Friday, March 21, 2008

Home for the Infirm 

by digby:
I have often wondered why John McCain never travels anywhere without Joe Lieberman and Huckleberry Graham plastered to his side. Apparently, Lieberman is there to clean up McCain's messes. On top of his insanely ill informed (and repeated) assertions that the Suni Al Qaeda are getting training in Shia Iran, he blew it again today in Israel and Holy Joe stepped up once more to explain it:

[>>>] When McCain made a foreign policy gaffe in Jordan on Tuesday, it was Sen. Joe Lieberman who quietly pointed out the mistake, giving McCain an opportunity to correct himself in front of the international press corps. In Israel yesterday, NBC’s Lauren Appelbaum reports, Lieberman once again intervened when McCain made an incorrect reference about the Jewish holiday Purim -- by calling the holiday "their version of Halloween here."


The holiday -- although a joyous one -- commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from mass execution.

And to think I'd always thought it was their version of an old fashion southern Thanksgiving.

Home for Purim (wiki):
O'Hara plays veteran actress Marilyn Hack who, despite having been in the industry for 30 years, is best known for playing a blind prostitute in a film from the late 1980s. Her co-star Victor Allen Miller (Shearer) is also an acting veteran who is known to the public as the hot-dog wearing mascot for a kosher line of frankfurters. Together they are cast as the patriarch and dying matriarch of a southern U.S. Jewish family in the 1940s.

Posey, as newcomer ingenue Callie Webb, plays their lesbian daughter who has come home along with her girlfriend (Rachael Harris). Rounding out the cast is Christopher Moynihan as actor Brian Chubb, who plays her brother who has returned home from the Navy. The family reunites in time to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.

[...] ...studio executives butt in and force the writers to make script changes, feeling the film is "too Jewish". Ultimately the film is retitled Home for Thanksgiving.

VIDEO: For Your Consideration (film trailer).


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Staybehinder Open House Thursday 

Because, if there were ever a day to stay behind on, it's a Thursdsay.

Or maybe not.


Hillary's Twelve Million Dollar Unity Pony 

Hillary Clinton (the President of Ohio) Saddles Up Her Flyblow Pony Show...

-- OR --

...palatine posse seeks cozy $12 million dollar fixer-upper in the Wolverine State:

LA Times:
The 10 would pony up $12 million for a June 3 rerun of the Democratic primary. State lawmakers must act on the proposal today.

Ten donors to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign offered Wednesday to give Michigan $12 million to hold a rerun of its Democratic primary as she and rival Barack Obama traded sharp words over the proposed June 3 contest.

When Michigan and Florida (and other states that backed down) started talking about having primaries in January, in violation of the rule, the DNC asked all of its candidates to sign the so-called "Four State Pledge" -- the pledge not to campaign in any state that had nomination activities in January except the four whose early activities were sanctioned by the Party.

I was against it before I was fer it:

WHEREAS, Over a year ago, the Democratic National Committee established a 2008 nominating calendar;

WHEREAS, this calendar honors the racial, ethnic, economic and geographic diversity of our party and our country;

WHEREAS, the DNC also honored the traditional role of retail politics early in the nominating process, to insure that money alone will not determine our presidential nominee;

WHEREAS, it is the desire of Presidential campaigns, the DNC, the states and the American people to bring finality, predictability and common sense to the nominating calendar.

THEREFORE, I ___[Hillary Clinton]___, Democratic Candidate for President, pledge I shall not campaign or participate in any state which schedules a presidential election primary or caucus before Feb. 5, 2008, except for the states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as "campaigning" is defined by rules and regulations of the DNC.

This calls for a press release!
The Clinton campaign issued a press release on September 1, 2007:

We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process.

And we believe the DNC's rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role.

Thus, we will be signing the pledge to adhere to the DNC approved nominating calendar.

Thus, oh wait! haha! Not really! Fuck that, look, over there >>>>> a scary Negro with a with a crazy uncle!!!!!!!!!!!

PHOTO LINK: Jeremiah Wright with Bill Clinton (via Huffington Post)


Monday, March 17, 2008

Staybehinder Lounge 

Retro Cheeze! Brand new orange shag carpet on the walls in the rumpus room.

Video from Friday and Saturday night's Silver Jubilee Staybehinder Lounge Wave Shredder Dance Party IS HERE!. You won't want to miss that.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

"the unconventional life of Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro" 

New York Times article (March 14, 2008) about Barack Obama's mother:
A Free-Spirited Wanderer Who Set Obama’s Path

He has described her as a teenage mother, a single mother, a mother who worked, went to school and raised children at the same time. He has credited her with giving him a great education and confidence in his ability to do the right thing. But, in interviews, friends and colleagues of Ms. Soetoro shed light on a side of her that is less well known.

“She was a very, very big thinker,” said Nancy Barry, a former president of Women’s World Banking, an international network of microfinance providers, where Ms. Soetoro worked in New York City in the early 1990s. “I think she was not at all personally ambitious, I think she cared about the core issues, and I think she was not afraid to speak truth to power.”


Fluent in Indonesian, Ms. Soetoro moved with Maya first to Yogyakarta, the center of Javanese handicrafts. A weaver in college, she was fascinated with what Ms. Soetoro-Ng calls “life’s gorgeous minutiae.” That interest inspired her study of village industries, which became the basis of her 1992 doctoral dissertation.

She loved living in Java,” said Dr. Dewey, who recalled accompanying Ms. Soetoro to a metalworking village. “People said: ‘Hi! How are you?’ She said: ‘How’s your wife? Did your daughter have the baby?’ They were friends. Then she’d whip out her notebook and she’d say: ‘How many of you have electricity? Are you having trouble getting iron?’ ”

She became a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development on setting up a village credit program, then a Ford Foundation program officer in Jakarta specializing in women’s work. Later, she was a consultant in Pakistan, then joined Indonesia’s oldest bank to work on what is described as the world’s largest sustainable microfinance program, creating services like credit and savings for the poor.

Visitors flowed constantly through her Ford Foundation office in downtown Jakarta and through her house in a neighborhood to the south, where papaya and banana trees grew in the front yard and Javanese dishes like opor ayam were served for dinner. Her guests were leaders in the Indonesian human rights movement, people from women’s organizations, representatives of community groups doing grass-roots development.

“I didn’t know a lot of them and would often ask after, ‘Who was that?’ ” said David S. McCauley, now an environmental economist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, who had the office next door. “You’d find out it was the head of some big organization in with thousands of members from central Java or someplace, somebody that she had met some time ago, and they would make a point of coming to see her when they came to Jakarta.”

An Exacting Idealist

As a mother, Ms. Soetoro was both idealistic and exacting. Friends describe her as variously informal and intense, humorous and hardheaded. She preached to her young son the importance of honesty, straight talk, independent judgment. When he balked at her early-morning home schooling, she retorted, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”

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