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Classical Guitar  And then there were Four….

Within 6 hours of each other, John Edwards and Rudolph Giuliani both called it quits for their respective parties nomination.  Mr. Edwards did it First, In the still ravaged lower 9th district in New Orleans where he launched his bid for the Democratic presidential Nomination a Little over a year ago.  He asked those who came to see him off to Continue the fight, but failed to Back either Obama or Clinton.  I think that He would have had a horrendously bad Super Tuesday, and Wanting to save himself the Humiliation, not to mention the Money it would take to run a serious attempt for delegates in all 24 super Tuesday states, decided to simply save himself, and something of a legacy for himself, not wanting to go out with the Moniker of the Guy who lost in every single state on Super Tuesday.  That would have made any future bid at Just about any seat anywhere difficult to win.  and I’m sure he has designs on some type of run for office somewhere in his future.  He is too good and too well known, and wants to do good for the people. he’ll run somewhere for some seat, watch and see.  He was quite eloquent and impassioned in his speech to the faithful few he had with him in New Orleans.

Rudy, while less eloquent, and less wordy, was also lavish in his praise for Mr. McCain, calling him a hero, and saying that if he hadn’t made his attempt at the republican nomination, he would have Backed Sen. McCain from the Get-go.  He gave the speech in Simi Valley, at the Reagan Library, the place where there is a Republican Debate going on as we speak.  Speaking of the debate…

I’ve missed a fair bit of it, but I’ve still caught enough to get a sense of what’s going on.  Basically tit for tat between McCain and Romney, Romney calling McCain a Liberal, and McCain calling Romney out on his bad job running Massachusetts and his tax record.  My personal favorite quote was From Mike Huckabee, who said it was equally the fault of the Congress and the president that the economy is in the mess it’s in.  Fine as far as it goes, but it is the Implication in the way he worded it.  The Implication he made was that it was More the fault of the Democratic Congress than the Fault of the Republican President.  First things first. There was for the Majority of the Bush Administration, a Republican Majority In the House and The Senate, and it was Just as Much the Fault of these Congresses as this Latest Incarnation of the Congress as far as that is Concerned.  But It is still In the Hands of the President to Sign off On these Spending bills.  There is enough blame to go around, Mr.  Huckabee, don’t point the Finger at the Democrats when it was the Republicans who were in Power.   …

I’m sorry, I can’t Listen to this Bullshit anymore, their words twist the truth in ways that hurt my head.  It does make me happy too tho.  Happy that I am No Longer a Member of that Political Party, of which I was a Member from when I came of age in 1985 until the Mid 1990’s.  It was then That I began to watch with greater care the actions, and listen to the words of those who run our great nation.  There was, and Is something completely wrong with the Rhetoric of the Republican party.   It seeks to Blame,  and to shift focus away from the truth, and from their failed economic policies and to issues that are less then Important to the american people.  Case In Point.  The Flag burning amendment.  There’s a real threat to America. NOT.   While I am Wholeheartedly against the Practice, Are there really that many people doing it?  Is it THAT Much of a threat to the peace and stability of this Nation? Not the last time  I Looked.  I have never Once seen anyone even attempt it.  And if anyone tried, they would get their asses kicked.  At least here in new York City they would.  Don’t know about how it is down in republican country.  Maybe they are so fed up with the Republican Bullshit that they’ve taken to burning flags.  I don’t know tho.  But this is how the Republicans are, create divisive bullshit to cover their inability to bring effective leadership to the fore.

ENOUGH!  On to more personal matters…

Good run in less than perfect Conditions today.  3.45 Miles In 26:58.98  7:49.26 m/m pace.  It was 40 degrees when I went out today.  Nice actually. But It was Raining, and the Winds were HOWLING.  Winds were at 20 MPH, Gusting to the upper 40’s.   I have Very strong legs, but these winds were strong enough to move my legs, actually felt them move in a direction I did Not ask them to move, In stride, Moved them to the left when a Strong gust came through.  I have felt that Maybe once or twice.  It is an Odd feeling.   No Stops, No Pain!  Nice!  That is truly a Happy thing.  Hopefully I can start doing longer runs On a regular Basis Now.  That would be Nice.  Workout was Good.  Busted my ass Today.  did 20 minutes worth of Burpees and deep knee bends…. Lemme restate that, 20 minutes worth of Squat thrusts and deep knee bends.  There is No jump at the end of the Movement, and as such Cannot be called a Burpee.  Gonna have to start Jumping at the end of the Movement, If for no other reason than to see if it’s that much harder than a straight Squat thrust.  Getting back to the Point, after the 20 minutes of that, 150 Squat thrusts and 375 DKB’s, I did 12 minutes worth of weighted punches and Deep knee bends, call it 35 per minute for 12 minutes, I did My Usual Crunches, Lat. Bridges, and chin-ups.  The whole enchilada took 38:02.74.  A nice sweatfest Indeed. 

Guitar:  I played a bit, but Not as much as I would have liked too.  Second day in a row that I played Mainly on the electric guitar.  Did My scales,  2 versions of the Pentatonic Scale, as well as Major and Minor Scales in all keys, several different arpeggios, 2+ octave Major arpeggios, as well as Major 9th arpeggios in several spots on the fretboard.  Dunno why I went solely with Major today. There is still time to remedy that, and I think I will.   I did a fair number of Chord Progressions, Not Songs yet, Just chord progressions, but they were all Nice. Some fast and Nasty and maybe a Little sloppy on purpose, all Distortion and speed and Anger, and Some with just a Bit of Chorus and delay and reverb, clean and precise, just a Little Somber.  Also worked a Little bit On My two handed tapping and speed picking.  It does sound crappy when I do the speed picking clean, but with some distortion and some palm Muting, It comes out Nice and precise sounding…. Maybe I should try more Palm muting when I run clean… Didn’t do that before.  Maybe I’ll give it a Shot on Friday.  Gonna play acoustic for the rest of today and tomorrow.   The taping was fun.  Nothing more to add to that thought really.

That’s it for me.  Go Jam!

Today’s Nuggets:  Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  Thomas Paine

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.    Douglas Adams

The system of life on this planet is so astoundingly complex that it was a long time before man even realised that it was a system at all and that it wasn’t something that was just there.    Douglas Adams

Anagram: Rudy Giuliani Quits/Ugly Daiquiris Unit

Gibson  This story that just came across the ticker, From Cnn:  “Rudy Giuliani may drop out of the Republican presidential race and endorse John McCain, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, GOP sources tell CNN.  One source says there have been “ongoing discussions” between the Giuliani campaign and McCain campaign manager Rick Davis about the move.”  This is Double Good News, First off, it means that one of those candidates who is Least fit for the Presidency Is Out of the Race for the White house, and it means that those people who would have voted for him would now in all likelihood, if they follow his lead will put his clout behind one of the better Candidates for the White House.  The Best the Republicans Have, in My opinion. ….   And It’s official.  Nbc and Abc are both reporting it as a done deal.  Rudy Is Done.  Rudy, you would have been a Bad president, but you are still a good man and your resolve and strength were a wonder to behold.  You just played the 9/11 and florida cards too hard.  Diversification would have done you much good.  Thankfully you didn’t  do it tho. Like I said,  In My Opinion, you would have made a bad President.   

Clinton and McCain win Florida.  John McCain won florida with  more than 75,000 votes, or 5% more of the Republican voters than Second place finisher Mitt Romney.  Not The largest margin of Victory, but Impressive nonetheless, seeing as how this race was a Dead heat as late as two days ago.  Congratulations to John McCain On an Excellent Victory.  Clinton’s win doesn’t mean quite as much as McCain’s does here, due to the fact that The democratic party seems hell bent on marginalizing a state that has well over 1,250,000 democratic voters voting today, and that’s with 72% of the vote in, but it is still an impressive Victory.  Hillary is currently Beating The Pants off of Barack Obama, Winning by, at this point in the proceedings, 249,262 votes,  Winning with an  18% Margin, 50% to 32%.  Well Done Hillary!  Way To Go!

I Unfortunately have not had a chance to re-listen to the state of the Union.  If I get a Chance to I will.  Not that it matters much tho, but I want to break it down, if only for myself.  Bush is a Lame duck.  His day is done, and I am happy about that.  Anyone will be better than Georgie Porgie.  The Future looks bright just with him almost out of the picture.

Now Onto personal stuff.

Longest run in several months, and No Pain! Nice!  5.45 Miles in 43:40.59   8:00.84 M/M Pace , 36 Degrees and a Little drizzle.  No Pain in my lower left leg, or my back, or my neck.  I had one stop at the four mile marker, and it was a Nasty one.  Nasty in that I actually got sick to my stomach after i started coughing.  Apparently the Gag reflex kicked in and next thing Ya know,  There’s my coffee and snacky cakes, there on the side of the trail in the park.  It just wasn’t right, and it did affect the rest of the run, insofar as I had an acid reflux type of thing for the rest of the run.  I wasn’t running fast today, so I guess it must have just been from running this distance for the first time in months.  No real worries tho.  5 1/2 miles is good for The Rhino. I am happy with my effort.   My workout was semi light today.  20 minutes of  kick and punch drills, 10+ minutes worth of Pushups and Deep knee bends, call it 11 sets of each, and then the usual crunches, lateral bridges and Chinups.    36:56.32 total sweat time.  First time in a while that i’ve pushed over one hour 15 minutes total run and workout sweat time.  I’m a little sore, but ya know…I Like It.   Feels like I’ve been working hard, and that’s always a Good thing.

Played some guitar today, not much tho.  One good thing is that almost all of it has been On the Electric guitar.  scales, both pentatonic and regular major and minor in all keys,  No modal work yet,  Think I’m gonna hit lydian today. there is some stuff in Guitar world done in lydian that I want to check out, jazz stuff, that looks interesting, lydian arpeggios, and semi arpeggiated riffing.  looks nice.  Gonna give it a shot.  I did do some arpeggio work on the electric, some large ones, 2+ octaves in major key, and a few smaller ones, Those were minor 7th arpeggios. Did some speed work, and I have to be honest, a small amount of effects goes a long way towards making it sound good.  The same stuff I do on the acoustic when done on the electric, with only a bit of chorus and a fuzz box, sounds a Million times better. The speed work was a wonder to behold.   Truly nice.  I did some hard and fast metal rhythm work as well, Ripping at 8 billion miles an hour.  Chromatic.  Atonal.  Evil sounding.  FUN!  The Rhino was Making Thunder Tonight! 

That’s about it for me.  Gonna go play the acoustic some and watch  and or listen to some more election news.  Go Jam!

Today’s Nuggets, courtesy of   Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. The public money and public liberty, intended to have been deposited with three branches of magistracy, but found inadvertently to be in the hands of one only, will soon be discovered to be sources of wealth and dominion to those who hold them; distinguished, too, by this tempting circumstance, that they are the instrument, as well as the object of acquisition. With money we will get men, said Caesar, and with men we will get money. Nor should our assembly be deluded by the integrity of their own purposes, and conclude that these unlimited powers will never be abused, because themselves are not disposed to abuse them. They should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when a corruption in this, as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on every side of the Atlantic, and will be alike influenced by the same causes. The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and claws after he shall have entered.   Thomas Jefferson

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress, but I repeat myself.    Mark Twain

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  

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