I can’t get to everything, folks. Here are some other things from the intertron worth checking out:
- Salon published a great piece on the too-often forgotten Shirley Chisolm, who was the first black woman to run for president. This, as the article points out, makes Chisolm a trailblazer for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But more than that, she was a symbol for what the Democratic Party might have been:
Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in Congress, and George Wallace, the most notorious segregationist politician of the 20th century, worked together to raise wages for domestic servants, probably the most abused and unregulated sector of the workforce… Was that an unrepeatable one-off event based on a bizarre personal connection, or an example of a cross-racial, North-South, class-based political coalition that might have been?
- You know the frequently discredited claims that Obama and whatever Democrat is available has cut Medicare benefits by 700 some odd billion dolalrs? According to Blog for Arizona, the latest candidate to sell this is Jonathan Paton, who got slapped down on this one by the Arizona Daily Sun. This won’t matter to the next guy that tries to use it.
- The ridiculous decision by a Coconino County Superior Court judge to give a slap on the wrist to an off duty DPS officer who sexually assaulted a woman, followed by a lecture given to the victim that amounted to telling her that she asked for it by being in a bar infuriated the living hell out of me. I didn’t write about it, because I knew Donna over at Democratic Diva would do it with the proper helping of outrage.