Bristol Palin, the right wing and soaking the rich..

Well, it came out that Bristol Palin is pregnant:

After she became a teenage mother in 2008, Bristol Palin vowed that she would not have sex again until she was married. She went on to become an abstinence advocate and made hundreds of thousands of dollars preaching to girls about not having premarital sex.

In 2011, when she was 20, Palin made $262,000 as an abstinence ambassador for The Candie’s Foundation, the Associated Press reported, citing tax documents. A total amount earned over the years has not been revealed.

262,000 dollars? Remember, the Candie foundation is supposed to oppose this sort of thing. Oh sure, the message was more nuanced than “abstinence only”, and of course the conservatives are screaming bloody murder about the evil left pointing out that “abstinence only” doesn’t work and pointing out that many conservatives have zero problems judging OTHER women when they do this to themselves.

But hypocrisy from National Review is nothing new, but that isn’t the point of this post.

The point is: 262,000 dollars for THIS?

This reminded me of something Paul Krugman wrote a few days prior to the 2012 election.

Krugman pointed out that if one subscribes to conservative “news” organizations (say, NewsMax or Dick, or the feed of some conservative politicians), one gets bombarded with messages about buying gold, scam investments or quack health products. Here is an example:


He then pointed out that Karl Rove was peddling ridiculous ideas to wealthy Republicans such as “Minnesota is winnable” if only they’d pony up more money for ads…more money for Karl Rove.

He goes on:

Well, what if we’ve been misunderstanding Rove? We’ve been seeing him as a man dedicated to helping angry right-wing billionaires take over America. But maybe he’s best thought of instead as an entrepreneur in the business of selling his services to angry right-wing billionaires, who believe that he can help them take over America. It’s not the same thing.

And while Rove the crusader is looking — provisionally, of course, until the votes are in — like a failure, Rove the businessman has just had an amazing, banner year.

What’s more, this makes sense of the embarrassing Rove “we’re winning! trust me!” piece in the WSJ, especially notable because — as Sam Wang recalls — Rove so famously declared that he had THE MATH just before the GOP debacle in 2006. It’s hard to think of any good reason to pretend that Romney has it in the bag — unless that pretense gets you one last big slug of business before Election Day.

OK, this is just speculation. Maybe Rove is really a selfless true believer, his actions untainted by self-interest. Still, it’s kind of an interesting perspective.

Remember: Krugman wrote this a few days PRIOR to the 2012 election, back when we were hearing all of that BS about it being close (and I was sure that it wasn’t).

So, in that sense, maybe Bristol and the other Palin family members are cut from the same cloth? Think about it: Sarah Palin kept making noise about “maybe she should run”…but clearly doesn’t have the stomach for it.

That also makes me wonder about the oversized Republican field: how many of them are serious, and how many just want to make some money off of it?

July 2, 2015 Posted by | republicans, republicans politics, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Republican Primary 2016


Among the Republicans: I think that the top 3 (Gov. Bush, Gov. Walker, Sen. Rubio) will yield the eventual GOP winner. I don’t see any of the remaining candidates as being viable.
If I had to pick one at gunpoint, I’d go with either Sen. Rubio or Gov. Jindal (Rhodes Scholar, politically savvy enough to get elected in Louisiana) even though I don’t like their policy positions. Gov. Christie is too thin skinned to win a long, grueling campaign.

But my chances of voting for any of them: well, I suppose if the Democrats nominate David Duke, I’d vote for one of them, but I don’t see that happening.

On the Democrat side: I see no viable challenger to Sec. Clinton. So, for now, she is my choice, though I haven’t given money as yet. I’ll probably be giving my political money to Rep. Bustos (already have) and Rep. Duckworth who is running for Senate.

Hmmm, it just dawned on me: the three “top of the ticket” candidates I am supporting are females. Times have changed!

July 1, 2015 Posted by | 2016, Cheri Bustos, hillary clinton, politics, politics/social | | Leave a comment

Stuck in neutral (walking/running)


The above was for yesterday’s course.

Today: late start; weight 186 after breakfast.

Weights then running:

5 sets of 10, 1 set of 5 pull ups (hip hikes and rotator cuff) varied the grip
incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 145, 9 x 140 (pushed myself a bit)
military press: 7 x 45, 8 x 45, 10 x 40 (standing dumbbells)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 150 (double pulley machine)

Note: I did a super set with the military, rows, pull downs.

Then 1 mile in 11 minutes on the treadmill:
5K (25 laps, middle lane): 28:40. 9:04, 8:42 (17:47), 9:45 (27:33); I walked a few steps two different times on the last mile. I just didn’t have it; the last mile was feeling a bit like a race and I didn’t want that.

I had a good walk yesterday and the weights took a little out of me. Afterward: I cut the grass in the front yard.

By the way, we’ve gotten creamed by rain in June. This was the wettest June on record, and the second wettest month on record (September 1926 was 0.09 inches wetter).

illinoisweather (snapshot from the Illinois Climatology blog run by James Angel. )

I did a poor job of outlining Peoria County (where I live) but you can see that while we were not the wettest region in the state, we were above the state average. We’ve gotten water in the basement almost non-stop (on the order of perhaps 8-12 gallons a night, as measured by buckets and our new Shop-Vac wet vacuum).

And the yard is absurd; the weed trees grow back almost as fast as you chop them down. When you cut the grass, when you finished, the part of the yard you started with already needs to be cut again. (ok, that is an exaggeration… :-) )

Rain, plus ample periods of sun plus very fertile soil = lots of growth. And the rabbits are having a field day; on Monday I counted 5 in the yard at one time! I wish I could have trapped them and brought them to our yard.

July 1, 2015 Posted by | Illinois, Peoria, Peoria/local, running, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Activists: my lack of patience with them

Workout notes I did an 8 mile course in 1:47 (8.08); to Bradley Park via the usual way, 2 lower loops and 2 full upper loops (past the bathrooms) and back; last “mile” was 12:53.
Interestingly 3 weeks ago, I “ran” a similar 8 miles in 1:33; as you can see my brisk walk pace is only a little bit slower. My department chair says my run gait is pretty much the same as my walk gait.

The difference: the degree to which I bend my knees. Sad, I know. :-)

Yes, tenure is good job security, but it is far from perfect. If you anger enough people, they’ll find a reason to get rid of you. They used her classroom language as an excuse, but my (very uneducated) guess it was more this:

In a letter that day to Buchanan, Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education, said “multiple serious concerns” had come to his attention, including “inappropriate statements you made to students, teachers and education administrators,” as well as conflict with Iberville Parish Superintendent Ed Cancienne.

“This behavior is completely unacceptable and must cease,” Andrew wrote.

In an interview with The Advocate, Cancienne said he called Andrew because he’d received complaints about Buchanan from a couple of his teachers and felt it was his duty to alert LSU. LSU then asked him to put his concerns in writing, he said.

“When I think there’s a serious issue, then I have to communicate that to them,” he said.

Iberville continues to participate in the selective PK-3 Teacher Education Program that Buchanan founded.

Buchanan said Cancienne had asked repeatedly for her to send teachers to Iberville Parish, but she’d resisted because it’s a relatively low performing district, and her students teachers need to see standout teaching so they know what to do themselves. She said the program got off to a rocky start there, but she denied any unprofessional behavior.

She said she voluntarily agreed to no longer supervise the LSU student teachers in Iberville after Cancienne called her to complain. She said she thinks Cancienne’s complaints, and LSU’s desire to placate him, had something to do with her firing.

Buchanan said the selective teaching program she ran is demanding, likening it to a medical school internship, making her unpopular with some students.

“I have very low tolerance for poor teaching and very high standards,” she said.

Yes, she is suing.

Activists I have no patience for stuff like this: a woman climbed flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol and took down the “confederate flag”. This was viewed as a good thing by many of my social media friends, but not by me.

Yes, I am gladdened to see calls for the flag to come down and I hope that the South Carolina state legislature does the right thing.

But to me, this is just another “know it all” deciding what is right (in her opinion) and just making a unilateral decision. I don’t think that the people of South Carolina elected her or appointed her. So I am fine with her getting the appropriate legal punishment (proportionate to the act, which I consider to be a relatively minor nuisance).

Oh sure, this was far, far, far worse and I have much greater contempt for this action.

June 30, 2015 Posted by | education, political/social, quackery, social/political, walking | , , , | Leave a comment

What the heck is bigotry anyway?

Workout notes weights then swimming. I did weights first as the pool was full when I got to the Riverplex.

Weight: 186 before, 184.5 after.

pull ups: 4 sets of 10, then a 5’th after bench press
rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 3 x 180, 9 x 160
military: 10 x 45 dumbbell, 10 x 40 dumbbell, 8 x 45 dumbbell
rows: 3 sets of 10 with the lay down machine (60)

eyestrain: a woman was doing some light dead lifts; her leggings became transparent on the “down phase” (full grannies with a zig-zag underneath)

Swim: couldn’t stay with the lady on my left (red water bottle lady)
5 x 100 warm up
5 x 100 on 2:10 (slow)
5 x 100 alt fist/free on 2:10
5 x 25 fly, 25 free
5 x 25 back, 25 free
200 pull.

I tried to come up with a good logical definition for “bigotry” and really couldn’t.
I thought: well, this is not liking someone for what they are, but then it is ok to not like a practicing pedophile or kleptomaniac.
So, there has to be a “dislike in the absence of evil or harm”; but what about those who sincerely believe that, say, gay people bring down the wrath of some deity (absurd, I know; but some really are that superstitious).

If a reader has a good definition, I’d entertain it.

June 30, 2015 Posted by | social/political, spandex, swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

At DWF airport…surviving IH-35 and Metroplex traffic..

Last night I had dinner and an informal outing with my daughter; I drove from Fort Worth to Austin to do this.
Now I am back in the DFW airport; the traffic on IH-35 and in the Metroplex area makes me nervous.

This morning: 4 mile run on the treadmill; there wasn’t much air conditioning in the small room and I was slowed a bit by the heat. I had intended to do 2-3 miles at under 9 minutes per mile but ended up being happy to make it to 42:51 for 4.

Then I drove up from Temple (where my hotel room was) to the airport.

I have some administrative tasks to do (one more week’s worth?) prior to getting back to some mathematics; I have so momentum that I need to capitalize on. Others told me that what I was doing was interesting; I saw others trying out some stuff I had talked about.

I had a couple of interesting personal things happen:

1. While at TCU I was walking to find a place for dinner. A blind lady (young graduate student came out); she asked me my name as I passed her and I asked if she wanted assistance. She said “yes” so she took my hand and I walked her to Fuzzy Taco. (I had eaten there the evening before). I ate at Dutch’s Hamburgers which was good; I had lunch 3 times at Salata; pricy but good.

Psychological note: the graduate student was sort of attractive and wearing very thin (transparent) white pants (reminded me of this). But I felt oddly guilty that I found her attractive; this is a guilt I don’t find when I see an attractive woman at, say, a race or in the gym. It was sort of a “she is blind so don’t look at her that way” sort of thing.

2. When I went to get gas (near Temple), as I pulled into the first station, the lights went out! I wasn’t sure if this was due to a storm or just the place closing.

Then I stopped about 1 mile away; they told me that they were still putting gas into their system form a tanker.

The third try was the charm.

Ok; it is getting time to go to the gate.

One other quip: when I was getting lunch, some young woman was ahead of me; she had legs that appeared to go up to her ears and was witting some snug fitting, non-spandex shorts. They had “lifeguard” on her butt….30 years ago I might have said something like “I am drowning and need assistance!” But alas, I am old enough to be her dad. Time marches on…

June 28, 2015 Posted by | running, travel | , | Leave a comment

TCU last day

We had some thunderstorms last night, but the rain ended just after I started this morning’s walk:


Total time was 1:03, but my timed segments were 14:56/14:21 (29:18 for 2); I started out very slowly. It was humid and some of the course was slippery.

Talks: have been very good; I’ve gotten something about of each talk, which is rare. Most people have made attempts to tell you something.

June 27, 2015 Posted by | travel, walking | | Leave a comment

Day 2 at TCU: PM

The math talks were entertaining and I got some feedback on my talk. I’ll be interested in getting to work on my next project, as soon as an administrative task is done.

I admit that I am enjoying my time here (at TCU).

There were some big events in the news (Obamacare surviving a legal challenge and gay marriage being made legal by SCOTUS); this was a good week for me in that regard.

June 27, 2015 Posted by | travel | | Leave a comment

Day 2 at TCU

78 F, 84 percent humidity during my run (started at 6:15 am); 47:45 for 4.2 miles; there were a couple of mild hills. Very humid.


But I should be ready for my talk; one more go over while I drink water.

June 26, 2015 Posted by | running, travel | | Leave a comment

Hot time at TCU

I got in late last night; flight landed at 9:50; bags came at 10:00, then I made the rental car place by 10:30; arrived on campus at about 11:30.

So no run or walk this morning; I waited until 5 pm to walk 4 miles (4.1 actually) in about 1:02:


It was 95 F (35 C) with 41 percent humidity. Fortunately there was some shade on the course, but alas, many of the neighborhood streets did NOT have sidewalks. I hope to get an easy 3 tomorrow morning.

The talks were fun; I got the gist of many of them and I got to look up stuff.

I ate at a salad joint for lunch and at a fast food Mexican place for supper.

June 26, 2015 Posted by | travel, walking | | Leave a comment


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