anyone but Trump?

Elizabeth Warren?  No.  Sorry.  Don’t agree with her views and very not thrilled that she claimed to be Native American.   Bernie Sanders?  Seriously, no.  Check out his enacted legislation list: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bernard_sanders/400357 Zilch.  Biden?  Ideologically, I’m more on the same page as him, but the man is 76.  Can we not get a candidate under 70?  Is that too much to ask?

I’m really waiting for a Democratic candidate to emerge that I can actually support, as opposed to just an “anyone-but-Trump” vote.  Anyone?  I just saw that Beto O’Rourke might run.  Two thoughts in favor: Irish last name, and Sarah likes him.  Maybe I could like him too?

ankles

Serious question – is it possible to be stylish and keep your ankles warm?  And/or wear socks?  I really like to have an interrupted line of coverage from foot to shoulder in winter.  I don’t want bare ankles hanging out.  I like to wear shoes that cover toe and heel and socks.  I can see wearing ankle length pants, but only with socks.

https://www.loft.com/pants/catl000014?pcid=catl00002

At the link, however, you can clearly see that fashion is telling me to expose my ankles.  Isn’t that a crazy choice in winter?  Or have we simply proceeded to spring fashions, given that it’s February?

Are socks uncool?

What do you wear in winter?

grandstanders and compromisers

There’s been a lot of talk about who’s running for President.  So far I’ve been extremely underwhelmed by the Democratic nominees, though I have to admit I haven’t read about all of the min detail.  But presidential candidates from both parties tend to be flashy and obnoxious.  Hillary was an exception . . . and she lost.

Anyway, it looks like they may avert a government shutdown.  From CNN:

“In a sign that made it look like a shutdown was increasingly likely, talks broke down over the weekend, but four members of that group — the top Democrat and Republican from both the House and Senate Appropriations committees — kept meeting Monday to try and broker a deal.”

What I’d like to know is who are these four lawmakers who were willing to stick it out and negotiate with people they probably don’t like and try to compromise?  Their names aren’t even listed in the article.  I’m guessing their compromise will be unpopular with everyone, and so they’re not seeking attention over it, but I want to know who they are, so I looked up the names:

  • Richard Shelby (R-Alabama)
  • Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
  • Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Kay Granger (R-Texas)

Sadly, they are all as old as the hills, or I’d want one of them to run for president, instead of the current crop of grandstanders.

sexting

From the NYT:

After years of hearing about the dangers of youth sexting, researchers at Drexel University set out in 2015 to find how common the practice is among adults. And after interviewing 870 people, ranging in age from 18 to 82, they discovered that sexting is “more common than generally thought,” as the American Psychological Association primly observed. Fully 88 percent of adults reported swapping sext messages at least once; 82 percent had sexted with someone in the last year. Far from being a threat to our relationships, sexting correlated strongly “with greater sexual satisfaction, especially for those in a relationship.”

Do you believe this?  88%?  I’m skeptical that 88% of adults have ever owned a cell phone.

I’ve never sexted via text, but let’s assume instant message services count.  Then yes, I have sexted (especially if you consider the benign love-texts from Jeff sexts.)   H and I definitely exchanged some mildly erotic messages in the early days of relationship.  I find texting slow and painful, and hence have never felt the urge to sext on that platform.  Within the last year, though?  I don’t think so.  In fact, I can say with high confidence, not.  Is there something wrong with me?  Are we selling ourselves short on sexual satisfaction by not?  Should I ask my husband to begin sending me pictures of his nether regions?

I also will admit to have taken, on film, some questionable photos as a 20-year-old.  Those no longer exist, thankfully.  And, I can’t imagine being in Jeff’s position and having those broadcast across the country fro all to ogle.

I do think we should give teens a break.  Sending and receiving sexts seems pretty darn normal, photographic or no.  I think you can actually get charged with a crime for doing this, which seems absurd and not in keeping with the times.

Some more interesting perspective from the article:

It’s only going to get worse (or better, depending on your perspective) as we’re rapidly establishing new and welcome cultural norms about hitting on people. It’s increasingly unacceptable to hit on someone at work or in a classroom or on the street. So we do it online. We swipe left or right and start swapping texts with a stranger. The conversation quickly progresses from flirty to dirty and, before we know it, we’re exchanging nudes with that stranger.

Virginia Democrats

Gotta love Virginia and politicians in general.

Governor: Democrat, dressed in blackface and picture was put in his yearbook.  Denies that he’s in the picture but acknowledges having dressed in blackface on at least one other occasion.  Democrats call for his head.  He refuses to step down, saying this happened 35 years ago.

#2 in succession: Democrat, black, has not admitted dressing in blackface but has been accused by a credible source – a professor at Scripps College – of forcing her to have oral sex.  Basically, he appears to have raped her.  And then he described her, per NYT, as an “expletive” in a private meeting – bitch perhaps?  Or worse?

#3 in succession: Democrat.  Called for the Governor to resign over blackface incident.  Now it comes out that HE also dressed in blackface, in 1980.  Now claims that he’s learned from the incident 40 years ago.  Guess those extra 5 years made all the difference over the governor!

#4 in succession: A Republican. Sexual assault and blackface status still unknown.

Honestly, if I had some free time, I’d do a comprehensive search / investigation of all the politicians who’d dressed in blackface and publish it.  My guess?  50% of white male politicians over 50.