Sunday, September 27, 2015

We Can Not "Make the Right Choices & Meet the Challenges That Face Us" Without Accurate Information & Each of Us is Responsible for Determining Truth

Normally, in this space at this time I would be highlighting monthly Democratic accomplishments for reminding and for sharing but as I am quite delightfully watching friends of Hillary Clinton, primarily in the form of Correct the Record, Hillary Men, The Briefing and rank and file supporters, across social media platforms stand up and talk back to a Hillary biased media, in turn informing the electorate, I decided it would be more productive for the advancement of my candidate to the 2016 Democratic Nomination for President to share some of my favorite sources and if they are not on your list of favorite sources you can add them! (You should feel free to share yours, as well...)

No lectures. No pontificating. Just a nudge: Do your own homework. Go to the source whenever possible. Make your decisions based on facts. And, if you are an activist, campaigning for a candidate (or an issue), commit to perpetuating truth to the best of your ability and not GOP lies and/or media divination.

Then, perhaps, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us.

In my own daily work as a Democrat and as freelance volunteer working for the election of Hillary Clinton, my personal effort is to inform media personnel  so they might, if they choose  to so so, do their jobs and inform the electorate of the truth of our future President's Democratic policies. I primarily do that via Twitter.

I go to the source and and I listen and I read and I interpret for myself because even the best of efforts being made reporting today are mixed with advocacy, commentary and entertainment minus context and it is just not working.

 I always encourage: Trust and Google it! 

My suggested list of sources is as follows:

* Directly POTUS:

The White House Website (A great site to explore what can be available at the source that may never makes it into the main stream. Blog. Statements. Daily Press Briefing. Live speeches. Video. Etc. Every public official won't be as sophisticated but every public official should provide information that is available at it's source and not filtered by a third party.)

Start here

Then click on the Briefing room to begin to explore.

* Directly Hillary:

Hillary Clinton Website here

Correct The Record here

Hillary Men here

A couple of great journalists/commentators on the politics of women's issues/campaigns:

Michelle Goldberg here 

Irin Carmon here

A few great bloggers on current campaigns/issues: 

Robert Creamer/Huffington Post (political organizer/strategist) here

Joe Cirincione (Iran deal -- plus) here

Steve Benen (producer/writes for Maddow Blog) here

A few good/well informed reporters
whose facts are good more often than not but -- always beware Hillary pique and compulsion to divine:

Lynn Sweet. (D.C. Bureau Chief for Chicago Sun-Times) here

Anne Gearan (National politics correspondent for the Washington Post on the Hillary campaign trail) here

Amanda Terkel (Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at the Huffington Post) here

Maggie Haberland (NYT First Draft. Beware, formerly of leans right Politico but very well connected. Also on the Hillary campaign trail) here 

Sam Stein. (Senior Politics Editor. Huffington Post) here

Kurt Eichenwald (Contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He seems to only step into something when it is big enough to draw him in now but he's got a great reputation with me) here 

A few good general “news” commentators/Columnists:

Joan Walsh (Columnist. National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation) here

Susan page (USA Today Washington Bureau Chief) here

Joe Conason (Editor-in-Chief National Memo) here

Connie Schultz (National Syndicated Columnist. Generalized.) here

Alex Wagner (Formerly of MSNBC Now With Alex. Generalized) here

Joy Reid (Formerly of  MSNBC The Reid Show. Generalized with a grasp of Stand Your Ground/Black Lives Matter, etc.) here 

Ari Melber (Formerly of MSNBC The CYCLE. Brings the law to bear constitutionally) here 

Ari Berman (A contributing writer to Nation Magazine/Voter suppression specialty) here

A couple of good /foreign affairs military commentators:

Mikey Kay here

Steve Clemons here


Because I go to the source more than I do not, reading print is fairly random. I will check articles from: Political and The Hill –
even though they lean right -- as they are pretty good at having the current D.C. Pulse …

And, of course, I check a whole lot of stuff posted across social media, as well as specific newsletters I subscribe to, etc.

As is my habit here, Take the Best and Leave the Rest!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The GOP is Winning the War Against Women! Are You Ready to Step up & Hit Back? Go to: #PinkOut

Unless you are living under a rock you know this ^^^ happened on September 18, 2015 and you know women and those who love women have got to stand up today and speak up today and demand political hands off women's rights in even bigger numbers than we have been! Below, please find recommended actions you can take and take them ~ American Taliban rule is near and we are running out of time.

FYI: This is a working Blog because ~ Good Grief! ~ now would be a good time to speak. The bill is not expected to pass the Senate and President Obama is ready to veto it if it does but that is not the point, the point is the numbers of Americans who support constitutional rights for women need to outnumber those who do not and they need to outnumber them by a lot.

Along with a few favorite memes, I am providing a bit of background in the form of two brief pieces published in Daily Kos and The Hill and a few small, extra action steps you can take.

Please use the direct links provided and share everything! TY!!!

"New England Journal Of Medicine Exposes Truths About Planned Parenthood & The GOP

by Leslie Salzillo"

More and more medical studies and articles are being released about an issue that should be taken off the table completely. The right for a woman to make her own reproductive choices should be a given. That right is continuously challenged by misogynistic, anti-choice, Republican lawmakers. They seem to have nothing better to do with our tax money. Those same rights are also continuously challenged by religious extremists, who wish to subjugate and control the bodies, minds, and lives of women.
Earlier this year, a Gallup Poll revealed that the majority of American men and women are pro-choice, and still there are never-ending attacks, especially against Planned Parenthood, a prominent health organization for women and men. This time the attack has to do with fetal tissue.
Several articles in the New England Journal of Medicine have recently been published about the Planned Parenthood controversy. Three medical doctors and a juris doctor contributed their expert views and perspectives about fetal tissue research, and the Planned Parenthood organization. Here are some excerpts from those articles:

Federal officials have said Obama would veto an expansion of the born-alive protection bill.

Let's do my personal favorite first! My candidate for the 2016 Democratic Nomination says:

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Let's do some numbers that back up the work now!

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Let's look at who is leading the charge in the House!

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Let's look at where GOP presidential candidates stand!

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Oh, and just a P.S. "Obamacare" does not provide health care!

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*** RSVP for #PinkOut Day here

For more information on the GOP movement to end Planned Parenthood start here

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

“Women’s issues are family issues, economic issues, and crucial to our future competitiveness” ~ Hillary Clinton

^^^ Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton points to the crowd before she speak at a “Women For Hillary” meeting in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 10, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Reuters.)

Who: Hillary Clinton

What: If women (and those who love them!) support women/family issues, she (we) will win! Historically, though, millions of women, particularly single women, do not vote and women have got to vote to get it done. It starts here with standing up and being counted.

What: Join Women For Hillary !

When: Now! Do not wait, it's important for her to know you've got her back.

Where: Here !

Why: I can only speak for me ~ Primarily, because “It Takes A Village,” i.e. The Common Good, and she knows that.

(You should feel free to leave a comment and to share why you think women and those who love them should be joining Women For Hillary Today. In fact, that would be great!)

How: Get informed !

Hillary grew up in a middle class home in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Her dad, Hugh, was a World War II Navy veteran and a small business man with a drapery business that designed, printed, and sold his draperies. Hillary, her mom, and her two brothers helped out in the business whenever they could. Hugh was a rock-ribbed Republican, a pay-as-you-go kind of guy who worked hard and wasted nothing.

Hillary’s mother, Dorothy, had a tough childhood. She was abandoned by her parents as a young child and shipped off to live with relatives who didn’t want her. By age 14, Dorothy knew the only way she’d get by was to support herself, and she started working as a housekeeper and babysitter while she went through high school. Her mother’s experience sparked in Hillary a lifelong commitment to championing the needs of children.

Her own childhood was very different. Her parents built a stable middle class life. Hillary attended public schools and was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. She played in a girls' softball league. She was raised a Methodist and her mom taught Sunday school. Her youth minister took Hillary to see Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in Chicago and helped her develop a lifelong passion for social justice.
Hillary graduated from Wellesley College and then went to Yale Law School, where she was one of just 27 women in her graduating class. Hillary met her husband Bill at law school.

After law school, Hillary chose not to go to a big New York or Washington law firm. Instead, she went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door to door in New Bedford, Massachusetts, gathering stories about the lack of schooling for children with disabilities, which contributed to the passage of historic legislation to require their education.

It’s this commitment to public service and fighting for others—especially children and families—that she’s carried all her life.

After serving as a lawyer for the Congressional Committee investigating President Nixon, she moved to Arkansas where she taught law and ran legal clinics representing poor people. She co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, one of the state’s first child advocacy groups. And on October 11, 1975, she married Bill in a small ceremony in Fayetteville, Arkansas. As First Lady of Arkansas, she was a forceful champion for improving educational standards and health care access. And she and Bill started their own family when their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.

Bill was first elected president in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. As First Lady, Hillary tenaciously led the fight to reform our health care system so that all our families have access to the care they need at affordable prices. When the insurance companies and other special interests defeated that effort, Hillary didn’t give up. She worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the successful Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health coverage to more than 8 million children and has helped cut the uninsured rate for children in half.

In 1995, despite being told by some officials not to go, Hillary led the U.S. delegation to Beijing to attend the UN Fourth World Conference on Women and gave a groundbreaking speech, declaring that “human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all”—inspiring women worldwide and helping to galvanize a global movement for women’s rights and opportunities.

In 2000, Hillary was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman senator from New York. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Hillary pushed the Bush administration to secure $20 billion to rebuild New York and fought to provide health care for first responders who were contaminated at Ground Zero. She repeatedly worked across the aisle to get things done, including working alongside Republicans to expand TRICARE so that members of the Reserves and National Guard and their families could get better access to health care

When Congress wouldn't do enough for rural areas and small towns, Hillary didn’t back down. She launched an innovative partnership in New York with eBay and local colleges to provide small businesses with tech support, microloans and training programs to sell their goods online. She helped expand broadband to remote areas of the state. And she launched Farm-to-Fork, to help New York farmers and producers sell their products to New York’s restaurants, schools, colleges and universities.

In 2008, Hillary ran for president. When she came up short, she told her supporters, "Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it."

And when President Obama asked Hillary to serve as his secretary of state, she put aside their hard-fought campaign and answered the call to public service once again. After eight years of Bush foreign policy, Hillary was instrumental in starting to restore America’s standing in the world. Even former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said she “ran the State Department in the most effective way that I’ve ever seen.”

She built a coalition for tough new sanctions against Iran that brought them to the negotiating table and she brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that ended a war and protected Israel’s security. She was a forceful champion for human rights, internet freedom, and rights and opportunities for women and girls, LGBT people and young people all around the globe.

In 2014, Hillary took on a new role—grandmother to Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky—and she couldn’t be prouder or happier. 

^^^ The Personal IS Political and Hillary knows that

Too often, these are called women’s issues. Well, I am a proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues, because I firmly believe what’s good for women is good for America. … As far as I’m concerned, any issue that affects women’s lives and futures is a women’s issue.”

America has taken tremendous strides when it comes to expanding opportunity for women—but our fight is far from over. Women still earn less than men on the job. Many women still face barriers to entering and advancing in the workforce, and the ability of women to make their own health decisions is under assault. Hillary believes that issues that affect women’s lives are not just “women’s issues”—they are family issues, they are economic issues, and they are crucial to our future competitiveness. She has been fighting for women and girls her entire career, and she’s just getting started. … 

A quick look at Hillary's Issues Page confirms the personal is political :

(It's from 2012 but it is fascinating. Trust me!)

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You can find Hillary's campaign page here

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

First of the Month Favorite Hillary Clinton Posts ~ Shareable and Sometimes Actionable Depending...

^^^ NOT a revolution ...

FYI: This is a working Blog! because Democrats always need to work at messaging Democratic Truths...

But nobody needs truth messaging more than Hillary Clinton – who is not being honestly described by many, including but not limited to opposition and talking heads, as the long-time progressive Democrat she is, in my humble opinion of course, making Hillary the focus of my recurring First of the Month Favorite Posts Blog!

Please use the direct links provided and share and/or to take action when and where appropriate.

Take the Best; Leave the Rest. But push the truth!

For your own information, my personal habit is to share directly from Hillary's social media platforms and and other favored sites, as well, to save favorites on my Desktop for later sharing. I create a Hillary memes folder and drop them into the folder and when I have a block of about 15 minutes of time I share them all directly from that folder to my preferred social medium platforms.

( * Today I am providing direct Facebook links on which you can click and share with your friends. To share on Facebook, Google +, etc. you’ll have to do the annoying thing and download and save and re-post...)

^^^ “Hillary is the leader we need to help us reclaim the promise of public education … “ Randy Weingarten AFT President 

You can share on Facebook here

^^^ “...The time to help is when it's needed most, and we intend to do just that.” Tom Buffenbarger IAM union President

You can share on Facebook here

^^^ Just some of the facts that have been learned from Hillary's e-mails...

You can share on Facebook here

Courtesy of Correct The Record

^^^ “I'm not running my campaign for the press. I'm running it for the voters."

You can share on Facebook here

Courtesy of a Sebastiano Grasso post.

^^^ I agree!

You can share on Facebook here 

Courtesy of a Joe Colarusso post.

A bit of a factual Hillary e-mail timeline.

You can share on Facebook here

Courtesy of a Patricia Williams post.

^^^ An action you can take now! Follow Hillary on Facebook! Check in! Like and Comment and let her know you are out here for her!

You can Like her Page here 

^^^ An action you can take now! Sign on because: “When we join together, we can't be beat. Say you're on team Women for Hillary.”

You can sign on here

You can share on Facebook here

^^^ An action you can take this week! Register Democrat and/or change your party affiliation to Democrat!

 More information on how to make that happen at Smart Voter!!!


Just so Democrats, new and old, do not get caught uninformed in the Democratic debates/debate, let me leave you with the DNC charter and by-laws and a bit on the organizational structure because we do have a system with a process.

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