Month: November 2010

Scary: China holds our debt, the Cold War never ended, now — China, Russia quit dollar

China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday. via China, Russia quit dollar. What will this mean? While China doesn’t hold all of the U.S. debt, it holds a lot of it. Even though “Russia” disintegrated, many folks contend the cold war never really ended.  Having grown up with neighbors (those who could afford them) who had bomb shelters and the universal fear was Russian ICBMs raining down on us, it’s hard not to be paranoid about “them.” It’s been a long time since Russia and China were our allies in World War II — and even then it was more for their own self-interest.  That alliance in what surely must have a destabilizing effect on the dollar surely cannot be good news but it’ll take some smart people to figure out what this portends. At the moment, there is no analytical coverage in the news and even the blogosphere is quiet on the subject. Any experts out there? Recent Possibly Related External Links India Has An “Inferiority Complex” When Dealing With Us: China … New thinking on human rights & cooperation « Rightways's Blog Eloy: Background Notes : India Like this:Like...

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Giving thanks for America, and its exceptional people

What are you giving thanks for today? Family and friends, certainly. Our communities and churches. Our leaders. For health if we have it, or for the past years when we did.

For me, the appropriate giving of thanks is for America, for American Exceptionalism. And in that exceptionalism it must be recognized that it is its people and its Judeo-Christian roots from which this exceptional country has risen. Thus I give thanks for growing up in such a country, surrounded by the people and the ethical structures which have made America exceptional — unique in the history of the world — for such is, fundamentally, the source of all else for which we traditionally give thanks. Is all of that in danger?

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De Facto Shariah Law in America

The full article mentioned below is well worth reading. As I contemplate this season of giving thanks — and there is much for which I personally am thankful — I think we are again reminded of the juxtaposition of religious freedom and the other freedoms guaranteed in our constitutional republic. But what is the status of religious freedom in America today? And in particular, what of  America’s Judeo-Christian heritage?  Consider this: Is the United States today a de facto shariah state? A close look at recent events points to some alarming conclusions about the tenets of shariah law taking hold in our once-proud constitutional republic and the unwitting, unequal application of existing U.S. laws. The result is that when it comes to religious expression, Muslims now enjoy more freedom of religion and speech under our Bill of Rights than non-Muslims. Equal protection under the laws of our country holds for Muslims far better than for non-Muslims. Several recent examples illustrate this point. via American Thinker: De Facto Shariah Law in America. I have to admit some concern over the lack of sourcing in the article, but many of the events recounted therein have been the subject of national news coverage.  What we see in these events are, once again, political correctness run amok. The reality is, of course, that these “PC” influences are conceived outside of actual laws so...

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Bynum beats the hill

Bynum beats the hill — view the original size in Flickr Originally uploaded by CaptainJustice On a sunny Friday afternoon in November Don Bynum, David Nantz and myself took advantage of the day to rip through 18 miles of back country roads Southeast of Burnet. After all, my court docket was done, the sun was shining, I just “happened” to have the bike at the office — what else was a fella to do? Then there’s “The Hill.” Like this:Like...

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Using SportTracks program for exercise analysis

SportTracks by Zonefive software is a very interesting program. I use it with my Garmin Forerunner 305 (FR) sport watch and my Garmin Oregon 400t handheld GPS (as a backup). The FR comes with a nice program for downloading exercise/training logs (Garmin Training Center) but SportTracks (ST) is far more detailed and flexible. Does it help you in your exercise regimen? I think so. Whether you are exercising to lose weight, to just tone up a bit, or to get ready to run competitive races it gives you useful data. The purpose of this article is not to teach you how to use it (I’m still in the learning curve) but merely to share some of the unique features. For the big picture there is a comprehensive “Activity Documentation” report (link is a PDF file). Road CR330 11-19-2010, Activity Documentation.  It wraps a LOT of information into a single report. But for more detailed analysis there are individual report components, and each component has a variety of available charts. The “components” include a summary, splits, speed, elevation and workout. If you are cycling and have a cadence sensor on the bike, the FR records cadence which, with the other collected data, allows ST to calculate and report on cadence and power output (in watts). The detailed reports start with an overall summary for a quick glance at the session....

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