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President Obama to Service Members: “It has been the privilege and honor of a lifetime to be your Commander-in-Chief”

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President Barack Obama, in his final address to members of the military, thanked them for their service. White House transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Hello, MacDill! Thank you so much! Well, first of all, you notice this coincidence — on the scoreboard it says “44” — That happens to be — oh. AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you! THE PRESIDENT: I love you, too. I do. (Applause.) To General Votel, General Thomas, and most importantly, to all of you — I am here for a very simple reason, and that is just to say thank you, on behalf of the American people. We have been so reliant on the outstanding work that has been done by SOCOM and CENTCOM, the extraordinary leadership from the highest general down to the person who’s just started. I have been consistently in awe of your performance and the way that you’ve carried out your mission. […] We’ve…

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Weekly Address: President Obama – Coming Together On Thanksgiving

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The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the White House – Weekly Address In this week’s address, President Obama wished the American people a happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter our differences, we are still one people, part…

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Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Sad Republicans are Sad!

Okay okay … here is a real quote: “He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.” Gosh, where would he get the idea that THAT was okay????

Justice Sotomayor: “Until the voices [of those routinely targeted by police] matter too, our justice system will continue to be anything but.”

Today we are turning the megaphone over to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Utah v Strieff.

The court ruled that the police officer who illegally stopped Edward Strieff could, by virtue of his having an unpaid traffic ticket, search him and arrest him when they discovered drugs on him and use that illegally obtained evidence to convict him.

Justice Sotomayor disagreed.

Trump did not “hijack” the Republican Party

And “movement conservatives” planning a third-party, featuring a conservative candidate to rally around in November, will find that there is actually no single candidate who appeals to the disparate factions that were cobbled together to create the modern Republican Party.

The Modern Republican Party’s Mask RemovedSparing you an image of the hideousness of the visage that lay beneath it.

Our World in Images

Restoration of Wild Habitat at Maple Creek Reach trying to Rescue Salmon and Orcas

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Nooksack River valley with the river running right to left in the mid-ground. Taken from Slide Mountain above Maple Creek Reach looking north toward British Columbia.   Fall 2016 Maple Creek Reach Nooksack Valley, WA This fall I participated in a celebration day to welcome back the salmon of Maple Creek Reach that brought over…

The Royal British Columbia Museum’s Exhibit on Mammoths and Ancient Proboscideans

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Mammoth reconstruction in diorama, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, Canada I was fortunate to have been in Victoria, BC recently while their Royal Museum had a magnificent traveling exhibit from Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History: “Giants of the Ice Age.”  With a short ferry ride, my two brothers and I hit the jack pot…

Fossils, Coal, Building Stone, & Recreation -The Chuckanut Formation Part II

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A palm fan fossil set in sandstone Part I of this Chuckanut Formation story was mostly about the development of the formation and some of the interesting seaside sandstone features such as the tafoni. Part II will go into other features that the formation provides us including eocene fossils, building materials, coal, and recreation. ×CloseYou need to login…

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“Give Thanks for the Blessings”

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Happy Lammas!! Hey, wait just a minute! Those are happy llamas … which is not the same thing at all! Today is August 1st, the pagan holiday of Lammas or First Harvest. It is the first of three harvest celebrations on the Wheel of the Year. But because this is a pagan holiday that does…

Summer Sunning!

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Today marks the Summer Solstice. Astronomically, it looks like this: The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. That will…

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After graduation a visit to Knossos beckoned Fiona—but little did she guess where it would lead!   I noticed him because he was always alone. And in a country where most people are dark-haired and dark-eyed, he stood out because of his blond ponytail and gray eyes. Only the shape of his eyes belonged to…

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Jolyon–Part II

Flung back in time to the Minoan Crete of 1450 BC, can Fiona adjust to such a different world? “Put your arms around me and hold on as tightly as you can,” Jolyon said. He stepped closer until just a breath separated us. I did as he instructed. A vast shudder rippled through us, after…

Jolyon

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After graduation a visit to Knossos beckoned Fiona—but little did she guess where it would lead!   I noticed him because he was always alone. And in a country where most people are dark-haired and dark-eyed, he stood out because of his blond ponytail and gray eyes. Only the shape of his eyes belonged to…

The Invisibility Factor

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The girl was snatched before their eyes—why didn’t the police respond to the women’s calls? It all happened so fast. One minute the young girl in the pale pink track suit, eyes cast down as she texted on her cellphone, was walking down the opposite side of the street from where Charmiele sat on her…

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President Obama to Service Members: “It has been the privilege and honor of a lifetime to be your Commander-in-Chief”

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President Barack Obama, in his final address to members of the military, thanked them for their service. White House transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Hello, MacDill! Thank you so much! Well, first of all, you notice this coincidence — on the scoreboard it says “44” — That happens to be — oh. AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!…

Restoration of Wild Habitat at Maple Creek Reach trying to Rescue Salmon and Orcas

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Nooksack River valley with the river running right to left in the mid-ground. Taken from Slide Mountain above Maple Creek Reach looking north toward British Columbia.   Fall 2016 Maple Creek Reach Nooksack Valley, WA This fall I participated in a celebration day to welcome back the salmon of Maple Creek Reach that brought over…

Weekly Address: President Obama – Coming Together On Thanksgiving

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The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the White House – Weekly Address In this week’s address, President Obama wished the American people a happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter our differences, we are still one people, part…

What It Means to Be a Democrat: We put smart, caring, capable people in the White House

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Watching the rally in Philadelphia last night and seeing Chelsea Clinton introducing her father, former President Bill Clinton, who introduced our First Lady Michelle Obama who introduced her husband, President Barack Obama, who then introduced the woman we hope will be our next president, Hillary Clinton, I was struck by what it means to be…

Weekly Address: President Obama – The Progress We’ve Made Because of the Affordable Care Act

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The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the White House – Weekly Address This week, President Obama discussed Open Enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which began November 1 and will end on January 31. Thanks to the Affordable Care…

President Obama: “This is the moment where America stands up for our best selves”

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Yesterday, President Obama spoke to a crowd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. President Obama: If you’ve been marching for criminal justice reform, that’s great. But you know what, you better vote for a President and a Congress who actually care about disrupting the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails. Protests…

Tuesday Night, November 8, 2016

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign has selected the election night site for what we expect to be the celebration of the figurative breaking of the biggest glass ceiling in America. And they have chosen a building with one of the biggest literal glass ceilings in New York City for the party, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.…