Update: Apparently the phrase was "the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy". Which, while not violating the redundancy rule is still some of the worst writing I've ever seen in my life. I stand by my suggestion that "the ambulatory fruit of conjugal intimacy" is a much better phrase, though Strunk and White would probably still suggestion you say "children".
So Michele Bachmann signed a pledge written by a group called, irritatingly, THE FAMiLY LEADER, a name probably concocted by a guy who tells his wife there's no "i" in "marriage". (Yes, I realize there is.) This pledge tends to, how shall I say this, glorify slavery as a family-friendly institution. They consider this such a big deal that it's bullet point #1 in the pledge:
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.
There's so much to be said here, but I'll leave it to Baratunde:
It's as if these people held a Focus Group Of The Sheltered asking "List everything you know that's black" and came back with "slavery" and "the president."ADVERTISEMENT
At least they didn't use the phrase "rap singers", which is one of my favorite red flags that you're going to be reading a "I'm not a racist, but" rant.
But Bartunde discovered more this this slavery stuff. He also discovered in this document the phrase "the intimate fruit of conjugal intimacy", which he and I both take to mean "children", though technically it could also mean the wet spot if you really think about it. But I love this phrase for three major reasons: 1) The WTF factor 2) They appear to think that "children" isn't a word you can use around the faint-hearted and came up with this as a euphemism and 3) That is some poor fucking writing. Like, really poor. Who uses the word "intimate" twice in a single phrase? It's also, as noted before, not accomplishing goal #1 of writing, which is to communicate clearly. They've taken a concept that pretty much everyone understands—"children"—and made it more ambiguous by using a phrase that could refer to a wad of semen, an orgasm, or a case of the clap, as well as children. There's so many ways they could have tweaked that phrase to make it clearer. For instance, "the ambulatory fruit of conjugal intimacy" gives you a lot more information while avoiding redundancy.
Still, even if you go there, it's still bad writing. Someone should send them a copy of Strunk and White with this section highlighted:
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
They then go on to give examples, such as simply saying "he" instead of "he is a man who". They don't advise that you say "children" instead of "intimate fruit of conjugal intimacy", because it didn't occur to them that there could ever be someone whose infatuation with florid language could cause such stupidity.
The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report
President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.
A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.
“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."
Pete Buttigieg says ‘statistically’ we’ve already had a gay president — meet President James Buchanan
In an interview with Axios, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that "statistically" it makes sense that out of the 45 presidents in American history, one of them was LGBT. Statistics aside, the reality is that former President James Buchanan has prompted historians to question.
The moment came when the Axios HBO show questioned what the young mayor would do when he's attacked for being "too gay."
"Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they'll say you're too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?" asked Mike Allen.
New biographer claims she knows how Kim Jong Un will die
A new biography about Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield is uncovering many of the unique moments in the childhood of the North Korean dictator. But one piece that isn't included in the book is her prediction for how the leader will die.
In a CNN interview with Brian Todd, Fifield explained that Kim's chain-smoking, drinking and consumption of rich and fatty foods would likely be his undoing. She doesn't anticipate he'll ever have a coup d'etat, but he could probably have a heart attack.
Other shocking observations she made include that Kim's parents had to bring in children so that he would have someone to play with him, effectively meaning his "friends" were paid for.