A doll called Skipper, designed to be a “sister” to the more famous Barbie doll, was a moving anatomy lesson to some of the children and adults who played with it. The doll’s most salient feature: when you lift Skipper’s arm, Skipper grows taller, and grows breasts. This video shows that process:
Skipper gets a scholarly analysis — as does her less developmentally-gifted sister — in the study “CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Girl-Doll: Barbie as Puberty Manual,” Catherine Driscoll, Counterpoints, vol. 245, Seven Going on Seventeen: Tween Studies in the Culture of Girlhood (2005), pp. 224-241. Here’s the beginning of that treatise:
The White House has also tellingly — for the second week in a row — made only one administration official, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, available for a single appearance on a Sunday show.
On ABC’s This Week, Sanders made it clear that Trump’s lie was based on nothing more than discredited right-wing media reports:
That headline is a gross understatement, by the way. Repug senators in the Kentucky general assembly just announced to the world that parents who abuse their children should be allowed to take their children out of school to hide that abuse.
Well, let’s see what President Trump has gotten up to in the last two days. He has:
Blamed Obama for the leaks coming out of his own staff.
Blamed the generals for the failure of a raid in Yemen, which he cooked up over dinner with Bannon and his son in law.
Implied that the recent wave of bomb threats and vandalism directed at Jewish targets were actually done by the Jews themselves, to make his Aryan supremacist supporters look bad.
And then he delivered a speech. A speech filled with lies and hollow promises; a speech whose only virtue was that Trump did not dissolve into a vicious, abusive tantrum against someone who disagreed with him.
Trump supporters, referred to, often accurately as “deplorables” by Hillary Clinton, gather at a campaign rally. The enthusiasm for “support” rallies was not as passionate.
Backers of President Donald Trump were scheduled to hold rallies across the country Saturday, but few actually turned up.
The “Spirit of America” rallies are being organized by a group called the Main Street Patriots, which is made up of some of the same people that founded the Tea Party movement eight years ago to voice concerns about the way the federal government operates.
Debbie Dooley, a leader of the group and co-founder of the Tea Party, told Time magazine the rallies planned for Saturday are meant to be a positive response to recent negative events held by Trump’s political rivals. The sparse attendance is likely to ignite as Twitter Storm from The Donald himself, as he struggles to call out the “fake” media for lying about attendance.
About 6:30 am on Saturday morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter again — and this time he’s not making any sense at all. I don’t know if he thinks this kind of crazy tweet will divert attention from his own problems, or whether he just gone completely insane. Here are the four tweets he fired off:
President Trump seems to have trouble deciding to conform to the Constitution by divesting himself of business interests. Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post selflessly offers to help out our Commander in Chief with a list of brands and a suggestion of a boycott.
tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors finds something familiar about President Trump’s flailing rage about news stories concerning illegal collusion with Russia by his campaign. Now that he hasn’t found the sources for those stories, he concludes that President Obama must have wiretapped him. How else would the press find out? tengrain remembers a similar character in classic cinema.
Frances Langum traces the Trump belief that new breaking evidence of his Russia collusion cover-up must have come from an Obama wiretap. She discovers the apparent source of his new conspiracy theory.
As President Trump expresses increasing fury toward Democrats because they “have still not approved my full Cabinet,” Jonathan Bernstein compares such outbursts with the actual record and speculates that Mr. Trump is asking to be ignored.
A former CIA analyst warns that the Trump affinity to alternative facts is expanding to the sort of alternative intelligence that led to the Iraq war.
As President Trump establishes VOICE, “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement”, to track and publicize any crime committed by immigrants, the reasoning may seem obvious. It apparently is not obvious to everyone. Infidel753 carefully explains why the anti-immigrant motivation should be clear.
The Journal of Improbable Research discovers an academic dissertation centered on the proposition that the “current debate over nonconceptual content is of fundamental importance for both phenomenology and the theory of knowledge.” The author explains how to think.
Tony Pabon and Manny Rodriguez originally wrote “I Like It Like That” in 1967. Part of the recording used many of the musician’s kids chanting “Ahh Bibi!” which seemed to add to the excitement of the song.
In 1996, roughly three decades after the song’s original release, Burger King used the song in a commercial promoting their “Have it your way” slogan.
In 2016, the song was used in a commercial for Brookside chocolates, emphasizing its slogan “For All Your Sides”.