Friday Politics

Workout notes
Slept in; swam 1 mile:
500 in 9:52, 10 x 50 free on the 1:05; long first 25, harder second 25
5 x 100 IM on the 2:30
300 of drill/swim.
This was very routine.


This pretty much says it. Obama stocks are up from about 55 to about 57 after the RNC; some “bounce”. Then again, there really aren’t that many undecided voters this time. Turn out will be the key, hence each side will play to the base.

Witness this Republican sign:

Note: this is in Massachusetts which President O is expected to win easily.

Expect more of this from the “Weißen Partei”.

Local Politics

This was a fundraiser for a State Senate Race.

August 31, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, Mitt Romney, political humor, politics, politics/social, swimming | Leave a comment

Best Remark About Eastwood’s Bizarre Speech to an Empty Chair

So, Clint Eastwood decided to support the Robocandidate for President. Fine…free country, etc.

But as to his speech:

What the heck?

This has sparked a new internet meme: Eastwooding.

But this is the best response I’ve seen: it comes from a Facebook comment made by Tom Combs on the Rachel Maddow wall:

Am I the only one who thought Clint Eastwood “interviewing” a fictional Obama strangely appropriate? The GOP has been running against a fictional Obama for years… socialist, tax-raising, deficit-raising kenyan muslim? Not the real Obama at all.

Time will tell if the Robocandidate’s campaign against a fictional president holds up…

August 31, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, political humor, political/social, politics/social, republicans | Leave a comment

Paul Ryan: Liar.

Via Fact

TAMPA, Fla. — Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements. Delegates cheered as the vice presidential nominee:

Accused President Obama’s health care law of funneling money away from Medicare “at the expense of the elderly.” In fact, Medicare’s chief actuary says the law “substantially improves” the system’s finances, and Ryan himself has embraced the same savings.
Accused Obama of doing “exactly nothing” about recommendations of a bipartisan deficit commission — which Ryan himself helped scuttle.
Claimed the American people were “cut out” of stimulus spending. Actually, more than a quarter of all stimulus dollars went for tax relief for workers.
Faulted Obama for failing to deliver a 2008 campaign promise to keep a Wisconsin plant open. It closed less than a month before Obama took office.
Blamed Obama for the loss of a AAA credit rating for the U.S. Actually, Standard & Poor’s blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats.

And when he wasn’t attacking Obama, Ryan was puffing up the record of his running mate, Mitt Romney, on taxes and unemployment.

August 31, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, Mitt Romney, political/social, politics, politics/social | Leave a comment

Ryan-Romney: The Tea Party Dream of REAL AMERICA

This is the Ryan-Romney campaign staff photo.

Good lord…if I went to one of their rallies they’d probably call INS on me.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, Mitt Romney, Republican, republican party, republicans | Leave a comment

30 August 2012: 53’rd year and…

Workout notes
AM: 52:23 for my Cornstalk 5 miler; 9:22 last mile (picked it up from Main to the house). Saw Melody; couldn’t catch up to her.
PM: weights. Felt stronger on the bench (4 x 175, 3 x 175, 8 x 155) and pull ups (4 sets of 10 were easy). I used the pulley for curls and used 60 pound dumbbells for my rows. Machine for the military (3 sets of 10 with 90) and skipped the incline press. I did vertical lifts and crunches for my abs and a bit of headstand and stretches.

Afterward I did my PT, and I started doing squats to loosen up. It really, really helps. I only do 2-3 sets of 5, but I go all of the way down (as far as I can go anyway):

I know; that isn’t much, but it has taken me TWO YEARS to get down this far.

Next: get down all the way, and straighten all the way.

Other stuff
A female friend thought (correctly) that I’d like this photo. Why? 🙂

This was taken during a very long relay race that had a walking division, which they won.

Yes, Mike Huckabee recovered from morbid obesity to run a marathon:

From the marathon:

Respectable time too!

But now…

Come on Mr. Huckabee! Less Chick-Fil-A and more running! Or…walk. Walking a marathon is a good thing to do too. Or…walk a half marathon instead.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, big butts, huckabee, injury, knee rehabilitation, racewalking, running, spandex, training, weight training | Leave a comment

Don’t Need no Stinking Fact-Checkers!

Well, Mr. Ryan is fully aboard Mr. Romney’s “no fact checkers” campaign:

It was, by any reasonable standards, a staggering, staggering lie. Here’s Paul Ryan about Barack Obama:

He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.

“They.” “Them.” “Them.” Those words are lies. Because Paul Ryan was on that commission. “Came back with an urgent report.” That is a lie. The commission never made any recommendations for Barack Obama to support or oppose. Why not? Because the commission voted down its own recommendations. Why? Because Paul Ryan, a member of the commission, voted it down and successfully convinced the other House Republicans on the commission to vote it down.

That wasn’t the only bit of mendacity – lazy mendacity, incredibly lazy mendacity – in Ryan’s speech. Twitter lit up as soon as he started telling the story of the Janesville auto plant that Barack Obama didn’t save – a plant that, it turns out, closed before Obama was president. And of course there’s the infamous cuts to Medicare that Ryan lambasted Obama for without happening to mention that those very same cuts were in Paul Ryan’s own budget. Yes: absolutely everything in Obamacare is an abomination, says Paul Ryan, except for (as he forgets to mention) the cuts to Medicare that he supports – and yet he still singles that part out to use as an attack.

But to heck with the facts:

Mitt Romney’s campaign said on Tuesday that its ads attacking President Obama’s waiver policy on welfare have been its most effective to date. And while the spots have been roundly criticized as lacking any factual basis, the campaign said it didn’t really care.

“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said at a panel organized by ABC News.

This is a different standard than the one Romney himself has held up for the election-season ad wars. Reacting to attacks by a pro-Obama super PAC, Romney recently told a radio station that “in the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, why, campaigns pulled the ad.”

The presumptive nominee’s top communications hand, Eric Ferhnstrom, was quick to make the case that the two instances were not comparable. “This is a good discussion to have,” he said. “We are not accusing the president of being a felon, we are not accusing him of killing somebody.” The latter was in referrence to the Priorities USA Action ad that tied the closure of a steel mill by Bain Capital to a woman’s death several years later (without her husband’s insurance coverage, she couldn’t pay for care).

“Clearly they are giving states the option to change the welfare-to-work requirement,” Ferhnstrom said in reference to the basis for the anti-Obama ad. “We heard from those [Republican] governors [who requested waivers], they said, ‘No we don’t want to change the work requirement in our states.'”

August 30, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, Mitt Romney, politics | Leave a comment

Off to bed…enough of the Clown-fest

Early day tomorrow.

My goodness, it appears that Mr. Huckabee has eaten too much Chick-Fil-A. He is starting to resemble Chris Christie.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, huckabee, ranting, republicans | Leave a comment

Republicans: “All we are saying….is give war a chance!”

Workout notes 10K in 1:24 (walking); did an out and back Cornstalk spur and then 1.2 more miles.


Republican National Convention
I can’t believe John McCain’s warmongering. Good grief.

Chris Christie: bombastic speech; getting ready for 2016? No; he is too thin skinned to last on a national stage. Imagine this being shown: morbidly obese loudmouth walking with an ice cream cone. Yes, he is a reasonably bright guy, but part of a politician’s job is to keep one’s cool….even when your constituents are being idiots (note: in this video, the constituent isn’t being an idiot…but they were in other situations.)

Mitt: he won’t be deterred from lying because of fact-checkers.

Of course the creationist idiots pushed back against the Science Guy’s defense of evolution.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | 2012 election, creationism, evolution, John McCain, Mitt Romney, walking | Leave a comment

Bill Nye (Science Guy) on Creationism

Unfortunately, creationism will be around as long as superstition is around.

Seriously, if you believe that someone literally rose from the dead (literal resurrection), or that someone was given a book via some golden plates that were taken back to “heaven”, why would you rule out believing in anything?

August 29, 2012 Posted by | creationism, evolution, religion | Leave a comment

A personal prejudice and other topics

Workout notes
Yoga followed by an 8 mile run.

The yoga: said good bye to Lynn; however she whined during class (as usual). But this brings up the limitation of trying to have a “one size fits all” class. Many (not just Lynn) complained about the room being warm. I liked it warm, as it helps me sweat faster and helps me get lose. But others don’t like to sweat.

The run: 22 minute warm up (STIFF), then to the goose loop for 4 x 1000 with .46 mile recovery jogs. (4.32 run) Then a walk (.25 miles) and then 2 more miles of running to finish it off.
Times: 5:19 (10:21), 5:19, (10:27), 5:24 (10:58…31:46), 5:23, 10:24, 42:10 for the 4.32 miles.
The last 1000 was actually work. Pace: between 8:33 to 8:39 mpm.

The prejudice
When we were out eating, I saw a youngish woman; she was a bottle blond, sort of pretty and wearing a tight white top and spray-painted on black spandex yoga pants; she was very curvy. She was with a young son and then her husband showed up. He was young too; I’d imagine good looking to women. But he had his work clothes on: UPS driver. My immediate thought: “he’ll never keep her.”

Sexual Humor
Not safe for work and not for the prudish, but I died of laughter:

Paul Krugman wrote about another economist’s work and brought up this:

And I was very struck by Gordon’s big example: the relative importance of fancy electronics (which he considers part of the Third Industrial Revolution) as compared with indoor plumbing (part of the second):

A thought experiment helps to illustrate the fundamental importance of the inventions of IR #2 compared to the subset of IR #3 inventions that have occurred since 2002. You are required to make a choice between option A and option B. With option A you are allowed to keep 2002 electronic technology, including your Windows 98 laptop accessing Amazon, and you can keep running water and indoor toilets; but you can’t use anything invented since 2002.

Option B is that you get everything invented in the past decade right up to Facebook, Twitter, and the iPad, but you have to give up running water and indoor toilets. You have to haul the water into your dwelling and carry out the waste. Even at 3am on a rainy night, your only toilet option is a wet and perhaps muddy walk to the outhouse. Which option do you choose?

Indeed. If you visit one of my favorite places, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, what’s really striking about the early 1860s incarnations of the building was the lack of plumbing: outhouses outside, and water from a nearby well (with exactly the high infant mortality you’d expect as a result).

Moral: it is very tough to assign a metric to progress, isn’t it?


This is probably Mitt Romney’s biggest political weakness; even President W. related to people better than this. Note: I think that Mr. Romney is smarter and would do a better job as president than President W. Bush, but he will have a harder time getting elected.

Note: even Republicans find him hard to approach; witness this scathing parody by David Brooks:

[…] After his mission, he attended Harvard, studying business, law, classics and philosophy, though intellectually his first love was always tax avoidance. After Harvard, he took his jawline to Bain Consulting, a firm with very smart people with excessive personal hygiene. While at Bain, he helped rescue many outstanding companies, like Pan Am, Eastern Airlines, Atari and DeLorean.

Romney was extremely detail oriented in his business life. He once canceled a corporate retreat at which Abba had been hired to play, saying he found the band’s music “too angry.”

Romney is also a passionately devoted family man. After streamlining his wife’s pregnancies down to six months each, Mitt helped Ann raise five perfect sons — Bip, Chip, Rip, Skip and Dip — who married identically tanned wives. Some have said that Romney’s lifestyle is overly privileged, pointing to the fact that he has an elevator for his cars in the garage of his San Diego home. This is not entirely fair. Romney owns many homes without garage elevators and the cars have to take the stairs.

After a successful stint at Bain, Romney was lured away to run the Winter Olympics, the second most Caucasian institution on earth, after the G.O.P. He then decided to run for governor of Massachusetts. His campaign slogan, “Vote Romney: More Impressive Than You’ll Ever Be,” was not a hit, but Romney won the race anyway on an environmental platform, promising to make the state safe for steeplechase.

After his governorship, Romney suffered through a midlife crisis, during which he became a social conservative. This prepared the way for his presidential run. He barely won the 2012 Republican primaries after a grueling nine-month campaign, running unopposed. At the convention, where his Secret Service nickname is Mannequin, Romney will talk about his real-life record: successful business leader, superb family man, effective governor, devoted community leader and prudent decision-maker. If elected, he promises to bring all Americans together and make them feel inferior.

August 29, 2012 Posted by | human sexuality, humor, Mitt Romney, Navel Staring, political humor, politics/social, running, social/political, yoga | 2 Comments