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Saturday: In case you have forgotten…

THIS is what a feminist looks like:

and this:

Hillary Clinton has been a feminist for decades.  She has championed issues important to women and never backed down from a fight.  One of the most recent issues she tackled was the Bush Conscience Rule, and Executive Order that would have exempted health providers from providing reproductive services to women out of conscientious objection.  The order takes effect just as Bush leaves office but instead of vowing to rescind this order while passionately defending the rights of women to obtain the best medical care available according to “their” consciences, Barack Obama said he will study the order and make changes.

But it is the Lilly Ledbetter Act and Paycheck Fairness Act that is important here.  It’s payback time, Conflucians.  That’s what the Ms. Magazine cover is all about.  Remember the horribly racist thing that Hillary Clinton said about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Act of 1964?  She said that we need dreams and vision but they aren’t enough.  If you want to see your dream fulfilled, you need a president.  See where I’m going with this now?

Here it is: The House just passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness bill yesterday.  Hillary Clinton, who sponsored the bills, along with Tom Harkin, reintroduced those bills in the Senate yesterday.  She originally introduced them over a year ago but they failed to be passed by the Republicans who didn’t want the Democrats to win a single triumph during the Bush years.  Fine, so they will now be passed by the Senate as Hillary’s swan song before she leaves the Senate for greener pastures at Foggy Bottom.  And then what?

You got it.  President Barack Obama will sign these two bills as his first acts as president, probably a mere seconds after he takes the oath.  Thus, he will go down in legend as a great feminist leader after being not only the most corrupt, cheating fraud the DNC ever selected but also as the man who actively participated in the denigration of women in last year’s presidential contests, while doing absolutely *nothing* for women while he was in the Senate.  Pretty fricking sweet, ain’t it?

No doubt it will all be followed by the smarmiest, most insincere inaugural speech that Jon Favreau has ever penned.  If it weren’t so true that Obama needs Hillary at State, I would have to say that his and the Obamacrats’ hatred of Hillary Clinton is beyond pathological, irrational and stupid.  We are about to inaugurate this man.  He’s going to be our president, this most opportunist of politicians.  And women like Hillary will be completely forgotten as the true workhorses and champions of women’s rights.

Ms. Magazine, intoxicated with Obama worship is completely clueless that Obama has just slipped Rohypnol into its kool-ade and is about to screw them silly.

Update: Commenter gxm17 says this is not the first time Obama has gotten unearned credit for the hard work of others:

[Emil] Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high-profile piece of legislation, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama and had spent years championing the bills.

“I took all the beatings and insults and endured all the racist comments over the years from nasty Republican committee chairmen,” State Senator Rickey Hendon, the original sponsor of landmark racial profiling and videotaped confession legislation yanked away by Jones and given to Obama, complained to me at the time. “Barack didn’t have to endure any of it, yet, in the end, he got all the credit.

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Once your blood pressure has returned to normal, don’t forget that there are only a couple of days left to vote for your favorite Weblog at the 2008 Weblog Awards.  Here are our recommendations:

For Best Liberal Blog, vote for The Confluence here

For Best New Blog, vote for Uppity Woman here

For Best Small Blog, vote for Nice Deb here

For Best Hidden Gem, vote for Deadenders here

For Best Food Blog, vote for Cake Wrecks here

For Best Pet Blog, vote for F**k You, Penguin here

For Best Podcast, vote for This American Life or NPR’s Planet Money here.

For the last two, This American Life and NPR’s Planet Money, please visit their sites and make donations if you have the extra bucks.  I’ve got paint, furniture and flooring to buy for my basement so I am super strapped but I plan to throw a fiver to TAL to cover the cost of their streaming podcasts.  At $5, that’s a steal for one of the best podcasts ever.  For Planet Money, they are trailing a Harry Potter blog in their category.  They deserve much better than that and the crew at Planet Money is just barely holding onto their jobs due to layoffs at NPR.  Go vote them up, guys.  They need to stay employed so we can learn the difference between Keynesians and Austrian School followers.  It’s that important.

59 Responses

  1. This reminds me of what we will miss by not having Hillary in the Senate. I hope she excels at State, but she leaves a large crater in the Senate where there once was competence, compassion, and industriousness.

  2. Thank you, RD, for writing what I was thinking yesterday when I saw that disgusting cover on Ms. Magazine. All I could think of was Hillary in Beijing 10 years ago bravely proclaiming that women’s rights are human rights. That speech ranks right up there in courage with any of the great civil rights speeches in calling nations to task for how they treat their citizens–all their citizens.

    I am very concerned for women’s issues now that Hillary is leaving the Senate. There are still a few gutsy women in the House, but Hillary was the only female senator, IMO, who knew how to tackle the Old Boys Club when it came to women’s rights and women’s issues. Although Patty Murray often joined Hillary in co-sponsoring legislation, I just can’t see her leading the charge the way Hillary did. Hillary’s belief in the rights of women is carved deep into her soul.

  3. Initially, I was skeptical-to-paranoid about the SoS appointment. Then I thought that it might actually reflect guts and smarts on his part. And now I’m swinging back to paranoia. Specifically, to the thought that he really needed to get her out of the Senate if he planned to eviscerate the New Deal — as this report in the NY Times this week (http://falstaff-falstaff.blogspot.com/2009/01/omg.html) suggests he might. In the Senate, there’s no doubt she would’ve fought against it, and won. At State, she can’t.

  4. Well at least women, 52% of the population, are enough on the radar of the BO, Favreau , Alelrod crowd that they will put forth this “Obama is a feminist” sham. Having an elaborate sham crafted for your consumption is better than being ignored. And it is better than “Michelle is your sister in fashion read all about her in Vogue and stay tuned for more breaking fashion related womens issue news from the white house, and this fulfills our administrations need to communicate with women on womens issues”, click.

    Good thing Hillary is a believer in the “if you don’t care who gets credit you can accomplish a lot” philosophy.

  5. Thanks for the videos RD. I really, really miss Hillary.

  6. Looks like the Confluence will stay in third in its award category. But you know, against those two massive power houses, that’s pretty damn good if you ask me. And a number of the sites the Confluence is beating is pretty impressive. So congratulations for a respectable outcome. And the attention this has gained will be good in the long term.

  7. Thanks, RD, for bringing this back to Hillary.

    The Financial Times has an article today that headlines – “World Awaits Clinton Doctrine”. What will she say in her confirmation hearing on Tuesday that will signal which way the new administration will go in the Middle East?

    Some Bush admin official said – “The real foreign policy question for the first year is how long does it take for Hillary and Barack to be in open conflict.” I hope this is not the case and that his advisors and supporters won’t try to sabotage her.

  8. http://hillaryorbust.com/2009/01/action-alert-ms-magazine-boycott/

    I saw this link at noquarter, and noticed that the blog entry makes a good point, Ms may have in fact jumped the shark.

  9. DandyTiger: I *almost* agree with you. “The site that must not be named” is in front only through the use of extensive cheating. We know how they are doing it. It would be very easy to replicate. In fact, for all we know, some enterprising hacker has already automated the procedure and Sadly No! may end up the victor when all is said and done. It could happen. TSTMNBN has ruffled a lot of feathers this week and hasn’t earned any new friends. So, if we come in third, great! It really means we came in second and that’s not a bad place to be after Josh Marshall.

  10. Sam:

    What do you mean “may have?”

  11. RD:

    Check out the update to my post for news on TSTMNBN

  12. TSTMNBN’s % of the vote has been declining steadily since Tuesday, while ours has increased.

  13. myiq: Apparently, we have been accused of defaming TBTMNBN. But is it defaming if it’s true? You’re a lawyer, aren’t you?

  14. Just saw that MS cover and I am in total shock. Is it meant as a joke? Are they serious? NOW also refered to Obama as a feminist president? What is it that they see in his background that makes these people think Obama is a feminist?

  15. The 2008 Weblog Awards missed a major category: Best Obamablog. And that is not a compliment to all those “liberal” blogs that humped Obama’s leg throughout the Democratic primary.

  16. Myiq: Well, maybe they figured someone was on to them. They proposed several cheating mechanisms on their site. But I think there is a very easy way of doing it and one of the self-proclaimed trolls from TBTMNBN gave it away the other night when he (or she) said he could troll with impunity here because he was just going to continue to change his DHCP address everytime he posted and there would be no way we could keep up with all the IP addresses in the spam filter. That’s how they’ve been “winning”. The award site allows you to register one vote per computer per day. If you can trick the site into thinking you’re a different computer or IP address, you can game the vote. We caught them. We saved the incriminating comments. They’re cheaters, just like we said they were.
    They think we’re technologically stupid. We’re not. We just don’t think a win my cheating is a good thing. I’ll take my respectable second behind Josh and feel good about it.

  17. Look, it’s not OUR fault that one editor looks like a character from The Far Side, and the other looks like he hasn’t bathed in a year..

    If they didn’t want us to make fun, they shouldn’t have started the great Keyboard Offensive of ’09, during which so many good pixels were lost.

    (Moment of silence)

  18. {{snarf!}} We gather today at the monitor of the unknown pixel to honor their loss. “You will grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age will not weary you, Nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun and in the morning We (and I) will remember you”

    Someday we will all gather round the cocktail table to show our scars and women who were not with us will hold their ovaries cheap that they missed the great blog battle of 09.

  19. In the spam filter, no one can hear you scream

  20. Hillary is amazing. Her integrity and determination shine. What an example. I’m sending her another “Thank You for standing up for us” card.

    Obama is such a shallow shellacked pompous preener.

  21. myiq: But that doesn’t stop them from trying. Did you ever notice how desperate they become to be heard? It’s really pathetic. BTW, my BFF says he knows the commands and it’s dead simple to script. We could put Sadly No! in first place very easily.

  22. Obama has made a career out of taking credit for other folks’ hard work. That landmark racial profiling bill that he took credit for was originally Rickey Hendon’s.

    [Emil] Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high-profile piece of legislation, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama and had spent years championing the bills.

    “I took all the beatings and insults and endured all the racist comments over the years from nasty Republican committee chairmen,” State Senator Rickey Hendon, the original sponsor of landmark racial profiling and videotaped confession legislation yanked away by Jones and given to Obama, complained to me at the time. “Barack didn’t have to endure any of it, yet, in the end, he got all the credit.

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  23. Downticket: Good questions and I want to know how were these “feminists” bought off. Because we know how they bribe men with money and sex, so is that what they used on these “feminist” women? If so I want to know how much money. And did they use call girls or call boys or were they dumb enough to fall for empty promises of power? Just wondering how you corrupt women.

  24. That Ms cover is appalling. First, the apparent hero worship. Here he comes to save the day, indeed! Check out his swelling chest, square jaw and visionary gaze.

    Second, the complete ignorance? denial? acceptance? of his words during the campaign — sweetie, how about a kiss, Tim Kaine’s appointment, the way he completely ignored the Favreau issue.

    Obama threw women and feminism under the bus in the name of “uniting” America and reaching across the aisle. He will continue to do so with Kaine, Warren, and his conservative christian friends. Where else will we go?

  25. Constance, on January 10th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Saw it at NoQuarter that Donna Brazile is also works for Ms.

  26. Please take me out of moderation.

  27. Thanks! That was quick.

  28. RD:

    ABG was in there screaming “More food for the rest of us!” the other night.

    I told him we don’t provide room service.

  29. Constance, all you have to do is pay attention to them and act like you’re listening. Oh, and it helps if Donna Brazile is one of your staff writers. And your editorial staff is composed of young, impressionable women who dream of Change!

  30. Re: Hillary and the paycheck fairness act, wasn’t the congress controlled by Democrats when Hillary introduced it?

    BTW she has this information guide for young women enterring the workforce on her site. Guide entitled “Know What to Ask & Know Your Rights: A Pay Equity Guide on How to Help Yourself in the Workplace.”

  31. Downticket: Well I guess having Donna Brazile at Ms sort of explains the BO cover but I think there is more to it. And that more is sleazy. You know I used to like Donna before the pod people took her over. She was spunky before her eyes glazed over and she started crawling around on her worshipful knees.

  32. myiq: They’re lucky we feed them at all. If it weren’t for Amnesty International and those Red Cross care packages, they’d have starved.

  33. riverdaughter: Well that is pathetic, If I were going to sell out you can bet that I would at least demand an inflated price.

  34. Thanks Riverdaughter for this post.

  35. My last post was referring to Ms. magazine selling out. I in no way think Riverdaughter is a sellout! Sometimes I can’t believe the impression my writing could give.

  36. Constance: It’s a very divide and conquer strategy. This stupid cover pits women against each other.

  37. RD:

    I guess we forgot to tell you – we’ve been selling the care packages for beer money.

    We just let the young and strong ones feed on the old and weak.

  38. Constance:

    Yeah, the really amazing thing isn’t that they sold out, it’s that they sold out so cheaply.

  39. RD – If we’re going to cheat, we should put ourselves in front. We’ve lost too many pixels in this darn war to come in 2nd!!! D#mn the torpedos, full speed ahead!

  40. madamab: I don’t want a win that is tainted. What I would *like* is for the Weblog Awards admins to disqualify them. Not only has TBTMNBN cheated to advance itself, it has also deliberately screwed other very worthy blogs from winning in other categories simply because we recommended them. That’s not just cheating and poor sportsmanship, it’s just baaaaadd. Our chances of winning were modest to begin with. I’m delighted to place second behind Josh.

  41. RD – No, no! Did Napoleon come in second at Waterloo? Did Custer come in second in his epic battle? I tell you, this is our moment!

    (Music swells)

    There may be a day when the courage of women fails, but it is not this day!


  42. I went to the comments section of f–kyou penquin,
    One commenter wants a picture of a PUMA with fireants.
    This was just a comment not part of the blog.
    We must really scare the hell out of these fools.
    I always thought if something was not important you did not pay attention to it,
    I guess we are VERY IMPORTANT.



  43. New Post up.

  44. You know what, I am offended. As someone who regards superman as the best superhero ever, how dare these people imitate him using Obama. Superman is a manly man who has honor, integrity and believes in justice for all. He is not afraid to take a stand on something. He has prinicples. He deeply cares about mankind. He is superman while Obama is wimpman. He got beat by Hillary in one debate where the pundits were fair and he never dared to debate her again. Superman would never run away from a challenge.

  45. RD,

    The only reason TPM is in second place is that the site that must not be named switched to cheating for them in order to put us in third place. The instructions to do so were posted on TSTMNBN.

  46. RD,

    I know I shouldn’t worry about the credit, but it disgusts me that I have gotten three e-mails from women’s groups celebrating the Lily Ledbetter act and not once mentioning Hillary. Why do they hate her so much?

  47. bostonboomer: Why DO they hate Hillary so much? It is sort of like the “feminist” groups have turned into junior high kids and they are waiting for the popular BO crowd to tell them if they can like and talk to Hillary. Where did this pathetic need for ‘feminists” to gain male approval come from. Because I love men and all but let me just say….Men are easy. You don’t need to seek their approval, if it is sex you are worried about men will actually have sex with women they don’t like so why worry about winning their approval. I repeat Men are easy.

  48. BB: The hate her because she “lost”. Of course, we know she didn’t lose. That’s not the point. Her “defeat” is a source of embarrassment.
    Yes, I know it’s stupid and counterproductive. But Wonkette is only the most overt in its peer pressure tactics. And we know that women have been conditioned to submit, even the ones who are making a living claiming to *not* be the kind who submit. They need the money, attention and support. So, they ditched the girl who has a big L on her forehead and embraced the guy.

  49. RD,

    All I can say is that it’s a sad day when “feminist” organizations dismiss the strongest leader women have and when a gossip blog can be nominated in the “best liberal blog” category of the Weblog awards.

    The good news is that these events have energized us to fight back even harder than before.

  50. It is beyond me why those self-proclaimed feminists can even defend Obama as being a champion of women’s issues!
    How this pig managed to get on the cover of Ms. magazine is a mystery, but then again those who read Ms. certainly aren’t champions of women’s issues, not anymore. They are sell-outs, they will remain sell-outs and I will never, ever, buy one of their disgusting magazines.
    How in the hell can you look past our Hillary, the one champion women have had for the past 35 years, and put a blatant sexist pig on the cover?
    Tell us, the real feminists are waiting to hear, how could you allow this man who did all he could to belittle the real women’s champion, the first woman presidential candidate, for a corrupt, immoral, Chicago style, do anything, say anything, screw anyone, as long as it gets him what he wants, chauvinist PIG!????????
    You’ve got a lot of explaining to do to the 51 percent of us who totally disagree with this most disgusting turn of events, you call yourselves feminists? You and those who agree with your decision are not feminists, you’re wannabees and wannabees will never be real feminists.
    Keep fighting the good fight girls, one day we will be recognized for all the hard work we have done to make this world a better place for all. FOR ALL!!!

  51. I cannot watch videos of Hillary without tearing up.

  52. Would you photo shop techs out there post real Feminists, as an example for Ms. Magazine? And please remind Ms. Magazine that it’s OK if they post a woman!

    Obama my sign the Ledbetter and Fair Paycheck Acts into law, but people should know the truth about who was behind getting this legislation for women, if it gets passed!!!

  53. SOD, I feel the same way…tears when watching these vids.

  54. Funny thing happened on the way to TBTMNBN promoting TPM to be second place to spite the Confluence, now TPM has turned on them and is calling them names for being a pathetic gossip blog. Funny. Now TBTMNBN is all ruffled.

    RD, Myiq, good points indeed. And the cheating is extra easy, I just checked. The only thing checked by the awards site is a combination of a cookie and the MAC address. Not the IP at all. So if anyone says the IP is the thing, or using DHCP changes to affect that, they don’t know what they’re saying. Kind of sadly pathetic security if you ask me. But then it’s just a silly contest I guess. Don’t anyone bother to try to cheat though. Just not worth it, and why lower yourself to the level of silly gossip sites anyway.

    And as for Josh, that’s still not him. He’s still been kidnapped.

    So it’s official, I’ve decided we win . 🙂

  55. I have to be honest and say… when I saw that Ms. cover this morning I felt betrayed. Yes, betrayed.

    As if someone I trusted carved a hole out of my center.

    Ms. was like a mother to me in the 80s. And, now… look what she has done. She has traded me in for her slick new boyfriend….. closing her eyes and ears to how he has been abusing me…. her daughter.

    I feel sick.

  56. Burn down the media – all forms, television, radio, print – they introduced the next 4 years of doom. We should be saying Madam President next Tuesday, instead we’ll watch yet another 4 years of failure and indifference. The best option we had was thrown aside, I pray that the mindless that voted for it finally feel the weight of what they’ve done.

  57. Incredible post. thank you river daughter.

  58. I almost blew a gasket when I saw ms. magazine we should all take action and contact them!

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