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To Our Veterans – Thank You

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166 Responses to “To Our Veterans – Thank You”


  1. 1 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you veterans…for protecting and serving our country.

    Share widely

    http://www.refinery29.com/2016/11/129461/kal-penn-protect-obama-progress-trump

  2. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    November 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    • 4 a4alice
      November 11, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      These are great – FLOTUS Stunning as per her usual. NW I was just looking at the first few tweets in your twitter timeline – the ones where VPJoe and PBO are “talking” back and forth HILARIOUS!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      FLOTUS is Beautiful and don’t look a day over 35.

  3. 6 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 4:31 pm

  4. 10 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you President Obama…for treating our veterans with the care and respect they deserve…not using them as props to win support, then to ignore their needs. Best President Ever.

  5. November 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I am glad you guys are still around. I´ve not been having a good time these days, irregular eating patterns, physical signs of distress…

    But I´ll leave some good stuff here whenever I find it,
    This one for now: because climate change is one of my major concerns.

    http://www.climatechangenews.com/2016/11/09/the-paris-agreement-will-survive-president-trump/

  6. 14 JER
    November 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm


    petesouza – President Obama pauses after laying wreath at Arlington National Cemetery today.

  7. 15 JER
    November 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    LIVE AERIALS: Crowds Gather Around the Country to Protest Election Results – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=2

  8. November 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm

  9. 17 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    In addition to the banal chaos that the Trump administration is likely to unleash, we’re facing a moment that threatens equal protection, due process, free expression, democracy—not just press freedom. It’s not a drill. The media undersold the threat to many freedoms before election night, and it would be self-dealing, and a disservice, if the only liberty under attack we rose to defend was one that undergirds our industry.

    There’s a fine line between whipping up panic and informing the citizenry so that people can respond in orderly, considered fashion. But this is an emergency and people need to be prepared for it—even if, in the end, the category-five hurricane is downgraded.

  10. 18 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    https://thinkprogress.org/youth-climate-lawsuit-can-move-forward-federal-judge-says-5854766c1c76#.l30h8pfue

    The lawsuit is based on the idea of the public trust, which says that the U.S. government must protect common held elements, like waterways and coastlines, for the public. Under the public trust doctrine, the lawsuit argues, the U.S. government must also protect the commonly held atmosphere — and by taking inadequate action to address climate change, they argue, the government is failing to protect the public trust.
    Our Children’s Trust called the decision “astounding,” and said that the ensuing case could be “a turning point in United States constitutional history.”
    “This decision is one of the most significant in our Nation’s history,” Julia Olson, counsel for the plaintiffs and executive director of Our Children’s Trust, said in a statement. “This court just gave the youth of this country the critical opportunity to protect their futures. In what will be the trial of the millennium, these young plaintiffs will prove that their federal government, in cooperation with the fossil fuel industry, has knowingly put them in grave danger, trading their futures for present convenience and gross profits for a few.”

    Well,this will surely come in handy.

  11. 19 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    • 20 nathkatun7
      November 12, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Exactly! After all the votes are counted in California, the record will show that Hillary Clinton won 2 million more votes than Donal Trump. Because of the undemocratic electoral vote system that determines the winner of the U.S. Presidency, we are once again stuck with a guy who won the minority of the voters as the next president of the United States. Trump must be reminded every day that the majority of Americans who voted on November 8, 2016, voted against him. I repeat: the majority of American voters voted against Donald Trump. Trump also won the presidency by one of the slimmest electoral vote margins. By way of comparison, in 2008, President Obama won 365 electoral votes and McCain won 173–that meant that President Obama won 192 more electoral votes than McCain. Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote by 2 million, won 279 electoral votes and Hillary Clinton won 259. Trump’s margin over Clinton was just 10 electoral votes, which is hardly a mandate. For me, I refuse to acknowledge a person who lost the popular vote as legitimate President who represents the interests of the majority of Americans.

  12. November 11, 2016 at 6:26 pm

  13. 23 a4alice
    November 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    you guys probably saw this already:

  14. 24 a4alice
    November 11, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    this is amazing

  15. November 11, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Next Tuesday…The DEM committee (Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee) will meet…this is notice that i received…it is long…but i wanted to post it…

    About Tuesday.
    There is a scene from the movie Apollo 13 where a man is in a panic, talking about everything that is going wrong and in a completely defeated voice says:

    “This could be the greatest tragedy NASA has ever experienced.”

    For the last 3 days, all I can think of is the response from Ed Harris’ character:
    “With all due respect sir, I believe it will be our finest hour.”

    In the last 3 days, we have received 6 emails and contacts from people wanting to get involved. I believe there is something already happening, and its not just here, it’s all over our nation.

    The more cynical out there may say that they are contacting us too late, that this is already the greatest tragedy our democratic values have ever experienced. However, much like Ed Harris in Apollo 13, I believe this still can be and must be our finest hour.

    So first, I know you can use some good news, here it is:
    Despite the national results, we have a lot to be proud of here in Abington. The state row offices results for Josh Shapiro for Attorney General, Torsella for Treasurer and Depasquale for Auditor General was the good news statewide.
    But in Abington, with a 79% turnout, (one of the highest in the County) and 32,997 votes cast, we pulled through big time for all the Ds on the ballot.
    For example:
    Josh Shapiro won in Abington by 72.64% of the vote;
    Clinton (64%),
    McGinty (61.93%),
    Torsella (65.77%),
    Depasquale (62.29%)
    and Madeleine Dean won reelection to the State House of Representatives convincingly, in Abington by 65% (20,734 to 10,746).
    If you would like to see by ward/precinct, follow this link:
    https://electionresults.montcopa.org/#/precint-list?view=precint&town=28
    So what can you do to make sure Democratic values remain? What can you do to join what is happening all over the nation? What can you do to make this our finest hour?

    Consider this your personal invitation.

    FIRST: please share/forward this event with anyone and everyone angry and hurting from this election;

    SECOND: Mark on your calendars right now, Tuesday, Nov. 15th at 7:30 p.m.. That is exactly one week from the election and the day/time the ARDC is having our meeting. It will not be an ordinary meeting. We will have food and soda, (feel free to bring whatever deserts and snacks you like). We will also process and then we will plan.

    I remind you all of 2008 / 2010 and that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Two of my favorite quotes are, I believe, applicable now:
    The ultimate measure of a man (or woman) is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King
    and
    Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

    As we always have in Abington, we will fight on, period. Democracy is not easy, so what are you prepared to do? Please stop thinking someone else can/will do it. “Next time” is not just the next election, “next time” starts right now and “next time” needs you.

    • 27 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      “With all due respect sir, I believe it will be our finest hour.”

      ^^^That movie quote and the Dr. King and Winston Churchill quotes are very, very inspiring right about now. I think we’re all going to be trying to reach up. We’ll all get there at our own speed. And we’re all gonna need all the outstretched arms available to help us.

    • 29 MadameSoph
      November 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you for that quote PF. Some friends and I were having similar thoughts today. Gonna pass that on.

      PBO has fought to bring us so many wonderful changes, even in the face of belligerent opposition, he still got so much done. It is time for us to face the opposition in our electorate and our electoral college system and get it done for him and our FLOTUS. He fought so often when he was the only one fighting. It is time for us to get to work for him. He never quit. The First Lady never quit. Hillary Clinton has never quit. It is time for us to press ahead. And I don’t mean with flashy protests that will just serve the other side’s purposes to invoke “law and order” I mean what you are describing here and more. We get up; we dust ourselves off; we keep going and we honor these battles that have been fought on our behalf.

  16. 31 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2016 at 6:46 pm

  17. 35 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    • 36 desertflower
      November 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      While you’re memorizing…memorize this.

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Wasn’t sure I had anything to offer the blog tonight – still don’t know. But I do know a great deal of what I’m seeing is really worth the look, as we all get through the grief stages. Thanks to you and everybody for posting these thoughtful pieces.

    • 38 nathkatun7
      November 12, 2016 at 1:06 am

      This is absolutely spot-on! For 8 long years, and in spite of the fact that the majority of voters, both in 2008 and 2012, voted for him, I never heard any calls urging Republicans to understand the people who supported President Obama and voted for him twice. As far as I am concerned, “what’s is good for the goose is good for the gander.” Republicans spent 8 years saying NO to everything President Obama tried to do. I think it’s time for pay-back from the Democrats. Let’s give the Republicans “a taste of their medicine” and say NO to everything that Trump tries to impose on us. We Democrats have even a more legitimate leg to stand on: our candidate won the majority of the Americans who voted on November 8, 2016. Republicans obstructed President Obama although he won the majority of American voters twice.

  18. 39 FoxfireTX
    November 11, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    An interesting read on Hillary. I didn’t even think of these parallels until this story but I’m sure she has:

    “When Clinton gave her concession speech in 2008, it was in the National Building Museum, underneath a ceiling made of glass. In that primary race, she had won the popular vote, but lost in the delegate count. On Wednesday morning, she was ahead in the popular vote, but had lost the presidency in the electoral college. Hillary Clinton ended her political career in a small hotel ballroom with a white plaster ceiling.”

    From Cookies To Concession: Looking Back On Hillary Clinton’s Political Career
    https://n.pr/2fk8BwK

  19. November 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    back to work …. hope all of you are doing as well as possible!!!

    #FORWARD Together

    • 41 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      November 11, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      STILL MISS VOMIT HERE..NO IMPROVEMENT..AND FRANKLY WON’T BE!

    • 42 nathkatun7
      November 12, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Thank you Bob for sharing this and for all the wonderful news you share with us about Ukraine and the Middle East. You’ve really enlightened me about the Kurds, but especially their very courageous women fighting to defeat ISIS.

      As for the U.S. Election debacle, I am still stunned that this deranged hater is going to be the next president, Yes he barely won the electoral votes to become Preside, but we must constantly remind him, his supporters, the media, and the entire world, that he majority of Americans vtoters voted against Dionald Trump! Trump DOES NOT represent the majority of the American people.

  20. 43 betseyc
    November 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Hello fellow TODers. I am always here, though I don’t often comment. I’m with everyone in the difficult mix of emotions we all have to deal with. I did find great comfort in a magnificent interview the incomparable Krista Tippett did with Vincent Harding just before he died in 2014. She re-posted it this week and I listened on a long walk yesterday. The broadcast interview has a wonderful mix of music as well as their conversation, but you can also listen to the unedited version, where, I gather, many more of his personal stories are included, included meeting Martin Luther King for the first time. MLK was in bed, joking, as he recovered from a gunshot wound. I’d like to have his courage on IV! Here is the link, which includes the interview, edited and unedited, and other related stories: http://www.onbeing.org/program/vincent-harding-is-america-possible/79

    I’ve decided to limit my news and information to two website, here and Al Giordano’s twitter feed, which I follow online since I’m not on twitter. I refuse to support the news industry that allowed the orange bloat to assume the monstrous proportions he has. I have family antecedents for this: when Nixon was president my father couldn’t stand to read about him, so he cancelled his NY Times subscription until he left office. As far as I’m concerned the media’s main focus is to addict us to fear and keep us clicking. Only when we stop will it change.

    Love and gratitude to you all. And, Nerdy, there’s simply no thanking you enough. I keep hoping we’ll one day see you leading a media revolution. That’s before you become president! And, as always, love to Chips.

  21. 45 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Always the kids:)

  22. 46 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    A great choice …..

    “Anyone who knows Tom knows he will not be able to sit on the sidelines. He has fought on behalf of working people, Democrats and progressive values his whole life,” the source said. “Like all Democrats, he’s trying to make sense of how best to continue that work, and DNC chair would be one of several fantastic platforms.”

    Another Democratic source told Yahoo News that “a number of Democrats are floating” Perez’s name.

    “They want someone who can rally the party and progressives,” the source said of Democrats pushing for Perez. “He’s wrapping up stuff at the Labor Department as we speak and trying to figure out how to make the most impact.”
    .
    .
    Perez’s résumé could be appealing to the Democratic Party’s liberal flank. As Perez was being considered as Clinton’s running mate, one former adviser to President Obama told Yahoo News the labor secretary was a “true progressive” with a “great personal story” who was part of a “new generation of rising Democratic stars.”

  23. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    November 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I wish I would stop hurting and crying about the election … but with millions people (including many I know personally) traumatized, it is going to be a while;

    so many futures look uncertain that a moment after your gain some hope, another issue is raised by another terrified individual.

    do gop-voters, 3rd-party voters, and non-voters really understand the magnitude of their decisions?

  24. 58 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 11, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    TRUMP IS THE ANTI-CHRIST!

  25. 60 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2016 at 8:08 pm

  26. November 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  27. November 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Will unlikely be able to return this pm but will be here tomorrow with as many updates and offers of encouragement as I can.

    I debated with myself whether I should share the following because the last thing I want is it to appear to be self-aggrandizing.

    Earlier this afternoon, walking between meetings, I saw two young women ahead of me. They were walking slowly, heads slightly bent, and holding hands.

    It took awhile to pass them so I had time to think about what I was witnessing in the context of Tuesday’s disaster.

    A few dozens of feet in front of them I decided to do something I’ve never done, let alone considered doing.

    I turned and walked toward them.

    I excused myself for approaching them and said the following:

    ‘Many are like me … old, white and grey headed … who want only one thing … your happiness, together.’

    They were somewhat stunned, smiled, began thanking me and all I could do was to say … ‘it really is so, please take care’ …. and I continued on to my meeting.

    We are only going to survive this horror if we find ways to do as many small, kind acts toward one another as we possibly can.

    Good night TOD …

  28. 76 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I ALREADY GOT INTO A FACEBOOK BATTLE WITH A RACIST WOMAN TRYING TO MOVE A FAKE MICHELLE OBAMA WEBSITE AND HUMILIATE AFRICAN AMERICANS……………ADIOS …GOTTA GET SOME REST..<3

  29. 77 purpleshoesla
    November 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Wow…..

  30. 83 No Child Left Behind
    November 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Funny. The frames do look nice on her, perhaps she needs better lenses.

  31. 95 purpleshoesla
    November 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    More dangerously, Clinton’s and Obama’s very civil passages, which ended in applause lines, seemed to close off alternative responses to his minority victory. (It was hard not to be reminded of Neville Chamberlain’s statement, that “We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.”) Both Clinton’s and Obama’s phrases about the peaceful transfer of power concealed the omission of a call to action. The protesters who took to the streets of New York, Los Angeles, and other American cities on Wednesday night did so not because of Clinton’s speech but in spite of it. One of the falsehoods in the Clinton speech was the implied equivalency between civil resistance and insurgency. This is an autocrat’s favorite con, the explanation for the violent suppression of peaceful protests the world over.

    The second falsehood is the pretense that America is starting from scratch and its president-elect is a tabula rasa. Or we are: “we owe him an open mind.” It was as though Donald Trump had not, in the course of his campaign, promised to deport US citizens, promised to create a system of surveillance targeted specifically at Muslim Americans, promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico, advocated war crimes, endorsed torture, and repeatedly threatened to jail Hillary Clinton herself. It was as though those statements and many more could be written off as so much campaign hyperbole and now that the campaign was over, Trump would be eager to become a regular, rule-abiding politician of the pre-Trump era.

    But Trump is anything but a regular politician and this has been anything but a regular election. Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote. He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.

    I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect. It might be worth considering them now:

    http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html

  32. 98 GGAIL
    November 11, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I survived this week. I’m going to crawl into bed and stay there for tonight and as late tomorrow as I can

  33. 103 a4alice
    November 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Hey I hadn’t seen Charles Pierce around lately but saw this go by on my timeline.

  34. November 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Good evening, TOD. Interesting day today. Mom and I ran errands, then dinner.

    1. Costco: Located on the western border of my county; the rural/new development area. Normally, going into the Costco for even just one item is an hour long proposition. Not because of long lines, but because you end up just casually chatting with everyone looking at something on the same aisle as you. NOT TODAY! I met those women that voted trump. How do I know, the averted eyes, the turned heads. GUILTY AS HELL.

    2. TraderJoes: Located in the very Blue county seat. Business as normal, folks greeting each other like old friends. There were two “averted eyes,” and it seem like everyone on the aisle picked up on it at the same time; we all passed a knowing look and nod.

    HERE IS WHERE THE S#^T GETS REAL! TOD, WE ABSOLUTELY MUST EASTABLISH A BAIL FUND…

    3. Went to the Olive Garden for dinner. As Vets dine free, it was rather crowded. Dropped Mom at the door so that she could get or name on the list. After parking in, and hicking from BumFU(#Egypt, I arrived in the restaurant a little short of breath. Mom was sitting on a bench near the door; a couple, then another woman were also on the bench. So, I’m standing there, in my USMC varsity jacket, with oxygen on, trying to catch my breath; do you think that man got up and offered me a seat? Do you think they said let’s move closer together, to make room? HELL NO. Just then, woman at far end of the bench got called for a table, as she got up, a forty something woman sat down, and the couple says they can slide over (toward my Mom), so that her husband can sit. Out of my mouth, in what all members of my family knows is my “You better stand the F–K by whisper” : “I’ll be damned if you think I’m going to stand, you’d better move your ass down that way.” Missy Ann says, but he wants to sit. Needless to say, bitch moved. This happened one mile from my home; the neighboring town had previously been solid red and sort of still is. PBO came close to winning it in ’08 and ’12; I was SURPRISED that Hillary lost it by ONLY 208 VOTES! that is progress! However, there is still the dark underbelly there… What kind of hatred is that that would allow a vet to watch a fellow female vet have difficulty breathing and not offer a seat…

    On the early bird, I responded to Don with this:

    AMEN, Don! My response to several friends this week has been “I’m an African American woman in the USA. The white population has never valued me as a woman to be ‘protected’ or a human deserving of rights. I had a successful career in an organization that was the last to take Blacks and women. If hard times come, I can do everything from scrub floors to joining the lecture circuit. They will try to break me, but they can’t, because I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE USA…”

    • November 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      I love you. That is all.

    • 107 purpleshoesla
      November 11, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      First I chuckled about the bail fund and then…..Oh Alycee, right there with you girlfriend. I’ll be the first to donate when you set up that TOD Bail Fund on gofundme. TRUST!

    • 108 GGail
      November 11, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Alycee, you are one of my sheros. I love you ❤

    • 109 globalcitizenlinda
      November 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      those people have lost their minds and souls … and like you said, you can identify a trump-voter by their behavior and body language;

      I expected more from them when they could see you are a fellow vet and/or your facing a health challenge but no, this is whole new world.

      Ps.

      I support you on the plan to establish a TOD Bail Fund because I have come very close to loosing my control since this vote was called

    • 110 Judith Fardig
      November 11, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      How awful that your Veterans Day meal started with such rude and disrespectful treatment. Good thing they can’t touch your spirit.

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      I think I’d just like to walk next to you all day wearing a t-shirt that reads, “I’m with this Marine badass —>”

    • 113 FoxfireTX
      November 11, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      You go girl! The ugliness is just so incredible. A friend called today. His daughter is head of the chemistry department at an IL state unviersity. She is gay and was just married a few weeks ago. Today, one of her staff who is Muslim had her hijab ripped off her in broad daylight on her way to work by 4 men who threatened to light her on fire. I am shaking still. What is happening in this country is unbelievable and there have been NO call from DT to his supporters to stop these despicable acts.

      • November 11, 2016 at 10:52 pm

        I keep praying that there is a team documenting all of the election irregularities, and all of the post election WS thuggery, to present a case to the electors…

  35. 115 eyecandi
    November 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I remember a CNN article in 2008. CNN reporter traveled to China to talk with a man that had a gift of predicting the future and he can also
    tell you everything about a persons personality by looking at a picture of them. He said that people are drawn to Obama. His eyes and eyebrow
    draws people in. Huckabee was very weak and Romney was secretive. He told them the winner of the election for 2008 but the reporter will not
    say who.. they did use Obama’s picture for the article so i thought he was the one. The end of this interview is what got my attention and
    stayed with me all these years. The Chinese gentleman said that Obama will be the most powerful man in the world in 10 years time!
    That is 2 years away. What do you think about that? I am hoping that someone else would have seen this as well.

  36. 120 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

  37. 122 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Must Read.

  38. 124 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Really? No wonder people think that govt sucks.

  39. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  40. 132 sherijr
    November 11, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve mentioned before the crime in our neighborhood- lots of junkies/drug dealers & prostitutes… however this is new: one of the neighbors on our Nextdoor.com wrote tonight that she and another person have encountered over the last two nights – people dressed head to toe in black, wearing masks. One encounter said he was a “crime watcher”. I’m wondering if this isn’t a response to the election, with so many weird people voting for that cretin, this is frightening to me. I told these folks, when you see folks walking around in masks, dressed in black – call the police for pete’s sake. Wacky sh*t everywhere. I already worry about my son coming home on the bus at night from work, now I have to watch for nuts in masks.

    • November 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks sherijr. I have of host of young people in my family I have to worry about, besides my son.

    • 135 globalcitizenlinda
      November 11, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      wow, very sorry to hear about this.

      please consider having your son call you when he gets of the bus so that you can time him on his stroll to home. I don’t know if he can travel with a friend or two.

      this is one scary time.

      we have to keep praying for each other’s safety and well-being

      • 136 sherijr
        November 11, 2016 at 10:58 pm

        I did- left him a msg to call me when he was close to his stop- I can then see him from my porch as he walks home from the bus stop. He was followed by 3 men on bikes one night- til they saw there was a witness (me watching from the porch). Thanks, Linda

  41. 137 4morefor44
    November 11, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    i feel hillary ran a really good campaign, especially since i’ve spent my life trying to stop the clintons each time either of them have run in primaries (but always vote for them in generals!), and yet she still got me to like her by the end.

    however, i posted here many times when it was clear she was running again that “she cannot win a national election. there’s too much baggage, unfairly for her, from bill and some of her own…” and various similar points. i was praying for and trying to make anyone else (except bernie…nonstarter for general) be the democratic nominee since “didn’t matter who republicans pick…she can’t win.” (don’t have time to try and find those comments). i was hoping to be proven wrong but of course we know i was correct. i applaud her for learning from mistakes and running a great campaign this time, but the problem was fatal from the moment she declared. she kept out any others who might’ve been able to do better and not have the past baggage and already built-in clinton fatigue within the voting public.

    such a shame she couldn’t realize this herself, and cheeto-face is who president obama passes the baton to, but we have time now to strategize and i’m sure he’ll be giving us plenty of clues about what to focus upon. this will just be a blip in the long history of this country and world, but i just hope we can at least minimize the pain and suffering republicans will inflict upon the world’s children in the next few years. as the obamas always say, fired up, ready to go!!!

  42. November 11, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  43. 142 arapaho415
    November 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    GE TODville.

    ICYMI, short (12:38 minute) remarks today at Arlington, with a memorable standing ovation at the end of PBO’s tribute.

    After the Hell that so many Americans have put the US and the world through this week, wonderful to savor.

  44. 143 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  45. 144 globalcitizenlinda
    November 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I am going to hold my tongue about:

    – a lady I admire and what I had to read multiple times about her thoughts on demagogue’s current “humility” appearance;

    – a couple who can’t seem to understand that the Dem primary is over & they should be reflecting on what roles they played to get us to this political nightmare;

    • 145 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      It’s tough, but you can do it! Or don’t hold your tongue. Your choice. I believe it’s an individual thing, and we each need to do whatever works best to help us get through all this!

      • 146 globalcitizenlinda
        November 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm

        true it is really tough for me because I am normally a person who speaks my mind;

        but I also know that I can be rough when people, who should no better, seem to not reflect on what I expect to be obvious to them.

        so for now, I will keep my “peace” & lock on my mouth

        • 147 jacquelineoboomer
          November 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm

          I get that, totally! Only you can determine the best circumstances to unlock “that mouth of yours”!!! I only like to “hang with” people who speak their minds – when they’re ready. 🙂

  46. 148 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    • 149 Sandy1110
      November 11, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Just like with Bush.

      The GOP pulls their nastiest, ugliest tricks to ‘win’, but suddenly when they do, it’s time to “change the tone”.

      Meaning they don’t want the tables turned on them. They can’t take what they dish out.

  47. 151 arapaho415
    November 11, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Man, oh Man, is this country schizophrenic or what?

    Deplorable Myron Ebell:

    Unexpected:

  48. 153 globalcitizenlinda
    November 11, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    some of you may have forgotten but do you remember who called the crypt keeper, aka rudy guiliani, “America’s Mayor”, during a public event following 9/11?

    • 154 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Ugh. I looked it up.

      • 155 globalcitizenlinda
        November 11, 2016 at 10:42 pm

        so now you understand part of why I decided to hold my tongue … ;

        the crypt keeper went on to us this as a badge of honor, gained acceptance when he had previously lost all credibility.

        he also used it to make a lot of money.

        my take away is that if your words have a potential to influence many, then you should be very cautious on how you bestow blessings for public acceptance

  49. 157 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm

  50. November 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Bringing this from Spandan: “I’m talking about voting. A lot of these horrendous specimens of sanctimonious petulance actually voted for Donald Trump.

    Yes, you read that right. From CBS News exit polling:

    27 percent of white voters who said they want the next president to change to more liberal policies voted for Trump.
    27 percent. The purity liberals. They did not get their way in the Democratic nominating contest, so they have decided that chaos shall rein.”

    http://www.thepeoplesview.cnet/main/2016/11/11/heres-proof-that-white-purity-progressives-literally-elected-donald-trump

  51. 160 JER
    November 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    President Obama waits to be introduced before speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony today.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  52. 164 JER
    November 11, 2016 at 10:21 pm


    whitehouse – “On Veterans Day, we acknowledge, humbly, that we can never serve our veterans in quite the same that they served us. But we can try. We can practice kindness. We can pay it forward. We can volunteer. We can serve. We can respect one another. We can always get each other’s backs.” —President Obama honoring America’s veterans #HonorAVet 🇺🇸

  53. November 11, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I’m sure this has been posted somewhere her before, but I thought a whole bunch of President Obama pictures is always a good thing. It sooths my soul just to see him.

    http://proudemocrat.com/official-white-house-photographer-pete-souza-reveals-his-favourite-photos-of-obama/13/


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