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politics: I Have Remained Pretty Quiet For Too Long - 10/24/10 12:20 AM
As we approach the elections I am beginning to break a promise to myself to pretty much sit back and keep my opinions to myself on politics. However as I have watched and even felt the effects of the economic downturn in the USA...I saif I just cannot shut up anyt longer...too much at stake. We simply must go for stopping the Obama-Pelosi-Reed Locomotive and replace it with something better. Please examine your choices this year, and make a decision that will make a difference...Vote (11 comments)
politics: Why Politics And Tobacco Use Are Just Alike - 10/10/10 01:15 PM
I have my political views and am not afraid to voice them. But this post is more about the nature of the beasts involved than the actual beasts themselves. I believe sometimes politics gets too personal. I don't care if you dabbled in witchcraft, shot a moose, are gay, or studied Marxism when you were a naive freshman at some obscure small college. Whether you are Republican, Democrat, Pure Teaparty, Commie, John Bircher (do they even exist anymore) , Maoist, ....there is one rule of thumb in civil debate that we must adhere to.......And this is why I say that Politics (7 comments)
politics: Politcal Pants On The Ground... - 01/23/10 08:26 AM
I have to agree with Gov. Mike Huckabee... that the Democrats did get caught with their pants on the ground this week. But , moreover Mike's view that this could help insure the President's re-election, if he pays attention to the signals created by the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, is credible. Why could this occur? As Huckabee indicated, Bill Clinton headed to center too. When he saw the tide turning before his second election....he then headed to midstream politics. IF Obama takes this strategy that could help improve his chances of a second administration. Oops. The President better take note (7 comments)
politics: 20 Year Anniversary For Fall Of Berlin Wall - 11/10/09 11:19 AM
Approximately 400 individuals and a few dignitaries showed up at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas on Monday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany and to pay tribute to President George H. W. Bush for his great efforts in contributing to that fall. The President and former Secretary Of State Condoleeza Rice were both present at the celebrations. A joint effort between local Rotary Clubs helped to see this great event through and the local College Station high school band played for the crowd. The Berlin Wall was one hundred miles long and was the icon (7 comments)
politics: Only One Vote - 11/03/09 09:27 PM
This morning my wife and I were running a little late. Our voting place is 5 miles from our home which is 30 miles from the office. I couldn't locate my voter registration, and told myself since we were late that I would try to come back later and vote. In Texas you can vote with an alternate ID like your driver's license. So that was the plan....even though it would mean another 60 mile round trip that I would do it anyway. Now mind you on today's ballot in our county, there were no candidates, only amendments to the Texas Constitution, eleven to (22 comments)
politics: Words For The Left..... and Right fom Thomas Jefferson - 10/08/09 09:17 PM
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned ....this is the sum of good government." I believe Jefferson was a very wise man who saw things from many points of view. How would you interpret this statement? I think it has to do with the taxation of those who work and earn. Or how about this one.... "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government fom wasting the labors of people under (9 comments)
politics: I Am Sorry - 07/24/09 06:18 PM
The three most important words we can say...yet somehow the 3 most difficult to say, as evidenced by our president's recent actions in regards to the arrest controversy surrounding the Harvard prof and the policeman. The Prez should have apologized and let it go , yet he chose to protect his image, over doing the "right thing". Saying "I am sorry" is not in the vocabulary of many individuals and is in some cases, culturally shameful. This is so sad because so many of the world's political, social, and familial problems could be resolved with Three Simple Words. I had an (12 comments)
politics: New Interim President For Texas A and M - 06/18/09 04:06 PM
So much new stuff going on in College Station ! A New council person elected Saturday and now the president of Texas A and M University resigns and R. Bown Loftin assumes the presidency on an interim basis . On the first meeting with the University Board of Reagents it was revealed that it looks like contained tuition hikes are in the future for students attending the University. Not good news! Additionally the reagents have to figure out how to deal with other shorfalls in revenues facing A and M. In a cost saving effort the University is seeking to combine several functions of the University and (1 comments)
politics: City Council Meetings....Better Than Reality TV ! - 06/09/09 10:34 PM
Tonight my wife and I attended the City Council meeting at city hall in Bryan, Texas. I have attended council meetings in neighboring College Station, but it has been a while since I attended one in Bryan. If you would rather do something more enlightening than watching television or playing video games after your day ends ...then take in a city council meeting . They are better than reality TV...believe me. Here are just a few of the items that came up on tonight's agenda: 1. The council was one hour late to the regular meeting because they couldn't get out of (12 comments)
politics: City of College Station Needs Citizen Input - 05/28/09 05:32 PM
College Station is accepting applications from residents for serving on committees and boards within the city. The deadline is the 15th of June. call 979-764-3541 Some of the committees and boards: Cemetery Committee Construction Board of Adjustments and Appraisals Design Review Board Historic Preservation Parks and Recreation Zoning Board of Adjustments Planning and Zoning Commission Serving on one of these board or committes is a great service to your community and speaks highly of an individual's concern for the community.
politics: The Dog That Caught The Fire Truck - 04/10/09 10:49 PM
That is how a news commentator recently described our President and the way he is actingnot acting, by remaining silent about the piracy off Somalia, and the taking of the ship's captain. It seems to me our President should speak out on this. Does his silence on this incident speak volumes.....or does it simply reflect on his lack of diplomatic knowledge and experience with foreign affairs and crisis? This all raises the question about how he will act when faced with much more serious incidents like say another 9-11, or perhaps even an accidental missle launch. This President got what he asked for when he won the Presidency. He (5 comments)
politics: Infinite Ammortization Loan ...... 46 miles Worth! - 03/17/09 11:04 PM
That's right ..I said infinite amortization. That is just about the amount of time it will take for the American Government to pay off the trillions of dollars it has committed the American people to . In real estate we seldom see more than a 30 year amortization. There were some loans made after 2000 that were 40 year paybacks and I simply thought that was absurd...way to long for someone to be committed to a payment plan. But the US Govt. has had no problem committing us taxpayers to what amounts to an Endless Pay Plan......Do you think when we finally do see the end in sight (7 comments)
politics: Governmental Affairs And Real Estate Agents - 03/13/09 11:23 PM
So much is taking place these days that affects the real estate profession, that I sometimes wonder how any professional agent could not help but be concerned on more than just an emotional level with all the change that confronts the modern Realtor. Not everyone has the time or inclination to become overtly involved in following politics and legislation, at least on more than as a casual observer level. Listening to or reading the news and informal discussion with friends and work associates just about sums up what most of us have done politically other than just voting, for the largest part of our (14 comments)
politics: Coffee With The Mayor Of College Station - 02/28/09 11:46 AM
Yesterday was a quarterly event put on by the mayor's office in College Station...known as "Coffee With The Mayor." This event is a short forum in which the mayor and his staff inform developers, Realtors, builders and the public about the general state of affairs in College Station. All those present are invited to participate and ask questions. Sometimes the exchange gets a little "lively" but continues to appear to be in a civil manner. This week questions were brought up about the new 2009 International Building Code, the pending "tree ordinance," and the increased hotel -motel tax. That issue particularly has (3 comments)
politics: I Listened To The President Tonight...Still Confused. - 02/24/09 11:24 PM
Tonight I listened respectfully to our new President's first address to a joint session of Congress. I will say it was a forceful speech and that I listened intently. But much like his campaign speeches upon close scrutiny there was much hoop-la with only a smidgen of substance. Each day I become increasingly concerned that we may be destined to 4 years of this. Still I shall remain open minded and "hopeful" that at some point a more detailed description will come forth as to how he plans to turn this economy around. Oh I did notice one thing tonight . There (14 comments)
politics: Which Candidate Will Be Best For Our Profession? - 11/01/08 11:04 AM
As A Real Estate Professional an owner of a company I feel it is absolutely necessary to vote , not only on who best represents my principals and beliefs, but for who will insure my profession will survive. The outcome of this election very well could determine the fate of the real estate industry for years to come. This has really been a hard decision and I want everyone to know that spent a great deal of time pondering this issue ( all of about 10 seconds to be honest). It is real clear....McCain is the Man. Please support him if you want (12 comments)
politics: So How's Gas Prices in Your Area? - 10/03/08 10:44 PM
Lately I have noticed that the price of oil , and the price of gas at the pump have both continued to fall. Sure hope it continues but there is another side to the story.While having discussions with a local oil executive he informed me that some companies are laying off a few employees. So here we go again ....are prices going to continue to fall ? Resulting in lost jobs. Will these up and down cycles continue to be shortlived? I don't know if we can stand the cycle stress, much less the high cost of gas much longer.
Now (10 comments)
politics: I Saw Fear in His Eyes Tonight - 10/03/08 12:41 AM
I was taught in real estate sales to observe and listen to my clients in order to pick up on their body language signals. Well tonight I saw Fear in Senator Joe Biden's eyes several times, while he debated Governor Sarah Palin. I also saw a face (Biden's) that was very angry and very nervous. Was he angry because a WOMAN was standing her ground, and refused to be intimidated? And was he having to defend his ground? Was he fearful. because she didn't back down but firmly defended hers and John McCain's positions? Do you think this debate made a difference? Have a prosperous week!
politics: What Do We Do Now? Go Fishing? Congress Can't Decide. - 09/29/08 10:31 PM
Here's The Deal: Lots of folks are angry right now that Congress cannot get done with the debate on our financial crisis. Why am I not surprised? Because like most politicians they cannot get over their egos and their individual fears of being able to get re-elected. Perhaps this vote ought to be a secret vote. Who cares that the congessional record wouldn't reveal who voted for what under this scenario...I don't. This is an emergency...Please Politicians Put the differences aside DECIDE NOW! Vote....DO SOMETHING! (9 comments)
So once a week I retrieve the card from the camera and take it home to down load on my PC. On thing that has quickly become apparent is our wild hog population has become Waaaay To Big! Like maybe out of control big! To the point...... of taking food away from the other wildlife Big. There is so much food out there this year due to the late (11 comments)
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