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Posted by Brian on December 21, 2008

From today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer:


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Lame “duck!”

Posted by Brian on December 16, 2008

You know, it’s easy to get all snarky about the Iraqi guy throwing his shoes at Bush during a press conference. But my immediate response is far more somber.

Just think about it. THe current American president, the “leader” of the free world, is so unpopular globally that foreign nationals are throwing shoes at him. I repeat… so unpopular that foreign nationals are throwing shoes at him. What does that say about how the world views us? Say what you want about CLinton’s shortcomings, but at least people around the world didn’t rtreat him like a carnival game.

Frankly, I was happy to see such a visceral response. I long ago grew sick and tired of seeing that clown treated with respect and defference that he didn’t deserve.

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Hey America!

Posted by Brian on December 9, 2008

HOw’s that President Bush treating you? A full-blown recession, two failing wars, record deficits, our international prestige at record lows… I hope that 200 dollar tax relief check was worth it.

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Posted by Brian on December 7, 2008

Saturday was a snack-filled game night so my calorie watch faced a major hurdle. How did I handle it?:

  • One bowl of cereal: 300 calories
  • Seven Triscuits: 120 calories
  • Four tangerines: 160 calories
  • One serving of PEanut M&M’s: 220 calories
  • Healthy CHoice chicken lunch: 370 calories
  • One bag of cheese popcorn: 600 calories
  • CHeese and crackers: 800 calories

For  total of 2,570 calories. Minus the 400 calories I burned at the gym my net intake was 2,170.

Today was tough. I went to a workshop today and someone brought some M&M’s to share. I couldn’t resist… I also had a few tangerines though I grossly underestimated the amount of calories in each one. And then a snack-heavy RPG session only compounded things.

SO my total calorie intake for the week was 12,955 calories, for an average of 1,850 calories a day. THIngs were going pretty well for a while but fell apart towards the end.  But still, I’m proud of myself for maintaining the routine.

Lorne said my r egiment was tough. But you know, it wasn’t that bad.  There is a good variety of low calorie frozen dishes out there and they taste pretty good. SOup is another good, low-calorie choice. And having just about everything out there come with a nutrition label (unlike Korea, for example) makes it possible to count calories as you go.

TOday is my first day in a week without the counting, so I’ll be rewarding myself with pizza. Can’t wait!

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Posted by Brian on December 5, 2008

Today’s menu:

  • One english muffin with reduced-fat peanut butter and a glass of orange juice: 300 calories
  • Five saltines: 60 calories
  • Four Jack in the Box tacos: 640 calories
  • Old Spaghetti Factory SPaghetti with Mizithra cheese and small salad: 1,210 calories

The total for today then is 2,210 calories, which is a lot, but still not above the daily intake that will cause weight gain. I regret eating the tacos as I knew I would be haivng a big dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. And you know, the mizithra cheese spaghetti there is amazingly good. I love it!

Oh yea… JErry asked why I wasn’t listing anythiing to drink. THe answer to that is that save for two exceptions, I’ve been drinking water all week. The exceptions were a glass of OJ that I listed today and a diet cola on Wednesday that lists 0 calories o nthe label so I didn’t bother listing it.

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Royalty in America

Posted by Brian on December 5, 2008

Can our government not function without Kennedys, Bushes, and Udalls being involved? I mean, why do I keep seeing the same damn names again and again… it’s like a game of musical chairs with the same people and families getting shuffled around from seat to seat. I thought this was America, a meritocracy where everyone has an equal chance to become a president or senator.

UPDATE: Glen Greenwald is on the same topic and, my god… it’s worse than I thought:

Bill Clinton yesterday was forced to deny speculation that he would be appointed to replace his wife in the U.S. Senate.  Leading candidates for that seat still include John F. Kennedy’s daughter (Caroline), Robert Kennedy’s son (RFK, Jr.), and Mario Cuomo’s son (Andrew).  In Illinois, a leading contender to replace Barack Obama in the Senate is Jesse Jackson’s son (Jesse, Jr.).  In Delaware, it was widely speculated that Joe Biden would be replaced by his son, Beau, and after Beau took his name out of the running because he’s now serving in Iraq, the naming of the actual replacement — lone-time (Joe) Biden aide Ted Kaufmann — “upset local Democrats who believe the move was a ham-handed attempt to engineer the election of Biden’s son, Beau, to the Senate in 2010.”

Meanwhile, in Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, who was appointed by her father to take his seat in the U.S. Senate when he became Governor, yesterday warned Sarah Palin not to challenge her in a 2010 primary, a by-product of tension between those two as a result of Palin’s defeat of Lisa’s dad for Governor.  In Florida, Mel Martinez’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election in 2010 immediately led to reports that the current President’s brother, Jeb, might run for that seat.  And all of that’s just from the last couple of weeks.

The Senate alone — to say nothing of the Houseis literally filled with people whose fathers or other close relatives previously held their seat or similar high office (those links identify at least 15 current U.S. Senators — 15 — with immediate family members who previously occupied high elected office).  And, of course, the current President on his way out was the son of a former President and grandson of a former U.S. Senator.

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Posted by Brian on December 4, 2008

My menu for Thursday:

  • Bowl of cereal: 300 calories
  • Two Taco Bell Volcano tacos: 480 calories
  • One cheese popcorn: 225 calories
  • One cherry Kool-Aid: 30 calories
  • One Hershey Kiss: 25 calories
  • Three Triscuits: 60 calories
  • Five saltines: 60 calories
  • One slice of Papa John’s cheese pizza: 200 calories

The total, then, is 1,400 calories. Minus the 500 calories I burned working out, it’s a net intake of 900 calories.

It’s getting tougher and tougher to do this. I feel like I’m constantly hungry… I think when Sunday rolls around I’m going to gorge myself on pizza or a burger.

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Posted by Brian on December 4, 2008

HEre’s what I ate today:

  • One bowl of cereal: 300 calories
  • Seven Triscuits: 120 calories
  • Lean Gourment Sesame Chicken: 270 calories
  • Taco Del Mar Taco  Salad: 930 calories

Total caloriues intake for the day: 1,620.  And if you subtract the 500 calories I burned a the gym my net intake was 1,120 calories.

Today was tough because having the Taco Salad required eating light the rest of the day. It was worth it, though.

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