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President Obama Honors Fallen Firefighters

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President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. President Obama honored 84 firefighters that were killed in the line of duty last year and an additional three firefighters killed in previous years

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70 Responses to “President Obama Honors Fallen Firefighters”


  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    October 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Evenin’.

  2. October 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks a traaaaaaaaaaazillion. Nerdy!

  3. 10 jacquelineoboomer
    October 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    These images are profound, as usual. Thanks, NW.

  4. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    October 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I’m sure the Jeb campaign couldn’t get much better advice than from Dan.

    • 13 susanne holland
      October 4, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      did you folks read this today? excellent piece, and the accompanying video is superb. bringing it over from the last thread because we’re bound to see more of this spit-shined st w reliquary parade.

      ‘ The right will do everything within its considerable power to promote the idea that Bush was sincere, a man of faith and conviction, a wise leader who “won” two wars, a man who defended traditional cultural values, a caring family man. The reality of Bush’s failures will be obscured. The divisiveness, the squashing of dissent, the daily lies, the death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan and New Orleans…all of that will be tossed down the memory hole if progressives don’t push back and push back hard. ‘

      http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_10/georgie_porgie057941.php

    • 15 arapaho415
      October 4, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      GE JO’B.

      As a fellow boomer, I am at a complete loss as to what this country has become.

      And it’s possible that enough Dems will vote for the KKK rep as second in line from the Presidency?

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      October 4, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Somewhat Related – I found this response to the person who shared the ‘Largest labor union in US endorses Hillary Clinton in nod to ‘strong leader’ headline to be in line with my own feelings.

      “Paul Pallazola: I wouldn’t call it a “game changer”. More Americans don’t like Hillary Clinton than like her. It’s not sexism- I’d vote for Elizabeth Warren in a heartbeat. Do you not get that a lot of us just don’t trust her & she has the uncanny ability of turning off both right and left wing voters.”

      https://www.tsu.co/groups/the-democratic-convention

        • 20 vcprezofan2
          October 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm

          I doubt her people realize that she strikes a whole lot of people this way. It’s not that you dislike her per se; it’s that her sincerity meter is so-so low she easily makes you wary. For the number of years she’s been campaigning you’d think she’d seem more comfortable in her political skin, but she doesn’t. She comes across to me as a not very good actress trying to play the role of a strong and caring politician.

          • 21 jacquelineoboomer
            October 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm

            I think she’s attacked everything this way, her whole life. To me, her M.O. is living life as a “professional student.” When she went through school, she attacked the course, worked all year, and expected a reward at the end. I’ll conquer this subject, I’ve got this, it’s almost as if she’s saying to herself, I’ll be number one at this.

            But this is real life, not a class. I don’t think her maturity level has gotten beyond the learning stage … over to the doing stage. Over to the making-a-mark stage. Seems to me that, to her, it’s the pat on the head for the WORK that she’s looking for, not the number of other people she helped, not meaningful accomplishments beyond grasping the text on the page and maybe tutoring others in it.

            Damn, I’m profound with a little sip of wine.

            • 22 vcprezofan2
              October 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm

              Your analysis may be right, JO’B. [No more than that one sip, please.] Whatever the explanation, IMO one gets the feeling she tries too hard …. *for herself* (for the expected reward, maybe). She would have been an awesome candidate if she could have ever forgotten herself and be more genuine for the people she claims to want to serve.

            • October 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm

              It always seems to me like she’s really overcompensating for having been overshadowed much of her life. She always has so much to prove. And this is why I believe she can’t be trusted. She’s got a personal bent to seem larger-than-life. Hence all the hair-splitting and impulse to one-up. It really comes off as disingenuous and self-aggrandizing. I think you’re sort of saying the same thing, although I haven’t had any wine!

    • 26 sjterrid
      October 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much for posting the link, Meta. I just finished listening to it. This country really needs him to run.

      • October 4, 2015 at 9:26 pm

        He has such a strong voice for all the important issues of the day. No question about his sincerity or commitment. He’s the real deal!

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      October 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      I hadn’t seen it, meta, so thanks so much.

      Glad to see he’s still “got it.”

  5. 32 susanne holland
    October 4, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    As always, I love the respect and sincere caring he shows to the children. With all the crazy and ugly he deals with from the adult world, sometimes I think his tenacity and hard work stem from his recognition of the effects his work will have on the lives of today’s children, and their children. He seems touched by their innocence and potential, and determined to do right by them.

  6. 33 amk for obama
    October 4, 2015 at 8:55 pm

  7. 34 amk for obama
    October 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    • October 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Oh Jesus, the poor cat!!!!!

      • 36 amk for obama
        October 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

        what? everyone loves them a cat. mine, mine, mine.

        • October 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

          😆 I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen Finding Nemo – tempted now!

          • 38 vcprezofan2
            October 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

            One of the few times I can say I’ve seen a movie! 😀 The only reason of course was because I took Offspring to see it years ago – didn’t want the lad to feel left out so made an heroic effort periodically. 😉

            • 39 99ts
              October 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

              We are twins – last movie I went to was about a mouse that thought he was human – or some such thing – c. 1990

              • 40 vcprezofan2
                October 4, 2015 at 9:38 pm

                😀 😀 Oh, I’ve been to a couple more recent ones but grumbled so much about the unreality of the acting and the silliness of the plots that after repeatedly muttering ‘Suspension of disbelief, mom. Suspension of disbelief!’ Offspring became quite disillusioned with me as a movie partner. 😀 😀

      • 41 Judith Fardig
        October 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm

        Totally agree!

  8. 42 vcprezofan2
    October 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Don’t laugh, okay? [Full disclosure. In fairness to the Berner I have to admit I didn’t look any further than this intro.]

    White House Hopeful Bernie Sanders Promises to Be an “Arts President”

    Sanders presence in this election is pushing the envelope. I must say, I do like that he is running around the country expanding minds.

    ‘In the video, produced by the Arts Action Fund, Sanders reflects on his time as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, explaining that in 1981, he helped establish the Burlington Arts Council. “At that time, way back when, it was almost …….

    Maybe Bernie should have run for president way back when … when all his good and meaningful efforts and activities (like walking with MLK and establishing arts councils) better showcased his contributions?

  9. October 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

  10. October 4, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    • 46 99ts
      October 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      They can’t win fair – so they change the rules – the US needs the UN to oversee their state election rules.

  11. 48 amk for obama
    October 4, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    the original story.

  12. October 4, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    “The New Mexico secretary of state, who oversees campaign finance reporting and once bemoaned a “culture of corruption” in the state, has been accused of using her election fund as a personal piggy bank at jewelry stores, ATMs and casinos.

    Secretary of State Dianna K. Duran already faces allegations of financial crimes, stemming from a separate August indictment.

    Late Friday, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office alleged in a criminal complaint that Duran also falsified campaign finance reports by forging the name of a former state Senate colleague and claiming him as her campaign treasurer.”

    • 50 susanne holland
      October 4, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      perfect: ‘ A Republican first elected as secretary of State in 2010, beating out the incumbent Democrat, Duran was part of a tide of conservative elected officials nationwide who won political points by focusing on possible violations of voter ID laws. ‘

  13. October 4, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Colleges in our area are on alert… 😦

  14. 53 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    So Cosmopolitan is getting an earful on Twitter because they had the audacity to advertise the Kardashians as “America’s First Family.” Oh boy, they’re getting it – and I’m enjoying the tongue-lashing and all the negative publicity because they asked for it. Surely, before dawn they will be issuing an official apology, because they’re losing subscribers as we speak…

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      October 5, 2015 at 12:15 am

      OMG. Where are the editors in this country? Where are the anti-tone-deaf people? Between all the retractions of the NYT and others, and this …

      Ugh.

  15. 55 amk for obama
    October 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm

  16. 56 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Gawker Headine: Malia Obama’s College Application Process Way More Interesting Than 2016 Election At This Point

  17. 57 yardarm756
    October 4, 2015 at 11:17 pm

  18. 63 99ts
    October 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I am reminded of the 1960s when women in the Church were so hoping there would be a change in the Catholic Church view of contraception. Many truly thought it was going to happen. I hope the thoughts of this Pope do not end with disappointment

    “Pope Francis says the Church is “not a museum” but a place for progress, as members of a key synod on the family began the first day of what promises to be a heated debate.

    The Pope urged a spirit of “solidarity, courage and humility” as the Catholic Church’s conservative and liberal wings began tackling hot-button topics from communion for remarried divorcees to acceptance of homosexuality.

    The 78-year old reminded red-hatted cardinals and purple-sashed bishops that the Church was “not a museum to keep or preserve. It’s a place where the holy people of God move forward”. ”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-05/pope-urges-church-to-move-forward-as-gay-issue-overshadows-synod/6829350

  19. October 5, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    U.S. reaches final deal on 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the largest free-trade deal in a generation, capping more than five years of negotiations on a project that is central to President Obama’s economic agenda.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/?wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-world%252Bnation

    • 65 Don
      October 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Good Morning TOD, Good Morning NCLB, there is no such thing as a happy Monday.

      • October 5, 2015 at 8:09 am

        You have a point, Don. Monday is the hardest one for me. This is why I usually try to include something to look forward to, i.e. a play or an opera. This softens the harsh reality.

        • October 5, 2015 at 8:17 am

          GM ..NCLB…and Don…

          hahahaha…i used to complain about Mondays too, til my daughter mentioned to me that there are 52 Mondays in the year..and was i willing to give up almost 2 mos our of the year….

          gave me a new perspective….i like your plan NCLB of planning something interesting on Mondays…:)

        • 68 Don
          October 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

          I shouldn’t complain, Monday is actually my Friday, as I’m off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. So most of the time I come to work with a smile on my face on Monday.

  20. October 5, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Folks should never drive thru flood waters…a bad idea


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