Oh, well, case closed, right? She's just SOOOO qualified. No, she's not. Contrast her embarrassing record with that of Ruth Hassell-Thompson:
|— Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson|
First elected to the New York State Senate in 2000, Ms. Ruth Hassell-Thompson brings years of public service and community involvement to her post as the Senator of the 36th Senatorial District. She currently represents parts of the Bronx and Westchester Counties.
In 1993, Ms. Hassell-Thompson was elected to the Mount Vernon City Council, serving as Council President and Acting Mayor. In this position, she was Vice chairperson of the Urban Renewal Board; a voting member of the Board of Estimate; Vice chairperson of the Real Estate Board and Chairperson of the Capital Projects Board. Among her other committee responsibilities was oversight of all Council committees, which included Legislation and Public Works; Human Resources; Finance and Planning; Public Safety and Codes.
Ms. Hassell-Thompson continues to balance her public responsibilities with other important community and business-related endeavors in the district. A retired nurse/counselor for Mount Vernon Hospital (1963-1998) specializing in pediatrics and helping women with substance abuse issues, she is the Founding-President/CEO of "The Gathering," a volunteer-staffed women's center in Mt. Vernon that provides counseling and support services. In addition, Ms. Hassell-Thompson was a health educator for the Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center's initiative, which entailed working with persons infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She was honored with the "Unsung Heroes" award, presented by the AIDS Related Community Services (ARCS) organization.
Ms. Hassell-Thompson serves as a consultant to the Automotive Consultant, Inc. (ACI), an automobile dealership/industry organization responsible for promoting the interests of minority automobile dealers.
Prior to holding an elected office, she was President/CEO of Whart Development Company, Inc., a real estate development company and a consultant to small and developing businesses. Senator Thompson's firm researched and published "The African American in Westchester" in 1990. She is well known for her expertise on minority business needs and has initiated numerous workshops and seminars on business development.
From January 1980 to June 1987, Ms. Hassell-Thompson was the Executive Director of the Westchester Minority Contractor's Association (WMCA). In this position, she became well-versed in economic development issues which impact women and people of color. She became one of their most ardent advocates and successfully persuaded members of both the public and private sectors to increase economic participation with minority and women-owned businesses. She served on numerous boards and committees that focused on issues related to minority and women business ownership. Among her many achievements was her ability to spearhead bank loans for financing minority and women-owned business activities. She continues to serve as an advocate for this organization.
Prior to leading the WMCA, Ms. Hassell-Thompson worked for the Westchester Community Opportunity Program (Westchester Co-Op) for 10 years in a number of management positions, ranging from director of an infant day care center to executive assistant to the executive director of the Co-Op. During her tenure there, she was awarded the Joseph P. Gavrin Memorial Award for Personal Achievement and Contributions to the community by the Westchester Co-Op.
As a testament to Ms. Hassell-Thompson's achievements in helping women and minorities excel in business ventures and in life, she has received several awards. Chief among them are: the "Sojourner Truth Racial Justice Award", the "Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Achievement Award", the "Minority and Women Business Development Award" from the state of New York Department of Commerce; the Professional Women in Construction Award for "Dedicated Services and Action on Behalf of Equal Opportunity for Women and Minorities"; Westchester Black Women's Health Project for "Outstanding Contributions to Business; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scroll of Honor in recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Outreach; African-American Civic and Legal Hall of Fame, Inc., Dr. Martin Luther King, Keeping the Dream Alive Award "In Recognition and Appreciation of Service in the Dr. King Tradition" and the Mount Vernon Hospital Community Service Award.
Senator Hassell-Thompson was enstooled by the Akwamu Traditional Council in the Eastern Region of Ghana, as their Mpuntuhemaa (Queenmother for Development). Her enstoolment as Mpuntuhemaa was to bring development to the people of Akwamu, taking into high consideration. Children's education and the area at large. Ms Hassell-Thompson was given the stool name Nana Addobea I of the the 17 provences & villages that make up the Eastern Region.
Ms. Hassell-Thompson is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorate degrees; Mercy College, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Eastern Theological Consortium, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Christ Theological Seminary, Doctor of Humanities. She is an alumni of Bronx Community College.
Ms. Hassell-Thompson is widowed with two daughters and is an adoring grandmother of two.
Standing Committee Assignments 2008:
Consumer Protection; Judiciary, (Ranking Minority); Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Housing, Construction and Community Development; Rules.
VOTE IN 2006 GENERAL ELECTION
Dem. 39,154; Wor. 1,853 41,007
Rep. 1,543; Con. 423 1,966
Why isn't their a demand for David Paterson to appoint her?
Do you have to be White and a Kennedy to be 'deserving'? It appears work experience -- actual experience -- has nothing to do with it so maybe so.
A few e-mailed about last night's post with some wondering if I was feeling okay, some griping that I barely blogged last night and some saying that it's the holidays so feel free to kick back.
Though you can't tell it to read my post, I actually worked very hard on a post last night. As did Wally, Cedric, Betty, Stan and C.I.
Swiping links to make this easy, that's Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man, C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review, Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix, Ruth of Ruth's Report, Wally of The Daily Jot and Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends.
We were doing a joint-entry/post. How it came about was Cedric and Wally has an idea for their joint-post but it was hitting a wall so Wally called C.I. who tossed out two things and Wally said, "Well we're giving you co-credit" and C.I. said, "Well that second one is Betty's." So Betty was on board and then Cedric and Wally thought, "Let's bring in Marcia and Stan." So my cousin and I got invited in. So we're all on the phone together and working on that when someone else (I forget who) ends up involved as we're about two-thirds through. (I forget? Three others joined us.) And Cedric says, "We're about two-thirds of the way through . . ." and Wally says, "Third." Betty gets it and says, "I'm all for using this at Third."
She loved having sleep and time off Sunday (Ava, C.I. and Jess planned the edition so we all went to sleep and woke up early to work on the edition) and we all agreed with her. It was nice to have something almost 2/3s done going in.
So I wasn't blowing off last night. I was working. So were Wally and Cedric. When that was held, they ended up deciding to work on a "Monday" entry tomorrow morning.
By the way, Cedric and Wally posted twice today and both were wonderful but I especially need to steer you to "Pope Melissa and other stupidities" and "THIS JUST IN! STUPIDITY ON ALL SIDES!" -- seriously, go read the joint-post.
Melissa Etheridge, shut up.
Really, shut the hell up, you pampered White woman. So Rick Warrend schmoozes you? Big F**KING DEAL! You're a minor celebrity. He's going to kiss your ass.
You barely know the man and you're vouching for him?
Melissa, you STUPID B**TCH, do you remember when a certain White lesbian vouced for Mel Gibson? Do you remember how that worked out?
Turns out, Mel was all the things people said he was. It just took until his idiotic movie with Cavezeal for America to realize it.
So shut the hell up, Melissa Etheridge. Just shut up, shut your damn mouth. Go pretend you're Bruce Springsteen because we all know you want to be a man. We all got that long ago. You're one more stereotype caught up in gender stereotypes. Can't be a woman with a woman, have to be a woman pretending to be a man with a woman. We get it, Melissa. You're disgusting. Shut up, now. Just shut the hell up.
Speaking as a lesbian of color, let me say one more time: Shut up, Melissa. It is the gays and lesbians of color that are the most targeted. We don't need hear from pampered Melissa.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
a blindfold over her face, her head slightly bowed and a man approaches her
from behind holding a pistol. He points it at her head and places what
appears to be an apple over the muzzle -- a primitive form of silencer? And
then squeezes the trigger. There is a click, an apparent misfire, and the
man retreats to the right of the screen and then reappears. Margaret Hassan
doesn't move although she must have heard the click. The man is wearing a
grubby grey and black checked shirt and ill-fitting, baggy trousers, a scarf
concealing his face.
almost a squeal of shock, and falls backwards onto the floor. The camera
lingers on her. She has fallen onto a plastic sheet. And she just lies
there. There is no visible blood, nor wound. It is over. Should such
terrible things be seen? Margaret's immensely brave Iraqi husband told me I
had his permission to watch this, but still I feel guilty. I think it was
only here, watching her death on a screen next to Al Jazeera's studios more
than three years later, that I realized Margaret Hassan was dead.
Independent to the child cancer victims of Iraq back in 1998 after we
discovered that hundreds of infants were dying in those areas where Western
forces used depleted uranium munitions in the 1991 Gulf War. She was a
proverbial tower of strength, and it was she -- and she alone -- who managed
to persuade Saddam Hussein's bureaucrats to let us bring the medicine into
Iraq. The United Nations sanctions authorities had been our first hurdle,
Saddam Hussein our second. It is all history. Like Margaret, all the
"Our government has a responsibility to remove needless obstacles to care for soldiers exposed to potentially lethal quantities of toxic chemicals in service of their country," Senator Bayh said. "We should be guided by our government's response to Agent Orange in Vietnam, when we changed our VA claims system so veterans placed at risk did not bear the burden of proof if health conditions developed later in life."
the washington post
the center for constitutional rights
the new york times