First Day of Spring 2015

I don’t really have a topic, but the downstairs thread was getting too long. It doesn’t matter–no one here sticks to the topic anyway.

So, the obvious is that it snowed ion the first day of spring. Here’s our winter advisory:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT
SATURDAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE ENTIRE TRI STATE AREA.

* HAZARDS...SNOW. SOME LIGHT FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE TONIGHT.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 5 INCHES...ALONG WITH
  AROUND A TRACE OF ICE. HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR THE CITY AND
  ADJACENT AREAS. LOWEST AMOUNTS ACROSS EASTERN CONNECTICUT.

* TIMING...SNOW CONTINUES INTO THIS EVENING. SNOW THEN MIXES WITH
  OR CHANGES TO LIGHT FREEZING RAIN TOWARDS MIDNIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES AND SLIPPERY ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Also, there are these 20 things you might not know about Peeps.

A Jury of My Peeps

A Jury of My Peeps

Oh No He Didn’t!!!!

This is rich, just rich!! I confess, I stole this from Hillary is 44. I decided it had to be a separate post rather than just in the comments.

So get this….David Axelrove, the slimiest guy on the planet, says he’s….wait for it….. worried about a “cult of personality” surrounding Hillary Clinton!! UN-freaking-believable!!!!

So tell me Uppityites, what do you think Hillary should do with Axelrove’s advice??

Awards Night Open Thread

Yes, it’s that time again! Roll out the Red Carpet! Put on your best gowns and bling! Oh, it’s so exciting, I can hardly wait!!!

Deal With It

Deal With It

So, what’s your pick for the best…….wait….that isn’t the Oscar….that’s the Uppity!!

That’s okay, I haven’t seen any of the movies that are nominated this year anyway. So let’s give away Uppities instead. But I’ll need some help with the nominations. Leave your suggestions in the comment section. The Uppity goes to……

Pssst., and like Uppity says…I recommend the veal and don’t forget to tip your waiter on the way out! ;)

Watching the Super Bowl #likeagirl

Are you ready for the Super Bowl……ads?? I’m a girl, and I do like to watch football games. Well, if I have some connection with one of the teams playing. This year, I’m rooting for the Seattle Seahawks. But, imustadmit, I do enjoy many of the Super Commercials. The Budweiser puppy spot last year had me reaching for the tissues.


This year Procter and Gamble has a campaign called, #likeagirl. When I saw the leaked, (if it really was leaked) video, I just had to throw a post up (throw as in, throw #likeanuppitywoman.)

I give Procter and Gamble an A for Effort in their attempt to change societal attitudes about girls and women. This isn’t their first campaign to empower girls. Their “Keeping Girls in School” education campaign was impressive. Do you think they’re doing some kind of penance? After all, they did make a fortune telling women they were worthless if they didn’t keep the home sparkling clean for their husbands.

Okay, Mr. Clean was a man, well, a genie-man. He actually did all the cleaning! But who does all the laundry?

Keeping the home and clothes clean #likeawoman with Procter and Gamble!

Driving King D*#@hebag

It's the Little Old Lady from Buckingham Palace!!

Go Granny, go granny, go granny, go!

I’m sure you’ve all heard the news, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died on Friday. Uppity Woman made her opinion of the late King known in the comment section of the last thread. As you can imagine….she was all broken up about the passing of King Abdullah…..

Uppity Woman, on January 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM said:
Did I mention that I think all the vehicles in King Abdullah’s funeral procession should be driven by women ?? #douchebag

The thought of that happening made me, literally, laugh out loud. Too bad we couldn’t make that wish of Uppity’s come true! Well…as I was surfing the web for newsy news, imagine my surprise to come across this article about Queen Elizabeth’s encounter with King Abdullah!

…. an unearthed anecdote from a former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia about a particularly badass exchange between the Queen and the late King that really set off a royal Twitter frenzy.

Shashank Joshi, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, tweeted a screenshot of Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles’ recollection of a story he heard first from the queen and later from King Abdullah about a 1998 visit between the pair at the royal estate Balmoral in Scotland.

Abdullah was then only the crown prince, and Queen Elizabeth decided to have a little fun with him. She offered him a tour of the Balmoral grounds and, to his surprise, jumped into the driver’s seat of one of the “royal Land Rovers” to give the tour herself.

“Women are not — yet — allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen,” Cowper-Coles wrote. “His nervousness only increased as the Queen, an Army driver in wartime, accelerated the Land Rover along the narrow Scottish estate roads, talking all the time. Through his interpreter, the crown prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.”

Some are calling her Queen “Badass”…..I’d just call her “Queen Elizabeth the Uppity”.

An American in Paris

Last summer I wrote a post on John Kerry’s “guitar diplomacy.” I was really just joking around, you know, like I do. I’m not saying the Secretary of State is reading this blog….. but it does look like Kerry is doubling down on the old kumbaya” Just sayin.

Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Paris to remind the French that they’ve “got a friend” in an unexpected way — through a James Taylor performance.
Video surfaced on Friday of the singer singing his hit “You’ve Got a Friend” to French officials.

Don’t get me wrong. I love James Taylor. But doesn’t this make you cringe? Just a little?

What?? No candy and flowers??? The rest of the world sent their top leaders to march in solidarity against terrorism last Sunday. Our president sent a valentine.

Taylor’s performance honors the 17 people killed during terrorist attacks on Paris last week.
President Barack Obama and his administration were criticized this week for not attending Paris’ unprecedented unity rally after the attacks. The White House later admitted that it “should have sent someone with a higher profile to the event.”
Kerry said that this visit was meant “to share a big hug with Paris ”

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On a serious note, and with great sincerity,

Je suis Charlie

Are We Ready For…..Gender Politics?

Gender Politics. That’s the title of the latest CNN piece by Maeve Reston on Hillary Clinton. The article leads off by declaring that Hillary just wasn’t able to “balance” the “gender issue” back in 2008.

Well Ms. Reston, let me tell you, I was there in 2008.  I witnessed the ugliness first hand.  I will never forget the so-called Fourth Estate slamming her with sexist and even misogynistic attacks constantly during the primary period!Screen shot 2012-10-20 at 11.38.10 AM All with the knowing wink-wink from Team Obama.

Both the media and the DNC denied the sexism at the time. This segment, which aired May 26, 2008, was CNN’s attempt and being “balanced” themselves.

But now, only now six years later, according to this article, Hillary has found this balance.

For much of this year, Clinton has spoken with ease — and little controversy — about female empowerment. At Tina Brown’s ‘Women in the World’ conference in April, Clinton declared that the “double standard” for women was “alive and well.”

“For much of this year…”??? Excuse me? Where have you been? Hillary has spoken about female empowerment for her whole life!  She has lived women’s rights and empowerment!

"Women's rights are human rights..."

“Women’s rights are human rights…”

The author asserts that Hillary is carefully setting the stage for 2016.

…And she rarely gave a speech this fall without reminding audiences she was soon to be a grandmother. The tableau was complete when she tweeted a softly lit image of her cradling newborn Charlotte while Bill Clinton beamed over her shoulder.

So she’s a proud mother and grandmother,  but because she’s Hillary Clinton, no photos of grand baby allowed!! Bragging is what Grandmas do! I remember my grandmother used to carry a little photo book in her purse with the title, “Grandma’s Brag Book” on the cover. She was none too shy about pulling it out whenever anyone asked….or even when they didn’t ask!

Watch that "tableau" grandma!!

Watch that “tableau” grandma!!

The careful choreography illustrates the attention her team is giving to reconnecting Clinton with Democratic women, a core constituency that Barack Obama was able to slice into during her first presidential run in 2008

Reconnecting? Hillary’s real core constituency never warmed up to Mr. “99 Problems, cell phone vibrating” Obama.  Does the name “Puma” ring a bell?  Does it Sweetie?

 

“Should she run, she has an opportunity to continue to build on what (Barack Obama) has done, and another fantastic step on that ladder is the possibility of the first woman president of the United States,” said Tracy Sefl, who advised the Clinton campaign on communications strategy in 2008. “The possibility of a woman president is a welcome one, more so than is a foreign one.”

Hillary, what ever you decide….do not, I repeat, do not listen to anything this, Tracy Sefl person says. Whatever she says….do the opposite.
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The President led among women by about 11 points in both 2008 and 2012. But some 56% of white women—which were a strong demographic for Clinton—favored 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, compared to 42% for Obama in 2012. Obama also lost married women to Romney by 7 points.

Hmmm…..I wonder why????

Or.....NOT!

Or…..NOT!

Another asset is that Obama’s historic election — along with Clinton’s competitive bid in 2008 — changed societal expectations of what an American President must look like. In interviews during this year’s midterm elections, many Democratic voters, particularly women, said they feel it is her turn for a historic victory.

Her turn? Are we taking turns? If that’s the case, then Mr. Obama jumped the line on his “turn.” Or as he used to say in his Choom Gang days, “interception!”

"Interception!"

“Interception!”

“… Katie Packer Gage, whose firm Burning Glass coaches Republican candidates on connecting with female voters. “Women just don’t have history of voting for women; they have a pretty decent history of following their party behavior. So being a woman doesn’t necessarily provide some kind of big advantage.”

Ya’think?? It’s true that there were many so-called feminists who went all ga-ga fangirl over Obama. Naomi Wolf comes to mind…..

Calm down Naomi.......

Calm down Naomi…….

…But as late as 1999 before her Senate run, she was still being advised by strategist Mandy Grunwald to try to show “more sides” of herself and look for “opportunities for humor” to avoiding coming off as so stern.

Of course if she were a man….she would be seen not as too “stern”, but “thoughtful”, “cerebral”, “strong”….fill in the blank [positive adjective].Screen shot 2015-01-05 at 6.06.15 PM

That liability surfaced for Clinton most notably in 2008. She spoke early on about trying to break the glass ceiling of the presidency. But her campaign ultimately centered on the message that she was the only candidate with the strength and experience to lead. When she was asked what it meant to be a woman running as president, her answer was always that she was proud to be a woman making that attempt, but she was running because she thought she’d be the “best president.”

Yeah…imagine that! Vote for the best candidate! What a crazy idea!!

Looking ahead to 2016, Clinton seems unlikely to face the hurdle of a competitive primary, much less a battle over historic firsts. And after four years as Secretary of State—which tabled the experience question for many voters…..

Of course no one questioned the experience, or lack of, The Lightbringer Obama.

“She has more freedom, because she has more political accomplishments than she did when she ran in 2008,” said Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. At the same time, “all of the Monday morning quarterbacking suggests that it was probably a mistake that (the 2008 Clinton campaign) took the women’s vote at all different generation levels for granted.”

Yeah, that was a mistake. Never underestimate the stupidity of the youth vote.

Or as Uppity used to say, “That’s why we don’t let children pick presidents.”

O-BAA-MAA!  O-BAA-MAA!

O-BAA-MAA! O-BAA-MAA!