Archive for January, 2014

When Politico fashions a story out of nothing but old scraps and ascribes their imaginary “shadow campaign” to Hillary, the internet burns up with commentary and articles about articles about the article.  The New York Times justifies its assignment of a single reporter to the Hillary Clinton beat with a Sunday Magazine feature, and both the article and the other-worldly cover draw such attention that the reporter, like a moon reflecting the light of the sun, is suddenly a celebrity herself appearing on CNN and C-SPAN and granting a self-congratulatory interview to a New York Times blogger about how she broke through into the Clinton inner circle.  Yet when a reasoned analysis of the subject of Hillary’s much maligned and largely unread honors thesis from Wellesley appears in two digestible parts in Forbes, like a tree falling in the forest, not a sound emanates.

I fully expected, upon wading into Ralph Benko’s The Secret Hillary Rodham Clinton, to find yet another right-wing slam complete with name-calling and labels galore.  Instead, to my astonishment, I found well-balanced and informative piece with a fair assessment not only of Saul Alinsky but also of the degree to which Hillary’s study of the man, his methods, and his mission impacted her political trajectory.

Links to Hillary’s thesis (a scan of a rough draft) have been available online for years.  In his opus, Mr. Benko provides yet another.  Not having linked to the hit jobs published by Politico and the NYT,  I provide these links without hesitation and dub them my must-reads for the month.  You may or may not agree with everything in Mr. Benko’s analysis,  but you will find yourself in an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry that has been rare in connection to any piece about Hillary Clinton in many a moon.

This Hillary has been a secret only to the extent that people have not gone on a search for her.  We can thank Mr. Benko and Forbes for shining a light here.

The Secret Hillary Rodham Clinton, Part I

The Secret Hillary Rodham Clinton, Part II

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Infant Mental Health Begins With Nurturing Relationships

When a baby cries for attention or smiles for the first time, he is communicating with the people around him so that they can help him meet his physical and emotional needs.  But how his parents respond to those early communication attempts—as well as the security he feels from these early interactions—will help shape his mental health and social skills for years to come.

Very young children depend on the adults in their lives to help them regulate and express emotions. When a child cries, he expects that his parent or other loved one will pick him up to soothe him; when he gets excited about something he sees, he turns to his caregiver to understand what he is experiencing and will gauge his reaction accordingly. Responsive, nurturing interactions with parents and other caregivers help infants and toddlers understand that they are loved, and also help them understand what they can expect from healthy relationships.

If a young child consistently experiences neglect, or he repeatedly does not receive positive input from his attempts at communication, he experiences distress and may exhibit emotional, developmental or mood disorders. And if a child lives in a high-stress environment wherein the parents or caregivers are themselves experiencing high stress due to income instability, abuse, or illness, it is unlikely he will receive the nurturing he needs in order to develop normal mental and emotional health. Some doctors prescribe children Risperdal without researching side effects of risperdal on children. Some kids can become very sick on this medication.

Researchers have even found that pregnant mothers who experience high levels of stress during pregnancy pass on higher levels of cortisol to the developing fetus’s brain, affecting its development. These higher stress hormone levels in utero may contribute to higher rates of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and autism.

While stress and neglect can be damaging to a baby’s or toddler’s mental and social development, the effects can be reversed. With enough nurturing and positive interactions, even young children that have experienced high stress levels can learn to form healthy relationships with others. Also, the more that parents protect their own mental health by lowering stress levels and seeking professional help if needed, the better their relationships with their children will be.

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Watch this fascinating video from Zero to Three to understand how babies experience distress when parents disengage emotionally. >>


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Shimon Peres, Hillary Clinton honour Edgar Bronfman at NY memorial

Jan 28, 2014 Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hillary Clinton joined the family and friends of Edgar Bronfman on Tuesday to remember a Jewish leader whose vast whiskey fortune was eclipsed by a globally-connected personal force that helped Holocaust survivors win back what the Nazis stole.

“He exuded a confidence and honesty that won him the friendship and support of presidents and popes and people everywhere,” the former U.S. secretary of state and first lady told a memorial gathering in Manhattan.


Clinton said she arranged a 1996 meeting — on just a day’s notice from Bronfman — between him and then U.S. President Bill Clinton. The encounter led to years of negotiations over Holocaust assets between Swiss banks, the World Jewish Congress and the U.S. government.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the congress helped lead the effort to gain $11 billion in restitution for heirs of Holocaust victims. Bronfman was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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In case you missed it.   Here is the link.

First Lady – Hillary Clinton | C-SPAN First Ladies: Influence & Image.

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Apparently President Clinton has co-opted his dog-nephew,  Barney,  for this one.  Looks like fun for pet and animal lovers!

Presidential Pets

“Presidential Pets” kicks off with a free public event on opening day.

Socks. Buddy. Barney. The Clinton Center pays tribute to presidential pets that helped make the White House a home. From hamsters with their silent hamster wheel to chocolate Labs with their adorable toys, these famous pets provide an enjoyable look at presidential history. The display will include items from President George W. Bush, President Clinton, President George Bush, President Ford, President Nixon, President Johnson, and more.

The opening will include a keynote presentation by Julia Moberg, author of Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in The White House. Julia Moberg grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Southlake, Texas. She attended New York University, where she received both her BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the former editor of the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club, and the author of the young adult novel Skies Over Sweetwater.

After the program, Julia Moberg will be signing copies of her book, Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in The White House. The Clinton Museum Store will be selling copies of the book at the event.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Book-signing and reception to follow.

Great Hall
Clinton Presidential Center

The Julia Moberg program is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. Questions about the event or to reserve your seats, please email operationslr@clintonfoundation.org or call 501-748-0425.

Other free activities include a petting zoo and pony rides from Cockrill’s County Critters. Also, the Humane Society of Pulaski County will have on-site adoptions available. These activities will be held in the Clinton Center Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors also will have a chance to meet Viper, the “First Dog” of Arkansas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Careful consideration is required from people who have used flea meds for dogs in their household recently, seeing as this dog is allergic.

Reservations for the petting zoo, Humane Society and meeting Viper are not required.

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Tomorrow evening, Hillary will join Shimon Peres at Avery Fisher Hall to honor the memory of Edgar Bronfman Sr.

AJC Women’s Leadership Board & AJC New York Interfaith Leadership Award Luncheon  Honoring Chelsea Clinton and Linda Mills, Co-Founders “Of Many Institute”
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
New York, NY
For more information, contact Lilli Platt, 212-856-5360 or plattl@ajc.org

See more at: http://www.ajc.org/site/c.7oJILSPwFfJSG/b.8527951/k.B3F9/Calendar_of_Events.htm#April

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At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans today to keynote the closing session of the NADA Convention, Hillary Clinton told the auto dealers that she has not driven a car since 1996.  It does not mean she is not connected or in any way impaired.  It only means she is protected.  Others as well (for those who know).


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She reminded me of another brilliant, beautiful, astonishing, and accomplished blonde who avoids driving if she can help it.  As Queen Elizabeth,  Helen Mirren appeared quite competent behind the wheel and reminded the groundskeeper at Balmoral that she was a mechanic during World War II.  As Helen,  she negotiated her lap elegantly and earned a top score, but she looked miserable behind the wheel on the British version of  Top Gear in 2008.  She admitted that she does not really like cars much and that her first car exploded.

Well, when you have the pedigrees these two ladies possess, other people are happy to chauffeur you around (I would).  While they are separated by one degree several times over,  my favorite is that Helen became Dame of the British Empire in 2003, the same year as Jane Goodall.   Hillary and Dr. Goodall both received honorary degrees from Scotland’s St. Andrews University at the same ceremony last September.

On a somber note, Hillary spoke about Benghazi.  If I am not mistaken, this is her first public statement about it since leaving the State Department last February.

About 2016.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

So if you really love her, do what she wants and stop thinking about it.

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