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Jul
14

A Tweet or Two

Grief

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Madness

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Oh AP……

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True!

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Good Advice

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History

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You Mad, Mr Hotline?

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FLOTUS!

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Joy


133 Responses to “A Tweet or Two”


  1. 13 GGail
    July 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Tally!
    Congrats on First girl :-)

  2. July 23, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Hey, I’d watch this. Cancel that other garbage, stat!!

  3. July 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    An aggression against the Jewish State, eh? What are they going to do? Ask OUR Congress for money to bomb us too? FOH!

  4. 21 GGail
    July 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Really? the flight ban is an act of aggression against the Jewish state? REALLY???

  5. 23 Melanie
    July 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    FLOTUS and the girls hanging out with Sloane Stephens last night.

  6. 26 Nerdy Wonka
    July 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

  7. 27 Linda
    July 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    CNN: Sirens going off at Ben Gurien airport…..

  8. July 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    GA Chips, TOD…Congrats Tally! ……anxiously waiting for the ManU/Galaxy game :cool:

    Federal judges issue conflicting ruling about Obamacare. The law’s supporters predict, confidently, that they will eventually prevail. The people who need health insurance watch to see whether the courts will take it away. Yes, we’ve seen this play out before. It happened a few years ago, when critics of the Affordable Care Act challenged the constitutionality of its individual mandate. And just like that effort, this one will probably fail, although the outcome is far from certain. But for all the parallels, there’s one crucial difference.

    The previous lawsuits were about some big, weighty issues—namely, the boundaries of federal power and the extent of personal freedom. The plaintiffs, whatever their true motives, at least claimed to be fighting on behalf of liberty. These new lawsuits, about which two courts issued conflicting rulings on Tuesday, make no similarly lofty claims of principle. They focus, instead, on some ambiguous text in the language of the law and allegation that Congress intended the law to work differently than the Obama Administration says. Oh, the legal briefs make some real arguments about constitutional principles and it’s entirely possible that the plaintiffs who wrote those briefs believe them. But it’s hard to escape the conclusion that these arguments are altogether secondary to the real goal here—that these lawsuits are simply one more attempt to cripple Obamacare and yank insurance away from millions of people, no matter what it takes…..continued

    • July 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      :-) “anxiously waiting for the ManU/Galaxy game”

      I’ll put Tally in spam if it goes wrong, LP.

      • July 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        Well it looks like van Gaal isn’t messing around!

        http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/23/louis-van-gaal-tough-manchester-united-la-galaxy

        “..Louis van Gaal offered evidence of his demanding style as Manchester United manager during training with the squad at the Pasadena Rose Bowl before the opening tour match against Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday evening. The Dutchman berated and praised players during a shooting drill in which he stood near to the right-hand post and watched as they attempted to finish.

        In one incident Van Gaal loudly admonished Luke Shaw, the £27m left-back bought to replace Patrice Evra, for a weak shot that left the 19-year-old determined to ensure his next effort was stronger.
        Van Gaal also made a point of searching out Phil Jones to high-five him for one of his finishes, in a gesture reminiscent of his celebration with Robin van Persie afterthe striker’s header for Holland against Spain at the World Cup. Van Gaal also praised Jones’s fellow central defender Chris Smalling for one of his attempts. The drill involved players shooting first with their right then left feet, with Wayne Rooney, who was in the same group as Shaw, Jones, Smalling, and new signing Ander Herrera appearing rusty but keen to impress Van Gaal….”

        • July 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm

          Half the squad will probably ask for a transfer by the end of the week LP, after taking it easy under Moyes they’re now trembling at the knees :-)

    • 32 anniebella
      July 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      How could any person with any sense be happy that millions might lose their health insurance coverage?

  9. 33 Nena20409
    July 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Can that little baby girl in pink above strike a seriously Pose……Vogue ;) Style. Wow.

    Gold for Tally. Congrats.

    The tweets are Fantastic.

    FLOTUS and the Girls, YES!

  10. July 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    “In the Donetsk region, at the main incident site of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight crash scene, the SMM observed that passengers’ belongings had been removed. There was no security perimeter. At another site, where the cockpit had fallen, the SMM noted that debris had been cut and moved. Unlimited access to all sites was provided to the SMM.”

  11. July 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Ms. Chips,
    The first picture is very painful. I am so glad that I saw it here first.
    It helps to be able to pray for the families who are experiencing pain that leaves your soul empty.
    My prayer is as they mourn the will find strength in the precious memories that they shared.

    The last photo of the baby with POB gives me renewed hope for all of our children that one day on this beautiful earth we will all learn that the gift of life is as precious for your family as well as mine. We are all equal at the cross.
    Whatever your beliefs or not death is the last problem. So as we live and breathe there are no problems that we cannot overcome together as long as we realize someone’s life is as precious as yours.
    It is a gift that we take for granted. At this very moment someone is taking their last breathe while a baby is taking its first. Somewhere in between someone may be taking another breath.
    Thank you for the first and last photos and all in between.

    • July 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Hiya LDS, that first photo is so heartbreaking, so poignant then to see that tweet with the beginning of life, that beautiful baby.

      • July 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        I know. I am in tears how senseless and quickly life can be snatched away.
        Then as soon as my heart skips a beat that beautiful baby’s eyes meet our President’s eyes, and just like that…..hope!
        Thank you for all you do here.
        If I forget to tell you how much I love you and everyone here please charge it to my head and not my heart.
        Life is too precious to think that it is all about us.

  12. 40 yardarm756
    July 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I gather this is “real”. Something new for my Bucket List…….lol

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/LhR2WMGqjHU

  13. 54 Vicki
    July 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Protecting American travelers, and American crews, and American owned aircraft carriers is a sensible,defensive action against dangerous skies.
    But, you knew that Worthless Propagandist, didn’t you?

    Paranoid narcissistic “Stand With Poor Victim Israel” types are getting on my nerves.

    They remind me of the wife-stabber who whines that his wife’s blood has stained his shirt.

  14. 55 Nena20409
    July 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    So Justice Kennedy is having a different view now on the 2nd Amendment? In Six Years, He alone cast the 5th Vote. He is having a 78 yrs understanding of a settled law that stood for 200 yrs?

    He then proceeded to a brief, historical defense of Scalia’s 2008 ruling that overturned a ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., and declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess at least certain firearms at home.
    The Second Amendment, ratified along with the rest of the Bill of Rights in 1791, had been interpreted by the court as late as 1939 to protect only the right to bear arms in a “well-regulated militia.” But Kennedy observed that constitutional understanding can change over time — for example, the 1896 ruling in Plessy vs. Ferguson, which upheld segregation in public transportation as “separate but equal,” wasn’t overturned by the court until the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision, which outlawed school segregation and mandated equal treatment of the races under the Fourteenth Amendment.
    By the same token, he said, some critics have claimed that the decades, or the centuries, it took the court to declare an individual right to keep and bear arms “means that it doesn’t exist.”
    “I’m not so sure,” said Kennedy, who was part of Scalia’s 5-4 majority in the 2008 ruling.

    http://joshblackman.com/blog/2014/07/22/justice-kennedys-historical-defense-heller-and-the-2nd-amendment/

    Please pardon me for bring this over.

  15. July 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child-welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve.

    Mississippi was rated the worst state for overall child well-being, largely because of rising child poverty. It was the second time in three years the state has come in last in rankings complied in the Kids Count Data Book. New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana and Arizona round out the bottom five states. The study released Tuesday marks the 25th edition of the child well-being scorecard from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group. It ranks states based on 16 indicators of child welfare in areas of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community…cont

  16. 57 Nena20409
    July 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  17. 59 Nena20409
    July 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I am so sorry, but this isn’t news. This is a no brainer.

  18. July 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

  19. 63 JER
    July 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  20. 66 dotster3
    July 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Spanking the grey matter out of our kids. This is an issue I’ve felt strongly about for decades. Now scientists say spanking actually lessens the grey matter in brains, the area of the brain that deals with depression, addiction and other mental health issues. It is so damaging to children—-affects IQ and a child’s ability for self-control. The news that 1/2 of women and 3/4 of men believe that children sometimes need a good spanking is horrifying. This seems to be a more prevalent thinking in religious households and in certain cultures and regions. Parents need to be made aware of the harm they are doing and change. I get sick when I hear people say “I was spanked, and I’m fine” —–because, no they’re not. They have issues—–aggression, depression, addictions, mental health problems. I have always felt that much of the sickness and violence we see in our communities can be attributed to this horrible, damaging, wrongheaded discipline.
    Will add link.

    • July 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      I’m absolutely with you on this, Dotster. Spanking has always looked to me like the big, powerful person humiliating the small powerless person. I was spanked and it certainly didn’t do me any good. It is not a model for how to solve problems or develop the internal capacity to make moral/ethical decisions. As a teacher I’ve had a few students whom I know were being spanked at home. They were often impervious to any classroom discipline because nothing was as bad as a spanking. It would take them a long time to respond to things like a time out or using a problem-solving strategy. Most came around in the end.

    • 69 Cindy
      July 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      One could argue, and rightfully so, that there are heinous crimes committed by those who were never spanked. What happens to the child that grew up, and never felt loved? One day, he/she decides to go out and kill innocent people because he/she feels that the world is responsible for not giving them love, and that same child was never spanked.

      How many of those who have taken innocent lives been spanked? The problem is that there is no study to show this information.

      IMHO, I believe that society as a whole, has suffered and suffers , at one point or another, from the issues that you have listed. Life challenges brings on depression, how one is treated can bring out aggression, and there are many addictions that one could suffer from. Mental health problems can occur in one’s life when our mechanism to cope is no longer functioning. This happens to those who have received spankings as well as to those who have not.

      No one is walking around in “perfect” condition; the issues listed above is prevalent in society as whole. I just think that most people are able to balance life because of their faith, family and friends regardless of being spanked or not being spanked.

      Some of my worse students (behavior/academic issues) come from homes where no discipline is in place (including no spankings), and some of my best students come from homes where discipline is in place (spankings included).

      So I hesitate to label humans on this issue based on a study.

      • 70 dotster3
        July 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

        This article reveals that scientific research shows that kids actually lose brain matter if they are spanked, leading to all kinds of debilitating changes in behavior and health. I spent most of my life in child welfare. I saw over and over and over the effects of physical discipline, the damage it does to the well-being of a child. And in my personal experience, the most well-adjusted kids, the healthiest, mentally and physically, come from homes where a non-abusive form of discipline was used. It only makes sense—-physical punishment , in addition to making a child feel terrible about themselves, and actually lose brain cells, teaches a child nothing but that it’s ok to physically abuse others——which leads to all kinds of personal and social ills.

      • 71 pickle48
        July 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        Generally, people spank when they don’t know better and haven’t learned alternate and more effective means of child discipline.

  21. July 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    You’d think Vlad would have better control of social networking soldiers.

  22. July 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  23. 78 Nena20409
    July 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    A little sugar High for those who can handle it. King James to his neighbor in OHIO ;)

    BBL

  24. July 23, 2014 at 2:58 pm

  25. July 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    As a mere coincidence, I’m currently reading “A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Hapsburg Empire”. Substitute “Hapsburg Empire” for “Russian Federation” and we have a sense of the mad game Putin is playing. Of course, Putin has nuclear weapons. Very worrisome.

  26. July 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    • 85 nospin
      July 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      not so reasonable to me Bobfr. Unless I am misreading this.

      I am at a loss to understand how this article could make the case that Hamas is responsible for Bibi’s murderous rampage. And as a result, Bibi’s decision to kill all the people in Gaza is somehow Hamas’ fault because Hamas told the people to stay in areas where Israel issued pre-invasion warnings”. wtf??? and go where exactly?

      Seems like grade A bullshit to me.

      “Gazans have no government to protect them. Every day, more civilians die in Gaza. Israel, the country that’s killing them, has agreed to cease-fire proposals. But Hamas, which controls Gaza (though many of its political leaders don’t even live there), rejects these proposals and continues to fire rockets into Israel. You can argue that the rockets justify Israel’s attacks or that they serve merely as a pretext. Either way, they get more Gazans killed.

      The only way to make sense of Hamas’ behavior is to recognize that its goal is not to stop the killing but to exploit it. That explains why Hamas encouraged Gazans to stand atop targeted buildings and ordered them to stay in areas where Israel had issued pre-invasion evacuation warnings. It also explains why Hamas insists that Israel grant concessions in exchange for a cease-fire. ”

      I guess you were more focused on Bibi needing Abbas to broker a cease fire and that in itself is reasonable but it is difficult to wrap my brain around the propaganda in the first couple paragraphs vs. calling out Bibi for his actions.

      • July 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        It is a ‘reasonable assessment’ of a way out of the tragedy, nospin. That’s my only focus and why I posted it. Bibi is a murdering thug and there’s nothing I can do about. Only Israeli’s willing to vote for someone else can do anything – democratically – about Bibi.

    • 88 Vicki
      July 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Afraid I must agree with nospin, below.
      This article can only be reasonable if you accept a seven year lockdown, with insufficient food, water and electricity. No ability to make a living or get your children medical care or education.

      This articles author comes into an ongoing disaster and deludes himself that a people so starved of decency will now be reasonable because someone else thinks that’s a good idea. Maybe someone alarmed the travel industry has been affected.

      I think that Gazans are fighting now as if and because they understand they have nothing left to lose.

      “Reasonable” in the world we actually live in, not a middle-class fantasy would be an opening of the gates, ending of the siege and the last of the blockade.

      I don’t mean to be argumentative with anyone here, especially you, Bob. I do believe that to end the darkness we need to confront it as it is. Not how the RW or Privileged Left sell it to us.

  27. July 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Bob, what’s this about?

  28. July 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Relevant insight ….

  29. 95 JER
    July 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  30. July 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Somebody forget their talking points!!!

    DONETSK, Ukraine, July 23 (Reuters) – A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence. Before the Malaysian plane was shot down, rebels had boasted of obtaining the BUK missiles, which can shoot down airliners at cruising height. But since the disaster the separatists’ main group, the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, has repeatedly denied ever having possessed such weapons.

    Since the airliner crashed with the loss of all 298 on board, the most contentious issue has been who fired the missile that brought the jet down in an area where government forces are fighting pro-Russian rebels.Khodakovsky blamed the Kiev authorities for provoking what may have been the missile strike that destroyed the doomed airliner, saying Kiev had deliberately launched air strikes in the area, knowing the missiles were in place.

    “I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR,” he said, referring to the Luhansk People’s Republic, the main rebel group operating in Luhansk, one of two rebel provinces along with Donetsk, the province where the crash took place. “That BUK I know about. I heard about it. I think they sent it back. Because I found out about it at exactly the moment that I found out that this tragedy had taken place. They probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its presence,” Khodakovsky told Reuters on Tuesday….continued

  31. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    July 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

  32. July 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

  33. July 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Has anyone seen this post by Broadway Carl? I know we all feel the same way; he expresses it beautifully. This post refers to a piece by Thomas Frank in Salon, criticizing the President. Kevin Drum (of Mother Jones) wrote a response to it and this is Broadway Carl’s response.

    http://broadwaycarl2point0.blogspot.com/2014/07/im-pissed-as-hell-at-critical-left-or.html

    “Kevin Drum at Mother Jones did a decent job rebutting Frank’s article in “If the Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look in the Mirror. “ One point in Drum’s article I latched onto is “The rest of us, who were unable to take advantage of an epic financial collapse to get the public firmly in favor of pitchforks and universal health care, deserve most of it. The mirror doesn’t lie.” He could have written that one sentence, and his article would have been brilliant. That’s the point of this post. It’s that one sentence I’m going to address, not Frank’s piece.”…

    “I cannot think of a single negotiation that Pres. Obama had with the GOP that Olbermann did not blame the President in one of his fiery commentaries. And he wasn’t the only one. The Left, Cenk Uygur, Bernie Sanders, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, David Sirota, Chris Hayes, etc., pounded on the President daily. Every damn time his back was to the wall, the Left joined the Right in berating Pres. Obama. Sometimes it was difficult to tell the two sides apart.”…

    “You know what, Thomas Frank and the rest of you lily-livered purists, you have no idea what courage is. You think it didn’t take courage for a young little-known senator to take on the Clinton machine. It didn’t take courage to take on the leadership of a country that was on the brink of economic collapse. It didn’t take courage to face the opposition alone every freakin day. It didn’t take courage to put his political capital on the line to get health care reform, to fight for LGBT rights, to defend this country from attack, to
    single-handedly put this country back on a firm economic foundation. Do you think it doesn’t take courage to face down Putin? Do you think it doesn’t take courage to get up every morning to lead a profoundly ungrateful nation, and all the while showing us grace and dignity?”..

    and there’s more, if you read the whole article. It struck me as apt since I just read that MoveOn is picketing the President about something or other. Any email I get from anyone or any organization that contains the words “Tell the President” gets an immediate hit of the delete button from me. They all need to close their mouths at least from now until the November election is over. Give the whining a rest.

    • 101 Vicki
      July 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Hear! Hear! Thank you, maryl1 for sharing this brilliant commentary.

    • 102 GGail
      July 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Preach maryl1 !

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      July 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Brilliantly, brilliantly said, Maryl. You express all our frustrations perfectly. I exercise the same delete button you do when any message states with “tell the president.” I’ve had enough.

    • 104 MadameSoph
      July 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      THIS a thousand times a thousand!

      Thank you Maryl1 for sharing this!! I’m not familiar with Broadway Carl but all I can say about his post is “My thoughts exactly!!” I was just talking to a friend today about how this President is basically Superman and it’s still supposedly not good enough. Bill got a U-know-what in the oval office; GW could say things like, “Rarely is the question asked, ‘Is our children learning'”, overlook Bin Laden’s threat, etc, etc. But they were basic white guys so, apparently the bar is set lower.

      And zizi’s comment on the post was right on the mark, “Sadly, the professional left has nothing to lose in the cruelty conservatives are unleashing on us. They get paid grifting off sensationalism just like the rightwing gets paid. It is we the ordinary folk who ARE getting screwed.”

      This is one of the things that PBO’s presidency has revealed. The professional left was never about the people, only about how the business model of “fight the power” could help them book speaking engagements and sell books. Electing a TRUE liberal showed the pro left’s true nature!

      I am sharing this with f&f for sure!

  34. July 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The Women Gather (All over the world)

  35. July 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Bc of the US media…

    • 107 japa21
      July 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      US probably also leads in creationists, anti vaccine people, supporters of stem cell research, etc. In fact, we probably lead the world in people who believe science is a tool of the devil.

  36. July 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Our fabulous Secret Service agents at work on our local media guys:

  37. 117 nospin
    July 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Prayers are with Gaza

    A Gaza funeral for 26 members of one family

    US Taxpayers should not fund Bibi’s wars.

    http://972mag.com/photos-a-gaza-funeral-for-24-members-of-one-family/94069/

  38. July 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Hey teachers, how about this rancid nugget of insanity?

    • 119 nospin
      July 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      okay for this the NRA nonsense will get shut down. This is 12 blocks past stupid.

      • 120 CEB
        July 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        No, it will not. If the gunning down mostly white pre-school children in what was considered a safe environment did not accomplish this, this will not either.

        • July 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

          I am afraid that is the truth. I think most people will brush it off as silly and ignore it, and the people who believe in it will act on it.

    • 122 Cindy
      July 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      These people are unadulterated asses, the next thing you know, they will be telling you to give a baby a gun instead of their bottle when they cry.

      Ignorance has no boundaries and no shame.

  39. 123 JER
    July 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama departs San Francisclo – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  40. 128 jackiegrumbacher
    July 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Wonder what it means when Germany says it’s had enough.

    Wow, sharp words from German Foreign Ministry spokesperson: "#Russia has promised a lot and delivered nothing. We've had enough." #MH17— Charles Hawley (@charles_hawley) July 23, 2014

  41. 130 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    July 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    MICHAEL BLOOMBERG JUST NAILED FOX NEWS ON NEIL CAVUTO’S SHOW…CAVUTO WAS AT A LOSS FOR WORDS…BLOOMBERG TOD HIM ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SEE THE PRESIDENT FAIL IS ‘SICK!’……………….YEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAH!


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