“Empathy” by BrianInNYC

The President-elect and Tammy Duckworth

The President-elect and Tammy Duckworth

Main Entry:
em·pa·thy           Listen to the pronunciation of empathy
Greek empatheia, literally, passion, from empathēs emotional, from em- + pathos feelings, emotion — more at pathos
1: the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it
2: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner ; also : the capacity for this
3: a quality sorely lacking in The White House for the last 8 years


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76 responses to ““Empathy” by BrianInNYC

  1. chefsheila

    Very Good Brian, especially the last sentance!

  2. Nannymm

    May I add, that empathy is also lacking in a majority of voters in states like Florida, Arkansas, and Alabama. The article below says it all.
    What It Felt Like to Be Equal

  3. chefsheila

    This country’s citizens are going to need that type of personality the next few years.

  4. Nannymm

    What I will never understand is how so many Blacks could have voted for or failed to vote against prop 8 in California. Who should better understand the horror of being discriminated against? Is there now an attitude of, “I’ve got mine finally and to hell with the rest of you?” Where are AA leaders in this? Is all their talk about civil rights just about civil rights for themselves? Frankly, I’m disgusted!

  5. Nannymm

    BTW…good morning!

  6. yes it’s odd nann, but history has proven given the chance to oppress people usually will. But the truth of the matter is the same-sex marriage issue will never be fully reconciled to the Supremes take it on, there will have to be “roe v wade” for same-sex rights.

  7. chefsheila

    Me Too Good Morning!

    Nanny, I am positive I know that subtle answer to that. Christian churches have injected the word abomination into their explination of why this can’t happen.

    The more evolved Christians understand that there’s nothing in the bible that adresses Gay lifesyle.

    Just a bunch of men in an anchient times trying to interpret God.

    Unfortunately, when religion gets thrown in there, its going to get muddy.

    BUT, the Constitution is going to win this one. Mark my words.

  8. dnd

    Timely post Brian. Today is a food/toy/clothing drive for one of the local TV stations:


    It’s bitter cold here this morning. I think the low was 17. Yet cars are lined up with items to donate.

  9. chefsheila

    Also a nationwide protest for Prop 8

  10. chefsheila

    has it snowed already dnd?

  11. dnd

    My mom’s Episcopalian church got a protest visit from that wacko Kansas church that feels homosexuals are an abomination. Mom’s church feels we are all God’s children and that He loves us all.

    My feeling is that the government doesn’t have any business being in the marriage business.

  12. chefsheila

    Agreed. Simply agreed. This should not even be an issue. It seems as though Civil Rights is going to be an issue for this country again.

  13. dnd

    It’s been snowing in the mountains for a while. The plains got the first “official” snowfall yesterday. You only need 1/10″ to be an official snowfall, and that’s about all we got.

  14. Nannymm

    We’ve had 18″ so far this season. All dumped in one early storm.

  15. Nannymm

    I don’t think the Supreme Court will solve this issue any more than it has solved the issue of a woman’s right to choose. If and when the SC grants gays the right to marry, the next phase of the fight will begin. None of these “rights” issues will be solved as long as there are right wing crazies and religious zealots determined to impose their views on the rest of society.

  16. chefsheila

    You don’t want to know the temp here….

    In The Seatle area, back up north, its in the 50’s and its drying out finally. Rivers are beginning to go down again.

  17. nann you can’t legislate hate, but you can protects one’s rights. The issue with be resolved the by “The Nine”.

  18. Nannymm

    How, Brian? The Right to Choose isn’t resolved 35yrs after Roe was decided. Look at all the bans and limits in so many states.Look at the efforts to amend the Constitution. Look at the fight for power to control SCOTUS. If and when “the nine” sanction gay marriage, the crazies and zealots aren’t going to just give up and go away. The push for limits and constitutional amendments will begin in earnest. And it’s probably going to get ugly. Or should I say, uglier than it already is?

  19. Abortion is a legally protected right. Just because some people refuse to recognize that fact doesn’t change the fact.

  20. dnd

    The National Renewable Energy Lab eyes growth:

    “Campus of the Future is a $500 million makeover plan. When completed, it will have more than a dozen new research buildings and employ 2,500, almost double NREL’s current size.

    But some wonder if the falling price of oil will make wind power, solar energy and biofuels less attractive to investors, pulling the rug out from under NREL – as happened in the 1970s.”


    Contact your local congress critters and push for this. Clean energy independence is a matter of national security.

  21. Nannymm

    What good is a legally protected right that people can’t access? In many states, there are no providers because of intimidation and the justifiable fear of violence. In other states, women have to go through sonograms, hear incorrect info about abortion causing infertility and suicidal ideation or action and all but jump through hoops of fire before they can utilize their rights. . In some places, it is a crime to help a minor get an abortion even if the girl has good reason to fear her parents. In most states, poor women who can’t pay for an abortion are denied because medicaid won’t pay. And still there are states trying to chip away at the right to choose by placing even more restrictions on it. Those people are determined and creative, Brian! They have no intention of backing off on this issue or any other so-called “values” issue. If Barack had not won this election, Roe might well have been overturned following the next SC appointments. I could go on all day about this. So, I still don’t get it. What good is this right to all those who can’t access it? I don’t think these fights will ever be resolved until the influence of the crazies and zealots dies a long and painful (for them) death.

  22. I’m not saying things are prefect nann, but by no means as dire as you seem to feel they are.

  23. Nannymm

    I don’t mean to suggest that the situation is dire. (Although it most certainly can be for those who are denied their rights.) Rather, I’m trying to say that the fight is far from over re: Roe. And it’s just beginning re: same sex marriage. We have a long, hard fight ahead on both fronts, and need to be prepared for that. SCOTUS is not the end and never can be. Only a change in the culture will put the final nail in the coffin of these battles.

  24. dnd

    I saw this on Huffpo:

    “South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint on Friday became one of the first high-profile Republicans to publicly criticize John McCain following his electoral defeat, blaming the Arizona senator for betraying conservative principles in his quest for the White House.”


    You need to read the entire article to realize just how batshit crazy Jim DeMint is. If the Republicans want to reinvent themselves after this huge loss, the can start by getting rid of loonies like Jim DeMint.

  25. dnd

    I’ve been think about the Hillary at SOS drama lately and I think there’s something really positive about it: we haven’t seen Caribou Barbie in the news for a couple of days 😉

  26. Nannymm

    Good point, dnd!! The less we see of CB, the better!

  27. Nannymm

    DeMint is one of those right wing crazies I’ve been screaming about. He needs to GO.

  28. chefsheila

    Change is just beginning everyone. As a united front of all of US, the citizens insist on it and it becomes successful, most of these zealots will realize that they either get on the bus or miss the ride.

    Quite a few are just waiting for a reason to make the change.

  29. chefsheila

    I have to give this example….

    One of my dearest life long friends and her family were devout catholics in everything but the Pill. Her mother had borne 6 kids and then refused to lose her sex life, so she secretly used the pill. I listened into my mother talking to her.

    Then I found out that this was one of those secrets of the American Catholic Church. They turned a blind eye. Now 30 years later, the Pope says its OK.

    There are MANY Christians who believe whole heartedly that the Gay Community is valid and deserve respect and honor in the name of civil rights. They deserve to hold their heads up.

    The Change is there and its growing. The Protests today show it clearly. Its coming and will be validated because our population of people who are driven to validate it had grown in leaps and bounds.

    The prop 8 turn is just a set back and a fortunate one too. Because it’s highlighted just one more change that we are ready to face.

    BECAUSE we empathise with our fellow humans and we celebrate the Gay community as our brothers and sisters!!!!!

    Can I get more 60s?

  30. Nannymm

    This is laugh out loud funny. 😀

    The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla
    by Dick Cavett

  31. dnd

    Not too long ago Imus had Dick Cavett on his show. Imus pointed out to Cavett that Cavett’s blog in the NYT online is always in the “top emailed” list, and ususally #1. This piece shows why 😉

  32. dnd

    I think the proponents of prop 8 have won the battle and lost the war. The backlash is huge, not just from the gay community, but from mainstream America who have figured out that being gay is not a “choice.”

    Being a hetro male, I don’t really have a dog in this fight. Except that when the tyranny of the majority start taking away rights of a minority, who knows what’s next?

    BTW, Colorado’s second congressional district elected their first gay representative. Jared Polis didn’t run as a gay. He ran as a Democrat, and a very liberal one at that. I didn’t vote for him in the primary and the general as I though his opponents (especially Joan Fitzgerald) were better suited and all he had going for him is that he made a bundle in the dot.com bubble and used his wealth to get elected. While I don’t agree with him politically, I’m glad my fellow hetro constituents didn’t hold the fact that he’s gay against him. It’s completely irrelevant.

  33. Nannymm

    That is sickening. I hope all of these people are prosecuted, including the parents of those 2nd graders. What kind of parent would teach a child to hate like that? I hope Obama and his family are receiving the most intensive protection possible.

  34. chefsheila

    Thanks for the reality Brian. We knew it was there two years ago. I hope the Clintons read this. They had a hard time swallowing that Racism still exists in this country. Its just in the form of a smile or a misplaced sentance most of the time.

    Hopefully, we can keep chipping away.

  35. dnd

    Paul Krugman is on the This Week round table. It’s worth watching to see the Nobel prize winner straighten George Will out 😉

  36. chefsheila

    thanks for the warning! Can’t wait to see that. I love George Will but with all great minds left unchecked, a certain arrogance occurs. 😉

  37. dnd

    Carl Levin D-MI and Richard Shelby R-AL on MTP debating the GM bailout. Now it’s obviouis why Levin is for it; jobs in his state are directly impacted. But why is Shelby against it? What does his state have to do with the auto industry? Plenty. Alabama is home of a $1.4 billion dollar Hyundai plant. If GM went out of business, it’d be great for them.

    Russert would have brought this up. Brokaw? Nope.

  38. dnd

    T. Boone Pickens also on MTP. Makes a pretty compelling argument.

  39. chefsheila

    Too bad Mr Shelby is playing politics on such a huge economic issue. Heck! Its not even an issue. its a must to find a way around this fragile issue to a strong solution.

    Michigan is actually in a depression. There are officials trying to allow people to stay in their forclosed homes now. Homelessness and migration are the main focus……

    …Well I guess Shelby is looking at the same conclusion

  40. instead of switching over to open thread I’m just going to leave this one up, i’m feel very lazy this morning. AND WE NEED THREADS!

  41. chefsheila

    Mine is almost done. Will be ready for tomorrow….K?

  42. chefsheila

    I can come up with a few plug ins too, if some need a week off.

  43. chefsheila

    Something that doesn’t have to be timely. Something you could put in two weeks or two months from now.

  44. chefsheila

    Arnold on ABC is saying wisdom about fiscal responsibility…..a lot of “Hind Sight is 20/20 BS

  45. chefsheila

    From Chris Cillizza,

    • The transition announced this morning that Pete Rouse, Obama’s Senate chief of staff, will become a senior adviser to the president. Rouse is a longtime senior to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) for whom he worked on Capitol Hill for nearly two decades.

    • Jim Messina, another Hill veteran, will serve as a deputy chief of staff in the Obama Administration. Prior to joining the Obama campaign in mid-June, Messina served as chief of staff to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.); Messina also has run a number of campaigns including Baucus reelection bids in 1996 and 2002. Messina is currently the director of personnel for the transition.

    • Mona Sutphen was also named a deputy chief of staff this morning — bringing a long and deep foreign policy r&eaccutte;sum&eaccutte; to the new administration. Sutphen was a foreign service officer during the 1990s and served on the White House Security Council from 1998 to 2000.

    • Rumors swirled Saturday night that Greg Craig, a longtime Washington lawyer, has been chosen as White House counsel. Mike Allen of Politico had the news first; the Obama transition team was not commenting on or confirming the report as of late last night.

  46. chefsheila

    I need to whine!!!! We can’ afford to keep 150,000 troups in IRAQ!

    The Iraqi cabinet has approved a security pact with the US governing the future presence of 150,000 US troops in the country, officials have said.


  47. Nannymm

    Obama will re-negotiate that, Sheila.

  48. chefsheila

    I hope so, but the way these !@#$ in the White House have working. We don’t know the road blocks. There has been so many quietly worked road blocks, I’m afraid they may have done something here too.

    Ya see? I said whine did I? 🙂

  49. Nannymm

    Well..nuttin’ wrong with a little whining when the occasion is right. LOL

  50. chefsheila

    Great “This Week” . Thanks for the heads up dnd.

  51. Nannymm

    Bob Herbert on the auto industry bailout:
    ‘Drop Dead’ Is Not an Option

  52. Nannymm

    David Broder’s piece in the NY Times today is not very encouraging for Republicans or their chances in future elections. Finally, a conservative who isn’t spouting that nonsense about this being a center right country.

  53. dnd

    It’s Sunday, so here’s my favorite curmudgeon, Ed Quillen, on spinning the returns:


  54. dnd

    Do they have a patch for BlackBerry withdrawal? This may be tougher than quitting smoking.

  55. Yeah just crazy glue a floppy disk to your arm!

  56. dnd

    You’re showing your age. I believe the current response would be to crazy glue a USB flash drive to your arm 😉

  57. Don’t forget, Obama on 60 minutes tonight

  58. dnd

    Will he be sitting down with Andy Rooney? 😉

  59. dog's eye view

    Eventually…. that was an exciting end to the Steelers-Chargers game. Confusing too.

  60. dnd

    Amen. Pretty exciting. The Broncos/Falcons game was pretty exciting too. Jay Cutler may be the new John Elway.

  61. dog's eye view

    Catching DC rebroadcast of This Week. Good to see Nobelist Krugman. Waiting for his takedown of George Will (believe that was today)?

  62. dog's eye view

    Steelers-Chargers: first 11-10 game result in NFL history. For those numerologists out there…. although Steelers would have liked to keep the last minute (and ultimately disallowed) touchdown.

    dnd: Broncos a home game? They shivering there?

  63. chefsheila

    Loved the 60 minutes interview!

  64. Nannymm

    Me, too, Sheila. They are such an appealing couple.

  65. chefsheila


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