132 Responses to “‘Edward Meagher: A Veteran’s Story’”


  1. 9 Dudette
    July 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I MUST send this video to my Dad,who did 4 tours there. Thank you Chips!

  2. July 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Malia! Happy Birthday MTMarilyn! Happy Birthday America!!!!!! Stay safe everyone.

  3. July 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Super story from that veteran. Favourite words: ‘He’s my idea of what a president should be.’

    • 16 isonprize
      July 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      I like Edward John Francis Meagher. It comes thru the video. He’s down to earth, grateful, compassionate and probably a really cool pop-pop!! Oh yeah, and an EXCELLENT spokesperson for Pres. Obama.

  4. 17 desertflower
    July 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/04/1105862/-Robert-Reich-Mitt-Romney-IS-the-Economic-Crisis

    The biggest players in this system have, like Romney, made their profits placing big bets with other people’s money. If the bets go well, the players make out like bandits. If they go badly, the burden lands on average workers and taxpayers.
    * * *

    The fortunes raked in by financial dealmakers depend on special goodies baked into the tax code such as “carried interest,” which allows Romney and other partners in private-equity firms (as well as in many venture-capital and hedge funds) to treat their incomes as capital gains taxed at a maximum of 
15 percent. This is how Romney managed to pay an average of 14 percent on more than $42 million of combined income in 2010 and 2011. But the carried-interest loophole makes no economic sense. Conservatives try to justify the tax code’s generous preference for capital gains as a reward to risk-takers—but Romney and other private-equity partners risk little, if any, of their personal wealth. They mostly bet with other investors’ money, including the pension savings of average working people

  5. 18 Pamela
    July 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    What a day! Went out early to do
    some errands before work— except the car would not start! Yikes! Holiday schedule on buses. Hire cars closed, so took a cab and arrived right in time! Wasn’t first on this thread tho, but oh well! Lively day! 😆

  6. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    July 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Beautiful video. I hope they can get it out across the country and on every channel. I don’t want to hear of a single veteran who doesn’t vote for the president. He is the only one who care about them and their families as well a all active service members.

    • 20 utaustinliberal
      July 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      I really hope they can also. It’s a heartwarmingly beautiful and truthful video.

  7. 21 ChristiMTL
    July 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I wish all the best to this brave man…….what a beautiful video.

  8. 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  9. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    July 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Fourth of July, TODville! Thanks for the coverage, Chips!

  10. 25 Betsy
    July 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Watching Nancy Pelosi being interviewed by Rachel Maddow on CSpan right now. Ms. Pelosi is just awesome!

  11. 26 relellit
    July 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Good afternoon Todville and Chips

    Happy Birthday ChristiMTL!!!

    My hard drive is not working properly so the video is not working properly. Judging from the comments it has to be a positively beautiful story.

    I ‘d like to also wish Malia a very Happy Birthday.

    I thought this video which is one of my favoritives of Ray Charles could accompany all the beautiful well wishes for America to continue as President Obama said today toward perfecting a more perfect union.

    PS: Chips my birthday is on an important day too. It is the 8th of July the day the “Declaration of Independpence” was read at Philadelphia’s Independence Square in 1776. (It was actually read twice that day.)

    http://www.classbrain.com/artholiday/publish/article_112.shtml

    May I place an order in advance for our President wishing me a Happy Birthday with a cake ?

    That would be the best birthday present I could recieve and cherish in all my decades on this earth.

    • 27 ChristiMTL
      July 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks rellelit……July 8th is my younger brother’s birthday…..we are 4 days apart….

      I just read that it is globalcitizenlinda birthday as well.

      Happy birthday globalcitizenlinda!

    • 28 yardarm756
      July 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      In my mind, this should be our National Anthem. Thanks for the vid relellit.

    • 29 utaustinliberal
      July 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Ray Charles’s version of ‘America The Beautiful’ is the best there is.

  12. 31 ChristiMTL
    July 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Romney: Individual mandate “is a tax”

    In an exclusive interview, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday told CBS News chief political correspondent Jan Crawford that the individual mandate in President Obama’s signature health care law, which was upheld last week by the Supreme Court, is “a tax.” The remark contradicts what his campaign asserted Monday, when senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney believes the mandate is a “penalty,” not a tax.

    • July 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      LOL!!! Lord help us all this campaign is pathetic. I can’t wait for the debates when this liar will have to answer for all these lies or look foolish avoiding them. I’m depending on Pres.Obama to do this of course. Not the moderators.

    • 33 Linda
      July 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      hahahaa…. Is that a flip or a flop ?

      And look who he is talking to….the Reporter that leaked the SC information……

      What a jerk.

    • July 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Tomorrow it will be back to being a penalty.

  13. 35 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  14. 36 ChristiMTL
    July 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    @GarrettNBCNews: A sweaty Mitt just gulped down glass of lemonade along parade route and described it as “Lemon. Wet. Good.”

  15. 38 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  16. 41 vitaminlover
    July 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Father, thank You for the continual guiding, guarding and protecting of our Beloved President and his family. As he proceeds on these very necessary trips to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Iowa later thank You again, Sir, for keeping him from any and all hurt harm or danger. Thank you that he is a major success on these tours and that he is definitely put over the top. I know that You keep him always in the right places at the right times. Thank You for continuing to be an enemy to his enemies and an adversary to his adversaries and exposing them for the frauds, tricksters and hucksters that they are. Thank You for the ministering and guardian angels tending to him and his precious family and also for Vice-President Joe Biden and his precious family. Thank You for opening Americans’ eyes even more. I cover them with Your Son Jesus Blood and Your precious Love. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You in Jesus powerful Name. Amen.

    • 42 relellit
      July 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Amen
      Beautiful prayer, as my sister says our President is surrounded by the angels who watch over him!!!

      Thank you Betsy for reminding me to watch C-Span. I was about to go crazy after MSNBC went off. Who wants to watch those other lying hate-filled Channels? I don’t. I had forgot about C-Span

      Thanks again for the information. It’s too hot to bar-b-que. I may do it when the sun goes. I feel for all the people in other states who can not celebrate today.

  17. 43 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  18. 44 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  19. 47 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    • July 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      He’s taking it all in stride and I admire him for that. And the more he does the more absurd these people look. This over the top mass devotion to a failed political ideology is a cry for help. A 17 year old says thanks but no thanks.

  20. 50 Dudette
    July 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Happy Birthday ChristiMTL!!

  21. July 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    A so cute Obama supporting little Iowan at 4th parade

  22. 54 Dudette
    July 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Yay! Andy Murray is tied 1 set all with David Ferrer at Wimbledon ! Go Andy!

  23. 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  24. 57 desertflower
    July 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I swear, if Dems don’t keep the Senate and make HUGE gains in the House…..shame on us!

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/04/511054/mcconnell-im-not-convinced-congress-should-prohibit-insurers-from-discriminating-against-the-sick/

    Why don’t we opt out of paying for the insurance of these AH’s that would dare to deny others what they take for granted!

    • 58 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      July 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    • 59 0388jojothecat
      July 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      This is what the BAINSTREAMEDIA does not want to get out. If people knew that the GOTP will overturn ACA and will not replace it. People will go back to be at the mercy of Insurance companys once again. In time people WITH company provided health insurance will find they will not be able to afford the deductibles for less and less coverage. Women will be let go when they become pregnant or have high costs illnesses. The President did the right thing by focusing on health care first because this helps everyone including businesses yet the Corp owned BSM will not admit it until it’s too late, just like the war in Iraq. They admitted AFTER Bush was out of office that they did not push back on the reasons for going to war….then continued the Corporate message everything anti-Obama and pro-Robme.

  25. July 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Happy Independence Day, USA! Happy and blessed birthday to Malia Obama and all the TOD’s celebrants!

    I’m home on vacation so I get to share your joy today.

    Thank you Chips for this beautiful community.

  26. July 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Wow!! Excellent video, commentary from this vet about PBO. Boy, I missed the naturalization ceremony. I too, am a naturalized citizen, May , 2008. Was one of the most emotional days in my life and casting my first vote ever in my life, and for PBO, too, was something to behold. I cried happy tears that day.

    We have no choice but TO RE-ELECT PBO!!

    • 62 Dudette
      July 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Happy you’re with us at2. Our naturalized citizens understand and appreciate the responsibilities of citizenship. Thank you for all you do to help keep him in the White House.

  27. 63 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Happy 4th of July!!!!!!! Going to enjoy the food and the Fireworks. Busy entertaining today. Have fun everyone!!! 🙂

  28. 64 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  29. 65 sherijr
    July 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Happy 4th of July TOD! Happy Birthday Christi- have an awesome day 🙂 and Happy 14th Birthday to Malia Obama!

    So my middle son calls to wish us a Happy 4th & say he thinks they’re going to the mall this year to celebrate.. then proceeds to tell me a story about how a young man (trucker) from S.Carolina came into my son’s shop with an ‘Obama shirt’ on.. and points at my son & says “its the President’s son”.. he took a picture of Josh & proceeded to email it to all his friends 🙂
    Josh has told me this happens so often that when they have a movie the President’s life- he’s going to audition for the “college years”.

  30. July 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  31. 72 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  32. 73 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  33. July 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  34. 77 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm


    A federal judge has ordered the New York Post’s top editor to answer questions about how his boss, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, reacted to a cartoon that depicted President Obama as a dead chimpanzee.

    The order came last week in a lawsuit filed by former Post employee Sandra Guzman, who accused the newspaper and editor Col Allan of racial discrimination and harassment. It was first reported late Tuesday by Reuters.

    In February, the order said, Allan refused during a sworn deposition to answer questions about what he and Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns the Post, talked about when the cartoon was published in 2009. Allan claimed he was protected under “editorial privilege.”

    But federal Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis ruled the protection didn’t apply because nothing Allan and Murdoch talked about was related to a secret source or the newsgathering process.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/murdoch_post_chimpanzee_cartoon.php?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

  35. July 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

  36. July 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    OK one more! These tweets are hilarious!

  37. 86 JER
    July 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Fourth! What makes this day even more special is that it’s the day our first child was born. Happy birthday, Malia! We love you. –mo— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 4, 2012

  38. 88 ber6964
    July 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Wonderful video..

  39. July 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    • 90 anniebella
      July 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      That just make sense doesn’t it? We want to make America, more like America. Just lovely Mitt.

      • 91 carolyn
        July 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        That statement of his means absolutely NOTHING!!! It is what is known as a tautology, and is meaningless. However, I think I know what he means: make it all white, and heterosexual and churchgoing every Sunday…….all “Ozzie and Harrietish”

    • 92 Cha
      July 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Blathered the twisted piece of shit.

    • 93 yardarm756
      July 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      That’s code for “Let’s return to a time before minorities had rights and women had votes, etc.”

  40. 94 JER
    July 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm
  41. 98 JER
    July 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Here’s to the country we love. Happy Fourth. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 4, 2012

  42. July 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Romney’s speech at parade as reported by Zeke Miller on twitter:

    Romney: I love our flag. I love the heroism of those who built this great country.
    I love this country. I love the people who have built this country.
    This country is a country that is changing the world even today. The world needs a strong America.
    Romney on picking a slogan: The idea that actually I landed on was as simple as this — we believe in America.
    Romney: We want to make America more like America

    Its like he’s running from one of those Dick and Jane books.

    • 105 anniebella
      July 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Mitt left out something he loves, he loves to tell lies.

      • 106 susanne
        July 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        i love my money. i love the subservience of those people who built my great portfolio.
        i love my portfolio. i love the people who have built the offshore banks where i hide my money.
        my wealth is a wealth that is changing the world even today. the world needs to hide my wealth.
        the idea that actually i landed on was as simple as this–we believe in money.
        we want to make all america’s money my money.

    • July 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I don’t know whether he just flat out botched the line or he’s dogwhistling.

    • 110 0388jojothecat
      July 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      i, i, i, i,……that’s all Robme knows are “i’s”. “America more like America” WFT is that exactly?

    • 114 Dudette
      July 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      What a moron. PBO is gonna stomp him into the ground at the debates.

    • 115 Cha
      July 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      What does he “love” best about America? Outsourcing our JOBS or Outsourcing his money to Cayman and Swiss Accounts? Hmmmm? Dish, Mitt..and while you’re at it..cough up those Income Tax Returns you’re Hiding from the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    • 116 carla4obama
      July 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I love the tress..the green ones
      I love our lakes, the ones with water
      I love our mountains, the tall ones

      See Mitt go, go Mitt go.

  43. July 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This is just ridiculous!

    • July 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I can’t see Fernstrom being on the job until November. It’s going to get even more embarrassing when he shows up on MTP with his Obama 2012 button on because somebody forgot to tell him to remove it while he was sitting in the green room.

        • July 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

          David Gregory: So when Romney criticizes the President on the economy he’s…

          Ferhnstrom: He’s way off base that’s what he is. The President has saved us from economic freefall that the Governor’s policies would return us to only more so.

          Gregory: Um Eric?

          Fernstrom: Yeah what’s up?

          Gregory: Don’t you work for Mitt Romney?

          Fernstrom : Does this button look like I work for Romney? If you don’t know you better ask somebody.

          Gregory: Okay let’s go to a commercial…

          Fernstrom: FOUR MORE YEARS!! FOUR MORE YEARS!!

          Gregory: …break

  44. 124 purpleshoesla
    July 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    What ho TOD Peeps! Just stepping in quickly to say Happy 4th of July, Happy Birthday to Malia and any and all fellow TOD peeps celebrating birthdays today.

    A special thank you to our veterans for your service to our country. It is because of your service that I am able to go out and celebrate my country’s birthday with family and loved ones. Enjoy your 4th everyone. Hope its filled with good food, laughter and spectacular fireworks tonight.

    Peace!

    Oh and P.S. Thanks for all the retweets last night. Just amazed by all the Twittering activity when I checked my account this morning. This Twitter newbie is slowly gaining an appreciation for the power of this tool.

  45. 125 LadyTNT
    July 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Happy 4th of July everyone!!! It’s hot as mofo!!!

    Happy Birthday shout outs to Malia, ChristiMTL, and globalcitizenlinda!!!

  46. 126 Linda
    July 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Amputee Oscar Pistorius named to Olympics in 4×400 race

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Oscar Pistorius was selected Wednesday to run in both the individual 400 meters and the 4×400 relay at the London Olympics, clearing the way for him to become the first amputee track athlete to compete at any games.

    South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who runs on carbon fiber blades, made history last year by qualifying for the world championships, where he won silver in the 4×400.

    South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who runs on carbon fiber blades, made history last year by qualifying for the world championships, where he won silver in the 4×400.

    South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who runs on carbon fiber blades, made history last year by qualifying for the world championships, where he won silver in the 4×400.
    Sponsored Links

    In a surprise last-minute decision, South Africa’s Olympic committee and national track federation said the double amputee can run in his individual event as well as the relay even though he did not meet the country’s qualifying criteria in the 400.

    The Olympic committee earlier announced that Pistorius, who runs on carbon fiber blades, had been picked only for the relay.

    “Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life,” Pistorius said. “To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honor and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together.”

  47. 129 Dudette
    July 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Oh… I missed one. Happy Birthday globalcitizenlinda!

    • 130 0388jojothecat
      July 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Dudette. Everyone…..Click on the Malta Synchronized Fireworks it is AMAZING!

  48. 131 Cha
    July 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Chips, you are the bestest of the best! You are such a good responsible citizen of the world…Happy Fourth of July!

    And, Happy Birthday to Malia Obama who is fourteen today! Many Mahalos & Muchas Gracias for all you and your Ohana Family do to make this such a neccessary and enjoyable part of the day!~

    Thank you, Chips, for the Edward Meagher Story..PBO is my idea of what a President should be, too.

  49. 132 0388jojothecat
    July 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    OT: I love watching the Twilight Zone and the Andy Griffith marathons, so many famous actors were on that show who are no longer with us.


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