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Daily, it is as if someone has asked him if he possibly could be a little more repellent and disgusting.

Poll: Trump presidency would embarrass half of Americans

Lisa Hagen 

While half of all polled would be embarrassed to have Trump as president, the majority of that sentiment comes from Democrats and independents.

For Republicans, 44 percent would be proud to have Trump in the White House, twice as much as GOP voters who would be embarrassed.

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The “proud” ones do not understand how offensive that word was.  He hit a new, nauseating low on the sleaze-o-meter. Revolting!

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Cross-posted at still4hill.com.

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Only a few months ago, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of this landmark speech.  In the run-up to that celebration, we heard Hillary Clinton as well as those who accompanied her recount the event and revisit the unstable atmosphere preceding the delivery of the ground-shaking address.

Date: September 5, 1995
Location: Beijing, China

Published on Apr 13, 2012

This is video footage of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton delivering a speech to the Fourth Women’s Conference in Beijing, China. This footage is provided by the Clinton Presidential Library.

Whatever progress Beijing was hoping to project by hosting the Miss World Pageant has hit this skids with this story.  Or do they think that hosting a beauty contest is a way of asserting that nothing has or will change?

Miss Canada lashes out at Beijing after contest snub

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Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada, speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, on November 27, 2015, after China blocked her from travelling to the seaside resort city of Sanya for next month's contest
© Provided by AFP Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada, speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, on November 27, 2015, after China blocked her from travelling to the seaside…A Canadian beauty queen lashed out at Beijing on Friday, saying she was barred from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to China to compete in a pageant because of her human rights activism.Chinese-born Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada in May, said that China was blocking her from travelling to the seaside resort city of Sanya for the Miss World contest.

Lin, who told AFP late Thursday that Chinese authorities were suppressing people who “dare to speak their minds”, was speaking from Hong Kong’s international airport where she was blocked from taking a flight bound for mainland China.

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I don’t know what to say.  Forcing someone who identifies female (and whose friends and teammates identify her as female) into a men’s room is a cruel humiliation.  How far behind is Houston?  Go back and see episodes of My So-Called Life when Claire Danes, now a grown-up award winner as Carrie on Homeland, was just a high school kid with a transgender BFF.  This is what sexism looks like.

Tuesday November 3, 2015

Pat Sullivan/Associated Press

Houston voters struck down a non-discrimination ballot measure Tuesday, delivering a blow to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement that had campaigned heavily for passage.

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Apparently all the perfect 10s in the world and congrats from Hillary Clinton just pale in comparison to becoming verified!  Digital natives really do live in a different world from us naturalized immigrants.  So cute!  We all add our congratulations to Hillary’s, Simone!  You go girl!

Congrats , the most decorated woman gymnast of all time! Can’t wait to watch your next winning routine.

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congratulations with having your account verified by Twitter.

 

HOLY MOLY I AM FINALLY VERIFIED CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT

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Kenya protest over miniskirt attack

Monday 17th November , 2014

Both men and women showed solidarity with the woman who was attacked
Both men and women showed solidarity with the woman who was attacked

At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt.

The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports from the scene.

At a rival demonstration, about 20 men chanted “Dress up. We don’t want this.”

Kenya is a conservative society, where activists complain that women’s rights are often violated, our reporter says.

A mother’s group, Kilimani Mums, organised the protest after a video of the attack went viral on social media last week.

Protest in Nairobi, Kenya, over a woman being stripped for wearing a miniskirt (17 November 2014)
Activists say the government has not done enough to protect the rights of women
Protest in Nairobi, Kenya, over a woman being stripped for wearing a miniskirt (17 November 2014)
Both Christians and Muslims took part in the protest

It sparked outrage among Kenyans, with the hashtags#MydressMychoice and #strippingshame trending on Twitter on Saturday and Sunday, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.

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At the we say, “We’re all in this together.” Read Charles Blow’s NYT column this morning.

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You have to ask yourself why God would have instituted love at all and incorporated it in the human makeup (and possibly – probably –  also that of other animals).  We could have been created devoid any emotions at all.  Why give us love?  Why did God do that to us?

Since we have it, why does man do this,  especially to a family member, a daughter,  who should be loved instead of being seen as chattel?  Why to an unborn, innocent, loved and wanted child?

There is a human right to love.  God gave us the capacity.  It was intentional and is a mystery.  That right to love, whomever, must be respected and protected.  No one and no government or religion should ever stand against anyone’s God-given right to love.

Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by family

Associated Press

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A pregnant woman was stoned to death Tuesday by her own family outside a courthouse in the Pakistani city of Lahore for marrying the man she loved.

The woman was killed while on her way to court to contest an abduction case her family had filed against her husband. Her father was promptly arrested on murder charges, police investigator Rana Mujahid said, adding that police were working to apprehend all those who participated in this “heinous crime.”

Arranged marriages are the norm among conservative Pakistanis, and hundreds of women are murdered every year in so-called honor killings carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior.

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There is also this case about which Hillary Clinton tweeted.

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Meriam Yahya Ibrahim’s death sentence is abhorrent. Sudan should stop threatening religious freedom and fundamental human rights.

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…and just when you thought it could not get worse.

UPDATE:

 

Apostasy woman in Sudan sentenced to death forced to give birth ‘with her legs chained’

Meriam Ibrahim was shackled while she gave birth to a baby girl in the Omdurman Women’s Prison on Tuesday.

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Viral and monumental on Twitter, the hashtag #YesAllWomen requires no hype from me.  Just go there and look.  Add to the collection if you feel so inclined.   Here is a sample.

 

 

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BOSTON — Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday called on people across the world to speak out against the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls, highlighting violence against women, climate change and economic inequality as areas where those in America and abroad must come together.
“All over the world there are places where men’s identity is all caught up in whether they get to tell women what to do and restrict their choices,” Clinton said. “We have to develop a sense of identity which is inclusive.”

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If you have seen the 2003 Irish film, Veronica Guerin, you are aware of the dangers  journalists face operating within conflict zones.

Two years ago I read what was to be Marie Colvin’s final tweet.  She was one of very few western journalists in Homs, Syria during the February 2012 siege.  She tweeted that night that she had seen a baby die that day.  The next morning she, herself, was dead.  She had lost an eye covering a conflict in Sri Lanka in 2001.  This time she lost her life.

Only weeks ago, in Afghanistan,   Associated Press reporters Kathy Gannon and Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer were attacked.  Gannon was wounded, Niedringhaus was killed.

Today comes the sad news that yet another courageous young woman journalist has been murdered in the field.  This time it is French photojournalist Camille Lepage who has been cut down while covering fighting in the Central African Republic.

These women were passionate about what they did and worked without widespread renown, but their courage and dedication were boundless.  We regret these losses, offer condolences to their loved ones, and celebrate them and all of their cohorts for their steadfast reporting in  difficult and deadly locations and situations.

Camille Lepage was only 26 years old.  May she rest in peace.  May they all.  That includes David Bloom, who was not murdered but died valiantly covering war thoroughly and with great gusto while embedded in Iraq.  Bless them all!.

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