September 21, 2016

Washington Post Op-Ed Writer Publicly Shames Her Teenage Boys For Non-PC Beliefs — And More

Filed under: Education,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 4:23 pm

The last thing teenaged kids need is their mother to shame them on the Internet — and as part of her making a living, no less.

But that’s what’s apparently been going on for some time with feminist writer Jody Allard and her two teenaged sons, currently 16 and 18. Her most recent callout came a week ago at the Washington Post, where she sharply criticized them — even though she weakly allowed that they “are good boys” — because they don’t buy into her extreme outlook on “rape culture.” This leads one to wonder where the genuine adults are at the Post. How could they let a mother expose her children’s private thoughts to the whole wide world without saying, “Uh, we can’t publish that”? I’m betting that the content police at the Post would have caught this problem in a flash if a conservative or pro-family mom had started discussing the imperfections of their offspring. Oh, and as readers will see, it gets worse.

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As NFL’s Rating Dive Continues, Poll Shows Players’ National Anthem Antics Are Turning Off Fans

Two weeks ago, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said, as the Associated Press paraphrased it, that he “disagrees with Colin Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during the national anthem, but recognizes the quarterback’s right to protest.” Sunday night, Goodell seemed to go all-in with the players, telling AP (again, accurately paraphrased) that he “is encouraged by the direction players are taking with demonstrations related to the national anthem.”

The Commissioner might want to reconsider. For the second straight week, the NFL’s year-over-year ratings were down considerably, and, according to a poll discussed on Fox Sports, the antics of players from several teams during the national anthem represent a significant factor in that decline.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092116)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:55 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: These friends with Down syndrome are dominating the Argentina pizza market

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:50 am

From Buenos Aires, Argentina:

ep 19, 2016 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- Mateo studied baking and Leandro pastry making. Franco and Mauricio wanted to be waiters. These overlapping interests led the four friends with Down syndrome to start a successful pizza service in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

With more than 10,000 followers on Facebook, this group of friends has held nearly 30 events in just two months. Wherever they are called, they always arrive with their own oven and outfits. The offer pizza and empanadas, and they even have a menu for those who are gluten intolerant.

Each one knows his role in the undertaking, which is coordinated by Leandro López, president of the Crecer Sumando (Growing Together) association, which is dedicated to serving young people with Down syndrome.

López told CNA that “the idea was to try to change a little bit the paradigm regarding persons with Down syndrome,” in order to help normalize their inclusion in society’s workforce.

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