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Hills, Huckabee, Cruz and Cranks…

Workout notes: right around freezing, overcast and breezy.
1.4 mile warm up
lower loop in 10:16 (8:20 pace)
4 x lower to upper Bradley park hill, with walk/jog recoveries
10 minute jog
38 minute walk home (from the rear Park Road entrance past the dog park and Parkside)

Slight tug in the upper left hamstring early. I focused on quick steps and knee lift. Some Bradley men’s track team runners were there and did some hill reps; they blew me away (half the time), which is completely expected. Still, it is humbling to be shown, in stark terms, exactly how slow you are.

Nevertheless, I had a tempo run, hills and a walk so it was a good workout. I got some lung burn going, which is what I need.

Topics
Mike Huckabee: recounts PART of the story from I Kings, Chapter 18. This is where Elijah calls down fire from heaven to accept his sacrifice to “prove” that his god was the real god. Pity he didn’t produce a unified theory instead. :-)

Here is the part of the story that Gov. Huckabee leaves out:

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

This murder of people who follow a different religion kind of reminds one of…ISIS?

How any modern person can take this stuff seriously continues to baffle me.

Speaking of Charlatans: Ted Cruz is an official candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination. No, he won’t win. But in 2012, he carried Texas 56.5-40, whereas Elizabeth Warren carried Massachusetts 53.7 to 46.2. President Obama won Massachusetts 60.6 to 37.5. That is why I don’t take Senator Warren’s presidential chances seriously.

Now Texas is a southern state, and southern states have enjoyed a population influx. Some say it is the Republican policies but others point out…it may be …the weather….now that we have air conditioning to make summers tolerable. Seriously, if I could find a job with comparable salary and benefits down south, I’d move. I am tired of northern winters.

Other languages: Randazza goes after those who were outraged at the Pledge of Allegiance being said in Arabic. What many don’t know is Allah is merely the word for “God” in that language; it is the same deity that Jews and Christians worship. Personally, I skip that part anyway and say the pre-1950’s version:

Now this is NOT the original, no matter what the caption says. But it is the pre-Red Scare version:

The original is this:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

It was changed to the video version in 1923 and then to the current version in 1954.

March 24, 2015 Posted by | 2016, politics, politics/social, religion, republicans, republicans politics, running | , , , | Leave a comment

Ideal Republican ticket in 2016: Schock-Palin or Palin-Schock!

Hey, why the heck not? Given that the Republicans have lost 4 of the previous 6 general elections and lost the popular vote in 5 of the previous 6, well….new, fresh and energetic! Mr. Schock will be above the minimum age for President by the time the election rolls around!

Just trying to help…

March 19, 2015 Posted by | politics, politics/social, republicans | | Leave a comment

On getting in discussions with conservatives

There is a Bradley Basketball fan board that is run by two very conservative people. But, so far, they have been reasonable and civil to me and I appreciate that.

The genesis of this post comes from this:

The University of Oregon Senate has proposed a 3 % “tax” on the Athletic Department (A.D.) to help fund general University expenses. ESPN’s Ted Miller likens reluctance to go along with this idea to a 12-year-old child actor getting $10 million and not wanting to share it with his parents while living under the same roof.

It is true that the A. D. falls under the overall University structure and certainly benefits from the relationship. Beyond that, Ted’s analogy breaks down in a hurry.

I disagree with the last sentence; one has to take into account how long the athletic department has been profitable and the fact that, at least as of 2013, they still get subsidies, though perhaps they might give it back.

But this specific situation, which I know little about, isn’t the point here.

The point is how one can discuss something with someone whose world view, at least in part, fundamentally differs with your own.

What I have to remember is this: there is nothing I can do to make a conservative into a liberal, and they aren’t going to change me into a conservative. I think that there is strong evidence that one’s view (liberal or conservative) is determined, at least in part, by genetics.

So perhaps the best thing to do is to point out facts and data and explain why one might reach a different conclusion.

And yes, when it to comes to some issues, I do have something in common with many conservatives and I can admit when conservatives are at least partially right on some incidents.

But conservatives sometimes surprise me too. One of my favorite conservatives (a smart, wildly successful individual) is: an atheist, pro gay rights and believes that cutting spending during a recession can stall economic recovery (“it is just basic macro”, she said). Seriously; we actually AGREE on quite a bit though we voted differently in the 2008 and 2012 election.

And I also find myself in agreement with one of my other conservative friends (also smart, and also very successful, and always beats me at sports), and I learn from my discussions with him.

March 17, 2015 Posted by | Friends, republicans | | Leave a comment

Obesity and Conservatism ….

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Interesting. Yes, blacks and Hispanics tend to be fatter than whites and the former two groups are more likely to vote Democrat than whites.

But Republican voting states are still fatter than Democrat voting states, and the effect remains (save an exception like Utah) after one just looks at the non-Hispanic white population.

Moral: don’t vote Republican; it is bad for your health. :-)

Seriously, I have no idea what that means; I’d like to see some correlation with things like smoking and alcohol consumption. It could be that Democrats have other ways to be unhealthy; I don’t know.

March 9, 2015 Posted by | obesity, republicans, social/political | | Leave a comment

Train wrecks are hard to look away from….

Iowa GOP hopeful summit:

What can I say?

Speaking of train wrecks, here was my workout for the day:

lifting:
pull ups (5 sets of 10; better than last time) (hip hikes, Achilles exercises)
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 7 x 170, 5 x 170 (rotator cuff)
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell, standing. (rotator cuff)
super set: 3 sets of 10 of pull downs and rows (pull downs: 10 x 150, rows: 10 x 90) done with the other machines.

running:
2 miles on the treadmill in 21:05 (every 4 minutes, increase 0.1 mph, starting at 5.5)
track: Deek 5K in 28:27 (3 miles in 27:27); middle lane, 8:43, 9:17, 9:26. slow death. 1 lap walk.
treadmill: 1 mile in 10:30
Total: 10K (actually, 6.25 miles)

Note: I saw one of the university XC women doing her steady state run (1 hour?) 9.2 mph was her “steady state pace”. We both run for an hour; she get 15K, I get 10K. That was humbling to say the least.

January 27, 2015 Posted by | republicans, republicans politics, running, sarah palin, weight training | | Leave a comment

shovel day: light stuff…good plows

Well, the Peoria plows came by and didn’t bury our sidewalks. Yeah!

It helps that it is cold and that the stuff is very powdery.

Workout notes Weights then a 5 mile treadmill run.
Run: 5.5 mph for first 5 min (at 0.5 elevation) then increased by .1 every 5 minutes.
50:20 for 5 miles.

Weights: pull ups: 5 sets of 10, with hip hikes and Achilles
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 1 x 180, 8 x 160 (rotator cuff)
military (dumbbell: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported). 1 set of 10 x 90 (each arm) Hammer machine (weight stacks)
rows: 3 sets of 10 with 110 (machine)
pull downs: 2 sets of 7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low. Then 10 x 130 machine.
(super set the military presses, pull downs, rows).

News:

John Boehner survived the challenge to his being speaker:

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to once again make John Boehner its speaker, handing the Ohio Republican the gavel for the third time despite a late challenge by dissatisfied members of his own party. Tuesday’s vote saw the most votes against a sitting speaker since 1923.

In the final tally, Boehner received the votes of 216 House members, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) got 164 votes. More than two dozen discontented Republicans, however, voted for other candidates, including 12 who unexpectedly backed Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).

Boehner’s GOP caucus had unanimously chosen him as speaker just after November’s elections. However, he soon faced a rebellion from conservative members who were angry that Boehner pushed through a government spending bill in December that didn’t extract concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration or the Affordable Care Act.

I admit that this looks awkward:

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Luck and fate
Cancer: it really appears that, aside from a few things that one can do (STOP SMOKING), getting cancer is mostly a matter of bad luck. Basically, a cell mutates and in the copy process, there is a mistake made in the reproduction.

And yes, at times I complain about the cold, the job, the clueless administrators. But it could be worse; read this which is written by a former academic who is still employed. Note the following:

Now, I’m in the wrong job. It crushes my soul one 8 to 5 day at a time. I regret every day I wake up and haven’t died in my sleep, and then I have to go on to work.

It will be two years this spring since I’ve read any book or article related to my research project. If I tell people about the project, everyone is so excited and supportive about it, but the truth is, I work 40 hours a week and have a hellish 60-mile commute each day. When I get home, I want to watch TV, play video games, and not do a damn thing related to thinking.

No one prepares you for what happens when you fail. I spent more than a decade never going to work, but rather going to teach, which was my heart’s passion.

I never thought I’d fail.

I never thought it would be me.

I do relate to this somewhat. It appears that our work piles on administrative duties, much of which is wasted time. So just when you think “Ah-HAH…time to work on this new idea” someone from some other department will want this or that or want you to do something or another. One has to learn to say “no” and to not volunteer for superficial stuff.

There just isn’t mental energy left over after the day is done.

January 6, 2015 Posted by | Peoria, political/social, politics, republicans, running, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

The louder a self righteous person bellows…

A GOP staffer thought it was a good idea to lecture the Obama girls:

Her deleted post reads: “Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play.

“Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter. So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.”

The post goes on to advise the girls to “rise to the occasion and act like being in the White House matters to you”.

“Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar,” she added.

Given that she was a on the staff of a US Representative from the old Confederate state of Tennessee, well…perhaps I should refrain from bringing up “living up to a stereotype”? (yes, that is a slam at those who talk about “ghetto stereotypes” :-) )

Yes, she resigned. She claims remorse. But I wonder…something about glass houses:

Yes, a 17-year-old Lauten stole from Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown according to the Smoking Gun:

Lauten, pictured above, was arrested in December 2000 for misdemeanor larceny, according to court records. Lauten, then 17, was collared for stealing from a Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown.
Because Lauten was a first-time offender, her case was handled via the District Court’s deferred prosecution program, which resulted in the charge’s eventual dismissal after the future scold stayed out of trouble for a prescribed period.
Since Lauten was just another teenager caught shoplifting at the mall, it appears unlikely that she was publicly pilloried for her lack of class, nor were her parents criticized as poor role models.

Here is a bit more of her classy behavior:

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Hmmm…nah, I’ll bite my tongue. :-)

December 2, 2014 Posted by | politics, politics/social, republicans | , | Leave a comment

Conservatives saying they’re sorry…and their sensitive feelings

Breitbart issues the lamest apology …they misidentified the Attorney General nominee as someone who represented the Clintons during Whitewater. Seriously, check out their “retraction”.

Paul Krugman lampoons the possibility that Senator Jim Inhofe will chair the Environment and Public Works Committee:

I think the republican message is a message of hope: even if you don’t understand an issue, you can have deep convictions and take action on it, based on who pays you the most.

Would you like to live in a world where you had to know the rules of baseball to be an umpire? Of course not! It’s the american way: you can be whatever you want to be! Things like knowledge, education or innate aptitude should never be allowed to stand in the way of becoming an airplane pilot or the chairman of the congressional science committee.

Moreover, anyone who points that you don’t know what you’re talking about and holds you accountable for getting things completely wrong is a snooty elitist, not to mention worse than Hitler.

Now I should point out that even liberals don’t like the “have to know what you are talking about” standard; ask any one of those who screech “FRANKENFOODS” when the topic of GMO comes up.

November 11, 2014 Posted by | republicans, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s moderation and racism insurance

Tongue in cheek: “racism insurance”

Policy: Paul Krugman points out that President Obama has been trying to get moderate policies past the Republican party’s hard right wing:

I actually agree with a lot of what David Brooks says today. But — you know there has to be a “but” — so does a guy named Barack Obama. Which brings me to one of the enduringly weird aspects of our current pundit discourse: constant calls for a moderate, sensible path that supposedly lies between the extremes of the two parties, but is in fact exactly what Obama has been proposing.

So, David says that

The federal government should borrow money at current interest rates to build infrastructure, including better bus networks so workers can get to distant jobs. The fact that the federal government has not passed major infrastructure legislation is mind-boggling, considering how much support there is from both parties.

Well, the Obama administration would love to spend more on infrastructure; the problem is that a major spending bill has no chance of passing the House. And that’s not a problem of “both parties” — it’s the GOP blocking it.

[…]

It’s an amazing thing: Obama is essentially what we used to call a liberal Republican, who faces implacable opposition from a very hard right. But Obama’s moderation is hidden in plain sight, apparently invisible to the commentariat.

No kidding.

October 25, 2014 Posted by | economics, political/social, politics, racism, republicans | , , | 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

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