Monday, October 01, 2007

Interview with Governor Mike Huckabee

huckabeecov.jpgWe interview Governor Mike Huckabee on running for President, his campaign, where he stands on the issues and how he lost 110 pounds. He was diagnosed with type II diabetes, lost the weight and ran four marathons and wrote Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork : A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle to let others know how he did it. The Governor and I also have something in common; we are both interested in, and have written books on kids who kill. The governor is author of Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence which he wrote after the Jonesboro school shootings in Arkansas. You can view his website at

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Blogger Serket said...

Does the Governor have any Psychology experience or was he just interested in the subject? Congratulations to him for losing so much weight! A Republican who is really into rock music would be a good candidate! :) I think his chances of winning though are really slim. Is he one of the three that rejects evolution? I heard from one of the minor candidates, but I don't remember who; they want to set up a committee to suggest government programs for elimination. This is a great idea. Forget tax cuts, we need spending cuts!

6:09 PM, October 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not yet listened to the podcast (shame!) But I agree there are problems with our health care system. I am torn about that. Nothing is worse on my personal anxiety than seeing both sides of the coin at the same time.

Working for a small company, who changes health care providers every year in an effort to get the best deals, I have recently become a pariah. Having come down with lung cancer (supposedly all removed for the time being, because of catching it early)I am un-insurable as far as a new provider is concerned. As such, I have been told that although I will not be fired, it is time for me to look for a new job.

My contributions to the growth of the company are well known. My relationships with distributors, end users, and OEM's are very good. But being sick is bad. Bad for everyone. Especially me.

Of course, if you smoke, quit. One doesn't need a talking GPS to know that - unless you are me. My illness cannot 100% be attributed to smoking (believe it or not) because the type of lung cancer I had is not the usual cancer caused by smoking. It didn't help (I love my own no brainers) either, though.

6:45 AM, October 02, 2007  
Blogger Cham said...

Republican presidential candidates all seem the same to me. But Mr. Huckabee is the first politician who has reiterated my stance on health insurance, which I have repeatedly written about in the comments section here, where those that exhibit bad behavior get rewarded. Those that make the effort to stay healthy end up subsidizing people who don't take care of their bodies. Type II diabetes is sucking the life out of the US health care system because people refuse to stop eating Twinkies and cheese steaks. I believe that Mr. Huckabee stated that a 15% segment of Medicaid recipients use up 80% of the money.

Like any politician, Mr. Huckabee chooses his words very carefully. He ain't my cup of tea but I wish him the best.

9:17 AM, October 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried smoking Twinkies for a while cham, but they don't burn evenly, and taste like crap when lit up. The filling clogs the aftermarket filter too.

Have no fear with coming right out and saying what you mean, I'm a big boy, and can handle it. There is no one to blame for my illness but me.

However, should you fall off a cliff, getting seriously injured while hiking, or get mauled by a bear, bitten by a rattler, etc., in the middle of nowhere - should your health insurance be required to pay for the consequences of those completely avoidable situations? Not to mention the expense of air lifting you from the middle of nowhere to a trauma center, should the emergency team arrive in time.

No one truly means it, I don't think. But we are always kettle and pot in this country these days. Hell, most accidents are falls, occurring in people's own homes.

The answer is elusive.

11:31 AM, October 02, 2007  
Blogger Cham said...

Br549, my post was in no way directed at you, you were just the poster above me so it might have looked that way. Actually, Br549, I did have a health emergency last week. I managed to get myself completely covered with poison ivy, so after a 15 year hiatus I went looking for healthcare and found Target....for $49. The nice American-trained doctor spent 1.5 hours with me after I walked in to the office without an appointment, of course we spent most of our time talking about her champion border terriers but she was nice enough. My Prednizone prescription cost $6 because it was on the Target discount list. The doctor and I talked extensively about what would happen should I be bitten by a snake or contract lyme disease, it turns out there is this place called Doctor's Express which charges $89 per visit that can handle those problems. I avoid any type of hiking risk where a major injury would occur like climbing or bouldering, if you read the fine print in your insurance policy you might find that those types of activities aren't covered. Helicopter rides are NOT covered by many insurance policies but there is separate helicopter insurance you can buy for $75/year.

If I get eaten then that is my own fault and I fully expect to pay for the consequences, why would anyone assume differently?

12:08 PM, October 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, let me re-phrase then. Do you HAVE health insurance?

I mean, if I were you, I would. Although no longer capable, as an older fart than though, plus some broken bones here and there, I spent a fair share of days gone by in the woods myself. My insurance (BCBS at the time) did cover broken bones received from hiking too close to a cliff. I called it vacation, which may have helped.

3:44 PM, October 02, 2007  
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