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Hillary Clinton, Bigfoot? Fans report sightings of the elusive hominid in the Chappaqua woods

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

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A rare photo of the forest-dwelling “Hillary C.”?

From Wikipedia:

“In American folklore, the ‘Hillary C.’ is a simian,[2] ape, or hominid-like creature that is said to inhabit forests, mainly in Westchester County, NY. The ‘Hillary C.’ is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid….

“Scientists discount the existence of the Hillary C. and consider it to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax,[6] rather than a living animal, because of the lack of physical evidence and the large numbers of creatures that would be necessary to maintain a breeding population.[7][8] Occasional new reports of sightings sustain a small group of self-described investigators.[9] Most reports of sightings are attributed to being various animals, particularly black bears.”

Whoa, wait! Did I type in that “Hillary C.” above? Oh, I am so sorry! I meant to say “Bigfoot”! Bigfoot, Bigfoot, Bigfoot! The Sasquatch! And scratch that “Westchester County, NY,” too. I meant to type in “Pacific Northwest.”  I get the “Wests” confused in my head sometimes. My apologies, please!

Here’s why I got so darned mixed up in my mind (from the Washington Post):

“The other day, Carol Meyer and her friend Ellen went walking in the woods of Chappaqua. For all they knew, they might see a coyote or some rare mushrooms or Hillary Clinton.

“’I just have a sense —’ said Ellen, putting on her gloves.

“’You think so?’ said Carol, adjusting her scarf….

“Ellen had already seen her in the woods twice since she lost the presidency, and she wasn’t the only one. Two days after the election, a young woman had spotted Clinton and taken a photo with her that went viral, leading to fake news stories alleging that the whole thing was staged, which was said to prove once again that Hillary Clinton couldn’t do anything that did not strike a false note. But Chappaquaians knew better.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Once a feminist icon, now a “sexualized image”: UN drops Wonder Woman campaign

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

Wonder Woman’s appointment as honorary UN ambassador came to an abrupt end.

Merciful Minerva! Not “culturally…sensitive” enough

Until just yesterday the busty, black-haired DC Comics superheroine clad in her signature red-white-and-blue strapless bodysuit and high-heeled knee-boots was a feminist icon. And what feminist couldn’t love the Amazonian princess who swatted away bullets just by flicking her bracelets? She was perfect: a feminist-separatist (no men on the island of Amazons she hailed from) but also grrrrl-ish-ly glamorous enough to be played on TV by beauty queen Lynda Carter.

Ms. Magazine put Wonder Woman on the cover of its inaugural issue in 1972 to tout such feminist-centric articles as “Money for Housework” and “Body Hair: The Last Frontier.” Then Ms. brought her back again for its 40th-anniversary cover in 2012, just in time to to enlist her against the “war on women” that the GOP was supposedly waging. “Vote As If Your Life Depended on It,” the 2012 cover said.

That was just yesterday. But now it’s today. So, when the U.N. in October decided to make Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador “for the empowerment of girls and women, the reaction was…well, not exactly what you’d expect for a supposed feminist icon. It seems that in just four years, strapless bodysuits and high heels have gone from girrrl-power adornment to symbols of oppression of women. Around 45,000 feminists signed a petition asking the U.N. to fire Wonder Woman and send her back to the mythical isle of Themyscira where she came from:
“Wonder Woman was created 75 years ago. Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent “warrior” woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee high boots –the epitome of a ‘pin-up’ girl. This is the character that the United Nations has decided to represent a globally important issue – that of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. It appears that this character will be promoted as the face of sustainable development goal 5 for the United Nations at large.

“At a time when issues such as gender parity in senior roles and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls is at the top of the United Nation’s agenda, including the ‘He for She’ campaign, this appointment is more than surprising. It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls. The image that Wonder Woman projects (life-size cut outs of which have already appeared at UNHQ) is not culturally encompassing or sensitive –attributes the United Nations expects all its staff members to embody in the core value of respect for diversity.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Penn students remove Shakespeare portrait from English dept. wall because not “inclusive”

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

Bye Bye Bard: A black lesbian poet on the wall is more victimological

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania:

“Penn English professor and Department Chair Jed Esty was surprised to find a large portrait of William Shakespeare waiting in his office.

“A group of students removed the iconic portrait from the walls of Fisher- Bennett Hall and delivered it to Esty’s office after an English Department town hall meeting discussing the election, which took place on Thursday December 1. They replaced it with a photo of Audre Lorde, a black female writer.

“The portrait has resided over the main staircase of Fisher-Bennett — home to Penn’s English Department — for years.”

So Donald Trump insipired the Shakespeare portrait-purge. I didn’t realize that he and the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon had so much in common….

What’s fascinating about the Shakespeare/Lorde switcheroo is that the professors who teach in the Penn English Department didn’t seem to mind in the slightest:

“The English department, in an effort to represent more diversity in writing, voted a few years ago to relocate the portrait and replace it….

“Esty, who declined to be interviewed, said in an email to the Daily Pennsylvanian, ‘Students removed the Shakespeare portrait and delivered it to my office as a way of affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department.’ He added that the image of Lorde will remain until the department reaches a decision about what to do with the space.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Hillary Clinton, shadow president-elect: Aren’t election losers supposed to just fade away?

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

Setting “fake news” policy, telling Congress what laws to pass–what’s next?

Not surprisingly, some of Hillary’s fans are urging her to go the whole hog as shadow president and deliver an inaugural address. Here, according to Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, is what Madam Shadow President ought to say on Jan. 20:

“I propose that for every Cabinet officer named by Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate, we in the opposition will have a shadow cabinet member who will monitor the work of that department and comment as needed….

“Our shadow secretary of state and secretary of defense will support America’s interests abroad, remain true to our long-term relationships with NATO members and other allies, and constantly work toward peace. While protecting ourselves from terror, we will continue to be a nation of immigrants that welcomes those who come to us in genuine pursuit of liberty and a fresh start….

“We will have a shadow secretary of the treasury, a shadow secretary of health and human services, secretary of education, and secretary of veterans’ affairs. Each and every Cabinet-level post will have its equivalent, as will the heads of many of the top regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission.”

In other words, not just a shadow government. A shadow big government.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

One-month anniversary: I can’t stop rehashing the night we got a reprieve from hell

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Groundhog Day for getting surprised by joy

One month ago today:

The polls said it would be close, but she would win. So I decided to skip election results–I’d find out the bad news the next morning. Instead, I fidgeted all day long and into the evening. It was like knowing I’d be executed: Did I want to wait through my last doomed hours, or did I want it all to be over with right now?

Fortunately, my chorus rehearses on Tuesday nights. On the Metro a young woman got on carrying two signs: “I’m With Her” and “Clinton/Kaine.” Standing in the crowded car, she slumped over her phone with the Hillary signs propped up at her feet. I watched her as she busily texted. I usually pride myself on my ability to read people and their body language like books, but on that nervous evening my spidey sense abandoned me. I read into her frantic texting a kind of triumphalism: gloating on the phone with her gal-pals. I didn’t realize that the slump was already signaling desperation.

My chorus, like all arty groups, is likely 100 percent liberal, but they are all nice, polite people who don’t talk politics. And it was a relief just to focus on lines of music. During the break, they were all saying, “It’s really close,” and again, I couldn’t read them, or I would have seen on their faces what was already happening. The gal sitting next to me thumbed her phone whenever she wasn’t singing, and I glanced over just once. The phone said, “Trump, 44.” I thought that meant he’d gotten 44 percent of the vote somewhere–oh hell. What it was really saying, I later realized, was that he’d gotten 44 more electoral votes.

When I got home, I had a glass of wine with my husband. Then I said, “I guess I’ll go upstairs and find out what happened.” It was just after 11 p.m. I decided not to click onto Drudge or Breitbart, which I thought would simply be putting a good face onto very bad news. So I clicked onto the “cruelly neutral” Ann Althouse whom I trusted to tell the blunt truth. There on the screen was a post. It said something on the order of “NYT gives Trump 94 percent Chance of Winning.” There was a screen-grab of a New York Times graphic of a dial with the needle at 94 percent. So I clicked onto the NYT site, where the dial was oscillating as the millions of votes poured in. It went “94 percent, 93 percent, 91 percent, 95 percent.” Another oscillating dial tabulated electoral votes: “304, 305, 301, 303.” What??? So I shouted to my husband, “Come and look at this!” Then I clicked onto Drudge. His headlines were on the order of “Pennsylvania: Trump. Florida: Trump. Ohio: Trump. Wisconsin: Trump.” Then I sent an e-mail to Diana West, the only other Trump fan in my conservative women’s group: “Is this for real? I don’t believe it–but oh, joy!” Then I went to bed. I woke up at 2:30 and clicked onto Drudge again. His headline now said something on the order of: “AP Calls It: Trump Wins the Presidency.” I woke up my husband: “He won, baby–he won!”

The next morning I got an e-mail back from Diana: “Thank you, America!”

Thank you, America.

Oakland “artists” more worried about crackdowns on their firetraps than 36 deaths

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:Wooden: Fire fighters had a difficult time getting inside due to massive amounts of clutter. The interior of the warehouse before the fire is pictured above in an undated photoOakland’s arty tinderbox: Firefighters couldn’t even find the bodies in the junk

Here, from the San Jose Mercury News, is the strangest story to emerge from the ghastly Dec. 2 fire that has claimed the lives of at least 33 people partying in a dilapidated warehouse in Oakland, Calif.:

“As they grieved for friends killed in the inferno at the Ghost Ship warehouse on 31st Avenue, artists, musicians and partygoers from east to west Oakland couldn’t help but worry about a backlash of building inspections at other warehouse collectives.

“’There’s going to be a draconian overreaction to shut everything down,’ said Dunn, 42, who has attended events at the collective in the Fruitvale neighborhood. ‘That would only add to the tragedy.’

“’People are getting worried (the fire) is gonna be used against us,’ said Katelyn Charvoz, of West Oakland. The 25-year-old said she’s been involved in the music/party scene since she was about 15. ‘The city’s gonna paint us as some ugly, crusty, punk kids that are up to no good. If they buy up all the warehouses on every street and kick everyone out, it will just hurt the arts community here.’”


Now for a more details about the vibrant  “collective” that in minutes turned into a towering inferno–from the U.K. Daily Mail:

“Visitors have described a squalid scene where cat faeces and used condoms litter the limited floor space, junk and ‘art’ is piled high in every room, nails protrude from stairs made out of old pallets, brick work crumbles in the walls and drug use rife among the party goers who came and went….

“The property has received 10 complaints over the past 10 years, the most recent involving a makeshift stairwell and un-permitted construction….

“The eccentric building operator created an indoor ‘RV park’ downstairs charging residents $500 a month per person and would also make money renting the space for parties.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Give my regards to Broadway–and my middle finger to vice president-elect Mike Pence

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

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Hamilton: Spending $700 per ticket for a political dressing-down

It’s bad enough to have to spend around $700 per ticket to take in a Broadway show these days. It’s even worse when the rest of the audience boos you roundly when you walk into the theater, and the cast afterwards decides to give you a stern lecture instead of entertaining the way they’re supposed to.

But the worst of all is when the mainstream press turns you–and your boss who comes to your defense–into the villains of the incident. And I thought liberals were supposed to sympathize with the victims of  bullying, not the bulliers themselves.

Yup, the Washington Post’s Sunday coverage of last Friday’s public humiliation of vice president-elect Mike Pence just because he made the mistake of attending a performance of the Broadway musical Hamilton was nothing short of astounding. An astounding display of op-ed ranting substituting for actual news reporting–and of the extent to which America’s press is so far into the liberal tank that it risks drowning. We already knew the latter, of course, but it’s nice to have a laboratory demonstration.

Just for starters, the Post ran not one but two stories about the already slightly stale Pence incident, one of them of them on its front page. And, just in case Post readers might miss something, the Post quoted the onstage dressing-down that Pence received from Hamilton actor Victor Dixon not once but twice–also on the front page.

Here is how Post “reporter” Philip Rucker led off Story #1:

“Mike Pence was elected vice president by a coalition of mostly white voters nostalgic for what they thought of as the good old days in America and galvanized by promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.”

Isn’t the story supposed to be about the Hamilton incident, not Rucker’s random ideas about white people and how they voted?

Rucker then quotes Dixon’s yada-yada speech to Pence about how “alarmed and anxious” Hamilton‘s well-compensated actors about the damage that Pence and president-elect Donald Trump will do to “our planet” and “our children” by not being “diverse” enough or whatever. But then Rucker can’t wait to return to his true topic:

“The remarkable moment crystallized the cleavage wrought by a toxic presidential campaign, in which millions of aggrieved white Americans propelled Donald Trump and Pence to the White House and left millions of others — blacks and Latinos, gays and lesbians, Muslims and Jews — fearful of what might become of their country.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen