Late Night: Ladies’ Night, International Women’s Day. Mardi Gras – Join Us!

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day:

a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

And it’s the first day of Firedoglake’s membership drive! And an election day here in Los Angeles and elsewhere, plus Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday. Lots of things to celebrate. I am especially stoked to be part of  FDL’s community, which now as membership-funded organization will continue to do its amazing independent work.

To celebrate FDL’s membership, Mardi Gras and IWD, laissez les bon temps rouler like they did in 1941, which was the first NOLA Mardi Gras to feature a women’s krewe (Venus). And to go with the hot Dixie jazz from George Lewis & Johnny Dodds, here’s some Kool and the Gang.

Celebrate: Join Firedoglake today.

91 Responses to "Late Night: Ladies’ Night, International Women’s Day. Mardi Gras – Join Us!"
DrDick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:01 pm 1

Lisa!

Let’s hear it for all the awesome ladies of the Lake!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:03 pm 2

And the knights of the Lake too!


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:04 pm 3

lisa!


Margaret | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:04 pm 4

LISA!
So glad and grateful for the Lake and it’s denizens.


Margaret | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:09 pm 5
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 2

Hear! Hear!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:14 pm 6

So for Mardi Gras I zipped over to Los Angeles’ famous Framers Market and scored a quart of gumbo ya ya, rice and some muffalettas for the household, plus a quart for a friend. Laissez les bon temps roulez!


Margaret | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:16 pm 7
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 6

I miss my mom’s gumbo. I have the recipe’s but what a pain to make just for myself!


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:16 pm 8

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:17 pm 9

Mardi Gras!Mardi Gras!Mardi Gras! Droe me sumfin, mista!


Elliott | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:17 pm 10

Lisa!

What a wonderful video, I knew nothing of women’s history re Mardi Gras, thank you.


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:18 pm 11
In response to Margaret @ 7

i would be eating gumbo for a week or more and still have leftovers


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:19 pm 12

One of my earliest memories is of going to Mardi Gras in a horse drawn vegetable cart. My parents and my little brother and sister and I were all in the back sort of wedged in between wooden boxes that originally had produce in them. A black man was driving. I have not idea why we were going to Mardi Gras like that. It was around 1955.


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:20 pm 13

muffalettas muffalettas muffalettas muffalettas muffalettas
more muffalettas!


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:20 pm 14

I am totally homesick.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:23 pm 15
In response to marymccurnin @ 14

we are eating them now!


tejanarusa | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:23 pm 16
In response to marymccurnin @ 14

Mary – can you translate your first post…oh, wait, is it: Throw me something, mister?

(jeez, N’orleans has such weird accents….*g*)


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:23 pm 17

I remember seeing the Venus Krewe. It was still considered exotic when I was little.


Elliott | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:24 pm 18
In response to marymccurnin @ 12

oo — how wonderful


Elliott | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:26 pm 19

G’nite kids

Gotta get some sleep – remember, the last one up tomorrow is The Fasnacht


Margaret | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:26 pm 20
In response to Suzanne @ 11

Yeah, that’s the problem. I’ve tried to cut the recipe down to make less but it loses something in the translation. Plus buying minute amounts of ingredients presents it’s own problems.


Margaret | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:28 pm 21
In response to Elliott @ 19

Night Ellie.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:28 pm 22
In response to marymccurnin @ 17

Wow! you did? I love NOLA, the quintessential American city


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:28 pm 23

g’nite ellie


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:32 pm 24
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 22

the quintessential Caribbean city. After Katrina, I believe that is how New Orleanians feel about it.


tejanarusa | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:35 pm 25

I didn’t know about the recency of women’s krewes, either. That film from 1941 is pretty kewl.


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:35 pm 26

i lived in algiers, across the river from new orleans from 6 to 8 years of age in a ‘double barreled shotgun’. i loved it (except for the no air conditioning)


punaise | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:35 pm 27

Peter Gabirel and Youssou N’Dour wrote a song for this day called Shaking the Tree. The video is a bit hoaky and some of the lyrics trite, but the sentiment is coming from the right place:

Turning the tide, you are on the incoming wave
Turning the tide, you know you are nobody’s slave
Find your brothers and sisters

Who can hear all the truth in what you say
They can support you when you’re on your way
It’s your day – a woman’s day
It’s your day – a woman’s day

Souma yergon, sou nou yergon, we are shakin’ the tree

Changing your ways, changing those surrounding you
Changing your ways, more than any man can do
Open your heart, show him the anger and pain, so you heal
Maybe he’s looking for his womanly side, let him feel

You had to be so strong
And you do nothing wrong
Nothing wrong at all
We’re gonna to break it down
We have to shake it down
Shake it all around

Souma yergon, sou nou yergon, we are shakin’ the tree


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:36 pm 28
In response to Suzanne @ 26

I remember New Orleans w/o A/C.
Torture.


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:37 pm 29

hey pun


punaise | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:38 pm 30
In response to Suzanne @ 29

yo Suz…


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:41 pm 31

punaise!


tejanarusa | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:41 pm 32

Hmm, Stephen Colbert must be reading this blog – he opens with beads, immediately followed by noting the 100th anniversary of Int’l Women’s Day.
Then he suggested a reason I hadn’t thought of for the RW resistance to the phasing out of old-style incandescent bulbs.


punaise | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:46 pm 33
In response to marymccurnin @ 31

hey you!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:48 pm 34

I am buying incandescent bulbs and givng them as holiday gifts. And HOARDING THEM too! Especially the soft pink one.


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:49 pm 35

Was it intentional to start the FDL membership drive on International Women’s Day? Great decision. (Probably wasn’t ready on Janis Joplin’s birthday.) No offense to the great guys who write at FDL, but it’s the women writers/bloggers who make this the best place in the galaxy. Thank you, all.


DrDick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:52 pm 36

Here is a relevant clip of Oumou Sangare, a Malian Wassoulo singer and women’s rights activist. Many of her songs deal with women’s issue.


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:52 pm 37
In response to AitchD @ 35

heh


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:53 pm 38

:::blush:::


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:56 pm 39

FDL has a great collection of bloggers.


DrDick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:57 pm 40

Time for me to toddle off. I have an 8:00am faculty meeting in the morning, joy of joys. Take care all.


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:58 pm 41

g’nite dr dick


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:58 pm 42

I am proud to be called a firebagger. bagger is my tweet handle. cept I don’t tweet much.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 08:59 pm 43

Night Dr Dick.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:00 pm 44

I had to laugh tonight when scrolling through my list of cable stations. One is DFH!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:04 pm 45

It doesn’t run shows about progressive stuff though–more like “Baby with Two Heads” and “A New Intestine”


CTuttle | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:05 pm 46

Aloha, Lisa…! Amongst all the festivities today this tragedy happened…

In Egypt’s Tahrir Square, women attacked at rally on International Women’s Day

After helping to overthrow Mubarak, Egyptian women – and some men – demonstrated today in favor of giving women more of a voice in building Egypt’s future.

Ya’ll still have a long slog ahead…! 8-(


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:05 pm 47
In response to marymccurnin @ 42

Heh. I was thinking about choosing the tote on the mebership drive today, so I could be a tote carrying firebagger.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:08 pm 48
In response to CTuttle @ 46

Egypt and elsewhere as this Daniel Craig video shows.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:08 pm 49
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 47

HOT!


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:10 pm 50
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 49

But in the end, I’ve always been a black-concert-T-shirt girl, so there it is!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:11 pm 51

CTuttle | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:13 pm 52
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 48

Dayam…! That was one kick ass clip…! 8-)


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:15 pm 53
In response to CTuttle @ 46

This extraordinary short story in The New Yorker (Jan. 24), “Naima”, by Hisham Matar, is still available online. (Hurry.)


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:20 pm 54
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 47

I’m just not a firebagger, I’m a firepup. Bagger has baggage, for me.
I am a FirePup. Actually, a Fire Alpha Bitch, but who’s into that Dog stuff? :]


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:20 pm 55

In reading about IWD, I realized that this day could be condemned by the Rush Limbaughs of the world because it came out of Socialism.

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913…Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March.

In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. (durn Commies!)


spurious | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:24 pm 56
In response to AitchD @ 35

have been trying to join but can’t get it to work–just land back on a blank form. what am i doing wrong, and what happened to paypal?


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:25 pm 57

What better day to quote my heroine, Helen Keller. For the last time.
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught up as often as the bold.”


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:25 pm 58
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 55

the idea of rush not liking it just causes me to like it even more…


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:25 pm 59
In response to Suzanne @ 58

Heheeh!


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:27 pm 60
In response to spurious @ 56

hey spur — its not set up for paypal yet — are you trying to use a credit card and getting bounced?


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:28 pm 61
In response to Suzanne @ 58

The idea of Rush Rapist being in our thoughts on a day like this……….Fuck that sick little pee-pee.
We do not adjust our thoughts to Sick Pee-Pee. .Okay?
Power to the Women, power to the women,right now.


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:30 pm 62
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 55

I’m glad there’s someone as successful as Rush, that so many potential breeders listen to him instead.


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:30 pm 63
In response to openhope @ 61

Power to the Women, power to the women,right now!


spurious | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:30 pm 64
In response to Suzanne @ 60

never mind, finally got it to work. guess it didn’t like spaces in the cc number.


Suzanne | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:31 pm 65
In response to spurious @ 64

woohoo — that was going to be my next question


CTuttle | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:33 pm 66
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 55

Did you read Leo Gerard’s excellent diary about the Women of Steel(WOS)… On Women’s Day, GOP Attacks Women…


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:33 pm 67

Another item in support of the 100th Anniversary of International Women:

Needless to say, if we broaden the “temporal window” to include earlier works that had established a place in the repertoire by 1911, the number of selections gets much larger. What many may not realize is that this window includes some notable works by American composers, one of whom has had a rather special relationship with San Francisco that was the subject of an exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library in the fall of 2008. That composer was Amy Beach; and by 1911 her “portfolio” included two major orchestral works, her Opus 32 “Gaelic” symphony in E minor, completed in 1896 and her Opus 45 C-sharp minor piano concerto, composed in 1899. “Nothing interesting” you say, Mr. Assink?

And the Concerto as mentioned, part 1


spurious | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:34 pm 68
In response to Suzanne @ 65

:~)


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:37 pm 69
In response to marymccurnin @ 63

We all lost a too-young Jill Tweedie years ago too soon. She wrote for The Guardian (UK) I think. She probably would have contributed a diary to FDL once in a while. I wish I could dedicate today’s Firedoglake activities to her, but I’m just a poster.


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:40 pm 70

openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:45 pm 71
In response to AitchD @ 69

I know how you feel,..”Just not a poster.” I wish I was. But I’m not.
Jill Tweedie, I will Google her, with interest to hear another woman’s voice.
Thanks.


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:46 pm 72

Poem about amazon women

Split the Mark

Gone is the opalescent liquid. Babies grown.
The breast is excised.
When the arrow is strung and the bow drawn tight
the gentle orb no longer blocks its release.
The shaft will more likely split the mark.
Sisters Soteria, Phoebe and Bella stand behind
to advise the first flights of the cock feather.
Amazon women all,
sustained by time and dimension,
remain clear of sight.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:46 pm 73

Maude Gonne–Irish revolutionary, Yeats’ muse and mother of Sean McBride who founded Amnesty International.


RonD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:50 pm 74
In response to openhope @ 71

FWIW, openhope, whenever I see your name, I always make sure to read. :)


CTuttle | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:50 pm 75

I miss the unsinkable Molly Ivins…! 8-(


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:51 pm 76
In response to marymccurnin @ 70

She’s why I hope there’s an Afterlife, it’s selfish I know. She was gone too soon. Somewhere Over The Rainbow AND Stormy Monday? OMG…


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:51 pm 77
In response to CTuttle @ 75

Even though I am an athesist, I still believe that Molly is looking down on us and smiling.


marymccurnin | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:52 pm 78
In response to marymccurnin @ 77

and telling God to get over himself.


RonD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:54 pm 79
In response to marymccurnin @ 78

…and convincing Him that she was right to do so.


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:55 pm 80
In response to openhope @ 71

Try to find some of her writings. I had to buy her out-of-print books on special order from a library search service. She’s elegant, mean, and lovable.


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 09:59 pm 81
In response to marymccurnin @ 63

Uhhh, thinking outside the box….how much money do you think we’d need to collect to employ a professional sex worker to photograph Rush’s little Sick Pee-Pee?
Must be boo-coo with a Pharma Script.
Shit, I SO didn’t want to think about Sick Pee-Pees today!! Damn it!


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:01 pm 82
In response to RonD @ 74

Oh oh.!! You must be slummin”. :]


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:03 pm 83
In response to marymccurnin @ 77

I’m an atheist and I think Molly’s energy has gone to where ever energy goes. And she’s energy, out there.


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:06 pm 84
In response to AitchD @ 80

I’ll check with our local Librarian fuckin’ Research Goddess.


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:07 pm 85
In response to openhope @ 81

I love golf much more than I despise Rush (and I despise him plenty), and this ‘season’ Golf Channel has been running a series featuring lessons with Rush. I won’t watch, I won’t tune in. I haven’t watched Golf Channel at all. I couldn’t and also look guys like you in the eye.


VCarlson | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:10 pm 86
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 55

So is he agin Mother’s Day, too? That was started by antiwar women protesting the loss of their sons in the Civil War, iirc. Quakers, too – another reason for the hatin’, since, in addition to being pacifists (and not seeing that as an insult), there’s a pretty high DFH quotient among Quakers, too.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:16 pm 87
In response to AitchD @ 85

Write them a letter!


openhope | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:21 pm 88
In response to AitchD @ 85

My dear husband is a golf person, son of a golf person.
We have limited Golf…basic channels, only every motherfucking weekend forever some big motherfucking pro event……….but, what do I know?
When we married his Golf and my Art were a perfect match.
Life’s little fun timeouts before reality slaps you upside the head!


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:26 pm 89
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 87

hahaha. Of the 130 or so US players on the PGA Tour (that’s like their guild), I can name two who are Democrats. I love the game (and I’m good!), but I can’t stand the people who also love it. Oy?

Write a letter? I wrote to C-SPAN cos Time-Warner stopped carrying C-SPAN2 unless you upgrade to the higher tier. Cos C-Span’s website says write to us and tell us if your local cable company won’t carry C-SPAN2. Like they ever replied. Like they even care.


AitchD | Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:33 pm 90
In response to openhope @ 88

I’ll watch only Sunday’s last round, more to see the guys vomit and lose their shot at a career than to see a winner. But I’ve taken to watch the women players: they’re great players who don’t cry when they win like the men. They know proportion, scale, and that it’s a sport. They actually cheer for each other.


mzchief | Tuesday March 8, 2011 11:21 pm 91

Awesome videos, Lisa. I really appreciate the NOLA film reel.


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