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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year?…Women who spoke out against Sexual Harrasment…

No Donald ya didn’t make it….

They went 180 degress from you and the Grand Ole Party…

TIME has named “The Silence Breakers” — the victims of sexual assault who set off a national reckoning by being brave enough to come forward with their stories — as its Person of the Year. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said the choice was an easy one, as the courageous actions of these women have “unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.” 

“For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year.” — Edward Felsenthal, editor-in-chief of TIME.

Last year, TIME named Donald Trump as its Person of the Year, a paradox that is not lost on Felsenthal. He notes that at the onset, this year did not appear to be an opportune one for women after “a man who had bragged on tape about sexual assault took the oath of the highest office in the land.”…..

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Hillary Clinton looks for votes from those Trump ranted against…

Old Democratic stomping grounds are having trouble adjusting to 21st Century America….

So the Clinton campaign has looked to spend it’s considerable campaign ad and organiztional dollor in places untinkable before seeking votes…

“He has woken up the sleeping giant,” Ms. Lorenzo, a native of Venezuela, said as she stood in a local Democratic campaign headquarters here in the desert between Phoenix and Tucson.

By driving women, educated white voters and, most significantly, growing blocs of minorities away from the Republican Party, Mr. Trump has hastened social and political changes already well underway in two key regions, the interior West and the upper South, that not long ago tilted to the right.

Now, even as Hillary Clinton contends with inflamed Democratic anxiety over renewed scrutiny of her private email server, these once-red areas — a string of states that voted twice for George W. Bush — are providing an unexpected firewall for her campaign.

Democrats are already strongly confident of victory in three of them — Colorado, Nevada and Virginia — and believe that a fourth, North Carolina, is likely to break their way as well. Added to the party’s daunting advantage in the Electoral College, these states have impeded Mr. Trump’s path to amassing the 270 electoral votes needed to win, limiting his ability to exploit Mrs. Clinton’s late vulnerabilities and forcing him to scrounge for unlikely support in solidly Democratic places like Michigan and New Mexico.

The shift is stark enough that Democrats are pressing for victory in Arizona and Georgia, two historically Republican strongholds, while Mrs. Clinton’s standing has wobbled in familiar battlegrounds like Ohio and Iowa….

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Sometimes being Pregnant means you lose your job….

In America in 2015……

Having a child should not make you the victim of discrimination….

I was scared because this was my first pregnancy. What made it scarier was that I found out I was having twins! I was told by a physician that I would be considered high risk and would therefore need to go to a few more doctors’ visits than normal.

With that information I thought it best to tell my employer. At our daily morning meeting (which comprised of leadership and my colleagues), I decided to make my announcement that I was having twins. After uttering the words, I saw my boss look down and look back at me with a mean gaze. I knew right then that I loss my value for my company. Although I did nothing wrong, I could see that I made a horrible mistake telling my boss that I was pregnant.

Two weeks later I was fired and denied unemployment. My husband, who at the time was my boyfriend, supported me financially but had a huge burden on his shoulders. He is a young African American male with only a GED who worked on a finicky government contract, which means that he was considered At-Will……

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In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received nearly 5,000 complaints of pregnancy-based discrimination—a 30 percent increase from the previous decade. In 2010, there were more than 6,000 complaints filed.

pregnancy-based discrimination has been in place since 1978, branching out from Title VII, which states employers cannot discriminate due to gender. In 1986, those laws were upheld in Meritor Savings Bank vs. Vinson, which found that the civil rights law applied to pregnancy-based discrimination….

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The Tampon….

…from the Atlantic Magazine….

The lowly, mighty, mysterious, depended-upon, despised tampon: common enough to be sold in drugstores and public restrooms all over America, integral enough to the female experience to merit its own memorable jeremiad in The Vagina Monologues (“a wad of dry fucking cotton”), and yet still taboo enough to be the central prop in one of the only Fifty Shades of Grey sex scenes deemed too risqué for the movie adaptation. The average American woman is estimated to use more than 16,000 tampons in her lifetime—and yet, as that daylong AMA suggests, they remain surprisingly mystifying.

The tampon is still taboo enough to be the central prop in one of the only Fifty Shades of Grey scenes deemed too risqué for the movie adaptation.
But every time a tampon user pops in a Playtex Sport or a Tampax Pearl, she’s handling a disposable, absorbent totem of centuries of technological innovation and cultural influence. The commercial tampon as we know it has been shaped and re-shaped by a myriad of invisible forces—like genuine concern for women’s wellness, certainly, but also sexism, panic, feminism, capitalism, and secrecy.

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There are differing accounts of the whens, wheres, and hows of the earliest tampon-like devices…

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The 87th Academy Award Nominations for the 2015 Oscars…

It’s on!…..

Red Carpet…..

Rain …and Tent and all…..

Oh, and the Glam!

BEST PICTURE
American Sniper
Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)*(Winner)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood
Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game
Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman

Selma
Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

The Theory of Everything
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten

Whiplash
Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

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Update….

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Wall Street Journal ‏@WSJ

ICYMI: Here’s the complete list of #Oscars winners: http://on.wsj.com/1DKLIZV

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Hillary Clinton the most ‘Admired’ Woman of Year for the 13th time….

Not bad going into less than 2 years before the next Presidential vote….

Who thinks THIS is NOT gonna be part of her campaign for the White House?

 

Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in the world for the 13th straight year in a Gallup poll of Americans released Monday.

The results are an indication of how long the former secretary of State has been admired in the public sphere, as she heads toward a likely presidential campaign.

In addition to being the most admired for the last 13 years, Clinton also has held the title for 17 of the last 18 years, stretching back to her time as first lady. Her streak was interrupted only by first lady Laura Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Clinton has been named most admired in the Gallup poll more times than anyone else. She beat Eleanor Roosevelt by six victories…..

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Women and Foot Surgery….

…from the New York Times…

When Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a podiatrist, started Evo Advanced Foot Surgery in Beverly Hills, Calif., 13 years ago, he thought it seemed a little vain for women to ask for surgery because their feet hurt wearing fashionable shoes.

“Patients would bring in shoes they dreamed of wearing,” he said over tea recently at the St. Regis New York, where he was staying to see New York patients. “On the surface, it looked shallow. But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.”

For Dr. Sadrieh (who was wearing made-to-order Gucci brogues), foot surgery is a fusion of medicine and fairy tale. At his practice, you don’t have a bunionectomy; you have a Cinderella procedure.

“I had never met a patient who asked for a hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation,” he said. “So I decided to create a name that captures the result of the procedure, without all the Latin. The point of the Cinderella: being able to put a shoe on that didn’t fit comfortably before.”

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Senate Republicans Block Equal Pay Vote….

Democrats will undoubtably try to use this vote to remind women that Republicans aren’t supportive of their equal pay efforts….

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill crafted by Democrats to appeal to women voters in the midterm election.

Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the legislation but fell short in a 53-44 vote. Not a single Republican voted to end the dilatory debate, and Independent Angus King (Maine), who caucuses with Democrats, voted with Republicans.

Senate Democratic leaders said right up until the vote that they hoped a few centrist Republicans, including the women in the Senate GOP conference, would cross over to help end a filibuster.

But the outcome of the vote was never really in doubt, and both Senate Democrats and the White House have made it clear they intend to use the issue to rally their voters around this fall’s midterm elections.

Democrats have benefitted from a gender gap at the polls, and the party hopes that by emphasizing certain issues, they’ll be positioned to take advantage in November.

“For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans do not appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”

“Pay equity, that’s women, that’s 53 percent of the vote,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist, noted to reporters before the vote, outlining its political ramifications.

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Daily Real Clear Politics Polling Numbers 3/11/14 to 3/16/14…Lots of Polls!….

Sunday, March 16
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 40, Disapprove 54 Disapprove +14
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 49, Disapprove 50 Disapprove +1
2016 Republican Presidential Nomination CNN/Opinion Research Huckabee 10, Paul 16, Christie 8, Bush 9, Ryan 15, Cruz 8, Rubio 5, Perry 11, Walker Paul +1
2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination CNN/Opinion Research Clinton 64, Biden 13, Warren , Cuomo 4, O’Malley 4, Schweitzer 3 Clinton +51
Friday, March 14
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval Reuters/Ipsos Approve 42, Disapprove 53 Disapprove +11
Direction of Country Reuters/Ipsos Right Direction 24, Wrong Track 58 Wrong Track +34
2016 Republican Presidential Nomination PPP (D) Huckabee 18, Paul 14, Christie 14, Bush 15, Ryan 5, Cruz 11, Rubio 6, Perry , Walker 5 Huckabee +3
2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination PPP (D) Clinton 66, Biden 11, Warren 5, Cuomo 3, O’Malley 2, Schweitzer 1 Clinton +55
General Election: Huckabee vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 49, Huckabee 42 Clinton +7
General Election: Christie vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 46, Christie 42 Clinton +4
General Election: Paul vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 47, Paul 42 Clinton +5
General Election: Bush vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 47, Bush 44 Clinton +3
General Election: Rubio vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 48, Rubio 40 Clinton +8
General Election: Cruz vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 51, Cruz 40 Clinton +11
General Election: Ryan vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 48, Ryan 43 Clinton +5
Thursday, March 13
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Iowa Senate – Jacobs vs. Braley Quinnipiac Braley 40, Jacobs 31 Braley +9
Iowa Senate – Ernst vs. Braley Quinnipiac Braley 42, Ernst 29 Braley +13
Iowa Senate – Whitaker vs. Braley Quinnipiac Braley 42, Whitaker 30 Braley +12
Iowa Senate – Clovis vs. Braley Quinnipiac Braley 42, Clovis 27 Braley +15
Georgia Governor – Deal vs. Carter InsiderAdvantage* Carter 41, Deal 38 Carter +3
Iowa: Christie vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 48, Christie 35 Clinton +13
Iowa: Paul vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 49, Paul 39 Clinton +10
Iowa: Bush vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 51, Bush 37 Clinton +14
Iowa: Cruz vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 51, Cruz 35 Clinton +16
Wednesday, March 12
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl Approve 41, Disapprove 54 Disapprove +13
President Obama Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 42, Disapprove 56 Disapprove +14
Public Approval of Health Care Law NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl For/Favor 35, Against/Oppose 49 Against/Oppose +14
Direction of Country NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl Right Direction 26, Wrong Track 65 Wrong Track +39
Direction of Country The Economist/YouGov Right Direction 28, Wrong Track 61 Wrong Track +33
Direction of Country Rasmussen Reports Right Direction 29, Wrong Track 64 Wrong Track +35
Congressional Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 7, Disapprove 74 Disapprove +67
Wisconsin Governor – Walker vs. Burke Rasmussen Reports Walker 45, Burke 45 Tie
Iowa Governor – Branstad vs. Hatch Quinnipiac Branstad 46, Hatch 35 Branstad +11
Illinois Governor – Republican Primary WeAskAmerica Rauner 46, Dillard 26, Brady 19, Rutherford 9 Rauner +20
General Election: Christie vs. Clinton Bloomberg Clinton 52, Christie 39 Clinton +13
North Carolina: Huckabee vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 49, Huckabee 42 Clinton +7
North Carolina: Christie vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 46, Christie 42 Clinton +4
North Carolina: Paul vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 49, Paul 43 Clinton +6
North Carolina: Bush vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 47, Bush 46 Clinton +1
Tuesday, March 11
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval Bloomberg Approve 48, Disapprove 48 Tie
President Obama Job Approval PPP (D) Approve 43, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +8
Public Approval of Health Care Law CNN/Opinion Research For/Favor 39, Against/Oppose 57 Against/Oppose +18
Public Approval of Health Care Law PPP (D) For/Favor 39, Against/Oppose 48 Against/Oppose +9
Direction of Country Bloomberg Right Direction 30, Wrong Track 62 Wrong Track +32
Congressional Job Approval PPP (D) Approve 8, Disapprove 84 Disapprove +76
2014 Generic Congressional Vote PPP (D) Democrats 43, Republicans 40 Democrats +3
North Carolina Senate – Tillis vs. Hagan PPP (D) Tillis 43, Hagan 45 Hagan +2
North Carolina Senate – Brannon vs. Hagan PPP (D) Brannon 43, Hagan 43 Tie
North Carolina Senate – Grant vs. Hagan PPP (D) Hagan 43, Grant 42 Hagan +1
North Carolina Senate – Alexander vs. Hagan PPP (D) Alexander 45, Hagan 43 Alexander +2
North Carolina Senate – Harris vs. Hagan PPP (D) Harris 43, Hagan 43 Tie
Colorado Governor – Gessler vs. Hickenlooper Rasmussen Reports Hickenlooper 44, Gessler 38 Hickenlooper +6
Colorado Governor – Tancredo vs. Hickenlooper Rasmussen Reports Hickenlooper 46, Tancredo 37 Hickenlooper +9
Colorado Governor – Brophy vs. Hickenlooper Rasmussen Reports Hickenlooper 42, Brophy 33 Hickenlooper +9

…from RealClearPolitics….

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NBC Score Card for the Sochi Olympics…2/14/14….AM

Norway…..4 Gold…3 Silver…6 Bronze…13 Total

Netherlands……4 Gold…3 Silver…5 Bronze…12 Total

US…..4 Gold…2 Silver…6 Bronze…12 Total

Russian Federation…..2 Gold…5 Silver…4 Bronze…11Total

Germany….. 7 Gold…2 Silver…1 Bronze…10 Total

As of 9:30 AM EST

…from NBC….More Here.

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Mike Huckabee steps on Women and Democrats….

This guy isn’t gonna get women votes with comments like this…..

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused Democrats Thursday of encouraging women to rely on the government for help in controlling their “libido” and said Republicans have been wrongly accused of waging a “war on women.”

“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, so be it,” he said. “Let us take that discussion all across America.”

Huckabee’s comments came at a luncheon address to the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Washington.

“Republicans no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a ‘war on women,’” he said. “Republicans don’t have a war on women. [We] have a war for women — for them to be empowered to be something other than victims of their gender.”

Huckabee’s comments sparked a firestorm on Twitter and on cable news, and Democrats were quick to seize on the remarks. Planned Parenthood and several Democratic party committees blasted out statements, while White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the comments sounded “offensive to me and to women.”

The RNC has been pushing for the party to take a more inclusive approach in an effort to broaden the base to include more women, young people and minorities — demographics with which Democrats have often performed well in recent elections.

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Hillary Clinton talks about helping Women move forward….

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Clinton is good to speak up on this issue early….

The issue of a woman in the American White House is SURE to become important in the next few years before the 2016 Presidential Election…..

“[Fighting] to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t just a nice thing to do,” Clinton writes in “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation pushes back from the brink.” “It isn’t some luxury that we only get to when we have time on our hands. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live in — and the country we all love and cherish — will not be what it should be.”

Clinton’s essay is part of the book’s broader examination of working women and the economic challenges many confront, a cause she champions in many of her public appearances.

“I think of the extraordinary sacrifices my mother made to survive her own difficult childhood, to give me not only life but also opportunity, along with love and inspiration,” Clinton writes. “I’m very proud of my own daughter, and I look at all these young women I’ve been privileged to work with or know through [daughter] Chelsea, and it’s hard to imagine turning the clock back on them. But in places throughout America large and small, the clock is turning back.”

Clinton points to a wide range of issues, from pay equity to work-family balance to life expectancy, as areas where women in the United States still face problems, though she also nods to gains in “business, academia, government—you name it.”

Contributors include pop star Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and basketball star LeBron James.

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Note…..

Some Highlights from a CNN piece dated October 25, 2013…..

The Gender Gap, 1964-2008

8 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which a larger percentage of eligible women have voted than eligible men, back to 1980.

12 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which the number of female voters has been greater than the number of male voters, back to 1964.

5 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which the majority of women have voted for the Democratic candidate, from 1992 to 2008.

2 — The number of times since 1980 in which the majority of men have voted for the Democratic candidate, in 1992 and 2008.

The 2008 Election

65.7% – The percentage of eligible female voters who voted in the 2008 election.

61.5% – The percentage of eligible male voters who voted in the 2008 election.

70.4 million — The number of women who cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election, versus 60.7 million men.

56% – The percentage of female voters who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, versus 43% for John McCain.

70% – The percentage of single female voters who voted for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008.

597,000 — The number by which female voters in Florida outvoted males in the 2008 election, the largest gap in the swing states.

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Senator Gillibrand’s crusade against the military’s sexual assault procedures is good even if she won’t win…..

NY Senator  Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is trying to get military sexual assualt cases taken from the US Military Chain of Commnad structure…..She hasn’t …nor will she be successful…..

The culture and politics (within and against the military) just is too steep a hill for her to climb….

But that does NOT mean that she shouldn’t be doing what she is doing….

That is to highlight the problems the military has with dealing with the issue…..

And to get them to change things…..

Photo…samuel-warde.com

So far, senators are keeping their feet out of their mouth. And Democrats and Republicans aren’t breaking along party lines in a legislative debate packed with a mishmash of competing bills.

That’s left the battle to end military sexual assault one with high stakes for the armed forces but without the same degree of political danger for the lawmakers taking on a potentially explosive gender issue.

A look at the politics also helps explain why the momentum has stalled on New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s proposal to remove the chain of command from the prosecution of sexual assault cases, considered the most controversial proposal to curb the problem. Women’s and victim advocacy groups want to use the vote as a litmus test that would tie any senator who opposes it to Chambliss’s remark and create a damaging political narrative in the same vein as Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment in the 2012 Missouri Senate race.

But so far, that strategy has produced few results……

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10 Bra Mistakes Women have….

For the women that come to this place….

Bras are complicated little buggers — buying them is anxiety-inducing, washing them is time-consuming and getting them to lay right under clothes sometimes seems aggravatingly impossible.

But we’re here to tell you that it gets better. Women are making so many mistakes when it comes to their bras, from buying them to maintaining them, that it just takes knowing what you’re doing wrong first to actually get it right. So we talked to bra fitting specialist Bobbie Smith of Freshpair to walk us through what we women are getting wrong — and how we can make peace with these complex garments once and for all.

Here are the 10 bra mistakes you’re most likely making:

1. Choosing a bra by cup size.

So we shouldn’t be choosing bras based on cup size? Nope, says Smith — instead, start with the numerical band size. “Cup sizes are directly related to a band size,” she told us. “So for somebody to say, ‘Oh, I’m a D cup’ is irrelevant unless you know what band size it’s correlated with.” Cup sizes are not standard, meaning you may be a D with one band size but a E with another size band. A 32D bra is a cup size smaller than a 34D, for example. Letting go of whatever cup size you think you are will allow you to explore and find the best-fitting bra for you. Which leads us to…

2. Wearing a bra that’s too small.

Many women’s identities are tied up in their cup sizes, Bobbie says, making them resistant to go up a cup size in order to go down a band size. But you may be wearing a 36C when your ribcage measurement is a 32… which would require you to buy a bra that’s a 32E. “A lot of women I fit, I bring them down to a smaller back band size and and suddenly their cup sounds huge,” says Bobbie, “and they think that it’s a character flaw.” Own that larger cup size — it means your bra will actually fit you better.

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Should Elizabeth Warren Challange Hillary Clinton from the Left?

Is THIS a copy of the Conservatives vs the Establishment Republicans?……

Warren is the Democrats leftwingnuts new icon…..

The last time Hillary ran the Democratic left help derail her…..

Are they gonna try to do it AGAIN?

Me?

I think The Massachusetts Senator is long on idea’s ….

And we already have a professor as President….

If ya want use her to keep Hillary aware of her parties base, Yea I’m all for it….

But a serious push for Prof Warren for President?

Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary Clinton in 2016: Great for women, the Democratic Party, and America

by Ian Reifowitz @ Daily Kos…..

Elizabeth Warren and Hillary ClintonOkay, okay, out with it. You read this title and thought: 1) It’s way too early to be talking about 2016. 2) Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. 3) It’s really way too early to be talking about 2016. Of course, it is certainly premature to speculate about the horse race of 2016, about who’s in the lead, who’s #2 with a bullet, and that sort of nonsense. You may remember that a Gallup poll showed Joe Lieberman (gulp) leading the Democratic field by six points on the eve of the first nationally televised presidential debates in late April 2003. That’s not what this post is about.

There have been plenty of articles written in recent days about Sen. Warren’s rising electoral prospects thanks to a new Quinnipiac poll showing her as the third “hottest” (based on popularity. What? You thought it was based on something else?) politician in the country, ahead of President Obama and just behind Hillary Clinton, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie placing first. If both Warren and Clinton were to run for president it would have a tremendously positive effect on gender equality, on our party, and the country by giving us a race unlike anything America has seen before.

I’m not throwing my support behind Sen. Warren for the nomination here. But I don’t mind saying I’m impressed by her credentials, her policy positions, and her political abilities. In addition to her prior career as a law school professor and expert on bankruptcy, she has accomplished a great deal since coming to Washington in November 2008. First, she chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel set up to watchdog the bank bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, i.e., TARP. Then Warren served as the driving force behind the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And Sen. Warren has already shown herself to be an active force on the floor of the Senate since arriving there just this January. During her very first meeting of the Senate Banking Committee this February, her statement lamenting the fact that none of the big banks were taken to trial by the Securities and Exchange Commission after the malfeasance that led to the economic collapse of 2008 went viral:

“I’m really concerned that ‘too big to fail’ has become ‘too big for trial.”

For more about why a Warren versus Clinton race would be a good thing, please follow me beyond the fold.

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Modern Israel and Secularism…

As the Orthodox increase in numbers… the country begins to deal with their strict values…..

(Could this be a similar thing to the Islamicts fighting to impose thier will in Egypt?)

At the time of the nation’s founding, the ultra-Orthodox had been decimated by the Holocaust; it has been estimated that they comprised as little as 1 percent of Israel’s population. Even the most hardened secular Zionists had a sentimental attachment to a community they saw as the last representatives of “authentic” Judaism. And so laws were quickly enacted to give special status to Haredim, such as military exemptions for Yeshiva students. (There were only 400 at the time.) Ultra-Orthodox Jews were also given tremendous autonomy over their own neighborhoods. Most significantly, an Israeli chief rabbinate and religious court system, comprised largely of ultra-Orthodox men, were allowed to regulate the entire country’s religious and life-cycle events, from marriage to conversion to burial.

This led to a strange democratic experiment in which radical secularism co-existed side by side with extreme Orthodoxy. Posters of women in bikinis dot the beaches of Tel Aviv, while bus shelters with images of even modestly dressed women are either torn off or spray-painted in Jerusalem. In the town of Petah Tikvah, shoppers can buy cereal boxes with frolicking children of both genders; in B’nai B’rak, the next town over, Haredi publications forbid pictures of any women or girls. Women are seated readily at Israel’s Supreme Court, but at the backs of certain bus lines. For decades, Israelis tolerated their nation’s dual identity as both a secular and a religious state, in part because Haredi influence was largely confined to their own private spaces.

In recent years, however, demographic changes have made this paradox less tenable. Ultra-Orthodox birth rates have always been exceptionally high, and the once-tiny minority now comprises more than 10 percent of the population. As their numbers have increased, so has their sway over political and civil life. Ultra-Orthodox parties have been the fulcrum of every single government coalition from 2006 until early 2013. Major parties competed with each other to make deals with the Haredim, often ceding authority over a number of domestic and economic issues to Haredi leaders in exchange for support on various foreign policy and security goals.

These agreements, forged between ultra-Orthodox and secular political leaders—almost all of them male—have led to an increase in modesty signs on public boulevards and gender-segregated sidewalks in Haredi neighborhoods….

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