Written by Victoria Elizabeth

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So, if you see a long forlorn face with flat feet, looking for a place to hang his deep-musing cap, don't annoy him by calling him an "ambivalent aardvark", a "doubting doormat" or a "vacillating vagrant". Mugwumps are sensitive souls who dearly love their uncomplicated independence. Oh, and if you're looking for someone to kick butts or kiss babies, try a high-achievement hoodwinker or a controversial contrarian, mugwumps are not interested.

Do not however mistake their calm demeanor for compliance. They just like keeping to themselves. Though not hermits or recluses, they do enjoy their own space to ruminate about what makesrepparttar world go round not to mention what makes people tick.

Clearly,repparttar 118159 world sorely needs a few more mugwumps to remind us ofrepparttar 118160 need for less "wrangling" and more "winsome" occasions to celebrate life inrepparttar 118161 slow lane.

So, if you run across a mugwump in your city or neighborhood, just smile and inquire aboutrepparttar 118162 health ofrepparttar 118163 heffalumps, who makesrepparttar 118164 best bubble bath, and where'srepparttar 118165 best place to see shooting stars. They dearly love a good chinwag, so don't disappoint them!

And, don't forget to take time out and participate inrepparttar 118166 festivities of "International Mugwump Appreciation Day" -- any day ofrepparttar 118167 year will do just fine!

Victoria Elizabeth enjoys musing about Life, the Universe, and Everything in between through the pages of her blog aptly entitled, "The Quipping Queen", (www.quippingqueen.blogspot.com).

Hurricanes have gone but political winds are blowing

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

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Say what you will, and I'm sure you will, there is no wind, foul or otherwise, quite to equal a politician in full stride. Fortunately for us here in Florida,repparttar hurricane quartet has only prepared us forrepparttar 118158 blustery political weather ahead, as politicians look toward us with an envious eye.

Forget "hanging chads," let's hang any politician who thinks we hang on his every word.

I hate putting CFIJ in bad company, but a politician is like a hurricane in several regards.

First, a hurricane can be sighted a good long ways away, and at a distance looks quite harmless. The weathermen predictrepparttar 118159 path ofrepparttar 118160 hurricane but not with any degree of certainty. Atrepparttar 118161 last minute, depending on which wayrepparttar 118162 wind is blowing, a hurricane can wobble torepparttar 118163 right or torepparttar 118164 left.

This is exactly true with politicians. The farther away they arerepparttar 118165 more harmless they appear. In fact, I'm in favor of a constitutional amendment of some sorts dictating elected politicians may not leave Washington, D.C., until they do something good or their term expires.

Then, when their term terminates they should be out-sourced to some country, any country that will have them. I can't think of any right now but progress is being made on outer space travel.

Secondly, I've noticed hurricanes always do more damage then first expected. A hurricane has no respect for people or property; it just goes through any area it chooses.

This is also true of politicians. No matter what they promise, it always costs (guess who) more than expected. Every politician has only one goal in view - taxes, which is quite taxing onrepparttar 118166 public's pocketbook.

If a politician was so concerned about taxes, he or she would not vote for their own pay raises every year.

Without respect of people or property,repparttar 118167 politician goes throughrepparttar 118168 land, spouting off as though anyone, meaning me, cares much about what he is saying atrepparttar 118169 time. My only concern is cleaning up afterrepparttar 118170 storm passes.

Asrepparttar 118171 storm began to quiet some, I pondered this even more. Two scriptures brought great comfort to my mind, one fromrepparttar 118172 Old Testament and one fromrepparttar 118173 New Testament.

"For I amrepparttar 118174 Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." (Malachi 3:6 KJV.) And, "Jesus Christrepparttar 118175 same yesterday, and to day, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8 KJV.)

Storms (both nature and political) come and go, but Jesus Christ remainsrepparttar 118176 same.

Rev. James L. Snyder is an award winning author and popular columnist living in Ocala, Fl with his wife Martha

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