03
Mar
14

An Update or Two

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The Day’s Must-Read:

Michael Cohen: Don’t listen to Obama’s Ukraine critics: he’s not ‘losing’ – and it’s not his fight

The ‘do something’ pundits rear their heads. Just like they did on Iraq, Afghanistan and every other crisis of US ‘credibility’

In the days since Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops into the Crimea, it has been amateur hour back in Washington.

I don’t mean Barack Obama. He’s doing pretty much everything he can, with what are a very limited set of policy options at his disposal. No, I’m talking about the people who won’t stop weighing in on Obama’s lack of “action” in the Ukraine. Indeed, the sea of foreign policy punditry – already shark-infested – has reached new lows in fear-mongering, exaggerated doom-saying and a stunning inability to place global events in any rational historical context.

This would be a useful moment for Americans to have informed reporters, scholars and leaders explaining a crisis rapidly unfolding half a world away. Instead, we’ve already got all the usual suspect arguments….

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Vice President Joe Biden and John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, listen to remarks as President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office


146 Responses to “An Update or Two”


  1. 1 nospin
    March 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    let me try

    • 2 donna dem 4 obama
      March 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Congrats on 1st nospin. Good to see ya!!

      • 5 nospin
        March 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        Hey Chips Chica – how is your not so little guy?

        • March 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

          He’s a bit stressed at the moment Nospin, he stole a lemon from the kitchen, dashed in to the garden with it, bit it, freaked, and spent the next 30 minutes barking at it. It’s hard being a puppy.

          • March 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

            Poor fella!! How’s your mother doing, Chips. Hope she’s feeling better and more confident every day.

          • 9 nospin
            March 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

            lololol awwhhh… I bet Danny is having the time of his life and wouldn’t put it past him to snag another lemon expecting to have a different result. hahahaha. :-D

          • March 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

            LOVE this story!!

            How are you, Chips? Seems like an eon since I’ve seen you. LOLz. And Mum Chips is all fixed, I hope?

          • 11 vcprezofan2
            March 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

            /frowning/ FTR, Chips Chica, my doggie-nephew did NOT steal a lemon, and I resent your saying he did. This is one way rumours get started. You cannot steal what belongs to you, and everything in that house that belongs to his mother, is his! DO be careful what you say about Danny-O, or we may have to take you to court for libel.

            Yo, Danny-O, think what we could do with the money won! :grin: :grin: Let me know if she does this defamation thingy again. We could be rich -ish!

            • 12 MightyPamela
              March 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

              :lol:

              • 13 vcprezofan2
                March 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

                Hi, MP! Good to see you. I’ve had little time to call my own in the last week or so to chat. Now that I’ve finished the project I was completing for a friend, I got called in to work this entire week (which was supposed to be my personal catch-up-with-TOD time -grrrrr!)

  2. 14 nospin
    March 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Yeah! I did it. Now off to read all the goodies.

  3. 15 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • 16 Nerdy Wonka
      March 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Sh*t just got real.

      • 22 HZ
        March 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        nospin, I know my beautiful and loving TOD family would be having their coffee, tea, glass of red, or white wine blowing up their keyboards if I had just written exactly what our great Nerdy just wrote, but I when I read that tweet, I said out loud the exact words expressed so elegantly by our loving Nerdy W. Yes, HZ can express with full force the loving load of delicious and very bright words to describe the brilliant man’s action that we so wonderfully elected twice. POB does not play with these fools. Maybe one day they will learn. Thanks for saving a lot of keyboards tonight, Nerdy W. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Nerdy W., I love you}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

        • 23 nospin
          March 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm

          Hi HZ – I hope today finds you in great spirits and great health.

          • 24 HZ
            March 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

            {{{{{{{{ TY, nospin.}}}}}}}}}. I am in a constant meditative space of trying to keep my nerves at a calm display as I go into the evening preparing for the three hour dental procedure, nospin. You know how the elements of doubt, fear, and anxiousness all will try to creep into the space that is being created to get me through tomorrow by a power that is one of wholeness and steadiness. I am keeping lovely music, beautiful candles, and much prayer in my space this evening.

            Thank you so much for asking, nospin. You all are so supportive and so loving, and I am so grateful. Please remember me in your thoughts tomorrow. I am asking for wisdom, strength, and to be grateful for a great dentist and his staff. It is all in my space., but my loving brother spoke with me yesterday with such loving calmness concerning my mood. He has a calming spirit that I so love.

            I hope all is fine with you and your family. Be gentle in your space as well and take good care to pamper yourself and enjoy your space.HZ

            • 25 carolyn
              March 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm

              HZ……I will certainly keep you in my thoughts tomorrow as you go through your dental work. I had extensive dental (gum) work done about three years ago. I was not put to sleep for the procedures, but he of course gave me great numbing and pain meds, and interestingly put a towel over my eyes. He said it was so that nothing dropped on my face, and that was good, but I found that with the towel over my eyes, then closing my eyes, I was able to keep a distance, as you say, keep a space around me that protected me somehow. I recommend the towel covering the eyes. You can be alone and away under that covering.
              Blessings on you and take care of yourself afterwards. Dental work affects our entire bodily system.

            • March 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm

              HZ I hope your dental surgery went well and you are recovering fast. Take care, Carol

  4. March 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I hope all of you express your gratitude to Ambassador Power. Her leadership at the UN Security Council is simply stunning.

    • 28 donna dem 4 obama
      March 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    • 30 globalcitizenlinda
      March 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      shared the tweets of gratitude to Amb. Power

    • March 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      “United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power ripped into Russia’s government during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Monday on the Ukrainian crisis.”

      http://www.businessinsider.com/samantha-power-russia-ukraine-un-security-council-2014-3

      Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine, March 3, 2014

      Samantha Power
      U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
      New York, NY
      March 3, 2014

      AS DELIVERED

      Thank you, Madam President. In response to my Russian colleague’s comments, I’d just like to make a couple points. First, I’d like to address his point about to the legitimacy of President Yanukovych, and his point about the February 21 agreement, which he has made several times.

      To be clear, we commend the work done by France, Germany, and Poland to mediate and to negotiate that agreement with Russia very much in observance, and we would have been prepared to support the completion of that agreement. Under its terms, President Yanukovych had 24 hours to sign the first piece of action pursued in the Rada – the changing of the constitution pursuant to the February 21 agreement. Not only did President Yanukovych not sign it, but as my Russian colleague reminds us, he left the city. Indeed, he fled the city; he packed up himself and his family, and he left the seat of the presidency vacant for two days while his country was in crisis. He also left vast evidence of corruption, vast evidence of the amounts that he had stolen from the Ukrainian people, and in that context, with 371 votes, the democratically-elected Rada voted Yanukovych out of office, with his own party turning against him. That’s the history.

      But to the present, what we’ve heard today, is – with the exception of one member of the Security Council, the Russian Federation – we have heard overwhelming support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and for peaceful dialogue. There are so many options available to Russia to safeguard the rights of ethnic Russians and to address the concerns that have been raised, so many options short of military action. So the very simple questions for Russia today are: Why not support international mediation? Why isn’t that part of your remarks today? Why not support an observer mission? Why not engage directly with the Ukrainian authorities who want to resolve this crisis peacefully? Why not pull back your forces instead of sending more? Why not? When military intervention, in the face of a crisis like this, is the first resort, it is hard to avoid concluding that Russia does not want peace and does not want a diplomatic solution. Why choose military action when the consequences could be devastating? Only someone who fears the truth would be fearful of monitors who are deployed for the specific purpose of identifying and reporting the truth. That is all, Madam President.

  5. March 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Read the text below the photo in the attached article …

  6. 43 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Shit is getting real.

  7. 45 Roberta in Mn
    March 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    And then there is BiBi Netyu. I can’t even stand looking at that man. Been really busy today and probably all week. So will be lurking. Didn’t have a good nights sleep, so I am signing off for tonight. Take care all you TOD’ers. NW, the video of Farrell Williams was blocked on You Tube. Couldn’t watch it. I heard he had an outstanding performance. Good night all.

    • 46 HZ
      March 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Roberta in Mn, I hope you will be able to get some restful sleep tonight. Try some relaxing and comforting tea and enjoy your evening.HZ

  8. 47 africa
    March 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    American media is in the toilet.

  9. 48 africa
    March 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  10. March 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  11. 51 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

  12. 66 africa
    March 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm

  13. March 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    57 minutes until a hot war may break out.

  14. 68 africa
    March 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  15. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    March 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    something for me to worry about: hope NASA has “plan B” to bring the astronauts back from the ISSS (given to rely on the Russians for the ride)

  16. March 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    U.S. suspends trade, investment talks with Russia over Ukraine

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ukraine-russia-crisis-20140303,0,4752010.story

    The United States has put trade and investment talks with Russia on hold as a rebuke for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, a U.S. official said on Monday.

    “We have suspended upcoming bilateral trade and investment engagement with the government of Russia that were part of a move toward deeper commercial and trade ties,” a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said.

    President Obama said Russia has violated international law in its military intervention in Ukraine and said the U.S. government has warned it will look at a series of economic and diplomatic sanctions that would isolate Moscow.

  17. 72 Cindy
    March 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Good evening TOD family,

    I do hope that everyone is having a pleasant evening. Walked through the doors turned on the TV for updates; should have known better.

    Hoodrats repukes dancing across the networks blaming President Obama because he has to think things over; Putin says something and he does it immediately, so says Giuliani.

    Well, Giuliani…..if I could put the pointed toe of my heels in the part of your behind where the sun doesn’t shine, I can assure you, you would never walk again or do anything else with that part of your anatomy. These guys act as though they are ready to eat Putin’s poop. What is wrong with the President “thinking things through” first? It tells me; this is what a “GREAT LEADER” is suppose to do-look at all of the outcomes.

    These hoodrats repukes are nothing more than war mongering murderers, and I wish that they would go and fight or send their own kids to fight. They are always siding with the opposition against President Obama; parading on TV trying to embarrass him, Snowden is their hero and Putin poop is their God. I say; pack up your ____, and get the hell out of here and go where your heart is at…….see you, don’t want to be you.

    Okay….I am sorry, had to get it out of my system. I just get upset, no matter what President Obama is doing, these haters are always out there trying to start a fire.

  18. 73 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm

  19. March 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    He should be in Sevastopol ….

  20. 76 LDS
    March 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Cindy, I am so sick of Giuiani’s sorry ass. The only good that comes out of his speaking is he’s wrong on everything and everybody.
    You can sure as hell bet if he is speaking on behalf of anyone, they will lose.

    • 77 Cindy
      March 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Hey LDS,

      Sorry it is. What has he done, that makes him an authority over what President Obama knows? Now, Dr. Maddow is replaying his comments. She is going to talk about how the repukes are siding with Russia. They all need to just go and live there and tell the poop how to run his country and see how much voice they have.

      I am just sick of their lies and hate for this President.

    • 78 99ts
      March 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      As Lawrence just said – Giuliani stopped defending Chris Christie to praise Vladimir Putin – that is the man

  21. 81 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    We need to set these pundiots straight.

  22. 86 japa21
    March 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Okay, I am not given to bragging. Well, maybe a little. I know Ellen Degeneres made history with her selfie tweet being the most retweeted tweet in history. However, I sent out this tweet yesterday and it is by far the most retweeted tweet I have ever sent. And it is still being retweeted. And I think we will discover over the next couple days how true it is.

  23. March 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  24. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    March 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

  25. 97 99ts
    March 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Seems to me that Rachel’s researchers have been reading TOD today

    • 98 anniebella
      March 3, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thursday night at 9pm Rachel Maddow will tell us Why Bush and the same folks who are criticizing President Obama right now, why they lied us into an unnecessary horrible war in Iraq. I want to see that.

  26. March 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  27. March 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine

    As Russia’s Ukraine power play reaches boiling point in Crimea, there are clear signs a Russian invasion may be a disaster for its architect, President Vladimir Putin

    http://world.time.com/2014/03/03/putin-ukraine-crimea-russia/#ixzz2uxRzwIkc

    For starters:

    “At home, this intervention looks to be the one of the most unpopular decisions Putin has ever made. The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it. In phrasing its question posed in early February to 1600 respondents across the country, the state-funded sociologists at WCIOM were clearly trying to get as much support for the intervention as possible: “Should Russia react to the overthrow of the legally elected authorities in Ukraine?” they asked. Only 15% said yes – hardly a national consensus.”

    ….

    Please proceed #TzarVlado

    #TrustBarack … or GET ROLLED ….

    • 104 99ts
      March 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      As spoken by the pundits – who stupidly think it shows strength – Putin acts first & then looks at the consequences. The US saw the impact of this after 9/11 – how quickly those who praise Putin forget the most recent of history.

  28. 110 Cindy
    March 3, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Putin looks like a Statesman? He is running circles around the President? Putin is schooling President Obama? Putin is teaching the President how to be a leader? Dr. Maddow just played these comments from Graham, Rubio and others.

    These clowns have thrown their own country under the bus, this is a sad state of affairs; crazy _______ have no business serving this country in any capacity.

    I am going to send letters to these hateful _____ and tell them to pack up, and take up, their residency and citizenship in Russia.

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Please do, Cindy. And if you have any trouble (which you won’t) filling in those blanks, please call on me.

      • 112 Cindy
        March 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

        Hey jacquelineoboomer,

        No, I don’t have any problems filling in the blanks : ) just wanted to be respectful. My blood has hit the boiling point, so I have some real good words for those blanks. This crap has pissed me off, and they are going to hear from me.

        • 113 jacquelineoboomer
          March 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

          I’m with you!

          What we all need to try to do is to continue what we’re doing. Pay attention to those we trust who are getting the word out, and pass it along to others. And keep letting our President and Vice President and those in the administration – who are stepping up on our behalf – know that we have their backs.

          I’ve decided to stop listening to pundits and political hacks, who mean nothing in the grand scheme. None of them have an ounce of experience being President. None of them will ever be President Barack Obama.

          But I definitely believe in calling all of them out, whenever I hear they are using the same old crap arguments, lies, and slanderous remarks. Go for it!

          • 114 jackiegrumbacher
            March 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

            JOB, this is wise advice. Stop listening to pundits and trust in our president. I got burned out today with all the ugly, treasonous statements coming from the media and the GOP and had to pull back for my own mental and physical health. Every single time the treasonous GOP and their media lackeys go into a “hair on fire,” blame Obama mode, they are shamed and silenced within a week or two. The world is responding beautifully to the US calls for collaborative sanctions and pressure on Putin and this is what will make the difference in time. Every pundit and GOP moron shooting of his/her mouth today share one thing in common. They know nothing and have zero power.

            • 115 jacquelineoboomer
              March 3, 2014 at 10:51 pm

              ^^^ THIS. Every freakin’ WORD!

              I have to keep reminding myself that all of it is a purposeful distraction, so we’ll forget to register, get others to register, donate, and follow the bouncing ball to Nov 2014! Will try to keep my eye on that very same ball … no matter how much angst I feel, too, over all the vitriol.

              We’ve got the finest President we could have, at present, and we need to be strengthened by that, individually and collectively.

              Think I’ll try to go back to remembering: No one can steal our joy. Unless we let them.

            • 116 nathkatun7
              March 4, 2014 at 12:07 am

              Thank you Jackie G for saying so well everything I feel and believe!

          • 117 nathkatun7
            March 4, 2014 at 12:12 am

            “I’ve decided to stop listening to pundits and political hacks, who mean nothing in the grand scheme. None of them have an ounce of experience being President. None of them will ever be President Barack Obama.”

            I share your sentiments, JOB! By the way Dana Milbank exactly confessed what was going to happen. So no surprise there. For me, opinions of imbeciles in the media, like Chuck Todd and David Gregory, mean zero to me.

    • 119 0388jojothecat
      March 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      The TeaGop calls PBO a Marxist, Communist, Maoist, etc., but their new hero and future TeaGop candidate for president is a Marxist, Communist, Maoist for real…..Pooty Poot.

      • 120 Cindy
        March 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        Hi 0388jojothecat,

        They are just showing their real color. They will side with anyone, who they believe, will take it to the President.

        There was Romney, then their “great white hope” Christie cream, and now it’s the Poop. They will eat and smell the mess of anyone, who they think, can bring this President down. We know what they are because their ___ stanks (error on purpose).

    • 121 anniebella
      March 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Cindy it just shows you how much these crazy ass Republicans hate this black President. If they think Putin is so darn great then why don’t they take their racists ass over there to stay with Putin. These Republicans will side with anyone against this President. Because all they are doing is playing politics, putting politics over their country.

      • 122 anniebella
        March 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

        The lying bastards who always talking about God Bless America. We love our country, we salute the great flag of the U.S.

      • 123 Cindy
        March 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm

        Hi anniebella,

        Yes, your words are golden and truthful. It’s time for; “we the people” to get angry and called these racists ______ out. They have no business serving this country. Hell, President Obama didn’t invade anyone’s country. George Bush did……this is Putin poop call and the President is doing what is right.

        These same racist ____ calls President Obama un-American, and they get out there on national TV and blame him for the problems of this bag of wind Putin created.

        Where the hell are the Democrats to defend these lies?

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  34. 130 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Congrats to SOS Kerry on the new addition to his family :)

  35. March 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    SWEET

  36. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    • 135 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    • 136 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Here’s another Dem – they must’ve read your tweet!

      • 137 jacquelineoboomer
        March 3, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        Yes, I’m the center of everybody’s universe – Ha!

        Thanks for sharing – I’m off to R/T that!

  37. 138 HZ
    March 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Bobfr, thanks for your sharing of the abundance of your knowledge on the situation taking place now. I am so appreciative of the brilliant comments, information, tweets, and letters that you also write to POB and the many hardworking people in his administration. Thank you so much, Bobfr.

    Chips has truly made this a wonderful and brilliant place to share knowledge on the issues and to collectively support our president. May we continue to follow you lead, Bobfr and be encourage to move FORWARD with our great POTUS. HZ

  38. 141 99ts
    March 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Pundits on Lawrence still attacking anything PBO does – not offering any ideas of their own . They also seem to be talking up the pipe line and gas exports – the whole problem is too many people rely on such from Russia/Ukraine.

    GOP/Pundits will do and say ANYTHING to get their internal demands

    • March 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      99, what those dudes don’t get is this ….

      I tried to make it as simple as I possibly could. Those ‘pipelines’ are ‘two way’ – one direction, gas; the other direction, CASH. What #TzarVlado has done over the past 96 hours is catalyze a whole bunch of folk to begin seeking alternative sources (of which, several exist). Russia makes nothing worth purchasing. Without CASH FOR GAS they don’t have squat of an economy. The world’s markets reminded them of that fact today, and I guarantee if they don’t stop with their acts of war, they’re going to regret it for decades even if a single shot isn’t fired.

  39. 143 desertflower
    March 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    BWD ‏@theonlyadult 6m
    The GOP and their media tools are trying to get into @BarackObama’s head. If he won’t let them, he’ll win like always.
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

    Trying to catch up. Not easily going to happen.

  40. 144 amk for obama
    March 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago – raising concerns about the resilience of the global food system, a study has shown.

    The authors warned a loss of diversity meant more people were dependent on key crops, leaving them more exposed to harvest failures.

    Higher consumption of energy-dense crops could also contribute to a global rise in heart disease and diabetes, they added.

    The findings appear in PNAS journal.

    “Over the past 50 years, we are seeing that diets around the world are changing and they are becoming more similar – what we call the ‘globalised diet’,” co-author Colin Khoury, a scientist from the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture, explained.

    “This diet is composed of big, major cops such as wheat, rice, potatoes and sugar.

    “It also includes crops that were not important 50 years ago but have become very important now, particularly oil crops like soybean,” he told BBC News.

    While wheat has long been a staple crop, it is now a key food in more than 97% of countries listed in UN data, the study showed.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26382067

  41. 146 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm


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