166 Responses to “Our Ability To Create Change”


  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    He’s our mentor – and you are, too, with this, Nerdy!

  2. 6 GGail
    January 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    maryl and DF, check your email. I sent one to you both. 🙂

  3. 9 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

  4. 15 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  5. 17 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm


    LIVE NOW: NYC Mayor de Blasio Holds News Conference on Pres. Trump Immigration Policies – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-2?cid=share_twitter_widget

  6. 18 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    • 19 CEB
      January 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Bill Moyers can always be counted on to tell the inconvenient truth. The reality that he describes is one of several reasons that I am giving some of the resistance calls a side-eye. No one is putting themselves in front of Black bodies or learning strategies on what to do come to A-A who are harassed, and no one is interested in creating any kind of sanctuary for the most marginalized of Black people. We cannot even depend upon sanctuary in our own churches where children can be blown up and bible school worshippers gunned down by a white boy who was welcomed without prejudice.

  7. 21 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

  8. 22 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Live Aerials: Crowds Gather in Washington Square Park to Protest Presidential Executive Orders – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-3?cid=share_twitter_widget

  9. 24 ydavis00
    January 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Sorry if this has already been posted

  10. January 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    UPRISING

  11. 26 whenpamelawandered
    January 25, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Excellent, excellent!

  12. 27 Allison
    January 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    • 28 whenpamelawandered
      January 25, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      If anyone knows a few things about fraud, reckon this potusinoT has the inside track. May he be the cause of his own undoing, and take his hand-picked band of thieves down with him. Chickenshit like him never go down alone.

  13. 29 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm

  14. 30 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm

  15. 31 whenpamelawandered
    January 25, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Happy Australia Day to 99ts, all our delightful Aussie mates, and to my gorgeous Daughter Unit!

  16. 32 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    • 33 desertflower
      January 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Me too…I took a pledge. I am no more Muslim than I am AA, but I’ll do this because we are human beings….and this is wrong.

  17. January 25, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I am so done with Elizabeth Warren.

  18. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    January 25, 2017 at 7:12 pm

  19. 48 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 7:13 pm

  20. 49 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm

  21. 50 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

  22. 51 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Thinking of You, Dudette

    Saw this tweeted by our LL

  23. 52 FoxfireTX
    January 25, 2017 at 7:48 pm

  24. 53 catrst
    January 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This community, TOD, is such a gift. It is unlike anything else I have the privilege to be a part of. I might need this more now than I ever have before. Thank you one and all for sharing here, Nerdy for keeping it going, Chips for founding it. My sense of well being improves immeasureably after my daily dose of this site. Thank you, one and all.

  25. 54 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    If Trump thinks that I’m paying for that idiotic border wall….I think we should demand that our tax money NEVER be spent for that, that if HE and the other asshole Republicans in congress want to pay for a wall, they can pay for it themselves. I don’t want my hard earned $$ going for that. Rather it be spent on healthcare for all.

  26. 55 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Can someone put this up please? Thanks ahead of time:)

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017420956

  27. 60 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Dan Rather’s FB page….hope he makes mincemeat out of the pathological liar and his enablers…

    https://www.facebook.com/newsandguts/

  28. 62 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Wouldn’t it be something if he found out that not only did he lose the popular vote, but it lost the electoral vote, too…just letting my mind drift…..

  29. 65 Nena20409
    January 25, 2017 at 8:35 pm

  30. 66 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Because of COURSE HE DID!! Little dirty POS. The hater behind Arizona’s SB 1070.

  31. 69 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    If it’s THIS hard to cap a pen, imagine the brain power that he must have to try to generate for a decision.

  32. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    January 25, 2017 at 8:55 pm

  33. January 25, 2017 at 9:02 pm

  34. January 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Hey folks, Regarding the discussion about EW, her “reasoning” or slicing the baloney as someone said goes to my phone calls today to the Dems. I shared this on the last thread but want people to see it so will do again. I either talked to someone or left message for 23 of them today. My message: We’ve only been in this p”process” a few days and it is already way past time for the Dems to have a well organized and strong resistance. It is past time for Dems to grow a backbone and resist this evil man. There is NO reason for ANY Dem to vote for any of these nominees. Yes, some are worse than others, but that does not matter. NO Dem needs to vote for any of them. Their votes are not needed in committee or on the floor. And if they think their votes will bring goodwill, I have a bridge to sell the Dems. Resist, resist. End message. 🙂 I so wanted to get through to Schumer’s office and Tim Kaine’s office, I went to website and began going through state offices. Had a “delightful” conversation at both offices, especially Tim Kaine’s. I let her know how “pissed”, furious, upset I was that he is voting for some of these cabinet nominees. Both read my message back to me. Hope to finish calls tomorrow morning. Will go to state offices if I can’t get through to DC. Don’t know if this will help at all, but don’t believe it will hurt.

  35. January 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I really hope he cancels.

  36. January 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

  37. 81 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Paparazzi. They're everywhere.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  38. 82 JER
    January 25, 2017 at 9:21 pm

  39. 83 almablanca
    January 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Evening TOD folks! Things are happening.

  40. January 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Anyone watch Rachel’s first segment about Voice of America? OMG! What can we do?!

    • 85 Betsy
      January 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      No what happened?

      • 86 desertflower
        January 25, 2017 at 9:40 pm

        I assume it was about the fact that DT has taken this over and wants to use it for HIS propaganda. Terrifying actually

        • January 25, 2017 at 10:13 pm

          Yes. R’s put in the Defense Spending Bill that PO signed in December that the Board of Governors would be done away with and there will be a CEO instead, appointed by the president. PO did a ‘signing statement’ when he signed the bill. This week, 45 (that’s what my daughter calls him) appointed two twenty-something CEO’s, right-wingers Breitbart groupies.

  41. 88 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Our DEMOCRATIC Mayor of Phoenix:)

    • 89 Believe Again
      January 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Is anyone keeping tabs on the number of executive orders this “potus” has made in only 5 days of office? At this rate, I reckon he intends to govern primarily using EOs. When President Obama A.K.A POTUS governed, you heard the republicans cry far and loud about his “breaking the law” for wielding this pen. Where is count dracula with his tally?

  42. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    • 91 FoxfireTX
      January 26, 2017 at 12:38 am

      She has had an interest in photos/films for a long time. Do you all recall the We Are One concert in 2009? Malia was snapping photos like crazy:-) BTW, I wonder if they are paying for private security for her. If I remember correctly, now that PBO is out of office SS will only cover children under the age of 16.

      • 92 jacquelineoboomer
        January 26, 2017 at 1:17 am

        I thought I read recently that she was accompanied by the Secret Service. No doubt she has security.

  43. 95 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Good!! Democracy at work.

  44. 97 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Watch this space. Just keeping tabs on the “Not Normal” so far.

    https://twitter.com/_rememberbot_

  45. 98 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    THIS. See you all tomorrow, god willing

  46. January 25, 2017 at 10:07 pm

  47. 100 desertflower
    January 25, 2017 at 10:08 pm

  48. January 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    This problem with the Dem senate complicity in legitimizing Trump points out the essential need of voice, a leader, or small group of leaders who speak for the #Resistance and can hold the Dem politicians accountable. The woman’s March is just the beginning of America’s organized refusal to accept Trump as an American president. I’m hoping an articulate leadership can emerge that has name recognition and the skills to organize, the charisma to speak and move people. These senators don’t know how to do this, and they are focused on the legislative process, not on leading a movement. Bernie is too divisive and self serving. I will say it again, our organizer in chief, President Obama could anoint such a person or persons. It’s possible Tom Perez could be that person. I’m thinking someone from the arts or entertainment business like George Clooney could be that person. But we need it, NOW.

    • January 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      YES we do ………..and I believe George Clooney would be excellent choice. Believe he would do it too. And, his wife being a lawyer would help, huh?

    • January 25, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      The image I have is of the large mass of the American people, the leaders and people of the world, collectively and universally turning their back on Trump, and saying “We do not accept you.”

    • 104 CEB
      January 25, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      I disagree. The more different voices with the same over-arcing message is what is needed. Women work collaboratively, each in her particular area with her specific skill set to reach a common goal. No one person should be the face of resistance because this can lead to corruption or destruction. The opposition would feel if they destroy the leader or the figurehead, the followers will become demoralized and will disband. Hierarchy is a male leadership style and that is not what the movement needs. Women, more than any group, is the more aggrieved party and should be the ones in the forefront to challenge this deplorable, white male wrecking crew.

  49. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    #GoodTimes

  50. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Unfortunately, this could happen.

  51. January 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm

  52. 108 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I am not paying for any f****g wall EITHER, following the stance of President of Mexico!

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Wednesday his country “will not pay for any wall,” despite the claims US President Donald Trump has made. But he did not cancel his trip planned for the United States next week.
    “Mexico does not believe in walls. I’ve said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall,” he said in a video statement posted to Twitter and translated by CNN from Spanish.
    Peña Nieto said he would wait for a final report from his top officials who arrived in Washington Wednesday to meet with the Trump administration, and previous meeting with Mexican legislators, before deciding which steps he would take next.
    CNN

  53. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Rep. Ted Lieu of CA just said openly on Lawrence’s show (relating to the topic of any president’s ability to order a nuclear strike) that Trump “may be unhinged.”

    Lieu was a co-sponsor last year (in the previous Congress, before the election) of the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, but says this year it’s even more important because Trump “believes in conspiracy theories, believes in alternative facts, and has anger-control issues, as reported by the Washington Post.” This relates to a premeditated strike, not return fire when we are anticipating a strike.

    A sitting congressman said the president may be unhinged, less than a week into the latter’s illegitimate presidency. Not normal.

    • 110 Betsy
      January 26, 2017 at 12:30 am

      He’s my district member of the House and follows me on twitter, LOL. He’s a man of courage and stands up for what he believes. Even though I don’t always agree with him, he’s very impressive and carries himself with distinction (due to his military background). I like him.

  54. 112 sherijr
    January 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Important & well done article on the 17 agencies he’s going to close, including Civil Rights division… and how much each of them costs (pennies) per taxpayer. He is a sick sick cruel racist and hateful pos. Article: http://time.com/money/4639544/trump-nea-sesame-street-budget-cut/ Each agency has real people who’ll be out of a job- doing good work for the people of this country.

    I feel as if we’ve been bombarded 24 hrs a day by this imbecile and his cretins. All the goodwill I felt over the march has diminished by what he’s doing to people.

  55. January 25, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you for this post and all the posts, NW. No words. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for this place Chiosticks!!! 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
    Thank you TOD for being here, posting tweets, commenting, sharing, and doing your best to keep us spiritually hydrated and mentally soaring. Thankful for lurkers and newbies, being in community. Gratitude. Good night TOD🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎
    Blessing.

  56. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    • January 25, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Sweet.

      I really want to see more of this. From the reports being leaked by his folks, he was very rattled by the media showing the crowd at the women’s march, etc. So, if this can be done on the regular, and simultaneously across the country, he maybe get to understand we will never respect or accept him. He is a congenital liar. YIKES!

      • 116 Believe Again
        January 26, 2017 at 12:18 am

        Let us hope marches like these are not prohibited in the future. I cannot see a man like this “potus” putting up with it constantly.

      • 118 jacquelineoboomer
        January 26, 2017 at 12:32 am

        I’m hoping he burns himself up with the hatred inside him, and is carted away. Soon.

  57. 119 Obama Grandmama
    January 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I want to wish Judith Fardig a Happy Birthday!

  58. January 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

  59. January 26, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Didn’t we always know that Tulsi Gabbard was a traitor.

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      January 26, 2017 at 12:34 am

      How secret was this trip? Was it sanctioned by the U.S. government? (Can’t bring myself to personally read anything about her, including the link!) If not, sounds like traitor fits and that needs to be addressed.

      • 123 susanne
        January 26, 2017 at 3:16 am

        She’s just horrible. Only getting worse, now she feels the wind of Bernie-breathers under her wings. Meeting with Dump soon after the election, and now with effing Assad–I’d say bucking for a position in the DT admin. Must say, I’d be thrilled, because we wouldn’t have to actually primary her. She’s popular with the crazed purists here, and also with the crazed right-wing nuts. Interesting how DT connects both tips of the crazy.

  60. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Of course, none of these “rogue” accounts are verified, but as long as they appear to be a legitimate part of the #Resistance, I’m good.

  61. 125 FoxfireTX
    January 26, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Judith Happy Birthday! Also, do you have photos from the march? If i remember correctly, you traveled to Washington for it!

  62. 128 FoxfireTX
    January 26, 2017 at 12:43 am

    We haven’t had much discussion here about the DNC chair position, and i would be interested in your thoughts. I know Keith Ellison has strong support, but I’m with Tom Perez for two main reasons:
    1. He has experience running a large national organization the DOL and we desperately need someone who knows how to do this. DWS had no idea, and frankly I don’t see Keith doing much better. It takes knowledge and experience.
    2. Before DOL, he was with the civil rights division at DOJ, and therefore is very focused on voting rights. I think this is going to be the major issue under this administration. DT and the GOP will everything in their power to deprive people of the right to vote. It is the only way they win elections in the next four years.

    But those are my reasons, based on what I’ve heard. Would love to hear some other opinions.

    • January 26, 2017 at 8:47 am

      I’m with Tom Perez. For all the reasons you stated plus he has the behind-the-scenes backing of PBO and his inner circle.

      I don’t believe Ellison has what it takes to really get our party back on track. He’s in Bernie’s pocket and I’m not impressed with all talk and no action. Tom Perez is an attorney, he’s dealt with civil rights and police issues at DOJ very, very effectively and I believe we need someone right now who knows the LAW, inside out. He’s a PROVEN achiever. I love the ideas he’s presented so far. He knows that the fight starts now in every state and it has to be unrelenting. Ellison can keep his seat in the House.

      • 130 Betsy
        January 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

        Tom Perez is also unafraid to speak out and that’s what the DNC needs right now, a fearless leader!

      • 131 mtmarilyn
        January 26, 2017 at 11:09 am

        I agree with all the stated reasons, but my main one is his full support of PBO. I am tired of the Dems being so lacking of full support

    • January 26, 2017 at 10:33 am

      I’m with Tom Perez because Ellison’s backers are SUSPECT.

      Plus, Tom Perez sounds the way that I feel right now.

      With Voter Suppression being a battle that we will have to fight NOW and well into the future, I feel better having the former head of the Civil Rights Division as DNC Chair.

  63. 133 luna
    January 26, 2017 at 12:46 am

    If you are on twitter, everyday, every time, whenever you tweet even if its not related to politics use the hashtag #bringbackobama. Maybe it will catch on and we can get it trending. I know its something that will upset twitterfingers.

  64. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Goodnight, TODville!

  65. January 26, 2017 at 1:36 am

  66. January 26, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

    #Resist

    #25thAmendment

    #NoBanNoWall

  67. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2017 at 1:56 am

    • 139 susanne
      January 26, 2017 at 3:20 am

      Sorry, but I don’t buy it. Nothing about his mental state was unknown before the election. And the rethug ‘leaders’ have colluded with him in his irresponsible appointments and policy measures. Their ‘private questioning’ doesn’t get them off the hook. If they swiftly and cleanly get him out of office, I will reconsider my assessment (and you know, they just live or die for my assessment 🙂 ).

  68. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2017 at 1:59 am

  69. January 26, 2017 at 7:29 am

    All Williams Australian Open Final!!!!! Also I miss the pool reports. OMG, I miss my POTUS and FLOTUS. I know that they are having a peaceful uninterrupted vacation without someone looking over them, photographing them, or reporting on them. I wish them the best. But this is going to be a long two weeks without them.

  70. 144 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 8:33 am

    This may be “Onionesque” but damn good idea!!! 🙂

    http://www.burrardstreetjournal.com/female-legislators-unveil-male-ejaculation-bill/

    WASHINGTON, DC (By J. McConkey)—A group of leading female legislators have enacted a new bill that forbids American men from disposing of “unused” sperm, requiring them to bring any recreational semen to a nearby fertility clinic.

    According to noted alternative facts specialist, Stephanie Yorke, sperm is intended for “procreation only” and not to be “wasted” on pleasure:
    “Any sperm not being used for the purpose of procreation must be immediately donated to a sperm bank,” Yorke warned. “Failure to do so will lead to hefty fines and ultimately, incarceration, under the new ‘Level Playing Field Bill’.”

    BREAKING: Trump Identifies Canadian Women As ‘Second Biggest Threat to U.S. After ISIS’

    In response, leading male medical academics have raised concerns that refraining from masturbation would be hazardous to men’s testicular health, increasing their chances of prostate cancer.

    Dr. David Ambrose hit out at the bill, claiming it put American men in the very difficult position of having to father and immediately surrender a child, everytime they ejaculate. He claims this will have very negative effects on men’s long-term mental health.

    “Basically, men have been put in a position of having to choose between their health and enjoyment and having to give away their child if they’re not having sex for procreation,” Dr. Ambrose said.

    “It’s deeply disturbing and quite invasive to the most personal part of a man’s life,” he added. “Not only that, but if they don’t have a safe or legal way to dispose of the semen, they may resort to more harmful and unhygienic ways of getting rid of it.”

  71. 146 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 8:49 am

  72. 147 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Imagine that. Round ’em all up, but not the ones from places he does business…shocked.

  73. 148 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Amen.

  74. 149 Allison
    January 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

  75. 151 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    THIS

  76. January 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Demonstration in Philadelphia out side of the Loews Hotel

  77. 153 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Not that facts matter in bizzaro world

  78. January 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This Thread….

  79. 155 Allison
    January 26, 2017 at 8:57 am

  80. January 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  81. January 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Today’s Google Doodle is Bessie Coleman 🙂

  82. January 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

  83. 161 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 9:11 am

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-economy-joblesss-idUSKBN15A1RE…..DT owns this now

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased

    22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Jan.

    21, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior

    week were revised to show 3,000 more applications received than

    previously reported.

  84. 162 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

    From Reuters:

    BREAKING NEWS:Trump says if Mexico unwilling to pay for border wall, ‘it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting’

  85. 163 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

  86. 164 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Agent Orange: “If Mexico is unwilling to pay” for border wall, “it would be better to cancel” the upcoming meeting with Mexican president.

  87. January 26, 2017 at 9:19 am


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