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Why “across the aisle” dialog is so tough..often impossible…

Yes, we now know that at least elements of the Trump campaign attempted collusion with Russia. But do not expect this to change much.

Despite some noisy (and I think, disingenuous appeals for funding) rhetoric from Democrats:

And yes, one Democrat has filed an article of impeachment, we all know that is going nowhere. The R’s control the House. Nixon’s disapproval ratings were about 38 percent among Republicans whereas Trump’s approval rating among Republicans remains well in the 80’s (via Gallup)

So, these reports, which seem like “blockbuster” stuff to so many of us, will be “just politics” at best and “fake news” at worst to most of the rank and file Republicans.

It CAN help our political position though.

And trying to talk about issues; all too many think they know way more they do, and some of the loudest, most opinionated, know the least.
I’ve had people who rarely, if ever, step foot on a college campus tell me what is happening on them. I’ve even had people tell ME what I teach in the classroom…and such people get very offended when I tell them that I was unaware that there were “unAmerican” methods for integrating a function in calculus class. 🙂

But by Jove, they are SURE that they know.

There are times when I believe that those who know the least are the most sure about what they “know”.

Workout notes
4 mile walk after weights.

Weights: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10, so-so), incline presses: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 7 x 150, military presses: 15 x 55 (seated, supported), 10 x 45 (standing), 10 x 100 (machine) rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.

Not much.

July 12, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Most vicious people on Twitter are…NOT Trump supporters…

Ok, it is amateur hour in the White House and now we are getting “he is too dumb to have known better” defense (with regard to attempted collusion with the Russians)

And yes, it appears that actual campaign laws were broken.

Now of course, this needs to be investigated, sorted out and appropriate legal penalties should be applied.

As far as “ending the Trump presidency”: really, the way we can do that is to win a bunch of seats in the 2018 midterms, and yes, win the 2020 election. Forget President Trump being removed from office; even with a potential Democratic House, we are never getting a 2/3 majority of the Senate.

We need to win at the ballot box, and investigations can help us have a more fair election next time.

Now about my headline a fellow Democrat pointed out that the people nastiest to them were not Trump supporters but rather Sanders supporters! And yes, I can believe that.

It seems that many of the Bern victims just “know” that if their message got out, people would just flock to Bernie’s platform because it is just so righteous, just and, well, “reasons”.

Trump supporters might not like people like me, or see me as naive, wrong headed, or whatever. But they will admit that there are lots of people like me out there. Bernie supporters: well, if you don’t support Bernie, it is because you don’t know Bernie, or because you are some establishment dupe, etc. For many of them, it is “all slogans, all of the time”.

Workout notes 4 mile treadmill run in 42:50; 30 minutes of “5 minute Froggy” then 12:30 of 2:30 Froggy. Then a 1 mile cool down walk.

4 miles at this effort was once 37-38 minutes (in 2009) Oh well.

July 12, 2017 Posted by | running, social/political, walking | , | Leave a comment

Amateur Hour …

Yes, there are many reasons that Donald Trump pulled out the 2016 election in the Electoral College. But, overall, the Republican voters stuck with the Republican; that was far and away the biggest factor. What one identifies with means more than anything else.

Oh yes, his campaign (at least certain members of it) did attempt to collude with Russia; they admitted as much. And just a small change in a handful of states could well have made the difference.

But one way or another, he “won”.

And so far, it has been terrible. Donald Trump clearly doesn’t know what he is doing. And yet, the Republicans in Congress support him, though they might make a “this is troubling” statement once in a while.

Workout notes weights only; I am kind of tired.
hip hikes, toe raises, goblet squats: 25, 25, 50, 50, 60, 60, 70, pull ups (5 sets of 10) bench presses: 10 x 135, 1 x 190, 5 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 140, military: seated: 15 x 55 dumbbell, standing: 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 200. rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55, 10 x 110 machine. abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts. Fell over on head stand.

July 10, 2017 Posted by | 2016, political/social, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Electrolytes

It was warm, just like it was last Saturday.

I left at 6:05 am and returned 4:45:58 later having covered 18.6 miles. (15:23 mpm,

The only difference is that I had to walk around the Riverplex on the grass to get around the stage. So this was about 2 minutes faster than a week ago, with similar conditions.

I was 1:57:20 at the Sheridan/Northmore intersection, and it took me 30:28 to walk back to the tower, 1:38:41 to get to Hooters and 39:27 to cover the final uphill.

Though my stride felt ok coming home, when I stopped I felt terrible. Food revived me; my guess is that I did not keep my electrolytes in balance. I’ll have to take some along with me next time; today my hands swelled up a bit.

The unusual: literally scores of bunnies; and when I was walking past the B’nai Brith apartments, I saw a lady in very tight, somewhat brief spandex shorts running on the sidewalk..and go into the parking lot. Visitor? She didn’t look as if she lived there.

July 9, 2017 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

5K thud

Well, for the second time in a row, I was unable to break 30 minutes for a 5K: 30:07. Once again, I was reduced to walking in the last 1.2 miles. I’d jog, walk; someone in my age group (a retired Marine who looks like he could still bench press 3 wheels) shamed me into keeping going.

I was 9:00 at mile 1 (still a bit too fast for the humid conditions: 94 percent humidity), 9:40 for mile 2 and it took 11:26 to walk/jog the final 1.1. I just wilted in the final mile. I think that yesterday’s squats didn’t help matters.

Reality: the main difference between this year and last year is:

1. About 10 extra pounds of body weight (197-198) and
2. I’ve really bumped up the walking; much more of my mileage is walking this year.

Weight: yeah, I need to readjust my eating for my current metabolism Walking: that HAS improved, but, for me, sports is a zero sum game. If one thing improves, another one gets worse.

I’ve done this race many times before:

1997: 20:33 6:30, 6:25 (12:44) 7:38 (2016 age grade: 23:26)
2002: 22:04 6:54, 7:01 (13:55) 8:09 (age grade: 24:18)
2003 31:15 walk (9:28, 10:26, 11:20
2004: walked the 5K with Olivia.
2005: 23:08 7:22, 7:31 (14:53) 8:14 (age grade: 24:53)
2012: 26:07 8:28, 8:49 (17:18) (?), 8:49 for the last 1.1 (70, 88 percent humidity) 30 days after blood donation (ag 26:18)
2013: 26:32 8:03, 8:12 (16:15) 10:17 for last 1.1 (cool) 26 days after blood donation (ag 26:32)
2014: 27:41 8:39, 8:39 (17:18) 10:22 for the last 1.1 (73 F, 87 percent humidity) 12 days after blood donation. (ag: 26:44)
2015: 27:06 8:26, 8:40 (17:06), 10:00 for last 1.1, 65 F, 89 percent humidity. 30 days after 24 hour race. (ag: 26:58)
2016: 27:12 8:48, 8:53 (17:43), 9:29 for the last 1.1 66 F, 83 percent humidity; 30 days after 24 hour race.
2017: 30:07 9:00, 9:40 (18:40) 11:26, 64 F, 94 percent humidity.

July 8, 2017 Posted by | running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Wanted to be accepted without being acceptable …

I chuckled when a FB friend posted this:

The individual who posted this did so in a tongue-in-cheek way.

But it did get me to thinking about what I’ve actually seen. I teach college. And from time to time, a student will complain about flunking a class. But often their complaints will be “I needed this class and those credits to…” (insert “keep my scholarship”, “get my job”, etc.)

And, because I teach mathematics, their complaints are almost never “I did this correctly and didn’t receive proper credit” or “I knew the stuff and you flunked me anyway”. To them, the “grade” and “credit” is really a commodity that I have and that they want; “knowledge”, “learning”, and “performance” are almost always completely unrelated.

It would be like a prospective surgeon always botching the cadaver operation but wanting a pass, or a prospective pilot always crashing in the simulator but wanting a “pass” from pilot school.

It is the old “accept me” rather than “help me so I can work to meet the standards”.

Another note Needless to say, poor people are not the most popular people in our society and are often blamed for their fate. The article I linked to purports to ask “why”. It is a decent article, but I find it strange that the author doesn’t see the reaction to poor people as being natural.

The headline is: “Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?” so I’ll give my answer:

1. Our own experience. Quick: what poor people to you actually KNOW? (not merely read about or have seen somewhere)

Chances are, it is the family mooch. In our case, this sibling of a family member had the same parents, the same educational opportunities, the same upbringing, the same inheritance (well into 6 figures), and managed to piss it all away.

Parents will often see some of their kids do well, while others become chronic underachievers.

So when we hear “poor people”, we think of the examples that we know, rather than someone who grew up devoid of realistic opportunities. We look at the negative outliers that we know and try to extrapolate.

2. Social pathology. Yes, poor people tend to share some very bad, self destructive habits. Of course, research tends to show that this behavior tends to stem from poverty rather than the other way around. “Being poor makes you stupid” as some might say. The direction of causation isn’t always clear.

3. Fear. Yes, though I am comfortable at the moment (and close to being “long term comfortable”), at mostly points of my life, I was really only a bad break away from personal disaster (untimely illness, injury, lay off, employer going out of business just when I become unemployable), etc. No one wants to think “I am one bad break away from being just like that poor person” so we conjure up reasons why “it can’t happen to us because we are so virtuous” or something.

July 7, 2017 Posted by | education, politics/social, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Not being efficient (baseball)

Yeah, I know; I need to work on my paper. Why I need to be under the gun is beyond me.

Last night, I got an unexpected chance to catch the Chiefs play the Beloit Snappers; the Chiefs won 4-0.

There were a few more people at this game than in Wednesday’s game (5 dollar tickets?). At first I was bummed as I was surrounded by old men (I was probably the youngest one in my section), but they were actually decent company; they talked about the game.

It was mostly a pitcher’s duel again, though there was quite a bit of action. Beloit managed 9 hits but stranded way too many runners: once they had 2’nd and 3’rd with 1 out, once they had bases loaded with 1 out (hit into a double play) and once they had 2’nd and 3’rd with 2 outs..and nothing to show for it. The Chiefs were more efficient with their 10 hits.

Workout notes Very tired this morning. Weights and some stretching afterward:

pull ups and goblet squats: used the new pull up bar…good bar but too low. 5 sets of 10: goblet: 5 x 44, 5 x 50, 10 x 50, 7 x 62, 7 x 62, 5 x 70
rotator cuff, bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170, dumbbell military (all standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40, rows (machine: 3 sets of 10 x 110)
abs (2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 3 sets of moving bridge, headstand, plank: 2:30 (not that bad), some yoga, legs up the wall.

July 7, 2017 Posted by | baseball, weight training | | Leave a comment

Post Independence Day

West Peoria had its annual 4’th of July Parade which featured an interesting float:

Its reception? I’d say, mixed. It was “respect for the holiday” vs. “Trump sucks”.

Yesterday, I saw a ball game. The Chiefs won a pitcher’s duel 1-0; the starter went 6 innings and struck out 9. The Chiefs lone run came on a home run.

There were fewer people than on the 4’th of July game:

Workout notes: tested my new shoes. 2 miles outside, 5K “Deek” workout (walking), 1 mile cool down: 12:03, 12:11, 11:58, 1:20. (36:13, 37:34). Basically, 10:45 ish for the 400 on, 14:45 for the 200 off. Focused on posture.

July 6, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Peoria/local, political humor, political/social, walking | | Leave a comment

My ‘Merica Post…

Yeah, yesterday was 4’th of July, which is Independence Day.

I wondered: what makes the United States different? Yes, I know, most countries (all?) have some sort of identity; what is ours?

Two things come to mind.

When I was in the Navy, we made port calls. And before we visited a port in a foreign country, we got a briefing on the customs and on the culture of where we were visiting.

When we visited Italy, we were told this: when you visit a small shop, if the owner is having a conversation, they aren’t going to stop it to wait on you. Remember that the shop was probably the family shop, and that is all they are ever going to be; they aren’t worried about expanding, moving up, defeating the competition, etc. So just be patient.

And that goes to the lesson many Americans grow up with: The American Dream to “make it big” (I was going to be a professional athlete, you see).

One other: when I visited the Anne Frank House, they had a theater where they would show some situation and ask “what is more important, Factor X or Factor Y (e. g. they would show a newspaper article about a recent controversy). The Americans were all over FREEDOM OF SPEECH ahead of the other factors (say, protection from discrimination)…as was I.

Of course, at this time in our history, we are pretty divided, as this Horsey cartoon shows:

So, where does this divide come from? Well, for one, our history is complicated. Our past citizens DID take risks..they had guts. But they also did terrible things too:

So, what do we focus on?

And as far as the American Dream, well, where some do make it big, our social/economic mobility isn’t what we would like to think it is. And I think this is where the division comes from.

Some liberals push for a higher minimum wage (and too high of a minimum wage can cause problems) and for health care for the poor. That is great, but…newsflash: people do not want to be poor, and no one dreams of being stuck in poverty, even though..for many, that IS where they are going to be.

So measures that favor the poor…while they are effective, really aren’t that popular (until they are actually implemented and have been in place for a while)

So what wins out: dreaming (you are going to be rich one day), or practical reality (that you won’t be)?

What I did on the 4’th of July:

In the morning, I took Tracy to Galva to run a 5K (and did poorly: 30:05) and in the evening, baseball!

The Chiefs beat the Snappers and won 5-1 behind some good pitching, spectacular fielding (they robbed the Snappers of at least 3 hits) and 2 home runs.

I sat behind the 3’rd base dugout (visitor’s dugout at Chiefs games; home dugout at Bradley games)

there was a brief rain delay.

But it turned out to be a fun day:

And a decent crowd.

Other 4’th of July images

From a local parade (I did not see it)

And what is more “Merican” than yoga pants?

Workout notes
weights and a 5K walk (42:45, from intervals)

rotator cuff, hip hikes toe raises, pull ups (2 sets of 5-5-5, 2 sets of 10), goblet squats 50-75 (up very 5, sets of 5), incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 7 x 150 (good hips on last set, so so on second set), military: 15 x 55 dumbbell, seated, supported, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 90 lifemachine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 (each arm), 10 x 110 machine, 2 sets of moving bridge, 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, headstand (good).

July 5, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Friends, politics, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Galva 5K 9 years later..

I powerwalked this race in 2008. This time, I finished just over 1 minute faster…running.
I went out with Tracy; I wanted a break from the downtown runs, and I wanted to spend some time with her.

Warm up: about 15-18 minutes or so; 10 minutes cool down walk (walked Tracy in)
It was 70 F, 80 percent humidity (deceptively sticky) and perhaps I started a bit too hard, given that I had 18/10 miles last weekend…and haven’t been running all that much.

I was right at 8:57 for 1 mile; a bit too fast. I could feel it..and of course, I really started to feel it during mile 2; I conked out right at 16:30 or so. I have to remember that a 5K for me now is like a 4 miler once was; I can’t start to feel quite that bad until 20 minutes or so.

I walked a few steps a couple of times 2 miles came at 18:53. I got into the “just finish without more walking mode; 10:19 for mile 3 was a bit overdoing it? So even 0:53 for the final .1 miles couldn’t bring me under 30.

8:57/9:56/10:18/0:53 = 30:05.

But the goal was to have some fun and that is what I did.

Moral: when I build up my long weekend walks, my 5K speed suffers accordingly.

Yesterday; weights, then 2 treadmill miles running (21:54), 2 walking.

weights: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 5 x 185, incline: 10 x 135, military: 15 x 55 seated dumbbell, supported, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 200 machine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell, 1 set of 10 x 110. Then the running/walking.

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