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March 24, 2012

Why America Wins When Romney is Elected

There are two kinds of Republican voters: 1) those who want Barack Obama defeated, and 2) those for whom defeat is not good enough: they want Obama publicly embarrassed and repudiated. Romney will never say the kinds of things that will win over group #2. Romney is an even tempered person who does not feel out of control (a lack of self-efficacy being the dominant drive behind wanting to see someone smacked down in a draconian manner). This is why Romney is having such a difficult time getting the support of the most anti-Obama Republicans.

Incidentally, that very kind of thing is why Romney should be elected. The answer to the question of how to grow the economy is exactly the same as the answer to the question of how to get rich (a subject Romney knows well) and how to win this Republican primary: slowly, one contest at a time, never making a big deal over any momentary large loss or gain, and never losing focus on the endgame.

But people want their emotions tweaked, they want over-the-top, they want an entertaining roller-coaster of emotions, not consistently dull and slow progress. That's why most people fail, and it's what Romney won't give them, and it's why America wins when he's elected.

Posted by Jeff at 04:18 PM | Comments (0)

March 11, 2012

Why Do Women Want to be Raped?

First things first: It's been well said that "Men fall in love with their eyes, but women fall in love with their ears." Meaning, men are attracted to and turned on by visible physical beauty in women, while women are turned on primarily by what men have to say. A thousand times in my lifetime I've heard women mention the "sweet nothings he'd whisper in my ear" when describing things that they liked about past lovers, or "whispering his x-rated thoughts to me while we're out in public," or some such. This difference between men and women tends to result in men surfing photos of pornography on the Internet, whereas women surf "erotic stories" (in the old days, it manifested itself in men burying their heads in Playboy, and women burying their heads in trashy Harlequin novels).

Years ago, while I was participating in a heavy metal message chat room, one person chatting put up a link to a story on an erotic literature website (Non-Consent Stories), and I clicked to see what it was about. And what did I find? A story about a man breaking into a woman's apartment and raping her. And she liked it. She liked it a lot. I suppose it should not surprise me. After all, I've seen countless examples of women fantasizing over being taken without their consent - it's practically a cliche (close, but not quite). But it does.

Here's an example from the book world:


Seriously, who buys these things...and more importantly...why?

To be sure, I am not referring to the kind of thing that you see depicted on the covers of Harlequin novels on the point of purchase displays at grocery stores. You know, the ones which show a very musclebound and obviously tall man with thick long flowing hair who's cradling in one arm the helpless and limp body of a bosomy woman who, obviously, can no longer control her passion for the magnificent pagan beast who is holding her and she is, helplessly, and emotionally, giving in to his passionate desire - and hers. No, I'm talking about a woman who is physically attacked by a stranger, physically held down and forced into intercourse without consent - and against her will.

That's what this thread's about: why...no, not just why, but why in the HELL...are women fantasizing about this? Why is it so popular? It's not just non-consent with the woman in the submissive role - there is plenty of examples of such stories about women putting men into the submissive role, as well. In either case, such subjects form the basis of many of the most mainstream adult websites (such as this one, but I won't do your searching for you). The desire for the "dominance and submission" thing seems to be, mostly, a female attribute - so maybe that's why I don't understand it, but it does appear to be extremely prevalent.

Personally, I despise anything that vaguely resembles male or female dominance - particularly in a sexual situation. In sex, as much and probably more so than in any other human interaction, both sexes should be dominant, all of the time, feeding their desires upon the flesh and desires of the other. Stories like the one's posted on the previously posted link are anything but a turn on - they're an anti-turn on of the most potent caliber.

Incidentally, I named that link from the title of the page. Notice that they call it "Non-Consent" rather than "rape" - what a great example of the psychological defense mechanism known as "rationalization", to take a bad thing and try to put a socially favorable interpretation on it by referring to it with an unfamiliar label, one which is less of a "hot button". Call a spade a spade.

So now let's look at what led to me making this post today. It's a story on USA Today entitled, Naked, bound woman in Subaru was part of a sexy romp.

A little Valentine's Day romantic role-playing went wrong for a Portland, Ore., couple after police found the woman bound and naked in the back of a Subaru driven by her lover....

The woman quickly told the cops that she was playing a role....

After police were tipped that a naked woman was seen bound and gagged in the back of the blue Subaru Legacy at a supermarket, police went on the lookout....

The cops were waiting in force -- nine squad cars -- when Harbar and Pelzner pulled their car into the driveway at home.

Seriously...they thought something was sexy about that?

Some people respond with, "It's just a fantasy, they don't really want to be raped! Well, and I say this emphatically: Duh! The bottom line, after summing all of the positives and negatives, is that they obviously don't want to be raped. But I'm not asking about the bottom line. What I'm asking about are the perceived positives. Ultimately the negatives outweigh the positives, so they don't really want to be raped, but in the fantasy the negatives are removed - which is what makes it a good fantasy. Except that, isn't everything about getting raped negative? Apparently not. So the question is: Why is it that women actually find positives in the idea of getting raped? Seriously, read this excerpt from one of the stories and find the appeal, for I am unable to located it:

"Damn!" She exclaimed, as she exhaled loudly and walked over to shut the window that looked over the small yard to the rear of the house. The movement of the curtain had stopped her in her tracks and with her heart racing, she scolded herself for being so jumpy. It had been a hot day and her roommates had obviously opened the window to the back of the house to get air circulating. Funny, she hadn't noticed it being open before her shower...a strong hand grabbed her from behind. Fear struck at her heart as her eyes widened at the sight in the mirror of the dark clad man holding her tight against him. One hand over her mouth, stopping the cry that emitted from her lips and the other around her waist, easily holding her as if she were a ragdoll.

She struggled but his grip got tighter. "Don't scream or fight me, and you will live through this!" The suddenness of his words and the strength of his voice in her ear sent shivers down her spine. The sudden realization of her nakedness and the warm hardness she felt against her lower back fueled the terror behind her eyes as hers were locked with his. He was dressed entirely in black. A ski mask covered his face....

She immediately begins to struggle but his strong grip and sharp, "Stop", halts her every move. She realizes he has total control and that she is at his mercy.

The realization that her body is responding with excitement sets off a war in her mind. How can she enjoy this? This man was taking her will away....

This post is not designed to be argumentative or judgmental, but is exactly what it's face value represents: a question. If anyone has any insights into this, I'd sure like to know what the answers are.

Posted by Jeff at 10:03 AM | Comments (0)

March 10, 2012

What to do when your friend gets hit by a car

This cat tries to awaken his friend after she was hit by a car. He was reported to have, protectively, not allowed people to approach her. Obviously he was unsuccessful. These kinds of things really move me:

Posted by Jeff at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

March 08, 2012

The Day the Democrats Took Over

I read this in the comments on a CNN page, posted anonymously. I think it's worth considering:

This is just a History lesson. Please don't read this if you are afraid of the truth. It is history and nothing can change it.

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd, 2009 it was actually January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:

The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77

The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%

The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!

Remember that day...

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?


THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney) for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment...to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCO'S!

BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie -starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. Barney blocked it and called it a "Chicken Little Philosophy" (and the sky did fall!)

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac?


And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?

OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!!

So when someone tries to blame Bush......


Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into the ditch.

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period:

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is "I inherited a deficit that I voted for."

And then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th."

There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

"The problems we face today exist because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living."

It may, in fact, be worth copy/pasting all over the Internet for the next 8 months.
Posted by Jeff at 04:05 PM | Comments (0)

March 07, 2012

Consumer Confidence and the 2012 Presidential Election

Have you ever heard of the Consumer Confidence Survey? The monthly survey is conducted by an organization called The Consumer Confidence Board and provides a metric of consumer confidence called the "Confidence Index". There's an interesting correlation between the popular vote for the incumbent party in the White House and this metric. Observe:

Consumer Confidence Index and Election Results

*The Democratic party lost the electoral vote, however.

All of these indices were as of October in the years reported. The most recent index is 70.8, for February of 2012.

Now you may notice that the Confidence Index associated with a win is 100 and the highest Confidence Index associated with a loss is 87. If this were October, a Confidence Index of 70.8 would hardly give the incumbent president, Barack Obama, much reason to cheer. But what will happen in October? For a guess about that, remember that gas prices soar in the summer, whereas they're typically at their lowest around February. Higher gas prices mean higher production costs for goods, higher delivery costs, and - most important - less discretionary income for consumers. It's interesting that when oil and fuel prices increase, the products on our shelves cost more, yet we have less money to purchase them. I expect that, this summer, the only businesses which are going to do really well are the online services sites, such as adult webcam sites along the lines of "I'm Live!", will do well at all, given that they neither require fuel for the creators to produce the service, nor fuel for the consumer to get there.

Text version:

Index / Year / Incumbent Party / Win or loss of the popular vote

112 / 1972 / Republican / Won
100 / 1984 / Republican / Won
113 / 1988 / Republican / Won
107 / 1996 / Democrat / Won
143 / 2000 / Democrat / Won *
106 / 2004 / Republican / Won

87 / 1976 / Republican / Lost
65 / 1980 / Democrat / Lost
61 / 1992 / Republican / Lost
52 / 2008 / Republican / Lost

*The Democratic party lost the electoral vote, however.

Posted by Jeff at 03:12 PM | Comments (0)

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