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Republican Debate….my thoughts.

I didn’t catch the bottom 7 debate, but I did catch the top 10 debate.  My observations:

The ONLY republican most faithful to the constitution is Rand Paul.  Its telling that his Fox News commentators all cheered Chris Christie with his spat with Rand.   Rand is 100% right with regards to the 4th amendment matter and Chris Christie doesn’t give a rats arse about the Constitution.  I have to cry over the fact that one of the Fox News pundits spoke on how Christie got the best of Rand….my thoughts were, only if you don’t give a crap about that pesky document called the Constitution and the rule of law.  Republicans don’t.

The surprise of the night was Marco Rubio who I felt overall was one of the strongest on the stage, projecting clarity, and strength.  The five buffoons on the stage were Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Jeb “Don’t call me Bush”, John Kasich, followed  by the Huckster…..all 5 are no different from the democrats…they are just democrats of a different sort.  All want to extend entitlements. Kasich was the biggest joke invoking God’s calling in robbing from the populace to benefit the poor.  Yeah, you are really dong God’s bidding there.  I just don’t recall Jesus going to Caesar or soliciting tax collectors to do the same.  I tend to recall Jesus saying that man does not live by bread alone.  Kasich seems more interested in folk turning to government for their salvation than Christians fulfilling the needed mandate of caring for the poor….catch a clue, Kasich, you jackarse.  The Christian thing to do is to figure out how to lessen dependence on the state.   Yes, it can’t be done overnight, but conceivably 8 years, it should be a priority to get people off of food stamps.  Part of that solution is gradual austerity…..tough love.  Everyone knows when benefits run out, folk tend to go back to work.

The republicans predictably lamented cuts in military spending and its inability to police the world.  So why do they decry all the debt and deficit spending, they predictably want to spend money to strengthen the military.  Somehow that conflict between military growth and deficit spending never seems to register in their puny minds.

The best thing about Donald Trump is telling it like it is even if he makes a jack*ss out of himself.  Donald didn’t disappoint.  I loved him taking on the prissy Megyn Kelly…the bubble headed bleach blond (extensions and all) on the five o’clock news.  You know Megyn is a closet democrat feminist social justice warrior who wants the world to succumb to US power and dominion…she fits perfectly into the tradition of neoconservative..  Anyway, Trump gives good comedy relief but would make a frightening president.  This guy admits as a businessmen he took advantage of the corruption in Washington to buy politicians of either party indiscriminately.  No moral compunctions whatsoever.    I’m guessing he is a liar also.  I doubt he is really pro-life.  He would make a most frightening president who might make Obama’s disregard for the constitution as little to mention.  Republicans who support this baffoon (Trump)  should be ashamed of themselves.

Finally there is the surgeon, Ben Carson.  While this guy boasted he’s a man who thinks for himself he sure stakes out the familiar territory held by most republicans….strengthen the military ….spend spend spend….and then defeat ISIS…spend spend spend, secure the board….spend  some more.

The two that had the best closings was Carson…and  the Huckster.

But if I have to hear that idiot Kasich speak one more time how being the son of a postal worker somehow qualifies this  big-government  insider as able to relate to common American….the middle, average joe, I think I’ll go postal.

About the only candidates I would vote for is certainly Rand Paul, and possibly Carson, Cruz, or Walker.  But after watching last night’s debate, I have concluded the republican party has learned nothing from 8 years of Bush and are bound to repeat history if they get in power….with little original thought.

Non-competitive swimming Dad vs jr. National Olympic coach…..

My son is not a butterflyer…its by far his worst swim stroke.  I told the coach who seems insistent on entering him in 50yd/m races he doesn’t enjoy swimming the fly. Nevertheless, every meet has a 50 fly.   I’ve watched over an entire year of swimming under a jr. national coach guidance my son’s butterfly swim times get slower!! i.e. 12 months after joining the team my son’s fly has not improved one iota. The coach’s attitude is reflected by what he  tells my son: he thinks he’ll become a great flyer. I 100% disagree.  I anticipate he’ll never swim an A time  in any butterfly event.  We’ll see who’s right. That is a pretty bold prediction for a non-competitive swimmer like myself vs a coach who coaches junior nationals.  We’ll see who is right.

I can swim the butterfly even though I never raced competitively.  Its a hard stroke to do right.  I have taken my son to the pool on off days to try to coach him myself to improve his fly.  I’ve basically given up.  It cannot be taught.  Either you have the motion down or you don’t.  Either you feel it or you don’t. So what is it that inhibits my sons fly development.

  1. mainly his kicks.  He has little ankle flexibility in the fly direction…plantarflexion.
  2. He doesn’t grasp the rhythm and undulation contribution from one pull to the next….hes kind of klutzy
  3. he doesn’t maintain momentum from one pull to the next…he is not stream lined.

The breast stroke….my son is a very good breast stroker, and he has awesome breaststroke kicks.  I can’t do the breast stroke if my life depended on it. So what makes him a great breaststroker….its another short axis stroke:

  1. mainly his kicks.  He has great ankle flexibility in the breast stroke kick direction…ankle eversion.
  2. He grasps the short axis rhythm and undulation contribution from one pull to the next….he looks smooth and coordinated.
  3. He uses the momentum and streamlined glide of one kick to get him through the pull to set up the next kick effectively.

OK, since one stroke is related to the other (fly evolved from breast), how can he grasp the rhythm and undulation of one but not the other. Good question, I suspect its all about the kick.  The fly kick should originate from the core and travel down to the ankles which should snap. My son’s fly kick originates more from his thighs.  I suspect that and his lack of plantarflexion is why he doesn’t get much power from his kicks and why he’ll never be more than an BB swimmer in back or free. The breast stroke is unique.  My son totally gets it…his ankles bend way out, grabbing a lot of surface area of water to thrust him forward.  But the breast stroke kick is totally unrelated to the fly, free, and the back stroke kicks. You might argue, ok, work on his ankle flexibility.  Fine…great solution.  Its got to come from him.  I can’t push him to do it.  improving your flexibility is like going ot the dentist. He isn’t motivated in doing so…..we’ll see if maturity changes this, but I suspect on his hours away from the pool he’d rather play guitar than stretch. Thus I rest my conclusion that my son will never be a flyer…..I’m ok with that.

President Obama Unfit for Office, an apologist for the worst kind of evil

President Obama, says we should “get off of our high horse” because Christians too, have committed atrocities “in the name of Christ” back during the Spanish Inquisition.  This idiotic statement is one of many examples why Obama is unfit for office.

I’d rather we get ON our high horse and offer NO tolerance for those who commit terrorist acts burning human beings alive and other such atrocities.  Are you kidding Mr. President?  Don’t get on our high horse over this?

Should we excuse the Nazi’s treatment of Jews at Auschwitz and Birkenau?  Isn’t that often the criticism of Roman Catholics who didn’t oppose Hitler?

Or get off our high horse for our judgement as to the morality of discrimination or slavery such as William Wilberforce?

Oh, Dear God in heaven, give us a true leader.  Not this idealogue Quisling apologist for wickedness evil.  The only excuse I can see for this bizarre behavior is Obama’s blundering foreign policy and bad decision piled on bad decision in trying to end the war on terror.  You see, the narcissist Obama can do nothing wrong because he is the cult Messiah.  And when he promises to get the troops out of the Middle East, closing Guantanamo,, he will do so at all cost.

I am all for getting our troops out of the middle East, never fighting any wars there again, but there are obvious ways to do so that won’t create a vacuum that is filled by all sorts of wickedness.   Could there be anything worse than following Bush with Obama as a one-two punch in stupid foreign policy.  I don’t think so.

Here is a prime example why empires fail.

President Obama, I hope you enjoy eternity in hell.

Dennis Feucht’s “Designing High Performance Amplifiers” FAIL

Author Dennis Feucht’s bio:   …40 years of designing amplifiers, oscilloscopes, function generators, etc, and I figure, this guy has been around the block.  I ordered this text and the accompanying series from Amazon.

To be clear, I am an analog design engineer and amplifiers are my expertise.  It didn’t take me long to find errors in Feucht’s text… particularly botched analysis has to do with opamp noise.  This error is somewhat embarrassing, and shows the author is not quite as competent as his bio suggests.  I was surprised considering he has 40 years of experience in test and measurement….a background not too different from mine….I have 10 years of experience in test and measurement and 16 years in amplifier design at the IC level.

The circuit discussed is found on page 95.  It is an inverting opamp circuit of a gain of -1 with 100k input R (rin) and 100k feedback (Rfb).

His equation:

eno=sqrt(eni^2 + 2(enR)^2+ (in*rin||Rfb)^2) = 61.1nV/rtHz ….which is All Wrong!

The proper equation:

eno=sqrt( ((1+Rfb/rin)*eni)^2 + (in*Rfb)^2 + 2(enR)^2 ) = 70.8nV/rtHz

To verify my analysis, I modeled the opamp on LTspice with an ideal VCVS (no noise) with 100dB of gain.  I modeled the input referred noise of the opamp voltage and current noise (20nV/rtHz), and 0.1pA /rtHz, I used a 24.7k resistor in series with the VCVS, and a 1.6Meg resistor whose current noise is sensed by a CCCS tied between the summing node and ground respectively, being careful to not allow the current noise of the 1.6Meg resistor to flow through the 24.7k resistor.   I then added the 100k input and feedback resistors around the loop to set the gain.  Simulating the noise, the output noise came out to be about 70.8nV/rtHz at 27C (300K).

See the linked LTspice schematic:  Schematic for Simulation Verification

Tom Slear’s (USA Swimming’s) Abuse of of Statistics

By the way, anyone at USA swimming ( 8 lies about fast swimmers) want to bet me that a 10yo girl on my son’s team won’t make it to the trials?. you see, it is a myth, according to Tom Slear….Splash Magazine correspondent, that being fast at 10 has no correlation to being fast as an 18yo.   I’ll provide the name of the girl to any one who believes the article posted at USA swimming.  I’ll bet she will make it to the trials, which by most definitions is fast.  She’ll do it at 12, and she’ll do it at 16.  Let’s see how brave those who believe in the 8 lies will hold to their convictions, that its a myth that being fast at 10 has no correlation to being fast at 18.    Yeah, I don’t  think anyone at USA swimming will take me up on this bet.  Put your money where your mouth is, chumps…I have $1000 to bet you….and I am taking most of the risk with this, because the threat of injury and health is always a real risk to any athlete.

Tom Slear, “special correspondent” to Splash Magazine writes:

” A study by USA Swimming using the All-Time Top 100 swims in each age group through 1996 found that only 10 percent of the Top 100 10-and-Unders maintained their status through age 18. Only half of the swimmers among the Top 100 in the 17-18 age group had made any top-100 list when they were younger.”

My response…people at USA swimming are utterly incompetent when it comes to looking at statistics….they should stick to swimming.

Would it be statistically significant to say “A study of #1 swimmer in each event at 10 years of age found that only 0% maintained that #1 status through age 18”.  Of course, this kind of statistic would be even more meaningless.

How about “A study using the All-Time Top 10 swims in each age group through 1996 found that only 10 percent of the Top 10 10-and-Unders maintained their status through age 18. Only 10% of the swimmers among the Top 10 in the 17-18 age group had made any top-10 list when they were younger.”

This is again meaningless.

Do you get my point?

This is not the way of looking at this statistic.  The question is, What percentage of the top 10 NCAA swim school swimmers (ages 18-22) in their event, were elite (AA or better) at 10 in their event.  What percentage were AAA or better?  How about AAAA or better.  That is a meaningful way of looking at whether or not a fast 10yo will be fast at 18.

Unless Tom Splear wants to argue that swimming AA times at 10 is not “fast”…..Anyone can fall out of the TOP 100 in swimming….health, family, injury, economics, coaching, and a myriad of other reasons……since we are dealing with fractions of a second at 18 years of age, and a utterly small population of swimmers….that if you are not in the top 100 at 18, you are somehow not fast…..that the statistic these clowns produce are almost meaningless.

The real question is, of those in the elite class (top 1% of NCAA swimmers), were there any average Joes…..B standard swimmers.  And I’m not talking B swimmers new to the sport either at 10.  I mean B swimmers like MOST out there who have been swimming for a couple seasons…..they need to have gotten their feet wet….so to speak…..did any of those somehow magically break through between 10 and 18 to become the top 100?

“”Those winning races at 10 probably won’t be winning races when they are 20,” says John Leonard, the executive director of the American Swimming Coaches Association. “This is one of those things that is obvious to coaches but is a mystery to parents.”.

Oh, really Sherlock?….so you mean to say all those B swimmers are going to overcome the elite AA and above swimmers at 18?….er, John Leonard?    Or is it because those winning races at 10 had some kind of life event that prevented them from developing as a swimmer at 18.  Or…..I guess you mean to say that there is really one gold medalist at the Olympics, and everyone else isn’t “fast”.  Again, there is no significance to these kinds of statistics….there is always only one gold medalist, and many factors and luck play into that person being there and swimming his best time on a given day.

So, this is just a load of cr&p.   How about you just peruse any top swim school: Stanford, Berkley, Florida, Texas, and look at their swimmers time at 10 years of age. Their elite status at the NCAA level followed them from age 10.  Each athlete may not win every race as the level of competition gets stiff, but they through their history won more than their fair share.

You can’t extrapolate from 10 to 18 because of life events (illness, injury, economics and a myriad of other reasons).  But you can extrapolate from 18 back to 10 to see if your “8 myths of swimming” is even remotely true.  I doubt that most  are not myths at all….USA swimming is painting some kind of politically correct narrative.  Most elite NCAA swimmers were very FAST at 10…..I am defining an AA standard as one who is very FAST at 10….and  those at a top 10 swim school in the NCAAs as extremely fast at 18.    As I have said you have to start at 18, and look back to when they were 10, to see whether or not the 8 myths of swimming is even remotely a myth.

So the republicans won the senate…..

and control the house and senate.  Big deal.

We replaced corrupt Team D with corrupt Team R.

The Republicans won’t repeal one cr*p piece of legislation crammed down the American people’s throats….i.e. the ACA.

In 2 years when this new majority will be up for election, they’ll be voted out of office.

Then once again corrupt Team D will be in charge.

Political Correctness Part 1

My now 10yo son joined a new swim team.  A young  10yo female also joined this same swim team (moved from California), and I am going to begin  this post about political correctness with an anecdote about these two swimmers.   The anecdote I am about to tell deals with the dangers of political correctness which runs amuck throughout the culture.  Political correctness liberates falsity, and imprisons truth.  It is political correctness which is enshrined by the culture as the greatest paragon of virtue.  I suspect political correctness motivates the authors of the many USA’s swimming BS articles on their website.

As I have stated on another thread, my son is a decent swimmer with BB and B times.  He is no superstar, and I suspect will never be able to reach NCAA caliber kind of swimming (I believe the official statistics is that he has only a 1/14 chance at swimming in the NCAAs).  I have no worries about this…12 other swimmers along with my son won’t make to the NCAAs for every swimmer in the NCAAs.  I love watching him race, and look forward to cheering for him at every meet to do the best he can do….which I think overall is pretty good….I am a realist…his performance isn’t in the top 10% to say the least.

I have rarely been around any swimmers with better than A times, which touches upon elite….until recently.   The 10yo girl who joined my son’s team is better than elite…she is ultra-elite.  In fact, she is a AAAA quality swimmer, and yes, you can tell a big difference comparing her swimming to my son’s.  My son swims 35 sec 50 yard freestyles.  She swims under 27 seconds.  My son’s best stroke, the breast is about 47 seconds for 50 yards.  She can do it in 35 seconds.

I knew nothing about her when she arrived at her first practice.  But I watched with great interest how effortlessly she glided through the water.  Her great form, and smoothness was self evident.  As she streamlined off the wall, she would often surface way beyond the 10m flags.  I knew I was watching 10yo greatness….that she was something special.  I asked her  parents how old she is….and found she is about 5-6 months older than my son.  I was amazed.  She has swim times that would make most 14 yo’s proud.  She is really an Olympic possibility…2 years for her first trials, and 6 years for her second.  I hope she stays on the team for the next 2 years, because I want to see her develop for the trials. I’ve become a fan.  I joked with her parents I may have to ask for an autograph sooner than later.  She is easily in the top 10 yos of this nation and it doesn’t matter what stroke…she has AAAA times in all of them.

In her first meet for her new swim team in her new state, she set swim meet records and AAAA times for every event she swam (8 in all).

Anyhow, as I was leaving that first practice…I looked at the coach, and said, “Well, you got something special there”.

He looked me back into the eye, and said, “They are all special”.


It harkens back to a animation movie, the Incredibles.  Dash’s Mom who won’t let the superhuman Dash go out for sports.

The  dialogue between Dash and his Mom:

Dash: ….. if you’d let me go out for sports.

Helen: Honey, you know why we can’t do that.

Dash: But I promise I’ll slow up. I’ll only be the best by a tiny bit.

Helen: Dashiell Robert Parr, you are an incredibly competitive boy, and a bit of a show-off. The last thing you need is temptation.

Dash: You always say ‘Do your best’, but you don’t really mean it. Why can’t I do the best that I can do?

Helen: Right now, honey, the world just wants us to fit in, and to fit in, we gotta be like everyone else.

Dash: But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.

Helen: Everyone’s special, Dash.

Dash: [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is.


Dash is right.  The word special per Webster means:  “better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual”

Between my son’s swim coach and Dash’s mother, Helen, truth is sacrificed on the alter of poltical correctness.

Yes everyone is special because everyone is different.  But that was obviously not the context of the word “special” I was using when speaking to my son’s swim coach about this young 10yo girl.

The special I was referring to is “better, or greather than from what is usual’.  The coach knows it, but rather than glorifying, and celebrating this  truth, and taking great joy in the future of the prospects of this young girl, he crushed the word special and emptied it of value,  He elevated average to be on the level of greatness….you can have no winners and no losers with Political Correctness.  Having been brainwashed by the PC culture, he equivocated the word “special” , and made the heavenly, mundane.

What does it matter?  Its only age group swimming.  There should be no winners or losers.  Hell, I have no idea why they have timers?!?.  Oh, that’s right…because USA swimming needs to exist as a monopolistic governing body to collect dues….but that’s another topic.

Shame on any one of you who think this.

End of Part 1.


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