Ex-FLOTUS Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

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Ex-White House Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

Not only are the right wing throwing shade on First Lady Michelle Obama for her China trip (#FLOTUSinChina), a former aide is also throwing shade on FLOTUS.

Reid Cherlin, a former assistant press secretary to Mrs. Obama, wrote in The New Republic that working in the East Wing of the White House has become the “worst wing.” Oh my.

Cherlin wrote, “Perhaps no first lady in recent memory has entered the stately recesses of the East Wing under a higher burden of expectation than Michelle Obama.” He also noted that the strains on the first lady placed great burdens on her communications staff. He said he and his co-workers were unprepared for how hard the work would become and that FLOTUS’ office had evolved into a “confining, frustrating, even miserable place to work.”

Cherlin wrote that staffers were able to gauge their value to the office based on how often they were granted access to meet with her directly. He said, when a staffer was invited to attend a meeting with Michelle Obama, it became a “vital status symbol, a way for staffers to measure their worth.”

Um, so I am guessing Reid Cherlin wasn’t one of those staffers who got one-on-one meetings with Michelle Obama, hence the shade being thrown, right?

[H/T NY Daily News]

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Daughters Visit Great Wall of China

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Daughters Visit Great Wall of China (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

:  First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, continue to woe the Chinese on their visit. They also snapped photographs during their excursion to the Great Wall.

Mrs. Obama is the first president’s wife to travel independently to China. She won compliments for her elegant outfits and her interactions with ordinary people in China, where one rarely sees the spouses and children of its leadership in public.

More tweets from @FLOTUS:

The venom being spewed by the right wing over First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip isn’t surprising. The tweets aren’t either:

REPORT: CNN, Piers Morgan to End ‘Piers Morgan Live’ Show As Ratings Plunge

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REPORT: CNN, Piers Morgan to End ‘Piers Morgan Live’ Show As Ratings Plunge

Piers Morgan and CNN have agreed to end his 9 p.m. show “Piers Morgan Live” as ratings continue to plunge, the New York Times reports. Um, it’s safe to say, most people saw this train wreck coming a long time ago.

It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.

CNN’s president, Jeffrey Zucker, has other problems, but none bigger than Mr. Morgan and his plum 9 p.m. time slot. Mr. Morgan said last week that he and Mr. Zucker had been talking about the show’s failure to connect and had decided to pull the plug, probably in March.

DOJ Disputes New Yorker Report That Attorney General Eric Holder Plans to Resign

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DOJ Disputes New Yorker Report That Attorney General Eric Holder Plans to Resign

The New Yorker magazine is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to resign this year, but the Department of Justice is pushing back, saying that’s not the case.

In a feature story for the magazine’s Feb. 17 issue (sub. req.), writer Jeffrey Toobin said that Holder told him that Holder would leave his post in 2014, though he also said that he planned to remain as attorney general “well into” the year.

But the Justice Department provided TPM a partial transcript of Toobin’s interview with Holder, and in it, the attorney general did not explicitly say that he would resign in 2014, but that he would stay “well into 2014.”

“The most the Attorney General has said is that he still has a lot he wants to accomplish on issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights and LGBT equality,” Justice spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. “He did not speak about his plans any further than that.”

As recently as Nov. 19, Holder, the first African-American attorney general in U.S. history, told CBS News that he didn’t have “any plans” to step down. Source: Talking Points Memo

 DOJ Disputes New Yorker Report That Attorney General Eric Holder Plans to Resign

Sarah Palin Defends Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Anti-Gay Comments

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Sarah Palin Defends Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Anti-Gay Comments (Credit: Facebook)

UPDATE: Sarah Palin admitted she never read the GQ article before she defended Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson’s racist and homophobic comments, but is anyone surprised? Thanks to Greta Van Susteren for reminding us why Sarah Palin is a joke.

Leave it up to Alaska’s former half-term governor Sarah Palin to give her two cents where it’s not needed. She said the suspension of Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” over his recent anti-gay comments is an attack on free speech. She claims “intolerants” were behind Robertson’s suspension, Politico reports. Um, yeah, right Sarah.

“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,” Palin wrote.

Robertson was suspended on Wednesday by A&E after comments he made in an interview with GQ.

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he told GQ, before paraphrasing the Bible in Corinthians. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson also made controversial comments about race relations in the Deep South when he was growing up. Source: Politico

He became even more of a publicist’s nightmare with this comment:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

A&E issued a statement from Phil Robertson, which sounded like a half-ass apology:

“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

We have John McCain to think for this trainwreck of a person. This is the same dingbat that had to walk back her criticism of Pope Francis. When will people learn she’s just an empty barrel.

Right wing evangelical wingnut Bryan Fischer called Robertson a ‘hero.’

Irony: Obama Administration Goes Against Mandela’s Commitment to Access to Affordable Drugs in Developing Countries

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Nelson Mandela: Obama Pushing Policies to Increase Drug Costs in Developing Countries

While we mourn the loss of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, it’s very ironic that President Obama continues to push policies in trade deals aimed at inflating drug prices through expansive corporate monopolies for medication. This practice is evident in the leaked intellectual property chapter of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is a major trade pact being negotiated between the Obama administration and 11 Pacific nations, the Huffington Post reports.

Doctors Without Borders and other humanitarian groups have issued stern warnings against the Obama administration’s policies. They argue that the proposed deal would increase treatment costs around the world. Former president Bill Clinton squeezed South Africa in a similar manner.

This is all very ironic. President Obama said his whole career was inspired by Nelson Mandela but his administration’s actions are a departure from the anti-apartheid fighter’s commitment to allowing access to affordable drugs in developing countries.

Great-Grandmother Peggy Shannon Files Sexual Harassment Claim Against Bob Filner

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Great-Grandmother Peggy Shannon Files Sexual Harassment Claim Against Bob Filner (Photo credit: NBC San Diego)

Great-grandmother Peggy Shannon, 67, filed a sexual harassment claim against San Diego mayor Bob Filner, claiming he repeatedly kissed her on her lips. The ickiness factor in all this is just sickening.

After Mayor Filner was elected but before he was inaugurated, Shannon claims Filner would stop by the Senior Citizens Service Desk in the lobby of San Diego City Hall.

In January, she said his behavior became worse, stopping by several times a day to ask her out.

“My co-workers and I would laugh about it at first,” she said. “But when it kept happening and it got more and more inappropriate, it was not funny any more.”

The mayor would routinely stop at her desk and ask her to feel his hands. When she refused, he’d grab them: “See, my hands are smooth” she claims he would say.

Shannon worked 3 to 4 days a week at the desk and admitted she would sometimes consider hiding to avoid the mayor.

The day Filner allegedly grabbed her and kissed her on the lips, Shannon said she went home and cried. Source:  NBC San Diego

Bob Filner needs to do the right thing and go away. Resign. Pronto. He’s no better than Anthony Weiner and all the other ‘sick’ politicians.

Detroit Bankrupt: Death of a Once-Booming City Had Highest Per Capital Income in US in 1960

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Detroit: The Death of a Once-Booming City That Once Had Highest Per Capital Income in US (Wikimedia)

The collapse of Detroit is sad, but it was a long time coming. I suspect there could be more cities in a similar situation. Detroit was once the envy of many cities with its booming auto industry and entertainment mecca.  Here are 25 facts about the fall of Detroit that should leave you shaking your head:

1) At this point, the city of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors.

2) Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities.  That breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident.

3) Back in 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.

4) In 1950, there were about 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit.  Today, there are less than 27,000.

5) Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

6) There are lots of houses available for sale in Detroit right now for $500 or less.

7) At this point, there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

8) About one-third of Detroit’s 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

9) An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

10) Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.

11) If you can believe it, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

12) Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, but over the past 60 years the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.

13) The city of Detroit is now very heavily dependent on the tax revenue it pulls in from the casinos in the city.  Right now, Detroit is bringing in about 11 million dollars a month in tax revenue from the casinos.

14) There are 70 “Superfund” hazardous waste sites in Detroit.

15) 40 percent of the street lights do not work.

16) Only about a third of the ambulances are running.

17) Some ambulances in the city of Detroit have been used for so long that they have more than 250,000 mileson them.

18) Two-thirds of the parks in the city of Detroit have been permanently closed down since 2008.

19) The size of the police force in Detroit has been cut by about 40 percent over the past decade.

20) When you call the police in Detroit, it takes them an average of 58 minutes to respond.

21) Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

22) The violent crime rate in Detroit is five times higher than the national average.

23) The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

24) Today, police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed in Detroit.

25) Crime has gotten so bad in Detroit that even the police are telling people to “enter Detroit at your own risk“.

Damani Bolden Elected First Black Student Body President at University of Illinois

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Damani Bolden Elected First Black Student Body President at University of Illinois (Photo credit: Facebook)

Damani Bolden, a junior at the University of Illinois, has been elected as the university’s first black student body president. Bolden will be installed as president of the Illinois Student Senate next week. He said a love for politics led him to run for the position.

“It’s just something I was born to do. I love to serve people and I love education. In student government, the two merge together,” he said.

Bolden grew up in the Wrightwood neighborhood of Chicago and is a graduate of Lindblom Math and Science Academy. He also was student body president at Lindblom and his elementary school.

He currently is a student in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

As an individual, Bolden said, he recognizes the significance of being first African-American president of the student senate, “but in no way should it define the legacy of my presidency,” he said.

Thank You from The Hinterland Gazette for a Very Successful 2012

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Thank You from The Hinterland Gazette for a Very Successful 2012 (Photo credit:  Glitter Images)

After reading about blogger Andrew Sullivan’s decision to take his site independent and the outpouring of support he has received, I am encouraged by my decision to keep The Hinterland Gazette independent. When I started the Hinterland Gazette, formerly known as Black Political Thought, at the end of 2007, my goal was always to remain independent, where we wouldn’t have our style dictated by Big Sister or Big Brother. That will never change. Our voice is here to stay.

Though journey has been hard at times, we have always been encouraged and motivated our readers and the success we have had year after year.   Last year was our best year by far. We quadrupled our page views and readership.  We owe it all to YOU.

Going forward for 2013, we will  build on our success from 2012 with some bold and ambitious plans. We will offer more custom content, conduct more interviews and engage in more community activism for domestic violence, voting rights and missing children. We are laying the groundwork for our first documentary, featuring Jamaica from a social perspective. We will continue to bring you political news from a centrist point of view, as well as offer more statistical information about the issues, such as following the money trail in Washington D.C.

To help us accomplish all these great plans, we will hold our first fundraising drive in February 2013. We are also looking for freelance writers for our entertainment news section.

I want to publicly thank all our readers and promise that the best is yet to come. Together we can change the world!  The Hinterland Gazette wishes you a Happy New Year!