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Some Reasons I DO NOT Like Newt

My dislike of Newt Gingrich is not a recent thing. No. I disliked him a long time ago in the days of the Clinton Administration. Why? He was constantly screaming or crying about something. He was always pointing out flaws in the Clinton White House but didn’t want to accept any blame for his own. He wanted accolades for the first balanced budget in 30 years. Yes, he and Bill Clinton and many others worked on creating that balanced budget. It was truly a historical moment.

Newt and Kenneth Starr also kept looking for everything they could to say ugly about the Clintons. I’m not saying that Bill Clinton’s presidency was perfect. Not at all. But I have never seen such a public scrutiny by the Speaker of the House and his minions. I think that if Newt thinks he is going to be the poster boy for family values that he should have thought about that before divorcing twice and marrying successively younger women. And by the way, didn’t he cheat, too? Hmmm…didn’t he talk about how terrible Bill Clinton was for doing that same thing? Pot, this is kettle and I’m calling you black!

I think we should also remember that, yes, Newt Gingrich brought both sides of the political aisle together years ago. How? When ethics charges were brought up against him. Republicans and Democrats voted to reprimand him. This was the first time in the history of this nation that the Speaker of the House was reprimanded for ethics violations.

Don’t forget that he also shut the government down December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996, for a total of 28 days. I bring this up because so many Republicans were raising hell when there was the possibility of the SAME thing happening during the Obama administration. If shutting down the government is such a terrible thing, it should have been then as well. People had families to take care of then, too. Why is Newt trying to act like he was such a bad-ass and yet he and others were so condemning to President Obama? Again, pot, this is kettle…

Now for some current things. His issues and his mudslinging. Did you know that he wants to reward girls for graduating high school a virgin? There are a few things that bother me about this. First, how are we going to determine if she is a virgin? Are we going to take her word for it? If so, that is stupid. What teenage girl is going to tell the truth on that one?! Second, what kind of reward are we talking about? Third, isn’t this a little sexist? Are we just offering this incentive to girls? What about boys? Again, how are we going to decide if he is a virgin? That whole trust issue is naïve and stupid. Fourth, what if the girl had been raped? Are we going to actually punish a girl for that? So all in all I hope others can see the stupidity of this issue.

I understand that in politics there will be mud-slinging. There always is. But I would like to see a politician actually have the courage to say what their beliefs are and how they plan to do it. Yeah, yeah, Newt and a former president worked together to balance the budget years ago. How do you plan to do it again? Do you see the problem with health care? Do you see that there are Americans that have no health care coverage that are in dire need of it? Do you see that Americans do not want to hear your mud-slinging? What are your thoughts on education? Are you going to do something about the current state of our educational system instead of just try to pawn kids off on different schools? There should be some educational reform instead of just shifting kids from here to there! The majority of parents do not have time or money to transport kids to different schools! Think about that and keep kids in the schools they are districted for and make the teachers teach at an acceptable level! Dumbing down the system or moving kids is not an option.

Newt Gingrich likes to bring up old catch phrases such as flip-flopping and family values. I think he fits those phrases very well. He pulls them out when they suit his needs. I’m sorry but that doesn’t work for me. I am not anti-Republican but I am not a Newt Gingrich fan and will not vote for him. I hope people will not forget his past record.

Outcry Over Paula Deen’s Diabetes

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So Paula Deen announced she has diabetes. When I heard that I was like, “What terrible news!” But then I heard a lot of people were like, “She got what she deserves” and so on and so forth. I’m sorry, but that is just a crappy attitude to have. I mean, yeah, she cooks with a lot of butter and fries things sometimes, but she doesn’t say eat like this DAILY. And, frankly, a lot of people watch her shows, buy her cookbooks, and go to her restaurant so she is doing something that the American public wants. It is kind of like saying that Sandra Lee promotes alcoholism since she makes a mixed drink on every one of her shows. I don’t think she does promote alcoholism, but I know she makes those drinks up!

I am glad that Paula is bringing to light such a prevalent disease. It affects a lot more people than any of us would think. And maybe her providing information about diabetes will help many. It can be a difficult disease for some and for others they can manage it quite easily. Some people require insulin shots. Other people might be able to control it through diet and exercise. By getting that information out there, she is helping many.

Diabetes does not have to be a death sentence, but it can be if not treated properly. If you want more information on it, you can go to http://www.eatright.org/ which is the American Dietetic Association’s web page. There is also an American Diabetes Association website http://www.diabetes.org where you can find information regarding diabetes as well as ways to fight it such as healthy recipes.

If you are wondering what the symptoms of diabetes are, they can include the following:

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

Some people have some of these symptoms and attribute them to something else. Unless you are a medical professional or have been tested, don’t risk it. These are just symptoms. You can go to the doctor and have your blood drawn and tested to determine if you have diabetes or not. It’s typical that you need to fast about 12 hours before the blood draw in order for the test to be accurate.

Why is this such a big deal for me? Many of relatives have or have had diabetes. My mother was a diabetic. She also had coronary artery disease, which we didn’t know until after she died. (She died at the age of 49.) I don’t want others to be untreated for too long. When Mama found out she had diabetes, it was amazing. She was able to get her blood sugar under control through diet and exercise. Unfortunately, the coronary artery disease had already taken its toll. Please take care of yourselves.

If it takes hearing it from a celebrity to get you thinking, then hallelujah! At least you are thinking about it. Thank you, Paula Deen, for bringing to light something that affects so many. I do not think you deserve diabetes. No one “deserves” a disease. I think you are doing something important by bringing to light something that affects so many. And for any of the people who are criticizing Paula, maybe you should do something my Mama taught me: If you ain’t got somethin’ nice to say, don’t say nuthin’ at all!

Politics Chaos

The thing I hate about politics is all the mudslinging and stupidity. They will bring up things that have no real bearing on the issues. And some people actually buy into it. The one that got me today was Newt Gingrich slamming on Mitt Romney for knowing the French language. Personally I do not like either of these politicians so this is definitely not for either one of them. But this type of thing is exactly what gets me. What is wrong with knowing the French language? Yes, Romney spent time over in France on his missionary thing that people of the Mormon faith do. But is that really something to slam him on?

I wish politicians actually had to answer real questions about what they believed in and what they planned to accomplish and how instead of bad-mouthing someone. I mean, “And he speaks French, too!” OMG! I know a little French, should I question my American citizenship? I wonder about all those people down in Louisiana who speak some French and Cajun…if I know a little French, man they must really be screwed.

Wanna read the article from Yahoo that I’m talking about? http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/gingrich-hits-romney-knowing-speak-french-150300235.html?fb_action_ids=338419952843180%2C338374029514439%2C338372579514584%2C338367556181753%2C2454309078894&fb_action_types=news.reads&fb_source=other_multiline&code=AQCOhMEUCcNK_tKiJtM6K0hyjtG_N82mcjH-SFs816hv888opfenRRjw-KyGNe1aIV-e2tInNr7vvBXkE49CiRkyWZjTQXOWEr1I20ZLKEzTnvTkKL0fz-SakICu_X-BpA4DRq9fT-j8ch2rrC2nQ_IxCYO-ONAxSAbix-eJ8gazU5L0Gu4IuomwixDA9iHmPbo#_=_

When Happiness Was Easy

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Remember the days when happiness was that big ol’ 64 pack of Crayola® crayons? You could have a coloring book or just a lot of paper. It didn’t matter. Happiness was creation. And if you had that 64 pack of crayons  you could do anything! Right? Well, then they came out with bigger packs of crayons and then 64 wasn’t good enough. I wanted the bigger pack with MORE colors so that I could do more!

While the 64 pack made us happy for a while, we began to long for more and better. I think that pretty much sums up adulthood, too. We are briefly satisfied and then we start wanting more. Then we get a little more. It’s basically an addiction. You get a taste and you want more! Why? Because more equals better in most people’s eyes. It may not really be the case, but that is the way the majority of the world sees it.

Some days I just want that fresh pack of 64 crayons and some paper. I wonder if I’d be satisfied? Maybe momentarily. I know I would love the smell of those things. It was intoxicating. And I loved the fresh blunt point of a brand new crayon. I wasn’t happy when I had to peel the crayons to sharpen them. But I loved the sharpener. I mean, how cool was it having a built-in sharpener?! 🙂 I think I have learned through crayons that happiness is not always more. Yeah, it would be nice. But sometimes you’ve got to be happy with what you’ve got.

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