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Oh my back!

Dang it…back went on me again, though not as bad as it has in the past. BUT I was still able to run on the treadmill and do..headstand.

run: after weights; 2.04 miles in 20 minutes. Froggy in 2:30 increments: 5.2-5.5, then 6.7-7.0.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, went well), incline presses: 10 x 135, 6 x 160, 10 x 150
military presses: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 20 x 50 seated, supported (back trouble here?) 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm
abs: 2 sets each of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts
headstand (went well)

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February 2, 2017 Posted by | injury, running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Trump’s Incompetence .

I’ve heard someone say something to the effect that Trump is what his supporters would be were they to acquire a lot of money.

No, “balls” isn’t enough; one must have careful thought and competence. Evidently Trump doesn’t believe in either. Consider the recent Yemen raid:

President Barack Obama’s national security aides had reviewed the plans for a risky attack on a small, heavily guarded brick home of a senior Qaeda collaborator in a mountainous village in a remote part of central Yemen. But Mr. Obama did not act because the Pentagon wanted to launch the attack on a moonless night and the next one would come after his term had ended.

With two of his closest advisers, Jared Kushner and Stephen K. Bannon, joining the dinner at the White House along with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Mr. Trump approved sending in the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, hoping the raid early last Sunday would scoop up cellphones and laptop computers that could yield valuable clues about one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups. Vice President Mike Pence and Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, also attended the dinner.

Let this sink in: Stephen Bannon…one of the advisers? Oh spare me…

Through a communications intercept, the commandos knew that the mission had been somehow compromised, but pressed on toward their target roughly five miles from where they had been flown into the area. “They kind of knew they were screwed from the beginning,” one former SEAL Team 6 official said.

With the crucial element of surprise lost, the Americans and Emiratis found themselves in a gun battle with Qaeda fighters who took up positions in other houses, a clinic, a school and a mosque, often using women and children as cover, American military officials said in interviews this week.

The commandos were taken aback when some of the women grabbed weapons and started firing, multiplying the militant firepower beyond what they had expected. The Americans called in airstrikes from helicopter gunships and fighter aircraft that helped kill some 14 Qaeda fighters, but not before an MV-22 Osprey aircraft involved in the operation experienced a “hard landing,” injuring three more American personnel on board. The Osprey, which the Marine Corps said cost $75 million, was badly damaged and had to be destroyed by an airstrike.

Then from Reuters:

U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.

As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.

And Trump’s other operations, such as his ill conceived executive order (“Muslim ban”) and even his being unable to cope with not having the “largest attendance at an inauguration” doesn’t provide much confidence.

February 2, 2017 Posted by | social/political | , | Leave a comment

yesterday

AM: very slow 10K run outdoors…it was little more than a shuffle. But it was 10K of hills.
PM: exercise class; brought my wife along.

It seems that when I wake up after that class, I feel less stiff.

February 2, 2017 Posted by | running | Leave a comment