Monday Reads

Good Morning!

grandmother-with-childWell, the women in Game of Thrones may be looking towards a year of kick ass revenge. The women of the United States of Superstitious nonsense still have to deal with mansplaining and not being taken seriously. These two stories just iced my cupcakes this weekend. First, CIA stooge Michael Hayden accused Senator Dianne Feinstein of being “too emotional”.  This is basically the most hackneyed insult a man can throw at a woman in power.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Ca.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, may be too “emotional” to have produced a fair report on the CIA’s use of torture, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday” about a Senate Intelligence Committee report which criticizes the CIA program as excessive and ineffective at fighting terrorism, Hayden said Feinstein “wanted a report so scathing that it would ensure that an un-American brutal program of detention interrogation would never again be considered or permitted.”

“That motivation for the report may show deep emotional feeling on the part of the senator, but I don’t think it leads you to an objective report,” Hayden said.

Hayden claimed a lack of knowledge about the report itself, but admitted that key information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden from a detainee who was later tortured by the CIA was actually attained before he was ever turned over to the CIA.

Still, Hayden said he believed that “the totality of information, including information from this program” led to finding bin Laden.

This tidbit came directly after my reading this bit of nonsense from a Virginia Republican.article-2222017-035C4964000005DC-367_634x423

A Republican Virginia lawmaker accused an elderly constituent of intellectual laziness after she urged him via email to support the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reported on Tuesday.

“How intellectually lazy are you?” state Thomas Greason (R) wrote Susan Merk as part of a series of emails between the two. “You are the problem. Good luck to you. You can not insult your way to ‘victory.’ If you are not willing to have a civil discussion, please do not write me again. It is a waste of my time.”

Greason’s remarks were the culmination of a contentious correspndence. Merk, a resident at a retirement community in Loudoun County, wrote Greason on March 24 saying it was “imperative” that lawmakers vote to support the state program under the Affordable Care Act. But Merk took issue with Greason’s response, in which he opposed such a move because the law “as already proven to be inefficient, costly, and an utter disaster.”

“This reply is pitiful — it’s nothing but partisan rhetoric, false accusations and invalid excuses,” Merk wrote back. “I will be sure to vote you out the next time you’re up for election.”

Greason’s ensuing response took a more aggressive tone towards Merk.

“Pitiful because I am willing to enter a dialogue with you?” he wrote. “All you liberals are the same. As soon as someone doesn’t agree with you, you shut down communication, call the other side names, take your ball and go home. I understand and am saddened by this approach at the federal level … but your reaction below is THE problem. I did not have to write you back … but I did. I think discussing differences is the only way to solve problems.”

On Monday, Greason told the Times-Mirror that he “must have been having a bad day” when he wrote his latest response to Merk.

I really get tired of the way these politicians treat older women. I hope their wives/mothers/daughters/grandmothers give them a good what for.

images (27)Those of you in larger cities can get your anger on with a new film about Anita Hill.  I will. NEVER. get over that travesty of a hearing.

Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.


93 year old Mickey Rooney has died.

 Rooney had been in ill health for quite some time.

He was one of the most famous child actors in entertainment history.  He play the role of Andy Hardy in 20 (6)

Rooney also teamed up with Judy Garland for “Babes in Arms” which was a huge hit back in 1939.

He was the first teenager ever to be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in “Strike Up the Band” in 1940.

Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor stared in one of the biggest movies of the 40s — “National Velvet” — which launched Taylor’s career.

That’s about all I can find at the moment, I’m afraid.  I’m going to search for some more headlines as the day wears on.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

47 Comments on “Monday Reads”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s some good news from SCOTUS:

    Supreme Court declines to hear appeal from photographers who wouldn’t work same-sex ceremony

    The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from Christian photographers who were fined and admonished by the New Mexico Supreme Court for declining to work a same-sex ceremony, in what could be a blow to religious business owners.

    The high court decision not to take up the appeal means the New Mexico ruling against them stands. That ruling is only binding in New Mexico, but could set a precedent that can be cited in subsequent cases.

    In this case, Elane Photography, owned by Jon and Elaine Huguenin of New Mexico, was brought to court for refusing to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony in 2006.

    An attorney for the couple argued that the business openly advertises its wedding photography services, and as a public business is required to follow the same anti-discrimination laws as any other company.

  2. Fannie says:

    Good read Dak, and thanks for pointing out the humiliation and degradation women face in the workplace, and when they are elders living in facilities for the disabled. Men who are out discounting them by telling them their opinions and feelings are wrong, is just part of the “abuse” that girls and women face throughout their lives. I will make sure to call on both Hayden, and Greason. Hayden didn’t even read Feinstein’s report, yet he thinks he can get away with judging her abilities in the work world.

    • dakinikat says:

      I was searching for more news but the only other thing I could find a lot on was Jeb Bush’s deciding if he wants to run for POTUS which was depressing beyond words. Just couldn’t bring myself to write on that. Republicans are really desperate if they have to bring a Bush back.

      • RalphB says:

        That does smell of flop sweat on their part, along with the media. After reading Pierce’s Gobshite post this morning, I think we should call the Sunday shows the Game of Morons.

      • Fannie says:

        Did you know that in 1996 Thomas Greason “Tag” was stationed in Fort Polk, La. and his driver was an enlisted female, who brought charges against him, as he was exposing his genitals and was fondling himself in her presence in the car. This happened on the job, and he denied the charges, and then the charges were reduced and delayed, and after ten years the case was dismissed.

        The woman still stands with her charges, but nobody believed her. He’s a damn pervert who went free, and voted by republicans into office.

        He is not answering phone calls, so I called the democrats of Loudoun to speak up, and pointed out that he was abusing an elderly woman, by telling discounting her feelings about

        Cannot get any info on contacting Michael Hayden…… I called Dianne Feinstein and her professionalism of 30 some odd years as a public servant.

        • dakinikat says:

          Good Grief! Greason sounds like he should be in a cage some where and not allowed around women.

        • NW Luna says:

          Thank you Fannie for speaking out and standing up.

          And Greason did exactly what he accused liberals of doing — started name-calling rather than a civil discussion. Not that you can really have a civil discussion with the Rs who won’t face facts.

      • Dak, I had to take the entire day off after seeing that Jeb Bush shitlines, I mean headlines. I just could not go online at all.

    • dakinikat says:

      Senator Harry Reid ‏@SenatorReid 1m
      Former CIA Director Hayden condescendingly accused @SenFeinstein of being too emotional. She is fearless, thorough, and fair.

  3. Fannie says:

    R.I.P. Mickey Rooney

  4. bostonboomer says:

    A great writer, Peter Mathiessen, died over the weekend.

    NYT: Peter Matthiessen, Lyrical Writer and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86

    NPR: Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

    Author Peter Matthiessen has died in New York at the age of 86 from acute myeloid leukemia. Matthiessen, a novelist and naturalist, wrote 33 books; among his best-known works are The Snow Leopard and the novels Far Tortuga and At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was made into a Hollywood film.

    He is the only writer to ever win the National Book Award in the categories of Fiction (for Shadow Country) and General Nonfiction (for The Snow Leopard, which also won for Contemporary Thought). He was also a political activist, a Buddhist teacher, co-founder of The Paris Review and, briefly, a spy.

  5. leefeller says:

    Nice composite on the news. Mickey Rooney and recently Shirley Temple, an era I watched on TV as a kid. The CIA lout, is just that. For several years I did wedding photos, I never turned anyone away, but if I did, it would have been done without malice, actually some of the brides can get quite testy, plus scheduling can be a problem, I know testy bride is being sexist?

  6. RalphB says:

    Now this is a good cover 🙂

    tpm: New Yorker Cover Depicts Obama Spoon-Feeding McConnell Medicine (PHOTO)

    “This whole enterprise was just an elaborate excuse,” cover illustrator Barry Blitt told the New Yorker about his cover. “I enjoyed drawing Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and Michele Bachmann as petulant children—and I especially wanted to draw an open-mouthed Mitch McConnell being spoon-fed his meds.”

  7. dakinikat says:

    This should be a good thing to run on if you’re a democrat facing a tough republican challenge.

    In U.S., Uninsured Rate Lowest Since 2008
    Uninsured rate declines most among blacks and lower-income Americans

    Maybe it will stop the influx of people using the emergency room for primary care.

    • RalphB says:

      Speaking of things to run on as a Democrat, I sure hope people pay attention to state politics this year!

      Texas Kaos: Greg Abbott’s Campaign Pervaded by Creeps and Crooks

      • dakinikat says:

        The entire charter school and vouchers movement is a play to keep children ignorant and to destroy teacher unions.

      • dakinikat says:

        Dear Texan friends: We’re doing a live political gabfest in Austin in two weeks:

        • RalphB says:

          Scholz Biergarten is a cool place. Lots of legislating was done there back when the Democrats ran this state. I don’t know whether to try and attend or check the Texas Tribune’s webcast. Webcast would be cheaper and Emily Bazelton has the only opinion I care about from that group. 😉

        • RalphB says:

          Texas Tribune: Prosecutor: Perry Veto of Integrity Funds “Concerning”

          A special prosecutor investigating whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his authority when he eliminated state funding of the Texas public integrity unit — which investigates government corruption and is housed in the Travis County district attorney’s office — said what he’s found so far is “concerning.”

          “I cannot elaborate on what exactly is concerning me, but I can tell you I am very concerned about certain aspects of what happened here,” San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum said in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV.

          Asked by the Statesman and KVUE if his concerns pointed specifically at Perry or his staff, McCrum said, “Yes.”

          McCrum, who plans to present his investigation results to a special Travis County grand jury next month, could not be immediately reached by The Texas Tribune for further comment.

          Well, isn’t this sweet?

  8. bostonboomer says:

    These Masked, Pro-Russian Gunman Are ‘Playing Out The Crimean Scenario’ In Eastern Ukraine

    Read more:

    • RalphB says:

      Crap. Putin is such a prick. I hope he can be dissuaded from continuing along this path.

  9. RalphB says:

    Dallas Morning News: Texas transportation agency’s land deals under federal grand jury investigation

    A little unraveling going on down here, finally?

  10. RalphB says:

    Peaches Geldof Dead at Age 25

    RIP, No parent should ever outlive their child.

  11. dakinikat says:

    Our Duck Dynasty Congressman has been caught In flagrante delicto

    Ah, those family values republicans!!!

    A Louisiana newspaper claims to have surveillance video showing Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), a married freshman member of Congress who ran for office last year as a conservative Christian with the backing of the stars of the “Duck Dynasty” reality show, “passionately embracing and kissing” one of his female staffers.

    At least he wasn’t caught in diapers on a Madame’s List!!!

  12. dakinikat says:

    Noah Shachtman ‏@NoahShachtman 1h
    Bad news, Mormons: you no longer get your own planet. But don’t worry, you can still become gods.

  13. NW Luna says:

    I hate this kind of hoopla over expensive drugs. Sounds really good until you get to the kicker: only 4 more months of life. That’s progress?

    Researchers say that a new type of drug can help prevent advanced breast cancer from worsening, potentially providing an important new treatment option for women and a blockbuster product for Pfizer.

    In a clinical trial, the drug cut in half the risk that cancer would worsen, or progress, researchers said here Sunday. The median time before the disease progressed or the women died was 20.2 months for those who received the drug, compared with 10.2 months for the control group. “The magnitude of benefit we are seeing is not something commonly seen in cancer medicine studies,” said Dr. Richard Finn, a principal investigator in the study. Finn, an oncologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, called the results “quite groundbreaking.”

    The drug, known as palbociclib, also appeared to prolong survival but not by a statistically significant amount. Those who received the drug lived a median of 37.5 months compared with 33.3 months for those in the control group.

    …many patients had their doses reduced because of side effects, and 13 percent of patients who received palbociclib [n = ~82]dropped out of the study because of side effects, compared with 2 percent in the control group [n = ~82].

  14. dakinikat says:

    National Journal ‏@nationaljournal 54s
    Sen. Feinstein calls former CIA director’s ’emotional’ comment ‘nonsense’

  15. RalphB says:

    Thunder, wind, and rain at my place 🙂

  16. RalphB says:

    KXAN: Judge stops investigation into Battleground Texas

    AUSTIN (AP) — A state district judge has thrown out a complaint filed against the Democratic group Battleground Texas that was based on a conservative filmmaker’s video.

    Special prosecutor John Economidy, a Republican, told The Associated Press that he and fellow special prosecutor Christine Del Prado, a Democrat, determined that Battleground Texas did not violate state election law by transcribing phone numbers submitted on voter registration forms. San Antonio Judge Raymond Angelini signed the dismissal without comment on Friday, Economidy added.

    “The Veritas video was little more than a canard and political disinformation,” the prosecutor’s report said. “The video was particularly unprofessional when it suggested that the actions of Battleground Texas were advocated by a Texas gubernatorial candidate and that the actions of a single volunteer deputy registrar may even involve private health data, which is not involved in the voter registration process.”

    “We looked at the facts, we applied the law and the round object would not fit into the small square hole,” Economidy said. “The law is or it isn’t. It either fits or it doesn’t fit, and it didn’t fit one bit.”

    Personally I think James O’Keefe should be paying for this investigation.

  17. I really get tired of the way these politicians treat older women. I hope their wives/mothers/daughters/grandmothers give them a good what for.

    I don’t know, those women tend to just stand there and take it. I mean, I have seen how my friend out in the cornfields of Iowa has reacted to things which I thought would have gotten her pissed off years ago..before the whole change over to her tea party/Glenn Beck/conservative christian values thing she has going now. In fact..she is now a genuine Delegate for the state of she will be one of those people actually making the decisions for the big picture. It is fucking frightening.