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“It looks like a bunch of old white men running women out of Washington.” (Mika B)


Top African American Lawmaker Says GOP Attacks On Susan Rice Use Racial ‘Code Words’

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) this morning defended U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, calling out Republican use of “code words” in attacking Rice’s professional capabilities.

Appearing on CNN, Clyburn, the number three Democrat in the House of Representatives and the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, added his voice to a growing number of lawmakers concerned with the appearance of the Republican Party potentially blocking a minority nominee to the President’s cabinet so soon after a bruising electoral loss among minorities.
Clyburn isn’t alone in his assessment of the issues the Republican Party is running up again in their pursuit of Rice. The hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe also were incredulous that the GOP would be looking for this fight, against a highly regarded woman of color, so quickly. Host Joe Scarborough, a Republican himself, was struck by how his party seemed unwilling to moderate its tone, with his co-host Mika Brzezinski saying, “It looks like a bunch of old white men running women out of Washington.”

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Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:56 PM (0 replies)

"Festival of Lights" is something we've celebrated. All the winter traditions are about

light in time of darkness, and hope.

I clean away dust, so all surfaces in the house are reflective,
and light lights and candles through the dark weeks.

It's not about being an atheist which I'm not, or religious,
which I'm not -- it's about the beauty of light, how it takes
darkness away.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:01 PM (3 replies)

I've never been a political junkie

but DU is turning me into one.

DU's like the heroin dealer who invites you over
and gets you high.. you'll be back....

Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:25 AM (1 replies)

Name a Republican strategy after a beautiful creature

and do not expect success.
Higgs-Boson Themself* will introduce chaos.

*(They are anonymous, they are legion, they do not forget
and they are on our side.)

Posted by Voice for Peace | Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:29 PM (0 replies)

this is a real beauty, courtesy of FB/ United Against Homophobia

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:05 PM (15 replies)

This halloween, scare your friends by inviting them to enter

a monstrous hybrid vortex. bwaaaaahaaaaahaaaaa

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Oct 28, 2012, 05:40 PM (8 replies)

Obama Restored Faith in Voting - Jay Z

a gazillion thumbsup

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:21 PM (0 replies)

Dear President Obama: NO CONCESSION if they try to steal this thing

You know you're supposed to get those four more years.
I will chip in for lawsuits if needed.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Oct 26, 2012, 04:14 PM (46 replies)

I voted this morning! New Mexico Early Voting

They didn't ask for any ID, just name address and date of birth.

They use paper ballots.

There was a steady stream of people, but no wait.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Oct 26, 2012, 03:47 PM (21 replies)

WONDERFUL: The Island Where People Forget To Die


In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way, Moraitis married a Greek-American woman, had three children and bought a three-bedroom house and a 1951 Chevrolet.

One day in 1976, Moraitis felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working midday. After X-rays, his doctor concluded that Moraitis had lung cancer. As he recalls, nine other doctors confirmed the diagnosis. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s.

Moraitis considered staying in America and seeking aggressive cancer treatment at a local hospital. That way, he could also be close to his adult children. But he decided instead to return to Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea. He figured a funeral in the United States would cost thousands, a traditional Ikarian one only $200, leaving more of his retirement savings for his wife, Elpiniki. Moraitis and Elpiniki moved in with his elderly parents, into a tiny, whitewashed house on two acres of stepped vineyards near Evdilos, on the north side of Ikaria. At first, he spent his days in bed, as his mother and wife tended to him. He reconnected with his faith. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered that he had moved back, they started showing up every afternoon. They’d talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought.

In the ensuing months, something strange happened. He says he started to feel stronger. One day, feeling ambitious, he planted some vegetables in the garden. He didn’t expect to live to harvest them, but he enjoyed being in the sunshine, breathing the ocean air. Elpiniki could enjoy the fresh vegetables after he was gone.

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Posted by Voice for Peace | Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:40 PM (5 replies)
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