Month: July 2010

Yes, You Were Born to Run

Millions of years of genetic mutation and adaptation have produced a singular animal whose body, mind, and spirit are primed to sprint as if life depended on it. That animal is you. So why are you just standing there? via Yes, You Were Born to Run : Run For Weight Loss :  I love this notion, and this article, because I’ve wondered why I’ve had this persistent (many years worth) desire to run although I’ve never managed before to run seriously except for one stint in my 30’s. Why have I kept coming back to it? A few more snippets that will whet your appetite to read the full article, which you need to do. Why do 11 percent of Americans and tens of millions of people around the world tie on running shoes and clock their weekly miles? The three most recent presidents of the United States have put in time as runners (and earlier this year, one candidate, Mike Huckabee, trained for the Boston Marathon while campaigning for the U.S. presidency). Early humans didn’t have fire to cook meat and release its nutrients until 250,000 years ago. They didn’t have the bow and arrow until 20,000 years ago. “But we know that people have been hunting for 2 million years. The best weapon they had available to them was a sharpened wooden stick. I’m not exaggerating....

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House Tea Party Caucus: finally, a litmus test for real conservatives

Speaker Pelosi finally, reluctantly, allowed recognition of a Tea Party Caucus for the U.S. House of Representatives after initially denying the request initiated by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn). Or perhaps the House Administration Committee did the right thing, where the Speaker would not. Last week, Bachmann requested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approve the caucus “to promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government.” “This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all members of Congress have sworn to uphold,” Bachmann said. via – House Gives Bachmann OK to Form Tea Party Caucus. It seems to me that whether a Congressman joins the caucus, or not, will be a real indication of the level of true conservative spirit of that person. Note its purpose “to promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government.” One needn’t be a Republican or a Democrat or an Independent or fall into any of the myriad of ways to classify a representative, in order to be willing to be identified in the Tea Party Caucus. Just BE of conservative mind. At least I hope that’s the way it works. I would expect that anyone who joins the caucus will have their voting record scrutinized to a higher than normal degree and perhaps the caucus will be self-policing (I don’t know how...

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Marble Falls Tri-Athlon

We had two of my groups supporting the Tri-Athlon today. We had several motorcyclists from my so-called m/c “gang” (we have an email list named Psycle, derived from the fact that for me motorcycling is a psychiatric event), and ham radio operators from our local Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group (sponsored in part by the Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club). ARES, the Amateur Radio Emergency Services® is a function of the Amateur Radio Relay League. Also joining our local hams were a number of folks from the far East:  Georgetown and Hutto, from the Sun City Amateur Radio Society!  A full list of the participants is below. ARES units participate in events of this nature in order to practice and sharpen our skills in the event of an actual communications emergency where the normal modes — telephones, cell phones, public service and law enforcement — of communication may fail. Amateur Radio is not simply another hobby, but is an avenue to life-saving public service.  Emergency communications is a large part of our public service fulfilling the motto “When all else fails … Amateur Radio works.” The MF Tri-A consists of a 1k swim, 23 mile bike ride out Hwy 71 inclusive of some killer hills, and a 4.4 mile run down Pecan Valley and thereabouts. The motorcyclists and mobile hams serve to buffer the bicyclists against...

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Senator John Cornyn on Kagan nomination to high court

It is often difficult for the lay person to have a basis from which to evaluate the qualifications of a judicial candidate and it’s most daunting to listen to the roar of the media discussing a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Without offering any opinion on Solicitor General Kagan, I suggest that Sen. Cornyn’s discussion offers an excellent insight into the most salient issues surrounding such a candidate. While some may disagree with his conclusions, the statement of the issues is spot-on. WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement announcing he will oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court: “Solicitor General Kagan’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee did not assure me that she agrees with the traditional understanding of the proper role of a judge. Judges should strictly interpret the written Constitution, which means both enforcing written limitations on the scope of government power, such as the Second Amendment and the Commerce Clause, as well as not inventing new rights or imposing their own policy views on the American people. “Ms. Kagan’s testimony about her judicial philosophy was vague and open to multiple interpretations. She was unable to articulate limits on the federal Commerce Clause power.  She did not rule out overturning the Supreme Court’s recent decisions recognizing the importance of the Second Amendment. She...

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