Dad changing son’s diaper in public restroom goes viral
A father who was forced to do squats in order to change his son’s diaper in a public restroom says dads need changing tables too. “This is a serious post!!! What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!!” Donte Palmer, a high school teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., captioned an Instagram photo of him changing his son’s diaper in a restaurant bathroom. “C learly, we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It’s routine to him!!!! Let’s fix this problem!” Palmer also called on activist and football quarterback Colin Kaepernick to “drop a knee to this issue!”
The father tagged the news outlet The Shade Room in his post, which subsequently published the photo, assuming more than 400,000 likes.
Palmer, 31, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the September 15th image reflects his daily routine with his three boys, ages 12, 7, and 1. “We had stopped at Texas Roadhouse for lunch and while my wife ordered food, my son Liam started fussing so I knew it was time for a diaper change,” he says. Enlisting the help of his eldest child Isaiah — whom Palmer calls his “diaper assistant” — the dad began the precarious task of changing the baby in the men’s bathroom.
“I usually lay Liam down on clothes I keep in the diaper bag or the bag itself, and Isaiah hands me wipes or throws out the dirty diaper,” explains Palmer. The father wasn’t aware that Isiah had snapped his photo but later, acknowledging the humor, he posted it online.
“People have commented that my wife is ‘lazy’ for not changing our baby’s diaper or that I could have changed him in the car but why should I?” says Palmer. More dads have felt defeated, such as Chris Mau of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, whose January Facebook photo of his infant daughter lying on the “disgusting floor” of a fast-food restaurant went viral.
“It’s crazy to imagine, I know, but there are guys who take care of their kids too,” wrote Mau. “If it’s a public place with public restrooms, in the generation of equality among genders and races, then how about making sure us fathers can change our children’s diapers on a goddamn changing table like the mother’s can? Am I asking too much?”
In August, restaurant Tim Hortons apologized to a father and promised to install changing stations in all its Canadian men’s rooms, after patron Chris Webb used the women’s bathroom to clean his daughter, with permission from the staff.
Webb tweeted , “I’m shocked and humiliated to have had to use the women’s bathroom to change my child in one of your restaurants today. Your staff actually went out of their way to allow me to use it, but it’s 2018 and both bathrooms should have a change table in them. Getting out [of] the house with my 1-year-old and going for lunch shouldn’t mean that I have to explain myself to women as to why I’m in the women’s bathroom.”
Palmer says the lack of diaper stations in men’s rooms speaks to how society views the roles of mothers and fathers. “Many fathers are present caretakers but either we don’t get recognition or get too much credit for doing basic tasks,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Why should I have to lay my son across my legs? That’s not cool.”
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Gigi, Bella, Anwar, and Yolanda Hadid in the Best Looks of New York Fashion Week Spring 2019 – Vogue
Gigi, Bella, Anwar, and Yolanda Hadid in the Best Looks of New York Fashion Week Spring 2019 Vogue Vogue Hadid! Hadid! Hadid! Watch what happens when fashion’s reigning family slips into the best looks from the New York collections September 24, 2018 Fashion Edited by Jorden Bickham Share this story
New York Fashion Week was an unnerving, bone-chilling, spine-tingling affair. First there were the ceaseless, torrential downpours . Then there were all the crazy newish talents on the calendar— Pyer Moss , Telfar , Gypsy Sport , Vaquera , Eckhaus Latta —popping up to show in all corners of Manhattan and Brooklyn, day or night, rain be damned. The ghost of the ’80s hovered over the runways as well, in the luscious, outsize silhouettes at Marc Jacobs ; the sassy, shrunken frocks at Area . And then there was the dazzling spectacle of t he Hadids , fashion’s reigning family, who alighted on the catwalks, front rows, sidewalks, and soirees with swagger and humor, a fabulous foursome of forceful personalities and otherworldly glamour.
Watch: Gigi, Bella, Anwar, and Yolanda Hadid in the Best Looks of New York Fashion Week Spring 2019
And so, to mark the end of the collections, Director Bardia Zeinali and Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham invited Yolanda , Gigi, Bella , and Anwar to enjoy a small dinner wearing some of the chicest looks from the week. But gather any family around a table and, well, you never know who you’ll meet . . . . So many ghosts!
Blackboard jungle! Vaquera’s collection celebrated the twisted characters and glamour of high school. Gigi Hadid wears a punk prom look of spooky sweats and sequins. Gigi Hadid in Vaquera pillowcase top, $310, distressed mud one tee, $300, and sequence skirt, price upon request, for information: vaquera.nyc; Manolo Blahnik Arriga suede mule pumps, $750, bergdorfgoodman.com
Micro magic! Don’t call them hot pants . . . . Bella Hadid looks super-chill in Michael Kors’s adorable white eyelet crystal-studded briefs and bra top. No swimming allowed! Bella Hadid in Michael Kors Collection white eyelet cotton bandeau and shorts with floral paillette and crystal embroidery, and shoes, all price upon request, for information: michaelkors.com
The master! From Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary collection, a blue velvet embroidered coat of otherworldly beauty. Nancy Ozelli isn’t taking it off in this life. Nancy Ozelli in Ralph Lauren Collection velvet and viscose coat, $16,000, washed cotton shirt, $1,150, wool pants, $1,150, and shearling scarf, $1,500, for information: ralphlauren.com
Blown sideways . . . by a natty, asymmetric tuxedo on Anwar Hadid, from a shrewd, accomplished collection by Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss. His was among the most memorable shows of Fashion Week. Anwar Hadid in Pyer Moss cropped boxy tuxedo blazer, $1,200, and wide-leg tuxedo pants, $950, for information: pyermoss.com ; Sies Marjan men’s shoes, price upon request, for information: siesmarjan.com
Pretty in pink . . . . The ’80s are alive and well, and deliciously hued, in Marc Jacobs’s Spring outing. Yolanda Hadid is a vision in his rosette-tied gown. Yolanda Hadid in Marc Jacobs pale pink long-sleeved dress and pink waist-tie rosette, both price upon request, Marc Jacobs, NYC, 212.343.1490; Manolo Blahnik Chaos sandals, price upon request, for information: bergdorfgoodman.com
Et voilà ! The ghosts of fashion past haunt Marc Jacobs’s fabulous separates, linebacker shoulders, disco silver, and all, here on Gigi. Gigi Hadid in Marc Jacobs matador jacket, silver camisole top, mint dressy trousers, aqua medium rosette, raffia top hat with veil, blue leather mules, and belt, all price upon request, Marc Jacobs, NYC, 212.343.1490
Wicked pretty! Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte returned to New York to stage an enchanted show in a rainy graveyard. Bella wears their tulle embroidered bustier and skirt of floral lace. Bella Hadid in Rodarte white hand-embroidered tulle ruffled bustier with bows, white hand-embroidered tulle and floral lace draped ruffle skirt, and earrings, all price upon request, for information: rodarte.net ; and Brandon Maxwell bag, price upon request, for information: brandonmaxwellstudio.com
Haute and haunted! For The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen fashioned a double-silk mikado smock into one of the few gowns of the season. Nancy is a vision in it. Nancy Ozelli in The Row double-silk mikado dress, $6,250, The Row, NYC, 212.755.2017
Drop-dead gorgeous! Raf Simons for Calvin Klein flattened his frocks and paired them with tie-dye and rubber. Gigi does the ghost-of-cocktail-hours-past look with aplomb. Gigi Hadid in CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC crushed printed silk couture dress, tie-dyed tank top, pearl satin rubber heels, and couture stole, all price upon request, for information: calvinklein.us
Shiny chic! Tom Ford’s collection was characterized by a dark yet glitzy elegance. Anwar loves his gold leopard jacquard—and who wouldn’t? Anwar Hadid in Tom Ford dark gold leopard jacquard Atticus cocktail jacket, $4,950, light copper fluid plissé evening shirt, $1,690, black Atticus evening pants, $1,720, beige silk mesh scarf, $990, and black patent leather Webster boots, $1,990, for information: tomford.com
Mother superior! Tory Burch slipped a white shirt under a basic maxi tank and, hello: the epitome of modest chic, here on Yolanda. Yolanda Hadid in Tory Burch clip tank dress, $498, and Tory Burch cotton shirt, $298, for information: toryburch.com; Tabitha Simmons Eve black sandals, $595, tabithasimmons.com
Slayed! For his clever debut collection for Carolina Herrera, Wes Gordon went for happy prints and wicked whimsy. Bella in his polka-dot gown is a wonder. Bella Hadid in Carolina Herrera polka-dot ruffled cut-out halter dress, $4,490, Carolina Herrera, NYC, 212.249.6552; Tabitha Simmons Eve black sandals, $595, tabithasimmons.com Share this story
Donald Trump’s Rosenstein Dilemma
Authored by Mark Penn, op-ed via The Hill,
Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.
That is the dilemma President Donald Trump faces as he decides whether to fire Rod Rosenstein following revelations that the deputy attorney general allegedly talked about taping the president and rounding up Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment.
There were several people present at this meeting in the aftermath of the firing of former FBI Director James Comey . Despite the fact that Rosenstein wrote the key memo trashing Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, he reportedly was angry and uncertain after the president actually did it , using his memo as a justification.
The prime source for this information appears to be none other than fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe , who faces investigation by a grand jury and whose memos are being declassified. McCabe appears to be even angrier at the Department of Justice (DOJ) brass who fired and humiliated him just for leaking and lying when he may have far worse on his comrades.
This is the deep state unraveling.
People bristle when I sometimes adopt and use that term: “deep state.” But as an outside observer, watching the unmasking of the actions of one official after another at the FBI, CIA and DOJ, I have come to accept that an unelected group of well-educated, experienced individuals running these departments became inebriated with their own power during the last election campaign and apparently came to believe they were on a mission to stop, defeat or remove President Trump and his associates for crimes they would find or, if necessary, manufacture.
Perhaps Rosenstein was joking when he referenced the 25th Amendment, as another meeting participant reports. But Rosenstein’s statement in response to the news accounts carefully avoids denying having discussed wiring himself or others in some effort to entrap Trump. This cabal is meeting and planning, post-Comey’s firing, despite the fact that Rosenstein himself in his memo to President Trump said Comey was “wrong” and the FBI could not regain lost public trust without a new director who understood his errors.
It seems Rosenstein also may have believed we needed a new president. Just days into his expanded role and after these conversations, he appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel with a still-secret charter to investigate the Trump campaign and administration; the precipitating act was the very firing he recommended.
Whether it involved sending missiles to Syria after chemical attacks on civilians, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, or firing Comey, Trump actually has moved ahead and done some of the things that Washington elites complain about but go along with out of some extreme sense of caution and timidness. And those acts are then branded as some kind of lunacy.
Perhaps the true headline item in Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear,” is that Trump was so incensed at the murdering of women and children by Syria’s Bashar Assad that he actually raised the idea of taking out the dictator responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his own people. Sheer madness? Hardly. President Obama stood idly by as mass murder happened in Syria, and President Clinton’s biggest regret is that he did too little to stop the massacres in Rwanda; he believes 300,000 lives could have been saved had he sent in troops earlier. It’s presidential inaction in the face of madness that has proven most dangerous to the world. Ask the Crimeans.
I say this not to defend all of the actions of President Trump, many of which I might disagree with, but to condemn the arrogance of those in the deep state who convinced themselves that they would rescue our country from ourselves. They were on a mission, it turns out, not to save our country but to undo our democracy, and Rosenstein finally has been unmasked as having the attitudes and conflicts we all suspected.
There has been an eerie pattern of events involving Rosenstein. Remember how he became downright testy in front of Congress when asked why he signed the fourth surveillance warrant against Carter Page and whether he even read it. In response to lawful demands for documents as to the origins of the investigation, he responded that he wouldn’t be “extorted” by Congress. And, in another one of his jokes (he appears to have quite a wry sense of humor), he raised turning the tables on Congress by reviewing the emails of members and staff who were there to gather information from the FBI. Just kidding.
Until now, Rosenstein has escaped real scrutiny despite this series of defiant statements and actions. He managed to make it impossible for the president to step in and remove him, or for Congress to supervise him, claiming he reports to some higher authority that he defines as his commitment to the rule of law.
And, yet, our laws and our Constitution set up no politically unaccountable officials in the executive or legislative branches of government. It is disappointing to see leaders like Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) ignore the actions uncovered here in favor of anything that damages Trump, no matter how egregious the activities of these government officials.
Of course, the president is stuck here. Firing Rosenstein, even if deserved, would be spun like an act of impetuous madness just before the midterms. Attorney General Jeff Sessions , who would have the acceptable power to do so, appears unable or unwilling to act in any bold manner. All Trump can do is get out all the documents and call upon the inspector general to fully investigate these reports.
After the midterms, though, he could instruct the attorney general to appoint — or, perhaps, do so directly himself — a second special prosecutor to investigate the actions of the FBI, CIA and DOJ in the Clinton and Trump investigations. Over 70 percent of Americans in the Harvard/CAPS poll believe such a counsel should be appointed now. If Democrats take over Congress, there will be no way without that appointment to continue investigations that have turned up real malfeasance of the sort by these officials. Democrats have other plans for their investigative powers, if they get them.
Whatever you want to call these well-heeled members of the intelligence community and Justice Department, many of whom now have book and speaking contracts, it is clear they all engaged in a conspiracy to bring down this administration on the basis of unverified information, and to turn the most basic acts of presidential power, like the firing of Comey, into obstruction of justice.
The more information that comes out here, the ever more egregious the actions of all of these officials appear in the light of day.