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Biden Claims Proposed Child Care Tax Credit Would Bring 720 Million Women Into the Workforce; Watch

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with reporters after a campaign stop at Lindy’s Diner in Keene N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

 

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to supporters at the Workers’ Presidential Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday and touted his proposal for an $8,000 tax credit to pay for childcare costs. He said:

You get a tax break for a racehorse, why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8,000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs? It would put 720 million women back in the workforce. It would increase the GDP, to sound like a wonk here, by about eight-tenths of one percent. It would grow the economy.

His remarks can be heard in the clip below.

Another blunder by the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Nearly every time Biden speaks, he commits another gaffe. Democrats seem to be slowly coming around to the fact that he will not be able to beat Trump. Although Biden has managed to maintain his lead in most polls, there are signs he is losing ground to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday questioned 506 Democratic primary voters between September 13-16 about their level of enthusiasm for each candidate. Warren led the field at 35%, Sanders came in at 25% and Biden at 23%. In March, Warren was at 20%, Sanders at 28% and Biden at 33%. (Enthusiasm for Kamala Harris stood at 22% in March and has fallen to 13% in September.)

All of this is to say that primary voters are watching and they’re noticing.

Here are some responses to Biden’s comment on Twitter:

Joe think he’s running to be President of China maybe?

When you want to divide by two, but end up multiplying. And still get it wrong.

Democrats routinely count the recently deceased. Honest mistake.

That 720 million women number is AFTER Joe cures cancer. #MakingSenseWithJoe

Yikes! The US population is 330 million but Joe Biden says a child tax credit would put 720 million women back in the workforce.

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On Tuesday, the Trump campaign released a video montage of Biden’s recent stumbles. It’s a collection of his greatest hits interspersed with journalist commentary. Watch the video.

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Lewandowski Trolls Lawmakers At House Judiciary Committee Hearing; Calls Eric Swalwell ‘President Swalwell’

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Today was Day One of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment proceedings against President Trump and it can only be described as a trip down the rabbit hole. The hearing was entitled “Presidential Obstruction of Justice and Abuse of Power.”

A defiant Corey Lewandowski gave Committee chair Jerry Nadler and the rest of the Democratic members of the committee the respect they deserved – that is to say, very little. He asked for statements to be repeated, for a copy of the report and he refused to answer many their questions. In fact, he behaved a bit like Robert Mueller had during his testimony in July.

The hearing quickly took on a circus-like feel leading several Democrats, including Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) to threaten to hold Lewandowski in contempt, claiming he was trying to obstruct their investigation. Cicilline told him, “You’re not going to stonewall me and my questioning!” And a very frustrated Nadler called Lewandowski’s behavior “unacceptable.”

Nadler had subpoenaed three witnesses including Rick Dearborn, Rob Porter, and Trump’s former campaign manager and aide, Corey Lewandowski. In his opening statement, Nadler said, “Unfortunately, we learned last night that the White House is blocking the first two from even showing up, and tightly limiting the third. The White House has no authority, legal or otherwise, to give these orders.”

He claimed that “in at least five episodes, evidence laid out in the Special Counsel report established that all the elements of obstruction of justice were met.”

If that were true, the Mueller team would have recommended charges.

Nadler said he would start with one of the most concerning ones. “It is the President ordering the Attorney General, through Mr. Lewandowski, to stop the Special Counsel’s investigation into the president and his campaign.”

The brief video below will give you an idea of the atmosphere inside the chamber.

Lewandowski’s derisive demeanor antagonized the House Dems and made for some fiery exchanges. One of the more memorable of those came when Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) asked Lewandowski to read the words Trump had dictated to him on July 17, 2017. Lewandowski refused to read the words and, to the amusement of the Republicans in the room, repeatedly called him “President Swalwell.” That exchange can be viewed in the tweet below.

Another tense exchange occurred between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Lewandowski, who refused to answer her questions. Jackson-Lee scolded him, “This is a House Judiciary, not a house party.” This can be watched in the tweet below.

The highlight of the day had to have been when Rep. Doug Campbell (R-GA) offered a sharp rebuke to Jerry Nadler for holding this sham of a hearing. Campbell said all you [Democrats] want to do is to put on a show to appease your base and lambasted them for not passing any legislation. Watch the clip in the tweet below.

It was a day of Democratic grandstanding and many of them ended the day looking like buffoons. Clearly they were playing to their liberal bases, but a top Democratic House Judiciary Committee source told NBC News Tuesday that there was another reason for the hearing. The source said “the point of the hearing had been to expose Trump to another possible pathway to impeachment: obstructing Congress by not fully complying with a subpoena.” What a surprise.

Following his testimony, Lewandowski spoke to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. Watch the video below.

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Former NFL Player Allegedly Attempts to Frame Trump Supporters by Wrecking His Own Restaurant

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Between 2012 and 2016, Edawn Louis Coughman played for the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Arizona Cardinals.

Nice resume.

Now he’s added something a little different.

According to the Daily News, the former pro football player was caught vandalizing his own Georgia restaurant, possibly in an effort to vilify Trump supporters.

The DN reports a “maintenance worker at the shopping plaza where Coughman’s establishment is located saw someone burglarizing the restaurant around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and called the cops.”

Nearby, police pulled over a black truck with no plate. In it was Edawn and several flat-screen TV’s.

As described by Cpl. Michele Pihera of the Gwinnett County Police Department, the televisions’ “brackets were still attached and there was still drywall attached to the brackets, meaning, someone took them off very quickly.”

Cops at the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman’s Creamery on Duluth Highway found holes in the wall where the appliances had been removed, along with racist Republican graffiti — “monkey,” the N-word…and MAGA.

Does this guy watch Empire?

Officials pegged the paint as fresh, and Edawn had spray paint on his hands.

Hmmm…

I’m no super sleuth, but…

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They still aren’t sure why Coughman may have targeted his own business.

“We don’t know if it was financial motivation or what the case is,” Pihera said.

Before the damage was done, Edawn had reported it to insurance:

“He had reported this incident to his insurance company prior to officers conducting that first pull-over,” Pihera said. “He was attempting to leave that shopping center when our officers conducted that felony stop. Everything lined up for this perfect arrest.”

Edawn’s had a few other run-ins: In Canada, as per Reuters, he was arrested for gun possession. And in 2106, his business partner was taken into custody for selling alcohol at the eaterie after hours without a license.

The story could’ve gone full-blown Jussie Smollett, but the guy was caught red-han– that is, black-paint-handed.

Since the election of Donald Trump, cries of racism against those who pulled the lever in his favor have resounded like it’s goin’ outta style. Attempts to frame the President’s supporters with hokey hijinks is certainly doing nothing to improve the national conversation.

But this is where we are.

Another day, another strange batch of news in these United States.

-ALEX

 

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Andrew Yang Being Criticized for Perpetuating “Toxic” Stereotype That Asian Americans Are Smart and Successful

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In spite of the fact that his polling numbers have consistently remained under 5%, businessman Andrew Yang’s following has boosted him in fundraising and polling enough to qualify him for all three Democratic debates to date.

Though his policy ideas are ones that most conservatives and Republicans wouldn’t support (universal basic income, Medicare for all for starters), he comes across as a likable guy who you wouldn’t mind having a beer with while discussing politics. He also presents himself as a guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously, which you notice when he lightheartedly makes jokes related to the fact that he’s Asian American.

Ironically enough, it is Yang’s occasional quips about his Asian American heritage that have generated criticism from other Asian Americans that the stereotypes he perpetuates about other Asians are “toxic” and harmful … to other minority groups:

During the third Democratic debate, Andrew Yang made a joke that played up an Asian stereotype: “Now, I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors,” he quipped.

It wasn’t the first time he’d done so. Two months earlier, during the second debate, he told viewers, “The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.”

Yang has also used such one-liners at rallies, and sold merchandise alluding to these comments, including baseball caps and T-shirts simply emblazoned with the word, “Math.”

Yang’s statements have spurred mixed reactions from the Asian American community. While some of his supporters told Vox that the jokes are cheeky in-group references that acknowledge Yang’s Asianness, other voters are concerned they reinforce longstanding racist stereotypes about Asian Americans and other minority groups.

[…]

While Yang may have innocuous intentions with his comments, as he said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper this past weekend, the remarks are nonetheless reaffirming toxic tropes.

What is most “toxic” about Yang’s use of Asian stereotypes? Vox.com’s Li Zhou explains:

There’s a major reason why Yang’s broader use of stereotypes is so harmful: they help reaffirm a trope about Asian Americans commonly known as the “model minority” myth, a term that’s pretty much as offensive as it sounds.

As the name suggests, this myth, which has previously been used to treat Asian Americans as a monolithic group, implies that Asians are fixated on school and certain professions, and is damaging for a lot of reasons. It not only obscures the diversity within the Asian American community, it’s also intended to demean other minority groups, Alton Wang writes for the Washington Post:

‘Writing in the New York Times in 1966, the sociologist William Petersen coined the term “model minority” to describe the post-World War II rise of Japanese Americans, even in the face of ongoing prejudice. He contrasted their success to that of what he called “problem minorities” (a term that he set in quotation marks that clearly pointed toward black Americans), groups pulled down by oppression to the point where they would greet even equal opportunity with “either self-defeating apathy or a hatred so all-consuming as to be self-destructive.”’

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The myth has been used to pit different minority groups against one another, Wang writes.

I gotta admit that I was left scratching my head after reading the Vox piece.

First things first, I have never heard of the term “model minority myth” and I’m guessing the vast majority of people who watched the Democratic debates and who read up on Andrew Yang afterwards out of curiosity don’t know what it means, either.

For whatever it meant back then, the stereotype today of Asians being smart, well-educated people who work hard to be successful is meant to be a compliment in most cases, not an insult. In the vast majority of instances, it is not used as a backwards swipe at other minority communities, either.

I suspect that most of the people who are characterizing Yang’s comments as equating to negative stereotypes are really just looking for something to be offended about. If Yang qualifies for the next debate, hopefully he’ll use the opportunity to say these three words to his “woke” critics: Get over yourselves.

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That NYTs Claim That Seven People Corroborated the Ramirez Accusation Against Kavanaugh Turns Out to Be Nonsense

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It’s amazing how this keeps happening.

As I wrote this morning, The New York Times has covered themselves in glory with their latest attempted hit on Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The original article in question was based on a new book written by Times reporters. Unlike Mollie Hemingway’s brilliant, well researched book, these “reporters” set out with an agenda and did everything they could to form the narrative they wanted to push. That means shifting and molding supposed evidence into what they desire vs. what reality is dictating.

Want proof? One of the claims made in the book is that the Ramirez incident was the “talk of the campus.” They also claimed seven instances of corroboration to prove this, but when you put them  under scrutiny, almost none of it holds up.

Credit to Byron York for researching this further.

Pogrebin and Kelly claim that extensive evidence supports the Ramirez allegation. “At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge,” they write in the article. “Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time.”

The article did not, however, discuss what any of those seven people actually said about the alleged incident. Nevertheless, partisans quickly seized on it to support their position on Kavanaugh. There was “substantial corroboration” for Ramirez’s story, tweeted Susan Hennessey, editor of the influential blog Lawfare. For their part, some Democratic presidential candidates — Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and Pete Buttigieg — cited the story as (additional) cause for Kavanaugh to be impeached.

So what’s the truth here? Who were these seven people and did they actually provide corroboration of the account? In a word, no.

None of the seven are able to tie Kavanaugh to the supposed event. Even the account of Ramirez’s own mother leaves more questions than answers.

Something happened at Yale.

That’s literally all she told her mother, who is now being used as corroborative evidence.

Let’s also remember this was 35 years ago on a college campus. There were likely no shortage of stories over the years involving drunk people exposing themselves. Let’s live in reality and admit that college students do stupid things. Some of these claims could be remembering totally different happenings. Regardless, none of this provides any corroboration that Kavanaugh himself did anything untoward.

Despite that, the book says the above is enough to make Ramirez’s claims “ring true.”

That is enough for Pogrebin and Kelly, who conclude, “The claims of Deborah Ramirez, while not proven by witnesses, also ring true.” Perhaps that will convince some readers. For others: When anti-Kavanaugh partisans cite “substantial corroboration” for Ramirez’s allegation, it’s good to keep in mind who really said what.

Since when is “ringing true” a journalistic standard? It’s the same nonsense we heard all through the Russia-gate fiasco. In fact, “ringing true” is often based on one’s own partisan sensibilities. These writers wanted to believe Ramirez, so they carefully sought out evidence to confirm their biases with no thought for whether any of it was true or could be proven. That’s not journalism, it’s activism.

Honestly, and perhaps this will get me in trouble, but I think this entire ordeal is ridiculous. Even if Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party, that hardly disqualifies him for a Supreme Court position 35 years later. College campuses are not bastions of responsibility and morality. The Times trying to dredge this back up and presenting it as far more than it is follows a pattern of senseless, partisan hit jobs being perpetrated on Republicans. From what we’ve seen of this new book so far, it looks to be a dumpster fire of narrative pushing and misrepresentations. No one should take it seriously after how badly these two writers and their work have crashed and burned the last few days.

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Protestors Have Come Up with an Ingenious Way of Convincing Everyone to Enact the Green New Deal: Be Idiots

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As I pointed out last week, when protestors act like fools, it only teaches people that they’re, well, you know.

Yet, for some mystifying reason, people seem to keep acting out in an effort to make their impossible point.

Hence, as stated by the Shut Down D.C. Strike Coalition on its official website, foolishness is a-comin’:

On September 23rd, we are going to shut down DC. We will block key infrastructure to stop business-as-usual, bringing the whole city to a gridlocked standstill.

Generally, anyone who reads that message will immediately be opposed to whatever the group’s ideological position might be.

But they don’t know that.

Therefore, as per a press release:

Shut Down D.C. agrees that to confront the climate emergency we must enact a Green New Deal, respect indigenous land and sovereignty, uphold environmental justice, protect and restore biodiversity, and implement sustainable agriculture.

Accomplished by a traffic jam?

I guess that’s what they call “progress.”

But Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Alaina Gertz calls it something else: a crime.

As reported by The Daily Caller:

Intentionally blocking traffic, as the Shut Down coalition says it will do, is “not lawful activity,” [Alaina] told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

But one Patrick Young doesn’t care. He told the Washingtonian time’s up:

“We’re way past [allowing] a reasonable amount of time [for Congress to act]. There’s a climate crisis and the serious action on climate justice is well past due. The Amazon is on fire, the icebergs are melting, there’s no time to wait.”

So the group’s gonna do something that makes everyone mad in order to win ’em over.



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Brace for their antics to be as successful as the Greenpeace revolutionaries who hung from a bridge last Thursday, just in time for the Democratic debates.

Here’s a smidge from that story:

I have a crazy concept for activists: When you do something really bizarre to get attention, it doesn’t help your cause.

It spreads a message alright, just not the one you intended.

Your new message is:

“We are all suffering from mental illness. Please, dear Lord, somebody — anybody — help us.”

Ahead of the city’s impending Democratic presidential primary, about a dozen activists suspended themselves from the Fred Hartman Bridge in order to fight the use of fossil fuels.

As a further means of really sockin’ it to modernity, the difference-making dingleberries held yellow and red flags.

I’d contend that the best way to bring people to your side of things is to present convincing arguments.

But I suppose some just wanna show out.

Patrick explained to the Washingtonian what the planned disturbance is all about, and he has an odd way of separating people into groups. Firstly, he believes in the 1940’s division of white and non-white. Secondly, he apparently thinks no non-whites are “working class.”

“Working class people and people of color are dealing with disruption every single day. What’s different about the 23rd is that people of power are going to deal with the disruption too.”

Well, maybe in causing a huge problem for people who are trying to get to and from work or otherwise take care of business will magically make the citizenry believe cow farts must be fought and we have to do away with planes. Even though the author of the New Green Deal herself flies.

Maybe we’ll be saved from imminent doom. After all — people have a vested interest; what’s more personal than survival?

During a practice run, protestors ignored a driver who was trying to visit his hospitalized wife.

He responded very personally:

“**** all of you!”

Good luck, world-changers.

In the meantime, they may wanna update their instructions from AOC. The former bartender did indeed claim civilization will end in 12 years. But later, she said she was just kiddin’ around:

On September 23rd, it’s SpongeFest.

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Norm Macdonald Responds to New Comedian Shane Gillis’s ‘SNL’ Firing: ‘This Means WAR’

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In case you haven’t heard, a new comedian was hired by Saturday Night Live.

In case you haven’t heard, a new comedian was fired from Saturday Night Live.

That guy was given the boot for, in the words of FastCompany.com, “negative commentary about Asian-Americans.”

Here’s how The Atlantic put it:

“I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.” That was new Saturday Night Live cast member Shane Gillis’s attempt at a mea culpa, posted to Twitter at 10:45 p.m. last night, for the trove of racist and homophobic remarks that was being newly circulated and dissected online hours after his hiring was announced. Even by the standards of the self-serving “phantom apology” many public figures rely on these days, the statement was flimsy. It’s hard to watch the clips in question—including one in which Gillis uses the phrase “f*****g Chinks”—and to then accept the comedian’s explanation that he was merely pushing the boundaries and taking the risks required to create great comedy.

In case it wasn’t clear, nothing in the extended digressions about Chinatown or what counts as (in Gillis’s words) “nice racism” qualifies as great comedy; it doesn’t even rise to the level of intelligible conversation.

Part of the problem, according to Fast Company, may be Donald Trumpish:

Gillis is a man in his early-thirties who came from what he has called a “white trash” town (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) before moving on to Philadelphia and eventually New York. In his recent stand-up, Gillis comes off like a New York naif who sees his bubble-bound neighbors through Trump Country eyes, but is possibly learning a little about himself from them as well. This narrative might have been a line drive of a sitcom pitch for the network that gave Roseanne Barr a show in 2018, but in real life it sort of turned out the same way as that whole mess.

But some people think the firing is pitiful, and one of them’s Norm Macdonald:

“Of course you know, this means WAR.”

Norm knows a bit about getting canned for things he’s said: His guest spot on The Tonight Show was removed late last year for displaying empathy toward beleaguered stars Louis C.K. and Roseanne (here).

He’s also a little familiar with getting fired from SNL, as he was yanked from the famed “Weekend Update” segment in the late 90’s.

Norm reached out to Shane directly, with a reference to Seth Simons, the journalist who initially posted Shane’s old jokes:

The outrage machine indeed seems out for comedic blood.

In my opinion, the 1-2 punch against performers at the moment is a combination of A) A generation which doesn’t seem to understand the concept of a joke — that would be, something not meant to be taken seriously — and B) A witch-hunt mentality ready to dig into the past for any infraction.

In his latest Netflix special, Sticks and Stones, Dave Chappelle impersonated the new woke audience:

“If you do anything wrong in your life, and I find out about it, I’m gonna try and take everything away from you. … If I find out, you’re ****ing finished.”

Others are voicing their malcontent over Shane’s firing, including the great Rob Schneider:

But some appear glad he was tossed:

Other users lamented the Woke Age’s state of comedy:

How many stars would never have made it, if such rules had been applied in the past?

Multiple tweeters pointed to one of the greatest stars to come out of SNL:

I think they’re right. The mob is raging. And it only seems to be getting angrier as it goes.

Putting the issue of Shane’s particular words aside, if it continues, eventually, comedy’s gonna be a joke.

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‘Top Editors’ at NYT Reportedly Rejected Kavanaugh Story, Told Writers They Could Pitch to ‘Sunday Review’ Section

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The fallout from the New York Times “bombshell” report that wasn’t continues.

Vanity Fair reports that book writers Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly (who are also reporters at the paper) originally went to the news side of the paper to get their story published – but it was rejected:

Why did the Kavanaugh excerpt end up in the Review? People familiar with how things went down told me that Kelly and Pogrebin initially pitched their scoop to the news side, but the top editors ultimately felt that there wasn’t enough juice to warrant a story there, let alone a big page-one treatment (the type many lefties would have been salivating for). Instead, Pogrebin and Kelly were told that they could pitch the Review, which is entirely independent of the News department. I asked for clarification as to what about the story wasn’t News-pages-worthy, but the Times declined to comment, as did Kelly and Pogrebin. (A Times spokesperson did, however, point out that “it’s not unusual for Opinion or Sunday Review pieces to break news.”)

None of this makes any sense. Why would editors on the news side reject this story, but find it suitable for the Sunday Review side?

Elizabeth Vaughn wrote this morning that Pogrebin and Kelly said Monday night their original report did include the information about how the alleged victim had no recollection of the alleged sexual assault – but that the editors somehow unintentionally removed it during the editing process.

Neither of these stories about the differences in both the news and Sunday Review sides exonerate the New York Times from being guilty of journalistic malpractice (at the very least) by way of removing vital information from the piece before it went to press (assuming what Pogrebin and Kelly said was true), information that called the explosive allegation in to question.

But should we believe the authors were victims of an innocent editing mix-up? An interview Pogrebin gave this morning on WMAL makes the writers themselves look guilty, too:

In her WMAL interview this morning, Pogrebin repeatedly refers to the woman as a “victim.” This word choice is instructive about Pogrebin’s thought process. Calling her a victim would be begging the question if the woman claimed this status for herself. She would then be only an alleged victim. But she isn’t even that. She has made no claim to be a victim, yet Pogrebin describes her as one anyway. This is a case of a reporter overriding her reporting with her opinion. Pogrebin then impugns the woman by saying she was so drunk that her memory can’t be trusted. She also says that “everyone” at the party was massively drunk and that their memories are therefore unreliable.

Does she hear herself talking? If this is true, it means Max Stier was also drunk and his memories also can’t be trusted. (Someone should ask Pogrebin whether she was present at this party about which she knows so much.) By what journalistic standard does a reporter discount what is said by the person with the most direct and relevant experience of a matter — the woman in question at the Yale party — in favor of a drunken bystander?

Hmmm.

We know from past experiences that the paper operates from the Republicans / Orange Man Bad perspective, and to hell with standards. But even with that said, this seems especially egregious and intentional no matter how you look at it, and no matter who ultimately is found to be at fault.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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‘Cause We Can’t Have Politics in School: Varsity Cheerleaders Get Put on Probation for Posing with a Trump 2020 Sign

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North Carolina’s North Stanly High wants students to show their school colors but not their political ones.

On August 30th — before a Friday night football home game — a group from the cheer squad posed with a banner that read…**Trigger Warning**…”Trump 2020: ‘Make America Great Again.’”

EGAD!

Photos of the ghastly endeavor made their way across social media, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association acted fast.

According to the Daily Mail, the entire squad was placed on “probation,” which means they can’t cheer for a whole year.

The Associated Press reports Stanly County Schools Superintendent Jeff James made clear the intention of the probation: To make sure the guilty gals “don’t do it again.”

And why? Because all NC high schools have a policy against students displaying political signs.

Officials explained:

“The focus of Friday night football games should be on our students — the players, cheerleaders, band members — the focus should not be on politics. For this reason, we are hopeful the situation will resolve, and our student athletes can have a successful fall season.”

But some are calling hogwash: A Facebook event was created, encouraging backers of the girls to attend this week’s game in support.

As for the district’s rule: So school shouldn’t be about politics? That sounds great; when do we start?

Take a ganders:

Dumb University Of Cambridge Rescinds Fellowship Offer To Brilliant Jordan Peterson

Pennsylvania State University Adds ‘Conjoling’ With Flattery As A Basis For Sexual Assault Guilt

The Regression Of Progress: College Bans Chick-Fil-A Because Of Its Values

University Of Montana Bans Mean Speech

California Passes Legislation Forcing All Public Universities To Provide Abortion Pills

The BBC Releases A Lesson Plan For 9-Year-Olds: There Are More Than 100 Genders. Disagree And Go To Jail

New Video Allegedly Reveals Planned Parenthood Instructing Teachers On How To Help Kids Hide Abortions From Their Parents

Former Sex Educator: Planned Parenthood Is Grooming Girls For Abortion Via The Public Education System

TREACHERY: Tennessee School System Creates Video For Teachers On How To Teach Kids America Is Racist

Hey — I just thought of something: Since the students are individuals, but the school is funded by taxpayers, isn’t it the school that should never be political, but students should be free to voice their opinions? Aw, I’m probably just turned around.

In the meantime, there is one bit of good news:

The cheerleaders will be on probation for a year but are expected to continue cheering.

Punishment ain’t what it used to be.

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The New York Times Drops Bombshell No. 2, Raises Even More Questions

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It would appear that the New York Times is, indeed, at it again.

Taking social media by storm is a new piece in the NYT‘s Style section all about the greatest taboo of them all: Women who poop at work.

No, dearest friends. I am not kidding.

We may be living in an age where certain pockets of the corporate world are breathlessly adapting to women’s needs — company-subsidized tampons, salary workshops, lactation rooms. But even in the world’s most progressive workplace, it’s not a stretch to think that you might have an empowered female executive leading a meeting at one moment and then sneaking off to another floor to relieve herself, the next.

Poop shame is real — and it disproportionately affects women, who suffer from higher rates of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. In other words, the patriarchy has seeped into women’s intestinal tracts. Let’s call it the pootriarchy.

And this would be fine. I would be okay with this story existing. Sure, I don’t want to read about poop, but I understand that it is a topic of interest to some of the Times readers. I don’t have any issue with the story whatsoever.

I have an issue with the graphic.

Look at those stalls. Something is amiss in the corporate bathroom. I first have to ask if the New York Times is aware of what is actually supposed to go on in multi-stall bathrooms.

In the first stall… okay, look. I know the cliches about women going to the bathroom together, but I am struggling to understand the physics of what’s going on in this stall. The woman in the white shoes is facing away from the toilet toward the left side and the woman in orange(?) shoes is facing the toilet from the front, but angled toward the woman in white shoes a bit. Being a heterosexual white male, I can only assume something unwholesome is happening.

The second stall clearly shows the Times‘ commitment to gender-neutral bathrooms, as I am pretty sure that is a man (slacks without heels is a dead giveaway). He is also decidedly not pooping nor are his pants even pulled down. He is also apparently unaware that woman are going to be pooping in the stalls around him, as that is (according to the Bible For Men) something that doesn’t happen.

The fourth stall is occupied by an apparent psychopath with the urge to feel the ghosts of hundreds of poops before her between her toes. This is unacceptable, and we must remove this person from society.

That leaves the third stall. I thought this was the normal person’s stall. This stall was used by someone who recognized the chaos going on around her and fled in terror. But… no. This is perhaps the evilest person of all. She (assuming that this person was a she) has done the unthinkable, and we could be tempted to keep the shoeless pooper among us in society in exchange for barring this one.

“Why?” you ask yourself, not seeing an obvious problem. Because she has left the toilet paper to roll under instead of over. The best-case scenario here is that she did not fix someone else’s mistake. That is just as bad as the person who accidentally scratches their fork across their plate. We know it was an accident and that you didn’t mean to, but we’re still going to have to murder you.

I don’t know what the New York Times thinks goes on in bathrooms, but here in Real America, we don’t tolerate this Grey’s-Anatomy-Meets-Coprophilia behavior in our bathrooms.

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