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Obama’s Killing Christians – NOT

Why is Rush Limbaugh allowed to be on the air?  The man has never spoken the truth in his life. He’s a coward (didn’t serve in Vietnam because of a cyst on his ass) and a hypocrite. Now, Stephen Colbert puts him in his place regarding Obama sending troops to Uganda.

The Republican Plan

Rush Limbaugh – that moronic flab of hot air – says that the Republicans can’t compromise. Well, that’s just great. The Republicans should play to their fringe and not to common sense. Around half of our deficit problem is because of the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. A quarter is because of two wars that we cannot afford. The government, despite my own comparison, cannot run like our household budgets. The government’s job to to provide for the general welfare of its people (see US Constitution) and if people aren’t going to eat because there aren’t any jobs, let the government spend the money.

Yes, we need to cut spending, but we need to raise taxes on the upper echelon of this country. If tax cuts create jobs, like the right wing keeps claiming, then where are they? The US Corporations are paying less in taxes now then since the 50’s (which, by the way, have a great economy). So, where are the jobs?

Limbaugh claims that the GOP won’t have a backbone if they compromise, well, Limbaugh wouldn’t know a backbone if it hit him in the face. None of these guys would. Having a backbone, manning up, this takes courage and it is easy for them not to compromise if that’s what the tea party wants. They’re bending to someone else’s will.

What shows a backbone is standing up for that which is right against those who disagree. If the Republicans said, look Obama has compromised on spending, so we’re going to give a little revenue – that would show some courage. Right now, they’re just thinking about their jobs and not the country.

Walking Human Debris

This morning, I got up, put the dog out and began writing an article about how Rush Limbaugh called Obama supporters “walking human debris”.  I wrote five or six paragraphs denouncing Limbaugh and his backward, uneducated followers and then I stopped and re-read what I had written.  I decided to delete the whole thing.

I’m not going to gain anything by publicly denouncing Limbaugh.  The only thing that can come from that is I lower myself to his standards and, quite frankly, I am too old to go that low anymore.  We have really lost something in this country.  We have allowed ourselves to be led around by the lowest common denominator and that has led us to not be able to rationally debate any subject anymore.

Oh, I’m not saying that we won’t survive.  We will.  We managed to pull ourselves back together after the Civil War, so I don’t think we’ll be imploding anytime soon.  But, we are slowly and surely heading for a very much divided country.

We’re, also, heading for a very uneducated country.  I saw a post on facebook where one person mentioned the weather in Vegas and another person stated that you have to love the south.  The south?  Vegas is in the Southwest.  The south would be Louisiana or Georgia.  I suck at geography and even I know that.  I don’t write this to hurt someone’s feelings or put them down, but just to point out that we’re truly missing something.

My whole life I received two conflicting statements from my father:  One was, you need to get your college education and the other was college boys don’t know anything.

Dad was right on both counts.

We need to be an educated society.  We need to take economics classes so we can understand how the economy works.  We need to take English classes so we can read and understand our language.  We need history classes so we know from where we’ve come and, hopefully, we don’t repeat the bad stuff.

We, also, need to have some common sense.  The college boys to which my father referred were those guys fresh out of college who had no common sense.  Most of these gentlemen were Naval Officers with whom my father served.  I totally get it, because I know a lot of college graduates who just don’t seem to understand people or the ways of the world.  It seems when someone handed them a degree, their common sense left them.

I have my degree and I worked my way through school to get it.  My parents paid for a grand total of four college classes.  I paid for the rest.  I had to keep my common sense in order to work in the real world.

Somewhere along the line, we stopped respecting those people who worked their way through school.  We started calling them the elites.  Now, there are exceptions to every rule – after all, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are both college dropouts – but by not making education a priority in this country, we’re setting ourselves up to fail on the International stage.  Sure, you might be able to sit in your garage and invent the next “Windows”, but chances are you’re not.  You need your college degree and we need people with math and science skills.  That’s why we’re getting our butts handed to us by China and India.

What we don’t need in this country is a man like Rush Limbaugh spouting off about people he doesn’t even know and comparing them to savages.

My Own Cross hairs

The whole way the right wing people and their media, Fox News, have been handling the shooting in AZ would be laughable – if a nine year old wasn’t dead.  I love how the very first thing the Palin camp said was that there wasn’t a target on Congresswoman Giffords’ district – they were cross hairs, like you would find on a map, according to SarahPAC staffer Rebecca Mansour.

While Mansour is correct that cross hairs are “common in optical instruments used for astronomy and surveying”, they are “Most commonly associated with telescopic sights for aiming Firearms,” according to Wikipedia.  I don’t know about you, but whenever I see cross hairs, I think of gun sights.

Anyway, while the right (and especially Palin’s camp) claim that their violent rhetoric had nothing to do with sending a mentally disturbed person off the deep end, I decided to try an experiment that some might consider in poor taste.  Below is my hit list of people who should be eliminated from the public eye.  After all, according to the right wing, I can’t be blamed if a mentally unstable person takes my words out of context, right.

  • Sarah Palin
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Glenn Beck
  • John Boehner
  • Michelle Bachmann
  • Scott Walker
  • Rebecca Mansour

Feel free to comment below to add to the list.  Because we’re just enacting our freedom of speech and there’s nothing wrong in doing so.

Mark Haub – Twinkie Diet Professor – and Rush Limbaugh

Do you recognize the name Mark Haub? He is a professor at Kansas State University who went on a junk food diet in order to teach his students about nutrition. Well, the plan backfired, because Professor Haub managed to lose 27 pounds in two months and his “LDL, dropped 20 percent and his … HDL, increased by 20 percent. He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent.” (See article on CNN)

Now, that’s pretty amazing and what I’m sure a lot of people are going to say is:  “Wow!  I can lose weight by eating junk food, sign me  up!”  And, the truth is, you can’t.  It is about calorie counts.  In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take in.  This causes your body to burn off the stores of energy (known as fat), which causes you to lose weight.

Now, according to Rush Limbaugh, he has been saying that it doesn’t matter what you eat and you don’t have to exercise.  Of course, he has also said that “You don’t know what it’s like to be right as often as I am”. (You can hear this portion of his radio show here.)

Well, Rush, I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong.  (Most likely again, as the man is a walking fountain of misinformation.)

Haub did lower his intake, but he kept his activity the same, which means he burned more than brought in causing the weight loss.  Exercise is important.  It gets your heart rate up and improves your outlook.  As one fat person to another, you should try it sometime, Rush, you might like it.

Two years ago, Cheryl and I made radical changes in our eating habits – more fruits and vegetables, less red meat.  In those two years, my weight ballooned up 20 pounds because I didn’t pay attention to how much I ate and I certainly wasn’t exercising.

Last year at a doctor’s appointment, I weighed more than I ever had before in my life.  I might’ve weighed more than Elvis did when he died.  It upset me.  In Dec, I had a heart and blood pressure incident.  I was dangerously close to a stroke.  The doctor who admitted me said, after talking to me about my stress, if I didn’t find a new job, I would be dead in a year.  The stress and extra weight on my body had finally taken its toll.  Prior to the stress of that job, I had my blood pressure under control and my cholesterol numbers were right where they were supposed to be.  Based on that, I could say that you can be healthy and fat.  And, you probably can.  I was – right up until the stressful job.  Quite frankly, I think that I can either be stressed at work or fat, but I can’t be both because I won’t survive.

So, once I received the okay from my doctor that I could begin exercising, I did.  Since last October, I have lost twenty pounds.  I did this by both diet and exercise.

I have three points:

  1. One person losing weight on a Twinkie diet isn’t enough to say “Hey, everyone, eat Twinkies and you’ll lose weight.
  2. You cannot lose weight and be healthy without eating right and exercising.  You have to put in less calories than you burn.  The best way to do that is to diet and exercise.
  3. Rush Limbaugh is the last person on the planet who should be giving out health tips.

Net Neutrality and the Right Wing

I just received a message from Media Matters regarding the Right Wing and Net Neutrality.  Apparently, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome.  They both have a serious case of it, because they are convinced that Net Neutrality is a BAD thing and that is simply not true.

The big communications companies don’t want Net Neutrality.  They want to charge me more in order to have their customers come visit my blog and they want to charge consumers more for reading my blog.  And, my blog is just a sample.  Beck and Limbaugh will be heard because they have big contracts and a lot of money backing them.  People like me will not be heard, because I can’t afford to pay Comcast, AT&T and Verizon more money to obtain readers.  I’m not that dedicated as a blogger to charge for content and I happen to believe that free speech means it should be FREE.

This is one of those few issues where the Christian Coalition and the ACLU actually AGREE.  They both know that if someone decides to put up roadblocks to sites, democracy will be in trouble.

Maybe, you don’t agree with one blog I’ve ever posted.  Maybe, you hate my guts, as I know at least two people out there do.  Maybe, you think I should die a horrible and terrifying death — and, maybe, you’re right.  Maybe, I’m the awful person YOU think I am, but the First Amendment guarantees me the right to free speech.  I pay for the hosting of this website.  I pay for my Internet access.  I shouldn’t have to pay YOUR Internet provider to have my blog come up in search engines or have people visit.

YOU shouldn’t have to pay to have YOUR blog read, either.

That is what Net Neutrality defends against.

Don’t listen to Glenn and Rush on this issue — Contact the FCC and let them know YOU support Net Neutrality.  Read up on it on your own. 

You can start here:  http://free.convio.net/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=437

God Bless America!

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