Monthly Archives: August 2012

More Idolatry

Or, maybe they are just too stoned to understand what they are doing?

In a Monday statement, the group has decided to endorse President Obama for reelection over Mitt Romney — despite the Obama administration’s ongoing crackdown against marijuana distributors in states where it remains legal.

“Let’s not get distracted by the myriad of issues that will be brought to the forefront at the upcoming political conventions, the single most important election issue is getting our economy back on track,” remarked Thomas Leto, president and founder of the Chamber.

“The economic potential of the cannabis business in the U.S. is Limitless and President Obama understands this,” Leto said. “It is our impression that Mr. Romney just doesn’t get it.”

So, the guy who has been in charge for more raids in 3.5 years than the last guy was in 8 years, the guy who said he wouldn’t, but then did.  He’s more in touch than Gary Johnson?

True Idiots.


Morbid Angel to skip GOP Convention

It’s news somewhere that Death Metal acts are skipping the GOP convention.

Money quote:

Death-metal musicians and fans do not spend much time talking about politics, several musicians said.

“There is usually something far more creative and worthwhile happening that distracts our focus from the ever-important empty suits who promise everything and deliver nothing,” said David Vincent, lead singer of Morbid Angel.

Sums it up nicely, don’t you think?  Maybe they should get involved.

Via Hit and Run

How Quaint

Who knew there were still towns in Maryland that are dry?  Damascus will have the issue on the ballot this year as a referendum.


Lance Armstrong

You may be surprised that I have an opinion.  While I’m not a cycling fan, and don’t really care one way or the other about doping in cycling, I think this is a nice opportunity to remind folks of some things about sports and drug use.

Professional athletes (including Lance Armstrong) will do nearly anything to win.  Other than a very small number who are just freaks of nature, one of the things that makes professional athletes different from you or I is that remarkable desire to win.  That’s important to understand, because these folks aren’t wired the same way as the general population.

Professional athletes use performance enhancing drugs.  Not all of them, but far more than you think, and certainly far more than fail drug tests.  Drug testing in professional sports is more an intelligence test than anything else – you need to be an idiot to fail a drug test.  Drug use and the information easily available in this here internet make it remarkably easy for the not very bright to beat a drug test, even those that are random and unannounced (something I question in many professional sports anyway).

So this isn’t really about Lance Armstrong using PEDs.  I would be surprised if he didn’t.  The guys finishing 20th were.

This is about tearing people down to make a sanctimonious point.  A group of holier than thou who couldn’t perform at the level Armstrong did (regardless of PEDs) want to make an example.

The guy never failed a test.  He was never disqualified from a race.  And he’s done arguing about it.  Maybe that’s because he’s sick of the bullshit.  Maybe it’s because he knows they have solid evidence.  Maybe it’s to protect someone else.  But not fighting any longer isn’t an admission of guilt.  Does it change his greatness?  He’s the best road cycling racer, ever.

KNOW THIS:  your sports idols use(d) PEDs.  There are people in the MLB hall of fame who used them.  NFL too.  And while those people were winning for your home team or setting records, you cheered them on.  NCAA athletes use them.  Recreational athletes use them.  Actors use them.  Just like you use coffee in the morning to get going.  It’s a fact, and it will not change.

Trying to hunt them all down is a stupid waste of time.

Training, 8/22/12, ME Bench

Reverse Band Bench Press, Light band










Each set I did a set of 3 chins, so 9 x3

Rear shoulder raise


3×10 @ 30

DB Tricep extension


3×10 @ 30


150 x 10,10,7

Prowler Drag

90 pounds x 6 trips

This is trip # 3.  I thought dragging the prowler looked easy, too.

Be Libertarian With Me

Free Advice

If you are relying on the opinions or views of Hank Williams or Tom Morello (who’s done pretty OK raging against the machine, by the way), to help you decide what to do in the next election, you should just not vote.

This is how we get people who complain about corporatism yet support Obama (like Tom Morello), and people who claim they want less government intrusion in their lives support people who voted for the Patriot Act (like Hank).

We are smarter than this.  You don’t need famous people to tell you what to do, right?

Training, ME Squat, 8/20/12

Took a few extra days off to get some stuff done.

SSB Box Squat








Good Morning


4×5 @ 145

Step Up/TKE


45 Degree Hyper


Hanging knee up



Drag sled x 1 trip

Drag sled +90 x 2 trip

Push sled +90 (sprint) x 1 trip

Drag sled + 90 x 3 trip

(1 trip is up and back in a really long space, probably 200 feet total)

Training, ME Bench, 8/11/12

Reverse Band Bench (Light bands)

2×10 @ 45






275×3 (vid below)



320×1 (vid below)


4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

Rear shoulder raise




DB Triceps extension


30×12, 8, 6

Vids after the break

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You can be a victim, or you can be a fighter

Watch this.

Three lessons:

The 18 year old who forgives her friend

The college that honors its commitment

No quit.

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