Anagram: Words for Amusement/Smart Mouse Frowned

           Calvin and HobbesKids are stupid, here’s yer proof.  At North Dakota state university, During a Charity fund-raising event for diabetes research, A bunch of kids apparently did a Comedy skit.  No big deal, you say. What’s wrong with that?  One of the kids dressed as the Obama Girl did a Lap Dance for The Obama character… A white kid in black-face apparently.  THAT’S a Nono!  BAD KID!  Keep the Stupid at the Keg Party dammit!  That’s where the Stupid belongs! Not on stage for everyone to see! That is just ever so slightly RACIST, and these kids need to get some kind of reprimand or something for inappropriate behavior.  Even if the kid meant no harm, It’s still a hearkening back to the bad old days, and needs to Addressed.  Somebody Schmack that little Bastard!    And then, well, I’m gonna quote the CNN Story on this…”In the background, two male students dressed as cowboys simulated anal sex while holding an Obama sign that one student ripped at the conclusion of the 30-second performance, the Forum reported.”  END QUOTE.  Oops!  Now THAT’S just Not right! They are Funny as hell at Brokeback College, Ain’t they.   MEANWHILE …. the college says  “One of the issues here is how do we balance what our policies and expectations about behavior are with the issue of freedom of speech,” Stoskopf said. “Where does all of that get us?”END QUOTE.  The Investigation could take until May 9th, when college is over.  No such thing as accountability up there now isn’t there.  To read the story, click here—> http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/28/campus.obamaskit.ap/index.html

        I am all for free speech, and I will defend the right of anyone to say anything they desire in any way they desire, They have a legal right to just that.  Technically they are within their rights.  But C’mon fellas.  Half White Obama In Black-face getting a Lap-dance from Obama Girl….dammit it’s entertaining, but Black-face?  Could not find an Obama Mask anywhere?  And the Simulated Anal?  Wassupwitdat? I wanna Know who was F****** who!  Was it supposed to be Bush and The American Public?  Bush and McCain? Jake Gyllenhal and the School president?  Inquiring Minds want to know!

       Onto political news, Senators Christopher Dodd and Patrick Leahy have called for Senator Hillary Clinton to Drop out of the Race for the Democratic Nomination for President. Both senators have said that She has every right, if she wants to, to be in the race.  Quoting Senator Dodd from The CNN Story:  “I mean, if a person wants to stay in the race, stay in the race,” he told the National Journal, a Washington magazine.   “But if you have enough people rallying behind what appears to be the likely choice, and I believe the choice is Barack Obama… then I think you have to step up to the plate and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ We want this to be over with.”  END QUOTE.   The next sentence in the story is to me the Most telling.  A Political professor  at The University of Virginia was probably behind the remarks, saying that Senators With the credentials of Dodd and Leahy usually would not speak Like this On their own without encouragement from The “Obama Heirarchy”.

       That’s just great.  Does he seriously think that she’ll give up that easily?  Of course not.  I think there are at least two possible motives, and stop me if you’ve heard me say this in the last few days….oh wait you can’t this is a Blog…Sorry…     :-) 

       ONE:  To plant the Idea in the Head of Voters that This race is Over and that It is Inevitable that Obama will be the Victor.  One Word.  BULLSHIT.  Voters are not that stupid.  They know how to count.  and read.   130 delegates and a few thousand votes are what separates these two.  Giving up would be silly.

       TWO:  To prop up his own sagging hopes, to make it look to Those Already in his camp, that things are going better than they are.  He probably Knows that He can’t Get the Nomination on the strength of the Delegates he’ll receive in these last few primaries, so He has these things said to rally his Own troops and make things look better then they really are.

       THREE:   To Plant in The Minds of Those Super-delegates who are Uncommitted to Drop their Uncommitted status and Join the Obama Camp.  This to me Is the most Likely of the three.  But it is just as dumb nevertheless.  While Voters aren’t Stupid, what are the elected representatives of these people supposed to be?

       They are supposed to be Elected Officials, Susceptible to external pressure from the media. If Obama’s camp can Make the statement Hillary should give up, and get High powered officials like these two to help do it by saying it without having to say it himself, That sends a powerful message to those who are on the fence and Not certain who they are pulling for to Pull for him. Insidious. Evil.  Masterful.  The Man Obama is Subtle in his subterfuges.   And Frankly this looks to be an Attempt by the Obama Camp to bring that pressure to bear ,Via the Media, Onto susceptible members of the Democratic party who, running for seats of there own, might want the endorsement of One barack Obama.  After all if he can make This kind of appeal, He must be a winner right?  Especially if He is Such a Great Nominee that he can force, or attempt to force his opponent to quit with just the force of His personality and the words of those around him. The strategy has a flaw tho. 

         They are Not Idiots,  These superdelegates, and they are Not all that desperate for votes.  With the Democrats looking to make Big gains in this election cycle, It should be relatively easy for them to secure the vast majority of their seats without the aid of Someone who is NOT  THE NOMINEE.  The only real thing he can provide them Is good press now.  And good press now is Not good press In November.   Elections are Not won 7+ months before the election, and Not by people still on the stump themselves. 

       A personal Appeal to all those super delegates out there on the Fence.  DON’T BUY IT.  Listen to your heart.  Listen to your conscience.  Do Not succumb to Big Brother  and his New speak Tactics.  That is exactly what they are.  A propaganda tool, and a masterfully crafted one at that.  Vote your heart and mind.  Vote for who you think is best.  And if That is Barack Obama, so be it.  If It is Hillary, So be It.  But Don’t cave to stupid tactics Like this.  Let the will of the people guide you. 

              That’s about it for News, Politics, and Opinion.  Onto personal stuff.

       Sweat:  7.45 Miles in 58:04.39  for a 7:51.69 M/M Pace.  This one had a few rough patches.  No stops or anything, nothing Major wrong, but An issue popped up.  The bottom of my left foot is sore. Very sore.  I’m not sure what happened, but it was sore from the beginning of the run.  It hurt making left hand turns and pivoting on that left foot.  It feels Like the Plantar fascia.  Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but it was pretty bad out there today.  Everything else was fine.  It was otherwise, a good run. Kept the pace even, if just a little slow, knowing I was going long (for me) Stride rate wasn’t too high, call it 180 Steps per minute.  30-31 steps per ten seconds.  I kept the stride length short, especially after running into the foot pain (pun intended)  Good News, I did something I haven’t done In Months! ….Nononon Not That! Me and the Wife are at that a fair bit, I mean Working Out! Ok, It wasn’t really a workout, no weights involved.  30 Minutes of Deep Knee Bends and unweighted punches…almost shadowboxing, except that its just throwing two punches for every deep knee bend.  I did the Deep knee bends at about the rate of 38-40 per minute for 30 minutes, and then a few sets of Crunches.  It may be ultra light, but It’s a Start, and I wanted to err on the side of caution, rather then go too hard and Not be able to do anything tomorrow.  THAT would be F****** Stupid.

       Guitar:  Played for about an hour today.  Started out with the Normal exercises. 

       Single string alternate picking chromatic exercises, Ascending, descending, and Alternating between the two.     

       Major Scale exercises, 2 octave Variety, all keys.

       Minor Scale exercises, 2 octave Variety, all keys.

       One version of the Pentatonic Minor scale, 2 octave variety, all keys.

       String skipping exercise, as delineated in yesterday’s Music section.

       Pivot point exercises.

       Simple four and five note riffs, made up on the spot, in all keys.  Basically modal in nature.  Example:  simple riff using the Lydian Mode.   play the notes as follows, Numbers are scale degrees: 2,3,2,4,2,5,2,6. In the key of F that would be G,A,G,B,G,C,G,D. Move up one fret, repeat.  keep going until you run out of neck or patience.  Your choice.  :-)

       Made up a few little things, Played a few simple chord sequences.  One of them sounded Like that Alvin Lee and ten years after song, “I’d Love to change the world” is the name of it, I think.  Em, chromatic run(e,f,f#g) to G, A, chromatic run(a, a#b,c) to C, B.  g a b and c here are all major chords In case you were wondering. 

     Twas fun all in all.  If you really try, you can get alot done in a short period of time. 

       That’s it for me.  Jam On!

Today’s Nuggets, Aesop’s Fables today:

The Farmer and the Stork

    A FARMER placed nets on his newly-sown plowlands and caught a number of Cranes, which came to pick up his seed. With them he trapped a Stork that had fractured his leg in the net and was earnestly beseeching the Farmer to spare his life. “Pray save me, Master,” he said, “and let me go free this once. My broken limb should excite your pity. Besides, I am no Crane, I am a Stork, a bird of excellent character; and see how I love and slave for my father and mother. Look too, at my feathers — they are not the least like those of a Crane.” The Farmer laughed aloud and said, “It may be all as you say, I only know this: I have taken you with these robbers, the Cranes, and you must die in their company.”

Birds of a feather flock together.

The Lion and the Three Bulls

    THREE BULLS for a long time pastured together. A Lion lay in ambush in the hope of making them his prey, but was afraid to attack them while they kept together. Having at last by guileful speeches succeeded in separating them, he attacked them without fear as they fed alone, and feasted on them one by one at his own leisure.

Union is strength.

Quotes from: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/AesFabl.html

Latest edit: 12:26 a.m. EDT 3/29/08

Anagram: Deus Ex Machina/Ham Sauce Index

       Perspective  I will be using several Latin phrases in this Blog, so, for those who do not Know them, I suggest checking the Following link for translation purposes—> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_phrases_%28full%29

       Deus Ex Machina.  That is what the Democrats seem to need at this point in the proceedings.  A Deus ex Machina is a device used by writers to get characters that are in an inextricable mess out of it by improbable means.  Let’s looks at why.  First, The party itself has decided, between Barack Obama and Howard Dean, That form is more important than the people who are being represented, For Mister Dean in the Form of Michigan and Florida not being counted, and For Mr. Obama in the form of letting his subordinates call for Hillary to quit for the “good of the Party”, as well as allowing a Michigan vote to slip away on his say so. You can see the thoughts each have here from their actions. ex pede Herculem

       Mister Dean’s seems to be a thought that involves His will and His alone being the most important in the party.  His thought here is blind power over the party.  He does not seem to understand that real leadership involves the concept of Compromise.  That any real solution to this problem should involve the compromise of His wants, of making his will subservient to the will of the people.  It is we the people right?But he can only think of his party’s rules here.  I’ve said it before, The Rules are here to guide us, Not Bind us.  If they need changing to fit a new circumstance, we should not be so inextricably bound to these rules that they put us in a corner.  We should shape the world to fit our needs in this case, Mr. Dean.  Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare.

       Barack Obama and his people seem to have a one simple thought on their minds.  Hillary is his Biggest Obstacle to getting into the White House.  Like John McCain isn’t an Obstacle to Overcome.  Like his association to Rev. Wright isn’t an obstacle to Overcome.  Like his own lack of experience isn’t an obstacle to Overcome. Like your inability to take voters from Hillary isn’t an obstacle to overcome. If you think you have only one bridge to cross, you may, unfortunately for you, be right….This bridge—> pons asinorumWhy call for her to leave the game when it’s not even close to ending?  Why have your people made it look like it is inevitable that you will win, when it is not? You haven’t nailed down the nomination yet, and you won’t by the looks of it, even after the voting is done.  Neither candidate can win outright, you cannot claim victory.  People who use their heads will see that this is just a ploy on your part to put the image of your victory in the heads of people to make your nomination seem more inevitable.  The tactic is absurd,  Only an idiot would buy it.  Your argumentum ad hominem goes Nowhere.  Nice try tho.

       What would I like to see happen with these two things?  I’d like to see Obama’s people shut up and let the Voters decide who gets in and who doesn’t, and not pretend the game is over when it isn’t, and For Howard Dean to Do his Job and Get ALL the Democrats seated at the Convention, however it gets Done.

       The latin thing here may seem a bit silly, but I liked it.  And learning is fun.  So why not? 

       Enjoy.  I’m gonna go run.  7.45 Miles I think.  Regular post, sans Latin, with music, running, more politics, and quotes, coming later.

       Ite Missa Est.   :-)