April 06, 2009

MOTO : Is Dave Carney really such a self important 'tard?

Let this be the last thing we ever say about the 2006 Governors Race.

At the Statesman, they are covering the Bell v. Perry suit regarding 39%'s efforts to hide the true identity of some of his donors. Embry has an article here about the suit, but the first link is to a blog entry that covers what Embry found in the depo. Here's the quote that caught my eye...

“Chris Bell was so inept and had not gotten any traction, our real concern was that Kinky Friedman, who basically got outed as a fraud and a racist, was going to — was going to collapse and that that vote would go to Carole Strayhorn. And — because they had already rejected — you know, theoretically Democrats aren’t with a Democrat. They’ve already rejected him.

So the theory would be that if Kinky collapsed, all that vote would go to Carole, and it’s very difficult to stop an independent candidate, you know, in that her resources to money was pretty significant as being the comptroller and some of her deep-pocket supporters. So we had a strategy to pump up Bell.

In fact, at our state convention, Governor Perry, you know, started to talk about Chris Bell exclusively because we wanted to make him the bogeyman so Democrats would rally around him and that he wouldn’t collapse too far. At some point he wasn’t even a 15 — you know, 15 percent of the polls. We had to make him credible, so we made him our bogeyman so that Strayhorn wouldn’t get any traction from what we assumed would be the collapse of Friedman.

Friedman did collapse, but not as much as, you know, we were worried if he ultimately, and so we’re, you know, in a five-way race. It was very difficult. But we had to prop up Bell as much as possible, and the thought was if Perry is worried about Bell, then the Democrats and independents, you know, that were left of center, would rally around Bell. It didn’t really work, but we did keep him up — prop him up so that, you know, Carole never got any traction.”

Dave, no lie amigo, you are the biggest MOTO of all time. Focusing on Bell as your only 'true' challenger was your only shot not only to keep focus on him; It also neatly kept you from getting into the mud with Carole where she would have whupped 39%'s ass.

It was your ONLY play and completely obvious. What makes this piece so unbelievable is that Carney seems quite proud of how clever he was when, in reality, he had no other option if he wanted to win. Even still and with the expenditure of more money than all the other candidates combined, Carney couldn't manage to get a sitting governor over 50%. Against a fuckwit 'humorist', a Congressman defeated in his own party's primary and a delusional Comptroller.

The mistake the Democrats made was in not taking out a contract on Carole and Kinky.

Oh... Dave, by the way, super nice work on the Speaker's race, pal.

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January 16, 2007

As I drink...

I'm watching Fox 7 News and they just did a spot on the Inaugural Ball. Apparently, 39% got up on stage during the cover of Sweet Home Alabama and he and the singer changed the lyrics to

"In Austin, Texas they love the


Which is super funny when you think about it because he totally lost Travis County. Seriously, people hate you here ,39%. Make no mistake about it, Austinites really don't love their Governor. They don't even respect 39%. They actually like Leslie better.

Vince over at Capitol Annex has a great piece up about a section of 39%'s speech today in the House

I had to laugh. I just had to laugh! It is like Perry is channeling Lyndon Johnson and John Lennon and the wires got really, really crossed.

Aside from that, I feel utterly compelled to point something else out: Governor Perry can “imagine the possibilities” all he wants, but the fact remains that he and more often, his party, are a massive obstacle to seeing these “possibilities” become realities.

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November 01, 2006

Royce West takes a bite out of Matzo

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

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October 27, 2006

Perry keeps it going with the weird comments...

First there was this (which, coincidentally, proves Gromer Jeffers has a great sense of humor)

Gov. Rick Perry grabbed a hunk of rare roast beef and tossed away the bread."Hold on. I'm getting some of this meat," he said before answering a question for a reporter hanging out on his campaign bus.

Earlier in the week was this from an article talking about the budget surplus he's all excited about which HASN'T EVEN materialized yet. The other part of this that's funny (aside from the comment) is that he wants to cut taxes that have yet to be levied. I guess that means we're just going to hand people money?

“Our budget surplus is going to be so friggin’ big,” Perry said. “So why not lower the [business] tax rate down to three-fourths of a cent, or a half-cent? . . . I’m all for that.”

Put the two together and what Failure is really saying is that

This meat is so friggin' big!

Take the dick outta your ass, sweets. I thought Geoff was in Africa or some insane place... so, the real question is, Who IS fucking Governor Failure?

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October 25, 2006

...And Perry wants him to come?

This is pretty dumb. Bush is coming to Texas. He's going to CD22 (Fort Bend County) to hurt that stupid old woman's (what's her name? Shelly something or other? I don't usually remember the names of the insane) chances to beat one of the other write-in candidates on the ballot since they've given up all hope to defeat Lampson.

Then Bush is going to head to Dallas for a 'campaign event' with Governor Perry, the few remaining supporters in Dallas Metro they have, a ton of protestors and a few crickets who are trapped in Reunion. Honestly, I'm nervous about the two of them being at the same venue as that much negativity and unpopularity might create a black hole of suck that could consume most of downtown Dallas before it stops. If you're in Dallas I would stay away from this event... why risk being sucked in with two people that most of the country dislikes? And by 'dislikes' I mean 'fucking hates'.

Clinton is expected to campaign for Bell which is cool and all... except that I know, with absolute certainty that Fleetwood Mac will be played at the event. Which will automatically make it suck. Of course, it'll still be better than the R event. Bell may come across as a little boring at times but he's no Perry. Which makes him much more electable than Perry.

And it means people don't want to spit on him like they do Perry.

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October 22, 2006

As early voting starts, remember

Kinky's not a joke.

Jokes are funny.

The DMN had a story about the last time Texas elected a novelty candidate governor, "Pappy" Daniels.

Most praise Mr. O'Daniel today for his colorful and charismatic ways, but they also acknowledge his time in office was far from perfect. Researchers say he was one of the worst governors and senators in Texas history.

"He ran it like a business, but he almost ran it into the ground," said Bill Crawford, co-author of the book Please Pass the Biscuits, Pappy . "I'm sure if Kinky won as governor, he'd be equally inept and awful in office, but that's not to say that he's not a wonderfully entertaining candidate."

But Mr. Friedman contends – as he often does – that musicians can run the state better than politicians.

"We mostly have two qualities that politicians don't, that's integrity and creativity," he said.

Musicians have integrity? Ever leave one alone with your sister?

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October 21, 2006

Permits issued for coal plants as Perry continues to payoff supporters

That's right, TCEQ issued preliminary permits Wednesday to begin hearings on the construction of some of the coal plants. Let's not forget that Perry has received massive donations from the power industry even though their plans will supply far more power than Texas needs. Even in 2040.

That's the thing about these projects. Thanks to the Republican's, our environmental laws are so weak that we have become the preferred locale for anyone looking to generate power, pollute the shit out of the air AND ship the power out of state.

Now, don't get all cross with me about the use of the word payoff. I'm not calling it a bribe because Perry is right, the contributions are listed on his TEC report. However, it's the kind of politics that Perry has been adept at playing usually to the detriment of the people of Texas.

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October 16, 2006

Bell's new ad rocks!

The Bell campaign decides to bring it and the results are very nice. This is what I'm talking about...

I honestly don't have a negative thing to write. Good job, Team Bell. Way to rise above the crowd and create some good TV.

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What say you, civil rights or Transparency is hidden by many colors

My first post was going to be a pathetic attempt at snarky humor interspersed with pirate slang, but this is a serious week, so serious matters won out.

The question begs to be asked, What did Chris Bell do to garner such disdain from African-Americans?

First, he is voted out of a district redrawn to include a black majority, even though almost all factions deemed him a very effective legislature who served the community with distinction and integrity.

Then last month, the Texas Publishers Association, which is a statewide association of African-American owned and operated newspapers, endorsed Carole Strayhorn. Huh? She gave up her membership for the common good of all people of Texas when she abandoned the Democratic Party.

Unfortunately, it does not end there. According to a Saturday article in the AAS, the NAACP welcomed Bell warmly. Warmly? The article goes on to say that many at the convention favored Strayhorn. There was also some support for Governor Goodhair

Also, a DMN telephone poll shows that Bell was supported by only 37% of African-Americans.

I'm cognizant that Dems have fallen short on their promise to African-Americans, but for God's sake, a Republican and a Republican calling herself an independent are not only going to do less, but will attempt to rollback 50 years of progress. So are you going to vote for a party that just attempted to reinstate a modern poll tax by requiring government-issued identification to vote?

Maybe I'm not seeing the big picture. When minorities start putting money and self-interest above the community, they are voting and acting just like, uh, well, caucasians.

Maybe that's true integration.

Maybe I should be happy.

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October 14, 2006

A new low in the Texas Governor's race


Glad I got that out, and yes I goddamn do mean it. All four (the fifth, that Lib whacko, is just a lunatic) of the main goob candidates are the biggest losers with some of the worst campaigns I've ever fucking seen. Perry, the miserable failure and assclown we've had to put up with since Bush went to screw up Washington, is running negative ads against Bell.

Yeah, I'm guessing Baseslice has finally updated his model. I'm also guessing he knows that the Republicans have suffered permanent damage here in Texas. It's kinda shitty to realize the party you helped put in power has just gone and fucked everything up, ain't it Mike?That helps explain the 'why' of the attack. They're scared of Bell. Kinda funny when you realize that Bell's only winning because D's have just had enough of the bullshit. Actually, the VAST MAJORITY of Texans has had enough of this bullshit. However, this is the best they could do?

Perry, you are a bigger queen than the first guy I ever fucked. Seriously, you wouldn't know hard work or actual effort if it bit you on the ass. You're a lazy, pathetic miserable excuse of a man... a real low even for a politician. You were re-elected in 2002 by a wide margin and now you can't even solidly beat Chris Bell, who while being intelligent and the best choice this year, has all the personality of a potted plant (seriously, Chris... one on one and off-script you're funny and warm... do THAT more often and kill those awful commercials that make you look like you're in the law office of Attorney Better Blackwell).

THIS IS YOUR NEGATIVE ATTACK? Calling Chris Bell 'liberal?!?!?! Telling people he's taking money from John O'Quinn who, by the way, people like a hell of lot more than Bob Perry and Leininger. And WTF is with the sharks? See what I'm saying... PATHETIC. The only thing I really hate in campaigns is badly done TV and we're definitely getting an eyefull this year. From Perry alone.

No wonder Anita always has a sour look on her face. If you fuck like you run a campaign she's not been laid well since you got married.

(Update: Phillip Martin at BOR has Bell's response...not bad)

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October 11, 2006

Matzo continues to suck ass

Yesterday, when we were drinking, the DMN posted a story about Bell calling Matzo to ask him to withdraw from the race. Bell wanted to keep it on the DL, but Matzo being the graceless asshole that he is, decided to make it public, as if he was killing Bell.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBut he took delight in Mr. Bell's message that the independent is taking a toll. "What can it possibly mean other than that we're killing him?" Mr. Friedman said. "We're getting all of the liberals. We're getting all of the conservatives."

No, Matzo. The only people you're killing are the people of Texas. We want to get rid of Perry and that should be the overriding factor. You are pulling just enough D's to cause Bell to fall short of the number needed to win. That's already starting to change because of your racism and poor debate performance... Bell was trying to be nice and offer you an opportunity to withdraw.

But, he'll beat you and Perry anyway. Everyone knows you certainly can't do it. Perry pushed you around like a rag doll on that stage, which says a lot about what a pathetic slob you are. Perry's a big nelly queen and he didn't have much of a problem making you his bitch. Bell owned you, in case you missed it.

Would someone put a fork in Matzo? I think he's done... especially when this is the only way he can get his name in the papers.

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Matzo continues to suck ass

Yesterday, when we were drinking, the DMN posted a story about Bell calling Matzo to ask him to withdraw from the race. Bell wanted to keep it on the DL, but Matzo being the graceless asshole that he is, decided to make it public, as if he was killing Bell.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBut he took delight in Mr. Bell's message that the independent is taking a toll. "What can it possibly mean other than that we're killing him?" Mr. Friedman said. "We're getting all of the liberals. We're getting all of the conservatives."

No, Matzo. The only people you're killing are the people of Texas. We want to get rid of Perry and that should be the overriding factor. You are pulling just enough D's to cause Bell to fall short of the number needed to win. That's already starting to change because of your racism and poor debate performance... Bell was trying to be nice and offer you an opportunity to withdraw.

But, he'll beat you and Perry anyway. Everyone knows you certainly can't do it. Perry pushed you around like a rag doll on that stage, which says a lot about what a pathetic slob you are. Perry's a big nelly queen and he didn't have much of a problem making you his bitch. Bell owned you, in case you missed it.

Would someone put a fork in Matzo? I think he's done... especially when this is the only way he can get his name in the papers.

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October 09, 2006

Perry takes some underserved credit

One of the dumbest people in the universe (no, not Matzo) is taking credit for something he didn't do. Which isn't really that big a suprise, especially when you consider that he's a Republican and they're all the time taking credit for things they didn't really do. Like balancing the budget, building a strong economy, protecting us from terrorism and giving us cheap gasoline.

A nanotechnology consortium is being set up in Texas at UT-Austin. Perry thinks it's because he's such a super-fabu gov and couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that Austin is one of the leading areas in the world for electronics R&D and manufacturing. I think UT's excellent EE program also has something to do with it.

Texas has been awarded a prestigious nanoelectronics research center funded by the National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation. It is only the third such research center in the nation; the others are in New York and California.

Called the Southwest Academy of Nanotechnology (SWAN), it will be located at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of the principal investigator, Dr. Sanjay Banerjee.

TI and SRC are the primary funders, though this press release shows the 'State of Texas' is also funding the project, no doubt from University budgets. From what I can tell, none of Perry's slush fund money is being used... it's all coming from the research budgets the Uni's already had.

Perry compared projects like this to the very successful Sematech project in the late 1980's and early 1990's. He, of course, had nothing to do with that, either. That's why it was successful, dummy.

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October 07, 2006

The Debate : Holy Shit, are we ever in trouble

Seriously, this is the best we can do?

I went to Psycho Beach Party last night and wasn't able to see the debate until I got home a little after 1:00. It helped that I was quite drunk, otherwise I would have been tempted to cry.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFirst off, yes, Bell won. Hands fucking down. Still, that doesn't mean he knocked the ball out of the park as you have to think of this in the context of the overall clusterfuck. The format sucked ass, as did the questioners and the moderator ("moving on" ). Honestly, I wanted the entire set to burst into flames and take everyone, sans Bell, onto their great reward. Bell's performance, in relation to the pitiable antics of Strayhorn, Perry and Matzo, was great. But ONLY in that context. Had there been real people on that stage we would all be caling for Chris Bell's head. Instead, there were three retards and Chris Bell. He couldn't help but look good, even if it did at times appear that his battery was running down.

Only in a race like this can boring be considered good enough. The sad thing is that Chris is witty, quick and very personable none of which came across last night and all of which are endearing to voters. While it's a shame that Republicans and Independents didn't get to see that Chris Bell last night, I'm thinking enough D's saw it to close ranks and 'ring the Bell'. His policy was solid, he stayed on message and while he wasn't as pointed in his comments toward Perry (come on! If ever there was a time to call Perry a miserable failure it was last night. Chris, you missed an opportunity to dress down Perry and make him your bitch last night) he stood head and shoulders above the crowd as the voice of sanity.

Why am I so dissapointed in Bell last night? He missed an opportunity to overwhelm these clowns. Last night he could have secured himself an unassailable lead. Instead, he'll edge ahead but it'll still be close. What Texans are hungry for is the one thing Bell has to offer... leadership. I've seen it in him when talks about education and stem cell research. Last night, that fire wasn't evident.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPerry... oh, you fuckwit. Way to lie your way through an hour. For one thing, voters NEVER approved the TTC, you have screwed over rural Texans and we can all see in your 'transparent' finance report that you've been bought and paid for by folks like Bob Perry (whose people sit on your 'homeowner's commission'), James Leininger and the nice folks at Cintra and Zachry. Yeah, we can see the whole dirty, sordid mess and WE HATE YOU. You talked about all the things you wanted to do in another term, none of which sound all that great, without even a hint of irony. You've been Governor for SIX MOTHERFUCKING YEARS. In that time Texas has slid to the bottom of the list in a lot of categories and it's not just how you look at the statistics, dickhead. You've been nothing but a complete and total failure... little more than the bitch of Dewhurst and Craddick. You are far too weak a personality to be in the mansion.

You can't even pick and appropriate suit to wear to a debate. Three-button? What are you, trying to recapture your twenties? You're far too long in the tooth to wear a coat like that.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOSB... it's really like kicking a puppy. 'In a Strayhorn Administration...' needs to tatooed on her forehead. Girl, you suck. This isn't your year and this is not your race. Honestly, only Kinky looked worse. Her lack of knowledge was impressive, as was her disregard for anything real. I did like how combative she was with Perry but other than that there wasn't anything likable about her.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMatzo... Dick, it's time to hang up that smelly hat, stub out the cigar and get on down the road. It was obvious to everyone last night just how tired your schtick is and how thoroughly unequal you are to the task of governing the second largest state in the nation. Please, either step down or go on that last, great, bender. Whatever you do, just go away.

This was mediocrity on display. I had someone tell me that they thought Bell looked the most like a statesman. Yes, in comparison to the other assholes, he definitely looked like a statesman. Compared to true statesman, not so much. What Bell is offering is a victory this year; Balance and sanity to a political animal run amok. He's not offering the kind of electric shock that the people of Texas (well, over 60% of them, at any rate) are looking for. That's what most dissapoints me about him and how he's running this race.... he has the opportunity this year to advance the ball 80 yards. Instead, we'll be lucky to make first down.

Texans are looking for a leader and Bell's the closest they are going to get.

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October 06, 2006

Debates are loads of fun

Sadly, I won't be watching the Debate tonight. I will be watching Psycho Beach Party in which a friend is appearing. No, I've not developed a sudden love of theater. In fact, it irritates me. Still, I'm all about supporting my friends. Except for Sister Ruth.

HOWEVER, if you want to watch the debate with like minded folks, try one of the parties up on the Bell site. I noticed that the Austin site wasn't a bar but was instead the AFL-CIO. I think they are pretty open about BYOB. They damn well better be... I know some of you are like me. You want televised bloodsport and you want to enjoy drinks along with it, right?

Or is that just me?

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Poll Position

Does it really matter? Sure. Yeah. Whatev.

As always, look at the source. We have one poll out from TTLA that shows Strayhorn doing well (no data yet on the crosstabs or the sample). Then we have the DMN poll showing The Former Used Car Salesman Also Known As Rick Perry (was he a car salesman? Who can say? Does he have a dildo? Am I off topic?) doing very well. The only thing I can think to ask them about it is...undersampling of minorities and oversampling Republicans will not give you good numbers, so why do it?

Which leads me into the first reason I'm posting this (as if I need a reason... reasons for posting are like reasons for eating a donut. There aren't any, but damn it's fun): We're a month out from the election. Bell's ads haven't even hit the air, yet some are already calling OSB the person capable of defeating Perry. I think that's bullshit. Yes, Bell's newest ads suck, but they ARE better than those being aired by OSB and Perry. I think it's way too early to call anything, especially in a year when the next Republican scandal is just around the corner.

The second reason is related to something Burka wrote that EOW was kind enough to quote...

Of course, it’s hard for the “Democrats” to grasp anything, since there is no effective Democratic organization in this state outside of Travis County.

This isn't really true anymore, Paul. Part of what's made Travis County so good at electing Democrats is that thousands volunteer each cycle to make phone calls, blockwalk and register voters. This last part is key since unless you have your card, you can't vote. It's all the personal contact that Democrats in Travis County have with voters that really seals the deal. As we all know, when you register everyone and ASK them to vote, many of the do and Democrats always benefit from that.

D's in Texas have strayed from that because they got lazy. They got used to fat budgets and big media campaigns spurred by a need to 'get on TV'. We lost that 'touch' we had with the actual voter, that primary contact of just simply asking them to register. You may laugh, but it's critical and it IS the reason Democrats win in Travis County. Sure, we succumbed to Keel, Stick and Baxter because we thought they were OK guys. When we learned differently we moved heaven and earth to rid ourselves of them. Hell, two of them didn't even have the sack to face a run this year. That's how good the GOTV effort in Travis County is.

What Burka doesn't know or doesn't want to see is that Travis County isn't the only place where stuff like that is going on. It's also happening in Dallas County, Harris County and in large parts of the Valley. El Paso never really wavered and they'll be strong again this year. Polls won't tell you about any of this until it's too late.

There are going to be a lot of new voters this year. However, they won't be voting for Matzo.

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October 04, 2006

Ivins endorses Bell

No it's not a huge suprise and in fact, MANY others have posted about it today. Still, it's nice to know that someone like Ivins sees some of the same things in Bell that a lot of us do. PLUS, it's caused BOR commentor Baby Snooks to officially declare his/her support for Bell which prompted one commentor to ask if it was snowing in Houston.

No, it wasn't snowing in Houston. Bell's just managed to begin parting the Red Sea.

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September 28, 2006

Oh, sure Rick. Like anyone believes you now

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Dumbass Perry sent out a campaign email yesterday through the RPT which is apparently still operating under the pall of Tinafish. They are trying to breathe some life into the idiot's moribund campaign by announcing his five point plan of shit he'll do if re-elected. I'm posting the bullshit in the supersize because it's pretty damn funny and by funny I mean pathetic and stupid.

Mr. Perry, you've had six years and in that time you've done little more than put a bandaid on school finance that is already starting to fall off the wound. Oh, and you stopped the threat of gay marriage from effecting ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. You're a useless, miserable failure.

Texas is last in so many bad categories it's not even funny. I guess it would be if I lived in another state. However, I live here and you've had long enough to fuck things up. Time for you to, as they say where I grew up, move on down the road.

Perry Outlines Budget Reforms

5-Point Plan Would Lead to Less Government Spending, More Accountability for Taxpayers

DALLAS - Gov. Rick Perry today outlined a sweeping, detailed plan for budget reforms that will promote fiscal responsibility in state government.

“Today I am announcing five key budget reforms that will restrain spending, open the state government checkbook to the public, and end the disingenuous money-shifting shell games that allow funds to be spent on priorities other than what was promised,” Perry said. “I believe it is time to create a state spending limit in Texas that is real, that requires fiscal discipline and that more closely mirrors population growth and inflation costs.”

Perry said he is proud to be the only Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that reduced state spending. He has also line-item vetoed more than $2.5 billion in proposed spending since becoming governor, nearly six times as much as the last four governors combined. The governor said his budget reform initiative is needed to ensure that state government is fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.

Perry’s 5 point plan would:

* Impose a real spending limit on state government. “It is time to create a state spending limit in Texas that is real, that requires fiscal discipline, and that more closely mirrors population growth and inflation costs,” Perry said. “The spending limit in effect today is hardly a limit at all because it is tied to personal income growth. Tying how much we spend to how much we make is a recipe for runaway spending.”

* Require dedicated funds to be used as intended, or refunded. “It is time for a truth in spending initiative that ends the fraud where money raised for one purpose gets spent on something entirely different. If you are charged a fee for a specific purpose, the money ought to go to that express purpose or be returned to the taxpayer who has been fraudulently charged,” Perry said.

* Require detailed budget line-items instead of lump sum line items. “Hiding wasteful expenditures behind worthwhile expenditures is a budgetary sham that makes government more bloated, less accountable and less transparent,” Perry said.

* Require all state agencies to publish expenditures online in a clear, concise and consistent format. “I have a simple philosophy about transparency in government: if the taxpayers are picking up the bill, they ought to be able to look at every item on the receipt,” Perry said.

* Amend the constitution to allow the state to return surplus revenue to taxpayers.

“If Texans elect me to another term as governor, I will fight to end the budgetary games, the funding diversions that charge a fee for one purpose and fund another purpose and I will stand for an effective spending limit that requires Austin to budget like working families do everyday,” Perry said.

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September 24, 2006

Oh----THAT'S why the hell not!

I am impressed. The anti-Friedman offensive launched by our friends over at Burnt Orange Report may be the first intellegent move made by the Texas Democrats in this sorry election year. This puts an end to the free ride Kinky's been getting from the media, which has been by far his greatest asset. He's no longer the "wisecracking, unconventional candidate", he's now the "candidate who has repeatedly come under fire for his racially insensitive remarks". If that isn't changing the dynamic of the race, I don't know what is.

Of course, being Democrats, we're now arguing amongst ourselves. Some say that Friedman is being Swiftboated; others are fretting that this may yet backfire on us.

Is Kinky a racist? It's hard to know what's really in a man's heart, the best we can do is judge him by his words and actions. And if someone makes a career of telling racist jokes for twenty or thirty years and then, when someone calls him on it, instead of apologising denounces his critics as "cockroaches"... he might just be a racist.

Could this backfire? I think anything you do in politics can potentially backfire if your opponent has the skills to deal with your gambit. But Kinky doesn't have Karl Rove, all he has is Kinky Friedman. So he responds with a couple of more jokes, says it was probably something he said when he was drunk or high (another smart move, Kinkster!) and calls anyone who brings up his past a cockroach. Are we going to change the minds of his hardcore supporters? No, nothing will. They are beyond reasoning with. But this can change the minds of Dems who've been thinking that Kinky is funny. Sure he's funny. But that doesn't mean he should be governor. In fact, everything he does shows how unqualified he is.

We've been waiting all year for him to self destruct, and it hasn't happened. Thank goodness someone on our side has finally pushed the red button.

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 03:15 PM

More Texas Governor's race bullshit

The NYT has a write up on the governor's race. It's a pretty decent story but I gleaned a couple of quotes that are entertaining as hell.

“We can’t pay you enough, but we try,” Mr. Perry told Monica Ferguson, a fourth-grade teacher at Oleson Elementary school in north Houston last week.

Can you fucking believe that? He apologized so lamely? I wish I could write that Ferguson then beat the hell out of his lying, excuse-making ass. But she didn't. My mistake was in thinking that part of being a fucking leader is that you should FIND THE SOLUTIONS AND PAY PEOPLE WHAT THEY'RE WORTH. There isn't a soul in this state who thinks teachers aren't worth more. The vast majority would even pay higher taxes to get better schools. However, our governor makes a fucking excuse because he's too much of a goddamn coward to stand up to non-Texans like Grover Norquist and fund the fucking schools.

You are a gutless eunuch, Mr. Perry. I feel bad for your kids having such a spineless, grasping embarrassment for a father.

Then there is this from the useless moron and obligatory libertarian (oh, me too!) Weiner.

“This will be won by anyone getting 38 to 40 percent of the vote,” Dr. Jillson said. With even 2 percent of the vote, Mr. Werner could pull enough from another candidate to make a difference, becoming the Ralph Nader of Texas, 2006.

“I would be pleased if I could cost any of my opponents the election,” Mr. Werner said.

So you're not running FOR anything, you're just running to be a spoiler, the ultimate dick. I hope you set yourself on fire, Mr. Weiner. People like Weiner are the most asinine members of society; too stupid and ineffectual to actually accomplish anything other than getting in someone else's way.

I'm going to do everything I can for Bell. I'm tired of having an embarrassment for a governor. Say what you will about Chris (and we've said a lot) at the end of the day he's honest and geniune two things that can't be said of Matzo, OSB, Weiner or The Miserable Failure.

Yep, I'm a Bellian. Though it would be easy to say I'm voting against the other four clowns, its far more accurate to say I'm voting FOR Bell. Out the current lineup, he's the only one with a chance of winning who will actually do a good job.

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More Texas Governor's race bullshit

The NYT has a write up on the governor's race. It's a pretty decent story but I gleaned a couple of quotes that are entertaining as hell.

“We can’t pay you enough, but we try,” Mr. Perry told Monica Ferguson, a fourth-grade teacher at Oleson Elementary school in north Houston last week.

Can you fucking believe that? He apologized so lamely? I wish I could write that Ferguson then beat the hell out of his lying, excuse-making ass. But she didn't. My mistake was in thinking that part of being a fucking leader is that you should FIND THE SOLUTIONS AND PAY PEOPLE WHAT THEY'RE WORTH. There isn't a soul in this state who thinks teachers aren't worth more. The vast majority would even pay higher taxes to get better schools. However, our governor makes a fucking excuse because he's too much of a goddamn coward to stand up to non-Texans like Grover Norquist and fund the fucking schools.

You are a gutless eunuch, Mr. Perry. I feel bad for your kids having such a spineless, grasping embarrassment for a father.

Then there is this from the useless moron and obligatory libertarian (oh, me too!) Weiner.

“This will be won by anyone getting 38 to 40 percent of the vote,” Dr. Jillson said. With even 2 percent of the vote, Mr. Werner could pull enough from another candidate to make a difference, becoming the Ralph Nader of Texas, 2006.

“I would be pleased if I could cost any of my opponents the election,” Mr. Werner said.

So you're not running FOR anything, you're just running to be a spoiler, the ultimate dick. I hope you set yourself on fire, Mr. Weiner. People like Weiner are the most asinine members of society; too stupid and ineffectual to actually accomplish anything other than getting in someone else's way.

I'm going to do everything I can for Bell. I'm tired of having an embarrassment for a governor. Say what you will about Chris (and we've said a lot) at the end of the day he's honest and geniune two things that can't be said of Matzo, OSB, Weiner or The Miserable Failure.

Yep, I'm a Bellian. Though it would be easy to say I'm voting against the other four clowns, its far more accurate to say I'm voting FOR Bell. Out the current lineup, he's the only one with a chance of winning who will actually do a good job.

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September 22, 2006

Matzo, would you like some cheese with your whine?

Listening to the blow back from the Dick campaign is just irritating as hell. I know Stromberg is just doing her job, but don't talk about another candidate being in diapers. We all know that Chris Bell is younger and more vital than your decrepit wreck of a candidate, Laura, but you really shouldn't point that out so aggressively.

Molly Ivins once said (and I'm paraphrasing so don't get angry if it's not perfect, " Texas politics have never been an ice cream social". Truer words have never been spoken. Sure, for the last few cycles Democrats have acted like a bunch of candy asses. Not so much anymore and EVERYONE better get good and goddamn ready, even a certain terrible comedian who lamely defends his excremental 'performance art'. I've seen old drunks throwing up on the street that are more entertaining that Dick. No, I'm not talking about Leslie.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"I don't remember it, but it sounds like it was part of a satirical stage show that was an equal-opportunity offender. ... There's probably all kinds of other stuff to put it in proper perspective. It was a pretty raunchy show and follows in the footsteps of Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce," Friedman said, adding there were a "bunch of walkouts" from the audience.

"It was an equal opportunity offender. To pull out one joke is not fair because there was homophobic stuff, there was sexist stuff. There were Jewish jokes and there were Hispanic jokes," said Friedman, who is Jewish.

That's not an excuse... Dick, bad comedy is bad comedy and comparing yourself to Richard Pryor or Lenny Bruce is just whack. Your comment was nasty, insensitive, hurtful and you did it for no other reason than shock value. It's schtick, nothing more and what's worse is that it wasn't even funny. The only way you could get laughs was by working racist 'satire' that really wasn't all that satirical. Hang it the fuck up, hermano. I know funny and you ain't it.

As for being a Governor of the second largest state in the country? Oh.God.No.

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Matzo's not a racist...

He's just a talentless fucktard. Here's the quote that has everyone up in arms...

Then I come down to Houston, I went to a bowling alley. I couldn't go bowling, there were no bowling balls. The people here throw 'em all in the sea, thought they were nigger eggs…thought they were nigger eggs.

Offensive? Absolutely. Does it mean he's a racist? Not really. Funny? Only if your brainstem doesn't connect, you know, TO YOUR BRAIN.

We've said it before and we'll say it again... the guy is a talentless buffoon. Any comedian who has to work bad racist jokes is just a loser.

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September 20, 2006

Mainstream media notices: Kinky is a dumb, racist cracker

Sez the AP

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gubernatorial candidate and professional wiseacre Kinky Friedman was accused Wednesday of making another racially offensive remark _ this time in a year-old interview in which he said sexual predators should be thrown in prison and forced to "listen to a Negro talking to himself."

The independent candidate already was under fire for referring to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Texas "crackheads and thugs." Some black politicians from Houston took that remark as a slap at black victims of the storm.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle have reported on an interview with Friedman that aired on CNBC last year in which the country singer and comedian was asked what to do with sexual predators.

"Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself," Friedman said. He also called "Negro" a "charming word."

Wait! This is déjà vu all over again! I just know I've read this story before... back in March on BOR. Well, it's still a good thing when readers of the print media finally hear about stories that have been floating around the blogosphere for months. Don't fret, Washington Post: we'll always have Watergate.

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September 19, 2006

It's a 12 point race

Survey USA has a new poll out showing Perry at 35%, Bell and Dick at 23% and OSB at 15%. We need half of Dick's support to take out Perry...

No information on the crosstabs, but there was a limited supporter breakdown...

Perry is backed by 56 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of those identifying themselves as conservatives, and 42 percent of voters over age 65. Friedman's support is strongest among independents, men and young voters. Bell is supported by 55 percent of black voters and 55 percent of Democrats. Strayhorn's support is concentrated among women, voters over age 50 and moderates.

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September 13, 2006

I now believe Dick is a serious candidate...

for fuckwit

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingCelebrity douche Dick 'Kinky' Friedman has dropped himself in the grease talking about Katrina evacuees who have made Texas home and blaming them for rising crime in Houston. Dick, don't you think it could possibly have something to do with the shitty economy? Oh, sure... the rich have been doing extremely well and GDP has grown but, as the saying goes, you can't eat it. Wage growth has been lousy and inflation has picked up especially when you include food and energy which have squeezed people.

Poverty and desperation drive people to crime. Drug addiction and crime are symptoms of a larger problem.

THEN, he goes on to talk about not 'how he's not going to pander'. Ventura and Ahnold did the same thing which makes Dick a copycat and a bad one at that. The key to not pandering is to not say anything about it. Actions speak louder than words or in this case, a gross, smelly old mook.

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August 31, 2006

Governor Perry pushed for the sale of Texas Parks

Oh, that Tricky Ricky... always finding a way to out scum the next guy...

While publicly distancing itself from the dealings, the governor’s office appears to have privately pushed for an auction that would guarantee that only one-fourth of the property remained green space, according to e-mails and documents obtained through the state’s open-records law.

The governor’s proposal would also set aside several gas well drilling sites on the 400 acres, according to the documents. The property is at Eagle Mountain Lake, just northwest of Fort Worth, and has become the subject of intense interest by several residential developers.

So what does the Governor's office have to say?

A spokeswoman for Perry has said that the governor wants the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the General Land Office to come up with a plan for the property that best suits the state’s needs. She denied that the governor’s office pushed any plan or made any recommendations for the site.

“We’re monitoring the situation,” spokeswoman Kathy Walt said.

Just like a stupid Republican... you're MONITORING the situation? I would say you're doing a bit more than that, Kathy. In case you didn't realize, you're boss is the reason FOR the situation.

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August 24, 2006

PerryBlog : Just a little less ridiculous than Malkin

Much like the Bell campaign, Camp Tricky Ricky is going all out to beat up on poor OSB. Of course, they're doing about as bad a job of it as Team Bell did because really, OSB is pret-a-porter comedy. Trying to one up that is just going to make you look bad, especially since

The Only Person More

Lame Than Grandma

Is Rick Perry

To really amp up the cheese, Robert Black and the entire cast of 'tards have rolled out the Perry Alliance Network (which is it??!? An Alliance or a Network!?!?!) Blog that's even more retarded than Bell's. Here are some sample post titles:

  • 1,000,000 Reasons I love Rick!

  • Rick is sooo AWESOME!

  • Carole Strayhorn is gayer than Liberace

  • I'd have sex with Rick but that would be gay so I'll just wish I could turn into a woman, knock Anita out of the way and have sex with Rick

  • Nothing's sacred:Turning YOUR Church into a Rick Perry Worship Center

  • One BILLION reasons I hate Carole Strayhorn

  • Carole Strayhorn flip-flops almost as much as party switcher Rick but Rick's OK because he like totally rocks. And I love him! Strayhorn's not cool

  • Did I mention today how much I love Rick and hate Strayhorn

  • Amazing things Rick has done for Texas that Strayhorn, Craddick and Dewhearst had nothing to do with

  • Rick stopped people from suing doctors for, you know, hurting them but that's totally cool and we love him for it

  • Rick wants to let TXU pollute the air but it's all good because the breeze will so blow all that to Louisiana... nothing to worry about at all

  • We HATE Carole Strayhorn even more today

  • Rick Perry's all about 'creative accounting'! Just take a look at the budget!
  • ... this goes on and on (seriously, the damn thing is approaching ten million sycophantic posts) and almost every one is the written equivalent of a blow job from the author of the post to Tricky Ricky.

    So I ask you, loyal readers... who's more lame, Tricky Ricky or the people who suck up to him?

    (Thanks to PinkLady for uncovering this miasma and posting about it. Bitch. My eyes are bleeding now. Happy?)

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    TTC : What Ben Wear missed

    Kuff has some stuff up about this today as well. Just pointing out that's it not just the bloggers who live along the 35 who know the TTC is an issue.

    Ben Wear has an article up on the TTC that completely missed the point. Ben wrote it from the perspective of how it's effecting Perry's doubtful re-election and in so doing managed to miss the overarching point that the people opposing the TTC know more about what's needed for transportation than the geeks at the thinktanks who have accepted as a gospel truth toll roads everywhere are a necessity.

    A little research would do Ben a world of good. The biggest problem in this state is that we collect a gas tax and only spend a little over half the money ON transportation. A smaller problem is that we don't spend it efficiently.

    We do need a slight increase in the gas tax. We also need to make sure we can continue to receive federal highway dollars and have those dollars spent efficiently (yeah, we need TX DoT to be able to audit contractors). That means pollution in the metro's is a first class concern.

    First and foremost though, WE NEED TO SPEND TRANSPORTATION TAXES ON TRANSPORTATION. The estimated realistic shortfall over 50 years is anywhere from $50-60 Bn. If we simply increase the gas tax by $0.05/gallon and no longer divert transportation tax revenue from TX DoT, we can easily cover that gap and make critical improvements now with bond issues. Perry's pie in the sky $86 Bn over 25 years is nothing more than the delusional rambling of a deeply disturbed lunatic.

    The problem for Perry is that his campaign contributors can't make as much money on freeways. The TTC plan allows Zachry to get paid not only for building the roads but for operating them as well. That's not a case of having your hand in the public purse. That's a case of stealing the purse and beating the state to death with it using Perry and Todd Staples as your accomplices.

    It's time for reporters to do a better job of actually getting the facts, learning the issues and pointing out when the politico's are LYING.

    "If someone has a better idea . . . please lay out that plan," Perry said. "None of them do. My point is, if you're going to be afraid to lay out plans to take the state forward, you might choose a different line of work."

    Oh, Tricky Ricky... Bell's out there and so is Hank. You're about to get your ass kicked, Mofo.

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    August 23, 2006

    TTC : Now an outer loop for DFW?

    Somervell County Salon has a interesting post up about the TTC and Perry's efforts to diffuse opposition which apparently includes giving DFW yet ANOTHER loop?

    ...I direct you to expand the TTC-35 study area to include the route identified by the Regional Transportation Council, effectively expanding the TTC-35 to provide for an outer loop around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

    So that'll get the DFW politico's on board... but how are you going to placate the people whose land you are about to take, Mr. Perry? And for the politico's, what makes you think folks won't take you out back and shoot you during the next cycle? Word to the wise, if you're going to support Perry's plan you are going to get tagged just like him.

    Take a look at his numbers and realize one thing... Texas voters are out for blood (as the meek little chickenshit mayor of Temple found out) and the wise elected who wants to stay in office will stear clear of the TTC.

    But, you say, McBlogger (in a whiney voice) you're forgetting about the lack of money to build the roads?! Where does it come from? To which I respond, be patient. I've only got so much free time during the day.

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    August 21, 2006

    Energy and Pollution : Dicky's proposal

    Dicky unveils his energy plan to a collective yawn from the crowd. My first thought when I heard this was coming out was 'who the hell releases a serious policy piece in August when no one is paying attention?' which changed after reading it to 'Ahh... it's not a serious plan'.

    Here's the skinny on the plans:

    PERRY - Nothing really, other than greenlighting TXU's new coal fired plants so they can begin exporting power to LA, NM, OK, and AK... not mention dumping enough mercury into the air to make our rivers and lakes poisonous. Think I'm kidding? Ask people from Ohio if they can eat fish caught in Ohio. What's for dinner honey? Why a little perch with a side of birth defects from mercury poisoning!

    STRAYHORN - Nothing yet but it's still August so maybe she's going to roll it out in Sept. We'll wait and pounce then. Seriously, why not give them some rope to hang themselves. It'll be something stupid and nonsensical... let me guess, heavy on the carbon sequesterization.

    DICK FRIEDMAN - Ah, shit... les jus' build us som'more uh those natti gas plants. Seriously, that's the plan. Natural fucking gas plants. Oh, and more biowillie all around which I think is the best part of his plan. Actually, it's the only reasonable part of it.

    BELL - Measured and reasonable... nothing shocking here from the milquetoast of the gubernatorial candidates. The suprising thing is how far it eclipses the other plans in it's adequecy to provide the power needed AND protect the environment. I'll give Bell kudo's on that, but the prohibition on nukes is a negative knee-jerk response to the very real potentional of Gen4 and better nuclear facilities, not to mention advanced breeder designs. I constantly get irritated with anti-nuclear greens who are blind to the fact that the technology has advanced beyond the 1950's light water designs that are troublesome (Three Mile Island and Indian Point).

    Bell and Dick both were positive on biofuels but not a ringing endorsement. This is one area where I like Hank's ideas on the subject to focus marginal farmers on low maintenence energy crops like Miscanthus that can also be used to feed livestock. Follow that one with projects at Texas universities to bioengineer the crops to render more fully and easily into fuel without compromising them should they be pressed into alternate service. With the right technology and conservation measures we can grow our way to energy independence in years rather than decades.

    I do wish Dick would get serious about alternative fuels instead of just rambling on about Willie's soya diesel. I know it's good but we need something better especially since there aren't just a ton of people clamoring for a diesel Jetta.

    One of the biggest problems ignored in all plans are the very real issues we have with pollution from cars and trucks in the metro's.

    Pollution from IC engines is a problem in Texas (at least as much as our many coal burning power plants). The biggest problem we have are older cars, some of which have been on the roads for 10 years or more, that are not only inefficient when it comes to fuel consumption but are also (because of age itself) very pollutive. Engines, especially if they aren't properly maintained, degrade over time and allow more and more pollution to pass through as exhaust. When you combine it with ancient catalytic converters, you have a perfect NOx and CO2 generator.

    The program would consist of loans on a car, insured by the state (similar to the government's FHA home mortgage insurance program), that is very fuel efficient. This would be ideal for poorer citizens as it enables them to purchase a car they ordinarily would not be able to afford AND save money on gas providing a massive benefit to the economy by providing more savings and additional consumer spending... not to mention sales taxes. It'll have a decisive impact on EPA non-compliance in the metro's (let's hear it for Big D and H-town!) which will keep highway dollars flowing to the state.

    The best parts? It's a huge boost to the economy. Everyone, from the state and local governments (sales taxes, natch) to car dealers and manufacturers will get a huge boost. If many of the units happen to the plug-in hybrids so will the utilities. The oil companies will feel a little pain but come on... they're making so much the pain won't be that hard to take. The other great part is that it's also way cheap... seriously, as long as 90% of the loans pay it should pay for itself in premiums. Repo'd cars can be sold in auctions, just like they would be anyway.

    Toward the future, I think it's important to mandate research at the universities into more advanced energy storage systems. The bottom line is that if we have a battery that can power a car for 400 miles on a single charge, that recharges quickly and has a MTBF of 3-4 years, then we won't need fuel anymore for cars. It's that simple.

    Additionally, there is a lot being done in Asia and Europe with photovoltaic systems that will revolutionize direct conversation from sunlight to electricity. Sunflower mirror systems, though not as advanced, are still efficient compared to traditional PV systems making them cost effective for larger buildings. And the state has a lot of those spread all over the place and the systems are in stock today (shoot me an email and I'll give you info on the company that sells them in CA).

    All in all, there is something to love in Bell's plan and slightly less in Dick's. There is nothing to even like in Perry's which might as well have been scrawled by a goddamn three year old with a yellow crayon on white paper for all the sense it made. I have to say I was most impressed with Bell's as it shows the keenest sense of balancing environmental concern with our needs as our population expands (much like the belly of an overweight patron at a buffet). Does it go far enough? No, but it's far and away better than the pap produced by Perry and Dicky's ramblings on natural gas fired plants.

    Oh, and the biowillie (yeah, I LOVE writing that... I'm a huge fan of Willie and I think what's he done for biofuels is fantastic). Preliminary tally, at least until OSB get's her senile ass in gear, is advantage Team Bell.

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    July 30, 2006

    Dregs : ASSlove; Separation anxiety and more

  • Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Muse has a great article up via the Houston Chronicle about a little problem with Perry's ethic's report. Seems he noted many of those small time donors who are sending him pennies to protest the tax scheme he and the Republicans shoved through the legislature earlier this year. Apparently, they noted the donors with the acronym ASS which stands for A Small Supporter. Get it. HA! Very clever those shitheals in Perry's office. Godo job, Y'all.

  • Tom over at Lake Jackson Democrat has a piece up about someone who (like me) feels strongly about the separation of Church and State.

    'But I will not accept my government telling me who are the children of the greater God and who are the children of the lesser God.

    'That's the difference,' he said. 'I will not defend — I will fight them tooth and nail and lay down a withering field of fire and leave sucking chest wounds — if they engage the machinery of the state, which is what they're doing.'"

  • Remember that great ad the DCCC put out recently? The one that had the nutters freaking? Well, they've found something they can sink their teeth into... the fact that the DCCC ripped the DeLay mugshot from Chickenhead. You'd also, if you read some of the crap these guys are writing about Chickenhead, think they were powering the servers that run the site by burning dead babies and zygotes.
  • Which dovetails nicely with two things... Chickenhead and Lance Bass. It's time for another visit to Peggy Kressler's Postal Proposals. Here's the one for Lance Bass and it ROCKS...

    Dear Lance, Forget Justin Timberlake! He’s sooooooo nasty! It’s you I love Lance! You have this boyish charm and cute smile and when I see you on TRL my crotch turns to butter and melts down my freshly shaved calves. I know you’d never soil yourself by probing a whore like Britney Spears. You’re totally pure and fresh – just like my breath after eating four or five Dentyne Ice's.

    You know your movie On the Line? Where you play a totally convincing ad exec who searches for the love of his life? I saw that one like 12 times in the theater. You’re a genius actor, baby! Like Marlon Brando… only cute and not fat and you’ve actually been in a good movie unlike him.

    I also think you are a brilliant musician and I love N’Sync (even though you’re the only really talented one – everyone else just rests on your laurels). My ex Robbie Carlson hates your music, but he listens to Creed and Creed is for faggots.

    Once we’re married, I’ll play your new album to the baby in my tummy and he or she will grow from a tadpole to a baby while doing choreographed steps to your music and then you’ll lean down and I’ll gaze into your twinkling blue eyes and tongue kiss you like there’s no tomorrow! Tee hee!

    Eternal love,

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    July 26, 2006

    Texas Parks listed on MLS? Perry's selling out the State!

    PDiddie has a great post up about The Texas Progress Council's efforts to shed light on the Republican plan to sell State Parks. That's right, boys and girls, Perry has decided to sell the land to the highest bidder. While the Alamo and San Jac aren't on the block yet, 46,000 acres of Big Bend may soon be.

    The lie coming from Perry, Staples and the rest of the R's is that the State doesn't have enough money to operate the parks. Unfortunately, that's just legislative and fiscal mismanagement on their part. Rather than cop to it and admit to the people of Texas that they need to pay a little more to get the stuff they want out of government (you know, ROADS, POLICE, EDUCATION, PARKS), they're making excuses and selling off invaluable state treasures.

    I always thought Perry and Staples were spendthrift but I had no idea just how far they'd sink. They're like greedy heirs, selling of their inheritance before the body's even cold. Of course, they never think about that day when they'll be out of assets... and there will be nothing left to sell. Problem is, it's not just them... they're going to drag us all down with them unless we get rid of them in November.

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    June 29, 2006

    Kinky is LAME, not liberal

    I know what the polls say about about Mr. Gimmick candidate, Dick Friedman. Sorry, y'all, not drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. I think his music is a joke and is writing is mediocre at best. AND NO, GODAMN IT, I'm not saying you're an idiot for voting for him because you're not. Or you may be, but voting for Kinky has little to do with it.

    Nor are you throwing away your vote. Look, I know Bell is a geeky candidate but he comes by it honestly (I think it's a Houston thing?Muse, can you help me out here?) and I'm the first person who'll say this is his race to win or lose, not Grandma's and certainly not the Grinch's. My only request is for you to actually look at what Dick and Bell have to offer. Don't make a decision based on perception, make it based on reality. Kinky's going to be worse for Texas than Ventura was for Minnessota (are they even a state anymore?).

    I bring this up because there is a site up called Kinky Is Awesome on blogspot. The top article is Kinky Ain't No Liberal (sic). I'm reprinting the whole thing in the SS because it's ridiculous to compare Bell to any of the other candidates who are functionally all Republicans. Sure, Kinky's dressed up in his Independent bullshit but I can assure you, he's not Independent.

    Whatever you do, and I say this because I can sense it coming on like a cold, let's have a discussion in the comments, not hurl accusations and bullshit at one another. I've never had to delete comments on this blog and I don't intend to start. That being said, I'm tired of some of the holier than thou shit that get's posted. If you've got something to say, say it and try to have enough respect for everyone who'll be reading it.

    They already get enough of my profanity.

    Tuesday, June 27, 2006
    Kinky Ain't No Liberal!
    We've had some great comments here lately. Here's my thought from one discussion where we have been debating whether Kinky is a "liberal." I think the debate rises from the fact that Kinky often jokes that he's in favor of gay marriage because gays should be as miserable as the rest of us, but you have to take those joking comments in light of the fact that Kinky didn't vote against the amendment to the Texas Constitution which banned gay marriage. Anyway, here's my thoughts:

    Let's be careful about how we use that word "liberal" here in Texas. I think you'd do Kinky less harm among Texas voters if you called Kinky a pedophile than if you called him a liberal. Texas is at least 60% Republican and if Kinky is going to win, he's going to have to do it with Republican votes (not by snipping off the pot-smoking fringe of the less-than-40%-of-voters Democratic Party because even if Kinky gets 33% of the Democrats -- which is unlikely -- that'd only get him about 13% of the vote).

    Here is why I believe it is quite inaccurate to call Kinky a "liberal."

    Watch this video clip. It is hilarious, it is true, and it is politically incorrect as hell. Liberal politicians are too politically correct to admit the truth that "negro is a charming word." Whatever Kinky is, he's NOT a liberal.

    Next, read up on Kinky's get-tough illegal alien plan and his 5 Mexican generals plan. Kinky's common sense border security plan is the straight up "minuteman" approach, not Perry's namby-pamby "let's set up cameras" approach. Make no mistake, Kinky is the only candidate brave enough to say we need armed military generals on our southern border. This is not a liberal plan.

    Now consider Kinky's party affiliation. Kinky has run for office in the past as a Republican and he voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004.

    Here is an excerpt from Kinky's interview with Ruminator magazine confirms that he supported Bush's Middle East foreign policy:

    Question: So does this idea of the honorable cowboy have anything to do with why you threw your support behind President Bush in this last election? You did, didn’t you?
    Kinky: Yes. I did in this last election, but I didn’t vote for him the first time.
    Question: Who did you vote for in 2000?
    Kinky: I voted for Gore then. I was conflicted. . .but I was not for Bush that time. Since then, though, we’ve become friends. And that’s what’s changed things.
    Question: So it’s your friendship with him that’s changed your mind about having him as president more than his specific political positions?
    Kinky: Well, actually, I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy. On domestic issues, I’m more in line with the Democrats. I basically think he played a poor hand well after September 11. What he’s been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think.

    Now maybe you are like me and you were worried that Kinky showed liberal tendencies by voting for a tree-hugger like Al Gore. Well, rest assured that Kinky was mistaken when he said that. Kinky's public voting records confirm he didn't vote for Al Gore in 2000 because Kinky didn't waste his vote on any candidate from 1994 to 2004 when he voted for Bush/Cheney.

    Maybe you think Kinky's a liberal because he's a Jew. Rest assured, Kinky's views on religion are well to the right of Perry's. Kinky wants to take time during the school day for prayers in schools, and he wants to post the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms.

    In summary, Kinky is NO LIBERAL! In fact, Kinky charts WELL TO THE RIGHT of Perry on the issues that matter most to Texas voters.

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    June 26, 2006

    Maxey to join Chris Bell campaign

    It wouldn't be on the internets if it wasn't true.

    This is good news, although we still reserve the right to make snide remarks about Chris Bell's guidance counselor personality

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    June 24, 2006

    The ever obsequious Seton Motley and his love for Perry

    Have you, like me, been wondering what retards think about Governor Grinch (if you've seen him lately, you know what I'm saying)? Well, you are sooo in luck. Pink Dome and Political Asylum both posted stories thursday about Seton Motley's newest misadventure in prose. Here's a sample

    And none too soon; the post-September 11, 2001, fiscal dearth descended upon Austin, and the legislators convened in 2003 facing a $10 billion budgetary shortfall.

    Undaunted, and without complaint or pretext, Governor Perry pressed ahead and eliminated in toto the deficit, with nary a dime in taxes raised or incepted. He instead did what conservatives wish every level of government would do when facing issues concerning their coin.

    What bit of magic did Perry and the Lege perform to 'eliminate the deficit'? Oh, you remember... they cut the shit out of Children's Health Insurance and froze up funds in state agencies across the board. To this day, TX DoT may never recover which is why most, if not all, new arterial projects are toll roads. To Seton, who was put out of his long time bartending position at District Bar and Grill when it closed, that makes Grinch a fucking hero. So much of a hero that Seton, in paragraph after cocksucking paragraph, gives Rick the kind of head he hasn't received since the former TX SoS became an ambassador.

    Yes, it'll piss you off but you gotta read it (Supersize for full text) for no other reason than to see just how far someone will go to debase themselves for a man that more than 60% of Texans want to get rid of in November.

    Special Report
    Simply Conservative
    By Seton Motley
    Published 6/21/2006 12:07:25 AM

    What was on January 20, 2001, less than exemplary news for the greater conservative nation was a change for the better in Lone Star State governance, as Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry rose via the process of orderly succession to succeed the newly minted President George W. Bush in the Texas executive mansion. What began by default procedural ascension has become one of the most consistently conservative tenures in recent American political history.

    Arriving in Austin alongside the new Governor was a Texas Senate controlled by Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction. But, saddled with a wayward lieutenant governor in David Dewhurst, whose actions then and now indicate he wishes to be some sort of political hybrid of Arlen Specter and John McCain, and a still-Donkey dominated House, the 2001 legislative session was less than stellar in conservative execution.

    Move forward to the Day at the Races in 2002, and the Texas Republican faithful removed the last hurdle to serious, fundamental change, making the House too an Elephantary voting ground.

    And none too soon; the post-September 11, 2001, fiscal dearth descended upon Austin, and the legislators convened in 2003 facing a $10 billion budgetary shortfall.

    Undaunted, and without complaint or pretext, Governor Perry pressed ahead and eliminated in toto the deficit, with nary a dime in taxes raised or incepted. He instead did what conservatives wish every level of government would do when facing issues concerning their coin.

    He zeroed out the entire budget, and made each department and every individual seeking funding justify every dollar spent the previous period, and thereby re-validate their fiscal renewal, if not their very existence.

    Gone was the practice of status quo budgeting, where the automatic assumption is every previous dollar was spent wisely and well (we will pause whilst you laugh uproariously...; we now continue) and that everyone and everything governmental will need at the very least that much, plus a bump for population growth and inflation, the next go-'round. By so doing, Governor Perry eliminated many duplicitous programs and copious amounts of wasted coin in the myriad levels of Dante's Lone Star bureaucratic hell.

    Also dissipating into the legislative ether was the deficit that had once loomed so large over Austin's city limits. After Governor Perry's four month frugal charge up Texas' Capitol Hill, the budget stood definitively in balance (and today is flush with an $8.6 billion surplus).

    CONTAINED WITHIN THIS CONSERVATIVE monetary accomplishment were many of the little steps that are always necessary to make the Grand March to fiscal sanity.

    The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was one of the governmental "entitlements" most bloated by the late 1990s' period of pronounced governmental inebriation. Stuck with the hangover from a party to which he was not invited, Governor Perry implemented simple reforms that drastically reduced the amount of rampant fraud and abuse at play in the plan.

    He also oversaw the beginnings of the privatization of delivery of many social services, which not only made it easier for those availing themselves of Other People's money to do so, it also substantially reduced the amount of money those Other People were forced to provide therefore (including another dramatic reduction in programmatic swindle, to the tune of $1.5 billion thus far).

    Through it all, the Governor has maintained a tremendous pro-business clime, earning him Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup the last two years running as the man presiding over the most productive (in jobs and growth) and business tax-and-regulatory friendly state in the land.

    Texas was also faced with a medical crisis (okay, two medical crises, one other than the waves of illegal aliens invading emergency rooms statewide by way of the Rio Grande). Too many lottery lawsuits against physicians had found jackpot pay dirt, and far too many practitioners had thusly left to ply their wares elsewhere.

    So Governor Perry delivered Proposition 12, which limited (only) the punitive damages awarded in these sweepstake suits. Three years later, the number of doctors engaged in Texas medicine has increased sharply, and the costs incurred therefore have dropped precipitously. Oh, and one is far less likely to die awaiting treatment.

    He followed that up with reform of the windfall insanity that is the asbestos tort claims process, ensconcing the heretofore non-existent requirement that one actually be ill as a result of asbestos before filing an asbestos assertion. He put in place a legislative blockade on lawsuits against the fast food industry for having the temerity to serve people the fare they order.

    He also established eminent domain abuse protections, which prevent the government from condemning one's home so that a more levy lucrative Four Seasons Hotel might be built in its place.

    BUT GOVERNOR PERRY'S EFFECTIVENESS extends far beyond the merely fiscal. He has signed a parental consent for minors' abortion law, as well as overseen the overwhelming (78 percent in favor) ratification of a constitutional amendment protecting actual marriage.

    Texas remains a law and order state, and the Governor has steadfastly continued the utilization of the death penalty, as well as signed several pieces of aggressive protective legislation regarding sexual predators.

    Governor Perry's defense of his constituents against the invasionary forces from south of the border has been unwavering, and increasingly stringent as it became ever more obvious that his Texas predecessor has no interest in attending to this portion of his new job.

    The Governor implemented Operations Rio Grande and Linebacker, which (amongst many other brim assistances) mobilized the Texas Rangers (the ones with guns, not bats and balls), state troopers, and additional other law enforcement personnel and equipment to back the play of the Border Patrol, and provide added protection for the citizens being robbed and run over, and often much worse, by the hordes from Central and South America (and points Middle East).

    Governor Perry also rode to the rescue of the dynamically inept duo, Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco, providing a place for 300,000+ Louisianans to go (and remain still) after their elected officials' bumbling of the post-Hurricane Katrina flooding, and then deftly handled the horrific impact of Hurricane Rita on his own state.

    THERE ARE MANY MORE THINGS of lower profile, but no less conservative in nature, that have been put into place by Governor Perry. There are also some things on which he has faltered, falling far short of the conservative ideal. (Just passed in special session is a large, broad and incoherent business tax to offset much needed and Texas Supreme Court mandated property tax reduction.)

    Much assistance has been provided by the conservative legislators in the House and (to a lesser degree) the Senate, of which Governor Perry is appreciatively aware. And, of course, the Texas press corps roundly loathes the Governor for being conservative, effective, and handsome all at the same time, about which he simply does not care.

    It is this apathy toward liberal disdain for his policies and person that may be the defining of what are innumerable conservative characteristics infixed in the man. Governor Perry, critics be damned, has taken the Lone Star State a long way further than did his predecessor, as well as just about anyone else in charge anywhere else in the United States.

    And now that, for good or ill, the tax shift is behind him, conservatives throughout the country should watch closely the Governor and his state for the multitude of Starboard laws sure to follow his almost assured reelection come November, as Texas once again becomes the nation's conservative petri dish, with Scientist Perry leading the legislative laboratory.

    Seton Motley, the proprietor of NewsoftheDay.org, is a writer and political/policy operative in Washington, D.C. He spent the last ten years in Texas. Should you like, or dislike, he may be reached here.


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    June 20, 2006

    Hot Reality Presser

    Hold the presses- the hottest talk of Texas rolled into town today! In case you missed it, here's a refresher.

    The final press conference of the Strayhorn Reality Tour will take place in Austin on Tuesday, June 20, at the AFL-CIO building downtown. At 10:45 am, Chris will go before the capital press corps to review the mistakes Carole Strayhorn has made as state comptroller that have cost Texans jobs, money, and public services.

    The Austin presser will wrap up a very successful press campaign that has spread the message of Strayhorn’s disservice and inability to keep her story straight throughout the state.

    strayhornwrap.jpgThe Strayhorn Reality Tour. Now that should get your jingles jangling (if you have any)! The only question this "Austin presser" leaves in my mind is whether to post a picture of flip-flops or something being wrapped up. Well, Flip-Flops are *very* John Kerry so...

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    Kinky and Grandma update... it's only June and already I hate them.

    Irredeemably bad writer Dick Freidman and One Old Bitch C4N3P are supposedly going to get certified for the ballot on Wesdnesday or something. Whatev.

    This would all be so much more amusing if Bell weren't so lame. Granted, Grandma and Senor Talentless are far more ridiculous but they are also polling better than Bell who apparently intends to stick with this New Mainstream horseshit until two days after the election when someone finally tells him he lost.

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    June 16, 2006

    Bell Sure is a Map Changer

    Chris BellChris Bell wants you to call him a Map Changer. He'd *really* like Mark Warner's PAC to call him one too. He may have e-mailed you twice about making him a Map Changer. He's also blogged about wanting to be a Map Changer.

    Well, spamburgler doesn't need any more convincing that Chris Bell is a Map Changer. We're convinced.

    edgeworld.JPGAll it took was these new poll numbers, the second to show Chris Bell, you know, the *Democratic Party Nominee* behind a Republican, an Independent who used to be a Republican, and an Independent who used to be a Republican who used to be a Democrat. Someone should alert that Libertarian candidate- Bell's coming after him next in the race for last place!

    You're my Map Changer Chris Bell because you've made the world flat again, and now you're headed right off the edge of it.

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    June 01, 2006

    Smarmy? Oh yeah, that's Perry all over

    Pink Dome has a great piece up about how obsequious the press is to Rick Perry. A while back PD asked readers for comments about a good name for Perry, other than the overused 'goodhair'. 'Smarmy' was the one he went with and until today I hadn't thought much about it. Sad to say, I actually do have an early memory regarding this word.

    When I was 7, my Mother told me she didn't like one of my childhood friends. She referred to him as smarmy and I asked what that meant. She responded, as only moms can, by defining the word in reference to a character from a TV show. At the time I was watching Leave it to Beaver in the mornings (ahhhh, childhood summers and Channel 11!) so Mother said "It's like when someone acts like Eddie Haskell."

    Normally Mother's disapproval of one of my friends would have guaranteed an invite to sleep over ASAP. In this case, she had this kid pegged. I started calling him Eddie that afternoon. It took three days to make him cry and he finally stopped playing with us. I think he's now a Florida Republican, but I'm not sure.

    I present two definitions of the word. One visual, the other from some shitty Mickeysoft dictionary that came with the software I purloined.

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


    smarm·y (smär?me) adjective
    smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est

    1. Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous. See synonyms at unctuous.
    2. Sleek.

    Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., further reproduction and distribution restricted in accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States. All rights reserved.

    That's our Rick. Smarmy like a motherfucker.

    Sorry about the trip back to elementary... it was a fond memory of the first time I ever agreed with my Mother about anything.

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    May 31, 2006

    Perry and the three little pigs

    Karl - Thomas Musselman has numbers from Survey USA up on regarding the Governor's race. The good news is that almost 60% of the state wants a change. The bad news is, much like my sister when shopping for shoes, they can't decide who they want.

    I've been waiting for someone to say this. Waiting and waiting and waiting. Honeslty, I'm tired of it. This race is shaping up to be the three little pigs vs. the big bad wolf. Unfortunately, the 2006 Texas Governor's Race version won't end like the childhood story. Granted, a great deal can happen between now and November. We've been waiting and it hasn't started. Sure, the emails and blog updates at Chris Bell's site are nice but its hardly pulling in the 90% of Democrats that we need. For the love of God, some Democrats think PERRY is better choice than Bell not to mention the Democrats who are supporting Kinky. But I think they're all stoned.

    Come on, Chris! Get mean. Get nasty. Perry's a shithead and Texans know it. They are looking for the guy who'll say that. SO FUCKING SAY IT. It's not hard, just go off script in an event and throw a punch into Perry's jaw. Don't get mad, just issue the kind of verbal assault that no Texan will have a problem understanding. A majority of the voters in this state have no idea that Rick Perry's marching orders are coming from a lobbyist in Washington. It's time they find out and the only way that's going to happen is if you tell them.

    Take off those fucking gloves and HIT THE SON OF A BITCH. Give those out there who've decided to vote for someone other than Perry a reason to vote for you.

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    April 27, 2006

    Quit Freaking out over Survey USA and Bell's 4th place in the poll

    I'm posting the breakout from the poll after the jump. Seriously, it's not worth it on the front page and to be honest, this thing has rec'd way too much attention for a few reasons:

    1) This is going to represent a high point for Perry. He CALLED a special session. He got some press over it. No matter how it goes, it'll end up kicking him in the balls even if he gets his way. It's all downhill from here for PlasticHair (I just can't refer to anything about him as good).
    2) This poll is showing Strayhorn pulling more D's than Kinky. Honestly, I don't see that happening. Granted, I have NOTHING to back up my assertion other than Kinky appealing to some of the more granola D's who aren't jazzed about Bell.
    3) Kinky and Strayhorn are both still receiving some free press and a lot of action on the streets because of the petitions. They'll get a further bump when they get on the ballot. However, once that's done it's going to be hard for them and Kinky is low on funds.

    That being said, Team Bell has some work to do. They need to cut Kinky off at the knees. Brutally and publicly. For one, it'll raise Bell's name ID and pull in some press coverage. It'll also make Chris look like he's got a pair which counts for a lot with the Texas electorate. Another item for Bell to focus on is outreach to grassroots Dems (many of whom are pissed about the Richie endorsement) and to the downballot candidates. Showing up at some events may not garner a lot of coverage, but it'll get around and it's worth it's weight in gold.

    We're still a long way from November and this poll does show that more work is needed. However, it's hardly the end of the world.

    Hey! the formatting sucks almost as much as the poll:)

    Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #9043
    Analysis: In an election for Texas Governor held today, 4/26/06, Republican incumbent Rick Perry defeats 3 challengers, according to a SurveyUSA election poll conducted for KEYE-TV Austin and WOAI-TV San Antonio. Perry leads Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who is running as an Independent, 39% to 25%. Independent "Kinky" Friedman gets 16% and Democrat Chris Bell gets 15%. 3% prefer some other candidate. 3% are undecided. Perry leads among Whites, Hispanics, Republicans and conservatives. Strayhorn leads among moderates. Friedman leads among independents. Bell leads among Blacks, Democrats and liberals. With 6 1/2 months to go until the 11/7/06 election, and no candidate polling over 40%, the race must be regarded as wide open. If one of the Independents, Strayhorn or Friedman, cannot maintain support through a long campaign, then Bell or the other Independent may pick up enough votes to threaten Perry.

    Filtering: 1,200 Texas adults were interviewed 4/23/06 - 4/25/06. Of them, 985 were Registered Voters. Of them, 579 were judged to be "likely" voters. Crosstabs reflect Likely Voters.

    1 If the election for Governor of Texas were today, and you were standing in the voting booth right now, who would you vote for? Democrat Chris Bell? Independent "Kinky" Friedman? Republican Rick Perry? Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn? Or some other candidate?
    579 Likely Voters All Gender Age Race Party Ideology Education Income Region Geocoding
    Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2% Male Female 18-34 35-49 50-64 65+ White Black Hispanic Other Republic Democrat Independ Conserva Moderate Liberal No Colle Some Col College Grad Sch <$40k $40k - $ >$80k North West Harris C East Urban Suburban Rural
    Bell (D) 15% 13% 16% 12% 13% 16% 17% 11% 40% 14% 11% 2% 32% 10% 6% 18% 28% 13% 14% 15% 16% 15% 15% 13% 14% 13% 21% 13% 16% 14% 12%
    Friedman (I) 16% 22% 10% 19% 14% 21% 9% 20% 4% 7% 34% 10% 15% 32% 10% 20% 25% 11% 15% 16% 21% 13% 17% 20% 19% 7% 10% 18% 15% 17% 12%
    Perry (R) 39% 41% 36% 48% 36% 32% 42% 40% 18% 45% 30% 65% 16% 25% 60% 27% 17% 47% 39% 38% 33% 41% 38% 39% 33% 47% 41% 40% 33% 46% 39%
    Strayhorn (I) 25% 20% 29% 15% 29% 26% 25% 25% 24% 26% 11% 20% 30% 26% 22% 30% 20% 24% 26% 24% 24% 25% 25% 24% 28% 27% 18% 24% 27% 18% 32%
    Other 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 3% 4% 2% 5% 4% 10% 1% 4% 3% 1% 3% 5% 1% 3% 2% 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 4% 2% 3% 3% 1%
    Undecided 3% 1% 6% 4% 4% 2% 3% 3% 9% 3% 4% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 5% 3% 3% 5% 2% 3% 2% 2% 2% 5% 5% 3% 5% 2% 3%
    Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
    Composition of Likely Voters

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    April 23, 2006

    This is the Governor of Texas?!?!?

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    I can seriously hear Prince singing YOU SEXY MOTHERFUCKER!

    Photo credit Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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    April 18, 2006

    Exhaustive coverage of the Texas Lege special session

    By 'exhaustive' I mean it's going to wear me out. I hate the Lege because they're all a bunch of clowns and calling a session 'special' is extraordinarily appropriate. Pink Dome is actually covering the hell out of the damn thing and the crew over at BOR is working it as well. So, rather than reinvent the wheel...

    Pink Dome was liveblogging the opening day and I have no idea if they're doing it again. Here's a good run down of the R education bills that (OMG! I'm Shocked!) don't really do anything other than get the TX SC off their backs. Seriously, education needs new, permamanent money to stave off the decline and bring Texas back to world class in education.

    Karl - Thomas Musselman at BOR has a good post up about the bills written by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) that is spot on. Burnam and Scott Hochberg are both tremendous Democratic assets. They both know not only what needs to be done, they can turn around and sell it to Democrats AND moderate R's (the few in the TX Lege).

    "My income tax bill provides substantial tax relief for 90% of Texans—not just for those with the highest incomes," said Rep. Burnam. "The additional revenue, raised entirely from those Texans who can most easily afford it, would reduce property taxes and provide nearly $2 billion in new money for Texas schools. That would allow us to raise teacher salaries to the national average (a $6,000 raise) and still have several hundred million dollars left over."

    Tax relief AND new money for education. ROCK ON REPRESENTATIVE BURNAM! Seriously, click on Burnam or Hochberg and send them a thank you!

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    April 03, 2006

    A weekend of press for Chris Bell

    First off was this piece at the SA Express News. It's a decent piece though I think they are a little unnecessarily hard on Congressman Bell about the name ID thing.

    In the meantime, though, his opponents are raising money, getting TV time and grabbing headlines. "Everybody in the race is better known than I am," he concedes.

    Rick Perry has the governor's mansion. Kinky Friedman has the cowboy hat and cigar. Carole Keeton Strayhorn has the One Tough Grandma shtick. Bell, meanwhile, has the door-to-door, ding-dong campaign.


    You're who running for what?

    Name ID is tough to build when you're strapped for cash. Forget TV ads. During the primary, Bell couldn't afford yard signs.

    Gee, fella, ever heard the phrase 'beating a dead horse'?

    One other thing, there's actually crap in there about Bell's rebellious youth that's a reiteration of Kelso's piece from last fall. Ugh. Name ID AND rehashing that stupid food fight. In a Burger King, natch. LAMEORINA NAVRITOLOVA.

    However, there is some good news... Chris Bell is running second in the newest Zogby poll, showing him clearly ahead of Strayhorn which may go a long way to bringing some wayard D's back into the fold. I do have to say I am extremely nervous about Kinky's strength in this poll. My fear is that those numbers WON'T go down.

    UPDATE - 04/03/2006 - I've seen the break out from the poll and while the top line data looks good, the breakout of party support for the candidates is a little scary. Kinky is #2 among D voters after Bell. This doesn't bode well for the Bell strategy of letting Kinky hang himself.

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    March 30, 2006

    Kinky disses taxpayers and other bizarre things from today...

  • Kinky decided that today was the day to release his 'tax plan' which wasn't so much a 'tax plan' as it was a handout from the state from one group to another group of taxpayers. Texas currently has a surplus of $4.3 billion at the STATE level. State taxes include the cigarette tax, vehicle registration and (everyone's favorite) taxes on gasoline just to name a few. You may have noticed that PROPERTY TAXES aren't in that group. That's because those are collected and set by LOCAL governments, not the State. As Tom Dynia over at KABBlog points out, Kinky wants to give a massive amount of money to property tax owners as a 'rebate' on money they never paid.

    Let's forget for a moment that it does nothing for CHIP or public education. Let's just focus on the fact that when you rebate taxes, it's always best to pay the rebate to people who actually, you know, PAID THE FUCKING TAXES.

  • A friend sent me a bizarre invite for a birthday party...
    Friends of Homer the Homeless Goose would be honored by your presence at
    Homer’s 18th Birthday Bash
    Saturday. April 1st
    2:00 —4:00 pm
    Town Lake at Auditorium Shores

    Click here to find out more about Homer. I won't be going (I didn't see the words FREE and BAR on the invite, did you?) so if you do... well, you're kind of a tard. Just for illustrative purposes, here's a pic of Homer with some dirty hippy.
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  • On Tuesday, Conversations with Michael Eisner premiered to an audience of 95,000. Not 95,000 households, mind you. 95,000 PEOPLE. Good show, Mikey.

    His inaugural guest was Martha Stewart, who I'd love to see interviewed by someone who doesn't understand the concept of 250 threadcount (or greater) bed linens. Seriously, I'm a HUGE fan of grossly uncomfortable situations and the image of Martha having to sit and talk to someone who probably has a can of SPAM in their pantry is (at least to me) very funny in that 'Oh-I-Just-Ran-Over-Your-Kid's-Cat-And-You-Saw-Me-Sorry-About-That' kind of way.

  • I don't remember how this came to me today but click the link and tell me what you think about a product with this description
    Photodynamic ultrasonic skin softening, photodynamic ultrasonic fat dissolving and weight reducing, photodynamic galvanic skin tensioning, ultrasonic wave cosmetic shovel and skin cleaning, photodynamic galvanic introduction
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    March 27, 2006

    Strayhorn, Bell and Kinky focus on Perry in some insane place

    Apparently, everyone who's running for Governor of Texas against Rick Perry focused this weekend on Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor tollway project. This is a terribly boring article with the three of them all attacking Perry (who richly deserves it) at some event near College Station.

    To wit...

    "Gov. Rick Perry and his land-grabbing highway henchmen want to cram toll roads down Texans' throats," Strayhorn said in Saturday's edition of the Austin American-Statesman. "In a Strayhorn administration, [the corridor] is going to be blasted off the bureaucratic books."

    Where the hell have you been, you senile old bitch? It's not like you haven't been able to say something about this during your tenure as Comptroller.

    "We need roads, we all know that," said Bell, a former congressman. "What we don't need is to have our land taken away to benefit private business."

    Well said, Congressman. Please wake me when you're ready to make your next measured, non-inflammatory statement. Huevos, hermano... think huevos!

    "It's like having Dubai run the ports of America," he said. "It means we'll be paying tolls to a cowardly Spanish company for 70 years."

    Oh shit! Kinky that's so fucking clever I damn near shit myself! Am I the only one who wishes he'd just go drink himself to death?

    Don't get me wrong, I like ALL these candidates more than Perry who I wouldn't piss on if he was on fire and I'd just had a case of beer. I just think, honestly, that whatever happens in November, TEXAS is going to keep losing.

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    March 08, 2006

    So, my guy lost...


    Last night around 9:00 as the results kept coming in I made a comment to Hank Gilbert, our EXCELLENT candidate for Ag Commissioner, that I was watching the Texas Democratic Party commit suicide. Our hopes for the down ballot and for making massive strides in bringing people back to the Democratic Party by showing we know how to fight (you know, by electing a fighter) were dashed last night as hundreds of thousands made their choice a nebbish from Houston. Sorry, I don't have to be nice or support ANY Democrat who votes like a God damned Republican. Oh yeah, that BK Bill's going to haunt him forever.

    My hopes for an invigorated coordinated campaign at the state level were thoroughly dashed last night. Now we'll have to work even harder to elect these guys while fuckwit blathers on about the 'new mainstream'.

    Many Bell supporters read this because I get your fucked up emails. Screw you. You gave up a golden opportunity to really gain this year and change the debate. You did it by believing lies and going with the 'safe' choice. In a four way race there is an 75% chance Bell will come in third (and probably 20-30% chance we'll come in fourth). You're an idiot if you think we didn't just hand this race over to a Republican.

    Like many Democrats I'll sit out the Governor's race. I feel bad for the Bell staff, many of whom I like. I wish your boss sucked a little less, but there you go. As for you 'on the fence Democrats' who made their decision based on those shitty mailers and the newspaper endorsements, have fun blockwalking for him. I'm not lifting a finger and will instead be working hard for real Democrats.

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    March 05, 2006

    Decisions that are easy...

    For me, voting for Bob Gammage was like breathing. I saw what happened in 2004 and I know 2006 is going to be even better. When Democrats really fight, take the R's head on and go on the offensive, they win. Bob's that kind of guy. Still, as Sharonk over at DailyKos reminds us in her EXCELLENT post, there is a very pragmatic reason to make Bob the candidate against Rick Perry.

    Here's an excerpt...

    The Republicans talk a lot about creating a favorable environment for business in Texas. Sounds good, right? However, when they say this, what are they really saying? What does our purported "favorable business environment" translate into for the average person working in Texas?

    Not much. According to a study using the Work Environment Index (WEI).--"the first social indicator that ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the basis of conditions experienced by people who work for a living or are looking for work"--Texas ranks 50th, next to the bottom, with only the workers of Louisiana, on average, experiencing a more dismal outlook.

    Very nicely done, SharonK!

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    March 01, 2006

    Something to kick start the day!

    If you have problems figuring out who I'm voting for after viewing this (or, if you prefer QuickTime like the lame you are, this) then you are a retard.


    Safe for work, kittens, though why you'd be reading this from a computer that your boss can monitor is beyond me. You never know when I might post something like this...

    UPDATE - GalvestonLawyer Blog has endorsed Bob! Read the terrific article here!

    UPDATE - Missed this... Tom Dynia, a well known (and respected) Democratic operative in Travis County endorsed Gammage as well on the KAB Blog.

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    February 28, 2006

    Oh, this is just stupid...

    (crossposted at BOR and KABBlog)

    Monday The Daily Texan had a great article up about Chris Bell's inability to file his financial disclosure on time as the ethics laws in Texas require. Here's a quote:

    "This was really just nothing more than a mistake. I wasn't trying to hide anything," Bell said.

    No one's saying you were, Chris. The problem is that it's state law and if your entire campaign is going to be based on ethics then how in the hell do you do something like this? It's enough to make one think that you are either not serious about ethics or the campaign. Either way, it's not a good omen of things to come should Bell become the Democratic candidate for Governor.

    Of course, the fun didn't stop there from the Bell camp. In the February 24th issue of The Texas Observer on page 12 there is an article entitled 'Accentuate the Negative'written by none other than the Bell Campaign's Jason Stanford. Here are some of the choicer quotes...

    "If only we could get campaigns to stop throwing mud and stick to the issues, armies of disaffected citizens would come out to vote. That's all great, except for one small problem. It's a load of horse spit and bull corn."
    "Shaking hands with strangers poses risks for a candidate running a negative television campaign. Little old ladies are liable to whack you with their canes while they shriek about how much they hate negative campaigning."
    "Turns out, negative campaigning helps turnout -- and democracy -- if it's done well."

    So, I guess the Bell campaign's strategy with from the get-go was to drag Bob Gammage through the mud. It's unfortunate for them none of it is sticking.

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    February 23, 2006

    Goddamn, if you're this dumb the R's are gonna shit all over you

    Chris "Don't Mess With Ethics" Bell, Democratic primary candidate for Texas Governor has failed to comply with current Texas Ethics laws that require financial disclosure. Ironic? Of course. Stupid as hell? That, too.

    Here's the really dumb thing... the moron didn't let it die. Instead, a minor story has become so much more. This afternoon, Richard Morrison (former DeLay challenger) issued a letter attacking the Gammage campaign for pointing out that Bell did, in fact, break the law.

    I've never seen a campaign self-destruct like this.

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    February 22, 2006

    Ron Kirk rises from irrelevancy and promptly sinks back...

    Ron Kirk, also known as the guy who got beaten DOWN by John Cornyn in 2002, has endorsed Chris Bell. I gotta say, the parade of has beens and wannabes supporting Chris Bell has indeed been impressive and honestly amusing as hell because none of these people have any grassroots cred.

    Organization after organization endorses Bob Gammage while a few papers and some also-ran former candidates endorse Chris Bell. Take Travis County, where we've been beating Republicans... every major Democratic organization, some of which are statewide, endorsed Bob Gammage. Not a single one endorsed Chris Bell. Pitiful, isn't it? Especially when your campaign is based here.

    Still, it's great to see all this support for Chris. I'm always overwhelmed when milquetoast supports vanilla pudding.

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    February 19, 2006

    Ken Molberg, SDEC Member from Dallas, endorses Gammage

    Ken Molberg, former chair of Dallas County Democratic party and current SDEC member today announced a strong endorsement in the governor's race for Bob Gammage. You read the full endorsement here. Here are some highlights with the full text after the jump...

    (Gammage)has the intellectual wherewithal, political skills, dedication and stamina to serve the people well, and he will bring those qualities to bear on the important but neglected issues that face us: school finance and property tax reform, ethics, health care, open government, working conditions, and the environment, to name but a few.

    Some newspaper editorialists who have endorsed Gammage’s opponent, former Congressman Chris Bell of Houston, a genuinely good man, have done so largely on the argument that Bell would more readily cooperate with a rancorous Republican House and Senate. That’s hardly an inducement for Democrats to nominate Bell. Cooperate to what end? In repeatedly failing to enact school finance and property tax reform? In burning millions in taxpayer dollars to enact a partisan congressional redistricting scheme of doubtful legality because Tom DeLay insisted on it?

    Democrats have a chance on March 7 to help put a grownup back in charge of the governor’s mansion. How? By voting for Bob Gammage.

    Gammage offers a distinguished background of responsible leadership and experience coupled with a forward-looking vision for the future of our state that is in marked contrast to his rivals of March and November.

    I’ve known Bob Gammage for three decades, maybe more. We have not always been on the same side of every political battle, but I can tell you this for certain: he has the intellectual wherewithal, political skills, dedication and stamina to serve the people well, and he will bring those qualities to bear on the important but neglected issues that face us: school finance and property tax reform, ethics, health care, open government, working conditions, and the environment, to name but a few.

    Some newspaper editorialists who have endorsed Gammage’s opponent, former Congressman Chris Bell of Houston, a genuinely good man, have done so largely on the argument that Bell would more readily cooperate with a rancorous Republican House and Senate. That’s hardly an inducement for Democrats to nominate Bell. Cooperate to what end? In repeatedly failing to enact school finance and property tax reform? In burning millions in taxpayer dollars to enact a partisan congressional redistricting scheme of doubtful legality because Tom DeLay insisted on it?

    Perhaps it’s best for those editorial writers to remember that it is Republicans like Tom Craddick and Rick Perry who have turned Austin into a mirror image of D.C. partisanship and influence peddling. The last thing this state needs, or the people want, is a governor who will simply go along with the status quo. Bob Gammage, former soldier, state and federal legislator, and state supreme court and appellate court justice, knows the difference between the value of true legislative compromise and rolling over and playing dead. He has made a career of successfully working with disparate forces, but he will not sell out his principles, integrity or constituents.

    For all of the positive traits that would make him a better governor than anyone else but Bob Gammage, Chris Bell has nevertheless failed to exude the confidence and excitement that Gammage brings to the campaign. Nor has he adequately explained his support while in Congress for the devastating Bush tax cuts that have led to unfathomable deficits, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and a bank and credit card-sponsored bankruptcy bill aimed like an arrow at the heart of struggling working families and those overwhelmed by huge medical debts. If you did not know Gammage and Bell by sight, Gammage sounds like the “fresh face” with the “new ideas” in this campaign.

    Bob Gammage has called on Texas Democrats to return to their progressive roots, with a focus on educational excellence, affordable prescription drugs, an increase in the state minimum wage, and strengthening campaign finance laws to subdue the “politician for sale” odor that flares our political nostrils. Gammage, a “Dirty Thirty” veteran in the fight against corrupt political machines of the past, offers a true alternative to the mess this state has become under Republican rule—a state now run by the powerful special interests as much as Washington, D.C. is run by the Jack Abramoffs and their ilk. Straight talk, integrity and solid proposals, not hidden agendas or higher ambitions, are Gammage’s stock-in-trade.

    If you’re one of those people accustomed to rooting for Goliath at David’s expense, Gammage is not your guy for November. On the other hand, if you want a Democrat who has been tempered on the anvil of experience, hard work and dedication to duty, one who will not bend to undue pressure or place his own ambitions ahead of the people’s interests, then give Gammage your vote.

    Ken Molberg is the former Democratic Chairman of Dallas County and longtime Texas Democratic Party leader. He also is an attorney who specializes in employment law

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    January 22, 2006

    Gammage picks up support in South Texas

    On a campaign swing through South Texas, Justice Bob Gammage picked up support from a broad cross section of residents. The LMT has great piece on it. Here are some of my favorite parts:

    Gammage, who left public office in 1995, said he felt the need to return when George W. Bush was named president by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000.

    "That was highly inappropriate and has never happened in history," Gammage said. "That got my attention, and then I started focusing on the state."

    Not one to bullshit around, Bob has a very strong opinion on current Governor, Rick Perry:

    "Perry is a weak governor with a failed record," he said. "He is too weak and too dependent on the wealthy, powerful and ruthless special interests that both he and (Rep. Tom) DeLay work for."

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