As tensions increase with North Korea, one can’t help but wonder what is up with the women in Kim Jong-un’s military strutting around in 4 inch heels: Is it just me or do these women look like Kim Jong-un’s Bond Girls? It seems I’m not the only one wondering about this photo, Maureen O’Connor at NY Mag said: Among the many mysteries associated with North Korea’s military, “Why are they wearing high heels?” is perhaps the least important of all. But it’s still so mysterious: How much time do these women spend marching in heels? Do they have special techniques for dealing with blisters? Are their platform heels standard-issue? (The woman in the middle appears to be wearing a different … Continue reading
Longtime readers of The Dem Daily know that I hold John Kerry in the highest regard and had the honor of working on his ’04 presidential and for his PAC in ’06. So yes, I’ll just admit it, I’m biased. I am so pleased for John Kerry that he has been confirmed as our next Secretary of State. I have great faith in his abilities to be a fantastic Secretary of State who will use his great skills of diplomacy for the better of the United States and the world: The 69-year-old Kerry, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has deep roots in foreign service. His father, Richard, was a Foreign Service officer, and Kerry noted at his confirmation hearing … Continue reading
my original blog began as my attempt to publicly raise the question (by my running for office) : “If a candidate gets more than 90% of his funding from outside the district, will that candidate actually represent the district or will he represent his outside sugar daddies?” Continue reading
Senator John Kerry’s confirmation hearing as Secretary of State was held today. Kerry drew some heat on his Syria policy and he also spoke on Iran’s nuclear program. “The president has made it definitive–we will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he said in his opening statement to the committee. “I repeat here today: our policy is not containment. It is prevention and the clock is ticking on our efforts to secure responsible compliance.” He added, “No one should mistake our resolve to reduce the nuclear threat.” He said Obama “knows that American foreign policy is not defined by drones and deployments alone. We cannot allow the extraordinary good we do to save and … Continue reading
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to consider the nomination of the Honorable John F. Kerry, to be United States Secretary of State. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will preside. With terrorism heating up in Algeria and the U.S. and Europe agreeing “to provide new support for the fight against al Qaeda-backed rebels in Mali,” it will be interesting to see what Kerry as Secretary of State will bring to the table on the issue of terrorism.
Just one day after retiring from the House, Barney Frank, said today “that he has asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to send him back as an interim senator when Sen. John Kerry becomes secretary of state.” Frank noted that a short time ago he wasn’t interested in returback to the Hill, “But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history.” Governor Patrick isn’t letting on who he’ll nominate but “other names mentioned as a possible caretaker for Kerry’s seat include former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall — who crafted the historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the … Continue reading
After months of criticism from Republicans, U.N. envoy Susan Rice has dropped out of the running for the nomination for Secretary of State, leaving the door wide open perhaps for Senator John Kerry to be the first in line for the nomination. Rice was facing “relentless opposition from Republicans in Congress over her role in the aftermath of the deadly attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya.” In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Rice said: “Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state. I didn’t want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, … Continue reading
Over the many years that I have been blogging about Senator John Kerry, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi has not always seen things eye to eye with Kerry, nor has been consistently in his corner. Needless to say, I was surprised and pleased to see her column today making the case for Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State: Senator John Kerry deserves to be the next secretary of state because he is the best person for the job. The longtime Massachusetts senator who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has the background and experience required for the nation’s top diplomatic post. He has also been a good and loyal soldier for President Obama. But the president seems to prefer … Continue reading