Archive for June 7, 2009

Where’s “The Leader” – Eric Cantor?

He seems to have dropped off the face of the Earth.  I thought he was the “new face” of the GOP.

June 7, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Obama Can Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time – Imagine That

As we all know, President Obama returned to the U.S. today after spending roughly a week in the Middle East and Europe.  So what’s he doing now?  Resting at Camp David?  Watching TV and eating pretzels? “Chopping wood” on his “ranch?”  No!  Per pool reporter Christina Bellantoni, he’s playing golf:

6-7-09 Bellantoni

The guy seems to have an amazing amount of energy which I think is so good; precisely what we need right now.  Energy.

June 7, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Lose Weight With “Nordic Walking” Poles?

In early 2005 I weighed 203 pounds.  I wore a size 20 jean. I had a cholesterol level of 300+ and I was on two blood pressure meds.  My “doctor,” a nurse practitioner who I love but who has since retired, scared the bejesus out of me.  She said I should go on the “South Beach” diet and start exercising.

Long story short, I did.  I began eating a “Mediterranean diet” (including the dread Arugula) and I started walking.  Initially I walked for roughly four long blocks, five days a week.  Now I’m up to 2.8 miles, five days a week.  And I don’t just “walk.”  I speed walk and I sweat (something I hated not all that long ago.)

My weight dropped to 139 pounds.  My cholesterol dropped to 110; I went off of one of my BP meds and I fit into a size 10 jean.

Over time — this ain’t easy — I gained 16 pounds.

I continue to walk but I want to increase the cardiovascular and calorie-burning effect — the intensity.  Lo and behold, about a year ago, I heard about “Nordic walking.

After puzzling and puzzing — about spending money and jumping into something that sounds exhausting and hard — I took the leap today and bought a pair of Nordic walking poles (see above link). Purportedly, using poles burns more calories (up to 40% more than straight walking); it increases oxygen consumption, and it tones the chest and arm area.

I’m convinced, and I know people who swear by this.   So, as soon as the UPS guy (with those tight brown shorts and great legs — heh) brings them, I’m off.

Fingers crosssed.  I’ll keep you posted.

June 7, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Do We Care?

From,“Homepage for the World’s Business Leaders:”  World’s Most Powerful Celebrities:  The Celebrity 100:

She’s rich. She’s talented. She’s beautiful. And now Angelina Jolie is the most powerful celebrity in the world.

Breaking!  Angelina replaces Oprah.

June 7, 2009 at 7:11 PM

CNN – Yeah, They’re So Liberal

I watched a few minutes of “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz this morning.  (The guy acts like he’s an independent observer of “the media,” which couldn’t be further from the truth.)  Liberal radio talk show host Bill Press and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker were his guests.  Parker was identified as a “syndicated columnist” whose “articles appear in more than 300 papers” nationwide.  The nature of her politics was never disclosed.  Press, on the other hand, was identified as both a radio talk show host and as the “former chair of the California Democratic Party.”  So one knew his political persuasion.

CNN (to some, the “Clinton News Network”) does this a lot and I wish they’d cut it out already.  Either give the viewer an idea of the political preference of all the guests, or none of them.  Don’t imply by omission that the conservative is the more neutral, unaffiliated guest.

Geez.  Why is this so hard?

June 7, 2009 at 11:55 AM