Foolishness since 2007

Foolishness since 2007
Foolishness since 2007

Monday, March 19, 2018


Call this my salute to Giggles and Grins

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, 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.