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92 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. April 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    In lieu of Baseball’s opening week……. an interesting look at MLB fandom:

    The New York Yankees appear to be America’s favorite baseball team. That, at any rate, is one conclusion you might be tempted to draw from Facebook’s unscientific yet irresistibly debatable map of U.S. baseball fandom. Released by Facebook’s data science team on MLB’s opening day, the map shows which major league team has the most Facebook fans in each U.S. county. By this metric, the Bronx Bombers boast easily the farthest-flung fan base. They command a plurality of Facebook-likers not only in their home state but across swaths of the mid-Atlantic, the Bayou, the Great Plains, and the Far West, including big chunks of Hawaii and Alaska

    The rival Red Sox, meanwhile, dominate New England while also maintaining social-media strongholds in distant states such as Idaho and Utah. The fan bases of the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers, meanwhile, are more geographically cohesive, though still sprawling in their own rights. The map also makes the Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners, and Colorado Rockies appear surprisingly popular……

    One other thing: Just because you’re the most-loved team in a given county doesn’t mean you aren’t also the most-hated. If Facebook had a dislike button, the Yankees would probably find that they’re America’s team in more ways than one. Those who are into this sort of thing might also enjoy Facebook’s map of NFL fandom, which is at least as flattering to the Dallas Cowboys as this one is to the Yankees. There’s also a Facebook map of college-football fandom, which looks good for the Texas Longhorns.”

  2. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    April 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Then every person in the world is gay and happy, happy, happy!

    Bring on the masturbation!

  3. April 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis, “Flash Boys,” that reveals how a group of unlikely characters discovered how some high speed traders work the stock market to their advantage……

    Watch the NYSE come to a standstill & this moron who runs a HFT exchange lose his mind b/c he has been exposed…..

    Since it is the weekend… Please take the time to watch the full 60 minutes report & bookmark the New York Times mag excerpt of how these guys exposed how High Frequency Traders have rigged the entire U.S. stock market (your pentions/mutal funds/401k)…. even GoldMan Sachs was getting took….until these guys showed up!

  4. April 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks a gaaaaaaaaazillion Nerdy, fantastic tweets!

  5. April 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Great post NW & thanks from for freeing me!! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend :cool:

    Regarding the blow back Mets Second baseman took for taking 3 days off for the birth of his child (BTW it is part of MLBPA collective bargaining agreement) here is a great perspective (his wife is an anchor on SportsCenter)

  6. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    April 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    NW, fan-tas-tic tweet round-up. Really appreciate the Saturday afternoon uplift. You’re been tireless this weekend. Thanks.

  7. 21 susanne
    April 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    from the good news/bad news department, hawaii has a surge in gun purchases, but the gun control laws are awesome.

    ‘ Of the 60,757 firearms registered last year, 23,029 were handguns. Hawaii law says you have to pass a safety class before you can buy a pistol or revolver.
    ~
    It costs $130 for six hours of handgun 101. Students learn how to safely carry and care for a firearm, and how to fire it.

    “There’s a lot of individuals that are requesting firearms training,” Kaneohe Gun Shop owner Daniel Oshima said.

    When he teachers gun safety he tells students about the responsibility that comes with gun ownership.’

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25169439/gun-safety-classes-loaded-because-of-record-registrations

  8. 22 carolyn
    April 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for all the news…….between this site and the L.A. Times online, we have what we need.

    Went to Politicususa and there is a great analysis of MSNBC and it sounds like us. Get rid of Ronan Farrow and Chris Hayes, bring back Keith and Martin, and get rid of Phil Griffin. He does NOT know his audience. The average age of viewers is 55. As my husband said about Chris Hayes, and would be “They sent a boy to do a man’s job.” (He’s never seen Farrow).

    MSNBC is losing viewers and income. Viewers are not going to other networks, they’re just not watching.

    How do you make a network owner wake up?

    • 23 globalcitizenlinda
      April 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      in some instances, the age of the anchor may not matter so if they remain focused on critical issues

  9. April 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Oooooooo weeeeee…..when that Torture Report comes out….it will be interesting to see what GG and the gang have to say about the report… some groups will call on PBO to prosecute W….as much as I despise the former president…I would not like to see our country become embroiled in that…I know the family of the service men & women who lost their lives might feel differently….but such a battle would take over PBOs presidency..

  10. April 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Super selection of tweets, NW!!

    Very proud of Afghani’s today. Will hope for the very best for them as they struggle to shape a democratic destiny for their Nation.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/05/us-afghanistan-election-idUSBREA331N920140405

  11. 26 Dudette
    April 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm
  12. 28 Dudette
    April 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm
    • 29 pkayden
      April 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      This needs to be tweeted one million times!! Democrats need to get the word out!

      • 30 jackiegrumbacher
        April 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

        This 1000X, pkayden. This should be the first line of every speech made by a Democratic candidate this year.

  13. 31 Bill R.
    April 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This is the person who is our President:

    After the jump is an excerpt from the book,The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

    He’s recounting the Sunday, two days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He had gotten word the day before that the President wanted to meet with the families of the victims.

    I left early to help the advance team—the hardworking folks who handle logistics for every event—set things up, and I arrived at the local high school where the meetings and memorial service would take place. We prepared seven or eight classrooms for the families of the slain children and teachers, two or three families to a classroom, placing water and tissues and snacks in each one. Honestly, we didn’t know how to prepare; it was the best we could think of.
    The families came in and gathered together, room by room. Many struggled to offer a weak smile when we whispered, “The president will be here soon.” A few were visibly angry—so understandable that it barely needs to be said—and were looking for someone, anyone, to blame. Mostly they sat in silence.

    I went downstairs to greet President Obama when he arrived, and I provided an overview of the situation. “Two families per classroom . . . The first is . . . and their child was . . . The second is . . . and their child was . . . We’ll tell you the rest as you go.”

    The president took a deep breath and steeled himself, and went into the first classroom. And what happened next I’ll never forget.

    Person after person received an engulfing hug from our commander in chief. He’d say, “Tell me about your son. . . . Tell me about your daughter,” and then hold pictures of the lost beloved as their parents described favorite foods, television shows, and the sound of their laughter. For the younger siblings of those who had passed away—many of them two, three, or four years old, too young to understand it all—the president would grab them and toss them, laughing, up into the air, and then hand them a box of White House M&M’s, which were always kept close at hand. In each room, I saw his eyes water, but he did not break.

    And then the entire scene would repeat—for hours. Over and over and over again, through well over a hundred relatives of the fallen, each one equally broken, wrecked by the loss. After each classroom, we would go back into those fluorescent hallways and walk through the names of the coming families, and then the president would dive back in, like a soldier returning to a tour of duty in a worthy but wearing war. We spent what felt like a lifetime in those classrooms, and every single person received the same tender treatment. The same hugs. The same looks, directly in their eyes. The same sincere offer of support and prayer.

    The staff did the preparation work, but the comfort and healing were all on President Obama. I remember worrying about the toll it was taking on him. And of course, even a president’s comfort was woefully inadequate for these families in the face of this particularly unspeakable loss. But it became some small measure of love, on a weekend when evil reigned.

    • 32 mtmarilyn
      April 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I have this devotional book. It is wonderful. I highly recommend it!

      • 33 anniebella
        April 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        I would love to have that devotional book, instead of those trashy, gossipy books which is out to make the author money, and put down POTUS and FLOTUS.

    • April 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Well that made me choke up.

    • April 5, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      This is who our President is…

      thank you so much for this post…words cannot describe how I feel right now…

      and yet I am reminded of how some of the members of Congress were too cowardly to even meet with the family of the slain children and teachers of Sandy Hook…and voted down background checks and assault weapons because obviously slain children and their families are no match for the gun industry and their puppets the NRA

      to add insult to injury there were members of the RW media who claimed that Sandy Hook was a hoax…

      YES WE MUST

    • April 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      In each room, I saw his eyes water, but he did not break.

      *************

  14. April 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm
    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      April 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      You’d think they would have gotten that clue a long time ago … they’re blinded by their own hate! Thanks for tweeting that, Bob.

      • April 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

        You’re welcome, Jacqueline. Agree that they are blinded by hate and fear instead of realizing just how much better performing their business would be by expanding knowledge and encouraging advancement of ALL Americans. Grow markets instead of killing them – the message President Obama has consistently delivered to business for decades – some of whom do clearly get it.

  15. April 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm
    • 41 Vicki
      April 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks for posting this pf. After carolyn mentioned it above I went to the site and read it and agree with what it says pretty much.
      Thanks, also to Nerdy for introducing us (me) to rex huppke. Very funny guy.

      And for my final remarks tonight as I’m leaving for the evening remember, folks that there has been no reliable or extensive polling done on the November 2014 races.
      Any person hinting that the election favors in any which way the GOP—They are mistaken. Even if their name is Axelrod.

      The trends about mid-term turnout are spin and mythology.
      Each election is a fresh race.

      We have the best ideas and the strongest candidates.
      And PBO IS on the ballot. Along with FDR MLK LBJ and Teddy Kennedy.

      Have a lovely saturday night.

      • 42 hopefruit2
        April 5, 2014 at 8:07 pm

        Thanks vicki for your final remarks – truer words were never spoken! :)

      • 43 jackiegrumbacher
        April 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

        Just to add one note, Vicki. Many states have not held their primary elections yet, so it’s not even clear to voters who’s running in November. That’s one reason, among many, why polling is useless at this point.

  16. April 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    DF do you know anything about these candidates

    • 45 desertflower
      April 5, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Great Dem candidates! Fred Duval, Felicia Rotellini for AG, they are awesome:) Terry Goddard was the previous AG and a great one at that…also ran for Gov against Brewer and was in the lead, until SB 1070 made all the bigots get to the polls and vote her sorry ass in. AZ would have looked very different now if Goddard had been Gov.

      • April 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

        thanks for the info….

        now that brewer in retiring…do you think that Goddard has a chance now?

        • 47 desertflower
          April 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

          I HOPE so! I found out that there are more independents registered here than any other party. I’m hoping that all the nasty from SB 1070 and SB 1062 will get smart people to the polls…also, the Hispanic population here NEEDS TO VOTE! Brewer was termed out…so she’s not going on her own accord…she’s done because she HAS to be done. Thank you, Jesus! Goddard is not as liberal as I am, but he’s a Dem in the spirit of Gabby Giffords and that works for me. Rotellini would make an AWESOME AG and she better win this thing!! She’s smart and great at her job…unlike the bought and paid for, banned from the SEC for life idiot, Tom Horne. WTF were these people thinking???

          • April 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

            there is a woman (BJ Shawd) who is tweeting all the Dem races coming up in November 2014….I have been re-tweeting them…I feel so optimistic about 2014…learning about all the DEMS in these races….and about picking up seats in the House and holding onto the Senate…we are working hard….in our own area…the media will never shine light on these races….but we will..

            #YesWeMust

  17. 49 MightyPamela
    April 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I see today is the birthday of Bette Davis 1906. And Max Gail, 1943. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYZU3Ft6ZHo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  18. April 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Congratulations to the Afghan people from President Obama and NATO Secretary General …

    #TrustBarack

  19. 52 Nerdy Wonka
    April 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I shouldn’t laugh at this for so many reasons but……Bahahahahahahahaha.

    One more reason why I am not interested in ever having children. The constant worrying about what your children see, hear, say, do, etc. Nope. Not for me and never will be.

  20. 54 Nerdy Wonka
    April 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm
  21. April 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    They aren’t dancing to Tzar Vlad’s tune ….

    “Events include:

    Ukrainian-Polish exercises at the aircraft squadron level (70 military personnel, up to 5 aircraft for up to 7 days in May-October);
    Ukrainian-Polish exercises of military police units under Law Order-2014 (50 military personnel with equipment and small arms for up to 7 days in May and November);
    Ukrainian-American exercises under Rapid Trident-2014 (up to 1000 military personnel with weapons and equipment, up to 5 planes and 10 helicopters for up to 25 days in June- September);
    Ukrainian-Polish exercises of aircraft units under Safe Sky-2014 (90 military personnel, up to 7 aircraft for up to 14 days in July- October);
    Ukrainian-American exercise under Sea Breeze-2014 (up to 1800 military personnel with weapons and equipment, up to 9 ships, up to 2 submarines, up to 12 aircraft and helicopters for up to 25 days in July- October);
    Multinational exercise under Light Avalanche-2014 (up to 100 military personnel with equipment for up to 7 days in August-October);
    Multinational mountain infantry exercises under Carpathia-2014 (up to 30 military personnel with equipment and small arms for up to 7 days in September-October);
    Ukrainian-Moldovan-Romanian of mechanized unit exercises under South-2014 (up to 200 military personnel with weapons and equipment for up to 7 days in September-October).”

  22. April 5, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    In LL land:

  23. April 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    This is a MUST read, dear friends …

    Final three paragraphs:

    “Something similar happened with Russia. A huge part of her population took the end of the Cold War not as their own victory against totalitarianism, but as the humiliating defeat of a great nation. The citizens of this nation were proud of the fear that they instilled in the rest of the world, and were not ready for fear to suddenly disappear to be replaced by the competition of economies, cultures and social models. In this competition, Russia, shrunken in the mind of the Kremlin to the size of a former Soviet republic, lost, and no democracy, no “golden Noughties” could change that sense of inferiority and provincialism which only increased when travelling to the “decadent West.” And once again there was the need for fear. This desire to instill fear is what many perceive as the new rules of the game from Vladimir Putin.

    This drive for the government to instill fear on the world around them exists because of the demands of their own society, a society that does not know how else to make themselves known in this fast-changing world. The Ukrainians became objects of hatred simply because their country became weak after the marauding rule of Kremlin puppets – and also because they never dreamed of shooting at Russians. Thus a young hooligan, who is just starting out in banditry, first attacks a defenseless woman who cannot fight back. For the bully, the main thing is to overcome a sense of shame and to feel the heady buzz of impunity.

    But now no-one talks of the uselessness of Russian civilization, except for a tiny handful of national traitors. What happens next, we all know from history. The potential aggressor is either stopped by stronger players – and by stronger values than fear – or goes further and further, until their own and everyone else’s catastrophe. The Germans felt their genuine use as a civilization after the war, when brick by brick they were rebuilding not only their shattered country, but the mutilated soul of their people. I would not want to know that Russians are heading towards a similarly terrible fate.”

  24. April 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    What SCOTUS did this week was to thumb its nose at democracy.

    Jindal on upChuck Todd’s “Daily Rundown” offered his alternative to Obamacare — to discontinue tax deductions for corporations who offer medical insurance to its employees and allow individuals deductions for medical insurance payments — which basically de-incentivizes corporations from offering medical insurance as a perk of employment. He would also kill Medicare (vouchers) and instead of Medicaid would give states block grants (the easier for local officials to skim off the top).

    The Nov election must be about educating Americans about how the top 1% control the GOP and our so-called media.

    Desertflower posted both of these on a previous thread:

    And here’s another take via @hvacrpro

  25. April 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Oh, this is gonna start some shit:

  26. April 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm
    • 75 jackiegrumbacher
      April 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Well, PF, thank God for that. I was afraid faux expansion would get started and make it harder for a Dem governor to undo. We will have expanded Medicaid in PA just as soon as we elect our new governor.

  27. April 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    “Ukrainian authorities have dismantled an armed underground group they claim was plotting against the Kiev-based government and planned to launch an attack in a few days, that nation’s top security agency announced Saturday.

    Fifteen people were detained following a large-scale operation in the eastern city of Luhansk, the Security Service said in a statement. The raid also netted about 300 guns, a grenade launcher as well as numerous grenades, Molotov cocktails and a significant amount of knives, according to the agency.

    The Security Service alleges the group was plotting to carry out an attack April 10 in Luhansk. Those detained face charges that include betraying the government and weapons violations.

    Luhansk is on the border with Russia in eastern Ukraine, a region that some say could follow the lead of Crimea and soon fall under Moscow’s control. The city has a substantial Russian minority.”

  28. 78 africa
    April 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    The supremes are selling us out. It’s like I have no respect for the Scalia’s and Thomases of this world.

    • 80 desertflower
      April 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      That’s me. Hands down.

      • April 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

        That reminds me of a movie I saw recently, “How to kill your neighbors dog” I won’t spoil the movie in case someone plans to watch it but after all the credits finished rolling, they showed the dog was fine….it was so cute after the scene the trainer says “cut” and the dog jumps up.

        • 82 desertflower
          April 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

          Never saw that movie…but I ALWAYS root for the animals:) You should have seen the balling I used to do as a kid watching “Lassie” on tv….OMG. I was quite the mess!

    • April 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I stopped watching movies in which anyone dies from acts of violence, let alone animals being killed, decades ago. The trigger of that decision was the moment I stopped, mid-movie, ‘Dance with Wolves.’ Have watched clips from movies in which people die when those movies deal with important historical issues like the ending of bin Laden and, I must say that the scene of the dog charging into bin Ladin’s compound was the most disturbing aspect. I did not want that faithful dog harmed.

  29. 85 desertflower
    April 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    In my dreams…I dream that these SC shills are all found to have broken many, many laws and are deemed unfit to serve on the highest court in the land…thus, giving PBO 5 more picks on the SC:) Yes…I really think about how wonderful that would be.

    • 86 globalcitizenlinda
      April 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      can you believe that today, I started typing about dreaming of PBO replacing the conservative members of SCOTUS – due to an incident which makes them witness their replacement (such as new law or something);

      I typed the comment and deleted it before it posted – just in case it was misunderstood;

  30. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    April 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    saw this story flash by a while back – seems the employee has zero power;

    United Parcel Service Fires 250 Drivers for Staging 90-Minute Protest

    • 88 pkayden
      April 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Scary how little power the average workers have in this country. Labor has lost the battle against big corporations — or so it seems.

  31. 89 anniebella
    April 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I hope POTUS got the chance to watch Connecticut beat Florida. Is it to late for POTUS to get on Connecticut bandwagon, Connecticut just might be at the White House, they have made it to the championship game Monday night.

  32. 90 globalcitizenlinda
    April 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

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