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Farewell, Cambodia

Leaving Cambodia

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114 Responses to “Farewell, Cambodia”


  1. 1 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Leave A Comment?
    OK, here it is: Hello TOD on a Sunday Cloudy Day from MN.
    1st time on the Web Today.
    Now back to catch up 😉

  2. 10 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Don and Amk would Love the 1st FLOTUS Pic……ducks/runs 😉

  3. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Oh, a post for Don. Ha.

  4. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Didn’t read the article with the rationale, but this guy cracked me up.

  5. 14 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    First Lady Obama also does a great job in exposing the culture and historical landmarks of the countries she visits. Her descriptions are so vivid and convincing that it triggers one’s desire to view them up close.

  6. 15 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    • 16 GGail
      March 22, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      On my way to church, but want to say that the bar owner is trying to deflect responsibility because if had given the student enough time , he would have heard the explanation about the two different zip codes. He knew those officers were hanging nearby.

      Congrats Nena on First.

      Bbl

  7. 17 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Not an agony of defeat.
    But a truly Love for his son and his Team
    Georgia State…..their Road to the Final 4 ended last night.
    http://www.sbnation.com/2015/3/21/8271189/georgia-state-coach-ron-hunter-rj-crying-press-conference

    Georgia State coach Ron Hunter said his team couldn’t possibly be sad after his team’s NCAA Tournament loss to Xavier considering what the team’s tourney appearance meant for their school. But as soon as he began talking about his son, the waterworks turned on.

  8. 20 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  9. 28 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

  10. March 22, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I had my fingers cross as FLOTUS walked up those plane steps.

  11. 38 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

  12. 39 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Here you go – the weekly rundown of Sec. Jewell’s department.

    • 40 GGail
      March 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I would love for Sec Jewel to debate Ted Cruz on Climate Change. She would blow him out the water!

      Thanks vc for posting the latest summary 🙂

      • 41 vcprezofan2
        March 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm

        Truthfully, GxG, I think it would be a waste of her valuable time. Cruz, and others like him have their talking points, and that’s all they have. No sense, IMO, giving them a platform because once you do, you’re conceding some validity to their arguments. You’re saying you think they have something to say worthy of our listening ears – and they don’t!

        • 42 GGail
          March 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

          I just want her to mop the floor with him in front of a national television audience. I’m easy to entertain 🙂

    • 43 sjterrid
      March 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      VC, Happy Birthday!

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      He’s disgusting, DF, truly one of the most repellent creatures I have ever known who had the gall to run for public office. The sad thing is he considers himself handsome, charismatic and persuasive. If he were any of these things, he would be dangerous. But he’s a loathsome toad who bleats like a donkey and has the ego of a bloated elephant.

  13. March 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Good Sunday afternoon TOD 🙂 ….currently watching my NCAA tournament bracket be on the verge of explosion!

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      LP, I tried and fail to understand the first photo. Went back to the original site, enlarged it and still don’t get it. Do you have any idea what it is?

      • March 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm

        Click the ‘Vote here now’ highlighted in Blue on the top of the link I provided…not the Smithsonian.com, it will send you to the photos w/ captions of what each one is…if you are referring to the iguana it is the 5th photo over. Hope that helps!

  14. 54 Don
    March 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    —–(—-(—-@ A rose for the first lady.

  15. 55 desertflower
    March 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Truth.

  16. March 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    • 61 Don
      March 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      I have no idea how much Starbucks pays their employees, but can you imagine having a job where you have to engage customers in conversations about race? You work two jobs just to keep a roof over your head and some billionaire with nothing to do sends down a fucking edict from on high forcing you to talk about something that he or she doesn’t have to worry about, let alone talk about.

      • March 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        It didn’t work out so well, Don, for reasons such as the crucial one that you highlight.

        However, it has evidently catalyzed reflection within Starbucks management and they clearly have no intention in stopping the push to broaden the conversation and expand their efforts to effect change.

        ==============================

        This is the memo CEO Schultz released a bit earlier today:

        Dear partners,

        I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to every one of you for your fearless and energetic support of the Race Together initiative. Our objective from the very start of this effort — dating back to our first open forum in Seattle last December — was to stimulate conversation, empathy and compassion toward one another, and then to broaden that dialogue beyond just our Starbucks family to the greater American public by using our scale for good.

        After a historic Annual Shareholders Meeting that focused on diversity and inequality, and an initial push for much-needed national discussion around these difficult topics, it is time for us to take stock of where we are, what we have learned from our efforts so far, and what is next.

        This phase of the effort — writing “Race Together” (or placing stickers) on cups, which was always just the catalyst for a much broader and longer term conversation — will be completed as originally planned today, March 22.

        But this initiative is far from over. We have a number of planned Race Together activities in the weeks and months to come: more partner open forums, three more special sections co-produced with USA TODAY over the course of the next year, more open dialogue with police and community leaders in cities across our country, a continued focus on jobs and education for our nation’s young people plus our commitment to hire 10,000 opportunity youth over the next three years, expanding our store footprint in urban communities across the country, and new partnerships to foster dialogue and empathy and help bridge the racial and ethnic divides within our society that have existed for so many years.

        While there has been criticism of the initiative — and I know this hasn’t been easy for any of you — let me assure you that we didn’t expect universal praise. The heart of Race Together has always been about humanity: the promise of the American Dream should be available to every person in this country, not just a select few. We leaned in because we believed that starting this dialogue is what matters most. We are learning a lot. And will always aim high in our efforts to make a difference on the issues that matter most.

        I want to thank those of you who took time this week to share what you were seeing, hearing, feeling and thinking as we rolled out Race Together across the country. An issue as tough as racial and ethnic inequality requires risk-taking and tough-minded action. And let me reassure you that our conviction and commitment to the notion of equality and opportunity for all has never been stronger.

        Take care of yourselves and each other. I am proud to be your partner.

        With great respect,

        Howard

        http://news.starbucks.com/news/a-letter-from-howard-schultz-to-starbucks-partners-regarding-race-together

        ====================

        Perhaps, in the end, Howard Schultz and Starbucks will emerge as the white folk who decided that #TruthAndReconciliation is OUR responsibility, not that of Native Americans, descendents of African slaves and POC, in general.

        Doubt if he’ll ever read it, but it’s a simple a message as I know how to deliver …

        • 63 GGail
          March 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm

          This is a standard corporate letter to his partners (who are no doubt majority white) to console them and himself for this glaring misstep. No where does he state that going forward his campaign will include the people he needs the most to help him diagram this campaign.

          Once again, someone trying to force what they think is the healing balm instead of going to the person who’s hurting.

          I am not impressed.

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      smh – Personally, I think this is a very flip response. It’s so much easier to flip off certain attempts to address a situation (or to start a dialogue) than to try and channel them towards something meaningful.

  17. March 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    “J Street’s Ben-Ami tells Netanyahu: You don’t speak for us

    In annual conference of liberal lobby, Reform leader Rick Jacobs blasts those who think J Street – and not Iran, Hamas or Hezbollah – poses greatest threat to Israel.”

  18. 75 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    We have Direct TV services.
    Just noticed that we now have BBCWHD now……on 346 channel. BBCA is on 264.
    I hope that it is a better Network than CNN.
    We had EuroNews on Charter years ago.

  19. 76 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    If true, I am not so sure I like it……..

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      I think it’s amazing to wrap your mind around the idea that there may be millions and millions of inhabitable planets in the vast universe. Maybe there are places that got it right–no war, no need to hurt and destroy others, no need to think yourself better than someone else. I find the thought really beautiful and inspiring, although there could be a lot worse places than we even imagine.

    • March 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I LOVE IT! Life abounds.Now we need NASA to get serious about exotic propulsion systems so we can visit.

    • March 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Uh. Somehow I have no doubt there are, indeed. Oh! And civilizations far far more intelligent and advanced than ours.

  20. 83 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Love this Serena Vogue Cover

  21. 85 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Wow…..calling a 14 yrs old “slut”
    The fool is kicked off the Team. Thank goodness.

    • 86 GGail
      March 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      “Frontal lobe not yet fully developed” says the college baseball idiot that tweeted disrespectfully about a 14 year old girl. /smdh #whitepriviledge

  22. March 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  23. March 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    ATTENTION FAMILY!

    It’s official. Someone quit at the missus’ facility, so she’s officially full-time!

  24. March 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Important …

  25. March 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

  26. March 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    So that bitter old senile Senator John McCain tells President Obama to get over his temper tantrum and focus on ISIS. He has some darn nerve because I have been waiting for him to grow up and get over his temper tantrum since he lost to Senator Obama in 2008. Instead all I have seen is a senile bitter old mean who has not dealt with the fact that he lost to Senator Obama.

  27. 105 yardarm756
    March 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Happy Birthday vc……..Sorry to be so late.

  28. March 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm

  29. 107 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  30. 108 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  31. 109 99ts
    March 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Just read McCain’s comments – that PBO continues to be polite to such a man is a credit to the values he received from those who raised him. That the media allows the old f..t to make such statements without comeback is to the discredit of whoever raised the members of same.

  32. 110 Nena20409
    March 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm

  33. March 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

  34. March 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    “Ahead of a looming March 31 deadline to formulate a framework deal with Iran, a senior French diplomat said Sunday that Israel’s stance on the issue had become increasingly unworkable.

    The unnamed French official criticized Israel’s position on the Iranian nuclear program as “unrealistic,” and said that Netanyahu went “too far” in a polarizing March 3 address to a joint session of the US Congress on the topic.

    “Israel has marginalized itself. In November 2013, we were working with them and they played the game. They didn’t take unrealistic positions,” the diplomat told Reuters. “But here they have gone too far. We told them to play their part so they could influence a final accord, but they have taken unrealistic positions.””

  35. March 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm


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