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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Oh, the Insanity

Mount Holyoke College - Massachusetts

The all women school is opening its doors to men, but only if they say that they're not. That's the conclusion of the gender inclusion task force. 
While Mount Holyoke maintains it is committed to its historic mission as a women’s college, it says it recognizes that what it means to be a woman is always changing. “Traditional binaries around who counts as a man or woman are being challenged by those whose gender identity does not conform to their biology,” the policy states. 
The college formed a gender inclusion task force to assist with the changes. 
Any “biologically born female” can apply for admission, but only a “biologically born male” who “identifies as other/they/ze and when ‘other/they’ identity includes woman” and one who “identifies as a woman.”
But what if a normal guy lied to get in to go to school and get laid a lot? How would Mount Holyoke handle that? I find this whole progressive cant ludicrous and -- if I'm being honest -- it's also entertaining. Who doesn't find a freak show interesting when the freaks keep trying to be freakier?

He's Back

This story received some traction on Fox News, where they've been ridiculing Indiana University. Apparently the publicity had some impact
Lake Ingle, a (male) religious studies major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was kicked out of Christianity class earlier this month for saying there are only two genders. He is now allowed back in. 
IUP President Michael Driscoll announced at a press conference Monday his decision to go against Professor Alison Downie’s controversial request to ban Ingle from class for “disruptive behavior.” 
Ingle told Fox News he was booted out of Downie’s classroom for challenging the feminist theology professor on the biology of males and females and the gender wage gap during a Feb. 28 lecture in which she allegedly asked only women to speak following a TED Talk by transgender ex-pastor Paula Stone Williams. Williams discussed the “reality” of “mansplaining,” “sexism from men,” and “male privilege.”

Downie kicked him out of class and asked him not to come back, which would have postponed his graduation if not for the college president’s decision.
Therapy Pets

I am not anti-pet. I do think that hauling your pet on the airplane with you in the passenger compartment is too much of a good thing, because others don't necessarily want to deal with your duck, rat, squirrel, snake, turtle, dog, hedgehog, cat, etc...and we know that the pets don't do well in the overhead compartments where they suffocate.

And before you jump my frame about seeing-eye dogs, seeing-eye cats, veteran's PTSD pets, I suggest that if airlines want to haul pets that they put them in a compartment separate from passengers where they can bark, quack, howl, meow, hiss, etc. Charge full fare to stack the cages, etc.  And before you ask me about squalling babies, I have no problem with a 'family seating area'. Put it in the back, board them first like they do now. Have the seats face forward and backward.

United (not my favorite airline), famous for "Chinese take-out" has killed somebody's hound and that will cost them another million. All this could be fixed with a pet compartment. If you love your frog or your parakeet enough, pay the full fare ticket for them. If not, put them in a pet hotel, leave them with a friend, drive your car, or don't travel.


21 comments:

  1. A seeing eye dog I can understand. Those are VERY well trained and generally not a problem. Some of the critters some one to bring aboard, however, seem rather over the top. I understand someone once flew with a miniature horse. Strange times we live in.

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    1. There are people who maintain that "you may need a seeing eye dog because you're blind, but I need a comfort python because of" _____ fill-in the blank... whatever thing I have going on in my life. And airlines don't seem to have the judgment to deal with it.

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  2. As someone who is a frequently at DIA airfreight offices, let me chime in. Certain breeds of dogs, essentially "short nose" types (pugs, bulldogs, etc) won't be accepted for transport. The same applies to cats. Cages must be large enough for the animal to stand without touching and turn around. No amount of rules will stop stupidity.

    Given the large numbers of animals transported, a few deaths are to be expected. How many humans die every year aboard?

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    1. I have seen more yappy lap dogs on flights lately than ever before...uncaged.

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  3. The hallowed halls of academe have gone collectively insane.

    Baphomet is trans, curiously.

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    1. Bruce Jenner - strangely silent. Has he transitioned back into being a dude? Or did he get his part chopped off so he can be the perfect wife - except that he's a lesbian. Insanity

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    2. Crazy Cait, woman of the year. Except that it's not a woman, just a blasphemous parody.

      Good work, libs.

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    3. He may have transitioned back to being a guy by now?

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  4. Damn. Does this mean I can't take my rattlesnake with me anymore?

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    1. You and I both know that your pet rattlesnake Hillary will end up as one of those fancy, high end bootstraps.

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  5. Am waiting for the story where one 'support pet' becomes an in flight snack for another.

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    1. Now that would be cool. Pet wars. We could bet on the outcome in-flight. I suspect that Jules' rattlesnake would make short work of Fifi the poodle, though.

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  6. Teh stoopid is getting stronger and stronger... sigh

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    1. I hear the steam calliope playing whenever I hear MSNBC or CNN, which is not often because I don't care what the act of the day under the big top is.

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    1. Pets aside, I don't fly if I can get away with driving.

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    2. I should have said, one more reason....

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  8. Flying commercial is no fun any more, dammit!

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