Hillary Clinton’s “me too” comments (re: Bill). Correct, but bad politics.

Well, at least Hillary Clinton has retired from the political arena. Some are up in arms about what she said about Bill Clinton’s affair and its relation to “me too”.

Frankly: I think she is correct and …what she said would be bad politics, ..ok, is bad politics..provided she still cares about such things.

Yes, Bill Clinton did wrong; he DID have authority and was obligated to resist a sexual advance, flirtation, overtures, whatever.

Yes, he was, in my eyes, guilty of sexual misconduct.

BUT…in my opinion, if “me too” is to have any meaning at all, it has to be about people (ok, women) getting unwanted sexual advances.

If the woman (or the subordinate employee) is an adult and initiates the advance, or sends signals, etc., then while there still might be sexual misconduct, it is no longer “me too”.

I really do not think it is too much to say “if you don’t want the man to respond to you sexually, do not make a sexual overture.”

Of course, much of the “me too” crowd will reject what I said. So be it.

But Hillary Clinton’s “correct” answer wasn’t well received by the liberal base…and anyone with political savvy could easily predict that.

Workout notes:
Yesterday: weights only. rotator cuff, pull ups (15-15-10-10), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 2 sets of 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 90 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. abs: 2:30 plank, headstand, side plank. Today: 3 mile run: 11 minutes for 1 mile (could not sustain 6.7 mph at 10 min), 22:15 for 17 laps (lane 2) of the track: 10:40/ tired, 2 mile walk outside.
Weight: 190.5 before. But I am still “in the recovery phase>”

October 17, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, social/political, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Hot topics and hot weather (Trump, Me Too, Nazis…the real ones)

I was somewhat amused to see the Miss America pageant,…er..competition, drop the swimsuit and evening gown “competition”. I wondered “is that even a thing?” (about 5-6 million viewers watch). But then I heard the decision was, in part, related to “me too”? Yeah, I know…”women as sex objects”, etc. (I really saw Miss America as an old, outdated thing that only modern day “plastics” aspire to.

Then I recalled: bad sex is considered part of “me too” by some. Boorish, clueless behavior is considered part of “me too” by some.

Even the case where a subordinate comes on to the superior and the superior doesn’t reject is called “me too”.


Well, I suppose they can make their movement about anything they want. And as long as the movement was about sexual assault and sexual harassment (especially in the work place), you could count me in. No one should be forced to engage in sex acts against their will, and certainly, no one should have to tolerate sexual harassment to keep a job or get a promotion. What a nightmare that must be!

But, increasingly, “me too” appears to be becoming some sort of catch-all phrase to indicate something that some woman, somewhere, doesn’t like because they feel it contributes to sexism or misogyny (or what they think is “misogyny” anyway).

Good luck with that.

Note: I am not sure that this expansion of “me too” is going to help politically. I do know that in 2012, Obama got 42 percent of the white women vote and 55 percent of the women vote, and in 2016 Clinton got 43 percent of the white women vote (1 point higher, well within MOE) and 54 percent of the women vote (1 point lower, again within MOE). (per CNN exit polls, 2012 and 2016). Given the publicity that Trump had..well, evidently women, on the whole, did not see Trump’s behaviors and statements to be disqualifying. In fact, he was very open about his attitude from the get-go.

If we beat Trump in 2020, it won’t be because of “me too”, pussy hat marches, or other such things.

Now, of course, “me too” really isn’t purely political. But I do think that keeping it a bit more narrowly focused might help win allies (say, Republican women who don’t like sexual harassment either).

Back to Trump and the Republicans: I have to agree with this assessment. I do not know how the 2018 midterms will go (D’s are a slight favorite to take back the House..but barely more than a 50/50 favorite) but Trump is NOT in free fall. If anything, he may well get reelected.

I cannot tell you how much this distresses me. They are incompetent and proud of it! Administration officials boast that D-Day was part of our long relationship with Germany. Republican Congressmen cannot tell the difference between Nazi and US troops.

And still, Republican voters do not care. Sigh…

Workout notesIt was a bit warm and sticky outside and I wanted some turnover so I went to the (still warm but out of the sun) gym.
Treadmill: slow 10 minutes then 2.234 miles in 21:21 (9:33 pace, 6.1 for 10 minutes, then 6.2-6.6 every 2, 6.7 for 1:21). Then walk/jog to get to 43 minutes for 4, 56:40 for 5. Then a slow walk outside; it was enough today.

June 7, 2018 Posted by | political/social, politics, republicans, running, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Is this really “Me too”? (Morgan Freeman)

I am aware of some of the accusations (not police charges) made against Morgan Freeman.

But then comes this Newsweek article:

More recorded interviews have surfaced that show actor Morgan Freeman making sexually suggestive comments to female interviewers.

The recorded interviews found Morgan making the comments to Entertainment Tonight interviewers, ET reported. During promotion for the 2016 film “London Has Fallen,” Morgan made very personal comments to ET correspondent Ashley Crossan.

“Are you married?” Morgan asked.

When Crossan said she was not married, Morgan asked if she would “fool around with older guys.”

“Fool around with older guys? I’m just asking,” Morgan said.

Once the interview ended, Crossan got up to shake the now 80-year-old actor’s hand and said that it was a “pleasure” to meet him.

“Mine,” Freeman said. “Look at yourself.”

In another interview in 2015 with ET special correspondent Janet Mock for the 2014 movie “Five Flights Up,” the actor made a comment about the length of Mock’s dress.

“I don’t know how you all manage to do that all the time,” he said. “You got a dress halfway between your knee and your hips, and you sit down right across from me and cross your legs.”

Have we gotten to the point where “cringe worthy, boorish” comments are now “Me too?”

Yes, I would never make such comments to someone I was not comfortable flirting with…that is, my wife or close friend that I am not a work colleague with, but does this really compare with someone being pressured for sex in order to get a job, promotion, and the like?

One danger: if this is what gets reported as “me too” then I’ll start scrolling past the articles and not taking them seriously.

Haven’t people heard of “cry wolf” or “pick your battles”?

If you complain all of the time about everything, your complaints become part of the background noise.

May 27, 2018 Posted by | social/political | , | Leave a comment

Tribalism. compartmentalizing and wokesplaining

I have a few Republican friends. One of them is a work colleague who is known for being very careful in what he says. When he reads something, he reads what is there and not what “should be there”. He writes in much the same way. Needless to say, he is an asset to our department.

But every voting season, we cancel each other’s vote.

So when I talk about compartmentalizing friendship, I am probably misusing a word that often is used as a pejorative. This might be because my first use of the word was when I was in the military; there it meant the compartmentalizing of classified information in that you were told what you need to know to do YOUR job but no more.

All of this came to mind when I read this article which claims that we have a tendency to trust the views of the politically like minded, even when someone from a different political tribe might know more about a particular area or subject. A consequence of this is that we might be more wiling to swallow nonsense if it comes from another tribe member rather than to step back and ask yourself “do I really believe this”.

And my tendency to question has gotten me into fights with people who often vote the same way that I do.
Here is a recent example: Morgan Freeman has come under fire when allegations surfaced in the media.

One of my friends responded on Twitter:

Evidently this was too much for a few of my (former) “woke” liberal friends.

Gee: asking for solid evidence prior to convicting the man in the court of public opinion…gasp…not that!

Oh, I was treated to some of the facts about accusations of sexual assault (which is NOT among the allegations made against Morgan Freeman but never mind that) and, of course, the article that was shown to me was:

1. About reports made to law enforcement. Such reports require a huge emotional investment and carry penalties for being deliberately false.
I would think that it is obvious that such reports would be more carefully made than something said to a reporter.

2. This is about sexual violence (e. g. rape) and not about being looked at in a creepy manner or getting your skirt played with (or an attempt). i think that those are very different levels, and the latter might be part of “flirting gone bad”; a misunderstanding (e. g. one person thought it was consensual but it really wasn’t). And yes, I know..things get more complicated when there *might* be a difference in power.

This is not always as clear as it is in my workplace. In my workplace, I keep it completely professional; I like distance between myself and students. Colleagues: even then I try to stay away from pressure situations. Example: when I need someone to cover a class, I try to ask all of the other tenured professors first; I don’t want the non-tenured folks to feel pressured to saying “yes” to an optional favor.

That principal applies doubly to anything remotely relationship related.

Ok, I digressed; my point is that what Mr. Freeman is accused of is nothing like some of the other stuff we’ve seen in the “metoo” related news.

But..point that out..point out that:

1. You want evidence.
2. False accusations of this kind are not really related to false reports submitted to the law enforcement about serious crimes
3. The accused behavior isn’t in the same league as some of the other stuff…

And the “woke” people will “splain” it to you.

I’ll call this “wokesplaining”. And I won’t tolerate it.

A discussion about this on Facebook lead to my blocking a couple of wokesplainers including one who tied my attitude about this to my, well, love of seeing women in yoga pants.

Oh well…time for the gym and some search committee stuff.

May 25, 2018 Posted by | social/political | | Leave a comment

Amateur hour: not appropriate for high level politics OR the national media

This article talks about the pitfalls of politics becoming amateur hour. Not everyone has the talent for it..and someone having a platform that I agree with does not mean that they’ll get any action on said platform.

There is a difference between the ideal and what is attainable.

Media: this headline is misleading; Hillary Clinton did not “shield” this guy:

A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton’s request, according to four people familiar with what took place.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job.

Mr. Strider, who was Mrs. Clinton’s faith adviser, a co-founder of the American Values Network, and sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign, was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 candidacy, Correct the Record, which was created by a close Clinton ally, David Brock.

He was fired after several months for workplace issues, including allegations that he harassed a young female aide, according to three people close to Correct the Record’s management.

In other words, Hillary Clinton tried a less strident, less draconian approach and attempted to reform. And she is getting creamed for it!

Sigh… You can make a credible argument that she *should* have fired him, but it isn’t as if she looked the other way.

Personal As I finished my power walk, a lose German shepherd saw me and followed me for about 1/2 a mile…like I was walking it without a leash. I was afraid that someone might think that I was being irresponsible!

Workout notes: 5K walk after a decent weight workout:

Usual PT
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 175
incline: 10 x 135
military: dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 50 (standing), 10 x 180 machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine
10 goblet squats (to the sill) with 53
24 (each side, 48 total) twist crunches
moving bridge
10 yoga leg lifts
side plank (both sides)
2 minute plank (tough)
Missed head stand (could not get into it)
goblet squats 10 x 53 to the sill
head stand (got it)

then a 5K walk outdoors. Too pretty not to.

January 26, 2018 Posted by | hillary clinton, politics, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Is this what “me too” is about?

I was reading the buzz about Aziz Ansari and wondered: does #metoo include bad dates with bad sex that one later regrets? If so, I’ll change my view on the movement.

This “kiss, didn’t like it and tell” sort of reminds me of the time when Gawker humiliated Christine O’Donnell though the guy in question didn’t claim coercion.

Workout notes weights (usual pt) and 2 mile treadmill run after. Treadmill: every 3: 5.0-5.1-5.2-5.3 to 1 mile, then 6.7 to 6.8 in the final quarter.
The run was sharp but doable.

Weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press; 10 x 135, 1 x 190 (felt bad), 5 x 185, 7 x 175, incline: 10 x 135, military (dumbbell) 10 x 50, 10 x 50 (second set felt bad..needed 2 tries) 10 x 180 machine (90 each side), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell single arm, 10 x 110 machine.
I was achy again.

January 15, 2018 Posted by | running, social/political, weight training | | Leave a comment

We’ll never be together but maybe we can do better?

I am sort of “out of sorts” with politics lately. Some of it is that Trump is so unhinged and incoherent at times; there are times when he doesn’t even seem to understand the policies he is advocating for.

Some of it might be my age and station in life; so little of what is in the current news affects me directly anymore. I say “directly” because some bad policy might have harmful effects that show up later (e. g. economic stimulus at the bottom of the economy tends to filter up, inaction or weak action on climate change might (probably?) will lead to terrible effects later, etc.)

And as far as discussing things with others: forget about it. It appears that those most eager to talk well, really don’t know what they are talking about. 🙂

From the current right wing:

And the stuff about Russia and possible collusion (and yes, there is something to this) will NOT be believed on the other side; they will see it as the the usual “political mudslinging” that always goes on.

And we’ve got fights on our own side as well. There is some pushback to the more extremist elements of the “me too” movement, as well as counter push backs.

Yes, I’ve seen workplace groping incidents and no one wants a return to those days (I think). And yes, the workplace should be a place for work. But aside from that, there IS a difference between socially inept attempts to flirt and sexual harassment. Yes, many women know the difference. Not all do.

I’ve had some female friends …friends who HAVE been sexually assaulted in the past…tell me that a lot of this feminist stuff “does not speak to them”.
I’d be interested to know what percentage of women have heard of “me too” and what percentage of women have heard of it but do not embrace it. I do NOT have data here.

And yes, I do wonder if political correctness (which is NOT mere politeness) has harmed us. I think that Steven Pinker is right on here (though this is simplified, as it has to be as it is only 8 minutes long)

Oh well…off to run a bit.

Last night I just KILLED it at yoga class. Ok..maybe not so much; I almost toppled over in some relatively “basic” poses. I need to practice more.

January 11, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political, yoga | , | Leave a comment

Not me. Ever.

I’ve been following the “Me too” thing and, well, I wonder exactly what that means. Of course, being pressured for sex from a boss certainly counts, or being assaulted.

I know that when I was a young teen, we sometimes slapped girls on the butt (sometimes they got us back) but that eventually ended as we matured. I don’t know if that counts.

So, as an adult I had to say “Not me.” But…
I do remember a time when a gym worker that I had made small talk with swatted my butt unexpectedly. But I didn’t see that as a big deal; I never felt threatened or even annoyed; in fact, I think we saw a movie together (at a later time). I saw that as a clumsy attempt at the romance game.

But were it a guy just smacking a woman’s ass …would that have counted as “me too”?

Note: in my case, there was NO “power difference”; I was perfectly capable of saying “don’t do that again, else I will report you..”, etc. Then again, I was physically stronger than she was; in fact, much more so. I was not afraid of her by any means.

And yes, I know that there are guys who have been abused in this manner including some physically intimidating guys (example, example) It can happen to anyone, though statistically speaking, it happens to women more often.

Workout notes: Monday, weights. Crowded; physical therapy, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good), incline press: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 8 x 150, military press: standing: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 90 (each arm), machine rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. then light yoga, including headstand.

Tuesday: easy 10K plus in Bradley Park; saw a couple of deer on the hill near Cornstalk. Fall weather!

October 17, 2017 Posted by | social/political, walking, weight training, yoga | | Leave a comment