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Parting thoughts about the “confederate flag”, etc.

Workout notes
weights only.

pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (4 in a row; on a couple I did a very quick 5-5 where I changed grips)
rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 6 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
super set of dumbbell military, pull downs, Hammer machine rows:
dumbbell military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 (seated, supported), 8 x 45 (standing)
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 150 double cable machine (one bar)
row: 3 sets of 10 x 200

That was it; I did time one of Barbara’s “faster, but not fastest” laps at 2:04, which is a 16:32 pace.

Confederate Flag (I know, the Tennessee flag, or non-square version of the Northern Virginia battle flag)

Seeing Republicans call for the “Confederate Flag” to come down off of official state/government institution grounds is meaningful to me.
Here is why:
1. The flag was fist used by armies rebelling against the Union. Seeing it come down means “hey, we WANT to be a part of the US”.
2. People talk about “our heritage” and “southern pride”. While one can find black people who agree with this (and I posted some articles that interviewed them), for the most part, it is about WHITE southern pride and WHITE southern heritage…and the flag’s popularity grew when those states pushed back against integration and civil rights in the 1940’s and onward.
Most southern blacks bitterly resent the flag and for good reason. Shouldn’t a state government represent ALL of its citizens?
Of course, some of the pushback (taking off Dukes of Hazard) is silly and heavy handed.
And yes, the confederate army..though they represented treason..did have people who fought valiantly. After all, there is still admiration for some of those who fought for the wehrmacht even though their government was evil.
At the time, those living in confederate states had a very difficult decision to make: stand with the Union or stand with their state, friends, neighbors and family. That isn’t such an easy decision to make and I can’t really judge them on that.

July 3, 2015 - Posted by | social/political, weight training |

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