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Seat By Seat, We Shall Prevail

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TNmtngrl

Hey folks, I’ve been lurking since Friday when we got to our daughter’s. As you know, I can’t comment on my iPad. Finally got my computer open. Have been wanting to share this since Sunday.

As some of you know, since right after the election we have formed a group of (mostly) women in the Knoxville area. We call ourselves the Knox Blue Dots. (Blue dot in a red area) For the past four Sundays, a group has been meeting at a local restaurant to write post cards. We’ve written for Connor Lamb and for a woman who is running in a special election in TN14. We’ve always had around 15 people. This past week, we combined with Moms for Gun Sense to write to our state legislatures about gun safety/reform. Letters will be delivered by some in Mom’s Sense in a couple of weeks. There was lots of advertising getting the word out. 95 people showed up!!! Yes, 95 people!!!!!!!!!!! 139 letters written. Lots of new folks joining Knox Blue Dots and or Mom’s Gun Sense. WOW!

That, on top of these kids in FL leading the way and doing what PO said over and over and over: Be the Change. Even with the heartbreak of the FL shooting, I have more HOPE than I’ve had in a long time. That and, of course, Mueller coming through.

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157 Responses to “Seat By Seat, We Shall Prevail”


  1. February 20, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    February 20, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Great news! Thanks for posting this, Meta! Went to a hearing on the domestic violence gun bill which has already passed the Oregon House. Prospects look good for it to pass the Senate. It has the Governor’s special support, and she testified powerfully in favor of it today. We outnumbered the antis by 4 to 1.

  3. February 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    OMG! Thank you, NW. Never been front-paged before. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Pretty darn awesome. Along with my comment, hope all of you saw on last thread the Indivisible Knoxville meeting and the big crowd there. I also added on last thread that I saw on Facebook earlier tonight that a number of students in the Knoxville area (and even the northeast part of the state which is REALLY red and rural which means lots of gun lovers) are making plans to be a part of the March For Life on March 24. The BIG win in KY tonight……these young people………HOPE, that’s what I have. Be the change!

    • 7 amk for obama
      February 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      congrats. so, where is my treat scotch, single malt?

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      February 20, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Very, very proud of “all y’all,” TNmtngirl !!! Thanks for keeping us informed of your hard work and good news.

    • 9 mtmarilyn
      February 21, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Such great news, TNmtngirl! It’s even happening here in Missoula. I was talking to one of the ranchers last Thursday before all this happened about guns. I said we own guns but there is no reason any civilian needs to have an ar15 or anything like it and he said he totally agreed. No one needs these guns. There is hope even with those who have guns here in MT.

  4. February 20, 2018 at 10:23 pm

  5. 11 Judith Fardig
    February 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    So many glimmers of hope are emerging.

  6. 13 amk for obama
    February 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm

  7. 15 amk for obama
    February 20, 2018 at 11:21 pm

  8. 18 amk for obama
    February 20, 2018 at 11:27 pm

  9. 19 amk for obama
    February 20, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said.

    The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, criminals and terrorists.

    Those designing AI systems need to do more to mitigate possible misuses of their technology, the authors said.

    And governments must consider new laws.

    The report calls for:

    Policy-makers and technical researchers to work together to understand and prepare for the malicious use of AI

    A realisation that, while AI has many positive applications, it is a dual-use technology and AI researchers and engineers should be mindful of and proactive about the potential for its misuse

    Best practices that can and should be learned from disciplines with a longer history of handling dual use risks, such as computer security

    An active expansion of the range of stakeholders engaging with, preventing and mitigating the risks of malicious use of AI

    Speaking to the BBC, Shahar Avin, from Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, explained that the report concentrated on areas of AI that were available now or likely to be available within five years, rather than looking to the distant future.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43127533

  10. 20 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Aww!

  11. 21 No Child Left Behind
    February 21, 2018 at 12:11 am

    That congressman has a fine sense of humor.

  12. 23 No Child Left Behind
    February 21, 2018 at 12:14 am

    An administration of scandals and probes, including a Russian probe!

    • 24 99ts
      February 21, 2018 at 5:23 am

      Given the preisdent is 100% an ethics problem – this is not surprising

    • 25 Dudette
      February 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

  13. 27 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 1:17 am

  14. 30 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Good morning everyone:) TnMtngirl!!! SO good!! Be the change! In the mean time…we all need to do whatever we can. These people are nuts and will get us all killed.

  15. February 21, 2018 at 6:55 am

    So twitter finally did a sweep and cleared some these bots out. Hallelujah.

  16. 43 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 7:21 am

  17. 44 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 7:22 am

    lol.

  18. 45 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 7:23 am

    turdists are so clueless.

  19. 46 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 7:27 am

  20. 47 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 7:27 am

  21. February 21, 2018 at 7:28 am

    About time they smack down this repulsive liar.

    • 50 Sandy1110
      February 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Perfect – I hope someone shows her this screengrab.

      Didn’t this criminal administration move to re-open the U.S. compounds that the Obama Administration ordered closed?

  22. February 21, 2018 at 7:37 am

  23. 52 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 7:39 am

  24. 53 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 7:43 am

  25. 54 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Share. As I posted yesterday as well, the Heller ruling does NOT give gun owners an absolute right!! Contrary to what the NRA and others would have you believe!

  26. 56 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Good idea!

  27. 58 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 7:58 am

  28. 60 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 8:23 am

    About fucking time. Looooong past time!

  29. 61 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 8:24 am

  30. 64 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Come On, Texas!! VOTE!

  31. 66 rikyrah
    February 21, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Oh well…we’re gonna have a Billy Graham praise orgy fest.
    Will that ridiculous son of his actually let Dolt45 speak at the funeral. Let’s complete the circle of hypocrisy with regards to evangelicals, if you already don’t know it.

  32. February 21, 2018 at 9:04 am

  33. February 21, 2018 at 9:09 am

  34. February 21, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Gooooooooooooooooood TOD Morning to everyone…

    TNT Congratssssssss to you and your group for the hard work that you are doing…BRAVO

  35. 72 GGAIL
    February 21, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Yes! Seat by Seat, State & Federal !
    Good job TNmtngirl 💃🏾

  36. 73 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 9:20 am

    In other news, the Mafia’s in charge…and Republicans don’t care

    • 74 CEB
      February 21, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Mofos like him and the other wrecking crew that is currently over various departments are going to see a reckoning sooner than they think. Republicans are all about destruction, while Democrats are the clean-up crew whose work is never appreciated. Now that eyes are opening more, hopefully most voters will keep rethugs out for a generation or more. It will take all of that time to pull ourselves out of the mess and to remake the country.

  37. 75 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 9:27 am

    People have their eyes open. They want change to happen. This is real.

  38. 76 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Never let up. No matter what they say.

    • 77 Sandy1110
      February 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      People need to be educated on fiscal responsibility. It’s a minor miracle that Dems poll higher since so many perceive the GOP to be better at it.

      That gap should be much wider. Maybe the Tax Scam giveaway kicking in will finally start to enlighten some people.

  39. February 21, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Listened to this podcast while getting ready for work this morning…It is a great listen to…

  40. 79 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Hope the entire family dies in prison. Yes, I do.

  41. 80 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Thread

  42. 81 desertflower
    February 21, 2018 at 9:41 am

    THIS YEAR ALONE! WTAF!

  43. February 21, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Rev. Billy Graham passed away today.

  44. February 21, 2018 at 10:27 am

  45. February 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

    UGH, so sick of the MSM.

  46. 87 JER
    February 21, 2018 at 10:43 am


    Florida students protest over gun control – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-5

  47. 89 amk for obama
    February 21, 2018 at 10:55 am

    In India, both the govt’s and law enforcement agencies are actually scared of student movements since they know their fire could catch on and spread. They will always try to make peace with them. the rethugs seem to be stupid to underestimate them.

    • February 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Not only do they underestimate them, GOPers are going out of their way to insult and demean them. Completely craven idiots.

      • 91 0388jojothecat
        February 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm

        The Thugs GOP was a perfect marriage for the Thug-In-Chief. I predict there will be MORE GOP retirements before June.

  48. 92 JER
    February 21, 2018 at 11:05 am

  49. 93 JER
    February 21, 2018 at 11:18 am

  50. 94 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I want My President back! 😞

  51. 96 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 11:28 am

  52. 97 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Billy Graham is dead.

  53. February 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm

  54. February 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Hmmmm………..

  55. February 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm

  56. February 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Jesus.

  57. February 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Nobody is going to shut these kids up. They are strong and they are determined.

  58. 105 JER
    February 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm


    Students rally outside the White House following Florida high school shooting – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-08

  59. February 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

  60. 107 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This made me cry… again!

    • 108 CEB
      February 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      I do not understand anything about the 2nd part of this tweet, but I am so glad that the students do. Rock on, Black women and children in STEM! We have real-life Shuris.

    • 109 GGAIL
      February 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      This makes learning fun when the kids can relate it to something they already know or are familiar with.

  61. February 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm

  62. 111 57andfemale
    February 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    TnMtngirl, excellent job!!!! Congrats!!!! I’ve missed you all. Mr. 57 just had knee replacement surgery, I will need hip replacement later this year, I still work for an effing sociopath, but at least down to part time. I’ve missed my TOD family.

  63. February 21, 2018 at 1:17 pm

  64. February 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    OMG

  65. February 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm

  66. February 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    STOP making these students defend their identity:

  67. 122 JER
    February 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm

  68. February 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm

  69. February 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm

  70. February 21, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    here is Sanders taking a line from Trump’s book….

  71. 127 Allison
    February 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm

  72. 128 Nena20409
    February 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Good Afternoon TODbots.

  73. February 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm

  74. February 21, 2018 at 3:35 pm

  75. February 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    These politicians will not do the right thing. We will have to vote them out. They serve the people with the money, not the people who vote them in office. Now we must vote them out of office.

  76. 136 donna dem 4 obama
    February 21, 2018 at 4:05 pm

  77. February 21, 2018 at 4:07 pm

  78. 138 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm

  79. 139 Dudette
    February 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm

  80. 143 donna dem 4 obama
    February 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm

  81. February 21, 2018 at 4:57 pm

  82. 146 Obama Grandmama
    February 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I am watching the students speak about shootings in their school in the WH. They are bringing up ideas as well. They are overly appreciative and praising the President though. Betsy DeVoos is present too. No one is mentioning the mental health program Obama put in place that Trump rescinded. I wonder if these kids were screened ahead to pick those they wanted? I am not against civility and believe the old phrase about catching more flies with honey. I hate seeing this setting legitimize Trump’s Presidency.

    • 147 0388jojothecat
      February 21, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      WH occupant came away with – Arm the teachers or put the PTSD military in charge AND let people carry guns across state lines who have gun permits. That’s all CA needs is some nutjob who can get a open carry permit in a red state just because he wants one. I am so sorry the Sandy Hook and these other went to the WH when they had a prescribed idea not to ban AR-15s.

  83. 148 GGAIL
    February 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Scrolling thru Google News headlines, I come across one “Nigeria Convicts Less Than Half the Number of Biko Haram Suspects Freed in Mass Trials”

    It is written and posted by Breitbart News

    I knew it was a matter of time before someone posted something negative about Africans or black folks.

    SMDH

  84. 149 Nena20409
    February 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    A little reprieve.

  85. February 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

  86. 153 Nena20409
    February 21, 2018 at 5:45 pm

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  88. 155 Nena20409
    February 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm

  89. 157 Nena20409
    February 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I try my best Not to make a habit of posting anything with the #Dotard’s face here at TOD. Pardon me. But this is awful. This nyash needs a note to listen to those who are grieving for their family members who go shot? Shame!


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