The Evil Dr. Ben Ghazi

Workout notes: sort of low energy today.
weights: rotator cuff, some yoga after which included 2 sets of yoga leg lifts and some vertical crunches. Abs are weak.
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (decent)
incline: 10 x 135, 6 x 150, 8 x 140 (1-2 reps off)
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell (standing)
rows: machine, 3 sets of 10 x 110

run: 10:58 warm up on the treadmill. Track: started to run a “tempoish” 2 miles..realized I had zip in the tank in the first 4 laps, relaxed to a 10:25 mile.
Ran another 10:2x mile on the treadmill prior to doing some yoga (included leg lifts, abs)

Marathon when one accounts for age, this was very similar to the marathons/50K that I walked from 2003-2005 and again in 2009. No, it wasn’t among my best 2-3 performances but it was with the “decent” performances.

Benghazi and Hillary Clinton So the Republicans…well, not sure what they did. But it was not productive at all. At times, they remind me of a high school student council. I am sick to death of those idiots. Evidently, even John Boehner was too.

October 23, 2015 Posted by | hillary clinton, politics, politics/social, running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Krugman warms up to Obama

In the 2008 primaries, Paul Krugman backed Hillary Clinton. Later, he frequently attacked President Obama for being too timid as far as seeking stimulus and trying too hard to follow the “very serious people”.

But he is warming up to President Obama and is saying so:

He was supposed to be serious in the approved way, slashing entitlements to deal with the fiscal crisis. The fact that there wasn’t actually a fiscal crisis, and that anyone who really cares about the long run should worry a lot more about carbon emissions than about the Medicare age, doesn’t change the bias; strong presidents are supposed to use that strength on behalf of the elite’s pet obsessions, not other stuff.

Another part of the answer is that Obama does, indeed, have a weak approval rating. But as Jonathan Chait points out, he had a weak rating going into the 2012 campaign too; what mattered was that while voters weren’t enthralled with him, elections are zero-sum, and voters really disliked the Republican agenda.

Actually, I suspect that we won’t see a president with sky-high ratings for a long time, no matter how successful he or she is. America is bitterly polarized, and Republicans in particular will despise any Democrat no matter how much peace and prosperity he or she brings. But a Democrat who has the approval of 40 percent of voters and can attract another 12 or 13 percent who dislike her but dislike Republicans even more can win big, and that’s the likely shape of the future.

Long-time readers know that I was highly critical of Obama back when many were swooning. And I wish that he and his circle had done more on a number of fronts in 2009-2010. But right now he’s doing what presidents are supposed to do: change the country significantly for the better.

Part of the reason is that President Obama appears to realize (finally) that the Republicans have zero interest in governing at this point in time but instead are doing their best to obstruct. For them: it is all about politics, especially at the local level.

It doesn’t matter that the House Republicans look like idiots to the rest of the country; they are popular among their own constituencies and that is what counts at the House level.

June 10, 2014 Posted by | politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans politics | , | Leave a comment