President Obama talks on the telephone with President Francois Hollande of France to discuss the situation in Ukraine, in Key Largo, Florida, March 8 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Thanks lunar_sea. Hubby just finished cleaning the spyware & viruses off my computer. I sat down and low and behold I’m first!
Hey Ms. Chips. Got some catching up to do, but it’s a quiet Saturday so I should be able to do quite a bit of reading, thanks to this wonderful site.
I’m way behind myself today Sabreen, we’ll catch up together!
Sent you a DM, Miss.
Ooooh, will check now, thank you Mister!
Hey Sabreen, congrats! Do you think while you are catching up, your hubby will clean my spyware and viruses away? I keep getting messages that there are X number of things slowing down my computer, but when I follow the instructions to get help it always like I have to register for some upgraded programme. :roll: Ask hubby to think of it as an extra special women’s day contribution.
Hey vc. If you were in Maryland, hubby would gladly service your computer. :)
You mean I can’t fast track it to him in this day of modern tech and everything happening at light speed? :(
You may want to feature this …
#US Secretary of State #Kerry warned #Russia that any steps to annex #Ukraine's #Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy -Reuters|PR— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) March 08, 2014
“”He made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint,” the official said.”
That’s as clear as it gets.
#TrustBarack … or ….
“The United States has moved to reassure its NATO allies, sending six more F-15 fighter jets this week to NATO’s policing mission over the Baltic states. The jets are on call to respond to any violations of Baltic airspace.”
Bob, if the available space for diplomacy closes, are we talking military intervention?
Not only military but extensive sanctions, recall of Ambassadors and Embassy Staff, restrictions of Ru aircraft from access to US and others’ air space, revoking visas, freezing capital, equity, real estate and other assets, etc.
I just finished putting together a Ukraine crisis in tweets post. One of the tweets? “Putin turns out to not be a great strategic thinker.”
Yep. That’s just one of the boy’s deficiencies that are about to lead to serious consequences ….
All I can say is AWWWW SHIT! PBO is coming off that rope y’all. Can someone send McCain, Graham, and Sessions some ole Ali fight tapes?
The situation in Ukraine is frightening and it seems the world is dealing with a madman who’s determined to do something very rash and very bloody. The economic noose has to tighten very, very quickly and that means that Germany has to participate. Thank God we have President Obama in the White House. I shudder to think what stupid cowboy trick a Republican would pull about now. On the other hand, maybe McConnell would be willing to take his gun and confront the Russian army all by himself. That would surely show what a man’ man he is.
Yes I agree Putin is mentally disturbed. However, putting the economic sanctions in place is complicated. They have to get buy in from a lot of companies on many levels. They will also be bumping heads with the KKKoch bros interests, China, and the Middle East. And I too am very very very glad it is President Obama at the helm.
There’s our President – calling leaders and doing what he can. He is tireless in his efforts. Hope all are well in TOD Ville! :-)
I know Germany’s radically important in this situation. How reliable is Merkel?
She is acutely aware that Putin is off the rails. She will be reliable.
She’s the one who first said he had lost his mind. She will and is doing her part. There’s a lot going on but it is wisely not being reported.
It seems that with Ukraine, one shouldn’t “even take time to blink” – things change so fast!
Still scratching my head about the reports of Russian troops placing land mines very close to the Crimea gas pipeline!!!!
I am a little rusted on my combustion theories but logic would imply that no matter what angle you look at it, this is utter stupidity and outright recklessness !!
Whether the cause of combustion is accidental or a deliberate explosion is set of, the damage resulting from this would be huge, or even catastrophic – what in the world is wrong with these people taking such actions;
Then there are reports of this floating around – confirmation of accuracy is pending with time
#Ukraine’s #Military Mobilizes, Prepares For Combat: Trucks, APCs, SAMs, Tanks Rolling Out: infiniteunknown.net/2014/03/08/ukr… #breakingnews,#politics— Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) March 08, 2014
Military troops in Zhitomir go to the South of Ukraine in Crimea youtu.be/7H7EoS46RkM— ЄВРОМАЙДАН (@euromaidan) March 08, 2014
#news Cameron and Obama in Ukraine calls: David Cameron is among six world leaders called by US Pres… adf.ly/evgel #breaking— World Breaking News (@WorldBreaking24) March 08, 2014
Senate Aide: It’s ‘Impossible’ to Get Obama’s Black Nominees Past Senate Republicans
A Senate source tells The Root that African Americans are held to a double standard in the Senate confirmation process.
By: Keli Goff
Posted: March 7 2014 10:09 AM
On Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted 47-52 to reject President Barack Obama’s nomination of former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund attorney Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division—with seven Democrats joining Republicans to prevent the president’s pick from moving forward.
Obama called it a “travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks.”
But a senior Democratic Senate staffer was more blunt, calling Adegbile’s treatment part of a “recurring pattern,” and telling The Root that it has become clear that black nominees are being held to a different standard than white nominees.
“What I see here happening,” he said, “is that for African-American nominees, the bar has been raised to such a high level that it’s impossible for any African-American nominee to seemingly clear it with Republicans.” The staffer cited the extraordinarily contentious confirmation proceedings for former Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), now in charge of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Jeh Johnson as the new secretary of homeland security; and Robert Wilkins, confirmed as a justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but said that Adegbile’s confirmation process stands out as potentially the most egregious case of racial bias.
He’s wearing khakis! Bad optics! Putin’s probably wearing plate armour! Decline of the West! (Next 20Committee article.)
He's wearing khakis! Bad optics! Putin's wearing plate armor! Decline of the West! http://t.co/MCQyHt5sHh— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) March 08, 2014
you can see by his outfit that he is no cowboy :)
:) Peter S. Beagle?
smothers brothers. eek.
Loved them :)
Once again, he cuts to the heart of the matter…
thanks for sharing this – I had missed this poignant statement
Thank you, gc; it moved me too.
Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky to speak in #Kyiv in support of #Ukraine on Monday, March 10 at Kyiv State Polytechnic Museum.— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) March 08, 2014
Rand Paul winning the #CPAC2014 straw poll means he'll win the presidency. I hear that's what happened with President Mitt Romney.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) March 08, 2014
!!! drop the mic, nerdy!
Watch the Media make a HUGE deal about Rand Paul winning the CPAC straw poll.
How many Times over the years did Ron Paul Win and how many Times did Ron Paul win the GOP presidential nomination?
Fact……those who pay and bring their supporters Win at CPAC. But the Corrupt media would ignore that as they collectively seek for their Next Chris Christie……..Fools Gold……or is it fools errand? I don’t know…..but whatever it is, Rand Paul is it.
Rand Paul @ 31%
Rafael Eduado Cruz @ 11%
Dr. Carlson @ 9%
Christie @ 8%
Walker @ 7%
Hmm? Rubio? Jindal? Ryan? Huckabee? Palin? Hmm?
President Obama is wiiling to let them talk about anything other than what he is doing. And thank God the media thinks the CPACer straw poll is gold. Maybe they can make up a story with it.
The media reports on CPAC as if it were the government of the United States – check out TPM – the supposed left leaning web site. The last 8 posts are on CPAC. Given that the media also thinks Cheney is the goto man for foreign policy that is not surprising.
The US media is lower on the scale of human stupidity than the GOP – and that is an almost impossible task.
In your voting – Rubio 6, Jindal 2, Ryan 3, Huckabee 2 & Palin got 2 – the only woman to get more than 1 %
What a darn joke this CPAC crap is.
Is this straw poll worth any attention?
AB, ‘straw poll’ always brings to mind ‘grasping at straws’! in my mind, anyway!
Nope! Just your amusement.
Lithuanian President Dalia @Grybauskaite_LT: "Thanks be to God, we are NATO members." #Ukraine atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosour… http://t.co/IRaSoNzMMH— (@NATOSource) March 08, 2014
Now, there’s the look of a dynamo.
@BarackObama and #Baltic Presidents spoke on regional security. #US takes #NATO Art.5 commitment seriously http://t.co/9aZIFclYbE— Dalia Grybauskaitė (@Grybauskaite_LT) March 08, 2014
Missus at work. Dog on the couch. I have vodka cocktails. Trouble’s a-brewin.
I know. Stewie is looking at me askance. But, at least he’s not doing a Nazi salute.
:lol: Thank you for reminding me of my puppy’s fascist tendencies.
LL, sent you a very cool pic in tod email. But maybe Chipsticks or NW would post it here. It’s kinda sumptin’ big! ;)
Chips is gonna have to ferret it out; I don’t have access to the TOD email addy.
De na!!! Just fantastic MightyP, your nephew is awesome!
Hey! Hey! Did you see the other one I sent just now?? Zowie!
Woot! This is a shot not too many people get to see, eh? Thanks for posting! LL – as a NY fella, and now an LA fella, I thought you’d be tickled to see my nevvie playing in both places in the next few days! Tho he was born in Canada, he grew up in LA. pretty talented guy!
So The Tortoise in KY would Not answer whether he is a “PROUD” owner of a firearm? Hmm? Yet he hoisted a barrel of Gun at CPAC for media coverage?
His security, you know the ones with the REAL guns probably told him not to comment on that.
“Match of the Day” on BBC 1 beats pretty much every other BPL review show.
Jeff Gauvin @JeffersonObama 13m
Rand Paul is first choice for America’s far right at CPAC, the man who would abolish the NSA, CIA. DHS, and US treaties with NATO and Israel
Apparently, Sarah Barracuda just said that the only thing stopping a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke. Christ.
Couldn’t bear to watch, but was reading some of the tweets. Impossible to tell the difference between parody and stuff she actually said.
Great to see @SarahPalinUSA at #CPAC2014, it really helps put a face to unemployment.— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 08, 2014
So since CPAC used their Wicked gathering dehumanizing and savaging pres Obama…..
Palin is calling Putin her Good guy?
Hate is a n illness that saps every cell in the brain……especially to one who lacks Logical Thoughts.
She barely knows who Putin is, except thinking he flies over her house every day, probably … it’s just carnival barking, to put down the President and the scary government, which they think spies on ‘em. Just a distraction. And, of course, the only reason she’s invited to these things is that she makes ludicrous hateful bigoted pathetic comments. We, of course, know that.
Logical Thoughts at CPAC? Maybe next year.
How many right wingers jacked off to Sarah Palin's CPAC speech? C'mon, don't be shy.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) March 08, 2014
I guess some of the old fuddies duddies will jack off to anything including Sara Palin.
From last month:
Hmmm. “@SenJohnMcCain: Happy 50th birthday to my dear friend @SarahPalinUSA!”— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 11, 2014
She looks older than 50 to me.
I agree. Earlier this week, on Hardball, there was a clip of Palin shown and not only did she look older, but ONLY her mouth area had motions. Her face seemed frozen……It looks like she has either had a face-lift or she is injecting her face with Botox.
I am one of those who loath it when a Woman’s appearance is judged……so please forgive my hypocrisy here.
@nycjim Yes, Hmmm. Or, as an alternative, Gag. @SenJohnMcCain @SarahPalinUSA— (@JOBoomr) March 09, 2014
WOMEN from every Continent.
Ukraine crisis: US warns Russia not to annex Crimea
The US has warned Russia that any moves to annex Crimea would close the door to diplomacy.
US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Crimea is part of Ukraine and Moscow should avoid military escalation.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has been discussing the deepening crisis with world leaders.
It comes as warning shots were fired as a team of international observers was turned back from entering Crimea.
Don’t see J’OB on this thread, but wanted to let her know that I tried to reply to her tweet to Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer and Charlie Rose, but couldn’t include her due to space limitations. :(
Here’s her tweet:
@FaceTheNation Why not call it FaceTheRepublicans? If war criminal Cheney is on and not in handcuffs, BOYCOTT! @charlierose @bobschieffer— (@JOBoomr) March 08, 2014
Here’s my response (you’ve seen the photo before, I posted it here a couple of times in another tweet — it aired on Hardball on Feb. 27):
@FaceTheNation @charlierose @bobschieffer Ever heard of journalistic ethics? #LaraLogan #BenghaziPropagandaFail http://t.co/jAMGhUTC06— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) March 08, 2014
Love your tweet, Arapaho! Yours had “the goods”! Thanks for sharing here.
The pundits…on the many of the blogs…and on cable news…keep pounding at us…about how we are going to lose the Senate….day in and day out…trying to convince ..We the People….that we will lose the Senate…and that there will be gains in the House…
the drumbeat gets louder every day…This is their attempt to demoralize and defeat us without one vote being cast…
We can not allow that to happen…WE Must… not only keep the Senate but make gains in the House….
When I listen to the horror show that the CPAC is…I know what would happen to…. We The People…if they were to gain control of the Senate….there will be attempts to make what is happening on the state level enshrine into law on Federal Level. attempts to gut Dodd Frank…repealing ObamaCare…voting rights …women’s rights…will be at risk…to name a few…
Yes WE Must…as Bob says….
we cannot be deterred…
I remember how this same drum beat was heard in 2012….
Fortunately we prevailed….and so we must prevail in 2014
Oh, oh. I feel the Optics outrage coming on. PBO is not wearing a suit. He's on the phone with president Hollande. @TheObamaDiary— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 08, 2014
BREAKING: Plagiarizer Wins GOP #CPAC2014 Straw Poll.— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 09, 2014
I have no idea about what’s happening in the South China Sea (other than the world’s calvary… the US Navy… is on its way).
DF and HF2 each posted a tweet from this guy last night. Have no idea who he is (am wary of people who grandiosity say they’re “everywhere”):
@20committee after leaving #Malaysia airspace, #MH370 flight logs stopped, then restarted hours later – strange http://t.co/4bkT1Uo46f— imagestreampress (@imagestrmpress) March 08, 2014
@20committee "arrival" GPS location for #MH370 is shown as #HongKong – even stranger— imagestreampress (@imagestrmpress) March 08, 2014
Here’s what he has to say today:
@20committee with no wreckage – two likely scenarios 1-intact at bottom of ocean 2-hijacked to another country— imagestreampress (@imagestrmpress) March 08, 2014
How come GOP anecdotes are always filled with lies after a quick fact check? What say you, Paul Ryan?— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 09, 2014
Given the multiple world issues, imagine what a chaos the world would be if we had a president Mitt or McCain? Shudder!— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 09, 2014
Birds eye view ….
Headquarters of the #Ukrainian Navy,#Sevastopol. Live webcam ukrstream.tv/stream/shtab_v… |PR News #Crimea— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) March 09, 2014
Obama to introduce new science TV series huff.to/1hWxNCV— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) March 08, 2014
My friend just reminded me of this … also the original Carl Sagan “Cosmos” from 1980 will air on NatGeo before they show the new one.
sometimes people in public life don’t know WHEN to shut up and let things go by without their official input – laugh if you must, agree in private but publicly let some memes go;
case in point, why would a leader of an organization that wants to have huge influence in Europe and Asia feel compelled to make such comments as below – oh, I know, ODS of course;
BTW, isn’t this the same ian bremmer who was part of shrub’s foreign policy team?
@ianbremmer u reveal ur utter stupidity when u make such juvenile statements; this POTUS WON'T be goaded into short-sighted military actions— Linda Kyambadde (@globalcitizenln) March 09, 2014
.@ianbremmer history has shown that it takes a strong character & brilliant mind to do ALL u can to avoid wars – especially as CIC of US— Linda Kyambadde (@globalcitizenln) March 09, 2014
No, that was Paul Bremmer.
http://t.co/bZEs72O0GB— Science Porn (@WTFscienceX) March 05, 2014
thanks the correction
@ianbremmer What? Giving plaudits to Putin? You, clown, are an ass. Go live in Russia. They love "intellectuals." #SupportOurPresident— (@JOBoomr) March 09, 2014
Obama right-hand woman Alyssa Mastromonaco leaving the White House bit.ly/1cLdgg0— Nedra Pickler (@nedrapickler) March 09, 2014
thanks for your service!
Paul wins #CPAC straw poll. Clear stepping stone to White House – just ask Presidents Kemp, Gramm, Forbes, Bauer, Giuliani, Allen & Ron Paul— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) March 09, 2014
‘ Italy’s culture minister has expressed outrage over an advertisement by a US weapons firm showing Michelangelo’s David holding a rifle.
Dario Franceschini said the image was offensive and violated the law.
A number of Italian media web sites carried the image of the advertisement showing David holding a bolt-action rifle.
The advertisement, from Illinois-based ArmaLite, carries the line “a work of art” in promoting the $3,000 rifle.
Mr Franceschini urged the company to withdraw the advertisement for the AR-50A1.
He said in a tweet: “The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its campaign.” ‘
I read that earlier susanne – the GOP supporters will steal anything – yet fight legal battles worldwide because “I own that”.
The reputation of the US is going down worldwide because of the GOP – the US national media shows CPAC live – invites only GOPers to political talk shows – the view they give the world of the US is utterly disgusting.
Un-effing-believable. So so stupid.
Answer quickly: who wants to be my under-13 son or daughter for this year’s Easter Egg Roll? Speak up so that I can apply for the tickers before they’re all gone.
Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.
This year’s theme “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.
Starting today, you can enter the lottery at http://www.recreation.gov for a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Oh, alright then.
Oh, hi! I totally forgot I had a request on the floor. :razz:
That’s ok. I’m still just trying to catch up with everyone. I almost didn’t post, but it was so tickly!!
Ukraine tweets: http://theobamadiary.com/2014/03/08/ukraine-crisis-in-tweets-3/
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