Archive for May, 2010

Pardons in Malawi

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 30, 2010

I join President Obama in applauding President Bingu wa Mutharika for his wise and courageous decision to pardon Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza. He has provided an example for nations across Africa and the world as they debate laws that criminalize sexual orientation.
Human rights belong to all, and must be respected by all. Sexual orientation and gender identity should under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention.
This is a good day for Malawi, for Africa, and for people of conscience everywhere

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Hillary Clinton supporter, Candice Britt Britton, is running against the Democratic machine In Missouri’s District One, and she is reaching out to Hillary’s 18 million for support.  Here’s a nice article about her.  Please share this, if you see fit, with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and other friends as you can.

Clay challenger reaches out to fellow 2008 supporters of Hillary Clinton for president

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By Jo Mannies, Beacon Political Reporter
britten100candace.jpgclay100wmlacy.jpgPosted 1 a.m. Tues., 05.11.10 – Candice Britton (left), the sole Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay (right), D-St. Louis, in the Aug. 3 primary is launching her campaign by reaching out to a core demographic: Democrats who backed Hillary Clinton for president.

(Clay, by the way, was an early supporter of now-President Barack Obama, who now relies on Clinton as his secretary of state.)

At least one local Clinton donor reports receiving a “glossy color” mailer in which Britton offers up her basic candidate information, then introduces herself thusly


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The wingdude at Newsbusters (no I will not link there – you can Google it, if you are so inclined), whose initials are B.B. and according to his bio, “…lived in Massachusetts through high school, whereupon he fled the liberal commonwealth for George Washington University in DC and, since graduation, a life in Northern Virginia,”  characterized the CBS TV spot last night about Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes as “fawning,”  and thereby has joined the ranks of Men On My List, that ever-growing litany that includes Dennis Miller, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Bill Maher, along with supposed comics Robin Williams and Dana Carvey, all of whom have said and done less-than-flattering things about our Head Homegirl.

Fawning!  Harrumph!  Hillary Clinton sparkled and shined throughout that spot.  As hard as she works, she was accommodating and gracious as she always is with the press. Yes, indeed, Bush-Cheney-Rice left a good deal of torn friendship behind, and Hillary has gone many, many miles, literally and figuratively in repairing it. If it is “fawning” to recognize her unflagging dedication, well the Homegirls and Homeboys here are more than happy to fawn all over her.

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Had she lived, Eva Peron would have turned 91 today. While she lived, she received a good deal of bad press here in the U.S. as well as in the U.K., but to many, many Argentines, she was not the monster she was made out to be. She accomplished many wonderful works, especially for the poor and disenfranchised. She had a special love of children, and established homes, schools, and clinics for their care. Considered ambitious (not a good connotation in Spanish) by some, she probably would have been better described as driven to improve the lives of the working poor.

All of this may ring somewhat familiar to readers here, and if it does, that explains why I have always felt that calling Hillary Rodham Clinton our American Evita was never an insult or a bad thing. We waited a long time to have one. Evita blessed Argentina during the generation of Hillary’s mother.

I would like to introduce readers to The Official Eva Peron Website, run by her grandniece, Cristina Alvarez Rodriguez.  Here you can read the true story of Evita Peron, not a movie or musical version, her real story.

Happy Birthday, Evita!

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Yes, I have been thinking all week that I would be required to address here at DeHoS the appalling judgment exhibited by Time Magazine (which is getting no link from me here,  at least not to their latest issue)  which has done a good deal to alter the connotation of the word “influential” in the American English lexicon.   And I do mean judgment!

Masquerading as a poll, the Time “Most Influential List” is actually the product of the assistant managing editor Radhika Jones who decided who was on the list and who was not as she explained so enthusiastically on The Today Show the morning the list was unveiled.  She said she decided “to let” Bill Clinton be on the list for his humanitarian work.  She also said she “wasn’t going to be the one to kick Oprah off.”  But in admitting this, she also admitted that she IS the one who kicked THE HONORABLE Hillary Rodham Clinton,  HER EXCELLENCY, off the list!

There are 18 million Americans who have seen this kind of “poll” before (it was called Primary Season at the time), and it is no more defensible now than it was then.  If Time is going to put up a poll, the true results of the poll should be available to readers.  The results should not be cherry-picked and doctored by anyone on the Time staff.

How it is possible that the woman who was the cover girl on the November 16,2009 issue with the feature article of the week,  is NOT among the most influential while Sarah Palin IS, is very hard to fathom.

It should be noted that the article by Joe Klein was not a slam dunk for Hillary.  He is wont to be critical of her but grudgingly had to afford her deserved credits.  Certainly, within the ensuing six months since that article appeared we have seen the excellent results of all the efforts put forth tirelessly by our outstanding, diligent, dedicated Secretary of State, the Very Honorable and Esteemed Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  • START Treaty (engineered by her with Russian FM Lavrov )
  • Help for quake-stricken Haiti – immediately!  As well as to Chile.
  • Outstretched hand to the world – most recently Syria
  • Women and girls as her (always) signature issue arising most prominently during the  Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship

Right now I am watching for probably the 100th+ time, Dirty Dancing.   As Jen and I always have said, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”

You do so at your own risk, Time. You look quite comic, actually, and somewhat grotesque at the same Time.  Shame on you!

Your own stats here make your list suspect.

Hillary Clinton is mentioned in 682 articles and has appeared on 16 TIME covers

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