The State of Disunion, Part 2

Interesting speech. To me it sounded like, “I got your unitary executive right here, motherfuckers,” with a side of, “If you think $21 million per year of unearned income taxed at a rate of 13.9 percent sounds populist, well, I raise and call. Show me your cards, bitches. Plus I killed Osama, so fuck all y’all.”

More in the morning.

17 Responses to “The State of Disunion, Part 2”

  1. High Plains Drifters Says:

    The GOP did a good job getting their talking points distributed. Heard “envy” as the summary of the whole speech too many times to be a coincidence.

    Not saying its racist … but these guys HATE the Prez. Just doesn’t compare to anything Clinton ever got.

    • BenS Says:

      A different speech for sure. More listing of accomplishments and specific goals than preaching. The end note on the Seal Team flag was good. A nice way to bluntly point out he got the trophy W didn’t have the focus or drive to get.

      The political discussions here are enlightening. Always good to see how much more us cyclist are than a pair of legs. (and lungs)

  2. James Says:

    Maybe it’s just me but the politico talk in January (which coincidentally has continued from last January) is rather boring.

    With Worlds this weekend, can we get some cycling punditry here instead?

    And just to save the effort: yes I care about the future of America…but honestly the last five minutes of ANY basketball game is more interesting. And by “interesting” I really mean “boring.”

    More cycling and foodie things, less politics. I come here to get away from the CNN/MSNBC/Faux News wannabes.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      James, I do get a little single-minded from time to time — lately it’s been about politics — but frankly, it’s been a pleasure not to think about bicycle racing since I bid adieu to Fuckhead Capital-Confidence Game Inc.

      Cycling and food will be on the menu here always. But so will politics, especially in a presidential election year. Think of it as the cover charge you have to endure to get to the good stuff.

      • James Says:

        So does this mean that we have to hunt down some Euro trash announcing for this weekend’s racing?

        Oh wait, Paul and Phil won’t be there right? It’s the Flemish dudes….cool!

        And I completely understand the non-desire to write about cycling but I think it will make us all a wee bit happier as the politics this year will get out of hand.

        Sanity is something to look forward to…and pedaling it makes you a happy camper. Or at least it should help to burn off some of that winter fat we have all been accumulating.

  3. Herb Says:

    Well James you are reading the wrong blog then. Without some political ranting from POG we’d have to take our government more seriously. That’s more than this reader can bear. Actually, riding a bike is awesome but reading about someone else racing on their bikes is sort of pathetic.

  4. High Plains Drifters Says:

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2012/01/23/beltway-blog-lamborn-to-skip-state-of-the-union/55244/

  5. Khal Spencer Says:

    I missed most of the speech due to my neighbors and better half taking me out to dinner to celebrate yet another trip around the sun. Trouble with those trips is that at some point, the Grim Reaper will take a flyer off the pack and start chasing down that old guy in the break.

    Did Prez mention the SEAL raid on Somalia?

    The end of the speech was quite stirring, even to this jaded old fart. Comparing the bickering blockheads in D.C. to the SEAL team’s single minded attention to mission was probably relevant to your typical Washington Republican Congressman only in comparing their own single minded vision is to bring down that Kenyan Socialist Darkie President, even if they bring down Uncle Sam with him. (yes, I think the racism in the Republican primaries is palpable).

    Meanwhile, seven weeks till spring…still riding in full tights, when I ride at all. If we don’t get some warmer weather here, I’ll be looking like the Michelin Man.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Happy birthday, K. I’ve been able to get away with leg warmers here lately, but I have a set of bib tights held in reserve.

      Nope, the prez didn’t mention Somalia, but he did give Panetta an attaboy on the way out the door. Those SEAL dudes are some bad mamma-jammas.

    • md anderson Says:

      Happy b-date K! As my grannie once said, “Hon, I don’t have birthDAYS any more, I just celebrate the DATE of my birth.” Must work since she turned 95 this year and is still going strong. Maybe that’s the trick, stop counting and start celebrating.

      If you want to come ride down here in the “banana belt” of No NM send me an email. I’ve been exploring the sweet little dirt roads scattered in our fair valley. Can ride any distance depending on route, but it’s the journey not the destination as they say. Leave the plastic-fantastic wonder-bike at home (if you have one) saddle up some sturdy steel shod with some beefy rubber and come on down.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Thanks, MD! I/We may take you up on that.

        How rough are the dirt roads? One thing I have to do is get the backup set of wheels finally fixed on our tandem so I can put that pair of Schwalbe 700-40 Marathon Tours on it. Right now they are on my Salsa La Cruz as my winter commuter tires. But I have a set of 700-32 Richey Speedmax Cross Pro tires I usually use on the LaCruz. Would those work?

        My weekday rides are commuter miles to Le Bombe Factorie; its in the twenties in the a.m. and dark and cold at night. Hence the full tights and an ancient but still serviceable racing jacket from grad school daze. Besides, it has “Stony Brook Racing” or something on it and it makes me feel fast rather than half-fast.

        We have been trying to get the tandem down to White Rock or the Valley on weekends during the afternoon. I’m glad to put on the beefy rubber and schlep a bike down the hill if you wish to play tour guide.

        Longevity has its virtues. Two of my uncles are still kicking into their nineties and grandma checked out at 96, so there is longevity on that side of the family. Trouble is, on the other side, longevity isn’t in the genetic code. Not sure how that will play out. All one can do is live well and not spend any time looking over one’s shoulder.

        As close as I’ve got to plastic-fantastic is a Cannondale Six-Thirteen, which isn’t quite in league with modern plastic fantastic and it has less than feathery Campy on it that I moved over from an older bike. I bought it when I wanted more shock absorption than my CAAD-5 after suffering a bad back injury in ’05. Last two additions to the stable are sturdy Cr-Mo, the LaCruz and a Long Haul Trucker. If my wife doesn’t divorce me for it, I am thinking of selling the CAAD-5 and getting another steel cross bike and keeping it naked. They are so versatile, as O’G reminds us.

      • md anderson Says:

        The roads aren’t too bad right now. Winter moisture has made them pretty solid. They are bumpy but not rutted. In fact a regular road bike would handle them fine right now depending on one’s handling skills. There can be occasional loose sand. I’d be leery taking a tandem on some of them. But then I’ve never ridden one.

        The routes I usually take wind around the Nambe River and then I head west through San I. Lots of short ups and downs around the arroyos.

        I ride them on a mid-80s steel Trek 360 with just a 42 chain ring and 6 speeds in the back. I have 28 mm Conti Sport tires. They have a slight tread which makes them nice when hitting loose stuff. I’m at bluebike@mail.com if you want to do a Sunday afternoon ride sometime.

  6. Larry T. Says:

    I think you’re right Khal (buon compleanno BTW!) there are a lot of folks who really don’t care how much they f__k up the US economy or much else as long as it means they can get rid of Obama. Then their hero can set about fixing things, while blaming all the problems on the Obama administration, while ignoring everything that went on while W was choking on pretzels in the White House for eight long years.
    Cycling? Went on a ride yesterday with the locals for the first time here. Turned out to be the “Tuesday Afternoon World Championship” but I managed to find a couple of guys who were interested in a RIDE rather than RACE and let me tag along. Very pleasant though I can’t understand much of the Sicilian dialect so the conversation was brief and stilted. We ended up a foursome and oddly enough the ONE guy with the newest-latest BMC bike with electronic Dura Ace (just like Cadel’s) had a mechanical problem.
    The rest of us were riding various cable-operated Campy-equipped bikes including yours truly on one of the standard CycleItalia rental bikes (9-speed Mirage triple, steel frame and fork) and just rode along…but when the BMC guy went to “put it in the big ring” as they say, nothing happened. The poor guy had to spin like mad or freewheel the last 15 kms or so on the gradual downhill run back to Siracusa. That was my first vision of the fabled electronic groupset in action so it’s O for 1 in my book. Next time I’m down at the local bike shop I’ll inquire as to what went wrong and how it was fixed, but for now I’m even less a fan of battery operated bicycles than I was before — even if Campagnolo is getting into the game now.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Larry, I’ve been riding the Pashley Clubman, and it’s the furthest thing from carbon and electric. Eight-speed, downtube shifting (Shimano 105) and traditional brake cabling that arcs over the handlebars. Brooks Swift saddle. Brass bell. Thousand-pound, 36-spoke wheelset. You get the idea.

      Man, is this thing ever a blast from the past. You advance the shifter a click and clunk! Instant gear change. Big ol’ burly chain, the sort you might want in a gang fight. Your spirit will fail before anything on this bike does.

      I have one 10-speed bike in the garage (SRAM Rival), and only because I got it for free. Grudgingly went to nine-speed Ultegra on the Nobilette and the DBR road bike, and nine-speed Deore on the Soma Saga. Everything else is eight-speed Ultegra or XT save the Voodoo townie, which is seven-speed, single-ring 105.

      I’ll limit my battery use on the bicycle to headlight, taillight and computer, thanks. Electronic shifting seems to me like the answer to a question nobody was asking.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Agree, Patrick. Electronic shifting is a solution in search of a problem and just something else to break. Nine speed works fine. Those ten speed chains worry me. The old Campy eight speed was a little limited in cog selection.At least for those of us with weak will and steep grades.

        So when my eight speed Chorus finally failed, I upgraded to Chorus ten as I had used an eight speed all through Campy’s nine speed years. The La Cruz and Primera both arrived in the stable with Shimano nine speed. I rebuilt the CAAD-5 to DuraAce 9 speed when I stole all the Campy bits off of it for the Six-Thirteen. The LHT has 9 spd with bar ends that I scavenged off the old Trek tandem when we took it off the road. The CAAD’s DuraAce 9 spd stuff was being sold off in a fire sale by Nashbar when Shimano went to ten speed.

        So what I usually do is get whatever is going out of style, cheap. Its always quite fine. The CAAD-5 is set up with a compact crank and either a 12-26 or 12-27 9 spd Shimano cogset, depending on which wheels are on the bike. That gets me up anything around here, including the initial Death Pitch on Camp May Road to the ski hill. I figured out a way to make the Six-Thirteen work with a compact on the front and a 12-29 on the back that I cobbled together out of two separate Campy-compatible cogsets, shifted by a medium length Chorus derailleur. That gets me through the Red River Century fearlessly, even if in fat guy form. Its overkill most of the time..

      • Larry T. Says:

        Nice bike, I remember that from your post. THIS is likely to be the next bicycle I buy http://umbertodei.it/index.php?option=com_sgicatalog&task=view&id=407&Itemid=99&lang=en if we can find a place here in Italy where I can park it INSIDE away from the elements, both weather and criminal. The hunk-o-junk shown here http://cycleitalia.blogspot.com/2010/01/old-but-still-going-strong.html is rapidly becoming a victim of being parked on the seafront on the island. By May when we leave Sicily, the junk pile will likely be it’s final resting place but I’ve enjoyed riding it around the town here. The high and handsome riding position works just fine for riding on errands.
        The 9-speed Campagnolo groupsets we have, both on the standard rental fleet and our personal bikes (with a couple of 10-speed exceptions) have proven to be the most trouble free, durable and reliable groups we’ve experienced. My guess is they were all produced near the end of the 9-speed era when all the improvements and tweaks had been made to optimize everything. The older 8-speeds are similar but I can’t say the same thing for the 10-speed stuff, though it was close to the end of that era when we bought it as well.
        Electronic seems to me to be the answer to the old gag question about Serotta owners – “What can we make to get the dentists in the USA to buy a new bike?”

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