The Cruelty Is The Point







114 Responses to “The Cruelty Is The Point”

  1. June 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    thanks so very much Nerdy Wonka.

  2. June 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Class of 2020:
    FL Michelle Obama:
    “For those of you who feel invisible, please know that your story matters. Your ideas matter, your experiences matter, your vision for what our world can and should be matters. So don’t ever, ever, let anyone tell you that you’re too angry, or that you should “keep your mouth shut”. There will always be those who want to keep you silent, to have you be seen but not heard. Or maybe they don’t even want to see you at all. But those people don’t know your story. And if you listen to them, then nothing will ever change. So it’s up to you to speak up when you or someone you know isn’t being heard. It’s up to you to speak out against cruelty, dishonesty, bigotry…all of it.
    It’s up to you to march hand in hand with your allies, to stand peacefully, with dignity and purpose, on the front lines in the fight for justice. And here’s the last part:
    It’s up to you to couple every protest with plans and policies, with organizing and mobilizing and voting.
    And that’s my final piece of advice. Graduates: Anger is a powerful force. It can be a useful force. But left on its own, it will only corrode and destroy, and sow chaos on the inside and out. But when anger is focused, when it’s channeled into something more, oh that is the stuff that changes history.”

  3. June 8, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Dear Class of 2020:
    President Obama:
    “So as scary and uncertain as these times may be, they are also a wake-up call, and they are an incredible opportunity for your generation. Because you don’t have to accept what was considered normal before. You don’t have to accept the world as it is. You could make it into the world as it should be, and could be. You can create a new normal. One that is fairer and gives everybody opportunity, and treats everyone equally. And builds bridges between people instead of dividing them. Just as America overcame slavery and civil war, recessions and depression, Pearl Harbor and 9/11, and all kinds of social upheaval, we can emerge from our current circumstances stronger than before. Better than before. But as has always been true at key moments in history, it’s gonna depend on young people like you to go out there and rewrite what is possible.”

  4. June 8, 2020 at 2:42 pm

  5. 6 jer44
    June 8, 2020 at 3:35 pm

  6. 8 jer44
    June 8, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      June 8, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      From what I heard, he had a private visit with the family. You can just imagine the conversations he had with them. Didn’t parade in, looking for cameras.


  7. 10 jer44
    June 8, 2020 at 3:54 pm

  8. 11 jer44
    June 8, 2020 at 3:56 pm

  9. 12 marleysperson
    June 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Cruelty IS the point

    • 13 lmcae72
      June 8, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      I knew he would send some lackey out to do this. Time for protesters to put more up and to keep doing this over and over.

  10. 14 nena20409
    June 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODbots.
    Thank You, NW.

  11. 15 vcprezofan2
    June 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Well, what do you know, Regulars? Isn’t Henry an old friend of the TOD blog? 😉

  12. 18 nena20409
    June 8, 2020 at 4:52 pm


  13. 22 vcprezofan2
    June 8, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    // … MLK used TWO phrases to describe his work more than any other:

    1. “Direct action.”
    2. “Civil Disobedience.”

    THREAD ↓ ↓ ↓

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      June 8, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    • 24 nena20409
      June 8, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Thank You, VC.
      I always learn something from the TODville Community.

      • 25 vcprezofan2
        June 8, 2020 at 6:07 pm

        That’s true for me too, Nena. Sometimes, Offspring will bring some bit of info to my attention and I feel compelled to let him know that I heard about that *days* ago in TOD. 😉 😉 Of course, now he often starts with ‘You probably heard about this already in the blog, but …’ 😀 😀

        • 26 tnmtngirl1
          June 8, 2020 at 6:24 pm

          I love that vc. Not quite the same, but often my husband will ask if I’ve heard or seen such or so. Frequently, I say, “Yes, I saw it on TOD.” 🙂 🙂

        • 27 nena20409
          June 8, 2020 at 8:54 pm


  14. 28 pkayden
    June 8, 2020 at 4:58 pm

  15. 29 pkayden
    June 8, 2020 at 5:13 pm

  16. 30 nena20409
    June 8, 2020 at 5:17 pm

  17. June 8, 2020 at 5:35 pm

  18. 32 nena20409
    June 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm

  19. 34 marleysperson
    June 8, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Change is coming

  20. 35 nena20409
    June 8, 2020 at 5:59 pm

  21. 36 marleysperson
    June 8, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    I agree

  22. 37 jer44
    June 8, 2020 at 6:18 pm

  23. 38 jer44
    June 8, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    • June 8, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      President Obama did the same thing with Sandy Hook…he met the families in private…he did the same when he went to Walter Reed…i wonder if Trump has visited Walter Reed

  24. 40 jer44
    June 8, 2020 at 6:22 pm

  25. 41 marleysperson
    June 8, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    He can’t even keep up with all these lies. I thought it was an “inspection”….

  26. 42 marleysperson
    June 8, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Looting the Treasury for themselves. I’m shocked.

  27. June 8, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    i can’t help but get weepy…

  28. June 8, 2020 at 7:45 pm

  29. June 8, 2020 at 8:34 pm

  30. June 8, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    • 48 tnmtngirl1
      June 8, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      I do totally agree that “defunding” is the way wrong word to use. Redirect, reallocate, public safety priorities…….there’s numerous other words that could be used. I had a discussion today with a friend who is a life long Republican, but cannot tolerate trump. She can’t ever listen to him. Says he is insane and an authoritarian and will most definitely vote for Biden and other Dems down ticket. However, she got off on that one word. Was obvious at the beginning, she didn’t understand so……..i explained and used the words above and gave some examples to putting the $ in schools or healthcare or affordable housing or substance abuse or various oher things. Then, she got it, but returned to that word. It is a messaging nightmare.

  31. 49 pkayden
    June 8, 2020 at 9:09 pm

  32. June 8, 2020 at 9:12 pm

  33. June 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    A simple historical fact dating to the origin of the human species ….

    Don’t ever leave to ‘God’ what YOUR responsibility is or ‘God’ will see you as an enabler of EVIL rather than as a defender of JUSTICE.

  34. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    June 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    • 54 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      Please share this. Most of us watched the videos or read reports about this trip.

      Others who did not or are following the fake outrage of the moment, or are always looking for controversy, choose to trash Speaker Pelosi and the others rather than focus on the content of the policy on police reform that was announced.

      Some people are always looking for something to complain about or ways to undermine the democrats who are doing the work on crucial policy

    • 55 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    • 58 Dudette
      June 9, 2020 at 12:23 am


  35. June 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Headline by CNN: “Joe Biden doesn’t support defunding the police”.
    Any daylight on this?

    • 60 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      He was interviewed about it by CBS.

      Of course the way the slogan was chosen gives the media a chance to focus away from the vital policy reform and focus on the wording/slogan.

  36. June 8, 2020 at 9:58 pm

  37. 62 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Rest in peace Bobbie Pointer 😔🙏🏾

  38. 64 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 10:24 pm

  39. 65 marleysperson
    June 8, 2020 at 10:26 pm

  40. 66 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 10:27 pm

  41. 67 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 10:31 pm

  42. 68 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Witness the strength of this young woman. Wow!

  43. 70 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 10:34 pm

  44. June 8, 2020 at 10:38 pm
  45. 73 globalcitizenlinda
    June 8, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    • 74 lmcae72
      June 9, 2020 at 1:15 am

      Whaaat? Are we in a parallel universe? NASCAR is the whitest organization in the country Their fans are not going to like this. This statement and the intention behind it is HUGE.

  46. 75 pkayden
    June 8, 2020 at 10:46 pm

  47. 76 pkayden
    June 8, 2020 at 10:52 pm

  48. 78 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 11:09 pm

  49. 79 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 11:16 pm

  50. 80 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 11:18 pm

  51. 81 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 11:19 pm


    • 82 Dudette
      June 9, 2020 at 12:25 am

  52. June 8, 2020 at 11:22 pm

  53. 84 Dudette
    June 8, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Something indeed is happening

  54. 85 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Lafayette Park is The People’s Park

  55. 86 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Wow! Look at IBM!

  56. 88 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 1:06 am

    LOL! One might say the song has caught on! 😆😂🤣


  57. 90 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 1:11 am

  58. 91 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 1:13 am

    Welp, there goes theaters and indoor pro sports.

    • June 9, 2020 at 6:27 am

      Our OUTBREAK IS Coming….because of the huge demonstrations…and not just with the US but around the world…perhaps other countries will be able to handle it…America not so much…July will tell it all!

  59. 94 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 1:15 am

  60. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    June 9, 2020 at 1:29 am

  61. June 9, 2020 at 1:54 am

    Goodnight TOD

  62. 97 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 1:55 am

    True dat

  63. 98 Dudette
    June 9, 2020 at 1:56 am

  64. June 9, 2020 at 3:25 am

    This is an important informative piece that is also scary and depressing but necessary to understand. The comments are informative, too. I’m a fiend about dental hygiene but hadn’t thought about the dangers of aerosol distribution involved in the use of hand drills, ultrasound plaque removal and suction. OMG.

  65. June 9, 2020 at 3:44 am

    PERFECTLY STATED. This is exactly why Trump and his use of military is such a HUGE problem. It undercuts all basic principles CRUCIAL to our democracy..

  66. June 9, 2020 at 3:59 am


  67. June 9, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Detailed tick tock of the events as they escalated at Lafayette Square for Trump’s pathetic photo op.

  68. June 9, 2020 at 9:16 am

    “We’re breathing for George Floyd.”
    Congresswoman Joyce Beatty speaks with O’Donnell about the Justice in Policing Act:
    “What effects any one of us affects all of us indirectly.”
    “We’re doing the No ChokeHold. We’re putting the ban on No-Knock-Warrants.
    We’re making sure that all police officers have body cameras, that there’s a dashboard camera in all of the police cameras. And we’re not putting any more money into the police departments. We’re making them repurpose the dollars that they have for de-escalation training, for cultural training. Because here’s what must happen: We must change the practices, the protocols, in our police department, at the state, the local, at every level. And that’s our role in federal government.
    When we’ve watched what’s happened across America, this has been a long time coming.
    And what I’d like to say Lawrence is, today we’re breathing for George Floyd.”
    MORE: On VP Biden’s views on defunding the police:
    Congresswoman Beatty: “I actually support what Joe Biden just said.”
    (Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSohvxoui84)

  69. 104 marleysperson
    June 9, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Morning everyone. Important thread

  70. June 9, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Jesus, this is so so so screwed up.

  71. 108 jer44
    June 9, 2020 at 10:16 am

  72. June 9, 2020 at 10:36 am

  73. June 9, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and they have the votes
    to over-ride Mayor Jacob Frey. “Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to re-create systems of public safety that actually keeps us safe.”
    (President Lisa Bender)

    • June 9, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Rachel Maddow to President Lisa Bender:
      “So Minneapolis has obviously got the eyes of the nation upon it now…
      because of what this killing revealed to the country about the Minneapolis Police Department.
      As the country now looks at you at you and your colleagues on the City Council saying you want to end policing in Minneapolis as we know it, that you want to essentially disband the city police department, what should the country understand about what that means in practical terms?”
      President Bender:
      “I think the most important thing to understand is that this is not the first time that our community has taken to the streets to demand justice. Jamar Clark was killed by Minneapolis police, and we instituted a whole series of reforms. Justine Damond was killed by Minneapolis police and we got a new police chief, new leadership. So our community has been through a lot of watching us make promises and make changes. And then to see George Floyd killed in that horrific way, for those almost 9 minutes, with four members of the department involved, it’s just too much for our community. So we’re responding to the calls that are coming from our residents for change.”

    • June 9, 2020 at 11:30 am

      “Cities like Camden New Jersey and Compton California disbanded their police departments as well.
      This is not something that Minneapolis and you and your colleagues are inventing the concept of. Compton did it in 2000, Camden did it in 2013, I believe. I wonder if you and your colleagues are thinking about those previous examples as helpful, as examples of what to do, or what not to do, or if you’ve been essentially considering Minneapolis to be on its own here in terms of the specific challenges?”
      President Bender:
      “No absolutely, there are many models around the country and there’s also often significant work done here led by community, to invest in those systems of community safety, that work to look at all the reasons folks call 911 in our city, and what appropriate response we compare. But public confidence in our department is at any extraordinary low. We have institutions like the University of Minnesota and our Park Board and School Board, major businesses and employers, art institutions, ending their relationship with our police department. So in the urgent short term, you know we need to get a system in place that is keeping people safe, that folks have confidence in, as we build up these alternative systems for community safety.”

    • June 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

      “I have to ask you about the police union in Minneapolis. We’ve covered a little bit of the drama around the police union and its leadership, including the head of the police union appearing at a Trump rally in a
      cops-for-trump shirt, after there had been a reminder to police officers that they shouldn’t attend something like that in uniform. We’ve also seen some pretty inflammatory comments and stances taken by the police union at times. I wonder if it seems to you and your colleagues that what you are trying to do here, has a sort of sworn enemy in the police union, and if so, what your strategy is to work around them if you believe they’re beyond working with on this?”
      President Bender:
      “I mean they’ve shown us time and time again that they are beyond working with on reform.
      And even recently, statements coming out of the federation are defending the actions of the officers in George Floyd’s killing, to the point that the former police chief, and our former mayor and other community leaders are speaking specifically against the president of the union. But also the union itself – labor leaders are calling for change and distancing themselves from this union. I think making it clear that our attempt to get around the blockades of the police union are not seen as undermining our support for organized labor in our cities, which…the majority of employees in our cities, and is a really important part of worker protections. So yeh, that union relationship, that union position, again you know elected by the majority of the department is a huge barrier. So I think we have to get through those institutional barriers, but there is also a system within the department that needs to change. So it’s not just about changing one leader, but about changing the whole system.”

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