Barack Obama: Warm Up
How are ya?
Good, thank. Got the ok from my eye surgeon. Just 10% of the gas bubble left in my eye. Able to normal activities! Typing is hard in a bumpy vehicle tho. ;)
Great news! :)
Congrats on 1st Carol!!
I’ll simply watch their exercise routine.
Hi CarolMae, congrats! Trust you got good feedback this a.m.
Congrats on 1rst, Carol! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend :cool:
Obama and First Lady will travel to New York on May 14 for an event on the economy, fundraising. Then will visit 9/11 memorial.— Cheryl Bolen (@cherylbolen) May 09, 2014
Via @stevebenen, Beltway conventional wisdom about politics of Obamcare was wrong, wrong, wrong: msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-…— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 09, 2014
How Maureen Dowd painted Monica Lewinsky as a crazy bimbo—and won a Pulitzer for it, by @amandahess slate.com/articles/doubl… via @slate— (@phawker) May 08, 2014
Female columnists still deeply concerned about Monica Lewinsky's sexuality thewi.re/1sq8lu6— The Wire (@TheWire) May 08, 2014
So is Dowd trying to paint Obama as a sorry President and win a Pulitzer? Well she won’t win one this time.
No, she won’t.
Committing to a Clean Energy Future – In his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to make 2014 a ye… ow.ly/2GwTCp— The White House Blog (@blog44) May 09, 2014
How did cable news cover this week's landmark climate change report? thkpr.gs/1outl0z http://t.co/OLCDQ9ljlz— Kiley Kroh (@kileykroh) May 08, 2014
Oh gawwd shut up Randi
You would think that Randi would know better. Sigh….
Hope you’re all heading into a fun weekend, especially all of us moms!
I hate linking to HuffPo but this is too funny (but not that funny because Rand Paul lies with too much ease)
“Earlier today, Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski posted an item about a mailer from the National Association for Gun Rights that contained a fundraising letter from Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The letter primarily concerned itself with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s efforts to pass a ban on assault weapons, but the envelope itself included a curiosity — a quote from President Barack Obama that read like so: “In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds [to ban guns].” This quote was displayed so as to not be missed. Go and take a look.(http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/gun-rights-letter-signed-by-rand-paul-takes-obama-insanely-o)”
Link to full article in Sam’s tweet.
oh my god. @dceiver imagines more deceptive Rand Paul mailers huff.to/1npLrDt http://t.co/9miP6g1Rkh— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) May 09, 2014
#JohnBoehner uses 100Mil$ taxpayer money to finance #GOP #Teabagger fundraiser w/ #Benghazi fake investigation?? @DSCC @DCCC @SenatorReid— Bill R (@cmpnwtr) May 09, 2014
BEST TWEETS (TWEETSTORM) OF THE DAY!!! Storified. MUST READ.
A storify of @JShahryar's TL re #BringBackOurGirls and anti-black racism. Read this. Just do it. | storify.com/TheSoftestBull…— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) May 09, 2014
Oh, by the way, Occupy Wall St has co-opted #BringBackOurGirls (into BringOurGirlBack) along with a photo of FLOTUS holding the sign in order to push for that protester who was recently convicted of assaulting a cop. This is exactly what Josh Shahryar is talking about. It was also done to Trayvon Martin when the far left used his death to protest drones.
This is why I can’t get down with a bunch of these far left groups. They’re disgusting grifters.
Perfect example. The woman who began the rallying call for #BringBackOurGirls had to take time out to warn groups from profiting in a disgusting manner from Nigerians pain. First @Marystrawberry and now this. Some people are vile.
@girlrising Can YOU IMMEDIATELY STOP YOUR EXPLOITATION OF THE #BringBackOurGirls call for #ChibokGirls to RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION?— oby ezekwesili (@obyezeks) May 09, 2014
Makes me want to punch a wall.
You take good care, GB, of yourself!!!
I am. I will. I swear. :)
Where is everyone? I keep refreshing and comments staying the same.
Hi All, especially GoBrooklyn hope your health is improving by the minute have a wonderful weekend, my busyness is winding down and I will have more time to do more than just read the headlines and look at the pictures. It is raining outside we haven’t had any rain for months dry season lasted a few weeks longer, oh what bliss we are having rain, have a great weekend all, and keep bringing all the good information even tho I have only been able to read headlines HAPPY MOTHERS DAY ONE AND ALL it would have been my Mom’s 94th birthday
Not good news for #TzarVlad …
Angela Merkel issues warning to Moscow in toughest remarks yet
Vladimir Putin’s failure to de-escalate situation in Ukraine will lead to further sanctions, says German leader
German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Moscow’s annexation of Crimea undermines the previously unchallenged principle of sovereignty in post-war Europe.
In her toughest remarks yet directed at the Kremlin, the German leader said a failure by Russian president Vladimir Putin to make a credible contribution to de-escalation efforts in Ukraine would lead to further international sanctions.
“President Putin is called upon to call on pro-Russian forces in Ukraine to lay down their weapons,” she said, saying Russian troops on the border exert “huge pressure on Ukraine”.
The German leader said recent conciliatory signals from Moscow encouraged her that diplomatic efforts remained worthwhile. But she told a Berlin audience that Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula had “shaken us all” and threatened the territorial integrity that had served – and been accepted – as the post-war order in Europe.
More at the link: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/angela-merkel-issues-warning-to-moscow-in-toughest-remarks-yet-1.1788882
Particularly like the last two sentences in the article :)
How ironic that a US based @girlrising is the one USING a NIGERIAN CAUSE to WRONGLY call for DONORS! Too horrific to be funny. @clancycnn— oby ezekwesili (@obyezeks) May 09, 2014
It is OBVIOUS that @girlrising DOES GREAT WORK for the cause of the GIRL-Child BUT it is WRONG to latch on #BringOurGirlsBack to RAISE FUNDS— oby ezekwesili (@obyezeks) May 09, 2014
Mind you, this is rough stuff so be prepared if you view it, but the point I want to make is this is an example of investigative journalism of the first order ….
Crowd Shot At Soldiers Before And After Journalist Was Shot
Peter Clifford has filed another of his reports on Syria. Warning caveat remains – this is war, so be prepared if you click on the link.
“OPPOSITION STRIKE AGAIN WITH ANOTHER MASSIVE EXPLOSION UNDER HOTEL IN ALEPPO”
by Peter Clifford
TIMELINE 9th MAY 2014 12.45 GMT
Okay, I'm gonna say this & you can criticize me, BUT, I do NOT like these images on drones that are distracting from #BringBackOurGirls. 1/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
I'm not saying imperialism and colonialism aren't wrong. I'm not saying drone attacks aren't wrong. No, but spare #BringBackOurGirls. 2/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
If the brightest idea you have for activism is piggy-backing on other activists' work to highlight drones, you need to rethink ideas. 3/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
I'm especially appalled cuz #BringBackOurGirls deals with an eternally marginalized and ignored group – black women. You have no right. 4/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
To knowingly push drones at the expense of #BringBackOurGirls, which requires all our efforts, isn't just wrong, it's shameless. 5/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
Let's not turn #BringBackOurGirls into a discussion about "imperialism" and "colonialism" and especially "drones". Here's why… 6/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
Most of our society – nay our world – is virulently patriarchal. AND virulently misogynistic. #BringBackOurGirls is change in making! 7/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
#BringBackOurGirls is forcing ppl to THINK about patriarchy. To think about racism. To think about how they're BOTH hurting black women. 8/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
To turn #BringBackOurGirls into a debate about drones is like saying, "The discussion it's already generating is NOT important enough." 9/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
PLZ let #BringBackOurGirls dominate. I beg of you. It's not just about the girls in Nigeria. It's about all black women. Let em speak! 10/n— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) May 09, 2014
Wow, truly powerful tweets, thank you Nerdy.
Thanks NW for posting these tweets and for highlighting the various attempts at co-opting the movement and profiting from the hard work of others. I’ve also observed other causes on Twitter trying to piggy-back on this – like anti-human trafficking activists, etc.
People who are trying to co-opt #BringBackOurGirls by fundraising or screaming OBAMA!!! DRONES!!! OCCUPY WALL STREET!!! are vile.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) May 09, 2014
I have NEVER trusted that “Occupy” movement. Never. Ever.
They are vile and don’t view Blacks as fellow human beings deserving of respect. They are obsessed with PBO’s race and somehow think th best way to attack him is by coopting Black suffering. This is how we get Chris Hayes equating Snowden to MLK or the climate change fight to the abolition of slavery.
Exactly. You said it best, Eric.
♥ -> President Obama greets members of a Brownie troop upon his return to Andrews today http://t.co/Q3RhZAxYyz— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 09, 2014
Damn Chips…just look at those kids’ faces and eyes. You cannot stage this response…you just can’t. And the adults looking on in the background are just savoring it all…nothing like a child’s genuine smile to make you forget your worries just for a few minutes.
You know Hopefruit, I was just catching up with Nerdy’s tweets about the scumbag drone merchants using the missing Nigerian girls to spread their hate, and I was ready to punch the screen – and then I saw these girls’ faces and everything seemed right with the world. Briefly, at least. Just beautiful.
Look how he’s grasping her hand…and looking into their eyes, you can tell he knows this is why he fights SO DAMN HARD!! For the children. Love him.
It’s a gem Desertflower, so many like this, gawd I love this man :-)
Me too, Chips. Me, too:) More and more each passing day.
Indeed Chips…and if we think about it, these kids were probably all < 4 yrs old when PBO first got elected in 2008 – so this is something they could be taking for granted, but aren't. :) :)
Oh, I didn’t even think about that aspect of it Hopefruit, he’s all they’ve ever known as President, how wonderful is that?!
They be somebodies grandbabes – and they are children in love with their world and their President
Ah, lovely 99ts :-) Morning!!!
Busy Saturday – just resting up before it starts :) Yesterday was grandbabe – today is lunch with 90 year old family member – We have them all :)
Wow, you’re spanning a gazillion generations, how lovely!!
He’s the only one keeping me from being “the oldest generation” – I intend that he lives another 10 or 20 years :)
And I should have added – thank you for all the lovely words & the joy of TOD – takes my mind of the ghastly impacts of our current government/administration – if ever immigration reform was needed – it is in my world – they seem to have taken advice from the Sheriff of Maricopa County – my head hurts – the hate is on show for the world to see.
Unbelievably sweet. LOVE.
These pics with the children and other pics with Senior esp of blk folks are priceless…..with children it says…YESSSSSSSS despite what “they” say I can be Anyone I choose to be…..with the Seniors it is…”My Living has not been in vain”…it fills me up with such emotion….
Great comment, PrettyFoot! As a member of the Seniors’ club, you expressed exactly how I feel!
smiling…..although I will celebrate my 61st BD in a week or so….I was thinking of my grandparents…..who I know smile down from heaven on President Barack Obama….and me…smilin
I agree about your grandparents! I will turn 69 in five months, so I suppose I am not very, very senior! At the same time, I never imagined I would be alive to witness this marvelous history. I am so grateful to Chipstick and all her BTs who are documenting, both in pictures and in words, this incredible history.
I just love this picture.
POTUS greeting the Brownie troop. Heart warmer.
Ugh, I’m disgusted.
I was driving my mom home from work. She works in El Segundo, which I call “Mayberry on the West Coast”. As we’re driving she tells me “Look, it’s Obama!” I look over and it’s a bunch of Paulites with “Impeach Obama” and a picture of PBO with a Hitler mustache. My mom, bless her, says “Well, El Segundo can make them take the pictures down, no?” I had to explain the 1st Amendment to her. I’m beyond pissed.
A young boy, Harold Whittles, hears for the first time in his life, after a doctor places an earpiece. 1974 http://t.co/ZTlykByCK8— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) May 09, 2014
The First Lady will deliver her first solo weekly address on #BringBackOurGirls & #MothersDay. Watch it tomorrow at WhiteHouse.gov.— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) May 09, 2014
If this has already been posted, sorry for the duplicate.
Can’t be posted enough Hopefruit, what a perfect thing to do.
Was it only a year ago that PBO was in Central America?
Seems longer ago than that, probably because the #Snowdenwald epic saga feels like its been going on for years…
Aw! MT @FotoGloria While waiting for Pres Obama, @petesouza entertains Costa Rican scholars with iPhone photos of Bo http://t.co/1w5qknZZtv— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 09, 2013
Even Pete gets into entertaining the young ones in the crowd! Love it.
GOPGallup has +6 pt swing for President today, 47% approval (so that's really 57). Just letting you know 'cos you won't hear it from MSM :-)— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 09, 2014
Hey, Ron Paul idiots in El Segundo: Barack Obama will be President until 2017. Choke on it. Kthxbye.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) May 09, 2014
A feel-good story to end the week.
Humble food service worker rescues teenage girl who fell head-first onto NYC subway track. dnain.fo/1kTLoL9 http://t.co/sIx4CLkqtx— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 09, 2014
And feel good it is – a wonderful story.
Bless his heart.
Our handsome VP Joe:
"It's never been a good bet to bet against America." — VP to #UofSC2014 graduates. instagram.com/p/ny3jIelwbV/ http://t.co/wulC7ZxO42— Vice President Biden (@VP) May 10, 2014
Judge strikes down anti-gay law ban in AR.
Another one bites the dust.
And more good news from the popular culture realm:
Larry Wilmore getting Colbert’s slot on Comedy Central. Show will be “The Minority Report.” nyti.ms/1jJB1LT http://t.co/WHM3Wn5ZTV— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 10, 2014
Love the show’s name. And Larry Wilmore’s expressions always crack me up, something I can’t say about Jon Stewart.
Thanks. I was about to post that here.
Thank goodness. For once, I refreshed before posting.
I was shocked. This is great.
The Minority Report is the name of his show.
The best part of this announcement is that it opens the door of opportunity to talented people of color in a business that hard to get into.
I hope Wilmore’s behind-the-scenes staff is 100% Black with a “token” white.
Reminds me of Bill O’Reilly’s expression when he attended the “My Brother’s Keeper” event.
White people who refuse to understand white privilege will only gain an understanding when the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak.
@CapehartJ This is the expression of a person unaccustomed to being the "minority" in a room. People of color know it's best not to sulk.— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) February 27, 2014
Damn, even the white folks in the room had nothing for him…
Hello everyone! I noticed a video here called something like “Best Air Force One Video Ever”. I didn’t have time to watch it. Seems like it was yesterday or today…. Does anyone happen to know which post it was on? Thanks! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
it was last night, one of the posts with POTUS in LA.. hope that helps you magapie.
Republican Viagra! Not available in stores, only in the warped minds of the RWNJ Party! h/t @Missmarilyn #GOPTP http://t.co/tkM4pxuSxS— Alycee (@jazziz2) May 10, 2014
:) I’m thinking that’s for real!
too true – sad little toads they are
Letter to Ukrainians: In defending your freedom, you are also defending the freedom of the people of Russia
Editors note: Ukrinform has published a letter to Ukrainians by Russian politicians and civil society activists. The news agency says that the names of those who have signed, as well as the content of their letter, deserve to be quoted without editing. Thanks to them, in this difficult time, Ukrainians understand that they are not the only ones in their struggle and that Russians are no enemies to Ukraine, but the entanglement of Russia and its military forces in a war against Ukraine is a crime by the Kremlin which will turn out to be an historical disgrace for them. However, Ukrinform adds that we should let each draw his own conclusion.
Dear sisters and brothers!
At this terrible moment we write to you with pain in our hearts.
The ruling regime in Russia has crossed the final moral boundary and without any declaration of war has started a military offensive in Ukraine. At the start of March the Russian army occupied Crimea, and now it is trying to annex the south east of your country. In addition, the special forces of the Russian army do what is shameful for the military of any country by hiding their own national identity and faces and acting in the capacity of “Little Green Men”. This is a disgrace for Russia, a disgrace for our army. The Russian army has never shamed itself by hiding behind peaceful inhabitants. Russian soldiers would not have behaved in this way now, but the regime has pushed them into committing a crime against their brothers and against their own sense of honour.
For the occupation of Ukrainian territory, and the annexation of part of it, the Russian authorities have made use of false slogans related to alleged cruel, long-term oppression of Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens by the Kiev authorities, and to the alleged seizure of the government in Ukraine last February by fascists and gangsters. We understand perfectly well that in all the recent years when Ukraine was governed by Yanukovich, who hails from eastern Ukraine, he would never have oppressed his fellow countrymen from Donbass, Kharkiv and Crimea more than Ukrainians from the western part of your country. He and his predecessors oppressed all citizens, robbing them and converting the potentially one of the richest countries in Europe into a country of poor and disenfranchised people, often forced to look abroad for a crust of bread. We also understand very well that the current government of Ukraine, recognised by just about the whole of the international community, has absolutely nothing in common with either fascism or Nazism. This government has started to govern the country in an on-going dialogue with its citizens, and is trying to establish a democracy in Ukraine.
Full letter at the link: http://www.rightsinrussia.info/russian-media/ukrinform
Wow, Bob! This is an incredible letter! I hope it’s circulated widely throughout the world. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Nerdy’s new post!
Liar! Liar! Pants on fire! http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-gop-ignores-deficit-approves
Look up literally any legislative debate of the Obama era in which Democrats wanted to make public investments and you’ll find one thing: Republicans screaming about the deficit. America is broke, the argument goes, so we can’t afford job creation, infrastructure, educational opportunities, expanded health care benefits, or really much of anything.
We are, GOP officials repeatedly insisted, in the midst of a debt crisis that threatens to destroy civilization as we know it and saddle our children and grandchildren with a crippling burden.
And this afternoon we received proof that Republicans didn’t mean a word of it.
The House voted 274-131 on Friday to permanently extend and expand the research and development tax credit that expired at the end of last year.
The bill championed by the business community would cost $156 billion over 10 years with no offset…. The research and development credit, which has been extended on a short-term basis roughly 15 times over the last 30 years or so, expired at the end of last year, along with more than 50 other tax breaks.
The full roll call is online here. Note that 212 Republicans – nearly all of whom have railed against the threat of out-of-control deficits – voted for it, as did 62 Democrats.
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