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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Paris, New Mexico News for March

The list of candidates who have so far filed for elective office in the new City of Rio Communities is published in the local newspaper. The City election is scheduled for Tuesday May 14th. Of the 3,640 registered voters inside the new City, 1,063 showed up to vote in January; the result was 63% approving cityhood versus 37% against.

Three males have filed to run for the office of Mayor. Three males have filed for the office of Municipal Judge, ages 23 and 34 and 68.

Nine people filed to run for the four City Council seats; two of the winners will run again in March 2014 so that there is overlap; candidates include four males and five females.

I checked with the Registrar of Voters for Valencia County to get details on renaming R.C. to Paris, New Mexico. Not much can be done until the City Council is elected and convenes itself. What I need to do is circulate a petition to ask the City Council to 'call for' a ballot question on the next scheduled election, which is March 2014. The petition will ask for at least two choices: keep Rio Communities or change to Paris, NM. I will also design the petition to make room for third or fourth choices from others who circulate an equivalent petition prior to whatever is the official deadline. If I manage to obtain 50 or 100 signatures, then we would expect other petitions to go for a similar number.

Probably the next news will be after the April meeting of the Rio Communities Association, which will include a candidate 'meet and greet'.
Copyright 2013 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 2013 Quotations

"Sometimes you gotta give up your principles and do what's right."
~~ Stallone's character in the movie "Bullet To The Head" [2013]

"It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class."
~~ President Barack Obama, during Feb 2013 State of the Union Address

"We can get this done! Take a vote, and send me that bill."
~~ President Barack Obama, during Feb 2013 State of the Union Address

"Depending on which economist you talk to these [sequester] cuts will either really hurt the economy or really, really hurt the economy."
~~ radio talk show host Sam Seder

"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated."
~~ football coach Lou Holtz

"When all is said and done, more is said than done."
~~ football coach Lou Holtz

"If your parents never had children, chances are [that] you won't either."
~~ Dick Cavett

"These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"Information is the currency of democracy."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"It isn't the X generation [now], it's the Y generation, because everybody is asking 'why?'."
~~ Utah Phillips [1935-2008]

"The most American thing you can do is to dissent; the most un-American thing you can do is to stifle dissent."
~~ Utah Phillips [1935-2008]

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."
~~ Søren Kierkegaard [1813-55]

"What's irritating about love is [that] it's a crime that requires an accomplice."
~~ Charles-Pierre Baudelaire [1821-67]

"Part of the evolutionary design of the shark is that they must keep moving: if a shark stops swimming, it will die. Same with the U.S. Republican Party: when a Republican stops lying, it dies."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"I couldn't be a director because I couldn't put up with the actors."
~~ Spencer Tracy 1900-67]

"A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later."
~~ Gen. George S. Patton [1885-1945]

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"Some people think [that] luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity."
~~ Coco Chanel [1883-1971]

"To be busy is man's only happiness."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
~~ Pablo Picasso [1881-1973]

"No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids."
~~ Bill Cosby

"The best way out is always through."
~~ poet Robert Frost [1874-1963]

"Chaos is the law of nature. Order is the dream of man."
~~ Henry Adams [1838-1918]

"Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
~~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]

"Common sense needs constant reappraisal."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"If you can't reach heaven, raise hell."
~~ ancient Roman poet Virgil [70 BCE-19 BCE], in the epic poem "Aeneid"

"Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late."
~~ Justice Felix Frankfurter [1882-1965]

"The more intelligent a man is, the more originality he discovers in others."
~~ Blaise Pascal [1623-62]

"The Greek word for 'return' is nostos. Algos means 'suffering'. So 'nostalgia' is the suffering caused by unappeased yearning to return."
~~ Milan Kundera

"A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man [that] nobody trusts."
~~ Harold Macmillan [1894-1986]

"In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."
~~ Terry Pratchett

"What you have to do is work with the raw material [that] you have, namely you, and never let up."
~~ Helen Gurley Brown [1922-2012]

"Everyone is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."
~~ Audrey Hepburn [1929-93]

"I believe my subject is bewilderment. But I could be wrong."
~~ author Donald E. Westlake [1933-2008]

"If the path be beautiful, let us not question where it leads."
~~ Anatole France [1844-1924]

"Don't patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he's stabbing the independent bookstores in the back."
~~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Always - even in a limo - wear your seatbelt."
~~ Christopher Walken

"A man always has two reasons for what he does - a good one and the real one."
~~ banker J.P. Morgan [1837-1913]

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility."
~~ filmmaker Errol Morris

"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone."
~~ Reba McEntire

"Half of the harm done in this world is due to people who want to feel important."
~~ poet T.S. Eliot [1888-1965]

"Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence."
~~ poet Carl Sandburg [1878-1967]

"Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it, or to refute it."
~~ philosopher Karl Popper [1902-94]

"Fear is often disguised as moral outrage."
~~ Judy Blume

"You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it."
~~ Jimmy Dean [1928-2010]

"Don't mask self-doubt with contempt."
~~ British author Zadie Smith

"Art is not what you see but what you make others see."
~~ artist Edgar Degas [1834-1917]

"Great is the power of steady misrepresentation."
~~ Charles Darwin [1809-82]

"Dammit! The a**holes are winning."
~~ G.E. Nordell

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}