116 Responses to “The Real SOTU”

  1. 1 JER
    February 6, 2019 at 9:57 am

  2. 2 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for posting this. I didn’t stay up to watch last night. I always know that I can count on out Nerdy to deliver:) Thanks again, sweetness!

  3. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2019 at 10:15 am

  4. 5 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 10:16 am


  5. 6 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Good for her!! That said, I’m certain MY Governor will not do the same. Shameful.

  6. 7 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Bye, Howard. Just say no.

  7. 8 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 10:38 am

    This day is looking up:)

  8. February 6, 2019 at 10:40 am


    • 10 0388jojothecat
      February 6, 2019 at 11:15 am

      I would love to see the whole interview. This is the type of conversation we need in this country. Prof Paul Weiss is a (I assume) is a jewish man. Would he feel the same way if this was 1940’s Germany? Jewish people were getting themselves and their children OUT of Nazi Germany for the very same reasons James Baldwin was getting out of America. He is right, the ideals and “values” of America is only for SOME not for ALL.

    • 11 Dudette
      February 6, 2019 at 11:44 am

      • 12 0388jojothecat
        February 6, 2019 at 2:11 pm

        Yep, they give him death no matter what contributions they have made. In the end W.E.B DuBois refused to be buried in soil of this country.

  9. February 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

  10. 15 Hillary Darton
    February 6, 2019 at 10:57 am

    So proud of Stacey Abrams.

  11. 16 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2019 at 10:58 am

    • 17 Don
      February 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      My mom and wife have had that same look on their faces before, and it wasn’t because I did something right or good.

  12. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2019 at 11:14 am

    • 19 0388jojothecat
      February 6, 2019 at 11:17 am

      We still investigating you! You GOP Bastards had NO problem investigating Bill & HRC even when you found nothing!

  13. 20 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 11:30 am

  14. February 6, 2019 at 11:34 am

    The contempt that the Republicans have for the American people…

  15. 22 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 11:49 am

  16. 23 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 11:50 am

  17. 24 No Child Left Behind
    February 6, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I am no politician. But I still remember how Al Franken was chased from the Senate when other criminals are still there and some even committing mischievous acts in higher officers. Maybe I am not sensitive enough to Black face racist acts as others. But, will I leave the spot so that a racist GOP can walk in? I’ll take a racist Dem over any racist GOP any day, anywhere.

    Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) says he appeared in blackface in 1980, the third recent scandal among state’s leaders

    Herring is the third in line to succeed Gov. Ralph Northam (D) after Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D). Both have been embroiled in scandal in recent days: A racist photo surfaced from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page, and a woman alleged that Fairfax sexually assaulted her in 2004.

  18. February 6, 2019 at 11:54 am


    • February 6, 2019 at 11:58 am

      Are there any white folks in VA who did not wear blackface…asking for a friend

      • 27 No Child Left Behind
        February 6, 2019 at 12:11 pm

        A friend of a friend would like to know, too.

        • 28 0388jojothecat
          February 6, 2019 at 2:20 pm

          Of course they ALL did. I bet McConnell did too. Senator Robert Byrd of W.VA was a member of the KKK but left the group in the 40’s. He apologized for it and life went on. These Mofo’s can’t even give a heart-felt apology. As far as the sexual harassment at least let the accuser come out and let the accused defend himself if he has proof he did not do it.

    • 30 Don
      February 6, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      GODDAMN! These people act as though wearing Blackface is some sort of rite of passage, like your first kiss as a teenager or something.

  19. February 6, 2019 at 11:55 am


  20. 32 Judith Fardig
    February 6, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Stacey Abrams made us all proud!

  21. February 6, 2019 at 12:34 pm


  22. February 6, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    What can we do to move forward

  23. 35 Don
    February 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Is there any fucking politician left in Virginia that didn’t wear Blackface or tried to sexually assault someone?

  24. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm


  25. February 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    “It was like watching paint lie”…Colbert last night. Yeh i had the same gripe as guest Spike Lee = Trump parading holocaust survivors after defending Neo-Nazis as “some very fine people”. Plus remembering when Ivana said “Mein Kamp’ was a fixture on Trump’s bedside table.
    Sleaze in the WH.

  26. 40 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 1:01 pm

  27. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2019 at 1:04 pm

  28. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm

  29. February 6, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    “Trump made his own big bet tonight. The hokey opening “can’t we all just get along” riff about bipartisanship and comity deserves no more than cursory ridicule. What really mattered tonight was a single line that left the assembled grandees in the House chamber slack-jawed and in a state of near-shock. Even his supporters had a moment of “WTF, bro?” shock.
    “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous, partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Trump, consciously or unconsciously echoing Nixon’s fateful remarks.
    Translation: “Nice country we’ve got going here. Either Mueller gets it, or the economy does.”

  30. 50 Anjo
    February 6, 2019 at 1:24 pm


  31. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Excuse the language, but this is hysterical. And check out the looks on the guys’ faces. 🙂

  32. 54 JER
    February 6, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      February 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Woke up today thinking that if Biden runs and gets the nomination, he should ask Stacey Abrams to be his running mate.

      I also think that if a woman gets the nomination, she should ask another woman to run for VP. Wouldn’t that be something! Hey, no questions were asked when two men ran together during these last couple hundred years. 🙂

      • 56 mtmarilyn
        February 6, 2019 at 9:20 pm

        I agree with you JOB, I’m torn with him running, but I like the idea of him and Stacey Abrams. I also like two women. We’ll see how this year goes.

  33. 58 Don
    February 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    “To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.”
    -James Baldwin

    You are goddamn right, Mr. Baldwin, to wake up every morning with black skin and a functioning brain and know as soon as you leave your home you are at the fucking whim of whatever society chooses to throw at you that day. TOD, I’ve got stories to tell you what its like to be a black man navigating America. Do you have any idea what its like to walk down the street and have white woman clutch their purse? I’ve had that shit happen to me ever since I was a teenager. I’ve been followed in department stores, I’ve been asked to show my id when I’ve used my credit card, never mind that the people in line in front of me didn’t have to produce an id to make a purchase, they also used their credit cards. Once my wife and I took a cashiers check to the bank to deposit it into our savings account. The teller called over the bank manager, and for the next hour my wife and I had to validate every inch of our existence to the manager (that moment right there really hurt me, it wasn’t the fact that I had to go through it, it was the fact that my wife was with me, this proud black educated women had to suffer that indignity). Only after getting the regional manager on the phone we could deposit the check into our account. Have you ever had a real estate agent tell you “oh you might be more comfortable living in a different part of town?” of course you haven’t, and this was AFTER the real estate agent did a financial inquiry and found out that your financial situation was top notch and we were ready to put down a 50% down payment on the house. Those are just some of the stories that I have, I’ve got a ton more to tell you, trust me. America you are goddamn right that black people are mad. That’s the fucking struggle that we face, day in and day out. I’m not even going to tell you about the interactions I’ve had with the police after getting pulled over, I’ll give you a hint though, black man driving a BMW. That’s the fucking struggle that we mentally must get ready to face BEFORE we even walk out the front door. Its the small indignities that wear you out, death by a thousand cuts.

    I absolutely hate writing about this stuff and bringing it here, TOD should be a place where like minded people can enjoy each other’s company and talk about politics.

    • 59 0388jojothecat
      February 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      So true Don. I have heard and SEEN these same stories from and happening to young Black men my whole life. In SoCal is NO different if not worse. We have had the worst police department in Los Angeles, CA and other CA towns as far as the treatment of African Americans, Latinos, and other groups of color. It takes a mental toll on you and it’s all done on purpose. No wonder we don’t live as long or have hypertension at levels higher than most other cultures. Some days I just want to scream with the injustice that occurs every day not just to me but to the young people. This should have stopped happening years ago. It has become a CANCER on America now and it will last beyond America when she is NO MORE. That appears to be the goal.

    • February 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Don thanks it is brilliant to hear the truth. white breads know some kind of filtered version. while you are every day on the scapegoat line. Years ago went to a lawyer with my fiancé after he + white friend were picked up and taken to the police station for no reason. Once there he alone was beaten. We were advised to let it go so his family wouldn’t be targeted. police targeted his brothers and family anyway. when will this end. we’re everywhere homo sapiens with universal flesh and a holy mess of red blood. want.to.live.equally.in.peace.

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      February 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Don – I think most of us visit TOD because it is a place where you can “bring it here,” sharing realism along with that old quest for understanding we each need from the other humans with whom we’re in contact. We can share our own realities, and not just stop in to catch the happy hour and hold back on the important stuff. We’re Obama people – we can’t fake it.

      I have no idea what I just wrote, because I just devoured a couple chocolates and it is time for my goddess siesta! Bottom line: We get it. Bring it here any time you feel the need.

    • 65 mtmarilyn
      February 6, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Don, as an old white women, I so appreciate these rants of truth. I “know” this is happening but I don’t really know how it feels personally. This is why I love our TOD family. This is a place for truth.

  34. 66 anjo
    February 6, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Don, when i was a teenager in the 60s the riots in the US were happening. I thought the ‘whites and the blacks’ were 2 families having a dispute (we heard the details daily on BBC news) until BBC said one day that injuries were in the 100s and i realized it wasn’t just a family thing. I asked my Mom who are the whites and the blacks? There were French descendants in our neighbourhood and one of them passed by during our discussion, my mom pointed to the gentleman and said he is white to which i promptly responded ‘he’s not white he is Mr Liddie. It was quite an eye opener to discover that for some folks you couldn’t have different kinds/colours of people like different colour leaves on the trees etc. To this day i still cannot understand such hatred of a fellow human being. it is really heart breaking and i sympathise with all those who have to suffer at the hands of those who cannot see the beautiful diversity of all of God’s creations. Just a reminder that despite our differences we are all God’s creations. LOVE stay strong their hatred should not be your problem, unfortunately too often they make it yours.

  35. February 6, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    This is absolutely deplorable.

  36. 69 Don
    February 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I have no idea how Virginia gets out of the mess these men have made of it.

    • February 6, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Before I type it all, have any of you heard the back story to Justin Fairfax’s situation? The accuser’s connection to the wife of the mayor of Richmond and his political aspirations? Let me know and I will share.

  37. 71 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm

  38. 72 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 3:04 pm

  39. 75 JER
    February 6, 2019 at 3:40 pm

  40. February 6, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Hi, Devin and Mitch.

  41. 77 Don
    February 6, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Um, did Bernie ever make his address last night?

  42. February 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I asked below: Do any of you know the backstory of the woman accusing Fairfax? Her connection to the wife of mayor of Richmond….and his political aspirations???? How the right wing site got this story????

  43. 81 pkayden
    February 6, 2019 at 4:14 pm

  44. 82 JER
    February 6, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    SOON – Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at Institute of Politics and Public Service – https://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-5

    • February 6, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Notes from Sec. Clinton:
      “what we had to do was persuade the Security Council. send a msg to Iran that we weren’t messing around and hold Iran accountable….we knew about a secret facility they had …with centrifuges….we made it clear this was a serious program that would affect the region…they were willing to negotiate…it wasn’t in the headlines… just a slow steady slide of diplomatic efforts…all of this was painstaking…(Rs) they don’t understand the painstaking agreement that was negotiated…don’t want to hear from our IC that they (Iran) haven’t violated it yet.”
      – Iran not in violation.
      – Iran not in violation.

  45. February 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I hope these disgusting people go straight to prison.

  46. February 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Oops. If Governor Fairfax does not replace Northam:
    #3 Mark Herring has also admitted to “wearing blackface at a college party in 1980”.
    “That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others. It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then.”

  47. 86 pkayden
    February 6, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I think Democrats are going to have to forgive the past racist conduct of Herring and Northam. As for the accusations of sexual assault against Herring, if those can’t be validated, he should stay in office. This is really beginning to look like a coup so that Republicans can take control of Virginia even though they lost the elections.

    • February 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      EXACTLY! The more I learn about the background story, I see right-wing hit job ALL OVER it. Especially regarding Justin Fairfax. The woman accusing him went to college with the wife of the mayor of Richmond. They are very good friends. All of them are big Northam supporters/donors. The mayor of Richmond has plans to run for governor in the next election. His wife “seems” to be the one who gave the info to the right-wing site. Nasty politics. I keep remembering the ACORN story, then the Shirley Sherrod story. All major career/life destroying hit jobs. True, that’s not the case, probably, with Northam and the AG. As much as I hate the constant hypocrisy of the GOP, I think way too many times, in an effort to go the other way, the Dems sometimes “eat their own”. Act first, destroy, then ask questions later. Al Franken comes to mind. That was also a right-wing hit job as we learned later. Just my two cents………..

      • 88 pkayden
        February 7, 2019 at 7:46 am

        I agree with you. Something is odd about the way Conservatives are bringing down the entire Democratic leadership in Virginia. This feels like a coup.

  48. February 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm

  49. 90 No Child Left Behind
    February 6, 2019 at 5:43 pm

  50. 91 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    • February 6, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      I’ve just been texting with the wife of John’s nephew. One thing she said: Aunt Debbie is going to have her hands FULL.”

      • 93 Dudette
        February 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm

  51. February 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    And for some wonderful, powerful news that personally, moved my soul: Bennett College has SURPASSED what was needed to be raised in order to maintain its accreditation. AAAAAAmen!!


  52. 96 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2019 at 7:03 pm

  53. February 6, 2019 at 7:53 pm

  54. February 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Well, well. They pinched Butina’s boyfriend.

  55. 99 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 8:35 pm

  56. 100 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm


  57. 103 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 8:53 pm

  58. 104 Dudette
    February 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

  59. 105 Hillary Darton
    February 6, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    What in the world is going on in Virginia? OMG.!!!!!!!!!! I have one question about the Lt. Governor, did the woman who said that he assaulted her report it to the police in 2004?

    • 106 cos
      February 6, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      I hope Democrats are doing opposition research on that Republican speaker who would be next in order if the Lt. Gov. resigns.

      • February 6, 2019 at 10:59 pm

        If you all didn’t see my comment earlier (#86 now), go read it. Also, talked to my daughter few minutes ago. She lives in VA snd is reading a lot of comments on various sites of message boards. Also hearing local news. She’s learned where Northam grew up and went to school—-mostly an all black school/community on the eastern shore. She also pointed out that this all started immediately after the abortion bill discussion. Her gut is telling her it’s a right wing hit job. I am leaning more that way, even more after learning who is next in line to be governor — a Republican!!! Daughter also pointed out that many of the POC in VA are saying “I’m done with the Democrats.” She said, “They’ve not only divided even more Ds and Rs. They’ve now divided the Ds! The Rs dream.”

  60. 108 desertflower
    February 6, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    A lesson for white America. Learn it. Study it. Do not repeat this again


  61. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    February 7, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Goodnight, TODville – and all the ships at sea!

  62. 110 pkayden
    February 7, 2019 at 7:53 am

  63. 113 desertflower
    February 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Morning everyone. Some ‘light’ reading material for your enlightenment

  64. 114 Don
    February 7, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Okay everybody calm down, I’m here.

  65. 116 desertflower
    February 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm


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