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About tomkaz

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    The tug is my drug


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    Mid-50s. Escaped the People's Republic of Connecticut July 2015.
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    Chasing anything with fins but in FL, no longer LI Sound.
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  1. And here's another #METOO IS A MENACE TO DEMOCRATIC POLITICS SEAN COLLINS US CORRESPONDENT Now Washington is falling to this puritan panic.Many politicians and commentators have welcomed the new focus on the issue of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Democrat representative Jackie Speier said, ‘Many of us in Congress know what it’s like, because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long’. Speier has described her own instances of being sexually harassed, and has been a leading voice in calling for an overhaul of how Congress handles complaints. Many politicians, including Speier, are supporting calls for ethics investigations into Franken, Conyers and others. But the expansion of #MeToo to Washington has highlighted how this cause is really a sex-based crusade, a frenzy of puritanism, rather than a constructive movement that might help women. How do we know? Consider the irrational and illiberal ways that #MeToo is playing out in Washington. We have seen: • The blurring of real (or close-to) criminal acts with awkward flirtation or passes. For example, the allegations against Moore (which include paedophilia) are more serious than those leveled at Franken, yet, in public discussion, both have been considered essentially the same. • The disregard for context. Franken’s alleged improper moves were in a comedy skit, yet they are considered on a par with Conyers’ alleged acts while in Congress and as an employer. • The dredging up of old history. There seems to be no statute of limitations when it comes to accusations. Franken’s skit-gone-wrong was in 2006, the allegations against Moore go back 40 years or so – and yet are just becoming public. Now other political figures from the past, with controversial sexual histories, like Bill Clinton and Clarence Thomas, are being re-evaluated. • The demand that we believe the accusers, and not wait for substantiation of the evidence. Moore’s defenders – who have questioned why the accusers are speaking out now, and wondered if they might be motivated by the fact Moore is in an election contest – have been denounced, while Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, has been praised for saying: ‘I believe the women, yes.’ • Related to this, the calls for removals before any further evidence or investigation, and despite the accused often denying the allegations. Both Democrats and Republicans have called for Moore to drop out of the race, and for Franken to resign. Also, the punishment has no sense of proportion: a boorish come-on, which is what Franken’s move appeared to be, is enough to end a political career. (Maybe Franken, who has prominently supported the moves on campus to deny due process to accused male students, is rediscovering the value of that concept.) • The demand that all accused must immediately apologise if they want to remain in public life. Franken, like many others who have been accused of sexual misconduct, right away said he was sorry, even if he couldn’t remember what he did. Despite such self-abasement, these forced, hostage-like apologies are no guarantee that the accused will be welcomed back. Such a fevered, witch-hunt-like atmosphere has severe negative consequences in any social arena, but it is particularly problematic in political life. It is far too easy for such claims of sexual misconduct to be utilised for old-fashioned political advantage. Indeed, we are already seeing the weaponising of sex claims for political ends. See how Democrats have denounced Moore and hope to gain the Alabama Senate seat, while Republicans were giddy at the woes befalling the Democrat Franken. Of course, the biggest game yet to be caught is Trump himself. We all know how Democrats would like to see Trump impeached, hoping in particular that the allegations of collusion with Russia will stick. As the #MeToo reaction takes off, accusations that Trump abused women are being revived (the Washington Post published a detailed list of allegations this week). (snipped)
  2. BINGO! The Dems put out the sex harassment torpedos hoping to take out Trump and whomever else on the right-of-center they could explode. But how those "torpedos" have come around and, lacking proper proximity sensors, are closing on those who set them out in the first place. Reliable liberal writer Ruth Marcus now wonders if society is "over-reacting" to the latest reports of bad behavior. Funny thing is, Marcus and her ilk did not care about reactions until it was the Dems and their supporters who are now the "victims" of the hysterical lynch-mob, aka Meme Torpedos. Whether I agree with the notion that society is now over-reacting or not is moot, the point is, these people have only started wondering about this now, as there are blue-on-blue casualties. Ruth Marcus: Are we now at risk of overreacting to sexual harassment? Updated on Nov 19, 2017 at 02:00 PM PST WASHINGTON -- The national debate over sexual harassment and sexual assault has reached an important and precarious moment as it shifts from what behavior is acceptable to what punishment is warranted. Having underreacted for too long, are we now at risk of overreacting? (snipped) Yet a perplexing aspect of the current debate involves the question of what should happen to those guilty of misbehavior and the tendency, common to revolutions, to overcorrect for past sins. If society once ignored sexual harassment -- and we certainly did -- one risk, now evident with the case of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, is overcompensating for earlier apathy. The two dangers are not equivalent -- ignoring sexual abuse and assault is far worse than punishing its perpetrators too severely. Even so, not all crimes deserve the death penalty. Not all bad behavior warrants expulsion, firing or resignation. The clamor for Franken's head is, at best, premature -- sentence first, trial (or Senate Ethics Committee investigation) later. At worst, it is alarmingly extreme, absent evidence of a pattern or misbehavior in the Senate. Let us stipulate: Al Franken behaved like a big, not-so-fat idiot. His behavior was appalling. Under the guise of rehearsing for a skit, he allegedly kissed fellow USO performer Leeann Tweeden against her will, sticking his tongue in her mouth. He posed for a decidedly not funny photograph in which he appears to grope Tweeden's breasts while she is asleep. Not OK. But also not Roy Moore, Democratic version -- or even Bill Clinton, 2017 edition. On the spectrum from predatory to boorish, Moore and Clinton are on one end, Franken closer to the other. Such context matters in the sentencing phase. This wasn't a workplace, exactly, and Franken, while the tour headliner, wasn't Tweeden's boss. The atmosphere was sexualized; as Tweeden noted, "Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience." Comedy doesn't justify assault or, as Louis C.K. taught, public masturbation, but it invites a more transgressive atmosphere than, say, the U.S. Senate. So what should happen to Franken et al? The notion of the cleansing purge has its satisfactions, and for Democrats in Franken's case, the added appeal of excising a political liability. No one wants to keep seeing that picture. Yet I recoil at the employment equivalent of a mass death sentence for all sexual harassers. For some offenders -- Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Roy Moore -- I have no sympathy. Their alleged conduct is close to, if not across, the line of criminality. Others pose a harder case. Must they remain forever pariahs? Is rehabilitation possible? The focus is, and should be, on victims. But as employers engage in an overdue reckoning on how to rid workplaces of intolerable conduct, they -- we -- are going to have to wrestle as well with how to treat the victimizers.
  3. set it for 375, the max. took 40 minutes to hit that temp. put the turkey in and somehow knock the plug off. the "quick release" plug uses a magnet to make connection, similar to a MacBook power cable. Took me 10-15 minutes to realize that and temp dropped and was barely bubbling turkey. Reheat took awhile so don't know if that made a diff. My sister did hers with propane and is busting my balls about how crispy her bird's skin is.
  4. Meat was moIsn’t and flavorful. Disappointment was with the skin, soggy, not crispy as would have been in oven. Debating trade offs right now but moist seems to be winning overnight crispy. BTW, the butt never made it off the cutting board.
  5. So far, so good. My son laughed because I used my Mauis as eye protection.
  6. One thing we can be confident about, the 50 will do OK against stripers like that in your avatar....
  7. Be happy you can eat REAL pizza. The gluten free options range between bad and wet cardboard. I haven’t had a good pizza in more than four years.
  8. How many of the Dems now accused were considered "champion since of women's rights" before all this? Like,y their way of either hiding who/what they were, or the over-compensation of a guilty conscience, or a defense mechanism so that if an accuser ever came forward, the women's support history would provide cover or doubt by others. Or all of the above....
  9. How much toilet paper do you go through a week with that habit?
  10. When in HS in Yonkers, Carlo's was across the street and we ate there multiple times per week. The pizza was medium greasy and the habit was to fold it, lift and hold vertical to excess grease would drip off the tip onto the pan or plate. Everyone had there own optimal amount to drip out, but we never dabbed. Mid-westerners don’t know chit about good food, heck, most of them were Germans. Skyline Chili in Ohio might be the worst abomination in the planet. I am embarrassed it was created by a Greek who had no right creating a chili recipe. Uses cinnamon and gave me the squirts both times my wife's cousin insisted on taking us there. His kids eat it over spaghetti which makes it cinnamon flavored bolognese. But the descendants of German immigrants think it is great,
  11. ^^^^ This all the way. It is cheap pepperoni and that cheap cheese "blend" they use. On the flip side, really fresh moz will sweat water as it cooks. then again, if you order the hot chili oil pizza, you are asking them to drip more oil on there.
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  13. The guns would still be legal, as long as they were registered within the deadline set forth in PA13-3,which they were. I had one pre-ban Bushmaster that I sold up there for $1,600, more than twice it’s value then in any other state. Left the pre-ban there because it was still transferable and wanted someone else to have it, even if they likely paid two grand for it from that dealer. It is strange, isn’t it. I don’t have a great answer other than the State Dems were stung after jammin the post-SHES restrictions through and there was no appetite to go after something no one really cared about. Had Lanza used a can, things would be very different today.
  14. But the key to a good meme torpedo is that the meme or narrative was set up to expose "the other", behavior outside their peer group and ideological soulmates. Weaponized virtue-signaling meant to give the Left power over others, especially white males of the right-of-Center. But it when you take it too far, by making due process superfluous when a mere public charge is enough to destroy, you’ve taken off the "proximity sensors". And like in The Hunt for Red October, the torpedo can come back and destroy he who launched it. Schedenfreude
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