And I underestimate the amount of racism out there

I came across this tweet from the Ann Coulter feed:

No, I haven’t checked the data out. But even if the data is spot on (and it may well be), it kind of misses the point of BLM.
The basic premise is that law enforcement doesn’t treat black people fairly and we (those who support BLM) want it to do so; we want EVERYONE to be treated the same way in the same situation.
BLM is not about some “us vs. them” situation where you have black people as some sort of team that everyone in the group is responsible for.
We just don’t want law enforcement to act in a prejudiced manner; we want every human to be judged by what they do..and police actions to be determined by the situation and the actions of the individual and NOT influence by whether the person is black or not.

And NO, I am NOT saying that the individual that made this tweet is racist.

But I am calling attention not to the tweet itself, but rather to some (NOT all) of the discussion downthread and that is where you see the racism.

Some raise decent or reasonable points, example: police too ought to be judged by the individual officer, and frankly, I *still* think most police are good at their jobs.

But some make the following argument: it is fair and reasonable to treat black people differently because their demographic has a higher crime rate than other demographics. That is, it is fair and reasonable to treat black people differently because of the color of their skin rather than treat them individually according to the situation and their own actions.

And that is textbook racism.

I underestimated how much of this kind of racism is out there.


Well, I used my Garmin for the first time. It did seem to short me during that second “W. Peoria” mile (lots of turns) but seemed ok the rest of the way.

It was 72 F, 90 percent humidity (literally) so I just kept is slow and steady.
1:04 was my time for 5 miles; did the 3 mile W. Peoria course, added the 1.5 mile Bradley to University to Moss to Cooper loop and then an extra .5.

I called it a day; hip was not hurting, knee didn’t hurt, so why not cut it there.
Then platelets.

Tomorrow: wake up earlier. Try to get it going (weights)


Racism: to me, THIS is a textbook case of racism in the employment sector. They are saying that someone can’t do their job, based on their race. THAT is racism..any way you slice it.

I understand this frustration…

So, look who says “ok”

Yes, Eddie boxed at an elite level and even had a title fight with Vladimir Klitschko …in his prime, and came within 15 seconds of going the distance with him.

But another boxer reached out to this officer and it turned out ok.

NASCAR: bravo!

First my workout: glute pain was a minimum but I did a longer warm up and I only jogged an untimed 2 miles
Then weights:
rotator cuff
pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 4 of 5 (last 2 sets were chin ups)
bench: 10 x 132, 10 x 154, 10 x 154
rows: 3 sets of 8 x 134 trap bar
seated shoulder: 3 sets of 10 x 44 dumbbells
trap dead lifts: 2 sets of 10 x 184
plank for 2:30

It was ok; I am feeling a bit sluggish. I need more “write that paper” motivation as well.

NASCAR’s announcement about the “confederate flag” (yes, the union jack and battle flag..not the honest to goodness CSA flag)

I welcome it. Yes, some might associate that flag with “southern heritage” and for some, it might still be that. But it was co-opted as a “resistance to integration” flag by so many (think the 1948 Dixiecrat candidate) and so I feel it is poisoned in this country…not that its original use was that good.

And yes, it was the flag of my high school (my second one anyway), flown at football games..and our band played “Dixie” (our school was 55 percent Mexican-American!) and I was so into the “school spirit” thing that I had crossed flags on my bedroom between was my 1974 Yokota High School football team picture.

There is our yearbook. It still gives me a “yuck” reaction.

The point: what was once mainstream is now better recognized for what it really is, and “good riddance.” I really didn’t think I’d live to see the day when NASCAR did that…

Getting the mix right

I didn’t know whether to run or walk..decided to walk as the marathon I am preparing for will be a walking marathon. So, I did the 8.2 mile “mausoleum, prospect and Gateway with goose loop” course in 2:07; it felt fine but I became distracted and lazy toward the end.

Weight: 188. That is good, but I should be lighter.

Issue: well, what will billionaires get out of supporting Trump; it isn’t as if them paying more taxes will affect their lifestyle:

It’s true that Trump (breaking all his campaign promises) has indeed cut taxes on the wealthy, and will surely cut them further if re-elected. By contrast, whoever the Democrats nominate is likely to raise those taxes if she or he wins the general election, perhaps substantially.

But let’s get real. If you’re a billionaire, you don’t need the extra money. At that level, purchasing power has nothing to do with the quality of life; having a 45,000-square-foot house instead of just 40,000, or flying to one of your multiple other residences in a bigger private jet, won’t make you significantly happier. […]

But it has also been clear since the Obama years that a fair number of the superrich aren’t satisfied with being immensely wealthy; they also want adulation. They expect to be praised as heroic job creators and are enraged at any suggestion that some of their number may have behaved badly, let alone that they may have benefited from a rigged system.

Hence the hatred for even reasonable, pro-market progressives like, say, Elizabeth Warren. It’s not just that these progressives might make billionaires a bit poorer, but that they make them feel small.

Ah, emotion. That might be what is driving things, including the white nationalists. And, why are some so hesitant to condemn the white nationalists?

My guess: if you honestly believe that your lot in life..while it depends, in part, on things like luck and chance, depends MOSTLY about your own agency, then you might get tired of being told that “group X” (not your group) needs help and that you ought to willingly fork over your money to help them. No one likes a mooch in their personal life, and groups that appear to be moochers are not going to be popular.

Note I said “appear to be” because when it comes to ICE raids..where do these occur? Answer: often in factories and work places! That would NOT be where you’d find lazy people.

What is a mass shooting?

I had posted this article to social media. The idea: the mass shooters are basically rage filled…ordinary people.

In response a conservative friend posted this meme:

Now a couple of my liberal friends objected. Via snopes:

The meme was first posted on Aug. 5 to the /pol/ (“Politically Incorrect”) section of the website 4chan, which is notorious as a forum for far-right and white nationalist imagery, tropes and discussion threads. It was entitled “Mass Shooters 2019” and bore the sub-heading “Every person charged with or arrested for shooting 4+ people in a single incident.” Underneath that was a collage of 98 portrait photographs, many of them prison mugshots.

A large portion of the individuals shown in the collage appeared to be non-white, prompting its further promulgation on other online forums, including the website of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. The meme prompted much racist and white supremacist commentary. […]

Our relatively brief overview of the alleged shooters included in the August 2019 meme indicates that it was broadly fairly accurate. It contained a few errors, but was faithful overall to its own criteria.

The primary problem with the chart was that it was based on a relatively broad definition of “mass shooting” which, while valid in and of itself, should not be confused with the much more narrow definition implicitly at work in many conversations about “mass shootings” — that is, incidents in which an attacker with no links to terrorism, criminal gangs, or organized crime goes out into a public area and fatally shoots multiple people.

From a law enforcement and criminological point of view, defining a “mass shooting” in this relatively narrow way helps to establish clear parameters in terms of the nature and causes of such attacks, as well as the motivations of the attackers and any patterns in the identities of their victims.

By contrast, gang-related shootings, for example, even if they cross a numerical threshold for victims, have relatively well-studied and straightforward causes and motivations, as well as a much more familiar victimology. Hence, agencies such as the FBI deliberately exclude them from their study of, and operations against, “active shooter incidents.”

There is much more at the Snopes article, including which studies count what.

In terms of type of crime, a shoot out between organized crime groups or a vigilante retaliation is somewhat different than someone going to a public place and shooting people either at random or going to a place to target them specifically because of their race, sex or religion..or “ethnicity.”

So yes, the types of crimes ARE different, at least in terms of how to prevent them.

BUT in terms of “you need a gun that can kill efficiently”, well, they are the same sort of thing. So, in terms of gun control, this is fine.

And the grief of the loved ones of the victims is the same. And, in terms of the (likely) victims, well, perhaps there is a point different than the one intended. The lives of ALL victims matter, and it must be horrible to not feel safe in your own neighborhood.

Yes, I am not naive as far as the (likely) intent of the meme. But I think it makes a good point nevertheless, even if it does so unintentionally.

Extra note on gun violence and mass shootings:

He does make a valid point..when it comes to risk assessment. Someone asked me if I felt comfortable going to NFL games and the answer is “yes”: I am more likely to die in the drive to or from the game than I am to get killed in a mass shooting at a game. AS A RISK, mass shootings are not a statistically significant killer of people.

Of course that does NOT mean that we ought to do nothing about them; I would prefer us to regulate AR-15, AK-47 type weapons the way we do machine guns. So I am not indifferent to the damage these shootings do to our public psyche.

But in terms of “keeping us safe”, Tyson’s tweet reminds me of this old post by Bruce Schneier. Highly recommended; this was posted in 2012.

Textbook racism

I frequently attack “political correctness” and, yes, I feel that “racism” is a word that is frequently overused.

But: public figure making a statement that disparages (and incorrectly so!) a region based on it being majority black: that is textbook racism.

To wit:

Now what about that district?

Now some have criticized this response (that is, showing Trump is wrong…again). But we hear “racism” said so much…I think that a factual response is better as it shows WHY the Trump tweet is racist.

Trump made an unwarranted (and in this case, incorrect) assumption about Rep. Cummings’ district based on the fact that it is a predominately black district, and THAT is textbook racism.

Sadly, the facts will fall on some deaf ears; Trump says what a sizable portion of the country wants to say…and well, facts will not persuade…most of them (IMHO anyway). But facts MIGHT persuade some who aren’t in this camp.

No bottom in sight…

Hey, take any issue with any politician you want. But AMERICANS can disagree with each other.
And yes, I GET contempt. I often feel contempt. I won’t write about the contempt that I sometimes, ok, way too often, feel. I won’t write about the objects of my contempt and I sure as hell won’t vote for a politician that openly expresses the contempt that I sometimes feel.

Some things are better kept to ourselves, and perhaps discussed with emotionally mature friends, therapists, religious clergy and the like.

Workout notes: no yoga; “red triangle of death” as I started to drive to yoga and so I just ran a modified 5 mile course (construction going on in Bradley Park, but Cornstalk hill and Dog Park hill are still open; and one can run on the sidewalk from upper to lower Bradley Park which makes the climb shorter but much steeper.

Trump, womp womp and Daniel Webster vs. the Devil

First: my workout was a 5 mile walk (W. Peoria) in the heat of late morning; the stride felt fine.
Then weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good), military: 2 sets of 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm. Incline: 10 x 135 (tough), 7 x 160 decline, goblet squats: sets of 6 with 40, 50, 50, planks, knee stretches.

I honestly think my glutes are firming up.


Yeah, the Trump tweets ticked me off…you don’t tell US citizens to go elsewhere. I didn’t tell anti-Obama people that when they belly ached and complained.
If there is one thing that burns me about conservatives is that they are very sanctimonious and feel that THEY have some inherit right to say what is American and what isn’t if they were umpires. They are NOT, and Leonard Pitts says it very well:

“You, like them, take for granted that America is your house, a white house where you make the rules, you set the standards and the rest of us live only by your sufferance. That’s the assumption embedded in your tweets: that you have the right to tell the rest of us to — apologies to the Beatles — “get back to you where you once belonged.””

Yes, conservatives, it is your country, AND mine, and yes, theirs too.

But there is really no “shaming them” amount of outrage that will work.

“How DARE you…” is met with…”womp womp.”

And this reminded me of this old short story about The Devil and Daniel Webster (read the whole thing; it is short)

The plot: a farmer had some terrible luck and made an oath that he’d sell his soul to the Devil…and well, the Devil came up and took him up on it. Things got better…then the Devil came to collect. The farmer, Jabez Stone, panicked and sought out Daniel Webster’s help. So they set up a trial with..well, Webster demanded a jury of Americans, current or past, and that he got:

If Jabez Stone had been sick with terror before, he was blind with terror now. For there was Walter Butler, the loyalist, who spread fire and horror through the Mohawk Valley in the times of the Revolution; and there was Simon Girty, the renegade, who saw white men burned at the stake and whooped with the Indians to see them burn. His eyes were green, like a catamount’s, and the stains on his hunting shirt did not come from the blood of the deer. King Philip was there, wild and proud as he had been in life, with the great gash in his head that gave him his death wound, and cruel Governor Dale, who broke men on the wheel. There was Morton of Merry Mount, who so vexed the Plymouth Colony, with his flushed, loose, handsome face and his hate of the godly. There was Teach, the bloody pirate, with his black beard curling on his breast. The Reverend John Smeet, with his strangler’s hands and his Geneva gown, walked as daintily as he had to the gallows. The red print of the rope was still around his neck, but he carried a perfumed handkerchief in one hand. One and all, they came into the room with the fires of hell still upon them, and the stranger named their names and their deeds as they came, till the tale of twelve was told. Yet the stranger had told the truth—they had all played a part in America.

And these jurors fed off of fury, outrage and hate. They more they saw, the more demon-like the got..the hotter their eyes glowed.

It got to Dan’l in the end, and he began to heat, like iron in the forge. When he got up to speak he was going to flay that stranger with every trick known to the law, and the judge and jury too. He didn’t care if it was contempt of court or what would happen to him for it. He didn’t care any more what happened to Jabez Stone. He just got madder and madder, thinking of what he’d say. And yet, curiously enough, the more he thought about it, the less he was able to arrange his speech in his mind. Till, finally, it was time for him to get up on his feet, and he did so, all ready to bust out with lightnings and denunciations. But before he started he looked over the judge and jury for a moment, such being his custom. And he noticed the glitter in their eyes was twice as strong as before, and they all leaned forward. Like hounds just before they get the fox, they looked, and the blue mist of evil in the room thickened as he watched them. Then he saw what he’d been about to do, and he wiped his forehead, as a man might who’s just escaped falling into a pit in the dark.

For it was him they’d come for, not only Jabez Stone. He read it in the glitter of their eyes and in the way the stranger hid his mouth with one hand. And if he fought them with their own weapons, he’d fall into their power; he knew that, though he couldn’t have told you how. It was his own anger and horror that burned in their eyes; and he’d have to wipe that out or the case was lost. He stood there for a moment, his black eyes burning like anthracite. And then he began to speak.

So, he had to find a different way to talk to make them..more …human. And so..he did:

He started off in a low voice, though you could hear every word. They say he could call on the harps of the blessed when he chose. And this was just as simple and easy as a man could talk. But he didn’t start out by condemning or reviling. He was talking about the things that make a country a country, and a man a man.

And he began with the simple things that everybody’s known and felt—the freshness of a fine morning when you’re young, and the taste of food when you’re hungry, and the new day that’s every day when you’re a child. He took them up and he turned them in his hands. They were good things for any man. But without freedom, they sickened. And when he talked of those enslaved, and the sorrows of slavery, his voice got like a big bell. He talked of the early days of America and the men who had made those days. It wasn’t a spread-eagle speech, but he made you see it.
He admitted all the wrong that had ever been done. But he showed how, out of the wrong and the right, the suffering and the starvations, something new had come.
And everybody had played a part in it, even the traitors.

And yes, he ended up winning the case, but paying a price. But that is the point: outrage will NOT move the Trump supporters, but perhaps the right approach might flip a FEW of them, in the key states..just enough to win the Electoral College. Blowing out Trump in California, New York and Illinois won’t really help.

Seeking liberal outrage: Republican tactic

In a relatively minor incident: a fringe candidate for the GOP nomination in the gubernatorial race in Mississippi told a female reporter that she did not get to “shadow” him unless she brought a male companion along.

Of course, this gave him publicity, including publicity from somewhat well known people.

Presto: people now know him. It is probably better to let nobodies be nobodies.

And no, nothing can help Sen. Gillibrand’s campaign.

But on a much more serious note:

That is just plain racist and xenophobic. Who gets told “go back to where you came from?” Not white members of Congress.

Note: Rep. Omar is naturalized; the other 3 were born in the US.

And yes, Trump spoke what many (not all) Republicans believe, though it wasn’t always that way.

This what we are up against. And yes, “they” vote.

I think this former Republican has it right:

Yep. No, no one cares if liberals are outraged…we are ALWAYS outraged. And no, swinging left and counting on that getting voters to show up won’t help; it is better to flip a few of those who do vote who are sick of the indecency. ….and do it in the key states.

Peoria Flooding, deplorables, etc.

Workout notes: weights and walk:
rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 6 x 165 (no spotter; had to be conservative), 10 x 165 decline, military: 4 x 95 barbell, 10 x 85 barbell, 10 x 45 dumbbell. rows: 10 x 180, 10 x 200, 10 x 200 Hammer machine, goblet squats: 6 x 35, 6 x 50, leg press: 10 x 210. headstand, plank (2:30 (bent arms)), side plank, knee stretches; held crow for 20 seconds (did several), walked 1.5 on the track and 1.5 outside.

Peoria flooding (credit on the photo)

Red line: part of the path that is underwater. Light blue box: Riverplex. Dark blue: part of the path that is runnable (north of the Riverplex..though the goose loop..a side flooded.) But yes, you can run from the Riverplex and follow the trail all the way to Toulon, IL. (it is quite a haul though; 33-35 miles one way?)

Personal: a local bunny has been on our porch.

It is not especially scared of people.

Deplorables Just for context, here is the actual Hillary Clinton quote:

Speaking at a fundraiser in New York City on Friday, Hillary Clinton said half of Donald Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables” characterized by “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” views.

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

She said the other half of Trump’s supporters “feel that the government has let them down” and are “desperate for change.”

“Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well,” she said.

“about half”…of course, many Trump supporters eagerly claimed the “victimhood mantle” (yes, liberals do this all the time as well)

So, just who was she talking about? Perhaps these people?

A Georgia mayor is facing bipartisan calls to resign following a report that she dismissed a candidate for a top city position based on his race. Racist remarks from one of her defenders further inflamed the controversy, revealing what some say are outdated racial attitudes long pervasive in a small, predominantly white city.

The drama came to a head Monday in the Jackson County community of Hoschton, after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Mayor Theresa Kenerly withdrew the application of Keith Henry, a finalist for city administrator, “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”

She allegedly whispered the remark to a city council member on March 4 during a closed-door session, the newspaper reported, citing interviews with city officials and documents it obtained through records requests. One of the documents, written that day by Councilwoman Hope Weeks, claimed the mayor doubled down on her comments in the parking lot after the meeting.

“She proceeded to tell me that the candidate was real good, but he was black and we don’t have a big black population and she just didn’t think Hoschton was ready,” Weeks wrote.

The mayor disputed the allegations in a statement to the AJC, denying she made any comments that “suggest prejudice.” But the story has reverberated rapidly among Hoschton’s nearly 2,000 residents and cast a negative light on the city’s leadership — a tenuous situation exacerbated by longtime city councilman Jim Cleveland, who defended the mayor.

“I understand Theresa saying that, simply because we’re not Atlanta. Things are different here than they are 50 miles down the road,” he told the AJC. “I don’t know how they would take it if we selected a black administrator. She might have been right.”

Then, he delivered an unprompted opinion on interracial marriage, which he said makes his “blood boil.”

“I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage. That’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I believe,” he said. “I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.”

It is a reminder that the rest of the country is NOT a college campus nor is it my personal “bubble”, with its hyper sensitive culture.

Oh, by the way: Trump’s approval ratings are UP a little bit, 44.4 at Real Clear (average of polls), and 42.8 at Fivethirtyeight.

Now these are NOT great numbers, given the current state of the economy but if he can inch into the high 40’s, that could well be enough to get him reelected. Remember that some who disapprove of Trump will disapprove of the Democratic nominee as well and might vote the “lesser of two evils”..which, for some, would be Trump.

The last President to not be reelected was George H. W. Bush. He was at 44 percent in January 1992 and at 29 percent when Bill Clinton accepted the nomination. Yes, he was sky-high before that, due to Desert Storm.