Archive for February, 2010

It has been awhile since I have placed a rant here on Facebook.  I have been in sponge mode for the past few months and the political rhetoric and the lack of action in Washington has left mentally and spiritually tired.  My emotions have run the gambit and I would say that it is probably not wise for me to even write due to the fact that I may come off in a jumbled diatribe.  I will start with the straw that broke my back, the Tom Tancredo statements at the Tea Party Convention.

This joker made a case for ‘literacy tests’ for voters of ‘foreign’ descent; ‘literacy tests’ for those who can’t speak english.  I shouldn’t be surprised but in laymens terms, this guy is arguing to re-establishment of Jim Crow and voting rules pre-Civil Rights Bill of 1964.  Is this the country that the Tea Party claims that they want back???  What is conservative about this???  How does ‘literacy tests’ keep our taxes and the deficit down???  All the blood that was spilled by people of color and women, just for the fair chance to vote and here comes this clown arguing the re-establishment of ‘literacy tests’?  Our citizens SHOULD know this history and yet they sit there and cheer and clap in approval.  Oh, lets bring back lynching and separate but equal while we at it…This is the country that so many people want back.  That is THEIR AMERICA….Nice.

Then there is our government not getting anything done.  One of my fears in the election of President Obama was that he would not get anyone to work with him on any issue.  Really, his own party has helped he become a first term, lame-duck President.  The Democrats are such punks, they won’t exercise any leadership at all.  Get something done!!!!  At this rate, I do feel like my vote was wasted, these are the things that I will remember when I go back to the voting booth.  Also, at this point, I don’t want to hear what the Republicans have to say because everything they say is for political expediency. It is all about scoring points instead of coming up with solutions with our country’s issues.  This goes into my main point of this…

I am really done with the way our politics are going.  Our country is steeped with some many issues; issues that should be worked through by the best and brightest.  I do believe that difference of opinion and variety is good, God love variety as well; look at creation itself.  Both parties are doing the political boxing match, just throwing insults and jabs back and forth, while the working men and women of this country are getting reamed for every dollar they have.  The news channels just keep showing the day to day barbs and we are at or over 10% unemployment. (Even higher for communities of color)  Healthcare costs are skyrocketing, companies are pocketing money instead of hiring, the IRS still wants their cut, a college education is becoming more out of reach for average folks, people are hungry and all our elected leaders can do is go to conferences (pep rallys) throw barbs or just quit the fight all together.  We don’t have the best and the brightest in office right now.  Both parties are loaded down with rich idiots, and it is showing.  The change of our country is going to have to come from the grassroots.  Not through political parties, but through people caring about others, like God loves and cares about us.  Maybe I have been a fool, but Caesar and his cronies can have it…(I think political TV and radio coverage will go on my Lent list.)

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Battle Update-03 February 2010

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Uncategorized
Well folks, I had another weigh in on yesterday and for this week I have not lost any weight.  I am still at 413, no worries though.  I am weighing in every week at my doctor’s office. (Dr. Callie Hollenshead-Methodist Health Systems in downtown Dallas.) Her nurse, Elvia, has been tracking my weight in my file and this has caught the eye of Dr. Hollenshead and she wanted to know what I was doing.  I told her my lifestyle adjustments and she was extremely encouraging.  Dr. Hollenshead said that this is the way weight loss should be done and that still at my current weight, 12 lbs a month is aggressive, but yet feasible.  She was very excited that I have taken on this, plus getting my blood sugar A1C numbers under control.  With the early success, there is more work to do.

Highlights:
1)  My dumbbell method seems to be working well.  It keeps me from having to rely on a spotter and I am able to do multiple movements without spreading myself all over the gym.
2) I am having fun working out with the 5AM crew of folks.  These older brothers and sisters are keeping me in check.
3) I am really being encouraged by Caretha’s cardio workout.  That thing is sick and I will admit I am scared of it.  She is a beast!!!!
4) Speaking of cardio, I am running sprints in the gym.  Ugly, slow sprints but sprints nonetheless.

Improvements:
1) Not to let this cold derail me.  Every time I have started a workout program, I get sick. Cold, flu, monkey pox, something comes up.  I will drive through this.
2) More intensity in the gym.
3) Stay true to 2500 calories and NO EATING AFTER 8:30PM.
4) STAY IN PRAYER!!!!

Much love and prayers to everyone.