That what makes us cheer and what makes us go “yuck”

Workout notes
Weights only. My left shoulder bothered me at times (mild, not the right one).

rotator cuff, hip hikes, back stuff, leg lifts, usual ab sets (3 sets of 10: twists, v. crunch, crunch, sit backs), Achilles, planks, etc.

pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (easier when I got warmed up)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 4 x 185 (not strong)
incline: 7 x 155 (improvement), 8 x 150 (improvement)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
curls: 3 sets of 10 x 80 (machine)
rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 210
military (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 140

I found myself cheering just a bit here:

Part of the reason: you really can’t defend beliefs about heaven/hell or other stuff. That is baseless speculation, by definition. However, “I don’t believe things without evidence because I am not an idiot”; well, it is one of those things that I both cheered (“At last, someone stands up to the idea of “faith” being a good thing”) and disagreed (e. g. Francis Collins has faith and is much smarter and more successful than I am).

I’d say that it would be more accurate to say “I don’t have faith because in this aspect of my life, I am no longer brainwashed”. I see faith as a type of brainwashing that even smart, successful people are susceptible to.


Ok, I’ve read a bit about the “fast food workers” strike. I understand the negativity; though some fast food workers are teenagers trying to earn a bit extra and others are decent people who are just down on their luck in this absolutely horrible economy, well, others are not among the best educated and more intelligent members of society.

So it is easy to say: “hey, what did you expect when you took that job.”

But I think that it is important to remember that when the lowest on the economics ladder earn more, they spend, this drives up demand and makes things better going UP the economic chain. ALL of us benefit.

To put it bluntly, sometimes the economic policies that work the best for all of us benefits those that we might not care to socialize with.

August 30, 2013 Posted by | atheism, injury, politics, politics/social, religion, social/political, weight training | , , | 1 Comment

On Being Grateful …

Yes, I have plenty to be grateful for. I am healthy (as far as I and my doctors know) and can play sports. I am employed and able to pay for my daughter’s college education. She is healthy.

One of my friends was run over by a car while out running (84 year old driver) and was severely injured; injuries are not life threatening but he had a ton of broken bones. He comes home today and I hope to see him tomorrow.

My mom: she is still in her own house thanks to my sister and family (and the superb care they give her) but mom’s brain is shot; it isn’t pretty. The last time I visited (a few months ago) there were times when she didn’t know who I was.

And this weekend my wife has invited her mentally retarded adopted nephew to stay with us…Friday…leave Tuesday. That isn’t what I agreed to but……anyway, let’s just say that his visits are not something that I look forward to.

But here is where the gratitude comes in: the main difference between the nephew and me is this: when my mom carried me, she was careful not to do anything harmful; no smoking or drinking or drugs. Ok, mom didn’t do these things at any other time either, but she made sure that she was as healthy as could be while carrying me.

The nephew didn’t have that; he is a fetal alcohol syndrome person. His genes are probably ok, but they weren’t properly expressed when he was gestating.

So, every day that I am healthy and aware, I can’t afford to take it for granted.

Back to work…

August 29, 2013 Posted by | Navel Staring, Personal Issues | | Leave a comment

A Case Study in Manipulation

Ok, it is a legitimate question to ask: “is opposing Obamacare politically risky”? So when you ask the question, it is legitimate to poll the Congressional districts that appear to be competitive.

So a Republican leaning poll did that:

On August 7-8, 2013, Basswood Research conducted a nationwide survey of likely general election voters in ten different Congressional districts. Six of those House districts are presently held by Republicans, four are held by Democrats. They broadly represent a cross-section of Republican-leaning but not safe-Republican districts. The Republican held seats are FL-2, IL-18, NJ-7, NC-2, OH-12, and OR-2. The Democratic held seats are GA-12, NC-7, UT-4, and WV-3. The survey was conducted by live professional interviewers by telephone. The sample had 100 interviews in each of the ten districts, yielding an overall sample size of 1000, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, at a 95% confidence interval for the overall sample.

Key Findings

Discontent with Obamacare is vast.

Only 20% of voters in these districts support going forward with Obamacare unchanged. Thirty-two percent express concerns about Obamacare, and a desire to slow down its implementation and make changes to the law, while a 45% plurality think the law should be repealed. Thus, 77% favor either a slow down in implementation or an outright repeal. Only 5% of Republicans and 17% of Independents favor proceeding with Obamacare fully and without changes. Even among Democrats, just 42% fully embrace Obamacare, with 36% agreeing that it should be slowed down, and 17% favoring repeal.

The idea of “de-funding” Obamacare is broadly supported.

When asked the straight question, “Do you support or oppose de-funding, or removing the funding, from the Obama health care law?” respondent voters supported de-funding 57%-34%. Among those with strong opinions on either side, those who “strongly support” de-funding outnumbered those who “strongly oppose” de-funding by a 41%-22% margin, signifying much greater intensity among opponents of the law. Among swing voting Independents, support for de-funding came in at 57%-34%, exactly mirroring the result in the overall sample.

Note: I used to live in IL-18; this district has gone Democratic once in the last 100 years and the seat is currently held by Aaron Schock; it is about as safe as a district can get. It is especially true now since redistricting when most of the Democrats who used to live in IL-18 were put in IL-17. So I wonder why they’d include IL-18 unless it was to pad their statistics.

Here are the districts that they used, along with the 2012 general election totals: Romney vs. Obama

CD R. vs. O.
FL-2 52.3-46.5
IL-18 60.7-37.4
NJ-7 52.5-46.3
NC-2 57.3-41.7
OH-12 54.4-43.9
OR-2 56.8-40.5
GA-12 55.4-43.6
NC-7 59.2-39.9
UT-4 67.2-30.2
WV-3 65.0-32.8
AVG 58.08-40.28

So, is the “57 percent in favor of defunding” really a surprise?

(statistics from here)

But never mind; I can see why they did this poll.

But what does the Heritage Foundation do?

Oh noes! Oh wait…read the fine print…very fine print. 🙂

It doesn’t come more cynical than that.

August 29, 2013 Posted by | health care, politics, politics/social, republicans political/social, republicans politics | , | Leave a comment

Not taking it personally

The run (4 mile classic from the house to Markin; 3 good hills) didn’t start that well.
I felt ….yucky. It was 72 F, 91 percent humidity and the 4.2 mile course took 43:45 to do.

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Then I went inside, went up to the track and got going; it felt better.
8:23/8:25 for 16:49 was my time for the 2 mile tempo run. The second mile: I was mostly by myself with only one very old man out there.

I was a bit annoyed that two young men passed me, but I have to remember that when I was at that age, 8 minute miles felt glacially slow.

Then leg weights plus back stuff: legs: 3 sets of 10 each: presses (150, 150, 190), curls (90), push backs (110, 130, 130), adduction (190), abduction (190).

August 29, 2013 Posted by | running, weight training | , | Leave a comment



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I got to get back to doing it. (via: GIYP)

August 28, 2013 Posted by | yoga | Leave a comment

Syria: Congress? International Law?

Would intervention in Syria be legal under international law, or should it done anyway.

Should Congress, as a whole, make this decision?

I think that the latter would put President Obama on better footing at home.

August 28, 2013 Posted by | Middle East, politics/social, world events | | Leave a comment

What Heaven For Me Looks Like


August 28, 2013 Posted by | human sexuality, humor, mathematics | | Leave a comment

Start of the Fall Semester

This semester so blogging *should* be light.

Workout notes: Just over 1 hour for the weights; 15 minutes for the back PT, 30 minute treadmill run.

PT stuff (achilles, back, hip hikes, rotator cuff, ab sets (3 sets of 10: twist, sit back, crunch, v. crunch)
pull ups (5 sets of 10; rough)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 4 x 185
incline: 8 x 150, 7 x 150
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
rows (hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 210
military (hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 140
curls: 3 sets of 10 x 80 (machine)

This went quickly and it took a while to warm up. I was off 1 rep on the bench and on the incline.

Then I did my back stuff, then 3.15 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill (elevation 0.5)
10:43, 9:45, 8:23 were the mile splits. That felt fine though my shoes are shot.

Working out at a non-leisurely pace is a bit different.

Classes: ok; more later.

August 28, 2013 Posted by | running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Sometimes I like being in the bubble

I belong to a few right wing groups on Facebook just to see what they are saying.

If you really want to know what they are thinking (but that most of their leaders won’t say); well, consider this “joke” taken from a page called “Liberals Suck”

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You see, they think that such jokes like the above reflect reality. Of course, though African Americas (2008 to 2009) were over represented in the TANF rolls, not only proportionally but numerically, at least nation wide.

But the reality is that there are, at least numerically, a lot of African Americans contributing tax money which is received, in part, by white families on welfare too.

And when it comes to “getting a job”; well, it is kind of unfair to blame a person for not having a job when you won’t hire them, even if they are as qualified as other applicants. (example).

August 28, 2013 Posted by | racism, social/political | , | 3 Comments

GAG! Ok, it wasn’t THAT bad…

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73 F, 87 percent humidity. But I was out before the sun came up.


It took me forever to do this 8.1 mile course (1:28:34; 44:36/43:57) and I saw the men’s cross country team out training. They waved and so I took it easy on them; I let them get ahead and stay ahead of me. 🙂

Then leg weights: press, (4 sets of 10); 3 sets of 10 with hamstring curl, adduction, abduction push back.
Poundages: leg press, mostly 150, though I did a set with 190. Pushback: 110, last set 130. 70 curl, 190 for abduction/adduction. Also: PT stretches.

I’ll have to do some quality on Thursday, even if it means some inside miles.

August 27, 2013 Posted by | running, weight training | , | Leave a comment