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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 10/28/2014

28 October 2014 at 10:54:19 AM

Flu season is here. You know how when your spouse gets sick and you're sort of waiting to see if or when it will hit you too? That's ME! I feel GREAT today! Is it really the Calm Before the Storm? 

Dallas News on Letiticia Van de Putte (the Editorial We)  Editorial: We recommend Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat, has been a steady legislative hand for two decades. Her opponent, Republican Sen. Dan Patrick, is potentially explosive, impact unclear. Also on the ballot are Libertarian Robert D. Butler and the Green Party's Chandrakantha Courtney.

Van de Putte, 59, has consistently shown that she has sound, moderate ideas for governing and that she will work effectively with both parties.

She has a smart proposal for helping Texas students pay for college by investing $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to help cover the costs of two-year state institutions. She recognizes that Gov. Rick Perry’s decision not to accept an expansion of federal Medicaid funding was a political mistake that will cost the state in the long run. And when it comes to funding new sources of water and improved roads, Van de Putte sees that these are investments Texas needs to make.

Most important, though, she understands that Austin’s politicians must work together for Texas to remain prosperous during difficult times.

Patrick, of Houston, represents the opposite of Van de Putte’s genial, professional style. His primary governing tools are fear and division.


Tarrant County Democratic Party's Matt Marxer on Why I Vote Democratic

The other day, I went to the polls and cast my ballot for every single Democrat running for office on my ballot.

As a graduate of Texas public schools and as a current student at the University of North Texas, I have seen firsthand the impacts of cuts to education and the ridiculous burden that out of control tuition costs at colleges and universities has on myself and fellow students.

I also believe in fairness and an equal opportunity under the law for everyone - regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or any other differences.

I support the Democratic platform that calls for increased investment in alternative and sustainable sources of energy for the future.

All of these reasons are why I cast my ballot for Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, Sam Houston, and all of the Democrats on the ballot. I believe they represent the future that Texas needs to take, a Texas better than ever before.

November 3 is the day the bankruptcy judge will rule on Energy Future Holding's Oncor sale.

President Obama- I voted for him, twice, and STILL glad I did

Part of the issue here is that pundits don’t have the luxury of peeking behind the curtain to see whether and how temperament influences presidential behavior. The celebrated presidential scholar Richard Neustadt once proclaimed that the presidency was no “place for amateurs." At the time he wrote this line in 1960, he was thinking about President Dwight Eisenhower who, despite remaining personally popular during two terms in office, appeared unwilling to risk that popularity in pursuit of controversial policies, such as civil rights. But subsequent research indicates that Eisenhower, despite the criticism of his passive, detached decisionmaking style, was in fact far more engaged and influential behind the scenes than his public demeanor seemed to suggest, particularly in the foreign policy realm. Neustadt acknowledged as much in subsequent editions of his study of the presidency. Future scholars may yet find evidence of Obama’s “hidden hand” leadership.

But a more fundamental problem is determining what aspects of a president’s temperament matters, and when. Anyone who has listened to the Cuban Missile Crisis tapes (as I have) can’t help but be struck by how President Kennedy resisted the pressure from almost all his advisers, including his brother Robert, to take out a Soviet-controlled surface-to-air missile site after it shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane. It often seems that JFK is the only one in the room who fully contemplates the ramifications of a US military attack on Cuba. Of course, this was the same JFK who less than two years earlier had approved the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion designed to topple the Castro regime. It was the same JFK who engaged in reckless dalliances throughout his presidency with a string of women that, among other effects, left him open to blackmail from his FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. It was the same JFK who throughout his presidency sought ways to assassinate Castro through any means possible.

My point is that it is too easy to point to temperament as the deciding factor in explaining presidential behavior, never mind why some presidents succeed and others do not. This is because it is hard to observe aspects of temperament in play during a presidency.

Hahah. Silly thing John Boehner said today, that Bush would've punched Putin in the nose.

Read about Tony Romo being put back in the Cowboys game AFTER getting a knee to the back.. AND that Jerry Jones went over personally to look him over. AND then they sent him back in. Ugh. 

Well this is hilar

Wow...@GreggAbbott_TX RIPS Rick Perry for failing to secure the border as Governor #p2 #tcot #tlot #TeamWendy

— BOOTrooth (@BlueTrooth) October 28, 2014






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