Posts Tagged ‘paul ryan’

Oh No, He’s Thinking About Random Things

Most of my blogs are specific to one topic.  However, every once in a while, I like to do what I call a “this and that” blog where I write a little bit about whatever I’m thinking about it.  So, continue reading and enjoy.


I’ve talked quite a bit in the past about the success that Ray and I are having with losing the weight we’ve gained over the past three years.  He lost about 30 pounds and I dropped 25.

When we went to his high school reunion two weekends ago, we ate whatever we wanted and didn’t count calories.  And, once we returned home, we haven’t been too diligent about eating healthy and it shows.  Since dropping back to 142.6 pounds, I’ve gained six of the pounds back and I lack motivation to lose them.

However, since Thursday was Miss Gretel’s first day back at school (look at how cute she is),

we took her to lunch at my favorite place, Osaka Buffet, in Moline.

I pigged out and since Ray’s birthday is this weekend, we got him a cheesecake.

After that, I’m determined to get back on track , drop those pounds, and maintain a weight of 145.  I’ve indulged long enough and now it’s time to work it off.  Bad boy!



With the recent cool weather, I’m really been thinking about and blogging about fall.  I can’t wait to wear long sleeve pullover shirts and pajama bottoms, curl up on the couch as the days get shorter and the nights get longer, make soups and chili as it turns cooler, and watch the trees and peppers turn colors.

Here’s a picture from last fall with Miss ABBA enjoying her rawhide in a neighborhood yard decked out for Halloween.


The world’s population is growing at an alarming rate and the same is happening in the United States.  The population in the U.S. is roughly 314 million.  That’s up from 281 million in 2000 — up about 11% in just 12 years.  With the price of coal, gas, and oil continuing to rise, I hope that we seriously starting considering alternative sources before it’s too late.

I stand behind nuclear energy, as does the president and about 70% of Americans polled, and I would not be opposed to living near a new reactor.  The United States has more nuclear reactors in operation than any other country in the world.  In March 2011, “Time” magazine stated that there were 104 in the United States and they supply 20% of the power in the country.  Several of those are located in Iowa and Illinois.  Yet, the last new reactor went into service in the U.S. in 1996.

Yes, we’ve heard the horror stories about Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979, which was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.

And, then in March 2011, the 9.0 earthquake and the tsunami that followed in Japan destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.  According to a June 2012 Standford University study, the radiation released could cause 130 deaths from cancer (the lower boundary for the estimate being 15 and the upper boundary at 1100) and 180 cancer cases (the lower boundary being 24 and the upper boundary 1800), mostly in Japan. Radiation exposure to workers at the plant was projected to result in 2 to 12 deaths.

I know that we can build nuclear power plants that would be safe from tsunamis in the United States, but the biggest problem will be the cost.  That is followed by the fear of nuclear plants.


22-year-old German DJ/producer Zedd (Anton Zaslavski), who has opened for Lady Gaga on her “Born This Way Ball” Tour and remixed her hits, “Born This Way” and “Marry The Night” is now climbing the American charts with his first hit featuring singer Matthew Koma,  “Spectrum”.

“Spectrum” just hit #1 on the Billboard Dance chart this week holding Madonna’s “Turn Up The Radio” at #2.  Madonna should top that chart next week and that will be her 43rd #1 dance hit, extending her lead over Janet Jackson in second place with 19.

Check out this amazing remix with Far East Movement, who scored at #1 hit in 2010 with “Like A G6”.


Patrick Abner (left) and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts are getting married this fall.  The couple met 12 years ago on September 30th.  I hope they choose that date to get married because I know another couple that will be celebrating their one year marriage anniversary on that same date! 🙂


It’s no secret that I love being a meteorologist, but I’m not shy about loving my time off, too.  Mom (Betty) is coming in a few weeks, we’re heading to Houston at the end of September, and then to Las Vegas to see Madonna for my birthday in October.

I’m excited about a few movies this fall and the first three I want to see are “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (limited release — September 21, 2012), “The Paperboy” (limited release — October 5, 2012), and while in Vegas, I want to see “Argo”  on opening day (October 12, 2012).


I bought a new album, “Hello” by Karmin, that I love.

It only has seven songs, but Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are so hip and fun that the album will take you by surprise.

They’ve already scored a #1 dance hit, “Brokenhearted”, that reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Their new release, “Hello” is already racing up the top 40 and dance charts.

Both Amy and Nick have great voices and the music is fun.  However, what will really surprise you is that Nebraska-born Amy can rap with the best of them.  Watch out Nicki Minaj!



Since I’ve ruffled a few feathers in the recent past!

Peace out!


More Than Two Months To Go And I’m Already Over It

Over the next two weeks, Democrats and Republicans will have their time in the spotlight with their respective national conventions.  Honestly, I can’t wait for it to be over.

Like many of you, I already know who I’m voting for and I don’t need a convention or speeches to convince me.  However, I’m sure there are many people out there that are indifferent or unhappy with the past four years of what President Obama has or has not accomplished and are considering the Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan ticket.

While I’m confident that President Obama will win the 2012 election, I know that it’s going to be very close.  Here is how the last election played out and I do expect to see more red on the map this time.

Yes, I know that Mitt Romney could win the election and no, I’m not ready to move to France if he does.  I would never move to a foreign country without first knowing how to speak the language.  While I plan to visit Paris in 2015 and learn some French before them, I might need to speed up my tutorial. 🙂

I know that regardless of wins on election night, he’ll encounter a very difficult road just as President Obama has faced since 2009.  It’s hard to get things done when you have Republicans and Democrats so dead set on making everything a pissing match.  I wish that we had a real third-party to get people motivated to really make a change.

It’s going to get very ugly before the November election.  Marriage equality will be a hot button topic this year and for the first time, it will be pushed because it’s the right thing to do and not just something that Republicans are throwing out there to scare their flock into donating money and spreading the fear that gay people are diminishing their marriages.

However, when you have Republican candidates (at the state level) speaking or misspeaking (ha!) about “legitimate rape”, it really makes you wonder how he and his Democratic opponent were virtually tied in the polls prior to his ill-fated biology lesson.

There are bad Republicans and there are bad Democrats.  I really think we have more good politicians than bad ones, but we have such a large number of Americans that vote out of misinformation, fear, or ignorance which allows these bad politicians to make our lives more difficult.

It’s time that we make our elected officials do their jobs for us and not what is good for their next re-election campaign.

I’ve very excited that I’m not working this election night.  I get to sit on my couch and watch the returns come in across the country as we await the outcome.  I remember doing the same thing in 1980.  Back them, we had very old and cheesy graphics and I had to watch my beloved President Jimmy Carter lose to Ronald Reagan.

While the last election was historic with the first black person chosen as president, this year is going to be just as important to the future of this country.  It’s even more important to me because for once, I have a president that believes that I should have a right to marry, even if we haven’t gotten rid of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

I fear that if Romney-Ryan are elected, I won’t have to worry about the DOMA, I’ll be more concerned about my basic rights as a gay man and not just as a married gay man.

Please educate your friends before November and convince them to get out and vote.


They Said What??? Pat Robertson, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Dolly Parton, & Lady Gaga


(at a Singapore concert):  “Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban.  So he’s staging all of these murders, like the Fast and Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.  I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America.”


“But enough about Madonna. She is only a stage prop, a vivid symbol of everything superficial, deceitful and hateful that the West exhibits toward Russia.


“I defy these homosexuals to bring forth a baby from that part of the anatomy which they concentrate on.  When that happens, I will change everything I’m saying. Until that happens, I wish those demonstrators would shut their mouth.”


“Okay I’ll say it. Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He’s great for other roles but this is too big a game.”


“I have a lot of gay fans because they know that I just accept people as they are. That’s not my place to judge. I ain’t God and I ain’t runnin’ for office. But I was proud to be part of that. It makes you feel good.”


(who is suing Madonna for $10.5 million after her show in Russia last week)”  “She insulted the believers’ feelings, she promoted homosexuality where there were children at the concert and this if forbidden in St. Petersburg.  We, the residents of cultural capital, suffered a colossal moral damage.”


“Ryan’s record of voting against fairness, dignity and equality is out of touch with the majority of Americans and a fast growing majority of Republicans.  LGBT Americans need leadership that will continue to fight for their rights to protect their families, marry the person they love, and enjoy equal protections under the law.”


“Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.”


“In addition to Congressman Ryan’s stellar fiscal conservative positions, he is indeed a full-spectrum conservative.  He is solidly pro-life, pro-family, and will be an advocate for our military and our national security priorities.”


“The past year was a challenge, and I’m so happy to have my spirit back. I felt in chains at times.  There was of course the incessant dragging of the most important single of my career in dead-beaten-horse-mud. Then there were all the personal moments. Betrayed by lifelong friends, mentors I’ve had for years suddenly taking advantage of me, and a massive struggles with my body image.”


“The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century.  He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation.”