Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December 21, 2012 - Are You Ready?

December is almost upon us. The presidential election of 2012 is history and our Thanksgiving dinner is now a memory, as most of us who celebrate Christmas begin our preparations for the Christmas holidays. Everyone is busy shopping for Christmas presents and planning Christmas dinner. Here in Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country, Christmas decorations adorn the shopping malls and carols are blaring to entice shoppers to spend more money. Restaurants are already advertising Christmas dinner and New Year's Eve celebrations. Everyone is rushing to get everything done by Christmas, December 25th. But wait a minute. What about December 21st, 2012?

Unless you've been living in a cave and have had no connection to the outside world, you must have heard about the date December 21, 2012. That is the day the world will end, supposedly. According to the Mayan calender December 21,2012 is the last day. The end of the calender and the end of the world. The Hopi Indians foretell a "purification of the earth" and even Nostradamus predicted the destruction of the world on this date.

People who believe this prediction point to the increase and severity of natural catastrophes in the past few years. We have had devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts and floods, killing thousands of people. There have been horrific acts of human violence perpetrated in the name of God and differing ideologies. Both mankind and nature are becoming increasingly more violent. Will this increased violence culminate in the end of the world?

According to news sources North Korea is preparing to launch another missile, in their efforts to be able to deliver nuclear weapons to neighboring South Korea and Japan. Iran is steadily progressing in its efforts to develop nuclear weapons, most likely to be used to destroy Israel and gain control of the Middle East. And speaking of the Middle East, the recent fighting between Hamas and Israel, could very easily lead to WWIII and the destruction of a very large portion of that area of the world. Things could get really get out of hand over there and blow up on December 21, 2012. The end may not come as a result of human violence, but a catastrophic astronomical event, such as a devastating meteor or a geological event such as a mega earthquake or volcano.

Some people believe that the world will not end on that date, but that the earth will go through major changes, as a result of extreme weather or less destructive astronomical or geological events.  As the Hopi's believe, these events could cleanse the earth of the destructive influences of humans. The earth and the world may not end on December 21st, but it may be a completely different place to live on the 22nd. Maybe the earth will give the human race a one time warning to straighten up and act in a civilized and responsible manner.

Some people firmly believe that the end of the world will come on this date and are preparing for the event by stockpiling food and supplies. Great idea until the food runs out. Then they will die of starvation. Personally I don't believe the end will come in December, but if it does there is nothing anyone can do about it. I realize some people who are preparing for the end will get rid of their personal possessions and wealth, as they will not be needed after the end. To you people I ask that if you want to dispose of your money, please consider sending it to me, as you won't need it. If you're right and the world ends nothing is lost. If you're wrong, well that is a lessen learned for you. In any event enjoy the next few weeks or have a Merry Christmas.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Log Cabin Republicans - What's the Sense?

Now that the election has been over for a while Republicans have been looking for reasons for their stunning loss. They seemed to be still shell shocked at how they lost the election, which I really cannot understand. I suppose if the only news you watch is Fox News, then you can't be blamed for being totally out of touch with reality.

Most pundits agree that Romney lost all of the minorities in this country. These included, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, women, gays and anyone who wasn't old, white and male. To me it is no mystery why gay people would not vote for Romney or any Republicans, as they are totally against anything that would benefit the life of a gay person.  But one astounding fact is that the Log Cabin Republicans, which is a group of gay Republicans, endorsed Romney.

I do not see the sense of having a group of gay people within the
Republican party. This makes as much sense as having a Jewish faction of the Nazi Party or a Black faction of the Ku Klux Klan in charge of lynchings. Election after election the masochists of the Log Cabin Republicans fight for the Republican candidates, who in turn fight them at every step of the way.

Some of the Log Cabin members say they are more concerned about financial and economic concerns than they are about their rights. Again I can't understand their lack of logic or common sense. If gay people do not have the rights of protection at the work place, the rights not to be discriminated against in areas of employment, housing, adoptions, insurance and the rights to spend their lives with the person they love and consider their family, money will mean nothing. They will not be able to achieve economic freedom and security without being granted the same rights and opportunities that every other American enjoys.

I was interested to read some analyses regarding the gay vote in this past election. Apparently 5% of voters polled in exit polls identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual and 76% of these people voted for Obama. Some pundits even say that if the GOP had carried the gay vote, the outcome would have been much different. Who knows! Romney successfully alienated every single minority in this country. He tried, as the GOP always does, to divide and conquer, but he divided and failed miserably.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

My Analysis of Raspberry Ketones

Back in August I wrote a post on raspberry ketones (I've Joined the Raspberry Ketone Craze), which were recommended by Dr. Oz as a weight loss tool. In that post I stated that I began taking the raspberry ketone capsules along with exercising and cutting back on calories and that I had lost weight.

Since I had lost weight I decided to see if the raspberry ketones actually made a difference. So I decided to take the ketones along with my regular diet for a couple of weeks, and then just cutting back on food portions and exercise, without taking the ketones, for a couple of weeks. When I took the raspberry ketones and maintained my normal diet I regained the weight I lost. When I cut my meal portions and exercised, without taking the raspberry ketones, I lost weight, about 2 1/2 lbs. This was the same as I had lost with cutting portions, exercising and taking the ketones.

I know that this is not a scientific study and the results can be different for different people, but I have come to my own conclusion in regards to raspberry ketones. I have surmised that the only weight raspberry ketones will cause is the weight of your wallet. I will stick to the old tried and true method of cutting calories and portion sizes and exercise.. The latest fad I have seen is taking green coffee extract to lose weight. I will pass on this craze thank you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It's Over - Obama Wins a Second Term

Finally the election is over and Barack Obama has won a second term as President of the US. I am relieved to say the least, but in a way I am a bit afraid. Four years ago when Obama won his first term Republican leaders vowed to make him a "one term president" and to destroy his presidency. The Republicans in Congress opposed everything Obama did. They put the party over the good of the country. During the campaign there were numerous racial attacks aimed at Obama as well as hateful rhetoric trying to divide the country along religious, racial and even sexual orientation lines. Now that Obama has won a second term these people will be even more vile and angry toward Obama and his supporters. I sincerely hope they do not turn to obstructionist behaviors and actions or even violence to see out their revenge. It's time for the whole country to finally unite for the good of the country and her citizens.  ALL of our politicians must work together and put the US first and party politics last. Good luck President Obama and good luck America.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day is Finally Here

It is already November 5th here in Malaysia, but I have already voted by absentee ballot. With Daylight Savings Time the US is now 13 hours behind Malaysia. I will spend my Wednesday morning and probably afternoon watching the election returns. I hope another Florida fiasco doesn't happen like a few elections ago. I am afraid the Republicans will try to steal the election again as they did for the Bush-Gore election. Already the GOP Governor of Florida is trying to prevent early voting.

As you may have noticed I have not posted here much in the past couple of weeks. To be honest I'm fed up with the entire election and the American people. It is clear that Romney is flip flopping like a fish out of water on just about every issue. He and his surrogates are spreading outright lies and stoking racial and religious hatred. Time and time again his lies have been disproved, but so many ignorant people cannot see it.

The polls are either tied or give Obama a slight edge in the popular vote. Most of the polls give Obama the advantage in the Electoral College votes, the votes that really count. On November 6th the polls don't count and the American people become the final judges as to who is elected President. It probably won't be a clean cut election, as already both sides have lawyered up. There already have been accusations on both sides of voter fraud and other tactics to prevent people from voting. It may be a long messy night.

I really fear for the results. If Romney wins, the middle class will be destroyed and minorities will continue to be demonized. If Obama wins, the racists and bigots of the GOP will be furious and promise to destroy the second Obama administration, as they did the day he was first elected. I am also afraid some of the right wing nut jobs of the Republican Party will revert to violence if Obama is re-elected.

This blog started out as a way I could share my views on everything. In the past few months I have concentrated on politics, because I have very strong feelings towards an economically and socially destructive Romney presidency.  During this time I received a lot of readers, but only if I posted every day. To be honest it has been very frustrating trying to increase the readership of this blog. After the election I hopefully will be in a better mood and will regain some enthusiasm and ambition to try and make this blog a success. To all of my readers please don't give up on me, even if you disagree politically with me.

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