Saturday, July 03, 2010

I have tried to engage the World Cup, but the who the fuck understands what this means? - "Uruguay 1 (4) - 1 (2) Ghana"

That's like applied physics, ffs.

The Green Room w/Paul Provenza is fucking hilarious.

Buncha comedians just sitting around and talking shit...  fucking genius.  Some of the funniest stuff I've watched in months.  [Yes, multiple profanities, chock it up to comedy+alcohol.]

Thursday, July 01, 2010

20 hour headache OVER. I love everyone right now. Especially the school nurse and her magic-extra Bufferin.

George Carlin WIN - "I credit that eight years of [Catholic] school with nourishing me in a direction where I could trust myself and trust my instincts. They gave me the tools to reject my faith. They taught me to question and think for myself and to believe in my instincts to such an extent that I just said, "This is a wonderful fairy tale they have going here, but it's not for me."

Me too, actually.  The case could be made.

I agree w/Clarence Thomas now? Apparently so. World gone mad, I tell you.

Though to be fair, NC upbringing and military life all but guarantees I'm pro-2nd amendment.  Plus, you know, logic.  Guns are tools.  People are criminals.  Bonus points for the Nat Turner shout out tho'.

"His advocacy for black self-defense is straight from the heart of Malcolm X." - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine:
"In a scorcher of an opinion that reads like a mix of black history lesson and Black Panther Party manifesto, he goes on to say, "Militias such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Knights of the White Camellia, the White Brotherhood, the Pale Faces and the '76 Association spread terror among blacks. . . . The use of firearms for self-defense was often the only way black citizens could protect themselves from mob violence."

This was no muttering from an Uncle Tom, as many black people have accused him of being. His advocacy for black self-defense is straight from the heart of Malcolm X. He even cites the slave revolts led by Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner -- implying that white America has long wanted to take guns away from black people out of fear that they would seek revenge for centuries of racial oppression."

"Man Smacks" - This is pretty funny.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Random thought/G20 hindsight - MLK accomplishes less w/o the threat of Malcolm. Same for Gandi w/o Bose, Nehru.

Vatican Priorities - "Pope slams cardinal who exposed abuse cover-up."

Bastards, the lot of them.

Pope slams cardinal who exposed abuse cover-up:
"The Vatican on Monday issued an unprecedented rebuke of a top cardinal who had accused the retired Vatican No. 2 of blocking clerical sex abuse investigations, publicly dressing down a man who had been praised for his criticism of church abuse cover-ups.

The silencing of Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the archbishop of Vienna and long considered a papal contender, drew heated criticism from clerical abuse victims. They said the Vatican should be honoring Schoenborn, not publicly humiliating him, for his calls for greater transparency and demands for a crackdown on priests who rape and sodomize children."


Clearly my 3 weeks of not working out/laziness, alcohol and junk food has not killed this lingering sore throat/cough/general malaise I've been fighting. So my medical qualifications in figuring out treatment options are obviously nil.

Additionally, as I come to my last month in Japan, time seems to be speeding up exponentially, leaving me with little inclination or free time to blog my workouts [which I started back at yesterday, albeit slightly.]

So from now until my next training post - a few months hence - lets assume my AM workout will be some slight yoga/sun salutations and my PM wkout will be bodyweight/band work [since I've donated my weights to the less fortunate (Hi Mike!)] alternated with some shadowboxing. And that I'm working on cleaning up my diet after my 3 week binge [except for, apparently, the 4-5 sobetsukais I've got coming down the pipe.]

See you on the other side.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

30 days, 17 Jr High classes, 8 Elementary classes & 4 sobetsukais till the End of JET.


Oh, Canada... fake law/real prison - "G20 police used imaginary law to jail harass demonstrators."

G20 police used imaginary law to jail harass demonstrators and jailed protestors in dangerous and abusive "detention center" - Boing Boing:
"Last week's G20 summit in Toronto saw the extraordinary -- and appalling -- use of outdoor caged 'detention centers' to house demonstrators who'd been arrested (and often ended up filled with random passers-by who were indiscriminately swept up police during the demonstrations).

Now the Toronto police have admitted that the law used to harass and search many of those demonstrators wasn't a real law, just something that they made up."

More dreams...

...weird sleep.

On a bus, me, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff all debate modern day hip-hop.  My dream, so they, of course, agree with me.

The casts of Victory and The Great Escape combine to secure my release from a prison camp.

Facebook debate on abortion filled with trite cliches from both sides.  My suggestion it's probably better than the old standbye of 'punch me in the stomach/push me down the stairs' fails to win any converts.

Weirdly vivid dreams...

...haven't had any of those in a while.

Till last night...  really vivid snake/python.  Within the dream, feelings of fear & panic.  Tend to think that despite my well honed powers of denial, the end of my 5 years in Japan and transitioning to Liberia is probably seeping through to the subconscious.

Snakes in Dreams:
"Snakes are symbolic of different things. ...a symbol of transformation. Snakes are often seen as symbols of life, death and rebirth. In North American native tribes, the shedding of the snake's skin is associated with life and a new beginning."
Snakes In A Dream! - Dreams:
"...snakes appearing in dreams can often symbolize a fear of the unknown. They can point to a deep seated anxiety that something isn't right or a nagging feeling that something is waiting for them, something bad, like a snake in the grass. Is there something going on in your life that you are afraid of doing simply because you've never done it before?

...Snakes shed their skin which is a classic symbol for ridding oneself of what one no longer needs in favor of accepting that which is new. The process of shedding its skin is not simple for a snake, nor is it so in our waking lives. In nature, snakes become cranky, irritable, and are more likely to bite while shedding their skins. We often react in the same manner when releasing old, worn out lives and situations. We have grown comfortable with our 'skin' even if that skin has become a source of irritation. A snake appearing in your dream may very well be telling you that despite the temporary discomfort you must go through, it may be time to release old relationships, careers, or habits in order to renew and reclaim your life."

Not technically in the job description...

...but you do what you can.

Keanu Reeves is [probably] an immortal.

Really should just be Denny's slogan.