Once upon a time the world was run by preppy Wasp men and well-tended sylph-like women. The rules were clear: casual was OK for men so long as they had a crocodile sewn over their hearts, and desert was OK for women, some known as “social X-rays” -- once a month, if that. Lisa Birnbach, co-author of The Official Preppy Handbook (1989) tells the Wall Street Journal, “Once upon a time the Lacoste shirt was really the only sporty shirt that you would wear,” the “you” not intended to include me and most of my friends but better-muscled chaps known as “Chip,Trip, or Kip” -- names selected by the Journal, not yours truly. Times surely have changed. For one thing, sporty shirts are no longer worn only for a round of tennis or golf with country-club buddies after a hard morning at father’s investment bank. For another, what the Journal calls “the shirt that started it all,” now has competitors that dare to innovate with such features as four- rather than two-button plackets.
Meanwhile, wraith is out, and even illegal for French, Spanish, and Israeli models. As a glance at the stars in any sitcom shows, rotund is in for women. Which is bad news for Spanx the company, no financial lightweight with its $400 million in annual sales of what the New York Times calls “body-sculpting bras and bodysuits.” The company is “gasping” to remain relevant in the age of shifting “body ideals”, yoga pants, once more under- than over-garment, and “athleisure” apparel, which I think but am not certain includes something called “jogger pants”, which Google’s analysis of six billion data points shows to be “trending”. And which data analyzed by the Wall Street Journal suggest are worn more for “leisure” than for “ath.” Fat-shaming, compression and squeezing are out, comfort for “real bodies” is in, which explains. Thin is out, “diversity” in body shapes is in. And sex is out: troubled retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has announced that it is abandoning sexy ads and the hiring of models based on “body type or physical attractiveness,” and is re-labelling its sales staff “Brand Representatives” rather than “Models.”
Now, men in loose-fitting, Hawaiian-flowered, untucked, belly-covering shirts are free to take their non-Spanxed wives and dates for a drink at some of the more modern, democratic eateries and clubs. O tempora! O mores!
Bill de Blasio ran Hillary Clinton's New York Senate race in 2000. But he's not yet ready to endorse his former boss for president of the United States. He made the comments this morning in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd:
Todd asked, "Are you for her now, unequivocally, or do you want to wait to see if she takes your advice on moving to a more progressive agenda?"
The Republicans in congress have some plans for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the Supreme Court will be considering the possibility that that language in the bill itself might, if followed literally, doom the program.
The White House has argued that President Obama's executive amnesty order last week was made well within the existing law. But in remarks in Chicago tonight, President Obama went off script and admitted that in fact he unilaterally made changes to the law.
President Obama made the admission after getting heckled for several minutes by immigration protesters.
The warmongers are at it again. In case you haven’t heard, the Pentagon has declared a global war on global warming. It’s our armed forces vs. the forces of nature, and we are the enemy. Those entrusted with protecting us from suicide bombers are now trying to protect the environment from us.
In 2005, Harry Reid said, “I would never, ever consider breaking the rules to change the rules. I never suggested that at all. I say to my friend, I want to work something out. I repeat that for probably the fifth time here today, but in the process we cannot give up the basic rights this country and this Senate have had for more than 200 years.”
President Obama used his Saturday morning radio address to rally support for the energy/climate change initiative he announced earlier in the week. This is the plan whereby we can have it all. No more coal, more expensive electricity, better weather, and a more robust economy. One wonders why it is necessary to sell it at all.