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By: ricderr, 11:54 PM GMT on June 30, 2011
I did a bit of reading today about two stories. One was the effect that the education budget cuts will have locally and thoughout the state and the other was why we should not cut the tax breaks given to oil companies. At least here in t
Texas the same politicians who favored tax breaks also favored cuts to our education system. I don't know about you but to me it is so confusing. Aren't tax cuts to business just another form of entitlement? And since the largest effect that education cuts will have is reducing the number of teachers and staff personel that can be employed, not to mention lowering the quality of education our children receive, how does this in the long run help our economy and therefore help the tax base needed to pay for governmental services? What i do know is that it is confusing and so I think a little Lenny Kravits is in order.
By: ricderr, 2:08 PM GMT on June 29, 2011
Yep, title is changed. I think it is time to put the QOD to rest. Not that we will ever run out of questions, however it was never about the questions or answers but the interaction among friends and the social media that was the blogs. Now with other social medias such as Facebook the blogs have changed for many and of course there are no trolls there. Anyways, the QOD isn't the same for me, however I am always here and I enjoy reading the blogs. Even those that I don't agree with the author.
The other reason for the change is music, which I have always loved and enjoyed has become a bigger part of my life once again. I listen to music in the car, here at the office and at night as we go to sleep. Thank you Pandora.com for the ability to listen to the style of music that fits my mood. So it's time to play a song that fits my mood each day. Feel free to join in or not as the mood strikes you.
Today's theme is taking a stand. Yep Bob, no sitting on the fence today and to start it off a song by an angry white guy, Eminem. Don't worry admin, I'm using the clean version,
Have fun guys!
By: ricderr, 4:14 PM GMT on June 25, 2011
Happy Saturday, well not really, no not that I'm not happy but how happy can you be when you're working? Anyways, happy Saturday.
I love reading the blogs and one thing that has been cracking me up lately is Floridians talking about rain and how dry they are. Here in El Paso year to date we have received .12 inches of rain. Yes, I have the decimal right and yes I mean since January first. Things are dry and dusty. It's dry enough that cactus, err cacti, err, whatever you call plural cactus are dying from lack of water. There are no fireworks allowed to be sold or used in the county and there is talk that aerial displays may be cancelled also... I'm sure most have heard of the major fires burning in the near vicinity, well, of course since McCain has informed us that illegal aliens have caused these fires, they've become even bigger stories. Politicians and political bloggers both prove daily that you should never let facts get in the way of a good story.
Speaking of political bloggers, where are all our doom and gloomers at now that gas prices are dropping and are now just over 90 dollars a barrel? I know, I know, no ruffling the feathers. WU economists are just like WU forecasters, often wrong but a fact we are never to bring up.
And as for the local economy, I had to laugh when I read the story that EL Paso businesses are complaining that immigration is taking too long allowing Mexicans to enter the country at our checkpoints causing long delays. The reason behind their complaint, as the wait time to cross the border lengthens, less Mexicans are likely to cross into America and buy our goods and services casing a drop in business. See no matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, the common denominator we all share is that love for money and of course the good old American tradition of bitch...bitch...bitch...
And speaking of bitching where in the hell are the Miami Heat at these days? I walked into Academy Sports yesterday and had to wade through all the Maverick NBA championship t-shirts. It just makes me sick; a team with all that talent and the Mavs beat them. Well, maybe the Mavs are talented too, it's just that I hate the Mavs and I have had to listen to so many people razz me about the Heats loss.
I didn't mention it but two weeks ago, Jessica and I took a little weekend jaunt to Carlsbad Caverns. All I can say was they are amazing. The cavern of just what is open to the public is so huge. It's something that I have always wanted to see and now can cross it off my bucket list and that leads to the QOD?
Do you have a bucket list and what are some of the things in it?
By: ricderr, 2:17 PM GMT on June 18, 2011
Baby girl slept in her crib all night last night. She did wake up twice but quickly went right back to sleep. Life is good.
The run for President is slowly heating up on the Republican side. Of course all things should remain quiet on the Democratic side until after the primaries when Obama will have to compete with his chosen Republican rival. I doubt though that the future winner of the Republican side has officially thrown their hat in the ring yet. One that I was sad to see drop out of the race, even though I don't care for him as a person, businessman or candidate was Donnie Trump. What I did like about him was here was a non-professional politician looking to run the highest position in our governnent. For that reason alone, I am sorry to see him not running. I for one would love to see more non-politicians take a stab at the top spot, however I believe that time has long been past but it does lead to the QOD:
Who, as a non-politician would you like to see run for President and would you vote for that person over the likely candidates who will be running?
By: ricderr, 5:21 PM GMT on June 10, 2011
It's Friday folks. I just installed a thermostat and did a final blower door reading, so another home in El Paso is weatherized and the main office can invoice and I can get a few pennies for my wallet. It's hot, I'm tired and I am ready for the weekend. It's time for a bit of music and then hit the broken road into my lovers arms. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Question? Sure, what song fits you right now?
By: ricderr, 2:57 PM GMT on June 10, 2011
ok..i know i've done this before but can't for the life of me remember how now, but how do you embed a youtube video on here?
By: ricderr, 2:54 PM GMT on June 08, 2011
I always thought that living on each coast allowed me to witness both great sunrises and sunsets. I don't know why I thought that you had to have an ocean view to witness them but since I now live in the middle of the states sunrises and sunsets can be just as spectacular. One of our favorite places is at at the Franklin Mountains to watch the sunset. From there you can see the entire west side of the city and into Mexico and New Mexico. As for sunrises I mostly see them from our backyard as I work on the garden or playing with the dogs and it leads to the QOD:
What is your favorite, sunset or sunrise?
By: ricderr, 7:17 PM GMT on June 06, 2011
Yesterday we were heading back to El Paso and just west of Ft Stockton we dropped into a valley and there were at least a dozen dirt devils flowing across the valley.
I am a fan of eating out for breakfast. Many years ago I thought Anne's at Fruitvale in Oakland was the best breakfast spot and then awhile back nothing beat the Cracked Egg in Big Pine Key. I haven't found anywhere in that league yet here in Paso, but I'm looking. Of course when travelling that hole in the wall restaraunt may well prove to be there for a reason with bad food, so I tend to stick with chains. I'm a fan of IHOP and detest the Awful House, I mean Waffle House but it does lead to the QOD:
Where is your favorite breakfast eatery?
By: ricderr, 1:42 PM GMT on June 03, 2011
Well "Dr Death" Kavorkian died early this morning at the age of '83. Hated by many for his assisting terminally ill people commit suicide. It's a touchy subject even for those that feel suicide should be an option for those that are terminally ill. The fact that he helped seems to be what bothers people most. I remember hearing many people say that it was just a step away from the government stepping in and doing the same. I for one have often said that if I was in a situation without any hope and going to be a burden on my family, just give me some pills and let me go peacefully in my sleep. Kavorkian may not be a hero in my eyes but I have no problem with what he did as I believe those that he assisted wanted his help and it leads to the QOD:
Do you feel suicide should be an option for those that are terminally ill?
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