Speaking of Words… Friday, Dec 19 2008 

    The media has fallen to a new low: “Man in shotgun case barred from contacting ill wife” is the latest in the list of examples of shoddy, biased reporting.  Do they mention he had intended to shoot his “ill wife”?  Or the entire family?  Of course not.  Do they mention his long history of violence, including taking a hammer to his “ill wife”‘s head in June 2008 where he earned a whopping 3 months of jail time?  Yes, she was dying of ovarian cancer then as well.  How did his “ill wife” survive?  A cell phone text message to some male relatives who happened to be nearby.

   Instead of questioning the system–which allows violent crime offenders back out on the streets just because the person they attacked happened to be a family member, the news outlets try to make the attacker look like a “victim”.  It’s pathetic.  Before you think that this is the only article like this, I’ve found at least 7 others: A woman was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot in the face during an argument between two estranged lovers the evening before, according to police–which makes it sound like a simple lovers’ quarrel that got out of hand; Bergen County’s prosecutor says a Hackensack woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the face by an ex-boyfriend–which doesn’t even realize that it was not her ex-boyfriend, but her brother-in-law;  Lodi man accused of shooting sister-in-law–which implies that he wasn’t caught with a gun in hand at the scene.  “Accused” implies there is a  shadow of a doubt that he might be innocent.  There is none; Tempers flared between a woman and her estranged boyfriend in Lodi last night leading to a shooting that critically injured the woman’s sister–again trying to make it sound like a simple lovers’ quarrel; Bergen County’s prosecutor says a Hackensack woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the face by an ex-boyfriend.–again, brother-in-law, not ex-boyfriend; He allegedly returned to Richardson’s home that evening with a loaded shotgun, Molinelli said yesterday–again, implies that there is a shadow of doubt of innocence; The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office says a Hackensack woman is in critical condition after being shot in the face by her brother-in-law.–now, this article is the most objective, but again does not report on the history of the case.

   Is the media trying to quell a public outcry against a system which allows repeat violent offenders out on the streets?  Sure, prisons are overcrowded, but violent offenders need to be there.  I’ve seen two very logical ideas for legislation come out of this, and I’m sure there are many others.  One being the use of a GPS as an alert system for restraining order violations.  Another being barring those with histories of domestic violence from owning guns–and this is from someone who accepts hunting deer.  However, the only way we will have solutions to such horrible problems is if the media reports these problems accurately and without bias.

  See Betty Jean’s full story here: http://freemenow.wordpress.com/   She is one of the few PUMAs that I have gotten to meet in person, and believe me, this is a tragedy–not just that it happened, but the way it is being swept under the rug.

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Flashback: Sexism is still ALIVE in 2008 Thursday, Dec 11 2008 

     TV addressed sexism even in th 80s.  Degrassi, which has a reputation for “going there” put sexism on the forefront in the “Censored” episode of Degrassi Junior High.

Alexa: L.D., they’re only pictures.

L.D.: No, it’s how people look at women.  It’s important.  If we don’t battle sexism, who will?

http://www.guba.com/watch/3000138588

    So, are “pictures” a problem?  Absolutely.  Just as the image of feeding beer to a cardboard cutout is disturbing.  Women’s rights faded in importance for awhile, but this election season caused many women to wake up to the sexism we currently face.  If women and enlightened men work together, this guy, Jon Favreau, would be fired for his disgusting facebook already.  In case you were wondering, yes, the picture is still up on his Facebook, clearly nullifying any “apology”.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32167608&op=1&o=all&view=all&subj=34012273446&aid=-1&oid=34012273446&id=44200308

Speak Out:

Petition: 
 
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Fire-Jon-Favreau/
 
 
Email Valerie Jarrett Co-Chair Transition
vjarrett@barackobama.com
 
Call Transition Headquarters:
202-540-3000 press option # 2 for a live person
 
Email Media:
hardball@msnbc.com; caffertyfile@cnn.com; cnn.onair@cnn.com; comments@mclaughlin.com; Cavuto@foxnews.com; LouDobbs@cnn.com; hemmer@foxnews.com; headlinenews@cnn.com; Hannity@foxnews.com; gretawire@fox.com ; writemalkin@gmail.com ; elrushbo@eibnet.com; charlierose@pbs.org; gretawire@fox.com;

Lest we be distracted by Blagogate…. Tuesday, Dec 9 2008 

You know they only arrested the Governor to get us to forget about “Gropergate” (coined by Murphy).  *wink*  No, seriously, we can multi-task.  Keep up the pressure to fire Jon Favreau:

Petition: 
 
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Fire-Jon-Favreau/
 
 
Email Valerie Jarrett Co-Chair Transition
vjarrett@barackobama.com
 
Call Transition Headquarters:
202-540-3000 press option # 2 for a live person
 
Email Media:
hardball@msnbc.com; caffertyfile@cnn.com; cnn.onair@cnn.com; comments@mclaughlin.com; Cavuto@foxnews.com; LouDobbs@cnn.com; hemmer@foxnews.com; headlinenews@cnn.com; Hannity@foxnews.com; gretawire@fox.com ; writemalkin@gmail.com ; elrushbo@eibnet.com; charlierose@pbs.org; gretawire@fox.com;

Also, give the Chicago Tribune a little love as they were so nice as to print We the People’s birth certificate advertisement.  Blagojevich info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2008-12/43789468.pdf

Ok, I’m not surprised that the Illinois Governor was involved in corrupt bribery.  What I am surprised at is that he is being arrested for it.  Will Fitzgerald be able to get Nobama as well before the Electoral College vote?

Why Jon Favreau Needs to be Fired–and what happened to NOW? Monday, Dec 8 2008 

The National Organization for Women has been seriously derelict in their obligation to speak out against the sexism and harrassment toward a cardboard cutout of a former First Lady, Senator, and future Secretary of State.  Bad enough that the picture was taken–the picture was flaunted on Jon’s Facebook page as though he were PROUD of groping a cardboard cutout of Senator Clinton.

The New York Times quotes NOW as stating:

When NOW’s press secretary Mai Shiozaki was reached Friday, she first claimed not to have seen the Favreau photograph. But when called later, she offered two reasons for not weighing in: ‘I haven’t looked into it’ and ‘I have a 5 p.m. deadline. … I am already late.’ ”

NOW’s treatment of Sarah Palin was atrocious, but at least could be fathomed, as Sarah is a member of the opposing political party.  Hillary Clinton is a Democrat–there IS NO EXCUSE.

The New Agenda, a new non-partisan feminist group, did stand up for Senator Clinton:

 “These antics ought to be summarily condemned by President-elect Obama. He ought to fire Jon Favreau. If he does not fire Favreau, he risks fostering the perception that he condones Favreau’s disrespect toward Senator Clinton. He also risks encouraging this sort of behavior in other young men toward women who are not merely cardboard cutouts.”

Andrew Breitbart weighs in from RealClearPolitics:

At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) finds himself in a minor mess over a photo from a recent private party showing him groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton as an unnamed pal wearing an “Obama staff” T-shirt kisses and feeds her beer.

If you haven’t seen it, imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong’s graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Fraternities have been closed for less.

If Senator Obama truly wishes to “put the primary campaign behind him” and “support women’s issues” as he espoused during the campaign, he would not only fire Jon Favreau, but also issue a joint statement with Senator Clinton denouncing the scene as sexual harrassment in the workplace.  Why a joint statement?  Between the two of them throughout the primary, Senator Obama and Senator Clinton reached millions of Americans; a joint statement would reach his supporters as well as hers and would also reassure her supporters that Senator Obama cares about the working environment of his female employees.

1) Contact NOW and inform them you want Jon Favreau fired and for them to issue a statement.

Contact the NOW Action Center

Address:
National Organization for Women
1100 H Street NW, 3rd floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

Phone: (202) 628-8669 (628-8NOW)

Fax: (202) 785-8576

TTY: (202) 331-9002

2)  Contact Valerie Jarrett from Obama’s transition team and demand that Jon Favreau be fired:

vjarrett@barackobama.com

info@barackobama.com

More Choices for the Illinois Senate Seat with Resumes Sunday, Dec 7 2008 

Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Veterans Affairs Director

–Disabled Iraq war veteran

–Major in Illinois National Guard

–Coordinator of Center for Nursing Research

–Fluent in Thai and Indonesian

–Manager at Rotary International handling offices in Tokyo; Seoul, South Korea; New Delhi; and Sydney, Australia

–Helped open a rotary club in Afghanistan

–Unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2006 and was promoted by Obama during that run

Lisa Madigan, Attorney General

–Attorney General since 2002

–Served in Illinois Senate

–Litigator for Chicago law firm

–High school teacher in South Africa during apartheid

–Community advocate, developing after-school programs to help keep kids involved in education and away from drugs and gangs

–Received recognition from Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association, Equality Illinois, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Illinois Environmental Council.

Janice Schakowsky, Congresswoman (see previous post for links)

–U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District

–Appointed by Nancy Pelosi as Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Leadership team.

–Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee

–Sponsoring legislation that would prevent violence against immigrant women, establish transitional housing for women and children who are victims of abuse, and commemorate International Women’s Day

–During the 110th Congress, Schakowsky serves as Democratic Vice Chair of the bipartisan Women’s Caucus

–8 years as Representative for 18th District in the Illinois General Assembly

–Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens from 1985-1990

–Program Director of Illinois Public Action (1976-1985)

Not on the Short List but Should Be:

Judy Biggert, Illinois Congresswoman, Moderate Pro-Choice Republican who is for Human Rights

–13th district of Illinois

United States Congress

   * Ranking Member: House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit   
   * Co-Chair: Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus  
   * Subcommittee Assignments: Housing and Community Opportunity (Financial Services); Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit (Financial Services); Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education(Education and Labor); Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness(Education and Labor); Energy and Environment (Science & Technology), Technology and Innovation (Science & Technology)

   * Elected Republican Co-Chair of the Caucus on Women’s Issues

Accomplishments

   * Increasing Corporate Accountability: Wrote law that makes executives repay their ill-gotten gains and bans officers who abuse their power from serving on another corporate board

   * Enhancing Lakefront Security: Secured $2 million in federal funding to help construct a new marine safety facility at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago

   * Improving Education: Wrote law that removes barriers in current federal law preventing homeless children from receiving an education

   * Protecting Our Children: Wrote law that improves law enforcement’s ability to investigate incidences of child exploitation on the Internet

   * Fighting the War on Drugs: Wrote law that increases penalties for traffickers of club drugs such as Ecstasy and creates an information campaign on Ecstasy

   * Looking Out for the 13th District: Secured largest budget increase in five years for Argonne National Laboratory in fiscal year 2001; and settled six-year-old dispute between DuPage County and the Department of Energy leading to the payment of one million dollars owed to DuPage County schools

* Rooting out Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Initiated General Accounting Office (GAO) investigation of Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS) that revealed thousands of lost case files from the Chicago office; led effort to reform Department of Education’s student loan program that has lost more than $75 million in loans

Illinois House of Representatives

   * Represented Illinois’ 81st district from 1993 to 1998

* Named Assistant Republican House Leader in 1995, after serving just one term

Professional Experience

   * Attorney specializing in real estate, estate planning, and probate, 1975-Present

* Clerk to The Hon. Luther M. Swygert, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1963-1964

Education

   * Northwestern University School of Law, JD, 1963 (Member, Board of Editors, Law Review)

   * Stanford University, BA (International Relations), 1959

* New Trier High School, 1955

Civic Experience

   * Chairman, Village of Hinsdale Plan Commission, 1989-1993

   * Steering Committee, Citizens for Property Tax Accountability, 1990-1993

   * Chairman, Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago, 1989-1991

   * President, Board of Education, Hinsdale Township High School District 86, 1983-1985

   * Chairman, Hinsdale Assembly of the Hinsdale Hospital, 1987-1988

   * President, Junior League of Chicago, 1976-1978

   * Treasurer, Women’s Board of Brookfield Zoo, 1970-1971

   * President, Chicago Junior Board of Travelers Aid Society, 1969

   * Board of Directors, Salt Creek Ballet, 1990-1999

   * Chairman, Hinsdale Antiques Show, 1980

   * Board of Governors, Illinois Lincoln Series, 1994-Present

   * President, Oak School PTA, 1974-1976

   * Sunday School Teacher, Grace Episcopal Church, 1974-1984

* Assistant Soccer Coach, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), 1983

Awards

• “NORD Health Leadership Award” – National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), 2007
• “Distinguished Public Service Award” – Dystonia Advocacy Coalition, 2007
• “Champion of the Merit Shop” – Associated Builders and Contractors, 2007
• “Distinguished Service Award” – National Energy Resources Organization (NERO), 2007
• “Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award” – The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), 2007
• “AIMBE 2007 Congressional Award” – American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2007
• “Certificate of Excellence” – National Breast Cancer Coalition, 2007
• Special Recognition Award from International Titanium Powder on Judy’s dedicated efforts to bring about a domestic titanium manufacturing industry to the benefit the U.S. Department of Defense and American way of life, 2007
• Distinguished Community Health Superhero – National Association of Community Health Centers, 2007
• Champion of Public Education” – FED ED, 2006
• Guardian of Small Business Award – National Federation of Independent Business, 109th Congress
• Decade for Change Award – National Domestic Violence Hotline, 2006
• Exemplary Legislator Award – National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2006
• Congressional Award for fighting drunk driving – The Century Council, 2006
• “Friend of the Shareholder Award” – American Shareholders Association, 2006
• “Guardian of Worker Freedom” – Alliance for Worker Freedom, 2006
• “2005 Hero of the Taxpayer Award” – Americans For Tax Reform, 2006
• “Small Business Champion” – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, 2006
• Certificate of Appreciation – National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2006
• President’s Award – The Arc of Illinois, 2006
• Alumni Merit Award – Northwestern University, 2006
• “Thomas Jefferson Award” – International Foodservice Distributors Association, 2006
• Spirit of Enterprise Award – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, March 2006
• Humane Appreciation Award – The Humane Society of the United States, 2005
• Legislator of the Month Award – The Population Institute, 2005
• 2005 WISER Hero Award—The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
• “Eagle Award”, Associated Builders and Contractors, 2005
• “Legislative Leadership Award” National Association of Realtors, 2005
• “Federal Legislator Award” Jumpstart Coalition: Financial Smarts for Students, 2005
• “Perfect Voting Record Award” National Association of Wheat Growers, 2004
• “Friends of the National Parks” National Parks Conservation Association, 108th Congress
• “Friend of Farm Bureau” American Farm Bureau, 2004
• “Humanitarian of the Year” Giant Steps Illinois – Autism Center for Excellence, 2004
• “Thank you for your support of Old Glory and the Flag Protection Amendment in the 108th Congress” The Citizen Flag Alliance and the American Legion, 2004
• “Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” National Association of Manufacturers, 2004, 2003
• “Guardian of Small Business Award” National Federation of Independent Business, 2004
•“2004 Friend of the Shareholder Award”, American Shareholders Association
•108th Congress “Small Business Advocate”, Small Business Survival Committee
•“2004 Hero of the Taxpayer Award”, Americans for Tax Reform,
•“Champion of Science”, The Science Coalition, 2004
•“Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women”. Crain’s Chicago Business, 2004
•“2004 Lifetime Civic Volunteer Award”, Committee of 100, 2004
•“Chicago’s 100 Most Powerful Women”, Chicago Sun-Times, 2004
•“Woman of Distinction for outstanding commitment to the community”, Suburban Life Newspapers, 2004
•“Legislator of the Year”, P.E.4LIFE Institute, 2004
•“A Special Thanks”, Fairmont School, 2004
•National Breast Cancer Coalition Legislative Award 2003 and 2004
•“Leadership Award for Women’s Health”, Jacobson Institute, 2004
•“George E. Brown Science-Engineering-Technology Leadership Award”, Science-Engineering-Technology (SET) Work Group, 2004
•“Our Children’s Advocate of the Year”, Our Children’s Homestead, 2004, 1999
•“Thomas Jefferson Award”,  Food Marking Institute and International Foodsevice Distributors Association, 2004
•“Legislator of the Year”, Suburban Area Agency on Aging, 2003
•”American Chemical Society Award for Public Service”, American Chemical Society, 2003
•”One Nation Under God”, Exchange Club of Naperville, 2003
•“Outstanding and Inspiring Leadership Award”, Consul General of India, 2003
•“Excellence”, Naperville Community Unit School District 203, 2003
•”Excellence in Education”, National Association for College Admission Counseling, 2002
•”Friend of Education”, Illinois Education Association and National Education Association, 2002
•“You made a Difference Certificate of Appreciation”, International Rett Syndrom Association, 2002
•”Activator Friend of Agriculture”, Illinois Agriculture Association, 2002
•”Manufacturing Legislative Excellence”, National Association of Manufacturers Award, 2001  
•”Citizens for a Sound Economy Jefferson Award”, Citizens for a Sound Economy, 2002
•”Champion of Small Business”, Small Business Survival Committee, 2002
•”Chairman’s Award”, DuPage Workforce Board, 2002
•”Outstanding Leadership to Homeless and Victims of Domestic Violence”, Chicago Public Schools, 2002
•”Distinguished Achievement” for Protecting and Expanding Education Opportunities for Children and Youth Who are Homeless, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 2002
•”Certificate of Appreciation for Homeless Education”, Illinois State Board of Education, 2002
•”Passes the Moral Test of Government”, Illinois Coalition to End Homelessness, 2002
•”Award of Appreciation”, for Service to Business Community, National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB), 2002
•”Friend of Technology”, Smart Signal, Inc, 2002
•”Certificate of Appreciation”, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2002
•”Voting for the Flag Amendment”, American Legion (11th District), 2002
•”Mayslake Village Honoree”, Mayslake Village, 2002
•”Friend of the Shareholder”, American Shareholders Association, 2002, 2000
•”Hero of the Taxpayer”, Americans for Tax Reform, 2002, 2000
•”Friend of Agriculture”, American Farm Bureau and Illinois Farm Bureau, 2002, 2000, 1996
•”Guardian of Seniors’ Rights”, The 60 Plus Association, 2002, 1998
•”Special Recognition Award”, National School Board Association (NSBA), 2002
•”National Republican Legislator of the Year”, Illinois State Crime Commission, 2002
•”Congressional Leadership on behalf of Homeless Children and Youth”, National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth, 2001
•”100 percent” Voting Record, National Association of Manufacturers, 2001
•”In Great Appreciation” for Interest and Support, American Legion Post #43 and VFW Post 3873, 2001
•”Dedicated Public Service”, Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 2001
•”Guardian of Small Business”, National Federation of Independent Business, 2000
•”Advocate of Small Business”, Small Business Survival Committee, 2000
•”Spirit of Enterprise”, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2001, 1999
•“Service Award”, Architects in Action, 2000
•“Special Thanks for Participation on Arbor Day”, Darien Park District, 2000
•“Thank you for support of the Flag Protection Amendment”, Citizens Flag Alliance, 1999-2000
•“In Appreciation”, Giant Steps, 2000, 1999
•”100% High Tech Voting Record”, Information Technology Industry Association, 1999
•”A+” Rating, National Foreign Trade Council 1999 Congressional Report Card
•”Super Friend of Seniors”, 60 Plus Association, 1999
•”Bharat Misra” (Friend of India), Indo-US Political League, 1999
•”Governmental Leader of the Year”, DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, 1998
•”Legislator of the Year”, Illinois Association of Community Mental Health Agencies, 1998
•Inducted into Hinsdale Central High School Hall of Fame, 1997
•”Legislator of the Year”, Women’s Cable Association, 1997
•“Certificate of Appreciation”, Illinois Library Association, 1997
•One of “100 Women Making a Difference”, Today’s Chicago Woman, 1997
•Named “First Friend” of Wellness House, 1997
•“Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding cooperation and assistance in furthering the purpose and principles of the Coast Guard Auxiliary”, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1997
• “Champion Legislator”, Hinsdale Hospital, 1996
•“In Appreciation”, Inside Insights, 1996
•”Voice of Employers”, Management Association of Illinois, 1996
•“Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions on behalf of the people of Illinois”, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, 1996
•”Woman of the Year” in Government, Politics and Civic Affairs, DuPage YWCA, 1995
•“In Appreciation”, Community Hospitals Against the Medicaid Provider Tax (CHAMP), 1995
•Illinois Division Merit Citation, American Cancer Society, 1995
• “A World of Thanks”, O.P.A.C.C.
•“In Appreciation”, Hinsdale Surgical Center
• “Honorary Smile Ambassador”, Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation
• Who’s Who of American Women

Religious Affiliation
# Member, Grace Episcopal Church, Hinsdale, Illinois

Personal
# Birthplace: Chicago; Husband: Rody P. Biggert; Children: Courtney Caverly, Alison Cabot, Rody P. Biggert, Jr., and Adrienne Morrell; and Grandchildren: Martin Bray, Gillian and Grant Patterson Caverly; John Henry and Matthew Cabot; and Greer Morrell.

Women in the Senate Sunday, Dec 7 2008 

A great deal of interest has been generated over the possible female appointees to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, but we forget that we could also make gains with Obama’s upcoming vacant Senate seat (likely to be vacant regardless of the Natural Born Citizen outcome).

So who are the female Illinois Congresspeople?  Yes, all of them endorsed Obama, but he is from their home state after all.

We have Janice Schakowsky, a far left Democrat, with more experience in Congress, whose focus has been Energy and the Environment, and has been called a friend to Israel.

Second, we have Judy Biggert, a moderate  Republican, whose focus has been on Education, and who is pro-choice and voted NO on the FMA and was endorsed by the HRC against her Democratic opponent (which NEVER happens).

We have moderate Democrat, Melissa Bean, who has served on various financial committees, who has the greatest chance of helping in this economic mess, although she only has 3 years of experience in Congress.

Do a little research and tell me which of these three you would pick to support for Obama’s Senate seat.

Sarah Palin is NO Anita Bryant Saturday, Nov 29 2008 

It’s clearly the media stupid.

I am all about seeing Milk, but the idea that this will somehow connect Anita Bryant to Sarah Palin in any way mind boggles me.

“I had a few friends call me up and say, ‘Wow, it’s so amazing to see Palin running as vice president because she’s beautiful, an ex-beauty queen, a mother, well-spoken and there something about her that is so reminiscent of Anita Bryant exactly 30 years ago,'” he says. “I think some people will pick up on that.”

Sarah Palin has most definitely not made anti-GLBT rights her main focus in her administration, even though in a questionnaire when she was running for Governor she placed “traditional” marriage as her 2nd highest priority.  Her main focus has been on energy and the economy.  She may have some questionable religious beliefs (her church holds “ex-gay” events–or so the left wing claims), but she isn’t going out of her way to hurt the GLBT community.  In fact, I found this comment written by a blogger on a GLBT online publication:

Chris In Alaska says:

I am a gay Alaskan who knows Sarah Palin personally. I can attest that she is pragmatic in her public administration and isn’t as black and white as she is being portrayed. I support her.

Sarah has been criticized by the left because she “didn’t really support GLBT rights” when she vetoed a bill that would have banned domestic partner benefits because it was unconstitutional.  After vetoing the bill, she put it up to a vote for Alaska.  Alaska of course voted to ban domestic partner benefits, although the legislature decided not to go any further with it.  What if the vote had gone the other way?  I believe that the biggest clue is how she reacted when it appeared that Ted Stevens had won the re-election–“I’m not a dictator.  The people of Alaska have spoken.”

In summary, while Sarah Palin is not a proponent of GLBT rights, to compare her to someone like Anita Bryant is TOTALLY uncalled for.

Sexism and Misogyny Monday, Nov 24 2008 

PUMA PAC has mentioned the misogyny aimed at Christina Romer.  However, she is not the only one of Nobama’s economic advisors who is being subjected to sexist comments.  Instead of being interviewed on what she intends to do with the position, she is interviewed on the latest fashionable outfit she is sporting:

When asked what clothes she splurged on last year in an interview she responed, “I love a beautiful suit. Wear the entire suit and you’re professional and put together. Put the jacket on with a pair of jeans and you’re ready for a fun dinner. I also have a crazy collection of Wolford tights. They’re a small detail that makes an outfit more interesting.”

Of course, we can’t forget how this all relates to Michelle Obama:

Will Melody Barnes give Michelle Obama a run for her money in the world of fashion for the brand new washington DC power woman.  Barnes is a beauty with brains (as is Michelle) and with her appearance with Barack Obama on Monday the lawyer is now on everyone’s minds.

Melody Barnes who in 2007 was named one of Washington’s best dressed women.  She is hailed as a beauty with brains as though that is something out of the ordinary.  Her long association with Ted Kennedy makes me seriously wonder if Nobama was being “helped” by the Kennedy’s, especially in light of Ted Kennedy’s most recent offer to Hillary Clinton to chair a choice healthcare committee in the Senate.  In addition to her time at Emily’s List, she did work for Ted Kennedy for years.  Funny that.

Since when do we have to look at media from THAILAND to get the real news? Sunday, Nov 16 2008 

One of the things Americans learned during the 2008 election is not to trust the media–the American media, that is.  For all those people who are concerned about whether Bill Clinton would “get in the way” of Hillary Clinton being Secretary of State, check out this interesting article from Thailand.  If Americans wouldn’t have held her husband against her for President, we sure wouldn’t for Secretary of State.

That said, I am totally against Hillary Clinton being Secretary of State.  I feel that she should stay as far away from this toxic administration as possible, and maybe, in 2012, when Sarah Palin wins the Presidency, Hillary will get a choice cabinet position and we’d still be able to admire her for standing up for her ethics.  I don’t want to remember Hillary as the “Secretary of State” in the most horrid administration ever.

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/india-news/hillary-clinton-would-have-won-us-presidential-race-by-a-bigger-margin_100119058.html

Hillary Clinton would have won US presidential race by a bigger margin

New York, Nov 14 (ANI): New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who lost to US President elect Barack Obama in Democrat primary race, would have won the White House by a bigger margin.

Barack Obama won big on Election Day, but Hillary Clinton would have won bigger, the Daily News reported.