Saturday, August 30, 2008

Viva McCain and Palin!

I write this with a great sigh of relief. Yesterday, I was thrilled when I watched Sarah Palin accept the number two spot on the Republican ticket. Over the years, I have admired John McCain's maverick persona and to see him choose one of the same and a woman to boot, is exciting.

Today I listen to the media trying to find chinks in her armor. My belief is that the leftist media commentators should exert some of their misplaced energies toward investigating how Obama REALLY got where he is. Investigate further his association with William Ayers. http://www.sodahead.com/blogs/user/238181/category/8/?tko=blog_categories Consider his association with his extremely racist pastor. I personally have left churches where the words spoken by the pastor didn't fit my own philosophy of religion and understanding of the Bible.

People are calling me a racist for my decision to vote Republican instead of Democratic on November 4. To those people I say this: what is the difference between those voters (many of whom have never voted before) who are voting for Obama based on his race alone, and my voting for a senior citizen with an McC surname who has a FEMALE vice-presidential candidate? After all, I am only six years younger than John McCain, my birth surname is McCollim, and I am a woman. Yes, I am white also, which is, after all, an accident of birth the same as my name, my sex, my age.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Here's to Hillary!

Absolutely no one could address the DNC better than did Hillary Clinton last night. No one! And all I can say is this: there is going to come a day when all those who engineered her infinitesimal loss in the primary and all those who fell for the fanciful, yet empty, rhetoric of her opponent will realize the great mistake which has been made. Just as a very slim majority voted for Bush in the last two elections, so too has that majority come to realize the great error it made.

Thus, for the first time in my adult life, I will vote Republican for President of the United States. I don't like having to do that, but I am absolutely certain that John McCain has the experience and knowledge that Obama does not possess. McCain doesn't have an ax to grind with the citizens of this country nor does he need to prove something to the world. Nor does he possess the hubris to have assumed before the fact that he would be the next President of the United States. It appears as though Obama does possess a great amount of arrogance. That will not be loved by the American people.

I still believe a woman should have been nominated for President before any of the minorities in this country. And had Hillary been permitted to count all the primary votes, she would have won the nomination. Now, in the convention, those uncounted states are counted after the fact. Who were the men who decided a woman should not be president, and why? We won't know in this generation, but someday political scientists will delve into all that which is hidden from us now and they will tell the truth.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Democratic National Convention

It's finally here. The great DNC, followed next week by the great RNC. My parents and grandparents always watched the Conventions, and I watched with them. When I became a teen, I developed a passion for them. This comes from a woman who, when she was 6 years old, was in love with Harry S. Truman and despised, as much as a child can, Edward McCarthy. When a college freshman in 1960, I was in love with JFK and actually was fortunate enough to shake his hand. (I didn't wash that hand for a week)

Today, I am rather cynical about the whole process. What was once Democratic is now Republican, and vice-versa. Today, politics must be hashed and rehashed by political commentators trying to sway public opinion. You think lobbyists control politics? They used to, but today it's MSNBC, CNN, Fox and all the others. The average American citizen does not make the decision about who will be president. Not really. Not when the chips (or chads) are down. Those in power decide who the candidates will be and who will win. Look what happened in the last two elections. And we, the people, must pay the price.


I am hearing how the Democrats have made things better for everyone, with healthcare reform, Medicare reform, welfare reform, affirmative action, et al. Let me tell you, those reforms haven't helped the average American. Rather, things have become worse.

Since I could first vote at age twenty-one, I have never voted for a Republican for president. This year, I am facing a dilemna. I am not wanting either candidate for president, and may vote Republican for the first time. Call me a poor loser if you want, but I still want a woman for president. I believe the men in power derailed Hilary because she is a woman, and substituted a relatively unknown minority candidate who they knew would get enough minority votes to possibly win over a Republican candidate.

I am sick right now of hearing about Obama's early days of working in community action like it was some great and noble venture. I, too, worked for a federally-funded community action program when I was young, and what I saw there was eye-opening. I saw employees who talked the talk but didn't walk the walk. A lot of people pretending to work, but not really doing anything. A boss who drew a large salary and after arriving at work 1-2 hours late, sat and clipped coupons from the paper and talked to friends and family on the phone instead of working, and whose day ended several hours earlier than it was supposed to end. An executive director who had the title of "Reverend" and stole thousands of dollars from the agency. People whose words sounded lofty, but didn't have any real content. People who were only too quick to reverse perceived discrimination. President Nixon eliminated the program because he said it duplicated existing effective programs, and it may have been the best action of his presidency. It saved a lot of money. So quit talking about those days in community action and tell me what Obama has done and accomplished since then. He has only been a Senator for three years, and most of that time, I believe, has been spent campaigning.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Is There Such a Thing as Too Sweet?

I have been neglecting my blog of late, probably because I have been doing so much freelance writing. In the process of SITTING and writing, my weight has increased and thus my blood glucose levels. I suppose when I see my PCP and my cardiologist the first week of September, some meds are going to be changed. I will be told to exercise, exercise, exercise. My response will be to say that I am exercising, though not as much as I should. I won't tell them it is my fingers which are being exercised on the keyboard! They don't like to hear about how miserable it is to walk when the temp is almost 90 with a matching humidity level. Or that there are steep hills in all directions from my house, making the prospect of walking seem like some kind of torture. Don't get me wrong -- I like to walk. I like to walk where it is reasonably flat. And cool. The trouble is, I must drive to get to a flat spot, and that takes gasoline which I hate to use too much of. I know, we are all in the same situation.

Today I went with my sister-in-law, niece, and grand-niece to the Diabetes Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. My niece is a Type-I diabetic, and uses insulin. We came away with so much literature, freebies, and information! Now if I could just get remotivated!

This was the first time I have been to the new Convention Center, and I was totally enthralled with the water feature installed outside the entry. It is probably one story deep and probably a block long, and has a pathway between the two walls of water falls, one on each side, along with two other flows of water on either side of the walkway. It is difficult to describe, but is well-conceived art, in my opinion.

The river side of the Convention Center has floor to ceiling windows giving those inside a lovely view of the river as well as a panoramic view of the city. Aside from once again appreciating the beauty of Pittsburgh, I kept thinking about the unseen big fish in the rivers. This made me think that I haven't been fishing lately. Hmm...maybe tomorrow.

After we left Pittsburgh, we stopped in Monroeville at Panera Bread for lunch. I LOVE Panera Bread sandwiches! My niece is getting married in November, so we stopped at another of my favorite stores, Pat Catan's, so they could find some wedding things. I, of course, spent all my time in the art department. This is the store where I purchase my art supplies.

But I digress. After all the WALKING I did today, and it was a lot, my blood sugars were very high tonight. It wasn't because I ate a lot, either. Go figure. This is one unpredictable disease.

But all in all, it was a very good day. I hope your day was as good.

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