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.

Day269 Wednesday 05/25/11

ran 0.5 miles
On some days the news we read and hear is as fluffy as cotton and riddled with questions of why one certain bloom of soft comfort is being reported when, if you apply the slightest pinch, you may find seeds within that prick your fingers and require plucking. On other days the news is overwhelming to such an extent, regardless of what hue the media paints it in, that to fully comprehend one single event of the past twenty-four hours that you have just read or heard about becomes a frustrating task with no end, not much unlike staring into the sun to get a better idea of what it really looks like, at something more than a glance.

Today is one of those latter days. I am going to stare into the sun for a moment and pinch an unprocessed handful of cotton. When events become too numerous and overwhelming, rather than elaborate on one or two things, I find it far more effective to just rant, so here we go:

Benjamin Netanyahu. If you had a friend who you respected and protected to the same extent you regarded and helped any others you had a deep relationship with, would you suggest to them that they ought to tie their hands behind their backs and run into a battlefield with an enemy bent on their destruction? For anyone who knows nothing of this long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestine is associated with Hamas, an organization classified by the European Union, the United States, Canada, Israel (put them at nine miles wide? Any soldier or terrorist can run that distance in mere minutes over an hour), and Japan, as a terrorist organization. Israel is the greatest chance of democracy the Middle East stands and they are actually really good at it. You tell me what’s going on. Kathy Hochul, the projected winner in New York for the seat of Chris Lee, who resigned for lewd behavior, was arguably based on a Medicare vote. Ironic that the privatization of Medicare is as hot of a topic as the socialization of health care at large. The split between Hochul and Republican candidate Jane Corwin was 48% to 42%. In the middle of these two candidates was a Tea Party candidate, Jack Davis, who obviously had no right to be in the running other than to take votes away from the “Republican”. Is that how they are going to win in 2012? Implosion? Paul Ryan is extremely focused on reducing the size of federal government. Sounds great. His plan knocks Obama’s off at the knees by saving $6 trillion over the next ten years. Our debt right now is in the fourteen trillions and if Obama gets reelected that is four more years of two-fifths of $6 trillion added on to only God knows what else. Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupting us and if Obama would come up with a solution that addressed this factor of our dismal economic equation it would earn him some points to at least show that he had tried. Many may feel that Ryan’s plan is too radical, but I look at it like a shaken up bottle of soda that someone just handed me and I was foolish enough to open up; you can either let it spill and make a mess like a child with wide eyes and no solution or you can quickly tighten the cap until the carbonation dissipates. Barack Obama is shaking the can like a six-year-old in complete denial of the laws of physics, and his actions are proving to be incapable of understanding the reasons why. He has a nice, clean glass for every one of us, filled with ice on a summer day full of potential, but his drink is going to be flat if he pours it into our glasses. One thing that really irks me is when people clearly see such a large problem before them and they refuse to look at it. They stir and pour its inconceivability into a filthy jar, and then they sell it.

Today is my birthday and I am optimistic to say that I am officially one day older and one day smarter than I was yesterday.

1,295.6 miles to go.


  1. Happy Belated Birthday!!!


  2. Good article about Medicare waste