Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Run & Crap

Boy oh boy, this blog sure has taken a turn away from political ramblings, eh? So little personal stuff here, too. I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there who'd prefer this place just be music, or at least leave the politics out of it, but this is mine to do what I want with. If I wanna rant, I'll rant. It's just that of all the bullshit in Washington, D.C. that pisses me off/concerns me, I air out what I can into my dear Sugarmag's ear... and so I guess that helps keep it out of Inspiration, Move Me Brightly... for the most part.

Interestingly, it's often when I start typing just plain and simple like this when I can veer off into the IDIOCY that occurs at the highest levels of government in this country. Man, I tell ya... when it's not that total and utter moron Nancy Pelosi, it's something else like a person being nominated to make Supreme Court decisions using empathy. Empathy?! No. Just plain fucking no. No. Comprende amigo? No. Sonia Sotomayor is a racist and sexist activist judge who believes policy is made by judges. She will make decisions partially based on empathy???? Excuse me, but the judges of this nation are to be IMPARTIAL. Making empathetic decisions is not in the OATH that judges swear to. Apparently President Obama doesn't know this... or he doesn't care.
"I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God."
Empathy is a good thing to have for a human being, even for a judge. A judge, however, should never be deciding for a certain person or group of people based on their own personal opinions and leanings. I suppose when you're hellbent on destroying any policy based on conservative thinking, and when you want total liberalism to rule every facet of American life, having judges legislate from the bench is a great tactic to control the people. Get enough like-minded judges, enough judges who will make decisions based on their empathetic feelings without regard to being impartial, then a President won't have to fuss around with Republican senators who disagree with the empathetic ideals that he or she wants to make a permanent part of the American landscape. I don't know if this is part of the Grand Scheme hatched in Obama's mind in conjunction with his little minion Rahm Emmanuel, but it ain't right.

Empathy v. Impartiality
When they conflict, the Supreme Court must choose the latter.



The North Face trail running shoe -- good for use in the Appalachian Mountains ... but seriously, they are rather small compared to the Rocky Mountains ... Sierra Nevada are sweet, too.  Would definitely use 'em in the Alps, that's for sure.  One thing's for sure -- Jerry Garcia or Bob Weir or Phil Lesh or Blaise Compaoré probably never went running in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Pyongyang, 평양 직할시 조선민주주의인민공화국 平壤直轄市 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國, Türkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Кыргызстан, Киргизия, Uzbekistan, O'zbekiston, Ўзбекистон Республикаси, Tajikistan, Тоҷикистон.  Probably the same with Brent Mydland.  At least that's my gut feeling.  I could be wrong.  I mean, there were a lot of drugs at Grateful Dead shows and the good Lord above, He knows I did my share!
Wednesday early morning Run: 27 minutes 7 sec
+10 sec
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4 Days Since My Last Run8:25 a.m.71° ● sunny, nice

Well, I let four days go by AGAIN. Man. Excuses: I just didn't wake up early enough yesterday and then it started to rain and then I was tired. Alright, fine. Can't undo that. Here we are today.

Not enough sleep last night was detrimental to having a high level of success in running this morning. I was freakin' tired. I didn't even wake up as early as I had planned. I wanted to be out there at 6:30! Dang it!! Crickey, mate, I need to go to sleep at like 10 o'freakin'-clock if I want a run that early in the morning. That just ain't gonna happen. With the weather getting sooooooo disgustingly warm, I've got to somehow make it happen. I dunno. Despite the tiredness, I did finish my run okay this morning... okay but not great.

There wasn't much rain yesterday but the trail was a little mushy in places. I figured on that and was ready to dodge slippery spots. No problems there; I'm agile. At one point before my turnaround I saw 4 or 5 deer down the trail a ways but they were gone as I approached so I couldn't get an exact count. Hiking woulda gotten me close but running never allows for that.

The morning air wasn't bad but it was humid, like 100% humid, and so I almost might as well've been running under a noonday sun. No, that wouldn't not been good -- I'll take humidity over heat of the sun anyday when it comes to running. Still it wore me down. When I was done, I was done, no wish in me to keep going. No freakin' way. Thankfully I brought Gatorade with me 'cause I'm needing liquid immediately at the end of every run now because of the warmth.

So all in all my run wasn't horrible. It's been a long time since I've failed or had a truly horrible run but with the heat coming on fast, it could happen. I'll keep doing what I can. I eclipsed 27 minutes on my way to 30....... but still a looooooooooooong way from running the 2010 London Marathon.
6 in May :: 3:32:03 sec· X
8 runs in May ----- 3 hours 32 min
8 runs in APRIL:
3 hours 29 min
6 runs in March:
2 hours 28 min
*** FEBRUARY ***
3 hours 41 min
January 2009
2 hours 54 min
December
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October 2008:2 hours 10 min

8 comments:

Sugarmag said...

Hey I'm glad you ran. About the Supreme Court thing, another perspective to consider is this: do you think that white male judges have always been impartial in their rulings? Have minorities and women always been treated justly and impartially in our courts? Our justice system has often favored white males and it is just plain wrong that the vast majority of Supreme Court Justices have been white males. The court needs balance and having another woman on the court is a good thing because like it or not, judges bring their own life experience to the bench, they are human.

Last night we talked about the firefighter case, well, that's wrong, too. There is a lot of injustice in this world.

Zoooma!! said...

Yes, it's true that minorities and women haven't always been treated justly and impartially in our courts... but does that mean it's okay for a little payback? Is it okay for awhile to have a little of that towards others (white/white males) and that will balance things out somehow? In the view of some people, that is okay.

Yes, balance on the court is good. That's fine and wonderful. Let's have diversity in the Supreme Court... but the problem with Sotomayor and Savior Obama is that NO judge should ever be deciding a single thing based on empathy for a certain person or persons. Voting in such a manner is not being impartial and impartiality is how cases should be decided.

Empathy cuts both ways and one way might not be what's fair or what's the right and proper judgment based on the Constitution. Yet that's what your president wants, for judges to vote based on their feelings. Forget the Constitution. Afterall, in his eyes it's an imperfect document so why not allow liberal Supreme Court judges to shred it up a little more by just pushing it aside to make votes based on their own personal empathetic feelings?!

Zoooma!! said...

Oh, and this is swell -- I just learned that that [person] quoted a socialist in her high school or college yearbook. There've been a lot of great and influential Americans who lived and breathed FREEDOM yet she went and quoted a socialist?!!? Oh hell no. Go to Venezuela, you #%&%$^&%$!!!

Sugarmag said...

Zoooma, I think you're being unfair. Here is the quote, "I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won" and it was from Norman Thomas who (according to Wikipedia) was a champion of making the non communist left the vanguard of social reform. You have to remember that racial segregation and other forms of discrimination were a fact of life in this country and it was the left that pushed for change, while the right fought for the status quo.

The fact is that many parts of the history of this country are not pretty and ideological people worked hard to change that. Such people are what makes this country great.

My own ancestors came from Poland, Germany, Ireland and Bohemia and many of them came over at a time when people from those countries were not liked. There is no doubt in my mind that my Irish ancestors heard, "Go back to Ireland" and saw signs that said, "Help wanted, Irish need not apply." We are all immigrants.

Zoooma!! said...

Socialists don't help. Socialists are NOT wanted. Che lovers should be deported.

Zoooma!! said...

Or shot.

Zoooma!! said...

Or at least waterboarded.

Anonymous said...

Zooma,

We've disagreed (intensely/passionately at times) about several political issues. On this one, if "Sotomayor is a judge who believes policy is made by judges." is the truth, I agree with your "NO". Besides that, I'm not sure there is a problem. I also think Sugarmag presents very good points concerning empathy. If Sotomayor is confirmed, I hope it works out well - we could all do without more problems.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

 
Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated