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Government Shut Down = Integrity Shut Down

Webster’s defines the word Integrity as 1.) the quality of being honest and fair and 2.) the state of being complete or whole.  We are clearly and utterly lacking leaders with an iota of integrity left.  One segment of our government has created an internal value system, comparable to a petulant child’s, where blocking President Obama’s agenda at all costs is king.

Ridiculously immature, self-serving, ignorant politicians would rather let people’s lives unravel and forego medical and Gov pictechnological advances to further their own short-sighted, narrow agendas to bring down the other “team,” reducing us to a sports game. Over time they won’t win.  No matter if people choose to watch Fox News and listen to Rush Limbaugh & Co., reality IS different.  The economy IS getting better.  American demographics ARE getting browner.  LGBT individuals ARE speaking up and getting the respect and rights they reserve.  We do have a black president, and he kicks a$$.  He’s not perfect, but he IS a rarefied individual whom evokes respect and admiration the world over due to his collaborative leadership style and intellect – but if you watch Fox News and Sean Hannity, listen to Rush Limbaugh, etc., you wouldn’t know that – but then, if you watch or listen to those programs you wouldn’t want to believe that.

Prior to the shut down, our family was effected by the sequester.  My husband is working on solar-powered fabric, which could dramatically change how we do many things.  It could allow our military to be more nimble and mobile, using less resources – no need to haul around heavy generators through dangerous territories – tents could provide their energy.  Backpacks could provide energy for the military as well as civilian campers, hikers, etc.  Their second government-funded grant was denied because of the sequester.  They are now looking for funding elsewhere, but I know first-hand this nonsense has real negative impacts.  My heart goes out to all of the individuals not receiving the medical care they need, the kids who are missing meals and childcare (Head Start) and the parents who barely make ends meet who are having to send kids to live with relatives so they can maintain their minimum wage-paying jobs.

I cannot believe we have such a$$holes in positions of power who really are holding our country hostage under the guise of the debt ceiling because they can’t have their way.  Healthcare reform legislation passed and when opposed the Supreme Court deemed it constitutional.  And even though they can’t stop healthcare reform – it’s in, they will vindictively use whatever power they have or can buy to thwart actions by Democrats and the Administration at any costs to the American people.  And what are they trying to accomplish?  It’s hollow revenge fueled by conservative extremist megalomaniacs jeering each other on so feverishly that they don’t even realize they’re not simply hurting Democrats, they’re hurting ALL Americans and they will negatively impact some of they’re own friends and family in the process.  No matter what our political affiliation, we’re all connected.  And we all need a helping hand at one time or another, be it a government supplement or a bank loan.

Here’s a brief New York Times article by Thomas Friedman.  He succinctly poses that democracy itself is at risk given the calculated defiance of the Republican Party and specifically their Tea Party affiliates.

And another interesting article:

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“You’re one workout away from a good mood.”

This week has been rather momentous for me.  I finally got my a$$ back to the gym for regular workouts … and you know … exercise truly is all that it’s cracked up to be.  As I’ve learned for the gazillionth time, exercise will make you feel entirely better.  Like invasion-of-the-body-snatchers-better … EVEN IF YOU’RE EXHAUSTED.  And here I’ve put it in writing to remind myself and perhaps to encourage or inspire you to get your arse to the gym or get outside or run or ride your bike or do something.  But you have to push it. Lollygagging will get you nowhere.  Of course any exercise is better than no exercise, but you’ve got to get your heart rate up and those endorphins flowing to get the real mental benefit, which I would argue is where either inspiration or sabotage begins.  Just like the sign I saw today at the Y says “You’re one workout away from a good mood.”

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My Sunshine










Once you were only a wish, a dream

A treasure in my mind,

Until God gave you life through me,

Now you are my forever sunshine.

Gemma in her favorite hat