Beto O’Rourke in another nameless Pueblo in the heart of Texas. Will he run? Won’t he?
The Eternity of Now: Beto 20xx
By Ross Turner
The Eternity of Now: Beto 20xx
Beto climbs aboard his skateboard and hits the parking lot for a night ride.
Only three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and Beto O’Rourke’s commitment to eventually make a decision about whether to run for President. The three-time House Representative has been touring through the Southwest like a tumbleweed and has displayed an equally impressive sense of direction. Will he run? Won’t he? Only one man knows. He has yet to be found.
Political Rock Star
Today, the winds of chance have carried the political rock star to another dusty, nameless pueblo in the heart of Texas. Arriving on his unicycle with a small but zealous flock of supporters and reporters, O’Rourke stopped to speak with Calamity Politics.
O’Rourke Stops to Comment
“I’ve given this a lot of thought,” Beto said.
“I’ve given this a lot of thought,” remarked O’Rourke, fidgeting with a lightly-nibbled corn dog gifted by the local ranchers. “It’s a big decision. A lot of other candidates have declared, but I have to do what’s right for the country and my family,” he said, accidentally dropping the corn dog and watching it roll under the wheel of a passing horse carriage. “Well, (laughs), that can happen too,” mused the candidate-candidate.
Condemning property for government use is Eminent Domain. Many call it abuse of power or “theft”.
OPINION: Land Seizure
RIGHT OF KINGS: EMINENT DOMAIN
By T. K. McNeil
Keeping pressure up on lawmakers makes them accountable. Write letters, petition, vote.
Hold Them Accountable
Sadly many of the men and women elected to represent the American people; whether at the state or national level, have consistently demonstrated an inclination to put their own interests ahead of all else. Which is partly why petitions, letter writing campaigns and voter registration drives are so effective. Threaten an elected official’s job and you will get their attention.
If The President Does It, It Is Not A Crime
Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson was a man of his time meaning he owned slaves and made at least one of them his consort.
Despite issues of trust and mistrust most people do not feel the government is working directly against them. This general level of trust in government is also part of how injustices and atrocities happen. The last lines of the pledge of allegiance “with liberty and justice for all,” are in some case notably missing. The Founding Fathers revered on a level that approaches the religious, despite some rather uncomfortable historical facts. Indeed, the Founding Fathers added to the Constitution a concept that perhaps would have best been left in old Europe and their autocratic rulers.
It Must Be Okay
Americans are able to overlook and forgive a lot when it comes to government policies and actions. The overall sense being that if the government does it, it must be okay. However, with the situation on the southern border the right of government to seize privately owned property by right of Eminent Domain is once again coming under scrutiny. The issue has been brought to the forefront by Trump’s demand for a “wall” on the Mexican border. The private property owners across four states are potentially affected. Thousands of lawsuits are in the future as Trump pushes for a massive government land seizure.
Today, at www.calamitypolitics.com we are celebrating the lives of our departed four-legged friends. In this Traditional American folk song Joan Baez laments the pain over the death of a ‘possum hound. Dogs are a blessing to our lives. Be kind, give more than you take. You know, like your dog does for you.–Darlene
If you have lost a four-legged friend recently, maybe it is time to bring another hero into your life. Save a life. Adopt a homeless pet.
“Chasing Butterflies” by Jordan Frank. Jordan sings a song he wrote for his dog that just passed. We all hope he is chasing butterflies and grasshoppers. If you love your pet as much as your pet loves you, you are on solid ground–Darlene
This post is for all the people who have lost a beloved pet. Jackie Short Nguyen says it so beautifully. I thought her words might be just the right words for someone reading this today. I have had six dogs over the course of my life. No matter how hard I try, I can only come up with a handful of people who have given me more love and happiness than those shaggy friends. If you have lost a pet, remember, that there are millions of dogs (and cats) just waiting for a chance to be special to someone. 1.2 million dogs are euthanized every year. 1.4 million cats are euthanized annually. Don’t wait, save a life adopt a pet–Darlene
by Jackie Short Nguyen
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10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Artic
The Wilderness Society Gives Us 10 Reasons to Protect the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Arctic
(1). The Arctic is America's last and largest remaining wild frontier. While development has pushed deeper into our wild places, the refuge has remained untouched.
(2). It's home to our country's polar bears. The Arctic Refuge is the only U.S. wildlife refuge where polar bears live, and it provides the most important on shore denning area in all of America's Arctic.
(3). It's a world destination for birds. More than 200 bird species from all 50 states and six continents rely on the Arctic as their summer home.
(4). Did we mention bears? The Arctic Refuge isn't just home to polar bears. It's one of the only places in the entire U.S. where you can find all three species of North American bears:polar, black and grizzly.
(5). Its an epic outdoor adventure destination. The land provides once-in-a-lifetime backpacking, rafting, fishing and other recreational opportunities.
(6). A reindeer magnet. Nearly 200,000 caribou march to their calving range on the refuge's coastal plain each year.
(7). The Arctic supports much scientific research, and is unparalleled for watching birds, whales, walrus, and polar bears.
(8). A major oil spill would cause permanent harm. Spilled oil would do more than stain the snow. It would kill wildlife, poison the water, and throw a pristine ecosystem out of balance.
(9). Before you drill, you have to build infrastructure. The land will be carved up by roads, pipelines and well pads. What was once wild will become a vast industrial complex.
(10). The Arctic Refuge is worth fighting for. Drilling would scar this pristine landscape forever. President Trump needs to hear from you!
Don't let this American paradise be destroyed. Join the Wildlife Society today! DONATE TODAY! Send your donation to:
The Wilderness Society
Attn: Jamie Williams
PO Box 97231
Washington, DC 20077-7762
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20 Small Changes For You, Make BIG WINS for the Earth
SIMPLE THINGS TO DO TO HELP PROTECT OUR EARTH
1.) Put on a sweater. If you turn up the heat during winter months you are most likely using fossil fuels to fire your furnace. A sweater will actually keep you warmer while conserving resources.
2.) Choose to walk. Using fuel efficient cars is great, but getting out of your car walking or using mass transit could when multiplied by millions of commuters be a highly effective means of conserving energy and get you healthier and happier.
3.) Reuse: Those rubber bands off the delivered newspaper, save them and return them to your carrier along with the plastic bags. Those items cost money and can be used multiple times. If you get a padded envelope in the mail, save it and reuse it.
4.) Switch off: In urban areas the stars are now mostly invisible. Keep lights on in the room you are in, but keep the rest of the house dark.
5.) Get off mailing lists: If you are getting catalogues from companies you do not buy from, call them and get your name off their mailing list.
6.) Plant a tree: It is good for the soil, good for the air we breath, helps reduce climate change and provides housing for our feathered friends.
7.) BYOB: Use refillable water bottles. There are some very stylish ones available for the fashion conscious and if we all went to the refillable bottles we could prevent 50 billion plastic bottles from weighing on the environment.
8.) At the grocery store: bring your own reusable bags. The average American uses 350 plastic bags annually. Stop the threat to marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in rivers, streams and oceans.
9.) Special disposal procedures for many items are required such as ink cartridges, used oil and batteries. Proper disposal is critical, check with the retailer where you purchase such items for their recommendations.
10.) Clean naturally. You can go online and find recipes for non-toxic cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, lemon and soap as ingredients.
11.) Turn it off. Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses as much energy as a 60 watt light bulb in 14 hours, so shut it down when you brush your teeth.
12.) Get efficient. Refrigerators and freezer units account for 1/6 of a homes energy use. Select energy efficient models when buying replacements.
13.) Switch to ebills. In the U.S. paper bills alone generate almost 2 million tons of CO2.
14.) Shower up. A full bathtub uses about 70 gallons of water, but a 5 minute shower takes only 10-25 gallons.
15.) Buy local and fresh. In North America, fruits and vegetables travel and average of 1500 miles before reaching your plate.
16.) Pull the plug. Many idle electronics use energy even when switched off, so unplug devices when you are not using them.
17.) Change a bulb. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light can eliminate 150 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
18.) Power down. Screensavers don't use less energy, so use "sleep mode" and turn off your computer at the end of the day.
19.) Go solar. It's easier than you think! Powering your home with solar panels not only shrinks your carbon footprint but it helps lower electric bills and increase a home's value.
20.) Finally. Donate to an environmental charity. It is good for the planet and good for your sense of participation in a monumental movement to save our mother.
***Thank you World Wildlife Fund for these great suggestions: In fact send donations to: WWF, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
HEROISM ISN'T ALL ABOUT YOUR CAPE FLOATING IN THE WIND
Sometimes being a hero is as simple as:
Showing up for your son's game when you
thought you couldn't.
Speaking up when you see a person being bullied.
Recycling AND reusing.
Visiting a sick friend.
Put flowers on a soldier's grave.
Adopt a homeless pet.
Send a pre-paid phone card to a deployed soldier.
Remember to say thank you.
Being a hero doesn't require mammoth effort but it does require consistent and persistent effort. I don't remember who said that, but I think it is true. Consistency and persistence overcomes most obstacles. If you want to be a political hero I suggest you believe in your ability and power to effect change. I challenge you to effect your corner of the world.
Many great charities, here are a couple that I support:
Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund,
ACLU, and Planned Parenthood. By the way, did you know that Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the charity of your choice? Log in at smile.amazon.com whenever you purchase. Be sure to specify your charity.