afternoon all

… with Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih of Sudan

…. with with Safak Pavey of Turkey

…. with Safak Pavey, the first disabled woman elected to the Turkish Parliament

Read about the 2012 Women of Courage here and here


InsideHigherEd: … Roughly two-thirds of public and private college presidents say they plan to vote for President Obama in November, and only 1 in 10 believe the Republican candidates for the presidency have laid out a helpful vision for higher education.

…. 65.1 percent said that they planned to vote for the president this fall. Among sectors, support was stronger in public higher education (75 percent at public doctoral and master’s institutions, 85 percent at public baccalaureate institutions and 66 percent at community colleges). The lowest level of support was in for-profit higher education, where only 29 percent of presidents said they plan to vote for Obama this fall.

…. Only 10 percent of all college presidents believed that the Republican candidates have offered a higher education vision, but that figure is inflated by a high proportion of yes answers from for-profit higher education (44 percent). The figures are much lower for the rest of higher education – 4 percent among public doctoral institutions, 3 percent among public master’s institutions, and not a single private doctoral university president agreeing.

More here


The Week


Steve Benen: The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, though there have been occasional setbacks. Today’s report appears to be one of them.

Though still low by recent standards, filings went up over the last week, a little more than expected: “Jobless claims in the U.S. rose to the highest level in five weeks, climbing by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000…”

….. when these jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape. When the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are actually being created rather quickly. Though today’s report is disappointing, we’ve now been below 370,000 for five consecutive weeks, and six of the last eight weeks.

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Charles Pierce: I have tried to avoid the mighty efforts of the heirs of Andrew Breitbart to make his name more of a synonym for “jackass” in death than it was when he was alive. So, instead, let’s just play a little Harvard bingo, shall we?

Barack Obama once went to the Harvard Law School. Derrick Bell once taught at the Harvard Law School.

…. In 1992, Derrick Bell thought that “none” was an insufficient number of minority faculty members at the HLS. He decided to make a little noise about it. At a rally, Barack Obama introduced him and, after doing so, hugged him….

…. This, of course, proves that Barack Obama is a lifelong coddler of, and sympathizer with, black radical revolutionaries.

Res ipse loquitur! QED! Scoreboard, bitches!

I expect a job offer from Big Something in the morning.

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President Obama meets President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana in the Oval Office, March 8


TPM: President Obama enjoys massive leads in Maine, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling (D) …. Obama leads both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by the same margin in the Pine Tree State, 58 – 35. Maine has voted for a Democrat for president in the last five elections, but that doesn’t mean Dems dominate the state – Republicans currently hold the governorship, both houses of the state legislature and the two US Senate seats (Snowe and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)).

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The Week


ThinkProgress: Questions about women and womens’ health have dominated the political debate over the past weeks, and at least one female Republican lawmaker is unhappy with her party’s record. New York Assemblyman Teresa Sayward (R), who is retiring after serving a decade in Albany, told the New York political program Capital Tonight that she does not support any of her party’s presidential candidates, because of their stances on women.

She also took an apparent shot at Republicans’ opposition to President Obama’s birth control mandate, saying, “It’s disheartening for me to see our party move away from what it was always about and that is to stay out of people’s lives, let them live their lives, don’t impose their religion on anybody else.”

Asked which Republican candidate she supports, Sayward replied: “I do not have a favorite in the presidential race, if I had to vote today, I’d vote for Obama.”

More here


Political Cartoons

84 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 22 Pamela
    March 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Well, whad’ya know!

    • 23 57andFemale
      March 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm


      • 24 Pamela
        March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        Thank you, 57andfemale! My little old lady is making slow slow progress, she is down the hall in PT at the moment, so I have a minute to check in, and voila! Somehow my Chips had a new thread for me to launch!

  2. 25 Pamela
    March 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    YooHoo!? 😉

  3. March 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Closer and closer. 😆 😆

  4. 34 57andFemale
    March 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    boo hoo — I can’t get the trailer to play on my computer…….

  5. 39 Brian
    March 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I’m days behind and playing catch up, so I don’t know if this has been reported here (and I didn’t want to post a link to HuffPo), but there is a wonderful article about that fine actor Martin Sheen. It’s titled “Martin Sheen Has Harsh Words for Anti-Obama Liberals.” Righteous anger from a good man.

  6. 49 Pamela
    March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    The pictures on this thread are sobering, and joy filled at the same time… I am humbled at the moment after looking over the topics, and I love how Charlie Pierce kicks booty!

  7. March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm


    I hope you consider the two articles I left in the last thread from Balloon Juice about the GOP WAR ON WOMEN.

  8. 52 defytheodds
    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Congratulations to all of the 2012 Women of Courage!

  9. 53 EWOK2
    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    From the above article ” Only 10 percent of all college presidents believed that the Republican candidates have offered a higher education vision”
    This 10 percent did not do their homework at all. A big fat F.

  10. 54 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful women, inside and out. Congrats to them!

    On another note: Michelle’s skin!

  11. 56 EWOK2
    March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Romney had an opportunity to be magnanimous and come to the rescue of Ms Fluke, he could have made a great speach on the rights of women and how they contributed to this great country, etc, etc. Now our wonderful President will do just that at the comencement at Barnard College, a women’s college. How apropo.

    • 57 TrumpDog
      March 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      That’s cuz Romney is not a leader; he’s a cowardly follower.

    • 58 57andFemale
      March 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      He’s a tiny man. To quote a line from one of my favorite movies, People Will Talk “You’re a tiny man. Not in size. But in the mind, in the heart.”

      Willard is a tiny man with a tiny heart. The only thing that is big about him is his ruthlessness. That’s all that fills his being with purpose.

  12. 59 defytheodds
    March 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  13. 61 TrumpDog
    March 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Asked which Republican candidate she supports, Sayward replied: “I do not have a favorite in the presidential race, if I had to vote today, I’d vote for Obama.”


    I guess since she’s retiring she can say whatever she wants without constraints but
    damn that comment was very telling.

  14. 62 vitaminlover
    March 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Sometimes, I think that Mrs. Obama and Hilary may be friends.

  15. 63 57andFemale
    March 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    The keystone XL pipeline amendment failed to get 60 votes. Yea for our side.

  16. 64 defytheodds
    March 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    March 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm


    March 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm


    • 68 defytheodds
      March 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      CRDC Data Show Persistent Inequities

      The new Civil Rights data released this week by the U. S. Department of Education are still preliminary, but the overarching story they tell is one of deep and pervasive inequities in America’s schools. Time and again, and on a variety of fronts, students of color are getting less than a fair chance to succeed in school. These patterns and trends not only undercut the most deeply held of our values, but they also portend a dimmer future for this nation than any of us would hope…..

      The combination of weaker academics and harsher discipline, which means less time in the classroom, is academically fatal to too many young African-American and Latino students, especially boys.

      The good news is that none of these patterns is immutable…….


      • 69 defytheodds
        March 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        A Wake-up Call to Education

        Minority students across America face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous high school curricula, and are more often taught by lower-paid and less experienced teachers, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
        The Department released the data this week from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools serving 85% of the nation’s students. The self-reported data, Part II of the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), covers a range of issues including college and career readiness, discipline, school finance, and student retention.


        • 70 EDP4BHO
          March 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

          Thanks for the great posts. I really wish more people would pay attention to these facts in light of budget cutting for education going on, for instance, here in Pennsylvania. College students are planning protests against the decreases, and the mayor in Philly just announced his decision to reassess property for increased tax revenues, just to pay for school improvements. As for the inequities in treatment, I would say that parents need to step up their game in demanding equality in the schools.

  19. March 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Tonight is the OFA grassroots donor winners dinner with POTUS and FLOTUS. Cannot WAIT to see that video.

  20. 72 collegekay
    March 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    @ The higher education article

    I can vouch for that. Lots of students and educators are furious at the gop for their rhetoric on colleges. I go to university in DC so I hear this stuff!

  21. 73 collegekay
    March 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    That is so funny that the Pres of Ghana’s name is “John Mills” and the American Pres’ name is “Barack Obama”


  22. 76 Ladyhawke
    March 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    From Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi



    Last week, Speaker Boehner claimed that “the price of gasoline is driven by two factors. It’s driven by supply and it’s driven by demand.” Right now we’re seeing high gas prices across the country, but it’s not because of supply and demand–in fact, supply is up and demand is down.



  23. 77 anniebella
    March 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I hope there will be some pictures of the winners who won the right to have dinner with POTUS and FLOTUS, maybe a video.

  24. 79 Ladyhawke
    March 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Pelosi Statement on International Women’s Day


  25. 80 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Mitt Romney explains his nightly bedtime routine to the voters:

    // I admit that by the end of the day I am tired, and I mean I always eat something at the end of the day. My favorite is cold cereal, so I try to eat some cold cereal at the end of the day. And I’ve had a full tummy and a long day puts me right to bed. //

    • 81 TrumpDog
      March 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      PLEASE tell me this is a joke.

      Did he really say that?

    • 83 EDP4BHO
      March 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Who gives a shit what he eats? This bastard is one of the most narcissistic creatures I have ever heard. His full tummy. I’ll be damned. While people are struggling to put food on their tables, this miscreant…..oh, never the hell the mind. Can you tell he sickens me?

  26. 84 miss pat
    March 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    typing in the dark meant : old.

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