Category Archives: Politics and Culture

On the Basis of Sex

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Courtesy of Focus Features

A couple of years ago at a dinner, I had the honor of meeting a well-dressed elderly woman while sipping a martini (both of us!). I learned that she was one of the 1,000 or so female pilots in WW2 who became known as WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots).

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Fifinella, the official Mascot of the WASPs

The WASPs weren’t the Army’s idea, but the idea of famed aviatrix Jackie Cochran, who, with so many men going off to war, suggested the idea of women ferrying new planes to bases to Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor made it happen, but the WASPs were not really taken seriously by the Army Air Force.

They were issued used mechanic’s overalls that the women called Zoot Suits, men’s sizes only, 44 and up. Of course these were too big for most women. But the women actually turned lemons into lemonade, making them look fashionable (with the sleeves rolled up).

They were not even integrated into the military, but seen as a civilian auxiliary.

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Dude logic

March 22nd, 2008

I guess I dropped track on NY state politics after ex-Governor Spitzer took the long walk. Turns out that things didn’t stop hoppin’ upstate, even after Spitzer split. In the NY Times, columnist Gail Collins notes that the ink hadn’t dried on his replacement’s contract before New Yorkers learned of new Governor’s serial infidelities:

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Energy Independence

Energy Independence

The 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo

For the last 50 years, we have had an unhealthy dependence for oil on the Middle East. Sometimes our interests have aligned, other times not. Countries act from their own interests.

In 1973, OPEC – the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries – had simply decided to not sell us oil, and we had a huge dependency on them *. I was trying to find the percentage and could not readily find it, although 40%  seems to come to mind.

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Cause Celebre

By lex, on August 9th, 2010

Hope and Change brought 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and a continuance of the Deep National Disgrace That Is Guantanamo. Notwithstanding, Code Pink has been strangely quiescent and Cindy Sheehan doesn’t draw the kind of coverage she used to get.

All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born

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Achilles Heel

By lex, on April 19th, 2010

Prospective SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan may or may not bat for the other team. I don’t know, and frankly I don’t care. Although I did find it mildly interesting the lengths the White House had to go to insist that Oh, NO SHE ISN’T!!!!

Like there was something maybe wrong with that.

But whatever.

No, according to reliably left liberal Peter Beinart, Kagan’s singular vulnerability might be her free speech bona fides:**

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The War on Women

By lex, on March 5th, 2012

It’s a bipartisan affair, according to Kristen Powers. Prosecution is rather spotty, however:

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Combative

By lex, on March 4th, 2012

So, you know: Breitbart was a happy warrior. Which made those he warred against unhappy. Thus the hate, which of course he earned. By being happy.

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