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  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    September 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Vice President Biden has so much respect for our country, its people, and its brave military – past and present.

    Thank you for allowing us to calm our brains, Chipsticks, and remember to hold onto our common bonds.

  2. 2 Debz
    September 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    This is so beautiful and touching. Love VP Biden. Thanks Chips.

  3. 3 Sue in Minnesota
    September 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    “We don’t remember days, we remember moments'”

    I lived and worked on Oahu for several years. I took the bus to work. I will never forget climbing onboard a city bus packed with elderly gentleman and their partners, their military connections prominently displayed in the hats and pins, and in some cases uniforms that they wore.
    It was Dec 7, 1987……I will never forget in solemn and courageous spirit that permeated the space within that bus. Someone gave me their seat,
    normally I would have thankfully declined. I took it, I had to lower my head to hide the tears that refused to dry.

    I am often called back to that moment, that experience. I can only attempt to understand what it means to sacrifice oneself for ones country. We should never disconnect from that or the people that are willing to risk their lives for all of us, Americans.

    Joe looked particularily handsome drapped in his lei’s. We are fortunate for our leadership. Let’s make sure we keep their backs.

    May God be their strength and their shield.

    • 4 jacquelineoboomer
      September 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Beautiful memories – thank you for sharing that, Sue.

    • September 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Once again Sue. You struck a chord with me. In my naval career i steamed in and out of Pearl a few times. Watching this vid brought tears when i realized that the Admiral also served in Vietnam. i thought most of us were long gone or laid up somewhere. Just remember this phrase i read “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

    • September 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Beautiful memory even more beautifully written. You have a gift, Sue. Thank you for sharing it. That video really got to me. Thanks, Chips.

    • 7 JoJothecat
      September 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      I had the opportunity to vist the USS AZ in Oahu and it is the most stirring, emotional, place i’ve been to. There was hardly a sound, people were so respectful and the air was so still. Truly amazing place.

  4. 8 Fred
    September 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    again my aunt gets me out of bed so that I can post this and I can see why.Going back to bed now.Hope all is well with you all.See you tomorrow and have a field day with this asswipe

    Fox Guest Michael Meyers Says Obama “Has Ghetto Behavior”
    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201109070001

    • September 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      I started to write something very, very ugly about this person, but I thought twice about putting it out here in the ether. So, I settle for something tamer. He is a nasty, self-aggrandizing piece of kaka.

    • 11 GOVCHRIS1988
      September 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Since I have been pissed off with all this bull going on, I’ll say it proud. Michael Meyers is a Shuckin and Jivin, Steppin Fetchit, Sambo glorifying,Birth of a Nation dreaming, 1857 Mississippu house negro who wants to get his head scratched by his master, Sean Hannity for validation of his existence.

      • September 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

        Slow your roll and save your anger for more deserving efforts. Your statement IMHO was spot on. So lets move on we know hes out there and is probably buddies with West and Smiley. “No matter… how hot your anger is, it cannot cook yams” – Nigeria.

    • September 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      These kinds of comments BURNS me up, YUK! 🙄 🙄

  5. 14 GOVCHRIS1988
    September 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Democrats in Wisconsin should make certainly sure that they know every crooked trick the Republicans are pulling in the state.

    http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/capitol-report/article_335f59fa-d8fe-11e0-8a23-001cc4c03286.html

  6. September 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Amazingly, the republican senators hut tge floor today, complaining and were furious about the proposal to fix schools!
    I don’t get it!
    I don’t understand their argument?
    I mean, don’t fix schools! Is that what they are saying?

    • 16 Desraye
      September 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      This was purpose on the first stimulus, but the republicans thought that it wasn’t the government’s job to fix and build schools. That is some dumb thinking.

    • September 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      It is part of their dumbing down of America strategy. Why people vote for these guys is more than baffling to me. In the not so distant future, supposed third world countries like Brazil, China, India will be too far ahead in the competition, in science, math, the arts, everything.

      I am trying to understand why people will close their minds to education and still have this lopsided notion of proclaiming themselves No. 1 in the world.

      It just doesn’t work that way.

      • 18 Debz
        September 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        It is baffling. These people voting for those who are anti-education are the same ones screaming about their children’s and grandchildren’s future.

  7. September 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Add this to Obama’s List
    WTO Upholds Obama’s Tire Industry Relief Decision 
    by James Parks, Sep 6, 2011
    The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body yesterday upheld President Obama’s decision based on U.S. trade law to provide relief for American tire industry workers against surging imports from China of passenger and light truck tires. 
    In September 2009, Obama became the first president to enforce U.S. trade law when he imposed tariffs to protect domestic workers against a surge in tire imports from China. The original complaint came from the United Steelworkers (USW), and Obama’s decision led to a rebound in the tire industry.
    USW President Leo W. Gerard hailed the decision as good news for America’s workers and praised the WTO for reaffirming that:
    President Obama’s decision to stand up for America’s workers against the flood of passenger and light truck tire imports from China were legal and justified.
    Since the president’s decision, investments in U.S. tire manufacturing are up, jobs have been created and our companies are shipping more tires to consumers, Gerard said. “While we still need to accelerate our nation’s economic recovery, the economic benefits of the trade relief are clear and indisputable,” he added.
    Obama put the tariffs in place in each of the three years after public hearings before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in response to a petition filed in April 2009 by the USW on behalf of its members employed in tire plants throughout the country.

    • September 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      This is extraordinary! This is the kind of thing people never hear about. Thank you!

    • September 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      ‘In September 2009, Obama became the first president to enforce U.S. trade law ‘
      ‘The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body yesterday upheld President Obama’s decision’

      This is one of the reasons I so respect President Obama, and wait patiently to see where he is moving and what will be the result. Whenever he makes a move IMO he has taken the time to KNOW the surrounding info and has studied the pros and cons carefully. No sense spouting off, following ‘gut instincts’, showcasing your ‘toughness’, demanding this or that, yada, yada, if later you may have to eat your words. Slow and sure! Another home run Mr. President, 😆 thank you! There is so much I’ve seen here that the President and this Administration have accomplished quietly and efficiently, literally behind the scenes, while the regular politicians, dems and repubs alike, have only been politicking. If we each continue to quietly and efficiently tell one,… and so on, …and so on, we will make a difference in 2012, and we’ll give President Obama the space needed to breathe real life into American, and world, democracy.

    • September 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Its going in my blog soon, what a wonderful story, jobs, support of unions, made in usa, this story has it all.

  8. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    September 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve been dreading the upcoming commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, and I haven’t quite figured out why. Of course, I still wish to honor the innocent victims in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, and their families – and the police, fire, and all first responders, who will always be in our hearts. But something about it seems …

    I guess I just want it to be a time for quiet reflection.

    Anyway, I did a search to see how the 10-year anniversary of Pearl Harbor was commemorated. Here is a very interesting account. I realize we might all have different takeaways from this report, as we will on 9/11/2011.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/03/2388628_p2/10-year-pearl-harbor-anniversary.html

    • 26 Sue in Minnesota
      September 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      I think it will be very good to close that chapter. And to recommit to drawing from the forces of hope and strength as opposed to fear and weakness. I hope we can close this ugly chapter that undermined our sense of security and instilled in us so much fear and division.

      • 27 jacquelineoboomer
        September 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

        Maybe those were the words I’ve been looking for, to explain to myself how I feel. Thanks. I’ll look at the day as closing the chapter, so we can more broadly open ourselves up, collectively, to hope and strength.

        • 28 Sue in Minnesota
          September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

          Yep, take our lessons from it, close the book and put it on the shelf. I believe our President will direct the nation to the hope and courage that we can choose to be ifilled with and inspired by. He’s that kind of man.

          I know it will be a very tearful day, tears that will cleanse our spirits. Let’s move forward.

    • 29 jacquelineoboomer
      September 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      I linked to page 2 – page 1 is worth the read, as well!

    • 30 MsKitty
      September 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. I’m not saying that people should carry on without acknowledging what happened, but I think it’s the way the media and politicians are carrying on like we’re the only country in the world who has had to endure this kind of loss of life and devastation…EVER, and getting people caught up in the frenzy in the process. It just reeks of the exceptionalism mindset that may have been one of the factors that led to the attack in the first place. It’s to the point that I pretty much avoid the TV and radio from September 9 on because it’s just nonstop promotion of stories and grandstanding. I will remember and reflect, but I have no desire to relive it.

      (My apologies if I offended anyone)

  9. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    September 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I forced myself to watch a few minutes of Mitt’s jobs speech from yesterday. Unfortunately, I heard him accuse President Obama of “demonizing” certain other Americans. Huh? Name one, Mitt!

    Mitt doesn’t really talk about jobs – he talks about himself, and what he thought and did in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

    Mitt – That was the 20th century. President Obama is a 22nd-century kind of guy. The rest of us are in the 21st century. There’s no space for you at the top. Go home.

  10. September 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Mitt is a flip flopper. He says whatever comes to mind and then have to rewind.

  11. 34 utaustinliberal
    September 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Vice-President Joe Biden is one classy gentleman. Thank you Sir.

  12. 35 Olivia
    September 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    That lovely young lady in the red dress with VP Biden is his granddaughter, Maisy, I believe. What a wonderful example she has in her grandfather.

  13. 36 carolyn
    September 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I too have been somewhat dreading this weekend of 9/11 ten year commemoration, but I realize it is important. I remember the ten year anniversary of the 1995 Murrah bombing here in OKC. That was an important day, as it allowed us to go on with life and not let that day hinder us. I think this day will be important for the entire country. We were not defeated by those guys, we are still here, we are still the USA.


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