Anagram: Rushing Rhino/Irish Gun Horn

NUTS!  Holy Cats, It’s busy here at the office today.  This is gonna be a shortie as a consequence.

Political news.  Romney and McCain are getting Catty over McCain saying Romney supported a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. Mr. Romney says that is a lie and he has  Demanded an Apology and Mr. McCain has refused, saying that Mr. Romney owes an apology to all the troops in Iraq for wanting the timetable.  What does it say about our nation and system of government when all those who are gunning for office are essentially reduced to tit for tat Claims and demands for apologies.  Both Dems and republicans.  Between These two, and Clinton and Obama and the race thing, both of these situations are silly and childish, this stupidity is about the ugliest bitch and whinefest this nation has ever seen and, It is sad to see.  And i get a feeling that it’ll only get worse before it’s over.

Running: 3.45 Miles in 27:28.43   7:57.80  No stops today.  The left leg was and is bothering me, but not enough to stop me during the run.  Neck was fine, although I did have pins and needles in my middle and ring fingers on my left hand, presumably a residual from the Neck Injury.  It was a brisk 27 degrees at run time, but with no wind to speak of, It wasn’t too bad.  Didn’t push hard, but I wasn’t about to after the Painfest that was yesterday.  Workout was short and sweet, Kinda Like This blog.  15 minutes worth of Pushups and Deep knee bends, 5 minutes worth of kick drills, and2 sets of crunches, lateral bridges, and chinups.  26:00.87 total sweat time for the workout.  I was gonna do more pushups, but after I got to around number 150 or so, My arms and chest told me To f*** off.  So I stopped.  Dammit, this is done ten at a time, it should not be that difficult.  I used to be able to do 350 like this and have something left in the tank.  I’m outta shape.  That’s no damned good!

Guitar:  Played as much as I could. and I have to say that I was good at times, but at others I just sucked.  I did the usual exercises and they were ok.  Alternate picking Chromatic exercises and string skipping went well, as did the Scales, Minor and Major, and 2 pentatonic scles, and Phyrigian mode exercises.  What I did after that Was playing around with songs, not too good there, but not too bad either.  Where I made a Mess of things was In speed exercises.  Stuff I haven’t done in awhile.  I was Horrible.  simple chromatic single string runs start at fret one and move to fret 12 as fast as possible, first finger on fret one to start, then play in a chromatic ascending sequence to fret 4 then move the hand up to fret 5 and do the same type of thing and then again with first finger at fret 9, then after that back down to five with the first finger and play it again, then back to one…then on to the next string and do it all over again.  As fast as possible.  I was all over the place, missing notes like crazy.  Almost sounded like over today’s playing I was slowly Unlearning how to play the Instrument.  Started great, ended Crappy.  Mind you I was playing as Fast as i could possibly play with both hands, something I usually don’t do.  I am going to start doing this every day, to see if I can make some headway and improve My playing at top speed. I can alternate pick very well, Just not very well very fast.  Go fig.  It’ll come, in time, just not today.

That’s it for me.  I have ten Boxes of Crap to scan and I’ve spent too much time here as it is.  Go Jam!  Later.

Today’s Nuggets:  An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens….There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends & books.   Thomas Jefferson

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.  James Madison

Anagram: Everything Hurts!!/Hey! Grunts Thrive!

Tetrahedral Planetoid  I am currently reading a story on the Cnn Political Ticker where Bill Clinton says that If John McCain and His Wife are their respective Political parties nominees, the General election will be a Love fest, because the two of them are close friends, They honestly like each other and respect each others views.  Now, I seriously doubt that Lovefest crap,  just because if you want the Job, you have to fight for it, and in this day and age, as much as We The People want change, none of us are blind to the fact that Mudslinging is part and parcel of present day politics. Hillary is on the same side of the aisle as Mr. Obama, and have worked together for several years.  And we’ve all seen how they’ve been tearing each other a new one almost daily, so It’s not a stretch to say that Mr. McCain, from the other side of the Aisle, like and respect aside, will run into some serious ass tearing come General Election Time.  And it would be equally dumb to think that John doesn’t have some grenades to toss her way either.  It’ll be a Slugfest no matter who gets nominated.  If it does coem down to these two, I hope it doesn’t do any serious long term damage to their friendship.  Good friends in politics, i would presume, are hard to come by. 

In a Similar vein, Mitt Romney has recently  put out ads attacking John McCain’s friendships with Democrats and his willingness to work with those on the Other side of the Aisle.  Now I can see how that would look bad to some people, but think about it.  If You are a Republican running for president, and your party has a thin majority in the senate and house, or even a Minority, wouldn’t that be an asset? Wouldn’t you want to be able to build and reach a Consensus with the other party?  Now Romney also went so far as to say that Senator McCain was willing to run as John Kerry’s running mate in 2k4, a charge Mr. McCain has denied.  Throwing mud is One thing Mr. Romney, But it’s silly trying to throw stupid.  All you do is get it all over yourself and look stupid in the process.  In this day and age  John Kerry and McCain on the same Democratic ticket?  Please.  Stop that.

Democratic polling data suggests that John Edwards is gaining somewhat in the last day or two in South Carolina.  Still doesn’t look like he’s gonna be able to beat Obama, who just looks too strong to beat in S.C., But he looks to at least make a respectable showing.

The Presidential campaign of Dennis Kucinich is Finished.  Mr. Kucinich, a respected and well liked representative from Cleveland, is going to instead focus On his bid to retain his seat in The House.  Good for you Dennis.   Yours is a voice for change that needs to be heard.  You just didn’t have it in you to be The Dems Candidate for president, and that’s ok, there are Lots of well respected people who have had that said about them.  Good Luck In your bid to keep Your Seat, Mr. Kucinich. As much as I railed that he should have quit earlier, he’s a Good guy who has the courage of his convictions and never shrunk from what he saw as his duty and did his best in a good field of Democratic candidates.    And then there were three.

Onto The Personal stuff.

Ran 3.45 Miles today in 27:21.31  7:55.74 m/m pace.    I didn’t really push hard today.  It was Cold and windy, My Left leg is sore, My Lower Back stiffened up from about the 5 minute mark of the run, and didn’t let up until i stopped a little after the 2 mile marker.  Neck is still hurting as well, which was just the icing on the cake.  Shit Cake, but cake nonetheless.  Leg is sore and i am limping right now, but i’ll tell ya, I think I’ll be fine for running tomorrow, with a good nights sleep that it.  If I get a Good nights sleep, I should heal up well enough during the night to be fine for the run tomorrow.  If Not then no run tomorrow.  Workout was light today.  33 minutes of Shadodwboxing and Deep Knee Bends, then the usual Crunches, Lateral Bridges and Chin-ups.  38:49.84 total sweat time for the workout.  I had some minor problems with the shadowboxing, due to limited motion because of the Neck Pain, and I could not throw punches as hard as i wanted to as a consequence.  No Worries tho.  I did what I could where i was with what I had, and I’m happy with the results.

But I’ll tell you this Much, The Title of today’s blog isn’t there just for looks.  I am sore and in pain from head to toe right now and I’ve taken painkillers and they aren’t working.  Dammit. 

Played the Guitar for a short period of time today, not nearly as much as I would have liked on a day off.  Call it 45 minutes worth.  I did the Usual Chromatic alternate picking exercises, and The Major and Minor and Pentatonic scales in all keys, and the string skipping exercises.  Second day in a row I did the longer arpeggio practice stuff, more and longer than usual.  across all 6 strings and over two octaves in all keys with the major arpeggios, and i did the shorter minor arpeggios stuff today.  Think I’ll go do the longer Minor key stuff when I am done here.  I might record, but I tell ya, I am feeling a little bit beat right now and I just might pass on the recording,too.  we’ll see what happens.  Might play the Electric too.  I haven’t played that in at least a week, maybe more.  Maybe I just need to thrash a Little to feel better.  Wouldn’t be the first time, won’t be the last.

Time to Jam.  You go Jam too, See Ya Later.

Today’s Nuggets,  Courtesy of Al Gore, from Wikiquote:    The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say, “Well, I read a science fiction novel that told me it’s not a problem.” If the crib’s on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame retardant. You take action.

We need to solve the climate crisis, it’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act, that’s a renewable resource, let’s renew it.

I’m involved in a different kind of campaign myself — to make sure that the climate crisis is the number one issue on the agenda of candidates in both parties. And I know that sounds like an unrealistic goal right now, but I will wager that by the time the elections of November 2008 come around, it will be the number one issue in both parties.     End Quotes

 I Hope So, Mr. Gore. It would be nice if we showed we cared about more than our own piece of the Pie.

Anagram: Looking Out At The World/Older Outlaw Took Night

lw320  Personal news first.  Politics after that. 

It’s thursday and usually I am at work, but I had to take a sick day today.  I hurt my neck. I know not how, but I hurt my neck, bad enough that I could not make it to work.  It did not stop me from running or working out mind you.  then again, running doesn’t use the neck muscles, and neither do my workouts, really, no significant head turning during either activity.  I could barely lift a Cup of coffee this morning soon after I first woke up this morning, and It is still VERY sore and I still have pain when I turn my head or lay down or get up or try to lift anything with my left hand, but like I said I was surprisingly able to do a workout and a run today.  The Run was 3.45 miles in 26:46.41 which makes for a  7:45.62m/m pace for the run.  I did have to stop once at the 2.8 mile marker.  I stopped for a few reasons, only one of which was Pins and needles in My left hand, no doubt from the neck pain.  I was also a little tired from pushing hard, and my leg was a wee bit sore, so I thought a stop would be good.   The workout I did was semi short, but i pushed hard.  25 minutes worth of Burpees and deep knee bends, Im not sure how many sets i did, I lost count, but i usually do these sets of 10 burpees and 25 deep knee bends in about 1 minute 15 -20 seconds, which makes for between 18 – 20 sets total.  after that I did my usual crunches, lateral bridges and chinups.  31:12.26 total sweat time.  I am totally and completely surprised that It did not hurt my neck doing this, especially the chinups.  I find it odd that I can do chinups, but can’t lift a cup of coffee.

I have played a fair amount of guitar today.  a Lot of it has been arpeggio work.  I have done some but not alot of scale work.   I have worked on, read practice and occassionally slightly alter into that, on a number of Songs that I have written, but this is the most arpeggio work I have done in a long time.  I was doing big ones, bigger than normal, 2 octave range on a lot of them, both major and minor in all keys. Some were actual chords played in an arpeggiated fashion, others extended major or minor scale runs, others just playing pretty.  and I mean trying to make it sound less like practice and More Like an actual piece of Music, syncopate a bit, play some but not all notes in an arpeggiated sequence, kind of out of order,  then going back and play the note missed along with other notes further along in the same arpeggio.   I’ve been having fun jamming along today, and I am far from done.

Now For Politics and News.

F*** you, Pay me! The Government has apparently found a way to cut the vast majority of americans checks in order to attempt to stimulate the Economy.  The Deal, announced by The President today, would cut most americans a check for $600 to $1200.  According to Cnn : ” Sources on Capitol Hill and at the Treasury Department said the plan would send checks of $600 to individuals and $1,200 to couples who paid income tax and who filed jointly.  People who did not pay federal income taxes but who had earned income of more than $3,000 would get checks of $300 per individual or $600 per couple.  A Democratic aide and Republican aide said there will be an additional amount per child, which could be in the neighborhood of $300.  Those who earn up to $75,000 individually or up to $150,000 as a couple will be eligible for the payments, said Republican and Democratic sources familiar with the tentative deal. ” end quote It all sounds good until you get to this portion of the story, again from cnn” The Treasury Department still must analyze the numbers to determine the price tag of the stimulus package, sources said.” end quote.   I HEARTILY dislike the fact that we don’t know how much this Bandaid is going to cost us, in the face of a Large and mounting national debt.  I won’t complain about getting a few extra bucks, but i can’t help but feel uneasy about the government cutting checks when they don’t have the money to pay for what it has and is producing now.  Something sounds bad here.  Maybe the treasury department should have done their analyses BEFORE the plan came out.  I just hope it has the intended effect of HELPING the economy. 

Good news in that the Dow is up for the second day in a row. up over 100 points.  Good to see that things are looking up a bit.  And the Hang seng and The Nikkei are up as of 9:40 pm.  Nice.  Here’s to hoping that the worst of the recession is behind us. 

All the polls I mention here I looked up at www.realclearpolitics.com  

I’ve been Looking at a few polls lately.  I know, some people don’t really trust them , but they are a Fairly accurate representation of how people think, New Hampshire notwithstanding.   Those polls tell us a few things.   First things first.  The news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Yes, Blacks In South Carolina are voting by and large with Barack Obama.  But If you look at States, not just subsections of them, you begin to see a solid majority of the Nation behind Hillary Clinton.   She’s Got a Solid lead in polls in  California, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, and a slim lead in Georgia.  and when I say solid lead, I am talking a solid 20% lead.  Now we’ll see what all the Muckraking and Mudslinging does in these races, but I’m thinking America is beginning to see that Hillary is The Most electable candidate in the Democratic Camp.  May not be the Best, but she does at this point look to be the Most electable. 

Another thing you can take from these Polls is That Rudy Giuliani is done and that his Florida campaign seems to have backfired on him.  Seems.  Polls suggest that Mr. Giuliani will finish in third place behind both Mitt Romney and John McCain. and The states where he has had a significant lead have disappeared completely. In Pennsylvania, Mr. Giuliani had a double digit lead last month.  Today he is  Behind John McCain by 16%.  In California, He was In first place by several points, and now he is in third place in all  but one poll, and is behind the leader, Again John McCain, by between 4 and 15%.  Hope you had fun rudy, It’s looks to be all over but the shouting for you Little brother. 

It’s Brian Leetch Night here. The New York Rangers Retired His Number 2  and sent it to the Rafters In Madison Square Garden in a truly beautiful ceremony.  And he Made the Announcement that Next season the Rangers will retire Adam Graves Number 9 and send IT to the Rafters.  NICE!  Can I get a LET’S GO RANGERS!

I’m gonna go watch the end of the Rangers Game, which is Tied 1-1 at the Moment.  Have a Good Night.  Jam On.

Today’s Nuggets:  But the safety of the people of America against dangers from foreign force depends not only on their forbearing to give just causes of war to other nations, but also on their placing and continuing themselves in such a situation as not to invite hostility or insult; for it need not be observed that there are pretended as well as just causes of war.    John Jay

 It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.   Noah Webster

Anagram: Spam by the Slice/Slimy Beach Pest

Give Back My Head!  Good News.  The Economy seems to have made a Turn for the better, if only for a Moment, although I’m hoping for long term stability instead of a One day turn-around and then a return to crap.  The dow after taking it hard in the ass for a quite a while, it had lost something like 1,100 points in the last 9 days, made a Giant leap forward today, Going up almost 300 points In heavy trading. Well it sounds pretty damned heavy anyway, over half a billions stocks traded today.  But there doesn’t seem to be that much of a Ripple effect in the world markets.  Only the Nikkei Is Up of all the Major overseas markets, the Dax and the FTSE In Germany and Britain are down, as is the Hang Seng In Hong Kong.  I really hope the Market pulls out of the doldrums here.  I don’t want to see this turn into a Full blown recession, or worse, a depression.  The difference? A recession can be relatively light and short, and a Depression is a Lot more long lasting and more severe.  Overly simplistic yes, but I am not an economist, I’m just a citizen hoping for good economic fortunes and telling what little I know and simply reporting facts that I happen to catch here and there. 

But where did this Upturn in the Market come from? The fed dropped rates by 3/4 of a % yesterday in hopes of stimulating the Economy, and while no one bit yesterday, they seemed to be in a more generous mood today.  Let’s all hope it lasts more than one day.

NEWS FLASH:  POLITICIANS ARE ASSHOLES!!!

Ok Maybe not much of a news flash, but you understand that it’s the truth, and It can’t be reported unless it’s true.  I think.

Part 1:  Bush Is an Asshole: The President and His most senior staff,  in the two years following 9/11 and leading up to the war in Iraq, made a Total of 935 False statements about the risk posed by Iraq,with the largest offenders being The President with 260 and Colin Powell, with 244.  Also making he list are Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Scott McClellan.  I’d like to get my hands on transcripts and just toss a few out there for you all to read, to give you a sense, gentle reader, of the Misguided evil foisted on Us by our president.

Part 2: Clinton and Obama are assholes:   A Big Thank you to the People at www.FactCheck.org for this one.  I didn’t realize how full of it these two were in the debate until I checked this site, although, being an untrusting soul, I may have to factcheck the factcheckers, if it’s at all possible.  There were misrepresenttations and outright lies on both sides of the Clinton Obama mess.  If this site is right Both sides lied about their own statements about  just about everything that was debated and spoken about in that heated beginning of hostilities on that stage in Myrtle beach.  Lies and misrepresentations will not keep me from voting for someone, In Large part because it has been happening in politics probably as long as there has been politics.  there were lies told by and about each one of those two, and that’s what happens, It’s called mudslinging.  I thought Edwards came out as close to on top as he could get just by keeping himself above the fray, although he was taken to task here for quoting an old poll saying he was the best candidate to beat John McCain.  

Both Parties.  Full Of Shit.  There’s a Shock.  All these candidates run as being for change.  I don’t see any change.  and I’m not surprised.

Now Onto My personal stuff.

Run Distance:  3.45 miles   Run Time:  26:30.08  Minute per mile pace 7:40.89  Temperature: 35 Degrees  Wind:  10mph, gusting to 20  I Had one stop today at the 2.8 mile marker. beyond that everything was good, I pushed kinda hard early and took my foot off of the gas around mile two or so.  I did get the feeling that I was just spinning my wheels out there today, not really getting anywhere fast, so I pushed for all I Could, until I figured out that I was moving semi fast.  I’m not really ready for fast yet.   I’m still not in good enough shape to run FAST fast quite yet.  But there was No pain While I was running today, which was beautiful, but I can feel it which means it’s not %100, but it’s close and getting closer.  Workout was Light.  33 minutes worth of Deep knee bends and Shadow boxing, and a few sets of crunches, some lateral bridges and two sets of Chin-ups.  38:52.54 total sweat time.  Needed to go light today, i’m wiped, as I was before, I didn’t get enough sleep….Again. I’m Gonna catch up on it tonight tho, no worries. 

I played guitar for a bit but not for too long, call it 45 minutes to an hour.  The highlight was just jamming along to the music on xm,  several songs, more or less at random, the ones That really left an imprression were Rush “Tom Sawyer” and Incubus “Drive”  both relatively easy to play along with, both In E Minor…. well at least both worked well in E Minor.  I did some scale work, but not that much, some arpeggios but not too many, some alternate picking  exercises. All good, but I am unhappy. I wanted to record today, but It’s getting late and I’m just barely able to keep my eyes open, so it’s not happening now…. No Worries tho, I’ll hit if friday.

That’s it For me.  See ya tomorrow. Jam On.

Today’s Nuggets:  [E]very Man who comes among us, and takes up a piece of Land, becomes a Citizen, and by our Constitution has a Voice in Elections, and a share in the Government of the Country.    Benjamin Franklin

There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it as a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instill prejudices at any price; or as the serious.   Alexander Hamilton

Anagram: Libertarian/ Brat Airline

American Flag  A few basic things about my political point of view:

I care at least as much about society’s well being as my own, in large part because my fate and the fate of the society I live in are intrinsically intertwined.  Treat the world and the people in it well, and by and large, they’ll treat you well. 

I hold my personal freedom in higher esteem than my economic freedom.  Not that money is trivial or unimportant, but if my personal freedoms are in good shape, I will be in a better position to look after my economic freedom.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_freedom 

I do Not believe My personal freedom is under attack at the moment, but I believe the groundwork for such an attack has been laid by the current administration.  My personal freedom has yet to be compromised, but sometimes it feels like it has.  Attempts on my Personal freedom have been made, but have been thwarted.  The most notable was when Former Attorney General Gonzalez asserted in Senate testimony that while habeas corpus is one of our most cherished rights, the United States Constitution does not expressly guarantee habeas rights to United States residents or citizens.  It is good that this enemy of freedom is done. Let’s hope those like him are never given any power in any way so we can keep America Free.

I Believe that Mike Huckabee would use and extend the powers of The United States Government to Reflect his Own Religious beliefs and extend them into the lives of those he wishes to rule over.  A Direct Quote from the Man himself  “I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”  I have no problem with God, or loving God, But I do have a problem with a man who wants to alter the very fabric Of our lives by altering unnecessarily the documents upon which our lives and freedoms are built.  

Republicans are Not evil.  But they aspire to it. 

Now Onto One piece of news.

I heard that Fred Thompson decided to call it quits today just a few days before the Republican Florida primary.  The only question I have is, what took ya?  Your campaign has been stagnant and dead in the water almost since it’s inception, and since you’ve looked disinterested since this started, I have to ask, why did you start up in the first place?  I can’t figure you out.  But actors are an odd lot, Ya know? I’m sure you had the best interests of the world and your party at heart, but Ya know fred, you should have tried to show some heart too. You looked lifeless out there.  I’ve seen roadkill that looked more prepared for the Presidency than you did. If you had shown a little more life and toughness, which was lacking out there brother, You might have gotten more support.  Happy trails, Fred.

Ran today, Pain free I might add! 🙂  3.45 miles in 26:54.34 for a 7:47.92m/m pace This one was pretty good.  Pushed hard early, took the foot off of the gas after about mIle 1.5 and cruised for a Bit before attempting an uphill push at the end of the run.  The wind was the Big story today.  The Variable winds here on Staten Island can be a Bitch when running in winter.   In the space of four minutes I had the wind blowing from 4 different directions, each one directly in my face.  Love That.   Or Something.  Workout was hard, really busted it.  16 minutes worth of Burpees and Deep knee bends, call it 130 Burpees and 325 Deep knee bends.  Followed that up with 17 minutes of Punch and Kick drills. 11 minutes of Kick drills and 6 minutes of Punch drills to be more precise.  when I finished that I did a few sets of crunches and few sets of Later bridges, then 2 sets of Chin-ups.  38:58.04 total sweat time today.  I gave as much as I had out there today, and It was good.

I played some guitar today.  Not alot tho.  Not nearly as much as i would have liked. got in my exercises, and did my scales in all keys.  Did siome arpeggios, but not that much.  Concentrated on fingerpicking and trying to come up with new material to play.  And I have been beating this to death the last few days, standard open chords done with unusual voicings.  played with the 3rd and second strings open, but with the e on the 12th fret of the High e string and the C on the 10th fret of the Fourth string.  move that entire proceeding over one string  and get a G Maj. Then move up the neck 2 frets to make a g9th(no3rd).  It has a nice sound to it.  Goona go play some more before i go to sleep, Think I’m gonna just hit the chord bbible and see what I can learn and see how I can apply what I learn to what I am writing.  Should be fun.

That’s it for me.  See Ya Later.  Jam On.

Today’s Nuggets:  All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.   Thomas Jefferson

It has ever been my hobby-horse to see rising in America an empire of liberty, and a prospect of two or three hundred millions of freemen, without one noble or one king among them. You say it is impossible. If I should agree with you in this, I would still say, let us try the experiment, and preserve our equality as long as we can. A better system of education for the common people might preserve them long from such artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural distinctions of right and wrong, virtue and vice.    John Adams

Anagram: Romney, Clinton Win/Crony Won Liniment

Delicate   Like it says, according to Cnn, Both Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton are Expected to win Their parties caucuses in the State of Nevada.  Romney’s win is Huge, With his closest competitors, Ron Paul and John McCain, each finishing 39% behind him with 78% of the Vote in.  Hillary On the other hand won a squeaker by comparison, Winning by 6% over Senator Obama with 51% of the Vote for Hillary and 45% for Mr. Obama.  The stories here are the Guys in the back tho.  A surprise fight for second place between Ron Paul and John McCain, and the Incredibly poor showing for Mr. Edwards.  I expected better from Mr. Edwards, although I am sure he will take a poor showing here without much concern if He Wins South Carolina.  And while it’s only 13% of the Vote, A Second place for Mr. Paul here, ahead of Mr. McCain would be a Major Boost for his campaign, But it really won’t do much damage to Mr. McCain, you would have expected for him to do better so close to his home state, tho.  Then again Mr. Romney did less then great In New Hampshire and it hasn’t hurt him much.   Congratulations to Mr. Romney and Mrs. Clinton. 

Best news of all of it is the Fall Of Mike Huckabee, falling behind both Paul and McCain, and in a Dead heat with the Almost completely out of It Fred Thompson.  Kudos to the Voters of Nevada for Giving Mr. Huckabee the Kick in the ass he so richly deserves.  Still Unhappy that He got 8% of the Vote, but He is a Nationally recognized leader in The Don’t tax and spend Republican Party, and That’ll get ya Something.  It Got Rudy 4% of the Vote.  Kudos again to The Nevada Voters On Not making him look good over there.  Thank You!  

Bush Tax rebate.  BUSH TAX REBATE???? IS HE NUTS? The Economy is In shambles, and He’s handing people money? Where is it coming from? Who paying for this.  …Listen, I am poor.  Dirt poor. And I would Love a few extra bucks in my pocket.  But I cannot understand how billions of dollars being taken away from the Government which is already in debt is going to do for us AS A NATION.  Personally I can’t Bitch too hard. I’m broke and I need the Cash, but I don’t want to be party to helping to bankrupt the nation for something which will, at best, make it easier for me to pay one or two bills and make the food shopping  less of a burden for a week or two.  I hope we come out of this recession soon and will take whatever help i can get, but not at the expense of the future.  Let’s rethink this please.  Someone talk some sense to this Boy, please.

Guitar:  Had fun Playing today.  Didn’t play much, spent a Lot of time doing other things, but I got In some jammin goodness.  Hit the usual stuff, 5 minor pentatonic scales in all keys, as well as major and minor scales the same way.  A few Arpeggios, major and Minor 7th only, less then I wanted to play, but still good.  Alternate picking Chromatic and String Skipping exercises. I busted out the Metronome on a bunch of stuff today and Surprisingly my timing was pretty good. I was expecting to be a little fast, a little off, but I was stone dead on most of the time.  Roddy, The stunt cat did distract me by slapping at the guitar a few times, It was pretty funny, and That threw my timing off a Little bit, but I was Ok, I adjusted each time and it was good.  Had some fun playing with some new material I have been working on for the last few days, and putting the Finishing touches On a Piece that is ready for recording. The newer one is a variation On an finger-picking exercise that I was working On, 3 strings only, the b,g, and high e strings, with the g string open throughout while playing various duad combinations in triplet rhythm.  I Think I’m saying that right.  I will find a way to get this stuff someplace where everyone can hear it.  Probably Myspace.  We’ll see.

Ran today when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to. 3.45 miles in 26:36.71   7:42.81 m/m pace.  Felt pretty good today, and the Leg didn’t really bother me much.  Yes It is sore, but It just feels like regular muscle soreness at this point, which gives me a Glimmer of Hope that I will be ok and can maybe resume regular daily training soon.  I had to stop at around the 3 mile marker, which pissed me off, I usually just push through when I’m that close and feeling winded, but today I couldn’t do it.  It was a short stop tho. Workout was short but hard.  20 minutes worth of Burpee/Deep Knee Bend combos.  Call it 16 sets of burpees, 160 total, with the same amount of sets of DKB’s, call it 400 total, with a few sets of Crunches and Lateral Bridges.  24:36.6 total sweat time.  Feeling better about my physical shape after a few weeks of Sitting on my ass.  Nice.

That’s it for me.  I have a Long Night of Work and a Lot to get done.  See Ya.  Jam On.

Today’s Nuggets:  Friends, I will disown and repudiate any man of my party who attacks with such foul slander and abuse any opponent of any other party; and now I wish to say seriously to all the daily newspapers, to the Republicans, the Democrat, and Socialist parties, that they cannot, month in month out and year in and year out, make the kind of untruthful, of bitter assault that they have made and not expect that brutal, violent natures, or brutal and violent characters, especially when the brutality is accompanied by a not very strong mind; they cannot expect that such natures will be unaffected by it.   Theodore Roosevelt

A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.   Alexander Hamilton

Anagram: Number of The Beast/The Best Bean Forum

American Flag  This straight from the Cnn Ticker: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told South Carolina voters Thursday that the government had no business making decisions over the Confederate flag.  “You don’t like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag,” Huckabee said at a Myrtle Beach campaign event. “In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole, that’s what we’d do.”  You tell’em Mike.  If those southerners want to be aggressively racist and fly the flag of Black oppression, They and You shouldn’t have to listen to intelligent people say that it’s a Bad thing to do to rub it in the face of people who you personally held down for Hundreds of years, and still probably do.  That’s Wonderful Mike.  Court That KKK vote you so want.  That’s Just beautiful.  Just one more Reason why I DON’T heart Huckabee.   And while I can Understand not wanting The Feds Interfering with State Government, There is no reason for him to get all huffy about The Confederate flag flying.  It’s a symbol of Oppression to millions of american’s. That’s why they don’t Like it mike.  Those people Vote too, and You just Lost them.  Well, maybe not lost, they never were gonna vote for you anyway.  Too bad.  So much for a United america, right mike? Black man’s vote means nothing to you right, mike? Dummy.

I do have more to add, but I’m busy at work right now, More when I can.

And Here it is.  I have been challenged, but I’m not exactly sure if I want to meet this particular challenge.   At my Job, There is this guy Named Tony, who, when speaking about the Steriod probe and hearing, made some off hand disparaging comment about it.  I do not remember exactly what it was that he said, but I responded, speaking about Senator Mitchell’s role in the Yankees getting hung out to dry in the mitchell report “Hey, he was a good senator, and he never had anything to do with the Day to day operations of the Red sox”  Something like that.  Tony responded saying that he didn’t trust senators.  I responded that “They go to the same schools that we do, the same churches that we do” Trying to make the point that they (senators) come from out of our society and that since we are a representative democracy, they have to necessarily be representative of us on a great many levels.  He scoffed at that, and said “Mike, I’ll believe that when you can get one of them to call here in a week, if you called me, I’d call you back, i’ll believe what you said is true when you can get one of them to call .”  Something like that.  I don’t know why he picked a week. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know if i should try to get one of them to call Him or not.  I’ll be honest.  These are Very Hard working people who do incredibly important work for a great many people.  To sit here and presume that they have the time to sit and chat with some guy they’ve never met about something as trivial as this seems to me wrong.  I said I would try, but now i am not so sure.  I happen to think very highly of our (Democratic) leaders, and the incredible amount of work ALL legislators on both sides of the Aisle do, as well as the hard work that the people they work with behind the scenes do, and to interrupt that for any reason that isn’t a Major Issue seems to me to be about as wrong a thing as I can do.  Ya Know. I’m not gonna.  I was going to to, but these people deserve more respect then that.  Calling them for that reason, just so a Co-worker can feel that a congressman is “One of us” is trivial at it’s core, and would be stupid and wrong

Played guitar today, not much but I played well, and I have another song a-brewing.  Played My usual stuff, Major and Minor scales and 5 minor Pentatonic scales in all keys, As well as String skipping exercises and The usual chromatic Alternate picking exercises.  Played for Maybe 45 minutes today, and I was good, Got in some chord progressions, but No arpeggios today.  Had fun jamming today. 

Ran and Worked out today.  3.45 miles in 26:41.96 for a 7:44.33 m/m Pace.  Felt good even tho I had to stop again at the 2 mile marker.  The weather wasn’t too bad, 32 degrees with only a slight breeze.  Not a Bad day for a run.  The Bad news is that the leg is acting up again.  Dammit, This has got to stop, I may have to take this to a Doctor and see what he says.  Dammit. Workout was good.  Shadowboxing/DKB’s for 30 minutes, with 5 sets of Pushups/DKB’s, a few sets of Crunches and Lateral bridges, and a few sets of Chinups.  40:20.56 total sweat time.  Twas a Good workout.  Light but good.

Today is the 46th Anniversary of the Military Industrial Complex Speech given By Then President Dwight David Eisenhower.  Today’s Nugget is a portion of This speech.

Today’s Nugget: In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.