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For those who are fans of this  awesome researcher, analyst, and commentator, I have a treat for you.

Karen Finney

Fans have been clamoring on Twitter for awhile for Karen to have her own show at MSNBC, but  of course, first things must come first.  As a popular guest commentator,  she has demonstrated the talents and gifts that are indispensable to success on current events talk TV.  She is animated, quick-thinking, well-informed, and circumspect.  Not to be shallow, but she is also very easy on the eyes.  She is the whole package, but that is not a direct route to a show.  What CAN be is filling in for hosts of current shows.

Karen is a regular panelist on Bashir Live at MSNBC  3 p.m. ET.  Tomorrow and Friday, Karen will be filling in for Martin Bashir in his absence.  Her fans could not be happier to see have this opportunity to showcase her her appreciable skills as a host and moderator.

So tune in to MSNBC at 3  EDT (or check your local listings)  tomorrow and Friday and catch Karen!  We wish her the best.  She’s our homegirl, and we hope this is a step to a Karen Finney show to  be aired regularly.

Here’s lookin’ at YOU Karen!

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There is a person, and I will refrain from disclosing her screen name, but she knows who she is, who leads a posse of women who think that this woman does not do/say enough to defend Barack Obama.

Karen Finney

They attack her  mercilessly on  Twitter for not supporting “PBO” sufficiently while never specifying which of her remarks they find objectionable or anemic.

This past Super Tuesday, the above,  Karen Finney, was a guest on the panel at The Ed Show.  She asked this question.

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Her remarks precipitated a hailstorm of criticism on her Twitter wall from southern conservative women who accused her of calling them racists – a statement she never made.

Yesterday, as a regular member of the panel on the Dylan Ratigan show, she incited the legendary wrath of Ratigan with this perfectly innocent comment delivered, I would add, with her signature dimpled smile and a sweet voice.

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This evening, she appeared with Reverend Al on Politics Nation and had this to say.

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Looking at her Twitter wall , the more active of her social nets,  right now, I am wondering where the “PBO” posse is hiding?  Why did they not come out and defend her when the Southern Conservative Women’s posse went after her on Tuesday night and said they were called racist – which they were  not?  Why are they not up there praising her for absorbing the wrath of Ratigan for saying something nice about President Obama?   Why are they not encouraging her remarks to Rev. Al tonight?  Why do they post on her wall ONLY when they feel she is not defensive enough toward “PBO?”  Why did they not defend her against the unfair attacks by the SCW posse?  I wonder exactly what it is Ms. Finney is expected to do in order to please people.

I am not here to defend “PBO” with whom you all know I have issues.  If you read the pages about why we are here and the mission statement,  however, you will see why I very appropriately defend Ms. Finney on this page.   She is a homegirl.  She defends women’s rights with logic and passion.

She has drawn fire from both sides.  In many ways I consider that a good thing.  She is objective, logical, and analytical.  She is not pushing hard for any particular candidate – very unusual on MSBNC.  She is doing her job as she understands it to be:  analyzing the events under discussion in a circumspect way.  I think she does a fine job,  and this week I thought she deserved the support of  some who relentlessly criticize her.

Well this is one venue where I can defend her as well as promote her since I think her brand of objective analysis could be better represented on the channel where she regularly occupies one or another panel.  She should have her own show there.  I probably still would need to consult her Twitter wall to find out who else’s  show she would be appearing on, but I would know that there would be an hour in the day or week that I could DVR regularly and find Karen there speaking out on women’s issues and maybe sometimes saying the president did a pretty good job at something because nobody totally sucks all the time at everything … except maybe Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  I won’t even bother with Newt.  Just thought I would mention her to those of you who don’t have any team-owning friends.  Now y’all in Puerto Rico go out there and learn English the way those guys mastered Southern American English!

So,  Karen, you have a posse of  homegirls and homeboys right here.  We have your back!

(Full disclosure:  The author has PR cousins, some of whom are very politically active in the Republican Party.  They have native speaker level proficiency in English.  Just sayin’.)

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HuffPo today featured articles by our Homegirl, Lady Lynn and Cherie Blair marking International Women’s Day 2012.

CEO of EL Rothschild

Women at the Very Top

Posted: 8/03/2012 00:00

As I join my colleagues to celebrate International Women’s Day at this year’s WIE Symposium in London, I laud the advancement of women over the past few decades, but know that we have much to do in order to achieve gender equality in our societies in the UK and the US.

Over the past four decades, society has broadly accepted and integrated women in the workplace. But, this has not yet reached the highest political offices, the boardrooms and the CEO offices of the corporate world. Women are still largely absent from leadership positions and are too often perceived to be incompatible with positions of power and leadership. This absence of women in positions of power is a painful reminder that gender equality is still an aspiration, not a reality.

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Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Behind Every Successful Man is a Woman? Let’s Reverse That Saying

Posted: 8/03/2012 00:00

It used to be said that behind every successful man was a woman. They meant, of course, a wife. It was a clumsy way of recognising women’s contribution within marriage and the part this sacrifice played in helping husbands advance in their careers.

But as we celebrate International Women’s Day, I wonder if it’s not time to reverse the saying. Let’s, in fact, celebrate the role men are now playing in helping women’s rise to the top.

This is not to suggest that the fight for equality has been won. Any glance at the continuing gender pay gap or lack of women in the boardroom or parliament shows how hollow that claim would be.

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Happy International Women’s Day to all the awesome Homegirls here!

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Karen shared this on Twitter in case you missed Martin Bashir today.  What Limbaugh offered was a Greek “apologia” not an apology, but an explanation.  It was not even a good one.  Socrates would have given him an”F.”  Here’s what Martin’s outstanding panel had to say.

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Here is the link to the website Krystal started: BoycottRush.org.  Share!  Spread the word!
P.S.    This is NOT the kind of posting I was expecting to be doing here during Women’s History Month!

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This is a “must read.”  Tina Brown has penned a masterpiece here. From Hillary Clinton, to Aung San Suu Kyi, to Marie Colvin, these are the women of history as we witness it being made today, they, and those more obscure to us upon whom Tina shines a spotlight in her annual Women in the World event.  Thank you, Tina, for this great post and for bringing our sisters in the battles to our attention every year!

In Newsweek Magazine

Symbols and Strength: Women in the World

Author

Tina Brown

When Hillary Clinton travels around the world as secretary of state, she is a global celebrity of the first rank. But that’s not how she felt when she went to Burma for the first time in 2011 to meet with the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi. One of the greatest living human-rights campaigners, Suu Kyi had chosen to endure—for the sake of the Burmese people—the daily threat of death and 15 years of house arrest, cut off from her husband and children. “It was, ‘Oh, my God, I cannot believe I am with Aung San Suu Kyi,” Ambassador Melanne Verveer told me of Clinton’s emotion on her two-hour talk with Suu Kyi in the house of her long captivity.


 

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What a great way to kick off Women’s History Month!  If you possess the required skills set and the time, you can help change the world by helping another women who has  a good idea!

We all know that improving conditions, power, and representation for women and girls is the signature issue of our Homegirl-in-Chief.  So if you can qualify, go for it!  You just might make a few new friends and even learn some interesting things yourself!

U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen Initiative Now Accepting Applications for American Mentors

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 1, 2012

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that TechWomen – an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide – is now accepting applications from American women in the technology sector to serve as professional and cultural mentors. Candidates may apply at http://www.techwomen.org/get-involved/ beginning today.

In September 2012, these American “TechWomen” will mentor 42 women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen during a five-week program at U.S.-based technology companies in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Click here to learn more about serving as a TechWomen mentor.

Following the U.S. portion of the exchange, U.S. mentors will travel to Jordan and Tunisia to conduct workshops and follow-on training for women in the technology sector and young girls who have expressed an interest in pursuing a tech-based career.

Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011, TechWomen builds on her vision of “smart power” diplomacy. It embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, in this case technology, to bring people together for greater understanding and empower women and girls worldwide.

The U.S. Department of State partners with the Institute of International Education and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. It is a public-private partnership in which more than 20 leading U.S. companies participated by hosting international TechWomen during the 2011 inaugural program.

Stay tuned for updates on Twitter @TechWomen.

Media contact: Talley Sergent U.S. Department of State at SergentRT@state.gov.

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In order to avoid offending  Homegirls and Homeboys here,  I will refrain from posting a picture of the perpetrator.  We all know what she looks like.  Back in 2009, this Op-Ed  was posted on HuffPo quoting  Sarah Palin’s claim that what is now known as “Obamacare” would result in “death panels” that somehow would have decided   ordered that her son Trig should be aborted.

Palin: Obama’s “Death Panel” Could Kill My Down Syndrome Baby

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/07/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:50 PM ET

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has laid pretty low since resigning. But on her Facebook page, Palin suggested Friday that President Obama’s health care plan might kill her child.

Via Talking Points Memo:

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I wonder why I do not hear allusive arguments today to Palin’s claims then.  Given the now infamous “panel of men”  assembled to decide exactly what kind and how much, if any, health care women should receive, I wonder where Palin is and all her followers who were crying “foul” in 2009?

There is plenty wrong with “Obamacare.”  No one will deny that.  The biggest fault, in my book, was the withdrawal of the single-payer option which would have obviated the conflict with religious institutions we all witnessed last week.  What we did not get with Obamacare are “death panels.”

The Republicans, across the board, are bent on repealing Obamacare.   Where do they attack first?  Coverage of prescriptions and procedures known to be vital to women’s well-being and therefore family health and welfare.  But I hear no voices harking back to Palin’s  prognostication as this panel of men assembles to decide whether women  live in pain and life-threatening conditions or receive the medications and procedures that mitigate these conditions.

Anyone who has lost a mother at a young age,  Madonna and Rosie O”Donnell are two who come to mind, can attest to the devastation that brings to a family.  There are ways, now, to prevent such losses to young families that were not available to mothers of their generation.  My own mother lost her mom in childbirth when she was only six.  That might have been prevented today.  But Republicans think men, some of whom are educated in theology rather than medicine,  should be the voices to be heeded.

Among the Republicans, and specifically among those running for President, there is one who seems to believe essentially what Palin did about “death panels” and all that horror.

I ran across this article in Jezebel today, and there is an opposing argument.   The absolutely beautiful and healthy little baby,  if pictures are worth a thousand words, is testament to the value of pre-natal testing and monitoring.  This story is a must read.

Why Rick Santorum Would Have Killed My Daughter

Next month, my daughter Ella will turn 11 years old. She’s a beautiful girl, with blond hair and green eyes. She’s an amazing artist, a brilliant writer, and she can do the splits without even warming up.

And if I hadn’t had an amniocentesis, she would have died the day she was born.

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She is a beautiful little baby girl, and she has the whole world in front of her.  Who knows what she might become?

Full disclosure here:  My sister and I were both Rh+ born to an Rh- mother.  We were both born blue.  We both developed jaundice,  and this was in the late 1940s,  so we never knew how we survived.  We do know that our mom had at least two miscarriages, perhaps for this reason, one before I was born and one between the two of us.

I am glad for the procedures, monitoring, and insurance coverage that allowed this beautiful girl-child to survive and thrive.

So WHERE are those “death panels?”

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The goal is 50,000 signatures.  I think we can do even better than that!

Still4Hill–

We almost couldn’t believe it.  Today, at a House Oversight Committee hearing, House Republicans convened a panel on denying access to birth control converge with five men and no women.  As my colleague Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney asked, where are the women?

Join me in our call to Speaker Boehner, Eric Cantor, Chairman Issa and all House Republicans to demand that women be brought to the table when discussing women’s health issues. Help us gather 50,000 signatures before Congress heads home tomorrow.

Sign the petition >>

Thank you for standing up for what’s right and joining our fight.

Best,
Nancy Pelosi

After you sign you can share on Facebook, Tweet, and you get an email that you can send to your contacts. Let’s share this! Let’s get 100,000! They can’t DO this!  We can STOP them!

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Karen Finney  posted this last night at Facebook.  Rep. Issa is abusing his power as committee chair while simultaneously abdicating true leadership with this unfair decision.  Here is Karen’s post.

Issa is refusing to hear from even one woman (or even a man) who could speak to the impact denying coverage for contraceptives has on women across our country. This abuse of power cant stand – in America both sides of an issue should be heard in the people’s house! Call Issa’s office now!  202-225-3906.

This is the link she posted with it.

Issa Rejects Minority Witness for Hearing on Contraception

Cummings Asks Issa to Reconsider and Let Witness Testify on Behalf of Women Across the Country

Washington, DC (Feb. 15, 2012)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Chairman Darrell Issa objecting to his refusal to allow a minority witness to testify at tomorrow’s Committee hearing about the interests of millions of American women seeking safe and affordable coverage for basic preventive health care, including contraception.  The hearing is entitled “Lines Crossed:  Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?”

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Thank you, Karen, for leading the way on this important issue!

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My dear friend, DiscourseinC#minor,  has mounted an amazing tribute to women in history.  Please visit  and see what she has found.  Here is her latest.

Admirable Women – The Long Walk to Freedom Taken Many Times Over

She has a lot to share.

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