Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Photo of Lucy and Twiggy

“It sure is wet, Lucy.”
“We need the rain.”
“But not on Friday.”

 

Friday is here again. It seems like a very short week. But, wait, that’s because it was. Memorial Day took 20% of the week. Well, that explains it.

Our part of Texas is getting a lot of rain. It looks like it will continue through the weekend. This is totally fine with me since we need it. I did not enjoy the teeth-rattling thunder last night, though. We had a spectacular lightning show to go with the thunder.

The Texas legislature concluded its session for this year. The next time they will meet will be in 2023. After that, they meet starting the first Tuesday in January for 140 days. The governor can call special sessions, but by and large, that’s it for the next 18 months. We like this kind of legislative agenda.

This week’s JohnKu talks about the best kind of government. I hope you have a super weekend.

 

Government by John W. Howell Β© 2021

Government is best,

When those governed don’t feel it . . .

Only in heaven.

81 comments

  1. So, Texas politicians don’t work for 18 months unless the governor wants to do something?

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    1. Pretty much. Unlike the feds they are not full- time employees of the state. They have to go back and live under the laws they create.

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  2. Glad you’re getting much-needed rain, John. We’ve been getting storms here too. They always seem to hit in the middle of the night, lols. Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

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    1. You have had some pretty tough spring weather. Have a super week as well, Harmony.

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  3. Um, that would be Weekend! πŸ™‚

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    1. I just assumed you were projecting good wishes. I wished you a good week too. So make that weekend. 😁

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      1. πŸ˜πŸ’•

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      2. 😊🌹

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Love the Haiku…perhaps the people need to govern the government. Hmm…I think we tried that once before. 😁 I ignore it all, too old to march, too skeptical to trust, now I simply pray and find ways to escape into other worlds through books, nature, dreams…. πŸ’—

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    1. I’m with you, Gwen, on all counts!

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      1. I’m with you too, Gwen!❀️

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      2. Thanks, Liz.

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      3. You’re welcome, John.

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    2. Revolution is for the young. Let them do it. Have a great weekend, Gwen. 😁

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    3. You put that perfectly, Gwen. I’m with you on all counts!πŸ™‚πŸ’•

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      1. She did for sure.

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  5. Big storms here, too, John, and much needed. We are bone dry. As for the TX legislature…didn’t realize they took such breaks. Based on some of their decisions of late, that’s probably safer for all…

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Lori. Have a great weekend.😁

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  6. Glad to hear you’re getting some rain, John. I had a rainy commute this morning…never fun. Have a restful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. You as well. 😊

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  7. Our legislators meet for months but only seem to work in the days just before the session ends. I makes me think they should have shorter but more frequent sessions. Or learn how to work like normal people, but…

    Enjoy the wet weekend, John.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I agree they seem to put everything off until the end. 😁

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  8. Do they get paid when not in session?

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    1. They get paid about $600.00 per month all year and then $220.00 per day for the days the legislature is in session. (including any special sessions)so that would be $7,200 + $30,800 = $38,000.

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      1. Thank you for the info.

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      2. You are welcome, GP

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  9. A rainy week for us this week too as you pushed it out of your state toward mine. Summer is gaining ground on us as the heat and humidity is only a few days away. Interesting approach for the legislature. But does that schedule reduce the chances of legislators making an ass of themselves?

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    1. Legislators always have the opportunity to make an ass of themselves. It is just a matter of how not when.

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  10. We finally got some rain this week also – glad you did also. We’re just hoping the rain holds off in TX next week while moving our son. Hubby’s so excited this apartment is on the first floor – all the others have been second or above, lol.

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    1. Next week is supposed to be sunny. First floor is a blessing.

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  11. Happy Friday John. There will be plenty of opportunity to not remain silent on Monday. Here’s to the weekend and pleasanter thoughts.

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    1. I agree with you.

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  12. What an awesome JohnKu this week! Happy Friday, John.

    We are on our last day of rain after a very long stretch. Tomorrow we move into full sun, then highs in the 90s. It’s going to be really hot, but I do miss the sun.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. We don’t complain about the rain. 100’s are not too far off. Have a restful weekend.

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  13. It’s not a bad part time gig.

    As for the rain, we had pretty intense thunder storms last night. My cats were looking at me like “Uh, Gramps? You gonna do something about that noise?”

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    1. Ours used to do the same. Also, a few meows thrown in for good measure.

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      1. Yes! The girl goes in the other room and meows up ANOTHER storm.

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      2. 🀣 I so miss my cats.

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      3. They’re a riot.

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  14. I think that it is best that people in politics work part time and then go back to living under the choices they made.

    So glad you got the rain – despite the teeth-rattling thunder! We are expecting a very hot weekend and today we have a weathe warning for thunderstorms starting this afternoon. (Hopefully after I get home from work!)

    Have a fabulous Friday!

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    1. I hope they hold off until you get home. Have a lovely weekend, Dale.

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      1. And if they don’t? I’ll survive. I’m not made of chocolate πŸ˜‰
        Thank you, John.

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      2. Yeah being made of chocolate would be a little temporary.🀣

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      3. He he he πŸ˜‰

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  15. portmanguy · · Reply

    A touch of Thoreau in today’s John Ku. Pleased to hear you have rain.

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    1. Thank you, Guy. You are the only one to catch it.

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  16. Our legislature meets every year, and the sessions get longer every year. When I was a kid, Nevada used to convene every other year. We could sure use some of your rain out west. There were thunderstorms last night, but no moisture. 103 degrees yesterday, so the cloud blanket kept it hot all night. Those are the kind of storms that cause big fires.

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    1. 103 degrees??? Yikes

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  17. Well said, John. It is less painful when we are not aware that we are being governed. Happy Friday!

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  18. I like your JohnKu. Happy weekend, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. Happy weekend to you.

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      1. πŸ˜€

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  19. So now I feel you’ve taught me a civics lesson–I had no idea the schedule was like that in Texas! But it seems very . . . Texan. Right? No nonsense and get ‘er done:).

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    1. It is Texan for sure. We don’t like out legislators wasting any more time than necessary. 😁

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  20. Twiggy & Lucy look like “Strangers in the rain”, dear John! πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚ I’m glad to know it is raining in Texas! Might it last for a while. Who knows, it might help the little olive. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Wet week-ends don’t damp our spirit down! 😎😎😎

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    1. The poor little olive breathed its last. It is no more. The Magnolia tree will be delivered on July 3rd so we will all look forward to that. Thank you for the positive thoughts about the tree. 😁

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      1. Mon Dieu! Might Mognolia be happier than the olive tree! I think Twiggy will adore it as its flowers are so beautiful & fragrant! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      2. The poor olive was a victim of the freeze. I think we will all love the magnolia. Thank you, Maria. πŸ€—

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  21. Love the johnku πŸ˜‰ Florida’s legislature meets every year for six weeks unless they or the Governor call a special session. One year I think they had a couple of special sessions … cha-king! I am so glad I no longer work in state government.

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  22. And to think some people criticize the fact our legislature is part-time. πŸ˜‰ We know how to do it right here.

    We have thunderstorms in the forecast. Hope they’re not too violent. Have a great weekend, John.

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    1. I know right? I’d like to have a 30 day session.

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  23. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Even though we typically get a lot of rain for the year where we live, four of the last five years have been droughts in California. It’s bone dry right now, and I suspect that we’re in for another terrible year of wildfires.

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    1. I used to live in Northern California and remember the need for winter rains. If they didn’t come n the winter then for sure they weren’t coming in the summer. Sad thing

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  24. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Glad you are getting the rain:) Great Haiku:)

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  25. I’m glad you had some rain! Send some over here too. I love thunder and lightning. I have seen it only rarely in my lifetime.

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    1. I wish I could send it to you but then that would make me a god. Hey that would be okay. Thanks, Deborah,

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  26. Ah, that’s true. Happy weekend, John!

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    1. Happy weekend, Barbara.

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  27. Congrats on the rain, John! Please send us some. We’re very thirsty in the bay area and fire season has already begun. 😦 Great words and message, too. Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead.

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    1. I wish we could send you some rain. Thank you, Sunday has been swell. Now for a great week.

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  28. It’s nature we can’t do anything. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚

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    1. Excellent point. 😁

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