2. A certain Massachusetts woman belongs to - wait for it, wait for it - the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. As a member of this religion, she wanted to wear a colander on her head for her drivers license picture. The Mass. RMV's policy says that people cannot wear head coverings in photo license pictures, but exceptions can be made for religious reasons. So, because of Lindsay M Miller's religion, she was able to proudly wear her favorite spaghetti colander for her drivers license picture. You just can't make this stuff up folks.
3. To date in 2015, the State Dept Refugee Processing Center has processed 1,809 Syrian nationals. California has processed the most at 218. Pennsylvania has processed 119, which is the sixth most in the US. More than half of the states have processed zero.
4. Yesterday, Mitt Romney ruled out - again - a last-minute bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. Apparently, some worried GOP Party Establishment-types in Washington were urging him to take another run at the nomination. Again, we see the establishment class telling us voters who should be the nominee. As one local committee person told me, "only a committee person is smart enough to vet candidates and get them on the ballot."
5. Top Brands Among Millenials:
- Apple 6. Target
- Nike 7. Amazon
- Samsung 8. Google
- Sony 9. Wal-mart
- Microsoft 10. Nintendo
5. My Governor and Party Leaders announced last week that they have agreed on a "framework" for a budget that includes a 21% increase in the sales tax. Leadership is hopeful that a budget could be passed by Thanksgiving or early December. Meanwhile, my last check stub showed a deduction for PA income tax. Therefore, if the Governor announced his budget proposal in February of this year to the legislature, by my back of the napkin calculation, it took almost nine months to come up with just a framework? Seriously folks, you can't make this stuff up.
6. It's only 129 days until I turn, as my kids say, a half a century old.
7. Ok, I'll admit it. I started listening to Christmas music this past weekend. Not a lot mind you, but enough to have already heard many of my favorites. Two of my favorite Christmas songs are "Believe" by Josh Groban and "Grown Up Christmas List" by Natalie Cole. Both these songs have a special meaning to me as I embark on a new journey.
8. This Thursday, my trusted advisers, friends and I embark on a journey that we believe has the chance to make real differences in people's lives in Pennsylvania. Although I will be the spokesperson, this journey will be a total team effort. We hope and pray that more will join us in our effort along the way. As for me, I will be taking the arrows, insults, innuendos, and criticisms by those who wish to see us defeated. No matter what happens, our message will be heard. US Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan said this: " I have no regrets. I don't believe in looking back. What I am proudest of? Working really hard...and achieving as much as I could." To the local Republican Establishment who will try and discredit me - because two of them already have tried - I have no fear. And, no matter what -- NO REGRETS.
9. "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going." Hebrews 11:8 Sometimes, someone's actions may seem crazy to others. I'm sure in Abraham's day, his friends thought he was nuts just to get up and go. Like Abraham, I too believe I have been called to do something.
10. www.reedyisready.com vote on April 26, 2016
Have a great week everyone.
"There is something to be said for trying - or more accurately, for refusing not to try. Life is not without hope. And every once in a while, if hope is stubborn enough, it is vindicated." - Miami Herald Columnist Leonard Pitts