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Apr 8, 2022·edited Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Regarding the etymology of the pejorative “groomer,” did progressives really think they could continue to redefine (and weaponize) English grammar to their advantage indefinitely without others adopting the same cynical tactic? Surprise, groomers. What’s good for the goose….

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And speaking of common sense, British Cycling earlier today decided to rescind its transgender and non binary policy with regards to female elite sport. This is after 672 sportswomen (and some men) signed a letter denouncing the policy which would have seen a biological male who had been successfully competing as a male until a few weeks ago start competing in the female elite races. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20220408-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-statement--Transgender-and--Non-Binary-Participation-Policy-0

This is the BBC's take on it. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/61036110

As Bari wrote back in October 2021 -- sometimes it does take people standing up to be counted and saying no.

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Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

I look forward to this blog every Friday morning. When it wasn't in my inbox I worried that something might have happened to Nellie. Much to my relief, the email showed up later in the morning.

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Well Nellie, if you can come by a better word than “grooming” for the sick and twisted games the Woke are playing with other people’s children against not only the wishes of the parent but most always in complete secret so the parent doesn’t even know while using the full force of educational bureaucracy in this country to do so, please let us know what that word is.

Grooming doesn’t just mean, “For the purposes of pedophilia,” and what these people are doing fits the actual definition of the word, unlike when Woke Relgion adherents call others racist or transphobe or homophobe or misogynist. So it’s not just, “Turnabout is fair play,” like you suggest here. The people calling the Woke groomers are doing so correctly.

Would love to know what you would prefer to call it.

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Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Math wars: After 30 years as a computer consultant, I spent 10 years as a professor of math in a community college. Huge percentages of our high school graduates can't do basic math or write a coherent paragraph, but they can all describe 43 genders and most will tell you why socialism is a truly wonderful thing.

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I look forward to TGIF every Friday. Personally, I prefer reading to the podcast, but that is a business decision for you to make. If it increases your reach - great. But ( you did know a 'but' was coming, didn't you?) what in the world made you advertise it as "brought to you by America's favorite lesbians"? I'm pretty sure that I am in the overwhelming majority here who read you and Bari because you are courageous, articulate, independent, and interesting. You introduce me to people and stories I otherwise wouldn't know about. I appreciate that. As an Orthodox Jew, I do not celebrate your sexual life. It doesn't stop me from admiring other parts of your life, but if you turn this forum into a litmus test for approving of homosexuality then you will be forcing me out of your tent. That would be sad for me, and I think sad for you too.

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"though mild compared to Brett Kavanaugh’s"

I wonder why that is? Could it be that conservatives actually care about the truth? That they're less willing to invent tabloid level stories in an attempt to destroy the character of someone whose political positions they simply disagree with? Progressives have convinced themselves of two things 1) anyone who disagrees with them is Hitler and 2) objective truth is a myth. Together, this philosophy allows them to say absolutely anything they want about their opponents without guilt or (abetted by similarly philosophically attired friends in the media) consequences.

Re: Groomer

Sorry, Nellie, but "groomer" is the correct word for someone in authority who intentionally sexualizes children by encouraging them to explore sexual and gender ideas before they ever would on their own, with the express goal of getting them to embrace those ideas as both normal and even desirable. This is literally textbook sexual predator behavior. And it's being performed by teachers, doctors, social workers, journalists, essentially everyone in the liberal cultural establishment. "Groomer" is EXACTLY the correct word.

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Apr 8, 2022·edited Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Great article as always Nellie! I am really hoping that Musk will prove to be an agent of massive needed change. It’s a crazy thing that speaking factually gets one banned from Twitter and yet blatant falsities and even calls for violence are perfectly fine (if spinning the ‘correct’ narrative…

I’m also feeling hopeful that more and more people will look at BLM with a far more critical eye and not just in regards to their obvious pilfering of donations to enrich themselves. Predicated largely on untruths in terms of police interactions. They pushed narratives that were shown to be false by the Obama DOJ in regards to Ferguson leading to massive violence for one individual example and have a radical vision for the nation wedded Marxism (not even vanilla Sanders style socialism) but actual Marxist ideology. These assholes have enriched themselves incredibly (despite their ideology) and have helped drive race relations to a place I would have thought unimaginable at this time in our history. Check out Pew numbers on this from 2000 through present, it’s eye opening when things soured massively (and nope it wasn’t because of Trump) as we one will see when they line up the timeline…

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What a great list. I need time to go through it again.

"BLM may be the biggest nonprofit scam of our generation"

Will someone in journalism please do the work to confirm what I think I know that BLM was only a front for the Democrats in the 2020 election and almost all of the money that did not pay for mansions of the founders went to Actblue.com which is a DNC-controlled entity that funnels money 100% to Democrat campaigns?

The reason that this is important is that the corruption of BLM ties directly back the the corruption of the Democrat party.

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Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

I've been following the Oberlin case since it started, Oberlin persecuted that family, and refused to stop. It deserves to shut down over that -- it tried to ruin the lives of good people -- and I hope it does.

As for California...

"Meanwhile, eighth grade math scores across the state are now at fifth grade levels. Smart analysis here from Freddie deBoer that points out what’s already happened in San Francisco: “Rich kids can always get Algebra or Calculus.” Their parents just pay for tutors. All that banning 8th grade Algebra does is knee-cap kids from poor Asian families. But here again: That’s the point."

"Equity" means taking things away from people who have "too much" and giving it to people who have "too little," so that everyone ends up in the middle with exactly the same things. The dumb cartoon of three kids next to a tall fence is what it looks like in theory. This is what it looks like in reality.

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Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Twitter is like the go-to place for liberals to pledge allegiance to the consecrated eternal tantrum of left-wing partisans the world over, where they decide what they're going to spazz out about each day. Hopefully Elon Musk improves that shit show.

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Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Great roundup! And I have news for idiots who want to redefine women as "bleeders." We gray-haired post-menopausal ladies are coming to smash you over the head with our--no, not handbags--our laptops (take that, stereotypes!).

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My only Elon Musk joke is that his name sounds like a cologne that you can only buy on the internet that smells like grass clippings.

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Apr 8, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

This was a very enjoyable podcast episode. One thing I’d like to comment on is this so called ‘don’t say gay’ bill, and how it’s apparently “vague”. When I grew up I didn’t even know my teachers first names, never mind anything about their personal lives. Kids are in school to learn math, English etc etc, not to talk to their teachers about paddle boarding with their same sex partners. I’ve seen the crazy leftie teachers on mainstream media saying they’re scared because they will be no longer able to have these discussions with ‘their children’.

First of, they are not your children.

The reason this groomer term has come about is some people, including me, find it very strange that these teachers want to have discussions about their personal lives, about their sexual orientation, or gender definitions with children that young.

It’s very simple. If a kid asks you about it tell them to talk to their parents, and maybe even contact the parent to let them know what the kid asked, and then get back to math.

I don’t use the term groomer, because I don’t think name calling is an effective argument strategy. However, I can see that after years of being called racist just for being white, and all the other names white people and conservatives are called, it may be time to fight fire with fire.

Cancel culture and all the shitty things the left are so good at May only stop once they’ve had a taste of their own medicine.

Maybe one day we’ll have adults respectfully debating each other’s ideas again, instead of demonizing each other

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The idea that Clarence Thomas should recuse himself is ludicrous and is advanced using the sort of rationale by which everyone should recuse himself from everything.

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“For days now, that ugly word with a dark history has been everywhere I’ve looked. And it’s being used to refer not just to opponents of the law but increasingly as short-hand for gay people.”

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I am going to continue to call Democrats groomers because they are. I believe Nellie’s concern here is legitimate but I don’t think it’s an actual problem. The fraction of people using this to smear gay people is infinitesimal.

Gay people are not groomers. Democrats are groomers. None of this is based on hatred for gays. This is based on hatred for Democrats.

Please see my latest horrifying newsletter ‘From Groom to Tomb’ for more robust nuance and wholistic context!!

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