Politini Recap: Week of June 23rd

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Miss this week’s #Politini: Jumping Beyond the Broom? No worries we got you covered. From the SCOTUS’s historic decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 to the gutting of the Voting Right’s Act to Wendy Davis’s stand for women we covered it all and more on this week’s #Politini with HRC’s Jeff Krehely. So, grab a delish brunch cocktail and settle in with your favorite #Polinista for your much needed recap of this wild week!

Cocktail Inspiration from A Beautiful Mess: Basil Bloody Mary

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bloody mary mix
fresh basil
lemon
tabasco
1-2 ounces vodka
worcestershire sauce
olives
pepperjack cheese squares

In the bottom of your glass, tear up a few basil leaves and muddle them with the juice of half a lemon. Fill the glass halfway with bloody mary mix. Add 1 ounce vodka for a mild cocktail or 2 ounces for a more “serious” version. Add 1/2 a teaspoon tabasco and worcestershire sauce. Top the glass off with ice and add a little more bloody mary mix if needed. Garnish the drink with cubes of pepperjack cheese, fresh basil leaves and olives. Yum yum. Done and done!

The only thing that makes me happier than a Bloody Mary is one with bacon! So, make this recipe your own!

#Politini’s Poliwood Round-Up:

FIVE Devious Stereotypes: This week Lifetime premiered their new summer sizzler, Devious Maids. The Eva Longoria produced show, follows the lives and secrets of four maids. The show is scrutinized for its use of latina maids saying “isn’t it stereotypical”. On one hand the maids that wait on all white, rich households is extremely stereotypical but on the other when have you ever watched a program that wasn’t on Univision that had several Latina lead actresses in it? I watched the pilot and while it’s constant salsa music scene transisitons urk the hell at of me, it’s not the MOST awful show on TV right now, but then again that’s not saying much.

FOUR Crossfire Returns: After weeks of reports, CNN announced Wednesday that it was indeed resurrecting the political debate show. The show — which was canceled eight years ago and will come back to life this fall — will be hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones and S.E. Cupp. Crossfire was a fun sparring-style show back in the day when folks would get into actual debates not yelling matches about issues of the day. However, the only person I’m actually excited to see is Van Jones. Gingrich, I mean this man has more lives than a cat and more hot air to blow than a teapot. We’ll have to wait until the fall to see if CNN and recreate the spice that Crossfire once had.

THREE Si Se Puede: Today, after what seems like a lifetime the Senate voted to pass the immigration bill that would help provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and prevent the record number of deportations that destroy hundreds of thousands of families. The legislation passed with an overwhelming majority with a vote of 68-32 picking up ALL Democrats and 14 Republicans. Just before the vote Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dedicated the decision, in part, to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), who worked for reform but never saw it signed into law. “Senator Kennedy knew the day would come when a group of senators, divided by party, but united by love of country, would see this fight to the finish,” Reid said. “So the day is today. And while I am sad that Senator Kennedy isn’t here to see history made, I know he is looking at us proudly and loudly.”

TWO Rachel Jeantel isn’t a Joke: This week America was introduced to the star witness in the prosecution’s case against George Zimmerman. Rachel Jeantel, the last person to speak to Trayvon Martin before he was murdered. Maybe it’s that as a country we watch too much Law and Order or CSI and see how actors portray cases, but the way the internet has gone after Jeantel is offensive and sad. Jeantel is 19, unpolished and raw with emotion like many youth. She spoke in a low voice and was clearly still heartbroken at the loss of her friend, so much so she lied about going to his funeral because she couldn’t face seeing his body. The internet and anchors alike didn’t see this however. They wanted to shame and blame her because she didn’t sound and look like the way they wanted her to. I have news, most people in America don’t speak with perfect diction or with a mastery of the English language. Most people when faced with the murder of a friend and forced to testify in open court would speak low and be uncomfrotable and fidgety too. Jeantel is not a celebrity who sought out the spotlight–unfortunate events brought tht light to her. So, we need to ease up with the ridicule and sarcasm and so a lot more humanity and compassion for a young woman who is grieving the loss of her friend.

ONE Prayers for a Warrior: Nelson Mandela a man whose name conjures images of struggle, perseverance and hope is lying in a hospital bed fighting for his life. As we ponder the rights that we continue to fight for in this country we want to reflect on the legacy of Mandela. One of the most remarkable days of Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life was Feb. 11, 1990, when he walked out of prison after 27 years behind bars. On the day of his release he gave a speech: “Comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom,” said Mandela. “I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you the people. … “Today, the majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be ended by our decisive mass action,” he said in a speech frequently drowned out by roars from the crowd. “We have waited too long for our freedom.”

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