• Politics

    Abortion, Politics and the Christian Faith

    Abortion was a hot issue in the recent Presidential election. But it was not the only issue. My wife recently filled out a form sent to her from the organization “Priests for Life.” The form contained two questions that caught my attention. The first question was if she believed in abortion. That was an easy question to answer because both my wife and I are pro-life. The second question concerned who we voted for the the Presidential election.

    I heard that many religious organizations including the Catholic church were encouraging people to vote for the Republican candidate because he was pro-life. First, I don’t think John McCain is truly pro-life. His votes against federal funding to help troubled young pregnant woman certainly don’t reflect a pro-life stance. Also, for years our Congress was controlled by Republicans and Roe vs Wade was not challenged.

    Second pro-life should not only include unborn babies. We can’t kill them before they are born, but we can sentence them to a life of war against terrorism after they become 18 and join the Military Reserves? We allow them to serve repeatedly (sometimes resulting in health problems) because we don’t want conscription? And we …

  • Gadgets

    How Green is Your Gadget?

    For some people, the ideas come from organic beer. The outbreak of green advertisement purports on something had been paid attention from electronics to alcohol in recent years. So as vice president of the consulting firm Terra Choice Environ mental Marketing, Scot Case dispatched researchers to investigate whether company claims were verifiable. The result: Only one of roughly 1,000 products examined in 2017 passed muster. How am I, as a consumer, to know what’s accurate?

    We wondered the same thing. Like many industries, consumer-electronics companies have been hit hard by the retail recession. But Americans, always eager to cut utility- bills, say they’re still willing to spend on green. A recent survey by the Consumer Electronics Association found that 33 percent of consumers expect to buy some kind of energy-saving device by the end of next year. And tech companies aren’t sitting idle. New computers from Apple and Asus have been specially designed to be more recyclable, and Philips, which makes electronics including mp3 players and flat-screen TVs, aims to have at least 30 percent of its sales coming from “green products” within the next four years. But with eco-friendly claims tough to verify, we put some of the most heavily hyped green …

  • Politics

    A New Day Dawns in Texas Politics

    Texas Governor Rick Perry (after 14 years on the job) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. But, in typical Perry form, whether he plans to ride off into the sunset or run for President again was left unanswered. 

    Perry’s last presidential campaign was a comedic fiasco after his infamous “oops” debate when he couldn’t recall the three government agencies he intended to abolish. Perry then became a presidential punch line for late-night TV – withdrawing from the campaign soon after.

    If Perry does run for president again, he has little to lose. His last stab at the White House was such a catastrophe that he could easily fulfill the extremely low voter expectations – especially if he manages to remember three things at once.

    Of course, Perry still maintains hefty ambitions and has many fans on the conservative GOP base. But first, he’ll need to overcome the reality of being the sixth choice for GOP presidential candidate in a recent Texas poll.

    He’ll also need to do major damage control with women voters on the battle over abortion, including his criticism of Texas Senator Wendy Davis for her successful filibuster.…

  • Gadgets

    Sanitize Your Gadgets

    Wondering how to sanitize a few of your most-used gadgets? Before you take them to a specialist who’ll charge you and arm and leg, try cleaning them yourself. You can make your gadgets sparkle again with minimum elbow grease with the right products.

    If you got the new iPad, you probably know by now this device can collect dust and other debris. Keep the screen and casing clean by using a micro fiber cloth like the ones used on eyeglasses. For spots and sticky stuff, dampen one end of this product in water and go over the area. Avoid using fancy sprays with chemicals because they can leave permanent marks on your iPad.

    DVD skipping? Sanitize your gadget by with a micro fiber cloth and rubbing alcohol. With this duo, you can rub without damaging the back of the DVD. For stubborn fingerprints, apply alcohol. On visible scratches, dab toothpaste and rub gently from the center to the edge to remove.

    If you walk around with a MP3 in your hand, you might look young and cool – unless it’s dirty. Bust through the filth covering your MP3 with rubbing alcohol. Just apply this product with …

  • Politics

    Politics and the Younger Generation

    With all the talk of politics these days I think it is only fair to include a perspective from the 20-30 year olds in America. Those of us who think we do not have a voice, are not informed or educated enough to participate in politics, and those of us who quite frankly are confused by the media and their opinions. (Because we all know very well that true journalism – reporting the news – is all but dead. We now see editorializing becoming the prevalent form of “journalism”.) In order to make any real changes, and to silence the corruption, we need to educate younger generations and make them feel welcomed into the world of government. It doesn’t have to be so confusing when really what it all comes down to is this: who we elect into office, and for HOW LONG.

    I have never been involved in politics, will never claim myself to be a source of information for government affairs and absolutely have never thought about joining a political movement. Even though I grew up in Houston Texas ‘” the 4th largest city in the country – surrounded by educated and knowledgeable citizens, government and economics just …

  • Politics

    Looking for a Job in Democratic Politics

    Looking for a Job in Democratic Politics

    Job Search and Resume Tips for Democrats

    With the inauguration of a Democratic president and such huge wins for Democrats in the last election, it would seem that there should be an over-abundance of jobs for Democrats. However, that is not necessarily the case. For both Democrats coming off the campaign trail and newbies looking to break into Democratic politics, it can be a tough job market.

    It is important to understand which job searcher category you fall into and to design a resume fitting of that category. There are, primarily, three types of Democratic politics job searchers right now: Seasoned Democratic Campaign Veterans, Entry-Level Democratic Campaign Staffers, and Democratic Politics Newbies.

    The Seasoned Democratic Campaign Veteran is the job-seeker most familiar with dealing with the pitfalls of odd years – a.k.a. the years with few campaigns. This job-seeker has two or more election cycles under their belt and has just finished working in a senior staff role on one of the many 2008 or later campaigns.

    For this job-seeker, the trick is to reformat that campaign resume and make it more friendly for legislative, advocacy, and nonprofit employers. The skills are similar, …

  • General

    Texas Board of Education is Rewriting History

    This past Friday the Texas Board of Education voted in favor of altering state history books with the goal of incorporating more conservative ideals. To be fair, not all of the changes are overly controversial, but many are decidedly biased.

    For instance, the board elected to add more information about Judeo-Christian influences of the Founding Fathers, but to remove all references to the Constitution’s statement that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. Along those same lines, Thomas Jefferson will be removed from the textbooks, including his assertions regarding what he termed the “separation of church and state”. Instead, mentions of Jefferson have been replaced with John Calvin, a religious icon.

    I don’t care who you are. It shouldn’t matter if you are conservative or liberal, Christian or atheist. History is just that – history. And changing how it’s recorded is just plain wrong. Altering how we teach future generations based on a bias or agenda of any kind is doing a great disservice to our children and our country.

    A great man once said, “History, by appraising…[the students] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future”. But wait – that great man was …

  • Politics

    The Intersection of Politics and Project Management

    My definition of politics encompasses the following: activities aimed at influencing the opinions and behaviors of individuals, groups, and organizations that have the power to make decisions that impact the allocation of resources. This reality extends throughout the private and public sectors, with stakeholders being interconnected and interdependent on one another for mutual gains and losses. Since all resources are inherently limited, then the ends to which they are distributed is of great importance to managers who work within organizations and vie for capital in order to initiate and fund projects. Three points of continuous contention and jockeying among various interests are money, information, votes and/or authority. Politics is a reality of day-to-day life that extends beyond the workplace and into family and civic life as well.

    Decisions made by top management regarding human, financial, intellectual, and material assets are not always necessarily rational by the numbers calculations aimed at maximizing the bottom line through sophisticated mathematical projections. Societal values, cultural context, competitive forces, and macro economic trends can impact decision makers and strategic directions of firms. These factors weigh heavily on decisions regarding choosing between potential activities pursued and those that are put on hold or discarded. It may …