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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:33 AM
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OUR DEAR ANDY ..FLY WITH ANGELS OUR LOVE...
our Andy lost his fight tonight at 9:27 pacific time

Ted asked me to tell you all..


ANDY SAID TODAY " I WANT TO LIVE ".....and he will in all of us.

You all gave him hope, and you shared your hearts, I know he loved you all.

Andy lived to love, and was loved living..he will live on in all the peoples lives he touched. And in all who knew him, and even those who only knew about Andy.

He was a very special man.

To you my friend ..I will miss you dearly.But you will always be in my heart.


And a youth said, speak to us of Friendship.
And he answered, saying:


Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love
and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger,
and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you
fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor
do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases
not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all
thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born
and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you
grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may
be clearer in his absence, as the mountain
to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friend-
ship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the dis-
closure of it s own mystery
is not love but a net cast forth:
and only the unprofitable
is caught.


And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide,
let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should
seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not
your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let
there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart
finds its morning and is refreshed.



Andy may you sing with the angels..you will have very special angels.

fly
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:34 AM
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1. Rest in peace, Andy.
Peace.
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48pan Donating Member (957 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:05 AM
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384. Deep sadness for the loss of a young man...
with much left to give. RIP.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:31 AM
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484. i raced over this post many times before i had the courage to
open it, knowing what was inside...fly with angels is an overwhelming sentiment...at least we know we did our best for andy...maybe we will all meat up again someday...farewell andy...and may you rest in peace.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:53 PM
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629. I didn't know Andy, and he didn't know me -- but he was brave
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 02:55 PM by Radio_Lady
and fought pancreatic cancer, one of the swiftest of the lot.

It took my grandmother in 1969 in three months, and others in my family, including recently, my daughter's sister-in-law in her 40s, who had also had the Whipple procedure.

I hope Andy's family will gain solace from over 600 posts. I have just seen this message and I'm in tears....

Along the path of life ... in peace ...

Radio Lady
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Andromeda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:36 PM
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676. The measure of a man is how he lives...
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 05:44 PM by Andromeda
and Andy did it well. His life touched us all and in death Andy's light will never die. His activism inspired many and the universe will rejoice.

Andy's grace will live on forever.
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praxiz Donating Member (570 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:35 AM
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2. Oh dear.

You have my deepest condolences. :(

:hug:
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ogradda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:35 AM
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3. Awwww fuck.
:cry:
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:16 AM
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299. I am so sorry, too.
I just now came upon this in another thread.
I'm shocked. I thought things were going better.

we were blessed to have him as long as we did.


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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:35 AM
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4. My condolences to his family and friends.
I'm speechless. :cry:
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:35 AM
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5. Well just SHIT...
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 02:36 AM by SoCalDem
I was so hoping that he would beat that damned thing.. I am always astonished at the sweet people who perish, and the truly evil ones who persist :cry:

Love to Andy's family, and friends who tried so desperately to hold him here with us..

edited because I forget to hit the darned 'm' key 50 times to get it to work :(
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:37 AM
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7. Rest in Peace Andy
You were a good person.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:37 AM
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FUCK! RIP Andy!
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:37 AM
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6. Deepest, deepest condolences.
I don't have the words.

Please know that many of us are thinking of Andy tonght.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:38 AM
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8. My deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends
I think I got to know him some by the warm regards, friendship and love expressed here at DU. I look forward to the memories that will be shared by others about someone who did so much good.
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spuddonna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:38 AM
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9. Peace and the grace of God be with you, Andy, and your family...
It's so sad someone so full of life and the conviction to bring justice to our country has been lost... You will always be remembered and will always be in our hearts...
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:38 AM
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10. Sad
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 02:48 AM by Oversea Visitor
:cry:
I thought he was going to be ok
:cry:

DOES THE FAMILY NEED HELP?
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:03 AM
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163. In Memory of Andy and Scott
They fought not for themselves..
But for their brothers and sisters

They choose to walk a route...
With a soul full of good intentions

For those that believed like them...
The journey was truly brighten

But sad the days it was....
When heaven call did beckoned


Tan Lai Keat aka Oversea Visitor

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Samantha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:18 AM
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303. We need to start a DU Hall of Fame for both of them
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 08:23 AM by Samantha
They should have special silver stars with something like a rainbow shining over them. The rainbow would symbolize the beautiful contributions these two made to our Internet community. They are gone but we will never forget them. They left a legacy behind that will always, always remind us of them.

Goodby, Andy. I so much enjoyed the chats I had with you on so many subjects. I am so sorry that while we tried to do so much for you at your time of need, we could not do enough. You did so much for us, we can never repay you, but we won't forget you.

On a distant star, in a far away place
See him soar into the new day,
At ease, at peace
Of smiling face.

Rest in peace, Andy.

Love,

Samantha

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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:50 PM
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582. You can add nostamj to the list as well
perhaps one of our many talented Photoshoppers can make us a DU "Mt. Rushmore"?
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:38 AM
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11. I'm crying now.
Thank you for letting us know.
What a sad day.
Rest, Andy. You are in our hearts. :cry:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:02 AM
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53. He's free, Janice. Not in pain any more.
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:06 PM
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550. yes.... important (and difficult) to remember this
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RummyTheDummy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:38 AM
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12. God damnit
I guess Billy Joel said it best. RIP, Andy.
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:39 AM
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13. ......
:cry:
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dogonarug Donating Member (170 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:39 AM
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14. Only the good die young
Sweet dreams Andy... :cry:
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:39 AM
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15. Oh man
Andy was one of the few DUers I have met in real life.
This is a funny medium. It's hard to really see a person for what they are across a CRT screen-you really have to meet them in person. I met Andy at the Bush Coronation protests, and what I was most impressed with was his dedication to his beliefs and what he considered to be right-the same things all of us at DU believe in.
Andy, you will be missed.
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:40 AM
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16. Be At Peace, Andy
I know you'll always be around and I promise we'll all keep fighting.

Rest, my friend.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:40 AM
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17. RIP Andy, RIP
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:40 AM
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18. Met him. Liked him.
Never met anyone who walked away from pancreatic cancer, though.

Funny, I don't know what most DUers look like. But I have pictures of Andy and Nostamj, together.

I guess they are.
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libnnc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:46 AM
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29. Oh Andy
My partner's sister is fighting this same battle with pancreatic cancer--her pain is unbearable. Andy gave me hope for her. I don't know what to say. This is so sad. :cry: :cry: :cry:


We love you, Andy.
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:24 AM
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74. i'll keep your partner's sister in my thoughts and prayers...
stay strong.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:42 PM
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611. In earlier threads of encouragement to Andy, a number of DUers
stepped forward with stories of loved ones who DID beat pancreatic cancer. There is good reason to hope.

Sending my wishes for healing and peace.
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dalloway Donating Member (744 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:32 AM
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183. I Have (met someone who walked away with pancreatic
cancer). 15 years survivial after a tumor that took out most of her gut in surgery.

(Just a note of hope to others)
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Zan_of_Texas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:03 AM
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453. Met him. Liked him. Too.
He was fiercely passionate about elections, and was fearless when the Diebold boys told him to "back off."

He was a fighter.

He is already missed.

Peace and solace to all who helped him through his medical fight.

And, to all who helped him with his paper ballot fight, well, the fight is just begun.


(PS Remind me not to let you take any pictures of me, aquart....)
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:13 PM
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686. That was a lovely night, wasn't it.
I miss them both. Who would have suspected they'd both be gone now.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 01:16 PM
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787. They come in 3's...Kephra, nostamj, and now Andy. (nt)
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:40 AM
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19. :(
Rest in peace, brother.
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:41 AM
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20. Celebrate his life
I'm not a mourner. I resolve to keep people alive in my thoughts. Andy will always be remembered by me.
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AlienGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:41 AM
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21. This is so sad...
:cry:

If I and/or other Seattle-area DUers can do anything to help out, please PM me.

Tucker
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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:41 AM
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22. Oh no...
this is so sad.
Thank you to those who have been at his side.
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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:41 AM
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23. Oh no. Rest in peace, Andy. You were one of a kind.
You were never afraid to speak your mind, and you never stopped fighting for what you thought was right. If more of the world were like you, our world would be a very different, and much better place right now.

Bless you, Andy, and thank you for all you did for all of us.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:42 AM
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24. I'm so very sorry....
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 02:54 AM by Lone_Star_Dem
I haven't been on DU, I didn't know anything was wrong.

My deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved him. I'm heartbroken and I never even met Andy.

Andy, you will not be forgotten nor will your cause. You created a legacy that will go on in your name.



Edited due to shock and post made no sense
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:23 AM
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73. Thank you, lone_star_dem
His cancer was voracious, and he put up a hell of a fight.

An exemplar to us all. :)
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BamaBecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:43 AM
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431. This is the saddest thread I have ever read.......I feel so sorry
for Andy, all his friends and his family.............

Peace Andy....much peace!

We will carry on...and we will never forget you!

Andy was the first one to call me "Bama". I have been using it ever since.
Bama

:grouphug:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:48 PM
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579. What a piece of work, that Andy Stephenson
We were so lucky, Becky.

:hug:
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BamaBecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:35 PM
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691. We really were sfexpat2000.........we really were! I have thought about
yall a lot today......been so busy getting two houses ready for this storm.....Bama :cry: :hug:
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 11:14 AM
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782. he brought so many people together. He posted a message in
early Jan. that he was in columbus, and if any Columbus DU'ers wanted to meet him PM him. I did, and I never thought in a million years, I'd meet such a wonderful person. He came over to our house that day, and we ate pork and sauerkraut I made for New Years.

My wife and I just adored him.
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:42 AM
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25. A candle to light your way...
I've kept it lit for you all day, sweet friend. I wish you peace.






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hiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:50 AM
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500. my candles are burning as well...
Andy has peace now and no more pain .
He has touched our souls and will always be in our hearts

Sweet Andy you will be so missed...
hiley
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:42 AM
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26. That is very unfortunate
Rest well Andy.
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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:43 AM
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27. I don't know what to say.
My condolences to his family and friends. I am so very, very sorry. :( :cry: :(
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:44 AM
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28. Damn.
Comfort to all.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:46 AM
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30. Also met him
In New York, early 2004. He was still "God Bush and Cheney" here.

We had a long night walking about with a couple of others before and after a benefit for Greg Palast. He left quite an impression. A very sensitive, honest and courageous man. He felt the spirits of the dead in the wind coming up from Ground Zero, and made the rest of us feel it, too. Spooky moment.

Rest in peace.
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LastKnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:46 AM
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31. Rest in Peace, Friend.
i didnt know him, but i knew of him. and he was a great person.

best description of a friend ive heard, ever.
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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:47 AM
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32. Dear Andy, may your soul be free and at peace.
You will ALWAYS be with us and we will NEVER, EVER give up your fight.

Damn, this hurts like hell. If we ever needed a group hug, it's now. :grouphug:

Too many tears - can't put them into words.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:48 AM
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33. Peace sweet friend.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 03:07 AM by merh
:hug: Thank you for touching my heart :hug:

:loveya: You will be in my heart always :loveya:


:patriot: ((((((((((((((Voter Verified Paper Trails)))))))))))))))))))) :patriot:



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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:17 AM
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65. Right on, merh
He always will be. :hug:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:19 AM
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69. Always . . .
:hug: Now he is free to watch over us! :hug:

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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:10 PM
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555. He called us "his angels"...
now he will be our guardian angel for eternity.

Andy represented all that is good in this world and I am committed to honoring his memory by moving forward with hope, enthusiasm and a sense of humor in these troubling times. Andy...my shining star in the middle of a black, endless night sky. He will always be my beacon of hope.

As we struggle through life's journey, certain people come into our lives and make a real difference. A tireless, courageous patriot, Andy was one of those people. The gifts he passed on to us are invaluable. To my truth warrior... :patriot: I salute you!

"to fight for what's right, without question or pause...to be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause..."

His spirit lives on in us all.

peace. :grouphug:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:40 PM
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572.  I've got your back fooj.
:hug:

We will never forget. :loveya:

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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:16 AM
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118. Thank you for all your efforts
Andy had the best assistance he could ever wish for
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:48 AM
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34. OMG
I just lit a candle for him. I'm so sorry. My condolences to his family and many friends.

Peace, Andy.


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theplutsnw Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:48 AM
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35. This totally sucks
How can this be? I saw him less then 3 weeks ago and he seemed like he was getting better and talked to him on the phone last week. I am glad he is not in any more pain but we have to fight on in his memory for both our votes and a top notch healthcare system that works for everyone. I am in total disbelief.

Alyssa
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:25 AM
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148. You're right. It does totally suck.
And he wouldn't want us to be weenies.

I'll see you in the Election Forum. :)
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Beam Me Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:48 AM
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36. Peace, Andy. Peace, All.
When at last silence comes.
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sojourner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:49 AM
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37. This seems so sudden, so sad. Peace to all those he held dear.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:49 AM
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38. You are free, my friend.
You are free.

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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:50 AM
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39. Goodbye my friend! I'm a better person because I knew you! (nt)
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:50 AM
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40. ...fly with love.n/t
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:50 AM
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41. A Warrior's Face
Spring waters flow,
Warmed by Father Sun,
Swelling beyond the keeping banks,
Leaching winters frosted ores,
Through spreading fingers,
Of the waters course,
Renewing those, along its path,
That seem at first, to succumb,
Then emerge from the inundation,
With the strength of stamina,
And will to persevere,
Ultimately without complaint,
In understanding and appreciation,
Of the gifts of the tribulation,
As the water keeps its sacred task,
Cleansing Mother Earth,
Like the tears on a Warriors face,
Cleanse the soul.

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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:50 AM
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42. His soul flies free
Our hearts are broken.

Rest in Peace Andy, you did good! :grouphug: :cry:
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:51 AM
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43. He lives on.
He made a difference.
I met him a couple times.
Tears in my eyes.
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Gemini Cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:53 AM
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44. RIP Andy
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 02:54 AM by Confound W
My deepest condolences to Termite and family. I am so very sorry.

Andy will always be my hero!

:hug:
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:54 AM
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Oh Andy
You will be missed.
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AmBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:54 AM
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45. It's hard to lose a hero...
I pray Andy bequeathed to each and every one of us his energy, his courage, his devotion to truth. God bless you, Andy. You will be sorely missed.

Sincerest condolences to Termite and all of Andy's family. :cry:
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:56 AM
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46. So many posts
in such a short time.
Condolences to Andy's loved ones and family.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:58 AM
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47. This is so very, very sad...
we have lost a dear friend tonight. Rest in peace now, Andy, and know that you will always be loved and remembered. The fight will go on. My deep regrets to Andy's family and loved ones.
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VTMechEngr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:58 AM
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48. Oh God Damn it.
My condolences to the family.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:58 AM
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49. Thank you for everything Andy
A debt we can never repay to you.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:59 AM
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50. You've got a smile so bright
you know you could have been a candle
I'm holding you so tight, you know you could have been a handle
The way you swept me off my feet, you know you could have been a broom
The way you smell so sweet, you know you could have been some perfume


Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell, the way you do the things you do

As pretty as you are, you know you could have been a flower
If good looks was a minute, you know that you could be an hour
The way you stole my heart, you know you could have been a crook
And baby you're so smart, you know you could have been a schoolbook

Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell, the way you do the things you do

You made my heart so rich, you know you could have been some money
And baby you're so sweet, you know you could have been some honey

Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell, the way you do the things you do

You really swept me off my feet, you made my life complete
You made my life so bright, you make me feel alright

Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell, the way you do the things you do
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:59 AM
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51. you will be missed....I pray your spirit and dedication live on in us
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:00 AM
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52. I would do it again, dammit! Send what money I could...
...and keep praying, right up to the end. I'm typing this with tears in my eyes. I thought that with all the people pulling for him, all the love holding him up, that he just HAD to pull through and there was no way he couldn't pull through. But it seems it was not to be. Yet I still remember the incredible feeling of empowerment when we actually raised the money for his surgery. And THAT was real, and in Andy's memory I'd do it again for the next person, if the situation ever comes up again.

NGU, my friends.
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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:02 AM
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54. To all of Andy's Angels, family and dear friends,
I send my most heartfelt sympathies. The love you showed your friend was pure and strong. He was lucky to have you fighting for him. He felt that love and knew he was loved.

Andy's Angels, his family and closest friends: you are the ones who will miss him most, but the rest of us are sitting here with lumps in our throats and tears streaming down our faces. Andy touched all of us. So many people will mourn his passing. He was well-loved.

:grouphug:

I am so very, very sorry.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:07 AM
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61. Ladyhawk
:hug:
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:03 AM
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55. Rest in Peace, my friend
Rest in peace.
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Sapphocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:03 AM
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56. Goodnight, God_bush_and_cheney.
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.




My heart hurts.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:03 AM
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57. I'm so sorry to hear that
I never had a chance to cyber-meet him, having joined after he left for his surgery but I know he was well loved here. I know he will be missed.

:cry:



Note to any lurking freepers: F*ck off!
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:04 AM
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58. My heart goes out to Termite, his family & all of his friends.
The world is a poorer, sadder place w/out him.

I'm so sorry.
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:05 AM
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59. My heart goes out to Termite, his family & all of his friends.
The world is a poorer, sadder place w/out him.

I'm so sorry.
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:06 AM
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60. my deepest condolences
to his family and friends.

Sad cap to a sad day.

:grouphug:

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American in Asia Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:09 AM
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62. So, so sad....
I have no words right now - my heart just feels heavy.

My deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends.

And strength to all of us to fight on for all the things for which Andy fought so valiantly.

Rest, peace, love and joy to you always Andy.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:19 AM
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70. Thank you for all your encouragement and all of your help.
It meant a great deal to Andy, and a great deal to all of us.

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American in Asia Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:22 AM
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177. He touched us
and any small thing in return was a joy and a privilege. I just wish, oh dang, now I'm crying. You know what I mean, right?


:hug:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:30 PM
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569. Yes.
:grouphug:
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Pathwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:58 AM
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446. Rest in Peace Andy, my deepest condolences, Termite.
Vaya con Dios.
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Stockholm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:17 AM
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63. My deepest condolences to his family and close friends
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 03:53 AM by Stockholm
:cry:

I am tearing up at work! This is just so sad....
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:17 AM
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64. bye Andy
:cry:

:hug: to his family
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:17 AM
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66. Sending my heartfelt condolences to Andys' family and friends.
I never met him, but admired his dedication and bravery from afar.

Rest in Peace, Andy.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:18 AM
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67. With sadness and respect for Andy and the important work he started

"The love that once was born can not die
For it has become part of us, of our life,
Woven into the very texture of our being.
Each of us would wish to leave some part of ourselves,
So here and now we bear witness to the one we knew in life,
Who now in death bequeaths a subtle part, precious and beloved,
Which will be with us in truth and beauty,
In dignity and courage and love
To the end of our days."

Rest in Peace Andy.


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WhoDoYouTrust Donating Member (476 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:18 AM
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68. I didn't know you, Andy, but I did...and I will miss you.
My deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends.

:grouphug:
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:20 AM
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71. oh no.
just, no.

I am so sorry, for all of us, and especially those who were very close to Andy IRL. Peace to you and to DU.
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:21 AM
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72. My condolences to friends, family and loved ones...
wow. speechless. God bless you, Andy.
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PittLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:28 AM
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75. No no no no no ...
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 03:31 AM by PittLib
I don't understand. This is absolutely heartbreaking. My heart goes out to sfexpat and Termite and all of you who had the fortune of knowing Andy, and now feel his loss most of all. I am so sorry ... :cry:

Perhaps the rest of us can carry on the battle in Andy's name ...

On edit: Rest in peace Andy. We'll miss you.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:31 AM
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76. Peace, PittLib.
:hug:
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PittLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:05 AM
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110. Peace to you ...
if only there was something I could say - until then ... thank you :hug:
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Klimmer Donating Member (426 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:31 AM
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77. Andy, God's Speed . . .
I'm better for knowing you here at DU. Learned a lot from you in the 2004 Election Results and Discussion Forum. You changed my mind on a lot of things. We will keep fighting the good fight.

Voter Verified Paper Ballot (VVPB)

NGU

Take care friend.

(This is truly, truly a sad day in so many ways :cry: )
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:31 AM
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78. OMG! Unbelievable.
RIP, Andy.

Bake
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LosinIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:32 AM
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79. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!! Is there a curse on us??
Why do we seem to lose our best and our brightest??

Wishing peace and comfort to his loved ones and to those of us in this online community who loved him in our own way.
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dxstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:32 AM
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80. My heart sank as I read this...
I did not know your friend, but knew of his recent trials thru these pages...
Sounds like a great guy, and certainly well-loved from what I've seen here...
A sad and dark day indeed.
My deepest sympathies.
d


"Oooh, what a lucky man he was..."
Emerson, Lake & Palmer/Lucky Man
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JimmyJames Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:38 AM
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84. im sorry i didnt have a chance to get to know him
i've lost people too
it is always hard on those left behind

my best wishes to his family and those who loved him and those he loved

and to all of you who are feeling the pain of this loss to your community
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yowzayowzayowza Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:34 AM
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81. RIP GBnC.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 04:05 AM by yowzayowzayowza
You are missed.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:35 AM
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82. Very sad
Rest in Peace, Andy. :cry:
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NoSheep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:36 AM
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83. Your efforts have given us an example of our responsibility to
our fellow beings. Your spirit inspires us to move forward and continue the fight while we enjoy the great pleasures we encounter in this dimension. We will take you with us Andy. Power to the People.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:40 AM
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85. Great post.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:40 AM
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86. Goodbye my friend.
I will never forget what you did for America. O8)

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:43 AM
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88. And he is still cracking up over your Bev.
(((((((((((Swamp Rat))))))))))))
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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:07 AM
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112. I'm speechless right now...I thought he was getting better...
Why do all the good people trying to save the world or the innocents seem to be passing on and the evil ones get to live?

Goodbye fellow warrior...thank you for your brave fight for us all...may you find peace in your next journey.... :hug:
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:11 AM
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115. Oi Pachamama!
:hug:
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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:22 AM
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121. Hugs back....
:hug:

This has been a bad day 7/7/05....

We lost another warrior against this evil empire....he led a good fight...we must continue the fight and cause....I'm glad he's no longer in pain though....Rest in Peace Brother Andy.... :grouphug:
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:04 AM
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383. I thought he was getting bettet too! Oh my God. I am crying like a baby,
It's just fair. I keep screaming inside myself, would he have made it if his surgery had not been delayed by the assholes who tied up the funds from all of the DUers. Maybe he would not have made it anyway But God Damn Them All to Hell for what they did to him! They hated him for pointing out the truth about the rigged election. We can honor Andy bought not letting that truth die with him. God bless you Andy for all of your courage and determination. We have to mourn first, :cry: ....but then we go back to organizing.
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TheUnspeakable Donating Member (960 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:40 AM
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87. This is so very sad...
Goodbye Andy- May you rest in peace. Your hard work and dedication will never be forgotten and will inspire us to try harder.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:43 AM
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89. How dreadful, how sad for his family and friends
I was hoping he would pull through.

This has been a day of bad, sad news.
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expatriate Donating Member (853 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:43 AM
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90. I posted this elsewhere, but wanted to put it here too.
Winter Stars

I went out at night alone;
The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my spirit's wings --
I bore my sorrow heavily.
But when I lifted up my head
From shadows shaken on the snow,
I saw Orion in the east
Burn steadily as long ago.

From windows in my father's house,
Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,
I watched Orion as a girl
Above another city's lights.

Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
The world's heart breaks beneath its wars,
All things are changed, save in the east
The faithful beauty of the stars.

Sara Teasdale


We come from the stars. Andy has gone there.

Let him be the star that inspires us.
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LiveWire Donating Member (372 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:44 AM
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91. Our only cause of action is to
move on with what Andy would have wanted us today. Stay the course and be vigilant.

I never met the guy, but Ive lost too many people to cancer. My thoughts go out to him, and any person who came to know him. His writings affect me as well as numerous men and women throughout the world. It is for this, that he will never truely be lost. As an archaeologist, I know that great mens' bodies fade away, but their marks they leave on this earth stand the test of time.

God speed Andy.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:47 AM
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92. Exactly, LiveWire. Can we say "voter verified paper ballot:"?
I almost knew the man. And what I almost knew was splendid.

We were lucky to have him here for a time. :)
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:51 AM
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94. Sleep Well Our Prince, sleep well
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:51 AM
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95. From Guantanamera:
(English translation)

"I'm just a man who is trying
To do some good before dying,
To ask each man and his brother,
To bear no ill toward each other.
This life will never be hollow,
To those who listen and follow."
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:51 AM
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Sleep Well Our Prince, sleep well
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 01:14 PM
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786. can we say 'voter verified paper ballot'?
VOTER VERIFIED PAPER BALLOT!

ah yes, I knew that you could.


Andy, I treasure the accidental meeting & conversaion we shared, B4 all the other late DUers arrived.


this sucks so bad....................
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anitar1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:50 AM
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93. Andy--we willnever forget you, May you rest in peace.
My most sincere condolences to your loved ones.
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:51 AM
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96. I lost a friend tonight.
And so, I think, did we all.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:56 AM
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101. We didn't give up though, Ben, did we?
Thank you. I'll never forget all that you did for Andy and for all of us these long weeks.

(((((((((((((Ben))))))))))
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:09 AM
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113. And the same back at you!
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 04:09 AM by benburch
:hug:
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Boredtodeath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:45 AM
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263. We did, Ben, we did.
The country lost a friend. A friend willing to fight for democracy and all that is right in this country. A friend who refused to give in to all that is wrong and evil about our votes. A friend who stood for us all, even when we wouldn't stand for ourselves.

And, in his memory, I refuse to sit down and rest for a single moment until we win the fight he started.

As we continue on this battle, let us all know that Andy is standing by our side and pushing us onward.

Rest now, dear friend, Andy, you taught us well and your fight will continue under your guardianship.

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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:52 AM
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97. Andy has passed the torch to US, folks...
...we have a job to do.

In honor our of country and our beloved Friend.... VVPB... and NGU.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872-1918)
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:16 PM
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667. Thanks for quoting that beautiful poem
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 05:17 PM by ailsagirl
I have a book of poetry that has that poem in it, but also
"response" (poems) to the original. Here is one of them.

Rest ye in peace, ye Flanders dead.
The fight that ye so bravely led
We've taken up. And we will keep
True faith with you who lie asleep
With each a cross to mark his bed,
In Flanders fields.

Fear not that ye have died for naught.
The torch ye threw to us we caught.
Ten million hands will hold it high,
And Freedom's light shall never die!
We've learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders fields.

-- R.W. Lilliard
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Garbo 2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:53 AM
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98. I can't find the words. Expletives come to mind and sadness.
Andy touched so many people, a man so rich in friends, some he may never have met in person...it's remarkable, really.

God Bless, Andy. And to all his friends and family :grouphug:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:58 AM
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102. Bless you, Garbo, for your kindness and all your support.
There are things too important to say. So, all I can say is, thank you.

Beth
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:54 AM
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99. He's in peace now...very sorry for his family and close friends.
This is very, very sad news and my heart goes out to those who were close to him.

He is past the pain now, and I hope he rests in peace.
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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:55 AM
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100. R-I-P Andy
you are with the angels now O8) but you will be missed here ... :cry:
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:00 AM
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103. The silence for you, the sorrow for us
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 04:03 AM by housewolf
A blackbird singing
On a moss-upholstered stone,
Bluebells swinging,
Shadows wildly blown,
A song in the wood,
A ship on the sea.
The song was for you
and the ship was for us.

A blackbird singing
I hear in my troubled mind,
Bluebells swinging,
I see in a distant wind.
But sorrow and silence,
Are the wood's threnody,
The silence for you
and the sorrow for us.

Francis Ledwidge

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:02 AM
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106. The blessed silence of no pain.
(((((((((((((((((housewolf))))))))))))))))))))
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:01 AM
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104. Don't mourn, organize!
The finest memorial we could give him would be to make VOTER VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS the law of the land. The second finest would be universal health care. Let's go get them! Andy, you will always be there out in front leading us.

Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.


What an asshole of a day! The bombings, and now this!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:04 AM
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108. Now, there's an idea.
:)
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:20 AM
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402. Can we start a DU Verifiable Voting Forum to carry on his work?
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:41 AM
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428. The Andy Stephenson Voting Rights Forum
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:43 AM
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492. I just e-mailed the administrators with the suggestion. I like your
idea of having his name in the title. That was a very good idea and it would be a very appropriate living memorial to Andy.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:58 PM
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587. Andy loved the Elections forum
Maybe we could get Skinner to tweak the name? Whatever you all decide, I'm in.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:07 PM
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593. A tweek would be Great. I will send him an e-mail.
My sympathies to you and all of you who knew Andy. :hug:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:14 PM
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598. Thank you, mom cat. I swing between grief and relief and
memories of Andy.

Good thing I'm not driving.

:hug:
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:07 PM
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619. Stay safe. We can't lose you too!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:18 PM
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623. Oh, you're stuck with me.
So, thank you. :hug:
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:27 AM
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321. I'm with you.
Let's go get them.

I am stunned. As I think through what I want to say to Andy, to send him on his next journey, it's "Goodbye, friend. Go with peace. We'll take these issues forward."



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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:24 PM
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670. "Don't mourn, organize"
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 05:52 PM by ailsagirl
Reminds me of Joe Hill.

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you or me
Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead,"
"I never died," says he
"I never died," says he

"The copper bosses killed you, Joe,
They shot you, Joe," says I.
"Takes more than guns to kill a man,"
Says Joe, "I didn't die,"
Says Joe, "I didn't die."

And standing there as big as life
And smiling with his eyes
Says Joe, "What they forgot to kill
Went on to organize,
Went on to organize."

"From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill,
Where working men defend their rights,
It's there you'll find Joe Hill,
It's there you'll find Joe Hill."

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you or me
Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead,"
"I never died," says he,
"I never died," says he.


Now we have our very own "Joe Hill."
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:02 AM
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105. This is so very,
very, very, very sad.
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:04 AM
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107. Rest in peace, Andy
It's hard to imagine you're gone. Kudos.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:06 AM
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111. It's okay, mogster, he's better now.
Shortly he'll be organizing the choir of election nerds.

You know how Andy is. :)

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Daphne08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:05 AM
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109. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this.
You were so young, and yet you worked so diligently for all of us.

Rest In Peace, Andy. Perhaps we can meet sometime on the other side.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

:cry:



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satya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:09 AM
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114. I'm grateful he's free from his suffering.May his many friends and family
find comfort and peace in knowing how deeply he touched even those of us who were not privileged to know him IRL.

:grouphug:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:13 AM
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116. Andy, May God rest your weary soul
You fought the good fight. :cry: :hug: :loveya:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:17 AM
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119. He was honest - to - God amazing, no matter what.
That doesn't happen every day.

:-)
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:13 AM
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117. Rest in peace Andy.
My condolences to his family and friends.
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:17 AM
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120. Thanks for everything Andy, I know you'll be smiling down on us
on that day that we finally send these treasonous war profiteering monsters to jail.

Until then, it's nice to know that someone up there likes us.

:toast: To Andy, an angel I'm glad to have looking out for us.

RIP

:patriot:

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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:23 AM
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122. I'm so sorry Andy!
I really thought you were going to pull through. :cry: :cry: :cry:

Why do we keep losing the very best people here? What a tragic day this has been.

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uhhuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:25 AM
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123. I didn't know how much
Andy had touched me until I read that he had passed. I am crying now. He had such a fire in him. He was so focused on fighting the good fight for verifiable voting. He did it with an energy and humor that was amazing to me. Whe he got ill, I was so happy to see so many DUers step up to help, but I knew we would. Andy was exactly the kind of person that every DUer should be. He exemplified the best qualities of progressive politics and dedicated activism. He was rarely, if ever, devisive and gave his all to his cause, not for his personal gratification, but for all of us.

To look at what I have accomplished by comparison makes me first ashamed, then motivated to go out there and do something that will truly make a difference.

I will miss him.

Andy R.I.P.
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Romberry Donating Member (632 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:34 AM
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124. I am so, so sorry.
I never knew Andy except through his posts here and his work but I am moved to tears by news of his passing. I feel a real sense of loss. I can't imagine what his family and friends must be going through.

In my heart I know that the world was a better place with Andy Stephenson in it and his passing leaves a hole. If we are to honor him, that is a hole we must try to fill.

Peace be with you, Andy. God speed. God bless.
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:35 AM
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125. My condolences to Andy's family and friends
May you find the strength and love you need as time works to heal your grief.

I never met Andy as I joined DU just when the major fund-raising for Andy started and knew that with so many kind, caring people that DU would a great place to join. I have never witnessed such an awesome support group for someone that fought such a hard fight, in politics and in health. I had been hoping for a better outcome...

I have lost many family members and friends to cancer in the past 5 years and it never gets any easier.

May those of us that remain here help carry on Andy's work.

{{{Hugs to anyone that needs them}}}
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:40 AM
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126. Thank you, fed-up, and welcome.
This is the heart of our nation right here, and it's hurting right now. Thank you for being here.
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:44 AM
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127. Such sad news.
Andy continues to be an inspiration to us all!
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:48 AM
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128. May the perpetual light shine upon him
Andy gave everything that he had, even his life for his country. He
was a real patriot who believed in America and that everyone should have the right to vote and that every vote should count whether it was a Republican vote or a Democratic vote. Let the naysayers say what they will, would they be willing to make such a sacrifice for this country.
For those of us who were fortunate enough to meet him, he was a gentle guy who had an aura of goodness. I remember him talking to his 85 year old mother; patiently repeating everything over and over again, because she has a severe hearing loss. He was not stupid or lazy or a slacker, he was just a guy who had one bad break. When he stayed with me, he helped reconfigure my computer so it worked faster, redid my shower on a hot summer night, and patiently took all the parts off that had not been
worked on in 50 years and reassembled everything with new parts so I now have a working shower, he even made me a meal with a cake from scratch as sick as he was. Let people throw stones as much as they want, Andy was a good man, we need more people like him in this country. For Ted and his family, he was a credit to the love and support that you gave him because he tried to give to constantly give that love back to the world to make it a better place.
Goodbye and God Bless you all, Miss Waverly
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:50 AM
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131. Miss Waverly. I think I see a new star and it is very bright.
:hug:
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:56 AM
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133. I always thought he was like an angel
now he is an angel, I hope that God heals him and brings him comfort.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:08 AM
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He cooked pot roast for goodgirl and me the day before he had to fly
back down to Hopkins. He never stopped working while he was here. He insisted that I run him all over town to get supplies to send out his thank you notes. He made the best fucking guacamole I ever ate...(guess that's the Texan in him) He did a crazy German accent that always made us laugh...

good memories.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:23 AM
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407. he truly loved others and touched many lives
there seems to be so much meaness and pettiness anymore, but Andy was never like that, he always was willing to take a call no matter how tired he was or how ill to advise people trying to set up polling for the primaries and to advise on how to monitor electronic voting. He used to do this really funny irish leprechaun imitation that made me laugh.

Yes, they are good memories
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:21 AM
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521. Thanks for posting those personal memories
They make Andy seem more real to those of us who never met him. I am so sorry for Andy, his friends, and family. He was one of the good guys. RIP, Andy.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:21 PM
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668. you're welcome... :)
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vanboggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:48 AM
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129. I hardly knew ya
But as word spread on the web about your battle to repair the voting process, you gave me hope and courage to fight on in my own smaller ways. You were a great and true American patriot, Andy, and you made a difference in this world. Yet another candle will be lit in our house to help light the way for you. As we continue your fight to put integrity back into the electoral system, we'll know you are over our shoulders helping light the way.

My deepest sympathies to Termite, your family and the rest of your online friends.
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:50 AM
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130. I feel like I've been kicked in the gut by a 10,000 pound mule.
:cry: Andy! Why??? Why Andy??? :cry:

This absolutely breaks my heart to pieces. I'm having trouble believing he's gone...I just can't wrap my brain around this.

There was only one Andy. And the world was a kinder, sweeter, kick-the-bad-guys-in-the-ass place while he was here.

Ya didn't have to be so nice,
We woulda loved you anyway.


:cry: Gawd we're gonna miss you, my friend! :cry:

:kick: :kick: :kick: :kick: :kick: :kick: :kick:

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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:51 AM
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132. it's so sad
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 04:51 AM by Faye
i wonder if that is why i was in such a rotten mood yesterday and couldn't figure out why? i had no idea he was even sick again, i hadn't been paying attention over here enough :cry:

i got to hang out with him a few times in D.C. - good memories. drinking, laughing, spending the night at scubed's house with him. what an awesome, energetic guy. and so sweet.

this is very sad, i feel for Ted and all of Andy's family. i'm crying now :(

well as a dedication to him, he goes into the 'heroes' section of my myspace page.

so sad :(

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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:59 AM
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134. whoops double post
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 05:06 AM by Faye
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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:00 AM
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135. and dont' forget
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 05:05 AM by Faye
EVER

it's VOTER VERIFIED PAPER BALLOT. he always asked me to remind people of that, if he ever did go.....

and he said that i tought him it's ELECTION FRAUD, not vote fraud, not voter fraud! :hug:


ps) andy has green flannel plaid pajamas! :o :hug:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:21 AM
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144. Won't forget VVPB or green flannel
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 05:22 AM by sfexpat2000
sorry, that's green PLAID flannel.

((((((((((Faye))))))))))
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:00 AM
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136. After all he's been through
Damn, this sucks.

:hug: to termite and the rest of Andy's family.

:cry:

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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:01 AM
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137. Rest in Peace Andy. You'll be missed.
I don't need to tell you how loved you were, you know that already.

:cry:
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nofurylike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:10 AM
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138. deepest condolences, DU
(((((((((Voter Verified Paper Ballot)))))))))



peace.....
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mopaul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:14 AM
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139. .........
............
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:15 AM
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140. Dear Andy,
I'm glad you are at peace. I only wish you could have stayed with us longer.

Thank you for your courage and warmth.

You gave us all something to believe in: you. I've never witnessed such collective love and encouragement.

Rest in peace. You will be missed and remembered.
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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:16 AM
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141. Rest in Peace
My condolences to his family and friends.
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Wilber_Stool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:18 AM
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142. Rest in peace. You will be missed......n/t
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:19 AM
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143. Oh, Christ....
I'm speechless. Utterly speechless.

Rest in peace, Andy Stephenson.

God DAMN it. :cry:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:03 AM
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508. Thank you for letting me know, my friend.
I echo your sentiments. Andy was one of the best ever to grace DU with his presence. Just a path of light to help him find his way...

Rhiannon :hug:

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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:23 AM
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145. OMG, I am so very sorry to hear this.
RIP, Andy. You gave it the good fight, now it is your time to rest and then soar on high with the angels. :cry:



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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:24 AM
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146. Oh man
Sad, sad, sad. Peace and comfort to his family and friends.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:24 AM
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147. Deepest condolences to Andy's loved ones...
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.

-Author Unknown-
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Blue Gardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:27 AM
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149. My condolences
To his friends and family. I always enjoyed reading his posts, and will miss him greatly. :cry:
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BlondieK143 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:31 AM
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150. Oh my God! NO!
Oh Andy you will be so missed. May you rest in peace. :cry:
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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:33 AM
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151. I want to leave a poem too i wrote when my grandfather died
i can see andy feeling this way as he was 'going'.

i am a weak flower
in a minute i'll be gone
but please do not cry,
do not cry for me.
i know my stem is broken
and one by one my petals fall,
but please do not cry,
soon, silent i will be.

just place me in your palm
and hold your hand up to the sky
let me blow away
blow away with with the wind.
and when there is silence,
it is then that you will know
that i am home
and i am safe.

me
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Twist_U_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:43 AM
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192. beautiful Faye
so kind of you. :puffpiece:
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:50 AM
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366. Andy loved you, Faye
He told me so.
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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:39 AM
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424. aww
i loved him too :hug:

i'm sure he knows that.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:36 AM
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152. I first and last met Andy on Inauguration Day
We sat and talked about life and the state of the world.

We formed an instant connection, two people whe became friends

When we parted, we hugged.

We've all lost a great frind and inspiration.

Andy, May You Rest In Peace.

:hug:

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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:42 AM
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430. Yeah he was like that.
So mote it be.

-Hoot
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:30 AM
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524. My condolences to you, too, MrScorpio.
I never met Andy, in real life, but he was one of my first friends on DU and I was always touched by his kindness and generosity.

Rhiannon :hug:
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Avalon Sparks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:39 AM
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153. So sad to hear this....
I guess Andy will have to meet up with Abraham, Martin, and John



anybody here
seen my old friend abraham
can you tell me where he's gone
he freed a lotta people
it seems the good, they die young
i just looked around
and he's gone

anybody here
seen my old friend john
can you tell me where he's gone
he freed a lotta people
but it seems the good, they die young
i just looked around
and he's gone

anybody here
seen my old friend martin
can you tell me where he's gone
he freed a lotta people
seems the good, they die young
i just looked around
and he's gone

didn't you love the things they stood for
didn't you love the things they gave to you

anybody here
seen my old friend bobby
can you tell me where he's gone
i saw him walkin' up over the hillside
with abraham martin and john
saw him walkin' over the hillside
abraham martin and john



Oh why oh why do the best and sweetest people get taken so early??
Maybe it's just that we feel so much more pain when they leave I guess.

Give Abraham, Martin, John and Bobby a hug for me Andy.

Peace and Love to all Andy's family and friends. We will fight the good fight always!
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:41 AM
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154. I am simply stunned
and heartbroken. Somehow I had been living in denial yet again, thinking that of course he would get healthy again - to continue his fight for our democracy.

We have an enormous responsibility to carry on in his name. :grouphug:
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Jeanette in FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:50 AM
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155. Rest in Peace, Andy
Such sad news to wake to.
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Debbi801 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:53 AM
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156. RIP Andy, you will be missed. You honored us all with your presence...
I am glad I was lucky enough to know you.

My heart goes out to Ted & Andy's family.

Debbi
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:54 AM
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157. I didn't know of andy....
But if someone dares to say that people on this board are not spirtual in the sense of the word, let them read this eulogy.........

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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:35 PM
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639. Here. Read this. He was special to DU.
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:55 AM
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158. Dammit, no!
Just, no.
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hiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:12 PM
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645. Minstrel Boy
I know it is to much...
hugs to you
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:56 AM
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159. So sorry to hear this
My heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family. And my thanks to all who worked so hard to try to help him in his hour of need.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:59 AM
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160. He lived a good life.
He taught so many people and he did something that he was passionate about. Most of us could not say the same for our own lives.
Now is not the time to be sad. Now is the time to rejoice about a life well lived and to reflect about how to change our own lives.
Now is the time to decide how to carry on his legacy.
For Andy, now is the time to drop all his burdens and rest peacefully.
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:00 AM
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161. I can only offer my puny words of sorrow
but my feelings of sympathy really cannot be shared with words.

God bless you Andy, and God spread his arms over his loved ones and family to help share their sorrows.
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:00 AM
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162. Oh my god... This is so sad.. Andy went out fighting to the very end.
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Bobbie47 Donating Member (386 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:06 AM
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164. RIP Andy
My condolences
To his family and friends.
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diddlysquat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:10 AM
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165. So sorry....
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:14 AM
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166. Oh my God
So sorry. I really have no words.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:17 AM
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167. My deepest sympathy for those of you who knew and loved him
I never had the chance to know Andy, except through you here at DU. I am so sorry for the loss. I personally believe that energy never dies. Einstein found that you can't kill energy you can only change it's form.

I just know that Andy will be helping on the other side.

Love and Light to all of you.
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coffeenap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:18 AM
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168. Thank you, Andy. You helped to begin to change the world.
Knowing you was a privilege and I want to publicly thank you for the inspiration you gave my son. You showed him that good people are out there fighting for our world, you shared yourself with him, you were his friend. He will love you forever.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:18 AM
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169. Rest in Peace, Andy
Our condolences to his family and friends.
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converted_democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:20 AM
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170. I'm so sorry your gone Andy...........
You will be so missed.
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tommcintyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:20 AM
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171. Our loss is great, but Andy's spirit will always be with us.
My condolences to his family.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:20 AM
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172. We'll pick up the banner and carry it for you, Andy
Peace be with you!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:20 AM
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173. :(!
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:22 AM
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174. Oh my God.
:cry:

Fly... who are we going to spin yarns with regarding Jeff Gannon? We had such fun that night. So interesting!

God bless Andy. Thank you for letting us know.

:hug:
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Kindigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:22 AM
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175. Goodbye Andy
You're free to sprinkle your strength, courage, and love like pixie dust on us all. Perhaps mine arrived this morning. I woke up with a smile, and a great sense of peace. I would have loved to know you. You were "my kind of people".

Hope to meet you on the other side someday. Sleep well....

drag
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:22 AM
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176. RIP Andy -
we were blessed by your presence. We remain motivated and moved by you selfless fights... may we be worthy of carrying on your battles and your spirit.

You will be unbelieavably missed.

RIP dear Andy, RIP.

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phylny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:27 AM
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178. RIP, God Bless n/t
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:27 AM
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179. My thoughts and prayers are with Andy's family and friends
May he rest in peace.
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Kip Humphrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:28 AM
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180. Carrottop's spirit will live on and continue within me and my children
Andy's Gang will continue his fight for justice and Democracy in his memory. A fallen warrior, American patriot, and friend; I will hand down his memory to my children. He will not soon be forgotten nor will his fight be in vain.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:09 AM
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463. Hugs to you, Kip
another fighter for freedom.

:hug:
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:28 AM
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181. Wow...just, wow.
That's terrible news. He fought the good fight and from what I can tell, he fought real fucking hard. He brought DU together in an astouding way and I hope that he's inspired all of us to keep fighting. Whether it be for fair elections in the US or justice throughout the world.

You'll be missed, Andy.
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Serial Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:29 AM
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182. So sad, so quick ... my heartfelt sympathy to his family ...
:cry:
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LizW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:36 AM
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184. Rest in peace, Andy.
You will be greatly missed. :hug:
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dalloway Donating Member (744 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:38 AM
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185. What a tragic, untimely loss!
My sympathy goes out to his family and closest friends. His work was inspiring, and his death is a huge blow to the community of activists here.

Maybe he can put in a good word with the guy (or gal) upstairs to clean up all the crap in the world at the moment.
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:38 AM
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186. The torch has been passed.
RIP, Andy. We will do our best to carry on. It will be difficult without your guiding hand, but we will try.

Peace to you and your family.
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:39 AM
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187. Rest in peace Andy as you go with God, and may the good Lord
comfort all those around you.

You are in our prayers.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:39 AM
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188. aw fuck man
RIP

i'm here for anyone who needs me. i know many of you were cLose with the man, and i'LL keep you in my thoughts.
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Twist_U_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:39 AM
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189. so sad......
A true American Patriot. While I have only been a member of DU for a little over 1/2 a year, I`ve come to appreciate Andy and I applaud all he has done in the name of the real USA and Voters Rights.

Truely a sad day

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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:42 AM
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190. Prayers for Andy
Such a tremendous loss. My condolences to his friends and family - you were a great source of love and comfort to him when he needed you most, I'm sure.

Everyone here did a great job in coming to his aid during a difficult time and it speaks volumes about how wonderful you all are.

Though I didn't know Andy personally, I was inspired by his work and will work with all of you to carry the torch.

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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:42 AM
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191. RIP Andy
Prayers for your family and friends.
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:48 AM
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193. You couldn't help but loving him...


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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:49 AM
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194. I am so sorry.
Several of you became such a great support network for Andy, and I know this has to be incredibly painful. My thoughts are with you. :hug:


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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:49 AM
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195. RIP. Your voice will carry on...
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FearofFutility Donating Member (764 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:50 AM
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196. My deepest sympathy to Andy's loved ones
This is so incredibly sad.......
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:50 AM
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197. Andy's struggle has come to an end
no more pain, no more suffering.

My heart goes out to Termite and and the rest of their families.

Andy, you fought so heroically. I didn't know you except in your posts here. As with Khephra, I hoped to meet you at a future DU meetup.

The circle of life continues. We will continue your journey here, Andy. Go in peace and with our affection.
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:51 AM
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198. Why do the good ones always die so young?
:cry:
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:51 AM
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199. With love to Termite and Andy's family and dear friends
Can't think of any words, just sending love and hope. :grouphug:

Melanie
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Liberal_Andy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:52 AM
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200. Rest in peace, Andy
No more pain, no more indignities laid upon your body.
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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:54 AM
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201. oh what a sad day.
prayers and thoughts for everyone.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:54 AM
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202. My heartfelt condolences to Andy's friends and family
Every soldier who has fought for freedom, even those without uniform or rank, deserves our undying gratitude.
In honor of "God_bush_n_cheney":

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the Lakes
From the hills
From the sky.
All is well,
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light
Dims the sight
And a star
Gems the sky,
Gleaming bright
From afar,
Drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

:cry:
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:55 AM
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203.  RIP brave man, goodbye Andy!
(in shock)
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Jawja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:57 AM
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204. Thank you for your
patriotism, Andy! I am so sad.

O8) :cry:
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Liberal In Texas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:59 AM
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205. Damn. We'll all be a little less without you Andy.
:cry:
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:02 AM
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206. Rest in Peace Andy
Rest in Peace.
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:02 AM
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207. My deepest sympathies to Andy's family and friends. RIP.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 07:03 AM by Media_Lies_Daily
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:03 AM
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208. What sad, sad news. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
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Dee625 Donating Member (132 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:04 AM
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209. It's hard to type when you're shocked and crying
My sypamthies to his family and friends.
He had wonderful friends - that much is for sure.

:cry: :grouphug:
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:05 AM
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210. RIP Andy
Condolences to family and friends.

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:05 AM
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211. rest in peace Andy
the world lost a very special person at 9:27 when your spirit was welcomed back to it's true home


I'm sorry for your loss Ted :hug:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:07 AM
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514. You were there for him when it truly counted, my friend.
And that's what matters the most.

Rhiannon :hug:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:52 PM
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732. Rhiannon !
:hug:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 04:10 AM
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777. I actually looked for you on this thread.
I imagined that you were feeling as bad as anybody here, so I had to give you a hug, too. Did you ever get to give him one from me? This is one sad day for all of DU, but more so for some than for others. ;(

Rhiannon :hug:

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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:06 AM
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212. RIP Dear Andy. My sympathy to his family,friends and all of DU
To find out this morning that he's gone is such a shock. I was never fortunate enough to meet him but through the world of cyberspace, he touched not only my life but so very many others. He was a good man who gave the good fight. We were all blessed to have known him.

Thank you Andy for being part of our lives and for fighting for our rights to vote and be counted. Thank you for being you.

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im10ashus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:06 AM
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213. In the arms of the angels.
May you find some comfort there.

God bless Andy and his family. You've taught us how to fight the good fight, Andy. You WON'T be forgotten.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:07 AM
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214. My deepest sympathy to his family...
...and to all of us for this loss.

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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:09 AM
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215. Goodnight Andy, You're A Beacon Of Light. We'll Remember-Paper Ballots!
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frictionlessO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:09 AM
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216. Nothing but tears....
Oh Andy....
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:10 AM
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217. Another sad loss
for the DU family. RIP, Andy. My condolences go out to all. :cry:

Jenn
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:11 AM
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218. OMG, I had no idea
I'm so sorry for his family and friends. He put up such a good hard fight, this is so sad.
RIP Andy, I'm glad to have helped you get your surgery, go fight those bastards on another plane.
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:13 AM
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219. Thank you for everything Andy
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rest In Peace.
O8)
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Flammable Materials Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:14 AM
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220. Thank you for everything you've done, Andy.
You will not be forgotten.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:16 AM
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221. RIP Andy...
words fail...

RL
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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:17 AM
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222. My condolences
from me and the cats.
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Tim4319 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:19 AM
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223. Aw man! I am so sorry to hear that.
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:20 AM
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224. My Condolences, And A Question
I am sorry, but I plead ignorance. I am not sure I know who Andy is. I have seen his name in posts, but know nothing about him. Could someone explain? Again, my apologies, and condolences.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:12 AM
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292. Andy was a voting reform activist with many friends on DU . . .
earlier this year he became ill and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer . . . since he had no health insurance, friends on DU initiated a fund raising drive and in less than a month raised $50,000 online for Andy to have specialized surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore . . . after going through the surgery and beginning his recovery, complications developed and Andy was re-admitted to the hospital, where he passed last night . . .

the unfortunate sideline to this story is that a small group of lowlifes on the other side started a rumor that the fund raising for Andy was all a scam . . . in addition to undergoing a painful and risky surgery, Andy also had to contend with proving to the world that he was indeed sick and that the funds raised were indeed used as intended . . .

Andy was much loved by all who knew him, and by thousands who only knew of him and his work . . . it's work that must go on in his memory, for without fair and honest elections, we are all doomed . . .

I didn't know him personally, but from what I know of him I have this vision of Andy storming the Pearly Gates this morning and demanding "Will you PLEASE do something about George W. Bush?!?!" . . . that's the kind of guy he was . . .

Rest in Peace, Andy . . . your work will go on . . .
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:10 AM
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515. Thank you OneBlueSky, that is how I see Andy too
"will you please do something about George W. Bush?!?!"

:hug:



All my love to you termite and Mother Andy and sisters. :grouphug:
:hug: He was so loved and will be missed. :hug:
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:39 AM
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532. Thanks For This Info.... How Old Was He???
I've seen his name here at DU, and I've seen some he posted too, but never knew him.

I just recently lost a dear friend on 7/5/05 due to Asbestiosis. Funeral is tomorrow. Also my mother died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.

This cancer is a KILLER! And the suffering is horrible! She lingered for a long long time and was only drinking demerol when she died, and weighed only 63 lbs.

My condolences to all of his family and friends. Andy seems to have been a real "bright light" to many here at DU! From what I gather, he wasn't very old either.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:24 AM
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317. Who is Andy?-- for those who may not know
I'm sure his longterm friends can do a better job of describing Andy, but on the surface, here's an answer:
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:patriot: "Andy Stephenson is an activist, a vigilant worker on behalf of clean voting in America. He has worked tirelessly to help uncover details of electronic voting fraud in the 2000, 2002, and 2004 elections. He's devoted years of his life to making America a more democratic nation." Thom Hartmann http://www.opednews.com/hartmann_050105_save_andy.htm
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:patriot: "A great friend of the activist community named Andy Stephenson needs our help. Andy has been a tireless fighter for election reform in America for years. He worked closely with the Black Box Voting organization, spent every waking moment traveling and speaking on the issue of electronic touch-screen voting machines, and even ran for Secretary of State in Washington on a platform based on this specific issue.

I remember meeting up with him last August in Seattle for a Rolling Thunder event. The day was dedicated to a variety of group conversations on topics ranging from the Iraq occupation to environmental protection to electronic voting and the upcoming election. Every gathering where Andy came to speak was packed, and he described in eerily prescient detail what eventually happened in Ohio and elsewhere during the November presidential election."

William Rivers Pitt, PDA Progressive Democrats of America
http://blog.pdamerica.org/?p=22
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:patriot: "For two years this brash Seattle businessman has crisscrossed the country and Internet chat rooms, sounding an alarm that your vote could be lost or altered by corporate-controlled software or incompetent bureaucrats.
To those who refuse to let the presidential election die, he's become a heroic watchdog of voter rights first for Renton-based Black Box Voting and now for Help America Recount, which still is pushing for new vote tallies in three states."

Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002119...
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:patriot: "I am just back from the Progressive Democrats of America Conference in Washington. The trip was a very productive and the consensus coming from that is, that we all believe that a paper ballot is the first step in a larger battle for election reform. This is the beginning of a new Voting Rights Movement and we are all on the front lines because democracy, itself, depends on us."

Andy Stephenson
Action Alert--read the rest at:
http://www.udpc.org/alerts.htm

PAPER BALLOTS PAPER BALLOTS PAPER BALLOTS PAPER BALLOTS PAPER BALLOTS
:patriot: :patriot: :patriot: NGU NGU NGU :cry: Andy Stephenson :cry: NGU NGU NGU :patriot: :patriot: :patriot:
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:14 AM
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395. I put that action alert up at the udpc site
:cry:
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:20 AM
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225. Truly sad news
Rest in eternal peace Andy
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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:20 AM
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226. That's awful. I'm so sorry.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:22 AM
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227. Damn
Damn.Damn.Damn.Damn.

Rest in Peace, Andy.





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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:22 AM
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228. RIP Andy.
My condolences to his family.

I'm so sad. :cry: This is heartbreaking.
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mikita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:24 AM
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229. Namaste Andy...
you will live on in our hearts.

:cry: :cry: :cry:
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:26 AM
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230. Goodbye Andy ... you will be missed.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 07:30 AM by BattyDem

My condolences to his family and friends. I wish I could say more, but there are no words ... I'm just stunned. I am so sorry. :cry:


edited ... to make more sense



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BurgherHoldtheLies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:27 AM
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231. My deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends
Rest in peace, Andy.
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:28 AM
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232. I am so very sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, Andy. My
condolences to all of his dear friends and those who did so much to help him.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:28 AM
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233. shit shit shit
if we could all leave such a legacy of good behind, this world would not be the screwed up mess it is. my condolences to his family, especially to termite. rip my friend.
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:28 AM
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234. Rest in Peace, Andy.
You will be missed.
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Saphire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:28 AM
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235. Rest, Andy.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:30 AM
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236. Thanks for everything, Andy.
My heart goes out to Termite, and especially to Andy's mother -- she'd already been through so much with Andy's sister.

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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:31 AM
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237. SHIT!!!
In honor of Andy

VOTER VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS which can be counted.

Really stinks to wake up to this sad news.
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:33 AM
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238. This is shocking....
:cry:

I'm so sorry he didn't pull through. :(
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:33 AM
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239. Rest in Peace Andy.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 07:34 AM by brainshrub
A verfifiable paper ballot. I will demand a verifiable paper ballot.

Rest in peace, buddy.
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Hobo Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:34 AM
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240. I am really broke up
weird, over someone I have never met.

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

Let four captains
Bear Andy, like a soldier, to the stage;
For he was likely, had he been put on,
To have proved most royally.

Hobo

:cry:
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:34 AM
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241. Rest in Peace, Andy . . . your work will go on . . . n/t
.
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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:34 AM
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242. No no no no no NO!
This can't be right! This can't be. Andy had too much work to do, too many people who loved him. This can't be!!

Dammit.

Rest in peace, Andy. Thank you for all that you brought to our lives.

O8)
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:37 AM
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243. Oh no....
Rest in Peace Andy. :cry:

My condolences to his family, friends, and to everyone here at DU.
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newportdadde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:37 AM
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244. I should have followed the update threads better.
I knew Andy had been readmitted but I did not know things had progressed this way. Was very shocked to read this when I got in this morning.

RIP Andy, you fought hard and did everything in your power to keep fighting just as you had for the causes you believed in. You will be missed.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:37 AM
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245. with love
You inspired me to get involved, andy. the pm's, the coaching calls, and your warmth and intelligence nurtured this budding voting-rights activist. where there was one, there are now many.

you did your job, honey. trust that we will carry on.

"Voter Verified Paper BALLOT as the ballot of record, darn it!"

XO,
e
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:39 AM
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246. Rest In Peace, Andy
I never knew you, but I know you were a wonderful person.

:hug: to Ted and all who knew and loved Andy.

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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:39 AM
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247. Goodbye Andy.
Overwhelmed by sorrow and anger right now.

Peace and strength to his family and those special DUers for rallying around Andy in his time of need.

Out of respect for A. I won't vent my anger at those who mocked and taunted a sick and dying man.

:cry:

O8)
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:39 AM
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248. God_bush_n_cheney, Andy, was one of my first friends on DU.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 08:00 AM by Rhiannon12866
I got to know him when he posted a heart-wrenching thread, because a young man he had helped and mentored had suddenly and unexpectedly committed suicide. What he had to say was so anguished that it broke my heart, and I was just so impressed with the compassion of other DUers, who posted sympathy and support for more than a day. But Andy got himself together, actually PMed his thanks to each and every one of us who had replied, which must have been quite a job, and pledged his support to his friend's surviving wife and baby. He started a fund for them. I couldn't have been more impressed. This was one of my first introductions to DU. :-)

And, over these few years, I have been continually impressed with Andy's many kindnesses, especially to other DUers, including me, by his intelligence and involvement, and his hard work for the cause which meant so much to him. God bless God_bush_n_cheney, Andy, a man that I was proud to call my friend. I'll sure miss you, Andy. I cannot believe that you're gone. You were just the best and you have my promise that I'll never forget you and your generosity and kindness! Godspeed, God_bush_n_cheney! :hug: ;(

And damn FR to hell. :grr:
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:40 AM
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249. Dammit......so sorry, so sorry.
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:40 AM
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250. This is unspeakably sad I can't even wrap my mind around it this morning.
Rest in Peace Andy.
We love you.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:40 AM
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251. So sorry to hear this. May he rest in peace, and my thoughts
and prayers are with his family and friends. :(
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:41 AM
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252. What can one say except deepest sympathy to
Andy's family and many friends? His family has had so much grief and sorrow.

Last night's post about Andy "resting comfortably" gave me a sense of foreboding--people with cancer can go into a steep decilne and die in a distressingly short time. But I didn't expect to wake up to this news. :cry:

I know it's too soon, but someone farther up in the thread used the term "Andy's Gang." As one who remembers the TV show of that same name, I think it would be an excellent name for some sort of organization that continued his work.

But first, a prayer.

Into your hands, o God, we commend your servant Andy, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock...Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and the glorious company of the saints in light.

(adapted from the Book of Common Prayer)
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:41 AM
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253. I am so sorry.
I can't believe it. Rest in peace Andy.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:47 AM
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358. Thanks Skinner for all your help with the drive, I know it was crazy
he was truly one of the best people I ever met, I always thought that he
was like an angel and now he is an angel.

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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:22 AM
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404. THANK YOU SKINNER...
you were and are a kind soul to have helped Andy and us as you did.
It was a very worthy cause..and i can tell you Andy had the utmost respect and love for you.

Andy stayed with me after the surgery, and i will tell you he knew the gift he was given by so many wonderful people at D.U. and he was so appreciative. He didn't get the time he wanted to truly Thank everyone the way he wanted.

He was in the fight for his life and he fought gallantly from an inner place i wish i knew i would have, under the same circumstances.

Andy was a fighter..and he fought for life to the end.
I know i have been touched by a very "special " man, we all have been touched by a very "special man" i can tell you that .

Andy was humble man , who loved so many and was loved by so many..
i applaud you Skinner for helping , and letting Andy's community come together for an inspirational act of love and caring.

I trust that all of us have been made better people for knowing Andy and being able to work together for one of gods wonderful people.

I kept thinking, isn't this what we are supposed to do as human beings, help one another?

I am confident that with all the love poured out here for Andy , god is happy that we did our jobs as humans, and we did it well.

I just ask one thing,of everyone... please let go of the nasty people who would harm anyone who are ill or sick out of jealousy , or some sick pathetic agenda..let it go...

let it go for Andy... don't confront these people who would have done him harm, you only give them the legs for their hatred.
You can not change hateful people..they will hate to their end..let it go..for Andy.

And again thank you skinner for helping us as a community to reach out to one of our own in a very loving way.

fly
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lavendermist Donating Member (172 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:41 AM
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429. You have such a generous heart, flyarm, and all the others
who were close to Andy. Thank you for supporting him when the rest of us couldn't. And thank you and Beth and Ben and everyone for supporting us. Our hearts are broken. :hug: to you.

Beverly
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:28 PM
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568. He loved DU, Skinner.
Thank you.
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:41 AM
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254. Andy, you will be missed.
RIP and thanks for all of your efforts to bring truth to light.
O8)
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chalky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:42 AM
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255. Andy. Oh my God. I'm so sad to hear this.
Rest in Peace, Andy. You've earned your wings.
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:42 AM
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256. Now he rests in peace
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 07:45 AM by PDittie
Thanks, Andy, for showing us all how to fight.

Rest now, thou good and faithful servant.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:43 AM
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257. Andy, your fight for "the people" will leave a mark of inspiration here.
I'll see ya' when I come home. Love ya' O8)
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:43 AM
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258. Andy!
Oh, I didn't think this would really happen... just found out now, reading this. Andy!

Ted, we love you. We've got you back Ted. Whatever you need, sweetie, just let us know.

xx
Stef

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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:43 AM
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259. When I'm tired and I don't wanna fight anymore I will remember you
Andy you fought so hard for all the right things. You fought against the evil in this world, you fought for justice and equality.

And man, you fought SO hard to stay alive.

I'm gonna carry some of your warrior's courage with me always.

Rest in peace, sweet one.

Voter Verified Paper Ballots and Health Care For All!



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MadisonProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:43 AM
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260. What a way to start the morning (mourning)
Andy, I never knew you, but I will really miss you. I hope you are at peace now. My condolences to his family and friends.

This is turning out to be the week from hell... :cry:
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BooScout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:44 AM
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261. You're in the arms of the Angel; may you find some comfort here
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lapislzi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:45 AM
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262. My thoughts are with Andy's family and friends
He fought--is still fighting--the good fight.

Condolences and warm thoughts.

Ginny
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FourStarDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:45 AM
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264. My heartfelt condolences to Andy's family and friends..
I did not know Andy personally, but his selfless work, determination and humanity has been an inspiration to me. He will be greatly missed. RIP Andy Stephenson.



.
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:45 AM
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265. Oh dear, what happened?
I was moving to Mississippi and haven't been on the boards.

I thought he was doing better after surgery.

Rest in peace, Andy. My prayers and sympathy to Andy's family and loved ones.

My heart is saddened by this news.
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:47 AM
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266. Rest in peace Andy...
I never met you in person, so why am I crying?

You fought so hard, it's not fair!


Condolences to the family and please post the arrangements when they are made, I'll be there.

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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:47 AM
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267. You fought the good fight.
I wish you fair winds and following seas. I hope to see you in the next life...
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Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:47 AM
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268. ...
...No mere words will suffice...
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:49 AM
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269. Peace and blessings on Andy -
- his family and friends, of which there were many.

Would that all of us could have the impact of this one man before we move on.

I'm sorry we lost you but glad you will find peace and I promise you I will help to keep your voice alive in the battle here.



VOTER VERIFED PAPER BALLOTS!









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soup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:50 AM
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270. Rest in peace, Andy.
My condolences to all. I didn't know him personally, only through his work and his posts here. What struck me the most about him was his unflagging spirit and the ability to just keep going.

In his honor - because I don't think 'impossible' or 'can't' were even in his vocabulary:

Listen to the mustn'ts

by Shel Silverstein


Listen to the mustn'ts child

Listen to the don'ts

Listen to the shouldn'ts,

the impossibles and the won'ts

Listen to the never haves

Then listen close to me

Anything can happen child

Anything can be.


He will truly be missed.
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:51 AM
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271. Another DUer gone.....
there have been far too many of late. Rest in peace, Andy.
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:52 AM
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272. Be at peace now Andy
We all love you so much. We will carry on your work.

O8)
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ArchTeryx Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:54 AM
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273. A sad ending...
...to one of the of the best acts of charity I've ever seen in my life. At least it can be said that it wasn't lack of money or support that killed him in the end, and that makes this story at least slightly less tragic.

Clear skies and fair wings, far above the muddy world of politics.
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Hong Kong Cavalier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:54 AM
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274. .
:(
I have no words.
Rest now, Andy.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:54 AM
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275. I believe he said he knew he'd made a difference with his life...
although that life was far, far too brief. Peace, Andy, and angels. Love to his family, and deepest appreciation to the very special, and truly compassionate, people here who gave so much of themselves to Andy's battle, and to everyone who helped just by contributing to the shared generosity of this community, which so badly wanted Andy to have the best chance.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:55 AM
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276. I am so sorry. He fought so hard.
He will live forver here at DU.

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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:58 AM
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277. Rest in Peace, Andy.
My condolences to his family and friends.

We've lost a great warrior. Too many will never know what he has done for them. I mourn for them as well.




:cry:


:grouphug:


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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:00 AM
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278. I just wanted to say how much I love you all...
the expressions of love for Andy...I don't have the words to tell you what they mean.

Andy was one of my closest friends and as much as it hurts right now...it was an honor and a privilege to have known him. He had the biggest heart of any human being I've ever known and I know that he taught me about how important it is to open up and love people without reservations.

He taught me one more thing just yesterday morning...always always always tell the people you love that you love them. The last phone conversation Andy and I had the last thing we said was "I love you" and I'm so very glad now that we did.

Honor Andy...tell someone you love them today.

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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:59 PM
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682. What a magnificent blessing for you
So many learn that lesson because they forgot to say the words at the last.

My heart is with you and his family.
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:01 AM
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279. Oh no
he was just a fighter.
Rest in Peace Andy, you will be missed.

Mary
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Spike from MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:02 AM
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280. I am really sorry to hear that. What a huge loss.
I really thought he was going to come out of this OK. My condolences to his friends and family. RIP Andy. You will be missed.
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indy_azcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:02 AM
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281. We are deeply sorry
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:00 AM by indy_azcat
rest in peace Andy

:cry:
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Tess49 Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:04 AM
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282. Sweet baby. You will be missed.
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:05 AM
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283. I am so sorry, I have no words to describe....
Rest in Peace, Andy. You fought the good fight, now it's time to rest.
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indigo32 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:05 AM
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284. Rest In Peace Andy
you are missed already.
My thoughts are with his loved ones today.
;(
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:06 AM
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285. I am so sorry
My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:07 AM
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286. That's terrible news
Rest in Peace Andy.
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KatyaR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:08 AM
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287. God bless you, Andy . . .
and God bless everyone who worked so hard to help Andy during this difficult time.

May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest . . . .
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:08 AM
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288. Peace, my friend.
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MsUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:10 AM
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289. Oh my gawd!!! I didn't know he was so close to dying.....
prayers, prayers, and more prayers for those left behind to morn his passing. *hugs* *hugs* *hugs* So very sorry for his family and friends.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:10 AM
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290. I am very sad to hear this.
It has happened again. I suppose that when you have 70,000 friends, this will happen often, but damn. Some of the best are gone. I remember when Andy told us that he was going to run for office. I was one of the first posters in that thread. I wasn't that familiar with him, but he seemed like a nice guy. Of course, I got to see him in action a lot after that. It's so tragic. RIP my friend.
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RogueTrooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:11 AM
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291. Sleep well Andy
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Greylyn58 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:13 AM
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293. RIP Andy n/t
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Humor_In_Cuneiform Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:13 AM
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294. So sorry to read of this...
I remember hearing him interviewed on Air America, and posting on the BBV forums, and in one of the films from them, Invisible Ballots.

RIP

O8)
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AtLiberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:14 AM
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295. Tears...
In your honor, Andy, I will continue to fight for election reform.

Your spirit fortifies me.

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arcos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:14 AM
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296. This sucks...
Rest in peace, Andy :(
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Window Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:14 AM
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297. I am so sorry.
Condolences to all who knew and loved Andy. RIP Andy
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:16 AM
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298. "sorrowful angels wept into their wings"
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:16 AM
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300. Devastating.
No words.

He's left such a legacy for us, such a responsibility to carry on.

:cry:
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:16 AM
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301. I am so sorry! My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones!
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GardeningGal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:17 AM
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302. I never met Andy
But I felt like I knew him and considered him a friend. My heart goes out to Ted and the rest of Andy's family.

If anyone knows what Andy's favorite flower was, please let me know. I want to plant it in my garden in memory of him.

Peace to you my friend.

:cry:
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readermostly Donating Member (298 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:18 AM
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304. I'm so sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathies to all of Andy's
loved ones.
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wtbymark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:19 AM
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305. My condolences
we lost another warrior, it saddens but strengthens.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:19 AM
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306. words can't express how sorry I am that he has lost his battle
but I hope that he is in a peaceful place right now...

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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:19 AM
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307. My heart is heavy...and I am so sad at this news. RIP, Andy..n/t
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MadisonProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:20 AM
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308. Scamdy.com is requesting access to all autopsy records!!
What a evil bunch of losers! I've never witnessed anything so vile in my life. They should be truly ashamed. :grr:
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FighttheFuture Donating Member (748 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:00 AM
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448.  Andy is an INSPIRATION and a counter to these types of sub-humans.
It is scum like them that has infected our country. They will continue to spread their lies about Andy, it is all they can do to stand against the light and the truth. They have none of their own.

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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:53 PM
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585. They'll have to live with the thought that the delay THEY CAUSED
by behaving like, as you said, sub-humans, may have put Andy over the edge. :banghead:
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shrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:07 PM
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685. Do you know they're blaming Andy for his own fate?
And his friends, for causing his death?

I just popped over to that site. Felt like taking a bath after I clicked off. At first I thought DU should leave a message, but then I thought, "Why, bother?
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:42 PM
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693. Excuse me??!!
How, exactly, are we his friends supposed to have caused his death?! Have these people* no humanity AT ALL? (Oh, right...)

On second thought, never mind. If Will Pitt sees any of that toxic bilge, his head is gonna :nuke: :nuke: :nuke: .
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:20 AM
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309. I'm very sorry to hear this
Rest in Peace Sir and to the family and friends our thoughts and prayers
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Suziq Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:21 AM
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310. OMG - I am deeply saddened
I truly thought Andy was going to make it.

Andy will always live in my heart. Rest in peace . . . We will continue your fight.

:cry:
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SheepyMcSheepster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:21 AM
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311. RIP andy, you are a hero.
thank you.
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:22 AM
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312. Oh no.
I was so afraid of this the last few days.

Andy will live on in all of us who came here and learned from him what commitment meant. He worked so very hard and he did it for us and with us. He inspired me as I know he inspired others.

Andy dear, we will do our best. Your time for rest is here and you deserve it so rest well and in peace.

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Lannes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:22 AM
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313. Thought he was going to pull through
My condolences to his family,friends,and partner.I never had the priveledge of meeting him but I do know from reading his posts and about him that he spent his life trying to make a difference.I dont believe there is a higher calling.

"Who are we to put a question mark where God has put a period."

Rest in Peace Andy

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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:22 AM
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314. Andy We Will Carry On
Thank you for your work.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:24 AM
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315. Rest in Peace Andy
We will miss you and your voice. May you find the peace and joy that you so richly deserve.
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DrRang Donating Member (415 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:26 AM
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320. So sorry to hear it. n/t
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halobeam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:24 AM
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316. So long.
I didn't know you, but I felt your heart.
I didn't speak to you, but I heard your message.
I didn't lose hope, we are kindred souls,
I will carry on stronger, because of you.

All my heartfelt prayers for Andy's family.
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Kelvin Mace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:26 AM
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318. No, no
I just found out and am on the road.

Andy, you deserved better than this, much better. I am sorry I couldn't do more to stop your tormentors. Please forgive me.

David.
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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:37 PM
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571. You did the best you could, and thank you for that!
:hug: You have nothing to feel guilty about.
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Dob Bole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:26 AM
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319. And so one man's journey comes to an end...
and what a spectacular journey it was. I'm glad that we were able to give Andy hope. I didn't know him very well, but personally, I'm taking on the cause of Universal Health Care.

For Andy.
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freedomfries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:34 AM
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334. Thank you Andy
Thank you Andy
And Thanks to you
Flyarm, Sfexpat and many others
For bringing us together
To fight his parting
We lost that one
But we won't forget
- VVPB -
Thank you Andy!
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:28 AM
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322. God bless you, Andy. nt
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:30 AM
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323. Rest in Peace Brave Warrior.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:32 AM
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324. Oh Andy.
You will live with us in our hearts forever. May your spirit live in peace. :cry: :loveya:
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:32 AM
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325. WOW!!! I'll miss you!
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:32 AM
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326. Peace and love to Andy and his friends and family.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:32 AM
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327. What a terrible loss to the world! At least, Andy is free from the
pain and ugliness of this life. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this time of great sorrow.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:32 AM
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328. I am speechless. I truly thought Andy was winning his battle.
Sincere condolences to his family and those who knew him better than I did.
His passing is a great loss to all of us who value courage, integrity, and a heart dedicated justice.
This sad, sad news.

:cry:
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wildeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:33 AM
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329. I am so sorry.
Peace to Andy and my thoughts and good wishes to all his friends and family.
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malmapus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:33 AM
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330. To the close friends and family Andy had
Wow, I didn't know Andy and this news hit me harder than I thought when I first read the topic.

From the way your friends rallied to get you the help you needed, and from your work to make this country better can tell you were a real strong and stand up guy.

I still think the DU getting behind and helping out was our greatest moment.

Thoughts and prayers with everyone whose life he touched, as well as to Andy.

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bj2110 Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:33 AM
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331. To Andy and all who knew him and for their untold grief:
I offer my deepest condolences. I know he worked hard for a just cause, and never got the respect he so dutifully deserved. He will be remembered, and he did make a difference...
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bluedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:33 AM
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332. Rest in Peace Andy
So sorry to hear this....
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doubleplusgood Donating Member (810 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:34 AM
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333. rest in peace, Andy
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:34 AM
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335. Rest in peace.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:35 AM
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336. It's just too sad. The good die young.
We need to pick up where he left off. We need to continue the fight for a transparent verifiable vote.
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lateo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:35 AM
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337. So sad.
You will be missed Andy.
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CarolNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:36 AM
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338. awww....
One more piece of bad news in what has been a horrendous week...Rest in peace, Andy...and God bless you and your family.
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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:37 AM
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339. Andy, I'll see you up there someday.
'til then, be at peace.

:hug:
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:37 AM
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340. I am so sorry
Please pass on my prayers and love to his family.
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kedrys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:37 AM
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341. Oh dear God.
:cry: :cry: :cry:

Rest in peace, Andy, and thanks for everything.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Andy's family and friends.

:cry: :cry: :cry:
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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:38 AM
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342. OMG - This is so sad
I had no idea he was getting sicker. Rest in peace, Andy. You were a true patriot, and your work will continue. Now we have an angel watching out for our votes from above. :cry: :grouphug: :patriot: O8)
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funkybutt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:38 AM
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343. Andy faught the good fight.....on so many fronts
Rest in Peace Andy. You will be missed. My condolences to all of Andy's loved ones.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:40 AM
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344. Rest in Peace
Our condolences to the family.

-- Jack Rabbit and MaryBear
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skylarmae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:40 AM
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345. Andy, RIP.
condolences to family and all who cared you.
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ChickMagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:40 AM
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346. Aw shit.
I never got to meet Andy, but contributed to his health care costs. I am so sad to hear this. I'm a cancer survivor and I hoped he would be too. May he rest in the peace he truly deserves. :cry:
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Mixxster Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:42 AM
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347. R.I.P. Andy.

My sincere condolences to all Andy's family and friends.
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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:42 AM
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348. Andy is organizing the Angels (and making them laugh)
and we will honor him by organizing here so that everyone will have VVPB!

May Angels sing thee to thy rest. Onward and Upward Andy! Peace be unto his loved ones everywhere!

Thank you for a life well lived! :toast:
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XanaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:43 AM
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349. Damn!
I thought he was doing better. May he RIP and my condolences to all his friends and family. :cry:
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:44 AM
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350. How sad
my condolences to his loved ones.

:(
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:44 AM
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351. Damn....
:(

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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:44 AM
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352. It's the "good ones" all too often. Thank you Andy, for all you did.
Rest in peace.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:45 AM
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353. Andy
:cry:

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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:45 AM
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354. Goodbye Andy.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 08:45 AM by SarahBelle
You will be missed. O8)
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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:45 AM
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355. Rest in peace Andy
We will carry on your fight.......
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mia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:46 AM
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356. God bless you, Andy,
and peace to all your friends and relatives.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:47 AM
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357. goodbye, Andy
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 08:47 AM by FLDem5
I never met you, but was touched by you all the same.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:47 AM
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359. My deepest sympathies to Andy's family.
He will be missed by his friends and colleagues on DU.

Until we meet again, we'll keep up the good fight.
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:48 AM
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360. Andy you are so loved
and you'll live forever through us. We'll carry the torch now and continue the fight in your name. God bless you and thank you - you're loved - rest now.
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melissinha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:48 AM
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361. Rest in peace, Andy
We must continue to further his causes. I know we can live up to his legacy and make him proud.
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Jara sang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:48 AM
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362. So sad...
RIP Andy. My condolences go out to your family.
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Coloradan4Truth Donating Member (360 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:48 AM
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363. Rest in Peace Andy
and peace to his family and friends.

I only knew Andy through his posts here, but I know the world is a better place because he was here, and now heaven is a better place too.
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:49 AM
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364. Such sad news....

"...the spirit shall cease to be never...."

Peace, Andy. And thank you for making a difference.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:50 AM
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365. "Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep"
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond's gift of snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the autumn's gentle rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there
I did not die.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:51 AM
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367. Ascension...
Ascension

And if I go,
while your still here...
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
-behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
-both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name to your heart,
...I will be there.

Collen Corah Hitchcock
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:11 AM
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391. Hey
:hug:

:cry:
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:29 AM
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414. hey...
:hug:
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:51 AM
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368. Rest in Peace, Andy.
We miss you, man.

FSC
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StaggerLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:51 AM
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369. Peace be upon you Andy
You fought hard.

You were an inspiration to us all.

O8)





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Chi Donating Member (921 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:51 AM
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370. To a true warrior of democracy, and to a man who would lead thousands
I salute you.
Your passion, and sacrifice for the cause
will never be forgotten.
(with tears rolling down his face, Chi stands on his desk and says,
'Oh Captain, my Captain'.)

Condolences to Termite, and the rest of Andy's family (bow)
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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:52 AM
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371. Rest in Peace, Andy.
Back when you were still known as God Bush and Cheney here, I PM'd you and asked you for the location of your sub shop so my husband could stop there while in Seattle on business. He came by one morning just as you were opening, and asked "Are you God Bush and Cheney?" (Imagine how that would have sounded to a non DUer.) With a big smile and handshake you replied, "I AM God Bush and Cheney." You then spent an hour talking politics and election reform with a stranger, taking time out from your day and business to talk about that which was important to you. My husband was so impressed by your dedication and passion.

You are gone too soon. The loss is great, but the best way to honor your memory is to carry on the work and continue the fight. I know DUers won't let you down.

Heartfelt condolences to your family and friends.
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Dudley_DUright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:52 AM
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372. Andy was a dedicated fighter for democracy
We can honor him by continuing the fight. He will be missed. :cry:
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Flying Dream Blues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:52 AM
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373. Rest in peace, Andy.
The beauty of your spirit was obvious to all of us who never met you. You have inspired so many, and you will not be forgotten as we carry on in your name.

Love and peace to you, Ted, and your family.
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX
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PleadTheFirst Donating Member (451 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:54 AM
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374. Damn it.
You fought for all of us, Andy. We will never forget, and will honor your memory by fighting harder.

Godspeed, brother.
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:55 AM
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375. Peace be upon you, Andy
My love and condolences to your family and loved ones.

We'll keep up the fight on your behalf. Rest easy.
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GrapesOfWrath Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:55 AM
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376. Dear, precious Andy
with a smile that could light up the sky. I am so very heartbroken at your passing. We will never forget you. You will always inspire us.



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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:56 AM
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377. RIP...


The fight is over.
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yankeeinlouisiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:57 AM
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378. Peace and Light be with your Spirit, Andy.
n/t
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:57 AM
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379. You made a difference, Andy.
Thanks for the work you did on behalf of us all. You will be missed.
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:59 AM
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380. I just can't believe it. I think I'm in shock.
I never knew him personally, but I was following his story here on the board pretty closely.

I'm so sad. I can't believe it.

My love goes out to his family and friends. What a tragedy.
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Blue_Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:59 AM
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381. WHAT?
I thought he was doing well since his surgery. I didn't know Andy but felt like I did through DU and I have been following close to his recovery. I'm numb. What happened? This is so sad. My condolences to his loved ones :cry:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:57 PM
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630. The situation went south very quickly.
I'm so sorry, Blueroses.

:hug:
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:00 AM
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382. Goodbye Friend
May you find peace.

You were a true patriot and I will miss you.
:patriot:
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:06 AM
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385. There are no words
You will live on in all of us Andy, and we will take your cause as ours and carry on for you.

Rest in peace, in the arms of the angels and the thoughts of those who loved you.

You have made a difference and will continue to make a difference through all of us. You will be missed and spoken of often in both wistful, bittersweet words and in cries for strength when it appears depleated within us. You will be our guardian angel when all seems hopeless and will guide us to the light when all seems darkest.

Rest well now and know, you have touched many of our hearts and minds and have left a path for all of us to follow.

I hope someday to celebrate the "Andy Stephenson Voter Verifiable Paper Ballot Act" in the very near future.

To Andy's family and especially Termite - Thank you for sharing this very special human being with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now too.

:grouphug: O8)
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:08 AM
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386. Damn...RIP, Andy
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:08 AM
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387. No Words
Total Sadness
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thingsarelookingup Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:18 AM
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400. May Andy rest in peace - his memory will live on.
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SiouxJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:08 AM
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388. Oh man. That hurts.
I'm stunned.

My sincerest condolences to Andy's friends and family.

We'll miss you Andy!
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Justpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:09 AM
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389. Peace.
Love and condolences to Termite and Andy's family.
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:09 AM
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390. We are all poorer today than we were yesterday. R.I.P. Andy.
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Stand and Fight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:12 AM
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392. You will be long remembered.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:13 AM by Stand and Fight
Fly away on the wings of angels. Rest in peace.
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smbolisnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:13 AM
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393. So sorry to hear that.
Rest in peace, Andy :(
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KaliTracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:13 AM
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394. he has touched so many lives, gave with his heart, this saddens me
greatly.

may he rest in deep peace...

my heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.



:grouphug:
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youspeakmylanguage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:15 AM
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396. Rest in peace, brother...
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:16 AM by youspeakmylanguage
I didn't know you, but I appreciate the work you did for all of America.

You're beyond all of this worldly BS now. Rest your weary head.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:17 AM
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397. I'm sorry...
Love and peace to those who knew and loved Andy.
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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:17 AM
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398. I'll miss you Andy
I hope a small part of your passion and comitment encourages us all in these dark times. Rest in peace.
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DancingBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:17 AM
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399. Thank you, Andy
I can usually put my thoughts to paper - I can not do so today.

Rest in peace, Andy - you were, and are, a very special human being.
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:19 AM
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401. My condolences to family and friends.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:21 AM by Lars39
So many hearts are heavy with his passing.
Rest in peace, Andy. :cry:
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:21 AM
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403. godspeed Andy
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:31 AM by musette_sf
we will do our very best to make sure your work and your dreams live on. blessings to you, and strength and courage to your family, friends, and all of us DUers who miss you dearly. O8)
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kristndem Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:23 AM
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405. Rest In Peace, Andy
You will be sorely missed
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:23 AM
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406. A very sad day
This is a very very sad day



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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:23 AM
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408. Rest in Peace Andy...
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:25 AM by EC
I was so sure he'd be okay, this is sad...As I read this Eric Clapton is playing on the radio...Knocking on Heaven's Door...I feel he's entered Heaven's Door and will watch over us and guide us...
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Throckmorton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:25 AM
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409. Good Bye Andy
Say hello to April for me. Tell her we are doing fine.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:26 AM
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410. Peace brother...
We will fight on! And that is a promise!
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:26 AM
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411. blessed by the brilliant light
Andy you lucky man, off in to the joyful beyond leaving
the rest of us praying for paper ballots.

And as we pray, like Obi Wan, you are present to guide the battle
"if you strike me down darth, i shall become more powerful than
you can possibly imagine"
.

All hail the great victory of andy stephenson's life.
Celibrate his great heart, his wise blessings and
laugh for all those moments

You are free now andy in the arms of the light
And while the body has failed you
your spirit has arison and lifted
us all in your arms
in to heaven where they
. . . . use paper ballots.

Dance with joy for the passing of a great warrior.
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare
(dancing)
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:17 PM
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622. he was indeed a great warrior
and a brave soul with the joyful spirit to keep his sense of humor when he had so much to fight against.
We were lucky to have him with us. What a wonderful combination of integrity, strength, and sweetness he had.
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recovering democrat Donating Member (365 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:28 AM
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412. Rest in Peace, Andy
There is only one message: Voter Verified Paper Ballots.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:28 AM
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413. My condolences to his Family..
here at DU also..............
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:29 AM
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415. Deepest condolences to Andy's family
And to everyone here who cared so much and worked so hard to help him.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:30 AM
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416. I'm so sorry-- my condolences go to Andy's family, and to...
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:31 AM by mike_c
...everyone else whose life he touched, including the members of this community. Rest peacefully, Andy Stephenson.
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:32 AM
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417. Oh...damn....I'm so sorry....damn
Bless you Andy...you were such a fighter and you gave us all that gift now....we will take up that fight dear soul.

I'm just so sad.....we have lost too many good DUers lately....
hope you guys are all hanging out together.... :) O8)

We miss you....
:cry: :hug:
DR
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:33 AM
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418. Thank you for everything you did Andy.
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Dastard Stepchild Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:34 AM
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419. My condolences to family and friends...
I'm sorry.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:36 AM
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420. For Andy and his circle: Auden's 'Funeral Blues'
Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

-- W.H. Auden

and for Termite, I am so very sorry for your loss. Feel love, feel peace. :cry: :cry: :cry: O8)
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AceAlmighty82 Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:36 AM
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421. Rest In Peace Andy
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:37 AM
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422. putting out my love to all of andy's.........
fly with the angels. beautiful
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:38 AM
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423. My heart is broken all over again.
I am so sorry for the family and close friends of Andy, who have lost so much. What a terrible loss.


I hope that Andy can start kicking some ass in the afterlife and get us some help down here! ;)

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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:39 AM
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425. Andy, there's are simple truths to your life .........
You made a difference.

You touched people.

You worked for good.

You inspired action in others.

You stood for something.

In short, Andy ....... You mattered.

And not many can say that ......

Peace be with you.
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AuntPatsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:39 AM
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426. I'm shocked and saddened, I honestly thought he would make it..
considering all the support and love so many on this site gave to Andy, one should have no doubt that he never felt alone nor is he now...

My condolences to all his family and friends...

Rest in Peace...
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Greybnk48 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:40 AM
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427. Such sad news
I really thought he'd beat this. Condolences to his family.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:45 AM
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432. The passing of an American Patriot.....
....Godspeed, Andy.
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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:46 AM
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433. goddamit.
Rest well, Andy. I'm sorry.
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lavendermist Donating Member (172 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:46 AM
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434. Tears won't stop...
Love to Andy's family and friends. :hug: Even in the pain of losing the battle, I am so glad to have been a part of such love and compassion here. I am so sad. :cry:

Beverly
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 03:14 AM
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775. You're right...
It was a beautiful thing, the way he brought us together. What a legacy he left.
I read someone's description of him on another thread--that he was noble. So true.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:46 AM
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435. My condolences to Termite and Andy's family and friends
:cry:

He put up such a fight, I can't believe he's gone.
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:47 AM
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436. Gone too soon,
but he accomplished his mission. He planted a seed which is flourishing and will continue to grow and live on.
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wildflower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:48 AM
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437. Oh, no...what happened? Rest in peace, Andy
I'm so sorry. Condolences to you and the rest of Andy's friends and family.

-wildflower
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:50 AM
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438. With heavy heart and bowed head,
I offer my sincerest condolences to Andy's family and many friends. :cry:

Now he's with Kheph and nostamj.
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AnotherMother4Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:52 AM
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439. Because of Andy, the world is a better place & we are better people
God speed, my friend.
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Sushi-Lover Donating Member (159 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:55 AM
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440. RIP Andy

The proudest now is but my peer,
The highest not more high;
To-day, of all the weary year,
A king of men am I.
To-day alike are great and small,
The nameless and the known
My palace is the people's hall,
The ballot-box my throne!

-John Greenleaf Whittier
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:55 AM
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441. Peace, Andy
and thank you for being a friend and for all that you taught us and all you did for us.

Love to you and all of your family, loved-ones and friends.

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Rabbit of Caerbannog Donating Member (742 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:56 AM
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442. Of course the pricks in freeperville still
can't help but trash him. Conservative yes. Compassionate my ass:

To: RoyalsFan
Take the money and run???

To: Bahbah
That or DUh just wants to cover up whole thing.

"What money? There were no donations, he's dead, why can't you leave him (and DU) alone?"

I'll bet he will still be voting in November..........


To: RoyalsFan
Just one question. Is there a request on DU to send money for his funeral?

To: WakeUpAndVote
I noticed that in 300# replies, there is no mention of burial plans.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1438879/posts
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:04 AM
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456. They don't matter.
They can't hurt Andy anymore.
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:11 AM
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465. At least a few of them were quite gracious and seemed concerned..
One said the other guy owed Andy an apology. A few are just mean.
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Democracy White Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:54 PM
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679. CU has been trashing us too
I just was over there. What a bunch of heartless assholes! I thought they were supposed to be compassionate?

Dee
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DWolper Donating Member (238 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:26 PM
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706. Actually, they are being VERY respectful
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 07:27 PM by DWolper
I became interested in this a month or so back and found the "CU" site. I read as they finally kicked the Scamdy people off their board. When I saw this thread, I visited CU and there is a very long and VERY respectful thread wishing Andy Godspeed and best wishes to his family and to his friends here at DU. So sorry to hear about Andy's death. RIP, my friend.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:57 AM
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443. Good-bye, Andy.
I'm sorry I never got to meet you. :cry:

RIP, my friend. God go with you.
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thinkingwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:58 AM
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444. Voter verified paper ballots
My deepest condolences to Termite and all of Andy's family and friends.

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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:58 AM
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445. OMG, another one of the good ones.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 09:59 AM by Cleita
This is so sad. He will be in good company, joining Kephra and Nostamj. We left behind will be ever so sad.

I personally will work harder at election reform than ever to help complete the work he started out to do.
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:59 AM
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447. I am so sorry...
I did not know him personally, but after all I have read about the situation this breaks my heart. :cry:
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:00 AM
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449. I had the pleasure of speaking with Andy on the telephone
back in January. He didn't know me from Eve but took the time to graciously answer questions and provide me with the information I needed. He didn't have to take time out of a very busy schedule to make a long distance call like that, but his conviction in the importance of the cause was impressive. I will miss him. Rest in Peace!
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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:01 AM
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450. I'm speechless and heartbroken. Rest in Peace Andy.
It's raining up here in Andy's city today, and it's very appropriate. I'm sorry that life had to be so hard for you on Earth this year, may you find peace with the angels.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:01 AM
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451. I am so sad and so sorry.
I was dreading to log into DU this a.m. Andy was fighting so hard to live. But he is in a better place. He is at peace.

This place will never be the same without him. I, and many others, will miss you Andy.

:cry:
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FighttheFuture Donating Member (748 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:01 AM
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452. Thank you for gracing us,Andy. God bless and RIP. Your works will
inspire and live onward.

Thank you.
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:03 AM
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454. There are no words...Rest in Peace, Andy. You've done your best.
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:04 AM
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455. WOW! JUST WOW! What a huge loss to our World!
He most certainly impacted the world in a positive way! He lived a productive, meaningful, inspiring life! I am deeply saddened!
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GoldenOldie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:44 AM
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493. What more can man ask?
Andy fought the good fight. He had the ability to unite peoples to work together for a common cause. He was a teacher, a listener and a friend to all he met. We only have to read the many, many posts to confirm this.

How many of us will be able to leave this earth knowing that we left it a little richer for our having been here?

"What you give yourself, dies with you. What you give to others, lives on." anonymous

Andy gave his all to what he believed in and to others.

My condolences to Andy's family and friends. Although you are saddened with the loss, you will find that your memories of Andy and knowing that you were fortunate to have had him in your life will bring deep joy.
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July Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:05 AM
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457. I am so sorry to learn of this.
My heart goes out to Andy's family and friends.
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jane_pippin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:06 AM
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458. So sorry to hear this
love and sympathy to his friends and family
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:07 AM
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459. Very sad and somewhat shocking news to wake up to today.
I did not formally know Andy and wasnt active in reading the recent threads although we certainly shared the same concerns for election reform and fraud.

He and Bev whatever their differences got the issue out in front of the media and into the awareness and and conciousness of so many Americans.

He was a committed fighter and advocate for changes so vitally necessary in the election movement.

God speed Andy. This is very sad news to wake up to.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:07 AM
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460. Rest in peace Andy
"I want to live".

That tears me up. We wanted you to live too Andy.

:cry:
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:08 AM
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461. I'm very sorry to hear this.
My condolences to family and friends.



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zalinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:09 AM
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462. This thread has been a 4 tissue thread
but, it has been the best read to help ease my sadness. I haven't been on DU long, but Andy had already touched me before his sad leaving.

Yes, the best is always taken too soon, while the evil still lingers. Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be, so we don't become complacent in our lives.

zalinda
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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:09 AM
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464. RIP, Andy.
:cry:
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:12 AM
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466. Rest in Peace, Andy
My condolences to Termite and the rest of Andy's family.

:cry:
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Shredr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:12 AM
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467. Oh no
God Bless Andy!
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:13 AM
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468. What a sad day
:cry:
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d_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:13 AM
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469. Heartbroken in AK
Rest in peace friend. :cry:
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:14 AM
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470. I don't know what to say...
There are no words that can express it. :cry:
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countingbluecars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:16 AM
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471. I am sorry.
My condolences to all who loved him.
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jeanarrett Donating Member (813 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:16 AM
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472. OMG! I can't believe it. I have his picture on my fridge.
He sent me a lovely thank you note a while back and a goofy picture of himself with a court jester's hat. I stuck it on my fridge and I just said "hello" to him this morning.

Godspeed, Andy. You are brave and courageous.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:16 AM
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473. My condolences to all that knew and loved Andy
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hedda_foil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:18 AM
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474. We will all carry on in your name, darling Andy.
And we will always remember

Your courage and your humor
Your caring and your daring
Your love and compassion
Your smile that lit the darkness
Your spirit that lives on
Your fight that continues
For justice
For fairness
For democracy.

Voter Verified Paper Ballots!





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