Amen to THAT…
1. Conservatism and nostalgia gone nuts...In the category of posts I don’t understand at all, right-ward blogger/pundit Megan Fox put up something called “8 Fun (and Possibly Dangerous) Activities Enjoyed by Past Generations That Today’s Kids Will Never Experience.” She said in her introduction of the paean to the good ol’ days, “Children are more coddled and protected than ever in 2019. For kids, it’s oppressive. I know mine listen to my stories of summers full of freedom and independence, running around the neighborhood all day until dark, with wide-eyed envy. These days, kids are hardly free to do anything we could back in generations past.”
But look what she chose…
- “Play all day with no adult supervision, roaming neighborhoods and friends’ houses until dark”
We let out son do this, and I would do it today. There’s nothing stopping you. I’d strongly suggest waiting until the child is at least 10, though.
- Ride in cars without seatbelts.
I don’t see how anyone can be nostalgic about something that got kids killed, abd what was so much fun about riding without seat belts anyway?
- “The joy of phone calls”
Okay, texting is more popular. But I see kids on the phone all the time (A school is almost next to our house.). If a kid really thinks phoning is a “joy,’ nothing is stopping her.
- ” Lawn darts, rusty slides, dangerous park equipment”
“At our neighborhood park, the slide was so high that it would make your stomach drop half way up the ladder….. Nobody’s mommy came with them to the park. It was a sanctuary…Parks have been sanitized and de-riskified with padded ground and plastic, twisty slides that are so slow it seems pointless to even use them….Everything is super safe, and yet everyone’s mother is hovering. It makes no sense.”
There’s also a park just like the one she described within view of our house, yes, with moms (actually nannies) all around. The kids there seem to be having a lot of fun anyway. All I remember from our local playground was coming home injured, sometimes badly. The only time I was ever beat up as a child was at that playground, because there were no adults around. What fun!
- Hanging out at the mall in packs of 11- to 15-year-olds
- Buying cigarettes for a family member
What? Why is this on the list?
- Sitting in the car for up to an hour while Mom grocery shops
This is also a “What?” My parents never did that to us, and I don’t know why any responsible parent would. “Oh yes, we all did this,” says Fox. “Back when I was a kid it was completely normal to have a parking lot full of kids in cars waiting for parents. No one thought this was a crime or weird at all. And we loved it!” She must be from Mars.
Babysitting was (and still is) a way to make money. Anyone who thought it was “fun” was weird.
Posts like this are among the reasons why conservatives have a bad reputation.
2. Look! The Associated Press actually defended the President in a Factcheck! This one came in useful instantly, because the “Trump has cut the CDC’s budget and we’re all going to DIE!” theme was all over Facebook, aided by the false pronouncements of various Presidential candidates.
3. Speaking of false pronouncements of Presidential candidates, Joe Biden repeatedly claimed to be arrested with Nelson Mandela as part of his pandering campaign to blacks. This has been widely debunked, and finally a TV interviewer asked him about it, CNN’s John Berman, who said, “You said during a visit to South Africa to visit Nelson Mandela, which I know was a very memorable visit for you, that you were arrested when you were there. Your campaign has since come out and said,” No, no, no,” you were separated from other people at the airport. But you didn’t say that, but you did say “arrest” three times. Why?” Here’s Joe’s response:
What I meant to say was — look — I strongly, strongly, strongly, was opposed to apartheid. I was one of the leaders. If you doubt it, go on JoeBiden.com and look at the exchange between George Schultz and me on the foreign relations committee. And here’s the deal, I was with a black delegation the Congressional Black Caucus, they had me get off a plane, the Afrikaners got on in their short pants and their guns, lead me off first and lead me in a direction totally different. I turned around and the entire black delegation was going another way. I said “I’m going through that door that says ‘whites only,’” I’m going with them and they said, “You’re not. You can’t move, you can’t go with them.” They kept me there until finally it was clear that I wasn’t going to move and what they finally did was they said, “Okay, they’re not going to back the Congressional delegation go through the ‘black door,’ they’re going to make me go through the ‘white door.’ They took us out – if my memory serves me – through a baggage claim area up to a restaurant, and they cleared out a restaurant. When I said arrested, I meant I was not able to, I was not able to move. Cops, Afrikaners, were not letting me go with them, made me stay where I was. I guess I wasn’t arrested, I was stopped. I was not able to move where I wanted to go.
But that’s not what “arrested” means, and even with half his brain tied behind his back these days, Joe knows it.
4. More on the trans competitors destroying female sports beat: New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard continues her bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. She competed in men’s weightlifting competitions before transitioning seven years ago, when she was 35. She’ll in the women’s 87-plus kg division in the Australian Open in Canberra on Sunday. She won last month’s World Cup in Rome where she lifted 270kg, defeating Ukraine’s Anastasiia Lysenko. Hubbard is eligible to compete in women’s events, according to the International Weightlifting Federation’s guidelines for the inclusion of transgender athletes.
Australian former track athlete Tamsyn Manou said yesterday that women needed to “take a stand” over the inclusion of transgender athletes in their sports.
Here’s Miss Hubble…
Some women are taking a stand, like the girls suing here.
Unless there is a general boycott, however, the incursion of trans competitors into women’s and girls’ sports will continue, with the attendant unfairness.
Ann Althouse, a woman herself, opined that women are too nice and submissive to take a stand, and will quietly go back to not participating in sports, writing,
Today, the pressure to be empathetic toward transgenders is so great that I believe women, known for our empathy and our desire to appear compassionate, will let go of competitive sports and return to the inclinations that dominated back in the days when I went to high school. It’s a trade-off, a trade-off between the potential for athletic victory and the feeling of being kind and inclusive. The latter is something quite valuable and within the reach of all women. The former is a dream, and it’s only a dream for an elite few among women.
Is she right? Here’s the way it should work (Pointer to Other Bill):
High school senior Heaven Fitch, of Uwharrie Charter ( North Carolina), became the first female to win one of the association’s individual state wrestling championships The Teenager won the 106 pound (48 kg) weight class at the 1A division on Saturday. Overall, she was one of only three female wrestlers in the tournament.”
I kept waiting for the story to reveal that she was a 38 year-old former man who had begun “transitioning.” No, Carrie is just a talented athlete who chose to compete at the highest level she could, fair and square.