Call to ACTION
I believe the Senate is voting on gun violence today, event if they have postponed it, please call your Senators today.
If you are willing to call Senators in neighboring areas here is a list of all Senators with their DC and one local #
To find their email, or twitter accounts visit
OFA had planned phone banking to senators on Tuesday but it was cancelled due to the Boston tragedy. We had been asked to call into AZ. I was thinking of Desertflower when I read this. We could all start by calling Jeff Flake
Thank you Linda!
Will be making calls on all my breaks, today.
Yes We Can
You rock Linda!
Thanks to all who are calling. Does anyone know if the tainted letters are from those in favor of gun control or against?
I believe that some were sent to those who voted to end the filibuster on gun control so that a debate could commence.
@JonCarsonOFA An "A" rating from #NRA should be a scarlet letter. YES to universal background checks! #NowIsTheTime http://t.co/dzZ32q6Wra— Judith Fardig (@FardigJudith) April 17, 2013
Called Murray and Cantwell and they are voting in favor of gun control.
Thank you UT.
Math Matters …
100s of Millions SUFFER because a couple of economists fail arithmetic j.mp/17lENRS cc @BarackObama @VP @Pfeiffer44 @vj44 @FLOTUS— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 17, 2013
Hi there Tod
Press Sec. Carney on press declaring gun safety policies dead: "The rule is give post-game analysis when the game is over." — BOOM.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Because we need a bit of silliness today.
The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War (Dutch: Driehonderdvijfendertigjarige Oorlog) was a theoretical state of war between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly (located off the southwest coast of Great Britain). It is said to have been extended by the lack of a peace treaty for 335 years without a single shot being fired, which would make it one of the world’s longest wars and a bloodless war. Despite the uncertain validity of the declaration of war, and thus uncertainty about whether or not a state of war ever actually existed in the first place, peace was finally declared in 1986, bringing an end to any hypothetical war that may have been legally considered to exist.
More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Hundred_and_Thirty_Five_Years%27_War
Would you believe I actually knew this?
I love Wikipedia’s rundown of events on this day in history. That’s how I learned of this long, bloodless war.
I’ll have to check that from now on. Sounds very amusing.
It is awesomesauce.
thanks for the tip!
How’s Mrs. LL?
Just called Flakes offices
The DC office picked up right away – did not ask for my name or my zip
the Phoenix office did not pick up and the mailbox was full
The Tuscon office picked up, asked my name but not my zip
The local #s are
Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: (520) 575-8633
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 840-1891
God Bless Jay Carney.
Listening to these jackals ask these stupid questions leave me shaking my head in shame.
Just thinking the same thing. We are holding our tattered and frayed democracy together by the sheer power of our own voices.
Our only chance is to clean that House and Senate in 2014. We have to get some reasonable people on Capital Hill to work with this President.
I was looking at the WHPC, and I asked myself where are the minorities? All I see is a sea of white-ness.
I agree, I hope Jay gets paid real good cause he has to deal with some silly jack “A”s.
People who call themselves PATRIOTS the loudest tend to be those who say 2nd amendment is to protect their right to overthrow government WTF— john miller (@deaconmill) April 17, 2013
BREAKING Tainted letter sent to @JeffFlake's Phoenix office. Phoenix Fire Department is on the scene.— Kristen DelGuzzi (@kristendel) April 17, 2013
Jay Carney deserves sainthood. He is freaking unbelievable and amazing.
Jay Carney hits back at press: "The Newtown families aren't here for the president. They're here because their children were murdered!"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
He’s on fire today. Time to stop playing nice with the Press.
It’s amazing how people who think that if they don’t get their way they will just send a bomb, mail poison letters and that it is justifiable. They had better knock it off!
Just called Dean Hellers offices
They seem to be quite busy
DC office was so busy they could not accept the call. At the local level I received cannot complete call at this time or mailbox full at Carson City, Las Vegas and Reno. I did get an answering machine in Elko.
Hellers local #s
Carson City, NV 89701
Elko, NV 89801
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Reno, NV 89501
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday that the Voting Rights Act is an “embedded” form of “racial preferment,” according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
He later criticized United States Supreme Court precedents that expanded the number of minority groups, positing that “child abusers” could be a minority, but do not deserve special protection.
Scalia’s remarks, made at the University of California Washington Center, echoed his description of the voting act as “racial entitlement” during arguments in Shelby County v. Holder in February. The case challenged Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires several states with a history of racial discrimination — mostly in the South — to pre-clear their voting laws with the Justice Department.
Scalia was also asked about whether the Constitution should recognize same-sex relationships. “I don’t consider homosexuality a new phenomenon,” he responded, saying that it was a crime at the ratification of the 14th Amendment.
This man is very dangerous to our Democracy……..
And yet Democrats choose to withhold their votes for ‘perfect’ candidates.
Allowing a small, virulent minority to decide who is elected to office results in – SC Justice Antonin Scalia. And Roberts. And Alito.
@MattMurph24 – The two-bit third rate fourth estate are fifth columnists undermiming US from within, in cohorts with #gop. #TreasonousMedia.— (@amk4obama) April 17, 2013
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has announced a “no” vote for the gun bill.
No surprise there……
GAH, this women is a mess.
Heitkamp: "This conversation should be about what is in people’s minds, not about what is in their hands" thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/0…— (@igorvolsky) April 17, 2013
Her mind is filled with lies.
Sorry Heidi…..it’s what’s in people’s HANDS that does the physical damage. What a stupid remark
Maybe she can offer insights how to change “what is in people’s minds”.
@SenatorHeitkamp what's in people's MINDS doesn't kill anyone. It's the WEAPON in their hands that does the killing, Senator cc @SenatorReid— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 17, 2013
Pew: 74% of #NRA households support background checks for private gun sale pewrsr.ch/YYr9SK But enough to throw out their Rep?— (@Chernynkaya) April 17, 2013
The NRA's latest ad about cops is a bald-faced lie–WATCH: slate.me/112VIGG #liars— (@Slate) April 17, 2013
CNN ALERT: Possible suspect identified in Boston investigation; authorities believe that they have identified a suspect.— Vaughn Sterling/CNN (@vplus) April 17, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Source: Authorities have an image of a suspect carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 17, 2013
John King claims that the suspect was described as a “dark-skinned” individual.
So TeaNN….is still holding on to this descriptive from Monday?
John King claims that he got updated info today from a “reputable law enforcement official” that the suspect is a dark-skinned male.
I pray that the suspects are white far-right anti-government types. This would be the best scenario for America to make progress. If , God forbid, it ended up to be some black man (men), it would fuel the racial anxieties that unfortunately have been rising after the election of President Obama. In the case that the culprits would be some jihadists, the right wing will have a new excuse to peddle hate and xenophobia.
I’m not praying one way or the other for the suspect to be of any race or ethnicity. I’m hoping they find the right person, and that the media reports accurately. That’s all I’m asking.
Incredible outburst of happiness after New Zealand passes marriage equality bill….cheering and singing of NZ traditional Love Song by the members of Parliament.
CNN: Law enforcement briefing to be held at 5:00pm ET on Boston bomb blasts— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) April 17, 2013
It looks like it is getting Close. They had said yesterday that they were going to brief the public before noon or noonish…..now it is happening at 5:00PM. Thanks UT.
The Rising……Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce also sang: We Take Care of Our Own.
I told my family that within 48 hrs from Yesterday……A suspect would emerge…….For the terror act in Boston. I believe that.
Cnn claims that a suspect may have been ID: dark-skinned man
This is so silly. Like the police or FBI or ATF is going to tell CNN, “Well, we have an ID on a specific suspect, but all I can tell you is that he is dark-skinned.”
Unless they want to make the real suspect think they have it wrong so as not to alert him.
So true, John!
From the Boston Globe – just posted:
“An official briefed on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation said today that authorities have an image of a suspect carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene on Boylston Street, outside of the Forum restaurant.
Investigators are “very close” in the investigation, said the official, who declined to be named.
That official said authorities may publicize their finding as early as this afternoon.
The same official also said a surveillance camera at Lord & Taylor, located directly across the street, has provided clear video of the area, though it was unclear whether the image of the suspect was taken from that camera.
Authorities planned to brief the media on the progress of the investigation at 5 p.m. today.
Break reportedly came from Lord and Taylor vid at site—–had suspect on vid carry black bag and drop at explosion site, enhancement gave view of face, said to be ID’d.
Dear @SenatorReid 60 Vote hurdle is a total distortion of DEMOCRACY & has caused harm to our economy & danger to our fellow citizens.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 17, 2013
Bobfr……the GUN Bill had a senate agreement fro 60 vote threshold. Many Red states were pushing for a Conceal and Carry. They were looking for a federal bill to legalize C&C in the 50 states and DC. It was a rotten deal…..but coming from a state where C&C is now the law since 2005……..I understand why they made the deal.
Note. I am not excusing them…..especially Dems…….but those were what stopped the C&C…..eventually as the bill comes up, it will be voted down.
Yes, Nena. All correct. I’m not referring to 1 bill, I’m referring to 4+ years of abuse by forcing a 60 vote threshold on practically everything.
You ask Us to trust POTUS. I trust you, sir. Thanks.
NBC's Pete Williams: To say that "there's a suspect [in the Boston bombings] is simply not correct" via @JesseRodriguez— (@3ChicsPolitico) April 17, 2013
so teann was running off its mouth yet again?
Sweet Buddha, what the hell has happened to CNN?!
Well, I’m sure it’s been descending into the circles of hell for quite a while, but specifically of late, Jeff Zucker.
CNN is known for doing such things – I recall the Balloon Boy saga quite well.
and still whiny wolf has his job after that fiasco. only in america.
#BREAKING: According to @WuWCVB, an arrest in #BostonMarathon bombing is imminent or has already taken place.— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) April 17, 2013
Good lord, talk about a fog of war.
Mass confusion: CNN saying suspect identified, WCVB saying arrest imminent or already made, NBC's Pete Williams saying no suspect at all.— Ed Bajwa (@EdBajwa) April 17, 2013
I am so confused and my nerves are all over the place. Exhausted is more like. To be or not to be…..that is now the question?
If anyone at TOD wants to Laugh a little, just to ease some tensions….here are a few Funny Lung hurting LOL Videos:
CNN…. Two Sources that arrest has been made in Boston. The Lord and Taylor video and News Agency still pictures confirm.
Now NBC says NO.
#LibCrib Hate the phrase "person of color." I mean Boehner is Oompa-Loompa Orange. Now THAT'S a color. And we're pretty tan in Hawaii.— Allen ® ™ (@StillCrazy808) April 17, 2013
Yeah, and I’m a little pink here in the Midwest. It’s blush for my cheeks, but, hey, maybe law enforcement or CNN can use it as a descriptor.
Boom goes the dynamite.
#Breaking: Following news that Mark Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing, NRCC pulls the plug on his congressional campaign.— POLITICO (@politico) April 17, 2013
After Sanford trespassing news, NRCC sources tell me they're no longer going to be engaged in the special election #SC1— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) April 17, 2013
NRCC was blindsided by Sanford trespassing news — to say national GOPers are upset is an understatement. #SC1— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) April 17, 2013
Absolutely. And Sanford has no business running for an elected office when HE WALKED OUT ON HIS JOB on the previous one!
Joe Cheating Scarborough was Pimping his fellow cheater on MJ for several segments. Now would MSNBC finally call Joe Scarborough out? For this was the 2 or 3 times that Scarborough has Used MSNBC to promote Mark Sanford.
Karma is finally delivering some deserved justice to mark Sanford? I hope so.
Yeah, we really need another GOP psycho elected.
BREAKING: CNN says an arrest has been made in the Boston Marathon bombings.— (@HCAN) April 17, 2013
I hope they got this right.
MORE: Official says bombing suspect is to be taken into custody and taken to a Boston courthouse: apne.ws/11hIJkO -BW— The Associated Press (@AP) April 17, 2013
Now from AP.
And CNN—–saying arrest has been made.
Investigators 'zeroing in on some people' in Boston bombings, officials say nbcnews.to/173CGUI— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 17, 2013
Oh so now it’s “some people,” I thought it was a single individual?!?!?
Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s 4-17-13 WH press Briefings
Pete Williams…..No arrests have been made. However, they have person of interest.
John King is a native of Boston and is in Boston. I think Pete Williams is sitting in DC. I would go with John King on this one.
Thanks. I do know that John King is a Bostonian Native. Thanks Bill.
That doesn’t mean anything. King is not part of the investigative team.
He claims he is talking to them.
What is your point? I have no agenda. King may be lying or he may not. Take it for what it is worth.
I didn’t say or imply you have an agenda. I’m simply saying that at this point I would take anything from the MSM with the appropriate amount salt – especially from a CNN source who has known to be inaccurate with reports on previous occasions. You and Nena both hinted that because he’s from the Boston area, his reports should be afforded greater credibility than other reporters. I’m saying that’s not necessarily true.
NBC said they were not comfortable reporting what others are for now. So HF2…….Bill may be right about John King this time……Only Time will tell.
John King is not reliable either. The media is not reliable at this point.
John King now talking about conflicting information on arrest reports. Hmmmmmm…— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) April 17, 2013
Arrest imminent in Boston Marathon bombing, suspect to be brought to court, AP reports
Boston Globe banner on web site
http://www.cnn.com banner – Arrest has been made
NBC says no arrest made. CNN says arrest made; CBS says arrest imminent…I need all of you to have several seats!…#truth— Corey B. King (@coreybking) April 17, 2013
And here we have a perfect example of the pitfalls of rushing to be “the first”.
It’s disgusting LL.
BTW I am sending positive thoughts and best wishes to Mrs. LL.
just finishing up my lunch hour and checked my email. Something from VP Joe and I did it. It looks like an organized tweeting from the white house. It’s hard to describe. It tells you how many ppl you’ve notified. Anyways here’s the link:
back to work. later.
a little context RT @frankthorpNBC: . @PeteWilliamsNBC: "FBI is looking for someone, they have a face, but they don't know who he is…"— Dave Wyllie (@journodave) April 17, 2013
Helpful link from Boston WCVB:
CNN seems to have narrowed the suspect down from "dark-skinned" to "brown-skinned."— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) April 17, 2013
Yeah, we need to know the exact shade of the skin before knowing who the person is … of course, it could have been the “tanning booth lady” for all we know, but that’s our law enforcement and MSM.
(CNN) — [Breaking news update at 1:47 p.m. Wednesday ]
An arrest has been made in the Boston bombings investigation based on two videos showing images of the suspect, a federal law enforcement source told CNN’s Fran Townsend.
WTH?!? fran townsend is a paid person on on cnn now?!? she was completely discredited bush/neocon operative for years, and was a laughing stock when she’d come on shows defending everything bush and cheney ever did, and now she’s a paid to play a “journalist”?!? omg…what more does anyone ever need to see them do to realize the modern “news people” are not worth a second of thought. they are propagandists, and the ratings mean nothing. “the news” exists only to be a propaganda machine for big, big business. wow.
Speaking of the “people of Boston,” and to try to lighten the load a little … just saw this old story about correspondence between Rose Kennedy (whose father was at one time Mayor of Boston) and her son, President Kennedy. I like to think this same jovial relationship would have existed between President Obama and his mother, were she here with us to see him in the White House. While we all move forward after Boston, as best we can, thought you’d enjoy looking to the past just a little …
Rose, the student, wrote delightful prose. Rose, the nonagenarian, wrote a beautiful but poignant memoir. Having read great literature, she instilled the joy of reading to her children. Her quick Irish humor served her well.
When Premier Krushchev signed photographs of himself and President Kennedy and returned them to Rose, she sent them to her son with a note about her plan to have the photographs signed by him and then make the exchange with Krushchev.
“I received the following letter from (Jack): ‘Dear Mother: If you are going to contact the head of state, it might be a good idea to consult me or the State Department first, as your gesture might lead to international complications. Love, Jack.’”
“Dear Jack: I am so glad you warned me about contacting the head of state, as I was just about to write to Castro. Love, Mother”
Can’t believe all the conflicting info—-Reuters saying there’s helicopters and sirens at the fed. ct. house, CNN saying fed officials have brought suspect to ct. house. Other news outlets more cautious in their reporting. Now it’s sounding like CNN is qualifying their excited breaking news saying arrest has been made. Now CNN has live aerial shot of courthouse. Looks like there is a big police presence there, lining the perimeter.
No arrests. The Justice dept are going to brief the public soon. No break in the Boston Terror Tragedy.
Schrödinger’s Suspect is both in custody and not. Thanks, news.
— Hunter (@HunterDK) April 17, 2013
Watch: The First Lady joins @GovernorOMalley at the bill-signing for Maryland’s #Veterans Full Employment Act: governor.maryland.gov/stream.asp— Joining Forces (@JoiningForces) April 17, 2013
Please continue documenting when each of these ‘news’ organizations make various claims. The archive will be invaluable as yet another example of the difference between journalism and #NEWSTAINMENT
Only in America is conjecture considered hard news.— john miller (@deaconmill) April 17, 2013
If CNN got this wrong…..they are toast.
Well, lots of folk have undoubtedly screen captured their headline and the quote I placed above with the 1:47 ET time stamp … they can’t escape what they claimed, Linda. That’s why it’s so important we document it.
why? this happens often to these big news outlets and nothing ever happens to them. the owners simply do not care about accuracy…only keeping republicans in office so that the tax rates and regulations don’t go back up to where they used to be for decades before ronnie reagan.
Just have to jump in here….
This breathless reporting by CNN, NBC, AP….is fricking UNBELIEVEABLE.
In 5 minutes of watching TV I have heard – they’ve arrested a suspect, they don’t have any ID, they think they know who it is, they have a face but can’t ID.
CNN has a camera at the f’ing courthouse waiting for a suspect to show up?
SHUT UP, ALL OF YOU.
What an embarrassment.
LOL: @JeffersonObama: BREAKING: CNN REPORTING SEEING A BLACK FACED YETI IN A HOOD ARRESTED
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