President Trump on Friday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to “ease the burden of ObamaCare,” according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. [snip]
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is also sending out a memo ordering a government-wide “regulatory freeze until further notified,” Spicer said.
The Donald, er, the President-Elect, er, The President of the United States Donald J. Trump, a.k.a. Deodorant Trump, does not stop working. He does not stop. He is not tired of winning. “Oh waiter, more wins please! but no whine, leave that to the Obama Dimocrats.”
Update III: We wrote a speech for Donald J. Trump to deliver on the night of his nomination. Today President Donald J. Trump delivered that speech in large part. We wrote “Power to the People” as his nomination speech. Today President Trump has delivered a powerful message of Power to the People. President Trump’s speech is Biblical Jeremiah in tone, and revolutionary patriot of 1776 in it’s Americanism.
America First, JOBs, Bring back our Dreams, Build, Build, Build, American hands – American Labor, Buy American, Hire American, We will Shine, Unite the civilized world, allegiance to the United States of America, our loyalty to each other, no room for prejudice, speak our minds openly, America United, Unstoppable, No Fear, Protected by our military, Protected by God, Think Big, Dream Bigger, Politicians all talk no action, time for empty talk is over, the hour of action, We will not fail, we all bleed the same blood of patriots, we all salute the same American flag, YOU WILL NEVER BE IGNORED AGAIN!!! WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Update II: It’s President Donald John Trump now. Make America Great Again President Donald J. Trump.
Update: It’s Vice President Michael Richard Pence now.
Hostile takeover of the Republican Party complete. Destruction of the Bush, Obama, Clinton, families complete. Annihilation of the Obama Democrat Party complete nationally, in states, in counties, in state legislatures, complete. Reelection slogan for 2020 (“Keep America Great”) complete. Make America Great Again, about to begin.
At noon today, no need to worry, despair, nor our “Hold On, Trump’s Coming” video.
No need for the video because a little after noon, President Donald J. Trump arrives.
Thus far the stars are the women. KellyAnne Conway in a military style outfit and red hat. Melania Trump in a stunning light blue outfit in matching long gloves reminiscent of… well… Jackie.
Where are the Democrats in this the hour of total humiliation? They have become “fleebaggers” again. That tactic worked out so badly for them when they tried it in Wisconsin the dumb-asses have tried it again fulfilling the Democrat Party motto of “if it’s stupid, do it again and again”.
In our first article of election year 2016 we wrote:
We have no doubt that 2016 will be a horrid year. We do not doubt that Barack Obama, like a wounded animal thrashing about, will continue his attempts to rip the Constitution and the fabric and future of the country. We also do not doubt that the next president, to be elected in 2016, will not merely “occupy” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but inhabit the White House with a commitment and love for America’s highest ideals and love for the nation and all its people. But first we will have to survive Obama’s last mile. We will survive, then thrive.
Not an hour goes by without Obama continuing to attempt to destroy the nation. But there are now less hours for Obama to do his damage. We have survived and now we will thrive. Just count the seconds. It’s almost over.
Just Hold On, Trump’s Coming — to rescue America. To Make America Great Again.
Once again the obvious is missed by so-called analysts and Big Media pundits. We’ll explain it all.
Let’s start with that coward John Lewis. John Lewis is busy with his individual race-baiting brand of “interposition and nullification” by declaring President-Elect Donald J. Trump to be an illegitimate president. John Lewis is a coward and a pig. We recall on October 2007 John Lewis endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Then the Obama attacks against John Lewis began. John Lewis, coward, broke down and dumped Hillary Clinton to endorse Obama on February 28, 2008. Now coward John Lewis pretends he is a big Hillary hero. Go to Hell John Lewis and go jump off the Edmund Pettus Bridge, you fat coward and old pig. Your glory days decades ago are over and now you are just a lump of ugliness.
Next, Obama and Russia. What is Obama up to? Well, he’s protecting Islam of course. Here’s what’s going on: Obama in his last week as chief goofball sent thousands of troops to Poland. Why? Because Obama is trying to set up troubles with Russia for Trump to deal with as the first priority and first headache for Trump the moment he becomes president.
Why is Obama trying to set up Russia as President Donald J. Trump’s first headache? In one small part because it continues the John Lewis “illegitimate” narrative. But the big reason for Obama to set up Russia as President Donald J. Trump’s first big and long-term headache is to protect Muslims and Islam. How? Well as long as President-Elect, soon President Donald J. Trump, is busy with Russia the longer he won’t be able to turn his full time attention to Muslim terrorists and the Islamic animals who bring ruin to all the world.
Obama’s use of Russia to protect Islam and the animals who kill in the name of Islam won’t work. For one, unlike Obama, Donald J. Trump can chew gum and walk at the same time. Second, Donald J. Trump knows about priorities. Trump will not be distracted by Obama’s tiny shiny balls trying to protect Islam and Muslim terrorists.
Which brings us to the “intelligence community” or IC. On Sunday, that dullard from the C.I.A. warned Trump about Russia. CIA director John Brennan despite all his many failures and the many stupidities and outright treacheries of Barack Obama tried on Sunday to lecture President-Elect Donald J. Trump on what he should and should not do. Most of his attacks centered on, you guessed it, Russia:
CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday had a stern parting message for Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, cautioning him against loosening sanctions on Russia and warning him to watch what he says.
Brennan rebuked the president-elect for comparing U.S. intelligence practices to Nazi Germany in comments that laid bare the friction between Trump and the intelligence community he has criticized and is on the verge of commanding. [snip]
“What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” Brennan said. “I do take great umbrage at that.”
His comments followed a tumultuous week of finger-pointing between Trump and intelligence agency leaders over an unsubstantiated report of compromising information Moscow had collected on Trump.
The unverified dossier was summarized in a U.S. intelligence report presented to President Barack Obama and Trump this month that concluded Russia tried to sway the outcome of the Nov. 8 election by hacking and other means. It did not make an assessment on whether the attempts were successful.
Trump accused the intelligence community of leaking the compromising information, which its leaders denied. They said it was their responsibility to inform the president-elect that the allegations were being circulated.
So what is this all about? Well its all about the distraction campaign using Russia to protect Islam. It’s also part of the delegitimize campaign. But it’s largely about Blackmail. We’ve seen it all before. It’s an old Gestapo trick. J. Edgar Hoover of the F.B.I. used this trick too. It went this way in 1960 and 1962: J. Edgar Hoover tells JFK there are all these dirty stories about you circulating, then Hoover presents a dossier on JFK to JFK with all the dirty secrets. After JFK sees what Hoover has in his files Hoover tells JFK, “don’t worry, I’ll protect you and keep this secret”.
In JFK’s case most of what Hoover had in his files was true. There was tons of blackmail material in Hoover’s files. But it does not matter whether the materials are true or false. The purpose is to intimidate, to let the new president know in no uncertain terms who is the boss in the relationship. As with JFK, who laughed off Hoover, after Hoover presented the blackmail material (maybe that’s due to the fact that the Kennedys themselves knew how to blackmail and because they knew J. Edgar Hoover was a homosexual) the attempt to intimidate President-Elect Donald J. Trump did not work.
When the blackmail material did not intimidate President-Elect Donald J. Trump, Big Media CNN got the wink and nod from the IC to publicize the material. Then Buzzfeed got the wink and nod from the IC to dump their ugly turd.
Problem is, none of this worked. Why? Because Trump fights. Trump took the fight against Big Media and the “intelligence community” public. President-Elect Donald J. Trump let them all know who is top dog, who wags the tail, and who are the dog’s turds.
The international community will send Donald Trump a strong warning that only a two-state solution can solve the Israel-Palestinian crisis, amid signs that the EU is willing to diverge from the US on Israel policy.
A conference in Paris on Sunday of more than 70 countries, organised by the French government and coming five days before Trump is inaugurated, will warn that the two-state solution is under threat and urge both sides in the conflict to resume talks.
It comes as Palestinians expressed concern that Trump advisers endorse the controversial Israeli settlement programme and want to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. [snip]
Netanyahu has called the event futile, rigged and “a relic”, saying: “It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”
That future is called Donald J. Trump. Barack Obama wants to befuddle President Donald J. Trump with Russia headaches so that Obama can attack Israel, as well as protect Islam and Muslim terrorists from Trump. Meanwhile Obama, after the Paris coven today plans more dangerous anti-Israel pro-Islam treacheries this last week:
Meanwhile, the PA official speaking to Breitbart Jerusalem said that any upcoming UN action would be geared toward bypassing the Mideast policies of the incoming Donald Trump administration by establishing binding guidelines for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and a halt to settlement activity.
“The new motion will seek to set up a clear timeline for negotiations resulting in the establishment of a Palestinian state and stipulate a procedure for overseeing the implementation of Resolution 2334, including posting inspectors to the Palestinian territories,” said the PA official, who requested anonymity. [snip]
The PA official added that the Paris conference is expected to call on all sides to establish a Palestinian state within the so-called 1967 borders in a relatively short period of time, perhaps by the beginning of 2019.
“The goal is for these moves to be binding for the incoming American administration, which would have to adopt them as its platform, and also for the European Union, which is expected to step up should there be clashes with Trump,” he said.
“In the next few days we’ll know whether we’re headed to the UNSC,” the official said. “Right now, the chances of that are very high. From our viewpoint, the goal is partially achieved. The settlements have been designated as the main obstacle to the peace process and now it’s up for the world to make clear that, in the event of failure, the side that would refuse to comply with the will of the international community, as codified in the UN resolution, is the guilty side.”
The official said that at present it remains unclear whether any UNSC session would produce a new resolution or merely validate last week’s resolution.
“Following in the EU’s steps, now the US recognizes that it’s Israel that sabotages the peace talks, and does so through its settlement enterprise,” the official claimed. “The motion is of immense significance – it validates all the decisions by the international community, chiefly the EU, to slap sanctions on Israel in the form of halting cooperation, halting the financing of mutual projects and expansion in scope of marking settlement products to all the products from every single settlement.”
The PA official spoke following reports in recent days that there could be another UN Security Council resolution or some other UN action before Obama leaves office.
With the EU as his treacherous cats paw, Barack Obama wants to saddle President Trump with strife on Russia so that Trump cannot defend Israel nor move to attack the march of Islam against the West. But Barack Obama (as is the EU) and his policies are a relic, a last gasp of the past. Donald J. Trump is the future. The future will fight against the past to defend Israel, protect the West, and Make America Great Again.
Once 20-17 arrives the heavens open up with fire, music, joy, and achievement. Right now though, contrary to what superficial analysis declares, there’s not really much going on. We are in the preliminary stages, the preparatory stages. It’s an important time, akin to the early evening when you bathe and put on a tuxedo or evening gown, but the show only begins when the opera curtains go up and the music flows.
On 20-17 the curtain goes up and the music will flow.
Not much is going on. Yes, there are a bunch of posturing “hearings” in the United States Senate but that’s all a big bunch of nothing because the Trump nominees will be approved especially after their stellar, often calculatingly dull, appearances before our dimwitted senators.
There was that tinkling fun over the comic book attack on President-Elect Donald J. Trump we had so much fun with over at the comments section in our last article, but that has been so thoroughly refuted the fun with that is over. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, “it’s over for Trump” failed again and once again what didn’t kill Trump has made him stronger (especially against the “intelligence” community and the loathsome Big Media).
President-Elect Donald J. Trump did hold a triumphant press conference which scared Big Media and the loony left because so much truth was revealed. Back in 2008 we noted that Big Media is a political party, not a news dissemination enterprise. That observation has been proven true as we witness Big Media fake news dispensed like stay awake pills at an Obama speech. Trump stomped on CNN fake news dissemination and Big Media howled. It was fun and few now even recall that Obama tried to make news this week. But Obama is the past. We here at Big Pink are in gorgeous dressing gowns with long trains and Jackie Kennedy style long white gloves, or in Tuxedos, waiting for the curtain to rise.
So what is there is do until 20-17? We’ll soon be writing our last articles of the last age summarizing what we have since 2009 called “The Age Of Fake”. We hit it on the nail with that description didn’t we? Now everyone talks about “fake news” and fake this and fake that. Obama and Obama worship was the Age Of Fake but on 20-17 we will enter “The Age of Triumph, the Age of Greatness“.
As the Age of Fake ends we kick out the door Barack Obama and his silly “Farewell Address” which rendered BuzzFeed to tears. We kid you not. Buzzfeed idiot employees and the official BuzzFeed account confessed the tears were flowing because, they wondered, if we Americans “deserve the Obamas as President and First Lady?” Go to the link. Observe the lunacy. The answer is we Americans did not deserve to be punished with the Obama’s but the corruption in our elites has been so massive for eight years we suffered.
The Age of Fake featured many instances of race-baiting. Often the story was that some poor innocent black person or persons (Muslims pulled the same lie repeatedly too) were attacked by some vicious KKK white organization and soon… after a police investigation to arrest the vicious white KKK organization of monsters… the culprit would be revealed to be a black person who either bombed the black church or posted the ugly leaflet, or sent the “racist” tweet. The Age of Fake ends with more fake “racism”:
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Anne Arundel County Police Department has charged a 14-year-old girl with a juvenile citation for sending a threatening tweet related to Arundel High School.
Police began their investigation after Arundel High School officials told them about a suspicious Twitter account.
The account, named @KoolkidsKlanKkk, reportedly sent out a tweet that read, “We’re planning to attack tomorrow”.
Yeah, it was a 14-year old black girl that sent out the “racist” tweet from the “kkk” which threatened an “attack”. Age of Fake.
Fake “racism” and fake “racists” have been all the rage in the Age of Fake. If you’re a black person that rejects fake “racism” fake “racists” and the all too real race-baiting of Obama Dimocrats and Barack Obama himself, well you’re just a “house nigga”. That’s what happened to Senator Tim Scott.
Senator Tim Scott and other black people dared to defend and endorse soon to be the Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions. For that offense Senator Tim Scott, a black man, was called a “house nigga”. Senator Tim Scott’s response came with the wit and brevity we expect to be standard practice in the coming “Age of Triumph, Age of Greatness“:
Tonight the slimy filth will return to the scene of the crime. Chicago.
Tonight Barack Obama returns to the scene of the crime. We are not talking about this month’s crime of black racists who imprisoned and attacked a mentally impaired white man and forced him to repeat their anti-Trump anti-white people rants – in Chicago. We are not talking about the crime of the thousands of people, many black, shot and killed every year the past eight years – in Chicago. The “crime” we refer to is the filthy pool of slime that nurtured Barack Obama – Tony Rezko’s – Chicago. Chicago, the “toddling town” that unfortunately “Billy Sunday could not shut down“. Chicago – the filthy slimy political Hellhole that gave rise to the corruption, the abomination called Barack Obama.
What Barack Obama will say tonight does not matter. We only commemorate this last “farewell” excretion by him as an opportunity to gloat and laugh at the boob that failed. Proof of the totality of failures by Barack Obama can be found today in Washington D.C. as Senator Jeff Sessions appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. In the following days more hearings will take place as the Trump triumph takes shape and the Obama failures are wiped away.
Barack Obama failed in all his goals. For a while Obama divided America and for a while Obama appeared anxious to destroy America – but Obama failed.
Tonight, in the corruption known as Chicago, Barack Obama will excrete more verbiage, diarrhea logorrhea, to try to explain his failures and disguise the failures as successes. Only the stupid or corrupt will believe anything Barack Obama says tonight.
Farewell addresses by former presidents once had a purpose larger than themselves. The two most important ones are from the first president, George Washington, and from Dwight Eisenhower who like the current President-Elect never held elective office before becoming president. Both of these farewell addresses are pertinent to the challenges about to be faced by President Trump.
In his farewell Presidential address, George Washington advised American citizens to view themselves as a cohesive unit and avoid political parties and issued a special warning to be wary of attachments and entanglements with other nations.
The entire 32 page Farewell Address by Washington should be read to fully understand the challenges about to be faced by Donald J. Trump. Much of what Washington wrote will resonate for those that followed the Trump campaign and watch the new administration take shape.
Donald J. Trump ran for president on an “America First” platform and promised to “Make America Great Again – For All“. Trump also often mocked the very political party whose nomination he sought. In one debate he took particular glee in attacking the policies of the last Republican president whose brother he defeated during the primaries. Trump not only demolished the Bush family of Republicans. Trump also demolished the Clinton family and exposed as the failure he is, Barack Obama.
As pertinent as the first president’s farewell address is, the 34th president’s farewell address is even more pertinent.
We’ve seen President-Elect Donald J. Trump already begin to take on the power players President Dwight David Eisenhower warned about. Consider what President Eisenhower said and Donald J. Trump statements on his doubts about the so-called “consensus” on anthropomorphic climate change. Here’s President Eisenhower:
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
She excelled at pointing out the uncertainties and deficiencies of climate modeling. Given the thoroughly politicized nature of climate science her efforts to clarify what is known and unknown by climate science caused her to be pilloried as “anti-science” by other researchers who are convinced that man-made global warming is leading toward catastrophe. In her blog annoucement Curry explains her resignation:
A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science. Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.
How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide (I have worked through these issues with a number of skeptical young scientists).
Let me relate an interaction that I had with a postdoc about a month ago. She wanted to meet me, as an avid reader of my blog. She works in a field that is certainly relevant to climate science, but she doesn’t identify as a climate scientist. She says she gets questioned all the time about global warming issues, and doesn’t know what to say, since topics like attribution, etc. are not topics that she explores as a scientist. WOW, a scientist that knows the difference! I advised her to keep her head down and keep doing the research that she thinks interesting and important, and to stay out of the climate debate UNLESS she decides to dig in and pursue it intellectually. Personal opinions about the science and political opinions about policies that are sort of related to your research expertise are just that – personal and political opinions. Selling such opinions as contributing to a scientific consensus is very much worse than a joke.
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.
Our military organization today bears little resemblance to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
WASHINGTON Pentagon leaders and thousands of military contractors across the country might be wondering just what President-elect Donald Trump has in store for them.
In two tweets this month that sent shockwaves through defense companies and their lobbying firms, Trump criticized the spiraling costs of building a new Air Force One and a fleet of F-35 fighter jets. [snip]
“He’s going to encounter a Pentagon bureaucracy that will instinctively say ‘no’ to most reforms he proposes,” said Todd Harrison, a former defense lobbyist and retired Air Force Reserves captain who’s now an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. [snip]
“They don’t scrutinize the original bids carefully enough, so contractors come in with a low bid while understanding that they’re not going to meet it,” Hartung said. “And then the Pentagon will add requirements and new features along the way. Eventually the costs get out of control.”
By the time that’s evident, however, inertia keeps the program going. “Once they put a certain amount of money on the table, they’re reluctant to end or dramatically scale it back,” Hartung said.
Whether Trump will be able to change that culture is what experts in Pentagon procurement are watching. [snip]
The pre-inaugural meetings with the defense firm bosses give Harrison some grounds to hope. The meeting is in keeping with Trump’s penchant for the unconventional approach.
Afterward, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg pledged to get Air Force One built for less than the $4 billion budgeted. Lockheed Martin’s CEO Marillyn Hewson was less committal, pledging only that her company is dedicated to “delivering an affordable aircraft to our U.S. military and our allies.”
“I think he will be less likely to listen to the bureaucracy,” Harrison said of Trump. “What we’ve seen so far is that he’s more self-confident and he’s willing to say things and do things that buck the establishment. He almost takes joy in it.”
President Donald J. Trump will need to fight hard against the military-industrial complex, as President Eisenhower warned. On December 15, 2016 it was revealed that the Pentagon tried to hide a report that documented one out of four dollars, $125 billion, of the Pentagon budget was wasted.
You can be sure that Barack Obama will not mention the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted by himself. Throw in the many failed Obama policies at home and abroad and the waste by Barack Obama amounts to trillions of dollars and eight full years.
So total are Obama’s failures that for the next eight years (yes, eight!) President-Elect Donald J. Trump will Make America Great Again with relative ease. When you go from the bottom of the barrel, Barack Obama, to the towering figure of Donald J. Trump, the future can’t come soon enough.
The future begins on January 20-17.
On January 20-17, President Donald J. Trump should read and be enlightened by the farewell speeches of Washington and Eisenhower. President Trump can use Obama’s farewell nonsense to fuel the fireplace in the Oval Office.
Born into slavery as one of the youngest of thirteen children of James and Elizabeth in Ulster County, New York, in 1797, Sojourner Truth’s given name was Isabella Baumfree. As almost all of her brothers and sisters had been sold to other slave owners, some of her earliest memories were of her parents’ stories of the cruel loss of their other children. [snip]
In 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth – her name for a traveling preacher, one who speaks the truth – and left New York. She traveled throughout New England, where she met and worked with abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass. Her life story, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, written with the help of friend Olive Gilbert, was published in 1850.
While traveling and speaking in states across the country, Sojourner Truth met many women abolitionists and noticed that although women could be part of the leadership in the abolitionist movement, they could neither vote nor hold public office. It was this realization that led Sojourner to become an outspoken supporter of women’s rights.
In 1851, she addressed the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, delivering her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” The applause she received that day has been described as “deafening.” From that time on, she became known as a leading advocate for the rights of women. She became one of the nineteenth century’s most eloquent voices for the cause of anti-slavery and women’s rights.
February 1, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the President of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies met with each other on Friday, along with other heads of affinity groups from the State Department, during which time Clinton again voiced her pledge to review the inequities in how the State Department treats its gay and straight employees.
Michelle Schohn, president of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, raised the issue of how the department treats its gay employees during the brief meeting, and Clinton again promised to review current policies. Schohn stated: “It was an overwhelmingly positive meeting. There wasn’t a lot of time to talk with her because she was meeting with all the affinity groups, so we each got a tiny chunk of time to be able to say something to her.”
January 29, 2009
NOLimits.org - Because we want to stay connected with the wonderful people we met and worked with all over the country in the last two years.
Because we want to share our ideas and experiences, our common goals, and nonpartisan solutions to the challenges that we face - and there are no limits to what we can achieve when we do.
And because we want to keep working for a better future for every child, from every family – a world in which no limits is not just our goal, but a reality!
NoLimits.org will "keep you up to date with news about issues on which Hillary took a lead and we know you care so much about," group President Ann Lewis said in an e-mail to as many as 2 million people culled from the Clinton campaign database.
Because No Limits is a registered nonprofit, "it cannot do anything political. It has to be nonpartisan," said Lewis, a longtime senior adviser to Clinton.
In Clinton's job as secretary of state for President Obama, her political dealings are highly restricted.
For example, she shut down her political action committee.
Some, like Democratic consultant and former Bill Clinton aide Chris Lehane, dismiss talk that the group could be a springboard for Clinton to try again for the White House in, say, 2016.
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Lehane said. "I think this is just [a] group of folks who developed relationships in an intense [electoral] environment and want to stay together."
But the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato countered: "Whenever a group like this says it's not a political organization, you just know it is."
"Maybe [this] is Hillary's answer to Obama's new 'change' group that controls his golden mailing list. Maybe it's a way for Secretary of State Clinton to mobilize backing for her objectives at the State Department," he said. "And maybe [it's] a standby committee of supporters in case Hillary decides to get back into elective politics."
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said NoLimits.org is "one way to make sure that she - and/or the former President - still have political leverage."
Hillary World-Wide January 26, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton Meets Afghan Women Lawyers. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton met today at the State Department with fourteen prominent Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. These jurists were in Washington to participate in a training program arranged by the Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Secretary Clinton told them: "Your American friends greatly admire your bravery and courage. It is your work in the tough environment of Afghanistan for women lawyers that will bring real reform and the rule of law to the Afghan people. As President Obama made clear yesterday in his first foreign policy announcement, we are committed to supporting your efforts to bring security and stability to your country."