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  •  Well done JL! this is a moment in history (12+ / 0-)
    There are the moments in history when leaders are remembered for the decisions they make. This is a moment of truth for both President Obama and for the future of the planet. The Canadian tar sands represent the dirtiest, most carbon-polluting oil on earth and many experts claim they will push global warming over the tipping point where it would be impossible to prevent a catastrophic collapse.

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 12:00:27 PM PST

    •  Obama's legacy -- (13+ / 0-)

      "Oh yeah, he was the guy who hobnobbed with Jim Crane back in the day before abrupt climate change wiped out agriculture on the Great Plains"...

      "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

      by Cassiodorus on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 12:49:13 PM PST

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      •  I'm starting to get tears in my eyes (5+ / 0-)

        so I think I need to stop for tonight.

        This stuff is nasty. I know that sausage-making is sausage making but this isn't sausage, this is toxic waste on a bun.

        Isn't sausage supposed to at least taste good and fill the belly?

        if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:18:38 PM PST

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        •  SLM (5+ / 0-)

          I really appreciate that you went out there and froze your ass off and gave up your day last Sunday.  I really wanted to go, but in the end, I couldn't do it, primarily for health reasons but also because of something that came up at home the day before.  

          So please accept my thanks and gratitude. You did a good thing, regardless of what these guys did.

          Re: the discussions above about the futility of pipeline protest:   Even if it was a futile effort with respect to the fate of the pipeline, it was not overall a futile effort.  Not by a long shot.  

          If not for the Keystone pipeline protests, I probably wouldn't know much about the tar sands.   I definitely wouldn't know what I know now.  These protests are raising awareness in a huge way. This is good work.  You did good.

          "Justice is a commodity"

          by joanneleon on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:46:57 PM PST

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          •  Thanks, Joanne (3+ / 0-)

            That helps. Your support is really important to me. And you're right, I wouldn't know what "tar sands" are without this movement.

             I should also remember that I ran into a lady at the farmer's market on Saturday in Silver Spring who was a Nebraskan farmer. Her farm is 9 miles from the proposed route.  When she found out I was headed to the rally the next day, she threw her arms around me.

            I already knew she wasn't from around here b/c she offered me a 20-dollar bill at the farmstand (I had no cash and they didn't take credit cards...a fact I only found out when we were up at the cash register with a bag full of baby brussels sprouts, two heirloom apples, and organic hand cream and lip balm). After stuttering a "you really don't have to do that...well, thanks!" I asked her "You aren't from around here, are you?"  :-)

            if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:56:25 PM PST

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