spinning, just keep spinning – round and round, until you fall flat down.

  24. June 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Oh. My. God.

  25. 58 99ts
    June 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I’ve just realised how lucky I am cause
    I live in a country
    where health care is easy
    and getting shot in the street is hard.

    • June 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

      I’m glad to know you realize what a blessing that is. When you add in the prospect of also making it very difficult to vote, it’s a perfectly ugly and disturbing trifecta.

      • 60 99ts
        June 17, 2017 at 5:05 am

        We never really think about it meta – perhaps we should – to make sure it stays this way.

        We have seen some gun violence, and some health care issues – but we know our kids are safe at school and know if we fall sick there is a place in a hospital.

    • 61 whenpamelawandered
      June 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

      🌏🖖🏼💐🇦🇺❤️ (sighing with homesickness)

  26. June 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I just want to say I am not meeting with any Russians today. Good morning, Nerdy and TODers!!

  27. June 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

  28. 66 ydavis00
    June 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

  29. 67 ydavis00
    June 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

  30. 69 ydavis00
    June 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

  31. 70 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Morning everyone. Mystery solved?

  32. June 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

    OMG, this is pure INSANITY.

  33. 76 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thread. I have always had suspicions like this….look at GA06…..

  34. 77 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 10:11 am


  35. 78 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 10:17 am

    • 79 desertflower
      June 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Excellent read by Ben Rhodes

    • 80 sherijr
      June 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Well that is the goal though- to fail. Everything he has folks doing is meant to fail. Govt as failure- republican dream come true: privatize privatize privatize $$$$

  36. June 16, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Kay at Balloon Juice is involved with this sort of labor stuff as a lawyer.

    This is what she wrote about Ivanka’s ‘apprentice program’:

    June 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Apprenticeships that are partially or wholly federally funded are regulated by the federal government, thru the Dept of Labor. It’s important they be regulated because there have to be quality standards. “Apprenticeship” is just a word. It’s not like “MD”- it doesn’t mean anything without standards.

    What Ivanka did was take them out of the Labor Dept and give the funding directly to the groups that manage or create apprenticeships. What will happen is the word won’t mean anything, and so the apprentice loses the value of the credential.

    I told you they’d discredit apprenticeships, and they are. The whole point of the thing is employers don’t have to delve into details and judge quality. The standards ensure value. Without the standards it’s just a bullshit credential that may or may not have value. That matters because the APPRENTICE is investing years of his or her life in this- many of them are five years long.

    This IS NOT the German model. It’s a low quality imitation of the German model, put together by a low quality nepotism hire.

    You could weep, right? The people who earned NOTHING are creating programs for people who have to earn EVERYTHING and the result is predictable- cheap garbage.

  37. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    June 16, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Anyone with a brain can see that the Twitter rant from homegrown demagogue this morning is an attempt to force Rosenstein out so that scoundrel#45 can then install his own new person who can then fire Special Counsel Mueller. Most people listened to the interview he had with Lester Holts in which he admitted that he was going to fire Director Comey. Does this scumbag think we have forgotten what we saw & heard in that interview? The scumbag is running scared of Special Counsel Mueller & his team so he is desperate & unhinged. He is going to dig himself into more trouble everyday. The non-action by republicans has gotten us to this point because the more you let a bullying criminal get away with a crime, the more they become emboldened to push the boundaries

  38. 83 Allison
    June 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

  39. June 16, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Trump’s second-term curse starts surprisingly early
    06/16/17 10:14 AM
    By Steve Benen


    This small club, however, now has a new member, with Donald Trump facing his own criminal investigation. Time will tell what becomes of the ongoing federal probe, but MSNBC’s Ari Melber raised an interesting numerical point yesterday: when Nixon first faced a criminal inquiry into his misconduct in office, he’d been president for 1,580 days. For Clinton, it was 1,835 days.

    For Trump, it was 145 days. His second-term curse arrived in his first term – before he’d even reached his first 4th of July in the White House.

  40. June 16, 2017 at 10:47 am

    June 16, 2017 at 10:49 am


  42. June 16, 2017 at 10:56 am

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  44. June 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    That “buck stops here” thing??? Something 45 has no concept of.

  45. June 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Sen Merkley: Does he care about public input and public review in the process?

    [Price attempts to throw out a talking point rather than answer the question.]

    Sen Merkley: You’re skipping the question. Do you do that deliberately? Are you unable to understand my question if he cares about the public process of citizens having a chance to have input?

  46. June 16, 2017 at 11:15 am

  47. June 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

    With private companies, the bottom line has a priority over quality.

    • 98 arapaho415
      June 16, 2017 at 11:33 am

      GM SWBG.

      Oprah calls them “Ah Ha moments,” when you suddenly realize something (or get inspired by something) — and this happened to me yesterday, but not in a good way.

      “I pledge allegiance to the flag…
      One nation, under Koch…”

      My heart literally sank this morning when I saw this article:

      … because Rachel Brand’s (who would be Rosenstein’s replacement if he recuses himself) former position was professor at Antonin Scalia Law School:
      “On March 31, 2016, the Board of Visitors approved renaming the school after the late United States Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. The name change followed gifts of $20 million from an anonymous donor and an additional $10 million from the Charles Koch Foundation conditioned on the renaming, and was announced as requiring approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.[4] The name change became effective on May 17, 2016.[5] Initially, the proposed new name was to be the “Antonin Scalia School of Law,” but it was changed to “Antonin Scalia Law School” to avoid the unfortunate acronym ‘ASS Law.'”

      per Wikipedia:

      In addition to the unfathomable Russia links, Koch doctrine is at the core of FUBAR’s cabinet and of the GOP as a whole.

      re: infrastructure:

      For background, see this Twitter thread:

  48. 99 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Are you shocked?

  49. June 16, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Almost exactly 24 hours after Downing Street said the prime minister couldn’t possibly meet victims of the Grenfell disaster because of security concerns, the Queen and Prince William’s visit to Latimer Road came with minimal security.

    I will say this forever…

    Ain’t no shade like Upper Crust British Shade…..

    Go Betty Windsor and Wills.

  50. 106 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 11:55 am

    • 107 Don
      June 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      If this is the case Trump just admitted to obstruction of justice, and even if this weren’t true Trump said to Lester Holt that he fired Comey because of the Russia probe.

      • 108 Don
        June 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        At this point its not a matter of if Trump is going down, but when is Trump going down.

        • 109 Don
          June 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

          If I were working in the white house I’d saysha my ass down to Mueller’s office and tell him every goddamn thing I know.

  51. 110 desertflower
    June 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Damn it! I think I forgot to hit “Post Comment”…seriously. Sorry Don, wrote a reply but I can’t redo right now….Good grief.

  52. 111 Dudette
    June 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

  53. 113 Dudette
    June 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

  54. 114 Allison
    June 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  55. 116 Dudette
    June 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm


  56. 117 Dudette
    June 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Very important thread!

  57. 121 57andfemale
    June 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Oh. My. God.

  58. June 16, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    The lawyers are lawyering up.

  59. June 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

  60. June 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm


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