Well, honey, I do hope you intend to vote absentee, otherwise please be polite enough to pass a few wet-wipes to next person to go into the voting booth behind you.
There has never been a president who knows what it’s like to menstruate, be pregnant, or give birth. There has never been a president who knows what it’s like to be the target of subtle and categorically unsubtle sexism. There has never been a president who was criticized widely for his political ambition, or forced into a bake-off to prove he’s not too career-oriented to cook for his family. There has never been a president who was forced to take his spouse’s last name for appearances’ sake. There has never been a president criticized for showing too much cleavage, or having “cankles,” or wearing unflattering headbands or colorful pantsuits. There has never been a president who was presumed to be mentally and emotionally unstable because of naturally occurring hormones. […]
There are other reasons why I’m ready for Hillary, but even if there weren’t, I would probably still vote for her just because she’s a woman (who belongs to the party I find less odious). And I submit to you that for me, a person who has never been fully represented by an American president in terms of policy or gender, that is a damned solid reason. What’s illogical and ill-considered is not my “vagina vote,” but the ludicrous notion that 226 years of male rule have somehow left us in a position where gender is immaterial. […]
I won’t tell anyone how to vote. But I am telling you, this time, I refuse to shut up when people act as though it’s not enormously important, from a progressive politics perspective, that Hillary Clinton is a woman. I refuse to listen to anyone who warns against “vagina voting,” when I’m 40 years old and have still never had the opportunity to vote with my damned vagina in a general election. American women have been bleeding for over 200 years while men tell us it’s no big deal, and a lot of us have arrived at the point where we just want someone with a visceral, not abstract, concept of what that means.
As Brendan O’Neill points out —
She thinks Hillary would be a great president because she “knows what it’s like to menstruate, be pregnant, [and] give birth.”
So you’re going to pick your leader on the basis of her biological functions, the fact she’s experienced the same bodily stuff as you? Imagine if a man did that. “I’m voting for Ted Cruz because he knows what it’s like to spunk off. And he knows the pain of being kicked in the balls.” We’d think that was a very sad dude indeed. Why is it any better for a female commentator to wax lyrical about voting on the basis of her biological similarity to a candidate rather than any shared political outlook?
The only positive of this utter desperation of Female Supremacists in trying to get Hillary elected by their retreat into the 18th century “women as emotional creatures ruled by their menses” tropes is how clear their tribal agenda is.
An interview with David Simon.
Bill Keller: What do people outside the city need to understand about what’s going on there—the death of Freddie Gray and the response to it?
David Simon:I guess there’s an awful lot to understand and I’m not sure I understand all of it. The part that seems systemic and connected is that the drug war—which Baltimore waged as aggressively as any American city—was transforming in terms of police/community relations, in terms of trust, particularly between the black community and the police department. Probable cause was destroyed by the drug war. It happened in stages, but even in the time that I was a police reporter, which would have been the early 80s to the early 90s, the need for police officers to address the basic rights of the people they were policing in Baltimore was minimized. It was done almost as a plan by the local government, by police commissioners and mayors, and it not only made everybody in these poor communities vulnerable to the most arbitrary behavior on the part of the police officers, it taught police officers how not to distinguish in ways that they once did.
Probable cause from a Baltimore police officer has always been a tenuous thing. It’s a tenuous thing anywhere, but in Baltimore, in these high crime, heavily policed areas, it was even worse. When I came on, there were jokes about, “You know what probable cause is on Edmondson Avenue? You roll by in your radio car and the guy looks at you for two seconds too long.” Probable cause was whatever you thought you could safely lie about when you got into district court.
Let me pause here. David Simon mentions “probable cause” several times in this lengthy and insightful article. However, he doesn’t seem to know that a police stop only needs “reasonable suspicion” not “probable cause.” These are even called Terry stops.
As for Gray’s arrest, that would need probable cause and it appears that Prosecutor Mosby is either being lazy or disingenuous about calling the arrest “unlawful”.
Getting back to the Simon interview, it becomes clear that all the posture of Democrat politicians, from Mosby back to Martin O’Malley may be operating from less than pure motives.
How does race figure into this? It’s a city with a black majority and now a black mayor and black police chief, a substantially black police force.
What did Tom Wolfe write about cops? They all become Irish? That’s a line in Bonfire of the Vanities. When Ed and I reported The Corner, it became clear that the most brutal cops in our sector of the Western District were black. The guys who would really kick your ass without thinking twice were black officers. If I had to guess and put a name on it, I’d say that at some point, the drug war was as much a function of class and social control as it was of racism. I think the two agendas are inextricably linked, and where one picks up and the other ends is hard to say. But when you have African American officers beating the dog-piss out of people they’re supposed to be policing, and there isn’t a white guy in the equation on a street level, it’s pretty remarkable.
But in some ways they were empowered. Back then, even before the advent of cell phones and digital cameras—which have been transforming in terms of documenting police violence—back then, you were much more vulnerable if you were white and you wanted to wail on somebody. You take out your nightstick and you’re white and you start hitting somebody, it has a completely different dynamic than if you were a black officer. It was simply safer to be brutal if you were black, and I didn’t know quite what to do with that fact other than report it. It was as disturbing a dynamic as I could imagine. Something had been removed from the equation that gave white officers—however brutal they wanted to be, or however brutal they thought the moment required—it gave them pause before pulling out a nightstick and going at it. Some African American officers seemed to feel no such pause. […]
The drug war began it, certainly, but the stake through the heart of police procedure in Baltimore was [former Mayor and Maryland Governor] Martin O’Malley . He destroyed police work in some real respects. Whatever was left of it when he took over the police department, if there were two bricks together that were the suggestion of an edifice that you could have called meaningful police work, he found a way to pull them apart. Everyone thinks I’ve got a hard-on for Marty because we battled over The Wire, whether it was bad for the city, whether we’d be filming it in Baltimore. But it’s been years, and I mean, that’s over. I shook hands with him on the train last year and we buried it. And, hey, if he’s the Democratic nominee, I’m going to end up voting for him. It’s not personal and I admire some of his other stances on the death penalty and gay rights. But to be honest, what happened under his watch as Baltimore’s mayor was that he wanted to be governor. And at a certain point, with the crime rate high and with his promises of a reduced crime rate on the line, he put no faith in real policing.
Simon goes on to lambast O’Malley’s use and misuse of BPD — not to help citizens but to generate stats as a resume entry on his way to higher political office — making his “I’ll vote for him as President” statement incomprehensible.
Everything Simon has seen in a city run by the Left since 1966 and he will still vote for them?
I guess when the personal is the political, you stick with your “church” no matter what.
And we get the government we deserve, every time.
Do read the whole thing.
I haven’t commented on the Baltimore, Freddie Gray, incident because I don’t know any more of the incident than has been reported and I know almost nothing about the city and its police department.
I do know that with the filing of formal charges yesterday, the officers involved — whose “race” was never mentioned in any coverage — were revealed as three whites and three blacks.
Which kind of puts a kink in the race-mongering of “Hands up, don’t shoot” fake-but-accurate meme.
Never fear, though, privileged white Leftists are never wrong …
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) May 2, 2015
In Joan’s rush to keep “race” front and center in the Gray incident, she dismisses any criminal culpability of the black officers. Not only were they only “following orders” but they were brainwashed by the evil whites in the department.
Although, since Stephanie Rawlings Blake has been mayor of Baltimore for four years and Anthony Batts has been police commissioner since 2012 … exactly who is setting the tone for the agency and why would they wait until now to call in the DOJ?
Who are the Evil Whites who control them?
Yes, Joan wants the Right People to know she is down with the struggle against The White Man … probably writing from a cozy penthouse maintained by service people “of color” in a particularly “white” neighborhood.
Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.
What is either forgotten, or deliberately lied about is that Nixon actually won the war with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords … only to have Democrats hand South Vietnam over to the communists.
She was at the bar, dress the color of arterial blood, mahogany hair so rich a man would do anything to see it fanned out across a pillow.
I’m one of those men.
Like the dead man I had just left.
She picked up the tumbler swallowing the amber liquid without a flinch.
Scotch. Neat. I think I’m in love.
“Ma’am, you don’t seem to be too broken up.”
She snapped open a small clutch, pulling out a monogrammed hankie to dab at her eyes now starting to water.
Seems the Gates of Hell are perfumed with Shalimar.
Now, your turn.
So there’s that.
You’re not supposed to say this in polite company, but what went up in flames in Baltimore Monday night was not merely a senior center, small businesses and police cars. Burning down was also the blue-city model of urban governance.
Nothing excuses the violence of rampaging students or the failure of city officials to stop it before Maryland’s Governor called in the National Guard. But as order starts to return to the streets, and the usual political suspects lament the lack of economic prospects for the young men who rioted, let’s not forget who has run Baltimore and Maryland for nearly all of the last 40 years.
The men and women in charge have been Democrats, and their governing ideas are “progressive.” This model, with its reliance on government and public unions, has dominated urban America as once-vibrant cities such as Baltimore became shells of their former selves. In 1960 Baltimore was America’s sixth largest city with 940,000 people. It has since shed nearly a third of its population and today isn’t in the top 25.
The dysfunctions of the blue-city model are many, but the main failures are three: high crime, low economic growth and failing public schools that serve primarily as jobs programs for teachers and administrators rather than places of learning.
When Leftists demand that the most important relationship anyone should have is with the Government, then those institutions dedicated to instilling and supporting Western principles (family, church, school) fall away.
As Dennis Prager said the other day about the rioters in Baltimore, how many of them (if any) come from homes with both a mom and dad? How many are regular church/temple goers? How many of them had attended church/temple the previous weekend?
These are questions the media will never ask of those “protestor in the street” interviewees.
More from Heather MacDonald
What happened last evening in Baltimore was simply a larger and better-covered version of the flash mobs that have beset American cities for the last half-decade, in which black youths gather via social media to steal from stores and assault whites. […]
Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C., among other cities, have all grappled with similar violence. None of it deserves a righteous political gloss. Nor does the violence last night, which began with an invitation sent out over social media to convene at a local mall and “purge” it.
Perhaps if the media had not shrunk from reporting on the flash mob phenomenon and the related “knockout game”—in which teenagers tried to knock out unsuspecting bystanders with a single sucker punch—we might have made a modicum of progress in addressing or at least acknowledging the real cause of black violence: the breakdown of the family. A widely circulated video from yesterday’s mayhem shows a furious mother whacking her hoodie-encased son to prevent him from joining the mob. This tiger mom may well have the capacity to rein in her would-be vandal son. But the odds are against her. Try as they might, single mothers are generally overmatched in raising males. Boys need their fathers. But over 72 percent of black children are born to single-mother households today, three times the black illegitimacy rate when Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote his prescient analysis of black family breakdown in 1965.
Not that Lamestream media is really interested:
After a week of being attacked for shady bookkeeping and questionable expenditures, the Clinton Foundation is fighting back. In a tweet posted last week, the Clinton Foundation claimed that 88 percent of its expenditures went “directly to [the foundation’s] life-changing work.”
There’s only one problem: that claim is demonstrably false. And it is false not according to some partisan spin on the numbers, but because the organization’s own tax filings contradict the claim.
In order for the 88 percent claim to be even remotely close to the truth, the words “directly” and “life-changing” have to mean something other than “directly” and “life-changing.” For example, the Clinton Foundation spent nearly $8.5 million–10 percent of all 2013 expenditures–on travel. Do plane tickets and hotel accommodations directly change lives? Nearly $4.8 million–5.6 percent of all expenditures–was spent on office supplies. Are ink cartridges and staplers “life-changing” commodities?
Those two categories alone comprise over 15 percent of all Clinton Foundation expenses in 2013, and we haven’t even examined other spending categories like employee fringe benefits ($3.7 million), IT costs ($2.1 million), rent ($4 million) or conferences and conventions ($9.2 million). Yet, the tax-exempt organization claimed in its tweet that no more than 12 percent of its expenditures went to these overhead expenses.
How can both claims be true? Easy: they’re not.
From ‘safe spaces’ to coddling cheaters …
When enough was enough, a frustrated professor at Texas A&M Galveston sent a lengthy email to his whole class explaining why everyone would get a failing grade.
After what he described as a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying, and cheating, professor Irwin Horwitz sent his Strategic Management class an email calling them a disgrace to the university and informing them that everyone would be failed. Horwitz claimed the class lacked the maturity to enter the workforce, and that in his two decades as a professor he’s never dealt with a class as unruly and disrespectful as this one,
It became apparent that they couldn’t do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do.
I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class.
This class is unique. I have never failed a class, it is very rare that I fail students, sometimes learning incorporates tough love.
Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, Vice President of Academic Affairs, has said that Horwitz’s threat is premature as the course has not ended. Until then, the head of the department will be replacing Horwitz as professor for the course.
Isn’t that special!