November 30, 2006

New York enlists in War on Christmas

Who would have guessed that the TABC's reputation for heavy handed stupidity is not unrivalled?

A New York beer distributor has received word by telephone that the New York State Liquor Authority will not allow six beers with cheerful holiday-themed labels to be sold in the state this Christmas season. The SLA representative explained that the labels could not be approved for sale because Christmas imagery would “appeal to underage drinkers.” The banned beer labels are:

• Santa’s Butt Winter Porter (depicting Santa enjoying a pint atop a large barrel, or ‘butt,’ of beer) • Warm Welcome Nut-Browned Ale (depicting Santa arriving to a fiery welcome at the bottom of the chimney shaft) • Very Bad Elf Special Reserve Ale (depicting a wayward elf celebrating Christmas a little too early) • Seriously Bad Elf English Double Ale (depicting the same elf taking aim at Santa and his sleigh with a slingshot) • Criminally Bad Elf Barley-Wine-Style Ale (depicting the intractable and belligerent elf finally behind bars) • Rudolph’s Revenge Winter Ale (a straight-on cartoon portrait of the famous red-nosed reindeer)

Shelton Brothers, importers of the beers, have retained an Albany attorney, George Carpinello, of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, to seek a court ruling overturning the SLA’s decision. George Carpinello was the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the case of Bad Frog Brewing Co. v. New York State Liquor Authority, which culminated in 1998 in a decision by the federal Court of Appeals holding, among other things, that the brewery’s First Amendment right to use the label image of its choosing could not be infringed by the SLA on the tenuous assumption that the image would appeal to younger people.

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Gambling on the backs of teachers

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBoth Capitol Annex and The Somervell County Salon tagged Perry's desire to further erode the financial health of the Teacher's Retirement System. You know, the one that guarantees the retirement incomes of hundreds of thousands of Texas teachers... yeah, that one. The one that's 13 BILLION underfunded.

Texas Governor Rick Perry wants the Texas Teacher Retirement System to invest as much as $600 million in so-called emerging start-up businesses that his Texas Emerging Technology Fund has also invested in. This is in spite of the fact that most of these companies have uncertain futures and no worthwhile revenue to speak of.

Don't rip on Perry too hard for wanting to invest retirement money in untested companies. He could have suggested investing in Enron.

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Senator Edwards in Dallas Friday

Yes and you'll want to go see him... here are the deets (and a lovely flier):

Friday, December 1 7:00 PM Borders - 10720 Preston Road - Dallas, TX For more information please call 214-363-1977

Come on, Dallas readers! Tell us how it goes! I know it looks nasty as hell now, but the weather will be better manana!

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I don't give a damn about Michael Richards

The whole "Ban the 'N' Word" flap. I was watching CNN and saw a running headline, "Black leaders want to ban the 'N' word, but is Hollywood listening?"

What a bunch of hooey. Racism is a fundamental and seemingly intractable problem in our country. NYC cops shooting unarmed men engaged in NO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY is a problem. The drop out rate among young people of color is alarming. The number of black men rotting in jail for what amount to crimes associated with drug addiciton is a travesty.

Banning the 'N' word is pablum served up to an eager white public. ...As long as we don't say the 'N' word, we're not racists and racism isn't a problem. The End.

I've got my hopes and dreams for my country set a little higher than Thou Shalt Not Say The 'N' Word! We are better than this foolishness. Words carry weight. Words do have impact, but actions change lives. The word "justice" sounds great, but means nothing unless we do the work required to render/ensure/augment/manifest it to all people in equal measure.

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Grab the Vilmentum!

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Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack launched his long-shot bid for the presidency Thursday, calling for an end to U.S. dependence on foreign oil in favor of alternative energy sources.

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¿Jorge Bush Habla Español?

I read with utter amazement this from Salon:

In 2006, Hispanics went for the Democrats 69 to 30 percent, a 10-point increase in the spread from two years ago. Unpopular as Bush may be today, he has been the most accessible Republican to Hispanics ever, a Spanish speaker from a state with a large Hispanic population. Next time, in 2008, the Republicans do not have a potential candidate who can remotely approach Bush's appeal.

Really? Because I wasn't aware that Bush knew how to speak English.

Just as an aside, Salon, I think most people are finally seeing through this "Bush's appeal" business. Just saying.

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Help out the LSG so they can help you and the DCCC makes an ad for Ciro

  • Phillip over at BOR has a post up asking for donations to the Legislative Study Group. I know it's getting close to Christmas, but the LSG is a real asset to Democrats in Texas. Please give if you can.

    The Legislative Study Group (LSG) is one of the top policy shops in the Texas Capitol. The Legislative Study Group focuses on analyzing and promoting sound public policy, and believes that begins with sensible, solutions-oriented approaches to the issues facing Texas families.

    Show 'em a little love!

  • The DCCC is running some fantastic spots for Ciro Rodriguez who faces Henry Vanilla in a runoff on December 12th.

    All of us at McBlogger wish Ciro the best and hope he kicks that jackass out of Congress.

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    Why does Attorney General Greg Abbott want to flood Houston?

    The State of Texas filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court ostensibly on behalf of the EPA but really for TXU and other companies here that SPEW CO2 into the atmosphere. The case isn't about if CO2 contributes to global warming (despite what Myron says, we already know that it does), it's about whether or not the EPA should be regulating CO2 output as well as other carbon emissions. Basically, the entire case involves whether we can consider carbon a pollutant, which the EPA would then be obligated to control.

    This is the dumbest goddamn thing I think I've heard since the TEC's decision on Monday to allow public officials to call a 'bucket of cash' merely a 'bucket'. Here, SC and Attorney General Greg Abbott, let me help you to understand. Arsenic occurs in nature. HOWEVER, when it's concentrated too much, it becomes a POISON. CO2, when there is too much of it in the atmosphere (like that produced, oh, I don't know, BY COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS), is a poison as well. Of course, before it reaches poisonous levels, it will already have allowed the atmosphere to heat up to such an extent that human life will be unsustainable. Even for you, Attorney General Greg Abbott and there won't be anyone left for you to sue.

    The facet about this that really irritates me? Attorney General Greg Abbott did this all himself, with no input from TCEQ.

    But in Texas, where the state climatologist says global warming is a pressing concern and scientists say the Gulf Coast could be flooded within the century, the attorney general has joined a smaller coalition of states that sides with the EPA, which says the gas is not a dangerous air pollutant.

    The Texas attorney general's office did not even consult the state's environmental agency before signing onto the legal brief submitted to the high court, according to one of the agency's commissioners.

    "The State of Texas' intervention in this case wasn't derived from any formal request" from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said Larry Soward, one of three members of the commission. "This agency did not ask the attorney general to intervene in the lawsuit on our behalf, nor have we been involved.

    "It's routine or common course for the agency with regulatory authority to be integrally involved. And that hasn't been the case."

    The balls on this cocksucker, no? He doesn't know a damn thing about the environment, other than that sometimes trees fall, yet he thinks EPA shouldn't be regulating carbon emissions?

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    November 29, 2006

    Rahm does something else right...

    Strategically, I don't think he's all that bright with the targeting. However, he's a master fundraiser and one member of Congress with a great idea.

    Lobbying Reform. Now.

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    Update - Ask A... Dildo that may (or may not) have been in Rick Perry's ass about dating

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting I'm sure you remember the Dildo that may (or may not) have been up Rick Perry's ass. You should also remember that the Dildo is waiting for your dating questions. So far the Dildo has received

    ONE QUESTION

    WTF is with you people? I know you're busy with the holidays but I know some of you have relationship issues with which you desperately need help. Help that only the Dildo can provide. Help that the Dildo is willing to give.

    Don't make the Dildo get ugly. If it's not allowed to help... well, you don't want to know the consequences. Seriously, the last person to cross the Dildo was Rep. Vicki Truitt. Let's just say there is a reason she wears her hair that way. At least, that's what I heard... email those questions to mcblogger@mcblogger.com

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    Plutonium production a-booming in Amarillo

    Jobsanger has a post up about a new nuclear weapons facility to be located (possibly) in Amarillo. Do we REALLY need ANOTHER facility to produce plutonium pits for nukes? Seriously, there are already 12,000 cores sitting at Pantex... in Amarillo.

    What are they going for? Most radioactive city in America?

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    Just in time for the Holidays... the BAC Calculator

    Here at McBlogger, when we're not drinking we're thinking of you. So yeah, we're only paying attention to y'all for a few hours in the morning before the bloody's start to have their desired effect. However, we do love y'all (even if we don't necessarily LIKE all of you) and want you to be safe this holiday season. Or Christmas season, if you're Bill O'Reilly. If you are Bill O'Reilly, why the fuck are you here?

    Here's a super helpful site to let you know how much is too much. And, from our good friends at the insurance industry, an interactive BAC calculator.

    This is one of those times when lying about your weight is way counterproductive.

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    So what's up with President Bush FINALLY becoming a rancher?

    Has President Bush bought a ranch in Paraguay? Conspiracy theorists say yes and there are reasons why...

    * The Cuban news service reports that George W. Bush has purchased 98,840 acres in Paraguay, near the Bolivian/Brazilian border.

    * Jenna Bush paid a secret diplomatic visit to Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte and U.S. Ambassador James Cason. There were no press conferences, no public sightings and no official confirmation of her 10-day trip which apparently ended this week.

    * The Paraguayan Senate voted last summer to “grant U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction.”

    * Immediately afterwards, 500 heavily armed U.S. troops arrived with various planes, choppers and land vehicles at Mariscal Estigarribia air base, which happens to be at the northern tip of Paraguay near the Bolivian/Brazilian border. More have reportedly arrived since then.

    OK, so it's not the Boys from Brazil. Will it be the President from Paraguay? Will Connecticut native George W. Bush escape justice in Paraguay? Who the fuck knows. I'd just be glad if he actually did decamp for Paraguay... as long as he takes Cheney and Condi with them.

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    November 28, 2006

    The War on Chistmas returns!

    Check it out over at Casual Soapbox. It seems that our good friend Bill O'Reilly has decided to keep is ratings from falling too far by dredging this bullshit up again.

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    Waxing nostalgic for Watergate

    Yes, in part the elections were about the Iraqi invasion perpetrated by Connecticut Native, George W. Bush and his Administration. Yes, it was about rampant Republican corruption. You can also make a case for it being a referendum on the fiscal irresponsibility of Congressional Republicans. Hell, you could say it was all about Mark Foley's taste in boys.

    One thing everyone will also allow is that it was about restoring Congressional oversight of an out of control Executive Branch, currently occupied by the aforementioned Connecticut Native George W. Bush. For that, we have Dingell, Pelosi, Murtha and Henry Waxman. The AP (via ABC) has a great story about Waxman... I thought it would be nice for you to get to know a little about the man who will be inquisitor.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe lawmaker poised to cause the Bush administration's biggest headaches when Democrats take control of Congress may just be a grocer's son from Watts who's hardly a household name off Capitol Hill.

    Rep. Henry Waxman has spent the last six years waging a guerrilla campaign against the White House and its corporate allies, launching searing investigations into everything from military contracts to Medicare prices from his perch on the Government Reform Committee.

    In January, Waxman becomes committee chairman and thus the lead congressional hound of an administration many Democrats feel has blundered badly as it expanded the power of the executive branch.

    Waxman's biggest challenge as he mulls what to probe?

    "The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose," he said.

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    Ethics Commission fucks up, drops Texas in the grease

    You have got to be kidding me... according to a ruling from the Republicans who run the TEC yesterday, electeds and public officials DO NOT have to disclose the value of a gift that's received, they only have to disclose what the gift was.

    So, if (for instance) a Houston area homebuilder (no one particular) were to give (and I'm just speculating here) $50,000 to a board member of the Employees Retirement System, all the board member would have to report is that he received a check.

    Oy. No gifts over $100. Period. I have to deal with that in my job and there is no reason why public officials should not have to live with that rule as well. The Lege needs to fix this and make it retroactive, if possible. Either that or at some point the upper echelons of state government are you going to be part of a RICO prosecution. Actually, from what I've seen, I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be now.

    $50,000?!?!?!?!??! That smells bad from hundreds of miles away.

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    Voters To John Kerry, Voters to John Kerry

    STOP IT! STOP RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! WE DON'T FUCKING LIKE YOU ANYMORE EVEN IF WE ONCE DID!!!

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    So, is the Railroad being shut down or not?

    Cody over at BOR has a post up about the Texas State Railroad (an East Texas childhood staple... is there ANYONE didn't ride it when they were kids?) possibly having to shut down at the end of the year because of a lack of funding. Then Vince over at Capitol Annex posted a letter from Dewhurst and CradDICK saying that the Lege had appropriated enough money to keep it open.

    So, who's telling the truth? It sounds like someone in the Lege is playing fast and loose with the facts...

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    November 27, 2006

    Texas Republicans should totally listen to Dan Patrick

    The Chronicle (not THAT one, the good one) has a story up about the incoming 80th Lege and the Senate. The Democrats now have the ability to block legislation from even reaching the floor because of the two-thirds rule. Some Republicans (I'm looking at you Dan Patrick) think they should use their majority to override Senate tradition and eliminate the two-thirds rule.

    But Patrick said the power of the Democratic bloc can be broken just by changing the Senate rules. There are 20 Republican senators, and only 16 are needed to eliminate the two-thirds rule.

    "I'm hearing some Republicans say we've got to move to the middle. If we do that, the Republican Party will be destroyed in Texas," Patrick said.

    PLEASE, Republicans, listen to Dan. It'll make 2008 and 2010 so much easier! Of course, I leave it to you to figure out for whom.


    (hat tip to PinkDome)

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    Phunny Pharm(a)

    PinkLady has a great post up about the pharmaceutical industry's efforts to persuade the new Democratic majority in Congress not to beat it to a bloody pulp. I kid. All the Democrats want to do is get the industry to play fair and allow the government to negotiate for the best prices for medicines (instead of the corporate welfare system we have in place now).

    Of course to the industry it feels like someone is taking a lead pipe to their heads. Get used to it, fuck-o's. You've abused the people of this country long enough.

    Of course, there are even those in Congress (Dingell) who actually believe that bullshit about how much big pharma spends on R&D (the only R&D they spend a lot on is how to 'entertain' doctors... if you ever have a chance to befriend a pharma sales rep, take it). The line goes that while production of medicines is, for the most part, cheap, the first pill is incredibly expensive.

    It's also bullshit.

    A word of advice to Democrats in Congress... play hardball with these fuckers. Put price negotiation into the law and tell the industry if they don't like it and want to offshore, you'll rewrite the patent laws. You really want to put the fear of God into the pharmaceutical industry? Tell them you're going to remove their IP protections.

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    Houston Press names 'DraculaCunt' Gibbs Turkey of the Year

    This makes me laugh. And laugh. And laugh. The Houston Press (as the title clearly states) has named Shelley Sekula Gibbs their Turkey of the Year. I know it's terribly exciting and all for Shelley and I'm sure she enjoyed the section of the article that described some of the names that were used by voters to write her in.

    The name "Sekula" was spelled as Sektula, Sukla, Sequila, Sedoko and Sedoka (by puzzle fans?), Meklua, Sekluda and Shecola.

    One voter couldn't be bothered, just putting in SSG. (It counted.) Another, for some reason, entered Sekula Smith.

    Another voter entered "Shelle Sekula Fibbs," which might have been a hidden political message. Not so hidden, but counted as a vote just the same, was "Shelly DraculaCunt Gibs." (We like to imagine the bipartisan discussion on that entry: "Well, they misspelled the first and last name, but that's definitely a Shelley vote.")

    But... there is a dark side to all this. Until I read this article, I just thought Shelley was a joke... then I happened upon this:

    She single-handedly created the move to ban smoking in bars, marking perhaps the first time that Houston tried to do something because it had been done in New York and Austin.

    You are a dark, bitter, evil soul DraculaCunt.

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    My ordeal, part 2

    OK, so it wasn't so much and ordeal as it is whining. I get it. However, it was a PAIN IN THE MOTHERFUCKING ASS. I was in Waco this afternoon for two and a half hours. Just for reference, it normally takes me less than 6 minutes to flye through Waco. Seriously, I timed it once when I was trying to beat my previous best for a trip from Dallas to Austin (two hours fifteen minutes. Top that, bitches).

    If ever there was a testament to the need for expansion on 35 NOW, today was it. TTC 35 might be ready for traffic in 13 and that's not soon enough. The Lege and Perry have to act now and they have to make them freeways... if the economy is to a keep growing in Texas, it's vital that the surplus everyone in Austin is crowing about be used to fund a rebuild of the 35 freeway.

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    While heading into hour two I decided to pull out my camera as I noticed people getting out of their cars.

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    Some people were out playing football in the ROW on the frontage road. I'm not kidding. This was about the time my bladder was about to go POP.

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    This is the dickhead who cut me off about an hour before the picture was taken. I guess he took this literally.

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    The offending tractor trailer. No idea how the driver is doing.

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    The remainder of the trailer.

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    Some how a crane was involved.

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    Smooth sailing for me, not so much for the northbound folks. As I passed them I though 'sucks to be y'all'. The jam up went on for miles but at least their frontage road was moving. Occasionally, so were their main lanes.

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    November 26, 2006

    I knew this would suck

    I'm on the road heading back to Austin. I have now been stuck for 45 minutes because the 35 is shut down. A wreck, you ask?

    No. Traffic's not jammed all to hell for a wreck. It's jammed up because TXDoT shut down the fucking freeway. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

    Brill idea, TXDoT. Y'all suck ass.

    UPDATE: I've now been sitting in this miasma for 2 hours, 20 minutes. Apparently, this wasn't TXDoT being stupid (which is not to say they aren't dumb... They are), it was a north bound tractor trailer that decided to cross the median. Needless to say, quite the clusterfuck.

    I'll have some pix up later...

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    November 25, 2006

    Old Skool, or, How Putin takes out an enemy

    Don't criticize President Putin or he'll jack you up with some polonium. Putin don't play, bitches.


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    November 24, 2006

    A quaint New England Thanksgiving

    It's not all turkey and cranberries up here.

    A St. Johnsbury man is facing deer-jacking charges after allegedly plowing his Chevrolet Cavalier into a buck decoy that was planted in a Danville meadow.

    Game wardens say 31-year-old Joseph Clark believed the decoy was a real deer and was deliberately trying to "bump it" the evening of Nov. 17 as a warden and two deputies watched from hiding places nearby.

    The three were monitoring the stuffed deer as part of a routine sting operation to deter illegal hunting when they saw the Chevy stop and shine a light on the fake deer. They saw the vehicle drive onto the field and accelerate into the decoy, sending it flying about 30 feet, Danville game warden Dennis Amsden said.

    "That decoy is out of commission," Amsden said. "It has an amputated leg and broken antlers. It's history."

    Clark could not be reached for comment Wednesday to respond to the allegations. In addition to being cited for taking deer illegally, Clark was cited for felony unlawful mischief, possession of marijuana and driving with his license suspended. Clark's girlfriend and 4-month-old daughter were in the car when the incident took place, Amsden said.

    Clark told Amsden he thought it was a real deer and was just trying to "bump it" with his car, the game warden said. Why Clark wanted to hit the deer is unclear.

    "I guess I wouldn't speculate on why somebody might drive into a deer," Amsden said. "I guess everybody could have a different idea. I know it's not what most of us would do."

    Alcohol and drug use is common in nighttime road hunting incidents, he added. "There's no rationale. They are not poaching for food. It's strictly for entertainment."

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    November 23, 2006

    Thankful that I'm posting

    Traveling with the 'rents. Thanking God for high speed wireless. Ready for pie and a cocktail (fuck a bunch of turkey).

    How's your Thanksgiving?

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    November 22, 2006

    Dobbs : Free traders should be afraid of Dobbs Democrats

    Interesting bit of commentary by Lou Dobbs up on CNN.com. It's a bit strident, but spot on in that we need fair trade, not free trade. My favorite part:

    Bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi CEO Steve Miller said of the company's recent collapse, "We are in a market for human capital, supply and demand. If you pay too much for a particular class of employees, you go broke." Delphi was and is one of the country's most enthusiastic outsourcers of American jobs and its business model is still a disaster. As Miller was making his remarks, he was also rationalizing the outrageous salaries and retention bonuses for the same senior management that had led the company into bankruptcy.

    I wish more of the 'journalists' in the financial press would take their jobs seriously and start reporting on the real problem in American business. It's not overstaffing, high health care and pension costs or competition. It's bad management.

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    To everyone... Happy Thanksgiving

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Yes, it's been a long year... however, there is much to be thankful for like

  • Tom DeLay is no longer Congressman DeLay. He is now Disgraced Former Congressman DeLay. Thanks, Ronnie Earle

  • Republicans no longer control the US Congress which reduces their control of government from three to two branches. It's the little things that really give you pleasure

  • Democrats continued to push ahead this year in Texas
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    Fun with the minimum wage

    ELLN has a great post up about the minimum wage including some data you might will find interesting.

    The best recent research on the economic impact of the minimum wage shows positive effects without job loss.

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    November 21, 2006

    Overheard in a nursing home elevator

    Woman to old guy in wheelchair: "You had Lucille Ball in your cab once, didn't you?"

    Old guy: "Yeah The BITCH!"

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 05:03 PM

    Daddy Does Best

    Man, this has got to sting. What would Barbara think?

    Only one in four Americans believe President Bush is a better president than his father, George H. W. Bush, a new CNN poll has found.

    Six in 10 said the elder Bush, who served one term from 1989-1993, did a better job in office, according to a poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Twelve percent said both were equally good or bad, and 2 percent offered no opinion.

    The poll also found that 59 percent disapprove of President Bush's handling of his job; 38 percent approve of it.

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    Dregs : WOW... this is some funny...

  • Lady tries to kill the Supreme Court with cookies? Wonder if she was using my grandmother's recipe...

  • AG Gonzales thinks the Bill of Rights and apparently the Constitution are quaint.

  • Houston Judge demands Perry and the Lege shorten drug sentences

  • More software screwups at the Texas Dept. OF HHS

  • How MUCH will the border fence cost?

  • Dirty Air? Yeah, we noticed, too. Blame the Republicans
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    Karl Rove : Deciphered

    Interesting article up at Vanity Fair on Karl Rove, the evil genius behind the ascension of Connecticut native George Bush. The best part is this from Matthew Dowd that quite effectively explains how Bush got elected in the first place and why there will never be a Rovian Republican majority:

    "The vast majority of the country is a mix," says Dowd. "If the country sees the parties only representing those segments on the outer edge, the middle is going to get more and more frustrated, and seek out somebody who has some ability to speak to a broader interest. And that's where I think we're headed. I think the successful people in the years ahead are going to be people who in the public's mind bring consensus, and are not ideologically driven, and have a desire to bring people together." Bush's vow in 2000 to be "a uniter, not a divider" had seemed to promise a new kind of politics, and it helped inspire Dowd, a former Democratic consultant, who had first gone to work for Bush in Texas. "It's one of the things I'm most disappointed in, as you look back, that it didn't happen," Dowd says.

    The entire article is extremely informative, especially for those of us who like to gather as much knowledge as possible on the opposition.

    (hat tip to Pink Lady)

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    McCain and Kerry continue to be delusional

    Obviously oblivious to the fact that the large majority of people in this country think that they are

    a) one small step up from carnival scum
    b) stupid
    c) pitiable

    Sens McCain and Kerry continue to think they are viable candidates in 2008. Yeah. Let me cut to the chase for the Democrats and Republicans in the hizzle: YOU CAN NOMINATE EITHER OR BOTH OF THESE LOSERS. However, once you do that, you're going to lose the White House. Even if it was McCain v. Hillary. Allow me to detail the objections:

    KERRY

  • Piss poor public speaker. Even when telling jokes, he consistently flubs up in such way that you're embarrassed watching him. Of course, until recently, he would have flubbed even his response. Though he did a decent job with handling this last incident, wouldn't it be better just to nominate someone who can speak clearly without fucking up the text?

  • Looks kinda horsey. Seriously, why the long face, JK? Also, let us never forget the R catcalls of 'lurch'. Why put ourselves in that spot again?

  • HE LOST THE FUCKING ELECTION IN 2004, THEN THREW EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED HIM UNDER A BUS BY NOT ASKING FOR A RECOUNT. That's right, HE LOST IT. By not stomping on that swift boats crap early on, he made himself look weak and pathetic. Which he kinda is... I know he's a decorated war hero. However, the Senator I see today is a far cry from the guy who so ably represented vets when he came home from Vietnam

  • Really thinks he has a shot...

    "Not in the least," Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, said when asked if the furor over his comment had caused him to reconsider a 2008 race. "The parlor game of who's up, who's down, today or tomorrow, if I listened to that stuff, I would never have won the nomination."

    Hermano, if you only knew how many of us had to hold our noses when we voted for you in 2004. No way do you get through a primary in 2008. We'll ask Lady Bird if we can run LBJ's corpse first

  • MCCAIN

  • Please. Dude, you should be retiring, maybe prepping for your next career as a Wal-Mart greeter. YOU'RE FUCKING OLD. Get it?

  • Claims to be a Federalist but sounds like a Dixiecrat

    "I'm a federalist," McCain said. "Just as I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states, so do I believe that we would be better off by having Roe v. Wade return to the states. And I don't believe the Supreme Court should be legislating in the way that they did on Roe v. Wade."

    Do we really want someone as President who contradicts himself in the same thought? Let's not even get into the whole issue of how involved the Federalists think ordinary Americans should be in government. It's kinda pointless since McCain doesn't really know what the hell he is.


  • Bitchslapped by Bush in 2000, works hard over last 6 years to be his obsequious bitch. Abdicates Constitutional responsibilities and assumes roles as part of the Republican Rubber Stamp

  • Actively using Roves strategy of division by lining up support from noted bigots and homophobes like Televangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson
  • Both Kerry and McCain are like punchlines to the same bad joke. Please, let's not tell it again because it won't be funnier this time.


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    Kissinger : The Iraq War is unwinnable

    Things are prett-y bad when Henry decides to drop you in the grease.

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    November 20, 2006

    Dregs : Houston janitors win; drafting a new Draft; and Ogden's gone crazy

  • It appears that SEIU's strike in Houston to help minimum wage janitors has done the trick. From SEIU (viaTexas Koas)

    We have reached a tentative agreement for a 3 year contract for janitors.

    Wages: $1.15 increase the first year, $1.00 the second year, and $.50 the third year.

    Health Care: The third year is when single payer health insurance will kick in and janitors will pay $20 per month into that plan. It is a plan
    designed and managed by SEIU and we are hoping to get all of our members nationwide on this plan.

    Vacation: Two weeks paid vacation per year

    Holidays: 6 paid Holidays

    Hours: 1st year everyone must work a minimum of 4 hours a day, 2nd year everyone must work a minimum of 5 hours per day, 3rd year everyone must work
    a minimum of 6 hours per day.

    Protection: We have a grievance procedure in place. We have protection for all of the striking workers to get their jobs back with no discipline, We have a disciplinary proceedure in place so that no one can be illegally fired for no reason any more.

  • Representative Charlie Rangel is filing a bill that would reinstate compulsory military service in the United States. It's unlikely the bill will pass, still those who advocate sending ever more troops to Iraq will be hardpressed to square that opinion with the fact that our all volunteer military is stretched to the max. It's worth noting that Representative Rangel served during the Korean War (unlike just about everyone in the Bush Administration), lest you think this is some draft dodging Democrat filing the bill.
  • Sen Steve Ogden (R-Crazy) apparently thinks the tolls are going away on SH130, 45 and Loop 1. EOW takes him apart on that.

    “Once a road has been built and the money from tolls have paid for that road, the tolls should go away,” he said. “I also want to review the TxDOT comprehensive development agreement for the Trans-Texas Corridor to understand if employing a foreign-based company for the job is the best thing in order to make sure we're not making a huge mistake. There will be a lot of attention to the Trans-Texas Corridor.”

    Senator Ogden, no offense but you really suck. You voted to make these permanent toll facilities. That bears repeating, YOU VOTED TO MAKE THESE PERMANENT TOLL FACILITIES. Of course the tolls should eventually go away. Of couse a TXDoT should be running these roads, not a private contractor, even if they are going to be tolled. None of that is in question, Senator Ogden. What is at question is your poor judgement in passing the legislation that created this mess in the first place.

    Senator, you're going to have a primary challenger in 2010. You'll also have a Democratic opponent. Either way, you are not going to be serving as an elected official in 2011. Trying to save your ass with lip service will not save you. If you really feel this way, THEN FUCKING DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

  • I promise...last thing on tolls today. I got an email from a reader that tolls on 45/1 have been provisionally set at 12 cents/mile or a little less than half what I estimated earlier. Still, even with that, you're going to be paying an additional $2.40 cents per gallon, as opposed to the more rational gas tax alternative which even at the highest estimate would only be 17 CENTS per gallon. Let's start calling the tolls what they really are, a massive tax increase from the same Republicans who crow endlessly about not raising taxes. No one should think tolls are a better way to finance road construction in the United States.

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    Ben Wear : Still not getting it...

    I know I should expect less of the Statesman, not more. However, this is just inexcusable nonsense on the part of Wear.

    Her (Felthauser's) Web site and signs featured this slogan: "Schools yes! Tolls no!" And she told voters that Krusee was lying when he said the Trans-Texas Corridor highway through Central Texas will be Texas 130, which is partially open and should be complete by next year. Her point to the eastern part of District 52 in and around Taylor and Granger: the REAL Trans-Texas Corridor is yet to come and will take your land.

    Actually, Krusee was telling the truth, although other elements of the Trans-Texas Corridor — rail, pipelines, electric lines — could end up requiring more land buys.

    Ben, you're just wrong. I went to several of the TX DoT meetings on the TTC in the area and at none of them did engineers say or even affirmatively indicate that SH130 would be the corridor segment through WillCo. How exactly would it work, Ben and Mike? I mean, no one at TXDoT seems to know what the master plan is, so why not tell them? Explain to them how a tollway that is supposed to run parallel to 35 is going to connect with it directly at two points. Why is it that at the Manor meeting, which is just east of SH130, TXDoT wasn't explaining to the crowd that it would be the TTC? It would seem to me that would have saved them a lot of headaches.

    One of the primary rationales for creating the TTC was to get hazardous materials out of the metros (forgetting the idiocy of the argument, hazardous materials are normally used in manufacturing IN metros, for a moment). Now, according to Ben Wear and Mike Krusee, that's not going to be the case through WillCo. as SH130 passes extremely close to more than a few homes as it arches to connect back to the 35 freeway.

    So who's telling the truth here?

    (thanks to EOW)

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    Immigration on my mind...

    While working for Hank, occasionally I'd get email from nutters who were hellbent on stopping illegal immigration. Of course, the Ag Commissioner's race had little to do with immigration but that didn't stop them from asking about it which makes as much sense as a jackass city council worrying about illegal immigration.

    Vince at Capitol Annex has a great piece up about Culberson and McCaul (R- ClearChannel Communications) bleating on about immigration. Then Pink Lady points out that our insanity, or at least that of the Republican legislators who will be returning in January and who are already filing bills, has drawn the attention of the NYT. Something to be proud of, no?

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    NOOOO... What IS it with you people and concho belts?

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI've never been a big fan of the concho belt on men. I know this will come as a suprise to some of you. A few of you will think I've been hiding this dreadful secret for years... I mean, how horrible is it that native Texan can't stand the belts that so many of his fellow citizens wear?

    Actually, if you stop and think about it, it's not that big a deal. Regardless, the belts are stupid and I stopped caring what others thought around the time a group of my former 'friends' tried to have an 'intervention'.

    It all started over two weeks ago when I was returning from a trip to an undisclosed location in the midwest. We had problems with a plane and I got bumped to a flight to Houston to THEN board one to Austin. Sucks? To be sure. When I was on line trying to get out of the aluminum tube the people at NWA have the nerve to call an airplane, I was trapped behind the family who looked like they'd been carved out of a bar of Ivory soap. They were also slow as hell getting their shit out of the overheads and I was on the phone from the moment we landed (yeah, I'm one of those people. Didn't we discuss this?) so for a few moments they overheard my conversation in which I called someone we were talking about an asshole. I know, I know... I was really irritated, it was a long day but still I shouldn't have said it in front of the kids. I apologized to the father who didn't even turn around, he just shook his head like I was a bad boy.

    Which made me instantly regret that I'd apologized. Fuck his condescending ass.

    About that time I glanced down and saw he was wearing a concho belt. Not only does he have to deal with his delicate ears hearing bad words like asshole, he has the added humiliation of being a man wearing a concho belt. With khakis and a pair of tassled loafers.

    There are some strange people in Houston metro.

    Since then I've made a conscious effort to be a little more observant about what people are wearing to keep their pants up. And I can tell you, we have some problems... even here in Austin, there are men who think concho belts are a great idea. I saw six of them on Friday alone and it's not like I was in northeast Austin on my way to Manor or Elgin.

    So I thought I'd ask you guys what you thought was going on. Am I overreacting?

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    Have you noticed that gas prices stopped dropping?

    Oh, come on. You know you did. I did tonight as I pumped 12 gallons in at $2.19 per gallon. As Hal at Half Empty points out, this isn't unusual for the oil companies. I can add to his pessimism the fact that prices of crude have not continued to drop but have still gone down a little. It may not conclusively prove big oil was trying to swing an election, but it does beg the questions you and I are bothing thinking.

    Let's ask them aloud, shall we? Let's have Congress do a real analysis of the price of crude on a contract basis (the price the big oil companies pay for crude oil) vs. the price of gasoline, which is priced off the spot market on the NYMEX.

    How about a nice, fat tax on earnings that aren't reinvested into the business? Or a tax that's levied against earnings and used to finance public transportation and alternative energy projects? Combine either with an elimination of tax loopholes and pretty soon you've got an oil industry that's more responsive to the consumer.

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    Rock! The Onion comes to Austin

    Friday, while stopping for 'milk' at the 'Randall's' on Mesa (which is totally true except for the 'milk' which was actually scotch and 'Randall's' which was really Twin Liquors), I looked down while waiting on line and what do you think caught my eye? No, not the dingy floor that needed to be swept.

    The Onion, America's Finest News Source, has finally made it to Austin. SOOO nice not to have to pick up the Chronicle to find out what's going on.

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    November 19, 2006

    To our friends overseas : Y'all are fucked up!

    From time to time I take some moment out of my busy life to go through the visitor log... you know, to find out where our readers are geographically, how they got to McBlogger and, if through Google, what they were searching for.

    Turns out, our friends in the Netherlands, France and England are searcing for HOOKERS. Seriously, image search on google, page two top row. That's us... indexed there because of this post which is definitely NOT about hooking up overseas freaks with trashy women.

    Our friends in Germany are even more fucked. They've been searching for 'teenboys' (I shit you not. Every single one of them) and hitting this post which is pretty innocuous and all until you read a comment that's a spam ad for teenage porn. Yeah, I'm deleting it.

    Austrians have a bit more of a sense of humor... they were searching for camel toe and happened upon this gift idea from last year.

    Just think of us here at McBlogger as your own special NSA. And by special I mean... well, you should know that by now, no? I think I'm going back to watching some asshole making turkey au vin on the Food Network.


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    Person of interest


    When did this term become ingrained into our lexicon? At first, it was kind of cool and edgy in a weird Orwellian way when describing possible terrorists, but when law enforcement representatives use it to warn about Jim Bob who had a little too much hooch and decided to streak through the church foyer, then it has just gotten idiotic.

    The term is suspect

    9/11 changed everything or so we were told

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    If I ever needed another reason to hate John Kerry

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI now have one.

    If you haven't watched Hacking Democracy, you really should. If you come away from it thinking that the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections were legitimate, then you weren't paying attention. Or you're retarded.

    But why beat up on Kerry? Well, in the movie there is a scene in which one of the 'election attorneys' Kerry had in Ohio tells a story about a call from Kerry the night of the election. During that call Kerry said that independent of demographics and other voting indicators, all precincts in New Mexico that had either electronic or optical scan systems were reporting for Bush.

    Now, if that isn't enough of a reason to call bullshit, pull in the attorney's and delay your concession, I have no idea what is. I have a feeling he was trying to do what was best for the country. However, that's nothing more than bullshit ego and noblesse oblige. He dropped us in the grease.

    Considering that he only recently regained his spine, one has to wonder if maybe now he'll contest the results of the 2004 election.

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    November 18, 2006

    I am so sick and tired

    of these muthafuckin' snakes in this muthafuckin' garden!

    It's been at or near the No. 1 spot among the best-selling books listed on Wal-Mart's Web site since its early fall release. The retail chain Family Christian Stores say it's the fastest-selling audio Bible it has ever stocked.

    The 21-hour production, which lists for $49.99, features the voice talents of more than 250 singers, clergy and actors, including Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr., Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard. Blair Underwood portrays Jesus, and Samuel L. Jackson, who played a Scripture-spouting hit man in "Pulp Fiction," is the voice of God.

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    Meatloaf : Still alive. That's a bad thing.

    Apparently the ogre named Meatloaf is about to release a new album. Here's the first song...I warn you, before you click the video you have to know this may cause bleeding from the eyes and ears. It may also cause you to smash your computer.

    That's right. It's Meatloaf covering Celine Dion. I hate this song. I hate Celine Dion. I hate Meatloaf as much, if not more. I hate the people who commented about how much they loved it even more.

    mgourlay2002 (2 months ago) luv the song and vid, meatloaf makes this song better than celine dion....

    Yes, honey. And all your taste is in your mouth. Pick your knuckles up off the floor.

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    Cruella Sekula

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    Obviously, Hastert loves him some puppies, but the holdover DeLay staff apparently does not. They were about to walk out the next morning during her coffee and danish reception.

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    November 17, 2006

    Ask A... Dildo important dating questions

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting I'm sure you remember the Dildo that may (or may not) have been up Rick Perry's ass. The Dildo certainly remembers y'all so if you don't specifically remember it, when you see it on the street and it says 'hello' just act as if you know it. Seriously, it's for the best. Otherwise, the Dildo can be a little brutal in that oh-so-special way.

    The Dildo has been hungry for more contact with people. Not that kind of contact, the kind that allows the Dildo to really show off it's astounding knowledge of all things. So, after damn near being raped by the Dildo, we are bringing it back so that you can ask it dating questions.

    How should a blind date end? What's the best way to propose to a prospective spouse? Does this shirt match this tie? How do I get rid of my chronic halitosis (I got this one... stop eating blue cheese and washing it down with coffee. It's gross, dog breath)? There are literally millions of things you can ask the Dildo that may (or may not) have been up Rick Perry's ass. However, this time it want's to help you through the minefield that is modern dating.

    Don't make the Dildo do to you what it may (or may not) be doing to Rick Perry. Email your questions post haste to mcblogger@mcblogger.com subj: Dating advice. Follow the rules this time, Harry!

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    Dutch seek ban on burkas in public

    Oh no! Paul better not plan on going to the Netherlands anytime soon.

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    Joe Barton's A-OK with mercury poisoning!

    Bubba over at Southpaw has a great post up about Smokey Joe and his love of all things polluting.

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    You're dumb, Ben Wear

    Man, do y'all ever do any substantive research at the A-AS? First you endorse Perry who now you have to call out on something he did BEFORE you endorsed him. Did y'all just not do your homework on this one?

    Now you have Ben Wear writing articles on toll roads, a subject about which he clearly knows little. In fact, he knows so little he doesn't even know the right questions to ask. For one, what would it take to replace the revenue from toll roads? Note I wrote REVENUE, not profit. The paper, for an organization so interested in it, has done comparatively little research on this. I'm wondering if somewhere Ben has a financial incentive in all this... he's certainly been writing a lot about tolls with nary a word of it criticism. That's interesting because there really isn't anything good that can be written about toll roads.

    I work in finance. Unlike our electeds, I know how to get a transaction structured so that it makes the most sense for all concerned. How exactly does funding a project off of the smallest possible income base make sense? It doesn't. It's like giving a couple a loan and then requiring one of them to stop working. By concentrating the funding base you are increasing substantially the cost to each consumer. In the case of someone in Round Rock, the difference is $4.83 per day. If the funds raised from tolls and the funds raised from the gax tax were put side by side (in terms of consumer cost per gallon), you'd be looking at this:

    $5.00 VS $0.17

    Keep in mind, when you look at this and realize just how much you're being screwed, that 'tolls are cheaper', 'tolls make sense' and 'it's the only way we can get the roads built'. It's the last one that's really disingenous as the reason these come on so quick is that bonds are sold up front, and the service on them is assured by the tolls. So all the money is available to construct the road, at the outset. There is absolutely no reason why those bonds have to be backed with toll revenue... gas taxes would work just as well. See? It's pretty cool when you demystify the 'new and innovative' financing that has been touted as making toll roads possible. That's right... it's nothing more than one of the oldest financial assets in use worldwide, bonds.

    You also should consider that the 17 cent number for the gas tax is really a bullshit number. It'll actually need to be MUCH lower. That's just the one that TXDoT uses. Even it makes tolls look bad.

    We've been told and Ben reiterates several times the tired talking about how long it will take to get these roads built if taxes are used. I guess he wasn't thinking about backing the bonds with another revenue stream. Then again, it appears from reading his inept work that he wasn't thinking about much of anything.

    Bottom line, while tolls don't really bother me too much, it's how disingenous the sales job on this has been. Lest you think me purely partisan, there are some (inexplicably) pro-toll Democrats as well (Kirk, we love you, but you're on the wrong side of this).

    Ben, you need to actually dig in and do a little research. Tolls were explored DECADES ago and passed over for the gas tax because of one thing... it's the fairest, most equitable way to broadly spread the burden for building roads that, whether we drive on them daily or not, help us all in a number of ways.

    Would y'all quit with the toll roads? I'm sick of hearing and reading so much about it from so many people who clearly don't know what they are talking about.

    (tip 'o the hat to Somervell County Salon)

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    When happy hour becomes happy hours

    I went out to drinks with some friends earlier. I expected to be home around 7:00, maybe 7:30. But, due to a conspiracy involving a very good waiter (who was cute as hell... I know you're not supposed to date the help but it kinda appealed to that dirty side I indulge far too infrequently) and the fact that the bar had decent scotch, I got home far later than anticipated. I am so drunk, in fact, that I can't sleep. Not because of spins (what am I, in college?!?!). I'm just charged up and watching

    The Food Network

    How fucking cool is that? Being a blogger is so rad, right? I just suffered through Paula Deen's A Very Gross Thanksgiving filled with sickeningly sweet foods (seriously, girl lurves her brown sugar) and am njow on Sandra Lee's Half-Assed Gourmet which actually prompted this post...have y'all seen her show? She kinda cooks shit but uses a lot of prepared ingredients that I know are loaded with MSG. I wonder if people that eat at her house ever realize why they feel like shit after the meal?

    I just saw an ad for Ritz Crackers featuring a Rachel Ray recipe for some kind of ham dip. Now I'm going to throw up.

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    November 16, 2006

    Taliban STILL resurgent in Afghanistan

    Just in case you forgot, the Taliban are still running the show in most of Afghanistan. Just thought you'd want to know how well Connecticut native George W. Bush's strategy of abandoning Afghanistant, leaving the job undone, to invade Iraq was going.

    Insurgent activity in Afghanistan has risen fourfold this year, and militants now launch more than 600 attacks a month, a rising wave of violence that has resulted in 3,700 deaths in 2006, a bleak new report found.

    Afghanistan saw about 130 insurgent attacks a month last year, said the report by the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, which consists of representatives from Afghanistan and the international community, including the United Nations.

    The new report said insurgents were launching more than 600 attacks a month as of the end of September, up from 300 a month at the end of March this year. The violence has killed more than 3,700 people this year, it said.

    Oh, George. You can't even fight terrorism well, can you?

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    Republicans : Our problem was that we weren't conservative enough

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOh yes, please keep thinking this, Grover.

    “Our successes are killing us,” said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform who convenes the weekly meeting. He compared Tuesday’s election to the story of the princess and the pea, with the pea being liberal governance.

    “Whenever we solve a problem — like cutting taxes or destroying the Soviet Union — we are in effect adding another mattress,” he said. “We have to go back to the voters and convince them, ‘you still can’t sleep because the goddamn pea is killing you.’ ”

    AND that, my friends, fully encapsulates the problem with the conservative leadership. They THINK they've solved problems and been sucessful. In reality, all they've done is just fuck shit up. Like a little kid trying earnestly to make a PB&J, they've managed to make a massive mess and still fail to achieve the objective.

    Do you like how Grover takes credit for the downfall of the Soviet Union? Yeah, me too. Grover, go on... be more conservative. We'll win election after election.

    (hat tip to ELLN)

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    You couldn't even get the toll roads right

    I remember when the debate over tolls was joined. I remember the bullshit and the lies, how it was 'the only way we could build out transportation infrastructure this decade' without compromising. So, exactly what the hell am I to glean from the fact that as I drive on the 45 Tollway, I see the following missing:

    1) A flyway from EB 45 to SB 35
    2) A flyway from NB 35 to WB 45
    3) A flyway from NB 35 to EB 45

    So, basically, they even managed to screw this up. I know what the excuse will be... their analysis says no one will drive that way. It's crap, but that'll be the excuse.

    But wait... the best part about this is that people are using the tollways. I'm pleased as punch since they'll get used to it and will start paying the toll. Now remember, TXDoT says to do away with tolls in Central Texas we'd have to have a gas tax of 17 cents a gallon. Assuming your car gets 20 miles a gallon and your daily commute on the tollway will be 20 miles (not, by any means inconceivable) you'd spend only an extra 17 cents per day driving to and from work. That's the non-toll road math. So how much will it cost you with the tolls.

    No one knows yet what the toll will be. 25 cents per mile? 50 cents per mile? Let's go with 25 cents per mile... using the same assumptions as above, you'd pay $5.00 per day in tolls. Using Republican math, that's cheaper than 17 cents, don't you know. Yeah, I can totally see how 17 cents is more than $5.00. Is this the same kind of math Bush has been using to 'balance' the federal budget?

    You want to know the gas tax equivalent? It's easy... $5.00 per gallon. That's what you're going to pay in tolls if you're one of those unlucky people living in Wlliamson County and commuting into Travis. It's kinda funny since most of you vote Republican and have kept Mike Krusee in office for 12 years, not to mention Dan Gattis who also voted to toll the shit out of you. I know y'all are out there... I see you clogging traffic on southbound MoPac every day.

    Bell's biggest mistake was not campaigning against Perry in Williamson, Collin and Fort Bend County on tolls. In his defense, there are a ton of Democrats who think tolls are a necessity since people don't want the gas tax raised. My only question to those Democrats is, Did you ever think of explaining it to voters? Huh. That's funny since it worked pretty damn well for Karen Felthauser who will no doubt go on to beat the hell out of Krusee in 2008.

    Good bye, Mikey. Much like Todd Baxter's constituents, yours are beginning to realize just how bad you screwed them over. Next cycle, you are toast.

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    Vicki Truitt files a bill

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    Game on.

    Vicki, a word of advice... your bill is retarded. You should pull it. If you don't like criticism and being made the butt of a joke, quit acting like one and provoking it.

    This is the best you can do for your constituents, Vicki? Do you really think they want you wasting their time on a bill aimed simply at tying up the courts?

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    November 15, 2006

    Yeah, sweets. The fucking light is green

    Ladies (and some of you men, but mostly the ladies) would you PLEASE for the love of all that's good, holy and not Republican, buy a fucking handsfree headset for your phone?

    Mere moments ago I was behind a car driven by a woman that was on the phone. The intersection was the southbound frontage of MoPac at the Lake Austin Blvd. light. I was behind Ditzy McDumbass when the light turned green to turn left onto either 5th or 1st (it's a fucked up intersection...those of you in Austin will be able to relate in particular, the rest in general). Keep in mind this is one of the 10 fastest lights in Christendom (seriously, it was in Fucked up Traffic Control magazine...its bi-monthly, kinda like me except for the bi part). So, knowing that, you understand that when that damn thing turns so green you can smoke it, you put the accelerator the floor.

    That's not what Talky Bitcherson did. I kinda phoned that in, didn't I?

    No joke girls and boys. I know your hair is important but please, do us a favor and buy a headset. It'll help you concentrate and keep others (like me) from wishing you'd burst into flame.

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    Keep Austin Blue

    Yes, there is a lot to celebrate so come join us at Mother Egan's on west 6th Street at West for Keep Austin Blue. Drinks are at 6:30.

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    Statesman bitches about Perry...

    You really SUCK, A-AS. Seriously, you endorsed the motherfucker and only now are taking him to task? What little credibility the ed board at the Statesman had officially evaporates with what they think is a hard hitting editorial.

    Now that the Democrats will control the agenda in the Capitol, the Republican lobbyists the state’s leaders hired can only hurt Texans, not help them. It was a mistake when Gov. Rick Perry chose to hire lobbyists connected to DeLay, now languishing in disgrace and facing criminal charges, and the Washington lobby he cultivated. It’s a bigger mistake to continue to pay them $15,000 a month.

    It was a mistake PRIOR to the election, you idiots.

    Using taxpayer money to pay private, partisan lobbyists was a dubious strategy to begin with. Now that the worm has turned in Washington, Perry’s decision could be disastrous for Texas. These lobby firms ignored Democrats all year — and worse, worked to defeat them — and the Democrats won’t forget it.

    No shit. We won't forget this either, fuckers.


    (hat tip to EOW)

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    The 37% solution


    According to a number of sources, Hispanics make up almost 37% of the population of Farmers Branch. Hey guys, when they start dragging you out of your home, throw you into a paddy wagon, and cart your ass off to a detention center; it’s too late to organize. Now would be a good time to throw out the christo-fascists, white supremacists council members, especially Tim O’Hare. Let me say his name again – Tim O’Hare

    If you need help, you might consider contacting great Dallas political strategists Jane Hamilton and Gloria James. They’re listed under – “women – grande cojones”

    While you’re getting rid of Tim O’Hare, again that name is Tim O’Hare, you could also wipe out Burt Solomons R-KKKarrollton, who wants to take ethnic cleansing to the state level.

    Hopefully, more people will start to realize why the rest of us despise Republican politicians

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    What IS it with airlines?

    I woke up about 30 minutes ago and have been watching CNBC. They've been talking about this all morning but I've not been paying attention. However, it's finally sunk in. USAirways is proposing a merger with Delta in an effort to complete the creation of what some travelers are calling 'a Black Hole of suck'.

    Keep in mind when airlines merge, the shittier one ALWAYS ends up becoming the norm for the new company. Consider this: US Airways purchased America Worst and ever since has been a loser. Now they are going to join Delta... ugh. Anyone who has ever been trapped by them in Baton Rouge knows better than to fly Delta.

    Unless they're retarded.

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    My God... I find myself agreeing with Greg

    It's snowing in hell.

    The so-called political leadership (such that it is) on our side in this beloved state, has a black mark for the missed opportunities in 2006. Fred Baron no only stayed out of the early stages of the statewide races, but he openly signalled that the Democratic Trust would not be actively involved in statewide contests, declaring them all but won by the GOP. Great recruitment effort there.

    And, apparently, krazypuppy over at TexasKaos

    Accountability.

    How the hell are we going to insist that Republicans uphold the laws if they are the ones interpreting it?!? Want to know why no one held Tom Delay accountable for the longest time than look no further than that fact alone.

    Today, the Texas Democratic Party not only has inactive district offices where new activists are greeted with bewilderment ("um, you sure you ain't looking for the other party??"), but we are seeing countless reports of new Democratic activists actually being discouraged to get active.

    I laughed at the idea before but I'm joining those who wonder if the Republicans filled up local Democratic offices to discourage Democrats. How else do you explain why State Democratic Executive Committeeman Ben Alexander (SD-19) openly supported Republican Rep. Lamar Smith over Democrat John Courage?

    But you know it could be as simple as Democratic dead wood and greed. Sometimes people want power and sometimes people get used to things being the way they are.

    Well, time for them wake up or get the hell out the way.

    A-fucking-men, partner. Lack of accountability is one of the things that has disgusted me with Democratic politics ever since I got involved.

    Of course, it doesn't stop there as PDiddie over at Brains and Eggs also chimed in...

    The state party -- the tattered shards of it, anyway -- was so impotent that it gave up on all of the statewide races long before the party's convention in June of this year. All of the enthusiasm generated by the grassroots in Fort Worth for the slate of populist candidates was wasted on the small band of elitists and insiders pulling the strings and moving the money around, who had long since determined -- and telegraphed to the media -- that there was no hope this year.

    They didn't even do a good job of going through the motions. Their overt acts of capitulation contradicted their mealy-mouthed expressions of support. Well, most of the time that was the case, though I frequently heard the following:

    "We have limited resources." "We can't concentrate on every race." "This is a rebuilding year." "We need more staff and better databases in order to rebuild our infrastructure so we can be competitive in (pick one: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)."

    In that respect, the men in charge of the Texas Democratic Party -- that would be Fred Baron and Matt Angle -- did exactly what they said they would do.

    Performance met expectations. I suppose congratulations are in order. What do you think, Boyd?

    "There's enough credit for everyone involved in the effort," state Democratic Party chairman Boyd Richie said. "But certainly the (Texas Democratic) trust created an atmosphere where we could organize, plan and execute."

    You know, it's this last part that really gets me. I like Chairman Nabisco. He's an affable guy and that's great when you don't need party building and someone to kick ass. What we need now is someone who is less interested in his press than in the party. Someone who is focused on building the party from the ground up (hey, don't get me wrong... money is essential. The problem is, without a ground game it won't materialize). Someone who can get people moving and working. That's not what we have with Boyd.

    We could spend days and weeks going on and on about what TDP did wrong this cycle. Honestly, they DID do some things right, and that shouldn't go without notice. However, the lack of support for all candidates (email updates to the lists, coordination of volunteers, etc.) is inexcusable.

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    November 14, 2006

    Rep. Pena files voter verified paper trail bill

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI LOVE AARON PENA! Here's a link to the bill and the full text is in the supersize. Thank you, Rep. Pena. Who knows if it'll pass... but, at the very least, it's been filed. Go ahead and vote against it, Republicans. We need issues for 2008!

    (hat tip to Vince at Capital Annex)

    By: Pena H.B. No. 123



    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

    AN ACT
    relating to the use of direct recording electronic voting machines.
    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION . Chapter 129, Election Code, is amended by adding
    Section 129.002 to read as follows:
    Sec. 129.002. PAPER AUDIT TRAIL REQUIRED. (a) A voting
    system that consists of direct recording electronic voting machines
    may not be used in an election unless the system:
    (1) has:
    (A) been certified or otherwise approved by means
    of qualification testing by a nationally recognized test
    laboratory; and
    (B) met or exceeded the minimum requirements
    contained in "Performance and Test Standards for Punch Card, Mark
    Sense, and Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems" or a
    successor voluntary standards document developed and adopted by the
    Federal Election Commission, the Election Assistance Commission,
    or the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and
    (2) creates a contemporaneous auditable paper record
    copy of each electronic ballot that allows a voter to confirm the
    choices the voter made through both a visual and a nonvisual method,
    such as through an audio component, before the voter casts the
    ballot.
    (b) The paper record copy must list the contests on the
    ballot and the voter's choices in those contests. The paper record
    copy is not a ballot.
    SECTION . This Act takes effect January 1, 2008.

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    And you thought Texas was full of nutters...

    Republicans have entirely lost touch with reality. At least in Missouri.

    A Republican-led legislative panel claims in a new report on illegal immigration that abortion is partly to blame because it is causing a shortage of American workers.

    The report from the state House Special Committee on Immigration Reform also claims "liberal social welfare policies" have discouraged Americans from working and encouraged immigrants to cross the border illegally.

    Wait. Abortion eliminated workers so the immigrants are coming to work. But they are also coming to go on welfare and not work? Yeah, that makes sense... if you're fucking crazy. Methinks they need to start adding thorazine to the drinking water in Republicans precincts in MO.

    With a new session of the Lege forthcoming, one has to wonder if any of our homegrown nutters (we're counting on you, John Davis! With Al Edwards and Martha Wong gone, you're our only hope!) will come up with something this stupid.

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    Leo Berman is a douche

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe fucking session hasn't even started yet and already Leo Berman (R- Stupid) has filed an anti-dumping bill that makes a special provision for smokers.

    I.Kid.You.Not.

    (3) the litter or other solid waste to which the offense applies is a lighted match, a lighted cigarette or cigar, or other lighted smoking material discarded from a motor vehicle.

    Yeah, because the police and State Troopers have NOTHING better to do than deal with smokers. You suck, Berman. And your hair really complements that dipshit grin you've got going. You look like you should be pumping gas at that Exxon in Lakeway.

    Good work, Rep. Berman. It's a real bookend to your immigrant bashing work.

    (hat tip to Vince at Capital Annex)

    80R354 JTS-D

    By: Berman H.B. No. 32







    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

    AN ACT
    relating to the penalty for discarding lighted smoking materials
    from a motor vehicle.
    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION . Section 365.012(f), Health and Safety Code, is
    amended to read as follows:
    (f) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor
    if:
    (1) the litter or other solid waste to which the
    offense applies weighs 500 pounds or more but less than 1,000 pounds
    or has a volume of 100 cubic feet or more but less than 200 cubic
    feet; [or]
    (2) the litter or other solid waste is disposed for a
    commercial purpose and weighs more than five pounds but less than
    200 pounds or has a volume of more than five gallons but less than
    200 cubic feet; or
    (3) the litter or other solid waste to which the
    offense applies is a lighted match, a lighted cigarette or cigar, or
    other lighted smoking material discarded from a motor vehicle.
    SECTION . (a) Section 365.012(f), Health and Safety Code,
    as amended by this Act, applies only to an offense committed on or
    after September 1, 2007. For purposes of this section, an offense
    is committed before September 1, 2007, if any element of the offense
    occurs before that date.
    (b) An offense committed before September 1, 2007,
    is
    covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the
    former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
    SECTION . This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.

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    Bad Republican Talking Points (23678th ed.)

    I've seen this a few times recently, leading up to the election. However, I heard this on CNBC Friday. Which leads me to believe they are going to stick with this crap.

    Basically, the talking point goes that the rich pay more in taxes now than they did in 2000. They do, in percentage terms. However, saying that without exploring the reason why is the biggest reason that Republicans will continue to lose. Here's the nitty gritty... the rich ARE paying more as an overall percentage of federal tax receipts. They are doing so because while their rates have been cut their income has gone up dramatically. The other 99% of us (you, me and everyone else who doesn't own a Gulfstream V and a Bentley)
    have seen our incomes remain stagnant or drop a little. Which means that even if taxes had remained constant, we'd be paying less. The tax cuts were meaningless for us.

    Don't get me wrong. I don't want to see marginal tax rates of 80% again on the wealthiest Americans. However, don't bullshit us, Republicans. you screwed us over with those tax cuts. We see it on our paystubs every two weeks.

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    Passive Pelosi

    Oh, come on, Nancy. You better get tougher than this...

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    November 13, 2006

    Perry, clearly delusion, still not ruling out VP. Everyone points and laughs.

    Rick Perry, having recently been returned to office despite the fact that more than 60% of Texans wanted him replaced, is still dreaming of that coveted VP slot on the 2008 R Presidential ticket. That's right, he's excited about running for an office that, in the immortal words of John Nance Garner, wasn't worth

    a warm bucket of shit

    Yeah. He really is that dumb. Hurray to the 39% of people in this state who voted for Perry. How drunk were y'all?

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    Lame Duck Congress (starring Shelley Bakula-Gibbs)

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The lame duck session of Congress begins today. It's called 'lame duck' because, much like a wounded waterfowl, some members were removed from office the past week during those elections you missed while you were at Starbucks. That makes them dead men walking, though they are still members of Congress for the next few weeks.

    Shelley, who ran full out to represent CD 22 during this time of lame ducks (can you think of a more perfect definition for Shelley?), is being sworn in today so she can represent the people of CD 22 because she's all about representin', y'all. You know, the more I think about it there is just no way to make this funny. Seriously, I thought I had it, but it just melted away, much like my eyes after seeing Shelley in this hideous pink tard uniform.

    Anyhoo, Muse has some stuff up about what a busy bee Shelley will be in her new capacity as Congresswoman. I still think she's little more than a shit flinging monkey. Oh sure, I take her seriously... if only because there are a ton of shit flinging monkeys in Fort Bend County who keep voting for shit flinging monkeys. How many times was Tom DeLay re-elected?

    I'm also going to say a prayer that she and Cynthia McKinney get in a fight.

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    Safe travels, Mr. Mayor

    Our very own Mayor McSleaze will be traveling over the next couple of weeks, to and from some insane place in the northeast. Apparently, that holiday I thought my parents made up just to lure me home is actually real. Either that or McSleaze's parents and mine are talking and conspiring against us both.

    Maybe that's just my paranoia. Or the scotch. Is there a diff?

    AT ANY RATE, I hope you'll all take the time to wish The Mayor well on his journey.

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    November 12, 2006

    Damnit, Russ...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOne of my hopes for a spectacular candidate in 2008 met with a disasterous end today when Senator Russ Feingold announced he wasn't seeking the nomination. Because he's having an affair with a page. Wait. That's some Republican I'm thinking of. Feingold dropped out because he wants to concentrate on his needlepoint. I kid. He's really dropping out because of some shady Manischewitz connection. And as we all know, you just don't talk about Manischewitz.

    I'm really pissed off because I LOVE me some Russ and think he's one of the strongest, most competent and best spoken Senate Dems. Name and religion aside (which really aren't now the giant issues they were in 1960) he would have been a fantastic contrast to 2004's abyssmal Kerry campaign.

    You kinda suck, Russ. If this means I have to turn to white bread (Edwards, Clark) I guess I will. However, I will always wish for Jewish rye.

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    and the winner of the 2006 Anna Nicole Smith Award goes to

    A gig's a gig, and God forbid I want anyone denied a paycheck, but when the Austin actress who portrayed the playboy bunny in the smear ad against Harold Ford said it was all in good fun, then I take exception. If she thinks that character assassination and trying to ruin someone's political career is fun, then she must think that Abu Ghraib was a silly frat prank. Oh yeah, that was the Republican talking point.

    I guess if she had admitted the ad was racist, her acting career would pretty well be over except for the occasional GOP leadership stag party. Excuse me, I forgot, Jeff Gannon's replacement takes care of that role.

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    November 11, 2006

    Yeah, Texas fucked itself

    PD nailed it in a general way, I'd like to share how they did it in a specific area.

    Let's take West Texas... in 2004 they showed Charlie Stenholm the door and elected a douche from Lubbock named Naugahyde. Charlie had seniority in Congress, seniority that West Texans needed. He would have chaired the House Agriculture Committee had he still been in office. Now all the people of West Texas will have is the neutered Naugahyde whose past partisan bullshit has already ensured that nothing he does will ever reach the floor of the House.

    Think about how incredible it would have been to have the Chair of the committtee representing you. Do you think your problems would get dealt with? You passed up all that to vote for Naugahyde. This year you voted for him again over the much more able Ricketts.

    Not to mention that y'all voted for a continuation of the same Republican leadership that does nothing while West Texas alternately burns and floods; The same leadership that wants to pave over your homes; The same leadership that wants to let Boone Pickens ship your water to Dallas metro. Y'all need to realize that you better start voting your self interest. Otherwise, you're going to find yourselves drying up and blowing away in that wind that always seems to be blowing out there.

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    November 10, 2006

    Hooray for Howard


    Funny how all those people who scoffed at Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy are now inserting their big stinky feet into their mouths.

    He went to Virginia, and Montana, and Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and Missouri, and Ohio, and…

    Booyah

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    To the candidates who didn't win...

    I ran into Kathi Thomas, the brave Democrat who put her name on the ballot and ran an agressive campaign to rid SD25 of Jeff 'One of the good guys' Wentworth, last night and thanked her for the stepping up to run.

    I'd like to do that to everyone who put their name on the ballot, even in races where everyone thought they were crazy. There is a point to it, truly. You all made Republican's spend money where they didn't think they would need to. From Hank Gilbert to Mary Beth Harrell to Ted Ankrum to Ted Ankrum to Sherrie Matula to Karen Felthauser to Robert Ricketts to John Courage to John Miller and so many others, y'all made the Republican's spend money where they didn't think they'd need to and the victories Tuesday night are due, at least in small part, to you.

    The next step is to build on the gains. Don't stop. PLEASE. We need you. Keep in touch with your volunteers. Keep attending meetings. Keep up voter registration efforts. Build funds and campaign as much as you can for the next year. Trust me, you do that and 2008 (not to mention 2010) will look MUCH better than 2006.

    Keep in mind that recently elected Rep. Donna Howard only recently won. Now is NOT the time to give up... it's the time to build and become a force.

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    Amid yawning, Vilsack launches race for the White House

    UHM... not to tbe rude, but vain much?

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    Mehlman to leave RNC; Announces he's stealing some of Condi's shoes

    Ken Mehlman, the dapper, self-loathing (assumed) homosexual that led the Republican party to new heights by helping it bash

  • Immigrants

  • Minorities

  • Gays

  • Immigrant Gay Minorities
  • Has decided to leave.

    I have no regrets. I leave with a clean conscience and a pair of Condi's Ferragamo pumps. Fuck off, bitches. See you in hell!

    Be seeing you, Kenny. Hopefully not at Rain anytime soon.


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    What's next for 22?

    I'm seriously, at this point, curious as to who the Republicans will be running in 2008 in 22. Seriously, y'all... any ideas? Which shit flinging monkey will be next on the list? Please, oh please let it be someone as crazy as Shelly!

    The Democratic win in CD22 had so much to do with so many people that it's really incredible. This was truly an example of Texas Democrats at their best... congrats to everyone, especially my peeps in FBC that helped not only Lampson, but the awesomeSherrie Matula as well.

    Oh, yeah... and to the candidate as well. What was his name again?

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    November 09, 2006

    It's kind of fun to watch THEIR

    ...circular firing squad for a change.
    The oft-egregious Tucker Carlson had Republican "strategist" Roger Simon on this afternoon, and was asking him about the Rummy firing.

    Stone: It’s extraordinary. First of all, the president makes all his candidates walk the plank, makes them go through an entire Congressional campaign defending Rumsfeld. Costs us seats in the House, without question…and then sacks the guy AFTER the election? This is total disregard of the Republican Party, it’s a selfish act. If he was going to get rid of Rumsfeld, he should have done it three months ago and let the Republican candidates for the House run with a clean slate.

    Carlson: Do you think that would have made a difference?

    Stone: I think it would have taken it off the table. A lot of people’s objection to the president is that they don’t feel he’s able to acknowledge mistakes. Firing Rumsfeld would have demonstrated that there was a change of course and a change of thinking. But to do so after the election, after you have cost your party, and forced them to defend the Rumsfeld tenure at Defense and conduct of the war, is just incredibly selfish.

    The token Dem, I believe it was Steve McMahon, just grinned and said "I yield the rest of my time to Mr. Simon."

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    It ain't rocket science!

    Oh, those wacky Brits!

    A man suffered internal burns when he tried to launch a rocket from his bottom on Bonfire Night. Paramedics found the 22-year-old bleeding, with a Black Cat Thunderbolt Rocket lodged inside him, when they attended the scene in Sunderland.

    He suffered a scorched colon and is now recovering in hospital, where his condition is described as stable.

    A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said the prank could have been fatal.

    Douglas McDougal, from the NEAS, said: "We received a call stating there was a male who had a firework in his bottom and it was bleeding.

    "He sustained fairly significant injuries in the fact that there's huge damage to that particular area."

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    Funny from this afternoon...

  • Perry is all about bipartisanship, yo! Kuff has a great post up about Perry's new found desire to work with Democrats which is amusing and all given the role he played in redistricting. Maybe this will tie into what Matt posted up over at BOR on the Speaker's Race.

    Bridge-building and bipartisanship were GOP Gov. Rick Perry's watchwords Wednesday as he looked to his agenda after being re-elected with substantially less than half the vote.

    Democrats, meanwhile, made gains in the state House.

    "Over the next four years, I intend to set a positive tone, to govern with a very inclusive agenda, because Texas is better off when we work together. ... We need less partisanship, we need less cynicism, we need more bridge-building in this state," the governor said.

    Yeah, I guess if there is anyone who wants to neuter CradDICK more than Democrats, it would have to be Perry. Or maybe Dewhurst. Come on, House D's... you may not have the strongest hand in history but it's a lot better than you think. Burn this mofo!

  • Damn, some bitchy people today over at PD. Check out the comments here and then come back to the supersize.
  • You know, I give people shit all the time and it's done with love. See, I have a real job and when you see someone fucking up you call it out, you fix it and you move on. In my world, the number one mistake you can make is trying to cover up something. Number two is forgetting the support staff that make your job possible. Make either mistake and I'm going to say something to you in the vein of constructive criticism. I will swear a lot and possibly yell. Either get over it or read something else.

    That's what I've been seeing since Tuesday night, lots of people taking credit for wins they may (or may not) have helped to make happen and certainly not single-handedly. Similar comments were made about Kelly Fero after Donna Howard won. He didn't take long to disabuse people of the notion that it was all him; He gave credit where it was due. Having been one of the people blockwalking ('sup, PCT 262) I appreciated the hell out of that. Anecdotally, it was also interesting to learn earlier this year there were so many people on the Austin For Kerry steering committee in 2004... people who told me they were on it.

    The funny thing was, I WAS on it and have no recollection of them. Get what I'm saying?

    I'd like to see a little more of that, you know. The realization that in a lot of these races the ground game made the difference. Media money was poured in against Valinda Bolton and in the end she still won because people, ordinary people, got out the vote. That's not to say that the money she spent on media was worthless... having just come off a race where the opponent had the resources for TV, I know the value of TV. That aside, if both campaigns are running TV it's then a numbers game. Then you have to have turnout and Valinda's ground game is what kicked it over the top and those people worked either for free, or at a deeply discounted rate (you know who you are). Many of those same people helped Hank win here in Travis County and do better than expected statewide. I love each and every one of them.

    IMHO, many people across the state deserve a hell of a lot more credit than they are getting in some of these races. Refer back to this if you still don't get what I'm saying.

    All this aside, READ and RE-READ what I write before you take my fucking head off and act like I'm attacking 'leadership' within the party, K?

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    Dawnna? What the Fuck?

    Via Vince at Capital Annex, CradDICK, the scourge of West Texas, the ying to Tina Fish's yang, has secured 109 pledges to re-elect him speaker.

    First off, all 109 of you are tard's. Seriously, do you not remember the last few years? The man is too old and dysfunctional to be in that chamber. However, the people of Midland keep sending him because no one has the sac to take him on. However, that doesn't mean you should elect him to be SPEAKER? In the name of all that's good and holy, are you insane?

    I'm seeing a lot of names on there that simply shouldn't be there. Patrick Rose? That's right, I'm looking at you. Dawnna? WTF?!?!?!? Did he tell you he'd give you a medical school on the east side of 35? Ask the Valley and El Paso folks how those promises work out. Rep. Pena?!?!?! Oh, say it isn't so!

    There were EIGHT REPUBLICANS that came damn close to losing on Tuesday and will be gone in 2008 (yeah, Krusee... it's time to find something in the private sector. In case you don't get it, people in the WC hate you. HATE. Like northwest Travis County HATED Todd Baxter. Get it?). Do you have any idea the kind of menacing things you people can actually say to Republicans? Tell them they ALL have a target on their backs or tell them they are pretty and you like their hair. Whatev. Just make sure you get enough of them to flip on this so that a bipartisan Speaker can be elected.

    I'm. Fucking. Serious.

    Tuesday should have been a wake call to Democrats in this state. We can win again. Just look at how many of the unfunded statewide's managed to get into the 40's. Texans are ready for a change across the board.

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    November 08, 2006

    A few things to feel good about...

  • Diane Henson won! The other 3rd Court candidates came in EXTREMELY close. If they run again, they'll win.

  • No Democratic Incumbent was defeated last night (so will y'all quit worrying about Hopson and Heflin?)

  • Dallas County came into it's own last night. Good job up there in North Texas!
  • On the national front I just saw a press conf with soon to be elected Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi on CNBC. The reaction of the market seems to be mostly ho-hum. Which makes me laugh my ass off...

    All in all, we did great nationally and even Texas took a few steps forward. However, there are some notable dissappointments:

  • Seaman v.Garcia is way closer than it should have bee and even now remains too close to call

  • More people voted for Hank and Valinda Hathcox than Bell. Idiots. If he'd done as well as they did it would have meant the end of Rick Perry, Buttplug.

  • Analyzing (or, as a certain friend likes to call it, doing the post mortem) the Ag Comm's race is irritating as hell. While the newspaper endorsements hurt (compare Hank to Moody's race) they actually weren't the killer. It was Todd and his giant freal head's last minute TV. It's obvious in the Travis County numbers... he did better here than he should have. 800k and Hank would have been our Ag Commissioner and Democrats would have had their first statewide win in more than a decade.
  • You know, it's kind of surreal... when we started getting the numbers in from the EV in West Texas we were tremendously excited. Shaving the margins was an excellent strategy and even with shitty turnout, it worked better that those tried by the 2002 statewides (tremendously better when you realize Hank's budget was less than 100k). The problem with it is that it depends on the metro's to get their shit together. Dallas, El Paso and Travis are good... just need Harris and Bexar to pull head out of ass. Come on, y'all... we need you.

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    This just in

    Rumsfeld in last throes!

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 11:57 AM

    What's wrong with Texas?


    Bucking a nationwide longing for competent and corrupt-free government, an intelligent plan for Iraq and our security, and taking care of all Americans, just not the rich and corporations, Texas, except for a few bright lights, falls deeper into the abyss. It makes you want to cry.

    While Dems picked up seats or lost by the smallest of margins in supposedly red-states, we lose by big margins in all statewide and federal races. For the most part we had candidates who actually cared about people of this state. Note to Hank: Run again. You are the epitome of the conscientious candidate and would make a great Ag Commissioner. But I'm just echoing the opinion of many others.

    Some eyes were opened, unfortunately there are still many who want to keep them closed so they don’t have to see Osama break down their door and turn all their children into tax-loving queers. Foolish people.

    So what's the answer? I don't know, but maintaining my tradition on the night of Election Day, I go to a local honky tonk to talk to the patrons for enlightenment. Sorry guys, I left SFA early. A person can only take so much crowd and sincerity, and anyway the focus was on other things.

    Honky tonks are loaded with democrats. Hard-core blue collar democrats. The conversation usually starts off with, “What do you think of the elections”, or “Did you vote today”. About to the man or woman, they would have voted democrat, except that they were not registered or forgot to vote. Before anyone takes off on them, know that these people work long hours or two jobs to make ends meet, and might be a afraid to ask their employer for a couple hours off to vote. They know the score but feel disenfranchised, downtrodden, and hopeless. Thank you Texas for making working people fell so empowered.

    Next election cycle, I’m doing voter registration at honky-tonks. And yeah, I might have a beer or two – preferably Bud. McBlogger thinks its piss water, but we all have our crosses to bear.

    Anyway, karaoke began, and some cowboy started singing about rednecks, longnecks, and whores. I love this place

    Posted by Captain Kroc at 10:45 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    Giving up?

    This is pretty tough. While Hank did better than anyone expected, he didn't do as well as I expected for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the rural areas, especially most of those effected by the TTC, voted against him and for one of the architects of the TTC. While the metro's did vote for Hank, the margins were tight. In the end, we came up short. C'est la vie, no?

    Some good news... The judicial candidates did extremely well, especially in the 3rd Court of Appeals. Once again, the virtue of a coordinated campaign in Travis County proves itself. Not to mention the pickup by Valinda Bolton in HD 47 and that of Ellen Cohen. Needless to say, it was a nice night for certain state rep candidates. It sucks y'all won't be able to do shit by virtue of the fact that CradDICK will be re-elected Speaker and you'll not have the benefit of a strong statewide elected.

    Oh, and congrats to Todd Staples and his giant freak head. You won. I guess being able to outspend your opponent more than 15:1 has to help.

    In the end there is nothing I regret. I spent time working gratis for an incredible guy that I truly hope will run again. Honestly, Hank is one of those dream candidates who can speak without having every word scripted. Someone who knows how to relate to people. I wish we could have put him in front of more voters but there are only so many you can reach with a very limited budget. The sad thing is he really was the best candidate for the job.

    I have to tell y'all I'm one of those Democrats who is actually fighting against my self-interest. Why? Because I want things to be better for everyone. Texas voters, despite everything, voted for the status quo. I don't begrudge you that... you voted as you saw fit. I hope you'll be ok with me driving over your homes and land. While I think the TTC is a tremendous waste that won't do a damn thing for transportation in Texas, I can afford to drive on it.

    And that's what you voted for, even if it means losing your land. While the rest of the country was waking up and taking charge, y'all affirmed tonight that you want to stay asleep.

    Sweet dreams.

    Posted by mcblogger at 04:09 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    November 07, 2006

    msnbc just called RI for the Democrats

    seriously.... with only 2k votes. Isn't that stupid? I think he's going to win, but come on... only 2k votes... WTF?

    Posted by mcblogger at 08:35 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    Valinda Hathcox kicking some ass!

    The Democrat with the second highest number of votes (Hank is #1) is Valinda Hathcox. Just thought that was interesting.

    I ran into K-T from BOR earlier and Pink Lady from INPT. K-T was sober, PL was not. I think it's because she's married.

    Posted by mcblogger at 08:13 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    42% of the early vote in Lubbock!!!

    Holy shit, Y'all! Hank is pulling 42% right now out of Lubbock! Statewide, we're still at a loss but that's with heavily Republican CD's EV totals. Needless to say, Hank's feeling pretty good right now!

    Posted by mcblogger at 08:05 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    We're live from 1608 at the SFA, Yo!

    Hank's not here yet and the caterers are still setting up. However, we're all in good spirits and happy to be here! How are things in your neck of the woods?

    Exits nationally look AWESOME... at least, they do if you're a Democrat.

    Posted by mcblogger at 06:49 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    To the candidates...

    I just wanted to post a final note before I leave work to go to the SFA.

    Candidates... don't forget, after the election, the people who have supported you. Not just your paid staff but the thousands and thousands of volunteers who have phone banked, blockwalked, and generally debased themselves for you.

    You're just the person at the top. You put your name on the ballot. They did the rest. Don't forget them.

    Posted by mcblogger at 03:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    who I am . . . what I'm doing

    boobilicious is on GOTV call number 648 since early voting started, at an undisclosed location somewhere in Texas.

    I received an early morning report that the boob John Davis was seen inside the 100 foot marker at a polling location in a John Davis t-shirt putting signs together.

    Posted by at 11:42 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    ABC

    Always Be Closing
    Always Be Closing
    Always Be Closing

    To steal from Bill Maher who paraphrased from Glengarry Glen Ross
    First prize - subpoena power
    Second prize - set of steak knives
    Third prize - you're fired

    I'm taking a 30 minute lunch. Hey, quit reading. Go get out the vote.
    You can burnout tomorrow

    Posted by Captain Kroc at 11:31 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    Who we are. What we do...

    Oh, I'm not going to give away the real identities of the people who post here. Some of them you already know, by virtue of the fact that you've seen us out drinking. We do that a lot. However, we're going to be kind of spotty today, I think, on posts and I want to let y'all know why.

    The Mayor, Sister Ruth and Captain Kroc are all working polls here in Travis County. The rest of them are working on coordinated campaign fun or individual campaigns around the state. Seriously, EVERYONE who writes on McBlogger is doing something. Except Barfly but that's because she has a real job and a wicked bad hangover.

    What about me? I'm on conference calls this morning while sending out emails for Hank. Needless to say, we're all busier than a guy with three dicks in a whorehouse. You can qoute me on that.

    We'll still be posting, don't worry about that. Just don't get mad if there are some bad delays.

    Posted by mcblogger at 10:17 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    Tuesday, November 7: Time to take out the trash

    I have stuff to do today, so I'll let the Rude Pundit speak for me today: Why Vote Against Republicans? Because Fuck Them

    Polls are open from 7 to 7. If you are standing in line at 7 PM, you still get to vote. The republicans have organized to suppress the vote: DON't LET THEM STOP YOU FROM VOTING! In fact, fuck them!

    If you don't know where to vote, your precinct number is on your voter registration card. If you can't find your card you can verify your Travis County registration here; click on your registration number and it will tell you everything you need to know.

    Polling places in the supersize.

    101 Hornsby Dunlap Elementary School 13901 FM 969
    103 Decker Elementary School 8500 Decker Lane
    106 Travis County Sheriff's Office (East) 7811 Burleson-Manor Road
    107 New Sweden Lutheran Church 12809 New Sweden Church Road
    108 Copperfield Elementary School 12135 Thompkins Drive
    109 Parmer Lane Elementary School 1806 Parmer Lane
    110 River Oaks Elementary School 12401 Scofield Farms Drive
    111 Westview Middle School 1805 Scofield Lane
    112 Dessau Elementary School 1501 Dessau Ridge Lane
    113 Combined @ 112 Dessau Elementary School 1501 Dessau Ridge Lane
    121 LBJ High School 7309 Lazy Creek Drive
    122 YMCA East Community Branch 5315 Ed Bluestein Boulevard
    123 AS Johnston High School 1012 Arthur Stiles Road
    124 Carver Museum 1165 Angelina Street
    126 David Chapel Portable 2211 East MLK Jr. Boulevard
    129 Sims Elementary School 1203 Springdale Road
    130 Memorial United Methodist Church 6100 Berkman Drive
    132 Pecan Springs Elementary School 3100 Rogge Lane
    133 Blanton Elementary School 5408 Westminister Drive
    135 Messiah Lutheran Church 5701 Cameron Road
    136 Ridgetop Elementary School 5005 Caswell Avenue
    137 Winters Building 701 West 51st Street
    139 Bernice Hart Elementary School 8301 Furness Drive
    140 Dobie Middle School 1200 East Rundberg Lane
    141 Reagan High School 7104 Berkman Drive
    145 Red River Church 4425 Red River Street
    146 Robert E. Lee Elementary School 3308 Hampton Road
    147 Jester West 201 East 21st Street, 1st Floor
    148 Jester East 201 East 21st Street, 1st Floor
    149 Reilly Elementary School 405 Denson Drive
    150 T. A. Brown Elementary School 505 West Anderson Lane
    151 Winn Elementary School 3500 Susquehanna Lane
    152 Maplewood Elementary School 3808 Maplewood Avenue
    153 Woodcliff Baptist Avenue 11015 Dessau Road
    154 Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School 11316 Farmhaven Road
    156 Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center 7500 Blessing Avenue
    160 YMCA North Park Branch 9616 North Lamar Boulevard
    161 Lanier High School 1201 Payton Gin Road West
    163 Cook Elementary School 1511 Cripple Creek Road
    164 Barrington Elementary School 400 Cooper Drive
    200 St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 1520 North Railroad Avenue
    201 Richland Hall 18312 Cameron Road
    202 Murchison Elementary School 2215 Kelly Lane
    203 Boulder Ridge Community Room 3300 Killingsworth Lane, Lot 277
    204 McNeil High School 5720 McNeil Road
    205 Camden Huntingdon Apartments 12349 Metric Boulevard
    206 Pfluger Hall 203 B East Pecan Street
    207 YMCA Northwest Branch 5807 McNeil Road
    208 Triumphant Love Lutheran Church 9508 Great Hills Trail
    209 Blackhawk Golf Course 2714 Kelly Lane
    210 Lions Municipal Golf Course 2901 Enfield Road
    211 Walnut Creek Elementary 401 West Braker Lane
    213 Graham Elementary School 11211 Tom Adams Drive
    214 Bryker Woods Elementary School 3309 Kerbey Lane
    215 Wells Branch Community Center 2106 Klattenhoff Drive
    216 Northwest Elementary School 14014 Thermal Drive
    217 Shoreline Christian Center 15201 Burnet Road (Enter off of
    Shoreline Drive)
    218 ACC Northridge Campus 11928 Stonehoolow Drive
    219 Caldwell Elementary School 1718 Picadilly Drive
    220 Fire Station #31 5507 FM 2222
    222 Windermere Elementary School 1100 Picadilly Drive
    223 Pflugerville ISD Administration Building 1401 West Pecan Street
    224 Timmerman Elementary School 700-A West Pecan Street
    225 Wells Branch MUD Recreation Center 3000 Shoreline Drive
    226 Brookhollow Elementary School 1200 North Railroad Avenue
    227 Spring Hill Elementary School 600 South Heatherwilde Boulevard
    228 Combined @232 Duval Gardens Assisted Living 5301 West Duval Road
    229 Sheriff's Office at Wells Branch 2106 Klattenhoff Drive
    231 Combined @ 271 Doss Elementary School 7005 Northledge Drive
    232 Duval Gardens Assisted Living 5301 West Duval Road
    235 McCallum High School 5600 Sunshine Drive
    236 Rosedale Elementary School 2117 West 49th Street
    237 Highland Park Baptist Church 5206 Balcones Drive
    238 Murchison Middle School; 3700 North Hills Drive
    239 Gullett Elementary School 6310 Treadwell Boulevard
    240 Highland Park Elementary School 4900 Fairview Drive
    241 Brentwood Elementary School 6700 Arroyo Seco
    242 First Cumberland Presbyterian - NEW 6800 Woodrow Avenue
    243 Lucy Read Pre-K Demonstration School 2608 Richcreek Road (same
    site, new name)
    246 Hill Elementary School 8601 Tallwood Drive
    247 Combined @ 271 Doss Elementary School 7005 Northledge Drive
    248 Burnet Middle School 8401 Hathaway Drive
    249 St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 8134 Mesa Drive
    250 Mathews Elementary School 906 West Lynn Street
    251 O. Henry Middle School 2610 West 10th Street
    252 Pillow Elementary School 3025 Crosscreek Drive
    253 Combined @ 262 Anderson High 8403 Mesa Drive
    254 Davis Elementary School 5214 Duval Road
    256 Casis Elementary School 2710 Exposition Boulevard
    258 McBee Elementary School 1001 West Braker Lane
    259 Summitt Elementary School 12207 Brigadoon Lane
    260 Austin Brethren Church 1800 Payton Gin Road
    262 Anderson High School 8403 Mesa Drive
    263 United Christian Church 3500 West Parmer lane
    266 Senior Activity Center 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue
    267 Great Hills Baptist Church 10500 Jollyville Road
    268 Grant AME Worship Center 1701 Kramer Lane
    271 Doss Elementary School 7005 Northridge Drive
    272 Combined @ 274 First English Lutheran 3001 Whitis Avenue
    273 Trinity Lutheran Church 1207 West 45th Street
    274 First English Lutheran Church 3001 Whitis Avenue
    275 Baker Center School 3908 Avenue B (Enter off 39th Street)
    277 The Campus Club 405 West 25th Street
    278 St Luke United Methodist Church 1306 West Lynn Street
    279 Combined @ 267 Great Hills Baptist Church 10500 Jollyville Road
    301 Sunset Valley City Hall 3205 Jones Road
    302 Bailey Middle School 4020 Lost Oasis Hollow
    303 Oak Hill Primitive Baptist Church 11408 FM 1826
    304 Kiker Elementary School 5913 LaCross Avenue
    306 Lakeway Justice Center 104 Cross Creek Drive
    307 Rollingwood Municipal Building 403 Nixon Drive
    308 Briarcliff POA Community Center 22801 Braircliff Drive
    309 Kocurek Elementary School 9800 Curlew Drive
    310 Menchaca Elementary School 12120 Manchaca Road
    312 Sheriff's Office at Hudson Bend-NEW 3800 Hudson Bend Road
    314 St. Christopher's Episcopal School 8724 Travis Hills Drive
    315 Baranoff Elementary School 12009 Buckingham Gate Drive
    316 Travis County Parks Office 14624 Hamilton Pool Road
    317 Eanes ISD Admin Building 601 Camp Craft Road
    318 West Ridge Middle School 9201 Scenic Bluff Drive
    319 Lakeway Activity Center 105 Cross Creek Drive
    320 The River in the Hills Church- NEW 1310 RR 620 S., Suite C-9
    (Lakeway Plaza)
    321 Jackie's Performing Arts School 11530 Manchaca Road
    323 Texas Oaks Baptist Church 9910 Bilbrook Place
    324 Lake Pointe Elementary School 11801 Sonoma Drive A
    326 Laurel Mountain Elementary School 10111 DK Ranch Road
    327 Fire Station #33 9409 Bluegrass Drive
    328 Renaissance Retirement Center 11279 Taylor Draper Lane
    329 Combined @ 328 Renaissance Retirement Cntr 11279 Taylor Draper
    Lane
    330 St. Michael's Episcopal Church 1500 North Capital of Texas Highway
    331 Kathy Caraway Elementary School 11104 Oak View Road
    332 Zilker Elementary School 1099 Bluebonnet Lane
    333 Canyon Creek Elementary School 10210 Ember Glen Drive
    334 Pickfair Community Center 10904 Pickfair Drive
    335 Canyon Vista Middle School 8455 Spicewood Springs Road
    336 Hallmark Baptist 9023 Old Lampasas Trail
    337 Lakewood Homeowner's Association 7317 Lakewood Drive
    338 Travis County WCID #18 1502 San Juan Drive
    339 Oak Hill Elementary School 6101 Patton Ranch Road
    342 Barton Hills Elementary School 2108 Barton Hills Drive
    343 Vistas at Canyon Creek - NEW 8025 FM 620 N
    345 Bridge Point Elementary School 6401 Cedar Street
    346 Hurst Creek MUD 102 Trophy Drive
    347 Hill Country Middle School - NEW 1300 Walsh Tarlton Lane
    349 ACC Pinnacle Campus 7748 Highway 290 West
    350 Cowan Elementary School 2817 Convict Hill Road
    351 Patton Elementary School 6001 Westcreek Drive
    352 Covington Middle School 3700 Convict Hill Road
    354 Travis County Office 4504 Travis County Circle
    355 Southwest Church of Christ 8900 Manchaca Road
    356 Casey Elementary School 9400 Texas Oaks Drive
    358 Boone Elementary School 8101 Croftwood Drive
    359 Hudson Bend Middle School 15600 Lariat Trail
    360 Bowie High School 4103 West Slaughter Lane
    361 West Rural Community Center 8656 Highway 71 West
    362 Austin Public Library, Hampton Branch 5125 Convict Hill Road
    363 Shephard of the Hills Presbytarian 5226 West William Cannon Drive
    364 Valley View Elementary School 1201 South Capital of Texas Highway
    365 Bowie High School 4103 West Slaughter Lane
    366 Mills Elementary School 6200 Davis Lane
    367 Kiker Elementary School 5913 La Cross Avenue
    370 North Lake Travis Fire and Rescue 14401 Round Mountain Road
    371 Lago Vista LSD Admin Building 8039 Bar K Ranch Road
    372 Northwest Rural Community Center 18649 FM 1431, Suite 6A
    373 Lago Vista Elementary School 20311 Dawn Drive
    375 Deer Creek Ranch Amenities Center 2600 Quiet Moon Trail
    376 Steiner Ranch Elementary School 4001 Quinlan Park Road North
    377 Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church 6909 West Courtyard Drive
    378 Austin Christian Fellowship 6401 River Place Boulevard
    379 Steiner Ranch Elementary School 4001 Quinlan Park Road North
    401 Del Valle High School- NEW 5201 Ross Road
    402 Elroy Community Library 13512 FM 1625
    403 Creedmoor Union Church 12201 FM 1625
    404 Pleasant Valley Baptist Church 11224 Thaxton Road
    405 Pct 4 Road and Bridge Office 5412 Lockhart Highway 183
    406 St. Alban's Episcopal Church 11819 IH 35 South
    407 South Rural Community Center 3518 South FM 973
    409 Galindo Elementary School 3800 South 2nd Street
    410 Pleasant Hill Elementary School 6405 Circle South Road
    411 Akins High School 10701 South 1st Street
    412 Combined @ 454 Joslin Elem School 4500 Manchaca Road
    413 Combined @ 406 St Albans Episcopal Church 11819 IH35 South
    414 Combined @ 411 Akins High School 10701 South 1st Street
    420 Hostelling International – Austin- NEW 2200 Lakeshore Blvd.
    422 Travis Heights Elementary School 2010 Alameda Drive
    423 Allison Elementary School 515 Vargas Road
    424 South Austin Recreation Center 1100 Cumberland Road
    426 Govalle Elementary School 3601 Govalle Avenue
    427 Allan Elementary School 4900 Gonzales Street
    429 Austin Public Library,Ruiz Branch 1600 Grove Boulevard
    430 Oak Inn 1212 West Ben White Boulevard
    431 Country Club Creek Apartments 4501 East Riverside Drive
    433 Travis High School 1211 East Oltorf Street
    437 Congress Ave Baptist Church 1511 South Congress Avenue
    439 Cantu/Pan Am Recreation Center 2100 East 3rd Street
    440 Linder Elementary School 2800 Metcalfe Road
    441 St. John's Lutheran Church 409 West Ben White Boulevard
    442 Dawson Elementary School 3001 South 1st Street
    443 Mendez Middle School 5106 Village Square Drive
    444 Austin City Hall NEW 301 West 2nd Street
    445 Travis County Courthouse 1000 Guadalupe Street, 1st floor
    446 St. Elmo Elementary School 600 West St. Elmo Road
    447 Odom Elementary School 1010 Turtle Creek Boulevard
    448 Langford Elementary School 2206 Blue Meadow Drive
    449 Combined @ 410 Pleasant Hill Elem School 6405 Circle South Road
    450 Dove Springs Recreation Center 5801 Ainez Drive
    451 Bedicheck Middle School 6800 Bill Hughes Road
    452 Houston Elementary School 5409 Ponciana Drive
    454 Joslin Elementary School 4500 Manchaca Road
    455 Cunningham Elementary School 2200 Berkeley Avenue
    458 Legacy Oaks Christian School 7915 Manchaca Road
    460 ACC South Austin Campus - NEW 1820 W. Stassney Lane
    461 Porter Middle School 2206 Prather Lane
    462 Austin Travis County MHMR 1700 South Lamar, Suite 101
    463 Williams Elementary School 500 Mairo Lane
    465 Combined @ 439 Cantu/Pan Am Rec Ctr. 2100 East 3rd Street
    466 Combined @ 451 Bedicheck Middle School 6800 Bill Hughes Road

    TRAVIS COUNTY ELECTIONS-- 854-4996
    TRUE BLUE TRAVIS (TCDP COORDINATED CAMPAIGN)-- 476-5100
    TRAVIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY-- 477-7500

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 05:18 AM

    The end of the Road. The beginning of a new era?

    Sorry about my tardiness in writing my final report from the road. Needless to say, it's been difficult to post from the BlackBerry and was damn near impossible while barrelling down 287.

    After breakfast, I dropped Hank and Katy off at the airport so they could make an appearance in Crowley. The plan was for me to drive from Amarillo to Fort Worth to meet them around 1:30 then on to Austin for the GOTV rally at UT. The time? Around 9:15... you already see where this is going, no?

    Needless to say, I did NOT get to Fort Worth on time due to the diligent work of the Texas law enforcement and their desire to keep motorists safe. By safe, I mean driving the speed limit, something that has always been problematic for me. Oh, come on! How the hell are you supposed to be able to drive 368 miles in four hours WITHOUT going 90? Or 100? What do they expect me to do, fly? I thought about that but the suburban had to get back to Fort Worth so we drew straws. Guess which one I picked.

    Thanks to one sherrif's deputy and one state trooper, I was whipped enough to drive within what the trooper told me was the 'flex speed', 4-6 miles over the limit. Sure, I went a little faster at times but for the most part I plodded along with everyone else. For a long, LONG time. I made it around 2:45 and by then it was clear that there was no way we could make it to Austin on time. So, Hank drove Katy and I to Love and we seperated; Katy and I back to Austin and Hank to Troop so he could get some much deserved rest and pick up his family for E-Day in Austin.

    As we landed we got a call from Hank about a conservative radio show interview Katy set up with a station in San Antonio. Apparently, one of the callers said they were going to vote straight R but had to change it to vote for Hank. Then the host of the program said HE was going to vote for Hank. Just another example of cross-party support for the best candidate in the race for Agriculture Commissioner.

    More often than not, we fail to even try to fight the Republican's on their turf. That has to stop if for no other reason than that just hearing us will change some minds.

    Finally, there's a great piece up on the Chronicle website... here's an except

    In many ways, the political novice from Troup with a small fraction of the funding of Republican opponent Sen. Todd Staples, is completely out of his element in the smoothly oiled campaign tour this week.

    In other ways he's just the country cousin of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bell. He seems made for this political stuff, earning with each passionate, plain-spoken speech an unofficial reputation as a kind of poet politico of the pines.

    Gilbert is proud to say he's not a politician and is running for agriculture commissioner to take the politics out of a regulatory agency that's become an "eight-year training program" for aspiring governors.

    It's been a long day and long campaign. I'm going to bed. God willing, by the time I go to bed tomorrow night Texans will have elected Hank to be their next Commissioner of Agriculture!

    Posted by mcblogger at 01:10 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    November 06, 2006

    Breakfast with Hank and Bell

    Hank took us to breakfast with the Potter/Randall County Democrats and Chris Bell. I just gotta shout out to everyone in the Panhandle... Y'ALL ROCK. What a great group!

    Hank whipped the crowd up talking about two things everyone employed in Agriculture hates to hear:

  • The weatherman saying 'no rain'

  • Someone with the government saying 'eminent domain'
  • Then Bell rolled up and totally sealed the deal. You could tell he's really comfortable up speaking and had no problems beating the shit out of Perry, Strayhorn and Kinky. It was a really impressive speech and I know that everyone in the room is ready do all they can to retake Texas.

    Posted by mcblogger at 08:52 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

    Not a Rick Perry Christian? Go to Hell!

    From this morning's DMN

    SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry, after a God and country sermon attended by dozens of political candidates Sunday, said that he agreed with the minister that non-Christians will be condemned to hell.

    "In my faith, that's what it says, and I'm a believer of that," the governor said.

    Gov. Rick Perry covered his face in prayer as Cornerstone Church pastor John Hagee and son Matthew, right, prayed for the good of the political candidates in attendance at the service in San Antonio on Sunday.

    Throughout much of the 90-minute service at Cornerstone Church, Mr. Perry sat on the red-carpeted stage next to the Rev. John Hagee. Mr. Perry was among about 60 mostly Republican candidates who accepted the invitation to be introduced to the megachurch's congregation of about 1,500, plus a radio and TV audience.

    "If you live your life and don't confess your sins to God almighty through the authority of Christ and his blood, I'm going to say this very plainly, you're going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket," Mr. Hagee said during a service interspersed with religious and patriotic videos.

    Asked afterward at a political rally whether he agreed with Mr. Hagee, the governor said he didn't hear anything that he would take exception to.

    He said that he believes in the inerrancy of the Bible and that those who don't accept Jesus as their savior will go to hell.

    Funny, I thought he was running for governor, not ayatollah.

    A little later at another stop, the Republican incumbent clarified his beliefs.

    His opponents in the race, campaigning across the state with just two days to go until Election Day, criticized the governor, saying his comments were unnecessarily divisive.

    "He doesn't think very differently from the Taliban, does he?" independent Kinky Friedman said.

    Mr. Friedman, a Jew, said Mr. Perry's comment "hits pretty close to home."

    "Being obsessed with who's going to heaven and who's going to hell is kind of a pathetic waste of time," he said.

    Mr. Friedman, who often expresses admiration for Jesus and calls himself "a Judeo-Christian," declined to say whether he believes that accepting Jesus as one's savior is the only path to salvation.

    Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who attended Sunday services at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth, said she disagreed with Mr. Perry.

    "There are many ways to heaven. We're all sinners, and we're all God's children," she said. "God's a uniter."

    Democrat Chris Bell said that a state leader should take more caution.

    "God is the only one who can make the decision as to who gets into the kingdom of heaven," he said.

    Mr. Bell declined to say whether he agrees that only followers of Jesus can go to heaven.

    "I'm a Christian," he said. "Rick Perry certainly is entitled to his beliefs, but when you're in public office, you need to respect people of all faiths and denominations."

    Asked whether Mr. Perry was wrong, Mr. Bell said: "The voters will have to decide that."

    In his sermon, Mr. Hagee exhorted the congregation to fight moral weakness, to vote for religious people and oppose same-sex marriage.

    "Quit acting like a Bible-thumping wimp," he said.

    He added: "God is the Supreme Court," prompting applause from the governor.

    Mr. Perry was raised in the Methodist church but also frequently attended the Baptist church in the small West Texas town of Paint Creek, where he grew up.

    For this campaign, he has helped organize the Texas Restoration Project, in which ministers are encouraged to get their congregants politically involved in their communities.

    And he has already had to answer some complaints from the Jewish community. Last year, he invited ministers of all faiths to stand with him as he signed a law requiring parental consent for abortion and a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The Jewish representative was a member of a messianic group that accepts Jesus as their savior.

    Mr. Perry's predecessor as governor, George W. Bush, took considerable criticism in 1993 for saying that those who do not accept Jesus as their personal savior cannot get to heaven. Later, when running for president, Mr. Bush issued his regrets to the Anti-Defamation League, saying his comments had been misunderstood.

    Mr. Perry said Sunday that the acceptance of Christ is what his faith teaches, and he could not abandon that any more than anyone can pick which of the 10 Commandments they chose to follow. He would not argue with God's wisdom, he said.

    "I doubt if any one human being can grasp all of his wisdom and issues of salvations and whether you're going to get to go to heaven," Mr. Perry said.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 08:36 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

    Dregs : Welcome to the fam, Doogie; Censorship of NOW and Suprise! It's Saddam!

  • Neal Patrick Harris, long suspected homosexual, has officially come out of the closet. I'm still trying to figure out why this was frontpage on CNN.com
  • Was the NOW segment on Mary Beth Harrell censored? EOW and Al Stanley at Daily Kos certainly think so... are they right? Certainly looks like it. I guess that makes John Carter (R- Lardo McFatness) a pretty big pussy. I hope Mary Beth totally makes him her bitch on Tuesday.

    The good news is that KNCT relented and is allowing the program to air, un censored. Score yet another victory for Team Harrell

  • ELLN has a link to a Nation post about a November suprise regarding the sentencing of Saddam Hussein. Yesterday, in fact. Basically, it was planned months ago that the announcement would be made on November 5th. Personally, I don't think it'll have any effect on the elections. Mostly because Iraq is a nightmare and will continue to be even if Saddam is dead.
  • Soon you may need permission to leave the country. Remind you of anything? Has Homeland Security lost it's collective mind?
  • Posted by mcblogger at 06:49 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    More good news for Hank

    The Cleburne Times-Review has a great article up about campaigns, negative ads and chances. While I don't personally agree with his read on Bell and Radnofsky, I do agree with what he has to say on Hank...

    Watch the mid-ballot statewide races, like agriculture commissioner, where Democrat Hank Gilbert is running hard against Republican Todd Staples. Surprises have been known to happen

    Spot on! People should be paying to Agriculture Commissioner's race. It's important to the future of Texas... in a way you can't even imagine.

    Posted by mcblogger at 12:55 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    November 05, 2006

    Tooling around Tulia

    (Sorry about the lack of links in the posts today. I was blogging from my BlackBerry all day and links are a pain in the ass on that thing. I'll try to get things corrected today.)

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFrom Lubbock we drove up 27 at just under light speed. I drive fast, Hank drives like a bat out of hell. That's been set on fire. We stopped for a brief meeting in Plainview to visit supporters there, then on to a meeting in Tulia where someone showed us a clipping from the Amarillo paper that brought a smile to our faces. Here's an except...

    So names would be it. For Agriculture Commissioner. I'm sorry, but Todd Staples sounded like some rich frat boy. How could I not vote for his opponent, Hank Gilbert? Probably would keep a spittoon on his desk.

    A guy named Hank Gilbert was born to be ag commissioner. First thing I thought of was Hank Kimball, the county extension agent in "Green Acres'' and how well he did his job in and around Hooterville.

    No one would vote for a Hank Gilbert for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but for ag commissioner, cha-ching.

    Damn skippy, Mr. Beilue. Even Hank's name is perfect for Agriculture Commisioner. The meeting went extremely well and despite all the negative press Tulia has received, there are some great folks there who are suprisingly turning up Democratic!


    Honestly, I'm not a road trips kind of guy, but this has been fun. Hank and Katy are blast on the road.

    Posted by mcblogger at 08:37 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    Rockin' Lubbock

    Picked up Hank at the airport and got a great story about the first leg of his flight from Houston to Dallas. Apparently, they were short staffed and asked for a volunteer to help pass out peanuts. Guess who raised his hand and got introduced to the full cabin?

    The event at LCDP was great. I got to speak with John Miller (LCDP Chair and candidate for State Rep) who had some amazing ideas on immigration and Robert Ricketts who is running to unseat the ridiculous Naugahyde(who, if you'll click the link, you'll notice has dropped the 'Republican' from his logo ... you'll see it when you advance to the new site. I guess they never heard of auto-redirect). The press conf had some print and three of the TV stations in the Lubbock area. Someone look for some video and I'll load it up as soon as possible.

    I can STILL recommend the carrot cake. Haven't needed a zantac yet.

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    West Texas is kinda cool

    Katy and I made it to Lubbock a little early and she made me go to some tex-mex joint for lunch named Rosa's.

    Not bad. If you find yourself coming through here I highly recommend the carrot cake.

    We're now on our way to the airport to pick up Hank who has been in Houston this AM with the one, the only Sheila Jackson-Lee. Then on to the Lubbock County Democratic Party and a press conf with Robert Rickets.

    On thing to note... this area is the R base, but I'm seeing a lot of D signs from the road. This may indeed be the year West TX wakes up!

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    Breaking: Saddam found Not Guilty

    Vows to devote life to finding the "real dictator".

    Plus playing the occasional round of golf.

    More as this story develops.

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    On the road with Hank...

    West Texas is ON! For the next two days I'll be posting from the road while traveling with Hank. I know, you wish you were me. Or at least, you wish you were traveling with Hank. Seriously, he's a blast on the road (just ask Gromer Jeffers of the DMN). So, while you might not want to be little old alcoholic me, you'll wish you were with Hank.

    Are there liquor stores in Lubbock?

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    November 04, 2006

    Is John Davis a Fucktard?

    mcblogger has asked two important questions about John Davis (R-Fish Fry) - Is John Davis a Retard? and Could John Davis be More of a Fuckup?, but my question about John Davis (R-Jesse's Boots) is this: Is John Davis a Fucktard?

    Or, more to the point, does he think we are fucktards? Because it looks to me that he is using his campaign cash for personal use and he thinks we are too dumb to notice. Supersize (you know you want to) and chow down with me.

    John Davis (R-Carrabba's) is spending tens of thousands of dollars per year on stuff like $140+ PER WEEK in gas (when the legislature is not in session AND much of it in the hill country), bedding (including mattresses), furniture, lots and lots of meals, a $1500 pair of boots, truck repair, and God knows what else, because $100,000 of his expenses on his Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) filings over the past several years weren't disclosed. Much of his supposed legislative/campaign related expenses can't be figured out by the average citizen because they were reimbursed to himself without any explanation or they were simply listed as American Express expenses without explanation.

    There have been FOUR ethics complaints filed against him over these issues. All of that can be reviewed in this recap here. Lots and lots of links to all the good stuff can be found there.

    You know, there was something interesting that John Davis (R-TEC) said at the debate with his opponent Sherrie Matula. He was very nonchalant about the huge increases Texans have seen in college tuition. He said that he wasn't worried about it. So what if tuition has increased 44%? No big deal. Kids could go to community college. This from a man whose own son is going to Baylor University, a private college. This from a man who may be padding his family income with campaign cash. I mean, WHO KNOWS? It's impossible to tell when $100,000 is still unaccounted for.

    This makes being an elected public official look like a pretty sweet financial deal.

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    For all you arm chair warriors

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    Freedom isn't free

    And neither are phone banks, pushcards or databases. The Travis County Democratic Party is throwing Red State Blues, a benefit concert this Sunday at Threadgill's World Headquarters, 301 Barton Springs Road.

    Musicians:
    GRUPO FANTASMA
    SARA HICKMAN
    BAND OF HEATHENS
    LUCKY TOMBLIN BAND
    JIMMY LAFAVE AND FRIENDS

    Doors open at 2 PM, show starts at 2:30
    Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. There are also higher levels of sponsorship available in case you're feeling especially frisky.

    The Austin heritage-minded might recall that Threadgill's South is adjacent to the site of the old world-famous Armadillo World Headquarters, bulldozed in 1981 at the insistance of Mayor Carole "Ms Piggy" McClellan.

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    November 03, 2006

    Thank God, the bitch is going to be gone

    On November 7th, Texans will elect a new Agriculture Commissioner. That man will be Hank Gilbert and he'll replace the biggest joke (other than Rick Perry's cock) in Republican politics, Susan Combs. Susan has been a disaster as Ag Commissioner, a fact which is especially easy to see when it comes to commentary like this from the Waco Trib, which has branded Combs 'Commissioner Cupcake' because of her focus on removing sugary foods from schools without regard to what it actually was, up to and including birthday cakes.

    This surreal micromanagement led to a zany moment in the Texas Legislature last year with passage of the so-called Cupcake Amendment. Pushed by Waco Democrat Jim Dunnam, it guarantees parents and grandparents the right to deliver baked goods to class for birthday parties or school-designated functions. “What about sprinkles?” a joker in the House asked upon passage.This needed an act of the Texas Legislature?
    Unfortunately, yes.

    Todd 'Flip-Flop' Staples, the R douche running for Ag Commisioner who can't decide on whether or not he even likes the TTC (for which he voted over and over again) stopped pandering to crowds of 2 or 3 on the campaign trail just long enough to relay that he

    supports Combs’ nutrition initiatives but says he’s willing to talk to parents or educators about concerns that the state has overreached

    Hank Gilbert, the man running to be Agriculture Commissioner, said “I’m not running for cookie commissioner. I’m running for ag commissioner.”

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    John Davis the fuckup

    You gotta read this. Seriously, could John Davis be more of a fuckup?

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    Denim do's and dont's

    You know, I've nothing but love for the fashion victims out there. However, these kids don't...

    It's a little cheesy but his discussion of appropriate footwear is spot on.

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    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

    Turns out that for once at least, Connecticut native George Bush wasn't lying.

    Reporteth the Paper of Record:

    Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

    But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

    The documents, roughly a dozen in number, contain charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about bomb building that nuclear experts who have viewed them say go beyond what is available elsewhere on the Internet and in other public forums. For instance, the papers give detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as the radioactive cores of atom bombs.

    “For the U.S. to toss a match into this flammable area is very irresponsible,” said A. Bryan Siebert, a former director of classification at the federal Department of Energy, which runs the nation’s nuclear arms program. “There’s a lot of things about nuclear weapons that are secret and should remain so.”

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    More Kerry Bullshit : Shelly chimes in...

    Y'all, being out of pocket as been a pain in the ass. HOWEVER, I still have some time in the evenings to entertain y'all. More shit on Kerry's comment came out recently, including this from Shelly who's obviously as stupid as Connecticut native George Bush (or, as The Mayor has taken to calling him, the Nutmegger Cowboy). Yeah, Shelly's always been a 'tard but COME ON! I can excuse Bush's staff (they work for Bush... I'm assuming some of the stupid has rubbed off) for not getting it, but Kerry clearly was ripping on your boss, NOT the troops.

    Granted, Shelly is as crazy as a bag of hammers. Let's hear what the White House had to say... on second thought, why bother? It's going to be Tony or Bush's bitch Senator John McCain who still labors under the delusion that he'll one day be President.

    Like the Republicans would ever let that happen.

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    November 02, 2006

    Is Hannity smoking crack?

    I'm sitting in my hotel watching Hannity and Combs (long story) and Sean Hannity thinks that the Taliban are no longer in control of Afghanistan. I guess no one has bothered to clue Hannity in, least of all Alan Combs (the silent, neutered partner... the one with all the personality and life of a dead ficus. Just not as pretty).

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    Dregs : Economy in the crapper, Craddick blames 9/11 and more

  • The Fed kept interest rates steady last week, indicating that energy driven inflation is still a factor and that the while economy has slowed dramatically, we still need to keep our rates up to attract foreign invesment. As an added bonus... more evidence that the housing market isn't 'cooling', it's collapsing
  • Speaker CradDICK (R-Luby's) says that the reason TRS and ERS are underfunded is... 9/11? Seriously, shitheel actually blamed the post-9/11 market drop, regardless of the fact that the market has recovered (even if it DID take more than 5 years... thanks to the spirit of American business and despite bad R economic policies), coupled with a retirement surge for underfunding in the state retirement systems. The real reason, for those of you keeping score, is bad investments and underfunding by the state. The R's don't know a damn thing about running a pension plan. Blaming retirements?! Fuck, have none of you ever heard of acturial analysis? It's not like the retirements couldn't have been predicted, CradDICK. You guys just fucked up and are now trying to pin the blame on the something other than your failure. Just like United Airlines when they threw their employees under the bus rather than placing the blame where it belongs, on bad management and politics.
  • Perry announces a surplus... on the backs of children.
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    Gee, nothing like a nice tall glass of hatorade

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    Oh yeah, the Republican Party is all about tolerance.

    (hat tip to John Coby at Bay Area Houston)

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    Scummy Republicans dragging Texas down

    As GenVC pointed out on Sunday, the Travis County Republican Party (the poor man's Travis County Democratic Party or, The Losers) is running a little training camp for their election judges. This one is unique because it really doesn't train on how to properly be an election judge. Instead, it tells you how to screw up elections and reduce turnout so that the undesireables (read : minorities) don't vote.

    Here's a transcript on the 'training' and here's the Travis County Democratic Party's press release:

    The Chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, Chris Elliott, has called upon the Travis County Republican Party to correct and/or withdraw inaccurate and misleading information that it provided to election judges in Travis County. At issue is a document entitled “Ballot Integrity Task Force Guide” that the Travis County Republican Party, in cooperation with the Republican Party of Texas, disseminated in an election judge training session that it conducted on its own last week, separate and apart from the County’s official training sessions for election judges. A copy of this document is attached hereto for reference, as well as a list of the most egregious errors and misleading passages with explanations of why they are inaccurate and misleading.

    “I have serious concerns about this document, and I have brought them to the attention of our County Clerk, Dana DeBeauvoir, who oversees elections in this county,” said Elliott. “Ms. DeBeauvoir shares my concerns that this inaccurate and misleading information could lead to problems on Election Day if the judges to whom the information was provided follow its directives.” Elliott has also brought his concerns to the attention of Travis County Republican Party Chair Alan Sager and has asked that the errors be corrected. “This is a very serious matter as it could result in folks not being allowed to vote on Election Day even though they are qualified in every respect to cast their vote. I call on the Travis County Republicans to take immediate action,” Elliott continued.

    The Travis County Democratic Party will be sending letters to all election judges and alternate judges in the county to clear up any confusion that may have been created by the Republicans’ document. In addition, Ms. Deb has referred this matter to Roger Williams, Texas Secretary of State, the state’s highest election official, for possible further action.

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    Flip-Flop Todd has some funding problems

    Karl-Thomas at BOR has the story and it's a great one about how an underfunded candidate made the favorite in the race his bitch and forced him to spend damn near every dime. Good job there, Flip-Flop! Karl-Thomas thinks it may be about building name ID but his ad buys have been sloppy (he's been running them in Travis County... need I say more) and have had little impact.

    If he intends to run the TDA like his campaign then you can expect your taxes to go up because Todd Staples is a big spender with little impact. Or is that just what his wife says?

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    November 01, 2006

    Royce West takes a bite out of Matzo

    (I'm playing catch-up... from last week. While I'm in Misery)

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    This just in: words have consequences

    Connecticut Native George Bush, to drug-addled sociopath Rush Limbaugh:

    Anybody who is in a position to serve this country ought to understand the consequences of words. ...

    And so they do. Words like

    "There's an old poster out West that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.' "

    You know, I just don't spend that much time on him

    "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

    "Mission accomplished."

    "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job"

    Ready for more irony? The Nutmegger Cowboy continued

    We've got incredible people in our military, and they deserve full praise and full support of this government.

    Well... no shit, Sherlock!

    One might hope that "full support" might mean not sending them off to wars of choice where our vital national interests are not at stake.

    Or "full support" might mean providing them with the proper equipment and protection so that they are not needlessly exposed to injury or death.

    "Full support" might also mean having achievable military and political goals and a strategy beyond "staying the course" and insisting that things are getting better when they are actually getting worse.

    But at the very least, you'd thing that "full support" would mean not abandoning them to their captors should they have the misfortune to be taken prisoner.

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    Drinking and Driving with George Antuna

    George Antuna is Perry's bitch. He used to be Hutchison's bitch but she grew weary of him and pawned him off on Perry to loosen him up. If you know what I mean.

    You'd think being the bitch of the beloved (by around 30% of the people) Governor would be enough, but you'd be wrong. You see, George aspires to greater things... he wants to be CradDICK's bitch. So, he's running in SA against Joe Farias to represent HD 118. Which, of course, is just dying to be represented by a drunk driver. I really think he'd make a much better blogger.

    I loves me some SA... y'all don't elect this clown.

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    Global Warming goodness

    Apparently, Jeff Wentworth (R-CintraZachry) thinks that global warming is all a big crock of shit. That's probably because Jeff prefers to put his head in the sand like Connecticut native George Bush. Unfortunately, he met up with Kathi Thomas who's much smarter than he. All this within days of the release of a British report that says the global economy will go into the toilet if we don't do something about global warming.

    Damn those Brits and their compulsive need to be disagreeable. Didn't anyone tell them that Jeff Wentworth says global warming is all a bunch of garbage and they needn't worry?

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    Once more into the online popularity contest dear friends

    God, will this election cycle never end?

    Okay, everybody needs to go to John Kerry's website and vote one last time for our favorite Texas candidate John Courage. There is a deadline of 6 PM Central Time for voting! One lucky senatorial candidate and two lucky congressional hopefuls will win a fundraising blast out to Kerry's three million address email list. Help bring a few bucks more to Texas to kick Lamar Smith's sorry ass out of Congress.

    And I'm going to recommend that you choose Jim Webb as you Senate pick. I know that Ned Lamont is a sentimental favorite of the netroots and we'd all love to see him win, but let's face it, that's not going to happen unless Jpe Lieberman is turned into a pillar of salt in the next six days. Webb is running a strong, winnable race against George Macaca Allen... retiring that dirtbag will be a real service to humanity. If you need any more convincing, watch some of Allen's thugs beat up a Webb supporter in Charlottesville yesterday in the supersize.

    UPDATE

    We're pleased to report that the following candidates won our "3 at the buzzer" contest to help take back Congress. Senate candidate Jim Webb (VA), House candidate Dan Seals (IL-10), and House candidate John Courage (TX-21). They were the netroots candidates to receive the most votes on JohnKerry.com, and they will be the beneficiaries of the final JohnKerry.com fundraising email of the cycle. Many thanks to all of you who participated. We now challenge our 3 million person online community to get these fighters over the top in the last few days!

    Congratulations John Courage! And thanks to all who participated!

    Allen... on the stomp.

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    Hank receives endorsements, support

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Independent Texans today announced their endorsement of Hank Gilbert in the Agriculture Commissioner's race.

    Linda Curtis, founder of Independent Texans said, "Hank and I met on the trail attending TxDOT hearings on the Trans-Texas Corridor. I heard him talk quite frankly about who he is, and what his concerns are. I believe that Hank is truly committed to stopping this project -- as it will dramatically and negatively impact our state's second largest, and an ailing industry, Texas agriculture. Most important, Hank supports the political reforms, like statewide initiative and referendum, that will give ordinary Texans the tools to clean up and open up Texas politics in the longterm -- after the Corridor project is put to pasture with Rick Perry!"

    An official announcement from the Gilbert campaign should be released soon and we'll post it as soon as it's up.

    The Plainview Herald also announced that it was endorsing Hank. Again, this is not an endorsement from a paper in a large metro, this is Hank beating out Flip-Flop Todd in what should be VERY Republican territory. Like all of the newspaper endorsement's Hank has received, they are based on his talent, intelligence, dedication and lifelong commitment to Agriculture. All of Flip-Flop's point out only that he's an established politico (leaving out the fact that he is, in large measure, part of the problem with the TTC and NAIS). They have to accentuate the positives given that he's pretty useless (except for the giant freak head). But I digress... here's the word from the good folks in Plainview

    Comissioner of Agriculture

    Hank Gilbert: As the lone Democrat endorsed by The Herald, the rancher, teacher and small business owner from Whitehouse seeks this office “as the only job I want,” pledging to stay in the Office of Agriculture for a long-term approach.

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