Statesmen, Crackpots and Ryan comes to Central Illinois

Workout notes I was stiff as a board when I lumbered through the slush to get to my university’s gym. I figured I’d tough it out for 10K or so….I didn’t think I’d make my normal 10 miles. I figured I’d do some on the track and some on the treadmill. I stretched, did 5 “full” squats with 45 pounds to get my knees to bend. Then I got on the track and started to lumber along. There were a few students out there; a couple of young women lapped me several times. I was suffering during mile 1, felt slightly better during mile 2….then through miles 3-5 I felt like quitting. Then I started to feel better?

My splits to mile 8: 8 track, 9:37/9:26/9:27/9:29 (38:00) 9:40/ 9:33/9:24/9:20 (1:16:00), 2:26 (1:18:26)
Then I got a drink, stretched some more, and did 2 easy miles (0.5 elevation) on the treadmill: 10:25/9:10 for 19:35.

I was kind of stiff afterward, but I didn’t feel that bad. Part of marathon training is convincing yourself that you CAN run steady even when you feel bad.

Speaking of marathon training Paul “sub 3 hour marathon” Ryan is coming to town to help fundraise for Aaron Schock (IL-18). Hey, tickets are only 250 dollars apiece. Maybe they will have a “how to run a sub 3 hour marathon” seminar? Hey, his marathon claims are no more bogus that his economic ideas.

Ok, let me say something good about some Republicans. Some (including Jon Huntsman) are coming out in favor of gay marriage; the New York Times reported this:

Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.

The document will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and all similar bans. The court will hear back-to-back arguments next month in that case and another pivotal gay rights case that challenges the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The Proposition 8 case already has a powerful conservative supporter: Theodore B. Olson, the former solicitor general under Mr. Bush and one of the suit’s two lead lawyers. The amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief is being filed with Mr. Olson’s blessing. It argues, as he does, that same-sex marriage promotes family values by allowing children of gay couples to grow up in two-parent homes, and that it advances conservative values of “limited government and maximizing individual freedom.”

Legal analysts said the brief had the potential to sway conservative justices as much for the prominent names attached to it as for its legal arguments. The list of signers includes a string of Republican officials and influential thinkers — 75 as of Monday evening — who are not ordinarily associated with gay rights advocacy, including some who are speaking out for the first time and others who have changed their previous positions.[…]

I sure hope that people are listening. Shamefully, in Illinois, the gay marriage bill will have a tough slog in the Democrat controlled State House. One reason: many Democrats represent African American areas and the black churches, on the whole, have a shameful record here. In the 2008 Proposition 8 vote in California, 7 out of 10 blacks voted for it:

Any notion that Tuesday’s election represented a liberal juggernaut must overcome a detail from the voting booths of California: The same voters who turned out strongest for Barack Obama also drove a stake through the heart of same-sex marriage.

Seven in 10 African Americans who went to the polls voted yes on Proposition 8, the ballot measure overruling a state Supreme Court judgment that legalized same-sex marriage and brought 18,000 gay and lesbian couples to Golden State courthouses in the past six months.

Similar measures passed easily in Florida and Arizona. It was closer in California, but no ethnic group anywhere rejected the sanctioning of same-sex unions as emphatically as the state’s black voters, according to exit polls. Fifty-three percent of Latinos also backed Proposition 8, overcoming the bare majority of white Californians who voted to let the court ruling stand.

The Latino vote was very embarrassing to me. Just shameful.

Anyway, I hope that Illinois Democrats lead. When I wrote an e-mail message to Jehon Gordon (IL House 91) I got back a “I am seeing what the rest of the district says” letter back. That is lame. Hopefully this young woman will LEAD and not follow.

Crackpots Given any tragedy, there will be a collection of crackpots who claim that there is some underlying “conspiracy against the truth”. Yes, this even happend with respect to the Sandy Hook shootings.

Check this meme out:

As much as I’d love to scream “creationists are MORONS”, I realize that many who say that they accept evolution can’t correctly identify the mistake in this meme. In fact, I wonder what percentage of people realize why the “simian like creature to modern Homosapien” illustration is extremely misleading to begin with!

I suppose I can comfort myself with the fact that the real sin of the creationists isn’t misunderstanding evolution but rather thinking that they know better than the professional scientists. Then again on other topics (homeopathy, GMOs), many liberals are just as stupid….oh well.


February 26, 2013 - Posted by | civil liberties, creationism, marathons, politics, politics/social, religion, republicans, running, science | ,

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