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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Our POTUS Expresses Thoughts about Ft. Hood

This morning, I watched our POTUS' weekly address. It was dedicated to our men and women who wear the uniform everywhere in the world, but especially to families and their fallen loved ones at Ft Hood.

As most know by now, Ft. Hood had a tragedy on Thursday. I remember seeing some of the updates at work, just stunned. I think our President expressed many of our thoughts here:

From the transcript:

Soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world called and emailed loved ones at Ft. Hood, all expressing the same stunned reaction: I’m supposed to be the one in harm’s way, not you.

But in beginning the healing process, President Obama offered these words:

Thursday’s shooting was one of the most devastating ever committed on an American military base. And yet, even as we saw the worst of human nature on full display, we also saw the best of America. We saw soldiers and civilians alike rushing to aid fallen comrades; tearing off bullet-riddled clothes to treat the injured; using blouses as tourniquets; taking down the shooter even as they bore wounds themselves.

You can read the rest here.

Flag to fly at half mast until Wednesday evening, Veterans Day.

God Bless our soldiers, their families, and our country.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Jane Hamsher has a Point about Rahm

Rahn Emmanuel keeps thinking life is like 1994. It's not the same dude.

From FDL:

I'm not certain all of the blame is on Rahm's shoulders. But Rahm isn't effective as Obama thought he would be either. The Senate is our problem, not the House.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Watching the Maine Ballot Initiative the Most

I don't care about the off-year elections, but I care about ballot initiatives.

Maine is bracing for a prop 8 of CA for itself, whereby Prop 8 folks poured money into traditional marriage (or YES to reject the Same Sex Marriage legislation). It looked like "no" to reject marriage equality early on, but now it's too close to call. I don't understand this weirdness, but I do know I am cheerleading for Bill in Portland Maine and his partner, Common Sense Mainer, to be married next spring.

Follow the numbers here:

Medical marijuana treatments may pass, which is a good thing for those who have chemo for various reasons.

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Save Progressive Radio

Tonight I heard from my good friend Lady Di that her radio show is going to the tea bagggers. That smells.

from Diane Kamp today:

Saturday will be our last show. They will have solid right wing tea baggers all Saturday from now on. So say good bye to any alternative on AM Talk Radio in Gallatin and Park County. By the way, our show had the highest female ratings of any show on KMMSAM. Our numbers were very good. But the new guy is not George Carter. That we lasted 5 years was a minor miracle in these times.

Let's hope we can buy KPRK. Hopefully the Bozeman Community Radio will provide an alternative and allow some real left and labor voices on it.

On to write my book and HBO series, I guess.

Matt Taibbi was fab last weekend. I don't get it.

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

A Book I'm Not Likely to Buy

The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe.

He trashes JRE and EE about cutting deals. No, he forgot Obama was willing to be caught on tape that he wanted JRE's endorsement in visiting his house. EE was totally unimpressed with the visit according to my sources.

DP is a scrub. Kiss and tell like Georgie on "This Week."

I'll read the book when it is available at the public library.

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One of the Best Dumba** comments at DK

Glenn Greenwald questions Obama all of the time about the lack of change in foreign policy from the previous POTUS. He is right to do so.

A Daily Kos poster agrees that Kossacks ignore good commentary or questions by Greenwald and also by Amy Goodman at Democracy Now.

Then this poster says he ignores them and gets plenty of tips for doing so:

I've been ignoring Greenwald and Democracy Now (106+ / 0-)

for several years now. It has created almost no problems for me.

Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

by bugscuffle on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 01:28:51 PM PDT

Here was my response:

It does for some of us

If not for you. It may mean that some like you may be asleep or follow Obama too blindly. I think we should question all leaders, not just Bush 43. If you think Obama is right all of the time, then go back to bed and don't comment that you never worry about our country under his leadership. Greenwald and Hamsher are correct in questioning him.

It still bothers me about all of the Obama bots.

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