A Lasting Impact

131 Responses to “A Lasting Impact”

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      April 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Congratulations, Don! Well, we on the West Coast are still alive today. That’s something.

  1. 3 GGAIL
    April 9, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    Congrats Don on First 🎉

    Yes, seeing PBO first thing in the morning is very refreshing 💕
    Thanks meta for these great tweets and thanks NW for posting them this morning 😘

    • 5 pkayden
      April 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      This is when we had a Presidential Candidate who believed in the law — not an Outlaw-in-Chief. Good times!

  2. 6 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Thanks, Nerdy:) Thanks for these Tweets, meta:) Congrats on first, Don! Morning, GGAIL:) Catching up…

  3. 7 jacquelineoboomer
    April 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful post! Been offline more or less for a couple of days, so this was a nice way to “wake up” to the blog this morning. Thanks, Nerdy – and meta!

  4. 8 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    • 9 arapaho415
      April 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

      GM DF.

      Your posts have been invaluable in trying to sort out #kremlingate.

      Stumbled onto some information last night (may have been posted here, since @SethAbramson’s megathread was posted on Mar 23).

      IMHO, this (short) article is a must-read to connect the dots:

      Here’s @SethAbramson’s megathread (40+ tweets, with links to published articles):

      • 10 desertflower
        April 9, 2017 at 10:58 am

        🙂 We are our own little nest of investigators here, aren’t we?? 🙂 Thanks, Arapaho!! Hope that this all gets into the hands of those that are truly connecting the all these dots.

  5. 11 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

  6. 12 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I never sleep well anymore. Ever.

  7. 13 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Why is this? The Sec. of Ed!! Gee, if she needs security, maybe she should ask her brother, not the taxpayers!

  8. 15 Don
    April 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Yep, a nuclear attack by Trump is now on the table, and it might be announced on twitter.

    • 16 desertflower
      April 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Does this mean we shouldn’t pay our taxes this year? Go blow that $$ on Bucket List? Asking for a friend

  9. 17 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 11:10 am


  10. 18 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Here’s Stupid Idiot, John McCain. No, John. There’s no fucking “reboot”

  11. 19 Don
    April 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I guess what galls me the most about Trump is that he might be the most unqualified person to become President. It’s like America went out of her way to pick the most belligerent and vulgar and narcissistic and misogynistic person it could find to be President.

    • 20 desertflower
      April 9, 2017 at 11:20 am


      “So Trumpist governance in practice so far is turning out to be just Republican governance with (much) worse management,” he writes. “Which brings me back to the original question: Does the appalling character of the man on top matter?”

      Krugman believes it does. He argues that Trump’s appeal is rooted not in the substance of his politics but in his crude personality, which gives “outright, unapologetic voice to racism, sexism, contempt for ‘losers’ and so on—feelings that have always been an important source of conservative support, but have long been things you weren’t supposed to talk about openly.”

      “One way to think about Fox News in general, and Mr. O’Reilly in particular, is that they provide a safe space for people who want an affirmation that their uglier impulses are, in fact, justified and perfectly O.K.,” he continues. “And one way to think about the Trump White House is that it’s attempting to expand that safe space to include the nation as a whole.”

      I think that about covers it.

      • 21 Don
        April 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

        Well then if this is the case it means that Trump is willing to fuck over a whole lot of white people just to get to a few black and brown people.

  12. April 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Thanks so much, Nerdy. Love you.

    Miss our POTUS so much every day………..

  13. 23 Don
    April 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I’m just saying that if Trump launches a nuclear attack on North Korea there isn’t really a going back to normal. And this is the person we’ve chosen to be our President. How much more corruption do we need to find out about Trump before something is done about it? There are clear and undeniable links between Trump and Moscow and it seems that nobody is doing anything about it. I know that there are ongoing investigations going on but what do we do in the mean time. We have attack navy ships headed to North Korea and the entire region is on high alert for a possible nuclear launch. We are now in a nightmare scenario.

  14. April 9, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Talk about LAZY

  15. 25 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

    View this post on Instagram

    Jan. 21, 2009.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  16. 27 Don
    April 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I don’t why I’m wasting my time here on TOD when I should be out in my back yard building a bomb shelter.

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  18. 31 amk for obama
    April 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Plato today – pisspoor voting gets you pisspoor president.

  19. 39 GGAIL
    April 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Getting ready to meet Tally, Purpleshoes & Jojothecat for our Monthly Get-to-gether. Brunch at beautiful scenic Castaways.
    Bye 😎

  20. 47 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    • 48 Don
      April 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Yep, we are feeling it, people that I know from work are having a hard time with the hiring freeze and all the implications that go along with it. But hey, they voted for the guy.

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    • 51 desertflower
      April 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Plus, this drives eyeballs and $$$ to the network. Always follow the $. They are divorced from reality

    • 52 desertflower
      April 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Case in point: Who the HELL says stuff like this?? People that don’t have skin in the game and are not living in reality.


      “We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two US Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams said. “I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.’ And, they are beautiful pictures of fierce armaments making, what is for them, a brief flight over to this airfield. What did they hit?”

      Williams received criticism on social media after his remarks, which were largely viewed there in a jingoistic light.

  23. April 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    The efficient authoritarian response:
    REXXON TILLERSON: “Well, George…we have the war to defeat ISIS in which many of those battle plans are being coordinated between the US, its coalition agreements, Turkey, some of the Syrian opposition and others and it is being coordinated somewhat with the SYRIAN regime and the RUSSIAN forces to put pressure on ISIS to eliminate them.
    Read: Empty missile strike. No offence intended by Trump attack in which a mere 15 people (4 children) were killed.
    Read: Working with Russia, Russia, Russia, Syria, Syria and coalition forces against ISIS.

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    • 61 Don
      April 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      60 tomahawk missiles later and these numbnuts couldn’t render a glorified airstrip useless. Who was in charge of this operation, Pepsi?

  27. 62 57andfemale
    April 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

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    April 9, 2017 at 2:38 pm

  29. 75 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Watch this space:)

    • April 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Don’t know how factual this info is, but I heard a caller from GA one day this week saying that the Rs are trying to change the boundaries of that district. Doesn’t make sense. How could they do that before this election? The caller mentioned some other shenanigans the Rs are involved in surrounding this election.

  30. 78 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    There is a God.

  31. 79 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm


    • 80 Don
      April 9, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      What he’s doing is getting free helipads installed and or improved at all of his resorts at no cost to him.

  32. 81 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

  33. 82 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    bbl. Off to impress upon young minds the importance of learning:)

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  40. 94 vcprezofan2
    April 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    VIMY RIDGE, France — Canadians who died at Vimy Ridge helped shape Canada into a nation committed to peace, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle.

    Trudeau was among the dignitaries to speak at the ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in northern France, where as many as 25,000 people came to honour the Canadians who died in the fighting.

    The battle marked the first time all four Canadian divisions fought together side-by-side during the war, advancing together on the heavily fortified ridge. Earlier British and French attacks on the stronghold had failed to budge the defenders.

    Canada lost 3,600 soldiers and more than 7,000 were injured during the three-day battle.
    ………………………. //


    • 95 carolyn
      April 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Seven years ago I visited Vimy Ridge with a group of friends when we traveled to France. One member of our group was a Canadian whose uncle had fought and died at Vimy Ridge. We found his uncle’s name on the monument, this was personal. Our Canadian had also arranged for us to have a tour of the tunnels. (it is a Canadian national park, on 250 acres ceded to Canada by France). That tour was awe-inspiring in a terrible way. Thinking about men living in these tunnels, wet, cold, dark, dirty brought this war home to me. The two sides were separated by a 50 yard “no man’s land” not a very long distance. There are still myriads of pieces of unexploded ordnance in the area of northern France and Belgium. Almost every year a farmer is killed by one of these. Every day personnel go out hunting these trying to clean it up…..100 years later!

      I’ve been thinking about this experience and contemplating how personal and real war is to Europeans. We have never been affected by an international war like the Europeans have. I think this is one reason so much of our public think war is a game, and a show of superiority. We have not suffered the damaging effects. The British had rationing clear up into the 50s. We didn’t. The 50s were boom years for us…..

      This week PBS is having a three night series on The Great War. It should be educational, and probably eye-opening for many of us.

      • 96 vcprezofan2
        April 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm

        Hi Carolyn, how are you?
        Though I am not at all fond of flying, I am planning my very first trip to France (and Europe) this summer. With all the talk here in Canada of this 100th anniversary I’ve been contemplating whether or not I can handle a trip to Vimy Ridge. I’ll wait and see. I find it harder and harder to contemplate man’s inhumanity to man without having nightmares so I can’t say yet what I’ll do. In addition, the actions of the current occupant of the U.S. White House actually has me seriously reconsidering if I really want to travel while he’s flaying about stirring up friction in all directions. At the rate he’s going, some of us might be exposed to war’s ravaging effects on our shores sooner rather than never! I don’t want to say he scares me, but the negativity he has masterminded in his less-than-3-month stint has left me flabbergasted.

        • 97 carolyn
          April 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

          Good to see you. I second everything you said about our new prez. He frightens me. When we went to Vimy Ridge, we flew to Brussels and went to the site on the way to Paris. World War I is just almost an unknown to most Americans. This trip made it real. I can truly understand your hesitance about going there. it is quite unnerving.

      • April 9, 2017 at 8:49 pm

        I always felt that the Great Depression was the defining experience for that generation of Americans, while WW2 and 1 were defining for Europeans.

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  43. 109 JER
    April 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm

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      • April 9, 2017 at 8:09 pm

        strong moral basis for America to take action, but those it have to be military action all the time. I am dam tired of America acting like they have to do everything to save the world when it has problems back here in America. Those airstrikes didn’t do a dam thing to help the Syrian civil war end. It just put America on a path to getting into another war.

    • April 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Oh, wonder why Republicans were reluctant to go along with airstrikes against Assad. Let me guess, that black President.

  44. 113 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Don’t say…..


    A Russian computer programmer, Pyotr Levashov, has been arrested in the Spanish city of Barcelona, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid said on Sunday.

    It was unclear why Levashov was arrested. The embassy spokesman declined to give details for his arrest, and Spanish police and the interior ministry were not available for comment on Sunday.

    Russian television station RT reported that Levashov was arrested under a U.S. international arrest warrant and was suspected of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year’s U.S. election.

    Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division, said: “The U.S. case remains under seal, so we have no information to provide at this time.”

    • 114 arapaho415
      April 10, 2017 at 12:31 am

      GE/GM DF (hopefully you check your WordPress replies, but if not, will repeat myself on the next thread):

      According to this report, this is what Petr Levashova’s wife said her husband told her when she talked to him after his arrest in Barcelona:

      “He told me he was shown some document in Spanish with a low-res photo of him. They said something about a virus that my husband had allegedly created and that it has something to do with Trump winning the presidential elections,” Levashova said.

      The Barcelona and Madrid City Courts held a joint hearing via Skype and arrested her husband, according to Levashova. The Russian Consulate in Madrid told her Levashov is not the only one in such a situation. A Consulate representative is going to visit Levashov on Monday.”


  45. April 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Dallas, TX today ….


  46. 116 desertflower
    April 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

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  48. 121 Nena20409
    April 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    After so many Years of almost getting there…….He won a Major! Sergio?

    Hello TODville Community.

  49. 123 JER
    April 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm

  50. 126 Nena20409
    April 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm

  51. 127 Nena20409
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  52. 128 Nena20409
    April 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm

  53. 129 Nena20409
    April 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

  54. 130 Nena20409
    April 9, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    One a truly independent firm not affiliated with Fox will do.

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