29 December 2010 (am)

Workout notes
Nothing yet; in about an hour I’ll head to the gym for some weight work and light walking with maybe, 1-2 miles of running. The trick is shoes: unless I run on my home treadmill prior to heading to the gym, I’ll need to carry 2 pair of shoes in addition to the boots I’ll wear to walk to the gym.

Shoulder: some ache last night but much less than the night before. Long drives just tear it up. It is feeling pretty good right now.

Knee: not bad, but pressure on it doesn’t feel good. And I can’t do poses like this one:

(click on the thumbnail to go to the photo to see why it is called “hearts”.
More on this photo after the update:

Workout update
3 mile run on the treadmill (30 minutes…slightly less actually), 1 mile walk.
Squats: 2 sets of 10 x 135, 10 x 155
Leg press: 10 x 270, 10 x 360
arm curls: 20 x 15 lb., 20 x 20 lb., 20 x 20 lb. (dumbbells)
incline presses: 2 sets of 10 x 115
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 180 (90 each arm on the Hammer machine)
rotator cuff stuff plus very light overheads.
Sit ups: 4 sets of 25 at various inclines.

More from this photographer here: “she” really knows how to make fun but non-pornographic photos that have artistic merit. Note that some of the photos are listed under “cross dressing”; I wonder if this is a person that has an ambiguous sex classification. Only one of the photos looks “guy-like”. I can recommend Wild Celtic Rose’s photos, which include many scenic shots as well as shots like these:

I love it: a spandex butt shot with classical musical instruments in the back ground…is that Wild Celtic Rose or what? 🙂 )
Ok…back to business.

Legal snark: Randazza points us to this smackdown…it is quick and hilarious.

Peoria: we’ve had snow, but nothing like this.

(click for a larger photo)

(via Jerry Coyne’s blog)

Health care Here is a nice article which summarizes the potential legal challenges to the health care insurance mandate:

The legal challenge to the Obama health care act has invigorated a dispute as old as the Constitution about the framers’ most nettlesome grant of power, which gives Congress treacherously broad authority to pass laws “necessary and proper” to carrying out its assigned responsibilities.

The cases, which are presumed to be headed to the Supreme Court, center on whether Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce is so expansive that it can require citizens to buy health insurance. But as the litigation advances, the “necessary and proper” clause is taking on greater prominence in briefs and oral arguments, with the Obama administration asserting that it shelters the insurance mandate and state officials arguing that it buries it.

Because the facts are novel — the courts have never addressed whether Americans can be penalized for not buying something — each side has managed to glean what it wants from the Supreme Court’s most recent guidance.

Surf to the article to read more. Note: the mandate is a REPUBLICAN idea; it came from Bob Dole’s attempted compromise in 1993.

On personal grounds, I am torn. I see why it is necessary (else healthy people won’t buy, which means that mostly sick people will buy it, which means that health insurance companies will certainly lose money), but then again, Obama’s initial proposal did NOT have mandate; Hillary Clinton’s did.

Economics No, the Republicans really aren’t worried about the national debt. They are more concerned with eliminating social programs. That includes even the “serious” Republicans:

2. Paul Ryan requires that his staffers read Atlas Shrugged. I mean, I was inspired by Isaac Asimov, but I don’t think I’m Hari Seldon — whereas Ryan, it seems, really does think he’s John Galt.Time to bring out the classic quote:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Future historians will giggle at our expense.

I love it when Paul Krugman takes shots. 🙂

Robert Reich makes a prediction on what the Republican House will do; the first thing will be to make some rule changes. Of course obnoxious stuff will go nowhere in the Senate. We’ll see lots of “the other side is obstructing” in the near future.

December 29, 2010 - Posted by | big butts, economics, economy, health, health care, human sexuality, knee rehabilitation, photos, political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans political/social, republicans politics, shoulder rehabilitation, spandex, yoga

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