Foreign-born Muslim

Is that the third line on President Obama’s business card? Right after his name and the line that says “President of the United States.” I have to wonder. Brian Williams asked the president about the fifth of Americans polled who believe that the president isn’t a Christian. He noted that he couldn’t very well go around with his birth certificate stapled to his head. That wouldn’t help. Some of these folks could have been in the health department office in Honolulu the day Obama was born, could have processed the certificate themselves, but would deny it’s legitimacy now because Rush, Sean & Glen tell them to. Honestly, are people taking stupid pills? As far as the Muslim thing goes, I wonder if we asked those people, whether they’d turn out to be many of the same people who were apoplectic during the campaign over statements by Jeremiah Wright, the president’s former pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ. Please folks, make the connection. He’s a natural-born American citizen, from Hawaii, one of the United States and is a practicing Christian. It’s really okay if you don’t agree with his policies or his politics. It’s not necessary to make up stuff to try and negate his legitimacy as president. He’s in there, for at least 3 more years. Suck it up and build support for Gov. Palin, or whoever it is you want to replace him.

Speaking of the governor, and Mr. Beck and their little meeting on the National Mall, probably the less said the better. Except that America has not lost its honor just because you folks aren’t getting what you want. Suck that up too. It’s somewhat disingenuous for Mr. Beck to say he wasn’t aware of the significance of the date chosen for his rally. He’s a demagogue, but not necessarily stupid… no matter how stupid he may sound.

Here’s the thing about the Tea Party and people who push this whole “conservative” thing. It’s easy to push the whole “we want lower taxes” thing. But I rarely hear any of them list any government services they’re willing to do without in order to justify tax cuts. Fewer cops? Close some schools? No fire department? Fewer roads and bridges? How about cuts in defense? Oh wait, I know – how about getting rid of tax cuts for the wealthy? No, that’ll never happen. Maybe fewer buildings named for powerful members of Congress back in the home districts? Nah, that’ll probably never happen either. And no, don’t trot out the bailouts as a source for money that shouldn’t have been spent. The economic downtown would have been a lot worse without it. And you know that.


Going Through Withdrawal

Just Say No!

Anyone will tell you, the big challenge in losing weight and staying fit is changing the way you eat. The American food and restaurant businesses have done a tremendous job of training us to eat, eat and then eat some more. I learned a long time ago that as we get older, we tend to become more sedentary and gain, on average, about 10 pounds every 10 years.

I think I’m doing an okay job with the keeping active part. It’s the food thing that’ll drive you crazy. It’s easy to cut back for a time, but as the experts will point out, once you think you’ve reached your goal, you’ll slide back into your old habits and quickly start regaining weight.

I think a couple of us taking part in the weight loss contest at work went out of our way to pack on a few extra pounds before the official start, in order to have some “easy weight” to lose right away. We’ll see whether that actually happens. A lot of the folks at work went to a co-workers wedding over the weekend. Weddings usually have bachelor’s parties and receptions and lots and lots of food and drink.  This week’s weigh-in should be interesting.

Still, it’s tough making the adjustment to a new diet. I really miss cake right now.

Speaking of withdrawal, I having a bit of pullback from trivia too. The team skipped the Blue Monkey last week, heading over to the Local on Main Street last week. The smart guy on the team is in Washington state this week, so I’ll probably find something else to do on Monday and I’m going to be on the road next Monday. The good thing is that it gives other teams better chances at the prize money at the Blue Monkey, and it’ll keep the guy in charge over there from getting on us to spend the prize money we’ve already won.

“Tire-d of it All”

Got an oil change the other day. While the tech was under the car, he noticed that a steel belt was showing through on one of the tires. No surprise, 2 of the tires on the car are about 7 or 8 years old. It’s a car model that underwent a major redesign the model year after mine, which is a 1999, so it can be a challenge to find parts sometimes. The original tires on the car were Michelin’s, but they don’t make that size anymore. The tire store I went to only had two tires that would fit, which is good since I really only needed two.

Not My Favorite Type of Donut

Of course, even with the parts scarcity, that was the easy part. The donut spare has gone bad, and I had no idea that tire stores don’t fix or stock donuts. I’m told the things can’t be fixed, so the easiest thing is to head to a junk yard and find a spare that fits your car. Okay, one, I have no desire to comb through a salvage yard, digging through junkers to find a donut that will fit my car. Two, it’s recommended that you replace any tire over ten years old, including spares. I’ve got an 11-year old car. So wouldn’t any spare I’d find in a similar model be at least 10-years old and need replacing?