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Annals of why women maybe shouldn’t drive: NYT writer gets so triggered when she hears her teen son in the back seat use the word “triggered” that she nearly crashes the car

Should this lady be allowed to possess a driver’s license?

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn.

I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men.

The first sign was a seemingly innocuous word, used lightheartedly: “triggered.”

As my 11- and 14-year-old sons and their friends talked and bantered — phones in hand, as always — in the back seat of the car, one of them shouted it in response to a meme, and they all laughed uproariously.

I almost lost control of the car.

My first question was: Is it legal to stuff at least four growing kids, maybe more (two sons, plus “friends”), into a single back seat? How many seat belts are there back there? What if the author, New York Times contributor Joanna Schroeder, actually did plow her car into a tree after hearing the dreaded T-word? Wouldn’t there be some lawsuits?

Ms. Schroeder is easily upset:

That’s because I know that word — often used to mock people who are hurt or offended by racism as overly sensitive — is a calling card of the alt-right, which the Anti-Defamation League defines as “a segment of the white supremacist movement consisting of a loose network of racists and anti-Semites who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace implicit or explicit racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.” People associated with this group are known for trolling those who disagree with them, and calling critics “triggered” is a favorite tactic.

Another word that gives Ms. Schroeder the willies is “snowflake.”

An insult embraced by moderate conservatives and the alt-right alike, it’s used to dismiss people who complain about racism, sexism or homophobia as laughably delicate.

When one of my kids used it, I smiled and, in a conspiratorial tone, asked him to think about this: Who is more of a delicate snowflake? The person who wants people to stop racial slurs or mocking of gay people or the person who is upset and offended by the use of the phrase “Happy Holidays” — a common talking point during Fox News’s infamous War on Christmas segments?

And she’s one jumpy mom just in general:

The next red flag: I watched my son scroll through Instagram and double-click on an image, lighting up a heart that signifies a “like.”

“Hold on a minute,” I said, snatching his phone. “Was that Hitler?”

Apparently terrified that white supremacists are going to get hold of her sons and turn them into Charlottesville-marching Nazi zombies, Ms. Schroeder takes a break from grabbing their smartphones out of their hands to turn to an expert, Dr. John Duffy. He’s the author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety, which argues that it’s basically already too late for her to do much of anything, because kids start getting brainwashed at the age of 8:

They might hear about the border, or “Crooked Hillary” or a conspiracy theory on how the left works, Dr. Duffy said. Many of these spots are created and promoted by organizations like PragerU, which, Dr. Duffy notes, is not an accredited university but a propaganda machine that introduces viewers to extremist views via video.

Ha ha–PragerU isn’t actually a university! Dr. Duffy is really on the ball!

And here’s someone else who who scares the pants off Ms. Schroeder:

They may also find videos by more mainstream figures, including members of the so-called intellectual dark web like Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, whose conservative perspectives on feminism and gender are very popular among young men and often are a path to more extreme content and ideologies.

Jordan Peterson.

I’ll say only this: I don’t want Joanna Schroeder driving me anywhere.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

“Fredo”–or is it “Freda”?–strikes again: Hard to tell what’s funniest, Kamala’s “pronouns,” Chris Cuomo’s Kamala pronoun joke, or Cuomo’s groveling apology tweet two minutes later

Kamala Harris and Chris Cuomo at the Power of our Pride Town Hall Thursday in Los Angeles.
Photo: MarcÍo José Sánchez/AP
First up: Dem presidential contender Kamala Harris falling all over herself  at the LGBTQ Town Hall trying to assure the audience what a great LGBTQ “ally””she is:

When the California senator was introduced on to the stage at the event in Los Angeles, she was quick to make an addition. “Thank you, guys,” she said to the audience. “My pronouns are she, her and hers.”

Ha ha–Harris’s “pronouns”! Willie Brown could have told you that!

Next at bat: CNN host Chris “None Dare Call Him Fredo” Cuomo with a comeback:

“She, her and hers? Mine too,”….

Actually pretty funny–except that, as we all know, LGBTQ people have no sense of humor whatsoever:

Tell that to a trans or non-binary person who gets the sh[–] beat out of them for referring to themselves with the correct pronouns in front of some f[—]ing clown who can’t accept it.

And so within minutes, just minutes, we got this from Cuomo–he’s an “ally,” too!

PLEASE READ: When Sen. Harris said her pronouns were she her and her’s, I said mine too. I should not have. I apologize. I am an ally of the LGBTQ community, and I am sorry because I am committed to helping us achieve equality. Thank you for watching our townhall.

Which didn’t cut much LGBTQ ice:

What you should do @ChrisCuomo  is not just apologize but admit what’s behind this is YOUR ignorance. You just showed you don’t understand the importance of pronouns, so how do you confidently crown yourself an ally? Learn from black & brown trans women

If only instead of “PLEASE READ,” Chris had written “PLEASE, PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE READ”!

Still, it’s always a barrel of laughs, isn’t it, to watch Chris Cuomo grovel even more in the “ally” department than Kamala Harris did.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Me for the WSJ: Kids can’t stand Drag Queen Story Hour but their woke parents sure love the “gender fluidity” and the virtue-signaling

Cholula Lemon

Photo: DQSH website

Me for the Wall Street Journal:

Do DQSH events really “corrupt children” at taxpayer expense, as critics charge? I decided to find out for myself by joining about 20 parents and their preschool-age offspring one Saturday morning at a basement community center in Washington, D.C.’s fast-gentrifying Adams-Morgan neighborhood where once-seedy rowhouses now sell for more than $1 million and sport “Hate Has No Home Here” lawn signs. We were there, adults and children alike mostly sitting on the floor, to be entertained by William Havranek, a professional on the local drag circuit. Mr. Havranek, who performs in character as Venus Valhalla, was dressed to the nines: a flirty red party frock (think Early Katy Perry), sparkly stilettos, a Niagara Falls of a blonde wig, and enough stage makeup to supply all 14,000 extras in “The Ten Commandments.”…

The adults present loved Drag Queen Story Hour. They laughed at Venus’s jokes, and they sang the children’s songs along with her, rolling their hands and shaking their fingers Hokey Pokey-style as she did. When she stuck out her tongue during a ditty about a frog, so did the mothers and fathers. It was the children who . . . didn’t react at all. They either stared transfixed at Venus, squirmed restlessly, or crawled and toddled off to find their own entertainments. After the reading a mother brought her little daughter up to meet Venus, who offered to let the girl try on one of the massive rhinestone bracelets she wore on both wrists. The mother, delighted, slipped a bracelet onto her own wrist; the little girl shrank back and turned her head away….

I have an even better suggestion: Leave the little ones with the babysitter and have a Drag Queen Story Hour just for parents. Adults these days crave kid stuff—coloring books, Legos, cookie dough—and those moms and dads who stuck out their tongues for the frog song will likely jump at another chance to sit on the floor, try on jewelry, relive kindergarten, and virtue-signal. That should make everyone happy.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Old Washington Post: Don’t eat raw cookie dough because salmonella. New Washington Post: Eat raw cookie dough because “self-care.”

Image: Katie Wheeler/The Lily/Washington Post

How quickly it all changes.

Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2018

With holiday baking season underway, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again urging people not to eat unbaked cookie dough — not even a tiny taste — because “unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.”

“Say No to Raw Dough!” the CDC warns.

The potential problem is with two primary ingredients.

Raw flour can be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli), and raw eggs have been a known carrier of salmonella bacteria.

Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2019:

The world right now can feel oppressively negative, and I find myself exhausted and weepy after a day of watching the news cycle. Self-care can sometimes mean turning off my phone and watching YouTube videos of unlikely animal friendships for a few hours. It’s not sustainable to be tapped in 24/7, and it’s okay to give yourself a day of eating cookie dough while being wrapped in a million blankets before getting back out there to fight the good fight.

So now it’s “Say Yes to Raw Dough!”

Was it Greta Thunberg (still here for nine more months!)? The “odd markings” in the Trump transcript?

How did the Washington Post go from warning us never to eat raw cookie dough to telling us we should not only scarf it down but feed it to loved ones?

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Elephant in the room: Why is it that Hillary Clinton hardly ever talks about her book on her “book promotion tour”–but she sure talks about those 66 million votes she got in 2016?

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

From 2016 Dem presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s brand-new book (co-written with daughter Chelsea), The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, publication date October 1, 2019

While there’s a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book.

So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic—they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right….

From 2016 Dem presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s book-promotion tour for The Book of Gutsy Women, Sept. 30, 2019:

How many times when you were secretary of State did you have to say to Barack Obama, ‘You can’t extort foreign countries to get dirt on your political enemies’?” Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show,” asked Clinton.

“Yeah, that never happened,” Clinton responded in an advance clip put out by the show on Twitter. “No.”

Colbert followed up by asking Clinton what the role of the secretary of State should be in those situations.

“The secretary of State’s job is to make sure that he knows, number one, what the president is going to say on those calls,” said Clinton, painting a picture of a coordinated effort and shared talking points put together before the president ever calls a foreign leader.

“Because you’ve got a president who doesn’t listen to anybody and doesn’t follow instructions whatsoever, I’m not sure they [haven’t] given up on trying to give him any sort of preparation,” she added.

From 2016 Dem presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience:

Venus and Serena Williams have a particular talent for shutting out the noise and nonsense and focusing on what really matters—whether it’s smashing records, winning titles, or advocating for people who will never have the kind of platform they do.

Over the years, they’ve had far too much practice honing this talent. For decades, the two world-class athletes who helped redefine the sport of tennis have dealt with sexism, racism, and body shaming….

From 2016 Dem presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s book-promotion tour for The Book of Gutsy Women, Sept. 29, 2019:

‘Given this latest revelation, which is such a blatant effort to use his presidential position to advance his personal and political interest, there should be an impeachment inquiry opened,’ she said….

I don’t care who you’re for in the Democratic primary or whether you’re a Republican, when the president of the United States, who has taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and by that, defend the American people and their interest, uses his position to in effect extort a foreign government for his own political purposes, I think that is very much what the founders worried about in high crimes and misdemeanors,’ she continued when asked about the impeachment proceedings.’

From 2016 Dem presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience:

When I was a little girl, my family subscribed to Life magazine, which came to our house every week on Friday. When I came home from school, I’d eagerly grab it and lie down on the floor in our living room to read it before I had to set the table for dinner. It was in those pages that I first encountered Senator Margaret Chase Smith, who was the first example I ever remember seeing of a woman elected official. Following her career—from the campaigns that led to her becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress to her history-making candidacy for president of the United States in 1964—shaped my understanding of politics and public service. She embodied the thrill of breaking barriers—and the challenges that come with being “the first.”…

From 2016 Dem presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s book-promotion tour for The Book of Gutsy Women, Sept. 29, 2019:

“I believe he knows he’s an illegitimate president,” said Hillary. “He knows. He knows that there were a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out the way it did. And I take full responsibility for those parts of it that I should. But hey, it was like applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation, and losing to a corrupt human tornado. And so, I know that he knows that this wasn’t on the level. I don’t know that we’ll ever know everything that happened.

“But clearly, we know a lot, and are learning more every day. And history will probably sort it all out. So of course, he’s obsessed with me. And I believe that it’s a guilty conscience (insomuch as he has a conscience).

For some reason, Hillary hardly ever talks about her book on her book-promotion tour. But she sure talks a lot about You Know Who–and reminds us that she got 66 million votes last time around….

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Not again! Justin Trudeau demonstrates one more time his unique talent for combining cosplay and racial solidarity

 A high-quality clip of Justin Trudeau in blackface has emerged

Image: U.K. Sun
Students – you should be focused on your classes, not on how you’re going to pay for them. So we’re going to help with bigger student grants, and more time to focus on your career or your family before you have to pay back your loans.
A fresh video of Justin Trudeau dancing in blackface and an afro has emerged online.
The Canadian PM, famed for his ultra-political correctness, is seen leaping around while painted head-to-toe.

In the full clip, pals are white water rafting and kayaking during the day before a fancy dress party.

Mr Trudeau is the only one who dons a blackface and afro as he cheekily sticks his tongue out for the camera.

The clip shows he even went as far as to paint his knees and his tongue black.

But this was not a one-off for the holier-than-thou politician, who is known for calling others out for racism.

The video is believed to have been captured in the early 1990s, although it’s not clear where it was filmed.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter:

Canadians pay too much for their cell phone bills. And we’re going to change that. A re-elected Liberal government will cut the cost of your wireless services, saving the average family $1,000 a year.

The PM, who champions diversity and multiculturalism, was pictured dressed up as a black man at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, an elite high school in Quebec, which he attended.

He donned an Afro wig to perform his version of the Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – a song about people in Jamaica loading bananas onto boats – in a talent show.

This picture is understood to have also been taken in the 1990s….

It comes after he’s admitted he can’t remember how many times he wore blackface.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter:

Soon, you’ll have a choice to make: Let the Conservatives weaken our gun control laws or make our communities safer by making gun laws stronger.

In the first image that came to light, Trudeau can be seen sporting a turban and robes at the Arabian Nights themed party at the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver.

That photo was taken in 2001 when Trudeau was a 29-year-old teacher at the private school, according to Time magazine.

Trudeau confirmed he was dressed as a character from Aladdin and said he had his arm around a “close friend”.

He told reporters on his campaign plane in Nova Scotia: “I should have known better then, but I didn’t and I did it and I’m deeply sorry.

“I’m p***ed off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter:

No one should go without the care they need because they don’t have a family doctor or money for their medications. We’re going to close the gaps in the health care system.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the news:

With Election Day just a month away in his bid for another term, Mr Trudeau begged forgiveness from the people of Canada.

He said: “Darkening your face regardless of the context or the circumstances is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

WaPo columnist can’t be bothered to interview actual Trump-impeachment opponents–so she invents some “truck stop” goober deplorables

The Washington Post‘s Alexandra Petri is the Adam Schiff of Trump-impeachment media coverage:

You think you’re going to find support for impeachment, do you? You dare suggest that this presidency is embroiled in chaos? Well, I am at a truck stop right now to wait out an electrical storm, and nobody here agrees.

I’ve been interviewing for what I figure is at least an hour — the clock on the wall is broken — and everyone I speak to still supports the president just as much as they did the day he was elected.

Out here in “truck stop” land, the deplorables are too dumb to know how to fix their clocks.

The old man at the end of the counter shakes his head when I tell him the president is beleaguered by scandal. He’s not tied to his phone, like some of you coastal types. He’s not bound even to the latest fashion. I notice he’s wearing an old wide-brimmed hat and rimless spectacles, the kind I haven’t seen outside of movies. He says he’s still with the president, and that he doesn’t pay attention to the daily buzz of news. He has priorities like many real Americans have.

They’re so old they’re gonna die soon anyway.

I try to say something about the impeachment, but no one can hear me over the noise of the soybeans, growing healthy and strong. I have never heard a soybean so loud before. Here, we have our priorities straight, straight as the corn growing just outside the window….

The corn and soybeans don’t care about what the president has been doing on his phone calls to Ukraine. Whenever I try to ask, something rustles against the window, and it’s corn. I think it must be higher than an elephant’s eye now. The corn is pressed right up to the glass. I think the corn wants to get inside.

Soybeans, corn–isn’t that what they grow out here?

Someone tries to mention the phone call to the president of Ukraine, and out of nowhere, pigs in all the neighboring fields begin to screech, horribly, an almost human sound, and they only stop when he gives up mentioning it.

Ha ha! Pigs out in fields! Ms. Petri is quite the swineherd.

There’s a Norman Rockwell painting hung on the wall, and it says it doesn’t think the president has done anything bad. There’s a scarecrow in a pair of dungarees with a big pitchfork. He and his pitchfork both voted for Trump. They will vote for him in the next hundred elections.

Ah, Norman Rockwell, king of middlebrow kitsch. The artist we coastal sophistos can all so comfortably sneer at. I’ve got to say, though, that that’s one lucky truck stop that has a Norman Rockwell original “painting” hung on its walls.

The walls are packed earth and so is the clock and it still hasn’t moved and now there is something crawling in the wall. The wall bursts! There’s an enormous worm here, and I pledge allegiance to it, willingly. I burn my notebook for King Worm!…

We are here in the heart of America! The walls squeeze in and out, like the clenching of an enormous fist!

See? At the Washington Post, the columnists don’t have to move one inch from their computer screens to tell us what it’s like out there with America’s pin-headed farmer class that grows the food. It’s like walls squeezing in and out. It’s like the clenching of an enormous fist.

Posted by Charlotte Allen