Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Political ...

I honestly do not know if this is a joke, or if it is serious. But I have to say I laughed and laughed when I read it. Full disclaimer ... I am a Democrat. I am a fan of President Obama. I also think that there are bigger issues to focus on in our country right now than if/why/how could Beyoncé lip-sync the National Anthem. In the wise words of Caprice Crane (I follow her on the Twitter) "If you can tell me one valid reason why Beyoncé lip-syncing a song affects your life, I will buy you your very own unicorn." With that I present you the article I read this morning about ... well here it is

Posted by Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – A rising chorus of congressional Republicans are calling on President Obama to acknowledge that the pop singer Beyoncé lip-synched during his inaugural festivities on Monday and resign from office, effective immediately.

“By lip-synching the national anthem, Beyoncé has cast a dark cloud over the President’s second term,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).  “The only way President Obama can remove that cloud is by resigning from office at once.”

While many in the media have blamed Beyoncé for the lip-synching controversy, Mr. Paul said, “We must remember that this happened on President Obama’s watch.”

Mr. Paul said that the White House’s refusal to comment on the Beyoncé crisis “only serves the argument that this President has something to hide.”

“If Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem, how do we know President Obama didn't lip-sync his oath of office?” he said. “If that’s the case, he’s not legally President. But just to be on the safe side, he should resign anyway.”

Mr. Paul also blasted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her testimony on Benghazi before the Senate today: “Her tactic of answering each and every question we asked her didn't fool anyone.”

I laughed right out loud. Pardon me while I put on my sarcastic pants ... Alright, I get that not everyone in the world is a fan of President Obama. I get it, but this ... this is just the most fantastic thing I have read since the whole big issue about his birth certificate. Thank heavens Kelly Clarkson did not lip-sync too or they would be calling for Vice President Biden to step down as well.  And Secretary Clinton how dare you answer all of their questions at the Senate investigation. How dare you, ma'am! I am hoping that this is one of those "Not everything you read on the internet is true" moments. I am trying to decide if my favorite bit of this is the part about if President Obama lip-synced the Oath of Office or ragging on Secretary Clinton for answering all of the questions posed to her or this being called "the Beyoncé crisis." It makes me wonder if Senator Paul knows that President Obama was actually sworn into office the day before the Inauguration (Jan 20) as mandated by Amendment 20 of the Constitution so what we saw was pretty much just for show. Alright, I take off my sarcastic pants now.

With the nation's debt, unemployment numbers, low funding for educational programs, war, domestic violence, poverty, and energy issues (not to mention that there are other things that matter more to me like finding a cure for cancer or tackling the nation's health and obesity issues) are we really fussed if a singer lip-synced a song? I am not. I could care less if Beyoncé was in fact a robot or alien sent from another planet to perform at the Inauguration. Bravo for the White House's refusal to comment. I think it shows that it is a non-issue; not that it is a conspiracy cover up. For crying out loud. If our leaders and media spent this much attention on real issue maybe something would be accomplished in Washington this year besides partisan fighting and name calling. 

End rant. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


The thing about the cyberweb is that things happen that are intentional and not intentional. I have a blog that is private to me where I post things that are not for the general population; it is a weight loss blog that I have started. I post very intimate and personal things there. I was writing a blog post for that blog and inadvertently posted it here. It had some things in it that I would never share with the general public. So I quickly deleted it. The thing is, that nothing that is published on the interwebs is ever really gone is it? So those of you who follow me on readers may be able to read a blog post that I had no intention of ever publishing to the world at large. I respectfully ask that if you do get access to that blog post on a reader that you respect how hard it was for me to blog about what I did, in regard to being fat and trying to lose weight, even though I thought it was a private blog post. I know that my friends, who are true friends, will keep what they read confidential. I also know that there are some people I do not know that follow my blog, for whatever reason, and have no clue who I am and how hard that was for me to write. I also know that many of you might think "Oh crap! I wish I could have read what she is talking about, what is she talking about?" Maybe one day I will be brave enough to share it with the world at large. Right now I am not that brave and ask for the respect of those who will read it to take it for what it was intended: A private blog post. I am literally sitting in my office crying because of how mortified I am it. So there you have it. That happened. I need to move on from it. And now I rely on the kindness of strangers ... and most importantly friends ... to accept it and me for what I am.

The end.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

MMRF Week 1

It has been a week since I registered for the MMRF fundraising team to run in the Las Vegas marathon. I have found out the race is November 17, 2013. I will be running the half marathon since the finish time for the full is 4 hours 30 minutes. The half gives me 4 hours to finish. I am registered for the race, I have paid my money, there is no turning back now!

To get started training I have been doing a Couch to 5K program. I am running 3 times a week right now. It is slow, it is not for long periods of time, and it is awesome! I am running. I had a physical with my doctor yesterday to make sure that I am cleared to do this exercise, and I am feeling really good about it. I have also been tracking my food using My Fitness Pal.

Please notice the link on the right of the blog to donate to the MMRF fund for my run. My brother and sister are also running. We each need to raise $1,500 for the foundation, which will be at least $4,500 for research!

Thanks to everyone who has already encouraged me in this effort and/or donated. I am having a ball with it!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Taking Action

Followers to this blog know that Mom has cancer. They also should know by now that Cancer Sucks! My family decided to help raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation by joining the marathon team to run in the Vegas marathon on December 1, 2013. Each runner has a goal to reach of $1,500 by then. That is $125 a month that I need to raise.

In order to help with this they have set me up a fundraising website. I now, unashamedly, solicit help from my friends, family, and random blog stalkers to accomplish this goal. Little bits add up, big amounts are always welcome.

Mom getting her second stem cell transplant Jan 2012
Would you visit: My Donation Site and learn more about my efforts and, if able, make a donation to help me with my goal? I also appreciate any help you can by passing on this information to your contacts. The fact of the matter is that multiple myeloma has no cure. With some cancers, like skin or breast when caught early,  the cancer patient will have surgery, chemo, and/or radiation and can be cured. With multiple myeloma the patient can be treated but it is incurable. To me that is just unacceptable and devastating. This means that I will, more than likely, lose my mother to cancer. This cancer is in the blood, so it is throughout her body. Her bones are brittle and break easily. She is 5 inches shorter than she used to be. She walks hunched over. While the money we raise now probably will not save her life, I hope that it can save the lives of numerous people who are diagnosed with this cancer in the future. Please join me in raising this money.

In other news, I now have to get ready to run a half marathon in 12 months. Challenge accepted!