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Remarks by the President at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama 2:17 P.M. CST AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you, President Obama! THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know I love you back.  (Applause.) It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes.  And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning 50 years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his mind.  A day like this was not on his mind.  Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about.  Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked.  A doctor described what tear gas does to the body, while marchers scribbled down instructions for contacting their loved ones.  The air was thick with doubt, anticipation and fear.  And they comforted themselves with the final verse of the final hymn they sung: “No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you; Lean, weary one, upon …

Are You Wondering Why Gas Prices Have Fallen Recently?

The New York Times reports that gasoline prices are tumbling just in time for the holiday shopping season to begin. “Consumers can thank the tentative reduction in tensions in the Middle East and swelling supplies of domestic oil for their good fortune, and energy experts say prices could fall further if negotiations between the West and Iran progress.” It’s curious to think we may have to thank Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for low gas prices this holiday season. The former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could talk prices up but recent negotiations in Europe over Iran’s nuclear developments are bringing them down. The actions, or lack of actions, of the United States in the middle East could help grow our economy and make the holiday season more cheerful. There was a spike in oil and gasoline prices over the summer after the Egyptian army staged a coup and when the United States appeared poised to take military action in Syria. The Brent oil benchmark climbed above $115 a barrel in …

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Ruth Rollins, Club President 2009-2013

Ruth Rollins Honored by the Point Loma Democratic Club

Ruth Rollins the Point Loma Democratic Club’s President from 2009 to 2013 was honored at the monthly meeting on February 24, 2013 in appreciation for her outstanding efforts and accomplishments. The honor was presented to Ruth by the Club’s new leadership, President Susan Peinado and Vice President Carol Heasley on behalf of the entire Club membership. The award stated: “For inspirational Leadership and Dedication in the fulfillment of the Point Loma Democratic Club’s Goals and Objectives in successfully leading a PLDC Team that Significantly helped reelect President Barack Obama for a Second Administration and elect Democratic State and Local Leaders” Ruth’s leadership and team building was clearly of a nature much higher than normally expected and had a noteworthy positive effect on the ability of the Point Loma Democratic Club to contribute to the success of the Democratic Party’s goals at the local and national level. Ruth Rollins is much admired by us all not only as a leader but as a friend. Going forward, as well as serving as the Club’s Treasurer Ruth is …

Moderate Republican Mugged By Reality | The Nation

Rick Perlstein writes for the Nation on how the GOP is losing “super-smart, motivated, talented up-and-comer”s to the Democratic Party. LUGs (Libertarian Until Graduation) and MRUGs (Moderate Republican Until Graduation) just can’t take it any more. Moderate Republican Mugged By Reality | The Nation. Related articles Noam Chomsky: Obama would be a ‘moderate Republican’ several decades ago (rawstory.com) Viewpoints: GOP’s problems arrived in California first (sacbee.com) Invisible Moderates (dish.andrewsullivan.com)