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Morning Chuckle

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What the hell. It made me laugh.

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2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 27

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 5.87 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:22:33
  • Top Speed: 18.6 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.5 mph
  • iPod: Coldplay - Parachutes
  • Wind: Calm
  • Humidity:  95%
  • Temperature: 50° F
Just a quick run before work. At 50° it was actually refreshing.

My Evening Chuckle

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Stolen from AB:

Dear Lord,

I know that I don't talk to you that much, but this year you have taken away:

my favorite screenwriter Nora Ephron
my favorite visionary Steve Jobs,
my favorite author Ray Bradbury
my favorite childrens' author Maurice Sendak,
my favorite American Bandstand guy Dick Clark
my favorite hairdresser Vidal Sassoon,
my favorite musician Earl Scruggs,
my favorite Monkee Davy Jones,
my favorite 60 Minutes guy Mike Wallace,
and my favorite singer Whitney Houston.

I just wanted to let you know that my favorite radio announcer is Rush Limbaugh

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 26

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 9.81 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:39:02
  • Top Speed: 26.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.0 mph
  • iPod: REM - Out of Time
  • Wind: 9 mph S
  • Humidity:  54%
  • Temperature: 76° F
The air seemed to have more resistance today. I mean, I did okay. Yet, it was just a more strenuous ride than yesterday. Of course, part of the problem is doing a second run in as many days. But even breathing seemed harder today. Oh well. I am off to make myself some supper.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 25

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 11.64 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:45:18
  • Top Speed: 19.0 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.4 mph
  • iPod: R. Carlos Nakai - Emergence
  • Wind: 2 mph S
  • Humidity:  54%
  • Temperature: 68° F
Not much to say. It was a comfortable ride. I did push myself a bit, but nothing overly strenuous. I did push myself a lot more when I stretched out. I forgot how good it felt to ride in the early evening.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 24

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Okay, stats for Leg 24, then I will talk about Leg 22:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 13.52 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:51:42
  • Top Speed: 19.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.6 mph
  • iPod: The Eagles - Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits (Volume 1).
  • Wind: Calm (I could tell there was a substantial breeze out of the North when I started out. However, by the time I finished, it had reduced to calm)
  • Humidity:  25%
  • Temperature: 70° F
Now, about Leg 22: I actually forgot to reset my bicycle's odometer. So, I do not have an accurate average speed, though I can figure it out via math. It will hurt, as I have not done math since ancient times, but I can accomplish the task. Distance and time will be a matter of math as well, but not quite as painful:

  • Total Distance: 14.17 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:58:48
  • Top Speed: Unknown
  • Average Speed: 14.5 mph
  • iPod: None
  • Wind: Unknown
  • Humidity:  Unknown
  • Temperature: Unknown

This Is Way Cool

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No doubt, though, that the wingnuts will still work at discrediting him.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 23

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 8.59 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:33:19
  • Top Speed: 19.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.4 mph
  • iPod: Sheryl Crow - iTunes Essentials
  • Wind: Calm (I disagree - I could tell there was a breeze out of the North, but not much more than 1 or 2 mph)
  • Humidity  43%
  • Temperature: 72° F

I know, where is leg 22? Trust me, I will explain. Just not now. I am a bit tired. This short run was hurt. With my back acting up just over a month ago, and still causing some issues, and the rear tire developing an air bubble just under the tread, I have not been riding consistently. But than, like me and blogging, consistency is a rare thing.

Now, about my back: seems that there has been a pinch slowly developing to which I was not quite paying attention. I was wondering why the back of my upper arm would get what felt like a tearing sensation. Now, of course, I know. It came to a head after I went fishing with my girlfriend down in Rochester, Minnesota.

Her parents live on a lake that use to be an old sandstone quarry. We use their boat and a trolling motor to get around. Well, I was using my right hand to steer the motor. It meant reaching behind me and twisting my back and neck. On top of that, there was the casting. The colluded in causing serious discomfort the next day. So much so that my right index finger became numb.

I have been going to the chiropractor, and have seen major improvement. The numbness no longer hinders my ability to handle pens or do typing. A few more sessions and I hope to have the numbness gone.

Now, though, my lower back is pissed at me. I do not blame it. I should have waiting a few more minutes before sitting down to create this post. But it is a muscle that is bitching me out, not my spine. It will, of course, get over it soon enough. I figure a good shower should do the trick. So, hopefully, I will let you know about Leg 22 later today.

Perfect!

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It really does match the truth about the Republican ticket of 2012:

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Oh, and hat tip to Alternate Brain.

Because It Made Me Laugh!

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And I think Booman is right:

Does anyone remember how quickly Dubya lost the good will he won through his 2004 reelection? It was really a one-two-three punch of Terri Schiavo, trying to privatize Social Security, and then the inept reaction to Hurricane Katrina, all with a deepening disaster in Iraq as a backdrop. But we shouldn't underestimate how badly he hurt himself through the privatization effort alone. That was when the Democrats finally drew a line in the sand and decided to fight back. What people have probably forgotten is that Paul Ryan introduced a Social Security privatization bill so radical that the Bush administration couldn't support it. How's this for radical?

Paul Ryan?!?!?!?!?! Really?

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Let us put aside for a minute the fact that Paul Ryan comes from the state that brought us Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Joseph McCarthy.

The real problem is this will pretty much negate the Overton Window. This theory relies on the assumption that people are stupid.

See, I do not find people stupid. I find them politically lazy. It allows for the following statement to be correct.

Politics is the control of wealth and power. You are being conditioned to condemn politics as petty and boring, thus granting all the more control to the powers that be. You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution. The choice is yours.

Stupid people do not need to be conditioned; they are already where you want them ideologically. That would be the 27% of the population on both ends of the political/ideological spectrum who never change their beliefs regardless of how much they are exposed to the truth. But the rest? Just politically lazy. And maybe not really lazy so much as willing to trust the politician to run the country while they themselves go about running their lives.

Unfortunately, there comes a time when the truth can not be ignored. Paul Ryan can not be ignored. How can he be? With a plan that pretty much returns the starving to our streets, or worse, into prison, the ability to turn a blind eye will take monumental effort. Political laziness only works when it takes less energy than being politically involved. With Paul Ryan, we are talking a hell of a lot of energy to ignore just how much his budget plan exposes him as a heartless bastard.

But Paul Ryan being a bastard really is not the issue. The issue will be what happens to our parents, and our grandparents, with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the White House.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 21

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 11.78 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:45:53
  • Top Speed: 20.3 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.4 mph
  • iPod: LOTR - The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Wind: 7 mph WSW
  • Humidity  35%
  • Temperature: 72° F
Nice, easy run. Decided to just go by time instead of a set destination. Usually I try to run a route, or go to a town and back. But tonight I decided to simply ride for 45 minutes. I told myself at the beginning to take it easy. Of course, I ended up pushing myself at the end. A good workout.

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