@Lawrence: A lot of kids in Malawi have only 1 shirt but no kid in the world is prouder of a shirt than this one.
Schedule for trip here
Darn, just missed it!
Congrats pk on first!
I’d be proud of.that shirt.too!
You beat me, Chips. Was just about to post a chat away chat.
Oh yikes, sorry LL! Once again, United beating Chelsea
Oh, I can’t wait until the new season.
Ok, I have a pre-night owl chat chat ready to go. Because we all know this one will get busy soon.
Argh, GG is the first guest on Chris Hayes’ show. I so wish that Ed was back again!
I dare anyone to try to talk as fast as Chris Hayes does.
I think Chris Matthews can beat him!
Ed kicked ass on the radio today. He was spot on.
He surprised me by really defending President Obama and calling Snowden/Greenwald out.
Getting more and more awkward for Snowden defenders day by day on his worldwide Libertarian Communist Leakfest Tour de Dumb— Tommy J. (@TeamBBN) June 24, 2013
“The intelligence community is already seeing indications that several terrorist groups are in fact attempting to change their communication behaviors based on what they’re reading about our surveillance programs in the media.” “It is possible that the United States will be attacked because terrorists may now know how to protect themselves in some way or another, that they didn’t know before”
"Consensus within top U.S. Gov Officials is Snowden could deal a potentially devastating blow to U.S. Nat. security" abcn.ws/11JmOTg— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 24, 2013
@MSNBC, this is the dude Hayes compared to #MLK twitter.com/DaRiverZkind/s… since when is enabling terrorist to kill Americans a hero? @Lawrence— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 25, 2013
@DaRiverZkind So the dude that #LawyerGreenwald enabled & Hayes compared to MLKJr is making it easier for folk to kill Americans. #Snowden— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 25, 2013
If we are attacked, Snowden, Greenwald, whomever is financing them, and all the #NEWSTAINERS & #Paulites, etc., will own it, as will the #GOP who have done so much to undermine our National Security by ‘privatizing’ what should be jobs only held by dedicated civil servants.
@Our4thEstate Precisely! Unimaginable, unforgivable….. and anyone condoning or advocating this treasonous action…is just as accountable.— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 25, 2013
So 100 percent agree, Bob. Nothing related to our national security, especially clearances,, should be outsourced. For once, I agree with something Peter Kind said that “something is seriously wrong in this country” if we so distrust the government we risk destroying our national security to prove a point.
LP, I would so like to see the charges against Snowden increased. This has gone beyond spying and is way over the line to treason.
They will be Jackie, under International Law you can’t add charges to an extradition request once it has been filed…. DOJ basically is only filing the minimum to meet the standard depending on which country is housing Snowden…. once in US custody the book will be thrown at him….
I agreem JackieG! He should be charged with treason!
Greenwald: "Whether he ends up in the hands of Castro or whatever, it doesn't really make a difference." Done, done, on to the next one.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) June 25, 2013
Hey, Foo Fighters reference!
Chips did you get my DM by any chance?
Oh crikey no LP, will check now – thank you!
I thought that was Jay-Z? maybe both……
@Green_Footballs – @ggreenwald = #KeyboardMartyr. What an asshole.— (@amk4obama) June 25, 2013
And, what a fucking callous psychopath.
Wish someone could whisper this statement to Snowden, wherever he is, so he knows what a selfish monster he trusted his life to.
Greenwald should be asked if divulging U.S. Classified information to potentially hostile governments is how a patriot acts? If Greenwald can’t be prosecuted, because he hides behind freedom of the press, he should, at the minimum, be shunned by us and by those who still practice respectable journalism.
Ok, since my next post involves Monty Python, I’m laughing like a maniac watching MP clips on Youtube.
Dratz. Blogging is soooo hard.
dogfession. http://t.co/1mj7WRRhq5— (@amk4obama) June 25, 2013
I did a double-take on that brownie substance!!!!
White House preview of the Africa trip youtube.com/watch?v=wzSUif…— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 24, 2013
Sounds like a plan to me.
A buncha journos accompanying an empty chair on a 12-hour flight. clint eastwood was senile at least. #PatheticMedia.— (@amk4obama) June 25, 2013
Also, Cuba requires all visitors to stay a minimum of three days. There will either be too many articles on life in Cuba or a lot of drinks on expense accounts.
At least Cuba has nice beaches and warm weather. I’m sure they’ll figure out how to pass the time.
I wish Cuba could keep them there longer than the three days. That way they wouldn’t be around here in the U.S peddling propaganda and sensationalism.
Amk, you are so bad.
Solar power is taking off..4th grade solar-powered classroom project go.usa.gov/b77H via @ErnestMoniz @ENERGY youtu.be/8lGjOtIQ1YQ— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 24, 2013
NATO ow.ly/mkpt3 #Climate change is a bigger National Security threat than U.S. dependence on foreign oil http://t.co/j0M18uu47v— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 24, 2013
Some much for the ‘butthole’ Chris Hayes,,,,,,,,,,,on to the next shiny thing;Uncle Clarence Thomas! Watch as he completes his metamorphosis to a white unicorn with wings.
Hey, Yardarm, I think Uncle T has never gotten over the rejection by the sisters he tried to woo! This man’s self hatred is not healthy.
Well he got a Ms Ann outta the deal. Didn’t he?
"Several officials warned the amount of compromised material may be much broader than even Snowden has suggested" abcnews.go.com/m/blogEntry?id…— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) June 24, 2013
Wasn’t this lizza guy a snowdenbot?
Really? Let me check his TL going back to the first week in June…
Yes he was! But he is mostly a Greenwald groupie!
@ggreenwald how about @NowWithAlex on Wednesday? You can even call me an Obama operative on TV!— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) June 25, 2013
Greenwald don’t have the guts to face Joy Reid.
Greenwald Backtracks: I Did Not Have Working Relations With that Man… (in February Like I Told You … nblo.gs/Mw9aN— The People's View (@thepeoplesview) June 25, 2013
"Scandals" falling apart. Immigration moving apace. Big leadership moment on climate tomorrow. POTUS steady throughout. DC CW off again.— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) June 24, 2013
Crossing my fingers that the immigration bill is signed soon. That would be a great accomplishment for President Obama.
This one made me think and reflect.
THE LAST CAB RIDE
I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes I honked again.
Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about
just driving away, but instead I put the car in
park and walked up
to the door and knocked.
‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice.
I could hear something being dragged across the
After a long pause, the door opened.
A small woman in her 90′s stood before me.
She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat
with a veil
pinned on it like somebody out of a 1940′smovie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it
All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks
or utensils on
the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with
photos and glassware.
‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to
assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the
She kept thanking me for my kindness.
‘It’s nothing’, I told her.’I just try to treat my passengers the
way I would want my mother to be treated.’
‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said.
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address
and then asked,
‘Could you drive through downtown?’
‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly.
‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry.
I’m on my way
to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror.Her eyes were glistening.
‘I don’t have any family left’, she continued in
a soft voice.’
The doctor says I don’t have very long.’
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the
She showed me the building where she had once
worked as an
We drove through the neighborhood where she and
had lived when they were newlyweds.
She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had
once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a
or corner and would sit staring into the
darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the
horizon, she suddenly said,
‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’.
We drove in silence to the address she had given
It was a low building, like
a small convalescent home, with a
driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we
They were solicitous and intent, watching her
They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to
The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into
‘Nothing,’ I said
‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.
‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a
She held onto me tightly.
‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’
she said.’Thank you.’
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim
Behind me, a door shut… it was the
sound of the closing of a life.
I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift.
I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.
What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or
one who was
impatient to end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had
honked once, then
On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done
important in my life.
We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve
But great moments often catch us unaware,
in what others may consider a small one.
PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR
YOU SAID BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW
MADE THEM FEEL.
At the bottom of this story was a request to
I deleted that request because if you have read to this point,
you won’t have to be asked to pass it along…
you just will.
Thank you, my friend!
You always break my heart yardarm with the softness of your soul. Thank you for this.
As we say in Yiddush, “I’m kvelling”. Thanks for posting, yardarm.
@ggreenwald – Like what? Lying, backtracking and throwing your best bud #snowden under the bus ? #Asshole.— (@amk4obama) June 25, 2013
Dang girl, he’s going to block you.
I doubt Apple will ever be hiring Chris Hayes, Glenn Geenwald or Snowden anytime soon. Samsung would know everything.— Eddie Haskell (@edhaskl) June 25, 2013
Not idle speculation at this point ….
@Lawrence easy to imagine that folk like #Greenwald have good reasons to hope that #Snowden is never plea bargaining with a US prosecutor.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 25, 2013
I’m just having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that this one schmuck has dealt so much damage to the US.
As you well know, LL, this ‘one schmuck’ is highly likely not to have been ‘acting alone.’
And, we can well imagine the 24×7 intensive investigation of Booz Allen, USIS, Altegrity, etc., that have been underway since the very first leak.
Snowden didn’t get that job by accident.
The money & influence trails are what will lead to those who enabled this traitor. One thing for certain, folk are out there who don’t ever want to have Snowden plea bargaining.
And Cheney comes crawling out of his cave.
Bob, you make compelling points. Something really stinks in this whole Snowden mess.
LL, he “has dealt so much damage to the US…” because the man who aided and abetted him, Glenn Greenwald, is idolized by the media and the PL. It appears that the much hailed whistleblower hero may indeed turn out to be one of the most dangerous traitors of this country.
Vote on the Hoeven-Corker amendment of the immigration bill in the Senate was 67-27. Included some games:
The amendment was structured to secure Republican buy-in — and lock in their support through final passage. Instead of narrowly amending the bill to strengthen the border security provisions, the amendment itself also contains the text of every other provision of the bigger bill.
ME: Let's get all the facts on this story before rending garments.
ME: ?????— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) June 25, 2013
.@ggreenwald vs #snowden http://t.co/m3jB2wr7Ej— (@amk4obama) June 25, 2013
@marabout40 @Mama4Obama1 @washingtonpost And getting paid 6-figure salary to do this – with a GED. Talk about affirmative action…— (@aspirational12) June 25, 2013
Love Amarlie’s tweet. Too funny.
This is a picture I saw in January taken in Mali, never could I imagine the identical t-shirt would be seen in a village in Malawi….. President Obama’s impact will never be appreciated by many in the media or the haters in the U.S., it’s the next generation of children growing up worldwide where his legacy will be on full display, and fully appreciated…It’s sad many don’t realize how lucky we are.
China doesn't have our #nuclearcodes or anything.Just know what we do, and where we do it, in some cases.They don't know how!That's detailed— Apollo1312 (@Jovie141) June 25, 2013
Mandela’s Health Improving, Says Former President Mbeki
Nelson Mandela’s health is improving after a two-week stay in a South African hospital where he is receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, former President Thabo Mbeki said.
“I maintain very close contact with the family and doctors about Nelson Mandela’s condition,” Mbeki said in an interview on Johannesburg-based PowerFM radio yesterday. “I don’t think anybody should entertain some wrong notion that Nelson Mandela is going to die tomorrow. He’s not going to.
Fingers crossed. Although lets not get our hopes to0 high. At his age, and current history with this illness, it could be up one day, down the next. I do hope he hangs on and is well enough to meet PBO/FLOTUS when they visit Africa. But I know this may be asking too much.
Nice to hear.
Great News, Meta! Nelson Mandela is a fighter. All I need to do is keep praying for him, his family and the South African people.
Taking 4 laptops of US secrets to Russia to "start a discussion about the security state" is like shooting up a school to address guncontrol— TBogg (@tbogg) June 25, 2013
*I* am still trying to figure out how/why he was allowed to travel with 4 laptops. Also don’t understand how he left work with all that info. Was there no security check at the end of each workday? Shouldn’t there be? I mean it’s one thing if you carry info out in your head, but doesn’t sound like what Snowden did. It’s all quite bewildering to me that one man could access so much ‘secure’ information that he needed FOUR laptops to transport it.
Great tweet! Thanks Chipsticks for sharing it with us.
Woooooooooooooohoooooooooooo! Don’t mess with Texas women!
Latest info on #HB60 #SB5 protests: be there by 9am. @CecileRichards will be talking to the troops of the #feministarmy.— Jessica W. Luther (@scATX) June 25, 2013
Go to 2nd floor outside of the Senate chamber. There will be ppl to direct you from the South (main) entrance of the Capitol. #HB60 #SB5— Jessica W. Luther (@scATX) June 25, 2013
Democrats block GOP attempts to fast track anti-women #SB5 bill & plan a filibuster to destroy the bill. #TXLege texastribune.org/2013/06/24/dem…— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 25, 2013
This is fantastic news ut!
You’ve been busy!
Fantastic!! ut, are you there?
Wow, UT! I am just awed by the spirit of Texas women. They are warriors, one and all.
Hard to believe this was possible. Hopefully, so many women won’t vote for Rethugs next time around. Not sure why women would ever vote for a party which only focuses on denying them their reproductive rights and refuses to support equal pay for equal work.
Wonderful News…Simply wonderful…..
UT, I am proud of you and all the forward looking Texas women and men.
@DavidCornDC Because you & your fellow colleagues in the MSM made sure to obscure facts and push agenda-driven opinions/lies of GG, etc— (@aspirational12) June 25, 2013
The Guardian isn’t all bad, after all:
I was under the impression that journalism was ferreting out truth . . . not taking sides.— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) June 25, 2013
Until the Guardian dispenses with Gigi’s services, it’s dead to me.
I know what you mean, I’d guess there are a lot of fine journalists there mortified by all of this – and their Greenwald survey was the lowest point in the paper’s proud history.
I was never a regular Guardian reader, but it was on my list of papers to read to get good analysis.
I was a regular Guardian reader until the day they gave greenwald a column. I stopped reading the day he wrote his first column. I sent them an email message telling them that he was not a journalist and that they had lost a reader. I had been reading the Guardian for YEARS.
And dare I ask what you mean by “Greenwald survey”?
LL, don’t tell me you didn’t fill it in – I did, oh, 20 times!
Oh, that. LOL. Yes, I forgot.
President Barack Obama talks with Rob Nabors, Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy, center, and Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Legislative Affairs, in the Oval Office, June 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
no hard evidence, they say:
‘ U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether Edward Snowden’s leaks may be a Chinese intelligence operation or whether China might have used his concerns about U.S. surveillance practices to exploit him, according to four American officials.
The officials emphasized there’s no hard evidence yet that Snowden was a Chinese agent or that China helped plan his flights to Hong Kong and then to Moscow, directly or through a witting or unwitting intermediary.
Snowden spoke publicly only about American cyber-attacks on China and Hong Kong even though he had access to information on espionage against other nations. ‘
A little silliness:
In sillier news, I've never heard of two teams trading for a coach's services. #Clippers #Celtics— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) June 25, 2013
Shorter .@ggreenwald on #snowden – Spy who came in from russia and kicked me in the nuts. @Guardian-you're still paying this lying asshole?— (@amk4obama) June 25, 2013
@bobcesca_go @Green_Footballs @TheReidReport hope #Snowden's family convinces him to return, immediately. Plea bargaining is his best hope.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 25, 2013
Really. Not to get all alarmist, but as long as he’s outside of US custody, he truly is in danger for his life.
Most definitely, LL. We know he didn’t ‘act alone’ and whomever the folk pulling the strings are – besides Greenwald & Poitras – well, they need #Snowden to melt, real soon now.
BTW – though I know TODers know this, want lurkers to know as well – that is a genuinely empathetic tweet.
U.S. Intel. agencies are investigating whether #Snowden’s leaks may be a Chinese intelligence operation/exploitation bloom.bg/17yONwV— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 25, 2013
Anyone know if Director Brennan is back in the US
No. But methinks he’s on a plane from Russia to US with Snowflake in handcuffs.
Wow…now that will be a scene…
If he is coming back, it will only with the spy in shackles.
'U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether Edward Snowden’s leaks may be a Chinese intelligence operation' bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-2…— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) June 25, 2013
“Counterintelligence experts also are reviewing all Snowden’s communications and movements in recent years, to the extent that information on them is available from mobile-phone records, geolocation, keystroke-logging, interviews with co-workers and others and additional sources, the official said.
Snowden may have a technical road map of U.S. electronic surveillance systems and also know the names of spies and informants and the locations of safe houses abroad, ABC News reported yesterday, citing several officials it didn’t identify.
One pressing question is whether Snowden acted alone or got some of the material he’s disclosed from co-workers or from Chinese or other hacking activities. As a result, said two of the officials, everyone Snowden worked with while he held a top-secret clearance and everyone known to have crossed paths with him is under a microscope.”
The potential damage this idiot pawn has done to our nation’s agents and to their safe houses is incalculable. This is treason. And it looks as if one very big rock is being uncovered to reveal some very ugly connections.
The Rolling Stones are playing DC tonight and Mick Jagger gives a shout out to PBO!
Mick Jagger at Verizon Center: "I'm not sure President Obama is here tonight but I'm sure he's listening in. "— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) June 25, 2013
Hmm, a smart-arsed shout-out Meta. Adore the Rolling Stones’ music, but Mick was always as thick as a brick.
I actually got the impression from their WH appearance that he didn’t exactly warm up to POTUS.
He’s an empty-headed tax-avoiding dick, Meta – not to be rude about it.
I have no problem with your assessment!
While his recent bff is being grilled by russians, @ggreenwald throws him under the bus. Lesson to future genuine whistleblowers. #coward.— (@amk4obama) June 25, 2013
AMK, I thought Snowden was a coward, but it turns out Glenn Greenwald is a much bigger coward than Snowden. Greenwald can’t even stand behind the guy he has been riding into becoming a media star.
Pres Obama w aides Rob Nabors and Miguel Rodriguez today in Oval Office http://t.co/RuXSvr4ED2— (@petesouza) June 25, 2013
PBO has a look of amusement on his face. I’m sure they’re talking about Snowflake and his Godfather GG.
“PBO has a look of amusement on his face. I’m sure they’re talking about Snowflake and his Godfather GG.”
Spandan at the people’s view wins headline of the day.
Greenwald Backtracks: I Did Not Have Working Relations With that Man…”
Agreed. bill clinton started an everlasting meme there.
New post: http://theobamadiary.com/2013/06/24/chat-away-brave-sir-gigi/
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) to be Transportation secretary this week — really this time.
After a weeks-long guessing game about when that vote might take place, the upper chamber will count the yays and nays this week on President Obama’s nomination of Foxx for sure. The Charlotte mayor has been nominated to replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
A Senate Democratic aide confirmed to The Hill that Democrats and Republicans in the upper chamber had reached an agreement to move forward on President Obama’s nominations of Foxx and Penny Pritzker to be Commerce Secretary.
Evening y’all. Learned how to go down the stairs one leg after the other today. Never thought going downstairs was so complicated.
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