On not taking the bait from the Bill Mahers

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com, and I wasn’t going to but because this stupid Steinem outrage has died down yet:

“Hey, Gratehouse, do you think this Victoria’s Secret catalog is sexist?“, he asked me.

It was twenty some odd years ago and this was in the break room at the torpedo maintenance facility where my interlocutor, Torpedoman’s Mate Third Class Lee, and I (I was Torpedoman’s Mate Second Class Gratehouse) worked in Yokusuka, Japan. This was in the dark days before online ordering was the norm and most of the women at the torp shop subscribed to the eponymous catalog. Not because we were lingerie junkies, but because by that time Victoria’s Secret had become a purveyor of a wide range of stylish and affordable women’s clothing, from the famous undergarments to jeans and boots and coats. Basically if you wanted more options than what was on offer the Navy Exchange or at the expensive stores out in town, you ordered from VS.

Needless to say, the frequently arriving catalogs were quite popular with some of the guys in the shop, as they featured (then, as now) the top supermodels of the day in underwear and bathing suits. The guys would pass them around (often without asking permission) and remark loudly on the attributes of the women within. There was more than mere male appreciation of the (very conventionally) attractive female form going on. It was shit like “boy, my wife sure doesn’t look like this!” It was a lot of very loud and very pointed commentary directed at whatever women were within earshot, with the intention clearly to remind us that we mere mortal women had failed to be as boner-inducing as were the Victoria’s Secret goddesses. Not that any of those guys were hot shit themselves but they knew society didn’t demand the kind of physical perfection from them as it demanded from women and they were not going to let us forget it. Continue reading

The GOP has created a monster it cannot control

I have posted several times that Donald Trump reminds me of Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. The artist and satirist Donkeyhotey apparently agrees with me.

Screenshot from 2016-02-11 13:27:00

Donald Trump is essentially a Twitter troll who insults anyone whom challenges his sense of superior breeding and privilege of great wealth. The New York Times has actually stooped to reporting “The Donald’s” trolling on Twitter as legitimate news. Introducing the Upshot’s Encyclopedia of Donald Trump’s Twitter Insults; Donald Trump’s Twitter Insults: The Complete List (So Far). How sad for the NY Times.

Dennis Prager at National Review has cataloged Donald Trump’s F-Bombs on the campaign trail, and laments that “the words render him unfit to be a presidential candidate, let alone president.”

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The Next Round of Presidential Primaries

In a little more than a week, the next round of presidential primaries will occur:

Saturday, February 20

Nevada Caucus for Democrats
South Carolina Primary for Republicans

Thursday, February 23

Nevada Caucus for Republicans

Saturday, February 27

South Carolina Primary for Republicans

Why do they do it this way? I don’t know. The local state parties made that decision.

This sets up the “Super Tuesday” Primary (or as some are calling it, the SEC Primary) on March 1.

Screenshot from 2016-02-11 13:01:08h/t Donkeyhotey

Primary elections will occur in Alabama, Alaska Caucus (R), America Samoa Caucus (D), Arkansas, Colorado Caucus (D), Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota Caucus, North Dakota Caucus, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming Caucus (R).

These contests should clarify the race . . . or perhaps not. The GOP field should be winnowed further.

For later scheduled primaries, see 2016 Primary Schedule | 2016 Election Central.

Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Tonight on PBS

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will go one-on-one in the next Democratic Presidential Primary Debate from UW-Milwaukee in Wisconsin on PBS at 7:00 p.m. local time. The moderators are Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.

You can live stream the debate at Debate Live Stream.

Screenshot from 2016-02-11 12:39:46

h/t Donkeyhotey