Larry David, Bernie Sanders ….just watch

I am dying.

February 9, 2016 Posted by | political humor, political/social | , , | Leave a comment

I am a winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Workout notes: well, nothing special here. I swam and lifted:
swim: 500 warm up, 5 x 100 (alternating fist/free) on the 2:15
5 x 100 IM (ugly IM sets)
1000 pyramid (25-25-50-50-75-75-100-100-100-100-75-75-50-50-25-25); first one of these in a while
then 2 x 50 (back/free), 50 side.

I didn’t swim very hard but I got 2650 yards (1.5 miles)

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5
incline presses: 3 sets of 10 x 135 (different leverage on the Riverplex bench)
military presses: 2 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell (standing), 10 x 180 machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 45 on the “primitive” machine

Aside from one of the incline bench press sets, I didn’t really push myself.

Title of the post: look what we got in the mail:


I am a winner. :-)

December 24, 2015 Posted by | political humor, politics, swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Kicking myself into work…

Oh my. Am I lazy today. I won’t check back into the internet until I’ve done at least two tasks.

Workout notes: 2200 swim (Riverplex) and 4 miles (1:05) of walking on the River trail. I wore SHORT SLEEVES (ok, short sleeved vest), no hat, no gloves and shorts. Keep in mind that this is December 21 in Illinois.

The swim: 500 warm up, 10 x 25 drill (3g, or 5g, or fist), 25 swim, no fins.
5 x 100 IM (the worse IM’s you’ve ever seen)
7 x 100 (alternating pull and free); got into a mini race with a swim babe from time to time.

Holidays: Robert Riech’s guide to debating “Uncle Bob.” I wont’ work with me; I am more of “the hell with what the spread sheet says, I just don’t like them” type of person. :-)


December 21, 2015 Posted by | political humor, politics, swimming, walking | Leave a comment

Back for just a bit…

Well, I needed yesterday’s get away, which morphed into today’s. I still have some work to do, but it can wait until Monday. But I do have to do it..but this is fun work (rec letters, reviews, etc.)

Workout notes: Weights followed by a hilly 4 mile walk (blocked off part of Cornstalk hill in Bradley park).
Weights: rotator cuff
15-15-10-10 pull ups (strong)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170 (strong)
incline press: 10 x 140 (good)
military: seated dumbbells: 2 sets of 12 x 50 (supported), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 10 x 110 machine, 2 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm)
abs: 2 sets of 12 crunch twists, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts

Then the walk.

I’ve been thinking about other things.
This video about Trumps “Winner Seuss” book is hilarious:

And I had this letter to the editor appear:

t the outset, I’d like to make it plain: I do not approve of Donald Trump’s plan to exclude Muslim refugees and immigrants.
However, I can understand why an exclusionary policy might be appealing at first glance.
Think about what we’ve seen in the media over the past few decades. We’ve seen Muslim clerics lead in the taking of U.S. hostages, burning the U.S. flag and approving of “death to America” chants. We’ve seen them issue death sentences because someone wrote a book that they didn’t like. We’ve seen people in Islamic republics executed for religious offenses.
In Europe, we’ve seen Muslims rioting over cartoons and works of art that they don’t approve of. We’ve seen the signs that call for punishing people who “insult the prophet.”
Of course, no one wants any of that to come to the United States!
However, the issue is much more complicated than that. Often, Muslims want to come to the United States precisely for our freedoms and to escape theocratic tyranny. They want what many of our immigrant ancestors wanted when they came to the United States.
And lost in the image painted by the media is that Islam is extremely diverse. For example, a Shiite cleric in Iran might have little in common with a more secular-oriented Muslim in Turkey. Painting potential refugees and immigrants with the same brush is both unfair and inaccurate.

December 19, 2015 Posted by | civil liberties, political humor, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

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


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