Archive for March, 2010

Kimberly Dozier of CBS reports on Lacye Presley who saved Dozier’s life and was discharged under DADT.

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Here we go again.  I feel it is incumbent upon me to point out, yet another time that Hillary Clinton never said she had a crush on David Miliband, Foreign Minister of the U.K.  She NEVER SAID THAT!

This article from the Mail Online:   Move over Miliband! Hillary Clinton has a ‘special relationship’ with a new foreign minister begins with the incorrect assertion:

First she admitted a crush on David Miliband.

The text from the December 2009 Vogue article is below.  Please bear in mind that the first person pronouns refer to the author of the article, Jonathan Van Meter, and not to Secretary of State Clinton.

I was also happy to see her taking delight in a favorite new colleague, David Miliband, the tall and dashing 44-year-old British foreign secretary. When I mentioned to her over lunch that I had spoken with him, she lit up. “Oh, my God!” I joked that I got a crush over the phone in about five seconds partly because of his accent, and she said, “Well, if you saw him it would be a big crush. I mean, he is so vibrant, vital, attractive, smart. He’s really a good guy. And he’s so young!”

For his part, Miliband seems smitten, too. “She applies intellect but also psychology to the dossiers that she’s studying. She uses her experience in a very impressive way. She brings it to bear in a way that enriches a conversation but doesn’t swamp it. She learns from history without being trapped by it. I think it’s also important to say that she’s delightful to deal with one on one.* She’s someone who laughs and can tease, and she’s got perspective as well.”

(*Uh…yes, David.  Delightful!  We’re sure!)

It was Jonathan who said he had a crush. Hillary Clinton never said she did. Is that clear to everybody? Any questions?

Now, to get back to the Mail Online article,  I just knew, when I saw these pictures from Wednesday, that somehow Miliband’s name would come up.

I have been noticing since his first visit to her at State last year, as well as during her visit to Pakistan, that they got along particularly nicely.  Is she flirting?  Seriously!  Is there any doubt?   She is a beautiful woman, and she probably enjoys the results she gets from flirting.  I really do not see anything wrong with that.  She flirts all the time.  She is really good at it!

Is she “crushing”?  Crushes are fine, I guess, but I just want to point out (for the nth time on this blog) that Hillary Clinton has not admitted to any.  Although I must say that I do think Miliband has been crushing on her, and maybe Qureshi as well.   Who can blame them?

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A loss during Women’s History Month.  For our Homegirl, a personal one.  God bless you and receive you, Brownie!  May you rest in peace.

The Passing of Brownie Ledbetter

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 22, 2010

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Brown Williams Ledbetter, a fierce champion for women’s rights, civil rights, and the right of all Americans to education and opportunity. Brownie, as she was universally known, was one of those tireless citizen activists who set out to improve their community and end up helping change the world. She began as a concerned volunteer in the struggle to desegregate the schools of Little Rock, and became an accomplished advocate for the rights of Arkansans and people everywhere. I was fortunate to call Brownie my friend, and I will remember her not just for life-long work to advance social justice, but also for her warmth, humor, and humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Cal Ledbetter and their wonderful family.

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This, from the Washington Post,  is seriously disturbing.  Settling differences is, or should be a good thing, but settling them in such a way that a significant portion of the population is excluded from the negotiations is NOT a good thing.  I just do not trust Hamid Karzai to do the best thing for women.   I think he simply does not care.

Afghan women fear loss of hard-won progress
By Karin Brulliard
Tuesday, March 16, 2010; A01

LAGHMAN, AFGHANISTAN — The head-to-toe burqas that made women a faceless symbol of the Taliban’s violently repressive rule are no longer required here. But many Afghan women say they still feel voiceless eight years into a war-torn democracy, and they point to government plans to forge peace with the Taliban as a prime example.

Gender activists say they have been pressing the administration of President Hamid Karzai for a part in any deal-making with Taliban fighters and leaders, which is scheduled to be finalized at a summit in April. Instead, they said, they have been met with a silence that they see as a dispiriting reminder of the limits of progress Afghan women have made since 2001.

“We have not been approached by the government — they never do,” said Samira Hamidi, country director of the Afghan Women’s Network, an umbrella group. “The belief is that women are not important,” she said, describing a mind-set that she said “has not been changed in the past eight years.”

The remarks below are so frustratingly paternalistic and chauvinistic that I want to scream! Such a typical stance. The women are close-minded, and the Taliban just want to protect them. Right! It is awfully hard to be open-minded when you cannot SEE and have to stay trapped at home. Women have new lives in Afghanistan. If these men cannot accept it, they should be voted out.

Arsala Rahmani, a lawmaker and former Taliban government official, said he thought women’s activists were being close-minded, defying what he called “a mother’s duty to always try to unite their sons.” He said that the Taliban restricted women to protect them from conflict — not out of ideological misogyny — and that Omar and his fighters would accept any ideas the Afghan public favors.


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Go Natalie!!!

Hey, Natalie! We’re out here saying YEEOOW! Go Natalie!

Natalie Randolph introduced as Coolidge High School football coach

Natalie Randolph proudly takes over as the Coolidge High School Colts’ next football coach, joining just a handful of women nationally who have ever held the position.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 12, 2010

When Coolidge High School announced two months ago that it was looking for a new football coach, one of the school’s science teachers was sitting in a conference room in the building when a colleague asked, “Why don’t you put your name in for it?”

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This article from On Top Magazine pretty much speaks for itself.

Miss. School Officials End Prom Over Lesbian Couple

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: March 10, 2010

A northern Mississippi high school has canceled its annual prom dance rather than allow a lesbian student attend with her girlfriend, the AP reported.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Itawamba County School District announced the cancellation of the Itawamba Agricultural High School (IAHS) prom dance for junior and senior students.


Wow!  Let’s just punish EVERYBODY!  It’s like some 21st Century version of Dickens  (How DARE he ask for more gruel!”) or Jane Eyre (“How DARE she have naturally curly hair!”).   Now EVERYBODY, go kneel in the cobblestone courtyard for hours! In the rain! Holding a brick in each hand!

Do these idiots understand that there is no quicker way of getting the whole student body behind Constance McMillen and her date than by cancelling the prom?  That, of course, was a rhetorical question, and that,  of course, would be a GOOD thing.  Why do I have a feeling that this prom will go on and Constance and her date will attend in their finery and look as cute as all the other kids?   Good luck,  IAHS Classes of 2010 and 2011!  I think you have a good chance at forcing their hand.  If they taught you nothing else in your four years there, the district has done a great job of giving you a first-hand civics lesson.

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