The conventions are over, and the national level campaigns are pushing hard. We in Texas are not considered a â€śbattlegroundâ€ť state, so we have a little less of the pressure than some others. While that is probably good for those of us watching and reading, it is not as good for the owners of media. That said, the impression that they try to leave with us is that any candidate of their party should be our choice. The higher the office sought, the more likely the candidate is to embrace the platform of a particular party.
I know it might surprise readers of these columns, but I watched a fair amount of the evening speeches from the Republican National Convention. Naturally I liked a lot of them, and agreed with much of what was said. I must say, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ann Romney, and a few others said a lot of things that I really liked hearing stated openly, and forcefully.
Hollywood has never been known to let the truth stand in the way of a good story. As a result, the impression the current slew of court / police television shows could make one believe that probation is never a good thing for the public. Contrary to that vision, many people have had their lives altered by the counseling and restrictions of probation, some to the point of becoming productive citizens. While not appropriate for all persons, there are times that it is very helpful in reaching the goal of the criminal system â€“ seeing that justice is done.
I'll say one thing for being in an election cycle leading up to the most important election of my life: it's sure bringing the progressives and their ideology out in the open. What I find really interesting about that is how every time some leftist puts forward an extreme progressive point of view, it just seems to invigorate the people on the right and make them more active. It's almost as if the people on the left are shooting themselves in the foot with a fully automatic rifle, and just can't seem to stop pulling the trigger.
It seems that each time the Legislature meets, the issue of school starting dates comes up. While many of us can certainly recall those times when school waited until after Labor Day, they are, apparently, irrevocably in the past! Schools are starting all around us, causing meaning that there are some habits we must change!
With Mitt Romney's recent selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, expect to see the left in general, and The Barack in particular, start trying to "shred" Representative Ryan. This will be old hat for the above group. Since Paul Ryan has long been a vocal opponent of the policies of The Barack, and a proponent of reforming some of the worst financial abuses of our federal government, the left has had him in their sights for a long time (as a conservative, I can use a gun reference).
Myopia. I learned the word when I was ten years old from the optometrist who checked my eyes and told my parents that I was nearsighted. I didnâ€™t know I was nearsighted. I thought everyone saw everything the way I saw it. Trees were green blobs, the landscape blurred into blotches of pink, green, brown and blue, like an Impressionist painting. (Maybe Monet was near sighted and created Impressionism by painting what he saw.) I have to admit I wondered how other kids could catch and hit a baseball. I never saw the ball until it was on top of me.
No one really expected the 2000 elections to be as â€śexcitingâ€ť as they were. The issues in Florida involving â€śhanging chadsâ€ť added terms to our language and electronic machines to our voting places. Unbeknownst to most people, the stage is set for the elections of 2012 to be more controversial than any in the history of our nation.
I notice the main stream media spent a lot of air time and ink last week telling the whole world, or at least everybody they could get to pay attention to them, that the vote in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare was a complete and utter waste of time. I would tell you what CNN had to say about it, but just like the vast majority of the rest of America, I donâ€™t watch CNN. This by the way, is the same media that spent countless hours covering the time Congress invested looking into whether Roger Clemens used steroids or not.
I had my license and credentials as a Texas Realtor but no experience and no business cards. My broker asked me to go out to a home recently sold by the office to make some Polaroid pictures.
The interaction with the new home owners went well as did the picture taking. An extra picture was taken of the family standing together on their front porch. I gave them the picture and pulled a card from my pocket.