Vote Responsibly

During the next few days, leading up to Tuesday, you are going to hear a lot of things from a lot of people about a lot of candidates. No matter what they say, or what you hear, make sure you do one thing on election day.

Vote your conscience.

Too many times people think they have no choice but to vote for the lesser of two evils when they could, in fact, vote for the best candidate, if they just take the time to review each candidates record and then make an informed decision.

To function properly, conscience requires formation and information. Conscience is not just a “gut feeling.” Formation of conscience involves the following for all people:

  1. understanding basic norms that distinguish right from wrong
  2. having sufficient factual knowledge of the issues at hand
  3. prudently and deliberately considering our actions
  4. recognizing that a good end never justifies morally unacceptable means

Take a few moments this weekend to research the candidates on your ballot and don’t just show up to vote because you have to, show up to vote so you can make a difference.

This Sounds Familiar

A friend on Facebook sent me the link to this story the other day.

Oops We Lost Your Docs So You’re Going To Foreclosure

The headline alone tells the whole story. Heck, it tells my story. Other than the location and the name of the mortgage company, this is pretty much exactly what we just went through.

She did some research into my account and discovered that the person who was assigned to handle my closing had discovered on October 5th that she/he could not find my signed and notarized documents and that my loan has been marked as me not paying as agreed on and that was why I started receiving these letters.

The only difference with my experience is that the mortgage never contacted me. Other than the two letters, on August 8 and 12, informing me they were calling the note and/or wanted everything but my first born child to make things right, I haven’t heard a word from my mortgage company. Nothing. Nada.

I’ve heard so-called “experts” talking about the foreclosure crisis on the news. Many of them say that no one who is making payments is losing their home. That is a bold-faced lie. Whether or not someone was making payments on their mortgage, if they were in a refinance or modification when the foreclosure crap hit the fan, they got screwed. Period.

Keeping A Watchful Eye

Ahh, I feel much better now. Through the Georgia birding grapevine we heard there were some Franklin’s Gulls at West Point Lake today. We couldn’t resist the temptation to drive down and check them out.

We spotted them almost immediately, but the star of our day was a beautiful Bald Eagle that flew in and landed just 30-40 feet from where we were standing.

Bald Eagle 1

 

Bald Eagle 3

 

I never get tired of seeing Bald Eagles. Today was just the day I needed to get back into a “normal” birding routine.

Out Of Control

Here I thought that basing your decision to hire employees on their credit scores was a bad idea, it seems the city of New York wants to place restrictions on their residents’ constitutional rights.

New York City residents who want to own a gun may soon be denied permits if they are litterbugs, if they are bad drivers, or if they have fallen behind on a few bills.

Under proposed revisions to the police department’s handgun, rifle and shotgun permit procedures, the NYPD can reject gun license applicants for a number of reasons, including:

If they have been arrested or convicted of almost any “violation,” in any state; having a “poor driving history”; having been fired for “circumstances that demonstrate lack of good judgment”; having “failed to pay legally required debts”; being deemed to lack “good moral character”; or if any other information demonstrates “other good cause for the denial of the permit.”

This my friends is the reason we have so many problems in our country. Federal, state, county, and local governments are out of control.

I Miss The Photographic Groove

It’s been a while since I have been able to get outside with the camera, but here are some photos from the last trip we took to the E.L. Huie ponds in August.

Red Shouldered Hawk 1

 

Osprey 5

 

Osprey 3

 

Now that we’re moved in, and mostly settled, I hope to get back into the photographic groove.