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

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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."

 

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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.

 

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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."

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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.

 

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

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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Lawrence O'Donnell's First Week Back Rocking His 30 Rock Desk

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Lawrence had one long taxk-crash-in-Cuba hiatus!

We've all been in cabs, foreign or domestic, that had us wondering if we'd survive to make the flight, the dinner reservation or zee occasional STAT run to Walgreens in the middle of the night ... but poor Lawrence O'Donnell actually had the serious Taxi Accident of city-dweller/tourist angst, and just barely finished his first week back on MSNBC's (more sane) evening 30 Rock line-up.

After a three month medical sabbatical. Lawrence, we missed ye well. Not that Ari Melber didn't do a Yeomen's Work.

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Do we truly realize just how much has happened in three months?!??!

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For true fun, check out Lawrence's perspective on that hiatus, and his Last Word on a week back at his anchor chair at 30 Rock [his earlier programs had been coming to us Live from NBC's Cali HQ].

He is by far one of our finer pundits. A highlight this week was his Opinion segment on 'legitimate rape', which is so worth the minutes to see or see again.

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In the wake of Hobby Lobby and the Latest Regressive Right Idjit Moves to send our culture back in time, having someone of Lawrence's calibre unpack the current Fvx Hysteria is soothing.

There is intelligent life on television, he and Maddow prove it. [And Saturday Night Live but they are in reruns for a bit longer.]

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Punditry: "The one field in which being wrong is key to a successful career"

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Don't even get me started on punditry... says me who does punditry 24/7. For starters, why do so many pundits-- or as I like to call them, punditiots-- mispronounce the word "pundit"as "pundint"? This drives me up a wall, but I digress. There are so many other legitimate criticisms of punditry, why waste time on that? Well, for one, I expect "experts" to sound literate. I also expect them to sound expert. And to do their, you know, homework before willfully (and sometimes inadvertently) spreading dis-, mis-, and piss-information to a gullible audience.

Take Iraq...

...please!

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Max Boot wants to send troops to Iraq and use them, supported by air power, to stop the advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ("Here's what the U.S. can do about Iraq," Op-Ed, June 18)

I'm sure that would work just fine. We would be in a stalemate with the Sunni Muslim ISIS fighters controlling the northwest, the Shiite Muslims controlling the south and the Kurds controlling the northeast — not too different from the situation in Iraq for most of our war there, and with no great pressure on Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to change to a more inclusive and democratic government.

So I ask Boot and the other war hawks, as President Obama would: And then what?

Martin Nachman, Apple Valley

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After dismissing the three "most popularly debated Iraq options in Washington," Boot proposes that the U.S. put in place a "comprehensive counterinsurgency plan, with military and political lines of operation."

Isn't this exactly what we just recently extracted ourselves from after 10 years of failure, death, expense and endless war? Let the current situation continue to play out into the three de-facto states that already exist in Iraq.

Let the area players find their own truce.

Donald Croley, Hermosa Beach

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Boot proposes that we do another "surge" in Iraq, but this time with fewer troops. But if the last surge was so successful, why is there a need to do one now? And how long before we will need to do yet another one?

Why is punditry the one field in which being wrong is the key to a successful career?

David Greene, San Pedro

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Sunday Talkers

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Please read about this week's Sunday talk show talkers on Politico.

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Sunday Talkers

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Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Legal Advisor to Edward Snowden/Kossack Jesselyn Radack; Openly Gay Former Olympic Athlete Billie Jean King; Roundtable: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Republican Strategist Mike Murphy, Carolyn Ryan (New York Times) and Chuck Todd (NBC News).

Face The Nation: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Openly Gay Former Olympic Athletes Billie Jean King & Brian Boitano; Roundtable: Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

This Week: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney; Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Documentary Filmmaker Greg Whiteley; Roundtable: Cokie Roberts (ABC News), Matt Bai (Yahoo News), Van Jones (CNN), Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Greta Van Susteren (Fox News).

Fox News Sunday: White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Julie Pace (Associated Press), George Will (Washington Post) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer; Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD); Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK); Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds (preview); an interview with departing Tonight Show host Jay Leno (preview); and, a report on "Year Up," a program that has trained thousands of disadvantaged students for internships that often lead to corporate jobs (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart made the case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen.

The Daily Show

Monday: Actor/Comedian Jeff Garlin

Tuesday: Actor/Comedian Louis C.K.

Wednesday: Actor Johnny Knoxville

Thursday: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

And Stephen Colbert examined the effects of marijuana on football

The Colbert Report

Monday: Political Forecaster Nate Silver

Tuesday: NFL Player Justin Tuck

Wednesday: NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter

Thursday: NFL Player Drew Brees

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Video- The Daily Show: Assume the Physician

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