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Right, Left and Center

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We have choices to make in this election. Right, Left and Center.

Mitt Romney is no more the conservative extremist than President Obama is the far left, program pushing socialist that the right consistently portrays. Romney tries to paint himself as a conservative’s conservative by talking the talk and spinning the facts of his ever changing persona. That said, with Romney’s choice of Ryan as his running mate he completes the transformation from “Easy Right” to “Tea Party Dream”.

Interestingly enough, at one time, Obama and Romney were closer in ideology than either of their handlers would ever care to admit……both centrists, within their own party. Romney has slid right with increasing velocity but, he hasn't veered into extremism.

President Obama was and still is a centrist and social moderate. Like a large segment of the nation, he believes that religion is a personal not a constitutional issue. He is aware that any one of us, could be the least of us, in a blink of an eye….that social safety nets are not meant to be blankets of dependency but, springboards to self sufficiency….that women are perfectly capable of the self-management of their own bodies. President Obama sees that the strength of our country relies, not only military might but, of co-existent neutrality with foreign partners and our own economic fortitude. At one time, I might have said the same of Romney….not today. He has bowed to the wrong part of the right.

This election isn’t about the extremism of Romney or Obama. No, in my eyes this election is about the risk of surrendering our country to the actual, far right extremists who have settled for Romney in their bid to pull centrists and independents into the narthex of religious ideology, isolationist policy and protectionist psychology.

As a centrist, I will vote to re-elect President Obama.

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SUNSHINE65 9/5/2012 11:56PM

    OMG! The Republicons are now a cult!!!


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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/30/2012 9:35PM

    I agree with you absolutely!

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EVWINGS 8/29/2012 5:45PM

    Excellent blog, Penny. I was really undecided until Paul Ryan came into the picture and started up all this anti-women stuff ie: death penalty or life in prison if a woman miscarries and can't prove she didn't do something that may have caused it. To me things like that are really too extreme. Oh and if anyone wants to know, do a search using women and miscarriage or women and Paul Ryan.

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How I got here......

Friday, August 17, 2012

My husband and I were in the restaurant dogs and fresh cut frys, Italian beef sandwiches(homemade), sausage, polish, soft serve ice cream. I never ate a whole order of frys......just one at a time.....all day. I loved pop from the dispenser with crushed ice...another downfall. We worked long hours and weekends and stopped going to the gym.

Believe or not, we met playing volleyball at the YMCA. I weighed 102 lbs and was always very active. Played a lot of sports. We both loved to go out to eat and even after we bought the restaurant, we continued to do so (nuts!) because, we were too tired to cook after work. We tried to make healthy meals for ourselves at work but, it was so much easier to eat what we served. I gained over 50 pounds while we had that place. Hubby gained some too but, he is tall and I am vertically challenged.

When I was pregnant with our oldest, we put the place up for sale and it sold when she was 4 months old. Our youngest was born 2 years later. It took years to get back to any kind of regular exercise although, I did go back to the Y. I made babyfood with fresh ingredients for the kids, when they were small and made sure they ate right but, I tended to not take as good of care of myself and hubby ate fast food at lunch.

It was an up and down kind of thing (mostly up) and various health issues kept me from keeping the weight off. I taught swimming on and off for years and started doing water aerobics because it was easier on my joints. Finally, I got serious and stated working out regularly, eliminated a lot of carbs and 40 pounds came off. I felt great and was doing all sorts of active, physical stuff walking, biking, volleyball, water aerobics, swimming, kickboxing....then tore my rotator cuff. That surgery and another really set me back and I gained it all back and then some.

It's always hard to get back into a good place to lose weight again but, in 2007 my five cousins and I decided to do the 60 mile walk for breast cancer. I had been teaching swimming and water aerobics so, my training began in the water due to a foot injury and sciatica pain. My chiro told me to only walk in the water, initially. The pounds started coming off. When I finally switched over to land, the weight just kept coming off. Hubby joined me to help me took about six months of training all told. All six of us completed the was grueling to say the least but, one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Unfortunately, I injured myself again on the walk (talking and walking and looking backwards LOL!) and back to the chiro, I went.

Joined Spark in July of 2008 to drop more pounds for our upcoming 25th anniversary trip. Lost more and I felt pretty darn good but, it's been a struggle to keep it off and continue losing again. Age and hormones are not cooperative but, I eat healthy and exercise regularly. Still have issues from old injuries and too many years of being a lady jock. I blew a couple of discs in my back last summer hauling dirt and was laid up for over 7 weeks. I love my chiro...she puts me back together each time. I also had a great physical therapist.

I still teach water aerobics but, gave up teaching swimming after the back injury. I'm a certified water fitness instructor, CPR/AED and have kept up my lifeguard cert as well. Have to keep up with continuing ed. and recerts so, it helps keep my mind sharp, too. Even with the extra weight I still carry, I feel pretty fit and intend to remain active forever or at least as long as the duct tape holds out!

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SARAWMS48 8/21/2012 8:52AM

    Thanks for sharing your story. It was fun to read and inspired me to keep on trying. Bruce and I used to swim a mile a day during the summer before we married. He still swims, but I use the elliptical. My favorite way to exercise is in the yard. The story of your back injury reminded me to use caution as saw the branches and haul away the dead leaves that the drought has produced.

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CCHEF1 8/17/2012 10:27PM

    Great post, was interested in reading your story. Congratulations on the determination to remain active forever.

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Sad News

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

My son's long time friend has been fighting a brain tumor for quite some time. This funny, charming young man is only 24 years old.

After numerous treatments and surgery he had been in rehab to work at getting back on his feet so, he could return home. He took a fall and was transferred to the hospital where they found he now has a new fast growing tumor, wrapping around his brain stem. This doesn't look good. They are weighing the options, trying to keep him comfortable and get him back home. My son and a whole group descended upon the hospital in a show of affection and support for their friend who wiggled his toes and squeezed their hands in response.

I feel so sad for his family and his young friends but, most of all for him. I still pray for a miracle, even if one may not be at hand. emoticon

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EVWINGS 8/6/2012 11:20PM

    I pray for an easy passing for this young man and for his family to get through what is coming. Yes, men don't always show their emotions. My brother just won't talk about anything emotional, but Bob always does. He'll also cry if something he cares about gets too intense. I hope your son can be accepting of God's will.

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SARAWMS48 8/6/2012 10:28PM

    My son is also 24. I will be praying for your son and for his friend.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/2/2012 10:38PM

    I am so very sorry to hear this.

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COACHPENNY 8/2/2012 10:33PM

    We went to see our young friend yesterday and I am so glad we did. He said a few words and squeezed my hand with such strength. Our son has been very stoic and quiet...boys don't show their pain do they?

The word today is that he doesn't have long and will not be in pain. I believe that prayers and wishes of comfort and peace do get where they need to go. Thanks to all of you for sending yours.

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ALLYINTEXAS 8/1/2012 11:46PM

    I'm sorry, Penny! May God's loving peace, comfort, and strength be with this young fellow whose life has touched so many and all that love him.

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4EVRYOUNG 8/1/2012 2:53PM

  My wish for he, his family and friends peace and comfort during this difficult transition.

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SPEEDY143 8/1/2012 12:13PM

    emoticonand emoticonfor everyone emoticon

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COACHPENNY 8/1/2012 9:37AM

    Thanks Zo...prayers are good.

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CITYZOZO 8/1/2012 8:28AM

    i'm so sorry.. that is unfair..i will pray for him for comfort... that sucks..

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Extreme Thinking

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I originally posted this as a response to my friend Ev's blog but, I thought I'd re-post it on my own blog as well. Here it is..........

I don't know why the extremists have seemed to taken over. It's almost as if an alien ship landed and replaced a whole lot of people (that we know and love) with some other life form. I too, try to avoid political subjects, except for specific forums (such as teams here where we debate issues). I do not send negative political forwards and ask that they not be sent to me.

I am a moderate. I use to vote for the person and voted both sides of the aisle for many years even though I find myself mostly aligned with the Democrats. Slowly over the last decade or so, that has changed. I find myself disgusted with the tactics of the extreme right which seems to have taken over reasonable conservatives. It started with President Clinton and became much worse when President Obama was running. I always felt and still feel that he is a moderate. Living in Illinois, I watched as his political career unfolded and I was always impressed by him.

In our neighboring state of Indiana a long time conservative icon, Sen. Dick Lugar was defeated in the primary by a tea party candidate. WHY? Because Dick Lugar worked and compromised across the aisle to get thing accomplished for America. His opponent promises to compromise....NEVER!

An old friend of mine, who was a Young Republican in HS and a staunch conservative most of his life, voted for Obama. He told me that he didn't leave the Republican party, The Republican party left him.

I'm not saying there are no far lefties on the liberal side. There are those who think Obama hasn't done enough. To that I say, in today's climate, it's remarkable that he's accomplished anything at all. It makes me sad when people I love say such horrible things about President Obama and I try not engage with them on this subject. I have however, become much more militant in my responses to unreasonable people who engage on political forums and teams.

Before this last election, I had never participated in a political debate forum online. When I stumbled upon this hatred and anti Obama rhetoric, I was shocked out of my complacency and joined the fray. As a Christian, I am offended by those who slam him in God's name. I continue to support our President and pray for his re-election.

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COACHPENNY 7/18/2012 6:09PM

    I recently, read this article concerning a woman's disenchantment with the GOP. On the it when you get the chance.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/12/2012 3:45PM

    I agree with you. Although I've always been rather "progressive" I remember when the two parties were willing to compromise. I remember the "Rockefeller Republicans" who were reasonable men, willing to compromise with JFK and LBJ. I am old enough to remember Eisenhower warning us against becoming the country that we are and the "military-industrial complex". I even remember the many progressive things that Richard Nixon did.

People used to talk; not rant. People used to accommodate other opinions, not just spew hatred. People used to think more and react less.

I hear you Coach Penny, I do.

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COACHPENNY 5/30/2012 2:51PM

    Both of you have made excellent points. It's sad to say that stupid reigns. Racism and discrimination have a way of creeping back into acceptance if we aren't diligent about pushing back against the tide of misguided extremism.

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ADAM2298 5/30/2012 9:39AM

    Both my wife and I can remember the time when JFK was in office and everything seemed possible. We could get things accomplished and people worked for the COUNTRY'S GOOD! What have is the nashing of teeth, howling and everything signifies nothing.

I try to keep my mouth shut where I work only because stupidity reigns. One guy complained that we spend too much on education and it needs to have the fat cut out. I said to him without becoming hysterical, "this is a state that ranks between 45th and 48th in education, I'm sure we can cut more so we can be dead last. The fact that you can read, write and do basic math was made possible by an under paid teacher. But being last is a noble goal to shoot for and pay less taxes. And if you think you pay too much in taxes for the freedoms you're getting, try living in a 3rd world country where you pay no taxes and they will pry your gun from your dead body because who needs laws!"

In this country we celebrate the stupid. We give kudos to curse at our elected officials--because we showed them--showed them what ? That you are stupid!
We ignore the best and brightest of our young people for individuals who contribute nothing to society. Last week there was a young man (age 15) who came up with a test strip to detect 3 kinds of cancer cells, it is faster than what is on the market and costs just 3 cents a strip. He was in the news for the day, along with our National Science contest. We would rather spend our time knowing what is going on reality TV. Our values have moved downward, not to the more noble things in life. Quality TV programming is no harder to do than serving the slop we now get.

I could go on but I need to get to work. But the Blog and Sarawms48 responses are on target. It saddens me we have lost our bearings toward being nobel.

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SARAWMS48 5/29/2012 11:41AM

    I feel that much of the criticism of him is thinly veiled racism. As the grandmother of 3 biracial girls, I'm becoming more aware of how often code words are used that imply that African-Americans are somehow less than whites. To me, the Obamas represent the new world where people are able to accept people who are different from themselves. The Tea Party seems to want a return to a world that saw women and minorities in a way that belittled them.

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Cold and Wet

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Speed walked a 3K benefit walk/run today, for the American Brain Tumor Association down at the Chicago Lakefront. Just a bunch of cousins hauling butt for a good cause. For some reason, each year (except for one) that we've done this event, it's been really horrible weather. Yesterday was just beautiful and today, NO surprise, it turned UGLY. We were walking very fast because it was very cold and rainy and we really needed to get back to a bathroom. I knew we wouldn't get lucky so, I layered up and wore my water aerobic gym shoes. Pretty good support and the added benefit of good drainage....LOL! Drove home wet and cold but, not defeated....our team raised almost $6,000. YEA!

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CITYZOZO 5/12/2012 8:05PM

    you are always doing good stuff like this.. i like you.. you are cool... zo

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