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Remains of the Day, 5/21/08

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1. Morra Aarons at BlogHer considers Feminism: Good For Losers.

2. Lengthy and interesting comment thread at The Moderate Voice (which has multiple other good threads; disclaimer: I ‘m a co-blogger there).

3. Parent training program out of a Missouri juvenile court is recognized with an award. Having worked in juvie court, and with GALs and CASAs, what’s curious to me about this is: are they preparing the families to know what’s next or – what exactly? I’d be interested to better understand the mission of the program – I don’t see that as being clear in this article.

4. WCPN’s regional roundtable w/Bill Hershey, Dayton Daily News, Peter Krouse, The Plain Dealer and Jay Miller, Crain’s Cleveland Business.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:04 pm May 21st, 2008 in Politics | Comments Off 

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From RH Reality Check:

Dr. Susan Orr, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Population Affairs and former Family Research Council staffer, stepped down today. A controversial appointee from the start, Dr. Orr had been in the position for less than a year.

Why? Her position oversees the administration of Title X, the only federal funding program providing contraceptive services to low-income women and men, but she had applauded President Bush’s proposal to eliminate the requirement that federal employees’ health insurance provide coverage for a range of birth control methods, saying, “We’re quite pleased because fertility is not a disease. It’s not a medical necessity that you have [contraception].”

Just last week Amie pointed out that the Family Research Council was heading up a group of conservative political groups all pressuring President Bush to cut Title X family planning funding for clinics who also provide abortion services — and their former employee, Dr. Orr, was the person to whom they made their request. Amie wrote, “Was this…strategy discussed with Susan Orr prior to the letter they recently sent? Isn’t this a bit like the oil companies setting energy policy with Dick Cheney?”

The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association said in a statement:

NFPRHA members can breathe a sigh of relief because a known opponent of access to contraception will no longer administer a program provides comprehensive family planning services to low-income and uninsured people.

Here’s her Wikipedia entry. Apparently, the Family Research Council (FRC) recently started a campaign to institute a “domestic gag rule” that would bar reproductive health organizations like Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health care centers from referring for, or discussing abortion if they want to retain their funding.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 6:21 pm May 21st, 2008 in Politics | 1 Comment 

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When was that? For Cherie.

I deal in dreamers
And telephone screamers
Lately I wonder what I do it for
If l had my way
I’d just walk through these doors
And wander
Down the Champs d’Elysee
Going cafe to cabaret
Thinking how I’ll feel when I find
That very good friend of mine.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 4:23 pm May 21st, 2008 in Music, Women, Writing | 2 Comments 

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From Riverdaughter (warning: if you don’t like the pocket guide, you will really not like this; if you ever had a delusion that I was a pro-Clinton blogger, just read that link and that blog – now that is what pro-Clinton sounds like):

Hattip to Women’s Voices for Change.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 2:25 pm May 21st, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Democrats, Elections, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Voting, WH2008, Women | 8 Comments 

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Congratulations to UWIRE’s 100 best journalism students in college. You can click on the image of each student to learn more about them (the first thing I wondered when I saw the list: How have they been reporting on the presidential elections, racism and sexism?)

From Ohio: one from Ohio University and one from Kent State (out of 28 selected in the Midwest category)

From Editor & Publisher:

The 100-person list, in no order of ranking, came about after the Web site sought nominations in February, resulting in 500 nominations of 361 students from 132 campuses. The panel sifted through the choices and created the 100 list this month. It will be posted on and at E&P Online on Wednesday. Interviews with some of the winners will appear in our June print issue.

“We followed up the nominations by talking to people who worked with them and sought more references,” French says of the process. “It is not about campus newspapers, necessarily. It is student journalists. The best and most promising student journalists.”

A sneak peak at the list shows that the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill had the most honorees, with five; followed by Penn State University and the University of Iowa with four each, and three a piece for the University of Florida, Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of Texas-Austin.

Two examples E & P highlights:

• William Quinn, a former U.S. Army interrogator at Abu Ghraib turned columnist for The Hoya at Georgetown University.

• Elham Khatami, opinion editor of The Pitt News at the University of Pittsburgh. An Iranian, she wrote about being detained during a visit to Israel for a series of editorials on Palestinian-Israeli relations.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 12:51 pm May 21st, 2008 in Announcements, Media, Ohio, Youth | Comments Off 

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It’s all too beautiful, but please, read it at Blue Bexley because he deserves the traffic as well as the nod.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:08 am May 21st, 2008 in 'Roots News, Announcements, Blogging, Media, Ohio, Politics | Comments Off 

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From the JTA:

Israel and Syria are resuming peace talks.

In surprise statements issued simultaneously from Jerusalem and Damascus on Wednesday, the old foes said their representatives have been meeting in Ankara this week to set up peace negotiations under Turkish auspices.

“The sides have declared their intention to conduct the talks without prejudice and with openness,” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office said. “They have decided to conduct the dialogue in a serious and continuous manner with the aim of reaching a comprehensive peace.”

Olmert’s two top aides have been in Turkey since Monday, in parallel with counterparts from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Israeli-Syrian talks were last held in 2000 but collapsed over a demand by Damascus for the full return of the Golan Heights, which were lost to Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.

Assad has signaled no flexibility over the Golan. Olmert, in turn, has preconditioned peace on Syria first disengaging from Iran and ending its support for Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism.

The disclosure that new negotiations are in the works looked likely to stir up right-wing Israeli ire against Olmert, who has already been weakened domestically by a police investigation into his finances.


I’m repeating every day until I leave: No Fear. No Fear. No Fear. I will be safe. I will be safe. I will be safe (when I go to Israel later this year).

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:08 am May 21st, 2008 in Foreign Affairs, Israel, Politics | 1 Comment 

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I sobbed uncontrollably this morning as I read the Caring Bridge entry of yet another friend, the fifth or sixth in just a couple of years, who has cancer. I actually don’t feel like writing all the thoughts I had during those few minutes – I just need to act on them. But I will share that I thought about Emily Litella and canker research:

What’s all this fuss I hear about pouring money into canker research? How much can you learn about a tiny sore inside your face! Why waste your money, America? Cankers can be beaten. Don’t eat grapefruit. And if you do have cankers, don’t fiddle with them. Keep your fingers out of your mouth!

I couldn’t find a video of it, but I did find this one. And you need to watch until the end.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:52 am May 21st, 2008 in Humor, Illness | 8 Comments 

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I just left the following as a comment at Plunderbund. You can read the post and comment thread here. Polls are showing that the +50 year old female demographic is showing far less mobility in their allegiance than pretty much all demographics when it comes to the Democratic primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Warning: I use expletives, and I’m not taking them out.

I’ll take you at face value, Eric knowing I get burned all the time as you yourself have seen.

Your question was: “How is someone supposed to convince voters to side with him when they vote for his opponent knowing she will not win and claim they will not support him once he wins the nomination as they are predicting?”

You went on to answer it for yourself. You already know I disagree with your recommendation but for the record:

You can’t convince the group of voters you’re talking about in this post to side with, I think you meant “her” opponent. That’s not going to happen.

So what can you do?

1. You let them vent.
2. You try to discern the common issues important to them and to you (or the other opponent).
3. You offer as much as you can to help them see how the opponent is not only not an opponent, but in fact is an ally.
4. How do you do that? With facts.

This is all about building trust. People who already feel screwed, legitimately or not, don’t want to feel like they’re setting themselves up just to be screwed again. You read this kind of fear over and over in the rants from the Clinton Supporters Count Too people.

If not having this group “side” with the opponent is in fact such a huge problem, then the person finding it to be a huge problem has JUST AS MUCH OF AN OBLIGATION TO SOLVE IT. It is PURE AND UTTER NONSENSE in terms of negotiating and mediating and getting this particular crowd of voters to see the choice you want them to make as something they can do if you – the side that sees them as a problem – is completely unwilling to step forward.

Should it be that way? Who the hell knows. But it’s not about the way it should be or has always been. It’s about the way you want it to be and what you have to do to get there.

5. So you build the trust, but in this case, it has to be organic – that means, these voters have to really feel it. If they don’t feel it, they won’t change their allegiance.

Yes – I agree – Clinton has to send the signal that she is going to do that too. But again, part of the deep-seated piece for this particular cohort of women – primarily that 50 and older demographic – is that they’ve lived their lives saying sisters are going to do it for themselves. So part of them is saying, Well shit, what the fuck do we need men for? Fuck that shit. We’ll find our own way.

And so they really honestly in their heart believe and are okay with letting men screw themselves.

Therefore – if you see that attitude as a complete barrier to the success of the opponent, well then, you don’t win them over by telling them that they need you and must come to you because that’s the way it’s always been. They will laugh in your face. They are the generation that’s lived to prove that they can do it on their own or will die trying. Seriously.

Rather – you have to find what matters to them: their daughters and granddaughters, as well as their sons and grandsons.

This is why I am dedicated to efforts like the White House Project that helps me work on the challenge to be sure that there are more than enough women always ready and able to run and to win.

6. Then, you can’t break the trust. The issues that are in common and the methods for addressing them have to be followed through on, at all levels. From now through and after the general election.

It’s actually really very simple, Eric – strategists and advisors figure out how to target and microtarget all the time.

This situation should be viewed as exactly the same thing – but the tactics that will be used to address this group? Well – those may have to be as unprecedented as anything else we’ve seen in the last 17 mos.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:53 am May 21st, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Democrats, Gender, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Social Issues, Voting, WH2008, Women | 35 Comments