The Journeys of NostraSeamus – 2/28/2009


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As of today, I’ve walked 92 miles. On my journey, this has me exiting the West Virginia Panhandle and trekking deep into “Wrong Turn” territory. During the week, I passed through Slanesville, West Virginia. Since its founding in the late 18th century, the town has been known as Cross Roads, Slains Cross Roads, Slanes Cross Roads, Slainsville and Dog Town. Apparently, the founders of the town, the Slains, were fond of pooches and had many of them. 1991’s National Teacher of the Year recipient, Rae Ellen McKee, taught at Slanesville Elementary School.
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Idiot of the Week – Nancy Pelosi


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Alas, last evening I had an attack of night terrors. I awoke in a cold sweat because I dream’t that Nancy Pelosi is third in the line of succession to the presidency. I fell out of bed and began heavily drinking when I realized that I hadn’t had a nightmare. Nancy Pelosi gets the job if both Obama and Biden are incapacitated. She’s got a head start considering there’s already something severely wrong with Joe Biden.
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The Dharma of Arnold

I have stumbled upon the answer to one of the great mysteries of life: what is the significance of the Terminator movies? After watching Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, I’ve found the answer. The tales of the Terminator are a Buddhist cautionary tale about the illusion of our current reality and the never ending cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
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The Journeys of NostraSeamus – 2/21/2009

This week’s walking has taken me 59 miles from home. One will notice a lot of north/south travel along this route. This is the only route one can take to get over Cacapon Mountain, which runs sixteen miles from Bloomery, WV to the Potomac. The mountain is part of the Appalachian chain of mountains and is one of the ridges that makes straighforward east to west travel in this part of the country difficult.
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Idiot of the Week – Eric Holder

I really can’t tell what I’m watching here, the Cabinet of the President of the United States of America or Randall McMurphy’s fishing trip. Tax-cheats, retreads, socialists and now a genuine, died-in-the-wool idiot in the person of our Attorney General, Eric Holder.
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Imperfect: The Chaffing of the Unmentionables

I’m a creature of routine. What works for me is getting up at more or less the same time every morning and going through the same ritual: getting dressed, brushing teeth, checking NOAA for the weather, drinking a Propel and hitting the pavement. This has been both a strength and a weakness. On one hand it makes getting out of bed and getting out easier. There’s nothing to think about. If, on the other hand, anything unusual happens, and my routine is thrown off, I get dejected and begin to doubt whether or not I should get out and walk.
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Gray Tuesday

And so today, President Obama signs the 787 billion dollar stimulus package. The President’s PR machine will make this look like a “win” for Obama, but really, its a sad day for the country.

We have a stimulus bill that depends heavily on infrastructure spending. In the early 90’s the Japanese real estate market imploded, leading to what some call “The Lost Decade”. The Japanese implemented one infrastructure-heavy stimulus package after another, to very little effect. The stimulus package also enacts protections for America’s steel and iron industry. One of the remedies for the crash and recession of 1929 was the passage of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which sparked a trade war that saw international trade drop by 33% and helped the country slide into the Great Depression.
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