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Cheating America- 25 CEOs who make more than their companies pay in taxes

March 19, 2012

This is unbelievable, folks!

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Orlando Liberal Examiner
August  2011

The growing gap between the rich and the poor in the United States is at an all time high. Over the last thirty years, since the destructive Reagan Administration, the once proud middle class that helped build the country from the ground up has taken a beating. As big business has bought its way into the pockets of our elected officials, the “average Joe” has been the one who has really been paying the price. Since the 1980s, the rate of CEO pay has sky rocketed while the rate of the worker has stayed stagnant. More Americans have lost their jobs as companies have taken full advantage of the free trade agreements we have and have created jobs in other countries where workers will accept pathetically low wages.

According to a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies has come to find that 25 of the top CEO’s, including from companies like Verizon, Coca-Cola & General Electric, were paid more money than their companies paid the government in taxes. This should not come as a surprise, the laws that give these companies the ability to weasel their way into not paying their fair share got their on purpose. These big companies spend big money lobbying in Washington to pay off politicians so they can enact the laws that let them get away with this. Verizon alone paid nearly $17 million towards lobbying and almost another $19 million towards campaign contributions for their favorite Republican friends. The politicians that are bought off need to be voted out, and replaced with people who will represent real Americans. The corporate loop holes and tax cuts that do nothing but add to the bank accounts of the big wigs of the companies should be replaced by a fair tax that benefits everyone and not just a select few. Real reform in trade and the tax code has to happen to get the country back on track.
Americans need to get together to unite as a single voice for the middle class. As the rich get richer and the rest of the country continues to struggle, something clearly needs to be done. The average American worker might not be able to buy their way to a true democracy, but together their voice can be heard, it might be their only chance left.
1. GENERAL ELECTRIC CEO. : Jeff Immelt
2010 Pay: $15,199,762
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$3.2 billion
2. ALLEGHENY TECHNOLOGIES CEO: Patrick Hassey
2010 Pay: $14,978,587
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$47 million
3. MYLAN LABORATORIES CEO: Robert Coury
2010 Pay: $14,975,235
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$73 million
4. WYNN RESORTS LTD CEO: Steve Wynn
2010 Pay: $14,615,779
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $0
5. CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CEO: Richard Fairbank
2010 Pay: $14,850,675
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$152 million
6. MARSH & MCLENNAN CEO: Brian Duperreault
2010 Pay: $14,038,187
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$90 million
7. BOEING CEO: Jim McNerney
2010 Pay: $13,768,019
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $13 million
8. MOTOROLA SYSTEMS CEO: Gregory Q. Brown
2010 Pay: $13,732,802
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $7 million
9. NABORS INDUSTRIES CEO: Eugene Isenberg
2010 Pay: $13,537,486
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$138 million
10. QWEST COMMUNICATIONS CEO: Edward Mueller
2010 Pay: $13,446,399
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$14 million
11. CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CEO: James Dolan
2010 Pay: $13,320,691
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$3 million
12. MOTOROLA MOBILITY CEO: Sanjay Jha
2010 Pay: $13,016,126
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $12 million
13. EBAYCEO: John J. Donahoe
2010 Pay: $12,382,486
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$131 millio
14. INTERNATIONAL PAPER CEO: John Faraci
2010 Pay: $12,303,423
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$249 million
15. STANLEY BLACK & DECKER CEO: John Lundgren
2010 Pay: $32,570,596
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$183 million
16. FORDCEO: Alan Mulally
2010 Pay: $26,520,515
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$69 million
17. CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CEO: Aubrey McClendon
2010 Pay: $21,044,952
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $0
18. AON CEO: Gregory Case
2010 Pay: $20,783,301
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $16 million
19. BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CEO: Robert Kelly
2010 Pay: $19,379,257
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$670 million
20. COCA-COLA CEO: John F. Brock
2010 Pay: $19,114,318
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $8 million
21. VERIZON CEO: Ivan Seidenberg
2010 Pay: $18,126,854
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $-705 million
22. DOW CHEMICAL CEO: Andrew Liveris
2010 Pay: $17,739,490
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$576 million
23. PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL CEO: John Strangfeld
2010 Pay: $17,187,028
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$722 million
24. AMERIPRISE CEO: James Cracchiolo
2010 Pay: $16,252,851
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$224 million
25. HONEYWELL CEO: David Cote
2010 Pay: $15,216,953
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$471 million

This may have been written in August, but this is NOT OLD or UNIMPORTANT NEWS!

There you have it..please contact the White House, your senators and your representatives.

Please pass this on….

This is MeddlingMom…this is YOUR COUNTRY. Have a good evening….

Medication Shortages–What’s Going On?

March 17, 2012

The truth about medications in this country is that many Americans take too many drugs, over-the-counter, prescription and “street drugs”. Putting that concept aside for a moment, I  am very concerned over what I have heard in recent months about a “shortage of medications“.  As I understand it, as prescription medications become available as “generics”, major pharmaceutical manufacturers find that the profit has gone out of the product and choose to not continue to offer these drugs. There may be other reasons, but it seems to me that “the bottom line” being paramount is a concept that has way too much license in our country. When did profit become the only reason for manufacturing a product that may be life-changing or that actually may save lives?  What happened to a concern for the quality of life of total strangers or doing good for the sake of helping? I know that may sound archaic to some, but it seems that people may have lost sight of what it means to be decent. When did it become accepted to simply care about no one except yourself or your own little circle?  I heard recently about an infant who could not be treated for leukemia because there was a shortage of the medication required.  The American Dream certainly includes the idea of the opportunity to earn a decent wage; that does not mean we should subsidize or support those who “gouge” people or who are not at all interested in the common good. These companies are actually doing damage by cutting off the production of these medications. Corporations do have a responsibility to this country, the country that allowed their CEO’s to have wildly inflated salaries, bonuses and life styles. Many Americans have a fine standard of living; plenty do not. The drug companies have long taken advantage of the American public which is why senior citizens on limited incomes have found themselves on buses headed toward Canada (where they can purchase their medications at a fraction of the prices to us).  The pharmaceutical companies provide the same drugs we use to nations all over the world for pennies. We Americans are the only people who do not have these deep discounts offered to us.

My concern here is that I don’t understand what our government is doing to change the impact the pharmaceutical companies have on the American public.  What is being done, how can we possibly allow people to die because a particular antibiotic is not available in the quantity needed at a given time? How can we possibly allow people to die because a specifc medication is not available when 20 years ago we spent the money to find out what would work for that condition or disease?  Aren’t we going backwards? In an age where we save the banks and don’t allow the automobile industry to go under, what about the people?  We simply must have some commitment to the people and to health and wellness.

It is disgusting what has happened in this country in recent years, the nasty attitudes that speak only to “profits” and not what is good for the country and its inhabitants. It is really incomprehensible ….that the standards keep lowering…we are the frogs dropped in the boiling water…we seem to not even notice that we are being killed…

The problem here is that you think this can’t happen to you…well, it can…and you won’t know about it maybe ever…but when you go to a hospital and they either don’t give you the best medicine for your situation…you may not be told…or maybe what they have on hand will be given to you in a lesser dosage. You will not be told probably…you simply may not have the recovery needed…

And of course we all know, hospitals in neighborhoods where the poor or indigent live probably won’t be given priority in terms of stocking everything that is needed…what kind of society do we want ot live in?

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?  A number if years ago, I was working in my community to try to have a homeless shelter built (we were eventually successful). A very wise woman who also worked hard for this cause said to me, “What kind of communities do we want to have? What kind of country do we want. If I own a Mercedes, what good is it if I can’t stop at a traffic light without being pulled out of my car and have my car stolen?”  Indeed, she was better informed and more experienced in life than I was. No one is safe unless we are all safe. No one really has ANYTHING unless ALL have opportunity to a quality life.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE…when you walk past someone who cannot afford food or medication, do you have peace? probably not…

This is MeddlingMom…I have no easy answers….stretch a little if you can, reach out, start a conversation, get involved, contact your senators and representatives, whatever you do helps to make necessary change….have a good weekend!

CANCER- pass along a candle….

March 9, 2012

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A small request.. Just one line.

Dear God,  I pray for a cure for cancer.  Amen
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All  you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it’s   Only to one more person.

In memory of anyone you know who has been  struck down by cancer or is still living with  it. Cancer Survivors (and I am one) and their loved ones are also a piece of this. Seemingly everyone is impacted. A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.. Please Keep This  Candle  Going  – 

This is MeddlingMom…in peace and love….have a good weekend.

 

 

The 4 Most Annoying Things I Love About My Family

March 3, 2012
I just came across this in an old e-mail from last year. I just love it…I have been a fan of Donna Brazile for many years.  My won family is very entertaining…interesting…full of drama…always there when they are truly needed…my niece says, “I love my Crazy Family!” I, too, love my crazy family!
The 4 Most  Annoying Things I Love About My Family
By Donna  Brazile O, The Oprah  Magazine  |  From the July 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Big Family Photo: Thinkstock
1. They’ve got kids. My  eight siblings have produced 15 nieces and nephews, and let me tell you: They’re  a lot of work. Every time we solve a crisis over one’s schooling or boyfriend,  something else erupts. But I couldn’t love them more if they were my own.
2. They can laugh at anything. My parents taught us to crack  jokes through the hardest of times. I sometimes doubt my family would have  survived Hurricane Katrina—which scattered us to eight states—if we hadn’t been  able to find humor in the little things. Like when my dad, a 75-year-old  widower, ended up in a shelter in San Antonio, reading palms and chatting up  women. When he came home with one, you can bet we laughed at that,  too.
3. They knew me back when. I get embarrassed when my siblings  remind me that I ran our family like a dictatorship by the time I was 10. But at  least I never have to explain myself. My habits of hoarding pens and obsessively  checking the weather? We grew up poor in hurricane alley; they get it.
4. They’re the life of the party. When I invited my sisters to a  Motown bash at the White House, I was a little mortified to see them shaking  their tail feathers all over the Rose Garden. But okay, I joined in. Let’s just  say the Braziles shut that thing down.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Donna-Brazile-Loving-Your-Family-Annoying-Family-Habits#ixzz1o4VRBcBy

The older and wiser I become, the more important my family becomes to me…each person is special, unique, worthwhile…no matter what our challenges, foibles, flaws…that’s just the way it is when you love people, isn’t it?

This is MeddlingMom…I hope you have  a wonderful weekend and if you have some family or friends who you love, pass this along to them…share the sentiment of what you feel and their importance to you…

Dancing With The Stars Lineup-March 19-8PM

February 28, 2012

           

Donald Driver , “The Greenbay Packer”

 PRO PARTNER: Peta Murgatroyd

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928803

       

Gavin Degraw , “The Platinum Pop Star”

PRO PARTNER: Karina Smirnoff

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928804

        

Gladys Knight , “The Empress of Soul”

PRO PARTNER: Tristan MacManus

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928805

      

Jack Wagner, “Soap’s Steamiest”

 PRO PARTNER: Anna Trebunskaya

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928806

      

Jaleel White, “The Sitcom Star”

  PRO PARTNER: Kym Johnson

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928807

      

Katherine Jenkins,“The Sexy Soprano”

PRO PARTNER: Mark Ballas

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928808

         

Maria Menounos, “Hollywood’s Hottest Host”

PRO PARTNER: Derek Hough

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928809

       

Martina Navratilova, “The Tennis Legend”

PRO PARTNER: Tony Dovolani

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928810

      

Melissa Gilbert, “The Little House Legend”

PRO PARTNER: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928811

        

Roshon Fegan, “Disney’s Triple Threat”

PRO PARTNER: Chelsie Hightower

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928812

       

Sherri Shepherd, “The View’s Sassiest”

PRO PARTNER: Val Chmerkovskiy

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/928813

       

William Levy, “The Latin Hottie”

PRO PARTNER: Cheryl Burke

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/ThemeGallery/934511

It looks like a pretty good lineup…I am looking forward to seeing Gladys, Melissa, Sherri and Martina…and I always enjoy watching Cheryl, Derek and Maksim and Anna. It should be fun…I don’t see any dullards on here this time….you can figure out for yourself who I might mean.

This is MeddlingMom…have a wonderful day…and do a little dancing at home!

Desiderata-a thought for the weekend and your life…

February 25, 2012

Desiderata

(things desired)

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

                       

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, 1927

This is MeddlingMom….you have everything you need…

Oh, Whitney, we didn’t want you to go!

February 23, 2012

Anyone who was a fan of Whitney Houston and her music is still feeling sad. She rose so quickly to amazing fame. We loved watching and being a part of such magnificence. Her voice was a gift..truly..clear, precise, strong, so beautiful. She was vulnerable, sweet and from what I understand, it sounds as if she truly loved her strong religious upbringing. She got lost…unfortunately as so many do, not just those with fame and fortune…addictions can be deadly…they are fierce to fight off. At this point it is  clear that people die every day from drugs that are prescribed and taken along with something else. The estimate I heard the other day said that 100 people die every day from prescriptions taken incorrectly. So be careful, folks.

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t ready to see Whitney leave us so soon. I found great comfort and enjoyment hearing so much of her music in recent days.  I remember a time when I was not familiar with who Whitney Houston was…it was 1985 and my soon-to-16 year-old daughter called me at work. “Whitney Houston is performing at the Tower tonight.”Who is Whitney Houston?” Well, you get the idea…of course I left work early to be at the box office when they opened…

Here is my daughter’s description on Facebook:

“I saw Whitney at a little theater in 69th street in Philly on her first tour in 1985 with my mom, Jess and Jess’s friend.  She was amazing, dressed in a peach skirt suit, so low key and gorgeous and her voice blew the roof off the place.  There were so many standing ovations for this young up and comer.  The theater probably had a capacity under 1,000 and we were probably 10th row.   I remember she had family members singing backup on her first tour.  She was such a pure talent.”

and I will add to that…there was no glitz and glamour yet. She had the audience in the palm of her hand. I had  no expectation since I did not know anything about her or her talent, but I remember her taking the audience from a high note, down, down, down, each of us following her notes as if we were almost hypnotized. We were in awe…I was aware at how skilled she was…we were hers…

Here’s a glimpse of what her day was like before that amazing performance.

December 09, 1985  By Mary Shaughnessy

  • Whitney Houston climbs out of her black stretch limo and strides into the hilltop headquarters of Philadelphia’s WUSL at 4:40 p.m., right on time for her fourth live radio interview since 2 that afternoon, her 250th since June. Sporting a loose-fitting brown leather jacket, pegged jeans and dark glasses, a garland of black curls framing her delicately featured face, the rangy 5’8″ former model personifies casual elegance: a 22-year-old Nefertiti who carries herself with frightening self-assurance.
    Deejay Jeff Wyatt rises from his control board to greet Whitney. “You know, I coulda been a rich man if I accepted all the bribes from the guys wanting to be in this room today,” he wisecracks. The corners of her mouth hardly form a smile. This is a woman quite accustomed to—though still embarrassed by—male adoration. During the 15-minute interview interspersed with her hits Saving All My Love For You, Thinking About You and Hold Me (a duet with Teddy Pendergrass), they will touch on the manifestations of her meteoric rise this year: dates on three network talk shows, recorded duets with Pendergrass and Jermaine Jackson, appearances on Gimme a Break and Silver Spoons, and her self-titled debut LP, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies. Her sold-out Carnegie Hall performances last month attracted Eddie Murphy, Daryl Hannah, comic Howie Mandel, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, among others. Even New York Mayor Ed Koch showed up to see what all the fuss was about. (He got booed by some in the crowd, and the singer who once wanted to be a teacher told them that wasn’t nice.)
    After posing for pictures with radio station brass, Whitney heads for the hotel, digging into a brown-bag dinner of deli sandwiches, barbecue chips and soft drinks. With Whitney due to perform at Philly’s Tower Theater in less than three hours, there’s no time for a classier repast. A typical day in the life of this rising star.

Here are some other  links with 1985 TV performances of Whitney and The Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA below…

see Whitney Houston’s 1985 debut on ‘The Tonight Show  on April 4, 1985.

see her perform on David Letterman’s show.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/52   here’s a link for The Tower

We have lost a love of our own…here’s One Moment in Time at the Grammy’s 2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYFHAvULvJ0

RIP, Whitney…

This is MeddlingMom…have a wonderful day….support the arts!

Congress-Writing Your Own Petition-Exercise

February 16, 2012

Hello, Everyone,

It’s been awhile…yes, going to the gym..taking it slow. I’ve only been there 5 times so far. I am doing a little exercise in between…anyway, taking it slow, but it is having an impact. When I went yesterday…the sneakers are not such an issue anymore and I can see that I am more flexible..it’s easier to get on the machines, even though they are designed for someone 5’8 or 5’9..I am 5’1…but it’s all become easier. Yesterday, I did 25 minutes on the bike, about 4.5 miles and 3 sets of 12 on 3 machines…felt pretty good about it…will increase it soon…thinking about hiring a trainer…will have to look into it.

The reason I am writing today is that I received an e-mail this morning from my friend Bonnie. We have known each other since I was 4 and she was 2 1/2….that’s a long time. I have not fact checked this info, but it sounds like a great idea. Please take a look and if you like it, send it to your peeps.

Winds of Change….Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimumof twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.

This is one idea that really should be passed around.

_*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*_

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no

pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security

system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system

and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for

any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will

rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same

health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congressmen/

women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a

career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their

term(s), then go home and back to work

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three

days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.

Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

You are one of my 20+ – Please keep it going, and thanks.

After I started writing this blog I decided to fact check the info. I don’t think fact check

completely covered the areas mentioned. I thought they dispelled some of the issues, they’re

explanation was a little “thin” and that some areas were completely ignored. You can write to them

and challenge them to be complete. http://www.factcheck.org.

Take a look and by the way, there is no mention of Warren Buffett having suggested all of this.

It is good fodder for a rich discussion. I hope you will pass thing along anyway…there is much

that can be done to strengthen our legislature.

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/congressional-reform-act/

If you would like to start a petition for any reason, I saw on Sunday Morning on CBS, that you can

go to http://www.change.org and there is a step-by-step for you to DIY. Molly Katchpole recently wrote a

petition aimed at Bank of America’s idea of charging $5/month to use the ATM. The result was that the

idea of a new fee was tossed out by the bank once they saw the petition. You go! Molly! My hero! FYI,

Molly is in her early 20’s . So no excuses out there. Here are two other such sites for your perusal:

www.signon.org and www.ipetitions.com/start-petition

Anyway, folks, I hope I’ve given you some food for thought. Have a wonderful weekend..Here in the

Philadelphia area, we have been enjoying weather in the high 40’s and low 50’s…so sorry about the

Global Warming (and we WILL be sorry!). For now we are really happy to be wearing light weight clothes

and feeling like it is almost spring!

This is MeddlingMom…wishing you all that is good…
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Health-Reclaiming It! Back to the Gym..

February 4, 2012

Day 2-off to the gym

..or so I thought.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to go to the gym when you haven’t been there for over 5 years!  Nearly impossible. On day 1 I suffered trying to select something to wear. Then I put on those huge New Balance sneakers that make me feel totally claustrophobic, I mean, does a sneaker have to be so built up all around as if you are in a space ship? Exactly what are we doing, practically cutting off all circulation…so you know that if you have many rolls of skin, it is nearly impossible to bend over and put on your sneakers, even with the help of a shoehorn.  I huff and I puff and bend over this way trying to get around my belly if even just for a moment, long enough to get the shoe on (while negotiating the sock that may be sliding around) , pull the laces tight and tie it!  This is really hard to do…it took me a good 5 minutes of struggling to get one sneaker on and this isn’t even the dreaded New Balance…this is a mere, lightweight original Keds sneaker (yes, I am old and gay and I prefer this to those that are cool).  So I took a break from the huffing to literally catch my breath before I tackle the other sneaker. What I discovered while putting on the first sneaker was that these have not been worn in years! And I believe I am probably a half size larger now, so I need to order some new Keds pronto!  Later today, online…

The whole process of getting ready for the gym is excruciating for an obese person…truly it is a great disincentive (as if dying of a heart attack is not!).  You go through so many mixed emotions just as you try to decide what to wear (that won’t draw attention to your girth with all of those strange thin people at the gym). You already feel bad, so bad, about how did you let this happen to your body and then you have to stuff those feelings once more and just go do it…EXERCISE and sweat (which I don’t like, the sweating, that is). So of course, this is why I am writing right now, instead of being at the gym. Seriously I will go to the gym, but the other day (the first day), I had so many emotions while I was getting ready and when I went to write them down later, all of the passion, feelings and emotion were gone. The writing was flat…I didn’t know how to re-capture what I had experienced. I CAN tell you that every single thing I felt was about shame and embarassment and about the courage it took to be out there. You see this is the year I reclaim my health. It will not be easy, but what is, really? Easy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I am only 5’1” and with the bulk of those New Balance sneakers and my inflexibility, I could not get my foot up over the center of the stationery bike I was going to ride. It took about 4 tries…then I had to figure out how to choose a program while my glasses were in my bag on the floor….and that’s a whole other issue, where the hell are you supposed to put your jacket and keys?  The locker room is at the farthest point from the front door…blah, blah, blah….Now that was fine, but the bike I got on was broken! So I had to get off and attempt another and then all was fine.  From there I went to the abductor, the machine  where the machine parts are on the outside of your thighs (abductor) was ok. Then I went to the one where the parts go between your legs (the adductor). I had to have help to get my right leg over to get on..I was fine with the left leg, my left side is stronger.  Then when I went to get off that machine, I got one leg off, but could not clear the other foot of the machine and had to ask someone for help.  So this was humbling to say the least. Of course I met some very nice people during this process, very kind.  I also did 3 sets of 12 on the leg press, no help needed, here!  I imagine I won’t need the help today. The truth is….all of this is the very reason why I need to be working out and regaining my strength and flexibility.  I do have to admit, there were some moments where I felt very teary, like right now.  Nobody wants to be fat…and have such a huge (pardon the pun) task ahead of themselves.

I have realized in recent years that there have been many things I have not participated in or have shied away from due to my body’s appearance. I am ready to have a normal size body and to choose whether I do whatever activity based on what I want and my interests.  Now comes the hard work..oh, well, I’ve done lots of things that were more difficult…

One thing I do recommend as a result of my experiences this week: Before you embark on this venture, gather together whatever you think you will need in terms of clothing, sneakers, socks, sweatshirt, tote or gym bag, etc and try on everything long before the day you start. Be clear about your assessment of everything. If you hate a pair of pants or sneakers, banish them and replace them with something that works for you. Only wear what you will be comfortable with and keep all of these items in one place so that when you go to get ready, you can avoid some of the trauma that I experienced. I will be doing that later today so that I will have a better and uneventful time of it tomorrow.  Remember the reason you are in this position is because you did NOT put what you need FIRST.

This is MeddlingMom…have a great weekend…off to the gym, via the post office…

Clergy fighting??? And politics-my take on it! Electronics gone awry!

December 30, 2011

This is pretty interesting! I am of Armenian ancestry so I found this particularly interesting.  It is  startling because I have usually found Greeks and Armenians to be somewhat kindred spirits because of their feelings toward Turkey.

Clergy Fights at the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem-preparing for the upcoming eastern rite Christmas celebration. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45803523Clergy Fights at the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem-preparing for the upcoming eastern rite Christmas celebration. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45803523

Now onto some politics and what is working and not working for Americans… With all of the great debates that have been going on to show us which Republican presidential candidate is the most fantastic…..the great thing is that there isn’t one viable presidential candidate in the bunch, at least not one has been presented yet. I just love it…are you going to tell me there isn’t one person in the party who doesn’t agree with waterboarding or who is pro-choice? I mean, moderate Republicans have no one to vote for! What people should be focusing on is the nasty members of congress who refuse to be concerned for this country and its people.  Where is our revolution?  The Occupy movement is doing it’s best but it needs everyone’s help.  We are all just a little too comfortable to be bothered, it seems.  Stores are closing left and right, the latest Sears closing many stores..and K MArt  ….that is pretty frightening.  Obama needs to do everything he can and not put up with  these nasty representatives and senators…The problem is that he is truly a community organizer, and he expects everyone to “play nice”. He keeps looking for the traitors to present their best  and act like patriots and they aren’t willing to be their best. Their goal is to get the Dem out of the White House. That’s their only goal.  I don’t know why the American people don’t see what a mess George Bush created and how nasty these people are and vote out those who are only there to fight.  I understand our system is designed so that there are opposites with competing ideals, but these jerks who don’t ever say anything about what Americans need should be thrown out.

We do also  need term limits, probably, but more than that we need the corporations and the lobbyists to have limited access…they should have as much access as you and I have…which is just about NONE….truly, if you look at the meeting schedules I can’t imagine who would even want the jobs these people have. they have no time to read a bill, much less to absorb it, debate it, understand the  nuance related to it.  And we need campaign finance reform and public ads so that everyone can have equal time…oh, and how about only 6 months of campaigning…isn’t that what they do in Europe?   Well, you heard my 2 cents’ worth!

Of course we are all exhausted from hearing all of the nonsense, but the real reason we aren’t involved is because Americans are  so busy communicating via e-mail, text message, twitter, facebook, voicemail, etc.  This is what we are truly interested in…escaping thinking about what is important and PLAYING….when is the last time you spent time playing a game with your child or having a conversation that was longer than 30 seconds even with your spouse?  When did you last spend time with a friend and leave your electronics in the car while you were in the restaurant, movie, hospital, salon, store, etc.?

Here is what Americans are all caught up in…giving kindles and expensive cell phones to 4 year olds! This is the new American value system…utterly insane!  And we will wonder why children who have too much stuff act like brats, want more, more, more no matter how much they have. Partially because their parents do.  Put away all electronics including movies and TV in your home for one week, except for one hour per day where everyone can use their “toys”. I wonder how different your conversations and relationships would be. I bet you might plan and cook a meal together…what a concept  or talk about how to get along with people. You might find out what is really of interest to your partner or your sister.

I bet you might suddenly find that you have time!

That’s all for today…thei si MeddlingMom…think about it…people are important…electronic toys are not…Happy New Year!


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