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A Tweet Or Two

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98 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. June 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm
  2. June 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Who put the liberal koolaid in Megyn Kelly’s cup?

  3. 14 pkayden
    June 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Kara Vallow’s first tweet is my favorite. I always wonder how Cheney who has a heart condition is so healthy that he can disparage our President all the dang time!

  4. June 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    “The most important first-order consequence of the Iraq invasion, envisioned by many of those I spoke to is the possibility of a regional conflict between Sunnis and Shiites for theological and political supremacy in the Middle East. This is a war that could be fought by proxies of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni flag-bearer, against Iran—or perhaps by Iran and Saudi Arabia themselves—on battlefields across Iraq, in Lebanon and Syria, and in Saudi Arabia’s largely Shiite Eastern Province, under which most of the kingdom’s oil lies.”

    In October 2011, Barack Obama and his national security committee sat down for the most important conference call they had held on Iraq. On the videolink from Baghdad was Nouri al-Maliki, a man whom the US had backed as a second-term leader a year earlier.

    Folders and briefing pads were piled in front of the Americans. In Baghdad, Maliki sat with only a translator. He wanted no discussion about an extension of the US presence in Iraq, not even a token contribution for training or mentoring. Maliki’s stance was welcomed by many in the room, who viewed Iraq as a politically consuming misadventure. But they were just as surprised as the hawks at the Iraqi leader’s defiance. After eight long years, most of them as partners of sorts, it had come to this; there was no longer anything to negotiate. Maliki’s Iraq would go it alone; the US could turn the lights off when it left……

    ….More ominously for a government that urgently seeks US military aid, Dempsey and the defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, told a Senate panel already champing at the bit for the Iraqi prime minister’s downfall that military intervention would be futile without concerted action from Maliki to embrace Sunnis. The reversal is as thorough as it is sudden. Zalmay Khalilzad, the Bush-era US ambassador who assiduously helped install the then-obscure Maliki as leader in 2006, told reporters that Iran could help the US persuade Shia politicians to “make a change” by replacing Maliki. This may yield yet further common ground for the arch foes who, not long ago, fought a vicious proxy war in Iraq, and now seem increasingly drawn together by a common threat…..continued

  5. June 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Anyone else hear Elizabeth Warren manage to “talk over” and interrupt Tweety and tell him “Stop it.” He actually shut up–briefly–and let her talk and make her points. Good for her!

    On another topic: My knee issue is not my knee. It is my back. Had x-ray and to quote my doctor: It’s a train-wreck. MRI next week………..
    Sigh………don’t like this one bit!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 24 daisydem
      June 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Oh no tnmtngirl, I hope all goes well and it can be fixed. Keep us apprised.

    • 25 dotster3
      June 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      I saw it—–Tweety is either dumb or was playing dumb, seemed completely unaware of how Congress operates, seemed unaware of Repub obstruction to every single piece of legislation for jobs etc. Wanted PBO to wave a magic wand again and launch a multi-billion dollar nationwide infrastructure construction project by merely announcing it.
      And sorry about your pain issues—I dealt with low back pain and sciatica nerve pain in my leg about 20 yrs. ago—–after a long, excruciating period—-many drs. and even a chiropractor (don’t go), I finally got to the right dr who gave me 3 cortisone shots in spine—and voila!—no pain and haven’t had one problem since.

      • June 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        doster, thank you SO very much for sharing that. Our doc also uses a fabulous PT who has a reputation here in town for helping many people either delay or not have surgery at all. That is definitely LAST choice!

  6. 27 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    One of these days I’m going to arrange a math tutorial (Amk, you tutor material?) to help BTs improve their twitter counting. ;)

  7. June 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm
  8. June 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Donna Dem, are you listening?!

  9. 40 purpleshoesla
    June 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    What ho TOD peeps! So today my Mom (Mama Shoes) forwards me a link to an article with the screaming headline George Clooney to run for Governor of CA! Woohooo!!! she sez. I had to burst her bubble and tell her: 1) that unless she saw pigs flying outside her window, it was HIGHLY UNLIKELY that George is running for political office. He’s only said that oh like in every interview he’s ever done that the political life is not for him; and 2) since the news article she forwarded was from “NewsMax” it’s HIGHLY LIKELY this “news” is not even true or factual; just reporting made up ca ca from those “unnamed sources” And now I find out that NewsMax is getting their own news channel on Direct TV and Dish and it starts Monday. WTF??? It’s no coincidence that another Fox like “news” channel is coming online in the run up to Nov midterms. These Repugs are determined to blanket the airwaves with crap and depress mid term election turnout as much as possible and by any and all means necessary. We must GOTV NOV2014 Enough!

    • June 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      It’s coming on Dish as well? Frack. Hopefully you have to actually order it a la carte, and it won’t be included on everyone’s plan. Bad enough I have The Blaze.

    • June 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm
      • 43 purpleshoesla
        June 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        http://broadcastingcable.com/news/currency/newsmax-tv-reaches-dish-deal/131753

        http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/14/newsmax-tv-network/10491429/

        Apparently they’re going to provide “independent news with a mainstream conservative tilt”. Oh goody. If that sentence isn’t oxymoronic (sp?) , I don’t know what is. I have Direct TV and its part of of my channel lineup/plan. I’m beyond perturbed…and seriously thinking about giving them the boot. The recent announcement that AT&T was going acquire Direct TV was the first punch (Hullo do we not have any anti-trust laws anymore????!!) and this fake news channel getting a platform on cable TV is the second

        • June 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm

          I have an XBMC set top box on both TVs, and I *rarely* watch the TV box any more. Missus has been using it as well, but just can’t bring herself to cut the cord.

          • 45 purpleshoesla
            June 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm

            If you don’t mind my asking what is an “XMBC set top box” and what can or can’t you watch with it? I seriously want to explore all possible avenues. Some one here at work recently got rid of Direct TV and went with the Amazon Fire TV box and an HD antenna and says he’s not missing much and is no longer paying upwards of $150 a month to Direct TV and not watching 90% of the channels in his lineup anyway.

    • June 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Oh, man. That is truly depressing. Just judging from their insane ads, it’s a constant hatefest. From wiki – notice all the “mainstream” types associated with it:

      Newsmax Media, commonly called Newsmax, is a conservative [1] American news media organization founded by Christopher W. Ruddy and based in West Palm Beach, Florida. It operates the news website Newsmax.com and publishes Newsmax magazine.

      Ruddy started Newsmax.com on September 16, 1998, supported by a group of investors, including the family of the late Central Intelligence Agency Director William J. Casey. Later, Richard Mellon Scaife, Ruddy’s former employer at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review invested in the fledging company.[2] One of the initial board members was author James Dale Davidson who edited a financial newsletter. Davidson’s co-editor, Lord Rees-Mogg, former editor of The Times and Vice Chair of the BBC, later became chairman of Newsmax.[3]

      Other news figures who later joined the Newsmax board included Arnaud de Borchgrave, the longtime Newsweek chief correspondent who also serves as editor-at-large of UPI and Jeff Cunningham, former publisher of Forbes. Admiral Thomas Moorer, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations during the Vietnam War, also served as one of the company’s founding board members. Former US Secretary of State and Nixon and Ford administration Chief of Staff, General Alexander M. Haig Jr. served as special adviser to NewsMax.[4]

      Ruddy aimed at creating an Internet news company by building a team of reporters. In August 2001, talk radio host Michael Reagan merged his monthly newsletter The Reagan Monitor with Newsmax Magazine and began writing a regular column for the publication.[5]

      In 2008, a profile in The Palm Beach Post on Newsmax and founder Ruddy indicated the company generated revenues of approximately $25 million per year, and, according to the company, has been profitable for the past five years. However, profiles of the website indicate an annual profit closer to $20 million.[6] In a 2009 Forbes.com interview, Internet expert Nathan Richardson was asked to identify the “smartest thing on the web” today. Richardson identified Newsmax, among several websites, citing its success “monetizing the web.”[7]

      In March 2009, Forbes ran a feature on Newsmax describing it as a “media empire” and the “great right hope” of the Republican Party. Forbes noted that after just a decade of operations it had become a “media powerhouse” – and had surpassed such well known websites as the Drudgereport in web visitors. According to the magazine, Newsmax draws 3.8 million unique visitors monthly. Political analyst Dick Morris was quoted as saying that Newsmax had become the “most influential Republican-leaning media outlet” in the nation.[8]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsmax_Media

      • 57 purpleshoesla
        June 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

        Mainstream my behind! “Internet expert Nathan Richardson was asked to identify the “smartest thing on the web” today. Richardson identified Newsmax, among several websites, citing its success “monetizing the web.” Yeah its always about the ducats; the further dumbing down of America is the bonus “The Great Right Hope”???? Seriously??? Criminey!

        • June 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

          Media has become a bottomless pit. I blame Clinton’s signing of the Telecommunications Act, Title 3, which allowed for media consolidation and cross-ownership, monopolizing the airwaves with pure garbage.

          • 59 purpleshoesla
            June 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

            Too right. Yet another reason I don’t want HRC and Bubba back in the White House ever! They said their goodbyes on Jan 20, 2001; let’s leave it at that!

      • 60 Nena20409
        June 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

        The truth is that in 40 yrs, the right has Used the Visual and Talk Media to dominate the political debate…..winning elections and holding USA backwards and stale. The Dems, Unions and Lefties of all stripes are still delusional that MSM is still objective and would report the TRUTH. Absolutely Not. Fox has changed the essence of News reporting while getting tops 3M plus viewers by O’Reilly once or twice a week.

        The ABC, CBS and NBC are still getting 20M plus daily. PBS gets 3M. Yet Fox is the one driving the right wing agenda and Dems in DC are doing NOTHING to make a fundamental Change.

        Last night Sen Warren while being disrespected and shouted down by Matthews………All she had to say was: Did YOU Hardball cover the Debate while the Senate was debating it? That would have shut the fool up. Dems can’t allow the likes of so called left leaning hosts cater to the GOP whims and 2016 endlessly while criticizing Dems for lack of trying. Fox covers ONLY GOP driven agenda. Why is MSNBC…….the left Leaning Hosts talking endlessly about the GOP and their agenda. Do they NOT know that Cantor lost for mentioning his opponent in ads…..thereby, boosting his name recognition. These MSNBC type are not GOOD for Dems when their ONLY ability is to talk about rightwing issues. The reason…..I still Like Dr Maddow and Kieth Olbermann when he had a show at MSNBC.

        Wealthy and politically savvy Dems need to build a factually based informative Medium. Make it successful and watch the MSM quickly go back to real Journalism.

  10. June 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Truth!

  11. June 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm
  12. 64 anniebella
    June 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    news.yahoo.com/michelle-obama-defends-schools-lunch-standards-181603438;html;

  13. 65 desertflower
    June 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    This is HUGE news. I heard it in the car today on my way to tutoring……..

    http://kff.org/private-insurance/report/survey-of-non-group-health-insurance-enrollees/

    The ACA motivated many non-group enrollees to get coverage, and nearly six in ten Exchange enrollees were previously uninsured

    The survey finds that roughly two-thirds of those with non-group coverage are now in ACA-compliant plans, while three in ten have coverage they purchased before the ACA rules went into effect (referred to as “non-compliant plans” throughout this report). About half of all non-group enrollees now have coverage purchased from a Health Insurance Exchange, and nearly six in ten (57 percent) of those with Exchange coverage were uninsured prior to purchasing their current plan. Most of this previously uninsured group reports having gone without coverage for two years or more, and for many the ACA was a motivator in seeking coverage; seven in ten of those who were uninsured prior to purchasing a Marketplace plan say they decided to buy insurance because of the law, while just over a quarter say they would have gotten it anyway.

    60% of those that now HAVE insurance, we previously UNINSURED! THIS IS HUGE.

  14. June 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm
  15. June 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I stay away from Vox but this map is of major importance:

  16. 69 desertflower
    June 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Excellent piece with FACTS for anyone that has a congressperson (like I do!) that is exploiting the humanitarian crisis of children coming across the border w/o an adult. WRITE OR CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON and call them out on this! Mine will hear from me tomorrow. He swears that PBO is a law breaker and the worst President ever! This from a 7%er…fuck head.

    http://americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2014/06/18/92056/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-unaccompanied-minors-crisis/

    • June 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      CBS Radio News just said that PBO called the President of Mexico today to discuss this crisis. They also said that VP Joe Biden will be in Guatemala tomorrow to discuss with Central American leaders.

      They went on to say that PBO said that these children do not and will not qualify for American citizenship.

      This is literally front page news in my area (Ventura County CA) because hundreds of these parentless children arrived from Texas last week and are now being housed in Port Hueneme (pronounced Yneemee).

      Port Hueneme is an interesting area, home of the Navy SeaBees (construction division of the US Navy). When you drive along the shore area it sometimes feels like you’re in a timewarp, circa the 1960s Jetsons, when the rage was anything atomic or astro.

  17. 71 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    This pic is so cute – don’t recall seeing this one before today :)

  18. 73 lockewasright
    June 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Why did the chicken go to the seance?

    To get to the other side.

  19. June 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  20. 81 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    LMAO – Steve King has a bad case of ODS!

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  23. June 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    DesertFlower I just had to tweet your son’s profound comment. Truly funny

  24. June 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Related to LP’s tweet above about how the map of the Middle East might change with the current crisis in Iraq, CBS Radio (Major Garrett) said that PBO’s goal is for the Iraqi government to be as inclusive as possible. Sound familiar? PBO and FLOTUS mention this quite often when discussing domestic and health issues, but the media pretty much ignores.

    So many things to love about both of them, but one of the true wonders is their consistency which remains the same when people are involved — fairness and inclusiveness.

    ICYMI, an article written prior to today’s events:

  25. 96 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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