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Gain weight in the shower?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Read this blog on a maintainer's [NELLJONES] page:

"I was telling my son, the Registered Dietician, about how much my weight bounces every day. I'm at maintenance so not trying to lose, yet my weight just pops around. He told me to weigh myself before and after a shower. I gained .6 pounds just from the shower and body lotion! That is how much water my skin absorbed in just a few minutes. And, of course, it came off by morning. I know I swell in humid weather, but who knew from a shower??"

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I know I hate to weigh at the Dr's. It's always fully dressed, after a shower and breakfast. Sometimes after lunch too. You can't win. Last weigh in at the Doc's was 215…a week later, before my shower with only a few sips of coffee in me, it was 206. So the clothes can't weigh 9 pounds can they? Must be the shower!!!

  
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COACHPENNY 9/19/2012 12:33PM

    I teach water aerobics....damn.....I knew I was holding fluid.

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ROSALIEESTHER 9/17/2012 4:10AM

    That's interesting! To me it just points out again how the scale its not the most useful of measurements.

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/16/2012 11:24PM

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MISSDAISY23 9/16/2012 7:18PM

    I didn't know that you can gain weight in the shower. Interesting indeed! emoticon

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REXTINE1 9/16/2012 1:50PM

    That's news to me. I knew that drinking a lot put temporary weight on you, but just showering is new (strange) news.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/16/2012 11:39AM

    I swim several hours per day. I wonder how much water I absorb every day!

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ALICERIEGER 9/16/2012 11:09AM

    Almost makes you want to give up showering! LOL

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123ELAINE456 9/16/2012 5:50AM

  Thank You for posting this on your blog. This is very interesting. God Bless you and Have a Wonderful Week.

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CCHEF1 9/16/2012 2:04AM

    Thanks for posting this in your blog. I think it is true. I think one's hair weighs more wet and so I don't wash my long hair just before weighing.

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EWL978 9/15/2012 11:11PM

    I"ve heard of "heavy water".....must be so!! (rofl)

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DIET_FRIEND 9/15/2012 10:32PM

    That's an interesting phenomenon!

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JTREMBATH 9/15/2012 9:15PM

    I have never weighed myself after a shower so will do next time I have a shower.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2012 8:57PM

    Holy water retention! That's unbelievable!

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HELEN_BRU 9/15/2012 8:35PM

    Interesting! emoticon

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KNEWMETODAY 9/15/2012 8:17PM

    Who would think it would fluctuate that much? Come to think of it, I always shower before I go to the doctor, but I probably won't quit doing that.

Kathy

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CARRAND 9/15/2012 8:12PM

    I'll keep this in mind!

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BUBBLEJ1 9/15/2012 7:55PM

    I used to have very long hair, and it is very, very thick. That held heaps of water!

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BARCLE 9/15/2012 7:19PM

    Interesting emoticon

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LADYJAKE1 9/15/2012 7:12PM

    Interesting...I never knew that could happen....kinda funny

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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/15/2012 7:09PM

    emoticon I throw my scale away, i use other thing to keep track of how I am doing, like that i went from a size 20 to a 12

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DIETER27 9/15/2012 6:50PM

  Body weight can fluctuate at times. Keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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Why Are Republicans So Mean?

Friday, September 14, 2012

  
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COACHPENNY 9/17/2012 4:21PM

    Russell, you make great points.

I think Republicans should be ashamed of themselves BUT, they are pretty much shameless in regards to the great lengths they have gone to obstruct the country's recovery....for the sole purpose of making President Obama look bad.

How far will they go in order to put the two rich white Ken dolls in office?

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CAROLLEE57 9/17/2012 7:42AM

    Thank God I live in Vermont, even the Republics are Democrats here emoticon

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IDLETYME 9/15/2012 8:50AM

    I'm a Republican and I don't ever remember anyone telling me I was mean!!
I hope you have a wonderful day!

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DIET_FRIEND 9/14/2012 10:52PM

    I live in a very red state and I know very few people who DON'T vote republican. It amazes me that so many poor and working class people would vote that way, but maybe it's racism. Also, thanks to the ultra-conservatives like TEA Partiers, a lot of people think of the republicans as the party of God. I for one don't think Jesus would be a republican. There was a time when I could support the republicans, but now they are so obviously a party for the rich that I can't. I think it would be nice if other parties would emerge to reflect our true diversity as a nation.

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RUSSELL_40 9/14/2012 10:42PM

    Republicans are the people who want to control other people. Through war, or Congress, they have very set ideas, and are positive God wants them to do it their way. How dare anyone else have a plan! It angers tem, and that is why they are so mean.

They explained very patiently, that abortion is murder. So if you don't quit, they think it is okay to kill you, if you are a doctor, and submit you to a multitude of unnecessary tests, and propoganda , if you are a woman, seeking one. Why cant you just do what they say? You make them so angry. They don't want to hurt you, but you make them do it!

If I had to sum up the average Republican politician, it would be akin to the man who beats his wife on the weekend, but loves her M-F. The week does not make us forget the weekend. We remember the hate and bigotry. I do not think the average Republican is as far to the right as their electeds, but I can't figure out why they keep voting in people even more intolerable. At a certain point, moderate Republicans need to say enough, and take back their party.

Now we see that the Republicans are weak on foreign policy, and job creation, so Romney is floundering. They tell us that this is not true, but the evidence is before us. His overreaction to Lybia, and Egypt attacks, shows he is a petulant child who just knows he deserves to be President.

Basically, what has them so angry this time though, is that someone who thinks of himself as a huge success, is running against a black man, and is stunned that America likes Barack Obama.. did I mention his middle name is Hussein, and he was taught at a "madrasa" ( shudders ). They expected to just win easily, and they look foolish, and that makes them angry, and mean. Maybe next time, embrace the moderates of your party, insteand of the wackadoodles, and we can have a serious debate, about jobs, defense, Medicare, and Social Security spending.

Health Care is another one that really bothers them. If poor people get help from the Democrats, like they recieved in the 1940's, after our last Great Depression, we might see another 30 year span of people only voting for one party. Right now, a lot of poor people vote Republican, because the Democrats haven't done a whole lot that they can point to, and say " The Dems did that for me! ". The 1960's gave us civil rights, Medicare/Medicaid. Recently Obama doubled the Pell grants, and made it easier to pay off loans, but bexides making more jobs ( thanks Clinton ), not much to tell them they should vote Democratic. Now they can get health care, and once that is official in 2014, the Democrats will be the party that gave them college, and health care,

If that happens, why would anyone vote Republican? Jobs are being created, you can go to college to get a better one, through Pell grants, or even paying it off over 20 years now, if you take out loans, so you aren't bankrupted by your attempt to prove your life. Health care will keep you alive to enjoy this experience, and I believe will prove to be cheaper, and better than regular health care. I was on Medicare for a few years, when I was first diagnosed with CHF, and loved it. My doctors spent a lot more time with me, than when I had insurance at a factory, and they just got me out of their in 5 minutes. Reason is, the govt health care has requirements. Your doctor works with you, and see themselves as part of your health mgmt. team, instead of looking at you as a client. Having been in both systems, I would say Govt. health care is vastly superior ( excluding VA ), and when people experience it, they will be happy.

This will cause the Republicans to become a fringe party, and that makes them angry, and mean. Teabaggers will decimate the GOP, and Americans will see that voting Democratic is in their best interest. Then the Democrats just need to keep being the public servants we know they can be, and earn that control.

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SUNSHINE65 9/14/2012 9:48PM

    you are all sooo right!

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CARRAND 9/14/2012 9:27PM

    The Republicans are not interested in creating jobs. Their sole purpose is to keep Obama from being reelected, even if they have to destroy the economy to accomplish that objective.

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WOUBBIE 9/14/2012 7:14PM

    Seriously, the GOP is no longer Grand, the situation's getting Old, and I think the Party's nearly over for them. We can't afford to have a radical political party gumming up the works, when most Americans are somewhere in the "moderate" camp. The remainder of the intelligent right needs to regroup and dethrone these extremists for good. Marginalize them as they should be - a fringe group.

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ROSALIEESTHER 9/14/2012 6:51PM

    Not only are these facts true, just think how many more jobs Americans would have if the Republicans had voted for Obama's job creating programs. Economists estimate that unemployment would be at 5% if they had passed those laws!

I for one am not grateful that all they've cared about was getting rid of Obama.

I think he is the best president we've had in years and years and the most intelligent and brave and compassionate. Enough with the haters.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/14/2012 6:02PM

    Statistics don't lie!

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/14/2012 5:36PM

    Hmmm..... that's all....hmmmmm....

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Notes To The Rural Milkman

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Dear Milkman, I've just had a baby, please leave another one."



"Please leave an extra pint of paralysed milk." 



"Please don't leave any more milk. All they do is drink it"



"Milkman please close the gate behind you because the birds keep pecking the tops off the milk."



"Sorry not to have paid your bill before, but my wife had a baby and I've been carrying it around in my pocket for weeks."


"Sorry about yesterdays note. I didn't mean one egg and a dozen pints, but the other way round."


"When you leave my milk knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress."



"Please knock. My television's broken down and I missed last nights 'Sopranos.' If you saw it, will you tell me what happened."

"My daughter says she wants a milkshake. Do you do it before you deliver or do I have to shake the bottle."



"Please send me a form for cheap milk, for I have a baby two months old and did not know about it until a neighbour told me."



"Milk is needed for the baby. Father is unable to supply it." 



"From now on please leave two pints every other day and one pint on the days in between, except Wednesdays and Saturdays when I don't want any milk." 



"My back door is open. Please put milk in 'fridge, get money out of cup in drawer and leave change on kitchen table , because we want to play bingo tonight."



"Please leave no milk today. When I say today, I mean tomorrow, for I wrote this note yesterday...or is it today ?"



"When you come with the milk please put the coal on the boiler, let dog out and put newspaper inside the screen door. PS. Don't leave any milk."



"No milk. Please do not leave milk at No. 14 either as he is dead until further notice."

  
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REXTINE1 9/15/2012 3:25PM

    That's a great blog. I remember the milkman, and the iceman too. I though both had disappeared a long time ago, but GGMOM06 says there is a milkman in action just a few miles from her.

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JET150 9/15/2012 9:03AM

    Love it! We loved our milkman. I still remember on Fridays in Lent my mom would have him bring a quart of chocolate milk to make up for the fact we, as Catholics, couldn't eat meat. Us kids didn't really miss the meat, but we sure loved the chocolate milk!


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GGMOM06 9/14/2012 7:42PM

    emoticon there is still a milk man a few miles from us and he delivers by truck everyday.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/14/2012 6:05PM

    It's a wonder that milkman got anything done for all the notes! LOL

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MISSDAISY23 9/14/2012 3:35PM

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CJSARGENT1 9/14/2012 12:51PM

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100LBLIGHTER 9/14/2012 11:24AM

    F-U-N-N-Y .....FUNNY! Wish I had a milk man I have been out of milk for two days... emoticon

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SCOOTDOG 9/14/2012 10:49AM

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ALICERIEGER 9/14/2012 10:44AM

    Thanks

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RANDOM00B 9/14/2012 10:28AM

    Oh, this is a great way to start the morning! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 9/14/2012 9:15AM

    LOL! Great ones!

That reminds me, I'll have to tell my kids that we still had milk deliveries when I was young. I still have the little aluminum cooler box that you left by the door somewhere - or at least my mom probably does, anyway!

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IDLETYME 9/14/2012 9:14AM

    I remember ours! emoticon

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TINY67 9/14/2012 8:41AM

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BEARGODDESS 9/14/2012 8:15AM

    emoticon I remember rural milkmen!

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My blog and I can say anything I want.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We have already gone a long way to earn the trust of the world. Luckily the world (except the Arabs right now) thinks of Obama much more positively than Romney!

The kingmakers were Rove and Cheney and the Supreme Court unfortunately went with the Repubs! Totally wrong!

This is my blog and I can talk about anything that is dear to my heart! Getting the vote out for Obama is my mission! Join me if you are a woman or you want healthcare for women, old people, the mentally retarded. I don't think of this as political....I think of it as a moral issue! Romney and Ryan are not moral....they lie and lie and lie! They hate the middle class and the poor. Where are you?

  
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ALPHASENIOR 9/15/2012 12:34PM

    He is the president of DEATH! When he was in the senate he voted not just for abortion, but to kill a live birth if the mother had an unsuccessful abortion.
His health care will offer only a palliative to anyone over 65 who gets ill.

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TBOGENER 9/15/2012 2:32AM

    It has always been the USA policy to uphold Isreal. However, Jimmy Carter (our former greatest president ever, in my opinion) wrote a book about people in Isreal demanding to much. He was under a lot of flack for the book, I never had the chance to read it, so I don't know. I do remember history and he was our only pressident to get an abiding peace treaty signed( that lasted in length of time.) So....I think he probably knows very well what h's talking about. Thanks sunshine for letting me post this. Yes, it is your blog and you have every right to right what you what to. Also, thank me for letting me add my two cents worth. One thing, I think is important to understand as a nation. We cannot have 2-3 wars going, fight poverty and drugs and let medicare and sick people in OUR COUNTRY go without. I won't out boys home and manning our own borders with their families by their side. We cannot have bread and butter and war. That was proven by history when eveything was rationed. I am leaving now before someone puts a boot through my monitor. Good Nite, God Bless emoticon

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PANDAS10 9/14/2012 1:21PM

    I'm a registered Democrat... I did not vote for Obama in 08 and probably won't this time around either (FWIW, I voted for Ralph Nader as I live in a red state so my vote didn't really matter - but I think getting enough votes to a third party so that they can get campaign funds for the next election is VERY important). I actually like Obama and believe him to be more moderate than most give him credit for - but I'm tired of him toeing the party line and CANNOT stand Reid and Pelosi. I CANNOT stand behind the Entitled Nanny State they are creating.
I am mostly socially liberal; mostly financially conservative... yet I believe in traditional values and common sense - the degradation of both have lead to the sad state the country is in.
I don't believe in spending money that we don't have. When I did that, I had to file bankruptcy (at the age of 26 no less)... so I think it is not prudent to continue this track. But the republicans refuse to raise taxes - the only (simplified) solution is to cut spending and bring in more revenue; and the democrats refuse to create a budget O_o.
We keep seeing extremes from both parties - and they are the ones that are causing the crazy mess. The answer is someone, somewhere in the middle. A moderate who can understand and who can compromise - regardless of what it means for re-election.
There is no candidate that represents me and my values - both parties are corrupt and need overhauled. I don't know who I'll vote for; but I WILL vote and I will vote my conscience.... voting is a privilege that we may not always enjoy.

**btw, love the blog and love engaging in a lively debate! Have a great weekend!

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WILSON425 9/14/2012 9:58AM

    I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. So here's mine. Obama did NOT start the war. He is trying to do what is best for this country. And if we must bring religion into it, why not help the poor? the middle class? the elderly? the sick? What would Jesus do? I for one would like to give him another 4 years to sort out the mess this country is in. Nothing can happen overnight when it comes to government.

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GLC2009 9/14/2012 2:36AM

    God has no business in politics!! period......

the idea that God cares about you and your religion and if you pray hard enough your team, religion, church, horse, whatever, will win cuz you prayed to God is patently ridiculous.

Grab a brain. If you want to believe in God, fine. If you think God is going to favour you, cuz, you belong to the right religion, political party, race, creed, or colour...well, your a dope.

And politics should be based on reality.

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RUSSELL_40 9/13/2012 11:55PM

    I don't think Sunshine puts her thoughts into a blog so she can argue with you Jen. It is to get her thoughts out, and we can respond. A continued argument with others is useless. A blog is more like a journal, not a debate.

I think at the DNC the vote for God and Jerusalem lost, probably 50/50. I know 7 of the delegates, and they explained their position. It was a convention for America, of which Jerusalem is not part of, and they believe Israel can pick their own capitol without the support of the Democratic party. That is something for the U.N, and U.S to endorse, if they choose to do so. The other isabout separation of church and state. How can you have a separation, if you put God in your platform? All of my friends are Christian, but respect the right of people of other religions to not feel like second class citizens.. how would you like it if we had millions of immigrants flee the Middle East, and in 2030, Islam was the major religion? Would you be clamoring to add Allah into the convention platform? no? I guess it sucks to be in the minority!

Another one I love is the idea that God is on OUR side. God created the Earth in 6 days, and since then, has just been sitting around being on our side. I am sure the Romans thought the Gods were on their side too. In a war, both sides usually think God is on their side, but someone has to be wrong, correct? Jews, Muslims, and Christians all believe in God, so why does God pick us? Maybe it is time for us to earn it, and be peaceful.

The vote was not about whether they liked God and Jerusalem/Israel. It was about the fact that it shouldn't have been in their platform. Wasn't saying God bless America 100 times enough? Insinuating that Republicans love God more is just ridiculous.

Sunshine.. keep saying whatever you want.. I am on the side of people using their 1st amendment rights.. with you. Obama 2012!

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DARLY55 9/13/2012 7:33PM

    More power to you, Sunshine. That's what's so great about our country!

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CJSARGENT1 9/13/2012 7:13PM

    Obama has my vote too

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JENGRAMMER 9/13/2012 7:01PM

    Where am I? Not with you - I'm On the side of those who want to keep God and Jerusalem on the side of the USA.

That vote spoke loudly and clearly to all of America and the world telling the truth about the DNC.

Thank you.
If you don't want to talk to our team, why do you want to blog? are you afraid to have dialog where we can talk back? you hide here behind a one way monologue. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/13/2012 3:22PM

    Not with you! I totally disagree that Romney and Ryan are against the middle class. Obama is all for giving the poor which is totally wrong in my book

You asked, I answered. And I was even polite! emoticon

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/13/2012 3:20PM

    I am rooting for Romney and Ryan, and for a veto-proof Senate; however, I don't mind your blogs at all. If anyone doesn't like YOUR blogs, which reflect YOUR opinions (and also some good jokes), then one should simply not read your blogs.
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GLC2009 9/13/2012 2:56PM

    i'm not american, but, from what i see on tv, i can't believe the poor options you guys have. i can't even believe anyone would consider any of the goofs running against obama.
and, i can't believe how often i see/hear the criticizing of obama as if he single handedly ran the country into the ground. if i believed what i heard, i would think obama was given a fabulous government with no real problems or debt and he managed to totally f*$# it up in 4 short years!
talk about a spin on the truth.
i wish he hadn't wasted so much time trying to get along with others and had been more of a hard ass and forced his ideas more. so many of the other politicians have made it their mission to go against anything obama has tried to do, whether it's a good idea or not, if it's obama's idea they have said no.
at least that's what i perceive from my corner of the world. emoticon
and yes, it's your blog........say anything you want. anything at all.

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MISSDAISY23 9/13/2012 2:50PM

    Me, too! I agree with you that you are entitle to say what you want in your blog! Republicans are such good liars. A lot of Americans are so ignorant about the actual facts.


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CCHEF1 9/13/2012 12:38PM

    I support you saying what you want in your blog!



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MAKINANIMPACT 9/13/2012 12:33PM

    I'm with you darlin' ! We are in a key state in Colorado and the Prez seemingly has made this his 2nd home! I'm 5 miles from the base that he lands in and I see AF1 most times when he comes into town it sends chills. No matter what from what I've read Obama/Biden has done a lot to better things, and from what I've read on the other side it scares me to death to see what might happen if the pubs get in!



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MAKINGITCOUNT91 9/13/2012 12:24PM

    I agree with you completely! OBAMA 2012!

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AANGEL3 9/13/2012 11:59AM

    I'll stand by you! I sometimes go off on my blog too. Today might be one of those days.

Obama/Biden 2012!!

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ANOTHER_NEWDAWN 9/13/2012 11:55AM

    I stand by Obama as an American woman, but most importantly as a mother of a little girl who I want to grow up being able to make decision over her own life and body, and be an equal in her chosen career field!!! And as a the daughter of a mother who gets her income from disability and her health care from Medicare.

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WOUBBIE 9/13/2012 11:53AM

    Where am I? Standing with you, sister!

I'm glad to see that the guidelines allow this kind of blog. No one is ever forced to read it and you're not speaking for anyone but yourself.

You may have harsh words for the ultra-conservatives, but I see no "hate speech" here, as opposed to the crap you'll find on the conservative "team" forum. Ugh. Bigotry and mysogyny everywhere there, and they're still in business...

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PATRICIAANN46 9/13/2012 11:52AM

  Good for YOU!!!!!!!!!! And, emoticon again. If Romney and Ryan win, we are in for a world of hurt. I am from Wisconsin and fully realize how much Ryan has ALWAYS lied!!!

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JSPEED4 9/13/2012 11:50AM

    I have promoted the Libertarian Party for decades. They would not have let our nation lose it's best credit standing. They would not take-on SO many issues that are for the States to handle. They would not spend billions on helping nations filled with people who are devoted to "killing the infidels."

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DIET_FRIEND 9/13/2012 11:31AM

    I think it's weird that people criticize your comment. No one is forced to read it. I am with you that Obama may not be a perfect leader, but he's heads and shoulders above Romney. I think most mainstream GOP leaders aren't getting into the Romney game because they know he's a lost cause--they are just waiting for 2016.

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BEARGODDESS 9/13/2012 7:28AM

    I'm with you Gayle! The thought of where this country will go if Obama isn't re-elected is chilling. You absolutely have the right to say what you want to in your blogs. There are heavily religious blogs posted here at Spark all of the time. Although I am not a Christian, I respect the right of free speech for everyone.

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COACHPENNY 9/13/2012 5:24AM

    BTW.........from Sparkpeople "Using your Blog at Sparkpeople.com. Blogging Basics for SparkPeople Members"

-- By Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Community Leader

"According to Merriam-Webster, a blog is "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer."

"A blog is your own personal outlet, where you can voice your opinion, share your ideas, and reflect on the changes you're making."

"Your SparkPeople blog doesn't just have to be about your weight loss or health goals either. You can write or talk about a wide variety of topics that interest you."

AND..........from Community Guidelines....."The SparkPeople Community has millions of members. This means there are many different people with many different opinions about many different issues. If you see something posted that you do not personally agree with, please avoid the post as your first response instead of making a negative comment or reporting it – unless of course, it clearly a violates the Community Guidelines."

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COACHPENNY 9/13/2012 5:11AM

    Yes, it is and Yes we can....again. I'm with you Sunshine!

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ROSALIEESTHER 9/13/2012 4:38AM

    Yes! It its your blog and you certainly can say anything you want. It's fascinating that people think they can control your blog content.

I too consider this election a moral issue. I too support President Obama. Frankly, I cannot instated anyone thinking that it is even patriotic to support anyone else.

Vote Obama/Between in November - for the sake of America. Keep this country decent.

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The reputation of the US in Europe risks sinking back to Bush-era levels

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mitt Romney: only one in 20 of those surveyed in Britain, France and Germany held a positive view of him.

The reputation of the US in Europe risks sinking back to Bush-era levels of unpopularity if Mitt Romney becomes president, according to new international polling published on Tuesday.

Only around one in 20 of those surveyed in Britain, France and Germany by YouGov held a positive view of the Republican presidential nominee.

The poll of more than 12,000 people across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and China was prepared for the YouGov-Cambridge forum this week at which the Guardian is a media partner.

The results are a sign that affection for Barack Obama has diminished little since his 2008 speech in Berlin in which he promised to restore America's reputation on the world stage, even though, four years on, Guantánamo remains open and the US is still engaged in military action in Afghanistan.

But while Europeans had a strongly negative reaction to Romney, the prospect of him winning the White House was greeted with less dismay in Pakistan, where about 13% of respondents said it would make them more favourable to the US, compared to just 9% who said it would make them less favourable.

This is possibly a reflection of the anger towards the Obama administration over drone attacks which have led to civilian deaths and are viewed as an infringement of Pakistani sovereignty.

There was less antipathy, too, in the Middle East and north Africa, where only 8% said they felt a Romney presidency would make them feel less favourable towards the US.

Again, the reason for this may be more to do with negative feelings about the current administration, in particular its failure to mount a serious attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, than warmth for Romney.

But the most striking finding was the level of antipathy towards the Republican in Europe. Although he is still largely an unknown quantity outside the US, he alienated many during an ill-fated overseas trip in the summer, particularly in Britain, where he appeared to publicly criticise Olympic planning and the level of enthusiasm for the London games.

Forty-seven percent of UK respondents said a Romney victory would make them feel less favourable towards the US, and only 3% would make them feel more favourable.

That sentiment was mirrored in Germany and France, where only 4% and 5% respectively said that he would make them feel more favourable towards the US. In Germany, 48% said it would make them feel less favourable and in France 38%.

It was not just in Britain that Romney's overseas trip went down badly.

French daily Le Figaro, normally staunch conservative, ran a blog with the headline: 'Is Mitt Romney a loser?' In Poland, he was criticised by the Solidarity movement for being anti-unions.

A negative poll among Europeans can easily be brushed aside by the Romney campaign, as their views are unlikely to have any impact on the election. Indeed, he might even regard the results as helpful since many Americans, at least in public, claim to be disdainful about European views.

One of George Bush's successes in the 2004 campaign was to portray his opponent, John Kerry, as being too French in his tastes and manners. There was also a backlash against France over its opposition towards the Iraq war.

But the findings play into a larger question over Romney's foreign policy credentials. Little is known about his position on these issues, mainly because he has had little to say, espousing only three positions: support for Israel in the event of it bombing Iran; a threat to launch a trade war against China over alleged currency manipulation; and identifying Russia as America's main threat.

Romney's 30-strong team of advisers includes a large number of neo-conservatives from the Bush era, such as former UN ambassador John Bolton, one of the most public advocates of bombing Iran.

The Obama campaign team is seeking to exploit Romney's vulnerability in this area. One of the strongest sections of Obama's otherwise subdued speech to the Democratic convention last week was an attack on his opponent's lack of foreign policy experience.

On Monday, the Obama campaign fielded the former Nato supreme allied commander in Europe, General Wesley Clark, to criticise Romney for failing to include any mention of Afghanistan in his speech at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, a fortnight ago.

The Romney campaign has judged that foreign affairs is not important in a campaign dominated by the country's sluggish economy. But it will come up in at least one of the three presidential debates scheduled for next month.

Between 10-25 August 2012, YouGov questioned 12,693 adults across the US, Britain, Europe, the Middle East & north Africa (Mena), Pakistan and China. Data was weighted to be nationally representative of adult populations in Britain, US, France, Germany and the US. Data in Mena, Pakistan and China is representative of the online population.

Remarks from a friend...don't know if they are his remarks or quoted...nevertheless they're true...

  
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ALPHASENIOR 9/15/2012 11:35AM

    Still drinking your Kool-Aid.

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RUSSELL_40 9/13/2012 11:36PM

    Regardless if some Iranians thrived under the shah, we have meddled in that country's politics, cost thousands their lives... from the 50's to 1979. It is true that many of the last generation have a favorable view, but the older people have a less than friendly disposition towards America. If the roles were reversed, we would hate Iran just as much. Only through years of fair interaction between our two countries can we return to peace. Threatening to bomb them is not gonna make it happen.

America loves to make history, but we hate to study it. It's why our government can lie to us, and paint any enemy as a terrorist, or crazy religious nut, who hates us for no reason. Stop and ask yourselves if Iranians are different than us. No? so what do they want out of life? A good education, job, and peace for their family, as all humans do.

The hate there is the same as you here from certain Americans here. Talking about them as evil, till you dehumanize them, and make it seem ok to kill them. Unfortunately, as we are doing that here, what is the opposition doing? You got it! Exactly the same.

Difference is, we send out the army, and keep our rednecks at home, and in the Middle East, they have smaller armies, made for defense, so they keep them at home, and the" rednecks "run loose. Lets not judge 69 M Iranians by the few people who act out their rage, and understand those who protest, because we gave them good reason. Also remember that when they protest America, it isn't a bad thing. We allow protests here, even our own govt, and people burn American flags. For a country that we have wronged for decades, they have been very restrained.

Maybe because our politicians remember what they did, they advocate a strong military, just in case anyone tries anything. I think it is time to advocate strong diplomacy, and that is Obama's path too. Europe agrees with this, and that is why they are unfavorable when Romney is trying to live out the Bush legacy. Ending our two wars is a great start. We used to be loved in the world. We vaccinated India in 6 days, from smallpox.. 600,000 ppl. Can you imagine how much they loved America at that point? Much cheaper than bombs, and when you can afford to cut the military in half, since everybody doesn't hate you, you can even invest those Billions of dollars back into our infastructure, and education, so we can get back to one generation handing a better America to the next.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/13/2012 11:49AM

  emoticon Our country needs to wake up..........especially the Baby Boomers who have so much to lose if they don't.

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DIET_FRIEND 9/13/2012 11:36AM

    I don't know all the details Woubbie, I have heard that Iranians like Americans as a rule. I think a lot of this is propaganda. I think there were quite a few Iranians that thrived under the Shah. I just wish that Isreal could figure out a way to exist in that region without always being on the brink of a terrible war.

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ERIN1957 9/13/2012 6:36AM

    I support everyone and the right to express personal opinons on any subject! Whether I agree or disagree. This is your space and your place to do this such thing.

I believe these freedoms are for EVERYONE!

Bravo for you and your rights!

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COACHPENNY 9/13/2012 5:26AM

    BTW.........from Sparkpeople "Using your Blog at Sparkpeople.com. Blogging Basics for SparkPeople Members"

-- By Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Community Leader

"According to Merriam-Webster, a blog is "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer."

"A blog is your own personal outlet, where you can voice your opinion, share your ideas, and reflect on the changes you're making."

"Your SparkPeople blog doesn't just have to be about your weight loss or health goals either. You can write or talk about a wide variety of topics that interest you."

AND..........from Community Guidelines....."The SparkPeople Community has millions of members. This means there are many different people with many different opinions about many different issues. If you see something posted that you do not personally agree with, please avoid the post as your first response instead of making a negative comment or reporting it – unless of course, it clearly a violates the Community Guidelines."

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COACHPENNY 9/13/2012 5:07AM

    We are on a social network, commenting on Sunshine's personal blog. This blog is not subject to censorship by those that disagree with it's content.

It's one thing to post comments disagreeing with a blog. It's certainly not appropriate to attempt to bully and harass someone into not blogging about personal views.

I think you should report them Sunshine.

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ROSALIEESTHER 9/13/2012 4:49AM

    This blog is the perfect place for Sunshine to post her thoughts and concerns.

There is no way to refute what she has written here because she speaks the truth. The objective truth. These polls are not fiction - you want fiction? Go to Team Pinocchio, aka the Republicans and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in particular.

Even the Republicans know that Bush/Cheney ruined U.S. relationships all over the world. Heck, they aren't even poplar with Republicans - note their glaring absence from the Republican convention?

I think that the election of our President is the most important thing for any of us right now. But by all means, if that's not what you want to think about, please, on your blog, write about your most recent recipe.

Go Sunshine! Go Democrats! Go Obama/Biden.


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SUNSHINE65 9/13/2012 3:31AM

    We have already gone a long way to earn the trust of the world. Luckily the world (except the Arab right now) thinks of Obama much more positively than Romney!

The kingmakers were Rove and Cheney and the Supreme Court unfortunately went with the Repubs! Totally wrong!

This is my blog and I can talk about anything that is dear to my heart! Getting the vote out for Obama is my mission! Join me if you are a woman or you want healthcare for women, old people, the mentally retarded. I don't think of this as political....I think of it as a moral issue! Romney and Ryan are not moral....they lie and lie and lie! They hate the middle class and the poor.


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GRAMMAP1 9/12/2012 11:49PM

    Why don't you put these on a political thread? They could easily be refuted, but that is not what we are on here to do! I prefer your Sunshine "funnies". emoticon

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WOUBBIE 9/12/2012 10:33PM

    The best way to avoid terrorism is to stop doing things that make us hated in the first place.

I can guarantee that 99% of Americans don't know, for instance, that the initial cause of the Iranians hating us so passionately was because we orchestrated a coup that eliminated their democratically elected president and put a KING back on the throne. I think I'd be a little pissed too.

We have a long way to go to regain the trust and faith of the world.

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