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“What a fast swimmer: A Penn State swimmer who competed for three seasons at the college level as a man is now absolutely dominating the sport as a woman,”

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As someone who demands justice, and also comedy, I’m really hoping one of the girls announces that she has severe anxiety and demands to compete with her emotional support jet ski.

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He/she/it (sorry...not up on my pronouns) swims for the University of Pennsylvania...NOT Penn State.

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He. A man is a man is a man.

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Exactly. "It" is dehumanizing and cruel. "She" speaks falsehood. "He" is correct.

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Long ago, when this nonsense was only a dim cloud on the distant horizon, my late father, a country Presbyterian pastor, who eschewed "cussing", not as a moral evil as such, but because doing it often made it ineffective when it was really needed, proposed that the appropriate gender neutral pronoun be s/h/it.

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I do this thing for fun where I try to problematize everything, so your comment caused me to look up the Penn State mascot the ‘Nittany Lions’.

………..aaaaaaand ‘nittany’ is a Native American (Algonquin) term meaning ‘single mountain’ that Penn State has apparently appropriated. Pitchforks coming within 18 months.

😂😂😂

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He/she/it does not swim for Penn State, the PA state university. He/she/it swims for the University of Pennsylvania, which is an Ivy League founded by Ben Franklin. Ben Franklin is ATM turning in his grave.

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The most effective performance enhancing drug in all of women's sports is a genetically male body.

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I'm not hating, but I so dislike this tortured language "a swimmer competing as a man". It's a man competing as a woman. Period. The reason these absurdities are now common place is the corruption of language. Peace !

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Yes! I suggest the use of "trans-identified male" in future articles.

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Vin...short sweet and a good one, thanks.

You didn't even need the-Period.

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Every article about a "trans" person should use the pronoun (s)he, which is a clear description of reality. Works for M2F or F2M.

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Dec 3, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

I am a public charter school teacher. I teach, and have taught an urban, working-class to poor demographic my entire career (26 years, LA County). The malaise that seems to have befallen so many teachers/districts is completely foreign to me.

In am fortunate to teach at a school where the leadership, staff, and parents appreciate and love what we do. After 3 months we’ve had only 2 student cases of COVID (500 persons total) and 2 teacher cases; the latest being me, even though my symptoms were mild AND our entire staff was vaxxed in April. We test everyone weekly.

The students love being back; WE love being back because virtual instruction was disastrous for too many students. These reports of mass check-outs are an indictment of the poor public education leadership we suffer from. If parents had more choice in educating their children you would minimize the effect of such poor leadership; attending board meetings and protests doesn’t work. Being able to choose the best school for your child, and thus threatening the existence of such poor leadership is the best way to change it/limit its damage.

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"WE love being back because virtual instruction was disastrous for too many students"

That's where you differ from many teachers. Many teachers #1 concern isn't students falling behind, it's being BLAMED for students falling behind.

Much easier to castigate all the tests as racist than try to improve test scores. And the less time students spend in classrooms, the more teachers can say any achievement gaps aren't their fault.

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"Many teachers #1 concern isn't students falling behind, it's being BLAMED for students falling behind."

I don't agree with the first point. I have too many family and friends who work in public (and private) school systems, and they all want their kids to succeed. Nobody gets into the teacher biz for money or "summer vacations"--most do it out of passion to help kids grow.

The next point: Why should they take the blame if they have no control over what they teach? Teachers are required to teach whatever curriculum is the fashion in Big Education any given month or year, even if they know to a certainty that New New Math (to take one instance) is silly, wasteful, and inane.

As for "raising the test scores," how? Teachers cannot take the extra time with slower students because the clock is ticking to the Next Standardized Test. Schools have become an assembly line instead of a place to learn stuff.

Classroom disruption is a serious issue---both for physical safety of students and staff, and as a time-suck from the majority of students who DO want to learning something.

Finally, YOU try squeezing all the mandatory teaching requirements into five hours of daily classroom time while raising those test scores. It wasn't difficult when I went to school in the 1960s and '70s--civics, math, English, reading, science, and a few other subjects, that was it. One state standardized test per year.

Mandatory subjects have doubled or tripled since I was a kid. There is no good way to teach all of it without speeding up the assembly line, and that makes slower kids fall off with no nets to catch them.

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Ironically, the point of standardized testing is to have a point of comparison between school districts, schools, and even down to individual teachers, so that we can see who is doing a good job of "teaching the children" and who needs to improve.

Of course, any measure like that is susceptible to Goodhart's Law https://sketchplanations.com/goodharts-law

At the same time, standardized tests will be opposed by some for good reasons, and others who don't like a flashlight shone on their incompetence or apathy.

Teaching is obviously a difficult job at the best of times, so when a convenient get-out-of-accountability free card comes along, like "if test scores are in freefall then the test must be racist", it will be exploited at the institutional level, and to a lesser extent by individual teachers.

When it comes to classroom disruption, left-wing political groupthink in the education-industrial complex has made that problem steadily worse. Demographic disparities in which students tend to get suspended more on average are what they are.

However, rising obsession with "equity" has led schools to stop suspending or otherwise disciplining their disruptive students, because it makes the schools' disciplinary statistics look more equitable. Equity is thus being prioritized at the expense of, as you put it, " the majority of students who DO want to learn something."

Left-wing activism, coupled with garden-variety institutional corruption, has been pulling schools steadily away from "passion to help kids grow" for years now. But with COVID, the teachers unions in particular really showed their hand. Teachers, and their unions, are openly lobbying for more at-home education, and masking kids, making them eat outside in the cold, etc., while at the same time lobbying AGAINST vaccine mandates for teachers.

So no, I don't agree that the school system at large "want their kids to succeed". That's increasingly viewed as optional; the priorities are teachers and administrators getting a cushy job for life, where they're never held accountable for anything they do (or don't do), and a guaranteed captive audience of children that they can exploit for their own pet political crusades.

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Bravo Zulu.

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I suppose the big question is, to what extent are teachers responsible for trends in Big Education?

The biggest problem with trying to hold institutions accountable is getting bogged down in the "it's nobody's fault really" runaround.

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I agree. Institutions are masters at "uh, I dunno, go ask the guy down the hall."

As for your first question, I don't work in this field and can't claim any special insight. But my sense is that administrators, politicians, and self-appointed "education specialists," not teachers, are responsible for much of the weird trends that infect school systems.

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You are too right. What most teachers do when confronted with weird curriculum is ignore it. I bet most of the over the top anti-racist curriculum is ignored my most teachers. I remember getting a memo that we were supposed to teach kids about sexual harassment; to 2nd/3rd graders? Really? We shook our head and went on teaching the basics.

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You're welcome, Sharon. Thank you for taking on the impossible task of pleasing bosses, parents, and educating our kids all at the same time. It's very difficult to do well.

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The issue I'd take with that is the education faculties at colleges swung WAY to the left in the past 10 years or so. You more or less have to be woke-as-hell to get accredited as a teacher nowadays, so that's fed a pipeline of newly minted true believers into the school system.

I graduated in 2013 and I could see the campuswide leftward swing happening in real-time, and it's only become worse since then.

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William...my opinions aside, the teachers i know are above $100,000/yr (New Jersey, Penn.) and it is a part-time job, which does not mean they do not like the kids.

Compare truck drivers average about $70,000/yr while working twice the hours as teachers.

50 years ago it would be the case "nobody gets into the teachers biz for money"

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Teachers in the Chicago area make 100k as well. But it's spotty--some suburbs pay that, others pay much less--and outside the Chicago area the pay is maybe half that. So, pay varies wildly. I'd still wager that most teachers in most areas of the country, particularly rural, make nowhere close to six figures. My sister was a public grade school teacher in Phoenix, AZ, and even after 32 years never hit six figures. It all depends on what taxpayers are willing to spend to support their schools.

I don't consider teaching a part-time job. Yes, they have six to eight weeks off during summer, and several weeks off during the school year. But they work a 50- to 60-hour week between actual in-school hours, mandatory continuing education, (mostly) mandatory running of before- and after-school clubs, programs, sports, and events, and reviewing and grading the daily work of more than 100 assigned students. 2,000 hours a year is the definition of full-time work in this country--40 hours a week x 50 weeks--and every teacher I know works more than that.

That doesn't mean truck drivers don't deserve more pay and don't work hard--they do. But I'm sure Teamster drivers make more money than nonunion, which puts them in the same boat as teachers--some make out well, some don't.

And nobody gets into the writing biz for the money :-)

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OK William...here is what we do, switch. Drivers /Teachers , because the kids Need Help and when we switch, kids start learning "how to think", granted deliveries Will be late. Teachers might not be too happy, they can adjust in time, but the "ex" drivers really won't know what to do with all the time off, holidays and weekends off and getting home for dinner, while saying hello to their kids.

Unions went south on the drivers, too many injuries, med bills etc.

We could put the US back on track, with a simple move...love

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Well said, Peter, and I'm delighted you guys are doing so well with face to face in the time of Covid. Students suffered in the lockdown, but so did teachers, I imagine---you need each other for maximum impact, and teaching via Zoom must be a real pain in the butt.

I believe in school choice for families, but not at taxpayer expense. I'm happy to fund the public school system, but I don't want my tax dollars funding religious schools or for-profit charters. (Public charters are a good idea.) I'd rather our society triple down on making EVERY public school as good as the best private, religious, or charter school. It's not just money, it's attitude and leadership, as you said. Only way we get that is to demand it, and if school boards refuse, we throw them out.

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Teachers unions are also, unfortunately, part of the problem. Unions in general often try to protect job security for their members (and due payers - protect the cash cows). That often leads to unions fighting against transparency and accountability (equally true of police unions as it is of teachers unions).

Unions in the private sector are generally a good thing, but unions for gov't workers can easily do more harm than good.

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"Teachers unions are also, unfortunately, part of the problem."

I agree. They and police unions no longer just protect the rights of workers, they have too much power over the running of the institutions. A rebalance is overdue.

Unions protect job security because that is their role. I was chairman of a newspaper union back in the day, and my job was to protect the rights of reporters and editors, ensure management hewed to the contract they signed with us, negotiate fiercely for pay and benefits while understanding we cannot kill the golden goose so also be reasonable, and other stuff.

But our union was transparent as all hell, with the labor contract, dues structure, and operating funds all available to anyone who wanted to read them--members OR management. We hired out regular financial audits whose results were released to all members. The professional staff--executive director/lead contract negotiator, and the general counsel--answered to the board of directors, which was composed entirely of working staff at the various newspaper in the union. The professional staff was paid, the board and unit chairs were volunteer. (Yes, it was an F of a lot of work for no pay!)

Because workers are workers no matter who signs the check and they need their livelihoods and rights protected, I have no problem with unions in both sectors. But unions should have no say in the management of a company or agency as long as the employer doesn't violate the contract.

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"Because workers are workers no matter who signs the check and they need their livelihoods and rights protected, I have no problem with unions in both sectors. But unions should have no say in the management of a company or agency as long as the employer doesn't violate the contract."

I could live with that compromise.

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Fair enough, miles, thanks, and this is why I like conversing on Bari's site. You meet good people like yourself.

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Having said that, I've thought about it a little more, and how can unions have a say in who gets fired and who doesn't, without also having an indirect say in the management of the company/agency?

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If public schools were open enrollment more families would have more choice. Zoned schools have been inequitable for decades.

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Zoned schools are very inequitable, as you say. But I'd rather put the effort and time into making every single one of them a Palace o' Learning than make kids zoom all over the city to get to a "good" public school. They should all be good with all the money we put into them!

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Nothing is perfect, there are always compromises.

You can’t buy a Porsche for 25k, or an iPhone 13 for $199.

Large bureaucracies have proven the billions provided for education have not produced equal outcomes. Parents with more control of the education dollar their child is worth can effect better the education service provided their child.

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I'm not saying we should pour more money into public education. We spend a ton as it is, and maybe if we get rid of six layers of deputy associate assistant superintendents, we could fix the school infrastructure, reduce class sizes, and invest in classroom work. I'm open to that.

If you're suggesting we assign each parent X dollars of tax money to put their kids in any public school in their district, effectively funneling tax money to the best schools, it's worth a try.

But tax money should not go to religious or private schools. Public money for public schools, however we decide to allocate that pot. Public money for non-public schools, which by their nature discriminate and indoctrinate with no public oversight? Not a chance.

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Also, I believe that education should be funded entirely by the state, not by local property taxes. That would even the financial playing field a lot and give poor areas of every state--cities, towns, and rural--a shot at decent education for their kids. Local property taxes are the worst way to fund ed.

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Peter...I agree, "geing able to choose...", but then what would remain?

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Dec 3, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

Excellent account about what citizens of Waukesha are experiencing in the aftermath of the Christmas parade massacre. Thank you for keeping the story alive — unlike the mainstream press. Happy Hanukkah!

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Happy Hanukkah!

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Dec 3, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

It really was a fine report. Thank you. The wheelchair ramps were a real gut-punch.

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"Massacre." Much better word choice than "crash."

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“Instead of dutifully showcasing the real life apartments of poor Irish immigrants, they are adding a more diverse cast”

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Makes sense. The entire Democrat agenda to destroy the United States depends upon no one understanding that, for example, my white privilege was preceded by my great-grandpa moving to North Dakota from Norway where he had dirt floors and zero slaves.

Also, I could not care less about my heritage because I have eschewed tribalism for being a free individual. The only reason I know that is because I was forced to do a ‘Cultural Fair’ project in 7th grade.

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Way back in 1989 we did anti-bias training to implement in our preschool/day care. As an Irish descendant, I didn't know until then that the Irish were treated worse than Black Americans. We took our then 16 yo son to the Tenement Museum a few years ago...a lot of it even then was so exaggerated!

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Just when I think I can't loathe Biden, the MSM and Democrat leaders (triumvirate of evil) any more, they find a way to drop the limbo bar of sleaze even lower and slither under it with ease. What happened in Waukesha was a terrorist attack with dozens of victims and a horrifying number of deaths. Biden hasn't visited or strongly condemned the act of violence when he found plenty of time to visit Jacob Blake and his family when he was shot as he was attempting a kidnapping. I haven't seen any Democratic leader condemn this terrorist attack either. The MSM has buried any mention of Waukesha unless they want to talk about this mysterious SUV that autonomously caused the "accident" while sympathizing with Darrell Brooks because he has been "dehumanized". The triumvirate of evil are vile, horrible people who don't care when people die if they don't serve their narrative. Despicable.

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It truly is astonishing. Biden hasn't been there because Waukesha is too white and too red. I live 30 minutes away drive through from time to time. The fact that "Grandpa Joe" can't provide sympathy in any way tells us everything we need to know about him.

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Laura...you have a way with words, good one.

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I read a great article about hypocritical virtue-signaling and luxury beliefs on UnHerd the other day:

"In a technocratic regime, the ruling class adopts a distinctly cognitivist view:virtue does not consist of anything you do or don’t do, it consists of having the correct opinions. This is attractive, as one may then exempt oneself from the high-minded policies one inflicts upon everyone else.

For example, the state schools are turned into laboratories of grievance-based social engineering, with generally disastrous effects, but you send your own children to expensive private schools. You can de-legitimise the police out of a professed concern for black people, and the explosion of murder will be confined to black parts of the city you never see, and journalists are not interested in. In this way, you can be magnanimous while avoiding the moral pollution that comes from noticing reality.

With this clerisy’s systemic lack of “skin in the game”, the idea of a common good becomes a weak abstraction. Maintaining one’s own purity of opinion, on the other hand, has real psychic consequence, as it is the basis for one’s feeling of belonging — not to the community one happens to reside in, but to the tribe of the elect."

https://unherd.com/2020/12/how-race-politics-liberated-the-elites/?=refinnar

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Dec 3, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

Although he might be a bête noire to many, if Bari gets the headline of the week for “Women’s Tennis Has Balls, Does Wall Street”, surely Sen. Ted Cruz deserves some recognition for his tweet “The Women’s Tennis Association has bigger balls than the NBA”.

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Well anyone would have bigger balls than the China kowtowing NBA.

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There is only ONE solution to these problems that the Democrats and their lapdog followers in the MSM will understand:

Next November, you must hold your nose and vote REPUBLICAN all the way down the ticket.

It doesn't matter that you may never have heard of the candidate or his or her views - only a complete and total REPUDIATION of the Democrat party and their bizarre rejection of reality at all levels will do.

And this is from a lifelong liberal who despised Trump but only now understands WHY he happened and why he has so many supporters.

If we don't do this now we may never find our way back to sensible, reality-based governance.

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You want us to vote for Republicans no matter how dangerous or detestable they are? Boebert, Greene, Abbott, or any other dangerous gasbag that puts themselves on the ballot, just as long as they're GOP? No damn way in hell would I do that, for the same reason I don't vote Democratic across the board.

I don't for a moment believe you were a "lifelong liberal who despised Trump." You gave away your con with "Democrat party."

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I'm a registered independent who left BOTH parties because of the too-prominent crazies on both sides. Where I live Boebrrt. at. al. would never make it past a primary - people are too smart for that.

All I can say is I voted for Biden last year and I'm sorry I did - I regret I couldn't get past my dislike of Trump

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That being the case, Michael, I withdraw and apologize for my snotty remark about you not being a liberal. I have the same issue you describe here: the wing nuts have taken the steering wheel of both parties and are driving normal Americans into the ditch. I am a sensible liberal, not Woke, and I will vote for Republicans if I like them and their stands. But the GOP crazies who run for Congress not for the job but the exposure, clicks, likes, and millions of dollars of dark money--Boebert et al--I cannot stomach and would never vote for. I'm sure there are Democrats in Congress who are there solely for Themselves, but the biggest wave came into Congress by aping Trump.

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Bill, what is needed is an explicitly centrist mass movement that will demand practical realistic achievable. To the Nation's problems.

Hopefully it will replace one of our two equally bankrupt major parties

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Absolutely yes, Penny. Both parties let their wing nuts take the steering wheels, and they're driving normal everyday Americans into the ditch. I just insist that people recognize it's not just the Democrats, it's the Republicans too. I need a party led by grownups I trust not to wreck the joint when I go out of town for a couple of days!

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Exactly my point!

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Invite me if you find the address, I'll wear my party rags :-)

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Dang...that was good , Mike.

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What's truly upsetting is that these "woke" elites ARE TOTALLY CLUELESS about the deep hatred that ordinary people feel toward them.

They remind me of the French Bourbons of the 18th century - they have learned nothing and remember nothing and will be completely blindsided by the cataclysm that will sweep them away.

We can only hope that there isn't a homegrown Bonaparte waiting in the wings.

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Doesn't Trump already fit the Bonaparte role scarily well? He was in power, overthrown and exiled, and is now looking to reclaim his position.

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Successful would-be authoritarians have a PLAN to which they rigorously adhere, the ability to focus, and are willing to play the long game to achieve their goals.

Trump has the attention span of a gnat, wouldn't recognise a plan of action if it hit him in the face, and governed by whimsy and mood of the moment.

That having been said , he did achieve some success on the economic front. But all of his successes were just Standard Republican Policy that any Republican president might have achieved with the requisite majorities in Congress. They didn't spring from his fevered brain like he claimed.

American Bonaparte or Mussolini? No. American Silvio Berlusconi

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Dec 3, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

Nellie - thank you for shining a light on the Waukesha victims! A young single mother with four young children injured in the attack? I can't even imagine what she must be going through. It's infuriating that the MSM is downplaying this slaughter. If anyone has trustworthy links to help the victims with medical expenses etc., please share. No doubt this holiday season is going to be brutal for them.

When Brooks was being arraigned, there was an image of his defense attorney putting her arm around him, presumably to comfort him. I can only speculate that's when he found out that the youngest victim had actually died - and she was comforting him??? Wow - we really do live in upside down world when Darrell Brooks is portrayed as the victim.

On the same note, George Stephanopoulos' nauseating gag-fest with Alec Baldwin attempting to repair his image? Baldwin apparently feels no guilt, no responsibility for Halyna Hutchins' death. Talk about forgetting the victims: Halyna, her husband, their young son, and Joel Souza. Isn't that investigation still going? Who at ABC thought it a good idea to allow Baldwin a platform to excuse himself of any responsibility (criminal or otherwise) when there's an ongoing investigation? It was sickening to watch!

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That whole Rust killing is the results of ignoring meritocracy. That friend's daughter, the failed actress, failed model, who didn't know squat about firearms or safety, hired out of nepotism and not merit. Why with something as hazardous as playing with firearms—especially pointing firearms somewhere other than downrange—did you not have an armorer who is some crusty ol' gunsmith, an NRA Range Safety Officer, competitive target shooter, judges shooting events, has hand built several of the period firearms used.

Instead you have a woman who complained ... complained that it was too hard to tell real ammunition from blank ammunition.

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True - agree on all your points though I don't excuse Baldwin for skipping basic gun safety protocol as the person ultimately handling the gun. I was mainly disgusted that he was given a platform to spin his BS by his buddies at ABC.

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Handling the gun, producer and director...it's ALL on him....and he knows it.

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That girl wouldn’t have been allowed as a line coach at a Naval live fire range.

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In an interview he said he was being dehumanized and called a monster Really. Poor baby. Maybe that’s because you are a monster and want to dehumanize others.

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You're referring to Brooks, correct? I saw also how he wrote to the judge some 8 or more years ago saying he couldn't pay his child support because he didn't have a job because he was getting incarcerated....which of course is everyone else's fault. His own mother hasn't even visited him in jail. https://news.yahoo.com/waukesha-suspect-darrell-brooks-told-125342213.html?fr=yhssrp_catchall

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Appreciate you Nellie and Bari. Just that. Thank you.

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"The #strong motto has become the standard for American towns after a mass killing."

The fact that such a standard exists is heartbreaking.

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Completely.

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In some ways the people stuck in the pub for several days is a good news story (it has happened in that particular pub before). In other ways, people in the North East of England (and in Scotland) are still suffering the after effects from Arwen, one of the worst storms to hit the region for years (the wind came from the North East). Electricity and water has been out in some places since last Friday (best guess for reconnection sometime before Christmas). People in my village who lost power were only reconnected yesterday. The army has finally been called out to County Durham today.

If this had happened closer to London, it would have been a major international news story. As it is -- crickets in most of the UK press.

Local people are just getting on with it-- general rallying around. Various community centres are open providing hot meals and drinks as well as places to recharge phones. The local MP has been trying to help and sends out updates etc every day. But there has just been so much infrastructure damage.

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Because the BBC is finally starting to report about the situation today you can read more about it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59504845

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Thanks. I had heard nothing about this.

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My friend sent me a story this morning about a Latter-Day Saints congregation that called off their Sunday service to start helping out the neighborhood: clearing fallen trees, moving the elderly into homes that had power. There was one old gentleman living in a Midsomer Murders cottage who had the only gas stove in his village, and he let everyone make tea and heat soup on it for a couple of days.

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The media's deliberate lies about Waukesha make me sick to my stomach. Thank you for your reporting on this and other important news.

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What lies did the media tell? Yes, MSM dropped the story like a hot pan after realizing it didn't feed the narrative, but I read all the coverage and didn't see any lies. Can you tell me what they were, in your view?

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Lies of omission and deliberate obfuscation. If you read the headlines below, would you have any idea that this "parade crash" was not an accident but in fact first-degree vehicular homicide? Would you know that prior to the incident the driver was out on $1K bail and charged with attempting to run over the mother of his child? WaPo mentions the charge, but uses the misleading "SUV slammed" wording as if the car somehow accidentally hit all those people instead of its driver zigzagging to hit as many as possible.

“After SUV slammed into Wis. Parade and killed 5, driver to be charged with homicide” (The Washington Post, Nov. 22)

“A sixth victim has died after the Waukesha Christmas parade crash, prosecutors say” (CNN, Nov. 23)

“Child is 6th death in Waukesha parade crash: suspect charged” (AP, Nov. 23)

“Waukesha parade crash suspect captured on doorbell camera shortly after crash” (USA Today, Nov. 23)

“More than a dozen remain hospitalized after deadly Waukesha parade crash” (CNN, Nov. 25)

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Thanks for this, Missy, I appreciate it. I actually did know all that in the first couple days of coverage---the driver being out on skinny bail, that it was not an accident but deliberate, etc.--from reading the coverage. None of those facts were suppressed, omitted, or obfuscated.

It wasn't wrong for media to use "Waukesha parade crash." They cannot call it murder because it isn't unless the driver is convicted. I was in the newspaper biz for a long time and would have chosen a better word than "crash"--"Waukesha parade killings," for instance, because he did in fact kill those people, with murder yet to be determined--but crash is not incorrect.

In my opinion, the biggest outrage from the media coverage is them dropping the story like a hot rock as soon as they saw the driver was black. That fact violated their mantra that only "murderous white supremecists like Rittenhouse!!" will be in the headlines for weeks on end, and so they quietly went away. This story should remain as prominent as Kenosha, and the killer's life torn apart every bit as much as they did Rittenhouse's.

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Thank you for your courteous reply, William.

Re: "but crash is not incorrect"

Wouldn't it be multiple crashes, then? Since multiple people were hit? Not one single crash, as you might expect if someone hit someone and then stopped. It may be simply a difference of opinion, but I don't see "crash" as an accurate word to describe the hitting of multiple pedestrians in different locations with no other vehicles involved.

I do think the national media deliberately downplayed the event and used misleading language wherever possible - and continue to do so. Local media have been better, which is one reason why you and I are well informed. But we mostly agree on this. Thanks again.

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I live in Wisconsin, and local media here is just as bad in sanitizing the coverage. It's not the "Waukesha parade attack," it's the "parade tragedy." That implies some kind of accident. The victims were "hit by an SUV" as if the SUV drove itself. Yes they reported on the offender's criminal history and low bail, but that doesn't excuse the rest. A couple of days after the attack, the story mysteriously disappeared from the home page of my local paper, while stories about the Rittenhouse trial fallout were still front and center. And there is zero reporting on the offender's anti-white, pro-BLM social media activity, which would suggest a hate crime. You have to get that from conservative media. Just imagine if the races were reversed.

So local media gets no pass from me. They are almost as shameless and narrative-driven as the national MSM. One of the main problems is industry consolidation, with just a handful of corporate owners controlling multiple media outlets. For instance, Gannett owns the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and Lee Newspapers owns at least three smaller Wisconsin city dailies. There are no more independent publications. Journalism, as I grew up with it and knew it for decades, is long dead.

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Thanks for that update. The Journal-Sentinel is trash. Although I don't think consolidation/corporate ownership is the main factor - it's the same pro-left partisan behavior we see all over the media world.

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Agree wholeheartedly as a fellow Wisconsinite!

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Oh, absolutely--while "crash" is not wrong, it's certainly not the best choice. I would have used "killings," because the driver did indeed kill those people, even if "murder" has yet to be determined.

Yes on local media--I'm a big fan and get most of my information about local events from them rather than the nationals. If I can get through the firewalls :-)

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"I actually did know all that in the first couple days of coverage...from reading the coverage. None of those facts were suppressed, omitted, or obfuscated."

What sources do you use for news and information? I'm hazarding a guess that Missy was referencing the alphabet legacy media - ABCNBCCBSCNNMSNBCNPRPBS et al - not all media in general.

For example, Substacks and Epoch Times and Daily Wire are part of the "media" and they covered it well.

Did the alphabet legacy media do likewise?

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Yes, I should have been more clear. I meant the national mainstream alphabets.

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OK, got it. In that case, I honestly don't know if they did a good job, because I avoid cable and alphabets like the plague. Whether it's FOX or CNN or CBS, they're entertainers first, second, and third, and reporters fourth. I don't waste my time watching.

FWIW, I read daily NYT, WaPo, WSJ, Times of Israel, The Atlantic, Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune, Associated Press, HuffPost, National Review, Bulwark, American Handgunner, and whatever pops up on my Facebook feed that looks interesting. Also the Substacks of Charlie Pierce, Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, Eric Zorn, and Letters From An American.

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Honestly, it's hard to remember, ATG. I read everything under the sun during a major event, so it all blends together after a day or two. I don't watch TV on the grounds they're not journalists they're entertainers, so the alphabets and cable TV are not a factor for me.

NYT and WaPo covered the story well initially---and then dropped it like the plague once they found out it wasn't a "white shaved-head racist patriot!" but a black guy with tats and braids. No longer fit their narrative, so they moved on. Sigh. Drives me nuts. WSJ did a good job, too, then it faded away, just not as fast as NYT and WaPo.

I also read all the local coverage, which was good, as you'd expect for such a major local event.

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I'm pro vaccination too. I've taken every other vaccination available in my lifetime (58 years) but I chose not to take this one. I assessed that there was lower risk in being exposed to a corona virus than to be exposed to (and likely dependent on) an unproven (therefore unsafe) technology. I appear to have been correct because I was exposed to covid-19 and recovered as I expected. I've been tested twice since for antibodies. Both times I tested very positive. Based on decades of virology, and tests from a legitimate laboratory (unlike the plethora of fake vaccine passports in circulation), my natural immunity (via infection) is more robust and durable than a vaccinated immunity. Is Common Sense also pro natural immunity? If so, would Common Sense consider advocating for a "Natural Immunity Passport" so that those of us who're far less dangerous than vaccinated people can participate in society on par with the vaccinated? C'mon Bari, let's see how far off the political science narrative your team can go to seek truth. :)

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Obviously, it's going to take large, undeniable, out of control SUV's to break through the parade of "political science narratives" on a number of these topics here. So there is hope.

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Not looking for a fight. Glad you did not get terribly sick, I did not either last Nov. My question is do you not see the vaccine as a way to turn this thing around and to keep the people around you from getting sick? Maybe I am wrong, but I just thought that if everyone got vaccinated from the beginning this would all be over. I work in a rehab hospital and basically see the people that almost died from Covid (they were on vents, etc) and our hospital helps get them back physically to their pre-Covid abilities. Now I am just seeing the unvaccinated that got sick. I see some bad things but my point is I got the vaccine so that I would not somehow transmit it to them. I agree with the Natural Immunity Passport, sounds like Germany is doing it, but in Germany it only last 6 months.

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The Covid shots are not vaccines - they do not prevent infection or transmission. Even if you got the shots, you can still transmit the virus. That's the difference with these shots compared to real vaccines. That's why mass "vaccination" isn't ending the pandemic.

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Gee, that certainly isn't what Joe, Anthony and Rochelle were telling us on prime time TV just a couple of months ago...

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You won't get a fight from me. :) However, keep in mind that we've never vaccinated into a pandemic in all of human history. Many world renowned virologists and immunologists warned against it at the very start of the pandemic because they thought it would negatively affect the spread, severity, and mutation of the original virus. They were quickly censored. Pierre Kory and Geert Vanden Bossche to name just two. It appears they were right. These "vaccines" (actually gene therapy) are not proving effective for the prevention of contracting or transmitting the virus yet the politicians keep pushing a demonstrably false narrative that they are. Don't get me wrong, the "vaccines" have been helpful to the very small number of elderly, medically compromised, or morbidly obese people who had no other choice, but they've been marginally effective (at best) for the vast numbers of healthy individuals who were never in any more danger of being hospitalized or dying from Covid-19 than by getting struck by lightning or getting hit in the head by a falling coconut. Merry Christmas :)

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The data seems to suggest to the most extreme degree imaginable that the vaccine did not impact spread even marginally.

It works, just not for that.

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I called this the exact instant that someone first said “omicron” and it is already happening.

I said that omicron will “evade natural immunity”. They are already running with the story. Even heard it on the Commentary Magazine podcast which usually doesn’t buy into propaganda.

I also predicted that “omicron has a greater impact on children” will be rolled out. We will see if that pops up.

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They will have to come up with some explanation when enough kids start dropping from the vax that it can no longer be glossed over. If Omicron is too much past that expiration date to be useful, they will invent another one. Whatever, it can't be because of the EUA "Experimental Gene Therapy." It just can't.

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Dec 3, 2021Liked by Nellie Bowles

Feels like you hit your stride this week, Nellie.

Am reflective of the poor people trapped in a pub for four days with an Oasis Tribute Band. Thanks be that this didn't turn into a Donner Party Event.

When our anti-racists preach that everything about an American is a footnote to their race, then crime becomes, narratively, derivative of race. As a corollary, white people, Jews, and Asians are more susceptible to killer SUVs than anything else.

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That swimming mentally ill man (or is he just a con artist with boobs and a penis) should be consigned to swimming with the fishes. Why does America allow this garbage? Do most people just not want to be seen as mean in the face of delusion? At what point will normal people strike back.

Maybe here is the tipping point. A woman on a Delta flight was trying to breastfeed her hairless cat. She doesn’t belong on a plane, she belongs in a mental asylum.

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I've said this before on a previous thread, but generations have been fighting tooth and nail for us women to rightfully be treated as equal human beings. Now, if we stand up and say that biological men shouldn't be permitted to compete in women's sports (because, duh!), we're TERFs and trans-phobic. Presumably, we should just sit by and watch our rights be obliterated in sports, our safety be (possibly) compromised in locker rooms at spas (LA), school bathrooms (Virginia), and counseling groups for female survivors of sexual assault (UK)? If women make up 50% of the population, why are we now expected to surrender our rights to this small percentage of people who seem to think their needs eclipse ours? How about separate "trans" competition for that group? I've never had issues with trans people, but I'm sick of the "trans" mansplaining!

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I have also pointed out many times that the only people who suffer negative consequences from the transgender bullies are women. It is the most misogynistic thing I've seen in my life and I'm not young. Women are put in physical danger in our private spaces, lose our sports, raped in supposedly all-women jails, rape victims forced to include biological males in their survivor groups when it makes them feel vulnerable etc.

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In addition to physical differences, people with testosterone are temperamentally and behaviorally different than biological women. It is so not surprising that these trans women are aggressively pursuing their claim to be included in women’s sports, when it is so obviously unfair. Compete aggressively is what people with testosterone do. As you say it’s a version of the misogyny that women have been dealing with forever.

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Yes! Yes! Yes! And it only every seems to go one way doesn't it?

I think we should make all men's sports mixed sports and have women's stay as they are, i.e. sex-based.

Oh and as a Trans Educated Rational Feminist, TERF fits me perfectly well lolz.

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“Totally Engaged Rational Female”

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From the photos, he appears not to have "boobs" and, given his stage of "transition" the odds are close-enough-to-zero for tax purposes that he still has his stick and berries.

I'd note that none of the articles I have read about this say, never mind confirm, that he is transitioning or has taken steps to transition, rather they say that he has declared he is a woman and then point out the existence of the rule that states a male must be at least a year into the transition process to compete in a women's division.

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I have another idea, can we stop referring to the implants of trans-identified males as "boobs" or "breasts." They are 90%+ implants with the remainder being their own breast tissue. If the goal is to be as factual as possible, the word to use is implants. Perhaps we could also say that trans-identified males have had breast enhancement surgery (as opposed to "top surgery," which I think is a misleading euphemism).

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I don’t call these people trans females or males (I honestly don’t know which is supposed to be which). I just call them mentally ill and refuse to go along with their delusions.

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Aren’t we always instructed we need “boundaries”? I have some suggestions

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Tsk tsk. It’s “chestfeeding.”

/sarc

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"A woman on a Delta flight was trying to breastfeed her hairless cat."

LOL. I would have paid serious coin to see that video!

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100% and I am surprised no videos of it have come out.

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The tipping point will be when someone built like Bruce Jenner wins the Women's Tennis Grand Slam, pockets lifetime coin, then magically becomes a man again.

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Sadly, I don't even think that will end it.

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What would happen if female athletes got together and boycotted competitions in which they would be competing against trans-identified men?

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They would need a lot of courage for that, because almost certainly they would be shamed and hounded out of the sport. Lesser female athletes would be happy to replace them in order to get beat by the trans-identified men. The lesser female athletes would then get virtue points for being good little woke girls.

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unfortunately you are probably right

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what is normal ? 1950's normal seems to be passe it is the new abbynormal going by the headlines just accept it I'm just sorry I brought two children into this world . unforftunatly they are 1950's normal . hope to leave them enough money so they can tell the world to f of fand enjoy themselves doing something worthwhile

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Because the cat was hairless?

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