Rise and Shine: Let Freedom Ring


Today (all times Eastern):

11:0 – 4:0: The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony, The Lincoln Memorial

2:45 (moved from 3:05): President Obama delivers remarks

Live streaming starts at 11:0 on C-Span and CBS

6:0: President Obama is interviewed by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff – the interview will air in full on PBS NewsHour and on the PBS website


Dr Martin Luther King Jr, August 28, 1963:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”



Five years ago today: Senator Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for the American presidency:



Morning everyone, it’s going to be a beautiful day



116 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Let Freedom Ring”

  1. August 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. August 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I can’t wait to check back over the day and see TOD’s coverage of today’s events 🙂


  3. August 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

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  5. 10 JER
    August 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good Morning Everybody!

    ABC has listed: 11:30 am ET Special Live Coverage: 50th Anniversary of MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ – http://abcnews.go.com/live

  6. 11 Bill R.
    August 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good morning, Friends!

  7. August 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

    ok, this morning I have to gush about ORPHAN BLACK!!

    It was in a word – FABULOUS!!

    If you can watch it, please do. The young woman who plays the lead is absolutely a wonder to behold playing a new character pretty much every week, and doing all of them convincingly. She was totally robbed of an Emmy nomination.

    Orphan Black had me from the first episode. You just want more and more of it.

    • 14 Gazelle
      August 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Rikyrah, I’ve been hooked on this show since the 1st episode. The lead is fab — damn so many characters she carries off! I can’t wait for Season 2! I keep checking BBC America & I’m not sure when that starts. You can see Season 1 on demand at BBC Am.

  8. 15 99ts
    August 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning all – congrats on 1st rikyrah – and thank you Ms Chips for saving my sanity. I tuned in to MSNBC hoping to see the march & Chuckie T. had 3 minutes of the MLK Speech – followed by a great discussion on all the good things Bill Clinton is doing. I near lost it completely.

    I shall now revive the calm by reading all the good news of TOD.

    • 16 ericfive
      August 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

      They complained because PBO did not get rid of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (signed into law by Clinton) fast enough or did not sufficiently replace the bank regulations that lead to the 2008 economic crash (which Clinton allowed to be taken away in the first place). Now they are breaking their necks heaping praise on Bill Clinton. It makes ZERO sense, then again racism never made sense to me. This yearning for a white President is sickening to behold. Where was this Bill Clinton fetish during the Bush years? Anyone claiming this is not racial is naive or dishonest.

  9. 17 africa
    August 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Morning Chips, morning TODers. What a day, filled with history and emotions. I am glad to be alive at this time.

  10. 19 JER
    August 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    LIVE NOW: Interfaith Service Shiloh Baptist Church – MLK, Jr. 50th – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    Dr. King’s daughter is speaking now.

  11. 21 Linda
    August 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Perfect for today .!

  12. August 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Hello!!! The guide for the Temple of Comcast shows regular programming on MSNBC and CNN….. I don’t know if it’s just the guide that hasn’t been updated? Does anyone know where I can record the whole thing? ABC…..CSPAN….uuuhh….?

  13. 25 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

    What a blessed life.

  14. 27 desertflower
    August 28, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Morning! It’s going to be an amazing day today:) Hope to see some video here from the day….as usual, I’ll miss everything. It’s a work day! Thinking of all out TOD family that will be there today and looking forward to their words on this day. Hugs all around

    • 28 Betsy
      August 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I will be missing it too. Gotta teach my new kids, have classes of 38 & 39 kids :(. I teach in a very Republican enclave in CA. It’s challenging as our board has money to hire more teachers to ease the load, but they won’t spend it. Sigh.

      • 29 desertflower
        August 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

        That WAY too many kids in a classroom! Don’t get me started on this so early in the morning:) I could have a full blown rant. Enjoy your second day at school, Betsy:)

  15. August 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Since I cannot be physically be there, I will have a virtual presence by coming to TOD for posts, comments, reflections, tweets, videos/pictures, etc. Thanks in advance to you Chipsticks and the Blog Tyrants, as well as bloggers for helping us to be a part of the spirit of all that will be taking place during this commemoration.

  16. 31 Bill R.
    August 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

  17. August 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

    What a day! What a wonderful day! I am in the office but I will find a way to listen in. Good morning everyone!

  18. 35 carolyn
    August 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Last night MSNBC advertised day long coverage of the celebration, with a full hour of MLK’s 1963 speech at 8 Eastern time, 7 Central time.

    Joy Reid was on LOD last night. He asked her if she would be at the celebration today. She said, oh yes, I’ll be in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial……and the wonderful confluence of events that an AA president would be the one speaking on the steps of the Memorial commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march. It is positively spine-tingling.

    I thought after she spoke……yes, that is why the racists are so angry. They cannot tolerate seeing part of the Dream come to pass. This is just too much for their pitiful, puny minds. I think this is thrilling…..and I also think this anniversary has reawakened the country to what still needs to be done. The President has been telling us this for four years, and people slept on. But, events of the last six months, particularly, have awakened people, and this commemoration will, I believe galvanize millions of people.

    And in the midst of this commemoration/celebration the president still has to deal with Syria and all international situations! When I walked out of the bedroom this morning, my husband was sitting in his usual chair, and as I walked by he said “The really hard stuff always lands on the President’s desk doesn’t it. I would hate to have to make the decisions he does.” And I responded, yes, and have everyone jump on you and criticize you whatever you do. I know all of us on this blog hold him up in prayer and in our thoughts every day.

  19. August 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Good morning all. Looking forward to the events of the day.

  20. 37 Kyle
    August 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

    What a great rise and shine! MLK’s Dream speech has always been one of my favorite, from its style to its substance. Have a great day everyone, enjoy it! Its a once in a lifetime event with PBO at the helm.

  21. August 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

  22. August 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    MLK-related story in the Des Moines Register (and Washington Post, but by a different reporter) about who now has the written pages of The Speech from 50 years ago. Apparently it is basketball coach George Raveling (used to coach at U of I, hence the “Iowa connection”). Interesting…

    Here’s the link to the DSM Register (if you can get in):

    Here’s the Washington Post story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/08/28/where-is-i-have-a-dream-speech-now-george-raveling-has-it/

  23. 46 GGAIL
    August 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Today is indeed a beautiful day and that is all that I will focus on today. No negative thoughts or words allowed.
    Thank you Chipsticks for this is where I will follow MOW today 🙂

  24. 58 amk for obama
    August 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Plenty of syria war drums being beaten from both left & right. There are no easy options here for PBO. Would be interesting to watch how he moves the chess pieces.

    • August 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

      It’s a nightmare, the whole damn thing. Cameron seems gung-ho about it all, like he’s lusting for a friggin’ war – God, I hate Tories. It’s an impossible situation, I’d love to see some kind of intervention to stop the horror, but the last thing on earth that’s needed is the west getting directly involved in another Middle Eastern country.

      • 60 amk for obama
        August 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

        Yup. It’s shite if you got in, it’s shite if you stay out. I’d say hollande is worse than camie boy. Methinks it’s a distraction from their dismal track records in their home turf.

        • August 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

          Ah, true. I remember in the innocence of my youth (last year) thinking lefty/socialist leaders didn’t like war very much …. then along came Blair. And now Hollande. In other words, everything I ever ‘knew’ was wrong.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Morning Amk. On this issue I like Smartypants ‘Past as Prologue’ take which she posted yesterday.

      We know that the content of the meetings the President has been having about Syria the last few days is different. But I expect that he will have demonstrated the same process…identifying the questions that clarify the goal and then demanding options that offer the best chance of reaching that goal. That’s the same process that was described when he made the decision to go after bin Laden.

      As I’ve listened to the current debate about cruise missiles/no cruise missiles, I suspect we’re once again missing the point. The question we should be asking is “what is the goal in Syria and what are the options for reaching that goal?” That’s the discussion I’m sure the President has been having.’


    • August 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

      yes AMK…it will interesting indeed to see how PBO manuevers…i must say that i do Trust and have faith him…but i am fearful nonetheless of where this might lead us and the world

      • August 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

        GM, Pf. I’m not fearful per se, as I do THINK, like SP, that the President will first set a specific goal, then step in to accomplish that goal before stepping back.

        President Obama has demonstrated that he does not simply shy away from the use of military force – much to the chagrin of many people on the left. What he has also demonstrated is that when he makes that call, it is often in support of giving the people of a country the opportunity to decide their own fate…and live with the consequences. We saw that in Libya where the goal of intervention was to stop a massacre of the Libyan people, not regime change. As Chait points out:

        The argument for intervening in Libya was not that doing so would turn the country into a peaceful, Westernized democracy moving rapidly up the OECD rankings. It was that it would prevent an immediate, enormous massacre of civilians. Libya remains an ugly place; it would have been so regardless of whether NATO intervened. But the narrow, humanitarian goal that drove the U.S. to act was unambiguously accomplished without the larger dangers of mission creep that foes warned against.



  25. 66 desertflower
    August 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Must Read from Bob Cesca this morning


    Remarkably, however, there’s a malicious conspiracy underway to roll back the mandates of those advancements, 50 years later.

    A new generation of Jim Crow-inspired legislation includes measures with cute nicknames like “Papers Please,” a descendant of vagrancy laws requiring that anyone who’s stopped by police in Arizona produce documentation verifying citizenship. Another racially-charged law in New York City of all places, far from the backwoods and bayous of the South, is called “stop-and-frisk,” allowing police officers to profile and pat-down anyone who they judge to have possible criminal intent. Guess who’s stopped-and-frisked most often.

    The great irony with stop-and-frisk is that the real criminals are the tailored, preening white guys in lower Manhattan who are actively thinking of new ways to circumvent the Securities & Exchange Commission in the name of fueling the wealth of other tailored, preening white guys who are actively polluting our environment; who are selling us poisonous food; and who are marketing in slave labor both overseas and in the Midwest, exploiting undocumented workers smuggled across the border from Mexico. Indeed, the people who really ought to be stopped-and-frisked, aren’t.

    Meanwhile, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Voter ID laws, like the legislation that was recently passed in North Carolina, are designed to do one thing and one thing alone: disenfranchise minorities in order to improve the electoral odds of the monochromatic Republican Party. How do we know this? They’ve confessed to it. Repeatedly. Thanks to conservatives on the Supreme Court, a wave of new Voter ID bills were rushed into law following the atrocious Holder v Shelby County decision.

  26. 67 mtmarilyn
    August 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Good morning TOD family. Wow, Chips what a beautiful way to start the morning. I also am very sad that today is a busy work day and I don’t know how much I will be able to watch. I do have the DVR set but it’s not the same as being here at TOD. I am so thankful for all of you leaving comments so I can live it later. Also have a meeting tonight so the day is gone for me. At least I will be able to check in on my phone.

    Have a wonderful day everyone!!!!

  27. August 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Our beautiful and impressive College Kay!!

  28. 77 Allison
    August 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

  29. 78 Linda
    August 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Susan Page is disgusting.

    She just said ” What a failure in communication ” that PBO has to ask Bill Clinton to ” explain ” the Healthcare Law.

    I say… ” What a failure from the entire media “…..that should be challenging all the misinformation they allow from the Republicans.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

      What will Bill Clinton say that hasn’t already been said? Is it that when he says it, it somehow becomes clear as a bell…is the language being spoken one that only he can translate for the masses?

      • 80 99ts
        August 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

        He talks white

        • 81 ericfive
          August 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

          He IS white. That is the point. The MSM has been peddling this tactic from the Karl Rove playbook for years (use your opponent’s greatest strength against him). So as a result we have a media pushing the narrative that PBO (a great and gifted orator) somehow cannot communicate his message to the American people. Left out of this nonsense is the fact that the MSM rarely shows more than a snippet of PBO’s speeches and have pundits lying about what he actually said spewing their nonsense once the speech is over. The MSM’s yearning for a white President is sickening to behold.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I agree. The failure is in the GOP’s decision to take a stand against something that would benefit so many. Ramesh read the MLK speech. He was moved by it and yet he is still a member of the GOP. That puzzles me.

    • 83 57andfemale
      August 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

    • 84 Jessica
      August 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Dog whistle. Just like I sat around a group of white and some Hispanic women say that the President doesn’t respond to things appropriately. Excuse me!!!!! All they see is color so they are listening with a diffferent ear. It’s just like when someone you don’t like says something and then someone you do like says the same thing.

  30. 88 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    It seems to me that the media is trying to put PBO in a near impossible position with his speech today. I’ve heard “he’s under tremendous pressure” and “the stakes have never been higher” etc., as if he was in some kind of contest with MLK to match or surpass his speech—–just so they can criticize afterward. I’m not going to pay any attention to those agenda-driven creeps. They have proven their opinions do not merit any respect or consideration. Their rabble-rousing has grown tiresome.

    • 89 amk for obama
      August 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I too hope we don’t get to hear the nonsense from the pundtwits here. I would rather see posts about PBO’s speech – a la our great ut style – than angry retorts to the morons.

      • 90 MightyPamela
        August 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

        A-Men. Thank you, amk, hoping your voice is heard! There are so man more meaningful aspects to be followed and remarked on!

      • August 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Yes, please! I don’t care what the whining MSM have to say. They cannot spoil our day to celebrate this historic progress.

      • 92 ericfive
        August 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

        AMEN. I don’t care one bit what Chuck Todd and his ilk have to say about anything.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

      And you know how it is Dotster, even if he delivered the greatest speech in history, the MSM would dismiss it as a pale imitation of MLK’s speech – in fact, they probably have the script written before they even hear it 🙄

    • 95 Smoothscotch
      August 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

      “What should he say ” bull, forget them is right. What a bunch of amazingly stupid people.

    • 96 debz
      August 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

      If he says everything everyone wants him to say, he’d be talking for 4 hours. People are expecting too much of him. As for the media, whatever he says, you can be sure that they will say Clinton’s speech was better. What ever the President says is what he should say. No one needs to be giving him advice.

  31. 97 MightyPamela
    August 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Found this on Twitter, confess I haven’t read every word, but the just of it is hilarious!! http://noblekraken.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/a-guide-to-australian-politics-and-parties-for-non-australians-and-also-australians-too/

  32. 99 HZ
    August 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. This is a beautiful bright and gloriously hot day from the West Coast. However, my heart will ring with joyfulness to the bells from my patio, and my soul will be refreshed from the warmth of the lovely candles lit in my home to remind me of the light that each of us can carry to shine above all of the chatter of the people who will be messengers of naysaying. But we will look within to our beautiful resources of goodness of heart to help to display our prayers, thoughts and meditations on good things, and our hope for things to be renewed in our nation as we listen to our President, Barack H. Obama today.

    I have only space for those things that are of goodness, loving, patient, kind, gentle in spirit, and honorable in truth toward our President and each other. I will not allow clouds of despair to shatter my hope today.

    Lift up our President. Lift up the former presidents. Yes. We honor them as well. Lift up someone who is a fellow citizen who just need to hear a word of encouragement, hope, and feel the love that we here at TOD feel daily, thanks to our beautiful Chips and all of the beautiful contributors.

    I will lift my voice in gratefulness for our President and VP today. I will lift up my voice in thankfulness for the sacrifice that our military families are making for me and all of you today.

    I will lift my voice in joyful singing as our TOD family move in spaces that bring hope, love, and encouragement to our nation.

    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Hug someone today and say what you hope for our nation.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) My loving brother woke me up very, very early this morning with a beautiful gospel song. I sent him a text back and thanked him and expressed how our spirits seem to be connected from the thread that runs from our loving mother, father, and grandparents. I am grateful to be alive and living in thi this nation with this president today. HZ

  33. August 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Don’t want to boast too much, but I’ve just been retweeted by @DripDropOneStop – ‘One Stop Plumbing set out to bring quality service at an affordable price”




  34. 109 amk for obama
    August 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

  35. August 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Good morning you lot. What a great day!

  36. 114 Smoothscotch
    August 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good morning all. Thank goodness for this site, can’t wait to get home to review all . Btw, thank you for the written speech here. God bless.

  37. 116 Gazelle
    August 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

    It started. Hil Harper is just simply fine! That’s all. 🙂

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