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Rise and Shine

 On This Day: President Obama greets First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha upon their arrival at a barbecue in celebration of his 49th birthday on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 8, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:30: The President meets with Secretary of Labor Perez; Roosevelt Room

12:10: Meets with Secretary of Commerce Pritzker; Roosevelt Room

12:45: White House Press Briefing

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Steve Benen: ‘To prevent a potential act of genocide,’ Obama acts in Iraq

Since the U.S. war in Iraq ended, and American troops returned home, it’s fair to say President Obama has been reluctant to re-engage militarily in Iraq. Our role in the country, the White House argued, was over. It’s time for Iraq to operate as an independent nation.

But as conditions changed in Iraq changed, so too did the president’s willingness to intervene.

…. The administration was eager yesterday to make clear what this isn’t – we’re not invading Iraq; we’re not pursuing “regime change”; we’re not looking for imaginary WMD; we’re not deploying boots on the ground. Watching the president’s remarks, the two words that stood out for me were “targeted” and “genocide” – the latter reinforced the argument that we have a good reason to intervene; the former was a reminder that Obama is eyeing a very limited mission.

More here

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A Word from Japa

As so many of us already realize, we are quite lucky we have the President and CIC we have. I consider myself somewhat intelligent and able to analyze things, but I definitely don’t have what it would take to be President (although I would do a better job than any GOPer).

We talk about all the qualities PBO brings to the table, but I think the absolutely most important one is courage. He isn’t sending troops into Iraq not because the American people are tired of war, though they are, but because he knows it would be the wrong thing to do.

I truly believe that if he felt it was necessary in the long term for us to have boots on the ground, he would send them there. It would be reluctantly, but he would do it. He would get screamed at by everyone, including me for doing so. But he has the courage to do what he absolutely feels is the right thing to do.

Not too many Presidents in the past have had that (some have, not saying he is the only one). In this sense, Ezra is right, he has broken politics as we know it. Not everything he has done is based upon the politics involved. And that is a good thing.

I remember when he said good policy is also good politics. And that is his priority, policy first, politics second. This is the thing the pundits just don’t get.

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ThinkProgress: This Ancient Religion Is Being Threatened With Extermination In Iraq

They represent the vast majority of a religion that rose alongside the world’s most popular faiths. Now, members of the Yazidi are cut off from the rest of the world, forced to choose between death at the hands of the militants threatening their families and the elements that have already ended the lives of dozens of children.

“There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads,” Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for UNICEF, told the Washington Post. The situation that drove the Yazidi to the protection of Mount Sinjar is one that most analysts had hoped would not come to pass. Over the weekend, members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) managed to take the town of Sinjar from the Kurdish forces who held it. “There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State,” Babille continued. “It’s a disaster, a total disaster.”

More here

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Emily Bazelon (Slate): Obama Is on a Pro-Labor Roll

The president just signed the most important workers’ rights reform of the past 20 years.

…. it’s a little odd that the latest executive order in this bunch has gone virtually ignored (following a few dutiful daily news stories) even though it packs the biggest punch.

“This is one of the most important positive steps for civil rights in the last 20 years,” Paul Bland, executive director of Public Justice, a public-interest law group, says of the July 31 order.

The employer-side law firm Littler Mendelson calls it “the most sweeping order to date” that the Obama administration has aimed at federal contractors. The trade group Associated Builders and Contractors is “strongly opposed” and says the order could create a federal contractor “blacklist.”

What’s this about? Bear with me for a minute, because there’s a reason this one isn’t lighting up TV screens or Twitter. It’s important, but it’s also kind of technical.

More here

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Michael Grunwald: Wall Street Didn’t Win – Financial Reform Is Working

The political system made the financial system more resilient — though not immune — to crises

For some critics, it’s an article of faith that the Obama Administration’s financial reforms were a sham, that the Too-Big-To-Fail banks that shredded the system in 2008 are riskier than ever, that “Wall Street Won,” as my favorite magazine declared last year. But there’s a mountain of evidence that reform is working. And the mountain grew last week, despite the denials of the critics.

More here

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Dean Obeidallah: Stop the Anti-Semitism When Talking Gaza

Criticism of Israel’s actions in Gaza is one thing. But anti-Semitism is quite another. Keep it away. Far, far away.

At a crowded Muslim-American event I attended Sunday in North Jersey, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, spoke about a range of issues. The audience, many of whom have supported Ellison since he was first elected in 2006, cheered many of his comments, but the biggest applause line came when Ellison said: “There’s absolutely no place for anti-Semitism in discussing Israeli policy.”

And that reaction is not atypical in my experience. On Saturday, I attended another large Muslim-American event in Long Island, New York, and that same sentiment was expressed there.

Muslims, like Jews, are a minority faith in America. Consequently, we have endured our share of vicious barbs launched by hate-group leaders, elected officials and even clergy members of other faiths. This has made us keenly aware of the pain of being demonized simply for our faith. That is why Ellison and I and the Muslims I know find it so despicable to see instances of anti-Semitism arise over the conflict in Gaza.

More here

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On This Day

Senator Obama with his wife, Michelle Obama, speaking at a welcome to Hawaii rally at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park in Honolulu, August 8, 2008

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President Obama listens to a question from a person in the audience at the Organizing for America National Health Care Forum held at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Aug. 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama, Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain at the Marivent Palace on August 8, 2010 in Palma de Mallorca

King Juan Carlos of Spain receives First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha at the Marivent Palace

President Obama jokes with Chicago Bulls players Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. The President played basketball with friends, college and professional basketball players, before an audience that included wounded warriors and White House mentees at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., August 8, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Pete Souza: “The President has made several trips to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and several other hospitals to visit wounded soldiers and personally award Purple Heart medals. Although I do take photographs of him meeting these soldiers, we make these pictures only available to the soldiers themselves. Here, he’s about to enter the room of a wounded soldier who received a Purple Heart.” Aug. 8, 2010

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Eight-year old Make-A-Wish child Janiya Penny reacts after meeting President Obama as he welcomes her family to the Oval Office, Aug. 8, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama with Sandra Fluke at the Auraria Event Center in Denver, August 8 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

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President Obama walks through the Cross Hall of the White House, Aug. 8, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


169 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 6 amk for obama
    August 8, 2014 at 9:29 am

    ooo, star billing.

  2. August 8, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Congrats, Vetivera! Wonderfull R&S & Thanks for the front pager Chips!!!

  3. 9 Vicki
    August 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Charles Gaba sent out an e-mail this morning with the exciting projection that enrollment in the private exchanges will reach 9 million soon and Medicaid expansion may be helping as many as 10 million. (Not new, on his website previously)
    Still, I wanted to sahre ome happy info on a day fraught with worrisome overseas conflicts.

  4. 11 japa21
    August 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I feel like vc (which is not necessarily a bad thing), sitting at the bottom of the last thread, writing a comment, hitting post, waiting for my slow work computer to get its act together, then finding a new thread and everybody has shoved me out of the way in their rush to get through the door. So, as revenge, I’ll just repost the comment here:

    GM all. As so many of us already realize, we are quite lucky we have the President and CIC we have. I consider myself somewhat intelligent and able to analyze things, but I definitely don’t have what it would take to be President (although I would do a better job than any GOPer).

    We talk about all the qualities PBO brings to the table, but I think the absolutely most important one is courage. He isn’t sending troops into Iraq not because the American people are tired of war, though they are, but because he knows it would be the wrong thing to do.

    I truly believe that if he felt it was necessary in the long term for us to have boots on the ground, he would send them there. It would be reluctantly, but he would do it. He would get screamed at by everyone, including me for doing so. But he has the courage to do what he absolutely feels is the right thing to do.

    Not too many Presidents in the past have had that (some have, not saying he is the only one). In this sense, Ezra is right, he has broken politics as we know it. Not everything he has done is based upon the politics involved. And that is a good thing.

    I remember when he said good policy is also good politics. And that is his priority, policy first, politics second. This is the thing the pundits just don’t get.

    • August 8, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Added to R&S Japa, superb.

      This, a gazillion times ->

      We talk about all the qualities PBO brings to the table, but I think the absolutely most important one is courage. He isn’t sending troops into Iraq not because the American people are tired of war, though they are, but because he knows it would be the wrong thing to do.

    • August 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Good morning, Japa, excellent comment, as always.

      The first thing I did after hearing yesterday’s announcement was post here that I love our President more every day. Didn’t think it was at all possible, but his statement was masterful, and left unstated the true behind-the-scenes maneuvering with other countries with a stake in what’s actually happening, not what another country thousands of miles away would like to see happen (i.e., MSM/GOP military-industrial-complex).

      True multi-nationalism at work, beneath the MSM noses. (Thinking of Chris Cilizza in a tizzy yesterday being a stenographer for the press pooler who described President Obama as having an “animated” discussion with Denis McDonough — if it’s true, you know it was about something far larger than himself — but of a global concern — but the MSM continue to dwell on “folks” and manufactured “poll numbers.”

      See ya in November, suckers.

    • August 8, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Very moving commentary.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      August 8, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Excellent points Japa.

      As I was telling someone on Twitter, there is a silent majority who has come to respect this President’s courage and decisions…even though we don’t see them on TV, or read their tweets, or blogs, etc. But they stand by this President.

      We always hear the vocal minority on the media, GOP, professional/Libertarian left. And I’m damn glad that it’s POTUS who’s President and not any of them.

      • 16 Obama Grandmama
        August 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        Just as in the two political election campaigns huge crowds of people showed at Obama’s rallies while the press said he had lost support. He now has continued huge crowds attending his speeches even though the press pushes low poll numbers and negativity. The size of the crowds and the enthusiasm of those crowds paints a different picture for me from what MSM is saying as it proved in the past.

  5. August 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Several hours ago US President Barack Obama delivered a speech about the situation in Iraq, particularly the plight of the Yezidi Kurds stranded on Mount Shingal for nearly a week. He said that Washington would act to prevent a genocide by the terrorist Islamic State (IS/ISIS) against innocent Yezidi women and children. And he said that the American air force would conduct air strikes against any IS advance towards the Kurdistan Region, where US diplomats, civilians and military advisors are based.

    In Obama’s speech the efforts of the Kurdish president and prime minister to win international support for the Kurds against IS bore fruit, giving Kurdistan a diplomatic boost. Obama’s speech and his authorization of air strikes against the Islamist group will boost global backing for the Kurds against the expansionist and murderous group. The Kurdish leadership achieved a great success in winning allies against IS, something Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki could not do, despite all his efforts. The liberation of the Kurdistan Region was also achieved by the international reaction to the crimes of Saddam Hussein against the Kurds in 1991. Later on, by pursuing a careful policy Erbil managed to win regional and international recognition. The Kurds themselves struggled hard, sacrificed and did what they could. But they needed world support, and they still do.

    Obama’s speech and the promise of air superiority in the fight mean that Kurdistan will win the war against the Islamic State. And with that support the Peshmerga forces and Kurdish diplomacy will save the entire region from the threat of this extremist group.

  6. 18 hopefruit2
    August 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    You know what all this media hysteria is about? The media is AFRAID.

    They are afraid that once more, PBO’s decision making and strategy will prove to be the correct approach. They are afraid that once more, PBO will have demonstrated to the American people that we can address a short-term international crisis with targeted interventions and not an open-ended ground war. They are afraid that this latest series of events will continue to solidify in people’s minds, that PBO is the real deal, the one to be listened to, and that the media is just another corporate-sponsored institution filled with wannabe’s who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about at any given time.

    • 19 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      August 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

      THE MEDIA IS ALWAYS AFRAID…ESPECIALLY W/ REGARD TO PBO…THEY HAVE BEEN FED THE CONSPIRACY CRAP MORE THAN ONCE AND THEY STILL HOLD TO IT…IT’S ALL REPUBLICAN BASED AND WILL NOT CHANGE UNTIL THE REPUGNANT ONES AND THE TEAPARTY ALLEGED PATRIOTS ARE GONE…ALL 3…MEDIA…REPUGS AND TEAPARTY HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO GRIEF IN AMERICA…THEY ARE SHAMEFUL AND THEY DISGUST ME.

    • August 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Somehow the media and the pundits miss the part where PBO says we were asked to help. Despot Maliki wanted no US intervention until his butt was on the line. People have to realize that you just can’t go into a sovereign nation and bomb at will.

    • 22 Vicki
      August 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

      This is precisely what I think, also, hopefruit. Like Poppy Bush. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, Kuwait our ally, we intervened, did the job and got out.
      Not like Cheney—endless War for Profit.

      The MSM works for the war profiteers.
      The public knows the difference.

  7. August 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

  8. 43 forus50
    August 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    GEEZ!!! ANOTHER BFD!!

  9. August 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    And speaking of the MSM, look who re-tweeted me last night.

    Can think of only one place he would have seen my tweet, since I don’t follow and don’t engage with him.

    Thanks to LP for posting on one of the many threads last night — it’s an article which quotes a former CIA official as saying that Turkey was the country shelling ISIS in Iraq yesterday, despite Ankara denials…

  10. August 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Wow! What a great selection of Obama goodness, Chips. That amazing man does it again with his handling of Iraq. I found Bush so appalling I didn’t watch news much, but I remember….well, this is so vague! I think Bush was picking someone as an interim leader before elections in Iraq and a Kurdish leader came to the WH. I remember hearing what he said and thinking that he would have been perfect, a man who wouldn’t kiss US butt and who cared about his people. He looked strong. The guy Bush chose (or however that happened) looked like the typical politician weasel. Ahmm. Ok, after that bit of high journalism do you think I’m ready to be WH press corp?

  11. August 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

    What has MSM reaction to President Obama’s masterful announcement yesterday?

    My guess is that they’re pretty quiet this morning, and not yapping about the First Family’s vacation, which would have been the case if the President had not spoken. Methinks they’re beginning to understand what we at TODville already know — get your information directly from the Commander-in-Chief, not “unnamed” sources. Otherwise you’ll be only be left with speculation about hand gestures and Arthur Bryant’s #coleslawgate.

    They also have the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation to keep them occupied today (note to JackieG who is off to babysit her 2-year-old grandbabe this weekend — to keep ‘em outta mischief, keep ‘em occupied and distracted.

    The MSM/GOP are addicted to action (by people other than themselves) and must love the thought of US military intervention.

    LP posted this last night — my reaction was — JHC, now MSM are tweeting that natural disasters are the fault of PBO going on vacation? They completely miss the point that Americans blame GWBush for his inaction as thousands of Americans died in the streets of New Orleans, not for the hurricane itself.

    https://twitter.com/MaeveReston/status/497578374068731904

  12. August 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Good morning, Short update on our elections yesterday…….definitely a mixed bag, but of course, for this area, monthly R’s came out on top. However, not in everything. The absolute best two results: Stacy Campfield got clobbered!!!!! His challenger is a fairly reasonable conservative…..a doctor, former Air Force officer, has been on our country commission and thus far been reasonable in most things……fairly easy to work with on most issues. Second thing: The move by our Speaker and the Koch Brothers to remove the three Dem judges on the Supreme Court did NOT work! There was a boat load of money on both sides, but naturally more from the conservatives. The ads were very “scary”– the LIBERAL judges, etc. Big bright red letters, etc. Thankfully, it wasn’t even very close. Also on the ballot was same thing for lots of other judges–retain or replace. RETAIN won in every one. Was very disappointed that Terry Adams lost in the Dem primary to run against Alexander. The guy who won is definitely a DINO. Of course, I truly don’t think anyone (right now) would beat Alexander anyway. :(

    • August 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Oh, I forgot this one: Right now, DesJarlias (the doctor who had affairs w/his patients and got at least one of them to have abortion) is leading by 35 votes! Will be awhile before we know true results of this race.

      • August 8, 2014 at 11:11 am

        Scratching my head over this one.

        I understand people who believe in their core that abortion is wrong — that’s their belief, I can’t change who they are. But for those same people to vote for someone who is only in Congress for the paycheck, pension and potential lobbying prospects in the future? How can these people look at themselves in the mirror each day?

        From yesterday, before polls had closed:

        • August 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

          Yeah, and see my comment. He is leading right now…..35 votes so who knows……he probably will win. Sick. I do not understand. Well, yes, I do. For too many uninformed people the R after the name — and a name recognized — is all they need/use to guide them.

        • 79 Nena20409
          August 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

          The righties Voted for Vitter a man with huge Hooker appetite. They voted for the Luv Gov, Sanford. They voted for Niki and Graham with all their baggages.

          They love to point fingers while willfully pretending that once a GOPer said “God” and Forgiveness, all is well. Yet they will deny the same had a Candidate had a “D” after his/her name.

        • 80 Nena20409
          August 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

          He was 1st elected in 2010. In 2012….all his escapades were known, yet he won and No Dem challenger.

    • 81 Vicki
      August 8, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Glad you posted this about TN, tnmtngirl.
      This was the Last Chance for the teaparty-kochs to snatch a senate seat from traditional sane republicans. FAILED!
      Not incidentally, the crawl on MSNBC proclaimed “Interest in 2014 elections way down from 2010.”

      Hopefruit, what have we been saying?

      • August 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

        Should be “interest in ‘MSM coverage’ of 2014 elections way down from 2010.”

        Why don’t they ask women, previously un(medically)-insured people, non-white, non-rural Americans? Oh yeah, because these folks answers might not fit MSM “narrative,” aka GOP propaganda.

  13. August 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

    BooMan wrote a terrific piece. I’m not even going to quote it. It’s short and deserves a read.

  14. August 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

    These people are unreal:

    • 88 amk for obama
      August 8, 2014 at 10:47 am

    • 89 hopefruit2
      August 8, 2014 at 10:49 am

      They are unhinged because they’re hoping against hope that he ends up starting a war in Iraq which will vindicate (at least in their minds), their complicity in cheerleading GWB’s Iraq war, and it will also somehow prove that PBO broke his campaign promise of ending the Iraq War.

    • 90 japa21
      August 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

      If you didn’t know Cohen’s history, the tweet could almost be considered a compliment, highlighting one of the most important traits of PBO. Personally, it is what I admire third most in our President. Number two is what I said above, his courage. Number one, of course, is his taste in wives.

      • August 8, 2014 at 11:01 am

        :-)

        That’s the thing, that his type actually believe it’s a weakness to consider all options. Good grief.

        • 92 Vicki
          August 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

          War and more $$$$$$ producing war.
          That’s what a president is good for.
          PBO with his annoying brain, stopping slaughter for profit is the worst president ever.

  15. 93 desertflower
    August 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Good Friday morning everyone! In and out today…getting ready for hubby/son to come home and me to return to school nest week. Where DID the summer go? Anyway, this is perfect, as always, from Smartypants.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/08/entering-very-center-of-conflict.html

  16. 94 yardarm756
    August 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hola amigos………I can finally see!

  17. 108 hopefruit2
    August 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

  18. 109 japa21
    August 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Well, I was somewhat concerned that one of my favorites, Pierce, would be a naysayer about PBO’s actions. Much as I love his writing, I do disagree with him at times. But he is a smart man and knows the realities.

    “What the president announced last night, and what the president did today, strikes me as being beyond reproach. ISIS is a legitimately scarifying group, death-maddened fanatics with a taste for religious insanity and public executions. There is little doubt that they would make bloody shrapnel out of every man, woman, and child on that mountain. Every other alleged power in the region — including al Qaeda — are scared witless of these people and of what they are seeking to create.”

    Read the whole thing. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Back_To_Iraq

  19. August 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This was from Aug 6th, just saw it

  20. 117 japa21
    August 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

  21. August 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

  22. 120 amk for obama
    August 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

  23. August 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

  24. August 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

    • 127 japa21
      August 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Shows great wisdom that they use word “terrorist” instead of “separatists” or “rebels”. And it is far more accurate, as well.

  25. 128 yardarm756
    August 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Off to get me ears lowered bbl.

  26. 136 japa21
    August 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

  27. 137 JER
    August 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

  28. 138 JER
    August 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  29. 139 JER
    August 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

  30. 146 hopefruit2
    August 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

    No double standard at all…moving right along…

  31. August 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Just a snapshot of tweets reflecting momentous events that our President is positively shaping ….

    #TrustBarack

  32. August 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

  33. August 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Chicago folks..

    Remember..

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

    Bud Billiken Parade

  34. 160 hopefruit2
    August 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Misinformation is rampant – even among some PBO supporters who naively believe everything they see or hear on TV….

    • August 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      I don’t know what’s going on with her Hopefruit, blocked her a while ago, too much plot-losing.

      • 162 hopefruit2
        August 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

        I might have to do the same if she keeps up that nonsense. I’ve been tolerating her and giving her the benefit of the doubt for some time now. But my patience is wearing thin.

  35. 163 jacquelineoboomer
    August 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    “A word from Japa” = magnificent!


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