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Wagstaff writes: "Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ran for the Senate as a populist hell-bent on reforming Wall Street. And after starting her tenure as something of a wallflower - much to the consternation of her fans - it appears she's ready to do just that."

Is there a new Sheriff in town? (photo: AP)
Is there a new Sheriff in town? (photo: AP)

Elizabeth Warren Takes Off the Gloves

By Keith Wagstaff, The Week

30 March 13


The freshman senator is on a roll, taking on Wall Street at every opportunity.

lizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ran for the Senate as a populist hell-bent on reforming Wall Street. And after starting her tenure as something of a wallflower - much to the consternation of her fans - it appears she's ready to do just that.

Her most recent target was HSBC, which recently settled money laundering charges to the tune of $1.9 billion.

"If you're caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you're gonna go to jail. If it happens repeatedly, you may go to jail for the rest of your life," Warren said, according to The Associated Press. "But evidently if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your bed at night."

That sounds a lot like Elizabeth Warren the candidate, who once said that if the Senate Banking Committee did not pass strong consumer protections, it better leave "plenty of blood and teeth on the floor." After taking office, some of her supporters wondered where that fiery consumer advocate had gone. Politico ran a story that featured her ducking the press, and pleading, "I'm new to the Senate and I confess I don't get this."

Lately, however, she hasn't hesitated to go for the jugular. Shortly after that Politico piece was released, a video of her lambasting top regulators for settling with big banks instead of taking them to trial went viral on YouTube. Then she grilled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke over a Bloomberg report that calculated that big banks essentially each receive an $83 billion subsidy from the government, because their too-big-to-fail status acts as a guarantee against insolvency. Next, she attacked Attorney General Eric Holder for admitting he was hesitant to prosecute big banks, arguing that his "testimony that the biggest banks are too-big-to-jail shows once again that it is past time to end too-big-to-fail."

Why the change? The Boston Globe's Joshua Green points out that unlike in Hillary Clinton's time, keeping a low profile isn't always in a freshman senator's best interest:

In the days of yore, a newcomer like Warren could bide her time, gradually win the respect of her colleagues, and then, maybe, after years of diligent effort, put together a coalition large enough to succeed. Today's Senate doesn't operate that way. Public pressure, often driven by outrage and anger, is the only force that reliably brings results. [Boston Globe]

The left, predictably, loves it. Daily Kos gleefully announced, "Oh yeah, there's a new sheriff in town." David Sirota at Salon hopes that Warren's rise "will prove that quiescence is not a virtue and that good things do not come to those who wait."

The banking industry has, at least in public, been very polite concerning Warren. But it's not hard to imagine James Ballentine, chief lobbyist for the American Bankers Association, saying the following through clenched teeth: "She is as advertised. She came in and concentrated on being a strong advocate for consumers, and she has certainly done that and a little more." your social media marketing partner


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+267 # indian weaver 2013-03-30 11:28
How rare is Warren's courage in our government - too bad oh-mama doesn't have any balls at all. I'm voting Warren for president and Chief of Bankster Police.
+313 # hbheinze 2013-03-30 12:58
How ironic! To get balls, we might have to elect a woman!!
+161 # indian weaver 2013-03-30 13:12
Here's hoping. She's far better than Hillary that's for sure.
+29 # moreover 2013-03-30 13:23
Not ironic: after all, she had to cut those balls off some other place :)
+76 # Regina 2013-03-30 14:22
Also for brains!
+142 # SheilaParks 2013-03-30 15:17
Cut the sexism. We do not need balls, we have ovaries. Stop adding to the war on women. We will have a woman president and she will NOT have balls. Too bad you thought you were so funny. Language defines how we think and feel about people. Was one of the first things the second wave of feminists went after. Try the sisterhood of man and keep on going with that.
+13 # MichaelArchAngel 2013-03-30 16:36
Gonads then!
+97 # ghostperson 2013-03-30 19:03
Being long in the tooth, from a very blue collar family in the center of the U.S. and in the first wave of female professionals (when I didn't even know there was such a thing because I had never seen one), I don't mind the "balls" reference.

For my female
peer cohort, four letter words were shorthand. In fact, I loved it when Anwar Sadat expressed awe and admiration for Golda Mier [Sp?] by saying "That woman has balls." My generation takes it in the spirit it is delivered. Where I am from if "honey," "cutie," "baby" hadn't preceded your name, you hadn't been called.

But if some big city a**hole, most often a privileged white male, in fact always a PWM, calls me "dear" an a sign of belittlement or denigration, I'll respond in kind with a: "Too bad about that little brain of yours down in the dark where it is oxygen deprived."

An Air Force officer asked me some time ago what I though about Rush Limbaugh's "femi-nazis" schtick. I replied that I didn't think that a fat man who hadn't been able to see his d**k without the aid of mirror in 20 years ought to be talking about women.

I refuse to accept the war on women. For me and my peers, it was just the way males behaved. We didn't approve of it then and we don't now and the bill will come due. Women vote in greater numbers than men and jerks are going to get their dance card punched big time.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 14:10
>>>I refuse to accept the war on women. For me and my peers, it was just the way males behaved. We didn't approve of it then and we don't now and the bill will come due. Women vote in greater numbers than men and jerks are going to get their dance card punched big time.
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 15:18
Angry old white women. If you do not like men, offer your complaint to God. "He or She or It" made both men and women as a distinct part of the animal world. How about women quit feeding our youngsters garbage food, sugars, starches, high fructose corn syrup, sodas. We as a nation, one of the fattest on this planet. Kids go to school stuffed with garbage for breakfast. Not healthy for the body or the brain. Some of this garbage, nutrient deficient "food" shows up in test scores: Math and science. American kids are rated as 25th in the world. You ladies want to make a difference in the world, start in the home. Encourage your kids to take part in the American Dream (assuming there still is one- yes, there will always be the American dream for kids who can do very well in math and science.) by encouraging them to do their very best in school, join the PTA. Stay active and encourage your local school boards. Don't let them watch the violent movies on T V. Turn off the T V when it is school study time.
+7 # ghostperson 2013-03-30 19:03
Being long in the tooth, from a very blue collar family in the center of the U.S. and in the first wave of female professionals (when I didn't even know there was such a thing because I had never seen one), I don't mind the "balls" reference.

For my female
peer cohort, four letter words were shorthand. In fact, I loved it when Anwar Sadat expressed awe and admiration for Golda Mier [Sp?] by saying "That woman has balls." My generation takes it in the spirit it is delivered. Where I am from if "honey," "cutie," "baby" hadn't preceded your name, you hadn't been called.

But if some big city a**hole, most often a privileged white male, in fact always a PWM, calls me "dear" an a sign of belittlement or denigration, I'll respond in kind with a: "Too bad about that little brain of yours down in the dark where it is oxygen deprived."

An Air Force officer asked me some time ago what I though about Rush Limbaugh's "femi-nazis" schtick. I replied that I didn't think that a fat man who hadn't been able to see his d**k without the aid of mirror in 20 years ought to be talking about women.

I refuse to accept the war on women. For me and my peers, it was just the way males behaved. We didn't approve of it then and we don't now and the bill will come due. Women vote in greater numbers than men and jerks are going to get their dance card punched big time.
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 12:15
Women are waging a war on themselves. American women feed their kids and husbands junk food. Nutritionally retarded crap "food." Starches, fructose corn syrup, cookies, cakes, pies, doughnuts, ice cream, etc. We have one of the fattest civilizations as a nation on this planet. Where are the women who "used" to or better, perhaps never did encourage their children to excel in school, math and science. This nation is running 150 high school drop out factories. Our kids rank in math and science on a upper 25 % quartile basis to upper 25 % quartile basis 25th in the world. How about quit bitching about men and do a much better, your part?
+14 # noitall 2013-03-31 10:33
Quoting SheilaParks:
Cut the sexism. We do not need balls, we have ovaries. Stop adding to the war on women. We will have a woman president and she will NOT have balls. Too bad you thought you were so funny. Language defines how we think and feel about people. Was one of the first things the second wave of feminists went after. Try the sisterhood of man and keep on going with that.

Integrity then. It seems that we hold our politicians to a very low level. As long as they keep their pants zipped up (or don't get caught), adhere to the accepted biases, are "decent Christians", like guns, don't inhale, "Have Faith", support the military, then they get a pass. "Courage" is daring to do their job once in a while(in case you forgot, they do the work of the People not the corp. 'people'). In my life, if I didn't show "courage" and turned a screw once in a while, I'd be shit-canned and before the first coffee break! Personally, I don't care if its a woman, man, black, white, (Anybody ever mention NATIVE AMERICAN?), just as long as the person knows about truth in advertising. Campaign your truth; one that shows you know the business and know what it is possible for you to do in the lowly position of President (after all, you're not running for CEO!). Just do something that isn't going to compromise your grandchildren's grand children for Krise sake! Read the Bill of Rights and try to make your Mother proud.
+5 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 14:12
I'd love to see a First Nation person in the White House. They have more common sense than anything the Right could put up to run.
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 13:56
Right on, SheilaParks!!! You tell em, lady!
-5 # RLF 2013-04-02 06:12
If our first woman press. is as ball-less as our first black president, then her sex will be meaningless to me. Hillary is useless!
+24 # pegasus4508 2013-03-30 21:37
You know the old saying - If you want something done RIGHT, ask a WOMAN!
-44 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-30 22:25
OK, a little fun. That phrase "if you want something done RIGHT, ask a woman!" Usually only true on Valentine's Day. And the roses better be long stem, no less than one dozen. Chocolates help. And jewelry is the best way to "get to the moon.".
-7 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 17:34
My neighbor "lady" refers to men as "male chauvinistic pigs." I asked her what that phrase meant. She said she did not know the meaning, heard it from other women and therefore, "it must be true!!!!!" Actually, the term arose from military actions. For example, when a French soldier would do something with cruel emotion such as stamp out the remaining life of his "enemy" soldier to ensure he was dead by using the stock end of his rifle and delighted in the sound of skull bones being crushed, he was said to be "chauvinistic."

My God. Get on a board where lots of women "vent" their views. Who the hell is being chauvinistic? The war on men by women and the war on women by men (check with the Republican Party if you have doubts)will continue until civilization has extinguished. Why? We are part of the animal world. That is the way it is in the animal world. Humans, being part of the animal world, I doubt, will ever change.
+8 # DrEvel1 2013-04-01 00:11
Actually, to be precise, the term "chauvinism" comes from the name of Nicolas Chauvin, a possibly real but possibly apocryphal French soldier under Napoleon, who was said to have been wounded some 17 times and yet retained undimmed his love for and devotion to his Emperor. He was made into a major hero by the Bonapartist press, but after the Restoration of 1815, he became somewhat a figure of ridicule and the term "chauvinist" became associated with any exaggerated and misplaced loyalty to some unworthy cause. The term "male chauvinist" dates from the late 60's and early 70's when the reactions of men to perceived attacks from emerging feminists ("A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle") were held to be sufficiently outdated and ridiculous as to be equated with Chauvin's Bonapartist nationalism. The term is often used these days with the qualification "male", on the grounds that there really aren't all that many Bonapartist Chauvinists around any more.
-3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 13:13
Several years ago, I tried to find a good idea as where and how the phrase "male chauvinistic pig" developed. I found similar and several versions. The version I received, most usually received, was the use of someone,usually a French soldier, taking delight in expressing a cruel emotion. And that idea, phrase, found its way into the female vocabulary. Some women who really do not like men and who have and are using the phrase usually have no idea how and where the original meaning derived. I do find in America, women are not nearly as friendly toward men as in China. Why? Lots of the fault men are responsible for. Lots of it, they are not. I find Einstein's observation: "American women treat their men like toy dogs" is more true than not. Really enraged lots of Americans because sometimes truth is not that fashionable.
Truth is usually first denied. Then, "it is against the bible." Finally, people will say, "we knew it all along."
-3 # mikeandnettie 2013-04-02 10:22
Einstein was just jealous, and interpersonally never could get with the program.
0 # bmiluski 2013-04-02 13:24
Einstein was a total incompetent when dealing with day-to-day tasks. It was said that he was always getting lost when he walked around his neighborhood. It was the women in his life that kept him alive and well groomed.
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-02 22:33
I sincerely doubt your comment, "Einstein was a total incompetent when dealing with day-to-day tasks." I've read a few books about his day to day life, one written by a close male relative. He did say Einstein had a few unusual things he did in his daily life. One being, his relative who wrote the book I mentioned wanted Einstein to shave with a well-known shaving lather. Relative bought Einstein a container of it. Asked Einstein to "try it out" while the relative watched Albert put on the lather and then shave with it. Relative, "what do you think?" Einstein, "I like it." Later, relative noticed the lather bottle was almost full after several days. Relative, "are you using the lather I bought you?" Einstein, "no, it costs too much compared to soap, soap works very well and the bottle takes up additional space on the bathroom counter." What evidence do you have to say "he was a total incompetent.... ..."? How old was he if he "was always getting lost when he walked around his neighborhood." Was this a few years "getting lost" before he died?
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-02 22:18
TO: MIKEANDNETTIEYo ur quote, "Einstein was just jealous." Who the hell wants to be treated like a toy dog? I don't understand why anyone would be jealous if he were not treated like "toy dog" and others were. I think what Einstein actually meant is that American men are treated like dogs and so as not to inflame Americans, he inserted the word "toy" before dog. Think lots of people are jealous of Einstein's incredible brilliance. Their jealousy will be displayed in certain phrases such as, "he could not remember his own phone number. Got lost easily." Yet, if his mind was so "bad" how could he master the violin, sailing, incredible mathematics? He was subject to pure public "do nothing" jealousy. If Americans did not rank so low on international math and science scores, Einstein would be more appreciated. He was as much kept alive by women in his life as a man is required to keep alive women in his life. There is a term called "the provider." "The provider" does not have to be either a man or a woman. Can be and us usually always is both.
-1 # bmiluski 2013-04-02 13:23
I'm sooooo glad to see that you are very confident in your place as an incomplete chromosome.
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 22:27
Your definition as to origin is in doubt as you say...."Chauvin , a possibly real but possibly......" To use the scientific phrase, "nothing is real unless it is observed." "Possibly" is not necessarily real. So, thank you for your input, always welcome. But alas, I'll stick with the more reasonable and more real definition I spent some time looking for, and (there were several definitions) and found.
-2 # JJS 2013-04-03 19:05
Quoting Eldon J. Bloedorn:
To use the scientific phrase, "nothing is real unless it is observed."

WRONG!Being a female optical/electri cal engineer I know a little aboutquantum mechanics. The TRUE scientific phrase is
"Observation CHANGES reality." All (infinite) realities are probable to a degree.
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 22:59
"Nothing is real" is a comment made by John Lennon, the forward, Gribbens's book, "In Search Of Scrodinger's Cat." Gribben later amplified Lennon's comment: "nothing is real unless it is observed." Why would I argue with you? I really do not know how observation will change the reality of my needing a haircut when I know I need one. Unless I'm in denial. If you are speaking about the well known photon experiment. Observation of the experiment seems to change the result. It appears that Nature has other plans when someone is looking over Nature's shoulder.
-1 # JJS 2013-04-04 18:31
So what? You said "Nothing is real" and that it was scientific it is not scientific. Then you go back and edit your comments, you are a fraud.
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 20:31
Thank you for not calling me a "male chauvinistic pig" for your lack of understanding of the subject matter, not mine. You are taking a statement out of context. I would not "swipe" a comment made by John Lennon and take credit for it, a comment which is partial in nature. The comment cannot, intellectually, stand alone. First, if you carefully read any and all of my statements, I gave credit to John Lennon for his intellectual property rights. Second. John Gribben, the author of the book, "In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat" coupled his thoughts to that of John Lennon by saying, "nothing is real unless it is observed." I sincerely believe you are not an engineer, much less an electrical engineer/optica l. Why do I believe you are not an engineer, but rather perhaps some kind of a technician? Because engineers are very meticulous, precise thinkers, very mathematical thinkers. Some of my brothers are engineers. One in particular, a former frequency measurements research engineer, who, for several years, worked for HP. He could mentally correct a computer. Your thinking is not up to par of that of an engineer. Your lack of reasoning and emotional outbreaks could very well cause you to define yourself be a "fraud." OK? Again , I give you moral recognition for not calling me a "male chauvinistic pig" due to your lack of understanding of the subject matter. Have a great life, OK?
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 00:03
I'm replying a second time. You might enjoy Gribben's book:"In search of Schrodinger's Cat." Written by an English author some decades ago. Immensely popular science book for the public at large. The English have a favorite expression:"if one writes a book for a targeted audience and the audience does not understand the book, the English audience thinks the author did not understand his own book either." Now as to your quote, "observation changes reality." How can reality change by observation if reality is real? Think you might have meant, "observation changes perception of reality." Somewhat like Edison finally finding a metal that could be used in a vacuum as a filament that lacking oxygen, would not be destroyed upon an electrical current passing through it, being heated and creating light. Anyway, why argue with a woman?
-1 # JJS 2013-04-04 18:32
Why would I argue with you? Anyway, why argue with a (fill in the blank)?
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 20:33
Come come. Be intellectual, not nasty.
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 20:37
I know of someone who still has a few "dream" tickets, still available. They are raffle tickets for a "certain" Bridge. Tickets are going fast, so don't waste time in replying, OK?
-1 # JJS 2013-04-04 18:33
No it actually changes reality.
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 22:12
In your case, you observe incorrectly and by doing so, you change (your) reality. So, I agree with you, OK? Don't be nasty. I just gave you an excellent chance to "save face," OK? Definition of genius, "fixity or purpose strengthened by fine observation." You can do it if you try, agreed?
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-02 22:57
I like your reply, but think you missed the point. Men do not call women "female chauvinistic pigs." A term invented by women to "show a difference" between men and women and how they act and how they should be "verbally rewarded" when the male seemingly does not meet a woman's certain standards or expectations. My sole purpose was to not really get into a cross fire on who's who, when someone lived, what they did or did not do, etc. but the fact that women define themselves when they use foul mouth language and not the male whom they hurl the attack toward. Some of the the women on this board, their language, how they refer to men's balls, etc. What do they do, some of them do for a living? Mine coal? Pick up and load cow manure at 5 bucks an hour?
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 11:18
"Actually, to be precise" A blind person has a difficult if not impossible task of enjoying the beautiful redness of a rose.
-1 # JJS 2013-04-04 18:35
depends on the perception of red
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 14:25
>>>Actually, the term arose from military actions. For example, when a French soldier would do something with cruel emotion such as stamp out the remaining life of his "enemy" soldier to ensure he was dead by using the stock end of his rifle and delighted in the sound of skull bones being crushed, he was said to be "chauvinistic."
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 22:37
I'll buy your definition. That is the one I found several years ago to be most suitable. It, the definition, refers not necessarily to a who, tho that may be the origin, but rather the delight felt in the action of cruelty perpetrated on another less fortunate human or even an animal.
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 22:49
When one considers a woman angrily using the phrase, "male chauvinistic pig" and directs that comment toward a male, what she is doing is taking delight in a cruel verbal act toward a man, whether or not he may deserve the comment. She, in that instance is being "chauvinistic." She is not necessarily defining the man whom she hurled the comment at, but she is rather defining herself for making that cruel comment. Wayne Dyer once made a comment that I liked:"don't define others, let them define themselves. Saves you all the trouble of doing so and you will not have to carry negative baggage around in your head.
-1 # JJS 2013-04-03 19:09
What cruel, vile, crass, angy woman are you referring to? Can't women be individuals? Are they all alike? Are they all to blame?
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 21:21
"They," the cruel, vile, crass, angry women are a very small % of the U.S. population. And you will find some of them "blowing off" their hot air on this board, OK? "They" define themselves.
-1 # JJS 2013-04-04 18:19
Your hot air don't stink?
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-05 15:22
Please, your grammar. Your comment,"Your hot air don't stink." Should be read, "your hot air doesn't stink."
-13 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 11:52
TO: PEGASUS4508: Does 4508 refer to your inmate number? Whoa! I thought American women hate men. I also agree that to some degree, we, as men, deserve the hatred. But, it is not all "our fault." There are some things a woman simply cannot do. Such as being successful in applying for a job as a center for the Chicago Bears. We, as men, need to be aware that there are jobs that are now being performed by men and which jobs can equally be successfully performed by women. Now it seems more realistic that it is a fact. The good philosopher, Earl Nightengale one day, during the seventies, decided to take a noon walk down a residential street in the local neighborhood while happily easting an apple just some few blocks from his Chicago office. Soon, he was approached by the police, a squad car. Questioned. Earl showed his identification then asked the officers why he was stopped, being questioned. The officer said a local neighborhood lady phoned in and said he looked "suspicious," "strange" walking down the residential street leisurely eating an apple during lunch time. He long suspected that American women hate men. He now concluded that his suspicions are true. I would agree. I travel to China several times a year. Do Chinese women hate men? Maybe, but it seems less so than in America.
-2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 20:13
Before Einstein became an American citizen and during one visit, while being interviewed by a reporter, he made several comments to the newspapers. The reporter asked him what he learned, liked about America. He had some complimentary thoughts but he also said, "American women treat their men like toy dogs." Which comment of course seemed to enrage lots of Americans, especially men. From what I gathered. the men were not enraged so much against the comment, or the commentator, rather the truth of the statement. I like women. But those who comment on this board with great enthusiasm such as about returning to a matriarchy, don't think that will change the war by women against men.
The chief difference we have in the animal world, why we are called a "human" is that we enjoy a much more complicated speech and larger portion of our brain cells are devoted to speech and speech recognition than the other animals. God gave us a violent animal world in which to live. Wish it were different. Wishing will not change anything. Which is another way of saying, "the most violent of animals usually belong to the Republican Party." If the Progressives (usually being less violent)are to survive, have to mass together and fight off the violent. I'm a Naturalist. That's the way I see it. Those who wrote the bible and tried to change human behavior did so when the writers did not even know what an atom is, was. If Jesus were God, and he was here, he could have written the bible himself.
0 # bmiluski 2013-04-02 13:32
OK - ELDON J. BLOEDORN you incomplete chromosome, according to Webster's Dictionary CHAUVINISM is defined as:
1- Militant devotion to and glorification of one's country; fanatical patriotism
2 - Prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's own gender, group, or kind
3 - Nicolas Chauvin a legendary Frndch soldier famous for his devotion to Napoleon.
The bible has nothing to do with changing human behavior. The bible is just a conduit for power and control.
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-02 21:54
Thank you for your chauvinistic comment. And what I think is most important is that you now know you have defined yourself rather me. Your item #2 sums up what we have been talking about: "Prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's gender, group, or kind." Women who call men "male chauvinistic pigs" are merely usually trying to prove they are superior in all respects to men. Now, as to superiority let's take a look at women's contribution to family life in this country. American women are mentally nutrient deficient when one observes the result of what they serve their families. The citizens of this country are some of the fattest of any nation. OK, some nations are a little fatter, I know. As regards women calling men "male
chauvinistic pigs," let's look at their record in raising their children. If we look at the top 25 % quartile in math and science scores in the U.S. and compare those scores to other average nations scores, we do very well. Yet, if we "score" our children's upper 25 % test scores to the upper 25 % quartile in other countries, and not average foreign children, the children in the U.S. are ranked 25th in the world. I like women, I am married to a lady in China. Now, if American women want to spit in mens faces and call them "male chauvinistic pigs," they need to first clean up their records on shoving unhealthy foods down their family's throats and make sure their kids can participate in the American dream by working with schools and the PTA's. OK?
+4 # JJS 2013-04-01 05:08
Quoting pegasus4508:
You know the old saying - If you want something done RIGHT, ask a WOMAN!

Or my favorite, "Do you want to talk to the man in charge or the woman who knows what's going on?"
-3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 14:25
To: JJS See my missive above as my reply to BRNIluski. You can start beating your fists against your chest when American women prove themselves by not creating one of the fattest civilizations that ever existed. The food American women serve their children and husbands is dietary nutrition retarded. And when U.S. children start scoring as high as other nations by using a top 25 % quartile to quartile rating method, I'll start believing in a "matriarchy." Until then, American women have lots of makeup work to do. Especially by not encouraging children's mediocrity in our school system. This country is "running" 150 high school "dropout" factories.
-1 # JJS 2013-04-03 18:44
Blame the women.......Whe n will you take responsibility, BJ Blowhard?
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 21:28
What I said, apparently falls on deaf ears, your ears. You are a typical American woman of the very small % who throw out Chauvinistic remarks. Remember, "America is a great country" and therefore you are obviously also great.
-2 # JJS 2013-04-04 18:18
What is it with you and finding boxes to place people in?
+2 # JJS 2013-04-01 05:11
Or "Women do all the work and men do all the rest."

Or (put the punctuation in different spots and it takes on a different meaning):
"Woman without her man is nothing."
"Woman. Without her man is nothing."
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 15:36
Don't forget the "Octo-mom."
+7 # CL38 2013-03-31 00:40
Not surprising at all. For decades, women have fought for rights and justice. Women have courage, dedication, intelligence and commitment.
-4 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-03-31 07:08
A woman named Elizabeth, certainly worth considering. However, a woman named Hillary (I've renamed her 'Hill the Shill') is, sadly but truly, another story.

Yep, we've been getting lots of karlroving MSDing (manipulating, spinning, distracting) lately on how Hill is the lead Dem. candidate to get nominated in '16. How pols. actually walk the walk (and fight the fight to protect/serve we the sheeple and restore rule of law, etc. etc.) is what counts. And, Hill proved to me, when she, as Sect. of State, submitted in '12 a formal objection to the court's accepting a deposition from one of the plaintiffs in the so hidden from public view, 'case of the century': Hedges, et. al. v. Obama, et. al..

The woman plaintiff, Hon. Brigitta Jonsdottir, a member of Parliament in Iceland and supporter/prote ctor of Wikileaks' truth out Julian Assange. Hillary could not face the prospect of letting more truth out, since she'd been caught with her politician panties down by Wikileaks.
+2 # Annalois 2013-03-31 12:57
The world was better when women ruled!
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 14:36
Actually, this is a truer statement than most realize. There was a Lithuanian archaeologist named Marija Gimbutas who discovered evidence of cities in the Greek isles where Christians, Jews and Pagans all lived under female rule. She said the most stunning thing she found was that these digs were completely devoid of war implements. (Goes to show who are the trouble-makers. )
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 20:38
Also, there were no dishes. That is what the women used in war. A little humor
-2 # JJS 2013-04-03 19:13
I read her works. I have a big picture book on Goddess that she put together. Lots of artifacts and maps. Gorgeous!
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-04 00:12
Only one question:"did the named civilization survive the test of time?" Is it, the civilization still there and thriving? Everything that endures has to survive the test of time. Captain Kangaroo discovered an island where......... Oh!Who gives a crap!
-10 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-30 22:19
This story is not titled properly. When someone decides to fight, I thought that person "puts on the gloves."
+8 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2013-03-31 09:44

You take off the gloves for a more-punishing bare-knuckle fight. You stop handling your opposition with kid gloves — kid gloves are gloves made of very soft, smooth leather.

Also similarly, "you throw down the gauntlet," which means to issue a challenge. In medieval times a knight would throw his armored glove, or gauntlet, at the feet of another knight to challenge him to combat. If the knight took up the gauntlet he accepted the challenge.
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 12:28
OK, I think fighting is bullshit. but then, it is an animal world for the human. Bill Maher:"I like animals better than people." I like people, but you know I like Bill's "in jest" comment. Or, maybe Bill was not jesting. Until the human of the animal species becomes logical and treats his fellow man with empathy, the fights will continue among humans. And frankly, I fight when being attacked. Wayne Dyer:"we arrive when learn to control our emotions and handle the victumizers."
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 14:39
Fighting is brought about by poverty and ignorance. I have feral cats around my place. They were killing each other until I started feeding them. Then the whole place settled down. Now, at night, I turn on the porch light and see raccoon, opossum, and cats feeding TOGETHER! During the day, the birds and the cats eat together. It's really all about survival.
+2 # mikeandnettie 2013-04-02 10:31
Good person. Now you need to systematically trap each of those cats and have them spayed, neutered, vaccinated and marked. Otherwise you are only feeding more misery. I'm sure there is a local feral cat rescue group to help you. Welcome to the world of mission and altruism.
-1 # bmiluski 2013-04-02 13:37
Then explain to me why little well fed boys fight, play with toy guns, swords, etc.
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 19:05
Because parents buy these "toys" for them. Unless the kids wear a money belt, buy their own symbolic toys, you most likely will not see those kinds of toys in their possession.
0 # bmiluski 2013-04-02 13:36
Little boys fight (just watch them at play "fort") and little girls nurture (just watch them play "house"). There is no changing either of their natures. But there is a chance for us to change our politics and allow women to rule....nurture the country.
-1 # JJS 2013-04-03 18:47
Vote the women in. Hopefully, women of good conscious will run for office.
-2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 21:40
Women could start by cleaning up the messes they have made by feeding the kids and the husband nutritionally retarded foods. The U.S. is one of the fattest civilizations on this planet. The foods the uneducated family eats: starches, corn syrup, cookies, doughnuts, cakes, pies, Twinkies (now out of business), ice cream, breads. You could also clean up the academic messes in schools by encouraging kids to study, strive to learn and become excellent in math and science. Our U.S. kids rank 25th in the world, math and science. The U.S. "runs" 150 "drop out factories, also known as high schools. Want to make a difference? Start at home with the foods you serve to your children and husband.
0 # mikeandnettie 2013-04-02 10:27
And if the recipient of this challenge were wise, he would not give back the gauntlet!
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 17:07
Hell, who knows? Men might decide to become just and reasonable they would not have to fight. Most military fighters would not fight if they knew in advance what they "were in for." Good luck to all!
+26 # ER444 2013-03-31 01:22
Imagine if she teems up with Bernie Sanders what they could accomplish. Go New England!!
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 14:41
Yah, they'd get my vote!
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 15:46
"Nothing is real unless observed." That sentence is working equipment of the scientist. Now, let me ask you, "where and when did you observe that Obama has no balls?" You must have proof, pictures, an X ray will also do. And that to win the prize of $5,000 (which I am offering), you must also satisfy the two conditions of an event. Two conditions of even are: A. time. B.Place. LOL. I'm having a little fun with the "ladies" on the board, Before I posted, I knew in advance I would receive lots of ANGRY women's RED INK POINTS. So, as Einstein would say, "who cares?"
-2 # JJS 2013-04-03 19:23
Lady is a four letter word.
Oh! That sentence is a philosphical sentence not a scientific one. I do hope you are having fun. What else do you do? go to different computers and rate yourself? BTW, There are many scientists less famous yet more astute than Einstein.
Proof of Obama's balls? Look at Malia Obama.
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-03 21:41
Who cares?
-1 # JJS 2013-04-04 18:12
I do. Where's my $5K?
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-01 21:56
I know I'll get some "red ink" on this comment. Why in the name of hell are women in this country so nutritionally mentally ignorant to feed their families with such crap foods, sugar based, starch based that we are as a nation one of the fattest on the planet? The Chinese say, "Americans are very thrifty. They save lots of money not by putting it in the bank, but by buying more food than they need and storing it in their waist line."(we are exceeded in fatness by a few other countries.)I return to China several times a year. It is so good to get off the airplane in Wuhan City and see such good looking slender citizens. You will have to look and look several hours to find just one "fat" Chinese citizen. And the Chinese do have plenty of food, enough for all. That old joke that I was taught when I was a kid, "clean up your plate. Children in China are starving." All B.S. I'm frequently invited to my wife's Chinese family for a Chinese dish dinner. And what do the Chinese serve for dessert? Your delicious delicately seasoned low fat, low carb. meal was your dessert. No cake, no pie, no ice cream, no cookies. No soda. No doughnuts. Why? They are smarter than we are as regards nutrition. Coke is very popular among the young Chinese. Saddens the parents to see their kids drink Coke of Pepsi. Offer an older Chinese woman or man a Coke and they will politely say, "no thank you." America, the greatest country in the world. USA! USA! USA!
+293 # Wolfchen 2013-03-30 12:54
MESSAGE for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:

The survival of our nation as a democracy is at stake in a world drowning in corruption. We, the electorate, will no longer tolerate passivity, complicity and cowardice as relates to the refusal of our governmental institutions to criminally prosecute corporate and Wall Street crimes. If you have no inclination or courage to tenaciously and consistently bring into reality such prosecutions, then get out of the way of such defenders of our nation as Barry Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

We also demand a return of Glass-Steagall, along with the enactment and enforcement of other laws that hold corporate criminals fully accountable criminally as well as financially. No more appointment to Cabinet posts of those who refuse to hold accountable all corporate criminals!
+150 # dyannne 2013-03-30 13:24
Courage is what's needed. She seems to have it. Without it we are definitely doomed. If the big money rolls over us, better to go down fighting than just go meekly down. Like she said, at least bloody the suckers real good. Maybe it will catch on and we can drain them like leeches bleed out a body.
+120 # Carrol 2013-03-30 13:31
Quoting Wolfchen:
MESSAGE for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:

We also demand a return of Glass-Steagall, along with the enactment and enforcement of other laws that hold corporate criminals fully accountable criminally as well as financially. No more appointment to Cabinet posts of those who refuse to hold accountable all corporate criminals!


This makes me nearly weep in frustration. The "we" above does not exist, and it cannot be brought into existence by declaring it. Nothing voters can do as voters will be of any good. Democrats &/or Republicans will still be in charge, serving corporate interests and making war on the world.

Only mass movements will make any changes. And those mass movements begin with local people like the writer quoted getting NOT to talk about what the politicians should do but what they the people should do. Form a school-support group in your community. Join a local anti-war group. Join a group fighting against fracking. Forget about pompous statements about "we the electorate" should do. The electorate (a) is still proDem or pro-Repub and will remain so. Make Rosa Parks or Malcolm X your model. Don't gab, organize.
+119 # DPM 2013-03-30 14:39
I agree with Carrol, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't support Warren, Sanders and anyone like them. We should support them and shout their names to the rooftops!
+69 # mdhome 2013-03-30 16:28
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Sherrod Brown, Merkely, possibly a few others will be the heroes who save this country if given a chance and can drown the GOP in their own bathtub.
+25 # ER444 2013-03-31 01:21
Don't forget Alan Grayson, AND we want Dennis Kuchinich backand Russ Feingold back
+19 # indian weaver 2013-03-31 07:20
Add John Conyers to the list of the very few good people in our congress. However, I now belong to Dennis Kucinich's organization. I have no hope for the government but will still support good folks working for it. I agree with Carrol above. The time for talking is over.
+36 # MichaelArchAngel 2013-03-30 16:39
I was convinced, when Glass-Steagall was abandoned that our government was doomed!
+11 # NonnyO 2013-03-31 00:45
What really hurts, #MichaelArchAng el, is the fact that the president who signed Gramm-Leach-Bli ley into law in 1999 - which effectively repealed Glass-Steagall - was Bill Clinton.

The origins of the financial collapse can be laid at his feet. The sky-high debt for no good reason other than illegal, unconstitutiona l, immoral, unethical, dishonorable wars against 1) a little gang of fanatical criminals, and 2) with the invasion of a country that had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11, is the part that can be laid at the feet of Dumbya & Dickie.

The latter two lying war criminals & their lying war criminal cohorts probably could not have gotten as far with their lies and illegal activities if Bill Clinton had not opened the door for them and their corporate, insurance, banking, military-indust rial complex, and Casino Wall Street buddies by signing Gramm-Leach-Bli ley.
+14 # unitedwestand 2013-03-31 11:43
Quoting MichaelArchAngel:
I was convinced, when Glass-Steagall was abandoned that our government was doomed!

Add to that the CitizensUnited decision by SCOTUS and we truly have lost our "government by the people and for the people."
+24 # Donna Fritz 2013-03-30 16:59
I hear you, and I agree with you. But you should know by now what's going to happen next presidential election. The Greens, Libertarians et al will nominate candidates, and we'll all cheer and try to get others to vote for them, but when the general election comes, most of us (not me, though) will vote for the D or R because the other D or R is Hitler. And who would allow Hitler to win?

American electoral politics is a sham.
+9 # indian weaver 2013-03-31 07:21
From now on, we get Hitler no. 1 or Hitler no. 2 to run the fascist state. No one else has a chance to destroy us because the money bought Washington and the cowards in Washington sold it, and continue selling it piece by piece.
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 14:58
The Green Party is a very young party in some respects. For the longest time it just sort of wandered on. But in the last few years, they have really been working hard to be the party of NO CORPORATE TIES and their accomplishments have been very impressive.

As we were set up by the founders, they envisioned multiple parties competing for leadership thus guaranteeing good leadership. But the greedy industrialists who have been allowed too much money, not paid their fair share in taxes, and have been engaged in buying off government officials (treason) have been allowed to get away with this thus reducing our choices to two corrupted parties; in other words a choice from no choices at all.

It is up to We the People to end this criminal corruption (talk about Domestic Terrorists,) and we can do this by Occupying the Green Party. This DOES NOT MEAN you can't vote for a Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or anybody else you want to support. If you are a registered Green, it only means you can't vote in the primaries to determine the party's candidate.

You can be a registered anything and vote outside your party if you so choose; like you can vote for Bernie Sanders (an Independent) if you are registered to another party.

You've got to stop being so afraid of everything! Take a piece of paper, write down your priorities. Then look for the candidate that best fulfills your wishes and forget all this party bunk. We need results, not misguided loyalties.
+32 # Vardoz 2013-03-30 19:33
I am, as so many others are, heart broken, frightened and my blood is boiling for all the wrongs that are being done to us. I hunger for justice- What is happening to us is beyond words and too few are willing to fight.

By the way it's Benie Sanders- He's the only senator that has ever answered his phone when I called him and after telling the person on the other end how much I appreciated him, He said thank you. This is senator sanders!
+15 # Walter J Smith 2013-03-30 21:04
Thank you for this, but Obama is still politically comatose. Hillary is on vacation.

And about 47 other Democratic Party Senators are also politically comatose.

The GOP Senators are too busy destroying their party to do anything useful. Don't interrupt them.
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-30 22:26
You have a great post. Unfortunately, FDR is dead.
+2 # theory≠opinion 2013-03-31 02:25
I hope you have sent this message to them directly. I'm not sure they'll read it here. I've been drilling this stuff into my representatives for quite a while now. I'm not sure it's being heard. You are right on target, I hope the message gets heard.
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:07
It will get heard if they lose their seats.

The House of Representatives has 435 seats. Two Mid-Term elections ago, the Tea-gaggers swept the elections. How much of that was rigged, I don't know.

But We the People came back swinging, and I'm happy to report that today we have 255 Democrats holding seats to 178 rotten Republicans in the House.

This goes to show we can make a difference if we don't get discouraged.

They are fighting with all their might to drown us in their insanity. We know them to be nutz and corrupt and we just aren't going to accept it any more.

Keep swinging and don't forget to vote for Progressives wherever you find them; in the Independent Party, the Democratic Party or the Green Party; make your list and check it twice; we're going to find out whose been naughty or nice.

We can do this, yes, we can.
+92 # brux 2013-03-30 13:19
Elizabeth Warren is AWESOME!

Courage and conviction are so rare people do not know what to make of a politician with integrity. I'd love to see her and or Bernie Sanders on the Presidential ticket.

But I also have to add that regulation of the financial industry has its own 3-strikes law that will kick someone out of the industry for life if they are caught acting unethically multiple times ... since everything I say about that in the 3-strike discussion gets voted down. ;-)
+91 # flippancy 2013-03-30 13:56
I agree, except it should be a one strike law.

AND we need to start enforcing the Sherman Anti-Trust law vigorously again.
+26 # brux 2013-03-30 15:20
I'll second that emotion!
+31 # mdhome 2013-03-30 16:33
Yes, one strike is enough, how many people have suffered because of their behavior? Monopolies need to be taken down and the idea of too big to fail/too big to jail needs to go the way of the do-do bird.
+6 # CL38 2013-03-31 00:48
If the three strike law can apply to humans (I don't agree with it), it sure should apply to banks, wall streeet and corporations.
+4 # LetJusticeRoll 2013-03-31 21:32
Quoting CL38:
If the three strike law can apply to humans (I don't agree with it), it sure should apply to banks, wall streeet and corporations.

How about "capital punishment" for corporations which commit murder in a demonstrably premeditated way?
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:10
How about we go back to the "40 year" law where all corporations must disband after 40 years, and we cap what they can keep. The rest should go into Social Security and Single Payer/Medicare for All. This way everyone get well taken care of (just like all of the other industrialized countries.)
+12 # Sweet Pea 2013-03-31 06:52
Wow, what a ticket, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
+75 # Skeeziks 2013-03-30 13:27
I surely hope that Ms. Warren keeps ahead of them and doesn't fold like Obama has at not reinstating the taxes on the very wealthy.

And as a side, he hasn't done much in the way of most of the ridiculously abhorrent signing statements of George W. Bush.
+18 # NonnyO 2013-03-31 00:59
Like, for instance, Obama ought to write a counter executive order to repeal and abolish the 'office of faith-based initiatives' that Dumbya created with an executive order within the first few days in office. (I read the story on that; it might have even been the first executive order he signed the day of or day after his first "inaugural.") Even the incredibly stupid Dumbya knew he couldn't get that office approved by Congress, so he fixed it so it runs out of the White House.

As a con law prof, Obama has to know that office violates the First Amendment's separation of church and state principles..., yet three days after he voted in favor of FISA fiasco '08 he announced that if he was elected he'd expand and increase funding for that foul office. We have a secular constitution for a secular nation with a secular leader. There is NO need for an 'office of faith-based initiatives' nor for religions to get a foot in the door to establishing a national/state church decades down the road. Already the reichwingnuts want laws written and passed based on their idea of "religious values."

Enough already.

And, BTW, just when will we be given back our rights, starting with habeas corpus which was taken off the books with MCA '06 and that one 'fine tuned' with Obama's MCA '09? When will they repeal the Patriot Act and FISA fiasco '08?

Inquiring minds want to know.
+3 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:14
And don't forget, Nonny O, we want Posse Comitatus rescinded. This is the law that turns our (taxpayer paid for) military against us in our own US streets.
+136 # WestWinds 2013-03-30 13:29
C'mon, she only just got there and needed to feel out the lay of the land. But she has her sealegs now and is ready to rock and roll.

Every morning as I go to open the email, I face it with such dread knowing there will be some new NeoCon (bipartisan) horror. But then there will be some piece in there about Elizabeth Warren and her latest tail-kicking. Let me tell you, that woman puts a smile on my face, a song in my heart and sunshine in my day!!! Long live Elizabeth Warren :D
+54 # SheilaParks 2013-03-30 15:20
She is my senator and I love her more and more with each passing day. She is also a senator for all the people
+19 # luvdoc 2013-03-30 13:32
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+66 # KrazyFromPolitics 2013-03-30 14:09
I love the equating of courage with "balls" in some of the comments. As an older male I can attest to the fact that there is no correlation between the possession of testes and courage. Nor is it the province of maleness. Courage can be yin and yang.
+7 # SheilaParks 2013-03-30 15:22
Yes, well I hate it . Is is sexist and misogynist to the core. I have already commented on it above
Get with the program, it is 2013
+17 # NonnyO 2013-03-31 01:02
Quote from the beloved Betty White. I love her!

“Why do people say "grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”
― Betty White
+94 # dick 2013-03-30 14:17
ESCALATE, Liz, ESCALATE! Take it to the capital steps. Take it to MSNBC, etc. Take it to Obama's Holder. Take it to B.O., Wall St.'s pimp. Enlist Keith Olberman & Eliot Spitzer. Humiliate Hillary for being such an Establishment water girl. Publicly call out Hairy Old Reed blowing as the wind blows. Create an example that Senate Dems MUST emulate or appear to be closet GOPers. EAW needs to channel FDR. If you're going to be labeled left leaning, you may as well lean a little to the left. Smoke out Schumer & Co. as bankster enablers. You go girl.
+30 # muffy7 2013-03-30 14:48
+61 # Aggie61 2013-03-30 14:30
Sen. Warren stands out, clearly showing us just how gutless, ignorabnt, and stupid most of Congress are. The lady is a mensch.
-3 # Rain17 2013-03-30 19:43
What are you all going to say when she inevitably has to vote for a bill or legislation that many of you are likely to find less than ideal? It's awesome that she makes great speeches; but, if she actually wants to get something done, she'll eventually have to make deals that many of you will find less than ideal. What happens then?
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:26
We will just have to wait and see. But my take on her is that she has more common sense in her little finger than all the DINO's in Congress have put together. I think she will do the right thing by us; I think she is going to play the long-field game. She may not be popular with the cronies, but the electorate will love the ground she walks on.
+26 # Midwestgeezer 2013-03-30 14:34
This gal's got some balls! Or, whatever gals have down there... Go get 'em Liz!!
-22 # Vern Radul 2013-03-30 14:44
Kucinich and Sanders have been saying similar things for years, with no results. They are tolerated and pointed to by the Democratic Party as examples of how the party is on the side of the people.

I suspect the same "reasoning" is behind letting Warren bark, and that it will be as fruitless.

Except that it will once again coopt the fake antiwar crowd into supporting and voting for an AIPAC supporting Palestinian opressing bomb Iran advocate.

She's good. Maybe the best. She makes all the right noises and people fall for it. She's even better at it than Obama is.
+3 # CL38 2013-03-31 00:55
I think you're off the mark. Keep watching. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
-9 # Vern Radul 2013-03-31 09:23
Unfortunately it does not appear that enough people will stop falling for these kinds of obvious manipulations to be "pleasantly surprising".
+58 # MainStreetMentor 2013-03-30 14:45
This truth speaking, justice seeking, fire-brand of a Senator stands head and shoulders above most of the Senators whose tenure in the Senate may be longer - but NOT stronger! She will surely be the target of misdeeds and even worse behavior from the opposition. But, from a political prospective, the President, his cabinet and the chairs of many Senate committees need take notice: The Senate Steamroller Against Avarice and Greed is here - and she's shiftin' into overdrive!
+44 # James Marcus 2013-03-30 14:47
Hope she wears a 'vest'. The Kennedys..... didn't....
Big Money... facilitates 'multi-level Opposition'
+20 # brux 2013-03-30 15:21
I agree with the sentiment, the people running the country do not intend to lose the reigns ... that's why we do not know their names and faces for the most part, just their puppet facades.
+26 # ladypyrates 2013-03-30 15:41
You're all angry and fired up...that's great..but it's not enough. Until people tear down the veil of secrecy that the owners of these banking corporations hide behind, financial atrocities and genocide against people everywhere will continue. We need the NAMES of the principal owners of the big banks so as to be able to effect real changes to the system.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:29
You can start with Paul Singer. This clown is the top banana of the billionaire's club that is behind such things as ALEC and other domestic terrorists.
+25 # great_pumpkin 2013-03-30 15:47
I LOVE Liz Warren.
+47 # Colleen Clark 2013-03-30 15:52
Politico was premature in calling Warren a "wall flower." What? Because she didn't yak to every reporter before she even started to do her job. As far as I know, at the first hearing of the Banking Committee she started hammering the government banking regulators. Talking to Politico and other media outlets feeds their egos, but think how much useless hot air gets spewed out that way every day? She's asking hard and smart questions in hearings. That's what we in MA expect of her. We're thrilled!
+31 # mdhome 2013-03-30 16:38
Every state should have at least two such senators!
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:30
Please, start with Floriduh.
+4 # Vardoz 2013-03-30 15:59
I love her, donated and voted for her but I just looked up on Roll Call who voted for the Monsanto protection act HR 933 and she voted for it as did many other so called liberal Democrats who think that our health is not that important. There is too much compromise when it comes to our health, safety and welfare.
+12 # Vardoz 2013-03-30 16:34
Sorry folks I was wrong. Here is where you cna find the results.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:32
Is this your idea of an April Fool's Day joke???
+4 # MichaelArchAngel 2013-03-30 16:48
The Monsanto protection Act is an abomination! I wonder what political reason caused Warren to vote for it?
+22 # Vardoz 2013-03-30 17:06
she didn't- I was wrong. sorry
+2 # Erdajean 2013-04-01 10:24
Here's the REAL thing -- thanks, Vardoz, for clearing it up, Liz did NOT vote for Monsanto.
But if she had -- like a lot of other Democrats did -- this is the reason: These bills are so cumbersome. inflated and badly written that many, probably MOST in Congress never read them. They follow their leader -- and in both the house and the senate, we know how weak and dumb the leaders are:. ALL crimes are "off the table."
Because they know no one will ever read what is in the bills, the jerks pile in every offensive measure they can think of. And the careless vote for it.
When we reform this government there will be new rules -- Bills will be limited to a SINGLE ISSUE, in no more than 500 words.
The improvement will be IMMEDIATE!
+21 # speedboy 2013-03-30 16:09
Men in politics nowdays spend most of their time covering their balls. It's the women like Lizzy who are supplying us with backbone!
+9 # bikewriter 2013-03-30 16:23
If they are too big to jail, then it's time to make them smaller. And if she voted for Monsanto Protection, then she needs to be educated on that issue. It's a little misleading to say she voted for it though, since it was buried in a huge spending bill which need to pass in order to keep the government running. It was the Senate Appropriations Committee that was responsible for slipping that in there.
+3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 18:04
"It was the Senate Appropriations Committee that was responsible for slipping that in there." Think money has a "big" voice.
+17 # capierso 2013-03-30 17:49
I seriously worry for her physical safety.
+15 # Osbornrb 2013-03-30 18:10
Please, please send Senator Warren our way... We voters in North Carolina need a real Democrat to fight for since our currently elected officials are sadly lacking in the chutzpa category, concerned much more with their re-election prospects than with the wishes of their constituents...
+6 # CL38 2013-03-31 00:58
Sorry, you've got to find another hero for your state. She's our Senator in MA. Don't want to lose her, but happy to share her in 2016 or 2020, when she runs for President.
+13 # MindDoc 2013-03-30 18:12
I'm thinking comparing personality traits to any biological part is unwise, whether gender-based or misogyny or 'cultural'. ("Boys will be boys", too.)

True, there are a few non-gender-spec ific metaphors which may be applied, and the meaning immediate to most people, things like "backbone", "spine", or "brains" .

I'm inclined to think that those who actually ponder and reflect on the important issues, who observe the protagonists and obstructionists and the corruption of 'the system' as a whole, might agree on this: What so many of us are applauding and breathing in as fresh air with a scent of hope, is, imho, "courage of conviction", as she and Bernie Sanders, and a few others demonstrate. What we want isn't a body part, but drive and determination to speak out for what is right. For the people. Men, women, children. She's got "the right stuff" - willingness to act, 'determination' , 'outrage', 'speaking Truth to Power' or pick your favorite anatomical metaphor if you must. What it takes is wisdom and strength, staring down the bad guys, and doing it for *us*, those dependent on the allegedly honest and adult 'representative s' of 'We the people".

Agreed, we need to act on our convictions and be a movement - and not just emote or wave flags or 'like'. There needs to be unified and clarion voices - for the things that made America great: opportunity, equality, freedom, jobs, etc. Thank G-d for the few in Congress who can keep their eye (oh no!) on the ball.
-13 # Rain17 2013-03-30 19:40
It's great that she's out there making big speeches and saying what the audience here wants her to say. But I wonder what's going to happen with her fans here when she inevitably has to vote on a "moderate" proposal or "compromise" to get legislation passed. At some point, unless she wants to be known for just making great speeches, she's going to have to make deals--deals that will likely anger a lot of people here. I wonder if the same level of worship will still be here because I worry that some people have elevated this woman to almost Goddess-like status.
+5 # CL38 2013-03-31 00:59
Watch and learn.
+6 # Kiviana 2013-03-31 06:28
Senator Warren is not afraid to get dirty so the last thing I would personally be concerned about with her is "deal making". Her deals will be transparent and not in "quiet rooms" where money changes hands.
-2 # Rain17 2013-03-31 19:10
I think you're being a little naive. Even she will have to make a deal ta some point in "the quiet rooms".
+15 # Walter J Smith 2013-03-30 21:01
RE: "And after starting her tenure as something of a wallflower...." Really? When was she 'something of a wallflower"?

She has done more than ANY OTHER DEMOCRAT OR ANY REPBULICAN in three months!

That hardly warrants calling her a wallflower.

"The Week" needs a new title: "The Sleep."
+4 # 2013-03-30 22:11
There are a few good, strong, patriotic people who have braved the s**tstorm of election politics to actually work for the country and its citizens--start ing with Warren! And Sanders. And Boxer and Feinstein. And may the live long and prosper, and inspire others!
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:38
I don't agree about Feinstein. Her husband got, not one, but two 600 billion dollar no-bid government contracts, one each from The Shrub and Obama. I'd like to see her gone. California can do better than this.
+1 # Painter 2013-03-31 00:04
All who despair of both the Democratic and Republican parties could check out the web site of the Justice Party that some of us are working on forming. The best politicians, those truly working for the common good like Elizabeth Warren is may need to come to us for a home, and those of you who would like to run for office may want to do so as Justice Party candidates. Check it out.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:39
Give us a link.
+5 # Kiviana 2013-03-31 06:09
I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Warren a few years ago in DC. She is more inspiring in person than on the tube. Ghostperson, you must be my sister. We learned to take things in stride - up until the bra burning faze. Sheila - I strongly suggest you stop being so touchy and just do what you want done. Like my dad told me "If you want to get someone's goat, watch where they tie it". Getting distracted from the point of topic by a single word is a tactic that can be too easily manipulated. The "terms of endearment" are not meant to be derogatory because the men of my era (now on Medicare) were taught to be respectful and was never intended to be condescending. If it is said in that tone, feel free to respond in kind. I considered, and still do, it a compliment to be told I have balls. It is meant to convey 'guts' or 'intestinal fortitude'. Yes, we need a matriarchy! Most of the older and most successful societies of humans were and MANY animal groups are. The sign over my door is "If you want something done right, try doing it the way your wife told you in the first place". I have bee advocating "Warren/Clinton VP" in 2016 for years. If the GOP continues their idiocy (obviously subltety doesn't work) and allows Palin to rise again, we will definitely have to fight fire with fire. SHE would be a walking nightmare. That is one of the reasons I do not criticize President Obama - things could be a hell of a lot worse!
-6 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 12:50
TO:#KIVIANA Your comment, "yes, we need a matriarchy! Most of the older and most successful societies of humans were and MANY animal groups are." I won't even quote what "the sign over my door" says. You are, "err" giving some compliments to men. But, I conclude by your entertaining comments, you think women are in most respects, superior to men. Some way they are superior and some ways they are not. If you believe women are superior, I say to you what I say to the fat lady when she goes to the beauty parlor:"good luck to ya!"
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:44
Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton are on opposite ends of the universe ideologically. Warren is a champion of We the People, while Hillary Clinton (daughter of Republicans) has been on board with war, the New World Order and corporate domination from the get go. This is an oil and water combination.

I think we might see Bernie Sanders run on the Independent ticket, with a primary Democratic race between Clinton and Warren.

I'll tell you one thing, I'll vote Donald Duck before I ever vote for Hillary Clinton or any other NeoCon no matter what they are calling themselves.
+8 # Kiviana 2013-03-31 06:24
President Obama still believes in fair play and doesn't realize if you are going to wrestle with pigs, you have to get dirty. I have liberal type bumper stickers on truck and have been run off the road literally more than once. But that does not mean I am going to start carrying my hunting rifle with me (unless I go out at night) Feingold would also be terrific as President but we might keep him here in FitzWalkerstan for next governor. He is STILL the only Senator that took NO PORK or lobbyist bribes. That latter group is who needs to be outlawed - at the very least from halls of Congress while they are in session. Campaigning isn't allowed in the voting booth (yet)but they roam free with their checkbooks while votes are being taken in Congress. Start w/Citizens United which is the CORE ISSUE, then take on lobbyists. Hope Ginsburg retires so we can get a liberal appointee before '16.
+4 # JSRaleigh 2013-03-31 10:10
Quoting Kiviana:
President Obama still believes in fair play and doesn't realize if you are going to wrestle with pigs, you have to get dirty.

Obama don't need to be wrestling with pigs.

It's time to start slaughtering hogs!
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 12:20
TO:KIVIANA I still have a bumper sticker located on the far right side of my rear bumper. It reads, "THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REPUBLICAN AND A COMMUNIST IS THE SPELLING." A few weeks ago, I took an off ramp from the 91 freeway to have breakfast at Hometown buffet. I was wildly rammed by "maybe a someone (Republican)" with the left front bumper. The driver then losing no time, passed me, sped through several red lights to avoid identification by me. Did I chase the car? Yes, until I realized that to continue to do so might cause a deadly accident. Then, I slowed down to determine if the city of Corona uses intersection traffic cameras. No cameras observed. That incident would have been picked up by a traffic camera and the driver would have been identified. The "hit and run" driver's car suffered severe front left bumper damage, additional damage, more so than my $1,000 fix it bill for a new rear bumper, broken tail lights, fix right rear fender. Was it worth it to drive around with that sticker on my rear bumper? Probably not.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:47
Obama believes in fair play??? I think he's a whopping liar.
-4 # RnR 2013-03-31 07:52
She, along with Bernie Sanders, voted for the Monsanto Protection Act. Face it already.

The Monsanto Protection Act has to be stopped.
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-31 12:56
When America becomes more and more disgusted with both traditional parties, maybe there will be a greater shift (which is now happening) to the Independent movement. And I'm not talking about the "American Independent Party." just voters who do not want to give up title to their brain to any of the two traditional parties.
+11 # Janice 2013-03-31 08:04
Elizabeth Warren is totally for the middle class and if she gets her way we will have a better chance of success. She will go after big banks, limiting government handouts and the companies that gouge us all. The best thing we ever did in Massachusetts was elect her to the senate. I would vote for her for president in a heartbeat.
+3 # engelbach 2013-03-31 10:46
Warren, like Grayson and Sanders, is doing what she is supposed to do: stand for the people.

While I applaud her, and them, it's not that they have so much courage, but that most of the rest of Congress are greedy cowards.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-01 15:49
I don't know about greedy cowards. Greedy, yes. Cowards? I don't know. I think it takes some pretty appalling brass to be so openly corrupt.
-2 # rhondayes 2013-03-31 12:18
She should have fixed the Filibuster as promised from day one. I still dig her, but I'm not in love with her, any longer. That's my failing, because I had placed her on a pedestal, forgetting she, like all humans, have clay feet.
+3 # Johnny 2013-03-31 14:01
What is her excuse for voting to confirm Brennan as secretary of defense?
+7 # listentome 2013-03-31 14:03
My ward in Mass. worked hard to get Elizabeth elected as did I. Her persona is delightful and tough, and as a Harvard professor, she fits the image well because she is brilliant and stands for the working and middle class. But don't kid yourselves. She is a hawk, certainly on Iran, and unequivocal on support of Israeli policy, a compromiser in spheres of economic opportunities for working and "middle class". Says Warren about 'reaching across the aisle' "I want them to know I heard Scott Brown supporters loud and clear, and it's what I want to do - I want to go to Washington because I want to help get something done." We are proud of her in Mass. speaking up to banking power; but feminist worship is inappropriate at this early point. Take pride, but guard the emotional optimism. She will have to get behind Bernie's bills, because he is the one who has a income and anti giant bank track record Let's see who she continues to choose as colleagues, and how she fares, and check on her regular voting record. Hopefully Foreign Relations will not make her part of the 'war machine' decision-making.

Progressive politicians in Congress have
a very rough road for consistency. Many ways to force them to bend. Bernie has supported the flying of the F16 for Burlington Vt., which has brought despair to peaceful communities. He supports Israeli policies that oppress and conduct war against an entire developing nation. No perfection with politicians.
+3 # ItsAboutTime 2013-03-31 22:16
Elizabeth Warren is a breath of FRESH AIR. What a beautiful lady! She opens her mouth in wisdom. Her price is far above rubies. I unite with everyone praying for her - may the Lord prosper her noble objectives (very much needed by America today). May the Lord protect her, and empower her even more. For she fights for the powerless and for justice. Between her and Hillary in 1916, I'd go for Elizabeth Warren. (Just my opinion.)
+1 # MylesJ 2013-04-01 12:34
Finally! Now those fools will pay the price for keeping here out of appointed office. Now she can make laws instead of commenting on them after the fact.
+1 # bmiluski 2013-04-02 13:41
t's not hard to imagine James Ballentine, chief lobbyist for the American Bankers Association, saying the following through clenched teeth: "She is as advertised. She came in and concentrated on being a strong advocate for consumers, and she has certainly done that and a little more."

Unfortunately what he really said was "Let's get some dirt on her or better yet, let's make some up and smear her into oblivion."
0 # kalpal 2013-05-11 15:48
When Ted Cruz blusters like Joe McCarthy even his own party calls his out for what he is and what Joe Mccarthy was and I am not talking about being a tail gunner.

Senator Warren is spot on in her criticisms of government functionaries who find it fitting and proper to tuck their tails between their legs and slink off to a quiet office to ponder who will hire them after they leave office and how much they can expect and hope to be paid.

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