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John McCain and New Running Times

 I’m watching John McCain on CNN right now. He’s speaking at the Republican National Convention. He’s doing alright. The people who keep yelling “USA, USA…” are kind of creeping me out with their mob mentality chanting, but it’s alright I guess. I went to one of those gatherings at a stadium in Texas and I found it to be quite eerie.

Cindy McCain looks a little like the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt. I like her anyway. I’ve seen her kinds shopping around Highland Park and Northpark in Dallas a million times. Check out the the cost of her recent outfit as reported by the press:
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, Taryn Rose: $475
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

 I know that the press meant this list as a criticism, but I think that if you are worth over 100 million dollars, you can rock a Chanel watch, right?

The Republican National Convention was alright. Sarah Palin’s speech was a highlight. I’m disappointed that there was so little talk about policy. Also, none of the candidates really distanced themselves from the unpopular war in Iraq and George W. Bush. In my opinion, this is Obama’s easy win.

I hate to say that… but I think it’s true. If Obama does win, I’ll be winning an iPod from someone special in Texas. But we’ll see. Anything can happen between now and Nov. 2. It’s on!

In other news, I’ve been using Hal Higdon’s marathon training program. I’ve been traveling quite a bit and I’ve missed a few long runs, so I’m pretty worried about completing the program by Thanksgiving. We’ll see what happens. Here are my updating running times (I’m getting faster):

April 27: 10k Homestretch Challenge – 53:54 (8:40 pace)
May 19: 5k Mayor’s Challenge – 23:57 (7:42 pace)  – {pr}
May 26: 10K Celebrate America: 50:18 (8:05 pace)
June 21: 10K Possum Trot: 49:53 (8:01 pace)

I have a 5k on Saturday. I haven’t been running because I’ve been traveling so much, so I am not planning on beating my personal record. It will still be fun to get out there with my brother. More later…

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Sarah. Palin. Nailed. It.

After a short break, I’m back. Some many things have happened since I last posted.
I hope you watched the Palin Speech last night.

Let me just say that I am not a big fan of John McCain and I have been dreading this election since the primaries….but Sarah Palin had a great speech last night. My compliments to her and her speechwriter. Here are some quotes from her on Obama:

“…Listening to him {Obama} speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state Senate. ”

“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

“This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot — what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it. ”

“I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities….”

” I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.”

“For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.”

In fairness, Hillary Clinton also had a good speech last week at the DNC. Here’s my favorite quote from that speech: “My mother was born before women could vote. But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for President. This is the story of America….”

The women in this election have been impressive so far. The press’s sexist treatment of Hillary was unbearable to watch, I hope they knock if off soon.

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Apathy

    Is it just me? Or is this election a serious beat-down? f I can’t stand to hear Hillary/Obama/McPain ramble on. I used to be such a junkie! Come to think of it, I have noticed a certain level of apathy among all people who get really interested in politics. Following or studying politics for a few years is kind of like slowly finding out that your favorite TV show is fake. ….(although I found out that “The Hills” is fake, and I still watch (it’s def. not my fav…))

 What I mean to say is, I’m so tired of the doublespeak in politics. The sound bites. The photo ops. ARgh.

It’s rainy and cold here in Georgia and I haven’t gone running in five days. That could be why I’m in a bad mood.

In other news, I want set my sights on the next big run. 
To be honest, as a “non-runner,” I did not like running with and in front of so many people during the half marathon at all. I didn’t really think it was a fun experience, but I need a goal to work towards.

Any and all tips would be greatly apperciated! I’d be shocked if I could pull this one off. 
The full marathon is in November.

Also, I want to get the Nina Simone Pastal Blues CD.
I’ve listened to some of her stuff online and it seems good.

Pictures from the Georgia ING:

 
( I didn’t finish at 2:15 – the clock starts when the first people start running. It takes a lot of time to get up to the front. It took me about 13 minutes or so.)

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What?!

President Bush predicts GOP sweeps in November, calls it a “fabulous year for Republicans” and  is “excited about the year 2008.”

 ….somebody should really tell him.

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Ann Coulter Endorses… Hillary?

 Wow! I didn’t see this one coming.
I’m not a big (M)Ann Coulter fan. I think she’s irritating and inflammatory.
Also, she called John Edwards the other F word, which is really offensive.
But I watched the video and….

 
….I kinda agree with her.

Ann Coulter’s ideas on Hannity & Colmes.  
She says Hillary would be a better president than McCain.

On Super Tuesday, my picks are Hillary for the Democrats and Romney for the Republicans.

Also, keep Hermie “B-Mo” Hines in your thoughts and prayers, as he’s not doing so well. Hermie is my blonde/cream kitten with blue/green eyes. I adopted him from the Dallas SPCA on south Industrial Blvd. He was seized from a house where people were very abusive and neglectful to cats and other animals.
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Here are some of the pictures of the home that Hermie was recused from.

Warning: the following images may disturb you (after seeing how cute my cat is).
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AHHH! WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Anyway, Hermie has some left over “bugs” to work out from this nightmarish start. He’s going to be perfectly fine in a few days. But even so, please don’t ever, ever, ever, ever, ever buy a dog or cat from a pet store. A lot of these pets are bred under horrendous conditions. Chances are you can go to a few different shelters in your area and you can find exactly what you wanted for a fraction of the price. In fact, when I adopted Hermie, the SPCA had just seized 200 purebred dogs from a puppy breeding mill. These are the dogs you’d be paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for a pet store. The sad truth is, these dogs are tortured and kept in tiny cages.  25% of dogs in shelters are purebred dogs. 56% of dogs in shelters are put down, and only 18% of people’s dogs are adopted form shelters..
Click here to read more about Hermie’s former home. 😦

Also, it seems fitting to use this post to dog out girl who dumped her betta fish in the hallway. The fish in a tiny glass of dirty water at the end of my last semester of college. Well, that fish is now on my dresser is a huge gallon of spotless water. She constantly swimming around and has the best personality of any fish I’ve owned! So….there.

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It’s Cold

Mike Huckabee had some really interesting things to say about Fair Tax tonight on the MSNBC debate.
I like Fair Tax. I think it’s an interesting idea, but how OUR government could execute that seismic shift is beyond me.

Say what you will about Ron Paul, but I kind of like him.
I don’t know if I would vote for someone who probably wouldn’t win. They say every voted should be weighed, not counted…. right?

I thought Rudy did a bad job tonight. I’m sorry about that, too. I liked Rudy.
In other news, it’s freezing here. The windchill now is 15*! I can’t handle it.
I thought it’s supposed to be warm in the South?

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