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I don't write political diaries very much. Kitty diaries and personal ones, yes.

But I just had to, when I saw this. Riverbend is alive and well, thank God.

And wrote another post to her blog, "Baghdad Burning" in April of this year. I got curious and found that. And I was horrified at her plight, and very glad she has survived.

It brought it all back to me. How much I loathed George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. How much I really really hated those guys.

Brought it all back to me how I sat out on the front steps of my house and cried and raged when Paul Wellstone's plane went down. (I still think they did it.) How my next door neighbor thought I was crazy for thinking so.

Brought it all back to me how horrible CNN was in those days with their "shock and awe" bullshit and how horrible that was. And the rest of the media.

I want to see those guys in jail. I want to see them do the perp walk. I don't want to see George W. Bush living the good life in Dallas.

I know it will never happen. And Riverbend knows it too. I am so glad she is still with us.

Here is the link to Baghdad Burning

I remember reading her account of the day US troops moved into Baghdad, and how scared she and her family were.

I can't help you out, Riverbend. I'm as powerless as you are. But I thought you were a great person then, still do. I loved your blog. I wish you the very best.

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  •  Ekaterin, I sent you a new email (1+ / 0-)
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    Our Amber is doing just fine. Love you.

    Old Mamasan would certainly be glad to know that Ronnie's gotten past it. I'll tell her the next time I see her. Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

    by Rosebuddear on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 04:46:24 AM PST

  •  Thanks for reminding us of Riverbend.... (6+ / 0-)

    .. I'd forgotten her, sadly....

    A bit off topic, perhaps, but another interesting take on events in the ME comes from Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey, who sez we can republish any of his work on DKos if we like...I became aware of him during the recent turmoil in Egypt....

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 04:50:17 AM PST

    •  that's interesting (3+ / 0-)
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      would you maybe write a diary on it?

      I know I would love to read it.

      Old Mamasan would certainly be glad to know that Ronnie's gotten past it. I'll tell her the next time I see her. Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

      by Rosebuddear on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 04:53:27 AM PST

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      •  I read some of his writing months ago.... (2+ / 0-)
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        ....and one of his posts was linked in a discussion of the anger in the street directed at Morsi, I emailed him and asked for permission to post it, he responded affirmatively....then my situation changed and I had no ready access to the web for months, so the repost never occurred....

        It would still be a good idea for folks to go find his blog and read some of his writing....

        Finally got fed up with erratic web access and coughed up the bux for a smartphone, now maybe I just might... Although, as someone else commented, "it's tough writing a diary on a calculator..."

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 06:52:24 AM PST

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  •  B-b-but Powell came out for universal health care! (6+ / 0-)

    So now he's a good guy again, eh? We Americans have notoriously short memories.

    What about George Bush, Condi, Wolfowitz, and Powell? Will they ever be held accountable for the devastation and the death they wrought in Iraq? Saddam was held accountable for 300,000 Iraqis… Surely someone should be held accountable for the million or so?
    — Riverbend

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 05:55:08 AM PST

  •  Glad to hear that she is alive (1+ / 0-)
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    I will check out the blog, assuming there is something new there.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 06:51:18 AM PST

  •  Wow. I've been thinking about her lately (4+ / 0-)
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    wondering if she and her family were OK, wondering what happened to her. And you have answered those questions. Thank you so much for the link!

    As always she writes with eloquence and passion, and I so wish that what she said in this last blogpost were not so depressingly accurate.

    Go well, Riverbend. My heart is with you.

    “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― Carl Sagan UID 62713

    by tigerdog on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 06:54:47 AM PST

  •  Thanks so much (1+ / 0-)
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    for this good news ! I was wondering, a little while ago, what had become of Riverbend. Very glad to hear she is still posting on her blog - I'll check it out.

    “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Julian Bond

    by Dvalkure on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 07:39:22 AM PST

  •  I've had a desktop shortcut to her blog since she (1+ / 0-)
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    began to post which I still check from time to time.  Seeing this diary, I was excited that maybe she had recently posted.  Alas, April is eight months ago...such a long time for one in her situation.  I worry about her often.  And her family.

    Raed's blog, and his mother's, are/were good.  But Riverbend has a unique and exquisite gift for expressing herself...she is so honest...and she connects.

    I feel as though she's a personal friend who suddenly had to steal away in the dark of night.  In my mind I can walk a few doors down, on a street I've never seen (but can see) and look up at her family's empty home,  the roof where they slept on suffocatingly hot nights.  It overwhelms me with the presence of absence.

    Her hurried description of having to frantically decide which belongings to take...photo albums, CD's, cherished items...that she could cram in a couple of suitcases...and what she had to leave behind.  Hoping she would be back, but, I think, intuitively knowing she never would be.

    So, Riverbend, wherever you are please know that many people you've never met are holding you and yours in our thoughts and hearts.  We all hope to discover a new post from you one day.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 01:54:12 PM PST

    •  sorry to raise your hopes like that (0+ / 0-)

      I myself was just excited to see there was something as recent as April, and wanted to share that.

      It's pretty bad when she can't even tell anybody what country she is living in now, I have to say though, I think it's very smart of her not to share that information.

      I felt the same way about her - like she was a personal friend I mean - and her description of the night those guys broke in their house (not US troops - but pretty much aided and abetted by them) and killed some of her family members just gave me the horrors.

      be safe, Riverbend.

      Old Mamasan would certainly be glad to know that Ronnie's gotten past it. I'll tell her the next time I see her. Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

      by Rosebuddear on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 02:46:13 PM PST

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      •  Caught this too late to rec, Rosebuddear. (0+ / 0-)

        No reason to be sorry for anything.  Let's just keep on keeping an eye out for her to post something new.

        "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

        by 417els on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 06:20:24 PM PST

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