Monday Reads: Reclaiming our Time

Good Morning Sky Dancers!

I just got the notice that the Blog Bells and Whistles bill is coming up in a few weeks which means I’m making one of my twice a year pitches to keep the bling in the blog.  It’s also giving me pause as I realize how long we’ve been together as a community.

This is blog post #5,673. The first post dates from this week in 2008. It’s been awhile hasn’t it? Yet, the basic reason we exist and the blog exists still stands.  It’s our safe place as Hillary supporters.

Hillary Clinton’s latest book has just been released and she’s out on the promotion trail.  I imagine it’s very cathartic and hard for her. I imagine her loyal audience of those of us that have put that book on the bestseller list for quite some time are looking foward to its release tomorrow. We are all checking to see if she’s coming near us on her tour.

Excited Utah headlines announce that failed candidate Mitt Romney is likely to run for Orin Hatch’s senate seat if Hatch chooses retirement. No one has asked Mitt Romney to sit down and shut up and to go away. Yet, even though Clinton has announced she will never be a candidate again, the folks that just want to keep women down come at her. She continues to just threaten their hairy, dangling, crooked balls right off of them.

I wish Bernie Sanders would shut up and sit down.  I wish BD McClay would shut up. I wish Steve Bannon –attack poodle of the Mercer Klan–would shut the fuck up.  This could be a really long list but I digress …

 Susan Chira can keep her column space at NYT.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) greets Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee prior to receiving the Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Donna Carson

 

In whatever role she carves out for herself, she will have to contend with the vitriol she has drawn throughout her public life. She and Donald Trump went into Election Day with historically low favorability ratings, a distinction they have both maintained after the election. In fact, a Gallup poll conducted this June noted that Mrs. Clinton was the first defeated presidential candidate since 1992 whose favorability ratings had not risen by the June after the election (with the exception of John Kerry, for whom Gallup did not have comparable data). Her highest ratings in multiple polls came after her husband was impeached in 1998 and while she was secretary of state. In a review of 10 polls conducted after the election through this summer, in every case a majority of respondents held an unfavorable view of Mrs. Clinton.

Loathed as she may be in some quarters, many Americans do seem to have understood, and to some extent accepted, that Mrs. Clinton is not going to be on an endless hike in the Chappaqua woods.

To probe deeper into attitudes about Hillary Clinton now, and the role of women in politics, we turned to Morning Consult, a polling, media and technology company. It surveyed 2,000 registered voters online from Aug. 24 to 28.

The survey asked respondents to weigh in on a variety of possible roles for Mrs. Clinton: continue to influence the Democratic Party; raise money for Democrats; raise money for charitable causes; lead efforts to help women and girls; write books; and give speeches. Overall, 74 percent thought at least one of those roles was acceptable; 26 percent said she should play all those roles, and 15 percent vetoed all those activities.

Those of us that worked to get her elected and that voted for her–and remember the vast majority of voters voted for her–still want her in public life.  Her amazing bouncebackability is an inspiration to this off us that have to keep fighting our minor fights and truly are tired and want to sit home. She shows us how to rise up and go back to it.

You can google Hillary Clinton Book tour, check the news links, and find that white hot hatred of the right wing burning its way right through your screen. You can also experience the vile bestial nature of Bernie bros and their patron saint of White male Privilege.  You can also go straight back to all those hidden Hillary Groups of Facebook that purged the Russian trolls and whiny, needy white men and enjoy the comments of the millions of us that will never find Hillary Clinton irrelevant.  Bernie Sanders has never been relevant.

“I think it’s a little bit silly to be keeping talking about 2016. We’ve got too many problems,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said this week of Clinton’s book tour.

Excerpts of “What Happened” suggest Clinton plans to argue that Sanders’ insurgent challenge during the Democratic primary rested on unrealistic promises and ultimately paved the way for President Trump’s successful “Crooked Hillary” attacks.

Clinton’s book has reinvigorated debate among Democrats about how much of the blame for President Trump’s victory lies with external forces, such as Russian interference and former FBI Director James Comey’s 11th hour letter to Congress, and how much responsibility lies with Clinton herself.

The focus of her memoir on dissecting the 2016 election has highlighted the lack of consensus on the left about why Democrats failed to capture the White House and fell short of claiming a Senate majority.

“Clinton is right: Sanders’ attacks on her character fed the same narrative as Trump’s. They hurt her in the general election,” wrote Jill Filipovic, a liberal author, in an op-ed for CNN. “And she’s right that running on the Democratic ticket when you’re not a Democrat isn’t just hypocritical, it can be incredibly damaging. For one thing, it gives a candidate a platform to trash the very party he says he wants to lead.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 07: Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) questions witnesses from the Trump Administration Justice Department and intelligence officials during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence and security officials testified about re-authorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is the law the NSA uses to track emails and phone calls of non-US citizens. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democrats may think they dread her tour but they should seriously be thinking about their grass roots because it’s the women that voted, worked for, and love them some Hillary. If they chase the elusive white male, they lose their base and their base is hugely made up of black women. The one thing that I have learned living in the south and working for both the Mary Landrieu Campaign and helping deliver the Louisiana primary votes that sent the Clinton candidacy to the winner circle is the now and future power of black women.

If black women sat home, Democrats would never win anything again and I advise them to piss black women off at their own risk.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters is not a unique feature in the Democratic party. She–not Bernie–is the face of the Democratic Party and the future is Kamala Harris.  Remember, it was a black woman that first refused to move to the back of the bus and do remember what all that set off.   This is the voice of Vanessa Williams.

More than two dozen African American women, including political activists and elected officials, have signed an open letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez criticizing him for seeming to take for granted the party’s most loyal base of support.

The letter, published Thursday on nbcnews.com, comes as Perez, who was elected chairman of the DNC in February, is traveling around the country meeting with party leaders in an effort to regroup after last fall’s upset victory by Republican Donald Trump.

In the letter, the authors say that black women have consistently supported the party, but have been ignored by Democratic leaders who seemed to be more focused on winning back white voters who rejected Hillary Clinton in November.

“The data reveals that Black women voters are the very foundation to a winning coalition, yet most Black voters feel like the Democrats take them for granted,” the letter reads. “Since taking office, you have met with and listened to key constituencies. But you have yet to host a Black women leaders convening.”

Tammy Duckworth, Candidate for the US House of Representatives walks off stage after her speech to the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 04 September 2012. Duckworth was a helicopter pilot who lost both her legs in combat injuries in Iraq. US President Barack Obama will be nominated to run for a second term at the convention. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

To many, identity politics cost us the 2016 election. The problem is that the media, the election process, the entire she-bang is surrounded by, promotes, and panders the white male identity. It’s only a source of grief when we leave the realm of that paradigm.  Mychal Denzel Smith writes on this misinterpretation and wrong view of identity politics today in The Atlantic.

That term, identity politics, has been hotly debated in recent years, most notably in reaction to the 2016 election. For some, the Democratic Party’s insistence on focusing on identity politics—or at least, a certain definition of identity politics—is what cost them the election. The most prominent and vocal critic of identity politics has been Columbia University professor Mark Lilla, who declared in a New York Times op-ed published ten days after the election “that the age of identity liberalism must be brought to an end,” because it had been “disastrous as a foundation for democratic politics in our ideological age.” Lilla expanded this argument into a book-length polemic entitled The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, released in August of this year. His main complaint is that identity politics is having a pernicious effect on the Democratic Party’s ability to win votes from “the demosliving between the coasts.” He finds that a focus on identity politics at the university level is to blame, since young people are not being taught that “they share a destiny with all their fellow citizens and have duties toward them.”

Except Lilla’s argument has nothing to do with identity politics. At least, not as the Combahee River Collective, which coined the term and theorized its meaning, originally laid out. In fact, Lilla spends very little time engaging the collective’s meaning of the term, instead devoting his energy to his own interpretation of identity politics. The one time he does mention their work he is dismissive. In the book he writes: “With the rise of identity consciousness, engagement in issue-based movements began to diminish somewhat and the conviction got rooted that the movements most meaningful to the self are, unsurprisingly, about the self. As the feminist authors of the Combahee River Collective put it baldly in their influential 1977 manifesto, ‘the most profound and potentially most radical politics come directly out of our own identity, as opposed to working to end somebody else’s oppression.’”

Lilla’s spin on this statement would make identity politics sound like a selfish political theory. But his bad interpretation is not the same as a bad theory. When the collective writes that the “most radical politics come directly out of our own identity,” Lilla reads this as applying to each individual group’s identity when the Combahee River Collective meant “our own” to apply specifically to black women. It is a result of their belief, as they write later in the statement, that, “If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.” The original intent of identity politics was articulating black women’s struggle at the nexus of race, gender, sexual, and class oppressions, and then forming strategies for dismantling each of these, both in black feminist spaces and in coalition with other groups.

How Lilla misses this is beyond me, since if he read the collective’s statement in full he would have to challenge his own definition of a selfish identity politics against the group’s statements.

The radical act the bernie bros should seek is to vote in more women of color.  Their acts just prop up the white male status quo.

They want to silence each and every one of us.  That want us all to disappear.  They want to only see an endless loop of The Donna Reed show where gays are in the closet, women are in the kitchen, and racial minorities stay in servitude to white male dominion.  The Silencing of Hillary Clinton is the main stage attraction. Oh what would they do if they couldn’t focus on her?

Once again, Hillary Clinton is offering some opinions, and, once again, she is being told to keep quiet. This is a familiar pattern for us, no less for her, so perhaps it shouldn’t be so surprising to see it recur. But I’d like to push back a bit on this one.

The occasion for this current dust-up is, of course, the release of Clinton’s new book What Happened. Disclosure: I haven’t read it. (Honestly, I don’t find many candidate narratives of their own campaigns all that interesting.) Nor have many of those who are currently criticizing her for writing it. But the main criticisms seem to be:

  1. Clinton shouldn’t be criticizing Bernie Sanders right now because that’s just causing Democratic divisions at a time when the party need unity.
  2. She lost to a vulnerable candidate and thus must be an even worse candidate herself.
  3. Her general election loss means it’s time for her to go away and stop “consuming oxygen.”

 

At some point, we need to assess the role of media in the 2016 witch hunt that ended with the most unfit president ever sitting in the Oval Office.  They need to walk in the woods, do some yoga, play with their dogs, and drink chardonnay.  But her emails …

But Clinton was also so dogged by the email story that it wound up being the main thing people thought of when they heard her name, above any and all policy considerations, while her opponent received more coverage of his issues and less coverage of any respective scandal – even though his improprieties were, I would argue, far more consequential in terms of showing his character and leadership deficiencies. Trump benefited from scandal diffusion, if you will, as well as the press’ belief that Clinton would win – and thus needed to be held to account for every little error she’d committed.

A lot of Clinton’s recent activities have been met by jeering from conservatives and hand-wringing from Democrats; the former think any discussion about what went down in 2016 is just Clinton being a sore loser, while liberals want to move on from an electoral result that is still pretty embarrassing. But figuring out what happened regarding Clinton’s media coverage and whether it had an effect on the election isn’t “moaning,” as conservative outlets put it, but necessary soul-searching in the wake of an electoral result that few in the press saw coming. The role the media played in elevating a plainly unqualified reality television actor to the White House, even if it wasn’t decisive, needs to be examined.

I once thought that Clinton’s email mess wouldn’t really matter come Election Day, and I’m certainly not going to argue that coverage of it tipped the scales to Trump, that if she hadn’t used a private server she’d be madam president today for sure. In an election that was as close as was the 2016 edition, any little thing could have changed the equation. And none of this is to diminish the role that former FBI Director James Comey’s last-gasp intervention or the meddling of Russia played in getting Trump elected.

However, there’s going to be another election soon enough. What rises to the level of all-encompassing scandal coverage matters. Every day it’s more apparent that “her emails!” didn’t.

So, her book is available tomorrow.  I’m going to hug my dog, put on my yoga pants, drink some chardonnay and read it.  I’m willing to take any bit of her that makes me feel better than what’s going on right now.  If I have to read one more article about how no on pays attention to the poor white working man, I will blow it out my nostrils and tell the writer to blow it out his white male ass or their white male ass kissing lips.   The many, many women and men that worked for Hillary’s campaign that had hoped for a more perfect union where all of us would be safer and more valued deserve a few hours of rest from the Trumpian nightmare. Our vision didn’t not include a daily assault on the right to vote, the civil rights of the GLBT, and a return to the glory days of the confederacy and Jim Crow.  We are glad she’s still standing and fighting and it gives us some hope.

I am glad that Hillary will still be fighting for a more perfect union and that it’s one that enfranchises all of us and gives us all the respect we are due.    Do something radical today. Write a check.  Volunteer on a campaign.  Support a candidate that truly reflects the diversity and gifts of our nation. Don’t let any one sit the next one out.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

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71 Comments on “Monday Reads: Reclaiming our Time”

  1. Riverbird says:

    I made a small donation toward the bells & whistles. I wish it could be more. Thanks for being here.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. dakinikat says:

    More hate based just ICE from the oldest living confederate widow.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    Can’t wait to read her book! Ordered it months ago on Amazon.

    This woman took a beating. From the MSM, the Bernie or Bust campaign, the Russians and Trump, and foremost from James Comey. She has every right to bitch, moan, and point fingers.

    She couldn’t catch a break. Each time the polls showed her pulling ahead out came another blast of “what about the e-mails?” The talking heads refused to let go but the final blow was Comey strutting out for whatever reason and for those undecideds it was just enough. For all this “balanced” coverage we ended up with the “pussy in chief” who barely knows his right from his left leading us over the brink.

    As for Bernie, let me say this. He “used” the Democratic Party from Day 1. He has openly stated his dismissal of both established parties over the years. But he held on long after it was apparent that he did not and would not have the votes to overcome her lead. He must have been looking for a mathematical miracle since he refused to concede until the bitter end when he insisted on hearing his name put in for nomination. The Berniebots called foul and the endgame became pretty bleak.

    Bernie, pretty much a backbencher for all those congressional years, became his won “star”. Those crowds convinced him of his own value. Like Trump, he bathed in the adulation refusing to admit that basically his caucus wins meant very little against voting booths.

    Comey is another story. Whatever drove him to hammer the last nail in the coffin is still unresolved in my mind. I believe the FBI itself was against Hillary and he sought a way to make it happen by appearing “lawful” and getting himself out of a hole by not pressing charges against her when there was nothing there to prosecute. Comey will forever be the villain no matter how much collusion they dig up with Russia/Trump.

    She will always be my hero. Nothing can take that away. She saved Bill’s presidency even as her heart may have been breaking and she served this nation far better than has been credited.

    I hope she makes millions of dollars off this book! She is deserving!

    • bostonboomer says:

      I preordered the hardcover, but I’m so anxious to start reading I’m tempted to download the Kindle version at midnight.

    • Riverbird says:

      I agree with everything you wrote, Pat.

      I preordered the book for me and for my sister, although she said she’s still so sad she may not be able to read it..

      • NW Luna says:

        I’m not sure I can yet face reading over the tragedy. I’m not sure I can see and hear her in person (at least without a box or two of tissues) when she comes to my area in December. But I’m buying the book and have bought my ticket because I support Hillary, what she stands for, and to send a message to the screwed-up men (and some women) out there who ignore that 65 million of us chose Hillary. #HillaryDemocrat for life.

    • Fannie says:

      Thank you for all you have done! Know to that the oceans below rumble, the rise of Hillary Clinton begins a new dawn for us. Because we aren’t going to fade away. As women we know what it’s like to go solo, we have to do, like Hillary has. I take that walk, and I think I am on this path, and no one can tell me what direction to go. It always makes me the happiest, when I can walk that walk, and seek freedoms, and be free like Hillary Clinton. Luv you Pat Johnson.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I hope she makes millions as well. It’d be funny, if, after all the dust settles, she ends up richer than tRump.

    • joanelle says:

      Pat, right on the money again!
      I had made some notes this morning before coming to ‘Dancers’ this morning as I thought about ‘how hilz lost, what happened in my mind.’ I don’t have my copy yet and thought about getting it on my Kindle but I’m one of those people who underlines, highlights scribbles in the margins; so I’ll settle for excerpts until it’s in my hands.
      So my notes this morning pointed my arthritic finger at:
      1. hilz speech writer and her being such a good girl for following these messages which seemed more like schoolyard quick responses to chucklehead instead of staying focused on us. Her retaliatory responses at times brought her down to his level.
      2. Russia. The Republicans knew they had to beat her anyway they could, because they believed she’d be “too old” in 2020. And they will keep working a diminishing her because women get things done and they don’t just walk away in defeat.
      3. Comet was their attending ram. They used him again and again and he was a shameless
      tool.
      4. Sanders, the illegitimate child of the dems who used the Democratic Party – another Republican tool.
      5. William Safire’s “Blizzard of lies” article in1996 as seen in Skydancing a while back. Old news you say, but Nixon taught the Republicans to never let a good propaganda opportunity pass. The Blizzard article was full of accusations of Hillary (without evidence) that she had been bribed, evaded taxes, fooled bank regulators and defrauded the government of millions.
      He was eventually proven wrong on all counts he even stated that he would have to eat crow if anyone pressured him one that article, but he never apologized. It is the memory of that article that has kept folks opposed to hilz. Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the NYT, not a Hillary fan, stated after exhaustive investigations “Hillary is fundamentally honest and trustworthy”
      Hmmm, did you ever see that in the msm?
      It just naws at me, every day and when you have someone like Bernie supposedly on your team there is no way you can recapture a full spectrum of one’s party. Uurrrgh 😡

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Wonderful post, Dak. You speak for me on the Hillary hate and the Dems white male obsession.

    • dakinikat says:

      Thx!!! I’m going to buy the electronic version I think!!!

    • Fannie says:

      Most wonderful post! I am so proud to have been an early dancer with you all. I love the way Dak continues to sharply point towards the SKY. Seeing the media and the white male voters, and some so called democrats sweeping Hillary off cliffs. Hoping that she not make a sound, or noise on the way down. Dak, you have helped us all rise, from the night sky, into the dawn sky, and throughout daily skylives. You have indeed make a place for us, you found a place in the sky right here with your blogs, and I am so proud and happy to be part of. So many times, I’ve come unglued with everybody, myself included. I woke up one night, and realized I had a stroke, you, and BB helped me. I’ve cried, I smiled, I laughed because women are humans, and all you sky dancers are so beautiful, and have wonderful minds, and really care about women’s bodies, and women’s lives, and families. Because we know when we care for each other the way we do, society benefits in so many beautiful ways. Hillary Clinton taught us that too.

      Why must things be as they are? Why must the political machines condemn women for being different. We all stop now, and await the words she will deliver, what happened, and think, and give, maybe not as candidate but give our hearts to others while standing tall together. Thank you Dak, it’s been a hell of ride in the sky, we didn’t fail. We are not afraid. We are not lonesome because all of us have our troubles, all of us was kicked and beaten, and made a fool of by the voters, we’ll find peace, it is ours. Luv you Dak.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Russian politician says on live TV that Russia stole U.S. presidency

    Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Duma, said U.S. “intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States.” He made the remarks on a Russian panel show, “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov.”

  7. dakinikat says:

    the nerve!
    Defiant Hillary Clinton Still Releasing Book Tuesday, Even Though At Least 10 Men Think She Shouldn’t

    Anyway, Vogue has a really nice new excerpt! (Click here for the last excerpts we wrote about!) In it, H. Rodham writes about her marriage to B. Clinton, why she hasn’t acceded to many people’s requests that she divorce him, and what it was like having him by her side in the hours after she “lost” the election. (Those are our “quotation marks,” lest one of the self-appointed arbiters of Hillary Clinton’s behavior find himself in a tizzy because SHE’S NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILI-TAH!!!!@!!1!!1benghazi!!!!)

    Not only is Hillary Clinton not divorcing Bill Clinton, she says she’d make the same decision she made in 1975 to marry him if she had it to do all over again. And don’t worry, because it’s DEFINITELY your business, she addresses the elephant in the room, assuming we’re in a 1990s room with an elephant:

    I know some people wonder why we’re still together. I heard it again in the 2016 campaign: that “we must have an arrangement” (we do; it’s called a marriage); …

    By which she means fuck you.

    … that I helped him become president and then stayed so he could help me become president (no); that we lead completely separate lives, and it’s just a marriage on paper now (he is reading this over my shoulder in our kitchen with our dogs underfoot, and in a minute he will reorganize our bookshelves for the millionth time, which means I will not be able to find any of my books, and once I learn the new system, he’ll just redo it again, but I don’t mind because he really loves to organize those bookshelves).

    Oh man, that would piss us off. Remind us to NEVER marry Bill Clinton, lest he start rearranging shit constantly.

    Read more at https://wonkette.com/622774/defiant-hillary-clinton-still-releasing-book-tuesday-even-though-at-least-10-men-think-she-shouldnt#Hc9W6kLqOigPmBMf.99

    Read more at https://wonkette.com/622774/defiant-hillary-clinton-still-releasing-book-tuesday-even-though-at-least-10-men-think-she-shouldnt#Hc9W6kLqOigPmBMf.99

  8. NW Luna says:

    Long live the polydactyls!

    …one beloved tourist attraction had survived the storm unscathed: the colony of six-toed cats that resides at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West.

    All 54 cats — and the 10 humans who hunkered down with them in the Spanish Colonial house the author called home in the 1930s — rode out the gusts with aplomb, curator David Gonzales told MSNBC Sunday night, after the worst of the storm had passed.

    “The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” said Gonzales, who added that the building’s limestone-block walls had not only provided a sort of fortress from the elements but also kept the place nice and cool. “It’s a very comfortable place for the cats, very comfortable place for our employees.”

    Outside the grounds of the 19th-century building, which sits 16 feet above sea level — making it a high point on the island — Irma’s effects remain to be tallied. But the Miami Herald reported that the damage to Key West, a tourist destination and end-of-the-road hideaway, appeared to be less severe than feared. “It’s just trees and foliage and cars,” one resident told the paper.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/09/11/hemingways-six-toed-cats-survive-irma-still-have-nine-lives/?tid=hybrid_collaborative_2_na&utm_term=.4ba4e0c4a62a

  9. palhart says:

    O, bosh! Hillary had Putin’s thugs working for Trump on Facebook, Twitter, et al. and the white supremacists all hepped up that, at last, one of them was running for president and they could erase Obama’s unwelcomed policies and executive orders, hurling this country back two centuries.

    As the nation goes, or inches, down in flames, Hillary can do any damn thing she wants to. With her supporters, she might even save it by turning us all into unrelenting activists. Underneath all the misogyny and the screw-ball, lying, right wing media, we are still here and will remain loyal to her and her vision for America.

    Having such a stump and an audience of tens of millions, she could push the US forward.

    • palhart says:

      I forgot a non-democrat challenger and Comey, the blabber. Having that popular vote gives her power the guys can’t abide. She’s here to stay, for sure, because of us.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        A man can be a son of a bitch yet pass muster. A woman, not so much.

        They ridiculed her voice, hairstyle, laugh, ankles, glasses, tears, and pantsuits. It was unrelenting.

        We women identified having faced some of the same putdowns from men in one form or another.

        For many she could never win. “Woman power” can be an exaggeration. We just need to keep going.

        • palhart says:

          Yeah, accounts for the unfit, man-child who won. I hope she encourages lots of qualified women to run for office, like Kamala Harris. I detest intellect and high-level abilities, like hers, not being used at the presidential level. But she gets trashed and the nut-ball trump is elected.

          • Enheduanna says:

            She has! Emily’s list has received thousands of requests for help from women who want to run locally. That election blew the roof off the patriarchy!

      • Fannie says:

        Palhart, you are the fine mist in the sky……bring it sister.

        • palhart says:

          Fannie, I first heard about Hillary when Bill was elected Arkansas’ governor, about 35 years ago. We must not forget she turns 70 on October 26th. (Her mother, Dorothy, lived to 92.)

          • NW Luna says:

            Drumpf is what, 72? No one’s talking about his age. Or much about his awful hair. Or the too-long tie (is he worried about the length of what hangs beneath his tie?).

            Same with Sanders. He could be mussed, wear wrinkly shirts, with hair disarrayed, and his fans would admire that! The MSM didn’t look down their noses at him for appearance, or his red-faced shouting.

            Fcking double standard.

          • Fannie says:

            Her mother lifted her daughter up in so so many ways. Much like what Hillary gives to her daughter, and granddaughter…………….. She swooped down on me, and I was having children and working, and being what I thought was good for me and my family. Just like Hillary Clinton was trying to do. I always stood by her, even when they were 100% wrong about her. Her spirit will live with us forever.

  10. quixote says:

    This is totally off topic, but the picture of Maxine Waters reminds me of it. I was hanging about, going nowhere fast as one does at airports, and suddenly there was the Congresswoman striding down the concourse on her way somewhere. I got a lot more excited than I do about movie stars (which you see at LAX all the time). I ran to catch up and just thanked her for everything she’s doing.

    She looked delighted to have some no-name accosting her. Now there’s a *real* politician! I still get a warm glow thinking about that.

    • dakinikat says:

      I played fangirl to Sheila Jackson Lee at a Mary Landrieu event with Hillary a few years back. I actually was more excited to meet her than I was when I met Nancy Pelosi.

      • NW Luna says:

        Jackson Lee is fabulous.

      • NW Luna says:

        I heard Nancy Pelosi at a small event for Howard Dean back in ’05 — I think he’d just become DNC chair. She gave a speech which carried me along for a while and then struck a note which made me realize she was speaking more from the surface than from the heart. Maybe it was just my reaction, but I stood in a long line to say meet Dean and skipped Pelosi’s line. I certainly support her as a Congresswoman.

    • NW Luna says:

      How cool! Maxine Waters in person! How wonderful that you ran after her and thanked her. Her response– now there’s a real person.

    • Fannie says:

      All those wonderful living things, all around, at all times………..Quixote you do glow, into another day, you keep that warm glow.

  11. Fannie says:

    Hillary Clinton isn’t drifting away, she making those sounds, somber in the sky, and we are part of that new day! I luv Hillary Clinton.

  12. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hello everyone.

    I just now heard from my cousin David in Orlando. He is fine but no electricity or land line. There must be a cell tower out too because he had to drive to find service.

    All my other family made it out okay…some with property damage. The power is going on and off here. But I leave you with this

    I love my aunt

  13. RonStill4Hills says:

    I am so grateful for this blog! Without it I would be diminished as a person. You guys teach me, you make me really consider what I believe before I rant, and you help me cope with a world steeped in unfairness and bullshit. I am so lucky to have found you people back in 2008.

    • NW Luna says:

      I feel so lucky too. And we all learn, laugh, cry, vent together.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks so much Ron. I don’t know what I would have done without all of you.

    • RonStill4Hills says:

      Who knew that when I finally found myself I would be a middle-aged feminist!

      BTW – The previews for the “Battle of the Sexes” look pretty darn good.

      BJK was my hero when I was 8 and she is still my hero…In her own way she helped pave the way for Hills!

      In my house “women’s lib” and equality was as much a self evident truth as “taxation without representation is tyranny. Which is why it is not surprising that the only person I know who is a more ardent Hillary supporter than me, is my mom!

  14. NW Luna says:

    • NW Luna says:

      “I did not collude.”

      Kushner thinks collusion doesn’t apply to the elite super-rich. He can tell that to Mueller.

      • Earlynerd says:

        Luna, Jared is right. He did not “collude”. He did “conspire”.

        (Collusion has no legal meaning, conspiracy does. It’s why the media always uses the term “collusion”).

  15. NW Luna says:

    WAAwwww! gulp. sniff.

  16. Earlynerd says:

    It is a result of their belief, as they write later in the statement, that, “If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.”

    I always thought this since the ordination of Barbara Harris. If God talks to a *woman*, and moreover a black woman, there are no divinely appointed humans (contrary to everything the Catholic Church stands for). The creator all of the universe has no favorites among this particular species. It’s the way it should be, if one is anthropomorphically inclined.

    Being black -and- female, she is the cornerstone of American and English humanity. But Americans will continue to go on and on about racism and not raise one fkn stone against sexism. It takes a lot more courage to stand up to sexism.

  17. Minkoff Minx says:

    Well, we are ok. But the house is another matter.
    Yes. It was a tree, 70 ft about 2-3,000 pounds. Hit the house right between the bedrooms where we were sleeping.

  18. Sweet Sue says:

    Oh, no. So Sorry, J J. Like you need something else to deal with!