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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When it comes to Hillary Clinton, apparently absence makes the heart grow curiouser and curiouser and the brain softer and softer.  The media’s blonde obsession with her,  that generated Politico’s  “shadow campaign” and “hit list” over the first two weeks of the year and Time Magazine’s dominatrix image in a recent cover story, progresses unmitigated by Hillary’s lack of presence anywhere.  Behind curtains and closed doors, she continues attracting media attention.

I predicted here almost two weeks ago that we were likely, in 2014, to see a plethora of these toxic mushrooms springing up on a regular basis – weekly seemed reasonable.

When the temperatures are just right overnight, you can wake up one morning after a dense dew or rain and see a plethora of mushrooms, some quite healthy and large, where the day before there were none.  If the first two weeks of 2014 are any indication, we are likely to see a literary metaphor of this phenomenon around Hillary Clinton.


What the meme will be next week or the week after  is anyone’s guess save those who are planning it right now, but it appears that for the better part of 2014 there will be rains and ensuing mushrooms that feed on the moisture because there are some who cannot be satisfied with watching Hillary doing her splendid work in the here and now and seek somehow to part the cloak of invisibility she has drawn around her plans for the future.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Cli

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This week it is the New York Times Magazine ringing in with Amy Chozick’s self-congratulatory marathon event of meals, snacks, and drinks with various individuals associated with the Clintons and cleared to speak with her by Philippe Reines, one of the few who is named and actually pops his head into one of the many graphics of the labeled orbits revolving around Hillary.   The cover for the feature article, creepy and insulting, is a photoshopped, disembodied Hillary face floating among galactic clouds in a Kubrickesque way implying that removing her iconic hairstyle of the moment obliterates her power in a Samson-like way.  It does nothing, however,  to allay the media’s blonde obsession with Hillary although one thing might.

The article itself is a long trek from one restaurant to another which will bore Hillary supporters who know all the characters and the parts they have played.  There is one sole newsworthy item, and that is the names of Philippe Reines’s cats.  To save you the effort of locating that single tidbit, they are Ousay and Qusay, named after Saddam Hussein’s sons because, Philippe relates, they are brothers and as kittens they were terrorists.  Cat parents like me can applaud the truth and his creativity in cat-naming (no small challenge).  Other than that, no news – as predicted –  because Hillary is not making any, and they do want their sales, subscriptions, and traffic nevertheless.

The only thing that is new is the level of bizarre, tabloid weirdness of that cover which I will not show on this page.  Perhaps we will not continue to see these toxic mushrooms springing up regularly after all.  In their attempt to justify the HR decision of assigning one reporter to cover the beat of one private citizen running for nothing but grandmother right now,  the New York Times has jumped the shark to the possible detriment of future attempts at big media Hillary stories about nothing and the chagrin of the reporters assigned to that beat.  Nothing more to see there, folks.

(Once again, not linking to any of this. Either you have already seen it or you will have to search for yourself. Not giving them the traffic.)

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In the run up to tomorrow night’s Grammy Awards,  Carole King was honored with the 2014 Musicares Person of the Year.  Hillary sent a video to the event at the Los Angeles Convention Center last night.   I have not found the video but will add it if I do.


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks (via videotape) at The 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
(January 23, 2014 – Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America)


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Hillary Clinton Steals The Show At New Castle Inauguration Ceremonies

Hillary Clinton and Congresswoman Nita Lowey spoke at inauguration ceremonies at New Castle Town Hall. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton joined the Town of New Castle in swearing its newest municipal officials on Wednesday.

Clinton, who purchased a home in Chappaqua with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in 1999, swore in Supervisor Robert Greenstein, Council members Adam Brodsky and Lisa Katz and Justice Noah Sorkin.

At the event, Clinton was kidded about a potential run for president in 2016. She told The Daily Voice when asked that she was not ready to make an announcement.

“Not at the moment,” she said.

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More photos and videos can be found at the Inside Chappaqua Facebook page thanks to Grace Bennett and company!  More below.  Thank you, Grace!

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The Hillary Touch at Town Hall Swearing In Ceremony

January 22, 2014 By

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton swearing in Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein.  Photo by Carolyn Simpson, www.doublevisionphotographers.com

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton swearing in Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein. Photo by Carolyn Simpson, http://www.doublevisionphotographers.com

By Grace Bennett

Take a former Secretary of State and two time Senator who happens to be a long time, community minded resident of this town. Add three new inductees to town government and a town justice, who has already served six years. Pack in persons, Democrats and Republicans alike, from in and around town. And what do you get?  A swearing in ceremony for the history books!

Tonight, about 5:30 p.m.:  Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton Town Hall swore in Robert Greenstein as Town Supervisor, Lisa Katz as Deputy Supervisor, Adam Brodsky as Town Councilman and Noah Sorkin as Town Justice. The ceremony was also presided over by Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Susan Spear, a representative for Senator Kristin Gillebrand.

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Awesome sauce!!!!

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