PS Love this:
I want you tested for performance-enhancing drugs, Africa!
I plead the fifth and reserve my right to decline any testing whatsoever.
Wait. Are you Lance Armstrong??
Perhaps, in a past life!
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm …… to quote Jodi Kantor!
Embracing a “messy” foreign policy
If liberals really wanted a President who would reform our foreign policy and walk back our addiction to hegemony, short of engendering global chaos, this is what its going to look like. That the neocons are worried about this kind of process indicating a “weakness” in foreign policy should tell us something. If we are going to actually work in partnership with the rest of the world rather than assume dominance, things are going to get messy. Then-Senator Barack Obama warned us about that way back in 2005.
The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives’ job. After all, it’s easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it’s harder to craft a foreign policy that’s tough and smart…But that’s our job.
It would be nice if the alleged progressive intellectuals were actually, well, intelligent and helped us craft a coherent message instead of sabotaging everything.
Since life in general is “messy” with few clear cut paths to getting what you desire (or think you desire) without making compromises or changing one’s mind to adapt to changes in circumstances, it is childish and naive to think that U.S. foreign policy decisions will be neat and work out perfectly. Life is not a sitcom. Its time for our pundits to grow up and face this fact.
Now, off to listen to Harry.
You are rolling on this morning. I can hardly keep up. Great work Chips..
Ha, R&S was very chatty this morning Alma, we were closing in on 100-comments-time-for-a-new-post!
Gotta love when purported antiracists play the privilege card from the top of the deck. Not a good look for Tim Wise. http://t.co/SqEIz05uQ5— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) September 17, 2013
My sentiments, exactly.
I stopped paying attention to Tim Wise a while back when he posted some bs tripe about POTUS- it was disturbing. I find him disturbing anymore.
Malcom X had some wise words comparing white racists and so-called “progressives” to a wolve and a fox. Both the wolf and fox have the same objective when it comes to the lamb, but the wolf will growl, bark and openly attack the lamb, while the fox will use more sly and stealthy methods to get the lamb on the dinner plate. This Tim Wise rant reminded me of that Malcolm X quote.
His cover has been blown!
Ahhh a feel good story….
My manager eats at Five Guys (heart attack waiting to happen) Restaurant practically everyday. So just now he went down to get his lunch and just told us that a bus pulled up loaded with DC police. They apparently came from the Navy Yard and were brought down for lunch. Some went to Subway to get their lunch but most of them came into Five Guys. He said when they all piled in that the patrons that were in the restaurant stood and applauded their service for almost 5 minutes. He told us he was moved to tears.
Too bad the media vultures didn’t get that moment on camera.
This reminds me of the scene following the Watertown PD taking Boston bomber Tsarnaev into custody. The entire neighborhood was in the streets cheering and highfiving each Police vehicle as the Force was withdrawn.
Emoprogs and assorted MSM, in stark contrst to reality on the ground, were braying about government overreach. “How dare the Police shut down a City?”
Press and pundits are hopeless.
I remember this well, Vicki. At least the local media caught the emotional response of the crowd. The lockdown was a small price we citizens of Boston had to pay compared to the victims, and every ounce of applause the Watertown police and federal officers received was genuine and heartfelt. I can imagine the gratitude of those Five Guys patron was equally authentic.
This story really stirred my heart, Donna. Thanks.
They were too busy being stressed about their busy day yesterday
YES YES! Indian Tribes Get Obama Casino Support That Bush Blocked – Bloomberg via @BloombergNow bloom.bg/17GdUuw #gaming #FirstNations— (@LOrion) September 17, 2013
This has more relevance to the conversations we should be having as a society than you would think:
The arts are vitally important to a healthy society: changeagent.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/9-w…— (@FlowerInFaith) September 17, 2013
This ad is full of WIN.
That’s the first (and last) Tea Party person I’ve EVER liked!!
And this is me, off to hug my pillows. Headache is annoying.
See ya Africa. Feel better soon.
Oh….this is going to be a moment for sure.
TX Gov. Rick Perry and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to debate on CNN's Crossfire tomorrow. h/t @alexazura— Aman Batheja (@amanbatheja) September 17, 2013
Yep, Perry is running those stupid ads here in MD about businesses moving to Texas. I hope Gov O’Malley kicks his you-know-what tomorrow.
Ratings bait. O’Malley will wipe the floor with that fool.
If Perry is smart (he is not) he should cancel. Martin is gonna kick his ass.
Saw the title and wondered, why would she put up a whole post about me. Problem, of course is, I can’t get the videos so for all I know it is about me. Does this mean I am too self-centered?
And yes, Carly’s song did run thorugh my head as I was typing that.
This is your video Japa, except in reverse:
The caption at 0:05 made we howl!!!
And of course, I can’t see it.
Ooooooh, one of these days I’ll remember that
I’ll have to use Steve Benen’s line soon: “For those of you at work and who cannot view videos online…..”.
Makes sense MT “@GregOstravich: Did you see this? Why Trader Joe's cut; good explanation: washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…”— (@JackiSchechner) September 17, 2013
So, I’m going to proselytize for the library a bit.
Know how most of the major papers—NYT, LAT, Times of London, and so on—are going to a pay wall model? Know how we go to great lengths to game the system so that we can read/link articles? Well, what if I were to tell you that there’s a free, easy way to read pretty much any newspaper you want from the comfort of your own home?
Yes, the library!
Most libraries have online newspaper and magazine databases. Through these databases—we use Ebsco in our system—you can read literally thousands of newspapers and journals. And all for free, sans headaches.
One of my favorite journals is “History Today” out of the UK. A yearly subscription costs $99. It’s in my database, and I have the option of reading it either as HTML, or as an actual PDF scan of the articles.
So the next time you grumble about pay walls and free article limits, just remember: you’re already paying taxes for your local library. Join it, and discover the world.
We need a ‘like’ button at TOD!
To quote VP Biden, this is a Big F**king Deal!
HUGE: Obama Admin. has extended minimum wage and overtime protections to 2M home-care workers. nytimes.com/2013/09/18/bus… http://t.co/WGPc0ApLih— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) September 17, 2013
Yay!!!!!!! No one deserves it more.
Patrick Stewart is enjoying the heck outta Twitter. This is him and Ian McKellen. Love it.
Empire State! #gogodididonyc @TwoPlaysInRep http://t.co/edSSvBfw3K— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 17, 2013
I’m still miffed that Patrick Stewart went and married that gorgeous singer less than half his age when I’ve been waiting patiently for him all these years…….
O.M.G! Hyperventilating from the immense KEWLNESS! @SirPatStew Empire State! #gogodididonyc @TwoPlaysInRep http://t.co/xcgpjCuyty— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) September 17, 2013
Heads Up. Educate yourselves.
Supreme Court term starts in a few short weeks. Here are a few of the big cases I'm keeping an eye on: rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/0…— Jessica Pieklo (@Hegemommy) September 17, 2013
I have read writings of Founding Fathers and I guarantee they would be aghast at NRA's and others interpretation of 2nd Amendment.— john miller (@deaconmill) September 17, 2013
I’m currently doing research for my job on the early years of industrialization in America. The government invested heavily in making interchangeable parts for guns so they could be repaired and reused on the battlefield but they lacked the infrastructure. Importation of weapons put the U.S. at a disadvantage militarily. The 2nd Amendment was a means of having the citizenry contribute to U.S. military action by supplying their own weapons to save money until the government could get on its feet. It was a practical decision. I admit I haven’t done serious research on the 2nd Amendment, but this is definitely an important component. The crackpot idea that it was to fight the ‘tyranny’ of your own government is complete lunacy. That inconvenient, “well-regulated militia” part had real world implications in the 18th century.
BREAKING: In the past 30 years, not a single mass shooting has been stopped by an armed civilian…. #NRA #NavyYardShooting— Who? (@KrisPierre) September 17, 2013
I have issues with some of the more violent video games, but to blame killings on them is irrational and illogical.— john miller (@deaconmill) September 17, 2013
Brings to mind this tweet from yesterday, Japa:
We've got violent video games here in Britain, yet we've a decided dearth of gun massacres. It's almost like the problem is access to guns.— Danielle (@DCPlod) September 16, 2013
Japan had 11 gun deaths last year. 11. and they have some of the most violent video games. So we can call b.s. on this argument.
I have a problem with violent video games being accessible to children, because it desensitizes them to violence. But, I do agree that the gun problem in this country is about access to guns and a crazy gun culture.
Agree with both your points.
Agree with you….As a parent and Grandparent I would like someone to explain to me what the benefits are to allowing children to pretend to shoot and kill people……..having said that…..I realize that when I was young, it was perfectly normal for children to play cowboys and indians with play guns and to go to movies with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash Larue and Lone Ranger and Tonto shooting the bad guys……there has always been some level of violence in our culture…..how about any of you from other countries that are up in years….did you play games with pretend guns or go to movies that portrayed shooting bad guys?
FBI News Conference at 2 PM on the shooting
President Obama on GOP's Economic Hostage Taking: Don't Even Think About It
bit.ly/1f1jPyz http://t.co/dPfwN52tDN— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) September 17, 2013
You mean reporters naming wrong people as murderers? Yep, enough is definitely enough MT @chucktodd Where's the "enough is enough" mindset— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) September 17, 2013
Bada-BOOM! Right in the kisser. Fantastic tweet Chips!
I’m taking a bow!
GA Chips, TOD….
Since '08, wind has tripled. Solar has expanded 1200%. EV battery costs halved. LED's booming. energy.gov/clean-tech-now http://t.co/yamfjIAfiU— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) September 17, 2013
Retweet if you support President Obama's plans to cut carbon pollution and increase efficiency. #ActOnClimate http://t.co/AS1yDORdCX— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2013
Obama says he will not negotiate with Congress on debt ceiling reuters.com/article/2013/0… @nytimes @timhuelskamp #p2 http://t.co/rDBaT1NWMe— MichaelLoBurgio (@MikeLoBurgio) September 17, 2013
Pic: U.S., Russia sign agreement on #nuclear and #energy related research and development on sidelines of #GC57 http://t.co/kOKVJZWxLS— US-UN Mission Vienna (@usunvie) September 17, 2013
Pic: #US, #Japan sign agreement on #nuclear #energy related research and development on #GC57 sidelines #science http://t.co/Ypiou3xJdl— US-UN Mission Vienna (@usunvie) September 17, 2013
#SecDef, @Martin_Dempsey, @SECNAV & @CNOGreenert lay wreath @NavyMemorial to honor #NavyYardShooting victims http://t.co/ILnJM03Szn— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) September 17, 2013
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in an interview with CNBC health care law is “a good thing for the country” huff.to/1gpDMNg— Tara McGuinness (@HealthCareTara) September 17, 2013
VCJCS Adm. Winnefeld thanks #Nats manager Davey Johnson for ongoing support of those affected by #NavyYard tragedy: http://t.co/sGaxtqtnhL— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 17, 2013
Navy ballcaps and "patriotic" uniforms on display in Nats dugout, just before a moment of silence. http://t.co/3DOe2EVMOf— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) September 17, 2013
Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium. The questions about process, style, feelings, optics, and who’s winning/who’s losing will begin momentarily.
A completely perfect forecast Ladyhawke, I have NO doubt!
Hey Pres Roussef, when World Cup & Olympics roll around, U shld call GG & Snowjob for intel. We'll strictly protect our own athletes— zizi2 (@zizii2) September 17, 2013
@zizii2 Well, as I said…in a few months, we'll see who will come groveling to the US. All of this nonsense is just silly posturing.— (@aspirational12) September 17, 2013
It is nonsense. Instead of complaining about spying (which every country does) their government should be doing a better job taking care of it’s poor citizens and cracking down on corruption. No one forgot those massive demonstrations they had not too long ago in the streets.
Exactly! But she’s tryiing to score cheap points to shore up sagging reputation. She’s a conservative teatard. POTU saved her ass 2 yrs ago with the state visit and she slobbered all over him to bask in his immense popularity in Brazil. But this is how she repays him. Karma is just round the corner
Loving this white house’s response team.
.@OKnox Why, yes. I'd say Assad getting rid of chemical weapons IS a win for the world. Disagree?— Matt Lehrich (@Lehrich44) September 17, 2013
@kasie @tamronhall don't forget that POTUS continues to do everything in his power. Including recent new actions –> whitehouse.gov/the-press-offi…— Matt Lehrich (@Lehrich44) September 17, 2013
HEADLINE: Navy Yard Gunman Was Treated by the VA for Mental Illness
// …Update (9/17): According the Associated Press, Alexis was treated by the Veterans Administration for “serious mental illness,” including paranoia, sleep disorders, and delusions like ‘hearing voices.’ He was also reported discharged from the Navy Reserves honorably, but after a “pattern of misconduct.” He was reportedly cited at least eight times for “misconduct” between 2007 and 2011, for reasons including “insubordination, disorderly conduct and multiple excessive absences from work.” Despite his record, he was honorably discharged and then hired back as a private contractor, with his security clearance intact. A soon-to-be-released report from the Pentagon inspector general will show the Navy let access security to its facilities fall by the wayside in an effort to cut costs. //
It appears the Navy dropped the ball on this early on. Who get cited that many times for “misconduct” without a red flag going up? I wonder how those cost cuts look now.
@jbarro Yep. I asked my health law professor a few months ago.— Adrianna McIntyre (@onceuponA) September 17, 2013
Obama to welcome Benjamin Netanyahu to the WH on Sept 30, Carney announces— lesley clark (@lesleyclark) September 17, 2013
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