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Yay, Hillary!

Hillary Clinton for President

I grew up in Pennsylvania and I’m proud that Hillary Clinton won my state.

That’s one small step for man, and one giant leap for women.

Grace Magazine endorses Hillary Clinton for President.

Beware the Ides of March

Ides of March, Assassination of Julius Caesar

On this date in history, the 15th of March in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of his so-called friends and co-workers, who called themselves the Liberators.

That’s putting it simply, of course.

Here’s the account as told by Plutarch:
The Parallel Lives, The Life of Julius Caesar

Well, then, Antony, who was a friend of Caesar’s and a robust man, was detained outside by Brutus Albinus,who purposely engaged him in a lengthy conversation; but Caesar went in, and the senate rose in his honour. Some of the partisans of Brutus took their places round the back of Caesar’s chair, while others went to meet him, as though they would support the petition which Tillius Cimber presented to Caesar in behalf of his exiled brother, and they joined their entreaties to his and accompanied Caesar up to his chair. But when, after taking his seat, Caesar continued to repulse their petitions, and, as they pressed upon him with greater importunity, began to show anger towards one and another of them, Tillius seized his toga with both hands and pulled it down from his neck. This was the signal for the assault. It was Casca who gave him the first blow with his dagger, in the neck, not a mortal would, nor even a deep one, for which he was too much confused, as was natural at the beginning of a deed of great daring; so that Caesar turned about, grasped the knife, and held it fast. At almost the same instant both cried out, the smitten man in Latin: “Accursed Casca, what does thou?” and the smiter, in Greek, to his brother: “Brother, help!”

So the affair began, and those who were not privy to the plot were filled with consternation and horror at what was going on; they dared not fly, nor go to Caesar’s help, nay, nor even utter a word. But those who had prepared themselves for the murder bared each of them his dagger, and Caesar, hemmed in on all sides, whichever way he turned confronting blows of weapons aimed at his face and eyes, driven hither and thither like a wild beast, was entangled in the hands of all; for all had to take part in the sacrifice and taste of the slaughter. Therefore Brutus also gave him one blow in the groin. And it is said by some writers that although Caesar defended himself against the rest and darted this way and that and cried aloud, when he saw that Brutus had drawn his dagger, he pulled his toga down over his head and sank, either by chance or because pushed there by his murderers, against the pedestal on which the statue of Pompey stood. And the pedestal was drenched with his blood, so that one might have thought that Pompey himself was presiding over this vengeance upon his enemy, who now lay prostrate at his feet, quivering from a multitude of wounds. For it is said that he received twenty-three; and many of the conspirators were wounded by one another, as they struggled to plant all those blows in one body.

Caesar thus done to death, the senators, although Brutus came forward as if to say something about what had been done, would not wait to hear him, but burst out of doors and fled, thus filling the people with confusion and helpless fear, so that some of them closed their houses, while others left their counters and places of business and ran, first to the place to see what had happened, then away from the place when they had seen. Antony and Lepidus, the chief friends of Caesar, stole away and took refuge in the houses of others. But Brutus and his partisans, just as they were, still warm from the slaughter, displaying their daggers bare, went all in a body out of the senate-house and marched to the Capitol, not like fugitives, but with glad faces and full of confidence, summoning the multitude to freedom, and welcoming into their ranks the most distinguished of those who met them. Some also joined their number and went up with them as though they had shared in the deed, and laid claim to the glory of it, of whom were Caius Octavius and Lentulus Spinther. These men, then, paid the penalty for their imposture later, when they were put to death by Antony and the young Caesar, without even enjoying the fame for the sake of which they died, owing to the disbelief of their fellow men. For even those who punished them did not exact a penalty for what they did, but for what they wished they had done.

I’m going to ward off the Ides of March by going to a concert of Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

On Politics

Flag, Jasper Johns

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

— Douglas Adams

Art: Flag by Jasper Johns, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

In Honor of Blogroll Amnesty Day

Ben FranklinBlogroll Amnesty Day doesn’t really affect my blog and other fashion and beauty blogs, but I do support the liberal bloggers.

Here is an inspirational quote from Benjamin Franklin for all those bloggers who fight for freedom of speech.

If you would not be forgotten,
as soon as you are dead & rotten,
either write things worth reading,
or do things worth the writing.

Queen Latifah Wants To Know What You Would Do As President

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is partnering with Lifetime Television to talk to women voters across the U.S.

Every Woman Counts is the only public service campaign dedicated to encouraging women to speak out on the issues they care about most, vote and run for office.

Kicking off in January and airing on Lifetime until Election Day on November 4, Queen Latifah is recording the spots during her “The Trav’lin’ Light Concert Tour” and asking women to complete the sentence, “If I Were President, I would ….” Designed to draw attention to issues of significance to women, that are often lost in the frenzy of campaign coverage, the spots will also air as broadband vignettes on myLifetime.com.

Along with the interviews conducted by Queen Latifah, Lifetime will interview celebrities, political candidates, thought leaders, viewers and visitors at myLifetime.com with the goal of collecting one million responses on-camera, online and on postcards at grassroots events throughout the year. The answers will be shared with the presidential candidates, nonprofit organizations, and the media, and ultimately will be delivered to the newly elected leaders in the White House and the Capitol in January 2009.

So, what do you say? Enter your response in the comments section.

If I Were President, I would ….

Happy Birthday, DeRosaWorld

Happy Birthday, DeRosaWorld

Yay! Our friendly neighborhood blogger at DeRosaWorld is celebrating 1 year on the Web.

Stop by and check out 365 days worth of enlightening prose and decyphering politics.

Congratulations!

Oliver Stone To Direct Anti-War TV Spot

Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone will direct a TV commercial as part of a campaign by MoveOn.org and VoteVets.org to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq.

“We have leaders in Washington who say they’re supporting our troops but the people who suffer most from their policies are the troops themselves,” Stone said.

“I decided to participate in this project because, as a veteran, I know that America needs to listen to our servicemen and women. They’ve been there and they know what’s really going on. They need to be part of this debate.”

Stone, a three-time Academy Award winner, is a Vietnam veteran. He won the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart with First Oak Leaf Cluster.

His most recent films are World Trade Center and Alexander.

Read the full story on Yahoo News.

Rome, Season 1 – Favorite Character?

Atia of the Julii
I’ve been watching season one of Rome. If I could be any character from the series it would be Atia. She has all the fun, the best clothes and the loveliest house. And she has Marc Antony obsessed with her long before Cleopatra.

But the last episode of the disc is damaged and keeps skipping 9 minutes right in the middle of the treasonous plot. Damn Netflix. Why don’t they check their discs before they send them out?

Who is you favorite character from Rome?

Blog Stats Are My New Crack

Laptop
Are you addicted to your blog stats? Do you get up in the morning and check your stats before you even have coffee?

Do you stealthily check them 30 times while you’re at work?

Do you look for things to post based soley on whether it will get you into the Growing Blogs list?

Well, I try to keep true to my mission statement, but I must admit, checking my blog stats has replaced television watching for me.

Happy blogging from Grace Magazine.

Hillary Clinton Says “I’m In” For President

Hillary Clinton For President
Senator Hillary Clinton announced today that is she forming a presidential exploratory committee. Here is the transcript from her video announcement:

HILLARY CLINTON: I announced today that I am forming a presidential exploratory committee.

I’m not just starting a campaign, though, I’m beginning a conversation — with you, with America. Because we all need to be part of the discussion if we’re all going to be part of the solution. And all of us have to be part of the solution.

Let’s talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq and to restore respect for America around the world.

How to make us energy independent and free of foreign oil.

How to end the deficits that threaten Social Security and Medicare.

And let’s definitely talk about how every American can have quality affordable health care.

You know, after six years of George Bush, it is time to renew the promise of America. Our basic bargain that no matter who you are or where you live, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can build a good life for yourself and your family.

I grew up in a middle-class family in the middle of America, and we believed in that promise.

I still do. I’ve spent my entire life trying to make good on it.

Whether it was fighting for women’s basic rights or children’s’ basic health care. Protecting our Social Security, or protecting our soldiers. It’s a kind of basic bargain, and we’ve got to keep up our end.

So let’s talk. Let’s chat. Let’s start a dialogue about your ideas and mine.

Because the conversation in Washington has been just a little one-sided lately, don’t you think? And we can all see how well that works.

And while I can’t visit everyone’s living room, I can try. And with a little help from modern technology, I’ll be holding live online video chats this week, starting Monday.

So let the conversation begin. I have a feeling it’s going to be very interesting.

TEXT: HillaryClinton.com

OK, Hillary. Let’s chat.