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Gender: Male
Hometown: midwestern ohio,north of Dayton
Home country: USA
Member since: Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:38 PM
Number of posts: 910

About Me

This is mostly a repost of my first thread in the Welcome and Help forum. It is just a bit of history about why I did not post anything for a few months after becoming a member of DU. At first I thought it was a cold that my wife and I kept passing back and forth. Then I got a little better for a few weeks. Then on Dec. 14,2012, the same day as the Sandy Hook shootings I had what the doctors called \"a pulmonary event\". One lung was filled with fluid and the other was half full. Everyone says that I am lucky that I am still here. According to my wife, the doctors said if I had gotten to the ER 30 minutes later it might have been to late. After 2 weeks in ICU they discharged me to a nursing home for rehab. I was there from Dec. 29, 2012 until April 24,2013. I have had to learn to walk and did not much feel like doing to much else until recently. It has been and is going to be a long haul and I think that I might have left rehab to soon. If I can not get around well enough in 3 weeks I am going to have to go back in for more rehab. (My timeline and the doc agree). That is the Readers Digest version of the Readers Digest version of a long story that I will not bore you with. I just want to say that it opened up my eyes to things about my life that I am in the process of changing for the good. And all it took was a trip to the ER at 57 years old. I am glad DU has been around. I have really enjoyed it and have been reading it for several years. Don\'t know why I didn\'t join earlier. Just one of those things I guess. Well, glad to be here. A word, I can tend to run on and on and on and on. You\'ve been warned! Thanks for taking the time to read this. I will update as my situation changes. UPDATE Jan. 1,2014- My rehab has not gone quite as hoped. My legs do not want to work right. I can stand but it is difficult to get them to move in a walking motion. The doctors say that I have had a few mini strokes (TIA) prior to going to the ER, possibly caused by my Afib, that I did not know that I had, as my cholesterol and triglyceride levels are very fine, a minor stroke in the few months prior to the ER visit or at the nursing home, and at some point in the last few years. A FREAKING HEART ATTACK!! You would think that I would have noticed something was wrong. But I was a very heavy alcohol drinker until my attack last year and may not have noticed it. So I am still going through tests and am trying to retrain my brain to let me walk. Hopefully things will work out. I haven\'t had any alcohol since Dec. 14, 2012. I have changed my eating habits, cut my food intake by at 1/2 to 2/3, am exercising as much as possible while in bed and I have lost over 100 POUNDS!!! I weighed 575 lbs. when I had the attack (462 now). No diabetes and my bloodwork was so normal (cholesterol etc.) that they checked it 3 times. I have a lot of good things going for me. I just have to convince my (legs/part of my brain) of that. Oh well...here is to another, hopefully better year.

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First they create the mess.

Fuck it.

Tried 5 times to fix it.


Do it later.


Everyone keeps talking about bipartisanship

The bipartisanship angle hasn't worked for President Obama since Jan. 20, 2009. At least not enough to make much of a difference.

I give him credit for trying. But he needs to use the political clout of his office more often. He needs to call the crazy bastards out on their lies. Not all of the lies because that in itself would be a full time job. Maybe one or two a week.

But he's to nice.

He needs to give them a jobs bill to vote on every week or two. Rotate it with an infrastructure bill, budget bill and a minimum wage bill.

Do it every week. Week in and week out. Then, when the bills are constantly voted down, let the country know what the assholes are doing. If nothing else it may be good ammo for the elections.

If the repukes start bitching about it, make sure to remind them that they seem to have no problem with trying to get rid Obamacare by voting against it. What? 39 or 40 times now? Even though it is now law.

He needs to start hammering away on them and not let up. Even when Faux News, OxyRush, Crybaby Beck and Shammity start with "the angry black man" crap.

And he can't let up.

Bring up the meeting that Bill Cantor, Paul Ryan, Jim DeMint, Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions, Pete Hoestra, Dan Lungren, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, John Ensign, Newt Gingrich, Frank Luntz and Jeb Hensarling had the VERY EVENING of the inauguration to intentionally sabotage and prevent an economic recovery by voting against virtually everything that President Obama proposed.

Hell, make a big-assed poster with their names and pictures on it, that can be displayed behind the President and every democrat that makes a speech or a public statement. Imagine that backdrop at press conferences?

Now some may think that this that's a little over the top, but President Obama and the democrats need to do something, anything, other than what they are doing now.

I know that there are a few dems that are speaking out (FINALLY) and even President Obama has given us a few flashes of encouragement by speaking out against the rethugs from time to time.

But he... we... us... need to do more by standing up and calling the republicans/ teabaggers/right wing nuts, out on their lies and bullshit.

Sure, maybe it's a good thing, for us and the upcoming elections, that there are so many on the right that are talking so crazy. But, if there is no counter point to the sewer slop that comes constantly from so many of the lying assholes, that's what people will remember.

We can't afford that.

The country can't afford that.

The world can't afford that.

Just to let everyone know. I really like President Obama. I think that he was what this country needed to help it recover from the shitpot that Bush the Lesser and his cronies left the country in.

I don't always agree with him, especially lately on a few things, but I think that he's helped the country heal and given it back some of the respect that was lost during the previous debacle.

And yes, I do what I can. I have for some 40+ years now. I stared getting involved when I was 15 or 16. Only now it isn't much lately since my health went south.

I guess I'm about done now. Sometimes I get going and don't know when to stop. Since I've been sick these past few years the intertubes has been one of my main means of communication and interaction with people. Friends and relatives tend to visit and call less and less if you can't go and see them it seems.

Sorry if my rant went long. Sometimes I just get going. That, and I have to get started some time.

Posted by bearssoapbox | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 05:36 AM (7 replies)
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