Thursday, September 16, 2010

Congressman Chet Edwards Plays Nice In TV Ad

Tonight, for the first time, I saw a television ad paid for by the reelection campaign of Chet Edwards that was very nice in it's delivery. Like many other people, I get angry at all the negative campaign ads that are run during election years that try to demonize an opponent. In 2010, Congress Chet Edwards has run his fair share of negative campaign ads and his challenger Bill Flores has done so as well.

Tonight's new Chet Edwards television ad featured Congressman Edwards standing in what appeared to be a wheat field - talking about how his efforts in Washington D.C. saved the Waco VA hospital from being close down. Unlike other ads from Chet Edwards and Bill Flores, this new positive ad from Chet Edwards was 100% truthful, because I believe the Waco VA would have been shutdown without the pressure put to bear on the Veterans administration by our local Waco representative.

Over the past 30 years, TV commercials run by both Republicans and Democrats have become so nasty that most people just turn their brains off to politics, because they don't trust either side. I have supported Congressman Edwards in the past, but I believe he has an uphill battle in 2010 - simply because he is an incumbent running in a year where a "throw the bums out" attitude is extremely high. That said, I want to thank Congressman Edwards for at least running one positive political ad during this election season.

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Waco Tribune Herald Announces Online Plus

Like thousands of other Waco residents, I subscribe to home delivery of the Waco Tribune Herald newspaper. For the past several years, everyone has been able to pretty much read everything that is found in our local paper via the Tribune Herald website - but that has now changed.

For seven day per week subscribers of the Waco Tribune Herald, free access to their entire website is now included in your subscription price. However, Waco residents who do not subscribe to the Tribune Herald will now be limited to only certain sections of this newspapers website unless they pay a subscription.

Newspapers around the nation are looking for new ways to replace the lost revenue they have experienced over the past five or six years. The current US recession has all but dried up many national newspaper advertising resources, so the Waco Tribune Herald and hundreds of other newspapers around the country are desperately seeking new sources of revenue. It will be interesting to watch and see if the Waco Tribune Herald's "Online Plus" feature is successful.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sarah Palin Brings Pro-Life Message To Waco

On Tuesday night, former Governor of Alaska and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave a speech about the importance of Pro-Life issues in Waco. A large crowd showed up to hear Sarah Palin speak on Tuesday night, but the big news surrounding Palin today did not originate here in Waco - but about one thousands miles away in the State of Delaware where a Sarah Palin backed candidate won over a well funded GOP backed insider.

While most members of the liberal media establishment take great pleasure in putting Sarah Palin down at every turn, grass roots Americans not only like Sarah Palin as a person - but they love her message of replacing decades long career politicians in Washington with some new uncorrupted citizens. As Sarah Palin was speaking in Waco on Tuesday night, the grass roots party of regular citizens she supports (The Tea Party) were busy turning out frustrated voters to the polls where they carried out a mini house cleaning.

Here in the Waco area, long time Congressman Chet Edwards could find himself the victim of voters in November, who more closely aligned themselves with Sarah Palin's message than his. Congressman Edwards is in the wrong place at the wrong time when it comes to being an incumbent in 2010 and I believe he could find himself turned out of office in November - if major "Tea Party" figures like Sarah Palin decide to back his challenger Bill Flores.

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Will Bill Flores Finally End Chet Edwards Career?

It's hard to know for sure, if Bill Flores will be successful where other GOP hopefuls have failed in their attempts to defeat long time Congressman Chet Edwards at the polls in November. In the past, I have said that it would be a mistake for anyone to bet against Chet Edwards on election day - because of his ability to take an opponent and turn them into hamburger with slick TV campaign ads that exploit any mistake they have made in their lives.

However, 2010 is a different kind of election year and with redistricting in Texas favoring GOP candidates and an extremely angry electorate - Congressman Chet Edwards days might be numbered in the US House of Representatives. That said, I would still not bet good money against Congressman Edwards winning in November - because he has proven himself time and time again to be one of the best political campaigners in the country.

I have watched carefully the TV ads that have been run from both the Bill Flores and Chet Edwards campaigns for Congress so far and I must say that I have not seen an ad yet from Congressman Chet Edwards that I would consider a "knock out punch" in his battle for reelection against Bill Flores. There are two things that give Bill Flores a better chance at winning against Chet Edwards in 2010 than previous GOP candidates have had. First, Flores lives in the Bryan/College Station area and he should carry that area with a high percentage of the vote and second, I have never seen the voters in Central Texas more angry at Washington incumbents as they are right now.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Zeb's Backyard Grill | Good Eating In The Waco Area

My wife and I visited Zeb's Backyard Grill in Hewitt last night. We both had been talking about eating at a new restaurant recently and Zeb's was our choice. Let me start off by saying that our experience at Zeb's Backyard Grill was excellent from a food quality standpoint, but the service or lack there of was not good at all. While I ordered their rib eye steak, my wife decided to try their cheese burger. Both of us were very satisfied with the taste of our food and for me, I am usually very picky about rib eye steak quality when dining out.

One of the nice treats I received while dining at Zeb's Backyard Grill in Hewitt was a dinner salad which was delivered to our table several minutes before my rib eye steak was brought out. I was very impressed with my salad from Zeb's, because it was loaded with much more than just lettuce. In fact, there were so many different vegetables put into that salad - I was hard pressed to discover all the ingredients before I had finished eating it. My wife's cheese burger from Zeb's Backyard Grill was large and very tasty. In fact, her cheese burger was so big - she brought half of it home and I ate the other half later in the day.

Compared to when I moved to the Waco, Texas area back in 1983 when there were few choices when it came to eating out. In 2010 there are restaurants on almost every street corner. I would highly recommend a trip to Zeb's Backyard Grill the next time you are hungry for a good hamburger or a rib eye steak. Their prices are affordable, but don't visit there with high expectations of friendly service. Our meal was affordable and the restaurant was clean when we visited.

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