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Rise and Shine

NBC: It’s an iconic image that captures a moment when one Boston Marathon bystander became much more. With blood-soaked hands and wearing a cowboy hat, Carlos Arredondo helps rush a young man in a wheelchair to safety after explosions turned Monday’s race into a disaster scene. He appears to be pinching closed a severed artery protruding from the victim’s thigh, stanching the flow of blood from a torn and shattered leg ….

…. [Costa Rica native] Arredondo had been at the race to support a group running for fallen veterans, one of them his son, according to the Maine newspaper, which described him charging in to help the wounded after the explosions.

….. In 2004, Arredondo’s son, Marine Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, died in battle in Najaf, Iraq. When Marines arrived in a van to deliver the news, on Arredondo’s 44th birthday, he grabbed a can of gasoline and a torch from his garage, climbed inside the van and doused it, then set fire to it, severely burning himself in the process…

…. And in December 2011, just before Christmas, Carlos’ other son, Brian, 24, took his own life as U.S. troops were withdrawing from the war that left his brother dead….

Full article here – warning: the photo above is cropped, the full version is at the link

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Morning everyone


128 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. April 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

    {{{TODers}}}

    Good morning TODer’s. Continue to pray for Boston and our nation…

    And Be Not Afraid.

    I also add my thanks to LL for sharing such an inspirational essay on last evening.

    • April 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Morning swbluega, morning everyone – I echo your thanks to LL, swbluega.

    • 3 proudmemberofglobalzero
      April 16, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Good morning and congratulations on 1st swluega. My family’s thoughts are with all those who witnessed and lost loved ones in yesterday’s bombing. That would include all in the US.

  2. April 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

    …and thanks Chipsticks for the Rise and Shine and reminding how Americans rally to help in times of crisis

  3. 6 mtmarilyn
    April 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Good morning TOD family and Chips! At this time it is the best to focus on all the heroes and let wait for the facts. We do have many heroes. My prayers to all.

  4. April 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville. I hope everyone who has loved ones in Boston have been able to make contact.

    Chips, thank you for cropping the image. There is so much gore everywhere.

    • April 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

      Morning Meta, I keep trying to avoid seeing those photos, but they seem to be everywhere. Just horrific.

      • April 16, 2013 at 8:52 am

        I just saw on twitter the number of people who’ve lost limbs and it’s very difficult to process. I’m well past the saturation point of how much of this daily violence I can take. Unspeakable and senseless.

  5. 11 isonprize
    April 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Look for the helpers. I loved Mr. Rogers…

  6. 12 andogriff
    April 16, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Good morning Ms Chips and everyone, thanks to you and LL and all who have helped Ms Chips with this blog. I have been reading numbly after the explosions, but unable to comment. My brother is flying to Boston on business this morning, and says the security has really been stepped up. I hope the brave Mr. Arredondo and his wife will some day find peace after the loss of both their sons.

  7. 13 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Yesterday, I saw the live video of the picture posted by Chipsticks. I couldn’t wrap my head around what I was witnessing. His legs were gone. Completely blown off. The news media didn’t have time to edit the video because it was live feed of the aftermath of the bomb. Horror was visited on Boston yesterday. I never thought I would witness a war zone in my country. Blood, shattered limbs, bodies lining the street, legs and arms strewn around on the sidewalks. It was beyond horrific to watch. I can’t even imagine what’s going through the minds of the victims, the first responders, and the medical personnel who witnessed grave injury and death visited upon them. My prayers, my thoughts, comforting healing vibes go out to every single one of them.

    Patton Oswalt summed it up perfectly for me: “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

    Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2013/04/leave-it-to-patton-oswalt-to-put-the-boston-bombing-in-proper-perspective/#ixzz2Qd8RtMfP

    The good will always outnumber evil and that was prevalent yesterday in the huge volume of people who ran towards the victims to offer help, kindness, compassion, and hope.

    • 14 isonprize
      April 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

      “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” ”

      Thanks, Ut.

    • April 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Hi UT, the courage of these people who helped was just extraordinary, what they witnessed will haunt them forever but they still went in there to do what they could. We saw the very best and the very worst of mankind yesterday.

    • April 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Ut, I really hope you tweeted that quote “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” That is so encouraging and appropriate at this very moment.

      • 17 prettyfoot58
        April 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

        PBO says this all the time/some folks think he is just being political…but i know he means it…it gives me Comfort and HOPE whenever i hear him say it

  8. April 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Our Congress people can be among the first to praise our first responders. As a nation, we have come to depend on first responders in ways that we may have never imagined. And in years to come, we will continue to look to them in times of crisis.

    Yet, it is astonishing to me that these same lawmakers put first responders’ jobs at risk by allowing legislation like the Sequester to take effect as part of their political games; some downplaying its impact as negligible. In recent years we’ve seen state governments trying to eliminate unions and redirecting funds that would result in reducing rather than strengthening the ranks of first responders.

    The character and bravery of these men and women are continuously highlighted as we see them run towards danger rather than trying to escape it. They too have families who depend on them and who want them to come home unharmed. Nonetheless, there seems to be a resistance in providing funding to give them the manpower they need and pay them the wages they deserve.

    As we pray for Boston and pray for our nation, let us also pray for the eradication of the apathy that seems to plague our elected decision-makers, and that instead they are infused with empathy. Let’s hope that they can learn to step outside of their protective coverings and understand that while they may be untouched by some of their actions (or inactions), the majority of us are greatly impacted. First responders and their families are a part of the majority.

    • 19 isonprize
      April 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

      swbluega, plus there were folks in our Congress who held up and then voted AGAINST funding for victims of the Sandy storm.

      HYPOCRITE doesn’t even begin to describe their evil.

      WE have GOT to vote out the crazy in 2014. Seriously.

      • 20 catrst
        April 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

        I think you have created a wonderful motivational theme here – “we have got to vote out the crazy in 2014”, I would add the self centeredness as well.

        • 21 jackiegrumbacher
          April 16, 2013 at 10:20 am

          I’m with you on that, catrst. For many their own careers are infinitely more important than the lives and safety of people in their communities. They’re not just a disgrace to the Congress,they’re a disgrace to the human race.

  9. April 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

  10. 25 Jovie
    April 16, 2013 at 8:57 am

    CNN was really playing the race card and beating the war drum last night. It was almost like they were trained to be Dick Cheney if something like that happened.
    It was bad, very bad!
    They should be ashamed of how they carried themselves last night, Fran Townsend and John King are liars, and basically the BPD told them so several times!
    😦

  11. April 16, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Good morning Mrs. Chips and TOD family. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured and passed away as a result of the Boston tradegy. I hope everyone have a blessed day today. Congrats swbluega on being first this lovely Tuesday morning in which President Barack Obama is still the President of the United States of America. Thank God!

    • April 16, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Yes, we ARE blessed that President Barack Obama was elected and is still the President of the United States of America. Everyone should appreciate the treasure that we have in him and his family.

  12. 31 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Good news this morning for the women of MS. The struggle goes on but thank goodness for this.

    Pres. Obama being his usual awesome self.

    • 32 desertflower
      April 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

      :))))))))))))))) I love this! How perfect.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Perfect summary of that child Kim Jong Un. He has to learn to behave if he’s going to sit at the grown up table of world leaders. There’s a French expression- “mal eleve” that applies to that toddler–poorly raised. Kim’s father certainly didn’t do right by him.

  13. 34 amk for obama
    April 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

  14. April 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    Prayers with Boston.

  15. 37 japa21
    April 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

  16. 39 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Even more good news on the horizon.

    • 41 dotster3
      April 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Didn’t like the snippet I saw. I saw that some were hoping this would be a cut above the usual interview ——but it was more of the same—–all accusatory questions again—-‘you have Repubs and Dems hating you’ etc. Savannah appeared to be in the most anti-Obama interviewer contest, just like all the other national media figures.
      And —only other thing of note—in talking about gun legislation—-one just can’t believe that President Obama has to make clear that ‘most Americans agree that there should be restrictions on criminals and the mentally ill from acquiring guns’. Yes—-that should be real clear to anyone with a working brain cell. Can’t believe the gun nuts would fight against this.

  17. 42 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Up next on The Daily Rundown……..” Joe Lieberman ”

    click

  18. 43 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

    CNN and the NY Post are disgusting for furthering this stereotype and spreading panic.

  19. 45 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

    He was an aide of Gabby Giffords.

  20. 47 a4alice
    April 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Morning all. just popping in to say hi – I gotta go back to work. Hope all are well. 🙂

  21. 51 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

    The FBI is about to give a press update about the bombing. It’s on TV.

  22. 52 japa21
    April 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This will be a tough day for many of us. For me, I know, it will be hard to concentrate at work. This country has become the dictionary definition of impatience ande we as a society want answers NOW. I fail prey to that feeling probably as much as the next person. And in this case, many of us have the answer we want to hear already in our heads. Some want this to have been done by an Islamist terrorist. Some want it to have been done by a domestic RW terrorist.
    It is difficult to just let the investigation take its course but that is what we must do.
    And the sad fact is, when we do find out, and we will, many people will think that we are being lied to, no matter which way it goes.
    The paranoia in this country runs deep. And if we only look on the darkness we will become part of that darkness. That is why we must celebrate the goodness, to remind ourselves of what we can be.

    • 53 99ts
      April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Hello Japa – how well you have described what is happening & what will be. Pierce is having similar thoughts – although his optimism seems to be taking a hit towards the end of his report.

      “Was I on acid, or was the first question at the eight o’clock press conference dealing with the Boston Marathon bombing last night really somebody’s asking Governor Deval Patrick whether the attack on the spectators was a “false-flag” operation?”

      http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2QdPwIryi

    • 54 prettyfoot58
      April 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

      And if we only look on the darkness we will become part of that darkness. That is why we must celebrate the goodness, to remind ourselves of what we can be…

      *************************

      Bravo Japa..Bravo

  23. 55 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

  24. 56 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

    People need to stop this. Just because one speaks a different language or looks different does not make that person a criminal. This stereotyping breaks my heart.

    https://twitter.com/BillWeirABC/status/324153898564743169

    • April 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

      This racial profiling is absolutely sickening.

    • 59 dotster3
      April 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

      I have lots of fam flying today. Oldest daughter and family are flying out of Boston this a.m. —–knew they would run into increased tension and security. Also—middle daughter flying into NYCity for biz mtgs at 30 Rock—-I imagine she could expect the same—read where there is increased security everywhere there also, as precautions. As a mother, I always worry.

  25. 60 desertflower
    April 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Morning everyone. I was awake a lot last night. Dog woke me up and I couldn’t get back to sleep. Too many thoughts running through my head.
    I hope that today brings us more information on the who, what and why of Boston. As we wait for word, let’s not forget that today is the day of action to call your Senators and let them know how you feel about gun safety laws. It is imperative that we all step up and CALL, write, Tweet, email. They need to hear from all of us.

    A thought as kept coming into my head, over and over. There are people that are yelling from the rooftops that they need guns for protection. That’s their mantra. In ALL the horrific occasions of gun violence though, they were protecting no one. They purposefully and with malice, went to unsuspecting, law abiding citizens exercising THEIR rights, and took those away from them. Took them away while they studied on college campus’, took them away from school children learning and teachers teaching, took them away from people trying to entertain themselves at a movie theater with family and friends, and took them away when their fellow Americans were exercising their democratic right to engage their representative of congress. Aside from voting, their IS no more important freedom than engaging their elected representative in conversation. Their inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were taken from them. We need to make these lawmakers realize that it isn’t a trade off, one person’s rights for another’s. We all all equal in the eyes of the law. One is not more important than the other, but equally so.
    These rampaging gunman didn’t care about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for anyone other than themselves. They believed that their rights to own whatever high powered, huge magazined,quick and massive body count machine trumped whatever anyone else wanted for themselves.. If we are truly to be free country, a respectful country, we can not put one’s right to own a gun over another’s right not to, and not have negative effects come from that choice NOT to own a gun.

    Please call your Senators and reps today, call them every day, until they hear us. Make sure they understand that we will not be silent, we will not forget, we will not give up trying for common sense gun safety laws, so that all of us can be free to live up to our potential.

    • 61 MightyPamela
      April 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Good morning everyone. OFA had cancelled the Day Of Action, so I thought. There was an email yesterday. It seemed as if calling would be pointing out the most obvious logic of all, given the events in Boston.

  26. 62 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

    AP

    “I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated. … At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing.”

    At Massachusetts General Hospital, Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services, said: “This is something I’ve never seen in my 25 years here … this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war.”

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

      It’s because of the great advances in care that there weren’t even more amputations or loss of life. A great tribute needs to be made to the doctors, nurses and EMTs who saved so many limps and lives.

  27. 64 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I love my president.

  28. 65 dotster3
    April 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Dispelling once and for all—no additional explosives other than the 2 which did damage. Another lesson in the need for patience for correct info when something like this happens. Appears that answers won’t be coming soon as to who and why—-seems likely that it could be a lone crazy. Continuing to plead for anyone with vids, audio and still photos of the finish area to come forward, need more info.

  29. 66 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

  30. 67 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Runner with a camera

  31. 68 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

  32. April 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Mike Luckovich depicting the unselfishness of people at Boston Marathon in coming to the aid of those in need:

    http://assets.amuniversal.com/2f6e0b1088b201302b2f001dd8b71c47?width=750.0

  33. April 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Amazing:

    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who recently took over as the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told a national television audience yesterday that a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombings “is in custody.” That was incorrect, and law enforcement officials went out of their way last night to explain there is no one in custody.

    Shortly before his appearance, McCaul held a brief press conference on Capitol Hill, telling reporters, “We’ve been quite fortunate that this type of attack has not happened before in the U.S.” This, too, is incorrect……

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/16/17777639-mccaul-isnt-helping?lite

  34. 75 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

  35. April 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Morning to all my O’s! A sad day for the country, yet still another great getting up day has been granted to us all here on planet TOD.
    I’m really too sensitive for this type of stuff and the coverage of it, with loops of pictures, blame games, and even those well meaning people who speak on it. It all gets to me and causes me great anxiety. So with that said, I am going to take a break for a bit, as I try to readjust my zen.

    btw, thanks TODdies for your support of #2 and her effort to win her bucket list dream job. Unfortunately, she was not among the 10 finalist. She asked me to let you all know how grateful she is for your participation. She has decided to re-up for a 2nd and last year tour in the ambassador program she’s currently doing. Her new location will be Madrid, and she hopes to get some work or volunteer at the US embassy there.

    Thanks again and TTYL.

    • 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Cookemom, I’m sooo disappointed for her (and me); I was looking forward to vicariously traveling with her via blog. On the other hand, I’ll be overnighting in Madrid in October, so maybe she can make a recommendation or two on the one or two “MUST SEE” and a great restaurant for dinner.

    • April 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Oh, Cookemom, I’m sorry for your daughter. I too feel the need not to watch the rehash. But I do want to keep up with TOD. your daughter will have many opportunities in her life. Best of luck to her. Take care.

  36. 79 amk for obama
    April 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Indian runner insists Boston blasts won’t stop him.

    Desai, who started running in his 50s on the insistence of his doctor to fight high triglycerides, is hugely impressed by the Bostonian spirit.

    “People in the neighbourhood opened their homes for the exhausted runners to rest and refresh. It is incredible, a salute to their spirited cooperation and help!”

    Will he be back for next year’s Boston Marathon?

    “You bet I will be back next year,” he thunders over the telephone line. “I have already qualified with my timing of 3:46:23 (the Boston Marathon’s qualifying time for the 60 to 64 age group is 3:55). Nothing will stop me.”

    http://www.rediff.com/sports/slide-show/slide-show-1-indian-runner-insists-boston-blasts-wont-stop-his-zeal-bhasker-desai-laxmi-negi/20130416.htm

  37. April 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

    (((((((first responders and volunteers))))))))) for saving lives.

  38. 91 LDS
    April 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Good morning everyone here. Thank you Ms. Chips for a beautiful Rise and Shine.
    I needed this so much this morning. And knowing that President Obama is our president is a joy I do not take for granted.
    May we find peace, embrace patience, vow to love inspite of what is happening around us.
    Do not allow your minds and your flesh dictate who you are not and distract your purpose to be who we are destined to be.
    We are love. We care. We do not judge least we be judged. We still stand.

    Dear Africa: I pray for you and your family as you go through this trial. I feel your pain. I went through the same with my sons while my husband lay in the hospital for months…I do not know your son’s age. Share good memories and find laughter whenever and wherever you can.
    It is okay to cry. I pray for peace and strength for us all.

  39. 92 dotster3
    April 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Another school shooting

    • 93 prettyfoot58
      April 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

      https://mobile.twitter.com/timjacobwise/status/324169953806786561?p=v

      Just when it seemed that the democratic process had reached its apotheosis with the election of America’s first black president, a political earthquake occurred in 2010 that threatened all that had been accomplished since 1965. Two years after Obama’s election, the midterm elections saw a conservative backlash that swept Republicans back into office in droves. As the media focused on the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives and increases in the Senate, more important developments were occurring closer to home. Republicans now controlled both legislative bodies in 26 states, and 23 won the trifecta, controlling the governorships as well as both statehouses. What happened next was so swift that it caught most observers off guard — and began surreptitiously to reverse the last half-century of voting rights reforms

  40. 95 japa21
    April 16, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Great piece at Pierce’s site (though not written by him) about what to do before we find out who did it. Last paragraph:

    Obama is right, of course. Whoever is responsible will have to be hunted down and destroyed. But it is essential that we recognize exactly who they are before we begin the hunting. Scum is scum, even when you don’t know what name to give it.

    Read more: Boston Bombing Who to Blame – Doing the Right Thing Before We Know Who Did This – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/boston-bombing-who-to-blame#ixzz2Qdd38a00

  41. 97 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

  42. 98 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

  43. 99 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

  44. 100 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

  45. 103 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

  46. 104 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

  47. 106 99ts
    April 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’m thinking of you all today – and must to bed – do hope tomorrow brings much better news than today. I will light a candle for President Obama
    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  48. 107 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

  49. 108 dotster3
    April 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Interesting and an inopportune time for the release of this info because it will feed the usual suspects. New info obtained thru FOIA lawsuit does connect that Sarasota, Fl. Saudi family which left in haste right before 9/11 to the named perpetrators of the attack——in contrast to previous FBI statements about this. This is the family which left 3 cars, all their clothes, furniture, jewelry, fully stocked refridg, kids toys floating in the pool etc.—-and disappeared overnight in late Aug. 2001.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/16/3345954/fbi-report-florida-family-had.html

  50. 109 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

  51. April 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

    FYI – Today at 3pm Eastern

    Tucson shooting victim honored on Capitol Hill
Gabrielle Giffords and others attend a Capitol Hill plaque and room dedication ceremony for a Giffords aide killed in the 2011 Tucson shootings.

    It’s listed on the CNN livestream schedule.

  52. 112 Lovepolitics2008
    April 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Folks, this is … really…. creepy…

    Of course, the conspiracy theorists will be all over this.

    A SANE hypothesis may be that this cartoon INSPIRED some individuals who wanted to perform a high profile crime.

  53. 115 dotster3
    April 16, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Sigh—-Daughter flying into LaGuardia today, see it was evacuated due to suspicious package, now given the all clear. Knew she would run into these kind of concerns and delays.

  54. 116 Ladyhawke
    April 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

    What will John Boehner say to Gabrielle Giffords?

    Posted by Greg Sargent on April 11, 2013

    ——————————————

    The proximity of Boehner and Giffords to one another will surely raise a question in the minds of some reporters: What is Boehner’s response to Giffords’ request for a vote? What will the Speaker say to one of Congress’ own who came so close to dying from gun violence and just wants her former colleagues to hold simple majority votes on solutions designed to slow the carnage?

    Boehner was deeply moved by the shooting of Giffords. When Giffords triumphantly returned to the Capitol for a visit early last year, the Speaker embraced her and held her hand before breaking down in tears as colleagues broke out in wild applause. You can watch video of that moment right here.

    Giffords, having battled her way back against tremendous odds from the threshold of death, now wants Boehner and her former colleagues to hold a vote on proposals designed to slow the killing. What will Boehner say to her? Perhaps reporters will ask him.

    —————————–

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/04/11/what-will-john-boehner-say-to-gabrielle-giffords/

  55. April 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Who we are… selfless, passionate, unafraid

  56. 118 Asher in Boston
    April 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

    GM, everyone. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes to the people of Boston and Mass in general. We are still in shock and with lots of questions. I for one wasnt at the marathon, but my sister, brother and friends were as you can imagineI lost it when I saw what was happening on tv and couldnt get thru to either one. Thankfully all were fine but it feels so sad for all maimed, dead and hurt in this ordeal.

  57. 122 MightyPamela
    April 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Why are the press corps allowed to be so rude, shouting out like that at the President? It is staggering that they have so little regard for simple, decent good manners and appropriate behavior.

    • April 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I remember when they used to do that to Reagan. The Gipper was great at pretending he couldn’t quite hear what they were shouting and would just smile and keep walking.

  58. 124 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Fantastic.

  59. 125 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:43 am

  60. 126 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

  61. 127 japa21
    April 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Interesting article on the effect of the sequestration on health care. One of those little things unnoticed is that the FBI will do no new agent training for 2 years. That is really not good.
    http://www.joepaduda.com/2013/04/sequestrations-impact-health-care/


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