Thursday, October 28, 2010

Is it Groundhog Day?

Believe it or not, I've found something more annoying than the political ads!  A product called Hydrolyze has been running an ad for at last the past two weeks or so in which they offer a free sample of their product for "the next 24 hours."  Now, do they think we are so stupid to fall for the 24 hour thing when the ad is on day after day?   That one ranks up there with those that are selling wonderful "as seen on TV" JUNK, and add the line, "We'll send a second one absolutely free; just PAY additional shipping and handling."  How do absolutely free and just pay even go in the same sentence?   Come on, advertisers, do you think that people are that stupid?  Hmmm, maybe that question IS the tie between this kind of ad and the political ads. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

One Week and Counting

Here we are - one week until election day and the end (at least for a a short time) of the hateful political ads that are rampant.  Telling me that your opponent is a no good scoundrel without any substantive message of your positions or aspirations does not induce me to vote for you.  Distorting truth, name calling, fear mongering, and the like do nothing but make people angry, disappointed, disillusioned and frustrated, with an ever increasing likelihood of lowering voter turnout.  Now, for me, my decisions are made in all major races and I will be sure to be at the polls next Tuesday supporting candidates of the party that DOES NOT tax the people while giving businesses huge tax breaks, the party that DOES NOT stomp all over the rights and dignity of people who are "different", the party that DOES NOT start unjustified wars and then fund them OUTSIDE of the budget process, nor the party that wraps the flag in a narrow, judgmental, hateful cloak of religion (THEIR religion of course).  Remember as we come down to the wire, YOUR VOTE MATTERS.  Be the change you want to see -- progress or return to what led us to where we are today -- if you don't vote, don't complain about the results.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm Back

Well, folks, it's been exactly 10 months since I posted anything on this blog.  I get so wrapped up in Facebooking that I seem to forget this mode of communication.  I have just completed a fourteen month interim position at one of our churches, with the end result  that the church has been transitioned into a cell group associated with another of our churches.  That leaves me at kind of loose ends.  In addition, along this past summer, I applied for Social Security benefits and have reduced my secular employment to three days a week.  That now gives me a four day weekend -- Friday through Monday.  I guess I need to find something to do to fill part of that time, although for right now it's kind of nice to have time with nothing particular to do.  I don't where the next several months will lead me in life, but stay tuned -- it might be an interesting journey.  Hope to be back to regular posting and will be catching up on reading other blog posts.  Of course, you can find me on Facebook!