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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

He's Baaaaack

Heavens, it's been a while. And so much has happened and continues to happen.  So, let's do a quick review, shall we?

First, it's true - Obama is still President and it doesn't look like there is a whole lot his detractors can do about it.  I've said it before, and will say it again now - the problem is Congress.  A group of men and women whose whole existence is consumed by one effort:  The desire to be reelected, to keep their jobs.  It's pathetic that my Republican brethren have so little faith in the process that they must resort to petty attacks on the President.  Granted, he has screwed the proverbial pooch on countless issues, but damn.  Where are all of "God-fearing" congressmen who were elected to supposedly keep the President in check?  Oh!  Wait. They are running for the U.S. Senate now.

Second, yes, I've had some health issues and I don't want to go into great detail here because it's deeply personal.  But, that being said, I have been diagnosed with liver disease as a result of "fatty liver."  There is deterioration and now, I'm on about a billion types of pills and hopefully I'll soon be getting biopsies to really nail down what the hell is going on.  I know that I've lived with monster pain for over a year and a half, but I'm still alive and for that, I'm very thankful.  I went to the emergency room last year after vomiting up a bunch of blood, passing out and just all around feeling like crap and sure enough, I had swallowed 4 units of my own blood as a result of esophageal veracese.  I don't want to sound like a whiny bitch, so I'll just say that the big issue is pain management and determining a method to slow the deterioration of my liver and hopefully not have to get a transplant. Another problem is memory lapses.  I can remember songs, music on the guitar, but I can't remember the order in which I'm supposed to play them.  I can't remember which medications I am supposed to take and when.  It's frustrating for a guy like me. Hell, stranger things have been known to happen.

Third, contrary to popular belief, I have not been involved in any Oklahoma campaigns whatsoever.  I have no interest really, and the crop of individuals running for office is largely bottom of the barrel.  It's a bunch of names and faces we've seen before and only a couple of them are saying anything differently than their predecessors have a thousand times.  But, there are a few exceptions.

Fourth, I like Steve Russell for Congress.  The problems we have with the VA, the saber rattling of Russia, the ISIS terrorist bastards in Iraq, Iran's continuing aggressiveness and of course, Israel's struggles...we need veterans in office and if Oklahoma can contribute, so be it.  Steve Russell is the guy to represent us in Congress, in my opinion.  I believe that he'll do something about the VA bullshit and he will also provide a knowledgeable voice regarding war, the potential for war and how to adequately conduct conflagration without massive loss of life.  It's time for veterans to be heard and Russell can be our voice.  No disrespect to the former Edmond Mayor, of course, but if you have to look at where we are in this country, the last thing we need is a silver spoon Edmondite representing us - we had a camp counselor before, it's time to get serious.

Well, kids, that's enough for now.  I'll be back soon enough!