Category Archives: #MeToo

Whoopi Goldberg defends Creepy Joe Biden (of course); doesn’t want him to change his ways

From Yahoo (via HuffPo): Whoopi Goldberg defended former Vice President Joe Biden following an allegation that he inappropriately touched and kissed a former Nevada assemblywoman, saying she doesn’t want the likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to change his behavior.

Goldberg, a co-host on ‘The View,’ was irked when colleague Sunny Hostin predicted during Monday’s program that Biden would curb his tactile tendencies with women after Lucy Flores said she felt uncomfortable when Biden placed his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair and kissing the back of her head at a 2014 campaign event. Flores was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada and Biden was appearing on her behalf.

“I don’t know that we will see any more smelling of hair and kisses on the forehead,” Hostin said of the controversy, eliciting a strong rebuke from Goldberg.

“That pisses me off,” she said. “I don’t want Joe to stop doing that.”

Meghan McCain, another “View” co-host and daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), agreed, suggesting Biden’s behavior was simply part of his brand.

“There’s a certain type of retail politician that loves people,” she said. “I would put Bill Clinton in that category, I would put my father in that category, I would certainly put Joe Biden in that category. When he came on this show, he was the only politician other than my father to go into the crowd and shake everyone’s hand.”

Bill Clinton…a “hands on kind of guy”

Goldberg also noted that Biden is known to be “a hands-on kind of guy,” which is evident from photos of his interpersonal interactions spanning years, some of which show him touching shoulders and at least one in which he is pictured holding a reporter’s waist.

“In the old days, we would call Joe ― some folks of a certain age would say he’s a little overly familiar,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg said that she took Flores’ account seriously. But she also argued that Flores, who lost the lieutenant governor’s race, should have directly told Biden to stop.

“My point is, I want women to get to the place where they can say, ‘Hey, you just made me uncomfortable.’ This idea that you have to tippy-toe away from this or you have to carry [it] ― you do not have to carry it. If someone makes you uncomfortable, tell them.

On Sunday, moments before Flores appeared on CNN to discuss the allegation that she first detailed in a New York magazine article published Friday, Biden released a statement saying he would “listen respectfully” to women alleging he had displayed inappropriate affection toward them but that it had never been his intention to do so.

He also said that “not once ― never ― did I believe I acted inappropriately.

During her CNN interview, Flores suggested that Biden’s comments indicate he lacks awareness of how women ought to be treated. She also said that her experience wasn’t the first time he crossed boundaries.

Biden’s defense of himself was bolstered on Sunday by Stephanie Carter, whose husband served as defense secretary during President Barack Obama’s second term in office. Biden, as vice president, attended the swearing-in ceremony for Ash Carter, and a widely circulated photo showed him resting his hands on her shoulders from behind and whispering into her ear.

Questions were raised at the time about Biden’s action. But in an essay in Medium, Stephanie Carter disputed that Biden had acted inappropriately. “The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful,” she wrote.

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Joe Biden: “Not once – ever – did I believe I acted inappropriately”

Flores and Biden on the campaign trail

Such a non-apology. Demorats have mastered those.

From Daily Mail: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday defended his years of what he called ‘expressions of affection’ and claimed he ‘not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.’

‘In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully,’ he said in a statement.

‘But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will.’

Biden, who is expected to enter the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in the next month, is known for giving hugs, kisses, and demonstrating affection in public. It was often the subject of jokes about his love of women while others labeled him ‘Creepy Uncle Joe.’

He’s now fighting that longtime reputation in the wake of allegations from a Nevada politician that he gave her an unwanted kiss to the back of her head.

Biden vowed to remain a strong advocate for women. ‘I will also remain the strongest advocate I can be for the rights of women. I will fight to build on the work I’ve done in my career to end violence against women and ensure women are treated with the equality they deserve,’ he said.

‘I will continue to surround myself with trusted women advisers who challenge me to see different perspectives than my own. I will continue to speak out on these vitally-important issues where there is much more progress to be made and crucial fights that must be waged and won,’ he noted.

The talk of Biden presidential bid has been overshadowed by the accusation from Lucy Flores, a former Nevada politician who claims he grabbed her shoulders and kissed her head as he helped campaign for her in 2014.

Flores, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada the year in question, recalled in a bombshell essay on Friday that Biden crossed the line with her physically as they worked together, leaving her feeling ‘gross and confused’.

‘I’m glad that he’s willing to listen,’ Flores told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday morning of Biden’s response to her accusation.

If he is saying he never believed that was inappropriate frankly I believe that’s a little bit of a disconnection. And a sense of not being aware,’ she noted. ‘I just can’t imagine that there was never a situation where someone said to him, Mr. Vice president, you probably should stop doing that. You should probably stop touching women in that way, you should probably keep your hands to yourself. I want him to change his behavior and I want him to acknowledge this was wrong,’ she said.

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Revolt of Pussy-Hat Men: Fed up with banshee feminism, even liberal men have had enough

“The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on” -William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3

The worm turns.

Browbeaten by feminists and blamed for every ill under the sun, liberal men have had enough.

In an essay for Literary Hub, titled “MIA: The Liberal Men We Love,” February 27, 2019, Ohio Wesleyan University assistant professor of English Amy Butcher blames — you guessed it — “fascist” Donald Trump for relationships between “liberal” women and “liberal” men being “torn apart”. The women, of course, are not at fault — not in the least.

More ominously, Butcher sees in the revolt of liberal men, the menace of fascism.

In other words, if men — liberal or not — don’t COMPLETELY agree with, support, and cheer whatever women do and say, they are Trump-infected fascists.

The essay begins with Butcher’s supercilious characterization of conservative men as “men who wear lobster-printed pants, the men from Connecticut, the Young Republicans of America with their gelled and parted hair”. Below are excerpts from the article:

To a certain extent, we expected it from the men who wear lobster-printed pants, the men from Connecticut, the Young Republicans of America with their gelled and parted hair, their summers in Nantucket, their LL Bean slippers worn on the porches of fraternities, 2pm on a Monday. But when my friend pulls me aside in a hotel bar and tells me it’s happening to her husband—a man who donates annually to NPR and voted twice for Barack Obama, who has a degree in Art History and works for a non-profit—neither one of us knows what to say.

We speak of it like an infection: has it spread to your household yet? ….

Everywhere across America, liberal unions once so strong in love—relationships founded on mutual respect and trust and commitment and loyalty—have found themselves upended, or at the very least foundationally rocked, by the political escalation as it relates, perhaps most specifically, to womanhood and gender. Twenties or thirties or forties, children or no children, married or engaged or committed via long-term relationships: I have met more women than I can count in these past three weeks alone who have confided, in low voices—or once shouting, disbelieving, desperate, we have three children, one woman cried to me—of the disruption in their own home.

Of men—previously, pleasantly, progressive—rising up with unprecedented hostility, anger, abandon, and resentment…. Who is it that said that when fascism eventually comes to America, it will be draped in the flag and holding the cross? I think it is worth adding that it will wear the face you love.

My husband worries about our daughter, she told me recently. That I’m only teaching her she’s a victim.

One day, while she was picking their children up from daycare, he burned a handful of her possessions: her Nasty Women shirt, her Hillary Clinton pins.

My husband filed for divorce, another confided a few days later. He said he loved me and shared in some of my frustrations, but “could no longer tolerate,” he said, the level at which I felt them.

Hours later, another wrote…My fiancé called off the engagement…. He loves me—he’s sure, and I believe him—but he’s “overwhelmed” with everything and “doesn’t know how to comfort me” and “doesn’t love who I’ve become.” …

It would be easy, I suppose, to dismiss this phenomenon as the manifestation of what has long been present, if buried under the surface. A friend theorizes that these men, on some level, actually hate women, have always hated women, and she is not persuaded when I cite their mothers, whose relationship they value, whose strength they find a pillar. There’s a difference between loving a mother, she tells me, and seeing a woman as your equal.

But I knew these men—I loved one myself—and they are far from misogynistic monsters. They are far from Trump supporters. These men, on the contrary, comprise a particular slice of American males: they are men who did not vote for nor support Donald Trump, but are reticent to admit his behavior, rhetoric, and policies are as outrageous and offensive—downright threatening, maddening—as their female partners perceive them to be. These are, make no mistake, men who wholly sought us for our strength, our independence and education. The jobs we held or coveted. The degrees degreed in our name. Our passions and pursuits and our can-do, want-it-all attitudes. They work as medical researchers or in the arts, in teaching or social work. They queue up the Saturday Night Live skits that humiliate Trump, to consume with our coffee on Sunday mornings, but find it unpalatable and unpleasant that our resentment and our fears linger long into the workweek.

Perhaps it was sexy, initially: how they saw in us an equal. But how quickly we lose our status when we as women are angry or upset, frustrated beyond belief, when we add our voice to the chorus of #metoos or feel daily symptoms borne of helplessness….

I’m noticing, admits another, that a lot of liberal men especially are finding it difficult to deal with the current feminist movements.

I’m frustrated and embarrassed, my boyfriend of three years said to me, with how worked up you are. He didn’t find palatable my rage, the anger I felt for Trump, for the men and women who voted for him, was in fact embarrassed that I led 90 students from my small Ohio university through the streets of Washington with half a million Americans. We’d ridden through the night on a Greyhound—some of my best and brightest undergraduates—and when I returned, delirious for sleep but feeling righted, in some small way satiated, he stood there in the hall and told me he was overwhelmed.

All of you women with your labia hats, he said. All of you with your clitoris signs.

It’s all Trump’s fault!

What was the flapping of a wing in Washington became a tornado in our own homes: the exact formation and path dependent wholly on one man, miles east, in orange, his appendages beating furiously, his colors outlandish and embarrassing….

Perhaps no man is capable of understanding, truly, what is always on the line when you are a woman, and how Trump and his toxic rhetoric threatens so very much of it. Perhaps no man can recognize the sinister in Trump’s threats….

In my backyard, in my America…[is] a mindset so wholly shaped by gendered bias that…a man, even a progressive one, automatically and subconsciously conflates feminists or a rise in feminist outrage to a threat to the collective male contingency/population.

About the video: On Oct. 6, 2019, after the Senate confirmed the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a young woman taunted and assaulted an elderly man holding two signs in peaceful support of Kavanaugh.

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#MeToo activist Rose McGowan on her abortion: “I could not bring a child into my world and simultaneously change the world”

It’s amazing that women who had babies actually had the capacity to make a positive change in the world. For example: Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie, Christa McAuliffe, Wilma Rudolph, etc.

Who knew women could fantastically succeed without the burden of a baby…

From Yahoo: Rose McGowan opened up about her choice to have an abortion in an effort to get an “honest” conversation going around the topic.

The 45-year-old actress and activist made the revelation Friday when responding to a tweet from the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet that said, “1 in 4 women has an abortion by age 45. 60% are already mothers.”

From their tweet: “1 in 4 women has an abortion by age 45. 60% are already mothers. Abortion is common, normal, and safe, but anti-choice politicians want you to believe otherwise in hopes of ending safe, legal abortion access. #HowDareYou — UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) March 1, 2019”

“I have had an abortion and I support this message,” McGowan replied, adding, “I was on birth control and it failed. I realized I could not bring a child into my world and simultaneously change the world. I do not regret my decision and it was not made lightly.”

“If you do not want an abortion, don’t get one. My body, my choice, my life. Have you had to make a choice? Let’s talk and use hashtag #HonestAbortion” — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) March 1, 2019

The Charmed actress encouraged women who have made the same decision to chime in using the hashtag #HonestAbortion. Many took the opportunity to share their story.

McGowan was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She has become one of the most outspoken voices of the #MeToo movement, advocating for victims of sexual violence. (The disgraced producer has denied all claims of nonconsensual sex.)

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California paid $1M in harassment settlements under then-AG Kamala Harris

One million dollars in payment for sexual misconduct and Kamala knew nothing about it? Um, okay. Doesn’t speak much of her great concern for victims of sexual harassment.

From NY Post: The California Department of Justice paid more than $1 million to employees who alleged they faced sexual harassment or workplace retaliation while presidential candidate Kamala Harris was state attorney general, it was reported Friday.

The settlements involved allegations of inappropriate touching or comments as well as other allegations made from 2011 to 2017. They were disclosed this week in response to a state Public Records Act request from the Los Angeles Times.

Harris didn’t know about the cases until the Times brought them to her attention. They were handled by administrators who were expected to follow strict policies against harassment, said Harris’ spokesman, Chris Harris.

However, the Democratic U.S. senator told the Times that she takes responsibility. “As the chief executive of a department of nearly 5,000 employees, the buck stopped with me,” Harris said in a statement. “No one should face harassment or intimidation in the workplace, and victims of sexual misconduct should be listened to, believed and protected.”

Harris has been a prominent supporter of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment in the workplace. She was elected to the Senate in 2016 and said any complaints of harassment in her Senate office are forwarded to her immediately.

“No office is immune to misconduct, and there is much more work to do to ensure all are protected,” she told the Times.

In large government agencies, it wouldn’t be unusual for managers to handle harassment claims instead of the agency head except when high-level administrators are involved, said Mike Genest, who was finance director under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “If a director wasn’t told about it, I would not be suspicious that that was an issue,” said Genest, who spent 24 years as a manager in state agencies.

The largest of the reported settlements was $649,500, paid in 2013 to James Rodriguez, who was a justice department special agent, over allegations that he was denied sought-after jobs and faced other retaliation for reporting alleged harassment against him. In the settlement, the justice department denied all the allegations.

The cases also include a $400,000 payout in 2017 to a woman that alleged Larry Wallace, who was an administrator under Harris, harassed and demeaned her based on her gender. Among other things, the woman alleged that Wallace frequently asked her to crawl under his desk to change the paper in his printer.

The justice department denied the claims in the settlement, which has been previously disclosed. In December, Wallace resigned his post as a senior adviser in Harris’s Sacramento office.

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NYC’s murder rate rises 55% and rapes up 21% so far in 2019

From Daily Mail: New York City’s murder rate has risen 55 percent in 2019 so far, according to NYPD statistics.

Numbers show that, from the start of 2019 through Sunday, there have been 48 grisly murders in New York City, compared to just 31 in the same seven-week period in 2018.

However, overall crime in the Big Apple is down eight percent.

A majority of those killings have taken place in Brooklyn North, where 15 murders have been recorded so far this year. By this time last year there were a total of three murders in all 10 precincts in that area, marking a 400 percent increase, according to the New York Daily News.

The number of murders has also increased in northern Queens, where there have been four killings recorded so far. At this time last year, there were none.

The number of shootings in general are on the rise as well. Nonfatal shootings have increased by 69 percent as 22 people have been shot this year, compared to just 13 last year.

The shocking number defies the progress of 2018, where 289 people were murdered, a one percent decrease from 292 people in 2017. 2018 also saw shooting incidents down a total of four percent.

To add to the wave of crime, reports of rape have also risen. There have been 239 reported rapes around the city, 21 percent more than the 198 reported last year in the seven-week time frame.

Other categories of crime such as robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto are down six percent and 14 percent so far in 2019.

Cops believe the #MeToo movement has empowered more victims to come forward and report the assaults.
The New York Police Department said they’re working on tackling the violent crime.

‘The NYPD will use these proven tactics to address any temporary upticks so that every New Yorker – regardless of zip code – can live in safety,’ Deputy commissioner Phillip Walzak said to the outlet.

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Thursday funny (Virginia governor edition)!

Demorats in Virginia have a big problem on their hands.

Maybe President Trump can provide an assist?

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Gillette goes woke with “The Best Men Can Be” campaign

Get woke, go broke.

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This is stupid, even to this never-was-a-cheerleader-girl: NFL’s Colts cheerleaders succumb to the #MeToo movement

Colts cheerleaders before the “makeover…”

Colts cheerleaders uniforms compliant with #MeToo PC movement…

I’m gonna admit it: I love watching “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (DCC) Making the Team.”

I love the girly-girl outfits, makeovers, dancing, competition and the drive these girls have to be the best they can be in the dance/cheer field. Many of them have outstanding careers outside of cheer and are pretty smart.

But let’s face it: They are all pretty, feminine and have to MASTER the jump split. They got skillz…

But due to the progressive culture pervasive in today’s NFL, I was not surprised to see that the SJW agenda has taken over cheer.

What DID surprise me was the absolutely HIDEOUS uniforms they’ve now prescribed to succumb to the PC movement.

From IBJ: Nearly 65 years after introducing the NFL’s first pep squad, the Indianapolis Colts are making several changes to their cheerleading program amid the backdrop of the #MeToo movement.

The team this week announced its “Next Chapter” initiative for cheerleaders, which includes a more modest uniform, a new educational and professional development program, and an increase in community-service experiences.

The program, which will debut in the 2019 season, is intended to showcase “the athleticism, talent and character of the athlete-performers,” the team said.

Kelly Tilley, director of cheerleaders for the Colts, said the point of the changes is for fans to look at professional cheerleading “through a different lens” and to drop stereotypes.

“It goes beyond [uniforms], just in terms of being able to tell the cheerleaders’ stories in a new way and breaking down some of those traditional stereotypes that have been developed,” she said.

NFL teams have come under fire in recent years for the way they treat their cheerleaders. Some of the country’s largest media outlets have called for major reforms or the outright end to NFL cheerleader squads, which are used by 26 of the league’s 32 teams.

Several teams have been sued by their cheerleaders in recent years over issues including unfair pay, mistreatment, discrimination and sexual harassment. Teams including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Jets, Los Angeles Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills have settled such suits, and others are still facing them. The Colts are not among those teams.

While Tilley did not directly speak to what impact the #MeToo movement—or legal follies of other NFL cheer squads—had on the Colts’ decision to make changes, she said discussions with past cheerleaders did play a role.
“We think now is a good time to look to the future and what we can do to make the cheer program the best it can be, especially for future generations of cheerleaders and fans,” Tilley said.

The Colts cheerleaders’ new uniforms will have a more conservative and athletic look, with less emphasis on pushed-up cleavage and bare midriffs than the current attire. The new ensemble, which is mostly white, has a low collar covered in translucent material, as well as a high-cut skirt and boots that rise to the mid-calf.

The introduction of the Next Chapter initiative came Sunday during the Colts’ final regular-season home game of the season, the fourth quarter of which was spent by cheerleaders performing in their professional work attire.

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We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 188th Caption Contest!

So many clever captions!

The writers of FOTM voted for what each considers to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 188th FOTM Caption Contest, with three #1 votes, totaling 12 points, is . . .

Tim Shey!

Here’s the winning caption:

Genesis 7:16: “The Lord closed the door.”

Jaclyn and Yahoo are in 2nd place, each with 8 points. Here are their respective captions:

Jaclyn, with two #1 votes: “A preview of their reaction when they arrive at heaven’s gate.”

Yahoo, with one #1 vote and two #2 votes: “The door is the only thing that is not unhinged.”

CalGirl, dkolb2010, Lou Minati, and Paladin are in 3rd place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their captions:

CalGirl: “Deep Thoughts: ‘So, after I ruin my manicure w/ this dramatic clawing episode for the fake news cameras, I’m still about $400 ahead from my Soros salary after I fund an all new manicure tomorrow. Net gain.'”

dkolb2010: “Job 38:10: ‘And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors'”

Lou Minati: “Your Honor, I submit this clip of my wife as Exhibit A as to why you should grant my request for divorce posthaste.”

Paladin: “And this is the reason we had President Obama for 8 years. Idiots like this.”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, Tim Shey!

Here’s your super-duper Award of Excellence, all ready for framing!

For all the other caption submissons, go here.

Be here later today for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

~Eowyn

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