103 Responses to “The President’s Statement on Fort Hood”


  1. April 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    • April 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      “Vladimir Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea is echoing through the non-Russian nations within the Russian Federation, but it is also creating a new Ukrainian problem for the Kremlin leader in the Russian Far East where a former Japanese defense minister has noted that 60 percent of the inhabitants on the disputed Etorofu Island are Ukrainian.

      In a commentary over the weekend, Yuriko Koike, who currently chairs Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party General Council and serves in the Diet, says that “given the Crimean annexation,” Tokyo’s position in talks with Moscow about the disputed Northern Territories changed.

      Moreover, she wonders whether, given the share of ethnic Ukrainians on these islands, “ Putin would accept” an independence referendum there “as readily as he did the ballot in Crimea, undertaken at the barrel of a gun.”

      The former defense minister’s comments are important both for what they say about how Tokyo views the impact of Putin’s intervention in Ukraine and because they call attention to something many people either do not know or have forgotten: there is a significant Ukrainian population in the Russian Far East and the US once directed Ukrainian language broadcasts to it.”

      More at the link in the tweet.

  2. 12 donna dem 4 obama
    April 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Our Consoler in Chief

  3. April 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  4. 17 MightyPamela
    April 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Whew.

  5. April 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    In lighter news, tonight’s menu.

    Tilapia filets, seasoned with spicy seasoning, quick-fried in evoo
    Chopped brussel sprouts and orange bell pepper, seasoned with Lawry’s seasoned salt, sauteed in evoo

  6. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    April 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    As usual, if you blink and miss a big story throughout the day, all you need to do is come to TOD and find out what happened. Thanks, Chips!

  7. 40 vcprezofan2
    April 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Well, I am ashamed to admit that somewhere along the way today spun out of my control so I haven’t a clue what the day’s story is. Fort Hood? I guess I’d better go read the post. and the one preceding, and the one on the middle that I missed. /Have pity on me Ms Chips and Ms Nerdy, and anyone else rushing my day along with (too many) informative posts.)

    • 41 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      VC right now I’m listening to one of my favorite older songstresses from Canada – Anne Murray. :) :)

      • 42 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

        /whispering/ HF, not sure it is safe to say that she used to be a favourite of mine……ahem…. a while back (of course I was a precocious child then). ;) ;)

        • 43 hopefruit2
          April 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm

          It’s quite safe to say that you liked her songs in the past, now, in the future, whenever.

          NO I DON’T THINK TIME IS GONNA HEAL A BROKEN HEART. NO I DON’T SEE HOW IT CAN IF IT’S BROKEN ALL APART. A MILLION MIRACLES COULD NEVER STOP THE PAIN OR PUT ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER AGAIN..NO I DON’T THINK TIME (Okay I will stop with the SheriffFruitfly style of singing now..)
          :) :)

          • 44 vcprezofan2
            April 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            It IS safe? Okay. I was fearful any such admission might give some people ideas as to how old I may/not be. My eyes read the lyrics and my brain immediately supplied the mental music. :lol:

            • 45 hopefruit2
              April 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm

              Music has no age! I loved songs that my parents enjoyed in their 20s-30s. :) :)

              • 46 vcprezofan2
                April 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm

                In my case, that’s not exactly true. I tend not to like most of the current stuff, and I could add a list of older (and entire) genres that I don’t like either. One of my foibles was that I basically only liked songs that told a story with more than 4-9 words. Constant repetition of the same 4/5 words often had me yelling ‘we got that!’ in disgust, before turning off the noise.

    • 48 theo67
      April 2, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      VC – you got here several hours before me, so feel comforted that there’s someone even further behind than you, desperately trying to figure out what happened here! 8O

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        April 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

        Hi Theo, ‘world’ traveler-whom-I-rarely-spot from my own bastion of seclusion! I still haven’t gotten the full story! O, I listened to PBO, but was unable to fill in all the back stuff before I got distracted. They called me to work about 20mins ago, so I’m going to be even further behind by this evening! It’s up to you to gather the facts now. ;)

  8. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    April 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Just spotted a new promoted twitter account (faith voters for hillary). What part of too early don’t these fools understand?

  9. 52 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

  10. April 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    • 57 carolyn
      April 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Read this short article from Bloomberg. The press were complaining because THEY don’t like the smaller plane. Wanted to make sure the big bird is ready for the trip to Asia. Josh Earnest is funny…..Ah, I see, you don’t want to fly to Asia in this one!” Always their own selfish interests.

  11. 60 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

  12. 63 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  13. April 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    For some reason, thinking of Chips calling Danny an “evil f***er” in her Irish brogue makes me chuckle all warm and stuff.

  14. April 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    The events of today could not more starkly contrast the choice each American now must make on 4 Nov 2014.

    It’s just that simple.

    #DEMSDominate2014

    YES WE MUST

  15. April 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  16. April 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I’m always behind, but hope that Zizi2 sees my heartfelt appreciation for her post this morning (Ayn Rand’s wig).

    Zizi2’s words flow so effortlessly, and she selects just the right words to convey her thoughts.

    I’m glad she had the time to contribute (errr… was it re-posted from an earlier time that I missed???) and thoroughly enjoyed her essay.

    I saw Michael Steele on Hardball last night, and if he’s any indication, GOP/Media/Koch will continue to harp on “young invincibles” not wanting to enroll in a medical plan.

    Here’s my response to ALL the dudebros out there — why don’t ya ask a (young) woman before spouting off your mouth?

    Not sure of the age group that “young invincibles” fall into — 26 to 40?

    In any case, these “young invincibles” are in their prime childbearing age. When I was 28, healthy as a horse (low blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) I had an ovarian cyst (benign) that burst. No complications, but the most painful condition I’ve experience to date. Women get monthly reminders of need for potential medical attention, and the number of who are not sexually active are certainly in the minority and the vast majority in the marketplace for some kind of contraceptive.

    Sorry for the RWNJ tweet that I responded to, but wanted to let TODville know an effective response to the “”young invincibles” fiction – he didn’t respond and most trolls fire back immediately.

  17. April 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Here’s an article I liked about the best way to respond to Putin’s aggression. Agreed with the headline alone.

  18. April 2, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      April 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      One of the most poignant of images … believe Colin Powell also was impacted by it. Thanks for bringing it to us, again, Chips. We always seem to need a reminder.

  19. April 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Okay, off to make another cocktail and chop up veggies

  20. April 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Ukraine area update…

    Moldova, Europe’s poorest country.
    Good video to see how Romanians are treated in a country (Moldova) with lots of Ukranian emigres who are willing to sacrifice personal freedoms.

    And soccer is mentioned. Even Chelsea, though not in a favorable light. Sorry, NW, LL, et. al.

    Buzzfeed is the best on the web for compiling lists. Bonus, their site doesn’t slow to a crawl (which HuffPo does on my machine).

    • 89 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Arapaho, this list is absolutely jaw-dropping. Yanukovych is going to go down as one of the most corrupt officials of all time. He obviously had visions of himself as a damned emperor or tzar. Ukrainians were robbed blind under his ‘leadership.’

  21. April 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    • 91 susanne
      April 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      that is adorable! i love how our president lights up a room! and how he understands kids– i know he is thinking of the world they’re growing into every day.

      btw, my niece, age 5, sent me this video for april fool’s day. no joke–just the video! she thought the laughing bird was hilarious, and now i’m laughing too!

  22. 94 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  23. 96 99ts
    April 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    MSNBC has been “moments away from a press conference” – for the past 2 hours – so they have spent that time interviewing themselves to determine that when someone shoots a gun people die.

    The US media has perfected stupid. If they ever learn to handle more than one thing at a time – it might be of benefit.

      • 98 99ts
        April 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

        I’m not there – I have no idea as to the reality of living in the US – but TOD has made me aware of the impact of money, guns and useless media & it is not pretty from where I am. All those protections from the bill of rights seem to count for nothing and then SCOTUS joins the RW party.

  24. April 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Now that Spring is officially here, it’s been like wintertime in SoCal this week.

    Here’s an update on the drought.

  25. April 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    This early promotion push by HRC’s PUMAs is sure to backfire on them.

    (Awhile ago, MuscatineGal said an acquaintance of her husband is now working on the HRC campaign in Iowa.)

    I’m so hoping a young Dem catches fire by wholeheartedly endorsing and supporting President Obama 100% in both domestic and foreign affairs.

    How about a New Mexico Senator??? (Meta, recall what a hunk he is?)

  26. 102 susanne
    April 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    ‘ Shot Reportedly Fired At Ohio’s Kent State University

    The campus is currently on lockdown. No injuries were reported, University spokesman Eric Mansfield said. ‘

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/shot-reportedly-fired-at-ohios-kent-state-university

  27. 103 globalcitizenlinda
    April 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    hours of tranquility don’t seem to last long , then something horrendous happens => circle of life


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