48 years OLD today…

Workout notes 3.5 mile walk (13:03, 12:03 (on/off), 10:23, 6:39 half mile cool down. Then yoga.

Blogging: nothing original, but there is a lot of good stuff out there.

Republicans: these are not my words, but they express many of my thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

(ok, ok, I live in Illinois, and right now, in the state government, the Democratic leadership is a disaster! We are really blowing our chances! And more importantly, we are letting our state down.)

Obama: it was a good week for him.

Obama has some good ideas on how to fix the mortgage problem.

He also has a shot at winning some southern states in the general election, according to a former southern governor.

And, Obama is earning a reputation of NOT pandering to special interest groups, even when he is addressing them!

IL-18 (U. S. House race) this is district that Ray LaHood is retiring from); We have lots of potential candidates at the moment, and the DCCC is taking this district seriously.

L-18 looks to be wide open, especially on the Democratic side, since Ray LaHood’s departure made this an open seat and John Sullivan chose to pass. Philosophe Forum brought us some of the early names to come out: Sue Myerscough and former State Rep. Bill Edley (blueollie is big on Edley). Carl passed along the possibility that Dick Versace might run as well. Peoria attorney Patricia Benassi was also in and out while we were looking elsewhere. Now things are starting to shake out further…

First, Circuit Court judge Richard Grawey is looking very much like a candidate. He has dropped his role as chief judge of the 10th Circuit to explore the possibility of a run. (He’ll have to drop his judgeship all together if he does run.) Seems like a big move if he wasn’t seriously considering. […]
The most interesting thing about the article though isn’t that Myerscough decided not to run, but rather how involved the DCCC has already been. They spoke with Myerscough before her decision not to run (who said that she came away from the meeting thinking that IL-18 was more winnable than she thought) and have also reportedly spoken with Edley and Grawey. It’s clear the DCCC thinks that this district can be in play.

Science: Hey Discovery Institute, David Berlinski is NOT a mathematician! Professor Moran rightly takes another well know ID(iot) to task, but in doing so, mentions that Berlinski has written some math books. True, he has written some pop math books, but please, don’t mistake this person for a mathematician! True, we have our cranks, but Berlinski is a crank that is NOT one of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Religion Mother Theresa: was really more agnostic that the public either knew or was willing to admit. Of course, this is not a surprise to those who know the clergy from the mainstream churches; the joke is that “the agnostics are at the pulpit, the believers are in the pews.”

Science and clothes:

Cosmic Variance tells us why string theory matters and why clothes don’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

As to his last point; I must disagree ever so slightly; visible thong underwear isn’t for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

But on the other hand, Skip Jenkins Show points out that lose bikinis can be lots of fun! (check out the third bikini photo on the bottom row)


August 30, 2007 - Posted by | creationism, mathematics, obama, Peoria/local, politics/social, religion, science, walking


  1. Happy Birthday, Ollie!

    Comment by Kevin Lowe | August 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!! Best wishes for many more good ones to come. Good luck on your upcoming race as well :).

    Comment by Tammy | August 31, 2007 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the Birthday wishes and the “good luck”. It looks as if we all will have a pleasant weekend, at least in terms of weather.

    Comment by blueollie | August 31, 2007 | Reply

  4. With all due respect, Sue Myerscough is a dingbat. Although she is politically ambitious she would be taken apart by the Republicans in a US congressional race. After all this is the same Sue Myerscough that said that the โ€œcourt is a social agencyโ€. Sue Myerscough is a terrible judge. I supported her in the Illinois Supreme Court race which was a mistake and I deeply regret it. I am NOT a fan of Rita Garman who in my opinion is nothing more than a crooked politician. But Rita Garman has a brain and Sue Myerscough apparently does not. As a politically active professional working mother, am saddened by what I see as the glaring lack of integrity in these two Central Illinois female Justices. They have both proven that they can raise money from special interest groups. Politics first and justice last. I donโ€™t think Sue Myerscough could ever be elected to Congress or any other high office in Illinois.

    Comment by trish | December 3, 2007 | Reply

  5. trish: I don’t think that this is an issue as it looks as if Vercase (sp) is the only candidate (albeit one that I am not that interested in)

    So the point is moot (pardon the pun ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Comment by blueollie | December 3, 2007 | Reply

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