In which I compliment Bernie Sanders for what some of his own supporters seem to think is bad for some reason

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had turned in two solid election performances in the first two states of the Democratic Primary. He nearly won Iowa and went on the next week to win New Hampshire decisively. Rather than simply be happy about it, some Sanders supporters (egged on heavily by pundits who really want to keep a “horse race” going for ratings) have taken to taunting those of us who support Clinton with graphics of Sanders’ support with young people (especially women) in Iowa and New Hampshire.

One possible reason that young people (in states that have voted so far) might be flocking to Bernie that is not exciting, and isn’t about how young Dem primary voters mostly believe Hillary is an evil hellbitch sent from Goldman Sachs to turn them into catfood for vagina voting old hags, is that the Sanders platform includes a proposal for tuition-free public college for all. Which, leaving aside considerations of its feasibility in being passed and implemented, is a great idea! I think progressives/liberals across the board agree on that. But when I and others have raised that as a factor in Sanders’ youth support, some people have become strangely upset over it.

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Ride a miniature train at free Open House of Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum

Recently my husband and I visited the Toy Train Museum in Tucson (formally known as the Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum)  which is open for free on the 2nd and 4th  Sundays of the month, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.   Their next open house is on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14, 2016.

The Museum has 8 fantastic train layouts (including one outdoors). You will be amazed at the intricacy of the train layouts, with miniature trains,  bridges, houses, people, waterfalls, cars, trucks, trees, etc.

Outside you can even ride (for free) their GPD 7 1/2″ miniature train which seats about 10 passengers (ages 9 to 99), along with the conductor and driver.  It goes around the perimeter of their property twice on over 800 feet of tracks, and  the conductor even punches your ticket before you start your train ride.

There’s also a large yellow caboose on the property, built in 1944 in Denver, Colorado, which you can climb inside. Photo below from their website.


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On not taking the bait from the Bill Mahers

Crossposted from, 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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