Saturday, September 27, 2008

I'm constant in my procrastination

Haven't posted in a couple of weeks so here goes my stats. It's been a crazy two weeks. 9-14-thru 9-27. No walk, no walk., almost did five miles 4.985, did do 5 miles 5.001. Boy did my old hips pay for it because both sides were sore, sore, sore. The mornings have been cooler though so it's made walking not so yucky. Backed off the distance a bit and did 3.080, 3.117, 3.578. Then I got sick with a cold or 48 hour virus or something and I have the fever blisters to prove it! No walk on Sunday, none on Monday, no walk on Tuesday. Started up again on Wednesday and did 3.421, 3.346, 3.359. No walk today.

Did go with Frank on Monday and he had his last BCG treatment. He's scheduled for a visit on December 22 to see how well the treatments went. Since the live bacteria he was injected with is hard on the bladder he has to get several weeks rest in for some healing time.

On the election front I did go pick up some voter registration cards and I carry them with me on the chance I get to sign some people up. I have managed to sign up two people I met at the 'watering hole' at Auditorium Shores. Yea! Oh, and they were young Obama friendly people. I watched most of the Debate last night and thought Obama did well and that McCain looked a bit defensive.
Lots of football games on that we are enjoying but Frank is waiting for Bama and Georgia to come on. He hopes they do as well as Ole Miss and Oregon. :-)
Was sad to hear about Paul Newman passing away. I really did enjoy his movies. I chuckled when I read that one of his best moments was when he learned he had been put on the 'enemies of Nixon' list. Man after my own heart. ;-)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Big Oil, Big Mess

Maybe the Big Oil people should put up the money to shore up the financial crisis our country is in now...not as a loan but as a gift.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Make your own

We went to the local Dem. campaign headquarters this past Monday and they did not have any yard signs so I made my own. Frank made a frame for it and posted it in the front yard. I also made my own button which I wear pinned to my purse so when I go out I always have it with me. I don't know if it helps the campaign but I imagine they have to pay to have the signs and buttons done. This way I was able to send in a small donation directly to the campaign and not spend it at the store where the campaign only gets a portion of it. On a more serious note, and I'm not being catty here. McCain is an elderly man and dementia gets worse late in the evening so it is possible that he has some dementia and this could explain some of his latests gaffes, Zapatero, economy fine one day and crisis the next. Ok, most of his statements are outright lies but some of it could be due to dementia and his staff is covering it up. Sarah Palin's excuse for lying and being 'confused'? I have no idea...perhaps she's just a bobble head.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Romney: McCain wrong and reprehensible

I usually don't blog this much but when I find something to champion I go all out. At least for me..Watch this video of Mitt Romney voicing his thoughts on McCain and his campaign team. Their lies are drawing fire from all sides. Sometimes it's not whether you win the game or not but how you play it. Wake up people and smell the you really want this lying team making policies that affect all parts of your life?

At last Obama is fighting back! Check out this ad BlueOllie sent me.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Good article

A blizzard of lies on the right
By Paul Krugman
September 12, 2008, © International Herald Tribune
Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Palin told Congress, "Thanks, but no thanks" when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere?...
These stories have two things in common: They're all claims recently made by the McCain campaign - and they're all out-and-out lies.
Dishonesty is nothing new in politics. I spent much of 2000 - my first year at The New York Times - trying to alert readers to the blatant dishonesty of the Bush campaign's claims about taxes, spending and Social Security.
But I can't think of any precedent, at least in America, for the blizzard of lies since the Republican convention. The Bush campaign's lies in 2000 were artful - you needed some grasp of arithmetic to realize that you were being conned. This year, however, the McCain campaign keeps making assertions that anyone with an Internet connection can disprove in a minute, and repeating these assertions over and over again.
Take the case of the Bridge to Nowhere, which supposedly gives Palin credentials as a reformer. When campaigning for governor, Palin didn't say "no thanks" - she was all for the bridge, even though it had already become a national scandal, insisting that she would "not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative."

Sunday Web Surfing

Ike hit East Texas and Louisiana and thankfully bypassed us here in Austin. We really want rain but no thanks to a hurricane. We did donate some groceries and toiletry items, hope they get to the people who need them.
Frank has enjoyed the college games so far, Bama is winning, and the Cowboys are looking, dare I say it, good so far this season. Mom is happy about Notre Dame winning but wasn't that something about the coach getting hurt? I think it's happened before..but I'm not sure. Perhaps it was Joe Paterno who was hurt during a game...hum.
Frank has a treatment tomorrow and then it'll be down to one more. I know he's happy about that.
Talked to Evie who lives in Seattle and she said that she made a 25 dollar donation to the Obama/Biden campaign and that one of her friends did some canvasing for the campaign just recently and fund raisers are planned for and ready to go. The are all thirty to forty something year olds, male and female, and working hard to get the change we so desperately need.
I found this video on YouTube and the three men were Hillary supporters and are now Obama/Biden supporters and they state some reasons why.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Love the Hillary speech...

I supported Hillary and now I'm supporting Obama...women are being taken in if they think this person the Republicans have picked represents us. She does not. She should scare the bejeebers out of you really want someone like her for president? This is not a movie people, it's real life, your life...please get in touch with your senses and not your emotions.

McCain's campaign isn't half-truths it's lies

McCain used to be a man of honer...about 40 years ago...perhaps even 4 years ago but he has jumped into the abyss of deceit determined to win by any means at his command. John McCain is a sell-out to dirt politics, plain and simple. Senator Obama described it pretty accurately too - Lipstick on a pig, is still a pig.
McCain's straight talk express has derailed. The mere fact he selected Palin who needs to be educated on foreign policy and who has been avoiding the press indicates she wasn’t prepared on day one or even day 1000. She's running for the second highest office, but can’t answer questions from the press or public. Doesn't this raise any alarms for anyone or are they adopting the mantra hear no evil, see no evil?
I've lost all my respect for John McCain. He was a war hero yes, but so were a lot of men. Bob Dole was a hero but I didn't want him for President either. Sad to say, but McCain is riding on the flimsy coattails of the Palin hysteria. One only hopes that it is starting to die down and that people will get back to the issues that face each and every American. I hope so because the American people may not be able to survive four more years of the horror that's been the Bush administration.
Walking schedule was messed up this past week.
9-6-2008 thru 9-13-2008-No walk, 30 minutes on tread mill which I found harder than street walking because it's faster, no walk, felt ill all day so didn't walk, 3.559, 2.986, 2.957
This summer has been difficult for a number of reasons. The main one of course is Frank's bout with the big 'C'. He never complains but the treatments he is getting leave him worn out and lackadaisical and this irritates him because he's the type of person who likes to keep busy working on things like the yard and making repairs around the house. The doctor said that after the treatments end his energy should return to normal which is a very good thing. The other reasons are petty by comparison but bothersome anyway. One has been the weather which has been hot, hotter, and hottest since early May. My intense dislike for this weather has gotten so bad that I find myself feeling nauseous when I awake to sunlight streaming into the room announcing another sunny, hot, humid day. That gets me too, no rain yet we have this high humidity. What's up with that? What I wouldn't give for a few, chilly, rainy days. And of course there is the problem with my weight. All walking and no weight loss makes Rose a cranky girl. So there you have it my little rant for this post...blah, blah, blah.

Monday, September 8, 2008

McCain's your on your own health care solution

Following the highly criticized proposal advanced by President Bush in 2007, more of the same McCain wants a health care system where people get insurance on the job to one where people are left to fend for themselves in an unregulated insurance market. McCain’s proposed plan would encourages the development of a system with ridiculously high deductibles, some as high as $11,000, and high individual co-payments for services.

Senator McCain would also impose a massive new tax burden on workers by treating health benefits as income earned. In other words, if you have employer contributed health insurance that totals $9,000 a year towards the cost of your health insurance, you would be taxed on that amount even though you never received the money in cash. This tax increase would be partially offset by a modest tax credit that covers less than half the average health plan premium. His reasoning is that by shifting costs to workers, they will use less health care. This is ludicrous and unacceptable. People do not choose to become sick and studies have shown that with proper, preventive health care people are less apt to suffer a major catastrophic illness that can bankrupt them. Use less health care?? Guess someone with unlimited health care resources like More of the Same McCain doesn't care about you and me, or anyone who makes less than 2.5 million a year.

Once again the nation is being mislead by vicious, scandalous, lies told by people who hold themselves up as Christians. Guess they missed the "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" line in the Ten Commandments. Moral majority, Conservative Christian Right, Moral Majority...what a bunch of hypocrites you are. The people who spread these lies about Senators Obama and Joe Biden are evil, and the those who believe such filth and slander are simpletons. Being mislead by Bush in his first campaign is forgivable, the second 4 years made the country look like a bunch of morons. We cannot be taken in again. Step up to the plate and vote on the issues that will affect all of our lives and do not vote for someone just because you like their hairdo or the church they attend. If you don't wake up we'll all be in more trouble than you could ever fathom. If you don't work to get this country on the right track, you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Obama/Biden

10. Look to the future: Senator Obama offers the most comprehensive energy plan of any Presidential nominee in history, it will end our dependence on foreign oil and create as many as 5,000,000 jobs. Senator McCain’s plan continues the Bush Administration’s policy of appeasement to Big Oil, does nothing to reduce our dependence on oil, and isn’t as good as Paris Hilton’s.

9. You pollute, you pay: Obama and Biden support plan to make polluters pay for pollution credits and to clean up toxic waste. McCain wants us to foot the bill for clean-up and to give polluters billions in tax breaks and subsidies.

8. Keeping us healthy: Obama and Biden have fought to keep our air and water clean. McCain has voted against clean water ten times and voted six times to make it harder for states and the EPA to keep our air clean.

7. Listening to the scientists: The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that America must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 in order to avoid the worst effects of global warming. Obama’s plan will reach that goal. McCain’s plan falls far short.

6. The record speaks for itself: Senator Barack Obama earned a lifetime environmental voting score of 86%. Senator Biden earned an 83%. Senator John McCain earned a 24% score.

5. Decisions are made by those who show up: In the last two years, John McCain missed EVERY SINGLE major vote on energy. One vital 2007 bill, to move billions of dollars in tax credits from the oil industry to wind, solar and other clean energy sources, failed by one vote: John McCain’s. Obama and Biden, also running for President, voted for it.

4. Saving money at the pump: Obama proposes to double the fuel efficiency of our cars in 18 years, reducing our oil consumption by at least 35% or 10 millions barrels per day. McCain voted against increasing fuel efficiency in 2003 and 2005. He missed the 2007 vote. Presumably, he ran out of gas.

3. We’re not alone: For more than 20 years, Joe Biden has been at the forefront of the fight against global warming. In 1986, he offered the first Senate bill to fight global warming pollution. Since then, he has been the Senate’s strongest voice for making America the international leader in reducing global warming pollution and exporting clean technology.

2. Higher standards: To create millions of new jobs, we must boost production of renewable electricity. Obama plans create 25% of our electricity from clean energy by 2025. McCain opposes any national renewable energy standard.

1. Judge him by his friends: Senator McCain accepted more than $2 million from the oil and gas industry, more than half of that since he changed his position on offshore drilling last month. His forthcoming plan to open America’s playgrounds and sandboxes to drilling is expected to net another $1.2 million.

Walking Stats: 3-25-08 to 9-5-08 - no walk, Frank's appointment, 3.471, 3.013, 3.176, 2.547, no walk, no walk, Frank's appointment, 3.980 (cooler mornings and lower humidity make it easier to get a little more distance)2.891, 3.888, 3.011

The local Democratic Election office in Austin is located at 1107 I-35 between 11th and 12th streets. Check them out at Turn Texas Blue.

“Jesus was a community organizer; Pontius Pilate was a governor.” Best quip about the Repulicans dissing community organizers. I grabbed this from BlueOllie.

Photos: 1. pretty purple-pink blooms I saw on Barton Springs Rd 2. Store window broken and trash piled inside. Did I mention that people can be trashy pigs? 3. Whimsically decorated home I came across on one of my morning walks.

It took a half hour to post these picks...I miss my AOL blog and I may go back to it.Please just bear with me while I battle the pros and cons of each site.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Using the RNC logic I'm more qualified than Sarah Pawlenty...wait that's Palin isn't it?

I decided to list my qualifications for VP and throw my hat in the ring should anyone be interested.
My Stats:
I'm a woman
She's a woman
I wear glasses
She's wears glasses
I'm brunette
She's brunette
I had 5 children
She had 5 children
I have 3 Grandchildren
She has a future grandchild
I served almost 20 years in County Government
She has served less than 5 in two different areas of government
I have lived in one foreign country and traveled to at least 10 others
She has been in two and landed in one for refueling
I landed in Alaska for a plane change so I guess that qualifies me for being an Alaskan and living in Texas which borders Mexico gives me foreign policy experience.
According to Fox News living close to Russia gives her foreign policy experience so since I've been in Alaska and live in Texas that gives me more 'foreign policy' experience than her. She is not a Texan nor to my knowledge has she ever set foot in Texas so I'm ahead of her there too ;-)
I do not believe in killing any and all animals that move in the woods or squandering our precious natural resources.
She does like to hunt and shoot and kill animals such as baby wolf pups and their mothers from helicopters no less (very sporting) and thinks global warming and other environmental issues are hooey
Oh and I know what a VP does!!! In the United States the Vice-President has few formal duties, and the importance of the position relies almost solely on the fact that the holder takes over the Presidency if the incumbent dies, retires, or is impeached; they are ‘a heartbeat away from the presidency’. The Vice-President presides over the Senate, and votes in the case of ties. Presidents have tried to give the Vice-President roles in specific areas of policy, as roving ambassadors, or as heads of ad hoc agencies to deal with domestic issues.
She knows nothing about the VP office.
So you see I'm infinitely more qualified to be a VP than she is. :-)
Read about some of her 'remarkable' achievements at this website. Grizzly Bay.