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MarianJack's Journal
MarianJack's Journal
October 16, 2016

8 months ago today 2/16/16, I weighed 391 pounds.

As of this morning, I'm down to 303 pounds. I want to drop about another 30, which is about 30% of my starting weight.

Why? Because at 61 years old, I've been married Tony wonderful wife for a mere 18 years. I've been the father of my son for a mere 16 years. By any standard that I have, that isn't nearly enough time with either of them. I want to be an old geezer with my wife. I want to be a grandfather with her, too. There are MANY things that I (and we) want to do in my remaining years. None of these things is compatible with. Committing suicide with a fork!

How am I doing this? Eating better and getting some more exercise. No fad diets, gastric bypass or stomach stapling or other surgical intervention. A good deal of stubbornness and determination helps, too! In a few days I expect to be out of the 300s and once there I'm determined to never go back in again.

This is something I rarely say, but I'm proud of myself, but I'll be prouder when I get to where I'm determined to be!

Thanks for reading, and as always...


October 11, 2016

My wife and I voted this afternoon!

We, of course, voted the straight Democratic ticket and a big YES on all of the referendum questions that our "glorious" governor, Paul LePage, opposes fervently!

This is the 11th Presidential election in which I've voted since my first in 1976. It is the vote that I'm most excited to cast. Four weeks from tonight, HRC will make history while Donald Rump will simply "make" in his pants. I can barely wait!


October 8, 2016

Republican honor vs Republican cowardice.

Please make no mistake about it, the calls from some Republicans/teabaggers for Donald Rump to drop out, or their pulling their endorsements, or their refusals to campaign with him are NOT signs of their being honorable. They are signs of their cowardice.

Weather they admit it or not, it is THEY who nurtured a Donald Rump style of nominee ever since the worst days of the 2008 McCain/Palin rallies. It was THEY who embraced with joy and enthusiasm the 2009 germination of the teabagger movement. It was THEY who conducted meetings on the night pot President Obama's inauguration to deliberately sabotage anything that was attempted by a young President who had the temerity to be BLACK!

THEY were the ones who became the party of NO. THEY were the ones who thought it to be OK to bring assault rifles to Presidential appearances, and for Christ's sake, THEY were the ones who had temper tantrums over that same black President wearing a sweater in the Oval Office on a Saturday as well as asking for mustard on a burger.

Before Donald Rump ever engaged in his birthed insanity, THEY did. Before Donald Rump ever embraced the white supremacist alt right, THEY did. Before Dona?d Rump was ever caught on tape talking about just grabbing women by their p*****s, well, you remember the ongoing war on women.

The Republicans/teabaggers whom are running away from Donald Rump now are NOT being honorable, they are being cowards. In my lifetime, there have been some of the biggest blowout/landslide presidential elections in 1964, 1972 & 1984. In EVERY one of those elections, party members did distance themselves from the nominee, but there was NEVER any suggestions that the nominee withdraw a month before the general election.

The Republican/teabaggers officials advocating for Donald Rump's withdrawal today don't give a hang about the well being of America, they want to do all they can to save their equally corrupt, racist and sexist asses.

As Tony Beretta used to say, "and you can take that to the bank!"

That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!


October 1, 2016

Donald Rump is right about one thing, but not in the way he thinks.

One of Donald Rump's many excuses for his pathetic and catastrophic debate performance last Monday has been the "unfairness" of the "news" media. In a very perverse way, he's right.

However, he's right in the wrong way.

Since he announced his candidacy last year, the news media has engaged in a frenzy of unquestioning and nauseating fawning that makes their coverage of Dubya look like microscopic scrutiny.

Donald Rump has gotten over a year of being allowed to get away with the most outrageous lies, blatant racism and sexism, warmongering, stupidity and opponent smearing with NO challenge from the learned "journalists" of the American news media. They've issued him a blanket free pass which he well redeem fully in the third debate when he is permitted to say any line of bullpuckey by the inexplicably selected Chris Wallace of Fox "News.".

While this has gone on, Hillary Clinton has endured over a quarter of a century of never ending investigations, witch hunts and downright smears by a Republican/teabagger party Hell bent on her destruction. She has been more investigated than her husband and more vilified than Ted Kennedy by the right. If it were to come out that in 1965, Hillary mailed a letter with $.01 postage due, than there will be unending stories about her " lack of integrity" and "un trustworthiness."

Ridiculous, Ridiculous, RIDICULOUS!!!

When it came time to answer questions by a moderator who did NOT allow him to get away with his usual shenanigans, on stage with an opponent whom not only had the audacity to be a WOMAN, but intelligent, accomplished and prepared, he had NO IDEA what to do and he folded faster than a cardboard outhouse in the middle of Hurricane Katrina.

Yes, Donald Rump is right. The media HAS been unfair this election cycle. Where he is, as usual, wrong, is in his likely cocaine addled pea brained belief, it is not Donald Rump to whom they've been unfair. The news media has been unfair to America and the world. In doing so they've risked installing into the White House a man so dangerously incompetent that he makes George Dubya Moron look like an elder statesman.

I didn't think that THAT was even REMOTELY possible. For that alone, the America news media has earned at least our scorn.

As my mother would have said, "screw'em!". WE have to be the media.

That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!


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Hometown: Delaware County, PA
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Current location: Winthrop, Maine
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