139 Responses to “Memories”

  1. 1 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

  2. 2 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm


  3. 11 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  4. November 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    …..“Chère Madame,” begins the letter, which is in French. “It is a mother who is writing to you, a mother who has been with your dear child in his last days; and it had seemed to me that to tell you a little of his last acts and gestures may soften the bitterness of your grief.” A French woman had written the letter in 1919 to the mother of Carl Saunders, a 22-year-old from Upstate New York who died in France during service with the American Expeditionary Forces after the end of World War I.

    For 15 years, Carroll has been collecting war letters as part of the Legacy Project, an effort to preserve the correspondence of Americans serving during war. Some of the letters have been published in anthologies or featured in documentaries, but the great majority of them have been sitting in a nondescript storage facility on U Street. Now Carroll is giving the collection, numbering around 100,000 letters, to Chapman University in California to establish the Center for American War Letters, which will be officially launched on Veterans Day. Carroll believes the transfer is the largest donation of war letters in the nation’s history.

    The collection includes letters from every American war, starting with the Revolution. One is a Civil War letter from Gen. William T. Sherman, warning that the South had “laid open her fair country to the tread of devastating war.” Another is from a doughboy in France, writing of village church bells “ringing out the news of Peace, Peace, Peace” upon the armistice ending World War I………

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    Mr. Overton………with his famous cigars! ……and a wonderful interview

    • 14 COS
      November 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Great interview LP. Thanks for sharing. He revealed a little to much about his personal finances. I hope no one try to take advantage of him.

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Well, the thought of those war letters did me in. Thank you for bringing that story to our attention, LP.

  5. November 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Since our media doesn’t think this issue is important: PLEASE READ this….

    McAllen, Tex. — They were already running late for a doctor’s appointment, but first the Salas family hurried into their kitchen for another breakfast paid for by the federal government. The 4-year-old grabbed a bag of cheddar-flavored potato chips and a granola bar. The 9-year-old filled a bowl with sugary cereal and then gulped down chocolate milk. Their mother, Blanca, arrived at the refrigerator and reached into the drawer where she stored the insulin needed to treat her diabetes. She filled a needle with fluid and injected it into her stomach with a practiced jab. “Let’s go,” she told the children, rushing them out of the kitchen and into the car. “We can stop for snacks on our way home.”

    The family checkup had been scheduled at the insistence of a school nurse, who wanted the Salas family to address two concerns: They were suffering from both a shortage of nutritious food and a diet of excess — paradoxical problems that have become increasingly interconnected in the United States, and especially in South Texas.For almost a decade, Blanca had supported her five children by stretching $430 in monthly food stamp benefits, adding lard to thicken her refried beans and buying instant soup by the case at a nearby dollar store. She shopped for “quantity over quality,” she said, aiming to fill a grocery cart for $100 or less.

    But the cheap foods she could afford on the standard government allotment of about $1.50 per meal also tended to be among the least nutritious — heavy in preservatives, fats, salt and refined sugar. Now Clarissa, her 13-year-old daughter, had a darkening ring around her neck that suggested early-onset diabetes from too much sugar. Now Antonio, 9, was sharing dosages of his mother’s cholesterol medication. Now Blanca herself was too sick to work, receiving disability payments at age 40 and testing her blood-sugar level twice each day to guard against the stroke doctors warned was forthcoming as a result of her diet………..

  6. November 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    ……I bring this up just to emphasize how laughable Sunday’s rounds of interviews with Chris Christie went. If the governor of New Jersey came away thinking that the Beltway media would be easier to conquer than the media in New Jersey, he could be excused—no one even tried to lay a glove on him. Here, to start, are all the questions David Gregory asked him on Meet the Press…….

    Unless you want to announce on the show this morning, and I suspect you don’t, let me ask this question, which is how do you think, even as governor of New Jersey, that you can effect, that you can impact the Republican Party with this re-election?…..Mitt Romney told me here last week that you could save the Republican Party. Does it need saving? And are you the guy to save it?…..In New Jersey, according to the exit poll there, shows that you would trail Hillary Clinton even in your own state…… Do you view that and say that she is formidable, that you’d be an underdog if it were to come to that? Here’s the question….. Are you a moderate or are you a conservative? This is how our blog First Read described some of that criticism already coming from the likes of Rand Paul or Marco Rubio.

    Marvel at the uselessness of these questions. Why is the Wall Street Journal cited as the authority on New Jersey economic numbers—why aren’t the numbers enough? Why is the NBC News politics blog cited at all, and why is the only question about Medicaid one about how conservatives will attack Christie for expanding it? Oh, it’s too depressing—…………..on to This Week……Face the Nation. He destroys all of the *interviewers*

    • November 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      America is in serious trouble, if these news media are the gate-keepers of information provided to the citizens. Pathetic.

    • 19 Lovepolitics2008
      November 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      The media love affair with Chris Christie has begun . They want to make him president and they’ll do EVERYTHING in their power to put Christie in the White HOuse. Bill and Hillary Clinton will discover that despite their years of cultivating friendships within the rich and powerful, the plutocracy will let them hang to dry.

      Christie is the plutocracy’s best friend, while being able to fool the low info voter with his faux populist persona.

      He’s a threat.

  7. 20 desertflower
    November 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I went into the store yesterday to pick up a few things. A veteran was standing outside the store collecting donations. I gave him my donation, thanked him, and reached up and gave him a great big hug:) He was surprised, but he hung on tight and I could tell that he appreciated that more than the money I put in the box. Little things that mean a lot….if we ALL just hugged more…even strangers…what a better place this could be. He made my day.

  8. 29 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I do like that Patty M. She kinda rocks!

  9. 30 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm


    • 31 desertflower
      November 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Is he that big, or is she that tiny?

    • 34 carolyn
      November 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Is he unusually tall, or is she unusually short or….he must be very tall.
      She is terrific. Read that she was the one who made the Democrats stand strong in the shutdown and debt ceiling fight. Would not let the Democrats give an inch! Someone called her the Iron Lady…..I say Bravo Patty!

      • 35 carolyn
        November 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

        Anyone from NJ know the answer to our question? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

        • 36 carolyn
          November 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

          Anyone know how tall Cory Booker is?
          Patty Murray used to teach four year olds, and one writer wrote that this was the perfect training for handling Senators and Reps! She would call them to order, organize them, and make them mind! I love her for that, and many other things! I’m so glad Washington had the good sense to elect her, and so glad Harry Reid has the smarts to put her in responsible positions!!

  10. November 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Twitter rocks …

    Yes We Can

    • 38 Dudette
      November 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I simply CANNOT be the only person that thought of this…

      • 39 Roberta in MN
        November 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        Dudette, you got me crying before bedtime. Thanks, I should re-watch that program, I never missed an episode. This has been quite a day catching up on this site. You have been awesome in your twitters and posting here. You are a great lady.

        • 40 Dudette
          November 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          Yes. Watch it. Share it with friends. I’m serious. Best TV show EVER!

          And Thank You for your kind words. I love my TOD Family! 🙂

      • November 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        Have never seen that, Dudette. Exceptionally moving … thank you …

      • 42 Dudette
        November 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

        If you never watch another episode of The West Wing, watch this two-Emmy-winning 10th episode from the first season.


        In fact, if you can, just gift yourself the box set of the entire series. You’ll be glad you did!

        • November 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

          Thank you Dudette. Have only seen a few brief albeit very impressive clips from the show. Will look forward to viewing more, for sure.

          • 44 Dudette
            November 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

            I’m telling you, it’s freaking uncanny, how many similarities you’ll see between this show and what we’ve observed this past 5 yrs.
            I understand so much of what goes on in Washington now, because I watched (no, studied) that show.

            Like that litte snip from Mandy with President Barllett about wanting a photo op of him Christmas shopping in a bookstore. I swear the first time PBO did the Christomas shopping in the bookstore thing, I ’bout busted my pants laughing as I thought of this show.

            Plus I was already a big fan of Lawrence O’Donnell’s when I discovered him on MSNBC, because he was a writer and an actor on this show.

            You’ve GOT to get it. Seriously.

          • 46 Dudette
            November 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

            This clip sort of explains why Mrs. Landingham went with Toby to the funeral (and why she’s not as excited about Christmas like everyone else)

            Charlie (played by Dule’ Hill), btw, is the President’s body man (ala Reggie Love) . See? uncanny!

          • November 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

            Bobfr, I don’t know what if any services you have, but Netflix, gives you a free 30 day trial. https://signup.netflix.com/ and they have all 7 seasons of “The West Wing” ……….also if you make a lot of purchases on Amazon, they have a new service (AmazonPrime)

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            It is also a free 30 day trial, with free 2nd day shipping on any item (everything I order usually comes the next day) now you have to make $35 purchase for the free shipping, also it gives you free kindle books every month. It is only $80 for the whole year. *Has all 7 seasons of “WW” also. I’ve already saved more money in shipping than the cost of the 1 yr. service. They are investing in original programing as well i.e. ‘House of Cards’ a hilarious show slightly based on the real life story of 3 U.S. Senators (Durbin, Schumer, & Coon’s of late) who live together in D.C. , and the shenanigans they pull on Capital Hill called”Alpha House” is coming out this month. Here is a link to the pilot (free) http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-HD/dp/B00CDBTQCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384224611&sr=8-1&keywords=alpha+house ……..the Pilot is hilarious.

        • 51 Lovepolitics2008
          November 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          Glad indeed. We bought it all a few years ago. My husband and I are uber fans of The West Wing. Have to say though that Sorkin wasn’t tough enough on republicans in his scripts. Reality is far worse ha ha….

      • 53 Betsy
        November 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        I LOVED that show. It got me through the Bush years. Gotta watch it again, especially the first years.

  11. November 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan cast a gloom over U.N. climate talks that kicked off Monday in Poland as the envoy from the Philippines — where thousands are believed to have died when the cyclone made landfall Friday — broke down in tears and announced he would fast until a “meaningful outcome is in sight.” Naderev “Yeb” Sano’s emotional appeal was met with a standing ovation at the start of two-week talks in Warsaw where more than 190 countries will try to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming. Sano’s tears, which he wiped away with a red handkerchief, made other delegates at the COP19 react emotionally as well.

    Officials in the Philippines estimate that as many as 10,000 people died in the hard-hit city of Tacloban alone. As the desperate survivors loot for food and supplies, Filipino authorities have begun trying to recover the bodies of those who perished in Haiyan’s devastating wake. Speaking of the link between extreme weather and climate change that scientists have said is wreaking havoc all over the world, Sano urged members of the summit to take action. “We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here,” he told delegates in Warsaw.

    Choking on his words, he said he was waiting in agony for news from relatives caught in the massive storm’s path, though he was relieved to hear his brother had survived. “In the last two days he has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands,” Sano said. “In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home … I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate,” he added. “This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this (conference) until a meaningful outcome is in sight.”

  12. 56 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  13. 57 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Republican Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma just a few weeks ago, made some very ugly and disparaging comments about Obamacare. Today, his 52-yr old son is dead after his private plane went down in flames yesterday.

    I don’t wish ill on anyone, but let that be lesson to Mr. Inhofe, that when you take delight in people’s suffering, yours is just around the corner.

    • 58 Layla
      November 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      THIS!!!! Although I am pretty sure he will not reflect on this!

    • 59 Ladyhawke
      November 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      For some reason, the quote below popped into my head when I read your comment. It gives me chills.

      “joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come and when one sits alone with you . . remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”

      ― Kahlil Gibran

    • 63 Lovepolitics2008
      November 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      I will word it differently. Let’s hope that from now on, Senator Infohe will have a better understanding of what suffering is all about. And how difficult it is to be afraid for a spouse, a child, a family member who’s sick and doesn’t have healthcare.

      May this personal tragedy make him more humane and understanding of others.

    • 64 misspat
      November 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Karma used to take a long time to come get you but now it’s like a boomerang, it comes right back and knock you down. Do good so good will follow you.

  14. 65 a4alice
    November 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Saw this tweet on a post or two back. Wow – what a spitfire this young lady is!

  15. 71 Obama Grandmama
    November 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Just saw a clip from Martin Bashir’s show with Ted Cruz saying how he was against shutting down the government. That seems to be so extreme in the opposite of what he did. Wish the questioner would flatten him with the truth instead of just letting him blatantly lie.

    • 72 theo67
      November 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Do Americans really not believe their own eyes anymore? We all saw Ted Cruz doing the circuit of the RW shows, and reading from Dr. Seuss to try to bring down Obamacare – even if it meant shutting down the government. How obtuse would someone have to be to allow themselves to believe Ted Cruz’s lies at this point?

  16. 73 yardarm756
    November 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    No sound just the visual……..Taps!

  17. November 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Richmond canvass has been certified!!!! Herring D-VA A.G. now officially leading 🙂

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    • 89 Roberta in MN
      November 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      She is quite a writer. I can take a “woot,” she is from my State. I always read her posting, like PTV, she is thoughtful and pretty precise in her renderings.

  18. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m working my way through Rev. Al’s show on my DVR. Love him lots, but I think I almost fell asleep between two of his sentences about Lindsey Graham! I think he did, too.

  19. 91 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I find it rather curious that smart ARSES like Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes who normally weigh in on a lot of things, are remarkably quiet about the whole CBS 60 minutes Benghazi story and the ridiculous “apology” that was aired last night…..

    • 92 utaustinliberal
      November 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I was flipping channels and Chris Hayes covered it.

      • 93 hopefruit2
        November 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        OK – good to know. I just couldn’t help but notice the absence of snarky tweets on that issue from either of them. They usually don’t hold back when it comes to going after PBO on Twitter.

      • 94 carolyn
        November 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        Chris Hayes actually covered it well. His two guests were David Brock who is MediaMatters and has been on this situation, and another man (I forget his name) who is a former CBS executive, and now a journalism professor at SUNY Stonybrook. They are both disgusted with what CBS has done, and will not let this die. Brock is pleased that CBS has been called out on the show, and it has been shown to be false. He thinks this is almost enough, but they are not pleased with the fake apology from Lara Logan, and agree CBS is not doing enough.
        We switched from Chris Hayes after that segment, because he just wears me out! Then my husband turned to TruTV!!! and I started reading until I came back here.

  20. 95 desertflower
    November 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm


  21. 98 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Furthermore, Ezra Klein has been carrying on about the ACA exchanges only enrolling 3% of the state targets, blah blah blah… (he’s obsessed with the ACA website), but has said NOTHING about the Mental Health Parity Act going into effect.

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  24. 103 a4alice
    November 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    hey this is cool it’s an art thing reminds of during the campaign OFA did something like this too.

  25. November 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Human beings can be the most selfish, self-centered, short-sighted beings in the universe.

    Except when they’re not. Then they contain multitudes. Then they contain the universe, connected to every other soul in existence.

    As we reflect on this Veteran’s Day, as we mourn for the dead in the Philippines, as we go out tomorrow and move about the world, remember this. We can be awful creatures. But most of us, through some awe-filled grace, can achieve wonders, be they great or small.

    • 105 Dudette
      November 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Okay, that’s it! LL, you are LEGEND! There should be nothing following that statement you just wrote.
      Somebody please, just copy it to the end of this thread and start a new one please. Done. Period.

      • November 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        Thank you, Dudette.

        We went to see “Captain Phillips”, which had me tearing up at the end. Then your clip of “The West Wing”, and the story of the British WWII vet’s funeral just had me choking back the tears.

        I think we focus on the awful in the world too much, instead of on the fact that most humans muddle along, and in muddling along achieve wonders. Yes, fight what’s evil. But never forget all the good which exists. It’s what will save us in the end.

        • 107 vcprezofan2
          November 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

          “I think we focus on the awful in the world too much, instead of on the fact that most humans muddle along, and in muddling along achieve wonders. Yes, fight what’s evil. But never forget all the good which exists. It’s what will save us in the end.”

          Worth repeating, for sure!

  26. 108 desertflower
    November 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm


    The banking industry’s top lobbyist urged GOP lawmakers to support the bipartisan Senate immigration reform legislation as essential for business and the “most Republican of causes.”

    Frank Keating, a Republican and former Oklahoma governor, said Monday in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece that “it’s time to open the doors to immigrants to boost the economy.”

    Keating, head of the American Bankers Assn. trade group, is the latest GOP businessman to call on his compatriots in Congress to adopt the overhaul, which is a priority of President Obama.

    “Unfortunately, too many conservatives — though they aspire to walk in Reagan’s footsteps — have forgotten that immigration reform is the most Republican of causes,” said Keating, who was governor of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2002.

    “We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people,” he wrote. “We cannot make America stronger and more prosperous by excluding tomorrow’s talent and industry.”

    Keating argued that the U.S. needs immigrants of “all skill levels to help build the 21st century economy.”

    He cited a Congressional Budget Office report that the Senate immigration reform bill would cut the federal budget deficit by $900 billion over the next 20 years and, by 2033, would be increasing total economic output 5.4%.

    “Immigrants are coming here to work, not to become dependent on the state,” Keating said. “People don’t make perilous journeys and risk their life savings and sometimes their lives for the goal of getting a welfare check, a food-stamp card or a housing voucher.”

    He said the Senate bill “protects the rule of law by securing the border and ensuring that only law-abiding immigrants receive legal status.” The bill creates a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country without legal status.

    Bet HIS Inbox will be full of “replies”….

  27. 109 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  28. 110 amk for obama
    November 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

  29. 118 amk for obama
    November 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Is herring really ahead? Is this the final count?

  30. 123 amk for obama
    November 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  31. 126 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Exquisite quote.

  32. 127 dotster3
    November 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    • 128 Nena20409
      November 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Chris Hayes played that Oct 12 , 2012 Tape posted here at TOD yesterday showing Lara Logan as biased as can be about what took place in Benghazi, Libya in Sept 2012. They also had a former 60 Minutes producer and Mediamatters David B. It was was well done. And they all said that CBS has done nothing to rectify the lies as told on Oct 27 on 60 Minutes.

      Ed Schultz did a piece too with Katrina of the Nation.

      Until MSM are afraid of the left as they fear the right……the double standard and the over representation of the righties’ points of views and using their talking points to drive stories will thrive.

    • 129 Lovepolitics2008
      November 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      The difference of treatment of Logan vs Rather is a real scandal. They should be shamed over this. Over and over and over again. This is a TANGIBLE proof that they’re totally in bed with the republican party. Same as when ABC proved their bias when they didn’t fire Jon Karl. That prick is still in the WH briefing room; scandalous.

  33. 130 yardarm756
    November 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    On point.

  34. 131 amk for obama
    November 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  35. 132 dotster3
    November 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    And as an added footnote to the 60 Minutes/Logan apology fail——-as I awaited the Big Sorry, I couldn’t believe the 20 minute infomercial segment Anderson Cooper did for GoPro. I thought I might have stumbled onto QVC by mistake, wondered who at CBS was promised a cut of the profits, because it was a complete gift to GoPro. It reeked of unethical programming, a new low by a supposed news network. 60 Minutes and CBS have taken a big dive, wrecked their reputations.

  36. 134 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    See ya’ll later. Have a good evening/morning/afternoon, where ever you are! 🙂

  37. 136 amk for obama
    November 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Thailand’s senate rejects an amnesty bill which could have led to the return to the country of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.


    Good for them.

  38. 138 isonprize
    November 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Can one of you blog tyrants types please post this picture. It is perfect for this Veterans Day.

  39. 139 RosesForObama
    November 12, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Thank You, Thank You Utaustinliberal, why, why did I not have knowledge of this speech before now, it is just so so wonderful!

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