April 2010 Archives

They Like Us

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They really do like us again.

Why Should We Care?

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Honestly, can we not get all in a dither that McCain is once again riding on the Flip Flop Express?

Check For The String

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Seriously, there has to be a string hanging from the back of every Republican Senator and Representative, because they seem to say the same set of sentences over and over again in response to dealing with every issue our country faces.

(TPM) Senate Republicans say they're prepared to work constructively with Democrats on a consensus financial reform bill. But this weekend, after the White House offered up a key substantive concession, they swatted President Obama's hand away in a fashion that was all too reminiscent of their strategy of opposition to health care reform.

"We ought to go back to the drawing board," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN Sunday morning.

Likewise, moderate Republican Scott Brown (R-MA), once considered a swing vote on regulatory reform, explicitly threatened to vote to block the bill from even being debated. Asked by CBS' Bob Schieffer if he'd filibuster the bill rather than let it come to the Senate floor, Brown was unequivocal: "In this particular instance, yes," he said.

Update: Seems Steve Benen over at The Washington Monthly agrees with me.

McConnell was asked on CNN this morning what, specifically, was said at the gathering about the Wall Street reform bill. The conservative Kentuckian was evasive -- imagine that -- and instead of answering the questions, he talked about scrapping the legislation altogether.

"We ought to go back to the drawing board and fix it."

It's like deja vu all over again -- Democrats tackle a pressing national issue, negotiate with Republicans in good faith, craft a reasonable, middle-of-the-road legislative package that deserves bipartisan support, lobbyists tell Republicans to kill it, and McConnell voices his support for killing the legislation and going "back to the drawing board."

Is it me or does this sound familiar?

The Republicans are dead set on spending many years in the political wilderness.

Okay stats in order:

  • Average Speed: 10.9 mphThumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif
  • Total Distance: 4.62 miles
  • Top Speed: 20.5 mph
  • Elapsed riding time: 0.25.18
  • iPod: R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, & Will Clipman - Feather, Stone & Light
  • Wind: Unknown
  • Temp: Unknown
  • Humidity: Unknown
  • Average Speed: 11.0 mph
  • Total Distance: 4.00 miles
  • Top Speed: 24.5 mph
  • Elapsed riding time: 0.21.41
  • iPod: Sheryl Crow - The Basics (iTunes Greatest Hits mix)
  • Wind: Unknown
  • Temp: Unknown
  • Humidity: Rain
  • Average Speed: 11.3 mph
  • Total Distance: 8340 miles
  • Top Speed: 21.5 mph
  • Elapsed riding time: 0.44.08
  • iPod: Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II & IV.
  • Wind: Unknown
  • Temp: Unknown
  • Humidity: Rain
Honestly, what is there to say? I am overweight, out of shape, and generally finding it hard to motivate. Still, I was very happy with today's results, what with the wind probably stronger then during any other leg. Oh, and the rain was actually refreshing today. Not so much on Monday, though. Actually, Monday sucked all the way around.

It was, however, The Fuskers™ birthday that day, which was actually quite enjoyable. The Ex-GirlFriend™ picked him up the Half-Blood Prince, so we watched it together for about the third time. So my earlier statement of Monday sucking all the way around is incorrect. It only sucked part of the way around.

2010 Tour De Rook - Leg 1

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 Okay, first the stats:

  • Average Speed: 11.0 mphThumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif
  • Total Distance: 6.15 miles
  • Top Speed: 23.5 mph
  • Elapsed riding time: 0.33.18
  • iPod: Beatles - Abby Road
  • Wind: Unknown
  • Temp: Unknown
  • Humidity: Unknown
So, not too bad for the first run of the year. I did prep for the tour by walking for the last two week. So, I have to say that though my stats are a bit better than I expected they are not all that much of a surprise. Also, a nod to Bryan over at Why Now? for the graphic

As to the weather conditions; I do not have internet at home, now and for the foreseeable future, and so can not determine the conditions at the time of my runs. As I get more into shape, I am hoping to be able to bring my computer along, and so will find a wifi spot during the run to discover the weather conditions. Until then, they remain unknown.

Writing Avoidance

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As I planned on pulling out my hand written rough draft of my novel and transcribe it to a text file, the fact that I am instead blogging about it should in every way be seen as writing avoidance. Sigh. Pretty pathetic for the premier unpublished Great American Novelist. Yeah, that is right. Unpublished. You got a problem with that? Huh? HUH?

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