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You know you're supposed to get those four more years.
I will chip in for lawsuits if needed.
They didn't ask for any ID, just name address and date of birth.
They use paper ballots.
There was a steady stream of people, but no wait.
In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. Hed survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way, Moraitis married a Greek-American woman, had three children and bought a three-bedroom house and a 1951 Chevrolet.
One day in 1976, Moraitis felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working midday. After X-rays, his doctor concluded that Moraitis had lung cancer. As he recalls, nine other doctors confirmed the diagnosis. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s.
Moraitis considered staying in America and seeking aggressive cancer treatment at a local hospital. That way, he could also be close to his adult children. But he decided instead to return to Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea. He figured a funeral in the United States would cost thousands, a traditional Ikarian one only $200, leaving more of his retirement savings for his wife, Elpiniki. Moraitis and Elpiniki moved in with his elderly parents, into a tiny, whitewashed house on two acres of stepped vineyards near Evdilos, on the north side of Ikaria. At first, he spent his days in bed, as his mother and wife tended to him. He reconnected with his faith. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered that he had moved back, they started showing up every afternoon. Theyd talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought.
In the ensuing months, something strange happened. He says he started to feel stronger. One day, feeling ambitious, he planted some vegetables in the garden. He didnt expect to live to harvest them, but he enjoyed being in the sunshine, breathing the ocean air. Elpiniki could enjoy the fresh vegetables after he was gone.
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at the link it's larger and easier to read.
really well done -- sharp and worth the time.
I hoped it might be a new feature. or non-feature.
just a snippet:
The basis of Romneys foreign policy critique of President Obama is that Obama went around the world and apologized for America after he became president. Of course, this never happened, but the baseless attack has been a hallmark from Romneys campaign with respect to foreign policy. Indeed, Romneys foray into foreign policy has been a bumpy road. Heres a timeline from throughout the 2012 presidential campaign that lays it all out:
Romney accused President Obama of mission creep and mission muddle in Libya. Military action cannot be under-deliberated and ad hoc, he said. Libyan rebels ousted then-Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi five months later. (In his book, Romney attacked Obama for appeasing Qaddafi.) [4/21/2011]
Romney announces he is officially running for president and, in doing so, chides Obama for leading from behind in Libya. One wonders if Romney would criticize Nelson Mandela, who once said: It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. [6/02/2011]
Romney says he will let the generals dictate his Afghanistan policy. I want those troops to come home based upon not politics, not based upon economics, but instead based upon the conditions on the ground determined by the generals, he said. [6/13/2011]
(much, much more at link)
(Please give a rec and kick as this is excellent background
info for tonight's debate. thanks!)
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