‘Protect And Serve’ – Those Words Ring Hollow


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114 Responses to “‘Protect And Serve’ – Those Words Ring Hollow”

  1. 1 whenpamelawandered
    September 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm


  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    September 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    The police killing African Americans without restraint are acting as judge, jury, & executioner. This is horrendous.

  3. September 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

  4. September 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Excellent compilation, as always, NW!! Thank you!!

    Hi WPW and Judith 🙂

    No surprise ….

  5. September 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

  6. 8 donna dem 4 obama
    September 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm

  7. 9 purpleshoesla
    September 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for speaking and spotlighting TRUTH…

  8. 10 sherijr
    September 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    My thanks Nerdy. I have a 17 yr old that I worry about every time he leaves this house. He goes to school, he goes to practice and he goes to work.. and yet I know these are all potentially dangerous.

  9. 11 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

  10. 16 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  11. September 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Doing a quick read-by… Busy day, scheduled office hours, walk-ins, trying to take care of a little personal business… Did a little cleaning in my pig-sty — can’t believe how stuff piles up when I’m ill — LOL… Thank God that I’m really having a good day to day; hope it lasts as I have a budget hearing tonight, then afterwards a quick Dem mtg to finalize plans for Sunday’s Voter Regis/GOTV Ice Cream Social.

    BTW, made a health related decision to cancel my DC trip for this week; will watch the dedication on live stream. If there is anyone from TOD attending, please hit me up as I would like some specific memorabilia. Will paypal funds in advance…

  12. 18 donna dem 4 obama
    September 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    That’s right Hillary make Trump chase ya!

  13. 19 FoxfireTX
    September 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Nerdy, thank you for this compilation. But it makes my heart ache. The feelings Trump is propagating in this country chill me to the core. Now he is calling for nationwide stop and frisk, and bashing all immigrants. Perhaps he should just go to Scotland or Germany or wherever if he is so down on the US. We would be far better off without him.

    • 20 Obama Grandmama
      September 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      I have been thinking for a long while Trump should go live in Russia with his Bestie, Putin. Putin’s girlfriend is already Besties with Ivanka Trump.

  14. 21 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  15. 25 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  16. 26 GGail
    September 21, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    This is unbelievable.

    No Charges Against Officer in Shooting of Korryn Gaines
    BALTIMORE (WJZ)— The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced that no criminal charges will be filed against the officer involved in shooting of the 23-year-old Randallstown woman.

    “This office has determined that the officer was justified in shooting Ms. Gaines and the State will take no further action in this case. Criminal charges are not warranted,” said the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office in a press release.

    Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger met with the family of Korryn Gaines and attorneys on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the investigation into the August 1 shooting involving a Baltimore County police officer.

  17. September 21, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Safe travels…..

  18. September 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    #ImmigrantStongUSA <<< my new #tag 🙂

  19. September 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    To counter the gloom and doom Dem chances on the senate I was reading here yesterday. Sam Wang also has a prediction of 50 for Dems.

  20. September 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    My heart is so heavy right now. Just going to leave this here…

    Daniel Weingarten

    Thoughts on Terence Crutcher, Black Lives Matter, Kaepernick and Facebook Comments

  21. September 21, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Just out from MSNBC/WSJ (Marist poll I think, live interview methodology). Clinton with strong national lead +7.

  22. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    September 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    This is happening across the country, I realize. A member of our extended family who has three bi-racial little girls just posted this message about one of them.


    “So my 8 year old came home from school in tears saying that she doesn’t want Trump to be president because people (kids, I’m sure) have said that he’s going to separate everyone and send people that come from Africa and Mexico back to where they come from. She said ‘I’m so scared, mommy.’ Now I know that this isn’t going to happen and I explained to her that this wouldn’t happen but it just upset me to the core that our children are afraid of this man becoming our president. I don’t like Trump at all and certainly don’t want him in office, but please be careful what you say around your kids because their young minds interpret things a little differently and they are scared to death.”

    • 36 vcprezofan2
      September 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      The emotional damage THAT man and his minions have done, and are doing, is truly a sin! November 8 cannot get here soon enough.

    • 40 GGail
      September 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Good time to get her and her little friends to go with mommy to register people to vote and tell their parents to be sure to vote.

      If we don’t…their fear could become real

      • 41 jacquelineoboomer
        September 21, 2016 at 9:16 pm

        Luckily, her mommy is from a political family (an uncle is running for office in another state), so the adults – I’m sure – are all registered and voting and encouraging others to do the same.

        So frightening, all of it.

    • September 21, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      I feel like this whole nation is suffering from a form of PTSD. The daily insults are demeaning and it is taking a toll on all of us.

      • 43 sherijr
        September 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        I have to agree.

      • 44 jacquelineoboomer
        September 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        It is, meta. We have to hope some of this will calm down after Trump’s off the scene. But that’s only one small part of the disgusting hatred that people waste their lives and time on, just to tell themselves they’re “better” than somebody else. They’re not.

    • 45 globalcitizenlinda
      September 21, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      very sorry to hear this.

      yes, I have heard it from a number of kids I know.

      this is what FLOTUS warned the nation about, just last month, during her speech at the DNC.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        September 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

        Yes. As meta said, the entire country – at least those in it paying attention – is heading toward a form of PTSD.

    • 47 Obama Grandmama
      September 22, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I remember when two of my four kids came home from elementary school crying that they had had an assembly that day about zero population growth where they had been told that couples should have no more than two kids to replace themselves. My two girls were our number three and four children. Their oldest brother was in a different school that did not have that assembly. Our number two son felt smug that he was entitled to be here and was teasing his sisters that they should not be here. My husband and I had a talk with the kids smoothing over the situation then I called the school and talked to the Principal about care in planning assemblies because whether or not that was the message that was the message taken away by some of the kids. I was even chancing my job opportunities by telling him that since I subbed at their school a lot.

      • 48 jacquelineoboomer
        September 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

        Oh – sad yet sweet story. It’s all about the little ones, and what they’re hearing from all of us so-called adults!

  23. 49 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  24. 50 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    • 51 Obama Grandmama
      September 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Some more words: conman, wheeler dealer, deluded, cheater, promise breaker, unfaithful, self promoter, arrogant, egotist, out of touch, crazy, scary, inciter, … (Tag your turn).

  25. 53 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    This is really good ……

  26. September 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm

  27. 55 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

  28. September 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Go to IWillVote.com to register, check your registration status or update you registration!

    Watch and do the 2-Step with Rapping Grandmomma!!!

  29. September 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    So glad they are back home safe … although I do love it when they are in NYC. Because I love NY and I know there are so many there who love them!

  30. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    September 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Yep! 😯

  31. September 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I am weeping and I have to pull it together soon as we have a client arriving in about 20 minutes, but I had been angry and upset about Trump’s latest veiled “threat” on Hillary’s life, but had not cried about it. I keep trying to think of someone I can talk to and plead with to DO SOMETHING! NOW! If any of you have any ideas, please let me know. But my crying came about because I watched Olberman’s piece about this issue on the previous thread. No one can tap into my emotions like him! And he is so angry … he echos my anger and his recap of assassination attempts in our history just solidifies our feelings about that never being a joking topic.

    • 60 globalcitizenlinda
      September 21, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      mobilize others to vote – only global humiliation of him will wipe him & his family from our media prominence

  32. September 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm

  33. September 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    An INTENSE convo between a young black activist & a police officer in Selma, 1965.

  34. September 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I’m just full of rage today… This is so far over the line…

  35. September 21, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Something to celebrate!

  36. September 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm


  37. September 21, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    And so it begins……..

  38. 71 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    7 Times Michelle Obama Made Us Want to Elect Her Best Mom

    Michelle Obama’s unbreakable mother-daughter bond​ with Sasha and Malia is basically our #familygoals.​​

    • 72 sjterrid
      September 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      This is so great. Thanks for posting this, Jer! Not to mention, the many videos of the Presidents arrivals and departures on Air Force 1.

  39. 73 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on the Sanity of Trump

    President Obama’s spokesman, in a special interview edition of “The Closer,” on what to expect ahead of Monday’s debate.

  40. September 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    • 75 COS
      September 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      I remember when Janet Napolitano was pounced on by the right wing when she talked about this.

      • September 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        This ought to be explored further by experts. Maybe this is the white supremacists way to reduce the number of black people – who knows what is going on in their twisted minds!

  41. 78 Nena20409
    September 21, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Good Evening TOD.
    I liked the Bulls; ScottieP., MichaelJ. & S.Kerr in that order.

  42. 80 purpleshoesla
    September 21, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    A good read!

    • 81 COS
      September 21, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      PBO has a whole lot of respect for Doris Kearns Goodwin; she is the real deal. I really want to read this. Thanks for sharing purpleshoes.

    • 82 sjterrid
      September 21, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks for posting this Purpleshoes. Really great interview. I would have loved to see one of those letters he crumbled!

    • 83 Obama Grandmama
      September 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I appreciate the interview posting. I read it last night and now want to get a Vanity Fair magazine locally for my Obama scrapbook (that I intend to make). I would also like to get Essence magazine, but may not find them locally from my online search. The local Barnes and Noble closed.

  43. September 21, 2016 at 8:27 pm

  44. September 21, 2016 at 8:29 pm

  45. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    September 21, 2016 at 8:44 pm

  46. 87 sherijr
    September 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    My son just came home from practice.. he said as he was getting off the light rail (Baltimore), there were about 7 police- at least two with assault rifles strapped on their chests, getting on the light rail going the opposite direction- which would be downtown or north Baltimore. I don’t know whats going on.

    • 88 globalcitizenlinda
      September 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      first, huge congratulations that your dear son came home fine tonight – you have mentioned your anxiety about his safety and that of so many others.

      we lift them up for protection and that they may always thrive;

      second, I hope all remains peaceful in Baltimore and in the rest of the country and world

      • 89 globalcitizenlinda
        September 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm

        it is also possible that this is about the report of the no-charge in the death of Ms. Korry Gaines

      • 90 sherijr
        September 21, 2016 at 10:12 pm

        thanks Linda… yes I am with you so much on the remaining peaceful everywhere.. so tired of all the unnecessary heartbreak for so many people.

    • 91 jacquelineoboomer
      September 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Glad your son is home and safe. It’s all too much!

      • 92 sherijr
        September 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm

        thank you jo’b… me too. very.glad.

        • 93 jacquelineoboomer
          September 21, 2016 at 11:29 pm

          Did you hear if anything materialized about the incident? (Answer tomorrow if you want!)

          • 94 sherijr
            September 21, 2016 at 11:50 pm

            I have been checking the news online but found nothing connected to what he saw. Will see tomorrow.

            • 95 jacquelineoboomer
              September 22, 2016 at 12:28 am

              Thanks – I’ll stop reminding you, so perhaps you can put it out of your mind for the rest of the night, of course! Goodnight.

              • 96 sherijr
                September 22, 2016 at 6:18 am

                no worries. Nothing in the news.. but I’ve noticed this occurs frequently here. There was a large arrest of several people last week behind my house.. and not a word of it either on news or the police website. So much for transparency. Good news though, usually the media only reports when someone is killed.. so hopefully, no casualties.

  47. 97 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Live Aerials: Protesters Gather in Charlotte, NC in Response to Death of Keith Lamont Scott – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=3

  48. 98 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  49. 99 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  50. 100 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  51. 101 vcprezofan2
    September 21, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    😀 I just noticed that Knoller answered me earlier – missed my chance to ask him if he created a *numbers* book on their terms in office too. 😉 🙂
    Wonder if he covered all 7 in the same banal manner? [Nevertheless, as I remarked a day or two ago, I do like the fact that Mark doesn’t take offense easily even though he perpetuates this annoyingly simplistic *coverage* style.]

    • 102 amk for obama
      September 21, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      good god. cbs has been paying this maroon for at least 40 years for his useless ‘coverage’?

      • 103 vcprezofan2
        September 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

        Can you imagine!!!! And doesn’t he have a Pulitzer or something too? smh I hesitate to look back to see if he has experienced any measure of growth; don’t want to depress myself

  52. 104 amk for obama
    September 21, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    america’s soul is turning as ugly and just as poisonous as its rw underbelly.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      September 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I wouldn’t go that far and wide or even make it quite that contemporaneous, like some new thing. Actually all of this has always been here, sometimes as an undercurrent, sometimes not – it’s just surfacing more now, and more visibly, because of the RW and Trump and the fact that there’s more immediate coverage of these topical situations. It can’t just be hidden like in some of “the good old days.”

      The horrible people currently involved have been gathering courage since the President was elected, since the tea party grew and fizzled (at least as a tighter group), since the RWNJs in Congress started showing their true colors, and since they found out they’re not going to stay the “majority” group forever. I’ve got to remain hopeful that since the scab is this far off, at least for this go-around in our nation’s history, we can finally do more hard work to change our dastardly ways. We have to keep doing that, because we never fully come to grips with the most negative parts of our history – there’s never the full “truth and reconciliation.”

      There are still lots of good people around who are not part of any of this – who hate it as much as any of us do. They’re the majority.

      Now, would I agree it must look to people in other countries exactly the way you described it? Yes, of course. That’s just one reason why it’s traumatizing and embarrassing for each and every one of us who believe we could be so much better, but are faced with this horrible, spirit-breaking crap on a recurring basis.

      • 106 amk for obama
        September 21, 2016 at 10:22 pm

        There are still lots of good people around who are not part of any of this – who hate it as much as any of us do. They’re the majority.

        That’s my hope. The good people are still in majority and they need to stand up against these thuglies. The horrible fact is that the media is aiding and abetting this ugliness. A lot of cleaning up to do, come Nov.

  53. 107 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  54. 108 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

  55. 110 whenpamelawandered
    September 21, 2016 at 9:51 pm


    • 111 whenpamelawandered
      September 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      hmmmm … not what it’s supposed to be. 🙄😁😶😿 thankfully this blasted Mercury retrograde stations direct at 10:31pm PT, tonight = 1:31am ET tomorrow. It takes a couple of days for the mighty little Herm to get his balance again! Just keep swimming! Anyway.

      • 112 whenpamelawandered
        September 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

        And for the numbers conscious among us: Autumnal Equinox Sun enters Libra, Thursday 22nd September, 2016. 10:22 ET. 7:22 PT.

  56. 113 amk for obama
    September 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm

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