Tuesday, January 25, 2011

THE PEDICURE IMPERATIVE

A little tip, before you start walking your fat ass for miles and miles, go get a pedicure! You are welcome.

I, being a bit too chintzy these days, have not had a professional pedicure in a while. I have been giving them to myself. My chintzy ways included toenail clipping when I realized I could provide cover to a small mouse family under the length of my big toe.

Apparently I lost focus somewhere along the line of piggies and let my "little" toe (truthfully, my "little" toe is a misnomer - it's really a toe that, on a good day, looks like a squished stuffed Italian sausage, sweet, not the spicy variety!), grow to it's heart's content.

My little piggy now looks like this (it's not really this fuzzy, that's a result of being too lazy to pull a real camera out):


I walked/hobbled on my Sunday walk with it like this, I tried yesterday but oy vey it hurt too much so I took a break.

The picture is what it looks like today after a day of rest. So, don't think I'll be walking again today. Hopefully, I be back in full swing tomorrow!

Friday, January 21, 2011

LOSING MY BEHIND

I am going to lose 20 pounds.

I have been asked to do something, but that something requires me to lose a little weight. I could stand to lose more (a lot, a lot a lot more!!) but I've got to lose 20 for this something!

I am a very happy person. I like who I am regardless of the size of my behind.

I am not a happy exerciser. I HATE it.

So, I am hoping that if I publish what I am doing every day, perhaps that embarrassment of not following through will keep me on track.

I've added a little area over there on the right (see it, it's right there, on top - yep, that's it, the one titled "LOSING 20"), to keep track.

Wish me luck and a smaller butt!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CONGRESS VOTED TO REPEAL YOUR HEALTHCARE TODAY (REST ASSURED, THEY'RE KEEPING THEIRS)

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be flown from Arizona to Houston, TX for rehab at the end of this week.

Do you think that she is going to Houston because there aren't any rehab facilities in Arizona?  Probably not.  She is probably going to Houston because her family feels that it is "the best" facility for her.

Isn't it wonderful that on top of this unspeakable tragedy that they don't have to deal with insurance hassles, bills piling up due to lack of health insurance, accepting treatment because it's the best they can afford instead of what is best for her?

How ironic is it that the Republican led Congress voted unanimously (every single Republican member of Congress voted the same way - yes, that's right Republican's heard the American people who wanted more bi-partisanship and then voted lock-step with the GOP agenda) today to repeal the Health Care bill?

What I have heard more than any other sentiment regarding this issue is that politicians should forego their government sponsored and subsidized health insurance.  What I have never heard, is one of them writing and introducing that bill.  Why?

Monday, January 17, 2011

BROTHER OUTSIDER

This Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday I'd like to introduce you to or remind you of, an amazing man, Bayard Rustin.

He was an incredibly influential person in the civil rights movement.

As a student of Ghandi, he was responsible for Martin Luther King Jr.'s full embracing of non-violence in all aspects of his life.

The incredible paradox of this man's story is that while he was shaping and pushing the civil rights movement forward, he was being discriminated against within the movement and the world.  He accepted it and continued the fight.

He did not seek or receive any glory but he is one the framers of that movement that history has chosen to forgot.  

Hopefully in the age of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and hopefully on the cusp of marriage equality we can all learn the incredible histories of those that have been hidden.

Bayard's legacy is that history is made by real people, that we all have something to say and to contribute.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WORDS HAVE NO MEANING, UNLESS THEY DO

Remember Sarah Palin's outrage over Rahm Emanuel's use of the "r" word?  Remember how she accused him of having no decency?  Remember how she called for his firing?

Do you also remember how she defended Rush Limbaugh's use of the word?  How about, when she campaigned for Governor Perry even though his consultant, Dave Carney, used the word?

Remember how she wrote "Just as we'd be appalled if any public figure of Rahm's stature ever used the "N-word..."  Remember how she supported, radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger's use of the word?

Remember how she put forth marketing materials using gunsights?  Remember how she told her audience to "reload"?  Remember how she supported Sharron Angle, who repeatedly insinuated people use "2nd Amendment remedies"?

Today, she is speaking out.  Making sure we understand that words uttered by Americans are a light to the rest of the world. She is puzzled, concerned and sad at the irresponsible words that are suggesting that people who incited violence with their marketing materials and words have absolutely no culpability.

Today, she is making sure we understand that the media's supposition that political rhetoric may have played a part in Loughner's actions is reprehensible.

When she speaks of taking of arms she is obviously speaking of voting.

It's fine to speak out in "peaceful dissent".  Suggesting "2nd Amendment solutions" is obviously alluding to peaceful dissent.  Duh.

So let's review:

 1.  Using the "r" WORD is unacceptable, heartbreaking and calls for firing.
 2.  If the "r" WORD is used by a Palin supporter, then it is acceptable.
 3.  Use of the "n" WORD by a public figure is appalling.
 4.  If the "n" WORD is used by a Palin supporter, then it is acceptable.
 5.  American's WORDS are a light to the world.
 6.  American media's WORDS suggesting a possible link between inciteful language and violence is unacceptable.
 7.  Use of violent WORDS is totally acceptable.
 8.  If the media uses WORDS to ask if political rhetoric is wise is totally unacceptable.
 9.  WORDS are her 1st Amendment right.
10. Using WORDS to question rhetoric is unacceptable.

Conclusion:

It is important to keep a clear grasp on hypocrisy as you never know when you'll need some.