Al Franken and other slimes

Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was the sponsor for the private jet tax break provision in GOP tax plan. 

A small but hopefully growing number of leftists cagily acknowledging that yes, Bill Clinton might have been a sexual predator.  Will they admit his wife, who called Clinton’s victims ‘bimbo eruptions,’ was and is complicit?

Lena Dunham stands with writer for her movie Girls, who has been accused of raping a 17 year old.  The 17 year old is all grown up now. She’s passed a polygraph, and she has gone to the police.  Lena says she’s a liar.

Florida Dem Chairman resigns over allegations that he made women uncomfortable.  That sounds tepid and kind of stupid, but if you read the story, they had good reason to feel like he was a creep.  I’m going to quote Ace here:

“As the media continues spinning for powerful media liberals and liberal politicians, they’ll simultaneously keep asking “Who is responsible for making these men think they can get away with this?”

Rather than admitting, “Oh right, it’s us; everytime a Hollywood actor donates to Planned Parenthood and rapes a woman, we cover it up, and everytime a liberal champion-of-women president rapes a woman, we cover that up too,” they’ll decide the group responsible for encouraging predators to hunt more aggressively is… Republicans, of course.

Trump voters. Deplorable! Sad!”

You don’t get to be part of the party that has covered up, even defended, misrepresented, excused, and often held fundraisers by and for, or given standing ovations to the likes of Ted Kennedy (who left a woman to die alone in a car he drove into a lake while he swam back to his hotel and tried to pretend he wasn’t there and didn’t report the accident), Roman Polansky (who drugged and raped a kid and was *convicted* for it, Bill Clinton who has been credibly accused of multiple rapes and assaults and had to pay out to one of his victims, Weiner, Al Franken (who has been making misogynist ‘jokes’ for decades without being called out on it), and more, so much more, for so very, very long, and then have me believe you or even trust you, let alone jump when you say jump because  40 year old allegations pop up about a Republican (Roy Moore.) two weeks before an election.

Here’s the thing- I don’t currently  have a strong opinion yet on Moore’s guilt or innocence, although mostly I don’t think he’s doing himself any favors or making a credible defense. He can resign or fail in his reelection bid or win and then we’ll see of the accusations continue.  I won’t defend him at this point, but I won’t call for is resignation at this point, either. There are people right now defending Al Franken who are calling on Moore to be booted from the senate if he wins.  Al Franken- who forcibly stuck his tongue in a woman’s mouth and whose first defense of a photograph where he is miming groping a sleeping woman’s breasts is that was merely failed comedy.  You know what kind of man even thinks that should have been funny in the first place?

Al FRanken, who was elected by a mere 312 votes in an election where we know over 1000 felons voted illegally but were counted anyway.  Al Franken, who insisted an actress perform a kiss scene with him against her will, and who then used the opportunity he deliberately created (he also wrote the script calling for the kiss in the first place) and forcibly stuck his nasty, creeper’s tongue into her mouth.  In every single leftist discussion of Franken’s behavior they leave out the forced tongue, and so prove that they are complicit hypocrites.

Until the left stops covering up for, making excuses for, and outright lying in defense of the Frankens, Clintons, Kennedies, Roman Polanski and all their slimy ilk, I’m not going to dance and shout at their bidding.  I’m going to demand the left  shed themselves of their decades of defending men who rape, assault, abuse, and harrass women, and who leave them to drown to save their own precious political skin, and more, which the left hides, protects, and defends so long as they give lip service to  leftist causes.  Until that happens, they have less than no credibility.  They have given me good cause to be fairly certain that whatever they may say, they don’t care about women or children and they are not to be believed or trusted.

Update: Wonderful news- Terry Crews names the person who groped him at a public event (Adam  Venit, top exec at William Morris ) and files police report.  Also Adam Sandler knew.   Crews told Sandler about it at the same event when it happened.  Sandler must have talked about it with Venit, because Venit called and apologized the next day, but Crews didn’t think he sounded sincere.  As Crews points out: “Hollywood doesn’t even get the morals to its own movies.”

I think they ‘get it’.  They just reject it.  HOllywood has no more credibility than politicians and the media.  They certainly don’t get to tell me what is and isn’t moral, nor do they get to posture as some moral authority on any issue whatsoever until they have demonstrated the will and the power to clean up their own cesspool and rid themselves of the predators they have been rewarding for decades.

 

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PTSD in soldiers may be connected to childhood trauma

New research on posttraumatic stress disorder in soldiers challenges popular assumptions about the origins and trajectory of PTSD, providing evidence that traumatic experiences in childhood – not combat – may predict which soldiers develop the disorder. More here
“The vast majority of the soldiers (84%) were resilient, showing no PTSD symptoms at all or recovering quickly from mild symptoms.

The rest of the soldiers showed distinct and unexpected patterns of symptoms. About 4% showed evidence of “new-onset” trajectory, with symptoms starting low and showing a marked increase across the five timepoints. Their symptoms did not appear to follow any specific traumatic event.

Most notably, about 13% of the soldiers in the study actually showed temporary improvement in symptoms during deployment. These soldiers reported significant symptoms of stress prior to leaving for Afghanistan that seemed to ease in the first months of deployment only to increase again upon their return home.

What could account for this unexpected pattern of symptoms?

Compared to the resilient soldiers, the soldiers who developed PTSD were much more likely to have suffered emotional problems and traumatic events prior to deployment. Childhood experiences of violence, especially punishment severe enough to cause bruises, cuts, burns, and broken bones actually predicted the onset of PTSD in these soldiers. Those who showed symptoms of PTSD were more likely to have witnessed family violence, and to have experienced physical attacks, stalking or death threats by a spouse. They were also more likely to have past experiences that they could not, or would not, talk about. And they were less educated than the resilient soldiers.

According to Berntsen and colleages, all of these factors together suggest that army life — despite the fact that it involved combat — offered more in the way of social support and life satisfaction than these particular soldiers had at home. The mental health benefits of being valued and experiencing camaraderie thus diminished when the soldiers had to return to civilian life.

The findings challenge the notion that exposure to combat and other war atrocities is the main cause of PTSD.”

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Acclimating

We’re in Manila for a couple conferences.  We’re staying at the swankiest hotel in which I have ever stayed in my entire life.  I have been running around taking pictures like the country hick I am.

 

I was reading on my kindle and found myself all snuggled up in my very comfortable bed ,with socks on a downy comforter wrapped up around me and I was still chilly.  They I got up and looked at the AirCon.  When I wasn’t looking my husband had turned it down to 25 C- a shivery 77 degrees F.  I brought it back to a more comfortable 85.

Breakfast is served for four house in the morning, and the spread is amazing- cereal, muesli, hot cakes, waffles, eggs cooked for you as you wait, bacon, six kinds of fruit, cheese, nuts, dried fruit, soups, pancit, chicken sisig,  rice, and six different types of pastries (half of them you wouldn’t have heard of) .
So I had the fried bangus (milkfish), garlic rice, and the chile spiced Chinese BBQ pork, along with some tropical fruit, and some ensaymada and coffee afterward.

The Cherub had longanissa (a very sweet Filipino sausage) rice, and grilled tomatoes.

We had fresh mango juice, too, because we could.

I came down to the lobby to work on some documents on my laptop while housecleaning is doing my room.  I wore flip-flops  and my feet are cold even though I am sitting near the lobby door so the outside air comes in.  I have been listening to a track of Christmas carols for the last hour and I am sitting about ten feet from a 20 foot tall Christmas tree loaded with glittering gold and rich red decorations.

 

If I could import my kids and grandkids, I’d live here forever.

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K-Pop: This is What I Want

‘general.’

This is my latest ear-worm. It’s not profound, but it sticks. It’s catchy. It’s fun.

It’s the soundtrack for the K-Drama Mad Dog, which is fun because of the characters, but the main mystery/conflict with an insurance company and an airplane company and victims of some kind of fraud is fuzzy, unclear, and not terribly interesting.
But I like the characters and the sound-track very, very much.

It’s by Niiwha, 니화, about whom I know pretty much nothing but he sings this song.

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Tozer, for my Commonplace Book

“There is today no lack of Bible teachers to set forth correctly the principles of the doctrines of Christ, but too many of these seem satisfied to teach the fundamentals of the faith year after year, strangely unaware that there is in their ministry no manifest Presence….
The truth of Wesley’s words is established before our eyes:
‘Orthodoxy, or right opinion, is, at best, a very slender part of religion. Though right tempers cannot subsist without right opinions, yet right opinions may subsist without right tempers. There may be a right opinion of God without either love or one right temper toward Him. Satan is a proof of this.’

“…Sound Bible exposition is an imperative *must* in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

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