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calimary's Journal
calimary's Journal
October 31, 2019

As soon as I saw that on the TV at the local pizza joint

the thought crossed my mind -

“The BOO’s have it!” I became a Nationals fan in the 5th game when the fans booed trump. I’m no sports fan. But I soon had a favorite in that World Series.

October 31, 2019

I think there's an additional reason why they were happy.

During bush/Cheney’s wrong-headed Iraq War-of-Choice, the decision was made NOT to show anything regarding the war dead. No photos. No coverage of the REAL cost of war that come wrapped in a flag-draped coffin with sorrowful women and children following behind. Oh no. Those images were baaaaaaaaad. Don’t want people to see. They might not want to support the war! And we can’t have that because we’ve gotta grab the oil - and beat Saddam (“9/11! 9/11!”!) who, btw, had nothing to do with 9/11. But we need the “Rah! Rah! Rah!” for the damn war!

So somebody there (wouldn’t surprise me if it was cheney himself) gave the order that no photography was allowed. No coverage of soldiers’ burials at Arlington National Cemetery. No shots of coffins loaded onto transport planes. No nothing that would remind the public of the blood, death, dismemberment, widowhood, any of that. After all, we can’t have the public turning against the war!!! Remember how all the coverage of Vietnam sunk public opinion? And ruined LBJ? Nope! Can’t have that! Can’t go there!

I remember stories of news people getting fired because they dared to show photos of a funeral, the flag-draped coffin, the grieving widow, the fatherless children (usually small children). One woman photographer almost had her head handed to her, risked her career, to get a shot of some dozen or so coffins just loaded into the back of the plane. She caught hell for it and almost lost her job. This happened at newspapers big and small, as well as the big networks.

By contrast...
One of the earliest acts of the then-new President Obama went to Dover Air Force Base to meet the coffins of the dead when they arrived from overseas. In the middle of the night. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accompanied him, dressed in black. Remember the two of them standing together hand-in-hand near the open back end of the transport plane, where the ramp had been set up to carry soldiers’ coffins one-by-one gently down to the tarmac? And there was coverage of those solemn moment when their Commander-in-Chief personally acknowledged their sacrifice by BEING RIGHT THERE TO MEET THEM WHEN THEY FINALLY WERE BROUGHT HOME FOR THE LAST TIME. All the cameras were there. And it got coverage alright. Lots of it. Live coverage.

President Barack Obama wasn’t afraid to have America see this, as bush/cheney were. It wasn’t kept a secret. And it shouldn’t have EVER been kept a secret. Not EVER.

I’ll always love and respect him for that. And another reason why I'll always love Hillary, too.

October 31, 2019

Oh good! Thanks, BumRushDaShow!

That helps a LOT!

Everything to me these days is about an ask. Working in my Indivisible group, we’ve got a pretty hot little Research & Writing team chugging along with this stuff. And we always need the facts WITH whatever ask it is, in case anyone wants more info or background info. Every ask that we write, that people can use to call their Congressmember or Senator about, comes with links to the info we used.

Links like those in your post literally “have our backs.” MANY thanks!

October 30, 2019

HR 660 - I looked it up in Congress.gov and it's this:

“Community Health Improvement, Leadership, and Development Act of 2019” or "CHILD Act."

Is that the one? Or does it have to do with the impeachment inquiry?

October 30, 2019

And the sooner, the better!

October 30, 2019

She gave both her legs for America.

She’s braver than trump can ever hope to be, in his wildest fantasies or doctored videos, on her worst day.

October 30, 2019

Well God Bless!

October 30, 2019

Sounds like they're closing the circle here.


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About calimary

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.
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