Do the Republicans continue to threat the needle?

I am struck by something: Medicaid is very important in West Virginia: percentage wise, they have the highest reliance on Medicaid/CHIP in the nation (29 percent, versus 20 percent nationally, or 19 in Illinois).

Trumpcare would some of its worst effects there.

And yet, West Virginia gives Trump the highest approval ratings in the nation: 60 percent! (as opposed to below 40 percent elsewhere)

So, of course, that is where he went for a rally yesterday. Go figure.

That is a fine needle to thread, isn’t it? At the heart of the GOP agenda is “tax cuts for the financially elite”; you might say that attempts to reform the ACA were “ok, you need to die earlier so the wealthiest can have bigger tax cuts”. I doubt that is the message that they deliver to states like West Virginia.

So…they peddle false promises (“coal is coming back”) and hatred of…well, people like me (“it is those liberals getting in the way of America being Great Again”)

Will this continue to work? In some states, I am sure that it will.

I suppose that some are fine with being pissed on so long as they are praised in the process?


August 4, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans political/social, social/political | | Leave a comment

One mystery solved: I am Moby Dick.

I was wondering why running was becoming increasingly difficult. The scale was gone from the gym for some time and I finally weighed: 203.3 (shorts, socks, no shirt and shoes). That is up about 4-5 lbs over my norm this year, and somewhere around 15 lbs over the last time I was running reasonably well.

Ah ha. What strikes me as odd is that pull ups have become *easier* recently; today I managed 10-15-15-10. Hmmm…I tend to gain weight when I go from “mostly running” to “mostly walking” even as the mileage stays around the same. I know what to do..and how to do it…but am upset that I have to. 🙂

But the pants are snug around the waist and I am bursting out of my shirts.

Still…that doesn’t look like a fat guy.

Workout notes: weights only today (half marathon powerwalk tomorrow; hope the weather is like it is today)

hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff
pull ups: 10-15-15-10
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (good…empty gym so I did not push it)
inline: 10 x 135
military (dumbbell standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 each arm, 10 x 110 machine
light stretching afterward.

August 4, 2017 Posted by | weight training | | Leave a comment

Misfiring …

Some workouts: well, you did it, and in this case, 4 miles is better than zero. I wanted to run and 1.5 miles into it…I just wasn’t into it (treadmill)
so I walked: 1 lap focus, 1 lap off (34:52, not that bad). Then 3 sets of 10 goblet squats: 50, 60, 60.

Zero energy today…it was almost as if I were perpetually sleepy.

On the good front: it appears that I made some progress on a paper.

August 4, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment