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Jun
13

“I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended”

BBC: Nelson Mandela has become critically ill in hospital, the South African presidency has announced.

President Jacob Zuma said he had visited Mr Mandela and spoken to his wife and medical teams.

Doctors were “doing everything possible to get his condition to improve” said Mr Zuma in a statement.

South Africa’s first black president, 94, was taken to hospital in Pretoria earlier this month for the third time this year, with a lung infection.

Mr Zuma said he had been told by doctors that the former president’s condition had worsened over the past 24 hours.

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163 Responses to ““I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended””


  1. 1 lisalovesobama
    June 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Heya

  2. 5 Nena20409
    June 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Here’s a man who never tried to equal anyone else, but moved forward and excelled. What a Man.

    Thank you for this Post.

  3. 8 kasai
    June 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you kindly Chips….
    my heart is heavy today…
    (((TODS))

    • June 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      And the inevitability of it all makes it no less painful, Kasai. I can’t begin to imagine how the people of South Africa are feeling today.

      • 10 kasai
        June 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        I know PBO would love to see him once more…but in reading this article..is all up to his family:-(
        http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/obama-keen-to-see-madiba-1.1536202

        • 11 Layla
          June 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

          You know kasai, he may have shared his wish to see the President with his family. Sometimes people wait for that last person to see before they leave us. I sincerely hope that they have a chance to meet for one last visit! Let me share the heaviness of your heart with you.

          • 12 kasai
            June 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

            I hope so…thank you Layla. I was blessed to have met Mandela in LA right after he was released…He made such an impact in my life..In spite of what He went through…He spoke of forgiveness of his oppressors…and Peace on Earth…A True Hero

      • 13 yardarm756
        June 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        It’s not confined to the people of South Africa. You can trust me on that Admiral.

        • June 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

          Hiya Yardarm, I know, people throughout the world will be heartbroken, but none more so than his own people, I just think their sense of loss will be impossible to comprehend.

          • 15 yardarm756
            June 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm

            It is time. Better as a free man than a prisoner, eh?

            • June 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

              So true, and what an extraordinary life. Blessed to have lived in his time.

            • 17 nathkatun7
              June 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

              Yes Indeed, yardarm! For me, and following in the African tradition, Nelson Mandela will live forever! His exemplary life will always be an inspiration not only to the people of South Africa, but also to all freedom loving people throughout the world! As a person of African descent, I give thanks everyday for the presence of Nelson Mandela. His Strength, grace and moral example exposed the lie about the much maligned character of the people of African descent. Like Dudette said yesterday, I hope he is not in great pain and he is able to make a peaceful transition to his eternal life.

  4. June 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Now see, there’s a hero.

  5. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    June 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you Chips, for that beautiful quote and drawing. When a great man speaks your heart listens. Our hearts are very full right now.

  6. 23 Nena20409
    June 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I remember when this song came out:

    Free nelson Mandela:

  7. 24 Nena20409
    June 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    A short story on Madiba:

    Nelson Mandela

  8. 25 lisalovesobama
    June 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Ugh. I feel selfish. I want him to stay, but he may want to go. This is so sad. Mandela is a beacon of hope to millions of people the world over.

  9. June 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    This is how a true hero responds to oppression – in standing for what he believes in, he faces justice HEAD ON, not runs away from it, armed with lawyers, funding, anonymous groups, and media figures with hidden agendas…

    • 27 Layla
      June 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      THIS!!!!!!!!!!

    • 28 Nena20409
      June 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      A True Living Legend.

    • 29 nathkatun7
      June 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, Hopefruit, for sharing this! And thanks for your absolutely spot-on commentary. As far as I am concerned, the 1950s and 1960’s witnessed the rise of some of the most courageous and the most ethical Black leaders throughout the world. I was in High School when Nelson Mandela went to prison. But like Dr. King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, Nelson Mandela was a major inspiration to all of us young people. I cried tears of sadness when he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Twenty six years later, when I was a middle-aged man, I cried tears of joy when he walked out of that prison still standing tall and expressing no regret for having been a freedom fighter. I also, of course, cried and celebrated like crazy when he was elected President of South Africa. The same way I did when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. I never imagined that these two events would happen in my lifetime, or even my children’s lifetime. Now you can imagine how truly blessed I feel.

  10. 30 Nena20409
    June 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Had Bob Marley been alive today……Those quotes posted at the top would have been enshrined in a song format.

    War……my Favorite song of the late Bob Marley’s was part of a 1963 UN address by the late Emperor Haile Selassie at the UN. I have posted that song at least 2X at TOD previously.

  11. June 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I am very emotional today. I know it may be time for him to move onward to peace but letting go of this treasure is really difficult. I remember being a young girl and witnessing the fight to Free Mandela! 23 years is just not enough time for us to have him :-(.

  12. 32 utaustinliberal
    June 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    This is just beautiful Chips. What a man, what a leader, what a wonderful human being. There are some people who you think will be around forever because they are just that great. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Edward M. Kennedy, Rep. John Lewis are among those in my humble opinion and it’s painful knowing that some have gone and will go. My heart is heavy because no matter how long they are here on earth with us, it never seems enough. Time can be such a cruel taskmaster.

    There is no way to quantify the good he has done in this world. He is the true definition of a hero.

    • 33 susanne
      June 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      i’d add barack obama to that list, and i know everyone here would too. hate to even think about him going, but hopefully he’ll live and work for the world’s betterment for many more decades.

    • 34 nathkatun7
      June 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Amen, UT!

    • 35 a4alice
      June 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      There’s such a finite amount of time we all get and we really don’t know for how long that will be. When someone devotes themselves to good works or moving to change things in such a way as the people that you’ve mentioned it makes their time seem so short.

      thanks

  13. June 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

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    “Underneath the history that has been made, there is a human being who chose hope over fear — progress over the prisons of the past,” Obama wrote. “And I am reminded that even as he has become a legend, to know the man … is to respect him even more.”

  14. June 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    This is a somber thread, but a lil’ light-heartedness here: 🙂

  15. 55 veryslowwriter
    June 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    The great man will be leaving soon — he’s 94 and surely weary. But it has been an honor merely to inhabit the same earth as Nelson Mandela.

    “..any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” (Donne)

    When the bell tolls for Nelson Mandela we will all be diminished.

  16. June 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    http://www.aquariusmoon.info/frontpage/2013/06/23/mandela-watch/

    A contrast in character. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his beliefs and actions. No doubt he could have been freed sooner if he decided on exile or to sell out his cause. The lung infection was a result of his prison stay and the inadequate (prison care is never as good on the outside) care he received.

  17. June 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you Chips!!

    #FORWARD Together

    • 63 Vicki
      June 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      You were terrfic on MSNBC today, as always Mr.Franken.

      The Daily Banter says Snowden’s actions make him a defecter. Which also makes sense to me. What do you think about that description?

      • June 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        Hi Vicki – I’m not Al Franken 😀 😀

        As to his actions – he has provided our enemies with classified information about programs designed and operated for the purpose of protecting Americans. At best that’s defection & treason.

        Was it planned? By whom? Who’s been paying the bills? ….. and lots of other questions about motives and actual deeds will need to be known before we know if he was hired to do what he did and, if so by whom, because being a ‘spy’ …. well, we’ll just have to await the facts.

        • 65 nathkatun7
          June 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

          Bob, as always, you commentary is both thoughtful and graceful. What I find disgusting are people, like Chris Hayes, who try to elevate Edward Snowden to the status of Dr. King and Rosa Parks. I would have had some sympathy for Snowden if he had remained in the U.S., like Daniel Ellsberg did, to face the consequence of his illegal actions. But divulging classified National Security information to our adversaries was, for me, the deal breaker. I cannot sugar-coat my feelings about Edward Snowden. I consider him a traitor. I also believe that Glenn Greenwald was deeply involved in aiding and abetting him, which makes him a traitor as well. Finally, I think all those in the MSM who pushed this story as “another Obama scandal” should be shamed for their unethical and unprofessional behavior as journalists.

    • 66 Nena20409
      June 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      😎 🙄 😆

  18. 67 desertflower
    June 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Do you remember that Reagan hailed OBL as a hero and Mandela as a terrorist? True. Bless Mr. Mandela and his family. The world is better off for him having been in it, and will miss him greatly when his time comes. Hopefully, lessons learned from him will carry on in the hearts and deeds of many still fighting for equality and justice. Peace and love.

    • 68 99ts
      June 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Thatcher agreed with Reagan – all you need to know about both of them. The SA govt was way too scared to kill or let Mandela die – the revolution would been a massive uprising of a dominated people.

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      No, DF, I did not know that Reagan said that and will add that to the many reasons I could not stand that man. Reagan was not fit to wipe the dirt off Mandela’s shoes. His agonizingly painful presidency was a genuine blot on this country’s history.

    • 70 nathkatun7
      June 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      “Do you remember that Reagan hailed OBL as a hero and Mandela as a terrorist? ”

      Yes, I do, Desertflower! And not just Ronald Reagan, but also many other conservative Republicans, including Dick Cheney, then a member of Congress from Wyoming.

  19. 71 arapaho415
    June 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    History has shown that despite injustice and mistreatment, a leader will emerge who will open the eyes of the world to those injustices.
    suf
    Bobfr and others have mentioned that Barack Obama’s fate seems to include the cruel irony of losing loved ones at an important point in his life (his Mom, Toots, and now perhaps Nelson Mandela just before his visit to Africa).

    It is cruel, but it also seems like fate throws heartwrenching obstacles for Barack Obama to overcome to achieve the greatness that awaits him.

    Nelson Mandela, an inspiration to the world. Thank you for dignity and grace you exemplified while enduring tremendous hardships and suffering throughout the greatness of your life.

    • 72 arapaho415
      June 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      I don’t know how the “suf” appeared in the second line. Please consider this a “strikethrough” of those letters. 😦

    • 73 MightyPamela
      June 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      The greater the Soul, the greater the test.

      • 74 nathkatun7
        June 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

        Yes, Indeed, Mighty Pamela. I personally hate all these predictions and speculations about what will happen to President Obama. What is needed are prayers for Nelson Mandela and his family. And as Dudette said last night, what we should all hope for is for a peaceful transition for Nelson Mandela. Having given over 74 years of his life for the struggle for freedom and human dignity, all Nelson Mandela needs now is peaceful rest. If God willing he will no longer be with us in the fresh, It will still be up to us to carry out the work he dedicated his life to. And I think President Obama is exactly doing that.

  20. 75 MightyPamela
    June 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    If you’d like to put up a candle for Nelson Mandela… http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  21. 77 susanne
    June 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    sweet piece on the president, from npr:

    ‘ And there’s a well-kept secret at the White House: When Obama wants to choose a gift himself for someone in his inner circle, he sets a very high bar. ‘

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/06/22/191625390/presents-from-the-president-what-obama-gives-his-friends

    • 78 lisalovesobama
      June 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Very nice. Thank you. 🙂

    • 79 theo67
      June 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      It’s always irked me that the gift of the IPOD was widely panned, as though he just gave her a technical gadget. It ignored the fact that they loaded that IPOD with meaningful mementos – showing a lot of thought went into the gift, like her favourite plays and historic moments, and that her grandkids had given her a technical gadget shortly before – showing that she is a woman of the ages. But, I guess the half-story works better for their purposes.

      • 80 nathkatun7
        June 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm

        ” I guess the half-story works better for their purposes.”

        You know, Theo, that line in your comment sums up perfectly the way the mainstream media has treated President Obama. They never tell the whole story about him. They only highlight parts that can be spinned into portraying him in a negative way.

    • 81 arapaho415
      June 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you, Suzanne, for posting this.

      Loved the article.

      Love that President Obama uses his clout to get priceless gifts (copper rosetta from Ellis Island for Jack Lew) or sense of mischief to frame Robert Gibbs’ tie-seen-round-the-world (the one PBO wore for the 2004 Dem Convention speech that launched him onto the world stage).

      I took the liberty of tweeting the article, since you’ve mentioned you’re not on Twitter.

      • 82 susanne
        June 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        thanks for sending it out, arapaho. i think it shows how very thoughtful the president is, and how deeply he cares for and respects those who work in his administration.

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          June 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          Me, I like to find little bits of info that reveal the true heart of this leader whom I instinctively love and whose example I’m fortunate enough to be alive to witness. PBO SEES the people around him and he has a true heart for the human race.
          Thank you Suzanne and Arapaho for sharing.

          //…

          But some of [PBO’s] closest aides also describe gifts that require more thought than clout.
          Jon Favreau, who was Obama’s head speechwriter, says “probably the most meaningful gift was when I left the White House, he framed the first page of three of the speeches we worked on together that the two of us really enjoyed the most.”
          These were not his most high-profile speeches. They were moments only Favreau and Obama shared an appreciation for.

          ….//

  22. June 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  23. 86 forus50
    June 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  24. 89 JER
    June 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    • 90 Layla
      June 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      I can see them now rushing to the cameras on this one!!!!!

    • 91 arapaho415
      June 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      God, I hate the Tea Party.

      They elected idiots who think it’s their job to make the government enrich the “haves” without a fleeting thought to the impact on the country.

      They truly are the “I’ve got mine, Jack,” party.

      They want roving hordes of uneducated, unemployable youth?

      I blame John McCain’s selection of the Tundra Twit for unleashing this unholy mess on the country and for the MSM, who live very comfortably, thank-you-very-much.

      • 92 57andfemale
        June 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        mc cain caused this. he should have gone into hiding instead of parading his bitter ass all over the Sunday talk shows, the Senate and acting like a traitor on foreign soil. the tea party never would have infected government except for the fact that a “respected” candidate for pres. thought that idiot could be a heartbeat from the presidency.

  25. 93 Allison
    June 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

  26. 94 forus50
    June 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I finally read the Complaint filed by Ms. Lisa Jackson against Paula Deen and her companies. Just incredibly sick how they treated her (a white woman) and all the staff (primarily African American). I am so happy she filed this complaint, got Deen fired and I hope she makes those restaurants go bankrupt with the settlement. If you have a few minutes it’s worth reading.

    Click to access Jackson-v.-Deen-et-al.-Complaint.pdf

    • June 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      OMG, what a disgusting read. That’s all I can say.

    • 96 theo67
      June 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Those restaurants will never go bankrupt while there are citizens in this country who think it’s ok to fly the Confederate flag. See the pics of the lines outside her restaurant yesterday…

      • 97 nathkatun7
        June 24, 2013 at 12:19 am

        You are so right, Theo! Racist have a niche market composed of people who totally subscribe to racist beliefs and practices.

  27. June 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    A great man who has left his indelible mark on the world like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and others, by invoking the power of love and forgiveness, not hate and revenge.

  28. June 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    As I just said on TPV, I can’t help but compare the courage and conviction of Nelson Mandela, who fought and suffered to free his people, and who seems about ready to pass on in part to his mistreatment in prison, to the keyboard commandos of Netroots Nation and the likes of Gigi and Snowden.

  29. 102 yardarm756
    June 23, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I call this a Kings return.

  30. June 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Well LMAO hello…it didn’t take long for MSM – Politricko no doubt – to make this Snowden crap about PBO & Hillary…

  31. June 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    And Glennie boy has nothing but praise for this guy….

    • June 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      • June 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Do we know where GiGi is? He wouldn’t want to be in Rio during rioting, would he?

        • 115 Nena20409
          June 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

          He is In Brazil. Rio? I can’t say for sure.

          • June 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

            Yes, he’s camping out in Brazil with his boy toy, 20 yrs younger than him.

            • 117 lisalovesobama
              June 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

              He’s gay? I had no clue.

              • June 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm

                Good for you. It doesn’t matter.

                • 119 57andfemale
                  June 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

                  it matters because gg’s made it a cause celebre against PBO that he can’t bring his lover here on permanent status.

                  these great defenders of civil rights scream that PBO is acting like a king, and then whinecwhen he doesnt act like a king on their pet issues.

                  • June 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

                    I meant it didn’t matter he was gay. I get your point.

                    • 121 57andfemale
                      June 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

                      It’s GG himself who has made his being gay PBO’s personal responsibility.

                      Greenwald makes me ill.

                    • June 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

                      He really sickens me too. I’d never heard of him until the Snowden thing. I don’t follow him and don’t listen to him. But he pops into news and he seems like a rotten little egg. I hope the people in Brazil make his life miserable. He doesn’t seem to have the BDay type to flaunt around the beach.

                    • 123 57andfemale
                      June 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

                      he’s been at the forefront of the emoprog, whiny left. His default position is always “PBO is as bad if not worse than Bush” and other hysterical rants. When he is challenged on twitter on anything, he insults, berates, blocks. Yeah, some way to ‘open a dialog.’ He has made outrageous statements about PBO that show his thinly veiled racism.

                      The heart of emoprog nonsense is that they want at the same time for PBO to act like a unitary king and yet give up all executive power at the whim of their pet issues.

                    • June 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

                      Thanks 57. There are so many Rats out there. We must stay together and silence them. “Neuter them” as chuckles said. I did respond to one of his tweets. I’ll see if I can find it and get feed from you. I’d appreciate you’re feedback.

                    • 125 57andfemale
                      June 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

                      This is a long, generational fight. I’m IN.

                    • June 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

                      I’m slow at this. My tweet.

                    • 127 57andfemale
                      June 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

                      hal Sparks on Stephanie Miller this a.m. was reading from an interview/article from the Guardian. Here’s the gist of a portion of what he read (I paraphrase of course):

                      GG was skeptical at first and expected to me some grizzly, beaten NSA professional and was surprised to see Snowden, the kid. After talking to him for an hour, his skepticism was gone and he believed Snowden.

                      Okay, never let it be said that I would defend David Gregory as a journalist but here’s my problem with GG’s attack on Gregory yesterday: Did YOU, Mr. Greenwald, verify anything before you decided to ‘believe’ him? Usually what happens after a contentious story is printed – you VERIFY what you printed in at least two sources. That’s journalism. He has yet to show that he did one single thing to actually REPORT. He didn’t understand the techie stuff, and from all evidence so far, did nothing to verify that techie stuff. He didn’t even try to verify if that power point presentation was in fact an ‘idea’, its date, whether it was actually in service, etc. GG heard that PBO was a big ol’ meany, and that’s all GG needed.

                      So for him to attack any other journalist is outrageous.

                    • June 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

                      Yes, GG is sloppy. I don’t consider him journalist at all.

          • June 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

            Given Brazil’s 1964 extradition treaty with the US, he might want to be on that plane to Ecuador, as well.

    • 131 nathkatun7
      June 24, 2013 at 12:28 am

      “Glennie boy” could care less about gay rights, with the exception of wanting to bring his Brazilian lover to the U.S. as a permanent resident. What consumes “Glennie boy” the most is his obsessive hatred of President Obama.

  32. 132 99ts
    June 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I didn’t realize until reading this – that a woman was sponsoring one of the bills in Texas – self hate is unbelievable
    http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/23/abortion-protests-redistricting-special-session-ne/

    Senate Bill 5 “addresses abortion law and regulations in our state,” the sponsor of SB 5, state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Katy, began …

    • 133 Nena20409
      June 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      But, you see, the Laws are written for THOSE People…..Never for the lawmakers, in this case, writing the laws. They have access and they can afford to go outside the state if need be for treatment.

      It the Othering of those they hold in total disrespect.

      • 134 99ts
        June 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        I just watched some of the live stream – smiling women surrounding this Rep, quite disgusting – and yes, I agree – the wealthy will ALWAYS have access to safe abortion – the poor will die. . It is like women have to relive this sh1t forever.

        • 135 nathkatun7
          June 24, 2013 at 12:54 am

          I lost a very dear family member, 7 years before Roe V. Wade, as a result of unsafe abortion. I am sure the primary reason she resorted to unsafe abortion had to do with the fact that the father of the child was not interested in marrying her at the time when there was a great deal of stigma about having a child out of wedlock. But for me, the loss of her life had to do with the fact that abortion was illegal and there were no places she could go to receive a safe abortion. It would be a terrible mistake (and a horrible shame too,) if this country, supposedly one the most technologically advanced countries in the world, was to go back to the days of the unsafe ” back-alley” abortions that claimed the lives of so many young women. I am rooting for the courageous women of Texas!

          • 136 99ts
            June 24, 2013 at 1:01 am

            Thank you for sharing Nath. Many of us know that situation from the 1960s. When I was at college – it was fly to a major city, at considerable expense, use various dangerous options or be sent home in disgrace. All these Christians who are so against abortion, are the same people who rant against unmarried women having babies – damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

  33. 137 Nena20409
    June 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Free, Free Set them Free………

    Sting in 1985

  34. June 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  35. June 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I have my share of issues with Ed Shultz as everyone here knows – but on the Snowden issue, I happen to agree with his take. I’ve posted the video of Ed who this afternoon on his show referred to Snowden as a “punk” in the context of expressing his distrust of Snowden and his agenda, and sticking up vocally for PBO.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45755822/ns/msnbc-the_ed_show/vp/52291234#52291234

  36. June 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  37. 150 amk for obama
    June 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    A remarkable and yet a very humble man, who was never power hungry. You can count people of his stature and wisdom with one hand.

    I will always be proud of India that we were the first nation to recognise post-apartheid SA and play the first cricket match with them.

    • 151 Layla
      June 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Nice AMK!

    • 152 nathkatun7
      June 24, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Yes, Indeed AMK! Also, if I am not mistaken, your beloved Gandhi began his non-violence struggle for human rights in SA against the apartheid system.

      • 153 amk for obama
        June 24, 2013 at 2:54 am

        Yes, he did, nath. He was pushed out of a train since a white guy objected to his presence. That started his real journey so to speak.

  38. 154 Nena20409
    June 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Gandhi……Not Only helped India, but he was very instrumental in decimating Colonialism.

    MLK……….Rose Americans Consciousness

    Kwame Nkrumah……..Upon his Shoulders that Ghana today is finally getting it right. A bright light in West Africa.

    Nelson Mandela…….Endured hell, but has kept SAfrica and Humanity safer.

    Pres Obama……..History…..and the world would judge. In my book, he is on the way of removing all limitations that are still deeply rooted in ugliness in USA and the world at large. It is always darkest before dawn.

  39. June 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Beyond brilliant tweet ….

  40. 156 sabreen60
    June 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    With “Anonymous” tweeting this garbage on Twitter, the “Snowden/Greenwald” cult continues……

  41. 158 amk for obama
    June 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

  42. 161 nathkatun7
    June 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you so much, Chipsticks, for this beautiful post and for sharing that timeless quotation by, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest men in history. At this critical moment in Nelson Mandela’s life here on earth all we can do is pray! But whatever happens, we must never despair because his exemplary life should always be a source of inspiration.

  43. 162 otter 44
    June 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    To the TOD Family please remember that Nelson’s soul was never imprisoned. His soul reached from his jail cell to our hearts, those with hearts that love and feel.His largeness of spirit has softened hearts and changed the world.

    His time on earth is waning but I am so grateful that he has walked among us.

  44. 163 vcprezofan2
    June 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    ‘Poor’ Snowden is using up his welcome …country by country? I like the fact that this author noted ‘the relationship with the U.S. which the Chinese believed HAD BEEN PLACED ON A SURER FOOTING DURING THE MEETING BETWEEN PRES XI AND PRES O’

    //…

    Beijing’s chief concern was the stability of the relationship with the United States, which the Chinese believed had been placed on a surer footing during the meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Obama at the Sunnylands estate in California this month, said Mr. Jin and a person knowledgeable about the Hong Kong government’s handling of Mr. Snowden.

    The Chinese government was pleased that Mr. Snowden disclosed the extent of American surveillance of Internet and telephone conversations around the world, giving the Chinese people a chance to talk about what they describe as American hypocrisy regarding surveillance practices, said Mr. Jin and the person familiar with the consultations between Hong Kong and China.

    But in the longer term, China’s overall relationship with the United States, which spans global economic, military and security issues, was more important than the feelings of the public in China and Hong Kong, who felt that the contractor should be protected from the reach of the United States, analysts said.

    …///

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/world/asia/china-said-to-have-made-call-to-let-leaker-depart.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0


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