Ok…getting closer

Workout: not much. 1000 yards of swimming (straight), 5 x 100 (alt 25 side, 25 free), 4 x 50 alternating swim drills (fins), free, 100 of back and fly.

Weight: 184 gym, 186 home

Tomorrow: 2 mile jog, stretch.


Reich talks about national debt, deficit and the macro principle that cutting spending during weak recovery can stall recovery.

And this is a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” take on Bernie Sanders and the Democratic debate.

October 16, 2015 Posted by | political humor, politics, swimming | , , | Leave a comment

And I double over with laughter at the store

True story: I was at the checkout counter at my local grocery store and my eye caught the magazine rack across the exit aisle. I doubled over in laughter.
The cashier said “you must have been looking at the Newsweek cover” and indeed I was:

newsweek trump

August 17, 2015 Posted by | political humor, political/social, politics | , | Leave a comment

Hillary and Barack watching last night’s GOP debate


August 7, 2015 Posted by | political humor | , | Leave a comment

not quite done yet…

AM: hotel elliptical 3.0 miles (picked it up at the end); got kind of sore.
PM: 3.27 miles with the group; 42:53 (13:07 mpm for 3.27 miles); that included 5 minutes of easy walking.

My knees barked at me at first (too much driving) but then loosened up. We had a good time.

I am home with daughter; I still have one set of final exam papers to grade.

Political Fun: Hillary Clinton and yoga pants. really.


May 14, 2015 Posted by | political humor, politics, running, travel | Leave a comment

Woo woo, satire and some math

Last night, The President had some fun with his critics:

Mathematics gets a should out (yay!)

But woo-woo gets front page at the Peoria Journal Star:

OTTAWA — In an age when science explains many of the natural world’s mysteries, there still exist things not fully understood.
As a licensed clinical professional counselor and a priest, the Rev. Michael Driscoll, a Peoria native, believes both science and the spiritual world should be considered in the realm of mental illness.
Driscoll’s new book, “Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction About The Spirit World,” employs modern thinking while addressing the age-old notion of demonic possession.
“We certainly don’t have everything figured out when it comes to mental health problems,” said Driscoll, during a telephone interview from Ottawa where he works as the chaplain and director of pastoral care at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. While there is greater understanding today about brain chemistry and other factors that lead to mental illness, spiritual issues should still be considered in the treatment of patients.


“I don’t want to say every mystery can be attributed to the devil, but some of us think, ‘Well, there’s a spirit world too, and maybe that explains some things.’”
Driscoll referenced a 2014 story in the Indianapolis Star about a Gary, Ind., woman who claimed she and her three children were possessed by demons. Several hospital workers and police officers witnessed extraordinary events — such as a 9-year-old boy walking backwards up a hospital wall — that made them believe. A series of exorcisms seemed to solve the problem.


The question became the subject of Driscoll’s dissertation several years later while he was working on his Ph.D. through Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. The book contains the same information, but it is written with the aim of educating priests and the public about the differences between mental illness and demonic possession. Published by Catholic Answers Press, the book will be available by month’s end.

Oh dear. This reminds me of the “genuine psychics” signs I’ve seen.
I’d like to think that I don’t live in a 3’rd world backwater but evidently, I do.

April 26, 2015 Posted by | Barack Obama, health, mathematics, Peoria, political humor, political/social, politics/social, religion, superstition | Leave a comment

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Which do you like better: the Obama shirt (Big Shoulders 5K swim, 2008) or the Reagan shirt (Reagan 5K run, 2015)



April 11, 2015 Posted by | political humor, running, swimming | , , , | Leave a comment

PC-ness on various levels

Today on Facebook, a friend posted the following:


I had to laugh. Personally, I think that I am attracted at what I am genetically predisposed to be attracted to, moderated by what I am capable of attracting back. Seriously….this is expressed very well here: (science)

and here

“Love: being slightly deluded in each other’s favor”…or an evolutionary adaptation that makes it easier for our species to propagate.

Heck, to see who I might be in love with, all I have to do is to watch her pick something up. If she bends over like this…she is probably for me.

No, I don’t go along with ideas that I don’t agree with (though I can change my mind upon seeing appropriate evidence). And yes, I am a liberal, who sometimes loses patience with other liberals:

There is some good discussion on this topic at Jerry Coyne’s website.

And no, liberals attacking each other over …well…not much is nothing new.

March 30, 2015 Posted by | education, evolution, political humor, political/social, politics, politics/social, social/political | , , , , | Leave a comment

President Obama on Colbert: no one (not even Pres. O) is spared…:-)

Yes, the overly sensitive might not like this, but even Republicans will find laughs…

December 9, 2014 Posted by | Barack Obama, political humor, political/social | | Leave a comment

Dunning-Kruger effect: The Flipside with Michael Loftus

You might have head that the Dunning-Kruger effect was “stupid people aren’t smart enough to realize that they are stupid”. But in fact, the paper was titled Unskilled and Unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self assessments.

The first example was …humor. The clueless amateurs thought that they were just as funny as established comedians.

I was reminded of that when I saw a clip of a right wing attempt to mimic The Daily Show. The attempt is called The Flipside with Michael Loftus. Judge for yourself. :-)

October 16, 2014 Posted by | humor, political humor, republicans | | 2 Comments

Photo bombing a White Power demonstrator


I almost cried with laughter…

August 24, 2014 Posted by | political humor, political/social, racism | , | Leave a comment


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