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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 1,750

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

We're Not Men!

No, we are not.

Allen West's Wife cleared in DUI arrest

Just in terms of fairness I thought I would put this story up. The blood test came back negative for alcohol and drugs. The charges were dropped.
The police don't always get it right.


Chuckles Bites The Dust - MTM

Politicians and sex

I purposefully stayed away from the Andrew Cuomo threads, I guess because I had a hard time making any judgments. It's not a good thing to be harassing your subordinates, and if true it's a bad thing to be touching a. woman's breast without consent. On the other hand it doesn't surprise me that a powerful man with no social life awkwardly approaches attractive woman. It's a pretty old story. I do confess I was a bit offended when a 25 year old woman at least through her lawyers claimed she was being groomed
15 year olds are groomed. 25 year olds are hit on..I don't have a big issue with his being impeached or resigning. But it's an old story. I just can't get to excited one way or the other.
Thinking about our Presidents, I have no doubt that Joe Biden is faithful to his wife, just as I am sure Trump was cheating on his. Obama was faithful as was W.
Clinton? I don't think Monica was the only one. George H W? Others might disagree but I would wager small money he was faithful. Reagan, Carter and Ford were faithful. Nixon and LBJ cheated.
That of course brings us to JFK. It is what it is. I read Grace and Power. The big revelation to me was how little time Jackie spent in the White House. In the end I just concluded it's really none of my business. People's sex lives are often complicated. Mine certainly was before I got married. Jackie wanted to be buried next to Jack. Which to me says a lot. The rest is basically none of my business.
Do I care about any of this? I suppose I have a prurient interest. At least I've heard of these people, unlike the subjects of today's gossip columns. But I don't really care. I'll judge politicians by what they accomplish. I'm too old to think that their sex lives matter much.


OMG the stock market!

There is a story today in the NY Times that some day the stock market could decline. I guess I should have posted it in breaking news.


The rules of attraction - Older male division.

I hope people won't think this is too elitist. I just don't know how else to tell the tale.
Years and years ago I remember reading the diaries of the great literary critic Edmond Wilson. He had an entry where he expressed surprise that he remained sexually attracted only to woman his age despite growing older.
I think it's the same way with me. I'm in my sixties but I was out with my wife to lunch the other day and taking a good look at her face and think: She's pretty cute.
It's not just her. Before I got married I dated a girl who was a bit older than me
We remain good friends. She was a bit older. We got together for dinner a little while ago. She must be 70 but my first thought was: Wow! She's pretty hot.
It's not that I can't admire a pretty young girl but they don't stimulate me the way these two do. Obviously this isn't true of all men. Hello Orange Goofball and Jeffrey Epstein.
I have no idea why this should be. Any pop psychologists out there with a theory?
Just something I was thinking about because I don't have much to do.
PS now that I'm thinking about it, when I was younger I did have a few older women who hit on me and that was kind of scary. And over the years I've had a few guys hit on me. But basically when I was in college I became attracted to those smart girls who went to little or big Ivy League schools. As they grew older my interest did not wane.

Dr. Faucci should speak out about sports events.

Major League Baseball and Nascar have been going on all summer. Football is about to start. But these events are not requiring vaccines to enter.
We are way beyond the point of debating whether this is a good thing. They are going to happen. It's been going on all summer apparently without incident. But common sense and good policy indicate that we would all be better off if spectator events require proof of vaccination.
Dr. Faucci, President Biden and others should start doing a little public shaming on sports owners to require spectator vaccination. Bill DeBlasio did a number on the tennis mavens who run the US Open to force them to require two jabs. Some of these stadiums are publicly owned.
Sports events are an opportunity to increase the vax. We should start talking about it.
Talking about banning sports events is about as useful as calling for the revival of prohibition. But we can do something sensible.

How About You? - Michael Feinstein

I'm mad about good books, can't get my fill!
And Franklin Roosevelt's looks give me a thrill!

The Grift paid off for Sidney Powell.

She bought a building in DC. Paid all cash.


What are our Goals in Dealing With Covid?

The New York Times has an interesting op ed up today urging us to think about the country's goals in dealing with op-ed. They point out that if the goal is to eliminate Covid then very restrictive policies on human activities are appropriate. They question though (as do I) whether that is a realistic goal and implicitly suggest that a more realistic goal is to learn to live with a condition that is likely going to always be with us. If that's the case then getting things back to normal as much as possible should be the direction for public policy (Well, at least I suggest that).
They deal with the issue of public schools. Is the goal the safety of every child? Then obviously remote schooling is best. Is the goal the best educational and social experience for children despite a disease that likely will always be with us? Then in school teaching is the appropriate policy.
They also touch on the subject of masks in school. The goal seems to be mandatory masks until a vaccine is available for children is available. But they point out that the vaccine rate for 12 - 15 year olds is terrible. Just 30 percent going into the school year.
Anyway the article made me think which I guess is a good thing.


Paywalled, unfortunately.

PS They never get really explicit in recommending things but I think they are implicitly saying that Covid will be like the flu. There will be good years and bad years. Some people will get annual boosters. Some won't. Some people will end up in the hospital and some will die. What policies are appropriate for managing a recurring condition? At least I think they are saying that.

PPS They made a big point that the UK decided not to impose mask mandates on children. I wonder what thinking went into that decision?
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