Citadel Cadet Nick Pinelli, the cadet who leaked the story of the school’s consideration of a Muslim student’s request to wear a hijab, was reportedly punished with 33 hours of marching according to a post on Jihad Watch. Two weeks ago, my colleague Toni Williams wrote about this exact controversy. You see both of us have a dog in this fight. Her son graduated from the Military College of South Carolina in 2010. My father graduated from the Citadel in 1963 and therefore both of us are passionate about this special school.
The Citadel, the Military College Of South Carolina
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Ted Cruz has received his fair share of criticism for various campaign moves – one being a loose pact with Kasich to divide and conquer some of the remaining primaries. His latest move was to announce his choice for Vice President, Carly Fiorina. While some of the initial response was negative – it was an unusual move to do something like this before winning the nomination himself, and it led to characterizing his campaign as desperate. Those criticisms have some basis, but I would bet a lot of money that Cruz already thought through all of that. He decided that whatever criticism he would receive was going to be outweighed by the benefit he perceived in making this move.
One of the possible benefits Cruz saw was first to try to bump the news cycle away from Donald Trump’s big win in the Northeast. He did accomplish this to some degree as Fox News’ The Five led with the story of the VP pick. On the other hand, Bill O’Reilly almost completely ignored the announcement by burying it in less than 30 seconds of discussion and wrapped it into a segment more generally on women voters. Megyn Kelly followed up on The Kelly File with a prominent interview with Fiorina. Hannity spent an hour with the team last night.
If there’s one thing we know about Ted Cruz, it’s that he is a big picture, long-term type of guy. One of the biggest positives of this move is the push to define each candidates’ campaigns. Cruz put his cards on the table to give voters more than a glimpse of what his presidency will look like. In doing so, he has put pressure on Trump to do the same. [click to continue…]
At this time of year, I’m sure a lot of VG readers are inching up on major milestones in their children’s lives. This is for you!
I was driving by the baseball field near my house yesterday when I noticed the car ahead pulled over and parked hastily halfway off the road. It’s not a place to park so at first I was annoyed. That thought quickly turned sentimental and sappy when I saw a man emerge carrying shoes, running toward the field. Undoubtedly it was a dad bringing his son his forgotten cleats.
My son graduates from college next week. It has been many years since I have had the “privilege” of chasing after him with uniform parts or backpacks or picking him up from an overheated Land Rover or broken down Jeep. I miss that little boy very much, but somehow I am more than comforted, amazed, and so grateful for the young man he has become.
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It’s not exactly shocking that people are more selfish and self-absorbed than perhaps any other time in American history. But still, the depths of the narcissism people are willing to put on public display can be surprising. Typically, this comes from idiot millennials who think the world revolves around them, but they’re just doing what they were taught to do by the generations before them, who can be just as shallow and narcissistic. Still, at one point in time, people knew better than to openly show off how clueless and bratty they were. The “me me me” mentality has never exactly been desirable, after all. But now we have the internet, so people think they can and should spout off about whatever ridiculous thought enters their tiny brain. Case in point? Meghann Foye, senior web editor for Redbook magazine. Foye is jealous of moms getting to take all of these awesome paid vacations every time they pop out a child — because maternity leave is just, like, an all-expenses paid vacation, right? — so she wrote a book, and then penned an op-ed in the New York Post, whining about how she deserves maternity leave too, even though she doesn’t have any kids. She deserves “meternity” leave! [click to continue…]