Dec 7, 2013 at 00:01:05
“Wow. Why so rabid? Nowhere in my post did I say *IMPOSSIBLE*. I was using my *scientific acumen and critical thinking* to illustrate that being obese carries a wide range of health issue (some that can only be measured in a therapists office, others that do not physically show up for decades down the road. No need to get snippy. Just voicing an opinion. Now put that doughnut down and move along.”
Dec 6, 2013 at 15:15:21
“Congratulations to you as well! It is a challenge isnt it? The body dysmorphic disorder. Yep, it is a whole other thing to tackle once you lose the weight and also plays into ones health. I do have a wonderful bariatric counselor. Without her...omg, I do not know how I would have handled the loss.
Food still does call but I know longer answer. I eat to live instead of the other way around. Thanks for the kudos. Please know they are returned!”
Dec 4, 2013 at 12:23:45
“IMO, no, you cannot be obese and healthy. You may test fine while obese but other factors are at play: the wear and tear on joints, the psychological factors that relate to over eating in general, etc. are still not really being addressed and may not be showing up as yet.
Having been morbidly obese most of my life and thinking myself very healthy with low blood pressure, normal testing and no problems, I lost 180 lbs. Now, years later, am having joint problems from carrying all the weight. I must work a little harder to build and keep muscle, and just because I lost the weight does not mean I had addressed the psychological reasons I was an over eater to begin with. I am working on that now.
Many factors go into being overweight: metabolics, fitness, psychological and more. ALL should be addressed when assessing the health of an overweight individual and long term studies should be done to see what ramifications result even when the weight has been lost.”
Sherry Sanders113 on Dec 6, 2013 at 22:34:35
“What nonsense! If it is IMPOSSIBLE to be fat and healthy, how come so many fat people live long and healthy lives w/o ANY of the problems you mention. NO study says every fat person will eventually get heart disease, diabetes, have joint problems or any other ailment. All they say is that fat people are at a higher risk. And many fat people do not overeat, mother nature simply designed them to be more calorie efficient. The real problem is how uneducated and easily manipulated we are! A population devoid of scientific acumen or critical thinking ability!”
“Is anyone really surprised at Boehnors response? Congress with the lowest popularity in history, being *anti* almost anything the President is for, being against women, fair wages, job creation,health care, cutting SNAP- he just simply believes the words that come out of his mouth whether they are truthful or not. He is still trying to appeal to both sides of the Republican aisle. He and they will lose in the elections going through to 2016 if they do not find another message and ditch the Tea. I, for one, hope he stays the course. Would love to see more Dems in Congress and again in the White House. A Democratic Gov in Texas would be the icing on the cake.”
natchez on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:30:32
“My sentiments exactly.... F&F
From a Blue Heart in the Red State of Mississippi”
“What we have really had in the past are Q&As. I would like to see true debates and back and forths on the issues with the moderators holding the candidates pants to the fire in order to make them answer the questions directly instead of attacking their opponents or dancing around an issue.
Of course, the right would love to have their Rick Perrys, Sarah Palins and Michelle Bachmans in debates styles that will not produce the ridiculous *oops* kind of moments but those are important and unavoidable.
Whichever format they choose, if a voter depends on upon debates alone, shame on them. Do your due diligence on each and every candidate (from several sources) from local to federal elections.”
“Of course he would change them but as a loyal GOP guy, he does not elaborate or go on to say how. My guess is he would eliminate them as his showing was so poor. Personally, while I gleaned little info from them in terms of details, it was interesting watching the fumbling and mumbling.”
Just another Tax Payer on Nov 21, 2013 at 19:13:16
“The speech in N. H was pretty good. He cuddled that bottle of syrup like a bottle of Southern Comfort.”
“People deserve the government they elect. Many people vote with no thought about what the candidates ideology is, what their stances are on important issues and have little intellectual curiosity as to who they are voting for.
Was the candidate deceptive? I believe so but clearly the voters should have done their part as well. The right to vote doesn't just mean pulling a lever or filling in a ballot, it is taking the time to know who and what you are voting for.”
“And who do you think will pay for the uninsured who frequently must use the ER for medical services? Floridians via taxes.
Why any Governor would want to deny their citizens decent health insurance is beyond me. Really. Here in Texas, the state high risk pool is a joke and totally unaffordable. Yet Perry seems to relish in the fact that he continually pushes against the ACA when we have the highest number of uninsured Texans (and children).
We pay for it one way or another. I believe all states should embrace the law that is the ACA. As a native Texan, I fight for that right here in my state. I hope Floridians do the same.”
“Texas CAN afford it and definitely needs the ACA. Before you say the state cannot afford it, look up the facts: The Federal Government pays 100% of expansion costs for the first three years and 90% thereafter until 2022. There is NO excuse for remaining the number one state with the most uninsured people. Shameful!”
“And you don't think that the Alcohol industry is a major lobbying group? Prohibition didn't work and outlawing marijuana doesn't either. Not everybody drinks and most can do so responsibly. Same with marijuana.”
“No. Cruz, the Tea Party vs. the GOP: that is all about power and who is going to control it. This is about the power of a moderate conservative to come forward and try to keep the country moving: to keep a conversation and volley of ideas going on at least one particular issue. I hope others join in. Its the power to change the way things have been done in Washington the past five years and for the GOP to break away from the TP which would be good for their re-branding.”
“The actions of Congress have made everyone on both sides of the shutdown/debt ceiling issue a little anxious and angry. I cannot imagine working amongst all that nonsense and not going a little off balance. Speaks volumes for the need for mental health advocacy and support.”
I love your optimism and, in truth, if it wasn't for the game of political ping pong that I seem to read about daily, perhaps I might have posted differently. It has been frustrating to watch and, has purposefully gone on far too long, IMO. But I DO believe in the end a deal will be made as more moderate heads will prevail - even the loony ones.
Even though I am a Texas gal, I have a Missouri mentality: *Show Me!* with a finalized press release, joint statement,- something final and with substance. I so dislike the political parsing of yes we have deal or no we don't.
Here's looking for good news today. You're a lovely writer and it is so nice to have a congenial back and forth. Thank you.
You have a wonderful day, LeeSColes. :)”
LeeSColes on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:45:03
“Hello and good morning to you, Ms. Blue Longhorn:)! Well, I was up pretty late last night, and am finally awake enough to remember how to type and read! And, as it turns otu, being on West Coast time, I find that a deal has been reached, though it hasn't made it through the two houses of Congress yet. I am going to be keeping an eye on things, of course, so we'll like be chatting again soon:). Thank you for the compliments! My advanced English Comp. teacher would be very happy to hear you say that, though, after all the work he put into my writing, he might be expecting it:). It was a brutal class, but one of the best I ever took! Anyway, it has been and continues to be my pleasure in conversing with you:). Let's hope for the best regarding the deal and how it fairs through the process of being accepted by Congress! It seems to satisfy the critical aspects of what I was looking for without, as they are now saying, "paying ransom" to the GOP:). Talk with you again soon:)! Lee”
"imminent" does not signal "done and finalized" to me especially when it leaves open a chance for a 30 hr consideration by a single member. It is so darn close! Please correct me if I am reading something into this that is incorrect. Thanks, LeeSColes! :)”
LeeSColes on Oct 16, 2013 at 01:15:12
Well, you are indeed correct! "Imminent" does not mean a done deal. That is an assumption on my part that is based on a sort of feeling for what seems to be going on in a more global, rather than specific, sense.
First, there is the optimism expressed in the article you were thoughtful enough to provide the link to. Then there is the optimism expressed by Obama in talking about what he plans to focus on AFTER these two issues are resolved, at least for now. There is the sort of resignation I feel in the article associated with the House GOP FINALLY caving in on the two issues and the abdication of the House leadership to hope to come to some sort of consensus of their own that they could once again try and present to the Senate. Finally, there is this article that got us started talking and the sense that just about everybody KNOWS, even if they don't want to accept it and would rather throw a temper tantrum while the votes are being cast, that they need to get these two issues resolved before we pass the default deadline.
Yes, I realize that quite a few loons within the GOP have said really stupid things about passing the deadline being no big deal. But, the smart money, even if they are a bit delusional about certain issues, is backing and, possibly, forcing the GOP members to capitulate for the sake of all of us.”
“Very true. But it isn't any less disgusting than those still hoping to hammer something out tomorrow (and not coming in until noon, at that!) Appalled...simply appalled.”
LeeSColes on Oct 15, 2013 at 23:25:34
“Hiyas Blue Longhorn, what are you referring to about tomorrow and "hammering something out?" It was my understanding that the Senate will be presenting a proposal to the Senate tomorrow that is expected to pass and then be sent on to the House where Boehner will see that it gets to the floor for a vote as quickly as possible. Since it seems apparent that it will pass the House at that time, then we should be out of the woods, for the most part, very soon. Have you heard something to the contrary? If so, please share it with me/us:). Thanks!”
“Have been reading that Boehner has a last ditch plan up his sleeve and found this this morning:
"Boehner has told fellow Republicans he has “something up his sleeve.” The most chilling possibility, floated this morning by a source to National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru, is that the House could pass its small-ransom bill and then leave town. No other sources have confirmed this speculation yet, but it would be an incredibly dangerous form of brinksmanship. Leaving town after passing the bill would make the small ransom the House’s final offer before default. It would force the Obama administration either to sign the bill, and make debt-ceiling extortion a permanent part of the new constitutional architecture, or else allow default."
If he does this, he would bring a new level of *low* to himself and his party. If he thinks Americans wouldnt see through this for the ploy that it is, he is sadly mistaken. The default would STiLL be blamed on the GOP/TP. They have known the *no ransom* policy for months just as have the American people. Voters would see this as the biggest cut & run in recent history and the blame would rightly fall with those who do the running. Wont work Boehner. No.where.to.hide.”
i the ys on Oct 15, 2013 at 13:59:29
“The only thing that Speaker Bohner has up his sleeve is another bottle of booze.”
Mimi Champlin on Oct 15, 2013 at 13:53:51
“Should this occur, I believe that they would all be in physical jeopardy.”
“"There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do," -John Boehner two days before the shutdown.
The answer is quit pussyfootin' around looking for ways to appease everyone but the American people and just take a darn vote on a clean CR. You HAVE the votes.
Leave the ACA out of it, leave the TP out of it (because you are already in their sights so it wont make a bit of difference) and do the right thing by America and her people. How can you NOT know what you are going to do two days before a govt. shut down when you have been given the parameters and NOtHING you have come up with thus far passes muster. Boehener, you know what to do. Just do it! There are no other decisions to be made except for how far this can is unfortunately going to be kicked down the road.”
wheezell on Oct 15, 2013 at 13:20:53
“Agreed. Allowing a vote to be taken is the clear simple solution (that has been sitting there since before the shutdown) that should have been implemented. A return to making raising the debt ceiling a procedural vote is the additional step needed to avoid creating the greatest exhibition of ineptitude by our government seen in many years.
These are the things Congressman Boehner would pursue if he had enough sense to decide to lead and a desire to do what is truly in the best interest of America.”
“"...as a two-year repeal of the medical device tax and a provision eliminating the employer health-care contribution for members of Congress and White House officials."
I find it bitterly difficult to understand why the John Boehner is still trying to court the likes of Cruz and other members of the TP. They are the main source of his headaches! If no deal is reached because thwarting any efforts at the ACA (to appease the TP) at the expense of American obligations is made, I will truly be astounded. It will surely show where allegiances lie with the GOP/TP and it isn't with America, the American people or the American constituency.
I do not want to see a default but by the same token, I hope the President remains steadfast in his statement that there will be no hostage taking.
“That was quickly followed by, "Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans does just that in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first place."
They can demand all they want but there are two options: demand at their peril or default. Neither option is is good for the GOP/TP. They need to let go of their hostages and drop this senseless attack on the ACA and do their job of funding the govt. (which is their job) or risk being blamed for the default.”