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Yahoo: Crimea Vote Result Won’t Be Recognized: EU’s Barroso, Van Rompuy

The secession referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea is illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognized, The European Union’s top officials said in a joint statement on Sunday.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy also called on Russia to withdraw its armed forces to their pre-crisis numbers and to usual areas of deployment.

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137 Responses to “The World Speaks”

    • 2 Dudette
      March 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Yay Cindy!

      • 3 Cindy
        March 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        Yaaayyy!!! But I will not be selfish; 3 times is the GOLD, so I am humbled to pass the baton.

        Congrats to the next 1st in advance, wtg : )

    • 4 TrumpDog
      March 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm


    • 6 57andfemale
      March 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Yea, Cindy!

      • 7 Cindy
        March 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        Hi 57andfemale,

        Happy Sunday to YOU!!!!

        How are you, Mr. 57 and your “babies?” I know that Spring isn’t here yet but did Mr. Nickelby get through the winter with his disk problems and all? Is he walking okay? I know Miss Pearl and Mr. Kasper are probably doing well : ), running and playing, at least I hope they are. Yea spring…….come on in.

        • 8 57andfemale
          March 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

          Well, it’s a sad day today. The young woman who fostered Pearl for Wright Way Rescue, was fostering a beautiful little dog, Barney, who came to the shelter with a broken back. They collected money for surgery – the first surgery had partial success. When they went in for the second surgery, they lost him. My beautiful Heather is just heartbroken and devastated and doesn’t think she did enough for him!

          Her personal dog, Remy, is also not well. He looks like some kind of pit mix, but with the biggest, sweetest eyes. When everyone else thought Pearl wouldn’t do well in a multi-dog family, Heather had already experienced Pearl (then ‘Jewels’) trying to get that big, muscle-bound dog to play with her.

          I don’t think Heather is 30 years old yet, working for the shelter and as a vet assistant at the adjunct clinic. She got married about 8 months ago, but their lives have been consumed by caring for these dogs in need.

          She is a true saint. If even 10% of the world lived life as well and as meaningfully as Heather, the human race would be so much better off.

          I made a good friend through a chat group when our dogs (her Maggie and my beloved Pilgrim) were diagnosed with insulinoma and we’ve been close (social media) friends ever since. Today was the fourth anniversary of her losing Maggie – so we shared those bittersweet memories. The good of social media is making friends far and wide – like my friend Marcia (Maggie’s mom), Heather and of course TOD with a special shout out to my sweet Cindy.

          So I’m a little sad today – I wish I could do more to ease the grief but all I can do is send my love and be there for my friends.

          To answer your questions – everyone is fine. I’m recovering from a virus, still. The pups are doing great, ready for spring already!

          Hope you’re doing well, my friend.

          • 9 Dudette
            March 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

            So sorry to hear, 57andf

            I’m sending you and Heather love. Hugs to you both.

            • 10 57andfemale
              March 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

              Thanks so much. She is such an unsung hero, I wanted TOD to know about this special young woman.

          • 11 Cindy
            March 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

            I am so sorry to hear the news about your friend Heather. I am sure she is having a hard time but I am so glad that you are there for her. You know, when I have my time each day for prayer, I always ask God to bless those who care for our four legged friends; knowing that they are doing the job that many of us could not and or would not do. I believe that their hearts are so big and full of love for the special animals that they care for. I will add Heather to my prayer list for comfort and I will keep you in my prayers for the beautiful soul that you are 57andfemale. I know your heart for your furry babies and I know that you are carrying the burdens that Heather is lifting. I lost my beautiful cats through the years , so I know the pain and joy of caring for them and losing them.

            I am glad to know that your family is doing fine; I pray that you will soon recover from the virus, and I pray that Heather will heal and know that she did everything humanly possible for Barney. I hope that your sadness will be lifted soon. The love that you and Heather give to rescuing these innocent animals, speaks volume to your humanity. You will have great days; good days, bad days and sad days, but your work is never in vain. I will send doggie prayers up for Remy, as I do for Mr. Nickelby.

            Big HUGS {{{{{{{{{{{{{{57andfemale}}}}}}}}}}}} and to your friend Heather {{{{{{{{{{{Heather}}}}}}}}}}. I am so glad that the world have your beauty and love; your kindness to the least of these is priceless.

            Warmest Blessings,

            • 12 57andfemale
              March 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

              {{{{{{{{{{{Cindy}}}}}}}}}} I only wish I could wrap you in my arms right now.

              Just one more short story about Heather: she had the double whammy with her foster dog and her own dog over the last few weeks. I asked how I could help. She said just a general donation to Wright Way, who were paying for his medical bills. This shoestring shelter – paying for a puppy’s broken back. Oh my…….

              I then asked if there was some way I could help with her personal dog, Remy. She wouldn’t take a dime – she said to make a donation so some other rescue animals could be helped.

              Is she a saint, or what?

              When you rescue an animal who is older and/or with special needs, you know you won’t have dozens of years with them. It makes every moment all the more precious and your love and gratefulness for the love they give you is more acute, more ‘aware’. We pay for the loss sooner than we want, but there is a special bond with these rescues. Even in the heartbreak, you know it’s worth it.

              Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness, Cindy. Your blessings are so welcome, and may you find light and love in blessings as well.

  1. March 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks Nerdy. I was going to do a post like this, but saw you had it well in hand.

    Stay frosty, friends. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  2. 15 Nena20409
    March 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Gold for Cindy, Twice today. Congrats.

    • 16 Cindy
      March 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Nope Nena20409,

      3 Times today…..pay up : )

      • 17 Nena20409
        March 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        Wow. My sincerest 😉 Apologies. My excuse excuse Cindy is that…….. my lack of attention is directly and originated from last fall when HF2 assigned me as Mark Knoller during Oct 31st TOD Halloween festivities.

        Please blame it on HF2 😆 And if HF2 said no. Then it was the hibernation from Minn unusual wicked winter in a state with over 10K Lakes, frozen and unforgiving thus far.

        • 18 Cindy
          March 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

          Ok, you are forgiven.

          Now celebrate, spring is almost here…..I think.

        • 20 Roberta in MN
          March 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

          I thought I was the only one that went into hibernation in Minnesota. this is the coldest I can remember and I am getting up in years. LOL
          We did make thru tho huh Neena20409.

          • 21 Nena20409
            March 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm

            Yes indeed Roberta In MN.

            It was the worst winter of my residency in the state with more than 10K lakes, since the late 1970s.

  3. 22 Cindy
    March 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I do hope that “everyone” is having a BEAUTIFUL Day!!!

    I am not sure if this is correct, but I HEARD, that if you are 1st 3 times in a row, 10 TOD members have to transfer $100.00 to your account within 2 hours.

    My account # is 44-444-4444-44444

    I am waiting patiently….. : )

  4. 25 Nena20409
    March 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Medevev(sp) was pres of Russia and didn’t invade any territory.

    Twice in 2 terms as Putin as Russia’s president, his need to invade other nations have struck again.

  5. 26 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    A bit off topic, but important nonetheless.

    • 27 Cindy
      March 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm


      This is a HUGE topic, I know what you mean, but this is on my mind daily. This is the “real POWER” that all of us have.

    • March 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      “In a few months there are 36 governorships up for grabs – many involving unpopular Republicans in blue/swing states. Anyone who thinks their vote doesn’t matter should simply compare what is happening in Minnesota to our sister state of Wisconsin – where Gov. Scott Walker has been in charge for the last four years. And then get involved. It matters!!! ”

  6. March 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats Cindy!!!

    Good selection, NW.


    “To bring some clarity to the issue and put an end to the political provocations, innuendo, speculation and gossip, let us once again return to the remarkable events that took place in February 1954 – a decision on the induction of the Crimean region into the Ukrainian SSR.

    We deliberately do not use authoritative sources, deciding instead to take a look at the problem from an inside perspective, that is from the Crimea itself. To do this, we had to study regional statistical data and browse the Crimean press, published on the eve of the region’s transfer, i.e. during the whole of 1953 and from the beginning of 1954 up to May.

    After studying these sources, it was concluded that the origins of the decision to transfer the Crimean Oblast from the Russian Federation to the Ukrainian SSR should be examined for 1944, a year of tragedy for the Crimean Peninsula.”

    You won’t find anyone in the US #NEWSTAINER and otherwise corporatist media even remotely interested in these details, but they matter and it is for us to make sure they are widely disseminated.

    • 30 Cindy
      March 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you Mr. Bobfr,

      Thank you for the timely updates. No sooner than I read and think that I am caught up, you give us more. Thanks for working so hard : )

    • 31 Layla
      March 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Bob, do you think PBO will speak to the world today…major impact on Russian market is needed I think…

  7. 32 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

  8. 34 Nerdy Wonka
    March 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Great ready by Timothy Egan.

  9. 35 Nena20409
    March 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    So Putin called Pres Obama pushing for ” a workable solution”

    Now that he has engineered his desired out-come?

  10. March 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Hope all of you will take the time to thank our Ambassador Power and, as noted before, do check the videos of her available here:

    http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/ <— videos of yesterday's and other recent UNSC meetings


    • 37 a4alice
      March 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Bob this whole thing with Putin and Ukraine keeps making me think about how Hitler started out with annexing Austria and then slicing out Czechoslovakia for himself and then just out and out invaded Poland. I keep wondering if left unchecked what Putin would do? He seems to be going along the same lines (as to “reclaiming” what I imagine he thinks is already “his”)

      • March 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        Yes, Alice. Serious delusional behavior that can rapidly become catastrophic. BTW, had Hitler had a nuclear weapon, he would used it. As noted before, not since the Cuban Missile Crisis (not 1956 or 1968 or anything else I’ve lived through) have I been this concerned for the immediate term fate of humanity.

  11. 40 susanne
    March 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    good morning tod family!
    just thought you’d like to know that meta has addressed the really important issue for us: what is the best possible chocolate chip cookie? warning–once you click on her site you will need to put everything down and make these cookies! stat! 🙂


  12. 50 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

  13. 52 Allison
    March 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm

  14. 53 JER
    March 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    • 54 anniebella
      March 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      If I was a Republican who claim to love my country and the Constitution I would be ashame of what the Republicans across this country is doing to keep certain people from voting. If they had their way they would go back to the way it used to be, only white men are allow to vote.

  15. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    March 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    OMG!!!! If you haven’t seen COSMOS episode 1, you must, must, MUST.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson makes science oh so sexy. Episode 2 comes on tonight and it is guaranteed to also blow your mind.


    • 58 Dudette
      March 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Yep, yep! Can’t wait!

    • 59 Roberta in MN
      March 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      That was just awesome. Can hardly wait for the next episode. My son and his family are watching it too. Thank God, they believe in science. LOL.

    • 60 Nena20409
      March 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Watched it last Monday night and also watched 2 previous COSMOS shows by Dr. Carl. It was just awesome re-learning things that I read or was taught early in my life.

  16. 61 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    VC was asking about the concert yesterday. It was wonderful!!!!!

    Luckily the start of the concert was late enough that the traffic from the St. Patrick’s Day parade had wound down, so we made it in good time.
    We sat in the center of the balcony so we could get a good view of the clarinets.

    I did see Andrew Koonce on stage. Was hoping he’d be featured, but the spotlight was on two other artists yesterday. I was quite pleased with myself when I picked him out as they walked on stage, as well as violinist, Keanu Mitanga, who, it turns out, is one of the 3 violin first chairs (co-concertmasters)!

    There were two pieces that featured solo artists:

    One solo was by clarinetist, Barret Ham. Of course, nephew was particularly excited to watch him. 🙂
    His piece was Carl Von Weber’s Concerto No. 2 for Clarinet and Orchestra in E-flat Major Opus 74
    Nephew was lit up like a firecracker when Barret played. That was so cute!

    The 2nd other was by harpist, Tinsley Stokes. She performed an utterly ethereal rendition of Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro

    I’ll post video of the rest of the playlist below.

  17. 63 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Cute moment after the concert yesterday:

    Nephew and I went to the Arts Center’s gift shop after the concert to buy souvenirs. He chose some refrigerator magnets (our family is really into collection them) in the shape of instruments that members of the family play or studied at one time — a clarinet for him, a guitar for his mom, drums for grandpa, a violin for me, etc.. He also picked a cute little wind-up music box that plays Beethoven’s Fur Elise for himself. By the time we left the gift shop, the crowd inside and outside the building had cleared considerably.

    As we walked up the courtyard, a young man in a tux was sitting on a bench with an instrument case at his feet. Clearly, he was one of the Youth Orchestra members. So we went up to tell him how much we enjoyed the concert and asked which instrument he played. Clarinet, he said! I told him that nephew was just starting to learn the clarinet. He said “Hey, that’s great! Stick with it, man! Don’t give up!” Nephew beams: “I will.”

    So we walk up the hill a bit, when it hits me:

    Me: Hey, that kid could be famous one day, you should get his autograph. 🙂
    Nephew: Aw wow, you’re right! I’ll go back… Wait, I don’t have anything for him to sign.
    Me: Honey, you’re holding a program in your hand.
    Nephew: Oh yeh, right. Wow, oh wow! Okay, can I borrow I pen?

    So we go back down and luckily he’s still. I keep my distance and just watch. The young musician is soooo surprised and flattered. Now HE was beaming. He signed nephew’s program book on the page with the concert playlist “Keep it up, Bro!”. His name is Darien Williams.

    What a neat moment that was — for both of them, I think. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think to take a picture though. Oy!

    • 64 nospin
      March 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      that was a cute moment. Our family is musical as well. double bass, guitars, violin, drums, piano and voice and one of the kids is really pushing for the harp. I don’t know about lugging that thing around so…

      I bet you had a great time.

      • 65 Dudette
        March 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        I hear ya nospin. Dragging around a violin case was more than enough for me.
        Although, I love the sound of that instrument, carrying a harp everywhere would be an unholy hell! 🙂

    • 66 WilTal
      March 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm


      What a great story and a wonderful day of quality time with your nephew (this is what childhood memories are made of). Thanks for sharing.

      • 67 Dudette
        March 17, 2014 at 7:19 am

        “this is what childhood memories are made of” – Absolutely WT. That beautiful thought makes me so happy.

    • 68 Nena20409
      March 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad your included Us to live just a little through you. Thank you.

  18. 70 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    After the concert, we went to go hang out at Atlantic Station. It’s a shopping and restaurant area. Great for people-watching. Apparently a bunch of folks from the St. Patricks Day parade just went there to hang out. It was a see of humanity in green! 🙂

    We had pizza and then went to see the new movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. After that I took him home, where we played with the puppy, watched Cosmos once, then fell asleep watching it a second time.

    My nephew is an awesome date! 😀

  19. 72 dotster3
    March 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Nice! I like it! I like that story. And I like that you took your nephew for this special musical treat!

    • 73 Dudette
      March 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks dotster. It was pretty special. 🙂

      • 74 vcprezofan2
        March 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm

        Thanks for the report, D-ette; seems like a good time was had by all! 😀 I called my own clarinettist over to see how you wrote the full name of the featured solo, thinking that I have a clue. He accepts that your saying ‘he played a piece by some guy called Von Weber’ would still have been too much for me. He chuckled; my musical ignorance (and unwillingness to learn more) generally cause him to roll his eyes. Of course, *he* wanted me to tell you he knows and likes this piece.

  20. 76 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, I just saw this commercial! Wow!

  21. 78 dotster3
    March 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Am I mispronouncing the Thai island country of Phuket? 🙂

  22. 82 Linda
    March 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Mom said NO to a cupcake…….

  23. 85 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  24. 86 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  25. 87 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    This is the piece the orchestra opened with yesterday.
    Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia

    Here’s a performance by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    That was followed by the Von Weber Concerto 2 (video above)

    3rd was Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Opus 100
    Here’s a beautifully done performance of this piece by Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

    … then intermission

  26. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    March 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    No one does a burn quite like President Obama’s administration.

  27. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  28. 103 desertflower
    March 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm


    “The Topic Upworthy Readers Chose As Most Deserving Of More Coverage Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity”

    Yes, it did 🙂 The people are much more in tune with the world and issues than the MSM can even attempt to be…further reasons to be hopeful.

    • 104 99ts
      March 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Very on topic df – I just read this – sooner or later the deniers will need that Ark they want to build


      Global warming melts last stable edge of Greenland’s Zachariae ice stream, scientists say
      The last edge of the Greenland ice sheet that resisted global warming has now become unstable, adding billions of tonnes of meltwater to rising seas, scientists have said.


      The Greenland ice sheet has contributed more than any other ice mass to sea level rise over the last two decades and has the potential, if it were completely melted, to raise global sea level by more than seven metres,” said Jonathan Bamber, a professor at Britain’s University of Bristol.

      “About half of the increased contribution of the ice sheet is due to the speed-up of glaciers in the south and north-west. Until recently, north-east Greenland has been relatively stable. This new study shows that it is no longer the case.”

  29. 105 vcprezofan2
    March 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Print too fine for me. but here you go

  30. 113 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    After Tinsley and the orchestra played the Ravel, we were treated to a rousing performance of Four Dance Episodes from Aaron Copeland’s Rodeo. The About entry for this performance on YouTube pretty much tells you everything you’d wanna know about this suite:

    Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (1942)

    00:00 – Buckaroo Holiday
    08:02 – Corral Nocturne
    11:27 – Saturday Night Waltz
    15:33 – Hoe-Down [Some of you will recognize it as the them from the old “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” commercials] 🙂

    Peformed by Antal Dorati and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Recorded by Mercury in 1957.

    “The ballet Rodeo was danced by its choreographer, Agnes de Mille, and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1942 and soon became a standard work in the repertory of the Ballet Theatre and other companies. The orchestral suite from Rodeo, first performed at a Lewisohn Stadium summer concert in 1943, is made up of Four Dance Episodes.

    It tells the story of a young Cowgirl who has always been a tomboy. Suddenly aware of men and romance for the first time, she seeks the attention of the Head Wrangler, her favorite, and the Champion Roper, trying to impress them with her prowess as a rider. After the sweeping opening, in which the Western scene is immediately set by Copland’s ‘open’ harmony and exposition of rhythm, we find the Cowgirl in the corral with the men. They pay no attention to her cavorting, concentrating on their own riding and ranch work. They finally gallop off without even a parting glance, and she in turn rides away in anger and in tears. The exuberant movements of the men and the slightly awkward jogging of the girl in ‘Buckaroo Holiday’ are done to music deriving from the folk tune ‘If He’d Be a Buckaroo By His Trade.’ There is a pause in the rhythm of one of the measures of the tune, and Copland enhances its syncopated effect by making the pause longer. ‘Sis Joe’ is another authentic song in the episode; both it and ‘Buckaroo’ were taken from the collection Our Singing Country, by John A. and Alan Lomax.

    The music in ‘Corral Nocturne’ is all Copland’s own. Girls from the city, wearing pretty dresses instead of dungarees, have come to visit the Rancher’s Daughter and to enjoy the Saturday night dance. Once more the Cowgirl is ignored; she cannot compete with feminine frills. A tranquil, somewhat sad mood pervades the scene as darkness falls. The couples move off, eager for the dance. The Cowgirl is left behind again.

    Saturday night at the ranch is the time for dancing. The Cowgirl, still in dungarees and boots, sits alone, watching the festivities. The Roper and the Wrangler take pity on the wallflower and ask her to dance. She is too shy and misses her opportunity. As the ‘Saturday Night Waltz’ begins (the song ‘Old Paint’ is recognized), the Roper insists that the Cowgirl dance. She starts to, then sees the Wrangler dancing with the Rancher’s Daughter. Jealous, confused, she stands seemingly paralyzed amidst the dancers. Annoyed, the Roper turns and leaves her. The Cowgirl runs from the dance floor.

    The dancing reaches a climax in the hilarious ‘Hoe-Down’ (based on the old tune ‘Bonyparte,’ which Copland found in Traditional Music of America by Ira Forbes). Suddenly the Cowgirl reappears, this time wearing a party dress. She is vivacious, pretty, the center of attention. The Roper again asks her to dance. Though she would rather have the Wrangler, she wisely accepts the Roper and joins the others in the wild dancing as the ballet ends. It is interesting to note that whereas ‘Buckaroo Holiday’ is a rather complex symphonic movement, the ‘Hoe-Down’ is presented in an almost photographic copy of the original dance.” – Eugene Bruck


    • 114 mtmarilyn
      March 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Dudette, thank you so much for posting all these wonderful video’s. I was in great need of this soothing and wonderful music. Knowing that you and your nephew enjoyed this live yesterday made it more special. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

    • 117 57andfemale
      March 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Aaron Copeland – does it get any better?

    • March 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      One of the best courses I ever took in college was a music appreciation course. The instructor was terrific and I got inspired by his passion for all the great and timeless pieces of music that I may have no otherwise learned about. YAY liberal arts and humanities and general education requirements!!

      • 120 carolyn
        March 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        meta, and all of you…thank for your support of music and other liberal arts and humanities! For some reason, these are the first courses budget hawks want to cut, and they are NECESSARY for our humanity!
        I was thrilled with the saga of Dudette and her nephew at the concert. So glad young people are playing and understanding music. Our grandson started playing the sax last year, and he actually makes music. He has been first chair saxophone in his middle school orchestra, and we are SO proud of him.

        Our whole family is musical, both on my husband’s side and my side. We love most kinds of music, and are glad our two children do too. I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t in our house. I started singing as soon as I talked. When the four of us (my mom, dad, sister and ) I traveled on those long summer car trips of the 50s, we sang, in parts. I learned to sing harmony with my family. My dad was a tenor, my mom an alto, and my sister and I were soprano and alto. This was very good training for all the ensembles I sang in later. Music, to me, is life.

        My son played the sax, my daughter the cello, my husband the clarinet, and now a keyboard, and I played the piano. We just bought my husband a beautiful new keyboard, replacing the two older ones he had. This has been his best and most effective therapy since his heart surgery and pacemaker implant. He has a new and vital interest in all of life now.

        • March 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

          Wow, that’s wonderful, Carolyn. Love how your grandson has picked up the bug.

          I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without my literature, art history, theater, dance and music appreciation courses. They filled my life with curiosity and an enduring love for the arts. This is also just one of many reasons I love and appreciate POTUS & FLOTUS so very much. They’ve done a great deal to promote the arts as well as the sciences in many enthusiastic and important ways.

        • 122 Dudette
          March 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

          Love that Carolyn! What a wonderful story. Music heals.

      • 123 Dudette
        March 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

        Same here meta! I totally agree!

  31. March 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Lots of fluff in this article, but this part makes it clear just how much power President Obama has (and needs nothing from Congress to act on it):

    “Under U.S. laws including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the president has sweeping powers to freeze another country’s U.S. dollar reserves, cut off foreign financial institutions, including state-owned banks, from the U.S. financial system and bar access to U.S. credit card networks. Any of these measures could force transactions into banknotes, robbing banks of liquidity and killing commerce, analysts say.

    Under the U.S. Patriot Act, the president can declare a foreign bank a primary money-laundering concern, turning it into an international pariah.”


  32. 126 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

  33. March 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Good evening, friends. I’ve been away all weekend and feel like I’m out of the loop.

    Here is PBO’s statement on his exchange with Putin today.

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

    President Obama spoke this afternoon with President Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized that the Crimean “referendum,” which violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention, would never be recognized by the United States and the international community. He emphasized that Russia’s actions were in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that, in coordination with our European partners, we are prepared to impose additional costs on Russia for its actions. President Obama underscored that there remains a clear path for resolving this crisis diplomatically, in a way that addresses the interests of both Russia and the people of Ukraine. He noted that the Ukrainian government continues to take concrete steps that would allow for the de-escalation of the crisis, particularly as it prepares for elections this Spring and undertakes constitutional reform, and he asked that Russia support the immediate deployment of international monitors to help prevent acts of violence by any groups. President Obama reiterated that a diplomatic resolution cannot be achieved while Russian military forces continue their incursions into Ukrainian territory and that the large-scale Russian military exercises on Ukraine’s borders only exacerbate the tension. President Obama said that Secretary Kerry continues to be prepared to work together with Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Ukrainian government to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis.


  34. 129 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm



  35. 131 Dudette
    March 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Love this picture! This kid will rule the world someday! 🙂

  36. March 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  37. March 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    The indigenous people of Crimea are the Tatars. Russia has violated their inalienable rights yet again. Over the coming days this will become a central issue in the crisis.

  38. 135 sabreen60
    March 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Hello Ms. Chips, NW, LL and all TODers. Great thread NW.

    Can’t believe it’s snowing again in MD. Enough!

  39. 136 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  40. March 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Fifteen thousand Ukrainian National Guard troops are being mobilized

    “Arseniy Avakov, Interior Minister of Ukraine, announced the move during a special cabinet meeting.

    “We anticipate that the mobilization will affect almost the entire country, and about 10 to 15 thousand people will be mobilized in the next 15 days,” said Avakov.

    Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said, “So—anyone who wants to defend the country should join the National Guard.”

    “There are training centers, there are lawfully issued weapons. All others who walk the streets with guns–[the MIA’s] position is clear–you are outside the law,” said Yatsenyuk, and Avakov added, “Absolutely.””


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