Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Maybe it's the syphilis talking, but some of that made sense."

"Buffy: But even though it's hard, we have to end this. Yes, he's been wronged, and I personally would be ready to apologize, but I... 
Spike: Oh, someone put a stake in me. 
Xander: You got a lot of volunteers in here. 
Spike: I just can't take all this mamby-pamby boo-hooing about the bloody Indians. 
Willow: Uh, the preferred term is... 
Spike: You won. All right? You came in and you killed them and you took their land. That's what conquering nations do. It's what Caesar did, and he's not goin' around saying, "I came, I conquered, I felt really bad about it." The history of the world is not people making friends. You had better weapons, and you massacred them. End of story. 
Buffy: Well, I think the Spaniards actually did a lot of - Not that I don't like Spaniards. 
Spike: Listen to you. How you gonna fight anyone with that attitude? 
Willow: We don't wanna fight anyone. 
Buffy: I just wanna have Thanksgiving. 
Spike: Heh heh. Yeah... Good luck. 
Willow: Well, if we could talk to him... 
Spike: You exterminated his race. What could you possibly say that would make him feel better? It's kill or be killed here. Take your bloody pick. 
Xander: Maybe it's the syphilis talking, but some of that made sense."

"What do we do?"

"We fight."


“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ― C.G. Jung

Monday, November 23, 2015

"You've seen this in action movies, there's a reason, it works."


11/23 - stretch, press, chins - band dislocates/laterals/press/curls

What it Takes - "Consistency – Without a doubt, the strongest and best lifters in the world have consistently busted their ass in the weight room. For decades. Not weeks, not a year, but decades. There are genetic freaks out there that achieve a high level of strength quickly, but comparing yourself to them is unfair and will probably drive you out of the sport and into a 10-year Pop Tarts & Vicodin bender. Now, consistency doesn’t always mean they’re going balls out, every day. It means they chip away slowly, but surely...

Don’t be afraid to do what you want, not what others want you to do. Don’t hold yourself to others’ standards – especially when your standards should be higher. One of the things I mention in the NOV book is “Just because you aren’t a leader, doesn’t mean you have to be a follower.”  Who cares who follows you? A real man can stand alone and be strong.  A weak man shouts for others to follow him. Just don’t get sucked into the world of the idiot; the world is full of them and weakness is appealing and contagious.  When common sense becomes a trigger word for hatred, it’s time to dig deep roots for your family. Training should be fun; there’s joy in the pain of the process. When it becomes tiresome or becomes a “job” remember why you began training in the first place. It’s not supposed to appease anyone but you. Fads come and go, but the barbell remains the same. Respect it accordingly."

ali-lifts: I was asked to post a before and...:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel."

Zappa Got It.


"How swiftly Americans throw down their values and run in the face of a real or imagined threat from The Other is breathtaking."

Hullabaloo: "We love to pledge allegiance to the flag, sing the Star Spangled Banner, and pat ourselves on the back for how much we love the home of the brave. Then we turn tail and run from our own values at the first sign of fear itself...

How swiftly Americans throw down their values and run in the face of a real or imagined threat from The Other is breathtaking. Especially when our own propensity for lashing out violently in fear gives the rest of the world greater reason to fear us than we them. What have Americans to fear from terrorists? We kill each other in far greater numbers every year. ..

No, this nation of immigrants is free to shout liberty and freedom from the rooftops while brandishing weapons and melting down in a "full-fledged xenophobic hysteria." We have proven to the world this week just how situational and disposable our vaunted American values have become. Less a system of operational values than a brand. (Team America: paraphernalia imported from China.) We are just that exceptional, and shameless. Do what we say, don't watch what we do. No, you do not really have to live your values to claim being a Real American anymore. You only have to show up wearing them on your sleeve. Everybody goes home with a participation trophy."

"A genius..."

"Our optimism serves us except in the area we're not changing..."

"...In which case we need some pessimism to be selectively and intelligently applied."