In reading a work-related on-line article about effective presentations, one forwarded from our marketing department with professional development intent I’m sure, I found myself nodding in agreement and chuckling with one particular exerpt…
“Never Let Facts Speak for Themselves
Facts need interpretation. According to Mark Twain, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” If you don’t believe this, tune in to the next political campaign. People can make facts and numbers mean almost anything. Interpret yours so that your listeners draw the same conclusions you intend.” Continue reading →
Ironicially, today just so happens to be the Iowa Republican Caucas. I would imagine many political opponents to the former Massachuetts governor can most likely relate to this...this...message. But wait...is this all the Governor's doing towards them? (1/3/2012 during the morning commute @ southbound Hwy121 in Fort Worth)
And it has been yet another active year exercising the Canon, FugiFilm, and on occasion, the in-a-pinch iPhone camera.
In looking back at my 2011, I see that I did a lot of birding and flowering with the photos taken (or at least those that are my “favorites”). And I certainly threw in a few sunrise/sunset photos…after all, what would a set of my pics be without those kind of photos?
Take a look – let me know what you think. This has been a fun year and it has taken me several places in order to capture the handful of photos here and there…and along the way.
I have officially decided that I will no longer post pictures on this blog for fear it might incite some people into not providing me comic relief opportunities (my silly every-day-America photos). It just might also cause my faithful readers to question my genuine intent, trustworthiness, integrity in bringing you the most authenitic photographs possible…believe me, I really ought to take a break from the camera and learn Photoshop if I’ve got to start doctoring photos for you guys from here on out. Continue reading →
Got this question from a Disneyland commercial this evening: “What would you do if you had one more day?”.
So like I usually do, I twist the question a bit, take it out of context (maybe not so much), think about all that is carried in my bucket, and re-ask the question without any thought of Disneyland. This question is intended to stir the deep, soul-reaching responses you have with good friends or close family (more times than not when an adult beverage has influenced your boldness and confidence, among other things). So what would you say (do) if the question was posed to you? Gut-check!
Done voted today and proud of it. Don’t try to convince otherwise.
Here’s to watching our voting voices be heard by new and old politicians.
This election day we had 34 choices to consider at my polling place (no propositions). It took me a while to get through each choice as I wanted to vote “for” a candidate and not for “a side” had a straight party ticket vote been punched (who came up with that lousy idea anyway?). I also wanted to vote for the friends I have and know running for office as they genuinely put their heart and soul into their election and service…and knowing that of them personally, I cared less of the party label behind their name on the ballot.
Know your elected officicals Call them. Write them. Talk personally with them. Then elect them if you know them well.
And just in case it need be known, I voted for 25 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 5 Libertarians…or if you want to look at it another way, 21 men and 13 women. Label me as you see fit…I prefer the “Proud Voting American” personally.
Let’s make a difference by voting our conscious…and be better off for it.
Let’s cast our vote for Dave Barry…he is still running for President. He’s better than any of the Re-puke-lican or Dumb-ocrat clowns I’ve seen in any of the races of late. Dave ought to make you laugh, only because of something funny, not laugh because we don’t want to cry over crooked politicians, a crappy economy, or whatever else gets you all worked up (and over).
Dave is a humorist, a funny man. An author and speaker, an entertainer, a philosopher. We all should lighten up, relax and hear him out. Try to enjoy life instead of fearing the future and declaring doom. I like Dave.
From the left side of the political aisle comes these dumb quotes…yes Virginia, the political idiots care not what they claim as their party affiliation or their political lean. Politicians are all the same and don’t try to convince me otherwise.
From my newfound blog… the same one that gives us the dumb conservative quotes posted earlier today comes this about the liberals: The Stir, a cafemom blog
I’m thinking I like this lady. She’s clever and seemingly fair (for the most part) with her blogging. I’ll take that over political extremist propoganda any day.
From the right side of the political aisle comes these dumb quotes…now lets not have any one getting too excited, I know the left side has just as many political idiots and their proof of interview/press conference intelligence will soon be posted as well…
Check out this newfound blog…it seems as much “balanced” as it is interesting: The Stir, a cafemom blog, and that certainly is refreshing for a change!
I hope someone makes a room-with-a-view in heaven for this lady.
Just when our worries of political past, present, and future are nourished by bogged down, obsessed, and bent tendencies, we get this lady – one Kaziah Hancock – to come along and deservingly kick us in the seat of our britches.
Voting for party primary runoffs are happening next week (in Texas). I am now reminded of that nearly everyday. If it’s not the constant chatter on Facebook, emails, and blogs (and look what I’m doing with this post), it is now the messages left on my home answering machine.
Get this: I have my seated County Judge calling me to influence (I guess because she thinks I’m too stupid to know otherwise) my vote a certain direction…for the Probate Judge of all things. She promises if I vote correctly, her candidate of choice for Probate Judge will make a big impact in my life (probate judges do probates, guardianships, mental health cases, and real estate disputes – hmmm). And she endorsed her candidate after first slinging a few mud balls at his opponent. My County Judge hasn’t a clue that I personally have taken the time to meet the candidate she’s “instructing” me on and can (and will) make up my own voter’s mind.
This only shows to go ya, politics has gotten way out of control. Republicans have the “you’ve got to see it my way or you’re just stupid” political approach, the Democrats play the nauseous “poor poor pitiful us how can you not see it our way you fool” pity card. And only to top all that, voting and voters have lost control. The national political mess is now reaching way down to the local level with my Probate Judge election.
On a recent friend’s Facebook posting, I endured this 10-minute drumming of political summary (10 minutes you guys…I’m just saying “pack a lunch” if you’re going to watch it). So as a courtesy to the original Facebook post, I have spared others my “comment” of lengthy reply to that YouTube “TRUTH” (however this blog is updated to Facebook daily so it will show up and allow for rebuttals at my expense, and not that of original post):
As most of my close friends and family (may) know, I have little patience for scare tactics, heavily-leaning militant politics, and grossly bias commentary that tells me what, when, and how to think…imagine that of me, a non-rebel…yeah right?
It all started with my lame attempt at cleverness, saying “TV commercials with clowns can scare (or laugh) the crap out of you….” as a comment to the video and posting lead-in of the YouTube “if this doesn’t scare the crap out of you I’m not sure what will.” My bad y’all…but have you seen those commercials lately? They are screamingly funny!
Here’s my take on this…this…state of Kennedy now being partially exposed (as if they needed any help beyond their borders): Naked Cosmo Senator Republican (although OFNi DaniM probably didn’t need my assistance in researching the Internet for our family’s email discussions today).
I, for one, am not well versed in the Bible’s scriptures. However, a good scripture discussion and interpretation is welcomed as long as I have my study Bible to reference. Perhaps that explains why I’ve had a Bible study class or two through my church over the last few years. As my old pastor told me many times – while sitting in a church pew, one-on-one over breakfast, and even in the passenger seat of a golf cart – religion and the Bible can really mess with your head. Perhaps Brother Bill’s point is the Bible is for all of us to take what we need from it, depending on the circumstance. I know many times I reference the Book for consolation, assurance, and inspiration. It has helped me countless times when in need, but it is used solely for my personal journey of faith and not to spread fear and condemnation. I know the Bible tells us to seek discipleship and congregate as a family in the house of the Lord. I try to do that through encouragement, patience, and as a living example – I think I am still ok in the Eyes from above. Continue reading →
Political jokes are often times worth repeating, but not always on this blog. This one however is kind of funny. So here you go…from an email forwarded from one of my FNs Tara:
Leave it to the Irish to cut through the garbage and make the whole issue crystal clear…
Thoughts from across the pond – an email from Ireland to the brethren in the States…a point to ponder despite your political affiliation:
‘We, in Ireland, can’t figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States this year. On one side, you have a pants wearing woman lawyer, married to a lawyer who can’t keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary that they still haven’t paid for yet, against a lawyer who states he is ‘black’ when it is documented that he is only 12% ‘black’, who goes to the wrong church, who has stated that he wants his countrymen to learn to speak Spanish rather than English, who refuses to put his hand over his heart and say the pledge of allegiance or wear the flag of the country he wants to run, who can’t remember if there are 50 or 57 states in his own country, who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn’t even like the country her husband wants to run.
Now…On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate ‘Mc’, married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship. What in Lord’s name are ye lads thinking over there in the colonies??
There you have it: obviously my title has Mc=McCain and OB=Obama. I’m open for suggestions for my GYN acronym…perhaps Grab Your Nickels (and dimes, and quarters, and dollars – they all are politicians…and they want our $$$ regardless of their aisle persuasion)????