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Monday, August 27, 2012

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MYREALANA 8/28/2012 9:43PM

    11/11. 87th percentile.

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Just so you know....from a reliable source

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Paul Ryan's Top 10 Falsehoods and Outrages... from Just His First Week on the Campaign Trail

Ryan's early roll-out for campaign 2012 has been quite the disaster.

August 22, 2012

1. Ryan’s position opposing abortion even in cases of rape, and his attempts to define cytoblasts as legal ‘persons’ (which would outlaw all termination of pregnancies and some forms of birth control) came under scrutiny when Republican Todd Akin, running for the Senate in Missouri, provoked a furor. Akin said he opposed abortion even in cases of rape because in ‘legitimate rape’ the woman’s body rejects fertilization. Akin’s insensitivity to a situation that affects a third of a million American women every decade, plus his ignorance of Biology 101, drew widespread condemnation. Mitt Romney put out a statement that both he and Ryan believed abortion was permitted in case of rape. Problem: Ryan has repeatedly opposed that position and appears to agree with Akin more than with his running mate.

2. Ryan keeps attacking Prsident Obama’s stimulus program now. But in 2002 when then President George W. Bush proposed stimulus spending, Ryan supported it. “What we’re trying to accomplish today with the passage of this third stimulus package is to create jobs and help the unemployed,” Ryan told MSNBC in 2002.

3. Even more embarrassing, in 2010, Ryan asked for $20 million in stimulus money from Obama for companies in his district, then repeatedly denied requesting stimulus funds. He finally admitted he had done so, but continues to slam the stimulus program as a failure (even though the economy pulled out of a Depression as a result of it).

4. Ryan slammed President Obama for the closure of an auto plant that closed in late 2008 under George W. Bush. Ryan’s running mate, Mitt Romney, opposed Obama’s actual auto bailout, which was a great success and returned Detroit to profitability.

5. When Ryan was challenged on his lack of foreign policy credentials, he replied that he had ‘voted to send men to war.’ That is, he is boasting that his support of the illegal and disastrous Bush invasion and occupation of Iraq qualifies him to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. The Iraq War left over 4,000 US service personnel dead, over 30,000 seriously wounded, and likely hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead; failed to uncover any weapons of mass destruction, contributed to the US debt, and led to the takeover of Iraq by Shiite elements close to Iran, who are now helping Iran get around US sanctions. Does Ryan really want to run on that record of foreign policy ‘success’?

6. Paul Ryan charges that Barack Obama has ‘stolen’ $700 billion from medicare for his Obamacare. In fact, these expense reductions do not cut Medicare benefits, and, moreover, Romney and Ryan supported these reductions! The difference is that they would give the savings to the affluent, whereas Obama uses them to cover the presently uninsured.

7. Ryan, seeking the youth vote, was foolish enough to list “Rage against the Machine” as one of his favorite bands. Band leader Tom Morello lambasted him, saying Ryan is the embodiment of the machine against which they are raging. Face it, Ryan, you are stuck with Megadeath and Ted Nugent.

8. It became clear that under Ryan’s tax plan, Gov. Mitt Romney would pay less than 1% in annual federal taxes, highlighting Romney’s already low rate compared to ordinary Americans (slightly lower than Ryan’s own!) and putting the spotlight back where Ryan’s appointment was supposed to misdirect it.

9. It turns out Ryan and his wife own shares in oil and gas companies that indirectly benefit from tax breaks for Big Oil that he wants to keep in the federal budget.

10. Ryan continues to push his longstanding plans for a steal-from-the-elderly-and-give-to-the-ric
h medicare plan, which President Obama warned would cost ordinary recipients over $6000 a year extra. Politifact checked and rated Obama’s charge as correct, though they noted that the figures referred to CBO analyses of Ryan’s last plan, not his ‘new’ one, which hasn’t been subjected to similar analysis. Ryan certainly recently put forward a plan that would cost ordinary people that much extra.

Juan Cole is a professor of history at the University of Michigan and maintains the blog Informed Comment.

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NAYPOOIE 8/27/2012 12:47PM

    Since it is clear from the first sentence that this is a political blog, it is easy for someone who doesn't want to read about politics to move on and ignore it.

As for presenting both sides, how about debating here in the comments instead? I think we can be civilized about it.

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COACHPENNY 8/27/2012 12:42PM

    Yes, those that disagree can take their BULLY tactics, head over to their own page and post their dismay ON THEIR OWN BLOG. No one is dragging you over to this blog to participate.

The fact that a number of you have decided that it serves some healthy interest to attempt BULLY another sparkperson into submission is further proof that your priorities are skewed. This is how you promote HEALTH?.......seeking out someone else's PERSONAL BLOG en mass to BULLY, criticize and sensor a post that is not agreeable with your agenda?

That is about as unhealthy as it gets. I suggest that you direct your energies toward more appropriate activities.

Comment edited on: 8/27/2012 12:43:14 PM

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4EVRYOUNG 8/27/2012 12:11PM

  Spark Teams and Spark Personal Blogs are for those that want to discuss subjects other than fitness and nutrition. For those that aren't looking for versatility "JUST DON'T READ THEM!"

For those that want "Fair and balanced" you should write your own blog to counter.

Sunshine, you write many interesting blogs covering a variety of subjects some of which I find very enlightening. Keep up the good work.

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MYREALANA 8/27/2012 10:17AM

    Wow, I find it absolutely unbelievable that people think they have the right to tell you what you can and can't post in your personal Sparkblog.

Nice post, Sunshine. Keep it up!

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TBOGENER 8/27/2012 10:02AM

    I agree and I am glad you are so well versed and can express it. However, are you trying to help your Democratic party with volunteering like I did. I wanted to make sure the homeless people in my community were registered to vote. I met with an Obama campaign person. She evidently didn't agree. I didn't hear anymore about it until she wanted me to host a fund raising event in my neighborhood. My hood, hasn't the money to donate, they all do have the ability to vote if registered and probably who had the kindness to seek them out and registered them would win their vote. Especially, when in Florida we had two in our backyard who we fed. In case some do not know, FL can be quite chilly in January down in the 50's. No, you don't die from it but it isn't comfy either. The thought of the homeless now in the rain of Isaac is disturbing to me. This republican held state, the poor have been disenfranchised on the backs of the wealthy who come to get out of the snow and play golf or boat Your article was on track but there is so much as dem voters we can do for the party other than rhetoric. I also agree that if the talent shows can go by way of computer and telephone voting......can't we just get down to the person and his/her record and do away with party. There is so much bad in the worst of us, and so much good in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to go around talking about the rest of us. emoticon Have a sparkling day!

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BRIDIE5 8/27/2012 8:18AM

  The thing about one's blog is that one shares what is personal and important to oneself. Nobody is forced to visit or read another person's blog, and they don't get to choose what the other person gets to talk about. They can make those choices in their own blog! Should we not agree with THEIR blog subjects? We do not have to visit or read their blog! Yay! Personal freedom! What a concept!

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123ELAINE456 8/27/2012 4:48AM

  You need to present both sides. Not just one side. Have a Fair and Balanced Blog for Democrats and the Repubicans. Equal Time for Both Sides. Why don't you do one on Vice President Biden? God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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DRB13_1 8/27/2012 12:44AM

    Nice summary.
The way we elect people - and the trend to negative advertising - is keeping the really qualified people away. Who would want to go through (or put their families through) these outrageous attacks? And isn't it making the population jaded? If all you "hear" are "bad things" about people running for office, don't you think they are all unqualified or feel less inclined to bother to vote "for the lesser evil"?
I propose (especially in light of the Citizens United BUYING OF AN ELECTION) that we abolish all political parties and have everyone run on their own credentials and plans for the country. Then we vote for the best person, and everyone elected works for the GOOD of the country instead of against "the other team." We DO have what it takes to accomplish major amazing things in this country - we just don't have a system to make that happen.

Under Paul Ryan and the GOP's efforts to push "personhood amendments," miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy would be criminalized and women will die because people will be afraid to treat a woman with a positive pregnancy test who is hemorrhaging. It is already happening - Florida documented more deaths from ectopic pregnancies in one year than had occurred nationally in the statistics of the previous year available.

Thanks for sharing your blog.

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WOUBBIE 8/26/2012 10:43PM

    Amen, sister! Point number one alone is a health and wellness issue.

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KICK-SS 8/26/2012 10:42PM

    I didn't think that Spark People was a political arena?

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COACHPENNY 8/26/2012 10:09PM

    Keep up the good works Sunshine! I will share this as well.

This campaign by aggressive, teapot harpies should be seen for what it impotent attempt to sensor you on your own blog. Obviously, it's not working.

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UMUCGRAD 8/26/2012 9:49PM

    Ryan seems to be quite fit and healthy.
That is what this site is about.

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MARYB73 8/26/2012 9:35PM

    I enjoyed and shared your blog. I did not find it political - maybe because I am not a Ryan Romney supporter.

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STUDLEEJOE 8/26/2012 8:43PM


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Feline Physics

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Law of Cat Inertia - A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force - such as the opening of cat food, or a nearby scurrying mouse. 

Law of Cat Motion - A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really good reason to change direction. 

Law of Cat Magnetism - All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

Law of Cat Thermodynamics - Heat flows from a warmer to a cooler body, except in the case of a cat, in which case all heat flows to the cat.

Law of Cat Stretching - A cat will stretch to a distance proportional to the length of the nap just taken.

Law of Cat Sleeping - All cats must sleep with people whenever possible, in a position as uncomfortable for the people involved, and as comfortable as possible for the cat.

Law of Refrigerator Observation - If a cat watches a refrigerator long enough, someone will come along and take out something good to eat.

Law of Electric Blanket Attraction - Turn on an electric blanket and a cat will jump into bed at the speed of light.

Law of Random Comfort Seeking - A cat will always seek, and usually take over, the most comfortable spot in any given room.

Law of Bag/Box Occupancy - All bags and boxes in a given room must contain a cat within the earliest possible nanosecond. 

Law of Cat Embarrassment - A cat's irritation rises in direct proportion to her embarrassment times the amount of human laughter.

Law of Cat Disinterest - A cat's interest level will vary in inverse proportion to the amount of effort a human expends in trying to interest him. 

Law of Pill Rejection - Any pill given to a cat has the potential energy to reach escape velocity. 

Law of Cat Composition - A cat is composed of Matter + Anti-Matter + It Doesn't Matter.

Law of Cat Elongation - A cat can make her body long enough to reach just about any counter top that has anything remotely interesting on it. 

Law of Cat Obstruction - A cat must lay on the floor in such a position to obstruct the maximum amount of human foot traffic.

Law of Cat Acceleration - A cat will accelerate at a constant rate, until he gets good and ready to stop.

Law of Dinner Table Attendance - Cats must attend all meals when anything good is served. 

Law of Rug Configuration - No rug may remain in its naturally flat state for very long.

Law of Obedience Resistance - A cat's resistance varies in proportion to a human's desire for her to do something. 

First Law of Energy Conservation - Cats know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and will, therefore, use as little energy as possible. 

Second Law of Energy Conservation - Cats also know that energy can only be stored by a lot of napping.

Law of Milk Consumption - A cat will drink his weight in milk, squared, just to show you he can. 

Law of Furniture Replacement - A cat's desire to scratch furniture is directly proportional to the cost of the furniture.

Law of Cat Landing - A cat will always land in the softest place possible; often the mid- section of an unsuspecting, reclining human.

Law of Fluid Displacement - A cat immersed in milk will displace her own volume, minus the amount of milk consumed.

And this one suggested by Spark Friend: GINNJEN1974

Law of Cat Therapy: A cat will find a non-cat-lover and make themselves at home on that person's lap.

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MISSDAISY23 8/27/2012 11:04AM

    emoticon for sharing!

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MYREALANA 8/27/2012 10:22AM

    You think it's hard to give a cat a pill? My Balinese had surgery on his face and needed eyedrops four times a day in addition to pain meds and antibiotics. I got the hang of the pills and liquid syringes, but eyedrops? Give me a break. Even putting him in the "purrito" didn't help.

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*MADHU* 8/27/2012 3:52AM

    Love these emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 8/26/2012 7:39PM

    Wow, someone knows cats very well. I agree with all of them. I have a brother that is a fastidious dresser and hates Kitties have always welcomed him with rubbing their fur and leaving some on his pant legs. So I especially applaud the last one. emoticon

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PAMATX 8/26/2012 2:05PM

    Very cute. And true!

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123ELAINE456 8/26/2012 12:36PM

  Awesome!!! Feline Phyics. How true and purrrrrrfect these laws are. God Best You and Have a Wonderful Week. Thank You for sharing these with us.

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DMF2012 8/26/2012 11:14AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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ALICERIEGER 8/26/2012 10:15AM


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COACHPENNY 8/26/2012 9:36AM

    A cat will find any stray ray of sunshine to sprawl in...preferably in the middle of a doorway or on the dining room table.

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TWEETYKC00 8/26/2012 8:34AM

    Good cat laws! lol.

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BEARGODDESS 8/26/2012 8:09AM

    Very true! emoticon

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GINNJEN1974 8/26/2012 7:58AM

    SO true lol

There should also be one about how a cat will find a non lover of cats and go make them self at home on said persons lap.

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ATLTRAINR 8/26/2012 7:43AM


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MRE1956 8/26/2012 7:37AM

    So true!

emoticon = emoticon

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The choice is Love or a worn out thought pattern.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Any time you are in thoughts of drama, of past,
of events in the now it is so simple to step away.
Make a simple choice to leave the thought for a moment,
drop it, no matter what, and affirm
“I AM Love Incarnate”.
Feel the love, it will be there within you. Then simply move on.
Love is HERE. It is within you and flowing into you.
Watch the miracles happen as all the old fades.
You have called Love and it has COME.
Use it as often as you can.
Feel it anywhere and everywhere.
The choice is Love or a worn out thought pattern.
NO CONTEST for me.

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MISSDAISY23 8/27/2012 11:06AM

    emoticon for the emoticon poem!

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BEARGODDESS 8/26/2012 8:13AM

    Beautiful Gayle! emoticon emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 8/26/2012 7:33AM

    Beautiful poem,
Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 8/26/2012 6:53AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LYNMEINDERS 8/26/2012 4:44AM

    Great Poem...thankyou

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123ELAINE456 8/26/2012 4:40AM

  I Love the Peom very much. Thank You very much for sharing it with us. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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Things to do with your pricey iPhone or amdrois

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Try the cut and paste method...

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ROSALIEESTHER 8/26/2012 8:21PM

    Sorry, the link didn't work for me.

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123ELAINE456 8/26/2012 3:46AM

  Internet Explorer cannot display the page. This is what the page said.
May I suggust you try putting the link in again and see what happens then. It is not working the way it is now. Good Luck with it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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KICK-SS 8/26/2012 1:44AM

    It wouldn't let me go there... ?

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