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.

Day323 Monday 07/18/11

ran 4.7 miles

Looking over a few articles in the news tonight, I happened to come across one that cited the fact that Barack Obama had one the Nobel Peace Prize. That fact had slipped my mind and being reminded of it forced a sudden laugh, followed by a lifted brow and a condescending grin and, finally, frustration set in. Really?! The Nobel Peace Prize?!

I am only one person so, consequently, my single opinion bears little effect on America’s perception of President Obama’s having one the Nobel Peace Prize for achieving absolutely nothing, but my common sense opinion is that the integrity of the Nobel Peace Prize has been tarnished and what was once perhaps perceived by many as an indisputable honor may now be a questionable award based on the fact that Barack Obama won it for…nothing.

Coincidentally, the article that cited Obama’s unearned Nobel Peace Prize had a more pressing story. Barack Obama has been formally accused of crime against humanity for killing Bin Laden. Daniel Fiol, a Spanish lawyer, submitted a written complaint to the International Criminal Court, which accused President Obama of violating the Geneva Convention.

Fiol argues that Bin Laden should have been “pursued, arrested, tried and convicted”; not assassinated in Abbotabad, Pakistan. As of yet it is unknown who hired Fiol to place this charge, but there is much speculation that it might be Osama Bin Laden’s son Omar Bin Laden.

One of the few issues I can agree on with Barack Obama was killing Osama Bin Laden. I didn’t post about this article to dispute his decision and this charge placed by Daniel Fiol will gain zero ground, but I did post about it because, in addition to reminding me of how ridiculous it was that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, this article had a picture of what must be the worst, most pathetic, most uncreative, disappointing, thrown-together effigy I have ever seen. The magazine page they used for a head and the complete lack of arms and legs were a nice touch. I can understand why these guys may want to burn the shirt with the American flag, but that is a perfectly good, useful set of jeans.

It is important to point out that I completely disapprove of the actions being portrayed in this image. I do not condone the burning of images of American flags or American presidents, whether it is on our soil or elsewhere. The main reason I posted this image was to underline the fact that our Nobel Peace Prize winning president has effigies modeled on his appearance violently burned quite often in dozens of different countries, which we, for some odd reason, give millions upon millions of our tax dollars to each and every year. I’m not sure where this picture was taken, but I’d be willing to bet that we gave these peoples’ government a whole lot of money very recently.

Back in America, Steve Wynn, CEO of casino company Wynn Resorts, delivered an intense anti-Obama rant during his company’s quarterly conference call today. He projected a sentiment many Americans seem to feel, regardless of social class, all the way up to the wealthiest of the wealthy, such as Wynn, and that sentiment is that American families and American companies are sitting on their thumbs and not spending money because we fear Barack Obama’s vision and path. People and businesses are not spending money, leaving the economy stagnant, because we are scared of what our president is trying to do. And it’s not so much that we fear precisely what he is doing, but that we fear our complete lack of logical understanding for the actions he makes.

This is Wynn’s tirade:

“I believe in Las Vegas. I think its best days are ahead of it. But I'm afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States. You watch television and see what's going on on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing's going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress. But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year that the discussion in Washington is nauseating.

And I'm saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems, that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration.And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America.

You bet and until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it's not going to change. And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President. And a lot of people don't want to say that. They'll say, God, don't be attacking Obama. Well, this is Obama's deal and it's Obama that's responsible for this fear in America.

The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don't invest, their holding too much money. We haven't heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody's afraid of the government and there's no need soft peddling it, it's the truth. It is the truth. And that's true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I'm telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he's gone, everybody's going to be sitting on their thumbs.”

1,119.8 miles to go.


  1. "Read my lips... no new taxes". This was said by H.W. Bush before he raised taxes in order to reduce the budget deficit. Reagan raised taxes. Clinton raised taxes. None of these presidents had to deal with two wars going on at the same time. It is inevitable that a republican will one day be president again. Maybe he will find it necessary to try to raise taxes too.


  2. No president has ever spent as much as Obama and he is just getting started. By the time the debt ceiling decision is made that number will go up even more. We are only 2 1/2 years in. With a potential eight years for Obama to continue the path he has tread, there is a critical fork in the road in 2012. These guys are always going to raise taxes, debt ceilings, and whatever else they can get their hands on, presidents of the past and future, but America's immediate future has not been this jeopardized by so many different fronts in a long time.

  3. That is a good point. The national debt is going in the wrong direction. The boat is leaking.


  4. With more people needing the safety net and with 2 wars, the government is spending (and wasting) more money. But this isn't something Obama created or put in place, but he has been elected to fix it.

    I read a few interesting articles that had some counter points about government spending during the Obama administration. One stated spending in unemployment insurance, food stamps, SSI, refundable tax credits has surged because the economy is depressed. "What we’re seeing isn’t some drastic expansion of Big Government; we’re seeing the government we already had, responding to a terrible economic slump."

    Politifact recently analyzed a statement from a commercial that says "Our country's got this huge debt, and (President Barack) Obama says raise taxes and keep spending more." They rated this as half true saying that "The ad is right about tax increases but incorrect about spending increases." -