Actress Susan Sarandon slammed Hillary's record on gay rights. She overlooked her launch of a global LGBT initiative in December 2011 as Secretary of State in Geneva:
EPIC FAIL: Elite Media Furiously Spin Defeat of Their Anti-Hillary Agenda in Iowa via @BlueNationRev HILLARY won... A WIN is a WIN! GO . HRC— Donna Ysland (@52fairway) February 2, 2016
The relentless demonizing of this accomplished woman has failed. The haters will continue to spew their venom on social media; but at some point the voices of traditional media need to face reality. They don't have to like it, just recognize that once again, she is still standing. Her endurance and resilience, in fact, are key job skills.
From four years ago, an extraordinary and illuminating tribute to our former Secretary of State. You may learn things you didn't know from this. And if you have bought into the decades of calumny, you may decide you have sold her short. Appropriate viewing on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
The president soared last night, a fact that was all the more clear as Republicans, trapped in their refusal to give him credit or respect for anything ever, sat on their hands. He outclassed his detractors by so far it was embarrassing, and showed he was the grownup in the room. Here are excerpts.
"Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?"
"Some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber."
"Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did."
"Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn’t deny Sputnik was up there. We didn’t argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon."
The decency of Bernie Sanders shines through.
Ok, here's a draft for my girl.
I really should have gotten you that gag gift for your last wedding. I mean an actual gag, to shut you up long enough to stop the plunge of our national intelligence level. But I truly am sorry. Sorry that you won't stop making crap up. Sorry that you are so self-absorbed you make the average politician look like Albert Schweitzer. Sorry that your need for attention is so unquenchable you are prepared to wreck the country to satisfy it. Sorry that you trust a murderous despot like Putin more than our own president. Sorry that you are such an entitled skinflint that you routinely expect to be comped by every restaurant you enter. Sorry that you make Marco and Jeb look like statesmen by comparison. Sorry that you appear proud of stoking crass ignorance that makes Sarah Palin look like an intellectual.
Okay, I was kidding with that last one. I do agree with something Mama Grizzly said: it's time we put a Republican back at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue. I'm afraid that would be the back side of the Commerce Department, but I'm sure we can redecorate a room there for you with public donations. And don't worry about your insults. Hell, I've been called worse things by Rahm. Just remember, it's Madam President Bitch to you, come noon on Jan. 20, 2017.
Love ya, mean it,
Please join us Saturday morning for the Washington, DC event:
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: All Souls Church Unitarian (1500 Harvard St. NW)
With all due respect to Spike Lee, some of whose movies I have admired very much, rape is about power, not sex. Thus his suggestion to Stephen Colbert the other evening that the sex strike in his new movie Chiraq, inspired by the Aristophanes play Lysistrata, would be useful in combatting campus rape, is foolish. Ta-Nehisi Coates does a nice take-down.
As I said in 2007, Hillary Clinton is a formidable woman and is not to be underestimated. In the past few days she has reminded us of this.
Congrats to Viola Davis for making it across the line, and for putting her historic win in context.
Carly Fiorina’s riff on the Planned Parenthood tapes sounded great. It was also a huge lie. http://t.co/9O3bVSNGCW— Vox (@voxdotcom) September 17, 2015
Vox reporter Sarah Kliff refutes lurid Fiorina description of Planned Parenthood video: "Either Fiorina hasn't watched the Planned Parenthood videos or she is knowingly misrepresenting the footage. Because what she says happens in the Planned Parenthood videos simply does not exist."
This clip from his appearance at Liberty University shows why so many people love Bernie Sanders.
Elizabeth Warren Standing Strong in Support of Planned Parenthood
Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren crush it on the Senate floor during the debate to defund Planned Parenthood: “Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor?”Posted by AlterNet on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
A bracing speech in defense of women's healthcare and reproductive freedom.
(Hat tip: Ernest Hopkins)
The Republicans' war on women's reproductive health and freedom is not over, but their bluster and doctored videos do not give them the votes they need. I stand with my sisters.
(Hat tip: Tim Krepp)
The people trying so hard to demonize Hillary, calling her a liar, should least to get their own facts right. But all they seem interested in doing is divide and distract. As POTUS says about the Iran deal, what is their positive proposal? Know-nothingism, attacks on immigrants and religious minorities and LGBT folks and reproductive freedom and voting rights are not going to cut it. All they have are hatred and paranoia.
"Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition. It holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence. There’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation. There’s no place in civilized society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may date back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century." —President Obama in Kenya: http://go.wh.gov/Ko3xvPPosted by The White House on Sunday, July 26, 2015
Tell it, Mr. President.
Rachel Dolezal's painting The Shape of Our Kind is a near duplicate of J.M.W. Turner's 1840 The Slave Ship. pic.twitter.com/DGC7GkkPiu— Jolie Adams (@Jolieishere) June 15, 2015
Good afternoon. I am Rick Rosendall, president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, which has worked for LGBT equality in D.C. since 1971. Thanks to Jody Westby for launching Communities Against Law Enforcement Misconduct, and to those who have helped her.
When thousands held a vigil in Meridian Hill Park last August 14 in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri, a few Metropolitan Police Department officers were on hand to ensure order. There was none of the belligerence we have seen in other cities. D.C. has come a long way since the 1991 riot by police against revelers at the High Heel Race on 17th Street Northwest.
Police reforms in D.C. since then have included creation of special liaison units such as the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, which promote trust and cooperation between community members and police. With allies including the NAACP and ACLU of the Nation's Capital, GLAA helped push for creation of the independent Office of Police Complaints in the late 1990s.
After the unlawful mass arrest in Pershing Park in September 2002, our then mayor and police chief refused to acknowledge problems until a federal judge ordered the release of an internal report. Then-D.C. councilmember Kathy Patterson, with assistance from ACLU and support from GLAA, won passage of the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004.
Vigilance, persistent engagement, and data are essential to reform. ACLU-NCA reported in 2013 on a dramatic racial disparity in marijuana arrests in the District. Given the roughly equal rates of self-reported marijuana use by white and black citizens, the disparity was scandalous. A partial remedy came with Initiative 71, the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014, which is now law. This was not the first time intervention was required. In 1998, we needed legislation to stop the arrest of people for drinking on their own front porches.