Condolences From A True Leader

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  1. 1 cos
    August 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Most definitely!!!!!!!!! Thanks NW.

  2. 2 cd4biden
    August 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Congrats on first COS

  3. 3 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you, NW. Calming.

  4. 5 Judith Fardig
    August 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Authentic compassion!

  5. 6 HZ
    August 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Compassionate leader and FLOTUS. HZ

  6. 9 Nena20409
    August 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    GE, TOD.
    Congrats, COS on your Au ⭐ Furst 😉
    Thanks, NW.

  7. 10 globalcitizenlinda
    August 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of Barcelona. May the victims rest in peace

  8. 11 Nena20409
    August 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

  9. 16 globalcitizenlinda
    August 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

  10. 19 JER
    August 17, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    • 20 pkayden
      August 18, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Why should he address Trump? President Obama is not the savior of the world. Let Republicans deal with their own mess. President Obama was the best President in my lifetime and now that he’s no longer in office, he has no obligation to protect the American people from their vote. They chose Trump over a much better qualified candidate and now we all have to suffer the consequences of that choice.

  11. August 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm

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  13. August 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    So happy President Obama is continuing to act presidentially, like the true leader that he is. He doesn’t owe anybody that, but his words – wise, compassionate and heartfelt – are healing. In the present absence of any official US leadership, he continues to fill that void in the eyes of so many.

    So glad to hear of organizations backing out of Mar a Lago, and other companies distancing themselves from 45. May the numbers of public detractors continue to grow exponentially.

    And now with President Obama’s Nelson Mandela quote tweet from fully 5 days ago, receiving over 4.3 millions likes so far, that’s 9.96+ likes per second. 🙂

  14. August 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Beauty Break: Peace in Martha’s Vineyard.

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    Sunset in Chilmark

    A post shared by Valerie Jarrett (@valeriebjarrett) on

  15. August 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Chelsea for the Win!

  16. August 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Wonderful to see HZ here. Miss some of our other regulars. Wish they would stop in for a hello. Thanks NW for keeping us going.

  17. August 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    And this is why we continue to have racism and nazism in this country….SCOTUS legitimizes them….The haters are allowed to incite and terrorize us…Where is my freedom to not live in fear…to live in dignity…does that not count

    • August 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Hate Speech is much more than a point of view….it is not just two people having a difference of opinion…it is the Klan marching thru a Black Community…it is armed militia showing up outside of a Mosque or a Temple…it is white supremacists and nazis…spreading terror…and hate and threatening violence….This is Not About Freedom…and if it is…what about my Freedom not to be subjected to this…
      SCOTUS has just given more legitimacy to the Klan…White Supremacists.. the Nazis …Germany has learned from its history about Nazism…Nazi symbols and such is banned…it should be banned here as well

  18. 40 Dudette
    August 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I mean it’s like his body has been snatched by a good & decent alien.

    • 42 arapaho415
      August 17, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      GE Dudette.

      If MSM won’t call out the hypocrisy of GOP, it’s up to #WeThePeople to do so.

      “Personal life
      Stewart is a native of Duluth, Minnesota.[32] He transferred to Georgetown University after a year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and was the first member of his family to graduate from college.[33] He also graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and afterwards settled in Virginia.[33]”

  19. 43 JER
    August 17, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Former President Barack Obama will speak to the Economic Club of Chicago in December… Obama is booked as guest speaker for the club’s Dec. 5 dinner meeting, with limited guest reservations available. …

  20. August 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    This thread:

  21. August 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Hope they all boycott.

    • 46 pkayden
      August 18, 2017 at 8:14 am

      None of them need attend. The entire team needs to boycott this. Trump has more than disrespected Black people. I’m shocked that he would even have the nerve to invite them to the WH.

  22. 47 Jey
    August 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Boycott of Mar-A-Lago is good news 👍. I hope others follow suit.

  23. 48 Jey
    August 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    There’s a guy on Don Lemon show – Julius Krein who voted for PP and now regrets it.
    OP-ED in NYT.

    I have no empathy for ppl like this. None.

  24. August 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

  25. 54 amk for obama
    August 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    the racist turd is tweeting about pig’s blood on a day of terrorist attack?

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  29. 60 JER
    August 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    This is from Co-author of President Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” …

  30. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

  31. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2017 at 10:47 pm

  32. 69 amk for obama
    August 17, 2017 at 10:48 pm


    • August 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

      This comment from Everytown for Gun Safety

      If white supremacists march into our towns armed to the teeth and with the intent to harm people, they are not engaging in activity protected by the United States Constitution.”

      We agree. Thank you, ACLU Nationwide.

  33. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm

  34. 72 amk for obama
    August 17, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    No david.

    Maybe God sent us the corrupt and cowardly gopee Donald Trump to inspire all the rest of us the entire rethugliklans to be and do better.

  35. 75 amk for obama
    August 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    dems better not sign up to whatever fraudulent cockamamie schemes this thief and his gopee gang of robbers put up there.

  36. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm

  37. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 pm

  38. 80 GGAIL
    August 17, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    My sympathies go out to Barcelona 💔

  39. 81 desertflower
    August 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Important Timeline to connect all the dots. Share.Save. Thank you, Steven Harper. Thank you, Bill Moyers.


    Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump
    Explore our updated, comprehensive Trump/Russia timeline — or select one of the central players in the Trump/Russia saga to see what we know about them.

    • August 17, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Oh, and btw, anyone thinking the dude is going to go quietly is a damn fool …

      Stay close to those you love, as much as you can ……

  40. August 18, 2017 at 12:24 am

    My daughter posted this essay on a blog earlier today. It addresses how America is where it is with Charlottesville.

    “Sharing something I wrote (and have since edited) in response to my friend exploring the complicated legacy of Southern heritage, cultural pride, honoring ancestors and the role of miseducation and misinformation in reconciling all of this. It strikes me now more than ever that we need to keep talking and sharing at a time when we might feel the need to close up and wall off.

    “I am also from Southern heritage. My grandparents left the South after WWII when my grandfather returned from fighting Nazis in Europe but still didn’t have basic rights and decency as a man or as a veteran. My grandparents told me stories of the terror of the KKK riding through the small town and the way the community fought back shooting warning shots in the dark night above the approaching riders which scared them into aborting the mission. They could only rely on themselves because the sheriff was involved and/or friendly with the perpetrators. The topography and the one road in and out and their ability to get information in advance from sympathetic whites made managing these situations with no injuries possible. Others were not so lucky.

    Given my DNA indicates a fair amount of European ancestry, but I have no known white ancestors post-slavery, some of the Confederate ancestors are my ancestors as well. According to ancestry .com there are white people in several states across the South who are identifiable as cousins. We each share a common but unknown ancestor. Mine were brutalized. More than 150 years and many generations later we still have vastly different experiences and privileges in society based on our skin color alone.

    It is our inability to look clearly at what has transpired that prevents us from moving forward in unity. There is only one USA. No single race can claim credit for building it to what it is today. Certainly I can take pride in what has been achieved given all that my ancestors gave to it, literally blood, sweat, tears, their lives, and their loved ones. Thanks to DNA testing, I recently learned that some of my African ancestors were here were dating back to the early to mid 1700s in Virginia. This is fascinating given that many whites whose ancestors arrived up to two centuries after mine would still not consider me fully American or deserving of the fruits of this land due solely to my skin color.

    When we talk about Southern heritage we are talking about agrarian culture, southern hospitality, music, folklore and comfort food but also the heritage of white supremacy and economic oppression. A long history of turning a blind eye to the brutalization that went hand in hand with the ability to build vast sums of wealth and fund those beautiful plantation mansions and southern belle lifestyles. Some forms of this white supremacy and oppression are considered outrageous today but many forms are still acceptable and regular tools of our government and institutions. Germany did a mass reconciliation after WWII to confront their history. So did South Africa. We have not. Every step of progress has been met with opposition and resistance.

    The KKK began as slavery ended. Their purpose was to terrorize newly freedmen and keep them in their economic and political place, without rights or power, or access to benefits paid for by their taxes. The KKK instilled fear because whites across the South were fearful, being greatly outnumbered by the newly freedmen. Outnumbered whites had the political, judicial and economic power; some was wielded during the daytime through legitimate institutions and some was wielded like a blunt object illegitimately under the cover of night. Land was grabbed; businesses and whole business districts, homes, churches and sometimes whole neighborhoods destroyed; blacks intimidated, assaulted, tortured and lynched, often for entertainment with women and children and law enforcement participating or in attendance, and bodies left on display as a warning.

    All this transpired repeatedly over 100+ years. Jim Crow laws were created to officially legislate second class citizenship and reduce gains made after slavery, including newly freed men and women elected to office during Reconstruction. The first black senators were Hiram Revels in 1870, and Blanche Bruce in 1875, both of Mississippi. The better part of a century passed before the next black senator in 1967, thanks to voter intimidation and disenfranchisement. Jim Crow morphed post-Civil Rights era and the tools of use that became more prevalent were redlining, hiring discrimination, the war on “drugs” and mass incarceration, voter restrictions and gerrymandering, defunding public education and neighborhoods/cities with high concentrations of blacks, subprime loans etc.

    Most of the monuments to Confederate heroes were erected around times of progress for blacks (Reconstruction and Civil Rights), as a sign to people who look like me that they should be fearful, that the North may have won but there is always the threat that the South will rise again or just that we would be killed or brutalized in the meantime. Imagine the pyschological impact of a Confederate monument on public land in front of the courthouse where everyone goes to seek justice. The irony is also not lost that it was once seen as appropriate to use funds from the same government Confederates sought to overthrow to honor them.

    Those are literally monuments to people who got rich forcing free labor from others, selling people (including their own children brought about through rape), brutalizing people for their economic gain, dressing it up as just business, and “laundering” the funds through other businesses thus enriching the country. Some of their descendants today, through their inheritances of funds and property, owe their wealth to this brutality lasting for centuries (as do the descendants of their northern business partners). Those are monuments to people who believed they had a right to permanently have their boots on others’ necks. Those are monuments to people who ensured I can’t track family beyond anyone who emerged from slavery because they were listed in census records as female 8, female 13, male 9, male 12, female 17, female 20, male 25, male 37 etc. Out of the 10 to 100s of slaves on a plantation which would have been my ancestors? Why were they listed like cattle? Where were their names? Their family structures and relationships?

    It is complicated but it is not difficult to say what does not stand the test of time. We do not have to double down on what we know to be wrong, just because it was chosen previously. Human beings are capable of growing and evolving in amazing ways.

    Yet there are surprisingly still lots of emotions running high on the side of descendants of slaveholders and poor, non-land owning whites – around a war that ended 150 years ago – even though slaveholders were compensated for lost “assets,” the humans they held as property, but former slaves were never compensated for lost wages.

    Instead blacks are told that slavery ended a long time ago and we should get over it, but that does not reconcile with what we now know about trauma and toxic stress and how they are passed down through the generations. My children have inherited the trauma and toxic stress of generations of their enslaved ancestors and the generations of terrorized ancestors who followed the enslaved ones. Do we at least deserve not to have the purveyors of that trauma, who fought to hold on long after the jig was up, held up as icons to be revered? Is that not an additional trauma in and of itself?

    Usually we honor our dead by burying them and saying a prayer for their souls, by writing about them and their tactical minds if they were generals, and if we knew them personally by sharing memories and mementos, by talking about the physical attributes and personality aspects that show up generations later. A public monument is not a requirement. There are no public monuments to the Nazis in Germany or to the National Party in South Africa. Only reminders of the horrors they inflicted upon others and what humanity should never again allow itself to become.”

  41. August 18, 2017 at 12:24 am

  42. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    August 18, 2017 at 6:52 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a great day

  43. 104 amk for obama
    August 18, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Yup. Don’t give the scum the time of the day.

    • 105 pkayden
      August 18, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Good for Ms. Bro. She has no reason to talk to that monster. He’s a straight up racist. If she ever talks with him, it should be to tell him off and then hang up.

  44. 106 desertflower
    August 18, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Morning everyone

    • 107 arapaho415
      August 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      GM DF.

      Blessed NerdyW has opened a new thread, but thought this might be of interest to you (thread written by a San Diegan about the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, whose original intent was to stretch from Alexandria VA to San Diego CA, as a counterpart to the Lincoln Highway [now Interstates 30 and 50]):

  45. 108 desertflower
    August 18, 2017 at 8:39 am


  46. 109 desertflower
    August 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Any questions?

  47. 110 desertflower
    August 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

    h/t BJ…. 🙂

  48. 112 desertflower
    August 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

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  50. 114 JER
    August 18, 2017 at 9:17 am

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    August 18, 2017 at 9:34 am

  52. 116 ydavis00
    August 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

  53. 117 ydavis00
    August 18, 2017 at 9:48 am

  54. 118 JER
    August 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

  55. 119 desertflower
    August 18, 2017 at 9:52 am

  56. 120 JER
    August 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

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    August 18, 2017 at 10:14 am

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