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Democracy Wanted

 

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Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk turn stolen ballot boxes into trashcans

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An elderly woman casts her vote for the Ukrainian presidential elections into the ballot box of a mobile polling station, at her home outside Kiev, Ukraine

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Election commission officials count ballots at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine

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Pro-Russian militants smash ballot boxes in front of the seized regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine

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A Ukrainian soldier with his daughter, casts his ballot during voting in the presidential election at a polling station in the village of Kovyri in the Lviv region of western Ukraine


109 Responses to “Democracy Wanted”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    May 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Yes?

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      May 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Or ‘no’?

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      May 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Dancing a jig – it’s ‘YESSSS!’

    • 4 Cindy
      May 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Congrats on 1st vcp!

      HAPPY BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY NIGHT TO YOU!

      Hope your garden produces beautiful and delicious fruits and vegetables; rewarding your hard work today : )

      Have an AWESOME evening, and off for a manicure on Tuesday : ) you have earned it.

  2. May 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Great photos NW

    • 7 carolyn
      May 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Madeleine Albright always wears a brooch on her left shoulder. I see the one today looks like an angel. Knowing her, there is significance to that choice. She does nothing accidentally.

      Sorry to say, I’m afraid international observers should come here to “observe” elections in certain of our states!!!

      • 8 HZ
        May 25, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        Hello Carolyn. Madeleine Albright has a very lovely book, ” Read My Pins” that I read, and I am sure you will love it as well because she tells the story why she wears a brooch most, if not all of the time. The books is quiet informative in a beautiful manner. Yes, diplomacy is the key. I think you will enjoy reading this one.

        I have the book in my library, and I totally enjoy placing it on one of the “Interesting Titles,” of all of the shelves. Enjoy.HZ

        • 9 susanne
          May 26, 2014 at 12:41 am

          aloha hz
          thanks for sharing this info about ms albright’s book. i read your post, and just ordered it from my library.
          and to everyone at the obama diary, have a blessed, safe, and peaceful memorial day!

      • 10 jacquelineoboomer
        May 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm

        Yes, Madeleine has a huge collection of the brooches, mostly gifts, all with a story!

  3. 11 vcprezofan2
    May 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    O-ho! I am being shunned. Is this because I showed up late on a weekend?

  4. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    May 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Nerdy, thank you for these photos and for all you did today–a true triumph of information delivery. Except for the fascist terrorists in Donetsk, these are wonderful examples of democracy in action. I love the idea of the mobile polling places–some of our more backward states could learn a lot from what Ukrainians did here. This whole election was a victory against Putin. Once people experience their power in deciding how they want to be governed, they will not surrender it. And that’s Putin’s worst nightmare.

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Well said, jackieG.

      And I agree, NW, thanks for bringing everything together in one post, so we can take a look and size up the situation, without struggling to catch up! “Democracy wanted” ~ yes, indeed.

    • 15 Nerdy Wonka
      May 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks, Jackie.

      Very well expressed commentary.

  5. May 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    ….Yet another massacre occurred last night at an institution of learning, this time the University of California, Santa Barbara. The price we paid for the National Rifle Association’s “freedom” was seven people murdered and seven injured at nine different crime scenes. A young man who Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown called “severely mentally disturbed” drove by various student hangouts to commit an act of “premeditated mass murder” apparently—according to videos posted to YouTube and threats made to women on campus—due to his anger at being “rejected” by women on campus.

    Of course, this is all too familiar: a young aggrieved male, mentally disturbed, threatening others—especially women—but still able to get his hands on a high-capacity magazine of the variety used in so many other mass murders. This doesn’t happen in any other high income country with the regularity it does here; in fact, it almost never happens in any of them.

    But here, in the good ole US of A, we’ve allowed a group of rich, entitled thugs who run an operation fronting for arms dealers—guys who represent a minority position on pretty much every issue having to do with reasonable regulation of firearms even among gun owners—to dictate our policies to cowardly, careerist politicians……continued

  6. May 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    If you’re a new graduate, there is much to worry about: you have to face a mountain of student debt, a sluggish job market and a workforce that is increasingly giving up hope on finding employment. But not all hope is lost. The tech sector — that shiny citadel of Silicon Valley — is still the fastest growing sector of American economy, and there are increasing opportunities for young, tech-savvy people with a head for business. And if you happen to have graduated from one of these institutions — well, you may have a head start.

    For those interested in a career in tech, Wired combed through countless LinkedIn accounts and put together this handy chart to illustrate where top American tech companies’ recruits graduate from. Stanford seems like an obvious feeder school for the Valley, but you’d be surprised to learn that it’s not the number one school on this list; in fact, it’s the University of Washington, which is the biggest recruiting ground for Microsoft.

    If you’re looking to work at IBM, you should know that a huge chunk of the company’s recruits come from India — Bangalore University, Visvesvaraya Technological University, University of Pune, Osmania University and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University all hail from there. For Canadians, Microsoft is your best bet: 600 alums from the University of Waterloo have gone to work at the company.

    And as for Google, Stanford and UC Berkeley are big feeder schools; but you have other opportunities later on down the road even if you don’t graduate from these schools. For instance, Microsoft is the top feeder company to Google, so it’s a good idea to build your resume there before you apply for a job at the search giant……continued

  7. 18 GGAIL
    May 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Encouraging post NW.

    Congrats VC on First!

  8. May 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. A few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers were all it took. Then someone snapped pictures of the address where she has a P.O. box and put those online, too. In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. “Belinda?” the person wrote. “Is that you?” Her offense? Trying to market and sell a new .22-caliber handgun that uses a radio frequency-enabled stopwatch to identify the authorized user so no one else can fire it……

    Omer Kiyani’s hands still shake when he remembers the day that changed the course of his life. He was 16 years old, riding in a car with a group of friends, when someone started firing a gun outside the car. Kiyani — who never identified the shooter and has trouble remembering the incident — was shot in the mouth. After several surgeries, his physical problems faded away, but the shooting left an indelible impression on his psyche.

    Yes, he believes in making guns safer, but he’s not your typical safety advocate. He’s a gun owner himself, and he wants to control firearms in the most practical of ways. That’s why he founded Sentinl, a Detroit-based startup that’s designing a biometric gun lock called Identilock. Attaching to a gun’s trigger, it unlocks only when the owner applies a fingerprint. Now that he’s a father, Kiyani says, he’s even more motivated to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent his kids from having to go through the trauma he experienced. “I understand what can happen when you’re on the wrong side of a firearm,” he explains……continued

    • May 25, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Left a comment for you and Bobfr on an earlier thread — but today has been so eventful, new threads are appearing quickly.

      The NYT had a “both-sides” article on a company attempting to utilize this technology a few weeks ago.

      But microstamping seems like a better option than limiting the firing of weapons by the owners. In addition to #WhiteMalePrivilege, I believe that the mass murderers in #Aurora, #Newtown CT and #IslaVista CA all killed with weapons they (or a family member) owned.

      Click on the TNR article in this tweet for a link to the illuminating @Maddow segment on this technology, which was developed for Taser guns.

      For your reference, here’s the map for CA-CD 26. I really feel like it’s up to @JuliaBrownley26 or her colleague who represents the Isla Vista to introduce new legislation that will make a lasting difference to protect American citizens.

  9. 22 Vicki
    May 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    NY Times did a very long and boring piece on Jeb today. It was about his reading habits. No, I’m not kidding.
    There was a highlighted list of his current favorites, his kindle preferences and so on.
    Clearly the framing is to distinguish him from his brother who is best known for his reading of “My Pet Goat.”
    We are meant to understand that Jeb is the smart one. The curious one.

    It seems to me that the RW Clinton coverage is a distraction. Useful for trying to diminish POTUS’s appeal.
    Jeb is what comes next.

    • 23 MightyPamela
      May 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      “We’ve had enough Bushes.” – Barbara Bush

      • 24 Vicki
        May 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        The part of Barbara Bushes statement that hasn’t gotten as much publicity was that we’ve also had enough Clintons. I thought Mrs. Bush’s slap at Billary was intentional and it landed. Retold history has distorted the original statement.

        • 25 MightyPamela
          May 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

          Completely agree with her, I do remember a bit of that part. Maybe it could be refreshed and sent around the webz! People need reminding..

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      May 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Vicki if the NYT thinks Republican primary voters care about reading lists, they are living in a parallel universe. Republicans have spent decades cultivating an attitude of anti-intellectualism to rile up their base against science or historical fact. I know a lot of Republicans who thought it was great that George Bush was one of them. Book learning would not be a selling point.

      • 27 Vicki
        May 25, 2014 at 10:34 pm

        Jackie, the Times is not aimed at GOP primary voters but at center right Dems, old Rockefeller centrist repubs, Wall Street. TP and the RW base have outlived their usefulness and will do as they are told.

    • 28 0388jojothecat
      May 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      His daddy started a war, his brother started two wars, and old jebby will probably start three or four wars just to stay in office while bankrupting the USA and killing millions in its wake. No way in hell will or should anyone vote for any Republican especially a bush.

  10. May 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    On a lighter note… #Ukraine

  11. May 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    “It says, ‘No entrance,’ but you just enter,” physicist Andre Geim told me about the graphite mines in the mountains where he often hikes. His comment embodied the insouciance behind his Nobel Prize–winning physics experiment and his habit of experimenting deliberately outside of his area of expertise.

    Geim, a Russian-born Dutch and British citizen and a professor at the University of Manchester, and his colleague Konstantin Novoselov won the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics for their experiments involving the single-atom-thick material called graphene—the thinnest, strongest, most conductive material in existence. It is predicted to replace silicon and transform the electronics industry as we know it…..

    Compounding the honor of winning the Nobel is that Geim is the only scientist to date to win both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel, the award given to scientists for experiments so outlandish that they “first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Ig Nobel–winning experiments have included an award in chemistry for a wasabi-made alarm clock designed to rouse a sleeping person in an emergency and a peace prize “for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain.” The preeminent journal Nature has called the Ig Nobel announcements, organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, “arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar.”

    Geim won the Ig Nobel in Physics in 2000 for levitating a live frog with magnets. “In my experience, if people don’t have a sense of humor, they are usually not very good scientists either,” he said. The image of the flying frog first made the rounds after its publication in the April 1997 issue of Physics World, though many assumed it was an April Fools’ Day prank….continued light reading :cool:

  12. 31 criquet
    May 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Hi guys. Anyone know what this is about:

  13. May 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Following Arapaho’s lead…..some random lighthearted stuff.

    Apparently Addis Abeba, Ethiopia saves money by not posting traffic lights or hiring cops!

    Back stateside where the San Francisco Giants play baseball……… “McCovey Cove has been host to home run seekers for years. But Saturday night, a fan took his kayak setup to a new level. The Bay Area broadcast showed that one Giants fan had a grill setup on the front of his kayak. A good way to pass the time while waiting for a long ball.”

  14. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    May 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    If anyone has the opportunity to catch ‘The Normal Heart’ when HBO re-airs it again tonight, you must, must, MUST.

    It’s about the start of the AIDS epidemic in 1981 and how at first the LGBT population tried to ignore it as a real problem because they felt it would roll back the rights they had fought for but finally decided to get up and fight and make the U.S. government do something instead of shunning them, not funding research, not treating patients, and making the public sit up and take notice about what was happening in society to fathers, sons, brothers, nephews, etc.

    When HBO gets it right, it really, really, really gets it right.

    • May 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Agree,NW! I have got it on DVR. Watching the Spurs vs.Thunder right now, but I read this great review this morning: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/arts/television/mark-ruffalo-stars-in-larry-kramers-the-normal-heart.html

    • May 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Glad to see that this plague is getting some attention, but sorry to see that it’s only available on HBO, which means it’s not available to many people.

      Those of us who lived through this epidemic don’t need a reminder of how devastating it was to so many people, not just the gay community.

      I lost one of my best friends in high school to this scourge. He always had the cutest, most popular girl on his arm in Junior High and High School, but announced his orientation the summer before college. Gay wasn’t a term back then — I think it was harder to announce to the world that you were a homosexual, but I may be wrong.

      The disease was relentless in the 1980s — a death sentence. Several gay colleagues died during the 1980s. College students were very aware of the risk that unprotected sex (with any gender) posed.

  15. 45 amk for obama
    May 25, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    hungary is no better in its rightward tilt.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-eu-27571116

  16. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    May 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm
    • 49 MightyPamela
      May 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      I ought not admit it, but this toon is totally cracking me up – especially the upside down one between the eyes!! It’s kind of how I felt about my upstairs neighbor yesterday. Today he’s behaving a bit more civilly… So eff’ing weird.

  17. 50 amk for obama
    May 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    With today’s roller coaster economy, many new graduates are eschewing the corporate ladder in favour of temporary positions or the chance to be their own boss.

    “The world of big business would have been the first port of call for ambitious new graduates,” wrote Maite Baron, chief executive officer at The Corporate Escape, a London-based career-transition consultancy that helps disillusioned employees become business owners.

    “Now, however, not only has the corporate sector far fewer jobs to offer, but they also look increasingly unattractive – tarnished as they are by bad practice, and with salaries, pensions and perks that seem inadequate compensation for the high stress and long hours required,” Baron said.

    In Europe, the numbers for self-employment are quite high: In the UK, roughly 15%of workers are self-employed while in Greece, that number jumps to 30%, according to the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO). In the US, the number is 6.6%, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder.

    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140523-rejecting-the-corporate-ladder

  18. 51 amk for obama
    May 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm
    • 52 0388jojothecat
      May 25, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      AMK I believe any GOP presidential candidate has gotten instructions to start as many wars a possible until the country is bankrupted. The recipe is one war is too few and won’t get you re-elected, two ongoing wars will get you re-elected but won’t bankrupt America….but three or four wars or one big war with China/Russia or Iran/Isreal with the help of faux noise will get you re-elected and maybe a run at an illegal third term with the help of the gop bought and for scotus.

  19. 53 amk for obama
    May 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm
  20. 54 amk for obama
    May 25, 2014 at 10:35 pm
  21. May 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Heads up Arizona tweeters (DF, Lockewasright, Jackie, et.al.):

    JO’B posted a tweet from @CaraPrior2014 earlier today, which I retweeted.

    @CaraPrior2014 followed me, and also RT’d my tweet to my Congressioal Rep (see above). @CaraPrior2014 says in her timeline that she follows back, so if you want a new follower, follow her.

    JO’B called our attention to the photo in the lower right.

    When I was in high school (during the Gulf of Tonkin, My Lai Massacre, Kent State, etc.), I was so moved by a black-and-white photo of a young man visiting the grave of his buddy that I put it on my bedroom wall.

    War does so much damage to the human heart.

    So glad that PBO visited Afghanistan today.

  22. 58 hopefruit2
    May 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    These pictures of the Ukrainian election are really powerful – and inspiring. Thanks so much NW for posting and keeping us updated on this historic event.

    • 59 MightyPamela
      May 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Those masked vandals, pro-Russian separatists, look like a bunch of chickenshit thugs to me, afraid to show their faces because they know they are wrong.

      • 60 amk for obama
        May 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        just like the bedsheet clad kkk kowards.

        • 61 MightyPamela
          May 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm

          Indeed. So they may hope the neighbors cannot recognize them the next day at church service, giving thanks and worshipping their all-forgiving God.

  23. 62 amk for obama
    May 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Lithuania’s incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite has declared victory following a second round of voting in the Baltic country’s presidential elections.

    With nearly all votes counted she had won 58% with her Social Democrat rival Zigmantas Balcytis trailing on 42%.

    The election was fought amid rising concerns in the region after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

    Ms Grybauskaite thanked her supporters for granting her a second term.

    “No president has been elected twice in a row in Lithuania. It will be a historic victory for all of you,” she said.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27571609

  24. May 25, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Excellent post, NW!!!!

  25. 64 amk for obama
    May 25, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Afghanistan’s election commission has fired 5,338 of its staff over alleged fraud in the first round of presidential elections last month.

    Those sacked will be barred from working on the second round next month, commission officials said.

    Both the leading candidates have made allegations of fraud.

    Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats to take part in the election. Turnout was double that of the previous election in 2009.

    Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah won the most votes in the first round, with 44.9%. Ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani came second with 31.5%.

    Most of those dismissed were district field co-ordinators who were responsible for polling centres on election day, says the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul.

    The head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan, Yousaf Nuristani, told reporters he had asked the interior minister to sack several police chiefs who were involved in electoral fraud in the first round.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27566088

  26. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    May 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Old names die hard …

    More trivia from the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land. His schedule included a meeting with Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (who’s been known as the Green Pope, since he espouses environmental causes, in addition to promoting religious freedom, human rights, etc.).

    Bartholomew I attended the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis last year, “paving the way for better Catholic-Orthodox relations.” It was the first time that the spiritual head of Orthodox Christians had attended a papal inaugural Mass since the Great Schism in 1054 … After, he invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land in 2014 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. Pope Francis was also invited to Constantinople for the feast day of Saint Andrew [in November].

    The Turkish government does not accept his title, and refers to him as “Bartholomew I, Patriarch of the Fener Rum Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul,” to no avail. Bartholomew I says, “We’ve had this title since the 6th century… The word ecumenical has no political content … ”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecumenical_Patriarch_Bartholomew_I_of_Constantinople

    Here’s where I separate from the official stuff (hope I don’t seem blasphemous). If you’re a member of my generation, this is the first thing that pops in your head, after reading some of this (if you’re a little crazy, as am I)!

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Now, I’m watching their meeting … with tears in my eyes … and I’m joking about the song! #InstantMortification #TheNunsWereRight

      Oh, well, gotta be me.

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        May 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

        One of the Patriarch’s quotes that I appreciated was: “Fear is one of our greatest sins. Do not be afraid … exchange fear with love.”

        I always think of President Obama when I hear these good-intentioned leaders. He uses the same poetic tone when he reminds us “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” and … more colloquially … “Don’t boo … vote!”

        • 68 0388jojothecat
          May 25, 2014 at 11:59 pm

          Also First Lady Michelle Obama told people when they started running for President and people asked if she were afraid for her husband…….she said being afraid was not an option.

          • 69 jacquelineoboomer
            May 26, 2014 at 12:21 am

            That’s right!

            The Obamas are spectacular people. Few among us (usually the most successful people) would even think to say “being afraid was not an option,” to that level. We all try to be brave at certain things in our lives and careers, but they are spectacularly so.

            As are all those who actually report for duty to serve in our military. I know I could never be that brave.

  27. 70 hopefruit2
    May 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Does anyone know when our President is expected to be back in DC?

    • 71 hopefruit2
      May 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      I got my answer!

      • 72 jacquelineoboomer
        May 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

        Is old Markie with him? Why haven’t we seen the snack menu from AF1, in that case? :)

        • 73 hopefruit2
          May 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm

          LOL – don’t worry, I’m sure Markie will have the full breakfast menu bright and early tomorrow! Hehehe…

      • 75 globalcitizenlinda
        May 26, 2014 at 12:12 am

        PBO’s daily-schedule is really hectic – even on what one may expect to be a day when many pause their routines!

  28. 76 hopefruit2
    May 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm
  29. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    May 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm
  30. 78 MightyPamela
    May 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I’ll say goodnight, I have candle and LightWork to continue. Many blessings, big hugs all around. God Bless our President, and may he rest in the love of his dear and precious family tonight. Amen.

  31. May 25, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Pete from Mad Men:
    “Marriage is a racket.”

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  32. 82 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2014 at 12:07 am

    ooooh…ooooh…get the popcorn y’all!!! Frank Luntz and Todd McKinnon, two RW GOPers are at each other’s throats over the recent shooting incident…

    Apparently, Todd McKinnon has been unhinged and his Twitter TL is one long tirade for the last 24 hrs…I just read some his extremely VILE posts…

    Caution: Not for the faint of heart….

    • 83 hopefruit2
      May 26, 2014 at 12:09 am

      OOPs it’s Todd Kincannon, not *McKinnon* as I posted above :) :) It’s getting to be past my bedtime… LOL!

      • 84 jacquelineoboomer
        May 26, 2014 at 12:25 am

        I don’t like Frank Luntz at all … but his condescending tweet was a good one … this one time!

  33. 85 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2014 at 12:16 am
  34. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2014 at 12:34 am
  35. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Y’all probably know this, but I notice C-Span will air the Memorial Day observance at Arlington with the President at 11 E (10 C) on Monday.

  36. 91 kathleenp444
    May 26, 2014 at 12:47 am

    oh dear, hf2… do i dare? yes, i think i do, after all, dare… here i gooooo!!

  37. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Goodnight, all. And a special thanks to our veterans, past and present, especially the fallen heroes.

  38. May 26, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Democracy ….

    Good night TOD

  39. 100 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2014 at 5:49 am
  40. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2014 at 5:51 am
  41. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2014 at 5:54 am
  42. 103 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2014 at 5:56 am
  43. 104 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2014 at 6:23 am
  44. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2014 at 6:30 am
  45. May 26, 2014 at 6:51 am
  46. 108 LDS
    May 26, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Good morning TOD!
    Beautiful day already in NYC. Getting ready for “Fleet Week”
    I just want to remind everyone that last year this event event was not happening because the GOP closed down the government.
    How dare they even mention anything about VA!
    So disgusted with their BS…..
    I came home to learn late yesterday from the most reliable news source that our Commander-in-Chief had flown to Afghanistan.
    I tell you every time he plays golf, something happens. I mean really happens!

    He is truly an amazing human being.
    To God be all the glory for keeping him safe, restful and peaceful during his travels.
    But most of all, a loving caring wife and family to come home to.

    Happy Memorial Day to everyone here as we continue to pray for our brave, wounded service men and women, their families.
    Thanks to those who gave their lives for our freedom here and abroad.
    Thank you, Mr. President for being a man of peace and not war.

    Welcome home, Jovie.


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