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Schoolhouse Rock lives on? GovTrack.us comes close

Schoolhouse Rock lives on? GovTrack.us comes close

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https://www.govtrack.us/

Not exactly sure how I stumbled upon this site, but I’m fairly glad I did- if I can ever get “I’m just a bill” and “Conjunction junction, what’s your function?” out of my head, that is.

Serving on my association’s Governmental Affairs Committee and a number of other ones, I’d say I spend more time following legislation with the potential to affect the real estate industry than most folks.  Funny thing about https://www.govtrack.us/ though, is that it might actually cut down on the amount of time I spend on research.

“How so?”, you ask?  Easy- everything I’ve ever wanted to know about bills, laws and our folks in D.C. that move them along can be found on this one site.  Word to the wise, though: don’t venture onto https://www.govtrack.us/ unless you’re looking to find a wealth of information- and you’re open to the possibility that you could get hooked on the site and have trouble leaving it!

As I mentioned, you’ll find information on bills, laws and our elected officials on https://www.govtrack.us/- but it goes much further and deeper than that.  You’re able to see all of the votes a particular senator or congressman has ever cast- as well as information on officials themselves that includes when they entered office and when their terms expire, the number of votes they’ve missed over the course of their time in office, where they fall on the conservative/liberal ideological spectrum and more.

Aside from tracking information as bills move from introduction to committee and onward, there are two other features I find pretty valuable.  One involves the site’s use of algorithms to predict the chances a bill will make it out of committee- and if so, the chances it will ultimately make it into law.  The other is what I’d consider the best feature of the site overall: you can track your senators’ or representative’s voting activities (and/or the activities of any, for that matter).  I found myself spending a bit of time looking at bills a number of House members had in the works simply because doing so was incredibly easy.

I signed up to track my congressman, Rep. John Mica (R-FL7)- and I’m also tracking Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN6) who introduced a bill regarding tenants in cases where owners lose the homes they’re in.  I get an email every day or so that let’s me know every vote that’s happened recently, whether the bill passed or failed and how the folks I’m following voted.

All told, https://www.govtrack.us/ offers something that I can use on a regular basis- and as a resource, it offers a great deal of information in one spot that school-age children (or anyone else looking to re-live the days of Schoolhouse Rock) may use in their research efforts as well.

Schoolhouse Rock lives on? GovTrack.us comes close

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9/11: Have you forgotten? How will you mark the day?

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Turning vacant into occupied, and “houses” into “homes”

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Turning vacant into occupied, and “houses” into “homes”SM Turning vacant into occupied, and “houses” into “homes”SM I started using Turning vacant into occupied, and “houses” into “homes”SM as a slogan or tagline in the early part of 2008.  Thinking back … Continue reading

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“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would YOU do?

“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would you do?

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“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would you do?

Here in my hand rests a flash drive- there are many like it, but this one is mine.  It’s a new one- and though 16GB isn’t the ginormous amount of data it once was, this thing will hold a good bit of stuff.  I use Dropbox and fill that bad boy up, too- so I try my best to either use the flash drives as back-ups or to hold things for a short while until I’ve had a chance to upload the stuff elsewhere.

Yesterday, I was on the road and decided to drop in a library to look up some things real quick and keep moving along with my day.  I didn’t have this new 16GB flash drive on me, however- but rather it’s bigger, older brother that’s a 32GB one.

I finished what I was doing and hit the road, but an hour or so later it hit me: I’d left my flash drive at the library.  A wealth of emotions rushed through my head- ranging from panic to irritation with myself to plain ol’ utter confusion and concern over whether I’d see the thing again… and over exactly what I’d be missing if I never saw the thing again.

I called the library and got in touch with a lady there just before closing time.  That in and of itself was a victory- as our libraries here have one central number and you have to wait to get transferred out to an individual branch.  The lady I spoke with had a line of folks in front of her, but put me on hold and said she’d go check the both the “lost and found box” and the computer I’d been working on.

She returned to the phone about 10 agonizing minutes later and told me she’d seen no sign of my flash drive.

Sweet. Nice. Son of a gun. “Who the heck got my flash drive?”, “Are flash drives so expensive that somebody would find mine and keep it like a dang $100 on the ground in a parking lot or something?” and “Surely whomever plucked my flash drive out of that computer knew it wasn’t their’s….right?” were but a few of the questions going through my head. Among others, that is.

So what would you do? Would you turn in a flash drive if you found one? As of now, it seems that either the library lady couldn’t find mine…or that someone else did and bounced home with it. I won’t know for certain until tomorrow- as for some unknown and frustrating reason, our libraries are closed on Fridays.

It’s not very likely that whomever may have found my flash drive thought to themselves “Hmmm… I don’t recall ever buying one of these things, but I guess it could be mine…” or anything- I’m thinking it’s a bit more likely that their thoughts returned to elementary school and the unspoken playground rule known the world over as “Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I’m hoping to get my flash drive back first and foremost- but discovering that someone found it and turned it in might get a little bit of faith in my fellow man back as well.

“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would you do?

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If you can read this in English, thank a Veteran…

If you can read this in English, thank a Veteran…

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If you can read this in English, thank a Veteran…

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I couldn’t think of a better stop on the way home from church yesterday- nor a better place to visit than this place that I’ve driven by countless times over the course of the past 7 years- the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park.

Indeed, I’ve spent more time at the Orlando VA Medical Center across the street than I’ve ever wish upon anyone- yet this marked the first time I’d ever actually visited this park.  With memorials/monuments to a good number of America’s heroes, it was well worth the trip- even in our 95-degree heat that few would ever consider “dry”!

Many know that I served in the Navy, my father and both grandfathers in the Army and an uncle in the Air Force.  As I see it, I’d have been all but remiss had I not paid tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who have made, are making and will continue making it possible for me to live my life the best I possibly can.

In today’s bumper sticker world, there are tons of cute phrases folks use- including the “If you can read this, thank a teacher” one I borrowed from here.  That is a cute one- and teachers truly are some of the most cherished and valued folks that we encounter in life.

But with no disrespect to the fine folks educating today’s youth (well, at least not to the Conservative ones), I also make no apologies in forever professing that it’s Almighty God and our U.S. military who makes everything possible.

If you can read this in English, thank a Veteran…

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Gerber Collision & Glass- They’re a chain?

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