Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day127 Monday 01/03/11

ran 6.2 miles
A Congressman from California, Darrell Issa, soon to commandeer the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives, intends to investigate, with the new Congress that convenes this week, numerous cases of fraud and government waste among the Obama administration. Among other hot topics, Darrell Issa and fellow Republicans vow to repeal health care reform, at least to some degree, considering their House majority is up against a dwindling Democratic Senate majority and a president who will likely veto any such idea, even if the legislation did somehow mange to wrangle the consent of the Senate.

This is old news, March of 2010, but Virginia Congressman, Tom Perriello, was quoted as saying, “If you don’t tie our hands we will keep stealing.” Addressing a faction of Tea Party supporters, this was his full comment, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned up here (in Washington) and I didn’t really need to come up here to learn it, is the only way to get Congress to balance the budget is to give them no choice, and the only way to keep them out of the cookie jar is to give them no choice, which is why – whether it’s balanced budget acts or pay as you go legislation or any of that – is the only thing. If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing” Aside from a lethal dose of political suicide, Perriello has demonstrated an honesty, or a level of stupidity, that is not fit for the current state of our disappointment in Washington. (He was not reelected on November 2, 2010, but his quote, whether it was a weak moment that he allowed the truth to be told or if he was actually trying to pander to Tea Party backers that he should be their Representative, it goes to show how much of a circus Washington has become and how thick the wall is, which exists between our lawmakers and the people.

On an entirely different note, moving away from Washington, something that received a lot of publicity today was a prediction that the world is going to end on May 21, 2011. So, preceding the Mayan calendar prediction of the world ending on December 21, 2012, now we have another Doomsday theory. There is actually a billboard on Interstate 10 in Vidor, Texas, among many other locations, warning of the impending doom. I don’t mean to step on any fanatical toes but, according to Harold Camping, 88-year-old founder of Oakland-based Family Radio, which reaches millions of viewers all over the world, May 21, 2011 will begin the end of the world. He asserts that 7,000 years from the date of the great Biblical flood and May 21, 2010 both fall on the seventeenth day of the second month of the Biblical calendar, of course 7,000 years apart. It should be noted that Harold Camping has previously predicted the end of the world to occur in September of 1994, as well. He and a congregation awaited rapture with bibles pointed up and opened toward heaven. But nothing happened. Concerning the Mayan calendar, in a nutshell, on December 21, 2012, the Milky Way, the sun, and Earth are going to align in an extremely rare position, which many speculate would possibly alter the magnetic and gravitational nature that has kept this planet spinning on an axis tilted at 23.5 degrees for a very, very long time. If this tilt were suddenly changed, it could set off a catastrophic succession of natural disasters the likes of which have never been documented in the history of human civilization.

That being said, people have been predicting the end of this world for thousands of years and yet we are still here. I am not judging, mocking or supporting any one particular religious or nonreligious faction of belief or disbelief, in case any reader may get that impression. My doubtful assessment of these predictions are as much my right to express as it is incumbent upon others to believe in them. All we can do is wait and see.

May 21, 2011 will certainly be an interesting day, as will December 21, 2012, when one and/or the other finally arrive.

Sorry to jump aboard such a tangent in midcourse, which has nothing to do with running against Barack Obama, but I felt this story was very interesting and I am curious to see how other people feel about the audacity some mortal, fallible men possess to proclaim that they have figured out God’s big plan and that we should be so lucky to have them as prophets so we can prepare for rapture.

Anyhow, just a few bits of random news filling the air waves and inking the papers recently.

1,760.6 miles to go.

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