Purity Trolls, Muddy Tough Trails and the long road

Workout notes
Leisurely weight workout:
rotator cuff
hip hikes
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 8 x 170
incline: 10 x 140, 7 x 145
leg set (abduction, push backs: 3 sets of 10 each)
superset: military, rows, dumbbell bench:
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 lb. dumbbells, 1 set of 10 x 80 machine,
rows; 3 sets of 10 x 65 dumbbell (each arm)
dumbbell bench: 3 sets of 10 x 65 dumbbell
abs: sit backs, twists, crunch, vertical crunches: 3 sets of 10 each (20 for vertical crunch)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
curls: 2 sets of 10 x 57.5 pulley, 1 set of 10 x 30 dumbbell.

no run; a bit tired. Perhaps along a trail tomorrow?

Ultras: yes, I’ve done the McNaughton Park races (2003: 31, 2004: 50, 2005: 100, 2006: dnf 100 (70 total), 2008: 50, 2009: 100, 2012 (50 dnf (knee, 20)) plus the fall version (30) in 2009, 2010, and 10 in 2011.

But not like this guy:


Agreed. Not that we’ll get anything resembling competent policy from the other side:

Like almost everyone on his side (and many centrists), Ryan pretends that Keynesians are for fiscal stimulus always and everywhere — as opposed to the reality, that it’s about doing something in a liquidity trap, when monetary policy can’t cure mass unemployment. But what really struck me was his assertion that the notion that spending is expansionary and austerity contractionary has been debunked by “lots of studies”. Which studies, exactly?

I think it all comes back to Alesina and Ardagna — which, to repeat has been more thoroughly refuted by both academic criticism and real-world experience than any other popular doctrine I can think of. If Ryan’s faith is unshaken, that says everything about him and nothing about the evidence.

And let me ask a broader question: what, exactly, have Ryan and the economists he likes to cite gotten right these past, oh, five years? How has the Heritage Foundation prediction of soaring interest rates from four years ago panned out? How has Ryan’s own warnings from two years ago that Bernanke’s debasing of the dollar would translate into sharply rising inflation panned out? How has Alesina’s prediction that European austerity would be consistent with a strong recovery panned out?

OK, I understand that in GOP internal politics we seem to have a principle of survival of the wrongest, in which the less real-world outcomes corroborate the dogma, the more fiercely that dogma is held. But Ryan’s complete lack of self-reflection is nonetheless something wondrous to behold.

I think that part of being a conservative is having non-falsifiable beliefs.

On the other side: we too have our “you are with us or against us” types:

The choice for Democrats: Obama or liberalism?

There is such a thing as pragmatism. As far as drone strikes: the problem here is war. Conventional air strikes and fire fights kill more innocents than drones. And President Obama’s so called “apology tour” laid the ground work to make war less likely. Social Security: it is underfunded. Personally, I’d prefer to see the cap raised (taxed on more of one’s income).

But, regardless of what you think, the reality is that:
blue dog democrats exist. Republicans exist. The Senate filibuster exists.

March 14, 2013 Posted by | economics, economy, politics, politics/social, ultra, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

No, Justice Scalia isn’t racist: he is a Republican.


March 14, 2013 Posted by | political humor, politics, politics/social, social/political | , | Leave a comment

The New Pope….

Aside from the fact that he is from Argentina and is 76 years old, I know nothing.

Yes, it is news because there are a lot of Catholics in the world, and millions of these care about this.

But what amuses me is that many non-Catholics are “suggesting/demanding” things. Sure one has the freedom of speech to do just that, but ultimately….the Catholic church doesn’t care if you are “pissed off” or whatever.

Seriously, when it comes to religion: if you don’t like it, try to change it, and if you can’t change it, leave.

Yes, I’ve done exactly that.

But there are things that ARE my business: an institution (say, a hospital or health care provider) should have to conform to all of the secular rules/regulations/laws that other institutions of that type conform to. And yes, crimes and reports of crimes should be completely investigated with no leeway because someone is a member of a church, is part of the clergy, etc. As a US citizen, I DO have some things to say about that, and I will vote that way too. And yes, if a church starts engaging in politics (either for or against my favorite candidates), it should lose its tax exempt status.

March 14, 2013 Posted by | religion, social/political | , | Leave a comment