Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Getting Back on Track

Earlier this month I was sick for about 2 weeks. During that time I was unable to continue with my 100 push up challenge. It is time to get back on track. I am going to redo week 3 and then continue with the program from there. I am excited to get back to the workout since it really was making me stronger. I think I would have done it sooner if week 3 hadn't been so hard the first time around. I can only imagine with 3 weeks off it is really going to suck.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Would Honest Abe Approve of His Party?

I am amazed daily at the amount of lies put out by the Republicans during this campaign. I actually have to remind myself that some of our greatest Presidents were Republicans like Abraham Lincoln. I wonder if some of these people would even recognize their party today.

Even though it has taken a while for mainstream media to call the Republicans out on their lies it is amazing what has happened on the web to try and drive the attention so mainstream media would need to react. One of my favorites is Count the Lies at I don't believe any other candidate for President or Vice President has even been allowed by the media to outright lie over and over again. It has gotten so out of hand that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has started to donate $100 to charity every time Governor Palin lies in public. He wrote a check for $3,700 and I'm sure this will get very expensive for him. I only wish he gave it to the Democratic Party.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Email From My Aunt

So I just received this in my inbox
Think about this and let your voice be heard......

You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 d ays of experience.   You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of
 experience of being a surgeon.  You couldn't get a job as a teacher and b e the superintendent after 143 days of experience.  You couldn't join the m ilitary and become a colonel after a 143 days ofexperience.   You couldn't  get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchorafter 143 days of
 experience.            BUT....        'From the time Barack Obama was swor n in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a
 Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in
 the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and wo rking.  After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to
 be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World .... 143 days.  We all h ave to start somewhere. The senate is a good start, but after 143 days,
 that's all it is - a  start.  AND, strangely, a large sector of the Am erican public is okay with this and campaigning for him. We wouldn't accept
 this in our own line of work, yet some are okay with this for the Presid ent of the United States of America ?

Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol!
I couldn't believe that
A: she sent this to me
B: that people could even buy into this in the first place.

Well sent this was sent to the whole family I decided to keep it going. I replied all that I was absolutely voting for Obama and sent along a blog post from Momocrats. It is a great post comparing the educational resumes of the candidates. Well the conversation has now taken off with aunts and cousins chiming in. One of my cousins agreed with my aunt and went on to say that Palin is the only "real" person on the ballot.

Well that added some excitement to a nice quiet Sunday!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Beauty Queen Turned Drama Queen

So the "Maverick" Senator John McCain has picked his running mate. His pick, former Beauty Queen (Miss Wasilla 1984) Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, has managed to really stir up some stories in since his announcement on Friday.

During her acceptance speech Palin commended Hillary on a historic campaign then tried to use the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling to say that the women of this country are not out of the election yet. Well...I agree there is a female still in the presidential election...but not one that is anywhere close to having the same views as Hillary Clinton. Those 18 million votes were for equal pay, and the right to choose and a universal healthcare plan. Not what Sarah Palin brings to the table.

Then things got real exciting. Just as everyone was learning how really inexperienced this woman is Replicans were trying to stand up for her knowledge on foreign affairs. Cindy McCain has actually appeared on interviews and tried to make the case that since Palin is the Governor of Alaska, and Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia, then Palin understands foreign policy. Huh? So because I live in the southwest I understand the problems of Mexico and am qualified to deal with them on behalf of our country. While I have shopped in Nogales and had some good negotiations in the markets there, I don't think I am America's best bet to handle the immigration issues we are trying to deal with regarding Mexico. Location doesn't determine policy understanding and a working knowledge of how foreign policy is to be handled. Meanwhile Barak Obama sits on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee with the Chair of that committee being his VP Candidate Senator Joe Biden. Hmmm now that is experience you can count on.

Then I hear that Palin thought she was playing the character of Bree in Desperate Housewives. Rumors started flying that Plain's 5th child was not hers but her daughters and she was covering up a teenage pregnancy. If this isn't drama I don't know what is. That turned out to be a cliffhanger. The real story was revealed in a statement from the Palin family,

"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."

What I find most interesting is the part about them being "proud of Brisotl's decision to have her baby." That implies somewhere someone made a choice. I believe this could get interesting. So their can be a choice and people choose to have the child. Not everyone that has a choice chooses abortion. Huh well there is a concept to be discussed in a debate. Also, can we please have an honest conversation now about abstinence only being taught in our schools. This is an issue that Palin is big on and I would like to see how she thinks that is working for her family and their 17 year old daughter. There is so much federal funding that goes to abstinence only education and the bottom line is it doesn't work.

Well Maverick all I have to say is so far you have the edge in the Drama Queen competition for the Presidential Campaign. Not sure if that's what you were going for but when you picked the Beauty Queen but you got it.