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.

Day152 Friday 01/28/11

ran 2.7 miles
  • Maine was the twenty-third state to join the union on March 15, 1820, one year before Missouri and one year after Alabama.
  • Population, as of 2009, is 1,318,301.
  • Senators are Susan Collins (R) and Olympia Snowe (R).
  • Representatives are Chellie Pingree (D) and Michael Michaud (D).
  • Maine has four electoral votes. Historically, the state has voted red from the Civil War through the 1980s, only voting blue in 1912, 1964, and 1968. Maine has voted Democratic in the last four elections. Barack Obama won by 18% over John McCain in 2008. Maine and Nebraska are the only two states to not use the “All or nothing” approach to awarding electoral votes. Differing from the other forty-eight states, the winner of the popular vote gets two electoral votes, while one is assigned to the winner of each of Maine’s two congressional districts. This method was established in 1972, and is yet to result in a split electoral vote.
On to more pressing news, Egypt is currently in a complete state of chaos. The dictator they’ve had for the past thirty years has the entire nation at odds with him. Rubber bullets have been replaced with real bullets, curfews and authority are being ignored and overtaken, and earlier today the nation’s internet access was completely disabled by the government. At first glance, you don’t think to consider how much your daily life revolves around the Internet, and the idea that your government could simply pull a switch on its accessibility is even more preposterous.

The truth is, as coincidental as it may seem, that amidst all of the turmoil in our ally-nation of dictator-led Egypt, there is legislation being discussed in Congress right now, which would grant Barack Obama a “Kill Switch” for the internet in America. To even acknowledge this reality is absurd but it is true. Barack Obama wants the power to literally turn off the Internet if he deems it necessary.

Why? I can’t think of a logical reason but after seeing what is happening in Egypt one idea comes to mind. Our world is fomenting into a froth, spilling over the edges of the reality we’ve known for a long time, as a result of poorly led governments around the globe and it will probably get worse before it gets better. The next two years, not even considering the events that will happen in other countries, in America, alone, will be a time that will test your principles and strengths.

So, again, I ask why does Barack Obama want legislation that allows him to cut off 300 million Americans from access to the Internet? I can’t answer that question because it holds no American merit as far as freedom is concerned, but what is happening in Egypt right now is a good start to speculate towards a future that Barack Obama may foresee where he finds it necessary to silence certain Americans who don’t conform to his ideas.

1,680.7 miles to go.

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