Ponderings Potpourri

All hail Friday! What a week it has been. We started with the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday and the Inauguration of our president.

The president’s speech was a shout-out to all those who helped re-elect him as he touched on emotional topics. Interestingly, he didn’t speak much about guns, but that is the issue that is swirling all around the nation. The president and various bills introduced by U.S. senators, called for by mayors and filed in state legislatures are single-handedly driving up the sales of guns and ammunition. I find the whole thing humorous as people work themselves into a frenzy on both sides while the gun manufacturers ride the wave and make ever more money.

I do not believe that anyone in Texas is in danger of losing their right to bear arms. Furthermore, we have bills introduced in Austin to allow you to carry your weapon openly, without concealment. I think I prefer that actually. At least I will know who to pick an argument with versus who not to. Meanwhile, our lt. governor has called for providing teachers with arms training and arming them in the classrooms as well as beefing up school security.

And what about Hilary Clinton? Her long awaited appearance to testify before Congress on Benghazi created a dramatic event worthy of Oscar-winning performances for her and several members of Congress. I was only able to follow on Twitter initially and then headed to a TV set because of all I was seeing from reporters tweeting. Alas, when I hit the office’s panel of TVs, more of them were devoted to Beyonce and her possible lip-syncing at the Inauguration than were showing the hearings. The bits I did see looked like pure entertainment, though. Who needs reality shows when you can see stuff like this?

Meanwhile, back home, the Senate District 6 election is this Saturday. If you vote in that District, be sure and cast your ballot. Carol Alvarado and Sylvia Garcia lead a field of 8 candidates. Most observers anticipate a run-off between these two but who leads into the run-off and by how much may be a good indicator of an anticipated eventual outcome.

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This entry was originally posted at Nancy Sims' blog, Ponderings.