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


Written by Victoria Elizabeth

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Jelly beans are also great ice-breakers at slumber parties not to mention a "hot" topic aroundrepparttar wet-noodle water cooler. If nothing else, they'll certainly add oodles of fun and frolic torepparttar 118157 world of work. Let's face it, they're a pleasant relief fromrepparttar 118158 daily deluge of pointless picayune meetings, spam email about products you don't want, or vexing voice mail messages, (you really couldn't give a sweet tweet about -- even if it is from your best friend, The Easter Bunny).

The universe looks infinitely more palatable with a bit of jest and jiggle. And,repparttar 118159 importance of this humble yummy forrepparttar 118160 tummy inrepparttar 118161 great scheme of things cannot be emphasized enough.

-- "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans." (Ronald Reagan)

-- "Life is like jelly beans, and sometimes you get your favorite color." (Author Unknown)

-- "A friend is like a bowl of Jelly Beans... Good torepparttar 118162 bottom ofrepparttar 118163 bowl." (Author Unknown).

Byrepparttar 118164 way, in case you're wondering just how vital these chewy tidbits really are, why not take a pleasurable peek at more than 116,000 websites devoted to this tasty tongue-in-cheek topic. And do enjoy a licorice lick, a chocolate chomp or a green gigglebite on me,repparttar 118165 next time your fickle fingers feel like visitingrepparttar 118166 jocular jelly-bean jar!!

Victoria Elizabeth enjoys musing about Life, the Universe, and Everything in between from the pages of her bodacious blog aptly entitled, "The Quipping Queen" (

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