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Greeting from The Road-Happy last week of Peanut Month

Sitting here in the Pirate town of St. Petersburg Florida, typing this weeks mailer. Fitting for this “pirate” at heart. I hope this finds you well as we wind down March, also know as “The Peanut Month.” No this is true, I read it in the airplane magazine. They gave some great places to get a meal with peanut butter-all of which are no where near any of my travels.

In addition to winding down the month of March, and excited about OUR Buckeyes (yelling O-H?!?!?), NCAA, Baseball Starting, and Spring around the corner…I am missing someone. Well 2 people, but I will focus on one.

This week 4 years ago I lost my Grandmother. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. I could talk to her about anything-many times without saying a word. I just hung out in her (smoke filled) house. She allowed me to do things like eat meat on Fridays during Lent (with excuses like “St. Joseph Day,” and egg rolls can not have meat in them;) She also loaned me money to get a tattoo-and did not tell my parents. One thing many did not know is she gave me my first entrepreneurial experience.

I used to blockade her driveway and would not let her in until she gave me a quarter (today it would be 10 bucks!) Yep-she paid! She taught me to be persistent-she REALLY WANTED IN HER DRIVEWAY! So Grandma I miss ya. BUT through her caring made me the fat kid-always making sure I had a milkshake, a pizza, or 5 pounds of crab legs smothered in butter after school. She always tried. Many times it was not for the better.

While there were many school costume contests I won (she made my costumes), there was one time I had my 5 year class reunion; while she was hemming my pants-she dropped an ash from her cigarettes and they went up in flames (see kids don’t smoke it makes your clothes stink AND can ruin them). She was devastated-I was not real happy-but it destroyed her. She always wanted to do for me-and those she cared about, except quit smoking. I will not forgive her for that aspect of her life-but miss and continue to love her just the same!

This is why I try to do so much for heart, and cancer related organizations to help others who can be helped before it is too late!

So I am celebrating the end of Peanut Month, and am a PROUD DROID owner. It is smarter than I, and I apologize for any messages I lost/sent, calls I hung up/wrong dialed, and thank everyone for their patience with me and new technology.

I also will not give too much commentary on the recent house vote. I will let ALL AMERICANS make their own decisions-however to help you, I have listed below all those who voted for the Obama/Pelosi bill, and those who voted against it. IT IS TIME TO VOTE OUT ANYONE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ISLE WHO IS WORKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE OTHER THAN…”WE THE PEOPLE!”

Well off to bed as you ready this I am on a stage rockin the Honda Gran Prix of St. Pete’s! This “wanna be rock star” needs to get sleep to do what I love!While I want more and am constantly pushing for it-I feel blessed and honored for the experiences I am given. My Grandpa always says “It’s a once in a lifetime experience” I am lucky enough to have those every weekend.


Acorn to Shut All Its Offices by April 1

The community organizing group Acorn announced Monday that it would close all its remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1

The organization is “developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues,” said a statement released by the group.

Acorn has been battered by criticism from the right and has lost federal money and private donations since a video sting was publicized last fall. Acorn employees were shown in the videos advising two young conservative activists — posing as a pimp and a prostitute — how to conceal their criminal activities.

In reaction to the videos, the Census Bureau ended its partnership with the organization for this year’s census, the Internal Revenue Service dropped the group from its Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program, and Congress voted to cut off all grants to the organization.

In recent years, the group has also been dogged by mismanagement and criticism — mostly from conservatives — for its handling of voter registration drives.

Last month, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office completed an investigation of the Acorn employees there who appeared in the video and concluded that they had not taken part in any criminality.

“For Acorn as a national organization, our vindication on the facts doesn’t necessarily pay the bills,” Bertha Lewis, the chief executive of Acorn, said in a statement.

While the videos gave the impression that one of the two activists, James E. O’Keefe III, was dressed as a pimp when he entered the offices, later inspection seemed to indicate that he had manipulated that part of the footage and showed no evidence that he wore the costume when talking to Acorn workers.

The transcript of several stings, however, indicate that Mr. O’Keefe clearly presented himself as a pimp and that Acorn workers in some offices told him how to hide prostitution activities from the authorities.

Playboy’s One Day Detox Program For The Chronic Drunk In Us All
By John Buffalo Mailer

Ask what the best way to detox quickly from the bender of all benders is and you’ll get a wide variety of oddly authoritative opinions. The answers range from taking Suboxone (a drug that helps heroin addicts kick the habit) to drinking copious amounts of alkaline water to guzzling a quart of green juice with garlic and ginger to lengthy yoga sessions. After polling experts in the fields of nutrition and internal medicine, we designed the perfect one-day detox regimen.

Suppose you get back from three nights in Vegas, celebrating at your best friend’s bachelor party. It’s highly likely you mixed libations (liquor, caffeine, a case of Red Bull), assorted powders, the odd little blue pill and the fragrant vapors of various dried plant matter. Whatever your poison, you have to face facts: You have too much toxic sludge in your system and you now need to get it out. You convinced your boss to give you Thursday and Friday off, assuring him you would take the time to prepare for Monday’s presentation to those Chinese investors you’ve been courting for months. It’s Sunday morning when you get back to your apartment. Will the feeling of nausea ever go away? How do you get the edges of all the objects in your room to stop rippling? You’re in bad shape, no doubt about it. Here’s what you do.

1. Drink one eight-ounce glass of the most alkaline water you can get your hands on, at least once every hour. Fiji water has a pH of 7.5 and can be purchased in 24-packs at most major supermarkets.

2. Prepare your stomach by taking one Prilosec, an over-the-counter antacid, to prevent heartburn and nausea. Do not take aspirin, caffeine or any type of ibuprofen. Instead take 100 milligrams of Pycnogenol, a natural plant extract from the bark of the maritime pine tree. This acts as an anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet and anti­oxidant and, when combined with L-arginine, has the added benefit of increasing libido. You’ll never want aspirin again.

3. Drink a cleansing smoothie. In a blender, combine:

4 oz. organic orange juice
4 oz. aloe juice
1 tsp. maca powder (an adaptogen that boosts energy and strength and acts as a libido lifter for men and women)
½ tsp. camu-camu powder (highest vitamin C content of any fruit on earth, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant)
½ tsp. mangosteen powder (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory)
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
½ lemon peel
1 tbsp. Health-Force Nutritionals Vitamineral Green powder
4 ice cubes

Blend until smooth, and down the entire beverage. All powder supplements for this green drink can be purchased from Essential Living Foods (essential

5. Go back to bed and do not attempt to reenter the world until at least 11:30 a.m. Set your alarm every hour so you can pound more water. (Keep a glass and a bottle of water at your bedside to minimize sleep interruption.)

5. Get up and urinate. Do not proceed to the next step until you do.

6. Go directly to the nearest Russian or Turkish spa and take a lengthy platza oak-leaf treatment (a form of therapy, dating back to ancient Greece, that involves the highest level of a three-tiered sauna, cold water poured over you periodically and a large man beating you with oak branches dipped in warm olive oil). The leaves contain a natural astringent that opens pores and releases toxins from your body. For more information go to If Russian masseurs are in short supply, go to a local spa, preferably one that follows the Hollywood notion that every story should have a happy ending. Take a 30-to-60-minute session in a low-temperature sauna (105° to 130°) and follow with a 90-minute deep-tissue massage.

7. Go home and shower with glycerin soap. Glycerin promotes the absorption of moisture, and your skin can absorb astoundingly more H2O than your digestive system.

8. For your first solid food of the day, eat three boiled eggs and two bananas. Eggs contain large quantities of cysteine, an amino acid that will break down the metabolism of bad substances you’ve ingested, while bananas will replenish all the potassium you’ve lost from peeing so much. For dessert, eat two slices of watermelon, which will bring your alkaline levels up, and go back to sleep until evening.

9. As night rolls in, make one bull shot. A typical recipe is as follows:

4 oz. beef consommé or beef bouillon
½ tsp. grated horseradish
1½ to 2 oz. vodka
1 tsp. lemon juice
Several dashes Tabasco sauce
Several dashes Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of celery seed

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice in a rocks glass.

10. Sit down in front of the television with your bull shot in hand and watch Lawrence of Arabia as a pick-me-up. The film’s slow pace and its sweeping shots of gorgeous desert scenery will fit in nicely with your relaxed attitude and quenched body cells, which had been begging for some hair of the dog that bit you. Also, the unbelievable suffering of those poor people will put in serious perspective whatever depressing thoughts you have about how your life has turned out.

11. Have one small bowl of spicy chili with cheese and whole-grain crackers. This will fill your stomach and help you sweat out the remaining toxins as you sleep.

12. Take an antioxidant consisting of large amounts of vitamins B6, B2 and C. (We recommend OPC-3.)

13. Drink one more eight-ounce glass of alkaline water and go to bed.

14. Drink one more tall glass of water when you get up to urinate in the middle of the night.

15. Wake up at a reasonable time and repeat step three to make another green antioxidant drink, followed by an eight-ounce glass of water. Pop another OPC-3 with a bit of green-tea extract and ginseng to stimulate your brain, then go to work and nail those Chinese!

Do you really think I would not chime in?

Here is a list of those who did/did not vote for The Obama Health care plan (unavailable-how many actually read it!). I have listed ALL who voted, for and against to help those throughout the country and the world who read this. Remember THESE PEOPLE COME NOVEMBER 2, 2010!

ALSO for your reading pleasure, here is what “CHANGE” gets you when you elect key words instead of proven leadership!

Job Approval
Obama 47.4%
Congress 17.4%

Obama 46.6%
Congress 77.0%

Direction of Country
Right Direction

Wrong Track

Those who vote yes to Obama, and Polosi, and AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!
Gary L. Ackerman D NY-5
Robert E. Andrews D NJ-1
Michael Arcuri D NY-24
Joe Baca D CA-43
Tammy Baldwin D WI-2
Melissa Bean D IL-8
Xavier Becerra D CA-31
Shelley Berkley D NV-1
Howard L. Berman D CA-28
Marion Berry D AR-1
Timothy H. Bishop D NY-1
Sanford D. Bishop Jr. D GA-2
Earl Blumenauer D OR-3
Leonard L. Boswell D IA-3
Robert A. Brady D PA-1
Bruce Braley D IA-1
Corrine Brown D FL-3
G. K. Butterfield D NC-1
Anh Cao R LA-2
Lois Capps D CA-23
Michael E. Capuano D MA-8
Dennis Cardoza D CA-18
Russ Carnahan D MO-3
Christopher Carney D PA-10
André Carson D IN-7
Kathy Castor D FL-11
Judy Chu D CA-32
Yvette Clarke D NY-11
William Lacy Clay D MO-1
Emanuel Cleaver II D MO-5
James E. Clyburn D SC-6
Steve Cohen D TN-9
Gerald E. Connolly D VA-11
John Conyers Jr. D MI-14
Jim Cooper D TN-5
Jim Costa D CA-20
Jerry F. Costello D IL-12
Joe Courtney D CT-2
Joseph Crowley D NY-7
Henry Cuellar D TX-28
Elijah E. Cummings D MD-7
Kathy Dahlkemper D PA-3
Danny K. Davis D IL-7
Susan A. Davis D CA-53
Peter A. DeFazio D OR-4
Diana DeGette D CO-1
Bill Delahunt D MA-10
Rosa DeLauro D CT-3
Norman D. Dicks D WA-6
John D. Dingell D MI-15
Lloyd Doggett D TX-25
Joe Donnelly D IN-2
Mike Doyle D PA-14
Steve Driehaus D OH-1
Donna Edwards D MD-4
Keith Ellison D MN-5
Brad Ellsworth D IN-8
Eliot L. Engel D NY-17
Anna G. Eshoo D CA-14
Bob Etheridge D NC-2
Sam Farr D CA-17
Chaka Fattah D PA-2
Bob Filner D CA-51
Bill Foster D IL-14
Barney Frank D MA-4
Marcia L. Fudge D OH-11
John Garamendi D CA-10
Gabrielle Giffords D AZ-8
Charlie Gonzalez D TX-20
Alan Grayson D FL-8
Al Green D TX-9
Gene Green D TX-29
Raúl M. Grijalva D AZ-7
Luis V. Gutierrez D IL-4
John Hall D NY-19
Debbie Halvorson D IL-11
Phil Hare D IL-17
Jane Harman D CA-36
Alcee L. Hastings D FL-23
Martin Heinrich D NM-1
Brian Higgins D NY-27
Baron P. Hill D IN-9
Jim Himes D CT-4
Maurice D. Hinchey D NY-22
Rubén Hinojosa D TX-15
Mazie K. Hirono D HI-2
Paul W. Hodes D NH-2
Rush Holt D NJ-12
Michael M. Honda D CA-15
Steny H. Hoyer D MD-5
Jay Inslee D WA-1
Steve Israel D NY-2
Jesse L. Jackson Jr. D IL-2
Sheila Jackson-Lee D TX-18
Eddie Bernice Johnson D TX-30
Hank Johnson D GA-4
Steve Kagen D WI-8
Paul E. Kanjorski D PA-11
Marcy Kaptur D OH-9
Patrick J. Kennedy D RI-1
Dale E. Kildee D MI-5
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick D MI-13
Mary Jo Kilroy D OH-15
Ron Kind D WI-3
Ann Kirkpatrick D AZ-1
Ron Klein D FL-22
Jim Langevin D RI-2
Rick Larsen D WA-2
John B. Larson D CT-1
Barbara Lee D CA-9
Sander M. Levin D MI-12
John Lewis D GA-5
Daniel Lipinski D IL-3
Dave Loebsack D IA-2
Zoe Lofgren D CA-16
Nita M. Lowey D NY-18
Ben Ray Lujan D NM-3
Stephen F. Lynch D MA-9
Dan Maffei D NY-25
Carolyn B. Maloney D NY-14
Edward J. Markey D MA-7
Doris Matsui D CA-5
Carolyn McCarthy D NY-4
Betty McCollum D MN-4
Jim McDermott D WA-7
Jim McGovern D MA-3
Jerry McNerney D CA-11
Kendrick B. Meek D FL-17
Gregory W. Meeks D NY-6
Michael H. Michaud D ME-2
Brad Miller D NC-13
George Miller D CA-7
Harry E. Mitchell D AZ-5
Alan B. Mollohan D WV-1
Dennis Moore D KS-3
Gwen Moore D WI-4
James P. Moran D VA-8
Christopher S. Murphy D CT-5
Patrick J. Murphy D PA-8
Jerrold Nadler D NY-8
Grace F. Napolitano D CA-38
Richard E. Neal D MA-2
James L. Oberstar D MN-8
David R. Obey D WI-7
John W. Olver D MA-1
Solomon P. Ortiz D TX-27
Bill Owens D NY-23
Frank Pallone D NJ-6
Bill Pascrell Jr. D NJ-8
Ed Pastor D AZ-4
Donald M. Payne D NJ-10
Nancy Pelosi D CA-8
Ed Perlmutter D CO-7
Tom Perriello D VA-5
Gary Peters D MI-9
Chellie Pingree D ME-1
Jared Polis D CO-2
Earl Pomeroy D ND-1
David E. Price D NC-4
Mike Quigley D IL-5
Nick J. Rahall II D WV-3
Charles B. Rangel D NY-15
Silvestre Reyes D TX-16
Laura Richardson D CA-37
Ciro D. Rodriguez D TX-23
Steven R. Rothman D NJ-9
Lucille Roybal-Allard D CA-34
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger D MD-2
Bobby L. Rush D IL-1
Tim Ryan D OH-17
John Salazar D CO-3
Linda T. Sanchez D CA-39
Loretta Sanchez D CA-47
John Sarbanes D MD-3
Jan Schakowsky D IL-9
Mark Schauer D MI-7
Adam B. Schiff D CA-29
Kurt Schrader D OR-5
Allyson Y. Schwartz D PA-13
David Scott D GA-13
Robert C. Scott D VA-3
José E. Serrano D NY-16
Joe Sestak D PA-7
Carol Shea-Porter D NH-1
Brad Sherman D CA-27
Albio Sires D NJ-13
Louise M. Slaughter D NY-28
Adam Smith D WA-9
Vic Snyder D AR-2
Zack Space D OH-18
Jackie Speier D CA-12
John M. Spratt Jr. D SC-5
Pete Stark D CA-13
Bart Stupak D MI-1
Betty Sutton D OH-13
Bennie Thompson D MS-2
Mike Thompson D CA-1
John F. Tierney D MA-6
Dina Titus D NV-3
Paul Tonko D NY-21
Edolphus Towns D NY-10
Niki Tsongas D MA-5
Chris Van Hollen D MD-8
Nydia M. Velázquez D NY-12
Peter J. Visclosky D IN-1
Tim Walz D MN-1
Debbie Wasserman Schultz D FL-20
Maxine Waters D CA-35
Diane Watson D CA-33
Melvin Watt D NC-12
Henry A. Waxman D CA-30
Anthony Weiner D NY-9
Peter Welch D VT-1
Charlie Wilson D OH-6
Lynn Woolsey D CA-6
David Wu D OR-1
John Yarmuth D KY-3

Robert B. Aderholt R AL-4
John Adler D NJ-3
Todd Akin R MO-2
Rodney Alexander R LA-5
Jason Altmire D PA-4
Steve Austria R OH-7
Michele Bachmann R MN-6
Spencer Bachus R AL-6
Brian Baird D WA-3
J. Gresham Barrett R SC-3
John Barrow D GA-12
Roscoe G. Bartlett R MD-6
Joe L. Barton R TX-6
Judy Biggert R IL-13
Brian P. Bilbray R CA-50
Gus Bilirakis R FL-9
Rob Bishop R UT-1
Marsha Blackburn R TN-7
Roy Blunt R MO-7
John Boccieri D OH-16
John A. Boehner R OH-8
Jo Bonner R AL-1
Mary Bono Mack R CA-45
John Boozman R AR-3
Dan Boren D OK-2
Rick Boucher D VA-9
Charles Boustany Jr. R LA-7
Allen Boyd D FL-2
Kevin Brady R TX-8
Bobby Bright D AL-2
Paul Broun R GA-10
Henry E. Brown Jr. R SC-1
Ginny Brown-Waite R FL-5
Vern Buchanan R FL-13
Michael C. Burgess R TX-26
Dan Burton R IN-5
Steve Buyer R IN-4
Ken Calvert R CA-44
Dave Camp R MI-4
John Campbell R CA-48
Eric Cantor R VA-7
Shelley Moore Capito R WV-2
John Carter R TX-31
Bill Cassidy R LA-6
Michael N. Castle R DE-1
Jason Chaffetz R UT-3
Ben Chandler D KY-6
Travis Childers D MS-1
Howard Coble R NC-6
Mike Coffman R CO-6
Tom Cole R OK-4
K. Michael Conaway R TX-11
Ander Crenshaw R FL-4
John Culberson R TX-7
Artur Davis D AL-7
Geoff Davis R KY-4
Lincoln Davis D TN-4
Charlie Dent R PA-15
Lincoln Diaz-Balart R FL-21
Mario Diaz-Balart R FL-25
David Dreier R CA-26
John J. Duncan Jr. R TN-2
Chet Edwards D TX-17
Vernon J. Ehlers R MI-3
Jo Ann Emerson R MO-8
Mary Fallin R OK-5
Jeff Flake R AZ-6
John Fleming R LA-4
J. Randy Forbes R VA-4
Jeff Fortenberry R NE-1
Virginia Foxx R NC-5
Trent Franks R AZ-2
Rodney Frelinghuysen R NJ-11
Elton Gallegly R CA-24
Scott Garrett R NJ-5
Jim Gerlach R PA-6
Phil Gingrey R GA-11
Louie Gohmert R TX-1
Robert W. Goodlatte R VA-6
Bart Gordon D TN-6
Kay Granger R TX-12
Sam Graves R MO-6
Brett Guthrie R KY-2
Ralph M. Hall R TX-4
Gregg Harper R MS-3
Doc Hastings R WA-4
Dean Heller R NV-2
Jeb Hensarling R TX-5
Wally Herger R CA-2
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin D SD-1
Peter Hoekstra R MI-2
Tim Holden D PA-17
Duncan D. Hunter R CA-52
Bob Inglis R SC-4
Darrell Issa R CA-49
Lynn Jenkins R KS-2
Sam Johnson R TX-3
Timothy V. Johnson R IL-15
Walter B. Jones R NC-3
Jim Jordan R OH-4
Peter T. King R NY-3
Steve King R IA-5
Jack Kingston R GA-1
Mark Steven Kirk R IL-10
Larry Kissell D NC-8
John Kline R MN-2
Suzanne Kosmas D FL-24
Frank Kratovil Jr. D MD-1
Dennis J. Kucinich D OH-10
Doug Lamborn R CO-5
Leonard Lance R NJ-7
Tom Latham R IA-4
Steven C. LaTourette R OH-14
Robert E. Latta R OH-5
Christopher Lee R NY-26
Jerry Lewis R CA-41
John Linder R GA-7
Frank A. LoBiondo R NJ-2
Frank D. Lucas R OK-3
Blaine Luetkemeyer R MO-9
Cynthia M. Lummis R WY-1
Dan Lungren R CA-3
Connie Mack R FL-14
Donald Manzullo R IL-16
Kenny Marchant R TX-24
Betsy Markey D CO-4
Jim Marshall D GA-8
Jim Matheson D UT-2
Kevin McCarthy R CA-22
Michael McCaul R TX-10
Tom McClintock R CA-4
Thaddeus McCotter R MI-11
Patrick T. McHenry R NC-10
Mike McIntyre D NC-7
Howard P. McKeon R CA-25
Michael E. McMahon D NY-13
Cathy McMorris Rodgers R WA-5
Charlie Melancon D LA-3
John L. Mica R FL-7
Candice S. Miller R MI-10
Gary G. Miller R CA-42
Jeff Miller R FL-1
Walt Minnick D ID-1
Jerry Moran R KS-1
Scott Murphy D NY-20
Tim Murphy R PA-18
Sue Myrick R NC-9
Randy Neugebauer R TX-19
Devin Nunes R CA-21
Glenn Nye D VA-2
Pete Olson R TX-22
Ron Paul R TX-14
Erik Paulsen R MN-3
Mike Pence R IN-6
Collin C. Peterson D MN-7
Tom Petri R WI-6
Joe Pitts R PA-16
Todd R. Platts R PA-19
Ted Poe R TX-2
Bill Posey R FL-15
Tom Price R GA-6
Adam H. Putnam R FL-12
George P. Radanovich R CA-19
Denny Rehberg R MT-1
Dave Reichert R WA-8
Phil Roe R TN-1
Harold Rogers R KY-5
Mike Rogers R MI-8
Mike D. Rogers R AL-3
Dana Rohrabacher R CA-46
Tom Rooney R FL-16
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R FL-18
Peter Roskam R IL-6
Mike Ross D AR-4
Ed Royce R CA-40
Paul D. Ryan R WI-1
Steve Scalise R LA-1
Jean Schmidt R OH-2
Aaron Schock R IL-18
F. James Sensenbrenner R WI-5
Pete Sessions R TX-32
John Shadegg R AZ-3
John Shimkus R IL-19
Heath Shuler D NC-11
Bill Shuster R PA-9
Mike Simpson R ID-2
Ike Skelton D MO-4
Adrian Smith R NE-3
Christopher H. Smith R NJ-4
Lamar Smith R TX-21
Mark Souder R IN-3
Cliff Stearns R FL-6
John Sullivan R OK-1
John Tanner D TN-8
Gene Taylor D MS-4
Harry Teague D NM-2
Lee Terry R NE-2
Glenn Thompson R PA-5
William M. Thornberry R TX-13
Todd Tiahrt R KS-4
Pat Tiberi R OH-12
Michael R. Turner R OH-3
Fred Upton R MI-6
Greg Walden R OR-2
Zach Wamp R TN-3
Lynn Westmoreland R GA-3
Edward Whitfield R KY-1
Joe Wilson R SC-2
Robert J. Wittman R VA-1
Frank R. Wolf R VA-10
C. W. Bill Young R FL-10
Don Young R AK-1

Tea Partiers to Congressional Democrats: You’ll Pay in November

Tea Party leaders, livid over the passage of health care reform on Sunday night, say their next step will be to run the people who voted for it out of Congress.

It’s payback time.

Tea Party leaders, livid over the passage of health care reform on Sunday night, say their next step will be to turn from fighting the bill to running the people who voted for it out of Congress.

The bill’s narrow passage was inarguably a victory for President Obama and a blow to those who opposed it. Though Tea Partiers joined with Republican officials to rally in Washington and across the country against the package up until judgment day, Democrats were able to assuage skeptical lawmakers and muster the votes needed to send the sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system to the president’s desk.

Now those lawmakers have to go, Tea Partiers say, and they’re planning to sustain their fight into November by registering voters, pumping money into ad campaigns against Democratic incumbents and supporting their challengers.

Some want to elect lawmakers with the ultimate goal of repealing the bill; but with repeal a heavy lift, at the minimum the groups are out for vengeance.

And while the Sunday vote was a defeat for the cause, it was potentially a boon for membership.

“I am deluged with phone calls this morning (from) people wanting to join the Tea Party,” said Gina Loudon, a founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, which campaigned against the bill during Obama’s stop there two weeks ago. “I literally cannot even return the phone calls quickly enough. … This has absolutely awoken a giant.”

Loudon said she and other activists — who met up at a pub in downtown St. Louis Sunday night to mourn the passage of the bill — are already drafting a game plan for the months ahead. She said getting involved in congressional campaigns will be a big part of that.

Expect Tea Party political action committees (PACs), to gain a lot more prominence in the months ahead. Loudon said the Ensuring Liberty PAC, the political group announced last month at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville, is going to be raising money and influencing targeted races — her husband is a board member of that group.

Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party and a national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, agreed that the focus will be on voting out health care reform bill supporters.

“Yesterday, they chose not to listen to what the people want,” she said. “We, the people, will have our say in November.”

She said lawmakers like Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich. — who had been a holdout against health care reform over abortion funding concerns but who switched to a yes vote after striking an agreement with the White House — are top targets. She said Tea Party groups plan to continue holding rallies and showing up at lawmakers’ town hall meetings and congressional offices to protest the bill.

“This health care vote was not the end. It is just the beginning of the fight,” she said.

The House on Sunday passed the Senate-approved health care bill along with a package of changes that House Democrats want the Senate to approve next. The bill is being considered under reconciliation rules, which would allow Democrats to pass it with just 51 votes, as opposed to the 60 that would otherwise be needed to avoid a filibuster.

Dooley said Tea Party groups will do what they can to fight the reconciliation bill as well — not out of any particular objection to its contents but out of concern about the reconciliation process and a desire to hold House members accountable for the vote on the Senate bill.

They argue that preventing the reconciliation bill from passing could make some House Democrats even more vulnerable in November.

“We want to make this election a referendum on the bill,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns for FreedomWorks, the conservative organization that’s closely aligned with Tea Party groups across the country.

Tea Party Express, a separate group of conservative activists, is also planning to kick off a nationwide tour Saturday in Searchlight, Nev.

Levi Russell, spokesman for the group, said the tour will focus on health care and on highlighting the “worst offenders” in bringing the bill over the finish line. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be the top target at the Tea Party Express kickoff, which former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to attend.

Though health care reform may continue to be the overriding issue for Tea Party groups in the months to come, the activists say they’re ready to divide their attention among whatever issues Obama chooses to pursue — immigration reform or cap-and-trade or something else.

“We are as passionate about those as we are about health care,” Loudon said.

It is Spring In Columbus! The running and walking paths are free of snow and are full of runners and walkers preparing for the Capital City Half Marathon and Commit to Be Fit 5k.

If you are receiving this newsletter it is because you are already registered for the 2010 Capital City Half Marathon and Commit to Be Fit 5k or we think you might be interested in joining 10,000 of your closest friends for a 13.1 or 3.1 mile block party.

Call it Momentum, a Tipping Point or just being ahead of the curve a bit, Columbus has exploded with positive energy and embraced the healthy active lifestyle. Everywhere I go, everywhere I speak and at every event M3S Sports produces, it seems everyone is training to participate in the 2010 Capital City Half Marathon or Commit to Be Fit 5k. Thanks to 10 TV’s Andrea Cambern, Mayor Coleman, the City of Columbus Police Department, the remarkable support from our partners and the community we will soon reach our registration limit of 10,000 participants.

Our team has been working hard to create a remarkable celebration for you. We have moved the start and finish line over to Spring Street in front of McPherson Commons, added Dj’s as “live milemarkers”, included Tweet My Time as our race tracking software and developed the Michelob Ultra post race party. Donatos Pizza and 10TV have been joined by an incredible number of new “best of breed” partners like Ohio Health, Nationwide Insurance, Cotters, The Diamond Cellar, Michelob Ultra, Skyy Vodka, Power Aid, The Columbus Clippers, The Columbus Blue Jackets and Muscle Milk.

This is YOUR event and your new Facebook Fan page has been up for only a month and the event already has over 1200 fans. Come post your questions, comments and training photos.

Our field is already over 65% sold out and registration fees increase on April 1. Be part of the Celebration and Register Now!

I would like to point out I have lost A BUNCH OF WEIGHT since February 20th. I have put on a little weight with some of my events, but still weighing in at just under 180 pounds. My runs are getting longer (and pace is increasing). Recently I ran a 6 minute mile! I am continuing to lean out and have not lost much of my size, and NONE OF MY STRENGTH! While I am being conscious of what I eat, I basically eat whatever I want. MY SECRET? Products from Visalus! To learn more on how you can get your weight under control, lose weight, and JUST BE HEALTHIER, plus have the chance to make an extra income… Or

.7 Things Never to Say to Your Boss
Karen Burns

Everyone has a boss. Even if you “work for yourself,” you’re still an employee to your client.

A big part of maintaining the boss-employee relationship is to never allow a boss to think you dislike your work, are incapable of doing it, or–worse–consider it beneath you.

These sound like no-brainers, but many statements heard commonly around the workplace violate these basic rules. Looking for an example? Here are seven heard in workplaces all the time. They may seem ordinary, even harmless. But try reading these from your boss’s point of view. You’ll see right away why it’s smart to never allow these seven sentences to pass your lips:

“That’s not my job.” You know what? A lot of bosses are simple souls who think your job is to do what’s asked of you. So even if you’re assigned a task that is, indeed, not your job, refrain from saying so. Instead, try to find out why your boss is assigning you this task–there may be a valid reason. If you believe that doing the task is a bad idea (as in, bad for the company) you can try explaining why and suggesting how it could be better done by someone else. This may work, depending on the boss. In any case, remember that doing what’s asked of you, even tasks outside your job description, is good karma.

“It’s not my problem.” When people say something is not their problem it makes them look like they don’t care. This does not endear them to anybody, especially the boss. If a problem is brewing and you have nothing constructive to say, it’s better to say nothing at all. Even better is to pitch in and try to help. Because, ultimately, a problem in the workplace is everyone’s problem. We’re all in it together.

“It’s not my fault.” Yet another four words to be avoided. Human nature is weird. Claiming that something is not our fault often has the result of making people suspect it is. Besides, what’s the real issue here? It’s that something went wrong and needs to be fixed. That’s what people should be thinking about–not who is to blame.

“I can only do one thing at a time.” News flash: Complaining you are overworked will not make your boss feel sorry for you or go easier on you. Instead, a boss will think: (1) you resent your job, and/or (2) you aren’t up to your job. Everybody, especially nowadays, feels pressured and overworked. If you’re trying to be funny, please note that some sarcasm is funny and lightens the mood. Some just ticks people off.

“I am way overqualified for this job.” Hey, maybe you are. But the fact is, this is the job you have. You agreed to take it on and, while you may now regret that decision, it’s still your job. Complaining that it’s beneath you only makes you look bad. Plus, coworkers doing similar jobs may resent and dislike you. And guess what? Bosses will not think, “Oh, this is a superior person whom I need to promote.” Nope, they’ll think, “What a jerk.”

“This job is easy! Anyone could do it!” Maybe what you’re trying to convey here is that you’re so brilliant your work is easy. Unfortunately, it comes off sounding more like, “This work is stupid.” Bosses don’t like hearing that any work is stupid. Nor do they really like hearing that a job is easy peasy. It belittles the whole enterprise. If a task is simple, be glad and do it as quickly as you can. Even “stupid” work needs to get done.

“It can’t be done.” Saying something can’t be done is like waving a red flag in a boss’s eyes. Even if the thing being suggested truly is impossible, saying it is can make you look ineffectual or incapable. Better to play detective. Why is the boss asking you to do whatever it is? What’s the problem that needs to be solved? What’s the goal? Search for doable ways of solving that problem or reaching that goal. That’s what bosses really want. Most of them do not expect the impossible.

Last words: When in doubt, remember that silence really is golden.

I have a few more openings left to handle your company/business social networking. This is a unique and inexpensive chance to brand your services, and reach beyond your current clientele list. For more info, or a list of current ecstatic customers e-mail

SPORTS:It is “OUR,” “NATIONAL” Pastime!
Mennonite baseball team plays school’s first national anthem

Can you imagine a baseball game starting without the playing of the national anthem?

Yeah, me neither.

But for 53 seasons, that’s exactly what happened — or didn’t happen, rather — before games played at Goshen College. Then came Tuesday afternoon when the song was played at the small Mennonite school in Indiana for the first time.

I wasn’t really aware of this, but the Mennonites have traditionally held a complicated relationship with the national anthem, partly based on the faith’s belief that the song glorifies war and partly based on its belief that citizenship with God comes before their citizenship with any nation.

There is no blanket policy for Mennonite schools when it comes to the anthem, but it had not been played in the 116-year history of Goshen College. The school received 400 complaint letters last season when a radio show talked about the anthem not being played before a basketball game and school administrators ultimately decided on a one-year trial period of the song to foster a more welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

That led to a controversial first playing on Tuesday as Goshen prepared to faceoff against Siena Heights, a small Catholic school from Michigan.

From the Indianapolis Star:

“Tiny wooden grandstands were packed with more than 100 fans, a mix of students and adults. Most of them stood during the playing of the anthem — about a dozen remained seated and at least one booed during the song.

“Some students painted American flags on their chest while three members of an off-campus group came dressed in black with black crosses painted on their forehead.

“‘This is a sign of mourning,’ Nekeisha Alexis-Baker said about the cross.”

School president Jim Brenneman told reporters Tuesday that one of his school’s goals is to address the “complex issues” that Mennonites face with “academic rigor and civility.”

That should be the goal of any higher education outlet, so kudos to Brenneman for keeping that in the forefront as his school explores its beliefs and values.

And a big BLS head nod for introducing the song in the most normal, natural and American way possible. Once again, baseball shows itself to be one of society’s great uniters.

He passed a few years ago-but we all can still learn from Mr. Rogers.

Since 1968, when Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood made its national public television debut, Fred Rogers began each episode with his simple signature question in song: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

For the past two years, the nation joined together to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” as news anchors, librarians, students and CEO’s alike donned their favorite sweaters on March 20, in honor of Fred Rogers’ birthday. Once again we’re asking people to wear a sweater to celebrate the day.

“It started simply enough,“ explains Margy Whitmer of Family Communications, Inc. (FCI is the nonprofit company founded in 1971 by Fred Rogers.) “We wanted to recognize Fred in a way that would reflect his deep appreciation of what it means to be a caring neighbor.”

As in previous years, a number of organizations, particularly cultural institutions and local libraries in Pittsburgh and Southwestern PA, will be participating by hosting activities to celebrate what it means to be a neighbor.

This year we’re happy to announce a new partnership with United Way of Allegheny County. We’ll be expanding our focus to make it an annual event to promote volunteerism – a natural extension of Fred Rogers’ legacy of neighborliness. Through this partnership, people will be encouraged to make a commitment to volunteer on a regular basis, not just for this one-day event.

The United Way will match corporate volunteers with agencies so that on Friday, March 19 volunteers will report to their selected agencies and learn more about their options, do some hands-on work, and hopefully make a commitment to help on an on-going basis. This is also a day for agencies to honor their dedicated volunteers.

Agencies looking for volunteers can take advantage of United Way seminars focusing on ways to make volunteering a welcoming experience and to encourage an on-going commitment. Dates and times will be announced in February.

We’re also working with local cultural institutions and libraries to once again create family-friendly events. In past years the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County libraries and those in surrounding areas offered special events and collected food, sweaters or diapers for their communities. Free or reduced admissions have been offered by local cultural institutions like the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the National Aviary, the Mattress Factory, the Westmoreland County Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museums, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, the Heinz History Center, and the Frick Museum of Art. Events will be posted on the VisitPittsburgh website ( late-February or early March.

“What’s been so encouraging,” Whitmer says, “is the continued enthusiastic response from people all over the country. We’re hoping that people will connect with their neighbors in caring ways and that it will become an annual national day of commitment to community service.”

For more information about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Day, visit

Dear Lord, in the past year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite musician, Michael Jackson, my favorite salesman, Billie Mays, and my favorite athlete, Chris Henry. I just wanted to let you know…. my favorite president is Barack Obama.

Dreams come a couple sizes too big so you can grow into em

A laugh is just a smile that bursts -Waldrip

ur worries r never as big as u imagined dem 2 be when u meet dem face 2 face..



New Christy Minstrels play the Historic Midland Theatre (they have been around for over forty seven years-makes me question, how “new” can they be?). For more info

My Boyz, LoveSick Radio ROX Captain Jacks


Seven Mary Three is at Captain Jacks (must purchase tixx ahead of doors either at venue or by phone 740-281-0700)

Drew Hastings, plays The Funny Bone at Easton Town Center

Happy B-Day Beco! Beco’s First Birthday Bash at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more info

CAPA Presents: Playhouse Disney Live! At The Palace Theatre. The lovable rodent and all his friends will be live onstage! For more info


(Is WCLT’s Curtis Newland) really hangin’ with the Clowns at The Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus? Check it out for yourself at The Ohio State Fairgrounds! Highwire acts, clowns (Curtis?), and all your favorite animals-just bring me back some cotton candy! For more info

Spring has sprung and that means The Longaberger Spring Fling at
The Longaberger Homestead. For more info

The World Famous Pepper Dog had an invite to The Columbus Pet Expo, at Columbus Vets Memorial, but her dad had to go out of town to Florida (I AM WORKING! Someone has to feed her). This is the LARGEST Pet Show in Ohio. For more info


John Cusack stars in ‘Hot Tub Time Machine,’ rated “R.” If you don’t like low brow humor, cheap gags, and dis-tasteful comedy, this is not your movie. I thought it was hilarious!

The family friendly, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ staring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, and Craig Ferguson is rated “PG.” This animated, action adventure, teaches us all to not judge others-it is also funny!


One of my top 10 of 2009, ‘The Blind Side,’ rated “PG-13.” Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the true story of a young lineman who goes from homeless High School Student to the first pick in the NFL draft. This is a GREAT movie for anyone-you don’t even need to be a sports fan.


Fresh out of prison, Mindy McCready releases ‘I’m Still Here’ (think she will sing this when she goes back?)
American Idol finalist (should’ve won!) Justin Bieber releases ‘My World 2.0’

Starting next Weds. Join me for Largo’s Pub Ladies night. The newest Ladies Night in the Powell Area! Corner of Powell and Glick Roads!

OSU Spring Game Tailgate at Across The Field (Olentangy and Ackerman) April 24th. Details coming soon

MAY 1 join me, and 15 of the “Best motivational DJ’s” in OHIO at The Columbus Half Marathon (web link above)
The Lima Company Going Away Party has been rescheduled to May 5th (Cinco DeMayo) This is due to scheduling conflicts within the Unit. Event is STILL SCHEDULED AT FROG BEAR WILD BOAR BAR!

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