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Gretchen Whitmer files to run for governor in 2018 (Michigan)

Source: Freep



Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer became the first candidate to officially jump into the 2018 election pool Tuesday, by filing paperwork with the Secretary of State to set up a committee to run for governor.

It wasn’t a big announcement or the beginning of a speaking tour around the state. Rather, filing the paperwork is a prerequisite for Whitmer if she wants to begin accepting financial contributions to her campaign.

In an e-mail to supporters Tuesday, Whitmer said she is "no stranger to fights," including ones to "protect workers' rights, ... level the playing field," and "protect kids and to hold government accountable."

Whitmer, an East Lansing Democrat, said in the e-mail she remembers when Michigan was bold and didn't just face challenges, but beat them.

"That’s why I know we can build a Michigan with opportunities that rival those from our past," she said. "A state where opportunities are available to every Michigander – regardless of gender or race or religion or who you love or where you were born – if you work hard and play by the rules.


Read more:http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/03/whitmer-first-jump-into-2018-michigan-governors-race/96116246/

Scotland's wee ones are welcomed to the world with a cardboard box and a poem

Source: Mashable

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave expectant mothers a starter kit full of essential items for newborns, kicking off the "baby box" programme that's modelled on Finland's.

The boxes will be trialled for three months in Clackmannanshire and Orkney, and all Scottish newborns are scheduled to receive them by summer 2017.

The boxes contain items like clothes, nappies and books. The idea is to give all newborns an equal playing field.

“Scotland’s Baby Box is a strong signal of our determination that every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life," Sturgeon said.



The box also includes a poem written by Scotland's Makar (National Poet), Jackie May. It's called "Welcome Wee One."

O ma darlin wee one
At last you are here in the wurld
And wi’ aa your wisdom
Your een bricht as the stars,
You've filled this hoose with licht,
Yer trusty wee haun, your globe o' a heid,
My cherished yin, my hert's ain!

O my darlin wee one
The hale wurld welcomes ye:
The mune glowes; the hearth wairms.
Let your life hae luck, health, charm,
Ye are my bonny blessed bairn,
My small miraculous gift.
I never kent luve like this.


Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/02/scotland-baby-box-finland-start/?utm_cid=hp-r-5

Im With Herland

Source: Good



In 1915, five years before women in the United States won the right to vote, American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman published Herland, a sui generis piece of steampunk speculative fiction about a fantasy feminist utopia. When I discovered the all-but-forgotten novel when it was reissued in 2014, I expected an unintentionally funny, naively fu­turistic throwback to a bygone time. Instead, I discovered a scorchingly relevant Victorian take on the nar­rative roots of patriarchal oppres­sion, which became, unfortunately, even more relevant post-election.

The story begins with narrator Vandyck “Van” Jennings, a smug gentleman-adventurer who joins a far-flung expedition to bring “civi­lization” to “savages,” because it’s the late 19th century, and that’s what all the cool kids are doing. Van has tagged along with his old school friends, Terry O. Nicholson and Jeff Margrave, an investor/explorer and a doctor, respectively, who like him were brought up on thrilling tales of manifest destiny and cultural imperialism. When their native guides allude to a mythical land populated only by women, the trio break off from the group to go find it, each envisioning a world that reflects their individual idea of “womanhood” and their particular brand of sexism: hostile, benevo­lent, and ambivalent.

Terry, a misogynistic, narcissistic bully whom Van describes as “rich enough to do as he pleased,” expects a country of beautiful, acquiescent, sexually liberated young girls, free enough from societal constraints to have fun with, but not so free as to be equal. Jeff, a cartoonishly idealistic Southern gentleman doctor “born to be a poet or a botanist,” imagines a land full of gentle, doe-eyed angels with cherubic babies bouncing at their sides at all times. Van, meanwhile, sees himself as the most “scientific” of the three, arguing “learnedly about the physiological limitations of the sex.”

All three expect what they've begun referring to as “Herland” to be “uncivilized,” an untamed, Arcadian expression of women’s inborn nature—whether sexy girl, saintly mommy, or fascinating, if vaguely repulsive, biological “other” to be studied and classified. If there’s one thing the men can all agree on, it’s that there will be nothing rationally, functionally, technologically, morally, or politically superior about a society made up only of women and girls. “We seemed to think that if there were men we could fight them, and if there were only women,” Van describes in the book, “why they would be no obstacle at all.”

The novel begins as a mansplaining epic: an exegesis about an ancient race of self-reproducing, parthenogenetic women, mothers all, who evolved over 2,000 years to produce one baby girl apiece, as authoritatively explicated by a guy who literally just met them. The first people Van, Terry, and Jeff encounter upon arriving in Herland are three lithe, flirtatious, teenage girls swinging from the trees. Ellador, Celis, and Alima are nothing like the girls back home; they are “erect serene, standing sure-footed and light as any pugilist.” The men follow them into town and soon find themselves surrounded by a cadre of older women—“old Colonels,” Terry calls them—who nonviolently block their path and escort them to their rooms. (“We found ourselves much in the position of the suffragette trying to get to the Parliament buildings through a triple cordon of London police,” Van says.)


Read more: https://www.good.is/features/issue-39-im-with-herland-charlotte-perkins-gilman

4 Non Blondes - What's Up



(Just finished the fourth episode of Sense8 on Netflix. Damn )

In Memoriam: 2016 (DU members)



http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=inmemoriam


Detroit bishop who hosted Trump will join his swearing-in ceremony

Source: Freep



A Detroit bishop who hosted Donald Trump at his church in September is one of six religious leaders selected to take part in Trump's swearing-in ceremony during his inauguration next month.

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, who leads Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit and preaches a prosperity gospel, will help offer readings and give the benediction at the ceremony, Trump's inaugural committee announced Wednesday.

Also taking part will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York, Rev. Franklin Graham, a son of America's most popular preacher, Rev. Billy Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Paula White, pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Florida, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

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Jackson has faced criticism for his prosperity gospel preaching, blessing water and claiming his faith healings can cure disease like cancer. He owns one of Detroit's biggest mansions, a 39,000-square-foot home in Palmer Woods with 10 marble fireplaces that once was owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, according to a report in the online magazine Model D.


Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/12/28/detroit-bishop-take-part-trumps-swearing--ceremony/95933138/

David Fahrenthold tells the behind-the-scenes story of his year covering Trump

Source: The Washington Post



“Arnold and Tim, if you’d come up, we’re going to give you a nice, beautiful check,” Donald Trump said. He held up an oversize check, the kind they give to people who win golf tournaments. It was for $100,000. In the top-left corner the check said: “The Donald J. Trump Foundation.”

Along the bottom, it had the slogan of Trump’s presidential campaign: “Make America Great Again.”

This was in February.

The beginning of it.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/david-fahrenthold-tells-the-behind-the-scenes-story-of-his-year-covering-trump/2016/12/27/299047c4-b510-11e6-b8df-600bd9d38a02_story.html?utm_term=.586d9832514e


I am cross-posting this from GD due to the length of the article (GD doesn't seem to do long). It is a fascinating read. I hope to see a piece like this from Katy Tur!

David Fahrenthold tells the behind-the-scenes story of his year covering Trump

Source: The Washington Post



“Arnold and Tim, if you’d come up, we’re going to give you a nice, beautiful check,” Donald Trump said. He held up an oversize check, the kind they give to people who win golf tournaments. It was for $100,000. In the top-left corner the check said: “The Donald J. Trump Foundation.”

Along the bottom, it had the slogan of Trump’s presidential campaign: “Make America Great Again.”

This was in February.

The beginning of it.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/david-fahrenthold-tells-the-behind-the-scenes-story-of-his-year-covering-trump/2016/12/27/299047c4-b510-11e6-b8df-600bd9d38a02_story.html?utm_term=.586d9832514e

Build a wall viral video hurts Latino students



Townhall Columnist Invokes Auschwitz Over John Kerry Speech; Auschwitz Responds

Source: Mediaite



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Aside from a sharp response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry’s speech was subject to a deluge of criticism from conservative corners. Schlichter got in on this as well, putting up a tweet that lived up to his Twitter bio of “angering leftists by being too pro-Israel for their taste.”

If you are Jewish and supporting Barack Obama and John Kerry, well, you would have made a fine helper at Auschwitz.

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 28, 2016


Schlichter’s tweet received a great deal of blowback, and it eventually got the attention of the memorial museum itself:

The tragedy of prisoners of Auschwitz & their complicated moral dilemmas which today we can hardly comprehend should not be instrumentalized https://t.co/lGYSxQ4a54

— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 28, 2016


Schlichter stood by his original comments as he continued to debate various Twitter users over his statement:

Your opinion is important and deserves respectful attention.
However, I disagree, respectfully, with your conclusion here.@AuschwitzMuseum

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 28, 2016


Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/online/townhall-columnist-invokes-auschwitz-over-john-kerry-speech-auschwitz-responds/
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