142 Responses to “This Is Who We Must Always Be”


  1. 1 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Thank you, Nerdy. Thank you

  2. 4 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

    He speaks for me.

  3. 5 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful comment here.

    https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/01/29/unpopular-favor/#comments

    Pika says:
    January 29, 2017 at 9:57 am
    I wrote this years ago because I read Octavia Butler. I am reminding myself of it now: “Do the work you do not want to do. Think critically about even the most basic things, things like touch, for if you do not, they may be taken for granted or twisted into horrible parodies of themselves. Do the work you do not want to do. Honor each time you touch someone physically or otherwise for what it is–an awesome moment of possibility, of risk, of potential loss and potential gain. It is a moment of glorious hope, one that you have a part in shaping, and one that will shape you in ways that you have no way of foreseeing.”

  4. January 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for sharing that,df. And good Sunday morning to you and all fellow TODers.

    • 8 desertflower
      January 29, 2017 at 11:19 am

      🙂 It is a beautiful quote….beautiful thought.

      Thank you again for making the hats for us. Can’t wait!

  5. 9 GGAIL
    January 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    NW, thank you for opening TOD for us day after day. We truly need this space! 💕

  6. 10 FoxfireTX
    January 29, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Good morning TOD! Longing for the days when we had smart people in charge.

  7. 11 GGAIL
    January 29, 2017 at 11:17 am

    John McCain is the only GOP on Face the Nation who is pushing back against the EO

  8. 15 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 11:17 am

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/trumps-immigration-fiasco-might-be-more-premeditated-we-think

    With regard to the cluster%&*…..

    In cases like this, the smart money is usually on incompetence, not malice. But this looks more like deliberate malice to me. Bannon wanted turmoil and condemnation. He wanted this executive order to get as much publicity as possible. He wanted the ACLU involved. He thinks this will be a PR win.

    Liberals think the same thing. All the protests, the court judgments, the press coverage: this is something that will make middle America understand just what Trump is really all about. And once they figure it out, they’ll turn on him.

    In other words, both sides think that maximum exposure is good for them. Liberals think middle America will be appalled at Trump’s callousness. Bannon thinks middle America will be appalled that lefties and the elite media are taking the side of terrorists. After a week of skirmishes, this is finally a hill that both sides are willing to die for. Who’s going to win?

  9. 17 JER
    January 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

  10. 18 FoxfireTX
    January 29, 2017 at 11:26 am

    This document shows the US Senators that have publicly come out against the ban on muslims and those who have not. There is contact info for each senator. Great to keep handy!

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hSGjyWJZIQJpGz4V2ftX_qioCgBtL59oJkkhx146nFE/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0

  11. 19 JER
    January 29, 2017 at 11:29 am


    SOON: NY Sen. Chuck Schumer Holds Press Conference on Trump Executive Order – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-1?cid=share_twitter_widget

  12. 24 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 11:48 am

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20170129_ap_aa172d93370d4cef904417b327ae1638.html

    Trump wants to enlist local police in immigration crackdown

    Hummm…Joe Arpiao had multiple lawsuits filed against his dept for just this very thing…..cost the taxpayers of this county MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars! NO!NO!NO!

  13. 29 donna dem 4 obama
    January 29, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Oh My!

  14. 33 yardarm756
    January 29, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    It’s time to get busy and nasty…prep for 2018 and beyond….Dems need to grow a set!

    • 34 desertflower
      January 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Amen! Amen! Amen!

      • 35 eyecandi
        January 29, 2017 at 12:24 pm

        I think they need to fight everything Trump puts out there. I mean every single thing must be challenged.
        Did anyone watch Joy today? There was a lady on claiming that PBO was doing the same thing Muslims
        coming in to USA. I am sure this is not correct but nobody challenged her on it. Very annoying.

  15. 36 GGail
    January 29, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I thank Sen Schumer. I hope his statement gets picked up by all of the MSM. And yes, he is correct that Congress can undo the EO. I hope the Dems are working on their GOP members in the House & Senate who oppose this Order.

    • 37 Obama Grandmama
      January 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      I heard on NPR that since the Nuclear Option was applied in the Senate only fifty-one votes are needed for all appointments except for SC nominee needing 60. That the Dem opposition is only grandstanding for their constituents since it is unlikely the Repubs won’t rubber stamp what Trump wants. That is in my own rewording of what was said last week.

  16. 40 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    TRUMP WHITE HOUSE SENIOR STAFF USE PRIVATE RNC EMAIL ACCOUNTS
    Newsweek, 4 days ago
    Senior Trump administration staffers including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon have active accounts on a Republican National Committee email system, Newsweek has learned.

    The system (rnchq.org) is the same one the George W. Bush administration was accused of using to evade transparency rules after claiming to have “lost” 22 million emails.

    • 41 Roberta in MN
      January 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      It also is the one that took the votes from Cyahuga county in OH in 2004 and then sent them back. That was after it was called for JOhn Kerry.

  17. 42 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

  18. 43 whenpamelawandered
    January 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Someone on FB pointed out this potusinoT madman and his cohorts may have the intention of declaring martial law and suspending the Constitution. What is the possibility he could get away with it?

    • 44 idon
      January 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Oh I believe that would start both a civil war and invasion by all the countries we owe money – China and ME countries

  19. 45 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 12:24 pm

  20. 46 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

  21. 47 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

  22. 49 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Again I say…they believe that they are above the law.

  23. January 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  24. 54 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Apple didn’t fall far

  25. 58 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Hmmm is right.

  26. 59 GGail
    January 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    JER, can you locate & post the Sen Schumer Press Conference so it can be viewed & tweeted? I don’t know how, but, I think it should be viewed. Thanks!!!

  27. 63 catrst
    January 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Blessings on everyone here. Thank you, NW, for this place.

  28. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    The first thing Trump’s team would like us to do is to start distrusting our own Dem leaders. I have more confidence in people like Speaker-for-Life Pelosi than that.

    • 65 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Also, I remember hearing Sen. Al Franken tell Rachel they’re “not sharing” the Dem strategy, in response to Trump. They are dealing with a true madman, and I appreciate the fact they’re not going to act on every impulse. Don’t think it will be long before we see a meaningful response, but I trust it will have a basis in fact and logic, unlike anything Trump regurgitates whenever he opens his dumbass mouth.

  29. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2017 at 2:13 pm

  30. 76 JER
    January 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

  31. 80 mtmarilyn
    January 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Good morning TOD family. My husband and I went to Governor Bullock’s Ball last night in Helena. Spent the evening with 4000 fellow MT Democrats. Sat next to a gentleman who had been appointed to the state Department by Obsma. Very interesting conversation. He doesn’t know yet if he still has a job.

    Caught up with all the evening activities when we got back the hotel after midnight. Now we are driving home.

    Thanks NWand all here keeping the information flowing

  32. 81 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm

  33. 82 JER
    January 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm

  34. 83 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    What an entitled, heartless monster looks like/sounds like

  35. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm

  36. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm

  37. 89 desertflower
    January 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Trump is the marketeer. Bannon is the one in control

  38. 92 globalcitizenlinda
    January 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I basing this on my person experience from temporarily being banned from re-entry to the US:

    I don’t know if this has recently changed or even how many people know this :

    – but each time an airline (don’t know about other modes of transportation) brings a passenger into the US who is then deny entry;

    – then the airline must pay, a huge penalty per passenger, to the US government;

    – as one can expect, airlines do all they can to avoid being subject to this huge penalty;

    ;

    What this means is that those people who ere targeted by the demagogue’s EO:

    – will be not be allowed to board the planes, if they were not already airborne by the time the EO was issued;

    – will remain in limbo at their point of origin and soon their faces and stories will disappear from the headlines;

    therefore, lawyers and protestors at the airports will have no new names and stories to galvanize additional voices;

    from all angles, this is insane

  39. 93 JER
    January 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    WATCH LIVE: http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-5?cid=share_twitter_widget

  40. 94 JER
    January 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

  41. January 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    You have to know that POTUS saw this coming. He and Michelle needed time to recuperate from the last 10 years for the next stage of the fight. Remember POTUS always had something up his sleeve. I don’t think it was an accident that they went to a private island without phones or internet.

    • 96 Don
      January 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      I love and respect President Obama, but we need to save ourselves. When I was growing up my big brother used to fight my battles for me, then one day he stopped, that’s when I had to learn how to fight my own battles. He fought my battles for me because he loved me, and he stopped fighting my battles because he loved me.

      • 97 CEB
        January 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm

        All of this!

      • 98 GGail
        January 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        Correct Don.
        This is on us, not PBO or his AG’s.
        We are who we’ve been waiting for.
        And I’m happy to see that we are showing up & showing up in droves!!!!

      • January 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        Especially when he (among others) WARNED us — especially Progressives — what would happen if we chose not to vote or cast a protest vote…that it amounted to a vote for Trump and that ALL the progress that was made over the past 8 years were at risk. “WE” chose to disregard his warnings, yet EXPECT him to (once again) step in and rescue us from our recklessness and stupidity.

      • 100 Believe Again
        January 29, 2017 at 6:34 pm

        THIS x 1000!

    • 101 whenpamelawandered
      January 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Not logical to presume Sir Richard has no telephone or internet access on the island. He is Richard Branson, after all. This is the 21st century, after all.

      • 102 GGail
        January 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

        Oh, I believe that PBO knows what’s going on and I bet he is proud of us for making our stand, loud & clear.

        He taught us well.

        And Sir Richard is the founder of Virgin Mobile. I would guess he has plenty of communication on the island.

  42. 103 JER
    January 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

  43. 104 globalcitizenlinda
    January 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    everyday, every minute is going to be a fight against this demagogue

  44. 105 Jey
    January 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Lock him up – Putin’s Puppet.
    If I was someone who tweeted I’d troll with this – #Pee-gate! As a constant reminder

    They (DT and team) truly and really are sickos. Someone should have handed their mothers some contraception and the nation / world wouldn’t have had to deal with these monsters now.

  45. 106 CEB
    January 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    We have to save ourselves; there is no hero or heroine that will swoop down and save us. The battles will continue to come hard and fast and we have to be ready for the long haul. “We are the ones that we have been waiting for” and now it is our time to lace up our boots and to march forward into the war. Everybody can do something to save our country; no holding out for a hero. We, the citizens on the side of right, equality, and justice, from all walks of life, are today’s freedom fighters. Let’s go.

  46. 109 Don
    January 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    There’s a scene in “Apocalypse Now” wherein Martin Sheen’s character Captain Willard comes across a group of soldiers fighting the Viet Cong in one of many battles that took place in Vietnam. As the battle rages Captain Willard approaches a soldier whose launching grenades at the enemy and asks the soldier “Who’s in charge?” the soldier replies back to Captain Willard “I thought you were in charge, aren’t you in charge?”, and that scene perfectly illustrates Donald Trump’s first week in office. Trump’s first week in office started out with an obsession about the size of his inauguration and is ending with a constitutional crisis. There is no rhyme or reason in anything that Trump does. He is not driving my reason; he is operating on pure unshackled Id. There are two things he have that will defeat Trump, we are on the right side of history and we have conviction. The only things that Trump has now are his family and a hand full of yes men that are quickly becoming “I’m not sure about that Mr. President” men.

    • 110 CEB
      January 29, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Bannon’s edicts and the Heritage Foundation’s wish list is what we are seeing. The Deplorable One is the puppet, the useful fool, who will sign anything and say anything that they want as longs as they flatter him. He wants the pomp and the circumstance, the ceremony and the popularity, not the work.
      Barack and Michelle Obama and their children sacrificed for us for 8 years and gave us a road map to follow. They have done more than enough and it is our time to pick up the slack.

  47. 111 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Many Billions of thanks for TOD.
    Thx Chips!!!
    Thx NW.
    Thx TOD Twitter Brigade.
    Thx Lurkers & Commenters.

    In MN, We are there too.

  48. 112 carolyn
    January 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Yes, we do have to save ourselves. And actions are happening in unlikely places that will never make the national news. That’s fine. One is happening at my church, which I’ve spoken of before. Today, church was packed…hardly a space in the parking lot. It was as if we all had to flee to the ark for safety after this week; we needed encouragement and some comfort before we set out again.

    In addition we took in new members, 33 new ones, yes, 33 new members in a mainline Protestant church! Quite surprising. We are growing, and I think it is exactly our message of social involvement and change that is bringing people in. We are not an evangelical church that goes out and recruits. We are available, and people find us. I have noticed that the only churches that are holding their own or growing are the ones who are reaching OUT to others, not holding tight inside.

    Today our associate pastor preached. Her text was Exodus 22:21: YOU SHALL NOT WRONG OR OPPRESS A RESIDENT ALIEN, FOR YOU WERE ALIENS IN THE LAND OF EGYPT. Very direct. She said she had another one prepared, but after Friday, she had to change. She said that the immigrant, or resident alien, is mentioned 82 times in the Bible, more than almost anything else, and read a number of the scriptures, and the injunction is always the same. They are the same as you.

    During the sermon she said that we will be a sanctuary church. I was hoping that would happen, and was not surprised. She also said something interesting. Don’t keep saying you’re going to register as a Muslim. There is even now a registry of Muslims, and you won’t change anything. We need to confront legislators and work with legislation and people in power. Keep your legislators on speed dial. March 2 is the day for us to stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors at the capitol, so we will be there.

  49. 115 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm

  50. 116 CEB
    January 29, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    My gut is telling me that Donny and his crooks will try to pull another fast one this weekend while many people are caught up in the Super Bowl; we will need to be vigilant. I consider this administration and the members of congress who are standing around doing nothing or aiding and abetting them as enemies of the state.

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  52. 119 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm

  53. 120 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

  54. 122 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

  55. 123 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:13 pm

  56. 124 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

  57. 125 globalcitizenlinda
    January 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

  58. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    And now, having seen this, I shall take a nice siesta. ❤

  59. 128 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm

  60. 129 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  61. 131 globalcitizenlinda
    January 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

  62. 136 globalcitizenlinda
    January 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm

  63. 139 Nena20409
    January 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm

  64. January 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    AMERICA


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