Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Gingrich

Who Stole Christmas

or Third Base. Anyone's guess.
What is not a surprise, however, is Santorum polling at one percent. Because, aside from his famously funny name (google it) his brand of conservative republicanism means just mean-hearted bigotry to a lot of people. 'Family values' means only the kind I like- man, woman and six kids apparently. Women's rights, one fears, means the right to choose which supermarket one can budget for. Aside from the foolhearty gay bashing litigation that didn't succeed in Washington, DC which even the Cardinal of DC Wuerl wishes he could do over, every time that the same Cardinal appears on the altar there are at least three or four known gay servers, sacristans, eucharistic ministers, lectors, or other helpers front and center who are living with their partners. And everyone knows it.
This thanksgiving I went to my sister's in laws country house and there were gay women cousins-(one was a cousin, the other by gay marriage-we aren't from West Virginia!) who have been living together for 30 years. The day after thanksgiving when most people in the world head for the Macy's black friday after thanksgiving sales, these two women put on men's hiking boots, and took chain saws to the woods to chop firewood. Not kidding.
Being around them did not make me want to put on men's hiking boots and grab a chain saw. Neither did it make me want to look furtively or longingly at someone of my same gender.
Perhaps the recent scare about Thalites in common household chemical products being an endocrine disrupter created more gayness. Who knows. Genetic or acquired tastes? I am not God. All I know is that to hate anyone for this or judge anyone for this is not my business -or yours- Santorum. So get over yourself and send your wife to college already.
Cain, now we can just call Candidate Dirtbag. When he says no one listens to 'that garbage' his one finger pointing outward points four back at him. He's more done than that Turkey you ate last week.

Monday, November 21, 2011

All I Want For Christmas

Is a Bakery.

That's what Jesuit Father Rick Curry must be thinking. He is the renoun author of two books-on Jesuit breadmaking and soupmaking --and gave a demonstration on how to just right rise a loaf with a little leaven. Thanks for the great tips of the trade.
A little leaven rises a lot of loaf as they say. Sprinkled in with the cornmeal and flour he told tales of one armed kneading (he was born with only one) like he was hitting a pastry punching bag. When asked when one should stop kneading he replied "when you start liking people again."

Father Curry is uniquely gifted to working with war veterans who have lost limbs or are otherwise disabled. He has counseled them, mentored them, absolved them and one-armed hugged them. And now he has a big plan. He wants to reorient them transitioning back to productive working life through a bakery. It is not a novel concept-he has succeeded in doing it before in Maine and New York. He wants to teach them entrepreneurial skills, and even how to 'ship and handle' with prosthetic arms.
His bakery in Maine pioneered recipes, even for dog biscuits- and so wants to aptly name his
new bakery "Dog Tag Bakery" or something similar. Veterans he noted are disproportionately
among the homeless statistics. Miriam's kitchen recently noted about twenty percent of their homeless guests are veterans. It does not have to be that way. Because of modern science, people who might not have survived in previous wars are coming home badly maimed and injured and barely surviving, some with severe traumatic brain injuries. Unless they are caught when they first come back, noted Fr. Curry, they can dangerously downward spirol into drug and alcohol abuse. So he wants to teach them entrepreneurial skills, industrial sized baking skills, and a host of other reintegrative skills so they become productive members of society rather than another statistic floating in and out of shelters from town to town ending up on Santa Monica's beaches. They can either have jobs or be taken care of by the 'state' forever- he wants to give them dignity and hope. We can help.

Father Curry is inspirational-with a fantastically fun sense of humor. He tells the story about how the relic of the fore-arm of Saint Francis Xavier traveled to his local basillica in Philadelphia where he got off school to kiss and venerate it as it was the right arm and he was missing his right arm. I asked why the church chopped up people when they were dead, especially when they were incorruptibles. He noted, Marilyn Monroe's dress sold for a million dollars at an auction recently- the right forearm of Xavier baptized thousands of people. He felt that worth kissing more than Monroe I am sure.

Father Curry needs just one thing for Christmas to realize his vision of his program in tandem with his institute that mentors returning disabled vets-- the location for his bakery. He is half way to his goal and only needs about a million and a half more to pull it off. I know you can help.
To get in touch with Fr. Curry simply email: RCURRYSJ [at] (replace the [at] with the @.

Or, you can find him at Holy Trinity in DC.
You can also buy his books-the Secrets of Jesuit Soupmaking and the Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking (amazon) which make great Christmas presents.

On a personal note, my father came back from serving in the Korean War with a bad head injury and half his hearing lost in one ear. He went to Pitt then on a GI bill and thereafter rose to be the CEO of the European Division of a major Fortune 500 corporation and senior executive positions in other corporations.

Any serious Candidate running for President should be able to get Father Curry into his bakery-
Write me when you get it done.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

And the Second Runner Up

Gingrich has more character than Cain who attacks his accusers with the lame-they are troubled and had litigation over similar stuff in the past. So what- doesn't mean he didn't do it.
Predators go for precisely people who are 'troubled' financially- it is a weakness they know they can exploit. Cain is the archetypical harasser. No serious person can now disagree.

Gingrich at least had a conversion. He admits he was a cad. And he sure was. But he made amends and has stayed with the same woman for a time longer than a lot of marriages. He openly admits his faults. He takes blame. He comes off as just more integrous that way. He should however be faulted for his disdain for people not buying christmas presents on layaway at Tiffanys. He is too pretentious for his background and as well coiffed as he and his wife are he still looks like the gray haired version of Danny DeVito. Green tea and yogurt might help shed about 50 pounds he looks like he needs to loose.

I just feel sorry for Perry who is an intellectual lightweight whose platform was cut and pasted from the Petroleum Institutes policy playbook- like we need the oil and gas industry running Washington again.

Huntsman gets points for noting that you can start a trade war if you start leveling tarrifs against the Chinese (duh) and Romney gets points for at least tackling the issue of IP thievery at the WTO or WIPO level- because not enough now is being done about it obviously.

Nothing much memorable about anyone else unfortunately. I think I will take a walk in
the GE park, which is where?? Gingrich also has a hard time telling the difference between Sexual Assault and 'gossip' which makes him downright dangerous on top of arrogantly dumb while trying to be the smartest guy in the room. It's just disturbing all around that there is only one woman contender- and allegations of sexual harassment seem to be taken seriously only by the one news questioner. Very disturbing all around.

The Pennsylvania Peanut Gallery

Lucky for Everyone Joe Paterno got fired.

That, and the subsequent 2,000 college kid riot that followed totally eclipsed most coverage and after-show debate debriefing.
2,000 college kids didn't read the grand jury indictment. Nor do they know how the law works on issues of negligent supervision and culpability for known criminal acts of subordinates. Then they might have agreed with Penn State's Board. Because otherwise their tuitions might have to triple to cover the settlements.
The debate booers who shouted down lovely Maria on her question regarding Cain on how can the country hire someone of such suspect character looked like riotious Penn State kids all grown up. Totally clueless regarding legal liability issues surrounding sexual harassment. Newt came back and attacked her as a financial reporter saying its sad the financial press doesn't report on how the economy works- an intended direct hit on the only woman questioner. He smugly, arrogantly, patronizingly chided her on the fact that no reporter has asked any Occupy person who pays for the park they are sleeping in if corporations don't make profits (as if anyone wants corporations not to make profits.) Aside from the absurdity of the premise- because corporations don't pay what individuals do (GE is reported to have paid nothing ) Parks are paid for by governments. The spot the occupy crowd has tented in across from the DC Catholic Information Center familiar to Gingrich is a DC City park partially paid for by a private-public park consortium of DC money, Federal Money and private enterprise in DC. There is a Federal Park Service, which anyone running for President should know about.
Cain, who looks like a cartoon character taking a condescending approach about his accusers neglected to mention the two contemporaneous affidavits and other people who have witnesssed him in the presence of the person he claims he never met. His third party bloviating narcisistic references to himself look scripted out of the "Danny Crain" annals of Boston Legal-which if you recall, is a comic satire-just like Cain's Presidency. Perry's Senior Melt-Down moment should be the introduction to an add for Ginsing memory enhancers. Check for early Altzheimers.

Romney will be the Nominee. His Veep? Anyone's guess and anyone of those knuckleheads will cause him to loose.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Note to Allred

Is there a suit for Slander now that he has denied everything by innuendo at least?
Multiplainitff multijurisdictional slander suit. Go for it.


Mr. Bill.

Normally fairly erudite albeit from a certain perspective Bill O'Reilly missed the mark when saying that people are out to destroy Cain. What we are out to destroy is the ethic that says women don't matter and men can lie about whatever they do with them regardless of how they feel about it. As an attorney I have seen it - professionally and personally. And it is absolutely disgusting. There is an EEOC for a reason.
In the 1990s in Washington the head of Washington social life and the free world was someone whom I wouldn't vote for now, knowing what I know about his sexual morality for dog catcher- while that may be a good job because it takes one to catch one. It should eclipse every good deed he ever did- because it destroyed women. Cain reminds me of the sleezebucket guys hanging around the bars on L street bragging to other sleezebucket guys who they bedded or what they got away with doing. And see the wagging finger on national television rebuke 'I never ever had sexual relations with THAT woman.' How many women coming forward to describe really what Cain is does it take? For every four that say he hit on them inappropriately there are likely three that did sleep with him- while married or pretending to be.
Sexual ethics have to matter in the highest office of the land. Lying to SLANDER women's integrity, dignity and honor is absolutely disgusting and should be a no -brainer disqualifier. The country is a long long way from taking this with the seriousness with which it should be taken. And comments like those attempting to defend the indefensible don't help.
The Washington Times running a Cain like version of the wagging finger in front of a backdrop of American flags simply desecrates the flag.

There are two kinds of men who would vote for Cain; those who are too decent to find that this is fathomable because it is beyond the realm of their experience and too fantastic to believe, and those who just don't care what he does in his 'private life.' Lets hope Bill is in the first category.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

If Only

A Woman Were President

That is what I thought when Hillary Clinton last night gave a foreign policy speech before an international democratization organization last night that looked frankly, Presidential. Check last night's C-Span -it is worth watching in full. Introduced by Madeleine Albright, her speech was brilliant in the scope of its vision. So brilliant in fact you had a sense, whether you liked her policy platforms or not (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't), or wanted her to be President or not, that this Better Half is the helmswoman at the head of our Ship of State internationally that is going to get it off the shoals before she is done. This is a brilliant woman.

When I watched the sad saga of this morning's news trot out the old tired arguments against Cain's accuser say- perhaps she is paid, and that Alred, nuff said, etc. I wanted to scream. If only a woman were President. Why don't you ask her, just like George Stephanopolous did and see why she came forward. Perhaps she doesn't want to live under a rein of President Jack-Arse.

Every campaign donor to Cain should be asked the question- Do you wish your daughter to be treated like a prostitute? If they have no daughter ask it of their mother. Poll that number.
Because a Cain will likely gut the EEOC, trivialize, mock and derride any women who makes a sexual harassment allegation, and continue to lie his way into a foreign policy where no one trust us, just like the good old days of Bush. Lying Skeevemonster. Get him off the TV before some tactile object is trajectoried into it.

Monday, November 07, 2011

It's a dignity thing


Who seems to think allegations of harassment are mere 'gossip.' And the news is gossip obsessed, he claims. Leave us poor sleazeballs alone and focus on jobs, is probably what
he laments.
News Flash.
The issue of the civil rights of women who are half the electorate, is not a matter of gossip. It is a matter of survival for many women. It is a matter of equality and fairness. It is a matter of distinction between for some homelessness, abuse and living in quiet dignity. A job harasser can persecute someone's live for a very long time- they get blacklisted for complaining, hence there is an aspect of Title VII for retaliation. The glibness with which this is treated by republicans -who think all they have to do is trot out an attractive old conservative blonde to trivialize it on talking head shows, is disgusting and appauling. No one mistakes 'innocuous' remarks for harassment. Harassment, when it is actionable is definitionally "pervasive and severe" and in Cain's case, apparently it was. So much for idiot old conservative bottled blondes.

Three Time's a Charm

for Gingrich in the Republican Roustabout.

The field looks really pathetic- clownish if you ask Chris Matthews of Hardball. And the circus continues with Gloria Alred defending yet a fourth woman who has sexual harassment allegations against Cain. He's so done it's amusing to watch him flail like a fish out of the water of contemporary sensibilities.
This clears the unlikely path for the Non-Mormon, Non-Harassing Gingrich who is on perpetual book tour with his wife, who has a children's history book of her own without children of her own. That's because she is wife no. 3 in his latest adulterous romparoom- but to his credit, he didn't harass her- it was totally consensual. They married and stayed married, and that has more staying power than the gratuitous harassment of half a dozen women just trying to do their jobs with a little dignity.

The foibles of Cain strike one as neanderthal in a world where it is still lamentable that men don't seem to get it. As someone with a working niece, executive working sister and god-daughter, I have to say it makes me sick that men still don't get it, as if women didn't have to work FOR A LIVING. Or to support other people- as if we live in a world where mortgages and rents of women are paid by a mysterious male benefactor or trust fund so women can all just afford to lose their jobs unless they submit to the male ego demands of attention and flattery or a brutish harasser.

I think I am going to be sick. It appears a thousand times more serious to me that Herman Cain was clueless how to behave himself as the boss than that Gingrich had a sincere, albeit sincerely adulterous relationship with someone that was actually Love based and lasted through the years. At least Gingrich has the sense to be discrete-especially when prosecuting Clinton hypocritically for the same faults and fax pas.

The Republican camp is a circus this time around. And he without sin can cast the first stone and stay home when it comes to voting for anyone. The disaffection of the masses is going to by default give it to Obama.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Are They Crazy?

Head Scratching Continues

It boggles the mind that Herman Cain is still supported by more Republicans than any other candidate. Because why????

This phenomenon I believe is attributable to the underlying racism of preferential treatment of defective characters because they are black. That is racist. We have a black President- lets get a black alternative, like there are no other worthy CEOs of third rate fast food joints. Where is that guy who founded Checkers when you need him.

Not that all Affirmative Action programs are racist- but picking a guy because he is black and standing behind him no matter what he does, does not help the cause. It undermines it.

Obama stands on his own laurels and was not elected because he is black. Some black folk don't think he is black enough. I rather like his Irish side. But he is a Harvard JD with a keen intellect unparallelled. He is there on merit.

Cain is full of cheese. Speckled with the fat of too much pepperoni.
Cain is not Obama's equal on any level. And no. China is not 'developing' nuclear capability- it has been there for decades. And no, we don't need more 'investment' in defense spending- when the rest of the world is shouting disarmament.

When Hillary looked like a winner they said- lets get us a woman. Hence Palin. Now it's time to get serious about character, just like Martin Luther King advised.

p.s. If a guy is so oafish that he doesn't comprehend why three women felt the need to contemplate suing him for harassment, that is not a person we want engaging in delicate diplomatic nuanced discussions with anyone who speaks another language as their first language.
Two or Three sexual harassment suits against you should be immediate disqualifiers.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Cain Drain


That is what I predict the headlines to be. Unless something disasterous happens between now and then- which could work in his favor depending on how he handles it.
Phew-now I don't have to campaign this season- it's in the bag.

Herman Cain, aside from not having the first clue about China's nuclear capacity who sounds like your friendly neighborhood car mechanic when opining on his 'china strategy' clearly has caught that bug plaguing generally the Republicans. The Truth Allergy. We saw it with Bush, who does look like Voltaire next to Cain on foreign policy, when fabricating about the
nigerian uranium fissile material and WMDs in Iraq to a point where almost a third of the Democratic Party thinks he had some foreknowledge about 9-11. Unbelievable. Not believable.
Cain, it is now learned, without admitting or denying, signed a settlement agreement with a woman who claimed she was sexually harassed by him- for the equivalent of a year's salary. What, who me? What settlement? What harassment?

As someone with employment labor litigation experience I can tell you that this virtually never happens without some facts that could surface in a trial. Without a trial to get a year's severance or salary on a sexual harassment charge is a good deal and means there likely were credible facts. These things are defended by insurance companies on officer and director policies and hard lines are drawn in the sand. Something scared them into paying a year's salary.
Baseless charges virtually never get one a year's salary for not having to work without a trial. Insurance company lawyers don't want people cashing in on false allegations and they don't generally pay on what they think is false. So not only did this get the credibility pass of the accuser's attorney who likely vets out frivolity but it got the credibility pass of insurance lawyers who are hard to convince.

So the 'high tech lynching' joke that Clarence Thomas got over on when a black woman was making the charges of sexual harassment against him (ridiculous) plays about as well here as a
a fart in a symphony. It just smells. I do agree with Ann Coulter, my classmate at Cornell, on one thing however:
If Romney is the nominee Obama will win.

Obama will win.

The fact that Cain raised more money yesterday than any other day in his campaign speaks volumes about the Republican party's problem with respect for women. Clarence Thomas famously made highly offensive absurd remarks about the problem with the country being this sort of smearing that derails careers at his confirmation hearings. Cry me a river. He has not been able since to shake off the Justice Creepazoid feeling one gets while watching him doze at the bench after his confirmation performance. A far more serious problem with the country is the lack of general regard and respect for women professionals like Professor Anita Hill, whose academic background and government career was every bit as promising and stellar as Clarence Thomas' - such that even taking a stand against this sort of disrespect sends one packing out of town for the hinterlands of Oklahoma.

Shame on you Ann Coulter. Shame on you Herman Cain. Shame on you Clarence Thomas.
And shame on every talking head defending this garbage.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

For Roland

Champagne Gala and Ball
at the Embassy of France


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Here we Go Again

The G-O-Perverts

OK, took a while to get up the gumption again but I am awake now.

No, Mormonism is not like Catholicism. Catholicism is the oldest Christian religion dating back to the commission given Peter by Jesus himself numbering over a billion members now. Contrary to what Huntsman said, Mormonism is not like Catholicism in terms of people's perception that it is a cult. Mormonism is not anything like Catholicism- the Book of Mormon was found under a Rock by a disillusioned cast off Presbyterian in America. So wierd hardly worth commenting on. Mormonism is a cult. So shoot me. The sister wives in Utah can probably tell you all about what dignity they afford to womankind. It's called Adultery everywhere else.

And Cain is a fabricating piece of the same nonsense that Clarence Thomas got away with and should never have. What reason on earth did Anita Hill possibly have to lie about him?
Really, who in their right mind, much less a woman with a Yale law degree has anything to gain by it? It risks everything- and anyone who does challenge it knows what they risk and have to do it out of a sense of personal integrity to press the issue anyway. How sickening.

The GOPervs should keep their sleaze to themselves. We've seen it all before.