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Morning rays, CaƱon de Chelly

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

11-21-17

Some men in positions of power turn into sexual predators and pigs. Men of all colors, creeds and ideological stripes. Is this news to anybody? Didn't we go through this already? Of course we know that aggressive pursuit is one thing, predation and pedophilia another matter entirely.

The Franken backlash seems a bit overdone. A woman who has made a career out of being sexually objectified is aghast for being sexually objectified by a comedian while she was sleeping. Crummy yes, but a big deal? I don't think so. Not ready to burn him at the stake.

I think he has been a great Senator personally, not going to pillory him for an ill conceived joke on a USO tour. Or George Bush senior either for that matter. In the memorable words of the old French Prime Minister Giscard D'estaing, "Why else would one be Prime Minister?" We are biologically driven animals. Men think with the wrong head and do dumb shit. Always have. Is this news? Why are we waiting twenty or thirty years to report the purported grope again?

Show me a man or woman who has never done anything they need to apologize for and I will show you a liar.

Leeann Tweeden doesn't strike me as your typical girl scout. Don't think she has her mother's picture in her pocket, in fact in most of her pictures she doesn't appear to have any pockets at all.

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I had a very good conversation with a Republican friend the other day about the state of things. She is sick of liberals assuming that she is a bigoted monster because of her political beliefs.

She is pro choice, socially moderate and can't stand Trump. In fact when we got to talking we had little or no distance between us on most issues.

I think a very small fraction and number of Republicans are alt-right racists. To lump in the majority is needlessly inflammatory. More on the subject in an excellent article over at Atlantic, Republican is not a synonym for racist by Peter Beinert.