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Category: Rush Limbaugh

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.

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.

What the “Right” Means to Me.

It dawned on me this morning, as I was writing a piece on Net Neutrality, that I throw terms around and it is possible that my readers wouldn’t understand them.  For example, the Right.  I say it quite a bit and it is possible that people could misconstrue whom I mean.

When I say the right, I don’t mean true blue conservatives.  I don’t mean the educated people who can quote William F. Buckley, Jr.  I mean these new right.  Those people who watch Glenn Beck and actually agree with him.  Those people who have Palin 2012 stickers on the back of their cars.  Those people who do not understand the difference between conservative, liberal, socialism and libertarian.  Those people who think every liberal idea is wrong and every conservative idea is right.

You know who you are.

The ones who blame Obama for the mess we’re in because they’ve never taken an economics class and don’t understand how the real world works.

The ones who rally against big government, yet don’t want to lose Social Security and Medicare.

The ones who vote against their own best interests.  The ones who only get their news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

The followers of the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage and the Westboro Baptist Church.

That’s who I mean when I say the right.  Not the respectable conservatives that used to have a voice in this nation.  Not the people who know that Reagan and O’Neil would meet in the middle to hammer out legislation.

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