Here are ten ways cowboy poetry differs from other forms:
Here are ten ways cowboy poetry differs from other forms:
Internet news sites all too often allow the use of screen names for public comments rather than requiring everyone to use real names. As a result, some sites have become real cesspools of extraneous crap.
Public comments would be more truthful and less vitriolic if writers stood up for what they profess to believe by using their real names instead of inane screen names. Anonymity, a shield for those who are afraid to show their real identity, too often invites quotations out of context, flat out lies, and nastiness.
Public figures, regardless of party or position, have to openly voice their views. There is no reason for us to be any less forthright and stand up for openness, honesty, and truth by using our real names!
And, a related footnote: Some sites actually post a count of how many times a commenter has made comments…one anonymous writer generated over 15,000 in 3 years (that is 5,000 a year or an average of nearly 14 a day). And just today (August 12) at 2:00pm on one current MSNBC article, 88 comments had been made by 33 persons, most hiding their identity. Such “contests” breed quantity, not quality, but perhaps do help us weed out those who know nothing about everything from those who are actually qualified to speak with some authority on a topic or two.
Public Service Recognition Week, May 5-11
Lots of folks, even some cowboys, complain about taxes. Well, maybe there are too many taxes and maybe some are too high but what would we do without the many benefits we receive in return? There are a great many dedicated public employees who serve quietly and efficiently to bring us essential services.
Recognizing this, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution on April 16, 2013 honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.
Consider the impact on our lives if deserving and needy citizens were deprived of such tax-supported services as national defense, state national guard, fire and police protection, courts of law, public defenders, public transit, public schools, public broadcasting, mail delivery, Social Security, para medics, Medicare and Medicaid, professional licensing, public libraries, state and municipal block grants, child and elder care, housing assistance, business assistance, food stamps, air traffic control, head start, infrastructure, weather reports, food inspection, literary and artistic copyright, title registration, public parks, public health, student loans, et al.
The list goes on and on and those services are provided, directly or indirectly, by industrious but often unseen and unappreciated public employees. I don’t know about you, but I tip my Stetson to those many public employees who quietly and efficiently provide essential services. And I do so, not just during Public Service Recognition Week, but every single day!
Thanks guys and gals, you’re appreciated!
We’ve invented a new name, Cowboy Proser, which is defined as a person who talks or writes in prose about our great western and cowboy heritage.
Seems like these talented folks should have their own unique professional tag. Since one who writes or recites poetry about that heritage is designated a Cowboy Poet, it’s logical that those who write and recite prose should enjoy a similar descriptive title, Cowboy Proser!
Ok, so I made a mistake and downloaded a copy of AnVir Task Manager this morning. As a result, the Sunday paper lies unopened and my coffee is cold because my routine has been disrupted as I’ve explored the new software. At each click of the mouse there’s something new and important revealed on my monitor.
But, to back up a bit, AnVir pulls together a wonderful collection of both static and automated resources which replace the Microsoft Task Manager even as it monitors processes and services, and provides a basket full of essential information and resources which have demanded my attention on this Sunday morning. And all of this is incorporated in one comprehensive management tool which is easy to understand and use. An impressive accomplishment!
So, my first impression is that this is the management tool I’ve been waiting for, a venerable Swiss Army Knife of valuable resources! AnVir is available in three forms (Free, Standard at $29.95, and Pro at $49.95) which can be downloaded from the developer’s web site at http://www.anvir.com/.
There is a moment in time when a simple majority vote of a quorum (51% of the Senate) during the first session of a new Congress may change the rules to reduce the severe partisanship which blocks the productive consideration of legislation by way of a sadly misused filibuster process.
The current filibuster rules of the Senate, and the provision that only one senator may, even anonymously, block the other 99 from considering or voting on an issue, are clearly unconstitutional.
While the Constitution says that the Senate may establish its own rules, it also states in Article I, Section 5 that a majority of that body constitutes a quorum to conduct business. In parliamentary terms, this means that, even if only 51 Senators are in attendance, they have a quorum and may approve an action by a simple majority vote of those actually present at that time.
In addition the Constitution enumerates only seven circumstances which require more than a majority of the quorum. Beyond that, there is a principle in the law which indicates that if there is enumeration, then all else is excluded. In parliamentary terms, this rules out any super majority requirement except on those seven constitutional matters.
The minority party at any given time might suffer by returning to the Constitutional principles established by our Founding Fathers; however, the interests of our nation will be better served by the will of a majority of the Congress, duly elected by the people, and not derailed by a those who who wish only to block the majority from addressing its constitutionally mandated tasks.
It is high time to get back to the concept of majority rule as laid out so clearly in the Constitution and get rid of unconstitutional parliamentary maneuvers which inhibit the legislative process! The old filibuster process wherein a Senator had to take the floor and hold it (as in the 1939 movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jimmy Stewart) is certainly constitutional and should be re-established.
The author, a retired management consultant and a past director of Toastmasters International, has served in positions of leadership and parliamentary roles for a variety of local, state, regional, and national organizations and has been a long time student of governmental and constitutional issues.
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Some folks are commending Mitt Romney for not taking all of his legitimate deductions on his 2011 tax return. Others are saying he flip-flopped from an earlier comment when he said if he paid more taxes than were legally due he didn’t think he’d be qualified to become president.
You’d better believe that candidate…both statements are probably true. After all, he’s not stupid and knows that he has three years from the time of filing his initial 2011 return to submit a revised one claiming a refund of that seemingly generous donation to the government. You can bet he’ll do it regardless of the outcome of the election!