Guns and Trump the tide turning, just a bit?

This was a different situation as Sarah Palin had resigned from office. But it appears that support for her dropped after her infamous “blood libel” comment.

And while a few polls have Trump’s support under 40 percent, his Real Clear Politics average remains at 41 percent. There is not much to see in terms of approval rating. But is the tide starting to turn just a bit?

And yes, the latest horrific mass school shooting really has little to do with Trump though the current “debate” (war for our country’s soul?) breaks along Trump supporter lines. Take a look at the political maps here: if only gun owners voted, Trump only fails to win Vermont. If only people who are NOT gun owners voted, Clinton wins in a landslide (losing West Virginia and perhaps Wyoming).

Trump made things worse with his bravado:

“You don’t know until you test it, but I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump told a gathering of governors at the White House. “And I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too.”

Yes, he put a disclaimer ..but: run where? It was a large campus and it was all but impossible to know where the shooter was. But this sort of “Dirty Harry” fantasy plays well with Trump’s base.

And there is the whole assault weapons issue. Please spare me with “no, there is no such thing as an assault weapon” bullshit. The AR-15 and weapons like it are really military grade weapons, minus an automatic feature. They are designed to kill and wound many people, very quickly. And a “bumper stock” can make it very “machine gun” like.

And so we are talking about possibly reviving the assault weapons ban.

Now yes, MOST gun deaths and criminal gun deaths are due to ordinary handguns (another issue); mass shootings are a small percentage of all homicides. And the previous federal assault weapons ban didn’t reduce gun crimes or gun homicides, though it appeared to have a positive effect on mass shootings (4 or more deaths)

The figure from the Wiki article on the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and the method of tabulation is found here.

So, if nothing else, this might calm the effect on the national psyche, though, it won’t reduce gun deaths by that much, or at least to a degree that statistics can detect.

I do not know how it will play out. But if the non-NRA forces can band together and stick together, perhaps the NRA can be taken down financially, or at least forced to reform itself to reverting to being an association for the rank and file gun owner.

Disclaimer: ok, I don’t like guns, and I am worried that some moronic Dirty Harry wannabe will end up trying to play the hero and shooting innocent people.

(yes, that fear has little to do with assault weapons)

But I once earned a “Marksman” ribbon in the military (pistol) and once shot “for pleasure” back in 1981 (target range). And no, I don’t have an issue with hunters, skeet shooters, competitive shooters, business owners who have a weapon for self defense, farmers who use a firearm as part of their livelihood, etc.

And yes, I get tired of some of what passes for debate (e. g. “ha, ha, criminals don’t obey the law”, etc.)

February 28, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, Republican, republicans, republicans political/social, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Ok I am going to “win” this…(maybe)

Right now, I am feeling pretty good, but at last night’s yoga class “one legged down dog” hurt my left heel (it was tight and painful to stretch).

So, for now: it feels its best when I wear the shower sandals (pictured above). I wear Brooks Beasts with Sorbothane pads (and no orthotics..mine are hard plastic with a Spenco pad) and when I try to walk (not this past Sunday) and during my last few runs, I ran in a stability shoe with my orthotics and heel pads.

But neither shoe, pad, “orthotic/no orthotic” cradles my heel the way my shower shoes do. And the shower shoes felt good when I wore them from the locker room to the pool too….it wasn’t just that we have wooden floors at home.

So I’ll try both the heel cups and the special “cradling” orthotic to see if they help; to “my eye” they appear to look like the footbed of my shower shoes.

And yes, I’ll still do the basic stretches.

Workout notes:

2000 swim (1.8 km) 700 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 drill/swim, 3 x 200 on the 4 (3:29, 3:29, 3:32), 2 x 50 on the 1 (54, 54) 100 with Jason (almost), 100 cool down.
then 35:11 on the elliptical trainer (4 miles); I noticed nothing for the first 18-20 minutes, then a mild sensation for a bit after that when I lowered the rap; “10” appears to be the best.

Note: last night Ms. Vickie set me up. When I came in for yoga class, she told me that her class had did plank for 5 minutes and that I was to blame. I was wide eyed…I start shaking a bit at 2 minutes.
They later admitted that she was pulling my leg and that her strength class was in on the joke.

February 27, 2018 Posted by | Friends, swimming, yoga | , | Leave a comment

Uh oh…

Heel progress: doing into single legged down dog on the injured foot hurt..and it hurt exactly where classic PF hurts. That is probably what it is.

Other than that, yoga was fine.

Note to the visitor: this is only of interest to me; I keep track of these things in case they happen again..and I can see what worked and what did not.

February 27, 2018 Posted by | yoga | , | Leave a comment


I may have overdone it yesterday; the heel was achier than it had been over the past 3-4 days. BUT…the heel tends to like my “house shoes” which cup the heel. So maybe it is time to try a heel cup?

Weights: kind of low energy today. Note: I don’t start sweating heavily until I squat..hmm…

usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok)
bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 175 (subpar)
decline: 2 x 175, 10 x 155
incline: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 180 machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 60
squats: 10 x 45, 2 sets of 10 x 50 to the bench
abs: twist crunches (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (2 sets), moving bridge (2 sets) boat (30 seconds) plank (2 minutes), side planks,
headstand: went up easy today (?)

bike: 10 miles (34:30 or thereabouts..started slowly and increased to level 8)

February 26, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Fun, but I still have to get it done…

Let me be clear: I LOOOOOVE these little weekend vacations. And I had another good one: Friday night: dinner with a dear friend. Saturday: Bradley Basketball and dinner with a different dear friend. Today: hike, (5 miles, easy pace), partner yoga then brunch with my yoga teacher.

It was sunny, just a bit brisk..and the course is pretty.

And yes, I completely enjoyed myself. But after the weekend (be it a weekend like this one, or one with lots of games, etc.), there is always the work WEEK and while some of that is fun, there is the tedium and the mundane too (some which really has little to do with student learning..but that is another topic)

About the hike: yeah, the heel hurt just a bit but less than last time..part of the reason is that I did a bit of self massage in the morning. I am in a quandary about my orthotics: probably time to make an appointment with my podiatrist (who is a former basketball player and avid runner).

About the partner yoga: much of what we do comes from here:

Ok, so the party is over…time to get to work. 🙂

But perhaps there is more the next weekend. 🙂

Time to bust out of this winter funk; spring is on the way!

February 26, 2018 Posted by | Friends, walking, yoga | , | 2 Comments

Tough weekend for Bradley Basketball (so far)

Last night: I had dinner with a dear friend and drove home to catch most of the second half of Bradley at Drake in women’s basketball. Though Drake is going through their second season of being undefeated in league play, Bradley fought hard and lead until the middle of the 4’th quarter or so. They went down 77-71 but played valiantly.

Today, I took Tracy to the Indiana State at Bradley game. Indiana State, lead by a 45-29 rebounding advantage (17 on offense, and a 16-8 edge in second chance points), lead most of the way, though BU took brief leads in the second half. And it WAS tied until a 15 seconds to go or so when ISU scored on..what else, a put back off of a missed shot.

That made it 66-64, which is how it ended. Bradley faces Drake on Friday at 2:30; Drake is the only MVC team that BU hasn’t defeated at least once. Conference record: 9-9, 5’th out of 10..and that is a MAJOR step up from where BU was over the past several years. ISU seemed to want is just a bit more; if they won they would not have to play in the Thursday night “play in” game, whereas BU had either 4’th or 5’th wrapped up.

Still, it was an exciting game and Tracy was fun company, as usual.

Two shots of the high drama. 7800 of the season.

Good Middle Eastern food afterwards.

February 25, 2018 Posted by | basketball, Friends | , | Leave a comment

Hmmm…orthotic problems?

Heel saga: it burned a bit this morning as I walked from the parking lot into the gym and on the lower floors of the gym; then again I was wearing my orthotics and Sorbothane heel pads. I wonder if it is finally time to replace those old plastic, spenco covered orthotics?

Swim: 2000 yards; longest in a long time (18 months?): 600 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 of 25 fly, 25 back. Then 200 of drill/swim (practicing the “downhill” feeling).
now: “on the 1 minute per 50 interval) 2 x 200 (3:28, 3:30), 2 x 100 (1:43, 1:48 (died), 2 x 50 (54, 53), 50 back, 50 side.
Then on the bike: I set it for 1 hour and got 10 in 35:03, 12.4 in 43:03, 17 in 58:39, 17.4 in 1 hour, then 18.7 in 1:05. I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I did 4:30 more to get to 20 miles.

Bradley basketball later in the day. This may well be the last men’s game I watch this season as I do not anticipate nearby NIT action..nor any EIEIO tournament games. The women play their last home game next weekend.

February 24, 2018 Posted by | basketball, bicycling, swimming | , | Leave a comment

Looking up?

I can tell that I am feeling better. Someone asked me to let them take a photo of the equipment I was using…and I said “yes” while…smiling. I MUST be feeling better, finally.

Note: my heel continues to set time table to return to training though.

Workout notes: usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 7 x 185, decline press: 10 x 150, incline press: 10 x 145
military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 180 (90 each arm) seated (machine), rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (single arm), goblet squats: 2 sets of 10 x 45, 2 sets of 10 x 50 (to the bench)
headstand (slightly unsteady at first), twist crunch: 50, (25 each side), moving bridge, 10 yoga leg lifts, 30 seconds “boat” pose, 2 minute front plank (“hover”), side planks.

Then 2 mile walk 29:26 (inner lane, with extra length); 14:20 second mile. Note: very minor pain/stiffness…much, much, much better than a week ago. I did get some arch cramping toward the end, but this was without orthotics (Brooks Beasts sans orthotics) And I hit those eccentric heel raises again.

My mood is good.

February 23, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Don’t look now, but Trump is…winning. Seriously.

When Trump got elected, there were several things that worried me. One of them was NOT that he’d govern like a typical Republican. Yes, I don’t like Republicans but we’ve lived through them before; I was worried that this loose cannon would get us in a nuclear war and/or crash our economy.

Neither has happened.

Oh, I still don’t like him; I do not like his deportment, his rude tweets, his attacking private citizens (verbally) and his lack of intellectual curiosity.

But as far as his actual actions go, what I’ve not liked about him is exactly what I would not have liked about, say, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, etc.

So, IF, IF, you think that we ought to cut taxes on the wealthy, appoint right wing judges and cut safety net programs…if you thought that the previous 8 years was a nightmare where someone who didn’t have traditional American values held the presidency…where moochers and slackers voted themselves more money by electing a president who gives out free stuff…

Well, you probably are pretty happy with Trump, even if you wish he had a more conservative deportment and would tweet less.

And that Trump tells those nattering, finger wagging social justice warriors to “buzz off” is a little extra bonus, right? (ok, the SJWs often annoy me too, even if we have broad agreement on policy).

And this is reflected in his approval ratings (about 42 percent..up from the high 30’s).

I am not saying that his party won’t lose seats in the 2018; they may well do so. It is even POSSIBLE (unlikely?) that the Democrats pick up a chamber of Congress. But typically, the President’s party lose seats during the first round of midterms.

In my opinion, he’ll be reelected. You have no idea at how much that I hope that I am wrong. But that is what the current situation tells me.

February 23, 2018 Posted by | political/social, politics, republicans, social/political | | Leave a comment

progress of a sort..

Weight: 204.5 before swimming..but that was after breakfast as opposed to “before”

swim: no pace clock, but 600 easy, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 drill/swim
500: chased Jason..stayed with him for 350 and then it got ugly.
50 back, 100 harder, 50 back, 50 harder, 50 side. 1800 all together.

Then 16 minutes on a newer stepper (do they have to make that annoying “beep” when you adjust them?)
2 mile walk on the treadmill (30:30); tried to find a comfortable incline and pace. It hurt a little bit but it was not too bad afterward; and my walking is easier..less constrained. I am on the mend but it is taking a while.

February 22, 2018 Posted by | swimming, walking | , | Leave a comment