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WaPo Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: ‘Mostly White And Male’by Shifra on July 17, 2019
Wow, WaPo is sooo “woke.” And so is the NYT: The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it. https://t.co/Mt7rVLgAaf — The New York Times (@nytimes) July 17, 2019 HT Twitchy “It wouldn’t be a celebration of American ingenuity without the Washington Post finding a way to crap all over it.” The culture that put men on the moon was intense, fun, family-unfriendly, and mostly white and male https://t.co/x5vQBuU4IN — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 16, 2019 And yep, their tweet was ratioed “into the stratosphere.” Just like the WaPo newsroom at the time. — JWF (@JammieWF) July 16, 2019...
NBC, CBS Edit Out Alex Trebek Saying *Prayer* Helps With His Cancer Battleby Shifra on June 5, 2019
Yes, God forbid (pun intended) that NBC and CBS should play the full Trebek quote. It might get people thinking about the power of prayer. And that, apparently, goes against their preferred “religion”…Leftism. Via NewsBusters. In an interview with People magazine out Wednesday, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek credited the prayers of millions of his fans for helping him in his fight against stage-four pancreatic cancer, now in “near remission.” Yet, while ABC’s World News Tonight touted Trebek’s praise, the CBS Evening News ignored that part of Trebek’s comments and NBC Nightly News edited it out of the quotes read and video clips they aired…. …Trebek telling People magazine: “The doctors said that they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result...
ICYMI: Pete Buttigieg Tries To Troll Trump. It Backfires ‘Bigly’by Shifra on May 13, 2019
Memo to Mayor Pete: Rookie mistake to mess with Mad Magazine. They have been mocking celebs and politicians since 1952. Google them! 🙂 Via NY Post. President Trump is “Mad” at Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump told Politico on Friday, using the name for the gap-toothed, big-eared Mad magazine mascot to refer to Buttigieg. But the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., had a millennial pause before he could respond to the diss. “I’ll be honest. I had to Google that,” Buttigieg said. “I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference.” And then, Mad Magazine got…mad 🙂 Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational...
UK Kleenex To Rename ‘Mansize’ Tissues After Complaints of… Sexismby Shifra on October 18, 2018
Now everyone in the UK can breathe a sigh of relief, er, I mean, they can all blow their noses in gender-neutral tissues. Via Telegraph. The UK’s most popular tissue brand, Kleenex Mansize, has been forced to clean up its image after consumers complained its name was sexist. After more than sixty years Kleenex is phasing out the Mansize tissues name, deciding instead to call the disposable handkerchiefs “Extra Large” tissues. Kimberly-Clark, which owns Kleenex, said it succumbed to growing public demand to change the name, despite not itself believing that the Mansize branding suggests or endorses gender inequality…. Sam Smethers, chief executive at feminist campaign group, the Fawcett Society, praised the move, saying: “Rebranding mansized tissues is not to...
UK Schools Remove Analog Clocks… Because Teenagers ‘Cannot Tell Time’by Shifra on May 2, 2018
Exam rooms are switching to digital clocks to reduce students’ stress. But at least they haven’t yet installed any cry closets. Via Telegraph. Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said. Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock. Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices. “The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” he told The Telegraph….
Word Invented by ‘The Simpsons’ Added To Dictionaryby Shifra on March 8, 2018
D’Oh!! Via mlive.com “The Simpsons” have been successful in predicting historical events big and small, so it should be no surprise that one of the new 850 words added to the dictionary first appeared on the show more than 20 years ago. The word is “embiggen,” and it first popped up in the 1996 episode of the show in “Lisa the Iconoclast.” In the season seven episode of the longest-running U.S.-based sitcom, character Jebediah Springfield says the phrase “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.” The phrase was met with confusion from Springfield Elementary Teacher Edna Krabappel, who turned and said “Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield.”…. Some of the notable new words (probably) not...
Jimmy Kimmel Blames Netflix for Oscars Ratings Flopby Shifra on March 8, 2018
No, Jimmy, it wasn’t Netflix… or the Russians, that caused millions of Americans to ignore the Oscars this year. Tammy explains it here, in the latest Washington Times column: “A Hollywood to escape from: Oscars ratings disaster suggests cultural shift” Via Free Beacon. Jimmy Kimmel blamed Netflix for the 90th annual Academy Awards getting the lowest television ratings in the show’s history. Kimmel, who attacks President Donald Trump and conservatives regularly on his ABC late-night show, hosted the Oscars for the second straight year, seeing disappointing ratings both times. The 2018 Oscars appear to have suffered a substantial 19 percent ratings dropcompared to the show in 2017. On his Tuesday, Kimmel blamed the streaming service for the Oscars’ problems after...
New Harvard U. Course is Full of… Crapby Shifra on February 13, 2018
The perfect major for “Progressives”: A “B.S.” degree in excrement. 🙂 Via Free Beacon. Graduate students studying at America’s oldest university can sign up to learn about feces. Harvard University offers the four-credit course “Cacaphonies: Toward an Excremental Poetics,” which vows to take “fecal presence seriously” in French literature. Students getting their masters at Harvard can sign up for the course taught by Annabel Kim, an assistant professor of romance languages and literatures. The course will also study constipation and whether it is unfairly “gendered” as female…. “This course proposes to take this fecal presence seriously and to attend to the things it has to tell us (hence the plurality of cacaphonies [sic]) by starting with the following premise: If...
Schools Are Now Banning… ‘Best Friends’by Shifra on January 17, 2018
Harry Stack Sullivan was an American psychiatrist who founded the interpersonal theory of psychiatry, which emphasized the role of interpersonal relations as a fundamental determinant of personality development and psychopathology. For Sullivan, the developmental of close friendships in pre-adolescence (he called them “chums”) was crucial in the development of self-esteem and later intimate relationships. But hey, Sullivan’s ideas are soooo twentieth century. (He died in 1949). So, here’s an idea: Why don’t we just bubble-wrap the kiddies (so they won’t ever have to get a skinned knee, God-forbid) and give them all A’s (so they won’t ever have to feel bad about getting a lower grade). Via NY Post. ….Americans love reading how Europeans are superior parents…..So when news broke...
New College Degree Offered at N. Michigan U: ‘Marijuana Studies’by Shifra on November 12, 2017
The *perfect* college major to put on your resume…for a job where you get to ask, “You want fries with that?” Via College Fix. Northern Michigan University now offers a degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry in what seems to be the first four-year undergraduate degree program of its kind. “The historical stigma associated with cannabis is quickly vanishing, and although there is a surge in businesses related to the marijuana economy, there is a major gap in educational opportunities available to prepare people for this field,” the university’s website states. “No other 4-year undergraduate degree program in the world combines rigorous coursework in chemistry and biology with research and hands on instrumental analysis built into the curriculum to prepare its...
Winners of 2017 Toy Hall of Fame: Clue, Wiffle Ball, Paper Airplanesby Shifra on November 10, 2017
Clue was an excellent choice. But the PEZ candy dispenser lost to the wiffle ball? Maybe the Toy Hall of Fame voting is rigged. Must ask Donna Brazile. Via IGN. Clue, Wiffle Ball, and paper airplanes are this year’s National Toy Hall of Fame inductees. The three entries beat out nine other 2017 finalists, according to The Strong Museum, including Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, PEZ Candy Dispenser, play food, Risk, sand, Transformers, and Uno. Speaking on why these three classics were chosen, The Strong said Clue has remained an “icon of pop culture” for decades, while Wiffle Ball “changed the outdoor play landscape.” Regarding paper airplanes, it added, “Where some toys require financial investment, paper airplanes...
Minnesota Issues New Guidelines: Transgendered Toolkits for Kindergartenby Shifra on July 21, 2017
Children are no longer to be referred to as “boys and girls.” Now, they are “scholars.” Because it’s more inclusive. Or something. Via Free Beacon. A “transgender toolkit” for public schools in Minnesota advises teachers to call children “scholars” instead of boys and girls. The guidelines were approved Wednesday by the “School Safety Technical Assistance Council” and will be distributed to Kindergarten through 12th grade public schools and charter schools throughout the state. The toolkit attempts to “ensure a safe and supportive transition” for children becoming a different gender at school. The toolkit allows for boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ bathroom, and tells teachers to ask kids what their “preferred pronouns” are…. “Schools should not assume...
Majoring In Unemployment: Ohio Wesleyan to Launch ‘Social Justice Major’by Shifra on July 10, 2017
Will reading books and writing term papers be required? Or will the students just have to attend riots and flag-burnings? Via Campus Reform. Ohio Wesleyan University will begin offering a degree in Social Justice starting this fall. “Truly understanding issues of social justice and taking effective action requires knowledge and skills in areas such as economics, politics, philosophy, education, religion, sociology, and more,” the university asserts on its website. “OWU’s social justice major will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyze social injustices and theorize and work toward positive social change.” Students who pursue the new major are expected to “develop the knowledge and skills to think critically on the meaning of social justice locally and globally,...
Today Is National Handshake Dayby Shifra on June 29, 2017
Fox Business reports that there are three types of handshakes: passive, aggressive, and assertive. And then, there’s this: Limp wristed weasel. #NationalHandshakeDay pic.twitter.com/6gzvrqTr6w — Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) June 29, 2017
Yay! A ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Is Happeningby Tammy on June 21, 2017
I was surprised how hooked I got into the British series “Downton Abbey.” Then it ended which was sad. But now it’s been confirmed they’re making a movie! Here’s the latest. Via Vulture. A Downton Abbey movie has been in the works since before the show even closed its door on the estate, and now it’s officially a done deal. An NBC Universal executive has confirmed to the AP that the film will begin production in 2018. “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year,” Michael...