I was indisposed most of the weekend at a conference (about which more in due course), so I have a lot to catch up on. Let’s look at a few headlines from the morning papers:
- From the Washington Post sports page print edition (I can’t seem to find it online), a story about women’s professional soccer:
U.S. Women’s Strike Might Be Brewing
Now, if I was a hacker, I’d correct this headline online as follows:
U.S. Women’s Strike Might Be Brewing: Mirengoff Hardest Hit
- From the Metro section:
Under a measure that advanced in the D.C. Council last week, the city would pay 50 of its most troubled young residents annual stipends, perhaps $9,000 or more, to stick with programs to turn their lives around. Most participants would be those who have committed offenses involving firearms and who D.C. police think are likely to resort to gun violence again.
I supposed the DC city council is just thinking, “Why should we be the only criminals on the government payroll?” Not too hard to predict how this will affect crime in DC.
Old: “Use a Gun, Go to Prison.”
New: “Use a Gun, Get a Government Grant!”
And yet liberals say the NRA encourages gun violence.
- News item: Bill Clinton criticizes Bernie Sanders for sexism. Let that sink in a moment. Bill Clinton. Sexism. Maybe Hillary can get Bill Cosby to campaign for her. The thing I’d look forward to in a contest between Trump and Hillary would be Trump letting fly with the remark in a debate that if Hillary won the election, he certainly wouldn’t let his daughter be a White House intern. (You know he’d go there. He already has.)
- Why not Cosby? Hillary wheeled out feminist warhorses with one foot in the Smithsonian in an attempt to shore up her flagging support from young women. Madeline Halfbright Albright showed up, because there are surely tons of millennial women who no doubt say every morning over their soy latte, “Wow—I really want to know what Madeline Albright has to say about this!” “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”, Albright said in a comment that is just sure to close the gender gap Hillary has with male voters.
But wait, there’s more! Gloria Steinem showed up, too. Nothing says “forward-looking feminism for the 21st century” like Gloria Steinem, whose contribution to Hillary’s brilliant campaign was to say that younger women are supporting Sanders because “when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”
I suppose more plausible current feminist figures, or feminists with a figure, like Naomi Wolf stayed away because of Bill. Ditto young women going to Sanders rallies.