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Nov 23rd 2012 5:14PM I've just stumbled upon this series. Thank you for being brave enough to "vacation" in Iraq and to share your experiences.
Nov 23rd 2012 5:03PM Whenever I've been an expat on Thanksgiving, there has been urge to find other Americans with whom to share Thanksgiving, even if they're not particularly close by and even if Thanksgiving has to be celebrated on some day other than the fourth Thursday in November. Conversely, when in the United States, we've often invited non-USers to their first Thanksgiving dinner at our house. It just seems that they should experience this quintessential Americana.
Here's a link to my essay on the subject:
Oct 30th 2008 8:52PM I want my country back too----that's why I'm voting for Barack Obama. I supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, but Sen. Obama has won me over. John McCain is not even running a coherent political campaign. Why should we expect that he'll be able to coherently run the country? I think Sen. McCain has sadly lost his way trying to pander to the neo-conservative/religious right wing of the Republican party. I'm not complacent and do not think this election is over. I'm out there volunteering for the Obama campaign because I don't want to wake up on November 5th and think that my laziness resulted in another disastrous Republican presidency. Reading some of the comments here has given me new purpose. If John McCain and Sarah Palin attract the hate mongers who have commented here and they win the election, then God help us all.
When all this is over, we had best find a way for all Americans to hang together. As Benjamin Franklin famously stated as he signed the Declaration of Independence, "If we do not all hang together, we will most assuredly hang separately."
Oct 23rd 2008 9:00PM Charles Monaghan's unbelievably vile comment above is horrific beyond words and represents the views of the truly "un-American" part of our populace. If anything happens to candidate or President Obama, I hope the FBI and Secret Service will find him and take him in for questioning.
Oct 3rd 2008 2:00PM I want my country back. I'm voting for Obama. After 8 years of Republicans in charge of the executive branch and 6 years in charge of the legislature, where do you get off blaming the current state of our country at home and abroad on Democrats?
Methinks there are some ultra right wing trolls here.
Oct 3rd 2008 1:51PM Ifill was constrained by the "rules" agreed to by both parties. The Republican complaints about her moderating after writing a book about Obama made her very careful not to do anything that might be interpreted as partisan. I think the pundits are probably right that the debate was not a game changer. McCain/Palin supporters were relieved that she didn't decompensate or go much off message and Biden didn't do anything to turn off Obama supporters. It still turns on the undecided voters and hopefully, they "get" that "It's the economy, Stupid" and the Republican trickle down notion of virtually unfettered capitalism (shared by McCain/Palin) got us where we are.
Sep 7th 2008 9:48PM Sarah Palin is running to be the vice president of the United States. I would not be concerned if she declined to speak to the National Enquirer (although it turns out they were right about John Edwards). However, having agreed to be a candidate, it is very troubling that she will not agree to interviews with the "main steam press"---both those leaning right or left or those who are unbiased. The press and public have every right to be interested in her views on a host of issues she will confront as a high ranking member of the executive branch AND, God forbid, as President. Every other candidate running has been available for many press interviews, including John McCain, Barak Obama and Joe Biden. Why should the public not want to 1) understand her views other than from a teleprompter and 2) see how she performs, unscripted, under the spotlight? As vice president, she can be expected to have to meet with heads of state and members of the administration and Congress. Giving an interview to the Press is not the same as being "vetted" by the party offering her the job. The campaign's refusal to allow her to be freely available for press interviews (within a reasonable number) gives the impression that she cannot handle an interview which surely is not their intent. Maybe I'm cynical, but her unavailability gives the impression that there is something to hide.