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Lyndon LaRouche has died. Does anyone care? I honestly have no opinion on the man; he was way before my time, certainly before my time in the US. I see many on the Alt-Left, like the insufferable bore Matt Bruenig, mourning his passing. This sentence from LaRouche’s Wiki page explains why: “LaRouche’s critics have said that he had “fascistic tendencies”, took positions on the far right, and created disinformation.”

Of actual relevance to the world, the 2020 election is in full swing. Republicans have Trump. No serious contender will challenge him. Jeff Flake once made some noises that resembled the desire to run, but he did the most Flake thing ever: flaked out. The Democratic field, on the other hand, is filling up with a big slate of Big Names who will be competing for dollars and attention: Harris, Gillibrand, Warren, Klobuchar, Booker. And, inevitably, Biden, Sharrod Brown, Bernie. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has suggested he’s exploring a Presidential run. (He shouldn’t bother. NYC barely likes him.) Bloomberg is still contemplating, though my guess is he will ultimately decide not to run. That nut-job from Hawaii will probably end up being Green Party candidate. Pelosi-foe Seth Moulton says he’s considering a run also; yeah, LOL, ok Seth, you do you. Am I missing anybody? I’m sure I must be.

The campaign so far is off to a predictable start. Kirsten Gillibrand has already had her first scandal: “But her fried chicken-gate!” At a campaign stop fried chicken was served. Gillibrand first reached for a fork and knife. Upon seeing others dig in with their hands, she queried out loud if she should do the same and then proceeded to eat like everyone else. This is a scandal now. NY Times reporters like Jonathan Martin snarkily wondered if Gillibrand has ever eaten fried chicken before. Gillibrand is no longer authentic and nobody can ever take her seriously. Eating fried chicken with fork and knife is unheard- of and will likely sink her’s chances. Elizabeth Warren is on her 2nd year of “But her heritage!” scandal. Mark my words, this scandal will not go away until Warren drops out of the race. The media will not let it die. It’s too important to keep litigating it because Trump will keep saying racist things. That’s why the media won’t let it die. They want Trump to keep saying racist things so they can make money covering it.

Meanwhile in Trumplandia, at his most recent rally in El Paso, a Trumpkin attacked a BBC cameraman after Trump led his latest “fake news” chant. Let’s be honest, it won’t change how Trump talks and it won’t change how the media continues to cover Trump: with rose-colored glasses. The political media wants Trump to win. It means sales and clicks and ratings. They will roast Democrats like they always do and shrug off Trump’s insanity. Gird your loins, Widdershins. I hope you liked the 2016 campaign because we’re about to get another like it, if not worse. The train has left the station and it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Women protestingGood Saturday and weekend Widdershins!

It just seems there won’t be any palette cleansing or relaxation of late.  Bernie, his advisers, and the bros just do not want to give us a break.  Not to beat a dead horse, but the Nevada state convention was a very telling event.  There was the shouting down of Barbara Boxer and blocking the camera so she couldn’t be seen on the big teevee screen, then the general melee that occurred over the “minority report” that the Bernie supporters wanted to submit, followed by the outrageous verbal, texting and messaging assaults of Nevada Democratic party leader Roberta Lange.  That was followed by the defacing of the offices of the state Democratic Party.  Oh and did you notice how it was the “bros” who did the harassing of state leader Lange?  Also, it was seemingly the young guys who did the harassing.  (How proud would their mothers’ be at that?).

So with that in mind, I thought we might take a look at some songs of empowerment for women.  Now these aren’t revenge songs but rather songs about women being strong.  Let’s face it ladies, between the media attacks/insults of Hillary, the Bernie folks behaving badly (and I’m including the candidate here) plus Herr Drumpf’s attacks, we Hillary supporters are going to have to keep our heads up.

I’m just going to put up a few songs so the page doesn’t take a long time to load.  So that means I’m counting on you to add more in the comments below.

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(1) Brave – Sara Bareilles

(2) Stand – Rascal Flatts (no it doesn’t have to be all gurlz)

(3) Born This Way – Lady Gaga (excuse the unicorn)

(4) U.N.I.T.Y. – Queen Latifah

(5) I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

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So there ya go Widdershins!  Please add your songs of empowerment in the comments below.

 * And that Latin in the title means “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”.

I found this exciting email in my Inbox the other day. The White House Project trains women to run for office all over the country, and this coming weekend, they will be in my hometown!

Check it out.

The White House Project

The White House Project

OVER 100 WOMEN TRANSFORM POLITICS ACROSS NEW YORK

Award-Winning Leadership Program Aims to Increase the Number of Diverse Women
Running for Office, October 9th-10th

Panelists Include NY State Senator Liz Krueger, NY State Representative Nita Lowey, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham

New York– Next Friday, The White House Project will bring its ground-breaking and award-winning Go Run political training program to New York, allowing over 100 diverse women from across the state to take the next step in their political leadership.  New Yorkers have ushered the innovative two-day training into the region as a proactive solution to the Empire State’s bleak rating for women’s political leadership – 23rd in the nation.

Currently, not a single woman holds an executive position in New York, nor has the state ever elected a female governor; and just eleven of New York’s 62 State Senators are women.  The lack of women serving in the upper echelons of public office mirrors the dearth of women who are ready to fill the political pipeline at the local and regional levels of political leadership.  NY Go Run will address this shortfall by training women to run for office at all levels of government.

As they prepare to launch their political campaigns, NY Go Run will teach participants the nuts and bolts of how to run for elected office.  Representing a range of political affiliations, these women will emerge from their training ready to embark on a spirited political journey to bring positive changes to their home state.  Among this weekend’s dynamic participants are: 

  • Kimberly Garruto, a nurse practitioner and healthcare advocate: “In the field of public health, I am expected to know the ins and outs of politics as a step towards lobbying for nurses’ rights at this critical time in our nation’s history – so I’m thrilled to increase my knowledge at NY Go Run.  My profession is still primarily comprised of women, so I am also interested in empowering those I work with to come together, ‘fight the fight’ in Washington, and further our profession.  In doing so, we will make our healthcare system stronger and more efficient.”
  • Courtney Correnti, a 26 year old Teach For America alum: “My time as an educator proved that our life experiences, especially those we cannot control, distinctly shape who we are and the prospects we’re given.  Through NY Go Run, I hope to come away prepared for a future in the political arena, so I can help to shape education policy and empower New York’s students.  My dream is to see all schools, especially in high-need areas, have the resources to accommodate all levels of learners so that students’ special needs are no longer burdensome, but intervened upon swiftly and efficiently.”
  • Reshma Saujani, a Legal Research Fellow: “My parents came to America as political refugees from Uganda, escaping a dictatorship that used violence and fear to repress our community. This country gave them the opportunity to experience the American dream and create a better life for them and their children. I want to run for elected office because my parents’ experience taught me about the importance of one’s voice in the political process. It is my obligation to give back and make other people’s lives better. Elected officials can and should tap into power of the people to tackle our most challenging problems. I am going to NY Go Run because I believe it is time for the people to collectively choose our future and lead a new way forward.”
  • Zanade Mann, a 26 year old entrepreneur: “One day, after attending a meeting at City Hall, I realized that there was a huge need for change within NYC – but like many residents I believed there was no way for me to make a difference. That is, until I found The White House Project, and they educated me on how a common citizen can run for office. The White House Project gives you the confidence you need to go out, Vote, Run, and Lead, and make a difference – and to top it off they give you the resources too!”
  • Dianne Baumert-Moyik, a defense industry public relations executive and former municipal and county government public affairs officer: “NY Go Run is the next evolution for me as a woman who deeply cares about my community and our nation. For over two decades, I have seen the many sides of government, both what works and what does not. I’m honored to have been selected to participate in The White House Project’s leadership program. It will be great to learn more about what it takes to be an effective voice in government and politics from some of the best in the business of public service – because we need more women to lead!”

Participants will join an impressive group of alumnae who have gone on to run and win elected office across New York and the nation.  The program has trained over 8,000 women to run for office since its creation in 2005.

The White House Project currently operates field offices out of Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Georgia, and New York.  Much of the program’s popularity is due to its hands-on, practical approach, which demystifies the political process for women who are not traditionally tapped for positions of political leadership.  Participants include some of the most underrepresented women in our political system: 41% are women of color; 46% earn less than $35,000 a year; 20% live in rural communities; and 50% are under the age of 30.

New York Go Run will be held October 9th – 10th at The White House Project’s New York City Headquarters, 434 West 33rd St., NYC.

The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization, works to advance a richly diverse, critical mass of women into leadership positions, up to and including the U.S. Presidency. For more information, please visit: http://www.thewhitehouseproject.org.


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