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I’m off to Peactree City to run the Peachtree City Classic 15k. Have a great weekend!

Update: Oh, and this, too, also.

Update II: First of all, Peachtree City is a nice, quaint little town. I enjoyed hanging out in a small place for once. My partner and I stayed at Dolce – a very nice hotel.

Second, I finished the run in about 1:27 (He did it in 1:08.) I have never run more than 10k (6.2 miles) in my life. I did this run without stopping. This was an great course. I can’t wait to do it again next year. In fact, Halef and I are going to make it a point ot go to PTC once every few weeks or so to run the same course. The thing about it is that it is so scenic. For me, it distracted from the fact that I was doing more than I’ve ever done before. It was, in a word, awesome.






75 replies
  1. 1
    Zifnab says:

    ZOMG! RACIST!

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    DrDave says:

    Have a good run, Michael. Better you than me and my creaky 50 year old knees.

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    gbear says:

    Suck on this, wingnuts:

    Supreme court throws out GOP attempt to disqualify voters in OH.

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    @DrDave: I’ll be the guy who crosses the finish line in an ambulance.

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    Brian J says:

    After we hear that Obama may be moving staff back into Georgia and North Dakota and entering Kentucky, out come poll numbers showing Noriega only six points behind Cornyn in Texas. This result is consistent with the poll from two weeks ago, showing Noriega behind by only seven. Perhaps the DSCC will shove some money into that state, too.

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    slammin' sammy says:

    I disagree with this court decision and fully support the Ohio GOP. The interests of the GOP will be irreparably harmed if voters are allowed to cast ballots on election day.

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    @gbear: Guess it’s back to spreading rumors that cops are waiting at the polls to arrest people for outstanding jay-walking tickets.

    I wonder if anyone has ever done the math: The amount of money the GOP spends pulling dirty tricks, throwing tanturms and spreading bullshit v. The amount of time spent addressing actual issues.

    Aaand … Slammin’ Sammy wins the thread.

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    Famous Monkey says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqNqcoLhWv0

    John McCain’s caption for this pic begins at 0:21.

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    Jay C says:

    Stayin’ classy Sarah!

    Her latest pearls of wisdom from the campaign trail:

    Giving credit to a higher power for the day’s poll ratings, the Alaska governor told the roughly 500-person audience that things might be changing. "We even saw today, thank the Lord," she said, looking upwards and raising her fist, "We saw some movement."

    Palin also made a point of mentioning that she loved to visit the "pro-America" areas of the country, of which North Carolina is one. No word on which states she views as unpatriotic.

    Nice to know she can find a "pro-America" place to visit – in America, who’d imagine it??!!

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    That One - Cain says:

    There is a democratic underground link in there you guys need to check out. Busted a gut trying to control myself. Unfortunately, I’m not able to posted on here. The link kept getting screwed up. :(

    cain

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    Foxhunter says:

    Good luck Michael. You are going to run right by my home in Delta Village (for those of you that aren’t local, P’tree City is largely a haven for airline employees due to proximity to ATL airport…hence the nickname). My wife is running, too.

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    greynoldsct00 says:

    There is a democratic underground link in there you guys need to check out

    More info so we can check out the post?

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    MikeL says:

    The latest from the corner.

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    @Foxhunter: What is the address? I’ll say hi – if I am not dead by then! :-)

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    Foxhunter says:

    I’m not far from the Huddleston Elementary pass. If you are a diehard runner, check out the Lake Spive RR which is not far from Peachtree City, being held in 3 weeks:

    Lake Spivey Road Race

    Have a great time….

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    Josh Huaco says:

    @MikeL:

    Former Fetus Barack Obama

    It’s not a fetus, it’s a Bayyybeee.

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    r€nato says:

    yeah Michael, good going, now you’ve given every wingnut the justification for calling Obama a monkey.

    ;->

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    MR Bill says:

    My daughter says the old guy in the suit should be further back in line….

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    No. He’s just descended from monkeys – just like the elitist rest of us!

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    jakester says:

    Of *course* red states are pro-America! Aren’t they the beneficiaries of wealth redistribution by the American government? Who doesn’t root for the country that pays them just to live here?

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    Comrade Dread says:

    No word on which states she views as unpatriotic.

    Probably the usual list of suspects: California, New York, etc.

    Giving credit to a higher power for the day’s poll ratings, the Alaska governor told the roughly 500-person audience that things might be changing.

    I don’t have a problem thanking God for better polls. But I think it would be prudent not to assume that God wants you to win.

    And will she thank God if it’s His will that Obama wins the election?

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    @gbear:

    Suck on this, wingnuts:

    Supreme court throws out GOP attempt to disqualify voters in OH.

    And not a peep about this and other GOP Tomfuckery trying to suppress ACTUAL votes. But every 15 minutes of so we get an update from the MSM on ACORN trying to end democracy in the US. Next will come BOLOS for Mickey and Friends, lest they slip through the cracks and cast a bogus vote.

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    @r€nato: He’s descended from monkeys, just like me. Fact.

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    gbear says:

    Next will come BOLOS for Mickey and Friends, lest they slip through the cracks and cast a bogus vote.

    When Mickey shows up to vote for the fifth time, then we can start worrying about voter fraud.

    I hope the SS is giving extra protection to Ohio’s Attorney General now. Since I heard this news, I’ve been hearing Martha Reeves singing Dancing In The Streets in my head. I’m not in any hurry for her to leave. This is such great news.

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    Comrade The Moar You Know says:

    And will she thank God if it’s His will that Obama wins the election?

    That is unpossible. God does not want black folk "winning elections".

    Obviously such a dread scenario would be the handiwork of Satan, assisted by some Nigerian witches or whoever the fuck it is Palin’s pastor lynches on a semi-regular basis.

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    fuddmain says:

    @Comrade The Moar You Know:

    Obviously such a dread scenario would be the handiwork of Satan, assisted by some Nigerian witches or whoever the fuck it is Palin’s pastor lynches on a semi-regular basis.

    Acorn. Duh.

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    lethargytartare says:

    @Michael Demmons:

    He’s descended from monkeys, just like me. Fact.

    weird.

    Everyone I know is descended from Apes…

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    Incertus says:

    One more to add to the clown shoes collection–a wingnut radio guy thinks that Obama has changed around the American flag and put a giant O in the middle of it. It’s the Ohio state flag.

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    Incertus says:

    Am I on a watch list or something? Twice today I’ve tried to link to a story on Shakesville, and I’ve wound up in moderation. It’s a story about a wingnut radio guy thinks that Obama has changed around the American flag and put a giant O in the middle of it. It’s the Ohio state flag.

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    Zifnab says:

    And will she thank God if it’s His will that Obama wins the election?

    /puts away giant "Hail Satan Anti-Christ" sign.
    I… uh… I know I certainly hope so.

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    gbear says:

    @Incertus:

    It’s a story about a wingnut radio guy thinks that Obama has changed around the American flag and put a giant O in the middle of it. It’s the Ohio state flag.

    That story got mentioned here a couple days ago http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=12456. Great story. It would be fun to hear the talk radio guy’s version of teh stupid though.

    edit: Oops. Botched the formatting and can’t edit it now.

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    Incertus says:

    Thanks gbear. I must have missed it.

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    Eric U. says:

    the scotus, as has been their way recently, screwed up the opinion. Basically, they said that the republican party didn’t have standing as far as the HAVA law goes. Which probably means that if some other wingnut election official starts disqualifying voters left and right in a republican run state, nobody can do anything about it.

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    @Comrade Dread: Washington Monthly has the quote Camp McPalin released to clarify her remarks.

    "We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe" — here the audience interrupted Palin with applause and cheers — "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."

    Let’s see. Palin and her ilk shit on D.C. in order to get people to vote for them so they can move to D.C.

    I’m also fairly damn certain that insulting your nation’s capital makes you a Islahomofascist, but seeing as I was born and raised here I’m too unpatriotic and fake to tell.

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    Cris v.3.1 says:

    @lethargytartare:

    Everyone I know is descended from Apes

    All my friends are descended from Apis.

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    That One - Cain says:

    @greynoldsct00:

    Check out Rob’s link for all the pictures, it’s in the comments. I have it out of my system now so I’m not as amused as I was the first time I saw it :)

    cain

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    Punchy says:

    Am I on a watch list or something?

    I hope to God you are, you anti-American, God-hating, abortion-slurping, gerbil-craving frenchfagophile.

    Or perhaps you’re referring to a tally of people interested in a Rolex?

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    Incertus says:

    @Punchy: I hope to God you are, you anti-American, God-hating, abortion-slurping, gerbil-craving frenchfagophile.

    Well, if it’s that kind of list…

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    Brachiator says:

    @lethargytartare:

    weird.

    Everyone I know is descended from Apes…

    Hmmm. Everyone I know has an ape-like common ancestor. Not quite the same thing as descent from apes, but still close enough to upset the creationists.

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    mark says:

    Run well and see if you can break my PR of 57:40 there :)
    (it’s a fantastic little race on the cart paths isn’t it?)

    as an aside, are you using it as a tune up for the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving?

    *sigh* I really need to get over these shin splints….

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    binzinerator says:

    Anybody figure out why there’s a ‘black screen of comment doom’ after about 125 comments or so?

    I got the black screen on the thread previous after comment 125, but I could see the footer. Weird. I’m using FF on win xp.

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    @Comrade Dread: We have to include Vermont in the mix! Jesus, we moved to our Undisclosed Location in a New England Swing State because Vermont, although quite beautiful, was full of DFH’s. In order to spread the wealth around we moved in next door.

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    binzinerator says:

    Common ape ancestor, heck it’s not so much ancient ….if you ever had a 2-year-old, you will have had direct experience of what cro-magnon man must have been like. At age two our eldest was so close to that common ape ancestor I nicknamed her Soopa-Chimp.

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    I got the black screen on the thread previous after comment 125, but I could see the footer. Weird. I’m using FF on win xp.

    It’s apparently the same for all FF users. Cole say’s he contacted Mozilla to ask them what the problem was, but hadn’t heard back from them. That was a week or so ago. I just flip over to IE7 when it happens, which is a pain because the scroll works very slow when on BJ. Bugs Bugs Bugs to quote the Confederate Wanker.

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    binzinerator says:

    All my friends are descended from Apis.

    That would mean your friends are all real sons of Bees! ; )

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    HyperIon says:

    "Ctrl -" decreases the font size and delays the BSD …

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    From The Raw Story about a recent Palin rally in Ohio

    Another woman stated, "Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white, that he might hide that." A third suggested, "I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash — because we’re not."

    And some people are worried about the dem image from verifying Joe the Plumbers rantings. Or the hypocrisy of pointing out the racist aspect of an Obama sticker on Curious George, or even that some in this country haven’t quite put out sprouts of Human from the Simian branch of the Evolution Tree.

    There’s more

    The al-Jazeera crew interviewed one St. Clairsville Obama supporter who, they report, has been "shocked at the names he’s been called by his own neighbors." "I’ve been called the n-word," this man stated. "I’ve been called a Muslim, I’ve been called a un-American." He went on to say, "The tension’s getting thicker and thicker. People like that, it’s starting to scare me. … I’m afraid some of these people might try to hurt Obama."

    Service your weapons ladies and germs, before this is over, you may need them to fend of the rage virus of the Godly wingnut hoards.

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    @Comrade Stuck: Ah yes, of course.

    Obama was raised by the Caucasian side of his family and caught shit from idiots like Cocaine Roberts for visiting his Caucasian granny in Hawai’i but it’s all part of his cunning plan to get whitey!

    Project much, knuckledraggers?

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    SGEW says:

    . . . the rage virus of the Godly wingnut hoards.

    I was just thinking, the other day (after interfacing on the phone with a couple of lovely "pro-America" folks in Pennsyltucky who had the most charming racial beliefs, and trying to tell them that Obama is not, in fact, an "Afrocentric Radical" (whatever the fuck that is)):

    I’m not exactly sure whether the Obama years will be, on the whole, better or worse for me, personally. On one hand, the U.S.A. will be massively better off, which, I imagine, should "trickle down" to my level (pardon the metaphor). On the other hand, I very well may have a higher chance to get killed by some violent racist wingnut who believes that Obama is the Antichrist and stole the election. Thoughts?

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    Comrade Nixon Hailfire Palin says:

    The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Obama, the first Democrat is has ever endorsed for President.

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    SGEW says:

    btw o fuck o lord o shit:

    The aforementioned Democratic Underground "Photoshop McTongue Challenge!" thread is unbefuckinglievably funny. Oh man.

    Cannot stop laughing.

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    In other news: Waaaah! The Liberul Media is bein’ meeaaaaan!

    I’m sure Palin will use this to build her case that a vote for her (and that other guy) is a vote against the lieburul MSM. Could be quite effective, unless the increased turn-out is countered by the fact large numbers of McVoters are being held for questioning by the S.S. on Nov. 4.

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    Perry Como says:

    @SGEW: Dear god. I’m afraid to see what /b/tards are doing to that pic.

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    Joshau Norton says:

    The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Obama,

    One word. LEGEN—-wait for it—DARY!

    But, not to be a wet blanket, if Obama was white, McCain would have been left in the dust months ago. It’s still going to be close. Right up til the end. What people say and what they do when it’s time to cast their ballot are 2 different things.

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    gwangung says:

    I was just thinking, the other day (after interfacing on the phone with a couple of lovely "pro-America" folks in Pennsyltucky who had the most charming racial beliefs, and trying to tell them that Obama is not, in fact, an "Afrocentric Radical" (whatever the fuck that is)):

    I remember the 60s and 70s. I MET a lot of Afro-centric radicals. And I KNOW a few leftover radicals.

    Obama is not Afro-centric. He’s not radical.

    Those are just code words to cover up (very badly) racism.

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    Colonel Danite says:

    I can’t believe McCain didn’t pick this idiot as his running mate. If you’re going to go with a crazy lady, you might as well go all the way

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESdA52S4Dbg

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    Laura W says:

    The aforementioned Democratic Underground "Photoshop McTongue Challenge!" thread is unbefuckinglievably funny. Oh man.

    I am going to frame the "so cool he ignores zombies" one. YAY.

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    SGEW says:

    Those are just code words to cover up (very badly) racism.

    No, I dig it. I know what "afrocentric radicalism" actually is (or, rather, let’s face it, was) – I be young, but I ain’t ignorant.

    I was just being snide about their (very very thinly) veiled Fear Of a Black Planet.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Crap. I’ll never get into the Evil League of Evil when I’m facing competition like this.

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    Cris v.3.1 says:

    @binzinerator:
    I’ve posted comments a couple of times that the BSoD can be removed from Firefox by removing a couple of "overflow" declarations in the stylesheet.

    That came with a caveat that it will probably cause some kind of failure in IE6, but IE6 is built of fail so that’s not real big news.

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    Cathyish says:

    @Comrade Nixon Hailfire Palin: If only the wingnuts read papers…..

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    SGEW says:

    I am going to frame the "so cool he ignores zombies" one. YAY.

    You mean this one, I presume. Yah, it may be my new fav LOLbama.

    Tho’ "Chill The Fuck Out" is always relevant.

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    SGEW says:

    btw:

    Aha! I knew it!
    Trader Drove Up Price of McCain ‘Stock’ in Online Market:

    An internal investigation by the popular online market Intrade has revealed that an investor’s purchases prompted “unusual” price swings that boosted the prediction that Sen. John McCain will become president.
    . . .
    Over the past several weeks, the investor has pushed hundreds of thousands of dollars into one of Intrade’s predictive markets for the presidential election, the company said.
    . . .
    Citing privacy policies, Delaney would not disclose the investor’s identity or whether the investor was affiliated with any political campaign.

    Nate Silver gets to put another feather in his predictive cap.

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    JackieBinAZ says:

    Unmitigated win.

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    @JackieBinAZ:

    LOL thanks for the nightmares.

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    Laura W says:

    You mean this one, I presume. Yah, it may be my new fav LOLbama.

    Indeedy do, I do.

    Tho’ "Chill The Fuck Out" is always relevant.

    Now see, that was my old favorite! I dared to post it as a photo in a comment thread on debate night #2, fearing the ridicule of all the photo-in-comment-thread-haters on this site, but lo and behold, John snagged it and put it on the main page! (I probably ripped it off from you? I found it via some link here.)
    I may have to make a frame big enough to hold both, now that you mention it.

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    SGEW says:

    I probably ripped it off from you? I found it via some link here

    There is no ripping off on the internets. There is only win or fail.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Eric U.:

    It is what it is, and what it is, is a pretty straightforward application of current standing doctrine. You can argue that the recent decisions on standing are fucked up, and I might well agree with you, but if you are advocating for a double standard you have a bit of a problem explaining why it’s appropriate.

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    SGEW says:

    . . . a pretty straightforward application of current standing doctrine.

    Whew. Now there’s a contradiction in terms, imho. What, pray tell, is "straightforward" about current standing docrine!? It’s like quantum frickin’ mechanics: you never know until the SCOTUS box opens up, and tells you if the cat’s dead or not.

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    D-Chance. says:

    Cole, could you please to throw up another open thread or six?

    The latest one has reached the Black Abyss of Non-existence…

    and we can’t live without the link to K-Lo goodness.

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    dj spellchecka says:

    SGEW : "I was just being snide about their (very very thinly) veiled Fear Of a Black Planet"

    cool public enemy reference… however, the real fear is The Fear Of A Black PENIS…..

    spellchecka…

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