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Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Recent Week

By Victor Davis Hanson in the National Review

In movies, novels, music, and art, progressives murder their enemies, including presidents, in myriad ways.

In 2017, the obsessive hatred of Trump led, for instance, to many obscenities: Madonna told us she dreamed of blowing up the White House, comedian Kathy Griffin posed with a bloody facsimile of Trump’s head, Snoop Dog shot a Trump likeliness in a video, a Shakespearean company ritually stabbed Trump-Caesar every night on stage, Johnny Depp joked, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? … It has been a while, and maybe it is time.”

Between the kill-Bush and kill-Trump chic was the welcomed, calmer hiatus of the eight-year tenure of Barack Obama. True, his critics were often crude, questioning his birth certificate and dredging up stories of his supposedly dissolute youth. But there was, thank God, never an assassination chic among celebrities and in the popular culture associated with Obama, despite the strong passions he often incited.

Trump - “Today if you catch somebody they don’t know what to do with them,” he said. “He hasn’t committed the crime, but he may very well. And there’s no mental institution, there’s no place to bring them.”

Bacall and I saw a bit of the reversal of how those with mental problems are handled. Up until the 1960's if anyone was judged to be "mental" they could be committed, endure abusive treatment and never be heard of again. 

We both took a Sociology class from a genuine progressive NY Jew. An 'A' would he help our GPA. He was was of the advocates for closing the state mental hospital. The inmates were freed, without treatment or supervision. It's about impossible to confine someone like the Florida shooter until after a shooting because, I suppose, we fear a return to pre 60's curtailment of freedom. There is a middle ground.

Here is a radical solution to mass shootings: stop focusing on changing federal laws, and start making your own community safer
Real Solutions for Curtailing Gun Violence
By John Carlson 

Let’s begin with a statistic: The number of guns in America rose nearly 50% between 1993 and 2013. During the same period, gun homicides fell by nearly 50%. The notion that more guns mean more crime is simplistic and false.

As for mass shootings, almost all of them have involved mentally ill young men. Some used pistols, some used rifles, some had both—but as with street crime, people who shouldn’t have weapons got them.

So, what to do? Here are three suggestions.

First, to reduce street violence, dramatically increase penalties for stealing a firearm. According to FBI statistics, in the four years from 2012-15, 1.2 million guns were stolen from people, and another 22,000 were stolen from gun stores. Criminals respond to incentives like everybody else. A mandatory four-year prison term for illegally possessing a firearm, and a six-year term per gun for selling stolen firearms, would, if seriously enforced, escalate the risk of the crime past the point of anticipated benefits. Sentences should be so severe that a burglar would avoid taking the victim’s guns rather than face the consequences of being caught with them. Similarly, harsh sentences should apply to felons carrying firearms. We don’t need a war on guns, but we do need a war on illegal guns. This will save more lives than any other single policy change.

Second, enforce the law against straw purchases of handguns. A straw purchase happens when someone who is legally allowed to buy a gun walks into a store, completes the required paperwork, takes possession of the firearm—and then gives it or sells it to someone who isn’t allowed to own one. Federal law makes it a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

But those laws are rarely enforced. In the eyes of the federal government (and straw purchasers) it’s a low priority. If that changed, illegal guns from straw purchases would start to dry up. This requires no change in laws, only priorities. The president and attorney general could make it happen immediately.

Third, find practical, legal ways of preventing seriously mentally ill people from acquiring firearms. Nikolas Cruz, the confessed killer of 17 in Florida last week, had been investigated by Florida’s child-protective agency in late 2016 after cutting himself in an online video. He stated he was going out to buy a gun (which he did). The investigating agency “found him stable enough not to be hospitalized.”

Two months later, Mr. Cruz, a chronic troublemaker who had been repeatedly suspended from school, was referred for a “threat assessment.” Records show he attended half a dozen schools, including one for students with emotional problems. The FBI received a tip from someone who knew Mr. Cruz, cited concerns about his behavior and guns, and expressed concerns he could attack a school. The FBI has confirmed that it did not follow protocol in handling the reports. Nor did it follow up on a tip from a YouTube blogger after Mr. Cruz left a comment declaring: “I'm going to be a professional school shooter.” The local sheriff said his office had received more than 20 calls about Mr. Cruz. Police had been called out to his house more than three dozen times.

And he was able to buy a gun.

Pre-emptively denying someone a constitutional right requires navigating a social, legal and political minefield. It is a tough job that needs to be done. The president should announce a task force to make clear recommendations to Congress on where that line should be drawn. Attempts to deny some Social Security Disability recipients gun rights recently ran afoul not only of Congress and the president, but also the American Civil Liberties Union and a host of disability-rights groups as well. But conservatives and liberals can agree that someone like Nikolas Cruz shouldn’t be allowed to legally buy a gun.

I will add a fourth - There is a federal law that mandates a 10-year sentence for committing a felony with a gun. Use it.

Part of the reason for the shootingU.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Yes, a federal law that ties the hands of local schools. The Miami Herald discusses it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Black Dog

Not at all about spanking today. I think the blog will drift to things that interest me in addition to spanking. Not sure about maintaining a publication schedule. Something like We are on a break.

One of Led Zepplin's classics is Black Dog.
I spent many a night in the den with lights down listening to it in a haze of ganja.
The fourth line makes it a spanking song.

Hey, hey mama said the way you move
Gon' make you sweat, gon' make you groove
Ah ah child way ya shake that thing
Gon' make you burn, gon' make you sting
Hey, hey baby when you walk that way
Watch your honey drip, I can't keep away

Did you know that Black Dog refers to an older dog that would come to see a friend near their studio? He would wear himself out with her and they would carry him home.

Have you heard Black Dog done by Plant and Emmylou? Captivating to us. It will never be recorded as Jimmy Page is very protective of all Led Zepplin music.

More music? How about this cover of All About That Bass by Postmodern Jukebox.
The blond, Morgan James, has the moves.

Monday, February 19, 2018

F/M Paddling

As one who likes to be paddled by women, I learned long ago to be damn careful of mentioning my desire for fear of being shunned. I know that other readers have kept their thoughts to themselves to avoid being thought weird. I know it's partially a cultural thing, but it freaking annoys me.

I am the farthest thing from being a wuss that you can imagine. I have only invited women that I trust to paddle me. Most have accepted with enthusiasm. There has never been any exchange of power. I don't seek to give it and they don't seek to take it. It would not be pretty if they did.

Last week I wanted to access a website so I just typed in Hermon... up popped a list of suggestions and I highlighted one and it brought me to Hermione's Brunch
from December of 2015. As I wipe my history every few weeks, why one in 2015 was suggested I have no idea, but it prompted this post. The brunch topic was a question suggested by me.

 "The topic I would like to see discussed in depth is why are women so reluctant to spank men. 

I appreciate Hermonie posing the question, but some of the responses really ticked me off, with Dragon Rose leading the pack.

Dragon's Rose said...
Dragon doesn't want to be spanked and the thought of spanking another man is just gross. So the idea of spanking a man is not an issue I even think about. It feels too much like role reversal to me.

Just gross huh? Perhaps Eweeee could have been used. Made me feel so good. I think Dragon's Rose is over the top provincial, submissive and narrow-minded.

Other responses that failed to address the question but expressed their personal POV:

Roz said...
I have on occasion spanked Rick, but in a more playful way. It just doesn't sit totally right. I am definitely the spankee.

abby said...
I have given Master some playful swats...but any more than that...I cannot imagine...for me, it is my nature to be submissive. In general, I think it is partially a cultural thing....
hugs abby

Ni Na said...
Hi Hermione, if it was just the occasional swat on a hot bum, I am sure many women like doing that. Spanking men in general? I think that there are many dominant women, not only dominant men, so I'd imagine them spanking their submissive men too. 
I couldn't spank hubby, that would not feel right and good for me at all. I think none of us could see any positive in that; the other way round is what we want and do. :)

Ella said...
No, No, No. That could never feel right. Me being spanked by Sam is what I have craved my whole life long. If even once I ever spanked him, the roles would be forever changed. And not for the better. 

I have tried to explain it before. Sam being dominant is like breathing pure oxygen. It is natural and necessary. Sometimes he doubts a decision he makes. I tell him honestly that he cannot make a mistake.

Now the reverse of the above.

This morning, I was looking at some pictures of men being paddled and I saw a comment from a woman I know as a casual cyber friend. She and I share a preference for wood paddles and taking licks bent over. She wrote under the picture.

It's nice to see the boys getting the paddle on the bare! It isn't like they don't deserve spankings for behavior and picking on us girls!

She did not direct her comment to anyone in particular, but I took it as her OK that she is cool with the desire that some men like to be paddled. And that acceptance comes from a woman who is a bottom. That's a whole lot different from English Rose's Eweee!  The album this photo is in is all of men being paddled. I doubt many women would even enter the album.Thanks sweetie!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

It's the Weekend

An average of one school shooting every 60 hours. 

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School painted the picture of a weird and disturbed teen who sold knives out of a lunchbox, bragged about killing animals and was finally kicked out of school for fighting and carrying bullets in his backpack.  

An FBI official also said Thursday that they were warned - not once, but twice - about the shooter. One of the warnings came in September, from a bail bondsman in Mississippi who alerted the feds about an alarming online message Cruz wrote saying he was 'going to be a professional school shooter'. The FBI did not bother to even try to locate him.

Some think the response should be gun control! This guy should not have been walking around. 50 years ago, in response to abusive environments in some state hospitals, we begin releasing patients without any supervision. It's now all but impossible to have anyone involuntarily committed in most states. The responsibility for treatment for mental health is in the hands of jailers. 

Confinement is fraught with possibilities for abuse. But, we allow DA's to prosecute people with zero evidence, so what would be so different here?

Added Sunday 2/18

No, There Haven't Been 18 School Shootings This Year — Not Even Close

We are now in the middle of a third great modern scandal. Members of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice sought court approval for the surveillance of Carter Page, allegedly for colluding with Russian interests, and extended the surveillance three times.

But none of these government officials told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the warrant requests were based on an unverified dossier that had originated as a hit piece funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign to smear Donald Trump during the current 2016 campaign.

Nor did these officials reveal that the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, had already been dropped as a reliable source by the FBI for leaking to the press.

Nor did officials add that a Department of Justice official, Bruce Ohr, had met privately with Steele — or that Ohr’s wife, Nellie, had been hired to work on the dossier.

The new FBI director, Christopher Wray, has also reassigned the FBI’s top lawyer, James Baker, who purportedly leaked the Steele dossier to a sympathetic journalist.

Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?

An article worth reading

Al-Qaeda’s chick-lit: how to please your holy warrior 

“GREET your husband with a smile when he comes and a smile when he goes.” So says a new magazine aimed at women in the Middle East. “Don’t dabble in his work,” it continues, and certainly don’t hector him. “Can you imagine all the bloodshed and bones he sees every day? Your fussing only increases the pressure.”

The magazine, launched in December, is called Beituki (“Your Home”). The publisher is al-Qaeda, which seems fed up with the way other jihadists empower their women. Al-Qaeda’s scribes tell female members to stay indoors and be good brides. “Make your house a paradise on earth,” it advises. “Prepare the food your husband loves, prepare his bed after that and do what he wants.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine Day

Many blogs will have a Valentine theme today. Passing here. 

I am wondering if we should put OBB to sleep after 10 years and 1400 posts? Even with the Blogger comment problems, there is precious little interaction. Stats show a steady readership, but a dearth of comments in 2018.

What's going on folks? I am not about to start posting nothing but pictures of butts. If that's your thing, there are a thousand Tumblr sites.

Any comments???

Monday, February 12, 2018

Spanking Goa

I tripped over a YouTube clip on spanking - a girl in the street interview in Goa India. I was surprised at how candid the women were about spanking. I was also a little surprised that it was a thing in India since most spanko's are "westerners'. 

I looked up Goa and share with you a bit about it.

Goa is a coastal state in India. It is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Goa has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, that is two and a half times that of the country. It was ranked the 'best-placed State' by the "Eleventh Finance Commission" for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the 'best quality of life' in India by the National Commission on Population. It has a tropical monsoon climate. The temps are mainly in the low 80's.

Pint-sized Goa is more than beaches and trance parties. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality, there's nowhere in India quite like it. ... Beaches, sun and Vindaloo.

Sounds great to me.

Here's the clip.

And then I found this equally candid one from the UK. Spanking is definitely going more mainstream every day.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tax Cut and #MeToo

Tax Cut
Someone did the numbers and found that the tax cut will reduce revenue and require more borrowing. Investors are concerned about all the additional borrowing and the likelihood of higher inflation, which is why the interest rates on U.S. government bonds hit the highest level since 2014. That, in turn, partly drove the worst sell-off in the stock market in years.

I am of the opinion that this tax cut, like its predecessors, will result in increased revenue. So I am, at this point, not concerned about the tax cut or the sell-off. I may wrong about this. 

Sexual Harassment
It seems there are a lot of male jerks.

Newton's first law states that every object will remain at rest unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. That has been where sexual harassment has been. Women have tolerated it. Something upset the state of rest and now we are moving ever faster to - well I don't know where we are headed.

Newton's third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. There is a backlash, unintended consequences, to #MeToo.  Consider this headline:

Female professionals set back 20 years

Consider what’s happening in the capital of Florida. Female staffers and lobbyists have found “many male legislators will no longer meet with them privately,” reported The Miami Herald. “I had a senator say, ‘I need my aide here in the room because I need a chaperone,’ ” lobbyist Jennifer Green told the paper. “I said, ‘Senator, why do you need a chaperone? . . . Do you feel uncomfortable around me?’ ‘Well,’ he said, ‘anyone can say anything with the door shut.’ ”

This makes it classic Catch 22. Suffer in silence or be locked out.

This is so helpful for #MeToo

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia — whose high-profile advocacy of the #MeToo movement earned her national media notice — is herself the subject of a state legislative investigation in the wake of a report that she sexually harassed and groped a former legislative staffer.

The lobbyist, who represents a major industry association, said that Garcia appeared to have been drinking heavily at a fundraiser hosted by Governor Jerry Brown for state Senator Josh Newman at the de Veres bar in Sacramento. He said he was heading out the door in part to avoid the assemblywoman — who had been increasingly “flirtatious” and had called him on a few occasions before for late night drinks which he repeatedly declined.

She spotted him and said,“Where are you going?” the lobbyist said.

“She came back and was whispering real close and I could smell the booze and see she was pretty far gone,’’ he said. “She looked at me for a second and said, “I’ve set a goal for myself to fuck you.”

At that point, Garcia “stepped in front of me and reaches out and is grabbing for my crotch,’’ he said. That was “the line in the sand,” according to the lobbyist, and he stopped her. “I was four inches from her, eyeball to eyeball -- and I said, ‘That ain’t gonna happen.’”