Week 3: Day 1 Dog Days Challenge

Screen Shot 2017-08-15 at 10.31.26 PMToday was a much happier rowing day. My head is back in the game. I managed to squeeze out 11,000 meters while enjoying each stroke. 

The music that inspired me came from The Ultimate Bee Gees and The Spirit of America with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

All is right again in my rowing universe.

Now I can sleep happy. Truly.

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Rex E. Lee: BYU Speech, January 15, 1991

When I get irritated with politics and politicians and all of the yammering by talking heads that make my head want to explode, I go back to some of the great sermons and speeches that matter most to me, like this one by Rex E. Lee.

You can listen to it here.  You can read it here.

I highly recommend that you listen and read along because Rex Lee speaks from his heart, throwing in a few wonderful asides from his written script.  

QUOTE: 

The Constitution is, in short, a limitation on government. It accomplishes its governmental-authority-confining mission in two basic ways, and, with the exception of the Thirteenth Amendment, every provision of the Constitution, in my opinion, falls into either one or the other of these two categories of limitations on governmental power.

The first category is the obvious one. The Constitution contains some fairly obvious, though not always specific, prohibitions concerning what government—federal, state, or local—can do to its citizens. Some of the most prominent are protections for the criminally accused, such as the privilege against self-incrimination, protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to counsel, and jury trial. The best known of the noncriminal protections are contained in the First Amendment, most of whose guarantees pertain to some form of free expression, and include freedom of speech and press, freedom of assembly, and the free exercise of religion. (Interestingly enough, the only nonexpression right contained in the First Amendment is a structural provision, the so-called establishment clause, which deals with relationships between governments and religious organizations.) And although the original Constitution was criticized by the anti-Federalists for its lack of a bill of rights, it actually contained several important limitations on government designed solely to protect individual rights, such as the prohibitions against bills of attainder and ex post facto laws, the habeas corpus guarantee, and the contracts clause.

The other way that the Constitution limits governmental powers is more subtle, not as well known, but equally important and equally effective. It consists of a combination of two separate structural provisions. They are structural provisions in that they protect the individual against governmental power not by overtly prescribing what government cannot do, but rather by creating separate governmental units that compete for government power. By spreading the powers of government among several separate entities and by making each a competitor with the others, there is a lesser likelihood that any of those entities can ever acquire power in sufficient measure to become oppressive. The Constitution accomplishes this division of power along two dimensions: one horizontal, and one vertical.

 

Additional reading:  In the Ecosystem of Rights, Religious Freedom Is Foundational

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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

No. They are not gluten free. Yes. It is against the Paleo-Eat-Clean theory. 

It matters not to me. I ground the wheat myself, then poured in the grade A, whole buttermilk to make the lightest, fluffiest pancakes yesterday. Yes I did.

And I ate one. And yes, yes it was delicious. In fact it was so tasty that I had one for breakfast today. Those pancakes made my face and my tummy smile, yes indeed, as did the pure maple syrup. 

Betty Crocker’s recipe is the one I basically followed, using coconut oil in place of the vegetable oil and I added in one extra egg.  

Um, um, Good! 

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Rolling my eyes at the Paul Ryan survey

Here it is. Another useless survey with the goal being to get you and me to give the Speaker of the House campaign money.Screen Shot 2017-08-12 at 10.02.31 AM.jpg

Why? What difference does Paul-call-me-Mitch-McCONnell-Ryan make?

  1. Like he really is going to do something about cutting wasteful programs that redistribute wealth this time?
  2. Like he really will cap spending or actually make government live on a budget this time
  3. Like he pressed for and whipped the votes for Full Repeal this time?
  4. Like he is working hard to Make Government Small Again or keeping government policy as the new secular-civil religion, forever?

Right. Here is the pathetically staged survey: 

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So now I double check myself and my irritations regarding Paul Ryan to reread this article by Jim Talent. I like this particular quote:

“Ryan is entitled to the rest of this Congress to vindicate his leadership in the eyes of his colleagues, and he is entitled now to demand their confidence as well as their votes if they decide to elevate him.”

But what I really like are the last two paragraphs: 

“The issue of how much, and how long, to support a leader is a difficult one. I leave the last word to Winston Churchill, who wrote this about the days in May of 1940 when he was made prime minister:

‘The loyalties which centre upon number one are enormous. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be pole-axed. But this last extreme process cannot be carried out every day, and certainly not in the days just after he has been chosen.'”

Now the question is: Is it time for the extreme process?  

According to Jim Geraghty at National Review “the House keeps sending bills over to the Senate… Quite a few of those bills are minor.”

I keep going to back to Clarence Thomas at the American Enterprise Institute’s 2001 Francis Boyer Lecture, February 13, 2001, titled BE NOT AFRAID

“Today, there is much talk about moderation. It reminds me of a former colleague at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who often joked that he was a “gun-toting moderate”—a curiously oxymoronic perspective. Just think of that, dying over half a loaf.”

Now my question is: Will Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, continue to drive Mitch McConnell’s, or whoever is pulling the strings, agenda just to die over half-a-loaf?

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Dog Days: Rolling my eyes

As I sit here roughing in the title of what I am going to write about, I am rolling my eyes. Hence the new and improved title. Honestly, I have no clue how I managed to row 10k today but Dog Days:Week 2 is completed. Hallelujah!

Today’s row was absolutely miserable. My mind was not in the game. It was running frenzied, like watching the mayhem between one of those blue tailed skinks and my black lab as she chases the thing around the porch and up the tree. 

The original plan was to row 20k in four sessions. Having rowed a 5k Tuesday and Wednesday the goal was to row 5k today and again tomorrow but I have several pressing priorities tomorrow so opted to just finish the last 10k today.

The new and improved (rolling my eyes) plan was to row down a ladder: 4k with a 3 minute rest, 3k – 2 minute rest, 2k – 1 minute rest and then finish strong with 1k. 

For some bizarre reason I dropped the damper to level 4.5 (rolling my eyes) instead of 5 – 5.5 and that is when the row went sideways. Between the heat and the damper setting I wanted to quit halfway through the 4k. My times were horrific and I could have cared less, sort of. I could have changed the damper setting but opted to suffer instead (rolling my eyes).

My SPM’s were the worst ever, as in like my first days ever rowing, and then I whined my way through the rest period, the 3k and rest period, the 2k and rest period. By the time I got to that last 1k it was all I could do to just get it done while thoughts regarding the 30k caused me to lament ever rowing Dog Days 2017.  

Still it is d-o-n-e. Tomorrow I can wake up with a new and improved attitude if I do not have lingering nightmares about today. 

Putting my miserable, whining self to bed now (rolling my eyes).

Oh, wait! I can end today with one happy thought. Thanks to whoever used my CrossRope Code to order a jump rope! I get a free t-shirt.

(Was that you, Michel? – not rolling my eyes!) 

That $10 OFF code expires September 4, 2017 so take advantage today!

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FULL Repeal is Tax Reform!

This is going to be brief because seriously, I am so sick of the Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell lies regarding so many things that I could spit. 

Mark Sandford was right. 

Mike Lee was right. 

Seven years of promises and now the Republican Progressives are equally as corrupt as any Democrat Progressive when it comes to looking out for the taxpayers. And so are the alleged Moderates. 

There is no stinking thing as a Moderate. A Moderate is also a Progressive. 

Spit. 

Bottom line, I cannot read one more report about anything to do with whatever the current bill is being promoted or set out there to keep, even partially, ObamacareHELL.

The principle of good governance depends on leaders who understand choice and accountability, the law of the harvest – meaning bad things happen to good people but when looked at with the law of abundance, there is enough to go around IF the government gets out of the way.  

Everyone knows the government does not create wealth nor can it compel a spirit of charity or benevolence, or altruism as the secularists call it. 

Government gives and takes money away. It takes from some to give to others. That is not charity. That is forced redistribution of wealth and that is neither freedom nor benevolence. 

Real tax reform begins with Full Repeal of the Obamacare Tax. There cannot be any bailouts. And Congress needs to get a grip on itself. Congress must rise up to CUT, CAP and BALANCE THE BUDGET if real tax reform is to have any effect. Congressional addiction to living out of taxpayer pockets must end. 

July 24        Tell the Truth: Say it over and over again

July 19-21  Part 1-3: My takeawy from Mike Lee

July 7          Grand Old Progressives, allegedly

June 27       Rewrite the Bill: BCRA is not Full Repeal 

June 26       And then there is Paul Ryan

June 20       So over Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell

June 16       McConnell & Ryan: Shambala or Pants on Fire

April 27      Fab Interview: Mark Sanford – NOT Repealing Obamacare

April 27      Update to Puh-lease, #FrameTheDebate for #FullRepeal

April 26      In the beginning and in the end PUH-LEASE, Frame the Debate for Full Repeal

April 24      A Stinkin’ CR and Full Repeal Debate

March 8     Revolt and FULL Repeal, BASTA!

February 27   Remember what the American people were sold: FULL REPEAL

February 24   Get on with Full Repeal

February 8     No Welching: Full Repeal and End FedED

January 31     51 GOP votes to FULL Repeal

And I am tagging #safie, Bill Posey, Bill Nelson, Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, Freedom Caucus for FULL REPEAL, BASTA! 

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Tonight is bacon night

Food is my thing. I love it. I love it simple and uncomplicated to make. I appreciate complicated, gourmet cooking but I do not like to cook that way. My preference is to not have to have more than four ingredients to throw together to create something to eat. Quick. Simple. Basta! That is my mantra. 

Tonight is bacon night. It is cooked, in the oven, all two pounds of thick strip applewood bacon. Perfect with avocado, or on a BLT, or crumpled on a salad. It is even fabulous to eat a piece without anything else to distract from the deliciousness of bacon. 

Now it is cooked. It is in the refrigerator ready to use in in a variety of sumptuous meals. 

Ahhhh. Bacon!

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