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Today in Black History for March 23rd

1985 - Patricia Roberts Harris, HUD Secretary, dies

Patricia Roberts Harris, Housing and Urban Development Secretary and, in 1965, ambassador to Luxembourg during the Carter Administration, died in Washington, D.C.

Patricia Harris appears before Senate Committee to be appointed as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the new Cabinet.

1968 - 1st Non-voting Congressional Delegate

Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a former aide of Martin Luther King Jr., became the first nonvoting congressional delegate from the District of Columbia since the Reconstruction period.

1954 - Basketball star Moses “The Mailman” Malone born

National Basketball Association star, Moses “The Mailman” Malone is born in Petersburg, Virginia.

1942 - Writer/Activist Walter Rodney born

Let’s make today about her—and I don’t mean just Hillary, I mean ALL the women who have fought and bled for a better world. Let’s hold them in our minds and draw on their strength and wisdom. Let’s celebrate them, read about them, and listen to THEIR speeches, and enjoy their great works.

#100days100women Day 100

Fox News anchor Bret Baier apologized Friday for reporting that federal investigators had determined that Hillary Clinton’s private email server had been hacked and that an investigation would lead to an indictment of Clinton after the election.

In fact, Baier said, after checking with his sources, there is no evidence at this time for either statement.

Baier, the anchor of Fox’s evening newscast “Special Report,” went on the air Wednesday to report that the FBI had determined that Clinton’s private server, which she used while serving as secretary of state, had been hacked by “five foreign intelligence agencies.”

He further said on Thursday, during an interview with Fox’s Brit Hume, that a separate FBI investigation — of the charitable Clinton Foundation — would “likely” lead to an indictment of Clinton after Tuesday’s election. 

But neither of his reports about Clinton were accurate, Baier acknowledged Friday morning in a “Fox News alert” conversation with Fox News anchor Jon Scott. 

Baier said he relied on a single anonymous source within the FBI for his report about an alleged hack of the server: “I was quoting from one source about his certainty that the server had been hacked by five foreign intelligence agencies. . . . As of today there still are no digital fingerprints of a breach, no matter what the working assumption is within the bureau.”


Someone in the FBI likely lied to Baier with this potentially explosive “information,” almost certainly in the hope that Baier would then report it on air, and it would damage Clinton’s campaign. Which Baier did. This is what’s happening.

Fox News is a reliable propaganda outlet for the Republican Party, and the FBI agents who gave this information to Bret Baier know that. They clearly violated the Hatch Act, and Baier was complicit. 

This is not okay. This is journalistic malpractice, and Bret Baier should resign, and his career should be over.
2 Republican Senators Announce That They Will Vote Against Betsy DeVos
Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education may not get the votes she needs.

This is off topic for this blog, but it hits at a topic near and dear to my heart. I am an educator. I have taught in both religious and secular institutions. I’ve seen public school teachers sacrifice so much time, money and dignity to help students who cannot afford or would not benefit from the kind of “education” someone like DeVos would put them through. Public education deserves better than a secretary who would not only disrespect it but dismantle it. Thanks to Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, we are one vote away from rejecting Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. I come from New Jersey and both of my Senators are Democrats. But if you live in a state with one or more Republican senator, especially if you are in a purple state, call their office and make your voice heard. Jam their phone lines with protest. Fill up their voice mail. End this nomination now. Today! We are so, so close.


(Posted Feb 1, 2017)


President Elect Trump just “unofficially” announced that General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis will be the next Secretary of Defense!
Wow I can’t tell you how great it is knowing that people with a backbone will be in charge again.
If your wondering what that smell is ISIS just shit themselves.

Watching Fantastic Beasts: #1
  • Jacob: Let me get this straight:
  • Jacob: You're incredibly powerful at reading minds, even without that wand doohickey,
  • Jacob: and yet they've got you in the basement and fetching the COFFEE???
  • Jacob: Why aren't YOU running this joint?
  • Queenie: ...
  • Queenie: I'm even more willing to blow this popsicle stand.

It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense.

Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country. You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and an America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind.

Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.

I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary.

—  A message from the Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis

U know who in the west wing universe would be a r good president? That’s never really talked about regarding presidents? 

Donnatella Moss

Josh wants to be the guy the guy counts on–Well hello DC power couple. Donna, who absorbs info like a sponge, is just so damn competent and brilliant and smart and can grasp difficult concepts v easily and translate them into things that the average American can understand without losing the nuance of policy, like the cats and the Supreme Court.

And CJ said it herself :“Josh isn’t ever going to find an assistant better than you” CJ has worked in a myriad professional industries and made over 500k a year and is the goddamn US Press Secretary and for the fact that the deputy chief of staff will never find a better assistant than donna

Like……this isn’t some podunk law firm in the middle of nowhere this is the white house. A West Wing job. To say no one would be better means out of tens of thousands of people who would kill for that job would not be better than donna (honestly there’s even an episode addressing it being Josh Lyman’s assistant is better than getting a Master’s and Donna’s starting salary at that website was what she assumed the total budget would be. That’s how valuable pre-Santos era Donna is considered to be). She hears and she absorbs and she retains and she’s able to apply that information–remember when she knew the exact filibuster rule, with the Stackhouse ep?

And Donna can publicly speak–we’ve established with Leo (and plenty of other people) that some people just forget almost everything in front of a camera or a crowd, or in a debate type of setting, or just look bulldogish and antagonistic(can you say the plot of the pilot?). It just isn’t for everyone. But this is what Donna did, for two campaigns and even as Josh’s assistant. Remember when he sent her to North Dakota to deal with people who wanted to eliminate ‘north’ in ‘north dakota?’

Once she quits she gets almost as good as Josh in like a year and sure, there’s few complications, yeah. But hey Bartlet had his riding into a tree affair. Donna has her yelling at a chicken debacle.

And also the trip abroad. Like she doesn’t like to politicize it. But people who are like “oh she hasn’t served in combat” well she was injured in a war zone. Annabeth mentions how the people fell in love with her, wanted to make her story into a movie. There’s name recognition early on right there, something that would make it a lot easier to campaign on as a Senator or a Representative than the average person, get her foot in the door.

And listen people would be much more afraid of pissing off donna than Josh because Josh is always pissed but donnais the one person who can sometimes reel him in. No one is there to reel in donna. She’s charismatic, much more than josh, and people like her. Maybe after shes served a term as the first ladys chief of staff, helen more at ease with being first lady and more of an idea of what she’s doing, she’d run. She’d totally get elected as a Representative with her resume, then maybe serve two or 3 terms, then after possibly run for governor. And then start her election campaign. CHARLIE AS VP LBR CHARLIE IS TOTALLY GONNA GO BACK INTO POLITICS, HE’S TOO GOOD AT IT AND HAS SO MANY CONNECTIONS AND HIS WORK AT THE TAIL END OF THE BARTLET PRESIDENCY HAD HIM HOOKED HE TOTALLY WOULD BE DONNA’S VP.



US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dines at Pierluigi restaurant in Rome with Tony Blinken and other colleagues. Hillary seems in good spirits, drinking wine and chatting with her team as they dined alfresco. The Secretary of State is in Italy to discuss Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s frozen assets and reportedly release the money to aid Libyans caught in the country’s conflict.

“In the end, it comes down to values. We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity. All major religions embrace them, and we strive to reflect them in our daily lives.

The threats to these values are most often based on fear. Our duty to the peoples we serve is to work together to move from fear of each other, to trust in each other. Trust in the values that bind us, and trust in the institutions that serve and protect us”.

– Incoming United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, after taking the oath of office on Monday.