Monthly Archives: September 2011

Training: 9/17/2011, Bench Press

Three in a row!  Just the second time I’ve benched in a couple of months.

Bench Press

45×15, 15






Incline close grip


2×5 @ 135

DB Row





Rope pressdown



100×20, 15



Training 9/15/2011: Deadlift

Two in a row.


135×5, 5






1 Leg Press

2×8 @ 90

Pull thru

3×8 @ 120

Incline situp



Jim Crow, redux.

I’m pretty astonished that this letter was even considered for publication in the WSJ.  Here’s the text if it’s blocked for you (I’m a subscriber, you might not be).

Arthur Lafffer’s “How to Fight Black Unemployment” (op-ed, Sept. 12) glaringly omits the current root cause of plummeting employment rates in America’s black population; namely, the war we are losing within our borders by not managing our immigration policies.

The fundamental challenge facing America’s black communities is the shift of the overall labor supply pool since the 1980s, resulting in lower wages for unskilled workers and a tsunami of illegal immigrants who now compete head-on with blacks across America. For example, in the 1960s and 1970s the labor-force share of blacks in Los Angeles was 35%. Today it has shrunk to 6%, while the Hispanic share is 43%.

The cumulative creaming off of opportunity and wealth from poorer blacks to other groups has done immense damage in the black community. In addition, many low-skilled manufacturing jobs that would have been available to blacks in, say 1980, have moved overseas, taking the wealth they provided with them. There’s not much we can do about the globalization of manufacturing, but it is urgent for our policy makers to address the correlation between the tragedy of black unemployment and the lack of good immigration governance.

Rob Sobhani

So we need to better enforce laws to segregate Hispanics in order to preserve jobs for Blacks.  This is the new Jim Crow; instead of segregation to protect White jobs from Blacks, we’re protecting Black jobs from Hispanics.

Somehow, though, it’s OK? Somehow this is part of a serious political discussion in the editorial pages of a National newspaper?

I don’t think it is OK.  Not at all.

This may shock you

But Democrats in Congress and in The Obama Administration lied to you about the costs and supposed deficit reduction of the glorious health care reform plan.

Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators.

Part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the program is in limbo as a congressional debt panel searches for budget savings and behind the scenes, administration officials scramble to find a viable financing formula.

A longstanding priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, or CLASS, was spliced into the health care law despite nagging budget worries. Administration emails and documents reveal that alarms were sounded earlier and more widely than previously thought. Congressional Republicans seeking repeal of the program provided the materials to The Associated Press.

Who would have thunk The Greatest President Of All Time would lie?

Press, 9/13/2011

Back to it.  No more excuses.


2×5 @ 45 (1 chin)

65×5 (1 chin)

95×5 (3 chins)

110×5 (3 chins)

125×8 (3 chins)

Adding in some chin ups to start building volume.  I suck at chin ups, so I need to do more of them.  True of lots of things.

Pulldown (neutral grip)







Face Pull (Light Band)


Hammer curls

2×10 @ 30

No cardio – forgot my shoes and my orthodics, and several days of pain wasn’t going to be worth it.



More things that should scare the shit out of you

Michigan is going to require doctors report child patient BMIs to the state.

I’m sure nothing could go wrong with that.

Via Karen De Coster

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