September 30, 2007

More Attention Whores In The News

Throwing cans of paint on innocent people wearing furs in soooo pre-9/11. What idiotic stunt will domestic terrorists PETA pull to screw up traffic in Austin on Monday? How about driving a truck-mounted billboard round and round and round and round the Erwin Center to protest Al Gore's visit?

You can't express concern for global warming if there's a drumstick in your mouth," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "Mr. Gore is ignoring a scientifically established fact: There's no such thing as a meat-eating environmentalist because meat-eating is the main culprit."

Second on the list is hot air released by holier-than-thou fanatics.

---gasp--- I'm choking on the smug.

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Love me some War on Drugs...

Grits has the lowdown on the massive failure that is the War on Drugs. Despite the failure, the recommendation from the GAO is to keep doing the same thing. Over and over again. This is one of the best examples of politics trumping good decision making I've ever seen.

Haven't these people seen Groundhog Day?

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September 29, 2007

Cornyn Ally Puts Hometown Paper On Double Secret Probation

Vanity Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who joined with Texas Senator John Cornyn in voting against the SCHIP bill to increase medical coverage for sick and injured children, has apparently put his hometown newspaper on his personal blacklist. Blogs the Cleveland Plain Dealer's equivalent of Gardner Selby:

Kucinich has not returned calls for several weeks to the newspaper's Washington bureau, which covers his actions in Congress and his presidential campaign. As noted in Monday's newspaper, he uttered a string of non sequiturs -- albeit pleasant ones -- when a Plain Dealer reporter attempted to interview him outside the House of Representatives chamber.

His presidential campaign staff for weeks has not returned Plain Dealer calls and e-mail.

Natalie Laber, Kucinich's publicly paid spokeswoman in Congress, also has not returned phone calls and e-mail during this timeframe. That includes multiple inquries from reporters asking about Kucinich's votes in the House, his positions on congressional issues and matters unrelated to his presidential campaign.

Laber apparently has attempted to exclude Plain Dealer reporters another way, removing them from her list of media contacts who receive Kucinich news releases, news alerts, hearing schedules and notices of public appearances via e-mail. We use the word "apparently" here because we cannot confirm this from Laber. She won't return our calls and e-mail. But we know she sends them to others, as we have obtained bootleg copies. (Under normal circumstances, we might request them under the Freedom of Information Act, but Congress, perhaps anticipating the day that Kucinich would wish to shut out the press, exempted itself from the public records law.)

So far unreported in the dead tree media are other examples of Koo Koo's increasingly bizarre behavior. Print journalists are required to type their questions on narrow strips of paper and deliver them to the candidate's office baked inside of fortune cookies. And plans for an appearance on Meet The Press were scrapped when Tim Russert refused to sign an affidavit promising that he would not use the word "walnuts" at any point in the program.

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A Brief Plea

I don't care how aerodynamic your bike shorts are, get your fucking bicycle off of Mopac!

And now back to McBlogger's latest rant about toll roads...

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I love that Mitt Romney! He's the man for me!

Kay 'Margarita Madness' Granger has decided to support Mitt Romney. Which will go over well in North Texas which is majority Mormon.

Wait. No, it's not...

But after seeing Mr. Romney speak with business leaders a few weeks ago in Fort Worth, she realized he was the man for her, and she signed on as National Co-Chair of the Women for Mitt coalition.

Kay's a woman? No, she's a LADY. She should be National Co-Chair of the LADIES for Mitt coalition. Which makes me wonder, who is the other chair? Lindsay Lohan? Brittney (she does love our President)?

"I agreed with everything he said, in the order he said it," she said Tuesday morning at the Capitol -- first and foremost, fight the jihadists, and then focus on education and the economy.

Y'all will have to pardon Kay. For the last 6 years she's been under a rock or something while in Congress. Or maybe just on a really long bender. She doesn't realize that we've been 'fighting the jihadists' and ignoring everything else for the last 6 years. Well, at least up until January, 2007 when the Democrats finally took over and started getting as much done as they could with a bunch of obstinate Republicans in the way. Oh, and Kay... Where's Osama?

What Kay doesn't realize is that she's too stupid to actually fight the jihadists. They didn't read her book so they have no idea how fabulous America is. They did see her Killer Margarita recipe and used it. That's why, among all Americans, they hate Kay the most.

"When you put all the attributes together, Mitt Romney is the one I really think can serve us well, and really has a global perspective," Ms. Granger said, adding that she didn't want to merely add her name to an endorsement list. She wanted someone she wants to actively work hard to elect.

So watch for her in Iowa, New Hampshire and wherever else there are women voters in need of wooing. Which Kay will be doing in a smart looking skirt/blazer combo from some place sensible like Dillards. or Stein Mart. Let's just hope she doesn't try to woo them with those 'Killer Margaritas'.

It's pretty clear that Kay is angling for some kind of a post in what she (and she alone) thinks will be a Romney Administration. Here are some ideas:

Secretary of Noxious Cocktails

Commissioner on River Bottom Redevelopment

Deputy Secretary for Ritin' Buks

Presidential Fluffer

Seriously, Kay, Margaritas are tequila, lime and triple sec. It's really not hard to screw up. Which is what makes your ability to do so very perplexing. Either you have no taste receptors in your mouth or you're just really, really dumb.

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September 28, 2007

Tolls : Leadership and money... two things lacking

The Republicans on the Texas Transportation Commission (the folks who run TXDoT) are running around scaring the hell out of everyone by

1) Claiming that TXDoT is broke
2) Pushing to remove the moratorium on privatization which will allow them to sell our roads

You can read the entire piece at the DMN or at the SAEN. It's basically the same article. Though the DMN does decide to use TXDoT's now defunct $86 Bn transportation shortfall estimate. I guess no one told the reporter about the TTI report from last fall. It's the one Ric Williamson is terrified of because it neatly points out his lies.

Let's address point one, TXDoT is broke. Actually., at the moment TXDoT is funded adequately. It could, of course, do more with more money but at this moment in time things are still getting done. The reality is that as one moves forward in time, less and less of TXDoT's budget is going to go to actually building roads. We knew that already. Why the reporters for the DMN and the SAEN chose to report this as if it were a NEW story is beyond me.

What to do about this issue? How do we keep, or even expand, TXDoT's available funding? Well, there are a couple of ways... taxes and taxes. One is the indexed gas tax you already know and love. The other is privatizing our roads, selling them off to the highest bidder, and allowing them to toll them, another form of taxation. Traditionally, toll roads have been few and far between. However, in Ric Williamson's best case scenario, the entire state would be covered with them, not to mention existing freeways that would be converted to tolling. That means it's going to be broad based and will likely catch everyone. That means it's a tax, pure and simple. Only in this case, it's a tax paid to Ric Williamson's buddies, the private toll road companies like Cintra.

Think I'm lying? Central Texas is the blueprint for what TXDoT and the Republicans want to do statewide. Oh, there will be a free road you can take, but it won't be like 610 in Houston or Central in Dallas. It'll be a frontage road. With lights set to cause the greatest amount of impeded traffic flow and frustration. Seriously, folks are already doing reports on them.

The other alternative, indexing the gas tax, takes care of our maintenance woes as well as building new projects, without the adding cost of toll infrastructure. It also allows us to not worry about a private toll road operator's profits over the next 75 years. Ric Williamson, for his part, is worried about how regressive the gas tax is which is funny because it's THE ONLY TIME I'VE HEARD A REPUBLICAN WORRIED ABOUT THE REGRESSIVENESS OF A TAX. That aside, yes the gas tax is regressive. So is the sales tax. So are tolls. Whether you like it or not, without a real freeway alternative, a toll road will be the only limited access roadway that can be used by rich and poor alike. It should be obvious that since what Williamson has envisioned will cover the entire state and effect everyone, it too is a regressive tax on people.

Given that, would you rather them pay less that one cent per mile or 12 cents per mile? Seriously, Ric, I'd LOVE to hear your answer to that.

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Another R for CD 22?

Muse and Pink Dome have more on the man who would be Congressman. He's got some pretty impressive achievements under his belt like working on all kinds of crackpot bullshit. Like the weaponization of space. Which is a great idea... right up there with the War on Drugs. Here's my favorite pic...

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The Candidate and Corpsyn. Seriously, you might want to pull this down.

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Student Loan Goodness - The Democrats start kicking some ass!

After screwing up student loans when they controlled Congress, the Republicans finally gave in to a Democratic plan to slash subsidies for private loan servicers and drop the interest rates on Government loans... as well as providing more money for Pell Grants. What does all this do? It makes college more affordable to more people.

Bush is, of course, pissy about having to sign it.

Nicely done, Democrats! And here's some video to help illustrate how this will help you. If you're a student. Which I'm not.

Now that this is out of the way, what's up with redesigning FHA and the Agencies? Give us mortgage lenders some love so we can start bailing people out of crappy subprime loans!

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S-CHIP passes, Bush to veto

The House and Senate have both passed S-CHIP, though not by a veto-proof majority in the House. Of course, Bush has already said he'd veto the legislation. Which is great. It made me think, what WOULD get the President to sign the bill?

How about we hand the program off to private insurers. We then double the premiums and instead of spending the extra $35 Bn the Democrats in Congress want to spend over the next 5 years, we spend $70 Bn and let the private insurers take the difference.

Would that work? Will insuring poor and middle class kids finally makes sense to Republicans if we provide some corporate welfare to private insurers who are so operationally inefficient that they can't turn a profit without help from Republicans in Government?

A notable no vote was from our own Senator Cornyn who is still voting in lock step with the President. Even Hairdo voted FOR affordable children's healthcare. We really want to know why the hell Cornytn would want to continue representing a deranged lunatic and NOT the people of Texas?

I want to get rid of this guy so bad... if you do to, help me. Send a buck or two to Rick and let's retire Junior John from the Senate.

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September 27, 2007

Noriega wins!

We're a little behind here, mostly because it's the end of month and I'm busy. I know, I know... it's a real pain when my real job competes with blogging.

The big news is that Noriega won the Democracy for Texas poll. By a WIDE margin, even counting some questionable votes for Mikal Watts.

We're a four days away from the end of the quarter and we need your help! Even a dollar will make a difference! Just in case you need a little motivation, click here...

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Clinton nails Republicans and getting rid of a weak sister

We need more Democrats like this in the Senate

And we really need to primary out idiots like this...

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I've got magazines coming out of every orifice

I subscribe to eight magazines that arrive monthly. Eight glossy (and occasionally matte) ways to eat up my time. And, because I'm the kind of idiot that keeps writing checks for periodicals, I'm also the kind of idiot who keeps getting 'special' offers for still MORE periodicals. It's a negative feedback loop.

Case in point...I open my box yesterday to find one from Texas Monthly. I don't like Texas Monthly. I think Burka is a MOTO and Evan Smith needs to do something about that goddamn grease slick he calls hair. Oh, sure, I love Our Lady of Texas Monthly Online (aka, Pink Lady) but it's not enough for me to pay even the deeply discounted subscription rate. If the article is good, I'll read it while I'm on line at Randalls. As for the ads? Details and Esquire are among the eight. I also get crap from Harold Powell and NM, mostly via email, all the time. Needless to say, I don't really need more fashion advertising.

Someone told me that all I needed to do to make the insanity stop is quit paying the bills. However, thanks to the lovely people at Hearst, I now know that is untrue. When you stop paying the bills, it just makes them send them in embarrassing pink envelopes. Which screams to everyone around you, 'I don't pay my bills!'

I hate magazines.

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Guiliani's Homeland Security Advisor wants to 'monitor' mosques

Great idea, Rep. King...

"Unfortunately we have too many mosques in this country. There's too many people who are sympathetic to radical Islam," King told, urging greater scrutiny.

That's right, a member of Congress thinks we should start 'monitoring' places of worship in the US. Guiliani, for his part, threw gasoline onto the fire...

Giuliani backed King, saying, "What he means was that there are mosques in which violence is preached.

Yeah. We could think of some other places of worship where violence is preached. Will Rep. King and Rudy 911 next want to monitor them? Oh, of course not. That's just violence against The Gays.

What IS it with Rudy? First he's calling out MoveOn by saying 'they've gone too far', now he's talking about monitoring places of worship? Rudy, have you decided to just arbitrarily ignore the First Amendment?

This isn't a slippery slope, it's a fully greased metal slide. Way to be a real American, Rudy!

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September 26, 2007

Men are STUPID

I love my dry cleaner... they are convenient, friendly, consistent and while more expensive than others, they've made me a very happy customer. Until last week. That was when the guys came to work there.

For more than a year, there has been only one woman working the front. She's always been friendly and fast as hell. In and out in 90 seconds, even when I had to use a card to pay. That all changed with the her removal a week ago and the introduction of the three stooges. Seriously, there are now three idiot men working the front. They don't know how to use the credit card machine. The first day they were there, all three of them got involved with some woman whose dress had been ruined by the cleaner. Meanwhile, the six other people waiting to pickup/drop off got really irritated. Seriously, it takes three guys to deal with one ruined dress?

That day I was dropping up AND picking up. I quickly decided that dropping off probably wasn't a good bet. Jack Brown, here I come! actually crossed my mind. Which brings me to my point. Why are straight boys so fucking stupid?

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SCHIP, or Why I'm proud to be a Democrat

More than month ago, we talked about changes to S-CHIP. The bill has continued to move forward and Bush has threatened to veto it. To veto health care for kids. You might be asking why he'd do such a thing. Simple:

1) He doesn't care about the health of kids. He cares about the profits of private insurers who stand to lose if people finally discover that a government run health care system is a hell of a lot cheaper and more effective than that of the private sector due to one simple thing... less managerial overhead.

2) He's always gone with the most expensive option, the one that soaks taxpayers the most. Vetoing S-CHIP just creates another hole that taxpayers will have to fill.

In 2000, I left the Republican Party. I was never going to vote for Bush who I thought was an idiot and only looked good because of the hard work of Democrats in the Lege. It took me 2 more years and the invasion of Iraq to finally switch parties completely. The ridiculous tax cuts in 2001 actually did the trick on economic policy, but the rest of it came over the next couple of years.

I'd love to say that the Republican Party left me... it did in some ways, especially when it comes to the religiosity that's come to define modern Republicanism. The reality though is that the crazies didn't take over, they were always there and I refused to see them. As for the stance on economic policy, I finally realized that the Friedmanite bullshit being spouted by Ranroids was deeply flawed. That awakening began in 1996. It did take a while to finally settle in. Sometimes it takes people a while to realize that what they bought into was a load of crap. It always helps when it's the partner at the fund where your working who clues you in.

It's really the economics... only true believers would think that it's cheaper to spend money on emergency care than preventative care. True believers who are as dumb as a box of rocks, but true believers none the less.

Don't get me wrong, the Democrats frustrate the hell out of me at times with their weak messaging and occasionally self-aggrandizing behavior. However, I'm proud to be a member of a party that actually, on balance, tries to do the right thing.

I'm also proud so many others see this as a fight that needs to be won. This is where the Democrats need to take a stand and force this down Bush's throat. Check out BOR, EOW and BlueBloggin for more.

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September 25, 2007

Look! Up in the Sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a---thirty-second campaign spot!

So McBlogger and get word that the Bill Richardson campaign will have a major announcement at noon on Monday. What, he's dropping out already? Seriously, what other major announcement could there be? Turns out he was just rolling out a TV spot they're going to start running in New Hampshire... lucky, lucky Granite Staters!

Now, I have nothing against Bill Richardson. Apparently he's been a decent governor of New Mexico, and if he should win the presidential nomination I'm sure he'd give James Garfield a real run for the money. But seriously... a major campaign announcement? How excited will they be if campaign HQ ever gets a soda machine that takes dollar bills?

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Roundup time in the TPA...

You like the roundup? Well, frankly, so do I and not just because someone else compiles all the posts, codes them and send them out to me. I also love reading what all these amazing people have to say. But the not having to do any work part is real nice...

This week's installment is compiled by the amazing Vince from Capitol Annex.

It's about one thing. TXsharon at Bluedaze tells us why we have to make it about something else.

Bill Howell of StoutDemBlog, a new member of the Texas Progressive Alliance, takes a look at Kirk England's recent party switch as well as other recent party switches in Dallas County in Rove's Permanent Majority Collapses: Now What Do We Do With All These Defectors?

Boadicea at Texas Kaos wonders if MoveOn doesn't owe John Cornyn a thank you note.

Musings discovers that the lead GOP presidential contenders are too busy for Black and Latino sponsored debates, while the local Harris County GOP claim they are home to Hispanics because of their once a year bike give away.

Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News has word on Mayor Manlove of Pasadena entering the race to challenge Lampson for Congress and the mayor's race it opens up He also has a short colorful digest of Naomi Klein promoting her book on Disaster Capitalism.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts on recent news that Gov. Perry and Speaker Craddick - who Krussee excoriated at the end of the legislative session--will appear at a fundraiser for him in Krusee Throws Reagan Over The Wall And Under The Bus.

Mayor McSleaze at McBlogger takes a look at some of the dumber things to come out of the right this week, like Bill O'Reilly's trip to a Harlem hot spot where he discovered that it was just like a 'real' restaurant, you know, like Olive Garden.

Off the Kuff looks at the causes and effects of Kirk England's party switch.

Refinish69 at Doing My Part For The Left looks at UT football and ask a simple question - UTLonghorns or UT Thugs.

Burnt Orange Report and its diarists are following the Kirk England switchover with enthusiasm. After breaking the story on Wednesday, the entirestaff, welcomes the newest Democrat to the House.

KT at Stop Cornyn shows how Junior Senator John Cornyn is wasting time again. Instead of getting funding for CHIP or getting our troops the armor they need, John Cornyn forced a vote condemning Yet another example of failed leadership and Junior John being out of touch with Texas needs.

at the Caucus Blog covered two major stories this week. First, after months of investigation, discussion, and debate, the Houston GLBT Political Caucus has decided to endorse the HISD bond proposal. Second, Evan has looked into the history of the fight for a federal Employment Non-discrimination Act in the post "ENDA Deja Vu."

Bradley at North Texas Liberal discusses how Washington, D.C. almost had the vote, but lost it due to greedy Senate Republicans. Only eight Republicans could be bothered to vote for the legendary bill that would have allowed the District a voting member of Congress.

The marriage of the Republican party to theocracy is no accident. Right wing investors like Richard Mellon Scaife are molding US churches, notes CouldBeTrue at in "What does an El Paso Church have to do with the right wing" at South Texas Chisme.

It was quite a week for Senator Box Turtle; he led the Senate charge against free speech, voted against habeas corpus, and against adequate down time for our soldiers. As PDiddie at Brains and Eggs points out, he now owns the war on terror -- in addition to the war on the Constitution and all Americans. But he did unwittingly sponsor a successful fundraiser for, so he wasn't a complete failure.

WhosPlayin joins a local Republican activist in opposing tax abatements for speculative real estate development in Lewisville.

Vince at Capitol Annex has been keeping tabs on the Texas Conservative Coalition and its town hall meetings across East Texas in which they propose to eliminate property taxes in favor of an expanded sales tax, and points out that at least one new candidate has already started drinking their Kool-Aid.

Hal at Half Empty was at a campaign kickoff fundraiser for Ron Reynolds who is running for State Rep in HD 27. He took videos and did a series. Links to the series is at his summary posting: Ron E. Reynolds is Running for State
Rep in HD 27

Blue 19th notes that Randy Neugebauer can't hide his contempt for veterans from everyone. So which party was it that supported our troops? Oh yeah, the one that doesn't start with "Republican".

No? No! Yes? Yes! Texas Cloverleaf reports on Trinity Vote Trickery Confusing ballot language and campaign slogans cloud the upcoming Trinity Toll Road vote in Dallas.

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Brownback and Ahmadinejad : A match made in heaven?

Sen. Brownback (R-Asshat) tried to pimp an Anti-Gay 'Marriage Amendment' while speaking to New Hampshire voters. Apparently, those in the Granite State didn't like his gay bashing rhetoric, so they booed him. Think Progress has the transcript and the video...

In related news, the Iranian President yesterday said that there were no gay people in Iran. Dungeon Diary points out that it's probably because the Iranian religious police have killed a bunch and the ones that remain are obviously in hiding. Given this bit of news, it makes me wonder if maybe the gay-free paradise Brownback and his cohorts have been trying to create already exists... in Iran.

Maybe they should go there for a bit and see a country where gays are so scared that they stay in the closet. They can enjoy the basketcase economy, the drab fashion and the lack of intellectual freedom. Maybe then they'll realize that The Gays aren't really that big a threat.

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You don't know me...

Just a note to some of our readers... Over the last couple of weeks I've received emails from readers taking me to task for referring to myself as an asshole, among other things. Just to let y'all know, I don't have a self-esteem problem. Truly, I'm very confident in (and comfortable with) who I am. Occasionally, I'll make self-deprecating comments because I'm really a dork. We all are. Seriously, everyone does about 20 stupid things a day and I do about 25. And when I catch myself doing something retarded, I laugh at myself... BECAUSE IT'S FUNNY. If I don't laugh at myself when I trip and fall down,for example, then how can I laugh at someone when they trip and fall down?

Which brings me to my final point. When I refer to myself as an asshole in real life, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't hide behind the blog and that I am, in fact, much nicer here than out there. Just ask The Mayor... I can be way unpleasant in the real world.

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What a Jerk!

Hey Ghouliani! Don't ya no it's simple common courtesy to silence your frikkin' cellphone when you're in a public meeting? (Especially when in a room full of gun nuts?)

I'll bet this dope wipes his nose on his sleeve.

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September 24, 2007

November is the test?!?!

From EOW comes word that our new and expensive voter registration system has issues. BIG ISSUES.

Wilson said an August stress test of the system went reasonably well, though if things don’t go swimmingly in the elections, two contractors responsible for the system will face “serious consequences.”

“It needs to work,” he said. “November will be the real test.”

Serious consequences? Oh, come on Phil. Like you guys are going to anything to them should the system fail.

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More proof we're effecting the climate

Accuweather has a good piece up on the findings of a new report out of LLNL...

A recent study from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California states that observations and climate model results confirm that human-induced warming of the planet is having a pronounced effect on the atmosphere's total moisture content.

More moisture creates a feedback loop which increases heat and drives more and more powerful storm systems. That's almost easy enough for the mongo in the White House to understand.

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Edwards and the SEIU

I'm posting the video to his speech in the supersize and David Mizner at MyDD has this update

The news generated by Edwards has been consistently good of late. Not earth-shattering, not race-changing, just good. His sharp populist message is breaking into the dominant media narrative, and he's challenging Clinton, making Obama seem suddenly less relevant.

Last week Obama was supposed to recapture his antiwar cred, but his "major policy address" fell flat. He couldn't even bring himself to support a timeline for withdrawal (a position he'd already taken!) Meanwhile Edwards bought time on MSNBC to rebut Bush's address on Iraq, stealing the week from Obama in terms of antiwar cred. The expensive, risky move brought Edwards good coverage. For example, he was included in a discussion on Larry King from which he otherwise would have been excluded. And what a discussion it was. For months we Edwards supporters have argued that the strength and clarity of his positions would produce political benefits. The Atlantic's James Fallows--who usually focuses on policy instead of politics--was taken aback as he saw the candidates anew.

Of the three Democratic responses to the president in this hour on CNN -- Jack Reed, Barack Obama, plus Edwards -- Edwards was by a mile the most impressive. To apply the Man from Mars perspective: if you'd heard of none of these politicians before, based on this sequence you'd immediately assume that Edwards was the dominant one from either party (including the actual president).

Reed was fine, and it's always good to have a West Point grad and former Army officer in this role. But he was long on "we Democrats will offer a plan" as opposed to very crisp arguments about what was wrong with the Bush plan.

Those crisp arguments were all, and only, what Edwards presented. I don't have a transcript, but the gist was: we're patrolling a civil war, nothing matters without political progress, and that's not happening; it's shameful to keep making the link to 9/11 that does not exist, etc. Compared with the last time I'd seen Edwards handling foreign policy questions on live TV, he has come a very long way in knowledgeability and confidence..

From Obama, the opposite surprise: when did he start sounding like a Senator? So many vagued-up sentences and so little pith?

Then this weekend the candidates went to Iowa for the Harkin Steakfry, which is a test of organization first and intensity of support second. By all accounts, no candidate had more supporters there than Edwards, and anyone who watched it on TV knows his supporters were the most vocal. Newsweek's Howard Fineman said he won the day. Don't get me wrong: I don't trust Fineman (although as mainstream jounalists go, he's pretty sharp.) But it's significant that the mainstream press, which has long treated this is as a two-person race, is waking up to discover a "convincing man of the people populist" with surprising "polish."

Like Fallows, Fineman was surprised to discover how unimpressive Obama was. Indeed, sitting at home in my living room, I saw few sparks. Iowa has always presented a challenge for Obama, and he seems not to be taking the necessary steps to mitigate his weaknesses there. For example, this week he's skipping the AARP forum in Davenport--a strange decision for someone lagging behind among seniors. And he's yet to present a comprehensive plan to fight rural poverty. At this relatively late date his support remains concentrated in cities and college towns--a recipe for a poor finish in a contest that rewards well-distributed support. Let me be the first to say what's on the tip of conventional opinion's tongue: Obama's in trouble in Iowa.

That's perhaps why Edwards seems more concerned with Clinton. Yesteday she planned to dominate the day with the release of her health care plan (a good plan for which the country should thank Edwards.) But Edwards crashed the picnic by announcing that on his first day in office he would present a bill that would take away the health insurance of Congresspeople unless they passed universal coverage. This confounded elitists and other non-populists. David Brooks said Edwards was shrill, and Obama supporters over at Kos were besides themselves, citing an amendment to the constitution (one that most of them had never heard of till that morning) in a desperate attempt to blunt the political force of Edwards's move. What Edwards was doing was good old-fashioned brassknucke politics--something Obama and his supporters neither understand nor like.

In the afternoon came the candidates' speeches to the SEIU, a powerful, politically active union, the only one that might endorse Obama. And after Obama thrilled the crowd with his speech (let's face it, the guy can bring it, occasionally), it seemed as if he might have stolen the endorsement away from Edwards. Then reality set in. Edwards rocked the house himself, and some actual reporting found that the passion for Edwards among the service workers is deep. Either Edwards gets SEIU or no one does.

Finally, today the Edwards campaign went after Hillary Clinton for--well, for being Hillary Clinton, a corporate Dem to the core. I'll let Joe Trippi tell you the bad news:

If you want to know why we need change in Washington - and I mean real change, not just trading corporate Republican insiders with corporate Democratic insiders - then just look at Senator Clinton's schedule for today. Today at noon, Hillary Clinton will be hosting a fundraiser in Washington, DC for a select group of lobbyists with an interest in homeland security.

Tickets for the Clinton fundraiser are $1,000 a ticket and $25,000 per bundler. And for that money you get more than a meal - you get to attend one-hour breakout sessions in four different areas of homeland security that will include House Committee Chairs and members of Congress who sit on the very committees that will be voting on homeland security legislation.

Today's Clinton fundraising event is a "poster child" for what is wrong with Washington and what should never happen again with a candidate running for the highest office in the land.

That no one in the Clinton campaign - including the candidate - found anything wrong with holding this fundraiser is an indication of just how bad things have gotten in Washington - because there isn't an American outside of Washington who would not be sickened by it.

Just last month, John Edwards asked Senator Clinton to join him in taking the Democratic Party on the first step towards real reform - to become the first party to refuse and reject the money of Washington lobbyists.

But one of the nice things about being an establishment pol like Clinton is that when populists criticize you, an establishment journalist like Ben Smith comes to your aid. Here Smith, who's clearly in awe of Clinton's political skills, "tsk-tsks" Edwards for going negative, calls him "angry," and claims without evidence that this is a gift to Hillary. Never mind assessing the substance of the charge. And feel free to ignore the polls suggesting that this is a huge vulnerability for Hillary. Just keep on doing her bidding, BS. Maybe she'll give you an interview if and when you help her get elected. You're so far up the establishment's ass you can't see daylight, much less the truth.

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Because Road Rage Wasn't Enough

Sister Ruth has informed us that, upset at having to share the road with all you inconsiderate assholes who insist on taking up space on Mopac, she has now downloaded John Dean's latest book to her iPod and is listening to it during her daily commute. Let's just say it's not helping her mood.

Be careful out there, Austin.

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September 23, 2007

You foul minions of Lucifer

Amos 8:4-7

Hear this, you who trample upon the needy
and destroy the poor of the land!
“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,
“that we may sell our grain,
and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?
We will diminish the ephah,
add to the shekel,
and fix our scales for cheating!
We will buy the lowly for silver,
and the poor for a pair of sandals;
even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!”
The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Never will I forget a thing they have done!

Huh, what dear? I'm on the wrong blog? This isn't townhall?

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The Week in Stupid

If any extraterrestrials searching for intelligent life aimed their antennas in our direction last week, chances are they didn't find much of interest radiating from this primitive planet. Consider:

President Bush's assertion that Saddam Hussein killed Nelson Mandela. White House press secretary Dana Perino later explained that The Decider had been briefly distracted by a shiny object and had actually meant to relate an anecdote about the time Dick Cheney killed Bambi.

Then there were spundit Bill O'Reilly's comments after he had lunch at a restaurant in Harlem and discovered that African-Americans were Just. Like. Us.

I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship.

It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all.

My only regret is that Billo's basis of comparison was the Olive Garden and not Denny's, so I could observe that one difference was that people of all races were actually getting table service... I guess I managed anyway.

But the Outstanding Disachievement Award goes to Sherri Shepherd, a new co-host on "The View", who expressed doubts that the World is round. Actually, I think I can explain this. You may remember a few weeks ago when Miss Teenage Flyover State blamed Americans' poor knowledge of geography on things such as, many Americans don't have maps because they've been sent to places, such as, Iraq and South Africa, such as. Ms Shepherd obviously is one of those Americans lucky enough to have hung on to a map. Sadly, maps are flat and how are we supposed to expect a mere television personality to understand the difference between reality and a representation of reality? LEAVE HER ALONE! You're lucky she's even on your TV!

Could someone please give her a globe before she announces her presidential exploratory committee?

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September 22, 2007

Mister Woodcock

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Heh heh heh heh heh he said woodcock heh hehe heh heh hee

Seriously, no matter how many funny lines you have (and this flick has plenty) Oedipus Rex really doesn't work as a comedy.

Good thing the theatre was almost empty. I'd hate to think that next summer we'd be treated to Sleepless in Sparta.

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SD 10 : Candidates galore

A little over a month ago, Todd Hill at BOR posted on the candidates possibly considering a race for SD 10. This has become an important race because it's winnable (the Republican incumbent is Brimer. Seriously, running against him is like running against a pile of nuclear waste) and, as Fort Worth begins it's demographic shift, it's holdable.

Here are the canidates we've heard of so far.

  • Wendy Davis - While we don't know much about Wendy, we do know she's a TTC shill and big advocate for irresponsible toll road financing schemes that bleed taxpayers dry. As bad as Brimer according to some sources, Wendy is formerly of the Fort Worth City Council where she was very undistinguished (kind of like Austin's own Brewster McCracken). In 2002 readers of the Fort Worth Weekly chose her as the most likely Candidate for Alien Abduction. They also chose her as the Politician Most Likely To Sell Grandma To The Highest Bidder.

    Who can forget her tear jerking performance in defense of the sale of TX-121 to Cintra? Apparently, the prospect of not selling a toll road to foreign entity was just soooo upsetting to dear sweet Wendy that she just broke down and cried. Just what we need, another Pat Schroeder.

  • Art Brender - Current Chair, Tarrant County Democratic Party. Has been chair for years. Does not appear to have any substantial grassroots support which will, of course, be essential in winning this race. From sources familiar with him, I've heard he's everything from 'wonderful' to 'an idiot' which is par for the course. He is focusing on whether or not Davis is, in fact, a Republican. Given her stance on transportation finance, that's not hard to understand. Yeah, Wendy, that's how bad it is.
  • Terri Moore - Currently, ADA for Dallas County but lives in the district. Well liked and respected by a wide range of folks in Tarrant County. Not sure of stands on issues, but people seem sure she would be the best candidate given her intelligence and status as a prosecuting attorney. Is the one potential candidate that has not announced a run. May have to be dragged kicking and screaming which apparently some North Texas folks are willing to do if it's necessary to get her to run.
  • Of course, it's still early and I'm sure we'll hear more in endless candidate forums and tedious press hits. However, this is appears to be how things stand now...anyone with some more information in North Texas care to chime in?

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    September 21, 2007

    Do this, Chris Bell...

    Gardner Selby (whose new picture on the Schlockman website is a marked improvement) wrote an interesting article about some polling being done... for the 2010 Democratic Gubernatorial Primary. I know! I was totally thinking about that just the other day since thinking about the 2008 election is already old hat. The Mayor is LIGHT YEARS ahead of us, though... he's focusing on the 2068 Presidential election that will be between the disembodied head (in a jar) of Steven Cojocaru and Donny, a thinking machine. The great-great-grandchildren of Ralph Nader will also run their chihuahua, Fredo.

    The future totally sounds cool, doesn't it? I know, you'd like to hear more about it. However, that's not going to happen. The Mayor would tell you more but honestly, you wouldn't understand. It's because you're stupid.

    Back to Gardner and the race for the the manse in 2010, the Democratic Primary field (at least, for this poll) includes Kinky Friedman who I predict will have been killed by those derelict animals he has on his place in the Hill Country. That narrows it down to...

    Chris Bell at 22%
    Tony Sanchez at 15%
    John Sharp at 13%
    Bill White at 12%

    Tony Sanchez? He's not even a Democrat any more, is he? The name that did catch my eye was Chris Bell. As a commenter at BOR noted, why not run for Supreme Court? Everyone knows he's more qualified that any of the Republicans currently sitting on the Court. His name recognition is good thanks to the run last year and his name is synonymous with ethics, something the Texas Supreme Court could use.

    Come on, Chris! We need you!

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    Excellent job, Congressman Doggett

    Couldn't agree more...

    The President's surge is as successful as the President's boast to capture Osama bin Laden 'dead or alive.'

    Now Congress must respond to the President's propaganda surge with a truth surge, with a memory surge that reminds America of repeated false cries of progress and phony excuses that have only brought our families more insecurity. Congress must learn from the courage of our troops. Appeasement will not stop this wrongheaded administration policy. More blank checks will only drain our national treasury while fueling more death and destruction that only endangers our families.

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    Jokes of My Father's : Three in a day...none political

    Frankly, I'm stunned... three jokes in a day from my dad. All of them at least moderately amusing and none of them political...

    I rear ended a car this morning... The driver got out of the other car, and he was a dwarf!! He looked up at me and said "I am NOT Happy!"

    So I said... "Well, which one ARE you then?"
    That's how the fight started...

    A couple made a deal that whoever died first would come back and inform the other of the afterlife. Their biggest fear was that there was no afterlife.

    After a long life together, the husband was the first to die. True to his word he made contact, "Connie....Connie. ."
    "Is that you, Joe?"
    "Yes, I've come back like we agreed."
    "That's wonderful! What's it like?"
    "Well, I get up in the morning, I have sex. I have breakfast and then it's off to the golf course. I have sex again, bathe in the warm sun and then have sex a couple of more times. Then I have lunch (you'd be proud - lots of greens) another romp around the golf course, then pretty much have sex the rest of the afternoon. After supper, it's back to golf course again. Then it's more sex until late at night. I catch some much needed sleep and then the next day it starts all over again."

    "Oh, Joe you surely must be in Heaven!"
    "Not exactly... I'm a rabbit on a golf course in Arizona

    As a young minister, I was asked by a funeral director

    to hold a grave-side service for a homeless man, with

    no family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a

    cemetery way back in the country, and this man would be

    the first to be laid to rest there.

    As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I

    became lost; and did not stop for directions. I finally

    arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew,

    who was eating lunch, but the hearse was nowhere in sight.

    I apologized to the workers for my tardiness, and

    stepped to the side of the open grave, where I saw the

    vault lid already in place. I assured the workers I

    would not hold them up for long, but this was the

    proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still

    eating their lunch. I poured out my heart and soul.

    As I preached the workers began to say "Amen," "Praise!

    the Lord," and "Glory!" I preached, and I preached,

    like I'd never preached before: from Genesis all the

    way to Revelations.

    I closed the lengthy service with a prayer and walked

    to my car. As I was opening the door and taking off my

    coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another,

    "I ain't never seen anything like that before and I've

    been putting in septic tanks for over twenty years!"

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    Yesterday, the United States Senate voted for a resolution condemning an American political organization for exercising it's First Amendment right to free speech. A resolution put forward by a man who has so thoroughly abrogated his oath of office that he's called The President's Senator. A man who can't be bothered to send our troops to war properly equipped and armored. A man who won't even let them have a leave they desperately deserve before asking them to return to the middle of a civil war.

    The Constitution either means something or it doesn't. You don't get to condemn people for exercising their rights, even if you disagree with what they have to say. The 72 men and women who voted to condemn the ad violated their oath of office. Further, they rose in support of a liar, a man who has become a political operative of this Administration. They condemned an organization for telling the truth. Where is the integrity we expect from our leaders? Does it always dissolve when it becomes politically expedient?

    This is shouldn't be a political issue. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you voted for this political stunt you deserve even less respect than the man who stood up and lied about Anbar. A man who is, himself, playing politics while betraying the men and women under his command. Worse, he's betraying his fellow Americans. People like you and me. I can separate my criticism of him from my feelings for the troops. The American people can as well. Why can't Congress?

    And I will NEVER accept even a scintilla of criticism from someone like George W. Bush, a man who abuses our armed forces while hiding behind them for political gain. A man whose political party made fun of a wounded vet by wearing band-aids with purple hearts on them. A man who led his party in DEMONIZING a quadriplegic Vietnam Vet. Not from him. Not ever.

    Support here.

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    Friday fun

    Condi admits it...

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    The Devil does my hair!

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    September 20, 2007

    Economy : The good, the bad and how the hell to fix the mess

    First off, the Fed's move... a couple of different reads as to what may have prompted it:

    1) That stagflation is a real possibility as the credit freeze continued, coupled with asset deflation, non-existent wage growth and our old friend commodity price inflation. The perfect prescription for an economic malaise.

    2) That the commercial paper market was already stagnant and the prospect of it fully unwinding into a period of non-activity scared the shit out of the Fed. Honestly, this scared the shit out of me as well.

    3) A combination of the two... or something even worse.

    Regardless, this was a big move and may have been prompted by the fact that the Fed's actions to date haven't had the impact they should. As to inflation and the effects on the dollar, I don't think it's as big an issue now as it might have been. We've seen several trillion dollars in asset values evaporate with the deterioration in the housing market. Further, the dollar has been weak based on economic uncertainty in the US. That's, to a limited extent, been eliminated.

    What happens next? Krugman has a good piece on the stupidity of supply-side economic policies promoted by idiots in the Republican Party (who are, coincidentally, traveling around the state talking about massive increases in the sales tax. Why is it that stupid, unsuccessful people always claim to know so much about the economy?) even today. He points out that wage growth has got to occur, broadly, for real economic growth AND an increase in the savings rate. We couldn't agree more. The best part is that someone from the Reagan Administration has finally come to terms with this as well...

    The jobs data and the absence of growth in real income for most of the population are inconsistent with reports of US GDP and productivity growth. Economists take for granted that the work force is paid in keeping with its productivity. A rise in productivity thus translates into a rise in real incomes of workers. Yet, we have had years of reported strong productivity growth but stagnant or declining household incomes. And somehow the GDP is rising, but not the incomes of the work force.

    Oh, and lest we forget, now Alan Greenspan doesn't like the tax cuts. In fairness to him, he talked about this in 2004 and 2005... but none of the Republicans listened to him.

    Greenspan accuses the Republicans who presided over the party's majority in the House until last year of being too eager to tolerate excessive federal spending in exchange for political opportunity. The Republicans, he says, deserved to lose control of the Senate and House in last year's elections. "The Republicans in Congress lost their way," Greenspan writes. "They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither."

    We can't go on this way. Lest you think this just a bunch of rhetoric from a Democratic activist, I'm a wholesale banker. I'm a died in the wool capitalist who knows that neither capitalism nor democracy can survive when wealth begins to concentrate in outrageous amounts at the top.

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    Beat 'em up, Dan!

    Dan Rather, late of CBS News, has decided to sue his former employers (CBS and parent VIACOM) for wrongful termination over the Bush National Guard story that ran on 60 Minutes prior to the 2004 election.

    In an extraordinary move that reflects the depth of his resentment toward his former network, Dan Rather sued CBS yesterday, charging that he was made a "scapegoat" for a discredited 2004 story about President Bush's National Guard record because CBS wanted to "pacify the White House."

    CBS management "coerced" the veteran news anchor "into publicly apologizing and taking personal blame for alleged journalistic errors in the broadcast," says the $70 million suit, which also names Sumner Redstone, chief executive of the network's then-parent company, Viacom; CBS Chairman Les Moonves; and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward.

    The story happened to be true but with the White House squeeling like bitches, CBS asked Rather to leave. Rather, to his credit, left without much of a fuss. CBS replaced him with Katie Couric. For that, I'd LOVE to sue them as well. Unfortunately, that's not going to be possible, according to Harry, because we don't have a 'cause of action' or some such bullshit legalese.

    Go for the gold, DAN! Pull some money out of Sumner's decaying hand!

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    Bush Press Conference

    Right now, Bush is talking about being a 'supply-sider' who thinks that cutting taxes will increase revenues, despite the fact that ALL EVIDENCE IS CONTRARY TO THIS BELIEF.

    Bush is once again talking about SS/Medicare-Medicaid reform. Please. He says that he and Alan Greenspan used to talk endlessly about it. I think those convo's went something like this...

    GWB: Alan, d'ya think we can cut taxes and increase revenues?
    AG: Mr. President, please don't call me by my first name.
    GWB: Well, gee, Alan, I thought we was friends?
    AG: No. We're not. I have to work with you. At best, we're cube mates. If the secret service weren't protecting you...
    GWB: What's that?
    AG: Nothing...
    GWB: What about social 'scurity?
    AG: What about it?
    GWB: We should cut taxes and benefits to save it, shouldn't we?
    AG: (under breath) I could go down to LaFayette Park and have someone kill me right now...
    GWB: What d'ya say?
    AG: Just thinking about retirement.
    GWB: Yeah, you're pretty old.
    AG: Yes. Quite the Master of the Obvious you've turned out to be.

    Yeah, George, I totally believe you had long chats with Chairman Greenspan. Sure. The thrust of this seems to be that the Democrats are going to raise taxes on workin' folk (a lie) and that S-CHIP is going to be expanded to wealthy families (another lie). OJ Simpson on the witness stand lies less than this guy.

    Bush says this is about private vs. government health insurance. He's trying to give you the right to get screwed over by a private insurer just like the rest of us. Is it any wonder why everyone who can sign their kids up for CHIP does, happily, sign their kids up for CHIP?

    He's going to veto S-CHIP. It's gone. Now the question is, will the Democrats be able to override. If there are any Republicans who are thinking about sustaining the veto, take a long look around you. You won't be back in January, 2009 if you vote with your President.

    Last thing... he made some snide comment about MoveOn's Petraeus ad. He talked about Democrats being more afraid of MoveOn than they are of offending the US military. What the President doesn't understand is that the Chickenshit is now a political appointee charged with selling us on Bush's failed Iraq War.

    Bush dares to lecture us about being mean to Petraeus when he's willing to kick kids off health insurance? One hell of a President we have here. The only thing I don't understand is how everyone in Washington could so completely miss the fact that the rest of the country HATES this guy. Even in Texas we're 50/50 and that's in an easy, slanted poll.

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    You first...

    I'm all the time saying that it's high time the herd thinned out a bit. Seriously, there are just too many people around these days, most of whom seem hell bent on getting in front of me on MoPac.

    Misanthropic? You don't know the half of it. In fact, Pink Lady pointed me to these people last week and I'm thinking they have the right idea. For you. Oh, OK... I'll do it, too. But you go first.

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    Way to support the troops, Zombie Breath!

    McBlogger reminded me of this item on HuffPo.

    The Huffington Post has learned that Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, will introduce a sense of the Senate resolution Thursday criticizing's recent advertisement in the New York Times. The ad called into question the credibility of Lt. General David Petraeus, suggesting the pseudonym "Betray Us."

    Cornyn's amendment proclaims that the general "deserves the full support of the Senate." The MoveOn advertisement, Cornyn's legislation states, not only "impugns the honor and integrity of General Petraeus," but "all the members of the United State Armed forces."

    Perhaps in hopes of gaining support for his amendment, Cornyn's measure would also "reaffirm support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces."

    On Wednesday, Cornyn showed his support for the troops by voting to sustain a GOP filibuster of the Webb Amendment, which would have required combat soldiers to receive equal time Stateside in between combat tours in Bush's War. "Too much luxury for our fighting men and women!" sez the Endless War Caucus. "And we don't have enough troops so we'd either have to bring back the draft or withdraw!"

    Dear, dear. Why make those hard choices when you can send the same troops back over and over again, systematically wrecking the Army in the process?

    For someone who is so concerned about the honor and integrity of a single general, I'm amazed that Cornyn has never introduced a bill condemning the delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention who thought it cute to adorn themselves in Purple Heart bandaids, as modeled by this doughy fuck:
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    Strange, isn't it, that human garbage like John Cornyn and the rest of his despicable cohort can get so angered about word play on the name of a general, but when it comes to actual soldiers being hit by actual flying bits of metal, war is just a fucking joke.

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    September 19, 2007

    Right Wing Hypocritical Horseshit

    You may have noticed that rightwingers in general are a bunch of angry mofos. The latest thing that's given them the vapors is an ad run by the liberal political group
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    How awful of those nasty liberals to pun on their cuddly general's name! Democrats simply must damn MoveOn to hell or be exposed as the troop-hating terrorist sympathisers all good viewers of Fox News already know they are!

    Frankly, I thought MoveOn's name calling was pretty childish, something I'd expect from a sixth grader. MoveOn would have been better advised to tag Petraous with what his boss, CENTCOM Commander Admiral William Fallon, calls him: an ass-kissing little chickenshit.

    There was a time when generalship involved waging and winning wars. Petraous, on the other hand, is on a marketing tour touting an extremely defective product, George W Bush's War, a war where that virtually everyone recognizes is an unwinnable disaster, and a strategy that consists of leaving the mess as a housewarming gift for Hillary Clinton when she arrives in January, 2009.

    Succesful generals get to run for President. Ass-kissing chickenshits get to pretend that things are getting better in Iraq at the same time that American civilians in Iraq are being restricted to the Green Zone in Baghdad.

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    HD 106 Flips...and and urgent plea to Harper-Brown and Nelson

    BOR, FWST and DMN are all reporting that Rep. Kirk England, who first won a seat in the Texas House during a special election in March, 2006, has made the decision to run for re-election as a Democrat.

    State Rep. Kirk England of Grand Prairie is switching to the Democratic Party, the first such switch by a Texas legislator in decades.

    England, the son of longtime Republican and Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England, first won the seat representing District 106 in a special election in March 2006, after the retirement of state Rep. Ray Allen. The district includes most of Grand Prairie and south Irving.

    "After one session in the House, I found that the Republican leadership in Austin had no tolerance for the values and priorities of the folks I represent," England said in a statement released Wednesday. "That is why [Thursday] at 10 a.m., I will announce my intention to seek re-election to the Texas House as a Democrat."

    Theresa Huchingson, a spokeswoman for England, said England would explain his decision in greater detail at the news conference.

    Other reasons given for the switch included CradDICK's horrendous halitosis and the constant threat of being consumed in a snacking frenzy by either Linda Harper-Brown or Jane Nelson. Which reminds me...

    Dear Jane and Linda,

    We think you should both lose weight. We're thinking if you do you'll have sex again and then you'll stop worrying so much about all the gays having sex. Oh and do something about that goddamn hair. BOTH OF YOU. Granted, this will be a mixed blessing since you'll live longer, too. But as long as that gets you to stop thinking about hot man on man action, we'll be OK with it. Just stay out of our way on MoPac.



    Sorry about that... it's needed to be said for a while.

    Welcome to the party, Kirk! Trust us... it's a hell of lot better inside the big tent!

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    A modest proposal...

    I've had a particularly trying day, mostly due to people who were insufferably dumb. I came to the conclusion earlier this evening that Congress should pass a tax on stupid people that amounts to 110% of their income.

    I'm serious. I want to see how many of them pay it.

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    Carrie Underwood... Demon.

    (Harry Balczak, our legal correspondent, attorney of record and HR administrator, sent this to me a short time ago since he can't post it. Something about a last minute trip to Bolivia...or Idaho. I can't remember...)

    Apparently, Carrie Underwood has been a bad girl. So says a suit filed by a prisoner in the Federal Pen in South Carolina. Here's the suit itself which claims, among other things that Underwood:

    1) Had the Plaintiff's larynx stolen
    2) 'Picks on' blind employees of Wal Mart Stores, Inc.
    3) Is regularly corresponding with Andrea Yates
    4) Is friends with Mayor McSleaze's buddy, Cindy Sheehan
    5) Threatens him daily with bodily harm to be inflicted by Tony Romo, cowboys and a few indians
    6) Conspired with Simon to 'fix' American Idol

    And there's so much more. Harry used to handle occasional prisoner complaints and says 'this one may take the cake'. Harry's always been so very subtle. That was before he became a big-time attorney and hired subordinates to do his pro bono stuff. And pick up his dry cleaning.

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    Call Cornyn NOW

    I'm all the time saying we should stop bitching about the Democrats not doing their jobs and instead beat up the Republicans so they'll have to shift their votes.

    This is one of those times. The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act was up for a cloture vote. Cornyn voted against. Time to get on the phones and tell him to back down...(202) 224-2934. Reid may bring this back to the floor today.

    Texas Kaos and FDL have more... You can also call hairdo's office at (202) 224-5922.

    All you have to do is browbeat the poor kid into getting a message to the Senators. RESTORE THE BILL OF RIGHTS. Vote for cloture.

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    Low Wattage

    Opposition research is a bit like a nuclear weapon. Both sides have it and once used they fuck everything up. They make the environment nasty and, in general keep real issues from coming to the surface. Granted, voting records are legitimate, but using the dirty bomb of oppo, the partial quote and taking things out of context, is still the weapon of choice and a real pain in the ass. The problem with it is, if you're going to do it you better hope to God that you're meaner than the other person.

    Which makes this really sad for the Watts Campaign.

    Recently, Rick Noriega has been taken to task by cloaked Watt's operatives for giving money to his employers PAC, a common practice (I give money to my employer's PAC and to my industry association's PAC). His reason is the same as mine... we want to advance and giving to the PAC is something management looks favorably on. Do I like it? No, because occasionally that money makes it into the hands of those I would spend a lifetime opposing. Still, I gave that money in large part not just because of professional obligations, I gave because I believe in the mission of the PAC to advocate for my company and my industry.

    I'd love for no PAC's to exist. However, as long as they do, I've no problem giving money to help advance my short and long term professional life. Noriega's done the same thing.

    The crux of the argument is that Noriega gave money to his PAC which gave it to some horrible Republicans. This is different from Mikal Watts who just decided to give directly, through his Good Government PAC, MASSIVE amounts of money to Republicans last cycle. He then gave nothing to many of the statewide Democrats. I know because I worked for one of them.

    The next piece to hit, the contributions from Bob Perry...The blogger that has endorsed Watts and has been all over many Texas Blogs talking about the unsolicited contributions Noriega has received from Bob Perry finally got the response he said he wanted. We talked about that here and Melissa Noriega, who he misquoted, responds to him here. To me, it's a non-issue. We're talking about less money than Mikal Watts gave Attorney General Greg 'The Gimp' Abbott.

    What? Can't believe I wrote that? The only thing I find more offensive than Attorney General Wheelie is the fact that a Democrat who wants my vote in a primary gave money to help him stay there.

    These are the two main oppo hits facing Noriega... What about Watts?

  • Did you hear about his penchant for bragging about buying judges? Oh, I'll give him that it was a device to intimidate an opponent into settling a suit. However, it was so unbelievably stupid to put it in writing that I can't believe he hasn't dropped out of the race yet. The lack of judgment in writing something like that, hell, the lack of INTELLIGENCE, is stunning.

    Mikal, if you're going to put a gun to someone's head, you tell them about it. You don't write them a memo.

  • He's apparently been involved in some kind of cabal in Corpus Christi working hard to elect their preferred candidates to the bench. Personally, I don't think it's wrong for an attorney to get together with other attorneys and agree to support the same candidate. However, it's probably pretty damn close to collusion. Then you've got a problem which is apparently the case in Nueces County. Let's not even get into the fact that all this was decided via email... seriously, y'all, you never thought about picking up a phone?
  • Let's not forget the donations, individually and through his Good Government PAC, to some really nasty Republican candidates. We get playing both sides of the fence, but Mikal... could you wait until the general election is over and the money can't be used to beat down good Democrats? Either that or give an equal amount to the Democrat in the race? Failing all that, could you at least not give to the people who voted for the mid-decade redistricting?
  • Yeah, in case you were wondering, I don't have a lot of respect for the man. Love me some lawyers, but this guy is a disaster of a candidate.

    The DFT Texas Senate Race poll is up... take a moment and fill out a ballot...

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    I hope this shit isn't loaded with lead

    Stylist gave me candy yesterday when I went in to get my hair cut. The last time I was there she gave me some kind of fabulous gummy candy from China and I, being totally dishonest, told her it tasted like ass. She knew I was lying and told me she wished I'd get hit by a bus in Cantonese. I still haven't picked up that particular phrase.

    Today when I arrived there was an entire bag of the wonderful candy. She claims it's from Taiwan but I have no way of knowing. Well, I guess if my unborn children come out of the surrogate in about 5 years with exoskeletons I'll know she was lying.

    Wasn't it nice of Stylist to give me candy? If you answer yes, you're so very naive. The bitch wants to make me fat.

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    September 18, 2007

    Is that a gavel in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

    Ground control to Speaker Tom, we know you're proud of it, but are you sure you want to look so demented in the picture you paste on your emails?

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    FOMC - 50 bps cut on Funds and Discount - Cites Credit Crunch

    The FOMC decision on interest rates, posted at 1:15 CST, was to reduce both the Fed Funds (interbank) rate by 50 bps and the Fed Discount rate (Fed to Banks) by 50 bps. This is rather historic as it's unusual for the Fed to make such a dramatic move in both rates.

    Long bonds were mostly unchanged as short term yields dropped in measure with today's action. The inversion of the yield curve has begun to work itself out.

    Inflation, per the statement, continues to be an issue especially in non-core and highly volatile food and energy prices. The decision was based on overly tight credit conditions in the public markets and the necessity to maintain the liquidity in a deflated US economy.

    This is pretty impressive... and a little scary.

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    Gay Republican # 1,906,489 - Rep. Patrick McHenry

    Yes, there is another one. This time he's involved in some kind of weirdo murder/escort service thing. Either that or his ex-lover is, we're not entirely sure.

    Sources tell The North Carolina Conservative that Drake volunteered on several Republican campaigns in western North Carolina, and was an associate of Congressman Patrick McHenry. Gonzalez is also believed to have been associated with McHenry in the past. Since being elected, McHenry has attempted to insure that all elected officials in his district are his supporters and cronies. This has caused a very nasty political war of attrition in the 10th District. Sources say that Drake worked on these campaigns as a surrogate of McHenry.

    We're only posting this because it's become kind of a running joke...

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    Wash your hands...

    A third of our male readers don't wash their hands after urinating. Y'all are pretty gross. And no, I don't care that you didn't 'get any' on your hands. I don't want to touch your nasty dick later in the day when I go to shake your hand.

    And for you people that poop, wipe and walk out... ugh. I hope y'all get hit by a city bus because you're all a bunch of Typhoid Martins.

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    Amazing Expressions of Religious Tolerance, Part 2355

    Sometimes it's nice to see that other states have crazy people too.

    Neb. state senator sues God in protest

    LINCOLN, Neb. --Fed up with the threats, tired of natural disasters, the state's longest-serving state senator is using his legal muscle against who he says is the culprit -- God. State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha sued the Almighty in Douglas County District Court last week.

    Chambers says in his lawsuit that God has made terroristic threats against the senator and his constituents, inspired fear and caused "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."

    Chambers also says God has caused "fearsome floods ... horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes."

    He's seeking a permanent injunction against God

    I'm not an attorney, but I'm note sure it's prudent to sue anyone credited with being able to strike you down with a bolt of lightning.

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    September 17, 2007

    Dregs : TPA Round Up

    It's Monday, and that means it's time for another Texas Progressive Alliance Blog Round-Up. This week's round up is compiled by Vince from Capitol Annex. As the TPA welcomed aboard a few new members this week, you may notice some new names and blogs.

    Muse at Musings liveblogs Lap Dog Cornyn’s portion of Petraeus’ appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee this past week and notes that he slobbers all over himself praising the surge.

    McBlogger at McBlogger goes to the CAMPO meeting on the Phase 2 toll roads and finds lies, damn lies and statistics as well as an Austin City Council Member who seems hell bent on ending his political career. Is resurrection possible? Sure... if you believe McCracken is the second coming. Spoiler alert: McBlogger doesn't.

    While on vacation, PDiddie at Brains and Eggs discovered quite a few similarities between the Texas Legislature and the Nevada State Assembly.

    Good news brought by TXsharon at Bluedaze: Bush Economy Solves Obesity Problem!

    Could Be True at South Texas Chisme notes that the Republican tactics of purging voter rolls, creating barriers to voting, and discouraging new voter registration are moving right along and could get serious in Bexar County.

    After the demolition of yet another historic structure in Houston, Charles at Off the Kuff looks at what can be done to abet preservation efforts going forward.

    Adam Silva of Three Wise Men, blogging for the UNT Democrats, provides a detailed analysis of competitive U.S. Senate races for 2008.

    City life can be complicated-but it includes an awfully lot of conveniences that we take utterly for granted-as long as they work. In Houston, We Have a Problem, on Texas Kaos, The Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE) invites all of us to get a little taste, so to speak, of what it takes to keep the fourth largest city in the nation running.

    WhosPlayin notes that some Republican Members of Congress just don't know when to stop digging a hole in continuing to support a failed president.

    Evan Leslie at Caucus Blog reviews the Houston GLBT Political Caucus's deliberations over its potential endorsement of the Houston Independent School District bond

    Since 9/11, an increasingly strident message of xenophobia has seeped into both fringe and mainstream political movements. A new climate of exclusion has formed as a result of this country's heightened anxiety against racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. Whether or not intended as such, new Texas Progressive Alliance member Xicno Pwr at ¡Para Justicia y Libertad! tells us we are in the midst of a growing culture of hate as the number of hate crimes in this country are on the rise.

    WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the unintended consequences of the 2003 GOP redistricting scheme in Are Democrats Statewide Prospects Improving Because Of GOP Gerrymandering?

    Refinish69, another recent addition to the TPA, at Doing My Part for the Left examines sex scandals and hypocrites in the Repugnant Party and Texas Stonewall Caucus.

    Have Republicans moved in a "ringer" to challenge Chet Edwards in TX-CD 17? Vince addresses that in a post at Capitol Annex.

    The Texas Clover Leaf (a new member of the Alliance) notes that Alan Keyes has entered the GOP race for President, but asks if he is actually the Republican's version of Obama.

    Texas Toad at North Texas Liberal tells us about the controversy surrounding the preservation of trees at the Trinity Trail in Ft. Worth.

    John at Bay Area Houston tells us that Jared Woodfill, Chairman of he Harris County Republican Party, must think Hispanics are stupid with his recent op-ed in the Houston Chronicle "Hispanics can feel right at home in the Texas GOP".

    Jack Cluth at The People's Republic of Seabrook notes that it would seem that we've learned nothing from the 60s. Today, in allegedly-enlightened 21st century America, a man or woman can be fired from their job in 31 states for the simple fact of being a homosexual. Regardless of how you feel about the "lifestyle", how can anyone who values liberty and freedom be OK with this...especially with Americans dying in Iraq to "protect and defend out freedom"?

    Jaye at Winding Road in Urban Area addresses several things, including machine-gun-toting cops in a 'brain dump,' post, The Stream of Consciousness Just Overflowed the Toilet. (Please flush!)

    Todd Hill (another new addition to the Texas Progressive Alliance) blogging at Burnt Orange Report tells us all about a North Texas Tribute to Speaker Jim Wright.

    Matt at Stop Cornyn tells us how John Cornyn worked to disenfranchise minority voters while he was Attorney General.

    Don't forget to check out other Texas Progressive Alliance blogs, too: BlueBloggin (new member!), The Agonist, Blue 19th (new member!), In The Pink Texas, Grassroots News U Can Use (new member!), The Caucus Blog (new member!), The Texas Blue (new member!), Casual Soap Box, Common Sense, Dos Centavos, Easter Lemming Liberal News, Feet To Fire, Marc’s Miscellany, Rhetoric & Rhythm, Three Wise Men, Truth Serum Blog, and Wyld Card.

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    Watts lands first endorsement from a Blogger!

    Senate Candidate Mikal Watts has finally landed an endorsement from Hugh Stearns of Brazos Democrats who didn't hit it off with Rick when Stearns accosted him at an event this weekend. Hugh doesn't like the fact that Noriega accepted contributions from a competitor, Bob Perry of Perry Homes. He does not, apparently, have any problem supporting a candidate who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republicans over the last several cycles and worked against the fundraising efforts of our statewide candidates in 2006.

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    Obama's a tool

    Oh, come on... couldn't he have put politics aside long enough to actually focus on the task at hand, namely questioning General Petraeus?

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    Worried about Iran? Don't.

    Stratfor has a great article up about the strategic corner into which President Bush has neatly placed the United States. For those of you worried about an imminent attack on Iran, don't. We don't have the resources. Further, we don't have the resources to handle revived Russian militarism. Nice, huh?

    Just one thing to mention to the geopolitically ignorant friend of yours that's just certain Iran will take over Iraq in our absence... the Turks don't like the Iranians that much. Unlike Iran, Turkey is an economic force in the region.

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    September 16, 2007

    TX-SEN : Noriega, Perry and Watts...oh my!

    Well, there's been a lot of talk about contributions received by Rep. Noriega over the years. The central thrust is that since Noriega accepted UNSOLICITED contributions from Bob Perry, it somehow damages him as a candidate, even though the public record very clearly shows that he's not been bought by Swift Boat Bob.

    Yeah, that's right... the same Bob Perry who funded the swift boat attacks on John Kerry in 2004.

    First, let's talk about those attacks. They were stupid, badly done and easily refutable. They were also a major contributing factor in the defeat of John Kerry in 2004. I say a contributing factor because had Kerry come out and called bullshit early on, it would have diffused the entire situation and turned it around, pointing out to the American people that Kerry was a man of integrity and honesty. By not doing that, he made himself look weak and disinterested.

    That's what lost Kerry that election. Bob spent his money but that race was Kerry's to lose and he did.

    So, let's not assign preternatural importance to Bob Perry. That's not to say he isn't scum (he is), but in relation to Rick Noriega's he's nothing more than a minor source of donations for a couple of years. Further EVERY elected official in Harris County gets money from Bob Perry. Some, obviously, more than others. Noriega is definitely on the low end. The real issue should be pay for play... and that's one where Bob's investment has definitely not paid off. Bob's the kind of guy who thinks at the very least by giving money to all legislators, you can buy, if not love, at least a modicum of goodwill. He's not received much of that from Rick Noriega. From tort reform to real teeth at the TRCC, Noriega has voted against Bob. Not to mention his steadfast opposition to school vouchers.

    Why is this an issue? Because some purists just demand that Democrats accept money from only Democrats. Real pragmatic, these folks. What's curious is that none of them seem at all concerned with a much more serious issue, namely the hundreds of thousands Mikal Watts has given to Republican candidates since 2000 and the snubbing of Democratic candidates. I for one, know for a fact that Watts was contacted on behalf of the Hank Gilbert campaign and ignored the request. To be fair, he wasn't the only one. However, never did those who worked hard to make Democrats look good last year think that SOMEONE FROM OUR OWN SIDE WOULD FUND TERRIBLE PEOPLE LIKE TODD STAPLES. And that is exactly what Mikal Watts turned around and did.

    That's right. You want to take about tainted money, how nice is it to know that some in the upper echelons of Democratic Politics in Texas were working hard to undo everything we were working on the ground to achieve? Sucks, doesn't it?

    The next line of attack to come out of the Watts campaign through surrogates is Noriega's donation to his employer's PAC. Unlike the PAC Mikal Watts gives to and controls, Noriega has donated small amounts to his employer's (CenterPoint Energy) PAC, funds which are not under his control. Watts has given massive amounts of money to Republicans in Texas, some of who even voted for the unprecedented mid-decade redistricting. The CenterPoint PAC hasn't even given as much as Watts who sees tens of thousands of dollars as nothing more than minor contribution.

    Cross party support is essential in terms of votes and money. This is Texas and you need tons of both. Since neither party has a majority, they have to appeal to a broad range of voters. Rick Noriega does which is what has Teams Watts throwing out all this slanted opposition research and why none of it is affecting the support that Noriega has earned. None of this will have an impact in the general election, much like all the vaunted funding Watts has given his campaign. Hank took money from Democrats and Republicans... does that somehow make him less of a Democrat? If so, I'd like to see you tell him to his face...

    I know Rick personally. I know him to be a decent and honorable public servant. I can't say the same for a man who claims to buy judges and gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to some of the worst people in the Republican party. I have faith in a man who has always been a steady and dependable vote for progressives in the Texas Legislature.

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    Bobo's Ever-Shrinking "Coalition of the Willing"

    Whatever was the deal with the "Coalition of the Willing" anyway? Is their actually any other kind? Wouldn't a hypothetical "Coalition of the Unwilling" be a "Shotgun Wedding"?

    Anyway, the "Coalition" is getting smaller, as Iceland is withdrawing its Army of One.

    Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir has decided to remove an Icelandic Crisis Response Unit (ICRU) member from a NATO training program for the Iraqi army in Baghdad next month, causing disappointment among NATO leaders.

    The ICRU member has been working in Baghdad for the last two years, primarily as a media representative, and will cease working there October 1, Morgunbladid reports.

    This is a very troubling development, as the number of Iraqis rated as "proficient" in writing press releases and operating the fax machine has actually declined to 6, down from eleven just a year ago.

    (Thanks to TPM Muckraker}

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    September 15, 2007

    OJ and his annoying habit of living

    Once again, this SOB is everywhere.

    Seriously, would someone just put him out of our misery?

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    Crazy Old Man Syndrome

    Time reports on the waning days of Senator John "Sparky" McCain's campaign:Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

    At a crowded rally at a VFW hall in Hudson, NH last night, McCain -- again -- used the MoveOn "Betray Us" ad as a emotional crowd-pleaser. It was a boisterous event, so when I thought I heard McCain call for MoveOn to be "thrown out" -- and then be drowned out by applause, I first went to the campaign and asked what the candidate said. They were at a loss as well, but said it seemed highly unlikely that he'd call for something so harsh. ("It goes against everything he believes in.") Today, a colleague from CBS News with better equipment played a tape from the rally. McCain did, indeed, let his passions run ahead of the First Amendment. The tape is clear. He said:

    "It's disgraceful, it's got to be retracted and condemned by the Democrats and ought to be thrown out of this country, my friends."

    Later examination of the tape using sophisticated CSI Miami style audio analysis equipment revealed however that the 113-year old McCain had merely called for to be thrown off his lawn.

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    September 14, 2007

    Raymond Arroyo is a douchbag

    Kathy Griffin is mostly a talentless slob, basically the female version of Carrot Top (or is it the male version of Carrot Top?) whose only funny contribution to popular culture is calling Clay Aiken, GAIKEN.

    Kathy made a comment while accepting an Emmy to the effect that Jesus had nothing to do with her winning. I agree. Bad taste and drunken voters probably had more to do with it (not to mention people like myself who probably voted for her just for shits and grins). Of course, the Christianati, the morons who go on TV and claim to speak for Christians, are raising hell. That now includes Raymond Arroyo, who CNN called a 'Catholic Journalist'. He was on recently claiming that Kathy had offended Christians.

    Bullshit. Any Christian who was offended by what Kathy Griffin said needs to take a long hard look at their faith. Because it's weak. Y'all need to think about what's really important.

    Like Petraeus lying about the state of Iraq.

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    Republicans in Harris County hate on Englehart

    Mike Englehart is running for 151st District Court in Harris County. Apparently, some Republicans don't like that so much and have decided to go out and spraypaint his signs.

    Nice work, y'all! Good to see you have such faith in the electoral process!

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    If there is a hell...

    ... then surely it is Marriott Hotel. They no longer allow smoking. I found this out when trying to get my non-smoking room changed to a smoking room. DENIED!

    I then called corporate travel and told them to NEVER book me into a Marriott again.

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    Little Patty Rose shopping for statewide

    On September 9th, my birthday, the little fucker had the temerity to host a fundraiser. Oh, he didn't take people away from my event since no one who would come to my party likes Patty Rose. They'd rather eat their money than give it to the most unreliable state representative in the Lege. Seriously, he makes Kino Flores look positively trustworthy.

    Apparently, his fundraiser didn't go so well...

    Patrick Rose bought 1,500 barbecue dinners for his fundraiser at the Salt Lick this weekend and told the local newspaper that he had fallen one-third short of that goal when only 1,000 supporters attended.

    It turns out that only 312 dinners were actually served.

    Either Rose’s support base is majority Hays County Herbivore or the Salt Lick cuisine has gone way down hill since the last time we were there.

    As if that wasn't enough, he didn't print the invites at a union shop which is the equivalent, to many Democratic voters, of setting their hair on fire. The good news in all this? There's at least one Democrat lining up to beat him. There will also be a Republican in the race, apparently. Which is funny since the Republicans have no chance of winning.

    Seriously, those people in Hays may not care much for Patty but they sure as hell don't want a Republican.

    Then this morning, someone over at BOR posted about a possible White/Rose 'dream team' in 2010. Someone in Houston needs to tell White that he's hitching his wagon to the wrong horse. Guilt by association is a motherfucking bitch.

    Sure, redemption is possible, but it's going to have to be something incredible. Like parting the Gulf or raining tempura shrimp on Austin.

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    We left too many in place in 2006

    Democrats in Congress are being forced to move toward the center to get any traction on a policy shift in Iraq war policy because of Republican intransigence and a Presidential Veto from Mr. Temper-Tantrum at 1600 Penn. Ave. The White House is, of course, counting on continued support from Congressional Republicans to sustain the veto...

    House and Senate Democratic leaders are now working in tandem on legislative efforts, knowing that if Iraq legislation can make it through the Senate, GOP moderates in the House will be more likely to change sides, Van Hollen said.

    "If the Senate starts actually passing legislation, that could really change things," agreed Rep. Michael N. Castle (Del.), a GOP moderate who has been working with Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) on a more bipartisan approach to Iraq.

    Administration officials are equally aware that congressional Republicans will be the key to the legislative fight, said former White House policy aide Peter Wehner. But White House officials believe the president's hand was strengthened by two days of testimony by Petraeus and Crocker.

    "What this is really about at its core is congressional votes about a war policy," Wehner said. "And that policy will go forward as long as Republicans hold -- and that was the first order of business. And they achieved it very well."

    'Go forward'. Stay the same. Continue the disaster.

    We are moving toward a time when people ARE marching in the streets. Not students, HOUSEWIVES and BANKERS, REALTORS and TRUCK DRIVERS. Do you get this, Republicans? Ordinary people who don't think a lot about this stuff are becoming angrier and angrier while you people play politics.

    We left too many of them in place in 2006. It should be obvious by now that we have to take as many of them out as possible. This just goes to show you that there is no such thing as a moderate Republican and the only good Republican is one you don't elect.

    Donate to a Democrat today.

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    What he said

    Couldn't agree more!

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    September 13, 2007

    Mike Martinez is the shit

    We salute Council Member Mike Martinez, or as he shall forever more be known at McBlogger,


    To overcome her anger, Toby then beat Jennifer Kim unconscious and ate Red Tag Betty's leg.

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    Now PinkLady can get giddy again...

    Mark 'Seabiscuit' Warner has announced he's a candidate for Senate from the Gret Stet of Virginny.

    No, really, we like Mark Warner (which is to say our feelings have softened considerably) and we're thrilled to death he's decided to run for Senate. As one of 100, there's comparitively little he can do other than embarrass himself, which the current Senator Warner already does exceptionally well. Cornyn is functionally retarded, so even a slightly buffoonish Democrat from VA should be OK. Can't be worse than any of the current Retardicans who make Lenny from Of Mice and Men look positively deep and complex.

    My only problem remains that face! Bless his heart!

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    Emailing for dollars! The AG Greg Abbott edition

    PinkDome has a true copy of the letter Attorney General Greg Abbott sent out soliciting for Fred Thompson. I'm editing it to appear as I think it should:

    Dear (Redacted):
    It’s all official like. Fred Thompson is finally running for President of the United States (you have no idea how relieved Patterson and I are!). And his campaign is really moving, like soup through an old man, which is why USAToday recently ran the headline: “Thompson Climbs in GOP 'over-90' Poll.”

    I'm strongly supporting former Senator Thompson and I hope you will consider supporting him too. He needs us, much like he needs a hernia truss.

    Next week Senator Thompson will be in Texas grubbing for money. Here is a quick summary of his schedule:

    Austin Luncheon - Wednesday, September 19th (soup)
    Houston Evening Reception - Wednesday, September 19th (liver and onions)
    San Antonio Breakfast - Thursday, September 20th (soup)
    Dallas Luncheon - Thursday, September 20th (soup)
    Fort Worth Evening Reception - Wednesday, October 10th (chicken and rice)

    Damn y'all, but don't the elderly eat a lot of soup?

    If you are interested in joining me at one of these events, and making me look like THE fundraising BSD, please send an email to [], or call 512-4[redacted]. Tell them that Greg Abbott sent you because if I get 20 people to call or email I'll win a free set of them ginsu steak knives!

    Even if your schedule won't permit you to join us, Senator Thompson would still like, and frankly EXPECTS, your money. You can click on the following link to contribute online:

    Click Here to Contribute to Fred Thompson

    Let me know if you’d like more details or are interested in attending. Feel free to respond to this email if you have any questions. I can't guarantee that anyone will contact you but we might at least try.


    Greg Abbott
    Paid for by Texans for Greg Abbott
    P.O. Box 308, Austin, Texas 78767
    Authorized by Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.

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    Cornyn : Day 20,287 as a douchebag

    From Senator Box-Turtle himself:

    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this morning called on the Democratic leadership in Congress to condemn the full-page advertisement that appeared this morning in the New York Times suggesting that General David Petraeus is a traitor.

    “Every American, including a Washington special interest organization like, has the right to voice their opinion on the Iraq war. But to suggest that the four-star General leading the fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq has ‘betrayed’ his country is abhorrent.

    I'll tell you what's abhorrent... a General acting for political purposes and a Senator who doesn't represent his constituents, abdicates his Constitutional responsibilities and makes himself THE lapdog of a deranged and out of control President.

    Texans will be well rid of you in January, 2009. AND THE AD WAS SPOT ON. THE MAN IS A LIAR.

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    Where'd La Cucaracha go?

    Dos Centavos would like to you know. Frankly, after seeing the strip, so would I.

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    September 12, 2007

    TexBlog PAC keeps rolling ahead

    Join TexBlog PAC for the Inaugural Fundraiser with special guests

    State Rep. Jim Dunnam State Rep. Pete P. Gallego State Rep. Lon Burnam State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez State Rep. Mark Strama State Rep. Valinda Bolton

    Special thanks to our sponsors who include: The Texas Democratic Party
    Texas Progress Council
    The Lone Star Project
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    Monday, September 24th, 2007 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    At the home of Kurt and Amy Clark Meachum 5103 Cedro Trail, Austin, Texas, 78731
    For additional information, or to sponsor the event, call Christine Simmons at 512-292-3000.
    Contributions and sponsorships can be completed online here.

    You should contribute for two important reasons...

    1) Texas Republicans think it's a joke and it's time to prove them wrong...

    Hans Klingler, the political director of the Texas Republican Party, is not convinced. Texas voters have not elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1994, and Republicans have been steadily whittling down the Democrats' advantage at the county level, the one stage in Texas that they still control, Klingler said.

    Klingler also suggested that the Democratic bloggers are less of a grassroots movement and more of an echo chamber, where the handful of writers and readers talk almost exclusively to one another.

    "Maybe they're a majority in the virtual world," he quipped.

    2) Texas Republicans are losing faith in the party and it's time to give them a reason to have some faith in ours... by creating a PAC that's not about big business, but about common sense and good policy.

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    CradDICK's having problems recruiting candidates

    Via Hal at Half Empty comes word of one of CradDICK's recruitment failures in the Houston area...anyone want to bet this is playing out around the state?

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    Cornyn still pimping for Bush...

    Cornyn had a busy day with General Betrayus, the man who went to Congress to lie about the success of the surge yesterday. Click the Betrayus link if you think I'm being a little mean. The man has lied time and time again to further the political agenda of the White House.

    Oh, yeah... I'm totally going to trust him over Shinseki or any of the other Generals who have talked about what a disaster this invasion has been.

    This has been an exciting time for everyone who thinks 9/11 changed everything. Brit Hume has been saying that al Qaida was in Iraq before our invasion (an outright lie) and in general conflating the war with 9/11. For those I offer only this... two posts about 9/11.

    Throughout the entire nightmare, Cornyn has been talking about success in Iraq and how well the Administration has done. He's been little more than a sock puppet with Bush's hand up his ass. Texans deserve better... they deserve Rick Noriega's leadership in the US Senate. Here's what HE had to say about Cornyn's performance and the Petraeus Report.

    It's time for a change and you can help make that happen by clicking here. Maybe then we'll be able to elect a leader who will actually help us bring the mastermind of 9/11 to justice.

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    THE Country Song for the credit-crunch

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    Crazy restauranteurs

    The Perez sisters are once again in the news, this time they may actually have soured Marriott on the hotel altogether...

    I'm sure these are very nice ladies and obviously well liked by people who frequent their restaurant. I'm not one of those people because I think it's overrated. I've noticed lots of places that have well known management tend to make up for mediocre food with excellent service and treating customers like family. I have a family. I'd rather someone treat me like any other schmuck off the street and serve good food. But that's just me.

    I was extremely pleased when they declined the loan from the city because I have real questions as to whether or not they actually needed it given their ownership of other buildings in town. That said, I'm dismayed as hell that these leaseholders are tying things up like this. The owner has already said he's selling the business and that should be it.

    Those of you who will be terribly upset by the demise of Las Manitas, should they decide to call it quits, will have few problems finding other (possibly better) mexican fare. Try El Arroyo. If you like Las Manitas you'll probably love it!

    Or maybe stop by HEB for an El Patio dinner from the frozen entree section. Either way.


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    Dregs : TPA Round Up

    (yeah, yeah... I need your bitching about my tardiness with this like I need a hole in the head. Have a bloody, relax and enjoy)

    A new week is here and that means it's time for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's Blog Round Up. This week's round-up is brought to you by Vince from Capitol Annex.

    Do You Ever Feel Like Cassandra? Gary Denton at Easter Lemming Liberal News is beginning to feel like Cassandra again over Iran. Condemned to know the future but unable to convince others to prevent it.

    Port Arthur gets shipped several hundred thousand gallons of a waste byproduct of the chemical nerve agent VX or incineration, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs reveals that neither a federal judge nor the TCEQ nor Rick Perry did anything to stop it.

    Over at Three Wise Men, Nat-Wu notes that, whether or homosexuality is a choice or not, everyone deserves the same rights.

    Blogging and the University of North Texas Democrats' site, Adam Silva of Three Wise Men notes that pundits are over-analyzing polls in the 2008 presidential race.

    Hal at Half Empty blogs about some hot water Senate Candidate Mikal Watts got into over a letter he wrote to another attorney talking about contributions to judges.

    Stace Medellin at Dos Centavos reports on a recent Democratic event held in a Houston suburb (Kingwood). Along with several locals running in the 2007 Houston city council election, the event attracted several more judicial candidates running in 2008, including Texas Supreme Court Place 8 candidate Judge Susan Criss.

    In one of his information packed open threads on Texas Kaos, lightseeker notes that T Boone Pickens is stacking the deck in Roberts County to suck up water rights.

    McBlogger at McBlogger has an update on the toll roads in the Austin area and urges those on CAMPO to think about what they are doing carefully and advises them to not burden taxpayers with the most expensive method of financing road construction.

    WCNews at Eye on Williamson wonders if the "conservative" WCGOP and Craddick are going soft and will they let Rep. Mike Krusee go without a primary challenge from the right, in Will Craddick Let Krusee Go Unpunished?

    At Bluedaze, TXsharon tell us about yet Another Republican Sexual Pervert.

    Off the Kuff takes a look at the upcoming battle for Harris County DA between incumbent Chuck Rosenthal and former HPD Chief C.O. Bradford.

    Bradley Bowen of North Texas Liberal tells us about the excitement at a Hillary Clinton event in DC -- the crowd was moved and motivated, and Sen. Clinton is in it to win it.

    Could Be True at South Texas Chisme notes that a polluting refiner gets only a teeny, teeny, tiny slap on wrist. Oh, why did they even bother. Just taking the time of a minimum wage clerk to file the darn thing would cost more than the fine does.

    Vince at Capitol Annex discusses the race of a "Craddick D" down in House District 40 (Aaron Pena) and offers his opinions on the blogging legislator's chances in a contested primary.

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    September 11, 2007

    Let's Talk About Bouncing Boobs

    Oh, my goodness. A story on just for me, boobilicious! All about bouncing boobs. How much do your boobs weigh? Factoid: D-cup gals have boobs that weigh 20 lbs! Takes a man with big hands to handle those.

    And, did you know that when you run, your boobs bounce around in a figure eight pattern? The math behind this turns out to be:

    During walking exercise, the women's breasts moved relatively the same amount in all directions. But when participants sped up to a jog or run, their breasts moved proportionally more in some directions than others: More than 50 percent of the total movement was in the up-down direction, 22 percent side-to-side and 27 percent in-and-out.

    I did my own little physics experiment and discovered that when you sit on your ass and blog, there is a 100% downward motion of the boobs.

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    UP building ANOTHER intermodal hub, this time in SA

    The framework for the TTC continues apace with a new NAFTA intermodal hub being constructed by UP in SA which is expected to process as many as 100,000 tractor-trailers per year, further adding to the problems already on 35.

    Of course, this is why 39% will say we NEED the TTC. What 39% hasn't told you is that the truck drivers have already said they aren't going to use the TTC. They've already begun negotiating for longer transport lead times. Which leaves us stuck with 39% transportation 'legacy' until the end of time (not to mention sitting in traffic). Unless those in the Lege finally sac up and do something.

    Not mentioned in the press release were the longshoreman in CA who will lose their jobs as shipping traffic transitions to Mexico's Pacific coast.

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    I'll never forget...

    Amen, Coby... Amen.

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    When you love something you KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

    There are many great restaurants in Austin, all of which are patronized by those who enjoy their delicious food. However, occasionally there is some mouthy bastard who wants to ruin it for all of us. He or she will crow endlessly about how good something is, causing a rush of people to that establishment and ruining the experience for those of us who already knew about the tasty goodness.

    Please. For the love of all that's good and decent in the world, if someone tells you about a good place and asks you to keep it quiet, shut up about it. Not doing so will cause irreparable harm to the rest of us. And we'll hate you for it. We'll hunt you down and kill you if you tell visitors from out of town.

    Say thank you to the server and tip well. Be polite. And keep your mouth shut.

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    Tolls : Release the McCracken!

    Yes, I went to the CAMPO meeting last night. Then had to leave because I was LAUGHING too hard at the folks from the Chamber who did mob the meeting, yet still weren't in the majority. One key for you Chamber folks... if you're going to stack a meeting, cut back on the paid people and the buttons.

    Specifically, I DIED laughing when some moron got up to speak and talked about the 242k people in Central Texas that have purchased TXTags basically supporting tolls. In fact, I wasn't the only one laughing. Further, I have one of those tags. So do MANY of my friends. None of us like the tolls, but we have the tags because we're going to use them and we're not stopping at some stupid booth. There are a lot of people who don't like the tolls who have the tags. These are the people who almost turned out Mike Krusee in 2006 and will succeed in 2008. Wanna talk about those voters, pal? They're angry. Not happy.

    Sal's account is here and very true. I arrived around 6:30 because I was busy underwriting loans. Unlike most of the people who have a vested interest in tolling, I was just an ordinary citizen who found a 6:00 pm start time a little unusual, mostly because at the last CAMPO meeting I attended, we waited FOREVER for the politico's to show up. I should have realized they were stacking the deck with the venue and the start time. By the time I got there, all speaker slots were filled. I was one of the 260+ people who filled out a comment card.

    I also found it unusual that so many of the speakers were pro-toll... until they started announcing who they were. Folks, don't be delusional. These people don't represent voters. If they did then Krusee would have won handily in 2006 and Karen Sonleitner wouldn't have been turned out. Stacking a meeting provides a false impression and it's one that at least one politico is buying hook, line and sinker...

    "I intend to vote for it, and I think it will pass," Austin City Council and CAMPO board member Brewster McCracken said Monday. McCracken supported the 2004 plan before developing doubts.

    "We have to make our decisions based on facts and based on the broadest common good," he said.

    Brewster, for those of you who have been living on Mars, is always free to talk to the press. He's also running for Mayor. Now that he's pissed up OHAN's leg on Phase 2, wanna bet he doesn't even make it into the runoff? I don't know what else I expected from an opportunist like McCracken who's only political conviction seems to be supporting what he perceives will help him, even if it means flip-flopping like a fish out of water.

    I remain stunned at the Chamber's support for the most expensive form of transportation financing we have at our disposal. These are smart people (I know some of them) and can't believe they are really this clueless on this issue, from a financial and political perspective. Talking to some people at the meeting, I came away with the impression that they were 'along for the ride', that the Chamber's leadership pushed the tolling issue and that the membership is more than a little angry. If I was running for office over the next few years, I would avoid the endorsement of the Chamber like the plague. It'll be about as effective as the Statesman's endorsement at driving voters FROM you.

    The folks who talked in support of Phase 2 don't know the political landscape or how things are going to change in 2009. All they see is an immediate need for roads. I see it, too... so did EVERYONE there. There was not a single person who said we DON'T need roads. The issue is how it's financed and tolls are the worst option. Much like children, they've been uninvolved with this for a while and now are ready to jump at anything. It's wiser to wait until the political situation changes and we get the legislation we need. Unless you like paying full price today for something you'll get a discount on in a little over a year.

    Here's to hoping that the remaining CAMPO board members are a little smarter than Mr. Political Suicide, Brewster McCracken. Brewster, sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot rather than open it and remove all doubt.

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    DeLoreans. From Houston.

    You have to read it to believe it.

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    September 10, 2007

    Sure. Leave it up to the father

    Pink Dome has the story of a proposal in Ohio to ban abortions unless the father signs off on the mother's decision. I think this is a great idea and will fully support it, just as soon as the fetus can be transferred to the father should he decide it's a good idea to bring it to term.

    Why should the woman bear the burden?

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    Your life is falling apart because of the gays


    via Dungeon Diary

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    Oh, Elaine...

    R.G. Ratcliffe of the Clueless Ratcliffes has a write up about the involvement of the Texas NetRoots in the Senate race, along with a comment from Elaine Wolff

    When San Antonio Current Editor Elaine Wolff, after writing four pieces about Watts, was pushed by a staffer to reveal that her husband had donated to his campaign, the blog community blasted her. The staff member quit, partly over the issue, saying she should check her journalistic ethics with the Poynter Institute.

    Kelly McBride, the ethics group leader at the journalism institution, said there are times when journalists should distance themselves from a story because of a spouse's link to it. But she said there is nothing wrong with Wolff's spouse donating to a campaign so long as it is fully disclosed to readers.

    Wolff was surprised by the bloggers' reaction to her husband's donation. Noriega supporters saw her earlier columns on Watts as favorable to him, but she pointed to her criticism of Watts' anti-abortion position and the willingness of some Democrats to ignore that position to defeat Cornyn.

    Wolff said the only blogger to ask for her side of the controversy over her husband's donation was a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News.

    "What I was surprised at was some of the blogs I consider to be better blogs did not call me for comment," Wolff said. "With blogs, there's become this new category that is media that isn't necessarily journalism."

    We don't have that kind of time, booboo. That's what the COMMENTS are for. Of course, by 'better blogs' I'm assuming you mean us. Which is funny because we'd never refer to ourselves as one of the 'better blogs'. 'Drunker', certainly but not necessarily 'better'? Unless you are comparing us to a blog about quilts called 'EXTREME Quilting XXX'.

    Yeah, we would totally be better than that site.

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    Just say thank you...

    We all owe a debt of gratitude to this guy...

    Rogers says, "When those private lives are in direct conflict with the public policy that these officials espouse, I think it's fair game that their private lives be brought into this. And I have to blog to do that with. Here's the question: What community is expected to protect its own enemies? Don't beat up the gay community, and then expect us to protect your secrets and your double life. It's just not right."

    Yes, all of you who worked diligently vilifying gays and lesbians to secure an electoral victory for Republicans (and just happen to be gay) can expect similar treatment. As Sen. Craig found out, being a US Senator isn't all that impressive and people have long memories.

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    September 09, 2007

    Yes, Dear

    Watching Fred Thompson's pitiful performance since he entered the GOP presidential race, has anyone else gotten the impression that Fred's trophy wife wants to be First Lady a lot more than Scrotum Face wants to be President? Maybe she gave him the choice of running or adding on a deck to the house.

    Good luck with the deck, Fred.

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    Noriega : Out of context

    On Sunday, RG Ratcliffe ran a piece that has been shopped around for a month by Watts campaign operative, Jason Stanford. In a speech written by Noriega's primary consultant, James Aldrete, he characterized SOME bloggers as being as divisive as Right Wing talk radio. We know this to be true because we feel the same way. Reading any of a number of national blogs like Michelle Malkin and The Red State, we can see the divisiveness from the right pouring in along with a helping of abuse and solution-free rhetoric. We also can not argue with his desire to call out Senator Cornyn for using divisive wedge issues that serve only to detract from the important issues the next Senator from Texas will have to face.

    This is exactly why we are supporting Rick.

    While Mr. Aldrete may not have defined the 'blogs' closely enough in the speech, we do know that was the intent, to talk about Cornyn's divisiveness and poor leadership. We honestly can't believe any reporter in the MSM would have been foolish enough to run with a story being pimped by a simple political operative who pretends that there's nothing to see in the story of the overwhelming silence of the pro-Watts online support.

    It's no surprise the Watts campaign downplays the online outreach aspect of their campaign. Essentially, they have none. Simply a mechanism for releasing press releases on line through an 'online outreach coordinator' and a cadre of commenter's who can't even be bothered to write entire blogposts in support of a candidate.

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    Sucking it up

    About two months ago we found out about a Florida Republican state legislator who was up for a little action... in a public restroom in a park. Shades of Shannon Bailey, no? That guy is now claiming it was all because the cop was black and he was afraid of his blackness. Or something. I totally buy this excuse because when I'm scared the first thing that always pops to mind is the sucking cock of the person who scares me.

    Wait. I'm getting myself confused with Steven Cojocaru again. Damn. Sorry about that.

    ANYWAY, that's the story that old boy is going to stick with 'cause it's terribly believable.

    About a month ago came (laugh it up) the heartwarming story of the National Chairman of the Young Republicans helping out a fellow YR. Via Queerty

    Those Republicans just can’t stay out of gay sex scandals - or in the closet!

    First Representative Mark Foley, then Evangelical Ted Haggard and the most recent (and racist!) fallen Floridian politico Ted Allen. Now Glenn Murphy joins the Grand Old Hall of Hypocrisy.

    The former chairman of the Young Republicans National Federation (talk about a mouthful), resigned yesterday under some pretty dubious, debaucherous circumstances. Though the rising Republican star alleges he resigned to take a “non-partisan” job position, there may be a more logical, illegal explanation.

    And it’s not for the faint of heart.

    Advance in Indiana offers the gist.

    "In a shocking police report filed by the Clark Co. Sheriff’s office, Murphy is accused of sexually assaulting another man on Saturday, July 28, 2007, while he lay sleeping in his bed. The alleged assault of the 22-year-old man took place in the Jeffersonville, Indiana home of his sister following a Young Republican party in which both Murphy and the 22-year-old man had been in attendance. The victim’s sister had urged both men to spend the night at her home because of the amount of alcohol the two had consumed during the party. The victim awoke in the morning to find Murphy performing oral sex on him according to the report. When [cops asked] Murphy what [Murphy] was doing, [the victim] responded: “He was holding his dick with one hand and sucking my dick with his mouth.”"

    The blow job receiver then passed the news along to his sister, who confronted Murphy, who then allegedly confessed to the faux pas. (Even Republicans know you don’t suck a man’s dick while he sleeps. Then you don’t get the full moan.)

    According to the same police report, Murphy had another nocturnal transgression back in 1998. As the lies began to unravel, Murphy and his self-declared non-Republican lawyer released a statement “pointing out,” “Mr. Murphy contends that the events that took place that evening were as between two consenting adults.” Sucking off two men in their sleep? That doesn’t sound too consensual. In fact, one may say - and we do - that Murphy’s actions weren’t consensual.

    I seriously can't wait to hear the excuse for this...

  • He fell outta the top bunk during the night and he accidentally grabbed onto and attempted to swallow the other guys cock while trying to get back into the bunk
  • He was sleep walking while having a dream that he was swallowing a sausage. Whole.
  • Aliens infected him with a virus that could only be cured with cum from the young man he was fellating.
  • MySpace made him do it
  • I should sooo be in PR!

    Now we have Senator Craig...the ongoing saga. When will it all end?

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    Tolls : Pissed at TakeOnTraffic? Try this...

    The folks at the Chamber of Commerce have gone one further with their Take On Traffic campaign. They are now putting up signs in public ROW. To say the least, it's annoying as hell and I'm not just talking about the butt-ugly logo. Always being one with an eye to maintaining the natural aesthetic of our frontage roads, I called the lovely people at 311 on my way to a friends tonight to report one of the offending signs. Alas, they weren't able to help me as the sign was on a state road. However, the operator was kind enough to transfer me to TXDoT. The person who answered sighed, made some comment about a lot of reports on those and said someone would be by on Monday to pick it up.

    Run your advertising on billboards. The rules apply to you, too.

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    September 08, 2007

    While I Was Out

    I've been off-world for a few days, and I'm just getting caught up. I don't know if this has already been blogged but apparently there's a new Osama bin Laden video out and he is the new spokesmodel for natural male enhancement.

    That's bound to wipe the smirk off Bob's face.

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    Tolls : Buy in haste, repent at leisure

    CAMPO is meeting next Monday, September 10th, at the Capitol in the extension auditorium, E1.004. The meeting will start promptly at 6:00 or whenever Mike Krusee is able to make it on one of the time machines as he'll be driving in from WillCo where he'll be busy trying to find anyone who will support his re-election. I kid! He totally has supporters. He'll actually be spending most of the day looking for supporter #3.

    If you're entering from the Capitol building from the north, hit the elevators closest to you (before you get to the rotunda) and drop on down to E1. If you're coming from the south, just walk through the rotunda to the elevators in the north wing. As for parking, you're best bet is the garage at 1201 San Jacinto. It's 3 or 4 blocks to the Capitol from there but it's an easy walk.

    Now that the mundane details are out of the way, here's what you need to know. This ISN'T the vote on Phase 2. This is a meeting to hear public testimony and evaluate what TXDoT has said. The politicos call that accountability, but it's really a requirement of state law (though we did like your attempt to make it seem like you were being gracious, Gerald). Accountability is the word being used by the electeds which is good because it means they are listening. And they know what's at stake.

    The members of CAMPO are in a tough spot. On one side is TXDoT saying if you don't toll, you get no roads. On the other is the Austin Chamber whining about how much we need roads. As an aside, this is exactly the reason why I shun Chamber's of Commerce like I would a boy with a venereal disease. They are masters of the obvious, always late to the party and usually with the wrong solution. These are smart people (you don't rise in even a smaller, regional bank or title company without some modicum of intelligence) but they are none the less acting like impatient children ready to give up far more than needed for a system which by design will be inadequete. Phase 2 is a poor substitute for what's needed. Moreover, what CAMPO should be focused on is us.

    The always stupid Ray Perryman, in a op/ed a month ago, referred to the opposition of a 'vocal minority' to toll roads and that needs to be corrected. We aren't one big group. We're all independent of one another. We've all come to roughly the same conclusion which is that tolls are too expensive. We are the tip of the iceberg, just the most vocal and informed in the community. We represent the majority who want roads and have no problem paying reasonable taxes for them. We do, however, have a massive problem with tolls. Why?

    Because they are too expensive to consumers.

    200,000 commuters daily. 8 cents per day per commuter vs. $3.00 per day per commuter. That's the math. $16,000 from the pockets of Central Texas taxpayers vs. $600,000 per day. Which do you think is cheaper?

    Sounds incredible, right? The numbers are solid. Tolls include profits for private contractors. The gas tax does not. Granted, if the gas tax is indexed it will go up over time. But so will the tolls and their starting point is far higher. The other complaint about the gas tax is that it hits everyone. As we've discussed a number of times, so will the tolls. Seriously, there isn't a region in Texas that isn't getting toll roads and there isn't a freeway or highway in Texas that's not being considered for toll lanes. We're all going to pay, whether it's a gas tax or tolls. Wouldn't you rather pay the least?

    Yeah, so would I.

    Part of the mission of the Chamber's Take on Traffic is to reduce congestion. The only way to do that in Austin is to take traffic off 35 and the only way we're going to do that is to cut the tolls on 130. The only way that is going to happen is if CAMPO sends a message to the Lege that they aren't going to be bullied.

    Let me be clear... what CAMPO is tasked with is choosing to put Central Texas taxpayers into massive debt with extremely high costs or choosing to wait and see what changes come in January,2009. Is it too much to ask to err on the side of caution before you write a check we'll have to pay off over the next 100 years?

    Let the CAMPO board know what you think by clicking here...oh, and if you really want to rehash the TakeOnTraffic talking points, here they are.

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    Fed release guidelines for sub-prime mortgages

    OK, not exactly exciting for those of you outside the finance industry, but the Federal Reserve has released guidelines for sub-prime loan originations. Some of the new regs are interesting given the current issue in the lending industry with the rampant problems in underwriting standards and the resulting defaults. What really stands out to me are the changes to income evaluation. While these may seem like common sense changes, you had to be in the industry to see how far away from common sense some lenders went.

    All this aside, this week we got the MBA's numbers on defaults and slowpays... Here's the skinny

    Foreclosures - Mortgages where foreclosure process has been started to perfect title and take formal ownership

    SUBPRIME - 2.72%

    Slow pays - Mortgages 90 days or more late, but no foreclosure proceedings started

    PRIME - .93%
    SUBPRIME - 9.80%

    See a trend? YES, subprime loans tend to have, on a historical basis, about 10 times the slow pays and foreclosure rates of prime mortgages. The other thing you should notice is that the sky is not falling.

    The reality is that these loans are not going to perform like prime mortgages. Which is surprising only to the folks on Wall Street who priced those loans as if they would perform BETTER than prime loans.

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    September 07, 2007

    Meet Mikal Watts

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    Game on... It's after Labor Day and we're done being nice. I kept telling y'all we're meaner.

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    You know, I totally don't believe you...

    Via PDiddie over at Brains and Eggs comes word that the DOJ has told the FCC that it should not establish a 'net neutrality' regulation.

    The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices, that it is opposed to "Net neutrality," the principle that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user.

    Several phone and cable companies, such as AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., have previously said they want the option to charge some users more money for loading certain content or Web sites faster than others.

    The Justice Department said imposing a Net neutrality regulation could hamper development of the Internet and prevent service providers from upgrading or expanding their networks. It could also shift the "entire burden of implementing costly network expansions and improvements onto consumers," the agency said in its filing.

    Bullshit. This is a way for the Telco's to kill companies providing VoIP service (like Vonage) and send us all back to POTS hell. Not to mention the money to be made by squeezing the hell out of companies who want faster load times on their websites.

    What happens if no one decides to pay? Do the telco's just decide to drag down the network until someone coughs up some dough?

    My favorite part of the article...

    The agency's stance comes more than two months after Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras cautioned policy makers to enact Net neutrality regulation.

    Such a regulation could prevent rather than promote Internet investment and innovation and have "significant negative effects for the economy and consumers," the Justice Department said in the filing.

    Supporters of Internet regulation have said that phone and cable companies could discriminate against certain Web site and services.

    However, the agency said it will continue to monitor and enforce any anticompetitive conduct to ensure a competitive broadband marketplace.

    Oh, hell... we don't believe a thing that comes out of the currently politicized DOJ. No way are we going to do this and rely on you to enforce.

    PDiddie's right... it's time to mobilize...

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    Quick question...

    Exactly how does someone who looks and talks like an Appalachian hillbilly get cast as the Manhattan District Attorney? Yeah, I'm talking about Fred Thompson, Male Prostitute. I mean really, he was very believable as a NASCAR guy. He was less believable as an Admiral. He is totally unbelievable as the DA for NY County.

    TV casting people need to learn that the part of DA on Law and Order (unless it's Law and Order : Albany) can only be played by someone who looks vaguely like Ed Koch. Or this guy

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    Smart people doing stupid things

    I love Wall Street. I especially love how when someone is sucessful with an investing strategy, EVERYONE mimics it to the point that any advantage the strategy may have enjoyed is washed out because everyone is doing it.

    Which is exactly the problem with quant funds. Run by fund managers armed with phalanxes of math nerds, these massive beasts use statistical models to predict the behavior of securities and reduce that behavior into a tradable strategy. These are some really smart folks with excellent strategies and statistical models. They just happen to be the same statistical models that everyone else is using. And none of them are capable to foreseeing a three-sigma event, like when a market stops working because of emotional people acting irrationally.

    And that gives you a fast loss on the DJIA of more than 300 points in a day. Or at least it did about four weeks ago.

    But the 387-point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average Aug. 9 and the continuing turmoil in the markets, in part attributed to massive sell-offs by the quant funds, have tarnished some of the quants' glimmering intellectual credentials and shown that, when push comes to shove, they can rush toward the exits as fast as a novice investor.

    When will people learn that math isn't all that great at predicting irrational behaviors?

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    In The Pink Texas Monthly Talks

    INPT's Pink Lady, the incomparable Eileen Smith, whom we still admire despite her hatred of mexican food, is joining the team at Texas Monthly. Which is really cool since they will finally have a real blogger as opposed to faux blogger Paul Burka.

    Our only hope is that Eileen will be given hosting duties on Texas Monthly Talks. I really want to see her comb her hair like Evan Smith. And of course, she'll DO A BETTER JOB.

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    September 06, 2007


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    This is the Tribute Patchwork. Louis Vuitton has created 24 of these little disasters. At $52,500 a piece. Still more proof that money can't buy taste. Apparently, neither can celebrity. Beyonce was one of the lucky 24.

    Hope you ladies are happy with your bags. Marc Jacobs is using your money as his cockwipe.

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    Stealing the electoral college

    Jobsanger has more on the Republican plan to split up California's electoral votes. Which sucks ass. I've often heard people say that the electoral college needs to go away. They're dumb. What would have helped Gore in 2000 wouldn't have helped Kerry in 2004. Needless to say, we'll have to fight this out state by state and I like our chances in 2008.

    Except in CA... this ballot initiative is one of those things that seems reasonable on it's face but it really nothing more than welfare to Republican candidates. And who's helping fund this? None other than Texas' crappiest homebuilder (and Swiftboat funder), Buttplug Bob Perry.

    Charles H. Bell and Thomas Hiltachk's law firm banked nearly $65,000 in fees from a California-based political committee funded almost solely by Bob J. Perry that targeted Democrats in 2006. Perry, a major Republican donor, contributed nearly $4.5 million to the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that made unsubstantiated but damaging attacks on Kerry three years ago.

    The Perry-financed committee in California, the Economic Freedom Fund, continued to spend money this year, mostly on legal expenses tied to an ongoing legal dispute in Indiana over phone calls made to voters in 2006. It lists the Sacramento law office's address as its home and its Web site directs contributions to the firm, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk. In addition, Bell serves as the committee's treasurer.

    Then there was this over at DKos...

    While we should definitely fight the California ballot initiative on the ground in California, we need to propose a counter-threat of our own:

    If it's good enough for California, it's good enough for Texas. And Florida. And Ohio. And Pennsylvania. And Missouri. And... You get the point.

    My plan is twofold:

    1. Propose similar initiatives and/or legislation in large Republican stronghold states, such as Texas, and red-leaning "battleground" states, such as Florida. Do it NOW!

    2. Propose a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to split all electoral votes in every state across the U.S. in this manner. The Democrats are in charge in Congress and control the majority of the state legislatures--perhaps not enough to pass a Constitutional Amendment, but enough to get it on the table for discussion.

    We need to change the Electoral College somehow. The Presidential election of 2000 has proven that beyond all reasonable doubt. Dividing the electoral votes up this way--across the entire U.S. all at once rather than piecemeal in select states--would probably be closer to the "popular vote".

    Hermano, you wanna keep out of this entirely because it's just going to make you look stupid. The reality is that while CA would be able to change their allocation by the 2008 election, Texas would not. This is, in whole, a pitiful idea. The electoral college exists to protect smaller, less populous states and there is no reason to get rid of it.

    Unless you're dumb enough to think that will make the entire nation competitive and force candidates to campaign all over. Why dumb? Well, if you don't have to worry about winning states, only votes, where do YOU think your time would best be spent as a candidate looking to win a national election?

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    Army exceeds recruitment goals

    Good news for everyone thinking we wouldn't have the troops necessary to maintain The Surge after the Petreaus Report comes out detailing the failure of The Surge. Recruitment is going well...

    Army data obtained by The Washington Post show that the Army recruited 10,128 new troops in August, 528 more than the monthly goal of 9,600. Last month's recruiting total -- aided by a new $20,000 "quick ship" bonus that spurs people to leave for basic training within 30 days -- was the largest monthly total this fiscal year. The Army will now need to recruit about 8,000 people this month to meet its goal for the year.

    The Bush Administration hasn't budgeted enough for health care for the veterans we already have and now they are giving out $20,000 enlistment bonuses? That's some sound fiscal planning, Mr. President. Don't worry, men and women of the Armed Forces... Democrats will take care of things once jackass and his crony's in the Congress are gone.

    Democrats don't let Veterans suffer with substandard healthcare.

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    September 05, 2007

    It's Lonely At The Bottom, Part Deux

    I think I know who Katherine Harris's political braintrust is working for these days.

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    Republican presidential hopeful, U.S.,Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. during a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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    Public Citizen and the Teamsters join up!

    I don't know about you, but if I was a legislator, I wouldn't be too scared of Public Citizen. Don't get me wrong, it's a great group but it's been unable to make much of an impact in recent years. However, I would be scared as hell of the Teamsters. The two forces together? Forget about it. Apparently, NAFTA is being used to force us to allow Mexican truckers to deliver goods in the US on a long haul basis, something that will severely impact safety on our highways here in Texas especially.

    The suit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, maintains that the Bush administration’s pilot program, which authorizes up to 100 carriers based in Mexico to perform long-haul operations within the U.S., violates several key congressional requirements. The groups filing suit include Public Citizen; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Sierra Club; Environmental Law Foundation; and the Brotherhood of Teamsters, Auto and Truck Drivers, Local 70. The groups filed an emergency motion asking the court to delay the pilot program before it goes into effect in a matter of days...

    In 2001, a NAFTA tribunal ordered the U.S. to fully open its border to Mexico-domiciled trucking companies. In response, the Bush administration said it would implement a pilot program to allow up to 100 motor carriers from Mexico full access to U.S. highways. However, the project violated U.S. laws governing the conduct of pilot programs, in addition to a 2001 congressional mandate that Mexico-domiciled trucking companies meet U.S. safety standards regarding hours of service, driver training and licensing, and vehicle safety before being allowed access to the nation’s roadways.

    Congress this year held hearings examining the plan to allow trucks from Mexico to travel beyond the border zones. Lawmakers uncovered serious safety deficiencies and deemed the pilot program a sham and in violation of existing law. In response, Congress passed a measure designed to ensure that any pilot program does not circumvent safety standards or congressional oversight and that such a program is conducted within strict parameters designed to facilitate informed decision making.

    On Aug. 6, the Department of Transportation Inspector General released a report finding that the system used to monitor Mexico-domiciled carrier drivers with license convictions is not yet adequate. Officials still don’t have the data necessary to identify drivers not permitted to operate on U.S. highways. Further, the system designed to ensure that Mexico-domiciled carriers comply with U.S. motor vehicle manufacturing safety standards is incomplete, and it is not clear whether the drug and alcohol testing program is functional, the inspector general found.

    I'm fine with competition... just as soon as the Mexicans implement the same standards we have the in US. Failing that, I don't give a damn what a free trade tribunal says. We should not be forced to open our roads up to people and transports that haven't had to pass the same safety and environmental standards that US truckers and vehicles have to pass.

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    Dregs : TPA Round Up 9/2

    (I was totally supposed to post this on Monday but I forgot. Because I was getting some fantastic head from a US Senator)

    Even though it's Labor Day, Texas Progressive bloggers are still hard at work, and so the Texas Progressive Alliance is proud to present the TPA Blog Round-Up for September 3, 2007. This Labor Day edition was compiled by Vince from Capitol Annex.

    In the opening part of his in-depth series on the policies of the Democratic presidential candidates, Phillip Martin at Burnt Orange Report examines where the candidates fall on issues concerning energy and the environment. From their stance on CAFE standards to new coal plants, to renewable energy and greenhouse emissions, the post provides a well-sourced comparison of all 8 of the candidates' platforms.

    Texas Toad at North Texas Liberal lets us know that, even after embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation, Texas' unpopular Sen. John Cornyn is still defending Bush's crony.

    As Bush prepares to ask Congress for $200 billion in supplemental spending TXsharon at Bluedaze tells us just who The Iraq War Profiteers are.

    Muse at Musings liveblogs NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's press conference about astronauts and alcohol use and finds his "sensationalism" and "urban legend" accusations of the independent commission¹s report a little tiresome. Not to mention defensive.

    Over at Texas Kaos, in "Clinton Did Nothing to Stop Bin Laden" Is a GOP Lie, Krazypuppy takes on the Republican lie that Democrats are soft on terror with some of them facts we in the Reality Based Community are always on about. As one commenter notes, Dems aren't weak on terror, they're weak on Republicans. Time for that to change, for America's sake, Iran's sake, and the entire world's sake.

    Someone shoved a press release under Hal at Half Empty's nose: Ron E. Reynolds will challenge Dora Olivo for state Representative in HD 27.

    WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on TxDOT's plan to buy back interstate highways from the federal government and put tolls on them and asks Will TxDOT' Plan To Toll Interstates Be Tipping Point?

    The last public hearing prior to METRO choosing a route for its Universities light rail line was this past Tuesday. Alexandria Ragsdale attended the hearing, made her statement in favor of a Richmond Avenue alignment, and blogged all about it at Off The Kuff shares correspondence with his Congressman urging the avoidance of pre-emptive war against Iran and shares a study regarding the administrations probable plans on the matter.

    John at Bay Area Houston claims the recent changes to the Texas Residential Construction Commission makes it the most expensively worthless Commission in Texas.

    Vince at Capitol Annex examines some interesting questions raised by the lawsuit against the changes to the pledge to the Texas flag made by the 80th Legislature.

    Unchecked development in Texas now threatens the continued long-term existence of an iconic bird species, the Whooping Crane, notes Peter at B & B.

    CouldBeTrue at South Texas Chisme shows how El Paso Women are taking a stand against NAFTA. These courageous women staged a hunger strike for the Labor Day weekend to bring attention to the loss of American jobs due to NAFTA.

    And, McBlogger will be celebrating a birthday soon and has some conveniet gift ides for everyone.

    Be sure to check out these other great Texas Progressive Alliance blogs, too: Brains & Eggs, Casual Soap Box, Common Sense, Dos Centavos, Easter Lemming Liberal News, Feet To Fire, In The Pink Texas, Marc's Miscellany, People's Republic of Seabrook, Rhetoric & Rhythm, Three Wise Men, Truth Serum Blog, Winding Road In Urban Area,
    and Wyld Card.

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    Calling Bullshit : Tucker Carlson gets hit on?

    While talking on MSNBC Live, Tucker Carlson admitted to assaulting a gay man who allegedly attempted to hook up with him in a public restroom.

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketABRAMS: Tucker, what did you do, by the way? What did you do when he did that? We got to know.

    CARLSON: I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the -- you know, and grabbed him, and -- and --

    ABRAMS: And did what?

    CARLSON: Hit him against the stall with his head, actually!


    CARLSON: And then the cops came and arrested him. But let me say that I'm the least anti-gay right-winger you'll ever meet --

    OK, first off, I don't for a second believe that anyone hit on Carlson who is, in fact, a fucking creepy little twerp. I also think he's making up the assault. Let's be honest... my grandmother, who is 84, could beat the crap outta Tucker Carlson. I don't doubt for a minute that he would have needed a friend to help him because he is a rather large cunt. However, any gay man I know would have been able to roll Tucker and his friend like a wheel.

    Oh yeah, Tucker. I totally believe you're all big and bad. Creampuff.

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    September 04, 2007

    Edwards books major labor endorsements

    Good news for Team Edwards...

    For a candidate seeking to be the workingman's president, it was a good place to be on Labor Day. John Edwards, fresh from an early-morning flight from Iowa, stepped out of a minivan clad in a union-logo windbreaker, with his wife, Elizabeth, beside him. Bruce Springsteen's "The Promised Land" blasted from loudspeakers. On stage, the chiefs of the United Steelworkers and United Mine Workers of America belted out their unions' endorsements of Edwards. Then they yielded the mike to a man on crutches, Steve Skvara, 60, a former steelworker from Indiana who gained national attention at last month's union-sponsored Democratic debate in Chicago when he asked the candidates about his plight -- a career-ending car accident followed by the loss of his family's health insurance when LTV Steel went under.

    "There rose a young man whose family comes from mills, and he's stood with working people his whole life," Skvara said. "I believe in this man and what he can do for this country."

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    Shannon Bailey puts himself before TSDC

    In response to the Texas Stonewall Democrats Board request that he resign, Shannon Bailey has said... no. Click here to view his response.

    It's always good to see someone put themselves before a statewide organization.

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    2008 is looking bad for the R's

    Looking at GOP prospects in the senate next year is pretty scary... if you're a Republican. If you're a Democrat, you should be smiling like a proud mother.

    Republicans need a net gain of just one seat to take back control of the Senate, but they have 22 seats to defend, and campaign cash is conspicuously lacking. Warner's retirement raised to two the number of open Republican seats, and both of them -- in Virginia and Colorado -- are prime targets for Democrats.

    And then, there is the money...

    The Cook Report considers those three seats and the Idaho seat "likely Republican," but if the GOP is forced to spend any money defending them, it would be siphoning funds from races where the money would be badly needed. As of June 30, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had $20.4 million on hand, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee had $5.8 million in its bank account.

    "If Republicans are investing significant money in Idaho, that means they are losing at least five seats in 2008," said Nathan L. Gonzales, political editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. "If Idaho ends up the fire wall, they are in deep trouble."

    Here's my favorite quote...

    "About the only safe Republican Senate seats in '08 are the ones that aren't on the ballot," a GOP operative with extensive experience in Senate races said. "I don't see even the rosiest scenario where we don't end up losing more seats."

    Uhm... duh! While voters may be dissatisfied with Congress, they are pissed as hell at the President and every member of his party for holding up the agenda the people demanded last year. I mention all this with Congressional races here in Texas in mind. McCaul is more than likely toast as is our favorite Zombie Senator, John Cornyn.

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    TDP's Presidential poll is open!

    This is pretty cool... click here to vote for the primary candidate of your choice!

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    September 03, 2007

    Happy Labor Day

    And yes, I feel like the thing living in the garbage can. I think it's my hangover...

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    Bush doesn't understand where we went wrong in Vietnam

    Bush recently drew a faulty analogy between American's leaving Vietnam and our troop's departure from Iraq...

    "One unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America's withdrawal was paid for by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like 'boat people,' 're-education camps' and 'killing fields,' " Bush told a friendly audience of Veterans of Foreign Wars members.

    See, the problem with Vietnam, as Mayor McSleaze pointed out recently, was that Truman followed the advice of Dean 'Nuke 'em' Acheson and backed the wrong horse. Had he recognized Ho Chi Minh's government and told the French to get bent with their efforts to retake their colonies, it's more than likely that Ho would have welcomed US aid and support instead of turning to the communists in Moscow or Beijing.

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    September 02, 2007

    The Bourne Whatever

    Somewhat entertaining, but it was no "Snakes On A Plane!"

    Essentially one long chase scene after another without much of a story.

    And for God's sake, people: enough with the shaky, handheld camera! You're spending millions of dollars making a movie... unless it's actually set in an earthquake, get a freakin' tripod!

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    September 01, 2007

    Now DOJ investigates Gonzales

    via the Washington Post

    The Justice Department's inspector general indicated yesterday that he is investigating whether departing Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales gave false or misleading testimony to Congress, including whether he lied under oath about warrantless surveillance and the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

    The disclosure by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine in a letter to Congress signals an expansion of the department's internal investigations into Gonzales's troubled tenure, probes that were not previously known to be focused so sharply on the attorney general and his testimony.

    Fine's office has also separately expanded a probe into whether senior Gonzales aides improperly considered partisan affiliations when reviewing applicants for nonpolitical career positions. As part of that inquiry, Fine sent hundreds of questionnaires in the past week to former Justice Department job applicants.

    In the questionnaires, Fine asks applicants whether they were quizzed by political appointees about their party affiliation, favorite politicians and judges, voting history, campaign contributions, and views on the death penalty and terrorism, according to a copy of the Aug. 24 questionnaire obtained by The Washington Post. Recipients are also asked to say whether White House aides participated in the interviews and to confirm if they were asked "what kind of conservative you were (law and order; social; fiscal)."

    What do you want to bet that the investigation comes up with some political pressure from the White House but not an undue amount. It will also say that Gonzales' lies before Congress were really 'errors' and not actionable.

    Whitewash is F*U*N!

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