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Suggestions for an affordable telephoto zoom lens for Nikon D3300

I don't have a great budget but was hoping someone here might offer me some advice.

There are several chicken hawks in my neighborhood that I'd really love to get some good pics of, currently the lens I'm using is a Nikon DX VR 18-55 mm. The lens isn't strong enough to take good pics of them high up in the trees.

Any suggestions? Hopefully something under the $200 range. That's all I can afford right now.

Posted by MagickMuffin | Thu Aug 4, 2016, 09:38 PM (7 replies)

It is a thankless job!

Why would she want it?

And no thx!!!

CBS/DFW Local News: No one wants to host Trump event for this Thursday

No link, it was reported on the 6:00 broadcast.

No law enforcers are willing to help.

Grand Pairie- OUT

Not sure about the other communities in DFW. But this is a start!

TX Runoff Election: 3060 ballots issued, 10 people bothered to vote

I am a Precinct Chair and Election Judge in Tarrant County.

Two of those votes were my hubby and myself. So, only 8 people showed up to vote. I was in charge of officiating 17 precincts.

This is a huge problem with Democrats in Texas. They do not get out to vote. Why? I have no idea. I have been a precinct chair since '08 and this is what I am up against. People not doing their civic duty and voting.

I am hoping to get email addresses so I can do email campaigns to GOTV. The Tarrant County Democratic Party is working on turning our county blue. They have several programs devoted to helping the precinct chairs to get voters to the polls. However, the voters have to vote to make a difference. When our voters refuse to vote then the other side always win. It is that simple, yet, it is a difficult task to undertake. But I am so frustrated by the lack of voter turnout that I am compelled to work harder at getting my precinct out to vote.

Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, says the new Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

also will work to strike down laws in Texas and other states that require voters to show photo ID to cast a ballot. Texas’ voter ID law is “the clearest manifestation of modern day suppression tactics,” Veasey said at the caucus launch. “They must be done away with immediately so that everyone can have full access to the ballot box.”

Veasey is the lead plaintiff in a legal challenge to the state’s voter ID law, a case that is before a federal appeals court Tuesday.

The caucus emerges nearly three years after the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a move that Veasey and other congressional members said has helped give rise to voter suppression efforts across the country. The Voting Rights Caucus so far has nearly 60 members, including Texas Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston; Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; and Al Green, D-Houston.

The caucus’s first order of business, the new members said, is to urge Congress to update the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling. The nation’s highest court effectively eliminated the requirement for Texas and eight other southern states to receive pre-clearance in order to change its election laws, saying the criteria used to monitor them were outdated.


It was a good article until the DMN decided to add input from Hans von Spakovsky, (a shill) legal scholar with the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation.

Marc Veasey is someone to watch. Glad to call him one of our own (Fort Worth)!

***Pretty Cool: A New Google Extension Will Change Every Mention Of ‘Pro-Life’ To ‘Anti-Choice’***

If you’ve noticed that the politicians who claim the “pro-life” label are often singularly focused on restricting abortion, and aren’t necessarily working on other policy proposals that could save lives, there’s a new Google extension for you.

An extension released this week will change every mention of “pro-life” to “anti-choice” once it’s added to a Chrome browser. “Tired of seeing the fraught term ‘pro-life’ used ubiquitously and incorrectly, we conceived of this extension to shift the language of the discussion towards a more accurate framework,” explains an online description of the “Choice Language” tool.

The extension was created by an activist who wishes to remain anonymous; she partnered with the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund to release it to the public this week.
“We thought it was a really interesting and creative idea,” Andrea Miller, the president of NIRH, told ThinkProgress. “We agreed with her that the language in this discussion really matters.”

This should be fun!

EDIT: I forgot to include the link


Daughter of ‘Duck Dynasty’ figure running for Hurst, Texas council

Hurst City Council candidate Trasa Robertson Cobern isn’t shy about being part of the clan made famous by the reality show Duck Dynasty.

Her father, Si Robertson, is better known as Uncle Si on the A&E reality show, which highlights the Louisiana family’s highly successful Duck Commander hunting-products business (so successful that for the past few springs it’s been sponsor of a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway).

Hurst City Council candidate Jeff Childers Cobern, 40, faces at least one opponent for the Place 4 seat: fellow political newcomer Jeff Childers. Longtime incumbent Anna Holzer, 88, said she is not seeking re-election. The candidate filing period ends at 5 p.m. Friday for the May 7 election.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/hurst-euless-bedford_news/article61094727.html#storylink=cpy

Quack, Quack, Duck!

Texas Democratic Convention Videos

In case anyone is interested in watching some of the convention speeches. Dru and Amber Davis introduction to Wendy Davis, Wendy, Leticia Van de Putte, plus several others.

There are eight videos at the link. Enjoy, if you haven't seen them already!


Please Contribute to Lon Burnam's Legal Defense Fund

State Rep. Lon Burnam has served Tarrant County for 17 years. The first two excerpts below are emails and the last one is from the Startlegram.

We need Lon Burnam in office. He has been very beneficial to Fort Worth and very supportive of Tarrant County candidates running for office and he is a progressive Democrat. Now it's our turn to be supportive of State Rep. Lon Burnam.

Thank you for your many years of support. As many of you already know, after 17 years in the Texas Legislature, my campaign for re-election for a 10th term as your State Representative came up short by just 111 votes. The last minute influx of pro-charter school money into my opponent’s campaign through the front group Education Reform Now —run by Wall Street hedge fund managers—was the silver bullet that ended my tenure of staunch support for our public schools and quality education for our children.

Every Session I spent as your Representative we made great strides towards equality and justice for the people of District 90 and Texas. Now more than ever, it is important that we keep a watchful eye on the Texas Legislature. Education Reform Now has a specific agenda—to help private companies make profit by redirecting public education dollars to charter schools. With so many billions of dollars at stake here…what they put into elections in Texas is chump change.

Because of the over $35,000 Education Reform Now poured into the campaign against me, my opponent will receive significant pressure to vote to undermine our public schools by redirecting the money towards charters.

But I am not finished and I will be spending the coming months holding Romero, Education Reform Now and other special economic interests accountable.

Please help me do this by making a contribution to my severely depleted political account so I can bird-dog and raise the alarm about those who see this time as an opportunity to dismantle our public education system.

Beyond that, rest assured that I do not intend to "go quietly into the night". I have ten months left as a state representative and I intend to use every bit of it. Even after I leave office, I will continue to fight for public education, healthcare for all, civil rights and environmental justice as a public citizen.

It has been my distinct honor to serve in the Texas House, even when the Texas House wasn't always honorable. Thanks for the memories, you'll be hearing from me again soon. You can count on it.

Lon Burnam

Many of you already know that last Monday I filed a lawsuit to overturn the results of the March 4th primary election after learning of illegal vote harvesting and other election irregularities. As you may know, the initial race results were very close, so even a limited number of illegitimate votes can change the outcome.

After receiving reports of these illegal acts and reviewing my options, I assembled a great legal team including Buck Wood, Art Brender and Ross Peavey, and filed suit. Our first hearing is this Friday, April 4th, when we will be filing the initial subpoenas for the documents that will prove these allegations. This suit is moving very quickly, and so are my legal bills.

I am grateful for the show of support from my friends in the words of encouragement and the 150 people who have contributed to my legal fund so that we can see this lawsuit through.

However, we have not yet raised enough money to complete the lawsuit, and without it I may have to concede.

It is hard to know what to suggest as a giving level, but one clever friend gave $111, (the number of votes separating the candidates in the race). Other friends have given much more and many gave what they could. I am not a wealthy man and I have no corporate backers footing the bill, so I am depending on you.

Please help me in this fight, not just to return me to office but to also protect the integrity of the Democratic primaries in Tarrant County, so that they do not head down the troubled path we have seen others take. Please contribute to my legal defense fund here.

Best regards,
Lon Burnam

P.S. Not everyone is on my email list, so please forward this to any of your progressive friends via email or Facebook who might be interested in supporting this effort.

P.P.S. I have said this before but judging from some of the comments I have seen from those I have never counted as friends, I need to say it again: These allegations have absolutely nothing to do with anything that could be addressed with a Voter ID law. Anyone who says that is either profoundly dishonest or profoundly confused about election law. You can tell them I said that.

State Rep. Lon Burnam filed such a suit Monday against businessman Ramon Romero Jr., the man who bested him by 111 votes in the March 4 Democratic primary for Fort Worth’s District 90 House seat.

Given what’s at stake — Burnam asks a district court to declare him the winner rather than Romero or to order a new election — the suit should receive expedited treatment from the court and everyone involved.

No one gains from holding the election outcome in legal limbo.

Burnam says in the suit, filed by attorneys Randal Buck Wood of Austin and Art Brender of Fort Worth, that he has “information and belief” that canvassers working on behalf of Romero improperly submitted applications for more than 180 vote-by-mail ballots.

The canvassers asked potential voters to fill out a vote-by-mail application on an iPad and sign it electronically, the suit says, adding, “These signatures would be downloaded as a printed application and sent to the election officials so that a ballot could be mailed to the voter.”

Burnam’s core claim is that Texas election law makes no provision for using electronic devices in that way. He submitted as evidence emails to his office from the Texas secretary of state’s office saying any such technology “must be proven to work within the legal procedures set forth in the Election Code, and approved by the Legislature.”

To date, no such approval has been issued, the email says.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/03/25/5679967/burnam-suit-puts-election-in-legal.html#storylink=cpy

Posted by MagickMuffin | Thu Apr 3, 2014, 02:32 PM (2 replies)

Questions About Primary Training For The Upcoming Election

I have been a Precinct Chair since '08. I thought as part of our mandated training that we were compensated for the training mid-term elections.

However, when I received my election letter I was informed that the Sec. of State has mandated that the training sessions do not compensate for the training.

My questions are

Has this always been the case and I was mistaken about being paid for training since '08?

If this is a new mandate then

When did this change?

Did the Legislator vote for this?

If they didn't vote for this then Can the Sec. of State mandate these changes

Also I noticed that we will only be paid a whopping $8 per hour. I suppose this is the big plan to keep people wanting to service their communities. Pay them as little as possible. Perhaps in the next few years it will totally be set up as a voluntary position.

Sheesh, even the Presiding Judge during the general election makes a dollar more than the A.J and clerks.

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