Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Diets, We are all on one -Try The Tom Cat Diet

The TomCat Diet says Strawberry Pie is OK

It's the truth..we all are on one diet or another. The South Beach Diet or The See - Food know - see it, eat it - Maybe you are on a starvation diet, by choice rather than by circumstance I hope, or my favorite...I developed it a couple years ago, the Budweiser Diet.

di·et : the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group

We may be on a Multicultural diet, Soul Food on Sunday, Italian on Monday, Chinese on Tuesday...etc, etc..

Or we may be on a diet fit for Cows.....Vegetarian.

Fried Chicken Cutlets are OK Too!!

Whatever it is that we eat, is our Diet. I no longer am on the "Budweiser Diet", it was fun while it lasted, it did cause me to shed some weight. I still think if I Published the Book men all over would be ripping it off the shelves... Seriously if someone told a guy to go on a diet and he went to the bookstore and saw..."Losing Weight with Fresh Vegetables" or "THE BEER DIET" , which one would he pick???


So why am I writing about diets...well, there are the 10 -15 pounds I'd like to say goodbye to for one. But when I was on the Treadmill every day and eating the "Right" foods it didn't seem to matter. Nothing changed...It reminds me of a friend of mine who has a cat that is sorta FAT. She exercises her cat making it run all over chasing a little pen light and feeds it the Lo Cal food but the cat doesn't change, it's still fat...

I feel like I'm kinda like a Tom Cat, while I don't really feel FAT, I want to shed a few pounds..So I am trying something new..The talking heads on television said that drinking red wine can be healthier than exercise...This is good news!!

Also, I heard that people often try to change too much in their diets only to revert back to there old eating habits...So the key is to just change one or two things in your diet...then it's easier to honor your commitment to the changes you make..

Awesome!! So here is my new Diet:

The Tom Cat Diet:

Less Exercise, more Red Wine and I am gonna cut cream out of my coffee!!

I'll let you know how it all works out!!

I'm calling it the Tom Cat Diet, unless someone can think of a better name!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dad's Home, Creepy Hospital Rooms, The Patriots Are Going to the Super Bowl

Well It's been busy around here...Dad got out of the hospital and is now under the strict guidance of Unit Number 1 (That's MOM) and believe me he better start listening!!

I talked to him this morning and told him that I was home nursing my cold, more than likely something I picked up visiting him at the hospital last week, and as I worked over the weekend I thought I'd stay in and recuperate today....

Looking back at the hospital, when dad finally got a room...30 hrs after getting to the emergency room..I have to say the room was kinda creepy. When I first went in it seemed quite spacious. It was a Corner room with 2 large windows looking out on the wooded hillside behind the hospital. I grabbed a chair next to the windows and then I noticed this....

Turkey Vultures...

Somehow it just doesn't seem right to have Turkey Vultures looking into you hospital me it's creepy.

It wasn't like there was just one either...

They were all over the place!!

Well Dad's home, we didn't let those stinking turkeys get em and on Sunday he saw Tom Brady and the Patriot's win their 18th straight win...That's one for the history books, and now they head to the Super Bowl to take on the NY Giants looking for their 19th straight win and 4th Super bowl victory in 7 years...

Boston vs NY does it get any better!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Steroids, Health Care and Spitting

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane." - - Dr. Martin Luther King

Today I switched on ESPN and saw George Mitchell talking to Congress about his report. The Congressmen and women were echoing each other other in their praise of former Senator Mitchell and his work on this Independent Investigation that he began 5 years ago at the request of Major League Baseball.

Many also said that while "This " (Steroid use by professional baseball players) was not the biggest issue that faced the country, it is important. If you are not a baseball fan you may ask yourself why is this so important???

That's easy people...It gives the Congress the ability to gather, tell someone (Mitchell) what a good job he did, and for a real Bipartisan Party where everyone agrees on something.

It's important because it shows a government working as a group, many on the same page. Come on now, this isn't about the individual players, this is about CHEATING, ILLEGAL DRUG USE and BAD EXAMPLES.

This gives Congressman the ability to stand or sit upon their soapboxes and say "It's about the Kids !!" and "We're here to save lives!!"

It almost made me sick to see these Republicans and Democrats suck up to each other over this issue. It's good I didn't, get sick that is, because I don't have Health Insurance!!

THAT is a big issue for me!!

I didn't need the Mitchell report to tell me athletes use drugs to get a competitive advantage... DUH

I don't need Congress to waste Tax Money...

Look at all the time these congressman took to research their questions for Mitchell!!

Look at all the damn aides around those Congressman!!

Look at all the friggin' lawyers in that room !!

Wouldn't it be better for the Children, the Country if all those blowhards were doing something like taking the profit incentives out of delivering Health Care to Americans.

The Media, The Congress, The Senate all try to say our system is better than the French, The English or Canadian Health Care Services....sorry..

Better How? Better for those with money, maybe.

My dad has his Medicare and Secondary Health Insurance. He's 79 and fell down yesterday and hurt himself. His doctor told us to bring him to the Emergency room at the local hospital.

He's still there, in the Emergency room !!

He's resting comfortably but in the Emergency room ??

They want to put him in a bed in the hospital, but there isn't one available..

That's true for another 5 patients staying in the ER with him.

No where to put them..Not enough staff to cover the beds. Believe me, there is plenty of room but STAFF costs too much and the HMO's won't cover the costs to care for the sick and injured...

Nope..Staff costs too much!!...Bottom Line, Health Care in America is FOR PROFIT..not for the sick.

Let's head back to Congress....BASEBALL Reform or HEALTH CARE Reform...

I think Baseball reform will precede any kind of Health care reform...WHY???

In 2003, Representative Conyers first introduced HR 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act (USNHI). This bill would establish a unique American universal health insurance program with single payer financing. As a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system that improves and expands the already existing Medicare program, it would be available to all U.S. residents, and all residents living in U.S. territories.

Every year since, the bill is re introduced...It first had 25 co-sponsors but the list has grown and now stands at 85 other congressmen and women.

It probably helps those Congressmen and Women look good to say they back this bill...the bill that gets introduced and then....what..Burned???

You would think this Bill wouldn't need to be introduced every year but it does, that seems like a needless amount of money spent, just changing all the dates and stuff?

All the TREES that went into that paper!!!

This is what happened to the bill in 2007 ...

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

(In English please!!!)
Referred to House Energy and Commerce
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Referred to House Ways and Means
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Referred to House Natural Resources

I wonder when it will get introduced in 2008??

Somewhere around Martin Luther Kings Birthday I suspect...makes good copy!!
Why not do something about it this year guys and Gals??

Personally I'd rather pay more taxes and have health care without all the Co-Pay and Deductibles.

I'd like to see Doctors working to make their patients healthy and be compensated for doing that.

I don't like seeing Doctors working for HMO's with fancy Titles like "Medical Directors" and getting bonuses for being "Good" at saving money for the HMO by denying CARE for the Insured.

Maybe we could solve the Steroid Problem at the same time..If we are all agreed that it is BAD for sports...and for KIDS.

Let's give them all health insurance and test them for steroids!!

Oh, and talk about Professional Baseball players being bad Role Models...What's up with all the damn spitting, never mind chewing tobacco??


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Survey Says!! Based on Poll from last POST

Well at the polls the votes are in and so far Aliens are ahead, it's early but I think the comments I received presented a few good ideas...While Men, Domestic Animals and Massage Oil didn't get many votes, "Animals in general" didn't get ANY votes as of this posting. I did eat a Hamburger tonight and last night it was chicken...I do care about animals in general...I tend to like my Steaks Medium Rare and my Chicken Crispy...mmm I'm getting hungry

Women did get twice the votes men got.

I must say I am much more interested in women than men !!

Women are so Smart and well they are WOMEN for cryin' out loud, the secrets out...I like em!!

Children did as well as women so they can't say no one is thinking about them, those little brats !!

Choo Choo steamed into the comment section on her "Crazy Train" and wanted me to write about politicians...As yet I haven't received any money from the 2008 Candidates who have collectively raised about 420 million dollars for their respective campaigns...I will endorse the first one that sends me, say, $1 MILLION DOLLARS, hell I write about them right on up to the big day..I might even vote for them...I figure, by taking all that money they are selling themselves out, to the Corporations and Special Interest Groups that really run the country.

Clearly my vote is FOR SALE, bidding starts at 1Million and I'll ask anyone who directly benefits from my "Vote Sale" to follow my lead at the polls. Until I get that money...I'm not going to talk about any of those wretched people. Oh Mike Gravel of AK and Alan Keyes of MD haven't even raised a million for their campaigns combined, so if I had to vote I'd probably vote for one of them...I like the underdog!!

Another comment from , "Hollywood" mentioned writing about the 43rd Parallel, interesting if obscure. By coincidence , the 43rd Parallel runs through New Hampshire where there is a big Presidential Primary going on tonight!!

Sharon had my favorite comment, She wondered why MASSAGE OIL wasn't getting the votes...Sharon, let me say this ...I don't know!! But I like Massage oil and You Like massage oil and .....

Oh, damn!! My communicator just beeped...The Mother Ship is Here.......I'll be BACK!!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

What to Write About??

You tell me, and if I didn't leave you the correct category...leave it in the comments. I promise to write about all the topics picked starting with the most popular as of January 14th...Please give me some ideas!!!