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It Shouldn’t Take Having a Daughter for Men to Notice Sexism

No act of personal writing makes my skin crawl like when a father sits down to describe what having a daughter has taught him about the female experience. It’s nothing against dads. I love mine, and I also welcome feminist awakenings whenever and however they occur. But often the writer-dad’s newfound sensitivity is overshadowed by his prior obliviousness: He was apparently unable to empathize with women before one sprung from his loins. Did he take nothing from his other encounters with half of humanity? Not even from his mother?

The latest entry to the genre is an open letter from AllHipHop site owner Chuck Creekmur to Nicki Minaj on the topic of the glorious, bare-assed artwork for her latest single, “Anaconda.” Creekmur writes that he used to take Minaj’s hypersexualized image in stride. Now, though, things have changed: He has a daughter. “I wasn’t even shocked,” Creekmur wrote in the letter, published on MommyNoire. “I was just disappointed.”

Sound like dad? »

CIA Admits It Spied on Senators, After Insisting It Didn’t

When reports first surfaced that the Central Intelligence Agency snooped on senators preparing a report about the agency's Bush-era interrogation techniques, CIA Director John Brennan said, "When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong."

Nope, wrong: McClatchy reports that Brennan apologized this week to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss of the Senate Intelligence Committee for what a CIA Inspector General's report called behavior "inconsistent with the common understanding reached between" the two sides.


We Are All David Frum, False-Rumor-Spreader

By now, you may be aware of The Atlantic senior editor and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum's unfortunate recent foray into the netherworld of unhinged internet rumors. If not, Erik Wemple posted a good rundown yesterday. The short version is that Frum, based on evidence that doesn't even rise to the level of "scant," accused the New York Times of running a manipulated photo by contributing photographer Sergey Ponomarev, presumably to gin up support for Gazans and/or outrage toward Israel.


Everything Reminds Wall Street Journal Columnist of Hitler

The defining trait of neoconservative thought is analogizing all foreign-policy scenarios to the rise of Hitler, thereby turning every question into a simple Chamberlain-or-Churchill decision matrix in which the correct answer is always Churchill. I have now read Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger’s column today some half-dozen times in a futile attempt to identify a central thesis. None can be found, except a free association linkage between the modern foreign-policy landscape and Europe in 1938. It is just this lack of defined argument that makes Henninger’s latest column such a valuable tool in studying the neoconservative psyche. Stripped of any pretense to prescriptive analysis or specific policy goals, Henninger has instead opened a window into the underlying pathology of his worldview. Reading the column is like listening to Dick Cheney mutter in his sleep.


Broken Window Rains Glass on Midtown

Shards of glass as much as a foot long fell onto 57th Street this morning after an 18th floor window in a high-rise was broken by construction equipment. The glass injured two people on the ground and one worker in the building. An employee of a café next door described the scene to DNAinfo: "A lady was passing by. She wasn't looking. Then, 'Bam!' She was surprised. It hit her in the back of the head. Blood was dripping. They took her here and wrapped her head. She was calm though."


This Stoner Dude Claims He Masterminded the White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge. He Probably Didn’t, But Just Look at Him.

California marijuana activist Reverend Bud Green of the People Opposing Tyranny Party (that's the POT Party ... ) claims he's the one who came up with the idea to replace the American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with bleached versions, thoroughly humiliating the NYPD, although he's most likely lying.

"Hello my fellow herb worshippers [sic] and revolutionaries," Green wrote in his confessional blog post. "I can finally reveal that it was members of the New Pot Party that put up the bleached White Flags in NY that the whole country is talking about." Publicity stunt or not — probably a publicity stunt — let's just roll with it.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Knows All About the Notorious R.B.G. Meme

It took her 17 years after his death, but 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is finally aware of the Notorious B.I.G. Ginsburg's law clerks informed her after first showing her the "Notorious RBG" Tumblr that was created in the summer of 2013. Ginsburg revealed this and other fun facts in an interview with Katie Couric that touched on her women-hating male colleagues, her longevity on the court, and, most important, her new awareness of the Brooklyn hip-hop legend and her own meme-ification.

"I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what's this Notorious." »

Andrew Cuomo Got a Sternly Worded Warning From U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

Governor Cuomo’s big headache over the Moreland Commission, his shuttered anti-corruption panel, is not getting better. Following the New York Times’ giant front-page exposé about interference from the governor’s staff any time the commission got too close to Cuomo or his political allies, a few members of the panel have come forward to say — contra their own quotes in the Times’ detailed reporting — that actually, Cuomo’s office didn’t butt in at all. The potential problem, legally speaking, is that Cuomo may have asked them to say that.


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