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Senate Republicans break with Trump on Russia sanctions

In a rebuke to the Trump administration on Russia, 11 Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to advance a measure Tuesday that would stop the Treasury Department from relaxing sanctions on three Russian companies with ties to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Kremlin ally.

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The Gillette ad backlash is international news

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I wrote about the new Gillette ad yesterday and focused primarily on the ad as a sales tool, i.e. a way to signal to millennials that Gillette is a brand worth paying a premium for because it cares about social justice. I thought that was enough but today there are lots of stories about the backlash to the ad. Here’s one from the BBC which notes the response to the YouTube clip has been pretty negative:

Comments on the video are largely negative, with viewers saying they will never buy Gillette products again or that the advert was “feminist propaganda”.

“In less than two minutes you managed to alienate your biggest sales group for your products. Well done,” wrote one angry viewer.

The full version of the ad (there’s also a 30-second edit) has been viewed over 6 million times. The bad news for Gillette is that it has 461,000 dislikes and just 149,000 likes, or roughly 3:1 negative response. Over at Reason, Robby Soave writes that some conservatives are over-reacting.

Yes, the ad invokes “toxic masculinity,” an ill-defined concept sometimes deployed by the campus left in overbroad ways. But most of the ad depicts men deciding not to bully each other, harass women, or commit violence. Are these really “leftist social priorities”? Do conservatives really wish to portray them as such?…

It made a very modest statement—treat people better—in hopes of selling more razors to people who agree. Again, why is this bad?

Similarly, Jill Filipovic at CNN also thinks the backlash is a bad sign:

It shouldn’t be a controversial proposition: The best a man can be is kind instead of cruel, generous instead of petty, protective instead of predatory. But already, Gillette is facing backlash for its latest ad, which takes on toxic masculinity, bullying and harassment…

It’s sad but predictable that imploring men to be better — not just for women, but for other men and boys — is met with such hostility from people who apparently accept the lie that cruel and predatory behavior is part of men’s natural makeup. There’s a stereotype that feminists hate men, but the opposite seems to be true: Anti-feminists who claim to be defending men are the ones who actually seem to have a fairly low opinion of them.

There’s a lot more stuff like this out there. Basically, if you find the ad offensive, there must be something wrong with you.

I wasn’t particularly outraged by the ad as you can see in my initial reaction to it, but I think the complaints about the backlash are overlooking a bunch of things which are lingering in the background. The context is a razor company offering men a lecture on toxic masculinity. That lecture emanates from a leftist perspective with certain assumptions: a) masculinity is toxic, b) everything is political, even razors c) call-out culture is the appropriate response to social problems, and d) anyone who disagrees has proved their own guilt.

None of this is stated in the ad. Even a) is only mentioned briefly. But this is the broader context the ad is tapping into. You can, of course, overlook all of this and simply say the company is offering a heart-warming call for men to be better. But I suspect the same people would feel differently about the assumptions being made if all the men in the ad were, say, black or gay or Hispanic. Suddenly, the exact same message wouldn’t be heart-warming it would be correctly seen as condescending and racist (or anti-LGBT) to assume this subset of men needed a lecture from a razor company. The fact that the men shown behaving badly in the clip are white and straight doesn’t make the assumptions themselves any better, it just makes them easier for people to ignore. This is still a condescending message aimed at men from a razor company.

The bottom line is that most men aren’t bullying or condoning bullying or harassing or dismissing women in the workplace. There are certainly men who are and I’m not saying those problems don’t exist, but I remain extremely skeptical that this ad (or any similar ad) is going to change them for the better.

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GOP lawmakers in 2 states want to spend state funds on Trump’s border wall

A Republican Montana state senator and Republican delegates from West Virginia plan to introduce measures to allocate state funds to help build President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the southern US border.

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Texas woman fatally shoots boyfriend while posing for Snapchat photo, police say

A Texas woman was arrested this week after police say she allegedly shot and killed her boyfriend last month while posing for a Snapchat.

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Gillibrand tells Colbert she’s forming presidential exploratory committee

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced during a taping of “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night that she has formed an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run.

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The obligatory Washington potheads are stealing 420 mile marker signs post

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This is why we can’t have nice things… Washington State edition.

Once you legalize marijuana, you’ll have more people indulging in it. And when you have more pot smokers, the “420 culture” will spread far and wide. That’s resulted in a new crime wave having nothing to do with drug smuggling or cartels. Stoners are stealing the mile marker signs along highways at the 420-mile mark. This has led the spoilsports in the state government to come up with a unique solution. (Outside the Beltway)

Washington State thinks it has a solution to the problem of people stealing a certain mile marker sign:

The Washington State Department of Transportation has a problem that just won’t go away.

For years, people have persistently stolen those green and white mile markers posted along the highway. The most popular signs to pilfer are Mile 420, a popular number among marijuana enthusiasts, and Mile, ahem, 69. (If you don’t know that one by now, we can’t help you.)…

So the sign aficionados in Washington had to get creative. In hot spots for sign theft, they’ve simply moved the highway marker back one-tenth of a mile and tweaked the sign to say Mile 419.9. Or Mile 68.9.

Potheads stealing highway mile markers signs? How creative. You’re really sticking it to the man, aren’t you?

Of course, this is nothing new, at least in terms of petty theft of signage. When I met my wife she had a huge yellow “Children At Play” sign in her apartment. Another friend I used to go hunting with had multiple deer crossing signs in his garage. I don’t recall him ever offering an explanation as to why.

Towns with unique names run into the problem on a regular basis. The most stolen road signs in Amerca are (or at least were) the ones directing you to Intercourse, Pennsylvania. The problem was so rampant and expensive that the town simply gave up.

This is the name of a small town in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country in Lancaster County. It is mostly a tourist attraction in the summer. There are lots of small shops and there is also an old hardware store that the Amish people frequent.

It is not hard to find but you cannot find any road signs directing you there. They are stolen as fast as they can be put up so the road dept. doesn’t buy them anymore.

Here are a few more that frequently turn up missing:

Shitterton, Dorset, England
Mile marker 66.6 in (where else?) New Jersey
Bat Cave, North Carolina
Butt Hole Road in South Yorkshire, England
Katies Crotch Road in New Portland, Maine
Stoner Avenue in Bemidji, Minnesota

Even though some of these names are clearly throwbacks to locally famous people or events, you have to admit that naming a street “stoner” is almost just asking for it. I started researching “Katies Crotch” and stopped before hitting enter so it wouldn’t end up in my search history. You may have better luck.

But let’s be honest about one name on the list. If you saw a sign for “Bat Cave” you’d probably at least consider heisting it yourself.

The post The obligatory Washington potheads are stealing 420 mile marker signs post appeared first on Hot Air.

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