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A Tweet Or Two

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90 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. 1 LDS
    January 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    All is well.

  2. 3 LDS
    January 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    VC, it is a lot better with you here.

  3. 5 LDS
    January 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    P.S. What took you sooooooo long!

    • 6 vcprezofan2
      January 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Sooo, what’s been going on in your political corner?

      • 7 LDS
        January 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        Don’t get me started…..
        I am getting disgusted with Cory Booker every time his name comes up in conversation. My family and friends are threatening
        to move in with me just to get out of NJ. They DID NOT vote for Chris Bridegate nor Corey Booker. So they have been inviting me to dinner a lot. I tell them to vote in 2014 like it was 2008.
        VC, any info about Dudette? I have been so busy lately only able to lurk and I hope Ihave not missed anything.

        • 8 vcprezofan2
          January 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm

          No LDS, we haven’t touched base with Dudette yet. She has not responded to emails, text messages or DMs – all of which seems so unlike her. We are crossing fingers that she’ll respond soon (and call us all a bunch of worrywarts).

  4. 12 forus50
    January 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Love all those tweets. Just watching Maddow; she’s good on a GOP witchhunt and bringing up discussion that Christie is possibly telegraphing with recent comments that he won’t be running in 2014.

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      January 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks for the reminder, FORUS. I’ve been meaning to go look for Maddow’s commentary on Christie but I keep forgetting.

    • 18 99ts
      January 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      I missed Rachel – watching Lawrence – he just showed Christie talking up himself at jersey shore – funny that everyone looks so very serious – sooner he is gone – the better.

      I think John Wiseneiwski (sp) could enter federal politics on this – I find him very good at what he is doing – he is stating clearly and distinctly what needs to be done

    • 19 yardarm756
      January 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Good for him. They have some good prisons in Jersey too.

  5. January 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Look at the gorgeous shadow and the color tone on this one:

  6. 24 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

  7. 26 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    YES! YES! YES! Up next? Oscars!!!!!

  8. 27 99ts
    January 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you UT – those @GOP tweets are wonderful but the one from Sara wins the intertubes

  9. 28 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Serena serenely breezes into round 4 with a straight sets win. Also. Too. A tournament-record 61st singles victory.

  10. 34 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    wtf probably means?

  11. 35 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

  12. 36 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  13. 37 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    what did they pass? Any idea?

    • January 16, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      They haven’t passed anything, yet, amk. Here’s Senator Leahy’s statement, in full:

      Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Introduction of the 2014 Voting Rights Act Amendment

      January 16, 2014

      Almost five decades ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the original Voting Rights Act into law. At the signing, he spoke eloquently about the central purpose of the law. He said: “This act flows from a clear and simple wrong. Its only purpose is to right that wrong. Millions of Americans are denied the right to vote because of their color. This law will ensure them the right to vote. The wrong is one which no American, in his heart, can justify. The right is one which no American, true to our principles, can deny.”

      A lot has changed since 1965 and much progress has been made, but seven years ago the Senate and House examined whether racial discrimination in voting was still a problem that required a Federal solution. After a long series of hearings in both chambers and based upon a mountain of evidence, Democrats and Republicans came together to conclude that racial discrimination in voting is still a problem and the protections that voters have had under the Voting Rights Act were still needed. Yet last summer, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that struck at the heart of the Voting Rights Act when it held that the coverage provision of Section 5 was unconstitutional because it was not sufficiently based on current conditions. In doing so, the Court made clear that Congress could update the law to reinstitute the protections of Section 5 coverage if it were based on more recent conduct.

      Today, I am pleased to announce that we are responding to the Court’s decision by introducing a bill that helps reinvigorate the most vital protections of the Act. Through months of cooperation, negotiation, and compromise, Congressmen Sensenbrenner and Conyers and I have agreed on a bipartisan and bicameral proposal to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act that were weakened by the Supreme Court’s decision last summer. Our sole focus throughout this entire process was to ensure that no American would be denied their constitutional right to vote because of discrimination on the basis of race or color. We believe that this is a strong bipartisan bill that accomplishes this goal and that every member of Congress can support.

      Under our bipartisan bill, all states and jurisdictions are eligible for Section 5 protections under a new coverage formula, which is based on repeated voting rights violations in the last 15 years. This coverage provision is based solely on a state’s or local jurisdiction’s recent voting rights record. Significantly, the 15-year period “rolls” or continuously moves to keep up with “current conditions,” as the Supreme Court stated should be a basis for any coverage provision. If a state that is covered establishes a clean record moving forward, it will fall out of coverage. In addition, the existing bailout provision would still be available for states or jurisdictions that can establish that they had a clean record in a 10-year span. These provisions ensure that the coverage provision is not over-inclusive because jurisdictions that have not repeatedly violated the voting rights of its constituents can come out from under preclearance requirements.

      Our bill would also improve the Voting Rights Act to allow our Federal courts to bail-in the worst actors for preclearance. Current law permits states or jurisdictions to be bailed in only for intentional voting rights violations, but to ensure that the worst discrimination in voting is captured, the bill would amend the Act to allow states or jurisdictions to be bailed in for results-based violations, where the effect of a particular voting measure is to deny an individual his or her right to vote.

      In recognition that voters need to be aware of changes in laws affecting their right to vote, the bill provides for greater transparency in elections. Sunlight is a great disinfectant, as Justice Brandeis once observed. And in this instance, the additional sunlight will protect voters from discrimination. The transparency provisions provide for public notice and information in three areas. The first part requires public notice of late breaking changes in Federal elections. The second part requires information on polling place resource allocation for Federal elections. And the third part requires information on changes to electoral districts, including demographic information, to prevent racial gerrymandering, impermissible redistricting, and infringement on minority voters. The last part requires this information for Federal, state and local elections because the most impermissible conduct oftentimes occurs in state and local elections.

      And finally, our bill revises the preliminary injunction standard for voting rights actions. The principle behind this part of the proposal is the recognition that when voting rights are at stake, obtaining relief after the election has already concluded is too late to vindicate the individuals’ voting rights. We recognize that there will be cases where there is a special need for immediate, preliminary relief where the plaintiff can establish that the voting measure is likely to be discriminatory.

      This proposal is a bipartisan effort to provide a narrow fix to address the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision to ensure that all Americans are protected from racial discrimination in voting. I am confident and hopeful that the Congress can work together as a body – not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans — to ensure that we root out all voter discrimination with a strong and reinvigorated Voting Rights Act.

      I am confident we can do this because protecting voting rights has always been a bipartisan effort. In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. That law was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress. In the Senate, the vote was 79 to18. In the House, the vote was 328 to74. In the four times since it was reauthorized, the support for the law has only increased. In fact, when President George W. Bush signed the most recent reauthorization in 2006, the vote in the Senate was 98 to 0 and the vote in the House was 390 to 33. Too often there is gridlock in Congress, but when it comes to the Voting Rights Act, there is almost unanimous agreement on the principle that no American should be denied his or her right to vote or to participate in our democracy.

      My hope is that we can continue this legacy of bipartisanship on the issue of voting rights. As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, we should remember the words of Dr. King, who, in a powerful speech about the right to vote said: “So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind – it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact – I can only submit to the edict of others. So our most urgent request to the president of the United States and every member of Congress is to give us the right to vote.” I believe that the bipartisan bill we are introducing today honors the spirit of those words. I thank Senators Durbin and Coons for working with me and I look forward to working with all Senators on this important legislation.

  14. 44 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    President Barack Obama has already nominated more African-American judges and more LGBT judges than any previous president. On Thursday, he’ll announce the nomination of Staci Michelle Yandle, the first African-American lesbian federal judge he’s picked.

    Yandle, who’s in private practice, will be Obama’s pick for the district court for the Southern District of his home state of Illinois. If confirmed, that would make her the first African-American judge ever on that court, and the first openly gay judge in the 7th Circuit, which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/president-obama-nominates-black-lesbian-judge-102277.html#ixzz2qcepBdny

    Time for effing gladd to give effing another award to effing bill.

  15. January 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Because the IOC felt that FIFA was winning in the “Most Clueless International Organization” contest:

    A senior Italian IOC member criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month’s Sochi Olympics.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/senior-ioc-member-criticize-us-for-sending-lesbians-to-olympics

  16. 48 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  17. 49 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  18. 50 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  19. 52 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  20. 53 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

  21. 54 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    What was the house vote count? Anyone?

  22. 58 99ts
    January 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Lawrence is spreading the word on Education – he is praising the 1st lady every which way what way – and too the President.

    • 59 anniebella
      January 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Yes I saw that 99ts. He talk to Joy Reid, and Troy the young man who introduce the First Lady today, and there was another young man who is attending Harvard . Lawrence seem very impress with what the First Lady were talking about today. Education

      • 60 99ts
        January 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        He spoke about her as she deserves to be spoken about every day of every week of every year. It was a good segment to hear.

  23. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    January 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Joe Biden can come pick me up any time.

    Did I just write that?

    And I love the tweet about Ted Nugent – been wondering the same exact thing.

  24. 64 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 10:38 pm

  25. 65 arapaho415
    January 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Wendy Davis has at least one thing in common with PBO’s mother:

  26. January 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Yep ….

    • 69 99ts
      January 16, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Hello Bob – it seems that when all else fails, the GOP revert back to abortion!! It even outpaces Benghazi!! I pray that women don’t give up their hard earned rights and let these people keep removing any freedoms that still remain.

      • 70 amk for obama
        January 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm

        With majority of white women voing for mittbot and cuckoonelli as recent as two months back, it’s going to be a tough ask.

        • 71 99ts
          January 16, 2014 at 11:16 pm

          Most white women living above the poverty level can probably afford to fly themselves, their daughters or whoever to where the abortion can happen, safely and privately. They just see this as a way to hit on minorities and the poor – bigoted, twisted minds who need to check out what their grandmothers and g grandmothers had to cope with in their world of male superiority.

  27. 72 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm

  28. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    January 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    This Paul Lander tweet is my favorite o’ the day:

    “It was Rush Limbaugh’s 63rd B-day, in pig years that’s 63 years.”

  29. 77 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Of course they did. Corruption knows no partisan divide. And here I thought, FL was the most corrupt state.

  30. 79 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

  31. 80 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

  32. 81 amk for obama
    January 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will resign at the end of the year, foregoing the final two years of his term and setting in motion a special election to replace him.

    The Republican senator has been battling a recurrence of prostate cancer but said in a statement his decision to leave Congress early wasn’t due to his health.

    “Serving as Oklahoma’s senator has been, and continues to be, one of the great privileges and blessings of my life. But, after much prayer and consideration, I have decided that I will leave my Senate seat at the end of this Congress,” Coburn said in a statement late Thursday evening.

    Under Oklahoma law, Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) cannot appoint an interim senator, but with Coburn announcing his decision now, a special election can likely be held in conjunction with the November midterm elections, where Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is also up for re-election.

    The now-open Senate seat, which should remain safely in Republican hands, is expected to draw interest from across the state’s congressional delegation and could produce several open House seats as well.

  33. 82 yardarm756
    January 16, 2014 at 11:16 pm

  34. 86 99ts
    January 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Christie must truly think that no-one will talk about bridgegate – or is he making sure the state will NEVER give anyone immunity?

  35. 88 LDS
    January 16, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Bullies are cowards who think it will all go away just because they say so. Only to bully someone again and again, that is his source of power.
    I hope he has sleepless nights. That is before he gets stuck in a traffic jam on the GWB everyday he lives in NJ after he resigns.
    I was bullied when I was younger. It was hard to sleep and enjoy school.
    I thought I had forgotten that.

  36. 89 yardarm756
    January 16, 2014 at 11:51 pm


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