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Will Mueller be fired? My guess: no..but…

Here is a short video that explains why it might be tough for Trump to have Mueller fired (he cannot fire him directly) and IF he manages to get that done, why the investigations won’t stop.

This tweetstorm talks about ways Trump could get around current law (e. g. by appointing a new AG by executive order)

Long shot? I do see a lot of posturing. But I wonder if the current Republican political leadership understand that 45 would gladly throw any of them under the bus if it would make it easier on them.

Workout notes: easy 10 mile walk; almost 10.0 as measured by the mapping device. It was partly the first 4 miles of the W. Peoria course with a Cemetery loop and a second loop thrown in, then the 3 mile out and back on the hills in Bradley Park, one pit stop and a quick trip back via Maplewood. It was 2:45; leisurely pace.

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December 17, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

Trump trolls and Warren (and others bite)

Ok, Trump acts like, well, Trump:

And…well, many women HAD to make this a sexual innuendo (the “would do anything for them”) though this phrase is often used to describe power hungry male politicians, crooked football coaches..even driven athletes. And yes, other liberal WOMEN have told me that they don’t see this as an inherent sexual innuendo (though many that I like and respect do).

So how do national Democratic politicians respond? Senator Elizabeth Warren:

Oh dear.. SLUT SHAMING????..it is 2016 over again, and once again, Democrats are doubling down on what FAILED in 2016. They are going to paint Democrats as wildly out of touch kooks that try to make everything about misogyny, sexual harassment, etc. This really doesn’t sit well in the context of the Al Franken flap, where…even Republicans are making more sense than many mainstream Democrats.

I am so despondent right now. The Republicans have dreadful, simply dreadful policies. But the Democrats seem to insist on running as if the nation were a liberal arts college, which it isn’t.

At least the Alabama election between Jones and Moore is close, at the time being. Jones has a genuine chance as of this writing.

Workout notes: morning: I went to the treadmill; ran 10 minutes at 5.1, 10 more at 5.2, some at 5.3 (23:00 for 2 miles) then did 7 at 6.7, rest at 6.8 to get to 3.1 in 33:03. Walked to 46:40 for 4 miles.

noon: hike at Forest Park Nature center; 3.5 outer loop. It has been to long since I’ve been there.
Photos part I: https://www.instagram.com/p/BcnMviflBdy/
Photos part II: https://www.instagram.com/p/BcnM5Mpla3e/

December 13, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, hiking, political/social, politics, running | | Leave a comment

Onward through interesting times (all over the place)

Workout notes 3 mile walk..but first came weights; usual PT stuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: went really well…USUALLY that means I’ve gotten lighter), bench press: 10 x 135 , 7 x 185 (strict, hips down..best in about a decade): usually that means I’ve gotten heavier? incline: 7 x 150 (strict hips), 10 x 135, military 15 x 55 dumbbell, seated, supported, 10 x 50, 10 x 45, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 each arm, 10 x 50.

Walk: went fine; to lower Bradley park.

I am not sure about the weight room; why did pull ups get stronger but the bench too?

Political ramblings:
Two big things: the tax bill in the Senate that sure looks as if it will pass (Corker is the only R “no”). Why the rush?

Oh Flynn pleading guilty: will this lead anywhere? My guess: “yes”, but we’ll see. Will the R’s throw Trump under the bus if they get their tax bill? Remember that even if we somehow get rid of Trump, the Republicans are still delusional loose cannons.

Or will Trump get us into some war as a diversion?

There is just so much going on. Other thoughts:

The Republicans are desperate to please their upper income donors. So they don’t care about “the deficit” right now. But when it soars..THEN they will “care” and they will cut safety net programs and “entitlements”. Such programs are reasonably popular..so they will need some excuse to attack them.

That is all this really is. We need to win back Congress and defeat Trump in 2020 (and no, he will probably not have been removed from office by then…though if you were to believe my twitter feed, his being gone is imminent 🙂 )

Yes, Trump’s approval ratings are horrible (about 40 percent) but remember that some approve of Trump’s POLICY PROPOSALS but not tone, and others are angry that he doesn’t have that wall built as yet.

December 1, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Dumbsplaining, Purpose and DNC…

Dumbsplaining On social media: I have decided to cut off (e. g. block) anyone who attempts to “dumbsplain” me. That is, if I raise a point (e. g., the person who reported this incident has told a lie) and the person responds “well, you must be an x-ist”, I just block. Life is too short for me to spend it in optional conversations with dumb, sanctimonious people. I have to put up with some stupidity at my job (and fortunately, I talk to a lot of smart people too), but I am not going to engage in such discussions on my own time.

Purpose

I find this point of view on life to be, well, a bit strange. I really do not think that things happen for some purpose that involves me; that just sounds illogical (and “acting as if” inflames my egomania). I do think that, at times, we can learn a lesson from our failures; sometimes it can be “next time, do it this way” or sometimes it might be “hey, this was never going to happen, no matter what you did”. So yes, sometimes disappoint can mask a potential growth opportunity and this meme may have been a poetic way of saying that.

DNC:
Many of my political friends are up in arms over this:

“Rigged”? There were some financial agreements (HRC donated money to the DNC for other races) but things like debate schedules and “primary/caucus” elections were NOT affected. This thread has more on that:

But, of course, the Berniebots are going crazy and the imbecile in chief is trying to get the DOJ involved …in what, I am not sure…there were no laws broken. This sure seems like banana republic stuff.

And, as disgusting as this is, what is far worse is that so many in our country is ok with it. Our very country is sick; we have first world technology, first world nuclear arms and a 4’th world caliber population.

Workout notes: weights this morning; usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10; now the “rotated arm pull ups are harder than the wide grip?) bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, incline press: 5 x 155, 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50 standing dumbbell, 10 x 45 standing dumbbell, 10 x 90 machine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (single arm), 10 x 60. Goblet squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 60, 10 x 60. Light yoga.

Yesterday: 6 mile walk; 4 on the treadmill (58 minutes; varied incline up to 5), 13:3x track walk (200 on, 200 off), 13:3x treadmill walk.

November 4, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Beating Trump…

Yes, Mueller should continue his work and bring people who broke the law to justice. But I doubt this will remove Trump from office; after all, Congress remains in Republican hands and even if the D’s take back both chambers in 2018 (doubtful; ONE chamber is POSSIBLE) you still need 2/3 of the Senate for removal. And most Trump voters see this process as some sort of witch hunt. Our best bet is to win Congress and win that 2020 election.

I just hope that our purity trolls don’t blow the 2018 midterm elections for us.

Workout notes: easy 10K walk in the chilly morning hours.

November 1, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

How “honorable” are these Republicans anyway?

Ok, we’ve seen open pushback from Sen. Flake and Sen. Corker.

But, but…we are talking about tax cuts for the wealthy here. Principle? Pshaw. These reptiles are about getting reelected, period.

Sorry, but I remain cynical, though I suppose your ordinary “supply side economics” crank Republicans are at least more stable than what we have as a President.

The economy can recover from another Bush disaster better than it could recover from a nuclear war.

But this leads me to the following point: we are at a point where any information that is unfavorable to Trump will be seen as “fake news” and, like it or not, these people vote in Republican primaries. Not getting on board can be a political death sentence, from the right.

And yes, to their credit, they show up for the general elections (and midterms) too.

So we have to take advantage. And for the love of Democracy, I hope that the liberal purity trolls give it a rest in races in conservative states. Any Democrat who can win in Tennessee, Alabama or Arizona will not be someone that I would vote for in Illinois. I get that. I wish every liberal did.

Workout notes: today, damp, chilly 10K walk. Yesterday: weights: usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10, a real struggle), bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (good), 10 x 135 incline, military (standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45 (dumbbells), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine row. Goblet squats: 5 x 25, 5 x 45, 5 x 45, 5 x 45, 10 x 50, 10 x 50 (sill). Yoga in the evening.

October 24, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, social/political, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Trump, Second Amendment and all that…

I agree that it is time, ok, past time, to visit the Second Amendment and do away with it. Our military is a professional one, and the idea that some yahoos with rifles can stand up to a professional military force is stupid:

If you think stock piling firearms from the local Guns and Guitars store, where the Las Vegas shooter purchased some of his many weapons, and dressing up in camouflage and body armor is going to protect you from an American military capable of delivering tanks and armored vehicles full Navy SEALs to your door, you’re delusional. The tragic incidents at Ruby Ridge, in Idaho, and Waco, Tex., in the 1990s, in which citizens armed to the teeth collided with government agencies and lost badly, is a case study for what would happen were the citizenry to rise up in violence against the state today.

And in any case, if you’re having trouble with the government, a lawyer is a much more potent weapon than a gun. Politicians and police fear citizens armed with legal counsel more than they do a public fortified with guns. The latter they can just shoot. The former means they have to appear before a judge.

A civil society based on the rule of law with a professional military to protect its citizens from external threats; a police force to protect civilians from internal dangers; a criminal justice system to peacefully settle disputes between the state and its citizenry; and a civil court system to enable individuals to resolve conflicts nonviolently — these institutions have been the primary drivers in the dramatic decline of violence over the past several centuries, not an increasingly well-armed public.

Oh yes, this won’t happen anytime soon…perhaps my grandchildren (as yet to be conceived) might see it.

No, I don’t think is possible to work “within” the Second Amendment:

Given all of this, why do liberals keep losing the gun control debate?

Maybe it’s because they argue their case badly and — let’s face it — in bad faith. Democratic politicians routinely profess their fidelity to the Second Amendment — or rather, “a nuanced reading” of it — with all the conviction of Barack Obama’s support for traditional marriage, circa 2008. People recognize lip service for what it is.

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In fact, the more closely one looks at what passes for “common sense” gun laws, the more feckless they appear. Americans who claim to be outraged by gun crimes should want to do something more than tinker at the margins of a legal regime that most of the developed world rightly considers nuts. They should want to change it fundamentally and permanently.

There is only one way to do this: Repeal the Second Amendment.

Repealing the Amendment may seem like political Mission Impossible today, but in the era of same-sex marriage it’s worth recalling that most great causes begin as improbable ones. Gun ownership should never be outlawed, just as it isn’t outlawed in Britain or Australia. But it doesn’t need a blanket Constitutional protection, either. The 46,445 murder victims killed by gunfire in the United States between 2012 and 2016 didn’t need to perish so that gun enthusiasts can go on fantasizing that “Red Dawn” is the fate that soon awaits us.

Again, I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.

Trump’s unfitness for office:

Trump is there, acting like this disaster relief is some sort of “t-shirt toss” that you might see at a baseball game. Seriously? I honestly think that he really has little empathy..something the last few presidents had. Yes, that includes both President Bushs.

How Trump Hangs on Obviously, there are some who are just going to like him. But I’ve noticed his routine calling anything unfavorable “fake news”.

It appears to work; his followers buy it. For example: one said that “Obama couldn’t call ISIS “terrorists”. That, of course, is false. But they didn’t like “The Hill” and wouldn’t accept a direct quote or a video from there.

Oh well…for him, the ends justifies the means, I guess.

October 6, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Trump’s failed war on the NFL

Yes, Puerto Rico is devastated and many lack both power and drinking water. And yes, Trump refuses to waive an arcane rule about what ships can go to Puerto Rico.

But he can attack the NFL and encourage fans to “boycott” and owners to fire players.

I doubt that it is going well for him. I note, with glee, that I now have tickets for 3 Bears games (ok, the Packer game tickets were pricey, but in row 2 of the upper deck); the other two sets of tickets are in the second deck (200); one is in the media deck and the other is the end zone.

I am planning on going to a Colts game as well; maybe two?

Now why we play the National Anthem at sporting events? Here is how it started …not sure why we continue OTHER than because many fans like it.

And as far as the discussion on the protests, just look at the contrast between Obama and Trump. But alas, a big part of our country’s problem is that all too many prefer Trump’s style (“fire that son of a bitch”) to Obama’s thoughtful style.

September 27, 2017 Posted by | football, NFL, politics, politics/social | , | Leave a comment

Frustration and communication

In terms of talking to others: well, I have reached a tipping point of sorts. I engage far less for several reasons.

For one, when someone, say, makes a statement on social media, they might be doing so for a variety of different reasons:

1. Venting
2. Wanting “you aren’t alone” type responses
3. Cheerleading
4. Inspiring the like minded to action
5. Providing information
6. Attempting to persuade someone
7. Wanting a discussion which may be
a. an attempt to “insult the other side”
b. an attempt to “win a debate”
c. or to explore a topic further; exchange facts and ideas, etc.

And because I am socially awkward, I have trouble knowing what is what…why is the person posting that.
And there was a time when I liked conversation, but now-a-days, I often find people who merely “shout slogans” and provide strings of adjectives. And as far as ideas and facts, there is often disagreement as to what constitutes a fact and many have no clue as to how to make a valid inference. And some ideas really are nuanced; many people simply don’t “get” them (e. g. conditional probability) and it is useless to try to explain it to them.

Now I certainly agree with this meme, but the idea that people search for “facts” that, at least superficially comfort them rather than “digging for the truth” is NOT, NOT limited to Trump supporters.

What is worse: I can really see several sides and understand many different emotional reactions.

One one hand, I can see why many men my age might be inclined toward Republicanism. After all, right now, it seems that if you are doing ok financially, it feels as if leaches will find you. I said “feels” because there is something to be said at being at one’s peak earning power, and that, like one’s physical strength, does not last forever.

On the other hand, the current crop of Republicans are incredibly incompetent; they peddle “zombie lies” and falsehoods and can’t run anything correctly. They deny science, push crackpot economics and screw up basic things.

But back to the Democrats: we have our factions. The Hillary people can’t seem to grasp that she, fairly or not, is amazingly unpopular. But the Sanders camp is a bunch of crackpots who think that he would have won; they don’t seem to get that things like “minimum wage” is a huge issue for most voters. Most of us do better than that and no one wants to think that is where they will end up. Don’t get me wrong; I think that there should be one and there is an optimum one that might vary from location to location. Too high or too low is no good.

Even Trump hate divides us. I don’t like Trump because I think that he is incompetent. I am not that bothered that he may have called Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig” (if what is what it was) or if some aspiring starlet let him pat her on the butt. (remember, the infamous remark was “they LET YOU grab them…”

Now I disapprove of his behavior AS A PRESIDENT and AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE; to me, deportment is part of the job. But it is lack of knowledge, his lack of interest in obtaining such knowledge and his current deportment that bothers me.

Oh well…baseball season (for me) is exciting and football season is underway.

September 8, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social | | Leave a comment

Political Correctness, pushback and Trump.

Ok, here is another “why are so many white men” angry article. This one starts off with the usual….”you are upset because you are used to having all of the advantages…” but it does get better and is ultimately worth reading.

I’ll add a couple of things: first, change, no matter what kind, can be poorly executed. Sometimes a well intended program just ends up making extra work for everyone and ends up either detracting or adding no value. Sometimes a well intended program is wrong headed. So, I can see “diversity” programs being resented, at least at first. And second, sometimes the change is sold with a great deal of sanctimonious finger wagging …with no opportunity for dialog. It is “as a member of class X, I am offended and you must be quiet and listen..” I don’t think that finger wagging changes anyone’s mind.

College campuses are a frequent target of the right wing and some of the fire...SOME is justified. In general, people aren’t happy when their ideas get challenged.

Here is an example of that: take “race”. You hear about “race being an artificial construct” when, in fact, it makes scientific sense (in terms of clustering of certain alleles. And yes, evolutionary psychology is an honest science (even if it is abused too often). Too often, people dismiss findings that they do not like, regardless of the evidence and the quality of the study and the number of studies that confirm a result.

But on the flip side: much of political correctness is of the right wing variety (e. g. creationism..which has no validity at all). And the conservatives are gravitating toward their own identity politics, with Trump leading the way.

Workout notes 1 mile to the W. Peoria Track, 47:52 (24:46/23:06) for 10 laps (about 4.2 miles); Larry was with me for part of a lap and for the final 3 laps, I chased a cute bespandexed runner..she would not let me catch her (broke my heart…not).

While this is not the best I have done it was respectable for this workout…best in a very long time (10 years or so).

August 29, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment