Curb your enthusiasm (or curb my Republican woman fetish)


Yeah, I am a minor fetish for politically conservative women. Yes, even dated one, many years ago when President Reagan was in office. I liked her. No, it wasn’t quite like this:

Sure the I am married to a Democrat, but I find her “extra hot” when she gets back from her Rotary Club meetings….

There is some fantasy about “the opposite” as we see about 3:15 into this clip (probably NSFW, though there is no nudity)

Though in my case, the foreplay might be seeing her at the “Dick Cheney nuke ‘em all” fundraiser. She’d be wearing a tweed skirt and glasses. The later, when the action starts…and she’d be yelling: “I am going to **** the Keynesian right out of you, you dirty, stupid hippie”! …..”come on, where is your cruise missile?”…

Well…at least my IRL wife did go to the Mitt Romney rally with me, but not to the John McCain or the Rick Santorum rallies.

July 22, 2014 Posted by | human sexuality, humor | | Leave a comment

I am such a head case…

This weekend: we took a quick out of town trip. Though I got in an 8 mile training run prior to leaving, while on the trip, I had only two walks: an easy 4 then an easy 2 miler.

I just KNEW that I gained 30 pounds though I ate..what I thought was a moderate amount of food.

No: I did NOT gain weight. How I could tell prior to stepping on the scale: today, my pull ups were stronger than average, and the bench press felt weak.

pull ups: 10, 15, 10, 10, 10. Used hip hikes, Achilles, and rotator cuff for rest.
bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 180 (weak), 2 x 180 (weak), 9 x 160 (ok). 180 felt heavy. Rest: more hip hikes, rotator cuff.
incline: 10 x 135 (strong)
military press: barbell, 10 x 85, 7 x 90, 4 x 95, dumbbell: 10 x 40 (standing)
rows: 2 sets of 5 alternating, 5 together, 1 set of 7 alternating, 7 together (200 with Hammer Machine) super set with:
pull down: 3 sets of 7 x 160 traditional, 7 x (100, 100, 85) low.

Then the swim: 500 easy, 500 in 9:20 5 x 100 (alt fist/free) on 2 (1:50-53)
4 x (50 front kick with fins, 50 free (no fins)
100 side, 4 x 25 fly, 4 x 25 back.

Of note: this younger (40’s) faculty guy swam next to me for a while. In running, he runs 4 miles in the 24-25 minute range (time it takes me to do 5K). But in swimming: I lapped him. Reason: body type; he has very long legs and is slender. Then again it might be that he is just learning; he has the aerobic engine to blow me away.

July 22, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

We are going to get creamed in 2014, and we deserve it.

Terrible news for Democrats:

Americans are angry at Congress — more so than basically ever before. So it’s time to throw the bums out, right?

Well, not really. In fact, Americans appear prepared to deal with their historic unhappiness using perhaps the least-productive response: Staying home.

A new study shows that Americans are on-track to set a new low for turnout in a midterm election, and a record number of states could set their own new records for lowest percentage of eligible citizens casting ballots.



David Horsey has a point:


We are going to get creamed because we suck.

July 22, 2014 Posted by | Democrats, republicans, social/political | | Leave a comment

Conservatives are not all crazy….

First, we have the Detroit Water and Sewage company shutting off water to deadbeat accounts. This statement sounds reasonable to me:

Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr said Friday that said no residents who are unable to afford afford water are going without it.

The city said more than 50% percent of its 170,000 residential accounts are 60 days or $150 delinquent. In March, officials at the water department began notifying delinquent customers that service would be shut off unless arrangements were made to settle overdue bills.

Of the 15,266 accounts where water service was suspended, more than half were made current and had the water restored within 24 hours, the city said. The remaining accounts with suspended water service represent less than 4 percent of the water department’s residential customer base.

In other words, many of the shut offs were to people who simply NOT PAYING THEIR BILLS.

Yes, I agree that it is good to help those in genuine need, but many of these (not all) were simply not paying.

Unfortunately, too many have a knee jerk reaction to such stories; they are either unaware or unwilling to admit that lots of deadbeats exist.

We also hear about “war on the poor”; here is an article with that title from perhaps my favorite public intellectual.

There is no “War on the Poor”; no one is attacking the poor to take something from them. What we have is a debate on how much to give (or not give) the poor. My deciding to NOT give you something that I don’t owe you is NOT a “war on you.”

It just so happens that assisting the poor is part of my value system and I think that it is good for society in the long run (aid to kids makes them less likely to need it later in life) and it provides some stimulus to the economy.

Speaking of aid to kids: I’ve thought that feeding the kids is the responsibility of the parents. Why are people on public aid having kids? Yes, my attitude here puts me at odds with some who are close to me.

THIS is where the phrase “entitlement mentality” comes from, at least when it is addressed to liberals.

July 22, 2014 Posted by | poverty, republicans, social/political | | Leave a comment

Back at it…in Peoria

First my workout: I didn’t dare weigh myself; though I ate 3 meals a day and ate within my foodplan, I didn’t eat the usual fruit and yogurt stuff I usually eat. So I felt as if I gained 30 pounds over the weekend.

2 mile jog outside (neighborhood)
2 miles on the track: 5 x 400 with 200 walk/jog, 200 run
runs: 1:54-1:52-1:54 (9:12)-1:52-1:53-55 (19:13)
rests: 1:43-1:47-1:47-1:47-1:44

quick breakfast, then 6 mile walk in Bradley Park: modified cornstalk 4.2 (lots of cars at the theater), lower 1.2 loop, lower .6 loop, then extra (Past Markin to Bradley Ave.)

total: 4 run 6 walk. I did have two “soft” knee spikes in my left knee (not the one with the 2010 surgery). This is looking as if …oh 3-6 years I’ll probably have to have this knee done as well.

Mano Singham: discusses a different kind of migrant worker. This is the older 60+ person who lives out of a RV and drives to seasonal jobs; they can’t afford to retire. I hope that isn’t me, of course. But if I CAN do this and don’t HAVE to….who knows?

But yeah, I imagine this is no fun for those who are trapped in this manner.

you might be hearing about one really low poll number for President Obama (37 percent). In fact, most of them have him in the low to mid 40’s. Personally, I am glad that we don’t have a President that is rushing to get us into new wars.

Still, the Senate: ugh…we’d be lucky to hold it to 50-50. The 95 percent confidence interval for Republican seats looks like 47-55 with perhaps 51 being the most likely outcome.

Right now, the polls for us in Georgia and Kentucky are probably fool’s gold.

Note: I was more confident about the 2012 Presidential election because we had a LOT more polls.

Locally: To the surprise of no one, Tea Party IL-17 candidate Bobby Schilling has the support of our “let’s send the police after someone who hasn’t broken the law Mayor Ardis”. I am shocked. I wonder what dirty tricks Mr. Schilling has up his sleeve this time?

July 21, 2014 Posted by | 2012 election, 2014 midterm, Aaron Schock, political/social, politics, republicans, running, social/political, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Cincinnati Day One

We spent the morning sight seeing and going through Findlay Market (in a revitalized section of Cincinnati). Of note; one of the vendors was selling a salad special for lunch; the line for this special consisted of exclusively skinny people. Go figure.




After lunch, I walked in an adjacent neighborhood; this is one of those places that has older 500K plus homes adjacent to a poorer area.
I got in a slow 1:10; I’ll call it 4 miles (probably a tiny bit longer). It was a good day for it.

July 19, 2014 Posted by | travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

On the way to Cincinnati….and there.

Personal note: Barbara’s son and wife have restored a cool old home; it is a real joy to spend the weekend there. We also got treated to some excellent Indian food.

We took I-74 from Peoria to Cincinnati and drove through Indianapolis. Going under one of the overpasses, we encountered a protest, similar to this one (the photo is from Missouri)


That *I* flipped them off was no surprise.

What was surprising is that my wife did too; it was simultaneous…she did NOT take the cue from me. Remember that my wife is known as being really nicey-nice (I am not).


July 19, 2014 Posted by | politics/social, social/political, travel | | Leave a comment

Steady state run

I don’t think that I’ve done enough steady state runs. Today was a great day for it; sunny and 65 F with 78 percent humidity at first; 69 F with 68 percent humidity at the end. It “almost” felt like air conditioning.

So today I started off with the intention of doing 10K and mid way changed it to 8 miles. Of course, during the first 4 mile segment I got internally whiny with respect to the course: I wanted to avoid having to do that last “from the bottom to the top of Bradley Park” hill twice.


I did it anyway; it wasn’t as bad as I had remembered it. 43:23/43:01 for 1:26:24 for 8.1 miles. Yeah, it was slow but I have regained only half of my missing red cells yet. I tried to pick it up a little on the way back, and as you can see, I didn’t pick it up that much.

Off for a weekend in Cincinnati; I might get in a couple of 4 mile workouts there.

July 18, 2014 Posted by | running | | Leave a comment

Obama Derangement Syndrome

Ok, the airline shoot down was a horrible thing; we need to let the facts come in. It was shot down (BUK?) and we need to know: Russian Military? Rebel forces with Russian equipment? guessed it; our wingnuts are all over President Obama.

Here, they attempt to compare President Reagan’s response to USSR Air Force fighters shooting down a Korean Air Lines plane to the current President Obama response.

Uh, wingnuts:

1. President Reagan’s address was on September 5, 1983, and the shoot down was on September 1, 1983.

2. The Korean plane was shot down by official Soviet fighter jets; we still don’t know the details of TODAY’s shootdown (who, with what?)

Also, some are jumping on President Obama for…eating lunch and doing other duties?

These people have forfeited the right to be taken seriously; they are a joke.

By the way: I note that they don’t mention the US shooting down an Iranian Airliner while President Reagan was still in office.

July 18, 2014 Posted by | ranting, social/political, world events | | Leave a comment

These things happen in a war: civilian airliner shot down


Malaysian Airlines just can’t catch a break. Just four months after flight 380 disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean, today brings news that Malaysian Airlines flight 17, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with ground control around the Ukrainian-Russian border. Initial reports say “50 km away from entering Russian airspace, the plane began descending, then it was observed burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory.” The plane, a Boeing 777, is said to have been carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members.

Over the last couple of months, pro-Russian separatists have been downing Ukrainian military planes with increasing regularity—and mounting casualties on the Ukrainian side. Just earlier today, separatists had shot down another one. All of that seemed to undermine the narrative, propagated by the Kremlin, the separatists were just a ragtag people’s militia who didn’t stand a chance against a proper, organized military. The constant downing of Ukrainian jets showed that these men were equipped with some pretty serious stuff: you can’t really shoot down a jet with a Kalashnikov.

Does that remind anyone of this?

Toward the end of the war, on July 3, 1988, a U.S. Navy ship called the Vincennes was exchanging fire with small Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy kept ships there, and still does, to protect oil trade routes. As the American and Iranian ships skirmished, Iran Air Flight 655 took off from nearby Bandar Abbas International Airport, bound for Dubai. The airport was used by both civilian and military aircraft. The Vincennes mistook the lumbering Airbus A300 civilian airliner for a much smaller and faster F-14 fighter jet, perhaps in the heat of battle or perhaps because the flight allegedly did not identify itself. It fired two surface-to-air missiles, killing all 290 passengers and crew members on board.

The Fog of War is real and affects even competent militaries.

Here are other such incidents.

July 17, 2014 Posted by | Middle East, world events | , | Leave a comment


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