Archive for September, 2009

A No-No at Planet Fitness

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

3 of us were at Planet Fitness in Lewiston, Maine, tonight doing a WOD (20 minutes of 4 burpees, 8 pushups, 16 squats), wearing t-shirts saying “Crossfit” on them. We were told that we were violating Planet Fitness policy, which says you can not instruct or lead others in exercise.

Okay fine, we are doing an exercise together and since it is going for max sets none of us are even doing the same exercise at the same time, nor is anyone instructing another person. We were encouraging but other than not not much else going on. What PF said was the issue is that one of us (one person there is level 1 cert) had come up with an exercise routine so therefore he was leading us. The only one that is allowed to lead or instruct is the PF staff trainer. I then posed the manager on duty (Sarah) a question: “What if 3 people came in, 2 ask what should we do tonight and the third said I know, lets do 3 sets of bench presses and 3 sets of squats, would this be against club policy”. To give her credit she answered that yes it would be against club policy.

At no time were we trying to recruit other people in joining us in our WOD, and we are club paying members. I guess PF doesn’t want us as member. Hopefully we’ll get something setup where we can workout and can drop the PF memberships.

More Idiotic Statements From Former President Carter

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Former President Carter decided to weigh in with his opinion on Representative Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama health care speech. First a note to Rep. Wilson: There is a proper time and place to point out a layer, that wasn’t the time or place. Carter let it be known that Rep. Wilson’s comments were “based on racism”.

Ah yes, seeing this again. Disagree with President Obama and be prepared to be labeled a racist, a terrorist, or both.  I’ve seen this way to often, disapprove of the and prepare for the onslaught. Gotta love a well reasoned debate.

The left is also having a hard time dealing with the fascist label, mainly due to their own ignorance on what Fascism means. If your mind jumps right away to killing Jews then you don’t understand Fascism. Fascism is a left leaning socialist agenda, why do you think the Nazi’s called themselves Socialists? I would suggest people read Jonah Goldberg’s book “Liberal Fascism” to help expand their knowledge in this area.

Do As I Say, Not As I do

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Last night President Obama in his address to drag us into fascism made the following statement:

“Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics.”

Okay, probably true, but we have also seen attempts at honest debate. President Obama also said this last night:

“Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result.”

Pot calling the kettle black (I’m sure some liberal will label me a racist now)? And how do we know these things? We don’t. Well we can be pretty sure the deficit will grow with our without health care reform, probably grow even more with the reform being proposed.

Before we turn over control of everyone’s health to the US Government, does anyone really stop and look at how they have been running the part the already are controlling in Medicare and Medicaid? Yup, well run there, just trillions of dollars and unfunded liabilities waiting to be paid by our children (thanks kids).

Missing From The Healthcare Debate

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Is really addressing the health issue in this country. Want to bring costs down? Address that issue for starters. For example, the leading causes of death in the United States from 2006:

Heart disease: 631,636
Cancer: 559,888
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 137,119
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 124,583
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 121,599
Diabetes: 72,449
lzheimer’s disease: 72,432
Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,326
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,344
Septicemia: 34,234

Start looking at how many of those have a personal factor in them, i.e. how diet and exercise plays a role in preventing these deaths. Then think about the health issues many of these cause and the long term costs of dealing with those. Pretty huge numbers.

The American diet is pathetic. We eat too much sugar, too much processed foods, the wrong types of fat, and overeat. Then look at our exercise level, also really bad. People in general don’t get near enough exercise.

What can we do about this? Very little. One could argue that if we are going to tax tobacco due to its health risks we should do the same for foods that are bad for us. I’m not a fan of taxes myself. I rather see the cost burden shifted back to the individual, with a tax credit for purchasing your own insurance if you want too. Let people start seeing the total cost of health and maybe they might make some changes in their lifestyle. I tend to doubt it but one can hope.

Thoughts On The Open Carry Issue

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

First off, I believe the Second Amendment is recognizing an individual right to keep and bear arms. I’m a life member of the NRA. I teach a handgun safety course for those looking to get a concealed firearm permit in my state. I’m not against open carry of a firearm provided it is not breaking any laws.

That all said, I would call those that are looking to make a statement by exercising their right of “open carry” of a firearm to political events where President Obama is present as complete idiots. Is this really the best way you can think of to make a statement about the Second Amendment? Stop and think a minute about the message you are sending and how it will be seen by the average citizen that could be swayed one way or the other. I’m willing to bet that the majority of the people would be saying “what the hell is that idiot doing?”