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Dorothy M. Jurney: Herstory 3

By: BettyJean Downing

From “drivel” to substance : transforming the women’s pages of the American newspaper ~Rodger Streitmatter

Dorothy Misener Jurney has been called the godmother of the transformation of the women’s pages in the nation’s newspapers. Jean Gaddy Wilson, a scholar of journalism, has said that Dorothy Jurney “single-handedly changed American newspapers” by changing the women’s pages. Dorothy was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1909 and her father, a newspaper man, had a deep influence on her career in journalism.

When Dorothy and I met for her oral history she had recently moved to a retirement community in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Just prior to my visit Dorothy had had a serious fall but, she managed to show me around the beautiful grounds of The Quadrangle and her warm and newly-decorated apartment. We settled into work in the library of the Manor House, a large, wood-panelled room with comfortable and attractive furnishings, a fireplace, and expansive views of the winter scenery.

Under her father’s tutelage Dorothy learned nearly every aspect of journalism, from subscriptions to layout to press type and machinery as well as what made a good story and how to edit it. Dorothy worked on her father’s paper, the Michigan City News, and then through her long career was an editor on the Gary Post-Tribune, the Miami News, the Washington News, the Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

As women’s page editor Dorothy influenced an entire generation of women journalists by demonstrating that women’s pages could be more than a compilation of club notices, recipes, and bridal announcements. (See other oral histories in this series.) Dorothy worked to see that her reporters covered such cutting-edge, substantive news stories as pay discrimination against women, homosexuality in the schools, news in the black community, women workers in the auto industry, and women in politics. Her biographer, Sharon Nelton, has noted that the stories Dorothy published beginning in the 1950′s have become front page stories today.

Dorothy’s oral history also reveals that her career as a journalist was deeply undercut by discrimination. Hers is a classic tale of the strong forces which prohibited the advancement of talented women in journalism precisely because they were women. Catherine East has said that Dorothy was born too soon, and Jean Wilson told me that Dorothy would have been a major editor if she had been a man. When the men went to war Dorothy was promoted. But, when they came back, she had to leave. As a result she lost many of the opportunities she richly deserved and it took its toll on her own self esteem and sense of entitlement.

Dorothy was always interested in what made a good story from the standpoint of what people in the community needed to know. As women’s page editor, city editor, or managing editor Dorothy was convinced of the service newspapers owed their readership. Dorothy remains deeply interested in the grand sweep of American journalism, particularly the role of newspapers in educating the public and advancing democratic principles. Dorothy was a founder of New Directions for News, a center of innovative research in journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She was the first woman board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors organization. And, in 1988 Dorothy was awarded the University of Missouri Distinguished Service to Journalism Award.

Anne S. Kasper

I ask that it be noted that this interview was conducted less than three weeks after I had sustained a concussion in a fall on the ice here at the Quadrangle on Dec. 31, 1989. I wanted to do the interview on the January dates, fearing I might be completely incapacitated later. I offer this explanation for the poor quality of my responses and beg the reader’s indulgence.

Dorothy M. Jurney
June 20, 1990


Elizabeth Blackwell: Herstory 2

Originally Posted on March 2, 2012 by freemenow

Elizabeth Blackwell (3 February 1821 – 31 May 1910) was the first female doctor in the United States.

She was the first openly identified woman to graduate from medical school, a pioneer in educating women in medicine in the United States, and was prominent in the emerging women’s rights movement.

Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol, England and spent her early years living in a house on Wilson Street, off Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol.

She was the third of nine children born to sugar refiner Samuel Blackwell and his wife, Hannah (née Lane).  Blackwell could afford to give his numerous sons an education and also believed that his daughters should get the same education as boys, so he had them tutored by the house servants.

While growing up, Blackwell lost six of her sisters and two of her brothers. One night when Blackwell was 11, a fire destroyed her father’s business. In 1832, the family emigrated to the United States and set up a refinery in New York City. The Blackwells were very religious Quakers. They believed that all men and women were equal in the eyes of God.

Due to their Quaker beliefs, the Blackwell family was anti-slavery. An opportunity was presented to Samuel Blackwell that allowed him to open a refinery in Ohio, where slaves would not be needed to harvest the sugar, so the Blackwells moved to Cincinnati. Three months after they moved, Elizabeth’s father got very sick with biliary fever and died.

After the death of her father, Blackwell took up a career in teaching in Kentucky to make money to pay for medical school. Blackwell found this work unpleasant. Desiring to apply herself to the practice of medicine, she took up residence in a physician’s household, using her time there to study from the family’s medical library. She became active in the anti-slavery movement (as did her brother Henry Brown Blackwell who married Lucy Stone, a suffragist). Another brother, Samuel Charles Blackwell, married another important figure in women’s rights, Antoinette Brown.

In 1845, she went to Asheville, North Carolina, where she read medicine in the home of Dr. John Dickson. Afterwards, she read with his brother Dr. Samuel Henry Dickson in Charleston, South Carolina.

She attended Geneva College in New York. She was accepted there — anecdotally, because the faculty put it to a student vote, and the students thought her application was a hoax — and braved the prejudice of some of the professors and students to complete her training. Blackwell is said to have replied that if the instructor was upset by the fact that Student No. 156 wore a bonnet, she would be pleased to remove her conspicuous headgear and take a seat at the rear of the classroom, but that she would not voluntarily absent herself from a lecture.

However, most of the faculty and students were not very polite to her. Blackwell’s male peers treated her very rudely. On 11 January 1849, she became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, and graduated, on 23 January 1849, first in her class.

Banned from practice in most hospitals, she was advised to go to Paris, France and train at La Maternité, but had to continue her training as a student midwife, not a physician. While she was there, her training was cut short when in November, 1849 she caught a serious eye infection, purulent ophthalmia, from a baby she was treating. She had her eye removed and replaced with a glass eye.

In New York City, Elizabeth opened up her own practice. She was faced with adversity, but did manage to get some media support from entities such as the New York Tribune. She had very few patients, a fact Elizabeth attributed to the stigma of woman doctors as abortionists. In 1852, she began delivering lectures and published The Laws of Life with Special Reference to the Physical Education of Girls, her first work, a volume about the physical and mental development of girls. Although Elizabeth herself pursued a career and never married or carried a child, this treatise ironically concerned itself with the preparation of young women for motherhood.

In 1857, Blackwell along with her sister Emily and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, founded their own infirmary, named the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children. During the American Civil War, Blackwell trained many women to be nurses and sent them to the Union Army. Many women were interested and received training at this time. After the war, Blackwell had time, in 1868, to establish a Women’s Medical College at the Infirmary to train women, physicians, and doctors.

In 1857, Blackwell returned to England where she attended Bedford College for Women  for one year. In 1858, under a clause in the 1858 Medical Act that recognized doctors with foreign degrees practising in Britain before 1858, she was able to become the first woman to have her name entered on the General Medical Council’s medical register (1 January 1859).

In 1869, she left her sister Emily in charge of the college and returned to England. There, with Florence Nightingale, she opened the Women’s Medical College. Blackwell taught at London School of Medicine for Women, which she had co-founded, and accepted a chair in gynecology. She retired a year later.

During her retirement, Blackwell still maintained her interest in the women’s rights movement by writing lectures on the importance of education. Blackwell is credited with opening the first training school for nurses in the United States in 1873. She also published books about diseases and proper hygiene.

She was an early outspoken opponent of circumcision and in 1894 said that “Parents, should be warned that this ugly mutilation of their children involves serious danger, both to their physical and moral health.” She was a proponent of women’s rights and pro-life.

Her female education guide was published in Spain, as was her autobiography.

In 1856, she adopted Katherine “Kitty” Barry, an orphan of Irish origin, who was her companion for the rest of her life.

In 1907 Blackwell was injured in a fall from which she never fully recovered. She died on 31 May 1910 at her home in Hastings in Sussex after a stroke. She was buried in June 1910 in Saint Mun’s churchyard at Kilmun on Holy Loch in the west of Scotland

Sexism and Misogyny Begins and Ends with Women

BettyJean Downing

The key to ending sexism/misogyny is stopping women from being sexists and misogynists and ends when women stop tolerating it at all levels.

When women unite, this world will be a better place but again that key is women! As long as the authorities can, keep women and children in a position of powerlessness, fear, and servitude by keeping them fighting each other – they win.

We are still the majority! Rise MAJORITY rise!

“So my real Labor Day wish is that we women stop finding things to divide us, stop letting others divide us using artificial devices to pit us against each other, and use our strength in numbers to come together and find solutions. Once we have found some answers, we need to act TOGETHER to get things done and not count on other people to do it for us. We have all of the brainpower, creativity, and common goals we need. We are lucky enough to live in a country that affords us the freedom to act. We just need to find the will to break away from old ways of thinking and make our world what we want it to be. ” Cynthia Ruccia  9/5/11

There is an insidious liberal movement to turn women into the minority right here in the USA as it is in the rest of the world. Our courts are male dominated and favored toward the males, DV is up, and women are murdered nearly five a day. Children are taken from their mothers and given to their abusive and sexually abusive fathers. Mothers are tossed into the streets and forced to pay alimony and child support without means to do so – thrown in jail then sexually abused by officers. Children are trafficked by their own fathers or photographed and pics sold as Kidde porn. Male dominated countries are buying trafficked female teen salves for sex:

The world is becoming unbalanced. In pockets across the globe, women are giving birth to too many boys. In China, the sex ratio is 121 boys to 100 girls. In India, it’s 112-to-100. Sex selection also is a force in the Balkans, Armenia and Georgia. In her eye-opening book, “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men,” journalist Mara Hvistendahl estimates that ultrasound and abortion have “claimed over 160 million potential women and girls — in Asia alone.” That is more than the entire female population of the United States.

Just look at the 2011 demographics and you can see the shift in the numbers in the younger generation as a result of killing the female unborn in countries where women are devalued. American women have targeted for years, women are liberated free to abort their children,  (52% female) free to be sexualized and objectified, but clearly not elevated to serve in the highest levels of office.

According to Cynthia Ruccia at WW2 We have never had a female president. Her readers and ours are predominately Independents, some who fled the emocratic party after Hillary Clinton, America’s best hope for a female president, was deprived by the Democrat Party in favor of MAKING HISTORY BY INSTALLING a BLACK MAN INSTEAD. A women with her competence would have been even more historic it turns out!

  1. The United States ranks #70 in the world in female representation in government
  2. Women make 75 cents on the man’s dollar
  3. Only 2.7% of CEO’s of Fortune 1000 companies are women
  4. Only 20% of Board positions are held by women, a number that has declined from a high of 24%
  5. 38% of companies in the U.S. have NO women in senior management
  6. Only 6 state governors are women
  7. Women hold approximately 24% of state legislative positions

Meanwhile Conservative women have proven American women can both reproduce, thus maintaining the majority in the US and be professional
women outside the home. Clearly, it is the Conservative women now running for
the highest offices. Female Republican candidates’ biggest problem is liberal
women who cannot cope with women who CAN do it all and are not whining about it!

Good old boys club and media continues to violate women because they can–  and it affects all women. It affected Gerry and Hillary before it affected Sarah and Michelle. Wake up ladies. The key to ending sexism/misogyny is to stop tolerating it from each other as well as from media and the government.

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth today, that village would consist of only one clear majority and that would be of women. That majority is beginning to disapear. No matter what color, race, national origin, religion or corner of the villiage we inhabbit the one thing that is absolutely true is that as women we are still a majority voice and in the US we still have the right to speak up and fight for equal rights and demand representation.  Let’s do this before we no longer have that option.

2011 Demographics

  • 57 Asians
  • 21 Europeans
  • 14 Americans (North, Central and South)
  • 8 Africans
  • 52 Women
  • 48 Men
  • 30 Caucasian 70 Non Caucasian
  • 30 Christian 70 Non-Christian
  • 89 Heterosexuals 11 Non heterosexuals 

Age structure

  • 0-14 years: 26.3% (male  944,987,919/female 884,268,378)
  • 15-64 years: 65.9% (male   2,234,860,865/female 2,187,838,153)
  • 65 years and over: 7.9% (male  227,164,176/female 289,048,221) (2011 est.)

Median age

  • total: 28.4 years
  • male: 27.7 years
  • female: 29 years (2009 est.)

Population growth rate

  • 1.092% (2011 est.)

Birth rate

  • 19.15 births/1,000 population      (2011 est.)

Death rate
                8.12 deaths/1,000 population      (July 2011 est.)


  • urban population: 50.5% of total population (2010)
  • rate of urbanization: 1.85% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
  • ten largest urban agglomerations: Tokyo (Japan) – 36,669,000; Delhi (India) – 22,157,000;  Sao
  • Paulo (Brazil) – 20,262,000; Mumbai (India) – 20,041,000; Mexico City (Mexico) – 19,460,000;
  • New York-Newark (US) – 19,425,000; Shanghai (China) – 6,575,000; Kolkata (India) – 15,552,000;
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh) – 14,648,000; Karachi (Pakistan) – 13,125,000 (2009)

Sex ratio

  • at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
  • under 15 years: 1.07  male(s)/female
  • 15-64 years: 1.02   male(s)/female
  • 65 years and over: 0.79   male(s)/female
  • total population: 1.01  male(s)/female (2011 est.)

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D) FL-20 To Clean Up DNC

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz - Florida's Half-Vote Getter

She gave the Voters of Florida lip service through the battle over the fate of the Primary results – the one the Democrats weren’t supposed to campaign in and yet “The One” got all kinds of campaign ads on the air, there. And the One Won by the Woman, Mrs. Clinton. While there was yet to be decided a plan, Wasserman-Shultz showed up in plenty of debates, proclaiming the rights of those she represented.

Then she went Obama and didn’t look back. As a reward, unlike Carolyn Maloney who was crudely stiffed by the Democratic Caucus, her Constituents disrespected, Ms. Wasserman-Shiultz was handsomely rewarded for flipping on HRC with a Leadership position in the Caucus. I recognized what they meant about Women / Leadership / “Not THAT Woman”

Continuing her Obama-like rise in the Party to the Stratosphere, Little Debbie was tapped, today, as the head of “His” Party to replace Tim Kaine. Not riding high on the November disaster and deeply in debt, the D.N.C. of course, turns to a Woman to redd up and put things back in order. The DNC gets no help from the President who is expected to snap his fingers and command the first Billion Dollar (that’s BILLION!) Presidential Election Campaign … for having spent so much money on those losers who bought into Obama Care and couldn’t get re-elected to flesh out the Congressional Majority that was supposed to guarantee Obama’s Presidential Achievement Record.

In a split second, during a conversation with My Congressman, Jason Altmire (PA-4) I understood how the Pelosi leadership manipulates the wanna-be’s…one of whom is Wasserman-Shultz. My Granddaughter, Danielle, lives in Fl-20. She’s Jewish, too, but only 15 and not yet a voter. We’ll monitor the Oddyssey of the Florida Primary and perhaps even plan to stay there next summer to attend the Republican Convention scheduled for Tampa…now you KNOW we’ll have a re-run of the pesky disruption of the Promenade of Primary States by virtue of the Florida Legislature pushing their “Weight” because, … well, because they have the votes!

I’ll be interested in monitoring the plan Wasserman-Shultz / Pelosi hatch to navigate this friendly fire. I’m going through the motions as a Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee Woman as I read the emails from my State Chair suggesting that the Democrats have determined: “That’s Our Story And We’re Sticking With It.” With Wasserman-Shultz in the Chair, it’s a guarantee that the Democrats will spin the Obama performance and beat our ears with how great their accomplishments are and how under-reported is that greatness.

Come On, Summer!!! I can readily justify tuning out these hackers if the message is” “Poor Baby Barak; He’s just not getting the credit he deserves for all he’s done for Americans.”

By the time this campaign is over, Women will be sticking knitting needles through their ears to escape the torture. I wish to be kind to my Granddaughter’s Congresswoman, but in my heart of hearts, while I respect her for grabbing the Opportunity when it knocked, I can’t separate my impression of her with the “sell-out” moniker and I won’t damn her for it. But I won’t be surprised when she’s confronted in November 2012 with the same sort of defeat suffered by Nancy Pelosi. Sadly, the political mentoring she’ll acquire working out of the DNC headquarters, which – last I had heard – had moved to Chicago, will not mesh with the expectations of Women who vote. Sure, she’ll surround herself with the Women of the Left to comfort herself, but she’ll have a tough time of it if she resumes her relationship with Gabrielle Giffords (D) AZ-8 upon her return to service. Giffords was re-elected in her defiant district because she offered a “Level with the Voters” approach to her work of representing them. Giffords’ appeal for funding to defend her district’s border with Mexico was largely ignored by her colleagues in the House….that was before the debacle of November 4, 2010. But the Democrats, and now, it appears, Wasserman-Shultz will be pitching some tough-to-swallow Kool Aid meant to support fund-raising for the President’s re-election. I doubt those once-bitten; twice shy incumbents will be on the Bandwagon when it comes through their Districts. The Democrats who survived 2010 aren’t feeling too sorry for the “likeable but radioactive” Obama. If they are permitted to choose their preference, I’m betting some of them might even be persuaded to go thumbs down as Super Delegates to the Charlotte Convention.

I wish her well, but my instincts tell me Wasserman-Shultz is going to be getting a whole lot of attitude flung at her, and of course, when she doesn’t succeed, it won’t be because she’s a Progressive “Yes!” Gal, it will undoubtedly be due to her not TALKING ENOUGH! These Democrats sound more like Women every day:)

Accountability – The Rhetoric Of The Inconsequential Chooser

Princess Dream

This weekend, I will walk with my Congressman in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh. The last time I made this “trek” was in the company of candidate, Hillary Clinton, Catherine Baker Knoll and the Secret Service. I learned about “talent management” and in my Scanner, addended my existing skills in “crowd control.” Ever watch the little girls in the marching units of Americana lore, bedazzled, spangled and pink, cradling the batons they are learning to twirl? Adult coaches and chaperones contain and account for the little ones (some barely three years old) by encircling them with lengrhs of rope, worked, not unlike marionette strings, to encourage the progress of the talent towards the reviewing stand, their safety abetted.

The crowds cheering Hillary that March morning assured us that Americans would make the responsible choice in the interest of those little girls, and from a spirited campaign, a historic candidacy would result. And


Was …

that Pittsburghers’ preferences were trumped by their “children” to whom the “Hope” was sold wholesale, with zero connection to reason. We get news almost daily, about how the advisors around Obama churn madly to deny us our choice. We ask for Women in leadership, and they let us have Nancy Pelosi, so resolutely willful that the democratic caucus is incapable of replacing her, despite the flat-BANG! turn over from majorities in the House, Senate and White House to a defeat in the State Houses so devastating as to reveal that virtually the entire country has turned on the Democrats. Throughout two years of Obama’s administration, the Axlerod logic has flipped the bird to the citizens and played games with political tactics disconnected from the issues, challenges and realities facing Americans. The honor of being the first Woman to serve as Speaker of the House is almost secondary – judging from Pelosi’s prosecution of the 111th – to weilding the “ropes” circling the freshman class swept into the Majority in 2008. From a seat in my Congressman’s office to watch the inauguration of Pelosi, I observed her bringing the children and grandchildren, her own and those of members, to the Speaker’s Stand in celebration of the Change a Woman Speaker would hallmark. The first 100 Days grandiose proclaimations righting the ship, “draining the swamp” to rid the country of the corrupt Republican Culture.

Her “Parade Style,” begun with a promising step, degenerated utterly with her irresponsible CHOICE to cultivate a “counter-culture” of restricted debate, hand-cuffing those Republicans who survived re-election and commandeering the votes of Democrats with quid-pro-quo trade-outs to embellish her control over the Democratic Caucus. I guess we expected more of a matenal concern for the country than a cynical power play to consolidate her grip on the reigns that kept the Democrats marching by the Reviewing Stand to the Bold Progressive’s Beat. Nancy’s district enjoys phenomenal property values. San Francisco style liberalism made it a magnet for those whose off-beat lifestyles met with rejection in middle America. 434 other Congressional Districts were suddenly nullified by a Progressive Replacement “Golden Rule” equating money with power to the exclusion of any other Force. Foolish. Naughty, Naughty, Nancy. Your Co-Equal Power Wielders expected something much different. Women who represent the Majority had something else in mind by way of leadership from you.

Imagine our shock that you and another “Sister” Oprah Winfrey, suddenly became incommunicado having hooked up with “the One” who changed your brains, not your life. All that aside, nonetheless, we understand, girlfriend. The guy who plays us gets away with it as long as the romance is good, the jewelry gifts arrive regularly and we can brag that passion is sustained. What we don’t get is the Big Sister Act, cutting us out of the Will, manipulating the Family dynamic with something more like Cinderella’s Step Mother Maneuvers.

We at the Majority United make the call on our Sisters, Daughters, etc… but we failed to factor in that Omen: The Step Sister heritage. Along with those Twirl lessons, we learned Fairy Tale Tradition. For every Princess in Waiting, there’s at least one jealous female, associated by marriage of convenience, to make the story compelling. Heroines come and go, but Erica Kane reigned for decades as the grain of sand that irritated oysters enough to salve irritation into pearls.

Addressing Judicial Influence on Society


“Senator Sweeney is playing usual Trenton games. This time it is judicial roulette except the gun is pointed at the constitution. He may or may not be able to kill the constitution, but his game certainly threatens it. Senator Sweeney has brought the high court’s entire work into question. Who knows what damage this could cause. Stop the madness. Confirm Patterson.”

In many of Betty Jean’s pieces, we hear objections to the rulings of the presiding judge. I researched the story on yesterday’s Judge Jannine about a man whose sentence was commuted by Governor Christie after serving two of a 7 year sentence imposed by the judge whose appointment to the court was not renewed by Christie.

The Conservative, Christie, to get above the politics and take the reigns of New Jersey as Governor, has wise and responsible insight into restoring the balance of power in his State. This Governor is no hacker. The Citizens of New Jersey elected this professional for his “Just In Time” management mentality and dismissed any prestige he might boast by virtue of his previous connectedness to Powers-That-Might-Be in their choice for Governor. This is bad news for Democrats. The “Liberal” Left has brought a scythe down on the heads of any stable, moderate Democrat who was strong enough to withstand threats of Primary opponents by the Progressives and the Black Caucus to force the foot of Cinderella’s Step Sister, Barak Obama, into the Glass Slipper of the DNC. VERY BAD NEWS, INDEED!!!

Just like W’s “Mission Accomplished” banner, Obama’s “I Won!” to the Republican Leadership set a tone for this four year cycle on contention and Voter “Education.” The message the President sent with overtones of Chicago Style Pay-to-Play Politics has been “answered” by Christie’s back-to-basics reliance on sound governing principles.

Caucus Fraud Revisit

My local county committee recently elected a collective of the most assertively ignorant males to its leadership posts. Upon arrival at the election meeting, a gentleman who was running for the chair was endeavoring to pass out copies of the Committee’s by laws to those entering the polls. He has been extensively engaged with all the Party Events, activities and fundraisers and  knew the members through his work as Volunteer Coordinator at each of these.  A large “Progressive” Obot type was looming menacingly over him, loudly berating him for his lack of qualification for the post.  Himself “appointed” to open committee seats along with his wife, a candidate for VP. The election was conducted by several males who had no interest in knowing or observing the proscribed procedure for electing officers. I could only marvel at the level to which I was repeatedly dismissed when pointing out to these posers that Rules of Order communicate the duty of the assembled to treat each other with courtesy, how the minority must be heard just as the majority. It was a decidedly male push advanced by the wives of equally unqualified males who are all hoping to become the next county commissioner. Mind you: Butler County guarantees ONE Democrat a job: the third seat on the Commission. These hackers are about to utterly destroy each other in the pursuit of this seat.  I have resolved to take a step up and away, to observe – as a Secret Service Agent – with objectivity and awareness.  I will step in only to assert the rights of the minority.  Women of the Democratic Party must go forward expecting, prepared to defense and deal STRONGLY with this junkyard dog element that has taken over the Party. It is reminiscent of my own family, so bereft of leadership, so far from the preached principles, that they fight like chickens scratching in the dirt for crumbs when so much exists beyond the dirt floor on which they foolishly clamor to “build” their political machine. No self-respecting woman would be impressed with this crew.