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A Good Day For A Swim

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2010/01/13

So you wanna be a pirate? But you want to be a good pirate and not a bad pirate? Maybe you want to be a pirate who saves the world? Good luck with that. You never know when you might go swimming where you don’t want to be swimming. A bunch of pirates found out “today is a good day for a swim” in the Arctic Ocean.

Suburbanbanshee has the story.

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Whine

January 6, 2010

“Maritime piracy, according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982, consists of any criminal acts of violence, detention, or depredation committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or aircraft that is directed on the high seas against another ship, aircraft, or against persons or property on board a ship or aircraft.”

For years, anti-whale activists have been engaging in openly piratical actions on the high seas, by continually harassing boats which, whether the activists liked it or not, were performing legal activities. This is a form of extortion, in my view. Whaling ships thus harassed could, by the law of the sea, have taken violent action at any time; but they’ve refrained.

That’s only the build-up to the story but I don’t want to violate Fair Use so I’ll stop there. Read the rest of the story at the link. But it boils down to an anti-whaler that was trying to stop a whaling ship from doing what is legal got its bow knocked off in open seas and everyone on the anti-whaler went swimming and got rescued by the whaling ship.

And, of course, the anti-whaling fools had the audacity to cry foul! The whaling ship was well within its rights. In fact the whaler would’ve been within its rights to do any violent action against the anti-whaler, which was violating the law. The anti-whaler pirates can go trawl Crimea River for all I care. Just don’t expect me to break out my “poor widdle thing” anytime soon.

I didn’t do it with my daughter; I won’t do it with pirates.

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Ohio State 26 Oregon 17

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2010/01/01

This just in! The 3.5 point underdog Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Oregon Ducks by 9 points, 26-17. The high-scoring Duck offense couldn’t get untracked as the potent Buckeye defense held them in check the whole game, and Ohio State quarterback Pryor threw far more passes this game than average.

It was a hard-fought win and the game wasn’t decided until the second half of the fourth quarter.

Congratulations to both teams for a hard-fought game and for excellent seasons this year.

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Conversations With My Brother

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/11/27

My brother made a visit to my mother’s house this Thanksgiving. And he and I had some conversations regarding mutual interests and other such material. I doubt anyone else was all that interested in what we were discussing: running, cycling, students, and suchlike. For some reason, people are not interested in that sort of stuff.

But my brother (born 76 months after me) and I share a lot of personal experiences and stuff.

He and I were both distance runners in High School.
— I honestly don’t know his times but he was one of the top Cross Country runners on the team before his shin splints.
— I ran the 5k Cross Country courses in 17 flat. In track, I ran 2:03 800, 4:40 1600, 10:20 3200, and was part of the 4X800 relay (all in the same meet).
He and I both spent big money on bicycles. (“You paid over $1k and it didn’t even have a motor?”)
— He got a half-scholarship to college for mountain-biking and was involved in mountain-bike races aired on ESPN2.
— I told him years ago about my 3-hour, 52-mile circuit and he asked if I had a picnic lunch in the middle of my circuit.
He and I both have experience as educators.
— He is a tenured professor of English, teaching first-year composition to “English as Second Language (ESL)” students.
— I was a math education major in college. I spent time teaching 5th grade students and 7th grade students during my college course work. I spent 20+ hours a week tutoring high school and college students in their math courses while a student in college. I spent 3 years home-schooling my daughter 4 grades.

There are other similarities, but those are pertinent here.

He said he went out running after he had his knee surgery. “You know that pain you feel that you have to fight through and that pain you feel that says ‘this was a bad idea’? Well, this was a bad idea. So I did it again and decided this is a bad idea after the second time.” That’s him. Don’t take the body’s first screaming NO for an answer but listen to the second screaming NO.

But he is more a cyclist than a runner. (Running stoves up your knees something fierce, especially if you have his and my trait of a super-long gait.) And he went on to talk about his recent experience cycling.

He mentioned he and I both have another commonality: to overdo things (or take them to extremes). He talked about how he hadn’t been out cycling for a couple months so, naturally, he decided to take a 40-mile trip. Now, when you’re training, you have various different plans for the day. One of those that all top athletes use is what I call “count the leaves on the trees” day, where you just go out and take it very easy, so you have time to take in every aspect of the scenery as you go by. Absolutely nothing hard at all about it. Well, he described his 40-mile circuit as one of those days.

He didn’t work hard at all during his 40-mile circuit, but he said at 75 minutes into his circuit he hit a brick wall. His body decided it was quitting time, it didn’t matter that he wasn’t home yet. And he was still a few miles short of home. Once he got home, he was toast. And the frustrating part was that he didn’t push himself on the circuit, instead taking it easy, and he still was toast.

I recounted my running experience. 5 years ago, I went out for a run for the first (and last) time in many years. Understand, I never in my life went out for a jog, always for a run (and there is a huge difference there). I reminded him of my 17-flat 5k in HS and then reported that I had to take a “walking break” during my 1-mile run, which took a total time of 15 minutes. It was grotesque and embarrassing.

He had some very interesting insight. Since I had previously been a quality distance runner, I could more readily approach that sort of quality again. My body would “remember” my past. “Oh, this is where I need to conserve energy, I remember this. Oh, this is something I can do. Nothing new here.” I just need to get back into it and it’ll come back to me. And much, much faster than for someone who has never had my experience.

He also recounted, in a general way, his experience teaching first-year composition in college. He said there were so many things wrong with papers that he had to ignore a lot of it and focus in on the 5 most important issues in the papers. “How can I make them write better without crushing them (or something to that effect).” I said something about how people need to use a dictionary and he had a retort I didn’t expect. He said he thought part of his students’ (He teaches first-year ESL students, remember.) problem was an over-reliance on the dictionary.

I was definitely surprised by this statement. But he explained his statement. Last year, he had a Japanese student who was very proficient in spoken English. That student’s paper had multiple nested sentences within multiple nested sentences of sentences. And those sentences used very large words. And my brother was thinking “I should know what this person is trying to say but I can’t make heads or tails of this.” (He said, as an aside, that his students this year are Chinese and isn’t it interesting first year students from Communist China are buying top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz cars for their 4-year US University time?) That wasn’t quite what I expected, but it’s understandable. As he said, people try to sound more intelligent when they write than they do when they just talk. And, as he sees it, that is a pronounced problem with ESL students. That strong desire to show a higher ability (in this case, in a foreign language) than possessed.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable discussion.

But, thinking back on it, I definitely brought a few things home. And one thing I definitely want to point out (which was not his intent at all) is that there is a place where you are judged by your ability and not your “degree of tanness”. And that is in the athletic arena.

I don’t care what your background is. Once you get into your sphere of athletics, you will be dependent on your ability and not a hand-up for your success or failure. It’s all on you. There is no head-start for people of the “wrong race” and there is no lowered standard for people of the “wrong race” in athletics. There’s only your ability and training vs their ability and training. And that’s how it should be in every aspect of everyone’s life.

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Nobody Coaches Lady Athletes

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/11/24

But there are many who coach woman athletes.

Think about it.

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Confessions Of A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/11/22

I’ve grown up my whole life in the state of Michigan, so I’ve seen firsthand what it’s like to struggle. I’ve seen others struggle and I’ve witnessed it in my own family. In the past, I’ve seen my dad become an unemployment statistic several times. Most recently, back in November. This time was the hardest (for me anyways). I was at the age now where I could fully understand the gravity of the situation. I remember my mom telling me after school and I broke down in the hallway, I knew how much it meant to my dad to be working and providing for our family and now all of a sudden he couldn’t. My immediate (selfish) thought was “What are we going to do about Christmas.” Quickly, I realized that this Christmas was going to have to be about what I needed not necessarily about what I wanted. Christmas was scant this year, but I wasn’t disappointed. I learned a valuable lesson during this time: thankfulness. It’s a shame something like my dad losing his job had to happen for me to realize all that God has blessed my family with. Not once was my family without food or shelter. God provided for our needs and he has continued to provide for them.

That’s the first paragraph of the first article written by the teen-aged girl (Jackie) who beat down Nora O’Donnell and has suddenly found her fifteen minutes of international fame. And the hits just keep coming from there. If you don’t have her in your blogroll or your “must read” list by now, put her there. She’s the future of Conservatism.

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Real Tolerance

Posted by Foxfier on 2009/10/22

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how horrible some folks are willing to be when they say they’re totally sure they’re right.

I have no way of knowing the actual state of their belief; for that matter, Mother Teresa fought against doubt; there’s no superiority in having or not having doubts.

A while back a very good, nice lady got viciously attacked on LJ because she mentioned that she had been friends with a group of friends for ages and had never “noticed” their various races. If she’d been asked to describe them, she’d have been able to, but it didn’t matter to her. She got accused of racism, of “forcing” those friends to act a set way to be her friend. Anyone who defended her was also attacked, with anything they thought would stick. At various times I was accused of racism (because my Geek Group in the Navy also didn’t care what you looked like, we cared about your thoughts) and sexism, including sexism against myself and some sort of repression of my “true” self…. a stinking mess, really.
Because the lady’s friends, my friends and I myself didn’t behave the way their beliefs said we should, there was clearly repression, oppression, suppression– some kind of external control forcing us to behave “wrong.”
It couldn’t be that their theories were flawed, and that I enjoy wearing T-shirts, blue jeans and playing computer games, arguing about who would win, Batman or Superman (Bats!) and who the best X-Mutant is (Nightcrawler!), or watching Ironman and Slayers! instead of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
I’m pretty sure that all these folks could go on at great length about the horrors of their notion of the 50s– think the ‘classic suburb rambler, wife cooks in a pretty dress in the kitchen while wearing pearls, a boy and girl, dad comes home at six in a suit’ archetype– and never realize that their idea of what folks ‘really’ want is just as horribly restraining as their nightmare of the 50s. (Makes you want to go over what you believe, doesn’t it?)
At one point, I remember sharing a rather large complement that “my guys” offered me– some topic was being discussed, and someone mentioned that they couldn’t talk about this around girls. The conversation was light enough that I felt it appropriate to tease him, saying something like “Hey! What am I, chopped liver?” I was deeply touched by the statement: “Aw, you don’t count.” Anyone who grew up around close-in-age siblings knows that sisters don’t count as girls, generally. I could not manage to get across this idea– I don’t know if the flaw lies in me, or if they simply couldn’t understand the concept.
This came to mind again, for once because someone got it right. Someone managed to show actual, honest tolerance for something they disagreed with; I’m sorry that I only point this out because the man who was actually able to honestly show tolerance got smacked down by someone he’d respected for ages who wasn’t able to do so.
Here’s the Anchoress’ version of the real tolerance in action:

For those who are unfamiliar with the story of Jillette and Bible, you can come up to speed here; Jillette movingly describing his encounter with an Evangelical Christian fan who loved him enough to give him a Bible. Although he is a professed atheist, Jillette understood and appreciated what the fan had done.

And here is the post and video she’d seen the night before, and that had stayed in her mind through the night:

Penn Jillette: Getting yelled at by my idol for appearing on Glenn Beck

Via Moxie, the emotion here is raw enough to make this a surprisingly tough watch — but stick with it, as it’s genuinely moving. I’m surprised, frankly, that GB hasn’t had him on the show yet to talk about it. Or maybe he has and I’m out of the loop?

Both videos (Bible here, open mind here) have language warning, but I think are worth the listen.

I’ve known as far back as I can remember that probably the most dangerous folks to have around are those who want to do things for your own good, but not out of love. This is why I’m a republican–small R– and generally vote for the Republican party.
Like the old saying goes, the road to Hell is paved in good intentions; working to balance folks’ freedom vs other folks’ freedom seems a lot safer than balancing freedom against ‘good.’
Probably, this will go right past the folks who actually would benefit from evaluating their ideas and ideals, and will only be heard by the folks who already have doubt.
But there’s always a chance.

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You Know It

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/04/26

According to reports, LeBron James came up with this spoof. And it gets air time in the Q.

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Deserve Or Earn?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/04/12

Different age groups have different views on what is deserved compared to what must be earned. In my experience, the older a person is, the more likely that person will believe everything must be earned. Put another way, the younger a person is, the more likely that person will believe everything is deserved and doesn’t require any first-person work. And the age of personal accountability appears to have been moving constantly higher over the past few decades. This troubling trend can be seen throughout our society.

A woman buys a cup of coffee from McDonalds, places it between her legs, and drives off. Upon leaving the parking lot and entering the street, the car goes over a bump, spilling the hot coffee on her legs. The woman sues McDonalds because McDonalds didn’t adequately warn her that the hot coffee was indeed hot. And a jury of twelve decided the woman deserved $2,000,000.00 from McDonalds because, after all, the woman was not responsible for her own actions. Egg farms have boxes to pack 30 dozen eggs. Those boxes (some of them anyway) now have warnings on them. The boxes are for eggs only. Do not overload them. Someone filled the big box with other things, picked it up by the hand-holes, had everything fall out the bottom and injure the person’s foot. The egg farm lost the lawsuit because the egg farm did not adequately warn people not to overload the boxes.

A job I used to have was in sheet-metal manufacturing. We made ductwork for HVAC use. I put 25 671-4x10x6’s in a single box. These boxes would then be shipped to distributors who would resell them to building contractors, not the general public. Some intelligent contractor decided it was a good idea to punch the boxes open, knowing full well that sheet metal with sharp edges was inside the boxes. Upon gashing his fist open, he sued the distributor because, after all, the distributor was at fault for his injuries. What?

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Steelers Win Super Bowl XLIII, Holmes Gives Homage

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/02/02

I have to take my hat off to the Arizona Cardinals for an amazing, hard-fought game. I think I lost three years of my life with all the nerves watching. The final touchdown, a “Big Ben” Rothlisberger pass to the corner of the end zone and an amazing Santonio Holmes tip-toe catch, will be on high-light reels for a long time.

And commentators asking if Holmes was doing “ketchup or hot sauce?” Holmes, a former Buckeye from THE Ohio State University, was giving an homage to a fellow Ohio athlete. Holmes was spreading some “stardust,” a la LeBron James (who happens to also have a team-mate with the moniker of “Big Ben”). I enjoyed that homage and got a chuckle out of it.

Great game. And the good guys won.

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Blitzburgh Goes for the Record

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/01/19

Currently, the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most Super Bowl victories with five. The Steelers have earned a shot at number six. This marks the seventh time the Steelers go to the Super Bowl, one short of the eight the Cowboys have. And for the record, the Steelers went 2-1 against the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

ESPN reported three of the last four teams with the top-ranked defense in the NFL to earn a trip to the Super Bowl has won the Super Bowl. The fourth team? The Steelers haven’t played that game yet.

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To Juice or Not To Juice, That is the Question

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/01/14

There are several reasons to “juice up,” to take steroids. Someone may wish to improve his or her money from athletics. Another person might want to bring more glory to his or her country in international competitions. Another person may wish to bring more fame and glory to a specific team. Yet another person may wish to recover from ailments or handle chronic issues, such as asthma or other issues.

Of the four examples above, only option four is a valid reason for introducing steroids to the body. All other options are dishonorable. I don’t know how many people can remember the East German women’s Olympic athletic machine. They were well known for very husky voices and facial hair. There was even an entire TV program dealing with olympic steroids where a German man was a major commenter within the story. It was only at the end of the story where the viewer found out that German man was an East German female Olympian who was so severely messed up by steroids he/she was forced to finish the work the steroids did. I don’t necessarily believe the sensationalist nature of that claim, but it was obvious the East German machine was heavily into steroids.

We all know about recent American athletes who succumbed to the steroid temptation, many of whom have served or are serving prison sentences. Most of us have heard about many of the possible side-effects of steroid use. Many professional athletes are either Hall of Fame-eligible or preparing for HOF eligibility.

How should we treat these athletes? Should their deception and unethical behavior prevent them from a place of honor within their various athletic realms of glory? My blog title gives my answer.

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