Friday, January 21, 2011

Climate Changes. It's What It Does, All On Its Own, Folks.

hat tip goes to Reboot Congress for the twitter link to this fantastic article about how Climates change, all the time, and we know it.

How 'bout some science?

"For small changes in climate associated with tenths of a degree, there is no need for any external cause. The earth is never exactly in equilibrium. The motions of the massive oceans where heat is moved between deep layers and the surface provides variability on time scales from years to centuries. Recent work (Tsonis et al, 2007), suggests that this variability is enough to account for all climate change since the 19th Century."

To which I say "blam!"

I've written about this in layman's terms here, here, here, and here, here, here, here, and I'll stop here. Let's just say I have a thing against junk climate change science, ok?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Emperor's Still Got Nothing On.

I agree with this in it's entirety, so while I've grabbed some quotes, please read the complete post here. I've never encountered Tammy Bruce before, but I'm relieved I'm not the only one that comes away from any Obama speech wondering why everyone is so in awe of his abilities.

big pull quotes for me:

Funny, I don’t think I’m the only one who remembers Obama BSing and manipulating his way through the 2008 election, and I just saw it happen again tonight. And just like in 2007 and 2008 quite a number of conservatives thought the speech was just fabulous.  It certainly is a stark reminder of how the Dumb Bastard got elected in the first place.

Upon hearing the awful news Saturday morning, within an hour–even before we knew the number of dead–Barack Obama’s gestapos moved in for the kill–the Kill of Palin and the Kill of Conservatives in this country. For 5 days Tea Party, conservatives and Sarah Palin were blamed for murder. I spent the weekend, as did so many others, not being allowed to grieve but having to listen to crass political smears and libel, while defending those falsely accused of horrific complicity. 

So don’t wonder why I’m calling the charade tonight a charade. Despite all of us being faced with the ugliness of the liberal response, we also spent the last 5 days praying for the victims and being concerned for our nation. You will also see my concern in refusing to silently acquiesce or in faux praise for one of the most bizarre displays of manipulation of a tragedy I’ve ever seen. 

 I, for one, will continue to speak as clearly as possible when the Emperor is stark raving naked. 
You and me, both.

Now, on to the next portion:  T-shirts? a new slogan? really? It very nearly makes me sick to my stomach, and scares the hell out of me that we are approaching banana republic adoration of our leader. Others have talked about the use of symbols and the hagiography, etc. but to see the sheeple lining up and wearing the shirts and swaying along is frightening, people. When will the humongous portraits be hung on buildings?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My 10 Year Old Gets It, Why Don't The Liberals?

I really can't remember how the subject came up, but on the way to dropping my son off at a friend's house for a sleepover, we got on the subject of taxes (what did you expect, we can't talk about Madden 11 all the time?) and he was quite surprised to hear that the more money you make, the higher percent you paid in income tax: it was plainly unfair to him, and he said,

"you did the work, you earned the money, shouldn't you get to decide how you spend it?"

I replied "as long as it's not illegal or immoral, I agree. If a rich person wants to buy a brand new pair of socks every day, I may think that's stupid, but it's their money."

I also let him know how proud I was that he understood something that many elected (and citizen) folks don't.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Yes, it's 2011, and I have no answer to the question: which is preferable, "twenty eleven" or "two thousand eleven," but don't hold that against me, ok?

Like much of the modern world, I'm using the calendar's turn to start hammering out goals and expectations for the future, short term and long term. First to fall was the "hey, maybe I'll not eat french fries." Next should be my decision today to limit myself to 2 Diet Cokes a day, but since I only have 2 here at work, I can keep that resolution for now and drink water and milk at home...or some of the egg nog we have left. I have gotten a couple of good resolutions jokes in, like "I'm gonna drink more coffee: one sip and I can check that one off" (I don't drink coffee). For me, simply replace "coffee" with "beer" or "booze," repeat the joke to the appropriate audience, and suddenly one joke becomes 3.

I did get a workout in last week and plan to keep it up, it totally kicked my butt. Serious jello legs. Now, I am a desk jockey and have been fairly sedentary for some time now, so of course I was winded and quaky! Here's what I did, and here's what I based it on (you may have to read that workout several times to figure it out, unfortunately; it's not a well written article!)

I did 4 moves in a row with essentially no rest between, then repeated that circuit. I thought i could do 3, but I was very wrong. A little embarrassing, frankly, but you have to start somewhere!
1.Pushups, 10 reps
2.Reverse lunges with a dumbell press,  10 reps each side
3. Partial pullups or static hangs as able (on one of those Stretching Station thingys,  10 reps all sketchy at best
4. Prisoner squats, 20 reps.

After this, I hit the treadmill for an interval, but not too fast: slow sections were 1.5 mph, fast ones varied from 3-4mph, about 25 minutes total. I kidded with my wife and daughter about puking, but I wasn't too far away from it, between you and me.

The article said do 5 reps of each exercise in a circuit and repeat for 10 minutes, so that's what I'll try this evening, replacing my feeble pullup attempts with the recommended Inverted Rows!

Onward and upward!