Land Of The “Free”


113 Responses to “Land Of The “Free””

  1. 1 CEB
    January 9, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    ALL of what he said.

  2. 5 sjterrid
    January 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy, for sharing Clint Smith’s tweets.

    Hope you all have a great day.

  3. 6 CEB
    January 9, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Worst thing about turning 65 this year: all of the Medicare scammers and disinformation. They call, flood your mailbox and one just showed up unannounced and uninvited to my door. Fortunately, I did my own research and as a former state employee I have my own benefits management firm and have been able to navigate this fairly well, but my heart aches for others who are being hounded and deceived.

  4. 7 Don
    January 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Though the physical chains only lasted for a season, it is the mental chains that were/are so insidious.

  5. 9 vcprezofan2
    January 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Good morning, folks.

    One of the things I love about TOD is that many times when I follow links I find added meaningful information. The link above led me to this ….

    and this …. which I know some folks here would find interesting.

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      January 9, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      Here’s an excerpt from the 2nd link


      Why were these colours chosen?
      The colours; Red, Black, Yellow, and Green, are colours used in PanAfrican symbolism and design. As the client is an African American, we wanted to represent that history and culture in the colours themselves as they wrap around the wrist.

      There are DOZENS of things that could be added. Because it’s a simple design, there is only so much we can add. But that is exactly why the green area is untitled. Green doesn’t necessarily mean good. The untitled green area recognizes that full equality for African American people still has yet to be fully realized. When it comes down to it, people are STILL fighting for equality; whether it’s for city services, fair treatment by police, education, or wages. Institutional racism is a major problem still and the green portion encompasses that.

      To suggest that an entire community of people forget the stain of slavery and its adverse effects is a selfish attempt to absolve this country of its sins. That is why we are happy to create pieces like this graphic tattoo because these pieces help to keep this country accountable for its legacy of slavery. Without looking backward and acknowledging the horrific past, we cannot fully move forward.

      It is up to us to determine how the last segment will be remembered.
      ………………….. //

    • 11 CEB
      January 9, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      The bar illustration is simple, elegant and devastating. I was born at the beginning green period and the changes that have occurred since I have been alive were unthinkable for much of my mother’s life (she will be 90 this year. Sharp mind and strong spirit). However, even the things that I did not experience directly are felt in my very bones, blood and DNA.

    • 13 pkayden
      January 10, 2019 at 7:37 am

      And it is amazing how much African Americans have accomplished in such a short period of freedom.

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  8. 16 JER
    January 9, 2019 at 2:43 pm

  9. 18 desertflower
    January 9, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Thread as history lesson. Thank you.

    Other historical news….

  10. 19 Hillary Darton
    January 9, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    So it is reported that the 72 year old baby walked out the room when Pelosi told him there will be no wall.

    • 20 Hillary Darton
      January 9, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Pence is a big liar too. If Trump wanted the wall he had control of the House, Senate, and WH. why didn’t he get the wall then?

  11. January 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Wow that hurts ☹️

  12. 22 JER
    January 9, 2019 at 5:38 pm

  13. 24 desertflower
    January 9, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    This family sucks

  14. January 9, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    • 26 pkayden
      January 10, 2019 at 7:25 am

      “Give me what I want or everyone gets hurt”. This is not normal. He is not my President. He is a disgusting, meanspirited, small human being.

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  18. 37 pkayden
    January 9, 2019 at 7:56 pm

  19. 39 Gazelle
    January 9, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Nancy Smash! 😏😂

    • 40 Gazelle
      January 9, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      Maybe I misunderstood, during that Joy Reid townhall w/ Nancy last Friday, I thought her response to the young lady’s question on Black Lives Matter movement was feckless, so awkwardly stated by her standards. That mantra emphasis on “all lives matter” blah blah, kinda dismissive. It bothers me, always. Her response rubbed me like crocodile scales on 800 count super duper cotton bedsheets. Trying to file that response away in my grey matter shelves. 😯😏

    • 41 pkayden
      January 10, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Pelosi should say that Trump doesn’t give a damn about federal workers and the pai they’re suffering because of this unnecessary shutdown. Trump only cares about Trump and lacks any form of empathy.

  20. 42 desertflower
    January 9, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    The firing squad would be too good for them

  21. 43 globalcitizenlinda
    January 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    focusing on the traitor-in-chief to open government is great.

    but why are weren’t we putting more pressure on that scumbag from Kentucky and all republicans in the senate?

    I have a feeling that many of those republicans who are making it known in the media that they are opposed to the shutdown are only saying so to convince their constituents that they are moderate and on the side of the people.

    If they meant what they said in press releases, then they should be able to pressure their leader to put the bill on the floor for a vote

  22. 44 Nerdy Wonka
    January 9, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Y’all gotta start hiring Black people because this is ignorant and embarrassing. Especially for a reporter covering DC.

    There is historical context and she couldn’t even be bothered to ask. Her mentions are going to a flood of pinks and greens.

  23. 46 desertflower
    January 9, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    And this should be our problem, WHY??? Stupid fucker needs to resign. If he’s worried that Putin will have him killed then he should beg Mueller to throw his ass in a super max

  24. 49 Gazelle
    January 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Can MSM finally get it right? Minus (aka iQ45) never wrote a goddam book in his life. Ghost Writer penned “Art of Deal” BS vanity book, a classic MoFo Grifter move. Jaysus! 😩😯👀😏

  25. 50 Dudette
    January 10, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Go Gavin!

  26. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Palate cleanser.

  27. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2019 at 1:36 am

    I forgot McCarthy is from CA – here’s a poke in the eye for him!

  28. 55 Dudette
    January 10, 2019 at 1:37 am

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    • 57 pkayden
      January 10, 2019 at 7:23 am

      Of course it needs to be public. Trump’s treason is public and has damaged this country and we need to know the details of what he and his sycophants have done.

  30. 58 pkayden
    January 10, 2019 at 7:12 am

    • 59 desertflower
      January 10, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Willful ignorance or just dumber than a box of rocks? Seriously, NONE of these people should be in Congress. EVER!!

      Morning everyone

      • 60 carolyn
        January 10, 2019 at 9:01 am

        Embarrassed to admit, this guy is one of my Senators. Yes, df, he is dumber than a box of rocks! And out other one is the guy who took a snowball on to the Senate floor a couple of years ago to prove that global warming does not exist! yuck.

        • 61 desertflower
          January 10, 2019 at 9:46 am

          Morning to you, carolyn:) I was afraid of that! OK can do better. Hope all is well with you and that this year brings many good happenings your way:)

    • January 10, 2019 at 3:37 pm

  31. 63 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Oh man:) This needs to go viral 😂

  32. 64 pkayden
    January 10, 2019 at 8:02 am

  33. 65 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Me too

  34. January 10, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Here we go:

  35. 67 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I believe that this is happening TODAY

  36. 68 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Wanna see TX turn blue??

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  38. January 10, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Obscene morons.

  39. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    January 10, 2019 at 9:57 am

    *Le Sigh*

    Also, Justice Thurgood Marshall is not “one of those.”

    This is the crap that will continue to occur when newsrooms are overwhelmingly white. One does not need to attend Howard to know about their call. As a journalist covering DC, you mean to tell me you haven’t come across Howard alumni all over the town? Howard? The HBCU of HBCUs?!

    If/when Senator Kamala Harris decides to run, this is an example of the mess we’re going to see. They ain’t ready for a Black woman, but they better be and get culturally competent or they will be gathered with a quickness.

  40. 73 Nospin
    January 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Trumps America (Is ‘Murica great yet)?
    1. Food drives for federal workers who are furloughed and related business owners impacted
    2. Yard Sales to cover the cost of rent, mortgage, food, child care as citizens are told to “adjust”
    3. Government officials giving furloughed employees a letter to give to their creditors because they can’t pay bills
    4. Trash all over the National Parks
    5. Unsanitary bathrooms at National sites
    6. Maintenance crews not allowed to plow roads
    7. Farm loans that can’t get processed
    8. Only 30% (high-risk food) is being tested because that is the only cases that are being funded
    9. Revocation of financial support to fight CA wildfires
    ….I could go on and on

    All for a wall that is based on a campaign promise to keep “brown people” out and Mexico was supposed to pay for.

    Racism is expensive.

    • 74 Betsy
      January 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      I hope you don’t mind but what you wrote is fabulous that I divided it up into 3 tweets and put your name “Nospin, The Obama Diary”, so I gave you full credit. I just feel it needs to be seen everywhere. Thanks.

  41. 75 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 10:21 am

    REALLY NYT!!!!!! WTH is wrong with you??!!!!

    • 76 Beaglemom
      January 10, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Yes, indeed. The NYT can be really bad a lot of the time. At the NYT they love to blame Democrats for problems created by Republicans. They also opt to chase down phony email allegations rather than frightening allegations of Russian meddling in US presidential elections. There is no issue that the NYT won’t, at some point, really screw up. One of the few op-ed writers worth reading is Paul Krugman.

  42. 77 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 10:32 am

    If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit. Debate 101. The village idiot is a steaming hot mess💩💩💩🤡

  43. 78 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 10:35 am

    I thought we were all about helping AMERICA. Never mind

  44. 79 desertflower
    January 10, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Have a great day everyone. Do something kind for someone else

  45. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    January 10, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Those poor children.

  46. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    January 10, 2019 at 11:23 am

  47. 82 CEB
    January 10, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Kamala Harris’ mom who from India, raised her daughter to be unapologetically Black: from the neighborhood they lived in to the church where they worshipped to the college that she attended. Alicia Keys’ white mom raised her daughter Black because she knew that this is how she would be perceived and treated. There is this white comedian and actor who said he raised his bi- racial kids as black because that is what they are and he did not want them confused or unprepared. We have these white evangelist who are running over to Africa and Haiti adopting kids and raising them in neighborhoods where police are called when they walk down the street or try to get into their homes when they come home from school. These adoptive parents need to love the kids as they are and to do their best to equip them to live, survive and thrive in a world that is hostile to them. Even when white Laurent’s do their best, the kids still struggle with problems that their parents cannot help them with. I am not against inter- racial adoption. Kids can get love from many different places and people, I just want white Laurent’s to do it intentionally and to get help from Bkack people that they know and trust. However, if they do not know any Bkack people they should not adopt Bkack children.

  48. 83 CEB
    January 10, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Not sure how “parents” got auto-corrected to a a French guy’s name on my iPad.

  49. 85 JER
    January 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    LIVE NOW: Furloughed government workers protest outside White House

  50. 86 JER
    January 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm

  51. 87 JER
    January 10, 2019 at 12:41 pm

  52. January 10, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    okkkk now

  53. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Just watched a bit of a rally on one of the C-Span channels before a march to the White House … of the AFL-CIO and many unions covering federal employees, including the American Federation of Government Employees … all starting the trek to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” !!! Love it. They are mad as hell and they don’t want to take it anymore.

    Also, the orange yuckhead – who blamed “the Democrats” for his decision – canceled his trip to Davos. I’m thinking those attending the World Economic Forum are happy as hell about it. The only thing trump knows about economics is “Hey, Dad, give me a few more millions, will ya?”

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  55. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm

  56. 104 pkayden
    January 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm

  57. January 10, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    OH, DEAR

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  59. 108 Gazelle
    January 10, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I hear Cohen is gonna spill dem beans to Congress next month. Why now, Mikey? 😎

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