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Sunday, 31 August 2008


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Saturday, 30 August 2008

New Statement From Barbra...

McCain Doesn't Get It: Women are NOT that stupid

Maybe he was sick of the lack of media attention…maybe he had enough of the late night talk show hosts poking fun at his age…maybe he realized that belonging to a party that has been associated with rich, white men was not going to connect with voters in this historical election year. Or maybe he was just ready to take back some of the spotlight that has shined so brightly on Barack Obama and the Democrats since the beginning of the Democratic convention. Desperation can motivate people to make some pretty cynical and hypocritical decisions. Whatever the reason, John McCain’s Hail Mary-- in the form of Vice Presidential pick Governor Sarah Palin--sent a very clear message to America about how he views female voters. Women, he thinks, will vote another woman into office regardless of the candidate's values, experience and political positions.

No one can dispute that this decision was micro-targeted to the small percentage of Independent and Democratic women residing in the Rocky Mountain West, who strongly supported Hillary Clinton in the primary and still find themselves undecided as we move into the general election. Unfortunately, what John McCain failed to realize is that after eight long and destructive years of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their cronies, American voters will not fall prey to political ploys once again.

For months, John McCain and the Republicans went after Barack Obama for lacking the experience they felt was necessary in order to be commander in chief. Yet, on this day, an aging John McCain, who is the oldest Presidential nominee in history, chose a running mate—a person that is just a heart beat away from the Presidency—that has no foreign policy experience, no national experience and limited state government experience…. a virtual unknown who has only been Governor for a less than 2 years of a state with a population of fewer than 680,000 people…a woman who condemns a woman’s right to choose.

I believe John McCain chose Gov. Palin because he truly believes that women who supported Hillary—an experienced, brilliant, life-long public servant--would vote for him because his Vice President has two x chromosomes. McCain’s selection of Governor Palin is a transparent and irresponsible decision all in the name of trying to win this election.

John McCain has served this country. No one in this election is denying him that. But his selection of Governor Palin has demonstrated that he is willing to put his desperation to win this election above the welfare of the American people. As someone who has spent over 40 years advocating on behalf of women both politically and philanthropically, as someone who was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and as someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of all women, hear me Senator McCain: “This calculated, cynical ploy to pull away a small percentage of Hillary's women voters from Barack Obama will not work. We are not that stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Monday, 11 August 2008

15 Year Old Barbra Fan Passes -- One Year After Meeting Barbra

Craig, Could you please put a post on the board on behalf of all the members for 15 yr old Australian super-fan, James Hempenstall's family, his mother , father and sister.. He passed away on Thursday from an inoperable brain tumour.

James was invited to London to meet Barbra backstage at her last concerts there.
The following is from an earlier mag story on James:

Then the most biazrre email landed in Peter's ( his father) inbox. Streisand was peronally inviting James to her concert in London. If James could make it there-his father would have to pay for the flights himself - two front-row seats would be waiting for him.

James made it there, 25 hours across the world.

The seats were extroadinary. James looked along his aisle and saw Meryl Streep, Ralph Fiennes and John Lithgow. He was glad he was wearing his first suit. Backstage after the show, Erlichman said: " James, if you just turn around..." And there she was. She had no shoes on. She was shorter than he imagined. And she was stunning. " She blew my heart away out of my chest, " James recalls, his arms holding an invisible heart. " My heart went down into the ground and into the ocean and then through a shredder like she blew my heart away." He presented Barbra with a toy kangaroo. She wrapped her arms around the boy. " What an adorable koala, " she said. James laughed. Right then, there was nothing about his life that he wasn't thankful for.

P.S. this meeting was arranged thru Australia's Sony CEO , Denis Handlin who was an old friend of Erlichman's. James battled this condition his entire life. This all came about because James wanted to arrange a concert in Brisbane to raise $ 50,000 for the Childeren's Starlight Foundation. The concert is going to go ahead on August the 31st. He passed away 24 days short of his dream...

Friday, 8 August 2008

New Date for Essential 3.0

The tracks on The Essential Barbra Streisand 3.0 album were also changed last week.

See the new track listing further down the page.

New date: 23 September 2008.

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