LAKELAND, Fla. — The Newt Gingrich campaign has a robocall out in Florida claiming that Mitt Romney once took kosher food away from Holocaust survivors.
The allegation made in the call, obtained by anti-robocall activist Shaun Dakin, is undoubtedly targeted at Florida’s large Jewish and elderly populations.
The text of the call:
As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes. Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors? Tuesday you can end Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy on religious freedom, with a vote for Newt Gingrich. Paid for by Newt 2012.
So is this what happened?
The call is referencing Romney’s veto of a 2003 bill. It came at a time that some nursing homes were considering eliminating their kosher kitchens during a period of budget cuts. Their plan was to instead bus in kosher food from other locations. The bill Romney vetoed would have given an additional $600,000 in funding to nursing homes, therefore making it possible for them to continue cooking kosher food on site.
Note: then Gov. Romney didn’t cut the budget; he was vetoing an increase, which was passed anyway and part of that increase was used by the nursing homes to continue to cook kosher food. If the veto were upheld, residents would have still had kosher food; it just wouldn’t have been cooked there.
I am loving this!
Oh, here is an intentional joke:
Workout notes I made yoga class again with Crazy Ms. Vickie. Then I lifted weights (50 minutes) and then ran outside (50:52 for my 5.1 mile course along the river).
The weights: I changed the order due to the free weight area being busy; circuit one was three sets of pull downs, curls and rows. Circuit two was 3 sets of seated military press (40 lb. dumbbells; sets of 15) and pull ups (4 sets of 6). Circuit three was bench press (10 x 135, 8 x 155, 2 x 170) and sets of 20 sit ups. Circuit 4 was incline (5 x 135, 4 x 135) and more sit ups (enough to get to 100).
I also did my rotator cuff.
Then I went outside and did my 5.1 mile (8.2 km) course in 50:52; it was sunny, in the high 40′s (6-7 C) and breezy. Note: I saw about a half dozen bald eagles near the marina dam. That was neat.
Note: my gluteal cheeks are very sore, even to the touch. Yesterdays very mild set of push-backs, slow lunges and light squats were enough to make them sore. I need to strengthen this part of my body. In other words, I’ve been paying too much attention to women’s butts and not enough attention to mine!
So, I love the warm winter. But this might not be such a good thing; global warming continues no matter what the Wall Street Journal says. According to Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy:
The first was in the Wall Street Journal. The article, called No Need to Panic About Global Warming, is a textbook example of misleading prose. It’s laden to bursting with factual errors, but the one that stood out to me most was this whopper: “Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now.”
What the what?
That statement, to put it bluntly, is dead wrong. It relies on blatantly misinterpreting long term trends, instead wearing blinders and only looking at year-to-year variations in temperature. The Skeptical Science website destroyed this argument in November 2011, in fact. The OpEd also ignores the fact that nine of the ten hottest years on record all occurred since the year 2000.
One of the things deniers do it to cherry pick some hot year in the past (a local peak) and compare it to a recent valley. Presto!
Mathematically speaking, global warming might be represented by a function of the variety: where and . So an earlier peak might well be hotter than a later valley; this does not dismiss the overall trend.
Spandex butts and jumping:
Wow…you get a brief shot before the jump and a longer look afterward:
Today: the course had scattered, isolated patches of snow/ice; none was longer than 20-30 meters or so. It took me 2:25:43 to do the course (10.5 miles; this was 13:52 minutes per mile) and I was walking at a very relaxed effort. I noted some soreness in my RIGHT hip (the one without the piriformis issue). Whether I like it or not, I’ll have to do regular PT for it. My butt muscles are weak.
I am ashamed that I even thought about walking inside today; it was sunny (9 am), slightly breezy and right around freezing.
I wore my trail shoes (Brooks Cascadias) and tried to focus on posture and on staying upright. The knees were fine though I made no effort to “stay legal” on the ice/snow patches nor on the very steep uphill near mile 10. This course featured 360 feet of climbing.
On the way back I saw one of my differential equations students; he runs for the cross country team and makes fast running look so easy.
Spring 2012: goal setting
I am mostly over my infection; I’ll give myself one more “general week” to recover prior to thinking about training. But then I’ll have to focus on something…or make the decision to not focus on anything and just do what I can, when I can and perhaps push my goals back to fall.
Who says that one needs a goal? I am enjoying my current round of “doing a little bit of everything” though I won’t like the race results I’ll get from doing this.
So the possibilities are:
1. No goal at all. The upside: I get to vary my training. The bad: my results will not be good.
2. Running: run a sub 24 5K. The upside: easy to train for in that I have an indoor track and a hilly course; I’ll have plenty of time to put in base, run hills, run a few tempo runs and then start racing hard in May. Also, this type of training is easy on my piriformis. The downside: I’ll have to keep my long walk “moderate” (e. g., like today’s).
3. Running: finish the Steamboat 15K “respectably” or perhaps a half marathon. The upsides and down sides are similar to 2, though I might combine this with 2.
4. Walking: walk a marathon (5:20) or a 50K (6:30). Upside: there is a “Walkers only” marathon/50K in Minnesota this May and I can make it this year. If you get DQ’ed for knees in the racewalk division, they’ll let you finish as a “general walker”. Downside: I’ll need to really up my long walk (I have the time) and add a medium long “tempoish” walk midweek; this means reducing the number of runs I can do per week. But mostly: I don’t know if my piriformis can handle the training. I’ll really have to take time to stretch it and PT it.
Where I am: 2:34 half marathon walk and about 56:50 for the 10K run; these are training like baselines.
I suppose I can just ramp up my general program (gradually) and make a decision by the end of February.
The morning came up icy (just below freezing, an inch of snow lead to slick morning roads). So I passed up the outdoor 5K run and did a lifting workout followed by a 10K on a track (50 laps of an indoor track).
I did my usual routine at a slightly slower pace.
rotator cuff (pulley), rows (Hammer Machine), curls (pulley), pull downs (lat machine)
row: 10 x 180, 10 x 230, 10 x 230
curl: 10 x 42, 10 x 47, 10 x 50
pull down: 10 x 140, 10 x 160, 10 x 160
Bench press plus sets of 20 sit ups (one after each bench press set)
10 x 135, 3 x 175, 5 x 170
Pull ups followed by sit ups (20 at the highest incline)
7, 7, 6, 6. The 7′s were done with knuckles facing me, the 6′s were done in a shoulder friendly position (knuckles facing sideways)
Incline bench press with one more set of sit ups:
7 x 135, 6 x 135
I finished with dumbbell rotator cuff exercises and two sets of 15 x 40 lb. dumbbell military presses.
Then I stretched and ran 10K on the track: my time was 56:50 for 50 laps (about 6.25 miles, slightly longer than 10K)
9:38, 9:21 (18:59), 9:12 (28:11), 8:57 (37:09), 8:47 (45:57), 8:40 (54:38), 2:12 (56:50)
Note that I was mostly by myself for the first 4-4.5 miles and then I paced off of one young woman for about .5 miles (4.5 to 5) and then took it in on my own.
Evidently I am almost over my illness; this 56:50 was only 30 seconds slower than what I did at a 10K race this September, and I had a warm up prior to that and I didn’t lift weights first. Then again, this was a springy track with no wind, hills, pot holes, etc. But it wasn’t a bad workout.
One funny note: near the track there is a mat where people can stretch or work with an exercise ball. As I completed one of the middle laps I saw a woman with a larger butt doing this (facing away from the track, almost perpendicular to it:
(click on the thumbnail to see the full size photo).
I got distracted for just a moment and regretted not having a camera. Well, not really.
(click on the thumbnail for the full size photo)
Ok, it was just an inch and the roads are somewhat clear. Nevertheless, I’ll be lifting and then doing a short run on the track this morning.
Note: Presidents of both parties have been complaining about his “hold” policy for years. Yes, I thought it was dumb even when President Bush was in office. There might be some breakthrough in reaching an agreement to at least amend some of these procedures.
I don’t have the data on Senate holds but I do know that the Republicans have used the filibuster at an unprecedented rate.
Newt Gingrich and his Super Pac “Winning our Future”
Here is a Gingrich ad:
(note: Mr. Huckabee said that he was taken out of context and did NOT endorse the ad)
Winning Our Future’s ad
Notice how slick this ad is and how is very quickly slips in the appropriate disclaimers; Mitt Romney is never exactly accused of any direct wrongdoing. In fact, this ad presents what is old news in Massachusetts. But the tone is designed to scare the voters rather than to inform them. Very devious…:)
So how well are the candidates themselves doing on truthfulness? Here Nate Silver makes an analysis; one should read Mr. Silver’s cautions though.
Last night: I thought that Mr. Gingrich imploded; he looked terrible. Mr. Santorum got the better of Mr. Romney but is now all but irrelevant (broke).
But here was a funny part:
I had to laugh; right now I am “debating” who would win that ride. Surely Mr. Romney could afford the best bike.
But though I don’t like her politically, Ms. Palin would beat all of them easily and not even break a sweat.
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