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Florida Georgia Line Kossacks came about from a need to encourage political activism and meet-ups in more regions in an attempt to expand on the successes achieved by other Daily Kos community groups.  This group is unique in that spans state lines in two red states, but is by no means limited to this specific geographical region.  We welcome and encourage all interested in achieving the group's bottom line of building a strong coalition dedicated to turning our states from red to blue.

Many thanks to navajo, Daily Kos Director of Community Building for her encouragement in forming this group and asterkitty for creating our group banner:

Florida and Georgia have much in common beginning with the shared misery of being states with a GOP held trifecta.  Like most of America we're involved in fighting the GOP's budget plans to cut food stamps for 11 million families, cutting 35,000 children from Head Start, denying 133,000 poor families in need of housing assistance, making $1.2 billion in cuts to education and replacing Medicare with coupons and vouchers.  It is no surprise when we see by the election map that the majority of our poorest states are the ones voting republican.  Sigh, those of us in red states have a monumental task ahead of us.  We need one another for encouragement, support, to formulate plans and share what does and what does not work.  

Come on down, roll up your sleeves and let's get to work -- time's a wastin', my friends!  

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Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 05:15 PM PST

IGTNT: We Remember Them - 2014

by JaxDem

Tonight, we light a candle of memory against the darkness of grief and loss.                                                     Tonight, we remember
This retrospective is a compilation of 2014's "I Got the News Today" (IGTNT) memorial diaries from January through December. They are tributes to the American service members who died as a result of the war in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve. When you click on the links, you'll find their stories, the details that their teachers, neighbors, fellow service members and friends remember; the last phone calls home; their Facebook messages to loved ones. These are not numbers or abstractions. They were husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, parents, children, friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters in arms. Their lives mattered.

To our supporters: Please know how much your presence, witnessing, standing vigil and posting condolences meant this year and in every year of this series.

To the IGTNT team members Sandy on Signal, i dunno, noweasels, blue jersey mom, Chacounne, twilight falling, SisTwo, SpamNunn, TrueBlueMajority, CalNM, Wide Awake in Kentucky, maggiejean, Ekaterin, TheFatLadySings, Joy of Fishes, and me, JaxDem: Many blessings for your dedication and compassionate efforts in researching and writing these tributes to our nation's fallen heroes.

To the families and friends who may read this: We have not forgotten your loved one.  

As is our tradition for this end of year tribute, we have chosen "We Remember Them" by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer, to help us reflect on these losses. Thank you for being here tonight to honor, respect and remember.
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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris
Spc. Wyatt J. Martin
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Semper Fidelis

More than a motto, a way of life that distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork – it is a brotherhood and lasts for life.

Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what.

Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fi reminds us of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps.  

There is no such thing as an ex-Marine.

"For 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.  We make Marines and we win battles."
  ~ Gen. Chalres C. Krulak, USMC (CMC): 5 May 1977  

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Lance Cpl Sean P. Neal
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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Major Jonathan D. Walker
Sergeant 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers
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Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of Heaven,
Blossom the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
    ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  
I Got The News Today (IGTNT) , which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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 Spc Brian K. Arsenault
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IGTNT Candle Logo
I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange
Pfc. Keith M. Williams
Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr
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Semper Fidelis

More than a motto, a way of life that distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork – it is a brotherhood and lasts for life.

Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what.

Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fi reminds us of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps.  

There is no such thing as an ex-Marine.

"For 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.  We make Marines and we win battles."
  ~ Gen. Chalres C. Krulak, USMC (CMC): 5 May 1977  

Sgt Thomas Z. Spitzer
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IGTNT Candle Logo
I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Pfc Matthew H. Walker
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IGTNT Candle Logo
I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Pfc Jacob H. Wykstra
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Bottom Line First: $400.00 is our goal for this project.  Well, actually less than that as there is a challenge at the end of the diary that will put a dent in the overall goal.  Compared to most community fundraisers, $400.00 is a piece of cake pie.  Now, on to the project description, photos of a few of the cards and ::drum roll:: the challenge.

Quilts delivered to the Palo Alto VA Hospital during NN13 by the DK Quilt Guild.

Last year Sara R was inspired to put the DK Quilt Guild to work on a project to coincide with the annual Netroots Nation which was held in San Jose. The Guild hand made forty-seven quilts and delivered them, along with teddy bears and hand made keepsake gift cards to the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. Here you can view a delivery diary with photos and links to even more photos.  This year's NN14 in Detroit will see an even larger event from the Guild.

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit has a a 65 bed nursing home with residents who richly deserve a surprise showering of gifts that are being hand made with love.  Follow below to learn more about all the heartwarming goodness planned for these veterans.

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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt
Spc. John A. Pelham
Spc. Christopher A. Landis
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