Foolishness since 2007

Foolishness since 2007
Foolishness since 2007

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ponderables

A Planned Parenthood branch in Pennsylvania called for the Walt Disney Co. to create an animated princess "who's had an abortion" in a since-deleted tweet posted Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood Keystone, a branch of the health service provider based in Trexlertown, Pa., tweeted that, "We need a Disney princess who's had an abortion / We need a Disney princess who's pro-choice / We need a Disney princess who's an undocumented immigrant / We need a Disney princess who's actually a union worker / We need a Disney princess who's trans".


Had Hillary Clinton won the election, would we now even know of a Fusion GPS dossier? Would assorted miscreants such as Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page, Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele, or Peter Strzok now be under a cloud of suspicion? Or would they instead have been quietly lionized by a President Clinton grateful for noble services in the shadows rendered during the campaign?

If Clinton had won, would we now know of any Russian-supplied smears against Donald Trump? Would a FISA judge now be complaining that he was misled in a warrant request? Would likely Attorney General Loretta Lynch be reassigning Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr for his consultations with Fusion GPS operatives? Or would Russian operatives alone be likely, at an opportune moment, to threaten to leak to the media that they had given salacious material to Clinton operatives to ensure her election, and thus they were to be owed for their supposed help in ensuring a Clinton victory? Would anyone be now listening to a losing candidate Donald Trump making wild charges that he had been smeared in the closing days of his campaign by leaks of a Clinton cabal that drew on Russian help?


Mark Zuckerberg's worth of $71 billion makes him the world’s fifth-richest man. The median net worth of Americans is about $45,000.





Saturday, March 24, 2018

We Fail To Address Mental Illness

In Sunday’s NYT there was a long article about a homeless woman who lived on a grate near Grand Central Terminal. She was seemingly intelligent, a Williams grad, and had a promising future snuffed out by mental illness.

What is ironic is that the majority (probably all) of the people involved and interviewed probably support the deinstitutionalization craze that has gripped America since the 1970s. I wonder whether a firm public policy of forced commitment would have helped this woman. My suspicion is that it would have. That is not to say that our institutions were wonderful, but an all-or-nothing approach makes no sense. We have moved the mentally ill out of sometimes awful psychiatric facilities into the revolving door of the street, prison and an early death.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Signs

Call this my salute to Giggles and Grins


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I started to understand life when I figured out that the gal already knew when I was going to Get Lucky










Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trump - Why You Love Him Or Hate Him

Article on why you love him or hate him.

Trump Syndromes




The return of populism I am not all that surprised that Trump was elected. I see it as balancing against Obama. I don't think either was a good thing for the US. Donald Trump was created not by haters, but by an often hateful contempt displayed to half the country. The question for me, is Trump a harbinger of an era of Populism?

Until recently, liberal democracy reigned triumphant. For all its shortcomings, most citizens seemed deeply committed to their form of government. The economy was growing. Radical parties were insignificant. Political scientists thought that democracy in places like France or the United States had long ago been set in stone, and would change little in the years to come. Politically speaking, it seemed, the future would not be much different from the past.

Then the future came – and turned out to be very different indeed. Citizens have long been disillusioned with politics; now, they have grown restless, angry, even disdainful. Party systems have long seemed frozen; now, authoritarian populists are on the rise around the world, from America to Europe, and from Asia to Australia. Voters have long disliked particular parties, politicians or governments; now, many of them have become fed up with liberal democracy itself.

Donald Trump’s election to the White House has been the most striking manifestation of democracy’s crisis. It is difficult to overstate the significance of his rise. But it is hardly an isolated incident. In Russia and Turkey, elected strongmen have succeeded in turning fledgling democracies into electoral dictatorships. In Poland and Hungary, populist leaders are using that same playbook to destroy the free media, to undermine independent institutions and to muzzle the opposition.

More countries may soon follow. In Austria, a far-right candidate nearly won the country’s presidency. In France, a rapidly changing political landscape is providing new openings for both the far left and the far right. In Spain and Greece, established party systems are disintegrating with breathtaking speed. Even in the supposedly stable and tolerant democracies of Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, extremists are celebrating unprecedented successes.

There can no longer be any doubt that we are going through a populist moment. The question is whether this populist moment will turn into a populist age – and cast the very survival of liberal democracy in doubt.



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Walking In The Rain

A reader shared this:

Depending on the mood, and if it's a warm rain, my husband and I will go out walking in it. The very first time we did it was before we got married, and we were on our way to his folks' place. He suddenly pulled off on a little back road, then turned down a little field road that led back into a grove of trees. There was a little pond right in the middle and we walked around it, getting pretty wet before we got back to the car. We made love right there, standing against the car, in the rain, and it was pretty magical. We've stopped at that pond a few other times, but that first time is still the best!

I am sure many of us have an experience with rain. We raced sailboats for a quarter decade, so we have lots of wet experiences. Perhaps the worst was when the wind dies in a steady deluge. Just floating. The rain gear keeps most of it off, but more than once we tacked and a bucket full poured off the sail down my back.

Another memory from years ago. I was car shopping, walking between adjacent downtown dealerships. It was a warm day, the rain was in droplet form, but not heavy, not windblown, just delightfully warm. I got soaked to the skin and it felt so good I continued walking just to be in the rain.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Too Long Weekend At The Beach

This was two decades ago and our memory is really fuzzy.

This much we recall. Seven sassy women and two guys went on a long weekend trip to the Gulf coast. The women came from South Carolina, Michigan, Alabama, Mississippi and Ontario. A geographically diverse group with one thing in common, they liked acting sassy and getting spanked.

The first afternoon, one of the women was a little too full of herself and did something to irritate Bacall. Later that day she pissed me off. By the time the holiday was over she was feeling contrite and invited Bacall to paddle her. And paddle her she did - bare bottom in front of everyone.

After a time, she sucked up enough and I forgave her. Bacall never did.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Left Is Organized and Ready to Pounce

I didn't have a post for this Saturday and then this popped up.

We were surprised and yes a wee skeptical of the highly professional way a few of the students expressed themselves following the shooting. We wondered if this was a school for gifted students.

“Can you believe these kids?” It’s been a recurring theme of the coverage of the Parkland school shooting: the remarkable effectiveness of the high school students who created a gun control organization in the wake of the massacre. In seemingly no time, the magical kids had organized events ranging from a national march to a mass school walkout, and they’d brought in a million dollars in donations from Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney.

The Miami Herald credited their success to the school’s stellar debate program. The Wall Street Journal said it was because they were born online, and organizing was instinctive.

On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story: Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher’s union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, MoveOn.org doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers told BuzzFeed they’re also behind the national school walkout, which journalists had previously assured the public was the sole work of a teenager. 

In other words, the response was professionalized. That’s not surprising because this is what organization that gets results actually looks like. It’s not a bunch of magical kids in somebody’s living room. 


The real tip-off should have been the $500,000 donations from Winfrey and Clooney. Big celebrities don’t give huge money to strangers on a whim. Somebody who knows Winfrey and Clooney called them and asked.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

One From The Vault - A Case Of Submission

A story from yesteryear that I don't think got enough views.

The Devine Miss E titled it A Case of Submission. Click to read this 2015 post.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Primal Need For Spanking

I'm reading "Self / Discipline: How Spanking Changed My Life" by Andrew Cameron and wanted to share this quote with you.

"What's interested me, after fifteen years of searching, is how many of us there are who are normal people doing normal jobs with normal social skills and normal intelligence, lifestyles, and backgrounds but who have spanking as a part of our lives. I have in mind teachers, a surgeon, a chef, a journalist, several musicians and actors, a few secretaries, a fashion model, lots of students and two church administrators -all, as far as one can tell, living happy and fulfilled lives. These are not loners or depressives and none of them were abused as children; many weren't even smacked growing up. We could have had stamp collecting in common. In fact, we had this."


That has been our experience as well. Just as with vanilla's there are some exceptional types we have met.

A time long ago, I knew these women. I only played with two of them and that a mistake.

Leelee lived with her husband and two young boys, under 10, on her parent's farm. Her husband seemed a nice guy and was a good earner. He spanked her, at her request, every day. It was not enough. She left for the big city to get spanked more. And she did. She never had a meaningful job but lived with men and women who would support her for a time, before kicking her to the curb. She did not have any contact with her family. That may have been her family's decision.

Katie is an uber bright woman with five grown children. You have to be bright to get through organic chemistry. She decided she needed accountability and punishment more than anything else. That was something her husband and kids could not understand. They disowned her. She paid the costs of the divorce. She now has a man living with her that paddles her with regularity. She can not have sex with her Daddy. She has decided that accountability and punishment are more important to her than sex or being married.

Vicki is a bright, imaginative, non-orgasmic woman. She was the first to teach me that a submissive will do anything to get a dom. When it was no longer fun, I threw in the towel. She went on to disgrace herself with two married men, giving one them a costly divorce and his elected office. I confess to giggling about that as he thought he had bested me in winning her.

Kathy - I met her one week. She played with Bill the next week, Tom the following and came to our home the next. She already had Tom in tow by that time. In the next two months, she had Tom to tell by email, copying her, every woman he had played with that he was now exclusive to her. [Who was the real dom here?] They married and divorced within a year. We thought Tom was quite fortunate as we think she murdered some or all of her six ex's for insurance and pensions. Don't you think 6 ex's are a little extreme for a 38yo?

Charlie was a 35-year-old virgin. She liked to be spanked, paddled and whipped all night. She fell in love with a guy before she met him in person. He was a real prize, good looking for sure, but a three-time loser in marriage, uber possessive and a drunk. She finally lost her cherry, but not to him.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Victor Says It Better Than I Can

We left for the western states yesterday.

We hope you enjoy one or more of these articles by Victor Davis Hanson.

Radioactive Trump


The Real Russian Disaster


Here he describes the area where he lives and his family before him.


The AR-15
Some say it's too powerful for civilian use. Others say it's the most user-friendly rifle around. Politico dubbed it "the most political gun in America." 
The AR-15's ability to be customized makes it the favored rifle for all kinds of shooters. You can replace parts, attach accessories and paint it to make it your own. Gun advocates call it the Lego or Barbie of guns because of that versatility.
Everything that makes it the most popular rifle in the U.S. — easy to buy, easy to shoot, easy to customize — also makes it an extremely efficient killing machine.
In case you don't know
Weapons called assault rifles are being railed against. They do not meet the definition of an assault rifle, but they are still lethal. A traditional hunting rifle is lethal and has the same or superior properties to weapons that look like assault rifles. In fact, there are numerous wooden stock hunting rifles that are more lethal than what are being termed assault rifles.
AR does not stand for assault rifle. It stands for Armalite, a manufacturer. The term has become generic.
An assault rifle has selectable firing modes, both semi and fully automatic. These weapons are strictly controlled. Simply put, you can not buy one. Only law enforcement and the military can possess automatic weapons made after 1986. You can buy an automatic rifle or machine gun made before 1986 if you have deep pockets, ($10,000 to $40,0000+ obtain a federal license and meet both federal and state requirements.