Posted on December 18, 2011 by Wordsmith
Wanted to get into the NDAA fray a tad because at first I wasn’t understanding the conflicting signals about the exact language vs the intent of the language. It’s been neigh impossible because I’ve been sick. Whatever it is – the insistent cough thrusting into the chest, the sore throat where gravel apparently is stuck, that stuffiness of your head that makes you feel kinda high but dizzy at the same time, and some other shit thrown in just for the hell of it. After 2-1/2 days of not working, 2-1/2 days of working at half-speed, and one doctor visit, know what I found? TheraFlu! Lying in bed working up my energy level to get out to Rite-Aid for TheraFlu it struck me that my parents would use Vicks VapoRub when we had “chest colds” or whatever else they could find to use it for.
Don’t know what or which it was, but my sore throat was gone in the morning, and I’m feeling fairly good. Not good enough to eat nachos which I’m really hankering for right about now and having to repeatedly talk myself out of fixing, but Shredded Wheat dusted with powdered sugar will suffice for the moment.
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Posted on December 12, 2011 by Wordsmith
Moveon.org has video of a speech Hillary Clinton gave to the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing, 1995. It was brought out due to phrasing last week of “gay rights are human rights” said somewhere and the similarity to Hillary’s claim that ‘women’s rights are human rights” in 1995.
Coincidentally after viewing the video, I caught this segment on NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ entitled the ‘Insidious Tradition of Taking Child Brides.’ A guest on the show was Stephanie Sinclair, a photographer, who did a photo story for National Geographic on child brides. Ms. Sinclair has a remarkable website with various photo shoots from around the world, one of the most searing on self-immolation.
Nujood Ali is mentioned specifically by Ms. Sinclair in the interview with NPR. Nujood was forced into a marriage at the age of 9. Seeking a divorced at the age of 10 – she was the “first child bride in her country to demand and get a divorce.” She has an amazing story, and she also met up with Hillary Clinton in 2008 when Ms. Clinton was honored with Glamour Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award.
Here’s another clip of Hillary Clinton in her inimitable way laying it down during questioning from Rep. Christopher Smith, (R-NJ) on reproductive rights. As an aside, notice Rep. Smith’s reference of: “I yield to the distinguished gentleman.” You’ll never convince me you care about women when using language that doesn’t recognize them for who they are.
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