May 31, 2007
Funny you should ask
Can the Iraq 'Surge' Be Salvaged?
Wonders the WSJ.
Wait, wasn't the "surge" supposed to be the salvation for Bush's War?
Questionable Career Move
Anti-war icon Cindy Sheehan has gone public on her support for the 9/11 truth movement after she told a radio show that the collapse of the twin towers looked like a controlled demolition and that there should be a new investigation into the terrorist attacks.
Sheehan, who made headlines this week after she distanced herself from the Democratic party and the establishment left, joined Alex Jones to share her views on her skepticism towards the official 9/11 story.
Thank you, Rep. Burnam
With all the crap circling Saddam CradDICK and the Fun with Tolling tragedy, we haven't had much of a chance to thank Rep. Burnam of Fort Worth for doing his best to kill 39%'s horrendous political policing bill which was masquerading as a homeland security bill. In the end, Carona of Dallas (in the Senate), with the help of Corte and Escobar (in the House) managed to get an even worse, more abusive bill passed.
Let me make this clear... no one is doubting that we need to enhance homeland security. However, the way you are going about it is traitorous. You've betrayed the people of Texas if you voted for this bill... you've helped concentrate political power in the Office of the Governor. Where it certainly shouldn't be.
Thank you again, Rep. Burnam, for standing up for civil liberties and the Constitution. You, Sir, are a true Texan.
Watts announces exploratory effort
Hot on the heels of Lampson's announcement that he's going to run for re-election in CD 22, Mikal Watt's announced that he is 'exploring' running to be the Democratic nominee to run for Senate next year and finally put Sen . Corpsyn where he belongs (out on the street, natch).
I gotta say, I'm really very proud of Lampson. While I thought he was the wrong person to run against Corpsyn, I think he'll be a great candidate against Dermatologist DraculaCunt. Please run more aggressively this time, Congressman and beat the shit outta that retard!
As for Watts... I know next to nothing about him. Oh, I know the basics. What I don't know is what kind of a candidate he'll be? Any fire there or will he be Lametina Navritolova?
Anyone care to chime in here?
Man Bites Dog
So I saw this story linked over on Texas Kaos about some English performance artist eating a dog in one of those nutty stunts that animal rights fanatics do to demonstrate that, uh, something or other. I think the most delicious part of the tale was
Yoko Ono, featured on the same radio program, also tasted a bit of the dog, McGowan said. Ono's spokesman did not immediately return calls or e-mails seeking comment.
Was Yoko having doubts she was already going to Hell for breaking up the Beatles?
Great Moments in Assholery
You know, you couldn't get me to go back to high school for a million dollars. Or ten million dollars. Okay, maybe a zillion dollars. But not if I'd have to deal with Prinicpal Dicknose, as reported in today's Slag.
A handful of Dripping Springs High School seniors will be called back into the principal's office for cheering and bouncing beach balls above their heads during their graduation ceremony Friday at the Shoreline Center in Austin.
Their behavior, said Principal Greg Jung, was unacceptable.
Jung held on to diplomas for the entire 200-student graduating class for two days while district staff reviewed video of the ceremony in an effort to identify the pranksters. Jung said he expected to release diplomas for students not involved today or Friday.
Once the offenders have been identified, Jung said, he will meet with the students and their parents this month to "let them help me determine how to resolve the situation." Jung hopes the students can come up with a way to make things right, perhaps through a community service project.
Hey, Hitlerito, why don't you call the draft board and have them all shipped to Vietnam? That'll show the little bastards, yah fucking fascist asswipe!
The result is still the same...
Here's a great article demystifying what it really means to de-fund the war. It's also a bad article because, in yet another way, it calls the Democrats in Congress cowards.
It also ignores political reality which is that any bill to 'de-fund' the war will fail because Bush will veto it and there are not enough Republicans who will cross to override the veto.
Until Republicans in Congress start feeling real heat, they are going to keep enabling their out of control President, Connecticut native George W. Bush. That's reality, it sucks and blaming Democrats in Congress is going to change none of it.
May 30, 2007
Mayor Wynn invites you to learn what Austin is doing about global warming
Thanks to MC for passing this along!
Mayor WILL WYNN Live: Global Warming Presentation Sunday, Jun 10 at Alamo Drafthouse Downtown 4:00 and 7:00pm
The debate is over. Climate change is happening now. We're causing it. And if we don't fix it, the results will be catastrophic. "It's a global problem, but it's a local problem too. And our responses have to be both global and local," Mayor Will Wynn said back in February, when he announced the Austin Climate Protection Plan. "Austin has long been a national leader on energy efficiency, renewable power and innovative technologies. Now we need to push those efforts to the next level." This June, while your A/C is cranked high, don't turn on your oven (or microwave, if you cook like our bachelor Mayor does). Let the Alamo do the cooking (and the beer-pouring) and join us for this dramatic presentation.
In January Mayor Wynn trained with Al Gore to give the slideshow the former Vice President made famous in his Academy Award winning movie "An Inconvenient Truth." Mayor Wynn has adapted that presentation and will tell us how Austin is leading the way in confronting the climate crisis.
Mayor Wynn would like to encourage you all to familiarize yourselves with all sides of the issues and when you come to the presentation please bring a skeptic - if you know one.
The Mayor's presentation will be free. However, we are expecting a huge demand for this timely presentation so if you wish to reserve a seat you may purchase a $5 food and beverage voucher to be used on the night of the show. All other seats will be first come/first served.
For more information and to reserve your seat click here.
BREAKING: SLY TURNER FILES FOR SPEAKER
No joke, we're getting this from a reliable source.
Go ahead, laugh. We certainly are.
Russia sees US ABM system, raises with new MIRV platform
Well, the Russians did say that if the US broke the ABM Treaty it would open up a pandora's box of new weapon systems.
Russia tested new missiles yesterday that a Kremlin official boasted could penetrate any defense system, and President Vladimir V. Putin warned that U.S. plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe would turn the region into a "powder keg."
First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Russia tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple independent warheads, and it also successfully conducted a "preliminary" test of a tactical cruise missile that he said could fly farther than existing, similar weapons.
Mostly, this is boilerplate BS for Ivanov who is running to replace Putin as Russia's next President. Being seen as the 'strong on national defense' candidate has always been a safe move in Russia. Doesn't that sound familiar?
So now, instead of our ABM systems having to hit a missile, they will have to hit 4 or more VERY small warheads. Considering it doesn't hit larger targets very well, do you think maybe we shouldn't have bothered to waste all that money on a system that can be overcome by just adding a more targets?
Tolls : Perry on SB 792
That’s what I’ve always cared about. Frankly, I don’t care who builds roads. I want them to get built timely, I want them to get build effectively, I want them to be built as cheaply for the taxpayer’s and the users of the state of Texas as they can be. And that is what is happening in our state.
Coulda fooled us.Seriously, 39%, if you want to go around lying you might want to do it about something no one knows a thing about. We call your bluff, asshat.
In honor of...
May 29, 2007
Ladies and Gentlemen, Cindy Sheehan has left the building!
Living saint and self-annointed face of the movement against Bush's War Cindy Sheehan popped up again over the weekend. You may remember her for the great role she played in galvanising the antiwar movement with her month-long encampment outside El Presidente's Crawford, Texas pigfarm in August, 2005. That event, with the Katrina catastrophe coming right on its heels, set the credibility of the regime on a downward path from which it has never recovered.
Unfortunately for Cindy Sheehan, she then made saving the world a full-tiime job. Well, saving the world is a tough job. Just ask Jesus. Never able to recreate the magic of Crawford, she spent a year and a half engaging in the usual slew of civil disobedience stunts and fasts popular with folks who draw the wrong lessons from Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Saturday she posted an angry diary on Daily Kos, denouncing the Democratic Congress and adding
The Camp Casey Peace Institute is calling all citizens who are as disgusted as we are with you all to join us in Philadelphia on July 4th to try and figure a way out of this "two" party system that is bought and paid for by the war machine which has a stranglehold on every aspect of our lives. As for myself, I am leaving the Democratic Party.
To be honest, the only surprise in that for me was that Cindy Sheehan considered herself a Democrat. I suppose she may have voted for some in the past, but over the last couple of years her interaction with the party has been limited to lecturing prominent Democrats who don't measure up to her standards and disrupting their press conferences. Now she's "leaving" because the Congress can't wave a magic wand and end Bush's War in an instant. Whatever.
Then, two days later came another tablet down from Mount Sinai.
I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called "Face" of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such "liberal blogs" as the Democratic Underground. Being called an "attention whore" and being told "good riddance" are some of the more milder rebukes.
Oh dear, Cindy. Some of the people who "disgust" you DARE sling a little mud back at you? How unseemly!
Good-bye America ...you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.
Ta ta, toots. Sorry we'e not good enough for ya!
But wait, there's more!
Just a day after announcing her resignation and turning in her halo, Cindy Sheehan made it onto both the Ed Shultz and Randi Rhodes radio shows, and she'll be on Democracy Now! on Wednesday. Uhhh, "attention whore"? If the thigh-length boots fit...
God Says the Strangest Things
Now that Jerry Falwell's telephone has been disconnected, who is God supposed to call to chat when He's up late at night and there's nothing on TV but reruns of Law And Order? Why, none other than self-proclaimed Christian Tom DeLay, who tells all to The New Yorker
God has spoken to me. I listen to God, and what I’ve heard is that I’m supposed to devote myself to rebuilding the conservative base of the Republican Party, and I think we shouldn’t be underestimated.
Some theologians suggest that God was more likely suggesting the Hammer do something about that awful haircut.
Bin Laden's Back
Recently, President Bush pulled big scary Bin Laden out of the closet to get Americans skeered. Well, Mr. President, if you're so scared of Bin Laden now, why weren't you in 2002?
We may have took out Saddam Hussein, but the guy who was actually responsible for 9/11 is still at large. Good work there, President Bush.
I was really thinking of being nice to Ann Coulter...
... but then I read this. My favorite part of her loving Farewell to Falwell...
He was such a good Christian that back when we used to be on TV together during Clinton's impeachment, I sometimes wanted to say to him, "Step aside, reverend -- let the mean girl handle this one."
Yes, Ann, he was such a good Christian that almost completely ignored the teachings of Christ. As for you being the mean girl, you're really little more than a trifling caricature of a real person. We know mean because we see it everyday in the mirror when we shave. You're little more than a pathetic, pitiable poseur. With ass hair and horrendous skin.
Thanks for coming. Don't the door hit your ass on the way out
Tonight, the Lege adjourned sine die. And we couldn't be happier. The faster we can get the likes of Leo Berman, Linda Harper-Brown, Frank Corte and bitch of the universe Jodie Laubenberg out of Austin, the better.
Y'all have a nice drive home. Those of us in Austin are happy to see you go. Go back home and explain yourselves to your pissed off constituents. Explain to them how you sold their roads. Explain to them how you let the insurance companies and electric utilities take advantage of them. Help them to understand how good it is that they don't have health care and that school funding isn't all that important. Trust us, you'll want to get started soon because there are so many groups gunning for y'all it ain't even funny.
No, not us. We may not like you but we hardly have the power to talk directly to your voters. Think of us just as the messenger on this one. Have a fun summer and try, as hard as you can, not to think of how close Krusee was last cycle. Seriously, you're going to want to rest up because the Republican primaries are going to be brutal. Should you survive those, you're going to have a reinvigorated Democratic Party candidate in front of you. And you'll like that even less.
May 28, 2007
Memorial day... a time to reflect
Austinsgudpackage has a nice post up regarding the lead up to the invasion of Iraq and points out how nice it would have been had someone just listened to the CIA. Seems appropriate this Memorial Day to take time to reflect on those we've lost and the reason we lost them.
Attack of the Nazi Racoons
No, it's not tonight's fare on the History Channel.
In 1934, top Nazi party official Hermann Goering received a seemingly mundane request from the Reich Forestry Service. A fur farm near here was seeking permission to release a batch of exotic bushy-tailed critters into the wild to "enrich the local fauna" and give bored hunters something new to shoot at.
Goering approved the request and unwittingly uncorked an ecological disaster that is still spreading across Europe. The imported North American species, Procyon lotor, or the common raccoon, quickly took a liking to the forests of central Germany. Encountering no natural predators -- and with hunters increasingly called away by World War II -- the woodland creatures fruitfully multiplied and have stymied all attempts to prevent them from overtaking the Continent.
Today, as many as 1 million raccoons are estimated to live in Germany, and their numbers are steadily increasing. In 2005, hunters and speeding cars killed 10 times as many raccoons as a decade earlier, according to official statistics.
Raccoons have crawled across the border to infest each of Germany's neighbors and now range from the Baltic Sea to the Alps. Scientists say they have been spotted as far east as Chechnya. British tabloids have warned that it's only a matter of time until the "Nazi raccoons" cross the English Channel.
Of all the stupid shit...
WOW. We've been a little out of it thanks to the way too awesome bartender at the Cloak Room. And Mother Egans. And my house. However, in our absence the stupid continues unabated down at the Lege, this time with the Iscariot Caucus taking a bow for all the hard work they didn't do and, of course, heaping praise on their patron, Saddam CradDICK who has spent the entire weekend acting a dick. Sorry, that's not exactly true... occasionally Sylvester got to act like a dick, too. Good job, Sly! Way to do the folks back in Houston proud.
That's today. The events of last night are still a little surreal. Burka has his inane take on things. So does Glenn Smith at BOR. My personal take? It's about fucking time. All anyone is asking for is to find out the will of the House. CradDICK knows he no longer has the support. Which is why we've been playing this silly games. Come on, Burka... even a blind man could see it. There was no choice but to break quorum. In fact, it should have happened Friday as soon as Terry Keel showed up.
Also last night, Mike Krusee in a point of personal privilege, made a decent speech condemning CradDICK. He invoked Reagan. Why is that every Republican who gets their tit in a ringer feels the need to bring up Reagan? Still, Mike, we have to ask... why the change of heart? What's next? Opening an override of the veto on 1892?
Speaking of... yeah, that wasn't done and 792 is on it's way to the Governor. We know most of y'all are smart folks. We know you have access to the same information we've seen, that tolls are by far the most expensive way to finance roads. We also know that there are loopholes within loopholes in 792 because you trusted 39% and Dick Williamson. That was, for some of you, a political miscalculation of unprecedented proportions.
Keep talking, Nichols, about how this is a great deal. People know you're lying and it infuriates them. When the voices get loud, you'll start making excuses about how you trusted 39% and Williamson and that they are the ones to blame. Voters will blame them, too, but they aren't giving you a walk. Too many people used those excuses in 2006 to cover up for their original vote on 3588.
Money for an anti-toll campaign is already being arranged. Multiple organizations are, for the first time, working together on this. You should all be nervous. Except Leibowitz and a handful of others.
You made a serious miscalculation. You thought that the gas tax increase was unsalable to voters and that they would never learn enough about the toll plans to really get them pissed. You're wrong on both counts. Texans, over the next year, are about to learn just how far down the river you guys sold them. And they are going to be even more upset than they were last year.
Not to mention some of you Republicans will be facing off against Leininger and CradDICK. Needless to say, you made enemies at a time when that was the last thing you needed to do. Amateur hour, boys and girls. VERY amateur. Oh, and for those of you thinking the Stalls can provide cover to you, they haven't been asked to the party.
Who needs a sellout especially one who makes deals with untrustworthy people?
Are jury verdicts in civil trials irrelevant?
Reversing a multimillion dollar judgment is not out of character for a court packed with conservative judges, six of them appointed by Gov. Rick Perry before winning pro forma elections. But the legal reasoning that the slim majority used to justify its ruling was so alarming—and sets such an unappetizing precedent—that it has spawned incredulity in Texas legal circles. In effect, the court reviewed the evidence and decided the jury was wrong. It was a remarkable reach beyond the court’s usual exercise of power.
Ordinarily, appeals courts give great deference to a jury’s conclusions. Jurors, after all, are the ones who hear the witnesses, review evidence, and deliberate the case. A court usually has a compelling reason when it decides to disregard the jury’s conclusions.
What that reason might be is not clear in this case. More than a few scholars argue that the state Supreme Court doesn’t have a sound legal principle with which to justify its decision. Worse, they fear it opens the door for other Texas courts to begin arbitrarily tossing aside jury verdicts with which they disagree. If the high court continues on this course, they say, the constitutional right to a civil jury trial could be in jeopardy.
Pinche Tejano has more on the judges up for re-election next year. These folks need to be shown the door, post haste.
House just broke the quorum! HAHAHAHA
May 27, 2007
Live from the Lege
Just got to the Capitol with The Mayor, Sister Ruth and Captain Kroc. Right now, Coleman is grilling Chisum about CHIP. Now the budget has just passed. Exciting stuff... If you happen to be drunk.
100th Anniversary of the Birth of Draft Dodger Marion Morrison
Yesterday, more than a few news sources took a hero-worship approach on Morrison; some even called him the real deal. The real deal?
He had a fake name, fake persona, played fake characters in fake movies with fake storylines and fake scenarios. Of course, to the right-wing nutters, saying this about Morrison could be worse than accusing Ronnie Raygun of molestation.
Is it necessary to bring this up? I think it is.
But whatever roles he played or movies he performed in are trivial to what made up the rest of his life.
Foremost is choosing his career over service during WWII. All the excuses used to justify his decision ring hollow as the biggest stars of Hollywood, who could have used the same reasons, signed up for military service.
He certainly was a template for all those future chickenhawks who said they could better serve their country by “debating” the glories of war rather than serve.
Let’s not forget Morrison’s other shining moments that ended up on the wrong side of history:
- supported the House Un-American Activities Committee
- influential in having American screenwriter and film producer Carl Foreman blacklisted
- supported the Vietnam War
- gave campaign contributions to George Wallace
- campaigned for Dick Nixon
- justified genocide against Native Americans
- claimed African-Americans were not smart enough to run the government
This list could be a profile of a radicalized white supremacist entrenched in a high security compound in Idaho.
Maybe the most damaging aspect of his life was the influence he has exerted on today’s generation. People born after his death think Morrison is an American icon to be emulated.
I take no pleasure in doing a smackdown on John Wayne because there is evidence that in his later years he regretted his decision not to serve, and there was some stirring from him to understand the solidarity of the human spirit; however, it seems the only things taken from his life are bravado without wisdom, and stunted intellectual discernment. Two traits found in contemporary conservative mentality.
Mass. Senator wants to steal childhood
A state senator is taking aim at a childhood food staple: Fluff.
Sen. Jarrett Barrios was so outraged his son Nathaniel, a third-grader, was given a peanut butter and Fluff sandwich at the King Open School in Cambridge, he said he plans to file legislation to outlaw the marshmallow spread in school lunch programs.
"A Fluff sandwich as the main course of a nutritious lunch just doesn't fly in 2006," Barrios said. "It seems a little silly to have an amendment on Fluff, but it's called for by the silliness of schools offering this as a healthy alternative in the first place."
Barrios said he will offer an amendment to a junk-food bill that would severely limit the serving in schools of marshmallow spreads such as Marshmallow Fluff, concocted by a Massachusetts man before World War I and which still is made by a family owned business in Lynn.
Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter sandwiches -- known as Fluffernutters -- have long been a favorite of New England kids.
"I've been eating Fluff nearly my entire life," said Don Durkee, 80, whose family started the company that makes Fluff in 1920. "The irony of this is Marshmallow Fluff happened to be invented in Somerville, Barrios's home district."
This is like that bitch Combs trying to ban PB&J from schools. Or was it cupcakes? I forget... ANYWAY, marshmallow fluff is one of the few purely American foods. Hating it is like hating America. And the troops. And flag. And your grandma. It deserves better than to have some overzealous douche of a Senator running it down. It should be respected, admired even.
And don't tell me about nutrition, asshat. There are carbs AND protein AND fats in a fluffernutter sandwich. EVERYTHING a growing child needs to be among the first picked on the playground when it's time to divide up and play kickball. Seriously, if your kid ain't eating fluffernutters, he may as well be the dork kid that always gets picked last. And you know what happens to that guy.
You may remember that a fluffernutter sandwich endorsed TDP Chair Boyd Richie last year. Need we say more?
May 26, 2007
Tolls : Rumors and more rumors
We all know that everyone caved on 792. Apparently, we're hearing that some of the members from Houston metro are under pressure from HCTRA, just like the North Texas folks are being attacked by NTTA. Keep in mind this bill doesn't do a damn thing and has so many loopholes it's ridiculous. Senator Nichols, for one, was quoted as saying that it was the moratorium everyone wanted.
Not so much, Senator. As soon as Amendment 13 was stripped out, it became worthless.
Time after time y'all keep worrying about people at the RMA's and Toll Authorities. It's really pretty silly since there are going to be some significant changes over the next few years in these organizations. Think I'm lying? Just look at the mood in Central Texas. The people most effected by toll roads are the ones most upset. Do you really think there won't be some changes in Williamson County over the next couple of years? Travis County had their's with the election of Sarah Eckhardt.
Sure, Houston has had toll roads for a while. So has Dallas. However, people aren't ready for (and won't be happy with) TXDoT's master plan. Further, they aren't ready for for-profit tolling. What you're doing with these bills is legalizing extortion. And you won't get any cover from your party.
It's time to flip and call 39%'s bluff.
I want my rent...
I present to you, The Landlord from HELL
See more here...
792 going to the floor today?
We've heard that SB 792 is going to the floor of the House today. Seriously, we've talked enough about this bullshit bill. At this point the damn thing should be voted down 2-148. Come on, y'all... kills this POS and override the veto on 1892. It's time to call 39%'s bluff and really put the fear of God in Ric Williamson.
Yeah, people are watching. Keep in mind we've been pissed for a while and are only getting angrier. You might also keep in mind that this hasn't gone away and won't. It's spreading. You either get on the right side or you get Krusee-fied. Your choice. Make the right one, please, because we've grown kinda fond of some of you.
Not you, Krusee. You'll NEVER be invited to the parties. And the doorman will always have a pic of you with a big red X over your face.
Remembering Terry Keel
It's been so long since we've seen Terry Keel's butt ugly face that we have to admit it induced some laughter when Barfly and I got back from 28 Weeks Later (which ROCKS, by the way!) and I turned on the feed from the House.
Barfly had never seen him before. Her comment was the funniest..."Cool timewarp hair. Very 80's nerd. He only gets laid by lake trash". As always, Barfly NAILS.IT.
Terry Keel fooled everyone in Travis County into thinking he was a moderate for a long time. Then, when he realized the gig was up and that people had figured out his scam, he suddenly announced he wasn't running or re-election. I thought he was on some kind of a multi-year drunk until he popped up on my LCD last last night. Feeding CradDICK his lines, just like an understudy in the wings of a bad high school production of "Fiddler on the roof" (May God bless the Tsar and keep him far from us!). Honestly, at times we seriously wondered why he didn't just go on and shove his hand straight up CradDICK's ass. I guess we weren't the only ones.
If something funny happens, we may blog it or we may not. Barfly and I are going 'shopping' for 'something'. The Mayor is keeping up with duckmouth's vain attempt to hold on to power. If he pulls this shit today, y'all should break quorum and fold into an automatic special. After last night, don't give in until he's off that dais.
The Gospel according to Terry Keel
1. Speaker Craddick is always right.
2. In case Speaker Craddick is wrong, refer to Rule Number One.
3. You're out of order! I'm out of order! This whole freakin' House is out of order!
May 25, 2007
The death of Jerry Falwell reminded me of a recent chance meeting with a character that had a pivotal role in Falwell’s life.
About a month or so ago, Mr. Mcblogger had posted that some of the writers of this blog had left me in Arizona or Iowa. Actually, it was Barstow. I had convinced them that if they drove me to Simi Valley, I would piss on Reagan’s grave. When we got to Barstow, I revealed that my true intention was to go to Joshua Tree to find where Gram Parsons was cremated. Well, they thought that was creepy and we agreed to part ways.
Fortunately, I found an old timer in town who used to make the run to Joshua Tree for, in his words, “all those hippies and cosmic cowboys” until 1977. That is when a disco opened, KC and the Sunshine Band performed, and that was that. We spent the better part of the week in the national park, but when we got back, I had to find a ride home. Again fate shone my way as Large Marge hauling feed out of Bakersfield was able to take me all the way to Tucumcari where she had to head north to Dalhart to care for her old man who was on a 3 day bender after retiring/quiting/laidoff from the electric co-op.
Before starting to round up another ride, I stopped at a local diner where the average age of the customer was somewhere past ancient and all the waitresses would give Flo a run for her money. As I was lifting the cup of joe to my lips, an unusual image caught the corner of my eye. As I turned, a small purple figure appeared in the back booth near the juke box.
Well, I’m not well versed on kid shows, but the triangle antenna on top of the head jogged my memory about Tinky-Winky’s brush with greatness back in the late ‘90’s. The courteous thing to do was to leave him alone, but my curiosity got the best of me as I wondered how a fading English children’s character ended up in a lonely New Mexico outpost.
I thought introductions would be labored since how do you talk to someone who only said “eh-oh”. As I walked up to his booth, I was surprised when he inquired if I was there for an autograph, or one of those religious nutters who was going to tell him that all homosexuals are going to hell. I said neither, but was interested in knowing how he ended up in this backwater.
He said something about a shady agent who negotiated payment for his appearance on Jerry Springer for land near Taos. Unfortunately, near was 150 miles away. Anyway, to make a long story short, he decided to take title. By the time the show ended, he was so burned out on the biz, he wanted to get as far away as possible and he remembered the land.
Actually, he said it was much easier to mainstream into the community than he thought. Apparently, a song by the ’70 rock band Little Feat had mentioned Tucumcari along with the phrase “weed, whites, and wine”, and a good number of people whose brains were fried from mushrooms and hashish visited the town and decided to settle. They treated him like a spiritual icon.
He said there is a strong conservative presence in the town. Some of the local business leaders thought it would be a great idea for him to promote the city through the Chamber of Commerce, and provide funding for a theme park. What about the gay thing? Oh, don’t worry, they said, we don’t care about such things. However, when Tinky told them he was not interested in their harebrain ideas and especially handing over any money to these jackals, they started a campaign to drive out the heathen homo and accused him of molesting cats. Well, most people saw through the lies, and anyhow, the immigration issue started to flare up, and the nutters transferred their hatred to the Latinos, and left him alone.
For the most part, he was happy with the rest of the Teletubbies and enjoyed the constant hugging, even though he did mention one peccadillo of Laa-Laa. She had a bad habit of going through stretches of bathing once every couple of weeks, which made her really rank.
Our conversation finally got around to Falwell. I’ll let him speak.
Tinky-Winky: The whole gay thing really put a damper on my sex life. That handbag I carried? One of the executive producer’s bratty little kids had one and told daddy that I should carry one. I beefed a little, but when the EP started making noise about replacement, I quickly shut up. But actually it was a good thing. In the late ‘90’s it was all about the sensitive man. I was getting laid by a lot of good looking chicks who got off on the “not afraid to show my feminine side” gig.
When Falwell said I was gay, it really dried up the groupies. After that it was fag hags who wanted to cuddle and shop - please. Then that Isaac Mizrahi guy started putting out Teletubbies handbags. The worst part is I didn’t make a damn cent on that endeavor. The cheap bastards.
For awhile I pasted on my refrigerator the Hustler cartoon of Falwell having sex with his mother in an outhouse, but eventually it left an empty feeling and no closure. Instead of sulking, I decided to see what made him tick.
I believe his existence delayed the progress of fighting AIDS and the acceptance of gays, and his hateful diatribes kept alienating sane religious people who want to live a compassionate life.
His influence is waning. He is a fading figure whose power has dispersed to localized fundamentalist leaders. Even though these leaders take a more subtle approach, they still campaign against women’s reproductive choice, gay rights, stem cell, bans on school prayer, and they emphasis creationism. Their talk about global poverty and climate change is just that – talk.
Did you know that in high school he was caught using counterfeit lunch tickets? Interesting that years later he was caught using a counterfeit soul.
Tinky continued to talk about the Moral Majority and Paul Weyrich, but it was getting late and I had to find a ride home. I thanked him for his time and told him the next time I was in the area, I would stop. He gave me his card and wished me well.
After a couple of false starts, I finally caught a ride with two women. Their names were Stacie and Rachel, but kept calling themselves Thelma and Louise. I’m no Brad Pitts, but they were no Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. I’ll leave that story for another time.
A couple of days ago, I contacted Tinky to get his take on Falwell’s death. He said he had been fighting hateful thoughts, and the gratitude he was feeling on his passing just didn’t seem right. He was contacted by the gay and lesbian advocacy group called Soulforce who instructed him on non-violence and loving your enemy. He said they were truly wonderful people.
After hanging up with him, I felt melancholy about Tinky. Here was a figure that existed to bring joy and happiness to young children who was attacked by viscous religious nutters because of their misguided beliefs. Even after all this, Tinky realized that Falwell’s fate would be decided by his maker.
McBlogger responds in very McBlogger-like way to Texas Liberal's use of the phrase 'McBlogger-like'
Actually, TL, I think your response was entirely appropriate. Any chickenshit douche who is enough of a dork to say that to you in a grocery store parking lot deserved it. And more.
One thing... quit referring to yourself in the third person. It's infuriating.
It's the song that got me...
The Republicans in the Lege have been all about promoting religion this session. Muse thought, why stop there... why not go ahead and take things to their logical conclusion...New state song (courtesy of Craddick D's):
Craddick loves me, this I know
For Speaker Craddick tells me so
Legislators to him belong
We are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Craddick loves me,
Yes, Craddick loves me,
Yes, Craddick loves me,
Tom Craddick told me so.
Check out the link for more of the funny!
In "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder (one of V. I. Lenin's chattier polemics) the Bolshevik strategist advises his British comrades to offer a temporary alliance with the reformists. He argues that, whether accepted or not, the result would be to the advantage of the radicals and their offer would support Labour "in the same way as the rope supports a hanged man"
Speaking of infantile disorders, one which has been pandemic lately is the notion that Congress, be it this one or any other, past or present, would end a war by shutting off the money spigot. They will not do it. Nor should they be expected to. Like it or not, the Constitution designates the President as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and also assigns him the responsibility for conducting foreign policy. You may not like it, but there it is. Ending the war is not the responsibility of Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. There is only one person who can end this war and he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue .
Tragically, Bush has made it clear that he intends to bequeath this war to his successor, and it seems this is one of the few promises he intends to keep. And as long as enough of the republicans choose to accompany him on his road to disaster, that successor will take office on January 20, 2009. Until then, this cruel war will continue. What happens then will depend on who the next President is. The good news is that all the credible Democratic candidates have made it clear that they intend to end the war; all the credible GOPers want to continue the catastrophe under the guise of the "Global War on Terror" and if they can torture a few ragheads along the way so much the better. I know which side I prefer.
In the meantime, let's put an end to all this "support the troops" nonsense. The whole business began during Gulf War I as a way of expresing reservations about the war without actually criticizing the policy in any meaningful way. Sort of like praising omelettes while insisting you can't stand the taste of eggs. Well, the 1991 operation was a splendid little war, victory was quick, casualties were low and there were plenty of medals to go around. Son of Gulf War has turned out to be a whole 'nother matter... endless, stupid and futile. And this "support the troops" meme has become the noose (of yellow ribbon) used to hang the antiwar movement. Supporting the troops has turned out not to mean wishing them well, wishing them a safe return. Supporting the troops is just a code phrase to demand that you support the war, now and forever, no matter how misguided, barbaric, pointless. Let us speak no more of supporting the troops. Instead let us demand an end to this war and let us demand that of the one and only person who can stop it. And if he will not hear us, let us replace him with one who will.
Oppel's totally hard for Mike McCaul
Admit it, Rich. Your dick gets hard every time you think of CD 10's Congressman Mike McCaul. I understand. Not what it's like to get hard over The Congressman From Clear Channel, that frankly grosses me out. I understand what it's like to have the hots for someone. I think even Sister Ruth has gotten moist over a guy before. But even she's never been all worked up about a guy who, during his commercials in 2004, did nothing but say 'Conservative'. Her crushes normally know more than one word and can, on occasion, string them together into real sentences.
Yeah, I guess you kinda forgot about how dumb Mike was when you were writing your Commentary in the April 29th issue of the AAS. Love makes you do all kinds of weird things like forget that the object of your affection has been little more than a rubber stamp for President Bush since he was elected in 2004. Like that he's been an enthusiastic supporter of tax cuts for the rich that have taken this country to the brink of bankruptcy. Like ignore that he's as much an ideologue as Tom DeLay ever was. In fact, given their voting records, it's pretty damn tough to tell them apart.
Rich, you obviously weren't impressed with Ted Ankrum in 2006 which is understandable given that you generally ignore Democrats out of some kind of misplaced hatred for them. However, in a solidly Republican district, with very little money against what should have been the safest incumbent in Congress, Ted got around 42% of the vote. No name ID. No incumbency. 45% (when you add in the idiot Libertarians number) of the people in the district voted for someone other than Mike McCaul even though, odds are, they didn't know who the hell they were voting for.
Do you think his numbers have gone up or down since then, Rich? I know the answer and I'll give you a clue... I think, in about 20 months, you're going to get to spend a lot of time here in Austin with the man who would be your boyfriend.
Last point about the moderate who thinks Bush needs to get us out of Iraq... he voted to sustain Bush's veto of the bill that finally put a timeline on our departure from Iraq. Sounds like quite the moderate to me.
Tolls : You shouldn't be afraid of 39%, Senator Carona
Compromise on 792? Yep. And trust us, it won't be forgotten.
What about an override of the veto on 1892? There are still a few days left, plenty of time to tell 39% to piss off. I think the will exists in the House, but the Senate is weak. They've been intimidated by political has-beens in DFW (like that ridiculous Tarrant County Commissioner who's going to realize very soon that his political career is, in fact, over).
For those of you who just want to understand WHY 792 is so bad, take a look at this piece on just one bad aspect of the bill, market valuation for infrastructure assets. Sounds dry as hell, right? Just take a read... it'll take you all of five minutes to see that the only possible reason for 39% to demand this be in the bill is that he's looking to enrich his friends at Cintra-Zachry (who have contributed HEAVILY to him... at least the Zachry friends) at the expense of Texas taxpayers. If you think that's not going to get much wider public knowledge in 2008, you better think again. I wasn't kidding Wednesday.
Before I publish this, just a little funny blurb from Senator Carona in the Statesman post“We have far more to lose on this than the governor,” Carona said. “And he’s given in to the will of the Legislature on a great many points.”
Actually, Senator, he's given in on little, if anything, of substance. As for having more to lose, you're right. You have your job to lose. Don't look at the Stalls. They can't help you. And neither can the walking dead politicos in North Texas you're so scared of.
The sad thing about weak politicians is that they are NEVER scared of the folks who end up being able to do the most damage. The saddest thing is that these folks are thinking of trusting Ric Williamson and 39%. You won't be forgiven for that in 2008 and 2010, folks. If you guys think Sal Costello is bad (or are threatened by millions in oppo hits from Zachry funded PACs), you ain't seen nothing yet.
Override the veto on 1892. Call 39%'s bluff.
May 24, 2007
Congressional Democrats on the hot seat
I love Keith Olbermann's special comment. So much, in fact, that I'm going to post it.
You know, there is something to be said for being as obstinate as Bush and cutting off all funding from the DoD. It's brinksmanship and it's a game the Democrats will likely lose. I like Olbermann's commentary because it fully encapsulates all the anger and frustration I and many others feel. I don't like it because it misplaces that anger and frustration which should rightfully be directed at two places... Connecticut native George Bush who vetoed the bill that placed a deadline on our involvement in Iraq and the Congressional Republicans who let that veto stand.
It is to them that I say 'We're done'. The American people see past your pathetic and cynical attempt to hold the men and women of the US Armed Services hostage to your failed policies and misguided attempts to remake the world. While we would LOVE nothing more than for Congressional Democrats to throw a giant wrench in everything, we know that isn't possible as long as Congressional Republicans feel free to continue enabling the disastrous President Bush. Just as they've done since 2000.
Congressional Democrats have held the good of the country above all since they assumed control in January, a marked departure from the actions of the far more partisan Republicans. Maybe it's time to let them really take the bitches on. And crush them. It apparently is the only way we're going to end our involvement in a civil war and bring our troops home. Go ahead, Nancy. Make Boehner cry.
Adding insult to injury
Just a few hours after the passage of a supplemental funding bill widely interpreted as a huge defeat for congressional democrats and a betrayal of an electorate longing for an end to a dreadful, failed war, what sort of fucking idiot would send out a fundraising email? Well, a fucking idiot like Brian Wolff, Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.Today marks a new beginning for America. We took a step forward together as a nation - away from the failures of the President's policies and toward a more hopeful time. Democrats are committed to redeploying our troops and ending the war in Iraq once and for all. Our commitment will never change and our dedication will never stop.
Just what color is the sky in your world, Brian?
Thank you, Rep. ColemanColeman: Leo, why are you talking to me? Leo, I don't have anything to do with that. You know what? No, no, no. Because you know what the problem is with you, you're making an assumption that I had something to do with that. No, yes you did. And I think you're full of s**t.
Berman: I did not.
Coleman: Yes you did. You made an assumption that I killed that bill.
Berman: No, I don't give a s**t.
Coleman: Then why did you say it to me, leo? Why? Why don't you tell me? You're full of s**t son of a b****.
Leo doesn't realize yet that people in Tyler hate him. Which is funny. Garnet, don't worry about pissing up his leg... he won't be there in January, 2009.
COUNTY ATTORNEY STEALS ECKHARDT STAFFERThe Travis County Attorney David Escamilla's office has swiped Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt's policy director Daniel Bradford for their Civil Litigation division. Sarah says, "I knew going in with a top notch staff that other folks would start luring them away – but I am very happy for Daniel. Besides, he's only two floors down!" The County Attorney was not available for comment.
Needless to say, Commissioner Eckhardt is now looking for a skilled policy wonk and research person who is interested in working in a fast-paced, high energy, progressive office.
Legislative writing skills, good communication and organizational skills, and quick research skills a must; sense of humor a plus.
Assists, advises and represents the Commissioner in the execution of her responsibilities in the operation of county government. Serves as liaison between other officials, county personnel, attorneys, boards, commissions, state and local government officials and the general public. Resolves problems and issues by conducting research, analyzing and developing action-oriented strategies, handling special projects and assisting constituents seeking information or assistance.
* Reviews agenda items for commissioner and prepares or briefs the her on relevant issues.
* Represents the commissioner at neighborhood meetings, community meetings, precinct meetings, commissioners court work sessions, city/state meetings or other key meetings by responding to constituents' needs and updating the official on issues affecting the County.
* Prepares resolutions, proclamations, office correspondence; agenda requests; reviews incoming correspondence and recommends actions that require decisions.
* Serves as advisor to the commissioner on policy issues.
* Proposes, designs and organizes legal, technical or policy development research projects and coordinates with other offices to execute them.
* Prepares office correspondence and departmental memos. Receives office visitors and officials and responds to telephone inquires.
* May conduct field visits and prepare reports on findings related to projects and activities.
* May serve as liaison to other governmental and nongovernmental agencies and organizations, and on boards and commissions.
* Monitors Commissioners Court meetings and assists in related functions; coordinates departmental activities by informing all parties involved in proceedings.
* Responds to constituents seeking information or assistance from the commissioner or county government.
* May assure that the Commissioners Court complies with all open meetings requirements and postings requirements for work sessions, voting meetings and public hearings.
* May review and resolve problems with contract, invoices and other official documents prior to official's signature.
* Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
If you are interested, please send your resume and a writing sample to Sandra Ramos at email@example.com by 5 p.m., Friday, June 1st.
Seriously, I know some of y'all are out there looking for work... especially with the Lege about to end!
CradDICK, why the hell do you and Bill think you're special?
Bill Messer and CradDICK like to take trips to together. 'Fishing trips'. I wonder if the 'fishing trips' are anything like the 'fishing trips' that J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson used to take.
Wait. That's beside the point. Sorry about that...
Anyway, CradDICK signed up for a non-refundable trip and it got rescheduled and he couldn't make it on the new date. Like most people he asked for a refund and was told by the travel agent that the terms and conditions clearly specified 'no refunds'. Most reasonable people would have looked at their paper work, done a Homer Simpson 'D'oh' and moved on.
Most people aren't Speaker CradDICK who just can't, it seems, stop walking all over his own dick this session. He and Bill decided to send a nasty letter to the travel agent (on Messer's stationary, natch) threatening them in a variety of ways. A guy who is one of the richest members of the Texas House in history.
What? Y'all thought this wouldn't come out? Not only are you vindictive, your cheap. I would say shame on you, Speaker CradDICK, but there's already been more than enough heaped on your narrow shoulders this session.
Oh, and you have duck face, too. It's your far too wide mouth and preternaturally thin lips, in case you were wondering.
Greatest. Headline. Ever.
From Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plainConvicted Penis Pump Judge Argues Sentence Too Stiff
TULSA, OK—Convicted penis pump judge Donald Thompson has tried just about every argument he can think of to gain his release from prison and after being denied parole in December, now he’s arguing that his sentence is for masturbating on the bench is too stiff.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously in December against granting early release to the former Creek County jurist. Thompson, 60, had been sentenced to four consecutive one-year jail terms and fined $40,000 last August for indecent exposure after he was found guilty last June of four felony counts following a three week jury trial.
He claims the penis pump was a gag gift on his 50th birthday from a friend and despite witness accounts, including police officers, he claims he never used it and that his sentence is too harsh. Thompson had filed a motion asking to remain free pending appeal but it was denied. Prosecutors say that Thompson hasn’t shown any remorse for his actions. Special prosecutor Richard Smothermon told the parole board that the ex-judge had turned down a plea deal which would have spared him prison time in exchange for a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor.
Thank you, Senator Gallego
HB 218, Rep. Betty Brown's odious voter suppression bill, has died. Finally. Senator Gallego penned a brilliant op/ed on the topic over at the Chronicle that I'm posting in the supersize.
Thank you again, Senator and all of us at McBlogger wish you a speedy recovery!Why right to vote, without an ID, is worth fighting for This lawmaker counts his grandmother among reasons
By STATE SEN. MARIO GALLEGOS
In my community in Houston, thousands of first- and second-generation Americans came of age in the "greatest generation." They volunteered to protect our freedom in World War II. Many who came home had to fight to build a life for their families and exercise the rights they earned with their blood and tears.
As a firefighter, I was trained to protect their lives and property. As a state senator today, it's the least I can do to honor their sacrifices by being in Austin to protect their right to vote.
Every nonpartisan, academic study on the impact of voter ID laws in other states shows they suppress voter turnout among the elderly, low-income citizens, Hispanics, African-Americans and the disabled. But I don't need a study to know why voter ID proposals like House Bill 218 are bad; I just have to think about my grandmother.
My grandmother came from Mexico, played by the rules, became a citizen and earned her right to vote. She didn't have a driver's license, but she had her voter registration card, went to the polls where the workers knew her, and voted. If the voter ID law were in effect, I'm not sure she or others like her could have voted.
This year, close to 120 burdensome voter identification proposals were introduced in state legislatures across the nation. Not one of them has passed yet, and I want to make sure Texas isn't the only state to pass one. For many folks, a voter ID requirement doesn't sound like a big deal, but it would prevent many eligible voters from voting. Many elderly voters don't have a driver's license. Others who are disabled or work two jobs don't have the time, money or ability to get an ID card or documents they would need to vote. And new voter ID requirements would create confusion and long lines at the polls that would discourage many from voting.
When more people vote for American Idol contestants than vote for president, we should make it easier for people to vote, not harder. Voter ID proponents say it's necessary to combat "voter fraud" and raise the specter of "illegal aliens" voting, but no one has documented a single case of "voter impersonation" that HB 218 would solve. And common sense tells us noncitizens are not going to risk deportation by voting.
The bottom line is that voter ID is about politics, not fraud. In a 2004 election contest for a Harris County state House seat, a Texas House committee chaired by a conservative Republican found charges that hundreds of noncitizens voted were false. The Bush Justice Department's "Voting Access and Integrity Initiative," which directed U.S. attorneys to prioritize alleged voter fraud cases, resulted in only 24 convictions from 2002 to 2005. And the U.S. Election Assistance Commission found "that the accusations regarding widespread fraud are unjustified."
Voter ID laws passed in Georgia and Missouri were struck down by the courts, which concluded that the cost of obtaining the ID and necessary documents amounts to a 21st century poll tax.
In my community, there are veterans and people like my grandmother who earned their right to vote and shouldn't be forced to pay the modern day version of a poll tax. They are the real heroes in this story. I'm in Austin because it's my job to protect their right to vote.
Gallegos, a Democrat, represents Houston.
May 23, 2007
Why Is Van De Putte Hero-Worshiping Dewhurst?
Via Quorum Report. Give me a fucking break. If the Dark Lord was concerned about Gallegos' health, he would have given up on that shit-for-brains bill much earlier than this. Compassionate hero, my ass.Lt Gov. David Dewhurst sent Sen. Mario Gallegos (D-Houston) home tonight, acknowledging that it was not likely the Voter ID bill would make it to the floor tonight, the final night to pass bills.
Sen. Leticia Van De Putte (D-San Antonio), who heads the Senate's Democratic Caucus, issued this statement:
"There are two heroes in the Texas Capitol tonight.
"Senator Mario Gallegos has risked everything to stand on principle and defeat this legislation. One can agree or disagree with his views on this or any other legislation, but it cannot be disputed that what he has done demonstrates a true profile in courage. No matter what else he accomplishes in life, his actions this week will never be forgotten.
"And Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is a hero as well. In announcing the defeat of HB 218 earlier instead of later, he has not only acknowledged the continuation of the Texas Senate as the greatest deliberative body in the world, he has also acted compassionately toward Senator Gallegos, a leader in the other political party. For that Governor Dewhurst ahs earned the gratitude of all Texans."
Farmers Branch gets the smackdown
A federal judge shit all over the efforts of the citizens of Farmers Branch to decide for property owners to whom they can rent their properties. As an investor in rental property, allow me to say BOOYA!
Yeah, sure, this was discriminatory as hell. However, it was also a massive affront to private property rights in this country. Good to see there are some judges with sense in the federal judiciary. There sure as fucking hell aren't many on the Texas Supreme Court.
(via South Texas Chisme)
Tolls : Congress working on PPP's; Lege Blacklist; Nothing on the moratorium
Congress has decided they aren't so much for corporate welfare and have started the process of putting the brakes on it. You know, since the states can't stop handing it out.Congressional Democrats are strongly discouraging states from entering the kind of public-private partnerships that led to the lease of the Indiana Toll Road by a foreign consortium,
Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn. and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has warned states that the committee will try to undo any agreements "that do not fully protect the public interest and the integrity of the national system."
The committee said that could happen when Congress rewrites federal transportation programs and policies, which are funded through 2009.
"We have become increasingly concerned with a new type of agreement that was approved for projects in Chicago and Indiana," Oberstar wrote in a May 10 letter to governors, state legislators and state transportation officials. The letter also was signed by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who heads the panel's highways and transit subcommittee.
There will be more on this, but a pro-toll legislative hit list is being generated as a roadmap to the Democratic and Republican primaries next year, as well as the general election in November. I'm getting this from a few different sources and no, I've not been invited to the party. One other bit of detail... funding for some of this may be coming from Washington. I do know that the group is bipartisan, smart and mad as hell. No gas tax increase which is not all that curious since, as we noted before, the necessity but not the political will exists for it. Either here in Austin or in Washington. The ridiculous thing is that the federal government is going to run out of money to support highway maintenance soon. When you underinvest in infrastructure, you pay for it in economic inefficiency. Sometimes taxes are cheaper and no one is saying the money has to only come from a gas tax. How about making corporations pay for the burden they put on free roads? Well, 1892 has been vetoed, but nothing it being done on over-riding it. We also know that's exactly what everyone wants. So, what about SB 792, the so-called compromise bill? Well, without Amendment 13, it's useless. So, the conference committee will likely leave it on the bill and Perry will veto it. Which means exactly nothing will change. It's hard to be disappointed when you knew what the outcome was going to be all along. Granted, I was very wrong about the moratorium even being passed. However, the end result is still the same. Nothing is going to happen until we change some of the people sitting in the seats in the House and Senate.
Which means next year is going to be brutal for a lot of people in the Lege. Don't say we didn't warn you.
A bitch to the end...
Dawnna, at least, has some integrity. She's decided to stick with CradDICK, my guess is that's it's a final 'Fuck You' to the district she's abused for years.
Who killed JFK?
Brains and Eggs has a post up about Howard Hunt's accusation that LBJ was behind the Kennedy Assassination. The Kennedy pseudo-family member, Pink Lady, is all wrapped up in a new report that says the assassination had to be the work of multiple shooters, which would mean it was a conspiracy by default.
Meanwhile, in the real world, everyone that was probably involved with it is now dead.
Is it just me or is speculation about who was involved in the Kennedy Assassination kinda like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?
Let's do something original, just like those other guys
I remember reading a few months back that Fox "News", noting the success of Comedy Central's Daily Show and Colbert Report, was launching its own "fake news" show. Yeah, there's a whole meta thing happening there when a parody of a news organization launches its own parady, but I'm not going there because the big news is that I actually saw a few minutes of it a few nights ago. And how was it? Well... since apparently they're forbidden to poke fun at Dear Leader or the Leaderettes there's not a lot of comedy material left to work with.
Michael Moore... he's FAT! And crazy muslims! Who put the bee in their turban? Uh, did we mention that Michael Moore is fat?
Even the laugh track was phoning it in.
May 22, 2007
Oh, Patty, you giant fuckup
BOR is reporting that Patty Rose and Douchie Lucio (the young one) have decided to back a change in leadership in the House.
I respect the Speaker and his family but I believe the House has to be governed from the middle.
Uhm... yeah. Whatev. In case you hadn't noticed, we needed you on a whole bunch of shit this session, starting with the Speaker's race, and you were there for none of it. You're still dead to us. You and Douchie should know that THE ANTI-CRADDICK FOLKS DON'T NEED YOU AND NEITHER DO WE.
Patty, you're not in a swing district any more. Whether it happens next year or 2010, you'll be out of politics for good. And good riddance. Maybe you can find a used car lot in Dripping. That's really more fitting for a scummy little bastard like you.
Fuck you and your change of fucking heart, you dippy little twerp. You too, Lucio.
I remember when you had to be smart to get into college
Apparently that's no longer the case.A first-year Liberty University student was arrested in what police said was a plot to detonate explosive devices Tuesday, the day of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's funeral.
Mark David Uhl's intended target is unknown, authorities said.
ABC News reported the youth told authorities he had made the bombs -- which were found in his car -- to stop protesters from disrupting Falwell's funeral.
Because nothing adds to the solemnity of a funeral like setting off your own bombs.
Sadr the Savior?
Well, it would appear that the answer to all our prayers in Iraq is none other than the man endlessly demonized as a terrorist by el Presidente, Moqtada al Sadr.
How did this happen? How did a radical Islamic cleric become an honest broker in Iraq? As it turns out, it's not America's fault. It was the dipshit neocons who got us into this retarded thing. From Harpers (via Feet To Fire)When I arrived at the demonstration, the streets were filled with men dressed in black, the soon-to-be legendary Mahdi Army. It struck me that if Mahmud lost his security guard job at the soap factory, he could be one of them. That's who al Sadr's foot soldiers are: the young men who have been shut out of the neocons' grand plans for Iraq, who see no possibilities for work, and whose neighborhoods have seen none of the promised reconstruction. Bremer has failed these young men, and everywhere that he has failed, Moqtada al Sadr has cannily set out to succeed. In Shia slums from Baghdad to Basra, a network of Sadr Centers coordinate a kind of shadow reconstruction. Funded through donations, the centers dispatch electricians to fix power and phone lines, organize local garbage collection, set up emergency generators, run blood drives, direct traffic where the streetlights don't work. And yes, they organize militias too. Al Sadr took Bremer's economic casualties, dressed them in black, and gave them rusty Kalashnikovs. His militiamen protected the mosques and the state factories when the occupation authorities did not, but in some areas they also went further, zealously enforcing Islamic law by torching liquor stores and terrorizing women without the veil. Indeed, the astronomical rise of the brand of religious fundamentalism that al Sadr represents is another kind of blowback from Bremer's shock therapy: if the reconstruction had provided jobs, security, and services to Iraqis, al Sadr would have been deprived of both his mission and many of his newfound followers.
While Bremmer and the American administrators (in some cases, kids barely out of college whose only previous employment was driving an ice cream truck) used their Friedman-based neocon gameplan, al Sadr was winning hearts and minds by doing the very things Bush's folks should have been doing... providing basic services to the people of Iraq.
And now they want a second chance? Fuck a bunch of that.
In which even Newt becomes a fuckup
I've long said that New Gingrich is the most dangerous Republican politico right now. I'm often laughed at for saying that. Everyone thinks that because of his hospital bedside divorce Evangelicals will shun him. Yeah, the same group who thought Bush was such a good man. Needless to say, I'm the only one who takes him seriously.
I guess now I don't so much need to any more. If he keeps up with this lame ass talking point he'll never even get the support he wants to have behind him prior to his announcement.
The Lege : Cook and Gallegos
Talk about profiles in courage... Republican Representative Byron Cook last night asked CradDICK to step down, from the floor.I stand in front of you right now for one reason and one reason only - the survival of the Texas House. It’s time to remove Speaker Craddick from Speaker of the Texas House. This is very painful for me to get up and say this. I’ve lost a lot of sleep, and I’ve worried myself silly… It’s detrimental for [Craddick] to stay. I’m a Republican who voted for the Speaker three times… But I beg him to step down.
This body will never be able to realize its potential, as long as this Speaker, continues to rule with intimidation… it must be stopped. It is wrong… This is hanging over this body… Mr. Speaker, I regret to say to you… please consider stepping down. Please don’t put this body through 18 months of hell… Be a statesman. This body can flourish under a new Republican leadership. Release us… please…
Takes some guts to ask the leader of the body to take a hike, especially in light of the fact that Cook's already being threatened with a primary opponent. Rep. Cook, it ain't CradDICK or Leininger you need to be afraid of. Their record last cycle was, to say the least, THE SUCK. You did the right thing and we congratulate you for it. Actually, some of your fellow Republicans need to do the same thing as well. It might help them during the next cycle.
Except you, Krusee. Nothing will help you. You could hand out bricks of gold at Wal-Mart @ 35 and 45 and it wouldn't help you.
On a more somber note, Senator Mario Gallegos is back in town to prevent the Voter Suppression bill from once again rearing it's butt ugly head. The man is sacrificing his health to do the right thing for his constituents. Senator, we salute you and we hope that a very large bird who has just had a very large meal flies over Dewhearse today and shits all over him.
If you want to do something about high gas prices...
...here are a couple of ideas (provided you are in Congress):
1) Windfall profits tax on all oil companies that are not reinvesting at least 30% of profits in additional distribution and refining capacity.
2) Use some of the funds for advanced research into genetically modified biofuel crops.
3) Use the balance to increase refining capacity nationwide. The Government has an interest in maintaining the economy and that can't happen with gas at historic highs.
The refiners are going to whine and scream about regulation and it's bullshit. The reality is that the investment is minimal compared to the profit potential and Congress had better do something rational very quickly. We've talked about this before. We've also hoped the Lege would do something (which was, admittedly, about as stupid as a box of rocks). So far, nothing has happened and gas prices continue to escalate.
I know we're not the only ones who get this. I know because I still have friends who work at the Merc. Why is it so difficult for our leaders to get it? And no, by leaders I'm talking about those to whom we actually look up and respect. Bush doesn't fall into that list. Let me tell you what some of my friends are talking about... isn't it curious that two major refiners are having issues at plants in Texas at the same time just as we're gearing up for summer? You know, because Attorney General Greg Abbott has done such a good job of prosecuting collusion and price gouging.
Sure, BP and Valero. I totally believe y'all are STILL having problems.
Go, Melissa, Go!
K-T at BOR has a great piece up on a new TPA project, Melissa Monday, which is what I was supposed to have published earlier. For obvious reasons.
Melissa Noriega is running for an At Large seat on the Houston City Council and we love her. She's one of many candidates running across the state who will be in a June runoff. Soon we should have something on the mayoral race in Dallas which features a douche vs. a non-douche (seriously, that's about as much as we know at this point). Until then, go check out Melissa if you're in Houston. We think you'll like her! She's exactly what Houston needs after the disastrous Dracula-Cunt.
May 21, 2007
One of the consequences of high gas prices...
... it squeezes the hell out of charities. Dig Deeper Texas has more on the effect of high gas prices on organizations like Meals on Wheels and the Capital Area Food Bank. I know you're feeling the pain at the pump as acutely as I. However, if you can help, please do.
Second Verse, Very Much Like The FirstIt is this kind of political theater that has caused the American people to lose confidence in how Washington operates.
What are Dole and Shalala up to?
Remember the problems at Walter Reed? Remember Bush's appointment of Donna Shalala and Sen. Dole to get to the bottom of the Administrations failure to provide adequately for our wounded? As BlueBloggin points out, things have been real quiet since March. So what's up with this?
Remember Ray Perryman?
We do since he was one of the shills hired to pimp the TTC. Apparently now, according to the Somervell County Salon, he's pimping for oil and gas interests. His MO is to talk about all the great things that are going on as a result of his client. Sometimes it's roads, sometimes it's the oil and gas industry. Never does he point out that sometimes the environmental damage OUTWEIGHS the economic benefit. Never does he point out that, in the case of the TTC, free roads would create the same benefits.
Yeah, Ray, we're attacking your (lack of) integrity. If you want to be a paid shill, be a paid shill. Don't act as if you're an impartial observer. And for those of you in the media, don't just publish his crap. Ask some questions.
May 20, 2007
Oh, THAT leak thing... that was just a policy dispute!
Rove, Libby and Cheney (AKA, Tres Pequeñas Conchas) are now claiming, in their bid to dismiss the civil suit brought against them by Valarie Plame and Joe Wilson, that any convo's they may have had regarding Plame's identity and employment were all part of work.
Don't look at me that way... I couldn't even think of an excuse this ridiculous.The lawyers said any conversations Cheney and the officials had about Plame with one another or with reporters were part of their normal duties because they were discussing foreign policy and engaging in an appropriate "policy dispute." Cheney's attorney went further, arguing that Cheney is legally akin to the president because of his unique government role and has absolute immunity from any lawsuit.
The lawyer for Wilson and Plame is having none of it, of course."This isn't a case where the government said mean things about Mr. Wilson. This is about revealing the secret status of his wife to punish Mr. Wilson," Chemerinsky said. "In the end, this is egregious conduct that ruined a woman's career and put a family in danger."
So, does this mean that these asshats could have revealed the recipe for Coke and gotten away with it?
May 19, 2007
The nation's top weather officials are resigning.One day after its hurricane forecasters complained of budget cuts, the head of the National Weather Service and his deputy announced they will retire next month.
David Johnson, the director, and John Jones, the deputy director, plan to bow out at the end of June, according to an internal memo they sent Friday to staff of the nation's weather agency.
On Thursday, the AP reported that the director of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, which is part of the weather service, believes the government is wasting millions of dollars on advertising while shortchanging his hurricane forecasters' budget.
Bill Proenza, the center's director, said in an interview that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parent of the weather service, is spending up to $4 million to publicize its 200th anniversary while cutting $700,000 for hurricane research. A NOAA spokesman said the agency plans to spend $1.5 million.
Crazy old coot tells Boxturtle to to get off the lawn
Via RawstoryAt a bipartisan gathering in an ornate meeting room just off the Senate floor, McCain complained that Cornyn was raising petty objections to a compromise plan being worked out between Senate Republicans and Democrats and the White House. He used a curse word associated with chickens and accused Cornyn of raising the issue just to torpedo a deal.
Things got really heated when Cornyn accused McCain of being too busy campaigning for president to take part in the negotiations, which have gone on for months behind closed doors. "Wait a second here," Cornyn said to McCain. "I've been sitting in here for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day. You're out of line."
"Fuck you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room," shouted McCain at Cornyn. McCain helped craft a bill in 2006 that passed the Senate but couldn't be compromised with a House bill that was much tougher on illegal immigrants.
McCain then wandered off, muttering something about strawberries.
May 18, 2007
What is this, some kind of joke?
One of the many things BoBo is fighting with Congress about these days is a proposed pay increase for the armed forces. The Decider Guy thinks the proposed legislation is too generous. Apparently the White House has adopted the stance of the late comedian Bill Hicks, who announced during Gulf War I that he was for the war, but against the troops.
Yes, I am covered in shame. I am completely embarrassed that I am SO FUCKING GOING TO GO SEE THIS!
Would it not be totally awesome if they used 'Touch' by Stan Bush from the animated movie in this new film? You know, the song that was performed so brilliantly by Dirk Diggler in 'Boogie Nights'. You have to admit it would be a special fucking touch! Perhaps 'Nothin's Gonna Stand in Our Way' by Spectre General...? Thoughts?
Good on you, AA employees!
It's about time y'all stood up and called bullshit...But most shareholders and employees at the meeting wanted to talk about just one thing — how the world’s largest airline compensates its top executives and managers, particularly in light of steep cuts in wages and benefits that employees took in 2003.
"Our members, your employees, feel betrayed," Bobby Gless, international coordinator for the Transport Workers Union, told Arpey.
The criticism focused on a slate of annual stock bonuses for about 800 top executives and managers, which totaled about $160 million this year. Many comments were blistering and personal.
Phil McDaniel, a shareholder who also is a fleet service clerk for the airline, called Arpey and his executive team "arrogant, greedy, selfish and heartless" people. Patricia Haddon, a stockholder and former flight attendant, said, "We wouldn't trust any of you if you told us water was wet." She added that Arpey's nickname among many employees now is "Carpy," to associate him with former CEO Don Carty, vilified among workers for an executive perks scandal in 2003 that resulted in his resignation.
One shareholder demanded to know why 15 emails he sent to executives had been ignored.
This is a marvelous first step at changing the balance of power at American. You better squeeze AA in union negotiations next year. If they don't give exactly what you want, bankrupt the airline. Then align with a private equity player for the financing to buy the airline out of bankruptcy. Sorry, shareholders, you shouldn't have been so complacent. I'd have never put up with that. Of course, I'd never own stock in American Airlines.
Those cunning Swiss
Damn them! They've developed a semi-workable prototype hydrogen car and fueling system. I say semi because it's still got some kinks... like the fact that car hasn't been tested in the rain (a biggie) and that the refueling electrolyzer is the size of a garage (massive problem). Still, these innovative mountain dwellers have developed a bottom up system from scratch that works in the real world, not some DoE fantasy land. And they didn't need billions from the government to do it, GM.
I'm still not sold on the hydrogen thing, mostly because I think by the time you get PV systems efficient enough to make electrolyzing cost competitive, you could just use them to juice batteries combined with a good capacitor system. However, those batteries are a quantum leap in materials science away. This could be developed in 5-10 years.
And here I was thinking they just made great watches and decent chocolate.
Ice cream is yummy... come have some on Sunday
On Sunday, Team McBlogger, in an effort to 'do something for the community' will be participating in Constable Bruce Elfant's Ice Cream Social.
Yes. An Ice Cream Social. And we'll be S-O-B-E-R... well, The Mayor and I will. I can't speak for Sister Ruth. Sure, I've written derisively about Ice Cream Socials in the past but that was only in reference to Ice Cream Socials at political conventions. And I know, you're probably thinking that the only ice cream I like comes in a high ball with ice, soda, scotch and no ice cream. I did mention this was for charity, right?
ANYWAY, the event is Sunday, May 20th, from 3-5 PM at the AFL-CIO Auditorium (1102 Lavaca). Students are $5, general admission is $15 with sponsorships from $25 to $500.
Oh, and we'll be making some of the ice cream. Trust us, you'll love it.
May 17, 2007
You Have The Power!
Thanks, Hillary! Now I know what empowerment feels like!
China hates them some McBlogger
Just FYI... we love us some Taiwan! Fuck a bunch of CommieChina! To paraphrase The Mayor (who made this comment on an unrelated subject), go shit in your hats.
HillCo hands Costello a megaphone
Oh, I just can't believe this...In a response to a Muckraker blog article I published on 5/9/07 (see below), Hillco Partners, one of the most powerful lobby firms in Texas sent a letter to threaten me with a lawsuit.
I see this threat letter as a deliberate attempt to squelch my freedom of speech by those who seek to shift our Texas freeways to tollways. HillCo is connected to Rep. Mike Krusee, Gov. Rick Perry and other toll road profiteers such as PBS&J, Goldman Sachs and Fluor.
Seriously, HillCo, dumb move. Even if you win, you lose because it's going to shed light on a lot of stuff you may not want people to know about. You definitely don't want the public to know more about the brilliant transportation ideas for which you guys are lobbying. Because the more people know about tolling on the massive scale planned by TXDoT, the more they get pissed.
I guess I should say thanks. You've just shined a spotlight on the plan to toll roads statewide.
Different takes on Voter Suppression
Glen Maxey has a great write up on the 2/3's rule in the Senate and how Dewhearse is trying to manipulate the Senate to get this POS pushed through. EOW has more about the fallout from Tuesday's action and how it's rapidly causing people to re-evaluate Dewhearse, especially in light of his decision to bend to the will of TinaFish the Spastic. Kuff thinks the bill may well be dead and points out that because of Dewhearse's bullshit, Sen. Shapleigh may have to miss his son's graduation until it's certain to be dead. Which sucks worse than my first boyfriend.
Finally, The Lone Star Times is giving some mad props to their boy Sen. Dan Patrick (R - Crazytown) for trying to get the voter suppression bill passed. They also make the claim that 91% of Texans support voter suppression, a claim which I find highly suspect. I'd love to see that data and find out just what questions they asked. From reading the comments, it would appear that this idea about illegals voting has really twisted them around. Y'all, all jokes aside, you show me solid proof of massive illegal voting then maybe I'll listen. So far, I've not seen anything other than legislation which will effectively disenfranchise MILLIONS of Texans.
Zune is dumb
Lame, Redmond. Way, way lame. The player is bad enough without the additional damage from Mims.
May 16, 2007
Being Bobby Brown Being An Asshole
A British crew, while filming Bobby Brown for what we must assume is one of the most tedious shows on television in the UK, caught this...Host Jamie Campbell made a joke about having not yet attempted any "sex moves" on the star - in spite of the pair having spent 12 hours together.
Brown responded, "What the f**k do you mean sex moves? Are you gay?
"On live Tv I will f**k you up. Do you know how I could f**k you up in here?
Do you know that? Are you gay? I think you're less of a man for not answering.
"You know what would be more of a joke? If this 24 hours ended right now. I will whoop your a** in here, thoroughly."
Don't the people who decide what to put on TV in the UK realize that Bobby Brown is a former celebrity which makes him about as important as the jackass who does jingles for companies that sell vinyl siding?
When you wish upon a czar
Four out of five dentists agree democracy is a great system of government but sometimes it can get in the way of solving problems. So what's a president to do when faced with an intractable problem? Why, take a page from Russia, the country that INVENTED solving problems and name a Czar.
You may remember all the energy crises the US had back in the Seventies. What did President Carter do? He named an Energy Czar and the result is the rational, sane system we have today that brings cheap, abundant, earth-friendly power to all the good girls and boys.
In like fashion, bogged down in the stalemated War on Drugs, what happened? We got a Drug Czar to fix things. And as everyone knows, the imminent jailing of Paris Hilton will mark our decisive victory in that struggle.
So it should not be a surprise that after only four or five years of blundering around in the Middle East, the Great Decider has appointed a War Czar to fix things in Iraq and Afghanistan up. And we all lived happily ever after.
Obama says bluster isn't tough...
via Political WireSen. Barack Obama "mocked President Bush for constantly 'talking tough' as the Illinois senator spoke about judgment in a crisis during a television interview aired Sunday," the Chicago Tribune reports.
Said Obama: "It's not just talking tough, because the truth is nobody's talked tougher than George Bush over the last six years. Being tough means, first of all, not having to talk about it all the time."
Yeah. The people running for President in the Democratic Primary totally kick ass while the Republican primary contenders are, well, lame.
Yah, and it was extra-spicy too
You can't be too careful when General Tso is operating in your vicinity.Fargo police responded to a report of a suspicious package Tuesday night near the downtown post office.
A bomb squad robot was called in to move the bag before it was detonated by a water cannon about 10 p.m., Stone said.
“It turned out to be Chinese take-out food,” he said.
The roads were reopened and the post office resumed its normal operations shortly afterward, Stone said.
Burka the Dumbfuck
Well, as we noted Monday, there is a pseudo Speaker's race. As we also noted, the guy who has announced is in opportunist who is really no better than CradDICK. Burka disagrees. Alert the media. Sure. Burka is entitled to his opinion, however wrong he may be but beating up on BOR is pretty tacky, especially when you seem to think you're right and they are wrong.
Here's a clue for Burka... you're wrong. First, Keffer is not better than CradDICK by virtue of the fact that he's not CradDICK. Unlike other Republicans who could challenge CradDICK, Keffer's not really any different. The BOR staff tagged this right. I'll offer you one other reason... unless Democrats and moderate Republicans get THEIR candidate, nothing is going to change. So why the hell should they help the fundy Republicans save face? As we're fond of saying, fuck 'em and feed 'em fish heads. They voted for CradDICK in January... let them choke on the old bastard.
Lastly, a weak CradDICK is kinda cool. The members are once again running the House. I see no reason for that to change, especially if it helps keep some bad bills off the books and helps generate a much needed change in November, 2008.
Quit being a douche, Burka.
The Mayor andI werewas just now starting to kinda like you. No, not in that way.
Dregs : VoterID, Tolls and Oh My God, could TYC suck more?
Voter ID (HB218) finally made it's debut in the Senate today when walking buttplug Dewhearse decided to take advantage of Sen. Uresti's illness to bring it to the floor and suspend the rules. Dewhearse, I liked you better when you were CradDICK's bitch. At least then I felt sorry for you. Now I just think you're a lame ass chunk of corn shit. There is now a toll compromise that leaves things as they are in North Texas. Which sucks ass for those of you living in DFW. Of course, it sucks ass to live in DFW anyway so you'll probably not notice. J/K... you'll notice because it'll suck a lot more than it does now. BOR has more about a voter backlash (I keep warning y'all) and Somervell County Salon has a great post up about how inconvenient it is that people keep considering public roads theirs Scott Henson overt at Grits for Breakfast has more on TYC's decision to let go one of the people who blew the whistle on the rampant problems there. Just another reason why TYC needs to be cleaned out, from top to bottom. Seriously, could y'all suck more?
May 15, 2007
Damn, I love me some Barbara Boxer...on CNN's Late Edition Sunday, Barbara Boxer thoroughly bitchslapped Sen. Lindsey Graham who wins the dumbass of the year award for still not getting that his talking points and bullshit are going to be met with force.BOXER: I don't know anyone who opposes this war that ever said our troops are losers. Our troopers are winners.
GRAHAM: Harry Reid did.
BOXER: Excuse me. He never said our troops are losers. Now, Lindsey, just be careful what you say. The bottom line here is, the losers are the ones who have, you know, engineered this war, made a huge mistake, Dick Cheney, we're in the last throes, the war will last six months, and all of you who have supported this escalation and have turned us away from fighting al Qaida into putting us in the middle of a civil war.
Now, the fact is I want to be very clear on this, Wolf. I've lost in California 21 percent of the dead troops. You understand that? Twenty-one percent either were born in California or were stationed in California.
I have their names listed in the front of my office. If you come and see my office, they are all on these charts. And you know what, Lindsey? I have to keep making the print on the charts smaller and smaller to fit all the names on four full charts.
BOXER: So don't say anyone calls them losers. They're winners. The loser is the commander in chief who has not led our country well
Crooks and Liars has the video up... it's worth a watch.
Breaking: Radical cleric Falwell deadRon Godwin, Liberty's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, had been found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but noted that Falwell had “a history of heart challenges.”
If it wasn't true, it wouldn't be on the internets.
Wiretapping the internets... now even easier!
Monday was the deadline for ISP's to install equipment to make it easier for the FBI to set up wiretaps. Which is good because you never know when godless terrorists will be using some random blog to plot the downfall of
Mikey wants you... to save his ass!
Team Krusee, which right now includes 5 people and 2 maybes (out of a possible 40), will be having their first Meetup tonight. It's all part of what the email calls 'the largest Republican election effort in Williamson County (TX) history!'
I can totally see why given that it's 5 people and all. Mike's running for re-election on a hope, a prayer and 5 dimwits who still haven't figured out that WillCo is trending D because of demographics and the fact that everything they've been sold by Republicans has turned to shit. Seriously, Mike, did you really think there wouldn't be repercussions for the toll roads? For the school finance fix that wasn't so much a fix?
Used to be you couldn't find enough Democrats in WillCo to fill a VW Beetle. Now, you can't find enough Republicans to fill some crappy venue to talk about the re-election of a sitting State Rep. Oh, Krusee... how far you've fallen... maybe now you'll think twice before being such a douche.
May 14, 2007
Is it real, or is it South Park?
Bob Geldorf, the man who solved the problem of world hunger back in the Eighties, whining about Al Gore's planned Live Earth concerts:I hope they're a success. But why is he actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all fucking conscious of global warming
To say nothing of the devastating amounts of hot air released by celebrity dogooders when their egos boil over.
Will a jar of mole sauce become Speaker?
Oh, fucking hell... does anyone really care? I mean seriously, as BOR has pointed out, this ain't January and the douche trying to mix it up with CradDICK is no better than CradDICK. What kind of a name is 'Keffer' anyway?
The Mayor thinks the dais needs to be occupied by some tortilla chips which I think is silly. Everyone knows it should be a jar of awful mole from Randall's. I think an inanimate object could probably do a better job than CradDICK has done this session and at the end, the Republicans can crack it open and serve it on enchiladas right before they leave town. It's really more than they deserve.
That being said, I think chaos and mayhem are way funny. So, bring it on, bitches!
The Lege... still working on nonsense
Here are just a few of the things the Lege should be doing...
1) Figuring out a long term, equitable solution to transportation funding (THE GAS TAX)
2) Figuring out a long term, equitable solution to finance education from K-12 and college
3) Fixing the MASSIVE funding gap between future pension liabilities and current assets
4) Creating a more dependable and less stressful tax system that reduces dependence on ad valorem taxation
Instead, CradDICK and the rest of the dummies have been working on Voter ID bills... and stopping the evil of secondhand smoke.Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas, said she was offended by yet another proposal to crack down on cigarette smokers like herself.
"This is a personalized attack ... All my life I've been discriminated against," Hodge said.
So she proposed criminalizing both the sale of tobacco and the act of smoking in Texas, a radical notion that would've killed Crownover's bill. Her colleagues killed the amendment.
Crownover's bill is expected to face a final vote in the House today. If successful, it will go to the Senate.
A companion bill in the Senate would exclude only cigar bars from the statewide ban.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said he and Crownover were united on a fundamental premise: "We'd rather have no bill than a bill that does nothing," he said.
Terri Hodge, you are my HERO! Thank you for standing up and trying to tear down this stupid bill. As for you, Ellis and Crownover, lets talk about this when you have a chance... how about LaLa's on Justin tomorrow? Say 6:30? I'll buy and we;ll have a nice long talk about this. While I chain smoke. It's one of the few bars in Austin that still lets me, AND NO ONE BITCHES ABOUT IT.
Bottom line : Let the property owners decide. And if you don't want to smell my smoke, don't sit next to me at the bar. Go to one of those lame non-smoking bars.
Might it be? Could it be?
Could Craddick's Reign of Terror be in its final days? It seems like a lot to hope for on a Monday, but those wild and crazy guys at BOR seem to think it could happen.
Gay baggage at carousel A
Imagine getting off a long flight, waiting for your baggage with your boyfriend and hearing on the airport PA system that gays should be put to death. That happened to one gay couple in Broward County, FL. last week. Now, the person responsible has been fired.
Good.Superior Aircraft Services Monday took action and fired Jethro Monestime, a 23-year-old employee who last week played an anti-gay passage from the Bible's Book of Leviticus over the PA system at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport twice. Coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) Anthony Niedwiecki (left) and his partner Waymon Hudson had just arrived at the airport's baggage claim, where they heard the message.
According to what Niedwiecki told Towleroad shortly after the incident, "It was a recorded message and basically said that 'a man who lies with another man as he would a woman is subject to death.'"
One last time... keep your religious beliefs out of my life, OK?
May 13, 2007
Fearless leader photo op of the weekShay, shweetheart, wha's a nice girl like you doin' in a dump like thish? Heh heh heh.
Brit Hume: US Iraq policy is a failure
It's getting pretty lonely for the Iraq War cheerleaders. For a couple of years they dominated the landscape. Only kooks and crazies dared question our glorious struggle to bring Truth, Justice and the American Way to the benighted Baghdadis. But gradually the American people started souring on the war. Many Democrats decided it was safe to follow. Now even a group of Republican lawmakers have made the trip to the White House to warn BoBo that they are down to their last Friedman Unit of patience. This last group has drawn a swift attack from war party animal Brit Hume.It’s been said that the setting of a timetable for withdrawal is the worst idea. If that’s true, the second worst is the announcement by Republicans and others that September is the drop-dead date for serious and major progress. That places an enormously useful bit of intelligence in the hands of the enemy and allows the enemy to mount possibly around that time something on the order of the Tet Offensive
First, I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that Hume brought up the Tet Offensive. For years, the rightwing windbags have been insisting that Iraq is nothing like Vietnam. For Hume to even bring up Tet shows he's losing faith in his own fairy tales. Frankly, I expect more from the managing editor of Fox News
But since he's brought it up, let's talk a little bit about the Tet Offensive. In the years following the massive US escalation which began in 1965 the Johnson Administration and the US military issued repeated claims about progress being made, the enemy losing his will to fight, the war being won. The Vietnamese insurgency's ability to stockpile the logistical wherewithall and launch a nationwide coordinated surprise offensive demonstrated that those predictions of success were wildly optimistic and largely untrue. American public faith in a military victory began to erode and the country began to look for a way out of the war.
American publc opinion about Iraq is already in the post-Tet phase. Only a handful beleve that the Administration's claims about progress being made are anything but tired, recycled lies. Victory? Who can even say what "winning" means... and who believes that it might be achieved? No, as Mr. Hume well knows, no Tet Offensive is needed to break the will of the American people to continue this war. That will has already been broken by four years of lies, of endless claims of progress totally divorced from reality, and of the steady stream of wounded and dead.
So all I can conclude is that Mr. Hume believes that the Iraqi insurgents do have the capability of launching a widespread military offensive that would threaten the very existence of our military forces there. And to believe that he must have even less faith in the past four years of our military and political progress than do I.
May 12, 2007
Assraped by the florist
I'm standing in a florists shop. It's the third one I've been in today. The last one took me for $43. This one... She looks greedy as fucking hell.
Saturday mornings are meant for sleep. Unless you go to see your parents and your father is a dumbass who forgot to order flowers for the mothers with whom we'll be having lunch tomorrow. Then left you and your Visa in charge (pardon the pun) of procuring flowers.
You suck, Dad!
May 11, 2007
Who'da thunk it? Lamar Smith still dumb as a chicken sandwich
You might wonder what went through the dinosaurs' walnut-sized brains during that brief period between that big ol' rock hitting their planet and extinction. Chances are their thought processes were not unlike those regularly displayed by Lamar Smith.
Matt over at BOR has a post up about my former congressman . The CD-21 Skidmark thinks it's time Congress abandon its "fishing expedition" against that nice Alberto The Torture Guy Gonzales. Speaking with the same earnestness as a man who has just been hit on the head with a shovel, Tom DeLay's bootlicker saysIf there are no fish in this lake, we should reel in our lines of question, dock our empty boat and turn to more pressing issues.
As Gonzales himself might say, I can't recall the last time I've heard a more idiotic statement than that. If Congressman Clueless would just pull his head out of his ass for just a minute, he might discover that the "Justice" Department scandal ocean is teeming with fish (and not a few bodies as well).
In which Rudy Giuliani tries prostitution
In an effort to win over the nutter-christianista-republican primary vote, Rudy Giuliani has reversed himself on civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. He now says all gays are going to burn in hell and blames them for everything that's wrong with the country, up to and including why we're losing Iraq.
He then corrected himself and said "We're not losing Iraq. I misspoke. What I meant to say is that IF we were to lose Iraq, it would be because of the homos."
Keep in mind this is the same Rudy who has appeared in drag more often than myself. By virtue of the fact that I've never appeared in drag and Rudy, the supposedly straight guy, has. Which makes me wonder... he's had three wives and just can't seem to make it work with the woman.
Maybe Rudy's a big old queen like the rest of us? I certainly hope not... if that's how I'm going to end up looking in 30 years I may just end it all now.
This is so stupid it must be trueThe US film ratings board has announced it will now take smoking into account along with sex, violence and adult language when classifying movies.
Descriptions such as "glamorised smoking" could now accompany ratings.
But anti-smoking campaign group Breathe California said the MPAA plans did not go far enough.
Some critics of smoking in films have said all films showing tobacco use should be given an R rating - meaning only over-17s could see the film unless accompanied by a guardian.
Brick: Apply directly to forehead.
Apply directly to forehead.
May 10, 2007
Gas Tax Moratorium
The gas tax moratorium has passed the house. We thought it was a bad idea last year and we think it's still a lousy idea. It is interesting to point out that Martinez-Fisher once again has his heart in the right place. However, it does little to really offer any long term relief to consumers who are being abused by big oil.
Y'all know I'm all about a buck, but these guys have restricted refining capacity, all the while whining about environmental issues. We need a windfall profits tax and we need to divorce retail from wholesale.
Seriously douche, this is why you're fucking lame. I'm not posting the youtube embedded player on this one. I don't want to irritate the Mayor. Just click the link and listen to the stupid.
What am I, alone here? If this is all it takes to succeed in music today then you can totally expect my 'Duets with Stylist' to hit the stores soon. Stylist's english is not all that great, but her ability to curse in cantonese AND taiwanese will make our album far superior to the one done by some asshat walking around saying "this is why I'm hot".
Coleman on CHIP
Rep. Coleman wrote a great op/ed piece for the Chron regarding administrative issues that remain a massive problem with CHIP. Can't y'all fix this shit?On Monday, the Houston Chronicle ran an op-ed by Tamika Scott, the mother of Devante Johnson. She told the heartbreaking story of how her son, Devante, lost his Children's Health Insurance Program coverage because his papers continued to fall through the cracks. Soon after he lost his health coverage, he lost his life.
In 1999, I was one of the original authors of the bill that created CHIP in Texas. Our goal was always to cover as many children as possible, not create red tape that denied health coverage to children. The administrative barriers Devante faced were the exact barriers we intended to avoid; yet, Devante's experience is one shared by hundreds of thousands of families across Texas. Just this last week, 17,000 children were kicked off CHIP, many due to administrative policies.
Until we remove all the CHIP enrollment barriers, eligible children will continue to unfairly lose their health coverage.
The end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?The Stars & Stripes, a paper published for the U.S. military, is reporting that petty officer second class Jason Knight, who was discharged under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, is back on active duty. He told the Navy he was gay after annulling his marriage and explaining the circumstances to his superiors...
So, when desperate need meets irrational fear/hatred, we now know that need wins out. Good.
May 09, 2007
Great VR/Voter ID idea
Stace over at Dos Centavos has a great post up about a fantastic idea for voter registration AND ID. Make Texas ID cards free and make voter registration automatic with getting or renewing a license or getting a TX ID card. No more separate cards and one simple database to handle everything. Great idea, Stace!
Lottery sale is dead...
Corpsyn votes against capitalism?!?!?
Somervell County Salon has the deets on Corpsyn's vote against price negotiation for drugs. Why the hell wouldn't he want to give America's senior citizens the ability to get the best prices for the medications they need to stay alive?
For that matter, WTF is a REPUBLICAN doing telling folks they can't negotiate for the best price? Negotiation is one of the foundations of modern capitalism. Is Corpsyn really a COMMUNIST?
Now he's voting against drug importation? Come on! Does this guy even care about ordinary Texans or only his big pharma donors?
Tolls : Commissioner Whitley the witless; Austin CoC still bringing the stupid
It's been a while since the FWST has run a pro-toll opinion piece, so I guess it was time they ran another one. With the same tired and stupid talking points but this time with a new semi-celebrity author. This time, it's B. Glen Whitley, one of the Republican Tarrant County Commissioners. I should say one of the soon to be politically dead because, much like Krusee, he's sticking to this toll road pap. The sad thing is that reading his retarded op/ed, I'm unsure if he's just naive, horrendously stupid or outright lying by omission.A transportation disaster is impending in Texas. Current funding sources will not allow us to maintain state highways, roads and bridges, let alone build needed infrastructure to serve our growing population.
WOW. Glen's quite the master of the obvious, isn't he? You folks up in Tarrant County must have really been snowed to have elected Mr. Smartness here.Proposals to increase the gasoline tax to help pay for roads have come before the Legislature this year, but neither state nor federal officials have been inclined to raise the tax in the past. It would take a hefty boost of the current 20-cent-per-gallon state tax to put Texas transportation back on track.
Lawmakers appear unlikely to raise the gas tax sufficiently to fund all of the needed transportation projects. The additional revenue for road construction must come from somewhere, or traffic congestion will continue to worsen.
Actually, GoodBuddyGlen, it's your party that's holding up the bills down here in Austin. CradDICK won't let the one Krusee wrote (only to say he wrote one) out of committee. Why? Because the people who stand to make the most off tolls roads are also HUGE contributors to Republicans (I'd be willing to bet some even gave to you, right Glen?) and no one wants to upset that honey pot. Just think about Zachry... they stand to make billions over decades doing nothing but collecting tolls. That's quite the deal for a construction company.In the short term, building highway toll lanes might be the best option available to get North Texas traffic moving and keep it that way. Even then, there are no guarantees.
Nobody likes toll roads, and nobody likes to sit in traffic.
We now might have an opportunity to build additional lanes and roads more quickly, using public-private toll road partnership projects such as that planned for Texas 121.
And there it is, boys and girls. Glenda makes his case for the wonderful public-private partnerships that are designed to rape the public. He even mentions the 121 in Dallas. Which is cool because that's an interesting case of just how bad the state is at selling off assets.One company has agreed to spend $5 billion for the right to build and lease the Texas 121 project, with the road reverting to the region when the lease expires in several decades. This agreement provides $2.1 billion in upfront money to the Metroplex for some of its current and future transportation needs.
Some of these improvements in Tarrant County include Interstate 35, Loop 820, Airport Freeway and the anticipated freeway interchange that includes Interstate 635, Texas 114 and Texas 121 in Grapevine.
Local transportation officials agreed to tolls, but only if the revenue generated stays in the region -- and only if other transportation dollars continue to flow to the region as before. We must oppose any attempt to use toll dollars outside of the region in which they are collected.
That one company was the worst of the bids, yet the state accepted it, right? Sure gives me faith in their future. Next question, Glen... why do you like deferring taxes to our children? That's what that $2 bn up front payment amounts to since tolls are a tax. You don't think the tolls on 121 are going to be huge? Just wait. No private company does something for nothing.
Lastly, ALL the money isn't staying in North Texas which is pretty easy to understand. It's going to a private company. If you wanted all the revenue to stay in North Texas, then you should not be for public-private partnerships because part of the revenue generated for the PRIVATE company by the PUBLIC infrastructure goes to their PROFIT, never to be seen by you again.
Seriously, it's hard to tell if you're just stupid or really sociopathic. Given that you're a county commissioner, I'm betting it's the former.
Seriously, Glen... come down here and have a drink with me so I can buy you a clue. Tolls are ALWAYS more expensive for consumers and the only people for whom tolls are a good idea are the corporations that stand to benefit from running them. We can slice and dice the math any way you'd like and I'll still win. Because I'm right.
Yet AGAIN the Austin Chamber of Commerce sent out a pro-toll road piece, designed (I've heard) by Karl Rove's old company. Just like the first one, it's deceptive as hell and completely worthless. Why? Because they present tolls as an option to drivers. What they don't tell you is that they are pretty much the only new roads going up AND the only expansion option on existing roads. So you'll be feeling the pinch, regardless. Nice work, y'all. If the truth isn't working for you, just lie, exaggerate and omit all the details.
How much money have y'all wasted on this so far? Remind me never to go into business with y'all... I don't like going broke.
May 08, 2007
Just a hypothetical...
But hearing about all these voter challenge thugs has made me think of something... does anyone shout them down? Does anyone assault them? I mean pull back and really slug the fucker hard enough to loosen some teeth? Normally that's what happens when someone starts acting an asshole in Texas. I've been on the giving and receiving end a few times.
I wonder how many people the Republicans would be able to pull in to watch the polls if voters started making it uncomfortable for them? Maybe then we wouldn't have a problem with voter intimidation.
A word on comments
OK, y'all...the introduction of TypeKey was supposed to automate a lot of the process. However, it's not... if it's your first time posting, you're getting trapped in the junk queue. I'm clearing y'all out about once a day so don't get pissy if you comment doesn't instantly appear. Once I clear it out I also put you as trusted and you'll not have that problem again.
No, I'm not afraid of what you might say. I have the mouth of a longshoreman. You guys are mostly sugar lipped compared to me.
HB 13 and Chickenshit Politics
You gotta admire Robert Black. Sure, he's a douche... no one is MAKING him work for 39%, yet day after day he goes in and tries to cover over the incompetence of a man that's more hated than a child molester. You have to admire someone who puts himself through that every day. It's like self-flagellation. Whether the person doing it is stupid or retarded is completely irrelevant. The only relevant fact is that they are DEDICATED.
Apparently, some Rent-a-Rambo on 39%'s staff sent a bitchy letter that he scented with gun oil to Rep. Rick Noriega (D- Real Man) whining about Noriega's stance on HB 13. The cocksucker had the nerve to insinuate that Rick was trying to compromise homeland security... which is funny because that's exactly what leaving it in the hands of someone as incompetent as 39% will do. Rick, like Rep. Farrar and LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ON THE BORDER, wanted homeland security to be non-political and in the hands of DPS. 39% just wanted another slush fund. Noriega, being a tough sone of bitch, fired back a letter to R-a-R and that pulled Black into the mix..."It's important for Representative Noriega to have a full understanding of what the Governor's Office of Homeland Security entails," Black said. "It's not just about border security, but emergency management in the event of a disaster, drug interdiction and coordinating efforts to keep our citizens safe."
He does understand homeland security. Which is why he wanted it in the hands of DPS, not 39%. Nevermind the fact that Noriega's the only person who has actually been involved in border security... AS A SOLDIER. The only time 39% is anywhere near the border is when he's shooting a commercial for his re-election.
Of course, the House being what it is (and Swinford being the whiny baby that he is) passed HB 13 last night. Kuff has more on Rep. Farrar's press release regarding the passage and the creation of yet another politicized slush fund for 39%.
Would you listen to this potzer about ANYTHING?
This nebbish is Rob Bluey. He's a member of the gutless "I love the war... but not enough to enlist" crowd of chickenhawks and I'm sure we'll be seeing lots more of him over the years. These people, though consistently huge fuckups at everything they do, are amazing bullshit artists. Thus, even though he can be wrong about EVERYTHING, NBC will still pay to have his narrow ass on the show and call him something like 'New Media Expert' or 'Anti-Terrorism Specialist' when, in reality, he's even more of a loser than myself. True, we both blog. However, I have a real job. With a real company that, you know, makes real money.
I will never free myself of the label 'blogger' and all it's negative connotations. However, I can (at least) survive in the real world. Rob would just write up some kind of lame website about supporting the war and get none other than the horrendously unpopular former Senator Bill Frist to sign on as well. And be proud of that fact. Dumbass. How do I know? Because, in the face of massive public opposition to his worldview, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE'S DONE.
Since the Victory Caucus died an ignoble death (in a record breaking two months, natch), the douches behind it have been hard at work on another concept... simplistically, WeWin,TheyLose, which is about as clear as a glass pitcher of mud. Just who 'they' are, what we'll 'win' and what their loss will mean for us, is never really delineated. I'm guessing because that would take 'work' and 'critical thinking' which has never been a strong point of these guys.
At the top of the site, you'll notice they're blathering on about how Reagan defeated the Soviets. Yeah, I know... for supposedly smart folks, these people are really dumb. I also heard this talking point from each and every one of the Republican Presidential candidates the other night, used in an effort to distance themselves from Bush and the current crop of Republicans. Let's not forget, Reagan didn't do a damn thing that any other President hadn't done. In fact, had the CIA not miscalculated the resilience of Soviet economy, they would have known by 1973 that the Soviets would collapse within 15 years. Anyone who's ever seen epidemic corruption can read the signs. As for outspending them, even Carter did that. Where do you think the mobile MX missile system came from?
These people do love their convenient fantasies, don't they?
Glenn Greenwald has a great question... what's the difference between these folks and a high school cheerleader?I'm earnestly asking the question as to what the difference is between the policy statement of Bill Frist and his blogger friends with regard to Iraq and the favorite cheers submitted by junior high school students to Ms. Ninemire's site.
The answer, of course, is that there is no difference.
On the same subject, but with some different idiots from the right, Crooked Timber has some HILARIOUS interviews up with Christopher Hitchens, Glenn Reynolds and Louis Rossetto, formerly of Wired Magazine...1. Did you support the invasion of Iraq?
2. Have you changed your position?
No. Sanctions were failing and Saddam was a threat, making any other action in the region impossible.
3. What should the U.S. do in Iraq now?
Even at this late date, these people STILL don't get that it was a mistake in the first place. They'll never acknowledge that their perceived need for invasion was all smoke and mirrors.
May 07, 2007
Oh fuck, Warren. Don't you have anything better to do?
In the wake of Dumbass Debbie Riddle's stupid pledge bill, Warren Chisum (R - Country Club Christian) has decided that he needs to put out a floor substitute to his bill that would allow the Bible to be taught in public schools. Apparently, Warren's got his panties in a bunch over the fact that the Public Education Committee modified his badly written (seriously, Warren... crayon? Aren't you a little old for that?) bill and added some common sense to it.
Already this bill was known as The Soon-to-be-the-subject-of-many-lawsuits Bible Education Class. Warren's working to ensure that it's the dead as soon as Perry signs it. All so Warren can look like he loves him some Jesus.
Jesus didn't care much for hypocrites, Warren. Just ask Debbie. Do you think she looks that way on accident?
Didja miss the R debate?
Check out Feet to Fire which has a brilliant synopsis posted on the miasma that was the Republican Presidential Debate. Seriously, if you ever wondered what 10 guys who are all like Mike Gravel would look like, then satisfy your curiosity by clicking the link.
The Horse Woman and her bill
Debbie Riddle's desire to prove her piety has finally passed the House. And we're, of course, all happy about it because we love us some hypocrisy! That, and we were wondering if Debbie The Horse Woman worshiped Satan. Or the golden cow. Or Charleton Heston. Or George Burns. Seriously, if she hadn't filed this bill we'd have no idea that she was, like us, Christian. Of course, unlike us, she's the kind of Christian who hasn't read the New Testament, specifically The Sermon on the Mount.
And, according to the vote totals on her ridiculous bill, she's got quite a lot of company in the House (Strama?!?! WTF, hermano?). Vince over at Capitol Annex has some great dialog from the debate on the bill between Debbie Dumbass and Hochberg and Burnam. They ask Debbie what this is all about and she says it's about conforming the State pledge to the National pledge. I guess no one told Debbie that the time to do that was REALLY in the 50's when the National pledge was amended to include 'under God'. Of course, had that happened, no one would have been able to see what a great Christian Debbie is, which is what this was all really about anyway.
There's really no gentle way to put this...if you voted for this bill, you didn't do it for any other reason than to be seen doing it. It's pretty shameful, IMHO. Those who voted nay did the right thing... I especially liked Valinda Bolton's statement on her voteI am and have been a Baptist all my life, and the concepts of religious liberty and separation of church and state are firmly ingrained in me. Roger Williams who lived in the 1600s is widely viewed as the father of Baptist life in America. He gave up a very powerful position in England and came to the colonies, fleeing religious persecution. However, even in the colonies he faced persecution because he wouldn’t worship as the leaders prescribed. In fact, late in his life he was banished to an uninhabited island and expected to die there. When, by God’s grace, he prospered there, the leader of the colony sent him a scathing letter demanding to know why he hadn’t just gone ahead and died as expected. Roger Willliams risked everything for what he believed. I have not been asked to risk as much, but my belief in religious liberty is that it is worth fighting for. It would be very easy to vote yes on this bill to avoid being seen as voting against God but I am very confident in my Christian faith and my relationship with God. I will be voting no and voting for religious liberty.
So, there were TWO good reasons to vote against this stupid bill. Which makes me really wonder about the 124 people who voted for it. What surprises me most about this are the number of Republican votes. Why? Well, for folks that are supposedly Christian, they seem to know more about certain passages of the Old Testament than the New. Are their professions of faith merely pandering?
Tolls : Bring on the Endless Summer
Kuff and Burka both think we're destined for an endless legislative summer. The story goes that since the Lege will likely override the veto, 39% will call Special after Special until the Lege finally works out a solution for transportation funding. For what it's worth (likely not much since the only people who pay attention to us are those who drink a lot. Or are at bars while reading this... love y'all), the interesting part is not whether or not the veto is overridden, it's who will vote to override 39%.
After talking to a certain candidate earlier tonight, I'm betting Carona, Ogden and Nichols all bail on the veto override vote.
Speaking of whores...
Here's some fun stuff about Rove's involvement with coaching the Justice Dept. folks prior to their testimony before Congress. What's left out? His involvement in the US Attorney firings, natch.
Then. have some fun with the DC madam. Apparently, her hookers (and trust me, we have NOTHING against hookers) were the kind with the heart of gold. The same can not be said for some of her clients.
May 06, 2007
Crossing Obama off the list...
Yep, I may not know for who I'll be voting during the primary next year, but I do know for whom I won't be voting. Obama. Anyone that takes MySpace so seriously is not worthy of any further consideration.
Not to mention that $40k would have been a small price for a fund raiser as prolific as Obama. The only thing worse than being a MySpace lamer? Being cheap.
May 05, 2007
Draft McSleaze for TDP Chair
Recently, while at a meeting here in Austin it was suggested that I should run for TDP Chair. This drew raucous laughter, but it made me think. Maybe someone should run for TDP Chair. That someone should not be me, obviously... I'm way too nice. What's needed is a real asshole, someone who can whip everyone into shape while turning TinaFish into his very own pony. There's only one person who can do that. One person with the kind of personal will and evil genius that can make grown men weep, women swoon and turn Texas blue again.
That person is Mayor McSleaze. We're going to draft him to run because TDP needs some change. And some cheap labor imported from overseas through McSleaze's sweatshop contacts. No doubt some of the more liberal elements of the party will have a problem with the fact that McSleaze likes to move his businesses into areas where labor is cheapest and weakest. However, he's just bringing them up to our standards. For example, he recently implemented a 20 minute break per 12 hour shift! He's also instituted a wonderful prescription drug program in conjunction with PPDPharmaco. Needless to say, McSleaze is the real deal... true progressive leadership for the 21st century and beyond.
Truly, 2008 will be an historic realignment cycle where all that we've come to know will be put in question. The Republicans have their evil genius, isn't it best we have our own? While we may revile him for his invention of the boy band, it's just that kind of vengefulness that will restore Texas Democrats to control of government.
Via MSMWal-Mart labels Boerne nuns a security threat
The corporate giant reportedly labeled the nuns a security threat after they raised questions about Wal-Mart's business practices.
Sister Susan Mika is part of the Benedectine Sisters, which is part of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. The center has been questioning Wal-Mart's business practices for years.
"We've been raising questions with them for about 17 years, so it's not like they don't know it," Sister Mika said.
Now, the sisters find themselves on Wal-Mart's security threat list. Sister Mika said the group has been wrongly labeled.
If WalMart is worried about nuns, clowns must scare them absolutely shitless.
May 04, 2007
As it turns out, TXU was fucking us all...
via the FWSTThe former traders, both Tarrant County residents, allege that they were fired for engaging in common company practices. They said their terminations came despite assurances that they would not lose their jobs and despite having advised superiors on numerous occasions about the improper activities.
The plaintiffs' allegations are similar to those that have led to $210 million in fines and penalties against TXU Wholesale being recommended last month. The allegations also come as the Texas House is poised to consider legislation this week that could reduce the reach of TXU in North Texas and potentially limit the company's ability to engage in such practices in the future.
The state's independent overseer of the electric wholesale market said Tuesday that he notified the Texas Public Utility Commission as soon as he became aware of the allegations. "We are going to take some time to review this," said Dan Jones, who, as an independent market monitor, helps guard against abuses among wholesale traders.
Yeah. See, with public equity, debt and commodities markets there are rules and regulations. There are also people watching to make sure there is compliance. With electricity, the rules haven't been written well and those that are in place aren't followed or enforced. No surprise there. The fact of the matter is that a public market for electricity may not be the best idea. For one thing, electricity rates depend not only on the cost of generation but on the transmission facilities that bring the power to market and the distribution to the end user. For another, we depend on electricity for EVERYTHING. Do we really want to base the pricing of it on speculation of some rogue trader in a market?
Now comes work via Vince at Capitol Annex that electricity prices are major factor in driving businesses out of Texas...Like average Texas consumers, many business owners and manufacturers get sticker shock every time they get the power bill. But companies have an option many people don’t: They can go somewhere else.
Last year, for example, Nucor Steel took a multimillion-dollar expansion — and 500 jobs — to Tennessee rather than expand a facility in deep East Texas because electricity rates were too high there, according to U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington. Nucor did not respond to requests for comment.
The quote is from the FWST and that fact that they talked to Smokey Joe about it is making me laugh my ass off.
¿Quien es mas macho? Swinford vs. Schroeder Edition
On the subject of public officials that cry...
Swinford pulled his little stunt over HB13 which he says Texas desperately needs. He's wrong. Texas desperately needs more funding for law enforcement in the Valley. It needs to be done through DPS in a rational way. It doesn't need to be under the control of a man as incompetent and stupid as 39%. Via Kronberg at Quorum Report comes this nugget that Swinford would sooner let the bill die than do the right thing for his fellow Texans.An amendment Swinford said he could not accept is moving Homeland Security operations out of the Governor’s office. Swinford said he would kill his bill rather than allow that because the arrangements he has made with members of the Texas congressional delegation preclude such a move.
“I told Jessica, I will kill this bill. I’m not going to risk $100 million over somebody’s pettiness,” Swinford said.
Enough with the temper tantrums, Swinford. Grow the fuck up.
Tolls : TXDoT overestimated? Say it ain't so...& Moratorium fun
BOR's Jose Blasquez has a post up regarding an article on the SAEN website showing that TXDoT's estimate $86 Bn funding gap (the reason we need all these 'public private partnerships) is about $46 Bn OVERSTATED.Half of the state's estimated $86 billion shortfall for transportation projects — part of its most sacred argument for toll roads — is either wrong, couldn't be verified or is a shot in the dark, says an audit report released today.
The State Auditor's Office took a close look at the Texas Department of Transportation's $86 billion funding gap through 2030 and had this to say about $46 billion of it:
• At least $8.6 billion was overstated because Austin transportation planners mistakenly added in $3.7 billion extra for freeway interchanges ... whoops ... and included $4.9 billion for road reconstruction and freight rail relocation that they shouldn't have.
• Another $27.92 billion couldn't be verified because officials in Houston, El Paso, Lubbock, Corpus Christi and Hidalgo County didn't keep documents. Only San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth numbers checked out OK, with reported gaps of $8.4 billion and $21.8 billion.
• Another $9 billion was a wild guess — TxDOT looked at costs for planned projects in the state's other 17 urban areas and figured twice as much might need to be done.
"The methodology the department used to calculate the amount of the funding gap provides a general assessment of the statewide need ... however, it may not be reliable for making policy or funding decisions," the report states.
TxDOT says their next try will be better.
"The State Auditor's Office has provided some good suggestions ... to draw a clearer picture of the state's mobility needs and we are incorporating their recommendations into our future assessments," TxDOT Director Michael Behrens said.
Critics say there's no real proof that there's a transportation crisis.
"This is exactly the kind of loose and careless attention to detail that should worry everyone about TxDOT's rush into public-private partnerships," said David and Linda Stall of CorridorWatch.org.
There WAS a blurb at the end from some douche for Texas for Safe Reliable Transportation (remember them?) which I didn't include because they are too full of shit, especially for a blog of our quality.
Yes, I totally wrote that. As retarded as I can be about fake interviews and PSA's, I would never think to put forward crap as outlandish as those people. Oh yeah, the TTC is totally the only we can save the state. Whatev.
Come on, Lege! Pass the gas tax index and let's get things moving! A great start would be to override 39%'s weak ass veto when the bitch delivers it. Keep in mind, transportation funding is STILL weak and needs to be fixed. Why not make that step two?
May 03, 2007
When Republicans debate
Pretty ho hum, I thought. Okay, Rudy Guiliani bit the head off a bat---that's so Eighties.
You think your job is high stress
Stuff that makes you go Hmmmmm
From a story about the Round Rock copper theft crime wave in the Slag...Once the copper is stolen, it is sold for between 26 cents and $10 a pound.
Dallas and Houston stink...
The American Lung Association released it's air pollution study Tuesday. Dallas and Houston made the list for the worst in the nation. Good work, y'all!
The end of another trip
I flew out of BR (that's what the natives call it. The trashy natives... the cool kids pronounce Baton Rouge as 'Batunrouge') this afternoon around 6 and arrived in Houston a little early. The thing that sucks about a company that really prefers you take the cheapest flight is that you sometimes have lengthy layovers. I had more than three hours to kill before my flight back to Austin. So I called a great friend and fellow TPA member, Muse. Muse, as some of you no doubt know is a blogger of some note in Houston metro. She's also a girl, which makes her a 'girlblogger'. She doesn't like that term too much which is why I use it as often as possible. Here's the transcript of the call (seriously, I got it from the NSA)
McB: Hey girlblogger! What's up?
MuseGB: McBlogger? Oh, fuck. What do you want?
McB: To see if you wanted to join me tonight? I've got a three hour
layover at IAH before my flight to Austin. Wanna go have dinner?
MuseGB: Yeah, like I want to drive all the way up there so I can have
dinner with your loser ass.
McB: I'm buying and it's your pick.
MuseGB: You promise not to talk a lot or play with your food.
McB: No, and most definitely not.
MuseGB: Shit. OK... but if you ogle or proposition the waiter I'm outta there.
So, many drinks and an awesome dinner later, I'm got back to IAH just to make my flight. It's hot as hell in Terminal E here but I will say this... you folks in Houston know how to run security at an airport. I got outta security in no time. Y'all rock so much more than the losers in Dallas.
May 02, 2007
It has come to this?
"Shear Madness"? A TV show about haircuts?
Fuck me and feed me fish heads!
In which I say something nice about Joe Biden
Anticipating President Bush's veto of an Iraq-funding bill that would set a timeline for troops to be removed, Democrat Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware told a South Carolina voter that Congress should "shove it down his throat."
Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, made the comment Friday at a South Carolina political event. The remark was captured by a C-SPAN television camera and first reported on The Politico Web site.
I know his staff, boneheaded fucks that they are, will try to walk this back. However, this is the first thing that shitheel Biden has said that I actually think shows some fucking guts. Reality is reality... the surge ISN'T fucking working any better than anything else because our troops are now in the middle of a civil war. There are no 'terrorists' to fight, there are only Iraqi's wanting to fight it out. At the end of the day, only they can solve their problems. Saddam is gone. Let's move the hell on out of this fucking mess.
And now, I shall go back to remembering Biden's vote on the Bankruptcy Bill... a vote I will never forgive.
Joe Lieberman's tofu-scarfing twin
Pretty much to no one's surprise, the US House of Representatives failed to override the Supreme Warlord's veto of the Iraq supplemental spending bill. Some eyebrows were however raised by the leader of Congress's Holier-Than-Thou Caucus Dennis Kucinich's vote of "present".
The diminutive Ohioan then flapped his arms and flew away to Neverneverland.
I'll take Incompetent Texas Officials for a $1000
And the answer is "The gangly Comptroller who, just a few short months into her term, has managed to completely disregard common sense and sound planning."
If you answered 'Who is Susan Combs' then you got it right. Strayhorn may have been a blowhard, but hey... at least she wasn't this bad.
Kuffner has more on fuckup number one, Combs' decision to rescind the request filed by C4N asking for the AG's opinion on whether the new business tax passed by the Lege last year constitutes an unconstitutional income tax. One of Attorney General Greg Abbott's minions responded to the original request from Governor Perry and Strayhorn didn't think that was sufficient. With this letter, Combs lets him off the hook. So, we'll have to wait for the inevitable lawsuits next year to find out what Attorney General Greg Abbott really thinks. About this issue, not the 2 or 3 other things that are currently bewildering his little rat brain.
News on fuckup number two comes from Bloomberg.Texas owes state workers $50 billion in future retirement benefits and refuses to acknowledge the obligation.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says she won't follow a new national accounting standard that requires states and cities to disclose the estimated costs of benefits promised to retired workers, such as health care and life insurance. The government would need to set aside $4 billion a year over the next decade to keep from falling short on what it owes, according to a report by the state's Legislative Budget Board.
Disclosing its future costs may force Texas to raise taxes, increase borrowing, sell assets or cut programs to come up with the money. Refusing to recognize them may jeopardize the ratings on $22 billion of outstanding bonds and prompt investors to demand higher yields when they lend to the state.
``If they don't report it, they don't have to do anything about it,'' said Michael H. Granof, Ernst & Young professor of accounting at the University of Texas in Austin. ``It's much easier to just push it off to the next generation.''
We've talked about under-reserved and unreported pension obligations before. It's the reason the auto industry in this country is having such a horrible time competing against the Japanese. It's also purely because of POOR FUCKING MANAGEMENT. In politics, as in business, poor management will lead to collapse. Offsetting a liability to a future date doesn't eliminate the liability. In fact, it exacerbates the problem.
Granted, Combs isn't the first to let politics trump common sense. She probably won't be the last. However, she's the one who ran for this office and it's her responsibility to deal with it. SO DEAL WITH IT, SUSAN.
Thanks to RK for the Bloomberg piece
"A trumped-up political stunt that is the height of cynicism"
So spoke White House mouthpiece Dana Perino yesterday, referring to the Iraq War spending bill Congress sent BoBo. Oh dear.
Oh my god... do y'all ever suck!
Allen, we'll be talking soon.
PDiddie in a comment to this post on BOR by Matt Glazer names the Demos who voted FOR HB 626. Which apparently passed the House today. Ok, when I get back from Louisiana we're all gonna have a long talk because y'all are fucking up left and right. This was as dumb as Betty Brown's bill and it should go no where. Dewhearse be damned, this shit is going no where in the Senate.
AND Y'ALL NEED TO PULL HEAD OUT OF ASS.
McBlogger goes to Baton Rouge
A few thing this trip...
My flight to Houston was not that bad and my rowmate was the hawtness. He also had a wedding ring which made me hate his bitch wife.
As we were boarding there was a late arrival who CUT in line. As I focused my anger into what I hoped would be a laser like beam that would burn through his head, I noticed he was wearing a thin white tee that he had tucked into his pants. Underneath, he had a beater on. Which made me feel bad for him. Pity always fucks with vengeance.
While sitting in Terminal B at IAH, I was wondering what the hell Houston has against air conditioning (yo, bitches! It's fucking hot!) while listening to this group from Detroit that's annoying as hell. I sat down in an empty area with one other woman. Then they filled in. And they were stupidly talking about dumb things like how unbelievable it is that the airline should charge for an exit aisle seat!
I can't believe it either, Sylvia!
Shortly thereafter, I'm sitting on a shuttle bus which, I'm told, will take me to my plane. Yay! When we arrive at the plane, I notice that it's oddly familiar... but it's NOT the Canadair Region Jet. It's the Embraer 145 Regional Jet. Produzido em Brasil. One seat, then the aisle, the two seats. Trust me, if there were another way to get to BR, I would have taken it.
The funny thing is that the flight wasn't too bad. Until about 10 minutes prior to landing when the old man in front of me decided to share his intestinal gas with all of us. I spent the next SEVERAL minutes breathing through my sleeve.
I gotta say, I like Baton Rouge... nice people, great food and good drinks. It's fun being in a southern state with a Democratic Governor.
May 01, 2007
First, there was a compromise... and it too was found to be shit
Looks like the compromise on HB 626 may be dead. Why?
BECAUSE IT'S FUCKALL EXPENSIVE AND WILL REQUIRE A MASSIVE EXPANSION AT THE SOS.
Y'all, I have to go to Louisiana today. Do me a favor while I'm gone, 'K? Kill this piece of shit.
When bad people say bad things
I must admit I'm always a little perplexed when the regime sends Darth Cheney to attack its critics. Conventional wisdom holds that, if you are as well liked as a shitburger, you find someone less hated to speak for you. So, for example, we see Laura Bush making the rounds since the Stepford First Lady has better numbers than Dopasaurus Rex (at least if you're not an ex-boyfriend). But Cheney? WTF? Seriously, his approval rating is nine percent! To put that in perspective, in a recent Rasmussen survey, Colonel Sanders polled 23 % among chickens.