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Helen Gurley Brown Has Died…


The famous Cosmopolitan Magazine editor, Helen Gurley Brown, has died at age 90.

Brown died Monday at a hospital in New York after a brief hospitalization. Her book, “Sex and the Single Girl,” made her a celebrity in 1962, and taking over Hearst’s Cosmopolitan gave her a pulpit for her ideas that lasted for dccades.

In 1997 she summed up her career:

“I would want my legacy to be, ‘She created something that helped people.’ My reader, I always felt, was someone who needed to come into her own.”



Quote for the Morning – Women’s issues in Michigan

“Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.'”

Michigan House Representative Lisa Brown (D)

Brown’s comment got her banned from further recognition on the floor to voice her opinion on an unrelated school employee retirement bill by Republicans who said Brown was “offensive.”

As Brown responded:

“If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas? What language should I use?”

From my pal Bob Cook in Texas…

Bob comments on the Massachusetts election (note… many years ago we both attended Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts):

Here are some perspectives from a Libertarian.

Round about 1974, a witty bumper sticker started appearing on Massachusetts cars:, “Don’t blame me, I’m from Massachusetts” (referring to Nixon’s reelection in ’72 and the subsequent Watergate follies)
It’ll be fun to see what Bumper Sticker Blogging makes of Brown/Coakley.

As a long time liberal, you perhaps bemoan the fact that liberals no longer support victims of police/prosecutorial abuse and misconduct. I date this shift to the perception that Dukakis lost to Bush 41 because he was soft on crime and disfavored capital punishment. Clinton nailed the coffin when in the midst of his ’92 campaign, he disgustingly flew back to Arkansas to personally preside over the execution of a man with the brain of a five year old. “Democrats No Longer Coddle Criminals Homey”, he seemed to be asserting and since then, the parties vie on who’s tougher. I once tried to ascertain the positions of Obama and Hillary on capital punishment on their websites. The issue, apparently, no longer exists.

I lived in the neighborhood of the McMartin preschool in the 80’s and watched the absorb Salem Witch Trial treatment of the family. They were manifestly innocent but the political gains were all on the side of condemning them. Ultimately justice was done but when a movie was made in the 90’s, sympathetic to the McMartins, the Director’s house, in the South Bay was burned down in an act of arson, such were the passions and self righteousness of the “we believe out kids” crowd.

The saga was nearly perfectly repeated in Massachusetts with the Amiraults. They’d all still be in jail but for the tireless efforts of one woman, Dorothy Rabinowitz. Her book, “No crueler tyrannies” ought to scare everyone who worries about the power of the State. As it became increasingly obvious to everyone that the Amiraults were innocent, the institution of cops/prosecutors in Massachusetts violently resisted any admission of the truth. I believe the twin goals were political advantage and the tendency of all powerful institutions to refuse to admit fault.

Because I followed the case, I knew Martha Coakley as conducting the last phase of desperately trying to keep Gerald Amirault in jail. Ultimately justice triumphed but it took a very long time and she stole roughly an extra two years from his life. It was an evil and cynical partnership with the accidental Republican Governor Swift, who makes Sarah Palin looks like a Yale Professor.

I was amazed when Coakley coasted into the Democratic nomination with barely a murmur about her sins in the national press. Locally there was some huffing and I’d like to think that many Bay State voters wanted a justice official to dispense justice and held their nose and voted for Brown.

Depressing Morning Worldwide

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Haiti hit by another earthquake

Haitians woke up to a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning. The U.S. Geological survey is reporting the earthquake happened at 6:03 a.m., about 35 miles away from Port-au-Prince. People panicked and people started running as damaged buildings shook in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, said Luckner Laurent.
A week after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, ashen, ghostly survivors continued to be pulled from the rubble and the international community fought bottlenecks and rising tensions to provide aid to the shattered nation.
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No, no, no… I don’t think the earthquake was a result of the Brown victory in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts, I believe, will come to regret it, but the world has to keep going…

For Massacusetts Voters who Remember 9/11

Have you been to the polls yet? No? If not, check this out before you go:
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Brown To 9/11 Workers: Drop Dead (

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We’ve already heard about how Republican Senate Candidate Scott Brown doesn’t think much of rape victims. Now Think Progress reports that Brown, who is gunning to take over the late Ted Kennedy’s key seat, really has it in for first responders who worked in the aftermath of 9/11.
In October 2001, Brown voted against a measure to provide financial aid to 9/11 Red Cross emergency responders. Those are the folks who made headlines for rushing into the billowing smoke and chaos of Ground Zero.
In the following months, many were stricken with massive health problems that have been linked to toxic exposures at the site. Of course, it wasn’t the first time these workers got the shaft from the political establishment.
does Brown have any misgivings about his earlier opposition to providing them with basic financial help? In a word: nah.

If you are a Democrat ansd have decided to give up and not vote, don’t. Remember Truman Vs, Dewey and get out to the polls. They are open until 8:00 PM.

Will Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts be real?

There has been a lot of press in the last couple of days on the Coakley vs. Brown special election in Massachusetts for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat next Tuesday… it looks like it’s too close to call.

Brad Friedman over at The Brad Blog has been covering this and today he did an article on the Diebold Voting Machines which are famous for being “hackable”. He has included about ten minutes of the film Hacking Democracy which shows hom the voting machines can have the votes reversed.

The whole article was printed in The Gouverneur Times which you can go to by clicking HERE. The video is about 2/3 of the way down the article. Or you can watch it here:

Let’s keep an eye on this one.