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  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    August 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Delightful tweet, Meta!

  2. 4 whenpamelawandered
    August 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm


  3. 5 Judith Fardig
    August 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

  4. 6 Roberta in MN
    August 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Nerdy, please be safe this weekend. I am watching this storm also, have family in San Antonio. Will be sending prayers and thinking of all the people in those states most affected. (((hugs))).

  5. August 25, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy.

    I’m feeling broken over this pure evil. I just can’t fathom how wicked one must be to order this:

  6. August 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Tomorrow, white supremacists are rallying in my city. Just got a long email from Indivisible SF. This is a small piece:

    We’ve learned that law enforcement will be escorting the Patriot Prayer rally organizers and crew to their speaker location. There will be a 75-yard buffer zone between them and counter-protesters. However, there will be only one general entrance to the event, and other out-of-town attendees ― including white supremacists ― may be mixed in with our crowds. Again, there is serious risk of bodily harm as well as arrest (we do not have a permit). Please join us only if you are willing to accept these risks and are committed to nonviolence.

    • August 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Ground rules
      For the safety of all, we ask that everyone who comes agrees to follow the instructions of our leads and monitors without discussion. And to protect our members’ identity, we’re leaving branded Indivisible shirts, signs, etc. at home.

      Please also review the restrictions for this event as outlined by the National Park Service, including:
      No weapons, including guns, helmets, mace/pepper spray, clubs (sticks), torches, shields, and anything deemed to be a weapon
      No backpacks larger than 18” by 14” by 7”
      No signs bigger than 36” x 24”
      No signs or flags on poles (including we suspect cardboard tubes)
      Water permitted only in sealed plastic bottles
      Volunteers needed
      We still have a few spots for additional monitors, first aid personnel, and photographers. Sign up here if you have undergone training for these roles and want to volunteer.

      • 14 CEB
        August 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm

        They really want violence in your area because it is seen as very liberal/progressive. I hope that everyone who attends do not give them what they want, follow the example of the Civil Rights Elders, and show up in numbers.

    • August 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      OMG!! The white supremacists just cancelled the rally!! YAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYYYYYYY.

      • 16 Judith Fardig
        August 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm

        Awesome! Maybe they didn’t want to step in the dogshit helpfully flung around their permitted area.

        • August 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm

          I live in the north nearby. I’ve been so sick with worry. For the pristine natural area trampled by bigots, for the safety of residents, for the god-awful views spewed by these haters, for the horrific potential for violence. SO RELIEVED.

      • 18 jacquelineoboomer
        August 25, 2017 at 10:11 pm

        Great news, meta! (Just catching up.)

    • August 25, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      • August 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        HUGE sigh of relief. We’ve been dreading this for a long time. The city made MASSIVE accommodations for public transit, safety, peace. Pouring myself a glass of wine.

        • August 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

          pour me one as well

        • 24 vcprezofan2
          August 25, 2017 at 7:02 pm


          • 25 carolyn
            August 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

            I’m so glad this was cancelled. I don’t live in San Francisco any more, but did years ago, and hated to think of that beautiful area being trampled on by those horrible people. I am so old I remember going to Land’s End (don’t know if it is still called that) and watching the fleet return from the Korean Conflict. It was a giant thrill and very impressive watching those ships steam through the narrows and under the magnificent bridge. San Francisco was the sending port for the Korean War. In a touch of life’s irony…..I was in junior high, and when I met my soon to be husband, I learned he had sailed to Japan on an Army transport from San Francisco…….(we were 9 years apart)
            The Korean war was very real to us on the west coast. We had dogtags which we had to wear every day for I.D., and each house had a designated house for an air raid shelter. In spite of all that, those years I lived there were magical.

        • 26 mtmarilyn
          August 26, 2017 at 1:05 am

          Oh meta, what a huge relief!. We have all been so concerned.

      • 27 cd4biden
        August 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm

        Running way behind today, but thanks for the great news meta!!! So happy about it for everyone in the Bay Area, as it would have impacted all of us.

  7. August 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm

  8. 32 Judith Fardig
    August 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Really happy for San Francisco Bay residents that the creep racist rally has been cancelled. They are supposed to show up in my progressive (well, sometimes) city on September 10th. UGH!

  9. August 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm

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  11. 41 JER
    August 25, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    State of emergency: President Obama visits the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, DC today to monitor the federal response to damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

    Briefing: President Barack Obama listens as FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (R) updates representatives from various U.S. safety agencies, including U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (3rd R) on Hurricane Irene.

    • 42 99ts
      August 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      The real President – where the hell is the current fool today?

      Thankyou JER for the pictures – this is a man who cares about his country and its people.

  12. August 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Check out Craig Fugate’s TL right now.

  13. August 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Smartypants…speculated on where President Obama will return ans what role he would play…interesting read….

    Let’s take those three things together: Obama doesn’t see himself as a rescuer, he has an unshakable optimism about the democratic process and he always plays the long game. What do you think that says about how he would answer Gopnik’s suggestion that he engage as the leader of the resistance? If you think it makes that possibility unlikely, then I agree with you.

    I can imagine that Barack Obama very vividly feels the crisis that is presented by Donald Trump’s presidency. But I can also imagine that he sees beyond the person who occupies the White House and takes in the big picture of what led to his election in the first place (in the Electoral College if not the popular vote). He knows that the way forward is “through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.” Right now, this country’s level of civic participation is not up to the task. It might be enough to defeat Donald Trump, but not to repair the deeper issues that we face as a country. That is the challenge Barack Obama has taken on as his next task. I’ll be anxious to see how he tackles that one.

    • 45 vcprezofan2
      August 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      I haven’t been over to read Smartypants in a very long while, Pf, so thanks very much for bringing this to my attention. As usual SP has presented an insightful read. This article fits nicely into the earlier discussion we were having here in the village, and I truly appreciate the first paragraph you shared from it as it’s IMO a good summary of how I see PBO too.

    • 47 vcprezofan2
      August 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      BTW, below the article there is a long discussion worth reading. (I got halfway through, but my head suggests that I’d better go and eat before I try to finish. BBL

  14. 48 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Our Media is worthless. Unidentified, now?
    Funny how now, the Missiles are Not easily ID’ed?

  15. August 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    When will the Obamas be leaving Martha’s Vineyard?

  16. 51 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    GE, TODbots.
    Congrats, Judith on your Furst Au ⭐
    Please Stay Safe, NW

  17. 52 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

  18. 53 99ts
    August 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Do stay safe Nerdy and all the Texas TOD folks. Thinking of you all from the other side of the world. Stary near to those you love & take all the precautions you can.. Blessings and best thoughts.

  19. 54 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Annexes Transgender Service Men & Women from the 5 med Service forces.
    #Harvey is now Cat 4. And this Nyash just Pardoned a fellow Racist.

  20. August 25, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    WP said that Trump has pardon that racists sheriff.

  21. 59 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm

  22. August 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Trump…pardons Sheriff Arpaio

  23. 62 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Fucker pardoned Arpiao. I detest them both.

  24. 63 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful tweet, meta.

  25. 64 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 8:18 pm


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  27. 67 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 8:28 pm

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  30. 70 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  31. 71 sherijr
    August 25, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    he has no actual human qualities.

  32. 72 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    • 73 Nena20409
      August 25, 2017 at 8:49 pm

  33. 75 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm

  34. 76 JER
    August 25, 2017 at 9:00 pm

  35. 77 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm

  36. 78 amk for obama
    August 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    degrading the presidency every day hour.

  37. 79 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm

  38. 80 JER
    August 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    View this post on Instagram

    The week started so well….

    A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  39. 81 CEB
    August 25, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Cities and states are on their own. Those who live in prosperous areas will be okay, but the rest of us will suffer. No branch of the federal government is doing its job; our taxes are being used by plunderers, racists, and other opportunists, while we beg for education, affordable housing, healthcare, fair treatment, clean air and water, and safety. Government “by the people and for the people” is a dream that has yet to be realized in these so-called United States. The horrors of the last 7 months have shown all just how close we are to an authoritarian state. Those to whom we have given the power to act in our behalf refuse to do so. What is left? Will the evangelists, the white supremacists, and the 0.5 percent that control most of the nation’s wealth get what they want? Will they turn on each other because some of their aims are contradictory? Whatever their aims, everyone who does not fall into these groups are at risk. What do we do about this; do we go like lambs to our own slaughter? What many naïve people thought “never in America” is here.

  40. 82 Nena20409
    August 25, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    G’Nite TOD 😉

  41. 84 amk for obama
    August 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    A third rate media begot a bigot.

  42. 87 JER
    August 25, 2017 at 9:31 pm

  43. 88 CEB
    August 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Off to listen to some music, pray for the people of Texas and try to convince myself that we will overcome the present evil.

  44. August 25, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    • 90 amk for obama
      August 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Yup. Joy is wrong here about how the scum can beat Mueller. But I hope she is right about what the scum will do.

  45. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2017 at 10:08 pm

  46. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2017 at 10:37 pm

  47. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I’m barely able to function mentally, after this Arpaio pardon. And I’m just heart-sick.

    Compared to other catastrophes under 45’s watch, it may seem like a lesser situation – just one guy pardoned and all that – but to think of the countless number of HUMAN BEINGS Arpaio degraded over the years and got away with …

    Dear God, Help Our Country.

  48. 96 Allison
    August 25, 2017 at 10:44 pm

  49. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    • 101 arapaho415
      August 26, 2017 at 10:58 am

      GM JO’B.

      Not sure I agree with @nycjim’s proposed ticket, but at least we know where he’s coming from, LOL:

      • 102 jacquelineoboomer
        August 26, 2017 at 11:54 am

        GM! Odd that a journalist would take a stand on a ticket, but so be it. I’m kinda like in the Kamala Harris / Al Franken and so many others category, at this point. Luckily, we have actual real, live, thinking human beings to run!

  50. 103 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm

  51. 105 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 10:58 pm

  52. 106 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 10:59 pm

  53. 107 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Profiting off hate

  54. 108 desertflower
    August 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm

  55. 109 amk for obama
    August 25, 2017 at 11:05 pm

  56. 110 amk for obama
    August 25, 2017 at 11:06 pm

  57. 111 amk for obama
    August 25, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Now that’s the fight everyone can get behind.

  58. 112 mtmarilyn
    August 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Prays for all in Harveys path. Stay safe!

    If you aren’t Listening to all of Crooked Medias podcast you should. I especially recommend the most recent With Friends Like These. Ana Marie Cox interviews the religious blogger from Think Progress on why the Evangelicals won’t leave Trump no matter what he does, and if he does leave they are thrilled with Pence. I am from an evangelical background and have many relatives who are just who he is talking about. It is very worrying to me. But we need to know it all.

  59. August 25, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Markos(daily Kos) was blaming People of Color for the election of Trump, this is what happens when Dem’s allow EX-REPUBLICANS to be acting as progressive mouth piece, reminds me of HEMSER, Young TURKS, and that loud mouth that works for Putin propaganda network, when will we learn not to listen to these folks, Black Women especially has carried the Dem Party and now we are being blamed for Trump “nauseating”

    • 114 CEB
      August 26, 2017 at 12:08 am

      This is a blatant attempt to disgust the Democratic base so that they stop showing up to the polls. The world is much bigger than Twitter and most A-A voters, especially the reliable older ones are not hanging out there and are not the kind of weak ignorant people who can be swayed by this type of slander. They know that there are liberals and progressives who are racist, like they know that they are being g used by the Democratic party. But we are realistic and pragmatic and know that it has always been about selecting the lesser evil.

  60. August 26, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  61. 116 globalcitizenlinda
    August 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Good day to everyone

    • 117 globalcitizenlinda
      August 26, 2017 at 3:39 am

      It is always at its darkest before the bright light breaks through. One day we will see the light again. We just have to keep pushing harder towards that light

  62. August 26, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Good morning TOD. Keep bringing news of PBO. As gcl says, it is always at its darkest before the light…… !!

  63. August 26, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Good morning! Dashing out the door to Auntie’s funeral. So disgusted with #MFr45. Even though I called it in my November piece “Y’all Surrendered to the Confederacy;” even I didn’t expect it to so quickly get this bad!

  64. August 26, 2017 at 8:06 am

    this is the subtweet I was replying to, whch was replying to @WernerTweetzog

  65. August 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Mrkos markos….has a badddd case of bernie-itis…i don’t know if it can be cured…….but he got a beating in the supplies….and rightly so….

  66. 127 Dudette
    August 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning, Family!
    That bright light in the sky is the sun! It nourishes us. It sustains us. Revel in it.
    “Turn your face towards the sun and shadows will fall behind you.” – Anonymous 🌧☁️🌈⛅️🌤☀️

  67. 128 Dudette
    August 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Today My Family and I celebrate My Warrior Queen Baby Sister! I’m heading to the kitchen to make her favorite mac n’ cheese this beautiful morning! Oh the joy!

  68. 136 amk for obama
    August 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Guess he is the next on the firing list. Let’s see what the cretinous cowards of gopee do then.

  69. 137 desertflower
    August 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Wow. Can you imagine???!!! Morning everyone.

  70. 138 amk for obama
    August 26, 2017 at 10:16 am

  71. 139 desertflower
    August 26, 2017 at 10:17 am

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  75. 147 desertflower
    August 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Important point here….


    But Latino Republicans and Democrats say Trump, who views life and politics as a scoreboard of wins and losses, simply doesn’t understand the gravity of what an Arpaio pardon would mean in Arizona.

    Hispanic conservatives who spoke to BuzzFeed News this week continually made the argument that their moral and political high ground would be wiped away if Trump, by choosing to pardon Arpaio, discards the Republican refrain that they support certain policies because of the rule of law.

    “A pardon of Joe Arpaio is only good if he pardons the 11 million who are here, if he shows the same grace,” said Daniel Garza, the executive director of the Koch brothers-led LIBRE Initiative. “I don’t think he deserves it, this guy violated the law to violate the rights of individuals.”

    “For Trump supporters who talk negatively about amnesty, it sure seems they are OK with it when it’s one of their own,” said Ruben Alvarez, cofounder of Molera Alvarez and a 25-year Republican veteran of Arizona politics.

    Artemio Muniz, chair of the Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans, who opposed Trump during the campaign but said he wants him to succeed as president, said an Arpaio pardon would lay bare the problem between the Republican Party and Hispanic voters, the majority of whom are Mexican-American.

    “It seems as though conservatives say, ‘Rule of law for me, but not for you. Opportunity for us, but not for you. Amnesty for Arpaio, but not for the hard-working,'” he said.

    • 148 desertflower
      August 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

      The OTHER SIDE of the coin.

      Democratic groups and activists are already preparing to go full blast if Arpaio is pardoned. The Latino Victory Project, which works to get Hispanics elected, is rallying Latino leaders to make a forceful statement if the pardon happens, and told BuzzFeed News it will work to get state charges brought against Arpaio.

      While the president actually has enormous power to pardon whoever he wants, the power is generally meant to only address federal criminal cases, not state-level cases and civil cases.

      January Contreras, a Latina former Obama official who is running for attorney general in Arizona against Republican incumbent Mark Brnovich, told BuzzFeed News she would consider all options against Arpaio if elected next year, making it clear a pardon could become a significant statewide campaign issue.

      “All elected leaders, including Attorneys General, have a duty to uphold the law and hold people accountable,” she said in an email. “If I were elected to serve the people of Arizona, and Sheriff Arpaio was pardoned, I would want to consider all of the options on the table.”

      Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson Enrique Gutiérrez said some candidates are using the threat of an Arpaio pardon to recruit supporters and cast the possible pardon as one that would “empower anti-Latino and anti-immigrant groups” and “be a pardon to white supremacy.”

  76. 150 ydavis00
    August 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

  77. 151 ydavis00
    August 26, 2017 at 10:45 am

  78. 154 desertflower
    August 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Gee…were they CONFUSED before???

  79. August 26, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Didn’t sleep much last night. Between the horrific hurricane and worry about the safety of our fellow Americans and their families and the sickening pardon of one of the most racist and vile creeps who ever walked this earth, I am horrified. We’ve known of Trump’s hatred of Latinos since day one when he came down that escalator and started this whole shit show, but each day Trump takes this nation to a whole new craven depth of insanity. The more I read about how much AZ has suffered under the hand of this barbarian Arpaio, the more sickened I feel that this is where we are now. The fact that the disgusting GOP does nothing but tsk tsk tsk makes me insane. Even just a passing familiarity with what Arpaio has done is enough to choke anyone with any sense of decency. This is the vision Trump has for the “rule of law” and what should be allowed for prisons. How much more damage must we suffer? How much is too much?

    You may have heard that the white supremacist rally scheduled for today in SF has been cancelled. The city had banned ANY sort of object that could be used as a weapon – guns, knives, sticks, etc etc etc, – which the Nazi group likely found completely objectionable. I personally think this is why they cancelled. All police had been called to duty and there was a formalized process to gain access to the designated rally area. Nearby businesses and restaurants in the Presidio were going to close. Public transportation had been completely rerouted and notices sent that roads would be closed, traffic and busses were not going anywhere near the event. A lot of effort went into trying to minimize the danger posed by these losers. I got notices from Indivisible SF on detailed nonviolent strategies to follow. Then, I was SO happy to hear the event had been cancelled.

    BUT…….BUT now it looks like they’re trying to pull a fast one and everyone here is still very worried. Yes, they cancelled their original rally, which was approved by the feds in a very pristine area on the water near the GG Bridge. But now they’ve cancelled this and are saying they’re going to have a “press conference” in Alamo Square. This is a a much smaller area, a park in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the city and closer to where the counter demonstrations have been planned. They have not obtained a permit to do this and many are worried that this is a call to action for an unstructured melee…….It’s a complete bait and switch. The city is responding quickly but I dread what the day will bring. I know there will be many other demonstrations going on throughout the city so I do think there will be a show a force for good……..I just hope there is NO VIOLENCE……..

    • 156 amk for obama
      August 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

      ” We’ve known of Trump’s hatred of Latinos since day one when he came down that escalator and started this whole shit show”

      Exactly. How could even a single latino be a turd’s fan? Boggles the mind.

    • 158 cd4biden
      August 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day for all the prayers to be said for all of this. Stay safe, meta, and anyone else in SF, Berkeley tomorrow, other cities in the US where these demonstrations are happening, everyone in AZ, except Arpaio, and everyone along the Texas gulf. I am trying to hold onto that light mentioned above, but on days like this it seems an unsurmountable task.

  80. 160 desertflower
    August 26, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Reminder of how they roll. I want/got mine….FU

  81. 162 desertflower
    August 26, 2017 at 11:22 am

  82. 163 JER
    August 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm


    President Barack Obama monitoring Hurricane Irene with John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism as aides connect a conference call with governors August 26, 2011 in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

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