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Hillary Clinton will finish off Republicans in 2016 says Maureen Dowd


New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd says “Conquistadora” Hillary Clinton will “finish off” Republicans in 2016.

The top rated columnist says that Republicans are getting weaker every presidential election cycle because of their refusal to change.

n the piece entitled “A Lost Civilization,” she compares the end of the world prediction in 2012 by a Mayan prophecy to the self-destruction of the Republican Party.

She says, “The Mayans were right, as it turns out, when they predicted the world would end in 2012. It was just a select world: the G.O.P. universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys.

“Just another vanishing tribe that fought the cultural and demographic tides of history.”

She goes on to say the decline of the Republican party “will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count.”

Dowd says President Obama’s victory over Romney didn’t stop on election night. She says Obama is still beating him.

“The G.O.P. put up a candidate that no one liked or understood and ran a campaign that no one liked or understood — a campaign animated by the idea that indolent, grasping serfs must be kept down, even if it meant creating barriers to letting them vote,” she says.

Continuing her analogy, she ends saying, “But history will no doubt record that withering Republicans were finally wiped from the earth in 2016 when the relentless (and rested) Conquistadora Hillary marched in, General Bill on a horse behind her, and finished them off.”

via Hillary Clinton will finish off Republicans in 2016 says Maureen Dowd | Irish News | IrishCentral.

via Hillary Clinton will finish off Republicans in 2016 says Maureen Dowd | Irish News | IrishCentral.

Fine Gael TD deems Hillary Clinton’s remark on women’s health as “offensive reference” to abortion debate


Fine Gael TD Michael Creed has criticized a remark made by Hillary Clinton during her visit to Ireland as an “offensive reference” to Ireland’s abortion debate.

The Cork East TD described the matter as a complex one and “one for the Irish people and their representatives to decide.” He said “for that reason, I was irked by the offensive reference to the issue by the visiting United States secretary of state Mrs Hillary Clinton.”

During her speech in DCU on human rights, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said global programs had been refocused to ensure the health of women and girls.

“So our starting point must be this: women’s lives matter,” she said. “And promoting the human rights of women begins with saving the lives of women whenever we can.”

According to the Irish Times, Creed, who was speaking Friday during the ongoing debate in the Dáil on the expert group’s report on abortion and the European Court of Human Rights judgment, said that Ireland had an “extremely good record in terms of safety in our maternity hospitals for women and this is newsworthy because it is so rare. That is a fact that holds up to international scrutiny.”

Creed accepted there was a debate “about how those figures are constituted but they hold up to comparison with any country in the developed world, including the United States.”

During the debate, Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell said she wanted what most people wanted,  “to protect the lives of women when continuing with a pregnancy would endanger their lives.”

“I want the bar determining where the risk begins set as low as possible,” she said.

Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan said he would “advise my single male colleagues in this House and beyond to discuss it with women before they make a final judgment on their position.”

via Fine Gael TD deems Hillary Clinton’s remark on women’s health as “offensive reference” to abortion debate | Irish News | IrishCentral.

via Fine Gael TD deems Hillary Clinton’s remark on women’s health as “offensive reference” to abortion debate | Irish News | IrishCentral.

A Bannon On Women’s Rights- More Flimflam from FG


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You may have heard Fine Gael TD James Bannon‘s Dail speech on Thursday night.

Here’s a flava:

One could perhaps call the revelations about Savita’s death coincidental, but the resultant media outbursts and overwrought reactions seem too opportunistic for that. From being a weapon to try to force the Government’s hand, I hope that calm will prevail and that this report will be assessed and viewed in an independent light. However, I am anxious that any legislation should not be rushed through in a knee-jerk reaction to the report, the death of Savita and the other matters that are impacting on it.

Having had major reservations about the timing of the news of Savita’s death, the publication of which came as a shock and surprise to her family, the fact that there is now a question mark over some of the reporting of the facts of the case only serves to add credence to the opportunism of the exposure of this tragic death. I am shocked to read that the sequence of events may have been at least muddled but, at worst, distorted. That what was reported or not reported, whatever way one looks at it, prompted a recent independent inquiry into the death of Savita, was inexcusable.

…We have come a long way in this country since the days when a husband would be told in the same breath that his wife had died and that he had a beautiful baby girl or boy. The reality was often indescribably tragic. A family might already consist of six or more children who would be left without a mother and a grieving husband without a wife. Sense has prevailed and directed our actions. I hope that will continue to be the case.

Dail debate: Expert Group (Oireachtas.ie)

LB writes:

Breathtaking. I had to remind myself this isn’t Ireland of the 1950s. He explicitly implies that the exposure of Savita’s death was “opportunistic”. Maybe it’s just the way he was ‘braw hup”. He also expresses his admiration for Hillary Clinton in his 2011 campaign video. Now that’s just a tiny bit ironic.

Some comments

’6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls’
I assume he was one of the 6 who were neither boys nor girls.

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Bannon in his speech said “Having had major reservations about the timing of the news of Savita’s death, the publication of which came as a shock and surprise to her family”.

As far as I know Kitty Holland spoke extensively to Praveen and to Savita’s friends in Galway before the story broke.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/18/savita-halappanavar-death-abortion-ireland-change

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Terribly delivered, muddled and inarticulate, but you can decipher a point in there!

Its just his emphases, and maybe motive, that are perhaps questionable.

But there is absoluletly no doubt that this tragedy was hijacked!!

That’s a given, isn’t it?????

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Yes, that wicked husband of hers, hijacking his own wife’s death! What a monster!

Or if it’s still politic to be sympathetic to him, then:

The poor, poor husband, who had his grief exploited by evil and opportunistic anti-lifers.

via A Bannon On Women’s Rights | Broadsheet.ie.

via A Bannon On Women’s Rights | Broadsheet.ie.

The age of Irish austerity will not be short-lived


ANALYSIS: The budget suggested the reasons for not cutting faster and deeper were political rather than economic

These are not good times for those of an optimistic disposition. At home, things have been grim for the best part of half a decade. In Europe, recession has returned and the euro’s foundations are still not built to last. In the US, politicians are putting recovery at risk as they fight over the federal budget.

The fighting in Government Buildings and around the Cabinet table in the run-up to Wednesday’s budget was far less intense than in Washington, and it was mostly for show. The Coalition partners met the budgetary targets they are obliged to meet under the terms of the State’s bailout, and they did so (again) by spreading the pain so as to minimise the risk of confrontation with any powerful grouping or those with vested interests.

Opportunity-in-crisis radicalism is not the way things are done here. Even the property tax, which is the most radical departure in the budget package, is designed to generate just €250 million next year. To put that in perspective, the cash raised from the tax will cover just one euro in every 280 the Government has committed to spending next year.

Clinton, Dublin, Garda Síochána, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Human rights, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE.

via The age of Irish austerity will not be short-lived – The Irish Times – Fri, Dec 07, 2012.

via The age of Irish austerity will not be short-lived – The Irish Times – Fri, Dec 07, 2012.

Pics: Anti-war protesters burn US flag in Dublin city centre


THE IRISH ANTI-War Movement (IAWM) held a demonstration this evening to protest US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit.

Clinton is visiting to attend an OSCE meeting in Dublin with foreign ministers to discuss cooperation in promoting peace, human rights and economic growth.

Earlier today the IAWM said the protest was called to draw attention to the contradictions between the stated aims of the OSCE regarding concerns for human rights and security and the actions of many of the participating countries.

Protesters were stopped from marching to Dublin castle where Clinton and the visiting foreign ministers are being hosted at a dinner.

Gardaí said this evening that no one was arrested at the demonstration which has been described as small in numbers.

via Pics: Anti-war protesters burn US flag in Dublin city centre.

via Pics: Anti-war protesters burn US flag in Dublin city centre.

New poll shows majority of Americans would support Hillary Clinton presidency bid


A new poll over speculation that Hillary Clinton may run for president in 2016 shows the majority of Americans would support her bid.

According to the ABC News/Washington Post survey, 57 percent of people would support Clinton as a presidential candidate, versus 37 percent opposed.

The research shows the current Secretary of State has 66 percent among women and the backing of 82 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents. Clinton, a Democratic candidate in 2009, also snagged support from 23 percent of Republican respondents.

In her current role, a full 68 percent of those surveyed approved of her position, while 68 percent approved overall.

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The research shows Clinton does less well among nonwhites than did Obama, who won re-election with 80 percent of their support last month.

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This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellphone Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,020 adults.

Clinton, who is currently visiting Ireland, is expected to step down from her State Department at the end of the year.

The former first lady arrived in Ireland on Wednesday as part of a four-day visit to Europe.

On Thursday she will deliver a speech on human rights at the Helix in Dublin City University (DCU). She will travel to Belfast on Friday to discuss the peace process and investment opportunities.

via New poll shows majority of Americans would support Hillary Clinton presidency bid | Irish News | IrishCentral.

via New poll shows majority of Americans would support Hillary Clinton presidency bid | Irish News | IrishCentral.

Hillary Clinton Reminds a Hurting Latin America That She Is Opposed to Drug Legalization


At a forum hosted by Foreign Policy magazine, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reminded the leaders of Latin America, whose countries have been savaged by drug-war violence, that the Obama administration, and Clinton in particular, are opposed to legalizing drugs as a means of making those countries less reminiscent of failed states:

“I respect those in the region who believe strongly that [U.S. legalization] would end the problem,” Clinton said Thursday at a Washington D.C. forum hosted by Foreign Policy magazine. “I am not convinced of that, speaking personally.”

Some Central American leaders have urged the United States to consider other approaches to domestic drug usage — citing ruthless drug cartels that murder thousands of their citizens. Several Central American countries are considering limited legalization of drugs within their borders.

“I think when you’ve got ruthless vicious people who have made money one way and it’s somehow blocked, they’ll figure out another way,” she said. “They’ll do kidnapping they’ll do extortion.”

Speaking about the two states that recently legalized marijuana, Clinton repeated the Obama administration position that they haven’t formulated a response yet.

“This is an ongoing debate,” she said. “We are formulating our own response to the votes of two of our states as you know —what that means for the federal system, the federal laws and law enforcement.”

“I think you can, with a comprehensive strategy succeed in certainly pushing back the tide of violence and corruption that drug trafficking brings,” she said.

Clinton’s statement about ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington represents the largest number of words a named official of this administration has uttered regarding the single biggest change in drug policy this century. Good on Clinton for acknowleding that it happened.

It’s also fascinating to me how Clinton has shifted on this topic. Here’s what she said during a Mexico City trip in 2009:

“Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”

via Hillary Clinton Reminds a Hurting Latin America That She Is Opposed to Drug Legalization – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

via Hillary Clinton Reminds a Hurting Latin America That She Is Opposed to Drug Legalization – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Awkward Obama Kisses: Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton


President Obama certainly has a way with the ladies—whether they be world leaders, American politicians, or even celebrities. He sings Al Green. And he’s got some pretty smooth dance moves. So it’s no surprise that Obama is also the smoocher-in-chief. From Aung San Suu Kyi to Aretha Franklin and Hillary Clinton, check out who’s gotten up close and personal with the president.

via Awkward Obama Kisses: Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton & More (PHOTOS) – The Daily Beast.

via Awkward Obama Kisses: Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton & More (PHOTOS) – The Daily Beast.

Hillary Clinton for President in 2016? As she steps down as Secretary of State all she wants to do is sleep


Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, will she run for president in 2016?

Will Hillary run in 2016? It’s the question that her most ardent supporters have been asking themselves since 2008.

According to The New York Times, Politico reported that Public Policy Polling had determined that if the Iowa caucuses were held last week Clinton would get 58 percent of the vote. Joe Biden raked in 17 percent.

It’s not as if she hasn’t read the tea leaves herself. In fact, she says, every day strangers come up and tell her she has an obligation to run and become the nation’s first woman president.

‘Oh, I’ve ruled it out, but you know me,’ she tells the Times. ‘Everybody keeps asking me. So I keep ruling it out and being asked.’

What she has not done, supporters and critics note, is rule it out

Right now she’d rather list all the things she won’t do when she’s no longer secretary of state.

‘I am so looking forward to next year,’ she told the Times. ‘I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired. I work out and stuff, but I don’t do it enough and I don’t do it hard enough because I can’t expend that much energy on it.’

At 65, you can’t deny her the impulse to relax a bit. But it’s highly unlikely she will for long.

But there is the matter of her history to consider too. If Hillary Clinton ran for president again, the Times observes, she would probably be the best-prepared candidate in American history. She has lived in the White House, she has served in the United States Senate, she knows virtually every head of state in the world. She’s more than ready.




via Hillary Clinton for President in 2016? As she steps down as Secretary of State all she wants to do is sleep | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral.

via Hillary Clinton for President in 2016? As she steps down as Secretary of State all she wants to do is sleep | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral.

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