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2013: Liberal Librarian’s Most Memorable Moments

by Liberal Librarian

I’m against hierarchies, so these are in no particular order, in spite of the placement.

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The moment Barack Obama gave Congress back its testicles

Ah, remember when the Syrian drums of war were beating? When all the talk was about “red lines” and “consequences”? When the beltway media was sure, just sure, that the bombs would start flying soon and were ordering up snazzy new graphics? Fun times.

And then a weird thing happened. President Obama interrupted my Saturday morning Premier League football match (damn you, Obama!) and did something no president since Franklin Roosevelt had done. He averred that on his own he had the authority to strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its civilian population; but then he pivoted, and gave the braying Congress what it said it wanted: a voice in the decision. There would be no strike against Syria unless approved by Congress. In one press conference, he moved to undo the Imperial Presidency, where presidents could send the legions anywhere by fiat.

Suddenly the cries were of “weak” and “Neville Chamberlain” and “leading from behind”. But, another funny thing happened: it worked. It spooked Vladimir “The Impaler” Putin enough to push legacy hire Bashar al-Assad to join him in a rousing rendition of “Uncle”. Syria joined the convention against chemical weapons. Inspectors went in. And in the new year, all of the regime’s chemical stockpiles will be destroyed. All because, as Ride or Die Joe would say, Obama waved his big stick. No trillions spent, no dead Americans, no new quagmire in the Middle East. And the sight of emoprog dudebros licking authoritarian Putin’s nethers served for signal entertainment and revealing psychology.

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The spy who went into the cold

He’s one of Barbara Walter’s “Most Fascinating People of 2013″. He was short-listed for Time’s “Person of the Year”. (Instead the Marxist Pope won. More on that anon.) Bus ads thanking him have been taken on Washington D.C.’s Metro. He’s Edward “I spilled state secrets and all I got was exile in Moscow” Snowden!

The NSA revelations which have dripped out in a steady stream since the summer rank among the top ten political stories of 2013 if only because said revelations expose a rather dark seam of Obama Derangement Syndrome. I’m old enough to remember when US intelligence agencies were doing much worse under G.W. Bush—and doing it without writ of warrant or law—and the media, at first, ignored said malefactions. Eventually the crimes were covered, in the manner of pulling hen’s teeth, with the attitude that “Yes, we should have some safeguards, but it IS a dangerous world in which we live, remember.”

The same policies, now under firm legal strictures under Obama, were leaked by, well let’s not mince words, the spy Edward Snowden. Emotarian dudebros who routinely divulge the most secret of their personal information to multinational conglomerates in order to get the shiniest new toy were suddenly aghast that the government was doing much less in the name of, yes, securing the country in a world which is still every bit as dangerous as before Barack Obama took office in 2009. And as someone who’s worked with millions of metadata records in a past life, metadata will reveal that you called a phone sex line; it won’t reveal if your kink tends towards sheep love.

But, 0f course, the black president is an autocratic shredder of the Constitution eleventy billion times worse than Bush because Stop and Frisk now applies to libertarian dudebros. Except, of course, it doesn’t, as communications originating within the US aren’t monitored.

And grand poobah of all things emotarian Glenn Greenwald dialed his Obama hatred to 11, to the point where he became even more of a parody of himself. The likes of Charles Johnson of LGF and Bob Cesca and Joshua Foust had detailed refutations of Greenwald’s screeds within minutes of him posting them. But, beating up on Obama was good for Greenwald’s bottom line; he was able to parlay his outrage into securing a billionaire sugar daddy into funding his new project. Which leads one to wonder if all this wasn’t just some snowjob by Greenwald, using a dupe like Snowden, in order jump charge a career which had quite frankly stalled. I’m sure Snowden is wondering what he’s getting out of the deal as the winter freeze sets in Moscow and he struggles with Russian lessons.

***

The hostage is delivered mostly unharmed

At various points throughout 2013, Barack Obama made a simple statement: “I will not negotiate with Congress for them to do their job.” He was referring to writing a budget and raising the debt limit so that the Treasury could pay bills Congress had already racked up. He made variations on this statement through the entirety of the spring and summer, as the fiscal tsunami was building.

The beltway media and Republicans in Congress didn’t believe him. “He’ll cave.” “He’s weak.” “He has no leverage.”

They were wrong on all counts. Coordinating strategy with Harry Reid, Obama let the budget deadline come… and pass. He would not repeal Obamacare. He would not amend it with a gun to the country’s head. He would give no concessions so that John Boehner would do the bare minimum of his job, which is to pass a budget, or, in this case, a continuing resolution. Once that resolution and the debt ceiling were dealt with, then normal budget negotiations could begin—negotiations sought by Senate Democrats, and rebuffed by Senate and House Republicans.

It was supposed to be another of Obama’s many “Waterloos”. What actually happened is that Obama and Democrats broke the back of the Tea Party—so much so that when Paul Ryan and Patty Murray released their budget deal to cackles from the usual right wing groups, John Boehner fished out his long-lost manhood and fired back, saying that they were using the American people for ideological ends.

If for nothing else than igniting the long-simmering GOP civil war, Obama, Reid, and Nancy Pelosi deserve our thanks. But they did more than that. The reminded Boehner and Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnel that elections have consequences. The GOP controls one House of one branch of the federal government. Negotiation and compromise are not just kumbaya words, but the only ways to govern a democracy. Hopefully, mainstream Republicans will take that lesson to heart.

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What if they tried to give a war and no one joined in?

Of a piece with the Syrian war drums, those same drums were beating even more insistently for war with Iran over its nuclear program. During the 2008 presidential campaign we were treated to Old Man McCain cavalierly singing “Bomb bomb Iran”. But, what can you expect from someone who graduated second from last in his Naval Academy class and was yet another legacy hire?

Expectations weren’t high at the start of the year for successful negotiations. Then two key events happened. 1) President Obama appointed John Kerry as his Secretary of State. And 2) moderate Hassan Rouhani was allowed to run for Iran’s presidency, and won it.

Rouhani immediately set about—with the support of the real power in Iran, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei—to reorient Iran’s nuclear program to assuage Western fears. Secretary Kerry made reaching agreement with Iran the top priority of his term in office.

It’s amazing what happens when people talk with understanding. All sorts of peace and good-feeling break out. In two November negotiating sessions, a framework agreement was reached, and the dearest dreams of hawks both Israeli and American were dashed.

For a warmonger itching to kill Muslims, Barack Obama sure does a bad job of it.

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BENGHAZI!!!!!11!1!!11

It’s “The Scandal Which Will Finally Bring Down Obama”. And this was the moment the media got into the act, exposing itself completely for the GOP-shilling organ it has become.

From Jonathon Karl building a Benghazi story around doctored emails to Lara Logan airing a hit job on “60 Minutes” with a star “witness” who was no witness to the events in Benghazi, the media went into overdrive flinging feces at the wall to see what would stick. It’s worked before with other presidents, and made many a media member’s career.

But what infuriates the media and the GOP is that in regards to Barack Obama they have to stretch the meaning of the word “scandal” to such an extent that it loses form and disintegrates. And once the scandal is shown to be a house of cards, their efforts to prop it up just makes them look sad and pathetic. And rather amusing. And the President just keeps motoring along, trying to make people’s lives just a bit better. Imagine if we had a media and opposition which didn’t exist merely to gin up outrage.

We’ll probably recycle scandals starting in 2014. Arugula on burgers, anyone?

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Someone who has nothing to do with Obama, except he does

Like Hassan Rouhani, Pope Francis I wouldn’t have come along, or at least have had the same impact, until the Age of Obama.

As a lapsed Catholic who is still heavily informed by his Catholic upbringing, I haven’t been able to help but to view Francis’ travels through the world with anything but admiration since his surprise election this year. No, I don’t expect him to issue a Papal Bull reversing the Church’s stance on gay marriage or contraception. But by flinging open the rusted shutters of the Church to let in fresh air to its musty chambers, he is again taking up the work of Vatican II, with which I grew up, and which had and has much promise.

In general, I’m no believer in Providence. And then the universe throws up a trio like Obama, Rouhani, and Francis. It may be mere luck. But sometimes luck is all we have to fall back on. Luck has to be built on and made to work; but it’s as good a place as any to start.

And he pipped Snowden for Time’s Person of the Year. For which he will probably win sainthood.

***

Forget the website. Millions are getting health care for the first time ever.

Obamacare is a disaster! Obamacare is another Katrina! Obamacare is the greatest threat facing the nation since forced fluoridation!

It’s called a “tell”. When someone’s fulminations become fiercer and more deranged, you know you have him. And he knows you have him.

That’s what we have with Obamacare. Yes, the website glitches were annoying. But these glitches have, to my knowledge, not killed anyone. And they were fixed rather quickly and effectively.

The opponents of health reform were hoping that the website troubles would sink the law. But what’s happened? As the website was fixed, and the state exchanges got up and running, Obamacare enrollment has skyrocketed, meeting and exceeding the projections for this first phase of enrollment. And that’s what they always feared.

There are now millions of people with health care who never had it before, and many for a pittance of a monthly premium. Millions of people who now no longer have to worry about choosing between a doctor’s visit and food on the table. Millions of people who can now take for granted the security of having affordable, reliable access to health care.

And these millions of people will look askance at anyone who wants to throw them back to the tender mercies of what obtained before. If they weren’t voters before, they will be now, and woe to any Gohmert or Paul who wants to take away their health care.

2014 will be the Year of the Obamacare Voter.

***

“The defining challenge of our time”

It’s accepted for a truism that Republican policy favors the rich and Democratic policy favors the poor. And yet the poor seem to grow in ever greater numbers, no matter who controls the White House or the halls of Congress.

On December 5, President Obama drew attention to this crime in the world’s richest nation.

But we know that people’s frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles. Their frustration is rooted in their own daily battles — to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retirement. It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them. And it’s rooted in the fear that their kids won’t be better off than they were. They may not follow the constant back-and-forth in Washington or all the policy details, but they experience in a very personal way the relentless, decades-long trend that I want to spend some time talking about today. And that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.

I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American. It’s why I ran for President. It was at the center of last year’s campaign. It drives everything I do in this office. And I know I’ve raised this issue before, and some will ask why I raise the issue again right now. I do it because the outcomes of the debates we’re having right now — whether it’s health care, or the budget, or reforming our housing and financial systems — all these things will have real, practical implications for every American. And I am convinced that the decisions we make on these issues over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where opportunity is real.

In a way no American president has done since Lyndon Johnson, Barack Obama has staked his entire presidential career on rectifying the groaning chasm of inequality which threatens to destroy this nation as no foreign enemy has ever come close to. Equality of opportunity does not exist for great swathes of the country. The nation’s human and material infrastructure has collapsed due to 30 years of Republican dominance. Passing health reform was the first step in addressing this inequality. The next few years will determine whether we live in a democracy or an oligarchy.

***

2013 was a momentous year. The country’s first black President took his second oath of office. Healthcare reform became a reality. The electorate is starting to see through the lies and calumnies of the Republicans. The work isn’t done, because the work is never done. All we can do is keep marching forward. Here’s to a prosperous, magical, and compassionate 2014.


172 Responses to “2013: Liberal Librarian’s Most Memorable Moments”


  1. December 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    “I’m against hierarchies” – You REBEL!! :)

  2. 9 LDS
    December 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    LL,thank you for soooo much good reads. Going back to do just that.
    Goodnight TOD.
    It is lonely at the top without family and friends.

  3. December 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Magnificent Liberal Librarian. Magnificent.

  4. 12 vcprezofan2
    December 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I knew it! I got up because I had to, and when I return – hey presto, a new post!

  5. 14 amk for obama
    December 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Great report, LL

  6. 15 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Awesome compilation LL – With that “lucky trio” of PBO, Pope Francis and Hassan Rouhani, I’m so looking forward to 2014. :)

  7. 16 amk for obama
    December 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    The work isn’t done, because the work is never done.

    Lesson that rightwingers have learnt not the loony left.

  8. 17 Layla
    December 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    FANTABULOUS LL!!!!!!!!

  9. 18 vcprezofan2
    December 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t know, Lib-L, Congress getting its testicles back was written with such relish that after all my chuckles, I need to recover before moving forward. :grin:

  10. December 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Hey, Chips posted when I wasn’t looking!! LOL. It was a fun piece to write.

  11. December 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Great essay LL. Thanks
    Congrats LDS.

  12. 34 99ts
    December 28, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for this one LL

    “The defining challenge of our time”

    It’s accepted for a truism that Republican policy favors the rich and Democratic policy favors the poor. And yet the poor seem to grow in ever greater numbers, no matter who controls the White House or the halls of Congress.

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    In my world we have a system where Doctors can choose to bill the government directly for some services. They usually do this for low income, retired, families etc. Some doctors bill everyone this way. Some charge more than the government pays – hence we have co-pays for most medical services.

    So our new right wing government has decided it is not fair that the wealthy pay more, it is not fair that the poor and disadvantaged have equal access to health care with the rich – obviously the poor go the doctor way too much – because it is free. I cannot believe how much they copy the GOP and the American media – just ghastly. And we get this – “suggestion” – some RW think tank was no doubt paid a fortune to come up with the idea

    “A Commission of Audit, set up by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has received a submission recommending the co-payment system for GP visits.”
    AND the man who wrote the report says the following

    “You would basically be asked the question, do I really need to go to the doctor for this? Could I just look after myself?” he said.

    “People don’t always need to see a doctor for things that they see a GP for, particularly minor things like coughs and colds and particularly flu in the winter.”

    Much better and cheaper if the poors drop dead rather than go to the doctor – who needs to see a doctor when they have Flu in the winter!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-29/ama-criticises-proposals-for-new-gp-fee/5177522

    I think I live on another planet to these people

    • 35 amk for obama
      December 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Can’t blame voter turn-out for last election. Just shows how people all over the world vote against their own interest all the time.

      • 36 99ts
        December 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Unreal amk – most voted against labor – rather than for this lot – but same result. Abbott is 10 steps below GWB – I would equate him to Rick Santorum

        • December 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm

          I was watching “Dateline London” today, and the panel made a rather depressing point. Yes, Labor leads the polling right now. BUT, the Tories and UKIP collectively lead Labour. Fucking amazing.

          • 38 99ts
            December 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

            They can always blame turnout – as amk noted – we cannot.

            Hopefully attacking their access to health care might send a few older folks here to the other side – but it seems to be the 40-60 year old working people and the wealthier retirees who vote for the GOP equivalent – I have a few in my family – which makes for some ghastly conversations.

  13. 39 GGail
    December 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Leave it to the Librarian to NOT include pictures!!!

    What I’ve read so far is pretty good, then it hit me – “hey!” “where are the pictures”??????!!!!!!!

  14. 43 amk for obama
    December 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Bought a cute ultraportable laptop for the daughter unit y’day as a NY present (that’s 1000 bucks I’ll never see). I can swear I grew an inch thick stubble waiting for the f@$*&$ M$ to update. Friggin’ 1.5 GB for a brand new ‘puter?

  15. December 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    So, I bought Danny a giant cuddly broccoli today. And why not? This is a respectable (ish) blog, so I won’t tell you what he’s doing with it right now. Jeeeeesus.

  16. 90 JER
    December 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

  17. 92 amk for obama
    December 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

  18. 96 carla4obama
    December 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    LL…you are amazing the way you have analyzed these events of 2013. How I wish we could have them published in a major paper. The “Obama” is a “failure” meme has not been pushed back enough. The media still has not been handed their collective “testicles” back to them. But in all fairness, I think their “collective testicles” have long since shriveled up and are no longer palpable.
    LL…you are my favorite writer. Thank you!!

    • December 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you Carla! As I said above, this is my only piece of writing during my holiday staycation. I plan to be back in force come the new year. (Assuming nothing of importance happens between now and then. The world is funny that way.)

  19. 98 carolyn
    December 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    LL…..very thoughtful and written so beautifully as usual. One quibble…..”When the beltway was sure, just sure that the bombs would start flying soon…” I think it was “And when the beltway media wanted the bombs to start flying soon because they had ordered up all the snazzy new graphics.”
    Yes, I do believe the pundits and beltway nuts did WANT a new war. And, since the president did not “allow” them to have one, they have been even harder on him than before.
    On the last post I wrote about Dan Rather’s book “Rather Outspoken” and he totally supports what we say here about the media, and he would agree with my statement about the media wanting war. He says the press has been so corporatized and trivialized that we do not get any genuine news, and investigative journalism is dead.
    Another reason, places such as this are so important, and we have a job to do!

    • December 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      I think that the media has been chasing the first high of the First Gulf War every since Bernie Williams was in that Baghdad hotel room.

      • 100 amk for obama
        December 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

        All the msm glorification of that Lie called wot would have been justified if only the corrupt neocons had a plan in place for post-saddam era. The fucking bastids screwed up the entire ME forever with that looting called iraq war.

  20. December 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Okay, amended perfect gimlet:

    2 oz gin
    juice of half a lime
    one packet of sugar

  21. December 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    You know, with as much UK tv as I now watch, you’d think I’d be packing my bags and moving to London as the next logical step. But, it was 74 today in LA. On Dec. 28. So, yeah, no.

  22. December 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    • December 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Bob, I’ve been meaning to get your take on PM Erdogan’s predicament. When he started to blame “evil foreign actors”, I got the feeling that things wouldn’t end well.

      • December 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        This was written in October of this year, LL:

        Clip

        “Erdogan does not seem concerned about threats to the country’s social cohesion; instead, he is focused on threats to his own rule.”

        Clip

        “The conditions for Turkey’s military coups were created by confrontational governments that responded to social discontent with oppression and violence. Erdogan has revived this authoritarian style of leadership. Unless he learns the right lessons from his country’s history, Erdogan’s conjuring of the 1960 coup could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

        I’d urge everyone here to read the entire monograph – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/opinion/erdogan-stokes-the-sectarian-fires.html

        I see no evidence that Erdogan has learned ‘the right lessons.’

  23. December 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  24. 111 amk for obama
    December 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Ok, TOD’ers time to chip in.

    Let’s start a funding drive for our blog mistress. Sorta mend the fences with the bt. I am in. What say you?

  25. December 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    There really is nothing like spending a nice Saturday evening online with friends and smashing gimlets. Cheers!

    (If you’re wondering, the missus got home from work at 5 pm, and is gearing up to go back to the same residence at midnight. So she’s just lolling in bed. Lazy.)

  26. 125 forus50
    December 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    From the days of authentic musicians appearing in the TV Christmas specials. This is from Johnny Cash’s Christmas Show 1978

    • 126 dotster3
      December 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Loved those 2—–have seen Kris thru the years (and recent sad news about him) but nothing about Rita, that I can recall.

  27. December 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I loved your entire list, but I have to put Syria pretty high on the list, because it demonstrated the brilliance of Barack Obama.

    Remember when everyone was screaming War in Syria?

    And, we had all those GOP clowns talking about impeachment?

    The President flipped that script…got on tv and said,

    ” you know what, I’m going to let Congress debate about Syria.”

    Everyone in Washington went

    WHAT THE FUCK?

    The President just sat back and went about his merry way…

    The MSM was so ready for ‘War in Syria’ ratings….

    They had the ‘Syria is just like Iraq’ signs ready….

    The Neo-Cons were livid…they were finally gonna get their war with Iran…

    The Military Industrial Complex was counting all the contracts..

    And here goes the President fucking all that up.

    • 128 forus50
      December 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Totally agree rikyrah. That decision had every neocon, mediacon and GOPer sputtering. So surprised, pissed off and not a CLUE what to do about it. And POTUS explained his decision with such clarity and authenticity that Americans were like, “Well, yeah, that makes sense.”

      • 129 carolyn
        December 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        Yes, they had already planned their war coverage, and the assignments for embedding “With the troops” and anticipating “shock and awe” That this did NOT happen and they had egg on their faces, is one reason I think the coverage of PBO has gotten even more negative in the last months, and they are trying to say he had a bad year. They were made to look like the fools they are, and “hell hath no fury like the press scorned.”

    • 130 dotster3
      December 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Brilliantly stated, rik. So true!

  28. 131 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    If Lawrence is lurking and reading this post, he’s probably nodding in agreement with LL’s segment on Snowden…..

  29. December 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  30. December 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I love your writing LL. Very thought provoking. Thanks for your summary.

  31. 136 amk for obama
    December 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  32. December 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    If Pope Francis and President Obama continue to teach and act, as they are, that ‘path’ could become the dominant paradigm of the 21st Century.

    It’s for each of US to make it so, no matter what.

    Yes We Can

  33. 140 forus50
    December 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    LL,
    Great post. I’m interested in your thoughts on this excerpt: “Expectations weren’t high at the start of the year for successful negotiations. Then two key events happened. 1) President Obama appointed John Kerry as his Secretary of State. And 2) moderate Hassan Rouhani was allowed to run for Iran’s presidency, and won it.” Am I reading too much into it that in your opinion Sec Clinton wouldn’t have pursued these Iranina negotiations in the same way as Kerry? She has always appeared to more of a hawk of course than Kerry and POTUS but I could never tell if it was due to trying to get street cred being female or she really was that much of a hawk. For me, authenticity and Ms. Clinton have never appeared in the same pantsuit.

  34. 148 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I was looking at the NYT tweet stating that Bill Clinton will preside at the deBlasio mayoral inauguration. And most of the responses aren’t too happy. It does seem a bit odd, but I will wait to pass judgment.

  35. 149 mtmarilyn
    December 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    LL, what a great collection of events. I like not putting numbers on them. I have a hard time thinking which important.

  36. December 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Chips, if you have property insurance, call them. No need for you to do anything but let them handle it. That’s why you pay premiums.

    • December 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Good lord, I knew I was striving to remember something. Yes, let the insurance handle everything.

      • December 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

        Had to go through it once under different circumstances. Know only too well.

      • 153 99ts
        December 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

        From my knowledge of my property insurers – it could be MUCH easier to talk to the neighbors. One of our trees fell into the neighbor’s fence/yard. We knew it was our problem and didn’t argue at all. Needless to say because of neighborhood damage it took over 8 weeks to get it cleared/fixed. We kept them up to date – and everyone stayed friends.

        I would wait for the neighbor to get home – as Chips is doing – could be a very different story.

  37. 154 taiping1
    December 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Wonderful essay. Should be spread everywhere. Beats the GOP media hands down.

  38. 155 dotster3
    December 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Want to add my accolades, LL, to your most excellent post. You didn’t need any fancy picture show, your writing is so great.

  39. 157 amk for obama
    December 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    aarrgghh, bt.

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  40. 159 Jovie
    December 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Back to Benghazi Benghazi again?

    Just in time for the Sunday shows? Leaked by Issa no doubt!

    • 160 Jovie
      December 29, 2013 at 12:16 am

      It casts doubt of what republicans have been saying -just wonder why this waited so long?

      • 161 99ts
        December 29, 2013 at 2:29 am

        Because the press supports the GOP Jovie – this won’t be on the Sunday shows – they only attack the President and the Democrats – they support GOP lies.

    • 162 anniebella
      December 29, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Well I don’t respect the New York Times anymore then I respect Chuck Todd, TeaNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC.

  41. 163 LDS
    December 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    “All we can do is keep marching FOWARD.”
    LL, I could not sleep after reading your thoughts well written in whatever order you put them.
    Minus the pictures, it was like reading radio. Which I enjoy because I cannot stand to see the ugly make-up faces putting their own spin what they want us to think happened.
    Your last paragraph painfully summed it up. It will never end.
    But thanks to all the people here, tweets, Facebook the truth is setting a whole lot of us free. While at the same time pulling the covers off liars, privileged racists and those who have arrived caring less about anyone else but themselves.

    Thank you POB for a memorable 2013.
    2013 was not a failure.
    They were. And still are for not working with this once in a lifetime President to help push this country forward whom they claim to love so dearly.

    • 164 majiir
      December 29, 2013 at 1:07 am

      As always, LDS, the proof is in the pudding, and the GOPTPers have already shown they care nothing about doing what is right for the nation and its’ citizens. What they care about most is themselves and having the opportunity to wield power over the lives of others. Everything else is secondary or not important to them. 2013 is only considered to be a failure for those who are thinking only of themselves. PBO is one of the most unselfish POTUS that I’ve seen in my lifetime, and it’s a damn shame that millions of Americans don’t realize what a precious gift to the nation and world that he is.

  42. 165 majiir
    December 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

    LL, you are an excellent writer and a very compassionate human being. I always appreciate your wonderful insight into the many issues we face as a nation and world. Please keep writing and sharing your unique insight and thoughts.

  43. 166 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Good Early Morning,

    I didn’t want to take away from the beautiful post written by LL but can’t resist posting this tweet which has such a nice picture of the First Couple.

    3ChicsPolitico ‏@3ChicsPolitico 1h
    The President & First Lady’s Interview with People. http://www.baracklovesmichelle.com/the-president-first-ladys-interview-with-people …. pic.twitter.com/LQdCMSVxR3

  44. 170 Bill R.
    December 29, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Thanks, LL. Great summary!

  45. 172 Nena20409
    December 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Good Day TODers ;)

    Awesome LL. Just Brilliant. Wow.


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