A Dignified Response


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  1. 1 Don
    January 31, 2018 at 10:13 am

    I think Kennedy hit all the notes last night, inclusion, an economy that works for everyone. We’ll see later on down the rode what the Democratic field looks like.

  2. 4 desertflower
    January 31, 2018 at 10:26 am

    So glad you posted this for all to see

  3. 5 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 10:27 am

    • January 31, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      This author had till he mentioned identity politics as if it is a dirty word….which was about the 2nd paragraph

    • 7 Obama Grandmama
      January 31, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      I remember when the Kennedy Clan passed the baton to Barack Obama and endorsed him. It is going full circle now.

    • 8 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2018 at 12:53 am

      This young man (who by the way looks like his grand uncle, Teddy Kennedy) was absolutely marvelous! He really gave a powerful speech. He is definitely the future of the Democratic Party. Contrary to media hype, the loudmouth Bernie Sanders – who is not even a Democrat – is not the future of the Democratic Party.

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    • 10 Don
      January 31, 2018 at 10:51 am

      I like the idea, I think everything should be tied to funding legislation. I think its time for the Democrats to go to the mattresses.

  5. 17 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 10:29 am

  6. 18 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 10:31 am

  7. January 31, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Don’t let CBS pull the old okey doke

  8. 28 carolyn
    January 31, 2018 at 11:11 am

    NW, I like your heading: “A Dignified Response.” Yes, Joe has that innate dignity that cannot be bought. He always takes the high road. I have followed him the last two years, and his speeches are strong, but never bitter or vengeful. This was a big step up in national recognition, I hope. So different in tone and content from what we have heard from 45 the past two years. A breath of fresh air!

    • 29 Judith Fardig
      January 31, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      I’ve been thinking about you and wishing for an easy trip through medical land, Carolyn! Call or write if you want to chat. Big hugs.

  9. 30 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 11:18 am

  10. 33 Don
    January 31, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Sometimes I sit back and wonder how I got this far in life, coming from the depths of poverty, and everything that comes about because of poverty. Poverty is sadistic, it is soul crushing, it has a way of devouring entire generations. Sometimes a person can become so accustomed to poverty that they will make a bargain with it, like one would bargain with a used car salesman. They will promise not to try and escape poverty, if poverty inretun promises not to take them to new depths.

    • January 31, 2018 at 11:28 am

      You are an incredibly smart, strong, thoughtful person. I’m sure you worked very hard and set goals, reached them and used your good sense to find a loving wife and family. You found the essence of nurturing. I’m grateful you are in this community.

    • 35 0388jojothecat
      January 31, 2018 at 11:49 am

      I am proud of you too Don. I too grew up in poverty but NEVER knew it until I was older. I had a lot of love, family support, although there was also family dysfunction (I didn’t see that until older as well). My family came from New Orleans and struggled through Jim Crow, racism, the great depression and everything that goes with being Black in America. I saw how the elders perservered through it all. Times were tough for them all. I grew up in the 60’s and when I was in high school, realized I needed a skill to sustain myself so that I could rise out of poverty. I took advantage of going to college (for free most of the time). I am thankful every day that I was able to work hard, keep my head up high as some people tried to make me feel lessor than them because I took advantage of opportunities that were hard fought. I am a proud-taxpaying-homeowner who happily pay taxes in order to help others. When you think back on how far you have come (I do it daily) be proud how you got to where you are and thankful you can do the same for your son. Make sure he realizes your success was not easy. He has to work hard and not forget you and ALL the people who allowed you to be where you are to help him have a good home, enjoy the finer things in life, and go to college, have a career, look to the future and build on bettering the lives of others. It’s never about US….it’s about ALL of US.

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2018 at 3:27 pm

        My mother, too, raised my two sisters and I by herself after WWII – without ever ONCE telling us we were poor. Never heard the word, that thought never entered our minds. Because of that, I firmly believe, I was never jealous or envious of anyone who had more than we had. I did admire some stuff in my schoolmates’ homes, there’s that, but never wishing I had it because I felt cheated that I didn’t. We learned to appreciate everything we got.

        What I also learned was that the love that surrounded us was what was really important for a good start in life, and that – same as in Don’s case, I’m guessing – the rest was up to us.

        My dad never got on the right road after serving in the Army in WWII, and we only had him around until I was two years old. My mother also NEVER said a bad word about him during the entire time we were growing up. No matter how she may have felt inside, she never blamed him outwardly – and never blamed us – for her “plight” in life, as a single mom who eventually had to go out and work to support us, once my grandmother was available to watch us after school. We didn’t want my mother to leave us and get a job, but once she told us we could “get a telephone,” we said yeah, go to work, go now! Ha.

        Truthfully, even today, when I hear some single moms telling their kids how awful their dads were, I still cringe about what that’s doing to the kids. Don’t.Do.That.

      • 37 mom2bzs
        February 1, 2018 at 10:05 am

        I admire both of you Don and Jojocat. You’re both amazing courageous people.

    • January 31, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      as meta said….it is a blessing for you to be in this community…i often put your words on my FB page and relate your wisdom to my family…

    • 39 sherijr
      January 31, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      What meta said. you are that, Don, both you & meta are a huge asset here at TOD & I’m always grateful to read your words of wisdom, charm & truth- laced with lol humor.

    • 40 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Savor it all, Don, and congratulations for passing all this onto your son, giving him an even better start in life than so many others have.

    • 43 Judith Fardig
      January 31, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Don, my hat’s off to you and others here who grew up in tough circumstances I can only imagine. You have such wisdom and inner strength. Glad TOD lets us get to know each other a bit through our respect for the Obamas.

  11. January 31, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Please help spread the word:

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  14. January 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    OMG, this is GREAT news.

  15. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    January 31, 2018 at 12:28 pm

  16. 68 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm

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  18. January 31, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Probably not a coinkidink, then.

    • 71 Don
      January 31, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Maybe, but Gowdy is a guy that likes being on ‘front street,’ I can’t picture him secluded in a judge’s chamber reading case law. This guy likes the action, ain’t no action on the third floor of some federal courthouse in downtown wherever-ville deciding if some second generation farmer is a victim of imminent domain. This guy gets a hard-on walking on those marble floors in the hall’s of congress.

    • January 31, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      There are now reports that Gowdy was offered this and prodded by others to take it but turned it down.

    • 73 Dudette
      January 31, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Well, I daresay there’s “the shoe.”

  19. 74 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    • 75 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2018 at 1:18 am

      To this day, I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to shake the hand of Joe’ Kennedy III’s grandfather, in May 1968, when he was campaigning in Oregon. I was 22 years at the time. For young black people like me, who had been traumatized by the loss of our leaders, including MLK, Robert F. Kennedy was one of the few White politicians we could relate too.

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  22. January 31, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    How sweet is this? Look how Mrs. Obama’s messages break through.

    • 85 0388jojothecat
      January 31, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      A+++++. The Obamas’ will be an inspiration for generations. Remember how there were pictures of Jesus, MLK, and JFK on the walls of many African American homes years ago? Add pictures of President Obama & Michelle to the walls now.

    • 86 pkayden
      January 31, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      So beautiful. Love this!! Mrs O is an inspiration to women all around the world.

    • 87 Gazelle
      January 31, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Oooh, found my kindness! ❤

    • 89 Gazelle
      January 31, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Sorry, was trying to post story. Can you imagine a train w/ GOP crashes! Sad one person passed, but there’s a metaphor here. 😯

  23. 90 Dudette
    January 31, 2018 at 5:20 pm

  24. 93 Dudette
    January 31, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Amazing opportunity for young people in the Chicago area. 👏🏾

    • 94 Dudette
      January 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      And maybe the more seasoned too 😀

  25. January 31, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    This is pretty cool.

  26. 98 amk for obama
    January 31, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    gopee. train crash. hard working american killed.

    god can give only so many hints.

  27. 100 amk for obama
    January 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm

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  29. January 31, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    the Treachery continues….the GOP refuses to comply…because they believe they are above the law…just like their president in the white house

    • 107 Betsy
      January 31, 2018 at 11:55 pm

      If there is no consequence then we will never be rid of this gerrymandering. Time for the courts to throw his ass in jail.

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  31. 112 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 8:38 pm

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  33. 114 amk for obama
    January 31, 2018 at 8:59 pm

  34. 115 amk for obama
    January 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm

  35. 116 amk for obama
    January 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    • 117 sherijr
      January 31, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I believe that folks like these- the achievers, the doers- the immigrants, black & brown folks who’ve excelled and literally made this country a better place for all of us- IS the reason white supremacists/ racists/ Trump; et al want them gone. We think, because they tell us this, that they want them deported because they say that immigrants are criminals; etc…. but what they really mean (imo) is that they- Trump/white folk racists- fear them for their achievements and know they can’t compete with them. This is what they President Obama for- brilliant black man was literally the thing they fear the most. Mediocre white males need a clear playing field where they only have to compete with other mediocre white males. This is just my opinion.

  36. January 31, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    True ….

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  38. January 31, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Let’um do it and they’ll learn that what ‘deep throat’ did to Nixon will look like a tap on the fanny compared to what the IC will do to them …. with support from an ever expanding percentage of Americans ….

    • January 31, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Just read all of it …

      … the Trump Traitorous Crime Family are going to jail …..

      “In Mr. Corallo’s account — which he provided contemporaneously to three colleagues who later gave it to The Times — he told both Mr. Trump and Ms. Hicks that the statement drafted aboard Air Force One would backfire because documents would eventually surface showing that the meeting had been set up for the Trump campaign to get political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians.

      According to his account, Ms. Hicks responded that the emails “will never get out” because only a few people had access to them. Mr. Corallo, who worked as a Justice Department spokesman during the George W. Bush administration, told colleagues he was alarmed not only by what Ms. Hicks had said — either she was being naïve or was suggesting that the emails could be withheld from investigators — but also that she had said it in front of the president without a lawyer on the phone and that the conversation could not be protected by attorney-client privilege.

      Contacted on Wednesday, Mr. Corallo said he did not dispute any of the account shared by his colleagues but declined to elaborate further.


      When the president began questioning Mr. Corallo about the nature of the documents, Mr. Corallo cut off the conversation and urged the president to continue the discussion with his lawyers.


      Mr. Corallo left the job shortly after the phone call.”

      Mr. Corallo truly does not want to die in jail …. and he’s on Mueller’s side of the table, undoubtedly ….

      • January 31, 2018 at 9:49 pm

        Oh so very true ….

        … watched it happen in real-time, up close, to Tricky and Trump has a way, way larger group of patriotic professionals who … white hot …. hate him and his family for their enabling Putin to try to destroy America ….

  39. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2018 at 9:51 pm

  40. 128 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Good evening Nerdy & TOD! Happy Wednesday nite everyone 🙂

    (Posting without further comment): Hope Hicks is #1 trend on Twitter right now….

  41. 129 JER
    January 31, 2018 at 11:18 pm

  42. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2018 at 1:15 am

    It is hard to believe the collaboration between these members of Team Treason and the complicit gop scumbags. Tonight’s Maddow report speculates that benghazi principal witch hunter & propagandist, trey howdy, had some possible association with nunes (R, Russia) ….. so many traitorous scumbags, so little time to absorb it all

  43. 132 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2018 at 1:56 am

    ever since he accepted to become the HUD secretary, my pals & I have been speculating that carson would find a way to make headlines related to financial corruption. Now reports indicate that he & his son have finance-related conflicts of rewarding themselves unjustified money. Nepotism & greed are characteristics #45 & Carson share

  44. February 1, 2018 at 3:20 am

    February 1, 2018 at 6:17 am


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  47. 138 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Morning everyone.Anxious today.

  48. 140 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 8:12 am

    All of them are complicit in this treason…if they so much as kept quiet while this was proceeding, it would seem to me. I detest them all

  49. 141 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 8:21 am

    HA! I missed this gem from Jon Favreau yesterday:)

  50. 142 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 8:23 am


  51. 143 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Yet another lie

  52. 144 Don
    February 1, 2018 at 8:36 am

    After the story broke late last night that Nunes basically forged a government document. I was like, somebody cue the last five minutes of “Casino” wherein everyone meets their fate.

  53. 145 Don
    February 1, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Poor Hope Hicks, I’m almost positive she didn’t come all the way clean with Mueller when he interviewed her last month. The thing with any good prosecutor is that they want you to give them a statement. It doesn’t matter if it’s the truth or not, they just want a statement. They will figure out if you’re lying later on down the line, hopefully Hope’s attorney explained this to her in great detail. From this moment going forward everyone that has to go see Mueller is going to give more and more information because they don’t want to get caught without a chair once the music has stopped playing.

    • February 1, 2018 at 9:04 am

      I hope she fries like a slice of bacon on a hot griddle when Mueller has his moment.

    • February 1, 2018 at 10:53 am

      From this moment going forward everyone that has to go see Mueller is going to give more and more information because they don’t want to get caught without a chair once the music has stopped playing.

      Right ON!….told in a way that on Don from TOD…can!!!…


  54. 149 Don
    February 1, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Donald Trump is running the White House like Sam “Ace” Rothstein ran the Tangiers.

  55. 150 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 8:53 am

  56. 151 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 8:53 am

    You know, watching the shows reporting on the latest in the Russia probe, watching Whiteness work. The bending over backwards to ‘interpret’ what Hope Hicks said. Giving her the benefit of the doubt. Casting her as ‘naive’ and ‘ignorant’. Watching this knowing full well that nobody non-White would be given this consideration, time and time again.

    • 152 Don
      February 1, 2018 at 9:01 am

      This happens with Trump to an even greater extent, Paul Ryan has said out of his own mouth that Trump is “new to this” as a way to explain Trump’s lawlessness. Not knowing which fork to use at a state dinner can be forgiving or overlooked. But Trump asking career FBI and DOJ employees for their loyalty or if they are own his team is beyond being “naïve” or “ignorant,” it boarders on being obstructionist.

    • February 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Speaking Truth to Power

  57. February 1, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Oh, my

    • February 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Julia Davis is a Russian media analyst. She watches Russian TV so we don’t have to. Follow her for regular insights on how Russia views their puppet.

    • 156 Don
      February 1, 2018 at 9:07 am

      You just don’t wake up one morning and see Russian spy agencies at your front door and think that this is normal.

      • February 1, 2018 at 9:16 am

        I mean, this is beyond brazen at this point and yet there are so many still scratching their heads, unwilling to call it what it is.
        The guys on sanction from the U.S. who actually committed the stealing of documents from the DNC get invited to secretly meet with our intelligence officials. Seriously.

  58. 158 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

  59. 159 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Somebody on another blog posted that they hoped that Rosenstein was wearing a wire. I do too.

    Trump’s loyalty demands pose key test for Justice Department
    02/01/18 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited the White House in December seeking President Donald Trump’s help. The top Justice Department official in the Russia investigation wanted Trump’s support in fighting off document demands from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.

    But the President had other priorities ahead of a key appearance by Rosenstein on the Hill, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Trump wanted to know where the special counsel’s Russia investigation was heading. And he wanted to know whether Rosenstein was “on my team.”

  60. 160 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 9:17 am

    FBI warns against Trump release of Nunes memo

    Rachel Maddow details the lengths to which FBI and DoJ officials have gone to warn Republicans against releasing a memo of classified information assembled by Devin Nunes, and a new report of Donald Trump pressuring officials with questions about loyalty.

  61. 161 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Russia spy chiefs met with Trump team in U.S.

    Rachel Maddow reports on yet another instance of Americans learning about a meeting between Russians and Trump officials from reporting in Russian media. In this case Russia intelligence officials violating sanctions law to come to the U.S.

  62. 162 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Nunes breach shocks intelligence community

    Ken Dilanian, national security reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about the FBI’s resistance to the Nunes memo, and new reporting from the New York Times about the Air Force One meeting to draft the cover story for Donald Trump Jr’s Trump Tower meeting with Russians.

  63. 163 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 9:20 am

    White House role in Nunes memo scrutinized

    Betsy Woodruff, politics reporter for The Daily Beast, talks with Rachel Maddow about questions about whether the staff of Devin Nunes worked with the White House on the anti-FBI memo, and how the memo has turned the Trump DoJ against Trump Republicans.

  64. February 1, 2018 at 9:23 am


  65. 165 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 9:29 am


    They are putting out the fake Nunes Memo.
    And, even the fake Nunes Memo is even MORE fake, because, according to Schiff, Nunes changed the Memo, and it’s not the one that the GOP Member approved of.

    Also, Quigley of Illinois asked Nunes if his staff HAD HELP FROM THE WHITE HOUSE with the Memo, He refused to answer the question.


    UH HUH
    UH HUH

  66. 166 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 9:32 am

  67. 168 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Time to find your spines, people.

  68. 169 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 9:44 am

  69. 170 rikyrah
    February 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Like I said…the man worked for PROFESSIONAL Criminals…
    He’d recognize from a mile away, the type of criminals that get you put in jail


    When Mark Corallo left last summer, the spokesman told others he’d never worked any place that worked like that and had never seen people behave like he’d seen in the White House. And he was worried he wasn’t being told the truth. https://t.co/UeoWowvnJi

    — Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 1, 2018

    To recap, Wolff reported Corallo resigned over concerns he’d witnessed an obstruction attempt.

    NYT corroborates what Corallo witnessed, reports he immediately told legal team AND Bannon.

    Wolff reported Bannon screamed at Hicks “You don’t know how much trouble you are in.”

    — Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 1, 2018

    Corollo: I hung up the phone, reported it to my boss, told 3 colleagues, wrote it all down and then quit my job in order to get away from it
    Hicks: nu uh. never happened.

    This is not he said/she said, folks. This was a person who took an oath realizing he had seen the enemy

    — Moira Whelan (@moira) February 1, 2018

  70. 172 desertflower
    February 1, 2018 at 9:47 am


  71. 173 Don
    February 1, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Poor Ben Carson, he thinks he can graft like those other folks and get away with it. Nephew please!

  72. February 1, 2018 at 9:52 am

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