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Cue Republican heads exploding on 3…2…1…

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I love it!

April 7, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, political humor, politics, republicans | , , | Leave a comment

Night out with my bros

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I wish.

Via: Why Evolution is True.

March 29, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, health care | , | Leave a comment

2014: midterms will probably be grim for me…

It is looking more and more like the Republicans will not only hold to the House (maybe even pad their margin) but also take the Senate. Well…I’d call it a “victory” if we can keep 50 in our Senate caucus where the VP would break a tie.

The big problem:
President Obama isn’t very popular right now:

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No, he is NOT in President George W. Bush territory nor is he in President Truman territory. But he isn’t at 50 percent either.
On the other hand, he IS popular with the hard core people (like me) and his organization OFA is doing well, money wise:

Interviews with more than two dozen Democratic members of Congress, state party officials and strategists revealed a new urgency about the need to address the party’s prospects. One Democratic lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, said Mr. Obama was becoming “poisonous” to the party’s candidates. At the same time, Democrats are pressing senior aides to Mr. Obama for help from the political network.

“I’m a prolific fund-raiser, but I can’t compete with somebody who has got 50-some-odd billion dollars,” said Representative Joe Garcia of Florida, a vulnerable first-term member who has already faced more than $500,000 in negative TV ads from third-party conservative groups. “One hopes the cavalry is coming. One hopes the cavalry is coming.”

The gap is yawning. Outside Republican groups have spent about $40 million in this election cycle, compared with just $17 million by Democrats.

When two senior White House officials — Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director, and Phil Schiliro, the health care adviser — went to the Capitol late last month to address Senate Democrats about the Affordable Care Act, they were met with angry questions about why Mr. Obama’s well-funded advocacy group, Organizing for Action, was not airing commercials offering them cover on the health law.

Among those raising concerns was Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who also has a low-key style and warm relationship with Mr. Obama.

“They did not want to hear about health care enrollment,” one source familiar with the meeting said, describing “a high level of anxiety.”

In other words: “stay way but send $$$”. That is sort of the sense I am getting with respect to the small donors too: “we disrespect your values but we want your $$$.”

Yes, I give a small amount of money regularly to OFA. I gave a smaller amount to our IL-17 Congressional Representative Cheri Bustos, who is facing tea party challenger (and former representative) Bobby Schilling.

To say the least: I am not thrilled about her performance (President Obama carried her district by 17 points; she won by 6. Yet she joined the Blue Dogs. I UNDERSTAND a Montana Democrat or a Louisiana Democrat or an Arkansas Democrat being more conservative. Many of their constituents are backwards. This really doesn’t apply in IL-17: Ms. Bustos won primarily on the strength of the urban areas in her district:

It didn’t work and Bustos won 53-47 (18,500 votes); she picked up her margins in Rock Island as well as in sections of Rockford and Peoria:

She won Fulton county by 200, Knox county (Galesburg) by 1200, Peoria County (part of it; the other part is in IL-18) by 8400, Rock Island by 6600, Tazewell by 200 (part of the county), Whiteside by 200 and Winnebago (part of Rockford) by 8700. Or put another way, her margin came from Rock Island plus parts of two larger cities.

Her margin was about 18,000 votes.

Yet, she insists on trying to appeal to voters who…well, probably aren’t going to vote for her anyway.

That might be a big part of the problem. The Republicans are running toward their base and the Democrats are afraid of their base.

Anyhow, I predict that we are going to get creamed in the midterms. How bad: I cannot say.

I wish that more Democrats would remember what President Truman said:

I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.
But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are–when he stands up like a man and puts the issues before the people–then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.

March 17, 2014 Posted by | 2014 midterm, Barack Obama, Cheri Bustos, politics, politics/social, social/political, Spineless Democrats | , , | Leave a comment

Fox News conservatives: please make up your mind…

So, Putin acting like a tyrant: good, much better than Obama.

But you complain that “Obama is a tyrant”?

It is hard to take these people seriously.

March 15, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, political humor, political/social, politics/social, republicans | Leave a comment

Presidents and “dignity”: remember GW Bush and Misty May?

To those complaining about President Obama appearing on a comedy show:

Really?
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Here is a clip of past Presidents appearing on comedy shows.

March 15, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, political/social, politics/social, republicans | | Leave a comment

Confusing the statistical with the individual…

This MSNBC commentator misses the mark a bit. I don’t disagree with all of what he says, but when it comes to the success of those belonging to a group that has faced some systematic, structural oppression (e. g. a group that has had laws directed against them in the past and grew up in communities that have a legacy of discrimination), there are really two issues:

1. There IS the structural issue that this guy addresses. I think that it is undeniable that poor minorities have built in disadvantages in things like school systems (e. g. would you want YOUR kid going to the local poor black/brown school?), law enforcement practices and laws. If society is to make any progress at all, these barriers will have to be degraded. As long as these barriers remain, we will see a difference in achievement at the statistical level.

Yes, I know, there is still the personal type discrimination, but I am more focusing on what society can do as a whole.

2. There is also the individual action. There are individual actions that block one’s path to success, which, yes, include lawbreaking, getting a female pregnant prior to being able to provide for the kid. And yes, even though someone might, say, get into college with some financial help, one still has to study and master the material. After all, the bridge that you design won’t hold up if it isn’t designed properly.

I am NOT saying that someone of a different race understands this less than someone else of another race. But what I am staying is that ALL young people (all races) need to hear: “you’ve got a chance; now it is UP TO YOU to take advantage of it, and yes, that means hard work.” The President giving these young black guys this pep talk is entirely appropriate. Many parents and mentors say much the same thing to their kids and that is what I think that this president was doing.

In summary: there is a time and place to address the statistical (what society might be able to change) and the individual and here, the President was doing both.

March 2, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, social/political | Leave a comment

Getting it done…sort of

Today’s workout (9 am), 2 mile treadmill run to warm up (21:xx), then 4 x (.25 at 10, 8:57, 8:34, 11:19 mpm, or 10, 6.7, 7, 5.3 mph); that got me to 6 miles in 1:00:40. I had a lower GI issue (rare for me), then I got back on and did 2 more miles in 20:54 (1:21:34) and then walked 2 miles on the track (30:44; first mile was 16:10)

That was enough to give me sore legs! Oh well. :-)

Speaking of getting it done: it looks as if President O will be using executive orders, whenever possible:

Good for him.

February 8, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, politics, politics/social, running, walking | Leave a comment

A very silly video from me…

February 2, 2014 Posted by | 2008 Election, Barack Obama | | Leave a comment

David Remnick’s New Yorker article on Barack Obama

This is very well worth reading…and it was sent to me by a Republican no less!

It appears to be balanced; it discusses his personality and how it both helps and hinders his effectiveness as President.

It is also clear why I like him so much and why he comes across as “arrogant” so some of his detractors.

Hat tip: Dr. Andy

January 31, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, social/political | Leave a comment

Whatever and hos

Workout notes I was a little sleepy but blasted myself out of bed.
Weight workout: the usual; what was different:
pull ups: 5 sets of 10; not that bad.
incline: 10 x 140, 6 x 150, 6 x 150
pull downs; on a different machine (3 sets of 10 with 150; did this with the abs)
dumbbell super set: 3 sets of 10 of: seated military (sets of 12 with 50′s), curls (30′s), bent over rows (65′s), standing rows (25′s)

This took about an hour; then I did the “gluteal 1″ program for 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer. It made my legs slightly heavy.

Winter
Some regions in the southern US got snow; they have neither snowplows, salt for the roads…and the drivers don’t have experience. This is the result.

State of the Union
Paul Krugman had the best take: it was a “whatever” speech. President Obama knows that the Republicans won’t work with him. Krugman also notes that the conservatives are…what else…blaming government workers for inequality. Seriously:

Let’s start by looking at the real winners in soaring inequality — the people who not only make incredible amounts of money, but get to pay very low taxes (and if you suggest closing their loopholes, you’re just like Hitler.) According to Forbes, in 2012 the top 40 hedge fund managers and traders took home a combined $16.7 trillion billion.

Now look at those supposedly overpaid government employees. According to the BLS, the median high school teacher earns $55,050 per year.

So, those 40 hedge fund guys made as much as 300,000, that’s three hundred thousand, school teachers — almost a third of all high school teachers in America.

OK, teachers get benefits, so their total compensation cost is higher than their wage, so maybe it’s only 200,000.

But you should keep numbers like these in mind whenever anyone tries to shift attention from the one percent (and the .001 percent) to Americans who aren’t even upper-middle class.

Hos

You see, I’d be more focused if only those women would quit dressing in a way that shows their bodies. :-)

Note: if you think about it, the main difference between the beliefs of some of the religious fundamentalists here and in the Muslim world is the flavor of the preferred superstition. If the radical Muslims would embrace trickle down economics, they’d make great conservatives!

January 29, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, politics/social, religion, Republican, weight training | 4 Comments

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