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May 28
1888 - Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon [story]
Jim Thorpe

The day after President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day included the “Women’s March on Washington”, originally called “Million Women March on D.C.”.

Their mission’s intent was supposedly “not a protest against Trump or the legitimacy of the election, but said it is to shed light on women’s issues, including sexual assault and workplace discrimination” said one of the organizers. Fontaine Pearson went on to say “We’re strong, but this has been a very difficult election for a lot of women”.

Needless to say, Pearson is a Hillary supporter but claimed to be hearing from women on “both sides of the political aisle”.

In addition to many, many women making plans months ago to organize and participate in this march, it was broadcasted on Facebook wherein the description was an “inclusive march” for “everyone who supports women’s rights”.

Pearson may have intended one thing, but what the public saw was quite different. There were several contradictions.

All women were not welcome or included; that comment of “both sides of the political aisle” was a mask. Women who choose life over abortion were blatantly excluded.

There were several men marching, most of them white, yet these women claim that their discrimination is from the white males of the world.

There were confusing messages and signs about global warming aka climate change all wrapped up with the “environment”—as if only the feminists and pro-abortion crowd cares about clean water, soils and air.

The most telling of the environment hypocrisy was the mounds of trash, debris, papers and signs dropped and left by these participants for someone else to clean up.

Without doubt, this event was originally planned to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s success and the march was to be an “I am woman, hear me roar” event.

That fell flat so the heat was turned up to remind everyone that Trump was (illicitly and unknowingly) audio taped over 20 years ago being braggadocios about groping women.

Another cry was women earning less than male counterparts. That theme is confusing considering that as a U.S. Senator, Hillary Clinton paid her female staff less (there’s at least one lengthy writing trying to provide cover the salary gaps but in the end, females were paid less).

In October 2012, (Hillary had a major role in the White House then) Politifact reported “According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000)”.

A significant gender pay gap remained in 2016 per a report by The Washington Examiner in July 2016.

Additionally, CNN Money reported “Hillary Clinton says men and women should make equal pay. But the Clinton Foundation’s leadership team had an average $81,000 average gender pay gap, according to the most recent figures available”.

It’s baffling how the majority of these marchers support Hillary Clinton considering the lack of congruency with her practices and their women’s thesis.
The most duplicitous displays were actress Ashley Judd and fading entertainer Madonna.

Ashley Judd was so disappointing. I gravitate toward her past movie roles, but this authentic real-life presentation was degrading and loathsome. Her screams and grievances about women’s bodily functions described in graphic language were repulsive.

Unprintable comes to mind.

Madonna: a woman with the train wreck of a life, giving advice to the more common woman. It wasn’t enough to abhorrently offer oral sex to anyone who would vote for Hillary, as she so boastfully announced in Madison Square Garden in October 2016, she made the conscious decision to promote violence upon the people’s house—the White House. She spoke quite clearly of her oft-thoughts of just blowing it up.

Many of us are trying to figure out what “rights” these women either do not have or that have been taken away. What can they not do or pursue?
Undoubtedly this women’s march positively impressed some, but an honest observance shows it was shameful.

Women cannot demand or command respect for themselves, their daughters or sisters, from the masses, by yelling vulgar words and phrases through a microphone or dress up in costumes representing female genitalia.
The frenzy was sloppily executed and disgraceful.

Betty Arenson

****Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident who believes in the Constitution in its entirety and that laws should be upheld and apply to everyone equally.

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  1. You’re right, better to just ignore millions of people acting around the world together, and dismiss it as confusing with mixed messages. I’m sure there were no real issues brought to light, and obviously none that you think are important for women.

  2. The Million Meg March😆

  3. Stella Perez says:

    Betty, there is nothing confusing about the fact that 750,000 of us, yes, women, men, children and families marched downtown to voice their dissent and/or concern regarding Trump’s stance on issues ranging from women’s reproductive rights, affordable healthcare, education, immigration, and human rights. What is confusing is your defense of this unqualified, Ill tempered, recklessly dangerous and unprepared reality TV celebrity to lead the greatest nation during these troubling times. Of course it wasn’t just Los Angeles or New York or D.C. that showed up to voice their dissent, but rather Millions worldwide marched to protest the man and his distorted view of America and its role in the world. Wake up Betty, we are legion! We are not going anywhere and we will not be quiet! Our nation was founded on dissent and remains strong because of it.

  4. Denny NNWofLA says:

    Go ahead and dismiss the largest demonstration ever held in Washington DC. Pick out a few white men that happen to be on the correct side of human rights. Marginalize a couple caring celebrities that are more woman than you were ever capable of being. Go ahead and give your blind allegiance to a fascist pig that hates women and is reviled by most decent people in this country. It’s who you are, Betty.

  5. Bill says:

    Pretty weak, disjointed column so let me clarify…it was an I Am Woman Hear Me Roar demonstration, historic in its worldwide attendance in every major city around the world. The men supported the women…something wrong with that. Trumps actions galvanized hundreds of thousands more women to march and protest against his misguided policies. You can drop the Hillary references and all the other old rehashed points. People are becoming very United and focused against the Trump agenda which affects women and middle class and it’s only beginning.

  6. waterwatcher says:

    How odd that a woman should complain about men being supportive of women’s issues. Women would never have gotten the right to even vote without supportive men.

    And BTW Ms. Arneson, since you obviously did not attend this March, let me explain that there were men of every ethnic group in attendance, fathers with their daughters on their shoulders, husbands with their wives, and guys with their girlfriends and some guys that just feel women are equal and should have equal rights. I thought it was great.

    750,000 and no violence. I think everyone appreciated and welcomed male attendance.

  7. mellie says:

    I’m with Betty!

  8. millie bonazzoli says:

    Women’s suffrage had two factions, one wanted diplomacy to persuage Congress, the other chained themselves to the gates of DC. Disruption caused news, to get rid of them, they put it to a vote. By one vote, after a Mother’s plea to her son to let her vote for the first time, women received the vote thus the 19th Amendment. Making noise is rude, but it works.
    Obviously, you didn’t march in the 1960-1970’s. We wanted college sports scholarships, birth control over the counter, equal pay and opportunity, and the ability to vote at 18, so we could vote down the war to which we were being drafted. Taking to the streets isn’t nice, but it voices opposition. Factions? Of course, everyone has fear of Trump, me too. All he has in in cabinet are Old White Men and the wife of an Old White Man…that in itself scares me.

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