On taking what is said seriously, Democrats, etc.

As you probably know, there are two special elections for US Senate seats in Georgia. Normally, you’d expect these to be shoo-ins for the Republicans. But Biden did narrowly carry the state and, maybe, just maybe, all the cries of “rigged elections” by the Republicans might just backfire:

The Republicans now have to explain to these people that their lies were just an attempt to “work the referees” and not “the election REALLY is hopelessly rigged against you.” Words have consequences.
The Republicans should heed the fable about “Crying Wolf.”

Speaking of consequences: top Republicans downplaying COVID might well have some consequences as well:

Health care workers are tired, some are sick, a few have died, and most appear to be burnt out. Bad..very bad. There are other issues too, such as K-12 education where teachers are strained to the breaking point. Even worse is the pervasive attitude that teachers are somehow expendable.

Democrats There is continuing anguish concerning how many people STILL voted for Trump and how well the Republicans did downticket. The reality appears to be that while Trump was very, very unpopular as an individual, the Democrats do not offer and attractive alternative to Republicanism.

My guess is that Democrats are horrible at messaging. For one: Defund the Police is a horrible slogan. No one wants less police (or only a statistically small number of people).
The actual IDEA, which is to let police keep the peace and quit burdening them with too many of society’s problems, isn’t a bad one.

But, as they say in politics, “if you are explaining, you are losing” or “if you have to explain, you’ve already lost.”

The protests certainly hurt, as did the idea: “your large gatherings are superspreader events but ours are not..”

Yes, you might say the protests were done by masked people who took precautions AFTER the fact but, again, if you are explaining…

And besides, protests…there is a saturation level at which point they turn people against the cause, no matter how sanctimonious the protesters are.
And yes, they WERE a stupid idea…still are..large gatherings in this environment. COVID doesn’t care about your cause, and protesters can still spread it.

Yes, I’ve read about the “no unusual spikes in the protest cities” but that doesn’t mean they weren’t spreading events; there was just not evidence that there were unusual increases in those locations.

Anyway, the hypocrisy was very noticeable.

And there is the whole attitude toward achievement: Democrats seem hostile to it and they seem to not understand why something like “raise the minimum wage” isn’t inspirational.
Yes, it is popular but one major goal is to not be stuck in a low wage job to begin with! No one wants to remain poor, and some Democratic attitudes seem to be aimed at “ok, stats show that most people live in the economic class they are born in so we are trying to make your life suck a little bit less.

The thing that really gets me is that Democrats try to offer policies (paid sick leave! minimum wage!) that would help the working class,” a friend just wrote me. A few days’ paid leave ain’t gonna support a family. Neither is minimum wage. WWC men aren’t interested in working at McDonald’s for $15 per hour instead of $9.50. What they want is what my father-in-law had: steady, stable, full-time jobs that deliver a solid middle-class life to the 75% of Americans who don’t have a college degree. Trump promises that. I doubt he’ll deliver, but at least he understands what they need.

People WANT to be rich and, well, the rich…are …admired:

One little-known element of that gap is that the white working class (WWC) resents professionals but admires the rich. Class migrants (white-collar professionals born to blue-collar families) report that “professional people were generally suspect” and that managers are college kids “who don’t know shit about how to do anything but are full of ideas about how I have to do my job,” said Alfred Lubrano in Limbo. Barbara Ehrenreich recalled in 1990 that her blue-collar dad “could not say the word doctor without the virtual prefix quack. Lawyers were shysters…and professors were without exception phonies.” Annette Lareau found tremendous resentment against teachers, who were perceived as condescending and unhelpful.

Michèle Lamont, in The Dignity of Working Men, also found resentment of professionals — but not of the rich. “[I] can’t knock anyone for succeeding,” a laborer told her. “There’s a lot of people out there who are wealthy and I’m sure they worked darned hard for every cent they have,” chimed in a receiving clerk. Why the difference? For one thing, most blue-collar workers have little direct contact with the rich outside of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. But professionals order them around every day. The dream is not to become upper-middle-class, with its different food, family, and friendship patterns; the dream is to live in your own class milieu, where you feel comfortable — just with more money. “The main thing is to be independent and give your own orders and not have to take them from anybody else,” a machine operator told Lamont. Owning one’s own business — that’s the goal. That’s another part of Trump’s appeal.

And yes, the poor are resented. Scroll to the end of this artcie.

I have other thoughts (e. g. the attack on males really isn’t a political winner; most women don’t hate men).

You might protest “well, the Democrats nominated Biden, not one of the liberal workes” and that is true, but the party as a whole has been tarred by the liberal woke brush.

That albatross will be difficult to be rid of.

Commentary: much ado about nothing

This mundane squib type kick occurred in 41-0 blowout. And this is supposed to be “historic” because the kicker is a female?

Sorry, but no one doubted that a D-1 soccer player of either sex would be capable of such a routine play. “Historic” would be a 40 yard FG or a booming kick into the endzone. Not this: this is like sending in a female to play quaterback to take a knee at the end of the game.

And before I get crap from the “ha, you are an out of shape old man who…”

yes, I follow female lifters on Instagram including some on the US National Olympic lifting team.

This lifter has gotten almost 300 lb over her head in the clean and jerk; a weight that I struggle to handle in the “high handle” trap bar dead lift.
This is why I think that something as mundane squib kick should not receive such effusive praise.

Empty tank

I am not sure as to what is going on. Either I pushed the deadlifts too hard on Wednesday OR platelet donation seems to have affected my ability to recover.

Nevertheless: I tried …and *started* with somewhat sore legs.

Trap bar deadlifts: all low handle, all neutral (no deficit)

10 x 134

10 x 184

1 x 224

1 x 254

5 x 254 (no bounce). That was my best up to now (in this past 1.5 years or so).

That was enough for today.

Walk: 3 miles in 51 minutes; very sluggish and some glute pain.

bouncing back

I was a bit embarrassed that I felt something yesterday; it turns out that I had to get used to hip hikes again..and I was feeling the core muscles on the push ups (which I’ve upgraded)

I had neglected these for a while; time to be regular with them again.

Weights: pull ups: 55 reps; included a couple of sets of 10, 5’s, and some singles.

bench press: 10 x 134, then 2 x 184, 2 x 184, 4 x 174, 4 x 174, 5 x 164 (all with pauses): lots of rest between sets.

rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134

shoulder presses: 3 sets of 10 x 44 dumbbells

push ups: 40, 30, 10 (felt the core here)

headstand (ok)

Then a LOT of football watching.

Outdoor: this is a nest of some sort.

My very shiny weight plates. I can’t lift worth a darn but I have shiny plates.

Covid Thanksgiving Eve

And I used today to:
1. Rest; sleep in.
2. lift leisurely
3. Watch a women’s game on ESPN3 (Bradley beat Missouri-KC 84-70, in a game that was close at the half.

I do not missed the forced socializing. I do miss the games, the joint workouts, etc.

Weight workout:

pull ups: 55 reps, in sets of 5, 10, singles, several with palms facing me.

bench press: 10 x 134, 10 x 154 (hard) all with pauses)

trap bar deadlift: deficit: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 209
high handles: 10 x 234

shoulder press: 10, 8 with 90, 10 with 88, then 10 x 44 dumbbells
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134
plank: 2:30..this one was torture.

One way I would have voted for Trump…

If he would have banned leaf blowers and found a way to make it stick.

Still, it felt good to sleep in and take the Monday off. I do have to do some work tomorrow though.


pull ups: a lot of slow singles; best quality I’ve had in a while: 50 total.

bench press: 10 x 134, 2 x 184, 2 x 184, 3 x 174, 4 x 169, 5 x 164 (all with pauses)

trap bar squats: (deficit), 10 x 134, 10 x 156, 10 x 167

seated shoulder: 3 sets of 10 x 44 dumbbell, 8 x 90 barbell

trap bar rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134

push ups: 40, 30, 10 headstand (had to settle myself down)

I love it when the pace is leisurely.

Inching forward

I just got through watching Illinois’ 41-23 whipping of Nebraska. This is the first time in ages that I watched an Illinois team play a non-Rutgers Big Ten team and think “the Illini have better players than the opposition.” No, they are not a good team by any stretch, but have maybe reached “low average.”

COVID cancelled/postponed a bunch of games today, including Navy’s and Texas’s.

Workout: well, deadlifts then a 5K walk; felt the glute just a bit.


Low handle, deficit (standing on a 10 kg plate for a deeper squat)
10 x 134, 10 x 184, 1 x 224, 1 x 254

High handle: 1 x 274, 1 x 301 , 10 x 244
301: (each side: 2 45’s, 1 25, 1 11 (5 kg), 1 2.5, 44 lb bar)

Low handle: 10 x 224 (neutral)

There is my 301. You can see the plates that I stand on for the low handle deficits.

Goal: get 300 with low handles; I’ve got some work to do. I felt it in my back.

Where I am going: I should be ok with the low handle IF I can just break the weight off of the ground and get it an inch or two high.

Then came the walk; a nothing 5K walk in perfect weather, in time to watch the game.

Shirt underneath was my 2020 FANS 24 hour shirt, and the sweatshirt was from the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl where Navy beat Middle Tennessee State.

Deadlift progression:


August 5, 2019: managed a High Handle hex dead 225 (1 rep)
August: typical sets were 4 x 175, 4 x 195 (handles up)
September: 4 x 205 head dead (handles up)
November: got 4 x 225 hex dead, handles DOWN
December: got 1 x 225 bar dead, then 4 x 225
December 20, 2019: got 1 x 230 bar deadlift
DEcember 25: got 1 x 233 bar deadlift (home)
Dec 27: got 1 x 235 dead
Dec 29: got 1 x 240 dead (bar)

Jan 11: got 245 hex dead (handles down)
Jan 25: got 255, then 260 conventional dead
Feb 1: got 255, 260 Sumo, 6 x 233 conventional
Feb 8: got 266 conventional, 5 x 238 Sumo.
April 5, 5 x 244
April 18: 5 x 244

Gap for sore back: switched to low handle trap deads

May 23: 10 x 206
June 7: 10 x 217
June 20 1 x 250 trap
July 4: 10 x 222
August 1: 4 x 250 (trap, low handle)

Gap for Virtual ultra (24 hour)

August 22: 4 x 254 (trap..low handle)
August 29 1 x 274 (trap, low handle)

September 5: switched to full stop deadlifts: sets with 244
September 12: 10 x 222 (full stop)
September 27 4 x 254 5 x 244 (full stop)
October 4deficit: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 5 x 224
regular: 2 x 259; didn’t try a 3’rd rep as I felt a tug in my right hamstring (high)high handles: 10 x 224:
October 17: High handle: 5 x 254, 5 x 264 (fairly easy)Low handle, neutral: 5 x 244
October 24: High handle: 5 x 264, 5 x 274, low handle: 10 x 224

October 31: 1 x 254, High Handle 1 x 284, 1 x 274

November 7: High Handle: 5 x 274, Low Handle: 5 x 249

November 14: Low Handle: 1 x 254, High Handle: 1 x 289, 1 x 294, Low Handle: 10 x 224

November 18; High handle 10 x 234 (by accident; added an extra 5 to each side)

November 21: Low Handle deficit: 1 x 254. High handle 1 x 301, 10 x 244. Low Handle: 10 x 224.