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Senator Gillibrand Rips the Curtain Back on Sexism and Political Jane Crow



Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has released a book revealing some of The Old Boys Club peccadillos, and they are legion. Near-legendary, as sexism goes.

"Please don't lose too much weight now, I like my girls chubby,' was supposed to be a Senate collee compliment … and the kicker was, he had his hand on the Lady Senator's stomach while he gave her the 'compliment', then proceeded to clearly want to take her measurements.

The Washington Post minced no words to publicly reprimand the behavior, or cycle of behavior as I like to think of it because this is a situation that needs to be temporary, reformed and shaken down for corruption as well as a conscience and a few residual morals.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) has a new book coming out, "Off the Sidelines," and has been making the media rounds to promote it. The New York Post highlighted parts of the book today, in an article titled, "Gillibrand: Male colleagues called me ‘porky’ after baby."



As awful as that headline is, things get worse in the book, according to the story. One quote in particular stands out. Gillibrand reveals that one male Senator, after she lost about 50 pounds, came up behind her and gave her waist a squeeze. “Don’t lose too much weight now," he told her. "I like my girls chubby.” She says that he was one of her favorite senators(!).

As Gillibrand's title infers, the book goes into detail about the things that women in politics still have to deal with that their male counterparts, well, don't.

It's high freaking time this book was written, and may it encourage other professional and non-professional truths to sort through about just where the proverbial buck stops on this issue.




Some told of senators ogling women on the Senate floor or watching porn on iPads and on state-owned computers, of legislators hitting on female staffers or using them to help them meet women, and of hundreds of little comments in public and private that women had to brush off to go about their day. Some said they often felt marginalized and not listened to—that the sexism in the Legislature made their jobs harder and, at times, produced public policy hostile to women.

Yet, despite their strong feelings, women in the Capitol rarely talk about, except in the most private discussions, the misogyny they see all the time. It’s just the way the Legislature has always been.

Gillibrand surely isn't alone in having to deal with such comments with her male colleagues at the Capitol, although some of her encounters are jaw-droppingly bad/offensive. When she was still in the House, a Southern representative told her, “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat."


Morning Joe Schmoe and Morning Mika et al gave that a look-see -- let's hope the media does grab on with four hands to get this information out there, and that women and men sit up and see the regressive elephant hogging all the space and oxygen in the room.

This goes deeper than reflexive Hillary-type bashing, after the stats we have heard about sexual assault on both sexes in the military, and now have a sitting Senator's word for the attitude in the highest legislative body in the land.

Once again, humiliated a bit by fellow Americans.



Republican Candidate Joe Miller Wins 'Most Racist Campaign Mailer'


For the Talent Portion of the Contest.  Only conclusion I can draw:

 The mailer is the work of Republican primary Senate candidate Joe Miller, who approved the use of images depicting heavily tattooed men without shirts making gang signs as representation of immigrants. The message on the mailer calls out Democrat opponent Mark Begich for wanting to give “20 million illegals” voting power. As Miller and his state’s three Republican Senate candidates are currently focusing on immigration to win their party’s support for the GOP primary election, this offensive angle should come as no surprise.

This comes as a surpreeze to moi, my knickers are in an Olympian twist. Addicting Info agreed, excerpted below but link here.

Joe's Gun Porn:


Miller got heat for the mailer, and he defended it during a televised debate over the weekend. Courtesy of Addicting Info Miller said:

“There’s a clear correlation, and the clear correlation is this: If you end up granting amnesty to those who don’t value gun rights, who have not been raised in an environment where the Second Amendment is cherished — is considered to be a God-given right — the reality is over a generation or two, the likelihood is very strong that the Second Amendment will not be here.”



“We have violent thugs coming across our border and doing violent things.”

Welcome to the real globe, Republican fanatics. Feel free to flee.

Joltin' Joe had a LOT to say about Obama, his leadership, gun fondling [with a booster shot of bourbon], Border Crises and 'the Presidential Lack of the Illusionary Feck'.


Bipolar Disease: Becoming More Homicidal n' Stealing the Best of Us



Less than a year and a half ago, I got a call from my best friend, who had heard first and wanted my husband and I to hear it from her. Our dear, brilliant, poem-filled rock star of a Best Man (of 12 years ago). Padraic was so close to Dave (hubs) … his girl-friend (a good friend as well) found him hanging in his apartment.

Actual Shocked doesn't cover it, still.

So many American families have the resilience to care for their un-well … and they will be offering the humblest gift of respecting our elders. Now.

I don't know why, but most of my dearest friends suffer with that bitchy, stubborn and under-researched condition (or a cousin of It), called Bipolar Disease. They are often generous, caring remarkable people, I have found. And bright as hell.

They know Shite!! A thimbleful of good Scotch led my Gram into many a learning moment in there for free … that can be a part of the attitude and some very deep acts of desperation.

A morsel of stand-up from Williams …

Maybe, just maybe, Bipolar research and testing will get a bump -- because Robin Williams was killed by it this time. Read Laffy's outstanding posts, here, about his loss and her raw reactions.

Richard Dreyfuss, is also a victim célebre of  brain health issues.

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Dreyfuss first spoke publically about his bipolar disorder during the 2006 documentary, “The Secret Life of Manic Depressive.”

Since then he has been open and has freely discussed his struggles in the hope of alleviating some of the stigma associated with mental illness. He told People magazine:

“There is no shame in having depression. It never should be something to hide.”

Dreyfuss realized that he was suffering from this mental illness around the age of 14, when he felt range of emotions was not the same as everyone else’s.

So of course the Teabbing Folks sang  #AndISaidNoNoooNoooooooo as they read the obscure G.D. facts - and the gamut … Including The Limpbaugh and LaPalin [didn't there used to be a species of the Good Conservative].



The GOP: belly-aching, bloviatin', bitchin' an' a' hatin' = #NoTeaForYou



The Right does little but belly-ache and b i t c h about the current Administration and his Pinko Commie, Arugula Munching Lacker of Feck, related non-deserved and hatin' hatin' hatin' on him for being audacious enough to accept being a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Head Satan of Obamacare, Perpetrator o Impeachable Offenses and Unpresident-like.

And they have ruined tea for many a liberal, Independent (we still have those, right?) and common sense voter.

This is excruciatingly embarrassing, even for the Grand Old Party of Tea. Spite evolved to a powerful lotta' hate fer' the spurious, specious even for the Regressive Right and utter Bizarro World Orwellian (h/t to Lucian) … and the marked Dovish Lack of Cajones for passing on the whole GOP (newest)Gun Fondling craze.


#NoTeaForYou … the Do Nothings have made Inactivity the norm, the status quo for as far the eye can see. The GOP was far more tolerant, thoughtful and intelligent in days of yore.

I'm a life-long tea drinker, great-grand-exponentially-mothered, and my corpus hasn't enjoyed the cafè in twenty years so it's even more of a a kick in the old scones. I've not bought Lipton since I started referring to the Tea People as the Lipton Brigadiers. (And that's perfectly fine for iced tea if you add to it or for the odd nut who wants de-caf-wtf. At dawn.

I fear our prime years as bloggers and those who read our scribblings and comment/expand the grass roots enthusiasm and numbers for us. In other words, The Teatonic Era, Doris Kerns Goodwin's granddaughters will analyze it from a woman's P.O.V. Hope she has a Bean clamming outfit and a hose-sprayered gallon or two of our Method™ Troll Spray.

thanks, obama

I'll just leave a short quote and some relevant idiot footage here, see you on the other side. Happy Monday Monday.


In an op-ed published Wednesday by the New York Times, columnist Charles M. Blow destroyed the recent assertion by Republican Congressman Mo Brooks that Democrats and President Obama are waging a war against white people. During an appearance on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show on Monday, Brooks claimed that the Democratic Party is using a strategy to divide everyone by race and show that “whites hate everybody else.” After Ingraham had played a clip from Ron Fournier of the National Journal saying that the GOP has a real problem with Hispanics and that it is becoming the party of white people, Brooks made the following comments:

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

Balderdash. [Re Ingraham. How in holy hades did Olbermann stand dating her more than one time, and presumably, they had conversations? That was leaning forward a slosh too far.

For some audio footage that might best be heard by helping yourself to a sedative of your choice in the TPC walk-in med closet, here 'ya go. From Right Wing Watch via Politics USA.



Obama gets shite if he sends troops anywhere other than American bases, from both right and the deeply pacifist (yay for us) Dems and Independents. The artwork below I found spot on, though I feel Boehner is perhaps more of a fiddle fellow.

The Morning Schmoe Roundtable had their antlers up.

If you look closely you can just spot the tear of lament on Bo(eh)ner's patriotic to the max face.