• Physical Fitness: Anything is Better than Nothing.


    I recently dropped twenty-five pounds I needed to shed, and have only gained back five over the holidays—so far. Hopefully, that will be it, and then I can get back on track after this holiday holding pattern, and chase away those five naughty pounds.


    During this, what I call, holding pattern, the reason I’ve only gained back five, and thankfully not the full twenty-five pounds is that I came to the realization that over the course of my fitness “career,” my normal tack had often been an all or nothing approach. Either I worked out regularly and I ate well, or I didn’t work out and I ate poorly. This approach can spell disaster.


    An anything rather than nothing approach will leave you better prepared to maintain a more fit lifestyle. If you simply can’t refrain from the plethora of goodie-ridden platters at the holiday season parties you’re committed to attend, then at the very least don’t give up on your workouts. Chances are, if you do get your workout in you may indulge more than you’d like, but having worked out, there should be less guilt and a better likelihood you may even eat less not wanting to compromise the work you did do.


    And, by anything being better than nothing, I’m talking as little as fifteen or twenty minutes of vigorous exercise is better than no exercise at all. This is especially true if you employ targeted techniques such as Tabata-style workouts, during which you employ interval training with as short an interval as ten or twenty seconds of work. Of course the work is all out, it’s short, but the benefits are exponential. With this technique even eight minutes of work will leave you exhausted and doing the backstroke in a pool of sweat, and is certainly much, much better than nothing.


    The best thing about it is you’ve done “something” that you can build on the next time you workout. You don’t end up stringing together too many non-workout days, making it even more difficult to get back to. Also, there is a much better chance that you’ll extend your workout to longer than the fifteen or twenty minutes you’ve intended, something that couldn’t occur if you didn’t work out at all. So, eat an extra cookie if you have to, but do something, for Christmas’ sake!


    These are some of my favorite fitness programs and resources:

    P90X Fitness Program


    Seattle Sports and Fitness


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  • Cowardly Democrat Leaders Call for Vote in the Middle of the Night.


    What in liberty’s name are the Democrats doing? We know that not all Democrats are far left politically, but we’d never know that by their recent actions. How many of them are committing political suicide by supporting the vastly unpopular, monstrously expensive, dangerously socialistic, healthcare bill? I suppose next fall will answer that question. I think any Democrats who’ve underestimated the current, and growing, anger of the American people, will learn an electoral lesson they will never forget.


    If nothing else shows how underhanded the Democrats are being, we just have to look at the timing of their votes and related news releases throughout this process. They come at the week’s end (read: end of news cycle), and in the middle of the night (read: cowardly), and without the people or their representatives given an opportunity to even read it (read: don’t read).


    Such is the case with the upcoming vote on the Senate’s version of the bill, for which the Democrat leadership has decreed they will gather in the wee dark hours of Monday morning (read: “Sunday” night), to stir their cauldron and cast their spell against the physical and fiscal wellbeing of the American people.


    They succeeded in bribing Senator Landrieu, ala “Louisiana Purchase II” and now it appears they’ve also purchased Nebraska for today’s version of thirty pieces of silver. Actually, for a Democrat under this regime, I give Senator Nelson credit (though not much) for hanging in there as long as he did. After seeing Senator Lieberman’s resolve collapse, it now appears there are no Democrats willing to stand up for the American people and liberty.


    How sad. I don’t know how retired Georgia Senator Zell Miller, arguably the last true conservative Democrat to have served, keeps his breakfast down while reading about his party’s latest totalitarian tactics, and surely John Kennedy and Scoop Jackson must be turning in their graves.


    The rush to get “something,” “anything,” passed before Christmas Eve can now be seen as nothing more than a surge to get anything other than a lump of coal in President Obama’s stocking, even if it’s only a cube of ice, which will melt away in the heat of the American fury sure to follow.


    Hold on tight, 2009 was the far left’s push against liberty; in 2010 Americans will push back!

  • Government cannot Bestow Rights; Government can only Recognize and Protect them.


    You know, folks always tell conservatives and libertarians that we must return civility to the political conversation. Funny; I can’t remember the last time I started a political conversation with a liberal or progressive, but they’ll sure start one with me. I was at a Christmas party a couple years ago and I mentioned something positive about President Bush about something fairly innocuous. The folks I was standing with looked at me as if I’d grown a second head.


    “You like Bush?” The normally genial hostess said to me, looking like she and her fellow public school teachers had just gulped a mouthful of dirt.


    I replied that I liked some things he’d done, and opposed other things. That apparently wasn’t good enough and I learned in the diatribe that followed that there wasn’t even one good thing about the man—ever!


    I used to agree that civility was needed in political discussion, but I think the liberals are winning me over. Why should I give any leeway at all to those political opponents who want to take away my money and my rights. We’re talking about people, with regard to the current “Health Care Reform” bill(s), who have no qualms with tossing my ass in prison should I choose not to purchase health care “insurance.”


    This seems to be the bottom line: If conservatives and libertarians get their way, liberty prevails and even the liberals are free to live their lives as they choose. If liberals and progressives get their way, liberty suffers and no one is free to live their lives as they choose.


    This being the case, why in the world should I be civil to a person who would take away my property (money) and my liberty? Now, part of the pity is most ordinary liberals don’t look at it this way, and that’s more than sad. On the contrary, the leaders of the progressive movement know exactly what they’re doing. Their followers have deluded themselves into believing that human beings cannot make a correct decision for themselves and therefore the government must make it for them. They’ve even arrived at the illogical conclusion that government providing entitlements is some sort of “charity.”


    Plain and simple, it’s not charity if it’s forced. Charity is a voluntary gesture from the heart, given from one person to another. I’m tired of liberals who accuse me of callousness because I don’t support universal health care. Health care being a product like any other product, I don’t believe in universal food distribution, or housing, or transportation, or televisions, or lawn mowers, or videogames, or etc.


    Making my own peaceful decisions, such as purchasing health insurance, for myself is my natural right; the government providing me with health care is an entitlement paid for by redistributing someone else’s money to me—how is this a right? Government cannot bestow real rights, only the divine can do that. Government exists primarily to protect my natural rights to my life, my liberty, and my pursuit of happiness.

  • Eternal Vigilance is Exhausting.


    I need to reiterate my frustration about having to be so increasingly and constantly vigilant against the devastating government encroachment into almost all facets of our private lives and businesses. I’ve long been fond of Thomas Jefferson’s commandment regarding liberty requiring eternal vigilance, however I’ve believed—until now that is—that, although a poignant edict, he’d employed a bit of hyperbole. I no longer think that.


    I’m about as fed up as I can get with trying to keep up with our government’s rapid-fire, liberty-shredding agenda. I simply can’t trust my government, almost, no one of high office, regardless of party, and, sadly, not our president, and most certainly not the party in control of congress for the past several years whose presided over this current disaster.


    I won’t bore you with the litany of attempted transgressions against liberty—and sanity—of the current administration, the list is lengthy indeed, although thankfully the administration thus far has been remarkably, happily, more impotent than anyone anticipated—on either side. Although they have attempted, and continue to attempt, to ram a radical socialist agenda down our throats to, “…fundamentally transform the United States of America,” the slow realization that he wasn’t kidding when he said that, which has lead to a growing resistance demonstrated at town hall meetings and tea parties across the nation, has been inspirational.


    So, let’s address one thing, the so-called Jobs Summit. This administration can’t seem to keep partisan politics out of anything. They can’t be oblivious to the public perception when the President conducts a “Jobs Summit,” held with the ostensible purpose of doing their level best to create new American jobs, without inviting groups crucial to job-making such as the United States Chamber of Commerce, to name only one, who, together with the other excluded small business groups, represent some 140 million American employers and workers. And they also do it without consideration of traditional, proven job creators such as lowering taxes and reducing regulations for small businesses.


    I wonder how I, as a conservative-libertarian, am supposed to take this summit seriously. I wonder how anyone of any political ilk—who is intellectually honest—could take this summit seriously. Why were some of the most potent forces for job creation excluded? It’s because the President is miffed and has demonstrated very little tolerance for decent in his realm. In an adolescent exercise, it seems he’s actually punishing those who oppose his views, in this case, by not inviting those “kids” to come play in his fort. Oh, come on! How can I trust an administration that would do such a petty thing at the expense of real progress? It’s like asking someone to come up with a way of filling a glass with water, but telling them they can’t suggest using water.


    Is there anything that remains outside politics with this administration—with their VP Biden-touted “Eternal Campaign?” And now, bafflingly, Americans are once again being made fools of by a president who asserts executive privilege in not allowing the White House social secretary to testify before congress regarding a serious security breach that threatened the security of the President of the United States of America within his own home. Executive privilege? For a social secretary? Where is the sense in this? Or I suppose the real question is: What is the purported most transparent administration in history hiding?


    These are but a few of the current issues that have this American in a state of constant vigilance, and the list continues growing. And although suffering political fatigue, the cost of inattention, or worse apathy, is not an option—we can’t let our Founders, and those who’ve fought to preserve their vision, down. I know the many will benefit from the price paid by the few who take an active roll in preserving American liberty, but as long as my children are among the many, it is a worthy effort indeed.