It began with a demand for Barack Obama’s birth certificate to legitimize his presidential bid. Now, with bathroom laws in several states, you had best have your BC with you when you need to pee.
In a conference call today, Karen Finney mentioned a time when girls were not permitted to wear pants to school. Some schools, amazingly, are citing BCs as the arbiter of what may or may not be considered appropriate prom attire.
The prom is more than a rite of passage. As a school function, it is also an educational event where budding young adults first get to step into the social circle of adulthood. Choosing prom attire is part of that process. (See the movie Carrie.)
Before the chicks fly at graduation, they get to test their wings and identities at the social event of the season sponsored by the school. They will fledge as the products of their alma maters. They should be allowed, whatever educators have stuffed¹ in their heads, to choose the feathers they feel best identify their individual varieties and should feel protected and resplendent in their right to do so.
¹“There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing; and then stuff them elegantly.” – Lola May
The rally itself was featured at Still 4 Hill yesterday as part of the regular reportage on Hillary Clinton’s activities and campaign. The protest outside the campaign was mentioned there based on news reports. Since then, my friend Jennifer Hall Lee has sent me her personal account of having been caught up among the protesters.
Bernie Sanders, his campaign managers, and surrogates have stirred up a hornets nest and cast Hillary Clinton as the enemy. The Republican Party is in chaos over its unqualified and out-of-control presumptive nominee. For the United States to elect the only clear-headed, sober, and qualified candidate, the Democratic Party must pull together. This will not happen while Sanders contends, as he continues to, that unifying the party is the sole responsibility of the front-runner. He should bear a good deal of the burden having attacked Hillary personally at his rallies and having sown seeds of distrust and, at worst, hatred for her and her supporters.
He has been running for President of the United States. It is time for him to prove his leadership chops, rein in the anarchy, and make it clear that the alternative to the all but certain nominee on the Democratic side is President Donald Trump and a cultural shift too extreme and dangerous to entertain.
The California anti-Hillary protestors were out in force yesterday in front of East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park at a Hillary rally. They were assembled outside the auditorium with signs and megaphones and many wore Bernie stickers.
I had sent in my RSVP as soon as the Hillary campaign sent the invitation, but not being a seasoned rally-goer I showed up too late. The line snaked slowly along Avenida Cesar Chavez, but by the time we arrived we were declined admittance. It was disappointing but I had made a few new friends, we were happy members of the overflow crowd, a mixed group of women and men, young and old.
We were told by campaign workers that Hillary would come to greet us so we waited. We were jubilant. Hillary did arrive and we cheered. She was happy and smiling in a powder blue outfit. She waved and said a few words and then she was gone.
Why did she leave so quickly? I was told there were two people in front of the barricades who heckled her so the secret service detail ushered her safely inside the auditorium.
Too bad for us.
It was time to leave as the rally was inside and she wasn’t coming back out.
Just a little while ago as of this writing, Rachel Maddow aired a one-on-one she did with Bernie Sanders earlier in the day. Toward the end of the interview, she confronted him about the behavior of some of his supporters, specifically those who protested both outside of a Hillary Clinton rally in East L.A. on Thursday and inside the rally. The constant disruptions inside the hall where Clinton was appearing forced her to cut short her comments to her own supporters, those who had come to hear her and her alone speak. When pressed about this by Maddow, Sanders stated that he doesn’t agree with protesters’ trying to stop Clinton from speaking by interrupting her. What he said he doesn’t have a problem with, however, is protesters gathering — even by the “thousands” — outside of a venue where Clinton is appearing and making their voices heard.
The only person who can and should be charged with stopping these obscene protests is Bernie Sanders. If he cannot accomplish that, how would he ever stand up to Assad, Putin, and the Chinese? If he cannot, he is no different from Marcell Dockery who didn’t think the fire would get so out of hand. We might hear an excuse like that from a 10-year-old. It’s deplorable!
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I arrived with one of my student reporter colleagues to our first presidential rally at East Los Angeles College on May 5. After a drive in the usual L.A. traffic, I found myself in the realm of professional trail-birds and journalists who join a campaign trail and ride it through to the November election. We approached the media check-in desk and handed them our press passes. The people checking us in saw my student media badge and checked that we were on the list.
Hillary supporters were lined up around the block. I was glad we didn’t have to wait in that line. My colleague Cory Jaynes and I went in and snagged a spot with a good vantage point to cover the former Secretary of State. There were reporters from CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Fox, Univision, local station KTLA, and so many more. I was in with the big kids. It was easy to stay professional on the outside, but inside I was screaming. Not only was I reporting on a campaign trail, but I was also getting to see Hillary Clinton speak.
She was eloquent, clear, collected, and inspiring. The crowd inside loved her and so did the media. Her supporters were loud and enthusiastic, hardly able to keep quiet. There were a couple of Berners who were tossed out, but neither Clinton or her supporters acted with aggression. She even said, “We don’t need to shout at each other; that’s the other side. So let’s talk instead of shouting.” She wanted to bridge the divide between Berners and her own supporters. It was obvious that she wanted to unite the party.
But a storm was brewing . Reporters kept going outside and when they returned, many had come to the same conclusion: the Berners were scary.
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