Winning will be tough for liberals …

I really don’t care much about award shows, but at the Grammy awards, Hillary Clinton made a cameo appearance (via video) and read a tiny bit from Fire and Fury and, well, poked fun at Trump’s lack of intellectualism (noted that other presidents and politicians have won Grammy awards for reading). Well, some liberals…actually took exception:

The whole premise was, of course, cooked up to give the show an excuse to display its TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). It’s bad enough that there’s a gratuitous slur at Trump at the Grammys, one that had nothing to do with music, but when his opponent in the election reads about his predilection for McDonald’s burgers, well, it’s not only not funny, but it’s unseemly. And it surely won’t make middle America like the Democratic Party any better. Perhaps the advance word that the show would be politicized accounts in part for the huge drop in viewership compared to last year.

Now, yeah, I found it a bit unseemly too, but…really…SO. FUCKING. WHAT. Trump has never hesitated to sling insults at private citizens. And who gives a damn what Trump supporters would think? They are utterly unreachable; trying to talk to them would be like giving a science argument to a Bible beater. There is an outside chance that we can flip just enough of the “I didn’t like Trump but I absolutely LOATHED Hillary” voters.

But there you have it…liberals criticizing liberals for taking the low road (in a benign way). When have you seen Republicans do that to other Republicans?

Or..let some liberal make fun of Sarah Sanders or Kellyanne Conway in the “wrong way” and some SJW will ride in to attack you for your “misogyny”.

Even worse: our very mindset of taking up for the perceived underdog is not politically popular. Liberals vocally support: the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, the Dreamers, rights for illegal aliens…the rights for ex felons to vote, rights for transgirls to shower with genetic girls, etc. And any semblance of a discussion will be met with “oh, you are just a bigot” or “that is just bigotry”, blah, blah, blah.

Oh well…..

And speaking of bleeding heart causes: some advocates are pushing for …pet food to be covered by food stamps!

Now ..hear me out..there are times when a pet can lead to increased emotional and mental health..and the pet might be cheaper than other therapies. So that being covered by services for the indigent might not be a bad idea..but I think that the funding ought to come from another pot (Medicaid? “Paws for the poor”(ok, I just made that up))

Sexual harassment: This is an interesting article about how, at times, the harassed may well have, on some level, “enjoyed” the harassment, which is still improper. This is in the context of a yoga class ..and let me be perfectly clear: this applies to NO ONE that I’ve ever taken yoga from.

Had the notorious “Yoga Sex Scandal” (as it was called by the New York Times) gone down six months ago, I might have jumped on the shock-and-horror bandwagon with nearly everyone else in the blogosphere. But as a new transplant to Santa Monica (a city I often refer to as 2nd chakra central), I was hardly surprised. At the very first class I took in L.A., a male teacher unexpectedly caressed—OK, more like groped— my ass in Downward Dog. There I was, minding my own ujjayi breath, when suddenly I felt a hand sliding over my spandex covered thigh.

At first I was shocked. He was supposed to be a professional, and here he was caressing my butt cheek in a public yoga class. But as he walked away, I felt my hips involuntarily sway back a little bit, almost as if silently asking for more. I felt a flutter in the pit of my stomach, my cheeks flushing red hot. My mind couldn’t believe the way my body was responding … had I actually enjoyed that?


But another part of me—and this is something I feel a bit embarrassed to admit—knew that I hadn’t spoken up because, well, because it felt good. Something in me had enjoyed the touch, relished in the intimacy of a tender caress. It had felt tantalizing, almost intoxicating to be the object of that teacher’s affection. I felt wanted, desired, and, counterintuitive as it may seem, it made me feel powerful.

Workout notes:

usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10..good), bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 8 x 175, incline: 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 10 x 50 dumbbell standing (ugly), 10 x 180 machine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 each arm, 10 x 110 machine. 25 twist crunch (each side, 50 total), moving bridge (2 sets of 10), 10 yoga leg lifts, headstand, side plank, 2 minute plank (hover),

treadmill: (some heel pain, left first) warm up with 11:30 mile, then 8:46 mile (6.7, .8, .9 7.0 every .25 miles). 20:15 total.

The second mile wasn’t as horrible as I feared it would be.


January 30, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics/social, running, walking, yoga | | Leave a comment

DACA and popularity

Ok, the Democrats are negotiating a budget deal without conditions for DACA. Now some are decrying the “spineless Democrats” or not sticking up for what most Americans want (for DACA to be renewed; this old poll has it at 73 percent).

But what many people do not get is that “we want this” does not mean “we want this at any price”:

So shutting down the government in order to get our way on DACA is NOT worth it to even most supporters.

Now will we get a clean DACA bill? Personally, I think it is worth it to try even if POTUS vetoes it.

Workout notes pretty weather so I was planning on a decent treadmill run followed by a walk outside. Well, the run wore me out (10K in 1:10:21, 1:07:20 for the first 6 miles); I did “froggy” on the 1/2 mile from 0 to 4 miles then played with speed; quick walking break for .1 miles after 5. (56:20) But walking home..I had no desire to walk at even a deliberate pace. So I called it a day.

Dang, I am in sorry shape.

January 25, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, running | Leave a comment

NOT “going along to get along”

One of the things I’ve found (I think that I have anyway) is that various “tribes” have dogma that they implicitly expect others to accept. This can make it difficult to fit in at times.

I’ll just describe some of the tensions I feel.

1. All of the “metoo” stuff: yes, of course, I believe that everyone has a right to work and live their lives free from sexual harassment. However I feel that much of the discussion is intellectually dishonest. For one, we DO have a human nature; our behaviors are not simply the result of socialization. Example: why doesn’t “abstinence only” sex education work?

So, any time you hear “ok, women should….” the feminists get enraged. I sincerely believe that the human mating ritual does have some roles that are genetically hardwired (women send out signals of interest; men respond to such signals that they think that they see) and that can lead to confusion: sometimes a woman’s simple friendliness is misinterpreted and some women DO have a “flirty manner” about them (if you are one of my female friends reading this: I am NOT talking about you; I’ve seen it in others though). So a friendly “be careful how you act” isn’t really a bad thing.

OF COURSE none of this absolves men from the responsibility of not harassing, and OF COURSE, even the most careful woman might get harassed. Men need to hear “keep it professional” in the work place and “don’t over assume her interest” in social setting.

2. Transgenderism: I was reading about a case in Chicago where a transgender girl, who still has male genitalia, wants to be able to openly use the girls locker room: “I want to be treated like any other girl”.

Ahem: you are NOT “Like any other girl”: you are a biological male who “identifies as a female”.

I cannot say “X is a Y” if I honestly do not believe that it is so; this sort of post-modernism is madness IMHO. Sure, I believe that the mind/body mismatch is genuine.

And in this case: my vote (at the poll) is that the privacy rights of the biological girls come first..otherwise why have separate locker rooms to begin with?

3. Women’s marches: my issue here isn’t the protests; protesting is as American as apple pie. And I too enjoy gathering with crowds of similarly-minded friends; it feels good to see that one isn’t alone. And yes, President Trump is an unmitigated disaster; he is well worth protesting.

Pussy hats: well, I might roll my eyes, but hey, I have no room to talk as I watch professional football where people wear much sillier things.

The issue for me is how people react to them: no, the numerically large marches do NOT point to some sort of wave that will sweep Trump from office. Yes, the Democrats had some victories, but those were based on local factors. In Alabama, Sen Jones DISTANCED himself from the national Democratic party; in this case black people showed up in unusually large numbers. White women still went for Moore by 68 percent. These marches, which some exceptions, are still largely an educated, somewhat affluent white women’s event (though I did know of a few black women who went).

Oh well, I just wanted to get that off of my chest. The good news is that no one will read this. 🙂

January 24, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, politics/social, social/political | 1 Comment

The D’s did reasonably well

I think it is important to remember that, aside from the possibility of filibustering, the D’s control NOTHING. So I agree with Paul Krugman:

And now Sen. Schumer has taken the wall funding off of the table.

And now we can either have a vote on DACA or call out Sen. McConnell as a liar who does not negotiate in good faith.

But: WE NEED TO WIN A CHAMBER in 2018. The gerrymandering ruling in Pennsylvania will help.

Personal: yin/yang. Last night I was the only one who showed up for yoga, so my teacher gave me a routine which was specific to me. My legs feel great; best they’ve felt in a while. BUT while I love the extra attention, if we can’t more people to class, it will fold.

Workout notes: I decided to go outside in mid 30’s weather (gray, damp pavement, but no rain) and walk deliberately for 10K. It went fine. Aside from one screeching walker (woman singing to her music as she walked…if you can call that “singing”) I had the park mostly to myself.

January 23, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, walking, yoga | Leave a comment

When the left parodies itself…

I read a Facebook post about a lawyer who worked pro-bono on LGTQ issues who was catching heat for wearing a pussy hat…you see it isn’t inclusive enough because….some women don’t have vaginas (ok? )

And sure enough, the person writing that post wasn’t kidding.

Oh my…and we wonder why we aren’t taken seriously.

And I saw this cartoon:

Ok, surely the cartoonist is exaggerating…right?

Uh, no…

The rape claim

The patriarchy and feminine independence claim

Sometimes I really think that our dogmatic lefties are just like the Bible Beaters who drink a different flavor of Kool-aid.

So back to the women’s marches: how big of a deal are they? Well, if they inspire people to help us out on 2018 and 2020, I suppose they are a good thing.

But I see a crucial difference between these and the Tea Party marches, BESIDES this crucial difference:

The Senate is set up to give small, rural states an advantage (Wyoming has the same number of Senators as California does). And gerrymandering means that liberals can be effectively fenced up.

So, a large women’s march, even in, say, Fayetteville, Arkansas (home of the University of Arkansas) isn’t going to worry anyone.

The women’s marches are a “mostly white”, mostly educated and blue women’s movement and comprise of a statistically small group of women. And even numerically massive gatherings in Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. mean…well, not much.

Women are indeed still split along economic and educational lines.

And Alabama: 63 percent of white women voted for Moore. It was black people, not white liberals, that saved the day.

January 22, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, social/political | , , , , | Leave a comment

“Well, I am mad”. So what?

Rant to follow:

So often I see people ranting about how angry they are about..well, this or that. And they are going to TAKE TO THE STREETS, demonstrate, march or whatever.

And…nothing changes because not enough of them show up to vote!

Today was the second “women’s march”. Yes, Trump openly taunted them:

Oh sure, he is taking credit for the economy that he inherited (his policies have had almost nothing to do with our current situation…check back in 2-3 years)

Sure, demonstrations have been PART OF a plan to shame/convince the country that it needed to change, but the successful demonstrations were coordinated with voting, legal challenges, economic pressure and the like.

In our area, there are reports that a local store took steps to prevent marchers (a small number) from parking in their lot and parked semis to discourage the marchers from going through their lot.
This store can probably get away with it; it is not popular with the sort of person that would wear a pussy hat.

But my point: to change behavior, you need to have something the other party wants, be it money or votes or whatever. Your being angry with them doesn’t change a thing.

And if you have no power over them, they don’t care. My guess is that this Republican’s approval in his district improved BECAUSE of his rudeness (and who he was rude too)

And voting…means voting for some imperfect candidates and making some compromises.

And turning your movement into something that is batshit crazy doesn’t help:

January 20, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, social/political | Leave a comment

Heaven Help Us!

Could you date (or stay married to) a Trump supporter?

And for the record: yes, I’ve dated Republicans. I have Republican women friends that I’d be sweet on, were I single. So, yes, there are some things that are non-starters for me (say, someone who was excessively religious, smoked, super sanctimonious) but people vote in certain ways for a variety of reasons.

Speaking of Trump: actually, I see the GOP “Tax Scam” to be conventional Republican politics. I don’t see it as “Trumpian”. If anything, I think that Trump probably makes the law less popular than it otherwise might be:

So how will Trump’s presidency end? While I think that the D’s have a good shot at retaking the House in 2018, the Senate is a long shot and, well, let’s just say that while I do not KNOW what will happen, I’d be very relieved if Trump doesn’t win reelection (I expect him to..though I have little confidence in this prediction).

Why do I expect Trump’s presidency to end after a SECOND term? A look at the “conventional wisdom” at the Democratic hopefuls makes me ill. I sure hope there is a Bill or Barack who is lurking beneath the radar.

Workout notes
Weights only. somewhat different order: pull ups: 5-5
bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 1 x 195, 1 x 205 (spotter touched the bar, but I think that I had it), 7 x 185
pull ups: 4 x 10 (strong)
military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 10 x 90 (each arm) machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, 10 x 60 dumbbell single arm
a bit of yoga (head stand too..was good)

I just didn’t feel like walking or running.

December 22, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans politics, weight training | | Leave a comment

In some ways, (some) liberals ARE more out of touch than conservatives

I admit that I was disgusted to see some of the rank and file attacking Doug Jones after his hard fought win in Alabama. Good lord..did they expect a Bernie Sanders or some SJW type would in in that region?

And I am seeing some calls for protests IF, somehow, Trump manages to get Muller fired (by pressuring others to fire him). Someone posted that we might get hundreds of thousands (sounds good to me) but someone (who I respect) said this:

Oh my.

Well, for one, I wonder what percentage of Americans even know how Muller is and what he is doing…much less understand why it would be so unethical to force him to be fired.
For another: it is one thing for a comfortably affluent person (say, a college professor with full tenure) to be able to do that. But so many need that income and the benefits …who will be there for them if they get fired for missing work? It isn’t as if everyone has an extra 200-300K just laying around to tide them and their families through a period of unemployment.

At times, we latte liberals are clueless.

Oh now, what about that tax plan that just passed the House and will probably pass the Senate? Sure, it is as “elite friendly” as they come. But it is structured in such a way that the lower to middle classes will not see tax increases until :

Many of these cuts are not permanent. The GOP bill sunsets the individual income taxes changes at the end of 2025, while keeping corporate tax cuts in place. And it would adjust how inflation is calculated in the tax code, which would cause many taxpayers getting a cut now to get a hike after 2025.

What we will see is exploding deficits which lead guessed it…cries of “we are too broke to fund Social Security, Medicare” and many other things.

So services will suffer. But you won’t see that right away and the effects will be subtle at first..repairs that don’t get done, more food poisoning outbreaks, dirtier air and water…and Republicans understand this.

They will just blame all of the lack of money for the public good on welfare mothers, many who are NOT pleasant people. And the Republicans know how to do this. They are better politicians.

And the Democrats have it harder. Let’s face it: few like poor, sick people. Sticking up for them in terms of policy is never going to be popular.

Workout notes: easy 5 mile jog along the river (1:05..slow, slow, slow); chilly but sunny..not bad for the middle of December.

December 19, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, republicans, republicans political/social, running, social/political | Leave a comment

Liberals attack Doug Jones…it was bound to happen

Oh JFC…our morons can’t help themselves. A Democrat squeaks through a red state and now liberals are already on his case for not getting with a MoveOn style agenda.

What in the hell did they expect would be competitive in Alabama? Argh!!!

Cluelessness is indeed bipartisan.

December 17, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics | Leave a comment

Trump trolls and Warren (and others bite)

Ok, Trump acts like, well, Trump:

And…well, many women HAD to make this a sexual innuendo (the “would do anything for them”) though this phrase is often used to describe power hungry male politicians, crooked football coaches..even driven athletes. And yes, other liberal WOMEN have told me that they don’t see this as an inherent sexual innuendo (though many that I like and respect do).

So how do national Democratic politicians respond? Senator Elizabeth Warren:

Oh dear.. SLUT SHAMING???? is 2016 over again, and once again, Democrats are doubling down on what FAILED in 2016. They are going to paint Democrats as wildly out of touch kooks that try to make everything about misogyny, sexual harassment, etc. This really doesn’t sit well in the context of the Al Franken flap, where…even Republicans are making more sense than many mainstream Democrats.

I am so despondent right now. The Republicans have dreadful, simply dreadful policies. But the Democrats seem to insist on running as if the nation were a liberal arts college, which it isn’t.

At least the Alabama election between Jones and Moore is close, at the time being. Jones has a genuine chance as of this writing.

Workout notes: morning: I went to the treadmill; ran 10 minutes at 5.1, 10 more at 5.2, some at 5.3 (23:00 for 2 miles) then did 7 at 6.7, rest at 6.8 to get to 3.1 in 33:03. Walked to 46:40 for 4 miles.

noon: hike at Forest Park Nature center; 3.5 outer loop. It has been to long since I’ve been there.
Photos part I:
Photos part II:

December 13, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, hiking, political/social, politics, running | | Leave a comment