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Mulder, Scully…and Hillary? A presidential candidate thinks the UFO truth is out there

My latest article for The Weekly Standard:

Roswell: Where aliens mean business

In 1995 the city of Roswell, New Mexico, population just trailing 50,000 then as now, discovered that it had the potential to become a major tourist site, courtesy of The X-Files. That immensely popular television series ran from 1993 to 2002 and was briefly revived in early 2016. It combined extraterrestrial-centric science fiction, evergreen paranoia about government cover-ups, and a Twin Peaks-style atmospheric noir that signaled a pervasive darkness underlying cheery middle-American culture. It had as its myth of origins an event that had occurred in Roswell in July 1947: the crash of a mysterious object, believed by some to be a UFO, at a ranch not far from town. The X-Files’ troubled protagonist, maverick FBI agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), was one of the believers. Much of The X-Files’ narrative centered around Mulder’s efforts to persuade his skeptical and sometimes murderously hostile confreres that a well-placed U.S. government cabal had deliberately buried evidence that the Roswell crash not only involved a genuine UFO but had yielded, amid its debris, extraterrestrial corpses and possibly also extraterrestrial survivors hastily spirited away along with most of the downed spacecraft by military operatives during the dead of night.

The 2016 resurrection of The X-Files lasted only six episodes watched by an ever-diminishing audience. Both Duchovny and his costar Gillian Anderson (playing his loyal but mostly unconvinced FBI partner and sometime lover, Dana Scully) looked worse for wear after 14 years, and the show itself seemed exhausted as it tried to interest its viewers in the discovery that Scully might be carrying alien DNA. But strangely enough, the Roswell cover-up narrative has gotten a shot in the arm from an unlikely but potent political source: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

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In December 2015 Hillary Clinton told a reporter in New Hampshire that she planned to “get to the bottom” of the UFO issue if she became president. She reiterated this promise in a March 24 interview with Kimmel in which she also declared her preference for the less-kooky-sounding acronym “UAP” (“unexplained aerial phenomenon”) in contrast to the more common “UFO” (“unidentified flying object”). Then on April 7 Podesta, who had served as Bill Clinton’s chief of staff (and from 2014-2015 as counselor to President Barack Obama), told CNN correspondent Jake Tapper that Hillary Clinton as president would aggressively pursue the declassification of UFO-related documents in the government’s possession, especially as related to Area 51, an Air Force facility in Nevada about 100 miles north of Las Vegas, used for top-secret military aircraft testing. It is Area 51 whither the alien remains from Roswell were said to have been transported and where experiments are said to be conducted to this day in reverse-engineering the extraterrestrials’ technology.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Hillary’s gun control firefight: Dispatches daughter Chelsea to dance on Scalia’s grave

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

On the campaign trail: “Amen” to dissing Charlton Heston

Stumping in Philadelphia just before her 56 percent sweep in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary election yesterday, Hillary nodded along with a supporter who wanted to make sure that she would issue executive orders limiting Americans’ ownership of firearms, InfoWars reports

“Hillary nodded in agreement before the man asserted, ‘We need executive powers that say we will fight for life and will not kowtow to the sons and daughters of Charlton Heston. We can’t kowtow to the sons and daughters of Charlton Heston.’

“’We must have a greater voice. Thank you for coming and I will elect you,’ concluded the man.”

“’Whoa…let the congregation say, “Amen,”’ responded Hillary.”

And if saying “Amen” to dissing Moses wasn’t enough, Hillary dispatched daughter Chelsea to Maryland, (which also held a Hillary-sweeping Democratic primary yesterday) to dance on the grave of the recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, author of the District of Columbia vs. Heller decision that affirmed the Second Amendment right of individuals to own firearms:

“’…With Justice Scalia on the bench, one of the few areas where the Court actually had an inconsistent record relates to gun control,’ Clinton said”…

“’So if you listen to Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign and the major efforts pushing for smart, sensible and enforceable gun control across our country, disclosure, have endorsed my mom, they say they believe the next time the Court rules on gun control, it will make a definitive ruling,’ Clinton said. ‘So it matters to me that my mom is the only person running for president who not only constantly makes that connection but also has a strong record on gun control and standing up to the NRA.'”

Wow—that’s two branches of government—executive and judicial—that Hillary plans to harness in her war against guns. That leaves only the third branch, Congress, potentially out of her control. But two out of three isn’t bad.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen.

Melissa Click’s alternate universe: Says Mizzou fired her because she’s a “white lady”

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Click: It’s my pity party and I’ll cry if I want to.

There’s reality, and there’s Melissa Click reality.

The fired University of Missouri communications professor,  in an excusive interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, is now her very own revisionist historian. Here goes:

Reality:

Mizzou’s Board of Curators voted on Feb. 25 to can Click because “was not entitled to interfere with the rights of others, to confront members of law enforcement or to encourage potential physical intimidation against a student” (the quote is from the board’s official statement).

Melissa Click reality:

“Under pressure from state legislators, she says, Missouri’s Board of Curators fired her to send a message that the university and the state wouldn’t tolerate black people standing up to white people. ‘This is all about racial politics,’ she says. ‘I’m a white lady. I’m an easy target.’

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

No Shakespeare festivities for feminists: Not enough “gender equality” in his plays

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum

Misogynist Will: He gave his female characters fewer and shorter speeches.

April 25 marked the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616, and there were plenty of festivities.

But as blogger Steve Sailer points out, there were also some long faces lamenting that Shakespeare wasn’t nice enough to women.

There’s this, from the U.K. Guardian:

“Shakespeare may have been widely championed as a visionary, but this description can’t be applied to his record on gender equality. On average men are given 81% of speeches, while 17% go to women and the rest are made up of unknowns or mixed groups, according to Open Source Shakespeare. Women tend to come off worst in his tragedies: Timon of Athens features just nine speeches by women, compared with 725 by men. And yet the population of Shakespeare’s England was roughly 53.5% male and 46.5% female.”

And not only does Shakespeare sin against “gender equality” by not giving his female characters as many speeches a his male characters, but the men get to speak longer, too:

“Benedict Cumberbatch, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud all put in memorable performances as Hamlet, who clocks in at 358 speeches – the most of any Shakespearean character. Analysis of Open Source Shakespeare, which defines a speech as ‘either words spoken by a character, or a stage direction – anything from a one-word shout to a long soliloquy’, reveals this is substantially more than any female characters get to say. The women with the most speeches are Cleopatra with 204, memorably performed by Elizabeth Taylor in 1963, then Rosalind in As You Like It, with 201, all learned by Helen Mirren in 1978. Meanwhile, Kevin Spacey’s Richard III had 301 speeches, and Laurence Fishburne’s Othello had 274.”

Furthermore, gender-fixated U.K. grad student Heather Froelich points out that most of Shakespeare’s plays fail to pas the “Bechdel test.”

Read the rest here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
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Feminist NYT writer’s boring monologue complains about men’s boring monologues

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum

Baird: I challenge any man to outdo me in the droning on and on department

 

Aussie New York Times contributor Julia Baird is shocked, shocked to discover that…men can be bores:

It was on a recent trip to Indonesia that, as a male bureaucrat sounded forth on a vast span of subjects without being asked to do so, I realized that the English language was in need of a new addition: the manologue….

“The manologue takes many forms, but is characterized by the proffering of words not asked for, of views not solicited and of arguments unsought. It is underwritten by the doubtful assumption that the audience will naturally be interested, and that this interest will not flag. And that when it comes to speeches or commentary, longer is better.

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“It is also clear that the more powerful men become, the more they speak. This would seem a natural correlation, but the same is not true for women. The reason for this, according to a Yale study, is because women worry about ‘negative consequences’ — that is, a backlash — if they are more voluble. Troublingly, the study found that their fears were well founded, as both male and female listeners were quick to think these women were talking too much, too aggressively. In other words, men are rewarded for speaking, while women are punished.
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“Female characters speak less in Disney films today than they used to — even princesses get a minority of the speaking lines in films in which they’re the principal: In the 2013 animated movie ‘Frozen,’ for example, male characters get 59 percent of the lines. A quick search for best monologues in film or movies reveals that they are almost all male. If you took Princess Leia out of ‘Star Wars,’ the total speaking time for female characters is 63 seconds out of the original trilogy’s 386 minutes.”
Posted by Charlotte Allen

The Hoaxer Who Couldn’t Shoot Icing Straight: Whole Foods Anti-Gay Cake Claim Demolished

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Rule #1 for hate-cake hoaxers: Make sure your handwriting matches the real thing

My favorite hilarious take on the Whole Foods Homophobic Hate Hoax is the Twitter-posted photo of the pepperoni pizza with the word “FAG” superimposed on the image in fake blue icing. “This isn’t the pizza I ordered,’ tweeted the poster, who calls himself Sleepy Poptart. (Trigger warning: some of the reply tweets are kinda NSFW.)

It’s about time that one of those phony hate crimes that almost invariably turns out to be the handiwork of the self-styled victim got laughed out of the court of public opinion.

And even better, the Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas, promptly filed a $100,000 counter-suit against an openly gay pastor who had posted a video claiming that a Whole Foods employee had added the word “FAG” to the center of a cake that  Brown had ordered bearing the gay-rights slogan “LOVE WINS” in squeeze-inscribed blue icing. The Austin American-Statesman reports:

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

You can’t say that! Kasich tells female students worried about assault to avoid boozy parties

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Kasich in NYC: Didn’t get the message that it’s victim-blaming to link alcohol & rape

Memo to GOP presidential candidate John Kasich:

Didn’t you know that you must never, ever tell a female college student  that one way to avoid sexual assault is to stay sober?

But that’s what you said! And in New York, the most politically correct city in America (next to San Francisco, of course). You actually said, “Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.”

Dummy! Now, you and I might find the advice not to drink yourself blind or hang around those who do perfectly reasonable, since we both know that alcohol lowers both judgment and inhibitions, especially among young people who might not have a lot of experience with it, so avoiding boozy parties is one way to avoid entangling yourself–or getting entangled against your will–in sexual situations that can range from regrettable to criminal.

But, John, you just can’t say that. A generation or two ago, “Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol” was known as “good advice from your mom and dad.” Now, it’s known as “victim-blaming.”

Look what happened to Slate columnist Emily Yoffe a cople of years ago when she advised college women to stop binge-drinking before parties because it’s correlated with sexual assault. She was pilloried high and low: “Blaming assault on women’s drinking is wrong, dangerous and tired,” lectured Salon’s Katie McDonough. “Emily Yoffe joins ‘Don’t Drink and Vagina’ campaign,” wrote Charles Clymer of the Huffington Post.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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